Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Will Sam Worthington be the next Flash Gordon?

After Terminator: Salvation, Avatar, and him being the star of the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans, looks like Sam Worthington is quickly rising to be the hero favorite, and has been named as one of the hot breakout stars of the year. Now, Worthington may be starring in a Flash Gordon remake.

Sources say Sam is up against Ryan Reynolds for the leading role in the sci-fi flick. The role calls for Flash as a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, who travels to the planet Mongo, where it’s discovered that the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.

FLASH GORDON is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, which was first published on January 7, 1934. The comic strip has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series. The most widely popular media version was the campy 1980 movie FLASH GORDON which starred Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Chaim Topol, Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, and Max Von Sydow, as Ming. The film is notable for its soundtrack composed by rock band Queen. The latest adaptation is the Flash Gordon TV series, which in my opinion, is the weakest adaptation.

This is the musical intro for the 1980 movie Flash Gordon, which features Queen on the music and some animated comic strip excerpts.

source: hollyscoop

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 Filipino Movie News of the Year: Mendoza wins Cannes Best Director

2010 is coming, and as we look back to the events of 2009, there were many things that defined the year. Even though it is not as big as other movie sites, this little website of mine has dedicated itself to movie news, no gossip news, in here, we do not care which actor or actress as a crush on, or is sleeping with who. I have always believed that SHOWBIZ GOSSIP is one other factor that destroys Philippine Cinema.

As we look back on 2009, there is only one major movie news to me that should be spotlighted. This one bit of Movie News is what I choose as my (for a lack of a better, less cornier term) PINOY MOVIE NEWS of the YEAR. And right after this news bit, is my re-published commentary with minor additions.

[posted June 13, 2009]
Brilliante Mendoza was acclaimed best director for his film Kinatay at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, (last May 25). This was the second consecutive year that he fielded an entry, his entry last year to the filmfest’s main competition was "Serbis". Mendoza won over big name directors like Quentin Tarantino (for "Inglourious Basterds"), Pedro Almodovar ("Los Abrazos Rotos"), Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock"), Jane Campion ("Bright Star") and Lars von Trier ("AntiChrist").

Three other Filipino films were entries in this year’s Cannes Filmfest. These are:

–Independencia by Raya Martin for the Section Un Certain Regard.
–Manila by Raya Martin and Adolfo Alix Jr.
–Sabungero by Fil-Am Janice Perez in the short film corner.

In 2007, Mendoza entered "Foster Child" in the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2000, a film by Raymond Red, "Anino", won the Palme d’Or for Short Film.


MAY 24, 2009 : Filipino wins Cannes FilmFest BEST DIRECTOR
by Reymundo Salao

what's so sad is that while this news was up, the entire country was so engrossed over, and its media stubbornly focused upon the idiotic Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho Scandal, which is clearly an insignificant topic overblown by the mainstream media's craving for sensationalism.
While the mainstream media and the Filipino people has been busy feeding on something which is actually quite normal in the little world of immoral spoiled-brat celebrities, a Filipino has already won something that is supposed to bring great honor to the nation... but not many were able to pay attention, not many chose to pay attention, and not many were interested in this news. Even I, admittedly, was late on the news. If you ask my opinion, there is many to blame. ABS-CBN, GMA, even the Philippine Entertainment Portal, which is supposedly a movie news site, did not give much attention to the Cannes victory news. The mainstream media are the ones who knows what news to give to the public, and apparently, what the mainstream media is interested in seems to be not on the task of paying attention to what should be relevant, instead they focus on the things that continue to corrupt Filipino culture. And believe me, that fucking scandal corrupts our culture. Blame also the government officials who waste their time and a good amount of taxpayer's money over it.

Believe me when I say that I kick myself in the ass for being so late with this news. I was quick to post the newest Hollywood news, but with the biggest Filipino news for Philippine Cinema for all history... I was late??? Shameful. And I call myself as somebody who is a Film Junkie... shame on me... But what the fuck... Local media was just crazy over the Kho-Halili Scandal while the Movie Websites were all just blabbering about the positive onslaught of Summer movies. At least, as I mentioned above, at least, I have somebody to blame, coz hey, unlike THEM, I do not have MuCH resources like reporters, etc to bring you movie news that matter.

