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The Origin Film? Whoop-doo!
The origin film has dominated the box office for most of May. We learned how Wolverine got his claws, how James T. Kirk came to captain the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, how John Connor came to lead the Resistance, and how Robert Langdon settled for that goofy-ass hairdo. Despite these tales being repetitive and unnecessary, they've pulled in record grosses. Some have been enthralling; others have left their fans irate. But all have been successful on some level. That can only mean one thing in Hollywood: More of the same. For each origin film that tops $100 million in ticket sales, another five are being placed into production. Why are they so popular? Because they breed familiarity. They are an easy sale item. Even though we know these epic myths and legends by heart, that won't stop some lofty director from churning them out »
Sylvester Stallone was stunned when he asked his Tango & Cash co-star Kurt Russell to appear in his forthcoming movie The Expendables - after the actor's agent ordered him to make the request by formal letter.
And Stallone was keen to get his pal Russell on-board - but was staggered by the less-than-friendly response.
He tells his forum StallonZone, "I know that many people on the site have asked for Kurt Russell. I asked for him too.
"Actually, I was taken aback when asked to put the request in a letter and send it to his agent. Subsequently, I was called back by the agent several days later after refusing to send a letter and he said Kurt Russell is not interested in 'ensemble acting' at this time. So, people, I came, I saw, I failed". »
2 items from 2009
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