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Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ Secures U.S Distribution Deal

15 May

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Oops, wrong time travel movie. Rian Johnson’s latest film Looper takes on the concept of time travel with some help from Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper blends classic film noir conventions with science fiction to create a world rarely seen in cinema. Continue reading

Justin Bieber Film to Hit Theaters in February

2 Nov

Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. Hugely popular teen star Justin Beiber will be getting a 3D movie about his life. The New York Post has reported that Justin Bieber has titled his film “Never Say Never” and is slated for release in Februrary. The film is directed by Jon Chu, who believes the film to be worth a watch. The film contains footage from Bieber’s concerts as well as his own input. Both Chu and Bieber are calling the film a documentary that celebrates the life of Bieber.

In addition to the highly publicised film, is a memoir written by Bieber. In my opinion, a memoir is something that should be written as a reflection on your life from an older age. Simply at age 16 you haven’t lived long enough to even reflect on the early stages of your life and now with the upcoming documentary I feel like this is just another publicity stunt.

I simply can’t take this type of film seriously. I feel as though it is simply an attempt to cash in on all this “Bieber” fever. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Justin Bieber, I just feel as though this type of film shouldn’t be made during this stage of Bieber’s life. The guy is only 16 years old and hasn’t done anything particularly spectacular. He’s reached a level of stardom that isn’t legendary or even surprising. Throughout history, teen stars captivate the imaginations of teens and children. Most notably The Backstreet Boys through the late 90s and early 2000s. Now they are almost completely out of the public eye. Justin Bieber may be no exception.

The film is of no means a documentary. It is simply another 3D concert along the lines of the Jonas Brothers 3D concert released in 2009. Never Say Never may feature true events, and footage from Bieber’s concerts but this doesn’t make it a documentary. Director Jon Chu is most notably known for his work on the Step Up series and other fictional works. The film will most likely make money due to the droves of teenage fans, but it will have done nothing that hasn’t already been done before. It will be interesting to see how the film turns out in the end.

How do you feel about this film? Join the discussion and leave a comment below.

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USMNT: The Movie?

31 Oct

For American fans, this past summer’s world cup in South Africa was one for the memory books. The USMNT put on an amazing performance and showed the world that American’s CAN play soccer. Their amazing heart, determination, and skill didn’t go unnoticed. Thousands of fans throughout America posted their reactions to some of the spectacular moments on YouTube, and the popular alternative rock band Weezer made an unofficial anthem for the team. This high level of soccer “buzz” hasn’t been seen in the United States since the days of the New York Cosmos. With the MLS playoffs in full swing and a new World Cup qualifying campaign around the corner, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hollywood capitalize on the new found popularity of the USMNT. The soccer market in America is generally open for business and is practically waiting for big time producers to move in. The sheer theatricalness of this past year’s World Cup leaves it open to a wide variety of film ideas. Take note Hollywood, there are many actors that could play a nice part in the film if it were to be made.

If I were the casting director I would cast the film as follows.

Head Coach Bob Bradley would be played by Bruce Willis.

USMNT Head Coach











The resemblance is just spot on. Everything from their personalities to their looks would make this a must. And who knows, Bruce Willis may just put in an Oscar winning performance. Next up we have Landon Donovan, one of the greatest American soccer players of all time. A great film needs some comic relief right? I would cast Ben Stiller to play Landon Donovan.

So you’re probably asking yourself “Why Ben Stiller?” In my opinion this would be the perfect match. Ben Stiller is not just a comedic actor. His dramatic roles have been exceptional as well. For instance, in the film Greenberg Ben Stiller delivered an exceptional and emotional performance. It would make more sense for someone of  his caliber to play a person as complex and dynamic as Landon Donovan. Moving right along, we have American goalkeeper Tim Howard. I would cast Keegan-Michael Key who is best known for his roles on MadTv.











The resemblance between the two is uncanny. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if they switched places between the goal posts.

These are a few of my picks for the cast of a USMNT movie. Who do you think should appear in a film about the team? Post your picks in the comment section below.

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