Briefly: People have wondered for years why all involved haven’t pulled the trigger on Bad Boys 3 — it seems like such an obvious move in a studio culture that is all about sequels. But this one has, in the past, required the willingness of two stars and a director. That complicates the process.
Now that there’s been a little power structure change at Sony, installing Michael De Luca as production co-president with a mandate to up the quality of the studio’s tentpole films, it looks like that sequel will happen. A writer is almost signed, but that’s just the first step in the process. Read more below.
Deadline reports that Sony is in now in the first early talks with David Guggenheim (Safe House) to script Bad Boys 3, and obviously the hope is that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will sign to return.
The site also says that Michael Bay “doesn’t seem to be involved at this point” despite making the first two movies. Those two films, and the second in particular, are emblematic of Bay’s technique; his name is simultaneous with the films. Hire another director and segments of the audience wouldn’t notice, but a lot of the people who want a third movie want one made by Bay. None of this means he won’t be involved, but at this point there isn’t even a script, so a lot can happen. The film might not even get made. This isn’t the first time someone has been hired to write a Bad Boys 3 script.
(Deadline also explicitly says that Men in Black is being rebooted, which we’ve generally known, and mentions the full reboot of Ghostbusters, as well — also a familiar topic.)
Matthew Vaughn‘s Layer Cake was instrumental in helping Daniel Craig land the iconic role of James Bond, but nowadays Craig is so busy 007-ing that he presumably doesn’t have time for the sequel. So he’s being replaced with another glowering British badass. Jason Statham and his manager / producing partner Steve Chasman have picked up the rights to J.J. Connolly‘s book Viva La Madness, the follow-up to his Layer Cake. Hit the jump for plot details on the new story and more.
Deadline reports that although Craig’s gangster character had no name in the first film, Statham is definitely playing the same guy. While Craig was pretty great in the original Layer Cake, Statham seems like a more than acceptable replacement. He got his start on stylish British crime thrillers Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and has continued in that vein with films like The Transporter, The Bank Job, and Parker.
The plot of Connolly’s new book picks back up with the same protagonist, who still has no name. Having recovered from (uh, spoiler alert) the gunshot wound he got at the end of the first film, he decides to retire to a beach. But because in the movies, thinking you’re out is the fastest way to get pulled back in, he gets wrapped up with a high-speed plot involving international drug deals, money laundering, fraud, and all sorts of vicious, dangerous characters.
Statham next stars in Homefront, which has him playing a former DEA agent aching for a quiet life only to find himself battling a local drug kingpin. (See above about what happens whenever a character in a crime pic thinks he’s out.) He’ll appear next year in Fast & Furious 7, The Expendables 3, and the Heat remake. To mix things up, he also recently signed on to star with Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s spy comedy Susan Cooper.
Two big video retrospectives landed this week, celebrating the films and trailers of 2013. The first is a mashup of every trailer released so far this year That’s a big task, and there have to be trailers that didn’t make the cut, but there’s a shot culled from every major trailer here. The other is from Film.com writer David Ehrlich, who did a great job cutting together his own Top 25 list.
And here’s the Top 25 video countdown from David Ehflich. While a lot of people will disagree with the list, the editing is fantastic. (And disagreements over the choices should be pretty minor; these lists are all super-subjective, and a merely good start to a conversation.)
Fleming's retreat is a boutique resort laced with beaches, tropical forest, caves and secluded nooks. Intimate and informal, this idyll attracts celebrities and other lovers of luxury.
If these walls could talk they’d tell tales of artists and writers, spies and seducers. The romantic atmosphere is palpable. But, the home Fleming designed is perfect for a group of friends on holiday or a family vacation. It’s utterly relaxing though creative people may feel the inspiration that’s in the atmosphere.
Be shaken - not stirred - by the splendor of James Bond's birthplace. Dashing 007 originated at this 15-acre seaside hideaway, which blossomed around the home of Ian Fleming, who wrote 13 spy novels here. The author delighted in the landscape's richness and praised "the blazing sunshine, natural beauty and the most healthy life I could live."From Wikipedia:
Fleming claimed a number of origins for the name of the estate including Carson McCullers' Reflections in a Golden Eye and Operation Goldeneye, a contingency plan Fleming himself developed during World War II in case of a Nazi invasion of Gibraltar through Spain.
Fleming created James Bond here and wrote many of his fourteen James Bond novels here. A number of the Bond movies, including Dr. No and Live and Let Die, were filmed near the estate.
This is the best time of year. For his seventh year in a row, Jordan Roseman—better known as DJ Earworm—has released his epic mashup of the top 25 singles in pop music. 2013’s is called “Living The Fantasy.” Ever since 2009’s “Blame It On The Pop,” which still holds up as a masterpiece, his mashups have been a milestone for each year in music, giving us an idea of what we’ve been listening to and what each song has in common.
