Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lemon Drop trailer starring Ali Larter

I so love Ali Larter. And I have loved her since 2000's Final Destination. She's talented, beautiful, intelligent and charismatic. She walks the red carpet with style and devotes her time to various charities. Cosmopolitan even named her the Fun Fearless Female of 2009. Why this girl isn't a bigger star is beyond me, but secretly, I kinda like that she's not overexposed.

Ali recently shot a short film for Absolut Vodka called Lemon Drop. Check out the trailer below! It looks grindhouse-y and all sorts of awesome! The short will release online at the official website LemonDrop-Movie.com later this summer.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Could Timothy Olyphant Escape From New York?

All over the web there's talk about the possibility that Timothy Olyphant could be the new Snake Plissken in The Escapre From New York remake. I'm actually liking this idea.

Kurt Russell starred in John Carpenter's original in 1981 and to tell you the truth, I've never seen it. So I'm a pretty poor judge if Olyphant would make a good Plissken. What I do know is that Plissken is pretty badass and so is Olyphant. I've been following his career for about 12 years, ever since he crazied up Scream 2. Olyphant has come along way since then. He's grown as an actor and he actually has a decent career for someone who got his break with a supporting role in a hit horror during Young Hollywood's teen craze. When Scream 2 was released late 1997, Neve Campbell, Jerry O'Connell and Sarah Michelle Gellar were the big names among the cast. Where are they now? Olyphant's longevity in this business is pretty impressive.

The charismatic actor has worked steadily for years, in big and small productions. He was excellent as a drug dealer in Doug Liman's Go and effectively carried the male lead in the gay romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Club. Olyphant was one of the detectives in Gone in 60 Seconds opposite Nicolas Cage, rocked with Mark Wahlberg in Rock Star, and was part of the ensemble in Stephen King's Dreamcatcher. 2004 was a good year for Olyphant: The Girl Next Door was released and his HBO show Deadwood premiered. Whenever I browse around the interwebs and read about Timmy, people generally seem to think fondly of both projects and his performances.

Like I said, Olyphant has worked steadily for years. But in 2006 came the game changer. He was cast as the main bad guy in Live Free or Die Hard. Yes, Timmy Olyphant versus Bruce Willis in the new Die Hard movie. I squeed, but was also surprised. While he has a solid rep, I was surprised they picked him for such a huge project. Live Free or Die Hard was a blockbuster hit in 2007 and his next big project followed only a few months later: Hitman. It was Olyphant's first starring role in a studio film. While the film didn't do as well as hoped, it didn't taint his career. He had leads in A Perfect Getaway and The Crazies and continues to work in television as well, currently playing the lead in Justified.

Olyphant is versatile. He does a lot of different projects, showing his unwillingness to be typecast. While I generally consider him to be badass, there's more to him than just that. I think that's what makes him appealing to a large audience. Guys think he's a cool dude. Boyfriend finds him likeable despite the fact that I sit next to him squealing like a fangirl whenever he's onscreen. Women (= well, at least me) find him charismatic and handsome. And to top it off, he's a good actor!

So I don't know if Olyphant would make a good Snake Plissken. I do know I've never disliked him in anything I've ever seen him in and he's a capable actor. He's appealing and has a pretty decent track record. Breck Eisner, who's responsible for the Escape From New York remake, directed Olyphant in The Crazies and recently told Movie Web that he thinks Tim "would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken. There are many factors that go into those discussions. First and foremost, obviously, is the creative one. We can't make the movie unless we get the perfect Snake Plissken, and that's a tall order. There are very few guys that could do it. He would definitely be one of the guys who could. There is no question about that."

If the remake will star Olyphant, I will be watching it. Be smart, studio, who else could pull it off?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Being Scott Pilgrim'd

I really can't wait for Scott Pilgrim vs the World! Why is it taking so damn long?! Release the movie already, Universal! To amuse myself, I created my own Scott Pilgrim avatar. Yes, I always look that annoyed. Create your own Scott Pilgrim avatar right here!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fave Movie Moments... Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

I love it when characters sing in movies so it should be no surprise that one of my favorite moments in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle is the moment below:

That's Wilson Philips' Hold On. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

To Infinity and the Top of the Box Office!

