The Weekly Ketchup: 300 Gets Positive Reaction

Category: 300 News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: February 16, 2007 | Publication: Rotten Tomatoes | Author: Staff
Publication/Article Link:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/comments/?entryid=401642


Nick Hershey writes: "In This Week's Ketchup, an exuberant reviewer praises an early screening of "300," "Jaws" may have a direct-to-video fifth entry, and "Iron Man" already seems to merit a trilogy.

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Also, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" writer is fixing to pen a fourth, and Daniel Radcliffe seems to favor a grim fate for "Harry Potter." Read on.

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Early (and Exuberant) Reaction to "300"
One of AICN's regular "scoopers" was able to squeeze his way into an early screening of Zack Snyder's "300" -- and it seems like the high-octane, mega-testosteroned action epic blew the kid's mind in a big way.


This Can't Be the Plot Synopsis for "Jaws 5," Can It?
I'll advise you to take this whole story with a few grains of salt, but let's just dive right in: There just might be a direct-to-video "Jaws" sequel on the way -- and if it's boasting the same plot divulged over at Filmrot.com, then we may be in for a flick on par with "Jaws: The Revenge."

"Iron Man" Will be a Trilogy
Not all that surprising, really, but cool nonetheless: Jon Favreau's upcoming "Iron Man" movie is intended to be the first flick in a series of three. Sounds good to me!

"Pirates of the Caribbean" Writer to "Try" to Pen a 3rd Sequel
With "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" only a few short months away, fans have started speculating about the possibility of a fourth "Pirates" adventure. Well, here's what screenwriter Terry Rossio has to say about that.

Does Daniel Radcliffe Have a Death Wish for "Harry Potter"?
Do anything long enough and it'll probably get a little tiresome -- even if that something is playing the world's most popular underage wizard.


Apparently, somebody finds scenes like this exciting.

In Other News:

* Best friends Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts will finally team up in "Nip/Tuck" creator Ryan Murphy's drama "Need."

* Tim Meadows is close to joining the cast of Judd Apatow's musician biopic spoof "Walk Hard." John C. Reilly will play the lead as a famous musician.

* Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum") will direct the big-screen adaptation of John Grogan's bestseller "Marley & Me," with filming to start in April.

* Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have acquired film rights to Mark Bowden's Atlantic Monthly article "Jihadists in Paradise," about the rise of the Philippine Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

* Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Butterfly on a Wheel," a crime thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello and Gerard Butler.

* Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning, will star in "Winged Creatures," the adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel, with Rowan Woods set to direct.

* ThinkFilm has acquired North American distribution rights to "The Last Confederate: The True Story of Robert Adams," a true account of Confederate Captain Robert Adams and his love of a northern woman during the Civil War. Julian Adams, a descendent of Capt. Adams directed, produced and co-stars in the film.

* George Tillman Jr. ("Men of Honor") will direct the coming of age drama "The Siege of Fulton Avenue" for DreamWorks Pictures.

* William H. Macy and Meg Ryan will team up for "The Deal," an adaptation of Peter Lefcourt's comedic novel about Hollywood.

* Finally, next to receive the music biopic treatment is Milli Vanilli, the notorious lip synching pop duo of the late 80s/early 90s. Jeff Nathanson will write the script for Universal Pictures, and reportedly will portray the duo in a sympathetic light.