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<p>She ain't heavy... she's Uhura.&nbsp; Zoe Saldana prepares to deal some pain in 'The Losers,' the ensemble action film Warner Bros. will release on April 9.</p>

A trailer for 'The Losers' premieres online

Posted Jan 29, 2010 6:30 PM By Drew McWeeny

Are you ready for the return of '80s action movies?

A few weeks ago, we got our first look at "The A-Team," which seems to be filled wall-to-wall with ideas that are right out of the '80s, and now "The Losers" premieres its first trailer over at MSN Movies, and it looks like Sylvain White is just as big a fan of that aesthetic as Joe Carnahan is.

The film was written by Peter Berg and Jamie Vanderbilt, the guy behind the new "Spider-Man" scripts, and here's the way Warner Bros. describes it in the official synopsis:

"An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, "The Losers" centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team--Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar --find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war."

The cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric.

Interested?  Well, here's the embed from MSN Movies:

 

That looks like fun, right?  It's amazing how Saldana has become the geek goddess du jour.  I like that the film makes use of a bunch of charismatic actors who, so far, have proven to be hard to cast.  Morgan and Evans should be giant movie stars, as should Elba, and yet it still seems like people have trouble figuring out what to do with them.  This could be a perfect showcase for them all.

And come on... "Blackguyver"?  Love it.

"The Losers" will be in theaters April 9.

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    Balls (guest)
    Drew you're forgetting the best goddamed reason to see this film- JASON PATRIC ! This guy kills everything he is in, and the bastard never works. I don't know if it's his choice or not, but this guy should be the biggest star on the planet. Pitt? Clooney? Damon? they can't shine his shoes. NARC, YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. He dominates. I bet he marks this flick in the same indelible way Heath did in Dark Knight.
    January 29, 2010 at 8:01PM EST
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      ShadowMaker SdR
      @Balls. Jason Patric? Two words: Speed. II.
      January 30, 2010 at 4:18AM EST
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    Chuck (guest)
    Zoe Saldana shooting off guns in her underwear = I'm there.
    January 29, 2010 at 10:26PM EST
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    Trekscribbler
    Looks hip and fun. Count me in.
    January 30, 2010 at 6:36AM EST
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    miky (guest)
    patric is a horrendous snob he works on films then slates them. Hes also got one of those faces u wanna slap.
    February 2, 2010 at 11:31AM EST
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    Ed (guest)
    Jason Patric, two words- RUSH< NARC.
    Sahdowmaker,two words- Untalented Douche
    April 20, 2010 at 2:19AM EST
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Obi-Wan: Terrible Undercover Agent

108 days until Star Wars: Was Obi-Wan Kenobi the worst military tactician ever?

Posted Sep 1, 2015 6:10 PM By  

When Disney shuttered Star Wars’ Expanded Universe, we lost a lot of good things (like Thrawn and Mara Jade). But we also lost a lot of convoluted gobbledygook. In place of that vast and contradictory lore, Disney began to introduce new canon to officially fill in the gaps.

But they still haven’t explained what in the Force’s good name Obi-Wan Kenobi was thinking when he returned to Tatooine after the end of “Revenge of the Sith”!! Nothing about that idea is a good tactical move. This man was a General and a Jedi Knight. And yet? Obi-Wan took the only son of his fallen apprentice and placed the infant with his only remaining paternal family.

…what?

Recently STAR WARS #7 — the comic written by Jason Aaron, with art by Simone Bianchi — dove into the minutia of how Obi-Wan spent his days on Tatooine. It involved a lot of trying not to be a Jedi and watching over Luke from a distance to keep him safe. Oh, and kicking sand in the face of the most powerful crime lord on the planet. You know, the one he negotiated trade routes with and who could out him should they ever meet face-to-face again? The one who would have no qualms about turning in a rogue Jedi for a reward?


Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment/Simone Bianchi

Obi-Wan Kenobi consistently makes terrible life choices. From believing the prophecy about bringing “balance” to the Force in a galaxy with two villains to innumerable heroes was a good thing to ignoring the behavioral changes that indicated Anakin was becoming evil, the signs were all there. But it’s only with his arrival on Tatooine that it becomes clear: Obi-Wan Kenobi has no idea what he’s doing.

Think about it. By the time “A New Hope” begins, Obi-Wan has been on Tatooine for almost two decades. In that time he has managed to keep a high enough profile to be “local color.” We know this as Luke knows who he is and exactly where he lives. When R2-D2 says he belongs to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke immediately assumes the droid owner must be related to Old Ben Kenobi. Luke even queries the Jedi by name after the incident with the Tuskan Raiders.

“Ben? Ben Kenobi? Boy, am I glad to see you.”

So, to recap: Obi-Wan Kenobi took the only son of Darth Vader back to the Sith Lord’s home planet. He then placed the infant in the keeping of Vader’s stepbrother — who still lives on the same farm Anakin visited in “The Clone Wars” — and let the boy keep the infamous Skywalker name. Kenobi then retreated to the hills when Owen refused to let Luke be trained. However, Obi-Wan kept his well-known last name and continued to dress in the robes of a Jedi. On top of that, he used just enough of his powers that Owen refers to him as a “wizard.”

Remember, Jedi are extinct and any that survived the purge are being actively hunted by Inquisitors sent by Emperor Palpatine. Yet here is Obi-Wan, bold as brass, effectively shouting his existence from the rooftops.

Unless…was the goal to use Luke as bait? Consider this: Despite never using her powers in the films, Obi-Wan’s ghost makes it clear that Leia is capable of using the Force to save the galaxy should Luke screw it up. Everything Obi-Wan and Yoda did put Luke in danger; almost as if they were trying to draw out Palpatine and/or Darth Vader. Yet Leia is kept hidden, subsumed completely into the Organa royal household. There she was not taught the ways of the Jedi, but equally important skills. Skills like how to rule a planet, how to navigate the byzantine labyrinth of politics, how to engender loyalty. Sure, Leia was being groomed to take her mother’s place as the leader of Alderaan, but what if her training had a dual purpose?

Perhaps Luke was the weapon and Leia was the end goal, the new Queen of the Republic.

Or perhaps it’s just a huge and terrible plot hole. Either/or.

 

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112 days until Star Wars: Official community manager scoffs at concept of 'gendered' armor

Posted Aug 28, 2015 12:59 PM By  

If there was one thing I thought we all agreed on when it comes to “Star Wars The Force Awakens,” it was that Gwendoline Christie is ROCKING her look as the mysterious Captain Phasma. What’s not to like about an imposing figure stalking through the halls of the First Order looking shiny and chrome?

Apparently for some, the lack of molded breasts on the armor is a sticking point. This complaint was in full effect yesterday when Star Wars put up this fantastic piece of artwork of Phasma on their Facebook page.

Almost immediately a dude was complaining that he can’t tell there’s a woman under all that metallic armor. Usually comments like this are left to the winds of the Internet, screaming into the abyss. But not this time. This time, Star Wars responded. And it was glorious.

Preach it, Star Wars community moderator. Preach.

Oh! And just a friendly reminder that boob plate armor would kill you.

[H/T: Thibaut Claudel]

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What happens when you put three different Hannibal Lecters in one scene?

What happens when you put three different Hannibal Lecters in one scene?

Posted Sep 2, 2015 1:45 PM By  

Thomas Harris has gotten more mileage out of his various novels about Hannibal Lecter than I'll wager he ever expected, and like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, I'm guessing Harris has a complicated relationship with his most iconic and memorable creation.

I was introduced to Lecter in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," and I immediately went out and found the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon" and read that, and it was clear to me immediately that Harris had found the perfect way to examine and comment on the way our pop culture is fascinated by human monsters. The movie wasn't a hit, but one of the advantages to working in a movie theater as a teenager was that I got to see things on the bigscreen for free as many times as I could sneak in during their run. I saw "Manhunter" four or five times, and then watched chunks of it while working. I saw the ending at least two dozen times. Minimum.

