Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have good chemistry. The two have been humorous in their cute interactions during recent Oscar telecasts and both are supremely charming. But can they tackle Victor Hugo? Yeah, more than likely.
Various sources are saying that Hathaway is this close to joining Tom Hooper’s (THE KING’S SPEECH) adaptation of Hugo’s LES MISERABLES. Jackman was cast as protagonist Jean Valjean a couple months back. Word is that Hathaway would be playing Fantine, the unlucky, abandoned young mother of Cosette. Nothing is official but I can’t imagine why this wouldn’t happen. Jackman and Hathaway would create fireworks on screen together. Plus, she can sing. Hell, the woman sang the LES MISERABLES classic “On My Own” at the Oscars last year! Also, sources say that Jackman wants Hathaway in the film so this seems all but decided, right?
It’s On The Grid says that Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter are also in negotiations to join the cast. This adaptation is heating up quickly, isn’t it? The production is set to begin filming in February 2012, though that might get pushed back because of location scouting.
Showtime is getting into business with a couple of Steves. Deadline reports that Stephen King and Steven Spielberg have set up a deal with the pay cable network to bring King’s UNDER THE DOME to life as a TV series. UNDER THE DOME has been in a development since the book was published back in 2009 and Spielberg has been attached since the beginning. We had heard it might go to HBO or TNT (home of DreamWorks’s FALLING SKIES) but is seems like Showtime wins the right to take on King’s epic novel about dirty secrets and small town politics in an extraordinary situation.
The search is now on for a writer to adapt the 1,000+ page book. Best of luck.
King’s novel is about a small town in Maine (of course) that suddenly becomes trapped under a giant invisible bubble. No one can get in or out. As you can guess, things don’t stay civil for long as certain townfolk decide that the time is right to take control. It’s one of King’s better books, definitely his strongest in a decade. It’s also fairly brutal towards the end, King pulls no punches. Its massive size could lead to an actual TV series or just a lengthy mini-series. We’ll hear more as production gets underway.
While many Stephen King adaptations, including the recent TV versions of his work, have proved to be rather boring, you must have faith in this one. You can’t ask for a better TV producer than Steven Spielberg.
All I would like to know is if the robot is calling this his “blue steel” look? This morning, Dreamworks is showing us their newest poster for Shawn Levy’s REAL STEEL. Unlike the teaser poster, which only showed us a robot arm emerging from a boxing ring, the new one sheet has wisely added Hugh Jackman’s sexy self to help draw the ladies in. Although, truth be told, I’m sure some of us would rather his shirt be off.
For those of you who don’t know what the film is about, here is the official synopsis.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
REAL STEEL also stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Kevin Durand. The film enters the ring on October 7.
Please note: I have never read, nor do I know anything about ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’
‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sean’ by Jules Verne is an American classic. The captivating story of Captain Nemo, who has just returned from his trip to Slumberland, and saves some people with his underwater spaceship called The Nautilis. The crew then embarks on a journey 20,000 leagues under the sea to find Rose’s necklace.
I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s about. Though it doesn’t matter much because screenwriter Scott Z. Burns recently told CinemaBlend that David Fincher’s adaptation of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA will differ greatly from the original text. Burns talked about not feeling obligated to adapt the book so much as be “inspired” by the text.
David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land. […] That’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book.
Ahh yes, I always loved Nemo and Aronnax’ relationship. The part when they make out on top of a Narwhale is my favorite moment of the book. As for Nemo and Ned Land’s dynamic, I expect they will delve more deeply into the hinted past of these two men (one of them is a cyborg from Earth 2). While I am bummed that Fincher will be departing from the novel, I’m still quite exited for 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER SEA.
We’ll have to wait until casting begins to see who lands the role of Aquaman, stay with us for all the casting details which are sure to emerge soon. Get it? Emerge?
