Thursday, July 29, 2010

UPDATE: Comic-Con 'Thor' Trailer

The trailer that was shown at this year's Comic-Con for Kenneth Brangah's "Thor" has somehow made its way online. It wasn't released by the studio, so I'm not sure how legal this is.

But it is a legit trailer. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Well, the trailer has been taken down, but here's a summary of what was shown made by MTV News.

- The footage opens with scenes of Thor wailing on various people while Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) tells a seated captive, "You made my men look like a bunch of minimum wage mall cops."

- "Who are you?" he asks.

- The camera pans in close on Chris Hemsworth's semi-scuffed face.

- A quick trip through a galaxy of stars and we get an overhead view of Asgard.

- Inside Odin's throne room, an army of gods is assembled, with Thor kneeling before his father. (This looks to be the scene in that "Thor" image that was released before Comic-Con.)

- We see Odin on the throne, as well as shots of the Warriors Three, Sif, Loki, Heimdall, and Frigga. Odin condemns Thor, telling him, "Thor Odinson, through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and devastation of war."

- "You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy," Odin tells Thor, who responds by yelling back at his father, "You are an old man and a fool!"

- "Yes, I was a fool... to think you were ready," Odin says, solemnly.

- Odin casts out Thor, and the view suddenly flies through a galaxy of stars, finally landing on a shot of Hemsworth crumpled on the ground.

- After Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discover him, Thor opens his eyes and asks them, "Oh no, this is Earth, isn't it?"

- We get a few shots of Thor acclimating to Earth and talking with Foster, telling her, "All the answers you seek will be yours once I reclaim what's mine."

- Cut to Thor ripping a sheet of plastic off a makeshift shelter in the desert, revealing his hammer. However, when he tries to lift his hammer, he's unable to do so — and he falls to the ground, screaming.

- We then see Odin dying — a single tear falls down his cheek — and Loki ascending to the throne.

- Various battle scenes unfold as Thor and The Warriors Three battle an unknown foe. Explosions, slow-motion screams from Thor, Loki, Heimdall, etc. You get the idea...

- "I am now ruler of Asgard," says Loki. "I am... your king." Cue uncertain glances between Sif and Warriors Three.

- It all culminates with a shot of Thor throwing a goblet into the fire as everything fades to black.

- A few seconds later, machine-like footsteps are heard echoing in the desert. Agent Coulson is back on the screen, approaching a giant, mysterious figure. As the dust clears, it's revealed to be DESTROYER!

- "Is it one of Stark's?" an agent asks Coulson.

- "I don't know," he responds. "That guy never tells me anything."

- Destroyer then open fires on the agents' vehicles with a massive blast of energy from his facemask, and the screen fades to the film's release date: May 2011.

"Thor" hits theaters May 5, 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First Trailer for 3D 'Yogi Bear'

Hey Boo-Boo!

Check out the first trailer for Warner Brothers' "Yogi Bear." The film stars the voices of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo with Tom Cavanagh as Ranger Smith. Anna Faris is in it too as some sort of love interest for Ranger Smith.

"Yogi Bear" hits theaters on December 17, 2010.
The same day "TRON: Legacy" comes out.
Gee, I wonder what film will do better...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another Reason Not to See Peter Berg's 'Battleship'

The latest announcement for Peter Berg's "Battleship" reveals that pop singer Rihanna will join Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch in a story taking place across the seas, the skies and over land in a battle for planetary survival against an alien force.

While this film is an adaptation of the Hasbro board game, it bears little resemblance to it and is really just using it for name recognition. The same goes for Rihanna, who is making her film debut with "Battleship."

But how often do singers work well as actors? Plenty have tried, but many have failed. Examples include: Cher, Madonna, Sting, Alica Keys and Mariah Carey.

Just another reason to skip this film and go see something more worthwhile. It still will make tones of money from the GMA though.

"Battleship" hits theaters May 25, 2012.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' Trailer

"Sucker Punch" is the story of a young woman locked up at a mental institution who escapes mentally into a fantasy world in order to help her survive her situation. The film has a group of beautiful women battling everything from your basic bad guys to giant robots, fire-breathing dragons, Samurai warriors and more.

It's like a teenage boy's wet dream. How much stuff can he cram into this flick?

"Sucker Punch" stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn and Oscar Isaac.

It hits theaters March 25, 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Dinner for Schmucks - Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - The ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest.

