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Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 5th, 2008

As expected, Iron Man soared this weekend, beating it’s expected domestic gross ($70 MIL domestically) by 34, making a total gross of $104MIL (also bringing $97MIL from international waters making it a total of $200_) and the second biggest opening of all time (Spiderman being #1 at $114MIL). If you haven’t seen this already, you need to get out there. The teaser/clips were a hit at least year’s Comic Con, making it one of the most anticipated films of 2008. Good job Jon & co!

Also, newcomer Made of Honor also made it to the second spot with $15 Million, Baby Mama in third with $10 (total $32MIL).

Source Box Office Mojo

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 4th, 2008

The new trailer for The Dark Knight was kept top secret until Friday, when they put it with Iron Man showings. Warner Bros. finalllllly released it online today! Look really close, and you can see a short clip showing Harvey Dent’s sealed fate.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8PPh-C9pRU[/youtube]

Source YouTube

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 3rd, 2008

I was surfin’ the net and I came across a funny Something Awful post where they basically created a hilarious title of what’s happening in the poster of whatever movie/Pink Floyd. My favorites are below. Click HERE to see the rest.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 2nd, 2008

So MISTER LONELY came out in theaters today (NY only, be patient Dallas. May 23) and IFC Films hooked us up with five autographed posters AND books of the screenplay for the film. The contest is pretty simple. Watch the video interview we did with Harmony (found HERE), and answer the following questions. Submit your answers to cha[email protected]. Please include “Harmony Korine contest” in the subject line. Winners will be selected at random and will be announced on Friday, May 9th. Good luck!

1. How did Harmony persuade his brother to help him write MISTER LONELY?

2. What type of jobs did Harmony take up during his eight year gap not doing films?

3. What gave Harmony the inspiration to make MISTER LONELY?

4. What type of tap dancing did Harmony do when he was younger?

5. If you could impersonate anyone, who would it be?

This is what the poster looks like (except for it’s autographed)

And the book (yeah, I like M&Ms. Say somethin’)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 2nd, 2008

Rating: 8.5/10

Most people in the skateboarding era circa ’95 know who Harmony Korine is. He wrote the critically acclaimed Kids at just 19. That film dealt with young skateboarders living during the AIDS epidemic. I remember renting it, because I was into skateboarding, and my dad flipping out within the first five minutes of the film. That’s Harmony Korine for you. It’s been eight years since his last film (see why HERE), and now out comes his new masterpiece (co-written by his brother Avy), MISTER LONELY.

With the opening shot of MISTER LONELY, we have Michael Jackson (Diego Luna) riding on a minibike, in slow motion, to Bobby Vinton’s Mr. Lonely, with a stuffed monkey tied to the back. It’s cinematic beauty at it’s best (thanks Marcel Zyskind!).

MISTER LONELY tells the story (with beautiful colors) of a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris. It’s not the normal impersonation that we’re used to. He lives his daily life as Mister Jackson, falls asleep as Mister Jackson, and wakes up as Mister Jackson. You can see where the title of this film comes into play. Living in another man’s shadow can push someone into solitude.

When doing a skit at an old folks’ home (which was absolutely fabulous), Michael meets a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like, played by the very talented and beautiful Samantha Morton. She assists him on his skit, and then they wander off together. One of the stand-out moments in this is when they tell each other how long they’ve been who they are; Michael says, “I guess I was born this way,” and Marilyn says, “when I first got my boobs” with a smile.

She persuades him to move to a commune in Scotland where she lives with Charlie Chaplin (her husband), Shirley Temple (daughter), Sammy Davis Jr., The Queen of England, Abe Lincoln, James Dean, Madonna, Buckwheat, The 3 Stooges, Little Red Riding Hood (Harmony’s wife Rache), and The Pope; all who live and breath their chosen character. But the story doesn’t stop there.

We are also given a parallel story that involves a preacher (Werner Herzog) and his nuns that jump out of airplanes. When one accidentally falls out of a plane (and lands saftely) while dumping rice over villages, the preacher & co. are convinced that this is what God wants them to do.

I know you’re probably thinking that sounds a bit ridiculous, but randomness has always been a key factor in Harmony’s films. And it’s not just a fictional story of flying nuns and look-a-likes, it’s the sense of hope that both stories want us to feel. With his previous films, like Gummo, which left us dirty and lost, MISTER LONELY achieves what it’s looking for. Well done, Harmony Korine, well done.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 2nd, 2008

This came and went (read Rusty’s review HERE), but created a huge buzz over the story of the film. A girl with vicious teeth on her no no place gave boys across the globe nightmares. This will be on DVD Tuesday, May 6th. You can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking HERE. No listing of DVD features.