While the first trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN split a lot of fans of the web-crawler, Andrew Garfield showed his intentions are genuine in regard to the franchise during Comic-Con. Wearing his cheap Halloween Spidey costume at Comic-Con, Garfield poured his heart out on stage and convinced a lot of skeptics that he was right for the role. We have all been played for the fool…
In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Garfield explained how he prepped for the role. Turns out he prepared himself for Spider-Man by turning into the shady, greasy-haired guy who rents out the small basement room in your house. Here’s what he had to say…
“So I studied spiders, I studied their movements and how they operate in the world and I tried to incorporate as much of that as I could. He’s a boy/spider in terms of how he moves, and not just in the suit. It also shapes the way he interacts with people. A spider is so sensitive; their skin is sensitive to everything. That’s the thing with the spider sense and the way he takes in everything. Imagine all of your skin was as sensitive as a spider, the slightest gust of wind would feel like a tornado going by. You’d always be rushing, that rush. What does that do to you? The idea of how he adjusts to that. And I looked at the idea of having more legs, more arms, and the spacial awareness. A spider moves up, down, side-to-side, all around. He’s not linear and with the knowledge of that spatial awareness and the fact that he can be here and then over there incredibly fast. The stillness of a spider and the lightness I found all of that very interesting to explore as well.”
I once knew a guy named Arthur who liked spiders a lot. Arthur had a pet tarantula and was always holding it and treating it like a real pet. I stopped talking to Arthur because he was a total creep and spiders are a pet that only serial killers own. ANDREW GARFIELD IS A SERIAL KILLER! Probably… all I’m saying is that if I worked for the CIA I would be watching Garfield’s house closely for stockpiles of spider food because he’s probably building some kind of spider army to attack the White House. He’s too close to their cause (which usually involves crawling around in my basement and not bothering me at all but still being terrifying all the same) and shouldn’t be trusted.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN releases next Summer, you’ve been warned.
Most controversy when it relates to film or television, other art and theatrics emanates from a one eyed view of a thumbnail, not an actual experience, or ingestion of the full measure of the work in question. That’s why the most valid, damning question to ask someone who is red faced and shouty about someone else’s creative endeavor is, “have you seen it?”
The mini-controversy surrounding the latest DOCTOR WHO episode, ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ proves the rule: containing less than a little to be irritated about.
That is unless you are a Whovian.
I never liked the idea of a split season, preferring one long strand of undisturbed WHO but I and we all swallowed down the bitter pill and put our fandom on pause throughout the summer, our eyes crawling toward that fixed date in time, that return of The Doctor.
That it turned out to be an unremarkable return causes great distress, well, mild distress, but still, it was a bit shiny for a brief moment, and ultimately just a wisp of a thing. Like a sparkler when a firecracker had been promised and I feel cheated.
See this episode strives toward advancing the overall story not telling a new one, coloring in past drawings not drawing anything new or entertaining for us.
This is the problem with what the show has become under Moffat’s leadership: a serialized ensemble that must service both ancillary characters and an all encompassing story that barely goes “Boom!” until the seasons end, if at all.
Gone are the days when the Doctor was more than the central character in name only. Gone are fun, singular episodes that didn’t need to be tied to some larger concept. Randomness and time travel coming together, enough meat in that hour to mean a meal, with small questions left unanswered because the next adventure was already underway. ‘Midnight’ didn’t need to fit into the scape of series 4, neither did ‘42’ in series 3.
Now don’t take me for a Moffat basher. I’m not; he’s wonderful, particularly because even he recognizes that “It will always push back towards the anthology model.” adding, “We’ve just amped it up to see what would happen”. Sadly episodes like ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’, episodes that offer copious exposition and little else, happen.
Ambition and a zest for the un-done is thrilling and gives something that could potentially turn lazy a real kick in the trousers but Moffat may be altering too grandly an institution that has found a way to be resilient in an uncommon way. Should he make it his own? Of course and he’s right when he frets about the constraints of tradition when he says, “It’s the enemy of everything” but the lines that have stood for nearly a half century are meant to be bent, not jumped over or else it becomes something other than DOCTOR WHO.
