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Massive Marvel Movie Update June 2012 News And Rumors, What’s On The Way And When   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Tons of movement in the Marvel universe these days, especially after the box office stomping that Avengers gave in the month of May. With Disney behind distributing the Marvel Studios picture from now on, it seems like we are all in for at least a 4-5 year push on the more extended and criss crossing storylines of the comics. So many great projects are on the way big and small that I hope even some wrongs may be righted with the re-boots of the shit storm Fox Marvel films Daredevil and Fan 4.  Only time will tell on the quality level of the continuing comic book movie making trend right now, it seems like every second day news is popping up about another Marvel character being close to appearing on the big screen. I can only hope the directors/film makers making these pictures care as much about the characters they decide to take on, as much as the check and the life style the film industry offers. Mostly because for us comic geeks that grew up reading and absorbing the Marvel mythos, the stories matter to us and have major weight that some people in Hollywood think is “no big deal” to change at their discretion. These people are idiots, and should wise up to the fact that they are so out of there element in the comic world they should stick to fucking up remakes of old TV shows or something. Fox producers I’m looking squarely at you fuckers and your lack of brains in this area (who ever was in charge of the Deadpool character for the last half of Wolverine movie you should be so embarrassed that you are so naive about the impact of fucking up  so bad) I could rant for ever about this shit.   Lots of news to see below, time to dive in.

The Avengers (May 4th 2012) Director Joss Whedon – I’ve seen The Avengers twice now and both times I thoroughly enjoyed both viewing, Love the Hulk, so awesomely rad… There really is a lack of adjectives to describe my enjoyment level during viewing it.  A fun film made for almost everyone to enjoy. The link to my full review below:

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The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd 2012) Director Marc Webb – I think that the talent all look well cast. The production design looks interestingly good and I think the few times I’ve seen the trailers in 3D in the theater, for the first time I felt totally immersed into a character’s POV.  With the jumping from Building to building in New York point of view shots in the first trailer I got goose bumps and shivers while swinging over the city, feeling like I was doing this for real almost. The 3D effect they’ve come up with there is a pretty cool experience.

As far as the story changes to the character’s origin and hip new persona, I’m not really sold on the Perter Parker aspect of this film yet. I do really like Andrew Garfield as an actor, so I would hope after seeing the full movie I might like the direction Marc Webb has decided to go with Spidey. I’m still not sure what it is but even after the second major trailer (below), I still think there is something off about the back story part. I don’t want to wreck anything for any viewer but it’s laid out in the second trailer if you really look in the background that the back story of how Peter Parker becomes spider-man is completely changed from all the comic iterations.

I think the IMAX 3D might be worth checking out just for the pure spectacle. I’m still on the fence but I’ll definitely going to have my ass in the seats for the new Spidey come July 3rd, hope to be happily surprised by the experience.

Iron Man 3 ( May 3rd 2013) Director Shane Black There’s been lots of superb casting news for the now in production sequel. We obviously have the regulars back such as Downey Jr. , Paltrow, Cheadle and even the latest to be signed back, Favreau as driver/body guard Happy Hogan. The amazingly perfect casting news for fanboys and girls, is Sir. Ben Kingley as the mystical powered, 7 ring wearing villain, the Mandarin (according to IMDB), Iron Man’s main nemesis in the comics since 1966. As well a crew member let it slip that Sir Ben Kingsley is indeed playing The Mandarin in the film but he will not be the primary antagonist, Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian will be.

Pearce’s Aldrich Killian character is one of the co-creator of the Extremis virus in the comics which is one of the main story arcs the script is reportedly based on.

James Badge Dale is on board as Eric Savin, a character who after uncovering a government conspiracy is almost killed and is turned into a cyborg designated as Coldblood-7 in the comics

Then the latest addition reported by Variety is actor Ashley Hamilton to play the Jack Taggert /Firepower character which was never in the Extremis mini series I don’t think.

 Straight from the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige when he spoke with Empire on their podcast recently: “So Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers… Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he’s cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation. So he’s not calling Thor, he’s not calling Captain America, he can’t press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that’ll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers.

