1. You want me to blow your minds apart?

    These two movies were written by the same guy.

  2. Between ROGER RABBIT, HOOK, and yes, even SUPER MARIO BROS, Bob Hoskins was one of my favorite actors as a kid. After seeing him in stuff like UNLEASHED and THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, he was also one of my favorite actors as an adult. As sad as we are to see him go, we’re luckier to have had him at all. RIP.

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    Originally written 4/23/14

    Seemingly every day, I hear no end to the praise for HBO’s original programming, whether it’s seeing a video parody of True Detective or watching people tear each apart on Facebook over spoiling last night’s Game of Thrones. But I’ve always been more or less apathetic on HBO’s offerings, because 1) I am poor and couldn’t begin to afford getting it, and 2) getting addicted to serialized TV shows is not good for my mental health. However, HBO has taken a big step forward in finally offering its legendary TV shows to those without cable.

    Starting May 21st, the channel will offer a great deal of its programs not on Netflix, but instead on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, marking the first time HBO has licensed its material to an online-only subscription service. This means that Amazon Prime subscribers (like myself—gotta love that free shipping!) will be able to stream:

    - All seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords
    - Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
    - Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
    - Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack
    - Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
    - Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

    In addition, HBO’s own streaming service, HBO GO, will become available on Amazon’s Fire TV by the end of the year (which should make Gary Busey very happy), and more seasons of those current HBO series will hit Prime Instant Video over the course of the multi-year deal, along with early seasons of other shows currently running on HBO (Girls, The Newsroom, Veep). It all sounds very promising, because my mom had HBO on her TV service for the year before I went to college, and I got to see a couple of episodes of some of their shows like Flight of the Conchords and East Bound & Down which I enjoyed the hell out of. (Also, I was introduced to John Landis’ Innocent Blood through HBO, a movie I think is underrated as all hell.) So I’m excited by the prospect of finally getting to see more of these great shows I’ve heard so much about—that is, if Amazon Prime doesn’t want to add 20 more bucks to the yearly subscription fee.

    Oh, and before you ask: No, Game of Thrones is not part of this streaming deal. HBO doesn’t seem to want to let go of that cash cow quite yet.

    Source: ComingSoon.net



    Originally written 4/23/14

    Ever since I caught Mike and the robots’ treatment of The Giant Spider Invasionon the Sci-Fi Channel one fateful day in 1998, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been nothing short of my favorite thing in the history of pop culture. When it got cancelled no less than a year after I first found it, I and the legion of MSTies (as we fans of the show like to call ourselves) were nothing short of devastated. But thankfully, the Internet was there to help resurrect it into different forms, as Michael J. Nelson (host from 1993 to 1999), Kevin Murphy (voice of Tom Servo from 1990 to 1999) and Bill Corbett (voice of Crow T. Robot from 1997 to 1999) formed RiffTrax in 2006, while original MST3K host and creator Joel Hodgson joined up with the rest of the show’s original cast and writers to form Cinematic Titanic in 2007. And even though Cinematic Titanic packed it in last year, that doesn’t mean Hodgson is any less interested in keeping the show alive, and he plans to do so in a big way.

    In the midst of a fascinating new oral history of MST3K for Wired Magazine, it was reported that this spring, Joel Hodgson “is hoping to start a new online incarnation of the show, one that will feature a fresh (and as-yet-unannounced) host and cameos from many MST3K alumni.” This reboot wasn’t really elaborated on past that sentence, other than a quote from Hodgson himself, who also hosted a well-received marathon of MST3K episodes, streamed online by the show’s DVD distributors Shout! Factory, last Thanksgiving:

    “I’ve talked to a bunch of fans about their lives and what MST3K means to them. I’m overwhelmed by how people took to that show. It really affected them. I thought, if enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back. Even avid viewers sometimes don’t realize that every major role in the show had been swapped out over time. So in my mind, the show is built to be refreshed with new people and new ideas. It’s like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle as it applies to MST3K: If it doesn’t change, it’s not the same show. And fortunately for us, as long as there are movies, there are always going to be cheesy movies.”

