The Hush-Hush News Report: 02.29.12: Guy Pierce’s Prometheus TED Talk
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Hey there everybody, Oscar stuff is below and you can read some of my thoughts in the official 411 post-Oscar roundtable. Otherwise, it’s…THE NEWS!!!…
Video Footage Arrives Of Spock’s Star Trek 2 Fight
Photographic evidence of a fight in “Star Trek 2″ involving Zachary Quinto’s Spock and Zoe Saldana’s Lt. Uhura taking on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain (we still aren’t sure who he is and what his role in the story may be) arrived last week. Now comes video footage of the fight between Quinto and Cumberbatch showing the two men trading punches and Vulcan nerve pinches in front of a outdoor green screen and giant fans. Check it out below and apologies in advance: they took the original video down forcing me to use…this. Sorry.
Exhilarating stuff, wasn’t it. Personally, I thought the scene where Spock ferociously ate his sandwich was the best part. I wonder what kind of sandwich Spock would eat. Anyway, the important part is Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome and if you don’t agree with that, then you need to go away, watch some Sherlock and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and get back to me. It’s going to be a big year or two for Cumberbatch: he’s already appeared in Tinker Tailor and Spielberg’s War Horse, the next highly anticipated season for Sherlock is hitting the airwaves AND he’s playing the villain in both Star Trek and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (he’s the voice of The Necromancer and Smaug, although he’s playing the dragon using motion capture as well). And oh yeah he might be playing The Master in time for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Benedict seems to be a rather hot property these days, no?
Ridley Scott Finally Reveals The Alien/Prometheus Link?
Ah, those Hungarian websites! Always scooping us. This time, a translation of an interview between Mozinezo and “Prometheus” director Ridley Scott (via AVP Galaxy) has seemingly revealed the connection between Scott’s 1979 masterpiece “Alien” and his upcoming film (you know, the one we all knew existed but Scott continued playing coy about). So, at this point, I’m going to spell the rest of this piece of news out as crystal clear as I can for our…slower…readers.
***POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD***
In the interview, Scott says: “When the first ‘Alien’ movie and ‘Blade Runner’ were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in ‘Blade Runner’, and Weyland-Yutani in ‘Alien’. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.
The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.”
We can debate whether this is the “only” connection between the two films as Scott would have you believe, but this has indeed been seemingly confirmed by the viral marketing campaign of the film itself. They just released this video of Peter Weyland (Guy Pierce) giving a TED talk (this was released to, of all places, Ted.com):
Along with the released video, the accompanying text on the TED page reads:
“Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.
Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.”
That is one of the more ingenious and effective examples of movie viral marketing I’ve seen in a good long while. I would expect a few more to pop up at WeylandIndustries.com before the film’s June 8 release date. I also love how Scott whet the appetite for it the day before the viral campaign ramped up. Ridley and company (his son Luke directed and Damon Lindelof wrote the TED talk piece) are playing us (they have been along) and I for one love it. From the release of the featurettes (in the days leading up to the trailer’s actual release) to this, it is evident they are doing everything they can to get people intrigued and feeling like they absolutely must see this movie. It’s becoming one of the best movie marketing strategies I’ve seen and I’m fascinated with what we’ll see between now and June.
One More Fondly Remembered Franchise To Exploit
This might as well become a weekly segment. What franchise from our youths will Hollywood go back to and destroy this week? Up this week is one of the great comedic franchises ever as Hollywood is looking to reboot National Lampoon’s “Vacation.”
“Horrible Bosses” writers John Francis Daley (“Bones”) and Jonathan Goldstein have not only written the script for the reboot, but are expected to take on directing duties together as well. The new film – with Ed Helms reportedly being considered to star – will evidently act as both a sequel and a reboot, with an adult Rusty Griswold taking his own family (and perhaps convincing his parents to come along) on a trip filled with hilarity (we can only hope). The reboot was originally going to be directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”), but instead New Line is turning to Daley and Goldstein in what would be both mens’ directorial debut.
There is no word yet on whether Chevy Chase or Beverly D’Angelo would be involved. There is also no report yet on an anticipated release date.
I got nothing. I like John Francis Daley and I liked Horrible Bosses. I do not like this idea. If you think this is a good idea and you want to try and convince me I’m wrong, go ahead in the comments. The rest of you…flame away.
