Friday, October 31, 2008

Spider-Man 4 gets Pulitzer Prize Winner for Writer

David Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama "Rabbit Hole," is in final negotiations to write "Spider-Man 4" for Columbia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Lindsay-Abaire has said in interviews that his plays tend to be "peopled with outsiders in search of clarity," which would put his work on sympathetic terms with Peter Parker, who in his classic incarnation is the perpetual outsider," according to the article.

With Sam Raimi returning as director, Tobey Maguire returning as Peter Parker, and Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad returning as producers, the film will have all the marks of its predecessors. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the fourth Spider-Man as well.

Having a good writer won't seal the deal. I am waiting to see who the villain is and who will play him/her/it.

Spider-Man 4 is hoped to get a release in 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Brandon Routh on next Superman got to speak with Brandon Routh, Clark Kent/Superman from the movie Superman Returns. He was asked about the next Superman film and its rumored dark tone.

“I don’t think the character necessarily has to be darker," Routh said. "I think he is kind of dark in a sense, emotional dark, in Superman Returns, and the movie as a whole was slightly dark…You make the stakes higher, you make the villain darker, I think that’s a way to do it. But I don’t think Superman himself needs to be darker. He definitely has to struggle, how does Superman be a part of the world? And does he have to make sacrifices to be a part of that world? To fit in and what purpose does he really play in the world? Those are all kind of dark places to explore. But, I don’t think Superman should ever be dark and brooding, that’s not his nature.”

In addition to the hot topic of Superman going dark, Routh was also pressed on the status of a follow-up and if he’d be a part of it.

“I don’t have a time frame,” said Routh. “I haven’t really heard the studio’s stance, I’ve just heard what’s in the media and that every time I see somebody from Warner Bros. they tell me that they are working on it and are going to figure it out soon. But that’s about the answer I get.”

Superman: Man of Steel is getting no news recently, but if Chris Nolan signs on to do the next Batman, then maybe more news will be released.
Man of Steel is still aiming for a 2011 release.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Angels and Demons teaser trailer!

Angels and Demons is a novel written by Dan Brown and is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code.

Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. Ron Howard again directs the film.

When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history - he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican's only hope for survival.

The film is due out May 2009.

xXx and Fast & Furious

xXx is an interestingly titled movie that came out in 2002 starring Vin Diesel. A sequel later came out in 2005 called xXx: State of the Union, starring Ice Cube.
Both films also co-starred Samuel L. Jackson.

After starring in the flop Babylon A.D., Diesel is set to hit it big in theaters with two new movies that are sequels. Fast and Furious, fourth film in the franchise, returns to the roots of the first film with both Diesel and Paul Walker returning to reprise their roles from the classics road racing flick. Diesel will also be reprising his previous role from xXx in the new film directed by Rob Cohen (who directed both the first Fast and the Furious and xXx).

xXx III.

"Yes, they're doing it with me and producer Joe Roth," Rob Cohen said. “We made the deal recently, it's named xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. We met the writers yesterday and we're trying to get into production by late spring, to have it out for the summer of 2010."

Cohen recently directed the film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Fast and Furious comes out June 12, 2009.

Gears of War

Gears of War, the best-selling game from the Xbox 360 console, is being made into a feature film with Underworld director Len Wiseman now behind the camera.

Chris Morgan, the man behind writing the screenplay for the movie, spoke about how the film is coming along.

"There are elements to it that can be considered a prequel," Morgan teased, "but it's not a prequel as far as I'm concerned."

According to VH1, "What he [Morgan] could confirm, however, is the live-action debut of some of the game's most familiar faces — namely, the game's main character, Marcus Fenix, and fellow Delta Force soldier Dominic Santiago. Better yet, Morgan hinted that the current script would bring 'Emergence Day,' the initial invasion by alien baddies known as the Locust Horde, to the big screen."

"It would be a crying shame not to deal with Marcus and Dom," Morgan told MTV News. "I would not be interested in the movie if we weren't dealing with them. I want to see those guys. I want to see 'Emergence Day.' I want to see this stuff happen."

Exactly how that will happen will involve a delicate mix of computer-generated effects and live-action drama, Morgan said. The writer compared his template for scripting Gears of War to the mix of creature effects and live interaction in James Cameron's Aliens. Bringing that concept to the screen, though, will be Wiseman's job.

The director's plan for Gears of War is to stay away from an "all-green-screen, all-CGI movie," Morgan said, only using the computer effects for "the big stuff" and certain scenes featuring the Locust.

"In [Wiseman's] mind, he wants to make it as realistic as possible," Morgan said, "and to blur those lines where your mind says, 'Oh, it's a big CGI film.'"

Gears of War is schedule for a release in 2010.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chris Nolan talks more Batman

Chris Nolan continued the interview with the Los Angeles Times and spoke more about Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the possible Justice League film.

On whether Nolan's Batman would fit in with the world of the Justice League.

"I don’t think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization. It goes back to one of the first things we wrangled with when we first started putting the story together: Is this a world in which comic books already exist? Is this a world in which superheroes already exist? If you think of Batman Begins and you think of the philosophy of this character trying to reinvent himself as a symbol, we took the position -- we didn’t address it directly in the film, but we did take the position philosophically -- that superheroes simply don’t exist. If they did, if Bruce knew of Superman or even of comic books, then that’s a completely different decision that he’s making when he puts on a costume in an attempt to become a symbol. It’s a paradox and a conundrum, but what we did is go back to the very original concept and idea of the character. In his first appearances, he invents himself as a totally original creation.

It would have given a very, very different meaning to what Bruce Wayne was leaving home to do and coming back home to do and putting on the costume for and all the rest. We dealt with on its own terms: What does Batman mean to Bruce Wayne, what is he trying to achieve? He has not been influenced by other superheroes. Of course, you see what we’re able to do with Joker in this film is that he is able to be quite theatrical because we set up Batman as an example of intense theatricality in Gotham. It starts to grow outward from Batman. But the premise we began with is that Batman was creating a wholly original thing."

On how he would feel if Heath Ledger was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar in the 81st Academy Awards in January.

"I think the thing that has always been important to me in light of Heath’s death is the responsibility I’ve felt to his work. The responsibility of crafting the film in such a way that his performance came across the way he intended. Clearly, that has been the case. That’s one of the reasons I take such pride in the film.

I felt a great wave of relief, really, as people first started to see the performance and it was clear that they were getting the performance. It’s easy to forget with everything that’s happened what an enormous challenge it was for Heath to take on this iconic role. He rose to that challenge so admirably that any expression of people being excited or moved by his performance is a wonderful thing. Whatever form that takes. People coming to see his performance and getting it. It's been extremely satisfying for all of us already. Anything that adds to that would be wonderful."

Read the whole interview from the LA Times.

