If you grew up reading R.L. Stine’sGoosebumpsand Fear StreetYA horror novels like I did, the thought of one of the author’s career defining series finally being made into a movie probably seems like a strange proposition. It’s not that the books are bad or unadaptable (quite the contrary), but instead are simply old; an anthology that has been continued long enough that the stories have become multi-generational (to give you and idea –Welcome to the Dead House, the first Goosebumpstitle, was published twenty-two years ago!). Goosebumps has already been turned into a Canadian TV series (which ran from 1995 to 1998) and Tim Burton first attempted to get a film adaptation off the ground fifteen years ago.
So here we are, with a Goosebumps movie finally going into production, only to find that it stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Yes, that Jack Black. Where most nerd-boys get themselves worked up into a furor over Michael Bay messing with their precious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I choose to fret over a long-gestating YA adaptation of silly horror novels aimed at children. We all have our defects, it seems.
The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldierwork so well, both as a part of The Avengersseries and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.
Alright, so I half-way made that last one up (but it IS weird that Peter Parker just thinks he can restrain his lady with some webs).
The final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2dropped today and it’s…pretty much more of the same. Dane DeHaan looks sickly as Harry Osborn. Jamie Foxx still blue himself as Electro. And I can’t quite figure out what exactly the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) is doing there, but I trust that this movie actually has a script that explained that to the actors (who will then relay said information to us, the audience, in-between massive explosions and slo-mo web slinging).
Here’s a moviegoing experience almost all of us have had: A friend comes up to you and says “Oh wow, dude, you’ve got to see [insert title here]. It’s more than just a movie. It’s an experience. I couldn’t believe how much it made me feel. Seriously, don’t miss this movie. It’s so amazing.” Then you go see the movie, and even if you come away liking it, you feel like your friend oversold it. It wasn’t an experience at all. It was just a really entertaining movie. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the point is that actual experiences at the movies are few and far between these days. We’ve been jaded by years of CGI and Michael Bay bombast, so we’re always inherently skeptical of those movies that are supposed to make us forget we’re watching a movie and leave us to actually feel what’s going on. It’s OK to be skeptical. Really it is. But I”m here to tell you, this time we really have been given a true cinematic experience. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is, quite simply, one of the most stunning cinematic achievements you will ever see, and it achieves this by not just dazzling you visually, but by giving you an incredibly intimate look at a simple fight for survival in one of the most hostile environments imaginable: space.
With Iron Man wrapped up and Captain America on the sidelines until 2014, another Marvel hero must rise – and let loose the golden locks of justice. While containing plenty of what was seen in it’s first trailer and SDCC, Thor: The Dark World released it’s first official TV spot with several new pieces of footage (though, I didn’t see any) from the Alan Taylor directed sequel.
After the events of The Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has since become a hero to two worlds, but this time he faces a force that even he might not be able to defeat. With the fabric of reality and the protection of the nine realms at stake how far is Thor willing to go to save the universe? Check out the first spot below:
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
The lack of new footage disappoints me, but still, I’m looking forward this. Seeing a golden haired man speak medieval gibberish, flying around by spinning a hammer around really fast. T’is awesome. Verily.
The longstanding rumor of Michael Bay‘s Transformers franchise is that the Dinobots were always one sequel away. Well, apparently, after three disastrously panned movies, Bay may have finally redeemed himself. Move over Ben Affleck, because we just got the news Hollywood has actually been waiting for…
Thanks to an internal document from the company Toys“R”Us, posted on the fan site TFORMERS, a key piece of information for Transformers 4 has come to light. Take a look below and see if you can spot the leak.
Did you catch it, under the release dates for Star Wars 7, 8 and 9? It says “Transformers 4 – June 2014 Dinobots theme,” and a toy line promoting a movie tends to stay with characters attached to said movie. That could be a strong indication that Transformers 4 is going to be putting our sword swinging Dino pals into the mix. Although, there are times where toy lines just say “screw it” and go off the rails like Hasbro has been doing for years, by putting characters in the line that have nothing to do with the film property.
What do you think? Does this give us an insight into what were all wanting to see or are we just looking at what we’ll be making our wallets a little bit lighter next year?
There’s been a lot of progress in the saga that is the RoboCop reboot. What was first deemed a terrible idea by fans, has gained plenty of steam with plenty of A-list talent supporting the José Padilha directed feature film.
Rebooting the film franchise of the 80s’, Padilha needed an all-star cast to back it up…and boy did he get it. Featuring stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish and Joel KinnamanRoboCop was making quite the impact at this past San Diego Comic-Con. One of the films other stars, Samuel L. Jackson, was on hand at the convention to talk about the film, and at the same time revealed a bit about his own character Pat Novak.
