Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter

Movie headlines, nuggets, nicknacks and assorted gewgaws updated throughout the day, all day…

Vampires and zombies are huge so what the hell, let’s redo Frankenstein. Again.
(Deadline)

Is the bloom finally off the 3D rose?
This analyst thinks it’s actually responsible for lower Pirates of the Caribbean grosses. Eh. I’m not so sure. While it’s true fewer people as a percentage paid to see the movie in 3D as they have other films, but maybe the film would’ve made less if it hadn’t been in 3D. The studio doesn’t care how many people see a movie, they only care how much they pull in. It’s not like TV where larger audiences translate into higher ad dollars. I’d like the 3D fad to die as much as anyone, but I’m skeptical of this kind of expert analysis. (Deadline)

Poster: George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
(Playlist)

Lazy theaters allowing 3D equipment to diminish 2D projection
Something to do with a special 3D lens that is supposed to come off the projector for 2D showings. Great. We can’t avoid the tyranny of murky 3D even if we don’t go to 3D movies… (Movieline)

Hangover Part II on track to become first R-rated $100 million+ opener
(THR)

(above) Trailer: Take Shelter
I loved Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories so I’ve been waiting for a while to check out his latest Sundance hit which also picked up a Cannes Critics Week award over the weekend and a Fipresci prize. Trailer looks good. (Yahoo via FilmStage)

Teaser Trailer: The Muppets
My first thought watching this, was “How is there a movie with Amy Adams and Jason Segal coming out next week called Green with Envy I’ve never heard of? And my second thought was “My god, this so bad it has to be a parody… but…?” and then, voila, it was indeed a movie-within-a-movie. Got me. I guess this played before Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend, but life is too short for that so I didn’t see it. (Apple)

Benedict Cumberbatch on board The Hobbit
Few people in the US even know who the guy is (most notably he’s been playing Sherlock Holmes on TV and was also seen in the recent Four Lions and Atonement before that), but his role in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse might change that. What’s odd though is the big deal people are making about Hobbit star Martin Freeman (UK Office) supposedly letting slip the news that Cumberbatch was in the Hobbit as though he’s Brad Pitt and it was this huge secret. Whatever. (Playlist)

Warner Bros scoops up rights to The Future of Us
It’s a novel by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler about a girl who logs onto the internet for the first time in 1996 and lands on a website that is her Facebook profile from 15 years in the future. Because the kids are all about The Facebook these days. It’s being developed for Disney star Selena Gomez. (Deadline)

How about a BS Scorsese/De Niro rumor?
Robert De Niro reportedly loves a script written by Art Linson called The Comedian which tells the story of a Rickles/Rivers-type insult comic. Of course Roger Friedman has to speculate that maybe Scorsese would direct. This is so far from actually existing I think that’s a little premature, don’t you? (Showbiz411)

Richard Linklater’s Bernie to kick off LA Film Festival
The film stars Jack Black as a small town mortician. Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey co-star. The LA Film Festival begins June 16. (indieWIRE)

Cannes: Oscilloscope picks up Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay’s well-received drama stars Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly. (indieWIRE)

Scary Movie guys to tackle Avatar
In 3D no less. It’s called The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D. Despite horrible reviews, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s last flick Vampire’s Suck still made over $36 million at a cost of $20 million, but this one sounds a bit more expensive. LiC prediction: never underestimate how easy a lay audiences are, but this will be a money loser. (Movieline)

Takashi Miike’s next to be based on a Nintendo DS game
I guess that’s how a prolific auteur follows up a modestly received Cannes Competition entry. The game is apparently called Ace Attorney and it’ll be a light comedy. (Twitch)

Elmo’s going worldwide
From Phoenix Arizona all the way to Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, LA… The crowd-pleasing Sundance doc Being Elmo, the story of Kevin Clash who grew up dreaming of working with his hero Jim Henson and went on to create the popular Sesame Street character, Elmo, will get a national Oscar qualifying US release by Submarine and it will also turn up on PBS’ Independent Lens series. (indieWIRE)

Coming soon to a theater near you: The Tree of Life
Fox Searchlight has the roll out schedule for Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning film which opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Austin and Dallas will get to see it the weekend of 6/3. It expands from there before supposedly opening in wide release on July 8. Check out Fox Searchlight for the whole plan.

11 Responses to “News du Jour: 5/23/11”

  1. Two things: first, I had no idea the Muppet movie had a trailer and was pleasantly surprised to see it in front of the new Pirates movie (which I kind of enjoyed, so I guess I’m no longer a true film buff?). Of course, so much of the trailer is dedicated to not showing off the Muppets themselves, but as soon as I saw Adams and Segel, I knew what the ad was for.

