Every Monday, it’s time for New And News, where we accomplish two things in one column. First, I look ahead and preview each of the new releases for the upcoming week. Then, I look back and collect some of the news articles that I found most interesting over the past week. This time around, four new films are hitting screens, and if nothing else, we’ve certainly got a diverse crop of movies on our hands. Let’s get started:
This is a dramedy starring Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, and Drew Barrymore about a widower trying to strengthen his relationships with his children. This is trying to tap into the same niche as The Family Stone did in 2005 on its way to $60 million. With a super-marketable story and wholesome values, I’d expect this find a large family (and elderly) audience, and the schmaltzy feature to do pretty well over the holiday season.
Here’s the movie I’m definitely most excited about this weekend. In Brothers, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal portray just that: brothers. Maguire, an officer in the army, is married to Natalie Portman, but when he is at battle in Afghanistan, his Black Hawk is shot down in the mountains. Believing him to be dead, Gyllenhall steps in to care for his brother’s wife and family. (Sidenote: Perhaps he’s simply following The Bible’s recommendation in Deuteronomy 25:5-10 that a man should marry his brother’s if her husband dies! Seriously, I kind of think his actions sound admirable.) Over time, a romance begins to form between Portman and Gyllenhall, but everything gets turned upside down when it turns out that Maguire is not dead. Alive and very angry, how will Maguire’s sudden return change the messy situation?
This is a movie about a group of armored car guards who decide to steal one of the armored cars that’s transporting $10 million. It’s like a more serious, less elaborate version of Oceans Eleven. Things get complicated when an upstanding cop gets in the way and tries to thwart their plans. In terms of tone, Armored looks a lot like Law Abiding Citizen, and in the Era of Easy Entertainment, it might do well. The trailer looks fairly compelling, though fairly generic, and it also shows Milo Ventimiglia getting shot. As a bitter former Heroes fan, that’s the most compelling reason for me to go see it.
This movie’s release is so confusing. Originally titled Dorm Daze 3, this was intended to be a direct-to-DVD sequel, but it appears that with the success of vampire-themed entertainment like Twilight and True Blood, producers saw an opportunity to make another one of these horrific spoof movies that Hollywood seems to love. Therefore, they quickly slapped this piece of junk together, and it’s being rushed out into theaters in the wake of New Moon. Please, if you are reading this, don’t see this. I saw about five minutes of Epic Movie on TV tonight, and I was legitimately angry at how bad it was, and this looks equally shameless. Transylmania must be a slapped together wide release, because even though it’s reportedly getting a wide release, there has been almost zero promotion for it, and there are no early theater counts. This one is really doing its best to put the “suck” in the vampire genre.
Set for release on December 10, 2010,
Disney’s Fox’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader has just released new photos of the production on their Facebook page. I gotta say, they look pretty elaborate and cool, and I’m already more than a little excited for this to come out! For Narnia and for Aslan!
The Boston Globe published this very solid writeup about Tobey Maguire’s preparation for Brothers and his thoughts about the Spider-Man franchise. I love straightforward interviews with actors like this one. No frills, no gimmicks, no tabloid fodder. Just good questions and good answers- it really gives you much better insight into an actor’s mind.
This feels like the time that MTV brought Chris Rock back to host the VMAs, hoping they could capture the same magic (and ratings) he brought the first time. Is that feat possible with the Scream franchise, which is pretty tired at this point? Even with the original director, I’m not so hopeful. Unless they get a new mask, it’s hard to get super scared of something I see every kid wearing on Halloween… BlackBook reported on the story.