With one quite obvious exception, it is true to say that there are few things worse than an average comedy. Not only has the offending film shown the temerity to not be amazing, but it has also been put together with just enough expertise to prevent us from wallowing in it’s crapness. Both attributes will ultimately consign it to the supermarket shelf, where it will be passed over for much poorer – but much cheaper – options. (Tesco recently tricked me into paying £3 for Quantum of Solace..)
Dinner For Schmucks is such a movie. Punctuated with clever lines, ushered along by some good situation slapstick and boasting a supporting cast of high calibre, this is a screwball comedy that looks great on paper. Unfortunately, it was then committed to celluloid. Read more
Jonathan Liebesman will direct the sequel to Clash of the Titans. Liebesman is best known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and…err…The Killing Room. His latest movie, Battle: Los Angeles (which isn’t released until March 2011) has received significant hype off the back of a two second clip shown at Comic Con.
One of the major criticisms of the first film was the awful 3D conversion, and Liebesman hopes to change that by shooting in 3D, rather than adding it during post-production. Most of the film’s stars are expected to return, reports Heat Vision, including Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton.
Liebesman will take over directing duties from Louis Leterrier, who will produce the sequel. Leterrier directed The Transporter (and its sequel) and The Incredible Hulk before taking on Clash of the Titans earlier this year.
Made for about $125 million, Clash of the Titans was panned by critics, yet managed to earn close to $500 million worldwide. Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Dan Mazeau (The Flash) and David Leslie Johnson (Red Riding Hood) have worked together on a treatment for the sequel, with Mazeau and Johnson in the process of penning the script.
If I’m honest, the prospect of watching The Switch didn’t fill me with much anticipation. And if I’m honest, the reality of watching said film was also pretty underwhelming. Oh, it wasn’t awful. If I had nothing else to do in the world then maybe I would watch it again. But that’s about as far as it goes.
We begin with Kassie (played by Jennifer Aniston). Of course she is a lonely career woman, desperately longing to have a child but with no decent man in sight to, ahem, fulfil her desires. Obviously she is blind to the charms of her best friend Wally (Jason Bateman) who is (again obviously) secretly in love with her. Soon Kassie decides she can’t wait around to find a decent bloke and instead remembers that these days, sisters are doing it for themselves. She opts for artificial insemination, which Wally highly disapproves of. Read more
Fresh from finishing Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky may have set his sights on directing Wolverine 2. Deadline reports that The Wrestler director is hoping that his relationship with the film’s star, Hugh Jackman, could secure the coveted job.
Aronofsky directed Jackman in The Fountain (after Brad Pitt pulled out), and the director has allegedly spoken with the star about another possible collaboration. Jackman is believed to hold significant clout in the studio’s decision regarding who will direct the sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
There is currently a three-way face off between Aronofsky, David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) and Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveller’s Wife). Slade is seen as the prime candidate after the success of Eclipse, the third film in The Twilight Saga, while it is thought that Schwentke (who has been garnering significant hype for the soon-to-be-released Red) may have pulled out of the race.
Schwentke appears to be exploring other options, including Robert Ludlum’s The Osterman Weekend and R.I.P.D. which will star Ryan Reynolds.
The writers of Kung Fu Panda, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Bulletproof Monk will write the script for the Karate Kid sequel. Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff have been hired by Columbia Pictures to pen the script for the sequel to the highly lucrative first film.
The Karate Kid was a box office smash, grossing $56 million in its opening weekend and earning close to a staggering $300 million worldwide. The film starred Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson, and cost just $40 million to make. The film was directed by Harald Zwart and produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
As yet there is little known about the plot for the sequel, or the setting. Jaden Smith has a couple of projects currently in development, while father Will is about to start filming Men in Black III, which will feature Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men) and Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, as well as Tommy Lee Jones returning as Agent Kay.
Jeremy Renner will star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible IV. Paramount Pictures have been searching for a younger actor to breathe new life into the franchise, and they believe they have found that in the Hurt Locker actor.
Paramount had wanted to cast a younger actor capable of replacing Cruise in any further films, but have decided instead to cast Renner, who is 39-years old. According to Deadline, the studio had been interested in Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, but both were booked.
They subsequently planned to test a group of young actors, including Eragon’s Christopher Egan and We Are Marshall’s Anthony Mackie. But they finally opted for Mackie’s Hurt Locker co-star to take on the role.
Renner’s character is expected to be a fellow operative who works with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Renner will also appear in Josh Whedon’s Avengers movie as Hawkeye. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are both in negotiations to appear in the film, which will be directed by Brad Bird.
The Crocodile Dundee star, who lives in Los Angeles, flew back to his homeland on Friday following the death of his 101-year-old mother and was immediately ordered not to leave the country on account of the small matter of the £21.4 million in outstanding taxes he is believed to owe to the Australian Tax Office.
Hogan’s lawyer has decried the detaining order as “insensitive” as it came so soon to the death of Hogan’s mother.
The order could potentially strand him in Australia for years, thousands of miles from his wife and child in the States.
We respect the comedy stylings of David Walliams and Steve Carell, so their two meal-time encounters in Dinner For Schmucks (in cinemas Friday 3rd September) are both rather amusing (part of the first course can be seen below). But it also strikes us that they are both playing characters that remind us of… well, them. Carell is a warm-hearted but socially disfunctional nerd and Walliams a smooth pseudo-intellectual (maybe that’s a bit harsh…)
Emily Moulder, Jez Sands and Ewan Roberts dish out 15-hit combos on this week’s movie news, trailers and releases.
Bloody Antipodeans! They get the chance to grill Mr Middle-Earth about the possibility of him returning to helm The Hobbit and all they can talk about is his desire to make a film about the ANZACs heroic efforts at Gallipolli. It’s just self, self, self for some people.
Luckily, Tom Cardy and Kimberley Rothwell of the Dominion Post did manage to lever JRR Tolkien’s prequel into the converstaion at one point and the director from New Zealand seemed confident that there should soon be certainty about whether he would direct the movie, which would allow him to map out a five-year plan for projects “that will keep many people very busy”.
A decision is yet to be made on whether Jackson will direct the two-part prequel, which remains in limbo while problems are resolved with Warner Bros and MGM (which is heavily in debt and up for sale).
But he said yesterday that Warner Bros was “making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon”.
Pretty vague we know folks, but every journey (even one to Smaug’s mountain) starts with one step…