The Doctor and his companion against the world, one threat at a time with the Doctor standing still long enough to get a fix on who he really is–there is brilliance in its simplicity and a roadmap that Steven Moffat should follow without so much consternation.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
The Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor) is a little more muted than usual though he spends half the episode in a state that renders his typical style impractical. The new coat is dapper, and the Doctor pulls it off, a long-coated Doctor just feels appropriate, don’t you think?
Arthur Darvill (Rory) talks with his fists for the most part, tossing off post punch quips as if he fell into the intentional, yet slight RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK vibe and couldn’t climb out, nothing wrong with that though. Karen Gillan (Amy) was again the emotional core, handling both the present (relatively speaking) and flashback scenes with skill. I yearn for a day when they give her more to do or the other co-companions less to do.
Alex Kingston (River Song/Melody Pond) did what she could with what she had, straying from the confident, perpetually amused, performance that she consistently puts out as River Song, only to get lost in a forest of campiness. It’s a side of her I truly hope to never see again, one which served its purpose and which has no reason to see sunshine again. Let River be River.
Nina Toussaint-White (Mels) burned bright as Mels though the way she was grafted into Arthur and Amy’s past annoyed me. I honestly thought we might be seeing the start of a character who could ably step up to be the Doctor’s companion should an opening present itself. In a way I suppose that is still possible.
The Best Part: The Tesselact; a fleet of universal cops engaged in ‘Innerspace’ antics whilst barely co-existing with a bunch of disembodied robo-brains equipped with dangly tangly electro-tentacles. The teaser for next week’s episode, ‘Night Terrors’ was also a highlight.
The Worst Part: I’m risking accusations of horse beatery, but the fact that it existed solely to service the larger stories past and future with little regard for our need to be entertained in the “present” stands out as the worst part. On the plus side, ‘Night Terrors’ looks like it may be a fantastic stand alone story.
Another low point is the way the specter of Adolf Hitler was obviously used to brew controversy wasn‘t really the “worst“ part, its just sort of cheap and classless and beneath DOCTOR WHO. Hitler has become this sort of stock villain character so it isn’t an epic surprise and the payoff only made it cheaper. Not offensive just pointless.
Best line:“I was on my way to this gay gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled” -Melody Pond
Useless Observation: A rumor that was dismissed nearly proved true, though I don’t suppose a still hologram constitutes an appearance. That said it’s another example of Moffat’s willingness to reach back to the recent past, a total 180 from how he operated last year.
Biggest Question (Very Large Spoiler): Why couldn’t he re-generate after she kissed him to eventual death?
He was the rumored pick for awhile but now it’s official. Deadline says that Josh Brolin has landed the lead role in Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s OLDBOY. Brolin is a great actor and smart choice although I doubt this news will win over a portion of die-hard fans. There are some people who just won’t warm to the idea of a remake. So be it. Do your thing, Spike.
OLDBOY is about a man who is captured and imprisoned for 15 years. He has no idea who kidnapped him or why. After his release, the man goes on a rampage hunting down and killing those responsible. The original Korean film is something. It’s brutal, it’s brilliantly directed and it’ll stick with you long after the credits roll. There’s a lot in the movie that wouldn’t fly with an American studio so I’m curious to see how much Lee gets away with.
As for Brolin, he doesn’t look the part to me but I’m consistently impressed with the guy so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. Unlike some, I’m not completely opposed to the remake. I guess I just have a hard time getting worked up over it. If you look at the project independently from the original, it looks pretty good, right?
Now that Brolin has been cast, we can look forward to more casting news. Already, rumors of Christian Bale’s inclusion have floated around. Not a bad choice but I have a hard time believing it considering Christian Bale is allegedly attached to every single film in production.
First of all, we want to congratulate Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z. We can all be certain that their child will definitely be the coolest, most bad ass kid of all time. It’s a joyous occasion, even if it ends up delaying Beyonce’s upcoming projects.
Just hours after the singer/actress announced her pregnancy at the MTV VMA’s, Deadline reported that her little bun in the oven might affect the filming of Clint Eastwood’s A STAR IS BORN remake. When we last left the project, Eastwood had Beyonce circled to star alongside an unknown male actor. Rumor had it that Eastwood really wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, his star of J. EDGAR. Well it looks like Leo isn’t on board. It also looks like the whole movie might have to wait until the birth of Beyonce’s child. Warner Bros wanted to start shooting the picture in February 2012 but that obviously won’t work.
