Weekly Ketchup: WB makes plans for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash

Plus, Megan Fox gets replaced by a lingerie model.

This week's Ketchup features a lot of big name franchises. Included in the mix are movies based on Aquaman, Dilbert, The Flash, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, MAD Magazine, Mass Effect, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman, as well as new movies for Christian Bale, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis.


FRESH DEVELOPMENTS


#1 SUPER FRIENDS WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN AND THE FLASH AREN'T FAR BEHIND GREEN LANTERN
Details of Time Warner's investor day were reported online this week, and they include plenty of new details about Warner Bros' plans for DC Comics superheroes. First, there is The Flash, and the news that a movie based on the super-speedster is "nearing a greenlight," which suggests a release date sometime in 2012 (after the 6/17/11 release of Green Lantern). Also in development are movies for Wonder Woman, Aquaman and characters from MAD Magazine (possibly Spy vs Spy?). This is, of course, not the first time we've heard about plans for a Wonder Woman movie, as there has been talk about about a movie for well over 10 years now. Whenever a beautiful young and athletic brunette actress comes upon the scene, it seems like rumors of a Wonder Woman movie aren't too far behind. However, the inclusion of Wonder Woman on WB's short list is a completely different matter. As for Aquaman, that's a character that has not really been in any active form of development much, although there was that movie-within-a-TV-show directed by James Cameron on Entourage a few years back. Also surprising was the revelation that Warner Bros is already scheduling Sherlock Holmes 2 for a mid-December, 2011 release date, just two years after the first movie opened a few months ago. The Hangover 2 now has a release date of May 26, 2011, which is basically Memorial Day weekend next year. Finally, although they were already announced, it would be an oversight not to mention (again) that the third Christopher Nolan Batman movie is scheduled for July 20, 2012. And the next Superman movie (which Nolan is also guiding through development) is scheduled for a release in the holiday season of late 2012.


#2 LEGENDARY HIRES I AM LEGEND COWRITER TO ADAPT MASS EFFECT
Legendary Pictures is the Warner Bros-based company responsible for movies like 300, Watchmen, The Dark Knight and Clash of the Titans. Legendary mostly focuses on genre movies, and also has Jonah Hex and Inception coming this summer, and Godzilla, Batman 3, Superman: The Man of Steel and the Warcraft movie in development. This week, Legendary acquired the film rights to Mass Effect from EA/BioWare, adding another video game franchise to its development slate. Mass Effect was first released in 2007 on the XBox 360 (and later on the PC), and was the first game in a planned trilogy. The two Mass Effect games released thus far are set in the late 22nd century and follow the outer space adventures of an officer named Shepard as humans attempt to establish their place among the many spacefaring alien races. Mass Effect is being adapted by screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell; cowriter of I Am Legend), who also cowrote next year's Thor and the planned remakes of Oldboy and The Bride of Frankenstein.


#3 GRUMPY CHRISTIAN BALE MIGHT GET EVEN GRIMMER IN THE REVENANT
With the notable exception of American Psycho, Christian Bale's filmography is dominated by grim and tough characters. His latest project continues this path as Bale is in talks to work with director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) on a movie called The Revenant. Based upon a novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant is a revenge story about a 1800s frontiersman (Bale) who hunts down the men who left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear. At one time, Samuel L. Jackson was attached to star in The Revenant, but Bale appears to have replaced Jackson. The Revenant was adapted by screenwriter Mark L. Smith (Vacancy), who also wrote Joe Dante's upcoming film, The Hole. There's no word yet on when The Revenant will start filming, but you don't have to wait long to see the next western from director John Hillcoat. This Saturday, FOX will premiere Hillcoat's 30-minute short film filmed based upon the video game Red Dead Redemption.


