Looney Tunes to be rebooted as ‘a hybrid live-action/CG film’

According to Hollywood Reporter, Looney Tunes is set to be “rebooted” by Warner Bros. with former SNL scribe Jenny Slate and some Harry Potter producer on board to make it happen.

For many of us who are 25+, Looney Tunes is sacred. Still, we can already admit that they were shit on in 2003’s Back in Action and whatever Cartoon Network tried to do with its recent Looney Tunes Show, which was like a Friends version of Bugs, Daffy, and pals, but hell, if Warner Bros. further shits on these characters and makes the next Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, well… well… I’ll probably Tweet something very angrily about it. So, take that Warner Bros.

Trailer: Pacino, Walken, and Arkin are Stand Up Guys

There was a time when three names like this in a single film would inspire not only confidence, but ecstatic pandemonium throughout the movie-loving community. Of course, that was before Al Pacino had a decade of movies which suggested he didn’t give a shit about his career anymore (with exception of You Don’t Know Jack). Christopher Walken, of course, is always awesome, but his idea of continuously working and never stopping for a break means he doesn’t always have the best judgement either. But hey, toss them together with Alan Arkin and even if the script is terrible, can it possibly be bad?

Directed by Fisher Stevens (you know, Ben from Short Circuit), the film follows a group of aged con men who get back together after one of them (played by Pacino) finishes a long-time stint behind bars. They like stealing. They like drugs. They like drinking. They like women. They like guns. They’re also a little rusty.

Pacino is actually pretty lowkey in the trailer, which I appreciate. Walken is typical Walken, which I also appreciate. It’s looking to be a pretty Walken-heavy next year between this, Seven Psychopaths, and A Late Quarter with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And who doesn’t love Arkin? Even if the trailer didn’t inspire much confidence, a movie with a cast like this can’t be bad, right? You know, just like when Pacino and De Niro teamed up for Righteous Kill

Oh yeah. Crap.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to leave your thoughts! Will these three awesome actors pull off what should be nothing less than epic?

The trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln arrives.

For many people, a Spielberg movie is not simply a movie, but an event. For many people, a Daniel-Day Lewis movie is not simply a movie, but an event. For many people, just the thought of combining those two events into a mega-event is enough to make them squeal with anticipation and joy.

And there is no doubt about it, this sure does look like a Spielberg movie. For some, that’ll make them run away screaming “melodrama” and “John Williams” and “please stop it, Steven.” For others, like me, we are susceptible to the hysteria. We get caught up in all the hooplah. There are those of us who love and embrace Spielberg for his flaws, for his sentimentality, for his sweeping scores. And hell – love him, hate him, indifferent, you’ll be there too on November 16 (or shortly after) to see this.

What do you think of DDL’s interpretation so far? His voice? The general tone? Leave your comments below!

Trailer: Wreck-It Ralph

I love the idea of Disney’s upcoming Wreck-It Ralph. A video game villain, voiced by John C. Reilly, decides he no longer wants to be a video game villain. When Ralph – a sort of human version of Donkey Kong in a support group of video game villains which include Bowser, M. Bison, and a Pac-Man ghost, mind you – says, “It sure must be nice being the good guy,” Zangief of Street Fighter fame consoles him by saying in his heavy accent Russian ancient, “Ralph, you are bad guy… but this does not mean you are bad guy.” Soon, he decides to leave his game after thirty years in a quest to become a video game hero.

While the trailer plays the nostalgia card pretty heavy and is looking for a double dip of audiences that will include not only children but adults who grew up playing old-school games, there very well could be a movie there behind all the Sonic and Q*bert cameos. The trailer did was Disney aimed to do. It has me intrigued. I won’t be looking for a Pixar quality animated movie and I expect most adults who go won’t. Instead, I’ll be looking for some amusing references and a trip down memory lane – and all we can hope is we get a pretty good movie to entertain us along the way.

Other voice-actors for Wreck-It Ralph include star Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Adam Carolla, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, and Alan Tudyk.

Old-school gamers, check it out. Does the trailer do anything for you or do you think the concept will lose its charm before the credits roll?

Aaron Paul’s movie career about to ignite (we hope).

