Screen Junkies » zoe saldana http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:50:24 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Gallery: Rating the Big-Screen Counterparts of Comic Book Characters http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rating-the-big-screen-counterparts-of-comic-book-characters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rating-the-big-screen-counterparts-of-comic-book-characters/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:50:50 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=263690 Casting Zoe Saldana as hulking green badass Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' wasn't the most logical choice, to say the least. So which actors and actresses came closer to their comic book counterparts?

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It’s inherently difficult to get flesh-and-blood women to replicate the impossibly buxom and Amazonian character models of our favorite comic book characters. It can be done (see: Wrestler-turned-porn-chick Chyna as She-Hulk in the X-rated Avengers parody), but some filmmakers aren’t even trying that hard.

Take Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy flick. Saldana is a certified hottie whose star is burning bright right now, but the problem with the casting is Gamora is often drawn as a 6-foot-plus green badass who could break your soul with her thighs, and Zoe is a 5-foot-7 waif who’s always in desperate need of a cheeseburger.

It’s the same issue with Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Princess Diana’s always had an imposing frame that put her on par — or ahead of — her male superhero counterparts. Gadot, though, looks like she’s never done a bicep curl in her life, which hasn’t been lost on Wonder Woman fans.

You can’t please everyone when it comes to casting iconic characters. But when it’s done right, few people will complain. Here, we examine some comic adaptation castings that were right on the money, and some that were a giant failstick. Scroll through the gallery above for the best and worst examples, accompanied by our totally scientific rating system.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:42:24 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263643 Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970's Jock Jams mixtape (and that's a good thing).

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By Jared Jones

It’s rather fitting that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy would be the first film I’d review for Screen Junkies, as it’s a movie that seems damn near impossible to critique. Sure, Guardians adheres to many of the conventions we’ve come to expect from a comic book movie (dead parents, cryptically-introduced characters who speak entirely in exposition, etc.), and betrays most of its plot conventions before they are even established, but its absolute refusal to take itself seriously doesn’t exactly open the door for criticism.

Of course, then you see a wisecracking racoon unleash a barrage of machine gun fire while riding on the back of a talking treebeast, and you nearly pass out from the deluge of blood that rushes from your head to your nerd boner.

Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970′s Jock Jams mixtape, complete with some of the most intense and plain beautiful CGI your puny eyes may ever gaze upon. It’s the kind of movie Pete Hammond would describe as an “uproarious, fun-filled thrill ride!” while sucking on the taint of whatever PR firm had hired him to write it. For once, his blatant hyperbole would be accurate.

The story is a rather familiar one in terms of comic book adaptations: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted by a gang of intergalactic mercenaries (led by the always delightful Michael Rooker) after watching his mother succumb to cancer, and twenty some-odd years later, he is roaming the galaxy as a common, if wickedly inventive thief. That is, until he stumbles upon the Infinity Stone capable of destroying entire civilizations (DUN-DUN-DUN!) and is forced to band together with a crew of misfits and miscreants in order to save the galaxy. Yadda yadda yadda hijinks ensue.

But yes, back to the CGI. As someone who has always preferred his world-building to take place in our actual world, even I must admit that Guardians was able to create the kind of exceptionally detailed, fully realized CGI-scapes that make paying the extra $10 for 3D glasses worth it. Not that I have to, being a fancy film critic that I am now and all (*spins bow tie*). The post-opening credits scene, which sees Quill a.k.a “Star Lord” shimmy his way across a barren planet to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters/Tesseract/whatever, was the highlight for me in that regard. The whole sequence plays out like a steampunk take on the 1912 Utah opening from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and if you can’t get into that, the door is right over there.

That said, the inevitable success of Guardians will ultimately (and rightfully) be attributed to its cast and the witty repartee they develop. Marvel movies — and really, any comic book adaptation — only shine when they opt for the absurdist route, in my opinion, and director James Gunn‘s script never once pauses to talk about “destiny” or “fate” or whatever hackneyed cliches often punctuate comic book faire. A gravel-voiced Christian Bale speaking in platitudes about the moral weight that comes with being a cape-wearing crime fighter? I fart in your general direction, sir. A gravel-voiced Dave Bautista discussing his inability to understand metaphor? I’ll take two, please.