Also in the lengthy Disney presentation at CinemaCon in late Aprill writer/director Shane Black talking about the direction of the project. He dubbed the movie a “technological thriller” and a “crisis movie” set in the world of “international war, arms and terror” saying that they will “put Tony Stark through the wringer” as they explore the trials of being Tony Stark. Although no villain has been revealed for the film, he said the villain will be one that will “frighten in today’s world.” At this point we do know the list of villains and character seems to keep growing at the movie is shooting in North Carolina right now under the code name “Caged Heat”.

With the success of The Avengers film it has also been reported that the production budget has been bumped up from $140 million to $200 million just recently, so the Marvel money people must like what they are seeing out of Shane Black and co.There continues to be spy reports pouring in from the set and some pictures surfaced with what was initially thought to be another villain in the mix “The Iron Patriot”.In the comic The Iron Patriot was Norman Osborn aka (the green goblin) but since Sony owns the right to that character it looked like  Eric Savin was going be dawning that armor for the film according to reports, but in mid June it was revealed that it is actually War Machine with a new paint job. So no Iron Patriot to appear this time around.  As Production moves to China for the second half of shooting in a few months, I can’t wait to see if they can keep the roll of quality films going at Marvel Studios. First official picture from set released just a week ago below:

So it seems like a mix of Jack Kirby characters with some newer comic storylines mixed in for the film. Looking really forward to seeing Kingley’s Mandarin in action for sure.

The Wolverine (July 26th 2013) Director James Mangold – After it was announced that Darren Aronofsky was going to be the director on the Wolverine sequel I was in absolute geek love heaven over the prospect of this.  After a few months at the helm he left the project reportedly because he didn’t want to leave his newly born daughter for the time it would take to prep and shoot the film abroad in Japan. so after that blow to the nuts,  it would be hard for me to be happy with any replacement choice. Along came James Mangold who I like as a director and am hopeful he will give us something that features and cherishes the Logan/Wolverine character and not mocks and fucks with it like x3 and Origins did. I am so nervous about this one it’s hard for me to really let myself believe Fox will let a quality Wolverine film happen. Because when I have had faith in the past as an ultra fan I get the shit box last two acts of films like Wolverine: X-Men Origins. total and utter bullshit, lazy film making and storytelling. The only real movement in news about the production is The Daily Telegraph revealed that Twentieth Century Fox will film The Wolverine in Hugh Jackman’s hometown, Sydney, Australia. In a deal estimated to be worth $80 million to the New South Wales economy. Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who helped secure the deal with Fox when he flew to Los Angeles in January, said winning the film would generate more than 2000 jobs for Sydney. Maybe Mangold will make something of the Christopher McQuarrie script partly based on the Frank Miller Chris Clairmont Japan set mini series, scared almost to death though. Really.


Thor 2 (November 8th 2013) Director Alan Taylor- After Marvel switched director Patty Jenkins (Monster) for Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones) in late December early January,  Robert Rodat (best known for Saving Private Ryan) was brought aboard to do a re-write of the draft from Don Payne who was a contributor on the first film. Most of the news since then has involved the fact that most, is not all the original cast Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard  will return . For anyone who’s seen the Avengers you can imagine the storyline that will be taking place between the brothers.

Some more news in late May has been trickling out regarding the villain choice for the second stand alone outing for the God of Thunder.  Looks like some great choices looming for fans of the source material, with the reported from a source close to the production, The Enchantress is to be the vileness in the picture . Variety has also printed that actor Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play an unknown villain most certainly to be The Executioner, the usual partner of The Enchantress in the comics. What Head of Marvel Kevin Feige has said about the film: “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”

I am very much looking forward to going back to Asgard again, hopefully Alan Taylor brings us something to surpass the very well done first film. I could go for some kick ass battle amongst the Gods right about now, fingers crossed.

Kick-Ass 2 (TBD 2013)- Director Jeff Wadlow– Universal Pictures is in talks with Matthew Vaughn to develop a sequel to Kick-Ass, the Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. comic based film from 2010 which earned $96.2 million worldwide  on a $30 million dollar budget. Vaughn directed, produced and self-financed the project; Opting to produce the sequel , Jeff Wadlow will be directing with a reported script adaptation by Vaughn , which adapts not only “Kick-Ass 2,” but also the “Hit-Girl” spin-off that hits stores in June. The Hit-Girl storyline is to be the first act of the film. A reported September 2012 production start for the film, would have Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprising their roles. I loved the first one and would be so into seeing Kick-Ass on the big screen again.

Captain America 2 (April 4th 2014)-Director TBDIt was reported by an insider at the studio in late March that the  field of ten directors they were looking at had been narrowed down to just three for the Cap sequel- George Nolfi, the writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau, F. Gary Gray director of The Italian Job remake, and an odd choice in the mix, Community’s Anthony and Joseph Russo. The choice for directors was announced here in mid June with The Russo Brothers snaking the gig. Hoping the quality is as good as the first film, I liked Joe Johnson’s take on Cap. Fingers crossed The Russo’s take things to the next level of radness.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd 2014) Director Marc Webb – Even though The first film hasn’t opened yet Sony in already moving forward with a sequel. I guess they really like what they’re seeing from Marc Webb’s Spidey. On April 24th Sony Pictures announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were coming on board to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 written by James Vanderbilt. They will also receive Executive Producer credits. Kurtzman and Orci said: “We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”  Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

 As Of Yet Undisclosed Marvel Project ( May 16th 2014) Director TBA– It’s been mentioned in a few interviews and articles in the last few months but now the CEO of Disney brought it up again in an interview for CNBC. There’s no confirmation yet on whether or not the project will be a sequel or if it might be based on a new character in the Marvel Universe, a film maybe I’ve written about below?

X-Men: First Class 2 (July 18th 2014) Director Matthew Vaughn– Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg are all working on the “X-Men: First Class” sequel script now and shooting is set for January 2013 with a release planned for Summer 2014. Some serious spy news has surfaced in the last week or so that 20th Century Fox had registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. Which exists for studios and productions companies to put their claims on certain titles that they intend to release, so that others can’t use that title. For any X-Men enthusiast the words DAYS OF FUTURE PAST should set your ball a tingling instantly. For those who are unaware of the great 1981 two-issue story arc of the X-Men comics,  it dealt with alternative timelines. In an alternative future, mutants were incarcerated in internment camps. However, the Kitty Pryde of that timeline transfers her mind to the Kitty Pryde of now in order to prevent that from ever happening. The assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood is what sets off this chain of events, and now with the X-Men made aware of the future, they must try to stop it from happening ect…So it looks like some really interesting possibilities for this film.  I really liked the first outing and hope the second turns out better and more focused, but anything Vaughn makes I’m in the theater to see it with out question. He has always delivered for me no matter the film.

DareDevil (TBD) Director David Slade – A pretty much unknown David James Kelly has been hired to re-write a script for the planned “Daredevil” reboot at 20th Century Fox supposedly based of Frank Millers “Born Again” comic run. 9 years since the Marc Steven Johnson Ben Affleck feature fail, I’m nervous and hopeful we’ll see some kind of a quality Daredevil movie in the near future. Like playing craps, the quality of a Fox comic book film…Crossing my fingers and hoping that one of my childhood favs doesn’t get a fist in the ass again.

Ant-Man (TBD) Director Edgar Wright– Twitpic of Edgar Wright’s with the words: “Received this in the mail. What can it mean?” This one has been in the rumor mill for a few year but I bet now with the Avengers is doing well at the box office, we might get some quick movement on this Marvel flick from the director of Shawn of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim. Would love to see this happen.

Avengers 2 -(TBD) Director TBD/ Joss Whedon?– Back in March, about two months before The Avengers opened on the big screen SFX (via Digital Spy) managed a few details from writer/director Joss Whedon about both the first film and a potential sequel: “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” Whedon says of the superhero team. ” I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.” Asked how a sequel could possibly be bigger than what he had planned for the May 4th release, Whedon responded: “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful… By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

 …And after the record breaking release this is what Joss Whedon told Hero Complex mid May about possibly directing the sequel “You know, I’m very torn.It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

No matter who directs it my ass will be in the seat come showtime on Avengers 2, I’ve dreamed to see Thanos in action on film for 15-20 years, beyond epic.  I do hope Marvel convinces Whedon to return in the directing seat but at the very least he’s set things off in such a great direction, the person taking over will have to pull off one hell of a play to make something to live up to what is amount to walking across water in Hollywood. Good luck to who ever that might be, I’m waiting.

Deadpool (TBD) Director Tim Miller – The script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.(Zombieland), Ryan Reynolds to star. The whole thing seems really cool with full R rated content, Deadpool breaking the fourth wall and taking to the audience, brutally violent and all the snappy dialog to boot is the little bit that’s been leaks on this project . A decent Ryan Reynolds video about his feelings on the subject below:

In early January at the Arizona Comic Con Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) briefly talked about the status of the movie, had some super awesome things to say:“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated. They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you,  it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.”

