I loved Rian Johnson's first film, Brick* – the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongst high school social circles. It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson's brother. I saw it three times in the theaters. Even bought it on DVD. But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson's followup, The Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me. No way he can do it again, I thought. Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson's contemporaries. It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson. Not necessarily a bad thing (I'm one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn't promising to be a revelation like Brick…
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The IESB has posted three behind-the-scenes clips from Disney-Pixar's Up. In total, it's 15 minutes of straight up, fly-on-the-wall making-of goodness, with none of the gloss one might expect from a Disney promo. Yeah that's right. It's 15-minutes of watching a dude sitting in front of a computer while it renders seven frames of the movie. There's also this part where Pete Docter orders a cheese sandwich from the cafeteria.I kid, I kid. It's pretty cool. Watch the other clips after the jump.
The Road Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers Check out this trailer for Dimension's post-apocalyptic roadtrip comedy, The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. It's all about Viggo trying to win back the girl he mistakenly dumped after junior prom, and… awww heck. I just can't lie like that. It's an adaptation of The Road by Cormac "No Country For Old Men" McCarthy, who isn't exactly known for laughs. Check it out, and then post your comments after the jump, where you'll also find a good spoof of Cormac McCarthy starring actor Luiggi DeBiasse, whose Anton Chigurrh is pretty amazing.
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird had a little idea for a comic book, pooled some money together to print a limited run, and inadvertently jump started a seismic shift in entertainment. I'm speaking, of course, about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who are set to once more take pop culture by storm in this, their 25th Anniversary year. We've gotten the announcement that a new live-action feature is in the works for a 2011 release. And just this week, Lionsgate released a brand new four-DVD collector's set of the original TMNT animated series' Season 7. (Each box comes with a cool miniature reproduction of an original Turtle action figure, too.)
Sasha Grey is a renaissance woman. Not only does she pay the rent doing what most people do for fun (or babies), she also happens to be an intelligent and ambitious 21 year-old creative. And with her starring performance in Steven Soderbergh’s newest film, The Girlfriend Experience, she’s now officially under the mainstream microscope. Screen Junkies had the good fortune to be invited to the film’s press junket, where Grey discussed such subjects as juggling porn and indie film, the odds of starring alongside teenybopper celebs, and her soon-to-be produced adult script, The F&%k Junkie. If we ever start a porn column on this site, we now have a name.
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Hopefully the cover above has dissuaded you from thinking Universal was deigning to adapt the feel-good new age philosophy of the same name*. Nay, IESB.net reports that Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Dark Horse Comics’ The Secret under the exclusive three-year partnership the two companies entered into in early 2008. (They also partnered on the Hellboy franchise and Timecop.) The four-issue miniseries from 2007 was written by Dark Horse's Mike Richardson, and visualized by Jason Shawn Alexander, an award-winning artist who's worked on Abe Sapien, Queen & Country, and The Escapists. (His official website is pretty badass, and you can check it out here.)The Secret is a coming-of-age tale that focuses on Tommy, a high schooler who attends an exclusive party with the cool kids in order to get closer to his dream girl. But then a prank call goes sour…
Punch-Out Rap – Watch Movie Trailers No, there's not a Punch-Out TV show or film adaptation coming out (though none of us would be surprised about the latter). No, this is the first installment in a series of old-school Nintendo-based music videos entitled "Gamerjamz." Turns out all of Little Mac's rivals are quite the cunning linguists. Not just Don Flamenco.
The '09 summer movies have already begun to arrive, but still to come are some of the biggest, baddest, FX-iest movies around. For robot fans, you can look no further than three of the biggest releases this summer: Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and (if it sticks to the cartoon’s use of robot drones to satisfy the ratings board) G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. [No, colons are not movie code for “Robot Plot.”] Robots are on the A-List now, but they didn't always have it so good. Here are five cinematic robots that just didn’t work (as they were intended): T-800 from Terminator Program: Kill Sarah Connor, period.
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vinnie Jones will team up in a film called Weapon, to be directed by Russell Mulcahy, the man responsible for Highlander and Resident Evil: Extinction. Weapon is the story of rival assassins, sharpshooter Jack Conway (Jones) and knife-wielding Derek Chase (Van Damme), who must blend their skills to foil the head of a drug cartel. A knife man and a gun guy can't get along? Where's the tension? They serve two different purposes, really. I would have much rather heard the following synopsis:
Director: Russell MulcahyCast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vinnie JonesSynopsis: Jack Conway (Jones) and Derek Chase (Van Damme) are the two best assassins in the world — but unknown to each other. While Conway is a master sharpshooter, Chase is equally skilled with a knife. These two rival assassins form an uneasy alliance to take down the head of a drug cartel, which is backed by the DEA.
