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    Friday
    Sep102010

    Country Strong Trailer

    After the Oscar success of "Crazy Heart" here comes another boozehound country singer redemption tale, only this time it's a female singer played by Gwyneth Paltrow and she has a loving hubby/manager supporting her, played by real life Country legend Tim McGraw.

    This looks like standard fare that can be elevated by the lead performances, throw in a young maverick country star (Garrett Hedlund) who strikes up a relationship with Paltrow's older strummer and helps her get back on track with a comeback tour, as well as a young female rival (Leighton Meester) and this is likely to be a solid drama with a decent soundtrack.

     

    Friday
    Sep102010

    John McTiernan Returns To The Directors Chair With Shrapnel

    John McTiernan was the man in the late 80's when it came to action movies, delivering classics "Die Hard" and "Predator" back to back, however he has not made a film since the underwhelming "Basic" in 2003 and has spent the last few years in legal trouble, however he is set to return to the fray with a new movie entitled "Shrapnel" according to the Trades.

    The film, not to be confused with the in development comic book adaption, is centered on two war veterans engaged in a game of cat and mouse, the script is by Evan Daughtery and featured on the 2008 Black List. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.

    I'd love to see McTiernan recapture his glory days with this film, casting-wise maybe he can call on some old friends to give the film a star power boost, Bruce Willis and John Travolta maybe?

    Friday
    Sep102010

    Whatever Happened to Tony Manero?

    Similar to Betty White, John Travolta is someone who people never stopped liking (if not loving). It had to do with a weak slate of properties that put his career in the gutter from the mid 80s to early 90s. We’re not talking about a "Fuck that asshole!" mentality with the public unlike say Tom Cruise. So when he had his comeback with Pulp Fiction in '94, everyone was happy to see him back and boy did they enjoy the subsequent films he headlined from then until 2000's Battlefield: Earth.

    Thing is Travolta couldn't maintain his position at the top forever and the past decade was filled again with duds. Hairspray might have his only success in the aughts. Maybe by that point when he reached his 50s, he just said, "Fuck it." Take gigs that pay well and allow him off time to spend with his family – can’t knock the guy for that.

    It’s with that "Fuck it!" mindset What's Playing reports Travolta and Paramount are eyeing a third Ton Manero movie. Saturday Night Fever was, of course, the film that took Travolta from TV star to full-fledged movie stardom and though revisionist history says otherwise, its sequel Staying Alive was actually a hit back in the summer of '83.

    At this early stage, there's no indication whether they have some semblance of a story hatched and/or discussions with outside figures beyond Travolta (i.e. directors, writers, other actors, etc.). But considering how great Rocky Balboa turned out, no one can immediately dismiss this idea.

    Just don't start talking with Sony about Look Who's Talking 4 while you're at it, John!

    Friday
    Sep102010

    "The Flash" Treatment Handed In!

    Marc Guggenheim, one part of the writing trio behind the upcoming Green Lantern revealed to Newsarama that their treatment for The Flash has been handed in to the studio.

    "We've turned in the treatment for Flash," Guggenheim said of the movie, which will be based on the DC Comics speedster. "And we're talking about Green Lantern 2."

    It was previously reported that the same writing team responsible for Green Lantern had not only been commissioned to put something together for The Flash, but also Green Lantern 2 as well. The rumor at the time was that Warner Bros was so confident in the film they were willing to move forward with scripts for an entire trilogy. Despite the rumours though, only that of Green Lantern 2 and the treatment handed in for The Flash were true.

    "It would be a quality problem to have, to think about a third. But one step at a time,"

    "I think where that came out of was, when Greg Berlanti originally pitched the movie to Warner Bros., he pitched three movies. So there's always been, and he's said this publicly, that there's always been enough story for a trilogy," Guggenheim said. "The scope of the character and the character's world requires that. But we're really just focusing on the treatment for Green Lantern 2.

    "And I know that everyone involved in the production of the movie is just focusing on completing the first film," he added.

    It sounds like WB is finally ready to take it to Marvel. They saw a weak spot with craptacular looking Thor and Captain America, and now they're ready to plan an all out comic book movie war! Slightly dramatic I know, but I think the films being developed and planned at WB/DC have a lot more potential then anything happening at Marvel right now. Except maybe the Avengers, but I doubt that will do Superman or Batman numbers come 2012.

    Friday
    Sep102010

    First Deathly Hallows TV Spot

    Argh, why wasn't I watching The Vampire Diaries tonight?  Oh, that's right...I don't watch that show.  But if I did, I would have gotten to see this first official TV spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, an HD version of which has nicely made its way onto YouTube in record time:

    I see they went for the non-bloody hands Hermione for this spot (will they make up their minds on this shot already?).  The commercial also gave us some new Seven Potters goodness, a shot of one of the Grimmauld Place defenses, proved that Kingsley Shacklebolt's "They are coming" warning will be just as terrifying as it was in the book, and hinted that both Voldemort and Nagini have the potential to look even more freakishly evil in IMAX 3D.  

