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Are These the Top 10 Ninja Movies?

Coming this week is the home video release of The Warrior’s Way and 20th Century Home Entertainment thought it might be a good time to examine the ninja film genre and determine which are the ten best. Their hope is that audiences will want to add the film starring  Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans) and introducing to American fans international sensation Jang Dong Gun. Our review will appear soon and you can always judge for yourself.

Meantime, here are 20th’s Top 10. Did they get it right or miss one?

SHOGUN ASSASIN

A story of honor, disgrace, vengeance, massacre and “the greatest team in the history of mass slaughter,” Shogun Assasin is by far a ninja movie classic. The swords swing and slice into action when a shogun’s wife is murdered and is forced into exile after being framed. He gives his infant son a choice between a ball, to represent freeing death and a sword, representing a life of threat and danger. His son chooses the sword and which marks the beginning of a violent struggle to survive in a sea of assassins. Of course, ComicMix fans also know this is adapted from the classic Lone Wolf & Cub manga first brought to the states by First Comics, with great Frank Miller cover.

SEVEN SAMURAI

From Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai tells the story of a group of samurai that turned their backs on fame and wealth to fight to protect a village of oppressed farmers. In what is easily one of the most epicninja-samurai films of all time, Seven Samurai weaves the violent genre with human emotion, courage and hope.

NINJA SCROLL

When demons wipe out an entire village with a mysterious plague, a wandering ninja, Jubei, teams up with the femme fatal, Kagero, to defeat the evil forces. With its mix of samurai action and supernatural fantasy, Ninja Scroll is the one of the most popular animated ninja movies around. Ninja Scroll is definitely an animated ninja tale meant for grown-ups!

REVENGE OF THE NINJA

In this martial arts action film, Revenge of the Ninja, a former ninja assassin begins a new life in America after his family is killed by other ninjas.  He ends up working for drug traffickers that he gets caught up in a face off. Revenge of the Ninja is known for having one of the most memorable fight scenes in ninja movie history.

NINJA ASSASIN

With its release in 2009, this ninja tale about a trained assassin has recently won its spot in top ninja movies. Raizo waits the day he can get his revenge on a secret society for killing his child-hood best friend. Raizo ends up being hunted down through the streets of Europe in what is one of the most action and bloody-packed ninja movies around.

KILL BILL

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill may not be an honorary ninja classic, but does play homage to earlier ninja films with its revenge-drama style plot. The story follows a former female assasin, ‘The Bride’, left for dead by her ex-fiancee, Bill, and his entrourage of assasins, as she seeks revenge until killing every last one of them.  The two part bloody-action flick has one of the greatest sword action scenes to date when The Bride, alone, takes on 88 ninja assasins called The ‘Crazy 88’s’.

ENTER THE NINJA

Famous from his array of Spaghetti Westerns and Euro Crimes films, Franco Nero, made his ninja debut in Enter the Ninja. While visiting a friend in the Phillipines, Cole is a approaced by villain Charlies Venerius, and propositions him to kill his friend. Cole refuses which sparks a  fest of ninja battles and one of a kind stunt choreaphy. Definitely one for the Ninjas!

AMERICAN NINJA

A Martial Arts drifter with little respect for authority gets sentenced to an enlistment in an American Army base in The Philippines. After his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels during a Convoy mission, the colonel’s daughter, Patricia, is kidnapped and his entire platoon is killed. Joe has to rely on his street wits and ninja training in order to survive and save Patricia before it’s too late.

AZUMI

The main slayer in this ninja flick isAzumi, a female ninja expert, which only adds to its cool factor.Azumi is a young orphan girl trained by a Samurai to be an assassin. After being forced to fight her best friend to the death, Azumijoins a group of killer assassins that go after warlords that threaten to unleash chaos on Japan.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

The least likely ninja flick makes the list with its story about four small turtles in New York City. After coming in contact with a strange substance called Ooze, they mutate into giant turtles with human mannerisms. A rat named Splinter becomes their mentor and trains them to be ninjas. The four pizza-loving turtles become super heroes in New York City.

 

First Pics from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Released

First Pics from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Released

Walt Disney has released a handful of pictures giving eager fans a glimpse at the fourth installment of Captain Jack Sparrow’s adventures.For those who missed the details when we revealed the teaser poster, here they are once more:

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (In Disney Digital 3D™

Genre:     Comedy-Adventure
Rating:    TBD
U.S. Release Date:     May 20, 2011
 
Cast:   Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin and Geoffrey Rush
Director: Rob Marshall
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producers: Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio,
John DeLuca
Screenplay by: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise.  When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more:  Blackbeard or the woman from his past. 

