Random assortment of movie musings and news – July Edition

Ok, about 72+ hours after I wrote my Inception review and my mind’s finally able to think about something else! A bunch of us obviously went and saw it this weekend as the blogs are all abuzz with Inception-related posts, and it’s been a trending topic on Twitter for at least four straight days! Christopher Nolan’s gutsy mind-bending thriller seems to have paid off, it’s made over $70 million in the last five days domestically. Though it pales in comparison to The Dark Knight‘s opening take of $158 million, but it’s still impressive considering it’s an original story and it didn’t have the boost from Heath Ledger’s sudden passing.

Anyways, here are just some random stuff I noticed this past week:

  • Apparently teen heartthrob Zac Efron was at the Mall of America a couple of nights ago. The local radio tipped me off and I got a chuckle out of the reporter who was covering the event as she had to bring several earplugs! He’s promoting his new tearjerker drama Charlie St. Cloud. Man, I’m glad I wasn’t there that day (my office is relatively close to it so sometimes I stopped by after work), I mean check out this massive crowd! The reporter said there could easily be 10,000 people there. That’s just mind-boggling to me, ok so we MN folks don’t get to see Hollywood celebs very often but still! Anyhoo, I personally think the dude is practically a living breathing personification of a Ken doll, but I’m obviously not his target market. To be fair though, Zac just might be a decent actor (he earned some raves in Me & Orson Wells a couple of years back), though he probably ain’t going to shed his matinee idol image with his new flick. And apparently the marketing department was too busy framing Zac’s face just so in the poster they didn’t bother thinking about the slogan. LIFE IS FOR LIVING? Seriously, why bother!
  • On a related note, according to FirstShowing, Efron reportedly wished he had been cast in Zack Snyder’s upcoming fantasy thriller Sucker Punch. Not sure if the reason is because his main squeeze Vanessa Hudgens is in it, or he just likes Snyder’s work. With a tagline “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns,” it’s bound to appeal to most Comic-Con attendees, and even more so after they see this provocative first official photo. Snyder seems to have had a lot of luck at the San Diego convention, his last two flicks (300, Watchmen) got a big boost from it, especially the first. I thought that this is another graphic novel adaptation, but it’s actually Snyder’s own idea that was converted into a screenplay, which marks his first project that isn’t based on another person’s work. The plot per IMDb: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.
  • Read this one briefly on my daily IMDb fix, and I felt compelled to comment on it. It appears that Katherine Heigl is hellbent on further derailing her career. After the disastrous The Ugly Truth and the equally dismal and utterly pointless Killers, she’s now teaming up with Andy Tennant for her new movie, the guy who brought us The Bounty Hunter (hence my open letter to Gerry Butler, who’s as guilty as Heigl in having any part at all in TUT). Oh well, who cares, I won’t be seeing it anyway.
  • What I am excited for is this upcoming Israeli-themed thriller The Debt. I first heard about it last year but then I was a bit worried this might end up becoming a straight-to-dvd flick when Disney closed down Miramax. Well, this week Entertainment Weekly‘s released the first still of Sam Worthington as a Mossad agent, and we’ve got a release date of December 29, 2010. Yay! Worthington’s surrounded by an excellent cast of Helen Mirren (every flick with her in it gets my attention lately), Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds, Jessica Chastain and Marton Csokas.

    The trailer’s also just been released, which I’ll post later today. I’m curious to see how Worthington’s performance pan out here. So far I haven’t been overly impressed with his acting, but then again his flicks has been more about the special effects (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) than anything else. Though he showed something promising in Terminator Salvation, I really want to see his dramatic side when he isn’t hidden under all that blue makeup and cat-like eyes. Acting is much about expression and an actor ought to have more than two or three ‘look’ to choose from. Sounds like he’s adopting an Israeli accent too, so we’ll see if he does that better than his American one 🙂
  • There were a bunch of trailers shown in front of Inception, it went on and on endlessly and the movie itself is already 2.5 hours long! Well, one of them that I liked was the Tron: Legacy trailer, which have been making a splash in Comic Con for the past couple of years. Y’know, this movie wasn’t really on my radar until my husband enthused about it, saying how much he liked the original (I never saw it) and proceeded to show me the original trailer. Well, now I’m intrigued, apparently Jeff Bridges starred in the original called Tron in 1982 and is now back for the sequel.

    From its IMDb page, the summary goes like this: Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. I’ve never heard of Hedlund before, but apparently he’s from Roseau, Minnesota! In any case, I’m curious to see this now, and Rockerdad is going to lend me the Tron dvd so I can see how outdated it is now and how far we’ve come in CGI 🙂

Well anyways, happy Wednesday folks. Any thoughts about any of this topic, please chime in below.

11 thoughts on “Random assortment of movie musings and news – July Edition

  1. I was at the mall of America, screaming my heart out to get Zac Effron’s attention!!! Ok, I need to clean myself, I just puked all over myself just typing that…

    Katherine Heigl certainly won’t even attempt to get out of the sexist and ridiculous Rom-com genre where she plays the EXACT same character every single time. Oh well, the quicker she will be done 🙂

    1. Whatever Castor, I think I saw you in one of the crowds photo! Come on, fess up ;D

      As for Heigl, whatever career she had before seems to be coming to an end. I wish people like her and Sarah Jessica Parker would just retire early!

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  4. Darren

    Looking forward to Tron: Legacy. But it could go soooo wrong (the fact Pixar are involved in anyway is great).

    And The Debt is a strange one. Not the biggest Worthington fan, but Mirren piques my interest.

    1. Oh I didn’t know Pixar is involved in Tron Legacy. That’s great news! The visual just looks so cool, but hopefully the story lives up to it as well.

      I haven’t given up on Worthington, yet, I think he’s got lots of potential, just need a good material to sink his teeth into. I think this one and his upcoming movie ‘Last Night’ with Keira Knightley & Eva Mendez will test his dramatic side.

  5. Mike B.

    The Debt looks good. Only problem with that is the lead isn’t exactly Israeli-looking? But if it’s basically a spy flick I’m all over it. Sadly, I will be going to that Zack-flick. My daughters are all about that dude. Ugh …

    1. Well, Hollywood’s notorious for that, but can’t be any worse than Jake Gyllenhaal playing a Persian! But then again, just like any country, people from that region can have pretty diverse look so I’m not going to pick on that.

      Sorry to hear you’d have to endure another teenybopper flick. I’ve seen the trailer twice now in the theater and I think I’ve seen just about enough!

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  8. The Debt sounds interesting and hopefully Worthington will redeem himself in it:)
    I probably would have gone along to check out Zac Efron if he was around our neighbourhood. Although I don’t get the mania surrounding him either.

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