No author’s work is more popular among Hollywood’s magic makers than that of Stephen King, and director Kimberly Pierce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) latest project is no exception. Carrie is expected to be released March 15, 2013. As with every single King based movie in existence, already one cast member (Chloe Moretz) has gone on record as stating the remake will be “kind of” following the novel more so than the 1976 film. Of course, that means the MGM remake will be keeping as true to the book published over 30 years ago as possible, while also modernizing the story.
I love a good kung fu movie, but things get messy when everyone has guns, knives, and swords. The Raid: Redemption (subtitled in English) has some amazing fighting scenes, but in between these sequences, it gets to be a little much. There isn’t much maming or guts flying, but prepare to watch a lot of people get their necks sliced, get stabbed through the eye, or other disgusting things like that. If slicing and dicing doesn’t bother you at all, you should feel quite at home here. Don’t expect a story though.
I was not a fan of the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. It lacked character and failed to deliver on its epic action premise. Wrath of the Titans is still not a smart film — it mostly revolves around Ares, Hades, and Zues having family fights — but this time it delivers on its epic fantasy adventure promise. Perseus (Sam Worthington), the half-son of Zeus, has to go on a big quest to stop Hades and Ares from unleashing the massive Kronos, the father of Zues and Hades who just so happens to be about 3 or 4 times the size of Godzilla. Perseus has some awesome encounters with Titans, cyclops giants, Minotaurs, and two-headed dragon beasts.
Sony is feeling good about Spider-Man lately. The series reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, hasn’t yet hit theaters, but the studio is already planning a Venom spin-off, according to the LA Times. The film, based on one of Spider-Man’s most famous foes, could be directed by Josh Trank, who helmed the commercially and critically successful Chronicle — which is still in theaters (and you should probably watch).
Disney’s John Carter will be released soon, but the marketing for the film has been somewhat hit or miss. For those unfamiliar with the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, the trailers prompt more questions than a paternity debate on Jerry Springer. Luckily, I read the first three novels a few years ago, so here is a John Carter Cheat Sheet to help fill in the blanks. I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but feel free to skip this if you want to go into the film blind.
As many as one thousand small movie theaters may close as a result of digital conversion, according to theater owner Michael Hurley. The figure, that accounts for almost 20 percent of all movie theaters in North America, is a very real possibility due to the high cost of digital conversion.
It’s been almost two years since Piranha 3D (a remake of the 1978 B-movie, Piranha) was released in theaters, and the wait for the sequel is nothing if not excruciating. P3D truly had something for everyone: a classic love story, a comically coked up character, buckets of blood, adult actresses, and some crazy prehistoric monster fish shooting out of the screen thanks to the magic of 3D. Still, the question remains: when will the Piranha 3DD (hehe) be released in US theaters?
Netflix’s huge deal with Starz is about to run out, costing the streaming service thousands of films, many of them notable new releases. To pre-empt the massive loss of content, it’s been signing exclusive deals for big television series like Mad Men, developing original content like Lilyhammer, and trying to sign big new film deals. The latest of these deals is with The Weinstein Company.
John Carter is worth getting excited about because it’s based on work by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) is directing, but the recent trailers and promotional material haven’t painted the film as something original. Badass Digest has posted a fan-made trailer that explains the basic plot setup and concept of John Carter much better than anything Disney has put out yet. It actually even alludes to the fact that John Carter of Mars is a story that predates Star Wars and many modern science fiction staples.
The first true trailer and information about Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot was released last week, but today we got a look at a clip from the film. Unlike the trailer, this is a scene that plays in its entirety. Here, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is attempting to enter Gwen Stacy’s building to go to dinner, but is stopped by a doorman. Unlike Tobey Maguire’s more distant Parker, this one seems a lot more timid and flustered. His reactions to the situation are quite natural and if I were the doorman, I might be suspicious as well.