Roseman’s a master, and this year’s production is no exception. What’s surprising is the melodic, synth-driven breakdown around 4:30; it’s more sweeping, emotional, and instrumental than what you might expect from an industry where Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are the current reigning queens. The mashup includes those two artists, as well as Lorde, Macklemore, Justin Timberlake, and Imagine Dragons.
It’s always a treat to see a ...
Wow. I’ve never seen any of these guys this bulked up before, but it looks like the entire cast of David Ayer’s Sabotage has taken a cue from their leader Arnold Schwarzenegger and bench pressed the months away.
The first trailer for Ayer’s gritty take on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery Ten Little Indians shows a super testosterone-fueled team of DEA agents (Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and The Killing’s Mireille Enos’ sole female member among them) celebrating a big bust, only to end up dead one by one as the cartel seeks to get their money back. Or is the killer someone a little closer to home?
I can’t even explain why I am kind of dying to see this movie now, so I guess the trailer did its job. Extra bonus: It looks like Ayer left the End of Watch shaky camera aesthetic behind. Sabotage releases on January 22, 2014.
In case you didn’t see Jean Claude Van Damme‘s credulity-testing gymnastic act in a new Truck ad, here’s that video to make sure you’re set up for what will follow.
Surely nobody else could pull off quite the same feat? Well, that’s what I thought.
Now here’s a video of Channing Tatum on the set of the currently-filming 22 Jump Street.
I think this is my favorite Arnold movie.
It definitely has his best one liners.
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has us thinking back on other movies about dangerous games, deadly competitions, and blood sports.
The Running Man (1987)
It’d be silly to try to make the case that The Running Man is a great movie, but as a time-capsule look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decade-long action-movie reign—roughly 1984 to 1994, from The Terminator to True Lies—it’s at the very least useful (not to mention ridiculous, campy fun). Based very, very loosely on the Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) novel of the same name, The Running Man is set in the dystopian near future of 2017. Innocent soldier Ben Richards, played by Schwarzenegger, refuses to slaughter innocent civilians and is sent to a work camp, before leading an escape. Naturally he's caught, only to be ...
Earlier today, Tom speculated that OutKast might reunite for Coachella next year, and now, we get confirmation that they’ll do just that … and more. Yep, Revolt TV has confirmed the greatest musical duo of all time (arguably, that is — I’m still not sure if we’re counting Steely Dan here) are reuniting for a 2014 tour. Say it with me: OUTKAST are reuniting. OutKast ARE reuniting. OutKast are REUNITING. Crazy. Does that mean new music to follow? No idea, but I’d be inclined to guess yes. No tour dates yet, either. For now, all we’ve got is the supremely excellent news of an OutKast reunion.
Hey, remember Rugrats? Nick Reboot, a new (and probably totally illegal) website, is now livestreaming every single show that aired on Nickelodeon in the ‘90s and ‘00s. The shows come up randomly, and you can’t really control what plays next, but today alone, the channel has episodes of Finders Keepers, The Fairly Oddparents, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rocket Power, Doug, and more on deck. It’s a time-wasting website of the highest and most dangerously nostalgic order, but it’s fun, so who cares?Read more
The grand tragedy of the Rob Ford crack cocaine scandal and associated public relations follies—outside of Toronto, where it’s an actual political disaster—is that Chris Farley isn’t around to play the mayor on Saturday Night Live. Sure, Bobby Moynihan acquitted himself well in the cold open last weekend, but in a news cycle that had both the Ford media circus and the Richie Incognito bullying scandal in the NFL, Chris Farley has been sorely missed. But no more, since there’s now a video mash-up of all the best Rob Ford moments caught on camera—swearing up a storm, arm wrestling Hulk Hogan, running into a camera—mixed with the equivalent Farley film clip or performance on SNL. It is simply uncanny how perfectly Ford resembles the late beloved physical comedian, and since we only get to imagine what would've been one of the best hosting gigs in the past 15 ...
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To whom it may concern,
I’m having a small get together at mansions around the US. I’m going to perform the album live with a band / my friends in the living room. I can’t invite everyone, so leave your name, email, phone and zip after the jump. The few people I can invite will be notified by phone so we can let you know the address.
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One of my favorite songs.
Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul - Fallin’
If you thought the confusion one confronts when assembling IKEA furniture was because the instructions are Swedish, this story should reassure you that they are just as baffling to Swedes as to the rest of the world. A family in Strömstad, Sweden, on the country's western coast, was assembling furniture at 1AM. The banging, or possibly the swearing, woke their baby, who began screaming. The neighbors, alarmed at the commotion, called the local police.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the couple was engaged in that most Swedish of activities, assembling Ikea furniture, and that the crying did indeed come from an infant child. It remains unclear if the baby was simply crying in need of attention, or whether it too was frustrated by the complexity of the Ikea instructions.