This morning, ComingSoon.net posted a mega gallery of images from the upcoming Disney-Pixar already-looks-like-an-Oscar-win-is-locked feature, Up, featuring the voices of veterans Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and newcomer Joseph Nagai. We have a bunch of them here, so click, click, and away…
A new clip from Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom was released today. In our last installment, we got to see Rachel Weisz's card skills. In this one, we get to see Adrien Brody's lack of bicycling skills, as he flies down a steep decline and narrowly avoids missing Rachel and her Lamborghini. Granted, he meant to do it. It's all part of an elaborate scheme to grift Weisz's character. Watch the clip after the jump, and don't try this at home. Screenjunkies is seeing The Brothers Bloom tonight and will have a full report when we're allowed. The film officially opens May 29th.
Where The Wild Things Are Scare – Watch more Movie Trailers /Film posted this video of Spike Jonze scaring the ever loving crap out of a child while wearing a Where the Wild Things Are suit that's like the cheap department store Santa equivalent of the Wild Things from the film. Still, I'd be scared if my Dad were running around the house wearing this. Then again, I was scared sh*tless of Michael Jackson in "Thriller" when I was that age. Maybe that was just good sense. Check this junk out: The 10 Coolest TV Characters Of All Time (Pajiba) Packers And Bengals On The Rebound (MoonDogSports) HumpDay Is All About Humping Chicks (FilmDrunk) London Harts Spank Bank (GorillaMask) The Tale of Ol' Stanky (Sick Pigs) 5 Bastardizations Of Wikipedia (Cracked) Call Of Duty Movie? (Filmofilia) Roger Avary Directs Silent Hill 2 (DreadCentral) Abstinence Rock Music (HolyTaco) Bert Blyleven Eats Worms (BustedCoverage) Real Girls Are Always The Hottest (Uncoached) Vicious Knockout Cagematch (NothingToxic) Bruckheimer Talks Prince Of Persia (Unreality) Here Come The Basterds (ThePlaylist) 70s Jesus Is Priceless (TomOatmeal) Sexy Babes From South Of The Border (Chickipedia)
Not since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' "Coming Out of Their Shells" Tour has Pizza Hut delivered such a powerhouse promotional tie in. Today, on the 'Hut's website, those bros at Warners posted a new 5-minute Terminator Salvation featurette that shows you the anatomy of a scene in which Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) and Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) blow the ever loving crap out of a combo 7-Eleven/Gas Station (and probably all the Terminator Salvation promotional Slurpee crazy straws within it). The best part is the interview with Special Effects Supervisor Michael Meinardus, who's supporting himself on crutches. The dude looks like he injured himself jumping off his Harley to punch a T-800 in its exo-skull. Check out the insightful and ass-kicking sequence – brought to you by Pizza Hut – after the jump. [via /Film]
In an interview with MTV, Judd Apatow spills the beans that his upcoming film Funny People will include scenes and "marketing materials" for a bunch of fake movies in which Adam Sandler's character George Simmons stars. It's a conceit that worked really well in Tropic Thunder, with the inspired trailers for such high concept spoofs as Scorcher, The Fatties: Fart 2 and Satan's Alley (all three of which you can see after the jump, along with a short list of faux-films within the world of Funny People.
The new trailer for Gamer, Neveldine & Taylor's answer to Running Man, Death Race and The Matrix is out now. The film stars Gerard Butler as a death row inmate named Kabel, who's become an unwitting pawn in a multi-player simulation game called "Slayers," created by evil genius Michael C. Hall (TV's Dexter). We know where this is going, but Neveldine/Taylor always seem to find a way to increase the A.D.D. appeal in ways never thought possible. The film also stars Amber Valetta, Ludacris, John Leguizmo and Terry Crews (The Expendables & Terminator Salvation). Check it out after the jump if you're still even reading this.
