Thursday, August 23, 2007

G.I. Joe The Movie

Another live-action film will be based on a popular Hasbro toyline. With the recent success of the Transformers, Paramount Pictures decided to move along their plans in making the G.I. Joe film by hiring Stephen Sommers to direct the movie. Some of Sommers more renowned works include The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

"G.I. Joe" accepts movie assignment

In Theaters This Weekend (August 24-26, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. War - Jet Li, Jason Statham. Directed by Philip G. Atwell
  2. Mr. Bean's Holiday - Rowan Atkinson, Willem Defoe. Directed by Steve Bendelack.
  3. The Nanny Diaries - Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti. Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Superbad is Super Good: Movie is the Weekend Winner

Superbad wins the box office race this weekend as the teen comedy rakes in $33 million, edging out last week's number one movie Rush Hour 3, which placed at number 2, and the Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig sci-fi horror remake The Invasion, which tanked and opened at 5th place. Superbad stars relatively unknown actors Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, and produced by fast-rising Judd Apatow, whose previous works include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, and the surprise 2007 hit Knocked-Up.

Superbad tops US box office chart
'Superbad' Wins Weekend With $33 Million

Eleven Hurt on Set of Tom Cruise's Valkyrie

I still remember posting an article here about Tom Cruise getting protests from Germans for starring in the Germany-based movie Valkyrie, but here's another somewhat bad news. Eleven extras on the movie were injured when they fell off a truck whose side burst open while it was turning a corner.

Eleven injured on Cruise film set
Extras Hurt on Set of Tom Cruise Movie

Friday, August 17, 2007

What Makes a Movie a Success?

So what makes a movie a success, Oscars- or box office-wise? Psychology professor Dean Simonton thinks he knows the answers. He says most critically-acclaimed movies are R-rated and based on a true story or a novel.

You can read more about the article here.

I should mention a funny thing (for me at least) that was mentioned in the article. Tom O'Neil of expresses his rather not so positive thoughts on movie critics and why they usually give bright reviews to fairly obscure movies. I tend to agree with him.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

In Theaters This Weekend (August 17-19, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. The Invasion - Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue.
  2. Superbad - Michael Cera, Jonah Hill. Directed by Greg Mottola.
  3. The Last Legion - Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai. Directed by Doug Lefter.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The DVD Wars

Video formats are in another war. It's like the VHS-Betamax battle of the past, but this time, it's Blu-ray vs HD DVD. It's a catch-22 situation: manufacturers want the consumers to decide once and for all which format will win by letting them buy which DVD format they want. Consumers, however, don't want to shell out money on something that they're not even sure will be supported after a few years. There are players that support both type of DVDs, but they're expensive. Right now you can say it's a fairly even battle. HD DVD players are generally cheaper so many people buy them, but many film companies have decided to sell only Blu-ray DVDs.

Personally, I'm sticking with my old DVD and wait until a winner emerges.

Rush Hour Still a Hit Even After 6 Years

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker prove they still have charm over movie goers as their movie Rush Hour 3 tops the box office charts this weekend by earning a healthy $50.2 million. Stardust, another new entry this week, earned a measly $9.01 million to place 4th this week.

'Rush Hour' still in the fast lane
'Rush Hour 3' Debuts No. 1 at Box Office

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Salma Hayek and Disney are In Love

The popular Latina actress Salma Hayek has teamed up with Walt Disney Pictures for an as-yet unnamed romantic comedy. The movie will be about a conservative doctor who finds out that his soon-to-be wife (Hayek) had a popular Latin star for an ex-boyfriend. And to complicate things, the ex-boyfriend is trying to get back together with her.

She's also doing voice work for another Disney movie titled South of the Border .

Love is in the air for Hayek, Disney

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sex and the Movies

The movie version of the popular HBO series Sex and the City is slowly coming into fruition as Chris Noth signs up for the project. He'll be reprising his role as Mr. Big, the love interest of the main character Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Her 3 friends are also on board for the 2008 movie.

More "Sex" puts Mr. Big on big screen

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Voltron Movie Coming Soon!

With the recent success of Transformers, it seems that the new "fad" in Hollywood right now is to make a movie of old cartoon shows. New Regency and 20th Century Fox have teamed up to produce Voltron, a movie about 5 pilots who run robotic lions that can form together into one big gigantic ... robot.

I guess movies with epic battles ala Lord of the Rings are now out.

I'm not sure yet if I'm looking forward to this movie. I am a Voltron fan, but not a huge fan; I didn't have Voltron toys when I was a kid (then again they were expensive).

