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There’s An Angry Birds Movie Coming. Of Course There Is. But here’s the interesting twist: the Angry Birds movie is being developed by Rovio, the studio that created the game, and not by a major studio. Which is good, because I’d hate to see a studio corrupt the purity of Angry Birds. It’s my generation’s “Catcher in the Rye.”
“ Prom,” … has two obstacles to overcome: It’s marketed not only toward women, but also teens, so adult women are less likely to see it. And who else won’t be at “Prom”? Adult men. But you’ll see women at “Fast Five” and probably many who don’t want to be there.”
That’s the Washington Post Express’ Kristen Page-Kirby summing up this weekend’s battle of the sexes, movie-style. She notes interesting theories on why couples end up seeing action films over rom-coms. But let’s not over-think this. The chick flick “Prom” doesn’t stand a chance against “Fast Five.” Why? Because this guy, this guy, and this guy look AUH-mazing without shirts on. Plus, cars will blow up in “Fast Five.” Really, it’s that simple.
That’s Vince Mancini at FilmDrunk Offering a Scathing Assessment of “Scre4m.” The lesson: When a director and a studio head tell you they had to go back and reshoot substantial portions of the movie to really take it to the next level or whatever, that movie is destined to be putrid.
“ The negotiations were pushed into public view on Monday when two publications, Deadline.com and The Daily, reported that Mr. Weiner was objecting to AMC’s proposals to shave several minutes off each episode (to add commercial time) and to eliminate two cast members (to save money)”
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Don’t Leave Us, Steve! Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh says his next two movies will be his last. And while I know the process of directing movies is shockingly tedious and exhausting, I’d really prefer it if Steve stuck around for a few more years. Because in an era where Zack Snyder is somehow a cutting edge auteur, we need all the visionaries we can get.
“ This movie appears to have been written by someone who was being chased.”
That’s a quote from Will Leitch of Yahoo!’s review of “Battle: Los Angeles,” which looked quite appealing in commercial form but turns out to be an aggressively stupid movie when seen in its entirety. And I feel like 98% of all movies turn out that way these days. This review continues an incredibly dispiriting 2011 for Hollywood, with Johnny Depp’s “Rango” the only mild hit amongst a sea of absolute dreck. And the scary part is, if you look down the calendar, things don’t look like they’re going to get a whole lot better. “Red Riding Hood.” “Thor.” “Pirates 4.” When everything is said and done, this may well turn out to be the very worst year in the history of movies. And I haven’t even mentioned “Drive Angry.”
Today in Poignant Wikipedia Articles: Living and Dying in Bill Murray’s Shadow. Voice actor Lorenzo Music is primarily recognized as the voice of Garfield. In 1986, he signed on to become the voice of Peter Venkman—Bill Murray’s character—in the ABC cartoon version of “Ghostbusters.” But Murray complained that Music sounded like the cartoon cat, and the voice actor was dropped from the show.
After Music died in 2001, Murray played the voice of a CGI Garfield in 2004 and 2006 films. Murray famously told GQ that he only took the work because he mistakenly thought it was a Coen brothers film.
“ Comedy has always been second banana in Hollywood. Comedies never win Oscars. Comedies are never given high budgets (except in the case of “Pluto Nash”), because they usually require no effects and comedy doesn’t translate well overseas. Despite the success of “The Hangover” and Judd Apatow’s first two movies, comedy is still Hollywood’s stepchild. And with 3D taking over, it’s possible Hollywood could lock it away in an even more remote part the house. Possibly the attic.”
“ Obviously, running time was no detriment to the success of “Titanic.” But think about what that movie had going for it. It had public fascination with a known historical event. It had a love story between two gorgeous and talented actors. “Avatar,” by contrast, is not based on any known quantity, something extremely rare in Hollywood these days. And its love story concerns a giant blue alien and a man disguised as a giant blue alien. I have nothing against giant blue aliens, but I really hope there isn’t a nude portrait scene.”