As the good and not so good reviews for the new Fantastic Four movie trickle in over the internet, we have here something that may in fact be the best part of that film, and it’s not even in it, it’s before it… the first full Deadpool trailer. Check it out after the jump…
Born: October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”
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I’m surrounded by passionate people. Almost everyone I know is really excited about something, and most of them always have a recommendation of some kind for me – “You HAVE to check out this awesome show/book/song/etc!” But there are a few people in my world who don’t often suggest things at all, let alone very strongly, and when they do, I take note. The other day a coworker of mine, who I don’t think had ever discussed a film with me beyond smalltalk, came into my office and with wide eyes asked me if I had ever seen The Voices. I told her I’d never even heard of it and she goes, “Oh my god, Amanda. It’s so f*cked up. You HAVE to watch it.” Naturally, I was intrigued and watched the trailer to get a sense of the film… Ryan Reynolds? In a pink jumpsuit? A talking cat? This looks hilarious! How f’ed up could this movie really be?
I took a shot in the dark my first time out with these Box Office Predictions, and I think I did all right. The numbers are pretty close, but it looks like The Conjuring is number one, while Despicable Me 2 went to, um, number two, while Turbo sped right into third place. Grown Ups 2 is still strong, but R.I.P.D. had some bad luck finding an audience this weekend. We’ll take a look at the real numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
Okay, editor-in-chief Andy Burns usually does the weekly Box Office Predictions, but seeing as he’s out in San Diego enjoying himself at Comic-Con, I will be giving this a shot. Remember, folks, I’m not a gambler, or a psychic, and kids, don’t try this at home. Box office predictin’ is dangerous business.
This weekend brings The Conjuring, Red 2, and R.I.P.D. into theaters. Can Despicable Me 2 hold on to its lead for a third weekend in a row? Let’s see what my guesses are, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
The Vow Sees The Love, Safe House and Journey 2 Rock The Box Office and More – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of February 10th, 2012
An absolutely huge weekend at the box office, with the top three films each overperforming to big numbers. Love was definitely in the air, while the biggest surprise came from a family film that rocked theatres. Here’s how the weekend turned out.
Valentine’s weekend proved perfect timing for the release of The Vow with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The film wound up in first place at the box office with $41 million, more than $10 million more than predicted. I think the success can be attributed to both the time of year and the growing star power of McAdams, who consistently nails these romantic films (even I dug The Time Traveller’s Wife). I’m less certain the Channing Tatum had much to do with the film’s success, though he is definitely a hit with the ladies. According to the Queen, every performance in The Vow was great except for Tatum’s. Let’s see how the film does over subsequent weeks.
The Vow! Safe House! Journey 2! The Phantom Menace – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of February 10th, 2012
Three new films hit theatres this weekend – a romance, a thriller, a family adventure – alongside a 3D rerelease of a not-so-classic. Which of the four will the force be strong with? Here are our predictions:
On the middle week of every month, regular Biff Bam Pop! contributor, JP Fallavollita, shares his musings on comic books, comic book art, comic book collecting and the overall comic book universe. That gives him a lot to talk about but don’t hold it against him if he speaks with a DC Comics slant. That’s just how he rolls (with the capes and the masks).
There. I thought I’d start with an image.
Not just any image, mind you, but an iconic one. Well, iconic if you’re a Green Lantern fan. And I am. Iconic if you believe a film you haven’t yet seen will capture the collective imagination of the world, garner millions upon millions of dollars at the box office and spawn sequel after sequel that does the exact same thing. And I do.
Well, I hope.
The first Green Lantern movie trailer dropped this past Tuesday night and I, along with the rest of the pop culture world – especially the online pop culture world, have been put into a tizzy over it. Some love it. Others hate it. Everyone who has seen it has an opinion. And I’m left wondering: what is this, our love of movie trailers and the judging of entire films, franchises, actors and directors based on only two minutes of cut scenes, regularly viewed out of context?
I’m not sure there’s a pat answer but I do know that reaction is important – positive reaction anyway – otherwise film studios wouldn’t work so hard at creating the art form (and it is an art!) called the film trailer.
