On Film Junkies this week, me and my guests, Amy Kaufman from the LA Times and Viviana Vigil from OK! TV will be speaking about chick flicks. What makes a good chick flick, what makes a terrible one, and the films we love to watch.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s is my number one favorite, being a lover of classics, Truman Capote and Audrey Hepburn. But there are others I also love, so here are my Five Favorite Chick Flicks. What are yours? Comment at the bottom of this post!
1. Three images from the upcoming Jurassic World have been released to Entertainment Weekly. Hands up if these get you a little bit excited?? (puts hand way up) I’m also overjoyed to hear how much fun Colin Trevorrow and the cast are having, in the magazine he says, “Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him. We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over.” That is the BEST. Safety Not Guaranteed was a little gem of a film, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with dinosaurs! (BTW, how good is it to be Chris Pratt right now?)
2. Scarlett Johnsson and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to join Jon Favreau‘s Jungle Book CGI/live-action hybrid flick. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita is considering the role of Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, and Scarlett as the villainous python Kaa. Idris Elba has already been cast, as the voice of Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger. This film is sounding interesting, I’m intrigued to see what spin Favreau puts on the story, and how he handles the animated characters, though I suppose we saw a little bit of that in Elf, with Leon the Snowman!
3. William Hurt has pulled out of his starring role in Midnight Rider, following the horrible on-set death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones. Sarah was killed when a train unexpectedly came down the tracks where the crew (and Hurt) were filming a dream sequence. Soon after her death the production company wanted to start work again, leading to a Facebook page being created calling for crew members to boycott the film. William Hurt had already filmed many scenes, playing Greg Allman, from the Allman Brothers Band. Midnight Rider is based on Greg’s biography My Cross To Bear. No word yet on who will replace Hurt, but I imagine, given the tragedy, it would be tough for any actor to put their hand up.
4. Peter Jackson has renamed the final Hobbit film, changing it from There And Back Again, to The Battle Of The Five Armies. This is a much better title I think, because at least it SOUNDS like it could be interesting. There And Back Again sounds like more endless walking, which I had enough of in the first film… “Ok, we finally got here, now time to go back!” (insert groans from audience) The Battle Of The Five Armies sounds exciting… “Five armies? Not just one? Alright! Let’s get to it!”
5. And it looks like we may see Flash Gordon on the big screen, with Fox obtaining the rights to the old-school comic hero. Hard to tell what this would be like, but the writers of Star Trek 3 are on board, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are working on the script!
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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