Review: The Mercy

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Tillman and The Rock Team Up to go 'Faster'

George "Soul Food" Tillman has signed on to direct the action revenge flick, Faster, starring The People's Champion himself, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Rock has been signed on to the film for a few months now, portraying an ex-con who seeks revenge against those who killed his brother in a botched heist years earlier. The flick marks a return to the action genre after a couple years spent wasting away on family friendly junk like The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain. Gridiron Gang was ok. I'll give him credit for that. Don't even get me started on Southland Tales or I'll be writing all day on the things wrong with that movie.

Tillman first really came to prominence with the urban skewing family drama, Soul Food, which every african-american film has been parroting ever since. His next film, Men of Honor, paired the young director with Hollywood legend Robert Deniro and Hollywood punching bag Cuba Gooding, Jr. His most recent film, Notorious, a biopic about the life of rapper Notorious B.I.G. was a modest success, grossing upwards of $35M.

THR has more on the developments here.

Jessica Alba Marries into the Focker Clan

Back in February 2007 we first heard that a second sequel to the popular Meet the Parents film starring Ben Stiller and Robert Deniro, was already in the planning stages. Since then there have been developments. The entire cast was returning, for instance. The film is rumored to be titled Little Fockers, and would deal with "death and divorce...but in a really comical way". Yeah, that sounds like fun. We also learned that Paul Weitz would be taking over as director. Lateral move, if you ask me.

Now we're getting our first bit of news on something that's actually different about the film, as we're learning that Jessica Alba is in talks to join the cast of the hit franchise. No word has been given as to the role she would play, but it is rumored to be a major one as you'd expect given her own personal star power. Perhaps a girlfriend to Owen Wilson's Kevin?

Little Fockers is scheduled to be released in July, 2010.


New Clooney project 'The American' begins shooting in Italy

Just in from Focus Features, production has begun on 'The American' a suspense/thriller which is an adaptation of a Martin Booth novel. Here's the rundown from the offical press release;

Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman of this fall’s Peter and Vandy) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of Focus’ award-winning In Bruges), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian screen and stage veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

I can't lie....I like George Clooney, the upcoming The Men who Stare at Goats looks hilarious. That being said this looks more like Syriana in theme and I'm not the biggest fan of Clooney when he's not being a goofball. More on this film to come as details emerge.

'The Crazies' One-sheet and plot overview

New from Overture films is 'The Crazies', a remake of an old Romero film but before I screw up the rundown let me give it to you straight from the horse's mouth;

THE CRAZIES is a reinvention loosely based upon the George Romero classic about the inhabitants of a small Iowa town beset by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. Directed by Breck Eisner and produced by Rob Cowan, THE CRAZIES stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson and will hit theaters on February 26th, 2010.

There's something about the movie poster that's been lost over the years. You know how there seems to be like three stock poses that every movie uses, for instance the heads of the major characters lined up on one side with a tagline at the top. That's EXACTLY the reason I'm digging this one, it's different, and it tells you what you need to know without even really saying anything. Also, it's got that creepy Pleasantville meets Elm St. vibe to it, not to mention that badass cast starting with Tim Olyphant who, F the detractors, is always awesome! Yes, 'Hitman' included.

Review: Zombieland

Whoever knew the zombie apocalypse could be so much fun? Zombies are, in and of themselves rather hilarious creatures. They lumber around single mindedly, only able to focus on one thing at a time, usually involving human brains and the consumption of it. In the devastatingly zany world of Zombieland, the zombies aren't quite so lumbering. They're actually pretty fast, of the 28 Days Later variety, but they're no less stupid and focused. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, named after the city he's trying to get to. Columbus, with good reason, is scared of pretty much everything. A loner at heart, he's managed to survive the zombie-thon by relying on nothing but his own wits and his dozens of rules for staying alive. These rules pop up on the screen hilariously, giving the movie an almost video game effect.

Where's the Creature from the Black Lagoon!?!?

With 'The Wolfman' on it's way I see a true revival of the Universal monster's the way they should be...not the mockeries we've seen in the past ten years (Van Helsing's Frankenstein anyone?). This got me thinking, why no love for 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon'? True, he's almost laughable today with his antiquated makeup and special FX but I think of all the monster's he'd probably benefit the most from a modern day makeover, and let's go easy on the CGI people, just call Tom Savini and tell him to go to work. I think it's almost sad that we are remaking and reimagining the modern horror icons like Jason and Freddy but no love is given to the one's that started it all. Hopefully Del Toro knocks 'The Wolfman' out of the park (all signs point to yes on that one), and we will see a rush of well crafted, honest re-do's starting with the Black Lagoon's most famous resident. Let's not forget in that same world we have the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, Frankenstein (we'll see how 'I, Frankenstein' does first), The Invisible Man, and The Mummy who could all do for a true modern day HORROR makeover. NOTE: I'm not including 'Hollow Man' or the Brendan Frasier 'Mummy' movies as these are not horror remakes, I'm looking for soemthing to stay true to the core story.

Review: Surrogates

Do you secretly wish you could be your favorite character from the video game of your choice? If so, then you'd probably fit right in the futuristic world of Surrogates, where the human population has willingly decided to pack it in and allow their lives to be lived through robotic duplicates. The controllers lounge at home, brains wired like modern day Frankensteins, while their surrogates experience the highs and lows of the outside world. Since everyone can essentially look however they choose, it's eliminated racism, prejudice, and crime apparently. Or so it would seem. That is until a murder is committed outside a swanky nightclub one night, the first murder in many years.

Review: Pandorum

This is our blog so I can be honest with everyone here, right? I slept through about 1/4 of this movie. And it's got nothing to do with the 4 hours of sleep I've been averaging for the last month. I put that to the test when I went to see Surrogates later that night and I managed to stay awake through it just fine. No, Pandorum is an excrutiatingly dull film. One that manages to hit all the usual sci-fi tropes without adding anything original to the equation.

