Steve Guttenburg is looking for a come back and he may have two shots at making it.
The comic actor told the British tabloid The Sun that there is movement afoot on new installments of the two film series he is most identified with- Police Academy and Three Men And A Baby.
We are doing a new [Police Academy] movie and it is going to be great fun. A script is being written and so far it is really great, everyone from the original movies who is still around will return. I know [former Academy co-stars] Kim [Catrell] and Sharon [Stone] have been asked but they haven’t said yes yet. It would be really great to have them onboard. . . Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and I are looking to make another Three Men And A Baby movie. It’s called Three Men and A Bride. The script is pretty much written and we are really keen to get that made. We’re very hopeful.
Well of course Guttenberg is hopeful that either one of these films gets made. Seeing as how his career has dwindeled down to having been a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, he could use a few choice roles. Then again, though, this is a British tabloid doing the reporting, so the whole thing could be a
Since Bryan Singer started work on the first X-Men films, fans of the Marvel Comics numerous comic book series have been clamoring for their various favorite mutant hero to appear on the big screen. While some of had their wish granted, one fan favorite never made the transition to the big screen- the card-throwing cajun hero Gambit. That’s about to change, though, when the character will appear in next summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The kinetic energy manipulating mutant will have a small role in the feature and from the first picture released of actor Taylor Kitsch, it looks like he might not be sporting Gambit’s trademark long, duster coat.
Sure, there have already been two pretty funny blaxploitation spoofs before- I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and Undercover Brother – but if the trailer below is any indication, the upcoming Black Dynamite actually has gone the distance in replicating the grainy film looking of the 1970s urban action genre. Will it deliver on the funny? The trailer hints that it just might. Amazingly, the film will be premiering at the Sundance Festival next year.
You can check out more information on the film at its website.
We here at FilmBuffOnLine want to wish all of our United States readers a happy Thanksgiving Day today. We’ll be taking the rest of the weekend off to spend time with family and friends, eat too much turkey and maybe kick back and watch a guilty pleasure film or two.
His name was Harvey Milk and he wanted to recruit you.
He didn’t want to recruit you in the way that his detractors would want you think. He didn’t care if you were gay like he was or straight and he had no interest in getting straight people to convert to homosexuality, if such a thing were possible. He was interested in recruiting to the cause of civil rights for gays, one the last segments of society in the 1970s who were still being legally denied them.
Director Gus Van Sant’s film Milk examines the activist’s life, from his rise as a community activist in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood to his election to the city’s Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to hold a major public office in the United States to his tragic death at the hands of fellow supervisor Dan White, played with a lantern-jawed intensity by Josh Brolin, in his City Hall office. That’s not really a spoiler, as the movie reveals this in its opening moments for anyone not already familiar with his story. It is an interesting narrative decision and one that permeates each of Harvey’s victories with a subtle sense of foreboding as his path slowly leads him to his fate.
It may seem a cheap shot, but it is appropriate that director Baz Luhrmann’s film opens this weekend as it is one giant turkey. With a running time of two hours and forty-five minutes, Australia is not so much an epic period romance than it is a series of shorter unrelated films barely connected by the appearance of people who may or may not be the same characters. At turns a John Ford western filtered through a chick flick sensibility, an homage to The Wizard Of Oz, a smaller-scale version of Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, a remake of Gone With The Wind set in the Outback and a love letter to the director’s country of birth, Australia is a sprawling hodge-podge of a film that adds up to much less than the sum of its parts.
A little less than two weeks ago, we got our first good look at director J. J. Abrams’ reinvented Star Trek universe in motion and most fans found it good. But there was one thing that was lacking from the trailer for the upcoming film that most folks were probably anxious to see- Leonard Nimoy’s return to the role that made him an icon, the half-human, half-alien science officer Spock. Well, AintItCoool has been given a slightly revised version of the Star Trek trailer and one of the main revisinos corrects the lack of Nimoy that we saw before. Check it out below.
Nimoy hasn’t been seen in a big screen Trek adventure since 1991′s The Voyage Home. I haven’t given much of a tinker’s damn about the ongoing Trek franchise for many years. But I have to admit that seeing Nimoy back on screen, giving the Vulcan hand greeting and uttering his character’s most famous lines warms the grinchy heart of this former fan.
No, not the end of FilmBuffOnLine, but a collection of end title cards from various films that is being put together over on Flickr. There are already over 100 different ways letting audiences know that the film is over, with presumably more to be posted as time goes on. Some are standard cards that the various studios used during different points in their histories. Others were created for just one specific film. Are there any you recognize?
It looks as if J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot is going where no Trek film has gone before- IMAX screens.
According to a report over at First Showing, the film will only have a two week engagement on IMAX screens before having to make way for the release of the IMAX version of Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian. Trek is scheduled for a May 8, 2009 premier and Museum 2 is scheduled for May 22.
In addition to Trek and Museum 2, there are at least two other films – Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen – that will also be presented in IMAX in the coming year.
I have to wonder if IMAX is in danger of becoming a gimmick, if it hasn’t already. Does blowing up the films to the larger IMAX screen size really add anything to the storytelling? More than likely not. Sure the footage in The Dark Knight that was shot specifically for IMAX looked amazing. Seeing Superman Returns in the IMAX format allowed them to present a few sequences in 3D, which also looked great. Half-Blood Prince will also sport about 20 minutes of 3D footage, while Transformers director Michael Bay shot a few sequences of Transformers with the larger negative size IMAX cameras. But besides giving the audience some visceral thrills, does utilizing IMAX actually contribute to the telling of the film’s story?
A parallel can be drawn to the 3D craze back in the mid-1950s. At that time some 50 feature films and numerous shorts and cartoons were produced in the format. They featured all manner of things being shot out at the audiences from arrows to paddle balls to gorillas. The Three Stooges threw cake and sprayed water at theater patrons across America, Casper the Friendly Ghost traveled to the moon and dancers in Kiss Me Kate swung on ropes over audiences’ heads.
But there was only one director who downplayed the sensational aspect of 3D in favor of using it as a way of bringing storypoints to the audience’s attention. That was Alfred Hitchcock in his film Dial ‘M’ For Murder. If you ever have the chance to see the film in 3D, do so. Pay attention to how Hitchcock composes his shots in 3D, placing certain objects in the foreground and background. It is subtle work and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t seen the film in 2D previously.
Is there a director who can find a similar way to utilize the IMAX screen in a similar fashion? I would hope so, just to keep the format from becoming some type of ballyhoo gimmick that the public will quickly tire of.
Geek Gear- Something so absolutely geeky you have no choice but to acquire one as quickly as possible.
So you’re being drug across history by a group of little people who turn out to be the most inept thieves in time and space. How do you find your way back home? With this trusty replica of the maps used in the Terry Gilliam’s fantasy Time Bandits.
As explained its creator, the map is recreated after studying the film in detail. In the course of the recreation, he found some inconsistencies between the props used in the film and the map featured in the closing credits. The map featured in the film only had clocks down its left side, while the credits sequence prop had clocks on both sides. The map is printed on a 40 by 24.5 inch piece of canvas and is suitable for framing.
You can get your own Time Bandits map here. Please time travel responsibly.