RedBox Gets Red-y for Streaming Service

Those not familiar with the service should know that RedBox is basically a movie vending machine. You rent physical discs at $1 per day ($2 for Blu and games) using your credit card. I’ve used it a few times and since there are so many kiosks in my area, the catalog selection is pretty good (mostly if you’re looking for newer releases) and the discs are easy to return. It’s pretty slick actually.

Today on RedBox support site, there was a bit of a leak in which some images popped up of the company’s new streaming service designed to try and take on Netflix and Amazon.

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It’s Ender!

So Ender has been cast (or at least the role has been offered up) and the movie seems to finally be rolling at a pace actually reminiscent of a film production.

14-year-old Asa Butterfield (@Twitter) has been offered the role of Ender Wiggin. You may recognize this rising actor from the trailer for the upcoming movie, Hugo. I myself remember him from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

So there you go. Will “Ender’s Game” finally get made into a film? Time will tell, but at least they seem to be on the right track.


A Confederacy of Dunces (Rumours)

Somehow John Kennedy Toole’s New Orleans set satirical farce has resisted making it to the big screen, being touted to be, as they say, ‘unfilmable.’ Harold Ramis, Stephen Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Stephen Fry, and John Waters have all taken stabs at bringing the novel to the screen. Potential Ignatius Reilly’s have, since the early 1980s until now, included John Candy, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Goodman, with Will Farrell being the closest ever to actually being filmed — until Hurricane Katrina put the kibosh on that one.

Now add Zach Galifianakis (who, admittedly, has the body type and demeanor for it) to the heap, perhaps only in an ironic sense, considering how he mentioned this in passing, “I’ve read two books in my life, and I’d like to do ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ — which will never happen.” to a New Yorker columnist.

Big grain of salt towards any movement on this, ever. But I would love to see it attempted. What is David O. Russell doing, post-The Fighter?


It is Confirmed. I am Almost Speechless

If this is absolutely 100% verified, I am cancelling my pre-order of the Star Wars Blu-rays. Like I said, I’m nearly speechless, but I can hardly believe George Lucas is this much of a twat. Let’s take one of the worst and most cringe-worthy moments from a trilogy that is pretty much loathed already and insert it into one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Might as well have Jar-Jar dancing a jig in the background.

from BadassDigest who claims this is verified on the SW Blu-rays releasing later this year…


Vader cries, “NOOOOO!” when killing The Emperor:


Obi-Wan’s screaming Krayt Dragon trick sounds like a surprised muppet on LSD:


Again, I’m still sort of in denial over this whole thing and don’t yet believe it 100%. But as a Star Wars fan I have overlooked a lot of Lucas’ tinkering with things over the past decade or two. I even admit that I like a couple of the things he’s done. But in general, leave it alone! These two clips are not only enough to make me cancel my Amazon pre-purchase, but enough for me to finally give up on Lucas as a person. I’ll consider even skipping his ridiculous looking bi-plane movie out of general principle. I’m heartbroken today. Seriously.


Hands up if you Want a Coen Brothers Horror Film!


*Raises Hand* OK, so this is still in the early stages, but the Coen Brothers were talking to Empire Magazine and they mentioned that there is a 50% chance of their next film being a straight up horror picture. They have two scripts in development, and did not indicate what the other one was, but at this point, the mind fills with possibilities of a full on horror film from the Brothers. They have always dabbled in some extreme imagery or scary elements here and there (the dybbuk prologue in A Serious Man, The hotel and John Goodman’s Devil in Barton Fink, Randall Tex Cobb in Raising Arizona), and of course, Joel Coen was an editor on Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead film.

Via Empire who chatted with the Brothers on their upcoming projects.

Brad Pitt as John Marston [Red Dead Redemption]

Having recently started getting back into the video game community once again, a big part of that has been because of Rockstar Studio’s “Red Dead Redemption.” It’s an open ended, western frontier game in which the hero, John Marsten embarks on a series of quests, adventures and gun slinging to appease the corrupt government officials and win the freedom of both himself and his family. Put simply, it’s the best video game I’ve played in 10 years. It’s also easily the most aesthetically gorgeous.

Since its release, the game has gotten rave reviews and sold millions of copies so no real surprise the studios are going to try for a movie version of the game. Since no video game movie to date is very good, my anticipation and expectations for the film are pretty low. But the speculation out there is that it will be Brad Pitt has been “offered first refusal” for the role of the main character.

“This is an exciting project with a great character at the center of it,” a source said. “The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches.”

This coming from about as deep inside the rumor mill as possible as no sources or studios are mentioned in any of the articles floating around the webs today.

