A day late but Weekly Rants is here!
For those of you lovers of Korean cinema, great news! The Werewolf Boy is apparently going to be screened in the US, its trailer is up now, you can see it here. Even though it may sound a little bit too Twilight, I’m sure it’s better. But then again, it’s not that hard for a film to be better than Twilight. The Werewolf Boy has already become the most-watched local romance of all time in its country and because of it, they have now released a new version with an alternate ending. Uh.. what? [source]
Tom Cruise has got two new movies coming, and in both he plays a character named Jack. Well, real life Tom creeps me out but movie star Tom is still good for me. The trailer for Oblivion is out and you can check Mr. Cruise out in all his sci-fi glory here. But come on, the most important trailer of all this week is of course, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. HELL YEAH. Benedict Cumberbatch looks super awesome and seriously, HYPEEED!
A new poster for Man of Steel is out, see it here.
Kristen Stewart is doing a comedy with Ben Affleck. Sounds weird? I think so too. But the movie, titled Focus, will be written and directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the people behind Crazy, Stupid, Love. So maybe it won’t be that bad. [source]
Two new cast has been announced for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jamie Foxx will be the new villain, Electro, while Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan will be our new Harry Osborn. The latter is very, very interesting indeed. DeHaan’s character in Chronicle is so incredibly disturbing, which means he’s good, right? I’d really like to see how his Harry will differ from James Franco’s. [source, source]
Ben Whishaw, who we recently saw playing a scene-stealing Q in Skyfall, has joined a low budget feature called Lilting. It will be Hong Khau’s directorial debut after three short films and it’s financed by Microwave, a project that gives about £100,000 for its films. [source]
Matt Damon is in negotiations to join George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” a film about a group of art historians and museum curators who come together to track down artworks stolen by the Nazis. Clooney will direct and star in it, alongside Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Jean Dujardin. What a cast! [source]
One of the films that I enjoyed the most this year is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel! Although I don’t think it’s a sequel-worthy kind of film, I’m still very excited. The whole original cast wants to come back and there will probably be two additions: Helen Mirren and Colin Firth. [source]
Update on Frank Ocean (yes, this is a movie blog): apparently his song is not good enough for Tarantino. Just kidding. Ocean has written a ballad for Django Unchained, but alas, Tarantino said “there just wasn’t a scene for it.” I would’ve written a scene just for it. But that’s just me. [source]
We’re about a month away from Sundance Film Festival and it has announced films in premieres and documentary premieres. You can check the full list here. Am particularly hyped about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, and of course, Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Seriously. I’m already shaking just thinking about it. [source]
Another film that’s going to premiere at Sundance is JOBS, Joshua Michal Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher and here’s our first look at him. [source]
The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, and the predictions are already abuzz everywhere. Indiewire has got a neat page about it that you can see here. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association just gave out its awards on Sunday and Amour won Best Picture. What I haven’t expected is how much attention Jennifer Lawrence is getting for her performance Silver Linings Playbook. The Best Actress title is even tied between her and the wonderful Emmanuelle Riva. [source]
Together with his sister Christi Dembrowski, Johnny Depp is producing a Don Quixote film. Disney has closed the deal and the film will be written by Jeff Morris and writer-director Steve Pink. But that’s not the only thing that Depp has been up to. Apparently during the last week, he has been seen performing with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith. [source, source, source]
Never Let Me Go’s Mark Romanek has got a new project—Cinderella. And guess who’s in the running for the next top fairy tale princess? My girl, Saoirse Ronan. And since the great Cate Blanchett is already cast as the evil stepmother, I’m seriously hoping Ronan will join as well. Please let us have an awesome mother-daughter Hanna reunion. [source]
Distributor Open Road Films is being smart and pimping aka re-releasing The Grey and End of Watch in theatres in the hope of gaining the Academy’s attention. I personally love The Grey and although it might not be Oscar material, I do hope that more people will see it. [source]
All right, see you guys again on Sunday!