Saturday, October 31, 2009

Etan Cohen to write Men in Black 3

"Here come the Men in Black, galaxy defenders"! Sounds like a bad 80's cartoon theme song. Variety is reporting that Etan Cohen is set to write Men in Black 3. ETAN Cohen, not one half of the Cohen brothers, that's ETHAN, not Etan. Etan Cohen wrote Tropic Thunder and the under appreciated Idiocracy.

Columbia is hard up for a hit and they're probably thinking this is a sure thing, but I respectfully disagree. Men in Black 2 was so bad, so stupid, I think they lost the charm and wit that made the first one so good. Couple that with the amount of time its been since the sequel, would anyone really be interested? None of the cast has signed on, and this could end up in a company drawer somewhere for a few years. Let's just hope it doesn't become a straight-to-DVD movie involving the grandchildren of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' characters. Ha!

Lobo questions and rumors, Clancy Brown cast?

People online are having a field day with this one... Clancy Brown is in talks to star as Lobo, the superhero film to be directed by Guy Ritchie. People either hate it or love it, nowhere in between. I like the casting choice; Brown has a fantastic voice (he voices Lex Luthor for DC cartoons), and he has the physical stature to play Lobo. He may not weigh 300 pounds of muscle, but look what Mickey Rourke was able to accomplish for The Wrestler.

That's the rumor part of the post, what about the questions? Well the question remains, how will Warner Brother portray the anti-hero? Do they go all CGI like The Incredible Hulk? Or do they go half and half like Bill Nighy as Davy Jones in the 'Pirates' movies? OR, straight up makeup like Ron Pearlman in Hellboy? My vote is Hellboy status. The actor needs to act, or else you're using a body double like Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. The makeup in movies is way better than its ever been, they could easily pull off making Brown look like Lobo. Plus, Hellboy and Lobo are both cigar lovers, wink wink to all my fans. We'll keep you posted as more comes up.

Tony: This is It review

Where do you even start to explain the talent that was Michael Jackson? Where do you begin to even fathom the scope of his popularity worldwide? You really can't, is the answer. The best you can do, is sit back and watch others and how they are around him. This is It, is the documentary about his final tour that never was. As always with AtD, not so much plot, as it is opinion.

The movie follows a pretty steady chronological order; beginning with the casting of the backup dancers. This is where you sit back and watch in amazement how popular Michael Jackson actually was. There are interviews with people who flew, from Australia, with only 2 days notice to audition for the concert. Three quarters of the dancers interviewed in the beginning were actually crying at the thought of being in the show. And EVERY SINGLE dancer commented on how Michael Jackson was their inspiration and motivation to be a dancer.

The movie goes through about ten songs, and how they were going to be presented at the London shows. The choreography is brilliant. At 50 years old, Jackson was out dancing men half his age. He did look thin and weak at times, but when it came to dancing, he was on it. His attention to detail and his need for the show to be perfect was inspiring. There is a number where he didn't feel the bassist was giving it his all, so he politely, yet firmly asked him to step it up. Always following his soft demands saying "with love"; as to share a mutual respect.

The perfectionism goes far beyond the dancing. Jackson had his music so memorized, when a keyboardist was off by one note, he stopped the entire rehearsal and asked him to adjust. There are even a few times where he stepped in and made drastic changes to the show from what the director had in mind; and believe me, they were much better ideas from the originals.

Then there's the spectacle that was to be. The million man march of 'They don't really care about us'; the live action/historical movie footage of 'Smooth Criminal'; the 3D 'Thriller'; all of which would have made for an amazing concert that people really would not have been ready for.

The truth is, this is just a movie; it is just a documentary. And that's what we're reviewing today. Is it a good movie, yes. It's brilliant in the way it is pieced together to show a man who was determined to go out with a bang. It's entertaining and keeps you enthralled in the music and dancing the entire time. For me, it was a reminder to always try to be the best at what you do, or don't even bother. Long live the King of Pop.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Quickie: This is It early numbers are big

Variety is reporting big numbers for the Michael Jackson behind-the-scenes film, This is It. Try 20 million dollars! The movie was released Tuesday at midnight and all day yesterday. Not bad! I saw the film last night and will be posting a full review by the end of the day. He really is the King isn't he?

