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Funny People Review

Thanks for checking out our review for Funny People.

It’s hard to believe considering his name is on just about every comedy movie that comes out these days, but Judd Apatow has only directed two movies in his amazing career so far. One if them is the very good “Knocked Up”, and the other one is (in my opinion anyway) one of the greatest comedies of all time, The 40 Year Old Virgin.

So when it’s announced that Apatow is about to release his third film as a director, you’ve gotta sit up and pay attention. So here comes “Funny People”. Does it meet the high standards Apatow has set in the past? Ummm… no, not even close.


The synopsis for Funny People reads something like this: “George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a very successful yet self-involved stand-up comedian who learns that he has an incurable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira Wright (Weiner is his actual last name) (Seth Rogen) is a struggling up-and-coming stand-up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One thing these different men have in common is that neither of them have any close friends. One night, George takes notice of Ira when they perform at the same club and he hires him to be his semi-personal assistant and opening act at his performances. George and Ira form a close bond as George teaches Ira how to win the crowd and Ira helps the dying George find closure in his legacy. However, when George learns that his disease has gone into remission and an old flame (Leslie Mann) reenters his life, his recent near death experience inspires him to reevaluate what is important to him and what truly gives meaning to his life.”


One of the best things about Judd Apatow comedies is that underneath the giggles and crass jokes, there is always something deeper, something touching or even a bit profound once you peel back the layers of them. Funny People deals with a man facing his own mortality which forces him to actually evaluate his life. It’s a bold attempt for someone who is seen as a “funny man” in Hollywood. It’s this direction that makes Funny People more than just a comedy… it’s a film.

Adam Sandler continues to show us that he’s probably better suited as a dramatic actor than a comedic one. He has so much raw potential as an actor that it makes me sad he doesn’t get the opportunity to showcase it more. In the parts of Funny People where Sandler is called upon to project REAL harsh emotions and feelings from this character facing his own demise, the movie shines. They are the highlight of this film for me.


Unfortunately the potentially powerful story underneath “Funny People” gets lost and buried under piles of misfired humor, pointless and distracting parades of needless celebrity cameos and frankly unlikeable and unrelatable characters that no one in the audience ever becomes attached to. The story is essentially lost in the telling. Sandler’s character is so unlikeable that I never care if he lives or dies… and that hurts the film a lot. The main emotional hook of the film fails and thus all the guts are taken out before it even really launches.

This film is TOO LONG. Some movies are perfect for 2.5 or 3+ hours… others are perfect at 83 minutes. Funny People was far too long and drawn out with constant repetitiveness and over dwelling on points we as the audiences already got an hour ago. Eric Bana (who is in so much of the trailers) doesn’t show up until almost 2 hours into the film, because it all moves so slowly. There is no pace to the movie whatsoever.

It’s not funny. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly funny parts… but they’re isolated and random. The “funniness” seems to just come from random jokes thrown out there (and there are a few of those) instead of from the story or characters themselves. No laughs are built through the film… they’re all just quick random one shots… completely different from the other Apatow films.

The supporting cast surrounding Sandler did not work. I love Jonah Hill, but he did not work in this movie. I love Seth Rogen, but he did not work in this movie. I love Jason Schwartzman, but he did not work in this movie. Everything away from Sandler himself just felt flat and almost desperate.


Funny People is a potentially smart comedy that quickly loses it’s way and becomes mired in disjointed story telling, lack of focus, too many random celebrity cameos, an overly long run time, lack of pace and despite some decent chuckles here and there, lack of humor. Sandler shines in his more dramatic moments, but almost everything else falls well short. Judd Apatow is a genius, but I think we finally just saw his one bad day at the office. Oh well… we all have them from time to time. Overall I give “Funny People” a 4 out of 10.

Video Blog: Movies You Know Will Suck (G.I. Joe) Yet Are Excited To See Anyway

We are a strange species. We do a lot of strange and unexplainable things. One of the stranger things us movie fans do is from time to time know beyond a shadow of a doubt that an upcoming movie will suck. And yet, knowing it will suck, we’re still excited to see it anyway. In this installment of my video blog I talk about this a bit in the context of G.I. Joe. Check it out:

Ridley Scott Confirmed To Direct Alien Prequel

In general I do not like prequels… and it’s not just because the Star Wars ones were let downs. With prequels, you already know certain things will happen… and certain things won’t happen… which takes a lot out of a story for me.

