The first Judd Apatow produced movie of 2012 arrives this week in the shape of fish-out-of-water comedy Wanderlust. In comparison with the vast pantheon of films the comedy supremo has ushered to the big screen, Wanderlust doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of Superbad, Bridesmaids or Step Brothers but comfortably sits in the ‘above average’ section with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and Role Models. It’s the director of Role Models, David Wain, who helms this outing and as one can imagine from this producer/director team, there’s plenty of near-the-knuckle comedy on display.
Last week’s dire double header of This Means War and Project X had critics sharpening their literary knives in preparation for this week’s headliner John Carter. Certain to prove as divisive as a very hot knife through incredibly soft butter, this Mars (ahem, I meant Barsoom) set sci-fi epic, takes top billing in what is once again a week of questionable quality. Elsewhere, Sean Bean kidney punches hookers and murders terrorists, a hirsute John Cusack tracks a serial killer, R Patz shags his way around Paris and Michael Winterbottom transports Thomas Hardy to Rajasthan.
Cannes 2011 saw an American director kick things off, with Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris selected as the curtain-raiser for one of the most high-profile festivals on the cinematic calendar. Today, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced that there will be an American opener for the second year running, as Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom has been chosen as the big intro.
The latest trailer/collection of action set-piece clips is still fresh in our minds and there's still around two months until its release, but Avengers Assemble director Joss Whedon is already being asked about a sequel to his April blockbuster - and obliging with some answers.
Love him or loathe him, Nicolas Cage is a man who knows what he likes. With passions for motorcycles, automobiles and poisonous reptiles all manifesting themselves in opulent spending on extensive collections, it is well documented that he has invested a lot of time and money pursuing such extravagances. Another joy in the actor's life is reportedly the collection of comic-books, a pastime which privileges those who attain and preserve the oldest and rarest editions.
Alexander Aja, the man behind Piranha and the recent remake of The Hills Have Eyes, is in negotiations to direct Undying Love.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, it follows a man who falls in love with a vampire - they're from two different worlds and obstacles conspire to keep them apart. So far, so reverse-Twilight I hear you say.