There’s slow, there’s slow burn, and then there’s Brightburn.
Nepotism can get you far in or out of Hollywood, but in the case of Brightburn, a rote, routine “What If?” Superman-as-supervillain origin story co-written by onetime schlock purveyor-turned-A-list director James Gunn’s brother and cousin, Brian and Mark, respectively, it’s not far enough. Gunn produced Brightburn, but he obviously played a key role in getting the Brightburn script in front of studio executives eager to capitalize on the lucrative superhero genre. He just as likely helped Brian and Mark to shape its not-quite-clever Superman-as-supervillain storyline. Gunn should have given the underwritten, undercooked script four, five, or even six more passes before deeming it worthy of actual production. Brightburn takes a steep dive off a short cliff, repeatedly failing to meet any of the Gunn trio’s supposedly subversive intentions, taking an old-to-comics-new-to-movies premise with promise and potential and instead delivering a flaccid, turgid, ultimately disposable contribution to the genre. (more…)
So if you grew up with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, prepare to have your mind blown in either a good or really bad way. The modern remake/reboot of the, can we say, classic Fox Kids‘ action show, Power Rangers, is presently shooting with an all-new group of fresh-faced youth chosen to be the protectors of the Earth with their martial arts skills and giant robots against the threat of Rita Repulsa. Enter the big Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Banks, who will be carrying Rita’s staff, but not be filling Rita’s traditional grey wig with massive pigtails. Nope, Banks’ Rita has gotten a significant makeover. (more…)
It looks like the casting odds were ever in her favor as the Power Rangers movie locks down Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, The LEGO Movie) to play Rita Repulsa. Banks tweeted the announcement earlier today and already shows signs of getting into character. While she was always colorful and proper as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, Rita Repulsa will require Banks to really let loose. (more…)
Pitch Perfect 2 was one of the hits off summer, and though it hardly scored Jurassic World numbers, it has collected almost $184 million domestically since its May release and has a passionate fanbase. Not bad for a first time director. Elizabeth Banks is very well-known for her work as an actress in flicks like The Hunger Games, Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin and the recent Love & Mercy, but now she’s making a play to be a well-known director. Her next project, apparently, is a remake of the 1970s TV hit Charlie’s Angels, but the more compelling question is what direction is she going to take the franchise in? (more…)
Congratulations to the three of you who got that joke in the headline. But now that it’s out of the way, it’s time to get serious about the third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. Six new character posters have been released to promote the film, featuring a look, but not a vast look, at the formally mythical 13th District of Panem. There’s a definite aesthetic to design of these posters, and even not so careful observers will see that there are a couple of characters missing from this collection. What do I mean, and who’s missing from this latest round of posterization? Check out the gallery below. (more…)
The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all, and then some. (more…)
A second trailer has released for The LEGO Movie, so if somehow the first one didn’t get you amped to see this hilarious look at the world of multicolored bricks, then there’s no hope for you. You’ll never understand the joy of tiny plastic Batman failing, repeatedly, to throw a batarang. (more…)
Mimicking the gimmicks from any dozen blockbuster trailers, The LEGO Movie not only promises an adventure as big as you can build it, but laughs spanning the generations of LEGO architects. Starring Parks and Recreation‘s Star-Lord, Chris Pratt as the little LEGO fella, Emmet, who’s mistakenly tasked with saving the world, The LEGO Movie is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) from the screenplay they developed with writing duo, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman (Hotel Transylvania). Which is some grade-A animated comedy pedigree right there.
I was bustin’ up laughing just as the trailer, so I feel confident saying the movie’s gonna be a hit. I mean, one, who doesn’t love LEGOs, and two, who doesn’t love obscure call backs like 1980-something space guy? Plus, what a dream team: 2002 NBA All-Stars along wither Superman, Wonder Woman, Michelangelo the Renaissance painter, and Michelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. All makes me want to break out the LEGOs right now!
Featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrel, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnet, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, The LEGO Movie releases next year, February 7th, 2014.
As a nice tie-in with the opening events of The Hunger Games‘ sequel, Catching Fire, which feature the winners of the 74th Hunger Games parading through the districts on a victory tour, Lionsgate have released these victory portraits of Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman, Woody Harrelson‘s Haymitch Abernathy, Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.
UPDATE!The Hob has unveiled the portrait of Beetee (Jeffrey Wright).
UPDATE #2!Moviefone shared the portrait of Johanna (Jena Malone).
UPDATE #3!ET Online has finally released two of the most eagerly awaited portraits, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
UPDATE #4! Ladies and gentlemen, the latest portrait has been released via MTV and it’s sure to have fans everywhere swooning, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).
UPDATE #5! Another portrait hits the web via Yahoo! Movies, this one of President Snow (Donald Sutherland),
I think they’re stunning, what do you think? And is that Katniss’ Mockingjay dress or another?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Directed by Francis Lawrence and also starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, and Sam Claflin.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd, 2013.
Lionsgate has released a (slightly) spiffy animated poster for it’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. It was unlocked by HG fans on Facebook. Apparently, if you creep FB long enough, you get an animated logo for a teaser of a teaser of a trailer of a trailer…
OMG guys, it’s a logo, let’s check it out right fucking now!