With two glamorous actors in the lead roles, an exotic locale and the vague theme of international intrigue, it seems like The Tourist is trying to be an old-fashioned type of movie, in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, or The Man Who Knew Too Much. It's got all the right elements -- a mysterious woman, a train ride, a case of mistaken identity, sexless longing -- but Jolie and Depp are basically acting as placeholders, waiting for the plot to be fixed and decent dialogue to be written so they can actually start making the movie. And how director Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck got involved in this mess, I have no idea.
Obviously, Rango was intended to be at least partially for children. A wacky chameleon pretends to be a cowboy, and his belt falls down and it's all very funny. But in all other respects, Gore Verbinski's newest film is darker and more adult than all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies put together. The wisecracking lizard at the center of it all is in the midst of an identity crisis, the villain's scheme is straight out of Chinatown and the supporting cast look like they were dug up from Pet Sematery.
The makers of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie have insisted that they've trimmed all the ludicrous, overcomplicated fat of the second and, mostly, third movies, put the focus back on humor and the fun of swashbuckling and sought out to make an easily digestible family film. And while it's true that this movie is extremely straightforward and definitely easy to digest, it's also one of the most lifeless and least memorable "action" movies I've ever seen.
Move over, Nicolas Cage, there's a new sorcerer coming to town! The latest Marvel superhero to get a feature film (maybe) has been revealed, and it's none other than Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. A cocky neurosurgeon who damaged his hands in a drunk-driving accident, Stephen Strange traveled to the Himalayas to heal himself but ended up being tapped to defend our dimension against otherworldly foes. One of the longtime power players in the Marvel Universe, the spell-casting mystery man could be a great role for the right actor to sink his teeth into, so we thought we'd help Hollywood out by revealing who we think would be perfect for the part, not to mention Strange's mystical supporting cast. By the crimson bands of Cyttorak, read on!
While Christian adores the Minuet, the Ballet Russe and fucking professionalism, our Johnny loves to rock and roll; a Tim Burton project makes him lose control. What a wild duet! But they're co-stars, less-than-identical co-stars in Michael Mann's new shoot-em-up, and their approaches to acting couldn't be more different. Check out their personal set diaries from the Public Enemies here!
Why can't Terry Gilliam catch a break? As a former member of Monty Python, Gilliam should receive whatever he wants for life, a system Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and John Cleese have worked out with the British government, I believe. And yet the group's lone American still has to struggle and stretch to make his projects reality. Okay, so Gilliam makes strange movies. 12 Monkeys? Strange. Brazil? Stranger. And he has some bad luck, like when his movie about Don Quixote imploded (as documented in the film Lost in La Mancha), and when Heath Ledger, the star of his latest film, died in the middle of shooting. But he still managed to finish it, so why doesn't anybody want to distribute the thing?! Don't they know how important this man's work is? He was in Monty Python!
It's a gangster movie, see? Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, see? Directed by Michael Mann, see? You don't see? Well, see what multi-tasking Smallville recapper Omar Gallaga and his brother Pablo think about the new trailer for Public Enemies ("Sexy!" "Oscar-worthy!" "Mustache-rific!") in the latest installment of "Trailers Without Pity," which we have embedded for your viewing convenience after the jump. It's got Marion Cotillard in it! And tommy guns!
Anne Hathaway has been cast as the White Queen in Tim Burton's reimagined Alice in Wonderland, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter has won the role of her nemesis, the Red Queen. In other shocking news, the nation's top scientists reported today that zebras have stripes, the sky is generally blue, and fresh, hot French fries are more delicious than old, stale rice cakes.
A Festival for the Rest...ival, Animation Desensitization, Camera... Action Jackson!, For Kids!, For Your Amusement (Park), Lights, Little TV Shows That Done Hit the Big Time, Separate but Sequel, Taste the Reading Rainbow, The Biz, The Casting Conch, We Call Do-Over, You KnowDisney's Big Day: Cars 2, Pirates 4, Lone Ranger and Plenty of Depp!
At Wednesday's Walt Disney Studios Showcase, the Mouse announced a ton of new projects, most of them starring Johnny Depp. Not only will the actor definitely be playing the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton's motion-capture CGI Alice in Wonderland (as rumored back in July), he'll also be returning as Jack Sparrow for yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie (that's four now, for those of you not counting at home). What are they going to call this one, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Successful and Still Mildly Enjoyable Franchise?
Comic book movie casting news changes faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth. Just a few days ago, Michael Caine (better known as Alfred to some, and as Alfie to others) was telling MTV News that he'd heard it from a Warner Bros. executive that the studio wanted Johnny Depp as the Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin. It seemed all but confirmed that Hoffman would waddle onto the big screen as the Bat's next nemesis. When asked about it the next day, though, Hoffman himself denied the long-standing rumor, saying: "No one has talked to me about it, ever -- never." He added that he's "such a fan of those [comic book] movies," but explained that he'd rather watch them than be in them.