Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"The Forbidden Kingdom" New Poster

I've been back and forth about this film. When I first heard Chan and Li would be in a film together I was excited, but with the first trailer revealing that it's more cheesy Jackie Chan than epic Jet Li, my hopes dissipated. Then my interest was renewed after a second trailer was released and displayed some great fight scenes. 

The film is directed by Rob Minkoff,  now I loved The Lion King (who didn't?) Stuart Little was just okay, and The Haunted Mansion was horrible, so I can't really determine whether I'll like it or not on that, but, wait, a Disney director doing a kung fu movie? That does worry me. But, the writer, John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo) encourages me as does the fact that the fight choreography in the film was done by Yuen Wo Ping, who choreographed the complete Matrix trilogy and both Kill Bill movies. So basically, it's a coin toss. The Forbidden Kingdom arrives in theaters on April 18th. 

"Monsters vs. Aliens" First Look

Here's the first look at Monsters vs. Aliens, DreamsWorks next venture into animation after Kung-Fu Panda and Madagascar: The Crate Escape are released later this year. 
"Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a modern-day California girl who has the bad luck to be hit by a meteor on her wedding day and grows to be 49 feet, 11½ inches tall (a wink at 1958's The Attack of the 50-Foot Woman). Captured by the military, she's renamed Ginormica.
Joining her giantess to fend off Rainn Wilson's evil alien Gallaxhar are Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie), the jellylike B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) and the half-ape, half-fish Missing Link (Will Arnett). Kiefer Sutherland speaks for Gen. W.R. Monger (get it?), and Stephen Colbert is the president."  
I'm sure it'll be entertaining, but I'm not sure I'll be all that impressed with DreamsWorks attempt at one-upping Pixar, especially with higher ticket price, courtesy of "the ultimate 3-D." Hearing the voices of House, Dwight Schrute, Colbert, and Seth Rogen, voices popular to younger demographics, can only benefit the 1950's sci-fi spoof. Just in case, however, we have other attempts at 3-D, which include 20th Century Fox's Ice Age 3, due in July 2009; Disney's motion-capture A Christmas Carol, November 2009; and Pixar's Toy Story 3, 2010 to look forward to as well. 
Seen above: Susan, the giant Insectosaurus, Dr. Cockroach (on her shoulder), Missing Link and B.O.B.

"Superman" to Return Again

Earlier today, IESB reported a rumor that Bryan Singer was working a Superman Returns sequel, now Empire has confirmed the rumor.

Many have doubted the making of the film’s sequel because the first film was considered a dud. O contraire says Singer:

“That movie made $400 million! I don’t know what constitutes under-performing these days...Look, I can understand, I suppose, what some people mean. Perhaps some people went in with the expectation of it being like an X-Men film, and Superman is a tougher character than that. Especially bringing him back. It really goes back to the fact that you can only please some of the people some of the time. But, yes, I’m just getting back with writers after the strike. We’re just in the development phase. I’m starting to develop a sequel...with the intention of directing it."

Singer goes on to say that he knows that there was some negative reaction to the romance and nostalgia in the first film, which caused an expense to the action. And though he’s not apologizing for that, he is looking to change it the next time around. Now that the characters are established, the body count will increase and the Man of Steel will be put to work.

I enjoyed Singer’s first turn at the franchise, Singer’s passion for the story was obvious and Brandon Routh was no disappointment. It’ll be great to see them both exhibit their action skills.

Monday, March 10, 2008

First Shot of Beyonce as Etta James

Because I like most of the cast, I am trying to be enthusiastic about Cadillac Records. The only thing holding be back is Beyonce Knowles who is set to star as Etta James. Maybe this is because I really haven't been impressed with anything Beyonce has done in the past, but now, with the first look at Beyonce's Etta, I'm really not convinced. 

There's also a shot of Adrien Brody, who plays legendary record produce Len Chess. Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Cedric The Entertainer co-star in the movie, which chronicles the rise and fall of influential R&B record label Chess Records.

Etta James spoke to PageSix about Beyonce playing her, “Etta James ain’t been no angel!” she said at the time. “I don’t think she looks like me, but that’s all right. They can fix that

Personally, I don't think putting a blonde wig on Beyonce makes her Etta. They don't look alike, and they certainly don't sound alike. Etta is going to work with Beyonce on both the acting and singing, so hopefully that can make it work, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Page Six

New "Ice Age" Standee

Here's the first standee for 20th Century fox's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the third installment of the Ice Age franchise. 

The image is from this weekend's ShoWest in Las Vegas. The film is set for a July 1st 2009 release. IESB

Final "Crystal Skull" Poster

After about 15,000 of them, here's the final poster for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, out in late May. USA Today

Apatow and Sandler Teaming Up

Judd Apatow is gearing up to work with Adam Sandler again. The two recently worked together (with Robert Smigel) on the script for Sandler’s next film, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, out this June. Now Apatow will direct Sandler in their next feature, currently untitled. Seth Rogen and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann will also star in the film, but, unfortunately Apatow won’t reveal anything about the plot, and this time around he's the only writer working on the script.

