Yearly Ketchup: The Most Rotten Stories of 2013

We recall the worst headlines to make it into last year's Ketchup.

Our review of the top stories (by month) of 2013 started last week with the Fresh Developments (and biggest stories), and this week, we have the "Rotten Ideas" of the year. Included in the mix are dozens and dozens of remakes, as well as a few sequels, and we say good-bye to talents like Paul Walker, James Gandolfini, and Hayao Miyazaki.


JANUARY: THE YEAR OF THE REMAKE GETS STARTED WITH... BEN-HUR?

It wasn't a new thing in 2013 that there were a lot of news stories about remakes; Hollywood's renewed reboot/remake frenzy has been going on for years now. What made 2013 stand out was the sheer number of remakes that made the news. Of the twelve months included in this Yearly Ketchup, for various reasons, only five of the stories are remakes, but there were so many more that could have been mentioned. And so, I will do exactly that, right here: In 2013, we saw stories about remakes of... 101 Dalmatians, The Abominable Snowman, Akira, Animal Farm, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Ben-Hur, The Bible, Bloodsport, The Butterfly Effect, Cinderella, The Crow, Day of the Dead, The Diary of a Young Girl, Dracula, Dungeons & Dragons, East of Eden, The Fantastic Four, Frankenstein, Friday the 13th, The Gambler, Godzilla, The Grapes of Wrath, Gremlins, Guys and Dolls, Hellraiser, Hercules (two different movies), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Jacob's Ladder, The Jungle Book (two different remakes), Kickboxer, Kiki's Delivery Service, MacBeth, The Magnificent Seven, Marwencol, The Mummy, The Naked Gun, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan, Pete's Dragon, Point Break, Poltergeist, Road House, Robin Hood, RoboCop, Scarface, Scooby-Doo, The Taming of the Shrew, Tarzan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Terminator, TimeCop, Tomb Raider, The Toxic Avenger, Trollhunter, The Twilight Zone, Weird Science, and... The Wild Bunch. So, maybe, as you the reader recover from some of the shocks included in that previous sentence, it serves to lessen the blow about our January entry: MGM is remaking Ben-Hur. And they didn't just give up on it within a few months, because we also learned in August that Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was hired for the remake. January also had some bad news for another Ben (Affleck, specifically), who was snubbed by the Academy in the Best Director category, an oversight that was ultimately vindicated when Argo was the year's Best Picture winner.


FEBRUARY: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM TO GET OBLIGATORY THIRD MOVIE

Not all of the predictable retreads in 2013 came from remakes. There were plenty of predictable sequels announced, too. Most of them aren't included in this column because, frankly, a lot of the original movies were not horrible (or at least, their RT Tomatometer scores aren't "Rotten"). One franchise that has been met with box office success (over $990 million worldwide), but not critical acclaim (and hence its inclusion here) is 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum and its sequel. I tried watching the first film once... wow. Kids, however, seem to love all the monsters and Robin Williams and such. And so, the pieces are coming together for Night at the Museum 3, which 20th Century Fox has already scheduled for release on Christmas Day, 2014. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Ricky Gervais are all returning as well.


MARCH: RESIDENT EVIL, LIKE ITS ZOMBIE HORDES, JUST REFUSES TO STAY DEAD

It's taken a few more movies, but Sony's Resident Evil franchise has also made nearly a billion dollars in worldwide release with the five movies thus far. In March, we learned that the studio (and director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson) are working on a sixth movie, probably in the hopes that they will top the billion dollar mark. There was also talk in 2013 of a seventh movie, but that one is expected to possibly be a reboot of the franchise, without Anderson directing. Heck, maybe with the reboot, they can even try making movies that more closely resemble the video game franchise from which the movies borrow their title and loose concepts. Sony Pictures had previously scheduled Resident Evil 6 for release on September 12, 2014, but it's looking at this point like it will be delayed until sometime in early 2015.


APRIL: CHOOSE YOUR OWN LEAST FAVORITE REMAKE: WEIRD SCIENCE OR POINT BREAK

In trying to represent the worst ideas of each month in the year, sometimes a writer just can't choose one. In April, which remake was the worse idea, Weird Science or Point Break? How you decide might depend upon your own personal opinion of what sorts of movies should be remade, but also your own opinion of the two original films. One popular approach is that remakes should be reserved for films that were not all that great the first time around. The idea of fitting a Weird Science remake into that logic is challenged by the fact that the original film is not universally cherished or derided, with a Tomatometer score of 56%. What might help the Weird Science remake is that the writer challenged with the task has a few good films to his credit (like 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs the World). It's still a Weird Science remake, though. Your other candidate for April is the Point Break remake, which has been in development for a few years now, but the news in 2013 was basically that it's still in development. We would say more about Point Break, but this column only has room for so much Patrick Swayze, and there's still more to come...