Is it just me or have I been putting up a lot of interviews lately?
Anyway, more news to come! Catch ya' later!

Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still

A new 5 minute clip from the upcoming film The Day the Earth Stood Still hit the internet today.
In it you get your first glimpses of Gort, the famous robot from the original The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951.
It has the power to destroy the world.

The Earth will stand still 12.12.08.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau interview

Jon Favreau answered interview questions from Ain't It Cool News. In the interview he talks about Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Avatar, and CGI effects.

On how Iron Man 2 is coming along.

"Justin (Theroux)’s almost done with the first draft of the script. And we’re boarding and been creating animatics for the action sequences. We’re starting to do some location scouting and designing some sets and figuring out how much of it we want to… you know, what techniques we’re going to use. And the best is to mix and match the best of everything. I’m less of a purist to one style or another. I find that you got to make, you have to use the technique that best tells the story for any given moment and also that makes… that isn’t irresponsible with resources because even with a big movie like Iron Man 2 you have to pay attention to every dollar you spend."

On the special effects in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

"I think that I could borrow a lot from…I think a lot too many decisions were made at the end of the process, we work on this thing for two years but we don’t really lock in on the performances, at least as far as the CGI goes, till the very, very end of the process and you’re bottle necked with your sound mix, your scoring, youre final editing, and youre color timing. And so I found myself up at Skywalker Ranch making millions of decisions and not always feeling confident that I was having the clarity on any given one.

And what I’m learning, what I’m trying to incorporate is more of a, certainly for the action sequences, create a pipeline that’s more similar to a CGI film like a Pixar film or even like Avatar. Where you can work on and refine the action stuff before you even begin shooting, and let the action and the performances be serviced by the plates and not back into a performance by the plates that you’ve shot. And so I was very, very lucky to have gotten somebody to collaborate with me on that stuff and teach me a little bit more of the animation approach to action."

On the special addition of a new team member who Favreau will collaborate on with effects.

"I had Genndy Tartakovsky. I’ve always liked Samurai Jack and I loved his Clone Wars vignettes that he did. I’ve always liked his work, a lot. And I had met with him, we had lunch together just because I enjoy his stuff and I wanted to meet him. I really dig his sense of humor and his sense of rhythm, and the way that he acknowledges the same cinematic masters that I really love the work of, like (Akira) Kurosawa and (Sergio) Leone. And he finds a way to pastiche it without ever undermining the stakes or the reality of the tension that’s created in his action sequences.

Now clearly his stuff is a bit broad for a live action film but I love his rhythm and his attention to detail. It has a real comic booky feel but yet it feels cinematic and not gimmicky and even his cartoons feel… there’s an elegance to them.

So in this process as we’re storyboarding and designing sequences he and his team have come in and I’m working with them and they’re working on collaborating with us on the project and that’s a new wrinkle and it allows me… I feel like I’m really learning a lot from collaborating with this guy.

And then he has the original Iron Man film to draw from and he also has a pretty deep knowledge of Marvel. So, he is transitioning into live-action features, which I have no doubt in collaborating with him that he will. There’s a transition that he’s making that hopefully I could be helpful with and at the same time as I move from dialogue and character and story-driven filmmaking I’m able to understand the way to approach action in an interesting and elegant way. So, it’s been a very, very fun collaboration so far."

On the upcoming Avengers movie.

"So, we were really paying attention, of course now it becomes more and more difficult because we’re weaving… it has to culminate in the Avengers. Which, although I won’t be directing it, I’ll be involved with it as an executive producer and I would feel really disappointed if what good will we’ve curried from Iron Man 1 and hopefully 2, is not lived up to in the Avengers.

And I’m going to get a little more involved now with what goes on with the other movies. I’m very excited about Kenneth Branagh, I can’t wait to see his take on Thor and we’re really looking at the Cap stuff, very closely.

For one because we put the shield in there and Tony’s legacy… Howard Stark’s legacy somehow is related to… there’s some relationship between Tony’s father and what was going on in World War II, in the Marvel Universe, and S.H.I.E.L.D., so we’re trying to lay some pipe here so that when it all happens it feels somewhat inevitable.

But there are a lot of tonal challenges that are going to take place, more so in the other films I think. Thor has a tremendously… that’s going to be the most difficult one to integrate into this reality. And if it can be properly done then you get a great version of Avengers. If not, Avengers is going to seem like Roger Rabbit with different cartoon characters from different worlds, you have Betty Boop next to Daffy Duck next to Donald Duck you know. (laughs)

And I don’t know that’s the experience it should feel like, it should feel like a unified Marvel Universe. And I know that the Marvel guys are very, very vigilant about that."

To read more sweetness from Jon Favreau, go to aintitcool now and read the entire interview. It has more tidbits on Avatar, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Major Marvel Announcements

All this news comes from various sources including UGO Movie Blog, MTV News, and Latino Review.

"As part of his four picture deal with Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Tony Stark in The Avengers motion picture, as well as reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character in Iron Man 2. Jon Favreau will return to direct the sequel to the blockbuster "Iron Man," which to date has grossed over $578 million worldwide, as well as executive produce The Avengers.

Don Cheadle Will Star as Rhodey in Iron Man 2.

Marvel Studios is pleased today to confirm that an agreement has been finalized with award-winning actor Don Cheadle to take on the role of Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes in Marvel's "Iron Man 2" due in theaters on May 7, 2010. In casting Cheadle, Marvel replaces Terrence Howard who appeared in the role of Rhodey in Iron Man.

Cheadle is also signed on to perform the same role in The Avengers and subsequent installments of the Iron Man franchise.

"We are very excited about working with the extraordinarily talented Don Cheadle as we expand the role of Rhodey in 'Iron Man 2.' It has already become apparent as we prep the movie for production, that the dynamic between Robert and Don will take 'Iron Man 2' to new heights," said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios.

Based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero, Iron Man 2 continues the story of this summer's box office blockbuster Iron Man, the first feature film produced independently by Marvel Studios. Iron Man 2 will be produced by Marvel Studios' President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Louis D'Esposito, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Denis Stewart.

In a movie event, The Avengers will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced.

The highly anticipated sequel to Iron Man will be released in theaters on May 7, 2010 and The Avengers will be released July 15, 2011. Both films will be distributed by Paramount Pictures."

Chris Nolan talks Batman

Christoper Nolan, director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, answered interview questions with the Los Angeles Times. Here are some of the major snippets.

On the success of The Dark Knight.

"I can’t get my arms around it, to be quite frank. It’s mystifying. It’s terrific but at the same time it’s a little abstract, the numbers are so big. The biggest thrill for me would be, with the number of people who have gone to see the film, how "The Dark Knight" stood on the shoulders of the first film, how we were able to build the audience up and build the story up from the first film. That was really exciting to see. We were all pretty happy with the performance of the first film but so we really didn’t know, 'Where does it go from there?' For it to become such a phenomenon is extraordinarily gratifying. I mean, I’ve spent now like six years or something working on Batman films. It becomes an important part of your life; you become very obsessive about it, and it's pretty fun when there are other people sharing your obsession and going to see the film a dozen times or whatever."

