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Elston Gunn's WEEKLY RECAP: News on Minority Report, George Romero, Blade 2 and much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with another fantastic update from Elston Gunn! Quite a few confirmations of stories run on AICN over the past month or so in this week's update. Check it out, quite alot of casting. Meanwhile, here's Elston...



* Timothy Hutton is in talks to star opposite Angela Bassett and Edie Falco in GOLD COAST for writer/director John Sayles. Production begins in April.

* Samantha Morton (SWEET & LOWDOWN) will play the female lead in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama MINORITY REPORT, opposite Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell, for Fox/DreamWorks. Morton will also star in MORVER CALLAR for director Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER).

* Kurt Russell will star in THE PLAGUE SEASON for which Ron Shelton will direct for Intermedia. James Ellroy wrote the script, with a rewrite by David Ayer, about a L.A. detective and his investigation into a racially-motivated robbery-homicide during the week leading up to the riots from that commenced after the acquittal of the cops who battered Rodney King.

* Alex D. Linz (HOME ALONE 3) will star in Disney's MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE. Tim Hill directs. It's about a seventh grader who wreaks havoc at his school when he thinks his family is moving. However, when his dad's new job falls through, the boy must face the consequences of his actions. Jonathan Bernstein, Mark Blackwell and Jim Greer scripted, based on an idea by David L. Watts.

* Ben Kingsley is in talks to star in Disney/Beacon Communication's TUCK EVERLASTING for director Jay Russell (MY DOG SKIP), based on the popular 1975 children's book by Natalie Babbitt. It's about a little girl who finds out that her neighbors have a spring which stops aging. Production begins in April in Baltimore.

* Leonor Varela ("Cleopatra") will star opposite Wesley Snipes in BLADE 2: BLOODLUST for director Guillermo del Toro and New Line Cinema. Varela will play the daughter of a vampire overlord who teams with Snipes to get rid of a mutant strain with threatens humans and vampired. Shooting begins next month in Prague. (HARRY NOTE: As reported over a month ago on AICN)

* Ali Landry,will star in THE COURIER for Kingsize Entertainment about college student who is the courier of a package that entangles him with the FBI and the mob. Lorena Davis will direct.

* Harry Connick Jr. is in talks to star in MICKEY for Hugh Wilson (THE FIRST WIVES CLUB), who will direct from an original script by John Grisham. Wilson and Grisham will also produce. It's about a father and his son who go on the run from the IRS and end up in Las Vegas under new identities. There, the boy plays for the Little League World Series and receives national attention which leads to the discovery of who they really are. Shooting is expected to begin April 18 in Richmond, VA.

* Billy Bob Thornton and Wes Bentley will star in Lions Gate's MONSTER'S BALL for director Marc Forster. Milo Addica and Will Rokos wrote the script about three generations of men: racist Buck, his son Hank, and his grandson Sonny. Hank and Sonny work for a local prison where they prepare the electric chair for a black inmate. Hank falls for the prisoner's widow while Sonny is psychologically affected by his job. Buck gets his ultimately gets his comeuppance as well. Production begins May 1.

* Amanda Peet, Jared Harris, Kieran Culkin, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman join Susan Sarandon, Claire Daines and Ryan Phillippe in the comedy IGBY GOES DOWN for writer/director Burr Steers. Shooting begins Wednesday. It follows a smart, sarcastic teen in a dysfunctional family, who flees to New York and falls for a dropout.

* Carl Reiner joins OCEAN'S ELEVEN for director Steven Soderbergh. Reiner will replace Alan Arkin as Saul Bloom. Arkin left for personal reasons.

* Lucy Liu, Saffron Burrows, Burt Reynolds, Chiara Mastroianni, Ornella Muti, Max Beasley and Rhys Ifans join Salma Hayek, David Schwimmer, Danny Huston, Valeria Golino, Julian Sands, Valentina Cervi, Mia Maestro, George DiCenzo and Stefania Roccafor in the dark comedy HOTEL. Mike Figgis is directing the indie pic, which features four frames of simultanouse action (a la TIMECODE) that include: the production of a period film, a documentary about the film, a murder plot and a strange maid service. The climax takes place during the Venice Carnival.

