Saturday, August 29, 2009

Red Sonja is delayed for now

Remember when we told you that a teaser trailer was coming soon for Red Sonja, the Robert Rodriguez/Rose McGowan feature film? Well, McGowan has Twittered her way into the headlines with these heart-breaking words:

"To clarify press reports: Red Sonja is delayed. I pulled out of doing it in '09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow Conan."

Well, she's referring to the Brett Ratner directed Conan movie that's set for release later next year. Here's what else she had to say:

"I am still contracted to do it, Red Sonja. Hopefully filming in '10 not '09."

Well, we can forget about the trailer we were looking forward to.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tony: Adventureland DVD review

Last week we began to do DVD reviews because our blog is so young. This week, we bring you Adventureland which was released on DVD yesterday. The movie is directed by Greg Mottola who also directed Superbad. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame.

The movie is about a young man named James Brennan (Eisenberg) who is in desperate need of a summer job. He gets a job at Adventureland, a theme park, and meets Em (Stewart). The movie is about overcoming insecurities and accepting who you really are... this is where the movie does very well. The emotion the actors bring to the table is really great. You see this developing relationship between James and Em, and it's believable. The acting is top notch. Even the supporting cast is great, they all add something to the movie that is needed for the story.

Where I feel that the movie fell a little flat was in the pacing and editing. There were maybe 5 or 6 scene I would have cut out of the movie all together. There were a few scenes that were identical, and didn't really move the story forward. My thought is, the director left them in to establish the character's self-esteem issues.

Another thing about this movie that needs to be established is that it is NOT a comedy. It definitely has funny parts and the dialogue is very sophisticated. But again, to categorize this movie as a comedy is in correct. It's a romantic-comedy at best, but a dramedy is a better description.

Overall the movie is worth renting. I would say save your money because this is a movie you're not going to watch twice. The cast is great, the story is decent, but the directing was lacking. But still watch it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Susan Sarandon joins Wall Street 2

Susan Sarandon has joined the cast of Wall Street 2, the sequel to the award winning original. She is set to play Shia LeBeouf's mom. This doesn't really come as a surprise, lady can act! She is in the upcoming The Lovely Bones and won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking.

The sequel is being written by Allan Loeb. Also cast so far are: Frank Langella and Michael Douglas, who will play the same character as the first film, Gordon Gekko. Oliver Stone is directing the film. Looks like they're pulling all the stops and hiring real actor chops. Looking forward to this.

Relax... Megan Fox will NOT be playing Catwoman?


The Sun newspaper gave everyone that's a Batman fan a scare today... they reported Megan Fox was cast as Catwoman in the upcoming Batman 3. This scared every fan in the world because, well, she sucks. It's really that simple, she's a terrible actress. Christopher Nolan hasn't even been confirmed as director yet, much less casting. There is no way this rumor is true. After the incredible casting of the first two movies, I doubt Nolan OR Warner Brothers would approve of Megan Fox. So for now, lets relax and wait for the confirmation that she is NOT cast in Batman 3.

Thank you to /slashfilm for the picture.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hancock 2 is a go... writers hired

Last week the director of Hancock, Peter Berg, gave us a solid hint that a sequel was coming. Today, the news has been announced that Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara have been hired to write the script. Both writers come from a background in TV. That was quick! Well, the first movie made so much money, we knew it was a matter of time before this would happen.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Berg has hinted of a possible third God getting into the mix. To be honest, that was what I liked least about the first movie. The idea of an alcoholic superhero that swears and destroys more than he saves, BRILLIANT! It was executed well by the director and actors, the script just needed work. So hopefully this go around they can do it right. Anyone up for a Hancock sequel?

The Princess and the Frog featurette

/slashfilm got a hold of a great featurette about the upcoming Disney pic, The Princess and the Frog. The animation looks amazing (pay attention to the man getting up from the ground). The colors are so vibrant, it would be easy to mistake this for a CGI animation pic. Also, the character of Dr. Facilier played by Keith David (ATL, Barber Shop) is going to be good... real good! Disney has these great villains that are so unforgettable, Dr. Facilier will be one of those. Enjoy the clip and keep it here for more Disney animation news.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Guest Review: Albert D.: "Inglourious Basterds"

When I saw the trailer to this flick, I knew it was going to be good. I guess at first it was partly because it was staring one of my favorite actors, Brad Pitt, as well as the very funny B. J. Novak, who can be seen on a little show called "The Office." And Yes, I have to admit that the fact that Quentin Tarantino was directing was a plus... at first.

Thing is, and I’m 100% sure Matt is going to kick my ass for this, but the only thing that made this movie such a drag was Quentin Tarantino and his wannabe "original" directing style. He literally spent at least 15 minutes of the movie on close up shots of things like lips or eyes. No joke - I almost fell asleep 2 times from the constant close ups, and the ridiculously long dialogs you had to read. Yeah that’s right, did I mention that only about 10% of the movie is in English! Most of the movie is dialog, and I think there were only a few action scenes.

Brad Pitt plays Lt. Aldo Raine who is the leader of the Bastards, and is accompanied by Jewish American soldiers with only 1 objective, to put absolute fear into the heart of the German army. Later, they are given a mission to attempt take out the entire German Nazi leadership in a single mission. Adolf Hitler and his top advisers are meeting at a film premiere in Paris celebrating the exploits of a German sniper who had managed to kill 300 American soldiers. I've never heard of Christoph Waltz until today, but he is pure genius in this movie, holy crap. “The Jew Hunter” will literally make you want to pee your pants after seeing him brake down people for information.