#4 QUENTIN TARANTINO'S JACKIE BROWN GETS A PREQUEL... SORT OF
Quentin Tarantino's third movie as director, Jackie Brown, was an adaptation of the 1992 novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard. The characters that were portrayed in Jackie Brown by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson also appeared in Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. And now, with Tarantino's approval, and with Elmore Leonard as an executive producer, The Switch is also being adapted as a movie, which makes it effectively a prequel to Jackie Brown. The Switch is the story of two ex-con car thieves who team up to kidnap a land developer's wife, but their plan goes awry when it turns out he doesn't want her back. The characters originally played by De Niro and Jackson will be played by younger actors in The Switch, since it's set considerably earlier in their lives. The independent production was written by Dan Schechter (2006's The Big Bad Swim), and there is no director yet.


#5 BREAK ROOM FRIDGE DOOR FAVORITE DILBERT GETS CLOSER TO MOVIE THEATERS
A few years back, it was reported that comic strip creator Scott Adams had sold the rights to adapt his popular office worker character Dilbert as a feature film. The Dilbert project finally has news again, although now at Phoenix Pictures (License to Wed, Shutter Island). Phoenix has reportedly hired director Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You) to take on Dilbert. Kwapis' TV work also includes 12 episodes of NBC's The Office, which is obviously a close parallel to what we might imagine a Dilbert movie might be like. The difference, of course, is that The Office doesn't feature a talking dog. There's also no screenwriter for Dilbert yet, so the challenge of how to fit Dogbert into a live action comedy (unless Dogbert is a CGI character) will go to someone who hasn't been hired yet. Coincidentally, Dilbert producer Tariq Jalil also has Marmaduke coming to theaters soon, so that may give us an idea of what they have in mind for Dilbert.


ROTTEN IDEAS OF THE WEEK


#5 FIVE OF THE YOUNG ACTORS WHO MIGHT BE THE NEW PETER PARKER
This week, we found out the names of five of the young actors who have met with director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) about possibly starring in Sony's reboot of Spider-Man (scheduled for 7/3/12). The five actors range in age from 18 to 27. The most famous of them is 24-year-old British actor Jamie Bell, who is best known for starring in Billy Elliot, and who also had a supporting role in Peter Jackson's King Kong. Another Brit is 19-year-old Frank Dillane, who played the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The oldest candidate is Andrew Garfield, who was born in Los Angeles, but has also appeared in mostly British TV shows and movies, including the Red Riding trilogy (he's also in David Fincher's upcoming Facebook movie, The Social Network). 20-year-old Alden Ehrenreich was reportedly discovered by Steven Spielberg when the director saw a comedy video starring Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah (and he also costarred in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro last year). Finally, there is the youngest of the five, 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson, who costarred in Zathura and Bridge to Terabithia, and is also one of the teen rebels in this fall's Red Dawn remake. This story is only marginally a Rotten Idea, because this writer really does hope the Spider-Man reboot turns out to be a great superhero movie. However, the idea of rebooting Spider-Man so soon (in relative terms) after the franchise got started, still is one that will have to prove itself with the finished product. Until then, I am, like many fans, skeptical more than welcoming with open (webbed) arms.


#4 BRUCE WILLIS TO GET LOCKED IN THE TOMB
Bruce Willis is in early talks to star in The Tomb, which would reunite him with his Tears of the Sun director, Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Training Day). Willis would star in the Summit Entertainment prison escape drama as "the world's foremost authority on structural security" who is framed and imprisoned in one of the prisons he himself designed. So, basically, The Tomb sounds a bit like the prison version of Flight Plan (starring Jodie Foster as an airplane expert on an airplane she designed). The Tomb was written by Miles Chapman (cowriter of Road House 2: Last Call), and rewritten by Jason Keller (Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie). The Tomb is one of this week's Rotten Ideas, because the premise just seems really, really incredulous. Where exactly is the logic of putting a prisoner in a super high security prison that HE designed? If you can spot the problems before even finishing a short paragraph about the movie, it's probably a Rotten Idea to begin with.


