Overboard Remake Update – Swoosie Kurtz Joins the Cast!

Hi everyone,

San Diego Comic Con is on and we’ve already gotten some awesome news (Harley vs. Joker movie!) But there was another piece that I also found interesting.

More information about the Overboard remake has surfaced and it’s a doozy. Or rather, a Swoosie!

According to Screen Rant, Swoosie Kurtz has been cast in the Overboard remake! WOO HOO!

If you remember my Dream Cast post I did awhile back, I said that I thought Swoosie would be an excellent choice to play Goldie Hawn’s rich mother, originally played by Katherine Helmond.  Since the characters’ names have changed, it’s unclear exactly what part she’ll play (I assume she’ll be playing Anna Faris’ mom), but the fact is, my dream came true! Again!

Earlier this year, Anna Faris (who I thought would be a great replacement for Goldie) was also cast in the film and I did a post about it! It was such a surprise, and now this. The cast is really shaping up well.

Alongside Anna and Swoosie, Eva Longoria and John Hannah have also been cast. I bet John will play Anna’s mean husband, but I’m not sure about Eva. Maybe her best friend. We’ll have to wait and see!

And we won’t have to wait long either. Overboard releases April 20th, 2018!

Dreams really do come true!

What do think? Do you like the cast? Who would you have chosen? Tell me in the comments.

And happy Comic Con, everyone!

Splintered Movie Dream Cast

Hi Everyone,

One of the medium that I (regretfully) don’t represent on my website very well is books. Now, I love reading, especially Young Adult Fantasy and Fairy tales. Last month, a series that I spent gushing over was the Splintered series. It’s a dark Alice in Wonderland retelling with an imaginative world and an intense love triangle. And I want to see it on the big screen! The characters are fantastic and it’d be a visual treat! So let’s take a look in the mirror and see what actors reflect the characters best:

 

Alyssa Gardner                         Dove Cameron

You probably know Dove from the super-popular Disney Channel show Liv and Maddie. You probably also know her as Mal, Maleficent’s daughter, in the also super-popular Descendants‘ films. Her portrayal as Mal captures that struggle between wanting to do good and wanting to do bad. She’d be a perfect match for Alyssa’s human and netherling sides, one tame and one wild. Not only that, they look a lot alike. I’d love to see this happen! And other people would love it too! Check out this pinterest board:  https://www.pinterest.com/aghowardamulet/casting-for-splintered/

 

Morpheus                                           Ezra Miller

Really? The Flash? He’s not even British! I know. However, have you seen Ezra Miller’s performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower? He’s flirty, funny, and a bit off and that’s exactly what Morpheus is. I’m sure he’d be able to handle an English accent, but it’s his personality that would make Morpheus shine on screen like he does in the book. And if you go to Morpheus’ Twitter page, I’m obviously not the only one that thinks that.

 

Jeb                                                Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson is a rising star that I think would be perfect for the role of Jeb. He starred in this year’s Everything, Everything, a teen drama which allowed him to play more of a romantic lead. He’d have to capture a mix of Jeb’s tenderness and hot tempered-ness, but I think he would pull it off spectacularly.

Had this been the 90s though, this would be been my choice:

Joey Lawrence

Uncanny, huh? Wouldn’t that have been awesome?

 

This would be the line-up for the rest of the cast:

Alyssa’s Mom   –  Mena Suvari

Alyssa’s Dad  –  Josh Duhamel (though Timothy Olyphant is a really great choice.)

Jen – Hailee Steinfeld

Taelor – Ariel Winter

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Ivory – Carey Mulligan (or Brittany Snow – get it? Snow and Ice?)

Red   –  Amy Yasbeck

 

What do you think? Who would you love to see in a film version of Splintered? Tell me in the comments!

See you next time!

 

 

Top 5 Underrated Animated Films

Hey Peoples!

What are your favorite animated movies? The Lion King? Frozen? Shrek, maybe?

Rather than harp on how great these films are (and they are), I thought I’d talk about 5 animated movies that deserve more credit. While not all of these films are perfect, they have moments of brilliance. These moments are definitely enough to deserve another look.

To show you what I mean, underneath each film, I list the element that makes each of these films worth a watch. Then, I follow that up with some discussion. And away we go!

 

5.) Strange Magic

 

Best Part: Unconventional Romance

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. What is this movie doing here? It’s got terrible reviews and was a complete bomb for George Lucas (yes, the George Lucas.) The bland cover songs don’t help either.

However, it’s the core love story that makes it worth a watch. Strange Magic is an animated re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” The movie is full of magic and misdirection. Charming romantic entanglements elevate it from its basic plot-line and characters.

