I really don't have much to say today because I stayed up rather late watching Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" again at the best possible time - 'round midnight - and I have to say, it's still the most fun movie of 2009. If you can stomach a movie in which a gypsy woman torments poor Alison Lohman by - among many other delightfully gross things - vomiting her dead cat on to her (yes, really), give it a chance.
But what little time I do have is mostly about a subject I love, and one we really have just about none at all of any more, Westerns.
It seems that Paramount Pictures is hoping to make a Western-genre tentpole flick with "The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday." I'm not sure this is the most promising analogy, but just for those who doubt just how fun this could be, Paramount says it will be "a history-based action-adventure tale in the vein of 'Pirates of the Caribbean'."
If that's what it takes to get them to make this then I'm all for it, because seeing "Deadwood" turn up at number nine on the AV Club's best tv of the 00s list has me really jonesing for a good Western. But who should play Doc Holliday? Well, I'm sure Paramount will at least ask Johnny Depp to do it, but anyone who's seen "Tombstone" knows there's only one man for the job, and I'm sure he could use the work: Val Kilmer. He made that movie with his comedic turn, which even at its funniest never forgot that Holliday was one bad mother... well, you know.
No idea when all this might actually happen, but a really fun Western for summer of 2011 sounds great to me.
All I have besides that is the teaser for what could be a genuine disaster, but out of love for Joan Jett I'm hoping will somehow turn out to rock at least a little. All you can really tell from this clip for "The Runaways," the biopic about the rather seriously rocking girl group being directed by Floria Sigismondi, is that they at least got the look of Joan Jett, being played by Kristen Stewart, and Cherie Currie, being played somehow by Dakota Fanning, just about right. And they do appear to rock performing "Cherry Bomb." The curiosity factor alone will be enough to get me to go see this when it drops in March. Enjoy the trailer, and have a great weekend. Mine will include "Avatar" and "The Road," the latter of which I'm gonna see at the recommendation of always-reliable movie critic Bob Connally. Peace out.
P.S.: Though you can't make her out in this clip, Alia Shawkat, a definite favorite around here, has a role in this too, which I only mention because I'm thoroughly psyched to be going to see Tony Hale present "The Best of Buster Bluth" tonight in Macon.