Charlie St. Cloud - After his younger brother Sam passes away, Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) finds a way to deal with his grief by working as caretaker at the cemetery where Sam is buried. Charlie and Sam keep their bond with nightly conversations and playing catch, however, when a girl enters Charlie's life, he struggles between remaining with Sam or pursuing real-world love.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Clash of the Titans
Repo Men
Batman: Under the Red Hood
"SGU Stargate Universe": Season 1.5
Jesse Stone: No Remorse

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Inception $43.5M

2 Salt $36.5M

3 Despicable Me $24.1M

4 The Sorcerer's Apprentice $9.69M

5 Toy Story 3 $9.03M

6 Ramona and Beezus $8M

7 Grown Ups $7.6M

8 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $7.03M

9 The Last Airbender $4.17M

10 Predators $2.85M

In a showdown of adult-themed thrillers, Christopher Nolan's trippy caper "Inception" took the top spot at the box office for a second straight weekend, beating out Angelina Jolie's return to action in "Salt."

Clearly "Inception" is a film people are talking about which is encouraging newcomers and second viewings. "Salt" is essentially Jolie as a female Jason Bourne and hasn't garnered the same rave reviews that "Inception" has.

The production budget of "Despicable Me" is at $70 million, and at $170 million worldwide, it's a pretty good success (unless those advertising costs were through the roof).

"Toy Story 3" is a success as well, something Disney needs after the fall of both "Prince of Persia" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

The rest of the film begin the descent into DVD-land, including the new film "Ramona and Beezus." I guess Selena Gomez isn't as much of a draw as Miley Cyrus is.

What will win next weekend? Well, some weird flicks are opening in theaters, so the top spot winner is really a gamble this weekend.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Movie News Rush 22


The news - A new gory red trailer that debuted at Comic-Con.

"The Goon"

The news - Footage that was shown at Comic-Con for "The Goon," an animated film produced by David Fincher based off a comic series. There's zombies, violence and a jiggle factor - what's not to love?

"The Avengers"

The news - Mark Ruffalo is confirmed to play the Hulk and Jeremy Renner is confirmed to play Hawkeye in "The Avengers."


Rope of Silicon
Screen Rant
The Geek Files

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

The news - A pre-recorded video of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow shown at Comic-Con in anticipation for the fourth film in the popular Disney franchise.

"Let Me In"

The news - The newest trailer for the film that was shown at Comic-Con.


The news - "Priest" is an adaptation of the TokyoPop manga created by Hyung Min-woo. It fuses the western genre with supernatural horror, gun fu and dark fantasy themes and is notable for its unusual, angular art style.

Here's the trailer from Comic-Con.

Priest trailer

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Salt - When CIA officer Evelyn Salt (Jolie) is accused of being a spy by a Russian defector, she goes on the run, putting all of her experience and skills to use to elude capture, learn the truth of her identity, and hopefully clear her name.

Ramona and Beezus - When grade-schooler Ramona Quimby (King) senses that her family's home is danger, she uses her boundless energy and enthusiasm to save the day.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Runaways
Cop Out
The Losers

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Inception$60.4 M

2 Despicable Me$32.7 M

3 The Sorcerer's Apprentice $17.3 M

4 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $13.5 M

5 Toy Story 3 $11.7 M

6 Grown Ups $10.0 M

7 The Last Airbender $7.4 M

8 Predators $6.8 M

9 Knight and Day $3.7 M

10 The Karate Kid $2.2 M

"Inception" opened on the same weekend that blockbuster "The Dark Knight" was released two years ago, and director Christopher Nolan has again scored with critics and fans by winning the weekend by a landslide.

"Despicable Me" continues to do well, earning $32 million in its 2nd week. Word of mouth will keep this cute little cartoon in the top ten for a few more weeks.

I thought "Sorcerer's Apprentice" would put in a big showing, especially for the family audience, but they weren't feeling it (especially since an animated family-friendly film is already out). Is the Disney family film dying or are people just sick of Jay Baruchel already? "Sorcerer's Apprentice" looks like it'll be running out of magic sooner rather than later. Sequel? Eh...

"Eclipse." Almost $500 million worldwide on a budget of $70 million. Have to give Summit credit for knowing how to make a profit.

Meanwhile, "Toy Story 3" has made $584 million worldwide on a $200 million budget (the film is still a success and is at least good), "Grown Ups" is still in the same spot and "The Last Airbender" tries to make more profits to warrant a sequel.

"Predators" dropped like the Dow Jones with a 73 percent decrease going from 3rd to 8th. That's around the 30th biggest drop of all time.

"Knight and Day" and "The Karate Kid" won't be in the Top Ten for much longer. Expect them on DVD and Blu-ray in the fall.