On whether or not Nolan was thinking about bringing the Joker back in the next film based on leaving his fate unknown at the end of Dark Knight.

"No, really and in truth, I only deal with one film at a time. I find myself sort of protesting this issue a lot. We’ve never attempted to save anything for a sequel or set up anything for a sequel. That seems improbable to some people because, particularly with 'Batman Begins,' the film ended with a particular hook [with Jim Gordon showing Batman a Joker playing card announcing the arrival of a new villain in town]. But for me that was just about the excitement of people leaving the theater with the sense that now we have the character up and running. I wanted people to walk away with that sense in their head. You know, that he’s become the Batman in the movie. That’s why we had the title come up at the end, because it was 'Batman Begins,' and it was all very specific to that.

Then I got excited about seeing where that character would go. It was planned in advance, but it followed in that way. But we tried our hardest to really do everything in this movie that we would want to see the Joker do and to get that in the fabric of the story as much as possible. We wanted the Joker’s final taunt to Batman to be that they are locked in an ongoing struggle because of Batman’s rules. There’s a paradox there. Batman won’t kill. And the Joker is not interested in completely defeating Batman because he’s fascinated by him and he enjoys sparring with him. It’s trapped both of them. That was really the meaning of it. Of course what happened is Heath created the most extraordinary character that you would love to see 10 movies about. That’s the bittersweet thing. It was incredible characterization. It is a bittersweet thing for all of us."

On whether Nolan will return for a third Batman movie.

"Well ... let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven't been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer."

The Dark Knight is still doing well (extremely well) and will be hitting theaters again in January while the DVD will come out in December.
What is next for Batman?
Apparently only rumors (like Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose character Rachel Dawes was blown to bits in The Dark Knight, wants to return for another movie. "If they can work it out, I would be happy to be in another Batman. If Chris Nolan is directing it, sure. I guess I would like to play Catwoman. But it seems unlikely at this point, right?" Excuse me, but what?).

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Monday, October 27, 2008


December 18, 2009.
That is a long time from now (not long if you look at the dates for other movies I mention in this blog). This is the date when Avatar comes out.
James Cameron's first full-length feature film since Titanic.
From what I read, it will be epic.

Here are some scoops.

In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4’, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity of beautiful and deadly ammonia-breathing lifeforms. Its also a world that harbors treasures and resources almost beyond price. But just as the original Pandora’s Box wrought devastation on those who would use it for their own gain, so too this world may destroy not just the Pandorans home, but ours as well.

Avatar is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.(IMDB)

James Cameron has been working on this film since 1995. He has merely waited for the technology to catch up for his ideas in this film. It will be shot mainly for 3D effects and if it does well he hopes to make two sequels (making it a trilogy).

Fox announced that the studio’s Avatar would be filmed in 3D. Cameron described the film as a hybrid with a full live-action shoot in combination with computer-generated characters and live environments. “Ideally at the end of the day the audience has no idea which they’re looking at,” Cameron said. The director indicated that he had already worked four months on nonprincipal scenes for the film. (NY Times)

Sam Worthington will play Jake Sully, a paralyzed former marine who undergoes an experiment to exist as an avatar, another version of himself… an alien – 10 feet (three meters) tall and blue.

Any of this sound interesting to you? More news to come! Catch ya' later!

New Harry Potter Trailer

A new trailer came out for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
This movie would be coming out next month if it hadn't been pushed back until next summer.
But dates do get changed around for movies. Just look at Star Trek, which went from this December to next summer.


Box Office results for the weekend.

Thanks to Latino Review for checking out the Box Office results for this past weekend.

1 High School Musical 3: Senior Year $42 M

2 Saw V $30.5 M

3 Max Payne $7.6 M

4 Beverly Hills Chihuahua $6.9 M

5 Pride & Glory $6.3 M

6 The Secret Life of Bees $5.9 M

7 W. $5.3 M

8 Eagle Eye $5.1 M

9 Body of Lies $4.1 M

10 Quarantine $2.6 M

Not really surprised HSM took the lead. There is an infinite number of fangirls out there. I mean, do you see the hype coming out for Twilight?
The Saw franchise is starting to lose its luster, but there will probably be another 3 or 4 of them. And the news came out that Max Payne is actually not that good of a movie. Beverly Hills Chihuahua is still up in the Top 5. Be prepared to see a sequel.

Some news about this week

Some movies coming out this Friday! Plot summaries thanks to IMDB!

Zack and Miri Make a Porno - Lifelong platonic friends Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) look to solve their respective cashflow problems by directing and starring in their own adult film.

Splinter - An ex-con and his girlfriend dupe a young couple into driving them to Mexico, though the trip is beset with troubles, namely, a parasite that prey on humans and turns its victims into deadly hosts. Now holed up in a remote gas station, can the unlikely alliance outlast their attacker?

The Haunting of Molly Hartley - Molly Hartley (Bennett) looks to put her troubled past behind her with a fresh start at a new school, where she sparks with one of the most popular students (Crawford). But can her secrets stay buried, especially as she learns more about the horrific truth that awaits her once she turns 18?

Movies coming out on DVD this week!

Zombie Strippers
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Tinker Bell

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hulk Producer talks Avengers

Producer of The Incredible Hulk Gale Anne Hurd (also producer of Punisher: War Zone, the first Hulk movie, and the Terminator films) spoke to MTV News about a Hulk 2 and the tie-ins with the Avengers movie.

Hurd said she’s a big fan of Easter Eggs (such as Captain America in the alternate opening on the Hulk DVD), which are apparently foreshadowing the 2011 “Avengers” flick. “[Crossovers] were something we had talked about from the very beginning because of the Sam Jackson cameo in ‘Iron Man,’ which obviously we had heard about prior to the time that the movie came out and the expectation was that the fan response would be huge,” she explained. “So, we decided we wanted to have that kind of Easter Egg in our film as well. Nothing could be more perfect than putting [Robert Downey Jr.] in our film, because it works so well with our story, the military…We also have Easter Eggs in our film from Stark Industries.”

Hurd also spoke about a potential Hulk 2 and how the villain would be the Leader, as set up in this year's The Incredible Hulk when Tim Blake Nelson's character Samuel Sterns began to mutate after Banner's blood dripped on him.

"It would be a blast [to include the Leader], and Tim Blake Nelson is tremendous and a very talented filmmaker in his own right," Hurd said. "When I think of all the many, many, villains in the Hulk universe, we've now done the Abomination, so wouldn't it be great to tackle the Leader?. It's a completely different type of cerebral villain, which would give the movie a terrific new take on the character."

