Monday, March 30, 2009

A Wild trailer

CHeck out the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. Looks like its really finally going to come out. Very cool news. Although that said, I'm still a bit thrown off by what we actually see here.

Like I can't decide if its great or just worrysome. I like that it already feels like a Spike Jonze film. I don't like that its not how I imagined the Wild Things to look. I love the henson-esque Wild thing look in a way, but I also don't think they look or move like they did in my mind for so many years.

Will it be great? I sure hope so. This film deserves to be. We'll all find out on October 16th, '09.

Friday, March 20, 2009

You Twit

The series SuperNews premieres today at 10pm on Current. Could there really be a reason to watch Current tv???

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two great new posters

Two awesome new movie posters have hit the web recently.

This first one is for the new one for Terminator Salvation. I have to say I am really stoked about this film now. At Wondercon this year for my work I had the amazing opportunity to meet and chat with a few of the stars behind the film, including Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Anotm Yelchin, and director McG, who actually commented on my Leonidas-like beard and abs... watch the end credit sequence of the EP episode here :) Anyhow, check out the poster.

And the second poster which just hit the interwebs today is for the long awaited Where the Wild Things Are movie, which is still slated for release on October 16th, '09. Finger are tightly crossed on this one.

Ahh, can't wait :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

the new face of SyFy

WTF?! I had heard that the Sci Fi Channel was changing their name. But I had also heard that it was because they didn't want to be so locked into the science fiction genre, or at least they didn't want that to be the perception. Why that should be a problem considering it so clearly defines an ever growing niche, is beyond me, but so be it. I had heard about this change a few months ago, and at the time the word was that Sci Fi was going to become Astound! Now being in california, I have to say, the first thought there, is wow, my old DSL provider RCN recently changed their name to Astound! I wonder if there is a connection... Probably not, because the Sci Fi Channel is now changing their name, and not to Astound! but in fact to .... SYFY.

I grabbed this image off of AICN, where it also mentioned co the official press release that "Syfy -- unlike the generic entertainment category “sci-fi” – firmly establishes a uniquely ownable trademark that is portable across all non-linear digital platforms and beyond, from Hulu to iTunes. Syfy also creates an umbrella brand name that can extend into new adjacent businesses under the Syfy Ventures banner, such as Syfy Games, Syfy Films and Syfy Kids."

oh boy. what a world have we come to... Feel free to check out the place holder / press release at and hey everyone... Imagine Greater.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Avengers and Thor delayed!

Dammit that sucks! I have no doubt that getting everything together in just the right order for The Avengers is a huge headache, but I'm still disappointed to hear this news. Marvel has announced a revised release schedule for its upcoming properties, and the only film that has stayed squarely where it was, is Iron Man 2. So now here's what we're looking at for a release timeline:

Iron Man 2 - May 7th, 2010
Thor - June 17th, 2011
The First Avenger: Captain America - July 22nd, 2011
The Avengers - May 4th, 2012

So Thor and Avengers have both been pushed back a full year! That's what I call lame. I mean I get that they want to make the movies right, but I'm still disappointed.

In other Marvel news and rumor though there have been a few juicy casting notices out there. Apparently Mickey Rourke has finally signed on as the villain in Iron Man 2. After reports that the studio lowballed him on a paycheck word is that they have come to a much more reasonable figure now and he will be playing a Russian. No word exactly on who he's playing, but as a Russian its probably The Crimson Dynamo. Rumors are also about that Emily Blunt is no longer signed on the the role of Black Widow and it is now being offered to Scarlett Johannson. hmmm... Favreau has said that casting should be confirmed by the end of next week, and that there won't be any major surprises. Good news.

As for Thor news, well as has been mentioned before the word on the street has been lately that director Kenneth Branagh has been looking at Alexander SkarsgÄrd for the title role, but IESB now says that Channing Tatum (aka Duke in the upcoming G.I. Joe film) is also in the running. The really big rumor on the Thor front though is that Josh Hartnett is interested in the role of the villain Loki. This is great news if you ask me, Hartnett would be fantastic as Thor's duplicitous brother. We'll have to see what becomes of this.

As for the Avengers, well over at AICN they're saying that the delay is partly due to financing, but also because Marvel wants Favreau to helm the film, and since hes definitely locked in to Iron Man 2, there wasn't anyway it could've happened before. That at least actually makes sense to me. Since the success of Iron Man, I've no doubt Marvel would love for Favs to take a crack at The Avengers.

So its kind of sad about the delays, but in the end I know I want them to make the best movies possible. If that means waiting one more year, then I guess, so be it. More on all of these as they develop.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fantastic new Star Trek trailer

Check out this epic trailer for Star Trek :)

The film looks awesome and is set to hit screens here on May 8th. I love it. Really great stuff .

Some funny trailers

A couple of new comedies are coming to theaters soon. Check out these trailers.

I Love You Man hits theaters March 20th, '09.

Kinda on the serious funny tip, Funny People hits theaters July 31st, '09.

And one that I think looks hilarious, Observe and Report. This one hits screens April 10th, '09.

I love me a good comedy :)

Tidbits of movie news

Here are a few headlines that I missed lately. Some good stuff here.

Michael Cera to star as Scott Pilgrim.

A Dragonball sequel has already been written.

Filming on Kenneth Branagh's directed Thor movie begins this July. No word on casting yet... but rumors are speculating on this guy...

