Tom Cruise Recycles

by Tippi Blevins July 1, 2008 10:32 am
Tom Cruise Recycles Tom Cruise is really getting into recycling these days, it seems, and he's not stopping at separating the glass from the plastics before putting them out on the curb. No, he's recycling his actual career, according to an article in Variety. The actor is gearing up to play yet another secret agent in Columbia Pictures' Edwin A. Salt. According to the article, Cruise will play "a CIA officer who's accused of being a Russian sleeper spy." Naturally, "[he] must elude capture long enough to clear his name." Early bets have him spending most of the movie looking frantic, running around, jumping off buildings and/or geographical features, blowing things up and being nearly blown up himself. He could save himself the trouble and recycle footage from his past movies.

Bonham Carter lends a touch of class to Terminator

by DeAnn Welker June 30, 2008 4:42 pm
Bonham Carter lends a touch of class to <i>Terminator</i>

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helena Bonham Carter is the latest casting coup for the producers of Terminator Salvation.

Titans and Gods In a Time Crunch

by Tippi Blevins June 27, 2008 1:48 pm
Titans and Gods In a Time Crunch Because there's apparently nothing new under the sun, the 1981 Harry Hamlin toga fest Clash of the Titans is being remade. News of the remake has been circulating for a while has been out for a while, with reports that Blade director Steve Norrington would direct, but the movie's only just now been greenlit by Warner Brothers, thanks to a change in directors. Hot on the heels of his success with The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier is set to take the reins of this refurbished ancient Greek chariot and drive it to the finish line. Warner Brothers wants him to hurry, though, because he isn't in the race alone: Variety reports that the studio is hoping to make it to theaters ahead of Relativity Media and its own epic Greek god flick, War of Gods. But how to speed up production to secure a victory?

Sly And Arnie's Excellent Adventure

by Tippi Blevins June 24, 2008 3:54 pm
Sly And Arnie's Excellent Adventure Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are embarking on an unusual adventure--one that leads them to Bollywood and to their first movie together. The veteran action stars don't even have to leave home to do it, because India is coming to them, according to The Guardian. The two have signed on to appear in Kambakkht Ishq, which translates to "Incredible Love." No, it's not a rom-com celebrating the California Supreme Court's recent ruling on same-sex marriage. The big-budget (£11m) production is the story of an Indian stuntman who moves to L.A. and "has to juggle the demands of avoiding on-rushing freight trains with finding love in the Californian metropolis." The on-rushing trains sound exponentially less daunting.

Big Budget Break Ups

by Tippi Blevins June 20, 2008 1:51 pm
Big Budget Break Ups Film industry relationships are complicated. Most relationships are, but at least with marriages and dating, we at least have some frame of reference. Our friends or family members have been through the same things we have, and can share their experiences with us. And if not, we can always watch the wack-jobs on Maury to make ourselves feel better. Let's look at the relationship troubles between DreamWorks SKG and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, as reported by Zap2it, in terms we might be able to relate to.

Katherine Heigl Escapes Rom-Coms

by Kasey McDonald June 12, 2008 12:42 pm
Katherine Heigl Escapes Rom-Coms Those die-hard chick-flick fans sure to flock to whatever new film is starring Katherine Heigl may want to read a few reviews before they head to the theater. Variety announced today that Heigl is set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Escape, the best-selling memoir of Carolyn Jessop, a woman who helped send polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to prison. The story of Escape follows the life of Jessop, who at 18 was forced to marry a man 32 years her senior and at age 35 fled the sect with their eight children. Not exactly your usual story about a zany but successful young woman who just can't find the right guy. [Ed's note: And even more of a gamble on Heigl's part in light of the fact that she herself is a non-practicing Mormon -- Lauren]

In a Heavy Metal Showdown, Iron Man Comes Out on Top

by DeAnn Welker May 12, 2008 9:50 am
In a Heavy Metal Showdown, <I>Iron Man</I> Comes Out on Top

If it weren't such a terrible movie, I might actually feel a little bad for Speed Racer being such a terrible flop at the box office. But it is, so I don't. And, to top it off, Iron Man was so great that it's easy for me to find immense joy in its second straight week at the top.

Sex and Death In the City

by Odie Henderson May 7, 2008 11:47 am
Sex and Death In the City

Michael Patrick King is on the 'Net dispelling rumors that he's sending Chris Noth's Mr. Big to the big Law & Order episode in the sky. King tells the Associated Press that he's no merchant of death when it comes to his franchise. "Kill Mr. Big? I would have been chased around the planet by women with torches," he says. If Sex and the City: The Movie is the chick-flick equivalent of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, King's torch-filled premonition may come to pass. Every woman I know is dying to get her hands on a movie ticket for the May 30th premiere or, if she's in front of the Beacon Theater, a copy of Sex And The City: The Bootleg Recorded-Off-The-Screen DVD. If it fails to delight an audience this year's summer movies continue to ignore, King may end up like that guy at the end of Revenge of the Stepford Wives.

Smith's Stand-In and Stein's Stolen Song

by Odie Henderson April 23, 2008 3:57 pm
Smith's Stand-In and Stein's Stolen Song

You can't judge a book by its cover, and you can't judge a kid by his Pappy either. I just read in the Hollywood Reporter that Tom Cruise's son has a small role in Will Smith's upcoming movie, which wasn't odd until I read that Cruise's son was playing a younger version of the Fresh Prince. My mind immediately flashed to two images:
1. Will Smith's son Jaden, who was very good alongside his Pops in The Pursuit of Happyness, asking Jada Pinkett "why couldn't I play Dad? Is he mad I upstaged him in that last movie?"
2. Robert Downey Jr., armed with a big vat of makeup and a cigarette, telling Cruise's son the finer points of blackface makeup. "You gotta make sure you're the same color as Will, so we're going to mix Browns number 5, 42 and 9."

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