#3 MEGAN FOX GETS REPLACED IN TRANSFORMERS 3 BY A LINGERIE MODEL WITH NO ACTING EXPERIENCE
Last week's top story was Megan Fox's departure from Transformers 3, regardless of whether you think she quit or was fired. Michael Bay didn't waste much time in finding who he wanted to effectively replace Megan Fox. It is interesting to note that Fox's character is not being recast, but that an entirely new character was written, apparently in the last week or so, to instead be Shia LaBeouf's new love interest. And the lucky girl is... a Victoria's Secret model named Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Huntington-Whiteley has no acting experience, with her IMDb page consisting entirely of appearances on The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and as herself in an episode of Britain's Next Top Model. It's arguable that by casting a non-actress swimsuit model, Michael Bay is sort of making a statement about what he thought Megan Fox brought to the table for the first two Transformers movies. However, this is also one of this week's Rotten Ideas for, well, obvious reasons. Yes, Ms. Huntington-Whiteley is very pretty, but what's her on screen persona going to be other than... being pretty?


#2 THOSE UNFUNNY SPOOF GUYS RETURN WITH TWILIGHT IN THEIR SIGHTS
Generally, this column reports about movies far before they start filming (often years ahead of time). Every once in a while, however, a studio is able to sneak a movie into production without much being known about the movie at all. This week, 20th Century announced a release date of August 18, 2010 for an untitled vampire spoof. This is the latest "comedy" from directors/writers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Steltzer, the guys responsible for Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie. The obvious target this time around is the Twilight franchise (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will have been in theaters seven weeks when this spoof is released). Nothing else is known about this spoof, except that Ken Jeong from The Hangover is rumored to be one of the ensemble cast members. As for how 20th Century Fox was able to film an entire movie without anyone knowing, it appears that filming in February was done under the cover title of LA Art Movie. This was probably an effective way of keeping young vampire movie fans totally disinterested in what they were doing. This spoof, which will probably have a title like Vampire Movie, is one of this week's Rotten Ideas for a simple reason: I've seen some of Friedberg and Steltzer's earlier films. Technically, they're not really "comedies."


#1 THE KID FROM WANTED IS GOING TO BE... PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER?
James McAvoy definitely has a baby face that covers up the fact that he is actually already 31 years old. McAvoy's age, or rather, the appearance of his age, is key to this story. The fresh-faced Scottish actor has been cast by 20th Century Fox as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. This latest entry in Fox's mutant franchise is a prequel which shows how several of the classic X-Men first became students at Xavier's School for Gifted Students. So, it was expected that the actor that would be playing Xavier would be younger than Patrick Stewart. However, let's do some math. When Patrick Stewart starred in the first X-Men movie in 2000, he was 60, which is 29 years older than McAvoy's age today. So, if you compare McAvoy's age to the teenagers who will be his students in X-Men: First Class, and then add 29 years, you get adult X-Men who are in their mid-40s. Obviously, James McAvoy might be playing older than his actual age, but that's why I started this story mentioning how young he looks. McAvoy would have a hard time convincing people that he's 31, much less someone closer to (or in) their 40s, which is more in the age range that I would have expected this younger Charles Xavier to be. McAvoy's apparent age might make more sense if Xavier's First Class students were little kids, but we know based on the casting tidbits of recent weeks that Fox is indeed looking for actual teenagers for roles like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast. Anyway, the reason this was chosen as this week's most Rotten Idea should be obvious: X-Men: First Class has the potential to be a cool reboot to the franchise, but the drastic de-aging of Charles Xavier seems a bit extreme. Who is Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn going to cast as Magneto... Christopher "McLovin" Mintze-Plasse?


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Comments

Dave J

Dave J

I have to say that RT chose a nice replacement picture for Megan Fox for Transformers 3!! In my opinion, The Revenant seems like the best thing on this weeks ketchup's!

May 28 - 03:36 PM

Andrew C.

Andrew C

They would have to get some amazing people to work on Wonder Women or Aquaman for me to even want watch them. Maybe they'll get James Cameron to direct Aquaman lol.

