Archive for October, 2008

Ashton Kutcher Fighting Off ‘Five Killers’ For Action Comedy

Posted in Celebrity news, Movies with tags , on October 29, 2008 by funofmovie

Finally, Ashton Kutcher is getting his chance to play shoot-em-up with the big boys! Variety reports that Kutcher is set to star in “Five Killers,” an action-comedy from Lionsgate that will start filming early next year.

He’ll play a former hit man whose life is turned upside down because someone from his dark and nasty past has paid a group of killers to bump him off. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone is going to be jumping out and shouting “You’ve just been Punk’d!” just as things are getting really bad.

The movie will be directed by Robert Luketic, who made a surprising splash at the box office this year with “21.” He’s fresh off “The Ugly Truth,” the romantic-comedy starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. I think he should lean on that connection to action-man Gerard Butler, and see if he can’t get him to play the man who would kill Kutcher. Every movie can use a former Guy Ritchie gangster, right?

Kutcher seems long overdue for an action-comedy — he’s been stuck in the romantic side of the movie pool for far too long. I thought he might be set for a new, action-oriented career path after “The Guardian,” and maybe he’s finally making a run for it.

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Fox finesses release schedule ‘Alvin’ sequel set for X-Mas, ‘A-Team’ to 2010

Posted in Cartoon news, Movies with tags on October 27, 2008 by funofmovie

Twentieth Century Fox‘s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” will nibble on the competish — including Disney toon “The Princess and the Frog — when opening in theaters on Christmas Day 2009.

The sequel’s official name and release date were revealed Thursday as Fox announced a number of changes to its calendar, including pushing back “The A-Team,” which doesn’t have a cast or director, by a year, from June 12, 2009 to June 11, 2010.

John Singleton, who had been attached to direct “A-Team,” has left the project after the studio said it wanted more time to develop the script, which has already gone through a number of rewrites.

Fox also has decided to relocate Dwayne Johnson family pic “Tooth Fairy” from June 2009 to the high-profile Thanksgiving frame. Pic opens Nov. 13.

In exchange, Fox is moving two youth-oriented comedies out of the first quarter of 2009 and into the summer sesh: Chris Columbus’ “I Love You Beth Cooper,” starring Hayden Panettiere, and comedy-adventure “They Came From Upstairs.”

“Beth Cooper” opens July 10, instead of March 27, while “Upstairs” opens July 31, instead of Feb. 13.

The studio believes the changes round out its previously announced summer tentpole sked, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”

In addition to “A-Team,” Fox moved “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” directed by Columbus, out of 2009. Pic, about a modern-day man who incurs the wrath of the Greek Gods, will now be released July 2, 2010.

Fox also dated “Ramona,” based on the acclaimed book series, for release on July 2, 2010.

In its new slot, “Tooth Fairy” opens one week before animated kidpic “Planet 51,” voiced by Johnson. “Planet 51” had been set to be released by Warner Bros. in summer 2009, but studio decided to let the pic go after the film’s producers insisted on a November release. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group later picked up U.S. distribution rights.

October 31, 2008 movie releases

Posted in Movie releases with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by funofmovie

Zack and Miri Make a Porno Main Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson

The Haunting of Molly Hartley Main Cast:  Haley Bennett, Chace Crawford, AnnaLynne McCord

The Other End of the Line (limited)  Main Cast: Jesse Metcalfe

Splinter (limited)

Changeling movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , on October 25, 2008 by funofmovie

Changeling: Drama.

Starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Jason Butler Harner.

Directed by Clint Eastwood. (R. 140 minutes. At Bay Area theaters. For complete movie listings and show times, and to buy tickets for select theaters, go to sfgate.com/movies.)

Clint Eastwood is in the midst of one of cinema’s most notable late growth spurts. Until he reached his 70s, he’d been a solid, above-average filmmaker with a signature style and a capacity for greatness. But since turning 70, Eastwood has been on a tear, with one masterpiece (“Million Dollar Baby”), one near-masterpiece (“Mystic River”) and a project of epic dimensions, the mirror-image World War II films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

“Changeling” maintains Eastwood’s creative streak. It might not be as exalted as “Million Dollar Baby,” but there are things about it that set it apart and make it one of the most enjoyable of his recent films. It’s a woman’s story, which is a departure for Eastwood. (Even “Million Dollar Baby” was about a woman as seen through the eyes of a man.) And because the story has no built-in aura of significance – because it’s simply a sad account of something that happened to somebody long ago – Eastwood’s abilities stand out in sharper relief. The history doesn’t make the movie important. Rather, Eastwood makes the history important.

He does it by simply taking a really good story and directing it well, though in fact there’s nothing simple about the artistic intelligence on display here. That intelligence permeates every aspect of the picture, and yet the hand is light, and if you don’t look for it, you might not notice it. Tom Stern’s cinematography, for starters, is a thing of subtle beauty. The colors are ever so slightly faded, and yet always there will be something in the frame that leaps out – a yellow cab, or Angelina Jolie’s lipstick.

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Pride and Glory review

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on October 24, 2008 by funofmovie

Pride and Glory: Action drama. Starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. (R. 125 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.)

Derivative, ugly and stupid. Sappy, sentimental and maudlin. Long, convoluted and opaque. Badly photographed, pompous and fake. “Pride and Glory” is more than just lousy; it’s an amalgam of every bad tendency of the current cinema, stitched together into a single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.

Intended as a hard-hitting crime drama about a family of Irish American policemen, the film has no truth in it. The screenplay, by Joe Carnahan and director Gavin O’Connor, tries to hide its schmaltziness under a cascade of f-words. Can’t be done. The writing is phony, mushy and goofy, and having guys curse three times every sentence doesn’t disguise it. Nor does the f-word avalanche make the story any more realistic when, at its foundation, it’s bogus goods, a product of movie-watching, not genuine observation.

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Harrison Ford is a best movie president

Posted in Celebrity news with tags on October 23, 2008 by funofmovie

If Harrison Ford runs for presidency, he will be tough competition for Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

In a poll conducted by AOL’s Moviefone.com earlier this week, Ford who portrayed US President James Marshall in 1997’s “Air Force One”, was voted the movie president who Americans would vote into office in real time.

The film had the “Indiana Jones” star fighting off airplane hijackers, evidently showing that Americans would prefer a president who can kick butt.

Ford took 24 per cent of the votes, while runner-up Morgan Freeman took 16 per cent, playing a president with a mission to save mankind from a comet heading for Earth in 1998’s “Deep Impact”.

“It seems everybody is looking for a commander-in-chief who can come in and take command,” said Moviefone editor-in-chief Scott Robson. “Our readers voted with their hearts at a time when you have the economy going down the tubes, but in an ideal world it would be great to have a president who can kick some ass.”

Michael Douglas, who played a widowed president looking for love in “The American President” came in third with 15 per cent of votes and Bill Pullman, who fought aliens in “Independence Day” (1996), followed with 12 per cent.

Other ‘presidents’ in the poll include Billy Bob Thornton, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman.

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Scream Awards 2008

Posted in Movie events with tags on October 20, 2008 by funofmovie

A list celebrities all appeared at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for Spike TV’s Scream Awards on Saturday night on October 18.

The 3rd annual Scream Awards honor the best in fantasy, sci-fi, comics and horror.

Of course the Ultimate Scream prize – Best Screamplay went to , the director of The Dark Knight. The movie claimed 12 prizes in total, including acting awards for – Best Superhero, – Best Supporting Actor and the late – Best Fantasy Actor and Best Villain for his portrayal of the Joker.

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