I can't say too much about him right now though, as you will read more about him in my Semi-Pro review, but I can tell you he was a gentleman to my extreme nervousness. He is also down with Gordon and the Whale, which you can see HEREEEEEEE.
Awww, look at that. Our sweet little Samantha Baker/Andie Walsh/Claire Standish is all grown up. Molly Ringwald is one of a kind. She has been giving red heads across America hope ever since she starred in Sixteen Candles in 1984. Today she hit a mile stone. Clearly from the Post's headline, you know she turned 40. Most people consider that "over-the-hill," but in my eyes, it's only the beginning.
Here are some photos I found from her big screen debut in '84 to now. Enjoy and tell your mother happy late Valentine's Day if you forgot.
When news came to me that Spike Jonze (the guy I have idolized since I was 18) was directing Where the Wild Things Are, I knew then I would die happy. I grew up with this book, and it was a very important part of my adolescence. It would take a very oddball film nerd to bring this mind trip to life. Most of us know, Spike is the only man for this job.
Yesterday, a short clip leaked to the internet that may or may not be in association with Spike's production. I keep finding it RIGHT when it's been banned so watch it now. I'm sure this will be taken down by the time you read this, but if not, thanks for coming to our site early in the AM and watching it. Early bird always gets the worm, right?
This is clearly a test shot, as the audio sounds like someone is standing next to the camera speaking. Just keep that in mind and enjoy.
Where the Wild Things Are is scheduled to be released sometime in 2009.
Some good things do come to an end. Juno had a nice five week run in the top five and sadly was pushed out to number seven. It's now at $124,000,000 and counting, so I don't think the producers have any complaints about their number slot.
Not much else to say but this was the worst box office weekend (meaning all the movies on the top slots are/look horrible with the exception of Spiderwick which non of us have seen) since we opened this site in October of last year.
Oh, and the reason why the weekend gross is different than the total gross for everything but Fool's Gold is because they opened on Thursday (Valentine's Day) to get a bigger box office weekend count.
Results (Feb. 15-17):
|Step Up 2 the Streets||BV||$19,666,000||$26,267,000||N/A|
|The Spiderwick Chronicles||Par.||$19,080,000||$21,389,000||$90 Mil|
We will be at the Garage in Denton tonight giving out stuff for the new movie Vantage Point. Come hang out with us after 10PM. You know you want to.
Once upon a time, in a land not unlike this one, a group of people got together and made low budget black and white film about zombies attacking various people in Pennsylvania, called Night of the Living Dead. Little was expected from this film upon its original release. However, Forty years later, Night of the Living Dead is arguably the definitive zombie movie, and one of the most famous and influential horror films of all time. Now, Director George A. Romero returns to the genre whose legacy he helped create, with another independent zombie film, Diary of the Dead.
Diary of the Dead is a movie within a movie. While shooting a school project, several Pittsburgh film students hear about the zombie attacks. One of the students, named Jayson Creed, decides to keep shooting to document the possible apocalypse. Jay titles his hybrid of a documentary and horror film, Death of the Death. Which according to the female narrator and possible survivor Debra, is the film we are watching. Debra explains that she has edited the film and added music to complete Jayson’s vision and to scare us as a “warning”.
With bad to mediocre acting, some deliberate clunky editing, and very a heavy-handed theme, Diary of the Dead defiantly does give off the impression of a student film. As a result of these film school standards, the beginning of the film is arduous to watch. However, once the initial set up is over and the characters hit the road the film becomes much more enjoyable.
Romero delivers the bloody goods, clearly having a great time dispensing of the many walking dead at his disposal. The audience is treated to many entertaining and gory zombie scenes, with possibly the most memorable instance taking place at a hospital and involving a defibrillator. Diary of the Dead also has a refreshing sense humor, giving the audience a few good laughs between the scares and the blood. The scenes involving the students and an amish mute will for sure generate a few chuckles from the audience. With Diary of the Dead, Romero reaches deep into his big bag of tricks and often comes up with a gem.
While there is fun to be had with the zombies themselves, Romero often uses the character’s frantic nature and the waiting between the attacks to generate the film’s suspense. At one point the students run into a group mostly African American survivors who are foraging supplies. Romero uses this contact to make a statement about racism in America, a major competent of Night of the Living Dead. Romero also uses this run in to stage some very tension filled moments, when it is learned that one of the group’s member was dead but is now missing somewhere in the warehouse. The impending attack does not coincide immediately with the announcement, instead we must wait in nervous anticipation as the survivors fearfully look for the walking dead. The zombie attacks are often set up with precision and restraint, allowing the impending attacks to build in the audience’s mind. This build up gives the film a genuine sense of tension and dread.