Anyway, if you’re going to do a prequel, you might as well put it in the right hands. There is an Alien prequel coming, and it’s been confirmed that director Ridley Scott will be taking the helm for the movie.

Our friends over at Movies Online give us this:

News from Variety has come in that Ridley Scott has been tapped to direct the new Alien prequel which is being planned as a brand new prequel. This is great news for fans looking to get their fix from the franchise, especially after the mess that Alien vs Predator was. The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed.

So will the heroes in this new movie kill the Alien race??? Well obviously no, so there goes any real mystery.

Still… if you’re going to do an Alien prequel… this is the right guy to do it. I just don’t think they should be doing it at all.

Video Blog: The Problem With The Harry Potter Franchise

Everything has a weakness. The best pro athletes all have their weaknesses. The best countries (Canada) all have their weaknesses. Even the best movies have their weaknesses (well… almost all of them do). So when I say I want to talk about the main weakness of the Harry Potter franchise of films, I’m not suggesting that means the Potter franchise isn’t good (nor am I suggesting the opposite).

On today’s video blog I talk about FINALLY putting my finger on what has bothered me in the franchise and how I think it could have been even better and more compelling of a story.

(sorry about the poor audio quality… I accidentally had the wrong microphone selected)

Michael Sheen joins Tron Legacy

For the next couple posts might make it sound like there is no other news online but Tron Legacy, but I just happened to trip on two tidbits I just had to share. The first of which is Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen will be joining the cast of Tron Legacy.

Fused Film shares:

Apparently there has been a rumor floating around that Michael Sheen had role in the sequel, Tron:Legacy. Our British site partner, FilmShaft got a heads up on it from the Tron UK PR department. When he got a cast list from them and he saw Sheen’s name on it. Now it seems that Disney has confirmed the role via their Twitter feed. Way to go Craig on the scoop! Too bad most people will get the story via Twitter and never know our British brother’s journalistic integrity and investigative grit.

It wasn’t particularly clear as to which role he would have but it was rumored that Sheen was to play a villain that may or may not be human.

Michael Sheen has been scooping up some sweet parts lately with the voice of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Aro in Twilight’s New Moon. And now a possible villain in Tron Legacy.

I have always liked his presence and he has the ability to play a variety of convincing roles. I look forward to seeing what comes of this casting.

Hear Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy Theme Song Right Now

Edit: I am told that this is a reworking of Daft Punk’s theme by remixers Crydaluv and not the official mix. I will post more when I know for sure.

I was pleased with the news that Daft Punk was taking control of the soundtrack to Tron Legacy, and now you can sample the theme song to the long awaited Tron sequel right here.

Tron Legacy Theme by tuxboard

I love the sound of this. Its not all that remarkable and doesn’t have the same riff I expected from the original. Its really not a remake of the original theme, but still very suitable with the digital sound.

Pretty groovy, but nothing earth shattering.

Still very suitable.


Paramount to Adapt Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIHM

The Secret of Nihm is getting another adaptation. Not remaking the animated classic, but adapting the original children’s book Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nihm.

Yahoo reports:

As rodents prove surprisingly likable on the big screen, the studio [Paramount] is developing a feature version of the Newbery Medal-winning children’s book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.”

Director Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) is in talks to write the screenplay.

The new “NIMH” likely will combine live action and animation in the manner of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and other kiddie hybrids.

The Secret of Nihm by Don Bluth was one of my favourite animated films when I was younger. It was different from the other kiddie flicks and dealt with a more mature subject matter. It was the first time I saw animation that COULD be serious and opened up doors for me that I didn’t know were possible.

I am a little more encouraged that they wouldn’t be trying this as another animated feature, but very discouraged that they are trying to make it a “kiddie hybrid” and liken it to Alvin and the Chipmunks and G-Force which clearly cater specifically to a younger crowd.

My kids get bored at parts of Nihm, and mostly because it isn’t really a kiddie film, so for them to kiddie-fy the movie to be live action hybrid worries me.

Ghost Busters circa 1954

This is a silly fun look at what Ghost Busters might have looked like if it was created in the 50s.

A lot of fun, and certainly would have worked.

