The Futon Critic snagged a great interview with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and Marc Guggenheim, Executive Producers on the new ABC sci-fi/drama FlashForward. In it they discuss the confusion over the show's labeled genre, the difficulties of writing a serialized show for today's viewers, and the mysterious date of April 29, 2010, the day the characters experienced their flash forwards. If you're not aware of the show's premise, basically when a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future, and every man, woman, and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled. Read the interview in full by clicking on Goyer's delightful smile below.
THE HURT LOCKER examines the dangerous duties of three members of the Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) squad. Bombs are their business, and they know their business extremely well. They have to because each roadside stop could mean their lives. Stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal broke down for us how you tackle a movie about an elite unit that goes in when everyone else is running away. It’s as meticulous a task as disarming an IED (That's an Improvised Explosive Device for you civilians).
Ian, please write some copy about these shorts here. Just include some info about what they are, and how they fit into Showtime's agenda… maybe make some light joke about them, but don't be too critical because we're being asked to promote them. And they're kinda funny anyway. Make sure you change the time and date so that this doesn't get buried under anything it shouldn't.
According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Michael Bay really pissed off some devoted fans in Seoul. They were waiting in the rain for over two hours for Bay's arrival at the Transformers 2 premiere, and he showed up late with Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox in tow. Rumor has it he didn't even bring a corsage, kept reminiscing about his ex girlfriend, and seemed completely ignorant to the fact that fans had been looking forward to the event for weeks. After the premiere, fans spent the rest of the night sobbing into their pillows and wishing the whole night had never happened. Bay tried to save some face by issuing a formal apology, but that's not going to stop the kids in the cafeterias and cubicles from snickering at the Transformer's fans' misfortune.
George Simmons in "Re-Do" from Justin LongThis clip from a movie inside a movie features Adam Sandler playing George Simmons as Craig the workaholic in the high-concept comedy Re-Do. In an effort to start over, a wizard turns Craig into a baby with an adult head. I don't know who this wizard is but I certainly hope he gets his wizard license revoked for such blatant and inexcusable wizard malpractice. I guess we'll never know since the film isn't really real. And just in case you're interested in purchasing the first season of 'Yo Teach' you can get it at the NBC Store. Today's Top Links:It Seems Erica Underwood Doesn't Like Wearing Her Bikini Top (GorillaMask)Flowchart for Giving a Best Man Speech (HolyTaco)Red Dawn Remake (Sigh) Picks Up Peck and Palicki (FilmDrunk)A Penguin-Shaped Wireless Mouse? Brilliant! (Walyou)Protestors Lobby To Fire David Letterman (Pajiba)Shady Agendas Behind Conspiracy Theories (Cracked)Tennis Star Or Porn Star? (CoedMagazine)Spending Some Time With "The Pitbull" (CagePotato)8-Bit Videogame Quilts (UnrealityMag)Happy 50th Birthday, Ultimate Warrior (BustedCoverage)15 Hot Prime Time Soap Opera Actresses (Uncoached)Mistakes Men Make In The Bedroom (RegretfulMorning)If US Sports Adopted The Transfer Fee System (BachelorGuy)Who's Leaking The Names On The MLB's "104" List? (MoondogSports)People Falling Down With The "Benny Hill" Theme Playing is Funny, Right? (NothingToxic)The Weirdest Japanese Videogames Ever (AtomFilms)Angelina Jolie Coming Back For Wanted 2? (Filmofilia)
WHITEOUT Trailer – Watch more Funny Videos Above is the new trailer for Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale and Gabriel Macht (The Spirit). The film is based on the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel of the same name written by Greg Rucka (available from Oni Press). Not sure what to think about this yet. At about the 1:30 mark, the trailer totally shifts gears from an action-adventure flick to a murder mystery, when Macht reveals to Beckinsale that "this is the first murder in Antarctica." I think Macht is forgetting the grisly gun down of Polar Bear Face Nelson in the 1920s. There's enough fish in the ocean. No need for bear on bear crime. Just sad, really.