Diary of the Dead’s glaring flaws comes from just how accurately it depicts a student film. It is well known that Romeo’s uses his zombie films for social commentary. In Diary, Romero is concerned with how the constant appearance and acceptance of violence and war makes murder and death inane to society, removing humanitie's compassion. However, Romeo makes his point with about the subtly of a brick to head, like many student films. Along with the Debra’s occasional voice over, the message becomes so blatant in the film’s final moments that it becomes annoying, losing impact or resonance.
Diary of the Dead marks a marginally successful return to the independent zombie realm for Director George A. Romeo. After forty years, Romero is still having fun and creating many great zombie induced moments. Unfortunately, the film’s pretentious nature hinders Diary of the Dead from become anything greater than just a satisfactory horror film.
There some things in life you must approach with necessary skepticism in order to ensure that you don’t get jibbed out of your hard earned cash, including used car salesmen and movie trailers. Unfortunately, even a lackluster movie can contain enough excitement to sustain a three-minute preview, giving moviegoers false hope. This is a problem that often occurs this time of year, when the studios release many of their more flawed films. Sadly, Jumper is just another classic example of solid trailer, disappointing film.
Jumper is about people with the ability to teleport anywhere they want. These “jumpers” need to only visual their destination in their mind, and then they magically arrive at their desired target. The film’s protagonist David Rice (Christensen) is living a lush life, made possible by his ability to travel through walls, especially bank walls. However, David’s life becomes endangered when he begins to be hunted by a religious group known as the Paledins. The organization led by Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), has the sole mission to rid the world of all jumpers.
The film opens with David explaining how he came to discover his special talent. Hayden Christensen makes every word sound like a genuine struggle to get out, as if he is reading another language. This dull reading of the film’s opening monologue serves as a premonition of the uninspired acting that is soon to follow by Mr. Christensen. The opening is pretty basic, never really grabing the audience. However, the film picks up once we meet a present day David, and observe him as he teleports to fascinating locations. However, after the novelty of watching David teleport wears off, there is not a lot for the audience to do other than look at their watch. The film just resorts to movie clichés such as an “at long last” love story and silly back-story involving David’s mother who disappeared when he was five to achieve the neccessary running time.
The action scenes are mildly entertaining, but ultimately become boringly repetitive. Plus, you’ve already seen them before, as parts of all of these sequences are packed into the film’s trailer. The less than stellar action sequences are made even more disappointing by the fact that the film is directed by Doug Liman; the man behind several solid action films, such as The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The usually reliable Samuel Jackson turns in a surprisingly below average performance, even by sci-fi standards. I guess he figured since Christensen was getting paid for such a poor performance, he shouldn’t have to put forth much effort either. At least Jamie Bell, who plays a fellow jumper named Griffin, makes an effort to create more than just another wooden character. Jamie’s offbeat and comical Griffin always breathes life into the film whenever he is on screen, unfortunately he is the third male lead.
Jumper desperately tries to have give off a hip feel. As evident by the film’s standard teen targeted soundtrack compromised largely of radio rock hits and Mr. Jackson’s unnecessary bleach blonde hairstyle. Also, The film’s protagonist and his love interest (Rachel Blison) were likely cast not because of their acting ability, but rather as a result of their connection to youth culture. However, these calculated attempts to make the film cool fail, as cool can never feel contrived.
Ultimately, Jumper proves to be just another disappointing February film. The only thing that comes to fruition from the film’s trailer is that Hayden Christensen does in fact turn in another uninspired performance. When will the studios declare the Hayden Christensen experiment a failure? Yes, the guy has the movie start look, but none of the talent. Give it up Hollywood, and please don’t make audiences suffer through Hayden’s third rate acting any longer.
Hasbro has released photos for it's Cloverfield monster action figure. It's for ages 4 & up, but don't worry parents, if you haven't already terrified them with this lovely gift, you can teach them that the parasites that come with this toy are in part with the "WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD" label. Isn't that sweet?
Specs as follows:
70 points of articulation and incredible life-like detail
Two interchangeable heads
Statue of Liberty head accessory
Special Cloverfield collector’s edition packaging
The Cloverfield monster is available exclusively through HasbroToyShop.com. Reserve your Cloverfield monster today to have the opportunity to receive it when it ships later this year. Limited quantities are available.
