After a pretty awesome looking first trailer for Battle: Los Angeles arrived, we were pretty stoked. And after watching this second trailer, the level of stoke-age still remains quite high, despite the fact that Vulture claims this trailer makes it seem like "Independence Day with better special effects, less Will Smith.” Though I’m not quite sure I agree with that sentiment (I can still get a sense of hopelessness and a despair nuance that Independence Day never even came close to touching), how can you complain if that means we get another Bill Pullman motivational speech on the wings of a jet fighter? We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!
Hollywood is making the bold move of hiring attractive people to pretend to be different attractive people who are attracted to each other all while things explode. The latest addition to this trend is Abigail Spencer (a noted pretty lady, pictured left) joining the cast of This Means War which already includes handsome gentlemen Chris Pine and Tom Hardy along with pretty blond haired, white toothed lady Reese Witherspoon.
While I am glad to see them taking the risk of matching attractive people with other attractive people, I’m worried that this movie would be particularly too attractive. A shocking possibility, I know, since when did we ever consider a movie being too sexy? But this is a serious consideration we have to consider.
Consider this: the film follows two spies, Pine and Hardy (also the name of my new furniture cleaner solution), as they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). Spencer will play Hardy’s ex-wife, who will probably say something snarky and mean (which attractive ex-wives are bound to do), but Hardy will nevertheless have something sly to say about her so we’ll side with him (as attractive spies often do). As the two agents fight for the hand of the woman, they will probably do something really cool before saying something smart and clever. If there is an explosion they might walk away from it without flinching and/or wearing sunglasses. But which one will Witherspoon choose? Probably the one who learns the biggest lesson at the end which will probably be something along the lines of "you shouldn’t have to try so hard at love (which will also play up thematically to something mentioned previously in the movie).
Or it will end with them both running the train on Witherspoon if they want to keep it realistic.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Woo! The return of Eliza Dushku can only mean one thing! The return of Eliza Dushku in magazines and pretty pictures! I mean, sure, we’re glad she’s back on television and acting but what really makes us happy is this gives magazine’s an excuse to photograph her, develop the pictures, select the best of the pictures, and then release the pictures. And after all that is said and done, before we even watch the show, we shall spend hours and hours meticulously studying these photographs. What can we say, we’re dedicated to our jobs.
Dushku has landed the lead in Bird Dog, another TNT procedural cop drama. I say another because let’s take a look at what the will be about: a girl moves out to the Pacific Northwest to escape her father, a police officer. She herself is a police officer until one day when (UH OH) her father shows up as her new partner. Will the new team (with the call sign "Bird Dog" WHICH IS THE TITLE OF THE SHOW IN CASE YOU WERE NOT AWARE OF THAT AND NEEDED IT BEATEN OVER YOUR HEAD) be able to work through their family drama and catch this week’s bad guy? Considering this will be on TNT, you better believe it.
I’m a fan of Dushku’s and want her to be successful, but this sounds awful. She needs really good writing to be anywhere close to interesting (after all, no one watched Dollhouse for her acting alone). She can’t exactly coast on her good looks alone and I’m sure she isn’t wanting to be another Jennifer Love Hewitt and have this be The Ghost Whisperer or whatever.
However, if this show features a weekly bikini sampling montage, we’re all for it.
And just like that the start of awards season is upon us. The Gotham Independent Awards take pride in only handing awards to the little films and winning films get a boost when they’re up against the studios in the Golden Globes and Oscars (even though these films often also have A-list actors and multi-million dollar production budgets, but whatever, they're independent).
The clear winner was Winter’s Bone who took home Best Feature and Best Ensemble which is fantastic news for Jennifer Lawrence. She’s an incredible new actress and this film is emotionally powerful. The way she completely inhabits her character and travels in the world of the backwoods is magic on screen. She’ll need all the help she can get for an Oscar nomination because the Best Actress field is as close as its been in years. And if you skipped over those last few sentences of bullshit, she looks like this. Proof positive. Proof positive of what, I’m not sure. Well besides being able to hurt my jaw when it hits the floor.
Other winners include The Oath in best documentary which is a shame because it isn’t even in contention for the Oscars. Kevin Asch won best breakthrough director for Holy Rollers which combines my two favorite past times of marijuana and Hasidic Jews. Ronald Bronstein won the breakthrough actor award for Daddy Longlegs. And if you’re going to get upset about how there isn’t a breakthrough actress award, I was too until I realized that they don’t even separate their acting awards by gender and that’s actually pretty equal when you think about it. So good job Gotham Awards for not setting back gender relations.
Medium and I have a special relationship. Most of the time I am able to avoid shows that I have no particular interest in because life is too short and why would I waste my time on something that does not appeal to me, but for reasons I shall explain later I couldn't escape Medium. I try to save my hate and vitriol for stuff that actually deserves it like Two and a Half Men.
However, Medium enjoys a special place in my heart, a place that I try to destroy with with doughnuts and bacon. A place I try to choke off because I’m pretty sure I don’t particularly need that section of it. But now that Medium has been canceled, I might just let that section stick around for a bit.
You see my girlfriend’s former roommate LOVED Medium. Again, usually, I will allow someone to like a television shows that goes against my taste. Everyone is entitled to their own tastes and opinions. But she would record EVERY episode that aired which included all the repeats on the Lifetime channel and then proceed to watch them. Now this caused several problems in that a) it took up way too much room on the DVR and b) there are a shit ton of episodes on every day (seriously, the number would shock you) which meant she was watching a ton of TV and left very little room for my own shows.