I was actually fooled for a bit until I started noticing familiar scenes. I couldnt believe that Ghost Busters was a remake and that I didn’t know about it! Fortunately my faith in my moviegeek status is restored when I started to recognize it was a clever mashup. Quite convincing.

Bryce Dallas Howard replaces Rachelle Lafevre in Twilight Eclipse

Seems that the vengeful redheaded vampire Victoria played by Rachelle Lefevre will now be played by Bryce Dallas Howard.

We Are Movie Geeks says:

Bryce Dallas Howard has replaced Rachelle Lefevre as the character of Victoria for the third installment of the franchise. No one is really saying why they are replacing Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria but honestly, I think that Bryce Dallas Howard is sexier and can play more of a seductress in the role.

Now I haven’t read the third Twilight book yet, so I don’t know how predominate Victoria’s role is in Eclipse. In new Moon, they could do most of Victoria’s involvement with suggestion as she spends most of the book skirting the town and trying to find a way to get to Bella. We don’t really see her, just her victims and reports of Wolves chasing her.

But I was itching to see more of Rachelle Lefevre in the role. She is seductively sexy and when reading the books, it is her face I see (thanks to the film of course) so replacing her with Bryce Dallas Howard (also a beautiful woman) just seems awkward. Maybe I just have to see her done up like Victoria. Any cast replacement is subject to a state of transition.

I am sure Bryce will do a fine job, and the fans will adjust (after throwing some fits) but they could have done worse.

No reasons are given why she was replaced.

Little Better look at War Machine in Iron Man 2

News broke over the weekend that we would indeed see War Machine in the upcoming Iron Man 2. Clearly hinted at when Rhodey says “maybe next time” to a prototype armour suit in the first film, the fans were waiting for it despite Favreau’s insistence that War Machine was not in the works just yet.

Oh the clever deception of directors!

Well fans at San Diego Comic Con got a sneak peek at some Iron Man 2 footage which included the ballistics heavy War Machine suit, presumably worn by Rhodey but as of yet, there hasn’t been a clear picture released online. Intrepid bootleg bandits that leaked the footage out captured the dark screenshot of War Machine, and I have taken the image and lightened it some to get a better look.

Its still not all that clear, and I am certain that we will get plenty of chances to look at the cast of Iron Man 2 in the coming months, but for now this is the best we get for War Machine.

Skrulls in Avengers?

As with any big feature comic book film, everyone is wondering about the cast, but what would the movie be without a villain? While Hydra or the Hulk have been name dropped already as potential Avengers opposition, in an interview with Kevin Feige from Marvel Films dug up an option less conventional.

The Skrulls.

Live For Film quotes an interview bit with Kevin Feige:

‘Will the Skrulls be the villain in The Avengers?’ I asked.

Feige gave me one of those looks he’s good at giving and just said, ‘We do own them.’

More digging turned up the fact that Marvel Studios owns the Skrull race, while Fox own the Super Skrull.

Now I don’t think the Skrulls are “mainstream” enough but they certainly are a big part of the Marvel Universe, specifically Avengers related books. For those not in the know, the Skrulls are an invading warrior race that can shapeshift and the SuperSkrulls can even presume the powers of the person they become.

It would be interesting (as mentioned in the article) if some Marvel character we have already been exposed to turned out to have been a Skrull all along, but I worry about confusing the viewer for a film. Seems like a cheap cop out plot device if they wanted to go a different direction with a character. “Oh, that wasn’t me who was Venom, it was a Skrull” (Yes I know Sony has Venom - it was just an example of a character that could benefit a do-over)

While an alien invasion of shapeshifting warriors would be a suitable level of threat to the epic Avengers, I personally would rather see them take on the Hulk (Edward Norton has yet to be approached for this or a Hulk sequel)

Inspector Gadget: Book of Shadows Trailer

ComicCon offered a number of great moments and announcements that every site is currently blogging their asses off with, so while we liked to share some of that too, we wanted to also share something that ISN’T happening.

But I wish it was.

Video Games - E3 2009 - Attack of the Show

This fake trailer is genius, and with a little polish, I would LOVE to see that movie come to pass.

Miley Cyrus Auditions for Batgirl in Full Batsuit

The rumour mill is in overdrive on a slow post ComicCon news day, and word has it that Miley Cyrus has auditioned for Batgirl on the off chance that they hope to include the character in an upcoming Batfilm.

