Sunday, May 31, 2009

5 New 'Book of Eli' Pics

"Book of Eli" releasing on January 15th starring Denzel Washington. "Book of Eli" sees Washington playing a lone man who fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving mankind. This week USA Today has released our first look at 5 new images from the Hughes brothers film including commentary on the released images and why they and Denzel Washington chose the film. Scroll down to read what they had to say and to get a look at the rest of the images...

Allen and Albert Hughes first spoke about why they chose "Book of Eli". Albert told Scott Bowles of USA Today, "At first, the script seemed a little too spiritual or something...But then I slept on it, and the next morning I couldn't get the story out of my head. That's when you know you should do the movie." The Allen brothers also spoke of America's vulnerability and why "Book of Eli" is such a powerful story during these times. Allen said, "This is the first time in recent history where I can remember where it feels like America is, at its core, vulnerable. Were mortal. After 9/11, the reaction showed how thin that line is between order and chaos. It feels like were at a boiling point. That's why these themes of redemption and salvation are so powerful now." Clearly the Hughes Brothers aren't the only one's who feel this way with Terminator Salvation releasing last week, "The Road" due out later this year and other films like I Am Legend, Knowing and Doomsday releasing within the last two years.

In order to create a post-apocalyptic America the Hughes brothers, much like another one of Warner Brothers post-apocalyptic tales that just released last weekend, they went to New Mexico. Actor Denzel Washington said of their location, "There's a reason there's nothing growing out here. It's land no one wants." Co-director Albert Hughes replied, "Unless you're shooting the end of the world." The entire production crew had to endure harsh winds shooting in Albuquerque and Washington recalled one scene where the crew had to wear goggles in order to see what they were shooting. Albert Hughes also commented on the heavy winds, "When the wind is really blowing, it looks like the earth is meeting the sky. It looks like the end of the world."

Denzel Washington spoke with Scott Bowles of USA Today about the role and said he at first was going to pass on the part. "I intially wasn't all that interested in the part, but my son thought I should do it. And he talked me into doing Training Day and American Gangster, and that worked out pretty well. So I decided to listen to him again." Washington also shed 55 lbs for the role in "Book of Eli." He said, "I decided I had to lose weight. Not for my health, but it just didn't make sense to play a fat guy wandering the earth after it has been nearly wiped out." Yeah Denzel, that sorta makes sense.

To read the full story checkout USA Today

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Poster: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

A new international poster for "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" has hit the net this week via Empire and I have it here for you below. The new poster is a pretty basic good versus evil theme with Cobra on top backed by fire and Joe on bottom backed by ice. The poster does give another look at Cobra Commander as the Doctor, which has been heavily debated online by true Joe fans. "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" releases August 7th, checkout the new poster below...

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Teaser Trailer: Toy Story 3

Our first teaser trailer to "Toy Story 3" was attached to Pixar's "Up" this weekend and I have the trailer here for you below if you haven't yet seen it. While the trailer gives no real story or understanding of what exactly the film is about, we do get to see the characters in action creating a "Toy Story 3" sign for the viewer. The trailer resonates what we have grown to love about Toy Story, but really is nothing more than a tease. "Toy Story 3" releases June 18th 2010. Checkout the trailer below...

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Favreau Hints War Machine!!

"Iron Man II" is halfway through shooting principal photography and details have been slowly seeping out about the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster hit. Director Jon Favreau recently spoke with Empire Magazine and spoke a bit about Stark's pressure in the sequel when dealing with his new superhero identity. The Iron Man director also hinted that Jim Rhodes could see some armoured action this time around! Checkout what Fav's had to say below...

First up Favreau spoke about Stark's expected role in the new movie now being outed as Iron Man. "Tony's expected to be a role model and I don't think he's ready to be one." Favreau's next comments may lead some Iron Man fans to believe that there is still hope for the "Demon in the Bottle" storyline they've hoped for. Favreau said, "He's under a great deal of pressure and when you're under pressure, I think you find outlets for that." Outlets? Like a bottle of scotch? Oh yeah, I likey! Favreau added, "That's one of the tensions of the film: it's one thing to say you're Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man."

