Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review - True Grit

A 14 year-old girl's father is murdered and she intends to bring the killer to justice. While in town to settle her father's debts and arrange for his body to be sent home Mattie Ross hires a drunken U.S. Marshall who is known for his grit to help her hunt down the man that killed her father.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review - Black Swan

To Nina, ballet and dance are everything. They consume her. When the opportunity to play the lead in a new rendition of Swan Lake opens up Nina makes it her goal to land the part. Nina must learn to balance both sides of the Swan Queen. She must personify innocence and grace as the White Swan and guile and sensuality of the Black Swan. In her pursuit of perfection for the role Nina finds herself in a downward spiral of rivalry, control and perception.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Review - Tangled

For seventeen years Rapunzel has lived her life from inside of a tower. Only seeing the world through her window and the books she has to read. Nearing her eighteenth birthday Rapunzel desperately wants to venture out of her tower and into the world she has been told is extremely dangerous. When by chance a bandit named Flynn Rider ends up within her tower, Rapunzel bargains with Flynn to take her to the floating lights she has seen every year on the eve of her birthday.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hillcoat's 'County' Alive After All

At the start of this year news broke that John Hillcoat's next film was getting shut down do to financing. News that seriously gave me heart ache. Hillcoat is a fantastic director and it is a sad day when powerful and proven directors are not allowed to make the films they desire. I'd far more rather see a director pitch an idea they want, then have a studio just hire them for some random project. Now nearly a year later news has surfaced that Hillcoat's next project may not dead after all. Take a look at the full details below...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Super Sets Release Date

One film I walked away from San Diego Comic Con 2010 extremely excited to see is James Gunn's "Super" starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler and Nathan Fillion. The film revolves around a married man whose wife leaves him for a drug dealer, which in turn forces him into becoming a crime fighter known as the Crimson Bolt. This last week news broke that Gunn's low budget indie film which was picked up by IFC will be hitting select theaters April 1st, 2011. Check out the full details along with a few new stills released below...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mark Wahlberg Set for Uncharted

Back in October we learned "The Fighter" director David O. Russell next film would be an adaptation of the popular video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." Now this week news has broke that Russell will be working with the star of "The Fighter" Mark Wahlberg again. Yup, Marky Mark will be stepping into his second video game role and playing Nathan Drake. Not only that but Russell and Wahlberg have an incredible duo in mind for supporting roles in the video game action adaptation for Columbia Pictures. Check out the full details below...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Spin on Peter Pan

Studios are constantly vying for preexisting properties that seem like an easy shoe-in at the box office. As long a product or property has been around before and people know what it is, studios want it and want to re-create it. Recently, New Line Entertainment optioned a new take on the classic fairy tale, Peter Pan and this week they've gone ahead and hired a director to get the ship to Never Neverland rowing. Take a look at the full details below...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lohan Replaced as Lovelace

Lindsay Lohan has had her share of ups and downs both on and off the screen. The perpetual dilemma known as Lohan has yet another new issue. She's been dropped from upcoming biopic about the porn star Linda Lovelace titled "Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story." Check out the full details after the jump...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Superhero News Round-Up

Over the last week or so a number of the major superhero franchises have made some moves, rumors and all around noise in Hollywood. There has been an official casting, a hiring, also intent to hire along with a few rumors on just who a certain "The Dark Knight Rises" star may be playing and what superhero is up next for the big screen. Take a look at the full breakdown below...

Trailer: Source Code

In 2009 I saw a small scifi movie called Moon brilliantly directed by a first time director Duncan Jones. After seeing his movie the director will have my attention with almost anything he does. Jones has an eye I immediately took to and instantly knew I'd want to see more from him. This brings us to "Source Code," which follows a soldier that is part of military experiment that can transport him into another man's identity for the last 8 minutes of their life. Take a look below...

Trailer: Green Lantern

Warner Brothers is gearing up for their first major DC hero outside of Batman and Superman hitting the big screen next summer and last week our first full length trailer hit the net. Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan who will become the "Green Lantern" a superhero who protects the galaxy. I've been eagerly awaiting this film and its nice to finally have a trailer to gauge the movie by. Take a look for yourself below...

