Before the Summer Movie Season kicks off, there is still some time to catch some Spring movies. So what can you expect from April? Some comedic films and suspense thrillers hit theaters this month as well as an epic movie blockbuster returns but this time in 3D. Opening the month is James Cameron’s “Titanic in 3D”, will it sink or swim to higher box office numbers? The American Pie crew return for “American Reunion”. It could be a hit or a big flop.
“The Cabin in the Woods” co-written by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire
Slayer”) and stars Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”). In what was suppose to be a simple getaway amongst friends takes an unexpected turn. Guy Pearce (“Memento”) and Maggie Grace (“Lost”) star in “Lockout”, a sci-fi thriller where a man has to save the president’s daughter in exchange for his freedom. Moe, Larry, and Curly make their way from the small screen to the big screen in “The Three Stooges” movie. Looking for a Spring date movie? Perhaps check out “The Lucky One” starring Zac Efron (“17 Again”) and Taylor Schilling (“Dark Matter”) based on the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name.
My spotlight picks of the month are “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope“ and “The Five-Year Engagement”. From the director of “Supersize Me”, Morgan Spurlock, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a documentary centering around the famed Comics convention. Jason Segal (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and Emily Blunt (“The Young Victoria”) star in “The Five-Year Engagent”, which looks like its going to be funny but yet sweet. Segal also co-wrote the screenplay.
Well that’s my April overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for the start of the Summer Movie Season and my picks of the month! If you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.
Click to Continue Reading: Spring Movie Season – April 2012
It’s almost Spring! In the spirit of Spring and taking a cue from Disney, looking at the upcoming film releases for the month one word comes to my mind – twitterpated. Of course not all of the films have a romantic theme to it. There’s a mix of drama, action, and fantasy thrown into the month as well. Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” kicks off the month in 3D style.
Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremecy”) team up again for “Green Zone”. “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson takes a dramatic role in “Remember Me” also co-starring Lost’s Emilie de Ravin.
Gerard Butler and America Ferrera both star in their own feature films this month as well as co-star in the animated feature “How to Train Your Dragon”. Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston take on the screen in “The Bounty Hunter” and America Ferrera gets married in “Our Family Wedding”.
Toward the end of the month, John Cusack goes back in time in the comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine”. Rounding out the month is the screen adaptation of “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks starring Miley Cyrus.
My spotlight pick of the month is “Waking Sleeping Beauty” which is a documentary that shows the creative period around the mid-1980’s as Disney developed and produced some of the most successful animated films in history. Well that’s my March overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month.
Click to Continue Reading: Spring Movie Season – March 2010
The big movie hits in February can be found the weekend of Valentine’s Day. In terms of the month, the themes of the month are action/thriller, romance, and fantasy.
Opening the first weekend of the month is “Dear John” which is the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Amanda Segfried (“Mamma Mia”) and Channing Tatum (“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”). Two words: Tear Jerker. “From Paris with Love” stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Travolta in what looks to be a hit or miss movie.
In my opinion the big hits of the month will be released during Valentine’s Day weekend. Those releases include “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” based on the best-selling series by Rick Riordan, “The Wolfman”, and “Valentine’s Day” which I like to call the Gary Marshall and ABC all-star cast.
Later in the month “Shutter Island” starring Leonardo DiCaprio will be released. The psychological thriller was directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese. For a bit of comedic relief, Kevin Smith’s latest film “Cop Out” will be released at the end of the month.
Click to Continue Reading: Winter Movie Season – February 2010
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Here is trailer for “The Last Song” starring Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”). “The Last Song” is the screen adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s book of the same name. Nicholas Sparks, author of “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember”, also co-wrote the screenplay for the film. “The Last Song” will be released in theaters on April 2, 2010. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com.
Nicholas Sparks is writing the script for the big screen adaptation of his book, “The Last Song”, which will star Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”), Greg Kinnear (“Baby Mama”), and Kelly Preston (“The Cat in the Hat”). According to an article from Variety.com, this latest book by Sparks will be released this Fall. I find it interesting that this book is being made into a movie when it hasn’t even been published yet.
Here is the plot outline (of the book) from Amazon.com:
Seventeen year old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels–first love, love between parents and children — that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts…and heal them.
I’m starting to see a trend in Hollywood now. Plenty of films are based upon books, but it seems like film companies are trying to turn a “Best Selling” Author into a “Best Selling” Movie. I can understand the appeal because in theory tapping into the fans of the author and/or books “should” attract more box office numbers. The “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchises have had tremendous success in both the box office and the bestselling book charts but not all bestselling books can be great movies. In fact the box office numbers for movies based upon Nicholas Sparks’ books are not that promising with the exception of “The Notebook”. The numbers don’t seem to deter film companies from making these films. It seems like when a best selling author’s name is attached – the film is just green lit. Perhaps we should all be inspired to get a computer and start writing a book. 🙂
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