Briefly: A package is now going around Hollywood to reboot James Patterson‘s Alex Cross franchise with Tyler Perry as the lead and Rob Cohen directing, I, Alex Cross. The character was previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Before Liz Lemon and Peggy Olson struggled with single life in the big city, two strong, unrelated, independent women named Wanda Wayne and Sheneneh Jenkins ruled the cable airwaves (and the crack game). And I’m not sure what zillionth worm hole Richard Kelly opened up last weekend with The Box, but apparently these characters are making a fast-tracked comeback, and in movie theaters nationwide no less.
In case you missed a recent BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx reprised Sheneneh and Wanda—’90s characters that originally appeared on Martin and In Living Color, respectively—to create a trailer for a mock action comedy called Skank Robbers. Response was so positive and loud that Screen Gems and the actors are now making it a reality. The title stays! “Oh no youuu dinnnnit!” The Tyler Perry-skewering trailer and clips and info await.
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A couple weeks ago Forbes revealed their yealy list of the top earning women in Hollywood, which revealed the unsurprising statistic that Harrison Ford earned almost two and a half times more than the top earning actress (Angelina Jolie). Forbes Magazine has now published their listing of Hollywood’s highest-paid men and guess who made the most amount of money in 2008….
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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 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.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
(Available as theatrical and unrated “Killer Cut” edition)
The Friday the 13th series is popular for three very specific reasons: violent deaths, gratuitous nudity, and Jason Voorhees. Sure, there may be additional reasons, but those are the ones that count. So if you’re one of the many people who saw this remake in theaters and walked out disappointed, I have to ask you: did you even WATCH any of the previous films? This film delivers exactly what’s promised! No, it’s definitely not good, but none of these films are. Instead of wasting time criticizing its by-the-numbers story and stock characters (in a Friday the 13th movie? Unheard of!), who not just enjoy it for what it is? An hour and a half of Jason Voorhees laying waste to attractive teenagers. If you’re expecting anything more than that, you’re watching the wrong movie.
Notable Extras:The “Killer Cut” edition includes additional scenes and a Rebirth of Jason Voorhees featurette. The theatrical cut includes no special features.
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TrekMovie has gotten their hands on the full credits for JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek, and have uncovered a bunch of casting and cameo easter eggs. I have included some of the more interesting ones below:
- J.J. Abrams’ “good luck charm” and best friend since childhood Greg Grunberg appears in the film as Jim Kirk’s stepdad (voice only).
- Producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) appears as a Vulcan council member.
- Tyler Perry plays Starfleet Academy president Admiral Richard Barnett.
- The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” is listed as one of the songs used in the film.
Check out the full list at TrekMovie.
Brian White‘s filmography is spattered with rather aggressive sounding titles from Stomp the Yard to the upcoming Fighting and 12 Rounds. Cooling things down a little are the relatively sedate sounding handles for his two next projects – Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods.
The Hollywood Reporter, in Hollywood reporting this news, say of Do Bad that White will play the love interest for Taraji P. Henson; and of Cabin that “almost nothing is known but its release date” and add that White’s character is called Truman. Now… I know a thing or two about Cabin, including plenty about this Truman fellow…
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