Tom Cruise is attached to star in Yukikaze, an adaptation of a series of Japanese sci-fi novels by author Chohei Kamayashi. The plot centers around a planetary defense force fighting back against an alien invasion, using a wormhole over Antarctica to set up bases on the aliens’ planet. The novels have previously been adapted into a series of direct-to-video anime movies. Produced by Warner Bros., the movie will continue a bit of a sci-fi streak for Cruise: Currently starring in Oblivion, his next project is director Doug Liman‘s alien war movie All You Need Is Kill, currently slated for a March 4, 2014 release. [Heat Vision]
With Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards, it would seem that anything might happen. Now, Mark Wahlberg – star of MacFarlane’s feature film debut, Ted – confirms that he and his co-star, the titular CGI teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane himself), will appear during the Oscar telecast on February 24.
In an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show set to air Friday, Wahlberg also confirmed that deals are in works to bring about a sequel to Ted, which surpassed The Hangover to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. While mentioning that he’s never done a sequel before, Wahlberg expressed his confidence in MacFarlane.
When asked by Cooper how Ted will be preparing for his big night at the Oscars, Wahlberg replied, “He can’t do it without [smoking a bong]. It’s mandatory.”
Here is a clip from Wahlberg’s appearance on Anderson Cooper Live:
Last year I decided it would be in my, and by extension your, best interest to do a year-end review in the Flickchartiest way possible. The four people who read it were very vocal about how it was an adequate way of spending their break at work therefore I decided to repeat the feat this year. Luckily for you I watched an absurd amount of movies this year – too many – and to make me feel like I didn’t waste much of my time and money I will be doing a series of battles throughout the next few weeks. To get us warmed up for the ensuing blood bath, the first movie will be about a bunch of teenagers killing each other…
Women Be Shootin’
The Hunger Games was the first big release box office wise of the year. While it seemed to satisfy most of the diehard fans of the franchise many people who hadn’t smashed through the books in 5 total days had reservations. The biggest complaint was that it took too many ideas from Battle Royale, but it also garnered a heavy amount of questions beyond potential idea borrowing. Why did the elite have such bizarre hair styles? Why did the citizens of District 12 give their children such dumb names? What the hell was going on in those shaky-cam action scenes? Am I not supposed to be disconcerted with the idea of children killing each other? Some of these complaints will be satiated by Gary Ross being replaced by a new director for the sequels. A director who hopefully doesn’t keep his camera at the end of a rope that he is swinging around in a circle above his head.
Not to be outdone in the “first” department, Brave was the first big disappointment of the year for most people. Pixar has been spoiling us for so long that when they released a movie that was simply “good” we as a society rejected it and marked it as a major let down. While it had its problems I still think it was a good movie and a nice change of pace from the normal princesses that young girls get to see in movies. It’s important that they see strong females on the screen whose sole purposes in life are not finding the perfect man.
Seth MacFarlane is one strange person – and I’m not just saying that because of what Ted is about. I point it out because as a one-time fan of Family Guy, I now find the show more annoying than ever. To make matters worse, only American Dad shows any remaining sign of life (The Cleveland Show was never worth my time). So with the announcement of his first film (and him returning to essentially the Peter Griffin voice), I once again looked on skeptically thinking that he might not be able to pull it off. That was until I noticed Mark Wahlberg was cast as the star. My trepidation against the movie finally started subsiding.
Ted‘s plotline might be slight, but it’s how the film handles it that makes it such a memorable fantasy. In 1985, young John Bennett from Boston has no friends and is the odd kid out. For Christmas, he receives a teddy bear and soon wishes for the bear to be real. The next morning, the bear comes to life. Even his parents are in shock (“You’re like the baby Jesus,” his mother exclaims), and before he realizes it, Ted is a nationwide celebrity, even appearing on Johnny Carson. As the fame dies down, Ted does his best to try and live a normal life, even if it is with John (Wahlberg, now grown up), but how is it normal when he is doing drugs and countless other unspeakable things?
During the acceptance speech for “Guy Movie of the Year” at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards, Mark Wahlberg announced plans for a sequel to The Fighter. The boxing film was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture in 2011, and Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale and Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo.
Walhberg stated: “We left out the Arturo Gatti fights for a reason. Because that’s for The Fighter 2. We’re not going to do Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, but we’re going to do 2. We’re going to do the Ward/Gatti trilogy.”
No word yet on whether director David O. Russell will return for the sequel, though he will likely serve as at least a producer.
(via Spike TV)