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CLICK THE LITTLE SPEAKER ICON IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER: I’m putting that pro-tip right up front, so that you don’t spend the next couple minutes frantically scrolling around and click tabs trying to figure out where that dramatic music is coming from. I am of course referring to the new motion poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which looks real purdy, but unfortunately auto-plays which is right behind hard plastic packaging on my list of favourite things.
If you’ve been wielding your hammer of rage about Oldboy, Spike Lee’s American remake of Park Chan-Wook’s classic Korean revenge epic Old Boy (note the different spelling), well fellow Saffer and rising Hollywood star, Sharlto Copley – who plays the film’s villain – is here to try to put you at ease.
“It’s such a good story! Something like this only comes along very rarely, and it seems perfectly reasonable to have a reimagining of it. Very often Hollywood will remake something just because there’s a built-in audience, just for the commercial aspect of doing it. That’s fair enough, I guess. But with this, if you look at the people who have got involved, it’s more for the creative drive.
It’s not a massive franchise that you’re trying to reboot or something that’s going to make a gazillion dollars. It’s just a film that’s artistically inspiring to people. Spike is an artist who’s been inspired to do it. The drive behind it isn’t a studio or an executive thinking it’s a great marketing opportunity. The drive behind it for the producers and the actors and the director, is simply the inspiration of the story. You’ll notice it’s not a project populated with people who are known for only taking jobs because they’re commercial…”
Worthy of special mention is the fact the Lee supposedly is not really remaking Park’s film, but rather the 1990′s manga comic on which Park’s film was based. There are apparently quite a number of differences between that original material and Park’s film, which should help Lee’s version to feel less redundant.
20th Century Fox has inexplicably pulled the plug on a proposed July 2013 3D re-release of Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. If only they had announced this a few weeks earlier, I could have cracked a joke about how the only way now left to see the White House get destroyed in three dimensions, would be to buy a 3D TV and vote for Mitt Romney.
The Blu Ray release for the final chapter in Chris Nolan’s Batman epic, The Dark Knight Rises, is almost upon us, which naturally means that all the extras that would serve as incentives for getting you to buy it will soon be popping up online. For free. First up, here’s a new (well newly released, that is) Behind The Scenes featurette looking at the construction of some of the film’s rather impressive sets.
Remember, that story yesterday about how Mike Meyers had already completed his first draft of the script for Wayne’s World 3? Psych! There is no script for Wayne’s World 3! And I have no brother!
Damn, today seems to be all about the backtracking. We also reported on a story yesterday that the trailers for The Wolverine and Man of Steel would be playing in front of The Hobbit, but after the story broke, The Wolverine director James Mangold took to Twitter to deny those claims.
@mang0ld: “Contrary to reports, there will be no trailer on THE HOBBIT for THE WOLVERINE. You will get a glimpse early 2013. I promise.”
I’m holding you to that promise, Mangold.
The other half of that initial story was true though, as Man of Steel director Zack Snyder has confirmed that trailer’s attachment to the LOTR prequel. He also spoke to MTV about actor Michael Shannon’s take on the villainous Zod, as well as how seriously he and all the cast and crew are taking this reboot.
“Shannon is great, he has such great enthusiasm and dedication constantly. You can imagine that you could get actors who go, ‘Oh right, it’s Zod, it’s not 100 percent serious,’ or [you can play it] slightly with a wink, there is none of that with him. His effort is to make it realized and to understand this character and what he has to go through, so you have that on one side and you have Henry, who basically is Superman, on the other side and that dynamic.”
“I was just incredibly fortunate to play with those guys who really were giving all they had to bring a level of commitment to the scenes they have together so that audiences will get an opportunity to really have their heroes taken seriously. As serious as I was taking it, and I don’t mean that from a depressing kind of way but from a, ‘This is important and fun and needs to be given the respect that it deserves,’ from that perspective it was so exciting to watch them drink the Kool-Aid of that concept and go all the way.”
A couple of new images have popped up for writer/director Roman “My daddy is a famous director too” Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III, the comedy featuring Charlie Swan as the titular Swan, a highly successful (socially and financially) architect, whose girlfriend dumps him, prompting a downward spiral during which he imaginatively looks back at all the romantic relationships in his life. Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman play his real life best friends who take on different roles in his imagined jaunts down memory lane.
Murray appears to be a veritable doppleganger for John Wayne in that first pic, while Schwartzman is doing an uncanny impression of our very own Darryn in that last pic.