World of Superheroes shares:

Cyrus auditioned for the role of Batgirl and might be considered by Warner Bros. for a future role in the series.

According to, the “Hannah Montana” star reportedly “stunned” Warner execs during her audition, even dressing for the part in a “full batsuit.”

Now this just sounds like publicity stunt news (which I realize the irony that I am perpetuating) but I just can’t see them opting for a “Batgirl” character in the Nolan era Batman franchise. Keeping things simple and gritty real is working much better for the franchise.

Should Nolan continue on, I imagine he would maintain his “No Robin” rule, which as a subclause would likely imply a “no Batgirl” rule. Also, if they did choose to make a Batgirl movie unrelated to the current franchise, they should be reminded how well an unrelated off canon Catwoman did for them.

I know there are those who would mock Cyrus for the attempt, but I won’t rule her out as a Disney kid until she proves she can’t make it without the Mouse.

However I am sure that this will just turn out to be either blind rumour, or if it did happen, its validity ended with the amusement of those she “auditioned” for. Impressed by her enthusiasm.

Tron Legacy Concept Art Revealed

Some concept art was released that will showcase the inner world of Tron for the upcoming sequel Tron Legacy and its just making my pants not fit right.

The images are wonderfully updated, while still staying true enough to the previous film’s dated image. I am loving it.


Warren Ellis to Scribe Knights of the Round Table Movie

I often profess my deep passion for a number of movie related things, but that’s the beauty of film. Its poligamist. There is room enough in my heart for a great number of loves. But the first among them is medieval epics.

Specifically the Authurian Legends. Well it appears that legendary comic book scribe Warren Ellis (an idol of mine) has gone and written himself a film that the Hollywood Gang (co-producers of 300) have offered the working title of Excalibur.

Obsessed with Film quotes Ellis from his official website

‘Untitled Arthurian Project,’ as I call it (just so I can’t feel John Boorman’s EXCALIBUR looming down at me from my DVD shelf), differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.

I can think of few others that would be more fitting for an Arthurian film. Ellis often plays on themes from this legend in his writing, and true to his insightful ways he is focusing on a less common tale of the Knights age.

One of the core elements of the King Arthur legends is the unique round table that brings a physical equality to the concept that Arthur shared with his nights. The table has no head, and despite him being King, at that table they were all equals.

It is only fitting that Ellis would ride this concept and bring us a story where all the characters are equals, and share a tale of how that Knighthood was established.

I can’t wait.

And Sean Connery needs to come out of retirement to play Arthur. Just sayin.

New Jonah Hex Poster Online

In the first of a series of two posts I will do about “guys with scarred faces” I present the first poster for Jonah Hex that hit the net yesterday.

Ok, now I drool over Megan Fox as much as the next guy (and yes, I am convinced all you haters who troll the net looking for Megan Fox posts so you can point out her toe-thumbs secretly find her attractive despite your insistance she isn’t “all that”. Maybe she isn’t your cup of tea, but its hard to deny shes got the looks) but honestly it makes me worry about the movie when they cannot just make the poster about HEX.

Why is Fox so predominately featured here? Because they are hoping the drool factor will make you want to see this. Forget that there is a badass scarred up muthafucker with a pistol ready to bring us some awesome action western story with a twist. No, that’s not enough. In fact, sihloette that bastard in the foreground and make sure we got some of Fox’s boobies in the poster.

Hey I am all itching to see Fox as an old west saloon harlot, but honestly I was hoping they didnt have to go this way with the marketing.


New Nightmare on Elm Street Poster Online

This past weekend a new Nightmare on Elm Street poster was released, and it shows everything we would expect.

Freddy and his claws. What more do you need?

I love the blood imagery, and the picture hints at a more gritty realistic fire scarred face of Freddy. Despite the iconic imagery, I had hoped we would get something that would keep this along the same lines but still defines the look as a reboot. A more grusome Freddy face would do the trick.


Kong: King of Skull Island Adaptation Coming

There are a number of King Kong films out there, and there is soon to be another. No, not a sequel to Peter Jackson’s King Kong, but an adaptation of the novel Kong: King of Skull Island.

Filmofilia says:

Spirit Pictures picked up the rights to the book “Kong: King of Skull Island,” a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape - King Kong.

Written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, the book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla got there, it also introduces other duper-sized simians and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.

