Weekly Ketchup: J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to Finish Star Wars 7 Script

This week, the Ketchup brings you ten stories dominated by sequels (Star Wars Episode VII, Avatar 2, Beetlejuice 2, Independence Day 2), a remake (Hellraiser), and a trilogy of movies inspired by websites. There's also new roles for Tom Cruise and Will Smith.


This Week's Top Story

J.J. ABRAMS AND LAWRENCE KASDAN CONFIRMED TO BE WRITING STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

Normally, a screenwriter announcement would not be a week's top story. But normally, movie news stories aren't about Star Wars Episode VII. What we previously thought we knew about the Episode VII script was that it was being worked on by screenwriter Michael Arndt, whose filmography includes Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine. This week, Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that director J.J. Abrams is also stepping in to work on the script with Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, and cowrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Abrams has become a household name as director and producer of TV shows like LOST and Fringe, and movies like the two recent Star Trek films. However, Abrams's career as screenwriter (which is more immediately relevant to this story) is mostly comprised of older, more obscure movies like Regarding Henry, Forever Young, Joy Ride, and Gone Fishin'. So, if one truly wants to brush up on their Star Wars fan credentials, it looks like it's time revisit wacky Joe Pesci buddy fishermen comedies (all one of them). Have fun with that.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 DIRECTOR ROBERT ZEMECKIS TO ADAPT TOY SOLDIER DOCUMENTARY MARWENCOL

There are obviously bumpy spots in the filmography of Robert Zemeckis (they weren't all Back to the Future, let's just say), but to his credit, he's always remained unpredictable. And when those gambles pay off, we get movies like Contact, Cast Away and Beowulf. Robert Zemeckis and Universal Pictures are teaming up to start development of a live action adaptation of the award-winning 2010 documentary Marwencol. That film told the story of Mark Hogancamp, who, following a brutal beating in 2000, constructed in his back yard a 1/6-scale toy soldier version of a Belgian town during World War II, populated by dolls representing himself, his family and friends, and the five men who attacked him. Zemeckis came to Universal Pictures with a screenplay already adapted by Caroline Thompson, whose past films include Edward Scissorhands, The Secret Garden, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Since there's already a screenplay, there's speculation that Robert Zemeckis might actually be planning on making Marwencol his next film. Unlike many other directors of his class (who are attached to multiple films for years, many of which never get made), it's happened a few times in the past (like with Flight) that Zemeckis has begun filming movies people barely knew were even in development, only to find said movies in theaters just a year later. If Marwencol is indeed that close to happening, we should start hearing casting news in the next couple of months.


#2 THE AVATAR SEQUEL TRILOGY FINDS ITS "DARTH VADER" AND IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU...

This story may be surprising for anyone who saw Avatar (and if you haven't yet, why are you reading this story? It's got spoilers!). Anyway, Avatar pretty much seemed to put the nails in the coffin, let's say, for Stephen Lang's antagonist character of Colonel Miles Quaritch, who was pierced repeatedly in the chest by the pointy ends of multiple N'avi arrows. Avatar is also, of course, a science fiction about people taking on alien forms using advanced technology, so maybe that leads us to the following news. Stephen Lang will be returning for the three Avatar sequels as what is being described as the "Darth Vader" of the franchise. James Cameron is deep in pre-production for the sequel trilogy, with filming not expected to start this time in October. 20th Century Fox is expected to release the first Avatar sequel sometime in December, 2016, with the third and fourth films following in the same month in 2017 ad 2018.


#3 TIM BURTON! TIM BURTON! TIM BURTON! TO FINALLY DIRECT THE LONG AWAITED BEETLEJUICE SEQUEL

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the 1988 supernatural comedy Beetlejuice, and it can feel to movie news writers like the last two decades have seen annual or bi-annual news stories about a Beetlejuice sequel happening... someday. Sometimes, for these sort of things to turn around, certain types of events need to happen. For a studio like Warner Bros, the recent departure of prolific movie generator Legendary Pictures (to Universal) certainly could be seen as an impetus for revisiting long-lingering projects like Beetlejuice 2. And so, we can finally report that director Tim Burton is officially in talks with Warner Bros and The Geffen Company to direct a sequel to Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton is also expected to reprise his performance as the title character. This development came after recent changes at 20th Century Fox concerning the adaptation of the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which had been expected to be Tim Burton's next film as director (after recently wrapping the biopic Big Eyes). There's also speculation that Warner Bros was able to get Tim Burton to rethink Beetlejuice 2 at least partly as payback to the studio for the financial hit they took when Burton's dream project Dark Shadows failed to do much for Warner Bros. There's no word yet as to whether any other Beetlejuice costars (like Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, or Winona Ryder) might also return.


