So you guys know there’s an alternate ending to that new Yogi Bear movie, right? The movie doesn’t come out until the 17th, so this is spoiler territory. But, still, you should watch. It’s a real killer.
Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow has become a cultural touchstone and the casting of Ian McShane as the pirate Blackbeard is inspired.
Yet, I can’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm needed to properly anticipate the fourth chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Maybe I’m still experiencing burnout from the back-to-back wallop of POTC: Dead Man’s Chest and POTC: At World’s End from a few years back. But I think I’m mostly cool to POTC: On Stranger Tides because it looks like such a blatant money grab, it fails to inspire.
If anything, it makes me want to go back and watch POTC: The Curse of The Black Pearl – a perfectly satisfying adventure film that was less concerned about establishing a perfunctory mythology that the characters could inhabit.
At any rate, here’s the new trailer. What are your thoughts?
Normally I’m not a fan of these YouTube supercuts that combine every instance of a character saying “That’s what she said,” or whatever. But this editing job by YouTuber GenRocks is damn-near perfect. It’s basically a clip reel from nearly every movie in 2010 and it does an excellent job of establishing themes and capturing movement from edit to edit. The song choices sprinkled throughout are well done, also.
The video is a little over 6:00 minutes long, but it’s worth your time. In addition to being extraordinarily well-done, GenRocks’s edits also manage to do the impossible – make 2010 look like a worthwhile year in movies.
According to Vulture, Jon Favreau will not be directing Iron Man 3. No reason has been given at this time, although I think it is a profoundly dumb move on Marvel’s part. Speculation is that the issue revolves around money. Considering what went down with Terrance Howard on Iron Man 2 and Edward Norton on the sequel to The Incredible Hulk, this seems feasible. Others suggest a creative split between Favreau and The House of Ideas. Considering the Iron Man 2 was basically a giant set-up for The Avengers, this, too seems feasible.
Business is business, I understand that. But considering the care and dedication Favreau took with what was – admittedly, at the time – a second-string Marvel property, it seems profoundly stupid of them to let him go. Considering his vision and dedication to practical effects (which I think was a large part of what made the franchise successful – a strictly CGI suit wouldn’t fly, so to speak), you’d think Marvel would be bending over backwards to keep Favreau happy.
What’s your reaction to this news? Who do you think the best candidate would be to replace the erstwhile Swinger behind the lens? Does this also mean Happy Hogan won’t be in the third film? DISCUSS!
For better or for worse, Topher Grace has pretty much become the most likable milksop in Hollywood. So that he was cast as the lead in this 80’s nostalgia piece meets a tepid response from me at best.
But throwing Anna Faris into the mix with a comedic supporting role raises my eyebrow a little bit. I’m not convinced that she’s the most effective comedic lead, but when you let her off the chain in a supporting role, watch out. Anyone who has seen Just Friends can attest to this. Pair her with Chris Pratt and now you have my interest.
Ohhh-ho-ho, but then you had to go and ruin it, didn’t you Hollywood? Casting Dan Fogler as the slovenly best friend? AGAIN?! Look, I know this guy is a Tony winner, but apparently he has fallen victim to the worst case of typecasting in the business right now. Every time he turns up in a movie, I cringe.
Do you guys remember Curtis Armstrong? They guy that played Booger in the Revenge of the Nerd movies? Yeah. Dan Fogler is this generation’s Curtis Armstrong.
What’s your opinion of Take Me Home Tonight?
I’m kind of interested in checking out The Mechanic. Not for Jason Statham. But I’m curious to see if the film takes advantage of Ben Foster’s innate “mad dog” quality. If you’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma, you know what I’m talking about. He overdid it in that flick, but a macho actioneer like The Mechanic would be the perfect outlet for that persona, don’t you think? The trailer seems to indicate he’s delivering an understated performance, which I think could be a mistake.
According to All Headline News, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are boycotting the Oscars this year because they were offended by co-host Anne Hathaway’s impersonation of Holmes when she hosted Saturday Night Live in November.
Quote All Headline News:
A source told the Daily mail, “Tom and Katie don’t want to cross paths with Anne. They used to be friends and took Anne to a Tina Turner concert in 2008 when Anne split up from her boyfriend Raffaello Follieri.”
“Katie feels they were really supportive at a difficult time so she feels let down that Anne took to national TV to make fun of her.”
“Anne didn’t even warn her it was going to be on TV.”
If you missed the sketch in question, Hulu still has it up on their site:
Personally, I thought the impersonation was fairly accurate and I remember it being well-received when reviews of Hathaway’s turn as host came in.
This leaves me to wonder, “Exactly how thin-skinned are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes?” Considering the rest of the world now thinks of Katie Holmes as some kind of brainwashed Stepford Wife, Hathaway’s impersonation of her was fairly tame. To me, it came of as much more playful – almost affectionate.
If nothing else, this raises Hathaway’s cool-quotient in my book by, like, a million points. Pissing off Tom Cruise for fun and profit? WIN!
What’s your take?
Lesse… take a little Independence Day, toss in some Michael Bay gung-ho, pro-military sentiment and sprinkle it with a dash of alien tech from District 9 and it looks like you’ve got the next big, dumb summer blockbuster on your hands!
If you’re a comic book nerd like I am, yesterday was a big day in terms of publicity photos leaked to the internet of actors dressed up like super heroes.
I submit for your approval Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and (from an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly) Chris Evans as Captain America.
At first glance, I don’t really have a problem with either of these costume designs. I like the streamlined look of the new Spider-Man costume and I think it’s kind of clever how they integrated the spider emblem on the front into the ribcage. I also noticed they did something a little different with the gloves and made them more pointed at the cuff. Most importantly, they took off the raised webbing of the previous costume, which I always thought was impractical.
I think the texture of the costume is a little weird. It looks like leather, or something. Like the original costume, I have a hard time believing that this is something Peter Parker could have stitched together on his own. Not that a comic book movie has to be 100% plausible. It’s just something that sticks out in my mind.
If you look closely, there appear to be shiny, metallic nubs on the wrists. Possible web-shooters, anyone? I’ll be very eager to see what that looks like on-screen.
As for Evans and his Captain America duds, it looks right for the most part – if a little bulky. I have no complaints about the wings being painted on to his helmet and I think they made the costume the right amount of blue. So he still looks like Captain America, but also doesn’t look like a walking cartoon.
The most important detail to get right for me is the shield and they’ve obviously done that, so I’m not too concerned with this look. It’s very much in-step with the Ultimates version of Captain America and that’s never a bad thing.
What’s your take on these costume photos? Leave your comments below!