I’m pretty sure most people are going to disagree with me about the directing, but I don’t really care. I agree that directing movies is a really hard thing to do. I give directors a great deal of respect, but to label them geniuses, or anything near that, is strictly a matter of opinion. I can’t stand people throwing around the word genius; as if anyone that has mastered their craft automatically gets labeled a genius. I think a director is supposed to tell a story so the viewer can see the movie through HIS own eyes, to entertain his audience, not bore them to death with the methods used by all of his predecessors.

The movie itself is an extremely entertaining story, other than the over-dramatic directing by Tarantino. I really enjoyed this movie. I’m totally sure if anyone else directed this movie, I would have enjoyed it way, way more.

4 out of 5 Stars for "Inglourious Basterds"

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The 'Basterds' win the weekend box office

Quentin Tarantino has done it again... won the weekend box office. Inglourious Basterds took in 37.6 million dollars Friday to Sunday. The industry experts predicted 25 million. The film marks Tarantino's biggest opening ever, beating out Kill Bill Vol. 2 back in 2004; that movie took in 25 million its first weekend. The movie had great reviews from both fans and critics. AtD reviews coming soon.

District 9 was the surprise hit last week, and continued to do well this week. The film took in a great 18.9 million dollars in its second week. G.I. Joe fell to third, but is doing well at 120+ million so far.

Tarantino's long time friend and collaborator, Robert Rodriguez had Shorts, a family film, hit the top ten this week. The movie took in 6.6 million and is expected to have a long run through September as kids are going back to school. Here's the rest of the top ten:


1. "Inglourious Basterds," $37.6 million.

2. "District 9," $18.9 million.

3. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $12.5 million.

4. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $10 million.

5. "Julie & Julia," $9 million.

6. "Shorts," $6.6 million.

7. "G-Force," $4.2 million.

8. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $3.5 million.

9. "The Ugly Truth," $2.9 million.

10. "Post Grad," $2.8 million.

Quickie: The Ministers trailer

Check out this indie treat. The Ministers stars John Leguizamo playing dual roles in this movie reminiscent of The Boondock Saints. There are a lot of differences so I can't call it a complete rip-off. Check out the trailer and let us know if you'd watch this in theaters?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Quickie: "The Tournament" Trailer


So basically, every 6 years the world's greatest assassins assemble in a small, unsuspecting town and all battle it out to the death for a cash prize and bragging rights, and the entire "tournament" is bet on by the uber-rich.
They're also all tagged with a tracking device so that they always know each other's locations.

With me so far?

The problems start when a priest (played by Robert Carlyle) accidentally swallows one of those tracking devices, and all the assassins start to think he's an assassin himself.
Will he do whatever it takes to stay alive?
Aaaahhh.
Very nice.

Check out the cool trailer for "The Tournament" which also stars Ving Rhames and Kelly Hu:

Matt & Tony: The Quentin Tarantino Argument



As you know, this is "AtD: Movies with Matt & Tony." Matt and Tony don't see eye to eye on a lot of film topics, and today you'll see what we mean. This is a conversation about the film director Quentin Tarantino and his new film, "Inglourious Basterds." AtD's friend, Albert, started the conversation:

Albert:
Just saw it with the my girlfriend, opening night, which is the only way to see a movie. Amazing stuff. Go see it. The funny thing is, and i'm 100% sure Matt is going to kick my ass for this, but the only thing that made this movie such a drag was Quentin Tarantino and his wannabe "original" directing style. He literally spent at least 15 minutes of the movie on close up shots of things like lips or eyes. no joke i almost fell asleep 2 times from the constant reading, because only 10% of the movie is in English.

Most of the movie is dialog, maybe a few action scenes, and there is 2 VERY lengthy scene of 30 minutes of dialog, back and forth, back and forth. any normal director would of cut the ish out of all that nonsense. Brad Pitt was very funny in this. I've never heard of Christoph Waltz until today, but he is pure genius in this movie, holy cow. He will literally make you want to pee your pants after talking to him.


Matt:
Sorry, Al. here I go...
1. Zooming in on a facial feature is not original, (Kubrick? Coppola? Heck, even Chaplin? hahaha). that's what Tarantino does. he makes every movie a crazy homage collage of all his favorites. Matter of fact, every director does. Just like Langella and Scorsese constantly stole from Hitchcock.

2. Are you really complaining that a TARANTINO MOVIE had TOO MUCH DIALOGUE? Wow. I don't even know what to say. not only is that a "duh, no ish" but that's also a "ya, stupid, that's what makes it good."

Aaaand that's pretty much it.... Read More, write a review! Tony & I are already getting one from Jen, too. so this will be a cool 4-way review thing.


Tony:
Matt please, for your future wife's sake, stop kissing up to Tarantino every time we discuss movies. Pulp Fiction was original, yes... Everything else is a rip off of someone lesser known, yet its got a "Tarantino style". That's stupid. Oh and by the way, I will see the movie Monday for review so you don't say "you can't talk, you haven't seen it".


Matt:
Tony, please, let me kiss up to Tarantino if I want to. "Pulp Fiction" was not original. It was a rip off of a bunch of different Euro and Japanese movies. Heck, even the character's names and the way they're dressed is STRAIGHT from other films.
To find an "original director" you need to go wayyy back to Chaplin or Kurasawa. Every director rips off someone else. The difference with Tarantino is that he admits it often. Others only say it secretly in some documentary or something.

