Wednesday, June 25, 2008

DTESS poster

Oh Keanu, you had me at "woah"... This is the poster for The Day The Earth Stood Still remake.



Look for it in theaters December 12th, 2008.
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Eagle Eye trailer

Here is the full trailer for Eagle Eye. Check it.



The movie comes out on September 28th, 2008.
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Green Hornet logo

So the Green Hornet is coming to the big screen. I'm just not sure I'm actually excited about this. It's being written and will star Seth Rogan, who I love, but really?! is that right?? Anyhow, here's a whole big interview he did on his take on the character... meh, I have no real invested history so I don't really care, I just hope for good movies all the time. And Sony has also just revealed some art in the form of a logo on a teaser site. Check the site out where you can register for updates. And here of course is said logo art.



The movie itself is set to come out June 25th 2010.
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A subtitle and some character posters

The Joes are at it again, and God bless them for it. The G.I. Joe movie has gained a very nice subtitle : The Rise of Cobra, and the first three of what I think we can all assume will be like 12 character posters have shown up online. Check out Duke, Snake Eyes, and The Baroness... very cool.







Remember G.I. Joe comes out next summer. We're talking August 7th, 2009. And how do you think its going to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt???


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Bumblebee 2.0 and that possible Arcee

Coming at us strong from the set of Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen. (the 2 was dropped last week) check out the new and imporved Bumblebee. He's been revamped as a 2010 Corvette Concept Z28. I know basically nothing about cars, but it sure looks pretty sick.





Falling squarely into the rumor catagory, the Transformers 2 Movie Blog snagged an exclusive on six custom motorbikes that are supposedly being make for the movie. As its all the same bike I suppose that mean they are doubles. The bike in question will reportedly end up being Arcee, the lone female fighter of the Autobots. While she could kick ass with the best of them, she really always had that Smurfette quality to her. Check out the pic below of the suspect, and see the Movies Blog for more on this rumor.



My only thought: they'd better make sure she's pink.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Nottingham getting cast

Ridley Scott is at it again. With his new film Nottingham he will look to reinvent the Robin Hood story. The film sees a love triangle between the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and the man in the green tights. Which is definitely a new take on the material.

So far Russell Crowe has been cast as the Sheriff, a role I have no doubt he will excel at, and Sienna Miller as the lovely object of affections Maid Marion, but the big role of Robin Hood is still up in the air. Rumors are now circling that Ridley Scott is "extremely keen" to cast Christian Bale in the lead.

Of course as I look now, it appears that the Bale rumor is most likely false, and now Latino Review is saying that Russell Crowe at least wants Sam Riley to play Robin Hood. Sam broke recently on the scene in the role of Ian Curtis, the troubled lead singer of awesome and influential progressive band Joy Division in the film Control. This maybe makes sense in terms of casting for a budget, but Bale is definitely the Robin Hood type in my opinion.

I'm interested to see where this film leads whoever ends up in the main role. A new take on Robin Hood could be exactly whats needed. Although, as this article mentions if the SAG strike does in fact materialize pics like Nottingham seem to be directly in the line of fire. Only time will tell how this develops.
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Terminator Salvation trailer description

AICN recently ran a story with a detailed description of the Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins trailer that is set to launch with The Dark Knight this summer. Here is that description in all its glory, its pretty damn cool.

" It opens with footage of people out in every day life. Christian Bale voiceovers
something like:

"I always knew it would happen"...

Than a pause...

"They told me I could stop it."

The same people begin looking to the sky....

"That I could save us"

Looks of horror come across their faces as he says,

"They were wrong"

Music rises as we cut to black for a second. The Terminator theme starts, with the duh duh,
duh, duh, duh

NEXT SUMMER appears on the screen...

We get a quick shot looking out over a sunny desert, and then a shot of Bale, in badass commando uniform and very recognizably the same guy who plays Batman, being lowered into a huge bunker of weapons.

THE FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

rolls across, and we get mixed clips from inside one of the survivor bunkers as seen in Terminator 1 - but they look more concentration campish; very crowded, shots of Bale walking with a large crowd. And then the word...

BEGINS.

The music quickly rises as we get shot of a huge truck racing down a high way, a shot or two of a helicopter flying mixed with more close ups of the actors when Bale whispers, "They're coming"

It all goes quiet.

Massive drums blare the beginning of the theme (again) but this time much louder, more pumped up, as we get a metallic silver T that morphs into a 4.

We then get the big money shot of the trailer. Its Bale on a motorcycle with some girl on the back.

They speed through a door of what looks like a warehouse toward us. As soon as they pass the screen, a huge terminator on wheels, a lot like the one they battle in the first one, smashes through the wall, chasing them. It looks awesome.

It then says:

Memorial Day 2009.

I was not a big fan of T3 aside from the ending, but this looks really good."

Nice eh? I'm definitely looking forward to this one. The movie, as it says will come out May 22nd, 2009.


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Son of Rambow trailer

So, this is one of those sweet little indie films that become a critical favorite at the festival circuit, and I can see why. It looks pretty fun. Check out the trailer for Son of Rambow.



The news last week that young star Will Poulter has been cast as Eustance Scrubb, who is a major character and the Pevensie kid's cousin in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader also can't hurt the prospects of this movie. But for the life of me I can't figure out when or if this film is going to be released wide in the US but I hope it is. Maybe have to just wait for dvd though.
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Bad World

Funny stuff today.