PS Amazon tagged it under “genital mutilation, incest, and hilarious.”

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
May 2nd, 2008

I would suggest those of you who plan on seeing Iron Man this weekend, and I’m sure there is a lot of you, stay all the way through the ending credits. Apparently, after the credits there is suppose to be an additional scene containing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Furry, who is a member of the secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D. This rumored appearance suggests Mr. Jackson will have a bigger part in the very likely Iron Man sequel.

Source CINEMABLEND

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 2nd, 2008


The soon to be deceased New Line made one of it’s last good deals, buying Chad Kultgen’s Dan Mintner: Badass for Hire for $500,000 (it was going for $1MIL). The story focuses on a dude who’s got every military award and soon discovers that his rich father figure mentor has been kidnapped, and must kick some ass to get him back.

Beau Flynn , the film’s producer said, “It’s a homage to ‘Cobra,’ ‘Predator,’ ‘Missing in Action… The baddest dude in the world in supertight jeans, chewing on a matchstick, stuck in the ’80s but kicking ass in the present day.”

You might remember Mr. Kultgen from his best selling book The Average American Male (which I wrote a short review on HERE). Chad recent work, Burt Dickenson, The Most Powerful Magician on the Planet Earth also went to New Line.

Source Hollywood Reporter, Variety

PS You might not know this, but Chad Kultgen is a Dallas, TX native!! Lewisville, if you want to get technical. Oh, and that’s him in the photo, not the badass for hire. But he is, in fact, a badass.

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
May 2nd, 2008

The horror genre usually doesn’t get a lot of love at film festivals, which is probably a combination of a lot of people viewing it as a “lesser genre” and the fact that many horror films in recent years just haven’t been very good. However, the Swedish film Lat den ratte komma in (Let the Right One In) has won the award for best feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The film is about a young boy who falls in love with his new neighbor, who turns out to be a vampire. Hopefully, this accomplishment will give Lat den ratte komma in theatrical distrubition in the U.S. in the very near feature.

If you live in the New York area the film will be screening with the rest of festival’s winner and the AMC Village VII on Sunday.

Source VARIETY

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 2nd, 2008

Iron Man

Based upon Marvel’s iconic Super Hero, IRON MAN tells the story of Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. Upon his return to America, Tony must come to terms with his past. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Made of Honor

For Tom (Patrick Dempsey), life is good: he’s sexy, successful, has great luck with the ladies, and knows he can always rely on Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend and the one constant in his life. It’s the perfect setup until Hannah goes overseas to Scotland on a six-week business trip… and Tom is stunned to realize how empty his life is without her. He resolves that when she gets back, he’ll ask Hannah to marry him – but is floored when he learns that she has become engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman and plans to move overseas. When Hannah asks Tom to be her “maid” of honor, he reluctantly agrees to fill the role… but only so he can attempt to woo Hannah and stop the wedding before it’s too late.

Son of Rambow (NY and LA)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early 80′s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God’s ‘chosen ones’ and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other ‘worldlies,’ listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will’s mind is blown wide open and he’s easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters’ diabolical home movie.
Will’s imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter’s complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious rollercoaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point.

MISTER LONELY (New York)

Only Harmony Korine (writer of KIDS, auteur of GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY) could weave Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Shirley Temple and flying nuns into a hypnotically funny and truly poignant tale of the instability behind fanaticism and the redemption we can hope to find in one another. The film follows a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who is invited by a beautiful Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) to a commune full of other impersonators including the Queen of England, Madonna, Sammy Davis Junior and James Dean, in the Scottish Highlands. In a parallel story line, the incomparable Werner Herzog plays a Latin American priest who learns his missionary of nuns can literally fly.

Red Belt (NY and LA)

Set in the west-side of Los Angeles fight world, a world inhabited by bouncers, cage-fighters, cops and special forces types, Redbelt, is the story of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-Jitsu teacher who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue an honorable life by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai’s code. Terry and his wife Sondra (Alice Braga), struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night at the Academy between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught lawyer (Emily Moritimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry’s life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Faced with this, in order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
May 2nd, 2008

The Spider-Man films in recent years have been the epitome of summer blockbusters. The films always seemed to set and break box office records as they ruled the summers of 2002, 2004, and 2007. However, given the uncertainty of whether or not there will be any more Spider-Man films in the future, room has opened up for a new comic book film adaptation to rule the box office for multiple summers. Director Jon Favearau’’s Iron Man seems to have its eyes on Spider-Man’’s throne, and certainly makes a strong case for itself with thrilling action scenes and a refreshing sense of humor.

