Weekly Ketchup: Muppets Sequel Officially In the Works

Plus, a Spongebob Squarepants sequel and new roles for Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Wahlberg.

This week's Ketchup includes news about three different movies that may or may not be sequels (The Muppets, SpongeBob SquarePants and 21 Jump Street), as well as new movies for Christian Bale, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson and others.


This Week's Top Story

SOMEDAY, WE'LL FIND IT, THE MUPPETS RECONNECTION...

Walt Disney Pictures is moving into development on a sequel to last November's The Muppets. The deal includes both director James Bobin and cowriter Nicholas Stoller, but Jason Segel, who also costarred, will not be returning as one of the sequel's screenwriters. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that Jason Segel might not reprise his role in the sequel. Nothing is yet known about the planned sequel's premise, except that it will obviously feature Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Gonzo and the rest in some sort of new comedic adventure. There's also no hint as to whether any of the new characters introduced in The Muppets, such as Walter, the Moopets or Eighties Robot will be returning.



Fresh Developments This Week

#1 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS TO RETURN TEN YEARS AFTER THE FIRST FILM

Paramount Pictures has announced plans to release a new animated SpongeBob SquarePants in late 2014, in what may nearly be a de facto 10th anniversary celebration of the first film's release on November 19, 2014. SpongeBob SquarePants is of course a popular animated Nickelodeon TV series about a sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, and has wacky adventures with his friends and coworkers. Paramount has not released any other details about the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, including any of the creative people involved, or whether the film will be a sequel or a fresh new adventure spinning off from the Nickelodeon TV series. This new SpongeBob SquarePants is part of an initiative within Paramount to emphasize more on the studio's own animation, after a long period of reliance on DreamWorks (with which Paramount's deal is ending later this year). SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (68% Fresh on the RT Tomatometer) was also the last in a series of theatrical movies based upon Nickelodeon TV series from 1998 to 2004 that started with The Rugrats Movie. Viacom president Philippe Dauman also cited Nickelodeon's increasing global presence as another reason why the studio is returning to SpongeBob SquarePants.


#2 EMMA WATSON TRIES ON SOFIA COPPOLA'S BLING RING

Not even a full year after the release of the final Harry Potter, Emma Watson already has four post-Potter films either released, wrapped or otherwise in development (My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Your Voice in My Head, and Guillermo del Toro's Beauty and the Beast). This week, Watson added another film to the list by signing on to star in The Bling Ring, the next film from Academy Award winning writer/director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides). The Bling Ring is based upon the true story of a group of six teenagers who, in the late 2000s decade, stole about $3 million from Hollywood celebrities like Megan Fox, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. This true story has also already been adapted as a made-for-Lifetime movie called The Bling Ring, directed by Michael Lembeck (Tooth Fairy, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause). Three out of Sofia Coppola's four films to date have been Fresh on the RT Tomatometer (all except Marie Antoinette), which is why this is one of the week's Fresh Developments.


#3 CHRISTIAN BALE COMES OUT OF THE FURNACE

Christian Bale is now in negotiations with Relativity Media (Battle: Los Angeles, The Fighter, Skyline) to star in the prison/revenge thriller Out of the Furnace (formerly known as The Low Dweller), taking a role that both Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo Di Caprio were previously considering. Bale won't be alone, however, as Robert Duvall and Viggo Mortensen are both also in negotations (Viggo as the film's villain). Out of the Furnace is the story of a man who is released from four years of prison only to find that his young brother has been brutally murdered, which sets the ex-con forth on a path of bloody revenge. The role of the brother is currently casting, and the list of actors being considered includes Casey Affleck, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum. Out of the Furnace was at one time being considered by director Ridley Scott, but the director now will be Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), working from a script by newcomer Brad Inglesby. Out of the Furnace is one of the week's Fresh Development based on both the RT Tomatometer for Crazy Heart and the general good will this writer has (to be honest, here) collectively for Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and Robert Duvall.


