13 items from 2013
What's weirder, that the former Governor of California might appear in "The Toxic Avenger," or that there's a 21st Century remake of the freaky underground favorite in the works? The original "Toxic Avenger" was a low-budget, gross-out comedy about a nerd who mutates into a gnarly superhero and takes on the bad guys of Tromaville, NJ. Although it's not clear which part Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to play, this is indubitably an odd move for the former Terminator. Heck, it's an odd move to reboot this for today's audience, even with an updated story: to wit, "an average teen joins an environmental club to impress his crush. While doing some investigating at a waste plant, he is thrown into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero." Writer and director Lloyd Kaufman and his studio, Troma Entertainment, have been an endless font of modern B-movie madness since the '70s. »
- Jenni Miller
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Toxic Avenger movies could be considered relics from the 1980s, but now the two worlds are going to be combined. Variety is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has kept busy with movies like The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and the upcoming Escape Plan, is now in talks to star in a reboot featuring the famous mutated monster hero. Schwarzenegger won't be taking the titular role in the movie, but the trade says that he will be playing "another lead role." The "reimagining" is described by sources as being a more mainstream action-adventure film, suggesting that the property could lose a little of its midnight madness charm.Screenwriter Steve Pink, whose credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, is working on the screenplay with newcomer Daniel C. Mitchell. The original film, directed by Troma Entertainment.s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, told the story »
Bringing Up Bobby, 2011.
Written and Directed by Famke Janssen.
Debut films will inevitably be hindered by flaws; they are unlikely to be perfect. That said two recent directorial feature debuts, Makinov’s Come Out and Play and Ian Clark’s Brit horror The Facility, were full of promise. Look back far enough and the Soska Sisters' Dead Hooker in a Trunk and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi were two debut films that were were rough around the edges yet equally showcased a raw creative talent that could mature with time and experience. There was a sense of inspired energy about these films, infused with an inspired vision. »
- Flickering Myth
Time Out has put its heart on its sleeve and shouted its Brief Encounter infatuation from the rooftops. Will you join them in their lovebombing of the 68-year-old classic? Or have your tastes in romantic movies moved on?
Sam played it again, now it's our turn to plug in the turntable and petition you once more for your top romance films of all time. The peg? Time Out's 100 Most Romantic Films of all Time poll, which has been announced today, and which names Brief Encounter as the title most likely to get your heart a-flutter.
But by our reckoning, the Time Out folk are cruising for a bruising; when we came to the same conclusion three years ago, the readers felt we'd done them wrong, and suggested Casablanca was Mr Right when it came to romantic movies.
Do you feel the same? Has your taste for gin joints endured over the past three years? »
For those who believe that crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.com is only for funding unknown filmmakers, think again. Rob Thomas who has attempted to bring his TV series Veronica Mars to the big screen ever since it was cancelled in 2007 struck a deal with Warner Bros that if he could raise $2 million from a Kickstarter campaign by April 12, 2013 the studio would green light the project. The goal was achieve in record time as reported by The Globe and Mail as within 24 hours over 31,000 contributors pledged the required amount with one individual paying $10,000 for a speaking role in the movie.
As for the feature length screenplay which will mark the return of the sassy and witty high school student who operates after classes as a private investigator, here is the brief synopsis:
Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith's chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn't taken a case. »
Chicago – Every once in a Hollywood while, a true head-scratcher comes along. How on Earth did this movie, with this many talented people involved, end up so boring? If you told me that Stephen Frears (“The Grifters,” “The Queen”) was re-teaming with his “High Fidelity” scribe D.V. DeVincentis on a dramedy with the great Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis, I would probably put that flick on a highly-anticipated list. Minutes into “Lay the Favorite,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, one knows there’s nothing to anticipate. Unless you anticipate boredom.
Poor Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Parade’s End”) gives it her absolute all as the naive, sweet Beth Raymer, a girl who becomes a good luck charm to the horribly named Dink Heimowitz (Bruce Willis), disrupting his business and marriage to the high-maintenance Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones). An incredible number of talented people flirt around the fringe of this oddball romance, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Cinelinx takes a gamble on the Lay the Favorite Blu-ray!
A stripper named Beth (Rebecca Hall) leaves her small Florida town to find a better life in Las Vegas, but things get complicated when she forms a relationship with a bookie (Bruce Willis). Based on the book by Beth Raymer. Also stars Catherine Zeta Jones, Vince Vaughn and Joshua Jackson.
