Sci-Fi Movies Monday: Enders Game, Blade Runner Sequel, Prometheus, Sin City 2, Iron Man 3 + more

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies, we check out The Avengers box office and get a look at the Blu-ray cover art and details on the special features, get an update on Iron Man 3, learn new details on the Blade Runner sequel, get our first look at a clip from Prometheus, get updates on Beetlejuice 2 and the Highlander remake plus check in on Ender’s Game. All that plus much more, including a release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and the latest images and videos.

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

Roberto Orci talks Ender’s Game + Orson Scott Card set visit

The first fan Q&A with Roberto Orci has gone live on the official production blog for "Ender’s Game". Here’s what Orci had to say about the film’s visual influences:

Q: What are the visual influences for the movie? Syd Mead or Star Trek? 2001 or Armageddon? Jon Berkey or Michael Bay?

Orci: Visual influences? One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows. And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle. The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.

Orci also responded to a question about whether the film will be geared towards adults or kids:

Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.

In related news, author Orson Scott Card wrote a blog post on his recent on-set visit (Card has a cameo in the form of on-screen dialog). Card revealed that a lot of what’s in the movie actually won’t be based on his novel:

I sat, off-camera, reading my sole line, which comes in the middle of a scene between Harrison Ford as Col. Graff and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood’s movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene.

Card says he came away very impressed by the acting in the movie, focusing on that aforementioned scene between Ford and Buttefield:

And they were superb. Film acting, especially in closeup, is not about facial expressions. It’s about what’s going on behind the actors’ eyes. And it’s about timing.

The scene got more and more minimal as the takes went on. What had been an arm grab and a shrug became a mere touch on the shoulder and a single glance at the hand.

And the less they did, the better the scene became. What mattered was the timing – when Ford put his hand on Butterfield’s shoulder, how long it took Butterfield to glance at the hand, how long before he looked away and when the hand was withdrawn.

Read the rest of the posting here. "Ender’s Game" is scheduled to hit theaters on November 1, 2013. In the meantime, check out this recently released [UPDATE: Fan Made] teaser poster [Ender’s Game]:


Blade Runner writer returning for Ridley Scott’s sequel + film will have female lead

With Ridley Scott’s "Prometheus" just over two weeks away from release, development is ramping up on the "Blade Runner" sequel with news this week that original writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with Scott for the sequel. It has also been confirmed that the project will be a sequel to the 1982 classic and pick up "several years" after Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) story.

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott that only briefly delves into talk of the "Blade Runner" sequel, Scott reveals that he started his first meetings on the project last week and that it will feature a female protagonist:

"…I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

Watch the first clip from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Speaking of "Prometheus"…20th Century Fox has released the first clip from the Ridley Scott-directed / Damon Lindelof-scripted sci-fi film, which opens in conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8, 2012. Watch the clip below:

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

In other news, the track listing for the film’s sound track has been released online and the title tracks reveal plot spoilers. Check out the complete listing here. The CD will be released on June 12.

Concept images and stills [more at THR]



Featurette on Meridith Vickers (Charlize Theron) [YouTube]

Viral video: "Quiet Eye" [YouTube]

TV spot [Dailymotion via PrometheusNews]

Jon Favreau on "more off-beat" Iron Man 3

"Iron Man" / "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau won’t be returning to direct "Iron Man 3" — that responsibility will fall to writer Shane Black — but Favreau will produce the project and says things are progressing along smoothly with plans to begin shooting in a couple weeks [via Heat Vision | THR]:

I was just talking to Shane Black and Downey and look, I think it’s a really smart way to go. After Avengers, you want to start with something really bold and inspired, and if you’ve ever seen Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you’ve seen that when Downey and Shane get together, interesting and unexpected things happen. I’m happy to see that it’s taking a bit of a tonal shift from The Avengers and it’s going to be something completely different and exciting, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

When asked to eloborate on that tonal shift, Faveau said it would be "just a little bit more offbeat":

Shane and Robert definitely have an original point of view and an original take on the character, and I think it delves deeper into what makes Tony Stark tick and plays on the unexpected original unpredictable quality of the character that I think fans gravitate to.