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opens in theaters on November 19th.

    Thursday
    Sep092010

    New Clip from Let Me In

    Yahoo Movies has debuted a new clip from the upcoming horror film Let Me In, due to open in theaters on October 1st.  An American remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In (which was based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist), Let Me In is the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy and his best friend, who just happens to be a vampire.

    I am so utterly sick of the whole vampire thing (thank you, Twilight), and I have to admit that I have not yet seen Let the Right One In, but this scene was intriguing enough to make me want to give this version a shot, mostly because the performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) look terrific.  Although I will have to finally check out the original film before I see this one.  

    Wednesday
    Sep082010

    New Photos of Captain America's Suit surface Online!

    The first on set photos of Captain Americas suit have been revealed online via The Daily Mail.

    Apparently it's a stuntman in the suit and not Chris Evans himself in the photos. The scene involves a motorbike chase between Steve Rogers and agents of H.Y.D.R.A. I have to say, I don't know if it's just the angle or because we're not seeing it in action, but the suit looks like shit in these photos. Also being that the film is primarily a period piece set in the world war II era the bad guys and their bikes also look god awful in comparison to what I expected to see. However Thor did look like all kinds of ass until the footage revealed showed the suits and sets in a much more flattering light, on the other hand they did still look pretty damn cheesy in action much like what I'll now be expecting from Cap.

    Captain America: The First Avenger opens everywhere July 22, 2011.

    Wednesday
    Sep082010

    First poster for 'The Cold Light of Day'

    Summit Entertainment has released the first poster for the action-thriller, The Cold Light of Day.  The film, starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sirgourney Weaver, started filming yesterday in Spain.  Read the synopsis for the flick below: 

    THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY is an action thriller that centers on a young American whose family is kidnapped while on a vacation to Spain.  He is left with only hours to find and the connection between their disappearance and his father’s secrets.

    Wednesday
    Sep082010

    The Dark Tower: a Movie Trilogy and a TV Series!

    Big news for fans of Stephen King's epic gunslinger book series The Dark TowerDeadline is reporting that Universal Pictures and NBC-TV have closed a deal that will bring the seven (and soon to be eight)-part series not only to theaters as a trilogy of films but that it will also be coming to network TV as a weekly series.

    Both the first film and the first season of the TV series will be directed by Ron Howard (his first TV directing gig since the 80s), from scripts written by Akiva Goldsman.  Howard's Imagine Entertainment will produce.

    The Dark Tower is sort of a cowboy-meets-Lord-of-the-Rings fantasy story about the character of Roland Deschain, the last of a knightly order of gunslingers who seeks the Dark Tower to save his crumbling mythical world.  And it's written by Stephen King, so you can just envision how twisted the whole thing gets.  There has also been a popular Marvel Comics series based around the original seven books.

    For awhile, it appeared that Lost co-creators JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were set to adapt the series for the film version.  King even optioned The Dark Tower to them for only $19, which, if you've read the books, is significant to the story (King himself was huge Lost fan).  But even they had some trouble sorting out the complicated plotline for a film adaptation, and the trio was reluctant to commit to such a huge project so soon after the completion of Lost.  They dropped out of the project in April, and Howard & crew jumped on board.

    It sounds like a massive project - with a season of the TV series to follow each of the first two films, although there is no confirmation as to exactly how many episodes each season of the series will have.  But it's a huge property, so it looks like they're certainly going to do their damndest to do it justice.  At least they better - I know too many Dark Tower fans who will be pissed if they don't.

    Wednesday
    Sep082010

    Martin Freeman Not Out of The Hobbit Business Just Yet!

    Fuck a duck! The UK tabloids were dead on. Huh.

    In an update on the story from yesterday, Entertainment Weekly confirms Martin Freeman was indeed offered a seven-figure payday to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. While verifying the British actor turned it down (due to his prior commitments to another season of Sherlock), word is Warner Brothers/MGM aren't taking "No" for an answer just yet.

    The studios have punched up a proposed schedule that would allow Freeman to finish his arrangements to the hit BBC series (He's booked up for 20 weeks worth of work next year) and headline the two Hobbit movies. All parties are working to reach a deal.

    Certainly an interesting development and a positive note for fans desperately waiting to hear good news on the troubled productions' front. So does this suddenly make me change my tune on my thoughts The Hobbit won't happen anytime soon? Nope, there are still plenty of other things to get done before cameras can roll in New Zealand – namely sort out MGM’s money woes and determine just who the Hell is directing this.