Weekly Ketchup: Len Wiseman Will Direct the Mummy Reboot

Plus, new roles for Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Gina Carano.

This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for the video game adaptation Spy Hunter, a sort-of-kind-of prequel for The Passion of the Christ, a new version of The Mummy, and new roles for actresses Gina Carano, Dame Judi Dench, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Hilary Swank.


This Week's Top Story

NEW GIGS FOR THE DIRECTORS OF ZOMBIELAND, MEN IN BLACK, AND UNDERWORLD

In picking the top movie development story for the week, it became something of a three way tie. So we're just going to cover all three stories in this cover story, under the theme of genre directors taking on big (potential) franchises. First up is the long-in-development New Line Cinema adaptation of the 1983 arcade video game Spy Hunter, which has in the past been tackled (unsuccessfully) by directors like John Woo and Paul W. S. Anderson. Spy Hunter is now a project for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, whose next film will be the recently delayed Gangster Squad. Next up is the Warner Bros comic book adaptation Lore, which Dwayne Johnson was cast in a few months ago, at which time it was compared to being like Men in Black, but for mythological creatures. Well, the comparison was solidified this week as Warner Bros is now in talks with Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of all three Men in Black movies. Finally, there is the job of directing Universal Pictures' newest reboot of The Mummy, one of their Universal Classic Monsters, which has gone to Len Wiseman, the man behind some of the Underworld movies, and most recently, the remake of Total Recall. It should be noted that just because these three movies were collectively the top stories of the week, it doesn't mean that in any other week they might not be Rotten Ideas. Because they probably would be.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 ANNE HATHAWAY MIGHT STAR IN STEVEN SPIELBERG'S ROBOPOCALYPSE

With the ambitious biopic Lincoln still a month away from release, director Steven Spielberg is already casting up his adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel Robopocalypse, which looks to take Spielberg back to the eye candy that helped establish his career. It's been known for a while that Spielberg had cast Chris Hemsworth (AKA Thor) as the film's lead, but this week, word of two other actors were added to the mix. Although she is not yet officially signed, Anne Hathaway appears to be Spielberg's choice for the female lead. Another likely chosen actor is Ben Whishaw as a hacker named Lurker, in a role that will be seen after Whishaw's appearances in Cloud Atlas and in Skyfall as the new Q. Finally, there's a third addition to the film this week, but it's a newsworthy producer, not a cast member. Tom Rothman, who just last week announced his stepping down as the head of 20th Century Fox, will be joining Steven Spielberg as one of the producers of Robopocalypse. Filming is expected to begin in early 2013, aiming for an April 25, 2014 release date via Disney's Touchstone Pictures.


#2 DAME JUDI DENCH AND THE QUEEN DIRECTOR UNITE FOR ADOPTION DRAMA PHILOMENA

Stephen Frears may hold the title for directing some of the best known and critically acclaimed movies without actually being known by name (in the USA, anyway) himself. Frears' filmography includes Dangeous Liaisons, The Grifters, High Fidelity, My Beautiful Laundrette, and The Queen. Stephen Frears' next film will be an adaptation of the non-fiction book by Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, whose title will be shortened to Philomena. The movie will tell the true story of an Irish teenager who gave birth to a son at a convent in 1952, with the baby eventually being "sold" for adoption to an anonymous family somewhere in the United States. Dame Judi Dench will play Philomena searching for her son 50 years later, who is now a successful Washington, D.C. lawyer with AIDS, also searching for his mother before he dies. Steve Coogan will costar as author Martin Sixsmith himself. Filming will start in November, as a production of Pathe, BBC Films, and Coogan's production company Baby Cow.


