Harrison Ford: “Shia LaBeouf Was A Fucking Idiot”

June 30, 2011 by  
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fod210Harrison Ford has spoken out against walking waxwork Shia LaBeouf for criticising Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull labelling him “a fucking idiot”.

Speaking to Details Magazine, Ford said “I think I told him he was a fucking idiot. As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself.

“Shia is ambitious, attentive and talented – and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.”

LaBeouf lamented last year that it was his “fault” that the fourth instalment “did not work” and added that Ford was also not “happy” about the finished product.

“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven Spielberg, who directed. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.

“[Harrison and I] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”

Yes, well we appreciate Shia coming clean but the truth is the unmitigated disasted that was Indie 4 probably wasn’t his fault. Yes, his character had about as much charisma as a bit of rag on a stick but then the plot was so haphazard and ill-conceived, it was never going to come off well. Still, don’t look a gift apology in the mouth – you’re never going to hear any apologies from the likes of George Lucas.

LaBeouf is currently being out-acted by giant animated CGI robots in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

Captain America Trailer 2

June 30, 2011 by  
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The second trailer for Marvel’s forthcoming first Avenger movie Captain America is out and it’s a cracker, a damn sight better than the first one. There’s more action and a greater focus on the qualities that led scrawny Steve Rogers to be selected for the super-solidier project, a glimpse of Howard Stark -Tony Stark, Iron Man’s father, and a better look at the iconic shield that Cap uses as an improvised frisbee.

The filmmakers have also wisely used Tool’s Forty Six & 2 as the soundtrack – a song about the next stage of humanity. Rockin’.

Warner Bros. On A Mission To Snare Brad Pitt

June 30, 2011 by  
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brad-pitt210In the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of a special forces Navy SEAL team, Hollywood is scrambling to make politically charged mission movies. Such a one is the imaginatively titled The Mission which Warner Bros. is assembling and they’re hoping to pin down both David O. Russell and Brad Pitt.

The story concerns the six-year mission planned by American and Colombian operatives to free 15 hostages deep in the Colombian jungle. The hostages include three Americans and Ingrid Betancourt, once a candidate for President of Colombia. Conditions for the prisoners was not good as they were frequently moved around the jungle and chained to trees at night by their necks.

But the main thrust of the film will be Operation Jaque, a covert mission involving many governments, spies and intelligence services as well as high-tech surveillance and soldiers.

While Pitt is Warner Bros. first choice, there’s no guarantee that he’ll end up involved as he’s got a raft of offers floating around and he’s already at work on World War Z. David O. Russell meanwhile is also a busy bee with The Silver Linings Playbook coming up along with Disney’s Maleficent.

The Conspirator Review: And Justice For All…

June 29, 2011 by  
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The-Conspirator300THE CONSPIRATOR (12A): On General Release Friday 1st July

When Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, six of his co-conspirators are rounded up. The subsequent trial is organised by Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline), the Secretary Of War, who wants a quick trial and verdict in order to placate a population left reeling from the death of their president.

Among the accused is Mary Surratt, a civilian who owned a boarding house at which Wilkes Booth and his cohorts, including her son, plotted the president’s death. But the outstanding and unusual circumstances of the crime lead her to be tried in front of a military court, thereby denying her the right to a trial in front of her peers as guaranteed by the Constitution.

The case for her defence falls to Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) who in turn passes it to a young, inexperienced Union veteran Fred Aiken (James McAvoy). Aiken is at first reluctant to take the case – he believes Surratt to be guilty and sees that he’ll be damned as a traitor if he succeeds and branded a failure if he loses. But Reverdy manages to convince him that the ideals laid down by the law should not be compromised even in the most extreme circumstances and Aiken gradually comes to believe that she might not be a guilty as he first thought. Read more

Mission Impossible 4 Trailer

June 29, 2011 by  
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Tom Cruise is back and this time he’s got Eminem on his side. There’s some nonsense about the Kremlin getting blown up and Cruise and his team getting blamed for the attack. They’re allowed to escape to do…who knows? There’s explosions and fights and it looks like it might be quite fun if the quick choppy style doesn’t give you a headache first.

There’s also quite a funny bit in the trailer when Jeremy Renner looks directly at Cruise and says “We all have our secrets don’t we Ethan”. Ahem.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Review: Rust In Peace

June 29, 2011 by  
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sentinel1300TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (12A): On General Release Wednesday 29th June

Michael Bay has the mind of a 14-year-old boy. He likes things big, bold with little subtlety. He likes women and fast cars. And he like explosions, boy does he like explosions.

But he has no concept of what actually makes a good action movie – Transformers 3 might be full of the biggest bangs you’ve ever seen, but its set up is laborious, its character development non-existent, the plot lazy and could have been written on the back of a stained beer mat and it’s jam-packed with the most superfluous supporting cast ever seen in cinema.

