Movies/TV's 3R’s 09.10.13: Independence Day 2, Robocop, Ant-Man, Jack Nicholson, More
Posted by John Dotson on 09.10.2013
From Will Smith Returning in Independence Day 2, the Robocop trailer, to Ant-Man changing release dates and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 217 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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From Huffington Post. As everyone is fully aware I was a huge supporter of Brolin being cast as Batman. As history has shown, this is no longer a relevant topic because Daredevil himself scored the role in the sequel to Man of Steel. However, Oldboy himself did say he had somewhat discussions with Zack Snyder about the character. Here is the quote:
"We did. I didn't have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea. It just didn't turn out. It's OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I'm happy for Ben."
However, the best part of the interview is where he discusses all the Batfleck anger and how he feels about the internet rampage. Brolin has nothing but sympathy for the Oscar-winning actor.
"I've never seen such a global reaction in my life. I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal. It's like, 'Fuck this guy, I wish he was dead.' And you're like, 'What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He's doing the same thing you are. He's trying to make the best choices he can.'"
"I think I might have said that like 15 years ago, but now, because of the Internet, man, I just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words."
I really wanted Brolin to be Batman, but hearing him say this also in a way, makes me want to see Ben Affleck succeed. Whether you like the casting of Affleck or not, crazy comments such as the one Brolin mentions are never necessary. Plus, it makes us fans look bad.
Why Vin Diesel Owns the Rights to Riddick Character:
Way back when, Vin Diesel turned down the opportunity to reprise his role in a 2nd installment of the Fast franchise. Well, after making a few questionable film career choices-- The Pacifier most of all-- Universal figured the Diesel was once again willing to return to the series that made him a mainstream star.
Diesel was willing but it would cost Universal a debt that would not involve money. He agreed to make a cameo in the 3rd installment titled, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, if Universal signed over rights to the Riddick character to him and his production company, One Race. Even though Fast made him a household name, it's obvious Diesel realizes that the character Riddick was his breakout role. You have to appreciate an actor who has such passion for a character.
What I love about this story is the fact that even when Diesel was at a career low, he wasn't concerned about money. He made a choice to take a property he established over a paycheck, which I find badass. As you can tell, the rest is history, and Diesel is once again a bankable star. Fast and the Furious is now six movies strong, and Riddick hits theaters on Friday. Take that Bruce Willis. Greed doesn't pay.
Ice Cube Returns in 22 Jump Street:
From THR. "Korean Jesus ain't got time for yo' problems"
Ice Cube may have played a minor role in the comedy 21 Jump Street, but the few moments he did have in the film were nothing short of hysterical. Well, luckily his character Captain Dickinson is returning in the next film and Cube has officially signed to reprise the role.
Ice Cube was insanely hilarious in the first movie executing an extreme version of a stereotypical pissed off Captain. Now, that the story is probably heading to college, I cannot wait to see the angry one-liners Cube has up his sleeve for the next film. For those who need a reminder of the awesomeness, I provided a clip of Cube's first appearance in the original film. If you've seen the movie, you and I both know it's worth revisiting.
Warning… Hilarious vulgarity follows!.
Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Moved Up to Summer 2015… Woohoo!:
From The Wrap. What a geek filled Summer 2015 is bringing! It appears Ant-Man isn't afraid of no Batman or Man of Steel, because the new Edgar Wright adaptation is now opening two weeks after Zack Snyder's sequel. This shows incredible confidence from Marvel to open a lesser known character against the World's Finest. However, this is going to add so much momentum for Marvel with Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting two months prior.
With Disney making this decision, it kinda makes sense why they would move Star Wars VII to December 2015. There is seriously way too many geek properties taking over the hot time block that I'm not sure the fanboys can handle that many movies.... Or can they?
I really hope Ant-Man delivers a box-office success for Wright. It's absolutely criminal how much his films under-perform. Wright is such a consistently great filmmaker and I hope Marvel is able to pull a win for him in the same way they did for Whedon. Bring it on!
Will Smith in Independence Day 2:
When I think Summer box-office nostalgia, it's hard for Independence Day not to be one of the first films mentioned in the conversation. The original was a perfect execution of what a popcorn movie should reflect. With Independence Day, you had silliness, dramatic moments, explosive action, and most of all… Jeff Goldblum.
Not to mention, the good old days when Will Smith was actually funny in most of his movies. I honestly have trouble seeing how an Independence Day sequel can work without the fresh prince. So, is he returning for the follow-up? According to Roland Emmerrich, it may now be a possibility.
Here is the quote from Emmerich regarding Will Smith:
"I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Part of me wonders if Smith is reconsidering the project because of his latest string of poor film decisions. After Earth was an absolute critical disaster, and before that he had Men in Black 3, which was a safe decision but it worked. Not to mention Hancock and Seven Pounds, which let's be honest, both were pretty forgettable features. Maybe "Big Willie" is realizing a return to a beloved property is just what the doctor ordered.
Here is my major concern. Back in March, Smith mentioned that he turned down Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, because he "wasn't the lead." This tells me, Smith will only star in a movie now if the main focus of the movie is him. This is not what made Independence Day such a fun film. Yes, Will Smith helped, but Independence Day focused on several fun characters at one time, juggling the story-arcs until they all met at the end to defeat the aliens. It wasn't a Will Smith movie. So, I pray that changes will not be made to just tailor to a movie star's needs.
Here is the full video discussion from Emmerich below! Followed by the honest trailer for Independence Day.
