7 items from 2010
Earlier this year I got to visit the set of Dwayne Johnson’s Faster while the production was shooting here in Los Angeles. Since most of you have seen the green and red band trailers and read my set report, you know Faster is Johnson’s return to action and I couldn’t be happier. While I understand it’s good for Johnson’s career to expand his audience and that’s why he made family movies like The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain, I’ve always felt he should be one of the biggest action stars on the planet. Hopefully Faster will be a big hit and Johnson will stay in the action genre for awhile.
Anyway, while on set, a few of us got to participate in an interview with Johnson in between takes. He talked to us about what they were filming that day, working »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Poor old Christian Slater. After a promising early career as a young heartthrob in the 80s, starring in the excellent The Name Of The Rose (1986) and Heathers (1989), followed by 90s lead roles such as True Romance and John Woo's affably mad Broken Arrow, Slater's career began to stutter somewhat with the damp squib of a thriller Hard Rain and the aptly named Very Bad Things (it was even worse than the title suggested).
Having retreated into television in recent years, most notably in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy in 2008, Slater is set to return to the big screen in the independent horror thriller Playback, according to Variety, and will appear as "a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town's deepest, darkest secret."
The film is currently in its second week of shooting, »
We’ve been bringing you all manner of casting news of late for “Battleship”, the Universal blockbuster, loosely (and I mean loosely) based on the Hasbro board game. Whereas the board game requires you to guess where your opponents ships are located and try to sink them, the Peter Berg-directed film is about a global alien invasion and the battle for survival that ensues on land, sea and in the sky. So not much like the board game at all, then.
After Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna all signed on recently (you can catch on set shots of Rihanna here), Variety are now reporting that Liam Neeson is joining the film as Admiral Shane. It all then seems to get a bit cosy, since Brooklyn Decker is playing the Admiral’s daughter, Taylor Kitsch is playing her fiancé and Skarsgard is playing Kitsch’s brother.
- Dave Roper
Ugly. Gross. Disgusting. Boring. Those are some of the words that I would personally use to describe Eli Roth’s first two Hostel films. However, some people seem to enjoy these films a lot. A surprising amount. In fact, Sony’s Stage 6 is gearing for a third installment of Hostel.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Scott Spiegel will direct Michael Weiss’ screenplay. Instead of the dank and dirty hostels of Europe, the third chapter will take the action to Las Vegas where we have to assume that there will be more blood and gore and nudity and shiny lights. Perhaps, less Hangover and maybe more Very Bad Things, but much worst and much badder.
Eli Roth tweeted that he is not involved with the film in any capacity, but it should be noted that Spiegel, in addition to co writing Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn served as an executive »
- Douglas Reinhardt
I did you a favor and refrained from making a pun out of the film’s title in my headline, though I had to physically restrain myself from doing so. From acting to editing, to continuity and dialogue, this film was an awful mess.
I’ve grown to enjoy and look forward to comic book adaptations over the last year. Watchmen and Kick-Ass were some of my favorite films of the last twelve months, so I went into The Losers (based on a comic by Andy Diggle) with an open mind and high expectations.
Things went swimmingly well for the first five minutes or so, but then the movie had its first action sequence, and director David Sylvain embarks on a torrid love affair with ill-advised editing. He loves slow-motion. He loves the fast edit. He loves the stop/go/stop again editing. Most of all, he just loves to »
- Shannon Hood
The title seems to be in flux, since we thought it was called Insidious but it appears to be filming under the title The Astral. But whatever, Saw director James Wan's next horror is building its cast, with Patrick "Night Owl" Wilson, Rose Byrne (Sunshine, Get Him to the Greek) and Barbara Hershey all attached to star.The film, which sees Wan once again working with his Saw co-writer Leigh Whannell, is about a family whose comatose son becomes a conduit for Very Bad Things, when his consciousness becomes trapped in a purgatorious realm called The Further (also a possible title). Sounds like this is continuing into the more fantastical territory (compared to the unlikely but un-magical Saw and Death Sentence) being trod by Wan and Whannell since the bonkers and overlooked killer dummy flick Dead Silence. Great cast too: Patrick Wilson has the knack of doing nonsense with a straight face, »
I've long been a fan of FX's serpentine legal drama Damages, a taut, serialized journey down the rabbit hole of legal briefs, cutthroat business dealings, and vengeful murders. The first season of the award-winning drama series, created by Daniel Zelman and Glenn and Todd A. Kessler, offered up a deeply layered narrative that blended together a nonlinear structure infused with the tension of a first-rate thriller. Multiple mysteries, deeply conflicted characters, and a morally grey area kept the pacing moving at a breakneck speed while offering a battle between two indomitable wills: seemingly innocent young lawyer Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) and ruthless crusader Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Over the course of the first season of Damages, these two women shared secrets, engaged in conspiracies, and became enmeshed in a case that lead them to do some Very Bad Things to one another. The second season, while still gripping television, lacked »
7 items from 2010
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