Coming Soon! has a rather lengthy piece talking about Rambo IV (Why do they use Roman numerals for sequels, anyway?). There's no arguing (well, on this site, maybe there is) that Sylvester Stallone is extremely savvy when it comes to the film business and I have a feeling that he could actually make this work. I've seen him recently on the boxing reality show The Contender, and he is still in amazing physical shape. Plus, they're planning on bringing in a younger actor to whom he can pass the "Rambo" baton in case the film is successful enough for continuing sequels.
It's really amazing to me when a commercial for a movie can leave me with my mouth hanging open, and it has nothing to do with the type of movie or the scenes from it. You've probably heard that they're releasing a theatrical version of this popular TV show originally broadcast in the 60's. (I wrote a piece about the Bewitched movie a while back.) It wasn't the actors, situations or humor that left me sputtering, but the following which was shown at the end of the commercial:
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, including sex and drug references, and partial nudity.WHAT??? You have got to be kidding me! :shock:
In an out of the blue yet inspired decision, Kelsey Grammer (of Frasier fame) has been cast in the role of Beast in X-Men 3. To me this is as out there as when Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton in the role of Batman. Of course despite the outcry at the time, that actually turned out rather well. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Beast is a mutant member of the X-Men (duh) who is genius-level intelligent with a HUGE vocabulary and happens to look like, well, a beast. In the comic he's covered in hair, super agile and is sort of ape-like. Really he's more of a short, squat character but Singer got away from that with the Wolverine character and casting of Hugh Jackman and it didn't seem to hurt the role much IMO.
The reviews are starting to come in (Rotten Tomatoes is my favorite site for movie reviews) for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and they're actually looking pretty good. As of this writing RT is scoring Episode III at 90% positive based on 31 reviews. The previous two films came in at 62% and 65% respectively for general reviews but only 40% positive from the "Cream of the Crop" reviewers. I tend to agree with the 40% number on Episodes I & II. I won't even begin to talk about why "Phantom Menace" was so terrible... well, ok, I will: Terrible miscasting of the young Anakin, WAY too involved and convoluted as far as the trade issues, "midichlorians", immaculate conception, and of course, Jar-Jar. "Clones" was far better except for Hayden's performance (which I don't entirely blame him for) and the whole Anakin/Padme romance.
Click on the image for a larger version of the just released poster for Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one with my daughter. It's nice to have a movie I can look forward to that I know will be genuinely funny, that I can take an 8 year old to without having to pre-screen or research it beforehand.
I haven't given any coverage to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe here at Screen Rant, and I guess it's about time I do. The first teaser trailer is out exclusively at Moviefone and I have to say it looks extremely impressive. I think we may have the next "Lord of the Rings" with the "Chronicles" series.
I'm feeling too lazy to write up three separate articles, so here's a quickie. Yahoo! Movies has the teaser trailer up for the new Zorro movie coming out this fall. Catherine Zeta-Jones(-Douglas?) is back as is Antonio Banderas. I enjoyed the first one for what it was and the trailer for this one looks fun as well.
Yesterday I mentioned that there was a difference of opinion between New Line Cinema and Avi Arad as to who would get to direct the Iron Man movie. Turns out that Cassavetes was never officially signed to direct (which makes sense if the studio was against him), but that there is still a possibility that he will do the film.