World Premier of Avatar theatrical trailer

Holy mother of Mary; and Holy Santa Claus sh**! Please just enjoy as I pick my jaw up off the ground. And MATT... YES! He is that good!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quickie: Takers trailer

Not a lot going on today, but check out this great trailer for the heist movie, Takers. Looks like a ton of fun with little substance, I'm ok with that ;)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Crow to be rebooted, HERE'S MY VOTE:

It's been announced that The Crow will be rebooted. For those who don't remember, The Crow is the amazing action/drama starring the late Brandon Lee, in his final role. The movie came out in 1994, and has been followed up with a few, unmemorable sequels.
I don't want to tell Hollywood what to do, but to me, a reboot, should be different. Christopher Nolan's Batman is far different from Tim Burton's Batman. And FAR FAR different than Joel Schumacher's Batman. That, to me, is the definitive reboot; not many like this in Hollywood. So, here's my vote: Milla Jovovich as the lead in a new 'Crow' movie.

She is so talented, so gifted and so beautiful; I want to see a dark, vicious side to her. I want to see her seek revenge against those who have done her wrong. How bad ass would that be? How different from the original, yet keeping the same idea? She is a proven action star with the Resident Evil trilogy, she could do it! Let's start a petition eh? Who's with, or against me?

Steve Carr, Paul Blart: Mall Cop director to reboot Short Circuit

Variety reported that Steve Carr is set to direct the reboot of Short Circuit, the lovable robot from the mid to late 80's. Carr directed the surprise hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop last year.

The news kind of cements what I had thought; they're going for the foo-foo family stuff with this reboot. Which is okay I suppose, I would have liked to have seen something a little different from the original, hence it being called a reboot, not a sequel. Oh well, it is what it is, and we'll give you more news as it comes up.

Quickie: Latest This is It clip... Smooth Criminal

This is the latest clip from the Michael Jackson film, This is It, debuting tomorrow in theaters all over the world. I'll be watching it tomorrow, look for my review Thursday morning. For now, enjoy.

Quickie: Gears of War Script in the works

Billy Ray, director of Breach, has been reported to start on a Gears of War script, based on the best-selling XBOX games.
Apparently he's teaming up with Chris Morgan, writer of Wanted.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Forbes Magazine: Naomi Watts is the best studio investment there is

I just read an interesting article put out by Forbes magazine. It's about the actress with the most return on investment for the studios. The woman at the top of the list may surprise you... Naomi Watts.

She is the stunning, beautiful actress from down under. The way the list was conducted is pretty easy. Forbes took the 3 most recent films made by the actresses, that went into WIDE release. Indie flix were ignored because they are in limited release.

Watts' films generate an amazing $44 dollars for every $1 dollar she is paid. That's impressive! Of course 500 million dollar movies like King Kong don't hurt.

Jennifer Connelly took second place, generating $41 dollars per $1 dollar spent by the studios. Here three latest are He's Just Not That Into You, Blood Diamond, and The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Third place went to the lovely Rachel McAdams, who we love here at AtD by the way. Her films generate $30 dollars per $1 dollar salary. The rest of the list will be revealed as the weeks go on. Keep it here for more.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quickie: A-TEAM Cast Picture!

From left to right:
Bradley Cooper
(The Hangover) as Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Rampage Jackson (UFC) as Sgt. B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus"
Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock
Liam Neeson as (Taken) as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith

Are you excited?
"I love it when a plan comes together."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Ninja Turtles are back in 2012, TV Show and a new movie

Latinoreview was the first to report the news on the Ninjas... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be exact. Nickelodeon has purchased the rights to the turtles for $60 million. This is a total package for Nickelodeon. They get movie, TV, video game and merchandising rights to everything TMNT.

Nickelodeon announced a new CGI TV show to start in 2012, similar to the movie TMNT. The movie we told you about a few months ago, will also be released in 2012.

Personally I love the Ninja Turtles. I grew up on them and look forward to anything they put out. I do worry it's going to be campy, like Ninja Turtles 3 was. But if it stays dark, much like the first film in the live-action trilogy, it should be a hit!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How To Train Your Dragon Teaser Trailer

Dreamworks has done it again. The teaser trailer to How to Train Your Dragon is online, and it looks good. There's no dialogue, but visually it looks stunning. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think. The movie stars the voice talents of: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson. The movie is set for release March of 2010.

