Friday, September 25, 2009

Tony: Love Happens review

Yes, it happened; I watched a bonafide "chick flick". Ready for the crazy part? I liked it! Love Happens stars Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler and Martin Sheen. Aaron Eckhart plays a motivational speaker of sorts, and is morning the loss of his wife. He puts on seminars at various cities to help people deal with the loss of their loved ones. Aniston plays the free-spirited, small business owner, love interest. One thing I must say from the beginning, the film was marketed all wrong.

This is not a romantic comedy. Yes, there is romance, and yes, there is some comic relif (thanks to Fogler). But the reality is, this movie is a character study more than anything. The film dives deep into the soul of a man who lost the love of his life, and how he deals with that. Eckhart is amazing as usual, and Aniston plays her role very well; she has to be nurturing, and persistent in helping Eckhart deal with his loss. The movie felt real, it felt like this is something that happens all the time.

The movie takes place in Seattle, Washington. It's a rare occasion when the setting becomes a character, but in this film it does. The on again, off again rain plays to the tone and mood of the film. Seattle's landmarks are all in the film. I especially like the hookah bar that is shown in the film!

Martin Sheen plays Eckharts father-in-law; and is very good in the few scenes he has on screen. As I mentioned before, Fogler is very funny just when he needs to be in the film. He plays Eckhart's long time friend/ business manager. John Carroll Lynch plays a man who's entire life went south after the loss of his little boy. He resists Eckharts advice at first, but has an amazing transformation throughout the movie, it brought tears to my eyes, and I'm man enough to admit it. All the characters were very interesting in their own ways, but it's really Eckhart that carries the movie.

Overall, I would say this is a must-see. I've read some other reviews, and I understand where they're concerns come from, but it's a case study more than a romantic comedy. The marketing is all wrong, I would have sold it as a drama more than anything. Go watch the movie and tell us what you thought, this is a blog, not an up-tight critical site.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ghost Rider 2 is a go with Goyer in charge

There has been an onslaught of Comic Book movies made in the past decade. Some are amazing (The Dark Knight, Iron Man); and some are not so amazing, as in Ghost Rider. The half human, half fire Marvel Comic hero is actually a pretty cool character. He has a great back story and tons of great supporting characters. For whatever reason, Columbia Pictures allowed Mark Steven Johnson, who had already ruined Daredevil, ruin Ghost Rider. The man's writing is so awful my six year old nephew could have written a more compelling story.

Either way, Columbia wants us to forget about the first film, and Mark Steven Johnson, and focus on the greatest comic book movie scribe there is, David S. Goyer. Goyer has been a part of all three Blade movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Goyer is exactly what the franchise needs to be reinvigorated. Hopefully fans will be willing to give Nicolas Cage another go in the sequel, which he IS signed for. To be very honest, Cage was the ONLY positive in the first film. Eva Mendez needs to cover her chest and take an acting class or two. We will definitely keep you posted because we're big fans of the genre.

Columbia buys the rights to He-Man: Masters of the Universe

Maybe there's a chance of He-Man's return after all. We told you that Warner Brother's let their rights to a He-Man movie expire. Naturally another studio was going to pick up the rights, but no one expected it to be this quick. Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to the project, giving He-Man another chance to be made.

So many rumors have been released, and nothing came true. Remember the Brad Pitt casting rumor? That was cool. I'm going to keep a close eye on this one. I want to see this film made, and made right. There's nothing worse than a Hollywood director ruining your childhood memories of a toy brand and/or TV series.... ahem Michael Bay... ahem, Revenge of the SUCK, ahem. Sorry, I don't know what got over me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walden Media to update genie story

I loved Disney's Aladdin, its actually my favorite Disney movie of all time. The story, the characters, the songs, etc. All of which were amazing. What about taking all we loved about that movie and changing it? Well, that's what Walden Media is looking to do. Walden Media has brought on Randi Mayem Singer to write a script. We told you a few weeks ago that she's been tapped for Big Mama's House 3. The movie will be a buddy comedy called Gene. Its a modern, contemporary look at the classic story.

Jordan Kerner producing through his Kerner Entertainment company. No cast or start date have been reported, but it sounds like a go. Walden Media has made a name for itself in the industry with hits like The Chronicles of Narnia films, Bridge to Terabithia, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Journey to the Center of the Earth.

New Princess and the Frog movie poster

I don't know why I report on Disney's The Princess and the Frog so much. Maybe it's because it's changing with the time, and finally a Black Disney Princess exists. Maybe because I actually heard the story as a kid growing up. Or maybe because the trailer really got me excited for it. All of the above are why I report on this movie so much. Below is the newest movie poster. Click here to see a behind the scenes look at the film. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quickie: Sherlock Holmes sequel has already began

Wow... I've been really looking forward to this movie for a long time; since the day Robert Downey Jr. was cast as the great detective, Sherlock Holmes. Matt on the other hand thinks it will be a failure; not sure why, I'll get back to you on that one. Either way, the movie hits theaters on Christmas Day, but a sequel has already began pre-production. Risky Business is reporting that Kieran and Michele Mulroney have been hired to write a continuation story for the sequel. This is normal in Hollywood. Anytime a movie is getting a lot of positive buzz, the studio wants a head start on the sequel. So let's just hope the first one is as good as its trailer and we get a sequel within a year or two of its release.

Quickie: Highlander remake gets a "Furious" director

Yay! Another remake, this time, Highlander get's the remake treatment. Justin Lin has been tagged to direct the film. He is the first time director of Fast & Furious, last years fourth hit of the successful franchise. Summit Entertainment has taken on the project. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway of Iron Man fame, will write the script; Peter Davis will produce; and Lin will of course direct. The movie could be released as early as 2011. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quickie: Youth in Revolt pushed back

The trailer looks great, there's a solid cast, a unique idea and now... a new release date. Youth in Revolt, the film starring Michael Cera. We shared with you the trailer a few weeks ago. The movie has been moved from an October 30th release to January 15th, 2010.

I am looking forward to watching this, check out the trailer we posted and tell us what you think.

Shawn Levy to direct Real Steel


Reuters is reporting that Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum 1 & 2) has signed on to Dreamworks' Real Steel. If you haven't figured out what Real Steel is based on the picture above... it's about the robot boxing board game. Yes, really.

What the flip Kip? Seriously though. Yesterday we told you about Peter Berg's Battleship, yes... THAT Battleship. How far are studios going to go? I don't understand how hard it is to come up with new material. I've been online researching the news and came up with a pretty solid consensus... Shawn Levy will ruin this movie. The idea has been around for a while. Here is the premise: in the not too distant future, human boxing is outlawed. So robot boxing is created to satisfy human's thirst for blood... bada bing, we've got robot boxing.

The problem lies with the type of movies Levy has made. Night at the Museum is great and everything (not really), but this type of movie needs action and adventure. Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther, and Just Married are not exactly action adventure type of films. We'll be patient and hope for the best, what do you think?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Peter Berg signed on for Battleship, July 2011 release

Peter Berg, director of Hancock, has signed on to direct Battleship... yeah, THAT Battleship! The film will be based on the classic board game of the same name.

I love Peter Berg, I think he's very capable of doing a good job. The real question is what direction the studio (Universal) will want to take it. Is it a dark toned, adult worthy action-drama? Or is it a kid-friendly, campy excuse of a military film? Most likely the latter. Either way, Berg can direct action and actors love working with him. So look for this one July of 2011 with a script expected by the end of the year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

We told you... Jeffrey Dean Morgan would make a great Lobo!


Last week we told you about the new comic book adaptation by Guy Ritchie; for the anti-hero, Lobo. In our posting we mentioned that "he has a very distinct look and sort of reminds me of 'the comedian' in Watchmen." This week, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played "The Comedian" in Watchmen, gave an interview with Collider, and here's what he said:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Seriously? Tyler Perry wins the box office?

I'm not gonna list why I don't like Tyler Perry movies, I'm just going to tell you I don't! Maybe another day, another post I'll share why I don't like them. Whether I like them or not, they make money, a lot of it. The weekend box office went to Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. We didn't report anything about it, because we don't care. It came in at 24.03 million.

The CGI animated picture, 9, took in about 10 million for the weekend, 15.3 million since its Wednesday release. The movie is produced by Tim Burton and stars the voice talent of John C. Reilly, Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Connelly as dolls who have to save humanity.

The two other new releases are Sorority Row, opening at 5.3 million. Let me give you the skinny on this: a sorority of hot girls mixed in with an axe murderer. The other new release is Whiteout, opening with 5.1 million.