Includes 3 “AAA” Batteries.
Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay)
David Berenbaum (screenplay)
John Sayles (screenplay)
Tony DiTerlizzi (books)
Holly Black (books)
From the beloved best-selling series of books comes "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us.
Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull official trailer has finally been released today. It starts off pretty lame with the whole "he once did this, and he wants did that" but finally picks up with the incredible stunts. I must say that I'm pretty impressed with this, and I'm looking forward to the experience. I've never seen an Indian Jones film on the big screen.
Click HERE for the Yahoo! high definition trailer. Crystal Skull opens May 22, 2008.
Tomorrow is Ferris Bueller's day off and he will be at the Movie Tavern in Denton. (We love our puns at GATW)
Come out at 10PM tomorrow for a movie you will probably never be able to see in theaters again and for FREE movie stuff that you would have never gotten.
Official info stuff:
College Movie Night
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
February 14, 10PM
Movie Tavern in Denton
Diff'rent Strokes star/Governor of California candidate Gary Coleman, 40, married Shannon Price, 22. They met just five months ago on a movie set. Little guy Gary said in an interview, "I don't have issues with age, I have issues with intelligence and she's more intelligent than I am, and that's what matters to me." with Shannon telling People Magazine, "He lets his anger conquer him sometimes. He throws things around, and sometimes he throws it in my direction. I don't like the violence."
Wes Craven was on point when it came to horror and gore in the early 70's and 80's. Since then he has gone off the radar, with the exception of the Scream franchise WHICH WAS RUINED WHEN THEY KILLED OFF RANDY MEEKS.
Today Wes announced to Variety that he will be writing and directing a new film entitled 25/8 which will consist of a new and original slasher/killer/maniac/etc. The concept of the film focuses on this slasher/killer/maniac/etc. thought to be dead returns after fifteens years to hunt down and slaughter seven teenagers who's birthdays fall on August 25th. A bit too far-fetched? This film's script better be golden.
For 100 days, we had to sit through reruns of horrible TV shows, awkward Golden Globes, and American Gladiators. For 100 days, we were not blessed with new episodes of The Office and Heroes. Now, after 100 days, the writer's strike is officially over. The only thing that will be missed is the YouTube videos some of the writer's and actors provided us.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Seth Rogen! Rosie Perez! Joe Lo Truglio! An evil Gary Cole! JAMES FRANCO AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!
Watch this trailer twenty times and get ready for another another successful Seth Rogen movie about drugs, guns, and probably distasteful gags that everyone thinks about, but Seth films.
Watch this now! You will not be dealt short of satisfaction.
PS I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION M.I.A.'S 'PAPER PLANES' IN THE TRAILER. BEEP BEEP!
Update! I got so excited I added "another" twice at the top of this post. I'm not even going to erase it!
Source Trailer Addicts
One of the greatest moments in the film history is when Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle has Neil Patrick Harris play himself with a little stretch, drunk and looking for strippers and coke. The idea worked and they are clearly using it as a big marketing tool for the sequel.
Below is a website New Line Cinema has created where Sir Neil Patrick answers everything you have always wanted to know. "Will I ever find true love" was my first question, and his response was simply "no," so I'm sure he is pretty accurate with his answers. Enjoy!
1. We Own the Night
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes, and Robert Duvall
Directed by: James Gray
Robert Green (Phoenix) is a successful nightclub owner who keeps suspicious company, while his brother Joseph is a police captain. Robert’s life has isolated him from his brother and his Deputy Chief of Police Father (Duvall). However, Robert gets a chance at redemption when his father and brother become mob targets.
This boring “blood is thicker than water tale” is as laughable as its title. The two leads are fine actors, but even they can’t breathe life into this weak script. The action scenes are fairly impressive, but not nearly enough to save the film. We Own the Night is a completely forgettable film experience.
2. Gone Baby Gone
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan. And Ed Harris
Directed by: Ben Affleck
A cocky private investigator is hired by a distraught family to help find a missing child in modern day Boston.
In his debut as a feature length director, Ben Affleck showcases skill and precision rarely seen in his acting roles; Mr. Affleck makes many insightful decisions that prove to be very effective. There are no simple answers to be found in Gone Baby Gone, just complex questions that are sure to stay with the audience long after the film’s final moments have been shown. Gone Baby Gone is gritty, realistic, and one of the very best films on the year. Read Rusty's entire review here.
