After an extended hiatus, really really good looking supermodel Derek Zoolander is back along with his former nemesis Hansel, but they’ve found that the world has changed and moved on without them. As they struggle to reinvent themselves, they are inadvertently pulled into another James Bond-esque plot as someone is trying to eliminate all the best looking people in the world. Will Ferrell returns as Mugatu while Benedict Cumberbatch and Penélope Cruz also have supporting roles, and of course, it wouldn’t be a Zoolander movie (or a Ben Stiller movie) without plenty of the celebrity cameos as well. But can this premise still deliver laughs 15 years later? Zoolander 2 hits theatres on Feb. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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These days everyone is so hypersensitive about remakes that you really have to think twice before attempting to redo a classic. But what about a classic that’s already been remade a couple of times before? On the one hand, that might make a new remake seem even more redundant, but on the other hand, the floodgates are already open, so what’s one more? This week British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) is in the process of signing on to direct a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 classic The Wages of Fear. While a less ballsy director would probably take a ton of flack for this, I suspect Wheatley just might pull it off. Hit the jump for more details.
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Although Netflix doesn’t reveal how many people watch any of their shows, it seems safe to assume that the animated series Bojack Horseman is a hit. Now they are about to add another adult-oriented animated show to their line-up of original content. F is for Family comes from comedian Bill Burr and executive producers Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Michael Price (The Simpsons). With a voice cast that includes Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long and Sam Rockwell, the show is set in the ’70s and seems like a cantankerous blend of All in the Family and King of the Hill. The six-episode first season will debut on Netflix on Dec. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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While I’m sure this news will surprise absolutely no one, it appears that plans are now underway at Universal Pictures to bring a Marvel-style cinematic universe to the Fast & Furious series. A couple of months ago, Vin Diesel confirmed that Furious 8 would kick off one more trilogy “to end the saga”. But you didn’t think that the Fast & Furious franchise would actually end there, did you? Looking beyond the next trilogy, they are apparently hoping to weave in smaller stories focusing on individual characters with a handful of spin-offs and prequels. Vin Diesel had this to say:
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It’s hard to believe it has been six years now since Alex Proyas’ last film hit theatres, an unfortunate result of the fact that the filmmaker who once brought us The Crow and Dark City has all but fallen off the map. Truth be told, I actually kind of liked Knowing, and I’m rooting for his next film to succeed as well. Sadly, I’m not getting a good feeling about this one, even if it does potentially have some interesting imagery to offer.
Gods of Egypt seems pretty clearly inspired by Tarsem’s Immortals, only in this case it is based on Egyptian mythology instead of Greek mythology. Brenton Thwaites plays a common thief who is called upon to team up with the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to take on Set, the god of darkness (played by Gerard Butler). Of course, all of these actors also happen to be white, which is already sparking the usual controversy. Gods of Egypt hits theatres on Feb. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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0:00 – Intro
19:00 – Review: Entertainment
51:20 – Headlines: The Martian Will Compete in the Comedy Category at the Golden Globes, Rooney Mara Might Still Be Doing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Sequels
1:07:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Mistress America, Room, Mr. Holmes, Je T’aime Je T’aime, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Master of None, Odd Man Out, The Sentinel
1:58:40 – Junk Mail: Reviewing Movies Without Having Seen the Previous Installments in a Series, Why Jay Hates Morgan Spurlock, First Soundtracks We Ever Owned, Comparing Blu-ray Collection Sizes
2:20:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:24:35 – Outro
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Well we’ve seen plenty of ’80s and ’90s films getting remade over the past decade or so, but now it looks like Hollywood is about to delve into the 2000s in their endless quest for suitable remake material. This week we have learned that a remake of Christopher Nolan’s Memento is in the works courtesy of AMBI Pictures. That may seem crazy given that Nolan is one of the biggest directors working today, but AMBI recently acquired the rights to Memento as part of the Exclusive Media Group library, which also includes such films as Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, and The Mexican. Producer Monika Bacardi had this to say about the project:
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With its focus on the mystic arts and potential horror influences, it seems safe to assume that Doctor Strange is going to have a very different feel from previous Marvel movies. As a result, it also seems like there might be less action in the movie as well, at least when compared to other recent comic book movies. However, a few days ago Marvel added a new cast member whose presence strongly implies that will not be the case. Martial arts star Scott Adkins (Undisputed 3: Redemption, The Expendables 2) will reportedly have a role in the film, but now they’ve got comic book fans wondering… who could he be playing?
