Okay, this is sounding more like a "Titanic" redo! A romantic epic plagued by production problems. But I adore director Baz Luhrmann and I'm a sucker for romantic epics, plus I think the pairing of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman is fantastic, so, just like "Titanic," I hope the film "Australia" will shatter box-office records, provided, that the movie is outstanding just like James Cameron's sinking boat epic!
What are the problems? Here's your litany (props to Guardian UK for info):
1. Russell Crowe who originally agreed to fill Jackman's role pulled out.
2. Filming was delayed by the worst weather in Western Australia.
3. Outbreak of equine flu
But now, one of the film's biggest controversies is the changing of its ending, from sad, to happy!
I, of course, will keep my opinions to myself until I see the finished cut, but the original "sad" ending, where Jackman died, is creating some drama!
According to the Guardian:
The decision was made after negative responses to the movie's initial cut at test screenings.
One reviewer said: "There is no reason to kill off Wolvie [Jackman played Wolverine in the X-Men trilogy]."
Apart from sparing the audience the extra cost of tissues, the studio apparently felt that a more uplifting ending would spell greater success at the box office.
Really? Well there are some angry fans who are questioning Luhrmann's integrity? One of them even said, "Baz clearly has no control of his film, or no ethics when it comes to putting the story he wanted to tell to the screen."
Well, the film opens in the US on Nov. 26th, so let's all reserve our judgment until then!
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First, we have "Kung Fu Panda," a fun, entertaining film, whose message may be lifted from a fortune cookie, but still still rollickingly good!
Check my written review here.
Watch my movie review here.
Then, we also have "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army." I included this film as one of the best super hero films of all time! It's better than the original.
Plus, director Guillermo Del Toro is amazing!
Check out my interviews with Mister Guillermo and the rest of the cast here.
Then check out my written review of the film here.
And watch me turn red right here.
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It's really great to have Will Smith as your dad! Smith, who's co-producing a new version of the 1984 "The Karate Kid" offered the title role to....his son Jaden!
But that doesn't discount the talents of 10-year old Mister Jaden who eclipsed his own dad in the acting department in their first film together, "Pursuit of Happyness."
But the filmmakers must be able to explain why the reboot will now feature a much younger lead. You may remember Ralph Maccio in the original as a bullied kid who teamed up with Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) to fight his tormentors.
The best part of the franchise? It brought us Elizabeth Shue and Hillary Swank!
Well, the new script, according to Variety, will feature the bully theme from the original, but this time, the film will be set in exotic locales like Beijing and other cities!
Sorta like "Kung Fu Panda" meets "The Karate Kid."
Jaden will be next seen in December's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and is a real-life martial arts practitioner!
Oh okay, that's his research
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Marvel Studios found their man to direct "First Avenger: Captain America." The film is set to open May 6, 2011, and so far, no writers yet.
As far as the director? Click read more to see who signed on! Read More...
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Pop superstar Beyonce Knowles is campaigning to be Wonder Woman for a possible big screen adventure!
She reveals to Los Angeles Times:
"I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. And it would be a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It's time for that, right?"
Furthermore, she already met with folks from DC Comics and Warner Bros. to express her interest for the role! Wow, Miss Beyonce really wants to be Wonder Woman! Well, she has big shoes to fill! The iconic Lynda Carter was so memorable as the super heroine, that Beyonce must work it, to lasso in the project.
So what made Beyonce interested in Wonder Woman? Apparently, the recent successful adaptations of comic book franchises sparked her interest, and upon see the original costume worn by Miss Carter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Well, let's see, Beyonce's hot, she can be a good actress (she was overshadowed by the role of Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls," but she stood on her own), and she seems agile.
I can't wait to see her screen test!
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