Battlefield: Bad Company
ships today. Wish I had a 360...
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

JMS on Silver Surfer and more

Last week, AMCTV got a chance to interview J Michael Straczynski, and they turned up a number of great updates on his various projects including one that you should know is very near and dear to my heart Silver Surfer.

After talking about how the studio was disappointed with Fantastic Four 2, he elaborates "The script is pretty good, I like it, but whether or not it goes into production, I have no idea.

Q: Does this pick up where Silver Surfer left off in Fantastic Four 2?

A: I was writing it as FF2 was about to come out, and the theory was for it to pick up literally the next frame after the FF2 movie, where you find out why Silver Surfer was there and what happened to him. We would have seen Galactus, his home world, what happened and him trying to get back there, because now that he's betrayed Galactus, he's concerned his home world might be in jeopardy.


Q: When do you mean when you say,"We see Galactus"?

Q: In the script I come up with some ways to visualize him that are true to the original, but take it one step further using the current CGI technology that we have. So we would have seen him as a character on numerous occasions in the second movie, not inconsistent with the first distant shot of him in that that's just a way of concealing who and what he really is. Believe me, he would be not at all silly looking. "

is just the kind of writer that could bring it to life. I love the fact that it would pick up directly from where FF left us. And I think everyone agrees that another more fleshed out take on Wow, well that all sounds great to me. I would LOVE to see this movie get made, and Straczynski's take on Galactus would be a very good thing. I know Marvel has their whole plan in motion, but hey, maybe if the Iron Man 2 film gets pushed back something like Silver Surfer could jump in to take the place. At least that's my dream :)

Interestingly, JMS is working on a lot of cool projects though and he briefly mentioned a few others.

When asked about the World War Z script he was asked to write, refresh your memory here, he explained how it is a political thriller zombie movie that was definitely hard to adapt. "it's really sort of an investigation -- as the book is accomplished after the fact, the main character is a person working with the UN after the zombie wars, going around to see what went wrong, what was not known and who didn't connect the dots. In a way it's looking at the Katrina situation, it's not that far away from the Iraq Study Group Report, and everyone wants to cooperate to find out what went wrong."

Finally on the classic pulp sci fi series Lensman, which he is adapting he really got excited because he was always such a big fan, saying "we're going to look at this as something with the effects level of the Star Wars movies, and the seriousness of Blade Runner. And it's going to be hopefully three movies. The first one will be more or less self-contained, but will open up the ending for the possible sequels, and it's pretty exciting. I think they're probably looking for the first one in 2010."

All good stuff from Straczynski; his candor is appreciated. As is AMCTV for asking such good questions. I'm looking forward to all of these films, I just hope they really get made.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer

Finally released in English, check out the trailer for Brad Pitt's new film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The movie is directed by my hero David Fincher.



If you liked the look of that you can read the entire novella on which the film is based online for free here. Written by F Scott Fitzgerald, it's a very enjoyable, quick story and worth checking out. The film is coming into theaters on December 18th, 2008.
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Last Call for Universal

The Oni press comic book Last Call has been picked up by Universal for development to the big screen. As reported by Variety, the film will follow the plot of the book; written and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos, the film follows the grand tradition of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey...

"While out on a midnight drive, two friends, Alec and Sam, are hit by the "Ghost Train," an inter-dimensional soul carrier. They wake up to discover themselves stuck on the train with no way out and no ticket, which is a problem when the conductor comes around. As they desperately search for an escape, the boys uncover clues that lead them deeper into the train’s musty cabins and into the path of a killer!"

ok, so its really only got elements of bill and ted. Sounds pretty sweet actually. Although I don't have time at the moment, you can also check out a whopping 38 page preview from the first volume of the book, online at the Oni Press page. I look forward to more on this one...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

John Connors new love?

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Leven Rambin, who is a Young actress that's made a splash in daytime tv on All My Children is set to join the cast of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Leven will reportedly play Becky, John's new love interest.

Although I hope that doesn't mean his previously hinted at love interest won't be seen in season 2. I guess we'll just have to wait and find out. As a reminder to everyone, season 1 of Terminator:TSCC will re-air on FOX beginning this August 10th, before the premiere of season 2 on September 8th, 2008. I definitely recommend you watch it. Also the dvds are coming out on August 19th so you can just check it out then if you prefer.
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Gears of Wiseman

The Gears of War film is finally gearing up. Underworld director Len Wiseman has jumped on board the previously stalled film based on the ever so popular video game and the film looks like its moving forward. The plan at the moment is to film in 2009 for a 2010 release. As Variety reports, a redraft of the script is currently underway by Chris Morgan, who is also the man behind Wanted, and the upcoming Fast and Furious film. Should be agood pairing as the two are already collaborating on a film called Shell Game.

The story of the game, which I've never played, and is presumably the same as the upcoming film sounds like a crazy alien killing adventure. "Gears revolves around a world reeling from an invasion by aliens known as the Locust, and a small team of elite soldiers who fight to retake the planet Sera and save its human inhabitants." The game which came out in 2006 from Microsoft is their second biggest franchise after Halo, and a sequel game is shipping this November.

Should be a good one, especially if the Halo film doesn't really get off the ground for a while. Let's finish off by rewatching that wonderful commercial for Gears of War featuring the Gary Jules, Mad World song...