Also being released: Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married and Becoming Jane
On Wednesday, February 8th, we threw our very first movie party at RGRS.
I feel a bit silly calling it a "movie party". It makes me feel like I'm wearing pajamas laying on a palette that my mother just made for me with my friends in the living room drinking massive amount of Dr. Pepper and eating Cool Ranch Doritos, further destroying my kidneys. It's definitely not one of those types, but we couldn't think of another name to call it.
Think of it more of a promotions thing. We see a film, like it, and get the chance to throw a party where we pass out free merchandise from the film and give friends the chance to win reserved seats to the screening. You don't have to wait in the long line and can just wonder in last minute to nestle in your comfortable seats with a sign that states, "RESERVED FOR (blank)."
Wednesday's attendance to One Night in Bruges (honoring Paris Hilton) was overwhelming. With staff included, we managed to bring in 165 friends throughout the entire night. That type of support means more than anything.
I am known to have a bit of social anxiety (I know) when it comes to big crowds and I kind of zone out, but luckily I have two of the greatest comrades, Cameron and Rusty, to take care of business when business needs to be taken care of.
We would like to thank Focus Features for all the cool gear, Shep and the staff at Rubber Gloves for helping us make this a successful event and putting up with my anxiety when first arriving. We also would to thank She's the Worst for giving us music all night long, Benjamin Shawver and Jason Bauer for shooting everyone in the face when needed, Chipotle for the chips and salsa, and most importantly everyone that came out to support us. We hope you enjoyed this event, and we'll see you February 20th at Hailey's for Slam Drunk, our promotional Semi-Pro event!
If you know you had your photo taken and it's not in the set, e-mail me at [email protected]. Over 500 photos were taken and we tried to not to add duplicates.
Click HERE for pics from Wednesday night!
Where is Bruges? A question many people might wonder as they prepare to watch the new film, In Bruges. You quickly learn from the film’s opening monologue, which features Colin Farrell’s somber voice playing over various shots of the town that Bruges is in Belgium.
The monologue explains that a job has gone bad and now two hit men have been sent to hide in the quaint town of Bruges. The two temporarily exiled men are the amusing and pouting Ray (Colin Farrell) and the fatherly Ken (Brendan Gleeson). In Bruges doesn't expose the horribly depressing details of the botched job or examine the resulting consquences until later in the film, giving the audience plenty of time to have fun with the two main characters as they try to deal with their present situation in different ways.
Ray has the attitude of a disinterested teenager towards Bruges. He is young and is not concerned with the old-fashioned town. However, Ken approaches Bruges and Ray much like a well meaning but doomed father. The harder Ken tries to convince Ray that Bruges and its history is interesting the less Ray cares, creating many great exchanges between the two over the town. There is a particularly funny scene where Ken is explaining the history of a church and how it is believed to posses actual drops of Jesus Christ’s blood. As Ken continues to explain why Ray should care, Ray just continues to point out plainly that he doesn’t.
The film’s humor is in fact stronger than most might expect. The last time I remember an audience laughing so hard was during the hit comedy Knocked Up. Many of the film’s comedic moments come from the clueless Ray. Ray’s earnestness continually gets him into troublesome situations while he is suppose to be keeping a low profile. Ray has two very memorable interactions with fellow tourists. One exchange involves an overweight American trying to punch Ray because of a candid comment he made and the other one ends in assault at an upscale restaurant. In Bruges also possesses many witty and very quotable lines, with a good amount, but not all, of them containing the F word. The dialogue is sharp, which is not surprising when you learn that the film’s Writer and Director Martin McDonagh, is a very successful and award winning playwright.
The very entertaining and fresh characters of In Bruges are made even greater by the quality of the actors playing them. Colin Farrell has finally found a role perfectly suited for him in the well meaning but reckless Ray. Brendan Gleeson brings a great amount of warmth to the role of Ken, Ray’s counterpart and babysitter. Farrell and Gleeson’s talent helps the audience care about two men who are paid to kill for a living.
In Bruges’ tone shifts dramatically when the film begins to focus on why exactly the two men are hiding. As the details of the job are revealed, Ray’s inner torment surfaces on the screen. It turns out that Ray accidentially shot and killed a young boy. Despite being a paid killer, Ray's genuine sorrow and torment will derive sympathy, not contempt from the audience. Of Course, Ken attempts to convince Ray to use this experience as a lesson, as Ken puts it: "save the next little boy." This examination causes In Bruges second half, while mostly entertaining, to become convoluted and melodramatic at times. However, In Bruges' final moments do successfully achieve the film's purpose by displaying the necessity of forgiveness and acceptance in a big and bloody way.