So if Stark is busy finding "outlets" who will save the day you ask? Jon Favreau explained that Stark's good buddy Jim Rhodes (now played by Don Cheadle) will live out his "next time" quote from the first film. He tells Empire, "Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film. Let me put it this way: Tony's not the only person with technology in the film." Let's hope that means the birth of War Machine! It's one thing for Rhodes to just where one of Stark's Mark armour, but if Rhodes and Stark actually make the War Machine armour I think I just may have a joygasm!

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Alien Remake Actually Prequel

Just a few days ago we got word from Bloody Disgusting that a remake of Alien was in the works, thankfully that news break was not entirely accurate. The guys over at Collider cornered Tony Scott at a recent "Taking of Pelham 123" press junket about the infamous remake that sent fans of the original into a firestorm. Ridley's brother Tony confirmed that another Alien film is in the works and Carl Rinsch is directing, but it is definately not a remake. Scroll down to see what Tony Scott told Collider...

Collider asked Scott what exactly is going on with 20th Century Fox wanting to remake or redo the original Alien. Tony Scott replied, "Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company." The big word their being "prequel" and not remake! Thank god! I don't care of they make another crappy Alien sequel or prequel, but remaking such a classic film is a ridiculous! I do hope that the prequel is better than the recent crap Fox has put out with the Alien vs Predator franchise. Tony Scott went on to gloat how great Fox was to Collider and that he hoped that Rinsch would be in front of the camera directing by the end of the year. For the whole article head over to Collider.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

WB & McBride Making 'Hench'

Danny McBride is one of my favorite working actors right now. He is a diamond in the ruff and I could not be happier that he has found all of the success he deserves. This week came news via Variety that McBride is working alongside Eastbound and Down writer Shawn Harwell for Warner Brothers to make a feature film of the independant comic "Hench". What makes this news so good is that McBride is developing the script for himself to star in, even better he is pushing WB to allow him to use some of the DC villains for the script!

Hench is a comic written by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello which follows a football player who suffers from a career ending injury. With a wife and kid at home, the ex-player still needs to pay the bills and with no where else to turn, he becomes a henchman for various supervillains including the Red Baroness, the Cosmonaut and Hellbent. The comic is dark in nature with heavy comedic and cynical undertones that deal with the culture of violence and the superhero mythos in one sweet package. Hench furthermore makes for an overall enjoyable read and is a must for any comic fan.

The story and character are a perfect fit for the talents of Danny McBride, who could easily take on the role of Mike, the ex-jock who turns to a life of henching with no where else to utilize his talents. The character will also not be that big of a depature from McBride's recent role on HBO's Eastbound and Down eventhough in Hench, the ex-player angle is very minor to the overall story.

The idea that McBride is pushing Warner Bros. to allow him to use some of the DC Universe villains makes the story and film that much more intriguing. McBride told CHUD at a recent "Land of the Lost" press junket that he'd like to do a comedic tie-in to the upcoming Supermax project with "Hench". How sweet would it be to see McBride henching for say Lex Luthor, Captain Boomerang, Heat Wave, Calculator and others. I would venture to think that Batman baddies might possibly be off limits, but Superman, The Flash and other superhero nemesis shouldn't be too hard gain access to and furthermore could benefit from the exposure.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jonah Hill Talks Jump Street

Funnyman Jonah Hill recently did an interview with Justin Monroe for Mark Ecko's and spoke a bit about his recent fame and his current writing project over at Sony. If you were not aware that Hill is penning his own film, he is and it is the famed television show 21 Jump Street.

It would be hard to think that Jonah Hill would be scripting a serious adaptation of 21 Jump Street and your intution was right. Hill told Complex, "[Sony execs said] they were gonna let me make my kind of movie—an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie." Hill continued to explain that if the Sony execs went back on their word he would ultimately leave the project. He said, "I told them the second they don’t, I’m not gonna be involved anymore." That is of course expecting they like his script and do not decide to go another avenue with the big screen adaptation.

Hill was then asked if he thought it strange that fans take the show so seriously when the show is so inherently funny. He replied, "Yeah, if you look at the opening episode of 21 Jump Street, you see a man looking at a picture of a cop holding a little boy’s hand, and you hear a crazy saxophone solo, and you pan up and it’s Johnny Depp looking at the picture playing the crazy saxophone solo." Hill laughed and explained that his film would be an all out action film. "We’re not even spoofing the movie. It’s not strictly comedic, either. We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing shit up."

