‘New Year’s Eve’ Trailer

At first it was believed that ‘New Year’s Eve’ was going to be a continuation of Garry Marshall’s (Pretty Woman & Runaway Bride) last project, ‘Valentine’s Day’, which was obviously centered around a holiday, and also featured Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, and Hector Elizondo. We now know that it is not a continuation, and the returning actors will portray new characters in the film. While ‘Valentine’s Day’ was pounded by critics (17% on Rotten Tomatoes), it did manage to more than quadruple the budget in box office gross alone. While it isn’t a continuation of ‘Valentine’s Day’, ‘New Year’s Eve’ looks to tell a similar tale, of numerous interwoven stories that all take place on a popular holiday. The cast is silly, boasting Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron, Lea Michelle, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfieffer, Halle Berry, Ludacris, and Josh Duhamel.

I have full expectations that ‘New Year’s Eve’ will be shredded similarly by critics, like ‘Valentine’s Day’ was, but a box office success nonetheless. It hits theaters on December 9, 2011.

‘Margin Call’ Trailer (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons)

‘Margin Call’ is a financial thriller that already has positive buzz from critics surrounding it. First time director and writer J.C. Chandor is at the helm, and he has a stacked cast to cushion his debut. Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, and Stanley Tucci and many others make up the cast. ‘Margin Call’ hits theaters this fall on October 21.

New Posters for ‘Battleship’ & ‘The Muppets’

Here are the new posters for ‘Battleship’ and ‘The Muppets.’

‘Battleship’ is directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), written by Erich (Whiteout & Red) & Jon (Whiteout) Hoeber, and stars Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, and Taylor Kitsch. ‘Battleship’ is scheduled to hit theaters on May 18, 2012.

‘The Muppets’ is directed by James Bobin (1st feature film), written by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him To The Greek), and stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Rashida Jones, Selena Gomez, Mila Kunis and many others.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Press Conference, Bat Signal in Pittsburgh, & Tom Hardy on Roids

Check out ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ press conference from yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Producer Emma Thomas, director Christopher Nolan, and Christian Bale spoke to the people of the Steel City.  (Video via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Also, check out these pictures of the Bat Signal shining in downtown Pittsburgh.  (Pictures via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Finally, check out the insane amount of mass that Tom Hardy has put on in the past couple of months to fit the bill of the villainous ‘Bain’.  (Picture via TomHardyParty.com)

Tomato Monster Profile: Jon Favreau

John Favreau is the director of ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ which comes out this weekend.  Up until this point in his career as a director, he has yet to put out a film that has received a failing grade on Rotten Tomatoes (‘Cowboys and Aliens’ currently is sitting at a 50%).  Here is a Tomato Monster Profile of the funny man’s career as a director and a writer:

Director (5)

Average Grade: Rotten Tomatoes: 79.6%/RT Top Critics: 74.2%/Megacritic: 65.8

Percentage of Movies with Passing Grade: 100%

Films Directed Nominated for: 3 Oscars

Highest Grossing Movie: Iron Man 2$662.1 million

Highest Profit Margin: ElfGross exceeded budget by 6.7x

Filmography

Made (Screenwriter) – Rotten Tomatoes: 71%/RT Top Critics: 65%/Megacritic: 62

Budget: $5 million/Box Office: $5.5 million (1.1 X Budget)

Elf (Screenwriter) – Rotten Tomatoes: 84%/RT Top Critics: 74%/Megacritic: 64

Budget: $33 million/Box Office: $220.4 million (6.7 X Budget)

Zathura – Rotten Tomatoes: 75%/RT Top Critics: 73%/Megacritic: 67

Budget: $65 million/Box Office: $64.3 million

Iron Man – Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/RT Top Critics: 93%/Megacritic: 79

Budget: $140 million/Box Office: $585.2 million (4.2 X Budget)

Nominated for 2 Oscars (Sound Editing & Visual Effects)

Iron Man 2 – Rotten Tomatoes: 74%/RT Top Critics: 66%/Megacritic: 57

Budget: $200 million/Box Office: $622.1 million (3.1 X Budget)

 Nominated for an Oscar (Visual Effects)

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Writer (5)  Average Grade: Rotten Tomatoes: 52.8%/RT Top Critics: 48

Filmography

Swingers – Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/RT Top Critics: 80%/Megacritic: 71

Budget: $200,000/Box Office: $4.5 million

The First 20 Million Is Always The Hardest – Rotten Tomatoes: 11%/Megacritic: 20

Box Office: $2,535

Couples Retreat – Rotten Tomatos: 12%/RT Top Critics: 14%/Megacritic: 23

Budget: $70 million/Box Office: $171.9 million

 

Tuesday Blu-Ray Forecast: July 26, 2011

Here is a breakdown of the Blu-Ray DVD’s that are being released today:

The Blues Brothers (1980) – Directed and written by John Landis (Animal House, Twilight Zone, Coming To America, An American Werewolf in London), with the assistance of Dan Aykroyd on the script. ‘The Blues Brothers’ is a cult classic and scored an 85% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd starred in the film.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) – ‘Animal House’ was also directed by John Landis and was penned by a trio of Harold Rammis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. This movie defined a college generation and scored a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 82 on Metacritic. John Belushi was the face of this movie.

Trust (2010) – Directed by former ‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer (2nd film directed) and written by Robert Festinger (Nominated for Oscar for writing in ‘In The Bedroom’) and Andy Bellin. ‘Trust’ scored a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 60 on Metacritic. Clive Owen stars in the film.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010) – Kevin Munroe directs and a duo of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer penned the script. This comic book adaptation was mutilated by critics, earning a 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 31 on Metacritic. The ‘Man of Steel’ Brandon Routh stars in the film.