Polanski Arrest Screws up 'The Ghost'

I've pretty much neglected to talk about the Polanski thing because I prefer to deal with the fun stuff in movies, not the boring legalese. Since I'm already on the subject I might as well just lay it out there: I think this is all a monumental waste of time. I'll leave it at that. What bothers me even more is that his arrest pushes back, and possibly shelves, a film that I've been anticipating since it was first announced. Polanski's latest, The Ghost, was in post-production at the time of his arrest. Polanski's agent says that most of the editing on the film had been completed. Whether or not someone else will come in to complete the process is unknown, but I highly doubt it.

The Ghost is a political thriller that became something of a sensation in the UK back in 2007 due to it's thinly veiled similarities to Tony Blair. The story involves a former British Prime Minister in the midst of writing his memoirs. When his previous ghostwriter drowns under mysterious circumstances, an author is brought in to replace him, and begins uncovering clues about his predecessors demise. Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan star, along with Kim Cattrall and Tom Wilkinson.

The film has already secured international distribution, so there is still hope. No deal has been reached in the U.S. as of now. Roman Polanski's agent, Jeff Berg, seems fairly confident that all will be cleared up.

"There is always interest in movies that Roman distributes," Berg said. "It should be accepted on its own merits, but we feel highly confident we'll find proper distribution."

"I'm always optimistic when it comes to Roman," Berg said. "He's strong, and he has survived every situation imaginable."

I hope he's right.

THR has more on the story here.


Ellen Page to Return as Kitty Pryde?

In an interview with MTV, the question was asked whether or not Ellen Page(Juno, Whip It) would consider returning to the role of Kitty Pryde in the X-men: First Class film. Her response was no doubt quirky and charming:

"I don't even know what it is, so I couldn't tell you," says the actress. "I think Kitty Pryde's rad."

She's rad? What is this? 1985? Did she just finish watching her VHS copy of BMX Bandits or something? First of all, Kitty Pryde shouldn't be in an X-men: First Class movie anyway because it's supposed to deal with the original X-men. So let's shoot that down right now. Second, I think it's kinda cute that she has no idea what homie's talkin' about. Doesn't sound to me like she's going to be involved in the project, but then there's that pesky New Mutants rumor that's been floating around which makes a lot more sense.

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Top Shelf at the Box Office! 9/28/09

And this is why sci-fi movies are a dying genre, because when they actually come out nobody goes to see them. That is unless they have Star Trek or Star Wars plastered across the title. Still, it has to sting a little to get beaten out by a movie about falling pancakes. That's just wrong.

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- $24.6M/$60M

So I guess I really do need to check this movie out, eh? I promised I would see it if it proved to be something of a powerhouse, and two weeks at the top surely indicates that, especially in the face of some stiff competition. Cloudy only dropped a mere 19% from last week, suggesting that hungrey audiences came back for a second helping.

2. Surrogates- $15M

Ouch. When asked about this movie a few days ago by a friend, my response was "It looks like I, Robot and not in a good way". They would kill for I, Robot's opening weekend right now. The Bruce Willis actioner about a world where people have essentially been replaced by robotic duplicates, failed to connect with viewers, and part of me thinks it's because all we really get to see in the TV spots and trailers is this Life Model Decoy of Bruce Willis looking vaguely amused while he investigates a murder. Little action, if any, is shown to indicate that this might be a movie worth sitting through and not just some lame robot procedural.

3. Fame- $10M

I know a lot of people idolize the original, but let's be totally honest and admit that Fame wasn't nearly the classic most people think it was. The smarter play would've been to start this thing over from scratch with a new label, as recent years have shown that there is an audience for musical dramas, but what people want is a new take on it, not a rehash of a film that has just as many negative connotations as positive. If you want an idea how much of a misstep this debut was, just know that it took in less than Take the Lead, an awful film by any measure.

4. The Informant!- $6.92M/$21M

Proving that people just weren't into this week's new crop of films, Steven Soderbergh's price fixing farce held on to 34% of it's audience for a strong second week.

5. I Can Do Bad All by Myself- $4.75M/$44.5M

People continue to watch the same Tyler Perry movie with a different title. The guy is a genius at that, there's no denying.

6. Pandorum- $4.41M

The dismal week for sci-fi films continues with a disastrous opening for the Dennis Quaid spacehip horror. They did themselves no favors with a trailer that was almost incomprehensible, and TV spots that were shorter and yet less decipherable. It always helps to be able to tell what's going on. Plus, other than Quaid there was little real star power to push this thing. I like Ben Foster, but does he put butts in seats? No.

7. Love Happens- $4.33M/$14.7M


8. Jennifer's Body- $3.5M/$12.3M

As bad as this drop is, it's actually worse. The gross for the sneak previews of Ellen Page's new coming of age flick, Whip It, went to Jennifer's Body. Now if only they had managed to combine rollerball and Megan Fox in her pj's, they would've had a better movie to push. But hindsight is 20/20 they say.

9. 9- $2.83M/$27.1M

Buoyed by it's amazing visuals, 9 continues to hold strong in the top 10. No, it's not a world beater by any stretch of the imagaination, but considering it's lackluster opening one could have easily figured it'd be off the radar by now.

10. Inglourious Basterds- $2.72M/$114M


The top per site average of the week went to Michael Moore's latest doc, Capitalism: A Love Story, which raked in $240,000 in only 4 sites. That's enough dough to make any body a little greedy, if you ask me. Next week it expands to more theatres, where it's sure to make a much bigger splash, even if the subject matter is about a year late, if you ask me.

Nightmare on Elm Street teaser trailer!

Last night around midnight, the new teaser for Michael Bay's Nightmare on Elm Street finally hit, and no I didn't sit around waiting for it although I was up watching the Colts/Cards game. In the trailer, we get to see just how thoroughly Jackie Earle Haley has immersed himself into the role of Freddy Krueger. To me, he was the perfect choice for the role, and the scenes of him both before and after the devastating burns that transform him support my thinking. Nightmare on Elm Street is all about mood and tone, and it appears that the film is going to have it in spades.