*Every* character in Guardians is the comic relief, Zoe Saldana‘s somewhat flat Gamora excluded, and that’s what makes the movie such a fun, effortless experience to watch. That, and the breakneck pace at which the film itself moves, because good God, does this flick hustle information past you like an irritated flight attendant on a frat bro-filled plane to Spring Break, Cancun. But on top of it all, Guardians of the Galaxy is just funny, plain and simple. Who would’ve guessed that a WWE star not named The Rock has legitimate comedic timing, or that Vin Diesel repeating the same line of dialogue over and over and over again would never not be hilarious? Spoiler alert: Bautista kills it, and I want a baby Groot-sized potted plant on my desk ASAP.

If I could lob one legitimate criticism at Guardians, it would be that of its villains. As I’ve noticed in more and more blockbuster action movies to come out in recent years, Guardians in the Galaxy would like you to believe that its bad guys — mainly, the Vader-esque Ronan — are all-powerful, menacing, genocidal killers, yet it never really commits to that narrative or establishes what exactly is motivating them (other than the classic standby of “world destruction”). Ronan and his cronies are merely blips on the radar who pop up when needed to cause a little mayhem, but they never really give the impression that they possess the destructive power that warrants the fear they instill.

Guardians’ PG-13 rating is most likely to blame for the movie’s lack of any real stakes or sense of impending doom, and I guess that’s forgivable. But just once, I’d like to see a quote unquote “popcorn flick” have the balls to actually commit to decisions it makes. If you’re going to kill off a character, kill off a character. If you’re going to have one character betray another, maybe establish a relationship between the two that last more than 30 seconds to give said betrayal some actual gravitas.

It’s a minor complaint in an otherwise glowing review, but something Marvel should maybe consider when developing Guardians of the Galaxy 2-8. Oh, did you not know that this movie is going to a box office juggernaut greenlit for a sequel by night’s end? Or that Chris Pratt is probably the next king of the box office? Because yeah, that’s all about to happen.

Grade: B+

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The ‘Avatar’ Actors Will Remain Employed For A Long Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-avatar-actors-will-remain-employed-for-a-long-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-avatar-actors-will-remain-employed-for-a-long-time/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:39:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258752 All aboard the gravy train!

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You know how there’s going to be three sequels to Avatar? Well, there are. And in case you thought they would be wildly different stories focusing on a revolving cast of characters…

NOPE.

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the stars of the original, will be coming back not one, but three times to reprise their roles as “human who becomes Avatar” and “Avatar who remains Avatar.”

No other details are known at this time, except that Sam Worthington was last scene riding a Segway into a private jet broker’s office, and Zoe Saldana is currently in talks with a contractor about filling an Olympic swimming pool with expensive hand cream.

Considering the films are all being shot at once, these guys stand to make a phenomenal amount of money for what probably won’t be more than a year’s work. And I’m talking about acting work, not digging ditches work.

Let the heavy-handed metaphors and preaching commence!

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Zoe Saldana Cast As Devil’s Baby Momma In ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zoe-saldana-cast-as-devils-baby-momma-in-rosemarys-baby/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zoe-saldana-cast-as-devils-baby-momma-in-rosemarys-baby/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:00:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258652 She's worked with Britney Spears. Devil spawn should present no problem.

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NBC has found a starlet for the Devil to sex a baby into. No, this isn’t part of their deal with Jay Leno but rather for their upcoming miniseries event.

Avatar’s Zoe Saldana will star in the network’s four-hour adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby. The updated take moves Saldana’s Rosemary into a Paris apartment that hides dark secrets. After becoming pregnant, she grows suspicious of her husband and new neighbors. But, in all fairness, they are French and eat their salad after their meal. Highly suspicious. (Variety)

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Zoe Saldana http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/zoe-saldana/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/zoe-saldana/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:04:26 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=225326 Zoe Saldana is consumed by vengeance in 'Colombiana.'

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Zoe Saldana is consumed by vengeance in Colombiana. She plays some kind of assassin, who after years of training and killing decides to avenge the death of her family. With guns. So many guns.

A word from Zoe: ”Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.”

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Ruffalo To Buck ‘Everyman’ Image By Playing Bipolar Nutjob http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ruffalo-to-buck-%e2%80%98everyman%e2%80%99-image-by-playing-bipolar-nutjob/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ruffalo-to-buck-%e2%80%98everyman%e2%80%99-image-by-playing-bipolar-nutjob/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:20:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216514 To be fair, it’s hard to take “crazy” seriously when you’re that soft-spoken.

