Halloween is generally a weak movie frame, usually dominated by just one or two wide opening horror films. Last week Paranormal Activity 2 raked in the ticket sales threatening to become the new inexhaustable horror franchise. The previous ubiquitous October champ, Saw, returns for what it's billing as its final outing SAW 3D. If it opens big again, there's no way it's a "final" film. These things never die... much like the murderous monsters they strangely idolize.
Who'da thunk when we first met Cary Elwes, torturing Rupert Everett with his boy beauty in Another Country or being tortured "to the pain" in The Princess Bride that he'd one day end up so associated with mainstream torture porn?!
Other new films opening in limited release include the buzzy indie horror film MONSTERS, the all star crime caper WILD TARGET with Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy and the final chapter in the Swedish Millenium series THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST (the first chapter of that series, "Dragon Tattoo," is already being remade for American audiences).
Why is Chris Evans pouting on the cover of Entertainment Weekly?
See Chris in (and out) of uniform as Captain America, AFTER THE JUMP...
If that's your body why you gonna pout?
The former Human Torch has a new superhero incarnation, Captain America (Steve Rogers in civilian life) but we do know that the actor resisted this new identity for a good long while. According to EW, Evans explains it like so.
"At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character…
Six films is a big commitment. Not that any actor ends up doing that many but you have to lock them in… just in case. I'm already curious about the visual f/x they'll have to employ. Chris Evans has always had a superhero body without any costume padding necessary, but Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) starts out scrawny and physically unfit. They'll have to go to Benjamin Button lengths to make Evans convincing as a mere mortal before he becomes the Captain.
This one is for the horror fans: Have you voted on the Battle of the Queer Creeps?
Ryan Gosling and George Clooney on the screen simultaneously? Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei will also co-star in Clooney's new directorial project The Ides of March. Clooney continues to be a generous soul.
Two franchises got new titles this week. The next Batman feature will be called The Dark Knight Rises and the next in Tom Cruise's old series has the unwieldy name of Mission: Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Er… two colons in one title? Ah well, at least Jeremy Renner is in it.
A question for the gay parents out there: Did you name your baby after a movie star? Apparently that happens… a lot.
Ryan Kwanten, who most people know primarily as horny dim Jason Stackhouse on True Blood apparently doesn't believe in vacationing during his hiatus. He was just nominated at the AFI (Australian Film Institute) for his Season 3 work on True Blood (complete list of nominations), he has the crime thriller RED HILL coming out next week (pictured right, in which you can hear him with his actual accent) and now he's been cast as the notorious serial killer Charles Manson in a new film called The Family.
Plus, Cher AND Olivia Newton-John jokes in a trailer?
Oh Stephin, you spoil us.