Which Do You Want, The Good News Or The Bad? I'll Give You A Hint: The Good Involves You Getting Your Ass Kicked
The good news: Gina Carano has parlayed her (albeit mixed, review-wise) success from Haywire into another film. She's been cast in In The Blood, where she'll play a woman who hunts down the men who kidnapped her husband -- and presumably beats the holy everloving shit out of them. It's not the most original of premises, and the director, John Stockwell (Turistas, Blue Crush, Crazy/Beautiful) is a decidedly uneven (on the lower end of that, really) film maker. But anything that gets Carano onscreen and more practice at acting is cool with me.
Next, the bad news. Two words: Michael Fucking Bay. Yep, The Baynis will be back with another Transformers movie, a franchise that really should just slide off a cliff and drown, but will rise again and again as long as You People keep paying for the kaboomery. In an interview with MTV, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura took a moment from stuffing thousand-dollar bills down his crotch, he stated that Bay will direct again, and the film will be released in 2014. And of course, they have no cast and no script, although he did say that "we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that's going to be we don't even know yet." Oh. A reboot. Hooray. He did go on to say that "there's still continuity that's going on. There'll be a lot of new cast, whether there's anyone from the first we don't even know yet. The truth is, there's going to be a whole new story. The characters that will come along will be Optimus and Bumblebee, I'm sure." Oh. Bumblebee, the annoying, pratfalling autobot. Hooray.
I'll leave you with a couple of videos: First, the trailer for The Aggression Scale. I'm not quite sure what's going on, but it looks intense and kind of awesome. It features a relatively unknown cast, although it does have Ray Wise in it, a man who creeps me the fuck out regardless of whether he's the good guy or the bad guy. It also has the gigantic and terrifying Derek Mears. It's a sort of brutal home invasion meets darker-toned (much darker) Home Alone. I think? Watch the trailer:
And finally, a short film. This is Cost Of Living, directed and written by BenDavid Grabinski. It stars Bret Harrison (Reaper) and Brandon Routh (Superman) as security personnel for a company that's developing monsters. And of course, the Bad Things get out, and chaos ensues. It's a clever, gory, and funny little bit of monster mayhem with some nice homages thrown in, so you should watch: