Thursday, July 29, 2010

Op-Ed: Illegal Video from SDCC

Last week was Comic Con and thousands of people flocked to the San Diego convention center to see and hear their favorite artists, directors and actors live and in person. This event is extremely popular and by every means crowded, but it always fun. One of the best parts to SDCC is the ability to see exclusive footage. Studios and directors put together special exclusive clips just for attendees to see and enjoy. Stuff that is shown to generate interest and word of mouth exposure. Footage that is only for fans in attendance. Sadly too many people are illegally recording this footage and posting it to you tube or other various media outlets. These people who disobey the rules could end up forcing the powers that be to stop bringing the exclusive footage to Comic Con and other media related conventions.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trailer & Poster: Yogi Bear

Was really hoping that yet another one of my childhood cartoons wasn't being raked across the coals, but after watching the first trailer for "Yogi Bear" it appears it is. Like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garfield, "Yogi Bear" is the next cartoon being brought to life with both live-action and CGI. The movie stars Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo along with Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh. The live-action hybrid is set to release this Christmas in 3D. See the disappointing trailer for yourself below...

Teaser Trailer: Sucker Punch

Last week at SDCC director Zack Snyder came down with exclusive footage for all in attendance in Hall H. This week a much smaller version of that footage has been released online and I've got it here for you below. Not only is there a teaser trailer to see but also character posters for each of the "Sucker Punch" girls. Take a look for yourself below...

Nick Cave Reworking The Crow

This news took me by surprise when I heard it and truthfully I'm still scratching my head. Word is that singer/songwriter Nick Cave has been brought on to re-write Stephen Norrington's "The Crow" script. Yes, the same guy who wrote "The Proposition" and sang the Scream theme song Red Right Hand is now working on a re-boot of the cult comic book anti-hero. Read the full report after the break below...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SDCC 2010 Wrap-Up

San Diego Comic Con is one of my most treasured vacations each year. Yes, you read that right, vacation. Most of the major movie blogs have scores of writers working for them trying to cover the entire convention, while here on SMR, I've got myself. Attending SDCC for me is not work, it is very much a pleasure and a joy for a couple of reasons. First, I see what I want. I'm not going to cover or waste time attending something I am not interested in. Second, I'm going with intentions to have fun. Simply put, this is a passion of mine so listening to some of my favorite directors and actors describing an upcoming project not to mention potentially showing me (and thousands of others) exclusive footage, is by every means, tons of fun.

This article is not trying to be breaking news. If you wanted that, you are better off on a site like Deadline, Slash Film, Collider, Latino Review or Heat Vision Blog who are in the business of pushing movies. I'm here instead to bring my opinion on upcoming movies that I am genuinely interested in. There is absolutely no peddling here, just my impressions from my experience at SDCC 2010. Take a look at my what I saw over four days at this year's San Diego Comic Con after the break...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Marvel Comic Con Promo Art

Today two brand new pieces of promo art for Marvel Studios "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" debuted on Yahoo Movies for Comic Con. First and foremost I gotta say how much I love these pieces of concept art. If they were on sale, I'd be laying down whatever necessary to acquire them. Absolutely gorgeous work. Take a look at them in full size for yourself below...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Teaser Trailer: The Goon

Today a brand new teaser trailer for "The Goon" hit the net and I've got it here for you below. The teaser trailer is brought to us by MTV and includes promotion for the upcoming panel at Comic Con on Friday. The panel is said to actually include Paul Giamatti (voice of Frankie) in attendance along with producer David Fincher. The thought of sharing the same room with Giamatti and Fincher is reason enough to attend the panel Friday night, but this teaser is exactly what fans of the Eric Powell comic should've been waiting for. Take a look for yourself after the break....

Review - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer's who has searched for over a thousand years for the right apprentice to wear Merlin's ring. When by fate Balthazar crosses paths with a average New York City kid, he quickly believes him to be the rightful apprentice. Balthazar must enlist and train the young protégé in order for them to protect the city of New York from his evil arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.

Judge Dredd Script Details

I've been closely following and covering the "Judge Dredd" development since it was first announced two years ago. I've always been a big fan of the comic and to a lesser degree the movie that starred Sylvester Stallone. Today new details have emerged surrounding the talked of script penned by Alex Garland and I have the full scoop for you below...

