August 2008 Archives
Some movies are destined to work better than they should because of their cast. Take, for example, the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: No one thought it would be a movie that adults and teens/tweens would love, but it inexplicably was. Only not quite inexplicably, because the reasons were plenty: great script, great story, and, mostly, that amazing cast.
You'd think that a giant robot from outer space would do better than a regular car at capturing and killing Shia LaBeouf, but the regular car came closer, causing LaBeouf to undergo extensive hand surgery after a July 27 car wreck in which he rolled his Ford F-150 pickup truck. Now, it looks like Transformers: Rise of the Fallen director Michael Bay is going to give the Decepticons the credit after all. La Beouf's mashed fingers will be written -- sorry, "written" -- into the movie so filming can continue.
Stop the mutha-effin' presses you guys! The biggest event in tabloid media history has arrived! The twins are here! That's right, last night at approximately 7:30 PM, People.com revealed the exclusive pics of the wondrous Jolie-Pitt twins, and the world will never be the same! Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon! They are tiny! They are pink! Their eyes are closed! They have very little hair! They poop in their pants! It is a miracle of epic proportions! Babies, you guys! Real human babies! Sacred and magical ones! My life is complete now! I can die happy! [Jumps out window.]
Riddle me this, riddle me that -- who can possibly defeat the big, bad Bat? Not Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, three yetis and an army of zombies, that's for sure. The Dark Knight topped the box office for the third week in a row, bringing in an additional $43.8 million, for a grand total so far of 394.9 million in the U.S. alone -- plus $200 million overseas. And the film has yet to open in Germany and Russia. That's Bruce Wayne folding money, son! Sadly, Batman will be defeated next weekend by the combined forces of the Green Hornet (Seth Rogen) and the Green Goblin (James Franco) in the stoner action flick Pineapple Express. C'est la vie!
As I've mentioned 12 to 15 times, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing/throttling/spooking Michael Cera when he happened innocently into my local dive bar to film a scene from the forthcoming movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. So I feel a strange protective ownership over the film. This, coupled with my age-inappropriate love for Cera, made me uniquely stoked to watch the trailer [via Videogum] for said movie, which hits theaters in October. But -- get ready for the haterade -- I am gonna have to say that after watching the thing, I am super not impressed.
The Guardian has reported on the outcome of a battle in "the royal courts of justice" between British prop designer Andrew Ainsworth and his nemeses Emperor Palpatine and the Death Star -- er, I mean, George Lucas and Lucasfilm. Lucasfilm, which had previously won a $20 million damages judgment against Ainsworth for copyright infringement in California in 2005, took their fight to the U.K., where Ainsworth was still manufacturing and selling replicas of the iconic white "stormtrooper" armor from the Star Wars film franchise.
Just a few days ago at Comic-Con, the video-game-turned-movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was being talked up as a June 2009 release. Note the date on the promotional poster which, without a picture of princely star Jake Gyllenhaal, might as well be an ad for a Pier 1 sale. Variety is now reporting that Walt Disney Pictures has pushed back the release date nearly a full year to Memorial Day weekend 2010. Hey, maybe next year at the con Disney will hand out little "10"s you can stick to the posters they gave you this year!