This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley get extremely disappointed by Jonah Hex, speculate on the prospects of a Ghost Rider sequel, and wonder when movie studios will start delivering movies to people when they want, in the ways that they want them. Special guest Greg Mariotti joins us from Pixar Talk.
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The last we reported on the Ghost Rider sequel nobody wants, David Goyer had mentioned that the studio was using his 9-year old script as the basis. Our good friend Frosty over at Collider recently got a chance to speak with producer Mike De Luca about the sequel, and came away with a number of updates (which I’m sure the lot of you have been waiting for with bated breath). The film is tentatively titled Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance, and De Luca confirmed that director Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) and Eva Mendes won’t be returning.
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/Film reader Tom H noticed that the same exact shot from Ghost Rider, was used in the new trailer for The International. Both films are produced by Columbia Pictures / Sony, so they obviously own the rights to the footage. In the Ghost Rider clip, which can be seen here, the car explodes as Ghost Rider rides by the car on his bike. In the International trailer, the Ghost Rider CG is absent, and the clip is shown right after someone enters something into an ATM machine. I’m assuming the clip is only used to make the trailer more exciting and won’t appear in the actual film. But you never know, last year we did find Michael Bay recycling footage shot for Pearl Harbor in Transformers.
We’ve written extensively about Mighty Muggs in past editions of Cool Stuff (Star Wars Waves 1 & 2, Indiana Jones, Waves 3 & 4 of Star Wars and even a couple Comic Con exclusives). Hasbro’s line of figures trying to capitalize on the Urban vinyl collectible figure craze have gotten popular, and we haven’t had a chance to catch up. So here is our chance to cover all the figures we missed.
Hasbro has announced Wave #5 which focuses on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie and upcoming television series. Characters will include: Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, and Clone Wars Anakin. Click the above photo to enlarge. Marvel Comics has also launched a bunch of series of Mighty Muggs that we never got the chance to show you. Wave 1 included: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Venom.
Wave 2 includes Thing, Hulk, Dr. Doom and Captain America.
Wave 3 includes Ghost Rider, Doc Ock, Thor, snd Spider-Man (Black).
And the best one of the batch is a Comic-Con Exclusive of Movie Suit Iron Man.
And remember, Mighty Muggs are made from “100% Recycled Awesome”.
Fans rushed to the early showings of 300, drawing sell-out crowds. Imax reported that all 57 of its 12:01 a.m. Friday screenings had sold out as its advance ticket sales for the weekend hit a new record for the month of March. And many of the rest of the nation’s 600 theaters with early morning shows also played to capacity crowds. The movie opens today on 3,100 screens.
Fan websites are hoping that the movie will beat the R-Rated opening weekend reccord held by The Matrix Reloaded. Serious box-office analysts are predicting a $40-$50 million opening weekend, far below the $91 million record. But the studio itself is claiming a weekend gross in the mid-$30 million range is “a more accurate estimate of where things are going to go.” But may-be they are just downplaying the numbers?
Fandango is reporting that advanced sales are twice the rate of Ghost Rider, which opened two weekends ago with $45.4 million.
So even if the film does defy expectations, the only record it has a chance of beating is the March opening held by Ice Age: The Meltdown, which grossed $68 million.
Last week a new Grindhouse movie trailer and Theatrical Poster hit the web. Now we bring you the new Theatrical Banner, which should be hitting your local multi-plex this week. Click on the picture above to see the banner at a higher resolution.
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The new movie trailer hit on Thursday, and today we bring you the New Theatrical Poster.
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Mark Steven Johnson explains why Ghost Rider sucks so bad: “It was a hard R and bleak in my opinion, Johnson says of David Goyer’s early script. “But then the studio says to you, ‘I’m going to let you make your movie, your vision, but you’ve got to make sure it’s a PG-13. We’ve got to make money.’ Which is fair.” So don’t expect the unrated directors cut on DVD: “There’s not an R-rated version, We didn’t shoot that.”
Possitive early reviews of Evan Almighty are streaming in. The Bruce Almighty sequel starring Steve Carell is “funny, heart warming and impactful film – it is a close encounters of the almighty kind,” according to one audience member.
DreamWorks has hired Carter B. Smith (Love Rome) to direct the big screen adaption of Scott Smith’s novel The Ruins. The horror thriller follows four American friends on vacation in Cancún who find themselves lost in the jungle. A Simple Plan author/screenwriter Scott Smith is writing the script.
Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy is getting handed everything now-a-days. Next up will be an adaptation of the canine bestseller Marley & Me. This sounds more Levy’s speed than Flash. I hope he has to drop out of The Hardy Men, because that film has potential. Shooting will start in late April in Los Angeles.
Pop Quiz: How much does it cost to buy an advertisement during the Academy Awards?
Answer: $1.6 million, up from $700,000 in 1995.
New Star Wars video game will hit stores in November. The game allows players to become Darth Vader’s “secret apprentice” and promises to reveal new secrets about the Star Wars galaxy. George Lucas has no shame.
Zooey Deschanel (Elf) has been cast as the Tin Man in SCI FI Channel’s miniseries retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Alan Cumming is playing the Scarecrow-like character of Glitch. Sounds interesting.
Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning will star in the ensemble drama Winged Creatures, about “survivors of a brutal restaurant murder who are left to divine their own individual paths to understanding their mortality and connection to society.”
Warner Bros. are moving back the remake of Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call from August 2007 to January 4, 2008. The movie follows a bunch of people who receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. The film is directed by Eric Valette, and stars Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe and Margaret Cho.
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