DJ Caruso

Upside Down Movie

The idea behind Invertigo is that gravity has reversed following a NASA probe crashing back down to earth in New York City. It’s a disaster film, so it’s a lot like Dante’s Peak if the volcano were actually the threat of flying off the face of the planet. Upside Down (see the above image (or below image depending on how you look at it)) tried messing with the gravitational pull, too, but it had a world designed for it instead of untethering ours for dramatic effect. Sony announced the project from screenwriters Bradley Cramp and Ehren Kruger a while back and attached director D.J. Caruso. I spoke with Caruso recently, and while everyone still seems hung up on his adaptation of “Preacher,” this one seems more likely to actually get made. Caruso confirmed as much, saying, “We’re trying to shoot the movie in the spring. . . we’ll finish the rest of the movie in Louisiana on the stages next summer. It’s looking very good, very positive that we’ll be tackling Invertigo in the spring.” Even with the high concept, the threat sounds like a major challenge. It’s hard to tell a story if everyone goes shrieking into the stratosphere all at once. Fortunately, Caruso also explained how the production plans to deal with and design the danger:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly entertainment news column that doesn’t usually participate in such overt misogyny. However, in a week that has inundated us with more Michael Bayhem than the world was built to handle, it would like to take out its man card, flop it down on the table like a wet fish and display it to the world. Yes, this is about to get sexual. And no, it will not last long. That’s just how any good late-nite movie news linkdump rolls. It’s a slow news night. Allow me to illustrate right off the bat: Tonight’s lead story is about Brooklyn Decker, model-turned-actress and all-around attractive human being who has been cast in What to Expect When You’re Expecting alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Chris Rock will also star. The only thing about this story that I find interesting is the image above, which has less to do with a movie based on a pregnancy self-help book and more to do with reasons why anyone would want to make Brooklyn Decker pregnant in the first place. I think we all still win.

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Drinking Games

With the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises wrapping up this year, it seems all the studios are scrambling to find something that can replace them. The last teen-book-turned-movie to throw its hat in the ring is I Am Number Four. Whether it holds up to these franchises… well, we’ll let you be the judge of that. But if you get a chance to check this one out on DVD or Blu-ray, you can really enjoy it with a drink in hand. Because even though all the actors are old enough to drink, their characters aren’t.

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The virtual DVD racks on Netflix are littered with hopeful young-adult franchises trying too hard to become the next Harry Potter or Twilight phenomenon. Cirque du Freak? Percy Jackson & the Olympians? The Golden Compass? All based on a popular book series meant to start a whole new franchise… but every single one of them failed at the box-office. Not that that’s stopping the suits in Hollywood from snapping up the rights to even more series (The Hunger Games, Incarceron, etc.), and then bringing them to the screen with attractive teens, mediocre directors, and shitty scripts. Which brings us to I Am Number Four. It seems somewhere out in the cosmos a planet was attacked and decimated by a race of fish people called the Mogadorians. Are they actually fish people? I don’t know, but they do have gills on the face so we’ll go with it. The survivors (known as Loriens) came to Earth hoping to start anew, but the Sea Bass assassins followed and are now hunting them down, killing them, and stealing their jewelry. We’re told there were nine surviving Loriens, all teens, although each has a special guardian assigned to protect them for some unknown purpose that will be revealed at an undisclosed time. Why aren’t the guardians counted among the survivors? Who knows, but maybe it’s because they suck at their job. The killer Carp have already slaughtered teens one through three and have set their sights on number four. Because the only thing the […]

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That comic book all the kids seem to love, “Preacher,” has been tied with “Y: The Last Man” for Closest To Becoming a Movie Without Actually Becoming a Movie for what seems like a few years (because it has been). Now, / is reporting that D.J. Caruso might be the man for the job if I Am Number Four does solidly at the box office. Is he the best choice? No. Is he the worst? No. He’s exactly in between. Disturbia was a middling thriller, Eagle Eye was a convoluted mess, so there’s nothing in Caruso’s current body of work to show that he could pull this off. Making Preacher would take brass buttons and would be a harder R than Caruso has probably seen let alone directed. If done right. The other option is for Caruso to take over the helm and water everything down until the story about an ex-Man of the Cloth hunting down God with a vampire and hit-woman because a PG-13 delight that all the kids can enjoy. I suppose this all might mean that Joe Carnahan never worked out. Just like Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay. Just like Sam Mendes. Caruso simply hasn’t shown that he could handle the subject matter which makes him a boring choice. It would be a shame to hand over an explosive property to a director who’s avoided adult situations like avian flu (especially since it would most likely mean neutering a great script from John August and a […]

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The television star will be taking off her cheerleader outfit and putting on probably another cheerleader outfit to play a high schooler in the sci-fi flick.

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Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer has joined the already booming cast of the D.J. Caruso directed science fiction thriller I Am Number Four. The film tells the story of nine aliens who escape their home planet just before it’s blown to bits by a rival species, only to come to Earth and disguise themselves as human high schoolers.

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According to the Heat Vision, Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) is in talks to co-star in Dreamworks’ I Am Number Four.

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Y: The Last Man

Rumors are circulating again that an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s stellar comic book Y: The Last Man is not completely, totally, absolutely dead. In fact, if those whispers are to be believed, Louis Leterrier himself is interested in resurrecting the recently dead project. With that optimism on the line, I’d like to politely offer 7 things for the filmmakers to think about while tackling the best graphic novel that Stephen King has ever read.

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Eagle Eye director goes where hundreds of other directors have gone before, into deep space where a scary vessel awaits.

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Eagle Eye

Speaking of long stories people shouldn’t subjected to, Eagle Eye came out in theaters on Friday. Let’s just say, the Logic Nazi on this project really screwed the pooch.

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Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye

The Summer movie season may be over but director DJ Caruso has made an Indiana Jones-esque slide under the closing blockbuster wall with the paranoia driven Eagle Eye.

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Eagle Eye Director DJ Caruso

Back in July I had the chance to watch the first thirty minutes or so of DJ Caruso’s newest thriller, Eagle Eye. First off, I have to say that what I saw of Eagle Eye…I loved. It was a fun, fast and intense ride that will make you think twice about syncing your iPhone. Caruso’s Disturbia was a big surprise for me, and his followup film seems to be ready to surprise fans once again.

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Eagle Eye

Our friends at Paramount recently sent over word about a new online game that they have launched in anticipation of their upcoming release Eagle Eye, as well as a new clip from the film.

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Eagle Eye

At face value, there might not be enough out in the wild to really have you all in a tizzy about the upcoming Dreamworks thriller Eagle Eye, but trust me when I say that it might just rock.

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Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye

No literally, Shia LaBeouf is forced to make a jump for it in this trailer.

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Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monahan in Eagle Eye

I stopped back into the ole’ blogging office this afternoon and noticed that every website under the sun is shilling this new photo of Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan from the upcoming crime drama Eagle Eye. Then I realized that I had seen this image before, in my email inbox, in much higher resolution.

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Shia LaBeoufs Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf is at the point right now where he could do no wrong, and his films carry about the same odds of being a blockbuster as me never getting to bed Jessica Alba.

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Check out these suprisingly awesome pics of Shia LaBeouf handling a shotgun in his upcoming flick Eagle Eye.

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