* Tim Curry and Tori Spelling join the cast of SCARY MOVIE II for Dimension Films and director Keenan Ivory Wayans.

* Roger Rees has been cast in the Frida Kahlo biopic, FRIDA, starring Salma Hayek. Julie Taymor directs for Miramax. Rees will play Kahlo's father, Guillermo. Shooting starts in April. Antonio Banderas, Geoffrey Rush, Alfred Molina, Ashley Judd and Edward Norton also star. (HARRY NOTE: As reported months ago in LATIN AICN)

* Stellen Skarsgard joins James Caan, Natasha McElhone and Gerard Depardieu in BENEATH THE BANYAN TREES, starring first-time director Matt Dillon, who also co-wrote the script with Barry Gifford (LOST HIGHWAY).

* Dan Futterman ("Judging Amy") will star alongside Jennifer Lopez and Bill Campbell in Columbia Pictures' ENOUGH for director Michael Apted. Nicholas Kazan wrote the script about a woman who marries a violent man and takes matters into her own hands to save her life and her daughter's.

* Ed Burns will star in, produce and direct from his own script ASH WEDNESDAY, a gangster drama about a guy who has to save his younger brother from gangsters in 1980s New York. Rosario Dawson and Oliver Platt are in talks to co-star. Burns is also in negotiations to star opposite Angelina Jolie in the romantic comedy LIFE, OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.

* Al Pacino will star in INSOMNIA for Alcon Entertainment and director Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO). The psychological thriller is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. Shooting starts in April in Vancouver. (HARRY NOTE: As we reported 2 weeks ago)

* James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren and Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in Double A Films' dark indie comedy SECRETARY for director Steven Shainberg. It's about a young woman who gets a secretarial job after a stay in a mental hospital. She then starts to date a nerdy high school chum, but falls for her older boss.

* Pop singer Samantha Mumba will star opposite Guy Pearce in the TIME MACHINE for director Simon Wells and DreamWorks/Warner Bros. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory and Mark Addy will also star. John Logan adapted the script. (HARRY NOTE: As revealed weeks ago by Moriarty)

* Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Christian Slater are in talks to star in THE I INSIDE, a time-travel thriller about a guy who wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and finds out the can go back in time, change his future and solve his brother's murder case. It's based on "Point of Death," the upcoming stage play by Michael Cooney.

* Ralph Fiennes will star in FEAR ITSELF, where he'll play a brilliant paranoid schizophrenic who uncovers a conspiracy that leads to the White House. Patrick Cirillo penned the script to be produced by Wolfgang Petersen.


* John Hughes has resumed directing duties for the Revolution Studios romantic coemdy CHAMBERMAID, which he scripted. Hilary Swank is attached to star as an American chambermaid who falls for a British gentleman.

* Xavier Koller (JOURNEY OF HOPE) will direct THE RUSSIAN GIRL from his script adapted from the novel SABINA by Karsten Alnaes. It's set in the early 1900s and follows a story of a married psychiatrist who has an affair with a mentally disturbed teenager. This is the first feature greenlit by production/financing co. Blue Vision Media.

* George A. Romero will direct THE ASSASSINATION for Highland Crest Pictures. The project is based on the assassination of Dominican Republican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961. Ed Harris, James Coburn, Anthony Quinn and Ricky Martin are in advanced talks to star.

* Colin Nutley is attached to direct three films based on the crime novels of Liza Marklund. THE BOMBER, the first of project, begins shooting this month for an October release. THE PARADISE will come next and will shoot in the fall. PRIME TIME will soon follow. Helena Bergstrom will play crime reporter Annika Bengtzon in all three films.

* Melvin Van Peebles in in talks with K.B. Prods. to direct and potentially adapt COQ AU VIN, based on the mystery by Charlotte Carter. It centers on an African American female detective, who plays the sax on the streets of New York and Paris.

* Les Mayfield (BLUE STREAK) will direct FLYING TIGERS for Morgan Creek Prods and Trilogy Entertainment group. The World War II epic is based on a group of American volunteers, who were asked by China to help fight the Japanese a couple of years before the Pearl Harbor attack. Pen Densham and John Watson (ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES) wrote the script with a rewrite by John Rogers (upcoming AMERICAN OUTLAWS).

