Mid-90's Dustin Hoffman-Morgan Freeman virus thriller 'Outbreak' may have inspired the 'Friends' classic gag 'Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan,' but seventeen years later, the joke is all-too-real. NBC has officially begun development of an 'Outbreak' TV series based on the 1995 thriller of the same name, as written by the former team behind 'E.R.' Quick, someone call Crystal the monkey!
The magic of cinema and the magic of magic tend to cancel each other out. Once you convince someone they're seeing alternate realities, alien conquerers, and distant futures, pulling a rabbit out of a hat looks a little underwhelming. It is a cruel, sad truth that a single cut negates all the impact of the greatest act of sleight of hand.
So, a movie about magic needs to be about more than just magic. The silly but not entirely unpleasurable 'Now You See Me' is about showmanship. There are a lot of good actors in this movie, including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Melanie Laurent, and Mark Ruffalo. They play illusionists, mentalists, hucksters, debunkers, billionaire industrialists, Interpol officers, and FBI agents, respectively(ish). All of them, no matter whether they're wool-pullers or wool-pullees, look like they're having a grand old time misdirecting us through a labyrinthine plot involving magicians, bank heists, and decades-old vendettas. For a while, the fun is infectious. I found myself chuckling at the outrageous character names -- Dylan Rhodes! Jack Wilder! Arthur Tressler! Thaddeus Bradley! J. Daniel Atlas! -- and grinning at the ludicrous twists. Like a mark at a good magic act, I knew I was being worked over and was enjoying every second.
Okay: that headline is unfair. The first 'Last Vegas' trailer isn't 'The Hangover' with old people...it's 'The Hangover' with four actors who were, once upon a time, some of the absolute best in the business. There was a time when when Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline headlining a movie would have been a major event. But what about now? The 'Last Vegas' trailer certainly thinks this is a big deal, but is it?
'Oblivion' is best described as opportunity, squandered. Its landscape – conceptual and physical – feels remarkably unique and bursting with possibilities, but the exploration of both lacks originality, and energy. Joe Kosinski’s follow-up to 'TRON: Legacy' is, like its predecessor, a gorgeously mounted, inventive world-building endeavor, but it’s also equally bloodless -- ponderous without being thoughtful, ambitious without being inspired, much less inspiring. The chronicle of a battle for the fate of humankind that possesses little humanity of its own, 'Oblivion' is an overstuffed compendium of familiar genre tropes rendered with ornamental beauty but not much emotional depth.
'Transcendence' is looking to be one of the biggest sci-fi flicks of the next couple years, mainly because we're intrigued by the mysteriousness of the the project, which is eyeing an April 2014 release. While Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall, the latter of whom will be seen in 'Iron Man 3,' are set in the lead roles of Wally Pfister's latest, Morgan Freeman is poised to join as well.
With its release only a few weeks away, you can expect to start seeing a lot from 'Oblivion,' Joseph Kosinski's mysterious Tom Cruise sci-fi movie. Just in case you weren't sold by the past few trailers, a new series of clips have arrived, peeling back a layer or two and exposing some of the film's stranger mysteries. If that's not enough, you can also stream the entirety of M83's original soundtrack.
With its release just around the corner, the maketing machine for 'Oblivion' is in full swing. After a soft start, the trailers have gotten increasingly interesting and two newly released TV spots are no different, selling a big, epic sci-fi action movie that looks genuinely mysterious and intriguing. Watch the spots below!
In the weeks and months after 9/11, it was reported that the United States military was recruiting Hollywood screenwriters to help predict potential follow-up attacks. The new thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen' plays like the craziest, silliest entry from that post-9/11 doomsday scenario slush file -- a passionately loony blend of 'Die Hard' cliches and feverish right wing paranoia. If only the execution of this White House home invasion fantasy was half as entertaining as its conception.
A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.