Good news for Woody Allen fans: the Woodman returns to the screen and appears in his latest movie, To Rome With Love. There was a time when Allen was too insecure to film outside of his native Manhattan, but in recent years, he has gained critical acclaim- and an Oscar- by shooting on the "continent". To Rome With Love looks like a worthy successor to his brilliant Midnight in Paris, with sly jokes, witty situations and a stellar cast. Click here to view
Yikes! The sons of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are contemplating forming a band called The Beatles-The Next Generation. Fortunately, Starr's son Zak is said to be hedging on the idea, which might mercifully strangle the concept before it reaches reality. Although Julian Lennon did have a short-lived successful music career in the 1980s, when was the last time you went out to buy a record by Zak Starkey, Dhani Harrison or James McCartney? For all we knew, they were finding work as plumbers in recent years. Nevertheless, it's hard to turn down requests from offspring and Sir Paul McCartney says he will let "the will of God" dictate whether the plan comes to fruition...That's a pretty anemic recommendation from your own father. Hey, maybe they can keep tradition going and hire Pete Best's kid as a drummer, then fire him and hire Zak! Click here for more
In an obvious attempt to emulate the success of The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers has unveiled a darker, grimmer Superman logo for their forthcoming attempt to resuscitate the famous Kryptonian in this summer's Man of Steel. Here is the official plot synopsis:
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
An Adam Sandler film has finally swept a film awards ceremony, but the comedian may not be bragging about it. His Jack and Jill swept ever category at the annual Razzie Awards which recognize the worst achievements in filmmaking. The 2010 comedy was a boxoffice disappointment that didn't prove immune to negative word-of-mouth, as many of his films are. Sandler also dragged down acting legend Al Pacino, who was named Worst Supporting Actor for playing himself in the movie. For more click here
Here's an ambitious April Fool's joke. The web sites for the London tabloids the Daily Express and The Sun report that Her Majesty The Queen will be teaming with Daniel Craig for a special James Bond promotional stunt for the opening of the London summer Olympics. According to the Sun, Her Majesty has granted access to Buckingham Palace to film a mini-movie that will air on opening night of the games, which will be followed by Daniel Craig parachuting into the Olympics opening ceremony. The Sun reports that Oscar winning director Danny Boyle will oversee directing the events. Before everyone gets excited, we do caution readers to remember this story has appeared on April Fool's Day. The Daily Express reports that Craig actually did film scenes at the palace in February, but they were for the new Bond film Skyfall and featured a look-a-like of Her Majesty. This is a story that contrasts substantially with the Sun's account. If all this is still being reported as fact tomorrow, maybe we'll be convinced there might be a tiny grain of truth to the notion that perhaps something was filmed inside the Palace, but for now it appears to be an elaborate April Fool's joke, as there is NO WAY Daniel Craig is parachuting into the Olympics! For the Daily Express report, click here. For The Sun's report click here
UPDATE: Well. it's April 2 and the mainstream British press are still reporting this story as though it is true. Until Craig confirms it, we don't believe it. If this does turn out to be an April Fool's joke, there will be a lot of discredited newspapers. Let's see what develops...
Three icons of 80s cinema may be teaming for a sequel to the 1988 comedy smash Twins. The original starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in an offbeat comedy that topped boxoffice charts around the world. The unlikely "separated at birth" scenario with DeVito helped expand the future Governator's acting range beyond blood-and-guts action pics. Word has it that Eddie Murphy may be joining them this time around. Murphy hasn't had a hit movie since Madonna was a virgin and he's trying desperately to become relevant to a younger generation. The pic is still in discussion stages. Click here for more