* Amy Heckerling is in talks to direct a remake for Fox 2000/Industry Entertainment of the 1998 Japanese drama AFTER LIFE, adapted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. It's set in a station between Earth and heaven where angelic counselors help new spirits choose a solitary memory from their lives to keep with them through the afterlife.

* Director Mimi Leder will help develop LAZARUS with producer Wendy Finerman for Columbia Pictures. Sid Quashie penned the script.

* Reginald Hudlin is attached to helm Jackie Chan's next project, HIGHBINDERS, for Emperor Multimedia Group. The film is said to be "a cross between LETHAL WEAPON and GHOST set in the world of smuggling" and will mix Chan's martial arts skills with special effects. Producer Alfred Cheung will produce the project, which is based on his own idea.

* Brett Ratner is in talks to direct PEPPERMINT LOUNGE for Jersey Films and Columbia Pictures from a script written by Richard LaGravenese. The project is based on a true story and centers on an aspiring music producer who marries a mobster's daughter and ends up managing the nightclub where the Twist is born.

* Paul Greengrass (THE THEORY OF FLIGHT) will direct BLOODY SUNDAY from his own script for Granada Film and Jim Sheridan's company Hell's Kitchen.

* Second unit director Alexander Witt (HANNIBAL) will make his feature directorial debut on the indie pic PUERTO VALLARTA, about an expatriate American writer, his Mexican lovera and a mercenary on the run.


* Spyglass Entertainment Group mentioned in its IPO plans and current film slate their intentions of producing a sequel to THE SIXTH SENSE. Thus far, however, none of the original actors or filmmakers have made any deals with the company to reprise their roles in the project.

* Universal is moving the release of CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, from April 27 to August. Postproduction couldn't meet the original date and the studio wants more time to market the film, given its more "adult" themes. The film is based on the novel by Louis de Bernieres.

* Warner Bros., John Wells Prods. and Gaylord Films are developing a feature based on THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK, the upcoming novel by Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter. It's about an an African-American law professor who finds himself in a deadly web when he investigates the bizarre death of his father, a legendary conservative judge.

* Miramax Films is in final talks to pick up domestic rights to the Chinese-language pic LEGEND OF ZU, directed by Tsui Hark (ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA) and currently in post-production. It's about a warrior princess who joins a war against an evil lord and his soldiers. Zhang Ziyi (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) stars with Sammo Hung. Wuen Wo Ping choreographed the martial arts sequences.

* Lawrence Bender will produce DIRTY DANCING 2 for Artisan Entertainment and Miramax Films. No cast is yet attached to the project. Bender once studied dance and toured with the Ralph Robertson Ballet Company before working under "Fame" choreographer Louis Falco. His career was cut short by an injury.

Casting casting galore. Everybody is trying to squeeze in projects before the threatening strikes--some are trying to squeeze into one film (several big ensemble casts out there). Lots of promising projects too, partly thanks to the names attached: GOLD COAST (Sayles!), MINORITY REPORT (Spielberg!), THE PLAGUE SEASON (Ellroy!), THE ASSASSINATION (Harris AND Romero!), etc. I hope MONSTER'S BALL and IGBY GOES DOWN deliver the goods. Same goes for HOTEL, HIGHBINDERS and PEPPERMINT LOUNGE. More remakes with INSOMNIA and AFTER LIFE. Not sure about a SIXTH SENSE sequel. I'm curious how they'll approach it.

Until next week...Happy Ash Wednesday and have a good March!

Elston Gunn

E-ME or I'll blow your friggin head clean off.... punk!

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  • Feb. 24, 2001, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Who dat? Oh it's me, I'm First!

    by Mediaphile

    First time for Grandpa.

  • Pat yourself on that big ass of yours more big guy!