She added that Ed Norton, who played Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego in The Incredible Hulk, was on a multiple-picture deal and so would reprise the role in a sequel.

Will there be a Hulk 2? We might have to wait many years since Marvel is currently building up the Avengers.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

I was hoping for an Underworld 3, but instead we get a prequel. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
If you watched the first Underworld movie, then you know all about the centuries long war between the Vampires and the Werewolves (Lycans).

In this Underworld movie, we shall see how this war started. The only things I am really missing in this movie are Kate Beckingsale (as Selene the vampire) and Scott Speedman (as Corvin, the half vamp/half lycan).

But the first trailer has been released. Take a look.

Watch it here!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Max Payne

Max Payne - I finally saw this movie, the first actual film I went out to see since Clone Wars back in August. I have played both games, so I know my Max Payne stuff. Here it goes.

Not bad. There were a lot of differences, most of the plot was streamlined to make it into a 92 minute film, but still kept the overall feel of the game. I do have a few problems. Like, the demon creatures that are seen as hallucinations after taking the drug. I can understand the whole metaphor and how they influence actions and how they turn the person into a schizophrenic, but they aren't really necessary.

And the character development is pretty terrible. I mean, if your wife and child were murdered, I should feel bad for you. And I felt bad for Max Payne in the game, but not in the movie. The game was about death and getting revenge. The movie was about redemption and finding peace. In the end of the film, Payne finds peace in getting revenge. In the game, there is no peace for Payne. He got his revenge, so what does he have now?

Even when there were flashbacks to what happened to his was just kind of boring. In the game you lived through nightmare sequences, which were the best part of the game. You really felt the pain of Payne. I think the nightmare sequences should have been in the movie, but then it would have been rated R and John Moore would have been pissed and blah, blah.Mila Kunis's character, the mysterious Mona Sax from the game, isn't as interesting in the movie. he is just there...and then she isn't. Apparently I missed out on an extra scene after the credits that has her and Payne talking or something, but I didn't stay and now I am mad. I might have to go see it again for this one extra scene.

And Olga Kurylenko, who played Natasha Sax, was there mostly to give Mona some incentive to be in the movie and to provide some (actually the only) T & A in the film. Heck, you can see her again in the next Bond movie coming out next month.

In the end, the film wasn't THAT bad, but it just wasn't good. The game is very good though, so don't blame the game. But the movie could have been more, and most people will probably leave the theater unhappy about the plot but liking the action. And I mean the last 15 minutes of the film was really intense. I enjoyed the big gunfight in the building, but it didn't leave me satisfied story-wise.

The film looked gorgeous (darkness with the bright snow everywhere), but I think I am going to go play the game and enjoy it more than I did the movie.

5.9/10 "When the people a man needs get taken away from him, you can't ever go back to the way you were before."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Green Hornet

Seth Rogen explains how in his next film, The Green Hornet, it will be sort of an origins story.

The plot of the film is something like this.
By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato.

Kato will be played by Stephen Chow (from Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer), who will also direct the film. Chow is also producing the upcoming Dragon Ball movie.

The Green Hornet (left) and his martial arts sidekick Kato (right).

Marvel talks movies

Kevin Feige, the President of Production at Marvel Studios, answered interview questions from UGO Movie Blog and spoke about the next big upcoming hero movies.

On whether or not there will be a Hulk 2.

"We’re working on four movies right now that we’ve announced release dates for between now and 2011. A specific Hulk 2 isn’t one of them...where the green guy pops up next, I’m not entirely sure but I’m almost positive that we won’t be able to keep the green guy down. In terms of who the casts are, it enters the realm of contract discussions and negotiations that we’re rarely able to talk about. "

On if the Hulk will be the villain in the Avengers.

Certainly there have been great comic issues in the past...and there’s a great animated feature called Ultimate Avengers a few years ago that features really cool battles between the Avengers and the Hulk himself. I think that’s a classic element of the Avengers. When or where we would actually do that I’m not sure. The stories of all the films are continuing to be developed and pieced together. There’s nothing firm yet on the Avengers plot. "

On who will play Captain America.

"I think we’re a little ways away from that. That’s a film that doesn’t come out until May 6th, 2011. So the first announcement that I think you will hear in the not-too-distant future is on the film making front. On the screen-writing front. As we announce the partners that we’ve brought on to bring it to life with us. And soon after that, well, maybe not soon, at some point after that, there will be announcements such as casting, but that will be a little ways off."

On Ant-Man and Edgar Wright (writer for Shaun of the Dead) writing it.

"Yeah. I mean, Edgar has been passionate about Ant-Man for years. I think it was probably three or four years ago that I first met Edgar down at Comic Con. He wanted to meet to talk about a character, and I was like, Ok, Spider-Man? What’s It going to be? And he had pictures of Ant-Man, which I was surprised about until I heard his pitch, and then it made perfect sense. And we brought him on right away. He has delivered an excellent, excellent draft with his writing partner Joe Cornish. They’re at the tail end of doing a revised draft as well. And then, of course, Edgar is going to go off and do Scott Pilgrim. So we hope at some point after that, to bring Ant-Man to the screen. "

On whether or not more heroes from Marvel will be made into films.

" There are lots of them. Lots and lots and lots...I’ll get together with the development team and say, pitch me a character that I’ve never heard of. Because, believe it or not, there are characters in the Marvel universe that I’ve never heard of. Even having lived with it for all of my thirty-four years and having worked with Marvel for eight years...and you look back at the very first film of the new Marvel era and it was a character that never had his own title, that just appeared in somebody else’s book, that had the seed and the core idea that was great and was able to be fleshed out into movies and TV shows and it was Blade. So there are more of those there. And it’s about finding them and letting them grow. One that I’m excited about somewhere down the line, certainly because it’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before and I think it could be an exciting challenge, would be, of course, Dr. Strange."

Sounds interesting! More Marvel news to come! Catch ya' later!

New Watchmen Footage

New Watchmen footage from the Scream Awards.

I'm already thinking this might be the best movie of 2009, but I shouldn't be casting my vote yet.
I am just really excited about Watchmen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dr. Strange movie?

Doctor Strange is the one character they’d most like to see next in film, is very much at the top of the list for a post Avengers make-over, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told MTV News.

“I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists," Feige said. "I love the idea of taping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn’t yet seen life on screen. “It’s something I’m very, very interested in."

“Ha!” Feige laughed. “I remember two years ago at Comic Con the cover of the ‘LA Times Calendar Section,’ read ‘Marvel calls out the B team’ and there was a picture of Iron Man. We don’t look at them as ‘B team.’ Dr. Strange? This is one of the best characters we have. [He represents] this amazing cosmic universe to Marvel that we haven’t played with in films yet and I think could be amazing to play with.”

