Upcoming buzz flicks
Having discovered that Salt (a.k.a. Angelina Jolie) dishes a rewarding romp as an empowered Jane Bond against a Cold War Russian spy background, I’m betting that “Salt” the movie will usher in a new franchise.
But here come a few (un-previewed) potential juggler grabbers that could bring some inventiveness and/or more adrenalin to wrap the summer of 2010.
DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS: You know, if this had come out a week or two earlier, it would have been a college essential film contender. Remaking a French award-winner (Cesar), a publisher invites friends to bring pathetic losers (geeks? nerds? nutz?) for a weekly dinner at which they are unknowingly mocked for their stupidity and quirks. A would-be superhero is one of the guests along with a man who brings a female puppet in a low cut red dress. Steve Carell , Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis star; for insurance, Jay (“Meet the Frockers”) Roach directs. Opens July 30.
MIDDLE MEN: With the World Wide Web a new frontier, Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) wades into a fortune by selling adult entertainment. He’s found a ‘hot’ item, but how can the entrepreneur keep his eyes on business amidst porn stars, drug addicts and his own morals? August.
LOTTERY TICKET: You have the winning Power Ball ticket, but your neighbors have learned of your good fortune. It’s three days before you can claim the prize. Where would you put it so that it isn’t lost or stolen? August 20.
MACHETE: 21st Century horror splatter guru, Robert Rodriguez, will release a spin-off from “Planet Terror,” which was part of the “Grindhouse” double feature. For eye candy, Cherry Darling and Jessica Alba, play twin sisters. And, yes, it is rated R. Sept. 3.
DEVIL: Are you afraid of elevators? How about the strangers crowded in the car for the moment or two that the machine travels to various levels of a structure? Have you wanted to introduce yourself…or hope for a perfect moment to start a conversation? On a stuck elevator, the passengers in this N. Night Shyamalan production discover that Lucifer himself is in the car. Sept 17.
WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS: After enduring the worst recession since the Depression and hearing jitters of a double dip, Oliver Stone releases a follow up to stockbroker Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) life after spending time in prison for his gushing greed. Gordon’s not learned any lessons; he’s still after the bucks and bonuses any way he can. Sept. 24.
YOU AGAIN: You have just learned that your brother is going to say, “I do,” with the gal who tormented you all through high school. What’s a good sister supposed to do? Sit still or expose the fem-bully? Love this cast: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White (fresh from her “Saturday Night Live” debut). Sept. 24.