Despite not being behind the cameras for the third film, Favreau will remain "very involved", adding "I’ve already been talking to them and I feel a tremendous connection to that franchise and that character, and I’m very proud to see it moving forward in a way that re-enforces that story." In casting news, Deadline reports that James Bade Dale is in negotiations to play Savin, a villain in the film. "Iron Man 3" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

Sin City sequel dated for October 4, 2013 + Teaser poster released

Dimension Films has announced that the Sin City sequel, now titled "Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For", has been set for release on October 4, 2013. Like the original, the sequel will be co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Rodriguez and Miller co-wrote the script with William Monahan and the sequel will be released in 3D. Original castmembers Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba will return for the sequel. No other casting has been confirmed, although other actors from the original are expected to return. The teaser poster is included below.


Seth Grahame-Smith discusses writing Beetlejuice 2

Author/writer Seth Grahame-Smith talked about writing "Beetlejuice 2" in an interview with Movies.com, telling the site that he has already written something for the sequel:

Grahame-Smith: I have but it’s not something I’m ready to share. The original movie is very important to me, Tim, and Michael Keaton and in order for everybody to come back and not just feel like we’re doing it as an exercise in vanity or as an exercise in commercialism, we need a story that makes sense and that feels like a worthy successor. That’s not easy to do.

Grahame-Smith also discussed his process for writing "Beetlejuice":

First you go back and look at the original movie, listen to Danny’s score again and again and you try your best to capture what was special. In that movie, though, there was a lot of accidental genius in it as well. I hope we get to do it and bring everybody back but I rather not do it then do the bad- just-because-we-can version of it.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Christopher Nolan talks about the end of his Batman trilogy

"The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan offered a few words about bringing his "Batman" trilogy to a close in an interview with Total Film Magazine [via CBM]:

"We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story. We have to give the audiences something they haven’t seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That’s the tricky balance."

"With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas."

"The Dark Knight Rises" is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.

Report: Ryan Reynolds frontrunner for Highlander reboot

Lionsgate has reportedly closed in on Ryan Reynolds to play the lead role in "Highlander", according to Variety:

Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline the reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that could still pursue another project.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is directing the remake. Lionsgate-Summit hasn’t set a release date for the project.

Joss Whedon on returning to direct The Avengers 2 + Blu-ray/DVD set for release on September 25

Before "The Avengers" opened in the U.S., director Joss Whedon gave an interview to Hero Complex | LA Times and discussed his thoughts on returning to direct the sequel:

“You know, I’m very torn…It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

It’s important to note that this interview was taken before "The Avengers" was released in the U.S. Speaking of which, "The Avengers" stayed atop the box office charts for a third straight weekend, adding another $55.6M from domestic box office and topping the combined opening weekend debuts of "Battleship" ($25.5M); "The Dictator" ($17.4M) and "What to Expect When You’re Expecting ($10.5M). Overseas tickets added another $54.6M pushing the film’s 26-day tally to a remarkable $1.18B worldwide (#4 all-time). "The Avengers" is currently #6 all-time on the domestic chart ($457.7M through 17 days) and #7 all-time on the foreign chart ($723.3M through 26 days). "The Avengers" broke the record for fastest to $450M domestic (17 days) previously held by "The Dark Knight" which took 27 days to hit that mark. Next up is $500M which "Avatar" holds at 32 days.

In other news, Disney has set a September 25, 2012 release date for the Blu-ray/DVD. Here are the details of the 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy release [Blu-ray.com via Joblo]:

4-Disc BD Combo Pack, 2-Disc BD Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Combo Pack
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
2. MARVEL ONE-SHOT: ITEM 47
3. SECOND SCREEN
4. GAG REEL
4. DELETED SCENES
– Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation
– Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize
– Steve Rogers – Man Out of Time
– Nick Fury & World Security Council
– Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage
– Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
– Extended Scene – Banner and Security Guard
– Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation
5. FEATURETTES
– A Visual Journey
– Assembling the Ultimate Team
6. SOUNDGARDEN MUSIC VIDEO – "Live to Rise"

DVD
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
2. FEATURETTES
– Assembling the Ultimate Team

Blu-ray cover art [Blu-ray.com]:


 

Concept art: Loki’s staff and Hawkeye’s bow and arrows [more at Fabian Lacey via io9]