No Hellboy 3 Anytime Soon
In arguably the most disappointing news of the week (well, other than half the Oscar winners announced on Sunday) is Ron Perlman’s recent admission that he doesn’t see “Hellboy 3″ happening. Perlman, who was at the Festival International du Film Fantasique de Gerardmer 2012, talked about working with George R.R. Martin, wanting to be a part of “Game of Thrones” and his betting on “Hellboy 3″ not happening.
“If I had to bet, I would bet there will be no Hellboy 3, but I haven’t given up hope. I feel it’s too good an idea, the third part of a trilogy to ever completely abandon. It answered a lot of questions brought up in [parts] one and two. And, Guillermo’s idea of how to finish the trilogy is so amazingly theatrical. It would be a great shame if we never did it.”
I’ve told you all before what happens when you don’t clap hard enough! Tinker Bell dies. And now so does Hellboy. I absolutely love the Hellboy films; it is so rare for Hollywood to let a film-maker like Guillermo del Toro just go and do what he does best. The films were modest enough financial successes, but they stand as really strong artistic and cinematic triumphs. In an age of bland, safe, monotonous explosion-filled blockbusters, the Hellboy films stand as something different: beautiful, weird, detailed fantasy tailored to adults as much as (if not more than) kids. This is actually a franchise I desperately want to see more of and ending it on Hellboy II: The Golden Army would just seem like a waste. All of that is predicated on Guillermo del Toro at the helm though. If he’s moved on (he has said a third film is unlikely) and not involved with another Hellboy movie, then I don’t want it. But…you know, it never hurts to follow Perlman’s advice: write about it, talk about it, whine about it. You never know…
The Avengers Assemble…Some Crappy New Posters
New posters for the upcoming mega-blockbuster, The Avengers have been released (the first is the US version, the second the UK poster with the Avengers Assemble alternative title. I’m looking forward (as are most) to the film’s May 4 release date. However, these posters are hugely unimpressive to me. It looks like the worst kind of Hollywood photo-shopped rush job. I’m not saying a mediocre poster or two is having ANY bearing on anyone seeing the film or not. However, look at what we just discussed above with the marketing and poster for Prometheus and compare it to The Avengers. It’s been no contest so far (Marvel fanboys, spare me your inherent bias please).
One of the first things I noticed was Robert Downey Jr.’s head without Iron Man’s mask on…and it’s been that way for almost all of the marketing. I get it, but it’s still a bit strange to see him in the suit without the mask on standing in a rubble-strewn urban war zone. And just so we can see him, Captain America is either weirdly standing on a car or is magically 10 feet tall now. Sorry, it just does nothing for me. I’m also a bit tired of every new image or poster released for the film being essentially the same, but being trumpeted as if it were something special. They all look the same! Get back to me when the Mondo Avengers poster comes out.
Elizabeth Olsen in Spike Lee’s Old Boy?
It is being reported by TwitchFilm that “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Silent House” star Elizabeth Olsen has been offered the female lead in Spike Lee’s American adaptation of “Oldboy.” Olsen was one of 2011’s biggest breakouts and has started to get a plethora of roles offered to her because of it. The casting of Olsen would help steady Lee’s “Oldboy,” which has had numerous actors and actress turn down roles in the film. The film landed Josh Brolin early on to play the male lead, but both Colin Firth and Clive Owen turned down the chance to play the movie’s villain. Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska also previously turned down the female lead and the production has stalled because of those casting issues.
For those unfamiliar with the 2003 Park Chan-Wook classic, some idea of what to expect in an American “Oldboy” (which will reportedly be a bit different from the Korean original) can be found in the original film’s synopsis:
“Oh Dae-su is a husband and father whose reputation for womanizing is well known. One day, for reasons he doesn’t understand, Oh Dae-su finds himself locked up in a prison cell, with no idea of what his crime was or whom his jailers may be. With a small television as his only link to the outside world and a daily ration of fried dumplings as his only sustenance, Oh Dae-su struggles to keep his mind and body intact, but when he learns through a news report that his wife has been killed, he begins a long and difficult project of digging an escape tunnel with a pair of chopsticks. Before he can finish — and after 15 years behind bars — Oh Dae-su is released, with as little explanation as when he was locked up, and he’s soon given a wad of money and a cellular phone by a bum on the street. Emotionally stunted but physically strong after 15 years in jail, Oh Dae-su struggles to unravel the secret of who is responsible for locking him up, what happened to his wife and daughter, and how to best get revenge against his captors.”
