Which promising movies fell shortest of expectations?
When we first heard the news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker and company as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, we were almost beside ourselves with enthusiasm. After all, as the director of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he could revitalize a classic sci-fi franchise while remaining true to its core concepts and respectful of its legacy. Added to that the fact that Abrams will be shooting from a script written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and Episode VII is bound to be the greatest Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, right? We'll see. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but gearing down from "enthusiastic" to "hopefully optimistic."
Studios don't set out to make bad movies, yet they churn them out each and every year. Sure, most bad movies are doomed from the get-go, be they saddled with a bad script, a director who lacks vision, a cast made up of eye candy instead of actors, or some combination thereof, but even movies that seem to have everything going for them can still turn out to be dreadful. A movie about cowboys fighting aliens starring Indiana Jones and James Bond directed by the man who brought us Iron Man? Sounds awesome! Too bad Cowboys and Aliens turned out to be just another one of those movies that should have been great, but ultimately left us feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.
You've griped about them to your friends, now tell us which movies you found to be the biggest disappointments, the ones that simply failed to live up to expectations.
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Posted 01.25.13 by BrentJS
Today's Challenge: Can you link The Tourist, out today on Blu-ray and DVD, with Stand by Me, out today on Blu-ray for the first time?
Our first Facebook movie game, ClusterFlick, plays off that old "six degrees of separation" theory — you know, the one that has a certain Kevin at the center of the Hollywood universe. It's easy to play, but not so easy to win. The goal is to use the major cast of movies to get from Point A to Point B in the smallest number of moves.
Play ClusterFlick >> Posted 03.22.11 by reelz
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
The corpse of the Scarlett Johansson—Ryan Reynolds marriage was still warm as singles across the country eyed up ScarJo and People's Sexiest Man Alive, especially in New York, where Johansson is reportedly apartment hunting.
Folding chairs apparently were smashed over people's heads as a brawl broke out at Hulk Hogan's beach wedding to Jennifer McDaniel.
While Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts duke it out over who makes a better Evil Queen in dueling Snow White movies, perhaps Angelina Jolie should've been considered as she looked the part in Versace at the Berlin premiere of The Tourist.
Meanwhile, it was Gwyneth Paltrow who stole the red carpet buzz, appearing at the Country Strong premiere in Emilio Pucci that was all business in the front, party in the back.
While it's been reported that the NYPD has closed the case on Charlie Sheen's drunken rampage at the Plaza Hotel in October, apparently the complaint filed by porn star Capri Anderson, alleging assault and false imprisonment, is still being investigated. Sheen seemed unfazed on last night's airing of Two and Half Men, instead mesmerized by Jenny McCarthy's breasts. Posted 12.15.10 by reelz
Nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globes were announced this morning, with The King's Speech getting the most nods (7), followed by The Social Network (6) and The Fighter (6). See the complete list of movie nominations here.
As always, there were snubs — Not a single True Grit nom? No Danny Boyle (127 Hours) in the Best Director category? There were the surprises — Halle Berry's Best Actress nom for a performance most moviegoers have never heard of? The critically panned Burlesque for top comedy or musical? But then there were the surprises that also prompted audible scoffs.
When Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were announced as contenders for best actor and best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for The Tourist snorts of disbelief crackled over the airwaves.
Given that last week Vulture was rounding up the craziest review descriptions of Jolie's The Tourist performance, we have to wonder if the nominations were submitted before critic screenings. Posted 12.14.10 by reelz
The highly anticipated Johnny Depp–Angelina Jolie pairing turns out to be a near-epic fail.
Posted 12.10.10 by reelz
"...plays like a quaint artifact from a lost world. It goes down, or sideways, like a cup of caffeine-free mint tea — a thriller for those who prefer to keep their vital signs nice and steady."— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...astonishingly lifeless and awkward, reducing two of the world's biggest movie stars to something akin to shy, pimply teenagers on their first date."— Scott Tobias, Onion AV Club
"Staggeringly misjudged in virtually every department, from the wannabe effervescent script to Johnny Depp's dopey hairdo, this zero-chemistry pairing of Angelina Jolie and Depp stands as an object lesson in the perils of succumbing to the siren call of big-time Hollywood filmmaking for a foreign director with one art house hit behind him."— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"...tedious, sluggishly directed and terribly written. Dialogue is beyond stilted, as if badly translated from another language."— Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...fails on every conceivable level."— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
One week from today, fans of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp will get to see two of the world's biggest movie stars together in one movie for the very first time when German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's (The Lives of Others) romantic thriller, The Tourist, opens nationwide. A remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, the movie follows an American tourist (Depp) in Europe who unwittingly becomes a pawn in a dangerous game of international intrigue after falling for an undercover Interpol agent (Jolie). To help satiate eager fans, Columbia Pictures has released two new clips from the movie that reveal that there will be some humor in the movie courtesy of Depp and that, yes, Jolie and Depp will get physical in the movie, if only just a kiss. Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton also star. watch the clips >> Posted 12.03.10 by BrentJS
Director Florian von Donnersmarck's upcoming thriller The Tourist doesn't open until December, so Columbia has released a new clip of the movie to give Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp fans something to watch over the weekend. The Tourist, a remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, concerns an American tourist named Frank (Depp), who is dragged into a web of danger and intrigue when he falls for an undercover Interpol agent (Jolie). The clip takes place well before the trouble arrives, as it shows Depp and Jolie meet for the first time on a European train. watch the clip >> Posted 11.20.10 by Ryan
In the upcoming The Tourist, Angelina Jolie plays an Interpol Agent who lures an American tourist (Johnny Depp) into danger in order to trap a criminal. The part was originally set to be played by Charlize Theron, but eventually went to Jolie. In an interview with Vogue, Jolie described her attraction to the project.
Jolie Picks her directors >> Posted 11.12.10 by Ryan
I was looking for a very short thing to do before Brad [Pitt] started filming [Moneyball], and I said I needed something that shoots not too long, in a nice location for my family. Somebody said there’s a script that’s been around, and it shoots in Venice and Paris. And I said, "Is it a character I haven’t played before?" And they said, "Yes, it’s a lady."
Director Florian von Donnersmarck's The Tourist, a remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, has looked at times like a comedy mixed with thriller elements as it follows an American tourist in Europe (Johnny Depp) who gets mixed up with an undercover Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) and finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy. The latest TV spot tries to focus on the action side of the movie, which also co-stars Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton. watch the TV Spot >> Posted 10.31.10 by Ryan
A new trailer has been released for director Florian von Donnersmarck's (The Lives of Others) new movie, The Tourist. A remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, the movie stars Johnny Depp as an American tourist in Europe who becomes entangled in a web of intrigue and danger after an undercover Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) begins to flirt with him on a train. While slightly more uptempo than the first trailer, the new one provides very little new footage of Depp and Jolie.
Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton also star. Posted 10.09.10 by BrentJS