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MIXED SIGNALS: A ‘Terminator’ Surrogate?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Surrogates/Terminator

‘Surrogates’ vs. ‘Terminator’ ad posters. I’m confused.

For a split second, I thought The Sarah Conner Chronicles was back and I was overjoyed. Then I realized that wasn’t Summer and I was upset. Then I realized this wasn’t Terminator at all but some random chick from something called Surrogates. “What could go wrong?” I’ll TELL you what could go wrong. A lot of things could have happened here. The same marketing company could have both done ads. The first could have been so wildly successful they just thought, “Hey. We’ll just rip off Terminator.” Whatever happened, this has DEFINITELY gone wrong. It’s lame. I don’t even care that Bruce Willis is in this movie, I’m so upset at what’s happening with the posters.

Today’s lesson: don’t rip off other campaigns.

MIXED SIGNALS: ‘Pirates’ franchise in disarray

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Pirates

Orlando and Keira in ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ – we could totally live without you two.

So I was attracted to this article on the Hollywood Reporter webby because of Johnny Depp. Of course. However, I kept reading because all of the discussion over the Pirates franchise. According to the article, we’re looking at a new director, a lower budget and, likely, no Orlando or Keira. Okay, that last part I could totally live with.

But seriously!? What? Did At World’s End not put enough cash in the bank? Not enough licensed merchandise? Hardly. Disney? Answers please.

MIXED SIGNALS: Sony slated for Michael Jackson film (?)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Picture 5

This man is legend. Is AEG moving too fast?

I really wanted to make a new category for this called “PREMATURE EJACULATION” but figured that might not be great in all caps across the top of the page. Anyway, Variety released a post today that Sony Pictures is close to locking in MJ’s London Tour rehearsal footage. Ugh. Really? If that’s not enough, they’re looking to release before the end of the year. This reminds me of the South Park episode when Steve Irwin shows up to The Devil’s Halloween party. Too soon? Yes. Find the full article here.

MIXED SIGNALS: Yeah, but this ‘Orphan’ is different.

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I’m reading an Associated Press story about how adoption groups are horrified at the trailer for ‘Orphan’ and I’m finding it amusing.

“We are concerned that in addition to its intended entertainment value, this film will have the unintended effect of skewing public opinion against children awaiting families both in the United States and abroad,” said a letter to [Warner Bros. CEO] Meyer from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

And I suppose potential parents changed their minds after seeing ‘The Good Son’ or that old movie with the same premise where the little girl kills people with her tap shoes… What’s it called?   They’re all “Ehhhhh, nevermind.  We don’t wanna die by our own toddler’s tapshoes, thanks.”

That’s like ‘Fatal Attraction’ coming and out and women getting pissed.   (Did women get pissed when that came out?)  I’m gonna go out on a ledge and say she was meant as a special circumstance.  As is Esther here:

orphanAdopt me.  I dare you.

Or, hell, maybe this movie will scare away potential adopters.   Just like ‘Jaws’ kept people out of the water.   (Totally different.)

I dare them to make a sequel and then make the tagline: ‘Just when you thought it was safe to adopt…’

MIXED SIGNALS: ‘Cold Souls’ has me on the fence.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Cold Souls comes out on August 4th. I have all kinds of thoughts on this one. Here they are all jumbled up because that’s how they’re coming to me:

I like Paul Giamatti. Admittedly, there’s a little bit of Shadenfreude going on here, but still – he does deadpan humor brilliantly and he never tries to be anything he’s not. Oh, and he has surprisingly wide range. I didn’t think this until he did John Adams on HBO. That made me reflect on his career and come to this realization.

Unfortunately, in Cold Souls, Giamatti pretty much plays the same character he did in American Splendor. Again, a moving performance, but we’ve seen it already.

What a great storyline: Jim Carey has his soul extracted and deep-frozen so he can live a happier existence. Oh wait, did I say Jim Carey? That’s because this story rips off of Eternal Sunshine. It just replaces memories with souls, which could arguably be the same thing – or part of the same thing anyway.

I would have been excited for another woman director, Sophie Barthes, except she ripped the damn story off of Eternal Sunshine. Come on girl! You have to be more creative than that!

Still, it could be entertaining enough. I mean, I like Paul…

Well, that was productive. Here’s the trailer. Your opinions are greatly appreciated.

MIXED SIGNALS: What are you some kind of idiot?

Friday, July 10th, 2009
This is a picture of UP.  Every blog entry needs a picture.

This is a picture of UP. Every blog entry needs a picture.

NY Times headline:

Analyst Admits to Being ‘Dead Wrong’

After Disney’s ‘Up’ Is Big Earner

If Seth and Amy were super nerdy about movies this could be a segment of “Really!?” and they would go on and on about how every Pixar movie makes billions (my estimate) in clever jokey ways.

I’m not saying it would be riveting, but it would get the point across and Richard Greenfield of Pali Research would be all ‘Shoot, I suck at my job.’

The full story.