I've never really watched an entire episode of Ice Road Truckers, mostly because I already get a close enough look at big rigs moving at unsafe speeds every winter when I get on the New York and New Jersey highways. But apparently it's a popular show, so popular that they're making a feature film out of it. While Hollywood has had a long love affair with truckers (Smokey and the Bandit, Convoy, Black Dog, Over the Top, Big Trouble in Little China), the "truckers vs. the elements" angle has never really been explored. But who could play this rare breed of thrill-seeking, steady-handed daredevils? Since they change up the show's roster every season, we simply picked out some of the actors we think would make great truck drivers. No judgment, just a feeling.
When I heard about Facebook: The Movie, two thoughts came to mind: 1) Crap! Hollywood is now making remakes of websites?!! and 2) Crap! It's going to be one of those interactive movies like Mr. Payback. I'm going to go see Facebook: The Movie, and at the theater Hasbro will sue me, weirdos will try to befriend me, my identity will be stolen and the seat is going to try to SuperPoke me. Then I learned here that Facebook: The Movie is about the creation of the site, not the site itself. There's a Facebook group devoted to Aaron Sorkin's upcoming movie. I joined it, making it the third group I belong to on the site I joined solely because I was in grad school. Since they didn't ask my help in casting, I won't bother with FBTM. But here are some suggestions for other filmmakers thinking about making a movie about a website.
As a computer programmer with 21 years of experience, I am not unfamiliar with Microsoft products, nor am I unfamiliar with Microsoft tactics. So you'll have to forgive the cynicism as I report that Halo: The Movie may finally see the light of day. It appears that Stuart Beattie, the scribe responsible for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, has written a spec script for Halo: Fall of Reach. LatinoReview.com offers numerous details on the plot, including the adapted screenplay's origins as a novel of the same name. The Team Xbox website (or as the MPAA would call it, Team NC-17Box) even has images of concept art made by conceptual artist Kasra Farahani. Sounds like it's a go, right? Not so fast, heavily panting gamers! One spec script and a few images by folks with free time does not a movie make.
No, I'm not having gastro-intestinal problems. Well, I am, but that's a story for another time. No, by "G.I. Woes," I mean that the G.I. Joe live-action movie, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, is seemingly going down a very strange, woe-begotten path. (And I don't mean the path to pornography that the film's subtitle implies. Apparently, "Arousal of Python" was already taken.)
I am officially declaring today Talking Animals Day. Among the other gabby movie animals in the news today, it seems hungry bears have also stumbled into today's headlines in a big way: pop culture's oldest, Yogi Bear, and newest, Po, will both be heading to the big screen. True, we reported back in August that DreamWorks Animation was planning a sequel to the overwhelmingly successful Kung Fu Panda, but it was announced today that both Jack Black and Angelina Jolie among other original cast members, would be coming back. The original film's writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have also signed on for the sequel, which will be directed by the original's head of story, Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The sequel, to be released in 2011, will follow panda bear Po, the world's biggest kung fu fan, as he continues his journey as the chosen one who fulfills an ancient prophecy while mastering the art of kung fu. And also, no doubt, eating all of Monkey's cookies along the way.
Apparently, I'm crazy. At least, that's what Odie Henderson thinks, since I found the trailer for Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie to be awesome, and Odie thinks it is worthy of a torch enema. I personally think Odie is a little crazy, but I understand why people are protective of the classic graphic novel. Which is why I may have just the thing for Mr. H. and others of his mindset: a Watchmen movie that exactly follows the comic book -- to the word, and to the line.
So we all heard about the spate of Iron Man and Avengers-related films that Marvel is putting into development in the wake of Iron Man's success. But it seems like Shellhead's big box office has done more than that. As a long-time Iron Man fan, and a pretty big comic book reader, I had no idea that Iron Man was considered second-tier. But apparently, he was a huge gamble compared to known superheroes like Spider-Man, Hulk, Batman, Superman and, uh, Ghost Rider. (Okay, I guess they're all pretty big players, but Blade was totally second-tier, and didn't he do pretty well, considering he got two sequels? But I digress.) Anyway, because a no-name superhero like Iron Man did well, B-list heroes are getting booked for big-screen endeavors in a big way.
Filmmakers face many problems when trying to translate a TV series into a full-length feature film, and the folks who made Sex and the City stumbled on each of them.
First and most importantly, there's that whole issue of trying to make it bigger than an episode of the series, in length and in the weight of the story it's telling. Sex and the City definitely succeeds in length, ballooning it to nearly 2 1/2 hours, but for what reason, exactly? Nothing in the movie seems to carry any more weight or, really, advance the story of these four single gals beyond where they were when the series ended. And that's unfortunate, considering that main character Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) was acting like a nearly-40-year-old baby when the show last aired.
If you were one of the over 52 million viewers who tuned in to see the last episode of Friends, wishing it could go on and on, and were elated when rumors surfaced of a big-screen movie, I have bad news for you: It isn't happening. If, on the other hand, you were one of the over 52 million viewers who tuned in to see the last episode of Friends, just to make sure it was really and truly finally dead, and were annoyed when rumors surfaced of a big screen movie, I have good news for you: It isn't happening!