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Mark Ruffalo apparently wants to show the world his range, so he’s bucking the “likeable everyman” image in order to demonstrate that he can play dark as well.

Not sure if I can ever buy Ruffalo as anything other than a dude in a flannel shirt that I want to grab a beer with, but if anything can change that perception, it’s the character he will be playing in the J.J. Abrams-produced Infinity Polar Bear. As a bipolar depressive, Ruffalo will lose his wife (played by Zoe Saldana), child, and job.

In case the subject matter sounds a little, I dunno, “sad” for your tastes, there is an X factor here: Megan Ellison. The bisexual billionaire financier behind The Master, True Grit, and The Wettest County in the West found this film to be goodly enough for her efforts. Granted she won’t be on screen of anything, but it’s nice to know that you’re somehow connected to a bisexual heiress with really good taste in movies.

So if you’re not going to do it for Ruffalo, do it for Megan Ellison. It’s not like she needs the money, but she sounds damn cool.

 

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See A Trailer For ‘Colombiana’ And Try To Figure It Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-trailer-for-colombiana-and-try-to-figure-out-what-it-means/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-trailer-for-colombiana-and-try-to-figure-out-what-it-means/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 18:36:50 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=210680 A mystery, wrapped in an enigma, ensconced in a trailer.

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Here’s the trailer for Colombiana, starring Zoe Saldana. It appears to be a revenge movie, and this trailer is taking revenge on my eyes. It’s a huge dose of sensory overload, but I’m digging it all the same. And as if the trailer weren’t evidence enough that it’s going to be a stylish thriller, it’s produced by Luc Besson. So yeah, it should be “cool,” at the very least. Here’s a plot synopsis:

‘Colombiana’ is set in Latin America and the U.S. Saldana would play a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.

Trailer’s cool, so movie might be good too. I’ll probably be there.

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That Bastard Doug Liman Wants To Send Megan Fox To The ‘Moon’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-bastard-doug-liman-wants-to-send-megan-fox-to-the-moon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-bastard-doug-liman-wants-to-send-megan-fox-to-the-moon/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:17:49 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203099 The director is finally dusting off his sci-fi caper film, with the clever name "untitled 'Moon' project," and is talking to Fox, Rosario Dawson, Andrew Garfield and many more.

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If director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) has his way, he’ll send Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson, Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde or Zoe Saldana to Moon. Perhaps to test the effects of zero gravity on my favorite boobs? Just leave a girl or two on Earth for us all to masturbate to, Liman.

The director is finally dusting off his sci-fi caper film, now with the clever name “untitled Moon project,” which has been lingering at Paramount after a jump from Dreamworks in 2007. After rewrites by top screenwriters like Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes), and now that Liman’s All You Need Is Kill is getting killed for lack of momentum at Warner Bros, Liman is ready to round up actors for a good old fashioned space heist.

For the male lead, Limon’s met with Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch and Chris Pine. Of course, Chris Pine has spaceperience (space experience) as Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk, but I’m sure Spider-Man‘s been to space a bunch of times. No biggie. Jake Gyllenhaal used to be attached, but he ain’t no more.

Here’s the plot:

The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire an energy source. The last item to steal — or in this case, kidnap — is an ex-NASA employee.

You’ve got to hand it to them – if you’re a criminal, what better place is there to escape to than the moon? It’s very unlikely the police will follow you in a squad rocket. Then again, how do you inconspicuously re-enter the earth’s atmosphere? (Hollywood Reporter)

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Burning Palms http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/burning-palms/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/burning-palms/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:38:15 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26545 Director: Christopher B. Landon Cast: Dylan McDermott, Shannen Doherty, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega Synopsis: A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where...

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Director: Christopher B. Landon

Cast: Dylan McDermott, Shannen Doherty, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega

Synopsis: A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

Release Date: April 23, 2010

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Zoe Saldana Loads a Round for ‘Colombiana’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zoe-saldana-loads-a-round-for-colombiana/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zoe-saldana-loads-a-round-for-colombiana/#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 18:41:26 +0000 Defy Media Zoe doing her best assassin pose. If this is what death looks like, I welcome it. Zoe Saldana is in talks to star in Colombiana, to be produced by Luc Besson of Taken producing fame. THR has the scoop:Written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, "Colombiana" is set in Latin America and the U.S. Saldana would play a young woman who, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents' death. So...it's another revenge flick. Or it's Batman without all the philanthropy. I was a big fan of Taken so I'll give Besson and Kamen the benefit of the doubt. I enjoyed watching Liam Nesson crack skulls for 90 minutes, what's to say I won't like Zoe Saldana doing the same thing in a tight pleather body suit? Note to director: take my note.