Action figures [more via Kotaku]



PREVIEW Videos & Images

The Amazing Spider-Man

Behind-the-scenes with director Marc Webb [YouTube]

4-minute preview [YouTube]

Featurette on "The Lizard" (Dr. Curt Connors) [YouTube]

Viral video featuring "The Lizard" (Dr. Curt Connors) [YouTube]

Brave

Clip: "Tall Tale" [YouTube]

Chronicle

Test footage [MTV]

 

The Dark Knight Rises

ESPN TV spot [Movies.SpoilerTV.com]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Promotional still [CBM]


Interview with director Jon Chu, Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye) and D.J. Cotrona (Flint) [ComingSoon]

The Haunter

Promotional still [The Playlist | Indiewire]


Men in Black 3

‘Building A Better Alien’ Clip: Rick Baker Explains [YouTube]

Piranha 3DD

Clip: "Galvanized Steel" [Trailer Addict]

Watch more clips here and here.

B-Roll clip (Trailer Addict)

Watch another B-roll clip here

Possession

Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

 

Stranded

Movie poster [ShockTillYouDrop]


Total Recall

Promotional stills [more at YourEntNow]



MOVIE BITES

  • Director Edgar Wright says he hopes to "shoot some "Antman" & ‘World’s End’ this year". We know about "World’s End", a production start on "Antman" would be new news, but Wright is remaining purposely vague on that front. [Empire & /Film]
  • 20th Century Fox has hired Scott Z. Burns to work on the studio’s sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Original writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa wrote a draft for the sequel and Rupert Wyatt is back to direct. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Due to other commitments including the popular ABC fantasy drama series "Once Upon a Time", "TRON: Legacy" writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz won’t be writing "TRON 3". The duo have, however, been made co-producers on the project. [Collider]
  • Neill Marshall is set to direct the Dracula-based film "Last Voyage of the Demeter". Marshall is now the fourth director on the project after Robert Scwentke, Marcus Nispel and David Slade were all previously attached. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • 20th Century Fox is the frontrunner to acquire the film rights to Hugh Howey’s "Wool", a sci-fi novel based in a dystopian future. [Deadline]
  • Warner Brothers has announced that Alfonso Cuarón’s "Gravity" has been pushed back from its original November 21, 2012 release date and will instead slide into 2013 (day/month TBA). In addition to directing, Cuarón also co-wrote the project with his son Jonás Cuarón. [Box Office Mojo]
  • Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures have already begun development on the script for "The Smurfs 3". Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche will develop the script. "The Smurfs 2", meanwhile, is scheduled to hit theaters on July 13, 2013. [Variety]
  • Summit Entertainment has signed Alex Proyas to direct "Gods of Egypt", described as "the story of a common thief and a god on a magical quest". [Deadline]
  • "The Avengers’" huge box office receipts will translate to a huge payday for star Robert Downey Jr. The actor is expected to pocket somewhere in the neighborhood of $50M for doing the movie. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Principal photography on "Last Days on Mars" has begun. The sci-fi horror movie stars Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams. [Deadline]
  • The $209M-budgeted "Battleship" had a rather soft opening weekend debut here in the US — $25.5M — but on the plus side, the early international release already has the film closing in on $250M worldwide ($240.8M — $25.5M domestic / $215.3M foreign). [Box Office Mojo]

CASTING BITES

  • Idris Elba has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Heimdall in "Thor 2". [Collider]
  • Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort are in negotiations to join the cast of MGM’s "Carrie" remake. [Variety]
  • Juno Temple will star opposite Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney’s live-action retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" project "Maleficent". Temple will play one of the three pixies that take care of Aurora. [Heat Vision | THR]


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Paul Fitz
May 21, 2012 4:19 pm

Tickets booked for Prometheus! Cant wait.

Battle-scarred Sciatica
May 21, 2012 4:22 pm

I cannot wait to see Prometheus.

A reboot of Highlander! Why?

Will the Bladerunner sequel be based on the books?

Interesting stuff!

Never heard of Stranded.

Nice update Rosario.

Good stuff.