Last weeks winner was The Final Destination, which fell to fifth place with 5.5 million. Here's the rest of the list:

1. "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $24.03 million.

2. "9," $10.9 million.

3. "Inglourious Basterds," $6.5 million.

4. "All About Steve," $5.8 million.

5. "The Final Destination," $5.5 million.

6. "Sorority Row," $5.3 million.

7. "Whiteout," $5.1 million.

8. "District 9," $3.6 million.

9. "Julie & Julia," $3.3 million.

10. "Gamer," $3.15 million.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides coming soon

All you Pirate fans, are you ready? /Slash film broke the news about the title of the fourth Pirates movie. They say it will begin shooting around April or May 2010 for a tentative Summer 2011 release. And Johnny Depp will of course reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Loved the first film, really loved it. It was a dream Pirates movie. The second and third really didn't do it for me. I understand the money involved and the following, but I hope 4 is better than its predecessors. There are no plot details as of yet, but keep it here for info as it arrives.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Warner Brothers isn't making He-Man: Masters of the Universe

Variety reports that Warner Brothers studio has let its rights to He-Man expire. The movie has been through multiple developments, with different directors attached, but never quite got off the ground. In this age of film, where everything made is supposed to be a "sure thing", there's no room for He-Man: Masters of the Universe. The toys/TV show has its followers, but not nearly as many as Transformers or G.I. Joe.

I for one was looking forward to this project and even thought the rumor about Brad Pitt as He-Man was intriguing. Nonetheless, the project will be shopped around to other studios. But lets face it, Warner Brothers is one of the biggest in the game; and if they didn't see a potential return on investment, who is? I'm probably going to choke on those words next week, but oh well. Til then; carry on Hollywood, with the don of no new ideas!


P.S. Don't tell anyone, but I loved the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe. Ha!

Quickie: Will Smith And Charlize Theron are confirmed for Hancock 2

Last week it was confirmed that Hancock 2 was a reality. This week, MTV is reporting that both Will Smith and Charlize Theron are in for the sequel. Director Peter Berg, and co-star Jason Bateman will also be back. Plot details are sketchy at best, but a third "super human" is in the works. To be honest, I enjoyed the first one and look forward to the sequel. Hopefully more time is put into the writing, but that's my wish for every sequel/prequel/remake/reboot!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

UFC's Rampage Jackson set to play A-Team’s B.A. Baracus

Hello all, this is a bit of bitter/sweet news. The sweet news is, rapper The Game, WONT BE playing B.A. Baracus in the new A-Team movie adaptation. A few months ago we told you about The Game's possible casting in the role, those rumors turned out to be untrue. So if that's the sweet, what's the bitter? We still didn't get a good actor to play the role, we instead got a UFC fighter... Quinton Rampage Jackson. He's a former UFC Light-Heavyweight champion who is one of the stars of the industry.

My personal opinion is there are better ACTORS who could play the role. But really, can anyone match Mr. T's charisma and charm (kidding of course). Mr. T was the iconic actor of the A-Team TV series, replacing him was never going to be easy. I think casting Jackson was a better move than The Game though. We'll have to see the end result of course. Other notable castings include: Liam Neeson as John Smith (Hannibal) and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton Pack (Faceman).

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tony: Extract review

Hello boys and girls in movieland. Today's review is that of Extract, the new film by Mike Judge. Movie fans know Judge as the writer/director the cult classic, Office Space. Extract is similar in that it focuses its attention on a workplace environment.

Jason Batemen plays a factory owner, Joel and is going through a mid-life crisis of sorts. He's not getting playtime at home with his wife (Kristen Wiig), bad advice by his drug addicted bartender friend (Ben Affleck), has to deal with a lawsuit from an employee who lost their testicle on the job, and an obsession with new temp, played by Mila Kunis. Whoa, a lot going on in the life of the factory owner.

The above mentioned characters are only the beginning. There are 5 to 10 factory workers that are hilarious in their own right. "The guy in the band" that plugs their "next show" as often as he can... it turns out to be in someones front yard. "The racist old, white lady"... accuses every Hispanic in the factory of stealing something of hers. "The goofy general manager" who can't remember anyone's name so he calls them all the same thing. The acting/casting is amazing. The supporting cast holds its own where they could have been flushed out.