THERE IS such a thing as "Tarantino style". I can watch the "Inglourious Basterds" TRAILER and know that it's a Tarantino flick.

What makes a director good is the quality of the end product. That being said, Tarantino is already a master filmmaker at his young age. And please, for YOUR wife's sake, stop kissing up to James Cameron. The "highly anticipated" trailer for "Avatar" looks like ish. Its like a live-action "Delgo." Good luck with that.


Tony:
Agree to Disagree... But yes, there will be a Delgo lawsuit before you know it.



This is just one example of a Matt & Tony argument... more to come.

Quickie: Byran Singer to remake Excalibur & Battlestar Galactica

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Warner Brothers and Bryan Singer have signed a deal to film Excalibur, a remake of the 1981 John Boorman film about King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. This came as a bit of a surprise to us at AtD, considering Singer was signed on to do a different remake last week... Battlestar Galactica.

We didn't report much on the 'Battlestar' news, because quite frankly we're not big fans of the genre, or the TV series. So what is Singer thinking with all these remakes? I'll tell you what no one will say... guaranteed built in fan base. After the Superman Returns abomination, and a less than stellar Valkyrie film, he needs a commercial success. Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica will have a built in fan base, and will be easy to market.

As a fan, I would be excited to see his King Arthur point of view, but will skip on the sci-fi stuff. As for his career, these movies are a much needed change of pace. We'll have to really wait and see what happens. Keep it here.

Quickie: This Is It Michael Jackson film only getting two week release


The Michael Jackson film cut together from rehearsal footage has been pushed up two days. From October 30th to October 28th. And Sony Distribution, who won the rights to the film, has decided to release the film in theaters for only two weeks. This is about finances folks. If the movie is in theaters for two weeks, two things are going to happen. One thing is, the theaters will be packed each of the 14 days and nights. The second is, the DVD will be even more anticipated by people who couldn't make it to the theater. This is a great move on the studio's part. Look out, cause tickets go on sale September 27th for This Is It.

Quickie: Shutter Island delayed until 2010

Hey guys, we've got a disappointing post for a change. Shutter Island, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been pushed back from its initial October 2nd, 2009 release, to February 2010. And the reason? Money! Of course. DiCaprio is fully booked until the end of the year, which means he couldn't do press for the film even if he wanted to. So with DVD sales in dumps so far in 2009, the studio has to make as much money as it can while the film is in theatrical release.

This is an odd decision; especially considering the movie is already on Oscar watch. The movies released towards the end of the year always have a better chance at winning Oscars than earlier in the year. The only movie to win Oscars with an early release, Silence of the Lambs, also a February release. But we'll have to wait and see how Martin Scorsese's film does next year.

Quickie: Youth in Revolt trailer looks interesting

We at AtD love Michael Cera. His soft spoken sense of humor is just great. His new movie, Youth in Revolt, is an interesting change I think. Cera plays multiple characters in this romantic comedy of sorts. It's hard to explain, so just watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments. Also... pay attention to the Zack Galifianakis cameo, pretty funny.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Quickie: Twilight director set for Little Red Riding Hood movie

Catherine Hardwicke has been hired to direct the Leonardo DiCaprio produced, Little Red Riding Hood. As previously mentioned on this blog, it will be a Gothic take on the children's classic. Catherine Hardwicke directed Twilight, but was fired from the sequels because of the conflicts between her and cast members... so say the tabloids. There were some cast members that spoke up and added validity to the story, but nothing was officially released from the studio agreeing or denying. I think Hardwicke is very capable, but we'll have to see the finished product before we can say this was a bad idea to start!

Avatar trailer.. 'nuff said

We've been waiting a long time for this, a reallly long time. The long awaited, high anticipated debut of the James Cameron trailer for Avatar. I will talk more about the trailer after you get a chance to see it. But I will tell you a few things: It is stunning, visually, Cameron promised it was different than anything we've ever seen before. We have no idea what the plot is, and there is no dialogue in the trailer, but it is a hell of a trailer.

I don't want to give anything else away, please watch and read towards the bottom.




Now I'm seeing blogs all over the net complaining about the trailer, and that it doesn't live up to the hype, really though? It is two minutes form a two hour movie. We have to base the movie on what we see in the trailer, and what we see is amazing! Sam Worthington looks like he is hurt or paralyzed in some way, shape or form. We see him going into a procedure of some sort, and taken to a world unlike ours.

So if you want ask me, did the trailer do its job? Yes! Now, I don't want to sound bias, but I wanted to see this movie regardless of the trailer because it's James f'in Cameron! The man is a genius. He is so good at what he does, it takes him a decade to finish his films. Ok, that's a bit of an over exaggeration but still! Give us your thought. Do you want to see this movie with or without the trailer? And did the trailer let you down or excite you?

Quickie: Wolfman trailer... whoa

We haven't talked to you much about this one, but here goes. The movie stars Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and the always beautiful Emily Blunt. It has a very interesting look and style I think you will all like, enjoy!


Quickie: Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story trailer

Just enjoy...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quickie: We love Revenge of the Suck


Hey folks, it's that time again. We here at AtD love makin' fun of "Transformers: Revenge of the SUCK" and I found a nice little tidbit I'd like to share with everyone. Entertainment Weekly recently quoted Megan Fox, star of "Transformers," as saying the following: "I'm in the movie, and I read the script, and I watched the movie, and I still didn't know what was happening." Umm.. yeah. Pretty self-explanatory.