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 9:02 a.m. CST

    More Tim CURRY!

    by DocStrangelove

    I can never get enough.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Ricky Martin in a movie? What kind of God would allow that?!!!!

    by Rollo Tomassi

    Ricky Martin marks a new low in American culture for make someone with absoloutely no talent a star just becasue they look good. It is impossible to overstate how awful, and how arrogant, this guy is. For him to star in a movie, even a George Romero movie, when millions of talented actors struggle for parts, is an insult to ever real actor who has ever lived. I am sickened by this.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Ricky Martin in a movie? What kind of God would allow that?!!!!

    by Rollo Tomassi

    Ricky Martin marks a new low in American culture for make someone with absoloutely no talent a star just becasue they look good. It is impossible to overstate how awful, and how arrogant, this guy is. For him to star in a movie, even a George Romero movie, when millions of talented actors struggle for parts, is an insult to ever real actor who has ever lived. I am sickened by this.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Selma Hayek as Frida Kahlo!!!

    by otis von zipper

    Maybe there is a God, but this news is clear evidence of the existance of Satan.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik's Weekly Recap

    by Buzz Maverik

    TAKEN TO THE LIMIT ONE MORE TIME...Walt Disney Pictures Announces its' 1000th animated family classic, the 1960s themed ACID TRIP. Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead and the late Jim Morrison will write the songs. The story, based on a 1969 educational film LSD: LIFE SHORTENING DRUG, follows young Grace (voice of Melanie Griffith) who drops a shitload of Sunshine Superman and finds herself on a plastic fantastic adventure filled with enchanting characters who will make great Happy Meal toys. Characters like Melting Dad (voice of Dennis Hopper), The Mom With A Million Eyes (voice of Barbara Hershey) and The Film School Professor Who Exists In 8 Different Dimensions (voice of Oliver Stone)...Patrick Reed Johnson will direct IMAGINARY BLONDE for Universal. Haley Joel Osment will star as a teenager who is struck by a beam from a satellite while "washing his face" in the bathroom with the door locked and simultaneously "just looking" at a Playboy centerfold. Soon, wherever he goes, he thinks Katrina the Centerfold Girl (Michelle Williams) is with him...Lawsuit Films will distribute LOVE INTEREST. Angela Bassett stars as an actress who has the chance to play the female lead in an Arnold Schwartzeneggar action extravaganza but is hesitant because whenever Arnold has an African American leading lady he always says there's no time to develope a romance, even though there's the same amount of time as when the lead characters are the same race...Animator Henry Selick will follow up MONKEYBONE with SUCKED, the adventures of twins pulled into a vacum cleaner...Rob Schnieder's next film will be GUS MERLOT: CUTRATE EXORCIST. Schnieder will play the assistant manager of a 99Cent Store who discovers he has a talent for casting out demons. He gets more than he bargained for when he is hired by Brandoesque movie star Gerrard Cranston (Andy Richter) who has bought the island of Ry'leh and wants Gus to cast out HP Lovecraft's Elder God Cthulhu...See you at the library.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 1:01 p.m. CST

    RE: Rollo Tomassi

    by crimsonrage

    A vengeful one.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Oh BULLSHIT! There's not going to be any sequel to The Sixth Sen

    by Bari Umenema

    They just said that in their prospectus for the IPO to impress gullible investors! They should be sued by the SEC and the IRS for making false promises to said investors. But Tori Spelling is damn sexy I'd invest in her any day! And John Hughes is still a fucking hack who's been out of work for nearly 10 years now, Chambermaid will suck shit guaranteed! Hey Tori, e-me! I'll give you a ride you'll never forget.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I'd Give My Right Nut And At Least One Nipple To See That

    by BComing

    come on somene talk to rob schnieder and get someone decent to write the script and we could have a classic tale of eldritch horror loosely based on the master (HP Lovecraft's) works of rottingness and demons with bad morning breath after waking up from a eon long sleep. damn you buzz, teasing me with this brilliant idea for what could become an all time classic if made. instead we get stuck with fucking samantha mummba in time machine and steven "i didn't sell my soul to shub-nigguarath because it didn't want me as i was to soulless and didn't sream enough anymore" speilberg doing what could have been a fascinating study of a possible future world in minority report. cthulhu isn't sleeping! he's just fucking bored into a coma by modern "entertainment". why can't we have a good ol fashioned assaination to clear out some of these boring wankers! where's my copy of catcher in the rye, hang on a minute......

  • all the keys are in the wrong place and it makes me screw up. well that is my excuse and i'm sticking to it. and it should have said "someone" and "dream". so ner. BComing Somethingorother

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 1:55 p.m. CST

    sorry sorry i just get caught up in it all

    by BComing

    you know, once you start hacking it's hard to stop. sorry, really sorry about that everyone, hope you can forgive me, let's not argue over who killed who, let's just say it was harry who did it and move on with our lives. i won't say anything if you don't....