My chief concern is the same one I have with most Platinum Dunes remakes, in that they all look similar to me, and rarely do anything truly groundbreaking or inventive. Oftentimes it seems like they are content just rehashing the old material and sprucing it up a little. I'm kinda getting that vibe here, too, but I'll withhold judgement for now.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is set to be released on April 30, 2010.


Interview with Danny Trejo- Talks Machete, Sin City 2 and PREDATORS!

The Punch Drunk Critics invaded Horrorfind this weekend, and in between the ghouls, ghosts, and demons we managed to snag a few minutes with cult icon, Danny Trejo. Not only was he extremely nice, a stark contrast to a lot of the harder edged roles he's played over the years in films like From Dusk Til Dawn and Desperado, but he also gave us some sweet info on Machete, Sin City 2, and Robert Rodriguez's Predators! We also managed to get a few minutes with Kristina Klebe, who most will recognize from Rob Zombie's Halloween a couple of years ago. She's got some projects coming down the pipe that sound hella interesing as well, so check it out and let us know what you think!


Hello from Jason Mewes PUNCH DRUNK STYLE!

Really an awesome guy, and for anyone that dare say he's not hilarious go watch 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' and tell me you can keep a straight face during the dutch rudder scene.


Neve Campbell in for 'Scream 4'

Let me start by saying, I loved 'Scream'. Everything about it was new, refereshing, and at the same time nostalgic and familiar. I probably watched that flick about 70 times during the summer of '97 (no, I didn't have much of a life than either). That being said, I thought it was funny and sad that my beloved movie fell victim to the very rules it set out to make fun of, number #1 being the succession of unneccesary sequels that most if not all horror movies fall to. Well ladies and gents, after years of waiting the next 'Scream' is on it's way. Wes Craven is directing, Courtney Cox and David Arquette are signed and this just in!!!! Neve Campbell, Sidney Prescott herself, has signed on to be in the latest sequel (like any of those three had anything else going on anyway). This thing goes one of two ways because I can't imagine they continue with the original Billy Loomis and his relatives story lines. Either Sidney is killed in the first scene ala Drew Barrymore, setting of the alarm of Deputy Doofy, err...Dewey (Doofy was from 'Scary Movie') to the newly active copycat killer, OR Sidney makes it though the whole movie and is so scarred and traumatized by the past events that we find out she's gone looney tunes and is the new killer. So what'll it be folks? Is anyone even interested in this one? I'm not really even sure that I am.

1st Look at Simon Pegg & Nick Frost's 'Paul'!

Is there anybody in the world who doesn't like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? If so, me and those people need to have a little chat. I have to be honest, I haven't been keeping as up to date on Paul, their latest re-teaming and the first without director Edgar Wright. For some reason it just hasn't hooked me like the previous two films did, but now that it's getting closer to release I'm starting to get more amped. Collider managed to snag what looks to be a promo shot from the upcoming sci-fi comedy. Pegg and Frost star as a pair of sci-fi geeks on a road trip, who's plans get derailed when they meet up with an alien named Paul(mo-capped by Seth Rogen). Sounds hilarious, and if any director can capture the same magic as Wright did with Pegg and Frost, it's definitely Superbad's Greg Mottola. Check out the shot and let us know what you think!

The List for 9/25/09!

This must be a sci-fi lover's dream. Two top notch, high quality looking flicks featuring robots, clones, and evil aliens rampaging through evil spaceships. If only every week were like this, I'd never leave the damn theatre. Not that I do now.

I was a big fan of Event Horizon awhile back, being one of the few legit creepy space horrors in memory. Big props to Paul W.S. Anderson for that film, even if his career has sucked rhino balls since. But now he's back, so to speak, producing Pandorum which bares more than a passing similarity to that film. Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster(damn he's come a long way since Fast Forward!) star as a pair of astronauts who wake up on a spaceship and with no memory of what happened. They soon find themselves on the run from mutated creatures which have seemingly taken over the ship. As much as I love Surrogates, Pandorum is a film that's right up my alley. I'll be checking it out this morning as soon as I'm done here. Can't wait.

A quick scan of director Jonathan Mostow's work shows Breakdown, U-571, and Terminator 3, the estrogen injected installment of the franchise. Not a bad lineup to hang your hat on, and Surrogates looks like another notch in the director's belt. Based on the Robert Venditti comic book series, Surrogates takes place in a world where people live in near total isolation, choosing to live their lives through robotic "surrogates" that experience life for them. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who must investigate the first death perpetrated through the killing of a surrogate, and uncovers a larger conspiracy within. There's always a larger conspiracy, isn't there? I've been eagerly anticipating this film for months, but now that it's upon us and I've seen more footage, i'm getting a distinct I, Robot vibe from it. That's not a bad thing. I enjoyed I, Robot quite a bit but it's not something I would seek out to watch again. So in that case I hope I'm wrong and this actually exceeds that film. It doesn't have Will Smith in it, which is an automatic plus.

If there's time...

The Punch Drunk Critics will be taking over Horrorfind Weekend all day Saturday, which is prime movie watching time for me. But I should still be able to snag a couple minutes to catch up with Amreeka, a film that first caught my attention a few months. It's the story of a Middle Eastern single mother, who wins a lottery to receive a green card to the US, only to discover that life here ain't all she thought it would be. The trailer looks charming, and the comedy is upbeat and peppy. Most movies covering this subject are either depressing or heavy dark comedies(Towelhead comes to mind), so this is a welcome change of pace. Plus it stars my girl Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development.

This glossy, sparkling number wouldn't make it through the opening rounds of American Idol, much less hit the big time. There was never any chance I was going to see this, but the fact that it looks more like Center Stage or the bastard cousin of High School Musical only seals it's fate. At least the 1980 original, which I also despise, had some grit to it. It had the look that these people were scrapping it out, pulling themselves from nothing for a shot at stardom. The people I see in this film look more like they fell off the cover of Teen People, which probably ain't far off.