#4 HELLRAISER TO BE RAISED FROM DEVELOPMENT HELL BY... NEARLY THE SAME PEOPLE?

It happens sometimes that a foreign film will be remade in English just a few years later by the film's original director. It's far less common for this to happen with films that are decades old, but British author-turned-director Clive Barker is not, in fact, a common filmmaker. And so, when Dimension Films starts filming of the long-in-development remake of the 1987 S&M-influenced supernatural horror film Hellraiser, the movie will be directed by Clive Barker. In addition to making his directorial debut with that film, Clive Barker also wrote the original novella The Hellbound Heart that the movie adapted. Clive Barker won't be alone in this revisit, however, as actor Doug Bradley will also be returning to Hellraiser in the remake, once again reprising his demonic character known as Pinhead. The world has changed a lot since 1987, and one would have to guess that the remake will reflect that. Back then, Hellraiser shocked audiences with its depictions of S&M sex scenes, while next year, the world's going to get a mom-friendly S&M movie in Fifty Shades of Grey. There's no production start date for the new Hellraiser yet. This one of the Fresh Developments because a) Clive Barker's filmography is quite "Fresh," and b) this is sort of an extreme example of how remakes of beloved genre classics should happen.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#5 ETHAN HAWKE RETEAMS WITH GATTACA DIRECTOR FOR A MOVIE ABOUT DRONES

Hollywood publicists are very much in the business of putting the best possible image on things (that is literally their job). And so, the headlines for stories in the Weekly Ketchup may sometimes seem to conflict with what we call "Rotten Ideas." Take, for example, the news that Ethan Hawke is reuniting with director Andrew Niccol, with whom he made the 1997 sci-fi movie Gattaca. That movie has a "Fresh" rating of 82% on the RT Tomatometer, so what's Rotten here? Well, it's more understandable when we factor in the other four movies that Andrew Niccol has directed, only one of which in the last 15 years has been "Fresh" (Lord of War), versus three "Rotten" movies (S1m0ne, In Time, and this year's The Host). Anyway, in the untitled thriller, Ethan Hawke will star as a fighter pilot who "becomes a Las Vegas-based drone pilot. He fights the Taliban by remote control for twelve hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other twelve. He starts to question his mission, and asking himself if he is creating more terrorists than he is killing in a war seemingly without end." There's a lot of meaty ripped-from-the-headlines material there, but mostly? They lost this writer at "Ethan Hawke will star as a fighter pilot."


#4 THIS WEEK IN WILL SMITH: SELLING TIME, AND THE TWO DIFFERENT INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL SCRIPTS

People get dazzled by big box office numbers, but this column is concerned with very different numbers. Will Smith, for example, is one of the most successful movie stars of all time. His RT Tomatometer, however, tells a different story. Did you know, for example, that of all the movies Will Smith has been credited with appearing in since 2007's I Am Legend, only one (Men in Black III) is "Fresh" on the Tomatometer. Well, maybe things will turn around for Mr. Smith who is attached to star in the 20th Century Fox supernatural thriller called Selling Time. Smith will play "a man who is given a chance to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy." The script comes from newcomer Dan McDermott, who is a former DreamWorks Television president who one day apparently decided, "what I really want to do is write movies." That's the new movie project that got Will Smith into the news this week, but the story that most people heard about was the one about how Roland Emmerich is developing two different scripts for the Independence Day sequel, depending upon whether or not they can get Will Smith to sign on to star. That one is also from 20th Century Fox, and ID Forever Part I is currently scheduled for release on July 3, 2015, where it's expected to do crazy numbers because what else will moviegoers have going on by the middle of summer, 2015? Oh wait...


