Will J.J. Abrams Ruin Star Wars, Or Will He Unite The Star Trek / Star Wars Fan Base As Director?

For those that haven’t heard, The Wrap is reporting on some gossip it got from someone close to the production of the new Star War film that J.J. Abrams has been selected to direct. They also say Ben Affleck was up, so this must have been a real hard choice for them. Abrams has already resurrected an old space sci-fi franchise, Star Trek, so it kind of makes sense. Plus he’s in good with the fanboy crowd already with movies like Cloverfield, Super 8 and of course the TV series LOST.

Regardless of his success though, Abrams has had failures, many of which go hand in hand with the previously mentioned work. Think about the lens flare in Mission Impossible III, Super 8 and at its worst Star Trek. Now imagine a Star Wars movie with all that light saber lens flare. Kinda ruins it.

Then we can push onto the fact that Abrams doesn’t end his stories well. Cloverfield has a crap ending, Super 8 is ok but not great and LOST is horrible. Star Trek is his only saving grace for endings. What does this mean? Well, the trailer and ads for the film will get us all psyched up, then we’ll watch the first two-thirds of the film in wide-eyed wonderment of what’s to come, and then the ending will crash and burn and everyone will be let down.
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6 Highly Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2013

2013 already appears to be much more encouraging in terms of scary than 2012. You will find a large number of scary films to anticipate, from exciting directors like Ti West, Rob Zombie, Adam Wingard, and Jonathan Levine. Even though there are several scary films to look forward to in the new year, the subsequent films are what I believe are the 6 highly anticipated horror movies of 2013:
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Movie Poster Spoof – Spring Breakers Or Jail Baiters

Considering this is written and directed by Harmony Korine, who wrote the Larry Clarke film Kids, it’s a little surpring Spring Breakers wasn’t actually titled Jail Baiters. I’m not going to explain the meaning of the title, but just look at the poster below and tell me it doesn’t fit perfectly. Spring Breakers opens March 29, 2013 and stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine.
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Y The Last Man Gets Greenlight With Dan Trachtenberg Directing

Y the Last Man is going ahead at New Line with Dan Trachtenberg set to direct. Trachtenberg is a commercial (as is advertisements) director best known for a recent short film based on the video game Portal. While I liked the look and feel of the short, it is in no way a complete story with similarities to that of a commercial ad. I’m not sure if Trachtenberg can handle a feature film, and I tend to dislike filmmakers that have an atmosphere over story style.

Y the Last Man is in my favorite genre – the post-apocalyptic genre. The story centers around the last surviving man and his male monkey companion after all other male mammals were killed by a plague targeting animals with a Y chromosome.

If you’re not one of the millions that has viewed Trachtenberg’s short, you can do so below. I’m not sure that everyone that makes a short that hits millions of views on YouTube deserves to helm a film, but so far Hollywood has been impressed and we’ve seen quite a few people getting their foot in the door this way. What do you think?

Independence Day 2 Still Possible Without Will Smith, Says President Bill Pullman

Before playing a fake president in NBC’s new comedy 1600 Penn., Bill Pullman was the fake President Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day. In a recent interview with Crave Online Pullman has said that plans are being made to put this through with or without star Will Smith.

The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing, but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.

Sounds like Whitemore’s alien fighting days aren’t over yet. As for Smith, I hope he returns, this is the movie that cemented him as a Hollywood star and proved that he could open big blockbusters. Earlier Fox pulled the 3D retrofit for Independence Day from its theatrical release schedule, something that happened with another Will Smith starrer I, Robot. We did at least get that as a 3D Blu-ray release, and I’m still hopeful that Independence Day still gets a 3D Blu-ray release, it’s one of the few 3D retrofits I was excited about, especially with the awesome July 4th slated release.

Anyone excited about the possibility of ID2?

Godzilla Reboot to Feature Two New Monsters

CHUD has reported that through a source that has heard a Warner Bros webinar for their advertisers that the Godzilla reboot will feature two new monsters. They’re also saying that the story follows a soldier but is way different from the Toho Godzilla films.

Currently Frank Darabont is taking a crack at the script, which means this could change, but that’s doubtful. Chances are we’ll be seeing Godzilla tear up the landscape against two other monsters. Exciting? I think so. I was excited back when David S Goyer was working on the script/story.

I like Darabont, and the only thing that gets me a little nervous is his misstep with the horrible ending on The Mist. Regardless this is good news and means this will be a true big budget version of Godzilla, as long as Taylor Kitsch isn’t cast we’ll be ok.

Successful Films That Had No Real Budget

Big hits sometimes come in small packages. Here’s a list of cheaply budgeted flicks that hit it big, some are responsible for rocketing filmmakers and actors into the limelight. Got any we missed? Post ‘em in the comments below!

Napoleon Dynamite

Budget: $400,000
Box office: $46,118,099

One of the most astonishingly effective low-budget pictures going to the large moment, Napoleon Dynamite started out like a movie festival infant and continued to restricted release before finally reaching wide release. As a cult following created, person to person spread about this amusing movie, and the rest is background.
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