I’m a huge fan of the original Beverly Hills Cop and while the sequels leave much to be desired, they still offer their own brand of fun, with Eddie Murphy consistently offering up a likeable performance. I’ve been following the long gestating Beverly Hills Cop IV for quite some time, and it looks like at long last, things may finally be picking up. Not long ago, a pilot was filmed for a television series based on the films, involving Axel Foley’s son as a member of the Detroit Police department, with Axel serving as the Chief of Police. The series failed to get picked up by a network, but evidently enough interest was sparked by the project to get the wheels turning once more on a feature film. Scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who were responsible for the screenplay for the very cool Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, have been tasked with penning a new script. Let’s hope they give Eddie Murphy some material he can work with, because even if Tower Heist was a less than successful venture, it still managed to prove that Murphy has the comedic chops to handle a return to Beverly Hills.

(video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6y-pdLyZPJ8)


It has been a seriously long time since I’ve seen the name Artemis Fowl. I vaguely remember reading the first book with the gold cover in the library of my elementary school many, many moons ago. Well, he’s back, as Walt Disney is partnering with Harvey Weinstein to bring a big screen adaptation of the children’s literature phenom to life. While the story itself is entertaining as originally conceived by author Eoin Colfer (involving a child who is a millionaire, genius, and criminal mastermind) what gives me considerable hope for this project is the screenwriter tasked with bringing Colfer’s work to life: Michael Goldenberg. Goldenberg was responsible for taking on the monumental task of adapting the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for the big screen, while franchise veteran Steve Kloves took a pass. Order of the Phoenix is one of my absolute favorite Potter movies, so this news alone has me optimistic that Artemis’ big screen debut will be worthwhile. No release date has been penciled in yet, but I’m sure it won’t be too long before we have a director on board, at which point the hunt for a cerebral, mischievous star will quickly get underway. I’ll keep you posted.(picture source: http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/07/artemis-fowl-1280c-610x343.jpg)

It has been a seriously long time since I’ve seen the name Artemis Fowl. I vaguely remember reading the first book with the gold cover in the library of my elementary school many, many moons ago. Well, he’s back, as Walt Disney is partnering with Harvey Weinstein to bring a big screen adaptation of the children’s literature phenom to life. While the story itself is entertaining as originally conceived by author Eoin Colfer (involving a child who is a millionaire, genius, and criminal mastermind) what gives me considerable hope for this project is the screenwriter tasked with bringing Colfer’s work to life: Michael Goldenberg. Goldenberg was responsible for taking on the monumental task of adapting the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for the big screen, while franchise veteran Steve Kloves took a pass. Order of the Phoenix is one of my absolute favorite Potter movies, so this news alone has me optimistic that Artemis’ big screen debut will be worthwhile. No release date has been penciled in yet, but I’m sure it won’t be too long before we have a director on board, at which point the hunt for a cerebral, mischievous star will quickly get underway. I’ll keep you posted.

(picture source: http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/07/artemis-fowl-1280c-610x343.jpg)


This is the third trailer for the Peter Morgan scripted, Ron Howard directed racing drama Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth as English Formula 1 racer James Hunt. The footage speaks for itself, but needless to say that following the surprisingly uninspired Robert Langdon films (The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons), it’s nice to see Howard back in the groove. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) is a wonderful writer, who interestingly enough had been offered to write an early treatment for the 23rd James Bond movie. His outline was tossed when Sam Mendes came on board, who replaced Morgan with Gladiator screenwriter John Logan, who was largely responsible for the lighter touches found in what would come to be known as Skyfall. Rush comes out on September 20.

(video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKAr42gxjhM)


I love Jurassic Park. It represents the absolute best of what Steven Spielberg has to offer, and is arguably his last truly great adventure film. The sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, on the other hand, is a film seemingly constructed on a base of self loathing; a dark, slightly exploitative work that takes the easy way out a little too often. Whereas the original film understood our child-like fascination with dinosaurs, the sequel insisted on impressing its audience with extended effects sequences and pandering humor, leaving little room for the awe and terror that made the first one a masterpiece in blockbuster cinema. Jurassic Park III, which was directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) was more tonally consistent with the first film than The Lost World,but was ultimately more than a little half baked as a complete work, and again left much to be desired.
This brings us to Jurassic Park 4, which is currently slated for a summer 2015 release date. Directed by newcomer Colin Trevorrow, the film will evidently bring audiences back to the shores of Isla Nublar, the island from the first film. To prove to audiences that this film is a reality, Universal Studios have released a teaser poster for the movie, using Jeff Goldblum’s famous line from the first movie as a tag line. Having recently sat through the glorious 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park, I’m definitely excited to see more dinosaur action on the big screen. Unfortunately, the current catalog of sequels that have come before it have me feeling a little apprehensive about letting my guard down and feeling excited for a new adventure. Let’s hope Trevorrow brings the goods.(picture source: http://static03.mediaite.com/themarysue/uploads/2013/07/jurassic_park_4_teaser_poster.jpg)

