Screen Junkies » flight http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 John Travolta Wasn’t In Flight Because Planes Can’t Fly Upside Down Like That http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-travolta-wasnt-in-flight-because-planes-cant-fly-upside-down-like-that/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-travolta-wasnt-in-flight-because-planes-cant-fly-upside-down-like-that/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:55:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255664 Mr. Kotter would be proud of Vinny's knowledge of aeronautics.

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John Travolta, a man who is well-known for his interest in aviation (among other things), has come forth to let the world know that he was asked to star in Flight, but just couldn’t do it because the flying sequences were just too unrealistic.

While that might seem a little silly, when Travolta had told the screenwriter that the maneuvers in the movie weren’t possible, the screenwriter responded with “I didn’t want any interference – I just wanted the screenplay done. To hell with that stuff!”

So the role and Oscar nod went to Denzel Washington, but the comfort of knowing that he’s right belongs to Mr. Travolta.

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Budweiser Too Good For Drunken Pilots All Of A Sudden http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/budweiser-too-good-for-drunken-pilots-all-of-a-sudden/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/budweiser-too-good-for-drunken-pilots-all-of-a-sudden/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:19:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251870 Way to betray your fanbase, Budweiser.

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Much like a stumbling, sh*t-wrecked frat boy wobbling on his feet as the bars let out, Anheuser-Busch usually isn’t too choosey about who they’ll be seen with. However, after seeing their product in a sober viewing of Robert Zemeckis‘s Flight this past weekend, the goose piss manufacturer replied, “Whoa! Dude, not cool!”

Flight centers around Denzel Washington’s alcoholic airliner pilot who flies better when he’s had a few, which allows him to safely land an otherwise doomed flight. Anheuser-Busch is taking exception with a scene that features Capt. Chugsburp enjoying a cold, frosty Budweiser while driving his car, and has asked Paramount to remove their logo from the film. It’s still totally okay to feed Bud to dogs and have horses blow farts in the faces of naggy women*. Those moving images are completely acceptable to Anheuser-Busch. (THR)

 

* because naggy women are whores, you see.

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Robert Zemeckis To Make Denzel A Heroic Pilot In ‘Flight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-to-make-denzel-a-heroic-pilot-in-flight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-to-make-denzel-a-heroic-pilot-in-flight/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 21:33:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227833 If I see so much as one mo-cap pingpong ball within fifteen feet of Denzel, so help me God, I'm burning down that set.

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Denzel Washington knows dignified, and in the upcoming Flight, he’ll have Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis ensuring that he comes across as nothing less than a dignified heroic pilot. Zemeckis jettisoned Replay, a film he was attached to, in order to lock this one down, so it’s a safe assumption he’s pretty excited about Flight.

I mean, it would hard to be an undignified heroic pilot, but it’s possible if you had a mustard stain on your uniform or something. Anyway, if Zemeckis gave Gump dignity, than Denzel as a hero pilot shouldn’t be too hard.

You know what? It’s Friday afternoon. Let’s have the press release do the heavy lifting for this piece:

Written by John Gatins (“Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story,” “Real Steel”), FLIGHT tells the redemption story of “Whip” (Washington), a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.

There ya go. Have a good weekend.

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Denzel Won’t Have To Wear A Ping Pong Ball Suit To Work With Zemeckis http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/denzel-washington-wont-have-to-wear-a-ping-pong-ball-suit-to-work-with-robert-zemeckis/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/denzel-washington-wont-have-to-wear-a-ping-pong-ball-suit-to-work-with-robert-zemeckis/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 17:04:08 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214837 He might have to get a bit drunk though.

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A while back it was reported that Robert Zemeckis, prince of the dead-eyed motion capture technology, was actually working on a movie about a (secretly drunk) heroic pilot called Flight. Now it’s being reported that the movie is on track to begin shooting in the fall, with Denzel Washington attached to star.

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This project definitely makes sense for both men, with Washington specializing in conflicted and dark heroes, and Zemeckis being a registered pilot. This will be his first live-action movie since 2000′s Cast Away, which as you probably remember also deals with the exciting world of danger on board an airplane. (LA Times)

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Robert Zemeckis To Mercifully Direct Live-Action Again With ‘Flight’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-to-mercifully-direct-live-action-again-with-flight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-zemeckis-to-mercifully-direct-live-action-again-with-flight/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:09:21 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208098 Paramount offered him a film to direct where the actors wouldn't wear ping-pong-ball-suits. I know - pure craziness.

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A long time ago, Robert Zemeckis used to direct flesh-and-blood actors, not computer-generated mannequin zombies. He was totally good at that. Then over a decade went by where Zemeckis only made guys-in-ping-pong-ball-suit-films like Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. The non-believers said he lost his way, but there are rumblings about his return to humanity. Let us hope these murmors are truth…

Paramount would like Zemeckis to direct Flight, about an airline pilot named Whip Whitaker (the only profession you can have with that name is pilot), who saves a plane of passengers from crashing. He’s a hero, but the truth is that he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol, a dirty secret that now must be kept under wraps by Whitaker, the airline company and the pilot’s union. The moral: don’t drink and fly… Marty McFly… because, you see, Zemeckis directed Back To The Future, Back To The Future 2, and also… wait for it… Romancing The Stone.

The Flight script is by John Gatins. The plan is for production to take off later this summer. (Deadline)

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