Saturday, September 28, 2013

Need for Speed trailer starring Aaron Paul


I'm a huge fan of the TV series, Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.  The series finale is tomorrow, and like so many fans, I can't wait to see what happens to our main characters.  Before watching the show, I'd never seen Paul in anything else.  So the TV show is really all I know of his work, and that's just fine!  Because he is spectacular in the role.  That being said, the actor is changing gears (see what I did there?).  

Paul is headed for the big screen, in the video game adaptation, Need for Speed.  The film is directed by Scott Waugh, who brought us Act of Valor last year.  The film also stars Dakota Johnson, who was just cast in the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film.  The cast is rounded out by Michael Keaton and Dominic Cooper.  Check out the trailer below and see my thoughts after.


It looks interesting, I'll give them that.  I am worried that it looks an awful lot like another popular car-themed movie franchise.  No need to state the obvious.  So if the racing and the action set pieces are going to be similar to a competitor, what else can differentiate the film?  Characters!  And that's where you can see Paul's terrific acting skills will help the film.  The trailer doesn't give much away, but it does show us there will be some character development involved.  The voice over technique is popular in trailers, but often has us wondering where it fits in the movie.  Overall I think the trailer did its job and makes me want to see the film when it is released, March 14th, 2013.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

DC Comics pushing TV shows: "Gotham" showcasing a young Jim Gordon is in the works


TV Shows starring DC Comics characters are all the rage these days.  You'd have to credit Smallville for this trend.  The show featuring a young Clark Kent, aired for 10 seasons, and garnered a faithful following.  Last year, Arrow debuted featured DC's Green Arrow character.  Now it's been announced that Grant Gustin will star in a show about The Flash, set in the same TV universe as Arrow.  There's more...

NBC is developing a Constantine TV show now, based on the comic book Hellblazer.  Some of you will remember the 2005 film by the same name, starring Keanu Reeves.  Constantine, the film, did well, but not well enough to warranty a sequel/franchise.  Comic book film guru, David S. Goyer, is helping to develop the project for NBC.  It's in its early stages at this point, but sounds like an interesting idea.  If they can figure out how to blend TV drama with the supernatural aspects of the comic book and movie, it could be interesting.  But I worry that the entire show will have to be carried by one lead actor.  I'm sure Goyer and company will flush out supporting characters, but we'll have to wait and see.

Lastly, this one is the one I'm most interested in... Gotham on the Fox network.  The show is about the young Jim Gordon, working his way up the ranks of the Gotham PD.  The Christopher Nolan trilogy of films did an amazing job of showing us a little bit more about the character than we had seen in past incarnations.  Gary Oldman portrayed the character so well, he was a spitting image of his comic book counterpart.  And I think there is a lot of interest into who this character is, and what makes him tick.  Not many details were released, but there are a few interesting things revealed.  The show will not have Batman in it.  Perhaps the superhero will be referenced, but will not actually appear.  Also, Batman villains will be a part of the show.  Can't wait to see a young Scarecrow, or the Riddler before they become the super villains we know and love to hate.  Once casting rumors start to heat up, I'll post an update.  Any thoughts?

Dumb and Dumber To is really happening!


After an unbelievable on-again off-again ride; the sequel to my FAVORITE comedy of all time, is really happening! Dumb and Dumber To will finally be released next year.  The original Dumb and Dumberstarring Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels, is simply hilarious.  It keeps me laughing from start to finish every time I watch it.

Billy in 4C!  Pretty Bird.
Earlier this week, we got our first glimpse of the two main actors, back in character.  The first film came out in 1994!  It took 20 years, but the Farrelly Brothers finally made it happen.  After Warner Brothers said 'no thanks' and dropped the project,  Universal picked up the rights and has been supporting the project ever since.

Today it was announced that Rob Riggle would be joining the cast.  I love the guy.  He's so funny in everything he does.  Did you see 21 Jump Street?  Come on!  In TV news, Riggle is rumored to star in a spin-off of the insanely funny comedy, Modern Family.  That would be great!

Plot details to the sequel are slim, and quite frankly, I'm glad.  I can't wait to see what the Farrelly Brothers and the cast pull off here.  I'm hopeful it will not be a terrible, meaningless sequel.  Based on the many articles I've read relating to the Farrelly Brothers, the sequel is a passion project they've wanted to see happen for a long time.  So here's hoping it's a great sequel that will remind us how much we love Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne!

Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone joining Alexander Skarsgard in David Yates' Tarzan?

It's amazing what a few Hollywood flops can do to big budget films in the pipeline.  It's been a few years since a live-action Tarzan film was announced by Warner Brothers.  A few months ago, after seeing the budget for The Lone Ranger fly off the handle, the studio pumped the brakes on the project.

Well, now the film is back on track.  David Yates of Harry Potter fame was brought in to direct Alexander Skarsgard in the lead.  So today some interesting news about a few possible supporting actors was reported.

Variety reports that 2-time Academy Award Winner, Christoph Waltz could play the primary villain.  Of course he is!  Because he's amazing in everything he does.  Waltz really has the range to do anything he wants.  This is a man that had an Oscar when he decided to do The Green Hornet for God's sake.

The other name making waves for the role of Jane, is Emma Stone.  I think it's safe to declare Stone an A-list actress at this point in her career.  She's been in many successful films and her star power just continues to grow.  I'm a big fan and have an admitted crush on her :)  There are rumors she's close to signing; and just as any 'news' on the internet goes, there are now rumors she won't do it.  Whatever, I'd love to see her in the film!  The other name Warner Brothers has whispered is that of Margot Robbie.  We'll see about that Ms. Robbie!

I think Waltz is a fantastic choice, as is Stone.  The world Yates is building around his main actor is starting to come together.  We'll see what ends up happening in the next few weeks.  I'm interested in seeing a 'serious' take on a the tale of Tarzan.  The only material I remember is the Disney film and believe it or not, the Christopher Lambert version: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.  Yates is an amazing storyteller and I have all the confidence in the world in him and his talents.  I'll keep everyone posted.

Happy Thanksgiving! Horrible Bosses 2 is set for 2014 release


It's been a long time since Horrible Bosses 2 was greenlit by Warner Brothers!  Seth Gordon, who directed the first film, has been swapped out with Sean Anders for the sequel.  Anders has comedic experience; he directed this Summer's surprise hit, We're the Millers.  I'm sure he's going to do well here.  Today the release date for the sequel was announced.

It looks like we'll be thankful for the laughs next year; the film will be released November 26th, 2014.  Right around Thanksgiving next year.  Who's in?  I'm definitely giving them my money and hope the cast doesn't disappoint.  Who's with me?