Quickie: Earth vs. Moon?

Screenwriters/producers Paul Wenick and Rhett Reese have a new project they're working on called "Earth vs. Moon." FirstShowing is reporting that Wenick and Reese got the concept from Stephen Hawking’s TED speech that talks about the "necessity to colonize other worlds and set up a backup society which could avoid the natural biological and human created dangers of Earth." Hmmm... that sounds really cool.

The duo actually wanted to make a video game at first, but when they pitched it as a movie to Universal, Universal dug it. Wernick describes the movie as being a “hardcore, 300-style movie with some comic relief to it, but about the Earth and a colony on the moon essentially in a civil war.” The story is set in the future. The scale will apparently be so large, that “it’s either going to be made at a grand scale for $200 million or not at all.” Even though it will be on such a massive scale, they say it will center around a single family to show the emotion that would be involved in such an ordeal.

The team is hoping to get Will Smith to star. Sounds like another awesome summer blockbuster for the Fresh Prince!

Quickie: Robert Redford Abraham Lincoln movie coming soon

THR’s RiskyBizBlog is reporting that an Abraham Lincoln assassination film to be directed by Robert Redford is in the works.

"The Conspirator" will be about Mary Surrat, an accomplice of John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin. She was the first female to be executed by the U.S. Government. The script was written by James Solomon, and is probably influenced by the book "The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln" by Kate Clifford.

There's no word yet on who will play the leading role, but James McAvoy ("Atonement," "Wanted") is in talks to be the lead male possibly as John Surrat, Mary's son, who had his own plot to kidnap Lincoln. It's funny to see how the financing for this film will work out for Redford, seeing as how Steven Speilberg is still having trouble with his own Lincoln flick, and Redford's last directorial outing, "Lions for Lambs," didn't do so well at the box office. Stay tuned in for more on these two later!

Quickie: Hancock 2 coming soon?

joblo.com is reporting that Hancock 2 may be fast approaching us. The director Peter Berg was recently quoted as saying this:
[The studio would] like to fast-track it, but Will's busy, I'm pretty busy… We're excited to do one, but we want the script to be right and the movie to be right. We don't feel a burning imperative to go right back into it.
So what can we expect? A Summer of 2011 Hancock 2? Is everyone really ready for a sequel to the average original? To be honest with you, I enjoyed the first movie. Matt didn't like it at all, but we always Agree to Disagree ;-).

All the things people hated about it were true, but I didn't care. Yes the movie took itself too serious, yes the dialogue was crap, and yes there wasn't enough action. But it was still entertaining. Would Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron be ok with a sequel? Will Smith is the king of Fourth of July releases; so a July 1st, 2011 lands on a Friday, what's up now!? We'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Guest Review: Tanya M: 500 Days of Summer

The tagline for 500 Days of Summer reads: “This is not a love story. This is a story about love.” Fooooor real. If you’ve ever been in love with someone and it didn’t work out – this is the movie for you. “500 days” is about Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) an under-achiever who believes he’ll never be happy; until he suddenly meets and falls in love with Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Summer is beautiful, smart, charming, and upfront – she does not want to be in a relationship. Tom ignores this and still pursues her. With the assistance of a narrator, what follows is a back-and-forth jump through Tom’s 500-day obsession with Summer.

It’s hard to explain the rest of the story without giving anything away. I can tell you that it’s a visual treat, it’s highly electric, it has a killer soundtrack and it is really funny. Oh, I can also tell you I absolutely loved this movie!!! The plot is great. It’s realistic and still filled with enough comedy and cartoonish scenes that make it highly entertaining. The actors are fabulous. Levitt (10 Things I Hate About You) and Deschanel (Yes, Man) are familiar faces that audiences love to see and whose performances are flawless and a good fit for their characters.

The Director, Marc Webb, is a virtual un-known, whose only credit to fame is, well, this film. He has a great eye for what works and what doesn’t. More importantly, he has already mastered the art of not trying to fit 100 pounds of crap in a 50 pound bag… you know what I’m saying? He does what I didn’t do right here – he gets to the point.

One of the hits at this years’ Sundance Film Festival, “500 Days” is reminiscent of another Sundance favorite, Juno. What both share in common, other than their visual aspects, are their superb screenplays. The smart, quirky comedy in both is what makes them refreshing and enjoyable; and while I would love to quote different lines from the picture, I think it would be best to let you see it for yourself and enjoy the piece all at once.

The film is a tragedy of sorts, but it doesn’t leave the audience depressed in the end. Ultimately, it’s a feel-good movie that for all intents and purposes, aims to teach an age-old lesson about love and life in general. The lesson, echoed in the film by the changing of the seasons, is one about the eventuality of time – that while there may be rain today, the sun will come out again… like maybe tomorrow.

Quickie: Willis & Schwarzenegger in Stallone's The Expendables

Bruce Willis confirmed with MTV today that he and Arnold Schwarzenegger were going to have cameo's in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. It's an action film with an already action packed cast. Get a load of this cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke. Holy wow that's a lot of past and present action stars!

Quickie: The Time Traveler's Wife coming to TV

The Time Traveler's Wife did very well this last week in theaters. 19.2 million dollars for the best selling book adaptation. ABC has picked up the rights to the TV series based on the book, according to thewrap.com. The TV studio says its been in talks for years... ahem, BS, ahem. Funny how it's been in talks for years, but the week after its a box office hit the deal is done. ABC is working with the creator of "Friends", Marta Kauffman and Warner Bros. Television to produce the show.