;)

PEB
May 21, 2012 4:25 pm

so 2013 will the be the year of sci-fi and superhero awesomeness! nice

PEB
May 21, 2012 4:26 pm

oh and I have high expectations for Ender’s game. I’ve read the books and the comic books from Marvel and had been hoping for a big screen adaptation. Highlander? With Ryan Reynolds of all people? Seriously?

porthoses bitch
May 21, 2012 4:29 pm

Just becaause it wont be lost here…..how come no one complained about “First Khan-tact” ?

porthoses bitch
May 21, 2012 4:34 pm

Ive been a comics fan for years, ran a comics shop for a few years…..right now given the choice Id go see Avengers for a second time before going to see Bats or Spidey…they both just leave me cold….now atach the ST13 trailer and Im there…

Red Dead Ryan
May 21, 2012 4:49 pm

Great stuff!

Can’t wait for:

“Prometheus”

“The Amazing Spider-Man”

“The Dark Knight Rises”

I can’t see Ryan Reynolds as Connor McCleod. I really can’t.

I’m looking forward to the “The Avengers” Blu Ray.

Battle-scarred Sciatica
May 21, 2012 5:37 pm

Still in the minority and have not seen Avengers yet.

Wife and I want to go but haven’t had the time yet ( and need to offload the kids for an evening).

We didn’t like Thor too much but enjoyed Iron Man and Capt. America.

Loved Firefly and most by Whedon so have high hopes.

Sometime soon I hope.

May 21, 2012 5:50 pm

I’m really excited about Spiderman, Iron Man 3, Prometheus, and of course…Ender’s Game! “The enemy’s gate is down!” GREAT poster.

May 21, 2012 5:57 pm

Looks like Battleship has sunk. Based on the concept, it deserved its watery fate. But I feel a little bad for Taylor Kitsch. He was in two huge flops. John Carter was good and will probably be a perennial cult classic. But still. With two megabudget flops that were supposed to make him a superstar, it looks like the poor guy’s stock is going to stay where it was when he was playing Gambit!

Red Dead Ryan
May 21, 2012 6:07 pm

“Battleship” was an ill-advised concept from the start. First of all, it was based on a friggin’ board game. There was no story. There were no characters. There definitely no aliens involved. Secondly, nobody was clamoring for a movie based on the game.

No surprise it flopped. Can’t believe Liam Neeson agreed to it.

Vultan
May 21, 2012 6:43 pm

Glad “Battleship” flopped. Because if it had succeeded, we would probably have within a year or so big screen, two-hour commercials for “Hungry, Hungry Hippos,” “Operation,” and “Connect Four.”

Though I think “Pong: The Motion Picture” has some potential.

;)

RollTide1017
May 21, 2012 6:44 pm

The tack list for the Prometheus soundtrack hasn’t been leaked, the album has been available on iTunes for almost a week now. The score is okay, nothing great and nowhere near as good as the master Goldsmith’s Alien score. Never expected it to be.

Still can’t wait to see the movie.

May 21, 2012 6:48 pm

Battleship is probably an attempt to duplicate the success of the Transformers franchise. Somebody probably thought that since Transformers were toys, and successful movies were built around Transformers, that the same trick would work with other toys-into-movies ideas.

But Transformers was also a cartoon series with a fanbase. And some imbecile didn’t figure that into his calculations. Probably his tie was too tight when he came up with the idea.

Plus, a series of stupid VFX saturated trailers created the impression of another alien invasion non-story just plain non-worth seeing.

Watching Battleship go down like the Titanic has me feeling like a jubilant Ewok at the end of Return of the Jedi.

May 21, 2012 6:53 pm

13. RollTide1017 – May 21, 2012

Hey you are right about Goldsmith’s Alien score. The end credits theme is beautiful. Love that movie.

richpit
May 21, 2012 7:03 pm

@Vultan:

I can’t wait for Hungry, Hungry Hippos in 3D IMAX! LOL.

I agree with you, of course. “Battleship” was a ridiculous idea.

Vultan
May 21, 2012 7:04 pm

#15

Are you excited for Prometheus yet?

I just listened to a few tracks from the score on youtube. Sounds pretty good. Not great but good. Very eerie, much like the trailers.

Anyway, I’m just glad Ridley Scott is back into sci-fi. Though the Blade Runner sequel doesn’t have me as excited for some reason. Seems like that’s one that shouldn’t be touched. Don’t know. Could be great….