Will Dr. Strange be made into a movie after the Avengers? We will have to wait a couple of years for official news.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

New Spirit Featurette

A new feature shows Frank Miller's take on The Spirit.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Box Office results for the weekend.

I might make this a weekly thing from now on, just like my "Some news about this week" posts.

My prediction is correct! I said Max Payne would be the #1 movie in America and it is.
According to my last box office post, I mentioned that the #2 spot was in the air.
Guess which film nabbed spot #2......
If you guess Beverly Hills Chihuahua, you are correct.

Here are the current figures from yesterday.

1Max Payne
$18.0 M
2Beverly Hills Chihuahua$11.2 M
The Secret Life of Bees
$11.1 M
4W.$10.6 M
Eagle Eye$7.3 M
6Body of Lies$6.9 M

Some news about this week

Coming to theaters this Friday! Plot summaries thanks to IMDB!

High School Musical 3 - As seniors in high school, Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens) struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

Changeling - 1920s Los Angeles: A woman (Jolie) who is reunited with her missing son is subsequently committed to an insane asylum when she begins to question whether the boy is her child. Ultimately bringing her case to the city council, she begins to pick apart a conspiracy that reverberates throughout the city.

Saw V - Forensics expert Hoffman (Mandylor) goes on the hunt in order to prevent being identified as the newest person to carry on Jigsaw's legacy.

Pride and Glory -A family of prominent New York City cops is shaken to its core when one brother (Norton) uncovers a scandal at his sibling's precinct.

New on DVD this week!

Anaconda 3: Offspring
The Lazarus Project
The Incredible Hulk
The Strangers

By the Power of Grayskull!

A He-Man movie (titled Grayskull) has been in the works over at Warner Brothers for a while, but according to Latino Review, it may be dead in the water.

Two reasons why the script (which is already written) isn't being made into a movie yet are that there is no director and Navid McIIhargey, the exec who brought in He-Man to Silver Pictures (the group working on He-Man), left the company last month to become a Senior VP at New Regency.

The Geek Files got to speak with Mattel, the toy distributor for He-Man toys, and it has a different story to tell.
"Toymakers Mattel insist the proposed He-Man movie is NOT dead, despite reports that Warner Bros has shelved its film based on a Justin Marks screenplay."

Barry Waldo, Vice President of Worldwide Entertainment & Consumer Products for Mattel, said, "We are committed to making films based on Masters of the Universe and ... remain dedicated to identifying the best and most fitting team of creative talent who will do justice to this classic property.

"We think it is imperative, regardless of how lengthy the process, that we partner with a team that shares our vision and brings to life the current script in a way that will satisfy even our most ardent Masters of the Universe fans."

Will the movie be made or not? More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sam Jackson/Nick Fury in Iron Man 2

At a press junket for Soul Men, Latino Review got to ask Samuel L. Jackson about returning as Nick Fury in Iron Man 2.

"He said he spoke with Favreau last night and was told he is in the sequel. What his role is, or how big it would be, he didn't expand upon. But he did joke about making sure to sign a contract after what happened with Terrence Howard."

So more Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, which will eventually lead us to more Avengers information. I hope.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

"Have you heard about the Avengers initiative?"

EDIT: Finally found a clip of Nick Fury from Iron Man!

Terrence Howard talks about Iron Man 2

I mentioned a while ago that Terrence Howard, Rhodey in Iron Man, will not be returning for the sequel and that Don Cheadle will be replacing him.
Now Terrence Howard has spoken out about it on a radio show interview with NPR.

When asked about being replaced in Iron Man 2 by interviewer Scott Simon, Howard replies, "Yeah, I found that out, too.

"It was the surprise of a lifetime," Howard continued. "There was no explanation. [The contract] just...up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes. Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."

Is this Howard's fault or Marvel's fault?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


"The action packed sci-fi thriller involves a group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities, hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever."

That is the plot for the upcoming movie Push, according to IMDB.

The trailer just recently came out. Watch and enjoy.

If you are a Heroes fan out there, you may get the same feeling I have about this film. That the story is just a different spin on what Heroes already created. I feel like this should be called Heroes the Movie.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Max Payne takes the Box Office lead

My prediction that Max Payne would take the lead this weekend in the Box Office looks like it will be correct.
I'm going to have to wait for the statistics to come in Monday for the entire weekend, but according to the pools for Friday, Max Payne is the current #1 movie in America with three other films trailing behind.
W., The Secret Life of Bees, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2, 3, 4 in that order) are all pretty close to each other. Any one of these can be the potential #2 by the end of this weekend.

Here are the stats. More news to come! Catch ya' later!
  1. Max Payne (Fox) - $6.75 million
  2. W. (Lionsgate) - $4.3 million
  3. The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight) - $4 million
  4. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Disney) - $3.2 million
  5. Body of Lies (Warner Bros) - $2.37 million
  6. Eagle Eye (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $2.2 million
  7. Quarantine (Sony) - $2 million

Conan gets director

Conan is one of those stories that never gets old. The original movie, Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, came out in 1982 and is now considered a classic, as is the sequel Conan the Destroyer in 1984. A third film has been in the works for over 20 years, but now a new Conan movie is being made. It will be a reboot of the franchise and have a new story with a new director and actor.

Not much is known about the upcoming reboot, which is scheduled to come out in 2010.
But according to Ain't It Cool News, Conan may now have a director.

Brett Ratner. Why does he keep appearing here? He is already supposed to make the God of War movie, and I mentioned already how much that worries me.
We will have to wait and see what happens next.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Ah-nald as Conan back in the 80's.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Quantum of Solace review

Peter Bradshaw over at The Guardian has seen Quantum of Solace. He did not like it as much as Casino Royale.

"I've got to admit that this didn't excite me as much as Casino Royale and the villain is especially underpowered. But Craig personally has the chops, as they say in Hollywood. He's made the part his own, every inch the coolly ruthless agent-cum-killer, nursing a broken heart and coldly suppressed rage. If the Savile Row suit with the Beretta shoulder holster fits, wear it. And he's wearing it.

This is a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement.

Under the direction of Marc Forster, the movie ladles out the adrenalin in a string of deafening episodes: car chases, plane wrecks, motor boat collisions. If it's got an engine, and runs on fuel, and can crash into another similarly powered vehicle, with Bond at the wheel, and preferably with a delicious female companion in the passenger seat - well, it goes in the movie.

Bond has hardly got his 007 spurs, when he's infuriating M, Judi Dench, with his insolence and insubordination. Out in the field, he's whacking enemy agents in short, sharp, bone-cracking bursts of violence when he should be bringing them in for questioning.

In theory, he is out to nail a sinister international business type: Dominic Greene, played by French star Mathieu Amalric, who under a spurious ecological cover plans to buy up swaths of South American desert and a portfolio of Latin American governments to control the water supply of an entire continent.