Quickie: Happy Feet 2 starts recording in January

George Miller’s Happy Feet was a big hit at the box office and a sequel was a certainty. Happy Feet 2 starts recording in January reports Sci-Fi wire and /slashfilm. Robin Williams is set to return, in multiple roles no doubt as well as other cast members from the first film. Let's hear it, did any love the movie... as much as Matt? I personally had no desire whatsoever to see the movie. I saw "the other penguin movie", Surf's Up and I want the two hours of my life back. So I don't know if I care much about a Happy Feet sequel.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Will Ferrell replacing Robert Downey Jr. in Oobermind


Remember a few months ago we reported that Robert Downey Jr. was cast in Oobermind? The Dreamworks Animation project about superheros? Well Variety is reporting that Downey Jr. has dropped out of the project and Will Ferrell is in. No reason was given for the switch but I'm sure scheduling the now busy Downey Jr. wasn't easy. Also added to the cast are Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Tina Fey is still in the movie which is set to be released in the Fall of 2010.

The story is about Oobermind who is just too good as a superhero. He defeats his nemesis, played by Pitt, and is bored with life. So he creates another villain to keep him busy, played by Hill. We told you already, this movie sounds an awful lot like Mystery Men. Oobermind will be produced by Ben Still, just as Mystery Men was... no coincidence. We'll keep you posted!

Quickie: Brewster's Millions remake is on its way


Brewster's Millions is a classic in the comedy genre. The movie starred Richard Pryor and John Candy. Pryor's character has to spend 30 million dollars in 30 days, in order to inherit 300 million dollars. But he has to blow his money, not spend it on investments or property or anything. It turns out to be a lot hard than you think; plus the movie was released in 1985 when 30 million dollars was a lot more than it is now. Warner Brothers has already hired writers to begin the script. Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan have been brought on to start the project. We'll keep you updated as soon as casting begins.

Quickie: O-M-G! White Chicks 2 greenlit

I really don't want to spend too much time on this... All I want to say is there will be a White Chicks 2, and it will star Marlon and Shawn Wayans just like the first one. And will be directed by their brother, Keenan Ivory Wayans, just like the first one. The team of brothers has had successful hits in the past. They basically brought back the spoof genre with the Scary Movie franchise. They did well on Little Man, and this years Dance Flick. The first White Chicks grossed over 70 million dollars and had a budget around 35 million to make. Not a bad profit, just surprised it took this long for the studio to get greedy.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

District 9 wins the weekend box office

A surprise win at the box office this week, District 9 has taken the top spot from G.I. Joe. The film grossed 37 million dollars in the Friday to Sunday draw. With a reported 30 million dollar budget, the film has already made money. What a huge take down to G.I. Joe. Last week's number one dropped to second place with 22.5 million dollars. A steep drop off, but still brought the movie into the top two.

District 9 doesn't have any big name stars but picked up a lot of buzz with its viral campaigning. Online buzz was positive and the studio threw the fact that Peter Jackson was producing in everyone's face. The movie is about aliens living among us here on earth. Hmm... I'm not that interested to be honest, but will probably end up watching it.

The Time Traveler's Wife starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana came in at number three with 19.2 million dollars. Based on a best selling book, the movie is about a time traveler (Bana) who doesn't know when or two where, or for how long he is going to time travel. In the meantime he has a wife (McAdams) at home who never knows where he is.

The biggest disappointment off the weekend came at the hands of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. The movie only managed to take in 5.4 million dollars and a very disappointing 6th place behind G-Force of all movies. The movie stars Jeremy Piven in his first real leading role. The 'R' rating always has an effect on movies, but this film may just be a dud regardless of hilarious trailers.

Here's a look at the rest of the top ten:

1. "District 9," $37 million.

2. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $22.5 million.

3. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $19.2 million.

4. "Julie & Julia," $12.4 million.

5. "G-Force," $6.9 million.

6. "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," $5.4 million.

7. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $5.2 million.

8. "The Ugly Truth," $4.5 million.

9. "Ponyo," $3.5 million.

10. "500 Days of Summer," $3 million.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tony: G.I. Joe review

OK, we know we're a little late for a G.I. Joe review, but here it goes. You ready for the shocker of the day... here it is: G.I. Joe is the MUST SEE movie of the summer! Yep, I'm not lying and I'm not over exaggerating. Here at AtD, we don't like to 'criticize' movies before we see them, we just simply present the news UNTIL we see the movie. We reported that the movie's special effects were in question by the studio, rumors that the director was fired and that the studio elected not to screen the film to critics. But we've seen it and here goes our review. Remember, less about plot and more about opinion.

Here are a few things that I liked:
The Action. The movie is non stop action. There are great action sequences that I really don't remember seeing anywhere else. We've seen action in busy streets, but not like this! There is a chase scene with two of the 'Joes' chasing a Hummer on foot... in their accelerator suits! Watching computer generated Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans chase a Hummer on foot is in-cred-able. There is action on land, in the air and by sea. You will get lost in the action. And the pacing keeps you so interested, so involved, it doesn't feel like a two hour movie.

The Special Effcts. Whoever put together the trailer for this movie should be fired. The movie looks so much better than the trailer. The CGI was sharp, crisp and really did blend well with the surroundings of France. There were a few parts where I knew it was not shot on site, but CGI. It's not obvious unless you know what to look for, and to be honest, very few people care.