People may not be aware that Harold Ramis was the Judd Apatow of the 1980s. In addition to his landmark acting roles in Ghostbusters and Stripes, he penned and directed some of the all-time greatest comedies – National Lampoon’s Vacation and Caddyshack (just to name a couple). Judd Apatow, on the other hand, has had just as much influence on the producing side, and it’s his role there that teams him up with Ramis on the Jack Black and Michael Cera history vehicle Year One (opening Friday).
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Today, JustJared.com posted several images of Russell Crowe on the set of Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood flick. Above, Crowe (playing Robin Hood) drives Scott Grimes (playing Will Scarlet) in a Mule 9010. This is from the scene in which Robin and his Merry Men take a break from stealing from the rich for a round of golf cart polo, set to Kenny Loggins music. Good for team building.See some more pics after the jump.
Nowhere else can you get hard hitting political updates from actor Rainn Wilson and baby penis news in the same, concise and easily digestible format. Say goodnight, Reuters.
Two new T:ROTF (yes, I'm sick of typing out the whole thing) TV spots hit YouTube today. Only one shows us anything new, so fast forward about 30-seconds in to get to the goods. Probably the most interesting thing about it is at the end, where we see several small kitchen appliances come to life and wreak havoc on the Witwicky home. It's like Michael Bay's homage to Batteries Not Included. Slow-mo shot of Wilford Brimley with the camera flying in between his legs as he opens fire with two shotguns… oh the sound and the fury… signifying that the Decepticons are eating his diabeetus pills… Today's Top Links: Stacie Sullivan Bad Dad's Day Gifts Scientology Blamed… Again Best Paparazzi Attacks! More Father's Day Gifts Akira is Dead Science Douches Big 2010 Movies Shaq Challenge! Embarrassing Films Looks Small, Rocks Hard New Megan Fox Pics Kickass Starcases Truthful Condom Packaging More Dad's Day Gifts Olivia Wilde Skaters v. Security Sucker Shelley Warriors Remake News
So you think there are too many remakes in Hollywood? At least remakes know what they’re supposed to be. Some movies use the same titles just hoping nobody remembers there was a completely different movie by the same name.After over 100 years of film, some titles were bound to double or triple up.Screen Junkies takes a look back on eight select titles and how long it took for each marquee mnemonic to produce a memorable movie. (That's alliteration, homes.)
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With Dead Snow opening this weekend, we realized that there is nothing more terrifying than a Nazi Zombie. It would take the combined efforts of Indiana Jones and David Hasselhoff to strike down such a foe. And there’s no way those guys are willing to stand together. It also made us think of the variety of zombies we’ve seen throughout film and television history. Here are a select few ranked from loveable to sinister.CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE– MATT SEARS Other Junk You Might Like:Six Degrees of Ramis & Apatow
Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins once sang, "Though we might hate to admit it/There are always two sides to every story." I bet the two ex-Genesis frontmen had no idea they'd be singing about "Battlestar Galactica."SCI FI Wire posted an exclusive trailer for the BSG spinoff movie called The Plan, which they claim "will likely come out on DVD and will also air this fall—recaps the story of the destruction of the human Colonies from the point of view of the Cylons."Screen Junkies' resident BSG expert, Jim "Bad Mother Frakker" Connelly expressed his concern over what the toll this film will take on the lives of all Battlestar fans. Said Connelly, "[I'm] worried EJO is right, and that it'll spur rewatching the whole series again!" I'm guessing Connelly's EJO is Edward James Olmos and not the Electronic Journal of Oncology. The latter did have a great article on smoking and polymorphism in xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, though. What say you, fans? Would rewatching the entire series be that bad?
