Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Return to Summer (Isle)

Nicholas Cage is attempting to put an end to the antics of Lord Summerisle and he’s getting some help, sorta. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leelee (no relation to Helen Hunt) Sobieski and Ellen Burstyn are joining the cast of Neil LaBute's indie reworking of the 1970’s occult cult classic "The Wicker Man." Burstyn reportedly plays the head of the cult.

Since we’re talking 1970’s non-gore horror…

Variety is reporting that Darren’s dream boy, Liev Schreiber, and Julia Stiles are in the works of reviving the roles made famous by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in Fox's remake of, The Omen. Ugh, Julia Stiles? Come one. She way too young and bland. Perfect for the role would be rarely working now Gwyneth Paltrow or why not use Liev's better half, Naomi Watts. Kate Becksale would be much better too. Like with the Exoricist, the sequals to The Omen faltered terribly, but the original was quite a good film. The ending is right on key, the only thing that would make it better was if Peck’s character wasn’t interrupted… If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean.

This weekend I watched Amores Perros as part of my research for the unofficial new job I have. If you’ve ever internally tormented yourself over the issues of sleeping with your brother’s wife, leaving your family for a supermodel, or abandoning your family for political radicalism/activism… This is the film to watch. Take my advice in each of these situations and just don’t.

The film establishes the structure that director, Alejandro González Iñárritu has made his signature in the follow-up English language pick-me-upper 21 Grams (Naomi Watts) and the currently filming Babel staring Cate Blanchet. There are three stories that intertwine over one fate altering/affirming incident. More so than in the beautiful 21 Grams, Amores Perros stays liner in time for a majority of the film and breaks the stories into vignette forms.

The film was indeed good, incredible acting, directing, editing, and cinematography. The main problem lies in the story structure itself. The film is 2.5 hours. The first story clocks in at about 50 minutes, the second at 35, and the third fills up the remainder. In fact, the first story was the strongest which distracted me from caring about the rest. I kept watching the clock thinking, “this has got to be over soon.” While that may sound negative, this film is truly superior and original deserving all the accolades which has been bestowed upon it.

And from the Brain Drain Box…

In slightly good news, depending on your perspective, one week after its CBS push, Veronica Mars' UPN ratings blossomed by 30 percent to a mind blowing 101st place, or 1.9 million.

Also in Veronica news, can you guess which one of these bombshells will be joining the cast for it’s second season?

(Can you believe this was only five years ago? Talk about dated.)

Charisma Carpenter is more than a nice rack with a sci-fi cult following. The former Chargers Cheerleaders, turned teen bitch, turned warrior princess, turned goddess, turned match-maker, is moving into the the seaside community of Neptune. She is, despite what you might think, a phenomenal actress whose career I feared maybe trapped in the world of ComicCon and Playboy.

Here’s the official scoop from UPN’s website:

Carpenter will play Kendall Casablancas, a sexy trophy wife and stepmother to brothers Dick (Ryan Hansen) and Cassidy "Beaver" (Kyle Gallner) Casablancas, two of Veronica's (Kristen Bell) rival, affluent schoolmates. She will appear in at least six episodes. Meanwhile, Guttenberg will star as Woody Goodman, a charismatic major league baseball team owner and leading candidate in the local race for mayor of Neptune, Calif. To show his support for the community, his daughter will be transferring from her private school to Neptune High. He will appear in at least seven episodes.

If you’re wondering, yes, it is that Guttenberg… Move over Harry Hamlin, Steve’s gonna give you a run for your money.

The first season of Veronica Mars will be available on DVD October 11th.

While we’re talking returning television, you might want to make a note of the following premiers:

Reunion (Fox) Sept. 8
Simpsons (Fox) Sept. 11
Family Guy (Fox) Sept. 11
Gilmore Girls (WB) Sept. 13
House (Fox) Sept. 13
Kitchen Confidential (Fox) Sept. 19
Arrested Development (Fox) Sept. 19
My Name Is Earl (NBC) Sept. 20
Veronica Mars (UPN) Sept. 21
Lost (ABC) Sept. 21
Invasion (ABC) Sept. 21
Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) Sept. 22
Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sept. 25
Boston Legal (ABC) Sept. 27
Alias (ABC) Sept. 29


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Darren said...

Great, Mrs. Bland is in The Wicker Man remake.

The Omen 666 - hitting theatres June 6, 2006. (06/06/06) Perfect timing. But why that cast. I have to actually disagree with you. Julia and Liev are way TOO talented to be involved. Shouldn't they be Shakespearin' It in the Park or something?

I should probably check out Amores Perros as the cinematographer and score composer worked on Brokeback Mountain. (They also both did 21 Grams.)

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Mitchell - Crumrine said...

Are you actually saying that Liev is TOO talented to fill a role once played by Gregory Peck, one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema? I just want to be clear. Or is it that you find them too talented to be in a remake, say like Anne Heche stepping in for Janet Leigh? I also didn't even notice the release date, that's flipping fantastic.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Darren said...

Psycho had Gus Van Sant. Does this even have a director yet? I assumed we'll see a first time director, perhaps with music video background. I thought this was from the Michael Bay or Joel Silver produced horror field.

Oh, and I didn't like the original The Omen.

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