OTB’s Worst Movie Dads Ever

February 28, 2010 by  
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worst dad1 300x210To honour this week’s release of Robert De Niro’s new film, Everybody’s Fine we have decided to look at some movie parents. But instead of nice mums and dads who can at least remember your name and birthday, we’re showcasing the very worst of film role models.

Well, we’ve actually just targeted movie fathers this time (we’ve got some daddy issues we need to work through).

This is our list of worst movie fathers ever…

HOMER SIMPSON – THE SIMPSON’S MOVIE

Now you might be thinking that Homer’s a helpless buffoon who doesn’t mean any harm. But he’s actually an alcoholic man-child who’s obviously in need of some parenting lessons. He rarely spends quality time with the kids and when they screw up, his solution is to strangle them. In The Simpson’s Movie he drags his family to Alaska and decides he’s too selfish to save Springfield from imminent destruction. He’s quite a guy.

Oh and he’s almost single handedly given Lisa ‘middle child syndrome’. One of the worst possible role-models from movies and TV, this is Homer telling Bart and Lisa his philosophy on work.


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The Crazies: Interview With Breck Eisner

February 27, 2010 by  
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the-crazies-posterBreck Eisner’s remake of George A. Romero’s iconic film, The Crazies, is out this weekend and early reports suggest that it is as entertainingly wry as the first one. We caught up with the director to chat politics, zombies and Disney villains

Why did you choose The Crazies for a remake?

I’d seen the movie as a kid. For years, I’d barely remembered it but the fact it stuck in my mind showed there was something to it. It was definitely a good idea; a solid movie for today’s audience.

Do you feel a frightening story ground in reality particularly appealed?

Yeah. I’m a fan of horror that has a deeper message than just, ‘The survival of the heroes’. Does survival have a greater social context? That was obviously something that Romero was known for. The reality of biochemicals being released is frightening in the world we live in. I thought the film would therefore have incredible meaning in this day and age.

Do you feel the film is as important now as it was thirty years ago in terms of themes such as military take over and biological warfare?

Definitely. Obviously Romero’s original is very deeply in the shadow of Vietnam and what the US was going through in that period. I think our remake is very much in the shadow of Iraq and Afghanistan and the violent world we live in.

There are poignant scenes in the first film – the old lady stabbing a man with her knitting needles and the priest who set himself on fire. How many of these ideas are you transferring into the new film and how many ideas have you generated yourself?

There are scenes in the original that are ingrained into the movie but there were some that were just too far out there for me! The knitting needle scene has been changed to work for a modern audience.

One of the fun things we did was with Louise Lowry who played the daughter in the original. We brought her back to do a cameo – it was great fun having her on set. The stand-out moment in this movie was the carwash attack, definitely my favourite scene to shoot! Read More…

Roland Emmerich Takes On Shakespeare

February 26, 2010 by  
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rolandemmerich210x300King of destruction Roland Emmerich will be taking on Shakespeare for an upcoming project.

Turning his back on the CGI laden disaster-fests that he’s used to, Emmerich will turn the life of the bard into a thriller starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis.

Empire spoke to the director and he explained his take on the life of our most influential literary figure.

“It’s a mix of a lot of things: it’s an historical thriller because it’s about who will succeed Queen Elizabeth and the struggle of the people who want to have a hand in it. It’s the Tudors on one side and the Cecils on the other, and in between [the two] is the Queen. Through that story we tell how the plays written by the Earl of Oxford ended up labelled ‘William Shakespeare’.”

So apparently Shakespeare stole the work of somebody else, rubbed out the name at the top and claimed them as his own. Right.

“We have Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth; David Thewlis as William Cecil, old and young; and Rhys Ifans as The Earl Of Oxford. It’s a true English cast and I’m really proud of it. There’s 12 main characters and 20 or 30 other characters, and each of the characters is really good.”

To be honest, we’re not super pleased that Emmerich is the one behind this film but only time will tell.

New Farrelly Bros. Cast Gets Applegate & Milano

February 26, 2010 by  
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christinaapplegate210x300Goofball filmmakers, the Farrelly brothers, are recruiting cast members left and right for their next feature, Hall Pass.

The There’s Something About Mary directors have cooked up a script in which two guys are given the chance to have an affair by their wives. Things look good until the girls start to play away too.

Previously announced cast members are Amanda Bynes, Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and UK funnyman Stephen Merchant. Now The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Anchorman star Christina Applegate and Charmed’s Alyssa Milano will also star in the project in 2011.

Some people believe that Bobby and Peter Farrelly might have lost their touch with their last few movies not quite hitting the mark, but things seem to be shaping up for a comeback with Hall Pass.