Clearly, Bond has to take this fellow down. But he also wants to track down the man who took his beloved Vesper away from him in the previous movie: he is pathologically seeking payback, and to the fury of his superiors, this is getting personal. But it hasn't stopped him cultivating female company in the traditional, fantastically supercilious manner. His companions are as demurely submissive as ever. Olga Kurylenko plays Camille, a mysterious, smouldering figure, out to wreak vengeance on the corrupt Bolivian dictators who killed her family.

Britain's Gemma Arterton plays Agent Fields; she greets 007 wearing a trenchcoat with apparently little underneath, like some sort of MI6 strippogram. And she is the recipient of his ardour in the luxury hotel suite - that quintessential Bond habitat. This movie is, in fact, a reminder of how vital hotels are in Bond films, providing the essential narrative grammar: the checking in, the fight with the stranger in the room, the messages left at reception, the luxury cars lovingly photographed outside."

In the end, the movie doesn't look like it will be as thrilling as Casino Royale, but it is Bond and people will see it.

The Bourne (add name of Fourth movie here)

According to Latino Review, Universal Pictures is going to make a fourth Bourne film.

The trilogy is based on the three books written by Robert Ludlum. Now that all the stories are used from Ludlum, the fourth film will be based on an original story.

Reminds me how the Bond films leaped from the Ian Fleming novels to original stories as well.

George Nolfi will write the script. He was co-writer of the third Bourne film.

Latino Review reported, "Studio toppers Marc Shmuger, David Linde and Donna Langley are making the continuation of the Bourne franchise a top priority in their effort to mount tentpoles, and they've secured director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon to attach themselves to a new film."


Halo is an extremely popular game made by Bungie and published by Microsoft. There have been three versions of the game, five novels, two graphic novels and various spin-off games and other products.
Fans of the game want to know if the rumors are true. Will there be a Halo movie?

According to Screen Rant, "in April of this year that screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Gears of War, G.I. Joe) had written a spec screenplay for Halo. He did this because he was frustrated with the lack of progress on the project. It’s been pitched or rumored previously, but no studio has bitten.

The term 'spec screenplay,' is a screenplay that has been written for no money and is a speculative effort.

Beattie is a big Halo fan, and the effort he put forth was a fan’s labor of love. This could be a very good thing for the fans of Halo indeed, to have someone write a script who really knows the background of a franchise."

Other information is that Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) will be the executive producer on the film. The one problem is that no studio is wanting to make the film right now.

Halo has a projected release date of 2009 on IMDB, but that doesn't look like it will happen if pre-production hasn't even started on the film yet.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Master Chief is ready for his close-up.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sam Raimi talks Spider-Man 4 & 5

Sam Raimi is all set to make the next Spider-Man film. Tobey Maguire is all set to put on the red and blue suit. But one person is still missing from the film.
Kirsten Dunst. Will she be back or will she say no?

“Kirsten, I’d love to work with her again,” Raimi said to MTV News. “I hope she’ll be written into it. I couldn’t imagine making one without her, and I think she’s an important part of the movies.”

Nevertheless, Raimi admitted that the very nature of an episodic series requires that characters come and go. “I wish I could work with James Franco again,” said the man who directed the first three hit movies. “But his character died in the last one; same with Uncle Ben. Fortunately, we’ve been able to bring back all the dead characters [like Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn or Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker]. I can’t let them go, in each and every picture; but it gets harder and harder.”

Now things are about to get hard yet again for Raimi, as he’s making plans to continue the cinematic tale of Peter Parker. “I’m really excited about Spider-Man, and I’m hoping to direct it,” he cautioned. “I don’t have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I’m guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place.”

Raimi didn't say whether it is truth or not that the next two Spider-Man films will be shot back-to-back. He said it was really up to the head of his studio, Amy Pascal.

“If Tobey and me, and all the producers, like the story for two pictures and Amy wanted to do it, then we would do it. It just hasn’t been written yet," Raimi said.

Finally, Raimi offered comment on the wishes of fans to finally let Dylan Baker’s (who plays Curt Connors on Spider-Man 2 and 3) storyline come to fruition. “He’s a great actor, and I think one day The Lizard’s story will be told,” he teased, referring to Baker’s Curt Connors character. “I don’t know if it will be this one or not. I just don’t know. I’m definitely hoping to work with Dylan in the picture. I just don’t know who the villain is yet.”

Spider-Man 4 is rumored to be released in May of 2011.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Spider-Man versus The Lizard.

Director of Punisher: War Zone Interview

Comicus[in Italian, scroll all the way down for English] got an extensive and exclusive interview with Lexi Alexander, director of the upcoming (and very anticipated) reboot of the Punisher series, Punisher: War Zone.

“I read the ‘Punisher’ comic books before I made the decision to do this, because that is the only way you can learn about an existing comic book character’s essence,” Alexander said in the Comicus interview. “Frank Castle knows only two sides: Good and Evil. There is no grey zone for him. If you are evil now, or have been in the past, or planning to be in the future, you are going to die. Period.

“The great thing about a reboot is, you can learn from the past if you care enough. I obviously watched the previous version, but I didn’t critique it and just crossed my fingers that I can do it better. I spent weeks on the computer, reading reviews and fan reactions about it. It was pretty damn clear what the fans liked and didn’t like about it. I basically had a road map for this reboot written by proper Punisher fans and the headline was. ‘Don’t go to Tampa!’ [Tampa being the setting for the previous film]”

Meanwhile, Alexander had nothing but praise for the film’s star, Ray Stevenson. “He is a real actor and you will experience this character with all his pain, the brutality of what happened in his past and certainly a soul that is struggling to see the light through his own darkness. Ray can portray all of that without ever saying a word and those are my favorite scenes to watch, even now after I’ve seen this film a few thousand times.”

Lexi seems to know her stuff about the Punisher.

Punisher: War Zone comes out Dec. 5, 2008.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock and Jude Law as Watson, is being made based on a comic about the famous detective written by Lionel Wigram.

UGO Movie Blog found out some facts about the upcoming movie, which is to be directed by Guy Ritchie.

"The screenplay involves Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engaged in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. The film is set in London, 1891. Rachel McAdams (The Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) will play Holmes love interest Irene Adler. For her part, McAdams describes her character as an underworld adventuress with a criminal mind, but who also has her romantic and 'delicious' sides. She says it will be a pleasure working with Downey Jr. and Ritchie, whom she calls a 'collaborative, experimental director.' The entire cast emphasized the fact that this will be a sexier, more action-packed Holmes, but also made reference to the fact that his bare-knuckle boxing and martial arts skills are deeply rooted in the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."

The movie was shortly postponed as Guy Ritchie had to get a divorce with his wife of eight years, Madonna.

Sherlock Holmes is due to come out in either late 2009 or early 2010.