#3 STREEP AND SWANK JOIN TOMMY LEE JONES IN THE HOMESMAN

The Homesman is the title of a historical drama to be adapted and directed by Tommy Lee Jones, from a novel by Glendon Swarthout. This week, it was revealed that Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank are also attached to costar along with Tommy Lee Jones. The 19th century drama tells the story of a pioneer couple (Jones and Swank) escorting three insane women across the American prairie (Streep is expected to play one of those women). Tommy Lee Jones has directed a few different movies now, with his feature film debut being 2005's The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The addition of Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank makes this one his highest profile film as director yet. That wasn't the only Hilary Swank news this week, however. The actress is also set to star in a film called You're Not You, based on a novel by Michelle Wildgen. Swank will play a fatally ill woman who befriends her younger female caretaker (not yet cast). It's expected that Jeremy Renner will also costar as the older professor lover of the young caretaker. You're Not You will be the second feature film for director George C. Wolfe after 2008's Nights in Rodanthe.


#4 TOM HARDY JOINS THE MOUNTAIN CLIMBING BIOPIC EVEREST

This is another story of a successful director casting up his next movie before his previous film is released (and in this case, while that film is still filming). Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity) is currently filming the Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie All You Need is Kill, and his next film will be the mountain climbing biopic Everest, based on the Jeffrey Archer book Paths of Glory. That book tells the true story of different men's attempts in the 1920s to be the first to climb to the top of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain. Tom Hardy (AKA Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) has signed on to play George Mallory, the British climber that Archer's book claims was successful before Sir Edmund Hillary (the answer that will actually score you a point on a school exam, especially in New Zealand).


#5 HAYWIRE STAR GINA CARANO IS THE FIRST FEMALE EXPENDABLE (OR WHATEVER THEY'LL EVENTUALLY BE CALLED)

Earlier this summer, one of the headlines involved the plans for a female version of The Expendables (which, to be clear, won't be called that, because it's not the same company). This gave pretty much every movie news writer an opportunity to start listing all the classic female action stars they'd like to see in such a film (which usually started with Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton). This week we learned that Haywire breakout star Gina Carano is the first actress to actually officially sign on for the movie, in what is probably closer to the Jason Statham-type role.



#6 MARK MILLAR MAKES HIS MARK MANNING MARVEL (...AT FOX)

One of the most talked about trends in the last 10 years in comic books is the way that specific writers at both DC and Marvel have made huge creative impacts over each company's characters. Specifically, we're thinking here of Grant Morrison and/or Geoff Johns at DC, and Brian Michael Bendis at Marvel (writer of almost every major Marvel arc from 2004 to 2009). This idea of handing one man the keys to the kingdom has also started to expand to the movies, with Christopher Nolan acting as a "godfather" to WB's Man of Steel, and Joss Whedon recently signing on to oversee Marvel Studio's Phase II movies following the success of The Avengers. This week, we learned that another major portion of the movie properties based on Marvel Comics, those whose rights belong to 20th Century Fox, are also now going to be similiarly shepherded. In this case, the job will be going to Mark Millar, the Scottish writer best known for creating the comics that became the feature films Wanted and Kick-Ass. The movie franchises at issue here are Fantastic Four and X-Men (with Daredevil and Elektra likely to revert back to Marvel soon). Soon after the announcement, Mark Millar went online to talk (vaguely) about his own plans for these two seminal and popular comic book movie franchises.


#7 IS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE GOOD TO THE LAST DROP

Singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake has landed yet another role, this time in a romantic dramedy called The Last Drop. Timberlake will play "a charming alcoholic working as a restaurant critic for New York Magazine who falls for a young woman and realizes he must overcome his addiction in order to have a relationship with her." The Last Drop was formerly listed on the Black List of Unproduced Screenplays, and was written by newcomers Brandon and Phil Murphy. The Last Drop will be an independent production directed by Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas).