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Astro Boy update

The voice cast for Imagi's upcoming Astro Boy film has been announced and for some reason that surprises me, its got more than a few stars in the mix. I mean I know this is a character that has been around for quite some time now but I'm happily surprised at this voice acting pedigree.

The robotic boy himself will be voiced by Freddie Highmore. And he will be joined by the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy. None of the other voice actors roles have been revealed.

Sounds like it should be a winner at least in the voice department. Lets just cross our fingers on the story :) The animated feature, Imagi's second after last summer's TMNT, is set to come out in theaters sometime next year.
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RIP Stan Winston

Well, as you probably know by now, yesterday Stan Winston died at age 62. As was reported he died at his home with friends and family around him after battling for 7 years with multiple myeloma cancer. Winston was a special effects and cinematic legend and he will be sorely missed by the film loving world.

As a visual effects and make up specialist Winston created some of the most iconic and enduring film creatures, from James Cameron's The Thing, The Terminator, and Aliens, to Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Jurassic Park, Pumpkinhead, Alien Nation, Leviathan, Batman Returns, Small Soldiers, A.I., Constantine and god just so many more. he was an amazing craftsman who helped define popular culture in film for the last 25 years. His most recent work was as the man who brought Iron Man to life, and on next summers Terminator Salvation.

It's a sad day for all of us when we lose a master. R.I.P. Stan.
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Strays

Louis LeTerrier, famed director of The Transporter, and Transporter 2, is just coming down off of opening weekend for his latest film The Incredible Hulk. It did well enough at the box office; nothing earth shattering, but $55.4 million is nothing to sneeze at. And now instead of taking some probably well deserved time off hes decided to strike while the iron is hot and sign on for a new movie called Strays.

While Leterrier is still just in talks to direct (although it sounds like he probably will) he is slated to produce. which is being described by The Hollywood Reporter as about "a group of young consultants on a business trip to Russia mysteriously wake up in an abandoned and radioactive city and fight to survive the deadly obstacles in between them and safety."

Kind of sci fi, kind of Twilight Zone, but thats not much to go on. Ain't It Cool News as a true font of wisdom has offered this as an unconfirmed extension the the plot description. Apparently in the movie " The Russians have been having problems in and around Moscow with hyper-intelligent feral dogs that the police believe are responsible for missing homeless people. These dogs are intelligent enough to catch rides on trolleys and subway trains to go to specific destinations. More would be known about them, but they are aware that they are being studied and they go out of their way to conceal their activities." AICN speculates that these dogs may in fact be the titular Strays.

Sounds kinds cool, maybe a bit more horror sci fi than mystery sci fi, but still cool. We'll see what becomes of this one.
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Downey in Cowboys & Aliens

So an interesting story popped up on The Hollywood Reporter yesterday. Robert Downey Jr is apparently signing on to play the lead in a cool sounding film called Cowboys & Aliens. The film is being described as "a pulpy mix of the sci-fi and Western genres" which sounds good to me. We haven't had a good sci fi western since... Westworld? Wild Wild West maybe...

The story for Cowboys & Aliens is based off a book by Platinum Comics, and you can read the entire first issue online. I have to say its pretty entertaining. According to the official synopsis "The Old West: an era when all a man could depend on was his horse and his six-gun, and settlers and Indians fought it out for territory on the last American frontier. That wild frontier just went out of this world. Invaders from another planet have touched down just outside of Dodge City, with plans for all mankind. Now cowboys and Indians alike must put aside their differences long enough to drive the aliens off the sovereign soil of planet Earth."

The story is light, and fun, and kind of silly, but with good action, and I think it could translate well on screen.I recommend you check out the first issue yourself and see what you think.

The other interesting thing about this news though is that Cowboys & Aliens is scheduled for a 2010 release. Meaning it would be shot at the exact time when Iron Man 2 is 'supposed' to be filming. Rumor has it that Marvel has somewhat picked their heads out of their asses regarding the whole Favreau deal and are in the process of locking everyone into place for IM2, but I have a sneaking suspicion that old shellhead may be pushed back, especially in light of this Cowboys & Aliens news.

Fine by me, I think this one sounds cool too. And no need to rush Marvel, We'll all still be here for another Iron Man film. Just chillax a bit. More on C&A and IM2 as it develops.
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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Incredible Hulk review

While definitely not as great as Iron Man, the other Marvel superhero film this summer, The Incredible Hulk is honestly entertaining in all the ways that matter most. It is satisfying because it readily gives the things I wanted to see most on screen, action and a little bit of heart. But it also disappointed somewhat with a shallow story and just not enough meat on its weighty bones.

Starting with the positive, and let me assure you the film is really pretty solid most of what I have to say is positive, the action scenes were great. The Hulk had a lot of fantastic fights, my favorite being on the lawn of a college campus with some kick ass sonic weapons, and a super soldier serum enhanced Tim Roth duking it out with old mean and green. The fights looked great, with solid choreography, and A LOT of collateral destruction. In fact the excessive destruction was a running element throughout the movie, even in the quieter hulk scenes. But with this kind of a film you can't really separate the action from the fx. After seeing the early commercials I was concerned, like a lot of people, about the CG work, especially in those fight scenes. The early looks at Abomination were startling, and extremely phony. While watching the movie though, I hardly noticed it. And I had zero problem looking past any flaws in CG, because most of it was really very good. No the Hulk does not look like someone 100% real, but I still managed to believe and invest in the character. And the action itself has a number of nice touches that push it into the realm of excellent. For example, there's a great sequence where the Hulk rips a police car in two and uses it like boxing gloves. Those are the moments that just made me smile, that's what I wanted out of my Hulk film. The action played very well, and despite a friend of mine feeling that the final fight was predictable, I think they did an admirable job creating what they did out of literally nothing.