May 21, 2012 7:34 pm

Leaked, released…same idea. ;)

Sebastian S.
May 21, 2012 8:06 pm
This could be a real banner year for true science fiction! I wish Bob Orci the best wishes for Ender’s Game. Sounds wonderful. And it sounds like his abilities will be well-placed. Would love (someday) to see Orci and company tackle Alfred Bester’s “The Stars My Destination.” The technology exists now to REALLY do this one right (it’s been in development hell off and on for a long time). When I saw Nero’s tattooed ‘blue-collar’ Romulans in ST09, I briefly thought of Bester’s book… And Prometheus just looks better and better every time I see it. But again, I’m still hoping (against hope) that it’s (ultimately) much more than just an ALIEN prequel. I know it takes place in the same universe (about 40 years prior), but I really think it has the potential to be so much more than just a red carpet leading to ALIEN. Here’s hoping I’m right! ;-) And the Total Recall remake could really be something to watch if they play it closer to the source novel (“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K Dick) than the 1990 movie. The elimination of the Mars ‘location’ could be a step in that direction (although Mars itself does play an interesting role in the book). Colin Farrell sounds a step closer to the ‘every man’ Douglas Quail (not Quaid) originally envisioned in the book. Again, this could shape up to be one of the best years for the genre since 1982…. ;-)
Red Dead Ryan
May 21, 2012 8:12 pm

Movies based on the board games “Ouija” and “Monopoly” are in the works.

Thorny
May 21, 2012 8:13 pm

The strange thing is that I kinda liked “Battleship”. Sure, it is a “turn off the brain and watch” kinda movie, but so were the dreadful “Transformers” movies. That didn’t stop them from inexplicably making a gazillion dollars. No, there were no characters or aliens in “Battleship”, so they just made up their own. The only real in-your-face stupid part of the movie was that the characters commander the USS Missouri (a ship that has been a museum for 20 years or so now) and take her into action, complete with live ammo for her guns (no safety problems for the tourists there, no sir) but they could have tweaked the story just enough to say the Missouri had only just retired and hadn’t been turned over as a museum yet, and that would have been fine. The rest of the premise is the usual sci-fi conceit… problems with speed-of-light communications to other star systems being answered in a few years, aliens that are very powerful, but not quite powerful enough that we can’t beat them, that sort of thing. “Battleship” was hardly the first to fudge that. Same notation for “Hollywood” satellites that are always right where they need to be for the story to work. Does “Battleship” have flaws. Sure, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad movie. The international audiences seemed to like it, and I can see why.

Ahmed
May 21, 2012 8:20 pm

First time I hear about “Stranded” or “Last Days on Mars”

May 21, 2012 8:51 pm
I saw Battleship too. Perhaps the dumbest movie I have ever seen. Let me just point out some of the dumb parts that haven’t been pointed out in this thread. 1. Brooklyn Decker walks into a bar. Asks for a chicken burrito. Bartender closes microwave and says kitchen is closed. Um… it’s Brooklyn Decker. You can’t take two minutes and nuke one for her. Hell, I’d lick Decker’s boots if she asked. 2. The hero, Alex, commits the felony of breaking and entering to get a a chicken burrito for Decker. Yeah, I know it’s a joke. But it just feels dumb. 3. NASA scientists decide to send a radio signal to earth like planet. Helllllooo? Maybe the aliens aren’t nice people. If might be possible that said aliens um, might want to invade earth. Said signal looks like a laser beam. Oh, who cares about science in a turkey like this. 4. I start to root for the aliens until I find out that they are as dumb as the humans. They can travel light years and yet, they can’t drive their ships. One ship, the communications ship for the aliens, crashes into a satellite. I’m not kidding. 5. The aliens look like Lizard Amish. Pasty faced humanoids. Lizard eyes. Red soul patch beards. A cross between lizards and Amish. 6. Now you might think the aliens have big ray guns. No. They destroy ships with peg shaped flying mines. Get it? The peg shaped mines are like the… Read more »
spockisgod
May 21, 2012 9:05 pm

i personally am looking forward to ker plunk the motion picture. that should go down very well.
Apparently there is new star trek film in production. not that you’d know it…. one little picture. and i don’t mean a spy picture.