#8 SIR BEN KINGSLEY MAY PLAY KING HEROD IN THE SORT-OF PREQUEL TO THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Although Mel Gibson is entirely uninvolved, Gibson's cowriter on The Passion of the Christ has cowritten a film that is basically a prequel called Mary Mother of Christ, focusing on the time following Christ's birth. Benedict Fitzgerald also cowrote the 1979 John Huston film Wise Blood, and was joined as cowriter of Mary Mother of Christ by Barbara Nicolosi, a former nun. Casting is currently underway, with Sir Ben Kingsley circling the central role of King Herod the Great, the man behind the Massacre of the Innocents that led up to Christ's birth. Mary herself will be played by Israeli actress Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Peter O'Toole has been cast as Symeon, and Julia Ormond will play Mary's cousin Elizabeth. The producers are reportedly seeking Dame Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville to play Anna the Prophetess and Satan, respectively. Mary Mother of Christ will be the second film for director Alister Grierson, who made his feature debut in 2011 with Sanctum, executive produced by James Cameron. Mary Mother of Christ will be executive produced by Pastor Joel Osteen, and distributed by Lionsgate, most likely in 2014.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#1 NICOLAS CAGE TO STAR IN SOUTHLAND TALES DIRECTOR'S AMICUS

There was a time when writer/director Richard Kelly was considered to be one of the independent scene's most promising new creatives. Namely, that period was after Donnie Darko, and before... pretty much everything else (namely Southland Tales and The Box). People, however, still get warm fuzzies when they hear the words Donnie Darko, and so Richard Kelly continues to be able to get financing for his new films. The latest such project is called Amicus, and it will star Nicolas Cage as an attorney who helps a family filing a lawsuit against a Motown Records executive who hired a Detroit hitman to murder family members for the inheritance. So, yeah, this movie has at least two elements that help make it the Rotten Idea in an otherwise inoffensive week. I pointed out one, I'll let you, the reader, figure out the other.

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Comments

prr32

Paul Roman

I love me some Nic Cage

Sep 28 - 05:25 PM

Robbie Jordan

Robbie Jordan

If it's not Space Ass then I'm not interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eExfV_xKaiM

Oct 5 - 06:12 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

01 - Ladies & Gents: Len Wiseman, the obligatory remake helmer. Man, must it suck being pigeonholed into doing one type of thing. A thankless job, to be sure, and one that has no winners.

02 - With the exception of the Indy trilogy (yes, trilogy. Fuck you, Chrystal Skull) and Jaws, none of Spielberg's work strikes a chord with me. I find his movies incredibly obvious in its emotional manipulation; you can practically see the strings being pulled on your heart, and my natural reaction is to raise two middle fingers and refuse to allow myself to be duped by such clumsy emotional appeals. I'm not interested in this movie, is what I'm trying to say. Since it's Spielberg, I felt like I needed to explain myself a little here.

03 - Meh. More sappy crap.

04 - This might be interesting, if filmed correctly. I've been quite satisfied with Jones as director, especially Three Burials..., which I found to be great. Definitely will be better than watching him suffer through another MiB. It's like Orson Welles appearing in Casino Royale, so pitying as to be physically painful to endure. Keeping my eye on this one.

05 - Awesome. Bane is good. More Bain is better. But seriously, the story is intriguing as well. Hopefully they'll show him actually climbing the mountain armed with all the newest technology circa-1920s.

06 - I still think this is a stupid fucking idea.

07 - Hmm... his style is generally not very PG-friendly. I still urge everyone to read Wanted, as it's nothing like the piece of shit Timyr squatted out. Oh, Timyr.. you Russian embarrassment, you.

08 - Timberlake in new romantic dra- *already don't care.* NEXT! (and no, I'm not referring to that Nicolas Cage-starring abortion.)

09 - Has Kinsley ever turned down a role? Well, regardless, it can't be much worse than the PoP "character" he had to play. As for the movie- don't really care about it. Religion can just roll over and die already, as far as I'm concerned.

10 - Wow, that premise took a turn for the terrible pretty fast, dinnit? Started out ok, a cool little drama by a once-promising director (still can't believe he didn't show us Buffy's goods when she was PLAYING A PORNSTAR!!) about a lawyer taking on a MR exec who...... oh. That's fucking stupid.

Seriously, she was playing a pornstar, and didn't even flash a tit. Fuck you, Richard Kelly. Darko DC sucked.

Sep 28 - 05:34 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Jurassic Park, Close Encounter's of the Third Kind, none of that was to your fancy?