I think Abbie Cornish is the best young actress working today. She's beautiful and shows an emotional range that most actresses her age simply don't have. But not even she can get me to sit through this right now. I'm currently engaging in a strict "No Period Piece Policy" which will end at the exact moment the Detroit Lions win their division. Bright Star is the story of the extremely short life of romantic poet, John Keats, and his inspiring relationship with Fanny Brawne. I might catch this on Netflix one day(the policy only extends to theatre viewing), but sitting through it just seems unbearable right now.


Sin City 2 in 2010?

When asked about the prospects of the long gestating sequel to Sin City, the greatest male actor working today(that's right, I said it) Clive Owen had this to say to MTV:

"I'm hearing it might be next year,"

The sequel has long been rumored to be based on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. That story details how Dwight came to look as he does in Sin City, which is merely hinted at in the film. Rumors as to who will be playing Dwight's ex-lover Ava have been circulating for years, with Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Rodriguez favorite Rose McGowan leading the pack. The sequel will also feature a brand new side story focusing on Nancy Callahan, the pole dancing cowgirl played by Jessica Alba.

I was a huge fan of Sin City when it came out, and I continue to love the film even now. It's not perfect, but it completely captures the spirit of the graphic novels. My biggest beef is that it's just too scattershot and all over the place, when it really needed to focus on a single thread, rather than trying to cram in every character in the entire universe. This sounds like a more focused effort. Hopefully Rodriguez can convince Tarantino to come back to direct a few scenes like he did last time.

Review: The Informant!

In 1992, a great conspiracy was afoot. One that they say affected the lives of every American before they even finished their Wheaties in the morning. A corporate plot of such reach and influence, it pumped billions of dollars into the coffers of CEOs and executives, all the while screwing hapless and unaware consumers everywhere. It was the Great Lysine Price-Fixing Conspiracy, and you've got Mark Whitacre to thank for uncovering it. Kinda sounds like the plot of a great thriller, doesn't it? Or a sister to Michael Mann's phenomenal The Insider from 1999. But it isn't. Not in the least. Director Steven Soderbergh's film about a corporate whistleblower is more farce than fact, yet less quirky than you'd expect.

'The Fly' to recieve a modern day makeover from Croenenberg

Honestly I can't tell you if this is exciting or depressing. David Croenenberg, who was at the helm for the 1986 remake of the 1958 film, is looking to revist Dr. Seth Grundel and his teleportation machine in a reboot of the now classic film. Here's the thing, I know we have the rule that reboots/remakes/reimagining/re-whateverthehellyouwannacallems suck, that's a rule I don't quite agree with, however the one exception to that rule is if modern technology will better serve the film and if it preserves the original theme and spirit of the story. This is an on point example of that, with the original director in place and the advancements in SFX since the late 80's it's possible that a new Fly movie could be awesome, or perhaps not. This is where I take issue and really it's a personal preference but I thought some of the cheesy FX of the 80's gave their movies a certain charm and otherworldlyness with their plastic masks and real physical parts. Surely if they were to remake this movie now it would be all CGI once the transformation begins, will this take away from the movie? NO, it will probably add to it's belivability but personally I like it the way it was. What do you guys think?

Oh...and am I the only one that thinks of this movie everytime I see someone arm wrestle?

No Escaping 2012 on Oct. 1st

In what has to be the largest media blitz in the history of cinema, Sony Pictures is preparing a nationwide "roadblock" for it's end of the world epic, '2012'. Sony has bought up airtime on over 450 media outlets, with the plan to air a 2 minute action sequence from the film to be aired simultaneously throughout the country. That is roughly 90% of the American TV viewing audience, or an estimated 110 million people. Guh. That's not even including the online component, which could add as many as 30 million to the total.

The plan is to have the clip airing between 10:50pm and 11pm, and will be seen on pretty much every channel you might try to run to for escape. Afterwards, if you survive that long, you will have the option of seeing an additional 5 minutes of the film on Comcast On Demand or at

The Roland Emmerich helmed flick is set to be released on November 3rd.

I know where I'll be at that time, and it won't include being anywhere near my TV. Me and Roland Emmerich don't jibe so well together. The man has never made a film that was even close to me liking. Independence Day? No. The Day After Tomorrow is in my bottom 5 of all-time. And don't even get me started on 10,000 B.C. which featured the prettiest most made up cavewomen you ever did see. And let's not forget his hand in making Godzilla back in '98. But his films make money, that's all that matters. 2012 will be no different. It's big, sweeping, and the trailers are appropriately disasterific. For once, Emmerich has a cast that's worth taking note of. Featuring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiafor, Woody Harrelson, I can atleast say that this looks the least crappy of all his movies.

As long as nobody gets chased down a hallway by a gust of wind like in The Day After Tomorrow, maybe this won't be so terrible.

He-Man Finds a New Master

Only two weeks ago, Warner Bros. completely scrapped plans for their long gestating Masters of the Universe project, allowing the option to lapse. That project, written by Justin Marks and to be helmed by Kung Fu Panda's John Stevenson, had some legit steam behind it amongst the internet community. Apparently all of that fell on deaf ears. At the time I stated that I thought the film would still get done, but not before 2012, and it looks like I might be right.

Columbia Pictures has swooped in and is now negotiating to secure the rights to the famed 80's toy property about a wimpy prince who wields a sword that turns him into the most powerful warrior in the universe when he utters the words "By the power of Grayskull, I have the power!!" He-Man battles against his nemesis, the skull-faced Skeletor and his army of evil minions. If Columbia does indeed take up the project, it will no longer have Marks or Stevenson attatched, so it would have to start from the ground up.

Good news, indeed. My hope of seeing Rachel Nichols as Teela has been ignited once again.

THR has even more on the story here.

Goyer to Scare up Ghost Rider Script?

