Captain America and Thor survey the summer box office damage left in the wake of The Avengers.
Irvin Kershner, the director of The Empire Strikes Back, passed away over the weekend, and everyone is filled with kind words about the man who gave us the greatest Star Wars film. But Kershner directed other movies, as well, in a broad assortment of genres, from romances to thrillers to comedies, and he was apparently the go-to guy for sequels, having directed three besides Empire -- none of which featured his hand on the original. I haven't seen The Return of a Man Called Horse, but the other two are personal favorites, so I thought I'd shine a spotlight on them, since Empire has its own arsenal of spotlights.
When MGM plunged into financial peril recently, the seemingly indestructible James Bond franchise was temporarily put on hold; it seems to be back on track now, with Daniel Craig returning for a third time as the super-spy, but perhaps some new blood would put the franchise (and MGM) on stronger financial footing? (Remember, Timothy Dalton only got two films, too.) Someone young, popular, maybe with the initials "J.B."... Hey, what about Justin Bieber? The kid is already everywhere, he's got plenty of good years left in him, and he's got some dance moves that could maybe come in useful in a parkour chase through a construction site. Plus, the title of his new concert film, Never Say Never, is already practically a James Bond title. We've plotted out his stint on the Bond franchise for the next decade
Remember those poor Japanese kids who went into convulsions while watching the constant flashing on Pokémon? Their parents had better keep them away from the current crop of action movies. These films are being edited to within an inch of their lives as of late, making Tony Scott's hackwork look like slow motion by comparison. It's gotten so bad that it's nearly impossible to see who's doing what to whom and where they're doing it. Numerous people have complained about the Bourne series, but I think they're edited far better than most recent actioners. The Guardian feels my pain, complaining about Quantum of Solace's herky-jerky editing. That's the least of that lousy film's problems, however.
If, while reading today, you notice a stray u in words like "colour" and "honour," or you realise that "realize" is spelled with an s, do not adjust your browsers! Movies Without Pity has gone global! I'm reporting to you live from Birmingham, England, where I've been working for the last eight days. Whilst here in the Midlands, I shall visit Mr. Craig's onscreen persona when Quantum of Solace opens on Halloween (more on that next week). I'll also visit his actual persona to see if I can take that free Aston Martin off his hands. One major plus to being here is that I can escape the bombardment of political commercials currently clogging up my TV at home. Unfortunately, I can't escape the candidates nor the election, which leads me to an article in The Guardian about celebrities and politics.
Out on the trail to promote the 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig revealed that Marvel Studios had approached him to play Thor, according to IESB. Craig said he passed on the chance to play the comic book version of the Norse god of thunder, because "it would have been too much of a power trip," what with the mystical hand tools and flowing blond locks. Really? That's it? Too much power for one guy to handle? Somehow, I doubt it. I think there's more to it than that, after reading Craig's recent revelation in The Guardian that his scantily clad ocean scene in Casino Royale came about entirely by accident. I think the whole experience has put the actor off skimpy spandex shorts.
A strange triumvirate of pop-culture icons came together Tuesday in New York City to introduce Best Buy's new Black Tie Protection -- which seems to feature Geek Squad members who dress like Chuck and protect your gadgets from infiltration. Or something. Anyway, Rather than getting Chuck, Best Buy brought three famous "protectors" to their Columbus Circle branch: Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate: SG-1), Tanya Roberts (Charlie's Angels, A View to a Kill) and Steven Seagal (Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Out for Justice... the list goes on and on). They arrived individually, in Geek Squad vehicles, with the plan that each of them would briefly discuss their character histories, their technical prowess and the importance of protection with a DJ from Z-100, who was acting as hostess. Anderson and Roberts' entrances went off more or less without a hitch, but once Seagal showed up, things got a little weird.
Product placement has long been a part of the James Bond franchise. Many of Bond's toys are pure technological fiction, usually cooked up by a frequently exasperated Q, but some of the gadgets and toys have real-life counterparts. Which means there's real-life money to be made from them. Variety has come out with a list of some of the brands that will hype Quantum of Solace in ad campaigns, and in turn be hyped by the film. First on the list is a diminutive golden roller skate that remarkably comes equipped with air bags. Oh, wait. No. That's actually the Ka -- Ford's wee European hatchback.
Amy Winehouse may have said "no, no, no" to rehab (until recently, anyway), but she's saying "yes, yes, yes" to a song for the next James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The Guardian is reporting that Winehouse is "working on the theme song" with Mark Ronson, who also produced her Back to Black album.