Quickie: Sherlock Holmes trailer #2

I have to admit, I enjoyed the first trailer better. Check this out:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Writer Hired on Raimi's "WarCraft"

Slashfilm is reporting that Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat has started working on a script for a WarCraft movie.

The film is set to be directed by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. The script will be original and not based on The Wrath of the Lich King as once rumored.

Raimi had this to say:
"We want to be really faithful to the game. We would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a ‘World of WarCraft’ adventure. Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture."

I'm looking forward to this film because I was a WarCraft and WarCraft II fan, even though I never really got in World of WarCraft. It will be great to see what direction Raimi takes this. It may turn out a lot like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Tony, your thoughts?

"Edge of Darkness" Trailer

Martin Campbell, the director of GoldenEye and Casino Royale, is directing Mel Gibson in his first lead role since 2002.

Edge of Darkness is a remake of a 1985 TV mini-series from the U.K. (that Campbell also directed). The movie deals with Gibson's character's murdered daughter and also stars AtD fav Ray Winstone.

Enjoy and let us know your thoughts!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tony: Couple's Retreat review

Couple's Retreat stars Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, and, and and... the cast is impressive! The movie is about four couples at different phases in their relationships trying to make it work. They all go to a gorgeous getaway where they will partake in couple's therapy. The comedy begins when the couples start to actually deal with their problems, instead of ignoring them.

I've done this before in reviews; I will list what I liked and didn't like about the movie, starting with the positives:

The Cast
Wow, can you ask for more? The actresses are amazing, beautiful and funny. Kristin Davis is all over my television set because of my wife's obsession with "Sex and the City", she's really funny in this. Faizon Love has really come a long way from playing 'Big Worm' in the first Friday film. The yoga instructor is played by Carlos Ponce, and he steals every scene he's in. Vince Vaughn, and Jon Favreau are so good together, its reminiscent of Swingers; you don't know if their dialogue is scripted or simply improved. Bateman, does so well as the stuffed shirt attorney, you want to hate him he's so uptight, but you can't, you love him. Great casting all around.

The Scenery
My goodness, the setting in this movie is amazing. It takes place in Tahiti; the island really becomes a character of its own. I mentioned in my Love Happens review, that very few movies can create a character out of the setting, this film does that.

The Situations
This is definitely a movie with situational comedy. There are awkward, yet funny moments in couple's therapy. There is a scene where I laughed so hard my stomach literally started to hurt. I'll have to wait for the DVD but I'm sure the actors broke and started laughing during the scene. Just remember this word, "encouragement"! So funny it hurt.

Here are a few things I didn't like:

The Predictability
I can't really say too much about this. In a lot of comedies, it's predictable. You kind of got a sense of what was going to happen. You knew which problems were going to be resolved, you knew there would be a happy ending, etc. Again, in most comedies, they're predictable.

Off-Beat Scenes
There are a few scenes that just don't fit with the rest of the movie AT ALL. Yes, I understand Vince Vaughn is a video game rep. But come onnnnnnnn. He has to battle it out on "Guitar Hero" to get directions to where the 20 something girl friend of a Faizon Love is?!?!?! Whyyy, oh whyyy is this scene in the movie. Minus this scene, the movie is really grounded in reality, and very well written by Vaughn and Favreau.

That's really the only things I didn't like about the film. It was just a great, very funny movie. It was very grounded in reality which helps to make it even more funny. My wife and I found ourselves poking each other as to say, "you do that to me", "no you do that to ME". The cast is so talented, I'm glad they lived up to the hype this movie has received. The trailer offers a lot of the funny scenes in the movie, but trust me, there's a lot more in the hour and 45 minute film that's not in the trailer. I loved this film and would recommend it to anyone. And remember, "baaaang, baaaang".

Bryan Singer Wants to Return to the X-Men Franchise

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Bryan Singer, and it turned a lot of heads. The quote heard round the comic world... "I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise. I've been talking to Fox about it." This is such a blessing, I can't put it into words.