Personally, I think Jonah Hill is extremely funny, more so in some ways than Seth Rogen. I truely hope his script is a success and "21 Jump Street" is really fun. More news as it read the full interview checkout

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Trailer: Bad Lieutenant

The first trailer for Werner Herzog's latest film starring Nic Cage "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" has hit the net today and I have it for you below. Thankfully this film isn't a remake of the 1992 original, but an entirely new story revolving around a completely different bad lieutenant. As the lengthy title reveals, this time, the film takes place in New Orleans instead of New York City. The trailer is pretty good and gives rise to hopes that Nic Cage is back on the winning track when choosing his roles. "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" is set to release December 1st. Checkout the trailer below....

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Poster: The Final Destination

The first poster/one-sheet for "The Final Destination" which is the 4th film in the series and is also 3D has come crashing on to the internet and I have it here for you below. The poster is less than revealing about the film, but does feature some decent graphics as the movie should prove to also do. I have never been big on catch phrases and here "Rest in Pieces" doesn't do much for me either. The Final Destination films have always been at bare minimum entertaining and here with the 4th film being 3D, it should prove to be a rousing good time. "The Final Destination" is directed by David R. Ellis and follows Nick and his friends as they cheat death at a racing event. The film is set to do box office battle with Michael Myers on August 28th. Checkout the poster below....

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Alien Remake in Works!!

It pains me to even type this next story, but unfortunately 20th Century Fox is developing a remake of Ridley Scott's original scifi thriller Alien. Alien is one of the greatest scifi films of all time and it is a true tragedy that a remake has even been considered, but it has and it is happening. What makes the news even worse is that even Ridley Scott has approved of this atrocity!

The working plan, as it has been reported by Bloody Disgusting, is 20th Century Fox intends to stick with the original concept of "one alien and one ship." Ridley and his brother Tony Scott are on board to produce the film alongside Michael Costigan and they have hired Carl Rinsch to helm the remake. If your wondering who Carl Rinsch is, don't worry, he's a big no one whose spent his time directing commericals (way to shoot for the stars finding a director Fox). There is no news on how quickly this project will move, but the gears have definately begun to spin.

It is true that there have been some instances where I have defended remakes, but Alien is a classic piece of film that does not warrant a remake. It is timeless pure and simple! Sure technology has been updated and they could add some new bells and whistles to the spaceship Nostromo, but is it really necessary? Absolutely not, Alien is a perfect film and does not need to be tarnished or updated for a younger generation. Allow them to watch the original, they will enjoy it just as much as previous generations.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

'Paul' Cast's Alien Voice

Are you a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? If you are, then you should be pretty amped for their upcoming film being directed by Gregg Mottola (Superbad) called "Paul". Well the news get's better, Variety is reporting that Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Jane Lynch have all been cast in the buddy comedy written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The film follows Pegg and Frost playing two british comic book fans who embark on a road trip across the U.S. The two friends along their journey find themselves at Area 51 and helping an alien named Paul escape the facility. Seth Rogen will voice the alien, while Hader, Bateman, Wiig and Lynch are sure to play supporting cast they meet along their adventure.

Seth Rogen is no stranger to voicing animated characters having done both Monsters vs Aliens this year and Kung Fu Panda the year prior and should be a perfect compliment to both Pegg and Frost's usual banter in "Paul". As for the rest of the casting news, I can't say enough positive things about Bateman, Hader and Wiig. Those three always fill in the supporting cast in demanding fashion providing quality performances time and time again.

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Disney is Updating Navigator

THR has broke news that Disney has decided to reboot, update, remake the 1986 SciFi adventure "Flight of the Navigator" which followed a young boy who is abducted by a spaceship to return 8 years later unaged and with no knowledge of his depature. Wild Hogs writer Brad Copeland will pen the new script for Disney which is being produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

While this news break could upset the masses like other recent remakes i.e. The Karate Kid, Romancing the Stone and Footloose, but honestly "Flight of the Navigator" seems ripe for an update. The current technology could surely vamp up some of the scenes that today, seem completely out-dated. The original film only made $17 million at the box office, however went on to cult status on VHS. I use to religiously watch this film, but for some reason, an update seems logical. Granted the original was purely targeted at kids and there's no doubt the update will be as well. Hopefully, for Disney's sake, the remake can go on to large success at the box office for a whole new generation to enjoy. I'd show the original to my own children, if I hadn't watched the film so many times that the old VHS tape broke (that was a sad day in the Schofizzy household, at least from my perspective). So bring on "Flight of the Navigator" remake, i'll be bringing the whole family and hoping for the best!

