The good, the bad and the crazy… of this week’s movie news

Happy Wednesday, folks. Well, the post article says it all, so let’s just get to them, shall we?

First, the good news:

Cate Blanchett will reprise her role as Galadriel in The Hobbit

I have not read the book but I do know the royal Elf doesn’t appear in it, but I trust that Peter Jackson has a good reason for including her. I LOVE Cate Blanchett, and her role as Galadriel as well as her narration is one of my favorite part about The Lord of the Rings. So it’s all the more reason to anticipate The Hobbit. She’d join an already stellar cast which was announced back in October. Peter Jackson is apparently a fan of the classy Aussie actress, “Cate if one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films,” he said of Blanchett (per Deadline article). YAY!

District 9 Director & Actor reunite for another sci-fi, Elysium

Sharlto Copley & Neill Blomkamp

I had been hoping to see a follow-up to the excellent sci-fi hit District 9 (read my review), but hey, I don’t mind seeing another sci-fi flick from the South African duo. According to Deadline this movie is Blomkamp’s long-awaited story set in the far future on another planet and, like District 9, is filled with many sociopolitical ideas wrapped up inside a Hollywood action film. I hope Blomkamp retains the same factors of what made D-9 so fresh and unique in the first place : original concepts, employ unknown but compelling actors, gritty & realistic setting, etc. Looks like by casting Copley again, he’s already in the right track. This is definitely one to watch!

The bad news:

Chris Tucker is back on the big screen to annoy possibly star in… well it really doesn’t matter, just the fact that he’s back making movies isn’t exactly great news to me. To be fair, he was pretty funny in The Fifth Element and the first Rush Hour, but y’know, he’s one of those people that way overstay their welcome. It’s mind boggling that he reportedly got as much as $45 million for a two-picture deal with New Line Cinema, and one of them is the crappola that is Rush Hour 2 (per HeyUGuys blog).

The not-so-good news:

Johnny Depp might not be starring in 21 Jump Street after all.

I blogged about this a while ago that Depp was reportedly interested in a cameo role. Now, as a fan of the show (and his character Tom Hanson) when I was growing up, that’d be the only reason I’d see the movie. Alas, according to CinemaBlend, the folks behind the upcoming feature haven’t contacted the mega star by now. Heh, maybe they think he isn’t bankable enough?

Well, lastly, file this one under Most Psychotic News:

The demented thriller American Psycho is being made into… a musical?

Ok, call me goody two shoes, but am I the only who think this is disturbing? I mean, I like Christian Bale and yes that is one of his groundbreaking killer role (literally), but come on! If you’re not familiar with the story (in which case, probably best if you don’t anyway), the movie’s main character Patrick Bateman is the epitome of ‘the devil comes in an attractive package.’ He’s a handsome, wealthy New York yuppie who works on Wall Street by day, and goes on murderous spree by night. Despite his privileged life, Bateman is constantly envious and dissatisfied with himself, which only fuels his psychopathic tendencies. I actually saw some of the most graphic scenes of the uncut version by mistake and I wish I could ‘un-see’ them. Sure, there are some comical part in the movie (especially that business card scene) but for the most part, it is bloody and brutal.

I do remember there were some catchy songs in that movie from Huey Lewis & The News, Genesis and David Bowie. So that explains the fact that the show will be set to music. According to this article, the show has reportedly been in the works since 2008 and music will be provided by Spring Awakening composer/90s pop star Duncan Sheik. It’s also going to be based Bret Easton Ellis’ novel, which was also the base of the Christian Bale movie. Suffice to say, plan on bringing your raincoat if you’re going to see this one.

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Well, any thoughts about any of these news flash, folks?