Archive for April 29, 2011
Last night’s episode of The Office may have been a tearful goodbye to one of television’s favorite characters, but as it turns out, we may not have seen the last of Michael Scott.
Speaking with The Office producer Randy Cordray on FusedFilm’s FusedTV podcast, Marc Vibbert, Justin Vactor and I discussed anything and everything related to television production with Cordray, including the evolution of the single-camera comedy and, most importantly, The Office.
While Cordray was quick to reveal that it costs $150,000 a day to take ‘The Office’ on location to film, the television veteran made sure not to reveal any SPOILERS of what’s to come. Fortunately, while talking in-length about Steve Carell’s final days on The Office, and the wrap-party that followed ...
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The summer movie season is upon us yet again, and despite the somewhat lackluster theater going experiences of the last few years (with some notable exceptions, of course) 2011 promises to kick off a bright and promising future for fans of the superhero and sci-fi genres in particular.
Flicks like Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America will keep our weekends full of excitement as we try to determine of the winner of this summer’s Superhero showdown. However, even with that whirlwind competition going on, the summer’s greatest event may in fact be the culmination of a decade-long cinematic journey with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. If you haven’t seen the first trailer for that film yet… prepare to get goosebumps. Sci-fi fans will be kept busy ...
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Pixar is one of the most consistently successful film studios working today – critically, financially, you name it. Thus, when parent company Disney acquired Marvel Comics for a paltry $4 billion( hah), it was only natural for fans far and wide to wonder: Might Pixar be inclined to use their strange movie-making magic to adapt a Marvel property for the big screen?
After all, who wouldn’t want to see, say, the Pet Avengers done in the style of Up or Finding Nemo? Well, want no more, dear readers – because Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter recently put the kibosh on such pipe dreams by saying that there would be no Pixar/Marvel team-ups, now or in the future.
Fifth films in a series are rarely considered the peak of any franchise, and in many cases are usually at the bottom. From "Star Trek" to "Friday the 13th", "A Nightmare on Elm Street" to "Rocky" - the track record is usually not that good, though there are some exceptions (chronologically speaking "Empire Strikes Back" falls under that number, while "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" ain't too shabby).
With "Fast Five" however, the fifth film in its particular series, a change in the formula and tone of the series has yielded a considerable change in critical sentiment. Before now the best reviewed film in the series was the first one "The Fast and the Furious" with a 52% and 5.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The subsequent sequels hit bottom with 2009's "Fast and Furious" scoring just 27% and 4.5/10.
"Fast Five" however has scored solid reviews and currently sits at 78% and 6.3/10 with almost 120 reviews counted. The same at Metacritic where it has scored a 68/100, well above the previous peak of 58/100 that the first film scored.
General opinion seems to be that it's as dumb as it ever was, but the move of focus away from street racing and towards an old fashioned heist film, combined with a stronger casting line-up and solid stunt set pieces means it's entertaining and enjoyable even to those who normally aren't fans of the series.
I have to admit I was reluctantly dragged to see it and walked out surprised with how much I enjoyed it. What did you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and please try and keep spoilers to a minimum.
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and actor Channing Tatum are set to team on "Magic Mike", a privately financed comedy based on Tatum's real-life experiences as a stripper when he was 19 years old in Florida says The Hollywood Reporter.
Tatum will play Magic Mike, an experienced stripper who schools a young dancer in the tricks of the trade. Soderbergh said in a statement that he's using "Saturday Night Fever as our model".
Tatum, Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin will produce while Carolin will pen the script.