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Fall Shows around the corner, SEX AND THE CITY Monster Box-Office, ANGELINA as Catwoman?

ETB RADIO SHOW: In this installment of the ETB Radio Show, Chuck Curry and Michael Cooper review X-Files: I Want to Believe, break down the record Box Office of the Dark Knight and reveal some of the big news out of The San Diego Comic-Con from this past weekend! LISTEN HERE and let us know what you want to hear about. email Chuck

It’s slowly starting to feel like fall is approaching as Television networks start to promote many of their returning older shows plus the new fare. Programs I’ll be setting up on my DVR include Lost (TV’s best), Grey’s Anatomy (still highly enjoyable), Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles (Really dug season one), 24 (I look for a bounce back year creatively), Friday Night Lights (never saw a bad episode), Heroes (has to be better than last season) Nip Tuck (Still a great guilty pleasure), Dexter ( Michael C. Hall rules) and ER (still a must see for me) which will mark the long running series final year. Hard to believe but I’ve seen every episode from the beginning.

As of Tuesday, The Dark Knight is now up to 333.9 mill in ticket sales, continueing its record breaking pace. Sex in the City hit the 150 mill mark in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, putting its overall worldwide total to 372 mill. That’s on a budget of 65 mill to make – pretty impressive! Plans are reportedly underway to develop a follow-up. This could really develop into a very nice movie franchise for Warner’s New Line cinema division. If all four actresses don’t go along for the ride they’re NUTS!

More reviews are starting to pop up on Rotten Tomatoes for Universal’s The Mummy 3 and everyone is NEGATIVE… OUCH! Kevin Costner’s comedy, Swing Vote, is currently running 50/50. Costner was cool as Mr. Brooks so hopefully this film will deliver. Question is – will it have an audience?

I don’t know what to make of the popular Monsters and Critics website’s somewhat vague story about Angelina Jolie being in talks to play Catwoman in a movie. If there’s any truth to this it would have to be a standalone Catwoman movie. It’s just way too early for it to be in the Chris Nolan Batman universe; a place where I feel that character wouldn’t belong! Link to Story

July 31, 2008 Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , , , | Leave a comment

Prepare for the coming of RELIGULOUS!

Lionsgate Entertainment have released this clip for their October release of RELIGULOUS, the Larry Charles (Borat) directed Documentary staring Bill Maher that takes on the world of Religion from a skeptics point of view. I must say, I’m curious to see how many theaters will play the controversial film, as its pretty safe to say more than a few people will be offended. For the record, I’m a big fan of Maher’s, and I’m highly looking forward to seeing this.

Bill Maher on the job

Bill Maher on the job

While I know his trademark humorous approach to all things will make many people laugh, I’m also confident it will make some people think as long as it’s seen with an open mind. Obviously this film will make some angry as many view any criticism against their religion as an insult. While I have nothing against faith (I like to think I have some of that myself, although it’s certainly not blind), I also think it’s interesting to explore why people believe what they believe. While many in our country are gun-shy to talk openly about religion, I hope Maher’s Religulous creates a healthy and honest debate on the subject – although somehow I doubt it. As I’ve said before on this site, Bill Maher will come under a firestorm from the right as the movie’s release date approaches and he promotes it on the tour circuit. Maher and director Charles must have given quite a bit of thought to that when they took on this project. The forecast ahead for all involved is controversy and Religious is going to get its fair share of that and more. I think Maher will enjoy every moment of it!  See the Trailer

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | | Leave a comment

KEVIN SMITH is the KING OF COOL, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISO to walk the beat again and DOOMSDAY is B-Movie fun!

It was really good to see KEVIN SMITH being such a force at the Comic-Con in San Diego last week. I really believe he’s one of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the movie business. The guy not only has a feel for what fans like but can communicate his opinion as good as any speaker I’ve heard in a long time. While I don’t think his overall career has matched his unique talent, I really hope I see the day when he gets to helm a big budget project that the masses can embrace! He’s one voice that I truly enjoy. I also thought his extended cameo in last summers LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD was a blast! You can hear Kevin Smith’s comments about the future of Super Hero movies on our latest Entertainment Today and Beyond Radio show HERE.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS television is going to shake the mothballs off its 1970’s cop show THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. The trade reports that the network will develop a contemporary version of the program which starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. The 70’s was the golden era for cop shows with programs like Kojack, Baretta, Barnaby Jones and Starsky and Hutch dominating the airwaves. CBS has already secured Simon West (Con Air) to helm the pilot. I know I’ll be there to WATCH as I loved the original series!  

For fans of the B-movie I suggest you check out this weeks DVD release of DOOMSDAY. I got a chance to see it when it quickly came and went from theaters last March and really enjoyed it for what it was. Director Neil Marshall (The Descent) clearly loves the material as he mixes many different genres and pays particular homage to John Carpenter’s Escape from NY and George Miller’s Mad Max.  As a bonus, the film’s star, Rhona Mitra isn’t too hard on the eyes either! Overall, this Sci-fi action thriller is FUN. I know I had a good time with it!

July 30, 2008 Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

George Bush vs W. furor and a new Mummy [which Katie Holmes clearly needs with her careeer choices]

ETB RADIO SHOW: In this installment of the ETB Radio Show, Chuck Curry and Michael Cooper review X-Files: I Want to Believe, break down the record Box Office of the Dark Knight and reveal some of the big news out of The San Diego Comic-Con from this past weekend! LISTEN HERE and let us know what you want to hear about. email Chuck

W. - W.

W. - W.

Whatever your opinion of Oliver Stone’s George Bush bio-pic, W. is – or will be – Lions Gate hit a major homerun when its first-look trailer generated the type of water cooler buzz money simply can’t buy. TV and Radio talk shows had a field day this morning trying to dissect what they saw in the trailer, while going overboard analyzing just what Stone is up to in his movie’s portrayal of a sitting U.S President. While the final cut of the movie will be the judge of that, W. got the launch it wanted, at least in terms of public awareness.  