Trailer: Battle Los Angeles

"Battle: Los Angeles" looks to be a the next scifi movie trying to stake claim in becoming the next Independence Day. Now for me that isn't necessarily the best thing, but lots of people love that movie and always seem to be comparing to it anytime we have an alien invasion action releasing. This film was loosely promoted at Comic Con this past summer but I failed to see the panel. So this is new trailer was my first real glimpse. Check it out now below...

Trailer: Cowboys & Aliens

Back at Comic Con this last Summer we saw about 5 minutes of footage from Jon Favreau's upcoming scifi adventure "Cowboys & Aliens" starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. This week our first teaser released and while it features a bit from what we saw at SDCC it also shows a little bit more of the world we are in for come next summer. See for yourself after the jump...

Trailer: Red Riding Hood

One trailer that left me kinda with my mouth on the floor and not in a good way this week was, "Red Riding Hood" directed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. This trailer released a few days ago and immediately on Twitter I started seeing reactions of it being a Twilight copycat. My initial reactions were to scoff and say people were just being cynical, but boy-o-boy has Hardwicke latched on to the style she presented in the first Twilight film. Check it out below...

Trailer: Zookeeper

A film I fear not just my kids but a lot of children will be begging to see, "Zookeeper" starring Kevin James as a Dr. Doolittle-type zookeeper. This film looks to follow in the same zany shtick James is known for, look stupid, fall down, make some fat jokes and get some cheap laughs. This film looks all kinds of bad, but there's no doubt this movie will do huge numbers with the 12 year-old and under demographic. Take a look for yourself.

Trailer: Cars 2

"Cars 2" a sequel to the 2006 Pixar cartoon about Lighting McQueen. Now I thought the first Cars was just ok. It's certainly not my favorite Pixar film, but its also not my least favorite either. Generally speaking Pixar is the pinnacle of American animation these days and anything they do warrants some interest but after watching this teaser for "Cars 2" I find myself desperately trying to hold on to any spec interest in this sequel. Take a look for yourself.

Friday, November 19, 2010

1st Set Still From Dredd

Last I reported on "Dredd" we had learned that Olivia Thirlby would be playing the lawman's new partner. Today on Twitter comic book/concept artist Jock posted our first look at Karl Urban all suited up and ready to enforce! Take a look at the new image below...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Review - Hamill

The true story of Matt Hamill, the first deaf American wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Review - 127 Hours

Aron Ralston has always loved the outdoors. Every chance he has is off seeking adventure and thrills. Whether that be rock climbing, mountain biking or cliff jumping Aron is constantly hunting for a new rush. When Aron finds himself trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Utah, he must resort to extremely drastic measures in order to survive.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review - The Fighter

Based on the true story of 'Irish' Micky Ward, "The Fighter" chronicles the local Massachusetts working class hero who fought through trials and tribulations both in the ring and within his personal life on the rough road to a welterweight title.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dune Needs a Director Again

Its been quite some time since I reported on the potential reboot of "Dune," but this week new developments have left me worried on what exactly will become of the property.  Read the full details below...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review - Megamind 3D

A super villain named Megamind has grown up in the shadow of Metro Man, but after years and years of losses, Megamind finally defeats his nemesis. Once the glory of beating his longtime foe wears off however, Megamind finds himself questioning the point of being evil when their is no one else to stop him.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Review - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Two young owl brothers named Soren and Kludd are captured and taken to an evil army who intend on brainwashing them into soldiers. By fate, Soren escapes and with the help of a few new friends travels to the legendary island of Ga'Hoole where he intends to alert the Guardians of the wrong doings going on by the evil Metalbeak and his queen Nyra.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Poster: Tron Legacy

For awhile now it seems that their is a new "Tron Legacy" poster coming out every other week, but this latest trio of posters is too good for me not to draw a little more attention to Disney's marketing. Starting at the beginning of the week, Empire Online began a slow drip of 3 new posters that would make one Triptych banner. Not only is each piece of the triptych set outstanding together they make a elaborate display of the story and conflict set to take place in the long awaited sequel. Clu and Flynn on opposite sides with Flynn's son caught in the middle. It is  a brilliant design. Gotta love that the middle portion is such a classic throwback to the original poster. I've included each of the posters in high resolution below along with them combined. Enjoy...

