Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Movie News Rush 18

"Rise of the Apes"

The news - 20th Century Fox has announced Andy Serkis will play the role of Caesar, the chimp who leads the simian revolt in the studio's "Planet of the Apes" prequel. Serkis has portrayed a few other digital characters, including Gollum from "The Lord of the RIngs" trilogy and Kong in "King Kong" (so he's done an ape before...kind of). Serkis joins James Franco, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto in the upcoming film set to be directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Rope of Silicon
Latino Review
First Showing
Live for Films
The Geek Files

"Paranormal Activity 2"

The news - The teaser trailer for the film is out and WARNING - it spoils the first film big time. But then again, the audience for this film are those who enjoyed the first. Don't know what to say about this. It will be like the original movie except involves multiple security cameras, a dog and a baby.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

The news - Bleh. This franchise continues to break records better films deserve.

The third film in the phenomenally popular series earned a stunning $30 million from its midnight showings and beat the industry’s previous midnight record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opened to $26.3 million in November.

Screen Rant
Latino Review
NY Times
The Geek Files

"Scream 4"

The news - Some fresh meat join the cast. Heat Vision reports Adam Brody, Marley Shelton, Mary McDonnell, Alison Brie and Erik Knudsen have joined the cast of "Scream 4."

Brody plays a recent college graduate who's a cop; Shelton plays a deputy who knew Neve Campbell's character in high school, which Lake Bell had been cast in until she dropped out; and Knudsen plays a horror movie convention nerd who's the comic relief.

Brie will play Rebecca, Sidney Prescott’s ambitious personal assistant who secretly envies her boss’ reluctant fame and fortune. It’s not yet known who McDonnell will play, but she may play the character originally assigned to Lauren Grahaman (the role of Emma Robert's mother) as she has dropped out of "Scream 4."

But her leaving may be a sign of things going wrong. Apparently Ehren Kruger has been doing on-set rewrites of Kevin Williamson’s script. Kruger's writing credits include "Scream 3" and the "Transformers" franchise. My hopes for this film aren't going up from this (but they weren't that high to begin with).

So far the rest of the cast includes Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Nico Tortorella with some familiar faces from the first three "Scream" films returning, including Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell.

First Showing (Casting)
First Showing (Casting and Writing)
Screen Rant (Casting)
Screen Rant (Casting)
Screen Rant (Writing)
Latino Review (Casting)
Latino Review (Casting)
Latino Review (Writing)

"Let Me In"

The news - The trailer for the American remake of "Let the Right One In" has just hit the 'Net. While I have not seen the original film, I have heard AMAZING thins about it and its been on my list of must-see for some time. Will have to watch it before this flick comes out, which is written/directed by Matt Reeves and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloƫ Moretz and Richard Jenkins.


The news - Another one of those neat character featurettes, this time on the Yakuza named Hanzo, played by Louis Ozawa Changchien.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Full-Length 'Harry Potter 7' Trailer

Warner Bros. has just debuted a brand new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Part II."

The film marks the seventh and final adventure in the "Harry Potter" film series, though it has been broken up into two films.

The first part will begin as Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality. This, combined with the war of the wizarding world should make both parts of this epic finale the most exciting installments of the franchise.

The cast also includes Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs and Maggie Smith.

The first part flies into theaters on November 19, 2010 and the second part blasts in on July 15, 2011 (with both of films presented in 3D).

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Latino Review, Screen Rant, Rope of Silicon, First Showing

Alice Eve in Talks o Play Emma Frost in 'First Class'

According to Deadline Hollywood and THR's Heat Vision, Alice Eve is in negotiations to star in director Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class," the currently developing prequel to 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise. Assuming negotiations work out smoothly, Eve will play Emma Frost, also known as the White Queen.

In joining "First Class," Eve becomes the second person to portray Emma Frost on the big screen following Tahnya Tozzi, who appeared as the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." She joins an impressive cast list that includes James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto and Benjamin Walker as Hank "Beast" McCoy.

