Has it been a week already? We haven’t explored cool or flabbergasting stories of film and movie stars (or not movie stars) in a whole week? Well, it’s time to remedy that! Here we go!
In this week’s first “flabbergasting” story, it turns out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the highest paid actor of the past year, pulling in a whopping $ 64.5 million dollars. That beat out the likes of Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jennifer Lawrence.
Now, apparently there is one big condition to this. There are other people that made more money, but they are not full-time actors. Kevin Hart made more money, but he is categorized as a stand-up comedian, so on a technicality, he didn’t come out on top in the actor category. Ellen DeGeneres made more money, but she is considered a talk show host. So, you see how that works. Still, that’s mighty impressive, and frankly, good for him. I consider myself a fan of Dwayne Johnson. And let’s face it, the fact that he made more than Tom Cruise this past year is just icing on the cake.
In this week’s “You wanna buy a kielbasa?” story, actress Jackie Weaver and actor Jason Schwartzman are joining Jack Black in the film, The Man Who Would Be Polka King. The film is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak’s 2009 documentary about the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylavania polka superstar who unwittingly brought a town to its’ knees in a Ponzi scheme. Whoops! Pass the kielbasa!
Jack Black has finally been taking some interesting roles that seem to fit just right for him. Some humor, a little quirkyness, but enough drama to qualify as “serious” acting work.
In this weeks’ “beguiling remake” story, Sophia Coppola is remaking the classic film, The Beguiled, and Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role that Clint Eastwood played in the original in 1971.
The Civil War drama currently stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola is writing and directing, with Focus Features to distribute. This could be an interesting film to remake, especially with this cast and Coppola making it. I can see it having a cool, eerie vibe to it.
In this week’s “Bill Murray Rules” story, over the 4th of July weekend, George Clooney and his wife Amal had a big celebrity-filled party at the their home in Lake Como. You can imagine all the rich folk hanging about, talking and drinking and laughing about how rich they are. At one point some of these people stopped to watch the fireworks, and a photographer managed to catch a shot of George, his wife, and the ever-wonderful Bill Murray, sitting on the bow of a boat looking up and ‘Oooo-ing and Aaahh-ing’. And Bill, in his Bill Murray way, is wearing a t-shirt with George Clooney’s face on it that says “George Clooney is a beautiful man”. And he’s sitting a couple feet away from George Clooney.
Bill Murray, you are the best.
In a side note, the new Ghostbusters made $ 3.4 million last night on it’s Thursday night preview.
In this week’s poster news, the teaser poster for Star Wars: Rogue One is out, and the Death Star looms large in it.
In this week’s “Will the REAL Alien 3 movie please stand up?” story, Sigourney Weaver spoke up about Neil Blomkamp’s untitled Alien film, and says it will offer a satisfying resolution to the Ripley character. The film will star Weaver, and will feature the return of Michael Biehn as Corporal Hicks. Blomkamp revealed earlier this year that his film will be a direct sequel to Aliens, and ignore the events of Alien 3 and 4.
He stated: “My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2.”
I’m happy to ignore Alien 3 and 4 as well, Neil. OTHER Neil. They have a script but Fox asked to put off shooting it because they want Ridley Scott to finish his Prometheus sequel, and because of that, Weaver has to then shoot a couple Avatar films and Blomkamp has to shoot his other film, The Gone World, so this Alien film isn’t likely to get under way until sometime next year.
Weaver says, “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending.” The 66-year old actress then elaborated and revealed that Blomkamp’s film will also explore the Xenomorphs and their motives. “The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction.”
Well, I’ll look forward to that film. No, I really will. No sarcasm intended. Just becuae Blomkamp’s Elysium was really heavy-handed and preachy, doesn’t mean this will be. I hope.
In this week’s “You got THAT right” story, Blade Runner 2 starts filming this month, and a few concept painting photos have turned up. They’re of Los Angeles city scenes and they look just like stuff from the original; foggy, rainy, urban.
Director Denis Villeneuve told EW, “The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” and he knows the weight of expectation that rests on his shoulders with this one, adding, “Failure is not an option.”
Damn right, Villeneuve. You can’t fuck this up.
In this week’s “I hope I don’t throw up on the Death Star” story, Star Wars: Rogue One will be shot using a Docu-Style guerrilla filmmaking feel. The film will be very much a Star Wars film, with many familiar elements. But the visual style will be something new to the franchise.
This all comes from the mouths of people like producer Kathleen Kennedy, Gareth Edwards, and his cinematographer on Rogue One, Grieg Fraser while on a Star Wars panel in Europe. Let’s all just hope it doesn’t cause a bunch of motion sickness.
In this week’s “Getting the Kirk boys back together” story, J.J. Abrams said at a press conference (via Den Of Geek), that Star Trek 4 already has a finished script, and that Chris Hemsworth is returning as James Kirk’s father. We don’t know the how’s of this; perhaps time travel? That’s pretty common Star Trek science, but, alas, we we’ll find out eventually. I mean, Hell, let’s get past Star Trek: Beyond, first, shall we?
In this week’s “Animation wins!” story, most of the movies this summer have been under-whelming, and the studios are feeling it. Well, all except those with an animated movie this summer. Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets have enjoyed quite the booming success. Seems like everyone wants anthropomorphized animals this summer.
And in this week’s “Dumb and dumber” story, Tara Reid shut down an interview with Jenny McCarthy amidst a heated exchange on McCarty’s SiriusXM radio show. Reid was on the show to promote Sharknado 4, of all things. And things were going pretty well at first, until McCarthy started asking Tara questions about her time on WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp.
“I think the whole thing is actually so stupid and so silly, and we’re not even talking about it,” Reid responded bluntly. “It’s not worth the time to talk about.”, said Tara. Then she tried ot steer the conversation back to Sharknado 4, which lasted briefly, then McCarthy went to a question about Tara’s plastic surgeries, asking, “Are you still going through surgeries, or are you past them?”
“No, I haven’t had any surgery for a while,” Reid replied. Persistent McCarthy pressed on, asking if Tara was ok not getting more surgery.
“I think I’ve made that clear about 100 times,” Reid replied, and decided to wrap up the interview. Then things get pretty nasty with these two nuts. Want the rest? It’s great: http://www.thewrap.com/tara-reid-shuts-down-interview-with-jenny-mccarthy-amid-nasty-exchange-audio/
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, thanking you for checking in with this week’s crazy film news!