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Zoe doing her best assassin pose.

If this is what death looks like, I welcome it. Zoe Saldana is in talks to star in Colombiana, to be produced by Luc Besson of Taken producing fame. THR has the scoop:

Written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, “Colombiana” is set in Latin America and the U.S. Saldana would play a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.

So…it’s another revenge flick. Or it’s Batman without all the philanthropy. I was big fan of Taken so I’ll give Besson and Kamen the benefit of the doubt. I enjoyed watching Liam Nesson crack skulls for 90 minutes, what’s to say I won’t like Zoe Saldana doing the same thing in a tight pleather body suit? Note to director: take my note.

 

 

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Review: ‘The Losers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-losers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-losers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The LosersPG-13, 95m., 2010Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans with Zoe Saldana and Jason PatricDirected by Sylvain WhiteScreenplay by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt based upon graphic novel series, “Ante Up” written by Andy Diggle and illustrations by Jock 

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The Losers
PG-13, 95m., 2010
Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans with Zoe Saldana and Jason Patric
Directed by Sylvain White
Screenplay by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt based upon graphic novel series, “Ante Up” written by Andy Diggle and illustrations by Jock
 

The Losers is a wham-bam-thank-you-mama style of action flick where logic and brains are left on the bullet ridden floor.

The plot seems like directly from the classic 80s TV show “The A-Team," however, on steroids. A group of wisecracking CIA black ops going by the names of Pooch (Columbus Short), Roque (Idris Elba), Cougar(Óscar Jaenada) and Jensen (Chris Evans) are led by grey haired compatriot Clay (Jeffery Dean Morgan, who looks even sweatier and grizzled than in Watchman) into an assignment in Bolivia, where they are double crossed and mistaken for dead.

To clear their names and make it back home, the gang must travel the globe with the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana, looking sexier and more bad-ass than ever before) searching for the uber Bond-type villain Max (Jason Patric in his most gleefully malevolent role to date), all the while unloading boxes of bullets and explosives wherever they go.     

Keeping this movie from total “Micheal Bay Mayhem” is the fun-faired nature that the rag-tag group of actors bring to the absurd plot. They can shout off their signature one-liners and keep their cool in check by not looking back at explosions.
     
While we have seen much of this “men on a mission” story before, director Sylvain White and script writers Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt from the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock know this and they keep the movie speeding along with series of decent action eye candy and surprises that are in tune with their 80s action spirit.

The low point of the film comes in the form of its music, which, like most whiz-bang action-fests, is filled with blasting pop tunes. The Losers soundtrack seems to be stuck on shuffle with action scenes and stripteases going through a vomitorium of techno beats and 80s tunes. The opening action sequence spews out seven songs in less than five minutes, from “Black Betty” to “Small Town Girl."
            
The Losers may not be more than a 90 minute cartoon exercise but it gets the job done well for now, until The A-Team movie arrives in June, Predators in July, and then The Expendables in August.

Grade: B-

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Review: ‘Death at a Funeral’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-death-at-a-funeral/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-death-at-a-funeral/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Death at a Funeral R, 93m., 2010Cast: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Regina King, Keith David, Peter Dinkaledge with Loretta Devine, Luke Wilson, Tracy Morgan...

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Death at a Funeral
R, 93m., 2010
Cast: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Regina King, Keith David, Peter Dinkaledge with Loretta Devine, Luke Wilson, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover
Directed by Neil LaBute
Screenplay by Dean Craig based upon his 2007 UK screenplay of Death at a Funeral
 
Death at a Funeral is an uneven, occasionally funny remake of the 2007 sleeper British comedy.
 
As family and friends gather for a funeral in an upper class community of Los Angles, eldest son Aaron (Chris Rock, leading an All-Star cast) has to keep everything under control for one afternoon, as he is faced with drugged out family members, bodies popping out of caskets and a blackmailing little man (Peter Dinkaledge, reprising his role from the UK original).
 
