Mimic is one of those typical Hollywood thrillers where people venture into areas no normal person would dare go. In one sequence, three men travel deep below the earth in search of nasty insect-thingys and find themselves stuck amidst murky shadows and rickety old construction platforms. Our interest wanes because, while the scene remains tense throughout, we stopped giving a damn about the characters’ fate the moment they decided to make the trip in the first place. My review of the Blu-ray after the jump.
Movies like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are difficult to review. On the one hand, part of me wants to rip Stephen Daldry’s film to shreds and call it a manipulative, corny, over-the-top, Oscar-seeking mess. But the other part of me wants to drop the cynicism and enjoy the heartfelt emotional journey for what it aspires to be: a film that attempts to cope with the aftershocks of 9/11, and mourn those we lost in the fire.
Watching Extremely Loud on Blu-ray over the weekend, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. While not exactly the masterpiece it thinks it is, Daldry’s film at least sidesteps the problems I had with the director’s previous efforts, especially the overtly saccharine The Reader and the morbid, depressing The Hours – both of which tried to do too much and therefore lacked focus. Hit the jump for my review.
With Chloe Moretz set to star in MGM/Screen Gem’s “more faithful” remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Carrie (phew!), attention now turns to when the film will be released. According to Box Office Mojo, the targeted release date is set for March 15, 2013, placing the Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry) directed film in-between Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer, according to their site. No word yet on who will play Carrie’s evil mother, although both Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore had been approached. Hit the jump for the synopsis.
I’m going to use this opportunity to express my unhinged excitement for Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. With a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, and recently announced Isla Fisher, Luhrman’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is shaping up to be one hell of a motion picture. Joining the fun (er, drama) is Callan McAuliffe, who recently sported a supporting role in this year’s I Am Number Four (he was also in Rob Reiner’s underappreciated film Flipped in case anyone was wondering). According to Variety, the actor will play a young Jay Gatsby (or a young DiCaprio) in the film. It’s been a while since I read the book, but I don’t recall any flashback scenes involving Jay and Daisy. What’s more, he really doesn’t resemble DiCap circa 1993, back when he was killing grasshoppers with Johnny Depp. Still, I guess with Luhrman shooting the film in 3D, anything is possible.
Hit the jump for the synopsis.
What do you do when you’re offered the chance to direct Thor 2? You agree to direct a cowboy movie. At least that’s the vibe I’m getting from this latest news, courtesy of Variety, who claim Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk is circling Paper Wings, a rodeo drama about a rootin’ tootin’ bull riding champ who falls in love with a country singer. Think 8 Seconds meets Pure Country meets Top Gun. And speaking of Top Gun, word is Maverick himself has stepped in and offered his services on the project, going so far as to select Kirk for the gig. He may even star in the film. More after the jump.
If you’re into true life murder mystery/thrillers, then you might want to check out the slick new trailer for Ami Canaan Mann’s long-delayed Texas Killing Fields. Starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the film concerns a small-town cop and a New York City detective who team up to capture a serial killer – one with a knack for disposing the bodies of his victims in a Texas marsh. I’ve been curious about Mann’s film since watching the Italian trailer a few weeks ago. Thankfully this new trailer is in English, and features a nice overall view of the story and characters. Plus it’s got the ever talented Chloe Moretz staring ominously into the camera. What’s not to like?
Texas Killing Fields also stars Jessica Chastain (The Help), Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire). The film is set to play in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival and will open on October 7.
Not to sound like a grouch, but I hate it when studios releasing dull, uninteresting images to promote their films. I want to see something exciting. In the case of this new photo from Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, I would rather see star Matt Damon hanging out with a couple of elephants or monkeys rather than just stare unassumingly at nothing whilst standing next to Scarlett Johansson. The actors don’t even give the zebras room to smug up the joint. What are Damon and Johansson looking at exactly? Is it some sort of animal? A dinosaur? A mirror? Time will tell. At least this photo is more interesting than these early shots.
We Bought a Zoo also stars Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning and Patrick Fugit and concerns a father who relocates his family to a zoo as a way of mourning his recently deceased wife. The film opens December 23rd. Cheesy or not, I’m so there.
While nothing is as exciting as hearing the plot synopsis for the planned Arrested Development movie (yeah, I’m a fan), I’ll admit I’m more than a little intrigued by the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn team-up Neighborhood Watch. The project has long been in development hell, but recently the pieces have been falling into place. The latest bit of news comes courtesy of THR who report that Rosemarie DeWitt has joined the Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) directed comedy, and is set to play Stiller’s wife.
The film centers on a group of dads who use a “Neighborhood Watch” group as an excuse to be away from their families. However, things go amiss when they uncover a plot to destroy the world. DeWitt was recently seen on Showtime’s The United States of Tara, and has starred in such films as Rachel Getting Married and The Company Men. The actress has a full slate of projects in production, including the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
Now that Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) has officially landed the directing gig on G.I. Joe 2, speculation now turns to the cast. Rachel Nichols, who portrayed Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, recently sent out a tweet [via /Film] confirming that only a handful of the original film’s cast will return for the sequel. And by a handful I mean Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke). Nichols then followed the tweet up with this statement:
“… Thank you. After the GI JOE news I had Heavy Boots, but I’m smiling now!”
