Posts Tagged ‘Monopoly’

The Slate: Nicole Fiddy Barcelona

March 26, 2009

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  • Nicole Kidman must have read our foaming over Freida Pinto and thought to herself, “I remember when Squally used to do that to me.” So she’s also decided to sign up for Woody Allen‘s London-set latest. Among the others trying to get her to unfreeze her face are Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, and Kidman’s BFF Naomi Watts. The average age of the cast is 44, boding well for fans of adult film. (Variety)
  • 50 Cent was all excited about appearing in The Expendables when … oh wait, seems 50 Cent has NO intention of being in Sylvester Stallone‘s tribute to steroid-ravaged flesh. His rep says that Curtis Jackson is too busy finishing his latest album. So Stallone has gone straight back to the Bad Actor Well and pulled out Terry Crews as a replacement. Which leaves only Brian Bosworth to sign on the dotted line … (MTV News)
  • After Mel Gibson’s adrenalized Christ, it was only a matter of time before other Biblical heroes got in on the action. Now Methusaleh will be doing a little Assyrian-kicking. The long-lived Hebrew is the subject of a forthcoming “elevated action thriller” from Warner Bros. and director James Watkins (Eden Lake). Now if only someone will listen to our Judas Maccabeus pitch. (Variety)
  • We’ve had news of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Monopoly, Candyland, and Ouija. So why not Major Matt Mason? Tom Hanks has expressed an interest in a film based on the 1960s astronaut toy line, to be written by Graham Yost (Speed). Mason and his team worked on the moon, but lived on a space station. Must have been a helluva commute. Hanks is serious–he even brought his Mason toy collection to the meeting. Strewth. (Variety)
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and your blogger has never set foot in Gossip Girl‘s world. But the news that Brittany Snow and Jessica Szohr will star in indie drama Walks is bound to make somebody go “OMG!” The RZA, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Bruce Willis’ daughter will also appear in the film, about a group of New Yorkers eagerly awaiting a graffiti legend to emerge from prison. (MTV News)
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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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