The summer of ’08 was a pretty great one for superheroes, with Iron Man kicking off the blockbuster season and The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk following months after. One superpowered film that proved not up to par that season, however, was Peter Berg’s Hancock. Starring Will Smith as a disgraced vigilante superhero, the movie seemed at first like a breath of fresh air, but ultimately left viewers disappointed thanks to a poorly conceived, poorly executed plot twist and an oddly uneven tone. Still, it was a box office success, so it wasn’t long before rumors began floating around of a Hancock 2.

Fast-forward three and a half years, and not only are we barely any closer to getting a second Hancock, I’d wager that most moviegoers have forgotten about the first Hancock altogether. Berg and Smith haven’t, though, and Berg insists that the sequel is still in the works — it’s just a matter of getting everyone’s schedules to line up properly. Read more after the jump.

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9poster1In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, get blown away by the trailer for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, reflect on the creative bankruptcy of the first Hancock, and share a few remembrances of the great Patrick Swayze.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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Will Smith Confirms Hancock Sequel

Did you enjoy Hancock? Too bad, Will Smith says a sequel is “definitely” happening, telling JoBlo that there are a lot of unexplored characters in the Hancock universe that would be ripe for a sequel. I’m actually one of the few who liked Hancock, or at least the first half of it. But I have absolutely no interest in a sequel. Unfortunately, Hancock grossed over $623 million worldwide, which solidifies the idea to movie studio executives. But the real question is: Will moviegoers pay for a second Hancock film? Answer: Yes, because all Will Smith films make huge bank.

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, Circuit City, 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.

Rent It

24: REDEMPTION
After all of the speculation and build-up surrounding news of a 24 movie, it was hard to be anything other than disappointed when it was revealed to be nothing more than a made-for-television prequel to the new season. But hey, after a year and a half long hiatus since 24 was last on the air, fans will probably just be happy to see Jack Bauer kicking ass again. And with season 6 referred to by many as one of the show’s worst to date, this 2-hour special event is a clever way to give the series a clean slate.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Extended Edition “Creator’s Cut” featuring over ten minutes of never-before-seen footage (not shown in the television broadcast version), “Making Of” documentary, “Children of War” featurette, Cast/Crew Commentary, “24″ Season 6 in Four Minutes featurette, Season 7 Sneak Peek – First 16 minutes of the premiere episode.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 3-Disc ($22.99) includes: digital copy, behind the scenes footage and Rocco DeLuca music video.
Where? Best Buy.

Skip It

HANCOCK
(Available as single-disc rated, single-disc unrated and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
By far the most disappointing movie I’ve seen all year, Hancock fails just about every rule of filmmaking when it comes to delivering a cohesive narrative, likely due to constant script rewrites and studio meddling. The premise itself is very intriguing, and for the film’s first half, it works. But at about the halfway point, a completely random and arbitrary plot twist is thrown into play, and from that point onward the film continues its downward spiral of ridiculousness and irrelevance until finally concluding with a half-assed attempt at a dramatic and emotional climax. Not even Will Smith’s charisma could save this poorly-executed twist on the superhero genre.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc versions include the following featurettes: ‘Superhumans: The Making of Hancock’, ‘Seeing the Future’, ‘Building a Better Hero’, ‘Bumps and Bruises’, and ‘Mere Mortals: Behind the Scenes with Dirty Pete’. The 2-Disc Unrated Edition includes (among the aforementioned featurettes) a digital copy of the film and two additional featurettes (‘Home Life’, and ‘Suiting Up’).

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive deluxe ($22.99) has pop-up packaging and collectible lithograph from film.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Steelbook for 2-Disc Edition ($22.99).
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 3-Disc Limited Edition ($22.99) includes bonus disc “How to be Super: The Users Guide to Hancock”.
Where? Circuit City.

FRED CLAUS
I’ve heard nothing but negative things about Fred Claus, which is a real shame considering how promising its premise is. With Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the leading roles and Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin in the director’s chair, I can only imagine the possibilities had this been an R-rated twist on the Christmas film genre (a la Bad Santa) instead of merely being a PG family-friendly entry in it. Just imagine it: weeks before Christmas, everything was going great for Santa… until his alcoholic, sex-addicted brother Fred Claus showed up to ruin it all. What do you think? Would you pay to see that?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Director commentary and 25 minutes of deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.49

SPACE CHIMPS
In a year where we have Wall-E, Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and Horton Hears a Who!, there’s just no room for such an utterly forgettable and dated-feeling animated family film as Space Chimps. Why bother wasting your time?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: “Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session” featurette.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy both Space Chimps and Meet Dave.
Where? Circuit City.