Toy Story 3 topped the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $109. That's an opening record for Pixar! We have to keep the 3D factor in mind though. Higher ticket prices for 3D give movies a (deceiving) boost at the box office. I wonder what the gross is adjusted for the 3D ticket price and how it holds up against Pixar's other flicks.

I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet. *cries*

Sunday, June 20, 2010

You know that Fright Night remake..

Anton Yelchin.. is actually starting to sound pretty good to me. The project has been flying under my radar (I didn't even own any HSX stocks!), but recent casting announcements have tickled my interest.

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Hearts in Atlantis) plays the lead, Charley Brewster, who believes his neighbor (Colin Farrell!) is a vampire. In the original, he goes to classic horror actor turned tv show host Peter Vincent (played by Roddy McDowall) for help. Dr. Who's David Tennant is set to play the Vincent role, though the character's been changed a bit. Not necessarily a bad thing, but who knows. Toni Collette is Charley's mother, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass) is his best friend Evil Ed and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) has just been cast as his love interest.

The movie will be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), and was written by Buffy vet Marti Noxon.

I'm a big Buffy fan so I have faith in Noxon, and I quite adored Lars and the Real Girl. Honestly, this project could've done a lot worse. I mean, who would take on a Fright Night remake? I saw the original a long time ago and while I don't have a clear memory of it, I do look back at it fondly. Is a remake necessary? Of course not. But with the right people behind and in front of the camera, it could be a fun flick.

Picspam: Megan Fox in Jonah Hex trailer

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I want this poster #3

I'm looking forward to Scott Pilgrim vs the World and I'm sorta digging the posters of the 7 evil exes of the beautiful Ramona Flowers (aka Mary Elizabeth Winstead). I like character posters and I like the style used here. My favorite of the bunch is the one of Chris Evans as Evil Ex #2. I don't really have an explantion for it other than it's Chris Evans and he looks pretty cool. This is a poster I'd like to have.

Then there's Mae Whitman as Evil Ex #4, Roxy Richter. Now Mae is a very very pretty girl and this poster does not do her justice at all. I have no idea how Roxy is supposed to look (and I'm too lazy to Google), but I hope she doesn't look like this the entire film.

Poster credit: joblo.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Inception, eh?

I have no clue what Inception is about and until I saw these posters I did not care. Let's say my interest is growing.

Review: Eden Lake

Eden Lake is quite an impressive little horror film. For starters, the movie is beautifully shot. Daytime is brighter than bright, reminiscent of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hills Have Eyes remakes. I quite enjoy looking at pretty pictures and Eden Lake, is at times, a very pretty picture. Of course, when shit starts hitting the fan, it's a whole different story.

Boyfriend and I were completely horrified while watching the film. Why? Because this could actually happen in real life (see also: The Strangers). Freddy, Michael and Jason are not that scary, because they are 'fantasy monsters' (non-human and keep coming back to life). Who hasn't encountered annoying little shits who think they're so cool and that they're allowed to do anything they want? Seriously, some people should not be allowed to have children.

*BEWARE OF SPOILERS* As we see towards the end of the film, some people REALLY should not be allowed to have children. I quite liked the ending and don't mind the Last House on the Left-ness of it all with the parents taking 'revenge' on poor Jenny. Of course, I would have rather seen Jenny survive, but I think the end works looking at the way it's been set it up. Brett, the leader of kids, has an abusive dad and acts out (or doesn't know better) towards others. At the end, we see the dad peer pressure another dad into killing Jenny, similar to the way Brett peer pressured his friends into stabbing Steve. It's an effed up world we live in. */SPOILERS*

Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and Kelly Reilly give strong performances, as well as the kid who plays Brett. The script does not always make sense, but overall it's not too annoying. The writer/director, James Watkins, was also responsible for the scripts of My Little Eye and Gone, so he has a pretty good track record in my book. He's one to watch. Eden Lake, a 4/5.