Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
Getting a movie made is never easy. And in the case of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, it was especially difficult. Originally set up at Warner Bros. and then at Sony, it was stuck in development hell until producers Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer decided to take a gamble on the property. Following the model they created with the first Resident Evil movie (they produced it independently and then made a deal with a studio), they had the script rewritten, got a director, and started casting. After a crazy few months, they were in pre-production and then in front of cameras.
On set last year, I got to participate in a group interview with Carmody and Kulzer. They talked about the challenges of getting The Mortal Instruments made, casting Lily Collins, the differences between Mortal Instruments and Twilight and Harry Potter, the success of The Hunger Games and how it had a female lead, deciding where to spend the money when you’ve got a limited budget, altering the tone of the story, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
While it’s always great to talk to actors, if you want to know why certain decisions were made on a movie, you’ve got to talk to the producers. While an actor can tell you why they delivered a line a certain way or how they got involved in the project, they can’t tell you why certain characters were brought back and why others weren’t. In addition, they can’t talk about the budget, working with Capcom and Screen Gems, and so many other key behind the scenes decisions. So when I got to visit the set of Resident Evil: Retribution last month in Toronto, one of the key interviews was with producers Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, and Robert Kulzer. During our wide ranging conversation they talked about what’s different in the fifth installment, what fans can look forward to, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan is about to get the 3D treatment. Variety reports that Germany’s Constantin Film is developing a 3D animated movie based on the classic character. For those who have never heard of Tarzan (and I find that odd, but whatever), the books are about a boy raised by apes. In the 1999 animated Disney film, he grows up to have dredlocks, surf vines, and enjoy the music of Phil Collins.
The film is being in-house by Robert Kulzer and Reinhard Klooss. No writer or director is currently attached, but Kulzer is also a producer on Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming 3D movies Resident Evil: Afterlife and The Three Musketeers. Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) have been trying to make a live-action Tarzan since 2003, but to no avail. And somewhere, Casper Van Dien weeps.