In the wake of the Disney/Marvel deal, studios everywhere are fast tracking any Marvel properties they've got sitting on the shelf. They've got to get these films done, otherwise their rights revert back to Marvel. Case in point: Ghost Rider 2 is now being fast tracked by Columbia, hopefully with David Goyer in tow to draft the script. Goyer is not officially signed as of yet, but word is the story will be based on an original idea of Goyer's from some years ago. Goyer has a long history of turning comic book heroes into big screen juggernauts. He basically helped establish the comic book medium as a Hollywood powerhouse of ideas with his highly successful Blade franchise. Since then he has also written both of the most recent Batman films.

Well, I can say that Goyer is a vast improvement over Ghost Rider's previous writer, Mark Steven Johnson. The previous Ghost Rider pulled in middling numbers here in the States, barely recouping it's expenses. Globally however, it totalled something upwards of $220M, which could be considered something of a success. The Ghost Rider premise is ripe for exploration, combing fantasy/sci-fi and religious themes. It also promises heavy emphasis on the visual effects much like the last film. Assuming Goyer does indeed sign on to write, and hopefully direct, this could be a sequel worth keeping a close eye on.


Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut details Revealed!

We kinda knew it was coming, and even though we knew it, some of us(like me) still went ahead and bought Watchmen on DVD anyway like a bunch of maroons. Now Warner Bros. is releasing the details for the Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut on Blu-Ray and DVD. And it's glorious!

Set to release on November 3rd, the 4 Disc Blu-Ray and 5-Disc DVD include the complete, 358 minute(!!!!) director's cut, with the animated Tales of the Black Freighter woven into the story. It also features all of the unedited and deleted scenes taken out of the theatrical cut. Over 2 hours of bonus material, including an audio commenary by Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons, and other stuff we've already seen in the regular DVD edition. Pre-orders begin on September 29th.

Dude. 358 minutes? That's like watching Walking Tall 5 friggin' times. Not that I could stand to watch Walking Tall even another minute, but you get my point. That's one long ass movie. To watch it, you'd have to take off from work, mark "busy" on your calandar, set aside time to have meals delivered, and possibly wear one of those astronaut flightsuits with the toilet installed. That's just crazy.

Highlander Reboot Lands 'Furious' Director

A few months ago we had reported on the script for the upcoming Highlander reboot, to be spearheaded over at Summit studios. Well now it appears the project continues to run smoothly as Fast and Furious director Justin Lin has officially signed on to helm the project. Highlander tells the story of a group of immortals, destined to engage in single combat against eachother until only one remains. The original Highlander was released in 1986 and starred Sean Connery(as a Spaniard!!!) and Christopher Lambert. Numerous sequels were released afterwards, including a long running TV show(which kicked ass).

Justin Lin is a good choice, as he's already shown he's got a knack for high octane action/adventure franchises. I still have some concern about the script, which seems to miss the point of what Highlander is supposed to be about, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Deadpool, Cable, Twitter, Liefeld, and You

If you're not a comic book fan then you've probably never heard of Rob Liefeld. To say that he's a controversial topic amongst us is like saying the Pope's sortof a Catholic. Liefeld is the man who created the character we've all come to know and love as Deadpool, soon to be starring in his own big screen flick starring Ryan Reynolds. The thing about Liefeld is that he's an awful artist, popular during the 90s thanks to his over-muscled, severely disproportionate, twisted figurine bodies. But as a writer? He was even worse. His Deadpool was a one-note merc who cracked the occasional joke. It wasn't until other writers got a hold of him that the Merc with a Mouth became popular enough to warrant his own friggin' movie. So why any studio would feel it necessary to invite Liefeld in on production meetings is beyond me, unless they're trying to make this thing suck. Then again, he actually holds some sort of ownership in the character, so maybe it's a requirement.

On Liefeld's Twitter feed, the ever smirky, homophobic creator let loose a few tidbits of information from that production meeting, some of which shed some light on just how cool this Deadpool movie might be:

Walking into Deadpool movie meeting!!! Yowza!

Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!

Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!

Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!

Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!

So here we have some confirmation that Deadpool will be in his official costume, and not the lame ass tank top he was sportin' in X-men Origins: Wolverine. The question now becomes whether or not DP will be the scarred, cancerous version he is in the comic and in Origins, or if the studio will feel the need to spotlight their hunky star by showing off his face as much as possible. While I prefer he be as close to the comic version as possible, I can go either way here.

Deadpool "breaking the 4th wall" all but ensures that this is going to be a comedy/action flick, which is as it should be. For those that don't know, breaking the 4th wall is basically when the character in a movie addresses the audience directly and has some awareness of his true reality. The Deadpool character in the comics is well aware that he is in a comic book, and speaks openly about it, much to the confusion to those listening. Hilarious stuff.

But the biggest news to me is the mentioning of Cable possibly showing up in future X-films. Cable was one of my favorite Marvel characters(he sucks right now though!), and seeing him on screen would be awesome. I can already see Sam Worthington tackling the role of the future messiah of all mutantkind on screen. But is he going to show up in an X4? If so, that indicates to me that they are taking a drastically different route with the X-men franchise. Seeing as how Cable is the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey returned to our time from the future, you can't introduce him without having his story hijack the entire movie. Cable(another Liefeld creation) and Deadpool share a sordid past, and starred in their own comic book together for years, so the possibility exists that he could show up either in the upcoming DP film or in a potential sequel.

So much news out of a few tweets. Another reason why everyone should have a Twitter account. It's where all the news drops first.

Thanks to Rich Johnston at BleedingCool for wrapping up all this in one nice little package.


Cowboy Bebop Script Being Rewritten, Says Keanu Reeves

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Awhile ago, we heard that there was going to be a real-live film adaption of the beloved anime "Cowboy Bebop" in 2011. We found out later that the Keanu Reeves will be playing the character of Spike. In an interview with MTV, Reeves says that the script is being rewritten.

""There's a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars," Reeves said.

It seems that Peter Craig is rewriting the script. It's funny how the excuse for the script being rewritten is that it would cost way too much to make the movie. I think that is a way to say that the studio got their grubby, little hands on it, and are now trying to change it to appeal to the masses. I am worried that it won't be faithful to the anime series anymore.