As for the acting, well it was generally pretty decent. Ed Norton who rules the screen solidly for most of the film was fine, definitely not Eric Bana, but having seen them both in the role of Bruce Banner now, I'll have to say Norton did a better job capturing the intangibles of the character, I really felt the inner turmoil, and I liked how the plot had him seriously learning how to deal with his rage. The rest of the cast is a bit of a mix bag, with most giving alright performances on a sometimes weak script. Liv Tyler is shrill and definitely underwritten, but the rumored 70 minutes of additional scenes that director Louis Leterrier plans to include on the dvd should expand her role. And Tim Roth is great as the bad guy who eventually becomes The Abomination. He manages the balance of good soldier and psychotic killer with more weapons training than you'd be comfortable with very well. Once he becomes the monster, its a bit of a strain, but I still enjoyed him. Other smaller roles like William Hurt as General Ross were serviceable, but I have to say I loved Sam Elliot's portrayal of the character, so I was a bit biases against him. And of note Tim Blake Nelson, who played a scientist bent on 'helping' Banner was annoyingly over the top. And it looks like he's being set up as the future villain known as The Leader for a future film. Hopefully he'll be a bit more downplayed in any potential sequel. So like I said, kind of a mix bag.

The writing was really the only large flaw in the movie. And I don't know where or if its really even fair to blame. If this film was really honestly written with an intended 20 - 30 minutes of legitimate additional footage that could have been in the film, the movie would definitely have turned out totally different in pace and probably tone. I have to think that 70 minute comment is an exaggeration, especially as the reported first cut by Norton and Leterrier that the studio snipped (and started the bad press train of a month back), was only reportedly 20 minutes or so longer than the final theatrical version. But the point is that if Leterrier and Norton, who both worked as writers on the movie intended to make a 2 hour 15 minute movie and it got cut down to a 1 hour 50 minute movie, something of the story was probably snipped. I don't think it was all running chase scenes. And the studio isn't in the market of spending a ton of money on big fight sequences to cut them out. So what we probably lost was what would've given the film that extra push of heart that would've either made it great, or turned it into another Ang Lee nightmare.

But that's always been a problem with The Hulk, finding that balance between action and heart. in the comic it works because we have a lot of time for the emotional resonance to sink in, but on film everything has to move. How do you mix a serious and tragic love story with punching a Humvee to scrap metal? I think its really hard. The Incredible Hulk, has problems finding its balance and its on that level where this film never quite makes it. I give them respect for creating an very entertaining and watchable film, a film I want to succeed and want to see more of, on dvd, and in a sequel. But this wasn't their best.

The Incredible Hulk is worth seeing, I want you to see it in theaters so that it will do well, but I have to say honestly, as long as you have a nice HDtv, and a good set up at home, you should probably just wait for the dvd.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Death Race trailer

Well its finally here kids, the movie you've all been waiting for, the remake / update sure to break the mold. Death Race is back. and it looks pretty crazy. Check out the new trailer.



The rather extensive official website has also been launched. If you haven't seen the original film, Death Race 2000, starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone I'd highly recommend it. This new version, according to IESB will follow a fairly straightforward plot, as you can tell by the preview...

"Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world's most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the "Death Race."

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn't commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein -- a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill -- Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island's warden (Joan Allen): suit up or rot away in a cell.

His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country's toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth. "
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Smurfferic!

You know I'm not sure if I mentioned it here or not... I thought I had, but I can't seem to find anything now. Oh well, its good news to say again anyhow. The Smurfs are coming to the big screen. Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation are coming together to bring a hybrid live action / animated film version of Les Schtroumpfs to the eagerly waiting masses

Sony has purchased the film rights from Belgin company Lafig Belgium and Charlotte's Web producer, Jordan Kerner. Funny thing though Kerner has already been working on a 3-D CG film version of the smurfs with Paramount / Nickelodeon since 2002. I'm not sure exactly how the rights for this kind of a thing go, but either there could be multiple films made, or I suspect more likely Paramount and Nick will just join forces on the feature. The nice thing about that, is that a bunch of work on the Smurfs has already been done.

The reason I thought I had talked about this before is that I'm positive I saw a behind the scenes video at Legoland or somewhere in France where they showed some footage of a CG smurf in development for the big screen Nickelodeon film. Whether this is indeed work that will be used toward the technology of creating the CG smurfs is unknown, but if it is then we're already well on the way there. Oh wait, here check this out, I couldn't find the video but here are some pics including the one to the left.

Reportedly the writers behind the second and third Shrek films are in talks to pen a script. I'm thinking this is going to be similar in look to Alvin and the Chipmunks or the Garfield films. And while I'm not positive that specifically is a great idea, I'll keep my hope alive that this will turn out to be a good, or at least better than those were. More on this, or course as it develops.
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Dragonology on screen

So reportedly the "faux nonfiction" children's book Dragonology is being adapted for the big screen. Maybe more interesting than the book itself is the way in which it is written and presented. Yes I had to think about what a faux nonfiction book was too.