#4 SCARLETT JOHANSSON TO PLAY JAMIE LEE CURTIS' MOM

In what is being compared to Michelle Williams starring in My Week with Marilyn, this week gaves us the news that Scarlett Johansson has been cast as 1950s-1960s movie star Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. James D'Arcy (An American Haunting, Exorcist: The Beginning) has also been cast as Anthony Perkins, the star of the movie-within-this-movie. The other star of this movie will be Sir Anthony Hopkins, as the title character, and Dame Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitch's wife. As the title suggests, this movie (based upon the book by Stephen Rebello) will tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how Alfred Hitchcock came to make Psycho, a movie which arguably redefined the horror genre in ways that are still resonating today. Documentary director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) will be making his non-fiction debut, working from a script by John J. McLaughlin (cowriter of Black Swan, Man of the House).


#5 JONAH HILL AND JAMES FRANCO TO TELL A TRUE STORY

Brad Pitt will be working again with his Moneyball costar Jonah Hill (as producer) as he and James Franco are both attached to star in a memoir adaptation called True Story. Michael Finkel's memoir True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa tells the, well, True Story, of how, in 2002, accused murderer Christian Longo used Finkel's name while on the run in Mexico, and how the two men eventually met to discuss Longo's case. Jonah Hill will be playing the reporter actually named Michael Finkel, and James Franco will be playing Christian Longo, who was on the run after his wife and three children were found in the waters off the coast of Oregon. True Story will be the feature film debut of director Rupert Goold, who has previously directed TV adaptations of Shakespeare's MacBeth and Richard II.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#4 DIAZ, PALTROW, AND WITHERSPOON ARE FULL OF GLEE TO PROVE THEY WEREN'T ONE HIT WONDERS

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has cast Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon as a trio of 1990s pop stars who team up in the 2010s as a new pop supergroup in a movie called One Hit Wonders. Andy Samberg is also in talks for a role, and Beyonce has been mentioned as being a casting possibility (although her representatives were quick to note that she has not yet actually signed on to costar). Andy Samberg's participation is also expected to include musical contributions from him and his Lonely Island collaborators. The idea for One Hit Wonders spun out of a dinner between Ryan Murphy and his three stars. In addition to directing, Ryan Murphy will work on the script with his Glee coworkers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. One Hit Wonders won't, however, be Murphy's next film, as it will have to wait until after he finishes filming his next film as director, the adaptation of the 1980s AIDS outbreak era play The Normal Heart. One Hit Wonders is one of the week's Rotten Ideas based mostly on the Rotten scores that Murphy's non-Glee movies (Running with Scissors and Eat Pray Love) received on the RT Tomatometer.


#3 MARK WAHLBERG MAY JOIN THE NAVY SEALS DRAMA LONE SURVIVOR

The big box office news this week was the success of Act of Valor, so it's not surprising that one of the Navy SEALS movies currently percolating through development scored some major news as well. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship) and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand) are all in negotiations to play three of the four leads in the adaptation of Lone Survivor, a book by Marcus Luttrell. In Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell (who Mark Wahlberg would play) tells the story of how a team of SEALs fought to stay alive during a 2005 ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Lone Survivor will be directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Battleship), who also adapted the screenplay. It's also Peter Berg's recent history as director, with no Fresh RT score since 2004's Friday Night Lights, that landed Lone Survivor a spot as one of the week's Rotten Ideas.


#2 THE SWEDING OF ROBOCOP MIGHT FEATURE AN ACTUAL SWEDE

MGM's efforts to remake the science fiction/crime/action classic Robocop have seen the project go through ups (Darren Aronofsky!) and downs (Darren Aronofsky, again, or the lack thereof), but this week, the film finally got its first casting news. MGM has made an offer to Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman, costar of the AMC series The Killing and recent films like The Darkest Hour, Safe House and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Put politely, Joel Kinnaman is just shy of still being a mostly unknown actor to most movie fans, but a lead role in the Robocop remake might help expand his name recognition, if not his face (since he's likely to spend 80% of the movie with a huge metal pot/bowl/thing on his head). The current director of the remake is Jose Padilha (Elite Squad), working from a script by newcomer Josh Zetumer. Although both Joel Kinnaman and Jose Padilha have fans among both viewers and critics, this news is still one of the week's Rotten Ideas, because the question remains as to whether the world really needs a remake of Robocop. The original film, in particular, still stands up as being a well written and directed, dark and snarky comment on both modern culture and the movies themselves, even though this year marks the film's 25th anniversary.


