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Transporter was a decent action film with high energy direction, but it took it's self way too seriously. Part 2 on the other hand seemed to know exactly what it was; a dumb, action packed thrill ride with a charismatic star leading the charge. This third installment is nothing but one big train wreck. Even the engaging Jason Statham can't keep this one afloat.
Transporter 3 doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense, but I'll attempt to give you the gist of the plot. Transporter for hire Frank Martin is badgered into making a delivery for a criminal mastermind. What has he been ordered to deliver you ask? Well, it takes Frank over half the film to figure out what any movie goer with half a brain could tell you inside the first fifteen minutes. Don't worry. I won't spoil it here. Beyond that, the big plot gimmick »
It's official. Justice League is dead in the water. The last man standing, director George Miller, has dropped out and the film goes back Warner Bros archives -- something I imagine to be similar to the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Reportedly, Miller told an Australian television audience that Warner Bros wants "bigger stars" in the Justice League movie, and that he believes it will be recast. That's not at all surprising, considering the way the world is wetting their pants over Warner/DC's super competitors, The Avengers, which is probably going to be nothing but A-List. What studio wouldn't look at the line-up for Justice League Mortal, where no one compares to Robert Downey Jr., and say "Thanks, but no thanks."
Honestly, I don't know if there can ever be a Justice League movie. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I know you will »
- Elisabeth Rappe
I'm a foodie, so I'm always wowed by the fan cakes that pop up, but this ... this (pardon the pun) really takes the cake. The above should look familiar -- it's an Indiana Jones/Raiders of the Lost Ark Idol Cake, courtesy of Clever Cake Studio. Clever indeed!
Forget old Indy, his son, and the new episodes and sequels. Blech. There's nothing quite like the original, real thing. The only thing that could make this cake better would be to geek it out with a sensor that could tell when the bag is switched with the idol -- without, of course, the tumbling walls and booby traps, that is. To add those would just be a bad idea. Nevertheless, the kid who got that cake is pretty darned lucky.
Or maybe not. I don't know that I could eat something that looks that cool. I'd probably want to leave it »
- Monika Bartyzel
The 1980s anime series ran in America courtesy of Harmony Gold USA and was one of the first noteworthy anime series from that era. It was actually the combination of three separate series created by Tatsunoko Prods. In order to satisfy the needs of American television syndication.
As a result, it became a “sprawling sci-fi epic, Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Akiva Goldsman and Chuck »
- Robert Greenberger
Sound designer and sound editor Ben Burtt, who created the voice of R2D2 in "Star Wars" and that of the title character in "Wall-e," will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 56th annual Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
- By Carolina Giardina
It’s official, folks! Marvel Studios has put out a production update stating a director has been tapped to helm the upcoming corner-piece to Marvel’s Avengers puzzle, The First Avenger: Captain America. So, without further ado, the man bringing us the adventures of the Star-Spangled Avenger will be none other than:
Joe Johnston (???).
For those not familiar, Johnston’s resume includes family adventure films such as Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Jumanji, inspirational films such as October Sky, a couple of popcorn-clunkers such as Hidalgo and Jurassic Park III, and the upcoming creature-feature reboot, The Wolf Man.
Yes, this is the man Marvel is hanging their hopes on to turn The First Avenger: Captain America into a box office smash. But with a resume as varied as Johnston’s, what kind of Cap movie are we to expect?
Before we tear into him, it should be noted that »
- Kofi Outlaw
Captain America is one step closer to hitting the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has snatched up Joe Johnston to direct First Avenger: Captain America, due in theaters May 6, 2011.
No writers or actors are currently attached to the project.
Johnston, who won an Oscar for his visual effects work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, had been in discussions with Marvel for ...
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- Joyce Eng
Joe Johnston will be directing First Avenger: Captain America for Marvel Studios. The director has signed a deal according to The Hollywood Reporter for the film which will open May 6, 2011 setting up the final pieces prior to that July’s Avengers film.
There is no casting as yet nor is there a screenwriter.
Johnston made his name as a special effects designer for George Lucas on the original Star Wars films prior to shifting to directing and his credits include genre fare such as the underrated The Rocketeer and next year’s Wolfman film with Benicio del Toro. Johnston met with Marvel Studio execs two years ago and hit it off so this is the culmination of that relationship.
Kevin Feige told the trade, "This is a guy who designed the vehicles for Star Wars, who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for Raiders of the Lost Ark. From Rocketeer to October Sky to The Wolfman, »
- Robert Greenberger
At last, First Avenger: Captain America moves forward! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Johnston has landed the job of directing one of the most beloved superheroes in Marvel's canon. Get this -- he's been in talks for this for two years straight, and most of the plans currently swirling around Cap originated then, thanks to Johnston. So he's certainly put his time in on the character. At the present time, no writer has been hired, but the pitches are pouring in, so expect another announcement soon. The movie is still scheduled to be released May 6th, 2011.
Johnston probably isn't the most glamorous or obvious choice -- but, arguably, he's handled patriotic themes of Americana well in October Sky and the overlooked Hidalgo. But perhaps the biggest credit to his name when it comes to Captain America is The Rocketeer, which is nearly what a Captain America film should be. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Joe Johnston is probably best recognized for directing Jurassic Park III, but with The Wolf Man remake coming out next year and now news he will direct Captain America for Marvel he may be known more for his future than his past. The news comes from Entertainment Weekly, who also report something I had not heard and that is The First Avenger: Captain America will be in production at the exact same time as Marvel's superhero team-up flick The Avengers and whoever plays Captain America will be needed "for a crucial appearance." Both Captain America and The Avengers (a film that will include the likes of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and more) are set for summer 2011 releases with Captain America on May 6 and The Avengers on July 15. The only cast that has been confirmed for either flick is Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in The Avengers. »
- Brad Brevet
No writers are on board, but the studio, which is hearing pitches, expects to hire shortly.