To explain from the wiki page it reprints the publishers note found at the beginning of the first volume in the book series "This book purports to be the facsimile of an original published on a print run of 100 copies in 1895, of which a copy was recently found in a bookshop near the Seven Dials in London. Unfortunately, the publisher has been unable to ascertain whether a real Dr. Ernest Drake ever lived in St. Leonard's forest or wrote a book called Dragonology and so, with regret, is unable to make any claim as to the truth of this and must present this volume merely as an interesting curiosity."

Weird eh? Kinda cool though. The story itself sounds ok, " Hartman's fantasy adventure take revolves around a group of dragonologists who go on a globetrotting quest to keep a corrupt man from taking control of the world's dragons and using them to wipe out humanity."

Hopefully its something that will be done well. They pretty much always seem to screw up dragon films, so I have some reservations, but I'm glad they're trying at least. I think I'll wait at least until I see more, or possibly a trailer before judging this one.
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Kasdan on Robotech

Last September it was reported that the beloved 80s anime property, and one of my all time favorites, Robotech was coming to the big screen with Tobey Maguire and his production company behind the wheel. Since then there hasn't been too much news on development of the project, that is until now. Over at CHUD they are reporting from a reliable source that rumor has it none other than Lawrence Kasdan is taking on the script duties for the film!

Kasdan of course, is one of the most beloved screenwriters of our time penning classics like The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, and a bunch more. He has a pedigree that could do wonders for getting the ball rolling on the Robotech movie. I certainly hope this rumor proves true, because I am really looking forward to a Robotech film.

So this is great news in my book, I'm looking forward to more development on this one.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Punisher War Zone trailer

The trailer for Punisher: War Zone has dropped, and I think it looks pretty darn sweet.



The movie comes out December 5th, 2008.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The lucky bastard

I think we all know Leprechauns are tricky.

But, did you know that we might be giving them all the power they need? In marshmallow form??? I just read this story online, that says that Lucky Charms intends to add a new permanent magical marshmallow to its cereal mix. This is apparently the first time a new charm has been added on a permanent basis in 10 years. Although most if not all of the mallows have been altered in more recent history. The new marshmallow will be a magical hourglass and apparently it will give Lucky the ability to stop time!

I know the kids are always after his lucky charms, but serious did you realize that his charms give Lucky superpowers?! And whats more according to the article already "The cereal contains Lucky’s magical charms, each of which bestow upon Lucky their own special powers: hearts (power to bring things to life), shooting stars (power to fly), horseshoes (power to speed things up), clovers (luck, but you never know what kind of luck you’ll get), blue moons (power of invisibility), rainbows (instantaneous travel from place to place) and balloons (power to make things float)."

Are you serious? This little guy is like the entire Avengers and Justice League rolled into one. And lets face it, he simply CANNOT be trusted. Why General Mills would ever allow this is beyond me. How on earth those kids ever manage to get any cereal without being killed is a miracle, and one that probably won't hold out. You think these guys can contain their murderous rampages? Think again.



Bottom line, Leprechauns cannot be trusted. Don't be fooled. And for god sakes please don't give them any more magical power; or marshmallows.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Marvel logos

Here's one more tantalizing picture from the Licensing Expo going on in NYC right now, MTV Movies Blog snagged this pic of the upcoming Marvel slate in logo form. Not that it means these films will really happen when they're supposed to, but its still neat to see.


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New Clone Wars trailer

Check out this just launched theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Its very atmospheric.



The upcoming tv show will start with a splash in theaters this summer, on August 15th, before coming to Cartoon Network in the Fall.
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Turning 30...

So I feel like I should spend some time reflecting here today. Today I'm 30. It seems like it should be a sort of milestone. I'm not totally sure it is, but it seems like the convention to accept it as one. Personally I've always preferred defining my life by actions and events, than arbitrary days; but since I'm here, and a little reflection is always a good thing I thought I'd share some revelations that I've had in these past 30 years on earth. I won't claim that this is any groundbreaking wisdom here, but its how I live my life, and that's worked out pretty well so far :)

I've had a lot of good times and a few bad ones over the past 30 years. I've definitely made my share of mistakes. But I really try to live without regrets. Sure I get bogged down by the past sometimes, and as you all know I enjoy my nostalgia, but I don't want to ever feel like I would've made different choices. I couldn't have, or I wouldn't be me now. I've definitely made mistakes, and will again I'm sure, but I know I'm a better smarter person for the life experiences that I've had. If I have one thing to share, totally honestly, its live without regret.

Do things. I know it sounds obvious, but actually doing things, anything really but hopefully something your passionate about, is basically the most rewarding experience you can have. Doing nothing, accomplishes nothing. The apathetic angst of my formidable teenage years is bullshit; and I think everyone knows it. Doing things, and caring about doing it matters. I have always felt better about myself when I'm engaged in something. This is probably also the biggest ongoing struggle for me as well. It's just sooo easy to sit back and chill, let life just sort of wash over you. Yes that's an experience as well, but why lie in the waves when you could be surfing? My goal for the next 30 years, is to do more things that I love, and let myself enjoy them. I don't know if I'll ever actually 'live up to my potential' but I'd be a fool if I didn't keep trying.

