Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Much as we appreciate big-budget blockbusters that aim to be deep or emotional or to impart profound life lessons, there comes a point in every summer when all we want to do is enjoy some expensive, well crafted mayhem.
Arriving just in time for that moment this year is Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down. The first wave of reactions has just hit the web, and by most accounts (including Peter’s and Germain’s) it’s the perfect summer blockbuster: big, silly, and dumb, in the best possible way. Hit the jump to get the buzz.
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Whether it’s about a real movie, like the documentary Room 237, or a fake movie, like in Robert Altman’s The Player, there’s a lot of potential in making a movie about another movie. There’s just something special about taking the post-movie experience of analyzing and sharing opinions and moving it from the lobby into the theater. And while it happens on a pretty frequent basis, rarely do major blockbusters get the star treatment.
A director calling himself Ivo Shandor (more on that below) is making his own movie about a movie, but he’s tackling a true fan favorite: Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year. He’s made a documentary called Spook Central, which takes the 1984 blockbuster and dissects it looking for subtext, subliminal messages and more. The first trailer is out now and whether you like it or not, there’s no way you’ll watch Ghostbusters the same ever again. Read More »
Doctor Who isn’t the only big geek property that is the subject of rumor today. Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and the likely Amazing Spider-Man 3) and James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy are both the subject of rumor, with each specifically talking about a villainous character. The Spidey rumors are more likely to be substantial reveals than the Guardians one, but both remain unconfirmed at this point.
We’ll keep all the actual detailed talk until after the break, to prevent those who don’t want to be spoiled from learning anything. Read More »
Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
After all that chatter about Sam Mendes‘ hesitation to return for the next James Bond pic, and all that fanfare about which other filmmakers might land the job, the latest word is that Mendes is looking likely to helm the next installment after all. And possibly even the one after that. Hit the jump to get the details. Read More »
Today you may be seeing rumors that Sony is going to sell off rights to Spider-Man. It’s all based on six degrees of uninformed speculation, which is to say: don’t believe it for a second. The point of the real conversation going on is that the Sony Entertainment division — music and movies, in other words — is the profitable arm of the company, and has been propping up Sony as a whole while the electronics divisions lose money.
That being the case, why would the company even think of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Answer: it would not. You might want to see Marvel Studios produce an Avengers 2 that features Spider-Man, but it ain’t happening. Not without a very unlikely partnership with Sony, at least. Details below. Read More »
Usually, set photos of a character’s street clothes aren’t that big a deal. People like to see pics of a hero’s costume when it’s our first look at a character, and maybe shots of regular old street clothes are good to demonstrate the period accuracy of a film. But these set pics from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are a different story, because they suggest something very specific about a scene in the film.
To be kind to the spoiler-averse, we’ll put all the big details after the break. Read More »
Briefly: Ruben Fleischer launched his feature career in a big way with Zombieland, made a quick left turn into bitter comedy for 30 Minutes or Less, and then hit a big bump with Gangster Squad. The problems with that last film are many (beginning with a terrible script) and so here’s hoping that his next film starts on better footing, and has a much better fate.
That next film might be a currently untitled sci-fi/fantasy movie for Sony, as Fleischer been set to produce and direct after bringing the idea to the studio. Eric Pearson (a Pixar vet with two Black List-ranked scripts) has been set to write, but we don’t have any details about the plot at this point. Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter for Warner Bros., but that is a project that has taken so long to move forward that we wouldn’t be surprised if this new Sony project gets to the starting line first. [The Wrap]
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