Johnston first met with Marvel two years ago. When the two parties clicked, general talks turned into Captain America-specific meetings, with much of the project's current direction resulting from those early conversations.
"This is a guy who designed the vehicles for 'Star Wars,' who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' " Feige said. "From 'Rocketeer' to 'October Sky' to 'The Wolfman,' you can look at pieces of his movies and see how they lead to this one."
- By Borys Kit
George Lucas will be honored Feb. 14 with the Art Directors Guild's Outstanding Contribution in Cinematic Imagery Award at the organization's 13th annual awards gala.
The honor recognizes the director/producer for his body of work that has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience, including such classics as "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "American Graffiti." Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards and Steven Spielberg. »
Cannes -- An amazingly mellowed and reinvigorated Michael Eisner regaled several hundred Mipcom-goers Tuesday afternoon with his recipe for creativity in the new digital age.
The former chairman and CEO of Disney argued in a keynote address at the TV trade show that creativity was "a misunderstood subject," suggesting that financial rigor was part and parcel of the process and essentially helped, rather than hindered, the outcome.
"Creativity can flourish," he told the 500 attendees gathered in the convention hall to hear one of Hollywood's best-known executives, "within sensible financial limitations." Micro-management throughout the creative process, he added, is the best way to ensure you end up with a hit.
To drive home his point, he showed a couple of clips of films he had been intimately involved with -- "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Lion King" -- and pointed to particular "creative" choices, which were in fact ones »
- By Elizabeth Guider
UK movie mag Empire has spent an inordinate amount of time polling for the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. Their Top 10:
1.) The Godfather
3.) The Empire Strikes Back
4.) Shawshank Redemption
7.) Apocalypse Now
8.) Singin' In The Rain
9.) Pulp Fiction
10.) Fight Club
Take that, Citizen Kane! (#1 on AFI's List)
Link | Posted 10/14/2008 by reelz »
- reelz reelz
Sitting in the darkened screening room at Paramount Pictures that early May day in 1981, I had no idea what I was about to experience. Working at Starlog at the time, I thought we were pretty much aware of everything cool that was coming from Hollywood. But we knew little about this thing called Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then we watched it.
An homage to the action serials of the 1930s and 1940s, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas combined their best skills to produce something iconic and fresh at the same time. They also did what has become increasingly difficult ever since – create an interesting character from scratch. Sure, Indy is one of a long line of adventurers dating back to Allan Quatermain if not further back, but still, he was new and cool.
Ever subsequent Indy film has been measured against the original and found wanting. I »
- Robert Greenberger
"It was almost like an odyssey, because we spent five years -- the first few years we had to retrieve material from different parts of the world." Wearing his signature sunglasses, Wong Kar-wai addressed the press after a New York Film Festival screening of "Ashes of Time Redux," the restored and recut version of his 1994 martial arts film "Ashes of Time," starring an unbelievable cast that includes Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung and Brigitte Lin, who also appeared at the press conference. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle shared some memories of the original production, while Wong described visiting various locations around the globe to find prints of the film, including a warehouse owned by a San Francisco theater owner that was "almost like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark."
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When I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in theaters I was completely unafraid to say just how much adored and loved the first two-thirds and was moderately okay with the final climactic sequences. While I was not alone in that assessment (this film sits at 77-percent to the positive at Rotten Tomatoes), you'd think in the time after it was released I was bona fide insane, so many people willing to give you an earful on just how underwhelming they felt this action-adventure was. Watching it again on DVD I say phooey to all the naysayers and stick to my guns on the picture itself. This, almost two-decades in coming, sequel to George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford's last outing bringing globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones to the screen is one heck of a lot of fun, and as far as old-fashioned Saturday matinee »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
The Swingers star says, "I'd heard rumours about (it). George Lucas has always kept all the props and everything from all his movies - Raiders of The Lost Ark, all the Star Wars films and I kept hinting for the two weeks I was there to be able to see the stuff and finally I got the nod, the secret invitation.
"The warehouse (is) hidden away in this big piece of property, and you're walking around and, like, R2-D2's there and C-3Po... and the actual Ark of the Covenant with the Ten Commandments in it - the idol from Indiana Jones.
"You're just running around, smacking your ass. You're just like a kid in a candy store.
"They have real museum curators there and I don't think when they're studying art and museum curating..., they're picturing a bunch of fanboys coming in (and) drooling all over props from movies." »
When a legendary movie franchise returns after a long hiatus, the results don.t usually seem to be pretty. In 1990, The Godfather Part III attempted to live up to its two classic predecessors and failed miserably; it offered a decent flick at best, but not one that remotely compared to the earlier movies.
The Star Wars series returned from a 16-year break with 1999.s The Phantom Menace. Though the flick earned tons of money, it inspired widespread derision from fans. Very few . if any - find the .Prequel Trilogy. to match up to the .Original Trilogy., and many fans see Phantom Menace as the worst of the bunch.
Back in the 1980s, the Indiana Jones films reigned supreme. 1981.s Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984.s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1989.s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade all found massive audiences and entertained a generation of fans. »
The top 10 is as follows:
1. The Godfather (1972) 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 5. Jaws (1975) 6. Goodfellas (1990) 7. Apocalypse Now (1979) 8. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 9. Pulp Fiction (1994) 10. Fight Club (1999). »
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