I bet there will now be a director's cut with how the movie was really envisioned before the studio decision makers, who usually don't know much, started giving their opinion.

Review: Jennifer's Body

Much like the hapless victims of the title character, Jennifer's Body gets devoured by it's own expectations and mindless marketing campaign. This is writer Diablo Cody's highly anticipated follow-up to her breakout hit, Juno, which catapulted both her and star Ellen Page to super stardom. Since then, Page has struggled to gain a foothold in anything worth mentioning. Cody used it as a launching pad to her own Showtime series, which is pretty good actually. Without question, this film was made for it's star, Megan Fox. It exists so that horny old men like me and teenage wankers can ogle at her goods while she prances around bouncily in the skimpiest of outfits. I have no problem with that(see also: Sorority Row), but once that fades I start looking for a story to keep me interested, and for the life of me I couldn't find one.

More X-men Movies to Come?

Who the hell thought a press event for the loathsome X-men Origins: Wolverine Blu-Ray release could have interesting tidbits of news? You'd think they'd just spend the entire time apologizing for the 2 hours of our lives we flushed away, and offer free passes to a future Deadpool screening or something as penance. But nope. Good thing Slashfilm was there to catch these little nuggets about the future of the X-men franchise. Here are the highlights courtesy of producer Lauren Shuler Donner...

-Contrary to Tim Pocock's(he played young Cyclops in X-men Origins) tweet from a few days ago, X-men: First Class is not scheduled to start in February 2010, and in fact has no scheduled start date at all. No actors have been signed to the film, either. Then she revealed that all the young actors from the previous films have options for future movies, so you might as well count them in if/when First Class gets off the ground. First Class is intended to be the story of the first group of X-men(Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and others) and their earliest missions as a team under Xavier's tutelage.

-Donner admitted that she has two X-men related films she's currently trying to get off the ground. The first is a big screen version of The New Mutants! Serious? The New Mutants for those that don't speak comic book nerdese, are basically the next generation of mutants to graduate from the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. Considering the odd chronology of the movies, I'm not sure where this team would fit in, since all of the X-men on screen are relatively young in appearance...with the exception of Fammke Janssen's Jean Grey, who looks like she's robbin' the cradle with ol' Cyclops.

-And the second project is...wait for it.....X4! Whether or not this would reunite the original X-men cast(most of which are dead or gone) or bring in a new core group is unclear. After the disaster that was The Last Stand, one hopes they decide to get back to basics somewhat, and hire a director who...y'know...can actually direct.

None of these projects are officially underway as of yet, but the mere fact that Donner had the sand to talk about them in public means she's pretty confident they'll get done. We'll be keeping an eye on these projects for sure.

WB Uncovers Sherlock Holmes sequel!

Warner Bros. never misses a beat, do they? With Sherlock Holmes' release date still three months away, WB has already started looking ahead to a sequel to the Guy Ritchie helmed mystery/actioner. Variety is reporting that the studio has already hired Kieren and Michele Mulroney to script the sequel. WB is hoping Sherlock gains enough steam to become a potential cash cow franchise, and this is a pre-emptive step in that direction, assuring that if the film is a success there won't need to be a long production time in between films. The Mulroneys are probably best known for writing the Justice League animated series which lasted for three seasons.

There are rumors floating around that Brad Pitt is in negotiations to play Holmes' nemesis, Moriarty, in the sequel. Some even go so far as to say that he's already shot some of the scenes, but this is confirmed by nobody at this stage.

This is a smart move, because I think we can all reasonably expect that Sherlock Holmes will at least be something of a hit when it finally comes out. I don't think it's going to be a runaway success, however, just based on Guy Ritchie's box office track record here in the States. Globally, however, Ritchie fares pretty well and the combination of he, Downey, and Law should mean big bucks globally and a surefire start to a successful franchise.


Behind The Scenes: The A-Team Van

Well here's apparently the first set photo from the upcoming 'A-Team' movie. Now I wasn't even sure they had the whole cast together so it seems a bit early for set pics but /Film is pretty good and they seem to think it's legit. I couldn't be happier if this is really from the set because that means the filmmakers decided not to mess with an icon and update or change the van. The ATeam van is right up there with the General Lee or K.I.T.T. and is an 80's icon, you remember how pissed people were about the pimped out Optimus Prime. Anyway, this makes me think that the powers that be are going to try and stick to the trusted formula used in the TV show which is outstanding in my book. Hopefully we'll have much more to come....I can't wait to see how Rampage looks on set as B.A. Baracus, (BTW, does the B.A. stand for Bad Ass?).

Harry Brown official trailer!

The title might seem a bit unimpressive on it's face, but one look at the trailer for Harry Brown shows exactly why it's one of the coolest looking films coming up. Featuring the king of old man cool, Michael Caine as an ex-Marine who seeks bloody vengeance against a gang when they murder his best friend, Harry Brown looks like Taken and Gran Torino all rolled up into one. The film is set to drop in the UK in November 2009 but nothing yet on a US release. But you can bet, after the success of the previously mentioned films, it'll find it's way here one way or another. There's obviously an audience for seeing grumpy old men kickin' the asses of us young whippersnappers.

The Kung-Fu/Karate Kid

Well....after hearing the rumors it looks like the remake of 'The Karate Kid' is actually going to happen and has allready begun shooting. To be completely honest I'm not as against this as most people probably are. I've liked most of the films featuring this scenario including the first three Karate Kid movies and even 'Sidekicks' with the unstoppable Chuck Norris. That being said I do worry about Jaden Smith, the kid is hit or miss for me, I liked him in 'The Pursuit of Happiness' but that's about it, at the end of the day he is Will Smith's blood so I have no doubt that he'll probably pull it off. The thing I really like is the casting of Jackie Chan. He is perfect for the role of mentor, tough and a master of Kung Fu but at the same time somewhat silly and easy going. I like Chan, always have, and probably always will. I'm going to hope this movie goes well and we get a quality product out of it, after all not every remake/reimagining has to suck....does it? Below are some still from the set, I do like that it appears they are going for real martial arts training and I LOVE seeing Chan at work, that and Smith doesn't look completely out of place which is encouraging. Thanks to /Film for the poster and Hey U Guys Blog for the set pics!

