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Cuaron's 'Gravity' the next 'Avatar'?

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 12:37

Ever since blowing away fanboys and cinephiles alike with the one-two punch of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and CHILDREN OF MEN, Alfonso Cuaron has left us all waiting with baited breath for his next potential masterwork. While whether or not it will be a masterwork won't be known for a long while, the Mexican director's next movie is the outer-space epic GRAVITY. Starting today, fanboys can start their drooling.

Special effects house Framestore has posted a very intriguing update on their official site, basically comparing GRAVITY to AVATAR in terms of the challenge and possible reward involved with tackling the flick. Instead of trying to convey the hopeful message, I'll let the text speak for itself. (Feel like I'm talking about extraterrestrials here...)

"Framestore is about to embark on one of its greatest challenges yet, Gravity is the next Avatar in terms of ambition. There are many innovative and visually stunning aims for this project."


‘The Smurfs’ teaser released

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 12:33

Who doesn`t love those adorable little blue cartoon people? I know I do. But are the naïve little Smurfs ready to make the move to the big screen (live action no less)?

Have TV cartoons ever been able to maintain quality (and lovability) when they cross over into live action? I`m going to say no based on the only three examples that come to mind: Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Scooby-Doo. These movies may have been financially successful, but the true spirit of the cartoons was not represented well enough on the big screen.

Though there may be one redeeming factor for The Smurfs: it stars Neil Patrick Harris. Hopefully he will bring a bit of humor and edge to the film, which would make the live-action cartoon less saccharine than it currently seems.

'Fraggle Rock' director vs. Weinsteins

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 12:30

I'm honestly not sure if a FRAGGLE ROCK movie would work, but I suppose it's worth a try. Hell, I was a fan of the amiable fun-loving Canadian muppets as much as any other lucky youngster with illegal HBO in my house, and while I can't claim to have seen a single scene from the show in the past 20 years or so, it's one of those nostalgic entertainments that I wouldn't mind seeing an update of.

But it's been a tough road getting Red Fraggle and friends to the big screen. Things began moving forward in 2006 when Ahmet Zappa, of all people, was brought on to direct; progress stalled some for a time, but then picked up again in 2008, when the Weinstein Company came on to finance the flick, bringing along  HOODWINKED! director Cory Goodman to helm the feature. (HOODWINKED! was a minor success for the Weinstein boys in 2005.)


And here we are. No FRAGGLE ROCK movie. So what's going on? Well, in a refreshingly frank post to his official blog, Cory Edwards has taken it upon himself to vent about the situation; in the process he rips The Weinstein Company, saying he has "no confidence" in them, mostly due to their mandate that the film be "edgy". Yes. Make these Fraggles edgy.  



Goodman writes: "What is edgy? Faster edits? Rock music for the score? Boober wearing some gangsta bling? I have no idea. What I DO know is that the word "edgy" should not be anywhere near this movie."


Goodman also calls out the Weinsteins for searching for another writer to rework the screenplay behind his back. It's a rather eye-opening read, especially when considering the dread and terror stricken into most hearts when confronted with the Weinsteins. I guess Goodman feels like he's got nothing to lose.

 

But it's been a tough road getting Red Fraggle and friends to the big screen. Things began moving forward in 2006 when Ahmet Zappa, of all people, was brought on to direct; progress stalled some for a time, but then picked up again in 2008, when the Weinstein Company came on to finance the flick, bringing along  HOODWINKED! director Cory Edwards to helm the feature. (HOODWINKED! was a minor success for the Weinstein boys in 2005.)

Crawford, Keener, Fonda need Peace

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 12:26
I doubt that I've ever even seen a moving image of Chace Crawford. I know who the guy is, what show he's on and that once in a while he gets arrested for having marijuana in his car, but I know all this via still photograph. Is this a real person? Or an elaborate hoax cooked up by some dastardly media conglomerate?! 
Okay, admittedly, the fact that I don't watch "Gossip Girl" might put me at a disadvantage when it comes to young Mr. Crawford, but perhaps I'll get my first real look at the actor when the film that he's about to shoot, PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING comes out. According to a press release sent out, Crawford joins Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the drama.  

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding tells the story of Diane (Keener), an uptight New York City lawyer who is in desperate need of an escape after her husband asks for a divorce.  Along with her two children, she takes refuge at her estranged hippie mother Grace’s (Fonda) farmhouse, where she is exposed to a motley crew of free thinkers. What was meant to be a stress-free getaway quickly turns into a reminder of why Diane escaped her mother’s hippie lifestyle in the first place, as the reunion forces her, her children, and Grace to find peace with each other and more importantly with themselves.  Crawford will star as a war-protesting butcher who catches the eye of Diane’s politically active and intellectual daughter.

That's so weird; Crawford looks exactly like the butcher in my neighborhood! Filming on PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING will take place in New York’s Hudson Valley under the direction of Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MS. DAISY). 

I doubt that I've ever even seen a moving image of Chace Crawford. I know who the guy is, what show he's on and that once in a while he gets arrested for having marijuana in his car, but I know all this via still photographs. Is this a real person? Or an elaborate hoax cooked up by some dastardly media conglomerate?!