Given that Frost is a character who many a fanboy associate with beauty first and foremost (and being a raging "you-know-what" second), this rumor definitely fits given Eve's most recent screen role in "She's Out of My League" (and the fact that she's a British stage actress, which could play well into Frost's more refined character aspects -- in other words, both girls have got class).

Emma Frost has telepathic powers and, in the early comics, was a villain who took the name White Queen; as a key member of the nefarious Hellfire Club, she was instrumental in corrupting Jean Grey into the Dark Phoenix.

Later, Frost founded her own school for mutants, became a member of the X-Men and developed an additional ability that enabled her to turn her skin into diamond (as seen in a bullet-deflecting action scene at the end of "Wolverine").

The character is also known for her stunning figure and revealing outfits, as you can see in the artwork at the top.

Eve seems to be a pretty good match to play Frost if this deal works out.
What do you think?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: The Geek Files, Live for Films, Latino Review, First Showing, UGO Movie Blog, MTV News

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Bella Swan (Stewart) oscillates between vampire Edward Cullen, who wants Bella's hand in marriage, and werewolf Jacob Black, who has just declared his love for her. Meanwhile, the Cullens and the Quileute werewolves unite to stop an army of powerful vampires from seeking their revenge on Bella.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Hot Tub Time Machine
The Crazies
The White Ribbon

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Toy Story 3 $59.3M

2 Grown Ups $40.5M

3 Knight and Day $20.1M

4 The Karate Kid $15.5M

5 The A-Team $6.2M

6 Get Him to the Greek $3.14M

7 Shrek Forever After $3.1M

8 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $2.85M

9 Killers $1.94M

10 Jonah Hex $1.63M

"Toy Story 3" beat the competition this weekend again, rising above Sandler's comedy "Grown Ups" and the Cruise-Diaz action romance "Knight and Day."

In 10 days, "Toy Story 3" has made $226.6 million. It crossed the $200 million mark in eight days. "Finding Nemo," Pixar's highest grossing animated film, took 20 days. Will "Toy Story 3" take the top spot out of all the Pixar films? Well, it stills needs around $113 million for that honor.

The competition between funny-man Sandler and action-star Cruise proved that savage reviews and goofball jokes prove better for box office success. That and maybe more parents wanted to bring their kids along to a family comedy.

Overall, this was a pretty slow weekend.Dropping below the Top 4 you see some pretty small numbers compared those top earnings. "Jonah Hex" is in the dead zone with $15 million in total after its $60 million budget. That's a pretty big slap in the face to anyone who worked on that project.

Next week you're either in line for "Eclipse," staying at home to hide from the tweens and Twilight Moms, or planning on throwing garlic and silver to those previous mentioned groups while they wait in movie theater lines. Your choice!

'The Social Network' Teaser Trailer

Who would have thought there would be a movie about Facebook? Well, okay, "The Social Network" isn't exactly about Facebook, but actually the people behind its creation.

The trailer below really is just a teaser with no actual footage, but its does make the story behind Facebook sound interesting. I haven't read the book the film is based on or read anything about the origins of Facebook - so maybe there are some twisted tales to tell.

Based on Ben Mezrich's novel "The Accidental Billionaires" and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, the film focuses on the evolution of Facebook from its 2004 creation on the Harvard campus by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg to a juggernaut with more than 200 million members.

"The Social Network" is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker David Fincher, of superb films like "Se7en," "Fight Club," "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

It's set to hit theaters on October 1 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake (not joking), Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones and Joe Mazzello.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing, Rope of Silicon

Friday, June 25, 2010

Peter Jackson Planning on Directing 'The Hobbit' Films

Deadline, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are all reporting that Peter Jackson is in talks to step into the director's seat for both "Hobbit" films after the departure of Guillermo del Toro.

Jackson is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros, MGM and New Line to step in as del Toro’s replacement for the film. If the negotiations work out, it would be a dream come true for "Lord of the Rings" fans who have been clamoring for the Academy Award-winning director to pick up the reins of his beloved franchise again.

If Jackson goes along with the deal, filming can begin by the end of the year so the release dates can be met. The first part of "The Hobbit" is scheduled to come out in December 2012, the second a year later.

