Happy new year, people! Here’s hoping that in 2013, weekly rants will literally be weekly, instead of bimonthly rants or once-in-a-blue-moon rants. Yes to fighting procrastination! Yes!
Instead of opening with trailer updates like usual, let us all applaud 2012, which has been spectacular for all of us moviegoers. So many great movies, so many endings and beginnings. In North America, 655 movies were released, an estimated 1.365 billion tickets were sold, amounting to a record-breaking gross at $10.84 billion—a 6.6% increase from 2011. And it doesn’t seem like 2013 will disappoint either. Cheers to 2012 and bring it on, 2013! [source]
A few trailers came out since the last Weekly Rants and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for I’m So Excited. Pedro Almodóvar’s newest is described as “a light, very light comedy” by the filmmaker. In the trailer you can see some familiar Almodóvar alumnis and regulars namely Javier Cámara (Bad Education), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Lola Dueñas (Volver). The film is set mostly from the moment a plane breaks down to the moment it manages to make an emergency landing. Whether you’re a fan of Almodóvar or not, please do take a look at the trailer here!
Another trailer for Die Hard 5 came out and one of the movies that will fill our summer next year is After Earth, starring father-son duo Will and Jayden Smith. Gotta say, Jayden grew up. And he grew up goooooood. Well, I mean he grew up well and anyway, I was quite surprised to see him all tween-y and looking hella fine. The movie seems like solid popcorn, blockbuster summer movie and you can watch the trailer here. The Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, is going to be released this spring and the trailer can be seen here.
Two years ago, Steven Soderbergh sort of ‘announced’ that he would retire soon and I wonder if that’s the reason why he’s being so productive lately. Going out with a bang? The latest from Soderbergh is a thriller with an all-star cast, Side Effects. Coming out next month, judging by the trailer the movie should be good. I can’t wait to see Rooney Mara again! Well I hope Soderbergh won’t really retire soon, he’s always been one of my favorites ever seen I saw Traffic all those years ago.
Oh wait. Soderbergh is not going to stop there. In 2008 it was announced that he’d be directing a biopic about the flamboyant American pianist and vocalist, Liberace. Apparently he had a hard time getting it financed (although the budget was only $5 million), every studio in town deemed it “too gay”. It’s ridiculous how he got people to fund his $1.5 million The Girlfriend Experience, starring porn star Sasha Grey, but not a $5 million biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. In the end, the film—titled Behind the Candelabra—got picked up by HBO and although it won’t be enjoyed on the silver screen, I hope many people will get to see it. It sounds very promising indeed. [source]
Remember how I kept talking about Frank Ocean’s Django song? Well, this will be the last time, I promise you. Because he released the song a few weeks ago on his Tumblr, y’all! You can listen to it here. It’s beautiful, quintessentially Frank Ocean.
Moving on from Frank Ocean, let’s go to Jay Z. We can all erase our images of The Great Gatsby being synonymous with the “Jazz Age” as Jay Z is not only lending a few songs, but also composing the film score. Now, I’m all for Baz Luhrmann’s crazy, grandiose, groundbreaking ideas, but I’ll be lying if I say that’s not a little bit disappointing. I was so looking forward to grand, 1920’s jazz tunes. But nevertheless, very curious to see what comes out of this collaboration. [source]
Speaking of The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio’s BFF just got hitched, y’all. Kate Winslet married Ned Rocknroll (yes that’s his legal name), gazillionaire Richard Branson’s nephew in early December. It was a top secret thing that her parents didn’t even know about. But of course, Leo was there to give the bride away. Congratulations for the happy couple! [source]
Maggie Gyllenhaal is the latest to join Frank, a ridiculously fun-sounding movie starring Michael Fassbender as a ‘mysterious and enigmatic’ pop band leader and Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley) as a young musician joining the band. Directed by an Irish, starring the finest Irish specimen and a promising new Irish.. I love this movie already. [source]
The Oscars is less than two months away! A lot of award shows will precede it and so far, you can see the nominees for Critics’ Choice Awards, Producers Guild Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Writers Guild Awards, Spirit Awards and of course, the Golden Globes Awards. The latter will commence next Sunday and it’s weird how they always have the knack of picking better hosts than the Academy. After last year’s Ricky Gervais, this year the Golden Globes will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The fun has already begun in the form of promo ads. [source]
The most recent awards that were given out were from the National Society of Film Critics and Michael Haneke’s exceptional Amour was the big winner, bagging awards for best picture, actress and director. The voting for the Oscars closed on Friday and the nominees will be announced on the 10th so look out for that next week! [source]
The amazing Skyfall might be the franchise’s best shot for an Oscar (and how it deserves it!) but whether there’ll be a nomination or not, rest assured that there will be a celebration. The producers of the Academy Awards have announced that there will be a special tribute to the longest-running movie franchise in history. Of course, some nominations would be fantastic. [source]
A gazillion names have already filled the rumor mill surrounding Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and two have just joined the mix—Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Krasinski. Gordon-Levitt has had a strong year, appearing in four feature films in 2012 and even though he’s already attached to DC, people seem to like the idea of him in a Marvel movie. And apparently Krasinski, as unlikely as this sounds, was one of Marvel’s main picks for Captain America. So if any of this is true, it seems Marvel still wants to cast him as a superhero no matter what. Other names that were mentioned are Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. [source]
That’s not all the JGL-related news this week. His feature film directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, will premiere at Sundance on the 18th and then on the 26th, he will be hosting the festival’s annual awards ceremony. [source]
South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, the man behind cult hit The Host, will be making his English language debut this year. Snowpiercer is a dystopian thriller set in 2031 based on Benjamin Legrand and Jacques Lob’s graphic novel. The film has a pretty good roster involving Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer. His 2009 film Mother was one of the best that year and I sometimes wonder if it’s ‘necessary’ for him to make an English language film. But I guess we’ll see. A release date has not been announced but some of the artwork from the film can be seen here.
Another South Korean in the news is newcomer Young Il Kim, who is reportedly working on a screenplay based on Hillary Clinton. Titled ‘Rodham’, the script has been voted fourth hottest unproduced script in the Black List, an annual list compiled from the suggestions of over 290 film executives. [source]
This has been the longest Weekly Rants and I apologize. Next week’s rants may or may not be a day late, as the Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, which means Monday morning my time. Until next week!