Will the brain teaser "Inception" win the Comic-Con weekend as well or will Angelina Jolie's return to action in "Salt" rule the weekend?

USA Today, Latino Review, Rope of Silicon

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Movie News Rush 21

"The Expendables"

The news - Here's the second behind-the-scenes featurette of a five-part series (catch the first here). This one goes into the hiring of MMA fighters to portray soldiers in the film.

"X-Men: First Class"

The news - A good amount of casting news for this "X-Men" prequel. Jennifer Lawrence, the 19-year-old star of "Winter's Bone," has joined the cast of "First Class" as the yellow-eyed, red-haired shape-shifting vixen Mystique. Kevin Bacon has also been confirmed to be in the film as the villain (which villain is unknown right now). And the earlier rumor that director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson will reunite with the helmer and play the role of Cyclops has been confirmed as well.

Lawrence, Bacon and Johnson join previously announced cast members including James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee and Lucas Till as Havok. The film charts the origins of X-Men saga as Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) go from discovering their powers to becoming archenemies.

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

"World War Z"

The news - Much has been quiet on the film adaptation of the No. 1 best-selling book by Max Brooks, but now official word has come out on who will play the lead role. Brad Pitt. Yeah - you read that right. I can't recall a zombie movie ever being anchored by a star even remotely close to Brad Pitt's stature.

Paramount is currently targeting a Summer 2012 release for "World War Z," which chronicles a worldwide zombie outbreak through the first-hand accounts of survivors. "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster is still attached to direct the film.

MTV News
Live for Films
First Showing
Rope of Silicon
Latino Review
Screen Rant

"TRON: Legacy"

The news - A new trailer for this film has come online. Shows off some more of the plot and a little more of a de-aged Jeff Bridges.


The news - And here's another new trailer out, this time for the action-comedy "Red," which is based on the Warren Ellis comic book series.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Movie News Rush 20

"Rise of the Apes"

The news - Brian Cox will be joining Rupert Wyatt's "Rise of the Apes" as the human villain who is the owner of a primate sanctuary and basically could care less about the animals trapped within those walls (he abuses them and such). He joins a cast that includes Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, James Franco and John Lithgow.

Latino Review
The Geek Files
Screen Rant

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"

The news - A neat featurette on the film that If you've never read the comic books, should really watch as it provides a good introduction to the world of Scott Pilgrim.

First Showing
Latino Review

"Thor" and "Captain America"

The news - The big news is that both films will be converted into 3D during post-production. Whether this is a good decision or not will be found out later, but as of right now it isn't raising my hopes any. In fact, they may have fallen a little... But there will also be even more HUGE announcements and surprises surrounding these films at this year’s Comic-Con (hopefully some good stuff).

LA Times Hero Complex
First Showing
Screen Rant 1
Screen Rant 2
MTV News
Latino Review
The Geek Files

"The Avengers"

The news - We're finally past the whole Edward Norton/Hulk debacle and now we're on to rumors of who will play Bruce Banner in the upcoming superhero team-up. A new report has come in saying that actor Mark Ruffalo ("Shutter Island," "The Brothers Bloom") is in negotiations to play the character. Maybe we'll get some sort of official confirmation at Comic-Con.

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

"The Social Network"

The news - The first full-length trailer for this film has debuted online and it is very captivating. I really loved this entire trailer, the music choice, the story
and its progression, the atmosphere, its message, it's such a beautiful way of teasing a movie. I expect nothing less from the amazing David Fincher (director of films such as: "Se7en," "Fight Club," "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and think this film might be of Oscar caliber.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Norton's Final Response to Hulk/Avengers

Marvel Studios confirmed to Hitfix that Edward Norton will not be brought back to play Hulk alter-ego Bruce Banner in the team-up film "The Avengers," with president of production Kevin Feige saying the decision was not based on monetary factors but "rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members."

It brought a swift response from the actor's agent, Brian Swardstrom of WME, and now we've heard from Norton himself.

Norton has responded via Facebook. His statement is included below:

"As most of you know, I don't like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience's fullest enjoyment of the 'magic' that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won't work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in "The Avengers." I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone but it hasn't turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk's long and excellent history. And I really can't thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you've sent me way about what Louis and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I'm really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that's why we love him, right?

Edward Norton "

So that pretty much ends Norton's involvement and it wasn't long before rumors as to who would be replacing him began to fly as CHUD reports none other than Joaquin Phoenix has been approached for the role.

"Reliable sources tell me that Marvel has already put out an offer, and the actor they've spoken to is Joaquin Phoenix, believe it or not. Phoenix is taking time to mull over the offer and the bigger implications – Marvel may yet resurrect the Hulk franchise – but Marvel hopes to have him in place by Comic Con, which is when they want to announce their new Bruce Banner.

