A lot of words come to mind when one thinks of Michael Jackson, legend, controversy, eccentric, but few really had an opportunity to see beneath the surface of the king of pop. Perhaps if more had had that opportunity, the mystery and controversy that surrounded the reclusive star wouldn’t have been as big a deal. One might argue the fact that he was so removed from the public was what caused so many allegations to fly. But, ‘Michael Jackson’s This is It,’ delves into none of this. Which works for and against the film. [Read more…]
Jessica Biel and Sharlto Copley (from the awesome District 9) are about to sign on to Fox’s ‘A-Team.’ The film being produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Joe Caranahan also stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
Liam Neeson will be playing the role of Hannibal, originally made famous by George Peppard, and Jackson will be playing Sgt. “B.A.’ Baracus, portrayed by Mr. T in the series. Copley will play the helicopter pilot ‘Howling Mad,’ originally Dwight Schultz.
The film will start shooting this fall in Vancouver.
It’s no secret, I’m one of the three American’s excited for the new Spielberg/Jackson ‘Tintin’ trilogy, and this week, a lot of news has been coming out from the mill, the big news of the week being Universal backing out of funding the trilogy.
This latest news comes from The Times Online, apparently, Simon Pegg (‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘Shaun of the Dead’) was told by Steven Spielberg that perhaps he and Nick Frost could play Thomson and Thompson, a pair of bumbling detectives that often pursue the wrong suspect (oftentimes even arresting poor Tintin).
The obvious physical differences between the two actors may bring up a slight problem, though, since the film is animated/motion captured CG, the two could be made to look like each other. For example, in th eCG/Mo-cap film Beowulf, Ray Winstone definitely has no resemblance to his on screen character.
This story can’t get more exciting, the chance of this being a success frightens me a little, but, if they do this right, they’ll introduce the Belgian reporter to a whole new generation of kids.
Herge Studios, the publisher for ‘Tintin,’ made a comment Tuesday alluding that Peter Jackson was going to take over directing the first ‘Tintin’ adaptation from Spielberg.
‘Tintin,’ is the famous comic created by Hergé, and about an adventurous Belgian reporter named Tintin. The books were translated for the world wide audience.
Reps from boths camps insisted that while Jackson remains attached to direct the sequel, he will only be producing the first film, with Spielberg directing. The film will be his first project since the new “Indiana Jones’ movie.
The studio has confirmed that the basis of the first film will be the two-part comics “The Secret of the Unicorn,” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” published in 1942 and 1944.
The film will be made with motion-capture technology a la ‘Polar Express.’ It stars Thomas Sangster as Tintin, and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock.
In our heart of hearts, deep down in our souls, we knew this movie would eventually make the Saturday Afternoon Sweetness list. So let me just start out by saying, on the record, I know this is not a good movie. It’s an awful idea, it’s an awful script, its got awful effects and the finished product is just a stupid-ass movie. [Read more…]
It’s not really news at this point, but at least now it’s official: Guillermo del Toro has signed the paperwork to helm ‘The Hobbit’ and its sequel for New Line-MGM. Peter Jackson, director of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, will executive produce these two films, which will be shot back-to-back, much like Jackson’s approach to the original trilogy. The sequel will apparently deal with the time period between the story of ‘The Hobbit’ and the first chapter of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring.’