Despite the fact that he keeps playing the same role over and over, Will Smith continues to be a good luck charm in the box office. It’s a pretty good gig - the man manages to keep breaking his own box office records without changing a thing. Unfortunately that Midas touch can only work its magic when he’s actually on screen. Somebody needs to give Overbrook Entertainment and Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) the memo, because together, they’re hoping to turn Smith’s 2005 romantic comedy, Hitch, into an hour-long TV series for Sony Pictures Television. Good luck with that one, guys.
The show is described as action-packed (weird, I wouldn’t have used that term to describe the original Hitch) and is already garnering bids from a few different networks. Really? They already tried this once, but instead of a full hour, they tried for a half hour sitcom penned by Ben Wexler (Still Standing). CBS even grabbed the rights, but they never even got to shoot a pilot. Maybe, just maybe these things happen for a reason.
Hitch wasn’t exactly what I’d call a good movie. In fact, if it wasn’t for Will Smith, it would have been just plain awful. The Hitch character is so suave, he knows everything about women and he gets paid by nerdy dudes who want to make out-of-their-league girls fall in love with them, except it turns out Hitch doesn’t know anything about women and his life is so empty and he almost loses the really unlikable (and kind of bitchy) girl he falls for. Eh, who cares? So now someone wants to stretch this story out into an hour a week for 20 episodes and it won’t star Will Smith? Sounds like a dud to me. You can’t really water down crap and expect an improvement.
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds didn’t win Best Kiss at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards -- even though Reynolds’ wife/proxy Scarlett Johansson and Bullock locked lips in acceptance of the trophy -- but it looks like they’ll get another shot at the Golden Popcorn.
The duo, who starred together in 2009’s The Proposal to the tune of over $160 million, will reunite for another comedy, this time veering more toward action than romance.
Most Wanted will see Bullock play a criminal and Reynolds as a U.S. Marshall who are forced to go on the lam together en route to court.
And the stars aren’t the only tie to The Proposal: Peter Chiarelli, who wrote the script for last year’s rom-com blockbuster, penned Most Wanted, and EW.com reports that Proposal helmer Anne Fletcher is being eyed to rejoin the A-listers behind the camera.
Bullock currently has nothing lined up; Reynolds, however, is currently shooting the surefire megahit Green Lantern, to be followed by the comedy The Change-Up, with Jason Bateman.
The two stars will reteam for new movie Most Wanted, according to Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
The project from The Proposal screenwriter Peter Chiarelli was picked up by movie executives at Universal Pictures on Friday (04Jun10).
Bullock will play a criminal suspect and Reynolds her FBI agent escort in the film.
The news comes just a day after Reynolds' wife, Scarlett Johansson, shared a smooch with Bullock at the MTV Movie Awards, explaining the kiss the Speed star planted on her man in The Proposal seemed "so soft".
While I certainly don’t want to give away the big “twist ” I can safely say Eagle Eye is all about big bad technology--or the pitfalls of having too much technology at our fingertips and how it can turn into a Big Brother situation. As it goes we meet copy store employee Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) and single mom Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) two strangers who suddenly find themselves in a whole mess of trouble after they receive a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. She dictates they carry out a series of dangerous tasks and if they refuse she will either kill them or the ones they love--and of course shows proof when they do. Who is this ominous woman? How can she control cell phones trains traffic lights construction cranes electrical power poles and just about anything else she wants to at any time? And why is she targeting Jerry and Rachel? Ah watch as the web unweaves LaBeouf and Monaghan are two very appealing young actors who both have a lot of potential in their burgeoning careers. Of course LaBeouf is now running the risk of doing too many big-budgeted action movies; he should remember he was once a pretty good kid actor. Monaghan too showed great promise in films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Gone Baby Gone but has gone the cheap ingénue route with the likes of Made of Honor and The Heartbreak Kid. And now Eagle Eye which unfortunately doesn’t do much to boost their resumes. Still they manage to make the film watchable with the sparks between them. The rest of the cast are fairly wasted however including Rosario Dawson as a tough-nut Air Force investigator and Michael Chiklis as U.S. Defense Secretary. The only other cast member worth watching is Billy Bob Thornton as an FBI agent tracking Jerry and Rachel. He has all the best lines. Director D.J. Caruso who cut his teeth in the thriller department with last year’s sleeper Disturbia goes for the full-action this time--and does a pretty good job considering. It might not be up to the Bourne Ultimatum level but the car chases are exciting and inventive. A giant crane picking up a cop car and tossing it away in a garbage dump is a particularly clever way to dispose of an automobile. But Eagle Eye fails to engage the audience into caring much about the characters because you are too busy trying to figure out what the hell is going on and why these random people are involved. And when you do find out you're still not convinced it was all necessary in the end. Maybe it'll play better on DVD.