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Despite the plethora of incredible looking movies coming out in 2012, there are quite a few stinkers as well. Stinking it up right at the top of that list for me would be The Three Stooges, a a movie remake of the 1950’s American slapstick series. Pretty much everything I’ve seen about the movie thus far looks painfully unfunny, and it’s sole redeeming feature was that it had the really attractive Kate Upton in it. However the swimsuit model has now come under fire from some Catholic groups, as she is depicted in the film wearing a rosary and nun-kini. Yes, that’s right nun habit made to look like a bikini.
President of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, issued this statement yesterday:
“In the 1950s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion. Today it specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism. Enter The Three Stooges. The movie is not just another remake: It is a cultural marker of sociological significance, and what it says about the way we’ve changed is not encouraging.”
As some of you may know, Michael J. Fox was not the original choice for Marty McFly in Back To The Future. No that role originally belonged to Eric Stoltz, who was replaced by Fox after just 5 weeks of shooting when director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg realized that Stoltz was not hitting the comedy notes as well as they had hoped.
Now, thanks to some newly released material to be featured on the 25th Anniversary Edition of the film (courtesy of THR) we get a look at this never-before-seen clip that shows us what Stoltz was like as McFly.
You know what I think the problem was? Stoltz is a ginger. How did they expect him to master the nuances of comedy when he doesn’t even have a soul?
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
You want to know every detail about Prometheus? You do? Cool! Because I have it all right here in this handy labelled diagram. And when you say Prometheus you were talking about the actual space craft and not the film it features in, right?
THR reports that cinemagoers in China were disappointed while recently viewing re-released Titanic 3D to find that the movie was not quite as they remembered it. It would seem that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television had removed the infamous scene where Kate Winslet poses nude for Leonardo DiCaprio. The reason they removed it? They were afraid that the audience would try and touch her:
“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing.”
One upset audience member had this to say:
“I waited 15 years to see 3D boobs, not a 3D iceberg.”
Bravo! Well said!
While Luc Besson has failed to direct anything really worthwhile in ages, the Frenchman has been fairly busy on the producing front. With that in mind, RottenTomatoes takes a look at the Best Luc Besson Produced Films. There are a number of really great flicks on there, but in the end Taken gets my money as the no.1 pick.
Sony are planning a movie reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and in keeping with the current trend to make everything edgy and cool, they want the live-action movie to be in the vein of Spider-Man “about a young girl coming to terms with her remarkable powers” and will feature Salem the cat now as a transformed prince and one component of a new love triangle.
Due to their similar teen demographics, it’s only natural that Twilight gets compared to The Hunger Games. But when it comes to their female leads, it’s almost universally accepted that kickass Katniss is far superior to mewling and moping Bella. And just to prove the point, here’s a handy infographic showing why that is:
Based on the best-selling novel by TWILIGHT SAGA author Stephenie Meyer, THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
For most of us action movie junkies, Jason Statham’s name alone is enough to make us take notice. In an age where men are being effeminated around every turn, it’s reassuring to know that the bald headed Englishman is still flying the Man Flag (woven from his chest hairs) real high. But even such a manly man of action can have a stinker of a day, as you’ll find out in Jason Statham: The Movie!
And so we draw to a close for today. My lovely new shipment of Blu Ray movies from Amazon has just arrived, so I’m off the the post office to collect it, after which I’m going to watch EFC live. Yes, that’s right, I’m going to join an audience as we watch two people try to inflict grievous bodily harm upon each other for no apparent reason. And then after that I’m going to attend an MMA event.
Last Updated: April 13, 2012