I have nothing but respect for Armond White, but to say his opinions are unpopular is like saying the Sun will rise. It’s a foregone conclusion, and two of his most recent posts fit that bill and then some. In one post, he argues that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark and in another he says Paul W.S. Anderson is a better filmmaker than both Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson, comparing Resident Evil: Retribution and The Master. (That one is a few weeks old but we hadn’t written about it yet.)
The scary thing is, White is such a talented, smart writer and has such confidence in his outlandish arguments you almost want to believe them. Can he convince you? Read some excerts and link to the full articles after the jump. Read More »
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The best sequel news today is a blast of set photos from the new Mad Max movie that reveal some weapons, vehicles, and bad guys that we haven’t seen before. After the break, you’ll find:
- Prop and mutant creature designs from George Miller’s in-progress Mad Max: Fury Road,
- Info on technology developed for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels,
- International posters for Skyfall and the latest Resident Evil film,
- And a bit of info on the planned sequel to Top Gun, though the future of that film is now in doubt after the passing of Tony Scott.
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Milla Jovovich is back in the fifth installment of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Retribution, and the first trailer has just come online. Scheduled for 3D release on September 14, it seems Umbrella has embedded Alice with false memories of a perfect life in order to stop her from taking down the evil, monster making corporation. This, of course, results in a global scale sci-fi action rendered Paul W.S. Anderson-style, with lots of nods to the popular video game series. Check out the trailer and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
With a worldwide gross of $296 million, 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife was the best office performer yet of the video game-based Resident Evil film franchise. That made a fifth Resident Evil a no-brainer, so over the past year and change there’s been a steady stream of news, casting announcements, and set photos from the movie that would eventually be titled Resident Evil: Retribution.
Today we finally have the first real trailer for the Retribution, and it should be a treat for Resident Evil fans — once you get past the first 20+ seconds of Sony commercials, that is. Yep, Sony electronics ads actually make up over a third of the trailer. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Real Steel 2, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Riddick are in completely different stages of development at this point, but they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to return for them. (Well, that and the fact that they all start with the letter R.) After the jump, read about the following:
- Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman are confirmed for Real Steel 2 — a week and a half before Real Steel 1 has even hit theaters.
- Michelle Rodriguez becomes the latest former Resident Evil star to board the upcoming fifth installment.
- Karl Urban agrees to reprise his role for the long-gestating Riddick.
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.
The new drama, titled The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.
After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks for Retributon.
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This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:
- Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
- comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
- Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
- and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
We already knew a fifth Resident Evil film was on the way, so now comes the totally unsurprising news that Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson are set to return to the franchise once again. Jovovich, who’s starred in all four previous installments, will be reprising her role as protagonist Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson, meanwhile, will be returning to the director’s chair. Although Anderson has written and produced all of the films in the series — he’s writing and producing the new one as well — he’s only directed two of the earlier entries: the original Resident Evil, and the 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife.
But while Jovovich and Anderson are boarding the film, it looks like another member of the team is on her way out. Read more details after the jump.
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