The Mainstream Industry has full control of the Entertainment Industry as far as the country is concerned. They can influence the masses to love good quality or bad quality. In addition, they also have the power to exclude something from having an existence in the eyes of the masses. Who's destroying the reputation of Philippine Cinema? It's the giants; the mainstream media companies. Not only do they kill art; they kill the chance for art to exist and be appreciated.

Friday, December 25, 2009


By Reymundo Salao

Year after year, the Metro Manila Film Festival does nothing but promote the lousy and dark side of Philippine Cinema. And it should not be patronized.

In the Philippines, the Philippine Film Industry is divided into two major divisions; First is the indie (independent) film industry composed of indie film-makers and producers which are generally not part of the major studio system. It is not too often literal to use the term “independent” because companies like Unitel & Unico are a big production company, yet they are the company that helps in the release of indie films or comes to the aid of independent projects, and in addition, they also produce movies with indie film sensibilities. And then you also have companies like Cinema One, which is actually part of the entire ABS-CBN company, yet, it has its own sense of division and independence from the other company like Star Cinema

The second division of the Film Industry is the Mainstream Film Industry. Or if we compare it to politics, these may be referred to as the TRAPOS, the same old scums that never really introduce any good new change. The Mainstream Film Industry is composed of the big names, Viva Films, Rgeal Films, Seiko Films, M-Zet, LVN, Imus Productions, GMA Films, Star Cinema, and all the prominent film industries you hear about it in noontime variety shows and gossip news. These are the productions companies that make the same old garbage; projects that are lazy imitations and are devoid of any creativity. They have long been so skilled in the art of taking the mass audience for fools. Many of the best movies they could come up are actually copycats of already-established prominent movies. Movies like “Mano Po”, “Ang Darling kong Aswang”, and “the 2009 Ang Panday” among many other big Tagalog movies have been mere copies, products that prove a lack of originality, products that make us conclude that there is a great irony going on: these movies are made by the richest film outfits in the country, yet they could not afford to hire production teams, writers, and directors with ACTUAL Brains that can brew the imagination of a real filmmaker. Shame on them.

In contrast, Pinoy indie filmmakers can make marvelous movies on a shoestring budget, and they even manage to be triumphant as champions in international film festivals. Films like “Kubrador”, “Ilusyon”, “Yanggaw”, and “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” have been champion films. But they are never hailed locally. The masses are never familiar with them. Their fame is drowned by the publicity of really bad Pinoy movies like the cheesy romance stories that have been done over and over again without a glint of originality. And indeed, many do flock to these rotten garbage movies, while we see that the really good Pinoy movies manage to attract a handful of audiences. Who’s fault is this? Well, the big production companies of course. THEY have the power; THEY have the money. Yet they continue to breed the culture of dumb film appreciation among the masses. THEY have the power to influence maturity among the movie-going public, yet they choose to continue riding on garbage. And they would do it over and over and over again for as long as the production companies continue to be morons.

This year, the popularity of YANGGAW proved that the masses can appreciate movies that are decent in form and quality. Pinoy Filmgoers are not idiots. But the mainstream film-makers would want it to be that way. You want to support the Philippine movie industry? Watch good Filipino movies. Watching BAD Tagalog movies really isn’t helping; in fact, it destroys the Philippine movie industry by breeding and cultivating bad filmmaking and promoting bad film taste among the masses.

The Metro Manila Film Festival is the festival that celebrates the mainstream film industry. If it’s successful, then you prolong the destruction of Philippine Cinema. Mainstream Film Industry must be crushed first before we can cure Philippine Cinema. Remember that a body cannot be healthy if it tolerates an existing virus inside must kill it first before becoming healthy. Pila subong ang cine? 100 per person? Spend time with your family. Buy a DVD movie instead

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Charice Pempengco to appear as herself in Alvin & the Chipmunks sequel

Young Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco will appear in her first feature film, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, which will be premiered in North America on December 23. She is also part of the official movie soundtrack with her rendition of " No One" by Alicia Keys accompanied by The Chipettes, which are the female Chipmunks in the movie.