#3 TOM CRUISE MIGHT GO LIKE HELL IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE BUSINESS

We sort of went to town on Will Smith's filmography in that last story, so we're going to let Tom Cruise sit this one out while discussing why it's a "Rotten Idea." First, the story itself: Tom Cruise is attached to produce, and possibly costar in the 20th Century Fox drama Go Like Hell, a movie which will examine the true stories surrounding the automobile industry in the early 1960s. The movie will be based on the book by A.J. Baime called Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. Early reports mistakenly said Tom Cruise might play Henry Ford II, but the role he's instead interested in is car engineer Carroll Shelby, who most people know as the guy behind the famous Shelby Mustang muscle cars. Nicolas Cage drove a Shelby Mustang in Gone in 60 Seconds, to pull out a hip, with-it reference from the early Oughts. So far, so good, right? Well, the reason this is one of the week's Rotten Ideas is that the director Tom Cruise is looking to reteam with is one Joseph Kosinski, whose first two movies were TRON: Legacy and this year's Oblivion, both of which earned "Rotten" scores in the low 50% range. Of course, maybe science fiction just isn't his thing, and Go Like Hell will be the movie to turn things around for Kosinski.


#2 20TH CENTURY FOX TO DEVELOP TRILOGY OF MOVIES INSPIRED BY WEBSITES -- CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE

The Weekly Ketchup has seen some pretty "out there" ideas and trends come and go. Often, the problem with the movies are that the things they are attempting to "adapt" are inherently non-narrative. File this story in that category: there is a movie studio that wants to develop an entire trilogy of movies based upon... websites. No, not the content on the websites, but just their names and the very loose premises. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to the websites The Knot, The Bump, and The Nest, for a trilogy of comedies that follow an ensemble cast through three stages of life (marriage, pregancy, and parenthood). So, yes, we're talking about three more movies that fall into that same "loosely thematic ensemble comedy" mix like Valentine's Day and What to Expect When You're Expecting. Of course, there may be a bright side to this story, if The Knot, and its two sequels are huge blockbuster successes (they probably won't be, but roll with us here). I'm imagining a real four-quadrant CGI comedy hit here. It'll be about a bunch of vegetables attending a movie marathon, who are challenged to finish all the movies before they're too ripe to be harvested. We'll call it (wait for it)... Rotten Tomatoes! Or maybe if studios are in the mood for something more dramatic, there's always the harrowing true story of the creator of Upcomingmovies.com, one of the world's first "movie websites." Say, whatever happened to that guy...


#1 JAMIE DORNAN LANDS ROLE OF CHRISTIAN GREY IN FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Last week's big news was that Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) had dropped out of playing Christian Grey in next summer's adaptation of the E.L. James novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Filming was scheduled to start on November 1, so it seemed likely that Hunnam's replacement would be cast quickly, and sure enough, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have found their man. Again. This time around, it's Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who is known more for his TV work (as the Huntsman in ABC's Once Upon a Time) than his movie work (his highest profile film was 2006's Marie Antoinette, in which he had a small role). Dakota Johnson is still attached to star as Anastasia Steele, and the movie will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy). The other interesting news that came out this week (but was overlooked by most) is that Universal and Focus approached Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to play, respectively, Steele's best friend and Grey's bodyguard. "Both actors passed on the roles, according to sources."

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Comments

Tyler H.

Tyler H

Dude yes! So glad they're bringing Kasdan back to write Star Wars, as well as including Abrams. My only question is, "What happened to Michael Arndt?"

Oct 25 - 05:37 PM

Scott Love

Luke Simpson

Right? Hopefully it's still his script's backbone?

Oct 26 - 09:30 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Oh lord! Did they really compare Avatar's boring, generic villian to Darth Vader? No. Avatar is a dumb action flick that has cringe worthy dialogue and a terrible message. Star Wars (4-6) are the greatest Sci Fi films ever.

Oct 25 - 06:37 PM

Rj Glenn

Rj Glenn

Yes, because taking care of our ecosystems and caring about people who are different than us are terrible messages. Smh. Go troll elsewhere.

Oct 25 - 09:48 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

I know about 50 films with the exact message, Avatar brings nothing new to the table plot-wise or moral-wise. No, I did not like the film, and the fact that it was nominated for an Oscar, not to mention one of the frontrunners, was truly disappointing. And to respond to Danny, while the message may have been repeated, it's still a good one, so credit where credit is due. You were correct in saying, however, that Darth Vader is an incomparable villain to most films in this world, especially to bad films, which is what Avatar was.