The Punch Drunk Podcast Episode #32: 9; World's Greatest Dad; Sorority Row

This week on the Punch Drunk Podcast....

-The world needs saving, and only a ragtag group of Chex cereal lookin' creatures can do it! We marvel at the beautiful world that is Tim Burton and Shane Acker's 9!

-Not that I would know, but being a Dad must be tough. Especially if your kid is a douchebag like in Bobcat Goldthwait's latest black comedy, World's Greatest Dad!

-DVD releases for the week, including two modern day classics finally hitting Blu-Ray and... are we endorsing a Matthew McConaughey film? What the..?

-Big time news on major casting changes to The A-Team; plus what's all this about an Indiana Jones 5?

-A bladed lug wrench; a hooded figure stalking a house full of smokin' hot sorority sisters. We pop our eyeballs back into their sockets long enough to review the shockingly fun, Sorority Row!

We hope you'll join us for another fun "hour" of movies, movies, movies, and other random geeky bits. You can find The Punch Drunk Podcast on Itunes or any other podcast directory, or you can subscribe to us directly here. Please send your questions, comments, complaints, praise, money, to!

Win Passes to an Advanced Screening of Couples Retreat!

What up, folks? I've been lucky enough to score passes to two great looking films tomorrow: Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, and Couples Retreat featuring the reuniting of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Since cloning is out of the question and my evil twin is currently incarcerated I can't be two places at once, which means one of these bad boys is going to waste. So I thought I'd leave it open to a few of my folks in the DC/Metro area to win a set of passes to Couples Retreat by answering a simple trivia question. Now please, only enter if you can make the show. The screening will be held at AMC Tysons Corner, September 22nd at 7:00pm. The pass admits two people. I'll pick the winner at random from the winning entries, which you can send to I will forward you the tickets via email at the conclusion of the contest, which will be at 6pm tonight. Got it? Ok, so here's the question:

"Couples Retreat star Malin Ackerman has appeared in two movies about murderous secret societys ruling college campuses. What are those two films?"

Send me your answers by 6pm eastern tonight for a chance to win! Send your answers to!

Top Shelf at the Box Office! 9/21/09

Surprisingly, this turned out to be a pretty good weekend in terms of box office numbers for the ol' thirty mile zone. But for me it was a bit of a letdown, as both Jennifer's Body and The Informant ended up being less fun than I expected. Not that any of that matters for this column. I'm just sayin'.

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- $30.1M

Ok ok, I'll go see the damn movie. Last week I stated that I had no desire to see this film, unless it does abnormally well and is heaped upon with praise. So it looks like I've got a reason to check it out. It's opening is the largest for an animated flick in September ever. What I'm finding interesting about all these numbers lately is that they are being bolstered by an abundance of 3-D theatres, which cost more, and IMAX screenings, which also cost more. So less people are seeing these films, but due to the increased cost they are pulling in greater dollars. Not sure what that says about the true popularity of movies like this, but since it's top dog, the least I can do is see the thing.

2. The Informant!- $10.5M

$10.5M doesn't sound like much, and to be honest it really isn't much of an opening, but for a Soderbergh film that isn't nearly as mainstream as the TV spots would have you believe, this has to be encouraging. The tone of the film is much more in line with his most recent independent efforts, and not at all the screwball comedy it's being pitched as. Considering the film only cost $20M to produce, I'm sure Soderbergh sees this as a success, even if the studio was expecting something a bit higher. It'll be interesting to see what happens next week now that people are realizing what the film actually is. I'm betting a massive drop in revenue, probably near the bottom of the list.

3. I Can Do Bad All by Myself- $10.1M/$37.9M

Now that the old women and their church groups have stopped organizing bus trips to see this movie, it takes a nice big 57% nosedive. If only I could organize some sort of national Bingo weekend the next time a Perry movie is released it would cut his profits by half.

4. Love Happens- $8.46M

The studio says that 78% of the audience for this film was female. They also reported that bears sh*t in the woods.

5. Jennifer's Body- $6.8M

This should come as no surprise. All appearances to the contrary, Megan Fox is not an established box office draw. Just because she's hot doesn't mean people are going to flock to a movie that basically features nothing but her in skimpy gear. Now with that said, it's certainly one of the reasons I wanted to see it. They would've been better served hyping up that this was Diablo Cody's follow-up to Juno, and maybe pushing the Amanda Seyfried character a bit more. As it stands, this is a monumental dud of an opening considering the massive marketing campaign behind it.

6. 9- $5.46M/$22.8M

It's not often that a major release adds theatres to it's run at this stage, but 9 actually added an additional 400 theatres this week. It still dropped nearly 50%, but the additional theatres means that there's something of a vote of confidence for this film.

7. Inglourious Basterds- $3.6M/$110M

Now officially Tarantino's highest grosser surpassing Pulp Fiction.

8. All About Steve- $3.4M/$26.7M

9. Sorority Row- $2.49M/$8.87M

You people suck for not supporting this movie. Do I need to put up that picture of the cast, again?

10. The Final Destination- $2.38M/$62.4M

So many horrors of similar type have pretty much spelled the end of this film, although it's tally is nothing to sneeze at.


My Top 5 Movie Romances

Contrary to popular belief, I love romance movies. It's the romantic comedy that I typically meet with derision, and for good reason. They're too formulaic and full of themselves. But I adore a good movie about two people's love defying seemingly insurmountable odds and love conquering all, yadda yadda yadda. When I first saw the trailer for Love Happens, the cookie cutter posing as a movie starring Jennifer Aniston, it looked like everything I despise about romance movies. So it made me think about the romance movies I actually really like. Came to realize there aren't a helluva lot of 'em, and the ones I really did get into I already own, so they weren't hard to find. So in "honor" of that film's release, let's take a look at my five favorite romance movies...