Sep 29 - 05:36 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

I'm with Watcher on this one. Even the Spielberg movies I like usually find some way to bug me, some more than others. Although to Watcher's list I would've added Spielberg's crowning moment "Duel". (only half-kidding there. Love that movie)

Sep 29 - 06:39 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Duel is good too.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Yep. All of these are awesome. :)

Sep 29 - 08:01 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Schindler's List is probably his most egregiously manipulative work to date. SPR fetishizes war like it's some CoD videogame, I hated Minority Report (don't really know why. By all accounts, it's good, but I can't stand it,) JP had a good premise, but the clever raptors opening doors and hunting for the kids ruined the entire thing (ugh, especially hate the kids in Spielberg's movies,) Close Enc. is annoying in its moral messaging, and Catch Me, while interesting, was kinda lifeless. It's still probably one of the best he made simply cos there's not as much sentimentality in it.

Sep 29 - 10:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

What's the moral message of "Close Encounters"? Obviously, Spielberg's hypersentimentality is too well known to argue over, and I'm a "Jaws", "Raiders" man myself, but I honestly don't find "CE3K" to be very heavy handed at all.

Sep 30 - 07:50 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

The guy chooses to be with aliens over his wife and young son. What's the moral messaging there?

Oct 1 - 09:39 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

THE WATCHER ISN'T AMERICAN and therefore abdicates "American Culture (esp. Spielberg movies)" . . . before the dark and gloomy 1990s American film was filled with sentimentality and optimism. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Columbia, 1980 reissue), ET-The Extraterrestrial (Universal, 1982), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981), Empire Strikes Back (20th Century Fox, 1980), Return of the Jedi (FOX, 1983), Poltergeist (MGM, 1982) each featured underlying themes of governmental paranoia and inhuman greed of big business offset by optimistically supernatural themes -- Raiders of the Lost Ark is supernatural in the sense that "God" is in the titular Ark containing The Ten Commandments and at the end the ghost pops-out and literally melts all the government NAZI agents; in Poltergeist the Big Business Developer (James Karen) moves all the tombstones and not the bodies in the graves causing ghosts to "pop-out" and wreak havoc.// THE WATCHER who was not born in America and is not American cannot see nor value (nor appreciate) the aforementioned themes and therefore condemns the aforementioned films --- mayge, THE WATCHER likes Star Wars- Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (films that condemn the Big Government ["anthropomorphized" as The Empire) . . . The Supernatural "THE FORCE" triumphs in all the Star Wars movies./// maybe you have to be American to appreciate The Supernatural . . even E.T. utilized supernatural means to return to life . . . THE WATCHER HATES E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial. BE SURE TO VOTE DEMOCRATIC on ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th 2012 . . . Republicans are like the evil Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Republicans are brutal, inhumane people who love to horde money and kill the dreams of under-privileged American people.

Sep 29 - 10:48 AM

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Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Printed twice . . . DARN IT!

Sep 29 - 10:49 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Fucking hell, Gordon, you're INSANE!! Hahaha, I love it!

Sep 29 - 03:24 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You misspelled hoard, rebel scum.

Sep 29 - 08:12 PM

Lt. Aldo Raine

Andrew Wilcutt

Everyone always forgets Munich. A classic in my mind.

Sep 29 - 10:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Well intentioned, but flawed.

Sep 30 - 07:53 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

Well really if you've read some of the trash Watcher throws around here you'd notice that it borders a line of ignorant douche like Gordon Terry here borders between paranoid troll.

Some people simply enjoy being that person that stands out in the crowd that goes against the typical ways to garner more attention... although it could be a foreigner thing as well, but all in all... don't be so shocked.

Sep 30 - 08:46 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yes. I have a different opinion than you so I MUST be just trolling. Or, I just, you know, have a different opinion than you and am not afraid to share it. Idiot.

Oct 1 - 07:26 AM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I'd take a double look there genius, I referred to Terry as the paranoid troll, not you.

Oct 1 - 03:07 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

"Well really if you've read some of the trash Watcher throws around here you'd notice that it borders a line of ignorant douche"

That WASN'T directed at me? Like I said: idiot.

