Episode two of Celluloid Skeletons is incoming!
Ah, September. While I’m absolutely certain that something noteworthy happened in the film industry this week, television arguably stole the entertainment news limelight. Between Emmy Award hysteria and the kick-off of this year’s fall season, telly fans have finally found an excuse to put GTAV down to appreciate some good ol’ fashioned moving pictures. 2013’s network schedule carries some high expectations — amongst the plethora of returning shows we’ll see: the return of bald James Spader, robo-buddy cop antics with Karl Urban, the resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson, and Michael J. Fox’s first recurring role since Spin City. There’s a lot to be excited about — read on and catch some of this week’s highlights after the jump.
After finally seeing Jurassic Park in the cinema this week after waiting twenty years (it was emotional), it was also announced that the fourth installment will be entitled Jurassic World and will be released in 2015, the year of blockbuster death. The Toronto Film Festival is also underway, although the biggest news to come out of it so far is that someone rang the cops because other critics were using their phones during screenings. There have been times when I’ve wanted to murder folk with a meat clever for tweeting and texting during a film, but calling the cops? Too far, man. Too far. In other news, PG-13 Robocop (as it will now be known) has its first trailer, and although I know A) we shouldn’t judge before we see and B) we just have to accept remakes now, every fibre of my being contorted and screamed in reaction. In some kind of twisted irony, the people behind this movie are all basically Bixby Snider, rolling around in money and naked women shouting “I’d buy that for a dollar” at every 80s and 90s Sci-Fi flick that passes them by. JUST STOP. In order to placate my/your rage, the featured image is of Werner Herzog and Errol Morris hugging beneath a rainbow, because a better picture has not yet been brought into existence. Enjoy this week’s links, you filthy beggars.
So unless you’ve been living under a rock this week -and I mean literally- you’ll know that this week’s biggest movie news was the announcement that Ben Affleck is to don the cape and cowl in the upcoming Batman/Superman flick. You’d be forgiven for thinking the world had actually ended, seeing the absolute fury that’s been pouring out of the internet in response. Personally, I would’ve gone for Grant Heslov from that Oscar-winning Argo trio, seeing as Clooney’s already done Batman and risked ruining the character forever (has everyone forgotten?). Either that or Heslov would make a sweet Robin. Basically I demand Heslov, I miss him from his 90s action side-kick days.
So aside from that news, whatever you make of it (or whether you even care), this week also saw Fright Fest take place down in yon London, so we’ve compiled some of the news from down there for you to check out. We’ve also got this week’s trailer round-up, and of course no internet film news site would be complete without a weekly Nicholas Cage video. Enjoy.
This week sadly saw the death of Elmore Leonard, whose novels formed the basis for many well loved films including Get Shorty, Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. Being one of my favourite films of the 90s, Out of Sight is also one of Soderburgh’s strongest films (if not his best) and showcased excellent performances from both George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, the latter providing a career best. We’ll be sad to see him go, but he leaves a rich cinematic as well as literary legacy which is unrivalled in terms of the modern crime thriller. Also this week sees the commencement of FilmFour’s annual Frightfest, more on that next week as we hear about it and we’ll give you an update which films to look out for in then future. And no-one will shut up about Breaking Bad. Apparently it’s really good, I bet you had no idea.