The All-Star mourners include a mix of current favorite actors from Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, and James Marsden, as well as comedians Martin Lawrence, Regina King, Tracy Morgan and old screen favorites like Loretta Devine, Keith David and Danny Glover. (Somewhere in this mad-batch of characters is Luke Wilson looking fatter and awkward as ever.)
 
Many of these acting styles don’t particular blend well, but work on their own time. What keeps it all from total disaster is director Neil LaBute.
 
LaBute treats this Americanized version more like a mad capped play from the 1940s (Harvey or You Can’t Take it with You, come to mind). The first 20 minutes of the movie has some snappy dialogue and hilarious stage tableaux, one of which contains 4 of his male leads starring over a body of a 5th actor.
 
Yet by the end LaBute’s direction feels tired and he lets go of a lot moments that could have been true comedically classic scenes, like the fight between Rock and Lawrence as battlin brothers could have packed a lot more punch than a bunch of school yard disses and soft blows.
 
A lot of this movies success really depends on your personal preferences; if you like Rock, Lawrence, and Morgan then this film is a great canvass for their own individual shticks to be let loose, but if you don’t then this is not a movie for you.
 
Death at a Funeral is something that is classical in the sense of mad capped comedies, but if you’ve seen the original then most of the big laugh-out surprises will be turning in their graves.
 
Grade: C

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‘The Losers’ Trailer, Now With More Banter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-losers-trailer-now-with-more-banter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-losers-trailer-now-with-more-banter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "I see you." If you're on the fence about The Losers, check out this extended trailer. But please ignore its attempts at glib humor. It's probably just nervous around you. The extended look begins with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana flirting the Whitney and Bobby way (closed-fist punches and motel room fires), and then jumps into an introduction to the rest of the team, despite the fact we met them already in Sneakers and The Italian Job. The action doesn't stack up to what we've seen of The A-Team or The Expendables, but it doesn't insult our intelligence by having a tank fight a jet in mid-air or giving Jet Li comedic dialogue. Plus, it shows you how to make a homemade rocket launcher. Who doesn't need one of those? Besides Whitney and Bobby. Sex, anal, and violence after the jump....

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"I see you."

If you’re on the fence about The Losers, check out this extended trailer. But please ignore its attempts at glib humor. It’s probably just nervous around you.

The extended look begins with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana flirting the Whitney and Bobby way (closed-fist punches and motel room fires), and then jumps into an introduction to the rest of the team, despite the fact we met them already in Sneakers and The Italian Job. The action doesn’t stack up to what we’ve seen of The A-Team or The Expendables, but it doesn’t insult our intelligence by having a tank fight a jet in mid-air or giving Jet Li comedic dialogue. Plus, it shows you how to make a homemade rocket launcher. Who doesn’t need one of those? Besides Whitney and Bobby.

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New ‘The Losers’ Poster Has You Down On Your Knees http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-losers-poster-has-you-down-on-your-knees/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-losers-poster-has-you-down-on-your-knees/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Some might look at this new poster for The Losers and think, "Oh clever, they're assassins who just shot me and now they're standing over my body as my last breath of air escapes." I look at this poster and think, "Suck it." Zoe Saldana especially seems like she could use some servicing. Jeffrey Dean Morgan just looks gassy.The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. They're gonna kick ass, take a few names, and steal the innocence of a few unlucky henchmen. Open wide, world. The Losers hits theaters April 23, 2010. (FilmSchoolRejects) 

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Some might look at this new poster for The Losers and think, "Oh clever, they’re assassins who just shot me and now they’re standing over my body as my last breath of air escapes." I look at this poster and think, "Suck it." Zoe Saldana especially seems like she could use some servicing. Jeffrey Dean Morgan just looks gassy.