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Trailer: '77

For any Star Wars fan, "'77" looks to be a film not to be missed. "'77" has not recieved distributing as of yet and has been around since 2007, but regardless I have the trailer for you below. The film follows a 1970 high school teen who loves SciFi, is an aspiring film maker and could not be more happy about the pending release of Star Wars in theaters. Without a doubt "'77" looks to be a real joy and will definately warm any Star Wars fans heart. The film is written and directed by Patrick Read Johnson and with John Francis Daley playing the lead character. Here's to hoping this film can find a limited release sooner rather than later. Checkout the trailer below...

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Marvel Looks for Typhoid Mary

Golden Apple Comics posted an interesting tidbit on their blog recently. They are reporting that Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff just came into their store and picked up as many comics she could get her hands on that featured Typhoid Mary! Sackhoff has become a big sensation from her time spent on Battlestar Galactica and she would make a perfect fit for Typhoid Mary. This report immediately brings two mind two characters that Marvel has expressed interest in creating on film, Deadpool and Daredevil. Which could it be? Or perhaps we will see the two stars tied together? For further breakdown scroll down.

For some of you, you might be saying who the hell is Typhoid Mary. She is mainly featured in Daredevil comics but has also been romantically linked to Deadpool. Here's a bit of a background on her. Her real name is Mary Walker and she is a mutant who posseses low level psionic powers, including telekinesis. She is mentally ill and has created 3 different persona's within herself; Typhoid Mary, Bloody Mary and Mary Walker. More recently she has gone under the title of Mutant Zero. Amongst her special powers she can movie small objects short distances, can create fire and can implant mental suggestions in people's minds.

So which film is Typhoid Mary going to be in? Marvel and Fox has obviously announced a Deadpool film, so easy money says we will see her there, but Mary has always been a heavy feature in Daredevil which has also recieved some heated discussions on a re-boot. In early Daredevil comics Matt Murdock accidentally caused Mary Walker's mental disorder by throwing her out of a window. Kingpin would later use Typhoid Mary as a assassin sent out to kill rival gangs or villains. So what is the Deadpool tie-in you ask? Deadpool was hired to kill Mary Walker but could not and ended up falling in love with her. Deadpool and Typhoid Mary actually travel together to confront Daredevil about the accident from years prior. So there is a small chance we could see a Deadpool film that set's up a new Daredevil film. Either way, I like it!

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1st The Last Airbender Images

USA Today has revealed the first two images for the live adaptation film of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and I have them here for you below. The live-action film titled "The Last Airbender" has been setup over at Paramount Pictures and will be the first of three films directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film is set to release July 2nd, 2010 and stars Noah Ringer as Aang, Dev Patel as Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, Jackson Rathbone as Sokka. The first image features Noah Ringer playing Aang the 12-year old Avatar who can manipulate weather. The second image features Dev Patel as Zuku standing in flames, which Zuku controls fire. Enough chatter checkout the images below...

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mele of The Hangover Posters

"The Hangover" looks to be absolutely hiliarious and today I have a plethora of new posters from the upcoming comedy for you to gander at. Previously released were the three stars of the film character posters and the new one's provide more of the same of some of the notable characters from the released trailers. "The Hangover" releases June 5th at theaters near you, until then checkout the collage of new posters below...

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Review - Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Now in their fifties lead guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner are still desperately trying to make it big with their band Anvil. The documentary chronicles the duo's passion since they were fourteen to become Heavy Metal superstars like Metallica, Slayer or Megadeath up to recently when they made their thirteenth album still trying to achieve their boyhood dreams.

Review - Terminator Salvation

In the year 2018, Judgement Day has since passed and what's left of mankind has banded together and formed the Resistance in order to fight Skynet and it's deadly army of Terminators. John Connor has been fated as the man who can save humanity from the Terminators. As Skynet continues it's efforts to wipeout all of humanity and the Resistance, John Connor's knowledge of the past and future is put to the test when he comes face to face with a stranger named Marcus.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Raimi Plans 4 Best Spider-Man

Director of the Evil Dead and Spider-Man films Sam Raimi recently did an interview with the Los Angeles Times and spoke with the newspaper about his desires with the Spider-Man franchise. The director says he wants to make the "best Spider-Man movie of the bunch" and feels that if he was given a chance he would have done everything differently from the previous films. Scroll down to see what else the legendary director had to say...

