When Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger landed this summer and turned into a reasonable hit, one hope held by comic fans was that Johnston’s 1991 adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’30s-set comic The Rocketeer would finally be given a Blu-ray release.

The Disney film was a flop in the summer of ’91 but has earned a cult following thanks to Johnston’s lively use of ’30s action/adventure serial style and the simple appeal of a mechanic who becomes a sort of hero when a jetpack falls into his possession.

Disney talked about a sequel before the film flopped, and Johnston says he still wants to make another film featuring the characters. A sequel isn’t likely to happen if no one knows about the original film, however. The lackluster DVD release Disney once gave The Rocketeer hasn’t done anything to earn the film new fans. But in December the movie will hit Blu-ray, giving people a chance to get a good look at the movie that was among the first wave of modern comic book adaptations. Read More »

‘Salvation Boulevard’ Trailer

Salvation Boulevard is a film that found distribution at Sundance likely thanks to a high-power cast, because the reviews were middling and occasionally dismal. The roster for this comedy that skewers personality run amok and the power of fringe religious organizations is pretty serious: Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan, Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly.

Reading reviews, which largely took the film to task for being unfunny, I wasn’t certain what to expect from the film. But a trailer is out in the wild now, and it makes clear that a lot of manic energy went into this movie. It also suggests that despite the wild mugging of actors who are usually more controlled (Jennifer Connelly, for example) the picture might be more noise and fury than anything else. (Which is to say, it might just be crap.) Too bad, because the cast has so much promise. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

Pictured above: Sexual predator.

Last week I took a shot at dissecting the allegorical significance of Sucker Punch, in which a troubled girl fights to take back control of her sexuality at the hands of depraved men everywhere, and does so through elaborate song-and-dance action sequences. Where others seemed to get wrapped up in the potentially disconcerting message that the literal text was selling, I sought to examine what the subtext had intended to sell. And it’s with a similar goal in mind that I’ll now be ruining Labyrinth for you forever.

[Editor’s Note: This interpretation of the film is strictly that, and does not necessarily reflect the intended vision of the creator.] Read More »

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“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

Offensive, or just offensively unfunny?

The former, according to GLAAD, and the latter, according to me. This is the line that opens the first trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, and it’s caused some controversy amongst those trying to fight against the use of the word ‘gay’ as an openly accepted pejorative. (The new trailer, meanwhile, can be found after the break.) Read More »

Movie Trailer: Ron Howard’s The Dilemma

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Universal has released a movie trailer for Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him (with a guy played by Channing Tatum) and is unsure how he should break the news. And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that. Jennifer Connelly also plays the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. The comedy is written by Allan Loeb, the screenwriter of 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Switch. Looks a bit too generic for my tastes. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)

The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.

Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.

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Ron Howard‘s Cheaters already has Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder. Now it has put out an offer to Jennifer Connelly for what will be, for her, a rare comedic role. She would be Vaughn’s girlfriend; Vaughn plays a guy torn on the question of whether or not to tell his best friend (James) that his wife (Ryder) is cheating on him. [Deadline]

After the break, Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri make up part of the weird cast for a horse racing movie, and Olga Kurylenko joins a massive CGI adventure. Read More »

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Madonna is lining up some impressive talent for her sophomore directorial effort. W.E. already features Vera Farmiga and Abbie Cornish, and has now added Ewan McGregor. The film features parallel narratives. In one, McGregor will play King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the American woman Wallis Simpson, played by Farmiga. The other storyline features Cornish as a modern woman obsessed with Simpson, and who is having an affair with a yet to be cast man. Madonna wrote the script for W.E. with Alex Keshishian. [Screen Daily]

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Newmarket To Distribute Creation

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When Creation played Toronto to largely dismissive reviews, the film’s producer attempted to drum up interest by manufacturing controversy. He claimed that the film wasn’t finding distribution in the US because of active Christian resistance to a film about Charles Darwin. So there’s no small irony to the fact that it has now been picked up for US distribution by Newmarket Films, the distributor of The Passion of the Christ. Read More »

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Creation Movie Trailer

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One of the trailers we missed last week was the British promotional trailer for Jon Amiel‘s Creation. Based on the book Annie’s Box by Randal Keynes, the great-grandson of Charles Darwin, the film tells the story of a world-renowned scientist who conceives a book which will essentially prove the non-existence of God. Of course we’re talking about Charles Darwin and “The Origin of Species.” The film tells the story on a more personal scale, telling how the “global revolution played out in confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child.” Paul Bettany stars as Darwin, and Jennifer Connelly plays his wife Emma. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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