So clearly with a line like “dinosaurs only hinted at in previous films” would mean that this is a prequel of some other film that wasn’t Peter Jackson’s King Kong since the TRex played a pretty big part in the action scenes with Kong.

Jackson’s Kong was visually stunning, and the very basis of a prequel would remove pretty much every element of the film that I didn’t like (namely the people parts) so I would be willing to give it a chance, but I just don’t know what to expect.

They are calling it a prequel, but I wonder which version they are prequelling. Sounds more like they are just making another unrelated King Kong movie, but starting at the very beginning.

The Gate gets a DVD Re-Release

A classic pg-13 horror film of the 80s is making its way down the comeback trail and will be getting a re-release dvd just in time for Halloween.

Horror Yearbook says:

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will open the gates of hell on October 6th and unleash a “Monstrous Special Edition” of the 1987 cult classic THE GATE on DVD. The long awaited special edition disc will include a commentary track with director Tibor Takacs, interviews with the cast and crew, a stills gallery, and the original trailer.

I just LOVED this movie. It was 15 when I saw this and nearly forgot all about this. (Look for it on this week’s Forgotten Friday review)

I have a vivid recollection of the scene where the zombie demon guy falls on the floor and it and shatters into a pile of little demon things, which kept coming after them. That creeped the hell right out of me.

This is one I will look forward to seeing a re-release of. Check out the trailer.

Tron Legacy Teaser Trailer Online

We saw a bootleg hint of this trailer LAST year at San Diego Comic Con, and for the year that followed all we were exposed to was the blurry copy.

Then all we were treated to a barrage of name changes and speculation over the titles like TR2N. And now we find out the official title is Tron Legacy, and ThinkHero has the Teaser Trailer for us.

This isn’t much more than what we saw in the previous trailer, aside from the official title and a MUCH more clear image. I love the look of the virtual world. It seems like they went out of their way to make it reflect that games and computers are upgraded, but still retained enough of the simplified dayglow look from the original movie.

Tron Legacy is looking incredible and I can’t wait to find out more and to find out what role Flynn is playing in all of this.


Forgotten Fridays - St. Trinians

Thanks for checking out our Forgotten Fridays feature. This is something we want to try out to review some older films that maybe you have forgotten about or maybe never got around to seeing that we just want to share.

I know this is NOT a very old film, but not one that I find most people know about. If you have, then this is your reminder to make other people watch it.

Today’s review is St Trinians


St Trinians proudly continues to represent the unacceptable face of British education. When the new Minister of Education announces he will personally sort the place out he doesn’t realise either the enormity of the task or that the headmistress is an old flame. The school is anyway threatened with closure by their bank; with the staff clearly a waste of space the girls realise the responsibility to save the day falls on them. Perhaps a stealing and fencing off a very valuable painting would be the way out?


The movie has all the charm of highschool cliques exaggerated to the most fun extremes. The misguided youth that self govern the school are all heaps of fun. Once the dotey new comer, the neice of the Headmistress (played wonderfully by the cross dressed Rupert Everett) finds acceptance, they try to figure out which clique she belongs with. The “makeover” scene is the most fun montage I have ever seen. Silly fun.

The movie features amazing performances by the students and the supporting cast. Russell Brand is a lot like his normal self but different enough to enjoy him. This was the film that introduced me to sex on a cracker known as Gemma Arterton, and she just oozes sex appeal that made her deserving of a Bond Girl (though I like her more in this)

Overall, there is nothing too shocking about this schoolgirl movie crossed with a comical heist film. Its just plain fun and riding stereotypes.

Small roles played by Lena Headey (From Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the quizmaster (Stephen Fry) as well as a blonde Mischa Barton as the former Head Girl.


This movie will not appeal to everyone. It grabbed me with the racy schoolgirl fantasy and kept me with its charming play and a fun romp of a movie. It really appeals to the Brit humour at times, and the occassional rolling of eyes. But its a lot of fun. Maybe just not going to appeal to everyone.


If you tend to find my Forgotten Friday Picks in line with your own tastes, I suggest you take a shot at this quirky comedy.

Also as a side note, the cast of this film is re-uniting for a sequel which will star the Former Doctor David Tenant and return Gemma Arterton to her slinky hot schoolgirl role in St Trinian’s: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold

Typically this is where we would write a “Out of 10″ rating, but since all of these Forgotten Friday reviews are going to be what I would already give a high rating to, I have made my own rating system.

