Movie News and Randomness

It’s been a while since I talked about the movie news that’s got me all hot and bothered (or lukewarm and apathetic).  Without further ado, here are 5 movie-related things to consider this week:

1. Gone Girl Trailer

People are blowing up the internet about this trailer, the first official look at the movie, out in October.  If the girls I “know” on Facebook are to be believed, this is based on, “like, the best book ever.”  At any rate, the buzz about the film’s altered ending means that I’ll be seeing this one eventually, mostly because my curiosity is more powerful than my reticence to jump on the Gone Girl bandwagon.  Thoughts?

2. Allegiant likely to be split into two movies, because $$$$$

Not that this is surprising to anyone with two brain cells to rub together, but it looks like Veronica Roth’s Divergent series will get the same treatment The Hunger Games and Harry Potter did, and see the final book split into more than one movie.  This is silly for a number of reasons, but the thing that stands out most to me is that the third novel is by far the weakest and least interesting of the series, so why bother dragging it out?

Oh, because of money?  Right. (Deadline)

3. If I Stay Trailer

Look, I wasn’t one of the people on the If I Stay love-train.  I don’t totally get it, but I understand its significance in the YA lit world.  This is the first official trailer for the much-anticipated movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.   It looks…fine.

Maybe I’m a bitter old shrew, but I can’t get past Moretz’s ignorant, misguided comments about YA:

Forman’s novel might occupy a certain part of the bookstore, but Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value. “What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is,” says Moretz.

LOL okay, Chloe.  What does “it’s not really YA” even mean?  Are you serious?

Sorry I’m not sorry, but that’s literally the dumbest thing she could have said about YA literature while also proving that she has no idea what she’s talking about.  Which is, you know, okay.  But then maybe don’t say anything about YA?

4. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to star in “The Nest”

The two real-life friends are set to star in a movie called The Nest, about two sisters who get kicked out of the family home when their parents buy a condo.  I’m excited about a film with two females as its leads, because we need way, way more of those. (Showbiz 411)

5. Wish I Was Here Trailer

Remember when Zach Braff begged Kickstarter backers to fund his movie and there was a lot of (justified) backlash but it got funded anyway?  Well, this is the trailer for that movie.  It’s about a dad who struggles to juggle family life or something, but the trailer is mostly just slow-motion shots scored to The Shins.  It looks about as self-indulgent as you’d expect, and based on the early reviews out of Sundance, it’s going to be kind of a shit show.

So yeah, I’m excited.

Movie News and Blather

Time for another installment of movie news and randomness.  Here’s the movie news that’s got me all atwitter this week:

1. Only Lovers Left Alive Trailer

This looks weird as can be but boasts an impressive cast, including Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska.  The movie is about vampires?  And playrights?  At any rate, it’s getting good buzz.

2. Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily in Pan Movie

And I won’t see it, because I’m so tired of this RACIST SHIT that Hollywood keeps throwing at us like it doesn’t matter.  Even though Joe Wright is claiming that he plans to make a multi-racial Neverland to “challenge” people’s assumptions about the world, so far he’s cast Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, so yeah, pretty multi-racial.  Are you fucking kidding me? (The Wrap)

3. Tracks Trailer

Another Mia Wasikowska movie, and this one also stars Adam Driver, so you know I’m there.  It’s based on the true story of Robyn Davidson, who trekked across 2,000 miles of Australian desert in the late 1970s.  It’s also garnering good buzz.  So, yes to this one.

4. The world needed a sequel to that last Alice in Wonderland movie, I guess

It’s called Through the Looking Glass.  Because it’s definitely happening.  I thought that movie bombed?  No?  Why else would it take four years just to start contract negotiations?  At any rate, it looks like the original cast is set to join up.  If I ever watch this one, it will be while drunk on my couch.  YAWN. (Variety)

5. Cuban Fury Trailer

It looks kind of silly but stars Rashida Jones, whom I like despite the disasterpiece of Celeste & Jesse Forever, and some other people, too: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, etc.  A former salsa prodigy tries to make a comeback?  All right.  I’m in.

What movie news got you all worked up this week?

Movie News and Randomness

Time for the bimonthly Movie News and Blather.  These are the movie-related tidbits I found interesting enough to blog about this time around!

1. Tammy Teaser Trailer

The film stars Melissa McCarthy, who I will pretty much watch in anything.*  It also stars Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and a bunch of other great people, so how could I not want to see this one?  Plus, the teaser opens with “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, so, you know.

*This is hyperbolic.  I will not watch Mike & Molly and can’t bring myself to sit through Identity Thief.  So, you know, I have my limits.

2. Jennifer Anniston will star in Cake

It’s about a woman obsessed with the suicide of another woman in her support group, so…cheery? (Variety)

3. Under the Skin Trailer

I can never quite make my mind up about Scarlet Johansson, but this sci-fi flick is getting pretty good buzz.  It’s about aliens, or something, and prominently features Johansson’s face.  The movie was scored by Micachu and the Shapes, which excites me, and I guess the cinematography is something to behold as well.

4. Live-action Tarzan movie is apparently a thing.

Did you guys know about this?  Because I didn’t.  Apparently it will star Alexander Skarsgaard as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane.  It’ll be directed by David Yates, which is the only part about any of it I’m remotely okay with, and even that is sort of BLECH.  We don’t have to worry about it until 2016, though.

5. The Two Faces of January Trailer

While I wish the trailer didn’t give quite so much away, it has a pretty impressive cast.  I’m crazy for Oscar Isaac, so I’m down for this, but Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst are also in this thriller about tourists who get involved in a murder.  Or something.  Did I mention Oscar Isaac is in the trailer?


Five Things I’m Into Right Now

A long time ago, I used to do this thing where I’d post a list of things I was into at the moment.  I’m trying to do that again, right now.  I have no idea how often I might post a list like this, but I can promise you it won’t be more than every other week, mostly because I don’t like very many things.  Seriously, this list would be easier for me to post if it was “Five Things I Actively Hate,” but I’m all about the positivity, guys.

1. The Good Wifegoodwife

I wrote about this a little bit in my January recap, but I am legitimately obsessed with The Good Wife.  I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about anything I was watching, really.  Normally not a huge procedural fan, but this show is so smart and is so well-cast that I can’t help but find it completely compelling.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m all caught up and have to wait for episodes to air.

If you haven’t given this one a chance, I suggest you do.

2. Ice Cream with Sprinkles and Marshmallows

This is my dessert of choice lately, and I’m completely aware that it’s diabetes in a bowl.  I don’t care.  There’s something about how the marshmallows freeze and the sprinkles crunch that makes me so happy.  Whatever, guys.  I eat pretty healthy the majority of the time, but I’m fundamentally a dessert person, and this is my jam right now.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of it soon, but in the meantime, this is my favorite treat.

tongue3. Zoey, the Love of My Life

It’s no secret that J. and I are pretty in love with our brilliant, frustrating dog, Zoey.  She’s one of the sweetest, friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet.  Full of raw enthusiasm and unbridled curiosity, she amazes us every day.  I guess this is how some people feel about their kids?  I wouldn’t know.


But I do know that I look forward to going home to this crazy puppy every day, and I love getting to spend time with her, whether we’re going for a walk and finding things to smell or hanging out on the couch, cuddling.

How could you not love this dog?  Seriously, how?

4. Ask Polly

My best friend and I regularly read and dissect the Ask Polly advice column, and it’s always a good time.  I think Heather Havrilevsky, who writes the column, gives amazing, thoughtful, and truthful advice.  I often identify with the letter writers as well as “Polly’s” response.  Full of good advice and often very funny insights, this is required reading, every week.

We even have a saying: “WWPS,” which of course means, “What would Polly say?”

5. “Magazine” by Caroline Smith

I had the chance to see Caroline Smith at First Ave recently, and she didn’t disappoint.  She’s one of my favorite artists right now, and this song is so catchy and thought-provoking and fun.  I dare you to listen to it and not get it stuck in your head.  I love it–and this video.

Movie News and Randomness

Time for another installment of movie news and blather! Who’s ready for the five movie-related things I’m most excited about this week?

1. Bad Words Redband Trailer

This movie, starring Jason Bateman, is about a guy who exploits a loophole in an elementary spelling bee so that he can compete.  Hilarity, I assume, ensues.  I’m not entirely sure about this one, but Bateman is a critical darling and so I’ll probably see this one, just to…you know…see it?

2. Gone Girl will be scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Let’s just give them the Oscar preemptively, yeah? (THR)

  • As they did for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon TattooTrent Reznorand Atticus Ross will score David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl.

3. Maleficent Trailer

I’m not a huge Angelina Jolie fan in general, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, but I am excited about this Maleficent movie, and the latest trailer is pretty awesome.  The background song is appropriately creepy (what up, Lana Del Rey), the cinematography looks beautiful, and Jolie looks like she’s having a lot of fun.  I’ve always found Maleficent to be one of the scariest, most compelling Disney villains, so I’m excited for what they could do with this one.

4. Wonder Woman gets three-picture deal

I feel like Wonder Woman projects get started and scrapped every year, but it looks like this one might actually be happening?  Maybe?  Possibly?  Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman, and it includes an appearance in the Man of Steel sequel, a Justice League movie, and her own Wonder Woman film.  I’m taking bets on which one of those is least likely to happen. (Variety)

5. Better Living Through Chemistry Trailer

This dark comedy stars Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde, so I’m already there.  He’s a pharmacist in a small town that’s always done the right thing, and she’s pretty much a sexed-up vixen.  It looks to be trippy fun.  I’m in.