May 28 - 04:01 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

Is it just me or does anyone else think that if a Aquaman movie is made it will be very GREEN if you know hwat I mean?

Wonder Woman this and Flash that... I'll believe all three of these movies when they are filming. WB has been talking/planning/writing etc.. for YEARS!!!!!!

McAvoy? LMAO Fox's atrocities grow larger and larger. Who goes to the theaters to see Fox's movies,(besides Avatar which I have yet to see). Stop funding these LOONS and the will die out or produce better quality. Of course they will have to bleed for awhile.

And don't believe them when they say they are sticking close to the source material, apologizing for sorry movies, or giving fanboys what they want, because they NEVER are. Make them bleed till they're TRULY dying and then and only then will they give us great movies.

May 28 - 05:44 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

That's why I hate Aquaman. He just sucks, no interesting stories from him. Namor is better.

May 28 - 06:35 PM

ShopSmart

dave karns

Aquaman's awesome on Family Guy.

May 29 - 08:10 AM

Big Bad John

John Gilliam

I also think aquaman is lame, but the idea of having christopher nolan directing a the new superman movie is great, maybe he will choose a different villian this time, Lex Luthor is just played out. As for these kids they're choosing to be play peter parker in the reboot of Spiderman are very bad ideas, but I guess I need to be thankful that they're not using the kids from twilight, cause if they were I would boycot the movie.

May 30 - 07:37 AM

Chris L.

Chris Liu

But what about Fox Searchlight :O

May 28 - 11:14 PM

Peter B.

Peter Blume

The Revenant sounds suspiciously like "Man in the Wilderness" with Richard Harris and John Huston.

May 28 - 04:09 PM

caroline d.

caroline david

it's the same story about the pioneer Hugh Glass!

and i believe Bale acted a nice sweet guy in "the new world","laurel canyon","the machinist"!

May 29 - 03:07 PM

earthbound

Michael Fortner

The "math" in the McAvoy/Xavier story is skewed. Why focus solely on the FIRST X-men when Stewart was 60? Why not the last one when he was a few years older? By the time the movie comes out, it will have been 12 years since the first X-Men movie. (Note that Hugh Jackman WILL be in his mid-40s when the film is released). Shouldn't that factor into the equation? If you think he is too baby-faced, just say so. No need to invent bogus justifications.

May 28 - 04:10 PM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

I'm going with the i don't like McAvoy for the role eother but the man is a talented actor so a decent script and maybe he can pull it off. He just doesn't seem to fit the part is the problem. The fact that Megan Fox replacement has no acting credits to her name doesn't surprise me in the least. She has to stand, look slutty and keep up with Shia. How Hard can that be. Megan did it.

May 29 - 12:00 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I have to say the picture RT choose of Megan Fox's replacement is quite an eye- catcher!!

May 28 - 04:11 PM

Easter In The Batcave

Alex Sallas

A Dilbert movie? Awesome, I love the comic adn TV series.

But it's not animated?

May 28 - 04:11 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Not animated, no sale.

May 28 - 06:31 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

Agreed.

May 30 - 04:27 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Didn't they already make a live action Dilbert? I could have sworn it was called Office Space.

May 31 - 06:21 AM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

DAMN! I knew Bats 3 was coming in Summer of 2012, but they're making The Nolan Supes for December of 2012, too? What, did they not like how everybody compared BB to Supes Returns when they were released a year apart?

Either way, EXTREMELY excited about Wonder Woman movie. Anyone who has doubts as to whether or not she could make a viable character HAS to check out the Wonder Woman animated film that just came out a while back. It was just Phenomenal! And hell, i'll watch anything with Nathan Fillion (even Slither)

May 28 - 04:31 PM

Glenn W.