This seems to suggest that Paramount is sticking with the small handful of characters who actually worked in the original film – one of whom has plastic lips that don’t move – and vetoing the likes of Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, and even Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was clearly set up as the villain Cobra Commander in a potential sequel. This also suggests that Paramount is keeping the budget relatively smaller than the Cobra’s $175 million price tag. Of course none of this has been confirmed by the studio, so file it under rumor for now. G.I. Joe 2 is being written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Update: Paramount has settled on a August 10th, 2012 release date for the G.I. Joe sequel. More info here.
As a huge fan of NBC’s The Office, I nearly fell into a coma when I heard that star Steve Carell would permanently exit the show after the current season wraps up. Oh the travesty! After all, what’s The Office without Michael Scott? Kind of like Gilligan’s Island without Gilligan. Still, the show must go on, right? And so NBC and the powers that be are running rampant trying to find a suitable replacement. Harvey Keitel’s name has popped up, as has Will Ferrell’s (who will appear in a four episode stint that will reportedly “bridge” the gap left by Carell). Show creator Ricky Gervais has other plans. His suggestion – Will Arnett. Here’s what Gervais had to say on his official blog:
“Had a little meeting with NBC about various things and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in The Office. Thoughts? I think he’s amazing.”
Hit the jump for more.
Earlier this week, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed his involvement in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. The actor also stated that he was testing with five female actresses jostling for the role of his new sidekick (since, apparently, Scarlett Johansson is too big to be a sidekick). Deadline reports that TV star Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) is close to landing the role of SHIELD executive director Maria Hill, and that a deal could be done long before we’ve gotten over our Super Bowl XLV hangovers.
If Smulders and Marvel close the deal, she would join Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers. Hit the jump for more on Maria Hill.
Here’s some news that may leave Batman fans scratching their heads. Scouting is currently underway in Michigan for The Dark Knight Rises; production crews reportedly scouted locations, including a water treatment plant, in Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park last week, but for something entirely unexpected. Sources told Michigan’s WILX [via AICN] “the area is being considered as a hideout for Batman sidekick Robin.”
Another rumor? A killer joke? Didn’t Christian Bale say he’d “refuse to work” if Robin was introduced into the new Batman stories? Still, this news is quite intriguing, especially when coming off the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s possible addition to the cast. Could he be the boy wonder, forced to take the mantle when/if Bane breaks the Bat’s back? Could be a unique take on the Knightfall storyline … repeat after me: IN NOLAN I TRUST.
Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy were recently cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Bane, respectively, in The Dark Knight Rises, scheduled for release on July 20, 2012. Click here for all our Batman coverage.
The internet has been abuzz ever since a rumor spread that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are in contention for a female lead in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot. Even moreso when it was revealed that the role in question was not Lois Lane — who, someone, somewhere exclaimed was not going to feature in the film. Well, good news for Supe fans: Latino Review has just received word from a “reliable source” that Lois Lane will indeed be in the film and that the role Eve, Kruger and Pike are vying for is that of the Kryptonian villainous Ursa, who, fans may recall, is General Zod’s right hand man — er, woman. Sarah Douglass portrayed the character in Superman II to memorable results, and damn near wrecked all of Metropolis attempting to take down the son of Jor-El. More after the jump.
Watching 1969’s much heralded epic True Grit, starring John Wayne, Glenn Campbell and Kim Darby, I felt the filmmakers missed a golden opportunity to create a true western masterpiece – in the vein of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and John Ford’s The Searchers.
Wayne and co. deliver the goods, sure, and for the most part much of Henry Hathaway’s film feels alive, sometimes even sensational (“Fill your hand you son of a bitch!”), but otherwise does little to differentiate itself from Wayne’s other cowboy ventures, particularly Big Jake and, to some extent, Rio Lobo. Those films also followed a man in pursuit of justice/revenge, told with an eye towards adventure; unlike, say, the darker, more stylized western tales of Sam Peckinpah. For more, hit the jump to check out my True Grit Blu-ray review.
I gotta say, 2010 was a great year for movies. Golden Globe-winners The Social Network, The Fighter and The King’s Speech, along with 127 Hours, True Grit and Inception, are just a handful of the terrific films released last year. Of course the Academy Awards will tell us which one was the best (sarcasm), but now it’s time to give a shout out to the worst. Because, despite the excellent pedigree of 2010 films, there must always exist motion pictures who roll themselves in crap before making their way to the big screen (in case you’re interested, Matt already unveiled his Worst Films of 2010 list, which you can check out here).
Without further ado, I’m pleased to announce this year’s Razzie Award nominations. Top contenders include M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, which scored in the Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Onscreen Couple (for the entire cast), Worst Prequel/Sequel, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Supporting Actor (for bother Dev Patel and Jackson Rathbone) and, my personal favorite, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D categories. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse also scored nine nominations, including two for each of its male leads, Robert Patterson (who received a bonus nom as well for his performance in Remember Me) and Taylor Lautner, along with a Worst Actress nod for Kirsten Stewart’s performance. Hit the jump for the complete list.