According to Jackson:
“I play a character by the name of Pat Novak, who’s sort of a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton, if you can combine those two people. So I refer to him as Rush Sharpton,” Jackson said. “He has one of those shows that’s an opinion show, and his opinion is that automated policing is a good idea, so he’s a proponent of RoboCop.”
A character like Novak will hopefully add an intriguing mass-media layer to the film, which will also deal with the role of corporations in society and how the use of drones affects humanity. Someone with Jackson’s screen presence can definitely sell an opinionated media personality in ways few other actors could ever hope to.
Check out the entire interview, including Jackson’s response to why he considers RoboCop a “credible” remake below:
RoboCop is scheduled for release in theatres everywhere Feb. 7th, 2014.
With people losing their minds these last few weeks over the announced Batman vs. Superman movie, the real question isn’t how the movie will do, but rather who is going to be Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is set to return, but former Batman Christian Bale has decided on a more permanent “eight year break” leaving the cowl open to a new dark knight. Let fly the Hollywood rumor mill!
Last week the L.A. Times posted a popularity contest of stars, each of who have the potential to be the next Batman. The list included actors like Jensen Ackles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It appears, though, a young squirt isn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC are looking for. Sources say the script, which is in way early development, will be inspired from Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series TheDark Knight Returns. The Batman featured is older and more rugged. A battle hardened hero.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some top names that are being thrown around to play the tough old bats. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and Matthew Goode are the front-runners.
Alright, Brolin… now that’s a good pick! Regardless of who’s names are surfacing, we’re still in the early stages of development. The script is still being written. There’s no way the casting process has even remotely started. So, take all of this as hearsay. Theoretical casting stories to get your nerd gears moving.
Would do you think would be a good fit to replace Bale as the new Batman? Let’s hear what you think in the comment section below.
When we first saw it, that image of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in full live-action-role-play garb we knew Knights of Badassdomwas going to be a fun movie. Once we saw the trailer, featuring a blend of comedy, demons, and several notable TV and film stars, we were hooked and all waited for the film to be released. And we waited, and waited, the film should have been released months ago, Hell, a couple of years ago. Sadly, without a distributor, the movie sat undisturbed, gathering dust on the shelf, while fans practically begged for it to be released.
Starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, and Community’s Danny Pudi,Knights of Badassdom has been scheduled for release a couple of times over the past few years, although IndieVest PicturesWade Bradley reported the movie was still in “post-production” as of September of last year. There must have been a lot of work to do as the official trailer earlier this year failed to entice or pick up any backers to distribute the comedy, further delaying the release we’ve been patiently waiting for. Finally, after several years of shopping around to potential buyers, Entertainment One, just last week, picked up the rights to distribute and release Knights of Badassdom.
No official release date has been announced since EOne picked up the film, but it’s progress of a sort. Perhaps there’s a chance, even a slim one, that we’ll actually see this reach theaters by the end of the year. Here’s the trailer and the official synopsis.
If that trailer doesn’t sway you, check out the official synopsis:
A huge group of dedicated, costumed LARP-ers (Live Action Role Players), dressed like knights, elves & various characters, give up their cell phones and take to the woods for the Central New Jersey Knights of Badassdom Adventure Society, where they are set to re-enact a dungeons and dragons scenario right out of the mythical Middle Ages. After being dumped by his sexy girlfriend Beth (Margarita Levieva), Joe (Kwanten) reluctantly decides to join Eric (Zahn) and his Larping friends (Dinklage, Pudi) in the woods rather than stay behind and feel sorry for his newly single status. There he meets hot, ass-kicking, intimidating huntress LARPer Gwen (Firefly’s Summer Glau), and finds himself a surreal adventure wilder than he ever imagined when a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell from an ancient book he bought on eBay, releasing an actual demon with a taste for human blood — and souls — that starts systematically decimating the players in this suddenly deadly “game.” Will our guys become the heroes they have been pretending to be before time runs out?
We’ve seen a lot of action from the trailers of Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up Elysium, but almost nothing on the characters of the film. In a future where Earth has been exhausted of resources, the poor live in what remains and the rich live on an extravagant space station social classes still have a job to do.
Now in the first clip from Elysium we get our first real interaction with Max, played by Matt Damon, as he does his best to explain his actions for an incident earlier in the film to a robotic parole officer. As a former car thief, Max has been doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow, but when the officer is less than receptive to Max’s “misunderstanding” it’s hard to not be a little sarcastic. You’d have the same trouble too if you were talking into something made for a drive through.
It’s not much, but the clip gives you a nice insight into the difficulties of living on planet with robotic enforcement and judgement. Not only that, but you get a nice way of seeing that our hero in Elysium isn’t someone who come out guns blazing into the streets, he’s just nother person trying to get by before fate intervenes.
Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura and Alice Braga, Elysium will arrive in theaters next month on August 9th.
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