The main love story is the one that stands out the most. No spoilers, but our heroine Marianne (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) falls for the guy you least expect. This creates a really fun twist that benefits the movie overall. So, for the combination of good CGI-Animation, an assortment of average-but-nice songs, and a satisfying surprise, Strange Magic is worth checking out.

 

4.) Hercules

 

Best Part: Meg’s Story

Most people would say The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s most underrated films, primarily for its darker tone and bittersweet ending. I agree, for the most part. However, Hercules has one thing Hunchback doesn’t. . .Meg!

In my opinion, Marvel’s Thor films are better when seen through Loki’s eyes, rather than Thor’s. The story is more compelling, and the stakes are higher. The same goes for Hercules. After Hercules gets his goal of becoming admired by the world, there’s nothing left for him to do. That’s where Meg steps in. Without her, the movie would just fizzle out.

Meg is a slinky, sarcastic vixen who, despite her manipulation, cares deeply for Hercules. She’s not a typical good-two-shoes Disney princess, which already makes her stand out. But it’s her backstory that is so fascinating. In the movie, she pledges herself to Hades to save the man she loves from death, who ultimately ends up dumping her for another chick. Now, Meg is eternally bound to serve Hades. She gets the opportunity to be released, if she can just lure Hercules for Hades to destroy. Too bad love gets in the way.

It’s Meg’s motivation, it’s her goals, it’s her doubts, and it’s her sacrifice[s] that make this movie better than it seems. If you have seen Hercules, or if you haven’t, focus on Meg the next time you watch. I think you’ll find it to be a much more rewarding experience.

 

3.) Anastasia

 

Best Part: Soundtrack

I mentioned this movie’s soundtrack on My Top 10 Movie Soundtracks list, and there’s a reason it shows up again here. The music is amazing! Every song pops. The tracklist is so memorable, it makes up for the movie itself.

Anastasia is almost as good as a Disney princess movie. Almost. The heroine is likeable, there’s romance, and thanks to Bartok (voiced by Hank Azaria), there’s humor as well. My problems with the film stem from the animation of the characters. The art style is fantastic – when it pertains to the environment. It’s less impressive with the character models of Anastasia and Dimitri. Their faces just aren’t right.

But, luckily, where the movie stumbles in animation, it makes up for with its soundtrack. In fact, the soundtrack is so good, Anastasia is now a Broadway musical. Just take a listen to my favorite song off the soundtrack, “At the Beginning”, a duet sung by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis and you’ll see what I mean:

Next time Anastasia catches your eye, don’t watch. Just listen!

2.) Rise of the Guardians

Best Part: Jack Frost

If you haven’t seen Rise of the Guardians, this holiday season, it’s time. When I first saw R.O.T.G. it didn’t impress me. I found the character interpretations rather strange. A Russian Santa Claus? An Australian Easter Bunny? Odd, don’t you think?

That is, except for Jack Frost.

Jack was the sole saving grace of this film at the time. While few movies have utilized the character of Jack Frost (my favorite being Martin Short’s devilish version in Santa Clause 3), R.O.T.G. has the definitive version. Jack is charming and mischievous, and has a strong back-story.

In the movie he’s a teenager who falls into a lake trying to save his sister and becomes the cold mischief-maker that is Jack Frost. He joins the Guardians to help take down Pitch, a villain bent on bringing eternal darkness to the world. A solid plot-line that’s enlivened by Jack Frost’s involvement.

Another thing that really brings Jack to life is his voice actor. Chris Pine voices Jack, and he completely sells it. Due to the age difference, Chris’ voice makes Jack sound older than he is and he captures that sarcastic spirit that makes Jack so lovable. Honestly, he wouldn’t have been my first choice, but after hearing him, I wouldn’t want anyone else.

Overall, it’s one character that makes this movie well-worth a watch. Next time Christmas comes along watch Rise of the Guardians and try not to fall in love with Jack Frost!

 

1.) Megamind

 

Best Part: Love Story/Emotion

My #1 underrated animated film is this little gem that came out 7 years ago. Megamind is a criminal, and his movie is criminally overlooked. His case is a case of bad timing. In 2010, the year Dreamworks released Megamind, Illumination Entertainment also released the first entry in their juggernaut franchise, Despicable Me. Not only that, Despicable Me came out months ahead of Megamind. Both films revolve around two supervillains who undergo a dramatic change.

What works in Despicable Me is the familial bond between Gru and the little girls he comes to love. What works in Megamind is the romance. When I first saw both of these movies, I actually preferred Megamind for two reasons.