Oct 26 - 05:23 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

I kinda messed up the typing there. *terribly overdone*

Oct 26 - 12:59 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It was a stupid message. The Great White Hope Myth is disgusting.

Oct 26 - 08:43 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh right ,because boasting a message to take care of the fucking forests that humans still actually refuse to get through their heads is a terrible message indeed. That's some terrible messaging right there by a guy who actually seems to give a shit about the ecosystem next to Disney Nature.

Oct 26 - 01:19 AM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Yea also lets not forget that the military 500 years from now still is bigoted and has a Conquistador mindset. Sure... also, remind me, which nature fund or foundation did Cameron donate his millions upon millions? Oh yea. Not fucking one, guess he cares lol

Oct 26 - 08:43 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

James Cameron has made sizable donations to Earth Day Network, Global Green and Oceana, and he only agreed to do the sequels at Fox if they also made an undisclosed (but described as "huge") donation to these charities as well.

Oct 26 - 09:40 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Other than the world is beautiful and full of magic and wonder, I didn't really get the Environmental push so many people are pushing on Avatar. When Jake Sulley gets his Bird and Sternly says in its ear "YOUR MINE!!!!" this didn't come across as "Beautiful and one with nature" like so many hippies claim.

If the environmental message is Don't Drop War heads on the rain forest than I got the message, I promise never to do that. Thanks James Cameron!

Oct 26 - 08:45 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

You're right. Well thats good to know. The movie is still average at best though.

Oct 26 - 12:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I accept your apology.

Oct 26 - 07:20 PM

Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

I don't care how philanthropic James Cameron is or how passionate he is about the environment, it still does not make Avatar any less 2-dimensional, its plot any less recycled, or its message any less force-fed.

Oct 26 - 01:08 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What was Avatar's Message? I got "Great White Hope story telling will be around for millions of years"

Oct 26 - 08:42 PM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

It also mocked religions.

Oct 27 - 12:43 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Because religion sucks.

Oct 27 - 09:13 PM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

This is a good thing.

Oct 27 - 11:55 PM

Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

I'm getting the impression that your political beliefs are severely impeding your ability to critique this film objectively.

Oct 28 - 01:52 PM

Robert Skillstad

Robert Skillstad

Star Wars VII probably end up looking like Game of Thrones in outerspace. R2D2 is Peter Dinklage.

Oct 25 - 07:17 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

J.J. ABRAMS AND LAWRENCE
KASDAN GONNA MAKE STAR WARS 7 FUCKIN EPIC !

Oct 25 - 07:55 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Great week in news!

Top Story:

Sweet! Now I'm all excited for this! Abram has yet to make a shitty film, & seeing how Disney did with Avengers & Tron, partnered up with Abrams there is no way this could fail!

Fresh:

1. Not so interesting to me.

2. Looking forward to this, seeing how great Avatar was (and yes, I said great, suck it whoever says otherwise). I'm just more excited to see the oceans of Pandora being a huge aquatic life fan!

3. Fantastic! I just couldn't ever picture anyone else ever doing a sequel to one of Burton's best films! ONly Burton should know what tweaks & hits with him! And hopfeully this will be Burton's next greatest films since Frankenweeknie (which was his greatest film since Sweeney, Charlie, & Corpse Bride). Dark Shadows was the closest he's ever been to actually disappointing me.

4. S&M horror? I don't recall seeing anything like that n the original Hellraiser, unless of course they're just talking about the torture parts, which isn't actually S7M unless they took it as inspiration. Anyways, looking forward to this.

Rotten:

5. What?

4. Yawnville

3. More Yawnville

2. Weird.

1. Well this is a hotter actor indeed, & he looks much more like Grey this time. Nonetheless I don't know how this is much more rotten than the Will Smith news on here. Can't wait to see this Irish hottie on the screen, despite the terrible source.

Oct 25 - 07:57 PM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Hotter actor? Hottie? Were you a girl this entire time?

Oct 25 - 08:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Frisby is openly gay, and you don't have any right to bully him.

Oct 25 - 08:38 PM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

that is not bullying. jumping to idiotic conclusions like that is what makes kids PUSSIES these days. can't stand up for themselves because they're always the victims.

there was some confusion and he asked a question. where's the bullying? or are you really gonna vilify someone because they made an incorrect assumption about someone based on their avatar and writing style?

