It’s so hard to believe that it was only eight years ago that we were introduced to the world of Harry Potter. J. K. Rowling produce a series of books about a young boy who realizes that his destiny was to become a wizard. So, we followed Harry Potter to a school of magic known as Hogwarts. He has finally found a place to find it and expand his horizons. With the help of his best friends, Hermione Granger & Ronald Weasley, Harry has battled Draco Malfoy, dragons, basilisks, and adolescent through five movies to date. Now, Harry and his gang must battle his latest enemy to date.
I’ve always liked Natalie Portman and thought she and Ewan McGregor were the best things in Episodes I – III. She’s been cast to play Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest in the upcoming Marvel Thor Movie. The official press release is after the break.
I’ve always been a big fan of Green Lantern so I’m really curious to see what an eventual big screen version will look like. I like the casting of Ryan Reynolds, I’m not being biased because I’ve met him at several times throughout the last 6 years, but I think he’ll be good in the role, although I see him more as Kyle Raynor and not Hal Jordan. Anyway, these days if you are going to be a major Hollywood tent pole you have to also have a big game attached. The folks behind this summer’s upcoming G.I. Joe game and Silent Hill: Homecoming, Double Helix has been tapped by Warner Brothers to create the Green Lantern Game. I’ll hold judgment until I play the G.I. Joe game in August.
It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife and their three-year-old daughter in only a few short weeks.
Industry sources close to the Warner Brothers/DC Comics planned production of a movie based on the DC comic hero The Green Lantern are saying that Ryan Reynolds has signed a deal to take on the lead role. Reynolds is no stranger to playing comic book action heroes having starred as Deadpool in the recently released Wolverine movie.
Other contenders for the role of Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern are Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper, with Cooper leading the ranks in online fan choice polls.
Ryan Reynolds, a busy young actor, is already set to star in “Buried,” a dark indie drama that will begin filming shortly in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling against time to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.
Relativity Media and Michaels Goldwyn are set to put into production a comedy movie based on the super funny SNL skit MacGruber which will be produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
and written by Will Forte, Jorma Taccone, John Solomon
MacGuber is based on Will Forte’s Saturday Night Live character, which is basically a parody send up of the hit ABC series MacGyver starring Richard Dean Anderson. In the highly successful comedy skit, Will Forte plays a MacGyver like secret agent who isn’t quite as adept at being clever as his MacGyver counterpart.
A while back, I was reading an appraisal of trailers for teen films – an appraisal given by teens. They were unanimous in their dismissal of the trailer for I Love You, Beth Cooper, for which they summed their disdain with the phrase, “This would never happen.” They were, of course, completely missing the point. Of course this would never happen. It’s precisely because this would never happen that the movie got made. It’s a wish-fulfillment fantasy not-so cleverly disguised as a teen comedy. It was made for every high school student who crushed on the head cheerleader or varsity quarterback but didn’t show up on their radar – not even as the tiniest blip.
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.