The article goes on to quote Singer a few more times, and I think it's a great example of why his movies are so good, and so different. He talks about making action movies with more to them; they are about the "human condition". I think everyone can relate to the X-Men characters and the way they feel different, the way they are outcasts; we've all felt that at one point in our lives. Singer's films bring a little extra that is needed to make these comic book movies feel real.

I don't want to take more than a sentence to talk about that fat, ugly loser director of X3; all I will say is.... no I better not get started. Let's just hope for Singer's return. I can say he single handedly brought the comic book world to the big screen. Yes Blade and other's like it were first, but X-Men made it something special.

Fox to make a Moses film... 300 Style baby

Variety is reporting that Fox studios is planning a remake of sorts. They are planning on retelling the story of Moses, but not in the traditional way. Here's exactly what Variety had to say about it:
The Moses story will be told using the same green screen strategy as "300," so it will feel more like that pic or "Braveheart" than "The Ten Commandments,” the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film.
Someone should think about this a little bit. The Passion of the Christ cause such a ruckus when it came out, and performed very VERY well at the box office. But a Moses story in a style made famous by a Spartan/Persian war may not be the way to go. I think there's a lot more room for biblical stories, no matter what your religion is. These are stories, they are being told on the big screen, it doesn't matter where they came from. But at the same time, I think you have to be careful with religion. Some people get enlightened, while others offended, that's just the way it works.

I say this a lot, but I'll say it again... it doesn't matter what I think. The movie will be made, make a gazillion dollars and have a sequel by the following Summer, stay tuned.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Couple's Retreat wins the box office

That's right, Couple's Retreat won the box office, as expected I must say. The comedy featuring everyone who's funny in Hollywood came up with 35.3 million over the weekend; defeating last weeks champ, Zombieland, which did 15 million dollars on its own.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs dropped to third place with 12 million dollars. The re-release of Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D came in at 7.7 million dollars. Here's the rest of the top ten:

1. "Couples Retreat," $35.3 million.

2. "Zombieland," $15 million.

3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $12 million.

4. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $7.7 million.

5. "Paranormal Activity," $7.1 million.

6. "Surrogates," $4.1 million.

7. "The Invention of Lying," $3.4 million.

8. "Whip It," $2.8 million.

9. "Capitalism: A Love Story," $2.7 million.

10. "Fame," $2.6 million.

Blade vs. The Dark Knight fan-made video

Staying with the superhero themed postings; here's a great fan-made video. I've seen a ton of fan-made videos featuring our favorite superheros, but I have to say, this is the best one yet. What IF there were a Batman vs. Blade film? Here's what it would like like:

A little secret: Check out this incredible site of fan-made videos featuring your favorite superheros. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Toy Story 3 trailer

Enjoy the trailer right here:

Marlon Wayans replacing Eddie Murphy in Richard Pryor bio-pic

The news that Marlon Wayans was replacing Eddie Murphy in a Richard Pryor bio-pic was very surprising; the fact that Eddie Murphy was playing Richard Pryor in the first place was even more surprising. Hollywoodinsider is reporting that Murphy had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts and Wayans is in final discussions to take over.

I'm a little bummed about this change in casting. Murphy has never been shy in explaining his inspirations for becoming a comedian. He's always given Pryor credit for his decision to become a comedian. The two even starred together in Harlem Nights. The bio-pic will be called Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said. It's being produced by Chris Rock and Pryor's widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. It's being made under Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison. This sounds like it's going to be good; lets hope it stays that way.

Quickie: Arrested Developement movie a reality

I've been pretty outspoken about my love for Jason Bateman, in a strictly A-sexual kind of way. He's one of the most under-rated actors in Hollywood and has amazing comedic timing. Well, that being said, his very popular, critically acclaimed TV show from 2003 is being adapted to a movie. Latinoreview is reporting that Arrested Development, the movie, is a go.

Mitchell Hurwitz was the creator of the show; he is writing the script and will direct the film. So far, no cast member has committed to the project. That should be fine though. Every cast member has stated at one point or another they would be excited for a movie project. Keep it here for more!

Quickie: Call of Duty film neccessary?

We didn't know much about this movie leading into this week, but "Call of Duty", the popular video game franchise is being adapted to the big screen. It's looking like it's more of a reality than we thought. I don't want to focus on the news of the film in this posting; I want to focus more on the need... do we really care?

