April 17, 2013 | 6:52 p.m.
And the big summer movie trailers just keep coming. The latest addition to the lineup? “R.I.P.D.,” the supernatural 3-D buddy-cop action comedy adapted from the Dark Horse Comics title created by Peter M. Lenkov. Due in theaters from Universal on July 19, the movie sees Ryan Reynolds play Nick Walker, a rising-star officer killed in the line of duty who finds himself policing paranormal activity from beyond the grave. He’s now tasked with catching bad souls that have escaped judgment — the film’s title stands for “Rest in Peace Department” — a mission made more interesting when he’s partnered with Jeff Bridges’ outrageous veteran sheriff, Roy Pulsifer. Directed by Robert Schwentke (“Red”), “R.I.P.D.” also stars Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary Louise-Parker and Mike O’Malley. The clip suggests no shortage of deadpan humor, much of which appears likely to come courtesy […]
Aug. 02, 2011 | 6:55 a.m.
Green Lantern may have a future on the big screen, but likely not with the same director. Despite the big-budget superhero movie’s disappointing box office performance so far, Warner Bros. executives still want to find a way to make a sequel work. Bringing superheroes from its DC Comics unit to the big screen is a top priority for the studio, and executives believe that the problem with “Green Lantern” was in execution, not concept. They even have ideas on how to turn things around next time. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a […]
June 17, 2011 | 8:27 a.m.
Overall, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times goes against the early critical opinion of Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern,” saying “it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production” makes it watchable in a “comic book kind of way.” Far from high praise, it’s not as scathing as the New York Times’ review or that Rotten Tomatoes’ score. Starting with Hal Jordan himself, Turan’s take on Ryan Reynolds seems positive; he says that “Reynolds can handle most of what the script by Greg Berlanti and Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg throws at him. The problem is, not all of that stuff is worth doing.” Turan goes on to point out that the visual depiction of the planet Oa, “home base of the Lanterns and their […]
June 16, 2011 | 2:05 a.m.
From the instant “Green Lantern“ met the public at Comic-Con International last year, fans have been grumbling about the look and tone of the DC Comics adaptation. Now that the film’s release is only hours away, reviews are finally hitting the web — and they’re not great. (The movie has a paltry 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this.) With so much judgment already, is it possible for “Green Lantern” to get a fair shake? Those involved with the movie seem to think so. At the movie’s premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, director Martin Campbell said he wasn’t worried that negative energy would hurt box-office prospects. Meanwhile, Reynolds, who stars as Hal Jordan in the film, says he’s understanding of the scrutiny that comes along with turning a popular brand into a film. “I think it gets the absolute right shake,” he […]
June 15, 2011 | 2:53 p.m.
When it comes to his movie set, filmmaker Martin Campbell is a talented tyrant in search of silence. “It isn’t pretty when a cellphone rings,” says Daniel Craig, who played James Bond for Campbell in “Casino Royale.” “People leave puddles when Martin comes after them.” So you can imagine the angst last summer when a shrill beeping interrupted work on “Green Lantern,” the Warner Bros. project that arrives in theaters this week as the most expensive superhero film in a summer packed with them. “Not good,” star Ryan Reynolds muttered as the bleating fire alarm filled the New Orleans wood frame house that had been rented for an emotional family scene. The culprit, it turned out, was the mist being pumped into the home to lend a suffused, sentimental burnish to the footage, and crew members scrambled up the cherry […]
June 15, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
As the imperious, florid-faced Sinestro, actor Mark Strong is a scene-stealer in “Green Lantern” and with a chuckle he said he thoroughly enjoyed submerging himself in the alien role despite the rigors of the makeup process and risks of digital effects. “I’ve learned that I’m the kind of actor who loves transformation,” Strong said last year during a break from fight and flight training on the film’s Louisiana set. “Wearing someone else’s clothes, someone else’s hair, somebody else’s face, that’s very interesting to me and I think it’s because I come from the theater. When I was in drama school I played 70-year-old characters and it was the accumulation of makeup and costume and wigs that allowed me to do that and find the performance. If you approach that digitally also, it’s not any different to me. In fact it’s exciting because it’s new and offers so much possibility. You […]
April 27, 2011 | 5:00 a.m.
Here’s an early look at my “Green Lantern” preview story from the Summer Sneaks issue in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times Calendar section. On a stifling hot New Orleans afternoon, “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell closed his eyes and thought about the cold, deep reaches of outer space. “The interesting part of all this is to take a hero and take an adventure and then go out there,” the filmmaker said pointing to the ceiling and beyond. “That’s something you haven’t really seen.” Campbell has made masked-man movies before (he brought a smart verve to both “The Legend of Zorro” and “The Mask of Zorro” in the 1990s), and he knows his way around venerable brands that can be smothered by fan expectations (his “Casino Royale” bet the house on a hard-edged James Bond reinvention and won big). Now he’s […]
April 08, 2011 | 4:40 p.m.
Is a viable “Deadpool” film finally coming into the crosshairs? Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of his dark ambitions for Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” and now Steve Zeitchik, who writes our must-read sister blog, 24 Frames, says there’s a director on board: According to two people who were briefed on the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly, visual-effects savant Tim Miller is set to come on and make his directorial debut with the movie. Fox could not immediately be reached for comment. Miller knows superheroes, and Fox knows him: The filmmaker worked on effects for the studio’s comic-book films such as “X-Men” and “Daredevil.” More recently, he worked on effects for the visuals-heavy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” You can read the whole piece right here. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Feige: Captain America as moral compass […]
April 01, 2011 | 1:20 p.m.
Amy Kaufman checks in from CinemaCon… Ryan Reynolds heard the fan angst when the first “Green Lantern” trailer hit in November, but he promises that Warner Bros. is delivering a deep-space epic with the film, not the comedy-adventure that the trailer hinted might be coming when the movie arrives in June. “They were worried about it,” the actor said backstage Thursday at CinemaCon, where new footage of the summer release was unveiled. “I think people should have their opinions. Fanboys are known to have a very loud voice. They’re known to beat their chest hard when they like or dislike something, and that’s all part of the game. I know, because I was an integral part of the shooting process, that the movie is not a comedy at all. There’s definitely a few funny moments in it. The levity is really kind of more […]
Nov. 25, 2010 | 7:00 a.m.
With Gore Verbinski saddling up to direct “The Lone Ranger” for Disney, and his “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp already attached as Tonto, the question is, who will play the Masked Man? Hero Complex has some suggestions for Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Vote and let us know whom you’d like to see yelling, “Hi-ho, Silver!“: Hugh Jackman: As Wolverine, Jackman channeled old-school laconic tough guys, and as a cattle driver in “Australia,” he honed his horseman skills. Plus, the world may be finally ready for another singing cowboy. Jon Hamm: Born with a jaw line for period movies, Hamm is due for a franchise role. But can we really trust Don Draper to lasso the bad guys? George Clooney: At nearly 50, Clooney may be too senior for the part, but “The Lone Ranger” is the ultimate […]