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by DropKickMurphy

    You never cease to amaze me old I'd write more but I have to get my tent set up so I'm first in line "taken to the limit..." I will be first to see this extarvaganza...and damn if I'm still not chuckling about that Tom Cruise vanity cd from like 4 months ago. I know, I'm a loser.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 3:34 p.m. CST

    by serenityNOW

    I'm sorry but why is it that only 3 or 4 of those movie ideas sound remotely interesting. Why the hell am I asking, I already know the answer. Cause they've all either been done a million times before, have horrible casting (ricki martin?!?!), or are obviously made to make a quick ill-earned dollar. these ideas SUCK. The majority of them anyways. There should not be any remakes if they're just gonna remake a film that was originally released less than 30-50 years ago. No borderlining gay Puerto Rican singers posing as actors. It is sad indeed when the most promising sounding film on a list that long turns out to be Blade 2 (which I am actually looking forward to)

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Romero and Ricky Martin????....

    by OOBE

    .....fuck that!!! ol George wants to sort his ass out and deliver the zombie flick we're all waiting for!!!.....Ricky fuckin Martin!?!?!?.....

  • Just wondering...

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Only Blade 2?

    by iloveryan

    I know I'm probably wasting keyboarding-energy because of the Ryan Phillippe-haters that abound in these talk-backs, but Igby Goes Down sounds like something that should at least be given a chance before any snap judgements are made about it.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Time to Start Breakin Fingaz....

    by JustinTimberlake

    Who da naysayers talkin' smack on muh nigga Buzz? Shit bitches I killed for a fuck of a lot less than that. I was gonna rhyme this week again, but then I see some playa hatin'. Fuck the naysayers Buzz, your shit always work. By the way anyone headin' to the HIGH TIMES awards? Look for da hooligan in the skull cap, we'll smoke a fatty and laugh about Buzz's column. Yeah.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 6:28 p.m. CST

    No, Gilmour, we don't.

    by Penny Dreadful

    What-the-fuck-ever, as one talkbacker once said. Buzz always makes me laugh. I know it's not only me and Method Man! And honest to God, Iloveryan, do ya think THIS site is the best place to go on about him? Have you read what they've done to Freddie P. Jr?!

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 7:06 p.m. CST

    No Gilmour, just you

    by JonQuixote

    Buzz is perhaps the most hilarious, bright, and even-tempered poster around here. This may not have been his best recap, but still worth chuckling over, and I'm still shitting myself over his Ben Affleck as a Kevin Smith character line from about a week ago. But hey, if trashing the popular makes you feel cool, don't let us stop you. Some people need all the help they can get.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Yes, Penny Dreadful,....

    by iloveryan

    ....I do think it is, for the very same reasons you think it isn't, so, as we say in the Teutonic midwest, "Iss mein schwanz!"

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I Gotta Go Along With Gilmour On That Buzz Maverik...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...that guy Maverik just bugs the heck out of me, always yuckin' it up and stuff.

  • Feb. 24, 2001, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I agree with Buzz. Maverik you're finished around here, you hear

    by Regis Travolta

    Kaput! Stick a fork in your weekly recap spoof because it's done, you hear me? DONE! You may have to go join the Backstreet Boys or N'Sync or maybe the Beach Boys. Can you rap like Eminem?

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Penny Dreadful...


    ....has a valid point for iloveryan...they kick my nuts in on this site, and they don't like they way i dyed my hair and eyebrow! I imagine the fanboys will change their tune when I put out a home video of me peeling SMG's panties down with my teeth, exposing her sweet lower regions, and fanboys will be drooling at that exposed piece of vaginal gold, hey film geeks i guess Fred's pretty fuckin cool now huh, HUH! Okay now i've simmered down. Hey I loveryan, do you have a friend named ilovebigfred? And By the way Gilmour you rim jobber, Buzz rules this site. I'm going to use him in WING COMMANDER 2: The Search For Buzz.

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Well, Freddie....

    by iloveryan

    ....I actually don't, but I suppose y'all could ask SMG to post as "ilovebigfred". I mean, if she's willing to do the aforementioned home video with you, well....