In Bruges is director Martin McDonagh’s feature length film debut. Mr. McDonagh has already achieved a large amount of success as a playwright, and his ability to create such clever and memorable dialoge along with enganging film characters makes one hope that he will continue to spend time in the filmmaking realm.
After the glowing success he achieved with Wedding Crasher’s Vince Vaughn decided to do something many entertainers do after a smash hit, make a passion project. Vince likely realized this would be perhaps the only time he may get the chance to make something so personal and meaningful. Vince took his chance and decided to put together a comedy tour with four of his funny comedian friends and hit the road, playing thirty cities in thirty days. The whole event was captured on film, and thus we have the funny enough and surprisingly thoughtful documentary Vince Vaugh’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights-Hollywood to the Heartland.
The tour and the film’s success heavily relied on Vince’s choosing of what comedians would be on the tour. Mr. Vaughn’s proves to that he is a good judge of talent, as well as insightful with his comedic selections. Not only are all of the comedians at least above satisfactory as comedians but they are interesting people, complete with tons of emotional baggage and insecurities. While the film does show a large amount of the comedian’s act, it also spends a fair share of the film’s running time on the comedians themselves. The audience gets to meet everyone one of the comedians’ families, which offers great insight into these men that have devoted their life to such a demanding craft. Learning about these men allows their acts to become even more enjoyable, since now you realize just how therapeutic comedy is for the comedians.
The first part of the film displays many Vince’s entertaining antics on stage, and various guest starts. On the tour’s opening night, Vince brings Justin Long and long time friend and director Jon Faverau on stage. All three of the men take some very sly and very funny shots at each other. Vince even does a duet with Dwight Yoakum on stage, always willing to go above and beyond to entertain the crowd. The entertainers ability to have fun with themselves and their line of work proves to be very refreshing and enjoyable.
The editing and the soundtrack is what holds this film together, helping ensure that the end result is an enjoyable journey for the audience. As the actors travel from city to city the audience is often treated to great old-time songs. Also, Largely due to the editing, the film expertly balances the line between performance piece and documentary. The film truly shines when these two elements merge. Often, a comedian will be shown performing on stage, which will be cut with the comedian himself or a colleague discussing his act, giving perspective on the comedian or act’s style and background.
Vince Vaughn’s West Comedy Show: 30 Cities 30 Nights does have enough jokes that connect to make the film work as a comedy, but the documentary aspect is what makes this movie truly engaging. At one point the comedians are forced to hand out free tickets to Katrina victims. The film captures the men on their way to the campgrounds, they’re unhappy about having to go the grounds and are complaining about having to share one room. However, the trip proves very sobering for the comedians as they are truly moved by their experience. The filmmakers very thoughtfully and simply capture this key moment for the comedians.
If the film has a star it is not the A-list celebrity whose name is in the tour’s title, but rather the strange-voiced and lumpy comedian, John Caparulo. The gnomish comedian not only produces the most laughs, but is also made very likable because of his ability to point out and have fun with his own shortcomings. The comedian talks about fights with his girlfriend, getting yelled at his Dad while working on a car, and trying to get a dog with hilarious punch lines, while also relating with the audience. Also, through footage of his parents and himself talking about his own life and experiences, John becomes extremely endearing in a his own awkward way.
Vince Vaughn’s West Comedy Show: 30 Cites 30 Nights contains enough laughs to satisfy those expecting to see a comedy. However, the film’s likeable comedians and its insightful documentary side, is what makes the film truly memorable.
Rusty Gordon's review of In Bruges HERE!
Two hitmen hide out in the little town of Bruges after a hit goes bad. Wait, where the fuck is Bruges?
Colin Farrell is to In Bruge as John Travolta was to Pulp Fiction. This is his comeback. Don't Battlefield Earth it up like John did.
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
Peter Billingsley (Christmas Story kid)
In this documentary, four unknowns handpicked by Vince Vaughn travel with him for a 30 consecutive days comedy tour.
Everyone knows who Spike Lee is. Do The Right Thing. Malcom X. He Got Game. 25th Hour. Yes, you know who Spike Lee is. He'll be in town this Saturday to do a Q&A at UT Arlington, appropriately titled Reel To Real. Click HERE for all the info.