You know I'm a sometimes kind of overly-dramatic person, right? Well probably because of that, there have been a few times in my life, I can think of three, where either I thought I was going to die, or for some other reason I has a very brief amount of time to contemplate my life as a whole. In those times, those few seconds where I have been faced with analyzing the state of my life because I thought, if only for a few seconds, that this would be my end I've come to a few starting and very reassuring conclusions. I don't know if anyone else out there has experienced what I'm talking about, faced with the thought of immediate death, I have had moments of total lucidity. That totally cliched moment where my life has actually flashed in front of my eyes. Only for real. It's a pretty interesting experience, and if you've ever had it you have to just know, that if humans ever found a way to tap into that potential brainpower whenever we wanted, we could do anything.

And in those odd moments of lucidity, its always come down to two things. Well one feeling, one reaction, I've got a lot of love in my life, and I'm really thankful for that. I'm happy. Honestly happy, because I've been blessed with a lot of amazing people who care about me. And I enjoy life, I really do. Have you ever met those hippies who wander around and tell everyone they meet that they love them? Well, that's about it. I mean I get it. Life and everything in it is beautiful, and I love life. Even the bad parts are still a part of the whole, and that whole is the most amazing thing ever. ever. If there is one thing that makes me believe in God, this is it. Because to me God is that power of love. Just like Huey Lewis said it was...

I guess if I had a point to that thought, it would be that I'd advise you to try to recognize what's around you. Don't fill your life with hate, or fear, or regrets there's no point in holding onto that stuff. Try to embrace life. And appreciate all of the good things, and people around you.

Alright, this is a bit too serious now I suppose. I know its not typically what I talk about here, but this is important to me, so thanks for taking the time to read. Turning 30 isn't a bad thing at all. I'm happy, I'm always learning, and I still have things to work on. Overall its a good day, overall its a good life. Thanks for helping make it so everyone, peace out.
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Jay and Seth vs the Apocalypse coming soon

You may have seen the short 'trailer' made by Seth Rogan and Jay Baruchel on Youtube for Jay and Seth vs the Apocalypse. If you haven't well its a hilarious Odd Couple sort of short film. And now according to Variety its going to be a feature length movie. The movie, which aims to shoot in 2009 will be expanded and written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, who previously teamed up to write Knocked Up, Superbad, and Pineapple Express.

Should be comedy gold. Check out the trailer for the short film version of the story below.


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New Babylon A.D trailer

An all new trailer for Babylon A.D. and its in English this time. Finally I'm getting some real emotional impact from this film, and wow. looks very cool. Care of IGN.



This movie just jumped about 2 more points up my interest scale. Nice work guys. The movie comes out August 29th, 2008.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Licensing Expo pics

A few pictures from the NY Licensing Show have turned up online. Check out a bunch from Ray over at his Coppermine page here, pointed via ComingSoon. And there are a few more over at AICN here and here. The best are these ones.



Robocop... coming in 2010. Now that was fast eh?



A lovely display set up for G.I. Joe... not sure what that machine is exactly.



Bad lighting on this Terminator Salvation poster... kinda lame teaser poster as well.



Can't say I'm super excited about the upcoming animated film, read more here, but man that poster is absolutely beautiful.



WWWTA. So completely awesome.

UPDATE - MTV Movies Blog has a full pic of this Where the Wild Things Are poster.


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Cap in Hulk?!

Well we may not be getting Hilary Swank as Black Widow in The Incredible Hulk film, but we just might be getting Captain America; sort of... The rest of this post may contain SPOILERS, so beware...

a few days ago Hulk director Louis Leterrier told G4TV that "As a filmmaker and as a fan, I like to go see movies and watch them several times ... and every time I see it, discover little things in the background. Did you know that in Iron Man, Captain America's shield can be found somewhere? Well in Hulk you might see Captain America himself!". As the video's down you can read more on it at Wired. But Seriously WTF?!!?! Captain America making an appearance in The Incredible Hulk?! Why that would be, simply incredible! ;)

Seriously though, could this just be another ploy like the black hearted grinch Avi Arad proved to be with his Black Widow red herring... or could it actually be something real? None of the early reviews I read mentioned anything about this... But it looks like the mystery has been solved. Yes Captain America was in the film, BUT the scene has been cut from the final theatrical version.

Talking to Juado.com, Leterrier clarified saying "“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”"

So I guess what hes implying is that there was a shot of Captain America stuck in the ice somewhere. Rumors about the Captain America movie say that The First Avenger: Captain America will be entirely a period WWII piece and end with the Captain frozen in the arctic ice only to be revived into the modern world in 2011, just in time for The Avengers movie. So at this point in the chronology Cap should logically be somewhere in the frozen north. Thats really kinda cool. My guess / hope is that the Hulk dislodges Cap from the ice and the scene ends with a man sized iceberg floating away...

Even though its not going to be in the final cut, I still think its pretty cool.

Oh and just to end on some very good news Leterrier told SuperheroHype that he is definitely up for more Hulk in the future saying "I'll do another Hulk movie any day of the week. I love it! I love the character, I love the TV show. I love that he's an anti-hero, It starts with a great story and great cast. If you like movies, you'll like Hulk". Very judicious words...
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Transporter 3 trailer

Here it is people, the trailer for a film a know you've all been waiting for, Transporter 3.



After its Cannes run, yes seriously, the film has been picked up for US distribution and will be hitting the big screen on November 26th, 2008.
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3 quick reviews

So while my wife has been traveling for work, I've been whiling my evenings away in front of the computer watching movies that I missed over the past few months. These aren't great movies by any means, but they are all films I've mentioned here at least once, and thought I'd share my thoughts on. Its a mediocre movie marathon!

