Tony Scott to Direct Remake of The Wild Bunch?

Another day, another rumor of a Hollywood remake.

This time, Warner Bros. is going way back in time, as Variety reports the studio is set to update 1969’s The Wild Bunch. Director Tony Scott (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 123) is in negotiations to step behind the camera for it.

The Wild Bunch Poster

The original movie was set in 1913 in Texas and Mexico and featured William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates. It told the tale of outlaws who fled to Mexico after an ambush.

Meanwhile, there must be a rebooting gene in the Scott family: Tony’s brother, Ridley, has signed on to direct an update to Blade Runner.

Crazy, Stupid, Love Quotes: Funny, Poignant, Memorable

It’s the movie that has given us hope for romantic comedies once again, and not simply because we can’t get over Ryan Gosling’s abs.

Crazy, Stupid, Love has been a hit at the box office and with critics, featuring a stellar cast, a unique take on relationships and a number of memorable one, two and three-liners. Visit our Crazy, Stupid, Love quotes section to take a full gander, and enjoy the sampling of these quips below.


The Broken Couple

Robbie: Okay, The Scarlet Letter. To me, the A stands for asshole. Both Hester and Dimmesdale fall in love. Love is for asshole. So they are assholes being chased by assholes because they are assholes. | permalink

Jacob: I don’t know whether to help you or euthanize you. | permalink

Hannah: I’m here to bang the hot guy who hit on me at the bar. | permalink

Jacob: The skin under your eyes is starting to look like Hugh Hefner’s ball sack. | permalink

Jacob: I’m going to help you rediscover your manhood. Do you have any idea where you could have lost it? | permalink

Conan the Barbarian Movie Review: Jason Momoa’s Movie Moment

In 1982, Conan the Barbarian made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. When filmmakers were set to remake the sword and sandals classic, the secret to success was finding their own Conan worthy of the role. When filmmakers cast Jason Momoa, we can simply say after viewing him in action: A star has risen.

Jason Momoa as Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian was born on the battlefield. That fact is the film’s tagline and also serves as the introductory scene for the film. The opening sequence also lets its audience know the graphic nature of its violence and vision. Conan’s mother died giving birth to him and later, when his father is mercilessly killed, the young Barbarian now has his purpose: Revenge.

Conan is one of two 1980s genre defining hits being released this weekend with modern takes. Fright Night also has its spotlight star in Colin Farrell. Yet Farrell has much more to work with more while managing less. Momoa has to carry the film. It’s saying something about the actor that he alone makes Conan the Barbarian mindless fun.

Action sequences in Conan the Barbarian sizzle, especially in 3D. Viewers are placed in the midst of each of Conan’s fights through the third dimension. Action scenes can easily be exposed as weak or too choreographed when shown in 3D — not so with Conan

Conan the Barbarian Picture

This is not a film to be seen for the acting chops of its cast. But two performers stand out beyond Momoa’s star-making turn. Rachel Nichols and Stephen Lang live and breathe their characters. She is the love interest who is also integral to the destiny aspect of the storyline. Lang portrays the center of all evil in Khalar Zym. The actor brings his blockbuster beastly best while still showing vulnerability that fosters his driving force motivation.

The dialogue at times is simplistic at best. Momoa sizzles yes, but he has to utter lines such as “I live, I love, I slay, and I am content…” and you feel for the guy. The screenplay somehow loses its luster at the beginning of the second act. The film’s first 30 minutes crackle. Then, other than watching Momoa rock the house and the fight scenes sear the minds eye of 3D, Conan the Barbarian misses the mark.

The Conan the Barbarian of Schwarzenegger days was no mountain of movie might quality-wise. But, it felt epic and gave birth to a star. Conan the Barbarian 2011 will also produce a cinema celebrity in Momoa, but rings hallow as a whole.

Machine Gun Preacher Movie Trailer: Released!

It has an unusual title, and it’s based on an even more unusual true story.

In Machine Gun Preacher, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month, Gerard Butler takes on the role of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealer/biker biker who has discovered God and turned himself into a crusader for kidnapped/orphaned Sudanese children. His goal? Rescue them from an ugly fate.

The name makes a lot more sense now, huh? Check out the official trailer for this drama below.

Machine Gun Preacher Trailer

Conan the Barbarian: The Rose McGowan Interview

You would think that Rose McGowan would have the most difficulty with the costume and makeup for her role in Conan the Barbarian. With her hairline pulled back almost halfway across her head, it was a difficult time in the makeup trailer each morning. But what got McGowan the most were the five-inch steel nails she had to wear on her hands — nails that she repeatedly cut herself. “They are really heavy, heavy, engraved metal with serious spikes. I drew blood more than once of my neck,” McGowan said. McGowan sat down with Movie Fanatic to dish the Jason Momoa starring reboot of the 1980s classic.

Rose McGowan in Conan the Barbarian

Movie Fanatic: Is it more fun to play the villain as so many actors have said?