Raimi told the paper, "I want to make the best [“Spider-Man” movie] of the bunch and I’ve always been touched by Peter Parker in a way that I’ve never been able to describe on film, even though I’ve got a great actor performing it." He continued, "In every moment, I’ve got to find some truth and really become the character in my mind. I think I feel a little freer to be able to do that. I’m going to try it." He shouldn't have to try too hard to make a better film than Part 3!

Sam Raimi explained his love for the web-slinging superhero, "I’m really enamored with the character and now I feel like I have a history with him. I’d like to really make a great picture with him and bring the character to life at a level of detail that I’ve never realized before." Raimi says he has a new passion to tell the story in the best way possible. He explained, "It’s almost like I have a desire to do something I’ve been trying to do right and haven’t yet been able to. Not exactly." So the director agrees that he can make a better film than we have already seen, let's hope he actually does it.

The Los Angeles Times asked Sam Raimi if he could what would he do differently with his previous attempts at Spider-Man. He said, "What would I have done differently? I would have done everything differently, every single shot. I think in every picture that I’ve ever made. Everything that I’ve done torments me. I really would like another chance except I’d be too embarrassed to ever really try to do them again and no one would want to see the same movie just done differently." For such a talented director, Raimi seems a tad hyper-critical of his work.

Lastly the director talked to the paper about his time table for "Spider-Man 4". Raimi said, "The next installment begins shooting, I believe, in February 2010." Raimi then explained that for a film like Spider-Man that doesn't leave much time at all. "As far as we’re concerned, that’s no time left because they need so much time to work on the screenplay, casting is long, the storyboarding and the shots are very, very complicated. There’s a lot of animation, there’s a lot of character design, costume design. It’s like making an animated film and a live-action film. I’ll just barely be ready."

"Spider-Man 4" is set for a May 2011 release...More news to follow as it develops.

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Willis Finds His Inner Grimm

Are you a fan of Grimm's Fairy Tales? Apparently Bruce Willis is and he is attached to star in a film called "Grimm" which see's some of the more famous fairy tales brought to life in present day. The film will be a darker outlook on the famous children's stories and could prove to be far better than the last adaptation we saw from Grimm in The Brothers Grimm.

Omega Entertainment release a lengthy synopsis for the thriller yesterday that reads as follows: Marburg, Massachusetts, USA - Teenager Katie O'Sullivan goes to a new babysitting job. Instead of a regular family, she encounters ghostly twins Henry and Grace and a terrifying apparition that drags her off towards a sinister tower. She is never seen again. Soon afterwards, Pat Quinn and his family move to the seemingly idyllic town, where he is the new Police Chief. His second wife Ella has two daughters from her first marriage and Quinn has a daughter, Megan, and son, John, from his. On their very first evening John encounters the strange twins, as well as a huge frog, which he brings back to the house. Quinn makes him take it back to the pond where he found it, but that night a wet, naked young man forces his way into the house and Megan's bedroom. He vanishes before Quinn sees him, leaving behind a slimy trail. From this moment on, Megan and John notice strange things and people in the town, but when they talk about them, nobody believes them. Only Professor Kurland, who approaches Quinn to show him pictures of Katie and two other teenagers who went missing at the same time, thinks they're telling the truth. He warns Quinn that bad things happen to youngsters in this town. One day, Megan and her best friend Ruth go to visit Ruth's grandmother. A wolf-like creature attacks them, having already savaged the grandmother. Ruth is torn limb from limb and Megan barely escapes with her life. As mysterious and frightening happenings occur one after the other, Quinn starts to believe there may be sinister forces at work in Marburg, but will he discover who or what is behind it all in time to save his family?

The synopsis although while pretty lengthy, does make me believe this could be a really fun film. I hope that "Grimm" will intend to push the boundaries of PG13 films if not be an all out R rated film. I'd love to see the big bad wolf rip little red riding hood's grandma limb from limb. For now the film is in pre-production status over at Baldwin Production Company with only Bruce Willis attached to star. More news to come as it develops...

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WTF: Easy Rider 2!?!