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (left) and Jude Law as Watson (right).

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean 4, all rumors?

According to The Geek Files, everything about POTC 4 is a rumor.
Some of the rumors include the wild speculation and some very dubious reports that Johnny Depp was to receive a whopping $59million salary for the next film, Tim Burton might take over as director from Gore Verbinski, and Sacha Baron Cohen or Russell Brand could star as Captain Jack Sparrow's brother.

Pirates of the Caribbean writer Terry Rossio (who also wrote Shrek and National Treasure: Book of Secrets) debunked the rumors and facts of POTC 4.

"For the record, none of the recent Pirates 4 rumours have any truth, including the so-called record 50 million dollar payday for Depp. Some pretty funny stuff, though. Sacha Cohen? Tim Burton? Studios are way too protective of their franchises for that sort of thing. "

So what true news is out there about POTC 4? None yet.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Will there be a Deadpool spin-off? ran an interview with Fox Chairman Tom Rothman about the studio’s plans for future films — and more specifically, their upcoming slate of superhero movies and potential spin-offs.

Rothman was asked about the much anticipated Wolverine: Origins film and about the popular character Deadpool in it. He was especially asked if there was going to be a Deadpool spin-off.

"Yes and no, I mean, Deadpool is an integral part of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ we are in the process now, of doing all the CG work to create that character at an A +++ level,” said Rothman in the IESB story. “It’s a high level endeavor because he figures importantly in the movie, so whether he’ll spin off into his own movie, if that’s what you’re asking, I don’t know the answer. We will have to see.”

Wolverine comes out May 1, 2009. Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role of Wolverine while Ryan Reynolds (from Van Wilder and Waiting) will be playing the 'merc with a mouth,' Deadpool.

Kenneth Branagh will direct Thor

Kenneth Branagh is known more for theater and Shakespearean acting, but now he has pulled out of directing a Hamlet play in London so that he may direct the upcoming Thor movie.

Thor based on the comic book in which the Norse thunder god has a human alter-ego in disabled doctor Donald Blake.

A report by The Geek Files Tuesday said, "Branagh has landed the job of director for the Hollywood superhero film, saying he has had to pull out of directing Jude Law in Hamlet at Wyndham's Theatre from June 3 to August 22 2009."

Thor is due for release on July 16. 2010, with a screenplay by I Am Legend scribe Mark Protosevich. No casting has been announced at this early stage.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kristen Bell would like to be Harley Quinn

Kristen Bell, actress of the tv show Veronica Mars and the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, was the subject of one artist's idea for the Batman villain Harley Quinn.

Australian artist Josh McMahon created fan art for his hypothetical Batman 3 using Kristen Bell as the model for his Harley Quinn.

According to MTV News, "Bell admitted to MTV’s Kim Stolz that she hasn’t yet seen the image. But man oh man, is she honored to be thought of. 'Jeez. Thank you,' she enthused from a weekend red carpet. 'That’s awesome. I wanted to play Harley Quinn since I was a little girl,' Bell said of a character that first popped up when Bell was 12. 'She’s a fantastic comic book character.'"

This isn't really going to happen, but is just interesting news for the fans!

Fan art of Harley Quinn using Kristen Bell as the model.

Alice in Wonderland's Cast

Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway shall be taking the trip down the rabbit hole along with Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska.

Wasikowska will be playing Alice in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland for Disney. Johnny Depp will be playing the Mad Hatter while Hathaway and Carter play the opposing queens in Wonderland.

According to UGO Movie Blog, "Hathaway is playing the White Queen, a benevolent monarch who is deposed and banished by her sister, the Red Queen (Carter), who has an affinity for crying out, 'Off with their heads!' The White Queen needs Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch."

Bonham Carter has worked on other films with Burton, her fiance, such as Planet of the Apes, Sweeny Todd, Corpse Bride, Big Fish, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The movie will use a combination of live action and performance-capture technology to tell the Lewis Carroll story.
Alice in Wonderland comes out March 2010.

Anne Hathaway (top left), Helene Bonham Carter (top right), Mia Wasikowska (bottom left), and Johnny Depp (bottom right).

Terrence Howard is out of Iron Man

Terrence Howard, the actor who played James Rhodes in Iron Man, is out and Don Cheadle is in.
'Rhodey' is the best friend of billionaire Tony Stark and will eventually take the mantle of War Machine,an Iron Man type armor that is silver (a teaser for this was in the movie when Rhodey looked over at the armor and said, "Next time").

Now Don Cheadle will play Rhodey in the Iron Man films and possibly in a War Machine spin-off.
But how did this happen?

"Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons."

How will this affect the Iron Man franchise?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Terrence Howard (left) and Don Cheadle (right)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Top Dog at Box Office

According to Latino Review, "For the second week in a row, Beverly Hills Chihuahua has once again wagged its tail into the #1 spot at the box office by making an impressive $17.5 million bringing its two week total to $52.5 million."

Quarantine placed #2 while Body of Lies ranked third.

I don't see Chihuahua staying at #1 with some interesting movies coming out this weekend, such as Max Payne.

Some news about this week

Movies opening this Friday! All plot summaries thank to IMDB.

W. - Texas Governor, George W. Bush, follows in the footsteps of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, in the wake of a controversial election to lead the United States of America.

Sex Drive - High school senior Ian (Zuckerman) "borrows" his brother's beloved '69 GTO and recruits his best friends (Duke and Crew) on a road trip from Chicago to Knoxville in order to hook up with a babe he met online.

Max Payne - Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent (Wahlberg) whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin (Kunis) out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
American Gangster (Blu-ray)
Ultimate Matrix Collection (Blu-ray)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Justice League tie-in with Dark Knight

The Geek Files spoke with Megan Gale, Australian actress and supermodel who is cast as Wonder Woman in the Justice League Mortal movie, and spoke about the Justice League movie.

"Gale, 33, who's of British and Polynesian descent, was cast as Wonder Woman in the Justice League Mortal film project to have been directed by Happy Feet helmer George Miller.

Also cast in the movie were Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, rapper Common as Green Lantern, Adam Brody as The Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter.

The film, penned by American husband and wife team Kieran and Michele Mulroney, was put on hold after a string of production problems including the refusal of vital tax concessions by the Australian government.

Gale said, 'We didn't get permission to shoot (in Australia) so they've been going back to the drawing board and changing the script a little bit to reflect what's happened in Batman.'"

So how will the storyline of the Dark Knight affect the plot of Justice League? Will it be a deep impact or a one-line reference to something that happened in Dark Knight?

Justice League Mortal is rumored to be out by 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Megan Gale, the next Wonder Woman?

Transporter 3 Trailer

Transporter Frank Miller returns for a third go-around in this action film.

