Screen Junkies » fletch http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Jason Sudeikis Will Be The New Guy Allegedly Starring In ‘Fletch Won’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-sudeikis-will-be-the-new-guy-allegedly-starring-in-fletch-won/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-sudeikis-will-be-the-new-guy-allegedly-starring-in-fletch-won/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:01:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260092 We've heard this one before.

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With the National Lampoon’s Vacation remake not quite ready to destroy childhoods, Warner Bros. has decided to finally do something with that Fletch reboot and they took our advice. Jason Sudeikis is the latest attached to play the wise-acre journalist in Fletch Won.

The project has been rumored and not really cared about since the 1990′s with Jason Lee, Zach Braff, Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, Kevin Smith, and Ben Affleck all in the mix at some point. Now that we’ve been beaten and worn down over the years, I have general apathy toward the news of the Sudeikis casting. It’s a step away from the wrong direction, but still not a movie I necessarily need to see. (THR)

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The 7 Greatest Undercover Badasses in Movie History http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:04:32 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253225 In honor of the crime thriller Snitch...

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Back-stabbing revenge, gut-wrenching suspense and putting a bullet in a trusted confidant: all in a day’s work for an undercover badass. From Serpico to Donnie Brasco, the hallmarks of the covert hero require deep emotional commitment, a versatile wardrobe and the ability to blend in with questionable fortitude. That ability will come in handy for Dwayne Johnson’s character in the upcoming action-thriller Snitch. In the film, Johnson plays a father who is forced to infiltrate a drug cartel in order to clear the name of his wrongly convicted son. And as with the other undercover badasses on this list, one wrong move could cost him his life.

In celebration of the release of Summit Entertainment’s crime thriller Snitch, opening in theaters February 22nd, we’re proud to bring you seven of the greatest undercover badasses in movie history.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed

By the time the American remake of Infernal Affairs rolled around, DiCaprio was already widely-celebrated for his skills; but it wasn’t until audiences saw him doing push-ups between prison bunks that he carved out his first proper badass. Given the circumstances, it could have been easy for any actor to overplay the role of William Costigan, but DiCaprio brings a level of grace and sadness to level off the character’s grit and ferocity. Even more badass: DiCaprio actively declined campaigning for any awards for Best Supporting Actor that year as to avoid stepping on the toes of his co-stars.

Johnny Depp, Donnie Brasco

Getting in “too deep” is a common theme in many undercover films. After all, putting yourself at risk is what going undercover is all about. But what happens when you form a legitimate friendship with the men you’re supposed to be infiltrating. Things quickly get complicated for Donnie Brasco when he realizes that doing his job will most likely result in his friend’s death.

Toshiro Mifune, The Bad Sleep Well

Mifune’s performance as Koichi Nishi is a rarity in that it doesn’t employ the slam-bang tactics of many of his cohorts seen on this list. His stoic nerd slowly unveils the vengeance of a son scorned by one of the most powerful corporations in Japan through tactics of seduction, espionage and psychological torture. Mifune played numerous lively punkers in his lifetime, particularly in the realm of samurai lore, but this character seethes in his rage, striking only after his prey is at the brink of madness. Case in point: Nishi corners one of his targets on the window ledge from which his father died, calming the man down by offering whiskey that he later reveals is “poisoned”. The mark collapses, driven insane by the ordeal. Nasty!

Keanu Reeves, Point Break

This is simple story about a former Ohio State quarterback named Johnny Utah. For an F-!B-!I!-Agent!, Johnny maintains the most suspicious bromance with Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi this side of “Brokeback Mountain”. He allows his bleach-blonde nemesis to escape an aqueduct face-off, jump out of an airplane and eventually surf himself to death. At various points in the film, Bodhi’s potency in performing extreme sports counteracts the hobbling ethics of Reeves’ lawman. Johnny, like, totally buries his heart at wounded knee.

Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects

Have you ever seen Kevin Spacey try to act like a badass? It doesn’t work. But Spacey as a schlepp? That’s Oscar gold. The writing/directing on “Suspects” lay formidable groundwork for Spacey to perform as the keystone for an impeccably oddball cast. His bumbling Verbal Kint acts as a tender foil to a constant stream of roughneck freakouts. With little more than his wits, this badass knows that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Chazz Palmenteri that he didn’t exist.

Chevy Chase, Fletch

Light years ahead of the Twitter-quip generation, Chase is at the peak of his powers, dishing out maximum smarm before turding up his career with JTT movies. What makes this role fairly badass is that it is one of the last of a dying breed: that of the snoopy, investigative newspaper reporter. What makes it particularly badass is that Chase has a ball conjuring up characters with names like Dr. Rosenpenis, Dr. Babar and Mr. Poon. The actor has gone on record as saying this was his favorite role, given that director Michael Ritchie often took multiple takes and allowed Chase to riff with whatever came off the top of his dome.

Nicolas Cage, Face/Off

“Castor Troy” is a pretty distinct – if not altogether awful – name. Despite this and other cringe-worthy moments that face-swipe to show affection, Nic Cage keeps John Woo’s ‘97 hit from teetering into cornball territory. Cage’s Castor Troy is the kind of guy who can talk an undercover agent into sucking his tongue. He poses as a priest so he can plant a dirty bomb and goose choir members. He switches sunglasses for no reason. And he delivers a more badass John Travolta impersonation than Dana Carvey.

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‘Fletch’ Reboot Fletches Sacha Baron Cohen Writer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-reboot-fletches-sacha-baron-cohen-writer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-reboot-fletches-sacha-baron-cohen-writer/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 18:44:01 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213042 The reboot machine computed David Mandel, a writer for Cohen's 'The Dictator', was the logical choice for screenwriter.

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Are you ready to get Fletched? Perhaps? Personally, I liked the original movie, but it’s not my favorite Chevy Chase film. Remake Caddyshack, Hollywood, and I’ll roll up my sleeves and hit you with the diving elbow drop. *Snaps Into Slim Jim* Oh wait, that kind of did happen recently. Damn it.

So, yes, the reboot machine has located a writer for Warner Bros‘ Fletch re-imagining, but it seems like they at least found a good one. David Mandel, a writer for “Seinfeld” and the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle The Dictator, has been chosen to pen the screenplay. The word is that this is a high-priority project for the studio, and they’re looking for an A-list comedian to star. Maybe he’s not A-list enough, but I could see Jason Sudeikis doing some charm/smarm as Irwin Fletcher. In fact, I’m watching him in the Fletch reboot in my mind right now, and it’s pretty funny.

Pretty… funny… (Hollywood Reporter)

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‘Fletch’ To Be Re-Imagined, Because Everyone Loves Re-Imaginings http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-to-be-re-imagined-because-everyone-loves-re-imaginings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-to-be-re-imagined-because-everyone-loves-re-imaginings/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 04:10:35 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23984 I guess people like NBC's 'Community' so much, they want to see one of Chevy Chase's best movies remade, but not starring him?

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Hollywood knows that you, the movie-going public, hate seeing original new ideas on screen. That’s why they’re force-feeding us a steady diet of sequels, prequels, squeakquels, reboots and re-imaginings. (Mmm-mmm, tastes leftovery.) After all, nobody went to see that original movie Inception last summer. Oh, it was a big hit? Well, it would have done better if it was somehow repackaged as a Nightmare On Elm Street origin story. “They’re both about dreams, right? What’s the problem?”

That’s why everyone’s super excited about Warner Bros. re-making the 1985 Chevy Chase movie Fletch. I guess people like NBC’s Community so much, they want to see one of Chase’s best movies remade, but not starring him? To be fair, Warner Bros bought the rights to the Fletch book series by Gregory McDonald, so if they begin their would-be franchise by adapting a different story, it wouldn’t even feel like a re-imagining. However, the executives might just decide to remake exactly the same book, because that’s the story audiences have a pre-awareness of. In that case, I’ll be seeing more original fare, like the Punky Brewster action comedy starring Demi Lovato, thank you very much. (Deadline)

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