As interesting as it would've been to see a new director take the journey to Middle-Earth, it's very comforting to know that a director who has already proven his skills and passion in adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpieces is at the helm. And its been years since "Return of the King," so Jackson may have tweaked some of his film-making techniques. Besides, the man needs a big comeback after "The Lovely Bones."

Delays - which led to del Toro's exit - have been blamed on co-financier MGM's search for a new owner so it can offload $3.7 billion debts. As a result, "The Hobbit" hasn't yet been officially greenlit.

Are you excited that Peter Jackson might be returning to the "Lord of the Rings" franchise?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: The Geek Files, Screen Rant, UGO Movie Blog, Latino Review, Rope of Silicon, First Showing

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Movie News Rush 17

"The Green Hornet"

The news - The trailer for the film has finally arrived online. While the over-the-top action looks pretty cool, I feel the humor is out of place. You thoughts on this upcoming 3D flick?

"Dr. Strange"

The news - Rumblings of secondary heroes in the Marvel Universe hitting the big screen have been around for some time. But now Marvel has hired writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (who wrote the "Conan" remake) to write "Dr. Strange." Will the Sorceror Supreme be the first third tier character to get a feature film treatment ( as well as the first Marvel production as part of Disney)? We'll have to wait and see...

First Showing
Screen Rant
Latino Review
Live for Films
UGO Movie Blog
MTV News
The Geek Files


The news - Another trailer for the film, but this time there's some gory bits. I'm surprised it doesn't ask for your age before plying it. Oh well, easier to for the kids to watch I guess (though they could just put in a fake birth date). You know you wanna watch it...

"Rise of the Apes"

The news - We learned that offers had been made to both Don Cheadle and Freida Pinto to star in "Rise of the Apes" - and although we’re still not sure if Cheadle has accepted that offer, we do know that Pinto will be joining the cast along with John Lithgow.

Pinto will play the female lead in the prequel, a primatologist who presumably works alongside James Franco’s character (a modern-day scientist who conducts genetic experiments on a chimp he names Caesar in the hopes of developing a cure for Alzheimers). Lithgow will play Franco’s Alzheimers-stricken father, whom I imagine the scientist is trying to cure.

THR's Heat Vision
Screen Rant
Latino Review
First Showing


The news - The trailer for the film has finally arrived! Directed by Robert Schwentke ("The Time Traveler's Wife"), "Red" is based on the comic book mini series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. The film focuses on a group of retired ex-CIA agents who get thrown back into the game when assassins try to take them out. Those part of the gun-shooting cast include Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban and Richard Dreyfuss.

"Little Fockers"

The news - A fair amount of trailers have hit the Internet this past week. Some decent, some just okay. Rank this trailer wherever you see fit. But maybe this will be the final film in this decaying franchise (unless it makes mega-money this December). It has a good cast though - but I guess Dustin Hoffman decided to sit this one out.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Grown Ups - After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Knight and Day - June Havens (Diaz) finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent (Cruise) who has realized he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Green Zone
Remember Me
The Last Station
She's Out of My League

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Toy Story 3 $109.0 M

2 The Karate Kid $29.0 M

3 The A-Team $13.7 M

4 Get Him To The Greek $6.1 M

5 Shrek Forever After $5.5 M

6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $5.2 M

7 Killers $5.1 M

8 Jonah Hex$5.0 M

9 Iron Man 2 $2.6 M

10 Marmaduke $2.6 M

"Toy Story 3" had biggest debut in June history, taking in $109 million this weekend and extending Pixar's streak of opening at the top of the box office to 11.

The last film of the franchise bested its competition — and predecessors — by a mile. The original movie opened at $39.1 million in 1995, while "Toy Story 2" made $83 million four years later.

This time around, the cartoon added 3-D and Imax to the mix, boosting repeat business as kids checked out the film in different formats.

Sadly the film doesn't have the biggest opening weekend for an animated film, as that title is still held by "Shrek the Third" at $121 million.