The full video from the panel below( The Deadpool  movie stuff starts in at 37:05, with a great comment on the treatment of the character in the first Wolverine film and then all the stuff quoted above from the creators crazy enthusiastic mouth):

Doctor Strange (TBD 2013?) Director TBD It had been confirmed in late January that the script for Doctor Strange has been completed by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian, Sahara). Marvel Studios is actively seeking a director to helm the project.

Once they have the right director on board, Marvel will then be searching for the cast to star in Doctor Strange. The Budget is reported to be somewhat smaller than the bigger Marvel movies but the studio is hopeful with all the right pieces as far as talent, Doctor Strange could absolutely be a great film. Production is expected to begin this year, with a release date likely to be sometime in 2013. A very interesting character I’d like to see something really out there storytelling wise to show the real range of the Marvel Universe.

Fantastic Four (TBD) Director TBD– Variety had an article in January with word that Fox was eying Josh Trank as a potential helmer on the reboot of Fantastic Four. Known now for his big screen directorial debut, the very well received Chronicle released on February 3rd 2012, he most likely can’t do any worse that the previous films. The complete shitting  on the fans faces with the Tim Story directed Fantastic Four in 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thanks so much for those two Fox. Also in 1994 a feature-length version was also infamously produced by Roger Corman and never released but still lingers on the internet to find for the curious and geeky fanboys. Would love to see a properly done Fan 4 flick, one of my favorite reads as a kid come to life on the big screen could be epic beyond belief. Both fingers and all toes crossed.

Venom (TBD) Director TBD– Also In early March The LA Times was reporting that Chronicle director Josh Trank was in talks to direct a Venom  feature film based on the “Spider-Man” character. Sony has toyed with the idea of a Venom spinoff in the past, but this new version is rumored to be unconnected to previous drafts. Would be surprised if we saw this materialize anytime soon but who knows what those wacky studio execs are on or  thinking most of the time. No word since the article mentioned the Chronicle directors interest. I would definitely be interested to see how’d they approach it though.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy (TBD) Director TBD–  In an CraveOnline interview with Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige,  he confirmed The Guardians of the Galaxy movie Marvel is planning will be about the modern version of the team, which includes such intergalactic superheroes as Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon and less Vance and that team. Taking the stories into the Universe and space could be ultra cool if the right villain were to appear, Thanos could work in this one to.

Black Panther (TBD) Director TBD– It’s been rumored for awhile that they were working on a treatment for some sort of live action Black Panther film and now with Avengers going off it would make sense to bring the character T’Challa (Panther’s real name) into the mix. Wakanda Black Panther’s homeland’s major export is Vibranium which is what Cap America’s shield is made from, an ultra rare metal mined from a meteor that fell from the sky.  For the keen observers we’ve got to see a few hints already in IRON MAN 2 of Wakanda as the Vibranium’s source . Bringing Black Panther to the big screen would fit perfectly into the larger plans of the Marvel film universe. Would be interested what the stand alone tale would be like and about but I’m game to give anything a chance in this new Marvel para-dime that is growing with every movie in their pipeline.

So there you go, you’re now up to date on all the Marvel films in the hopper. We can only hope and prey something great is in the bunch, bound to be some shit shows, but of course time will only tell.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted June 9, 2012 by JMC in Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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Oscar Nominations 2010. In Case Anyone Gives A S#!t Anymore   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

The 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations have been announced, in case anybody really cares anymore. I find the Oscars depressing sometimes, and so obviously political in many years past. Once in a while the Academy come through with some interesting and right choices, mostly it’s a way too long TV special that leaves you scratching your head as to the decisions the people who are voting for these awards make.

Saying that, there are some great filmmakers, actors, technicians and films I really love up for lots of awards this year. “The King’s Speech”  and “True Grit” lead the pack with twelve and ten nominations respectively, followed by “The Social Network” and “Inception” with eight each.

Also  “The Fighter” with seven, “127 Hours” with six, “Toy Story 3” and “Black Swan” with five, and “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right” with four.