    Well, if anyone knows how to bring MST3K back in a way that honors the show’s past just right, it’d be the guy who created the show in the first place. Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about this until more details are set in stone and we know exactly what this is going to look like—I mean, what alumni are going to cameo? Will we see an appearance by Torgo, or at the very least, Ortega? Will Crow come back or be replaced by his evil twin Timmy? But I’m certainly game for this idea, and I trust Mr. Hodgson wholeheartedly in coming up with something really awesome.

    Until then, don’t forget that Mike, Kevin and Bill are also still very much in the riffing business with RiffTrax, and can be seen commenting over the infamous Sharknado live in movie theaters on Thursday, July 10th.

    Source: Wired



    Originally written 4/23/14

    I haven’t yet gotten a chance to see Colin Trevorrow’s acclaimed indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, but I can certainly say nothing about that movie screams “Wow, the guy who made this would totally be a great director for a Jurassic Park sequel.” But that is not a bad thing, mind you. I’m all for an oddball choice of director for the fourth Jurassic Park installment, seeing as it’d be a welcome shot of adrenaline for a flagging franchise that has yet to see a great sequel which lives up to the initial Spielberg classic. And apparently, Universal’s hyped by the potential Trevorrow’s bringing to Jurassic World, because they’re already talking a sequel…or in this case, “sequels”.

    Talking to Empire Magazine, Trevorrow says he and Universal are very much looking into the potential of a whole new Jurassic franchise, saying:

    “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot… We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

    Trevorrow also hinted to Empire which of the cast members may be seen in this/these hypothetical sequel(s), namely Omar Sy, star of the French sleeper hit The Intouchables who will soon be seen as Bishop in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He revealed that Sy’s role in the film will be that of the best friend to the film’s star, Chris Pratt, who is said to play “an ex-military man”:

    “They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”

    But Trevorrow is mainly focused on making this initial installment the best it can be, as filming is now underway in Hawaii (doubling as Isla Nublar), with a stop in New Orleans to follow. He also happily revealed that Jurassic World will indeed be using animatronic dinosaurs—big ups to Stan Winston. And though the actual plot remains under wraps, Trevorrow did elaborate on the film’s general themes:

    “It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”

    Hmm… very interesting. I guess that after 22 years, we are indeed finally getting the great Jurassic Park sequel (or sequels) that we deserve. But we shall know for sure when Jurassic World—co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus, and the only actor from any of the previous Jurassic Park films to return, BD Wong as geneticist Henry Wu—roars into theaters on June 12th, 2015.

    Source: Empire



    Originally written 4/22/14

    It was all supposed to be so simple: James Gandolfini was going to return to the network that made him a star, HBO, by starring as attorney Jack Stone in a miniseries remake of the 2008 BBC drama Criminal Justice. But then we sadly lost Gandolfini to a heart attack last June, so in a fit of poetic justice, the role was to be filled last September by one of Gandolfini’s biggest acting inspirations, Robert De Niro. However, De Niro has a scheduling conflict (hopefully not over doing Grudge Match 2), so he and his production company, Tribeca Films, are out of the show.

    Now the role has been filled for the third, and hopefully final, time by the great John Turturro, who will play the role of an ambulance-chasing attorney representing a Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) accused of a girl’s murder in the Upper West Side of New York City. Steven Zaillian (writer of Schindler’s List and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will serve as director of the pilot and executive producer, while Richard Price (The Color of Money) will also serve as an executive producer, as well as writer. (Zaillain also directed the initial pilot for Criminal Justice starring Gandolfini back when it was supposed to be a running TV series instead of just a miniseries, which will hopefully see the light of day in the late actor’s honor.)

