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Movie News and Views Mar. 19, 2008

I don’t have any trailers at the moment, so chew on these tidbits:

 

         Beau Bridges has been cast in the film adaptation of the “Max Payne” videogame series. Playing the titular character is Mark Wahlberg.

         Dreamworks has redefined CGI technology, now making their animated films in a process called “Ultimate 3D.” One such feature is called “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” and the story goes like this:

 

When California girl Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a “monster” named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound. The world learns that the military has been quietly rounding up other monsters over the years. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie); the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link (Will Arnett); the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B. (Seth Rogen); and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country.

As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland), on a desperate order from The President (Stephen Colbert), the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.

This film is slated for March 27, 2009.

 

         Clint Eastwood is directing a new movie called “Gran Turino.” No one knows what it’s about, yet. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

         Johnny Depp is playing John Dillinger in a film called, “Public Enemies.”

         While Alec Balwdin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck have all played Jack Ryan, the newest director to “re-introduce” the character will be Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead,” “Spider-Man” movies)

         Comic book character Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will be cut from the upcoming “Iron Man” movie. Maybe he’ll be in a deleted scene. Also of interest is the fact that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will have an appearance in “The Incredible Hulk.”

         The new Biggie Smalls biopic, “Notorious,” will have Jamal Woolard as B.I.G.

         Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all lending their voices to the new Dreamworks film, “How To Train Your Dragon,” based on the novel by Cressida Cowell. The novel is about a Viking kid who picks his dragon from a Dragon Nursery and has problems training it.

         “The future of law enforcement” is about to meet the “future of remake enforcement.” MGM has announced a remake of the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi staple, “RoboCop.”

         Frank Miller is making his directorial debut with the adaptation of the Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.” Production is through Lionsgate Films (they’ll do anything). Cast includes Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Jamie King, and Paz Vega.

         Director David Fincher (“Zodiac,” “Fight Club,” “The Game”) has set his sights on another property: “Heavy Metal.” Good luck with that…

         Jason Segel, star, writer, and director of the upcoming “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” has gotten the assignment of his dreams: making the next Muppet movie. Seriously.

         “Justice League of America” (yes, the cartoon superhero show) has a new title: “Justice League Mortal.” It’s still being directed by George Miller (“Mad Max,” “Happy Feet”)

         After becoming “like brothers” during the filming of “Forbidden Kingdom,” Jackie Chan and Jet Li are proposing to make another movie together. What, no one knows.

         Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy”) is in talks to direct “The Hobbit.” Supposedly, Peter Jackson will still be producing.

         “Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day” is full-steam ahead, but going direct-to-DVD. Most everyone is back with the exception of Willem Dafoe.

         Warning to all of you “Narnia” folk: it could end up being just a trilogy. According to a Disney source, unless the second and third “Narnia” film make serious bank, it’s going to be kept a trilogy (instead of all 7). Why? So they can make their “John Carter of Mars” series.

         Forget the fact that “Crank 2” hasn’t even went into production; current talk says that “Crank 3” will be filmed in 3D, using “bullet time.”

 

It’s all crazy. Thanks for reading!

 

-Chas A.

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