The American “Old Boy” is directed by Spike Lee and written by Mark Protosevich (“Thor”). It is tentatively scheudled for release in 2013.
I feel like we’ve been talking about and dissecting Spike’s Old Boy for years (in reality, it’s only been months). Elizabeth Olsen is still something of an unknown, although she was fantastic in Martha Marcy May Marlene. I love the original Oldboy and I can’t say I’m thrilled with a remake from Spike Lee. However, I can’t summarily dismiss it, especially after seeing what David Fincher did with his version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If he stays true to the spirit of the original, keeps the violence and avoids his proclivity for inserting himself and his talents as a director into the film, it could be pretty good. If not, I’ll be with everybody else bashing it, many of whom are already waiting for it to come up short.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival Pays Tribute To Marilyn Monroe
The official poster for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been released, spotlighting world-famous American actress Marilyn Monroe in a car blowing out the candle on a birthday cake. The festival is using the 65th anniversary of the festival as a way of celebrating the famed sex symbol as well as noting the own sad in regards to Monroe. This is the 50th anniversary since Monroe’s untimely death and their poster honoring the actress fits the reputation and image of both the woman and the festival.
“The festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and grace.”
Last year’s poster for Cannes showed another famed American actress – Faye Dunaway. This year’s festival runs from May 16-27, with Italian director and actor Nanni Moretti presiding over the jury.
I love the poster and think it’s rather touching that the world’s most famous and important film festival (and perhaps one of the greatest staples of French/European cinema) would use its official poster to honor Monroe. The official anniversary of Monroe’s death is August 5th.
Some of the more noteworthy films of last year that premiered in and out of competition at Cannes included: Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, Oscar/BAFTA/Cesar winner The Artist, The Beaver, Drive, Footnote, Le Havre, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Midnight in Paris, Miss Bala, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, Prates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Poliss, Gus Van Sant’s Restless, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In and We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway Heading To…Broadway
Fresh off his Oscar-winning and commercial success for “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen is reportedly working on a musical adaptation for his 1994 film “Bullets Over Broadway.” The film tells the story of an aspiring young playwright trying to get his play produced on The Great White Way in 1920’s New York. He is eventually forced to cast a mobster’s talent-less girlfriend in order to get it produced. The 1994 film starred John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly, going on to receive 7 Oscar nominations and winning Wiest her second Academy Award working under Allen.
A tentative premiere for the show is penciled in for 2013.
Love it. Is this not perfect for Broadway or what? Woody has previous Broadway experience having penned sketches for the 1960 revue From A to Z, the 1966 play Don’t Drink the Water, writing and starring in 1969’s Play It Again, Sam (with Diane Keaton) and 1981’s The Floating Light Bulb. In addition, he’s also penned a number of one-act plays and rumors of Allen working on the book for Bullets Over Broadway have been circulating for years, showing that it is something Allen has been at least thinking about doing for a long time. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of why we all love Woody Allen – it’s one of the great, funny Oscar moments of recent memory and shows how much Allen loves New York City (because he most certainly hates the Oscars).
This week’s trailer face-off showcases a couple of this week’s major wide releases: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Project X and a few more limited releases including The Raid: Redemption, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and This Is Not A Film – a documentary defying the Iranian regime and smuggled out of that country using a flash drive, arriving in Cannes, France in a birthday cake.
Are you planning on seeing any or all of these? Which looks better? Let me know in the comments.
This Week In Awards
Film Independent Spirit Awards winners:
Best Feature: “The Artist”
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Screenplay: “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Best First Feature: “Margin Call”
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser, “50/50″
John Cassavetes Award: “Pariah”
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Best Supporting Female: Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman, “The Artist”
Best Documentary: “The Interrupters”
Best International Film: “A Separation”
Robert Altman Award: “Margin Call” director JC Chandor, casting directors Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey, and ensemble cast Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci
Piaget Producers Award: Sophia Lin, “Take Shelter”
Audi Someone to Watch Award: Mark Jackson, “Without”
Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award: Heather Courtney, “Where Soldiers Come From”
Jameson FIND Your Audience Award: Benjamin Murray and Alyssa Nahmias, “Unfinished Spaces”
César Awards (French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques / Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma) winners:
“The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Omar Sy, “Intouchables”
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Michel Blanc, “The Minister”
Carmen Maura, “Service Entrance”
Gregory Gadebois, “Angele et Tony”
Naidra Ayadi, “Polisse”
Clotilde Hesme, “Angele et Tony”
Sylvain Estibal, “When Pigs Have Wings”
Pierre Schoeller, “The Minister”
Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, “Carnage”
“A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi
Guillaume Schiffman, “The Artist”
“The Rabbi’s Cat,” Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
“Tous au Larzac,” Christian Rouaud
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”
Costume Designers Guild:
Excellence in Contemporary Film: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trish Summerville
Excellence in Period Film: “W.E.,” Arianne Phillips
Excellence in Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Jany Temime
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series: “Glee,” Lou Eyrich & Jennifer Eve
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series: “Boardwalk Empire,” John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani
Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series: “Downton Abbey,” Susannah Buxton
Excellence in Commercial Costume Design: Swiffer: “Country Dirt Cowgirl,” Roseanne Fiedler
The Hush-Hush Editorial: The Good, Bad & Ugly Of The 84th Academy Awards
Award for Best Cinematography: Hugo
Award for Best Art Direction: Hugo
Award for Best Costume Design: The Artist
Award for Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
Award for Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Award for Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Award for Best Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Award for Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Award for Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
Award for Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Award for Best Animated Feature: Rango
Award for Best Visual Effects: Hugo
Award for Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Award for Best Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Award for Best Song: “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, The Descendants
Award for Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Award for Best Live Action Short: The Shore
Award for Best Documentary Short: Saving Face
Award for Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Award for Best Direction: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Award for Best Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Award for Best Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Award for Best Best Picture: The Artist
THE GOOD: Christopher Plummer was a godsend Sunday night. He is classy, funny and everything the Oscars should be about – rewarding great actors, great performances and great movies. I’m happy for all the winners, but deserving ones the stuck out include: the shock win for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for Best Film Editing, Hugo winning five Oscars total (tying with The Artist) and Woody Allen winning Oscar #4 for his screenplay of Midnight in Paris. He doesn’t show up or care, but he truly is one of America’s great cinematic treasures.
Presenters that I thought were good included: Chris Rock, Emma Stone/Ben Stiller and the cast of Bridesmaids.
THE OKAY: Believe it or not, I’m actually okay with The Artist winning what it did, including Best Picture. Is it what I would have chosen to win? No, but it’s not the worst choice they could have made. Trust me, there were a LOT worse choice that could have been called out Sunday night. The Artist is a wonderful movie and I keep trying to remind people – Don’t Blame The French and Don’t Blame The Movie. It’s not their fault they were pegged as the frontrunner and assigned the reputation it had. If you want to blame someone, blame the system and blame Harvey Weinstein. While it isn’t ideal, it isn’t as bad as last year.
I actually liked the set and the segments with actors recalling their first movie experiences/loves. Nice touch. I also thought the In Memoriam segment was solid (even if the choice of song was a bit cliched) and props must be given to Crystal and producers for keeping the show to a little over 3 hours (3:15 to be exact). Remember people, it was only a decade ago that the show’s running time was the longest ever at 4 hours and 23 minutes. That’s over an hour longer. Now, if we could just get it started at 8pm instead of 8:30pm (EST).
THE BAD: Sorry, but this wasn’t Billy Crystal’s best year. In fact, it might have been the worst of his 9 stints as host of the Oscars. It all felt old and nearly all the “bits” felt dusty. The crowd was dead for the most part, he laughed at his own jokes and it felt a lot like when the NFL overreacted after Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe Malfunction” by getting Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Who to do the show. This felt – all night long – like the Academy’s overreaction to last year’s James Franco/Anne Hathaway hosting experiment and the Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy debacle of the Fall. We all love Billy and nobody tries harder (so hard that is makes me feel bad for criticizing), but here’s hoping this was the last time he hosts. Time to move on.