Granted, I know this sounds exactly like an extended entry for White Whines, but still, this bothered me that a person was this devoted to mediocrity! Seriously, I just couldn’t understand this even after I watched dozens and dozens of episodes. It actually got so bad that my girlfriend jumps at any magazine with Patricia Arquette in it and rips it to shreds. True story.
There’s something to be said about having a slow, somber score under cut crazy action on screen. The effect brings gravitas to an otherwise standard sequence and somehow (I’m not sure how, there’s probably some senior thesis on it somewhere) makes it seem more legit. The trailer for Battle: Los Angeles employs this peculiarity that The Social Network perfected earlier this year. Aliens are attacking LA with greater regularity these days (Skyline opens today) but I think (based on their trailers alone, of course) that Battle: Los Angeles may be the better picture.
Sure, Skyline represents the best of DIY filmmaking, but when the studio actually puts good people in the creative chairs, you get something really amazing. B: LA has Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez in the leads and yeah, you really can’t find two better actors for these roles. Also, this appears to be a realistic attempt to depict what an alien invasion would look like. Granted, that is a pretty far fetched event to envision, but it doesn’t appear that B: LA pulls any typical Hollywood punches. I know it might be a little premature, but I think I’m going to go ahead and call B: LA the better of the “aliens invade Los Angeles” sub-sub-genre that is emerging.
Very clever move, Disney. Very clever indeed. I see what you did here. You take a director, Jon Favreau, who has worked out well for you in the past, who is able to handle the big budget action films, but also has a deft hand for children’s film and you offer him your iconic-theme-park comes to life franchise film, Magic Kingdom. Smart thinking Disney.
It’s kind of refreshing to see a conglomerate soulless corporation like Disney (Mickey has had dead eyes since the 1950s, true story) actually make an inspired choice for their basic cross promotion, synergy, advertising-hidden-as-entertainment film. Favreau can make a great kids film (Elf) but can also handle the big budget actioners (Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens). So while it's still a shame to see them basically making an extended two hour commercial for their theme parks, at least it will be well made.
So congratulations Disney, on making a rather inspired choice for your indomitable quest to make sure every child in America wants to visit your parks and will scream bloody murder if they don’t get to go. I’m glad to see that after the billions of dollars you have earned forcing shlock on the children of the world, underpaying and overworking employees, and monopolizing the competition you are finally earning those dollars. Pirates of the Caribbean turned out decently well, considering its source material, but it showed with the right talent behind it, anything is possible. So maybe with Favreau behind the lens this won’t turn out to be complete crap. Disney, you made the right first step, but please please please don’t turn this into Mac and Me.
Looks like NBC has canceled its second freshman show of the year when it yanked Undercovers earlier today. The show hadn’t earned high enough ratings despite the pedigree of its creator, J.J. Abrams. Undercovers followed a team of spies that happened to also be married as they re-entered the spy world and took on missions. It was a fun, sexy, smooth, and fairly smart show. The leads were attractive and acted very well, but it just couldn’t find an audience. Not that NBC didn’t try! The promos for the show have been everywhere. Next Wednesday’s show will be its last, though there are still five episodes produced but un-aired. No word on what will be done with them.
Perhaps what I’m most upset about with this news isn’t the show being off the air, but rather that Ben Schwartz is off the air. Playing Bill, the comic relief of the show, Schwartz was easily my favorite part. As someone who rose through the ranks in the New York improv world, Schwartz is a delightfully funny man. Its a shame to see him cut off, but I have a feeling he’ll be around again in some shape or form.
Source: The Wrap
Well that was a short ride. Here I was, thinking I would at least have a few weeks off from thinking about James Cameron and Avatar, but nope! Cameron had to ruin all the fun by announcing that his next two films will be Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. I guess they’re already caught up with the future and ready to go? And because my weekends were starting to fill up that week, they’ve announced that they will be released in December. Of 2014. And 2015. Good to know my plans half a decade in advance.
This puts to rest the story that Cameron would direct Angelina Jolie in a mega-budget Cleopatra movie that had been floating around the past few weeks. While that movie is still a possibility, Cameron did state that he won’t do a film between the Avatar sequels so it looks to be five or more years before we even see that film come close to fruition.
Cameron hopes to get production underway for the sequels later in 2011. He said he will spend the first part of the year writing the scripts for the sequels and considering he had a decade to write the first one (which had everyone raving) maybe having a shorter deadline will produce something good for a change. But who knows, maybe between writing the Avatar novel companion and the new movies he will sharpen his skills and we'll get something better than “You are not in Kansas anymore, you are on Pandora.”
The ceremony at the city's Beverly Hilton Hotel saw prizes handed out to leading figures of the movie industry, with Robert Duvall and Annette Bening taking the coveted Best Actor/Actress awards.
Swank presented her Conviction co-star Sam Rockwell with the Best Supporting Actor prize and Bryce Dallas Howard handed the Best Supporting Actress trophy to Helena Bonham Carter, while The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis was named Best Comedy Actor.
Mulligan took to the stage to hand a Breakthrough award to her Never Let Me Go co-star Andrew Garfield, while Alice In Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska picked up the other Breakthrough prize.
Other honours went to Danny Boyle (Producer Award), Tom Hooper (Director Award), Jennifer Lawrence (New Hollywood Award), Morgan Freeman (Innovator Award) and Christopher Nolan (Hollywood Movie Award).
Leighton Meester, Noomi Rapace and Milla Jovovich all accepted Hollywood Spotlight Awards.
Sean Penn was handed the Humanitarian Award, while Stallone's The Expendables co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis teamed up to hand their pal the Career Achievement Award.