In 1982 CBS began airing the TV police drama T.J. Hooker, which starred William Shatner as tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rode the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano played by Adrien Zmed. They were joined by sexy officer Stacy Sheridan played by Heather Locklear and James Darren who played officer Jim Corrigan.
Earlier this week plans were announced by T. J. Hooker creator Rick Husky to fast forward his 80’s crime drama into a big screen action comedy. No casting for the movie has been announced yet and no word on whether William Shatner will be involved. However the movie production company is currently in talks with Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King) to come on board for director duties and the writing partners of Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson (Wild Wild West, Tremors) will be in charge of the script for the T. J. Hooker movie.
It looks like the new Warner Brothers Green Lantern movie is heating up. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the suits have narrowed the field down to three – Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper to play the Emerald Hero, Hal Jordan. I never understood why it took this long for Warner Brothers to get behind a Green Lantern film. It seems like it’d be an “easy” film to make due to the fact that his powers are all based on being able to create constructs out of light and the very concept of Green Lantern is that it’s a police Corps, granted the story centers on Earth’s protector Hal Jordon, but theoretically any film version didn’t necessarily have to be about Hal Jordan.
They could have used any number of Green Lanterns like John Stuart (whose black), Guy Gardner, or created their own character and still remain true to the source material. I would put Vegas style money on the idea that they’ll go with Bradley Cooper. Ryan Reynolds already has a Super Hero movie in Deadpool, Justin Timberlake while being pretty good as an actor doesn’t really fit the part. Who is Bradley Cooper? He was in the surprise summer hit, The Hangover, one of the stars of Nip/Tuck, and is in the upcoming A-Team.
So far this summer movie season is turning out to be one massive crop of bland, dud. Of course I knew this going into the summer when I wrote a post a few months ago listing the 10 summer movies that I had absolutely no interest in seeing, in that post I also mentioned a movie that could not possibly fail. I mean this movie had an amazing trailer, great cast, great director, cool story, how could it possibly get messed up? Well somehow Public Enemies screwed up. It’s one of those films I watch thinking to myself, “yeah, I like it but why don’t I love this?" It’s a beautiful looking movie, with a gorgeous cast, I mean, really, it has Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.
The problem with Public Enemies and almost all of Director/Producer Michael Mann productions is that they are always all flash and style, but have very little substance behind them, from Miami Vice (The TV Show and Movie) to Heat to this. You can watch his stuff and be wowed by how visually beautiful and colorful everything is but then there’s not much else there. Never once did I believe that this 40’s era tale truly existed in the "real" world. Everything – the cars, the streets, the buildings, the actors all looked too clean and shiny. Even the Prison looked like you could eat food off the floor.
Who doesn’t like a good Bongo Drums. We know the Fonz loved him some bongos. Here’s a pretty cool clip of Big Black from Sony Classic’s upcoming concert film/documentary Soul Power. SOUL POWER is a verité documentary about this legendary music festival (dubbed “Zaire ‘74”), and it depicts the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others. At the peak of their talents and the height of their careers, these artists were inspired by this return to their African roots, as well as the enthusiasm of the Zairian audience, to give the performances of their lives. The concert has achieved mythological significance as the definitive Africa(n)-American musical event of the 20th Century.
Remember when a little technology format called HD-DVD was around and Paramount pictures announced an exclusive deal with them? Michael Bay was loud and vocal about his distain for the HD-DVD format and his love of all things Blu-ray. Michael Bay, finally gets his wish. Transformers, is now available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition. See where the battle began, as you witness Transformers in the ultimate high definition Blu Ray experience. Then go see, Transformers – Revenge of The Fallen – in theatres now. Pick up Transformers – The Two Disc Blu-ray Edition – including 25 minutes of all new content - available on June 16th from Paramount Home Entertainment. In celebration of this event, we have 5 copies of the standard edition DVD to give away. The special edition of Transformers is packed with extras (and more than a few product placements for Hasbro). The entire second disc is devoted to featurettes on aspects of making the technical tour-de-force–and the land mines involved in tinkering with a beloved ’80s franchise. Executive producer Steven Spielberg is very much a part of the proceedings, from his introductory comments ("I think everybody likes the idea of taking something you’re familiar with and turning it into something you’re not so familiar with–like an 18-wheeler become Optimus Prime") to mentions of his films that influenced this one, like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Screaming babies and bad scripts be darned. People like to see Robots fighting. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took in $112 million in the sequel’s first weekend and $201.2 million since opening Wednesday, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount, which is distributing the DreamWorks movie. Now playing in almost every other country except India, the movie added $185.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $387 million. That’s well over half the $708 million global total for the first Transformers. Darn you people, don’t you know this means a third one is now guaranteed!?