Glenn Welsh

Bridget Regan for Wonder Woman. i know a lot of (dumb) people have wanted Megan Fox to play the role, and being canned from the Transformers franchise certainly seems to open her calender up for another genre film, but Regan is the better actor of the two (if you can even call Fox an "actor") and she is free now that Legend of the Seeker's been canceled. But they need to crack that script, Joss Whedon spent a long time on a script and just couldn't crack it. and when Joss Whedon can't crack a script about a strong female lead with superpowers in a fantasy setting, you KNOW there's a problem.

and jesus, just when you thought you'd seen the last of Friedberg and Steltzer, they manage to film a Twilight spoof without anyone knowing. they actually have to shoot the film in secret to avoid the inevitable smashing they will get from every critic on the planet before the film is even released. but with any luck, it'll also be released in theaters and make the trip to DVD without anyone knowing either.

May 28 - 04:33 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

Excellent choice for Wonder Woman

May 30 - 03:37 AM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

I've already made the decision never to pay for a ticket or buy any film that Michael Bay/Platinum directed/produced so i don't care if a panty model stars in a $200 million dollar film i'll never see.

Bay's certainly giving the finger to the acting community though and letting everyone know how much attention he's giving to his main characters so i can only hope general audiences catch on and avoid Transformers 3.

May 28 - 04:47 PM

Zaraki

Rick V

Oh hell no. I hate Twilight so much, but not even the Twilight franchise deserves the "Disaster Movie" treatment...

May 28 - 05:35 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Eh...maybe. Anyways, both movies will suck, and not just blood.

May 28 - 06:19 PM

Glenn W.

Glenn Welsh

Twilight is definitely a prime target for satire, but Friedberg and Steltzer, masters of the beat-you-over-the-head, paint-by-numbers, "Hey look! It's [insert celebrity or pop culture figure here]!" humor (if you can even call it "humor") are the last ones i'd want to see doing it.

May 28 - 06:35 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

I can't think of a more fitting tribute, actually.

May 31 - 06:22 AM

Odd E.

Odd Even

Is it just me or does anyone else think that if a Aquaman movie is made it will be very GREEN if you know hwat I mean?

Wonder Woman this and Flash that... I'll believe all three of these movies when they are filming. WB has been talking/planning/writing etc.. for YEARS!!!!!!

McAvoy? LMAO Fox's atrocities grow larger and larger. Who goes to the theaters to see Fox's movies,(besides Avatar which I have yet to see). Stop funding these LOONS and the will die out or produce better quality. Of course they will have to bleed for awhile.

And don't believe them when they say they are sticking close to the source material, apologizing for sorry movies, or giving fanboys what they want, because they NEVER are. Make them bleed till they're TRULY dying and then and only then will they give us great movies.

May 28 - 05:44 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

That's why I hate Aquaman. He just sucks, no interesting stories from him. Namor is better.

May 28 - 06:35 PM

ShopSmart

dave karns

Aquaman's awesome on Family Guy.

May 29 - 08:10 AM

Big Bad John

John Gilliam

I also think aquaman is lame, but the idea of having christopher nolan directing a the new superman movie is great, maybe he will choose a different villian this time, Lex Luthor is just played out. As for these kids they're choosing to be play peter parker in the reboot of Spiderman are very bad ideas, but I guess I need to be thankful that they're not using the kids from twilight, cause if they were I would boycot the movie.

May 30 - 07:37 AM

Chris L.

Chris Liu

But what about Fox Searchlight :O

May 28 - 11:14 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Eh...maybe. Anyways, both movies will suck, and not just blood.

May 28 - 06:19 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Finally! WB, what took you so long to adapt other DC heroes? You had successes with Superman and Batman in the late 70s and 80s but why did you wait until now? Oh wait, you want to compete with Marvel since they have had more successes than you had. Well, better late than never.

May 28 - 06:29 PM

jhawkin1

Jim Hawkins

Like Iron Man 2 and Spiderman 3

May 31 - 01:05 PM

Todd S.

Todd Sanderson

They were busy milking Harry Potter.

Jun 1 - 05:14 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Not animated, no sale.

May 28 - 06:31 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

Agreed.

May 30 - 04:27 AM

Glenn W.