I love Jurassic Park. It represents the absolute best of what Steven Spielberg has to offer, and is arguably his last truly great adventure film. The sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, on the other hand, is a film seemingly constructed on a base of self loathing; a dark, slightly exploitative work that takes the easy way out a little too often. Whereas the original film understood our child-like fascination with dinosaurs, the sequel insisted on impressing its audience with extended effects sequences and pandering humor, leaving little room for the awe and terror that made the first one a masterpiece in blockbuster cinema. Jurassic Park III, which was directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) was more tonally consistent with the first film than The Lost World,but was ultimately more than a little half baked as a complete work, and again left much to be desired.

This brings us to Jurassic Park 4, which is currently slated for a summer 2015 release date. Directed by newcomer Colin Trevorrow, the film will evidently bring audiences back to the shores of Isla Nublar, the island from the first film. To prove to audiences that this film is a reality, Universal Studios have released a teaser poster for the movie, using Jeff Goldblum’s famous line from the first movie as a tag line. Having recently sat through the glorious 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park, I’m definitely excited to see more dinosaur action on the big screen. Unfortunately, the current catalog of sequels that have come before it have me feeling a little apprehensive about letting my guard down and feeling excited for a new adventure. Let’s hope Trevorrow brings the goods.

(picture source: http://static03.mediaite.com/themarysue/uploads/2013/07/jurassic_park_4_teaser_poster.jpg)


So this is pretty cool. Marvel has begun to create a very neat series of short films to be included in their major Blu Ray and DVD releases. The first one, starring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D agent Phil Coulson, was titled  Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, and was found on The Avengers disc. The next one, to be included with the wonderful Iron Man 3, is titled Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, and follows the story of Peggy Carter, who fans will remember as Steve Rogers’ love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger, and her exploits following the events of that film. Played once again by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter is my second favorite female lead in the Marvel cinematic universe, falling just behind Gwenneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts from the Iron Man movies. This brief clip offers a tantalizing glimpse at this upcoming short film, and leaves me very excited to delve into the rest of it. Enjoy!


(video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxbt_g7P1VU)


Last week, as part of the build up to Sony’s Hall H presentation of The Amazing Spiderman 2 at Comic Con, the studio released this teaser trailer featuring Jamie Foxx as the film’s primary villain, Electro. I have heard nothing but good things from the production of this movie, and if the very relaxed Comic Con panel suggests anything, it’s that the cast members themselves are equally confident in what they have in store for us (footage of that Q&A session can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlP4Wvc65c).

The ongoing drama surrounding the inclusion of the Mary Jane character in the film, previously performed by Kirsten Dunst in the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, is a different story. Initially, the character was to be played by Shailene Woodley, who was excellent in the 2011 drama The Descendants. She has since been dropped from the production. Speaking with MTV, she briefly discussed the thought process behind the filmmakers decision to cut the character, stating, “In the beginning I don’t think it was something anybody ever really thought about, because it was just like, OK, we’ll introduce MJ in this one, and bring her back in the next…But then after they sort of started cutting it together, they realized that it didn’t make much sense.” When asked whether she would return or be recast in the third film, director Marc Webb, speaking to Collider, replied, “I don’t know, she has a lot on her plate. We haven’t really crossed that bridge yet.” I personally would not be surprised if she was recast, but time will tell. In the mean time, we at the very least are guaranteed some sparky interplay between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey. 


Finally, speaking of Garfield, and to further underscore the serious potential that The Amazing Spiderman 2 has going for it, the star divulged to Entertainment Weekly his thoughts on the production of the film, stating, ” One of the big struggles we had on the first one was to reinvent this already perfect character. This time, we have this very, very good script that makes a lot of sense…[When I read it] I felt this warm rain of reassurance rushing through my soul. I was like, ‘Okay, we’re fine.’” The Amazing Spiderman 2 will be released on April 17, 2014.