    Still, this sounds like another promising project from the great minds at HBO. Turturro is a great actor in his own right, so I’m sure he’ll do the role as much justice (heh, get it, because it’s the title of the show) as Gandolfini or De Niro would have done. Until then, you can get your Turturro fix in theaters now with his latest directorial effort, Fading Gigolo, wherein he co-stars with Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    Originally written 4/22/14

    The saddest thing about the Die Hard franchise going downhill these past two movies is that the third installment, Die Hard with a Vengeance, was SOOOO damn good. Of all the initial Die Hard trilogy, Vengeance was the one I rewatched all the time as a kid, and part of that reason is that John McClane was given such a great foil in Zeus Carver, the temperamental shopkeeper reluctantly paired up with McClane played by Samuel L. Jackson.

    So it’s with great joy that I hear a rumor going around that 20th Century Fox is meeting with writers to find out how to reincorporate Zeus back into the series for the sixth Die Hard installment. This rumor was circulated in a Tweet from Latino Review writer El Mayimbe, who wrote:

    If this rumor is indeed true and Mr. Jackson can find time in between his duties as Nick Fury, then consider me back on board to this franchise. Though I’ve avoided A Good Day to Die Hard like the plague (though I suspect I’ll have to give it a look at some point), everything that’s been said about it in reviews made my heart break, as all the cartoonish action and CGI excess that nearly sunk Live Free or Die Hard clearly ended up winning over the beacon of awesome that is John McClane this time around. So hopefully, whoever ends up taking the reins of Die Hard 6 will not be some hired-gun hack and instead be a dedicated and talented visionary who can wake Bruce Willis out of his coma and do the same for this franchise what Gareth Evans is doing for Godzilla, and the potential return of Zeus is definitely a big step in the right direction.

    Or…it’ll end up just sucking even worse. Who knows? Either way, the $300+ million gross of A Good Day to Die Hard more or less ensures we’ll being seeing a Die Hard 6 sometime in the not-too-distant future. My title suggestion: Die? Hardly.

    Source: ComingSoon.net



    Originally written 4/22/14

    Back when Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks first teamed up for Saving Private Ryan, most people couldn’t believe the two hadn’t already teamed up before. But ever since that flick, the team-up of Hanks and Spielberg has lead to two of their more underrated efforts—Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal—as well as a very profitable endeavor as producers of the WWII miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific on HBO. So it only makes perfect sense for them to reteam yet again, and it seems they’re going to do exactly that.

    According to Variety, Hanks is attached to star in an untitled thriller set during the Cold War that Spielberg is set attached to direct for his studio DreamWorks. Based on a true story, the film will have Hanks play James Donovan, an American attorney who is hired by the CIA to negotiate the release of an American pilot captured by the Russians when his plane gets shot down. The film will be produced by Spielberg and Marc Platt (Drive, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), while British playwright Matt Charman will write the screenplay.

    I’m more than down with the idea of a fourth Spielberg/Hanks collaboration. As I’ve said before, I’ve enjoyed all three movies they’ve worked on together so far, so there’s no reason a fourth one shouldn’t go as smoothly or be interesting in its own regard. But Spielberg is also attached to two other movies—the adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi novel Robopocalypse and the historical drama Montezuma—and the one he’s said to be most likely to direct first is Robopocalypse, what with its budget said to be nearly finalized. Some say, however, that if he ends up not wanting to be attached to a big tentpole movie, Spielberg is definitely intrigued to work with Hanks yet again.

    So until we find out for sure where Spielberg’s commitments will lie, Hanks is still busy filming the indie adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel A Hologram for the King, directed by Tom Twyker, who worked with Hanks on Cloud Atlas.