No,... I do not want Hans Zimmer to Score Batman Vs. Superman:
From Red Carpet TV News. One of the largest concerns I had when Batman Vs. Superman was first announced was, "What does this mean for Hans Zimmer?" One can unquestionably see that Zimmer was pretty much satisfied on the work he did for the Nolan-Bat trilogy. One can also assume he may not have anything left music-wise to offer for a new version of Batman... Or does he?
At long last, Zimmer has finally broken the silence and has shared his thoughts about composing the Batman Vs. Superman score. Here is what he says about the task:
This is really complicated for me. We all went, ‘Okay, we're done with Batman' and now it's sort of getting smuggled back in. I have to have a think about that one. I might give you a new Batman if I do it.
You can tell he doesn't sound as enthused about the idea as he was when handling the Nolan trilogy. Part of me doesn't want this to happen if Zimmer no longer has a passion to handle Batman. That's what made the past compositions so amazing is how much love he put into the movie. Also, do we really want two signature Batman themes from the same composer?
He also shared his thoughts on Ben Afleck portraying the next Batman. Here is what he said:
I actually think it's a really good choice because number one, he's a great filmmaker, he's smart – he wouldn't have taken it if he [was] setting himself up for a fall. He's a bit older these days and that's what we need. And he's got a good chin.
I agree with Mr. Zimmer that Afleck wouldn't say yes unless he had a reasonable motive. What that motive is we'll find out soon enough. Until then, the decisions moving forward from DC/WB still raise many concerns from me about the future of these movies.
Hans Zimmer still hasn't confirmed if he is returning to the franchise or not. If he doesn't, let's pray that Warner Brothers has a solid replacement in mind.
To see the entire interview, check out the video below!
Trailer for Showgirls 2 Makes Showgirls 1 Look Artistic :
You remember how every male in America got pissed off about the existence of Showgirls? Well, tough shit because another one is coming and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it.
Seriously though, this sequel looks terrible and worst of all, it doesn't star Elizabeth Berkley, which let's all face it, she made that movie. Even if the first film was pretty terrible, this sequel seems like someone's poor excuse to make a softcore porn. Only the porn movie might end up more entertaining than this.
The film is written, produced, and directed by Rena Riffle, who also starred in the first film.
Here is the trailer below!
Robocop Trailer is Garbage:
I'm so mixed on this but as it currently stands, I think the Robocop remake is heading towards the quality of Len Wiseman's Total Recall. Everyone keeps trying to convince me it'll be great because of the dynamic cast. However, Total Recall also had a solid roster, that included Bryan Cranston and Colin Farrell, and look how that turned out.
Plus, one of my favorite aspects about the original was the way they made Murphy die so tragically. I mean seriously, that scene stuck with me when I was younger. Watching Murphy get his limbs blown off by a bunch of gangsters with guns was so brutal in the original. Now Murphy becomes Robocop from a car bomb? Such bullshit.
Anyway, in case you happened to miss it, here is the trailer for the Robocop remake!
Zac Efron Terrorizes Seth Rogen in Ridiculous trailer for Neighbors:
You remember when Channing Tatum was signed to join Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street, and everybody was like… wait, what? Then 21 Jump Street ended up being one of the funniest movies of the year, and everyone finally was willing to give Channing a chance at comedy. The new Neighbors trailer appears to be executing the same formula for Zac Efron. Funny thing is, it works amazingly well. Efron seems right at home going toe-to-toe with Seth Rogen.
The new film, which is directed by Nick Stoller (Get Him To The Greek) is about a happy couple– Rogen and Byrne– who are suddenly invaded by a fraternity moving in next door. I'm guessing Efron is playing the President of whatever Greek affiliation he is a part of. Whatever the case, I laughed pretty hard at the last few moments of this trailer.
James Cameron Gives Over-the-Top Praise for Gravity:
From VarietyWhen you are the director of the two highest grossing films of all-time, people tend to listen to what you say. Undoubtedly, the man I'm speaking of is James Cameron, who has made a career of just smashing every box-office record in existence. He is also the man you run to when you want to make the best 3D film imaginable. With Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron reached out for technical help during filming of his zero gravity thriller. Apparently, it paid off because reactions out of festivals and comic-con have been glowing, and even Cameron himself is blown away by the experience.
In a new profile for the upcoming film, Variety reached out to Cameron and got his reaction to the movie. Here is the quote:
I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it's the best space photography ever done, I think it's the best space film ever done, and it's the movie I've been hungry to see for an awful long time. What is interesting is the human dimension. Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.
That means Cameron is saying Gravity is better than 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Wall-E, Star Wars, or even movies he made like Aliens and Avatar. Bold statement for sure. That being said, when Cameron makes a statement like this, it's not one you should usually ignore.
Here is the latest trailers if you haven't seen it.
Jack Nicholson Retires from Acting… Then comes out of retirement a few hours later!:
For whatever reason, news broke everywhere that the great Jack Nicholson was retiring from acting. The story also went into further detail saying that Jack was quitting due to "suffering memory loss." Of course, we all bought it, because let's face it, Jack has looked like he's been losing his mind for years. The story spreaded like a wildfire and cinema fans were heartbroken everywhere.
Then, E Online debunked the story saying this:
"Reports of Nicholson retiring from acting due to memory loss or dementia are 100 percent false, adding that the ‘Chinatown' star is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia and has no current plans to retire.
In fact, a source close to the movie icon says Nicholson is actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project."
I don't know about you guys, but I think Jackie Boy pranked fans everywhere. He was probably bored in his house doing crazy Nicholson stuff, then a light bulb went off and he decided to Punk America. Either that, or he really did have memory loss and he forgot he retired. Who cares though? We're happy to have you back Jack!
Anyway that is it for week 217 of the 3Rs! Thanks for reading!