With Green Lantern, there are a number of preconceived expectations for the film. First and foremost, there’s a lot of hype surrounding this movie from a niche comic book audience that must be satiated by the celluloid creators. In recent years, the Green Lantern monthly comic book has been one of DC Comic’s best selling. It can be argued, quite easily, that it is the single publication that the rest of the DC universe hinges on in terms of story direction. The character of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, has risen from a tier two status (behind Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) into the high echelon, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those other characters now. That’s a mighty achievement in a time where comic book sales are significantly lower than they were thirty, twenty or even ten years ago. Hence, the need for DC and parent company Warner Brothers, to move their intellectual property into other media, places where properties such as Green Lantern can be leveraged into almighty green (a-hem) dollars. Batman, under director Christopher Nolan, has been a smashing success both commercially and artistically. The iconic character of Wonder Woman has been problematic to bring to the screen for a myriad of reasons I shall not discuss at this time. And Superman…well, Superman didn’t even give us a punch in his most recent celluloid reboot.
Yeah. It’s cheesy. A giant green fist energy construct emanating from the ring on our hero’s finger? Well, that’s Green Lantern in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen. Check your realist expectations at the front page of today’s newspaper. Anything Hal Jordan can imagine, he can construct. This is the science fiction and fantasy genre, after all.
I love spoilers – which is probably why I love trailers so much. There are others I know that won’t view one because they want to retain a certain element of surprise for when they actually sit down in a theatre and see a film. Not me. I want to know and I want to know now. Sure, the clips we see in a trailer are disjointed from the actual film, but when I go through these two-minute Quicktime reels in slow motion or in a frame-by-frame fashion, as I’m sure many others do, I’m looking for images that showcase the broader world of the movie. I’m trying to figure out if the spirit of the original concept has been left intact. I’m searching for those hidden gems that tell me the creators of the film got the essence of the character and their inherent universe right.
Star actor Ryan Reynolds is going to have to carry a lot of weight in this film. And the internet chat boards haven’t been too kind, likening his Hal Jordan to his Van Wilder. But the character of Jordan always had a bravado to him and Reynolds has that inherent in his psychological make up too. If there are comparisons to Van Wilder, it’s because that character also shared this particular trait. But Reynolds can act. He can bring more than a cocky sureness to a role – more than what can be gleaned in brief glimpses from a trailer. The actor has recently received plaudits for his starring role in the film Buried. The fact that he was named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” just the other day goes a long way in the belief that the public, specifically females, will accompany their male counterparts and see this film in the summer of 2011.
So then, for the first two minute trailer of the film we got: a sexy man, Top Gun-esque fighter jets, funny one-line zingers, space ships, weird aliens, crazy energy-ring fights, other-worldly planets, and, of course, the underlying hope of a sequel.
Such is Green Lantern’s might.
With filming set to commence at the beginning of March, casting news is now hitting the entertainment media outlets about the much anticipated Green Lantern film.
Look, I’ll admit it: I’m a born-again fan of the whole Green Lantern mythos. I followed the character when I was younger but got into him again (in a big way) about five years ago when DC Comics rebooted the series. Still, making a hit movie of the character is not going to be easy work. It’s a strange, strange universe that GL plays in and it’s going to need some explanation. If anything, it should be likened it to the deep, grandiose mythology of Star Wars. Hope that doesn’t scare you!
Without going into too much detail, Green Lantern (well, our Green Lantern – more on that in a paragraph or two) is actually Hal Jordan, a fighter jet test pilot, famous for pushing the envelope of airplane technology since he has “no fear”. Jordan gets recruited into the Green Lantern Corps by a dying alien named Abin Sur, who crash lands on earth. The Corps is basically an intergalactic police force, fighting crime throughout the cosmos. Wielding a green power ring that can emit energy into the shape of whatever its wearer imagines, Hal Jordon, become the Green Lantern of space sector 2814, which puts Earth under his dutiful watch.
This also means there are other space sectors that need tending to – which means there are hundreds – nay thousands – of other Green Lanterns throughout the galaxy. I suppose that the universe is a very naughty place and, apparently, we’ll get to see all of these space cops in the upcoming film.
Martin Campbell, director of the brilliant Casino Royale is set to paint the blackness of space, uh, well, green. Leading the charge of talent involved in the film (and the characters they play) are:
Hal Jordan – Ryan Reynolds
The titular hero of our story, Jordan knows no fear and possesses immense willpower making him a natural leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He’s dashing and headstrong, which will often put him odds with the Guardians of the Universe, a collection of short, blue-skinned, hobbit-like aliens who have, for over a millennia, run the intergalactic police force. (They’re basically the chief-of-police in outer space and they want things done their way.) Canadian Ryan Reynolds has been cast in the role that is sure to put him over the top with fanboys everywhere who loved his fast mouth and brazen attitude in Blade 2, while women adored his muscular physique. (Yeah, he was ripped.) Ryan’s at the right age, he’s got the right look, he possesses the perfect personality for the role, not to mention some pretty strong box-office pull. Inspired casting, I say.