TV - Make a point of watching it if you see it listed on TV.
Rent - Good enough to go out of your way to see it, but not enough to buy it.
Buy - So good. You will watch it again and again. Buy it!

So on a scale of TV, Rent or Buy I suggest Rent!

Early Word On District 9

Yesterday there was a screening for the new Sci-Fi flick “District 9″ held at Comic Con (one of the only reasons I almost went this year). The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp who was originally supposed to helm the “Halo” movie project until the plug got pulled.

I’ve now talked to, emailed or texted with 6 friends who were at that screening… and they all seem to have the exact same opinion: It’s great.

A couple of them caution that a SMALL part of it is the normal hysteria people have about a movie they see at a “special exclusive” screening like this and it is NOT the next Sci-Fi masterpiece… BUT… even they said there is no denying it is a truly great film.

Soul Video (who as you know is my regular guest on the podcast) was there and told me it is the best film of the year so far… better than Star Trek and better than UP.

I was already curious to see this film… now I’m flat out dying to see it.

If it really is as good as my friends are saying it is…. get ready for Halo…. unless the film flops financially.

New Alice in Wonderland Trailer Online

A wonderfully whimsical and equally creepy Alice in Wonderland trailer surfaced on the Tubes of You thanks to some ComicCon fans who like to run with scissors but they were immediately cut down.

Fortunately for us, Trailer Addict has the official release for us so we don’t have to wonder any more.

I think it looks absolutely amazing and some of the characters are just enough to give you chills. The giant head on the Queen of Hearts played by the hauntingly beautiful Helena Bonham Carter looks so real and unreal at the same time. That’s going to give me nightmares.

Pleasant surprise was to find that among all these crazy loopy acid trip characters, the white rabbit looks most like a real rabbit.

A “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Remake?

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is simply one of the greatest comedies I’ve ever seen in my life. I think one of the top 3 Steve Martin movies he’s ever done… and how much does Michael Caine rule in that movie????

Martin (As Ruprict): “May I go to the bathroom”

Caine: Yes of course

Martin (making a face of relief): Thank you.


Ok, so I was looking up some info on that “Hot Tub Time Machine” that Rodney just did a post for and I went to the IMDB page for the director, Steve Pink, to see what else he’s done, and I came across this:


Now a couple of things to keep in mind:

1) IMDB is not the most reliable when it comes to “upcoming” information whatsoever, so this could be totally wrong.

2) I still believe that remakes (even the most horrible ones) do NOTHING to the originals whatsoever.

But yeah, I’d be shocked if this is true. The comedy is just so damn perfect and it really isn’t all that old at all. I mean, go nuts if they really want to do it… but I just don’t think it’s time yet.

Would you be up for seeing a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake?

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 to Film April 2010?

We have all been anxiously awaiting a followup to the Pirates of the Caribbean, if at least to renew hope in the franchise after the sequel got bigger and only offered to let us down easy. We expected too much after the first one was so great, and they gave us a BIG movie with less heart, and the excitement waned.

But it looks like they will be starting filming as early as next spring? Is there even a script?

Dark Horizons quotes Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv

“We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4′ in April and May of next year. We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan” said Aviv who adds that though this is only one movie, if successful it will “hopefully be the first of another trilogy”

He also expects the tone to be much smaller next time around - “We can’t get bigger… I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.”

I have to admit it was the first film that made me love Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but I found the sequels focused more on the bigger picture and the mythos.

Sure, the first one had its supernatural elements, but it didn’t dwell on them. The curse was just atmosphere. It was the character interaction and wonderful portrayals that made the movie.

I did notice however that despite setting a timeline, Aviv doesn’t spill WHO will be in Pirates 4. Will and Elizabeth’s story is over and done with, so no need to go there. Jack had a new adventure in his lap in the closing moments of part 3, so I would love to see more of Jack and Barbosa trading barbs.

But he refers to it as a “kind of reboot” which almost implies to me that they will be introducing a whole new set of characters and adventures to take place on the high seas.

If done right, I could be open to that too!

Saw VI Teaser Trailer Online

Comic Con has introduced us to the ONE film that we have been waiting for… to stop being made.

I have never been a big fan of the Saw series but I have watched them. I thought the first one was original and thought provoking in a “what would you do?” kind of way, but as they go on they just seem to be clinging to flimsy plot just to showcase some more torture porn.