MAY: ROLL A SAFETY THROW VERSUS REMAKES OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Speaking of choosing your own adventure, according to some sources (like the recent book Of Dice and Men), we're in the middle of a resurgence in popularity for that grand daddy of P-n-P role playing games, Dungeons & Dragons. Anyway, it was in May that we learned that Warner Bros is looking at reviving/rebooting their Dungeons & Dragons film series, which has spent most of its time in WB's direct-to-video division. The current approach is actually an adaptation of the Chainmail game, which was E. Gary Gygax's precursor to D&D. That script is being worked on by a screenwriter whose previous films include Red Riding Hood and Wrath of the Titans. Almost certainly coincidentally, May was also the month when we heard about plans for a movie inspired by the Medieval Times chain of theme restaurants.



JUNE: IT WOULDN'T BE A ROTTEN IDEA RECAP COLUMN WITHOUT ADAM SANDLER

The sun rises, the sun sets, the tides ebb and flow, and Adam Sandler continues to star in movies that critics hate. In 2013, the new Adam Sandler movies we heard about included the project at Universal Pictures called Hello Ghost, which will be a remake of a South Korean supernatural comedy about a man haunted by four ghosts after attempting to kill himself. We even found a picture of Adam Sandler pretending to shoot himself, and everything. There was another Adam Sandler story in 2013, the September news about an indie movie called The Cobbler, but the weird thing there is that it teams up Adam Sandler, all Punch-Drunk Love style, with a director (Tom McCarthy) normally known for delivering (get this) movies beloved by critics and audiences like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win.


JULY: WARNER BROS SKIPPING A WONDER WOMAN MOVIE AND GOING STRAIGHT TO THE FLASH

This story was informed quite a bit later in the year when Gal Gadot was announced as playing Wonder Woman in her live action feature film debut in the Man of Steel sequel, but even that arguably just supports the concern here. But we're probably getting ahead of ourselves. Let's start by reminding readers that in July, 2013, Warner Bros and DC Comics sort of staged a San Diego Comic-Con blitzkrieg, with lots of big announcements about their feature films, with the biggest being that Batman (later revealed to be Ben Affleck) would be a big part of the Man of Steel sequel. That movie was announced for 2015, a Justice League movie for 2017, and in between in 2016, there is a planned movie for The Flash. The problem that many people immediately picked up on was that there was no mention of Wonder Woman, who had been waiting for her feature film debut for over seventy years now. There's nothing inherently wrong with The Flash, of course, but his fandom just doesn't compare. When girls and women like Wonder Woman, they usually LOVE Wonder Woman. Instead of her own movie, what she currently is settling for is being the third (at best) player in a sequel to a Superman movie. Warner Bros has scheduled the still-untitled Man of Steel sequel for July 17, 2015, just two weeks before Marvel's Ant-Man. Speaking of the Man of Steel sequel...


AUGUST: THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY OF THE YEAR: THE FOOTNOTE THAT IS BEN AFFLECK'S DIRECTORIAL CAREER

Amidst all of the online craziness that was the reaction to the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, there seemed to be a disappointing subtext that many writers forgot to reflect upon. Namely, that if Ben Affleck spends the next several years running around in a grey and black Batsuit, he's going to have a lot, lot, lot less time to actually direct his own movies. The irony here is that we're talking about the very same year when Ben Affleck the director was hailed almost universally for his work on Argo. And so, the reward his directorial career ends 2013 with is... he will get to direct a lot less movies? That logic is a little messed up. Amidst the movies that Ben Affleck may never get to direct (or will have to wait to do so) are his planned projects directing Dennis Lehane's Live by Night, the remake of the French thriller Tell No One, and the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.


SEPTEMBER: HAYAO MIYAZAKI CONFIRMS PLANS TO RETIRE FROM DIRECTING THE BEST ANIME MOVIES EVER

The announcement that really kept Ben Affleck's stalled career as director from being one of the biggest stories of the year might have been the revelation that one of cinema's most heralded talents is calling it quits. We are speaking, of course, of Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki, who with films like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away, seemed to elevate the form above cliche and stereotype. His last film as director will be The Wind Rises, which will be released in the USA on February 21, 2014.




