‘Punisher: War Zone’ Red Band Trailer

25 07 2008

The new, red-band trailer for Punisher: War Zone was released recently and it’s full of all kinds of blood, gore, and violence. Oh, and it looks like it was ripped directly from Grindhouse (i.e. film grain, chair leg in the eye). Depending on who you are, that could be really great or really awful.

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Robert Rodriguez Discusses ‘Red Sonja’ At Comic Con

25 07 2008

Remember when I mentioned Robert Rodriguez directing a Red Sonja remake starring the inevitable Rose McGowan? Well, it’s happening. Sorta.

Robert Rodriguez announced at Comic Con yesterday that Red Sonja is happening and that Rose McGowan would be starring as the title character, however Rodriguez himself is not going to be directing the film due to an obligation to the Weinsteins. Instead, Red Sonja will be directed by Douglas Aarnioko, Rodriguez’s assistant director from many of his films. If you’re a hardcore Rodriguez fan, don’t worry. Rodriguez has said that he will be a ‘hands on producer.’

Since I just write this blog for my own enjoyment and I’m not actually getting paid to do this, there wasn’t anyone to send me to San Diego to do any real reporting, so here are some of Cinematical’s bullet points from the Q&A:

— Red Sonja will hit theaters in the fourth quarter of 2009 (one imagines for Christmas)
— Robert Rodriguez is acting as a “hands on” producer, and will co-direct a good chunk of the flick. Not only is he doing this for Red Sonja, but he’s also negotiating to produce a new Conan film. It seems as if they would eventually (if both are popular enough) cross promote between films.
— The tone will be darker, like the book, and when asked if it would be R rated, Rodriguez said, “My name is double ‘R’!”
–Also on tone and scope, McGowan (who’s quite lively and quick-witted in person) said it’s “hard, cold, dirty and bloody.” And that she’s looking forward to “taking a big giant sword and killing a lot of people.”
— Training is already underway, and McGowan is working with the same swords experts who helped out on Matrix and Ninja Assassin
— Rodriguez also admitted that Barbarella is officially off, and that Red Sonja has taken its place. He said financing of $70 million did come through from Germany for a shoot next year, but he’s obligated to shoot something else for Miramax. He’s negotiating right now to direct a “huge summer movie” — but he wouldn’t say which.
— On the character, Rose McGowan said: “I will not have a mullet!” The crowd cheered.
— Red Sonja will be shot on location (scouting now) and will use some green screen.
— Asked who should star in the new Conan, RR shouted: “Danny Trejo!”
— On Machete becoming a film, RR said they have plans to turn it into a Mexploitation triple feature disc (and somewhere on that disc will be a trailer for a sequel to Planet Terror.)
— On Sin City 2, Frank Miller has finished writing the script, but no one knows whether or not that’s going to happen with each working on different projects.

Despite everything, I think Red Sonja could actually be a good movie. While I don’t think Rose McGowan is a particularly amazing actress, this seems like the right kind of project for her. Let’s just hope she doesn’t become Rodriguez’s Yoko Ono.





‘Hairspray 2’ And A ‘Rocky Horror’ Remake Beg One Question: ‘Why?’

24 07 2008

Because we haven’t gotten enough of sequels and remakes, prepare yourself for two more. Oh, and they both happen to be musicals. Last year, we got to see a scrubbed down, covered in glitter remake of the John Water’s film, Hairspray. Despite seeing John Travolta dressed both in drag and in a fat suit, I enjoyed the movie. For me, it’s always been one of those fun, feel-good movies and I have no problem with that. Of course, I prefer the original to the remake, but I thought the remake was able to hold its own. Unfortunately, there are those who think we should be graced with a sequel. As of yet, the only person attached to the project is director Adam Shankman. There isn’t a writer, but I’m hoping if this movie is actually going to happen, John Waters should be writing the script/music. None of the original cast has yet signed on to be apart of the sequel, but really, if they can’t get the original cast, why bother? Otherwise, it’ll just end up like Grease 2. Warner Bros. are trying to release the movie by July, 2010, but I personally hope it never comes to fruition.

And now, if things weren’t bad enough, there’s a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the works. Even though they’re aiming to release it by Halloween of next year, no one is attached to the project yet. if you ask me, some movies were never meant to be remade. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic. It’s been iconic in the cult world for years and has a fan base of millions. To me, there’s just no way to remake this movie successfully. There really isn’t even a reason to remake it. It’s doing pretty well on its own. I mean, 33 years later, there are STILL showings of it all over the country. I say they leave it alone, but what can you do, they’re going to make it whether or not people really want it anyway.





Tom Cruise To Reprise Role In ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

22 07 2008

There was a time when the 80s were 20 years ago. I vaguely remember it. Now, thanks to some kind of tear in the fabric of the universe, we’ve been revisited by some of the classic movies from that decade: Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Indiana Jones, soon-to-be Beverly Hills Cop, and finally, Top Gun. Word on the street is there is a Top Gun sequel in the works. According to the Sun newspaper, Top Gun 2 will focus on Maverick as a flight instructor who is faced with the challenge of controlling a hot-shot female pilot. What a surprise.

While I love each of these 80s franchises, I hate that studios are trying to reanimate them for a new generation of movie goers especially since all of them have more or less sucked. I say it’s time to stop living in the past and let sleeping dogs lie. The last thing I really think is necessary is a sequel to Top Gun. I’ve shed my tears for Goose and now I’m out of tissues and ready to move on. If anything, Tom Cruise should be looking for something to uplift his career to offset all of the bad PR he’s been getting, not something that will reinforce it. I don’t think he’s a bad actor. He just needs to make some smarter choices. All I can say is I hope I don’t hear about a Magnolia spin-off chronicling the adventures of Frank T.J. Mackey.





‘Watchmen’ Teaser Trailer

22 07 2008

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while, but here’s something that might cheer you up. The new trailer for Watchmen was released with The Dark Knight on Friday and, being a huge fan of the graphic novel, the trailer looks amazing. Everything literally looks ripped from the pages and plastered onto the screen. March is going to be an exciting month.





Harvey Dent Interview On ‘Gotham Tonight With Mike Engel’

14 07 2008

There have already been a bunch of segments for Gotham Tonight, but this one is particularly interesting, I think, since it gives some background information on Harvey Dent as a character. Sure, we all know Bruce Wayne, but Harvey Dent is the perfect foil for someone like Bruce Wayne. For example, Bruce came from a well-to-do family, Harvey didn’t. They both feel the need to clean up Gotham City and end the corruption, yet they obviously have opposing view points on how to do so. I’ve always thought the relationship between Bruce and Harvey has been an intriguing one and this video sheds a little bit more light on Harvey Dent for those not so familiar with him. You can see more episodes of Gotham Tonight at GothamCityNews.com

Oh, and yes, that IS Anthony Michael Hall as Mike Engels.





The New ‘Choke’ Red Band Trailer

12 07 2008

A while back, a green band trailer for Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke was released and, while it was awesome for anyone who has read the book, it didn’t really show much of what the movie is. After all, how can you really show gratuitous amounts of sex and profanity in a green band trailer? You can’t. Here, we get an up close and personal look at what Choke is really all about and it’s about damn time.

Even though the film screams ‘low budget’ and hasn’t really gotten a lot of buzz outside of the indie film world, something tells me that this one will follow the same route as Fight Club, Palahniuk’s previous novel-turned-film, which has become a highly regarded cult classic. Palahniuk’s fans are die hard and there are many of them. I know I can’t wait for September to roll around.

NOTE: The red band trailer is way NSFW.

UPDATE: The trailer was taken down at the request of Fox Searchlight Pictures.