No, No, NO!

If this rumor is true (and it could be), then it’s just is not right.

Hong Kong action star set to lead in Japanese Remake

Mon May 29, 5:40 AM ETHONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is set to lead in the Hollywood remake of Japanese classic The Seven Samurai, alongside George Clooney and Chinese starlet Zhang Ziyi, a film company said.

Yen met with Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein during Cannes film festival to discuss the remake of the 1954 action film directed by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa.

Weinstein has invited Yen to play one of the seven sword heroes in the film, according to Mandarin Films, which represents the actor.

Donnie has met Harvey Weinstein in Cannes to discuss the project,” a spokeswoman for Mandarin Films told AFP. “We don’t know more details as it is still at an early stage.”

She said Weinstein has also invited Clooney and Zhang to lead the film. It is not clear how much the project will cost.

Yen, 43-year-old actor, director and action choreographer, has starred in over 40 films, including Blade II, Seven Swords and Zhang Yimou’s Hero.

The Seven Samurai tells a story of seven Samurai heroes’ who battle with 40 bandits who try to control and constantly attack a small village.


This makes me cringe. Harvey Weinstein, I expect better choices from you.

Apparently, because the original The Seven Samurai is black and white AND has subtitles, it is worthy of some minor updating. AKA CGI-affects and a $100-million budget.

If you haven’t seen The Seven Samurai, it is Japanese filmmaking at it’s finest. I will admit that the picture moves VERY slow. But each shot is beautiful, with strong artistic merit and every character, no matter how small a role, is vital to films dramatic, action-packed conclusion. See it, please. TCM airs it regularly.

Fortunately, the world renowned Asian actor George Clooney would star in the remake as Kambei, the head Samurai, you know, to add to the film’s authenticity.

Yes. This will be a great success.

Mission: Impossible‘s Box Office Blunder

Mission: Impossible III earned the top box office spot this weekend, grossing an estimated $48 million. So how is this a box office failure? Considering that M:I III was made for $135 million and was expected to earn over $60 million, the first summer blockbuster of the season was a box office miss.

This has caused critics and ordinary people like myself to ask the a very big question. Have the Adventures of TomKat caused the collapse of Hollywood’s biggest star?

Public persona has always played an important role in determining a movie’s success. In the late 1930’s Katharine Hepburn was labeled “box-office poison” which practically destroyed her career. For today’s Hollywood, public persona, often reflected through the lens of the paparazzi camera, has become many celebrities cushion or death sentence.  (Think Paris Hilton versus Tara Reid).

In Tom Cruise’s case it probably did not help that he shared his ridiculous theories about religion and psychiatry while throwing in carefully executed moments of PDA.

I think if his career has been affected by his behavior, then it’s his own fault. And maybe it just hasn’t occurred to critics and the media that their are some people who do not want to see a Tom Cruise movie, when all they have to do it open the latest issue of People.

That’s my opinion. Here’s an New York Times article discussing it. Feel free to weigh in.

One More Round

The inevitable has happened. 15 years after Rocky V, Slyvester Stallone apparently needs more money, fame, glory, whatever, and has decided to produce, direct, star in yet another Rocky movie.

This is further proof the Stallone is not really talented, not really creative, and not really worth my time. (Yet, I am going to complain for the next 2 paragraphs.) I’ll give Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise more acting/directing/obnoxious/creative crediblity than Stallone any day.

But, this Rocky will be different. Instead of “going the distance” and repeatedly screaming “Adrian!” like Rocky Balboa did in the original and then becoming a legendary boxer (or whatever he became after the third movie), this movie focuses on something to humanize the sports hero.

It deals with Rocky’s life as he is aging and widowed. (How can there be a Rocky movie without Adrian? That was the only good part about the original.) He is reluctant to get back into in the ring but he feels he has to compete in order to clear his heavy mind.

Wow. I smell crap a brewing. And shouldn’t Rocky have like a brain defect at this point in his boxing career?

Fall Movie Preview: King Kong

King Kong
Opening December 18
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Jamie Bell

How does Peter Jackson plan on following up the Lord of the Rings trilogy? With a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong, of course. And with a director like Jackson behind this project, you should expect a quality picture.

For those of you who are fans of the original King Kong, don’t be alarmed. The remake is more of an updating so today’s generation of movie viewers who always anticipate CGI effects and huge budget productions can experience the legend of King Kong.

The premise of the film remains the same. It is still set during the Depression-era as a film producer (played by Jack Black) and his crew set out to make a hit movie and to find the essential blonde beauty (Naomi Watts in the role originated by the late Fay Wray). Their journey leads them to Skull Island and it prehistoric inhabitants. The eager producer, then, captures the giant ape called Kong and brings him to Manhattan, which only causes mayhem and destruction.

My one piece of advice is to see the original King Kong first, so you can appreciate how far film and technology have come since 1933 and therefore you can truly appreciate what Peter Jackson is adding to this update of King Kong.