Oct 28 - 05:21 AM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

oh and not to mention, Frisby is openly *bi* and you have no right to bully him. one would argue that calling someone gay when they're not is more "bullying" than assuming they were a girl.

Oct 28 - 05:22 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, using the word *pussies*, another bully favorite ('cause you know them girls have cooties or something, amirite?), pretty much disqualifies your opinion on the subject.

Oct 28 - 09:46 PM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Genders don't have the monopoly on certain words.

Oct 25 - 10:29 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Since when do words showcase a gender?

And Janson, I'm openly bi.

Oct 26 - 01:21 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Sorry dude, didn't mean to offend. I didn't really knowyou were bi, so I was caught off guard by that comment.

Oct 26 - 04:23 AM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Actually, from the picture, I assumed you were female. Then again, I don't know you.

Oct 26 - 05:25 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like Anna Paquin openly bi or like actually openly bi? You don't count Into Darkness or Super 8 as shitty films?

Oct 26 - 08:47 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I'm bisexual. How much more technical does it need to be? And I would count them if they were bad.

Oct 27 - 09:14 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I never pass up a moment to mock anna Paquin, Yeah your openly Bi Anna? You and your Males only relationships? YOU FRAUD!

I have met some people that have liked Into Darkness but Super 8, your the first.

Oct 27 - 09:27 PM

quietus28

jj l

The S&M part of Hellraiser is the idea that Pinhead and his pals' vision of pleasure is extreme torture. Seems like a perfect movie to remake these days, what with the fixation on torture porn.

Oct 29 - 12:39 PM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Hotter actor? Hottie? Were you a girl this entire time?

Oct 25 - 08:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Frisby is openly gay, and you don't have any right to bully him.

Oct 25 - 08:38 PM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

that is not bullying. jumping to idiotic conclusions like that is what makes kids PUSSIES these days. can't stand up for themselves because they're always the victims.

there was some confusion and he asked a question. where's the bullying? or are you really gonna vilify someone because they made an incorrect assumption about someone based on their avatar and writing style?

Oct 28 - 05:21 AM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

oh and not to mention, Frisby is openly *bi* and you have no right to bully him. one would argue that calling someone gay when they're not is more "bullying" than assuming they were a girl.

Oct 28 - 05:22 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, using the word *pussies*, another bully favorite ('cause you know them girls have cooties or something, amirite?), pretty much disqualifies your opinion on the subject.

Oct 28 - 09:46 PM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Genders don't have the monopoly on certain words.

Oct 25 - 10:29 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Since when do words showcase a gender?

And Janson, I'm openly bi.

Oct 26 - 01:21 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Sorry dude, didn't mean to offend. I didn't really knowyou were bi, so I was caught off guard by that comment.

Oct 26 - 04:23 AM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Actually, from the picture, I assumed you were female. Then again, I don't know you.

Oct 26 - 05:25 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like Anna Paquin openly bi or like actually openly bi? You don't count Into Darkness or Super 8 as shitty films?

Oct 26 - 08:47 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I'm bisexual. How much more technical does it need to be? And I would count them if they were bad.

Oct 27 - 09:14 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I never pass up a moment to mock anna Paquin, Yeah your openly Bi Anna? You and your Males only relationships? YOU FRAUD!

I have met some people that have liked Into Darkness but Super 8, your the first.

Oct 27 - 09:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't quite understand the excitement for Kasdan. Sure those other films are classics, but it's probably worth remembering that in the past 20 years, his writing credits have included such crap as The Bodyguard, Mumford and Dreamcatcher (one of the worst Stephen King adaptations, and that's saying something). Somehow, Abrams' writing credits are worse, so go figure.

I personally think the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton reunion on Beetlejuice 2 is the best news of the week, but, again, it comes down to the script, which I believe is still written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), so he remains a creative liability for the project.

Also looking forward to the Hellraiser reboot, one of the 80s best original horror films, and hopefully some of the more dated FX can be improved.

And I don't see anything particularly rotten, on paper at least, for the Hawke/Niccol project or Cruise's Mustang film (I prefer the '71 model from the original Gone in 60 Seconds). Selling Time sounds atrocious and as if I needed another reason to skip 50 Shades, director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Nowhere Boy (with its incestuous suggestions of Lennon and his mother) was a disgrace.