Every war film that I can think of in the past three years (minus The Hurt Locker) was a huge flop, critically and commercially. What's going to be different? A built-in audience? A group of fighters from another time in our country? I don't get it? What's so special, other than the name of the video game, that will make this movie worth watching?

Well, regardless what we think, you know it will be made and will generate a LOT of money. Keep it posted for more.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Zombieland sequel

Zombieland did very well, on a very small budget; of course there is talk of a sequel. In fact, MTV reported that it's closer than we think. The movie was originally intended to be a TV show in the Summer of 2005. So there is a lot of story left to tell, and could easily lead to a trilogy. Still waiting to see the film, but from what I've heard, it's pretty cool.
The sequel/reboot age is upon us, I think I'm going to be the last to embrace it!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day trailer #2


Zombieland wins the box office

Really no surprise here, Zombieland won the box office this weekend. The movie starring Woody Harrelson as a Zombie fighting bad ass, took in 25 million dollars. Here are the rest of the results:

1. Zombieland, $25 million
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $16.7 million
3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2, $12.5 million
4. The Invention of Lying, $7.4 million
5. Surrogates, $7.3 million
6. Whip It, $4.9 million (tie)
6. Capitalism: A Love Story, $4.9 million (tie)
8. Fame, $4.8 million
9. The Informant!, $3.8 million
10. Love Happens, $2.8 million

Ghost Rider 2 script ready

David S. Goyer, the best comic book scribe there is, talked to collider recently about Ghost Rider 2. The script for Ghost Rider 2 is ready, in fact, it's been ready. The script is something Goyer wrote 9 years ago. It just needs to be cleaned up a bit. It was originally written with an 'R' rating in mind, it's being toned down a bit for that elusive 'PG-13' rating.

I think this is the exact direction the character should be headed. Nothing campy, no love storyline, just a straight up half man/half devil beast of burden! Sorry, I got carried away. But in all seriousness, the character should be treated in all seriousness. He should be a scary mo-fo who no one wants to mess with. He needs to be the devil you dread, create fear in criminals like Batman does. The first movie was bad, real bad, and it's because of its director/writer. Goyer is exactly the missing link to making this movie a blockbuster we want to see. Keep it posted for more folks.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Woo's "Red Cliff" Coming to the U.S.

John Woo, bad-ass movie director of Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2, has directed the highest grossing film in Chinese box office history. It even says so on the poster.

The only problem is... it was a long time ago

Red Cliff will finally be coming to the U.S., however, on November 20, 2009. The original cut was close to 4 hours total and released as two film (similar to Tarantino's Kill Bill). The U.S. cut will be one film trimmed down to 2.5 hours.

The movie is a re-telling of the battle of Red Cliff during ancient China's Han dynasty.

You can watch the trailer below. Or, to see it in high def at Apple's website, click here.

Enjoy. Tell us what you think!

Thanks to Slashfilm for the news.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway musical

Riskybusinessblog is reporting that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will soon be a Broadway play.
Warner Bros. is developing a stage musical based on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the children's classic that it bought [back]to the big screen four years ago.
I can't say this news surprises me. This is a pretty common thing we're seeing now. Last year, my wife and I had the pleasure of seeing the play "Wicked"; based on the characters of The Wizard of Oz. I remember thinking to myself that a Willy Wonka play would look amazing on stage. My wish seems to be coming true, in that they're heading more towards a Tim Burton look, rather than that of the 70's Gene Wilder version.

Either way, it will be fun to see the movie from a different perspective. The only bad thing is, it will take years before the show moves to Los Angeles, and that's when I will see it.

Quickie: New Up in the Air theatrical trailer

Thank you traileraddict, you're services are appreciated!

MGM gets an extension on its debt

MGM is staying in business everyone... for now. Variety is reporting that MGM gets to skip the next three months of interest payments to its lender. Interest on 3.7 billion dollars is a lot of money. It's only three months, but what it gives MGM is some breathing room to figure out what it's going to do next.