    Second, while I’m still baffled that the Hobbit will be two parts–the book’s not that big, right?–I do like that Cumberbatch and Freeman will reunite on the big screen, as Freeman plays Watson to Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.

  2. Josh, your film buff card is still good in my book. Film Buffdom should encompass all kinds of movies for different reasons. I’ve heard both good and bad reactions to the latest Pirates. I haven’t been crazy about the series so I figured it would be dumb to waste my time with it. No one cares if I hate it, right?

    I like Cumberbatch so this is definitely a good development, but it seems like pretty minor news treated like it’s a state secret. But what do I know?

    I was totally fooled by the Muppet teaser. I forgot Amy Adams was in it and didn’t make the connection. In my defense I’m on vacation…

  3. I, for one, welcome more Muppet movies. /is 10 years old.

  4. Cumberbatch is quite possibly the best name I can imagine for anyone playing a Hobbit. I bet he even has hairy toes.

    Also surprised to see Tree of Life opening here a week ahead of Seattle. That’s certainly atypical.

    Finally, I know its mean-spirited but I kinda would like to see Hangover 2 come in well under predictions, only because I’m so tired of hearing about it. The original was very overrated but I know the sequel will make a bazillion dollars.

  5. Alison, I was a little hesitant about a Muppet movie, especially one with Segal behind it, but I’m on board though. They seem to have captured the Muppet spirit which is all you need and I can get behind that.

    On the anniversary of Jim Henson’s death the other day I watched a video of his memorial service where Frank Oz and a bunch of the other Muppet voices were singing all of Henson’s favorite songs a la Muppet and it made me misty-eyed.

    I am a dork.

    Yeah Joel, I’m no fan of Hangover either (Bridesmaids mops the floor with it six ways to next Sunday), but at a certain point I just have to admit people find funny what they find funny and there’s no right or wrong to it. It’s not my thing, but whatever.

  6. Shotgun Stories is one of the most promising debuts in years, and the Take Shelter trailer is terrific.

    Bring it.

  7. I think I’ve become less and less enamored of The Hangover, despite being a big fan of Helms and Galifianakis. The persistence in the trailers for this film where the characters all say variations on, “I can’t believe this is all happening AGAIN!” drives me nuts.

    I am very excited for the Muppet movie, but the one thing I forgot to mention is the one thing I have to get over: it’s still oddly distracting to me to hear people who aren’t Jim Henson and Frank Oz do the voices of Kermit and Fozzie and Miss Piggy. Obviously, the man (men?) who took over for Henson as Kermit has a thankless job, but Oz and Henson are those characters to me. I’m excited, again, but I just have to separate the old Muppets from the new.

  8. Oz isn’t doing this movie? What…?

    I could understand Oz not doing the voice of Yoda on the “Clone Wars” cartoon show. I like that show somethin’ fierce, but it’s not an essential gig. But Miss Piggy? C’mon! This is a real Muppet movie, here. Not “Muppet Babies”. Although I do have a fondness for that show, too.

  9. With you 100% Chuck. Was already enthused, but the good response at Sundance and Cannes only helps seal the deal. Looking forward to another Michael Shannon picture too.

    Josh, I think if I’d seen the first Hangover without already having seen both the red and green band trailers and without having everyone tell me it was the. best. comedy. ever. I might have come away from it with a higher opinion. 95% of the funny parts were in the trailers and the movie wasn’t nearly as R-ratedly “dangerous” as it wanted you to think it was and it kind of made me mad.

    I’ve noticed a lot of Hangover 1 fans are really crapping on Hangover 2 so it would be kind of funny if I saw it and liked it. I’m tempted to go, but I’m thinking it’s probably just not worth the effort.

    I’m with you on the Muppet voices too. I didn’t know Frank Oz had stopped, but I missed Henson right away. The good news from the trailers though is that, although the voices are a bit off, the anarchic spirit of the Muppets is still alive and well. Hell, they’re more dangerous and unpredictable than those Hangover assholes, if G-rated.

    The other thing that worries me a bit is the idea of them walking around. I know technology is such that they can easily do that now and they probably would’ve done it back in the 70s if it had been more feasible, but it loses a little something in my mind that way.

  10. According to the movie’s Wikipedia page–I know, potentially unreliable–Animal, Fozzie, and Miss Piggy are being performed by someone named Eric Jacobsen. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and a great performer, but it sucks that Oz can’t/won’t do it.

  11. Yeah, he’s no Oz who is a freakin’ genius.

    I wonder what the story is there.

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