1.) There was a love story. Sure, Gru gets the girl in Despicable Me 2, but I never felt his relationship with Lucy (whose name I had to look up, I couldn’t even remember it) was well-developed or memorable. That’s not the case with Megamind and Roxanne Ritchie. These are two people who need each other. Megamind wants to be loved and Roxanne doesn’t want to be alone in a time where evil is reigning over the city. When Megamind disguises himself as a human, we get a glimpse of his own humanity and this shows the character for who he really is, which leads me to my second reason.

2. Emotion. We get so much emotion from these characters, it almost breaks your heart. When Roxanne discovers Megamind has tricked her, when Megamind discovers Tigthen is truly evil, when Minion (yes, ironic, huh?) worries about Megamind and their crumbling friendship, sadness is visualized so often. You really start to care about these characters because they care so much about what they’ve done and who they’ve hurt along the way.

That’s why I love this movie. It could be funnier at times, yes, but Megamind works far better as a animated dramedy than a pure comedy. The humor is sporadic and light, dashed over the drama at its heart. And this movie has a lot of heart. So watch it with fresh eyes and you’ll find a much deeper story lingering under a blue disguise.

 

What’s your favorite underrated animated film? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading! See you again, real soon!

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

Hey everyone!

The Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer came out today. I am freaking out! No words. It is so good!

Check it out:

Bullet Points:

 

  • Insane Intergalatic Action
  • “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, because, of course
  • Hela – Dark and Demented as ever
  • LOKI! YES!
  • And of course, Hulk, with a dash of humor thrown into the ring

 

Can’t wait until November 3! AHHHHHH!

Overboard Remake – Anna Faris Joins the Cast!

Hi everyone

2017 is already two months over and some of the biggest movie announcements thus far are. . .

1.) Donald Glover will voice Simba in the Lion King live action movie.

2.) Matt Reeves isn’t, no wait IS going to direct The Batman.

and

3.) Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to direct one final picture.

 

But one announcement has just made headlines today and it’s a doozy.

Anna Faris has joined the cast of the Overboard remake!

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Yeah,  that was my face too when I found out! If you saw my previous post about this film, I said Anna Faris would be in my dream cast. And look at that! She’s now part of the film. Dreams do come true!

MovieWeb* reports that Anna Faris will not only be joining actor Eugenio Derbez in the film, but that the roles will be gender-swapped. In other words, Eugenio is going to play the rich playboy and Anna Faris is going to be the hard-working mom that tricks him into thinking he’s her husband.

I think this new angle could play out really nicely. It could also tackle some of the criticism that the original was sexist, despite its popularity. With the combination of two funny comedians at the helm, Overboard is getting the modern face-lift it never knew it needed. Looking forward to it!

No release date is confirmed, but I expect to see it out sometime in 2018.

*Source: Gallagher, Brian. “Overboard Remake Happening with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez.” movieweb.com. 6 Mar. 2017.

5 Films to Put on Your Radar in 2017

Hello again, everyone!

Recently I compiled a list of movies I’m looking forward to the most this year and split it into 2 parts –  Part 1 and Part 2. Most of these movies are pretty high profile. However, there are many films that do not get the same attention, that get pushed under the rug and swept away with all the dust bunnies.

Well, I’ve dusted off a few of those bunnies and look what I found in their fur!  5 Movies that probably aren’t on your radar, but definitely should be!

Thanks bunnies!

  1. Table 19 

Summary: A romantic comedy about a woman who attends a wedding and gets stuck with the guests the hosts likely regret inviting.

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Steven Merchant, Craig Robinson

Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRVzyiM8Sgo

Radar Reasons: First of all, take a look at that cast! Lots of funny people. Stephen Merchant is a riot, and Anna Kendrick is a sweet, awkward charmer. Plus, it comes out this Friday, March 3rd! The reviews so far haven’t been great, but I still want to grab a seat at Table 19. I hope you do too!

2. Colossal

Summary: A sci-fi film about a depressed woman who can control the actions of a Godzilla-sized creature wrecking havoc in Seoul.

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens

Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSnhfr0MxGU

Radar Reasons: The trailer! Totally threw me for a loop. What seems like a typical romantic comedy becomes an intriguing film with a unique concept and limitless potential. It’s always a good thing when you’ve watched a trailer and still wonder what’s going to happen next. Will she use the beast for good or bad? Seek justice or revenge? Reviews so far are positive, so we’ll see how this one fares at the box office once it opens on April 7.

3. This Beautiful Fantastic

Summary: A fantasy film about a children’s author who strikes up a friendship with her mean, elderly next-door neighbor.

Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson

Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq_7LPpKcT8

Radar Reasons: I like this one because it’s a fairy tale of sorts. And because it’s British. The smaller production value adds to the simplicity of this sweet, romantic fantasy. Plus, the fact that my aspiration is to one day be a successful children’s author makes me already have something in common with the lead character. This (hopefully) beautiful fantastic film arrives in theaters March 10.

4. Their Finest

Summary: A British comedy about the filming of a propaganda film that embellishes the truth surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation to enhance soldier morale during World War II.

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDdbBRlszHQ

Radar Reasons: Ah, I did it again! Another British film, but this one’s more obviously a comedy. With a lot of wit and a dash of romance, this looks to be a fun British farce. And if you’re wondering, the reviews thus far have been positive. Note: The poster is the UK’s release date. It comes out April 7th in the U.S.

 

5. The King’s Daughter (also called The Moon and the Sun)

Summary: A fantasy film about King Louis XIV’s plot to capture a mermaid in order to possess immortality and his daughter’s attempts to save her.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker

Trailer: Not Available

Radar Reasons: When was the last time you saw a movie with mermaids?  If your answer is The Little Mermaid, then you’ve probably been waiting a very long time. I came across this one when I was compiling this list, and I’m glad I did. Based on the book The Moon and the Sun by Vonda McIntyre, The King’s Daughter looks to be an epic fantasy/romance/adventure with a bit of royal intrigue. It was originally going to be released in 2015*, then was moved again to 2016, but it now looks like it will finally come out this year. Flippers crossed!

 

Well, those are my 5 picks for this year. Are there any that pique your interest? What under-the-radar movies of 2017 should I put on my radar? Tell me in the comments!

Happy March!

 

*Source: Lincoln, Ross A. “Paramount’s ‘The Moon And The Sun’ Off Schedule, Release Set For ‘Same Kind Of Different’.” deadline.com. 20 Mar. 2015.

 

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 – Part 2

Hey guys,

I know you’ve been waiting all week for it, so here it is — Part 2 of My Top Most Anticipated Films of 2017 list! If you haven’t read part 1, here’s the link:

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 – Part 1

I’ve had a lot of fun compiling this list and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. Without further ado, here are my Top 5!

 

5.) Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Star Wars made a triumphant return with Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Now, the intergalactic adventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe continue! I couldn’t be more pumped!

Reasons:

I have been a Star Wars fan for over a decade now. Although I initially didn’t like Episode IV, once I saw Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, I was hooked. They just got better and better after that.

Wait, did I just say they got “better and better”? Yes, I did. Nowadays, I regret saying that I preferred the prequels to the sequels, but at the time, they were fun, visually stunning films that modernized the franchise. The difference in quality is more apparent to me now, but I’m glad those films existed. They brought the franchise into the 21st century and inspired a new generation of fans. If we didn’t have them, maybe we wouldn’t have Episode VII. Food for thought.

Regardless, The Force Awakens was stellar. I really liked the new characters, particularly Finn and Poe, and I’m very curious to see how they’ll evolve over these next two installments. Plus, it’ll be fascinating to watch what happens to Kylo Ren as well, being the big, dark enigma of the franchise.

Will it live up to the expectations? No clue. J.J. Abrams isn’t directing Episode VIII, so that could be a bad sign. Still, he didn’t direct Rogue One either and look how successful that was! With two well-received films in the pipe, I, and probably many other fans like me, are confident that this franchise will satisfy audiences for years to come!

 

4. Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairy Tale

This one doesn’t even have a title and I’m excited about it. If you read my 5 Fun Fairy Tales post, you know I’m a big fairy tale fan. We live in an age where Disney live-action fairy tales are all the rage (see: Cinderella, Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Pete’s Dragon.) With one of them coming out in March (and maybe also coming up on this list?), Disney decided to stake out a date in July for this little question mark. So, why has it made this list?

Reasons:

The mystery! What else? We don’t know anything about it! It’s the possibilities, and the lack of any real information, that make this entry so intriguing. Some of these possibilities include Mulan, Pinocchio, and even Dumbo. /Film has compiled this list of other likely candidates.

While all of them would be interesting, I’m particularly intrigued by Cruella and Maleficent 2.  Maleficent was great and I’m curious about what she’s been up to. As for Cruella, although I always despised the character, she could end up becoming a fascinatingly flawed character. Still, I think it’s going to be harder to make her relatable than it was with Maleficent due to the whole puppies-as-coats thing. Besides them, Genie, Prince Charming, and Rose Red also sound good. And what about the live-action version of The Little Mermaid? And The Lion King, one of my favorite movies of all time? So many possibilities! Looking forward to the announcement. Fingers crossed!

