In a bit of clean up for Monday’s news cycle, we must acknowledge the last few casting stories to trickle out. None of them are really high-profile, but a few should gauge some interest outside of myself. The lead entrant appears to be another Kevin Costner film coming down the pipe. This actor has been red hot since his History mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, landing subsequent roles in the December’s Chris Pine spy film Jack Ryan and an NFL-branded movie Draft Day. His follow-up to the latter will be a film called Black and White with Upside of Anger director Mike Binder. Costner’s role will be that of a widowed grandfather responsible for taking care of his biracial, orphaned granddaughter in the midst of a custody battle.
The second biggest story is yet another Colin Firth pic. I started the day off with a report that the actor has booked an Arthur Newman follow-up in the form of a supporting role for Matthew Vaughn’s Secret Service. His other Monday pickup seems to be Woody Allen’s next film which Emma Stone joined six days ago. It should be an even stronger addition to his developmental slate given Allen has had a bit of a career resurgence going back to Midnight in Paris two summers ago. That report comes out of Deadline.
Wrapping things up is another Deadline story, this one places Sam Worthington in another Wrath of the Titans follow-up that is not an Avatar sequel. The project is called The Keeping Room which happens to star Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit fame (and also Ender’s Game.) Daniel Barber will direct Harry Brown from a Julia Hart script that takes place near the end of the Civil War. Worthington’s role is that of a soldier who encounters a woman and is left to fend for himself (and I am assuming by the write-up this woman as well.) Naturally, we are more interested in this actor nowadays because Avatar 2 is expected to begin filming within the next year or two.
Added 4/29: That was not all as Oblivion star and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Tom Cruise’s latest love interest) has been tapped to board a feature adaptation of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. This is based on a Six-Volume series from author Richelle Mead designed to tap into the YA demo. Other stars include Beautiful Creatures vet Zoey Deutch and an Aussie newcomer Lucy Fry who will play Rose and Lissa respectfully. Danila Kozlovski will fill the shoes of Dimitri. Olga’s role is that of the head mistress, Kirova.
Just a few months ago, yet another surfer movie made it to theaters with Gerard Butler in the starring role. Chasing Mavericks was about a man who mentors an upstart on how to tackle the biggest waves of them all which only turned into $5.9 million at the box office. That was a $20 million project that could have had huge ramifications on the sub-genre for years to come, but luckily a new entrant was already coming down the pipeline at the time: Drift.
Drift is an Australian film that tells the tale of a pair of brothers in the 70′s who get caught up in the drug business after struggling to grow their fledgling surf board company. Oh, and this one does happen to star the guy from Avatar Sam Worthington so perhaps this one will impress those who found disappointment with Mavericks. The trailer just hit the web, so let’s take a look at this movie directed by The Company cinematographer Ben Nott and The Factory’s director Morgan O’Neill. Continue Reading
Just a heads up for those of you following one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s many in-development offerings Ten. The thriller that will serve as a nod to Ten Little Indians from director David Ayer has be re-titled Breacher. For those of you unfamiliar with the project, Swordfish scrip Skip Woods adapted the classic narrative that sees ten DEA agents start getting picked off one by one after a heist they pulled. Continue Reading
According to news surfacing today, Arnold Schwarzenegger is not quite the film pariah that many thought the former action star would turn into following the news that he fathered a child during his marriage to Maria Shriver. Word has it that Avatar star Sam Worthington may be about to climb aboard an upcoming project with the Governator.
More specifically, the Man on a Ledge actor has been offered a part in David Ayer’s action thriller Ten. The film is somewhat based on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, but ultimately centers on a DEA task force that gets picked off by an assassin one by one. Continue Reading
Wrath of the Titans is one of ‘those’ movies. The type of movie that we all know is going to do very well at the box office thanks in large part to its big budget special effects and sequel status, and the allure of that can be a bit overwhelming to some fence sitters who have an itch to go to the theater. With audience reviews coming in far more favorable than they did for Clash of the Titans, I went to see this movie despite my ill will towards its predecessor.
The acting chops displayed by the Zeus-Hades combination of Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes anchored this effort as they transcended performances from the rest of the cast. Perhaps Sam Worthington’s Perseus did not get the memo that this was a franchise redeeming effort that would only spawn additional outings if audiences were overwhelmed by an unexpected upgrade in regards to quality. He was certainly not awful, but the actor failed to make us care what happens to him which is a cardinal sin when leading an action film.
Even with that, Wrath of the Titans still would have been okay; however, the script was unbelievably bad. The main plot was rather intriguing, but the path from beginning to end was littered with nonsense. A 99-minute time frame for a feature that felt like it should have been longer seemed to be a major factor in the absence of key scenes required to bridge noticeable gaps in the film’s story. More specifically (without giving anything away), a few sequences that should have ‘made the movie’ emotionally bypass going from A to B to C in favor of a leap from A to Z that will undoubtedly leave many questioning the blockbuster’s sincerity.
You would think that would detour an elitist snob like me who proudly shares his love of quality scripted television, but no. I found the action sequences entertaining, the characters warm, and the scenery to be incredibly well-done to the point where the movie felt like a breeze rather than ‘clock watcher.’
In short, the Jonathan Liebesman-directed movie was a good time. I heard the 3D on this one was rather good (a rarity,) so I sprang for the glasses. Much to my surprise, it was a good call. Warner Bros. did a fantastic job on the post-production conversion this time around. Seeing movies in 3D usually leaves me indifferent, and I honestly cannot say I felt the same after my glasses-on experience with Wrath of the Titans.
Sam Worthington sat down with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his Clash of the Titans prequel which opens in theaters this coming Friday. The Avatar actor talked about the film and the played a game of bar shuffleboard with the talk show host.
Check out the latest trailer for Wrath of the Titans–the sequel to 2010′s mega-blockbuster Clash of the Titans. The film stars Liam Neeson as Zeus who will be coming off of the unexpected box office hit The Grey alongside Sam Worthington. Worthington has not had a whole lot of success at the box office since Clash, as his latest feature, Man on a Ledge, was kind of a dud. Look for the sequel effort to hit theaters on March 30.
There is not much to say about Man on a Ledge other than critics hate the film about a fugitive being talked down from the ledge of a high-rise. They are saying that Sam Worthington cannot carry an action film and that audiences expecting more than a cheap thrill will be very disappointed if they go see this one. One reviewer actually likens the feature to a network television procedural pilot. Ouch.
Other gripes about the movie include complaints targeting the corny dialogue and farfetched plot which supposedly distracts theater goers from realizing the suspense that the film’s makers aim to create.
The line on this one is a 10% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a 36/100 on Metacritic as of post time.
This Friday, Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, and Kyra Sedgwick among others will release into theaters and here is a new, extended look at the feature released prior to its theatrical debut. It is basically a 4-minute trailer, but the preview does shed some light on what the movie is all about. Enjoy.
Check out the first trailer for Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to Clash of the Titans. Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson will be reprising their roles as Perseus and Zeus respectfully in this blockbuster film that will release on March 30. Continue Reading
The following is a commercial for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that features appearances by Jonah Hill and Sam Worthington. The premise is The Vet Versus The Noob. The game hits store shelves on November 8. Continue Reading