#1 TWO WEEKS BEFORE IT EVEN COMES OUT, 21 JUMP STREET IS ALREADY GETTING A SEQUEL

Jonah Hill's attempt to turn the serious TV cop drama 21 Jump Street into a big screen comedy doesn't even come to theaters for another two weeks yet. Regardless, Columbia Pictures has already given Hill (who came up with the first film's story) the greenlight to start writing a sequel. There really isn't much else to say about the sequel, especially since this writer hasn't yet seen 21 Jump Street (since I no longer live out in the land of way-out-in-front advance screenings). The reasoning behind a 21 Jump Street sequel being the most Rotten Idea doesn't really have that much to do with whether or not 21 Jump Street is a Fresh or Rotten scored movie, anyway. This hastily planned sequel story gets that distinction for being exactly that: another example of a studio perhaps getting over eager and greenlighting a sequel before the studio or the world knows whether or not there's actually a demand for one. Well that, and there's also the whole notion of whether or not 21 Jump Street ever should have been turned into a randy teen comedy to begin with.

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Comments

Dave J

Dave J

The idea of seeing Viggo Mortenson as the villian wouldn't drive me to see this Christian Bale flick as much as I like both of them. And although, RT may be right this week, I'm still going to reserve judgement on the others particularly RoboCop!

Mar 2 - 03:47 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I have to disagree entirely on the Rotten designation of "Robocop", one of the few remakes I'm excited about. This is based on interviews with Jose Padihla (one of which was highlighted here this week) where he shows a great deal of interest in maintaining and updating the more intriguing subtextual issues involving technology, surveillance, and the value of human life. The interview with both him and the screenwriter from a month ago (also featured here) also shows how important it is to maintain the satirical elements to the film. The fact that these filmmakers are actually thinking with any depth about their version puts it on an entirely different shelf than the more opportunistic brand-name commodity remakes-boots-gurges. Any one can watch Padihla's trailers for his "Elite Squad" movies in order to get an idea of the style he can bring to it. And you talk about what anybody NEEDS? Hey, we don't really need any of this right? It's all gravy, folks.

"Out of the Furnace" looks very cool with a dream cast, but I wonder if Cooper can handle suspense. I think Casey Affleck is the obvious choice among those mentioned.

Who doesn't want to see Anthony Hopkins playing Hitchcock? But Scarlett? She just doesn't really resemble Janet Leigh in my opinion. Jaime King maybe, Jaime Pressley. Ever since Van Sant's version, I always thought about a pure comedy version. In that case Amy Sedaris would be choice. Troubled by the newie director, since, as Van Sant proved, any film associated with Hitchcock has to at least understand the tension of camera framing.

Whatever on the rest. Maybe they'll actually let Dr. Teeth do more than just hit the 'Play' button in the Muppet sequel.

Mar 2 - 04:33 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

ROBOCOP???? well to each his own: if they were remaking Salem's Lot for the 3rd time for the big screen I'd be pretty stoked too.//// "Janet Leigh" (Scarlett) won't be in the film too long, Marion Crane only appeared in the first third of the film, no worries there. THE BOOK "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" is TERRIFIC -- check it out from your local library TODAY, its a movie unto itself.

Mar 3 - 02:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Robocop" is right there with "Aliens" and "Predator" as the cream of 80s sci/fi action films, plus it's funnier than either with a very anti-corporatist bent that I thought you would appreciate.

I read that the "Psycho" film will focus on the relationship between Alfred and Alma (and Helen Mirren doesn't really resemble her either though I'm sure Hitch would approve), so it's misleading that all the news about is surrounding SJ. It was confirmed that she will not be a focus of this film. You got to get the scurvy pervs to click the link, but, for me, Anthony Hopkins is enough of a draw in what could be one of his essential roles. His Picasso and Nixon were outstanding performances, even if those films are not as well regarded.

Mar 3 - 07:26 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

When I saw that Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren were in it, I started throwing money at the computer screen but nothing was happening.

I will see this movie. I also tried finding a copy of the book online, but it appears to be out of print :(

Mar 4 - 11:02 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I can't find it either. I never thought of throwing money at my computer. Who knows?

Mar 4 - 03:21 PM

Manuel Granados Vargas

Manuel Granados Vargas

Glad to see I'm not the only one excited about the new Robocop. Padilha looks very solid for this and Kinnaman seems like a great choice. And fanboys might hate me, but Aronofsky was all sorts of wrong for this project. As much as I like his movies, I don't see him pulling off a social commentary sci fi action movie.