What movie news are you excited about this week?

Movie News and Randomness

Awards season is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate it than to talk about some of the movie-related news that’s got me all atwitter this week?

1. Breathe In Trailer

The movie stars Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, and Amy Ryan, all of whom are sort of fabulous.  The movie doesn’t exactly look uplifting, but it does look compelling: domestic unrest, how people change and grow apart, the yearning for youth and what could have been.  It’s by the director of Like Crazy, so you know I’m there.

2. Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Metacritic has a great roundup of some of the most anticipated films of 2014 to look out for.  I love me a list, and I love me some pop culture, so you know I’m making my own list based on the titles here. (Metacritic)

3. Walk of Shame Trailer

Look, I love Elizabeth Banks a lot.  I’m not such a huge fan of James Marsden, and I’d be lying if I said this looks like a great movie, but that doesn’t mean I won’t see it.  I just sat through Austenland the other day, and that was one of the LITERAL WORST MOVIES I’VE EVER SEEN.  But that’s how deep my love for an actor goes.  By the way, have you seen the photoshop of horrors they’ve done to Banks on the poster for this movie?

4. Adult World Trailer

Emma Roberts has really grown on me this year, and so I’ll definitely be checking out this little indie film, which debuts in theaters and VOD in mid-February.  Roberts plays a young woman living at home while attending grad school and hopes to attract the attention of an older, alcoholic professor played by John Cusack.  She takes a job at a sex shop to make some money.  This is the kind of film that is right up my alley.  I’m trailer crazy this week!

5. The Pretty One Trailer

Zoe Kazan, Ron Livingston, and Jake Johnson?  Are you kidding me? This one looks kind of awesome: a girl’s identical twin dies, and she assumes her identity.  Whatever, it’s probably ludicrous, but I’ll still totally be down to watch this one.

Movie News and Randomness

It’s been a while, so I figured it’s time for another roundup of the movie news that’s got me all atwitter.

1. Kids for Cash Trailer

This documentary/thriller focuses on a “scandal that rocked the nation” wherein a judge accepted money to put kids in juvenile detention centers.  This is honestly the first I’ve heard about it, but it looks really interesting, and totally gripping.

2.  Golden Globes are this weekend!

Oh, hey, did you know that this Sunday is the Golden Globes?  This is like my Oscar pre-show, you guys.  I’ll be glued to my TV, watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler rock it.  (THR)

3. Brightest Star Trailer

Um, it has Chris Lowell in it, which means I’m automatically there.  The supporting cast is great: Clark Gregg and Allison Janney.  While the movie itself looks a little played out to me (boy loses girl and discovers she was wrong for him all along or whatever), I’ll definitely be watching this one.  How can I not?  It’s in theaters and on iTunes January 31st.

4. Paranormal Activity Creators Totally Know How Franchise Will End

My guess is that it has something to do with every last dollar being squeezed out of it, but what do I know?  At any rate, one of the dudes talks to Screen Rant about the future of the series.  Does anyone else think this was a weird time of year to release the latest film?  J. and I have seen all the other ones, and I’m sure we’ll see this one, too, but it’s totally the wrong time of  year for a scarefest.  (ScreenRant)

5.  Gimme Shelter Trailer

It looks…fairly manipulative.  But it’s interesting to see Vanessa Hudgens (and Rosario Dawson) in grittier, meatier roles.  I like the largely-female cast, and it’s the kind of story I don’t mind being manipulated by.  I’ll definitely be seeing this one.

What movie news are you excited about this week?  What did I miss?

Movie News and Randomness

I think it’s about time for another installment of movie news and blather.  Here’s the movie news that’s got me all atwitter this week.

1. Labor Day Trailer

I’ve been reading about this movie for awhile, but this is the first time that I actually sat down and watched the trailer.  I love Kate Winslet, and while I’m more lukewarm on Josh Brolin, I have to say that this one looks pretty compelling.  It’s about an escaped convict who ends up staying in the home of a single mother and her 13-year-old son.  He wins them over, but it can’t end well, right?  It’s based on a book by Joyce Maynard, and it looks pretty good, although reviews have been mixed so far.