I ranted about Meryl Streep winning in 411’s staff post-Oscar roundtable, so I won’t repeat myself here. Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled about her win. Meryl Streep is arguably the greatest actress of her era (maybe ever) but that doesn’t mean we should be giving her awards for eating breakfast and walking the dog. Not every Streep performance needs to be recognized. In fact, one of the reasons it has been 29 years since her last Oscar win is because she is an actress who doesn’t always appear in good or interesting movies. She usually takes starring roles in second-tier movies, working with second-tier film-makers. She’s a bit of an acting alchemist, usually turning in performances that stand far above the actual picture itself. She is a phenomenal actress who turned in a fine performance in a shitty movie (The Iron Lady) and unfortunately Streep-as-Thatcher was enough to nab her third Oscar. No one will ever be able to convince me that her performance was anything other than fine or that the movie was anything other than a pile of shit.
THE UGLY: Whoa did that Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow bit bomb or what? That was quite painful – as was Sacha Baron Cohen’s painfully unfunny and thoroughly transparent red carpet stunt. Oh look, he spilled ashes all over Ryan Seacrest! Isn’t that just hysterical?! The urn with Kim Jong-Il’s face on it was funny enough – he should have stopped there. It’s hard to believe this was the man who gave the world Borat, one of the funniest and most biting comedies of this generation. Bruno sucked and The Dictator is looking more like that than Borat.
Melissa McCarthy’s dress gets put here too. Sorry Melissa, we love you, but good god fire your stylist.
One last ugly: Harvey Weinstein owns the Academy as much as the SEC owns the BCS. Seriously, it has gotten out of hands. We either need a McCain-Feingold for Oscar campaigning season or the rest of the studios and their boutiques need to step up their game. It was said in jest at this year’s Golden Globoes that Harvey Weinstein is “God.” In Hollywood, he is the closest thing they’ve got. C’mon guys.
From Two Weeks Ago:
From Charles (Guest):
I’m with you on the Bad Santa sequel. I never thought that was a movie that needed a sequel. That said, I’ll still probably check it out when it comes out on DVD since the first one was hilarious.
I had no idea that there were any plans for a 3rd Crank movie, especially since the 2nd one really didn’t make a whole lot of money while it was out in theaters.
Neveldine and Taylor announced that Crank 3 was happening back in December if I remember correctly. I’m guessing they got studio go-ahead after finishing up with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
From Porfirio Diaz (Registered):
Decepticon? More like Michael Bay is a Douchepticon. Eh, eh?! High five! Anyone?
*Virtual high-five* two weeks late. That’s why 411 pays you the big bucks Diaz.
From cory preimesberger (Guest):
i do think it’s the true story that probably had an impact, but it think also the heavy marketing, although when you have films that are bigger budgets then the vow, sometimes they underperform, but the fact the vow already made it’s budget back after the first week, and it took in about 9 million in overseas box office, so you have a movie that only had a 30 million dollar budget, and it takes about a 55 % at the box office for a film to make it’s budget back, sony spyglass has to be happy about aquring the rights to this movie back 16 years ago as it now is there most successful film under there banner, and #2 is also one that starred channing tatum which was dear john. I think this movie appeals to people because of the message it sends, and if people do look up the couple that inspired this movie i think they would get the same feeling, as nowadays a marriage vow for some is to get rich off a wedding and then divorce days later, when it should be something taken seriously, and the couple that inspired this movie, a lot of people, probably stop and think, well could i do what this couple did. Also when you have the two leads when they got to meet the couple and talked about them, both rachel mcadams and channing tatum, talked about them in glowing terms, adn i don’t know if you have the time, and i don’t know if it is still available, but the editor of our paper troy turner, did a great story that ran in our sunday paper about rachel and channy, and how that after the premier, that rachel and channy were in a roped off area, and invited him in and he got too talk about the couple, and channy said he could relate with kim and it also showed how humble these two stars are, that they are these big huge stars, and there talking to a local newspaper editor like a normal person and showing an utmost respect for him
What he said.
From The Great Capt. Smooth (Guest):
Just bring in the damn Dinobots!(Well, at least Grimlock. And Warpath while you’re at it.)
The inclusion of Dinobots is something all of us – Transformers fans or not – can agree on.
From APrince66 (Guest):
I’m totally down for some Bad Santa 2.
Twisted Metal movie needs to be as gratuitous, grind house esq as all heck. Im talking Tokyo Gore Police, Robo Geisha Samurai Princess over the top.
Agree on all counts. A PG-13 Twisted Metal would be death to watch.
From G-Walla (Guest):
I think Twisted Metal would be interesting if it were a “documentary”. Not sure how it would work out, but I’m no Hollywood script writer.
Then again, they could just give it a Schwartzenegger Running Man vibe.