When I start hearing rave reviews about Saw XXII, I might once again watch it, but after the first 5 hoping to have any of them offer me something other than a wincing squirm in my seat, I have officially given up.


Hot Tub Time Machine Teaser Trailer Online

Barely any reason to call it RedBand, it is worth mentioning that there are some colourful words in the teaser trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, all of which I was desensitized to when I was 4.

There is only ONE thing that has me giving any of this any hope. John fucking Cusack! I have NEVER seen anything with him in it that was bad, but this makes me wonder how he got there as the three other characters did nothing for me.

“I almost passed out, your such a dork”?? That doesn’t make any sense. Though I do like the kid claiming he could figure out why it is scientifically possible because he writes Stargate Fanfic. That was at least a little funny.

But John Cusack. Seriously. It has to be somewhat funny right?


Best Twilight Picture Ever

This is the single greatest Twilight picture ever. A couple of TMB readers sent this to me today… glorious! Check it out after the jump. (by the way… if anyone knows who made this please let me know asap)


Denzel Washington Gets Back On The Train For “Unstoppable”

Movie production is not an easy process for anyone involved. Before the cameras even start rolling there are a million details and delicate deals that have to be made. The process can be nothing short of a nightmare sometimes. A good case in point is the upcoming project by director Tony Scott titled “Unstoppable“.

“Unstoppable” revolves around a high speed runaway train filled with toxic chemicals speeding out of control and an engineer who is trying to stop it before disaster strikes.

The film was all set to shoot, and then Fox stopped in and halted production due to budget concerns. They approached Denzel Washington (the star of the movie) to request he take a pay cut and in response Washington walked off the project.

However, it appears that Washington has reached a deal with Fox, has rejoined the film and production of the movie is set to move forward again. I told you it can get complicated.

No official word yet on when the movie will begin production yet at this point. Stay tuned. (Source: Screenlog)

James Wan To Write And Direct Castlevania

Oh good… here comes another video game movie. Actually it’s a video game movie that has been trying to get off the ground for years now and it appears it’s finally moving forward (is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’ll leave that up to you to decide).

The man behind the first couple of “Saw” movies and in recent days flicks like “Death Sentence” and “Dead Silence”, James Wan, has just signed on to co-write and direct the feature film adaptation of the video game “Castlevania“.

The good folks over at Bloody Disgusting give us this:

James Wan, the co-mastermind behind the Saw franchise, and director of Dead Silence and Death Sentence, will be co-writing and directing Castlevania for producer Paul W.S. Anderson. Inside you’ll find a tid-bit from Wan about his forthcoming adaptation. Sylvain White was originally slated to direct. Castlevania is an adaptation of the popular NES game from the 80’s that has since become a massive video game franchise.

“I’m very fresh on this project, so its early stages and I’m still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it,” James Wan tells Bloody-Disgusting in an exclusive chat. “I’ll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about.

I’m not sure how to feel about this.

First of all… it’s a video game movie… and we all know that they ALL suck. No exceptions.

Secondly… James Wan. The first Saw was pretty good. I didn’t mind the second one at all. But wow… Dead Silence was all kinds of terrible, and despite how cool Death Sentence looked, it ended up disappointing most people… including me.

Yeah… not much hope for this one.

Set Rogen Talks Some Green Hornet Video From Comic Con

Every movie production has some drama to go through even before the cameras start rolling. The Green Hornet project is no exception. They’ve already lost one director and one star… but still they soldier on and are set to shoot now.

They’re even at Comic Con showing off some stuff to generate some publicity (including the new Green Hornet Car that will be used in the film). Seth Rogen took a minute to talk about how the film was coming together and a little about the action the film is going to have:

Some of Today’s Twilight Video From Comic Con

Ok kiddies, calm down. Yes yes yes… I know what you’ve all been waiting for is some video from the various press junkets and panels of Twilight from Comic Con that were held today (and are actually still going on).

Frankly there’s nothing exciting (nor is there ever at these things… they all give the same scripted answers every single time no matter what movie you’re talking about). But still… here you go:

Danny DeVito Introduces The Blood Factory

I really like Danny DeVito both as an actor and as a director (I still can’t believe more people don’t see “Death To Smootchy” as the brilliant piece of comic genius that it is).