Carol Ferris – Blake Lively
Carol is not only the owner of Ferris Aircraft, with whom Jordan works, but the strong, independent woman is also his love interest. Blake Lively is a regular on Gossip Girl, a series I don’t follow. Still, she’s definitely easy on the eyes and hopefully she can act. So long as the studio dyes her hair the proper shade, I’ll trust the director’s choice of casting here. There’s a plot in the comics where Carol gets turned into a super villain called the Star Sapphire. That’s not going to happen in this film, but the seeds could be planted for future sequels. Has anyone seen her on her popular television series? Can you vouch for her ability in front of a camera? By all means, let us know and post away in the comments section of this article below…
(Editor’s Note: As a dyed-in-the-wool Gossip Girl fan, I will vouch for Blake Lively’s acting chops…and her other attributes too. Give her a good script and she’ll deliver. xoxo.)
Hector Hammond – Peter Sarsgaard
Hector Hammond looks to be the big bad in the film. In the comics, he’s basically a conniving, mean-spirited, but gifted consultant with Ferris Aircraft – with eyes for Carol Ferris and a hate-on for Hal Jordan. But a strange thing happens. A really strange thing. A space meteorite with extraordinary properties gifts the antagonist with powers akin to a god: a genius intellect, potent telepathic and telekinetic abilities and the capability to absorb and redirect energy…all within a cranium that grows too big for his neck to sustain! No, you read that right. Metal rods are required to keep Hammonds head upright! The image is, admittedly, a little esoteric but 38 year old Peter Sarsgaard has the right look and the acting chops (Jarhead, Kinsey, Garden State) to pull the strangeness off. Also, if we’re playing a game of “DC Comics: Degrees of Separation,” the young actor is married to Maggie Gyllenhaall, who starred in The Dark Knight and that counts for something very positive.
Sinestro is one of the greatest Green Lanterns of all time and takes it upon himself to train the younger, inexperienced Hal Jordan. The two become good partners and great friends, however, disillusioned by the way the Corps delivers “justice” under the stewardship of the Guardians of the Universe, Sinestro rebels and forms his own army to go against them. This makes him Jordan’s one, true adversary – a friendship betrayed and a philosophical difference on the idea of justice. This first film will probably set the next two sequels into motion, relying on this opposition between characters as the primary story. No one has been cast as the older, wiry, lithe and downright despicable Sinestro yet, but some of the names being mentioned include Hugh Laurie from the successful television series House, John Malkovitch, seen this summer in another DC Comics film, Jonah Hex and Hugo Weaving.
Weaving is an interesting choice. Not only does he have the required acting ability but he’s already a hero in the eyes of many fans. If Green Lantern intends to be a tent-pole trilogy for DC Comics, Weaving has already shown that he’s game for character development over multiple films as seen in The Matrix and in Lord of the Rings. I might also mention his superb role in V for Vendetta. Weaving has a penchant for pop culture films and although I was an early proponent for Malkovich, I’m siding with Hugo these days. I think he’d be perfect as the hero-turned-villain.
The storyline of the current Green Lantern comic book series is as epic as they come.
Writer Geoff Johns, accompanied by a plethora of talented artists has created a new science fiction mythology for our time – truly an incredible achievement. If you’re interested in stories of intergalactic war, cops and robbers, racial politics or space-faring archaeology and myth, there are a number of hard and soft cover compilations to get you started.
Still, my one caveat with a film of the scope of Green Lantern is that it surely won’t be for everyone. It truly is weird universe. Because of all the otherworldly creatures, we are sure to be treated to strange visual sights where characters that look like hippopotamuses and squirrels wield power rings and superhero costumes alongside more traditional looking long-necked and big-eyed aliens. Green Lantern promises to be quite a ride. So long as Martin Campbell can keep true to the main characters and their relationships with each other, the ride should prove both exhilarating and monetarily successful.
Green Lantern is due to be released on June 17, 2011. I know you’ll be reading more about it here. I, for one, can’t wait till it lights up the screen, green, at my local theatre!