Still the film will continue to make big bucks as it has amazing word-of-mouth. And let me tell you it really is a great film. The first thing I did when I got home after the flick was take out all my old toys from the closet that I hadn't touched in years and play with them. I know - that's weird. But the movie practically compels you to. Go see it and tell me I'm wrong.

Other films dropped a respectable amount, with only one other film opening this past weekend.

Poor "Jonah Hex." It bombed terribly. The budget has been estimated at around $60 million and the film only made $5 million its opening weekend. And it will only drop lower from there. There goes Megan Fox's career down the toilet!

Expect "Toy Story 3" to hold the top spot next weekend as well since I don't expect "Knight and Day" and "Grown Ups" beating out the kid factor.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Movie News Rush 16

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

The news - The teaser trailer for the film has finally hit online. I'm excited to see this franchise continue even though general interest for it is pretty low.

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"

The news - Another new trailer for the film. Is it just me or is this film looking better and better?

"Logan's Run"

The news - Heat Vision is reporting that Alex Garland ("28 Days Later," "Judge Dredd")is in negotiations for to write for the project, which will be directed by Carl Rinsch.

The Geek Files

Latino Review
UGO Movie Blog
Screen Rant

"X-Men: First Class"

The news - James McAvoy was cast as a young Professor Xavier a while back, but now there's some news casting news out. Bankamin Walker, star of the Public Theater’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” will play Beast while Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds") is in talks to play a young Magneto. What other mutant characters will be in the film and who will play them? More news will likely be forthcoming as Matthew Vauhgn ("Kick-Ass") prepares the film for its June 2011 release.

The Geek Files (Walker)
The Geek Files (Fassbender)
Latino Review (Walker)
Latino Review (Fassbender)
UGO Movie Blog (Walker)
UGO Movie Blog (Fassbender)
MTV News (Walker)
MTV News (Fassbender)
Screen Rant (both)
First Showing (both)
Showbiz 411 (Walker)
EW (Fassbender)

"Rise of the Apes"

The news - Don Cheadle ("Iron Man 2") and Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire") have been offered roles in the upcoming prequel film. If cast, they will join James Franco with the film being released in June 2011.

Bloody Disgusting
Screen Rant
First Showing


The news - Heat Vision reports that Alex Skarsgard ("True Blood"), son of actor Stellan Skarsgard, has signed on to star in "Battleship," a movie based on the Hasbro board game and being directed by Peter Berg ("Hancock"). Skarsgard will star as a "straight and narrow" naval officer whom Taylor Kitsch, who was cast a few months ago, idolizes. There's probably going to be lots more news on this upcoming film since it doesn't hit theaters until June 2012.

Screen Rant
Latino Review
First Showing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Movie News Rush 15

"Oz: The Great and Powerful"

The news - Sam Raimi is lined up to direct this prequel to the classic "The Wizard of Oz." Hopefully this will actually be a good movie instead of a full-blown 3D special effects film with little plot and terrible characters (as so many other films these days are). Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to play the role of the Wizard, but he has a lot on his plate what with two franchises to work on ("Sherlock Holmes" and "The Avengers"). Will he have time to work this film in?

UGO Movie Blog
Rope of Silicon
The Geek Files

"Resident Evil: Afterlife"

The news - A new trailer is out for the film that shows off some of the plot as well as some 3D gimmicks and special effects shots. I'm still reeling from the disaster that was the third film and how it got of ruined the image of the awesome video game series, so this might be a DVD watch for me.

"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"

The news - Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are in negotiations to direct Columbia's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," a sequel to 2007's film that starred Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze. Neveldine/Taylor are the writing and directing duo behind such films as "Crank" and "Crank: High Voltage." If you're wondering why this film is even still moving along, Columbia has until November 14, 2010 to get a sequel into production or the rights revert right back to Marvel and into Disney's lap.

THR Heat Vision
Rope of Silicon
First Showing
Latino Review
The Geek Files
Screen Rant
MTV News

"The Karate Kid"

The news - Since Sony's "The Karate Kid" remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan earned an $56 million this past weekend (blowing past its $40 million budget), the studio is already thinking about sequels. Let's not forget that the original "Karate Kid" got not just one, but three total sequels, the last one arriving in 1994 with Hilary Swank taking over as the new student. Will this remake of the franchise follow down the same path? We'll have to wait and see...

