July 2008 Archives
Okay then, hype acknowledged -- about the movie, and about Ledger's performance in it. And to think I foolishly worried the movie couldn't live up to it all.
It seems Quentin Tarantino wants Brad Pitt to play the lead in his next film, Inglorious Bastards, about a squad of military convicts who are given a chance to clear their records with one last mission. Apparently, getting Pitt is key, because after the disaster that was Grindhouse, the studios want to know the film will be bankable before they give him any money. Right now, readers at four different studios are probably enjoying scenes where hardened soldiers debate popular films and icons of the 1940s as they try to stop a Nazi train to the tune of obscure rock acts.
Sony Pictures Animation has announced a new project in the form of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be SPA's first release in stereoscopic 3-D digital. Bob Osher, president of Sony's Digital Production division, described it as a movie about "food weather" and says that "food falling from the sky lends itself so well to 3-D." I'm sure this is supposed to be a kids' movie, considering that the article also makes mention of Open Season and Surf's Up, but I think this sounds like it has the makings of a Saw-like horror movie. [It's actually based on a kids' book, but I want to hear this. - Zach]
I never wanted to be one of those dudes on the Internet who criticizes everything. Especially not someone who criticizes a comic book movie for being a less-than-faithful adaptation of the source material. Especially not someone who is basing their opinion on a 2-minute trailer for said movie. But what the hell is going on in Frank Miller's Spirit trailer? [It's been taken down, but presumably not for improvement.] I mean, seriously? We get it, you've got some hot actresses in your movie. But at what point does the film stop being an adaptation of Will Eisner's classic hero and start being a domino-mask-wearing version of The Bachelor?
Adorkable geek hero Seth Green was on the morning radio show Opie and Anthony this morning promoting the hell out of his Robot Chicken: Star Wars special. That's cool and all, but that's not what really grabbed my attention, since I'm still bitter about having to sit through like an hour of random Star Wars/Indiana Jones talk in a really hot auditorium at the New York Comic Con earlier this year just to hear Green and his partner-in-crime talk about the aforementioned special. What got me all excited was that Green mentioned that he'd just recorded commentary for the 10th anniversary edition of teen flick Can't Hardly Wait. I'm so excited that I'm going to bust out my best orthopedic-looking shoes just for the occasion. (I've got to thanks to my husband for the tip, since he apparently has time to listen to the radio in the morning.)
A while back we reported on how the producers of the Witchblade movie had released a teaser poster before a writer or director had been chosen. Since no actors had actually signed on, a generically sexy female was shown on the poster wearing the Witchblade gauntlet. But once the teaser site went up spotlighting the scantily clad superheroine, the film quickly gained a director and a writer -- so why hasn't that worked for Conan?
I am really hoping this film -- which boasts production credits from the dudes who brought us Riding Giants and Dogtown and Z Boys -- gets wide release and has festive, multi-city hoopla surrounding it because if it does I am so showing up to the premiere dressed as the Pomeranian Theodore Herzl. So don't even effing thing about it.