Ever since Kathryn Bigelow made a splash with her “vampire western,” it was thought that she would one day produce a masterpiece. That day has come. The Hurt Locker is one of the year’s best films.
Set in Iraq, The Hurt Locker is not about any particular war – this one just happens to be handy and provides an immediate frame of reference. Rather, this is a film about the effects of war on those who fight in them – in this case, members of a team of bomb experts.
Jesus, talking about milking a franchise that should have ended years ago. I was completely on board with the first SAW and actually thought it was one of the ten best films the year it came out. But once they killed off Jigsaw the franchise basically ended. But in Hollywood Horror villains never die they just manage to live on through others. SAW VI isn’t even out yet and already the producers are prepping Saw VII. The full story is here.
They’re lean, mean and fuzzy – except for the aerial reconnaissance guy – who’s a real fly! Three guinea pigs, a mole and the housefly compose the crack team of spies in the Disney/Bruckheimer collaboration, G-Force. Darwin [voiced by Sam Rockwell] is the putative leader; Blaster [Tracy Morgan] is the muscle/driver; Juarez [Penelope Cruz] is the martial artist and self-described “brains of the outfit]; Speckles [Nicholas Cage] is the tech expert, and Mooch [Dee Bradley Baker] is the eyes in the sky. There’s also an unexpected brother, Hurley [Jon Favreau] and a wannabe tough guy hamster, Bucky [Steve Buscemi] to add to the fun.
Created by Ben [Zach Galafianakis], with aid from his assistant Marcie [Kelli Garner], the team goes on unauthorized mission to keep the project from being shut down. They infiltrate the home of the head of the Saberlink Corporation [Bill Nighy] and download the plans to what they believe to a diabolical plan for world domination – code named Clusterstorm. When the file appears to be marketing for a new, glitzy coffeemaker, the project is shut down – but before the team can be caught and exterminated, they are whisked off to a pet shop. Now all they have to do is escape the pet shop, find Ben, and figure out why their stolen file isn’t what it should be. Then they can save the world.
Seth Rogan was on-hand at Comic-Con to Unveil Green Hornet’s car “The Black-Beauty.” The car is a 1965 Chyrsler Imperial, much like the Black Beauty used in the iconic Green Hornet TV series. The movie comes out next summer and will star Seth Rogan, they haven’t cast Kato yet and rumors are circulating that Nicholas Cage wants to play the bad guy. I’m on record as not liking Seth Rogan, so I can’t say I’m looking forward to this. You can see the original story at Cinema Blend.
Comic-con kicked off with a bang this morning with the stars of Twilight giving a 9:30 am press conference to hordes of screaming fan girls everywhere. They camped out for days and got there wish as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner took center stage. Reporters weren’t allowed to ask any personal questions and all the questions had to be related to New Moon. Here are a couple of tidbits:
Even though Edward hardly appears in the movie he will still make appearances via “hallucinations.” “It would look probably pretty cheesy if it were just my voice, so they’ve done these hallucinations, semi-visible apparitions,” Pattinson said, explaining how he’ll be visible even in his character’s absence. “It’s how she remembers him, not necessarily how he actually is,” added Stewart.
“There are definitely fans who separate into separate teams.Sometimes it gets me nervous because I’m trying to live up to the fans expectations and represent Team Jacob in the right way,” Lautner said. “I thought they did a pretty good job with the wolf transformation… The werewolves definitely step up the action in this movie. There’s double the action in this movie,” Lautner assured the crowd. He adds, “There’s not just this romance between a human and a vampire. There’s also the beginning of a love triangle.”
The folks at a new movie website called We Are Movie Geeks have the first photo of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. The photo looks good but I’m still against the entire concept of remaking one of my favorite horror films – Nightmare on Elm Street. Can’t Hollywood Come up with something new?
No he’s not coming to write for us! We are talking about casting news for the next movie in the Twilight Saga.
Word out of the entertainment industry sources is that 24 year old Australian actor Xavier Samuel has been cast in the role of a newly created vampire named Riley. Riley will become an accomplice to the machinations of the evil Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) in her plot to do away with Bella (Kristin Stewart).
Xavier, while relatively unknown to American audiences, is no stranger to playing roles in the horror genre. He appeared in the Australian horror movie the Loved Ones.
Eclipse, which will be Samuel Xavier’s first role in a US film, is set to begin shooting next month in Vancouver and will be released on June 30, 2010. David Slade is directing from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg.
I’m assuming people reading this review have read the books – so there will be SPOILERS!
I don’t know what to say about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as a movie it’s a competent, highly watchable and pretty good movie. The problem is the film doesn’t exist in a vacuum – even if you ignore the books, within the context of the film Universe, I think HP-HBP fails. This movie is 2 ½ hours of nothing-substantial happening. But as a fan of the book series, a lot of the choices made here were maddening. The problem with watching the direction the films have gone is the knowledge that I have read all the books, so while watching the movies I’m enjoying them waiting for certain events to unfold then when the movie ends I’m left wondering what the heck just happened. This is why I hated Order of the Phoenix, I think that movie and this movie relies more on you having read the books than any of the other Harry Potter films.
As reported this week on EM, Scream creator and writer Kevin Williamson is working on Scream 4, which has been greenlit by Dimension Films. Hot on the heels of the announcement that David Arquette and Courtney Cox had been signed on to reprise their original roles as Dewey Riley and Gail Weathers, rumors began surfacing on Twitter that the highly talented lead actors from Supernatural, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, were on the ‘short list’ of actors being approached to star in the movie along side Arquette and Cox. We contacted the respective publicist for Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles to seek confirmation of this information. Publicists for both actors issued a statement to us that the rumors of their clients being approached or considered for roles in Scream 4 are false.
How good is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? When the movie ended, I still had a third of my drink [the large one] left. That’s happened maybe half-a-dozen times over the last decade, so it’s a pretty good indicator of how engrossed I was in the film.
Steve Kloves has once again divined the essence of the novel and taken the key events and played to them, while adding and subtracting as he saw fit. The result is a film that is nowhere near being a slavish adaptation, yet remains completely faithful to the spirit of the source material.