Review - Due Date

Peter Highman is going to become a father. He and his wife had everything planned out when he left for business in Atlanta. All he needed to do was fly home to Los Angeles by Friday in order to make the planned c-section and Peter would witness the birth of his first child. Peter never planned on meeting Ethan Tremblay however and after being put on a no fly list and losing all of his belongings, Peter is forced to set out on a cross-country trip with the very man who put him in the situation.

Review - Jackass 3D

Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass crew return for a third round of gags, stunts, and self harm. The big difference this time is, the gang decides to make use of Hollywood's latest trend 3D.

Review - Paranormal Activity 2

After experiencing what they believed to be a case of vandalism within their home, the Rey family had surveillance cameras installed throughout the house. Now constantly recording multiple angles of their Southern California home the family begins to experience events that can only be explained as paranormal activity.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review - Red

Frank Moses is retired and living a very routine lifestyle. All that changes after he is targeted by an unknown assassin. With no real other option Frank decides to locate and regroup his old black-ops team. A team that would now be comprised of nothing but retired although extremely dangerous covert agents. Reunited, the group sets out to take down the hidden assassin ensuring their safety.

Review - The Social Network

A fact based telling of the story surrounding the creation of the social networking website, Facebook.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Teaser Poster: Red State

There has been plenty of negative press surrounding Kevin Smith as of late, but if his upcoming film "Red State" turns out anything like what he's talking it up to be, there's gonna be quite a bit of crow eating by a majority of press out there. Take a look at the new teaser poster for his religious based horror releasing next year along with Smith's feelings on the poster below.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review - Saw 3D

Despite Jigsaw being dead, his games live on. This time a self-proclaimed Jigsaw survivor is thrown into a whole new game. While a group of Jigsaw survivors gather together to seek out who has taken on his legacy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Crow and the Funky Bunch

Remakes and reboots are inevitable these days. We as consumers gotta just get use to them. One remake that has been slowly progressing for a while now is "The Crow" and this week news is circulating that one time B-Boy Marky Mark Wahlberg has been offered the lead role. Take a look at the full breakdown below...

Piranha 3D Sequel Fast-Tracked

News broke this week that The Weinstein Company and Dimension are taking notes on Lionsgate's yearly release pattern and plan to have a Piranha 3D sequel in theaters by next Summer. The studio has gone ahead and hired both a screenwriting team and a director. Checkout the full report below...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review - Dogtooth

A mother and father have created a completely sheltered world for their three children. Now in their late teens, keeping the secluded lifestyle has become harder and harder to maintain. The parents have tried everything to keep all outside sources controlled, but when one teen learns about sex, the act spreads throughout the household leaving the parents with little room for explanation.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Best 3D Glasses for Your Buck

Let's face it, 3D is here to stay. Whether it is in theaters, on television or playing video games everyone is scrambling to the latest gimmick. I say gimmick because we went through this before. 3-D has been around since the 50's the first being Bwana Devil. Most of you will remember the 70's and 80's push to 3D. Movies like Amityville 3-D, Jaws 3-D, Friday the 13th 3-D. Back then, the format was 80% awful and as a direct result never really caught on. Now days however, 3D seems to be here to stay and I've struggled to fully endorse the medium for a couple reasons. I'm writing this not to trash 3D, but more to make a request that we the consumers get the best 3D available. Checkout the full post below...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Spider-Man Webs Two More

News surrounding the Spider-Man reboot has been fairly mum the last few months, but now we've got two official castings within the last two weeks. Sony's darling Emma Stone has been cast in the role of Gwen Stacy while Rhys Ifans has been locked in as Dr. Curt Conners aka The Lizard. Read a full breakdown below...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Beverly's 3rd Horrorthon

Regardless of what month it is I love watching horror movies. Horror is probably my favorite genre of film. I say probably because I hate choosing. I love all genres of film, but horror just seems to stick the most, so instead of choosing one specific genre over the rest why don't I say its one of my favorite genres. Anyways, this last weekend my favorite Los Angeles based revival theaters hosted their 3rd Annual All Night Horror Show. 7 movies over a span of 12 hours. Sound daunting? Well maybe for some people it is, but for me and the rest of the sold out crowd it was a spooktacular evening. Check out the full rundown below...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

'Uncharted' Charts a Director

One of the best video games out there right now is Uncharted. Both the original game and its sequel are state of the art games that are exclusive to the PS3. Well now it seems that fans will get a chance to see Drake on the big screen, like so many other video game titles. Take a look below for the full rundown...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Standing Ovation at the Beverly