OCTOBER: MINI-SERIES, WEBSITES, AND 8TH GRADE HOMEWORK, OH MY!

October was another month where this writer just couldn't decide which story was more over-the-top awful and misguided. Your candidates begin with Son of God, which 20th Century Fox will release on February 28, 2014. This "movie" about Jesus Christ was produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and stars Diogo Morgado and a guy who kind of resembles Barack Obama (as Satan). If it sounds a lot like a few episodes of that popular mini-series The Bible, well, there's a reason for that: it's because that is exactly what Son of God is -- a few episodes of The Bible re-edited into feature length, with a few deleted scenes added back in. But wait, there's more! In October, 20th Century Fox also announced plans for a trilogy of movies based on three websites: The Knot (about marriage), The Bump (and pregancy), and The Nest (about parenthood). The three movies are expected to be "loosely thematically connected ensemble comedies" in the tradition of such films based on non-narrative works as What to Do When You're Expecting and Think Like a Man. Finally, in the final days of October, DreamWorks took some of the burden from 20th Century Fox by announcing their own awful plans for a movie in the form of Popular: One Geek's Quest for the Impossible, which was a "book" that started as an 8th grader's journal (though its theme and publication sounds a bit too staged, the cynical mind could speculate). As if someone wanted to land a movie deal.


NOVEMBER: THE REGURGITATION OF PATRICK SWAYZE'S CAREER CONTINUES WITH ROAD HOUSE

There's a thing that sometimes happens in Hollywood in the years after a celebrity's death. Sometimes, the death leads to a biopic, and sometimes, their movies or books or whatever start getting a lot more feature film adaptations. Patrick Swayze died in 2009, and that was the start of a series of movie remakes that is getting closer and closer to covering almost every major film he starred in. We've already seen a remake of Red Dawn, and there are remakes in development of Dirty Dancing and the previously mentioned Point Break. All we're really missing at this point is Ghost, Uncommon Valor, The Outsiders, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. That's especially true now that there's a remake of Road House in the works.


DECEMBER: R.I.P. PAUL WALKER (AND JAMES GANDOLFINI, AND DENNIS FARINA, AND PETER O'TOOLE, AND...)

Obviously, it's one of the ultimate facts of life that we lose people -- some really great people -- every year. 2013 neared its end with one of the most shocking losses in recent memory, one that you probably have to go back to Heath Ledger to match. It was in the first days of December that we learned of the automobile crash death of Paul Walker, the star of the Fast and Furious franchise. Walker was just 40, and did not have a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, etc, which sometimes take from us our favorite talents. We lost a lot of talented actors in 2013, such as James Gandolfini, Dennis Farina, and Peter O'Toole, just to name a few. Paul Walker's death might have been included anyway, but in particular, because it's led to the delay of Fast & Furious 7 to 2015, the news was directly related to big movie development news.

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Comments

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

RIP Paul Walker, you were awesome.

Jan 3 - 05:25 PM

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

we will miss you Paul Walker

Jan 3 - 06:00 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

In life, was anyone really clamoring for Paul Walker to star in anything? Its tragic what has happened but was he really that much apart of our lives or to a lesser extent, peoples movie tastes? It seemed he was kind of a joke actor that people made fun of, had peaked and was able to ride out a franchise. Then he dies a crazy, Dean-ish death and all of sudden he's this cherished celebrity. To me Gandolfini, Farina, hell, even Uncle Phil (I know, 2014) are bigger losses than Walker.

Jan 3 - 08:38 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

I actually feel the same way. Walker never established himself in Hollywood the way Gandolfini or O'Toole did.

Jan 3 - 09:01 PM

Chandra Novian

Chandra Novian

I was born in late 90s. And i rarely heard about gandolfini and o'toole. Don't judge everything by your point of view (or something that you think you knew). Next time you want to compare someone deaths!, check your age first. There is something called young generations!

Paul Walker death was a big loss. Not just because he was an actor, or his movies get lots of oscar, but because he is one with good personality. He got involved im a lot of social activity both for human and animals.

Jan 7 - 10:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Who gives a s***, Chandra? Your youth doesn't give you an entitlement to ignorance. I knew who Peter O'Toole was by the time I was 12. Take advantage of the history available to you. "Generations" are meaningless. You're not special. Your friends and peers are not special. You're going to die, just like everyone else. You might as well learn something while you're here. 'Cause if you don't, you'll repeat the same mistakes of history you refuse to learn about. Grow the f*** up, squirt.