The Actors. The right people for the job, period. Channing Tatum was perfect as the All-American military boy. Wayans was the comic relief you would expect him to be. Sienna Miller is a beautiful and sexy villain, and Rachel Nichols is drop dead gorgeous as a 'Joe'. Dennis Quaid plays the perfect leader of the 'Joes', even though he's not in the movie much.


What I didn't really like:
The Dialogue. Just as cheezy as you'd expect out of the 1960's Batman TV show. Which is too bad, it really wasn't necessary. I guess I understand they were trying to appeal to children as well as adults, but it really wasn't necessary. It actually took away from the film.

The Plot. It felt like it was forced, and I hate when movies do that. I've seen a movie like this. Does anyone remember the DMX starring Cradle 2 the Grave with Jet Li? Yep... same story. New weapon is developed, and the highest bidder will control the world! Yada yada... it's a summer movie, it doesn't have to be The Dark Knight.


That's about all I didn't like. The movie is very entertaining. And that's the point of going to the movies. It wont win any Oscars, but it's good. Another thing, we haven't had much to be too crazy about this summer, in terms of action pics. Remember Wolverine? Or how about Revenge of the Suck? Yeah, that's what I thought. Go see this movie! It's that good... I'm ready for the hate mail... bring it on!

Robert Downey Jr. cast in Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles"

bloodydisgusting is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to a vampire film. He will play the role of Lestat, from Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series. You may remember the character Lestat from Interview with the Vampire, played by Tom Cruise, and from Queen of the Damned, played by Stuart Townsend. Those two movies were the first and third books in the series.

Now comes the tricky part. Does Warner Brothers studios reboot, or sequel? The first two films are still pretty fresh in the minds of the public and I think a reboot is unnecessary. A sequel would be fine I suppose. I'm getting a little sick of all these vampire movies coming out, but leave it to the tweens of this country to determine what makes a good film.

Now we know Iron Man is a huge franchise for Downey Jr., what if Sherlock Holmes ANNNND "The Vampire Chronicles" become franchises as well? The man may have cemented three viable franchises within the span of two years. Holy Shmoley! The only other person I can think of off the top my head to do that is Hugo Weaving; he had The Matrix ANNNND The Lord of the Rings trilogies at the same time.

Hate it or love it, the onslaught of vampire movies and TV shows is upon us. So at least we get a great actor to do it, rather than Robert Pattinson, the one look, one emotion actor of the Twilight franchise. I said it! Yeah I said it! Tell us what you think.

Quickie: When In Rome trailer... hmm

When In Rome is a new comedy by Touchstone Pictures starring Kristin Bell and Josh Duhamel. I'm just gonna let the trailer do that talking. Enjoy, or don'. Haha.

Quickie: New Zombieland poster

Just for fun... Zombieland looks like it's going to be great! How funny does Abigail Breslin look? And how gorgeous is Emma Stone?! Looking forward to this one folks.

Quickie: Predator gets a release date

The Hollywood Reporter has stated the new Predator's release date. 20th Century Fox will release Predators, July 7th, 2010. Fox must be very confident in its director/producer team of Nimrod Antal and Robert Rodriguez respectively. Releasing the movie in the dead of summer. We'll see what happens and we'll keep you updated as we go along.

Quickie: Toy Story 1 & 2 poster

Just thought this was a fun littler poster to promote the re-release of Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D. The cool part is, you get to see both movies, back to back at the theater for the cost of one ticket, not bad!















Picture courtesy of cinemablend.com.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Quickie: Did You Hear About The Morgans? trailer

This is a new comedy starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. It's a very unique twist on the 'romantic-comedy' genre that I've never seen before. A married couple is about to divorce when all of a sudden they have to join the witness protection program and are forced to live with each other again. Like I said, it's a nice twist on the genre, but who am I to judge? Check it out for yourself and tell us what you think.

Superman has until 2011 to start production or else!


Today was a really sad day for comic book fans across the world. A judge has given most of the rights to Superman to the family of his creators. DC Comics purchased the rights from Superman creators years ago, but just now the families are filing suit. The judge ruled in favor of the families which means a number of different things. Warner Brothers' rights to the Superman properties runs out 2013 before they would have to restructure a deal with the families as far as profit sharing. After 2013 the families are going to ask for more money... A LOT MORE MONEY. Which means both Warner Brothers and DC Comics could lose the character to their competition all together.

Are you serious?! A Marvel Comics Superman? Yes, it could happen. Even though Superman has no other home than DC Comics, it is a very serious option. So for all you comic book fans what does that mean? You could be picking up books featuring a Superman/ Magneto fight. For all of us movie fans? It could mean an Avengers movie with Superman in it!

Some could argue that the studio and book publishers have been greedy and made billions of dollars on the Superman property, and that it's the family's turn to reap the benefits. I strongly disagree. If I go to work for DC Comics today and create the single greatest, most profitable, superhero that ever lived... DC Comics owns the property, not me! But we ARE in American and the American dream is to sue for what you want. What makes me even more mad is the fact that it isn't even the creators themselves suing; its their family two generations later. It's such b.s. But that's the way the cookie crumbles.

On a final note, you can bet that Warner Brothers is going to do everything in its power to speed up the process on a Superman film. We told you a few weeks ago that the Wachowski Brothers were in talks with Warner Brothers to write and direct the movie, that's becoming more real day after day. The film would have to move into production as soon as next year for Warner Brothers to be able to finish it, release it, release the DVD and absorb all of the profits for itself before the 2013 deadline.