MEET DAVE
Excluding Dreamgirls and voice work, here’s every film Eddie Murphy has done since the beginning of 2000: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Dr. Dolittle 2, Showtime, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Daddy Day Care, The Haunted Mansion, and Norbit. After all that, there’s no reason anyone should be surprised by the awfulness of Meet Dave, his latest entry in the “OH GOD PLEASE KILL ME NO I MEAN IT I CAN’T KEEP WATCHING I WAN’T TO DIE SO MUCH RIGHT NOW” genre.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Crew Confessions and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

FREAKS & GEEKS (YEARBOOK EDITION)
Talk about a slap to the face for dedicated fans of the show. This DVD set originally came out in 2004 (along with the regular version of the complete series) as a Limited Edition that you could only buy online, with only 25,000 copies in print. It eventually sold out at the beginning of 2007. The fact that it retailed around $170 was ludicrous but somewhat justified by the DVD’s status as a collector’s item. Now though, Shout Factory is re-releasing the set without the “Limited Edition” label, and for the exact same price no less. That’s close to three times as much as you have to pay for the regular edition, and the only differences are the 40-page yearbook packaging and two extra discs of bonus material (which admittedly aren’t much better than what’s available on the previous 6 discs).
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: The first 6 discs are the same as the regular edition, so all those special features are included. The extra two discs include: Museum of Television & Radio Panel, Table Read, Deleted Scenes, Original Cast Auditions, Raw Footage, Mr. Rosso Live In Concert, Photo Galleries, NBC Promos, and Behind the Scenes footage.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $119.99 $109.99 N/A
Amazon – $119.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Bottle Rocket (Criterion Collection)A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection)Beverly Hills 90210 (Season 6)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

“Black Friday” Sales: You can view the “Black Friday” deals for Best Buy, Circuit City and Target over HERE. Scans of the ads can be downloaded in either .zip or .pdf formats.

$29.99 – The Simpsons (Season 11), The Office (Season 4), and more…


$74.99 – The OC (Complete Series)
$99.99 – Sex and the City (Complete Series)
$24.99 – 007: James Bond – Ultimate Edition (Volumes 1 – 4)

$3.99 – Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Reign Over Me, Jarhead, Breach, Underworld, Revolver, The Break-Up, Robots, and more…

$6.99 – Michael Clayton, The Kingdom, Bee Movie, Hairspray, Knocked Up, Blood Diamond, We Own the Night, Semi-Pro, Balls of Fury, The Golden Compass, and more…


$6.99 – I Am Legend (2-Disc Special Edition), The Departed (2-Disc Special Edition), 300 (2-Disc Special Edition), Ocean’s Thirteen, Michael Clayton, The Golden Compass, Hairspray, The Brave One, and more…

$12.99 – Oz (Seasons 1 – 6), The Venture Bros. (Seasons 1 – 2), Robot Chicken (Seasons 1 – 2), and more…

$2.99 – Borat, Road to Perdition, Catch Me if You Can, Tomb Raider, The Omen, The Talented Mr. Ripley, What Dreams May Come, Prime, Undercover Brother, The Manchurian Candidate, Planet of the Apes, Changing Lanes, Red Dragon, Be Cool, Coneheads, Johnny Dangerously, 48 Hrs., Tears of Endearment, Baseketball, Friday the 13th, Amistad, Rules of Engagement, The Ring, The Saint, Serpico, Joy Ride, Enemy at the Gates, The Truman Show, Kiss the Girls, and much more…

LOL: The Dark Cock

Someone supposedly took this photo while a Portland movie theater was in the middle of changing the marque from Hancock to The Dark Knight. Photoshopped or not, our inner voices still laughed like Beavis and Butthead when we saw it. Of course, on the outside, I gave it a rude look of disgust. Thanks to our friends at The Playlist for the tip.

via: Evil Beet

Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

Will Ferrell to Star in Two Face

You want a token joke in this post about The Dark Knight? We don’t joke about TDK here at Slashfilm. Will Ferrell is in talks to star in Two Face (also called 2-Face), a split-personality dramedy in which he’ll play one-part boisterous liberal and one-part racist. We imagine Ferrell sitting in a puffy chair enjoying a small cup of Chai tea, a craft of sweet tea and watching CNN and Fox News simultaneously. A riot!

No director is attached, but the script was written by Vince Gilligan, who scribed Hancock but also created and writes the AMC series Breaking Bad, currently one of the radder shows on TV. Ferrell’s interest in the script goes back sometime, and we’re expecting a nice bookend to Stranger Than Fiction rather than his 50th lesson in wrestling bears/John C. Reilly and belching. Ferrell recently signed to star as Watson in Sherlock Holmes for producer Judd “Attila of Comedy” Apatow, opposite the Borat guy.

Discuss: Ferrell serious, Ferrell funnay, Ferrell funnay-serious.

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