2. Key and Peele are getting a movie

There’s no plot or anything yet.  Not even a premise, but Universal has tapped them for a movie deal, so that’s something, I guess.  Judd Apatow is going to share the writing credits with the duo.  I’ll see this because I like all three of them, but I expect it to be too long, just like every Apatow movie EVER. (Deadline)

3. Maleficent Trailer

Maleficent has always been the Disney villain that scares me the most.  Even though Sleeping Beauty is a really, really boring story, the character of Maleficent has always fascinated me.  The trailer for the Angelina Jolie vehicle is finally out, and while I don’t really have warm fuzzy feelings for Jolie as an actress or celebrity, I have to say it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

4. 50 Shades of Disaster Grey moves release date back

Like anyone is surprised by this.  The studio insists that this has absolutely nothing to do with the male lead dropping out and needing to be replaced.  This has to do with a busy summer schedule they didn’t want to compete with.  So now it’s scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2015.  Because nothing says Valentine’s Day like a heroine getting busy with an abusive control freak who demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge about the BDSM community. (Vulture)

5. Divergent Trailer

I guess this is the first real theatrical trailer for the movie based on the popular YA book.  Look, I wasn’t totally sold on the book but can still recognize a story with  massive appeal.  Do I think that this trailer tries to capitalize on much of The Hunger Games’s success? Yes, but I’ll still see the movie.

What movie news are you excited about this week?

Movie News and Randomness

I’m not much on introductions these days, so without further ado, these are the movie trailers and news tidbits I was excited about this week.

1. That Awkward Moment Red Band Trailer

Originally entitled Are We Officially Dating?, I think it’s safe to say that both titles are just awful.  Saying that I’m ambivalent about Zac Efron is giving him the greatest compliment I’ll ever bestow on him, but I do love me some Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.  The comedy looks pretty broad and absolutely predictable, but who are we kidding? I’m going to watch anything with Michael B. Jordan in it.

2. 50 Shades of Shit Show

Is anyone else following the pre-production problems of the 50 Shades movie as gleefully as I am?  It’s no secret that I LOATHE AND DETEST the book series with every fiber of my being, and that I think trying to make a mainstream movie based on the book(s) is just completely ridiculous.  That being said, following the early disasters of a movie that is sure to be plagued with problems from start to finish (and I’m skeptical about that finished project) is too good to pass up.  I think Charlie Hunnam made the right choice.  (Deadline)  HOWEVER, it looks like Jamie Dornan has replaced him already, so we should expect more internet tantrums to follow.  (Variety)

3. At Middleton Trailer

I’m not sure about this one, but it looks interesting enough to include it in this round up, especially because I’m feeling so apathetic about so many movies right now.  It stars Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as parents of teens who meet while accompanying their children on a college tour.  The two spark and sort of fall in love or something.  I don’t know.  I like Vera Farmiga (and her sister Taisa Farmiga plays her daughter, who I also like), so I’d be willing to give this one a shot.

4. A Remake of Little Women

WHY GOD WHY? (Variety)

5. Into the Forest is becoming a movie!!!

One of my favorite post-apocalyptic novles, Into the Forest by Jean Heglund, is going to be a movie.  While it seems unlikely to ever live up to my impossibly high standards, I’m pretty stoked about this.  Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood have been tapped to play the sisters in the story. (Variety)

What movie news has you excited this week?

Movie News and Randomness

I think it’s past time for another installment of movie news and randomness.  Here are five movie-related items I’m particularly excited about this week.

1. A Case of You guarantees I’ll see it based on the title and Justin Long

The movie stars Justin Long (whom I love to a ridiculous degree), and Evan Rachel Wood (who I like, generally) as a couple who meet and are attracted to one another, yadda yadda yadda.  But Long’s character decides that instead of being himself, he’ll try to be her perfect man, based on information from vaguely Facebook-esque online profile.  It’s contrived, and I’m sure we can all figure out how it will unfold, but the movie also stars Peter Dinklage, so how could I not see it?

2.  Reese Witherspoon attached to star in Happily Ever After

The movie, which is in what I assume is pre-pre-production, focuses on a princess ten years after she’s married her prince.  What happens after the end of a fairytale?  It’s likely to be a little twee and overly-saccharine, but I like Reese Witherspoon much more than I should (I sat through This Means War–sober), so there’s no doubt I’ll see this one at some point. (THR)

3. Frozen looks cute, I guess, for an animated film

I’m not really what you’d call a fan of animated films in general, but I like the ones that feature female protagonists, generally (I really liked Brave).  This one stars the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, so they’ve already got me hook, line, and sinker.  It’s all about a quest to restore a city to its summer glory from the eternal winter that’s been cast upon it.  Or something.  The details don’t really matter because it’s going to be formulaic.  But, whatever.

4. Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to star in Jurassic World

NOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. (The Wrap)

5. Geography Club Trailer is all glammed up

I read Brent Hartinger’s The Geography Club back when I was finishing up my teaching degree, and I remember generally liking it but not being blown away by it.  It’s about a group of teens at a high school who start what is essentially a GSA for other students, but they call it the Geography Club so as not to arouse suspicion from other students.  Apparently, there are other books in the series, though I just learned that today, when putting together this post.  At any rate, someone has made it into a movie, and it’s…didactic.


What movie news are you excited about this week?