In what had to be one of the very best openings in the history of Saturday Night Live, host Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) brilliantly re-enacted Donald O’Connor’s ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ routine from Singing in the Rain. Take a LOOK if you missed it.
While Kristen Stewart has gained fame and fortune starring in the pop culture phenomenon known as the Twilight franchise her best work is clearly in other films. She was terrific in “Adventureland”, very solid in a smaller supporting role in Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” and, in my opinion, electric in “In the Land of Women”. It was here that I knew she had something going on in front of a movie camera. Here’s a clip of her in that film. Well worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
How BIG will it be? That’s the question many Hollywood insiders are asking as the release date of director James Cameron’s highly anticipated new film Avatar gets closer. It’s hard not to be excited about any movie from Cameron, the man who has created some of the very best mass audience entertainments such as Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, The Abyss, True Lies and the Oscar winning Titanic. Here’s a look at the French poster for Avatar which hits theaters December 19, 2009. The preview looks very cool.
While many movie posters these days have been reduced to nothing more than a giant star head shot I must say this new poster to Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is quite striking. The film, starring Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, hits theaters March 5, 2010.
With Roland Emmerich’s $260 million dollar disaster epic, 2012, crashing into theaters Friday, I thought I would take a look at my all time favorite disaster films, a genre I’m quite fond of.
CHUCK CURRY’S TOP TEN DISASTER FILMS
10. DANTES PEAK -1997, I really liked the chemistry between Pierce Bronson and Linda Hamilton. The solid direction by Roger Donaldson makes this volcanic eruption in Washington State an enjoyable affair.
9. CASSANDRA CROSSING – 1976, Cheesy but FUN story about a viral outbreak on a transcontinental train ride. I love Richard Harris as the films lead! It’s a pretty exciting film.
8. DEEP IMPACT- 1998, The second asteroid related film released that year. Tea Leoni leads a solid character driven film that has real emotional power in its last half hour!
7. TWISTER – 1996, Great tornado special effects, a nice pairing of Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt and a sensational score make this film a winner!
6. INDEPENDENCE DAY – 1996, My favorite alien invasion movie. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman lead a great cast! A truly terrific popcorn film!
5. THE DAY AFTER – 1983, Perhaps the most important Television film ever made. Jason Robards brought tremendous class to this project about the after effects of a nuclear explosion in Lawrence, Kansas. In its time, a true TV event!
4. EARTHQUAKE – 1974, Storyline was pure soap opera, the SENSURROUND gimmick was really good, and how could you not love a disaster film with both Charlton Heston and George Kennedy as its stars! The special effects still hold up to this day!
3. TITANIC – 1997, I saw the film 7 times in a theater. Mixing two genres – love story and historical disaster, the film hit a nerve like few others in movie history. After this film’s immense success James Cameron was truly the king of the world.
2. TOWERING INFERNO – 1974, High Concept at its best. Irwin Allen was at the top of his game as he assembled two of the best actors of all time, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, to head the cast. Robert Wagner’s character’s death sequence is one of the genres best. Nominated for best picture that year! Totally compelling!
1. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE – 1972, Based on a gritty novel by Paul Gallico, Irwin Allen became the master of disaster with this terrific film about an ocean liner capsized on New Years Eve. Certainly a product of its time but, for me, the story still has tremendous power. From my side of the fence there’s never been a better character in a movie than Gene Hackman’s Rev Scott. My all time favorite film! Happy New Year!
Lions Gate has been holding test screenings over the last few days for Matthew Vaughn’s feature film version of Mark Millar’s comic book series Kick-Ass. The reaction apparently has been wildly ecstatic. Judging by the footage shown at Comic-con this year, this is a movie I can’t wait to see.
I really believe the character of 11-year-old Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) will be the movies biggest highlight as her footage really hit it out of the park. Hit-Girl’s sequences and other overall footage was so wildly entertaining that I fully expect the film to be either a sizable mainstream hit (R-rated, of course) or a cult classic in the making. Here’s a LOOK at the Hit Girl Poster. Kick Ass opens nationwide on April 16 of 2010.
13.9 million viewers ABC’s updated version of the classic 80’s Miniseries V, which later became a weekly TV show, got off to a great start Tuesday night. It pulled in close to 14 million viewers. With solid reviews and terrific internet buzz, this new interpretation of the Alien invasion story should turn into a hit for the network which has done a great job supporting the science fiction genre. With programs like the ground-breaking Lost and this season’s Fast Forward the network has given viewers that like to think and be entertained a place to go.
As for the pilot episode, I really enjoyed it but I did think it was almost too quickly paced. It was clear that producers were not interested in the concept of slow burn as events took off from the get-go and many plot points that took hours to cover in the original miniseries were covered in this very first hour. Still, with a very solid cast lead by Elizabeth Mitchell and the stunningly beautiful Morena Baccarin, this is a show that I look forward to tuning into on a weekly basis. It has a ton of potential to be something quite memorable. Here’s the Trailer
This is the second trailer to Dimension Films’ “The Road”, a film based on the Cormac McCarthy novel about the end of civilization. The film tells the story of a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit McPhee) as they travel through a post-apocalyptic world gone mad. Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce co-star. Some of the visuals here are truly stunning. The Road lands in theaters November 25, 2009. LOOK