Just like a pot of reheated soup there is nothing new or surprising about the fourth installment to the Scream franchise. We haven’t seen the film but judging from the trailer we don’t really need to for it regurgitates all the ingredients of the original and two subsequent sequels. Victims from the past, still traumatized by the events which changed their lives forever, team up with a fresh batch of cannon fodder as the spooky killer with a knife rises once more and starts to kill again.
But the agony doesn’t end there this film is only the first of a planned fresh trilogy of Scream movies from screenwriter Kevin Williamson, (Dawson’s Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream), which will all be directed by Wes Craven, ( A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream).
A picture of the HMS Friday crew on our recent holiday trip to Tunisia.
Hollywood is gearing up to remake Sam Peckinpah’s seminal western epic The Wild Bunch, (our reaction to this news here). Apparently the success of the Cohen’s Brother’s recent release True Grit, which netted $129M at the box office, has given this proposal real legs after it had sat dormant for so long. No confirmed word yet on any casting or directing duties as it seems Warner Brothers are only toying with the notion at this stage, but even that doesn’t bode well.
Movie website Slashfilm have all the gory details surrounding this horrific idea along with information on the reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise, (without the return of Adolf and Glover), and a possible remake of Westworld, which we are already betting will star Will Smith.
Word is burning through the Internet like alien blood through body armour that two key cast members for the third Batman film have now been officially announced. Warner Brothers along with director Christopher Nolan have confirmed that actress Anne Hathaway will slip into the role of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises…in his pants!
…and actor Tom Hardy, (he of Bronson and Inception fame), will play steroid muscleman Bane, who once famously broke Batman’s back in the graphic novels comics.
We here are of the opinion that a third villain will be eventually announced to coincide with the number of films which would round things off nicely, but we’re not about to guess who or what that character that will be. Many insiders believe this will be the last Batman movie Nolan helms but consider that the franchise will continue.
Not content with raping our collective childhood the great silver bearded one is now striking fear into nerds across the globe by stating that he truly believes the world is going to end next year. The famous director, (famous for destroying not one but two cherished film franchises), let it slip to Fozzie Bear funny man Seth Rogen during a recent meeting between the two that he really does buy into all that Mayan hocus pocus.
It seems though that long time friend Steven Spielberg doesn’t share the same belief with Lucas, who was present when the director decided to go all Nostradamusy. Seth recalled:
“George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.
“He’s going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, ‘My nerdy friend won’t shut up, I’m sorry…’
(via Star Pulse)
As Hollywood begins to pick up the pieces the true cost of Hurricane Gervais is starting to emerge, following his huge trail of devastation across Tinseltown at the weekend. Honestly, what the hell is going on over there? They hired a comedian who has built his entire career on personal jibes and acerbic wit and now their noses are out of joint because he landed a few punchlines which they deemed offensive. Let’s not kid ourselves it was the Scientology based joke which has annoyed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, (HFPA), and they’ve went to great effort to distance themselves from that remark.
According to The Hollywood Reporter HFPA president Phillip Berk, (who was targeted by Ricky last year at the Golden Globes), said that he had no idea what Gervais was going to say:
“He definitely crossed the line and some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky. Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones.”
But it seems that the HFPA feel they were humiliated on Sunday night and according to celebrity website Popeater Ricky’s chances of ever winning a Golden Globe are now doomed and that he definitely won’t be invited back to resume hosting duties ever again. Mmmm we wonder if he’ll even give a shit?
Now that's what we call offensive.
Don’t ask us what this film is about because we don’t have a clue. But just look at it. Isn’t it gorgeous? Produced by American rock band Angels And Airwaves, comprising of Blink 182’s Tom Delonge, David Kennedy from Box Car Racer, drummer Atom Willard from The Offspring and bassist Matt Watcher from 30 Seconds From Mars, and written and directed by newcomer William Eubank the film entitled Love serves as a vehicle for the band’s music. But far from just a piece of promotional material or a beefed up music video the film actually has a plot which Delonge explained in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:
“It starts in the Civil War and you travel through time and space. There’s a couple of different storylines. The main one is, a guy gets sent up to the International Space Station, and he gets abandoned up there. He doesn’t know why. So throughout his years of being stuck up there, he sees the Earth starting to collapse below. He ends up basically becoming the last person alive. And then decades later, he wakes up one day and there’s something outside of his spaceship, in low Earth orbit with him.”
We’re divided here at HMS Friday over the comedic talent of Ricky Gervais, half the crew think he’s a genius and the other half think he is far from it. But one thing’s for sure Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Cher, Charlie Sheen, Hugh Hefner and the cast of Sex And The City 2 won’t be sending him a Christmas card anytime soon.
That Gervais is one funny guy.
In the future Earth is a large stone mason's yard.
The person responsible for this excellent low budget short film, which depicts a gladiatorial arena in which combatants have three minutes to off each other, is video director Ross Ching and you can view more of his work on his Vimeo page. The one thing which sets this short apart from the rest are the light sabre special effects with shadows and reflections included. Take a look for yourself…that is unless the force is weak within you.
3 Minutes from Ross Ching on Vimeo.
Joined a gym this January have we? New year’s resolution is to get fit and loose weight is it? Well here’s a little motivational video featuring Hollywood actor and all round British nut case Tom Hardy working out in a gym using just his own body weight. Hardy used these exercises, under the supervision and guidance of personal trainer Patrick Monroe, to gain impressive bulk for his role as infamous prisoner Charles Bronson in the movie Bronson. Do try these at home…if you can be arsed.
Get down and give me ten, you slags!
Yep it’s pretty much official January 2011 sucks the big one. First Pete Postlethwaite, then Gerry Rafferty followed by boxer Gary Mason and now film director Peter Yates. Ok, Yates may have been aged 82 but by today’s standards that’s still quite young…at least that’s what we’re maintaining.
Yates was of course responsible for one of the greatest detective movies/car chases in cinematic history with Bullitt, a film which pretty much introduced the world to Steve ‘the cooler king‘ McQueen. He also directed the underrated sci-fi fantasy Krull, the Nick Nolte thriller The Deep, which was a big box office success on account of it’s opening shot featuring actress Jacqueline Bisset underwater in a white see-through t-shirt, and the gritty cult 70s crime noir flick The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, which starred Robert Mitchum, which if you haven’t seen, (probably because it’s currently unavailable in the UK), you should make a point of seeking out. In honour of Peter Yates here’s that infamous car chase in it’s entirity along with trailers for his aforementioned other films.
Bullitt – 1968
Krull – 1983
The Deep – 1977
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle – 1973
Yates, you old sea dog you.