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Looks like the title of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus sequel is changing again, although hopefully the fact that Fox has issued an official press release this time indicates that it is finally set in stone. A few months ago Scott announced that the movie would be called Alien: Paradise Lost, an obvious reference to Milton’s epic poem. At the time, it caused a bit of a stir because of the fact that it was so clearly attempting to re-associate itself with the Alien franchise. Now this week we have learned that it will actually be called Alien: Covenant and we’ve got the official logo and a plot synopsis to go with it. The synopsis is as follows:
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It was another successful weekend for James Bond as Spectre dropped 49% but was never really in danger of losing its position at the top of the box office. Spectre and The Peanuts Movie easily repeated at #1 and #2 with $35 million and $24 million respectively. The holiday comedy Love the Coopers was the highest grossing new release and it came in a distant third with $8.4 million, followed by The Martian which is still in the top 5 after seven weeks and is now sixth highest grossing movie of 2015. The Chilean miner drama The 33 rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo opened at #8 with $2.4 million, making it the fourth largest Bollywood opening of all-time in North America, while Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea failed to even crack $100,000, which is not great despite playing on just 10 screens.
1. Spectre — $35.4M
2. The Peanuts Movie — $24.2M
3. Love the Coopers — $8.4M
4. The Martian — $6.73M
5. The 33 — $5.85M
6. Goosebumps — $4.65M
7. Bridge of Spies — $4.29M
8. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo — $2.4M
9. Hotel Transylvania 2 — $2.35M
10. The Last Witch Hunter — $1.5M
Over the years, the Golden Globes have built up a reputation as the less credible but more populist alternative to the Oscars. Not only do they cover both movies and television, but the ceremony itself is generally more laidback and fun. However, as a result, the integrity of the awards themselves also sometimes take a back seat to making the show more accessible. Perhaps the most questionable aspect of the Golden Globes is the fact that they have two separate award categories: Drama and Comedy / Musical. On the surface that might sound reasonable, but why are musicals and comedies in the same category? And more importantly, how do you determine what constitutes a comedy?
In recent years, savvy studios have been trying to slip more dramatic films into the Comedy category because it increases their odds of winning. This year, for instance, Ridley Scott’s The Martian will be competing in the Comedy category along with David O. Russell’s Joy. Previous films that have also been considered comedies include Birdman, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Tourist. Last month, Judd Apatow said on Twitter that putting a drama into the comedy category is a “punk move”, but he is the same guy who was once pushing for the Oscars to add a comedy category. I’m assuming they would have the same problem there. What do you think? Is it time for the Golden Globes to eliminate the Comedy / Musical category or is it a good thing to separate genres? What qualifies a movie as a comedy? Do you think The Martian fits the bill? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.
Although it will be another year before we get that long-awaited Bad Santa sequel, the good news is that we may have another raunchy and cynical holiday comedy to bridge the gap. Uncle Nick is directed by Chris Kasick, a former producer and head writer on G4’s Attack of the Show! who also worked as an assistant to Errol Morris for many years. Somehow he talked the legendary documentary filmmaker into lending his name to the movie, which revolves around a dysfunctional family gathering gone awry on Christmas. Uncle Nick stars Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster, Missi Pyle and Scott Adsit and it hits select theatres and VOD on Dec. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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