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Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Bardem says no to ‘Killing Pablo’

Bardem says no to 'Killing Pablo'

An interesting development at today’s press junket for Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Vicky Christina Barcelona when ComingSoon.net spoke to the film’s star Javier Bardem and asked him about Joe Carnahan’s Killing Pablo, for which the Oscar-winning actor was attached to play the title role of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

It was reported by Variety last October that the Yari Film Group was fast-tracking the film with Bardem playing the lead role and Christian Bale to co-star. When ComingSoon.net spoke to Carnahan earlier this summer, he was already talking about his trip down to Colombia to start preparing in order to shoot the movie in the fall. (At the time, he said nothing about the casting.)

In February, the National Ledger cast some doubt on whether Bardem would play the role, but it seemed more like Bardem hadn’t decided what he wanted to do yet, saying “Those credits are up in the air” even though Bardem was still listed to play the role on IMDb.com, having presumably been Carnahan’s first choice for Escobar.

With that in mind, ComingSoon.net asked Bardem today how he was preparing for the role, to which we were informed that it was “a mistake” and that it “wasn’t true” he was going to play the part in Carnahan’s movie. Since we presumed everything was in place for casting with the Variety report and Carnahan’s own progress on moving into production, we’ll have to wait and see who Carnahan gets to fill the role if Bardem is out. There’s been no word from Bale on his own part in the movie despite having spent the past few weeks doing press for The Dark Knight.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Morgan Freeman in serious condition after accident

Morgan Freeman in serious condition after accident

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday after being seriously injured in a car accident near his home in Mississippi.

Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Kathy Stringer said Freeman, 71, is in serious condition. The hospital is about 90 miles north of the accident scene in rural Tallahatchie County in the Mississippi Delta.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ben Williams said Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima belonging to Demaris Meyer of Memphis when the car left a rural highway and flipped several times shortly before midnight Sunday.

“There’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved,” Williams said. He said both Freeman and Meyer were wearing seat belts. The woman’s condition was not immediately available.

Freeman was airlifted to the hospital in Tennessee.

Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, said he arrived at the accident scene on Mississippi Highway 32 soon after it happened about 5 miles west of Charleston, not far from where Freeman owns a home with his wife.

McFerrin said it appeared that Freeman’s car was airborne when it left the highway and landed in a ditch.

“They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin said. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

McFerrin said bystanders converged on the scene trying to get a glimpse of the actor.

When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, “no freebies, no freebies,” McFerrin said.

Freeman won an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” His screen credits also include “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Dark Knight,” now in theaters.

He was born in Memphis, Tenn., but spent much of his childhood in the Mississippi Delta. He is a co-owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.

The hospital where Freeman is being treated is commonly known as The Med, and is an acute-care teaching facility that serves patients within 150 miles of Memphis.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/04 at 12:00am

Mike Myers in new Jason vs. Freddy sequel?

Mike Myers in new Jason vs. Freddy sequel?

Bloody-Disgusting spoke to Robert Englund, known for playing Freddy Kruger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, who revealed that the sequel to “Freddy vs Jason” is still being discussed. But the possible new film will not be adding Ash from “Evil Dead,” instead the filmmakers have someone else in mind.

There is no Ash,” said Englund. “That’s off the table because I think [Sam] Raimi is remaking Evil Dead.

Well, that’s too bad, but who else could match up with Kruger and Jason Voorhees? “They were talking to John Carpenter which leads me to believe they would bring Michael Myers into the mix somehow,” revealed Englund. “I had heard one great story about maybe making it a little bit period [and] still having Jamie Lee Curtis alive as an adult and having her move somehow with a young Christina Ricci niece or something into Springwood. Then of course we could all be there and go after her. I’d like to throw down with Jamie Lee.

Alex Florez

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2008/08/03 at 12:00am

‘The Dark Knight’ still dominates the box-office

'The Dark Knight' still dominates the box-office

The Dark Knight” fended off a strong challenge from the new “Mummy” sequel to lead the North American box office for a third weekend, and is on track to become the second-biggest movie of all time.

The Batman blockbuster earned $43.8 million for the three days beginning Friday, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said on Sunday. Universal’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” followed with $42.5 million.

The Walt Disney Co. political comedy “Swing Vote” came in at No. 6 with just $6.3 million, the latest disappointment for its star, Kevin Costner, who has not had a $100 million movie since 1992’s “The Bodyguard.”

The total for “The Dark Knight” rose to $394.9 million. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, said it expects the film to add at least $100 million, surpassing the $461 million haul of 1977’s “Star Wars” and its two reissues, the current No. 2 movie of all time in the United States and Canada. The $601 million record, held by 1997’s “Titanic,” seems watertight. Adjusted for inflation, though, “Titanic” ranks at No. 6, far behind “Gone with the Wind” at $1.4 billion, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

“The Dark Knight” will add yet another record to its impressive tally on Monday or Tuesday, when it breaks $400 million, which would be its 18th or 19th day of release. The old record of 43 days is held by 2004’s “Shrek 2.”