But I doubt it’ll be any count… if it actually gets made. But I do look forward to Crank 3, since the first two were so entertaining.
Oh come on, G-Walla! Don’t count yourself out so fast. I’d be willing to bet you’re probably better – or at least just as good – as about half the people penning scripts in Hollywood at the moment. Hell, Happy Madison seems to be taking in hobos off the street to write their movies these days.
Agreed about the Crank movies. Good, dumb fun.
From Guest#1356 (Guest):
They should have just done an animated movie of TF: Prime (from the Hub). That is everything Bay wishes he could have.
Somebody get the list and add yet ANOTHER thing Michael Bay wishes he could do or have. That list is getting pretty long at this point, no?
From Last Week:
From J (Guest):
Questioning the choice to make the Evil Dead remake more scary and alienate it’s hardcore fans is not a valid question. The first movie was horror. No comedy, no slapstick, no goofy make up, good sfx considering the budget and experience of the film makers. Hardcore fans (like myself) understand that each movie in the series was a different genre. Going from first to third you had Horror, Horror-Slapstick, and Adventure-Comedy. Going back to its pure horror roots is probably the best idea seeing as how the close-knit, family-like energy and relationship the cast and crew of the first three had was one of the biggest reasons why they worked so well and had the atmosphere they did. Those actors, director and producers came from a different time when things of this genre were newer and not being re-hashed every 4 months. They made a movie for the fun of love of it, not to cash in on a remake craze, or any of the modern trends that seem to be the reason movies get pushed into theaters as fast as possible. I am very hard core about the original trilogy, and I am nervous about this one, but I will give it a chance with an open mind.
From Mario (Guest):
^ This…not crazy they are remaking it but if Ash himself gives his blessing then that is good enough for me.
From Ace Jones (Guest):
I agree, but there is one fatal flaw with the remake…Diablo Cody did the rewrite. If you saw Jennifer’s Body, I’m sure you know what to expect. I have read what is supposedly the leaked script, and I hope it is not, but I have a feeling it might be. Actual line said by one of the possessed teens: “You downloaded the new Bon Iver track off spotify?” A reboot going back to its roots would have been ok. Having Diablo Cody all over it is going to make it suck.
I agree with everything said, except I actually don’t hate Diablo Cody. I won’t say she’s my favorite screenwriter, but there are plenty worse. I don’t read leaked scripts, especially for films not even in production yet…it is almost pointless. To get to J’s point though about each film being a different genre and style – he’s exactly right, but will a generic straight-up horror remake of The Evil Dead find a broader audience AND make older fans happy? I honestly don’t know and I don’t think we’ll know for sure until after it has released.
From Guest#7182 (Guest):
No props for the great make up in J. Edgar?
Bwahahahahaha…you did actually SEE J. Edgar right? I’m really hoping you’re being funny, because I did and honestly – and I mean this with as little snark as possible – can’t believe anyone would think the makeup is great in that movie. Leo’s wasn’t god-awful, but Armie Hammer’s makeup alone sets a standard for some of the worst makeup we’ve ever seen in a mainstream period biopic. No, no props.
From Aprince66 (Guest):
Thats cool how they are promoting Hunger Games with a cast tour. Only wish it was coming somewhere near Sacramento, or at best, Bay Area.
Yeah same here. The closest stop to me here in Baltimore would be freaking Atlanta and that’s not happening. I could care less about meeting Hutcherson or Hemsworth…but I’d definitely drive a few clicks to meet Jennifer Lawrence (aka “Young” Mystique) in person.
From GREGG (Guest):
yeah Evil dead with a female lead/Ash
and Jai is gonna look Huge next to Willis when potraying his son in Die hard
and had no idea about Act of Valor but seems intereting enough to go see
Sort of disagree. Agree. Haven’t seen it yet.
From Purple (Guest)
didnt will smith’s character die in i am legend?
Yep. Welcome to 21st century Hollywood: It doesn’t have to make sense.
From The Great Capt. Smooth (Guest)
Pulling for Hugo/Watching the All-Star Game
Trailer of the Week: Game of Thrones Season 2: “Power and Grace”
“Funny”(?) Video of the Week: “Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator) vs Ryan Seacrest”
That’s all for this week. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section. For now, this is Jeremy Wilson, off the record, on the QT…
…and definitely, “Hush Hush!”