May 2008 Archives
Apparently, movie tickets prices are expected to soar by as much as 30 percent this year. For those who aren't so good at math, that's an extra $3 tacked onto your $10 movie admission. Apparently, gouging us with popcorn and soda prices (the old way of covering too-low ticket prices) is no longer doing the job.
Even more surprising than the fact that anyone would pay more than $6.50 for a bucket of popcorn is the fact that the cost of movie tickets has been protected from inflation. "Adjusted for inflation, tickets today cost less than they did in 1977, according to the Motion Picture Association of America." What? Why do they seem so much more expensive than when I was a kid, then?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull kicked off the Cannes Film Festival with fan appreciation but tepid critical response.
Lucky for Harrison Ford, he doesn't read reviews anyway. But it will be hard for him to avoid all of the buzz about this one. After all, this time there aren't just negative reviews; there are news stories about the critical response and roundups of the bad reviews.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second film based on C.S. Lewis's beloved books, topped Iron Man for first place at the weekend box office. Caspian managed a somewhat disappointing $56.6 on 3,929 screens. The film's predecessor, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made $65.6 in its opening weekend, and analysts had expected Caspian to best that number.
Iron Man's three-week total reached $222.5 million as it raked in another $31.2 million on 4,154 screens.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, John Cameron will once again be revisiting some familiar and watery territory in his next film, The Dive. It seems that, much like John Masefield, Cameron must go down to the seas again. He just can't resist the pull: He went swimming in The Abyss, dipped his toes in multiple oceanic documentaries and a made a tiny splash back in 1997 with a quiet little weeper you may or may not have heard of.
Unlike the Titanic, he won't be taking the band with him, so there'll be no heart-wrenching strains of "Nearer, my God, to Thee" following him down. He does have another pair of doomed lovers, however, based on the real-life diving team of Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras and wife Audrey Mestre.
You might think that after his less-than-successful outing with the pigskin, George Clooney would his sights set on a porcine enemy. Instead, he'll be tackling another barn yard animal in the upcoming Men Who Stare At Goats.
The movie is an adaptation of British journalist Jon Ronson's book of the same name. The book, which Ronson also made into a documentary in 2004, concerns the US Army's First Earth Battalion. The First Earth Battalion, despite sounding like something that would be more at home fighting against unspeakably bad John Travolta movies, was apparently an actual, real-world exploration by the military into training people to use "paranormal powers" such as telepathy and ESP in battle and espionage.
Whether you're a fan of the Yancy Butler TV series or a survivor of the "Bad Girl" era of mid-1990s comic books, there's good news on the way for Witchblade fans. According to a recent press release from Top Cow Comics, the scantily clad policewoman in the stainless-steel bikini-and-gauntlet combo will be making the leap to the big screen, in a co-production between Top Cow, Platinum Studios and Arclight Films. While production has not begun, we imagine it will be somewhere between the more realistic TV series and the hyper-erotic anime made by Studio Gonzo...but hopefully closer to the anime. (Leather jackets are great, but nothing puts butts in seats like metal claws supporting your cleavage.)
Cat fanciers, 1980s cartoon lovers and furries have long lamented the lack of any sort of Thundercats revival. Except for a halfway decent comic book series five years ago, the stranded band of space felines hasn't been seen since 1988, although their cartoon series made the rerun rounds on Cartoon Network for a while. Well, the announcement that there would be a new CGI movie pricked everyone's ears up, but nothing had been seen of it...until now! Maybe. We're not sure.
Forget Sam Jackson's cameos in Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk as [SPOILER ALERT FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CAVES] Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- let's start talking about his Christmas-present turn as a villain in Frank Miller's The Spirit. Miller, co-director of Sin City and author of the Sin City and 300 comics, is back behind the camera, this time adapting the work of one of his comic book forebears, Will Eisner's The Spirit, and Jackson will be playing the Spirit's rarely-seen, striped-glove-wearing foe, the Octopus. Because as everyone knows, Sam Jackson can wear the heck out of a pair of gloves.
Four years ago, God (and Hollywood) saw fit to grace us with a sequel to Dirty Dancing. Two years ago, we got a straight-to-DVD sequel to Road House. Well, now the Patrick Swayze hat-trick (Pat-Trick?) is about to be complete, as more details come out regarding the planned Point Break sequel, Point Break Indo!
Jonah Hill, who made a splash in Superbad, is in negotiations to make a 21 Jump Street movie. I watched that show, but I couldn't really give you a lot of plot details. All I recall was starring at the hotness that was Johnny Depp and thinking that even I wouldn't have believed he was in high school (I had that problem with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, but that's a whole 'nother story). Or at the very least he didn't look like anyone at my high school. No offense to the Deering High Class of '92, but there wasn't a Johnny Depp among them.