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST

    pop a recap in yo' ass

    by jeff bailey

    Hola TBer's. The Plague Season looks like it could rock. Check out the script review on this week's Dark Horizons. The only real problem is Ron Shelton is directing it. But, who knows? I thought Hanson was a hack until L.A. Confidential. Insomnia remake huh? Haven't seen Memento yet but this guy seems like a good choice. The original had cool ideas but I didn't think they were executed well. Maybe he can tease them out and supe 'em up. Anyway, as for Buzz, I think he's so funny becuase if some joker switched him and Elston Gunn one week, no one would be the wiser, considering the crap they foist on us. Still nothing more entertaining then the Weekly Recap. Well, maybe the talkbacks afterwards! Until next time...

  • Feb. 25, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Gilmour: A Man of No Importance

    by Alceste

    Sad is the individual who seeks to justify his worthless existence by hurling unprovoked invective at his intellectual superiors.

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 1:31 a.m. CST

    the long-awaited return of 5tone's 2cents...

    by tommy5tone

    whoomp, here it is*****anyone ever noticed how steven spielberg uses joel schumacher as his unofficial casting agent? joel casts kiefer sutherland in 'the lost boys', steve casts kiefer in that WW2 episode of 'amazing stories' he directed. joel casts matthew mcconaughey in 'a time to kill', steve casts matthew in 'amistad'. now joel's latest crush, colin farrell ('tigerland', 'phone booth'), gets a plum role in 'minority report'. think i'm jumping to conclusions here, eh?'re probably right. anyhoo, i'm no fan of samantha morton - she's got about as much shelf life as emily lloyd or sammi davis IMHO. if you ask me, 'minority report' (shite title!) is shaping up as a big-ass dud, cruise/spielberg combo or no cruise/spielberg combo*****kurt russell, ron shelton and james ellroy in one project - will the cinemas be supplying red meat and scotch or will i have to bring my own?*****without wishing to sound too un-PC, leonor varela better frequently display what's in that blouseful of goodies to justify her role in 'blade 2'*****billy bob thornton/wes bentley - that's some cool casting*****i hope these comments don't make me sound too much like the guy in these forums who takes the piss out of larry king, but they probably do*****is it just me or does the cast of 'igby goes down' sound like a bunch of ingredients that sound good on their own, but utterly terrible when combined? danes, peet, phillippe, goldblum, could get nasty. i think i'd rather remove my eyes with a rusty fork that watch these actors on screen together*****one advantage of removing my eyes with that rusty fork is missing out on 'scary movie 2'. why do people keep hiring tim curry? it's painfully fucking obvious that he hit his peak with frank'n'furter and has been on a steady decline ever since. and as for tori spelling...nah, too easy*****the most apt movie title of the year: 'enough'. nice to see bill campbell back on the big screen ('the rocketeer' was so cool!) and dan futterman seems kinda cool, but jennifer lopez better ask steven soderbergh for another role pretty damn quick - 'sleeping with the enemy' remakes aren't gonna make me go see j.lo*****is my dislike of ed burns (a) irrational, (b) completely justified, (c) generous considering he has shown fuck-all talent as a writer-director and only a mildly irritating smirky charm as an actor? answers on a postcard, please*****trailers for 'memento' are now screening here in australia - damn, it looks fine. my money's on christopher nolan being the next bryan singer, and 'insomnia' looks ready to reserve a space in my cool book. just don't let al chew the scenry too much, OK?*****samantha mumba = superfine. dunno if her thick oirish accent is gonna go too well with the future world of 'the time machine', however. this projects starting to look a little 'minority report', if you know what i'm sayin'*****i can just see ralph fiennes as a jittery paranoid genius in 'fear itself' - good casting*****i can't believe that with our accumulated wisdom and modern technology, we still feel the need for a movie called 'chambermaid' - have you no shame, john hughes?*****yes, i know ricky martin was an actor before he was a singer. (he was on 'general hospital', for god's sake.) if he's gonna make a bid for screen stardom, could he please steer clear on serious-sounding projects that will instantly lose credibility thanks to senor vida loca? you wanna be in 'dirty dancing 2', ricky? go ahead, go nuts. but don't play the cameo as the cold-blooded assassin just yet, OK? you haven't earned it*****'flying tigers' oughta be out just in time to cash in on 'pearl harbor', but why is no one rushing to make a really cool war movie - caleb carr's 'the devil soldier'! in a nutshell: 19th century american soldier of fortune kicks much ass in china. john woo directs, heath ledger stars, you gladly hand over your hard-earned cash to watch this new millennium version of 'lawrence of arabia'*****i loved 'fast times at ridgemont high' and 'clueless' as much as the next guy, but 'after life' needs a more delicate hand than amy heckerling's. my vote goes to cameron crowe*****i loved 'house party' and 'the great white hype' as much as the next guy, but why is reginald hudlin still working?*****'peppermint lounge' could have that cool 'LA confdential' feel to it, but the less-than-delicate touch of brett "i've got 7 cell phones! i talk to warren beatty all the time!" ratner at the helm gives one pause*****fuck you, spyglass*****my previous comments about ricky martin should not give you the impression i would condone the making of 'dirty dancing 2'. lawrence bender, i'm gonna start believing some of the nasty things people say about you if this movie goes ahead. unless it has a britney spears topless shot, in which case you're in my cool book, sir*****and what FOOL would disrespect the great buzz maverik? he is my comedy god (up there with bill murray and bill hicks) and if you were a thinking cat, he'd be yours too*****any major dude will tell you (lyrics courtesy of grammy winner steely dan!), now five-tone has too.

