Monthly Archive: February 2015

Is The “Amblin Approach” Workable For The Fantastic Four?

Josh Trank, the director of the new Fantastic Four movie, has stated he is presenting an “Amblin-like approach” with the new film. Amblin is Steven Spielberg’s production house and the approach refers to making sure fantastic elements such as E.T. are rooted in realism. That is the sci-fi variation on what made 1973’s The Exorcist’s such a memorable and successful horror outing.

Is this approach going to work with The Fantastic Four reboot?

It would be very unfair to criticize a film no one has yet seen said a post on Gianfrancesco Genoso’s website. However, the major reshoots ordered on the film were supposedly designed to make the feature more exciting. Dull superhero films are not exactly going to be really successful. The trailer to the film was dark and brooding, as should be expected considering the more serious approach being taken. The trouble with the trailer is it lacked any real super-heroic excitement.

The superhero film genre could be a very wide open one. Artists could push the envelope in terms of just how many different approaches are possible. Really, if all the superhero movies were the same, they would get boring really quick. Boring superhero films would mean the end of the genre.

That said, there are certain conventions the genre does have to stick to in order to remain successful. A $150 million brooding talk-a-thon is not exactly going to make Fantastic Four or any hero film a hit. Hopefully, the right amount of action sequences are going to be in the film.

From Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Williams

Say the name Thomas Jefferson and everyone can tell you that he was one of the Founding Fathers of perhaps the greatest nation the world has ever seen, he was a connoisseur of fine wines, a man who had an in-depth knowledge of international matters, he was deeply involved in education, and was a man who put the needs of his citizens above all else.
Say the name Stephen Williams and some will be able to tell you that he was the founder of one of the greatest wine companies the world has ever seen, he is a connoisseur of fine wines, he has intricate knowledge of the finest vintages from around the world, his company ensures lovers of fine wines are well educated about the subject, and he is a man who puts the needs of his clients above all else.
In 1982 Mr. Williams founded The Antique Wine Company and has grown it into a pre-eminent merchant of the world’s finest and rarest vintages. His clients number over four thousand from more than a hundred countries and include both wealthy connoisseurs as well as the cellar masters of grand hotels and ancient chateaux.
To maintain his company’s premier position he is an active champion of a wine’s authenticity. The rare bottles, the collector items, and the prized purchases must be proven to be worth the prices asked and the prices paid. It is not for nothing that Stephen Williams has been called the Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wine. To ensure the product is all that it is claimed to be, he and his team study not only the wine itself but, by sponsoring the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies, they even investigate the glass that makes up the bottle in which the wine is stored.
Like President Jefferson before him, Mr. Williams’ opinions are sought by other leading authorities and his immense knowledge is quoted in articles and newspapers around the world. His company’s wine-master classes and its wine academy are not only centers of learning but also are centers of excellence. The fine wine events for which The AWC is renowned require an unending search to bring to their clients selections of the ancient and modern vintages.
Thomas Jefferson was an early wine connoisseur who spoke at length to his dinner party guests about the contents of his enviable cellar. Stephen Williams continues that tradition but his audience is not limited to Paris and Monticello and it is numbered in the thousands and circles the globe.

Highlander Remake Lands Its Villain

The Highlander reboot is picking up steam as the producers have found an actor to play their version of The Kurgan, who is the villain of the film. According to Latino Review, Guardian of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista has landed the role, which was played by Clancy Brown in the original film.

After playing Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista has become a hot commodity in Hollywood. He will play a henchman in the upcoming James Bond movie called Spectre, and a villain in the reboot of Kickboxer with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

While the new Highlander reboot may have found its villain, it still has yet to land its hero in the form of the immortal Connor MacLeod. Ryan Reynolds was originally attached to star as the Highlander, but ultimately dropped out of the production. Furthermore, fans like Sultan Alhokair have heard that the film may not have a director. More on Alhokair is available on CnnIreport.com. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was rumored to be directing the film; however, he is now in pre-production of The Huntsman, which is a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsmen.

Another big question for the new Highlander reboot is who will play MacLeod’s mentor Ramirez? Sean Connery held the role in the original film and rumors suggest the part has been offered to Tom Cruise. There is no word if Cruise has accepted. With Bautista on board, it is very likely additional casting news will be forthcoming.