As of right now treat this as a rumor, as I was unable to get solid confirmations or denials (it's the weekend!). Phoenix might very well turn the studio down – I'm hearing that whoever plays Banner will be the lowest man on The Avengers pay totem pole… "

As Devin Faraci at CHUD points out, "if Feige is moving past Ed Norton because he's tough to work with, will he have better luck with Phoenix?" It's a worthwhile question and if he's going to be paid peanuts to play the role does it make any sense at all?

We'll have to wait to hear some news from the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, as fans sure won't let an opportunity like that pass by without asking some serious questions.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: The Geek Files, Rope of Silicon, First Showing, MTV News

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Inception - Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is a thief who specializes in the art of extraction, the stealing of secrets from a target's subconscious. Though his profession cost him everything he has ever loved and has turned him into a fugitive, an offer for a final job -- one that requires him to plant an idea instead of pilfering it -- could be his chance at redemption.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Cage) recruits a seemingly everyday guy (Baruchel) in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Molina).

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Bounty Hunter
Our Family Wedding

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Despicable Me$60.1 M

2 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $33.4 M

3 Predators $25.3 M

4 Toy Story 3 $22.0 M

5 The Last Airbender $17.1 M

6 Grown Ups $16.4 M

7 Knight and Day $7.8 M

8 The Karate Kid $5.7 M

9 The A-Team $1.8 M

10 Cyrus $1.3 M

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" didn't have as much bite as I thought it would, falling to 2nd place in its 2nd week behind "Despicable Me," which did huge box numbers at $60.1 million. "Eclipse" is now sitting at $450 million worldwide.

Coming in third with $25.3 million is "Predators." Not a huge success for the supposed reboot of the franchise, but this film will likely make back enough money to cover its budget. Will it warrant another Predator film? We'll have to wait and see...

Congrats to "Toy Story 3" for becoming the highest grossing domestic film of the year, knocking "Finding Nemo" off its throne as Pixar's top grossing film as well. The third film in the "Toy Story" franchise has made around $340 million domesitcally (as compared to "Finding Nemo" at $339 million and "Alice in Wonderland" at $334 million).

Now it just has to go for the worldwide box office title and "Nemo" will be No. 2 in the Pixar vs. Pixar box office battle. The 3D ticket prices helped "Toy Story 3" get there, but the fact that it's also one of the best films of the year helps as well. So far it's sitting at over $550 million worldwide (while "Nemo" earned $867 million worldwide).

M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" rounded out the top 5 with $17.2 million, bringing its two-week total to $100.2 million. The movie is Shyamalan's first to break $100 million since 2004's "The Village."

The rest of the films dropped slightly as they will continue to dip in the next few weeks until they finally wind up on DVD in your local Wal-Mart or Best Buy (or any other store that sells movies).

Next weekend is a big one as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" goes up against "Inception." Disney family film vs. Nolan's science fiction tale? Who will win?

(Latino Review, USA Today)

The Avengers: Banner/Hulk In, Ed Norton Out

There's been lots of rumblings whether or not the Hulk would be included in "The Avengers," the upcoming hero ensemble film from Marvel. "The Incredible Hulk" made $267 million worldwide, an average take from the box office for a film with a $150 million budget, but not anything to really smile ("Iron Man" was more of a financial success than Hulk was).

But news comes today that Bruce Banner will be in "The Avengers" (no mention of Hulk, just Banner - hmmm...), but that Edward Norton will no reprise the role of the gamma-infected scientist.

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige forwarded the following exclusively to HitFix:

“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”

It's interesting to note that Feige seems to imply that Norton wouldn’t work as part of the ensemble. Rumors from production on "The Incredible Hulk" was that he liked to have a fair bit of control over the film – something that just wouldn’t work in "The Avengers."
It's not just me that thought this sounded a little mean-spirited. Norton's agent wasn't a fan of what Kevin wrote and sent this to Hitfix:

"This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light. Here are the facts: two months ago, Kevin called me and said he wanted Edward to reprise the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. He told me it would be his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention. When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project. Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast. Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith. This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part. This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings.

We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige's mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his. Feige's statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory. Mr. Norton talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel's fans.

Brian Swardstrom

So far we've seen two Hulk movies starring two different actors, one with Eric Bana and then a reboot with Edward Norton. Now a third actor will most likely be playing the emerald ogre when he appears in "The Avengers."

According to Hitfix, