Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love Danny Boyle, I love Dev Patel, and in typical fashion neither has disappointed.
Reminds me a lot of Good Will Hunting, which may be my favorite movie ever.
I think the people of Toronto definitely got it right (as have the readers of my blog), and this will be the Best Picture of the year.
"Slumdog Millionaire" is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.
Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?
When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...
Sounds amazing, doesn't it?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
This is not a joke. It's happening, and it's happening in 3-D!
It's also got a pretty amazing pedigree: Steven Soderbergh directing and they're out to Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones to star as Marc Antony and Cleopatra.
As bizarre as it is, I think this actually could be really good. Everyone knows Soderbergh is the next Spielberg.
And it's about time somebody again brought to the screen one of the greatest Greeks who ever lived.
Friday, October 17, 2008
So I went to the Sex Drive premiere last Wednesday night in Westwood and here are a few things I learned.
1. Even if you're movie is shit, people will still tell you it's The Godfather.
2. It's true that all actors are tiny. James Marsden, Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, and Seth Green all come up to approximately my chest.
3. Movie premieres in LA are amazing. The stars, the red carpet, but most of all the free food and booze. Oh, and there's a movie too.
4. I love this fucking city.
In 2004 Brad Pitt did Troy (based on the Iliad), and now he plans on tackling the Odyssey too!
But it's not another sword and sandal epic. Apparently, this version of the Odyssey is set in deep space!
Kind of an interesting thought. I bet it could be pretty good.
Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment is producing.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"There's absolutely no question I'm totally supportive of Rich. Was I surprised with the loss last Saturday? Sure I was, no question about it. But I think he's the right man for this program at this time."
Please, Rich, just don't lose to Michigan State.
And for God's sake, get to a bowl game.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'm actually kind of anxious to see how this movie turns out.
I think it could go either way - be amazing or a massive pile of shit.
A Leo movie just tanked, could Brad be next?
Oh who cares, Brad never cared about BO anyways and that's why we all love him.
UPDATE: To add a little Tarantino quirkiness, the title of the film has been officially changed to "Inglorious Basterds."
Is it just me, or could this be very similar to the way that Vince was replaced in Aquaman by Jake Gylenhaal??
An actor looking for credibility/respect doesn't want to get locked into a franchise after the first movie blows up?
Life imitates art, my friends. Life imitates art.
Friday, October 10, 2008
In some surprising news, according to tracking there is a very good chance that Beverly Hills Chihuahua (in it's second week) will beat Body of Lies at the box office this weekend.
Hard to see that movie topping the dream team of DiCaprio, Crowe, Scott, and Monahan.
Keep your ears tuned on Sunday.
UPDATE: Body of Lies came in THIRD!! A huge blow for some massive egos and serious filmmaking everywhere.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The new Twilight trailer came out today along with some new artwork, and I have to say this trailer defintiely looks better than the others.
I'm still not sold on the movie, especially the stunts and the effects, but at least there might be some hope.
Check it out:
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Gemma Arterton, the new Bond girl, has six fingers on each of her hands.
She says, "It's my little oddity that I'm really proud of."
I would like to think of something witty to say, but I don't have anything. I just thought this was really interesting...
Friday, October 3, 2008
From Russell Crowe, discussing upcoming project Nottingham where he will be playing Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Q: Will you wear tights?
Crowe: I will not wear tights because according to our research they weren't invented for another 300 years. I apologize to you all and to Sienna Miller.
So I'm not really one for manga (or wuxia, for that matter), but I think the teaser for the new Dragonball movie looks surprsingly good.
Just to be clear, I have absolutely no expectations for this movie so it can only be better than I thought it would be.
(the trailer was taken down by Fox. I'll post it when it's back up)
According to Forbes, J.K. Rowling makes $5.8 million per WEEK.
That's about $300 million per year, and she didn't even publish a book last year. Reportedly, $200 million of it came from toys!
Just wait until 2009 when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters AND J.K.'s new book is published!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
And the Vampire trend continues with Let the Right One In, an independent Swedish film.
This movie has been getting rave reviews, and I have to say it looks a hell of a lot better than Twilight. The domestic trailer came out today and is pretty damn sweet.
This is definitely one I'll stand in line to see.
Check out the trailer below - it does everything right. I love trailers that are sparse on dialogue, heavy on images, and don't give the entire friggin' story away.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
After putting themselves on the map in a big way with Friday Night Lights the movie and then knocking it out of the park with Friday Night Lights the television series, Hollywood has fallen in love with Texas-based instrumental band Explosions in the Sky.
Their music has now been featured in trailers ranging from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to Baz Luhrmann's Australia.
If you have not listened to their music, you must do so immediately. You owe it to yourself - it will change your life.
P.S. Check out the Season 3 premiere of FNL on NBC tonight.
I've always known that the British pop star and former boy bander was into aliens, but this is just off the wall.
Apparently, Robbie new album is inspired by his obsession with aliens and could possibly even be used to help summon aliens Earth.
Robbie used to be one of my favorite artists. So sad.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Don't know anything about the videogame, but I thought the poster and trailer for this film were surprisingly cool. I was actually even considering seeing it in theaters, but the joke was definitely on me.
News came today that it got a PG-13 rating. Are you kidding me? I don't think there is any way that a Mark Wahlberg action film can be PG-13 and not suck.
I can see the dialogue now.
"Get the heck away from me, you jerk!"
This is right before he shoots them in the knee.
So was nothing profound about Burn After Reading whatsoever (no matter what anyone may tell you), no deep intellectual exploration or stark and demoralizing realization that somehow has already come to the rest world but when the protagonist suddenly realizes it it's some huge revelation (ahem, No Country For Old Men).
No, Burn After Reading is none of that. But it's funny. Damn funny. And, being the resident masters of dark comedy, it's a movie that only the Coen Brothers could make. In what other film could the entire audience laugh as someone is brutally murdered with a blunt hatchet? It happens, trust me.
Like all good directors and all good scripts, one of the best things about this movie are the subtleties. How funny small little actions by the characters become. Case in point, Brad Pitt (in a hilariouos role) trying to remember to squint his eyes and look intimidating. Watch the movie and you'll know what I mean. (He thinks it's a Schwinn!)
And while this movie isn't the Coen's Brother's best nor even one of the year's best, it is definitely enjoyable and, perhaps most importantly, it's uniqueness and originality makes it stand out from the dismal landscape of Hollywood sequels and remakes.