Dante’s Peak (1997) – Directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The Worlds Fastest Indian) and written by Leslie Bohem. ‘Dante’s Peak’ earned a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 43 on Metacritic. Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton star in the film.

Red Planet (2000) – Directed by Antony Hoffman and written by Jonathan Lemkin and Chuck Pfarrer. ‘Red Planet’ earned a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 34 on Metacritic. Val Kilmer stars in ‘Red Planet.’

Soldier (1998) – Directed by Paul Anderson and written by David Peoples (Oscar Nominee – Unforgiven). ‘Soldier’ was slayed by critics, earning a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Kurt Russell stars in this film.

High and Low (1963) – Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Oscar Nominee – Ran). ‘High and Low’ earned a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Life During Wartime (2009) – Directed and written by Todd Solondz (Nominated for Globe – Writing in ‘Happiness’). ‘Life During Wartime’ earned a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 69 on Metacritic.

Winter in Wartime (2008) – Directed and written by Martin Koolhoven.  ‘Winter in Wartime’ scored a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 66 on Metacritic.

Tuesday DVD Forecast: July 26, 2011: ‘Source Code’

The only movie that is being released today is ‘Source Code’ starring Oscar Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) and Michelle Monaghan. Directer Duncan Jones proved that his critically acclaimed ‘Moon’ (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) was not a fluke, earning good marks for his second feature film. ‘Source Code’ scored a 91% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and a 74 on Metacritic.  Inexperience proved to be genius with writer Ben Ripley, starting his feature film career off with a bang in ‘Source Code’.

My favorite description of ‘Source Code’ came from Jim Schembri (The Age), describing the film as “Groundhog Day meets Inception.”  The Sci-Fi thriller earned $123.3 million worldwide in the box office on a $32 million budget.

Here is the summary of ‘Source Code’ via Summit Entertainment:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. (Summit Entertainment)

Go check out ‘Source Code’ in a Red Box today!

First Images of ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’

I need someone to explain to me why Ghost Rider 2 is necessary. ‘Ghost Rider’ (2007) was butchered by critics across the board. It scored a 27% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and earned a 35 on Metacritic. Those numbers don’t scream sequel. For whatever reason, Nic Cage really believes in the project, to the point where he actually took a pay cut to ensure that the movie happened. Maybe it’s because the first installment wasn’t a complete disappointment in the box office, earning $228.7 million worldwide ($110 million budget). Unless the new boys sharing the directors seat (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) that brought the world the insane and disturbing ‘Crank’ franchise, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman writer David Goyer, can reinvent nearly everything about the first movie, then this sequel will burn up like the unlikely hero’s face.

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ is set to release on February 17, 2012.

(Picture Via The Film Stage)

Lackluster Official ‘Main Street’ Trailer

Watching this trailer makes me sick. Allow me to explain myself. There were a lot of positives to this film before I saw this trailer.

1) Collin Firth won an Oscar in his last role in ‘The Kings Speech’, and was nominated for one in ‘A Single Man’ before that. Coming off of 2 straight Oscar nominations…what could go wrong?

2) The film boasts a strong cast outside of Firth. Ellen Burstyn is a 6-time Oscar nominee, winning one for her performance in ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’. Patricia Clarkson is also an Oscar nominee for her supporting role in ‘Pieces of April’. Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn are part of the ensemble as well. This cast does build up your expectations.

3) And then there is the fact that the screenplay was written by Horton Foote, who won Oscars for his work in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ & ‘Tender Mercies’. Foote past away in 2009, which makes this film that much more nostalgic.

As you can see there seems to be a lot to loom forward to in ‘Main Street’. That is until you actually see the trailer. The trailer is straight cheese. It looks like a story that is going nowhere. Every viewing thus far has chucked tomatoes at it. Living 20 minutes from Durham, it’s disappointing to see this turn out to be a dud (this will be a dud), and to see it paint an inaccurate picture of modern day downtown Durham. I Didn’t anticipate Firth falling to this depth after the height he climbed to in his previous film.  It looks as if ‘Main Street’, as simple as it appears, was too big of a task for first time director John Doyle.

Feel free to watch this and tell me I’m wrong.

Hugh Jackman Will Battle the Silver Samurai in ‘The Wolverine’

Hugh Jackman announced at Comic-Con this past weekend that filming for ‘The Wolverine’, the stand alone, non-sequel to ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’; will begin in October.

I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.

Since a majority of the storyline between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai in the comic books takes place in Japan, it is not shocking that the film will primarily be shot there.  In the continuity of the comic books (which hardly ever seems to matter for movie directors and screenwriters) the Silver Samurai is the half brother of Wolverine’s long lost lover Mariko Yashida.  Wolverine and the Silver Samurai have been allies at times and enemies at times, when the Samurai decides to revert back to mercenary ways.  The Japan arch of Wolverine’s storyline is a big part of his past, but has never been touched in any of the movies.

After ‘Black Swan’ director Darren Aronofsky backed out of ‘The Wolverine’, James Mangold stepped up to the plate.  Mangold has worked with Jackman once before, when he directed and wrote ‘Kate and Leopold.’  His most recent movie was ‘Knight and Day’, featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  Mangold’s average grade in a directorial role on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 68%.

The script also looks to be in good hands with Chris McQuarrie penning it.  McQuarrie is best known for his work in ‘Usual Suspects’, in which he won the Oscar for Best Writing.  McQuarrie’s most recent work also featured Tom Cruise in ‘Valkyrie.’  His average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 63.75%.  

‘The Wolverine’ is supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

(Quote via Reelz Channel)