Sources:
Electro Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlP4Wvc65c

MTV:http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1711298/shailene-woodley-amazing-spider-man-2-mary-jane-watson.jhtml

Collider: http://collider.com/amazing-spider-man-2-3-4-marc-webb-interview/

Entertainment Weekly Issue #1268, July 19, 2013, pg 38.


Review: Pacific Rim

My first and only real cinematic monster movie experience was a film called Cloverfield released back in 2008. Boasting kinetic handheld camera work and some surprisingly grounded performances, the film was a pleasurable joy ride that featured a cool, scary, and massive monster that made me want to see more of the genre. It took five years, but I can say with confidence that director Guillermo del Toro (Pans Labyrinth, Hell Boy) has successfully delivered the goods. Pacific Rim is a fun, rousing, and absolutely massive summer blockbuster that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

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My Reviews: Quick Note

So I’m about to embark on what will be the first in what I hope will be a series of reviews. What I have in mind for these is simple: they are to be read under the assumption that you have already seen the film in question, alleviating me of the job of explaining what the film is about, who the characters are, etc, and subsequently allowing me to just jump right into things. Again, spoilers should be reasonably light, and any bombshell reveals will be preceded by a note in bold. Let’s see how this goes.


Lionsgate was nice enough to unveil the latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and I’m pleased to report that it is a considerably more visceral preview than the last one. I openly admit that I am not a massive fan of The Hunger Games, whether we’re talking about the film or the book. I don’t dislike them, I assure you, they just aren’t my cup of tea. Now, while I didn’t make it all the way through the second book, as I started it during my last semester at college and life kind of took off rather quickly shortly thereafter, I enjoyed what I had read, and this trailer definitely has me itching to see more. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who brought us the occasionally interesting but ultimately underwhelming I Am Legend, the film looks to be a more deftly compiled work that appears to fit neatly beside the first movie, while the action choreography and tension appears to have been taken up a few notches (I got chills during the final sequence shown in the trailer; a really cool, exciting idea). This is definitely one of the “event” movies of the year, so count on sitting through this one with a significant other when it drops this winter.

(video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keT5CRhhy84)


The first set of character posters for the upcoming XMen: Days of Future Past have been released, and they’re pretty cool. As the image on the left demonstrates, the posters splice together the youthful versions of Professor X and Magneto (played once more by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) with their older counterparts (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen). Having only seen the incredibly retro and cool XMen: First Class, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick Ass) my hopes are high for this 1970’s set sequel. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two Xmen films, is taking over for Vaughn this time around, who dropped out of the project not long before cameras were set to roll. For those of you reading who have yet to check out First Class , a film set in the 1960’s during the Cuban Missile Crises, make it a priority to rent it at the earliest possible opportunity. Molded in the same vein as the Sean Connery James Bond films, Vaughn’s work boasts exceptional set and costume design, and features a pair of knock out performances from McAvoy and Fassbender. As for this sequel, with a cast line up that has to be seen to be believed, I have very high hopes for what’s in store for us come next year.

(the Magneto poster can be found here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hitfix.com/assets/2653/magneto.jpg).
(picture source: http://www.hitfix.com/news/new-x-men-days-of-future-past-teaser-posters-offer-looks-at-professor-x-and-magneto)

The first set of character posters for the upcoming XMen: Days of Future Past have been released, and they’re pretty cool. As the image on the left demonstrates, the posters splice together the youthful versions of Professor X and Magneto (played once more by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) with their older counterparts (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen). Having only seen the incredibly retro and cool XMen: First Class, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick Ass) my hopes are high for this 1970’s set sequel. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two Xmen films, is taking over for Vaughn this time around, who dropped out of the project not long before cameras were set to roll. For those of you reading who have yet to check out First Class , a film set in the 1960’s during the Cuban Missile Crises, make it a priority to rent it at the earliest possible opportunity. Molded in the same vein as the Sean Connery James Bond films, Vaughn’s work boasts exceptional set and costume design, and features a pair of knock out performances from McAvoy and Fassbender. As for this sequel, with a cast line up that has to be seen to be believed, I have very high hopes for what’s in store for us come next year.

(the Magneto poster can be found here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hitfix.com/assets/2653/magneto.jpg).

(picture source: http://www.hitfix.com/news/new-x-men-days-of-future-past-teaser-posters-offer-looks-at-professor-x-and-magneto)