Thursday, March 6, 2008
So they're making a damned Monopoly movie. Is there a worse idea for a movie adaptation?
Almost certainly. We asked you to plumb the darkest corners of your imaginations, and photoshop up the worst of the worst.
That winner is below, but first the runners-up (and note that half of these will probably turn out to be movies within five years):
by Senor Taco
by The Hulk
by Yawn Malice
And the winner is...
But after Iron Man rocks the silver screen, Downey Jr. will be popping up in a handful of other films in 2008. For starters, he has a listed cameo as Tony Stark in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk and he stars alongside Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener in Atonement director Joe Wright’s The Soloist, a film that is already gathering some awards season cred. His fourth and final role of 2008 though, will be in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, due out August 15th. EW has given us our first look at Downey, Stiller and Jack Black in the action comedy with the picture to the right.
Take a moment, look carefully.
Yes, that was not a typo. In the image to the right, we see Ben Stiller and Jack Black with Robert Downey Jr. between them, walking through the jungle. In the film, which is a satire that takes aim at the egos of big Hollywood actors (like the three pictured), Downey plays Kirk Lazarus, an Oscar caliber actor who ends up with a part that was originally written for a black man. Instead of recasting, Lazarus decides to dye his skin to play the character of Osiris, well, authentically.
Stiller directs (for the first time since Zoolander) and stars as a big action star who is headlining a modern day Apocalypse Now. Jack Black plays a comedian known for playing multiple roles in his films (like his last film, The Fatties: Fart 2). As EW explains, “when the film’s director (Steve Coogan) and writer (Nick Nolte) get fed up with their prima donna cast, they drop them into the jungle to fend for themselves. The actors think they’re doing some sort of full-immersion filmmaking, but the danger they’re in is very real.”
If you remember, we showed you pictures a while back of Tom Cruise in a fatsuit for this film, one of the many cameos that we can probably expect to see in Thunder. But I have a feeling that no matter how ridiculous the cameos get (IMDB also lists Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey and Bill Hader in Thunder), people will be talking about the transformation of Robert Downey Jr. most. Is it outrageous? Absolutely. Incredibly dangerous? You bet your ass. But no matter how risky, Downey told EW that he is very confident that they have not crossed the line:
“At the end of the day, it’s always about how well you commit to the character,” he says. “I dove in with both feet. If I didn’t feel it was morally sound, or that it would be easily misinterpreted that I’m just C. Thomas Howell in [Soul Man], I would’ve stayed home.”
Personally, I think that this is becoming a very highly anticipated comedy. First Tom Cruise in a fat suit, and now this — I think I’m in. If you forget about all the crap Ben Stiller has done in his career (of which there is a lot), you will still be remembering Zoolander, his last directorial effort, as one of his better films. The concept, cast and gags that are going into Tropic Thunder seem to me like they will work just fine. There really is nothing like seeing Hollywood bring down the hammer on their own egos — no matter how silly, or in this case borderline inappropriate, it may be. But that’s just my opinion…
Paramount Pictures plans to debut the first trailer for Tropic Thunder on March 17 online.
Sound Off: What do you think, is Robert Downey Jr. as a black man going to be funny?
As Zack Snyder states on the official blog - here we are, one year from the theatrical release of Watchmen on March 6th, 2009. To ease the pain of waiting another 12 months to finally see the film, Snyder has released complete costumed photos of five of the main characters: The Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Silk Spectre. These may be the most downright incredible photos I've seen in the last six months from any comic book movie. It's time to begin the 12 month process of showing you how amazing Zack Snyder's Watchmen is actually going to be!
Don't let anyone fool you. If you hear other webmasters or critics out there railing on these photos, it's because they can't handle a movie being so good. They've got to tear it apart at any cost and can't just sit back and appreciate something truly amazing. Don't listen to them. These are amazing and I hope you can respect the work that Zack Snyder and his team have put into this.
Click each photo for full-sized versions!Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian
Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl
Matthew Goode as Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre
Notice the updated Owl Ship in the background of Nite Owl's photo? If not, you may want to go back and take a second look. These are the photos that Watchmen really needed in order to start building buzz for it even a year out. You may only be thinking about this upcoming summer's movies, but don't forget to always keep Zack Snyder's Watchmen in the back of your mind.
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the watchmen?