Many Breaking Bad fans have wondered what next for Aaron Paul, since he’s already wrapped filming the final season and he’s only in his early-30s. Sure, Bryan Cranston can quit acting today and between Malcolm’s dad and, more importantly, Walt/Heisenberg, he’ll be going down as a legend. But Aaron’s just plenty of career ahead of him and we’re wondering whether that’s going to be on another television show or in films (or, hey, maybe both). Since Breaking Bad itself is quite cinematic, I figured the transition from TV actor to movie actor would be relatively natural for him.

Thus comes Smashed, a quirky indie drama about a drug and booze loving couple hoping to get clean in a world that doesn’t make it easy for people to get clean. Reviews were favorable out of Sundance, particularly for both Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with the movie itself garnering decent reviews. With a supporting cast including Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Mark Kay Place, one can hope that this both helps ignite Paul’s movie career and maybe wins he and Winstead an award or two.

Check out the rather light-spirited trailer below.

Viggo Mortensen has a plan.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably always wanted to see Viggo Mortensen and Viggo Mortensen star together in a Spanish language thriller, well, wait no longer. Everybody Has a Plan is the Argentinian film about a man who takes on the identity of his dead twin, only to discover he has also taken on a whole shitload of other problems in doing so.

Co-starring many Argentinian actors that I don’t know, the film was released in its home country on August 30, 2012 and recently premiered at TIFF 2012 where it has been met with decent reviews. For many of us, the presence of Viggo alone is enough to get us to see a movie and, although I wasn’t overly intrigued by what was supposed to be a suspenseful trailer, that will probably be the case for me here.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts (or TIFF impressions) in the comments!

Trailer: The Company You Keep

Shia LaBeouf may be a clown, but even though his comments during interviews get increasingly stupid (to the point where his Hollywood persona is becoming almost a parody of itself), people love to hire the guy. Directors have often said, he’s the first one on set and he even usually sticks around for scenes he’s not even in rather than pampering himself in his trailer. It might be more his work ethnic than his talent that has made it so he’s worked with some of the biggest and best names in the business. Now, he’ll be starring alongside Robert Redford (his first acting role since his well-intentioned, but dreadful Lions of Lambs in 2007) in The Company You Keep, which Redford also directs.

The film is a political thriller about a former Weather Underground activist (Redford) who goes on the run after a journalist (LaBeouf) discovers his identity. With a monster supporting cast that include Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Root, and Brendan Gleeson, critics definitely won’t be able to claim a lack of talent if it turns out to be subpar.

And really, the trailer itself is good. I love an intelligent political thriller and even LaBeouf, who can easily get under a viewer’s skin, can be damn good in the right role. I’ve also missed Redford’s charisma on the screen, so it will be great to see him on the big screen again. It’s impossible not to love the guy.

The film will be premiering at the Venice International Film Festival in a few days before going on to screen at TIFF later in September.

Trailer: The Iceman

Boy, do I love me some Michael Shannon. Whether a bit role or a lead, the dude’s always on. Plus, he’s only seemed to get better with each movie he takes on, regardless of the quality of the film itself. With his latest, I’m excited to see him not only as a lead, but with such an array of facial hair.

Yet, I remain cautious. The film is backed by Millennium Films, a production company with one of the worst track records in Hollywood – always leaving me sting worse, because it gets such high-profile stars to make such abysmally bad movies. I’ve complained about them as a company on here plenty (I’m convinced that they lure stars with high paychecks and very short shooting schedules), but check out their credits and you’ll see plenty of awful movies with big stars which you’ll recognize – movies that I’m convinced were written in undergraduate screenplay courses. And probably received a C- from a forgiving professor. At best.

Back to the topic at hand, I’m hoping The Iceman bucks the trend and turns out to be good. It’s impossible to tell from the trailer (it looks sloppy), but the story is interesting enough (if not overly familiar), following a family man and contract killer played by Shannon. The supporting cast of Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff also solidifies that this could either turn out great… or be a complete disaster. The film will be screened out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, so I’m sure we will be hearing more about it soon.

Man is not an Animal: The latest Trailer for The Master says one things, shows another.

I know a lot of you folks out there have a policy that if you are going to see a film anyway, if you are already salivating for it, then you avoid trailers. It might be worth a reconsideration of that policy when it comes to these micro-narratives that have been assembled for P.T. Anderson’s riff on Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard, The Master. All three of them have been absolutely magnificent.