Jan 8 - 05:55 AM

Brian Hermosillo

Brian Hermosillo

......to a younger generation he's more cherished than those mentioned, and the total gross of all of the fast and furious movies he's in is greater than the rest of the mentioned's complete filmographies, so he clearly had an audience...........sure, he wasn't oscar winning, but he had an established fan base, made millions, never got into feuds or drug binges, donated to charity (he died after attending an event for one), and was known for being a good person.....you can't say that about many in Hollywood.

Jan 3 - 11:10 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I'm not trying to shit on the guys legacy but to equate all of the box office totals of F&F to his presence is giving him too much credit. His only headliner of the series is the worst one (F&F2) and it wasn't until Vin Diesel returned and The Rock showed up that the franchise got back on track. I was just happy to see the guy get work even though I don't even watch F&F. I was more fond of Joy Ride, and that was really Rusty Nail and Steve Zahn's fault than Walker's.

Jan 4 - 03:41 AM

Rocket

Rocket Raccoon

I never heard anything about Paul Walker till he died.

Jan 4 - 11:53 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't think it's fair to compare the grosses of the Fast and Furious films to say the films of Peter 0'Toole seeing how the former were released when ticket prices were much higher. It it's day, Lawrence of Arabia was a massive hit and it sold far more tickets than any Fast and Furious film and of course was much more acclaimed.

As for why Paul Walker's death received more attention that the others I think it was due to how shocking it was.

Jan 4 - 09:03 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

You know what's really ironic. O'Toole, Gandolfini, and Walker have the exact same Academy Award Win total.

Jan 5 - 04:48 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, it's sometimes not defined by the wins but how many nominations since Award shows are sometimes faulty!

Jan 6 - 04:56 PM

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

dude that was a very rotten thing to say

Jan 4 - 08:52 AM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Truth hurts sometimes.

Jan 4 - 12:22 PM

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Paul Walker wasn't the highest caliber actor in the world but if you saw his last movie, "hours", you can see he was really pushing it to the limit. He was set to have a career resurgence ala Matthew McConaughey. The guy was likable. And let's face it, yes those other deaths were shocking but they were not nearly as tragic. This is the death of a still young guy that had plenty of life in him, and a desire to push himself as far as he could go. Coming from someone who just got into a car accident (me), I can tell you, it isn't something that is supposed to happen. It just does. And we will all be the sadder for RIP Paul, I hope you're in a better place now.

Jan 5 - 02:56 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I have to agree w/ you Infernal Dude. Walker's death was tragic (as was the death of the man behind the wheel of the car that no one seems to remember was there), and he seemed like a genuinely nice and generous guy. But if we are to get down to brass tax, I doubt he'd wind up in anyone's top 10 list of favorite actors of all time. Aside from Running Scared and Pleasantville - the latter of which he didn't even star in - I can't think of a movie he's been featured in that I felt was any good. 2013, for me, saw the deaths of movie icons like Peter O'Toole, Ray Harryhausen, Eleanor Parker... those struck me infinitely harder than that of Mr. Walker (again, w/ all due respect to his loved ones and fans).

Jan 5 - 01:16 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Barf, don't be morbid Dude. There were more Fast and the Furious Films released in a decade then the Awesome Gandolfini films nobody but a select few saw. Relax. Death isn't suppose to be a deck of base ball cards. Stop comparing things man!

Jan 5 - 04:46 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I wasn't trying to discredit the man but question the ongoing, fake feeling, and sensationalized mourning of his death.

Jan 5 - 05:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

@Infernal Dude 2.0
It's easy to consist feelings such as yours when you don't like anything he's starred in!

Jan 6 - 11:16 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, the difference here is that Walker died very young in comparison to Gandolfini and Peter O' Toole! And as I've said previously before, I along with others had resonated with his character in the Fast And The Furious movies even though you yourself don't think of his character as a big deal!

Jan 6 - 11:14 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I don't appreciate the down playing of someone's untimely death! Paul Walker is still labelled as a celebrity even though you yourself don't think much of him as an actor! It's like if Robert Downey JR died tomorrow since he's not a high caliber actor are people still going to miss him! Of course they're because they liked him when he was playing the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes characters! How is Paul Walker any different than Robert Downey JR! As a matter of fact, Paul Walker is like seeing another Harrison Ford with the only difference is that one is more successful at it since they both do nothing but 'guilty pleasure' movies!