Girls of Sucker Punch

Zack Snyder's latest "Sucker Punch" is still 8 months away from hitting theaters but that's not stopping Warner Brothers from putting the film on display this year at Comic Con in San Diego. Snyder knows from experience the best place to get the fans excited is Comic Con and this year he's got some women to show off in Hall H Saturday. This weekend in preperation for Comic Con the L.A. Times ran a brand new image of the girls in "Sucker Punch" and I've got here for you below...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Thor Images Boggles

Today a brand new image from the upcoming Marvel Studios film "Thor" hit newsstands. The last few images have had quite a bit of mixed reviews, but this new image is amazing. Absolutely stunning. The image itself comes again from Asgard and looks to show Thor on trial in front of his father Odin. Fandral, Hogun, Frigga and Loki are also looking on. Take a look at the new image for yourself after the jump...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Review - Inception

A scifi thriller set in a world where contracted agents specialize in invading other people's subconscious' for profit. The art of stealing another person's deepest thought or secrets. "Inception" follows one skilled extractor who is given an opportunity too great to pass up. This job however, is the opposite of extraction, leaving him and his crew in the middle of an extremely volatile mission that is otherwise believed to be impossible.

Trailer: The Town

I've been waiting for "The Town" since I first heard of it's initial development and thankfully from the looks of the first trailer, it may turn out to be everything I hoped for. Ben Affleck can do no wrong in my book. I've had a huge man crush on guy ever since he laid on the ham in Good Will Hunting. I've enjoyed all of his acting roles (Yes, even Gigli and Jersey Girl) but was blown away by his 2007 directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. "The Town" follows along in similar territory and stars Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively and Chris Cooper. Take a look at the trailer and full synopsis after the jump...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More X-Men Cast Confirmed

If you've been following along, you know that 20th Century Fox is feverishly working towards a shooting date late this summer for "X-Men: First Class." The studio has been quickly filling out the cast and today two more additions have been confirmed. One of them was rumored last week as the villain for the origin film, while the other debunks previous rumors that Amber Heard would play Mystique. Checkout the full report below...

EW's Green Lantern Reveal

Our first official looks at Ryan Reynolds in character for "The Green Lantern" has finally hit the cover of a magazine. That sounds sorta weird in this day and age, but yes, Entertainment Weekly magazine has debuted our very first look at Reynolds in the suit. The magazine also has a few key images from other members of the cast. Take a look at "The Green Lantern" after the break...

Trailer: The Social Network

There have been a number of teaser trailers that I have neglected to post for David Fincher's upcoming film "The Social Network" but this latest trailer is too good not to post. My expectations for a movie based around the beginnings of Facebook haven't been too high outside of the fact that Jesse Eisenberg is in the lead role and Fincher is directing. This trailer changes all that. This movie quickly jumps near the top of my most anticipated list for 2010. Now that I have officially over-hyped the trailer, check it out for yourself below...

Trailers & Poster: Middle Men

It has been awhile since I lasted talked about the upcoming Paramount film "Middle Men," however two new trailers and a poster have been released recently and I've got them for you here below. "Middle Men" is directed by George Gallo and follows the true story of three guys that jumped started internet commerce through the adult industry. The movie looks like a crossbreed between Blow and Boogie Nights and should at least be worth the price of admission with a cast including Luke Wilson (finally doing something other than an AT&T commercial), Giovanni Ribisi, Kevin Pollak and James Caan. "Middle Men" hits theaters August 6th and checkout both trailers (one is NSFW) and the new poster after the break...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Marvel Making More Headlines

Since this last weekend Marvel news has been swirling about pretty frequently, well sorta. First we learned that Marvel would be replacing Edward Norton as the Hulk in the upcoming "The Avengers" movie through what most would say was a fairly nasty announcement. That was followed by retorts by Norton and his representatives which proved he knew how to take the high road. In the meantime, Marvel is chomping at the bit to get a replacement named in time for Comic Con and over 5,000 screaming fans in Hall H. We've seen rumors that Joaquin Phoenix might be the next Banner, but today Deadline is reporting that a new "name" is in late-stage negotiations to play Bruce Banner aka the Hulk. Read the full scoop plus another fairly substantial announcement coming from Marvel Entertainment surrounding their future below...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Trailer & Posters: Machete

"Machete" has been rumored since 2007 but it has happened and it will finally hit theaters come September 3rd. Troublemaker Studios have begun the promotions for the Grindhouse effort and let me just say, I'm ecstatic to see this movie play out with a crowd. Last week a brand new trailer released along with a handful of character posters and I've got them all for you below. Enjoy...