Not many people know that DeVito is also a major horror fan. As a matter of fact, he’s just launched his new site called “The Blood Factory“. The site is home to a bunch of original short horror films that he calls “Splatter Cuts” (nice name).

Right now there are about 5 horror shorts there you can go see. For now, here’s a funny little promo video Danny did for Comic Con

First Look At Iron Man Mark IV Battle Armor

The world is converged right now in San Diego at the annual Comic Con and one of the reveals has been Iron Man 2’s new armor. Vic from Screenrant was walking the floor and came across this display booth set up by Marvel showcasing the 3 versions of the Iron Man armor used in the first movie, and a brand new 4th outfit (clearly going to be used for Iron Man 2)

The cool thing about the display case is that the Mark III still has all the battle damage on it Tony suffered when fighting Iron Monger at the end of Iron Man 1.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Iron Man 2 just isn’t going to satisfy like Iron Man 1 did… but keep in mind I did originally think that the first Iron Man movie would be all that good and I was dead wrong about that.

This Is Exactly What I Was Talking About

Last night I put up a video blog about the over-crowding at Comic Con and how the line ups for things are just far too insane to even consider going to panels for (especially when I can just find out everything that gets revealed at the panels online 5 minutes after they’re done). My buddy Kris over at In Contention put up this picture of the line up today for the Twilight panel. See what I’m talking about? The line was probably already half that size last night. Uggg… no thanks.

Video Blog: Twilight At Comic Con And Why I’m Not Going

The annual Comic Con festivities are set to kick into high gear down in San Diego. The event has gone from a comic book convention to the single biggest movie PR event of the year… and this year… you really might as well call it Twilight-Con as fans are getting in line more than 24 hours in advance to see the Twilight panel.

I however, am not going to Comic Con this year as I’ve decided to take a pass after attending the last two years. Today on my video blog I just talk about Twilight mania at the Con and why I decided not to go this year.

Nightmare On Elm Street Banner From Comic Con

We already had our first look at Freddy earlier today from the upcoming new Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Now we get a glimpse at the first Nightmare banner that’s being hung over at Comic Con in San Diego.

Like the earlier Freddy picture, it’s pretty clear that they’re going for the classic look and style of the original film. It’ll be interesting to see what direction it goes in from here.

Picture comes courtesy of ShockTillYouDrop

First Look At The New Freddy Krueger

There was a lot of complaining when it was announced that the great Robert Englund would not be returning as Freddy Krueger for the new Nightmare on Elm Street relaunch. To me it made sense. It’s a new beginning for the franchise, so you NEED to change actors. I love Englund… but you need a new Freddy for a new start.

Replacing him wasn’t going to be easy, but they ended up making the PERFECT choice when they cast Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach from The Watchmen).

Anyway, the good folks over at Coming Soon are giving us our first peek at what Freddy is looking like. He’s still in the shadows here, but they are CLEARLY not moving far away from the classic look of the character. What do you think?

Holy Crap These G.I. Joe Clips Look Like SHIT!

My jaw is on the floor. There is this new clip out for the upcoming G.I. Joe movie, and I’m completely in awe of how terrible the visual effects look. No seriously… they look like half assed video game cut scenes.

Just look at how bad and animated the characters look. And right at the beginning of the clip watch the character’s “face” when he says “I don’t have them. Where are they”? It looks SOOOOO fake. It’s so animated you might as well slap Roger Rabbit in the scene. Check it out:

The real shame is that the scene looks like it might have been a half decent action sequence, but the effects are so bad I can’t get around it. Anyone have any hope left? I still have a little… not much… next to none… but a small glimmer.

A True Bruce Lee Movie Coming Soon?

Bruce Lee has been protrayed in many different films before (my personal favorite was 1993’s “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” which I thought was a very human movie.

However, the real life siblings of Bruce Lee are saying that while some of those projects are good… many of them make up far too much stuff that isn’t true to the life of Lee, and they want that set straight. So they’re commissioning another movie to be made about him that will be much more true to his real life.

In their words: “There will be kung fu … But more importantly, we want to portray the real Bruce Lee. What is the real Bruce Lee like? He was very humorous. He was very obedient to his parents. He was very kind to his family”

The producer of the new project says it will probably be a trilogy with the first part focusing on the teenage years of Bruce Lee.

Sounds interesting to me. Sign me up!

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