A delay might be a horrible thing for the production. Since DiCaprio isn’t interested, WB and Eastwood need to find a new co-star. Other names being tossed around are Will Smith and Christian Bale. Now that they’ll have more time before cameras start rolling, they can keep searching for the right man. I say they bring back Kris Kristofferson and make things really interesting!
I never thought we’d actually see SIN CITY 2. While the first film was a success, it didn’t seem like the world was crying out for a sequel. Personally I wasn’t very impressed, the movie felt like an overly long video game cinematic, a shot-for-shot adaptation of the comic. But a sequel is underway. At last month’s Comic Con, Robert Rodriguez said that funding had been arranged and they hoped to start filming by year’s end. Meanwhile, Frank Miller, creator of the entire series, banged out a script.
That script is now getting worked on by an Oscar winning writer. William Monahan, the man who won the gold for THE DEPARTED, has been brought on to “supplement” the draft finished by Miller. We’re not sure how much tinkering Monahan will do but if anyone’s got to work on your script, it should be him. The man can write and will likely fill the pages with action and character. I wish I was more of a SIN CITY fan so I could get excited about this news.
We’re still not sure what SIN CITY 2 will be. Rodriguez said many of the actors will be returning but hasn’t mentioned which edition of the graphic novel the movie will be based on. Miller has been mum too.
Aside from his work on SIN CITY 2, Monahan has been keeping busy. He recently came on board to write the Tom Cruise vehicle OBLIVION and was just announced as the man to pen the Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio remake of THE GAMBLER. Now those are some projects I can get behind. Hell, with Monahan’s work, maybe I’ll even get excited for SIN CITY 2.
Fall is just about here. Good thing too, I’ve gotten tired of sweating. Aside from the dip in temperature, Fall also brings us a slew of promising movies. There aren’t as many big, boisterous blockbusters coming down the pike but there’s an ample amount of quality films that you should know about. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our lists of what’s must-see in the coming months. So bust our your calendar, call your friends and buy your tickets early, Fall’s a-comin’ and it’s bringing the goods!
CONTAGION - Sept. 9th Why I’m Excited: As I’ve said many, many times on this site, nothing scares me more than viral, apocalyptic thrillers. There’s something so unnerving about an invisible, unstoppable nemesis. I was sold on the premise to CONTAGION alone. However, this film also has an amazing cast, an Oscar winning director and a superb trailer. A subdued, all-too-real thriller about a deadly epidemic, CONTAGION is sure to get under your skin and make you think. I doubt we’ll get explosive action seqeuences or unbelievable heroics. I expect a level-headed, realistic and ultimately terrifying depiction of what would (will?) happen if a monster flu overtakes modern medicine.
TAKE SHELTER - Sept. 30th Why I’m Excited: I’ve heard nothing but good things about TAKE SHELTER and that doesn’t surprise me at all. The film is about a father and husband (actor’s actor Michael Shannon) who slowly but surely becomes convinced that something horrible is going to happen to him and his family, a natural disaster of biblical proportions. The paranoia builds as he takes drastic measures against a threat that may or may not exist. Shannon, an actor who delivers in every film he’s in (even with his bit part in GROUNDHOG DAY!) brings an intensity to his performances that seems well-suited for this film. The supporting cast of Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham and Ray McKinnon ensure that Shannon’s performance won’t be the only one worth talking about.
THE IDES OF MARCH - Oct. 7th Why I’m Excited: 2011 is officially The Year of Ryan Gosling. The guy can do no wrong. He’s seriously become an internet meme at this point. I’d be upset about the media infatuation but he’s killing it lately. Hell, he’s got two movies on this list alone! THE IDES OF MARCH isn’t all about Gosling, of course. It also has George Clooney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffery Wright and Evan Rachel Wood. And that’s not even the entire cast! Plus it’s directed by Clooney, who has proven his chops many times. We’re only a year away from the next presidential election so why not start the political thrill ride early?
