Robert De Niro

The Ghost of Harrison Ford

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The sad reality is, Harrison Ford’s best work is likely behind him. 42 was a nice change of pace, but it was more an impression than a performance, and it wasn’t exactly universally lauded.

Ford rushed the screen with authority in Ender’s Game, but that looks like an island of goodness in an ocean of mediocrity stretching back to the start of the millennium and the surprising horror film What Lies Beneath. Sadly, the future doesn’t look terribly bright, either, with a collection of potential re-hashes and likely worthless cameos in pictures like Anchorman 2 and Expendables 3.

For some reason, all of this bothers me, and I don’t like it.

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The success of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games has added up to one inescapable conclusion: there’s gold in them thar young adult book sections! So despite the rather hit and miss success of turning well-lived YA novel series, Hollywood will keep trying, as it will try once again with the long in the works adaptation of Artemis Fowl. The series, by author Eoin Colfer, follows the adventures of the titular 12-year-old millionaire criminal genius who’s introduced to the world of fairies and magic, and it seems that some big talent is coming to together to bring Artemis to life.

First of all, the movie is going to come from the once unlikely re-teaming of Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein, who parted ways with Disney after failing to buy out his and brother Bob’s company Miramax, but I guess they’re all now Fowl weather friends. (hehheh)

Also signed up as producers are actor Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, as well as screenwriter Michael Goldberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) who will be penning the script.

“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”

“I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, in a statement. “This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”

The Artemis Fowl series has been in one kind of state of development or another at Miramax since 2001, and when last we heard about it was in 2011 with My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan at the helm. It’s been relegated to development hell ever since.

What do you Bastards think, interested in seeing an Artemis Fowl movie?

Source: IGN

 

Hollywood has done it again – bringing back the old folks and pitting them against each other in a fight to the finish!  Yes, folks, it’s another continuation in the rise of the action geriatrics and this time involves Sylvester Stallone and Robert de Niro working together on a boxing movie called Grudge Match.

It’s not going to be all badly performed stunts and catch-phrases, however.  This movie is a comedy about boxing, not a straight-up throw-down.  The Raging Bull and Rocky will play two old, retired boxers who happen to hate the piss out of each other.  Nearly 50 years after their last title fight, some fight promoter convinces them that it’s a good idea to go head-to-head once more.

Grudge Match is being put together by Warner Bros., directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart) and is being written by Doug Ellin (Entourage).  The newest addition to cast and crew is Kevin Hart, who recently signed on to play the promoter that wants the two to get in the ring and break some hips.

And while I’m not impressed with the production crew, I can see getting some laughs from the two old classic boxing actors, especially considering that the script lets them play elderly folks instead of trying to make them 30-something again.  You never know, I may even spend money to see this in the theaters, unless the trailer confirms my worst fears…

What do you folks sitting lazily at home on the couch think?  Is de Niro a comedy nightmare?  Will it be worth it just to see these two in a film together one more time?

 

Thanks to screenrant for punching us in the junk.

Robert Rodriguez, despite his busy schedule, took time out to grace the stage of SXSW in Austin, Texas and announce that he will start filming for Sin City 2 along with other new projects in the works. After 7 years of rumors and speculation, we get word from on high that Sin City 2 is a go. Rodriguez ended his news on Sin City by assuring fans that filming for Sin City 2 would start shooting this year, around the summer, after he’s finished filming Machete Kills which starts in April.

Casting for both Machete Kills and Sin City 2 have not been set in stone, but Rodriguez assures SXSW goers that the stars in discussion for both films “will be of the same caliber and eclecticism as the first films, which featured Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Josh Hartnett, Don Johnson, and Steven Seagal.” The other news coming from Rodriguez, is the creation his new company Quickdraw Animation, which will be separate from his film company Troublemaker Productions and will focus on creating CG animated featured films.

The first films Quickdraw Animation will be developing Heavy Metal and a family film, which have scripts and are both at the storyboard and pre-production phase. Rodriguez went on to divulge that he has found a way to “streamline the animation process that will greatly shrink the amount of time it takes to produce one…he will keep a core group of 6-8 animators in his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios to mastermind all the story and visual elements before using sister companies to finish the animation.”

While the local Texan in me is glad for the possibility of new jobs being created for all the struggling artists out there, I’m not completely sold on the Animation company being capable of cutting down the time it will take to make a a feature-length animated film. If you look at Animation company’s like Pixar, and Universal Studios take longer than a two or three years to produce a high caliber animated film, but I guess Rodriguez is betting on the “Everything is bigger in Texas” motto to quantify projects being done faster and better.