20 items from 2011
Our favorite suave and chic crime lord Don is back after escaping from Interpol agents Roma (Priyanka Chopra) and Malik (Om Puri) in the first part of this franchise. We pick up the story after a 5-year gap (most of which Don has spent growing his hair and getting a butt ugly tattoo probably as the trend of wearing a tie under your shirt wasn’t taking off).
After becoming the ruler of Asia’s drug empire, he has now set his eyes on conquering Europe too. The top gaudy shirted crime bosses of Europe get together to get rid of Don but by doing so they set into motion the return of the king. This time his plan is to steal the currency plates for Euro Notes, I think he probably watched Lethal Weapon 4 a few times when he was kicking back and having his hair braided by Apache Indian’s stylist, »
- Asim Burney
After creating the cult comedy (er, action movie) Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li director Andrzej Bartkowiak is gearing up to helm yet another entry in the genre. According to Deadline, the Polish director has been hired to helm Hannibal Production’s upcoming indie action film Beneath the Deep.
Written by Armand Speca, the film follows a “group of Caribbean tourists who become stranded due to natural forces and face unexpected visitors who view them as intruders, and a battle to survive begins.” Speca will also serve as the film’s executive producer.
This isn’t Bartkowiak‘s first experience with the action genre as he got his start behind the camera back in 2000 with Romeo Must Die, starring Jet Li, Aaliyah and Isaiah Washington. Since then, every film he’s directed has been an action film of some kind — other credits include Exit Wounds, Doom, and Cradle 2 the Grave. »
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Hannibal Production.s upcoming indie action film Beneath the Deep now has a director. Set to helm the movie is Poland-born director Andrzej Bartkowiak. Based on Bartkowiak.s list of credits, most of which are action films, he sounds like the right man for this project. Deadline posted the news, stating that Bartkowiak is set to helm Beneath the Deep. Written by Armand Speca, the action movie is set to begin filming in March in Puerto Rico. The story follows .a group of Caribbean tourists who become stranded due to natural forces and face unexpected visitors who view them as intruders, and a battle to survive begins.. Most of Bartkowiak.s credits are as a Cinematographer/Director of Photography. He.s worked on Lethal Weapon 4, Dante.s Peak, Speed and Falling Down. However, his more recent credits are as a director, which includes work on Street Fighter: The »
What do this year’s most successful Hollywood films say about our changing tastes, and how do they compare to previous years? Ryan finds out…
At first glance, a look at this year’s ten highest grossing movies reveals nothing more than the usual diet of sequels and effects-filled blockbusters. The final Harry Potter movie made more than $1.3bn. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made more than $1bn, in spite of middling reviews. The rest of the year’s hits were largely dominated by computer-animated movies for the family crowd: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Smurfs, Cars 2 and Rio all made the top ten.
Look a little more closely, though, and you’ll see that this year’s hit films reveal numerous common themes, and tell us a great deal about movie-going appetites and contemporary fears…
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For decades, Hollywood.s go-to move when it came to extending the life of a popular franchise was greenlighting a sequel. But with lackluster installments like Lethal Weapon 4, The Matrix: Revolutions and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull-- among many, many others-- methodically killing the strategy over the years, something had to change. Remakes of vintage properties were attempted, and we don.t appear to be out of those woods just yet. Craig Brewer.s Footloose, the most recent, performed admirably at the box office last weekend, and updates on such films as Dirty Dancing and National Lampoon.s Vacation are on the horizon, whether we want them or not. But the recent trend on studio production slates actually suggests that prequels . not remakes . are the new sequels. Get used to it. Between now and this point next year, there are roughly 8 to 10 prequels heading »
Last year, Chuck introduced us to its title spy’s mom, Linda Hamilton. And this year? For its final season, the show is introducing Sarah’s mom, Emma. The possibly recurring character is described as a beautiful blonde who is, in essence, a walking hug. Our suggestions to play the part:
* Carrie Fisher: Not only does her Star Wars bro, Mark Hamill, guest in this season’s opener — making her casting an almost-reunion — the erstwhile Princess Leia just dropped a ton of weight. And what’s the old saying? If you lost it, flaunt it!
* Rene Russo: Check out these credentials, »
- Michael Ausiello
What is it with the space-invader films that are all the same? Are movies about our real-life woes too close to the bone, or is Hollywood out of ideas?