Otherwise, it would be interesting if the sequel went in the direction of the video below.

Latino Review
Screen Rant
First Showing

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Toy Story 3 - Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen), and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college.

Jonah Hex - The U.S. military gives bounty hunter Jonah Hex (Brolin) and offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he's to take down a terrorist (Malkovich) who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell on Earth.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Book of Eli
When in Rome
Youth in Revolt

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 The Karate Kid$56.0 M

2 The A-Team$26.0 M

3 Shrek Forever After $15.8 M

4 Get Him To The Greek $10.1 M

5 Killers $8.1 M

6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $6.6 M

7 Marmaduke $6.0 M

8 Sex and the City 2 $5.5 M

9 Iron Man 2 $4.5 M

10 Splice $2.8 M

"The Karate Kid" has won a 1980s showdown at the box office against "The A-Team."

The remake of 1984's "Karate Kid" debuted at No. 1 for the weekend while big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV series "The A-Team" came in at No. 2 with less than half what "Karate Kid" made.

After three weekends at No. 1, "Shrek Forever After" slipped to No. 3, raising its domestic gross to $210.1 million, becoming the fourth movie released this year to top $200 million.

Other films continues to slip n' slide to DVD land. Some making modest amounts of money, some not even making back its budget. All in all, this has been a slow summer so far and might not pick up but for a few more films. Next summer is going to be a doozy though.

Expect "Toy Story 3" to dominate the weekend. I really have no idea where "Jonah Hex" is going to wind up, but it does have Megan Fox in it...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Movie News Rush 14


Th news - This film is basically Rapunzel except for boys since it focuses more on a swashbuckling main character rather than the girl with super-long hair (which turns out to be very tentaclish). I guess Disney wanted to market this films to both genders and someone in production was like, "Hey, what crazy stuff can we do with Rapnuzel's long haird besides it being just hair. How 'bout she controls it n' stuff? And throw in a chameleon too! We got to have a chameleon!"


The news - Entertainment Weekly has posted a video from their visit to the "Thor" set in New Mexico. The video consists mainly of an interview with Chris Hemsworth, who's in the title role, and Natalie Portman, who's playing the god's mortal love interest Jane Foster, but there are also some shots of Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

"Transformers 3"

The news - Michael Bay has made big updates on the third installment in the successful yet flawed "Transformers" franchise. First off, he says that the childish humor will be toned down (mostly by removing the Twins). Second, the main villain of the film will be a Decepticon called Shockwave, who has usurped the throne of Decepticon leader from Megatron. Lastly, the film will be in 3D (converted or filmed in the format is unknown). Some interesting news, but not enough to redeem the franchise in my eyes to make me even think about seeing this film.

Screen Rant
First Showing
Latino Review
UGO Movie Blog

"Breaking Dawn"

The news - We've known this for some time, but the fourth film in the "Twilight" franchise will be split in two, creating a sum total of five "Twilight" films. With "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" hitting theaters late 2011, maybe we can expect the last film for summer of 2012 - thus showing that "Twilight" may lead to the end of the world.

Latino Review
The Geek Files
Screen Rant
UGO Movie Blog
NY Times
USA Today

"Men in Black III"

The news - Sony filmed a short little teaser for the film that was shown during Sony's 3D TV Launch Event at Sony Pictures Studios. It focuses on how the film will be in 3D. Head to Sony Insider for more details.

'Green Lantern 2' and 'The Flash' Moving Forward

Heat Vision Blog reports that DC/WB has hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim – who co-wrote the upcoming "Green Lantern" film – to tackle the treatments for a "Green Lantern" sequel and "The Flash" movie.

According to THR, as part of the deal, the trio would then go on and write the screenplay for one of the two projects, though which has not yet been determined.

The first "Green Lantern" is currently filming in New Orleans and isn't set to hit theaters for another whole year (and we haven't even seen a trailer yet). If a treatment is already being sought for a sequel, Warner Bros. must be liking what it is seeing on set. Hopefully more of the film will be revealed at this year's Comic Con.

