Friday, September 19, 2014

A Call to Arms for Glenn Close?

I was just putzing around IMDB (exciting Friday night for me, obviously) when I came across the trailer for Low Down, a music drama starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning and Glenn Close.  I had never heard of it before.

Low Down is a drama centering on the relationship between jazz musician Joe Albany (Hawkes) and his daughter (Fanning), and she watches him struggle with drugs in the 1960's.  It also stars Flea (yes, him), Lena Headey, and Glenn Close as Hawkes' mother.  As the trailer ended and it listed the actors, Close's face appeared with "And six-time Academy Award Nominee" above her name.  Is the studio gunning for an Oscar nomination?  It's kind of like they are saying, "come one...enough is enough...give her an Academy Award."  

It looks like a pretty good drama.  I love Hawkes and Fanning has been working nonstop.  What else can you say about Close really?  She looks solid as always.  

Did Disney Rename Some 'Into the Woods' Characters?

(Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that this is untrue.  The post on was incorrect.)

Remember when people heard rumors that stuff was getting cut from the big screen adaptation of Into the Woods, and everyone (myself mostly) freaked the hell out?  People were complaining that Disney was wrecking everything and blah blah blah, and then Stephen Sondheim came out and said we have nothing to worry about?  If you know who Sondheim is you are probably aware of all the drama that went down.  People's fears seem to have been squashed by the stills and trailer for Woods, but now BroadwayWorld is reporting something very strange.  

If you go onto the official Disney Into the Woods site, the cast is listed, but they have changed some of the names.  Cinderella's Mother is now Lady Tremaine and her prince is now billed as Prince Charming.  It doesn't stop there.  Rapunzel's Prince is listed as Flynn Rider.  Excuse me?  Is Disney taking control of these characters, or is it just an oversight?  

Hopefully, someone just got the list wrong, because this would be really unfortunate (I'm ready to blame some pimply-faced intern).  I don't really recall the names of the characters being said to one another, but Into the Woods doesn't use the Disney versions of these characters.  

Cue freak outs in 3...2...1...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What 'Big Eyes' and Award Chances You Have, Amy!

Before I posted my 25 Most Anticipated Movies of the Fall, I wrote up a small piece detailing five other films I wanted to check out.  One of them was Tim Burton's art drama, Big Eyes.  

It tells the true story of the marriage of Margaret and Walter Keane, played by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.  She was a divorced parent, and when Walter entered their lives, it appears that she owed him a lot.  Margaret painted pictures of seemingly lonely, waif-ish children with this huge eyes.  At the time, Walter explains that "no one buys lady art," and he attaches his name to them.  The paintings become a huge success, and Margaret has to fight to sign her own name. 

Amy Adams has been nominated for the Oscar five times, and this definitely feels like an Oscar hopeful.  People have been saying this is her time, but can she unseat Julianne Moore (who is supposed to be astonishing in Still Alice).  Not matter if Adams is nominated or not, this looks like a very strong leading performance.  Waltz is in full dastardly husband mode here, and his Inglorious Basterds/Django Unchained voice patterns only make me angry while watching this.  Get away from Amy's art!!!

These are my two favorite shots from the trailer.  In the first, Margaret stares back at her while she works, and her eyes seem to grow in the split second they are on screen.  I love the second shot, because I love all the art staring right back at us all at once.  Can't wait.  

McConaughey's Out! MacDowell's In!

I obviously didn't write anything about Matthew McConaughey not returning for the Magic Mike sequel, because I was in mourning.  Okay, that's a total lie since I am the only person in the world who doesn't Mr. McConaughey attractive.  Why isn't he returning to the stripper opus?  Well, no one really said.  Maybe he has moved on since winning Best Actor this year?  Or maybe he is too busy filming other projects.  Dallas Buyers Club really did dance his last dance.

In case you are sad over McConaughey's departure, you can watch his entire strip right here:

If it were up to me, though, I would have made Matt do more of this:

It's rather hypnotic, ain't it?

In other casting news, it appears that Andie MacDowell has landed a role in XXL.  There is no official news as to who she will be playing, but there are a few possibilities.  XXL is a road trip movie that culminates in a stripper convention.  Perhaps she is one of the patrons who is lucky enough to see Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Mangeniello take it all off?  Maybe she is a mother of a trouble daughter determined to go to the convention.  Or maybe, just maybe, she will be a love interest for one of the boys.  May-December romances happen all the time with younger women, so why not have Mr. Tatum shacking up with Andie?  I'm down.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First 'Into the Woods' Poster Drops

What a nice surprise for this Tuesday morning!

The first poster for Disney's musical extravaganza Into the Woods just dropped, and it's all about The Streep.  Remember the first image of the film?  The one with Meryl hanging out in the tree?  This looks like it was from the same photo shoot.  She is just slithering around making sure you are getting those items from the woods that she needs to badly.  

