Archive for the ‘Action/Adventure’ category

Pics Of Will Smith On ‘John Hancock’ Set

July 8, 2007

will-smith-john-hancock.gifEven though we’re still waiting for the release of I Am Legend, Will Smith is already in the process of working on his next film, John Hancock ( previously titled Tonight, He Comes).  The movie is about a superhero who falls out of public favor and ends up turning into an alcoholic.  A PR guy (Jason Bateman), that Smith’s character once helped, decides to try and help him rebuild his public image.  Things get messy when Smith hooks up with Bateman’s wife, Charlize Theron.  Sounds like an interesting premise to me.  The film is directed by Peter Berg.

Anyway, my point was to show you all some photos of Smith on the set of the film.  Head on over to JustJared if you want to check them out.  In the pics, Smith looks a bit goofy as a booze-hound , but I’d imagine that is the point.  They’ve got him on some wires so they can simulate flying later, at least thats my guess.  Anyway, it gives you an early look at his character at least, but this one won’t be in theaters until July 2, 2008.

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Milk Can’t Stop ‘The Man of Steel’

July 7, 2007

superman.gifJust a couple of days ago, I reported that there was news of The Man of Steel being delayed by another movie, The Mayor of Castro Street, a biopic about Harvey Milk. The news came as quite a shock, especially since Bryan Singer, set to direct both films, had already said the Superman sequel would be his next project after his current one, Valkyrie.

Well, that didn’t sit right with the folks at IESB, so they decided to contact some of Singer’s people to get a confirmation. As it turns out their hunch was right. This is what their source had to say, “That’s total horse sh**, I would say the same thing if I was producing that film but don’t you realize that most of the Superman producers are working with Bryan on Valkyrie? Gil Adler and Chris Lee both are in Germany with Bryan and I can guarantee you that there is some work being done with Superman right now.”

So there you have it Superman fans, it looks like the film is still on schedule to start in early 2008. Why would the Mayor producers make such comments though? “It’s their job as producers to keep that movie on their front burner, but really, Bryan’s deal with Warner Bros. for the Superman sequel is already done and signed and that’s the priority,” say the sources.

I’ll keep you posted if anything else comes up concerning this issue.

And Now A Word From Jon Favreau

July 7, 2007

favreau.gifIt’s been a while since we’ve had any kind of update — no news, no trailers, no nothing– about Iron Man and that is just kind of depressing. The film’s director, Jon Favreau, finally had some time to post a message to everyone on his MySpace blog. In it he discusses the story, cameos, and Comic-Con.

He starts out by acknowledging the fact that there wasn’t a trailer out in front of Transformers, or anywhere for that matter, but then goes on to say that, “[We’ve] secured a prime slot Saturday afternoon in the big room at SDCC. We will split an hour with Marvel and Hulk and plan to cut something together to reward the fans for their interest, support and patience. ” Sounds to me like Comic-Con fans are in for a treat, which sucks because I was trying to make plans to go, but it didn’t work out. Fear not loyal readers, my brother will be on hand at the convention and will be providing me with first hand information about all things movie related. At least that is the plan.

He then goes on to try and answer some questions about the story and about what villains might be showing up. “We took certain liberties to keep things fresh and unexpected but we are essentially using the books to inspire our story. Iron Man fans should have no problem piecing together what’s what.” He goes on to reiterate that he considers this to be the first chapter in the Iron Man story and says that this film definitely leaves the door open for more movies, should the first perform well.

Lastly, the blog hits on the rumors of cameos. He doesn’t confirm anything, in fact he pretty much debunks all of them, except maybe one. “I’ve read that Sam Jackson and Hilary Swank are Shield agents and that I myself play a Vegas security guard. There is no truth to any of these rumors. (Well, maybe one is true.)”

So much secrecy!  Oh well, perhaps it will make us enjoy it all the more when it is released  May 9, 2008.   That’s too far away.

Project ‘Cloverfield’ Has A Cast

July 6, 2007

1-18-08.gifSo if you’re reading this you should already be up-to-speed on what Cloverfield is, but if somehow you’ve managed to miss all the news check here and here.

Now, we are finally being given some official casting news.  Apparently, casting for this movie has been just as mysterious and secretive as the movie itself.  No script or scene pages were sent to anyone, potential actors were simply asked if they were interested in participating.  From this process, a cast, of mostly unknowns, was formed —  Michael Stahl-David (The Black Donnellys), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel (Poseidon) and Lizzie Caplan (The Class).

This monster/disaster movie is really starting to take shape.  I only hope it can live up to all of the hype it’s getting.

Zak Penn’s New ‘Dozen’

July 6, 2007

charles-bronson.gifThe original Dirty Dozen is a classic war movie and you can’t touch the classics.  You can’t stop Hollywood though, and Dozen  has fallen into the remake trap.  This project has actually been in the works for a little while now, but the script, written by André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg, was apparently not any good, because now Zak Penn has been brought in to rewrite it.  Penn has been pretty popular lately, working mostly on comic book adaptations for the big screen.  There has been buzz around his latest project, The Grand, which he wrote and directed, but I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out.  He seems like a talented writer so perhaps the remake will be done some justice.

The movie is about a group of military convicts sent in on a suicide mission to do some damage during WWII.  Whoever gets cast in this movie has some big shoes to fill because the original had some iconic actors —  Lee Marvin, Charles BronsonErnest Borgnine, and Donald Sutherland just to name a few.  There isn’t any word on when this one might be coming out, but I’ll keep you posted.

Viral Marketing In Full Force For ‘Cloverfield’

July 5, 2007

sphere.gifAlright, so within the past couple of weeks, we’ve found out about J.J. Abrams super secret project, Cloverfield. We know who is writing, directing, and today we get a teaser website. Well that was just the beginning.

Brendon at film ick has has gotten word about a new blog, actually a blog and then another site with some games, that are some how associated with the film, which could be called 1-18-08. The first site is a blog called EthanHaasWasWrong that looks to mainly tell us that someone named Ethan Haas was wrong and the people still believing him are fools. From that blog we find a link to EthanHaasWasRight which flash based site and once loaded will show a sort of sphere shape. I’m going to tell you how to get past the first part now, so if you don’t want to know how stop reading. I’m sure you can figure it out either way.

If you watch carefully, different symbols popup in a specific order. Basically you just click them in that same order and you’ll open up a grainy video. In said video is a guy named Van and he is trying to make sure we’re the type of people he’s looking for to help him. After the video another game comes up, which I’ve yet to figure out. I do know there is a star in the top right and if you hover over it you get some kind of alien alphabet. Let me know if you figure anymore out and I’ll keep you posted on all the latest.

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Bay Talks Sequel As ‘Transformers’ Grosses $65.5 Mil.

July 5, 2007

mikebay.gifAfter only two and a half days, and after setting a Tuesday box office record and coming in third for the highest-grossing Wednesday, Transformers has totaled $65.5 million in earnings.  The film has been getting some bashing from the critics but fans are eating it up.  We could see some big numbers by the end of the week.

There is also this interview with Michael Bay from Entertainment Tonight.  In the interview,  Bay was asked about a sequel and this is what he had to say:

How are you sitting with the idea of directing another Transformers movie?
Let’s see how this one does. I’ve got a lot of ideas for the next one. There’s a lot of really cool, big robot stuff that I had in my head that we didn’t do. I just want to see how this works. You might not grow as much as a director [to do a sequel]. But it’s kind of like you have your baby and you don’t want someone else to take it.

I’m not sure when this interview took place, but it seems like it might have been before the movie’s release.  I would almost guarantee he’s ready to do another after seen how well the first is doing already.