Rose McGowan: I don’t think I’ve ever played a character where I was so unrestrained or unconstrained I should say. Definitely restrained, I couldn’t move [laughs]. When you’re allowed to just paint some crazy landscape and be over the top, normally you have to really pull it back. Hence when they would say cut, Steven (Lang, her fellow baddie in the film) and I would start laughing at our utter ridiculousness. But I think we had a lot of fun with it.

Movie Fanatic: Your character has a crazy in a good way look. Did you enjoy getting dressed up for the role?

Rose McGowan: They were feats of engineering. The wardrobe was actually the hardest thing. You would think it would be the prosthetics or the hair, but it was actually the wardrobe. Even though they had all of these different cutouts they were one piece of leather, going into the shoes. It would take two to three people to dress me and then on set they had a little toolbox literally of pliers, screwdrivers, everything to keep me in it. It was not a normal, “Here’s your evening gown.”

Movie Fanatic: You’re quite fashion savvy. Did you have any input into the look?

Rose McGowan: [Pointing to her neck] Well here up, none. Here down, that’s where primarily we worked together. Scott Wheeler (costume designer) is a genius who created it. He just did a fantastic job. A lot of times you go to see a movie and you can kind of see the wig line. This is not digital, it’s going directly on my face. There’s no digitization of it and he did a flawless job.

Movie Fanatic: How many hours were you stuck in a makeup chair each morning?

Rose McGowan stars in Conan the Barbarian

Rose McGowan: Six hours, starting at two in the morning — then a full day of work with everyone else, then an hour of removal. I slept a lot [laughs].

Movie Fanatic: Before this project, did you know much about the world of Conan the Barbarian?

Rose McGowan: I was with somebody a while ago that collected Frazetta paintings. I knew a bit. Jason (Momoa) did a lot of renderings of Conan. Jason looks straight out of a Frazetta painting. It’s kind of shocking. I wish Frank Frazetta hadn’t died just before, if he could see Jason I think he would have liked it.

Movie Fanatic: Your character has the most enjoyable playful side to her…

Rose McGowan: I kind of love her and I kind of feel sorry for her. I think she’s a bit heartbreaking, really. She obviously has a bit of an Electra complex with her father. You have to add a little pathos to the situation. I do think she was funny, I would actually laugh when they would say cut, I would start laughing, because she made me laugh. It was so over the top evil, like “Ha Ha Ha!” When do you get to do that [laughs]? I looked bananas. I think she’s kind of majestic and amazing looking. Bulgarians actually thought I looked like that. Before I’d get in wardrobe, after the prosthetics and the hair, I would go get coffee in the morning. Walking across the sets, I’m just wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts. They must have thought, “Oh my God, this poor girl, what is her issue?” They had never seen anything like that. I never explained it. I thought it was hilarious. So if anybody says, “Hey Bulgaria, what do you think of Rose McGowan?” They’d say, “She has a very high forehead.”

Movie Fanatic: Did you enjoy your time filming in Bulgaria?

Rose McGowan: Well what was great about Bulgaria — besides being an hour and a half away from Rome on a plane [laughs] — is that you’re in another strange world. A lot of movies now take place entirely on green screen. These are sets that looked as crazy as they do in the movie, they were there. It’s kind of a bizarre place, so it’s not like you’re going home and having dinner with your friends after they say wrap. You’re still in this weird alternate reality of Conan the Barbarian — which for three and a half months is pretty fantastic place to be.

Movie Fanatic: What kind of training did you have to do for Conan the Barbarian? Or, since you do a lot of action movies, you were ready to go immediately?

Conan the Barbarian star Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan: Because I do so many action-oriented films (like Grindhouse), I started working with stunt people doing fight training. Then, I found it to be just great exercise. Also I like to be fit. So, I’ve continued on with fight training. Right before I got to do Conan, I was fighting off four guys — it’s great fun and strange — but a great workout. This one also had a very different fighting style, which I love because there’s a lot of swordplay, amazing swordplay. Seeing it in person, seeing Stephen Lang and Jason go toe to toe, Stephen Lang is fifty-seven. You see a fight sequence and it might last for 15 minutes on film. You see these guys just going at it. Jason’s thirty years younger, so it’s very impressive. But I liked that it had a completely different thing going on.

Movie Fanatic: Did you have to practice moving around with those five-inch steel fingernails you wield in the film?

Rose McGowan: No. I should have! I mean, Marcus (director Nispel) did say, “What kind of movements are you doing to do?” and I said, “Well, I used to be a ballet dancer, I’ll just do my hand movements that I did there.” And it worked perfectly.

Movie Fanatic: Ever scratch yourself or anyone else?

Rose McGowan: Oh yeah. I hit myself, not anybody else. I hit my eye, got stuck in my costume, hit my hair, and got stuck in my hair. They’re very heavy. They’re not like plastic or anything like that. You forget and you just go, “Oh no! [laughs]”