Since it was announced, the new Fast and the Furious movie has been flip-flopping between either Fast 6 or Fast and Furious 6 as a title, but a recent Facebook post by star Vin Diesel may have revealed the title along with when we’ll get our first official glimpse at footage for the film.
“Six years ago, we dared to dream that Fast and Furious could be something significant… special…
And yet, I don’t think anyone is prepared for what will happen on memorial day 2013.
P.s. With as much talent as this production has… I am blessed to be a part of it…
First look at Furious 6 will be at the Super Bowl.”
Furious 6? Despite the fact that it sounds like the title of a cheesy TV series starring Uma Thurman, I can dig it.
Remember those amazingly cool Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One Blu Ray Collections, the ones that collected all the already released Marvel movies with a ton of geektastic extras in those stylish briefcases seen in the movies? Oh sure you do, because you were probably one of the people bawling your eyes out when you discovered that you weren’t going to get it for X-mas because Marvel forgot to sort out the legal paperwork with the briefcases’ manufacture before they began advertising it.
Well said paperwork has now been filed, i’s dotted and t’s crossed, which means that the collection will be available for purchase on 2 April 2013, and to make up for the delay, Marvel are not only going to be adding in additional materials for the current films (such as previously unreleased alternate endings), but they’ll also be including some kind of sneak peek for their Phase 2 films, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.
And as luck would have EW has managed to get a hold of one of the very same previously unreleased alternate endings in the form of this slightly different final moment from Thor. In the original, the end credits played out over a scene of a beam of light travelling from Earth, through various star systems, and eventually ending at Asgard. At the time, it just looked like a fancy graphic to use, turns out it was the most scientifically advanced “Please Call Me” in history.
(Unfortunately, this is the best embeddable version of the video released so just ignore the ad in the beginning)
Speaking of Thor and Jane Foster, the thunder god himself, Chris Hemsworth, spoke MTV about where Thor: The Dark World finds their relationship, as well as how the sequel differs from the original film, besides just having a suffixed title.
“For Thor and Jane, there are some unanswered questions now, since obviously he didn’t stop in and catch up with her in Avengers. Thor might have some explaining to do in this one… There’s some fun to be had with that. And with Loki, we get down to the major bones of our conflict with everything that’s come from Thor to Avengers to now.”
“The look of the film is a lot bigger than what we did even previously. The first one worked and people loved it, but this is with a different director and just has a totally different feel. There’s a definite Game Of Thrones vibe thanks to [director] Alan [Taylor].
“We have six weeks to go to shoot. This is the trickiest bit, because you can go, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re past the halfway mark!’ which isn’t a good idea, because you’re not finished yet. You sort of get that second wind about now or you hope to and push on through.”
They say hindsight is 20/20. Actually it’s more than that. Way more. Try adding like a whole bunch of zeroes to the end of it, in fact. What am I rambling about? Well, before Sir Ian McKellen immortalized the wizard Gandalf on-screen in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the role was actually offered to Sean Connery but he apparently turned it down because he “didn’t understand the script”…. Okay then, moving along. At the time he was offered $10 million for the role, which may be a lot of money, but nowhere near some of the biggest paychecks in Hollywood, but apparently that wasn’t the full extent of the deal he was offered.
Mr Connery was also offered 15% of the gross for all three films, which if you remember earned enough money to build a bridge made out of neatly folded dollar bills that could stretch straight from the front door of Bag-End to the gates of Mordor. Enough money to have netted Connery a $450 million payday by now already!
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive), Alice Eve (The Raven, Men in Black 3) and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) have joined the cast of writer/director Tze Chun’s indie crime drama Eye of Winter. The film will focus on “a struggling motel owner (Eve) who, along with her daughter, is taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green).”
It certainly sounds interesting, and would probably be worth watching for Cranston alone, who has become an acting powerhouse over the last couple of years. I mean, who would ever have thought the goofy dad Hal from “Malcom in the Middle” would one day turn into Walter White?
There have been more than just a couple of trailers, TV spots and clips released for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey thus far. Hell, we even had one narrated by what sounds like a mildly upset Japanese man. But if you’ve been too busy *COUGH*lazy*COUGH* to watch all of them, well then this latest one will be your salvation. Splicing together all the footage we’ve seen thus far into one 7-minute long clip, this is nothing short of EPIC. And yes, the capitalization is intentional.