Meanwhile, on "The Flash" front, it looks like the big screen adaptation of the scarlet speedster is finally making some real progress after several years in the works. Comic legend Geoff Johns, who was recently appointed chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, recently reintroduced Barry Allen in the comics (a version of The Flash that had not been seen since the mid-1980s) and is working on having him as the focus on "The Flash" movie.

Though it's taken a little longer than Marvel's camp, it sounds like DC Entertainment finally has its head on its shoulders and Geoff Johns is the right guy to help bring DC Comics properties to the big screen and make lovers of both movies and comic books very happy.

What do you think about a "Green Lantern" sequel already in the works? Who do you think should play the Flash?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing

Monday, June 7, 2010

Movie News Rush 13

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

The news - Here's the teaser trailer that came out during the MTV Movie Awards.

"Captain America: The First Avenger"

The news - The cast for this film keeps getting bigger with Stanley Tucci ("The Lovely Bones") now attached to play Dr. Abraham Erskine, who in the Marvel Comics series was a scientist behind the super-soldier program that gave Cap' his powers.

Screen Rant
USA Today
UGO Movie Blog
Latino Review
MTV News
First Showing

"Mortal Kombat"

The news - A new film is in the works for the successful video game franchise that has already seen two film adaptations (one pretty good, one not). The video below was directed by Kevin Tancharoen ("Fame") and stars Michael Jai-White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion and Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage.

What do you think? Is this the hard R-rated "Mortal Kombat" film that we need?

Rope of Silicon
Screen Rant
UGO Movie Blog
Latino Review
First Showing

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

The news - The final trailer for the film has come online with only a little more than a month to go for this film to hit theaters. Does it look like some fun summer escapism?

"The Bourne Legacy"

The news- Even though director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon have opted not to return for a fourth "Bourne" film, Tony Gilroy has been brought on to write a script for the film (Gilroy has written for all three previous "Bourne" films). Universal is aiming for a release in 2012.

The Geek Files
First Showing
Rope of Silicon
Latino Review
Screen Rant

"Len Grossman" Project

The news - Tom Cruise's portrayal of movie producer Len Grossman in "Tropic Thunder" was a big hit in 2008 and has been brought back into the spotlight for this year's MTV Movie Awards. Now Paramount is movie ahead with a full-length feature film around the character. While I enjoyed Cruise's hijinks as Grossman in "Tropic Thunder," I haven't thrown my support of a Len Grossman movie into the ring just yet.

Latino Review
Rope of Silicon
First Showing

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

The A-Team - Framed for crime they didn't commit, a team of four former Special Forces soldiers looks to clear their name with the U.S. military.

The Karate Kid - Dre Parker (Smith) moves from Detroit to China with his hard-working mom (Henson), where his feelings for a girl in his class make him the target of a jealous bully who is trained in kung fu. Fortunately for Dre, his building's maintenance man, Mr. Han (Chan), reveals himself to be a master of the self-defense form (Chan) and begins training the boy.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Shutter Island

From Paris with Love

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Shrek Forever After$25.3 M

2 Get Him To The Greek$17.4 M

3 Killers $16.1 M

4 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $13.9 M

5 Sex and the City 2 $12.6 M

6 Marmaduke $11.3 M

7 Iron Man 2 $7.7 M

8 Splice $7.4 M

9 Robin Hood $5.1 M

10 Letters to Juliet $3.0 M

"Shrek" bested four new movies this week to stay on top for three weeks in a row. Not something that happens too often in the summer with all the big tentpole films. But this summer has been lacking so far...

And "Get Him to the Greek, the faulty but still funny comedy from the guys behind "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," is supposed to be this summer's "The Hangover." Don't think it will be making the same amount that film did.

"Killers" came in third - giving Ashton Kutcher more things to tweet about.

The big surprise was "Marmaduke" beating "Splice." Maybe the kid factor had its hand in making parents take their kids to see a talking, dancing dog rather than a genetic creature that gets into all sorts of creepy trouble.

