Archive for April, 2013

I’m a huge fan of everything Mel Gibson does, mainly because he’s a likeable guy on camera.  Yea, yea, I know the guy’s a huge dick off camera and everyone basically hates him but he’s a great actor and an even better director.  Did you see BraveheartPassion of the ChristApocalypto?  Dude’s got talent.  He hasn’t directed a film since Apocalypto but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been looking for the right film.

Fast forward to The Expendables franchise, Sylvester Stallone’s action romp that stars classic action film actors from Bruce Willis to Stallone to Jason Statham.  Through two films we’ve had numerous actors from classic action movies but we haven’t had one of the most influential action actors of the past 30 years – Mel Gibson.  And now we might know why.

Firstshowing has a report that Stallone may be considering Gibson as director of The Expendables 3.   The report points to a couple of Tweets by Stallone recently stating that he’d like to gauge Gibson’s interest in coming on board.   The first tweet states;

What about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES FIVE???

Five seems to be skipping three and four, but I’d still be on board.  However, Stallone later tweeted that he’s interested in Gibson for the third film;

No, I was kidding about, but seriously, what about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES 3?  Opinions anyone?  Curious…

It’s not far fetched that if Stallone is wondering out loud about Gibson that he’s reached out to the controversial star about the third film.

Hopefully this happens.

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Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to his directorial debut – District 9 – has been in the works for several years and now we’ve finally got the first trailer to Elysium, starring Matthew Damon and Jodie Foster.

Elysium takes place in the year 2159 where only the rich of the rich live comfortably on a floating fortress high above Earth.  One man makes it his personal mission to try to even the odds and bring back equality to the human race.

The film is out in August.

Christopher Nolan has a habit of casting actors he’s had prior experience with, from The Prestige to Inception and now Interstellar.  According to a report over at Deadline, Nolan is in the process of casting Anne Hathaway as his female lead in the upcoming sci-fi thriller.

The report states that the deal isn’t done yet but everything points to a contract being finalized in the coming days.  Hathaway was one of the stars of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises playing the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.   Hathaway joins Matthew McConaughey as the only semi-confirmed stars for Nolan’s next project.

Interstellar will be about a group of space engineers who discover the ability to travel through worm holes to alternate dimensions.  Nolan’s brother, Johnathan Nolan, wrote the script that is based heavily on the teachings of scientist Kip Thorne.

Via IGN

It’s not everyday that a cult classic hard R-rated remake pulls in nearly $30M at the box office, but Evil Dead is no ordinary franchise.  The remake, directed by Fede Alvarez, starring Jane Levy/Shiloh Fernandez/Jessica Lucas quickly proved that a remake – if done correctly – can be a box office hit.  The film pulled in $26M over the weekend to claim the number one spot.

Number two this weekend was last week’s number one film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  The sequel continued its strong pre-summer showing raking in $21M to bring its two week total to $86.6M.  Paramount has already ordered a third G.I. Joe title, so Channing Tatum has at least one more movie to just collect a paycheck in.

Third at the box office was Dreamworks animated hit The Croods, which continued strong as well pulling in $21M.  The film has quickly made back its budget domestically and will continue its strong showing until the summer’s next animated feature comes out in late May.

Rounding out the top five at the box office was Universal’s re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D and Gerard Butler’s action flick, Olympus Has Fallen.  The films pulled in $18M and 10M respectively.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Evil Dead – $26 (NEW)

2) G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $21.1 ($86.6)

3) The Croods – $21.1 ($125.8)

4) Jurassic Park 3D – $18.2 (NEW)

5) Olympus Has Fallen – $10 ($71.1)

6) Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – $10 ($38.3)

7) Oz the Great and Powerful – $8.1 ($212.7)

8) The Host – $5.2 ($19.6)

9) The Call – $3.5 ($45.4)

10) Admission – $2 ($15.3)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

Everyone’s favorite serial killer Dexter is back for season 8 in June and Showtime has released the upcoming season’s first teaser trailer.  There’s no footage in the trailer, just voice over narrative from Michael C. Hall stating that he’s losing control and “things aren’t going to be pretty”.

Sean Patrick Flannery joins season 8 in what is expected to be Dexter’s final season.

Season starts June 30.

Chloe Moretz is a young star and she’s only going to get bigger and she’s a good enough actress that once she starts choosing some more serious type stuff, she might really turn some heads.  But for now, the 15 year old is content with starring in action flicks (Kick-Ass 2) and scary movies like Carrie.

Kimberly Pierce is directing the remake with Moretz as the lead and Juilanne Moore playing Carrie’s religious-to-the-core mother.  If you’ve read the Stephen King novel or seen the original 1976 film you know what happens, but the trailer makes the film looks fresh and ready for a new generation.

Carrie is out on October 18.

When you think about inspirational authors most people come up with C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Tolkien, and many more.  When I think about printed inspirations, my mind comes to Roger Ebert.  The legendary film critic passed away today at the age of 70 after an extremely lengthy battle with cancer.  It was a fight that took him from the limelight to the shadows but cancer couldn’t keep him from reviewing films and passing along his wisdom.

When I think of a Mount Rushmore of film Roger Ebert’s critical face is the first one that pops up.  He was the godfather of reviews, even more than that he helped many generations of movie watchers and film aficionado’s find their passion for cinema.  He helped this blogger grow to love motion pictures – even if I didn’t always agree with his reviews.  He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work reviewing movies and grew to be immensely popular among even the most casual of film viewers.

His weekly television show with long time reviewer Gene Siskel became a deciding factor in whether or not family’s would gather up at the multi-plex to see that new release.  Even after Siskel’s death in 1999, Ebert continued the show with Richard Roeper ultimately until the show was canceled in 2008.

Ebert had his difficulties in his battle with cancer, most notably having part of his jaw removed, but that never stopped him from loving movies.  His passion for film was truly infectious and inspiring.  Even at the age of 27 I one day hope that I can win a Pulitzer Prize for watching movies and writing about what I love.  However, I know that’s not likely to happen so I relied on living vicariously through Ebert’s contagious view on film.

The film world will be a much lonelier place without Roger Ebert, but for a life lived full of humor and passion I give that two thumbs up.  Rest in peace.