Jan 6 - 05:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

What difference does that make, Robert Downey JR is more recognized playing Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes- not as Chaplin or anything else! Besides that, it was you along with some other user that compared him to Peter O'Toole when they both starred in "different" films! I'm just saying that Harrison Ford is only recognized as a guilty pleasure actor which is the same as Paul Walker! Why is that so hard to accept! "Where" did I say who was more successful at being in 'guilty pleasure' movies?
Why is it so hard for you to accept that Walker can't be compared to anything Peter O'Toole has ever done when you can do the exact same thing with Bruce Lee and Elvis as well as every other guilty pleasure actor!

Jan 6 - 06:29 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

My Favorite Year. Nuff said.

Jan 6 - 08:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Excuse for my late response, since I wasn't able to comment until today! And I'm going to have to disagree, since if it was any other 'guilty pleasure' actor you had liked who was only successful at doing nothing but secondary roles, I have to say you'd be angry too if any user compared any guilty pleasure actor with any Oscar winner who died during the same year- natural or otherwise! I mean, much of the movies these days are not even remotely close to "Lawrence To Arabia" let alone it's perhaps Peter O'Toole's best film anyway out of many films he has done! So you can't tell me that you like Peter O'Toole in everything he's been in since I bet he's also been in some duds as well! Furthermore, both movie are totally different, since one is sort of based on fact as well as an actual person while there is no book the where F&F films came from! And this is where I'm going to have to point out your hypocrisy on this, since if what you're saying is true that a movie is only a movie, then why is that you still continue to praise 'guilty pleasure' movies even if those films also have actors with secondary roles, and if any of them died tomorrow- you'd be defensive too, if some user compared him to another Oscar wining actor! If you can't see your hypocrisy than god help you!

Jan 7 - 12:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The only idiot is the user who believes he has the right to belittle one's actors movies with someone else's during a time of mourning! Yeah, Peter O'Toole rocks alright but not in the same degree as Bogart, James Cagney, Toshiro Mifune, James Stewart, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Burt Lancaster, David Niven, Elizabeth Taylor, William Powell, Olivier etc... a few of our greatest actors who are also dead just like O'Toole!

Jan 7 - 05:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

None of whom were mentioned in this article"

It makes no f-cking difference, idiot! Also, did the article say who were the better actors of the lot that died or passed away!

Jan 8 - 01:15 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Sigh, as terrible & eye-raping bad reading about Sandler projects, they just aren't any worse than the death of Walker (easily the most tragic thing this year) & Miyazaki's retirement. How this shit happens yet fucktards like Seltzer & Friedberg are still alive & ALLOWED TO MAKE MORE MOVIES is beyond me.

Jan 3 - 06:07 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

And the millions of children being killed in Syria isn't as tragic?

Jan 5 - 01:27 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Millions?

Jan 5 - 04:49 PM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

*Thousands.

Jan 6 - 07:57 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

The disappearing of bees and the massive mess that will create is far more tragic than the dead of a B list actor.

Jan 7 - 09:48 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I sense a trend of rotten recycling...

Jan 3 - 06:23 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Flash does seem like a very odd choice for a standalone DC movie. While he's pretty famous, he doesn't seem to have enough gravitas or well known villains to be given a solo movie.

Jan 3 - 08:00 PM

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Typhon

Typhon Q

I see what you mean, but do you really think that an Iron-Man esque superhero is going to work well in the DC Universe? DC does dark well, as can be seen through the Dark Knight trilogy and to some extent in Man of Steel. However, they can't seem to balance light heartedness all that well (Green Lantern).

Jan 4 - 11:37 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I found MoS a little excessive at times, but it did have its moments. Although I'm not extremely familiar with Flash, I think the sort of character he is works better playing off other ones rather being the center of the story.

Jan 4 - 06:17 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I guess you have to start somewhere, but I personally feel that Flash works better as a supporting hero in an ensemble, the way the hulk worked so much better in Avengers than in his own movie.

Jan 7 - 10:29 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Also, there's only so much that can be done with a super fast guy, effects/fight wise.

Jan 8 - 02:20 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

In life, was anyone really clamoring for Paul Walker to star in anything? Its tragic what has happened but was he really that much apart of our lives or to a lesser extent, peoples movie tastes? It seemed he was kind of a joke actor that people made fun of, had peaked and was able to ride out a franchise. Then he dies a crazy, Dean-ish death and all of sudden he's this cherished celebrity. To me Gandolfini, Farina, hell, even Uncle Phil (I know, 2014) are bigger losses than Walker.

Jan 3 - 08:38 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

I actually feel the same way. Walker never established himself in Hollywood the way Gandolfini or O'Toole did.

