Archive for the ‘Foreplay’ Category

FOREPLAY with ‘District 9′

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

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Something that has to do with ‘District 9,’ but I can’t read it cause it’s in alien. Obviously.

So I picked up the Calendar section of the LA Times (yes, the actual, physical newspaper) and there was a GREAT article on District 9 and its fabulous writer/director Neill Blomkamp. What’s that? Never heard of the guy? Maybe it’s because his first huge project, Halo, got shitcanned after some-odd months of prepro. But being pals with producer Peter Jackson certainly has its perks. I imagine the convo went something like this:

Neill: Shit. Halo‘s out. Bastard studio execs can’t play together nicely.

Fran Walsh: Why don’t you make that little mockumentary of yours a feature?

Neill: Really!?

Peter: Meh. I’ve got all the money in the world. Let’s do this shit.

Neill: Hellz yea. We got all these Halo people in em-effing New Zealand, let’s just turn them loose on this mo’fo. Listen – my mate Sharlto Copley, he’ll be the lead dude. He acts sometimes but more importantly, we can pay him next to nothing!

Peter: Wicked cool Neill. Let’s fuck this shit up.

Okay, maybe that’s what it would’ve been like if Angela and I had the conversation, but whatever. Fact of the matter is, here we are promised a fresh, new twist on sci-fi and I believe it.

Blomkamp’s unique background growing up in South Africa has influenced this film hugely – an alien aparthied it’s being called – and I think it will bring insight to a genre that’s filled to the brim with re-makes.

Refreshing, intresting, intelligent. I’m in.

FOREPLAY with Mila Kunis

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Mila in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ – another cutesy, sexy, clueless role for our gal.

I know what (at least some of) you boys are thinking. FOREPLAY? With Mila Kunis? Hellz yea! Unfortunately, it’s just clever categorization on our part. We’re talkin’ bout Mila in talks to star opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Foreplay with Mila AND Natalie? Hellz yea! Wrong again. They’ll be playing rivals – kind of – since Mila’s character may or may not be a figment of Natalie’s imagination. The world may never know.

I’m gunnin’ for Mila to sign on to this project because I would LOVE for her to break out of her unfortunate typecast and tell us that she CAN act. There’s something about her that takes her out of the ‘completely vapid’ category, but I’d like to be able to say that yes, she’s a good actress. Granted, there was the whole Max Payne thing but really, we can’t blame her for that. If this whole Black Swan thing works out, there might be a Mila Kunis Fan Club in the works. Anyone with me?

FOREPLAY: ‘The Hurt Locker’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Oh, ‘Hurt Locker’, how I long to see you!!!!  It’s in select theaters now and it goes wide on Friday. Who’s in?!

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The title alone isn’t bad ass enough for you? What’s it about, you ask?  In short: An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat.   Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (‘Point Break’!!) from a script by Mark Boal, A.O. Scott says it’s the best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Iraq.  And then he says, “If “The Hurt Locker” is not the best action movie of the summer, I’ll blow up my car.”

Now who’s in?

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Kathryn Bigelow, the coolest?

Check out this Anatomy of a Scene.   Uuuuuuum, whoa.

Jeremy Renner, here, stars:

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Does he look familiar? He was in an episode of 'House,' he wore eyeliner.

Grade prediction: A.  Rating prediction: 8 chewed fingernails, 2 heartattacks.

IN LOVE: Audrey Tautou in ‘Coco Avant Chanel’

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Scenes from ‘Coco Avant Chanel’ with Audrey Tautou as Coco. I’m bubbling over with excitement. (Photos courtesy IMDB)

Oh Audrey, how I’ve missed you! And now I hear you’re back and Frenchy fabulous. Yes, I will forgive you for accepting The Da Vinci Code script so long as you don’t do anything like THAT ever again. What’s that? Coco Avant Chanel? YAY!

Since I’m about as far from a fashion diva as you can get, this film has done its job – it’s pulled me into getting totally hyped about a fashion film. While I know that Chanel is THE design classic, I would not have cared so much about her until Audrey Tautou portrayed the darling Coco in a biopic. The day is mine. After reading about the new flick, I now know that Coco’s actual first name is Gabrielle and that she earned the nickname ‘Coco’ as a singer, not a designer. I know that hers is a rags-to-riches story and that fact only adds to her fabulousness.

It has a limited release here in the U.S. on September 25th. Luckily, everything shows somewhere in LA. I simply cannot wait. Yay Audrey. Yay Coco. Here’s the trailer. There’s one in English, but I don’t care. This Francophile is posting the French one:

FLIRTING with Black Dynamite

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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(Left) Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite / (Right) Black Dynamite with a couple of Ladies of Leisure

Out of the crisp, white, celebrity-laden snow of Sundance (AND Edinburgh AND Tribeca) has emerged one baadasssss Blaxploitation flick – Black Dynamite. Those of us who only wish we had experienced the supa fly seventies have a reason to rejoice.

Unlike the more recent nods to Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown, Undercover Brother, Snakes on a Plane, etc.), the Ars Nova production is not a remake, not a parody nor does it simply star Samuel L. Jackson. Judging by the trailer alone, the film sports all the elements of a true Blaxploitation film: gun-packing, heroin-slinging bad guys; a kung-fu fighting, pimpin’ hero and, of course, the Ladies of Leisure.

Unfortunately, since it’s been picked up by Sony, the website has gone tame, though it’s still informative. Slated for a December 4th release, I simply can’t wait to Foreplay this one. For now, we’ll have to settle with a wink, a smile and a trailer:

STALKING Tim Burton: Alice in Wonderland

Monday, July 6th, 2009

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Newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice in classically Burtonesque scenery {{drool}}

Every now and then, a man so fabulously genius comes along that I simply can’t help but track his every move. One of these men is Tim Burton. His style is something over which to fawn (Disney meets The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – who knew it would be so spooky fantastic?), he hasn’t slowed down since Beetle Juice, he’s one of the grand-daddies of claymation AND he brings Johnny Depp hotness to the screen over and over again.

At the prospect of Alice in Wonderland Burton-style, I’m drooling a little more than usual. And, as dear Timmy is stalk-worthy in my book, I don’t see any way Wonderland could disappoint. Stay tuned for my official ratings when we Foreplay Alice in Wonderland. In the meantime, check these tantalizing visuals, courtesy comingsoon.net:

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Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter – looking a little too much like Elijah Wood – but I’m loving the freaky Victorian getup

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Matt Lucas (I’ll plug his hilarious new show ‘Krod Mandoon‘ here) as The Tweedle Twins

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Anne Hathaway as the White Queen – actually present in the sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Through the Looking-Glass’, not sure how Burton will explain this one