    Source: Variety



    Originally written 4/21/14

    Joss Whedon may very well be the closest thing we have to a Renaissance man in the 21st century, aside from James Franco, of course. I mean, it’s not enough for this guy to co-write an awesome horror-comedy (The Cabin in the Woods), write and direct a superhero movie that sets the bar for all superhero movies to come after it (The Avengers), and in his time off, adapt and direct a Shakespeare adaptation shot at your house with all your friends (Much Ado About Nothing) within the span of one freaking year. (Yeah, I know Cabin in the Woods was delayed for, like, a century—shut up, I’m making a point.) Now Whedon is collaborating with his brother Jed on a TV series that has expanded the Marvel universe even further (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), writing and directing another Avengers movie (Age of Ultron), and is now extending his seemingly endless reach into an unexpected territory: straight-to-Vimeo. And no, that was not a typo of “video”.

    As of right now, In Your Eyes, the second project from Whedon and wife Kai Cole’s production company Bellwether Pictures (the first was Much Ado About Nothing), is available for a $5, 72-hour rental through the video sharing website Vimeo, which you can access through the film’s website inyoureyesmovie.com. The Whedon-penned and executive-produced film, directed by Won’t Back Down and Battle of the Year writer Brin Hill, has nothing to do with John Cusack blasting Peter Gabriel through a boom box over his head, but instead concerns a bored wife (Zoe Kazan) and a charismatic ex-con (Michael Stahl-David) who meet through a strange connection.

    The film, also starring Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed, hit the Internet a few moments after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Sunday night, where Whedon appeared through a short video message after the credits shot on the set of Age of Ultron. In it, he announced this was “not just the world premiere of the film, it’s the worldwide release date, because as of now, In Your Eyes is available on any Internet-cable device.” He also joked “this is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution—and we get $5.”

    And it’s awesome stuff like this that makes Whedon the king of the geeks. Any other writer/director of one of the biggest movies of the past few years would charge you top dollar for one of their more minor projects, but not Joss Whedon. He’s truly a shining example of how far being a nice, funny and insanely talented guy will end up taking you in this business—which, if you’ve seen his track record so far, ends up taking you pretty far and making you pretty goddamned rich. So if you’ve got 5 bucks to spend and 105 minutes to spare, In Your Eyes is available to rent at the film’s official website or at vimeo.com/ondemand/inyoureyes.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    Originally written 4/21/14

    The last few months have been stressful ones for us Quentin Tarantino fans, after the leaking of the script for his new Western The Hateful Eight led the director to angrily proclaim he had “no desire to make it” and that he’d instead move onto another project. It seemed as if the only light this script would see was a staged reading that was directed by Tarantino this past Saturday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit the Film Independent organization, among those willing to pay up to $200 for a ticket.

    But sure enough, Tarantino looks to be having a change of heart, as he told the audience they were watching the actors read the first draft of the script; he’s currently writing a second one, and he’s planning for a third to follow. So clearly, the hopes of seeing Tarantino’s return to the Wild West on the big screen are alive after all.

    But for now, those who were lucky (and rich) enough to get a peek at this first incarnation of The Hateful Eight seemed to like what they saw, as a cowboy-hat-wearing Tarantino read the stage directions while his cast of alums from his previous movies (including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell and James Remar) read the dialogue. (Madsen and Dern’s inclusion is surprising, as it was rumored to be one of their agents who leaked the script online, so I guess there’s no hard feelings there. Good to see, because the more Bruce Dern we see on the big screen, the better.) Tarantino also stopped his actors often in the reading to redo lines, rewrite scenes or warn them if they went too far off-script, while a laughing audience—which included both Bob and Harvey Weinstein—clearly enjoyed going along with Tarantino on this ride through his writing and directing process.

    So with the positive response to this reading and Tarantino not giving up on the script quite yet, I am definitely excited. Django Unchained proved to me and plenty of other moviegoers that Tarantino does magnificently well with a western setting, and I loved every minute of it, though I understand those who are put off by the racial elements. Also, considering that the scripts to Django and Inglourious Basterds were leaked online ahead of their production, I thought Tarantino’s initial response was a bit melodramatic, so thank God he’s putting his justifiably enormous ego aside (presumably to let it rest, Godzilla-style, until he needs it again) and creating what may be another of Tarantino’s several masterpieces.

    Source: Variety