Five for the Fifth: March 2013 Edition

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Hello folks, welcome to the third Five for the Fifth of the year!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Ok, I have been kind of pooh-poohing the whole idea of a Justice League movie, but even though that seems ill-advised from the start, it seems like that news simply refuse to die down. But yesterday I read this news that made me go WHOA!!!

El Mayimbe of Latino Review reported that Warner Bros. has given Christopher Nolan complete control of the studio’s DC Universe. We already know he’s overseeing Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, but being an adviser of one movie is one thing, but the entire DC universe?? Now, as if that’s not too-good-to-be-true enough, reportedly WB is making one of those offers-you-can’t-refuse to Christian Bale for him to reprise his role as Batman alongside Henry Cavill‘s Superman in Justice League. Ok, before I go on.. allow me just picture those two British beauties together…

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Ahhh… ok, now before I lost my train of thought.

It’s no surprise that Bale loves working with Nolan. He has said in numerous interviews that if Nolan were to come to him with a good script for another Batman movie, he wouldn’t rule it out. Does that mean we could possibly see Bale in the Man of Steel’s after credit scene? Oh geez, I thought it wouldn’t be possible for me to get any more excited about the Superman movie!

I’d LOVE it if this news were true, but until I hear from the mouth of one of the parties involved, especially Nolan, I’d try not to get my hopes up. My pal Ted who reads Latino Review regularly did tell me the site have some good track record though. Apparently they’re the first site that reported Heath Ledger was going to play The Joker and a lot of people called it BS at the time.

So now I’m just curious to see what you think. Would you take a moment to vote below?

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2. Fairy tale adaptations are here to stay in Hollywood… and so are monster movies. Well, the two Harry Potter alum Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe are in talks to star in each of those.

As you might’ve read on Terrence’s Movie News Monday, the 22 year-old Emma Watson is considering to star as Cinderella. It’s a Disney’s live action remake of the fairy tale, with Kenneth Branagh attached to direct and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. Oooh, I like the sound of this already!! I think I’m more enthralled by the idea of Branagh + Blanchett that it doesn’t matter who plays Cinderella, ahah. Apparently this wouldn’t be more on the Disney vein than a darker version of the story, which was what Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) initially pitched the studio.

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Now, the 23-year-old Radcliffe on the other hand, has been gravitating towards darker films and playing against type. He’s certainly keen on shedding that boy wonder image and I commend him for that. After starring as American poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, he’s now set his sights on playing a hunchback. Yep, he’s apparently in final negotiation to play Igor, the hunchback assistant of Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s famous monster tale. This version will focus more on Igor rather than Frankenstein, and according to Screen Rant, this version of Igor is “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown clothing.” Oy.

More info from that article: The movie, which was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Push), will be told from Igor’s perspective and have more of a sci-fi spin than previous adaptations. The film will also deal with themes of friendship and redemption.

Thoughts on these two projects and Emma & Daniel’s casting, respectively?

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3. Switching gears to a movie I’m looking forward to by The Coen Brothers. A couple of weeks ago, CBS Films announced that it has  acquired US rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake. Whoah!! What a cast! Check out the two stills below, Isaac looks pretty darn good here. Could it be a career-making role for him, a la Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line?

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This film follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Grammy winner T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by, among others, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake. The Coen Brothers have collaborated with Rudin before in two Oscar-caliber films No Country For Old Men and True Grit.

Here’s the trailer:

I’m definitely looking forward to this. Not only is the music-themed story intriguing, I’m glad to see Isaac in the lead role! He’s one of those actors I’d love to see more of. According to his IMDb page, before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band The Blinking Underdogs so  he should be a natural in this role.

So, what do you think of this movie and the trailer?


Coens_Jolie4. On a related note, the Coen brothers are to work on the screenplay for Angelina Jolie‘s next directorial effort Unbroken, a historical drama about American second world war hero Louis Zamperini. Per THR, the Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite an initial draft of the story, based on Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Zamperini definitely had an extraordinary story worth-telling. He was a Los Angeles high school track star who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1943, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, aerial attacks and hunger before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors. I’ve always been interested in survival stories, as Keith just outlined in his latest Phenomenal Top 5 on Man vs. Nature list, this genre has that combination of rousing adventure that showcase the power of the human spirit.

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Mr Zamperini… then and now at 94 year old

What the articles did not mention is that Mr. Zamperini is a devout Christian and according to Wikipedia, he has forgiven all the guards when he was held captive as a POW in Sugamo prison in Tokyo. He even went out of his way to Japan to tell them he has forgiven them. I do hope his faith does not get overlooked in this story.

As for Jolie, I haven’t seen In the Land of Blood and Honey so I don’t know if she’s a good director or not. If any of you has seen it, curious to hear what you think. Not sure who’ll be cast as the protagonist. He kind of look like Freddie Prince Jr. as a young man, but there’s no way I’d like him to play this role, ahah.

What do you think of this project? Any particular actor you’d like to see getting cast as Zamperini?


5. For the last question of the day, I’ll just keep it simple. Spring movie season is upon us, and there’s a garden variety out there from fantasy movies like Oz the Great and Powerful, franchise hopeful The Host (yes, another one from Stephanie Meyers), military drama Emperor and big, bombastic action flicks Olympus Has Fallen and G.I. Joe Retaliation. Funny that after Gerry Butler tried to rescue the president in ‘Olympus,’ Channing Tatum will attempt to do the same a few months later.

Well, now my last question to you is, which Spring movie are you most excited about?


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That’s it for the March 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these subjects.