Charice plays herself in the movie, and her role is as one of the contestants that will rival the Chipmunks in an inter-school musical competition. Charice reveals in an interview that she is a big fan of the Alvin & the Chipmunks cartoons and confessed to have always watched it when she was younger.

Alvin & the Chipmunks 2: the Squeakquel is set for its international release December 23, 2009. But there is no official date yet for the Philippine release.

MMFF Period puts other movies to a halt

All screenings of Avatar will be suspended for duration of the Metro Manila Film Fest starting December 25, 2009 and will resume after 2 weeks. Film Junkie was able to inquire from the management of SM Cinema who revealed that this also includes the 3-D format of Avatar. As usual during MMFF season, all the theaters are directed to screen only MMFF movies. Other upcoming Hollywood movies that have a release date around the MMFF period will obviously be moved also. Sherlock Holmes which is set for international release on December 25, is slated for a January 8, 2010 Philippine release. January 8 is also the date for Zombieland to have its Philippine release. While on January 20, it is going to be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Farewell, Brittany Murphy!

Actress Brittany Murphy, best known for her performances in Clueless, 8 Mile, and Riding in Cars with Boys, died Dec. 20 after going into cardiac arrest, according to law enforcement officials. She was 32.

Murphy, whose work alternated between light comedy and darker, more dramatic roles, also starred in such hits as Sin City, Girl, Interrupted, and Don't Say a Word. In a review of the comedy Little Black Book, Roger Ebert praised Murphy's onscreen persona: "She has the quality of seeming immediately there on the screen, open to possibility, unrehearsed, unstudied, natural, appealing. She hasn't had the roles yet to prove it, but she is a born movie star."

Murphy was born in Atlanta and raised in New Jersey. After starring roles in regional theater productions and television commercials, she got her first big break at 14 as one of the stars of the Fox sitcom Drexell's Class. However, her movie career took off when she co-starred as one of Alicia Silverstone's best friends in the hit 1995 comedy Clueless. She also had a number of prominent voice roles, most notable as Luanne in the Fox animated series King of the Hill, for which she won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2005. As a singer, she had a dance hit with "Faster Kill Pussycat," a collaboration with DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Her most recent major roles were in 2006, when she starred in The Dead Girl (which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards), and as a voice actress in the hit animated film Happy Feet, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Various news outlets reported that Murphy was discovered unconscious by her mother Sharon at the home of Murphy's husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, in Los Angeles in the early hours of Dec. 20. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Murphy is survived by her parents and her husband Monjack, whom she married in 2007.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The wait is over, AVATAR in 3D is now showing in SM City Cinema

its sked is 11:15 AM, 2:30 PM, 5:45, & 9 PM

Screening of the 3D version of AVATAR slightly postponed in Iloilo theaters

Those who wanted to watch the 3D version of the movie AVATAR were in for an unpleasant surprise when they found out that it is not yet available to be watched on its scheduled date, December 17, 2009. According to the representative of SM Cinema Iloilo, there had been a slight delay on the part of the distributor to deliver some other minor facilities in order for the full-swing screening of the 3D version of the said movie. The representative assured though that this delay will not last long and it might be already available for screening the next day. So hopefully, today, December 18, which is a local holiday here in Iloilo , we can hopefully get to watch the movie in its 3D format. On the other hand, the regular version of AVATAR has been available on its scheduled release date December 17. And has already been screening on all the regular cinemas around this city.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Screening Schedules this Week [12-17-09]

11:15 AM | 2:20 PM | 5:25 PM | 8:30 PM
Ninja Assassin
12:15 PM | 2:15 PM | 4:15 PM | 6:15 PM | 8:15 PM
12:05 PM | 3:10 PM | 6:15 PM
1:50 PM | 4:55 PM | 8:00 PM
Inglourious Basterds
12:00 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:30 PM | 8:15 PM
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
12:30 PM | 3:05 PM | 5:40 PM | 8:15 PM

