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Quentin Tarantino would ‘love to work’ with Johnny Depp

- December 31st, 2012

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Quentin Tarantino has resurrected the careers of Hollywood has-beens like John Travolta and Pam Grier, and he has worked with A-listers like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis. But fresh off his recent announcement that he plans to stop making films after he completes his 10th feature (that’s approximately 10 years away), the Django Unchained director has revealed a few more actors he’d like to collaborate with between now and the end.

Top of that list? Well, it’s none other than Johnny Depp.

“We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years,” Tarantino said in a recent interview with Charlie Rose [via The Playlist]. “We’re obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it. And then it’ll be magical. I haven’t written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”

Johnny has previously worked with Tarantino’s pal Robert Rodriguez, turning in a scene-stealing performance as Sheldon Sands in 2003′s Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

During the Charlie Rose interview, Tarantino was also asked to name-drop others on his collab wishlist. The director revealed that in addition to Depp, he hopes to work with Meryl Streep and Michael Caine.

“I’ve always been a huge Michael Caine fan,” Tarantino said. “And I’d love to work with Meryl Streep. I actually think we’d get along like a house on fire, even though I don’t really know her.”

Honestly, while I can see Caine and QT getting on, I can’t picture Meryl spewing a symphony of f-bombs.

You can watch the whole interview below. In the meantime, let us know: Would you like to see Tarantino and Depp make a film together? Is there another actor you think should be part of Quentin’s three remaining films? Should QT even retire?

J.J. Abrams had ‘conversations’ about directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- December 26th, 2012

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When Disney announced that it was planning a new series of Star Wars films after acquiring the rights from creator George Lucas, the first question on many fans’ minds was: Who is going to write and direct the new trilogy?

J.J. Abrams was at the top of many lists to direct the first instalment after he successfully injected new life into Star Trek and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series.

Well, it appears fans and movie execs think alike. Abrams was offered the gig, at least in the preliminary stages, but turned it down. The director tells Empire Magazine that he and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy talked about it.

“[T]here were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” he told Empire (via Coming Soon). ” I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

That leaves X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn as the front-runner to direct Episode VII, which is due out in 2015. Vaughn was tipped in November as an early favourite, and his odds increased after it was announced that Bryan Singer will be behind the camera for the next X-Men film.

The one thing that’s certain are the writers. Oscar-winning Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine), will write Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) writing the other two instalments.

Abrams’ upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, is set to hit theatres next May.

In the meantime, who do you think should direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Let us know in the comments.

‘Pain and Gain’ trailer: Mark Wahlberg and The Rock get jacked for Michael Bay

- December 20th, 2012

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Just days after Mark Wahlberg announced that Transformers 4 will be the “most important role” of his career, we’re getting a look at his first team-up with director Michael Bay in Pain and Gain.

Instead of robots, sun-drenched Miami looks to take a supporting role in the crime-comedy that revolves around a pair of bodybuilders who get caught up in a kidnapping plot. Frankly, that’s a bit of a relief.

Wahlberg looks freakishly Hulk-like and his co-star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson looks bigger than we’ve ever seen him. It looks like a nice throwback to Bay’s Bad Boys films, though.

Only problem is, after watching the two-minute trailer, I definitely feel like I need to hit the gym.

Samuel L. Jackson: M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t made a good movie since ‘Unbreakable’

- December 19th, 2012

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Sam Jackson is not one to mince words.

After New York Times film scribe A.O. Scott gave The Avengers a bad review last May, the actor tweeted:

Now, he’s taking a non-too subtle dig at director M. Night Shyamalan, with whom he made 2000′s Unbreakable.

While promoting this month’s Django Unchained, he was asked by The Huffington Post whether fans could expect a sequel. Jackson replied: “There were supposed to be three. I don’t know… You’ll have to ask the brilliant director who wrote it and didn’t do the rest of them.”

HuffPo mentioned that instead of sequels to Shyamalan’s superhero fable, the director went on to make films like The Last Airbender and The Happening.

“I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since then,” Jackson replied.

He then contrasted Shyamalan’s filmmaking approach with his frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino, who directs Jackson in Django. “…There’s, you know, ‘I’m smarter than everybody coming to watch my movie.’ Quentin’s not that. He’s just, ‘I want you to love my movie. I want you to love it and enjoy it because this is fucking cool.’”

But he still thinks there’s an audience waiting for Unbreakable 2 – if and when it gets made. When asked what he thinks the reaction would be if the sequel was announced tomorrow, Jackson said it would be huge.

“Everybody would be waiting for it, yeah… It would trend through the roof now on Twitter.”

For the record, Bruce Willis told me more or less the same thing when I interviewed him in 2010.

“I think we should make another Unbreakable,” he said.

In the HuffPo interview, Jackson also revealed that he would be willing to come back for Star Wars VII, despite dying in Episode III.

“(Mace Windu) just went out the window. He’s a Jedi! He could have landed on a ledge.”

What do you think: Is M. Night really that bad? Would you be excited for another Unbreakable? Let us know in the comments.

Twitter: @markhdaniell

Star Trek Into Darkness: Watch the expanded trailer

- December 18th, 2012

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After the first teaser trailer earlier this month, we’re getting an expanded look at next summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness .

The new ad is very much focused on Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and shows as a longer take of the ‘Red Forest’ chase scene that ends with Kirk leaping off a cliff.

In a voice over, Kirk’s boss Christopher Pike (played by Bruce Greenwood) admonishes the young captain. “You have greatness in you,” Pike says as the camera pans over Kirk. “But there isn’t an ounce of humility. You think you can’t make mistakes, but there’s going to come a moment when you realize you’re wrong about that and you’re going to get yourself and everyone under your command killed.”

Heavy stuff.

We then get another dose of Benedict Cumberbatch (as the film’s villain), who repeats his chilling line from the earlier trailer: “You think you’re safe. You are not.”

Things go boom, but we finally get some scenes off Earth (yay!) and two cool sequences: One of Kirk hurtling through space and another of someone from Starfleet jumping off a skyscraper.

Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) make brief appearances, and the trailer once again ends with that nod (or is it?) to Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.

Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17, 2013.