January 2009 Archives
Now that that great TV show Pushing Daisies, is, well, pushing daisies with no new episodes on the schedule and no resolution for the characters or story, what are fans of the show to do? Well, if show regular Kristin Chenoweth is right, all they might have to do is walk down to the video store and rent the movie. In an interview with TV Guide, Chenoweth claims that series runner Bryan Fuller is aiming to make a direct-to-DVD movie that would wrap up the series' various storylines.
Who's getting sick of Iron Man 2 updates? Not us! Amid the recent rumors swirling through the trades about baddie casting (and, well, casting in general) for the superhero sequel, comes talk of actress Emily Blunt in negotiations for the part of the femme fatale Black Widow. Blunt, who may be best known for her part as lead assistant-to-Miranda-Priestly Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, would play the Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, a Soviet superspy beauty who dresses in a skintight black costume that's enhanced, much like Iron Man's costume, with high-tech weaponry. Yowza!
Ricardo Montalban, an actor well known for his work on screens both large and small, passed away Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88 years old. To me, there are three Ricardo Montalbans. There's the white-suited Mr. Rourke, who had the most righteous wish-granting powers this side of Aladdin's lamp on Fantasy Island; there's the voice from the Chrysler commercials that could get even my dedicated Ford-driving great aunt to buy a Chrysler because that rich Corinthian leather just sounded sexy, and, probably closest to my heart, there was Khan. Pectoral-tacular, Captain Kirk-infuriating, best Star Trek villain ever, Khan. (And if you are a Trekkie who disagrees, just try yelling "Booooooooooooorg!" It doesn't feel quite right, does it?)
Further developments were announced today on the progress of a film remake I had very much hoped would just go away, leaving me with the perfect cheesy mid-'80s kids' movie safely nestled in my memory along with catchy power ballads and squirt gum. Apparently, the Karate Kid remake is rolling along, with Jackie Chan joining the project as the new Mr. Miyagi. Therefore, I've decided to say to sweet fuck-all with the great memories, Hollywood -- why don't you just go and remake (and ruin) every film I hold dear? I know you're going to anyway. Here are a few films you could start with:
For a man who is notoriously the biggest part whore in all of Hollywood, it seems that Samuel L. Jackson may in fact not be playing a role that came his way. It's being reported that Jackson won't be returning as Nick Fury, Director of SHIELD, for any upcoming Marvel Comics movies. The actor, who had a small but no less cool cameo as Fury in an after-credit scene of this spring's smash Iron Man told the Los Angeles Times that he won't be appearing again as Nick Fury in any future Marvel Studios features. According to the actor, negotiations for his return broke down because "there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world." Psst, Sam. It's not just the Marvel Comics world, buddy. You may want to put down that Snakes on a Plane II script and pick up a newspaper.
While talking up Terminator: Salvation last night, director McG wouldn't disclose whether or not those rumors about Ahnold making a cameo appearance were true. But when asked whether or not there would be some kind of "recap" of the first three movies in the new one, McG did reveal that they're "still trying to figure out what to do." No need to hurry or anything, McProcrastinator, what with just four months to go till the premiere. One option they're looking into, though, is having Sarah Connor open the movie with a voiceover. He didn't specify whether this would be the Linda Hamilton version from the first two movies or the Lena Headey version from the TV show, or some other option entirely. Here are a few reasons why the movie needs the Hamilton option.
Yesterday we ran down the four Spidey villains whose names had surfaced in connection with the next Spider-Man movie, although none of them have been confirmed. And while all of them --Carnage excepted -- are classic characters, Sam Raimi could do much better. After raiding our comic-book archive (and the occasionally brilliant comments on yesterday's article), we came up with four Spidey foes who would stand alongside the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman and Venom as iconic and optically exciting antagonists. Read on, true believers!
Like a sweet, flaky Danish made with rancid butter, the possibility of a Breakfast at Tiffany's remake is impossible to keep down. Now gossip guru Liz Smith quotes Anne Hathaway as saying it would be "simply divine" to play Holly Golightly in a remake of the 1961 film that starred Audrey Hepburn in the same role. Okay, no, it wouldn't. Just ask Jennifer Love Hewitt about trying to recreate anything that Hepburn did first. Not so divine, was it?