Last month I went to see X-Men: First Class. It was pretty good, though less because of the story itself than because of Michael Fassbender's magnetic presence as … Magneto. The action was set in the early 1960s, during the Cuban missile crisis, when John F Kennedy told the Soviet Union that if they tried to put nuclear weapons in Cuba, just 90 miles off America's coast, there would be hell to pay. Possibly a third world war.
As everyone has such itchy trigger fingers, it fell to the X-Men, a motley crew of insecure, untested kids, to keep the Russians and the Us from blowing up the planet. In the end, they achieved their objective, sparing mankind the unspeakable horrors of »
- Joe Queenan
Exclusive: After testing the TV waters last season, feature producer Dan Lin is putting down small-screen roots, forming a television division of his company Lin Pictures and signing an overall deal with Warner Bros Television. Veteran TV development executive/producer Jennifer Gwartz has been tapped to run the new division, which is looking to develop drama and comedy projects with aspirational, uplifting stories that are often associated with Lin-produced features. Additionally, Gwartz, who also has feature background having worked on such movies as Scream, Copland, Lethal Weapon 4 and The Matrix, will work closely Lin's feature development team. Last season was Lin's first in television. Through a first-look deal with Warner Bros TV, an extension to his his Warner Bros production deal on the feature side, he sold three projects: Poe, written by Chris Hollier, and Teach, written by Rina Mimoun, to ABC; and Mavericks, written by Gary Scott Thompson, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Better Off Dead (1985)
Synopsis: Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: “Lane, I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car.” Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother’s terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life – to get his old girlfriend back! (blu-ray.com)
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Synopsis: Black Sheep - A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job »
- Travis Keune
The Sequel to the 2009 action film G.I. Joe looks to be adding its first new cast member.
Variety is reporting that Dwayne Johnson is in talks to star in G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes as Roadblock, whose real name is Marvin Hinton. The African-American character, who features in the G.I. Joe range of toys, comics and cartoons, serves as the team's heavy machine gunner and cook.
We were hearing early last month that auditions were taking place, with Danny Arroyo (Lethal Weapon 4, Repo Chick) and former X Factor winner Shayne Ward among those who have tried for new roles in the film. »
- David Bentley
Most feature films are lucky to get made. A privileged few earn their way to sequels. When the stars align – literally and figuratively – a trilogy can be created.
And then there’s the fourth installments. Their existence is either an act of genius or a signal of forthcoming debauchery for a franchise. Unless you’re a horror movie, of course (what fools kept paying to see Saw after Part IV?).
So with another “IV” on the horizon – in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, docking at theaters today, BuzzFocus decided to attempt our most unique list to-date…The best & worst of the usually greed-motivated fourth installment. And just to make it a little more interesting, we are going to avoid referencing horror movies (c’mon, that‘s just too easy).
The Best Part IV’s
For all the fan-boys out there, here’s an honorable mention nod to Star Wars »
- Joe Belcastro
Casting is under way for the next movie in the G.I. Joe franchise.
Just recently, a report claimed that former X Factor winner Shayne Ward had tested for an unspecified role.
It's now been confirmed to us that auditions are indeed happening for this next film, G. I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes.
We are hearing that among the actors who have read for one of the new roles in the script is Danny Arroyo (pictured).
The G.I. Joe action figures have featured in comics and cartoons and Arroyo is a huge fan of geek culture including sci-fi and superheroes.
An ambassador for The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which helps people with paralysis, Arroyo's credits include Lethal Weapon 4, The Resistance TV series, the kooky comedy Repo Chick and horror thriller Kill Katie Malone.
Danny is currently filming the main lead role in a Christmas family movie called Santa's Dog. »
- David Bentley
The Coventry Telegraph's sources say auditions are definitely going on, as well as revealing that actor Danny Arroyo, who's apparently a big comic book fan, has tried for a part in the film. Here's an extract from the article... Just recently, a report in The Sun claimed that former X Factor winner Shayne Ward had tested for an unspecified role. It's now been confirmed to us that auditions are indeed happening for this next film, G. I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes. We are hearing that among the actors who have read for one of the new roles in the script is Danny Arroyo. Arroyo's credits include Lethal Weapon 4, The Resistance TV series, the kooky comedy Repo Chick and horror thriller Kill Katie Malone. He's currently filming the main lead role in a Christmas family movie called Santa's Dog. G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes, directed by John Chu, hits »
We love trilogies. They're nice and neat. They conform to the three-act structure of storytelling. We love them so much that we want more movies even after the trilogy is over, which inevitably leads to the fourth film in a franchise -- the fourquel, if you will (and if you're an English teacher, you won't). Most fourquels are classic examples of outstaying your welcome: "Batman and Robin," "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace," "Alien Resurrection," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Jaws: The Revenge," "The Next Karate Kid," and on and on and on (and on). Still, hope springs eternal for the great fourquel, like this week when we have the release of "Scre4m" directed by Wes Craven. With fingers crossed for this new "Scream," we look back at five fourquels that were actually kind of good.
