First things first: I realize that no matter what I say about this movie, the Twi-hards are going to go see it. So if you fall into that category, go. I'm sure you'll love it (and you already got your tickets a month ago anyway), though I did hear quite a number of not-so-young ladies at the screening I attended complaining about the distinct lack of Edward (and Robert Pattinson's hair) in this film. But I'm guessing that most Twi-hards have read the books and are aware that this is the Jacob-centric installment. However, for the rest of the world that reads on here, be warned that spoilers abound.
As everyone knows by now, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke isn't directing the sequel, New Moon. Apparently, she's being replaced by Chris Weitz, who previously directed The Golden Compass. Weitz reportedly has a "solid relationship" with the big wigs at Summit Entertainment and although Weitz's agency has not confirmed the deal, Summit has "stopped negotiations" with other director hopefuls. Pre-production for the film could begin as early as this Monday. This isn't the only big change looming, though, as Summit might be looking to replace their original Jacob Black.
Yes, the new Twilight film comes out on DVD today, but there's actually something bigger than that coming out. A pivotal moment in the history of mankind that only comes along once in a blue moon, and has the potential to affect future generations for decades to come. That's right, it's the newest Disney Princess.
Not to say "I told you so," but, I told you so. Not that anyone was disagreeing with me. Not even in theaters a week and already the Twilight sequel New Moon has gotten the green light. And this when it hasn't even made $150 million yet (though director Catherine Hardwicke said it's on track to, which I guess is just as good). And while this may come as great news for fans (not that anyone was surprised, really), it comes as even greater news for the film's stars, who will each make $12 million dollars apiece working on it. Quite a salary hike, considering they each made only $2 million on the first film.
Taylor Lautner, the werewolf with the chiseled abs from Twilight: New Moon, has just gotten a franchise of his own. He's been cast as the lead in Max Steel, a film adaptation of a cartoon and toy line from toymaker Mattel. Mattel is probably thrilled to have landed such a red-hot actor, since their He-Man movie seems to be mired in development hell; meanwhile, their chief rival Hasbro already has the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, plus Battleship and Monopoly in development. We'd worry about whether Lautner has the chops to carry a franchise -- remember, New Moon is only his fifth movie -- but something tells us he'll do just fine in the not-terribly-challenging role of a teenage kid who gets injected with nanites that make him into a super-powered secret agent. Check out Steel's origin story in condensed form below, then watch all three seasons on Hulu.
It's official -- Rachelle Lefevre is out as Victoria in the third Twilight movie, Eclipse, and Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation, The Village) is in. Supposedly, it's due to a "scheduling conflict," but could it simply be that the producers wanted a better, more famous actress in the role? They're not alone. We think that a lot of actors in the cast could stand to be upgraded, so we went through and re-cast the entire thing in our Re-Casting Wish List. Click the link, and tell us you don't think that would be a better movie.
Now, being a semi-literate, heterosexual male, I didn't see Twilight. I mean, I wanted to, but I knew they were making a sequel, so I figured I had time to see the first one before the second came out. But now, all of a sudden, I'm seeing commercials for the new one, and it opens this weekend! It's been what, a few months since Twilight came out? I mean, I knew they were fast-tracking the thing, but this is ridiculous! I want to go see the new one, but I still only know the basic elements of the first, so I'm not even totally sure what's going on here, but this is what I think is going on in Twilight 2: Adventureland.
After a long and bumpy road, Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman remake is finally coming out next Friday. Its release dates have shuffled around a bit in the past, making critics wonder if it's because the studio fears the film is bad. We haven't seen it yet, but the cast (Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving also star) and transformation effects in the trailers look interesting, at the very least. So we're tentatively excited! And in the spirit of that excitement, I've put together a little list of my favorite werewolves and Lycans of films past. Howl at the moon with me (and my list), will you?
George Clooney is good at his job. And often, that job is to play the role of a professional who is also good at his job. For example, in Intolerable Cruelty he was a highly sought-after divorce attorney. In Michael Clayton, he was a skilled fixer of embarrassing corporate problems. And in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind he played a killer for the CIA. And because of the soul-crushing nature of all of these jobs, there came a point in each film where we got to see Clooney's character have a breakdown during which he questioned the very fabric of his life, be it high thread-count cotton or a coarse burlap. That moment eventually comes in Up in the Air for Ryan Bingham, the professional axe-man who makes a living telling people they've been fired, but what breaks him isn't the parade of distraught strangers whose lives he ruins day in and day out (albeit in the nicest way possible). No, it's the flying.
In the first Twilight film, we learn that Jacob Black is a member of the Native American Quileute tribe -- in the sequel New Moon, we find out he's also a werewolf. Not bound by the full moon, the Blacks can transform on command into oversized but otherwise normal-looking wolves. While not particularly creative, it's certainly a refreshing change of pace from the way Native American werewolves are normally portrayed in movies, and there are a lot of them. While most ignore the specifics of the legend, most films that combine werewolves and Native Americans cannibalize the myth (or at least the name) of the "skin-walker,'' a witch or shaman who has committed murder or another deplorable act to gain power or take revenge. (Episodes of Supernatural and The Dresden Files have, as well.) Here are some films that touch on the skin-walker legend.