Directed by Stephen Frears
What in the world happened, Stephen Frears? The director of The Queen, High Fidelity, and The Grifters managed to take an interesting, real-life story (by the real Beth Raymer) and a great cast (Willis, Jones Hall, etc.) and somehow made a completely average film. Lay the Favorite isn't bad, but for all the pedigree involved, you expect much better.
Lay the Favorite should have been a quirky character drama, but fails to provide an interesting story or engaging characters. Somehow, the screenplay made gambling seem boring, »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
From the lobby scene in The Matrix to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader squaring off in The Empire Strikes Back, the most effective movie fight scenes generally rely on objects designed for inflicting harm.
Every once in a while though, a gun runs out of bullets, a knife gets kicked out of reach, or a screenwriter becomes bored. The result is an impractical, yet effective use of a common object as a weapon.
"Did he really just beat that man to death with a dildo?" He sure did -- and that's not even the weirdest improvised weapon in our supercut above. Enjoy!
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) - Dildo
Samson and Delilah (1949) - A donkey's jawbone
The Boondock Saints (1999) - Toilet
Deadly Friend (1986) - Basketball
Nacho Libre (2006) - Corn
Single White Female (1992) - Stiletto
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) - Television
Sleeper (1973) - Bleu cheese
Hot Shots! »
- Sam Wilkes
As the years pass it gets harder and harder to get a beat on John Cusack. While he has certainly played his part in some modern classics, from Say Anything... to The Grifters, Grosse Pointe Blank to High Fidelity, but the last few years of his career have been marked by distinctly not classic - or even good - films like The Raven, 2012, and War Inc. With each new title the gamble seems to get riskier and riskier, but you hold on hope that Cusack's next will turn it all around. Perhaps The Numbers Station could be the film to change the tide. The new thriller, which is the first American effort from Danish filmmaker Kasper Barfoed and co-stars Watchmen's Malin Akerman, has launched its first trailer online in advance of its approaching April release date. Check out the preview below, courtesy of Yahoo! Based on a script by »
The last time I saw John Cusack play a gun-toting badass was in 1997′s “Grosse Pointe Blank”. He seems to be channeling the Martin Blank character for “The Numbers Station”, where he plays a CIA agent who must protect “Watchmen’s” Malin Akerman from a small army of gun-toting assassins. All the while trapped in some wacky underground facility with absolutely no cavalry on the way. That’s gotta suck. “The Numbers Station” is the Hollywood debut of Danish director Kasper Barfoed (“The Candidate”), and looks like a good time for fans of action movies. It’s actually the kind of movie I didn’t expect Cusack to be doing these days. Isn’t gun-blasting flicks more of a young man’s game? At one point Ethan Hawke was supposed to star in this thing. Anyways, check out the trailer below, check it outers. After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, »
Steve Pink first made the jump from writer to director in 2006 when he made the Justin Long comedy Accepted and he hasn't looked back since. While his career writing features includes two of my favorite John Cusack movies - High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank - he hasn't actually written once since he started helming titles like Hot Tub Time Machine and the upcoming About Last Night remake. Finally, however, he's ready to pick up the pen once again - and he's doing it while directing as well. According to Deadline, Pink has signed a deal with DreamWorks to make a new "male-driven action comedy" Shore Leave, which he will both helm and c0-script with writer Jeff Morris. The studio is apparently working to keep plot details to a minimum, but one can assume from the title that it involves sailors who come back to land so that they »
Director: Stephen Frears
Running Time: 91 minutes
Ever watched a film only to double take when the director’s name appears in the credits? Such a thing happened to me after watching Lay The Favourite, as the name Stephen Frears, who many of us would respect, crawled onto the screen. This is the man who has brought us a range of memorable films such as High Fidelity (2000), The Queen (2006), and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). How he managed to become attached to this lifeless picture is anyone’s guess. Even more remarkable is that he isn’t alone. There’s a fairly respectable cast to work with and a screenplay from one of the co-writers of High Fidelity (2000) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).
Oh well, shit happens, and sometimes the act of shitting can be painful. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Despite some of the initial hype that surrounded Hot Tub Time Machine back when it was released, the high concept comedy was ultimately a disappointment at the box office, earning just $64 million worldwide. Some had hoped that the movie would be a hit in the vein of The Hangover, but alas its failure only helped propel MGM into bankruptcy. The movie did, however, eventually go on to make some decent coin on DVD and Blu-ray, which has since prompted the resurrected studio to revisit the property. A sequel is now in the early stages of development and if a deal with the cast can be reached, production is expected be fast-tracked. John Cusack, however, will reportedly not be involved. According to THR, MGM is in "exploratory talks" with Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke to return for the sequel. Corddry would potentially co-write the script with Steve Pink, who »
13 items from 2013
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