Jan 3 - 09:01 PM

Chandra Novian

Chandra Novian

I was born in late 90s. And i rarely heard about gandolfini and o'toole. Don't judge everything by your point of view (or something that you think you knew). Next time you want to compare someone deaths!, check your age first. There is something called young generations!

Paul Walker death was a big loss. Not just because he was an actor, or his movies get lots of oscar, but because he is one with good personality. He got involved im a lot of social activity both for human and animals.

Jan 7 - 10:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Who gives a s***, Chandra? Your youth doesn't give you an entitlement to ignorance. I knew who Peter O'Toole was by the time I was 12. Take advantage of the history available to you. "Generations" are meaningless. You're not special. Your friends and peers are not special. You're going to die, just like everyone else. You might as well learn something while you're here. 'Cause if you don't, you'll repeat the same mistakes of history you refuse to learn about. Grow the f*** up, squirt.

Jan 8 - 05:55 AM

Brian Hermosillo

Brian Hermosillo

......to a younger generation he's more cherished than those mentioned, and the total gross of all of the fast and furious movies he's in is greater than the rest of the mentioned's complete filmographies, so he clearly had an audience...........sure, he wasn't oscar winning, but he had an established fan base, made millions, never got into feuds or drug binges, donated to charity (he died after attending an event for one), and was known for being a good person.....you can't say that about many in Hollywood.

Jan 3 - 11:10 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I'm not trying to shit on the guys legacy but to equate all of the box office totals of F&F to his presence is giving him too much credit. His only headliner of the series is the worst one (F&F2) and it wasn't until Vin Diesel returned and The Rock showed up that the franchise got back on track. I was just happy to see the guy get work even though I don't even watch F&F. I was more fond of Joy Ride, and that was really Rusty Nail and Steve Zahn's fault than Walker's.

Jan 4 - 03:41 AM

Rocket

Rocket Raccoon

I never heard anything about Paul Walker till he died.

Jan 4 - 11:53 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't think it's fair to compare the grosses of the Fast and Furious films to say the films of Peter 0'Toole seeing how the former were released when ticket prices were much higher. It it's day, Lawrence of Arabia was a massive hit and it sold far more tickets than any Fast and Furious film and of course was much more acclaimed.

As for why Paul Walker's death received more attention that the others I think it was due to how shocking it was.

Jan 4 - 09:03 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

You know what's really ironic. O'Toole, Gandolfini, and Walker have the exact same Academy Award Win total.

Jan 5 - 04:48 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, it's sometimes not defined by the wins but how many nominations since Award shows are sometimes faulty!

Jan 6 - 04:56 PM

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

dude that was a very rotten thing to say

Jan 4 - 08:52 AM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Truth hurts sometimes.

Jan 4 - 12:22 PM

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Paul Walker wasn't the highest caliber actor in the world but if you saw his last movie, "hours", you can see he was really pushing it to the limit. He was set to have a career resurgence ala Matthew McConaughey. The guy was likable. And let's face it, yes those other deaths were shocking but they were not nearly as tragic. This is the death of a still young guy that had plenty of life in him, and a desire to push himself as far as he could go. Coming from someone who just got into a car accident (me), I can tell you, it isn't something that is supposed to happen. It just does. And we will all be the sadder for RIP Paul, I hope you're in a better place now.

Jan 5 - 02:56 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I have to agree w/ you Infernal Dude. Walker's death was tragic (as was the death of the man behind the wheel of the car that no one seems to remember was there), and he seemed like a genuinely nice and generous guy. But if we are to get down to brass tax, I doubt he'd wind up in anyone's top 10 list of favorite actors of all time. Aside from Running Scared and Pleasantville - the latter of which he didn't even star in - I can't think of a movie he's been featured in that I felt was any good. 2013, for me, saw the deaths of movie icons like Peter O'Toole, Ray Harryhausen, Eleanor Parker... those struck me infinitely harder than that of Mr. Walker (again, w/ all due respect to his loved ones and fans).

Jan 5 - 01:16 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Barf, don't be morbid Dude. There were more Fast and the Furious Films released in a decade then the Awesome Gandolfini films nobody but a select few saw. Relax. Death isn't suppose to be a deck of base ball cards. Stop comparing things man!

Jan 5 - 04:46 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I wasn't trying to discredit the man but question the ongoing, fake feeling, and sensationalized mourning of his death.

Jan 5 - 05:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

@Infernal Dude 2.0
It's easy to consist feelings such as yours when you don't like anything he's starred in!