Oct 1 - 08:54 PM

Caleb Manasco

Caleb Manasco

02 is Stephen Frears, not Stephen Spielberg.

Sep 29 - 10:31 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No, you're mistaken. My TOP STORY is #1, and it's not numbered in RT's Ketchup, so RT's #1 is then my #2, and so on. The Frears story is my #3.

Sep 30 - 12:00 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

I generally like Speilberg but I have to agree with you to a certain extent; he's often over-hyped and I do fell a little manipulated, and the films can feel a little by the numbers but he can generally be relied on and usually mixes it up between films. Minority report was good despite the massive plot hole at the end SORT OF SPOILERS BUT NOT REALLY: there would have been another ball! Anyway as Simba noted he has made a lot of good/great/fantastic films too so I'd say I like him more than dislike him. Still don't know whose seen the trailer for Lincoln but I was so excited to see it and thought the film had such promise what with Daniel Day-Lewis and such rich source material and then I saw the trailer and it looks terrible. The trailer looks so over the top and sappy and, as you say Watcher, manipulative. I hope this is the reverse of most trailers and this one is showing all the worst bits, but something tells me this will be a major mis-fire. It's a Shame.

Oct 2 - 08:34 AM

Jamie Eldredge

Jamie Eldredge

There was no second ball because the precogs weren't assembled. He says that, that is why he can also kill the FBI agent in which he explains as well.

Oct 2 - 01:31 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

When he makes the murder look like a murder from years earlier they think its an echo and erase it but there should still be a ball. And if the precogs weren't assembled why would he need to make it look like an echo?

Oct 5 - 09:47 AM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

I haven't seen any of his other apparently great movies, I'll get around to that, but I'm pretty sure I'm with you about Spielberg. When I watched War Horse I wanted to punch someone in the face. When I found it was nommed for best effing picture I was actually speechless with how awful it all was.

Oct 3 - 10:11 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I honestly don't understand how a Richard Kelly project, even one as crazy as the Lawrence Horn story, can be considered more rotten than any project Ok'd for Len Wiseman, much less a franchise handed over to the man who produced one of this summer's most tepid releases. Nicolas Cage is better than even an alcoholic Timberlake, I'm sure of it. However, I am interested in a new Tommy Lee Jones directoral effort.

Sep 28 - 05:45 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Sir you did see where they said the Len project would otherwise be negative.. and Richard Kelly only has 1 movie that's positive and 2 or 3 that are negative

Sep 28 - 07:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I mean that I don't see how "Amicus" is any more rotten than a number of these stories. Kelly is a very interesting director to me, "Southland Tales" is a trainwreck, but hardly a boring one, and "The Box" is a pretty faithful adaptation of the Richard Matheson story. "Amicus" is a semi-legendary story, similar to Phil Spector. Lawrence Horn was chief engineer at Motown during the mid-60s when the Motown sound became a defined force on the radio. This otherwise audio genius then turned to having his family murdered. If only Nicolas Cage can bring justice!

Sep 30 - 08:00 PM

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DBrock

David E-Brock

This is a movie site. Please STFU about politics. If you really think one party is evil and the other party is good than you are a fool. All politicians are criminal looking out for only their own interests. Fuck republicans AND democrats. You wanna talk politics talk about political movies. Save it for your damn facebook page.

Sep 29 - 12:08 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Right on!

Sep 29 - 11:22 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Can we all just wait until the debates? I have faith that these will end any notion that Obama needs the help of anyone on any comment section on any corner of the internet. Relax. Barry's got this, folks.

Sep 30 - 08:03 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Sir you did see where they said the Len project would otherwise be negative.. and Richard Kelly only has 1 movie that's positive and 2 or 3 that are negative

Sep 28 - 07:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I mean that I don't see how "Amicus" is any more rotten than a number of these stories. Kelly is a very interesting director to me, "Southland Tales" is a trainwreck, but hardly a boring one, and "The Box" is a pretty faithful adaptation of the Richard Matheson story. "Amicus" is a semi-legendary story, similar to Phil Spector. Lawrence Horn was chief engineer at Motown during the mid-60s when the Motown sound became a defined force on the radio. This otherwise audio genius then turned to having his family murdered. If only Nicolas Cage can bring justice!