Oct 25 - 08:36 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

I agree on the Kasdan/Abrams announcement. The only fact that could manage to give people hope of the upcoming movies' functionality in terms of quality is both of their insights in the Star Wars universe both in films and otherwise.

Oct 27 - 01:02 AM

quietus28

jj l

I don't see how Burton doing anything elicits enthusiasm. Beetlejuice is old and was mediocre to begin with, and Burton can't make a decent movie for the life of him. If he spent half the time on story and characters as he did on making his films look good, he might actually make a really good movie. Outside of Ed Wood, I can't think of anything he's done that qualifies.

Oct 29 - 12:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Frisby is openly gay, and you don't have any right to bully him.

Oct 25 - 08:38 PM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

that is not bullying. jumping to idiotic conclusions like that is what makes kids PUSSIES these days. can't stand up for themselves because they're always the victims.

there was some confusion and he asked a question. where's the bullying? or are you really gonna vilify someone because they made an incorrect assumption about someone based on their avatar and writing style?

Oct 28 - 05:21 AM

Alexandru Benza

Alexandru Benza

oh and not to mention, Frisby is openly *bi* and you have no right to bully him. one would argue that calling someone gay when they're not is more "bullying" than assuming they were a girl.

Oct 28 - 05:22 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, using the word *pussies*, another bully favorite ('cause you know them girls have cooties or something, amirite?), pretty much disqualifies your opinion on the subject.

Oct 28 - 09:46 PM

Benjamin P.

Brian Eno

I hear the Avatar sequel will be about oceans and underwater stuff. There will probably be a message about how humans are killing the shit out of everything that lives in them, which is a very good thing for people to be aware of considering there will be very little left in 50 years.

Oct 25 - 09:07 PM

Rj Glenn

Rj Glenn

Yes, because taking care of our ecosystems and caring about people who are different than us are terrible messages. Smh. Go troll elsewhere.

Oct 25 - 09:48 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

I know about 50 films with the exact message, Avatar brings nothing new to the table plot-wise or moral-wise. No, I did not like the film, and the fact that it was nominated for an Oscar, not to mention one of the frontrunners, was truly disappointing. And to respond to Danny, while the message may have been repeated, it's still a good one, so credit where credit is due. You were correct in saying, however, that Darth Vader is an incomparable villain to most films in this world, especially to bad films, which is what Avatar was.

Oct 26 - 05:23 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

I kinda messed up the typing there. *terribly overdone*

Oct 26 - 12:59 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It was a stupid message. The Great White Hope Myth is disgusting.

Oct 26 - 08:43 PM

Mr. Lee

Daniel Lee

Something tells me that somehow, just somehow, Johnny Depp is going to be cast in Beetlejuice 2

Oct 25 - 10:13 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Burton and Depp did joke about him (Depp) playing Jeffrey Jones' character on MTV News back in May...

Oct 26 - 05:32 AM

Zane B

Chum Chum

If there's white face make up involved then Depp is your man.

Oct 26 - 08:47 AM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

JAIME DORNAN NO. NOOOOOOOOOO.

Oct 25 - 10:28 PM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Genders don't have the monopoly on certain words.

Oct 25 - 10:29 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh right ,because boasting a message to take care of the fucking forests that humans still actually refuse to get through their heads is a terrible message indeed. That's some terrible messaging right there by a guy who actually seems to give a shit about the ecosystem next to Disney Nature.

Oct 26 - 01:19 AM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Yea also lets not forget that the military 500 years from now still is bigoted and has a Conquistador mindset. Sure... also, remind me, which nature fund or foundation did Cameron donate his millions upon millions? Oh yea. Not fucking one, guess he cares lol

Oct 26 - 08:43 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

James Cameron has made sizable donations to Earth Day Network, Global Green and Oceana, and he only agreed to do the sequels at Fox if they also made an undisclosed (but described as "huge") donation to these charities as well.

Oct 26 - 09:40 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Other than the world is beautiful and full of magic and wonder, I didn't really get the Environmental push so many people are pushing on Avatar. When Jake Sulley gets his Bird and Sternly says in its ear "YOUR MINE!!!!" this didn't come across as "Beautiful and one with nature" like so many hippies claim.