1:00 PM | 4:00 PM | 7:00 PM
Ninja Assassin
1:20 PM | 3:15 PM | 5:10 PM | 7:05 PM | 9:00 PM
Twilight 2: New Moon
2:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 8:00 PM
12:20 PM | 2:30 PM | 4:40 PM | 6:50 PM | 9:00 PM
Avatar [in 3D]
11:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 5:45 PM | 9:00 PM
2:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 8:00 PM
Paranormal Activity
12:40 PM | 2:20 PM | 4:00 PM | 5:40 PM | 7:20 PM | 9:00 PM
1:00 PM | 4:00 PM | 7:00 PM

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

Showing this Week: Avatar

Saturday, December 12, 2009


By Reymundo Salao

Well it’s about time that this movie got here in the Philippines. And may I add that the tardiness of this movie’s release meant that there’s a whole bunch of you out there who already watched this movie from bootleg sources. On the other hand, I should note that this is one movie best seen at the movie theater along with your barkada, in order to fully enjoy it.

Inglourious Basterds is about a rag-tag group of irreverent soldiers who are out to hunt and brutally kill each and every Nazi they can find, and the setting is World War 2, in Nazi-occupied France. While the title may seem to refer specifically to a group, the focus of the story really revolves around several characters. There’s our designated villain named Col. Hans Landa, who is known as “the Jew Hunter” and quite self explanatorily that is what he does, and excels in it. We also have Shosana, also known as Emmanuelle, who is a survivor of a massacre, and the young German soldier who is attracted to her. And then there’s the Basterds which feels more like either a plot device, or more like a background larger-than-life group of characters which move the story in place.

If you think all Quentin Tarantino movies are like Kill Bill part 1 and expect his movies to be a gorefest with a large amount of action scenes, you may be very disappointed (I know Kill Bill is probably the only widely popular film many are familiar with). Tarantino’s power in film-making actually relies on his smart and witty dialogues, which he employs in all of his movies (not so much with Kill Bill 1 though). Expect in advance that more of what made this movie thrilling is the conversational aspect of it. Tarantino creates his dialogues like how actual conversations take place, these conversations may become bizarre or all of a sudden irrelevant, but they still hold up as a convincing exchange of meaningful thoughts between two actual persons. Do not be the kind of audience who just waits for the next action scene and then re-focus your attention. Because you may end up waiting long and may render you impatient, the movie really focuses more on the storyline rather than the action. And indeed, it has a storyline that may seem like a very simple vengeance story, but there is a sort of subliminal deep meaning behind it, there is a thought-provoking aspect of who are the real bad guys are, who are the real evil, and who could be trusted, and the idea that everything may not be as what it appears to be; be it Nazi, Jew, nice guy, and bad guy. But don’t get me wrong, there are action scenes in this movie, and the action scenes also carry an explosive amount of spice, but the real meat of the movie is found in the dialogues and the story itself.

Speaking of dialogues, almost 80 percent of the movie’s dialogues are subtitled dialogues (not unless of course you speak German and French). Perhaps that is one factor of the movie which may turn off some audiences who are just lazy to read subtitles. But I’m sure many of you anime fanatics out there are quite used to subtitled movies/shows, so it could not be much of a problem. May I add, though, that the dialogues and the story itself are too good that you really would not mind the dialogue aspect and would make you enjoy the movie regardless of this minor factor.

The second thing Tarantino is best known for is his knack for making references to a vast knowledge of obscure film styles ranging from B-movies, to classic genre films. The movie itself is more of a remake and an homage to the original 1978 movie “The Inglorious Bastards” which also has the same essence, but the original version was more of an obvious Dirty Dozen rip-off. Note the intentional mis-spell of Tarantino’s movie title; he pays homage to the usual mis-spellings of 80’s (mostly Italian) World War 2 B-movies. This movie gives a bit of distinction from the original version, which almost embraces the fact that this is not an absolute remake, and is actually a separate movie on its own. And at the same time, also makes you curious about the original movie.