Last weekend I attended a midnight showing of this year's "Standing Ovation" at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Although I had been told ahead of time what a real treat I was in for, nothing could have prepared me for the evening I was about endure. A evening where the New Bev crowd was pushed to dance, sing and most of all dream. Take a look at my breakdown of the evening below...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Snyder & The Man of Steel

News broke this afternoon that Superman and WB and found their director. The studio already has Christopher Nolan on board as executive producer but now we know that 300 director Zack Snyder has been hired to direct "Superman: The Man of Steel." Read the full details after the jump...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LA 3D Film Festival

This weekend in Los Angeles is the 3rd annual 3D Film Festival being hosted by Dream Factory at the Los Angeles Film School. The 3D festival will run from Thursday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd with a mix of panels/workshops, studio 3D films as well as independent 3D shorts and features. Now while most film festivals cost, the 3DFF does not. Take a look below to see what the event has to offer including a screening of Joe Dante's yet to be released 3D thriller "The Hole."

A Letter to Lucasfilm

Earlier today I posted my thoughts on Lucasfilm re-releasing the Star Wars saga in stereoscopic 3D. The article was penned in anger out of the fact it felt like a jab in the stomach. I've loved Star Wars since seeing the movie as a kid. I was one of the franchises most loyal customers (well truthfully my parents were because they paid for everything) owning and desiring anything and everything I could get my hands on with the words "Star Wars" on it. Blankets, light switches, toys, magazines, t-shirts, lunch pails, etc, etc. I've purchased every version of the VHS and DVD's that have released. I plan on buying the Blu-Ray's too. Actually I'm really looking forward to them. Star Wars is a commodity, I get that, Star Wars and the money that can be made from it are far bigger than George Lucas.

Star Wars 3D Cash Grab

News broke this week that George Lucas is working towards bringing the Star Wars saga back into theaters! Yes all 6 films back in theaters starting in 2012. Why you might ask, to show off that he knows how to capitalize on a gimmick of course. That gimmick being 3D. Yes, George Lucas is in the process of post converting all six films to 3D. Read the full scoop below...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Trailer: True Grit

The Coen brothers are my favorite working directors. Their vision, humor, and ability to tell a story is simply fasinating. They have yet to not impress me with every film they make dating all the way back to Raising Arizona. Based off the first trailer for their upcoming retelling of the classic western "True Grit," the Coen's are back once again with another piece of cinematic history.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review - The Town

Charlestown is a blue-collar neighborhood where criminal behavior is passed down father to son. It is also just so happens to be the capital for bank robberies in America. Doug MacRay and his crew have pulled off numerous jobs within the city limits, but when Doug becomes romantically linked with the bank manager of his last heist, his team's operation falls under the watchful eye of the FBI.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Zombie Playing with Witches

I haven't been the biggest supporter of Rob Zombie's recent directorial efforts, but today's news has my ears perked. The rock n roll director has just inked a deal with Haunted Films to write and direct an original film about a 300 year old coven of witches. See the full report below...

Review - I Spit on Your Grave

Novelist Jennifer Hills has rented a secluded cabin in the woods to finish her next book. Her plans of a peaceful and quite writing sabbatical are soon changed after a group of local men attack then repeatedly rape her. Battered, broken and left for dead, Jennifer then takes to a deadly game of revenge on the very men who brutalized her.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Poster: The Walking Dead

If you're anything of a horror or zombie fan, you should know that come this Halloween, AMC is kicking off a new cable series based off the The Walking Dead graphic novels written by Robert Kirkman. The new series is being directed by Frank Darabont and this week a brand new poster has been revealed to promote the series. Take a look below...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Review - Devil

Five strangers find themselves trapped when a elevator mysteriously goes into inspection mode. Time passes while security and maintenance try to troubleshoot how to get the passengers out, but once one of five trapped inside is attacked, a series of events leads everyone involved believing something else is in the elevator with them.

Review - Going the Distance

While in New York City for a summer internship Erin meets Garrett and the two quickly develop a relationship. When Erin's internship comes to an end and she must inevitably must travel back to San Francisco to finish her degree in journalism, she and Garrett decide to try a long distance relationship. The couple quickly realizes that maintaining this relationship may take a lot more work than they anticipated.