The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. They’re gonna kick ass, take a few names, and steal the innocence of a few unlucky henchmen. Open wide, world. The Losers hits theaters April 23, 2010. (FilmSchoolRejects

 

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Assassinating People Looks Fun in New Trailer for ‘The Losers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/assassinating-people-looks-fun-in-new-trailer-for-the-losers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/assassinating-people-looks-fun-in-new-trailer-for-the-losers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The graphic novel The Losers has transmovieafied its way to the big screen and today we have the trailer. It's the standard elite team of emissaries are betrayed by Jason Patric plot. But it looks like it could be fun. It borrows a good deal of its charm from The Italian Job and the Ocean's films and rests that on the shoulders of a cast comprised of rising stars. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, and a nerdy Chris Evans (and his mind bullets) have a great rapport. This looks like it will either be a modest hit or a fun but forgettable mid-season film. Not all of the jokes hit in this trailer. For instance, after Elba successfully blows up a SUV with a homemade rocket launcher, he exclaims, "I'm the black MacGuyver! BlaGuyver!!" We'll never see a black MacGuyver in our lifetimes. MacGuyver's love of ice hockey makes that an impossibility. (MSN) Watch the trailer after the jump...

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The graphic novel The Losers has transmovieafied its way to the big screen and today we have the trailer. It’s the standard elite team of emissaries are betrayed by Jason Patric plot. But it looks like it could be fun. It borrows a good deal of its charm from The Italian Job and the Ocean’s films and rests that on the shoulders of a cast comprised of rising stars. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, and a nerdy Chris Evans (and his mind bullets) have a great rapport.

This looks like it will either be a modest hit or a fun but forgettable mid-season film. Not all of the jokes hit in this trailer. For instance, after Elba successfully blows up a SUV with a homemade rocket launcher, he exclaims, "I’m the black MacGuyver! BlaGuyver!!" We’ll never see a black MacGuyver in our lifetimes. MacGuyver’s love of ice hockey makes that an impossibility. (MSN)

Watch the trailer after the jump…

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‘Star Trek’ Sequel Officially Starts Getting Started Next Year http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/star-trek-sequel-officially-starts-getting-started-next-year/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/star-trek-sequel-officially-starts-getting-started-next-year/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Whether Mr. J.J. Abrams likes it or not, Zoe Saldana refuses to keep her pretty little mouth shut about the Star Trek sequel, unofficially titled Star Trek: Uhura's Quest for Spock's Nuts. Yay for all of us! She said Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci are all still working on the script, and that they'll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year.It's just pre-production, people. That means they'll start making drawings of how they want the shiny sets and costumes to look. Then once they decide how many whatevers should hang from the whatever, they have to make those whatevers a reality. Someone will probably get injured during construction, which will cause a delay, and during that time J.J. will realize there's a huge plot hole in the script. I expect to see the Star Trek sequel in 2015. (MTV)

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Whether Mr. J.J. Abrams likes it or not, Zoe Saldana refuses to keep her pretty little mouth shut about the Star Trek sequel, unofficially titled Star Trek: Uhura’s Quest for Spock‘s Nuts. Yay for all of us! She said Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci are all still working on the script, and that they’ll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year.

It’s just pre-production, people. That means they’ll start making drawings of how they want the shiny sets and costumes to look. Then once they decide how many whatevers should hang from the whatever, they have to make those whatevers a reality. Someone will probably get injured during construction, which will cause a delay, and during that time J.J. will realize there’s a huge plot hole in the script. I expect to see the Star Trek sequel in 2015. (MTV)

 

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The ‘Avatar’ Trailer is Epic AND Bombastic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-avatar-trailer-is-epic-and-bombastic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-avatar-trailer-is-epic-and-bombastic/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Avatar Trailer - Watch more Funny Videos Literally five minutes after we posted the international trailer for Avatar, Yahoo went and posted the domestic one in HD like a bunch of cocky biatches. I apologize for the name calling, Yahoo. You are not cocky biatches... I'm just a lazy biatch. If you like versions of trailers that are sharper, louder, and have less Elvish subtitles in them, than you're sure to prefer this one over the grainy one the foreigners have to watch. And don't you dare call me xenophobic. In Pandora, the blue cat Rastafarians think of xenophobia as a synonym for love. Ride these links like a hybrid pterodactyl dragon! Letters to Annoying People on Halloween (HolyTaco) Yankees Fan and His Crazy Motorized Wheelchair (TotalProSports) You Can Order This Hot Bride Online (TheChive) Marty Krofft is Puffin' Stuff (FilmDrunk) Kitten Eats with Chopsticks (SuperTremendous) Ten Most Badass Jesuses (Pajiba) Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift Being a Nazi (CelebJihad) What Disney Taught Us Growing Up (Unreality) Sasha Grey is Wonder Woman for Halloween (Asylum) Susan Was Just Jerkin' Around About Sex for Tickets (BustedCoverage) 25 NSFW Vampire Babes (RegretfulMorning) The Art of Fantasy Football (MadeMan) Kyle Busch is a Bitch Costume (AllLeftTurns)

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Literally five minutes after we posted the international trailer for Avatar, Yahoo went and posted the domestic one in HD like a bunch of cocky biatches. I apologize for the name calling, Yahoo. You are not cocky biatches… I’m just a lazy biatch.

