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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
With its unique animated style and innovative approach to documentary filmmaking, Waltz with Bashir is a fascinating experiment, and one that proves to work very well in connection with the compelling, emotionally powerful subject matter (following one man’s attempts to remember what happened during an Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War). If you’re the type of person who feels the need to watch a documentary more than once, then by all means, this is well worth the purchase, but for everyone else, it makes for an essential one-time viewing. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: A director’s commentary, a Q & A with Director Ari Folman, and 2 featurettes (“Surreal Soldiers: Making Waltz with Bashir”, “Building the Scenes – Animatics”).
Let’s have a vote. I’ll give you three film titles and you decide which one you’re looking forward to most: G-Force, the Guinea pig action comedy; Prince of Persia, the videogame adaptation; Confessions of a Shopaholic, the chick-lit-turned-chick-flick.
I voted for Confessions of a Shopaholic, because I’m quite a fan of PJ Hogan but something tells me Prince of Persia came out in front in our little vote there (and at time of writing it hasn’t even happened yet). I think that film might be fine, sure. I like Jake Gyllenhaal, I like Gemma Arterton, and Mike Newell’s never really upset me.
So, regarding our vote. Those three films are produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and he’s apparently cooked up a little bit of marketing synergy to give each of them a push from another. According to the MTV movie blog team, a Times Square scene about half way through Shopaholic is going to feature plugs for G-Force, Prince and other, as yet unidentified, Bruckheimer products. Look carefully at the billboards (presumably CGed) into the background and you’ll not only get to see fluffy-wuffy secret agent-wagents, but the world premiere of official Prince of Persia marketing imagery.
Disney has released the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, “a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she’s hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt.”
“While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can’t quite get her foot in the door—that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity. But when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control…and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what’s really important in life. Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) stars in the film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director P.J. Hogan (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”), based on the best-selling series of books by British author Sophie Kinsella.”
When I first heard about this project, a couple friends pitched the book at me as a “Devil Wears Prada”-like tale about shopping. Fisher has shown nothing but promise, and Prada ended up being one of those unexpected guilty pleasures. But I’m not impressed by the trailer for Shopaholic in the least. Probably because it doesn’t seem like anything beyond the typical chick flick. Am I wrong? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
Confessions of a Shopaholic hits theaters on February 13th 2009.
Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:
The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.
The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.
The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.
The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.
The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.
Every-time I’m a Borders or Barnes and Nobles, I run into Sophie Kinsella’s bestselling book Confessions of a Shopaholic. I’m a guy, and the book seems to be targeted for the opposite sex, so I’ve never actually picked it up or skimmed through the pages. The last time I went to the book store, I actually made a bet with myself that I would run into the book. I tried to avoid it, and my entire bookstore visit was Shopaholic free, UNTIL there it was, right when I went to checking out. But the good thing about gambling with yourself is when you lose you also win. So I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for a big screen adaptation to be announced.
Our friends at MadAboutMovies report that P.J. Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding,Â My Best Friend’s Wedding, Peter Pan) will bring the book to the big screen. Marina compares the book to The Devil Wears Prada, which was certainly one of my guilty pleasures of last year (the film, not the book). So if this film is half as good, and they get someone cute like Anne Hathaway or Mandy Moore to star, I’m there. But what’s this book about anyway? Here is the book description:
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she’s never looked better….Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it-not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank-letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read-and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life-and the lives of those around her-forever.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times-and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.
Shooting begins November in New York City (looks like they might have moved the locale).