In noting on Tarantino’s knack for paying homages, Inglourious Basterds do have its share of references; fortunately, most of them blend well with the story and does not disrupt the easy flow of the storyline, and the movie does earn its own right on being something original itself . The more obvious reference relies on the music which underlines Tarantino’s attitude towards the movie, which he treats like a “spaghetti western” set in World War 2 France. On the other hand, I was not quite impressed by Tarantino’s use of the very same Ennio Morricone score that he used in Kill Bill as well. There are many Morricone scores out there that would have been more “glouriously appropriate” for this movie.

This movie is obviously not historically accurate. The goofy portrayal of Hitler in the trailers is already a clear indication that this is not the kind of movie made for History classes. It may be a great educational film screening if it’s for artistic and film appreciation purposes, but not for History lessons. And because it is not supposed to be historically accurate, Tarantino could have freedom in what to do with the characters. He has the freedom to make Hitler look goofy as he wants him to be, likewise he could have Winston Churchill in the movie. Oh, look out for comedian Mike Myers in one scene; because when you find out that it’s him, you’ll be giggling all throughout his scene. Speaking of the cast, which did a great job, I should emphasize that I was greatly impressed by Christoph Waltz who did an outstanding performance as the main villain (which if you ask me, really is the main character of this movie) Hans Landa, the Jew hunter. Each onscreen moment with him is electric and a kind of performance which may be compared only with as good a performance as Kevin Spacey’s in Se7en, and Heath Ledger in Dark Knight.

All in all, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is a superb Tarantino movie. It balances the smartness and the violence well enough. It is irreverently fun and playfully wicked. I give it my two thumbs up.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Which Lord of the Rings characters will return for THE HOBBIT?

Peter Jackson Reveals Which 'LOTR' Stars Will Return For 'The Hobbit'
By Larry Carroll

source: MTV News

Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies thrilled millions of moviegoers, endeared themselves to us, and touched fans so deeply that many feel like Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, and the rest are members of the family. It's no surprise, then, that they've spent the six years since "Return of the King" wondering if we'll ever see those characters onscreen again. Now, Jackson is hard at work prepping a return to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit" and has revealed to us that three — and only three — of the "Rings" actors will be returning for the family reunion.

"Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in 'The Hobbit,' and we're having Ian McKellen reprise," explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. "There's a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there's a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett."

With that, the fiercely loyal-to-J.R.R. Tolkien filmmaker shot down any talk of folks like Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen or John Rhys-Davies being shoehorned into the prequel via flashback, flash-forward, dream sequence or any other Hollywood trickery — as much as some fans might like to see them again.

"In some respects, it's a prequel," Jackson said of the flick, which he plans to begin filming in mid-2010. "In book terms, the world of 'The Hobbit' takes place 60 years before 'The Lord of the Rings,' as it was written by Tolkien. So, not a lot of the characters actually feature, because they weren't around yet."

As for the film itself — the first of two planned "Hobbit" flicks — Jackson gave us an update. "Guillermo Del Toro is the director of 'The Hobbit' — we're producing it for him — and I'm involved in the scriptwriting, which I love," he explained. "Screenwriting is my favorite part of the whole process. I'm very happy being one of the writing team on 'The Hobbit,' and we've written the first script. It's two movies, and we've written the first script, which the studio responded well to. And we're now halfway through the second script."
"At this rate," he said, "we're on target to begin shooting the first half of next year."

As for his returning stars, the filmmaker, whose "The Lovely Bones" hits US theaters later this month, said McKellen is onboard, and he has no fear that Weaving and Blanchett would be willing to return as well.

"They are elves, so once again, in the realm of Middle-earth, they're immortal, they don't age," he said of Galadriel and Elrond, the only returning "LOTR" main roles besides Gandalf in his script. "We have a process that would start with showing them the script. We're not [beginning] any official process until we have the 'official' script that they can read."