Cinematical has broke news that a sequel that should have never been made has apparently already been shot and will release this fall in limited theaters. Yesterday the news outlet broke a story that "Easy Rider: The Ride Back" is ready for release. Wait a second, a sequel to Easy Rider? What the fuck for? Easy Rider is a fantastic film that needed no sequel, but leave it to someone to screw with beloved films.

The film has apparently been made by a indie film company called Pan America Pictures and is scripted by Phil Pitzer and Dustin Rikert. Rikert also directed the unneeded sequel. The film will feature none of the original cast (thank God), and will follow the brother of Peter Fonda's character Wyatt from the original film. Wyatt's brother will follow in his brother's footsteps and set off across the U.S. on a motorcycle with his pal Wes Coast. The press release elaborated the synopsis by saying: the two friends embark upon an adventure that will force them to confront the past in order to make reparations with the present. The film is also said to cover a time frame ranging from the 1940's to present day. Talk about ambitious for a sequel that is destined to be hated!

This sounds like a shitty project, one that should have never been made and I will definately avoid. The studio behind this had to fly it under the radar, because I am sure there are plenty more people out there that would hate to see a sequel to Easy Rider. Regardless, it has been made it will release sometime in September.

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Review - Powder Blue

In Los Angeles lives intersect between a stripper, a ex-con, a mortician, a transsexual hooker, a divorced waitress and a suicidal priest over the course of a week leading up to Christmas Day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Poster: New Moon

Twilight Saga fans can all rejoice, via Just Jared I have the first "New Moon" poster for you to gander at. The poster delivers big time on the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob. It shows Edward walking away from Bella and Jacob, while Jacob looks to have a very protective look on his face and Bella, well she's still a teenage girl whose hormones are raging and she wants all the action she can get whether it is a vampire or a werewolf. Anyways enough chatter scroll down to see what you came for. "New Moon" releases November 20th and is directed by Chris Weitz.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Trailer: Sherlock Holmes

Ahead of schedule Warner Brothers Pictures has released the trailer for Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as the detective duo and I have it here for you below. The first trailer is delivers on all cylinders and looks to be a perfect movie to see Christmas Day. The film looks to be action-packed, extremely funny and retains Guy Ritchie's unique story-telling abilities. I am a huge fan of both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and was already eagerly anticipating the film, but now this film moves up into one of the most wanted films left to see in 2009. Checkout the sweet trailer below...

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Miller Scouts Mad Max 4

George Miller has long talked of a another sequel to Mad Max and today comes news that the director has begun to scout locations in Australia. The Herald Sun broke the news this morning debunking previous news that the fourth film would be animated. The news outlet also reports that the film could begin production as early as late this year.

The original Mad Max film released 30 years ago in 1979 with a 21 year old unknown named Mel Gibson launching a series that spawned two sequels. The newest film will not have Mel Gibson involved and Miller is prone to hiring a new unknown for the 4th film. George Miller explained, "It won't be Mel. I don't think he is into acting and I don't think he would be interested in being involved at all." Without Mel aboard just where in George Miller planning to take the franchise?

Miller's comments spark a couple of ideas...Number one, will this be an actual sequel or the more popular re-boot? Number two, if the film is an actual sequel to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome will we see one of the children Max saved arise to be a leader similair in vein to Max? Number three, how come Miller decided to change back to live action after had saying the 4th film would be animated? Why scout locations if the film is going to be animated? Could Mel actually be returning to Bartertown and Miller is just using smoke and mirrors to diffuse the situation until a contract is signed?

What say you? Do you want to see a 4th Mad Max? If Mel gibson is not in it, will it be called Mad Max? What happened to Miller's idea of a animated film?

Whiplash Concept Art?

Latino Review posted an interesting picture today that could possibly be our first gander of what Whiplash could look like in "Iron Man II". The news outlet cannot confirm nor deny that the image is infact legit (pictured on right), but either way it is pretty cool. If the image is in fact legitimate, it raises a few questions? If it is just some fan made art then it can just be dismissed and remembered as a cool image.

The biggest question is, that is suppose to be Whiplash? The armor looks much more similair to Crimson Dyanmo than Whiplash (especially with all the red hi-lights). Mickey Rourke is said to be playing Whiplash, but his given character name is Ivan a Russian. Whiplash was American and Crimson Dynamo is his many incarnations has been Russian. The image, if true, leads me to believe that Rourke's villainous character in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man II" will be a combination of the two characters.