Having said that, with Pitt impeccably playing the titular character in the best film of 2007, I have no doubt he would be awesome for the role. And hey, a contemporary western may very well be my favorite genre. So even though it’s based off of a video game, if “they” can simply make an awesome western with Pitt as the lead, I’m totally gung-ho for this.


“Jumper” Sequel a Maybe

While everyone talks about the terrible trailer for Doug Liman’s new political “thriller,” Fair Game, it reminded me that I needed to check up on Jumper 2 news/rumors. And lo and behold, Hayden Christian mentioned in a quick interview with the magicians over at MTV that there are some rumblings about a script being developed for the next film.


“We’re talking about it right now actually…Hopefully [the story will go] somewhere a little darker. I think there’s a lot, lot, LOT you can do with it. But, ya know it was sort of set up in a way that it’s gonna be mother hunting son and possibly even maybe, ya know, sister hunting brother. We’re talking about it, trying to figure it out.”

So yeah, I admit it; I’m a fan of the original Jumper movie (in fact, I like most of Liman’s previous work) for a lot of reasons. Hayden Christiansen doesn’t happen to be one of those reasons, but I definitely look forward to more of the story. I liked the way this character used his super powers believably (before Hancock did) and I dig the rest of the cast (particularly Jaimie Bell was awesome in this). The jumping effect was used… effectively and I thought the action sequences were wicked as hell.

I know I’m in a very small minority here but the movie took in well over $200 million so the demand for a sequel is likely there. And despite what people say – because they don’t want to admit to liking a Christiansen movie – they’re gonna go back for a second round because they secretly liked the first one. Even if it was just for Rachel Bilson.

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Two Mad Max Films!? Nice.

George Miller, the name brand for P-A flicks, is reportedly working on a second Mad Max film to nearly coincide with the already underway Fury Road. Twitch is claiming the the second film is titled Mad Max: Furiosa. Just as filming is wrapped for Mad Max: Fury Road, shooting will begin on Furiosa.

The idea apparently is that the two films will also be released in fairly rapid succession (ala Matrix 2 & 3 or the Kill Bill movies). Though no date has been set for the theatrical release, we might be able to bet on (or at least have our fingers crossed for) some early 2012 screenings.

Though no Mel Gibson, Charlize Theron is set to star and the young Tom Hardy will be in the titular role…

“It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years.”

Two of these things? I’m down – even if I do have to wait a relatively long time to see them.

Indiana Jones V – Good News or another Sad Failure?

South Park might call it “rape” along with a large chunk of the fan-boy community; while I really did not like Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (Jonathan’s Review) I did not hate it as much as everyone else. I was able to disassociate my love of the first three movies while watching the lackluster attempt to recreate the magic. While browsing around the web today I discovered some quotes from an uncredited source over at the New Zealand version of Stuff. I have no idea if this is just rumor mongering or if there is some truth to the story. I also don’t know if this will make Jonathan cry tears of joy or will make him hide under his bed whimpering in fear at the possibility of another mess.

According to the quotes, Shia will be back as Mutt Jones, the story will involve the Bermuda Triangle and most importantly…

“This looks like being an emotional and exciting conclusion to the franchise, with Indy facing his biggest challenge yet.”


“…this will be a blockbuster made in the old fashioned way rather than the CGI efforts of the last movie,”

I really hope that this is the conclusion that the fans are hoping for and that they do go back to relying on real action with real stuntmen with real set pieces. Lucas and party will end up with my money and it will either be good or bad but either way I will always have the original three movies.

Director’s Cut of “Kafka” On the Way

It’s no secret, we talk about it all the time. Steven Soderbergh is a very, very, very busy guy. He churns out about 12 movies per year, making it seem easy and they’re usually all range from above average to stellar. On top of that he usually has several projects simmering on the back burner that he occasionally reaches across to stir. It’s impressive and just part of why he’s still my favorite living director (though Polanski has recently started to make a run at that title).

Though he’s my favorite, there’re still a few entries in his filmography I haven’t seen. Partly because a couple of them are really hard to get your hands on legally. Case in point: Kafka. Here’s a story I know very little about, and truthfully don’t care; I just want to see the thing! I recently “acquired” a screener of the picture and had plans to watch it later this week. But now it seems I may decide to wait on that venture.

In a brief segment in a Wall Street Journal article, it mentions that he’s recutting Kafka for a director’s cut release of the film. Not only will this be a new cut, but apparently he’s adding some new footage and even reshooting bits for this DVD.

Criterion has already gotten their hands dirty with both Schizopolis and Che, so here’s hoping they can make something special happen with this new version of Kafka as well. Since the DVD isn’t expected to be released for another couple of years, I bet that they can put something like that together. My first official “something to look forward to” of 2012.