Vultan
May 21, 2012 9:06 pm

#23

Ooooo… I haven’t seen “Battle Ship.” Sounds like it’s “Plan 9” sort of bad… or this year’s “Cowboys & Aliens.” My brain still hurts from that one.

Might have to catch “BS” (that’s what I’m calling it) late night on TV for a laugh.

spockisgod
May 21, 2012 9:11 pm

23# why does battleship set back sci fi by 60 years?? 2 hours maybe! Anyway,about that picture

MJ
May 21, 2012 9:19 pm

Please, no more Prometheus footage — they are giving us the whole fracking movie here now. What is the point — this is as bad a marketing campaign as John Carter

Sin CIty 2 — WHY??? I would rather sit through Pirinha 3D than watch that moronic concept again…fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me!

Trekmovie — can you please see if you can dig up anything more on the Christian Slater movie, Stranded? I like the poster!

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May 21, 2012 9:50 pm

Ah, another film reboot Ryan Reynolds can ruin.

Blade Runner 2, perhaps this time the movie will make sense?

Captain Ransom
May 21, 2012 10:02 pm

battleship sounds absolutely retarded. don’t know why anyone is wasting money on that in the theater. it seems a little too much like the irreperable battle LA.

#11: liam niesen has been whoring himself out to so many awful movies – like clash of the titans. i heard the grey was really bad. i guess he forgot he was an a lister.

piranha was the bloodiest movie EVER. the gore was off the scale. an ocean of blood was served with a side of half eaten penis. O.o

what has happened with mad max 4 and any news about 28 months later?

Nano
May 21, 2012 10:10 pm

Blade Runner is an 80s film that still holds up today. Of course, it WAS spruced up a little, but still, look at other movies from that same period and there isn’t much in the same group. So as far as I’m concerned, the bar is set really high for a sequel. I’m not hopeful they can strike lightning twice, but they have the right to try, and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt ’til I’ve seen it.

I’m more doubtful about Reynolds in Highlander, but Lambert wasn’t exactly the greatest actor when I look back on it. It will be really hard to replace Clancy Brown. His Kurgan is one of the best bad guys in movie history. When he starts waving his tongue at those nuns, you know you’re at the beginning of some really good badness.

I hope Ironman 3 is better than 2. I was pretty unimpressed with 2. It seemed to lack the heart of the first one. It was all about Stark’s narcissism and very little about the hero. I got bored by his self-absorption. That being said, it is still enjoyable to watch

Must go to bed. Up too late. Can’t say more. Luck you.

May 21, 2012 11:09 pm

On Battleship, talked about the infamous scene where the bartender refuses to nuke a chicken burrito for Brooklyn Decker. It’s been posted on YouTube by Universal and it’s below.. Another funny line in the scene. When big brother sees Alex (Taylor Kitsch) staring at Brooklyn, he tells him not to waste his birthday wish on a girl. What?! If she looks like Brooklyn Decker, are you nuts? Maybe big brother who’s in the Navy is gay. You know they got rid of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

And speaking of the Navy, is it too much to ask our armed services not to cooperate with stupid movies. Yeah, I know Battleship is a great recruiting ad but I got to believe that dumb movies make bad ads for your service. You see it would have been nice if the military had cooperated with the goofy Independence Day, that was not as dumb. But unfortunately, the writers had Area 51 as a major plot point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJPks7O2VNo

MJ
May 21, 2012 11:38 pm

“The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood’s movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene.”

Well done, Orci. You know my opinion that Card’s book is overrated, so now that I hear you have completely rewritten the story, I am all of a sudden much more excited to see your movie!

MJ
May 21, 2012 11:44 pm

Blade Runner sequel: “I want more movies, fu*ker!”

Ryan Reynolds is horribly miscast as the Highlander. I would go with Jim Caviezel from Person of Interest as the Highlander, and (I know this will be controversial) have Mel Gibson in the Shawn Connery role.

Caviezel is the perfect understanted brooding ass-kicker to play the Highlander.

Jack
May 21, 2012 11:44 pm

“When big brother sees Alex (Taylor Kitsch) staring at Brooklyn, he tells him not to waste his birthday wish on a girl. What?! If she looks like Brooklyn Decker, are you nuts? Maybe big brother who’s in the Navy is gay. You know they got rid of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.””