According to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, Paramount's Star Trek pulled in $26 million on saturday, a 9% increase from Friday's box office. The studio is reportedly confident that the totals for the film, including the Thursday night previews, will reach $75 million. Not quite as big as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but one would have to think Star Trek's gonna outlast its mutant rival if the reviews mean anything. In any case, it's another success for JJ Abrams to celebrate. In tribute to Mr. Abrams, here's a video from the Fine Brothers that posits what would happen if Trek met Lost. See the rest of the weekend Box Office Estimates after the jump:
Recently, IESB.Net posted 10 – count 'em – 10 new clips from McG's Terminator Salvation. Not a ton of spoilers, but a little extra context into a lot of stuff we've seen in the trailers already. 'Nuff said. Watch with me if you want to live. #1 – "What are you doing here?"
Dear Star Wars fans,There's something I've needed to get off of my chest for years now… something that even when pointed out and shown in plain sight may shock people. The true hero of the Rebel cause and destroyer of the Galactic Empire is not Luke Skywalker.I'm talking about Lando Calrissian.Luke, Leia and Han, while important characters, showed nowhere near the bravery or cunning of Lando. He's just a misunderstood character, appearing as this Galaxy's Judas to some. But rest assured nothing could be further from the truth. Allow me to elucidate…
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Joey, do you like sequels about gladiators?For those of us who’ve seen Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, it’s probably a safe bet to say the story of Russell Crowe’s Maximus has already reached a satisfying end. (If you haven’t seen it and you don’t mind SPOILERS… Maximus dies at the end after accomplishing all he set out to do, leaving no room for sequels per se).Yep, there is absolutely no way an audience could ever expect anything more from Crowe and Scott’s collaboration. A sequel – aside from being completely unnecessary – seems nearly impossible. Where’s the entry point? There is no way the talent involved would even think about approaching a sequel to such a celebrated, complete story. Right?What? We’re talking about Hollywood? In 2009? Oh. Ahem. Right.Turns out that Nick Cave, writer of Australian western The Proposition and the upcoming adaptation of The Road, has written out a Gladiator 2 script that the folks over at Gone Elsewhere got a hold of. If you’re into lengthy reviews, then you can check it out on their site. If you’re into the Cliff Notes, then look no further than the jump.
The newest trailer for the Will Ferrell comedy Land of the Lost debuted today, adn we have it after the jump. The opening classroom scene is a nice little twisted spin on the classic Kindergarten Cop kids-say-the-darnedest-things conceit, setting up Ferrell's character as a failing scientist a bit more than we've seen in the Superbowl spot. After that, it's pretty much two minutes of Ferrell running around and scream-talking at special effects, all underscored by The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." The he gets to make out with Anna Friel. Typical.
Crank writing/directing duo Neveldine & Taylor’s next movie (shot prior to Crank: High Voltage) is a futuristic thriller called Gamer, and features everyone's favorite Spartan Gerard Butler as a "star player" in a game called "Slayers," in which humans – like Butler – control other humans in online gaming environments. Such a meta-actioner. A metactioner. I just coined it. Send me money!!!Royalties aside, I think the new interactive poster for the film is worth showing you guys. You can move your mouse over Butler's face and, instead of drawing a mustache like normal, you get to peel away layers to show the mastermind controlling him in the film. Actually, he doesn't look super authoritarian, so maybe he's more of a middle managemind.Get to playing with Butler's face after the jump
Directors: Mark Neveldine/Brian TaylorCast: Gerard Butler, Milo Ventimiglia, Alison Lohman, Michael C. Hall, Efren Ramirez, Terry CrewsSynopsis: Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).(Formerly known as Citizen Game).
Here's the last Star Trek starlet to get you prepped for Abrams's sexed up reboot, if you haven't seen it three times already. Our featured girl's roles have gotten smaller and smaller each day, and we're ending on a girl who's character is basically the equivalent of an Original Series red shirt, minus the expendable part. Yes, it's siren Rachel Nichols as "Gaila," the green Star Fleet Cadet! Where You've Seen Her Before: Rachel's familiar with Abrams and company, having guest starred on the fifth (and final) season of "Alias" as CIA Agent Rachel Gibson. She also showed up in the remake of The Amityville Horror, in Charlie Wilson's War as one of "Charlie's Angels," and in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, which you have secretly seen and enjoyed on a lonely saturday night. You're going to be seeing a lot more of Rachel this summer, as she's also starring as Scarlett in G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra.Random Quote: "I am smarter than you, and I am better looking, and I have an accomplished career, and I’m not even thirty."Well then. See how accomplished Rachel is in these racy photos after the jump.