Look for "Shrek" and the debuting "A-Team" to sit beneath "The Karate Kid" next weekend as it is expected to open big. Despite how mediocre the film is, and the fact that it's a bunch of little kids fighting (and a remake that bears little resemblance to the original except for plot structure), it's tracking well and is getting lots of positive buzz. It better do as much business as it can because "Toy Story 3" comes out the 18th and is going to crush any movie that tries to get in its way.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Movie News Rush 12

The crazy busy schedule of my past month is almost up. Hopefully I can start going back to my regular posts soon. Also been trying to think of a cool way to do a multi-blogging event like a "Crisis on Infinite Blogs." Yes, taken from the famous DC Comics storyline, but what if a bunch of blogs worked together to create an event where a piece of the continuing story was on multiple blogs and to find out what was happening (I dunno - some sort of Internet evil virus taking over blogs or something) you had to go to each blog to see what was happening. It sounds cool in my head...anyway - on to movie news!

"Captain America: The First Avenger" and "The Avengers"

The news - I smell deceit! After the whole crazy issue of Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") in talks to play Hawkeye and then him saying it wasn't happening we now get news he actually is in talks to play Hawkeye. Get your head around that.

It is also being pointed out that Neal McDonough ("Minority Report") is in talks to play "Dum Dum" Dugan in "Captain America." Dugan worked with Nick Fury and SHIELD back in WWII.

McDonough and Renner join the powerful cast which already includes the recently added Tommy Lee Jones in addition to Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Deadline (on McDonough)
THR Heat Vision(on Renner)
The Geek Files (on Renner)
The Geek Files (on McDonough)
Screen Rant (on Renner)
Screen Rant (on McDonough)
Latino Review (both)
First Showing (both)
UGO Movie Blog (on McDonough)
MTV News (on Renner)
MTV News (on McDonough)

"The Expendables"

The news - while the first trailer for the film was quite explosive, a new trailer has it the 'net and feels more like a teaser trailer as it shows no footage. Still, it does build up excitement for the film.

"Batman 3" and "Superman: Man of Steel"

The news - Chris Nolan, the godfather of DC Entertainment, will be bringing new Batman and Superman films to theaters in 2012. In speaking with Empire magazine, Nolan says he wants to go back to the essence of what Superman is about and that there will be no Joker in the next Batman film. So we take the good with the bad. Click on the links below for more quotes from the man himself.

Obsessed With Film (Superman)
Obsessed With Film (Batman)
First Showing
Screen Rant
MTV News
The Geek Files

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Movie News Rush 11

"The Crow"

The news - Producer Edward Pressman says the script is finished and they've made an offer "to a major actor and things are moving ahead very aggressively, with the aim of doing the film this year." He also revealed more about their adaptation including differences from Proyas' version, mainly that this isn't just a remake of Proyas original film adaptation but rather an entire relaunch of the franchise, originally based on James O'Barr's comic book. Other things Pressman mentioned is how the setting will be in the Southwest and the actual crow will play a bigger part than it did in the original film.

MTV News
First Showing
Latino Review
Screen Rant

The 2010 MTV Movie Awards

I've decided to stay away from the MTV Movie Awards since I realize it's going to be a Twi-fest, but I'm sure there will be some funny clips from the show that can be put online the next day.

As for funny clips that are online now, MTV has released two new promos for this year’s MTV Movie Awards featuring Tom Cruise’s popular character, Les Grossman, from the 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder." In the promos, Grossman, whose profanity-laced outbursts were one of the best parts of "Tropic Thunder," offers hilariously questionable advice (and abuse) to the stars of the "Twilight" franchise, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

The Pattinson one is quite hilarious while the Lautner one is...eh...not that great.

"Get Him to the Greek"

The news- You can watch the first five minutes of this film online, and from what I hear it's pretty funny and outrageous. I say this because I have decided not to watch it as I want this film to totally surprise me when I see it in theaters. You may choose your own fate.

"Gulliver's Travels"

The news- The first trailer has come out for this film and...it doesn't really look good. Expect it to make money though since it's a kid's flick.