Monday is here. That means that today is the worst day of the week. BUT. Movie Monday is here, so everything is alright. This week on Movie Monday:
Paranormal Activity 5 is going to begin production early next year, and is set to be released in October of 2013. Why? Well, Paranormal 4 did very well internationally. Plus, it was at the top of the box office at its release. But there is a catch. Paranormal Activity 5 was described as being, “A spin-off directed at Latino audiences.” So I guess this movie will feature a haunted taco. Who knows? Better yet, who cares? I lost interest after Paranormal Number One.
A movie about Freddy Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, is in production. Freddy Mercury will be played by Sacha Baron Cohen. They look extremely similar, so this can work.
Another movie about a real person is being put on the table as well. Talks are being held to begin a movie about Harry Houdini, the magician. It will be based on a controversial biography that was written about the magician in 2006. It claimed that Houdini was a secret service agent for the US and Britain…Let’s just wait to hear more about this before we make any comments…Nobody expected Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be any good, but I actually ended up enjoying that one. So I’ll keep my mouth shut.
We all have drama in our lives. This includes Michael Bay, director of the Transformers movies, and Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers. What happened? Well, some people told their honest opinions, and these two directors got butt hurt. The difference is that Michael Bay responded like a sarcastic clown, and Joss Whedon responded in a witty, smart way. Let’s start with everybody’s favorite director: Michael Bay. Hugo Weaving, the man who voiced Megatron, said, “That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things. Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really. I just went in and did it. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.”
Yes, he said a lot. Michael responded by saying, “Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs? With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t ‘artistic enough’ or ‘fulfilling enough’?
I guess The Hollywood Reporter thinks so. What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward? Be happy you even have a job – let alone a job that pays you more than 98% of the people in America. I have a wonderful idea for all those whiners: They can give their ‘unhappy job money’ to a wonderful Elephant Rescue. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate.”
As for Whedon’s conflict, the cinematographer for the Dark Knight Rises, Wally Pfister, said, “I thought The Avengers was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling.”
Whedon responded by simply saying, “I’m sorry to hear it. I’m a fan.”
So one director responded like an angry teenager, and the other responded like an educated man. Try to guess who is who.
I will be closing today with an…interesting…piece of news. Because Warner Bros. won the court battle involving its rights to Superman, production is being sped up for the Justice League movie. It is set to be released in the summer of 2015. That means that it will have to compete against Avengers 2. But here’s the deal. Instead of having a single movie for each character before the Justice League movie is released, the movies for each character will be released AFTER the JL movie. I don’t know what to think of this. What do YOU think? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading! Have a great Monday.