Thursday, May 21, 2009

Aliens Vs. The Pearsons??????

My friend Jared sent me a version the poster for this film that said "The Aliens Vs. The Pearsons" on it. I was just as confused as he was as to what the hell this movie was all about, so I checked out the trailer and this is what I found. It's a shame that the Pearson name is sullied like this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Roundup 5/19

There's been an Information SuperStorm(TM) sighted in your path, so get ready for the whirlwind of destruction and movie mayhem that's about to blow you right out of your computer chair.

  • In a shocking series of events, Hollywood has actually decided to greenlight some original material. [It IS based on a book, but at least it's not another mindless remake, sequel, etc.] The project is called The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break, and centers around the actual minotaur from Greek mythology. Apparently, he has survived Thesus's attempt on his life, and is now living in modern times working as a short order cook in a diner. He lives in a trailer park and falls for an epileptic waitress named Kelly. John Stevenson, co-director of Kung Fu Panda, will direct this as a live action movie.

  • Contradicting previous reports that Stallone will appear in a Cliffhanger sequel, now the word comes that Cliffhanger is getting the reboot treatment. The producer made a comment about how "they just rebooted Star Trek, we're going to do the same to Cliffhanger." What the F is this guy smoking? There were ten Star Trek films, let alone hundreds (if not hundreds of thousands) of episodes of television devoted to the franchise; Cliffhanger has one movie. I hardly think the two can be compared. That said, I really enjoy the Stallone version for it's cinematography and intense swearing by John Lithgow, so rewatch that if you haven't seen it in a while.

  • Martin Scorsese is planning a film about Frank Sinatra, approved by the heirs to Old Blue Eyes' estate. Frank's daughter Tina "trusts Scorsese implicitly" to present the truth about her dad. The guy who wrote Field of Dreams and Sneakers (also directing the latter) is writing the screenplay, (keeping in the tradition of one-word titles) called Sinatra. Johnny Depp is reportedly being considered for the role, but that claim hasn't been corroborated yet. I'm guessing it'll be a little while before we hear anything else about this project - Scorsese's a busy guy post-Oscar - but if they fast track this thing, we should be hearing some more confirmation regarding casting in the next couple months. And to those Sinatra enthusiasts out there, fear not - apparently the role won't require any singing.

  • A while back, Disney had a bevy of announcements regarding their upcoming film projects. Updates included Johnny Depp as Tonto in the Lone Ranger, confirmation of National Treasure 3 and Pirates 4, and more. One of those updates now gets a little more light shed on it - the Mouse House will make a live action film based on the Tomorrowland ride, trying to capitalize on the success of the first Pirates of the Carribbean. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been pegged to star, playing a test pilot named Rip who gets thrown 350 years into the future while testing a concept plane. It's being written by the same guys who wrote The Hangover, the upcoming flick that could end up being my favorite comedy of the summer, so I have a little faith in this. It's gotta be better than Race to Witch Mountain, right?

  • In "Why God, Why?" news, Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock) is directing a Battleship movie, based on the classic board game. Robert "Twilight" Pattinson is rumored to be a part of the project. Humanity collectively weeps.

  • In Marvel film news, Kenneth Branagh's Thor is finally getting some casting under way. Chris Helmsworth (George Kirk from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek) will play the hammer-wielding hero, and British actor Tom Hiddleston will play his conniving brother Loki. The movie is scheduled for release in 2011. What happened to Josh Hartnett as Loki? Who the hell is Tom Hiddleston? And is Natalie Portman still being considered for the love interest? All this and more in future episodes here at Ben's Daily Movie News!

  • Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes has a trailer. I'm sure action adventure fans will be pleased, as it features many slow-mo punches, explosions, jumping through windows, etc. I don't know about how quality it will be overall, but it looks kinda fun. We'll find out on Christmas Day.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Keanu Reeves in...Jekyll

This sounds fake. Like it could be one of those "Funny or Die" parody videos. But bake me a cake and call me grandma, it's real.

Keanu Reeves has been signed to play the dueling personas of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a modern retelling of the tale from Universal.

Look, Universal - I'm not trying to tell you how to do your jobs, but you might want to hire someone with actual acting ability to play such a classic character. If you're going to make ANOTHER Jekyll and Hyde adaptation (how many times has that been done?), then just make a movie out of the outstanding BBC TV series that came out a few years ago. To the readers, I'd highly suggest checking that out any way you can get your hands on it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hey Mikey - This One's For You

Yeah, these shirts are on sale at this website and you can get them for around 18 bucks. Thanks to Cinematical for tracking these down. (There's one that looks like John McClane's shirt from the original Die Hard, and a Bruce Lee one as well.)

DC Drops The Ball Again, ETC

Big surprise, DC has done it again. By delaying Green Lantern until the summer of 2011 (are you kidding me?), they have proven that they honestly have no plans to even try to catch up with Marvel Studios' recent dominance.* Mind boggling. By the time GL hits theaters, Iron Man 2 and Thor will already have been released, and The First Avenger: Captain America will finish out the summer on a high note building anticipation for The Avengers, which will come out that next summer (2012, assuming the world doesn't end). Effectively, this leaves Green Lantern stuck in the ver forgettable territory of mid-summer heatwaves.

Speaking of Green Lantern, forgettable actor Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers) is rumored to be at the top of the pile of candidates for donning the green spandex and ring. I don't take this to mean anything as of yet, since both Anton Yelchin and Chris Pine (both of Star Trek fame) have been talked about for this slot as well - and both quickly debunked. I'll be sure to let you know about the official announcement whenever it occurs.

In unrelated news, Warner Brothers has pushed Zack Snyder's live action follow up to Watchmen, called Sucker Punch, back from 2010 to 2011 as well. Weak-freaking-sauce. I hate it when films that I'm excited for get delayed. Synopsis has been compared to "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns."

One thing that IS coming out in 2K10 is the third entry into the Harold and Kumar series, appropriately titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. Expect massive blasphemy, nudity, and copious amounts of drug use - all possibly on or near a nativity scene. And you better believe NPH is getting down on that action.

*OK, OK - The Dark Knight is a pretty freaking huge exception, but it's been a few months now and we haven't actually heard any commitment from Nolan and his crew on a sequel. I know Warner Brothers is being nice to the guy who made them some serious bank, but you've got to put your foot down at some point if you ever want to lock anything down.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

20,000 Leagues Adds A "Rock" Star

*UPDATE* - Apparently the "facts" presented in this article have already been disproven. McG said yesterday that he has never spoken to The Rock about this role. I guess that's what I get for trusting a .pdf picture. Thanks a lot, Production Weekly.

Sorry - I just threw up at my own article title.

According to Production Weekly, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has joined McG's adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. McG has recently said he wanted Will Smith to star in the movie, but no announcement to that effect has arrived yet. Filming should begin in Australia later this year.

Even if Will Smith doesn't join this (which he still might), I'm fine with this because Dwayne Johnson is the man. If the two are in the same movie, that would be extra awesome. Here's hoping Terminator Salvation is as good as we all think and McG can start making some solid movies instead of more Charlie's Angels sequels.