Come out this Thursday (and the following 3 Thursdays) to the Movie Tavern in Denton to see a few movies you may have missed in theaters (possibly because you weren't even alive at the time).
The movie starts at 10pm and a college ID is required (no creepy old men allowed... unless they have a valid college ID). But, hey, it's ONLY $3!! So load up your Jeep with all your Frat buddies and come on down. Or be Eco-Friendly and ride your bike. Just get there.
Oh, and $1.50 Coors drafts!
PS We will be there giving out free stuff (so come refreshed on all your Back To The Future trivia)!
Hey Filmmakers! Want to have the chance to go to L.A and meet a major Hollywood player? Now's your chance. Screen Gems' Prom Night and UGO have partnered up and created a film contest for upcoming filmmakers. The winning hot shot will get $1,000 and a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet with the head shark (film executive) at Sony Screen Gems. For further details, visit UGO.COM
Prom Night stars Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dona Davis, Collins Pennie and Idris Elba. The film is rated PG-13 and scheduled to open on Friday, April 11th. Find a synopsis of the film below.
Donna’s senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible…a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive a night “to die for.”
Today the line up for 2008's SXSW Film Festival were announced. The short films will be announced Tuesday, February 12.
Here's the lineup:
Director: Robert Luketic. Writers: Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne.
Based on the true story of a group of MIT students who, under the guidance of a cryptic professor, take Vegas casinos for millions through the mathematical art of counting cards. (Opening Night Film)
Empire Film Group, Inc. has acquired the motion picture production and distribution rights to Henson, an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that chronicles the life and achievements of Muppets creator, Jim Henson. Empire has pegged the film for production in late summer with a $30 million budget to be funded through a consortium of international presales and co-production partners.
"This is a major project about an entertainer of legendary stature and worldwide acclaim," said Dean Hamilton-Bornstein, CEO of Empire Film Group. "The script is superb and should provide a terrific roadmap for a completed film that will satisfy both mainstream audiences and critics. We're very excited about this acquisition and the commercial caliber of this project."
Henson covers the life of puppeteer, filmmaker and entertainment mogul Jim Henson, from his early fascination with television as a teenager, through his spectacular career and life achievements. Empire anticipates hiring a major director, such as Penny Marshall, and hopes to attract notable star cast in key roles. Bornstein will act as Executive Producer, with Empire Home Entertainment President Eric Parkinson producing the film along with Xavier Mitchell.
"Jim Henson is one of the best known and most beloved entertainers of all time," said Parkinson. "His story is inspiring, tragic, heartwarming and epic, and will make for an important and entertaining motion picture. This is the sort of movie that Empire will be pursuing as we build the company into a leading independent studio."
This is definitely the season for biopic films, and I am very glad to see this one lit. People around my age demographic grew up with Sesame Street. Thanks to Big Bird, I learned how to count and say no to drugs.
I wonder who will play Mr. Henson? Jason Lee? Giovanni Ribisi? Phillip Seymour Hoffman (you know he could pull it off)? Who would you cast if you were in charge?
So it goes like this. I woke up early to do my normal movie blog browsing to see which things I should add to our site, and I stumbled upon this:
Jason Bateman has just confirmed to me that the creative minds behind Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard) have put the wheels in motion toward a major motion picture of the Fox TV comedy so many of us adore. I'm told by insiders that Jason and other Bluth family members have received calls from producers (Hurwitz and Howard) asking if they would be willing to shoot a movie.
"I can confirm that a round of sniffing has started," Bateman says. "Any talk is targeting a poststrike situation, of course. I think, as always, that it's a question of whether the people with the money are willing to give our leader, Mitch Hurwitz, what he deserves for his participation. And I can speak for the cast when I say our fingers are crossed."
Jeffrey Tambor also revealed on XM Radio's the Ron and Fez Show that he has been approached by Ron Howard to see if he's willing to do an Arrested film. (You can hear that interview below.)
For the record, both Jason and Jeffrey's answers were: Hells yeah. And I hear from other sources that other castmembers were called and that everyone seems to be very much on board and excited by the prospect.
Insiders also tell me that while creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script, he has a good, solid understanding of what he'd like to do for the movie, and Universal is very much interested.
"Up top, havin' a good year."
I'm so glad they are finally giving this a green light. Arrested Development was far beyond funny and intelligent, but was shot down in flames due to poor ratings, even though DVD sales kept it going through season two and three. AD fans, how do you feel about this? And, what line do you constantly use from this series?