Battlestar Galactica to the big screen? hells yes. oh wait... the original BSG to the big screen?! wtf?!?!!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan set to star in The Losers.

Should we start getting our hopes up for a Ghostbusters 3 finally? oh and Judd Apatow is NOT involved.

Now that Stephen Chow is out it looks like Michael Gondry may be in to direct The Green Hornet.

Another comic book property Suicide Squad is coming to the big screen.

Gore Verbinski will direct a new Clue movie.

Despite the studio really wanting Ryan Gosling, it looks like Anton Yelchin is now in the running for Green Lantern. Expect the Green Lantern film in theaters Dec 17th, 2010.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is moving forward for a holiday 2010 release through FOX 2000 and Walden media.

Uber hottie Megan Fox in talks to play Aspen in the comic adaptation of Fathom, and the love interest in Jonah Hex.

the plot for Chris Nolan's next big film, Inception, a sci fi starring Leo DiCaporio is being kept under wraps.

oh the sorry state of Fury Road.... looks like Mad Max 4 may now ber coming to us as an animated film, and a video game :(

FOX is looking into a full reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise...

are we finally going to get another Riddick movie? I hope so.

ABC picked up rights to a 4 hour miniseries about a meteor hitting the moon causeing it to collide with the earth, called Impact. sweet.

Lots of great stuff there. I guess I miss alot when I'm so busy with work and family. Its really all worth it though. Oh and yes a lot of the links are from Latino Review. I love that site :) They have a kick ass archiving system for news stories. Check em out.

Until later all. Good hunting.

Terminator Salvation trailer 2

Wow, check out this kick ass trailer for Terminator Salvation. Absolutely freakin amazing.

The movie comes to theaters May 21st, 2009.

Oscar Roundup

Well I suppose its a sure sign that I've been lax on the blog when I haven't posted since before the oscars! That's alright though. I used the time leading up to the academy awards to catch up on a lot of the films that had slipped through my fingers. I actually really love that Oscar crunch time. For the past few years I've done some hefty marathons trying to check out as many of the nominated films as I can before the big show, and this year despite my best efforts I still lost my Oscar pool miserably. Ah well... There's always next year.

Here in a nutshell are my two cents on some of the Oscar nominated films. The ones I saw at least :)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A bit overrated. A solid film no doubt, with marvelous makeup fx and a great sense of art direction, but not worthy of a best picture nomination.

Frost / Nixon: great tension, and fantastic acting by everyone involved. It feels like a smaller film than people made it out to be, but still is definitely worth checking out.

Milk: very good film, with great performances by Penn, and especially James Franco (prob his best role). I think Josh Brolin was overrated, but this is a solid and important film.

Slumdog Millionaire: Great movie, great look, sound, acting, everything. This deserves the praise. Check it out if you haven't.

The Reader: I thought it would be an absolute chick flick, but its not. This is just a solid drama. A Love story. And a heartwrenching performance by Winslett makes it one definitely not to miss.

The Wrestler: I loved this film. Everytime you think Rourke's character is getting himself back together he does something to remind him and us what a total fuck up he is. Very real world, very sad in a way. The ending sinches the film for me. great movie.

The Visitor: a good little character piece starring the fantastic character actor Richard Jenkins. This is a really good film that was undoubtedly the underdog. Nothing flashy, no big stars, this is just a nice little film. That said, its not going to blow you away. This is just good.

The Changling: what a depressing film. Nothing good seems to happen to these people, and everything is soooo grey and dreary. I felt bad watching this movie, because life sucked so much. I suppose that might be the intention of the film, but while I thought it was well made and acted, I don't think this is one you need to see. And how does the guy writing Thor make this?!

The Duchess: Its it just me or do all of these films seem the same? Beautiful costumes and great performances aside, the stories are all the same. Some girl who is strong willed and free gets herself stuck in a marriage / romance she can't stand and is constrained by. That is unfortunately her lot in life though as her station will permit no happiness, until she meets the man of her dreams, and they have a torrid love affair. The entire mess usually ends with one or all of the people involved in the illicit tryst, beheaded, run through, or otherwise dispatched. The Duchess is no different. And Erica loved it.

The Dark Knight: Hooray for Batman! This is an awesome film, go buy it and enjoy. Batman rulz!!1!

Ok, and now for the official winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Sean Penn - MILK

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Kate Winslet - THE READER

Achievement in Directing

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Achievement in Film Editing

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Achievement in Sound Editing

Achievement in Visual Effects

Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Documentary Feature

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Heath Ledger - THE DARK KNIGHT

Best Live Action Short Film

Achievement in Cinematography

Achievement in Makeup

Achievement in Costume Design

Achievement in Art Direction

Best Animated Short Film
La Maison en Petits Cubes

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Although I actually never base my ballot on oscar day on my ballot I pick online here is how I did in my online predictions... 7 of 26.

That is terrible... even in my pool at home I think I only got 14, very depressing. oh well. Its all in good fun right, and there were some good films this year. Not a lot of great ones, but a ton of really good ones. The only one I haven't seen that was nominated for quite a lot was Doubt. And for my money the best films that I'd recommend you see outiof this Oscar season, are Slumdog Millionaire, and The Wrestler. Otherwise, I'll look forward to doing this all again in a year.

Have fun all, I hope you did better than me in your Oscar pools :)