 

3.) Kong: Skull Island

In less than 3 weeks, Kong is going to hit the silver screen. And it’s going to be big! Now I’ve never been a King Kong fan, but Kong: Skull Island looks really cool. Here’s why:

Reasons:

Tom Hiddleston. I’m a huge fan of Tom and I’m particularly interested to see how he’ll do as the lead in a big blockbuster like this. It’ll be some new territory for him and I hope he comes out ruling the cinema (Get it? King Kong. Ruling. Royalty Puns!)

The Trailer. The film’s action and scenery look spectacular! We’re going to get Kong right where we want him, in the jungle along with plenty of other wild creatures fighting for supremacy. Plus, nice use of “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Are we getting a throwback soundtrack? Maybe?

The only thing I’m not a fan of is the war-vibe the film is giving off. One of its posters is even modeled after Apocalypse Now. I’m not into war films and I only like M.A.S.H. because it’s funny. In other words, don’t give me Ape-pocalypse Now. Just give me the King! Still, the trailers have been explosive, and because of John C. Reilly, a little bit humorous, so maybe it won’t be too dark.

 

2.) Beauty and the Beast

Reread Number 4 on my list. This one should come as no surprise. Beauty and the Beast is one of the most enchanting and lovely fairy tales of all time. Disney is finally giving it a live-action face-lift while still retaining its classic, old-world charm. From the costumes, to the sets, to the special effects, there are many reasons why this film looks like another fantastic entry in Disney’s recent live-action re-imaginings.

Reasons:

The casting. We’ve got Emma Watson as Belle, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere. PERFECTION! I couldn’t have chosen better myself.

New songs. Turns out, we’re getting new material from composer Alan Menken, who worked on the Disney animated version of Beauty and the Beast back in 1991. One is a brand new song that will be sung by the legend herself, Celine Dion! With the lovely duet of the title song  from Ariana Grande and John Legend already released, I can’t wait for the rest of the soundtrack!

Disney. It’s Disney. Need I say more?

Kong: Skull Island and Beauty and the Beast both come out next month. Looks like March is shaping up to be a pretty good movie month!

 

Before we get to the Number 1 on my list, here are a few honorable mentions:

Wonder Woman – Sleek trailer. I like the casting of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. However, D.C.’s not doing too well right now, so we’ll see how it fares.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Not a huge Pirates fan, but I have enjoyed some of the films in the series. Javier Bardem looks perfectly dark and creepy as a ghostly pirate. Yet the quality of the Pirates franchise has waned a bit since the original, so I’m not sure if this film will go over too well with audiences.

The Mummy – I really liked The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. It was a fun action/adventure film, perfect for a Saturday morning. I think that’s why I’m looking forward to this film with Tom Cruise. I keep hoping it’s going to have some of the fun of the Brendan Fraser film, but if not, it’ll help launch a really cool Universal Monster film franchise, so there’s that.

 

And now, my Number 1 pick. . .

1.) Thor: Ragnarok

The third installment of the Thor franchise is my Number 1, Most Anticipated Film of 2017. Why? One word. LOKI! Okay, well he’s the main reason, but I’m happy to say there are a few more reasons why I think this Thor is going to be something really special.

Reasons:

The Director. Taika Waititi is the director of the indie films What We Do in the Shadows and Eagle Vs. Shark (both funny, strange films that I recommend.) A sense of humor is something the Thor franchise is in desperate need of. While Thor: The Dark World had some funny moments thanks to Loki, once he *Spoiler Alert* “died”, there wasn’t much left to chuckle over. With Waititi at the helm, this could be the most surprising entry of the Marvel Universe.

Hulk vs. Thor. Who doesn’t want to see Hulk and Thor in a gladiator match to the death? We’re going to get to visit of planet of Hulks too? AWESOME!

Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster. A genius with a pension for games, crafting all kinds of challenges to conquer his opponents. C’mon, who doesn’t love to see Jeff Goldblum playing a charismatic genius? MORE AWESOME!

Finally, the mystery. Just like my 4th entry, there’s so very little information about this film and that’s makes it all the more exciting. We’ll hopefully get a trailer at San Diego Comic Con this year, but in the meantime, it’s fun to think about the potential of this one. Bring on the trailer, people! I want to see this puppy in action. November 3 can’t come soon enough!

Oh, and tell me you haven’t at least once substituted “Ragnarok” in the theme song to “Fraggle Rock.” Well, you’re about to. . .

 

That’s it! My picks for 2017. Will they be successful? Will they be good? What do you think? What movies are you looking forward to this year? Tell me in the comments.

See you again, same Grinch time, same Grinch channel!