Okay, admittedly, the fact that I don't watch "Gossip Girl" might put me at a disadvantage when it comes to young Mr. Crawford, but perhaps I'll get my first real look at the actor when the film that he's about to shoot, PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING comes out. According to a press release sent out, Crawford joins Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the drama.  

Patrick Dempsey is Tom's Dad

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 14:38

Lasse Hallstrom and Patrick Dempsey. No, the two aren't teaming up for a raunchy, Paul Verhoeven-esque NC-17 sleazefest, although I know that was probably your first thought. As it happens, the director known for such glossy schmaltz as THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and CHOCOLAT and the actor currently best known as "McDreamy" are joining forces to bring you the serio-comic period piece TOM'S DAD, the plot for which is almost as exciting as the title. 

The story is set in 1962, and Dempsey will play a successful character film actor and a comedy vaudevillian nightclub performer at a crossroads because the changing style of comedy is making him obsolete. His situation's complicated by the arrival of his long-estranged young son.

Crank duo directing Ghost Rider 2?

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 14:30

Well, those of you (us) who had lost complete faith in GHOST RIDER as a movie franchise might have occasion to perk up a little. The boys over at ARROW IN THE HEAD (followed up by HeatVisionBlog) are reporting that GHOST RIDER 2 is close to moving forward under the direction of CRANK duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Nicolas Cage will return, although there's still no word on what hairpiece he'll be utilizing. 

This is still one of those "in negotiations" deals, so don't break the bed jumping up and down on it. However, I must say, it's hard to argue with the idea; these two - also responsible for last year's freakouts CRANK 2 and GAMER - are about as electric and insane as can be found in this town, and would surely bring a unique spin on the character. Making the hire even more intriguing (again, if it goes through) is the fact that Neveldine/Taylor were supposed to direct the comic-book adaption JONAH HEX before falling out with the studio (and, allegedly, star Josh Brolin); sometimes that can get you a brief stay in director jail, but these guys - like their protagonists - must have a way of not taking crap lying down. 
At last check over on their Twitter page, Neveldine/Taylor's most recent tweet was "Holy balls". 

Well, those of you (us) who had lost complete faith in GHOST RIDER as a movie franchise might have occasion to perk up a little. The boys over at ARROW IN THE HEAD (followed up by HeatVisionBlog) are reporting that GHOST RIDER 2 is close to moving forward under the direction of CRANK duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Nicolas Cage will return, although there's still no word on what hairpiece he'll be utilizing.

Karate Kid 2 already being planned

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 14:22

What the heck took them so long?!

According to Deadline.com, Sony is busy preparing THE KARATE KID 2, with Columbia execs currently hearing pitches from various writers around town. (Christopher Murphey wrote this last installment, off Robert Mark Kamen's original story.) No further details have been unveiled, although I guess it's a safe bet that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will be back, with bigger paydays to boot. 

This is a no-brainer, obviously. The Harold Zwart-directed film opened last weekend to the tune of $55 million, which was a sweet surprise for Columbia, and the box office in general. Costing only a reported $40 million, the movie will be seeing a very healthy profit quite soon, with even bigger fortunes down the DVD/Blu-Ray road. With all that considered, you can expect the sequel to be fast-tracked for a June 2011 release. 

Hugh Jackman and Boxing Robots!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:12

There are many things that Hugh Jackman can do. He can sing, he can dance, he can beat up bad guys with his Wolverine claws, and apparently, he can coach boxing robots. It looks like his latest, Real Steel, Jackman is taking on an entirely different type of film, something original if you can believe it.

This science-fiction feature is described as "a Rocky-esque tale of a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxing becomes obsolete, replaced by 2000 pound human-like robots." While the idea seems like it could simply be a Sy Fy Original with cheesy robots and lame special effects, there is definite promise in the details.

Protests for The Cove with Japan Release

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:09

A war is brewing in Japan over the release of the widely praised and highly controversial documentary, The Cove. The film features dolphins being herded into a cove and brutally slaughtered. It is a frightening image that will leave many outraged, yet it seems to be causing even more trouble in its Japanese release.

The film has prompted local groups to cry foul and protest the film. One theatre in Tokyo and another one in Osaka have recently cancelled the film for fear of protests that may inconvenience theatergoers according to Unplugged, the Japan distributor.

Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry tried to convince theatres on Tuesday to screen the film despite the argument that the film is an “affront to traditional culture”. "This is not North Korea. It's not China and it's not Cuba. It's a democratic society. There's a very small minority of radicals who are going to theater owners and threatening them. They don't want people to see this film," O'Barry claimed.

Trailer for new Sofia Coppola project

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:01

It`s no surprise that the trailer for Sofia Coppola`s new film Somewhere opens with a Phoenix track. Boyfriend Thomas Mars fronts the French pop rock band.

Music discussion aside, Somewhere features Stephen Dorff playing Johnny Marco, "a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood" who suddenly becomes responsible for his 11 year old daughter (Elle Fanning).

Miss Fanning looks surprisingly, yet still adorably grown-up for an 11 year old. With the film`s wardrobe, she could fit perfectly into Coppola`s 2008 vignette for Miss Dior Cherie. Coppola sure does love that French aesthetic...

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