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Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” is loading up on the ladies. The historical love story/action film (or as “historical” as you can possibly get when Paul W.S. Anderson is calling the shots behind the camera, ahem) has now added two new names to the cast list: former “Matrix” gal Carrie-Anne Moss and current “Evil Dead” gal Jessica Lucas have joined the cast. “Pompeii” will star “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington as Milo, a slave-turned-invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Flavia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant (played by Jared Harris) who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman General (Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland). All of this while Mt. Vesuvius is set to erupt behind them and, yes, put a damper on that whole love stuff. Carrie-Anne Moss is set to play Flavia’s mother in the film. »
When Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th Annual Academy Awards later this month, you can surely expect a bevy of jokes poking fun at some of this year's nominees. The Oscar host has been taking shots at some blockbusters of years past as well, with last week's promo poking fun at James Bond's classic martini order. ABC has released a new promo today, featuring Seth MacFarlane entering The Matrix, making a humorous connection to the "blue pill" and a certain "performance enhancing" drug. Go deep down the rabbit hole with this latest video for The Academy Awards ceremony, airing Sunday, February 24 on ABC.
The Academy Awards: 85th Annual Academy Awards - Seth Enters the Matrix
Do any of you get excited about prequels? I’m not sure you should. I enjoyed “The Hobbit” (unlike a lot of other reviewers, it seems) but I was constantly aware of things that I knew would (and did) polarize other viewers of the emergent trilogy. And really, “The Hobbit” technically had an inbuilt advantage: It was already written by Tolkien, and uniquely was produced prior to “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy – It’s only a prequel by cinematic technicality.
Nonetheless, it still falls victim to some phenomena I note here. Those being the case that prequels have so much stacked against them that it renders a satisfactory result almost impossible. Note that I say Almost impossible. It’s really down partially to the fact that a Blockbuster sequel is balancing things that have to change to start with….and a franchise usually doesn’t weather change well as »
- John McGrath
3 items from 2013
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