Mar 6 - 11:12 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree, a well done Roboco Film should be a fresh idea and casting someone who isn't Channing Tatum, Keanu Reeves, or Liam Hemsworth is also a huge step in the right direction.

It seems way to soon for Lone Survivor. I love the cast and I really enjoyed the last 15 minutes of Kingdom but it seems disrespectful to turn this story into a Mark Walberg cliche.

Mar 2 - 06:43 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

The top story and Fresh ideas sound good to me. I'm skeptical about a new Spongebob movie. The show hasn't been funny for a long time. I have yet to see the original RoboCop but I think that suit would look sick with today's special effects.

Mar 2 - 08:07 PM

Slade U.

Slade Uppercut

The movie, itself, wasn't even that good. I remember watching it, and immediately afterwards, putting it on my "Do Not Watch EVER Again" list. Whoever thought that it'd be a "fresh" development is mental...

Mar 2 - 10:33 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually really liked the Spongebob movie. I thought it did a good job of making the story bigger while still keeping all of what made the series popular. Granted, if you don't like the series, you're not going to like the movie. I'm kind of suprised at the huge difference in ratings between The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and The Simpsons Movie as both I found were pretty similair, though I suppose Simpsons had nostalgie going for it and the series was much more popular.

Mar 3 - 01:30 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Im glad you clarified Slade.... Robocop was a great genre movie

Mar 3 - 05:23 PM

Slade U.

Slade Uppercut

I'm sorry, when I said "The Movie," I was meaning the Spongebob movie. RoboCop was actually pretty decent for its time. :P

Mar 2 - 10:41 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

MovieMonster quick, it's on Netflix instant stream. Watch it and behold the glory of Pre CGI Practicle special effects violence.

Mar 3 - 08:07 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - Still need to see the reboot, heard great things about it so I'm pretty excited. If it is half as good as people are claiming then a sequel is def in order.
01 - I remember back when Spongebob was still funny... those were the days.
02 - I'm really not a fan of Sofia Coppola's work (both as director and especially actress), so this news does nothing for me.
03 - Love the actors, cool writer... fucking hate the plot. Ugh. Add in a black sidekick and you'd have the most generic movie ever made.
04 - Sounds like Shadow of the Vampire. Hey, I ain't complainin'. If it's anywhere in the ballpark of being as good as the Making Nosferatu flick, I'll be happy.
05 - Sounds... not terrible. We'll see.
06 - *takes deep swig of Vodka, but doesn't say anything cos there's still hope other news won't be so bad*
07 - Meh. I don't have any love for Hancock, Kingdom or Battleship (Yes, I haven't seen it. Yes, I have no intentions to), so judging from that alone I'm leaning towards a pass.
08 - Well, since we're gonna have a remake in any case, I think it's better to have someone like Padilha helming the picture, and not someone like Michael Bay. Though, yes, Darren would have been the best option.
09 - Odin, the trailers for this movie are fucking horrendous.

Mar 2 - 10:21 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shadow of a Vampire" would be an ideal model, except I'm not sure what the narrative arc this time would be. I haven't read the book, and don't know much about any behind the scenes drama on "Psycho". Hitch shot it quick with his "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" TV crew. I doubt it will be quite as awesome as "Shadow" without the Max Shreck reinvention, or the great 'camera as vampire' metaphor.

Mar 2 - 10:54 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Again the Alfred Hitchcock movies is based upon "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" by Steven Rebello --which is out of this world; more entertaining than Psycho itself, I'd say. Too bad there isn't a book like that for each of Hitchcock's more prominent movies. /// I hated Shadow of the Vampire . . . TONS of Making of Nosferatu material exist, the best being found in HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC: The Tangled Web of Dracula by David Skal. Nicholas Cage is behind Shadow of the Vampire---the man is simply MISINFORMED on the subject of Nosferatu directed by Henrik Galeen for Prana Film . . . . (William Goldman said that a lot of actors haven't graduated high school nor have advanced degrees---Nick Cage is on of them)

Mar 3 - 02:53 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

"Nicholas Cage is one of them"

Mar 3 - 02:54 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Well yeah but Nicholas Cage was also born into the Hollywood Scene regardless of the fact that he changed his name. Do you really need a Degree when your occupation was decided at birth?