Here’s the Full  list:

BEST PICTURE
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem for “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”
Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”
James Franco for “127 Hours”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Benning for “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

DIRECTING
Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
David O. Russell for “The Fighter”
Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher for “The Social Network”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale for “The Fighter”
Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”
Jeremy Renner for “The Town”
John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams for “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Biutiful” – Mexico
“Dogtooth” – Greece
“In a Better World” – Denmark
“Incendies” – Canada
“Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”) – Algeria

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Michael Arndt for “Toy Story 3”
Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle for “127 Hours”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”
Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network”
Debra Granki, Anne Rosellini for “Winter’s Bone”

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Mike Leigh for “Another Year”
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg for “The Kids Are All Right”
Christopher Nolan for “Inception”
David Seidler for “The King’s Speech”
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”

ART DIRECTION
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

FILM EDITING
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

MAKEUP
“Barney’s Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”

MUSIC (SCORE)
A.R. Rahman for “127 Hours”
John Powell for “How To Train Your Dragon”
Hans Zimmer for “Inception”
Alexandre Desplat for “The King’s Speech”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network”

MUSIC (SONG)
‘Coming Home’ from “Country Strong”
‘I See the Light’ from “Tangled”
‘If I Rise’ from “127 Hours”
‘We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Day & Night”
“The Gruffalo”
“Let’s Pollute”
“The Lost Thing”
“Madagascar, a Journey Diary”

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“The Confession”
“The Crush”
“God of Love”
“Na Wewe”
“Wish 143”

SOUND EDITING
“Inception”
“Toy Story 3”
“Tron: Legacy”
“True Grit”
“Unstoppable”

SOUND MIXING
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

I’m really hoping that Aronofsky takes home an Oscar for directing Black Swan, but I’m pretty sure it will be Fincher for The Social Network  or The Coen Brothers for True Grit; Which is great either way as far as I’m concerned, love all these director works. I’m thinking Natalie Portman will take home the Best Actress Oscar, Colin Firth will take home the Best Actor  for “The King’s Speech”(once you see his performance, you’ll see it’s a lock for him to win.).

Best Supporting Actor will most likely go to Christian Bale for “The Fighter”, Best Supporting Actress is too close for me to call, but 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” holds her own beside Jeff Bridges brilliant acting chops without showing any sign of actual acting, a phenomenal performance for a young teenager.

Toy Story 3 will win Best Animated Feature, Adapted Screenplay will most likely be either Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit or Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network, Original Screenplay David Seidler for The King’s Speech or Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”, I’m thinking The Fighter might not win just because it would be just too much money to give all the writers Oscars.

I’m sure Inception will be a winner in most of  the technical awards, cinematography, sound editing and mixing, visual effects, and possibly art direction . Black Swan or True Grit might rival in cinematography.

Most of the rest is up in the air for me. I’m notoriously bad at “calling” the winner of the documentary, short films and foreign film categories, but I’m usually pretty close with the other ones. We’ll see how it pans out in February 27th. Place Your Bets.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Posted January 27, 2011 by JMC in Film School Loser Talks Too Much, Latest And The Greatest

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Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 4 : December 22st 2010   Leave a comment

