Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Nolan’

The Slate: Inception Issues, MIB Goes for 3

April 2, 2009

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  • Christopher Nolan‘s Inception is hatching itself a cast and even has a homeskillet to throw the yolk on. Leonardo DiCaprio will be toplining the “contemporary sci-fi actioner” as a business exec, with Marion Cotillard as his wife (miam-miam!) and Ellen Page as his no doubt tart-tongued sidekick. Cillian Murphy will be there, too, although no one’s sure what’ll be doing. The story is supposed to involve “the architecture of the mind,” although it could just as well involve “rumors spread on the Internet about upcoming movies.” (Variety/Cinematical)
  • Sony announced at this year’s ShoWest shindig for exhibitors and their wifes/partners/mistresses that they’re working on a Men in Black 3. We decided not to post this yesterday, thinking it was an April Fool’s joke. Guess not. Sony don’t have a cast lined up, but expect an announcement as soon as they can unfreeze Tommy Lee Jones‘ forehead. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Speaking of Men in Black … Franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld has made some mistakes in his time. You might think that RV is one of them. But the Coen Bros. DP-turned-director has a unique eye, so we’re rooting for his latest project, The Spellman Files. The first of Lisa Lutz’s Izzy Spellman mysteries introduces us to a dysfunctional PI couple’s daughter who wants out of the family business. They agree, providing she solves one last case. Booklist notes “bit after comic bit does not a mystery novel make,” but that hasn’t stopped Sonnenfeld in the past. (Variety)
  • Jonathan Levine turned heads at Sundance with The Wackness, although audiences outside Park Slope’s environs had stiffer necks. Now the director tapping into the neglected babysitter genre for The Sitter. A college student is suspended for the semester and spends his spare time babysitting the wacky neighborhood kids. Maybe he’ll introduce them to blunts and Wu-Tang. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Sure, he’s been in stuff like 21 and will be in stuff like Men Who Stare at Goats. But it feels like Kevin Spacey has retired since moving to London to head up the Old Vic. Will Father of Invention be his comeback vehicle? The Oscar-winner is producing and starring as an inventor whose success leads to egomania, breakdown, a prison sentence and possible redemption. Sounds like Spacey’s career in a nut-shell. Trent Cooper (Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector) will direct the indie comedy, co-written with … did we just type the words “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector”? Sigh. Never mind. (Variety)
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Hollywood 1, DVD 0

March 23, 2009

dvdHere’s all the news that fit to print: The DVD market is in the tank. Blockbuster is currently growing at a snails pace. And all the studios hate Netflix. So the New York Times is reporting that the studios are going back to what they think they know best: making films that will actually turn a profit at the box office.

Brooks Barnes aligns the statistics. Ticket sales are up 14% for 2009. (Watchmen not withstanding.) Sales for new-release DVDs, on the other hand, are down 40%. The reasons are myriad: a movie is still considered a cheap night out, there are simply too many DVDs out there (Howard the Duck just hit stores, accompanied by the sound of a barrel being scraped) and most of youse is downloading films from t’Internet. The result: studios have lost that retail safety net, or what one producer calls the “downside protection.”

iron-man1The new strategy is getting bums on seats, which may account for the absolute traffic jam of big tentpoles being released in 2010. Among them are Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man 2, Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, Eclipse, Thor, Green Lantern and a Harry Potter installment. As of this reckoning, we’ll see . Barnes also elegantly sums up the bigger picture:

“In addition to big “tent pole” blockbusters, that means movies that are fun to watch in groups: at least 10 musicals are in full-steam-ahead development, including a remake of “My Fair Lady.” And it means more pictures that are pre-branded: “Monopoly” and “Candy Land,” the movies, are on the way. Most of all, it means a strong return by major studios to middle-of-the-road, genre pictures.”

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Could Star Trek Boldly Go Back to TV?

March 21, 2009

star-trekIf you know Squally, then you’ll know that your blogger has yet to sit through an entire episode of Star Trek. There always seemed to be a second-act stretch when suddenly a nap seemed like a more beneficial option. With J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: The Gossip Girl Generation ready to pop off the starting blocks, James Hibberd speculates that a blockbuster flick could lead to a similar resurrection for the TV show. The galaxies are definitely aligned–a new, hornier Trekwould be a perfect program for CBS or its CW affiliate, and Abrams has a nice sideline in cooking up spicy TV series. Hibberd had us up until this point:

“Paramount and CBS get along like the Hatfields and McCoys (or Spock and McCoy, if you prefer). Though CBS owns the TV rights, Paramount is presumably involved in any Trek-related movement while their movie is at bat.”

Oh yeah, those guys hate each other like poison. Hibberd also notes Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan‘s nixing of The Graysons spin-off and the fact that TV can be slow to turn a profit as reasons why the USS Enterprise may stick to soaring across IMAX screens. Our bet: Star Trekwill be reborn on the boob tube, but only after a cinematic trilogy has been completed. We’ll see … sometime in Stardate 2020.

Watchmen Post Mortem

March 10, 2009

watchmen1Now that the weekend is over and we’ve had a chance to try and wash this glowing blue paint off (ammonia?), the accountants are sifting through the $55 million that Watchmen has taken in. Everybody else is trying to read the film’s future in the entrails. The quick take is that even that many sheckles is still considered a disappointment.

Why? Well, the movie opened up with a massive publicity blitz on a whopping 3600 screens. And there literally wasn’t anything else to watch that weekend. (Even the Los Bros Jonas movie tumbled 80%). Plus, there is the fear that any audience for an adaptation of the 1985 Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel will have seen it on Friday and, sated, will be waiting for the upcoming DVD release, the rumored four-hour cut, and the opportunity to sit around naked in their glowing blue paint in the comfort of their own home. Did Alan Moore’s curse work? Will heads roll at Warner Bros.? The pundits have their say after the jump.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: King of Outer Space?

March 4, 2009

Christian Bale must have been busy yelling at a lighting guy or something … Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight follow-up Inception has a lead and it’s eco-warrior Leonardo DiCaprio, Variety reports.

Inception won’t have anything to do with the Scarecrow or the Joker. Instead, it’s a science fiction epic. Warner Bros. has described the film as “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” Online scuttlebutt also claimed the setting would be “a war for the colonization of Venus.”

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