Screen Junkies » CAA http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:33:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Marvel Pays Sh*t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marvel-pays-sht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marvel-pays-sht/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 20:11:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254756 The Avengers assemble for a better paycheck.

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The news of Robert Downey Jr’s $50 million+ Avengers payday becoming public knowledge is the real-life equivalent of Thor‘s hammer falling from the sky, as it has shaken the Marvel universe.

In comparison to Downey’s deal, the rest of the cast were reportedly paid $200K for their roles in the $1.1 billion blockbuster. Now that Marvel’s looking to execute their sequel options, things are getting interesting. The cast is looking for $5 million upfront and a bigger piece of the back-end while Marvel is allegedly threatening to recast — a tactic they’ve proven works pretty well in the past. The only card the cast has to play is a wild one; Downey himself.

With his contract obligations under his belt, Marvel will have to sweeten the pot if they want their star back for future sequels. But to Marvel’s chagrin, the Avengers are assembling with Downey as the leader. Deadline reports that the actor won’t sign for The Avengers 2 unless his cast mates are fairly compensated. “He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. And balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit,” says a rep who only cares about their percentage.

Personally, I feel like the real talent with Marvel films is behind the camera, and the money should be put on the screen. It doesn’t matter which actor dons the mask. 40% – 60% of these movies are all CGI anyway. As long as Marvel turns out quality films with awesome special effects, the talent will remain irrelevant. The Hulk proved that.

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Hilary Swank Fires Manager Over The Whole Tyrannical Dictator Birthday Party Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hilary-swank-fires-manager-over-the-whole-tyrannical-dictator-birthday-party-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hilary-swank-fires-manager-over-the-whole-tyrannical-dictator-birthday-party-thing/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:58:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234355 Jeez, you get your client a gig saluting ONE brutal dictator and this is the thanks you get?

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Hilary Swank caused quite a stir recently when she became suddenly relevant by accepting cash to appear at the birthday party of tyrannical Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov. Now, heads are ready to roll in a more figurative, non-Kadyrovian kind of way.

Swank has fired her long-time manager, Jason Weinberg, as well as a few CAA agents from her team. Jeez, you get your client a gig saluting ONE brutal dictator and this is the thanks you get? Hollywood.

Many feel that the blame should fall on Swank herself, who claims she had no knowledge of the leader’s human rights record. However, the Human Rights Foundation disputes this, claiming that they had sent her a notice pleading with her not to attend, to which Swank’s manager replied that she had no plans to attend the event. But it seems that he underestimated her love of birthday cake.

Sounds like a mess but perhaps these firings were long overdue. Ask yourself which is worse: sending your client to serenade a violent mad man, or sending your client to star in The Reaping? (The Independent)

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If Weekly World News Went Hollywood http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-weekly-world-news-went-hollywood/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-weekly-world-news-went-hollywood/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Just yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that super-agency CAA had signed Weekly World News to its impressive roster of clients. The theory was that the now-defunct fake tabloid publication has a bevy of untapped properties, of which poster boy "Bat Boy" is just one... and that its characters could "give Marvel a run for its money." That remains to be seen.  But will Hollywood greet Weekly World News's freak show with a hearty handshake (artist's rendering above)? Or will WWN be booted out of Tinseltown's glitzy gates faster than you can say "We're stripping Bat Boy of his co-EP credit..."? So, WWN, we're going to do you a favor. Here are our suggestions for spinning the raw materials you already have into box office GOLD! 

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Just yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that super-agency CAA had signed Weekly World News to its impressive roster of clients. The theory was that the now-defunct fake tabloid publication has a bevy of untapped properties, of which poster boy "Bat Boy" is just one… and that its characters could "give Marvel a run for its money." That remains to be seen. 

But will Hollywood greet Weekly World News‘s freak show with a hearty handshake (artist’s rendering above)? Or will WWN be booted out of Tinseltown’s glitzy gate faster than you can say "We’re stripping Bat Boy of his co-EP credit…"?

