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He felt the rhythm, felt the rhyme ... but he hurt his back, it's quittin' time!We got Rawle Lewis, aka Junior in the Jamaican bobsled classic "Cool Runnings," in Santa Monica yesterday, where he gave us some bad news: His back's too busted and the rest of the gang's too old to get back in the sled. Sorry ... that means no "Cooler Runnings." ...
This evening hosts the premiere of the first trailer for the film The Sorcerer’S Apprentice. My thoughts? Nic Cage has awesome hair yet again, Alfred Molina looks to be an outstanding villain, Jay Baruchel should be a joy and well, I think this looks like a fun summer film, which it is. The film is directed by Jon Turteltaub, who previously directed Cage in the National Treasure films and also helmed classics such as Cool Runnings and 3 Ninjas. The script is penned by Carlo Bernard and Matt Lopez, both of whom haven’t done anything spectacular. I will say that I am digging the vibe of the film. I saw a brief reference to the original story near the end of the trailer with the magical mops and pails. Good times! The plot synopsis for the film is as follows:
An average college student (Jay Baruchel) is reluctantly recruited »
Jon Turteltaub signs up to direct a film about the birth of the campaigning group, with Jerry 'Naked Gun' Zucker producing
It started in 1971, when a ramshackle fishing vessel with a ragtag crew of anti-war protesters sailed to a remote island north of Alaska in the hope of disrupting Us nuclear weapons tests. Taking its name from the rechristened boat, Greenpeace grew into an environmental movement that is still grabbing the headlines almost four decades on. Now Hollywood plans to put that story on the big screen, with Greenpeace's blessing, and hired the director of National Treasure and the producer of the Airplane and Naked Gun films to do it.
According to Variety, Jon Turteltaub, whose CV also includes Cool Runnings and While You Were Sleeping, has signed to direct, with Jerry and Janet Zucker producing. The trade paper also reports that The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin has been approached to write the script. »
- Chai Hong Lim
Citing the (how to put this politely?) languid economy, Walmart.com cut prices on its pre-order DVDs down to $10. With free shipping. And not just on the Criterion Blu-Ray Release of “Cool Runnings.” All the summer’s big hits-”Angels & Demons,” “Terminator: Salvation” and “Julie & Julia” are all available for bargain bin prices. Target and Amazon quickly followed suit and added titles like “Harry Potter,” “Night at the Museum 2″ and “Star Trek” to the list. Be advised, however, because Variety is reporting this pricing is only available online and only until the movies are officially released on DVD. But you don’t know that because you have already left this site, haven’t you?
- David Corbin
Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been in production for the past two months and they are still hiring actresses. When Screen Rant mentioned the film before, it didn’t have the incredibly beautiful Monica Belluci (The Matrix Reloaded) attached to it. She has since joined cast members Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina and director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings) in Disney’s big screen adaptation.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice is loosely (read not at all) based on the original poem by Johann Wolfgang Goethe; Disney drew its inspiration from the poem for the famous scene in the animated classic Fantasia. Based in modern-day Manhattan, Cage is sorcerer Balthazar Blake who is fighting the forces of darkness with the help of his young protégé (Jay Baruchel). Molina plays evil sorcerer Horvath who teams up with Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) to “gain ultimate powers”.
Bellucci takes on the role of sorceress Veronica, who is Blake’s long-lost girlfriend. »
- Paul Young
5 items from 2009
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