Hunting for a Wicked Director

It has been almost two years since I last reported about "Wicked." Yes, I am talking about the Broadway musical that has been a huge hit for years now. Universal won out the option to make a feature length film, but since then the property has not had much advances. That all changes with the current news. Universal is currently meeting with directors to get the Wizard of Oz prequel in front of cameras soon. Take a look at the full report after the jump...

X-Men First Class Roll Call

"X-Men: First Class" has been building up for awhile now but we are finally getting closer to a full cast and a proposed shooting date. With that being said, I figured I would give us all a breakdown of what's happening so far. We all known that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has ended up in the director's chair, but the large cast is a little bit more foggy. Checkout the line up after the break...

Trailer: I Spit on Your Grave

Yet another classic horror film has been remade, this time it is the 1970's cult hit I Spit on Your Grave. A movie that for its time pushed the boundaries of horror and was slammed by critics for its brutal and graphic depictions of rape. Let's just say it's no family film and probably one that you will certainly have to seek out to find. Seems a little strange that someone would remake a film that is destined for a limited release and a lot negative feedback, but here we are. Below I've included the trailer and poster for the remake which hits limited theaters October 8th, 2010.

Marvel Ditches Norton as Hulk

It appears this news has been a long time coming. Unfortunately the relationship between Marvel Studios and Edward Norton was for not, because this weekend super producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that the studio is looking for a new Bruce Banner/ The Hulk. Checkout the full details after the break...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review - Predators

In order to sharpen and adapt their hunting skills, an alien race known as Predators have been using a distant planet as a game preserve. One-by-one the Predators drop dangerous life forms from the far reaches of space into their game to hunt. When an elite group of mercenaries, contract killers and psychopaths from Earth come together within the preserve, they pose a whole new lesson for alien race that started the game.

Trailer: The Loved Ones

The torture horror movement is getting a incy wincy bit long in the tooth, but "The Loved Ones" looks too good not to share with you. The Australian horror written and directed by Sean Byrne released over a year ago in Australia, but it is finally getting a release here in the States outside of Film Festivals. Take a look at the revealing trailer and poster below...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

As graduation closes in Bella and Edward look to their future. Meanwhile Alice Cullen continues to have visions about a growing army of newly turned vampires who are planning action against the Cullen's and Bella. With Bella in danger, Jacob and the rest of the wolf pack make a pact with the Cullen's to protect her at all costs. As the battle approaches Jacob and Edward continue to plead their love for Bella bringing her true emotions out.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Review - Toy Story 3

With Andy preparing to leave for college, his mother gives him two options for all his old stuff. Either store it in the attic or donate it to charity, leaving everything else to end up in the trash. Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bulls Eye, Rex, Hamm, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the group inexplicably find themselves sent to a day care center as donations. The group soon realizes that play time at this center is much different than they expected and want nothing more than  to return to Andy's house and be safely stored in the attic.

Sony Finds Their Spider-Man

Sony has finally announced who will play Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot directed by Marc Webb. The studio has taken a number of months weeding through a bunch of potential suitors and have decided to back a brit. Yup, Peter Parker our local New Yorker is british actor Andrew Garfield. Read the full details after the jump...

Trailer: Let Me In

Remakes are a mixed bag of emotions to say the least. Sometimes, they feel ripe for the picking. Other times they feel completely wrong, but most of the time they feel like cash grabs. Let the Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie that is based off a novel of the same name. The original film is nearly a masterpiece and a film that most would say should not be remade (including the director). However Hammer Films and Overture have gone ahead and made an English language remake and re-titled in "Let Me In." The remake is directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves and stars Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Take a look at the first trailer below...

Trailer: Rango

Our first full length trailer for "Rango" has officially hit the net this week and I have it here for you below. The upcoming Paramount animated film is directed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and looks pretty impressive. Johnny Depp is the lead character, a chameleon who is a passing through a dessert town. I'm a big fan of westerns and "Rango" looks to have fun with a bunch of themes from said genre. Have a look for yourself below...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review - The Last Airbender

The last of his kind, Aang is a young Airbender who is the next in a long line of Avatars. Not ready to realize his potential, Aang is lost for 100 years. Upon his return however, Aang discovers that the Fire Nation has wiped out his people and oppressed the Water and Earth Nations eliminating all other element benders. Aang with the help of a few new friends must band together to stop the Fire Nation and realize his true destiny.