Its start is promising. The entire 1960s Space Programme turns out to be a cover to find a crashed alien spacecraft which reveals that the former Autobot leader Sentinel has been hibernating on the moon. This prompts the defeated Decepticon head honcho Megatron to come out of hiding and restart the war. Explosions ensue. Entertainment does not.

Five minutes in and “intrigued” rapidly turns to “bored” as Transformers fails to engage. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) having saved the world twice over is now struggling to find a job. He’s been getting more annoying with each subsequent Transformers movie – if this keeps up he’s liable to collapse in on himself and form some kind of irritation singularity. He’s gone from being a hapless everyman to being a whiny brat. You can empathise with a kid getting his first car or even going to college; you can’t when his biggest problem is that his supermodel girlfriend has a handsome leery boss. It’s not clear why he even needs to be in the movie beyond some tenuous continuity with the first two instalments. Read more

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Trailer

June 29, 2011 by  
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It’s been a long time in the works but here’s the first official trailer to Steven Spielberg’s Horse ‘em up, War Horse.

It looks like a sweeping epic, with Joey the horse galloping through the First World War in a bid to find his friend Albert, inspiring everyone that he meets along the way.

It’s sort of the The Littlest Hobo but with a horse with and 300 times more schmaltz.

Actually, given that the horse seems to be doing everything in the trailer, it put me more in mind of Harvey the dog in the advert for Thinkbox. I half expected him to start doing the ironing.

It’ll be out next January.

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Nicole Kidman For The Paperboy

June 28, 2011 by  
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kidman210Precious director Lee Daniels has been having some trouble getting stars to stick to his new project The Paperboy with both Tobey Maguire and Sofia Vergara backing out. But now it looks like it could be getting back on track as Nicole Kidman is in talks to take Vergara’s role.

Much as I’d love to see a movie made of classic arcade game Paperboy , sadly Daniels’s new film is not it. Instead it’s the story of of a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) who, along with his brother, investigates a murder which could see a man on death row go free.

If Kidman signs up, she’ll play a woman who write letters to death row inmate and who first alerts McConaughey to the case.

Zac Efron is also on board, so Maguire still needs to be replaced. If that comes off then shooting will begin in the summer.

Two Directors In Running For 300 Prequel

June 28, 2011 by  
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The prequel to Frank Miller’s Spartan (in that it contains Spartans, not that there’s not a lot in it) graphic novel 300 has thrown up two potential new directors (a rumour that Guy Ritchie would be involved seems to have vanished). 300 director Zack Snyder is also far too busy messing up the new Superman movie Man Of Steel to tinker with bearded oily men although he’s still on board as a producer and he wrote the screenplay.

The two directors named by Deadline to helm the project now renamed from Xerxes to 300: Battle For Artemesia are Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra (yeah, we don’t know either).

Ok, so they’re not complete unknowns but neither are household names. Murro has only directed one feature so far – 2008′s Smart People but he has worked in FX-Heavy advertising, most notably for the hit game Halo. It wouldn’t be the first time a director’s successfully made the jump from commericials to features and 300 was always more about style than substance so he might turn out to be a good pick.

Collett-Serra might be a more familiar name as he directed this year’s “Not A Poor Man’s Taken At All We Promise” revenge-em-up Unknown starring Liam Neeson (the man with the world’s weirdest accent) and is also working on Red Circle and Harker.

This time the story will tell how Xerxes became the God-King he was from the first film after the death of Darius, his father, at the Battle Of Marathon in 490BC. Darius had told his son that the Greeks could only be defeated by a god, so Xerxes naturally tried to attain godhood for revenge.

Artemisia is a genus of plants that the wormwood belongs to (mentioned in the Book Of Revelation) but Artemesium was a famous naval battle which took place in the aftermath of the Battle Of Marathon, so that’s probably more relevent. Going with that, it looks like the Spartans will be taking to the seas in the prequel. Expect a raft of parodies to plague Youtube shortly afterwards.

James McAvoy Slips Into Danny Boyle’s Trance

June 24, 2011 by  
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mcavoy210James McAvoy is the latest star to be attached to the lead role of Danny Boyle’s next film Trance. That’s a bit of turn around as last month, McAvoy’s X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender was up for the role.

The heist movie will see gang leader (McAvoy) planning a robbery with a art auction house assistant. But things go awry when the assistant gets hit in the head and lose his memory which leads the gang to try to extract the information on the stolen painting’s location using a hypnotist.

Trance is on a very strange production schedule and Boyle will be shooting it at the end of this year only to let it mature on the shelf like a cinematic cheese as he co-ordinates the London 2012 Olympics. When that’s all done, he’ll dust the film off and whisk it down to the editing suite for a planned March 2013 release.

McAvoy meanwhile will be kept busy by his work on CG movie Arthur Christmas and crime thriller Welcome to the Punch alongside Mark Strong, Jason Maza and Andrea Riseborough.

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