The real goal has to be to get The Hobbit off the ground. The fourth movie in the Lord of the Rings saga is hopefully going to get the studio out of the red and into the black. Guillermo Del Toro is signed to direct and Peter Jackson will produce. The movie will undoubtedly be a success; the built in audience alone could generate anywhere from 300 to 700 million dollars worldwide. That's a lot of money! A lot of money! This extension will help, but I don't think it will solve anything. The only movie the studio has released THIS YEAR is Fame, and that has only produced 11 or so million dollars... um yeah... we'll wait for The Hobbit.

Quickie: Shutter Island trailer #2

Enjoy this new trailer from the director Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo... Shutter Island.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pics from the set of McKay's "The Other Guys"

Adam McKay, the writer and director of comedy classics, (and two of AtD's favorites), Anchorman and Step Brothers has recently been filming his next gem, The Other Guys.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg and of course Will Ferrell as two New York City cops.

Here's how McKay explains it:
"Basically the idea is that you have your star cops of New York City, picture like a Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson-type pair. They’re the guys who get all the car chases, all the girls. But this is the story of the guys in the desk next to them, the other guys. …The premise is you have the stud cops in New York City, and the other cops are the wannabes who want to be the stud cops. So Ferrell and Wahlberg have another pair of cops who are competing with them to be the stars."

Also starring in the film will be Sam Jackson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rob Riggie, and Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Keaton (yay!), Eva Mendes (nay!), and Steve Coogan as the main villain.

Thanks to Slashfilm for the pics.

Jodie Foster's "Beaver" Stars Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster is directing a film titled The Beaver.

The film stars Mel Gibson as a man named Walter who is the stressed CEO of a faltering company. He starts to communicate with people only through a beaver glove puppet he finds in the trash. The beaver supposedly speaks in a "crisp English accent."

Hmm... I don't know what to think about this one. Definitely sounds interesting, though?

What are your thoughts? Click on comments below to share what you think with everyone!

Hugh Jackman in talks for Real Steel

Hugh Jackman is on quite the roll this year. A hit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a Broadway hit with Daniel Craig, and now a possible role in a Toy adaptation. I know, that third one didn't quite live up to the first two. But it's true, Jackman is in talks to play the lead in the Real Steel, the robot boxing movie.

The movie is set to be directed by Shawn Levy and has a pretty cool premise. Human boxing is no longer allowed, so people are letting the big bad robots do the fighting. Hugh Jackman would play a an ex-boxer now looking to train a robot to fight. Let's give it a chance; it cant be as bad as the OTHER robot fighting movie this year. Wink wink.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quickie: Date Night picture

The movie is Date Night, and hopefully it lives up to its promises. It stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell as a couple who are bored with their lives. They take a night to go out on a date pretending they're people they are really not, and craziness ensues. There's a case of mistaken identity, and a mob is after them, etc. I can see this working, but ONLY with these two actors. I've seen a premise like this before, maybe not exactly the same, but I've seen it; and I don't like those movies. But I'm such a big fan of Carell and Fey, I'm willing to forgive what I've seen before.

Tina Fey's work on "30 Rock" gets her awards year after year; same goes for Carell's TV Show, "The Office". These are two very funny people, but can they carry all the work? Well the answer is no, they need a good script as well. I haven't seen the script, but let's hope we are blessed with something pretty special from these two. Keep an eye out for it, and we'll keep you posted as soon as something is announced.

Fox Searchlight to make a Ramones bio-pic

Risky Business Blog is reporting that Fox Searchlight is getting ready to make a Ramones bio-pic. I don't want to spend too much time on who the Ramones were, because you should already know! They basically invented the punk rock genre in 1974. Not all the members were related, they just all carried the Ramones last name; that of the lead singer and guitarist: Joey and Johnny Ramone respectively.

In the past, a Ramones movie has been rumored but never happened. It went as far as to be part of the HBO hit, Entourage. In that show, the lead actor (playing an actor), is rumored to play Joey Ramone.

I would personally be very interested in seeing how the band came together, their rise to the top and what drama took place along the way. It's a band I've heard about my entire life, yet I know nothing about their roots. I know their music, but not the members; I would pay money to see this movie! Would you?

REAL Quickie: Transformers 3

Announced today, it's for sure. July 1st, 2011. Transformers 3: Attempt of the Suck.