The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. 

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). 
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‘Pirates 4’ One-Sheet Unveiled

‘Pirates 4’ One-Sheet Unveiled

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides teaser one-sheet debuted on Yahoo! Movies this morning. 

According to Disney, the movie, opening May 20, 2011 stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally,  Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin and Geoffrey Rush.

Directed by Chicago’s Rob Marshall, the movie was written by veterans Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise.  When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more:  Blackbeard or the woman from his past. 

The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. 

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). 

Disney Consumer Products Projects Profitble Future

Disney Consumer Products Projects Profitble Future

At an online press conference preceding this month’s Licensing Show, Walt Disney outlined their plans for 2011 and the future. Andy Mooney, president of Disney Consumer Products, hosted the event and emphasized that the company’s properties were all being evaluated for exploitation in all forms, using the phrase “newness” to cover technology and “value” to explain multi-figure packaging.

Obviously, the company expects to reap huge profits from this month’s 3-D release of Toy Story 3. Mooney anticipates $2.4 billion of global sales of merchandise for this franchise alone.

After that, Mooney felt Tron: Legacy, coming in December, will appeal to boys and has partnered with Mattel for toys based on the movie starring Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde.

For 2011, the company will be flogging Pixar’s next sequel, Cars 2, due in June, following a month later with the next animated Winnie the Pooh movie. For the younger set, there will also be the first new Muppets feature film in nearly a decade. The Disney Princess brand will continue to be pushed, accompanied by the recently launched Fairies line of product which already has grown into a $1.3 billion business.

Little was said about the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, which takes the action to America. Similarly, nothing was mentioned about the next big action film, 2012’s live-action John Carter of Mars.

Disney is also exploring a sequel to 3 Men and a Baby, the 1987 film, directed by Leonard Nimoy and starting Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson. The charming comedy led to a less charming sequel 3 Men and a Little Lady in 1990 and now the studio appears interested in seeing a later chapter in their lives. Selleck confirmed for MTV that  “It is true that Disney checked my availability,” he said. 3 Men and a Bride is the likely title and plotline, with Selleck adding, “I hope it’s a good script, and if it is a good script I hope they do it, because it would be really fun to get back with Ted and Steve. The strongest of the two movies I think is the first one. It had more heart, and that’s what I hope this third one would have if we do it.”

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Casting Notes

Casting Notes

Over the last few days there’s been a lot of interesting film casting going on so let’s review:

Captain America gains Neal McDonough who will take on the part of Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader “Dum Dum” Dugan. Nah, he’s not an overweight, rowdy red-head with a bushy mustache but he will be one of the Howling Commandos. McDonough is familiar to fans from SyFy’s Tin Man miniseries and Desperate Housewives.

The Avengers appears ready to add Jeremy Renner in the role of Clint Barton, Hawkeye. The actor/musician was nominated for Best Actor for his work in 2009’s The Hurt Locker.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is ready to welcome aboard Stephen Graham (Snatch) as Scram, described by Variety as “a Machiavellian pirate”. He and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) go in search of the fountain of youth, bringing them to America for the first time, in the fourth installment of the film series, due out next May.

Our love for Kick-Ass’ Chloe Moretz is unrivaled and while we await her turn, later this year, as the vampire in the American remake of Let the Right One In, she has just signed on to star in Hick, described by Variety as a “coming-of-age indie drama”. The movie will adapt Andrea Portes’ novel with Portes handling the screenplay. Set in Nebraska, Moretz runs away from her alcoholic and abusive parents only to discover life on the road is no better. Directed by Derick Martini, shooting in New Mexico will begin later this year

We talked recently of how Daniel Craig has time on his hands now that MGM’s pending future has stalled work on the 23rd James Bond film. He’s now in talks with Sony to take on the role of Michael Blomkvist in the American adaptation of Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. With David Fincher on board to direct, A-list actresses are all clamoring for the tasty role of Lisbeth Salander. Shooting is expected to begin later this year for a 2011 release.

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Bergès-Frisbey In; Kruek Out

Bergès-Frisbey In; Kruek Out

Several actresses of note have been cast in or out of projects so here’s a roundup.

French actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has been announced as playing Syrena, a mermaid, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the series. She is expected to play a key role in the further adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

Unknown to American audiences, she has appeared in French films including Bruc and La Première Étoile along with television fare such as La Reine Morte, and Elles et Moi . She was born in Barcelona to French-American and Catalan parents and has done stage work including Equus.

