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August 20, 2008

Trailer Round-Up

First off, we have the Coen Bros' Apple - Movie Trailers - Burn After Reading wherein a white-hot cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand play a bunch of idiots who stumble upon secret government files. One can only assume wackiness ensues. Part of the bizarre charm of this flick has to be the dramatic irony of seeing a legion of Hollywood badasses play schlubby morons. The other part of the charm is that it's the freaking Coen brothers.

Then there is Babylon A.D. wherein Vin Diesel plays a grevl-voiced badass who needs to deliver a special girl from Eastern Europe to the Metropolis of New York City. I'd yawn and make jokes, but it co-stars Michelle Yeoh who is always welcome.

There is also the sure-to-be-controversial Oliver Stone's W, but will it be good? What was the last good film Stone made?

Opening this weekend is the long-delayed Cthulhu starring, err, Tori Spelling? It's less "Call of Cthulhu" and more "The Shadow over Innsmouth" with gay subtext.

Jack Brooks -- Monster Slayer looks to be attempting to follow in the Evil Dead's shoes and hey, more power to 'em. We need more goofy fun horror and fewer torture-porn Saw knockoffs.

Wong Kar Wai is finally releasing his years-in-the-making samurai epic Ashes of Time to American audiences. Previously in San Francisco the only way to see this was from a badly-dubbed bootleg copy available at Le Video. It stars Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung who were phenomenal in Wai's "Chung King Express."

Meanwhile the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle get the retarded Hollywood treatment in Battle in Seattle. It has all the subtlety of a taser or a gun firing rubber bullets into a mother's face. And yeah, I bet it's going to gloss over exactly why the protesters were so angry in the first place.

With Rock n Rolla Guy Ritchie tries to remake "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" a third time. Which isn't terrible, but it'd be nice to see something new. Well, something new that wasn't about his wife.

What looks good to you?

Warhammer's opening cinematic is pretty sweet

Warhammer Online

Click through to view. It's nicely done, in the same vein as the Warcraft cinematics of course.

August 17, 2008

Bruce Lee's screen test

Bruce Lee's "Green Hornet" Screen Test

He is so crazy charismatic. It's incredible. Also, when he breaks out the kung-fu moves at 5:15 or so it's just stunning. Plus, he's doing all of this in a suit!

August 06, 2008

Tarantino to Remake Faster Pussycat! with Britney Spears in Title Role as Lesbian Killer

Britney Spears to play lesbian killer in Quentin Tarantino film...

July 24, 2008

Update: Watchmen games download only

WAS titled: What does it mean that there won't be a Watchmen console game? -- See comments, thanks to Julia for the correction. Variety | 'Watchmen' games a go | Warner to produce pair of downloads
With the clock ticking on the film’s release, Warner Bros. has decided to eschew the traditional console videogame tie-in and is producing a pair of downloadable games based on "Watchmen." The studio’s Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unit plans to publish at least two "Watchmen" game episodes, with the first coming upon the theatrical release next March and the second around the DVD launch. WBIE execs said that by producing shorter downloadable games, rather than a full-priced disc version, they’ll have more flexibility to produce high-quality titles on a tight production schedule of just more than a year.

July 22, 2008

Christian Bale Arrested for Alleged Assault

People | Christian Bale Arrested for Alleged Assault
Batman's Christian Bale was arrested in London Tuesday, following assault allegations reportedly made by his own mother and sister. Bale, 34, allegedly lashed out at his mother Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, on Sunday at London's Dorchester hotel, where the actor was staying before Monday's U.K. premiere of The Dark Knight.

July 21, 2008

Ebert & Roeper escape from "At The Movies" before Disney turns it into shit

suntimes.com | Roger Ebert | Statement from Roger Ebert
After 33 years on the air, 23 of them with Disney, the studio has decided to take the program named "Siskel & Ebert" and then "Ebert & Roeper" in a new direction. I will no longer be associated with it.... Gene and I felt the formula was simplicity itself: Two film critics, sitting across the aisle from each other in a movie balcony, debating the new films of the week. We developed an entirely new concept for TV. Few shows have been on the air so long and remained so popular. We made television history, and established the trademarked catch-phrase "Two thumbs up." The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene's widow, and the thumbs will return. We are discussing possibilities, and plan to continue the show's tradition.
suntimes.com | Robert Feder | Ebert, Roeper want no part in ‘At the Movies’ sequel
You didn’t have to read much between the lines of the hosts’ gracious comments to infer that Disney ABC Domestic Television plans to dumb down and glam up the show next season.