DAY FOUR : DECEMBER 22nd 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. THREE COMPANY Season 3 Episode 16 “the catered affair” (original air February 6th 1979) & Episode 17 “the catered affair” (February 13th 1979) – Re-watching all the old shows from when I was a kid is an interesting experience. Finding some that hold up well and some that don’t. Three’s Company is as funny now as I found it so many years ago, reminding me a bit of the 50’s screwball comedies, classically American. By the third season the combo of John Ritter, Joyce Dewitt and Suzanne Somers had really hit their stride on camera, even if the behind the scenes of the show at this time were in complete turmoil between the main cast. It still plays great and the jokes are at their best, Ritter was really a genius far before his time, every time he falls over. steps on something wrong, bumps into a wall, pretty much any physical comedy he does sends me into great joyous laughter or at very least a good giggle. A good start to another great day  in video paradise.
  2. WKRP IN CINCINNATI Season 4 Episode 14 “Jennifer and Jonny’s charity”(original air February 3rd 1982) & Episode 15 “I’ll take romance”(original air February 17th 1982) – Another of my favorite comedy series and one that get better with time. Howard Hesseman is always show stealing as Dr. Johny Fever and the rest of the ensemble comedy cast consists of Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and, Frank Bonner as Herb Tarlek, all employees at a down and out radio station in Cincinnati that switches to an all rock and roll format as a last ditch effort to save the station and make it profitable again.  If you haven’t seen the show in awhile you might want to revisit the quirky radio station for a few classic American laughs. I love it.
  3. 1979 ALIEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT Blu-Ray (2003) director Ridley Scott – “We ain’t outta here in ten minutes, we won’t need no rocket to fly through space.” It amazes me that the first Alien, even after over 200 viewings, only gets better with age. At 31 years old, it looks crisp, clean and moody as ever on the brilliant Blu-Ray transfer that Fox has graced us with this holiday season. I still maintain that this film is the best in the series (sorry Kruk, Aliens a very close second), it raised the level of the genre and cemented Ridley Scott as a forced to be reckoned with in the feature directing game (only his second feature). His eye is one of the best in the business for art direction details and it shows in High Def better than ever. Alien was one of the most perfectly art directed film in history, and still is. A stunning disc of a stunning film. Thank you Fox for filling my X-Mas with so much xenomorph love.
  4. THE FAMILY STONE (2005) director Thomas Bezucha – The first evenings feature follows an uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life. A stellar ensemble cast including Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney and Craig T Nelson in a heart warming “real type” American family holiday film. It’s much better than you think, you laugh, you cry, you think. Shit, it engaged my brain 10 times more than Transformers 2 did. Thinking for a half second, that’s not saying much, but really it is very good.
  5. ROBOT CHICKEN:STAR WARS (2007) director Seth Green – Emperor Palpatine: “What?… Oh, oh, “just rebuild it”? Oh, real fucking original. And who’s going to give me a loan, jackhole, you?… You got an ATM on that torso Lite-Brite? Now get your seven-foot-two asthmatic ass back here, or I’m going to tell everyone what a whiny bitch you were about Padama-may or Panda Bear or whatever the hell her name is!… ”
    [covers receiver]
    Emperor Palpatine: “Oh, jeez, he’s crying!”                                                                                             The perfect late night sushi dinner viewing. So so funny, loving me the Robot Chicken.
  6. BLACK SWAN (2010) director Darren Aronofsky – I always look forward to the next Aronofsky project. He’s one of the few director working today that I have an artistic crush on. Every film he makes I end up loving it far more than I had imagined going in. Black Swan is no different. I’ve heard a number of people simply dismiss this as a chick flick with a twist, telling me to make sure I bring my girlfriend so I’m not bored. Well I have news for all of you haters out there, My long time girlfriend Angela hated this shit, bored to death. I on the other hand, was quite taken with the visuals and pacing of the piece, I really enjoyed it and was quite engrossed. With out wrecking too much of the plot I would equate the feel and pacing of this picture with late 60’s early 70’s physiological thriller stuff like Rosemary’s Baby.  I feel that the real underlying theme of this movie that most will miss on the first viewing is the amount of pressure that artists put on themselves to excel at their craft and the way that the creative mind deals with this type of stress. A great film for any artist serious about their art. And so we end another great day of viewing films, many more videos to watch and two days left to find out what Santa will bring. Happy viewing.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Balls Are A Tinglin!!! Fox Makes My Dream Aronofsky Directed Wolverine Movie a Reality?   1 comment

Hey Everybody

So, here we go… Looks like after a few months of rumors with no solid answers on who will direct Wolverine 2,  Hugh Jackman finally dropped the hammer and confirmed it for us.

Come 2012 we all get to see a Darren Aronofsky directed Wolverine movie based on the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Japan story line, written for the screen by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. If that doesn’t get all fanboys balls tingling, I’m not sure you know who any of these people are I’m talking about,  or maybe you’ve never heard of Marvel comics? Anyway…

Wow, I’m loving 20th Century Fox right now. Who would of ever thought I would be saying that again?
In a recent impromptu interview at Elton John’s Enduring Vision gala on Monday night, Jackman announced that he’s getting physically ready to start shooting next year, alongside director Aronofsky.

