#1 spot for a few days) is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It stars Hawkeye, a Bond girl, and Jean Grey and straddles the line between bad and dumb fun pretty closely, but I found myself laughing often enough to enjoy it. It has a grownup Hansel and Gretel who make a career out of killing witches. The best detail is Jeremy Renner's Hansel having diabetes thanks to too much candy as a kid. Like Prince of Persia, the plot totally demands a close up of Gemma Arteron's cleavage (there's a 3D pun there somewhere, but I am better than that). It's a B movie, but at least it isn't pretentious. They did show most of the really cool stuff in the trailer. It ranks #1. If you aren't into the limited-release-awards-bait movies this is a decent alternative.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
It's official. A major announcement was promised in January, and it's just in. It looks like J.J. Abrams is going to be the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, despite an earlier report that said his commitment to Star Trek would make this impossible. According to the report, Ben Affleck (Argo) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class, Kick Ass) were also approached, but on Steven Spielberg's suggestion, LucasFilm president (and long-time Spielberg collaborator) Kathleen Kennedy has chosen Abrams. Considering that much of the fan critiscm of Abrams's take on Star Trek was that it was too much like Star Wars, this may be a perfect fit. The script for Episode VII is already in the works, in the care of Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt. Thanks to /Film for the heads up, with the initial report coming from TheWrap.com.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Deadline is reporting that Jurassic Park IV is set for a June 13, 2014 release date. No director is signed on yet, but it will be shot in 3D (no post-conversion) and the new script is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) who were hired last year producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. The movie has been in and out of development for 10 years, and some thought the death of author Michael Crichton might finish the project for good, but it seems like one of my all-time favorite movies really is going to get another sequel. A 3D rerelease of the original film is set for April 5 this year.