It’s two days before the film is released and finding advance reviews for Universal’s Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is a scarcity indeed. At this point there are only two posted on the RottenTomatoes website and both are in the negative camp. Not a good sign, although the movie has decent tracking numbers.

Some TV news of interest – actress Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) – will make a guest appearance this season on the ABC program PUSHING DAISIES. It will be her first television outing since Dawson’s Creek; that according to TV Guide. Let’s see – I’ll do an episode of Pushing Daisies over The Dark Knight. I just don’t get it!

July 29, 2008 Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , , | Leave a comment

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: Can THE DARK KNIGHT challenge TITANIC and the surprising GEORGE LUCAS INTERVIEW!

RADIO SHOW: In this installment of the ETB Radio Show, Chuck Curry and Michael Cooper review X-Files: I Want to Believe, break down the record Box Office of the Dark Knight and reveal some of the big news out of The San Diego Comic-Con from this past weekend! LISTEN HERE and let us know what you want to hear about. email Chuck

With a whopping 314 mill in ticket sales under its belt in just 10 days of release, many in Hollywood are starting to speculate if THE DARK KNIGHT can actually challenge the record 600 mill domestic mark set by TITANIC in 1997. If someone would have contemplated asking me that question when Nolan’s second Batman film went into production more than a year ago, I wouldn’t have taken it seriously. That was before the death of Heath Ledger, which added an extra element to things, especially when his Joker was revealed in the movie’s first trailer. Then, early advance reviews started comparing the film to The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather 2 in terms of sequels, and buzz escalated to a fever pitch days leading up to its release. Once released, the reaction from core fans and the general movie going audience as a whole has been nothing short of sensational. That reaction has lead to multiple repeat viewings which is the secret ingredient for through the roof box-office numbers. So the question is – can this terrific film in the Batman cannon keep chugging along and have a shot at sinking Titanic’s record here at the domestic box-office. Well, I think next weekend, the movie’s third week out, will tell the tale. Personally, I don’t think it will happen but if enough people see the film for a third or fourth time or more, one never knows. Every once in a while a movie becomes a must see event that touches people of all demographics and, like Titanic, The Dark Knight has that sort of feel going for it! Only TIME will tell!

I have to tell you, that the interview in the Sunday Times, being heavily reported on most of the movie websites, where George Lucas talks about the future of the INDIANA JONES franchise is quite an eye opener. George is actually quoted as saying “Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic,” referring to Steven Spielberg directing Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. OH REALLY, can I get my money back! It appears the two long time friends wanted to take the newest Indiana movie in different directions. In my view Lucas has gone to well one time too many times and I don’t trust him creatively anymore and Spielberg, who was a master of his game from the mid 70’s to the early 90’s, has lost his mojo when it comes to popcorn moviemaking. Hopefully George and Steven will hand over the reins of this franchise to a new creative team as it’s not Dr. Jones who’s lost a step, but the two old masters who delivered an inferior product that was The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Here’s a Link to the Article.

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , | Leave a comment

The Future of I AM LEGEND

According to the website ShockTillYouDrop, while making an appearance at the Comic-Con over the weekend Director Francis Lawrence confirmed that Warner Bros is looking to do a Prequel, NOT a sequel to last years big hit, I AM LEGEND.  From my side of the fence, this really sums up the utter stupidity of the way studio executives think. It is just so obvious to me that the alternative cut of the film released on the DVD that has Will Smith’s character Robert Neville still alive at the end is a vastly superior version. It also easily sets up a sequel with enough possibilities for the studio to develop a trilogy. Of course, it’s pretty simple – a prequel, at this point, is the only way to get Will Smith’s Neville back into action, but that storyline’s already been telegraphed, with the surprise possibilities limited.

Listen, I fully understand that Smith is box office gold but unless the studio tells people to disregard the theatrical cut and go by the much better DVD alternative version (which isn’t going to happen), I want to see a sequel featuring a whole new character and NOT a prequel with Smith all over again. Hey, why not go with the female point of view the second time around, CAST a really cool actress like Jennifer Garner, and market the film as the last female on earth. To me that just seems so much smarter from a creative standpoint. It’s bad enough that the Warner Bros picked the wrong version of the film to release theatrically the first time around, now they want to go the prequel route instead of taking the story forward. For me, this goes into the category of – I just don’t get it! As much as I love the I am Legend concept (one of my all time favorite films is The Omega Man), I can’t get excited about a prequel! Note to Warner Bros – Go the sequel route and keep the material fresh.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , | Leave a comment

W. / looks like Oliver Stone has an opinion again…

Here’s a look at the first trailer for Oliver Stones W. the bio-pic based on the life of George W. Bush. I must say the trailer really sets the tone of Stone’s vision of things really well. Sure to be the topic of choice at every dinner party in the country when it comes out, W. hit’s theaters October 29th. Josh Brolin stars!  See the TRAILER

July 28, 2008 Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , , , | Leave a comment

This Week’s Radio Show

In this installment of the ETB Radio Show, Chuck Curry and Michael Cooper review X-Files: I Want to Believe, break down the record Box Office of the Dark Knight and reveal some of the big news out of The San Diego Comic-Con from this past weekend!

LISTEN HERE and let us know what you want to hear about. email Chuck

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Radio Shows | Leave a comment