Zach Galifianakis is sittin' pretty once more after this weekend.As Jeffrey Tambor said to him and Justin Bartha in The Hangover, "Never leave when you're on a heater." Well, The Hangover's heater continues, as it took top spot once more with an estimated $33.4 million. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 opened up at #3, disappointing for the studio, but in line with Screen Junkies readers' predictions. Eddie Murphy's Imagine That opened with a paltry $5.7 million and the #6 spot. Sadly, this probably means Norbit 2 has been fast tracked. This Weekend's Top Five:1. The Hangover ($33.4 million)2. Up ($30.5 million)3. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ($25 million)4. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($9.6 million)5. Land of the Lost ($9.2 million)[Box Office Figures: Lee's Movie Info][Image: Flickr]
Teaser for Michael Moores UNTITLED BAIL OUT DOCUMENTARY – Watch more Funny VideosThe new teaser for Michael Moore's Untitled Bailout Documentary has arrived, and it doesn't give too much away, other than Michael Moore's angry again. "Angry Moore" is really evident here. He breaks out his classic sarcastic Moore voice, bringing his pitch up an octave while gently coaxing the audience to bend over for the banks. "This time it's personal" reads the text at the end of the trailer. This time, I believe it. Kudos to Moore's marketing team for borrowing the tagline from Jaws 4: The Revenge. [via The Playlist]
Fifty Dead Men Walking Trailer – Watch more Movie TrailersAbove is the trailer for the new thriller, 50 Dead Men Walking, based on a true story. Jim Sturgess plays Martin, a guy from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process; until one day he is exposed, captured and tortured to within an inch of his life. He escaped dramatically by throwing himself from a tower block window and is still in hiding today. Hopefull the movie isn't completely true, or else I just ruined a key plot point. Have a good weekend!!!Here are your weekend links: Samantha Harris Make an 80s movie! I'm Charles Darwin, asshole Top Movie Badasses Glowing Chess Board! MegaShark Review! Twisted Sims Worst Cat Vids Kimbo Slices Back Ashton vs. Madea Combat Zone Wrastlin'! New Miss USA? Cleveland! Yeah! Inner Debate of a B.J. Giver Speakeasy Guide The Morris Ibanez Story Funny Video About Sweaters.
The new music video – or "clip" – for Linkin Park's "New Divide" from the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack was released – or "dropped" – on myspace today. You can check it out after the jump. It has a few shots from the film that many of us haven't seen – or "peeped" – yet, including some shots of what looks like Bumblebee fighting Ravage. In traditional soundtrack music video fashion, the film moments are intercut with shots of the band performing. And it's Linkin Park, so the whole thing's like a giant battle to see who can out-melodramatize the other. Lyrics are also posted after the jump. What they have to do with GIANT F**KING ROBOTS is anyone's guess.
BY THE ANVIL OF CROM! Usually, news about a guy who’s made a career out of directing remakes is not very exciting; it’s kind of annoying. The knock on them is obvious: they're never as good as the source material, and they're usually flashy flicks that lack substance. That's what makes this piece of news so darned interesting. It was announced that Marcus Nispel, the guy who remade both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the Thirteenth, is on board to direct a remake of Conan. Yeah, it's a lackluster little bit of information but it's good news. Why? Because now we know Brett Ratner isn't touching the movie any more.
In an interview with Marketsaw – a blog devoted entirely to 3D filmmaking – Steve Schklair, the CEO of 3ality Digital Systems claims that Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson will be shooting all of his directorial efforts using 3ality's technologies. You can read the whole article at Marketsaw. Sites like ScreenRant suggest that Jackson's devotion to 3D from now on will help shift exhibitors over to the 3Dark Side, which they have been reluctant to do because of retrofitting costs and the lack of 3D movies. Personally, I'm a fan of 3D technology, from the the way UP used it organically in the story to the stuff that's used shamelessly by films like My Bloody Valentine 3D. Part of me wishes Drag Me to Hell had been in 3D. Some of the film's shock moments are perfect for the third dimension. Here's hoping that Jackson considers going into his back catalogue and 3D-ifies flicks like Meet the Feebles and Dead Alive. I can't think of a more visceral theatrical experience than an AIDs-ridden rabbit vomiting forth upon the audience in the movie theater and the audience in the film. That's, like, sooooooo metaaaaaaaaa… Meet the Feebles Vomit – Watch more Funny Videos
In general, when it's time to kick some ass, it's time to kick some ass. Forget what you're wearing and get ready to rumble. This philosophy has been adopted throughout the entire history of cinema, the most recent example being seen in last weekend's #1 film, The Hangover. Above: Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) makes a balls-out attack on Phil (Bradley Cooper). Chow's balls are fully out in the theatrical release. But what about other scenes, guys who find themselves fighting in outfits that strike us today as either ridiculous or insanely awesome, or most likely, both? Superheroes, of course, would be cheating, because we all know they almost always look nuts cleaning up the city in their plastic nipples and oversized codpieces.
