Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
The gorgeously shot, effervescently soundtracked trailers for Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring have done an excellent job of appealing to lots of different groups: arthouse aficionados, Harry Potter fans, even mainstream audiences who just love a good ripped-from-the-headlines drama. But there’s at least one person who was completely turned off by the latest version.
In a series of tweets, real-life Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers blasted the upcoming film as “trashy and inaccurate,” declaring that she has “no intention of seeing this film.” It’s a pretty dramatic change of heart from an earlier statement she wrote about the movie, in which she expressed her optimism that Coppola would “shed light to the truth.” So what is it about the new trailer that’s got her so riled up? Read her words after the jump.
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Just how secretive will everything be once J.J. Abrams gets to work on Star Wars Episode VII? If you listen to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the answer is “not as bad as you think.” In an interview with ScreenSlam, Kennedy addressed the secrecy currently surrounding the highly anticipated film and promised to “embrace” the fans appetite for information once the film starts shooting. She said the current level of secrecy is something they’ll “monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.” Read More »
We saw this one coming. A quote surfaced yesterday in which Michael Bay said “I will apologize for Armageddon.” And while the context of the article in which it appeared made pretty clear that Bay was just talking about the rushed post-production of the film, that didn’t stop many from simply saying that Bay was writing off the movie itself.
The director isn’t slow to issue clarifications when this sort of thing happens, and indeed he has posted a note on his own site. The short quote is “I’m proud of Armageddon,” and we’ve got the full text explaining what he was really saying, below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s Autobots and Decepticons versus Jaegers and Kaiju. Sort of. Earlier this week at CinemaCon, Michael Bay made some vague comments about the “rip-off” robot movies that have followed his Transformers franchise. While he didn’t name names, folks wondered if he might be dissing Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim. Del Toro seemed to take it that way, too, giving a snarky response to press.
But Bay has now clarified that he wasn’t talking about del Toro at all, and in fact that he and del Toro have already squashed their supposed feud. An epic war for the fate of the world, this isn’t. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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It’s no secret Iron Man 3 marks the end of Robert Downey Jr.‘s contract with Marvel. The actor has been vocal about it, the president of the studio Kevin Feige has talked about it, but everyone agreed concentrating on Iron Man 3 was the most important thing. That film is now done and hitting theaters in mere days. So talk once again turns to Downey’s future with Marvel. The actor’s charismatic turn as billionaire playboy Tony Stark is credited for igniting the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while he feels like an integral part of that universe Downey recently revealed he has an end in mind for his Marvel run.
In a new interview with GQ magazine, the actor said he’s had a ton of fun playing Iron Man and hasn’t decided anything for sure, but suggests about three more years is as far as he can go with the role, at least physically. After that, he’d like to direct and star in a Halloween-set thriller. Read the quotes below. Read More »
Alan Ritchson promises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is better than people think. The actor, who is playing Raphael in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, told The Hollywood Reporter ”everything you read online” about the film “is wrong.” He said “people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong,” then promised “it’s gonna look way better than anyone can imagine.” Watch the interview below. Read More »
It all started with a tweet. That tweet above, to be specific. Monday afternoon director Edgar Wright tweeted that “Aside from The World’s End, I directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?” with the hashtag “I probably will not tell.” Twelve minutes later, he tweeted “Yeah. Some of you got it right.”
Many more people have replied to Wright after that 12 minutes but, looking just at the first few tweets there’s one film that’s mentioned way more than anything else: Iron Man 3. Which would make sense. Wright is set to next make Ant-Man, a Marvel movie, and a cameo would be very cool. Alas, Wright “exclusively revealed” that his shot is NOT in Iron Man 3. Back to the guessing game.
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When Disney announced they’d be making new Star Wars movies, one person many people thought would be perfect to direct was Neill Blomkamp. The director of District 9 and the upcoming Elysium has already exhibited an incredible talent to make high octane sci-fi action with rich characters and complex themes. Just the kind of stuff that made the original Star Wars movies great.
J.J. Abrams, not Blomkamp, is directing Star Wars Episode VII. Before that was official, however, Abrams said he didn’t think he could direct because ”it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series.” At Monday’s Elysium press event, also attended by Star Wars Episode VII producer and Star Wars spinoff writer, Simon Kinberg, Blomkamp said something incredibly similar.
When asked if he would ever circle back to the two unique worlds he created in District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp said he has more to explore in the world of District 9, and that’s easy because it’s a world he built. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone. That lead to a tangent about his failed attempt at making Halo and, eventually, the sentiment that there are other “pieces of cinema history” and “iconic characters” he’d like to make films about, but he gets “an allergic reaction” when he “dips his toes” in. But “maybe one day I’ll end up doing something like that.” And as he was saying that, Kinberg smirked.
A speculative stretch? Absolutely. But the quote, the context, and more simply scream “Star Wars.” Read the full quotes below. Read More »
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