Production on the film next will begin in late summer or early fall, pending the actor’s strike, and will be distributed by Universal. I wish we had more details, but with how great Apatow’s last two turns at directing were, I'm certain his next movie will be no upset. Variety

Sunday, March 9, 2008

"The Bank Job" is no rip-off: Quickie Review

Despite thin characters and an erratic tone, the film is smart and gives a good hit of history.  Also, you do see Statham give at least one of his signature beat-downs. Final say: could have been better, worth it anyway. 

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mark's Payne

Here's the first look at Mark Wahlberg in the film adaptation of Max Payne. Wahlberg will take the roll of Max Payne. I'm not too excited about this film as the game to film genre hasn't impressed me lately, and recent reports that it's shooting for a PG-13 rating don't bode well either, but they do have some quality people in this production, so hopefully it sets a new standard. John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix) will be directing. 

Shooting has just started on the film and it will be released sometime in 2009. Dark Zero

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lohman to Replace Page in "Hell"

 Alison Lohman (Matchstick Men) will replace Ellen Page in Sam Raimi's horror film Drag Me to Hell. 

The Oscar nominee dropped out of the film last week, facing a scheduling conflict. Now it will be Lohman who plays a woman who is the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse in the story written by Raimi and his brother, Ivan.

Principal photography is now scheduled to begin March 31st in Los Angeles, two weeks later than originally planned. 

I can't think of a better sub, Lohman is very talented and they even look alike.

Monday, March 3, 2008

"Rosemary's Baby" Remake in the Works?

I'm just as horrified as she is. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is a leading culprit in the hollywood trend of classic horror remakes with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Hitcher already made, and redos of The Birds, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th in the works.

Now they've added another to their list - Rosemary's Baby. Ira Levin's 1967 horror novel was turned into Roman Polanski's most famous film the following year and a true classic was born.

The original concerns a young couple - Guy and Rosemary (John Cassavetes and Mia Farrow) - living in Manhattan. Shortly after settling into their new apartment, she becomes pregnant and slowly falls very ill. Paranoia and suspicion of witchcraft at work ensues as she begins to uncover that she may give birth to the devil's son.

Now, reports have surfaced that Dunes is currently seeking writer's to adapt the project. 
I can only say that the surely inferior remake will show great disrespect to both the original and its source material, and hope that the plans fall through. 

Allen to Make a "Crazy" Directorial Debut

It looks like Tim Allen is tired of doing goofy comedies, reports have surfaced that Allen will direct and star in Crazy on the Outside, an indie adult comedy. 

Written by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee, the indie will focus on an "ex-con who finds his life outside of prison to be much crazier, especially once he enters his sister's world." Ray Liotta, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Kelsey Grammer are all in negotiations. Considering that his only other directorial credit is an episode of Home Improvement in 1999, I don't think this will be a big career change for Allen. Source 

Friday, February 29, 2008

New "Pathology" Trailer

Here is the newest trailer from the upcoming thriller Pathology. 
Some say that Pathology is a window to God. As doctors, they see the perversion and corruption of the flesh by all means unnatural…by violence…by toxin…by madness…to determine the cause of death. As a result they are the experts in all signs of foul play and the best in the field can uncover all means of killing, even those that are seemingly undetectable.

When med school student Ted Gray (Milo Ventimiglia) graduates top of his class he joins one of the nation's most prestigious Pathology programs. With talent and determination Ted is quickly noticed by the program's privileged and elite band of pathology interns who invite him into their crowd. Intrigued by his new friends he begins to uncover secrets he never expected and finds that he has unknowingly become a pawn in their dangerous and secret after-hours game at the morgue of who can commit the perfect undetectable murder. As Ted becomes seduced into their wild extracurricular activities the danger becomes real and he must stay one step ahead of the game before he is the next victim.

Pathology is directed by German filmmaker Marc Schoelermann and written by Crank writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film arrives in theaters on April 18th. 

Indy to Premiere at Cannes

A few days ago we reported a rumor that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Now Variety seems to have some confirmation today, saying that the film will premiere on Sunday, May 18th in Cannes. While the deal isn't official, apparently those are the preliminary details for Indy's return as Steven Spielberg and his cast have already been told to prepare for an appearance on the red carpet in Cannes this May. The French festival will be held from May 15th to 25th this year. 

Do YOU Believe in Harvey Dent?

A new viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight has surfaced. Late last year Warner Brothers launched a few viral campaigns involving a fictitious Gotham Times newspaper and Joker's army recruitments with actual paid cell phones. This time the marketing ploy focuses on Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart in the movie. 

The viral website ibelieveinharveydent.com has an e-mail sign up that asks for people to "join the fight for Gotham." It will be interesting to see what other marketing strategies Warner Bros. comes up with until the film's release on July 18th.