The only thing I think is kind of strange is the "And Johnny Depp as The Wolf."  I didn't realize that the Wolf's character was so stooped in fame that it needed that.  It at least reassures his fans that he will be taking on another role suited for his career.

I feel like some character posters are going to be on the way.  There are enough characters in the movie to justify it, right?  That's a poster set I would love to get my hands on.  

Five Reasons Why 'I Know' This Reboot Will Suck

Remember when people said they should just remake bad movies and make them better instead of touching the classics?  Well, I don't think I was ready to hear that I Know What You Did Last Summer was getting the reboot/remake/re-imagining treatment.  

Yes, the Jennifer Love Hewitt slasher flick is getting another chance to rake in some dough, but I doubt the legions of teenagers will be able to appreciate how campy and bad the original was.  I Know came out in 1997, and it tried to capitalize of screenwriter Kevin Williamson's success of writing Scream--he didn't sell his script for I Know until after Scream became a hit.  

Let's look at the five reasons why I think it's a bad idea.  

Yeesh, that title is STILL awful
I mean, it's very specific title, that's for sure.  I can just imagine movie theater running out of those small plastic letters to put on roadside signs all across the country, because the title is so effing long.  And then there's the issue of a sequel when it comes out.  Are you going to make it even long like the original's sequel did?  

If you insist on using the original idea, at least change that lame ass title.  Please, and thank you.  

Where are all the bodacious blondes?
Ok, I am a bit impartial on this one.  I was obsessed with Sarah Michelle Gellar back in high school, so I loved her as beauty queen Helen in the original.  Granted, Helen wasn't very smart since she was about to get away from the killer and then she turned around!  Who the hell does that?!  You could almost see Gellar rolling her eyes at the script's directions.  Gellar was the queen of Buffy at the same time, and she would later go on to appear in a small role in Scream 2 that same year.  She could have been a major scream queen if she wanted to.  

Not only was Sarah a blonde highlight from the movie, but Anne frickin' Heche popped up as a backwoods, chicken-raising crazy!  

Can someone find her a role in the reboot?  Maybe she can just be the same character.  Do it!  

You will NEVER be able to top Ryan Phillippe's shirtless scene
Maybe every generation of girls and gays has that moment in a horror movie when an upcoming actor takes his shirt off.  Ryan Phillippe's shirtless shower scene was the sexual awakening in many people's lives.  

Phillippe doesn't age.  His body is still insane, and he can put anyone else to shame.  Don't even try to put any CW star in a towel, because you will fail.  End of story.

This is the greatest cinematic moment from all of 1997
When Julie James finds a body in the trunk of her car, she runs to Sarah and Ryan for help, but the body magically disappears.  It must be noted that this killer knows how to really clean up.  The body is covered in crabs and other New England exporting good, but the back of her car is freshly vacuumed by the time she gets her friends to help.  

By that point, Julie has had enough, and she yells to the horror movie gods in one of the most dramatic moments to ever be committed to film.  Ms. Hewitt's gifts are on full display, and a casting directer puts her on a shortlist for The Client List.  

I really hope that spin was improvised.  

Roger Ebert isn't here to make fish sticks jokes...
In Mr. Ebert's review of the movie, he refers to the killer as the Fisherman.  The killer dresses in a slicker and wields a huge hook to kill his victims, and it might be the most inconvenient weapon every used in a slasher movie.  Sure, it's a pretty ominous image, but it can't be that practical.  By the time that the first sequel came out, Ebert starting referring to the killer as the Gorton's Fisherman.

Yes, the I Know movies manage to make me miss Roger Ebert even more.  No one could write a bad review of a horror movie like him.  Sigh.    

Monday, September 15, 2014

War & No Peace: 'Mockingjay' Trailer is Pretty Bad Ass

When I read the final book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, I thought it read like a war novel.  Mockingjay is arguably everyone's least favorite book (is it because she doesn't pull punches with characters we love?), but the movie (out November 21) looks like it's going to be just as dark.  The calm, grey-ish tones from District 12 are gone, and a dark, depressing world seems to lie ahead. 

Katniss explains that she never wanted any of this.  She didn't want to be a part of the Games, and she only wished to save the ones she loves.  Miss Everdeen has to make the hard choices.  This trailer looks brutal.  Gunfire, destruction, and lots of blazing fire are present in this trailer.  We even get to see Effie Trinkett stripped of her trademark opulence.  

The only time we really get to see some light is when Jennifer Lawrence is on screen.  It radiates around her like a halo (lest we forget that she's our hero), and she just shines in 2 minutes of darkness.  

My favorite image, though, has to be the brief shot of Josh Hutcherson and Stanley Tucci sitting opposite each other.  I would love to know what those two are talking about!  It looks like some bitchy, dystopian gabfest that I would definitely tune into every chance I got.