"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy »
- Matt Singer
We kept you in the loop throughout production of the big-screen adaptation of the young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes (under the pen name Pittacus Lore) entitled, I Am Number Four. The film was directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) and stars Alex Pettyfer (Beastly), Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Kevin Durand (Real Steel), Dianna Agron (Glee), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).
Now we have details on the official DVD and Blu-ray release of the film, and the extras you get with them. Check out the press release below!
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
List Price: $44.99 Usd New From: $26.99 In Stock
This title will be released on May 24, 2011.
Official Press Release:
“Astounding action and effects… »
- Jason Moore
In 1974 the second Godfather film became the first major feature to use "Part 2" in its title, an effort to usher in an era of simplicity in sequel titles, when you could just announce yourself as the next installment in a story and move on with it. It was an elegant choice that very few blockbusters have emulated since; setting aside the occasional Iron Man 2 or Lethal Weapon 4, most sequels try to cram in the name of the franchise, some jazzy new title to set it apart from the first one and maybe even a number to appease those of you keeping track. Sometimes it works just fine and we're allowed to look past the clutter-- Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan rolls right off the tongue, and no matter how much George Lucas may insist on Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, we all know »
The world needs another Three Musketeers adaptation like it needs to be kicked in the chest. Over the years, Alexandre Dumas's novel has been churned up again and again with depressing regularity. Gene Kelly was in a Three Musketeers movie. Oliver Reed was in a Three Musketeers movie. Christopher Walken was in a Three Musketeers movie. Charlie Sheen was in a Three Musketeers movie. John Wayne, Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse and Barbie have all previously riffed on The Three Musketeers. We don't need any more, let alone this year's 3D adaptation by Resident Evil's Paul Ws Anderson.
But let's not leap to any conclusions. Maybe Anderson has managed to rein in some of his more unseemly excesses to give Dumas the respect his work deserves. Time »
- Stuart Heritage
The names Alfred Gough and Miles Millar might not be familiar to you, but the projects they’ve worked on probably are. They created the TV show “Smallville” and wrote the movies “Lethal Weapon 4″ and “Spider-Man 2.” They’ve also written a new movie that hits theaters on February 18, “I Am Number Four.”
Their next project will undoubtedly be familiar to you, too. They’re working on a TV reboot of the iconic ’70s series, “Charlie’s Angels” (which, of course, spun off a couple of hit movies with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu a decade ago). ABC has already ordered a pilot, and while there will certainly be similarities to the original series, Gough and Millar told us there will be some different twists, as well. (Click on the audio player to hear Alfred Gough & Miles Millar) Charlies Angeles
There have already been a few rumors »
After more than a decade, Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh will once again be hitting the streets of L.A., but don't expect to see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the roles they made famous in four Lethal Weapon movies.
Beall, who spent years patrolling the mean streets of L.A. as a beat cop and anti-gang investigator with the 77th Division of the Lapd, is the author of the explosive crime novel L.A. Rex and wrote the screenplay for Gangster Squad, which is being adapted into a movie directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
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- BrentJS Sprecher
They were one rewrite away from a date with the grim reaper. We look back at the movie characters who were never supposed to make the end credits…
Warning: lots of spoilers ahead. We've labelled the name of the film we're talking about in the sub-headers, rather than the characters themselves, to help you avoid stumbling upon something you didn't want to know...
It's a film that's cropped up a few times in recent weeks on the site, but perhaps the most interesting thing about Lethal Weapon 2 was that it was supposed to mark the end of Mel Gibson's Riggs character. As it stood, it instead marked the moment where Riggs went from a man on the edge to part of a comedy double act.
However, the original plan, when Riggs is shot in the film, was that he'd die. That was what writer Shane Black had intended to happen, »
20 items from 2011
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