Production on the big budget film is set for later this year in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles with a May 20, 2011 release date planned. Rob Marshall (Chicago) makes his maiden voyage as director, replacing Gore Verbinski.

Meantime, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood broke the news that heartthrob Kristin Kreuk has been replaced in the CBS pilot Hitched. The site reported, “The switch was made Wednesday, just before the multicamera pilot’s table read. Kreuk starred on two drama series, including her star-making turn on Smallville, and she was wonderful in an arc on Schwartz’s NBC dramedy Chuck this season but she has never done a half-hour sitcom and Hitched ultimately proved not a perfect fit for her.” Sara Fletcher was signed to replace her.

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Paramount Announces Fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’

Paramount Announces Fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’

Paramount Pictures has gone out of their way to announce Mission: Impossible 4  — what feels like a rushed project, coming out in just over a year.

The film is being described as a reboot, without J.J. Abrams behind the camera and will most likely introduce agents to take over the franchise. It also arrives during a packed May 2011 which already has scheduled Thor (5/6), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (5/20), and The Hangover 2 (5/26).

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 9, 2010) – Paramount Pictures announced today that it is making “Mission Impossible IV.” The film, which will be produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions and will star Cruise, will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011.

“Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey.
 
Screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are attached to write the script, from an original idea by Cruise and Abrams.

The studio, Cruise and Abrams are in now the process of identifying a director for the film.

 Abrams’s last project with Paramount was “Star Trek,” which he produced and directed. The film grossed $385 million globally.  Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” franchise has grossed over 1.4 billion globally.

“Mission Impossible IV” will be co-financed by David Ellison’s Skydance Productions.

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The Dark Knight officially does a billion dollars in box office

The Dark Knight officially does a billion dollars in box office

Wayne Enterprises has another billion in the bank.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Dark Knight has officially reached $1 billion in worldwide box office revenue, distributor Warner Bros. announced today. The Batman sequel is the fourth movie in history to hit the mark, right behind Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest:

Breaking the worldwide gross down, The Dark Knight has made a phenomenal $533.1 million domestically and $468 million overseas. It’s the only movie in the Top 20 of the all time worldwide chart where the domestic gross exceeds the foreign gross, which is a common trait among comic book-based pictures. On the all time domestic chart, The Dark Knight ranks second to Titanic, while it stands at No. 22 on the all time foreign chart. Warner Bros. noted that The Dark Knight‘s total includes the highest-grossing two-dimensional re-mastered IMAX release ever at $49.6 million domestic and $15.3 million overseas.

For another point of comparison, this year’s five Oscar nominees for Best Picture, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Reader ,have only grossed $481,205,302 worldwide combined so far. Gee, why would Warner Bros. announce that the day before the Oscars…?

Gore Verbinski Examines the Online Fantasy World

Gore Verbinski Examines the Online Fantasy World

The fictional online lifestyle is becoming fodder for a new film to be written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) for director Gore Verbinksi (Pirates of the Caribbean).  Universal Studios acquired rights to a Wall Street Journal article from 2007 reporting on the problems one married couple had when the husband became addicted to his fantasy life according to Variety.

Alexandra Alter’s article featured the 53 year-old diabetic chain smoker who spent as many as 20 hours a day living through his Second Life avatar who was buff in appearance. The man’s wife attended support group meetings for those with spouses addicted to the online life and their marriage nearly dissolved.

The fantasy worlds have been the subject of documentaries, including Second Skin, but this is the first dramatic movie to touch on the subject.  It’s part of Verbinski’s recently signed first look deal with Universal.  He’s also shooting Bioshock, based on the video game plus producing The Host, a remake of the Korean thriller.

Warners to Remake ‘Captain Blood’

Warners to Remake ‘Captain Blood’

Warners to The only question is what took so long.

After three installments of Pirates of the Caribbean brought in plenty of filthy lucre to Disney, Warner Bros. is finally announcing a remake of Captain Blood.  The classic Rafael Sabatini novel was immortalized in 1935 when it arrived on the silver screen with Errol Flynn in the lead back by a stirring Eric Korngold score.

John Brownlow (Sylvia) has been signed to write the new version for director Philip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) according to Variety.

The swashbuckling tale is about a “doctor wrongly sentenced to slavery in the Caribbean, where he and his comrades become avenging pirates. It was nominated for the best picture Oscar.”