January 2009 Archives
If you were getting tired of movie remakes popping up with all the persistence and seeming immortality of a blood-sucking vampire, I have good news for you: At least one of those planned remakes is dead. It's been staked through the heart, its head has been cut off, and its corpse has been left out in the sun to go up like a properly flambéed Cherries Jubilee. I speak of the planned remake of that fun '80s horror romp, Fright Night, which has been sent to its grave, according to Shock Till You Drop.
Lordy! This Watchmen mess between Fox and Warner Brothers just goes on and on, doesn't it? Back in September, it looked like everyone had been placated when Fox said they didn't want to tank the project and got Adam West's Batman in return. But no, the mess continued and Judge Gary Feess decided Fox does, indeed, have the right to distribute Warner Brothers' Watchmen. Now the latest scuffle has the producers and Feess trading letters and barbs on the Internet and beyond. I can't help but think this would be so much quicker (not to mention more amusing to watch) if everyone just got into the ring and took turns slapping the crap out of each other. Last person standing wins!
Bride Wars is the type of movie that's so offensive, no one is immune. No, really -- no one. This movie's offensive to women, anyone who cares about or respects women, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Candice Bergen, anyone who's ever liked any of those actresses in anything, anyone who has ever been or might ever get married, anyone who has ever been engaged, anyone who has ever been in a relationship and/or anyone who is now or has ever struggled financially. If you don't see yourself in anything on this list, Bride Wars might be the movie for you.
Remember back in elementary school, when they'd have a field day out in the playground with the 50 yard dash and a potato sack race, and how it almost didn't matter what place you came in because the teachers would just hand out participation ribbons to every single kid anyway? I do. With awards season upon us, it almost feels like a Hollywood Field Day, with every movie that came out in 2008 getting some kind of accolade or nomination. I half expect to walk into theaters and see every movie poster sporting a maroon participation ribbon. Along with the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards and the Razzies and all those other ones that have been in the news, well, here are some more.
I'll probably be disowned by everyone I know for saying this, but I think Leonardo DiCaprio is overrated. By no means am I saying that he's not a decent actor -- he can hold his own -- but I've never really thought the guy could transform himself into other people. He can emote with the best of them, and the man can deliver a line, but whenever I see him onscreen, I see Leonardo DiCaprio, not whatever character he's playing. Then again, I was sitting in the very front row directly in front of the air conditioner output when I went to see Titanic, which got coincidentally frigid right about the time Jack was freezing to death in the water, which made for a seriously miserable movie experience, so maybe I have a DiCaprio mental block. Anyway, whenever Leonardo decides on a role, it's always big news, and his latest pick is no exception.
Having just enjoyed the Blu-ray version of Iron Man while off on my holiday vacation (I don't have a pretty HDTV or surround-sound system of my own, so I take advantage of other people's whenever possible), my eyes are pretty sharply tuned for any news about the film's sequel. And back home not more than three days (with my 27" 1999 bulbous Panasonic and two dusty Sony speakers that I can't turn up because I live in an apartment) what should I spy, but not only Iron Man 2 news, but Iron Man 2 villain casting news! It turns out that both Mickey Rourke -- fresh off of yesterday's The Expendables casting session -- and Sam Rockwell are in talks to join the film.
Relative Hollywood newcomer Garrett Hedlund's IMDb page will now be bookended with similar credits, as the actor, who got his start in 2004's Troy, has just been cast as the lead in 2011's Tron. And yes, that whole Tron 2.0 - TR2N - Tron 2 business has finally been put to rest, as the sequel to the 1982 cult classic has finally settled on a title, which will be... the exact same as the original.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a big fan of Smallville. It's done some interesting things lately by bringing in more superheroes and supervillains from the comics, but before this season, I hadn't watched in years. So I am not some kind of Kreukaholic. I think Kristin Kreuk is pretty, and has a pleasant speaking voice, and I would like to see her in other roles, but that's about it. So when I found out that she was cast as Chun Li in the new Street Fighter movie, I was excited, since I love that game. Little did I know that the studio would later decide that they had made some kind of mistake.
Just as award season is being kicked off with the Golden Globes this Sunday, where they feed and give drinks to the Hollywood elite (oh, and praise the best of the best in movies and TV -- sometimes I forget that they do that, too), the rest of us get to enjoy a certain amount of schadenfreude with the announcement of The 29th Annual Razzies, highlighting the somewhat more prevalent worst of the worst in Hollywood. While I don't necessarily agree with every single movie The Razzies nominate, the awards do tend to validate my taste, particularly this year, when I can state with pride that I did not see a single one of the films nominated for Worst Picture. The list, after the jump.
It's hard to believe that a few years ago, Sylvester Stallone was pretty much off the radar, playing a villain in a Spy Kids movie with his glory days largely behind him. Now, after making another Rocky movie and another Rambo movie, all of a sudden everyone wants to work with him. (Let this be a lesson to all those actors out there who don't want to be in franchises.) As previously reported, Sly has written a new action movie for himself to direct and star in, and the cast he's assembled so far -- combined with the actors he's still going after -- is mind-bogglingly awesome.