Weekly Rants: November 18 2012

Hello folks!

Some new trailers came up this week, some of them first trailers, some second, some even movie clips. A second trailer for the full-of-CGI movie Oz the Great and Powerful was released and you can see it here. There’s also a trailer for a comedy starring Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent (no, it’s not Miss Congeniality 3) and Melissa McCarthy called The Heat, directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig.

However, the most interesting trailer I’ve stumbled upon is one for Now You See Me. Haven’t really heard much about it but damn! What a cast! Helmed by The Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier, the movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, among others. This looks like a fun movie but alas, we’ll have to wait for a while as it comes out summer next year.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, of course you’ve noticed a bunch of teenagers flocking the cinema for the last few days to see, yes, the last hurrah of Edward and Bella. The Twilight saga comes to an end in the form of Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the stars have been globe-trotting to promote it. I’m sure both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been dreaming to see the end of all this but I think it will stay to haunt them forever. I haven’t seen it but I will definitely do. I mean, after all the agony of sitting through the first four movies, I have to finish this. Once and for all.

However, the premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 2 is not only about Twilight but also about Stephenie Meyer’s other book that’s been adapted to a movie—The Host. I have no idea what Meyer did in her previous life but she sure is one lucky lady. Now, with a story like Twilight, you might think, why bother watching another movie based on something that Meyer wrote? And indeed, I am recommending you guys to watch this trailer not because of Meyer, but because it stars the super talented Irish actress, Saoirse (there’s actually a VIDEO of how to pronounce her name) Ronan. And Andrew Niccol directed it. Although In Time was nothing to be boasted about, he’s still the guy who brought us Gattaca. So, have a little faith. You can watch the trailer here. I personally think it’s very Animorphs.. without the morphing-into-animals bit.

Still related, another YA novel that’s been adapted to a movie is the first installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of Bones. The trailer is out and Lily Collins look hella pretty as usual. What’s interesting is that in an interview with the director, Harald Zwart, when asked about her he said “This isn’t one of those movies where the lead just goes around and has the same expression all the way through.” Hmm.. sounds familiar. Another interesting thing is that the movie also stars.. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers! Whuuuut? [source]

Now, casting updates! Tom Hardy has signed on to star in Splinter Cell, a movie based on a video game. Sean Penn is going to be in an action movie, Prone Gunman, which is based on a French novel and hasn’t got a director attached yet. Shailene Woodley is confirmed to be in the next The Amazing Spider-Man movie, which is in its pre-production stage and will start shooting February next year. [source, source, source]

Did you grow up watching MacGyver? Well, a movie adaptation is reportedly underway, with a script by Jason Richman, and now James Wan of the Saw franchise and Insidious, is in negotiations with New Line to direct the feature. [source]

Javier Bardem has released his labor of love, Sons of the Clouds, a documentary that he has worked on for four years about the struggles of the Sahrawi people in the Western Sahara. Another interesting documentary is Chasing Ice, check out the trailer here, it looks absolutely breathtaking. [source]

More directors came out to say that they are not directing Star Wars, this time they are Guillermo del Toro and Ghost Protocol’s Brad Bird, who tweeted “Not doing Star Wars”, but didn’t forget to promise his upcoming sci-fi movie, 1952, will not be less awesome. [source]

In a very un-Malick-like manner, Terrence Malick has apparently begun filming his next feature, a yet still untitled one starring, well, everyone. It’s got Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, just.. a lot of people. And here’s Michael Fassbender caught giving Ryan Gosling a massage. Let us welcome Gosbender. [source]

After achieving a place in the Guinness World Records as “Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band” with his band 30 Seconds to Mars with playing a total of 309 concert shows in over two years, 40 year-old vampire Jared Leto is finally back in a movie. Don’t think that he’s going to (temporarily) give up his rock star life for a mediocre role. No, his comeback is a part in The Dallas Buyers Club, a biopic about Rod Woodrof, a man suffering from AIDS who smuggled illegal medications into the US. Leto plays a fellow AIDS patient. Ladies and gents..

Now, although Leto is not the best actor in the world, he is definitely a brave one–the man is not afraid to ditch his pretty looks for a role. However, he often makes dumb choices, and the dumbest of all was when he gained 30kg for a stupid role in a b-rated movie with Lindsay Lohan that nobody saw. This time I’ve got high hopes because the director of The Dallas Buyers Club is actually Jean-Marc Vallée, whose 2005 film C.R.A.Z.Y is one of my favorites of all time. Although he hasn’t got a big name (yet), C.R.A.Z.Y was good enough for me to stay as a fan. [source]

On a side not, seeing Leto in drag reminds me of (one of) Johnny Depp’s characters in Before Night Falls, Bon Bon.

All right, that’s it for this week. See y’all again next Sunday!

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