5. Crazy/ Beautiful(2001)

Chalk this up as the one time I liked Jay Hernandez in anything. Ok, that's not true. He got killed real good in Hostel 2. What I thought would be a trite, shallow teen angst flick surprised the hell out of me with a surprisingly mature take that could appeal to both teens and adults. But it was Kirsten Dunst who really won me over here, proving to me for the first time just how good of an acress she could be. During a time when teen movies were either overly stupid or took themselves way too seriously, Crazy/Beautiful was a cut above the rest.

4. Breaking the Waves (1996)

Some would argue that Lars Von Trier's film about a simple woman named Bess, who degrades herself physically at the expense of her faith all for her crippled husband isn't a romance story. But I disagree. It's as much a story about love as anything, and the sinking depths people will go to in order to hold on to it. It also happens to be a story about spirituality and the testing of it. Filmed in Von Trier's "controversial" Dogme 95 style, the gritty camera work adds a sense of realism to the film that can't be denied. I maintain that Emily Watson's miraculously precise performance as Bess is the single best performance by a female I've ever seen. Period. The story is beautiful but heartbreaking, and oftentimes uncomfortable to watch. It's virtually impossible to find a completely uncut version of the film(I saw the uncut version once and haven't found it since), but if you can get your hands on the regular edition it'll more than suffice.

3. Ghost (Special Collector's Edition) (1990)

Ah yes, the film that made the pottery wheel a euphemism for foreplay. The best example of love truly being eternal, Ghost is considered one of the most memorable films ever by many, including myself obviously. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze's chemistry on screen, even after Sam's untimely death, is immeasurable. And if you can get past the fact that their one great romantic scene isn't so much her and Swayze as it is her and Whoopi Goldberg, it's a straight up scorcher.

2. All the Real Girls(2003)

Most people recognize the name David Gordon Greene from last year's Pineapple Express, but before he was making lame stoner comedies he was an indie auteur. All the Real Girls is arguably his best film, featuring two actors I knew nothing about back then but have grown to love ever since: Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel. It's the story of a small town womanizer named Paul, who has grown tired of all the fast women and short relationships. He wants to change and start a normal life, and he sees the opportunity for that with his best friend's sister, Noel. She's different than everybody Paul's ever dated, more mature and contemplative, which causes problems. But the two fall in love, much to the chagrin of Noel's brother who knows Paul's cheating ways. Why is this movie so great? All the Real Girls pulls no punches. It's often uncomfortably real, and the acting by Schneider(who also co-wrote) and Deschanel is spot on. The way it portrays how a real, lasting relationship completely changes both people is perfect, even if that change isn't always what everyone wants.

1. Once

From the moment Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova(known in the film as Guy and Girl) perform "Falling Slowly" in the middle of the music shop, I knew I was watching something I hadn't seen before. Once might be the most perfect romance film I've seen, and yeah it's more a musical but the songs perfectly convey the emotions of the two main leads. It's not often that I say that a film made me feel truly happier for having seen it, but that's how I felt walking out of this. It's a simple story, about a poor musician in Ireland, who by chance happens upon a girl who's love of music is as deep as his own. The two share an attraction, but life's little complications stand in the way. He still carries a torch for his ex, she has a husband living in another country. But through their mutal love of music, the guy and girl are able to share levels of emotion that they can't truly act upon. The music alone, all of it written and performed by the two leads, makes this movie worth seeing a million times over(I've watched it atleast a dozen times by now). But the real emotion brough out by these two non-actors is so honest and real that the two became a real life couple in the process of shooting. The Once soundtrack is a must own, and if you get a chance to see The Swell Season live like I have, it's a real treat. I can honestly say that Once will be a move I will return to over and over again and never get tired of.

So that's my top 5 romance films. I'm sure I've left off a million of 'em that most people typically love but that's why this is my list and not theirs. In two weeks I've got a ton of movies to pull ideas for a Top 5 from, including Michael Moore's new film Capitalism: A Love Story, The Invention of Lying, and Whip It. Maybe I'll do top 5 sports films. Or top 5 movies about greed. If you have suggestions for a Top 5, shoot 'em on over to

Green Lantern Supporting Characters Revealed

Rather than deal in speculation or wait for that pesky script to make it's rounds on the internet(as they all do) to figure out what the Green Lantern movie is going to be about, why not just take a gander at the casting notice and draw our own conclusions? All that we really know so far is that Ryan Reynolds is the lead, presumably as Hal Jordan, greatest Green Lantern of 'em all(although I'm partial to Guy Gardner). But we know little else. So let's take a gander at the casting call and see what's up...

27-35, Character actor who is austere and impersonal, he is real “scummy.” He is a pathologist and also the son of a Senator.

Mid-30s to Mid-40s, he is smart, tough, intimidating and in great physical shape.

The key character here is Sinestro, fierce enemy of the Green Lantern Corps and personal nemesis of Hal Jordan. Likely, the film will revolve around his downward spiral as one of the Corps' greatest heroes to one of the universe's most wanted criminals. If Peter Dinklage(The Station Agent) were a couple feet taller I'd say he was perfect for it.

Mid-30s to mid-40s, he is a great warrior.

I don't want to speculate on the path the film is going to take, but Abin Sur is the alien who, as his last living act, deemed Hal Jordan worthy to carry the mantle of a Green Lantern. Chances are something similar will happen in the film, but we shall see.

26-32, a smart and attractive woman with an MBA. She started as a pilot and now runs Ferris Aircraft. She is a work-a-holic…FEMALE LEAD

This looks like it's going to be the other main character opposite Green Lantern himself. In the comics, Carol is one of Hal's greatest loves, but she eventually betrays him and becomes the evil Star Sapphire. I doubt we'll see her don the hot purple spandex this film, but assuming this becomes the franchise WB wants it to become, count on seeing this transformation take place at some point. Y'know who'd be perfect for this part? Mary Elizabeth Winstead(Death Proof, Sky High).