Cutting Room for April 11

  • Purely to preserve the story and certainly not a strategic move to fleece more cash from tween and teen wallets, the third installment of the Divergent series will be split into two. As Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games did before it, Allegiant will be cleft in twain. I am strongly opposed to this. Not because I have strong feelings about Divergent one way or the other, but because I know three films make a trilogy but do not know the word for a four-film series. And nobody tell me what the word is! I’m saving that brain cell for something more important like a “Doctor Who” quotation.
  • At long last our collective cultural nightmare may be ending: They have found someone to head the remake of Timecop. The guy who produced The Spectacular Now, a boring film loaded with stealth misogyny, is going to take the character Jean-Claude Van Damme made modestly famous and reinvent him. Considering that literally the only thing I remember about said character was that he was, in fact, a cop protecting time, he has a lot of room with which to work.
  • If you’re like me, when you were watching Roland Emmerich’s 2012, you found yourself thinking “I think he would be the perfect man to direct a powerful retelling of a defining moment in the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.” Good news! Roland Emmerich will direct Stonewall, which tells of the riots that occurred in response to a hate-filled police raid on a gay bar in 1969.  I think we can all rest easy knowing that this subject is in the hands of the guy who made White House Down.
  • Get excited people: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are teaming up again! In The Nest, the pair will play sisters who spend one last weekend in the house they grew up in. Directed by Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell, let’s all plan on seeing it a billion times so it makes all of the money and then studios can’t say dumb stuff like “women-centered films make less money.” I mean, they already don’t make less money, but let’s really show them!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

posted at 11:06 am
on Friday, April 11th, 2014

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