So, WWN, we’re going to do you a favor. Here are our suggestions for spinning the raw materials you already have into box office GOLD!

 

 

 

WWN Property: Bigfoot

 

Movie Title: BigLEADFoot

 

Logline: Based on the Weekly World News article about Bigfoot stealing a race car, the feature follows the mythical missing link as he rises through the ranks of the NASCAR circuit, winning the hearts of America while constantly combatting his arch nemesis, a driver sponsored by an evil logging conglomerate.

 

Tagline: He’s driving NASCAR up a tree!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWN Property: Merfolk: Weekly World News published several stories about the existence of merfolk, a race of half-human/half-fish, sociable and extremely intelligent beings. 

 

Movie Title: Sploosh!

 

Logline: Fallon Lauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn’t sure what he’s seen and what he’s imagined). The mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet..

 

Tagline: Fallon Lauer Thought He’d Never Find The Right Woman… He Was Only Half Wrong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWN Property: "A Scientist": In the pages of Weekly World News, "A Scientist", is typically shown and quoted. He was known as "A Scientist", to distinguish him from A Baffled Scientist. His findings are as close as WWN gets to having a reliable source.

 

Movie Title: …A Scientist

 

Logline: Russell Crowe stars as Dr. Scientist, whose PhD in Knowledge has made him a source for all matters scientific.  When his willingness to corroborate any and all scientific findings betrays him during "The most important experiment ever," he must fight to retain his credibility and name, lest he be outed by the throne-stealing Baffled Scientist.

 

Tagline: You can quote him on that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWN Property: Heartbroken Saddam Hussein: In 2003, before the capture of Saddam Hussein and persisting after his capture, WWN ran a series of articles on an alleged romance between him and Osama bin Laden.

 

Movie Title: Touch Your Mustache to My Beard

 

Logline: A period piece set before Saddam’s capture, the story follows the steamy, sensual affair, before a wedding was performed, with Hussein as the bride and bin Laden as the groom. Later, they traveled the globe, ending up in France. They adopted a shaved ape baby (Robert) that posed as a human child. After an argument, Hussein left for Iraq to be comforted in his home town of Tikrit by family and friends, and hid in the spider hole until Bat Boy discovered him.

 

Tagline: Saddam’s been in Laden…

 

 

 

 

 

WWN Property: ALIVE!: One of the other many recurring subjects in Weekly World News was the occasional "ALIVE!" cover story. Most often the story pertained to some sort of human or creature, such as a mummy, prehistoric creature and occasionally a human who had been frozen in a block of ice.

 

Movie Title: Flaming Star II: The Reckoning

 

Logline: A space epode set in the year 3030, in which the body of Elvis is found to actually be cryogenically frozen on a distant planet. He is awakened by a team of Space Marines, who discover that Elvis is actually the universe’s most letha fighting machine, whose skills can be used to defend a dying alien race from a parasitic, planet-devouring biotechnological species. 

 

Tagline: This Christmas… The King of Cool gets defrosted.

 

 

 

 

 

WWN Property: Bat Boy is the unofficial mascot of WWN. Their Mickey Mouse or Spider-Man, if you will. Found in a West Virginia cave, Bat Boy is a mutated half-boy, half-bat with a proclivity for stealing cars and biting people. He’s in desperate need of some good PR and Hollywood is the answer.

 

Movie Title: Bat Boys

 

Logline:  To atone for a morally-corrupt youth, Bat Boy has gone South for the winter to join the Miami-Dade Police Department. There he partners up with Detective Mike Lowrey to keep the streets drug free. Using his connections in the Chiroptera world, Bat Boy discovers that a large volume of heroin cut with bat excrement is being pushed on the streets of Miami. When Bat Boy’s sister is kidnapped by the guano pushers, he and Lowrey travel to Austin, TX for a final showdown.

 

Tagline: Sh*t is about to get unreal.

 

 

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