Sunday, May 10, 2009

FILM: "500 Days of Summer" Format, "Shorts" Title Meaning, & "The Mechanic" Remake

500 Days of Summer
First-time feature film director Marc Webb wanted to revive "the romantic-comedy genre--employing split screens, animated title cards, a postcoital dance sequence, and a time-twisting story line that hops non-chronologically through a relationship between a greeting-card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his girlfriend (Zooey Deschanel). 'It's what it's actually like to remember something like this,' explains Gordon-Levitt. 'You remember the day you met, but then that reminds you of some other great date, and that reminds you of the first time you had sex. We're betting the audience has probably felt some of this before, and knows that it's no simple matter, love,' says Gordon-Levitt."

"The title of Robert Rodriguez's latest film doesn't refer to summer clothes or diminutive tykes, but to a series of intersecting vignettes narrated by an 11-year-old boy (Jimmy Bennett). 'You're at the mercy of how he remembers things, out of order and skipping around,' says Rodriguez."

Jason Statham is starring in Simon West's (Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) remake of the 1972 revenge classic The Mechanic. He'll play a hitman who takes the son of one of his victims under his wing. I wonder who'll they'll cast as his son. He has to be old enough to actually be a formidable opponent if he should ever find out right? Originally Sylvester Stallone was attached as the hitman and the candidates for his protege were Ryan Gosling, Ben Foster, Cillian Murphy and Elijah Wood. The first three are too close in age to Statham to still be in the running, so I wonder who's on the short list now. Whoever it is has to seem innocent at first, harmless even. Maybe Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") or Hayden Christensen. Who do you suggest?

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