Party Down Movie Has Financial Backing and a Gung-Ho Cast
Party Down is one of my favorite shows ever and it’s agreed that it was most definitely cancelled prematurely. The brilliant writing, excellent cast, and consistently witty humor was no match for the usual garbage that makes its way to TV which is probably part of the reason why it was cancelled; not enough people “got it”. But that’s okay, because the ones who did are demanding more and it seems like now they’re finally going to get it.
Megan Mullally was a guest on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and there she announced that the film has both financial backing and a more than willing cast/fanbase who would welcome the film with open arms. According to FilmDrunk:
As far as a timetable, Mullally said they’re shooting for the next hiatus on the television schedule, which takes place next spring and summer. The whole thing gets a big old A+ and a rocketship sticker from me. Sure, it sounds like there are still some pretty big hurdles to clear between this and a finished product, but having the cast on-board and the money in place is a pretty damn good place to start.
I agree wholeheartedly. Even if the film isn’t an Avengers-style box office smash, it’d be awesome to see the characters back in action. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hear, “Are we having fun yet?!” on a giant screen with speakers that could make your ears bleed.
Ryan Gosling Set to Write and Direct His First Film
America’s favorite face is now making the leap from being in front of the camera to being behind it. After handpicking Nicholas Winding Refn to direct Drive, I think it’s safe to say the guy knows what he’s doing. But adding the fact that he’s a great actor to the fact that he could be an amazing writer and director is definitely very exciting. His debut feature, entitled How to Catch a Monster, stars him and Drive co-star/”Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks. According to MovieWeb:
Written and directed by Ryan Gosling, How to Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern-day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.
As anyone who’s ever met me knows that I don’t only love Ryan Gosling…I’m a little obsessed with him in a completely heterosexual way…HA! Who am I kidding, even straight men sprout a vagina and get wet when they see Ryan Gosling. Except in Drive…that shit just gave everyone a nerd boner. I’m going to move on before my sexuality is questioned any further.
1st ‘Spring Breakers’ Clip Hits the Web
Today has been a day that I’ve been anticipating for longer than I can remember. Since the day I heard about it, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers has been on my list of most anticipated films of the decade. The stellar cast of former Disney kids, James Franco, and more matched with the legendary Harmony Korine was enough to make me more excited than I had any right to be. After posting some very sexy and surprising set photos, and revealing Korine’s plans to create a soundtrack with Skrillex and Cliff Martinez, fans are finally treated to the first clip of Spring Breakers, and I couldn’t be happier.
The slightly grainy visuals and hard-to-hear audio is no match for the shockingly dominant screen presence of all the girls, most notably Vanessa Hudgens, who uses her fingers as a metaphorical gun to shoot all the girls, and Selena Gomez, who gives a chilling monologue about the mundane nature of suburban life. The other primary spring breakers are not given any lines, but the scene shown seems to be in the middle of something rather important, so I assume that in-context it could be much more powerful.
I’ve said everything I’ve needed to say about Harmony Korine and Spring Breakers. It’s going to be great, I can already feel it. There’s enough evidence to prove its success, and unless the film suffers a critical rape, I see no reason why it couldn’t be a successful transition into the mainstream for Harmony Korine that is still faithful to his signature style of filmmaking.
Boy Falls of Ship. Boy is Raised by Whales. Boy Becomes Olympic Swimmer. Can I Get a Hell Yeah?!
In what may be the best or worst thing I’ve heard in my entire life, Fox 2000 has released the synopsis for their newest film, entitled Beached. The premise is as follows:
“Beached” centers on a chubby 4-year-old child who falls overboard during a family outing, is raised by whales and goes on to become a champion swimmer. Jon Turteltaub, best known for his work on Disney’s National Treasure movies, has come aboard to develop Fox 2000’s Beached as a directing vehicle. Beached has been in development since 1997 and came in the form of a script from Ted Griffin, the writer of Steven Soderbergh’s all-star Ocean’s Eleven and more recently Tower Heist.
After seeing that, all I could ask myself was, “What the hell did I just read? Is it the single greatest story since the Bible or is it the worst film to ever be conceived since Tommy Wiseau hopped off the boat (or the spaceship…)?” Either way, much like this weekend’s The Oogieloves in the Great Balloon Adventure, I have to see it to believe it.
Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Biopic is Called “jOBS”….Yeah
I’ve always been a big defender of Ashton Kutcher, despite everyone in Hollywood literally hating him and everything he’s ever touched. But this…this is too much. It almost feels like Kutcher wants everyone to hate him. I enjoyed Spread. The Butterfly Effect is one of my favorites. So is Dude, Where’s My Car? I even found some enjoyment in No Strings Attached (please don’t hurt me). But this. Just why?
According to FilmDrunk:
As soon as Steve Jobs died, everyone wanted to make a biopic, including, reportedly, Aaron Sorkin, whose version will undoubtedly end with Jobs recanting on his death bed, sorry he ever helped inadvertently invent those meanie blogs (“No, seriously: I have a blog??!?”). Oh, but there’s another Steve Jobs biopic, independently financed by a guy who makes real estate textbooks and starring noted thespian Ashton Kutcher.
Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” Has….Midget Throwing…
Martin Scorsese’s newest, entitled The Wolf of Wall Street, which stars Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, and new Scorsese regular Leo DiCaprio, is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, but an interesting article at Business Insider revealed that the first scene of the film does, in fact, have some dwarf-tossing. Unbeknownst to me, this is actually a thing. Of course, all of us have, at one point or another, fantasized about tossing some dwarfs, but I guess it’s true when they say that with enough money, you can do anything!
The movie opens with a very professional commercial about Belfort’s firm, and then goes into a scene of he and his brokers having a dwarf throwing contest. According to the script, classical music plays as “a conservative group of smiling ethnically diverse actors surrounding their young chairman Jordan Belfort” pose through a Gene Hackman voice-over.
Then you head to Stratton-Oakmont headquarters and 700 20-something stockbroker bros are chanting and throwing around dollars bills to see who can throw a cape-clad dwarf into a dollar sign bulls-eye.
Jordan is being played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
My mind is buzzing with questions right now. Will we get to see Jonah Hill throw a dwarf? Will Jean Dujardin be tossing some teeny-tiny men? Will Leonardo DiCaprio, the man amongst all men, follow through with the demands of Scorsese and launch a little person into the air? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.