Leaked Photos From Twilight: Eclipse! Leg Hitch!

February 26, 2010 by  
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twilight210x300Well look what we dug up. Just a few photos from a little independent film coming out in July.

You might even have heard of it, it’s called The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Fine, fine, we know you’re absolutely champing at the bit for R-Patz and his pasty crew of vampires, so all you Twihards out there might be interested to see these pictures from the new movie.

They seem to be depicting some hanky panky going on between Edward Cullen and his lady, Bella.

We did some googling on the phrase ‘leg hitch’ and apparently that’s what’s going on here.

Does this float your boat or is it not how you pictured it? Drop a comment down below. Read More…

Behind The Scenes Clip Of Beastly

February 26, 2010 by  
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beastly210x300Here at OTB towers, we are huge Beauty And The Beast fans. But instead of the Beast, it’s Gaston who’s our main man; we use antlers in all of our decorating and we preach his message to anyone who’ll listen – WWGD? What Would Gaston Do?

Anyway, our hearts sank a little when we heard that an updated version of the story would be coming to our screens later this year under the name Beastly.

Based on the novel by Alex Flinn, Beastly sees hunky Kyle transformed into an ugly, scarred version of himself when he’s cursed by scorned lover, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen).

Now he’s got a year to find someone to love him: cue Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) who sees beneath Kyle’s messed up visage.

Directed and written by Daniel Barnz, Beastly will see Stormbreaker’s Alex Pettyfer star as the gorgeous/gruesome Kyle, with Dr. Horrible’s Neil Patrick Harris in a supporting role.

We couldn’t get an embedded link but click here to see the snippets of the film as well as the cast and crew chatting about the story.

Wanted 2 Shot Down By Jolie?

February 26, 2010 by  
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angelina300Plans for Timur Bekmambetov helmed action sequel Wanted 2 may have been shot down in flames according to Vulture Blog. Reports indicate that Angelina Jolie has pulled out of the film so she can star in the space thriller Gravity penned and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

But weirdly, Universal has decided to pull the plug on the whole project rather than just initiate a re-write. I’m just a bit bewildered as to where Wanted 2 could go anyway – Jolie’s character Fox was left dead at the end of the first movie – wouldn’t a resurrection of sorts be a bit of a cop out?

Actually, I’m more bemused as to why anyone would want to see Wanted 2 anyway, the first was a horrible plotless mess – The Loom Of Fate? Please.

This all seems a bit suspect as there’s been no official announcement and Wanted is if nothing else a bit of a money spinner.

What isn’t surprising is Jolie wanting to star in Gravity written by Curaon (director of the Children of Men and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban) his son Jonas about the last surviving member of a space mission trying to get home to her daughter.

Twilight’s Billy Burke In New Nic Cage Drive ‘Em Up

February 26, 2010 by  
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Billy300Okay, Twihards. On you marks, get set, go. Billy Burke has signed up to star in a new Nic Cage, ahem, vehicle Drive Angry according to Variety.

Burke will play a cult leader (as he’s Bella Swan’s Dad in the Twilight franchise, you might already say he’s the head of a cult of sorts) in the Patrick Lussier-directed film (My Bloody Valentine, er, Dracula 2001).

Cage will play a man out for vengeance against his daughter’s killer and granddaughter’s kidnapper in a movie which will essentially be one long desert car chase.

William Fichtner (Prison Break) and Amber Heard (Zombieland) are also on board for the film which starts filming next month in Shreveport.

The Crazies Review: Truly, Madly, Funny

February 26, 2010 by  
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thecrazies300THE CRAZIES (15): On General Release Friday 26th February

A mysterious toxin in the water supply is turning everyone in a small Midwestern town into crazed killers.

They succumb to an uncontrollable urge for violence, can run really fast and chase after the non-infected like there’s no tomorrow.

We’ve seen it all before right? Well yes, whatever’s infecting the folk in the idyllic town of Ogden Marsh is pretty similar to the virus in 28 Days Later and the like, but there’s a big injection of humour in this George A Romero remake. Read More…

Leap Year Review: Skip It

February 26, 2010 by  
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leap_year300LEAP YEAR (PG): On General Release From Friday 26th February

If I pay to see a film in the cinema then there’s no way that I’m walking out, but I saw Amy Adam’s latest offering Leap Year at a press screening – so I was there for free.

Yet so dull was the opening to this rom-but-no-com, that If it wasn’t for the fact that I literally had to stay, I would have left inside the first five minutes.

Utterly predictable, Leap Year is a by-the-book romance that has no original elements (whatsoever) to bring to the table. Read More…

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