Jan 6 - 11:16 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, the difference here is that Walker died very young in comparison to Gandolfini and Peter O' Toole! And as I've said previously before, I along with others had resonated with his character in the Fast And The Furious movies even though you yourself don't think of his character as a big deal!

Jan 6 - 11:14 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I don't appreciate the down playing of someone's untimely death! Paul Walker is still labelled as a celebrity even though you yourself don't think much of him as an actor! It's like if Robert Downey JR died tomorrow since he's not a high caliber actor are people still going to miss him! Of course they're because they liked him when he was playing the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes characters! How is Paul Walker any different than Robert Downey JR! As a matter of fact, Paul Walker is like seeing another Harrison Ford with the only difference is that one is more successful at it since they both do nothing but 'guilty pleasure' movies!

Jan 6 - 05:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

What difference does that make, Robert Downey JR is more recognized playing Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes- not as Chaplin or anything else! Besides that, it was you along with some other user that compared him to Peter O'Toole when they both starred in "different" films! I'm just saying that Harrison Ford is only recognized as a guilty pleasure actor which is the same as Paul Walker! Why is that so hard to accept! "Where" did I say who was more successful at being in 'guilty pleasure' movies?
Why is it so hard for you to accept that Walker can't be compared to anything Peter O'Toole has ever done when you can do the exact same thing with Bruce Lee and Elvis as well as every other guilty pleasure actor!

Jan 6 - 06:29 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

My Favorite Year. Nuff said.

Jan 6 - 08:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Excuse for my late response, since I wasn't able to comment until today! And I'm going to have to disagree, since if it was any other 'guilty pleasure' actor you had liked who was only successful at doing nothing but secondary roles, I have to say you'd be angry too if any user compared any guilty pleasure actor with any Oscar winner who died during the same year- natural or otherwise! I mean, much of the movies these days are not even remotely close to "Lawrence To Arabia" let alone it's perhaps Peter O'Toole's best film anyway out of many films he has done! So you can't tell me that you like Peter O'Toole in everything he's been in since I bet he's also been in some duds as well! Furthermore, both movie are totally different, since one is sort of based on fact as well as an actual person while there is no book the where F&F films came from! And this is where I'm going to have to point out your hypocrisy on this, since if what you're saying is true that a movie is only a movie, then why is that you still continue to praise 'guilty pleasure' movies even if those films also have actors with secondary roles, and if any of them died tomorrow- you'd be defensive too, if some user compared him to another Oscar wining actor! If you can't see your hypocrisy than god help you!

Jan 7 - 12:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The only idiot is the user who believes he has the right to belittle one's actors movies with someone else's during a time of mourning! Yeah, Peter O'Toole rocks alright but not in the same degree as Bogart, James Cagney, Toshiro Mifune, James Stewart, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Burt Lancaster, David Niven, Elizabeth Taylor, William Powell, Olivier etc... a few of our greatest actors who are also dead just like O'Toole!

Jan 7 - 05:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

None of whom were mentioned in this article"

It makes no f-cking difference, idiot! Also, did the article say who were the better actors of the lot that died or passed away!

Jan 8 - 01:15 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

I actually feel the same way. Walker never established himself in Hollywood the way Gandolfini or O'Toole did.

Jan 3 - 09:01 PM

Chandra Novian

Chandra Novian

I was born in late 90s. And i rarely heard about gandolfini and o'toole. Don't judge everything by your point of view (or something that you think you knew). Next time you want to compare someone deaths!, check your age first. There is something called young generations!

Paul Walker death was a big loss. Not just because he was an actor, or his movies get lots of oscar, but because he is one with good personality. He got involved im a lot of social activity both for human and animals.

Jan 7 - 10:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Who gives a s***, Chandra? Your youth doesn't give you an entitlement to ignorance. I knew who Peter O'Toole was by the time I was 12. Take advantage of the history available to you. "Generations" are meaningless. You're not special. Your friends and peers are not special. You're going to die, just like everyone else. You might as well learn something while you're here. 'Cause if you don't, you'll repeat the same mistakes of history you refuse to learn about. Grow the f*** up, squirt.

Jan 8 - 05:55 AM

Robert Skillstad

Robert Skillstad

Yeah, and remake of The Birth of a Nation starring cast of Duck Dynasty.

Jan 3 - 11:03 PM

Brian Hermosillo

Brian Hermosillo

......to a younger generation he's more cherished than those mentioned, and the total gross of all of the fast and furious movies he's in is greater than the rest of the mentioned's complete filmographies, so he clearly had an audience...........sure, he wasn't oscar winning, but he had an established fan base, made millions, never got into feuds or drug binges, donated to charity (he died after attending an event for one), and was known for being a good person.....you can't say that about many in Hollywood.

