September 7, 2009
RT on DVD: Crank 2, The Office, Creepshow, And More
This week in home video, we've gone out of our way to provide you with a nice variety of selections, as we always try to do. Of course, there are the newest of the new releases (Crank 2 and Dance Flick, both of which opened earlier this year), as well as a couple of classics getting the hi-def treatment (Friday and Creepshow). We've got one of the hottest comedies on television (The Office), and we've got a strange little half animated, half live-action gem from the Disney archives (Bedknobs and Broomsticks). If arthouse is your thing, we've got an entry on the week's Criterion Collection releases and a visually sumptuous Terrence Malick film (The New World). And to top it off, there's a documentary on a fashion legend (Valentino: The Last Emperor) and a film starring some familiar names before they made it big (Set It Off). So grab your popcorn and fire up them video machines, because it's time for some DVD action.
April 16, 2009
Critics Consensus: 17 Again Is Sweet And Poignant
This week at the movies, we've got a high school do-over (17 Again, starring Zac Efron and Leslie Mann), some journalistic thrills (State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams), and cardiovascular action (Crank High Voltage, starring Jason Statham and Bai Ling). Plus, we've got Every Little Step, a documentary about A Chorus Line; Lemon Tree, about a conflict over a lemon grove on the Israeli/Palestinian border in the West Bank; American Violet, a drama about a single mother who must battle accusations of drug dealing; Is Anybody There?, which stars Michael Caine in the tale of a boy who meets a free-spirited occupant of his parents' old folks home; The Golden Boys, starring David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway in a comedy about three retired sea captains who could use a woman's touch in their drab Cape Cod house; and The Sleep Dealer, an indie sci-fi drama about exploited third-world workers in a futuristic dystopia. What do the critics have to say?
April 16, 2009
Box Office Guru Preview: Zac Back Again in 17 Again
Teen prince Zac Efron aims to score his second number one opener in six months, but this time without the help of an established franchise, with the new comedy 17 Again. Boldly entering racy PG-13 territory, the Disney-bred superstar plays a thirtysomething man who is transformed into the body of a teenager. Matthew Perry plays the bigger version of the character. The New Line film is being released by Warner Bros. which will target teens and young adults but is also hoping to court the younger tween fans of the young actor despite the rating. 17 Again is essentially for Efron what Mean Girls was for Lindsay Lohan five years ago - a more mature PG-13 vehicle for a Mouse House star trying to branch out into older storylines without abandoning the young base.
April 15, 2009
Exclusive: Bullets and Babes on the Crank High Voltage Set
In this week's super-charged sequel to the 2006 sleeper hit, Crank (60%), the writing-directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (known simply as "Neveldine + Taylor") continue the adrenaline-pumping adventures of hit man Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) -- who, as you may recall, experienced quite a rough 24 hours in the first film. You didn't think a little high-altitude fall from a helicopter could keep Chev down, did you? This Friday's Crank High Voltage picks up right where Crank ended, and Rotten Tomatoes was on set at various locations during production to witness manic action, public indecency, Bai Ling craziness, leather-clad biker shoot-outs and good old-fashioned fun -- all the makings of a true-blue Crank flick.
April 14, 2009
Five Favorite Films With Bai Ling
Rotten Tomatoes caught up with actress Bai Ling (Red Corner, Southland Tales) on the verge of her latest film, Crank: High Voltage, to talk movies and learn more about the bold and sensual artist, who at times is better known for her off-screen persona than her expansive body of work. Below, find out which romantic classics and modern films Bai Ling names among her Five Favorite Films and, and read on for our in-depth conversation about her work, her life, and her pursuit of happiness as we peel back the layers of the force of nature known as Bai Ling.
September 26, 2008
Exclusive: David Carradine Cameo in Crank 2 says Statham
It's not just Death Race that boasts a cameo from legend David Carradine. According to star Jason Statham, speaking to RT this week ahead of the UK release of Death Race, the action superstar let slip that Carradine would appear in Crank 2: High Voltage as well.
September 2, 2008
Statham Promises "Offensive, Outrageous" Crank 2
Jason Statham has promised "Crank" fans that the sequel will be bigger and better, calling the script "the most offensive and outrageous" he's ever read, and hinting at "a very indulgent sex scene" with co-star Amy Smart.
August 28, 2008
Neveldine and Taylor Talk Crank 2, Jonah Hex
During an recent appearance on The Movie Blog's "Uncut," Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor discussed the making of "Crank 2" -- and revealed that Thomas Jane would not be starring in their "Jonah Hex" adaptation.
April 25, 2008
Crank 2 Details, Photo Online!
Want the details of how in the world Chev Chelios is still alive in Crank 2: High Voltage? How about a photo from the film (sort of)?
April 21, 2008
Crank 2 Cast Comes Together
Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, and Efren Ramirez will reprise their Crank roles in Crank 2: High Voltage, which begins filming next week.
January 18, 2008
Crank 2 Ratchets Up Style
Producer Tom Rosenberg confirmed that Crank 2: High Voltage will shoot, as the script was finished before the writer's strike. The concept of Chev Chelios revived with an electric heart will allow filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor to ramp up their extreme style.