It was another crazy week in Hollywood, so lets get right to the best and worst of the week with Notables.
Sure, it barely passed the $100 million threshold ($103 mil and some change), but do we really need a sequel to this? The first one wasn’t really that good anyway, and now we can look forward to more girls dragging their boyfriends to this probably-stupid flick. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
While Jessica Simpson might be a total dingbat, it’s sure as hell going to be nice to see her in those tiny shorts. For that reason, and that reason alone, this item gets a Best News of the Week Nominee.
Apparently, OC star Adam Brody said everyone he knows wants to see a new take on the movie. Obviously, Mr. Brody doesn’t know me, because remakes are getting out of control. Bad News Bears? I’ll buy that. Revenge of the Nerds? I’ll pass...Worst News of the Week Nominee.
This sounds like a pretty good project for Vaughn. He’s got that smart-ass kind of vibe and he’s even got a great voice to play a heckler. I’m not quite sure how the story will work out, but with Vaughn toplining, this should be worth seeing. Best News of the Week Nominee.
I don’t know a whole lot about Truman Capote...virtually nothing, as a matter of fact. What I do know, though, is Clifton Collins is one hell of an actor, and one that deserves a breakthrough role that this one will surely be. He was spectacular in The Rules of Attraction and Tigerland and it’s nice to see him get his big break. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
The Sky Captain had a decent takeoff in its journey to The World of Tomorrow’s Box Office. The longest title of the year (probably), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, took the number 1 spot this weekend. The CGI-laden flick grossed an estimated $16.2 million in its opening weekend. It was the only flick with 8-digit grosses for the weekend, capitalizing on some surprisingly praising reviews (not from me) from the nation’s critics. Even with the #1 spot, though, a profit doesn’t seem logical in the world of tomorrow for this flick, as it has a $70 million budget to make back. Maybe the world of tomorrow should’ve been a cheaper world...
It didn’t look too good for the week’s other new releases also. The Bernie Mac comedy, Mr. 3000 came in a distant second place with an estimated gross of $9.2 million. Wimbledon, the latest/first in the burgeoning tennis genre took 4th place with $7.7 million. It wasn’t a good weekend for last week’s winner as well. Resident Evil: Apocalypse came in third place with an estimated $9 million. The flick dropped a huge 60.9% from its opening weekend. It just hasn’t really been that good of a September for any movies, but when has September ever been good for movies?
A pretty basic site here. There’s nothing but a synopsis, the trailer a photo gallery and screening times for the flick at the Toronto Film Festival...which is, umm over now. The full site is coming soon, or so it says, so just come back whenever that may be, because there’s not much here. Undertow opens on October 22 in limited release.
When Will I Be Loved: (www.ifcfilms.com/ifcfilmsflash/wwibl/)
This site isn’t very fancy, but there is some decent content here. There is a synopsis, the trailer, a photo gallery, biographies of the key players, a bit on the director, interviews and a full rundown of the cast and crew. There are also a couple of clips and you can even sign up for a sweepstakes. Everyone loves a good sweepstakes, right? Anyway, this is a fairly good site, and the movie is currently playing in limited release.
Vera Drake: (www.veradrake.com)
Well, this is yet another "site coming soon” sites that’s not worth a visit. All there is here is a background picture of whoever plays Drake and the movie’s trailer. Yeah, that’s it, but there should be more up here before this hits the theaters on October 10.
This site has a pretty slick design, and there is actually a lot to do here also. Under "The Movie” you get a synopsis, cast and crew list, a photo gallery and some production notes, which I think all official sites should add. Under "Downloads” you can, well, download some stuff like screensavers, AIM icons, e-cards and wallpapers. In "Media” you can watch trailers, TV spots, clips and interviews and in "Special Features” you get 4 featurettes that will most likely end up on the DVD. I thought that was a nice touch, to give us a little sneak preview of the featurettes. All in all, this is a very good site to what looks like a very good movie. Friday Night Lights hits theaters on October 8.
So, this was a good idea...why? Just reading about it was bad enough, and now seeing it looks a trillion times worse. First, they ripped off Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, somewhat, with the plot, they actually give Chucky a billing as MTV Movie Award nominee and the tagline, which used to be "Deliver Us Some Evil” which wasn’t too bad was switched to "Get a Load of Chucky”. Sexual innuendo’s in a movie starring a plastic frickin doll, people! I need a drink...
The cast is pretty solid here, with Christopher Walken, Michael Caine and Josh Lucas. The story, though, seems like an odd blend of It Runs in the Family and The Royal Tenenbaums...only not very good, unlike those movies. The stuff we see here has all been done before, it looks like, and this just doesn’t appeal to me at all. If it appeals to you, though, you can check it out in theaters on October 8 in limited release.
If you saw Sky Captain and the Blah Blah Blah this weekend, you probably saw this trailer, and if you’re like me you weren’t that impressed. I was surprised to see that Scott Frank and writer-actor-everything-guy Edward Burns wrote this flick because they’re both pretty good writers, and this doesn’t really look like a flick they would write. I mean, it doesn’t look totally bad. Giovanni Ribisi is in it, and he’s usually awesome...but then again, he was also in Sky Captain and the Blah Blah Blah, so who knows. This flick about a bunch of dudes who crash their plane in the Mongolian desert and have to rebuild it, might be a winner, but the trailer isn’t that good at all. The Flight of the Phoenix takes off into theaters on November 24.
I just don’t know about this one. The title character is a woman who, in the 1950s is helping out young ladies terminate unwanted pregnancies. Of course, this is against the law back then, so the long arm of the law stretches out to her and tears her life a new one. Looks sappy and dry and I doubt, even if this does come around these parts, that I’ll check this out. Vera Drake opens on October 10 in limited release.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
There wasn’t a whole lot to pick from in either category this week, but my favorite of the week goes to Vince Vaughn being a heckler. This just works on so many levels. He’s got that fast-talking, loud-as-hell/obnoxious act down to a science...and if you don’t believe me, go out and rent Made and tell me how much you wanted to kill him/his character after watching that flick. The guy is just plain funny as well, and I think he’ll be just smashing in this role. Ben Stiller will probably tag along, but his stock went up with Dodgeball, and Vaughn and Stiller usually work well together. I’m very interested in seeing who they will cast as the athlete Vaughn heckles, but I don’t think it will matter too much. This is going to be funny as hell, folks. I can just feel it.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
This one has to go to the Revenge of the Nerds remake. First of all, there are college flicks up the wazoo in the past few years, and only a handful are worth watching. Second, there is no real need to remake this. I agreed with The Manchurian Candidate remake, because the original was still so relevant to the state of paranoia and such in this country today, so it fit perfectly. Are nerds causing an uprising on college campuses across America today? I doubt it. And there is nothing really to update here. All that would be new is that the nerds would be typing on laptops instead of bulky desktop PC’s. There are still jocks and frat boys and, for the most part, they pretty much do the same damn thing now that they did then, so what’s the point? I don’t see one...