Did you know Gene Hackman was going to direct "Silence Of The Lambs" at one point? He was the first person to be attached to the book after it was released. I was really excited about the adaptation, but irritated that they weren't going to Michael Mann to allow him to continue, since he did such a strong job getting "Manhunter" right. But the idea of Hackman directing the film and playing Lecter was intriguing when it was announced, and I was actually sad to read that he was moving on and that he wouldn't be making the film. Jonathan Demme seemed like such a weird choice for the job, but I thought he'd always been great with actors, and for "Silence" to work, you'd need actors who could just sit and play this little one-act play in a locked off space and make it captivating. I can't imagine what the film would have been like if Demme had cast Sean Connery, who was the first person he wanted for the part. Connery was about four years into his big pop culture resurgence, and I can't help but wonder what kind of insane threat he would have presented if he'd played the character as written.

I thought the remake of "Red Dragon" was pointless, and I've only ever seen it once, which is a testament to how I felt. And don't get me wrong… I'm not opposed to the idea of going back to adapt something again. Bryan Fuller's work on "Hannibal" proves that there was plenty left to do with the character, and even with the telling of the "Red Dragon" storyline. That's not the issue. The issue is that Brett Ratner didn't do enough to distinguish his film from other versions. It feels like a very able imitation, without any true personality. Fuller's version is rich and weird as hell and turns up some of the subtext to the level of text. Directors Neil Marshall and John Dahl both worked with the "Red Dragon" material, and either one of those guys would be more than qualified to tackle a feature version of Lecter as well.

Matthew Morettini's supercut of all of the versions of one particular scene from "Red Dragon," as played by each of the actors who has tackled the part so far, is a beautiful thing. What surprised me is how jarringly hammy Hopkins is in the part compared to the other performers. Brian Cox underplays things, but there's no mistaking just how gross and slimy he is with even the most innocuous comment. Mikkelson is phenomenal in the part, an alien intelligence studying and occasionally imitating humanity without possessing even a hint of it.

I don't often like these supercut videos, but this one is special, and put together with real nuance. It's sort of amazing.

Recovering the Mindset from Matthew Morettini on Vimeo.

It's a shame we'll now likely never see how Fuller would have handled Clarice Starling, or follow through to new material, possibly even eventually fulfilling a promise it felt like Harris made to his readers and then broke. Think about the story structure… you do "Red Dragon," where Will is finally broken by Lecter and has to go away to recover. Then you do "Silence," where Clarice is introduced and Lecter escapes. The logical next step is a piece in which Will and Clarice have to work together to find Hannibal and stop him. That's just good storytelling. It felt like Harris was repulsed by what happened when "Silence" came out and became a phenomenon, though, and "Hannibal" reads like an extended middle finger from the author, an outright refusal to give the audience anything they wanted.

The fact that I can get this irritated about it all over again just thinking about the potential that it feels like Harris squandered should speak volumes about the hold that these characters have. What a great way of examining all of the approaches actors have made at bringing Lecter to horrifying life.

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Star Wars countdown - Boba Fett fan trailer

107 days until Star Wars: Fan trailer imagines Boba Fett's escape from the Sarlacc Pit

Posted Sep 2, 2015 12:46 PM By  

Rumors are still flying around Boba Fett getting his own stand-alone Star Wars movie. The “Anthology” is tentatively set for 2020, though no other details have been released. The most prevalent theory is the film will be an origin story for the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter.

To me, that angle would be an odd retread as Fett has appeared in the cartoon “The Clone Wars” as a child. Director Eric Demeusy seems to agree. In his recent short film “Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology,” Demeusy envisions a different tale. One where Fett emerges* from the Sarlacc pit after three decades, only to discover the galaxy has changed significantly. Even as a fan trailer, the amount of skill and technical effort is on point!

*As C-3P0 points out, the Sarlacc digests victims slowly over 1000 years. This indicates that somehow the creature is also keeping its food alive.

Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology from Eric Demeusy on Vimeo.

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