If you like versions of trailers that are sharper, louder, and have less Elvish subtitles in them, than you’re sure to prefer this one over the grainy one the foreigners have to watch. And don’t you dare call me xenophobic. In Pandora, the blue cat Rastafarians think of xenophobia as a synonym for love.

Ride these links like a hybrid pterodactyl dragon!

Letters to Annoying People on Halloween (HolyTaco)

Yankees Fan and His Crazy Motorized Wheelchair (TotalProSports)

You Can Order This Hot Bride Online (TheChive)

Marty Krofft is Puffin’ Stuff (FilmDrunk)

Kitten Eats with Chopsticks (SuperTremendous)

Ten Most Badass Jesuses (Pajiba)

Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift Being a Nazi (CelebJihad)

What Disney Taught Us Growing Up (Unreality)

Sasha Grey is Wonder Woman for Halloween (Asylum)

Susan Was Just Jerkin’ Around About Sex for Tickets (BustedCoverage)

25 NSFW Vampire Babes (RegretfulMorning)

The Art of Fantasy Football (MadeMan)

Kyle Busch is a Bitch Costume (AllLeftTurns)

 

 

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‘Avatar’ Bootleg Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/avatar-bootleg-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/avatar-bootleg-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Sorry for the crappy bootleg version, but it's the best quality that exists online right now. You'll have to go to the theaters this weekend to see a better version of this three-minute Cliff's Notes epic on the big screen. Then... AND ONLY THEN... can we fairly judge the film's entire worth. 

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Sorry for the crappy bootleg version, but it’s the best quality that exists online right now. You’ll have to go to the theaters this weekend to see a better version of this three-minute Cliff’s Notes epic on the big screen. Then… AND ONLY THEN… can we fairly judge the film’s entire worth. 

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Avatar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/avatar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/avatar/#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 20:57:17 +0000 Reza F. Director: James Cameron Cast: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi Synopsis: A group of humans are confronted by a distant planet's native population, forcing them into battle Genre: Action/Science Fiction Release Date: December 18, 2009

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi

Synopsis: A group of humans are confronted by a distant planet’s native population, forcing them into battle

Genre: Action/Science Fiction

Release Date: December 18, 2009

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STAR TREK STARLET: ZOE SALDANA http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/star-trek-starlet-zoe-saldana/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/star-trek-starlet-zoe-saldana/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The reviews are rolling in for JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, and they're glowing like a phaser set to "kill."  And boy, does Abrams knows how to cast killer lady actors.  For the rest of this week, Screenjunkies will be singling out a Star Trek starlet each day and giving you a few tidbits of their career history before opening night.  Set loins to "aroused."Today's girl is Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura in the film. Where you've seen her: As Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, as Dolores Torres in The Terminal, and as Angie Jones in Vantage Point.  She'll also be in the film version of the second coming of Jesus, James Cameron's Avatar. Pointless Quote: “You need 100% commitment; you have to be willing to wake up every morning knowing you're going to practice eight hours straight.”See the photos of Zoe after the jump:

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The reviews are rolling in for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, and they’re glowing like a phaser set to "kill."  And boy, does Abrams knows how to cast killer lady actors.  For the rest of this week, Screenjunkies will be singling out a Star Trek starlet each day and giving you a few tidbits of their career history before opening night.  Set loins to "aroused."

Today’s girl is Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura in the film. 

Where you’ve seen her: As Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, as Dolores Torres in The Terminal, and as Angie Jones in Vantage Point.  She’ll also be in the film version of the second coming of Jesus, James Cameron’s Avatar

Pointless Quote:You need 100% commitment; you have to be willing to wake up every mornin knowing you’re going to practice eight hours straight.

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Other Star Trek Starlets posted:

Winona Ryder

Jennifer Morrison

 

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