Look up in the sky... it's a bird... it's a plane... it's Spider-Man and Superman!

Writer found for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2

Every few days to a week we are getting more details about the 'Wolverine' sequel. Last week, Hugh Jackman revealed that the film would follow the Japan saga made popular in the 1980's comic. This week a writer has been hired, a good one! Christopher McQuarrie has written movies like Valkyrie, The Way of the Gun, and won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects in 1996 for Best Original Screenplay. Not a bad resume.

The next rumor/ order of business is, who will direct? Neither the studio or Jackman are saying if Gavin Hood would return. The greatest rumor of all is Bryan Singer. A few months ago we told you that producers wanted him for a Gambit spin-off. Now we're hearing he may do the Wolverine sequel. He has a great relationship with Jackman, whom he discovered. So it looks like a good fit considering Singer has worked with McQuarrie on three films now. We'll see what happens in the upcoming weeks. But I am very pleased with McQuarrie as writer of Wolverine 2, hope the studio doesn't mess this one up.

Quickie: Law Abiding Citizen trailer

Today is shaping up to be a day of trailers. This film stars Gerard Butler and Jaime Foxx, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Just go numb for a minute or two and enjoy this trailer!






The Fourth Kind... the most creative trailer ever

The Fourth Kind is a new movie starring Milla Jovovich as a psychologist in a small Alaskan town. The film is based on actual events. People within the community are complaining of visions, the scary part is, they're all seeing the same vision. The trailer is by far one of the most unique I've ever seen. The trailer shows film footage, side by side with footage taped during the patient sessions. We also see Milla Jovovich speaking to us directly, to set up the clip. Amazing, and although "I don't do scary movies", I am fascinated by this trailer and think I will be seeing the movie... enjoy.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tony: 17 Again DVD review

17 Again is the best movie you probably didn't see this year. Yes, I'm serious and no, I'm not being sarcastic. The movie stars Matthew Perry as a 30 something who's life isn't where he imagined it would be when he was a teenager. Perry plays Mike O'Donnell who's in the middle of a divorce. Perry's wife is played by the always funny, Leslie Mann. With a twist of fate kind of moment, Perry is transformed into his teenage self, played by Zac Efron. From here craziness ensues!

When the transformation occurs, Efron stays with his childhood friend, who is now an adult. The friend is played by Thomas Lennon, who is Lt. Jim Dangle on "Reno 911!". Lennon ads some great comic relief with his nerdy obsessions with such things as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Efron has to help his son overcome being shy, his daughter escape a horrible boyfriend and somehow earn back his wife's love.

The children in the movie are just interesting enough for you to care what happens to them. And Mann plays the neglected wife to the point where we care about her, but we don't think she's playing the victim. She knows her self-worth and is leaving her husband because that's what's best for her. When she decides to date other people, Efron is at her house before she leaves. It is pretty funny how he gets jealous of her date.

I guess what makes this movie so good, and so different, is that it doesn't follow your standard 'transformation' movie. There are movies where people switch bodies, i.e. Freaky Friday. But this movie is closest to Big, only in reverse. In Big, Tom Hanks' teenage mind is stuck in an adult body. In 17 Again, Perry's adult mind is stuck in Efron's teenage body.

Is it the best 'transformation' movie ever? No, I think that goes to Big. Is it the best Perry, Efron or Mann film to date? Probably not. But it was entertaining and it was a very pleasant surprise. I didn't expect anything and got a whole lot. I think you should all head down to your local video store and check it out. By the way, did we just create an entire new genre of film? 'Transformation' movies... Matt, we should trademark that!

Tony: The Soloist DVD review

In honor of The Soloist being released on DVD last week, we're going to give it a review. Our blog is young and was not online when this movie hit theaters, so this is something we're going to do pretty regularly. Also, when movies are released on DVD, we're able to watch special features and report to you behind the scenes information as to how the movie was made. Remember, our reviews are less about plot and more about opinion.

The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez, an LA Times columnist. He runs into a homeless person in search of a new column topic. The homeless person is Nathaniel Ayeres, played by Jaime Foxx. Nathaniel is a homeless schizophrenic who has a passion for classical music. The movie then dives into the relationship between the two characters.

Here's what I did like about the movie:
The Story. What a fascinating story. These two men, who otherwise have no business with each other, find a way to put aside differences and be friends. Differences in class, occupation, race, all in the name of friendship. Even though Lopez gets accused of exploiting Nathaniel for his own gains, you see that he isn't. He genuinely wants to help Nathaniel return to greatness in the music scene.

The Cast. Are you kidding me? Downey Jr. is the A-List star he's always deserved to be, and Jaime Foxx is an amazing actor, WHEN HE WANTS TO BE. And believe me folks, in this film, he wanted to be amazing! He sells the character of Nathaniel to the point where you must remind yourself it's Foxx. There are a few scenes where Nathaniel's schizophrenia is making him hear voices that are not there; Foxx sells this to the audience in a way few actors can do. There is no dialogue, and he has to express fear, discomfort, confusion all at once. Great role for a great actor. It doesn't hurt that Foxx actually played all the music in film, not just close ups of his face to make us think it's him.

What I didn't like: one thing really...
The Director, Joe Wright. How the heck could you mess this up, the man made Atonement for God's sake? The story is there, the actors are in place, the scenery is vivid, vibrant and alive, how do you mess this up? Every scene is stretched to an unbearable length. Something that should have been shot in a minute of film is stretched to five minutes. The movie is one hour, fifty minutes, it should have been an hour and fifteen minutes tops.

