WEEDS (season 5)

Two episodes deep into the fifth season of Weeds, let’s take a look at where Nancy Botwin is headed—it’s disturbing and bleak, and involves being forcibly bent over a table. And what of her dysfunctional brood? Spoilers ahead. /Film will consider posting regular Weeds wrap-ups if there is enough reader interest. Let us know.

Over the last three days, I’ve read complaints online from a number of Weeds viewers who feel that the second episode, “Machetes Up Top,” is simply too dark. To be honest, I’m surprised I haven’t come across more of these sentiments; but we’re now in the fifth season, and the majority of viewers who have stuck around expect such testy slaps. For many, pleasurable guilt is part of the show’s appeal: Weeds is famously a love/hate series in and outside the tube. Since its debut in 2005, the series has embraced the modern, twisted anti-hero, one named Nancy Botwin molded in the fresh and hot shape of a drug-peddling MILF. Four years later, the television landscape is peppered with all kinds of charming killers, drug-pushers, gluttons, and sex fiends. And for better or worse, Weeds has confronted the trend and its anti-hero competitors by playing likability limbo hardcore. In 2009, the show’s writers appear dead-set on subjecting her to masochistic, highly self-destructive behavior and situations. How low can a mom get.

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Taraji P. Henson has been cast in the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The Karate Kid. Henson, who was nominated for an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will play Jaden Smith’s character Dre’s mother Sherry.

Forced to relocate to China to keep her job, Dre finds it hard to fit in and gets in an altercation at his school. Jackie Chan plays the Mr. Myiagi character, renamed Mr. Han , who agrees to teach Dre martial arts in order to defend against the students of Li Quan Ha’s Fighting Dragon School of Kung-Fu.

The original film befitted from an A-level acting. Pat Morita’s performance in the first Karate Kid was good enough to earn him an Oscar Nomination. Does an Oscar-nominated actress give this remake any credibility? As long as the film is still titled “The Karate Kid”, I vote “No.”

source: MTV

Clash of the Titans

Warner Bros Pictures has issued an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography on Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans. I’ve included the whole press release after the jump, and it is actually worth reading because it includes a detailed cast and crew breakdown, and plot synopsis. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 26th 2010.

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Just to update the story we posted a couple days ago , Michael Bay has NOT joined twitter. The REAL Bay posted a message on the online message board of his official website stating that he “will never have a Twitter account”.

“Twitter. Never. What a waste of time,” wrote Bay.

The confusion began when MichaelBay.com, the official site of the film director added a link directing fans to the director’s twitter account. I contacted Bay’s official webmaster, who “confirmed” that the account was legit. Who knows exactly where the lines got crossed, but it turns out the account is not real.

A Little Context for the New Kick Ass Photos

HitFix have published three new official images from Matthew Vaughan’s Kickass, one of which you can see above. I think I can  more or less where each fits in the screenplay, and thought I might provide you a little bit of context to clue you in, the better to understand the images.

In the first you see Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski, the titular Kickass, in full costume and posing with two batons.  As he’s looking into the lens, I thought it most likely comes from an early scene in which he poses in front of a mirror.  The scene begins with Dave in his underwear, looking lost and alone, but a package has arrived and when he opens it, he pulls out his Kickass gear, suits up and is immediately transformed.

Making Dave look like a kid when he’s out of costume is going to be crucial to making the film work, to capturing the absurdity of this being just a normal child going out and risking their life. Read More »

Delgo Sets Record for Worst Wide-Release Opening Ever

Jonathan Crow at Yahoo Movies reports that this weekend, a small animated film named Delgo opened on 2,160 screens and made a paltry $511,920. According to Crow’s break down, that’s an average of about $237 per screen, or about two people in the theater per showing. By comparison, Doubt made $507,226 this weekend, but it only played on a miniscule 15 screens. This means that Delgo essentially breaks a record for the worst opening ever for a wide release film (Head on over to Box Office Mojo’s list of “Worst Openings at the Box Office for 2,000+ theaters” to see who else made the list).

According to the movie’s IMDB page, Delgo’s plot summary is as follows: “In an exotic divided land, Delgo, an adventurous dreamer but naive teenager, must rally his group of troubled youth and some unlikely friends to protect their world from conflict between the terrestrial Lockni people, who harness the mysteries of the land, and the winged Nohrin people, who rule the skies.” Sounds like a standard animated film plotline geared towards kids, but the reason the movie failed seems to be two-fold: Lackluster execution and virtually non-existent marketing.

Check out Crow’s post for a detailing of how the movie was conceived and created. It’s a tragic story about the hardships of independent filmmaking and the occasional futility of independent distribution.

Discuss: Did you see Delgo this weekend? Have you ever even heard of Delgo?

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Character Posters

Paramount Pictures has released four new character posters for Stephen Sommer‘s big screen live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The posters were on display at a licensing fair in June, but Filmz.ru is the first site to have official scans. The posters feature (clockwise) Ray Park as Snake Eyes, Marlon Wayans as Ripcord, Channing Tatum as Duke, and Sienna Miller as Baroness. What is with Paramount’s marketing department and their obsession with desaturated character shots recently?

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite co-ed GI JOE team, based from it’s headquarters The Pit, deploys the latest in next-gen spy and military equipment to fight crooked arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious COBRA organization from plunging the world into chaos.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hits theaters on August 7th 2009.

Not much is known about Judd Apatow‘s next film Funny People, that is until now. /Film brings you an exclusive look at the cast and characters of Apatow’s new film. Some photos courtesy of liezl was here.

Adam Sandler plays a 42-year old comic named George Simmons. He’s had a good run, and even had a nice movie career. He has everything you could want: an expensive car, a big house, and a great sense of humor. The women want him and the guys want to be his friend. He knows a lot of people but has no close friends, probably because he’s a very miserable and self-involved person. One day he learns that he has a rare untreatable blood disorder, and only has six months to a year left to live. This is the the beginning of the film. Pretty good hook, eh?

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