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Summary

The last full week of 2012 was another sort of slow week in the world of movie development news. Things, however, will really slow down to a crawl until January (and indeed, the next two Fridays will see this column become the "Yearly Ketchup"). The last news items of 2012 included two movies based on 1970s TV shows (Kojak and Gaiking), two sequels (the next Muppets, and The Expendables 3), a spinoff of Cars called Planes, and a biopic about the early career of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Back to Article

Comments

D.

Delon Lier

Why Pixar? Why?

Dec 21 - 05:53 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

It's all about Disney being in ownership of Pixar. Thus, it's then all about the marketing and selling of a "Planes" toyline. The number one reason (and perhaps the only reason) why "Cars" saw a sequel was because the toys sold like crazy.

Dec 22 - 11:22 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

and of course Pixar will be animating the new batch of Star Wars films.

Dec 23 - 01:47 PM

DBrock

David E-Brock

It's not Pixar. It's just Disney producing.

Dec 23 - 12:27 AM

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Deborah Jean

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Dec 30 - 01:19 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

Yes to Chan! I thought if they want more stars that Chan should be on the list, it's a pretty no brainer. Hopefully they give Jet Li a real role this time around and have him and Chan reunited like in The Forbidden Kingdom.

Pixar, get your head straight with these movies that shouldn't have sequels or spin offs. Here we are with the thought of Finding Nemo 2 when if you want to make a sequel film keep it to the Toy Story franchise or for the love of god the obvious one "The Incredibles". No, instead we get Cars and Planes. This is why I'm a little nervous about Monsters University, but a prequel seems like it should work... a sequel however would've been a horrific idea.

Dec 21 - 06:26 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Pixar has nothing to do with Planes, read the article.

Dec 21 - 09:21 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

They were responsible for the Cars series, so I partially blame them for the Planes film.

Dec 21 - 09:28 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Fair enough, but in your original comment everything you wrote implied you thought it was made by Pixar, which is why King Crunk corrected you.

Dec 22 - 04:03 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

This year Wreck it Ralph was much better than Brave, so it stands to reasonable chance Planes will be much much better than the disaster that was Cars.

Dec 22 - 01:55 PM

Movie  F.

Movie Fanatic

I agree The Incredibles seemed like it set it self up nicely for a sequel. Planes is a bad idea. Disney will next try boats (in an effort to milk it for all it's worth).

Dec 21 - 10:32 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like to think that Pixar and Hollywood as a whole knew that The Incredibles is a fantastic movie and should not be replicated, sequaled, or embellished in any way. It's a near perfect family movie and great superhero satire that needs to be LEFT ALONE!

Dec 22 - 03:17 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Maybe they'll make a movie called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." :/

Dec 22 - 11:23 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Anybody who attempts to remake PTA is going to get a fate worse than Del Griffith.

Dec 22 - 02:48 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Pixar has nothing to do with Planes, read the article.

Dec 21 - 09:21 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

They were responsible for the Cars series, so I partially blame them for the Planes film.

Dec 21 - 09:28 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Fair enough, but in your original comment everything you wrote implied you thought it was made by Pixar, which is why King Crunk corrected you.

Dec 22 - 04:03 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

This year Wreck it Ralph was much better than Brave, so it stands to reasonable chance Planes will be much much better than the disaster that was Cars.

Dec 22 - 01:55 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

They were responsible for the Cars series, so I partially blame them for the Planes film.

Dec 21 - 09:28 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Fair enough, but in your original comment everything you wrote implied you thought it was made by Pixar, which is why King Crunk corrected you.

Dec 22 - 04:03 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

This year Wreck it Ralph was much better than Brave, so it stands to reasonable chance Planes will be much much better than the disaster that was Cars.

Dec 22 - 01:55 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

There is nothing interesting this week.

Dec 21 - 10:21 PM

DBrock

David E-Brock

Aubrey Plaza's hotness is interesting. But yeah, that's about it.

Dec 23 - 12:29 AM

Movie  F.

Movie Fanatic

I agree The Incredibles seemed like it set it self up nicely for a sequel. Planes is a bad idea. Disney will next try boats (in an effort to milk it for all it's worth).

Dec 21 - 10:32 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like to think that Pixar and Hollywood as a whole knew that The Incredibles is a fantastic movie and should not be replicated, sequaled, or embellished in any way. It's a near perfect family movie and great superhero satire that needs to be LEFT ALONE!

Dec 22 - 03:17 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Maybe they'll make a movie called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." :/

Dec 22 - 11:23 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Anybody who attempts to remake PTA is going to get a fate worse than Del Griffith.

Dec 22 - 02:48 PM

Movie  F.

Movie Fanatic

"This writer also just has a problem with Pixar movies being sequelized or spun off in general... the Toy Story trilogy notwithstanding."

The only sample size (thus far) is the Toy Story series and Cars. I think Pixar does a good job of treating its movie special (except for Cars).

Dec 21 - 10:35 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Kinda dissapointed to hear that Jason Segal and Amy Adams aren't returning for The Muppets 2 but I'm still looking forward to it nonetheless.

Couldn't care less about the Hillary Clinton biopic, however I am interested in the Dr. Seuss biopic, mainly because it's giving off a Finding Neverland sort of vibe.

Jackie Chan starring in Expendables 3 is the least surprising news this weekend. I'm not sure how much longer this franchise can continue though. The appeal of seeing all your favorite action stars in one movie is starting to lose its luster and they're also running out of action stars to add.