In this film there will be more use of the Transporter's car than in the other two films. Wonder if Jason Statham got better behind the wheel after doing Death Race.
See the movie Nov. 26!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Captain America cameo in Incredible Hulk

According to FilmSchoolRejects, Captain America is in the Incredible Hulk.
Louis Leterrier, the director of Hulk, said there would be a scene where the audience would be able to see Captain America frozen in ice. No one saw it.
Coming to the Incredible Hulk DVD, there is an alternate opening where Bruce Banner is hiding out in the Antarctic.
And this is where Captain America is.
Can you see him? Check out the DVD when it comes out Oct. 21, 2008.
This will undoubtedly lead to more connections to The Avengers movie.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Edit: Captain America's shield made an appearance in Iron Man. I don't know if it is supposed to be the real shield or if it is just a replica. Look to the left behind Stark. The star should be a dead give-away.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Pirates of the Caribbean is a hugely successful franchise which Disney does not want to finish with yet. Cinemablend found some interesting news on the upcoming film.

“There are talks of Captain Jack having a brother in the next movie, possibly to be played by Sacha Baron Cohen or Russel Brand. As we’ve mentioned before, the new movie might kick off a trilogy, which would revolve around Captain Jack’s search for the Fountain of Youth. Geoffrey Rush and director Gore Verbinski are apparently both planning to return, but… and this is a big maybe… Tim Burton might direct instead. Again, this information is all up in the air, and could change at any moment.”
Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is slated for release in 2012.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Superman: Man of Steel

Latino Review got an exclusive talk with Paul Levitz, the President of DC Comics.
When asked about Superman: Man of Steel, Paul had this to say.

“Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other future projects will follow.”

And there is more. DC wants Brandon Routh, Superman from Superman Returns, to return as the Son of Krypton.
So it won't be a full reboot if it has the same actor.
DC is waiting for Chris Nolan to sign the deal with the next Batman, and DC wants him to commit to a July 2011 release. If that happens then the following superhero films will be released.

Green Lantern Summer 2010
Batman 3 Summer 2011
New Superman reboot Summer 2012
Also in the mix is The Flash.

Green Lantern will come out before Superman, but what if Brandon Routh did a cameo in the Green Lantern film as Clark Kent (as a recent rumor I heard said might happen)? Would DC be trying to copy Marvel in the wake of the Avengers to create, *gasp*, the Justice League?

The Avengers Villain is...

The Marvel films are leading up to the mega team-up of The Avengers, where some of the mightiest Marvel heroes join together to fight evil.
But what villain could stand against fearsome foes such as Iron Man and Captain America and Thor?

The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier told MTV News this past June that he didn’t think any villain could, and suggested that they use a hero instead: Hulk

“I hope ‘The Avengers’ embraces that,” Mark Fergus, co-writer of Iron Man, said of having the Hulk as a misunderstood baddie. “You don’t want like 10 super-badass good guys fighting together. Where’s the fun in that? Let’s break it off a little. Friends or colleagues who become enemies is always an interesting thing because you know it’s based on love and friendship and that’s always the worst thing to have turn bad — is someone you actually care about and someone you actually believe in.”

Hulk, of course, has fought nearly every Marvel hero at some point in the comics, and because he already had his own movie, wouldn’t need to be set-up in the new one. In fact, all the hard work is already done.

“I left the door open for whoever’s going to direct ‘The Avengers’ with our last shot. Edward [Norton] and I, we consciously decided to make the last shot of the movie when he opens his eyes and he smirks at the camera,” Leterrier told MTV News. “Is he enjoying it? Is he malicious? That’s what’s great about Edward. You don’t know if he’s a good guy or bad guy. He’s always on this edge and we’ve been sort of surfing that edge, that very thin edge during the entire movie.”

Will Hulk end up being the villain for the Avengers to fight? It would certainly make a killer battle.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Hulk might fight fellow heroes in the Avengers movie.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Green Lantern actor chosen?

Note, this is all rumor.
according to an exclusive by Latino Review, Ryan Gosling is the current top choice for playing the role of Hal Jordan a.k.a. The Green Lantern.

The Geek Files gave a brief history of the Canadian actor.
"Gosling 27, who's had no formal acting training, has been in numerous TV series and was nominated for an Oscar and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Dan Dunne, a drug-addicted history teacher, in Half Nelson in 2006. He was Golden Globe-nominated for his 2007 role in Lars And The Real Girl.

After playing the romantic lead in the 2004 film The Notebook, Gosling was named one of People magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors."

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Marvel keeps its next big movies in Cali'

Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily got the scoop on where Marvel is making its next big movies.
Marvel announced that its next four movie productions as well as its corporate office space are moving to Raleigh Studios Manhattan Beach.

“In making this deal with Raleigh to produce our upcoming films at the Manhattan Beach Studios, we are most excited about keeping our film production here in California and taking advantage of the best crews in the Los Angeles area,” stated Louis D’Esposito, Marvel’s President of Physical Production. “All of our production partners on these upcoming films have been incredibly accommodating in terms of their creativity and financial structures, allowing us to remain in California. Raleigh Studios has long been known for the superior quality of its film production facilities and we know that Manhattan Beach will be the ideal location to produce our movies to the highest standards that our fans expect.”

“We are thrilled that we were able to find a way to make this deal work for Marvel,” said Michael Moore, Raleigh Studios President. “We could not have asked for a greater compliment than having a quality company like Marvel put their faith in us to provide a home for its film productions.”

The Marvel live action releases to be filmed at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios are scheduled to arrive in theaters beginning in 2010 and going through 2011. Specifically the release dates are Iron Man 2 on May 7, 2010; Thor on July 16, 2010; The First Avenger: Captain America on May 6, 2011; and The Avengers on July 15, 2011.

Wolverine movie is dark and will kick a** caught up with Lauren Shuler Donner, the producer for the upcoming Wolverine film.

"I guess [Wolverine] is closer to the first X-Men in tone because it's a little darker, but there's a lot of action. It's his origin story. It's really good. I've been in the editing room the last couple of weeks and I think that it's good and that audiences are going to like it. But it's a little darker."

Rumor alert! Lauren Shuler Donner says that she hopes that one of the film's characters, Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, will get his own spin-off. Wilson is played by Ryan Reynolds.

She also noted that the now-obligatory Stan Lee cameo in Marvel films might not happen in “Wolverine,” given that the film was shot in Australia, but adds that they might be able to add him in since some additional shooting will be taking place stateside in January.

The Geek Files made a note about Donner's interview.
"After all that, we aren't much further forward. No clue on running time or rating, no question or response on criticisms of Fox's superhero projects or its film-making in general. No information on whether Wolverine has a costume, nothing on the Cyclops cameo, or on whether Gambit and Emma Frost are intended to then feature in the X-Men First Class movie focusing on the early years of Professor Xavier's school. No answer on whether the First Class movie or Magneto movie are proceeding."

Deadpool wants his own!