The story was great, made sense, and challenges Joel to overcome adversity. There is a small "twist" if you will, but it was hilarious... remember call waiting, you'll know what I mean. The only negative thing as far as the story has to do with the hotel scene. There's a hotel scene with Bateman and Kunis that doesn't need to be in the movie, in fact it takes away from the story. Small negative for a movie I loved.

Judge has till got it. Office Space and even Idiocracy are classics, because of him. He has an ability to write off-beat, dark toned comedy with a human touch. The characters are the true highlight of this movie, which wont take you long to see. They are so well written, so down to earth, you feel for them all. I really loved this movie. The heart is there and so too was the acting. Go see it, you wont be disappointed. Over at rottentomatos.com, the movie is holding at 70%; not bad considering people are not going to "get it". A big thumbs up from Tony at AtD!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Downey Jr. AND Favreau on Cowboys and Aliens?

The Hollywood Reporter stats that Robert Downey Jr. has been cast in the comic book adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens. Simple concept really; Cowboys, and uh, Aliens. Yeah, that's a green light to a movie if I've ever seen one. Downey Jr. has been attached for awhile. In fact, the writing crew of Iron Man have also been writing the script. And now Favreau has been brought in to direct.

Dreamworks holds the movie rights, which is great considering it needs a hit, really badly. It is also interesting because the property is a Marvel Comic, and with Disney buying Marvel last week, I wonder how this movie will be handled? The same crap comic book movie style like Electra (Fox), or the amazing Iron Man treatment because of Marvel Entertainment? We'll have to wait and see.

Consider this... when Downey Jr. was cast in the upcoming "Vampire Chronicles", we told you that he has the potential for 3 different franchises, Cowboys and Aliens being 4 now! Amazing how badly this man is wanted all over Hollywood, and he deserves every bit of! Go Downey and Favreau!

Quickie: Big Mama's House 3 coming soon

Yes, Big Mama's House 3 is a reality. I liked the Big Mama's House movies for what they were, simple minded family films. Yes, they mimic Ms. Doubtfire, but a lot of movies do that. So how do you make part three different? Hire the writer offffffff... Ms. Doubtfire of course.

Randi Mayem Singer has been hired to write the movie which will star Martin Lawrence. There is no release date, but these types of movies generally don't take long to make. So expect a Christmas '10 release just in time for a Big Mama's Christmas! Haha

Quickie: 3 Musketeers in 3D... no I'm not kidding


Paul W.S. Anderson has been brought on to direct a 3 Musketeers movie in 3D. Sounds pretty stupid right? Well, we at AtD like Paul W.S. Anderson ok. Death Race was really entertaining and we mentioned to you last month he's working on a prequel. The rest of the movie going public seems to disagree with us, but who cares, it is a matter of opinion anyway right? The movie is going to be a period piece, set in France and Germany, shooting begins next year. The script is written and ready to go. Do I like the idea? No, I think its really stupid. But, I do feel like Anderson can pull it off. Sure.

For a truly unique twist on the Musketeer story, check out the 2001 film, The Musketeer. It's an amazing adaptation featuring Kung Fu wire work that will blow your mind. That film stars Tim Roth.

Guy Ritchie to direct comic adaptation of Lobo


Ever heard of the comic book character Lobo? No? Don't worry, neither have a lot of people. The only way this comic book loving nerd knows who he is, is because of an appearance in Batman (the comic book) a few years ago, Superman too. Lobo is an alien mercenary and a bounty hunter. The character is pretty cool, an anti-hero of sorts. He has a very distinct look and sort of reminds me of "the comedian" in Watchmen.

Guy Ritchie has signed on to direct the movie according to latinoreview.com. Here's a direct quote from the trades:
Don Payne wrote the most recent script draft, and Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona will produce. Pic is a co-production between Silver Pictures and Weed Road.

Ritchie will make the film his follow-up to “Sherlock Holmes,”...which Warner Bros. opens Christmas Day.
So there you go. The movie is going to be Guy Ritchie's follow-up to Sherlock Holmes; and production begins early next year. The studio wants a PG-13 rating, of course, and the movie will have a heavy load of visual effects. I'm excited about this one folks. Based solely on the Sherlock Holmes trailer, I strongly believe Ritchie is the right man for the job.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tony: Sunshine Cleaning DVD review

Hello everyone; based on the number of hits, our DVD reviews are becoming more and more popular with every post. So here's the latest addition to one's DVD collection; Sunshine Cleaning. The movie stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin. Adams and Blunt play sisters, and Arkin plays their father. The sisters, are very different, and share a common bond brought on by a tragic event, that you will see in the movie. They are different, but are both broke. They start a new business where they have to clean up crime scenes, suicides, etc. The comedy is in the situations they're put into, but that's not what the movie is about. The heart of the story is how the girls are affected by the stories behind the crime scenes. How they try to comfort those who lost loved ones; that's the true heart of the story.