There's a scene where we're taken into the mind of Nathaniel, while he's listening to classical music. The director tries to impress us but fails miserably. There are light displays that are reminiscent of a mp3 player's equalizer matching the beat to a song. Bouncing lights to help us imagine what Nathaniel is hearing? What?


Overall I give this film a 6 out of 10. This film is like buying a puzzle. All the pieces are there, in a nice and tidy box, just as the pieces to a great film were there for the director. But its on the person to put the pieces together in the right place. And Joe Wright did not do that. Anyone else? Agree to disagree with me?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quickie: Amelia poster

A little over a month ago we told you guys about the upcoming Amelia film, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. The movie will focus on the life and times of Amelia Earhart and her attempt to fly around the world. The trailer looked great and now the studio has released an official poster. Check it out and go back to the original post to see the trailer. Enjoy!

Picture courtesy of cinemablend.com

New Astro Boy trailer!

New Astro Boy Trailer... just enjoy!

DC's Green Arrow movie coming soon?

Well it seems as though a Green Arrow film is in the works. For those who don't know who the Green Arrow is, he's like the Robin Hood of the DC Universe. The project is actually Super Max, and was supposed to star the Green Arrow, but was rumored to have other characters from the DC Universe as well. There were rumors of Lex Luthor, The Riddler and the Joker being in the movie as well.

/slashfilm is reporting that the project is still a go, and David Goyer (The Dark Knight, story) is still attached to produce. He had this brief yet poignant thing to say:
We’re working on that. We’re about to bring on another writer. Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties.
Warner Brothers is not going to let go of any rights to any comic book movie that's for sure! There is just too much money to be made from these movies. So even though the movie has slowed its pace to theaters, it is definitely still a go!

David Mamet writing "The Diary of Anne Frank" movie


Variety is reporting Disney Pictures has purchased the rights to a David Mamet version of "The Diary of Anne Frank". This version of the book with feature Anne Frank's coming of age during the Holocaust. Mamet is amazing to those of you who don't know him.

Mamet is responsible for such great work as The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ronin, Hannibal, Heist, and "The Unit" television series (my brother starred in an episode by the way). Not a bad list huh? Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize winner too! The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper journalism, literature and musical composition.

His adaptation of this book could be something for the ages. Hope it works out as I imagine it!

Death Race prequel coming soon

shocktillyoudrop.com is reporting that Paul W.S. Anderson wants to make a prequel to Death Race, the 2008 action movie. Tony Giglio has already been hired to write the script based on a story Anderson came up with. Impact Pictures is producing the film and Giglio may even direct.

The original came in 1975 with the late David Carradine playing the main role of Frankenstein. That role was taken up by our generations action star, Jason Statham. Now the 2008 film grossed over $70 million worldwide, not too shabby! I feel as though no one saw the movie... I'll be as bold as to say Death Race (2008) is the best action movie no one ever saw! It was soo entertaining. Statham does his thing, ripped body, smart ass remarks, but does well enough to carry the picture. Tyrese didn't need to be in the movie at all, but that's ok, they needed a "rival". But I encourage all our readers to go out and rent this movie! Let us know what you thought.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quickie: Wizard of Oz coming to theaters for one night only

Have you seen the advertising for Fathom Events? They usually play before a movie at the theater. They have this great concept of bringing concerts and plays to the big screen. But on September 23rd, for one night only, they're playing a completely remastered The Wizard of Oz. The movie will play on 440 screens nationwide in high definition for the first time ever. There's more! Not only are you going to see the movie, but here's a list from Fathom Events of what else you'll see during the screening:
In addition to the feature presentation of The Wizard of Oz, this exclusive event will include a special introduction by Robert Osborne, a classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, followed by “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” a look into how L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was transformed into one of the most beloved films of all time including archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes. Also featured will be an exclusive clip of the Scarecrow, Ray Bolger, dancing in High-definition for the very first time.
Not bad for a night out at the movies. Last year my wife and I went and saw Wicked, the musical and a new interest in The Wizard of Oz was born inside of us. I will be taking my wife to see the movie and hope to see some of our followers there as well. Click here to buy your tickets today.

Quickie: Sex And The City Sequel goin to Morocco

This post is for all our lady follows, IF they're fans of Sex And The City: The Movie. cinemablend is reporting that five weeks of production for the sequel will take place in Morocco. I did not personally see the first film, but from the article, and my wife's obsession with the film, the girls took a trip to Mexico. The sequel will offer up some comedic scenario that takes place in Morocco and it will of course look like the high-life. When take it from someone who was just in the Middle East less than a month ago, it is not! But the movie will come out, make a gazillion dollars and a third one with a baby will be green lit soon after.

Quickie: Michael Jackson concert film coming in October

People magazine is reporting that Sony pictures is releasing This Is It, worldwide October 30th. The studio paid some 60 million dollars for the rights, and a judge approved the purchase last week. The film is going to showcase hundreds of hours of concert rehearsal footage as well as behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson in the final days of his life.

The footage was almost all shot in HD at the Staples center in Los Angeles, CA. This could be the public's last recorded footage of the King of Pop. It was a sad day when Michael Jackson died, especially here in Southern California. It was hard to go anywhere without someone talking about it. So I hope Sony treats this film with the utmost respect that the star's family deserves. R.I.P. to the King.