Tony: Management DVD review

We've seen a lot of Jennifer Aniston in the last year or so, but not like we saw her in Management. The movie was released on DVD this week, and we're carrying on our new trend of review movies we missed in the theater. It stars Aniston of course, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. Zahn plays a guy working at his parents motel. He is the handy-man who fixes everything from lights to toilets. His life has never amounted to much, and working at the motel has really put a damper on his love life.

In comes the beautiful Aniston, an art buyer/seller. She's just passing through Zahn's little city in Arizon, and the real fun begins. Zahn goes on a nationwide chase around the country to be with Aniston. We don't focus on plot here at AtD, that's on you to watch the movie; here we'll discuss opinions.

Steve Zahn is one of my favorite comedic actors. He really is an under-appreciated actor in Hollywood. Check out Saving Silverman by the way. In Management, he has a fine line to walk. He has to appear in love, infatuated, in lust, sincere, without looking like a creepy stalker. The writer/director, Stephen Belber has a lot to do with this. The way he wrote the character was brilliant. We want him to win, we want him to get the girl!

The girl is of course Aniston and she is a lost soul, but on a different level than Zahn's character. She is successful, she is beautiful, but she feels insufficient to anyone in her life. She doesn't know her self-worth. She always puts others ahead of her own happiness. She actually spends her nights with homeless men. And through the course of the movie, you see major changes to both characters.

Also in the movie is Woody Harrelson, who is great. He plays an ex-punk rocker/ yogurt store entrepreneur. Aniston doesn't want to be with Zahn and decides to get married to Harrelson instead. Another supporting actor worth mentioning is James Hiroyuki Liao, he plays Zahns best friend in the movie and is great!

The movie is very good, but it could have been great. The actors are enough to carry the movie through its negatives, but they are still there. Zahn walks the line between lovable loser and creepy stalker. By the end of the film, he is a strong, confident, independent man who no longer needs his parents to take care of him. I liked the movie very much. I would not recommend anyone buying this, it is definitely not a classic of any kind, but it is worth renting. See it, and tell us what you thought. After all, this is a great place to Agree to Disagree.

Quickie Classic: Hook

If you don't know the story of Peter Pan, you must be living on another planet. The story of a boy who never grew up, magic fairy dust, Neverland, the lost boys, and scariest of all... Captain Hook! Disney's Peter Pan was in instant classic when it came out in 1953. It brought the story to life in a way the Broadway play never could. Well, what happens next? What happens later on in Peter's life? What if?... What if, Peter grew up?! And THAT'S what Hook showed us. In 1991, it also became an instant classic as well.

Peter goes by the name Peter Banning at this point, and is played by Robin Williams. He's all grown up with two children, Jack and Maggie. He is so busy working all the time, he neglects his family; and causes them to resent him. Wendy is a little old lady now, and is going to be honored for her charitable work. So Peter and family visit her in London. To make a long story short, the children are kidnapped by Captain Hook, and Peter is forced to return to Neverland to rescue them.

The movie was great because it showed us so much of Neverland we didn't see in the Disney original. Williams plays a fantastic lead where he must be childlike on the inside, yet a mature adult on the outside. Dustin Hoffman plays Captain Hook, and is very charismatic in doing so. But to me, the best scenes, are those with the Lost boys. The way Williams bonds with them, the way they talk to each other, I couldn't help but remember my childhood in Northern California, when things were so much simpler. The same goes for the Lost boys, they have really simple lives, they just stay children forever.

And who can forget RUFIO! RUFIO! RUFIO!? Dante Basco played the fearless leader of the Lost boys so well, I can't look at him as any other character. I recently saw an interview with him (on the Take The Lead DVD) where he talks about how much fun the movie was, and how life changing its been. Watching the Lost Boys say goodbye to Peter towards the end made me cry as a kid, and got me pretty choked up as an adult.

Julia Roberts plays Tinkerbell and does very well selling the role. Bob Hoskins plays Smee, Hook's right hand man, and is very funny. Steven Spielberg directed the film and it's not a surprise it looks so amazing. He has an eye for things that other directs don't.... he can read children. E.T. was a brilliant film told through the eyes of a child, and I felt like Hook was the same way.

The movie has a special place in my heart, and in the hearts of a lot of people I know. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend just purchasing it. If you have children, you can teach them important lessons along with watching it. The cinematography, directing, acting, etc. are all amazing. Like the title of this post says... Classic!