The movie had a limited release, it was written by Megan Holley and directed by Christine Jeffs. With a very modest budget of $5 million, the movie went on to gross $15 million nationwide. I loved the acting/characters in this movie. Adams plays a single mom torn between her self-respect and the love of a married man. Blunt plays "the screw up" sister that never amounted to anything. You quickly find out that they lost their mother at a young age and had their father raise them. What I loved was the tension between the three main characters. The sisters and father avoid talking about what happened to their mother to the point of discomfort. Watching Adams become a stronger person was a treat. And watching Blunt "grow up" was amazing. I have to say this performance was neglected by the Academy. The pain and torment this character feels comes across Blunts expressions so well, it could bring an audience to tears.

Arkin is reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine with his quirky behavior and his "get rich quick" schemes. The movie does well in all departments until the third act. The first two acts build up the business, give it a really tough hurdle to overcome, and then it feels like the production ran out of money. The third act takes only about 10 minutes before the movie is over. It's so abrupt I thought when the screen faded to black, they were coming for more.

Overall I am telling people this is a must rent. There were a few events and a few characters I think the movie could have done without, but overall, most of the material was necessary in progressing the story. The acting and the story were top notch. Please watch this movie and let us know what you thought.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Disney Buys Marvel for $4 Billion

The title says it all I think. The Disney Company has just purchased Marvel for the tune of $4 billion. Ok so we could give you numbers and figures, and stock prices jumps and dives... forget all that nonsense. What does this purchase mean to the fans?! If you work for Marvel OR Disney, we know and understand your concerns are elsewhere. But what happens to the movies? The licensing? Who gets to make what movie? Ok, let's break it down studio by studio.

Disney: Gets control of thousands of characters, within the comics, merchandising and most future films.

Fox: Retains control of the X-Men universe including X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Magneto, X-Men Origins: Deadpool and a possible X-Men Origins: Gambit. Fox also holds the rights to the Fantastic Four (which we just blogged about today), as well as the Silver Surfer solo project.

Sony: Retains control of Spider-Man 4, 5, 6. They've already began one phase or another of all three movies.

Paramount: Will still distribute Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers... BUT! BUT! Disney will carry on producing the movies... i.e. Writing, filming, editing.

All studios who are not Disney: When your current agreements are up... Disney's taking control back of the properties, deal with it.


Whoa... that was information overload. But that is the current news as of now. We'll update you as things come up. What do you think about this merger of sorts?

Quickie: Bad Boy 3

The Hollywood Reporter announced that a third Bad Boys film is in the works, and a writer has been hired. Peter Craig has been hired to write the script. There's no promise that Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith OR Martin Lawrence will be involved at this point. And remember my review of Revenge Of The Suck? Here's the quote:
The movie will win one award this season... Michael Bay's worst movie ever. Previous winner: Bad Boys 2.
YEAH I SAID IT! Bad Boys 2 was bloody awful!

So would you even want to see a Michael Bay 'Bad Boys'? Let us know what you think in our comments.

Quickie: Fantastic 4 will get a complete reboot

Variety reports that Fox is started a complete Fantastic Four reboot. Producer Akiva Goldsman has been hired to take on the project. Michael Green has also been hired to write the script, Green is a writer on NBC's "Heroes". Variety didn't have anything to report on whether or not the original cast would return. So what's up, anyone ready for another Fantastic Four?

Rambo 5 is a go

Variety reports that Rambo 5 is a go. Remember how bad of an idea you all thought Rambo 4 would be? Weeeeell, that movie grossed almost 115 million dollars worldwide... and it's rated 'R'.

Variety is explaining the plot as a south of the border child abduction case; where Rambo has to find a kidnapped child. Sylvester Stallone will write, direct and star, just as he did in the 2008 film. So, we ready to see a 65 year old man rampaging through Mexico chopping people up as if he was a chef at a Habashi restaurant? You be the judge.