As Universal Studios has updated each of their monster pictures over the past decade, they've necessarily changed them from pure horror films into more spectacular fare. The Mummy films have become more and more action-heavy, as was Van Helsing, although that one also buried itself in a steaming pile of camp. And while The Wolfman has its action scenes, it mostly hews very close to its classic horror roots, by which I mean that the story is fairly predictable and packed with cliches and cheap scares. However, since a scary mask isn't enough to scare anybody these days, the gore level has been elevated to match current audience tastes. This movie is rated "R" for a reason.
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!
Hollywood has always loved Shakespeare. I mean, hard not to, right? But they do Shakespeare a lot. If it's not a direct adaptation of a play for the screen, it's one of those "retellings." Now, I won't say that the upcoming project Gnomeo and Juliet is the weirdest of the Shakespeare-inspired films out there, because there have been some really bizarre ones, but it's up there. Produced by Elton John, the animated film will tell the story of two gnomes from rival gardens who fall in love, sing Elton John classics, and try to help you save money on your next vacation. One of those things isn't true. I'll let you pick which it is.