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

the Gears of War to be a Movie

the Gears of War to Blast On Through Cinema Screens
Looks like another game is going to be made into a full length live action movie. That game is GEARS OF WAR, which is a 2006 third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was initially released as an exclusive title for the Xbox 360. The game centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as the Locust Horde.

The development of this project actually began on March 20, 2007, when it was announced that New Line Cinema had purchased the rights to make a Gears of War film, with Stuart Beattie writing the script along with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who will be producing it. Producer Wyck Godfrey said of the film adaptation, "I'm not a gamer, but what blew me away about Gears was how it captures the mythology of a war mission and how high the stakes are." On August 3, 2007, reported that Len Wiseman was to direct the movie adaptation of Gears of War. though on March 30, 2007, Godfrey stated that they have "a director we're about to attach" in order to film the movie during 2009 and release in 2010. Cliff Bleszinski, the lead designer of the Gears of War video games, will be an executive producer.

Wiseman was officially signed on in June 2008, with Chris Morgan performing script rewrites. Morgan hinted on G4's televised coverage of Comic Con 2008 that the film would be a prequel to the first game, "it could explain how Marcus Fenix got his scar." According to Morgan, Wiseman "wants to make it as realistic as possible, and to blur those lines where your mind says, 'Oh, it's a big CGI film.'" has this video interview of producer Wyck Godfrey, who reveals more details on the planned plot for the movie

Monday, December 07, 2009

AVATAR be postponed due to MMFF? How about Sherlock Holmes?

Will AVATAR's release date be MOVED by the MMFF? How about Sherlock Holmes and Zombieland?

With the theatrical opening of the Metro Manila Film Festival movies on the horizon, will it be one factor which will move the release of the movie AVATAR to January? (same with how previous movies internationally released in December such as the Lord of the Rings movies?)

Good news to those looking forward to the upcoming James Cameron movie AVATAR. The Philippine theatrical release of AVATAR is on course and on target to its international release date, which sets it on December 17, 2009. At least up until the 24th. You'll get to enjoy this movie just before the Metro Manila Film Festival movies have its opening on December 25, Christmas day. SM Cinema Iloilo has confirmed the AVATAR release date but added that this is still officially tentative as far as SM Cinema Iloilo is concerned.

On the other hand, those looking forward to Sherlock Holmes and Zombieland will have to wait for a January 2010 release date.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

JACK RYAN is returning

Details on the Next Jack Ryan Film
Source: Silas Lesnick

Producer Mace Neufeld spoke at the Invictus press conference where he also updated the status of the next Jack Ryan film, set to star Chris Pine.
Neufeld confirmed that the new as-of-yet-untitled project will not be based on a Tom Clancy novel but will, instead, be an original screenplay.

The character of Jack Ryan has previously appeared in the Clancy adaptations The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, the latter of which represented a previous attempt to reboot the franchise with a younger actor in the lead. Neufeld says that, while the plan is still to skew young with the casting of Pine, the story will not be an "origin story."

"We pick him up when he's on Wall Street," says Neufeld, "...[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of 'thinking man's thrillers.' Jack is referred to as a 'water-walker' because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That's very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that's how we want to portray him. He's a teacher. He's a historian. He's a linguist. And he's really smart."

The first draft has been completed by Hossein Amini and a rewrite by Adam Cozad is set to start soon.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Screening Schedules this Week [12-02-09]

Law Abiding Citizen
12:40 PM | 2:45 PM | 4:50 PM | 6:55 PM | 9:00 PM
Ninja Assassin
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
Twilight 2: New Moon
12:30 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:30 PM | 8:00 PM
Jennifer's Body
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
Disney's A Christmas Carol [in 3D]
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
11:00 AM | 1:30 PM | 4:00 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
Ang Tanging Pamilya
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
1:00 PM | 3:40 PM | 6:20 PM | 9:00 PM