Sep 30 - 08:00 PM

Tom Carter

Tom Carter

As far as the "female Expendables" thing, here are who Entertainment Weekly thinks should join Carano: Rooney Mara, Sharon Stone, Michelle Rodriguez, Linda Hamilton, Milla Jovovich, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Angelina Jolie, Sigourney Weaver. Also good candidates: Uma Thurman, Carrie-Ann Moss, Zoe Saldana, Malin Akerman, Kate Beckinsale, Scarlett Johansson. Any other ideas?

Sep 28 - 09:04 PM

Danny Tiede

Danny Tiede

How about that Starla chick from Napoleon Dynamite?

Sep 29 - 12:14 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Betty White

Sep 30 - 08:04 PM

Jordan Cheryba

Jordan Cheryba

no pam grier?

Oct 1 - 05:51 PM

Danny Tiede

Danny Tiede

How about that Starla chick from Napoleon Dynamite?

Sep 29 - 12:14 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Uh no, a new Nic Cage is not rotten if anything it should be the fresh development, I'd rather watch a crappy Nic Cage film then a shitty Mummy remake as if we need another one of those.

Sep 29 - 12:41 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I concur. Better yet, where's Nicolas Cage's The Mummy?

Sep 30 - 08:07 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Jurassic Park, Close Encounter's of the Third Kind, none of that was to your fancy?

Sep 29 - 05:36 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

I'm with Watcher on this one. Even the Spielberg movies I like usually find some way to bug me, some more than others. Although to Watcher's list I would've added Spielberg's crowning moment "Duel". (only half-kidding there. Love that movie)

Sep 29 - 06:39 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Duel is good too.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Yep. All of these are awesome. :)

Sep 29 - 08:01 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Schindler's List is probably his most egregiously manipulative work to date. SPR fetishizes war like it's some CoD videogame, I hated Minority Report (don't really know why. By all accounts, it's good, but I can't stand it,) JP had a good premise, but the clever raptors opening doors and hunting for the kids ruined the entire thing (ugh, especially hate the kids in Spielberg's movies,) Close Enc. is annoying in its moral messaging, and Catch Me, while interesting, was kinda lifeless. It's still probably one of the best he made simply cos there's not as much sentimentality in it.

Sep 29 - 10:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

What's the moral message of "Close Encounters"? Obviously, Spielberg's hypersentimentality is too well known to argue over, and I'm a "Jaws", "Raiders" man myself, but I honestly don't find "CE3K" to be very heavy handed at all.

Sep 30 - 07:50 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

The guy chooses to be with aliens over his wife and young son. What's the moral messaging there?

Oct 1 - 09:39 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

THE WATCHER ISN'T AMERICAN and therefore abdicates "American Culture (esp. Spielberg movies)" . . . before the dark and gloomy 1990s American film was filled with sentimentality and optimism. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Columbia, 1980 reissue), ET-The Extraterrestrial (Universal, 1982), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981), Empire Strikes Back (20th Century Fox, 1980), Return of the Jedi (FOX, 1983), Poltergeist (MGM, 1982) each featured underlying themes of governmental paranoia and inhuman greed of big business offset by optimistically supernatural themes -- Raiders of the Lost Ark is supernatural in the sense that "God" is in the titular Ark containing The Ten Commandments and at the end the ghost pops-out and literally melts all the government NAZI agents; in Poltergeist the Big Business Developer (James Karen) moves all the tombstones and not the bodies in the graves causing ghosts to "pop-out" and wreak havoc.// THE WATCHER who was not born in America and is not American cannot see nor value (nor appreciate) the aforementioned themes and therefore condemns the aforementioned films --- mayge, THE WATCHER likes Star Wars- Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (films that condemn the Big Government ["anthropomorphized" as The Empire) . . . The Supernatural "THE FORCE" triumphs in all the Star Wars movies./// maybe you have to be American to appreciate The Supernatural . . even E.T. utilized supernatural means to return to life . . . THE WATCHER HATES E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial. BE SURE TO VOTE DEMOCRATIC on ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th 2012 . . . Republicans are like the evil Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Republicans are brutal, inhumane people who love to horde money and kill the dreams of under-privileged American people.