Mar 3 - 06:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"More entertaining than Psycho itself"? You can't see the salt I'm taking with a comment like that. Although I agree that many (maybe not all, but at least a couple dozen) of his films deserve entire books devoted to them.

I don't know how to break it to you, Gordon, but I'm pretty sure everyone involved knew "Shadow" was a fictitious take on the "Nosferatu" film. Nicholas Cage (he was trying to be 'Nic' for a minute, like his hero Luke Cage) recently admitted he doesn't believe in vampires, more as a response to that creepy 19th century portrait. I've met a couple of people who actually thought it was possible, but, like you point out, it's not hard to find biographical information on the stage actor Max Schreck. But that's not really the point, is it? DeFoe was brilliant, Malkovich and McCormick were close to that, the entire film is evocative, and as I pointed out earlier, the camera-as-vampire metaphor puts it along side "Blow Up" and "Peeping Tom" as a study of the illusion between what you see, what you feel, and what's really real. It's a bloody masterpiece in fact!

Mar 3 - 07:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And I'm not exactly sure if you're trying to imply that Murnau did not direct "Nosferatu" (a bold assertion), but Galeen was the screenwriter, just for the record.

Mar 3 - 07:50 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I also really liked Cary Elwes in "Shadow of the Vampire." But yes, that movie is the Willem Dafoe show. And Malkovich is awesome because he's, well, Malkovich.

Mar 4 - 11:04 AM

Slade U.

Slade Uppercut

The movie, itself, wasn't even that good. I remember watching it, and immediately afterwards, putting it on my "Do Not Watch EVER Again" list. Whoever thought that it'd be a "fresh" development is mental...

Mar 2 - 10:33 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually really liked the Spongebob movie. I thought it did a good job of making the story bigger while still keeping all of what made the series popular. Granted, if you don't like the series, you're not going to like the movie. I'm kind of suprised at the huge difference in ratings between The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and The Simpsons Movie as both I found were pretty similair, though I suppose Simpsons had nostalgie going for it and the series was much more popular.

Mar 3 - 01:30 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Im glad you clarified Slade.... Robocop was a great genre movie

Mar 3 - 05:23 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

I loved The Muppets, and I'm glad to see they are coming back... I'm especially glad that a lot of the creative team are still involved... although I wonder how good it will be without Segel's Muppet love behind it.

Mar 2 - 10:38 PM

Slade U.

Slade Uppercut

I'm sorry, when I said "The Movie," I was meaning the Spongebob movie. RoboCop was actually pretty decent for its time. :P

Mar 2 - 10:41 PM

Devon Waschitz

Devon Waschitz

Its Fozzie not fozzy

Mar 2 - 10:46 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I think he was just a little "Fozzie" on the details.
...
Wokka wokka!

Mar 3 - 09:17 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Is this thing on?

Mar 3 - 08:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shadow of a Vampire" would be an ideal model, except I'm not sure what the narrative arc this time would be. I haven't read the book, and don't know much about any behind the scenes drama on "Psycho". Hitch shot it quick with his "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" TV crew. I doubt it will be quite as awesome as "Shadow" without the Max Shreck reinvention, or the great 'camera as vampire' metaphor.

Mar 2 - 10:54 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Again the Alfred Hitchcock movies is based upon "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" by Steven Rebello --which is out of this world; more entertaining than Psycho itself, I'd say. Too bad there isn't a book like that for each of Hitchcock's more prominent movies. /// I hated Shadow of the Vampire . . . TONS of Making of Nosferatu material exist, the best being found in HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC: The Tangled Web of Dracula by David Skal. Nicholas Cage is behind Shadow of the Vampire---the man is simply MISINFORMED on the subject of Nosferatu directed by Henrik Galeen for Prana Film . . . . (William Goldman said that a lot of actors haven't graduated high school nor have advanced degrees---Nick Cage is on of them)

Mar 3 - 02:53 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

"Nicholas Cage is one of them"

Mar 3 - 02:54 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Well yeah but Nicholas Cage was also born into the Hollywood Scene regardless of the fact that he changed his name. Do you really need a Degree when your occupation was decided at birth?