If the environmental message is Don't Drop War heads on the rain forest than I got the message, I promise never to do that. Thanks James Cameron!

Oct 26 - 08:45 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

You're right. Well thats good to know. The movie is still average at best though.

Oct 26 - 12:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I accept your apology.

Oct 26 - 07:20 PM

Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

I don't care how philanthropic James Cameron is or how passionate he is about the environment, it still does not make Avatar any less 2-dimensional, its plot any less recycled, or its message any less force-fed.

Oct 26 - 01:08 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Since when do words showcase a gender?

And Janson, I'm openly bi.

Oct 26 - 01:21 AM

Vincent

Not-Jay Cutler

Sorry dude, didn't mean to offend. I didn't really knowyou were bi, so I was caught off guard by that comment.

Oct 26 - 04:23 AM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Actually, from the picture, I assumed you were female. Then again, I don't know you.

Oct 26 - 05:25 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Like Anna Paquin openly bi or like actually openly bi? You don't count Into Darkness or Super 8 as shitty films?

Oct 26 - 08:47 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I'm bisexual. How much more technical does it need to be? And I would count them if they were bad.

Oct 27 - 09:14 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I never pass up a moment to mock anna Paquin, Yeah your openly Bi Anna? You and your Males only relationships? YOU FRAUD!

I have met some people that have liked Into Darkness but Super 8, your the first.

Oct 27 - 09:27 PM

Goluboy Pidor

Goluboy Pidor

So they gave up with the whole Star Wars thing since they decided to let Abrams write it, huh.

Oct 26 - 01:36 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I honestly do not get Star Wars fans sometimes. They'll cringe every time they hear George Lucas is the least bit involved and yet rejoice when they hear Lawrence Kasdan is writing the script, even though Kasdan's post-80s career has actually been worse than George Lucas's. Personally, the screenwriter I'm most excited about still remains Michael Arndt.

Robert Zemeckis is a great director, but I honestly don't see how a movie about a guy making a miniature model of a town is going to work. Then again, I suppose you could say the same thing about a movie featured one person trapped on a island.

Miles Quaritch was certainly no Darth Vader, but he was still easily the best character in the film, so nice to hear that he's returning, though I do hope they introduce a more formidable villain as well. As for the arrows to the chest thing, you can always using a cloning angle, as cliché as it may sound.

Not sure about a Beetlejuice sequel, but if anyone should direct it it's Tim Burton. I just hope it's closer in quality to Sweeney Todd and Frankenweenie than Alice or Dark Shadows.

I loved Gattaca and Ethan Hawke is an underrated actor in my opinion, but Niccol's track record has not been good since that film. I really hope his next film is a return to form, but my hopes aren't high.

To his credit, Kosinski did come awfully close to a fresh rating with Oblivion, so maybe his next film will cross into fresh territory. I actually like it that Tom Cruise is staring in a non-action film, as I think he has more range than people give him credit for.

I've only seen Jamie Dornan in Once Upon A Time and his role was pretty limited there, but still I pity anyone involved in this film and the crazy fanbase they'll have to deal with. Also, Juno Temple? Why?

Oct 26 - 02:19 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Interesting Week.

Top Story: I don't want to get my hopes up, what with Kasdan and Abrams' recent writing credits and such, but it is very exciting....

Fresh
No. 1: I like Robert Zemeckis, he's a talented director, and is very efficient in putting out films. Maybe he's back on top, after Flight...

No. 2: Meh, I don't really love Avatar, so I think this sounds a bit pretentious, comparing a one-note villain to maybe the greatest of all time.

No. 3: If this works, with a good script, returning cast, etc, I will be more than excited.

No. 4: Hmmm, this is an odd development. It seems like an awfully risky project, though.

Rotten
No. 5: This seems like a good premise, but Andrew Niccol's involvement is kinda worrying, even if he did write the best movie of all time.

No. 4: Bah, Smith needs to get some quality control in. After Earth is a big enough mistake alone, but coming on top all those other rotten movies is like a bright flashing sign for him.

No. 3: I dunno, this could work.

No. 2: *Vomits*

No. 1: As an Irish person, I don't want the next person coming from our island that gets famous to be from this...

Oct 26 - 03:35 AM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Agree to most of what you said.

Oct 26 - 05:26 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

I agree with your agreement.

Oct 26 - 05:41 AM

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