To be fair to Jolie, In the Land of Blood and Honey just missed the fresh rating and it was her first time as a director. The transition from acting to directing is always a tough one. I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of improvement in her second feature (after all Danny Devito started off merely okay with Throw Mamma from the Train, only to get much better with his later films).

It's funny. When I watched the trailer for Planes I thought it looked too well animated for a direct-to-video film, so the news that it's going to theaters isn't too surprising. Personally, I think Cars 2 is underatted. Yeah, it's the weakest Pixar film, but 38%? The same as Shark Tale and Chicken Little? It's way better than those films. As far as quality goes, I found it pretty much in-line with what Dreamworks produces on average. The trouble is it had the Pixar label which automatically raised expectations, so while being a lot of fun but lacking in heart would have been good enough for a Dreamworks film it didn't cut it for a Pixar film. Had it been released by any other studio and I'm sure it would have got a much better rating.

As for Planes, I'm willing to give Disney Toons the benefit of the doubt. While they may have delivered a lot of terrible sequels to Disney classics, their Tinker Bell direct-to-video franchise has been surprisingly solid, with better animation and story than some of the animated films that have managed to make it to theaters in the past few years or so. Heck, they've been better than any live action fantasy made by Disney over the past few years. Hopefully, they'll deliver with Planes as well.

Pacific Rim looks awesome, but I don't have much hope for Gaiking. Hollywood's track record with making live action films out of animated series has been terrible. The best film I can think of in that genre as of late is Transformers which doesn't speak highly of the genre.

Dec 22 - 02:42 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like to think that Pixar and Hollywood as a whole knew that The Incredibles is a fantastic movie and should not be replicated, sequaled, or embellished in any way. It's a near perfect family movie and great superhero satire that needs to be LEFT ALONE!

Dec 22 - 03:17 AM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Fair enough, but in your original comment everything you wrote implied you thought it was made by Pixar, which is why King Crunk corrected you.

Dec 22 - 04:03 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

It's all about Disney being in ownership of Pixar. Thus, it's then all about the marketing and selling of a "Planes" toyline. The number one reason (and perhaps the only reason) why "Cars" saw a sequel was because the toys sold like crazy.

Dec 22 - 11:22 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

and of course Pixar will be animating the new batch of Star Wars films.

Dec 23 - 01:47 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Maybe they'll make a movie called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." :/

Dec 22 - 11:23 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Anybody who attempts to remake PTA is going to get a fate worse than Del Griffith.

Dec 22 - 02:48 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

This year Wreck it Ralph was much better than Brave, so it stands to reasonable chance Planes will be much much better than the disaster that was Cars.

Dec 22 - 01:55 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Anybody who attempts to remake PTA is going to get a fate worse than Del Griffith.

Dec 22 - 02:48 PM

Matthew Melange

Matthew Melange

If anyone can deal with a movie that's based on molestation and rape as a backstory, I think it's the director of snakes on a plane and SLJ

Dec 22 - 05:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

When when when will Disney figure out that the classic Muppet Movies (the first three) had NO "human lead protagonist" characters. The Muppets ARE the LEAD protagonist characters! What? Am I supposed to be thankful it's not Seth Rogan? It should be Kermie, bitches! Enough of these Humans!

And just when we thought we could say we've forgotten Vin Diesal. No, you have to go and compare that charmless ape to Telly Savalas? No. Nope. Um-mm. Diesnuts doesn't have an ounce of the testosterone in Telly's bent left finger. Sure, he's bald. Somewhat mediterranean. But he's stupid. Real drooling stoopid. It looks like he's reading cue cards in most of his close ups, which, hey!, that's literacy at least. He certainly doesn't look like he'd know the first thing about elephants.

So between the rest of "indie zombie comedies" (sadly inevitable) and mobster puppy-abusers (gritty stuff), I honestly have no idea how Gaiking got to be "rotten". Holding out for the entire "Force Five" are we?

Dec 22 - 06:35 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Comedy Zombies . . . a lot like Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein; eventually horror turns into buffoonery. Actually, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein has better special effects and make-up then the Jack Pierce effects of the 1930s. I was watching I Love Lucy episodes with so-and-so and KARL FREUND "The Great German Expressionism Cinematographer" and director of THE MUMMY 1932 ended-up directing the camera-work for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. KARL FREUND: FROM FRITZ LANG'S METROPOLIS to dopey I Love Lucy episodes. Greatness inevitably turns into mediocrity such a shame. Its like Bruce Dern describing how Alfred Hitchcock, in 1979, had a mustard stain on the lapel of on of his dark suits--Hitchcock was an impeccably dapper dresser and DEVOLVED to having mustard stains on his suits. THINGS FALL APART: Flesh-Eating Zombies turn into clowns, seems fitting, sadly.

Dec 23 - 01:57 PM

DBrock

David E-Brock

It's not Pixar. It's just Disney producing.

Dec 23 - 12:27 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

Aubrey Plaza's hotness is interesting. But yeah, that's about it.

Dec 23 - 12:29 AM

ChrisMichaelSmith851

Chris Michael Smith

Cars 2 deserved much higher than a 38% Tomatometer. If DreamWorks produced the same exact film it would be in the high 70's, at least.

And if Cars 2 forever remains Pixar's weakest film, then Pixar has a whole lot to be proud of. Because it wasn't a bad movie in the slightest. Planes might actually be fun.

Dec 23 - 09:27 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

and of course Pixar will be animating the new batch of Star Wars films.

Dec 23 - 01:47 PM

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