Glenn Welsh

Twilight is definitely a prime target for satire, but Friedberg and Steltzer, masters of the beat-you-over-the-head, paint-by-numbers, "Hey look! It's [insert celebrity or pop culture figure here]!" humor (if you can even call it "humor") are the last ones i'd want to see doing it.

May 28 - 06:35 PM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Wonder what the over-under is on THIS latest attempt to get WW, Flash, and Aquaman out of Development Hell?

May 28 - 06:35 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

That's why I hate Aquaman. He just sucks, no interesting stories from him. Namor is better.

May 28 - 06:35 PM

ShopSmart

dave karns

Aquaman's awesome on Family Guy.

May 29 - 08:10 AM

Big Bad John

John Gilliam

I also think aquaman is lame, but the idea of having christopher nolan directing a the new superman movie is great, maybe he will choose a different villian this time, Lex Luthor is just played out. As for these kids they're choosing to be play peter parker in the reboot of Spiderman are very bad ideas, but I guess I need to be thankful that they're not using the kids from twilight, cause if they were I would boycot the movie.

May 30 - 07:37 AM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Hilarious...I'll never buy a Bay ticket guy really made me laugh. In fact everyone ragging on Fox's replacement is pretty funny overall. Your comments lead me to two conclusions...

1) You don't believe that a model is capable of being a good actor.
2) You think talented actors simply appear out of nowhere with tons of credibility.

Actually I know you don't actually believe either of those things, its just fun to give Michael Bay a hard time about everything he does, so something negative had to be said about this replacement and that was all you could come up with...good job.

All the Bay haters are really pathetic. Ok so you hate his movies...just like I despise Christopher Nolan's "films"...but do you really need to make up random stuff to pick on him about? If hes really as terrible as you think, shouldn't there be plenty of legitimate gripes to make about him? The fact that he cast a (shock and horror)new actress is worthy of your disapproval? How about we wait to see if the girl has skills before everyone starts hating?

I think I'll start ranting about random and nonsensical problems with Nolan instead of the actual problems with everything he does...I mean did you guys hear how all he let the caterers serve on the set of Dark Knight were 12 kinds of miniature quiche? No wonder his movies suck!!!

May 28 - 07:04 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

Hello again gm1200.

I know I cant speak for everyone but I will do my best to at least elaborate some of the things that I sometimes find annoying about Michael Bay's film-making style and movies (bear in mind I am actually a fan of all of his movies).

1. Bay style of shooting and editing in many of his films although designed to be frenetic, fast paced and entertaining can be difficult and annoying to follow at times. Particularly in action sequences which are trying to convey a lot of things or are dependent on several set pieces.
- If he really wants to learn how to correct this I say he should watch and rewatch Saving Private Ryan as many times as his short attention span can manage.

2. Many of Bay's movies have really great ideas and stories behind them so many of his films dont live up to the greatness of the premise or idea behind them. In that respect I am not saying that his movies dont entertain, I am just saying that they could be even better than they are.

3. Bay conveniently forgets that story and some semblance of character development can actually go a long, long way and unfortunately there are many examples of his characters being developed into anything more than addons to fill the periods of time where things in Bay's mind 'nothing is really happening' at that point in time.

Why do I love most of his movies? (yes, even Armageddon). They are fun, quotable and arent needed to be taken seriously.

May 28 - 07:59 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Hey, I get you man. Nolan doesn't give you what you want in a film. He spends too much time developing characters, building story, adding suspense, delving into his characters psyche, and creating a gripping narrative while simultaneously making one of the best action movies of all time. What we want is boats on the highway, strippers, giant asteroids flying through space, complete disregard for historical events, and humping robots. Throw in a little Megan Fox cleavage and we've got a stew going. Transformers 2 was the best movie evar!!!!

May 28 - 09:17 PM

Don Logan

David Kumpe

Nice

May 28 - 10:27 PM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

I Still cant watch Transformers 2 without laughing at the appliances coming to life to kill Shia. I've never cheered for blender so hard in my life. To bad it didn't win.