What??

MJ
May 21, 2012 11:46 pm

@29 “i heard the grey was really bad.”

You heard wrong. The Grey was the best movie I saw last year.

Jack
May 21, 2012 11:47 pm

36. Agreed.

captain_neill
May 22, 2012 12:38 am

In regards to Battleship, it was a pretty terrible film. Not as bad as I thought it would be but still pretty terrible.

How long till Connect 4 the movie comes out? Imagine a giant Connect 4 board coming out from the ocean and they have to stop the aliens from getting a row of four.

Looking forward to MIB3 this week, loved the first Men in Black and the second one was disappointing but lstil have hopes for 3.

Also looking forward to Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises. Spider Man looks cool but still think it is too soon to reboot it.
Unhappy that Total Recall has been reboot as I loved the Schwarzenegger classic but might give it a try.

One reboot I am unhappy with is RoboCop, as it is one of my all time favourite films and they are completely changing his look which angers me.me.

Jack
May 22, 2012 12:51 am

23. “Battleship sets back science fiction sixty years.”

Nonsense. I kind of dug that they didn’t use rayguns, and that they were pretty humany — the most interesting looking movie aliens I’ve seen in a while.

There were plenty of other things that could have worked better, but those parts I definitely liked.

Why the heck does everything have to be the same as what we’ve seen before? This is what gets us gripes like “Hey, doesn’t JJ know that the turbolift doesn’t get to the bridge in 3 seconds, duh!” It’s on TV right now and I LOVE that turbolift scene.

Greenberg
May 22, 2012 12:59 am

What kind of idiot would put Ryan Reynolds in front of a camera?

La Reyne d'Epee
May 22, 2012 1:24 am

I’m in two minds about a Bladerunner sequel. It’s a particular favourite of mine, can only hope they do it justice.

Upchuck McNuggets
May 22, 2012 4:36 am

Just looked up “Stranded”. Directed by the same guy who did “Battlefield Earth”. Think I’ll pass on that one.

As for “The Grey”–if you think you’re going to see Liam Neeson fight a bunch of wolves, you’ll be very disappointed. Good movie–but the marketing is a little misleading.

Thorny
May 22, 2012 7:38 am

29. Captain Ransom… I liked “Battle: Los Angeles” too. I hated “Skyline” because all the characters were spectacularly stupid in it, but I don’t think that is a fault shared by “Battle: Los Angeles” or “Battleship”. Both were fairly realistic about how the military works.

Exactly why are so many expecting “The Artist” or “Iron Lady” level writing and performances out of popcorn movies?

James T. West
May 22, 2012 7:42 am

Ryan Reynolds as Connor MacLeoad doesn’t exactly fill me full of joy

Amish Electrician
May 22, 2012 7:53 am

Stranded…microbe on meteorite…hits ship..goes in female…she has alien in 2 days…its a shape-shifter and killer…sounds very original…lol

Anthony Thompson
May 22, 2012 9:30 am

The “Dark Knight Rises” trailers have been awful. Hope the movie is better! Great to see “Sin City 2” finally in the pipes. I wonder why “Prometheus” has been so heavily hyped? Almost the opposite from how JJ operates!

Red Dead Ryan
May 22, 2012 9:39 am

#29.

“The Grey” is a great movie. One of Liam Neeson’s best performances.

MvRojo
May 22, 2012 9:42 am

#27. I’m assuming that the Christian Slater movie is a DTV release.

Vultan
May 22, 2012 9:48 am

#43

Because you needn’t insult the intelligence of your audience in order to make a fun summer movie.

May 22, 2012 12:21 pm

@ 43

Thorny, I liked Battle: Los Angeles. And frankly the military acted smartly in that one and there were no groan moments. Yeah, Roger Ebert hated us for liking it. God bless him, he probably fell asleep during Battle: Los Angeles.

“Battleship” is a whole different story. I like a good popcorn movie as much as the next teenager. But you put in this movie dumb people with dumb action. And then you add in blind, dumb, terrible driving Lizard Amish Aliens. The result? A movie I could not take seriously. I laughed and groaned at the same time.

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