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 7:22 a.m. CST

    If this is a sign of what's to come, I will be spending a lot of

    by Brooklyn Bred

    Blade 2 sounds cool though

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by jeff bailey

    Folks, I meant the crap Hollywood foists on us. Not Elston Gunn! HE doesnt make the bad news. Only reports it to us in a timely manner! Damn pronouns!

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 11:02 a.m. CST

    And by the way....

    by iloveryan

    ....I really don't think the comparison between Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinz Jr. is entirely fair. In WAY OF THE GUN (I know people either love or hate this movie, which IMHO is the hallmark of any good cult classic), Ryan demonstrated that he is capable of growing as an actor, which is certainly a good thing because movies aimed exclusively at a young audience are a rather limiting fare. It often seems as if Freddie Prinz Jr. is just in it for the money because he keeps starring in the sort of banal romantic comedy that really doesn't do anything for most movie-goers, myself included.

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Buzz for Motion Picture Industry President

    by holidill

    During this long overdue strike which I really really really hope happens. WHen it does, my humble lord Buzz will take control of Hollywood and make it his own. I know he probably won't want to do it, but...BUZZ FOR PRESIDENT! REGIS T. for VICE PRESIDENT! HOLIDILL for lowly mopbucket operator #3. Please! I work really hard!

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Oh God, Buzz Valenti??

    by JonQuixote

    I think I just heard Lieberman's head explode!

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Hollidill For Movie Czar!

    by Buzz Maverik

    If the country can have a drug czar, the MPA can have a movie czar. The great thing is, you can create your own job. Under my administration, we'll implement a new rating system. Sexual content in a film will receive a "Y" rating for "Yowza!", violence will receive a "P" rating for "Peckinpaughian". We'll still keep NC-17 for adaptions of old T.V. shows and DIE HARD ripoffs. And to confuse everyone we'll have two "C" ratings, one for "Crap" and one for "Cool".

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I really see the need for a Peckinpaughian rating, but don't for

    by JonQuixote

    You're going to need a CT rating for the cocktease movies and videos that look like they promise lots of nudity and sex, but fail to deliver (yeah that's right Coyote Ugly, I'm talking to you). And don't forget the DePM (DePalma Masturbation) rating applied to self-indulgent crap like Snake Eyes and Mission to Mars. And, perhaps most importantly, all movies that rely on shock value and/or emotional whoring to try and force tears from the audience should be labelled with HJDITO (Haley Joel Dies In This One).

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 10:49 p.m. CST

    as visions of plagarism dance thru my head

    by JonQuixote

    it's bothering me that those ratings suggestions came a bit too quick for me. so if it turns out i ripped them off from somewhere, it was inadvertant. damn.

  • Feb. 27, 2001, 5:55 p.m. CST

    My job description lord Buzz

    by holidill

    As long as I can watch all of your most excellent films oh high lord.