Quotes from NY Magazine:
“Expect to see four chicken breasts and a whole pile of steamed broccoli on my plate,” he told us. “I’m starting; I’m having my six meals a day.” With Darren Aronofsky directing, he says that Wolverine 2 will not be a “usual” X-Men movie: “This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” he said, and then paused. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”

Also, Jackman doesn’t think that Aronofsky’s penchant for dark drama is at odds with the big-budget action franchise. “This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark,” Jackman said. “But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”

The studio has not officially announced this news yet, but chances are Jackman has a big say in the decision and would not break the news unless Aronofsky was actually on board. If this movie  makes it to screen, it will be one of my dream pairings for director/project of all time. I grew up on X-Men and Wolverine comics, and I still have the single comic issues of the Claremont/Miller Japan story. I have read it more times that almost any other Marvel story and think Aronofsky has the potential to make an amazing film with the material. Something that will last for decades and raise the bar of the genre. That is unless Fox decides to fuck it all up and force the film into a stupid direction, much like the first one ended up by the last scenes.

The expectations seems to be getting very very high for Wolverine 2. Hopefully Fox can deliver something special this time out. I’m crossing my fingers that “the powers that be” at the studio let Aronofsky’s mind work his magic in the Marvel universe. Let’s hope people, let’s hope.

Good Luck To Darren Aronofsky From Everyone At Celluloid Pop Culture Junkie. We’re All Rooting For You Here. Now Go Kick Some Ass.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Wolverine 2 director rumors look promising, but again it is a Fox Marvel movie.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Before you start this article has some major ranting about the quality of Fox Studios Marvel Movies no holds bared, colorful language and all. You’ve been warned, feel free to read on.

Oh no 20th Century Fox, here we go again….

I’ve been a pretty big comic enthusiast since I was a kid, Wolverine, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil were among my favorites as a lad. In the last decade 20th Century Fox has continually butchered the best and most epic Marvel story lines with few exceptions.

(2003) Fuck Up # 1-Daredevil- Director Mark Steven Johnson started with Frank Miller’s brilliant Dardevil stories and $90 million dollars, which  turned into a bad action movie with one dimensional characters, shitty CG and a complete raping of the love story between Electra and Matt Murdock which completely negates the death of Electra in the third act of the movie. Why should audience care about a relationship which started a few days before, instead of the way Miller originally wrote it? ( a long passionate”love of a life time” college romance that ended because of Electra’s father taking her away only to meet again more than a decade later in the battle field of the marvel universe) The death of Electra in the comics is raw,emotional, and plainly, EPIC.

(2005) Super Fuck Up #2- Fantastic Four- I was really looking forward to this one when I heard they were finally making it. I started to get frightened after hearing really bad casting news and a director that on the shoot hadn’t actually fully read any of the original origin comics which the movie was based on. ( I had more than 50 friends who worked on the production here in Vancouver BC Canada and they were amazed how little the director cared about the source material) Tim Story shouldn’t have been directing a comic book movie based on a comic he obviously didn’t give a shit about. So what does Fox do? Give him a sequel to fuck up as well. Which brings us to…

(2006) Big Dick Contest #3- X3:Last Stand- Now after Fan 4 I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Fox pissed on my first favorite Marvel Comic team. At least Brian Singer put together a few good X men movies. X2 set up the Dark Phoenix nicely with the last shot of that film. I was excited for X3 after that last scene, finally I was going to get to see a big screen Dark Phoenix Saga story. Then Brian Singer and Fox has a few differences of opinions on what his salary should be, so he left to do Superman Returns. The release date for Superman gets announced and Fox, a week later puts X3’s release the same date with no script, few or no major cast members signed and no director attached. Sounds like the way to treat your best preforming franchise.  Now at this point Fox does lured in Matthew Vaughn to take the directing reins (Layer Cake, Stardust,Kick Ass). He some how gets Kelsey Grammer to sign on to get in full make up for over a hundred days shoot, to play Hank McCoy/Beast (great casting),  the unsigned major cast sign on to the movie at far less than their regular salaries and puts together some direction to take the production, all in a month or so.

With no cohesive script or story direction Vaughn asked Fox to push back the release date considerably to be able to focus more on the story quality. Fox’s response was, NO FU@KING WAY!!!  So a hard, but right decision was made and the production was again without director, scheduled to go to camera in less than three months. With no real script, a great cast signed and set being build here in Vancouver they did what a mental patient on mushroom would do, bring on Brett Ratner to direct the film or to shit in loyal fans mouths depending on how you look at it. A guy who is more concerned that the waitress knows who he is and that he is directing X men 3 than anything to do with the movie he is directing. Not showing up for shooting for a few days with no one knowing where he was, 220 crew plus getting payed to drink coffee. Not to mention kill the best story line in the Marvel universe in my opinion by making the Dark Phoenix a bad D side plot. Fuck Me !(Now before you ask how I know these things, I had many friends that worked on this picture and was working with Fox at the time on another picture in Vancouver. I had many many conversations with the heads of Fox about Ratner and his attitude towards the picture) He didn’t give a shit obviously by the end result. Total shit storm of epic proportions. If you know the X-Men story lines from the comics you know the missed opportunity here, the people who made the movie still don’t. What Stupid Heads.