Mar 3 - 06:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"More entertaining than Psycho itself"? You can't see the salt I'm taking with a comment like that. Although I agree that many (maybe not all, but at least a couple dozen) of his films deserve entire books devoted to them.

I don't know how to break it to you, Gordon, but I'm pretty sure everyone involved knew "Shadow" was a fictitious take on the "Nosferatu" film. Nicholas Cage (he was trying to be 'Nic' for a minute, like his hero Luke Cage) recently admitted he doesn't believe in vampires, more as a response to that creepy 19th century portrait. I've met a couple of people who actually thought it was possible, but, like you point out, it's not hard to find biographical information on the stage actor Max Schreck. But that's not really the point, is it? DeFoe was brilliant, Malkovich and McCormick were close to that, the entire film is evocative, and as I pointed out earlier, the camera-as-vampire metaphor puts it along side "Blow Up" and "Peeping Tom" as a study of the illusion between what you see, what you feel, and what's really real. It's a bloody masterpiece in fact!

Mar 3 - 07:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And I'm not exactly sure if you're trying to imply that Murnau did not direct "Nosferatu" (a bold assertion), but Galeen was the screenwriter, just for the record.

Mar 3 - 07:50 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I also really liked Cary Elwes in "Shadow of the Vampire." But yes, that movie is the Willem Dafoe show. And Malkovich is awesome because he's, well, Malkovich.

Mar 4 - 11:04 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Oh, the irony! Just a few days ago I was wondering why they weren't making another Spongebob Movie. After all, from a buisness standpoint (which let's face it, is the way Hollywood looks at things) its like shooting fish in a barrell. Spongebob has only gotten more popular since the movie, especially worldwide where his popularity is just massive. Even if it's not as big as the first domestically, it's going to make a killing internationally. Oh well, regardless of the reason, hopefully it can be good.

I really like Emma Watson, and I'm glad to see that she seems to be doing well in her career post-Potter, but I've only seen Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and that film just didn't do it for me. I didn't hate it, I just didn't find anything noteworthy about it. There was hardly any plot or character development in it. I suppose a more observent viewer will point out a ton of themes in it, but I just wasn't invested enough to care. Maybe it's one of those films that gets better with repeat viewing.

Damn....the cast for Out of the Furnace is just great, but the plot sounds like it was taken out of a Steven Segal movie. Granted, I've always found the execution of the plot to be more important than how original it is, so maybe if it get amazing reviews I'll check it out, but still - at least have some sort of twist to such an overused plot.

I'll admit, I do watch Glee, but due to a combination of Ryan Murphy practically beating us on the head with the way gays are treated (at times it almost feels like he's saying "yeah, I sympathize with the problems of teenage pregnancy and the abuse student go through for being crippled or fat, but all that is secondary to the aduse gay students suffer from") and too many soap opera moments (she doesn't have a stuttering problem - She's only been pretending to have it for the last five years! The coach of the opposing school is really the mom of the lead singer of Glee who hasn't seen her since she was a baby! The girl who's been dating a ton of guys is really a lesbian!) the series has been losing me more and more starting from around the end of season 1. Also, Ryan Murphy's directing track record is hardly that good, so I can't say I'm too excited for One Hit Wonder.

It's a good thing for Peter Berg that he already has another film ready and waiting after Battleship, because that looks like it's going to be the biggest bomb of the year. Seriously, I have never seen a film cost so much and look so uneventful. I'm starting to wonder if what Roger Ebert said in his extended review of Transformers 2 that we're at an end of an era regarding massive big budget films because they simply can't keep getting bigger and bigger before that starts effecting their profit is true. It's really telling when you've got films with budget of 250 mil and yet audiences couldn't care less about.

I remain cautiously optimistic regarding the Robocop reboot, even though I'm not happy with the number of Paul Verhoeven films that are getting rebooted (I'm half expecting them to anounce a remake of Showgirls). Still, at the very least this Robocop film should be better that the last two.

Mar 3 - 01:24 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually really liked the Spongebob movie. I thought it did a good job of making the story bigger while still keeping all of what made the series popular. Granted, if you don't like the series, you're not going to like the movie. I'm kind of suprised at the huge difference in ratings between The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and The Simpsons Movie as both I found were pretty similair, though I suppose Simpsons had nostalgie going for it and the series was much more popular.

Mar 3 - 01:30 AM

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