God, I feel old.
So the Weather Channel has announced that they're going to start showing movies with weather themes. While one of the announced films -- The Perfect Storm -- features weather as a central plot, the rest factor in weather only tangentially and include Misery (James Caan crashes while driving in a blizzard), March of the Penguins (a blizzard kills some baby penguins) and Deep Blue Sea (a storm strands scientists at sea with killer sharks). We have some suggestions -- some obvious, some not-so-obvious -- for movies that might make good Weather Channel material.
The fire at Universal Studios that broke out at 4:30 a.m. Sunday destroyed part of a set from Back to the Future; the King Kong exhibit; some New York City and New England streetscapes; and, reportedly, a chunk of music history. [Don't worry -- the old clock tower from BTTF is fine. - Z]
After Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 was defeated in its opening weekend by The Final Destination in 3-D, the producers of the Halloween franchise revealed that the just-announced Halloween 3 will actually be Halloween 3-D. While unsurprising, given the resurgence in 3-D's popularity, this particular 3-D-ification is a sly homage to the early 1980s, when it seemed like the third installment of a horror franchise -- Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D, Friday the 13th Part III -- was legally required to be watched through cardboard glasses. (The original Halloween 3, ironically, passed on the gimmick.) And that got us thinking -- what if all third installments of movies had to be released in 3-D? Some would be awesome, and some just plain ridiculous. Here's some quick takes.
Starting with 1960's The Magnificent Seven (a remake of The Seven Samurai) and culminating in the recent spate of adaptations of Japanese and Korean horror movies, Hollywood has often looked to Asia for new ideas. But rarely do we see it go the other way -- at least, not in any sort of official capacity. But Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the new film from acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), and it's a remake of the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple.
If you were wondering if it was possible for Tim Burton's new, partially live-action, partially motion-capture Alice in Wonderland movie to get any weirder, the answer is "yes." We've already got "method actor" Johnny Depp eating his hat (though, to be fair, it sounds like he only took one bite; because that makes it less weird, right?) and Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter just being themselves, but all you have to do is add in one Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, and you've got what could be the weirdest movie in the history of cinema.