Sep 29 - 10:48 AM

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Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Printed twice . . . DARN IT!

Sep 29 - 10:49 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Fucking hell, Gordon, you're INSANE!! Hahaha, I love it!

Sep 29 - 03:24 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You misspelled hoard, rebel scum.

Sep 29 - 08:12 PM

Lt. Aldo Raine

Andrew Wilcutt

Everyone always forgets Munich. A classic in my mind.

Sep 29 - 10:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Well intentioned, but flawed.

Sep 30 - 07:53 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

Well really if you've read some of the trash Watcher throws around here you'd notice that it borders a line of ignorant douche like Gordon Terry here borders between paranoid troll.

Some people simply enjoy being that person that stands out in the crowd that goes against the typical ways to garner more attention... although it could be a foreigner thing as well, but all in all... don't be so shocked.

Sep 30 - 08:46 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yes. I have a different opinion than you so I MUST be just trolling. Or, I just, you know, have a different opinion than you and am not afraid to share it. Idiot.

Oct 1 - 07:26 AM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I'd take a double look there genius, I referred to Terry as the paranoid troll, not you.

Oct 1 - 03:07 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

"Well really if you've read some of the trash Watcher throws around here you'd notice that it borders a line of ignorant douche"

That WASN'T directed at me? Like I said: idiot.

Oct 1 - 08:54 PM

King  S.

King Simba

So after delivering one of the the biggest flops of the year with Total Recall Len Wiseman is given the reigns to another big budget remake? I don't get movie studios sometimes. Anyway, this is yet another reason for me to be uninterested in a new Mummy movie. Len Wiseman only has one good movie on his resume (Die Hard 4) and that was from a franchise that seems almost immune to bad directors (Heck, even Renny Harlin managed to deliver a good Die Hard flick). Also, I'm not sure I see the need to make everything dark and gritty these days. Didn't Avengers prove that you can make a film lighthearted and fun and still rake in tons of dough? Also, while I know it gets a bad reputation I thought the Stephen Sommers remake was a pretty entertaining flick, so I don't really see the need for another remake.

Curious about Spy Hunter. I loved Zombieland (my favorite zombie horror/comedie, yes I perfer it slightly to Shaun of the Dead) though I haven't heard very many good things about Thirty Minutes or Less. Then again, the premises never really seemed like one that would offer much potential for comedy. Maybe he director can bounce back with Spy hunter, though my hopes aren't too high given the track record of video game adaptations. Not sure about Lore, as Barry Sonnenfield is a very hit and miss director.

I actually bought the novel Robopocalypse just because I heard Steven Spielberg was making a movie about it, though I still haven't read it, so i can't talk about its quality. The premises doesnt seem very original but hey if it's a Steven Spielberg film then count me on board, especially given how he compared it to Minority Report, which was one of my favorite science fiction film of the past decade.

Didn't Nolan state something along the lines of that after Man of Steel he's done with comic book adaptations and that he wonthave avythi incolvement in the upcoming Justice League? So while I'm sure Warner Bros would love to have him manning the upcomming DC adaptations it doesn't look like it's going to happen. As for Mark Millar manning Marvel at fox, personally I'd rather see the keys given to a director. What worked for comics doesn't always work for movies.

Just curious how did the Mary Mother of Christ get labelled fresh? Shouldn't it being from the direcot of Sanctum automatically make it rotten?

Sep 29 - 06:13 AM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Between you and me, I think remakes just have to go away.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Javier Barthe

Javier Barthe

I dont think they'll ever go away but they DEFINTELY have to tone them down.

