First of all, Kate Beckinsale is the most beautiful woman in the world. Let me get that out of the way.
Having said that, the new Wonder Woman (for the Justice League movie) is absolutely gorgeous. She should be, since she’s an Australian supermodel. Her name is Megan Gale (any relation to Dorothy?) and she’s been confirmed, according to /Film.
They also have the scoop on the Batman for the Justice League movie. While he’s no Christian Bale, he’s 6’5″ and will certainly be a Batman with dreamy blue eyes.
Every year ABC Family airs the 25 Days of Christmas, which features the classic Christmas movies we grew up with (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and the new classics (The Polar Express). This year kicks off with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone tonight and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets tomorrow night.
Watch tonight to remind yourself just how little the Potter kids were when this all started. Throughout the month of December, MovieSnobs will be counting down the days of Christmas and letting you know what’s on so you can cozy up with some hot chocolate and a fleece blanket and get ready for the holidays.
John Cusack, a MovieSnobs favorite, has signed on to The Factory, a psychological thriller. Cusack will play an obsessed cop who’s hunting a serial killer when his daughter goes missing. Seeing John’s mental breakdown in 1408 makes me very happy that he’s doing another psychological thriller-type role.
The only question that remains is, will he be in the rain?
December is a powerhouse of great movies. Here’s your guide to what new movies are coming out next month.
Juno – Written by a former stripper and starring Superbad‘s Michael Cera, this flick is sure to be a hit. Ellen Page from Hard Candy stars as a pregnant teen who’s giving her baby up for adoption by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.
Atonement – It’s an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. With stars this beautiful how could you not check out this movie?
The Golden Compass – The Catholic League is up in arms about this one because they say it’s an attack on religion. I’m not sure a movie with a talking polar bear can qualify as an attack on anything. Anyway, this movie is based on a book and stars James Bond – I mean, Daniel Craig – and Nicole Kidman.
Grace Is Gone – John Cusack plays a man whose wife dies fighting in the Iraq war. He takes his two daughters on a roadtrip while trying to figure out how to be a father without his wife. As we all know, the MovieSnobs love John Cusack, so this is a long-awaited movie. Especially after seeing him play a father in Martian Child.
Alvin and the Chipmunks – As much as I despise remakes, the trailer made me giggle, and I love Jason Lee, so I’m going to give this one a chance. It’ll most likely be lame, but ya never know…
I Am Legend – Will Smith in a post-apocalyptic movie? I’m sold.
The Kite Runner – Based on a book, it’s the story of two Middle Eastern boys and their lifelong friendship. No offense, but bor-ing.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Yay! National Treasure is back! More of Nic Cage’s lame quest for something to do with presidential stuff, Diane Kruger looking hot, and Justin Bartha cracking jokes. There will be action, explosions, and vague historical semi-facts. I will be in the theater.
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Ah, Johnny Depp. Mr. Depp steps into the role of a damaged man who kills people and then lets the lady downstairs (Helena Bonham Carter) make them into meat pies. Plus, it’s a musical. Johnny sings.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – What appears to be a parody of Walk the Line is sure to draw an audience since it’s from Judd Apatow. I might have to see it – Jenna Fischer’s in it playing the Reese Witherspoon role.
P.S. I Love You – Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler star in this rehashed rom-com.
Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem – I know nothing about either of these series. But I’m all for giant monsters attacking each other.
Charlie Wilson’s War – An all-star cast in a movie about war. Not interested.
The Bucket List – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman make a list of the things they want to do before they die. Sounds like a road trip movie for old people. But it stars two of the greatest actors of all time.
Cassandra’s Dream – A super-weird trailer is all I know about this Woody Allen flick. But it stars Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. They can read the phone book and I’d buy a ticket.
That’s about all there is. Almost more exciting than all of these great movies being released this month is that Superbad is coming out on DVD on December 4th.
What will you be checking out this holiday season?
Hello, kids! I’m back with another round of films here at WIB?! Last week, I didn’t really hit the nail on the head, but I am determined to bring it back up!
This week’s edition is a little bit short, with only two films being featured, but definitely sweet. Take a peek!
Awake: This movie has been getting some flack lately, due to its “statistics,” as pointed out by Christine in a recent Movie News item. Hayden Christensen is on an operating table, when apparently the anesthesia hasn’t quite kicked in properly, and he can hear everything. What does he think of overhearing the medical staff planning his death? How about if one of the physicians was his dear friend (Terrence Howard)? How about his wife’s (Jessica Alba) possible involvement? Will It Bomb? I’m marginal about this. The trailer seems rather humdrum for the first minute or so, and then you get the inevitable plot twist. However, the notion of anesthetic awareness seems to have been grossly manipulated in this case, just to make the movie seem greater than it actually is. Well, my gut instinct is that since there isn’t really anything by way of the thriller genre this week, it has a pretty good chance of breaking into (at least) the #6 spot.
The Savages: The consistently phenomenal talents of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are mashed together in this story about brilliant siblings who must put their ailing father in a rest home, thus creating a bit of a role reversal. They both possess creative minds and get along the way many siblings get along. There’s bickering, then sweetness, followed by more bickering and more sweetness. Will It Bomb? I really enjoyed this trailer! Linney and Hoffman look like that have an impenetrable chemistry as brother and sister from what I’ve seen. Again, since this is an indie, I vote that it will do fairly well! Let’s see how many screenings will be shown and what that will bring!
And there you have it! For this week anyway. Come on back next week for the recap over at DIB?! This column returns late next week, with all the fresh movie goodies coming to you. Have a great weekend, everybody!
Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen star in the new thriller Awake about a man who is awake during surgery and hears his doctors and his wife plotting his own murder. Slate.com has a great article that explains anesthesia awareness and what the facts are. They reference several medical findings on the subject to show that the stat “1 in 700 people are awake during surgery” is far overestimated. However, that’s Hollywood for you.