'Voltron' gets bigscreen go

Top Stars to Appear in Pink Panther Sequel

I honestly haven't seen the first Pink Panther movie (which starred Steve Martin; there's an older/original version of the movie I believe, which didn't have Martin in the lead role) but I thought this news is interesting enough for me to share it with you.

Several Hollywood stars and a former Miss World have joined the comedy cast of the next Pink Panther movie. Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina, and beauty queen turned Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai signed up for Pink Panther 2 to be detectives in the movie who will help Inspector Clouseau catch himself another high-profile thief.

'Pink Panther' sequel coming to life

In Theaters This Weekend (August 10-12, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. Rush Hour 3 - Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker. Directed by Brett Ratner.
  2. Stardust - Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, etc. Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
  3. Rocket Science - Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, etc. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz.
  4. Skinwalkers - Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra. Directed by James Isaac.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Reviews: Rush Hour 3

Things aren't looking too good for Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Reviews of their 3rd movie in the Rush Hour series are coming, and most of them are saying that the movie sucks. I like Jackie Chan movies so I'm hoping the critics are being overly critical about the movie.

25% Rotten at Third 'Rush Hour' Is Lazy, Flat's Review of Rush Hour 3

Connelly, Long In Talks for New Barrymore Ensemble Comedy

Jennifer Connelly and Justin Long, plus a couple of other actors, are in talks to star in Drew Barrymore's 2009 ensemble comedy He's Just Not That Into You. The New Line Cinema movie is based on the best-selling book of the same title written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo.

Connelly, Long "Just" right for Barrymore comedy

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hollywood Star for Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer who stars as a villain in the new musical comedy Hairspray gets her own Hollywood Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pfeiffer thanked her mother and father for giving her support when she decided to become an actress.

Pfeiffer Honored With Hollywood Star

Matt Damon is Top 'Moneymaker'

Forbes magazine's new chart says that film star Matt Damon brought in $29 of gross income for every $1 that he was paid for his latest films, making him the "best valued" Hollywood star. Other stars who made the list include Jennifer Aniston, the highest-placing female on the list at #5, and celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both making the list at #2 and #6 respectively.

Here's the rest of the list and their value according to Forbes magazine.

1 Matt Damon ($29 / dollar)
2 Brad Pitt ($24 / dollar)
3 Vince Vaughn ($21 / dollar)
3 Johnny Depp ($21 / dollar)
5 Jennifer Aniston ($17 / dollar)
6 Angelina Jolie ($15 / dollar)
7 Renee Zellwegger
8 Reese Witherspoon
9 Ben Stiller
10 Sandra Bullock

Hollywood star Damon 'best value'
Forbes: `Bourne' Star Is a Moneymaker

Monday, August 6, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum Conquers Box Office, Breaks Records

The Matt Damon-Paul Greengrass spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum proved a winner as it conquers the North American box office this weekend with a whopping $70 million, the biggest August opening yet. Last week's winner The Simpsons Movie slips to number 2, while Disney movie Underdog enters the charts at number 3 with $12 million.

Third Bourne movie tops US chart
'The Bourne Ultimatum' Earns $70 Million
'Bourne' breaks box office records

Friday, August 3, 2007

Eddie Murphy Admits Paternity of Scary Spice's Child

A day after Spice Girls member Melanie Brown filed court papers in the US to legally establish the Dreamgirls actor as the father of her child, Eddie Murphy has publicly announced that he is indeed the father. Mel B. and Eddie Murphy dated a few months in 2006. Murphy filed for divorce from Nicole Mitchell Murphy in 2005.

Eddie Murphy confirms paternity
Murphy says he fathered Brown's daughter

Thursday, August 2, 2007

In Theaters This Weekend (August 3-5, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum - Matt Damon, Edgar Ramirez, Joan Allen, etc. Directed by Paul Greengrass.
  2. The Ten - Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder. Directed by David Wain.
  3. El Cantante - Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Leon Ichaso.
  4. Becoming Jane - Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, etc. Directed by Julian Jarrold.
  5. Underdog - Peter Dinklage, Jason Lee, Amy Adams, etc. Directed by Frederik Du Chau.

Rush Hour 3 Banned in China

In an article I posted a couple of days ago, it said that Chinese people were angered with the third Rush Hour movie, but the Film Bureau denied banning the movie. Now, they have confirmed that Rush Hour 3 is indeed banned in China for "commercial reasons."

China's censors ban 'Rush Hour 3'

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Shrek 4 in Theaters May 21, 2010

The fourth movie in the highly successful Shrek movies will be released on May 21, 2010, according to DreamWorks Animation and Paramount.

Fourth 'Shrek' eyes 2010