Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.
Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.
Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »
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Kevin Smith has cast off ideas of retirement and is instead driving forward with the development and creation of small-budget films based on original ideas that spring out of podcasts and his own fevered brain. The next one is the horror story Tusk, which premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival. At Comic Con, Smith revealed that Tusk is the first film in what he hopes will be a set of Canada-based stories called “The True North Trilogy.”
The second film in the set will be Yoga Hosers, a story about two high school girls who battle evil. The film is described as an “action/adventure movie” that Smith says will effectively be his own comic book movie. Johnny Depp is now set for the film, and the leads will be played by his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
To put it mildly, Johnny Depp is not exactly at a high point in his career. He hasn’t had a solid hit since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and his last three starring roles were outright flops. But on the bright side, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself in the near future.
One of those chances arrives next February in the form of a goofy comedy. Depp plays the title character in Mortdecai, a roguish art dealer racing to recover a stolen painting that could lead to Nazi gold. The first Mortdecai trailer has just been released, and you can watch it after the jump.
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What happens when you combine the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, add a few Oscar-winners, some Tony-winning music and sprinkle a little Disney on top? You get Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.
The film opens Christmas Day. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp are among the cast in the original story of a baker and his wife who wish to have a family of their own. That wish is granted by an evil witch. To break her spell, all of the aforementioned fairy tales will become part of the story. The first Into the Woods trailer is now out and it’s a nice tease of what’s to come in a few months. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve seen plenty of live-action fairy tales hit the big screen in recent years, but most of those movies are content to include tell just one story. Rob Marshall‘s upcoming musical Into the Woods mashes them all together.
The first Into the Woods images show James Corden and Emily Blunt as a baker and his wife who want to start a family. But in order to do so, they must first confront the witch (Meryl Streep) who put a curse on them.
Along the way, they come across a whole bunch of other familiar characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her prince (Chris Pine), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), and more. Check out the new Into the Woods images after the jump.
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In the mid-’80s Stephen Sondheim wrote Into the Woods, a musical that became immensely popular in part because it weaved together things that are familiar to everyone: fairy tales, sex, and death. There’s infidelity in the production, and some strange licentiousness, and at least one very familiar figure doesn’t make it out alive. Its a story about people making choices that aren’t always great. Not like it’s all right there on the surface, and on the stage, but it’s nearly impossible to miss the metaphor for sexual awakening in the first encounter between Little Red Ridinghood and the Big Bad Wolf.
Now Into the Woods is becoming a Disney movie, from director Rob Marshall, with actors such as Meryl Streep (above) and Johnny Depp in the cast. So what happens when Disney makes a movie adaptation of Into the Woods? If you guessed “sanitization,” you guessed right. Read More »
With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequel. Alice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.
Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Johnny Depp is getting in on the superhero game. Kind of. The A-list actor is in talks to portray Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.
As the title suggests, this isn’t about Houdini as a mere escape artist. No, in this version of events, he’s also a secret spy who’s “part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes.” More details after the jump.
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