Below I've provided some images of the two villains for you to compare.

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Marvel Has Found Loki!

Yesterday, I reported that Chris Hemsworth had landed the role of Thor in Marvel's latest comic book adaptation to film and now today, his evil brother Loki has been casted! Early on in May Schofizzy brought you a report on some of the rumors for "Green Lantern" and "Thor", well it seems I wasn't too far off. Nikke Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily broke the story today that Tom Hiddleston has been announced as Thor's evil brother and nemesis, Loki!

Tom Hiddleston, like Chris Hemsworth is a relative unknown here in the U.S., however he is a award winning actor in England. Hiddleston recently worked with Kenneth Branagh on a British TV movie series called Wallander, a show that Branagh also directed. Having never seen Hiddleston act in anything, I am leaving all of my confidence in Branagh, who I have nothing but admiration for. I suspect Branagh is going to be creating one helluva masterpiece in "Thor" and having a cast of established but relative unknowns starring, is a nice change of pace.

If your worried that Hiddleston looks a little wimpy, don't be! Loki was small in stature in comparison to his older half-brother Thor. Loki was found by Odin as a boy, Odin had killed Loki's father (a Frost Giant) and took Loki raising him as his son alongside Thor. In his younger years Loki was belittled because of his smaller stature and lack of physical abilities, especially when compared to his half-brother Thor. Loki despite his size still has superhuman levels of stamina, strength, durability and immunity. Loki also focuses his gifts on scorcery, something in which he can command with amazing ability. Loki is dubbed the God of Lies and Mischief due to his uncanny ability to manipulate reality. Loki is driven by a lust for power and a hatred for Thor and it should be real fun seeing Kenneth Branagh at the helm of this story!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Marvel Has Found Thor!

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Marvel Studios and director Kenneth Branagh have found their Thor for the big screen adaptation. The studio made their final decision this week and has gone with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth. You might be saying, who the hell is that, that's okay cause he's somewhat of a unknown here in the States. Most recently he played George Kirk, father to James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams Star Trek. The aussie also has starred in a Australian television show called Home and Away for over 170 episodes. "Thor" is scheduled to begin shooting early next year, with a set May 2011 release date.

Prior to seeing Star Trek I had heard and reported on rumors that Chris Hemsworth was being looked at for "Thor". After seeing the film, with only 5 or 10 minutes on screen time, Hemsworth did show the ability to take on a role like Thor. A role that could potentially plunge the Aussie actor into mainstream audiences here in the States. With the unknown actor landing the role, Hemsworth must have definately made a huge impact on both Kevin Feige and Kennth Branagh. Hemsworth at first was past on by Marvel, then later brought back to do a testing on tape. The result was Chris Hemworth landing the role. Kevin Feige producer over at Marvel said his testing was "Oh my God" caliber and had director Kenneth Branagh come in for the final decision.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Trailer: The Road

"The Road" finally has a set release date of October 16th and now a trailer to go along with it. The film was intended to release last year during Award season, however the film was pushed back for a few different reasons. "The Road" is adapted from a Cormac McCarthy novel set in post-apocalyptic United States centering around a father and his son and their struggle for survival. John Hillcoat who also directed the amazing western The Proposition, directs "The Road" and once again used Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for the score. If you have not seen The Proposition starring Guy Pearce, check it out, it is one of the better Western films to date! "The Road" stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the Boy. Checkout the trailer below...

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Poster: The Expendables

"The Expendales" is set for release until April of next year, but that did not stop Stallone from getting some promotion posters up over at Cannes. Many of the other sites and some weak shots of them around Cannes, but I have the official posters for you here in high resolution. Stallone has been giving pretty frequent updates on the film and seems generally interested in keeping the fans as informed as possible, which is nice compare to Michael Bay who lies to his fans in order to keep things secret, eventhough we all know they never do. If you have been under a rock and do not know what "The Expendables" is the story follows a group of mecernaries who are sent on a mission to overthrow a brutal dictator in South America. The film is directed by Stallone, who also stars in it with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin amoung others. Anyways enough chatter checkout the rugged poster below.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review - Tyson

A documentary that uses archive footage and original interviews to illustrate Mike Tyson's rise in the boxing industry to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Iron Mike Tyson reflects on his past relationships, time spent training and fighting, his infamous jailtime and his rise and fall in the boxing world.