Internationally, “The Dark Knight” has earned $205 million, Warner Bros. said. Top markets include Britain with $50 million and Australia with $32 million.

MUMMY BIG OVERSEAS

Pundits had predicted that the “Mummy” movie could open to upwards of $50 million domestically, roughly in between its two predecessors, but the critically mauled Brendan Fraser film was a little bruised by the Batman juggernaut.

It marks the follow-up to 2001’s “The Mummy Returns,” which opened to $68 million. The franchise relaunched in 1999 with a $43.4 million bow for “The Mummy.”

Universal said “The Mummy” was big internationally. The film, co-starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, opened to $59.5 million from 28 territories. Top markets included Russia and South Korea, each with about $13 million. Because the action is set in China, and the Olympic Games kick off in Beijing on Friday, Universal has been cross-promoting the movie with its General Electric Co corporate sibling NBC, which holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the games.

Fraser has had a low profile since appearing as part of the ensemble in the Oscar-winning 2004 movie “Crash.” But he now has two movies in the top 5, with Warner Bros.’ “Journey to the Center of the Earth” at No. 5 with a four-week total of $73.1 million.

“Swing Vote,” in which Costner plays a hard-drinking oaf whose vote will determine the outcome of a U.S. presidential election, was released as a counterprogramming attempt. Disney distribution president Chuck Viane billed it as “a thinking person’s movie,” but it ended up being one of the worst openings of Costner’s career. Reviews were mixed.

Disney’s only summer success, the Pixar-produced cartoon “WALL-E” has earned $204.2 million after six weeks, and will pass the $206 million haul of last year’s “Ratatouille.” But it will end up as only the sixth-biggest of Pixar’s nine productions.

Despite the strong performance of “The Dark Knight” and “The Mummy,” overall sales fell for the second consecutive weekend, according to tracking firm Media By Numbers. The top 12 films grossed $149 million, down 10 percent from the year-ago period. Year to date, revenues are flat at $5.9 billion, while the number of tickets sold is down almost 3 percent.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/02 at 12:00am

Will Ferrell defends ShowBizCafe’s ‘Step Brothers’ negative review

Will Ferrell defends ShowBizCafe's 'Step Brothers' negative review

ShowBizCafe.com, the first Spanish language film website to have a radio movie segment on FM in the US on the ‘Luis Jimenez Radio Show’ (he’s like the Howard Stern of the Spanish world). Comedian Will Ferrell phoned in to promote his new film ‘Step Brothers’ (we had given it a bad review the week before) and we had the tough task of confronting him on our negative review to his face! Talk about a tense moment. Click on the video player to listen to the interview in English.

Listen to Showbizcafe.com on ‘The Luis Jimenez Radio Show’ on ‘105.9FM La Kalle’ in New York, Los Angeles 1020 Radio AM, San Francisco La Kalle 100.7-105.7 FM, Chicago La Kalle 93.5 – 103.1 FM, Dallas La Kalle 99.1 FM, Fort Myers

Alex Florez

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2008/08/01 at 12:00am

Johnny Depp to be in third Batman film?

Johnny Depp to be in third Batman film?

With The Dark Knight bringing in over $400 million for Warner Brothers, it’s no surprise that everyone is trying to figure out the casting of the sequel. The latest casting rumors, courtesy of WENN have Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman being eyed for the roles of the Riddler and the Penguin, respectively.

The role of the Riddler has previously been tackled by Frank Gorshin in the television version of Batman, with Jim Carrey wearing the question-mark covered tights in Batman Forever. Meanwhile, the Penguin was handled on television by the incomparable Burgess Meredith, and a distinctively disgusting Penguin was played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns.

A source told the Enquirer that “(Producers) are convinced that the role of the Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny’s a pro. He’ll be able to take direction from director Chris Nolan and still make the character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

While it’s hard to argue against either Depp as the Riddler or Hoffman as the Penguin, when one considers the original source, it’s probably best to consider this one firmly in the ‘rumor’ category for now.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/31 at 12:00am

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Rated: PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Starring: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
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Official Website: http://robcohenthemummy.com/

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR IS NO RELIC

 

Make no bones about it, The Mummy franchise is and always has been a blatant attempt to recreate the Indiana Jones lore.  In this third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the similarities are even more apparent.  Rick ‘Ricochet’ O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) is Indy of course; Maria Bello (who replaces Rachel Weisz as Evelyn) is their version of ‘Marion’; and their son Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) matches up with Indiana’s heir apparent, Mutt Williams (as played by Shia LaBeouf).

 

Unfortunately, the similarities also extend to the campiness, predictability, and unintelligent plot lines of ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’.  Come to think of it, even their titles are both ridiculously long. 

This time around, the O’Connells travel to Asia to battle the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li), awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse that a chinese sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) cast on him.  The film, to its credit, moves along rather quickly with one battle scene following another, and its a good thing because the acting is often unbearable.  At times, I couldn’t shake the feeling that newcomer Luke Ford, was doing his best Matt Damon impression.  Just a terrible pick altogether to play Brendan Fraser’s son, since they look only a couple of years apart.   An army of mummies, yetis in the himalayas and witchery I can believe, but Luke Ford playing Rick’s son, not a chance.

Of the three films, this one seems like the most poorly thought out as it strives to become more of a family adventure, than the thrilling archeological escapades in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ that most likely inspired the filmmakers in the first place.  I assure you that years from now, these films will be no relic.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/07/31 at 12:00am

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – 4 scenes of the film

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 - 4 scenes of the film

We have 4 scenes with the 4 lovely ladies of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″ from Warner Bros. The film is defintely targeted towards women, young women who are becoming independent and have a great sense of friendship. The film is a bit too long and the resolution doesn’t come quick enough for us, but it is still a decent watch and not bad at all. Here are the 4 scenes of the film and let us know what you think!

Alex Florez

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2008/07/31 at 12:00am

Angelina Jolie to play ‘Catwoman’ in next Batman film?

Angelina Jolie to play 'Catwoman' in next Batman film?
Angelina Jolie is reportedly being lined up to star as Batman’s nemesis Catwoman in a new movie.

The 33-year-old actress – who gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne earlier this month – is said to be in final negotiations with studio bosses to play the feline villain who first appeared in the Batman comics.

It is not clear whether she would play the role in the current Batman film series, starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader, or in a spin-off film as Halle Berry did in 2004’s Catwoman.

Actress Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the Batman TV series from 1966 to 1967, has given her blessing for Jolie to play the part.

“Angelina would own the part,” Newmar, now 74, said.

“My industry friends tell me she has already made enquiries about the role. I can understand how it would pique her interest. Catwoman is Batman’s one true love.

“She is tremendously popular with women because she’s both a heroine and a villainess.”

Other actresses to take on the role of Catwoman include Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992 movie Batman Returns, and Eartha Kitt who took over from Newmar in the TV series.

Jolie was recently tipped to be starring in The Thomas Crown Affair 2 alongside Pierce Brosnan and has reportedly been ordered by studio bosses to put on weight for the role.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/30 at 12:00am

Swing Vote

Rated: PG-13 for language.
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Starring: Joshua Michael Stern, Jason Richman
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Official Website: http://swingvote.movies.go.com/

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Swing Vote

SWING VOTE: ELECT TO SEE SOMETHING ELSE

Few would argue that Hollywood, as a whole, is a pretty ‘liberal’ industry whose star studded cast often shows its support by way of propaganda and sizable donations to left-winged presidential nominees every four years.  Nowadays, whenever filmmakers have the opportunity to chastise our republican administration in the not-so-subtle of ways, they’ve taken it and in some cases exploited it – and I’m not just talking about Michael Moore and his rattling documentaries.  Take films such as ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Transformers’, to name a more recent one, where the political jabs are more humorous than they are sharp. 

Nevertheless, there are those, more conservative members of Hollywood, that from time to time strike back. Which is why it’s so surprising to see actor Kevin Costner, a registered republican, so decidedly neutral in this latest comedy about a middle-class american who will decide the next president of our country.  Instead, the Costner produced movie, tries to focus itself on a father-daughter relationship while only underlining the importance of our civic duty.  But that’s as much credit as I can give Swing Vote.

In it, Costner plays Bud Johnson, an apathetic, disorderly, but lovable father who is coasting through a life that has almost passed him by. The only bright spot is his overly precocious and overachieving 12-year-old daughter Molly (Madeleine Carroll) who in this case, is the one that takes care of him.  That is, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she attempts to vote on Bud’s behalf when he is too drunk to show up to the booth.  Later that night, when the tallies are all in, the nomination happens to come down to one final vote – Bud’s vote – which needs to be recast because of a technical error in the voting machine.  The media soon takes hold of the news and within minutes, the courtship from both campaigns are full throttle. 

But It’s that same courtship to win over Bud’s vote, that makes this film hard to watch.  The politicians in the movie, played by Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper are merely stereotypical representations of the republican and democratic party respectively, and consequently, the ways in which they attempt to win over Bud’s affection are beyond predictable. 

Then there’s the media – represented by George Lopez as the local, cutthroat news director and his journalist on the rise Kate Madison (played by Paula Patton), but both come off as one-dimensional. 

Costner seems more than complaisant with the notion of letting little Madeleine Carroll carry the movie, but she is too precocious for her own good.  If she were more like a ‘kid’ then perhaps it would be easier for us to empathize with her and the situation she’s in.

Notwithstanding, the film does deliver a couple of Disneyesque moments where Costner’s character finally shows some arc.  Unfortunately, they come way too late in the story, at a time when all you want to know is who ends up being president so you can leave the theater.  However, even those curious of the outcome will be seriously disappointed. 

 

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