The 35th Annual Saturn Awards were presented yesterday, with The Dark Knight taking the most awards for film. Lost and Battlestar Galactica led the way for television. The complete list of winners follows the jump.
Ok, before I start my rambling, incoherent review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, let’s start with a PSA Announcement. (In my Voiceover voice) Parents, if you don’t know how to control your kids in public, KEEP THEM AT HOME!! God, one of these days, I’m going to get into fisticuffs with these bad, annoying movie goers. But there’s nothing worse than a Parent who won’t control their freaking kids. I swear there was this kid who was talking at the top of his lungs through the ENTIRE movie. It was driving me mad.
One woman got up and left in the beginning of the movie saying “I can’t take this anymore” and yelled at the woman learn to control your kid. Then about a 1 1/2 in, I snapped and yelled at the woman to keep her Kid quiet. Her response almost sent me over the edge, what was it you kind readers ask? “I already asked him to be quiet. He’s 4 years old, what do you expect me to do?” What kind of response could I have to that? It’s called freaking DISCIPLINE! Take the brat out of the theater! Go home! Of course I didn’t say these things, but I desperately wanted to. At first she threatened to take the kid out of the theater and he was like, “No, no… I want to stay.” So of course she did NOTHING, I HATE parents who refuse to control their devil spawn in public. I think we act as enablers for these bad parents, because we are all too scared to say anything. If more people speak up, maybe, in my dream world these parents would get the message that people will no longer put up with these monsters.
Words cannot describe the horrors that was witnessed while watching the latest film from Director Michael Bay. Normally, one would expect to see a great summer blockbuster and a great sequel to boot. Unfortunately, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fails to impress summer movie audience. With its six acts within two plus hours of boring dialogue, the Bay cliche of blow everything to sky high attitude, emotionless characters, and some twin robots that make you do a double take. The film doesn’t make me go WOW! It makes go HOW LOW can you go.
To cut a long story short. The Autobots have spent the last two years working side by side with the US military to track down remaining Decepticon forces that got away after Megatron was killed in the last movie. But an increased number of Decepticon attacks, plus an ominous warning, has Optimous Prime and the military worried about a coming invasion. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebeouf) is off to college, but he immediately stumbles upon a lost sliver of the ‘AllSpark.’ Contact with the artifact causes a flood of Earth and Cybertron knowledge into his head, once again making Sam a target for the Decepticons.
While I was out Cruising the Bahamas, Disney announced Miley Cyrus’s next project is now in production. I really like Greg Kinnear so this should be interesting. “THE LAST SONG,” a coming-of-age drama starring multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress Miley Cyrus, Kelly Preston and Greg Kinnear, begins production in Savannah, Ga., this week. The film is based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ forthcoming novel. Hitting bookstores on September 8, 2009, Sparks’ “The Last Song” is the 15th book published by the novelist whose other books include “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle” and “Nights in Rodanthe.” Though several of his books have been adapted to film, “The Last Song” is the first to make it to the big screen within the first year of publication. “THE LAST SONG” is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (KINNEAR) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (CYRUS), who’d rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common—music—in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances.
Julie Anne Robinson makes her feature-film directorial debut with “THE LAST SONG.” Robinson has been twice nominated for a BAFTA (Best Single Drama, “Coming Down the Mountain” and Best Drama Serial, “Blackpool”) and received a Golden Globe® nomination (Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Blackpool”). Her credits include a variety of television series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Weeds” and “Big Love.” Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, the duo behind “17 Again,” “Hairspray” and “Step Up,” produce; Dara Weintraub (“Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “17 Again” is co-producer. Jeff Van Wie co-wrote the script with Sparks.