DRIVE - Sept. 16th Why I’m Excited: I’m excited for this because I don’t live under a rock. Simply put, everyone is talking about DRIVE. Our very own Courtney loved, loved, loved this film when she saw it at LAFF and she isn’t alone. People aren’t only swooning for Gosling but also the direction from Nicolas Winding Refn and the impressive supporting players (Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert freakin’ Brooks). Yeah, DRIVE has garnered a lot of fans. I think it looks great and I really want to see it but I also just want to be part of the cool club finally.
MONEYBALL - Sept. 23rd Why I’m Excited: This one comes to us from the folks who made THE SOCIAL NETWORK. The comparison is welcome, Sony is selling MONEYBALL as another intellgient, character-driven drama for the modern age. One part underdog story and one part baseball film, MONEYBALL is about Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) who tries to create a perfect team through the use of analytics and number crunching but faces many challenges along the way. I’ll see Pitt in pretty much anything but it helps when the premise is this solid and the director is Bennett Miller, who gained a lot of attention for CAPOTE. This year’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK? Could be.
THE MUPPETS - Nov. 23rd Why I’m Excited: That’s a stupid question. Why wouldn’t you be excited? It’s the god damn Muppets! Not only the Muppets but also a cast consisting of Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and dozens upon dozens of cameos. It’s been a long time since we saw those lovable Muppets grace the screen. I’m glad that the franchise has been handed over to guys who really respect and love the characters. This doesn’t look like some cash grab but rather a heartfelt return to form. Seeing The Muppets on the big screen again will be like catching up with old friends…who happen to be small, furry puppets.
J. EDGAR - Nov. 9th Why I’m Excited: I always think Leonardo DiCaprio is about to win an Oscar. Every time he has a movie come out, I say that this will be his year. The man is insanely talented, perhaps the best of his generation, and has yet to win that little gold man. J. EDGAR, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover, is written by Dustin Lance Black, directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starring Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench. Hell, if DiCaprio doesn’t get close with this performance there may be no hope for The Academy. In all seriousness, I’m very interested to see how Eastwood and DiCaprio handle this controversial figure. More than anything, I’m excited to see Leo tear up the screen. Again.
THE THING - Oct. 14th Why I’m Excited: I’m not as excited as I was. When reading about THE THING (yeah, it’s still called THE THING) I was on board. Sure, it might be awful but it could be a well done, slow paced horror film like the original, a worthy prequel for once. But that trailer makes me nervous. It seems a little CG heavy and reminds me of a slew of other bland scary movies that have bothered us lately. I hope I’m wrong, maybe the movie blends the CG seamlessly, maybe they really do create a worthy addition to the series. I’ll definitely see it upon release, I’m too big a fan of the first one not to. I’ve got my fingers crossed for THE THING. My fingers and my toes and my eyes and…
WANDERLUST - Oct. 7th Why I’m Excited: David Wain is somehow still under the radar to many. The man has been a part of some classic comedy including THE STATE and WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. Yet, he’s rarely recognized as one of the only reliable comedy directors. Hopefully WANDERLUST will convince more of his talent. The movie follows a couple (Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) as they branch out to “live a more counter-culture lifestyle.” That plot doesn’t sound as silly as ROLE MODELS or THE TEN but I’m willing to follow Wain (and his hilarious co-writer Ken Marino) anywhere.
DREAM HOUSE - Sept. 20th Why I’m Excited: I want to see what Jim Sheridan, Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts do with a psychological horror film. Many people were shocked when the first trailer seemingly gave away a massive twist but I’m told that’s not the only twist in the film. I hope not, I want it to be full of surprises. It’s always fun to see big A-list actors take on horror movies. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. DREAM HOUSE could go either way but I hope it’s a spectacular, creepy surprise.
There you have it, my list of what’s on the horizon. But this is just me, what are you looking forward to? I know we might not agree on everything but hopefully there’s a few films here that hooked you.
But if you don’t want to see THE MUPPETS then you are dead to me. Sorry.