Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 poster and red band trailer

I absolutely loved the first Kick-Ass movie.  It had just the right mix of comedy and action.  Now comes the first trailer to the sequel, Kick-Ass 2.  While the director of the first film, Matthew Vaughn, has been replaced by Jeff Wadlow, the cast is all back.  There are also a few new comers to the party.  Check out the trailer below and my thoughts after.  

What do you think of Jim Carrey joining the party?  Pretty cool huh?  A little bit different from what I've ever seen him in and I'm OK with that!  I like the action and premise, but I have to admit, the tone feels different.  And tone is very important in these genre films.  Remember, Kick-Ass is just a normal kid who decided to dress up like a superhero.  There's nothing really all that 'super' about him.  So it can't be TOO crazy.  It has to stay grounded.  I hope the movie doesn't veer too far off the path that Vaughn started.  For now, I like it.  But I need another trailer to decide if I love it.  Check back for updates.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quickie: The Hangover 3 trailer

Here it is... The Hangover 3 trailer premiered today.  And its... interesting.  Check it out below and my thoughts after.

Interesting!  I don't know if I like it yet.  The director, Todd Phillips, promised a different format than that of the first two films; but this trailer doesn't really give us any insight into the plot or the shenanigans of the Wolfpack.  It appear as though the Jeffrey Tambor character has died, as the trailer begins with his funeral.  Also making a cameo is Melissa McCarthy.  It was rumored she would be in the film, the trailer spoils a potentially hilarious scene with Zach Galifianakis.  I don't know how to feel about this.  I am a big fan of the first two films and will more than likely see this film.  But as a trailer, it's pretty weak.  Any thoughts?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sadly, Sam Mendes will not return for another James Bond film

Sad news today.  Sam Mendes will not be directing another James Bond film.  Mendes was tentatively scheduled to return to the follow-up to the highest grossing film of the franchise, Skyfall.  I absolutely loved Skyfall, and most of it due to Mendes' decisions on the film.  Much like other great filmmakers, Mendes doesn't want to be tied down to one 'world' for too long.  In a statement today to Empire magazine today, he explained why he's leaving the 007 world:
It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes said. “Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.
So there you have it.  Mendes is going to work in the theater, where I'm sure he is going to kill it.  Sad news for all of us that enjoyed Skyfall.  But let's look at the bright side...  The franchise's directing gig just opened up for another Bond fan.  Can you guess who?  I'll give you a hint.  He's one of the most innovative filmmakers of our generations, and has already expressed interest in directing a Bond film.  If you don't know yet, click here for the answer.  Here's hoping my hunch comes true!

Latest poster and trailer for Iron Man 3

If you couldn't already tell, I'm getting really excited about the release of Iron Man 3.  The movie is due out May 3.  Check out the latest trailer below, and my thoughts after.

Tony Stark looks like he may be in over his head, huh?  I love the darker tone in this trailer.  And I mentioned this when the first trailer was released, I wonder how they're going to balance this film.  On one hand, you've got the dark and brooding Batman, on the other, a campy do-gooder in Spider-Man.  Iron Man had a tone all its in the first two films, somewhere in between.  The trailer is very effective though.  

It shows much more of the primary villain, The Mandarin; played by Sir Ben Kingsley.  You also get a few glimpses of Don Cheadle playing War Machine (Iron Patriot).  And most of all, you see Robert downey Jr.'s acting chops.  It's obvious that Tony Stark isn't in a very good place, mentally.  The events that took place in The Avengers, have taken it's toll on the billionaire.  It is going to be interesting to see Downey play the character against the grain.  As I mentioned to start this post, I can't wait to see this film.  Who's with me?!

Quickie: New Harry Potter, I mean The Hangover 3 poster

Check out the first official poster to The Hangover Part III.  It looks awfully familiar to another Warner Brothers film.  Can you guess?  Oh hell, the answer is below.  The Hangover is directed by Todd Phillips; and again stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong.  Check it out on Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Emma Watson could play Cinderella in Disney's live-action adaptation

Emma Watson is in talks to star as the famous princess, Cinderealla, in a live-action adaptation for Disney. Watson became an overnight sensation back in 2001 when the first Harry Potter film was released.  She was cast as Hermoine; Harry's brilliant, and loyal friend.  Watson has actually put together a respectable resume away from the Harry Potter series.

I think she will nail it if she signs the deal!  She's beautiful, and is a tremendous actress.  Her eyes alone can tell a story, and I think that's important for Cinderella.  The character is an abused, and neglected young woman who finds beauty in the simple things in life.  Want to hear who the perfect casting choice is for the evil stepmother?.... Cate Blanchett is attached to star.

The movie is going to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor).  I think he is a great choice to create the world of Cinderella.  He did a wonderful job with Thor; and helped to create interesting characters in an interesting world.  Branagh wasn't the studio's first choice.  Originally the movie was going to be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo).  But he was let go after his 'extremely dark' take on the film, didn't align with Disney's vision.  What do you think about Watson as Cinderella?

New posters for 300 Rise of an Empire, Oz the Great and Powerful

I was reading some news on and saw these two awesome movie posters.  The first is for the the 300 sequel/prequel... 300: Rise of an Empire.  While it may not be too exciting (just the title of the film), it means we're getting that much closer to the release!  There was some online chatter this week that the movie's release date was being pushed back.  That has not been confirmed, and I suspect Warner Brothers rushed the release of SOMETHING to do with the film, to ease fans' nerves.  This is pretty cool, despite how simple it is.

The second poster is for the IMAX release of Oz the Great and Powerful.  I don't usually go see films in IMAX, unless it's a MUST SEE type release (Avatar, The Dark Knight).  I doubt I'll see 'Oz' in IMAX, but this poster is still pretty cool.  It looks like it's going to be visually stunning.  The early reviews are generally positive, with a Rotten Tomatoe score of 70%, as of today. Looking forward to both films.