The recent BNAT screening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, turned out to be a giant miscalculation. The audience that you’d assume was most likely to be receptive to the Ghost Rider sequel ended up hating it, and now Columbia has wave of bad buzz to overcome.

The first step in the effort to sell the movie is this new trailer, which expands upon the crazy, fiery teaser trailer that appeared a while back. Trouble is, this shows off a lot of the story and reveals that the whole movie isn’t just Nic Cage pissing fire as Ghost Rider. I don’t know about you, but all I really want out of this movie is more things on fire. (Or more things being pissed on, or fire-pissed on, etc.)

Indeed, this trailer suggests that we’ve already seen a lot of the action in the movie, by recycling all the big, crazy action beats from the teaser trailer. Take a look below. Read More »

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The Comic Con footage from Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor‘s Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance was the sort of stuff that makes a guy want to type in all caps enthusiasm. Who thought a sequel to the lousy 2007 Nic Cage Marvel Comics adaptation would ever look like so much fun? What prompted the enthusiastic Comic Con response? Think crazy God of War-style chain violence, vomiting flaming bullets, and pissing fire. And that stuff is all in the just-released trailer. So check it out below and then get excited and all-caps shouty in the comments. Read More »

Devindra said it best when writing up Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at Comic Con: “this might not suck.” The beautiful thing about those big Hall H presentations is that you can feel the mood of the room swing positive or negative in real time. The Hall H audience is like a 6000-person-sized elephant, only a bit quicker on its feet, emotionally speaking. As we saw footage of the making of the film, and then some of the final product, you could feel one big, stupid collective grin forming across the giant hall.

So the Ghost Rider sequel no one thought they wanted became the Ghost Rider sequel to which many of us will be at least willing to offer a chance, thanks to the daredevil direction of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and the fact that the title character vomits bullets and pisses fire. We don’t yet have footage to embed, but in the meantime you can get a first look at the film via scans of images that appeared in the new Empire. Read More »

Here’s the other half of the day’s comic book-related news roundup. Marvel gets the spotlight here as we’ve got a handful of minor updates on the Ghost Rider sequel; Stan Lee mentions his upcoming film cameos; there’s a small list of possible locations for The Avengers; and Bryan Singer answers fan questions about X-Men: First Class. It’s all after the jump. Read More »

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With only a small amount of time left before the rights to Ghost Rider revert back to Marvel, Sony is quickly moving forward with Ghost Rider 2. Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze, who transforms into a cycle-riding spirit of vengeance, and Ciaran Hinds recently signed on as the picture’s villain. Now a couple more names are likely to be added, as Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth are negotiating roles. Read More »

Blog: Pathology Screening and Party

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PathologyFor the most part the life of a blogger is rather boring. We sit in front of a computer screen for 12+ hours a day, hunting for news, researching articles, calling people on the phone…etc. A couple times a week we make the trip downtown to see an advance screening of the movies which get released the next week. But for the most part, our job, at least from the outside, is very boring. Of course, us discovering a new news tidbit, seeing a new trailer, or seeing a new movie weeks early are some of the reasons this is the greatest job on the planet, at least for me. It’s like if the guy from Office Space loved TPS reports.

But every once in a while we’re able to leave this boring day-to-day and go do something extremely cool. Film Festivals, Comic Con, interviewing and hanging out with our idols. And then there are times that blow my mind, like meeting our idols only to learn they read my stuff.

Im writing this on route to LAX (note: this blog was written on Friday of last week but never posted). I just spent the last 24 hours in Los Angeles thanks to the guys at Lakeshore who continue to believe that the blogs and online media, are the future of film marketing. A few of us (the usual crew, Alex from FirstShowing, Neil from FilmSchoolRejects) were flown out to see a cut of Pathology. I think we’re the last three online guys not living in/near Hollywood.

Inside the CAA Building

Peter Sciretta with Jen Yamato from Rotten TomatoesSo we grabbed some In and Out, and then headed to the weird O shaped building (people call the “Deathstar”) which the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) uses to run Hollywood. The usual group of internet movie journies were in attendance. It was good to catch up with everyone, including Jen from Rotten Tomatoes, who recently left the fog for the smog (please excuse the really bad photo to the right, it was quite dark). One of the guys brought his friend Simon Pegg along. I can’t really talk about the movie as everyone has to hold their reviews for an embargo. I will say that It was better than expected, and the buzz word everyone was saying after the screening was “twisted”.

After the screening we headed to a party at a local LA dive bar. Robert from IESB hired some trashy Go-Go dancers, and all the stars of the film were in attendance. I was never able to talk to Alyssa Milano, although I did bump into her a couple times. She’s as hot as she looks on the big screen, maybe a little shorter than to be expected (but isn’t that always the case?). In attendance were: Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers, Havok), and Johnny Whitworth (Empire Records, CSI Miami). Got to chat with Michael Weston (The Last Kiss, Scrubs), whose performance everyone was raving about. Very crazy, think Jack Nicholson from Burton’s Batman, but more grounded in reality.

Michael Weston, Peter Sciretta and Neil Miller

I Got a chance to talk to Dan Callahan (Pathology, Midnight Meat Train) for a while about a film that he wrote called College, which was originally set to be released by Lionsgate, but will now be distributed by MGM. He told me it was like SuperBad but not as smart, and more vulgar, basically comparing the film to the great teen comedies from the 70′s and 80′s like Porky’s.  Crank co-writer/co-director Mark Neveldinefinally explained to me how his moving bullet-time rig actually works. If you remember the article I posted about the innovation a couple weeks back, we were all confused to how it could be used, or what it will look like.

Milo and group

I met Milo Ventimiglia at a party at Comic Con very briefly (by that I mean a couple minutes), and was amazed when I ran into him a couple days later at a press event that he remembered my name. People have told me that this guy’s memory is insane. Well that was almost a year ago and at the party I was talking to a few people and Milo bumps into me while walking by, does a double take, then stops. “Peter, how you’ve been?” Milo is just a really cool guy. The nicest actor I’ve ever met in Hollywood. We talked with him about the film, and somehow conversation came around to his first role, which was a one-liner in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Milo was probably the only sober one in the place, because he doesn’t drink.  From left to right we have KEvin Kelly from io9, Me, Neil from FilmSchoolRejects, Milo, and then the drunk guy who runs FirstShowing. As you can see in the photo above, Alex was pretty drunk.

Peter Sciretta with Milo Ventimiglia

It was a blast. I want to thank Lakeshore, all the cool people  I met and hung out with at the Party, Robert from IESB for proving the girls, John Campea from The Movie Blog for  making this happen and snapping some higher resolution photos (as you know, camera phones suck in low light).

I leave you with some NSFW photos taken at the party, after the jump.

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