Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
In our last article we reported on the highlights
from the September movies featured in the latest issue of Entertainment
Weekly. This article will cover October films, which are definitely
not as exciting as the September or November lot, but do feature a couple
hits including Doom, Legend of Zorro and a few more.
October Movie Preview Highlights
Below is a list of some of the highly anticipated
films mentioned by EW for October releases and highlights from each report:
Elizabethtown is one of those films where
I am still trying to figure out where all the hype is coming from. Even
after viewing a trailer that reeks chick-flick all over it, our readers
still seem to be excited about this movie. Orlando Bloom plays the character
Drew, a workaholic who had just realized that his job was in the gutter
and that his father died. On the way to his father's ceremony, Drew runs
into Claire [Kristen Dunst], who creates an inspirational tape for Drew
to listen to. With all the craziness in his life, Drew can then only think
of Claire and her tape in his struggle to get past his father's death and
Though I don't see too much to this plot, the buzz for this film is strong
enough to make me get an Elizabethtown Movie Page in the works.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Though I didn't think Chicken Run offered
laugh - out - loud humor, I still can understand the excitement around Nick
Park's and Steve Box's upcoming film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse
of the Were-Rabbit. Nick Park exploded onto the scene with his claymation
film Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers and has continued to make
award winning films with these two characters. If you are into different
mediums of animation, or just English humor, than Wallace & Gromit:
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit could be right up your alley.
The five main elements that make Domino
an extremely interesting film are-- 1) The film is 'loosely' based on Domino
Harvey, the model - turned - bounty hunter who died this last June. 2) Soon
after her death, New Line Cinema pushed the release date forward to an August
release. Then, in a quick 360, New Line announced that they were again pushing
the release date for Domino back because of Domino Harvey's recent
death; at least this is what they said. I think that New Line meant to push
the film forward to catch some of the increased buzz due to the untimely
death of the character the film is based on and were forced to push it back
due to complaints from Tony Scott that the film would just not be ready
by that time. 3) Tony Scott is directing the film. 4) The cast includes
Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken and Lucy Liu. 5) Chicks with shotguns
is usually a winning formula.
The Legend of Zorro
The movie trailers alone are enough to prove that
The Legend of
Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones,
is a worthy sequel to The Mask of Zorro. The action is just as
good or better than the original and there seems to be much more of it.
The only issue that we've heard of is the fact that the first half of the
film is relatively action-free while the last hour is all action. While
it's great to have so much action, the pacing may become awkward without
the action scenes dispersed a little better. Hopefully they will have this
fixed by the final cut.
EW reports that we can also expect to see a lot of action sequences and sword duels featuring Zeta-Jones as Elena.
The Weather Man
What the hell ever happened to this film starring
Nicolas Cage? After watching a trailer that has an extremely humorous montage
featuring food smacking Cage in the face, the film then disappeared from
the face of the Earth. The original release date scheduled for The
Weather Man was April 1st, which is obviously long overdue.
The film is about a divorced father of two who is not the most respected
weatherman in town. Continuously facing the threat of airborne food, Dave
Spritz finally faces a step-up in life when he is offered a new job opportunity.
However, just to be safe, Dave Spritz gets turned on to archery by one of
his daughters. Nobody messes with a guy carrying a bow.
Though Universal Pictures claims that Doom
will be a faithful adaptation of the best - selling first - person - shooter,
I still have some doubts considering that the number one marketing ploy
for Doom is the fact that it is a hard 'R' and it will be gory.
How is the dialogue? Is the plot for Doom good or cheesy? None
of these questions have been answered, with the only response being that
the film will feature a scene that looks like it was taken directly from
the FPS game and mucho gore. Below is a not - so - reassuring statement
that Karl Urban [Lord of the Rings] told EW about Doom:
This film is bloody as hell. It's not well-done -- it's rare.
Whatever the hell that means. Hopefully Universal
has an official trailer on the way to really show what we can expect from
Considering that Ewan
McGregor is still one of my favorite actors of the new generation,
it was hard to pass up mentioning his latest psychological thriller
With a feel that kind of reminds me of The Sixth Sense, Stay
tells the story of a psychiatrist [McGregor] who must not only deal with
a suicidal patient, but a formerly suicidal girlfriend. Some how the psychiatrist
meets people who are already dead, something that probably results in a
twist by the end of the film.
is not a blockbuster film but rather a low-budget comedy. However, it does
feature Ryan Reynolds,
which goes a long way in our books. Waiting follows a group of
servers as they wait tables and sabotage guests meals. Rob McKittrick [director]
claims that Waiting is a look into the world of food service and
what goes on behind the scenes. Having waited tables before, I can't say
that we were allowed to pull off the pranks shown here, but do understand
how a movie about servers can be extremely funny.
Maggie Grace goes from being LOST on an
island to lost in The Fog. Starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace,
and Selma Blair, The Fog is a remake of the 1980 classic by John
Carpenter. What makes this horror remake different? Well, be sure to expect
the exact same elements to the story, but Grace claims that this latest
version will attempt to answer more of the unanswered questions from the original
Yeah, I know. Compared to September, October is counting on a few bit hits
to keep the moviegoers happy. But don't worry, if Doom, The Legend
of Zorro, Domino and Elizabethtown all perform as well
as they claim, we could have a great month on our hands. If they don't,
we always have November.
These are just a few of the films mentioned in the latest issue of Entertainment
Weekly. Be sure to head on out and purchase the current issue, featuring
Reese Witherspoon on the cover, at your local newsstands right now.
Stay tuned for updates.