The Movie Overdose’s newest, and essentially lone writer Chris Inman outlines his most anticipated movies of the coming year. Listen to Sam, Tom and John’s choices on Episode Number 48.
The Rum Diary
Why the buzz? : Johnny Depp has been a little disappointing of late, starring in major films where he seems to play a caricature of himself, so a return to a more intimate character-driven role will hopefully see a return to form. His performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas shows that he is able to ply his trade in supposed ‘unfilmable’ Hunter S Thompson adaptations. Giovanni Ribisi and Aaron Eckhart also star in this story of a freelance journalist writing for a paper in the Caribbean who develops a fixation for rum and a businessman’s fiancée.
The story follows a hitman who finds himself in the position of training one of the sons of his victims.
The film will be directed by Simon West and is being produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.
Statham could do with a really decent action movie following a couple of missteps, in my opinion, with Death Race, Crank 2 and the awful Transporter 3.
I love the dude, I get behind the career he is carving out for himself, but I am going to need some stronger projects to continue that support.
This at least sounds interesting, although I haven’t seen the original, and could provide a chance for some very good action moments and, possibly for some actual acting from the Stath.
17 Again has managed to top the US box office over the weekend, racking up a total of $24m as Zac Efron carried his HSM box-office power over into the adult world.
It’s opening is small but it still managed to trounce the next closest film, the Russell Crowe-Ben Affleck thriller State of Play. That only managed $14m despite relatively decent reviews.
Monsters vs Aliens remained resilient in third place, taking $12.9m and pumping its total gross to $162m. That contrasted to the relative lack of resilience from last week’s number one, Hannah Montana: The Movie, which dropped off 60 per cent to take $12.6m, and Fast & Furious dropping of further to $12.2m.
Crank: High Voltage must be considered a disappointment, given the absolute genius of the first film, taking only $6.5m to take up sixth place.
ComingSoon.net has come into a host of photos from the set of The Expendables, the insane-sounding action movie coming from Sylvester Stallone and starring luminaries including Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke. The photos are primarily of Stallone running about and jumping off stuff but it’s just darn good to see him about and obviously enthused about the project. Check out more photos at here.
In addition to that, you can now follow live updates of the happenings on set here.
The Expendables, the imminent, sure-to-be-amazing beef-fest being helmed in all senses by Sylvester Stallone has had a number of casting rumours floating about, including bringing in the likes of Arnie, Dolph Lundgren and JCVD to add to the already gonzo cast.
Stallone has now written in to AICN to confirm the cast members, giving us some updates on the change from Forest Whitaker to Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and the replacement of Ben Kingsley with Eric Roberts. Both seem pretty poor on paper although Sly has gone to lengths to defend all choices in his letter. To give a quick rundown, the casting is like this:
Hale Caesar is Curtis Jackson
Toll Road (new character) is Randy Couture
Monroe is Eric Roberts
Tool (an ex-Expendable) is Mickey Rourke
Bao is Jet Li
Lee Christmas is Jason Statham
Lacy is Charisma Carpenter
Sandra is Giselle Itie (famous Brazilian actress)
Barney ‘the schizo’ Ross is Yours Truly.
Whether it turns out good or not, just considering the possibilities of this cast, including Jason Statham playing Lee Christmas and Mickey Rourke as Tool, is good enough for me.