Ninja Assassin
12:15 PM | 2:15 PM | 4:15 PM | 6:15 PM | 8:15 PM
Twilight 2: New Moon
12:30 PM | 3:05 PM | 5:40 PM | 8:15 PM
Jennifer's Body
12:15 PM | 2:15 PM | 4:15 PM | 6:15 PM | 8:15 PM
Disney's A Christmas Carol
12:00 PM | 2:00 PM | 4:00 PM | 6:00 PM | 8:00 PM
Law Abiding Citizen
12:00 PM | 2:00 PM | 4:00 PM | 6:00 PM | 8:00 PM
11:45 AM | 2:35 PM | 5:25 PM | 8:15 PM

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

Showing this Week: Ninja Assassin

Synopsis: Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

IRON MAN 2 poster revealed

I know many of you are excited about IRON MAN 2. Well, at least we can clearly see that there's gonna be a WAR MACHINE in this one.

Bourne 4 is in the works, but director walks out

PAUL GREENGRASS quits Bourne 4
The three Bourne movies (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, & Bourne Ultimatum) have been one of the best action movie franchises. If you ask me, it's like THE American version of James Bond. But it's a franchise too good that you almost dont want it to be ruined by a fourth movie. But sure enough, a fourth movie is being developed.

THE PLAYLIST reports that director Paul Greengrass (who directed Bourne Supermacy & Bourne Ultimatum) has quit "Bourne 4" and walked away from the project. Two scripts have been written for the project, which is not exactly a vote of confidence. One penned by George Nolfi (who co-wrote 'Bourne 3' and is currently busy working with Matt Damon on "The Adjustment Bureau"), and a few months ago, Universal hired another scribe, Josh Zetumer, to write what they are diplomatically calling a "parallel" script. Zetumer has been a Black List favorite for several years, and has "The Infiltrator" in development with Leonard DiCaprio's company, Appian Way, and wrote Peter Berg's "Dune" — he is hot to say the least.

A small part of the problem? Greengrass, who has been busy toiling away on "Green Zone," was not consulted by Universal in the hiring of a new writer. This obviously did not make him happy, but that's only part of the issue that's been ongoing for some time (meanwhile, no one seems to love Nolfi's version).

Matt Damon has already said that "Green Zone," another Universal film that Greengrass directed, cost $100 million to make. But the price tag of this Iraq War-set thriller is actually much closer to $150 million — Greengrass has reshot several times (gets expensive) and has been tinkering away in the editing room for months spending Universal's money and testing their patience. This was supposed to be a smaller movie that Greengrass made in between 'Bourne' films, something Universal let Greengrass make to keep him happy and part of the Uni/Bourne family, but you can bet when he said, "(expensive) Iraq War thriller," the studio wasn't exactly jazzed, even if Matt Damon was the star.

Going further back, "The Bourne Ultimatum" was a huge hit, obviously, but again was made in a similar fashion: very expensive and lots of reshoots because no screenplay was finished. Greengrass is now infamous for "finding the movie" or "figuring it all out" during the middle of production. As in, shooting lots of various things and letting the story naturally and organically come to the surface. He's fine with continuing that approach on "Bourne 4," but after the "Green Zone" expense, the buttoning-up of budgets across the board and the major overhead of 'Bourne 3' (that had to be a huge hit to be successful), Universal does not want to take that risk once again and the studio and director have been butting heads on that point ever since. Considering everything Greengrass did with the Bourne franchise, he hasn't been happy how he's been treated on "Green Zone" and how hard the studio has been riding him. It seems like the straw has finally broken the camel's back.

So right now, they're citing "creative differences" and we expect this to hit the trades at any moment.

There's chatter about this all around CAA, and Universal surely doesn't want word to get out. The conventional wisdom is that Greengrass and Universal can kiss and make up and in a few months they could be right back at it, but as a rather famous director said this weekend, "So, I guess they're looking for a new 'Bourne' director, huh?"

What's Matt Damon's take on this? He's "loyal to Paul" which means he's likely not going to star in any "Bourne 4" film without him. Or at least not without his blessing and even then, it would have to be a spectacular script (and right now one of those doesn't exist, but Universal has been exploring other options....).