Journalism in July
Avalanche of sequels : return of the living deadSunday, September 04, 2005 By Rene Armendariz
In the coming year we will be seeing lots of great movies and listening to some awesome music. There will be plenty of sequels, so you can see your favorite characters in action again. Not to mention big time blockbusters. For the music industry there are plenty of follow up albums from all your favorite artists. From the new “Foo Fighters: In Your Honor” album to the upcoming “Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise” you have plenty to look forward too. In 2002 we saw former Special Forces operative Frank Martin aka “The Transporter” break his own rule of never looking at the packages he delivers. Complications arose when he broke this rule. In September we will see Frank Martin in action once again. Now retired in Miami, Martin is a driver for a wealthy family, which includes twin brothers with whom he gets very close. When the boys are abducted, he must use all his skills and rescue the brothers and uncover the kidnappers’ plans. The Transporter 2 hits theaters September 2. An obsessive street racer named Shaun is sent away to Tokyo after getting in trouble with the law once too often in The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo. While in Tokyo, Shaun is treated as an outsider until he meets Reevise (Aka Twinkie). He is a street racer and car-crazy. The car you can expect from him is a Nissan S15 Silvia. Reevise then tutors Shaun on drift racing and releases him out into the underground drift races. The third installment will be directed by Justin Lin and is expected to hit theaters July 16, 2006. Two years ago we saw the return of horror icon Leatherface wielding his chainsaw. In fall of 2006 we will see the prequel to the 2003 remake that starred Jessica Biel. Jordana Brewster has signed to play the lead role and Jonathan Liebsman will direct. In 2003, we also saw the aristocratic Vampires face-off against the thuggish Lycans (Werewolves) in Underworld. On January 20, 2006 Selene and Michael will discover their origins as they face both the Vampires and werewolves in Underworld: Evolution. Paramount Pictures has begun work on a film about the event that changed us all, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The movie will center around two police officers that are sent into the World Trade Center to help recover victims of the disaster. After the first tower collapses, they get stuck in the rubble. The movie is based on the actual story of two officers, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, and centered on their rescue. Nicholas Cage is said to have signed to play one of the officers. The untitled film is currently in pre-production and is set for a 2007 release. It is said Paramount is not the only studio moving quickly to tell the 9/11 story. In the music world, the Foo Fighters, with four titles already to their name, have just released their fifth “In Your Honor.” It’s a two disc set, one rock the other acoustic. Although they have two different sounds, both are powerful. If you are a Foo Fighters fan you will love this album, and if you’re a first time listener you should definitely pick up the CD. Another new album that is now out is the All American Rejects CD “Move Along.” This disk surpasses all expectations. With tracks like “Dirty Little Secret” that have a fast paced sound, this album is better then their first. Within the next month you can expect the new Switchfoot album “Nothing is Sound” What can be expected from this album? We’ll have to wait to find out. So as the dog days of summer come to a close, keep an eye out for all the upcoming blockbusters, and all the new hot tracks from your favorite bands.