There are two ways to go about creating a movie that’s so-bad-it’s-good (or “good-bad” as I’ll refer to them from here on). In its pure form, a filmmaker lacks the competence, awareness, and funds to create a good movie. A good-bad movie can also be created if the filmmaker knowingly sets out to create schlock but has the talent and ambition to surprise the audience with the outlandishness of the premise despite the limited resources. Big Ass Spider! attempts to be the latter, but director Mike Mendez lacks the requisite ability and drive to push his movie past the promise of its B-movie title. The result is the worst kind of good-bad movie where the filmmaker cynically creates a proposition where he thinks he can’t lose.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Lionsgate announced that Dennis Quaid has joined the ever-growing cast of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Directed by Kirk Jones, the film tells the stories of four couples going through the ups and downs of pregnancy. Quaid will play the husband of Brooklyn Decker’s character who is expecting twins. Quaid’s character is bent on one-upping his son who is also expecting a little human. The cast now includes Decker, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Rob Huebel. The film opens May 11th, 2012.
Additionally, Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas, Greg Grunberg, Molly Sims and Shane Johnson are onboard the dark comedy Chez Upshaw. Written and directed by Bruce Mason, Variety reports that the film centers on a couple who turn their failing Bed and Breakfast into a resort of assisted suicides. Shooting on the indie starts later this month.
When NBC cancelled Heroes last week, countless passionate fans were crestfallen at the loss of one their favorite series — at least in theory. I mean, the latest season of the superhero saga did average under five million viewers per episode, right? Yet, in a statement addressing the Heroes fanbase, creator Tim Kring cited “more than 45 million TV viewers around the world.” He lamented, “I certainly understand [NBC's] challenge of creating a business model around a show which arrived precisely as the audience was finding new ways to watch traditional content on multiple screens.” So the news likely did depress millions upon millions; unfortunately, too few were 18-49-year-olds who watched the show (and its commercials) live within the U.S., as those are the eyeballs advertisers shell out for.
My condolences to the fans, but hold out hope for a rumored Heroes movie in 2011 to tie up the loose ends, and check out the whole Kring’s statement after the jump.
While I have serious issues with NBC’s “Heroes”, I still watch every week. As I have said repeatedly on Collider, if you put people with super powers on TV, I’ll tune in. I know I have a problem.
Anyway, each season I always think this will be the year “Heroes” gets it right. They’ll finally write the show with some intelligence and come up with an interesting storyline. But then the show premieres, and I get mad that I still watch. So will this be the year “Heroes” turns it around? Probably not. But they have added Robert Knepper and Ray Park, so they’ve at least done something right. Anyhow, NBC has just released the synopsis for the two hour premiere airing September 21st, so if you want to know what the premiere is about, click the jump. When NBC releases clips I’ll post them.