Usually superheroes are introverts; shy and nice guys who have a hard time getting the girl. However, when we first meet Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.), who later becomes Iron Man, he is traveling through the desert with a drink in hand making his military guards laugh. When Tony answers a question about how many Maxim girls he slept with last year we know that this soon to be hero doesn’’t have any problems getting the girl, since he gets as many he wants. Tony is currently cruising through the desert because his company makes expensive and deadly weapons, many which are designed by Mr. Stark himself, and he has just finished demonstrating his latest masterpiece of war. However, Tony’’s great life is put in serious danger when he is captured by what is assumed to be terrorists. Tony’’s kidnappers demand he build them a particular type of weapon. Instead, Tony’’s innovative mind has different ideas as he builds deadly robotic armor that allows for his escape. This capture opens Tony’’s eyes to the death and pain his company has caused over the world, and he decides to become Iron Man to end the suffering he helped create.

The casting of Robert Downey Jr. as a superhero might seem odd to some, but this eyebrow-raising decision turns out to be vindicated, as Downey brings a great sense of humor and subsequent likeability, to the role Tony Stark. Downey’’s swagger and wit might not be the right fit for some of the nerdy or more brooding heroes, like Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne, but it definitely works well with Tony Stark. Downey is even able to make Stark’’s one of a kind goatee look cool. In fact, all of the casting decisions no matter how surprising turn out to be winners. Jeff “”the Dude”” Bridges as the film’’s scheming and evil villain, Obadiah Stane? Yes, Jeff Bridges is playing a comic book villain, and it turns out he is very effective. Who knew all it took to make Jeff Bridges evil was a beard and a shaved head? Actually, it is not his appearance, although I’m sure that helps, it really is his acting, as Mr. Bridges can deliver his lines in just the right way to make your skin crawl. Downey and Bridge’s performances work so well because it is apparent the actors enjoy playing these exciting characters, which is something that was missing from the last Spider-Man film.

It wasn’’t only the casting of Iron Man that made fanboys everywhere nervous. The appointing of Jon Favreau as director was perhaps the most wearisome thing about this Iron Man film for many people. This nervousness is understandable given the fact that Mr. Favreau has not attempted anything near the grandness of Iron Man before: his previous directing credits include the adult comedy Made, and the children’’s comedy Elf. However, Favreau proves those doubters wrong as he shows to have a knack for action. Tony’’s first and somewhat lengthy battle in his revamped suit, including his escape from the Air Force, proves that Favreau can certainly stage and sustain impressive sequences. Favreau even creates some solid tension with a scene between Obidah Stane and Stark’’s loyal assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyenth Paltrow). Also, I’m sure Favreau’’s comedic background is a large part of the reason why Iron Man is such a surprisingly funny film, as this comic book adaptation is much funnier than the “comedy”, Superhero Movie, which spoofs some of the best comic book films.

Since this is the first, but I’’m sure not the last film in the Iron Man series, this installment does have a lot of story to cover in the film’s running time. However, Iron Man’’s humor and performances, most notably Robert Downey Jr’.s, keeps the audience from losing interest between the film’’s more action orientated scenes.

Ladies and Gentleman, I’’m pleased to inform you that the 2008 summer movie season is offically underway with the May 2nd release of the greatly entertaining Iron Man, and Spider-Man, you better watch your back.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 1st, 2008

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 1st, 2008

Looks like Paramount is expecting (which they should) a big pay day for IRON MAN. IESB’s Robert Sanchez got to speak with Downey’s trainer Brad Bose about the possibility of IRON MAN 2, which we all know is in fact going to happen. Brad said he’s going to start training again with RD Jr. after the last L.A. premiere, and he hopes to bulk him up ten pounds within five months, and shooting may/may not begin early 2009.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 1st, 2008

Ok, I was way off when I first wrote about BAGHEAD. I first thought it was a comedy about a group of four friends who try for their big break in Hollywood by making a low budget film and the story ends there. Not quite. It’s all of that plus a guy showing up at their cabin with a bag over his head, and then the horror mode kicks in. It premiered at Sundance and the word is is that it’s pretty good. Check out the trailer below. Thanks MySpace!

Baghead – Official Trailer

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
May 1st, 2008

Academy Award winner Javier Bardem just dropped out to play the lead role in Rob Marshall’s (CHICAGO) new musical, NINE. Bardem was supposed to play Guido Contini, “film director who experiences personal and creative crisis trying to balance all the women in his life,” but dropped out due to exhaustion from the awards season and other works. No word yet on who will be replacing Mr. Bardem, but Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren are still attached to the project. You can next see Bardem in Woody Allen’s Vicky CHRISTINA BARCELONA at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Source Variety

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