(2007) Super Fantastic Fuck Up #4- Fantastic Four 2:Rise Of The Silver Surfer- Besides the execution of the Silver Surfer flying effect, the movie was a complete shit fest. All of a sudden they attempt to fix the look of all the character that were criticized for being too unlike the comic. The Blond hair/ blue eyes on Alba, Dr. Doom’s suit changes. But the biggest embarrassment to the production design is the cloud that is in place of Galactus, a giant alien being that devours worlds . The fight between the giant super being and the Fantastic Four team in the comic is again epic in scale. The entire world is at stake and the silver surfer is the key. A really great read, a huge disappointment in the translation to  the movie and frankly a slap in the face to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original vision and story. Tim Story and Fox should be very embarrassed about these movies. An utter shit sandwich.

(2009)A Hundred and Forty Million Dollar Limp Dick #5- X-Men Origins: Wolverine- If it wasn’t for Huge Jackman as Logan, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed aka Sabertooth and the small part that Ryan Reynolds Dead Pool got to play before fucking  him up, this movie would have been border line unwatchable. I love the World War 2 opening(wish there was more of that era) and the ideas of how old Logan and Victor’s relationship really is, but for a movie that cost $140 million dollars the technical mistakes take you out of the story enough to make it annoying to watch. Terribly obvious CG actor doubles, bad green screen back grounds that look like temp plates are the worst of this. You really want this story to work while you are watching it despite all it’s flaws, mostly because Jackman understands how to play the Wolverine character that has made him a action star and he’s a great actor making non existent material feel like it is going some where. But unfortunately it really doesn’t ever go any where good after about 45 minutes in, the last fight with Reynolds Dead Pool is a pile of steaming shit (for the record Dead Pool never got Scott Summers “laser vision” or was his mouth ever covered over to stop his shit talking)  even if you don’t know the proper comic story line, it feels like a tagged on ending trying to up the action of the picture that lags in story content, and frankly lacked any kind of real ending.

Which brings us to the story of at hand…

(2011) Wolverine 2- There is a screenplay based on the Frank Miller/ Chris Claremont’s four part comic mini series from screen writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Way of The Gun, Valkyrie) which takes Wolverine to Japan. This is a great story line and McQuarrie is a talented writer capable of delivering the goods. The most interesting news it the last two candidates rumored to be up for the directing gig. David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Eclipse) and Darren Aronofsky ( Pi, Requiem For a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan).

I’m hoping that we get us an Aronofsky directed Wolverine picture. That would be a dream at this point. Maybe Fox will make the right decision on this one. Mathew Vaughn is back at Fox shooting X-Men First Class right now, which sounded like a horrible idea until he came on board as director. Now it seems to be one to look out for.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Aronofsky and Jackman to pair up again and end this lack of story focus and proper directing talent paired with the right project at 20th Century Fox. There’s still the reboot of Daredevil and Fantastic Four to worry about. What chumps do they have lined up this time. Only time will tell.

more to come soon.

J.
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Trailer For Aronofsky’s BLACKSWAN Hits Online   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem For A Dream,The Fountain,The Wrestler) has been one of my favorite directors for over a decade now.

From his first feature film Pi in 1998 I’ve been captivated with his story telling style. Every film that he’s made from then on I’ve seen in the theater and re watched on video several times each, and they always deliver for me.

His latest film is a Polanski-esk suspense thriller starring Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman. The set up is Portman as a prima ballerina and Kunis is her rival, or is she imagining things. With a rumored lesbian make-out scenes between the two I’m sure some geeks brains might be exploding come December 1 st 2010.

Check out the trailer  which just hit the net today:

Looks pretty dam rad. I love suspense horror when it’s done well, and guaranteed Aronofsky will do it well.

Stay Tuned, More To Come

J.