When was the last time you went to see a movie you weren’t actually interested in seeing just to spend time with someone? When was the last time someone did that for you? Here’s why I’m asking: None of my regular movie friends who were free over the weekend wanted to see John Carter, and I was too impatient to wait for the one who said she could go this week. On Sunday, I met a friend for brunch and to see Friends With Kids. Afterward, I planned to catch the next showing of John Carter. A few years ago, maybe I would’ve tried to convince her to join me. But this was an IMAX 3D showing in NYC that cost $19 — I couldn’t even ask her. Even in 2D, it would’ve cost her $13. And even then, that’s something I could only suggest it if was my birthday — the one time of year when everyone in my movie circle will cave to you and see whatever you want. READ FULL STORY
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There were a whole host of problems with Disney’s quarter-billion-dollar bellyflop John Carter, but my biggest issue with the movie went deeper than the goony visual effects and the nonsensically overcomplicated mythology. Put simply, the movie suffered from Origin Overdose. Now, the whole notion of an Origin Story is so dear to the hearts of geeks everywhere that it’s easy to overlook a simple truism: Without fail, a hero’s origin story is the absolute least interesting thing about them. It’s the story of a hero before they become a hero — which is to say, the story of an interesting person before they become interesting. READ FULL STORY
Considering that the John Carters of the world have a name only slightly less vanilla than the John Smiths, it seems only natural that these men should stick together in solidarity to support their fellow namesake. That’s why MovieFone questioned the John Carters of Earth about whether they would go see John Carter, the Disney sci-fi epic opening today.
The must-have-been-awkward straw poll includes random responses from more than 40 John Carters from across the United States, some of whom were too dead to answer. Here were some of the highlights:
John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp. He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe. With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer. “He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,’” Kitsch says. Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay. READ FULL STORY
God bless Taylor Kitsch’s visit to Live! With Kelly falling on a day when Alec Baldwin was Kelly Ripa’s cohost. Watch the chat below in which Baldwin playfully tries to insinuate that Kitsch and his John Carter costar Lynn Collins spent time together offscreen (until Kitsch mentions that she’s actually married), and, after watching a flirty clip of the two of them together, offered this expert analysis: “Now don’t fool around here, okay…. When the superhot woman says, ‘I can take you to the gates’…. Come on, this is a filthy movie, man! Come on, this is filthy!” Both Ripa and Kitsch reminded Baldwin that it’s a Disney film, but Kitsch was willing to play along: “The DVD extras will have the alternative ending to that,” he joked saucily. “We go to the gates.” READ FULL STORY
What’s your most anticipated pop-culture event of 2012? Some options to get you thinking: November’s final Twilight movie (for both lovers and haters, it. will. end!); this spring’s long-awaited new episodes of Mad Men; Kiefer Sutherland’s midseason return to TV with Fox’s Touch; Game of Thrones‘ second season debuting in April; July’s arrival of The Dark Knight Rises; or the December delivery of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Or maybe the iPad 3?
Give us your most impassioned pitches below. I’ll start: READ FULL STORY
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