Jan 3 - 11:10 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I'm not trying to shit on the guys legacy but to equate all of the box office totals of F&F to his presence is giving him too much credit. His only headliner of the series is the worst one (F&F2) and it wasn't until Vin Diesel returned and The Rock showed up that the franchise got back on track. I was just happy to see the guy get work even though I don't even watch F&F. I was more fond of Joy Ride, and that was really Rusty Nail and Steve Zahn's fault than Walker's.

Jan 4 - 03:41 AM

Rocket

Rocket Raccoon

I never heard anything about Paul Walker till he died.

Jan 4 - 11:53 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't think it's fair to compare the grosses of the Fast and Furious films to say the films of Peter 0'Toole seeing how the former were released when ticket prices were much higher. It it's day, Lawrence of Arabia was a massive hit and it sold far more tickets than any Fast and Furious film and of course was much more acclaimed.

As for why Paul Walker's death received more attention that the others I think it was due to how shocking it was.

Jan 4 - 09:03 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

You know what's really ironic. O'Toole, Gandolfini, and Walker have the exact same Academy Award Win total.

Jan 5 - 04:48 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, it's sometimes not defined by the wins but how many nominations since Award shows are sometimes faulty!

Jan 6 - 04:56 PM

Tighelander

First Last

In the Affleck note, it should read "fewer movies" not "less movies".
Fewer is only used with plurals.
Less is only used with, ummm, categories, things you can't touch:
less stock, less enthusiasm, less of a problem.

Less crying
Fewer tears

Less downtime
fewer headaches

Jan 4 - 12:12 AM

Rated NCC-1701

Rated NCC-1701

Pretty sure it's:

Fewer = quantity
Less = quality

"Fewer execs exerting control may result in lesser artistic confinement."

Jan 8 - 07:51 PM

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Typhon

Typhon Q

I see what you mean, but do you really think that an Iron-Man esque superhero is going to work well in the DC Universe? DC does dark well, as can be seen through the Dark Knight trilogy and to some extent in Man of Steel. However, they can't seem to balance light heartedness all that well (Green Lantern).

Jan 4 - 11:37 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I found MoS a little excessive at times, but it did have its moments. Although I'm not extremely familiar with Flash, I think the sort of character he is works better playing off other ones rather being the center of the story.

Jan 4 - 06:17 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I guess you have to start somewhere, but I personally feel that Flash works better as a supporting hero in an ensemble, the way the hulk worked so much better in Avengers than in his own movie.

Jan 7 - 10:29 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Also, there's only so much that can be done with a super fast guy, effects/fight wise.

Jan 8 - 02:20 PM

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Rated NCC-1701

Rated NCC-1701

You've clearly never seen The Flash on Red Bull.

Jan 8 - 07:56 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

I'm not trying to shit on the guys legacy but to equate all of the box office totals of F&F to his presence is giving him too much credit. His only headliner of the series is the worst one (F&F2) and it wasn't until Vin Diesel returned and The Rock showed up that the franchise got back on track. I was just happy to see the guy get work even though I don't even watch F&F. I was more fond of Joy Ride, and that was really Rusty Nail and Steve Zahn's fault than Walker's.

Jan 4 - 03:41 AM

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

Roberto Rojas Balarezo

dude that was a very rotten thing to say

Jan 4 - 08:52 AM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Truth hurts sometimes.

Jan 4 - 12:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I see what you mean, but do you really think that an Iron-Man esque superhero is going to work well in the DC Universe? DC does dark well, as can be seen through the Dark Knight trilogy and to some extent in Man of Steel. However, they can't seem to balance light heartedness all that well (Green Lantern).

Jan 4 - 11:37 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I found MoS a little excessive at times, but it did have its moments. Although I'm not extremely familiar with Flash, I think the sort of character he is works better playing off other ones rather being the center of the story.

Jan 4 - 06:17 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I guess you have to start somewhere, but I personally feel that Flash works better as a supporting hero in an ensemble, the way the hulk worked so much better in Avengers than in his own movie.

Jan 7 - 10:29 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Also, there's only so much that can be done with a super fast guy, effects/fight wise.

Jan 8 - 02:20 PM

Rocket

Rocket Raccoon

I never heard anything about Paul Walker till he died.

Jan 4 - 11:53 AM

Vincent

Do you even Jay Cutler?

Truth hurts sometimes.

Jan 4 - 12:22 PM

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