10 000 BC

Ahh 10 000 BC. It seemed like a film that had so much to offer; a film with such promise. But then, it turned into a very average totally predictable mostly silly adventure film. The movie, which plays as a sort of Clan of the Cave Bear, stars a slew of young, pretty, and forgettable people dressed up as if they're supposed to be dirty and ugly. But since everyone has perfect shining teeth, dreadlocks that a quaffed just so, and toned tan bodies, I just couldn't buy it. Aside from the lack of realism on that front, the story itself goes from one ridiculous antic to another. The protagonist, is a mammoth hunter, who is destined to lead the serfs of Egypt in revolt against their (possibly Atlantean, possibly alien) overlords. And the film plays a little too campy for its own good. I know its supposed to be a fun, action movie, but it sure takes itself pretty seriously for what it is. When the sabertooth tiger decides not to eat the protagonist the second time because obviously he is the chosen one, I just lost all faith in anything decent really coming from the film. Its not a terrible movie, and I give the movie props for tackling a timeperiod that is largely ignored. But its not as good as it could be. And even with the over the top mammoth stampedes, this film is only really good for a rental. But just know what you're getting yourself into when you start.



Doomsday

This movie reminds me of a conglomeration of about 10 other movies, and essentially that's what it is. A lot of the Mad Max series, mixed with some Resident Evil, and elements of 28 Weeks Later, I Am Legend, C.H.U.D., The Warriors, and really any end of the world kind of film. Oh, but throw in some Transporter, and a large section of bad medieval stuff as well. Can't forget that stuff. The film is pretty much exactly as you'd expect, a total hodge podge cluster fuck. It is overly gory, has too many action scenes for its own good, and stinks of improbability. I honestly think as a film going culture we are past the point of believing that just because its the end of the world we all have to get mohawks and lip piercings. This is the kind of film a thirteen year boy old might really like, although it doesn't have enough nudity. But for the rest of us, this film is too much and too disjointed. Do not bother watching this film in any capacity.



Jumper

I can see why this film seemed like a good idea, especially for star Hayden Christensen's career. He needs a hit to get hit career on track soon, or its just going to get tougher and tougher. This might've been that hit if not for a few unfortunate flaws. The thing to remember with Jumper, the redeeming factor that you have to keep reminding yourself about is that this film is obviously made for a young adult audience. Taken in that context I can understand why they made some of the choices they did. The film is really melodramatic, an acting style that seems a perfect fit for the brooding Christensen. It also plays into a very comic book kind of feel. While an honestly serious take on this material would've been interesting, this film is definitely not that. Serious is not something you can label this film with at any point. But the actors are mostly charismatic. Sam Jackson does a serviceable job as the baddie, and the varied locations of the film are honestly impressive (it was filmed in 14 different countries). Whether as Christensen has indicated he would like, it should really be made into a trilogy of films remains to be seen. But as long as you keep what this film is and isn't in mind when watching I think Jumper isn't nearly as terrible as it could've been.



Glowing reviews one and all; I know. More to come as it comes my friends. Until next time, later :)
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Monday, June 09, 2008

New Next Avengers trailer

Check out this great new trailer for the upcoming direct to dvd movie Next Avengers.



For something thats an original creation, I think it looks pretty great. The dvd hits shelves on September 2nd, 2008.
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Valkyrie trailer

Check out this great new trailer for Valkyrie. Despite Tom Cruise Crazyness, I think this'll be a great movie.



After some schedule shuffling Valkyrie is set to come out February 13th, 2009.
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Incredible Unscripted Hulk

Check out this fun round table informal interview with Ed Norton, Liv Tyler, and Louis Leterrier for The Incredible Hulk.



They're funny :) I'm defintiely looking forward to next weekend.
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Iron Man 2 is coming when?

In a recent interview with Military.com Terrance Howard talked some about the proposed timeframe of Iron Man 2 and this has sparked another round of rumors. Howard said in the article that Iron Man 2 will begin filming in March of next year, which would fit right along with Marvels announced fasttrack schedule so that IM2 can hit theaters in 2010.

However these "confirmed" comments have stoked the fires, and Jon Favreau has responded with some comments people might not want to hear. Over on his Myspace page he has said the following in response to a reader question...

"Q - Any good news on contract talks between you and Marvel yet?
A - It’s been five weeks since the one and only phone call my reps have gotten from Marvel. I know their hands are full with the Hulk and I’m sure they will get into it shortly, as they tell me they intend to. I ran into the Marvel guys at the Hulk premiere and everyone sounded eager to get to work on IM2.

I am concerned, however, about the announced release date of April 2010. Neither Robert nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is in light of the fact that we have no script, story or even writers hired yet. This genre of movie is best when it is done thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation. It might be better to follow the BB/DK, X/X2 three year release pattern than to scramble for a date. It is difficult because there are no Marvel 09 releases and they need product, but I also think we owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one."

So I guess we'll have to see what happens. As Favreau mentions, and like I was saying before Marvel seems to be waiting until The Incredible Hulk drops to really solidify their plans. More on this as it comes in.

