Osher Günsberg and I talk through this week’s releases at the movies. In the US, skip the big film in favor of Blue Ruin, an indie revenge flick, or join me in seeing Locke, with Tom Hardy, which is getting great reviews and opens this Friday. In Australia, Transcendence is out, which had distastrous box office results over here. To download, try out Joss Whedon‘s new self-distribution method, and watch the sweet high-concept In Your Eyes. And our theme of the week is our favorite movies set in LA. What’s yours?
1. I usually don’t pay too much attention to who People Magazine choose as their “sexiest” or “most beautiful” celeb to put on the cover, but this one, I like! Lupita Nyong’o has been named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful (famous) person this year, and I couldn’t agree more. She’s gorgeous in pictures, striking on screen, breathtaking in person, and has a great spirit.
2. Naughty Mark Ruffalo! The Avengers star is back on set to shoot number two, and tweeted a number of updates from the set, including photos of Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson. He didn’t reveal anything spoilery, but I guess Marvel were concerned that he would, tweeting him a parent-like “Maaaaaarrrk.”. To which he apologized, and said he adored Marvel, and they replied something funny about flattery. The whole thing was adorable and made me love Mr Ruffalo even more. Hulk cute!
3. Now in a piece of “I wish it was April 1 so this wouldn’t be true” type news, apparently Peeps, those squishy brightly colored marshmallow Easter American treats are getting their own movie. An animated movie in the same vein as The Lego Movie. Ah Hollywood. One film is successful and they go looking and doing other versions. Granted, The Lego Movie was awesome, and I didn’t think it would be, but Peeps?? I miss the days of original concepts!
4. This is a casting choice I like! Jessica Chastain is in talks to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik‘s adaptation of Blonde, a biography by Joyce Carol Oates. Jessica definitely evokes that sexy, old Hollywood style, and is also an actress who will be able to portray the darker side of Marilyn. And I love Dominik’s films, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford remains a favorite, and I really liked the style of Killing Them Softly. Brad Pitt, star of those two films, will produce Blonde with his production company Plan B (how many great movies have they produced over the years! Good one Brad.)
5. And the Terminator reboot has officially started production, with a filming announcement from Paramount. The movie is shooting in New Orleans, is directed by Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor, and stars Aussies Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jai Courtney (Divergent) as well as the gorgeous Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones. Where are my machines??
In the third episode of Tick Tick BOOM! featuring geekbomb.net‘s Maude Garrett and yours truly, we talk about the MOST DISAPPOINTING movies and video games! What were we dying to see then were completely let down?
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1. We’ve still got over a week to wait until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to US cinemas, and it will be interesting to see if the film’s results here are buoyed by the positive response overseas. The sequel has already grossed $47m from the 14 countries it opened in late last week, including the UK and Australia. Experts are predicting a Captain America: Winter Soldier sized opening of about $90m in the first weekend, when it comes out on May 2. I’m seeing it this Saturday, so friends from Australia, please don’t tell me anything!
2. Could we see Leonardo DiCaprio as Steve Jobs? That may happen, as well as Danny Boyle take over the reins left by David Fincher on the Jobs biopic, scripted by Aaron Sorkin. Boyle and Fincher have very different styles, one dark and moody, one frenetic and full of energy, so that’s an interesting switch. I do love Danny Boyle’s movies, Trainspotting, of course, but also Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Trance (yes, I liked it!) and even The Beach. Mainly because the book is amazing. The Beach could be the reason why we may see DiCaprio in the title role (I can’t quite imagine him as the Apple co-founder! Can you?), though Leo just committed to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film, so there’s a chance that the schedules won’t work out.
3. A little while ago we heard from Richard Donner that a Goonies sequel is in the works. Now, he has revealed that it is Steven Spielberg who has crafted the story. Donner told TMZ (why he is talking to them of all sites, I have no idea) ”Steven came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years. You don’t do it without him. We’ve been trying for a long [time], and he came up with another storyline and he’s right on.”
4. The lineup for the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been revealed, and it includes Sundance faves Whiplash by Damien Chazelle (the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner) and Jim Mickle‘s Cold In July. Another film worth noting, Deliverance director John Boorman‘s first feature in eight years, Queen And Country. IndieWire has the full list here.
5. And if you just can’t wait, you can see the first five minutes of How To Train Your Dragon 2 right HERE. The film is out on June 13.
My gal Miri Jedeikin took this photo of me keeping Krisily Kennedy and Ashley Mova‘s seat warm on the set of AMC Movie Talk, asking viewer questions for a live Q&A with Sam Claflin, Jared Harris and Olivia Cooke from the horror film The Quiet Ones, out this Friday. The cast were a delight and gave great answers.
See below for the full video. #accentsgalore