Sep 30 - 01:37 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

TOTAL RECALL looks to be unforgivably bad and what could be worse than Steve Sommers' The Mummy (actually people enjoyed The Mummy) . . . nothing could be worse than Steve Sommers' VAN HELSING (I HATE that movie, period). looking forward to SPY HUNTER (the Gamecube and XBOX games are AWESOME . . . Peter Gun Theme playing throughout the Colecovision version is awesome)//// THe PASSION OF THE CHRIST pre-quel seems exciting.

Sep 29 - 10:54 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Van Helsing was so cheesy I couldn't enjoy it, just painful to watch. I must have rolled my eyes 100 times. To sum it up, a kid and his dad were leaving the theater with me after watching the movie and the dad says "Hey that was great wasn't it?" and the kid gives him this look like 'WTF were you watching?".

Sep 29 - 08:19 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

I'm with Watcher on this one. Even the Spielberg movies I like usually find some way to bug me, some more than others. Although to Watcher's list I would've added Spielberg's crowning moment "Duel". (only half-kidding there. Love that movie)

Sep 29 - 06:39 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Duel is good too.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Yep. All of these are awesome. :)

Sep 29 - 08:01 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Duel is good too.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

Between you and me, I think remakes just have to go away.

Sep 29 - 08:03 AM

Javier Barthe

Javier Barthe

I dont think they'll ever go away but they DEFINTELY have to tone them down.

Sep 30 - 01:37 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Schindler's List is probably his most egregiously manipulative work to date. SPR fetishizes war like it's some CoD videogame, I hated Minority Report (don't really know why. By all accounts, it's good, but I can't stand it,) JP had a good premise, but the clever raptors opening doors and hunting for the kids ruined the entire thing (ugh, especially hate the kids in Spielberg's movies,) Close Enc. is annoying in its moral messaging, and Catch Me, while interesting, was kinda lifeless. It's still probably one of the best he made simply cos there's not as much sentimentality in it.

Sep 29 - 10:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

What's the moral message of "Close Encounters"? Obviously, Spielberg's hypersentimentality is too well known to argue over, and I'm a "Jaws", "Raiders" man myself, but I honestly don't find "CE3K" to be very heavy handed at all.

Sep 30 - 07:50 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

The guy chooses to be with aliens over his wife and young son. What's the moral messaging there?

Oct 1 - 09:39 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

THE WATCHER ISN'T AMERICAN and therefore abdicates "American Culture (esp. Spielberg movies)" . . . before the dark and gloomy 1990s American film was filled with sentimentality and optimism. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Columbia, 1980 reissue), ET-The Extraterrestrial (Universal, 1982), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981), Empire Strikes Back (20th Century Fox, 1980), Return of the Jedi (FOX, 1983), Poltergeist (MGM, 1982) each featured underlying themes of governmental paranoia and inhuman greed of big business offset by optimistically supernatural themes -- Raiders of the Lost Ark is supernatural in the sense that "God" is in the titular Ark containing The Ten Commandments and at the end the ghost pops-out and literally melts all the government NAZI agents; in Poltergeist the Big Business Developer (James Karen) moves all the tombstones and not the bodies in the graves causing ghosts to "pop-out" and wreak havoc.// THE WATCHER who was not born in America and is not American cannot see nor value (nor appreciate) the aforementioned themes and therefore condemns the aforementioned films --- mayge, THE WATCHER likes Star Wars- Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (films that condemn the Big Government ["anthropomorphized" as The Empire) . . . The Supernatural "THE FORCE" triumphs in all the Star Wars movies./// maybe you have to be American to appreciate The Supernatural . . even E.T. utilized supernatural means to return to life . . . THE WATCHER HATES E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial. BE SURE TO VOTE DEMOCRATIC on ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th 2012 . . . Republicans are like the evil Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Republicans are brutal, inhumane people who love to horde money and kill the dreams of under-privileged American people.

Sep 29 - 10:48 AM

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Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Printed twice . . . DARN IT!

Sep 29 - 10:49 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Fucking hell, Gordon, you're INSANE!! Hahaha, I love it!

Sep 29 - 03:24 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You misspelled hoard, rebel scum.

Sep 29 - 08:12 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Printed twice . . . DARN IT!

Sep 29 - 10:49 AM

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