On a sad sidenote. It looks like maybe we were wrong about Hilary Swank showing up as The Black Widow in either Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk. Word on the street from reviews of The Hulk say that she is not to be found in the film, and while we know that Tony's Stark shows up in character in the Hulk movie, I think we're looking at any appearance as a long shot. What does that mean? Was she not cast? What about what Avi Arad said? Or is it just a case of, she was cut from the film? Favreau directly responds to the questions of Swanks involvement in Iron Man by saying that "Hilary Swank was never involved in any way." And that my friends is just too bad. I know it may just sound like more fanboy talk, but I think Swank would fit the role perfectly. I sure hope shes still a part of Marvel's future plans. Maybe she'll show up in The Avengers...



UPDATE - MTV Movies has had some words with Avi Arad regarding his comments on the inclusion of Hilary Swank as Black Widow in Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. While its not the best answer at least now we know what the heck happened. In the simplist terms possible, he fooled us. Elaborating he stated “She’s not there. She was never supposed to be. It got into the internet and, you know, especially with MTV. These rumors are starting,” Arad said, laughing mightily. “There were cameos that WERE real, and we were trying to move [the media] away from the real.” .... so there you go. No Swank at all. That kinda sucks :(
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John Carter update

Over at the Pixar Blog it was revealed that none other than Andrew Stanton, screenwriter of the Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E, as well as director on Nemo and Wall-E will be taking the reigns on John Carter of Mars. Stanton has said that he is currently writing the film. No official word yet, but seeing as its from the man himself I think we can take it on pretty good authority that its happening. Also, this doesn't mean John Carter will necessarily be an animated film. Lets keep this under control until we know whats really going on. As for now, I'm just happy that someone is finally moving forward on this again.

John Carter's first book, A Princess of Mars, was published originally in 1912 and it seems like people have been trying to make a film version ever since. I really look forward to this property finally gracing the big screen.
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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Watchmen video 3

The third of twelve production video journals from Zack Snyder's film Watchmen has landed online over at CHUD. This time they talk about the riot scene at the prison. And you even get to see a guy lit on fire. Very cool.



The movie comes out on March 6th, 2009.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Cute new Madagascar trailer

For the life of me I'm not sure why I haven't seen the first Madagascar film... those penguins just seem so funny. I'll have to rent it sometime. Check out this trailer for Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa.



As it says in the trailer, the film is set to come out on November 7th, 2008.
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Quick hitters

Here are a few quick tidbits that really deserve to be mentioned.

The new incarnation of Dune to be directed by Peter Berg looks like it may have found its screenwriter. Josh Zetumer is reportedly in talks to pen the film that's sure to have geeks round the world on the edge of their seats. Zeturner has also worked on the new Bond film Quantum of Solace.

The Prince of Persia film has added some new castmembers, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, and Gemma Arterton will now grace our screen alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as the prince with the magical dagger. Kingsley will reportedly play the films villain, the kind of role he seems to love to play, the vile Nizam, who as prince Dastan's uncle tries to steal the throne and lay the blame for his brothers murder squarely on our hero. Molina will play Sheik Amar, a mentor to the prince. And of course Gemma will play the beautiful and exotic princess Tamina.

In a recent interview, Jon Favreau talked a bit about his thought on Iron Man 2. He indicated his concern that he will not be able, even if he is offered, to direct both Iron Man 2 AND The Avengers movie (which he has campaigned for in the past) if only because of Marvels newly announced release timeframe. He also mentions how at this point Marvel seems to be sort of holding its breath to see how The Incredible Hulk does, and after that opens they will make more decisions on the future. As speculated the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline seems the next natural chapter for Iron Man, however he noted that he sees a lot of the same kind of imagery in the trailers for Hancock as the DIAB storyline. Favs also speaks a bit on some of the other interesting aspects of creating a Marvel Universe not just a single film, and why he has concerns about adapting the Mandarin to the big screen. Check out the rest of the interview at ComingSoon.

Sam Raimi has made public his desire to direct another Spider-Man film! Regarding the new script by James Vanderbilt he recently told ComingSoon "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future." Additionally in a recent interview with IESB, JK Simmons (who played J. Jonah Jameson) mentions that as recently as February he talked with Tobey Maguire and he seemed amenable to coming back for more if the script was right. Although we should remember the current rumor has Sony eying up a back to back, or at least very quick turnaround, on Spidey 4 and 5. As with Iron Man 2, we'll probably have to wait until after Hulk opens for any real news out of Marvel.

Finally since I've mentioned it enough, a few early reviews for The Incredible Hulk have started to come out and they seem to honestly be extremely positive! See reviews here, and here and here. This is just great news if you ask me. I know I'm definitely going to try to be there opening weekend. :)
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

TF2: ROTF

So now that Transformers 2 has begun filming we are going to start to see little tidbits of info leaking out. Oh I know Michael Bay vowed to disseminate a lot of misinformation this time around, but I think we can rely on this as pretty good authority. Transformers 2 has a subtitle.

Film producer Don Murphy pointed to a blog post on Reserve Result where they announced the title, and then later it was confirmed by Hasbro on their movie blog. Transformers 2 will be subtitled Revenge of the Fallen! Which I think we can all agree is totally awesome.

The movie is filming now in Bethlehem, PA and you can see a few spy reports starting to come in via ComingSoon, where they've got pictures and video. But for my money the absolute best news you're going to get on the film is still to be found only over at Transformers World 2005. They are just great.

Anyhow, Revenge of the Fallen is fantastic, I am just getting more and more excited about this sequel. Next summer is going to be a lot of fun :)
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