THE HURT LOCKER – The Way You Dont Die Clip – Watch more Movie TrailersIn the latest released clip from Summit's upcoming war flick about the military's bomb squad in the Middle East, Colonel Reed (David Morse) gets Staff Sgt. Wiliam James (Jeremy Renner) to open up about just how many bombs he's blown up working for the EOD. I've seen the film and when put in the full context of the story, even this little dialogue piece is tense. I kept thinking Renner's character was gonna get the sh*t chewed out of him by Morse for being a loose cannon. Turns out Morse's character's a bit of a wildman himself, I guess. We also have eight new still images , which you can see after the jump! In the meantime, enjoy today's top links:Theresa Correa If Book Titles Were Truth Megan Fox is CGI 50 White Gangstas Remote Control Titanic! Devito is DRUNK! AGAIN! What Apocalypse?! David Lynch iPod Spot UFC Invades Germany Polarizing Movies 11 Moments in Dad Pop Culture Lingerie League Kickass FBB Portraits Movies that Make Men Cry Good NCAA B-Ball Joke
CHop Shop from REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – Watch more Movie Trailers This same scene has been available in German for about a day now and… I think I liked it better when I had no idea what 'Wheelie' was saying. It's the first time the majority of us have heard the pesky little Decepticon's English-language voice and he comes off like some comedian working the room up in the Catskills. I hope Revenge of the Fallen takes time to explain how some of the Transformers came to adopting regional colloquialisms and accents, unlike the first film. I kept waiting to see the deleted scene from that one where Jazz crash lands on Earth and immediately devours every Wayans Brothers movie he can get his giant metal hands on. Word up, Optimus!
The interweb was aflurry all morning with rumors that GI Joe: Rise of Cobra director Stephen Sommers had been taken off the movie and locked out of the edit room. The reason? According to some, the film was testing the lowest a film from Paramount has ever tested. And Paramount put out Britney Spears's Crossroads. Well, turns out rumoring is half the battle (G.I. JOOOOOE!!!), because Movieline.com reports – with 100% assurance, mind you – that the whole story is bullsh*t. Read Movieline's investigative report here. I'm a fan of the original Mummy. After that, I can't say I've been in love, infatuated, or even vaguely felt anything like an emotion toward Stephen Sommers's films. In fact, I think I remember my therapist chastising me for "putting up a wall" when he asked me if he should go see Van Helsing opening weekend. So it's not surprising that there were rumblings of Sommers being scrutinized for his approach to filming a beloved '80s property.
This Friday, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 opens and marks the first time two of cinema’s larger-than-life icons star opposite each other. Both born in 1954, John Travolta and Denzel Washington have had storied, if not tumultuous careers. We’ve decided to map out their careers like New York MTA maps train routes in the hopes it will shed some light on the box office success of 'Pelham. Is their train right on time or did it just miss the station by a New York Minute?
Martin Scorsese's newest film, Shutter Island, a drama set in an insane asylum got a new trailer today and… well… it looks suitably insane. Some may say it's off-the-hook insane. Those people would possibly be using a combination of hyperbole and street slang. Check out the trailer after the jump and see star Leonardo DiCaprio descend into the deepest, darkest bowels of madness, where even Michelle Williams manages to still look really hot.