Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I Am Link

--- Count Crowe - The Dracula project called Harker has been bouncing around for awhile - last we'd heard it was going to star Russell Crowe as Vlad himself and be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who made the wonder that was Orphan. Well Deadline's reporting that now Collet-Serra's out (he's making another movie with Liam Neeson after their successful team-up on Unknown) and no other than Eli Roth is set to direct the film. Eli Roth? Direct? What? I know! He's already making that cannibal movie The Green Inferno, and now this. Somebody's coke money ran out, I guess.

--- Everdeen Ever More - The rumor made flesh - the third Hunger Games book Mockingjay will be split into two movies, the first released in November of 2014 and the second one year later. There's so much that's breezed right by in Mockingjay plot-wise since we stick with Katniss' point-of-view the whole time and there are extensive periods where she's taken out of the center of the action, so I guess they'll need to trump everything that happens away from her in order to make this work. But they could make it work, if they do that. EW ponders just where the split might happen. (Spoilers, obviously.)
--- Hamm Ball - I don't really need to say anything other than "Jon Hamm in a baseball uniform" right? Right. Although as nice as it is, it could have been better. I mean, he didn't even show us his cup.

--- Well Hung - Besides ogling Hamm's bits, Glenn also took on several recent movie posters. I hadn't even noticed how similar the Oz and Hobbit ones were until he put them side by side, and the tagline for Bait 3D, a movie I am beginning to be totally unreasonable in my expectations for, is a corker. So check it.

--- Poster Mania - Famed poster artist Drew Struzan - believe me, you know his work - is coming out of retirement to make some posters for Mondo, the Austin based company that ignited the current exclusive poster craze. Expect these posters to be completely and utterly impossible to get ahold of.

--- Stunt Stud - Everything Channing Tatum touches turns to gold (like tanned torsos under baby oil) as of late, so those wondering what he'd be doing next wonder no more - he's going to produce and star in a bio-pic of famed 70s stunt-man Evel Knievel, apparently.

--- Pole Work - The Film Experience has been giving good love to movie strippers in the wake of Magic Mike and today's offering by Beau on Jamie Lee Curtis' famous scene in James Cameron's True Lies reminds me that I really want to rewatch True Lies, it's been a long time and that's some classic action goodness.
---  Bad Boy - My pal Sean decided that covering A Game of Thrones for Rolling Stone just wasn't enough awesomeness for him, so now he's covering Breaking Bad for them too. Although much to my boyfriend's chagrin I still haven't started watching BB, so what do I know. ("Nothing" is the correct answer. Or "nada" if you are one of my Spanish-speaking readers.) Congrats, Sean!

--- Cyber-Charlie - Hey look it's another picture of Charlie Hunnam (and Rinko Kocuchi) in his (their) enormous robo get-up(s) for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. I hope he doesn't have to wear that thing the whole time. Cue the Starship Troopers-esque group showers please! Make sure Idris Elba is there, too.

--- Sleaze Fest - Final Girl's Film Club took on the 1980 ick-fest Maniac on Monday (you know, that movie that Elijah Wood has remade!), go forth and read. Choice bit from Stacie's always valued opinion:

"The film never falls into the realm populated by the likes of Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street because the audience is never on Frank Zito's side. We're don't cheer when he kills a woman in her home because he's this guy with a cool weapon and a one-liner and she was annoying anyway- nothing in Maniac is played for laughs... If anything, Maniac forces the viewer to identify with the victim, which is exceedingly (and surprisingly) rare in the genre."

--- Item 47 - Remember that short Avengers spin-off starring Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford that I told you about the other day that will be on the movie's DVD? EW has a ComiCon poster to look at.

--- It's Tightpants Time - And speaking of Joss Whedon plus ComiCon, a 10 year reunion of the Firefly cast is happening out in San Diego and thankfully for those of us not there it's being filmed for a TV special.

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