May 29 - 12:14 AM

George Patchell

George Patchell

ha cheered for a blender thats awesome man!

May 29 - 08:57 AM

Helge B.

Helge Beck

You said it! But don't forget paying dues to Bad Boys II, cause we also want the camera to trace bullets into ass cheeks, humping rats, naked corpses getting their heads torn off by cars for excitement, and heroes who cowardly intimidate innocent kids, run over about 70 invisible cuban people in their shacks, and get wet over some dead girl's breasts. Cheers gm1200, you truly are a man of taste.

May 30 - 05:05 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Good one. I love it when someone "attempts" to trash a quality director like Nolan. It just ends up being as sad as a monkey trowing poop at the moon.

May 31 - 06:26 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

or as sad as typing "trowing" when you meant to type "throwing"...

May 31 - 06:28 AM

Don Logan

David Kumpe

I agree with your deconstruction of Michael Bay's filmmaking shortfalls (although I can't say I enjoy his movies despite these things). A few thoughts:
-The frenetic camerawork is too much. I'm all for moving the camera, but do it when it makes sense for the story and the moment, not every single shot of the entire movie. Otherwise it just gets nauseating.
-The editing (picture and sound) is ridiculously distracting. When almost no shots in an entire sequence are longer than 1/2-1 second long, it very much takes the viewer out of the experience. Brisk pacing is not the same thing as breakneck speed. And simply turning the volume up to 11 on every sound effect does not a good action sequence make.
-The acting is SO over the top. In the last hour of ROTF, every line was yelled and screamed. Overload is the only word for it.
There are several other things (you know, like story, character, plot, intelligence, etc.), but what gets me most is when people say he's a great action director. While there certainly is spectacle and scale to his movies, I disagree that they are good action movies. I find most of his films to be quite boring for the reasons listed above. I checked my watch several times during the climactic battle in ROTF. Just cause it's big, loud, and moves fast doesn't mean it's good action.

May 28 - 10:25 PM

Cory

Cory B

None of us have said either of the things you put in your post, so stop putting words in our mouths. Most of us are slamming Bay's choice because there are other established actresses out there that would bring credibility to the project. Most would-be actors/actresses get their start in small projects and work their way up. Get me a list of professional actors that got their start in a $200 million summer blockbuster. I'll betcha it's a short list, and there's a reason for that, as I have mentioned above.

P.S. Nolan is 1000x better than Bay could ever hope to be.

May 28 - 09:33 PM

JS

j s

Exactly.

May 30 - 08:32 PM

George Patchell

George Patchell

hey dude I actually don't mind Fox. Sure she's not the best actress but she's pretty hot and was pretty good in Jennifer's body (at acting i mean).
As for Bay, TF1 was good, TF2 sucked, and the rest are cool when you're 10 but they are lacking a great deal of character development, and i think he's relied on explosions long enough. But hey if you like him fair enough, and i agree they should give the new girl a chance.

As for Nolan well he's actually kind of a hero of mine. every film is better than the last. Hist structure, themes and characters are all great and he entertains too. But again if you don't like him thats fair enough. i don't see how you dont like him though...i mean the dark knight, memento, the prestige...all awesome!

and everyone do yourselves a favor and watch his first film 'Following' its great and Leo's character name in inception is a direct ref to it. See it!

May 29 - 09:04 AM

cucorovirosa

jose rovirosa

Actually I do like some Michael bay movies:

bad boys 1
armaGeddon
the rock
transformers 1

everything else Hejaz done equals boring.

As a producer I only liked the Friday 13. The rest ar dull

May 28 - 07:35 PM

JS

j s

Ya, those are the best of Mike Bay's films

May 30 - 08:34 PM

cucorovirosa

jose rovirosa

On another note..Megan fox looks a lot prettier than he new girl. :)

May 28 - 07:36 PM

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Watch Arrested Development

SpongeBob's Back!
SpongeBob's Back!

See trailer for his 3D adventure

24 Frames
24 Frames

Photo gallery of great movie spaceships

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