Director Robert Schwentke is bringing the Dark Horse Comics series R.I.P.D. to the big screen, starring Rooster Cogburn and Hal Jordan.
R.I.P.D. concerns a group of deceased lawmen in the “Rest In Peace Department” who enforce order amongst other dead people. Jeff Bridges will be playing Roy Powell, a long-dead gunslinger from the Old West. Ryan Reynolds will play his partner, Nick Cruz, a recently murdered cop out for revenge.
The role of Powell was originally set to be played by Zack Galifianakis, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Bridges is quite the choice to replace him.
Universal Pictures has just announced that R.I.P.D. will be released on June 28, 2013.
Thank you, Coen Brothers, because this was shaping up to be one of the most soulless slates of Christmas wide releases ever assembled. True Grit has a 96% on RottenTomatoes after 73 reviews and stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.
(Released on December 25th)
This franchise looks tired. After 44 reviews, it has a 9% on RottenTomatoes.
Here are this week’s new DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix Instant Watch titles. Obviously, Thursday’s Avatar release is the highlight of the week but the overall slate of releases is strong as well. Select films will include their Flickchart global statistics (where available), as well as three direct links to rank the title against similar movies (one good, one average and one bad) to help nail down where the movie belongs on your chart.
Avatar – (Thursday, April 22 – Blu-Ray and DVD)
I broke a 32-month theater-free streak to see this one. Yeah, the tickets were free, but the effort of getting off the warm couch on a cold Midwestern Winter morning shows you the influence this one had on casual theater goers (I watch at least 2 movies a day, but usually from the comfort of my house). It’s a decent movie, but it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays on the small screen when you’ll focus more on the story than the visuals. You might want to exercise some caution buying this bare-bones disc, as a four-disc set is coming in November – although apparently there will be special codes in the box that will let you watch all the upcoming special features online over the coming months.
Best Picture, Directing (Kathryn Bigelow), Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Art Direction, Cinematography, Visual Effects
Actor in a Leading Role (Jeff Bridges), Music (Original Song)
Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score)
Actor in a Supporting Role (Christoph Waltz)
Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Mo’Nique)
Foreign Language Film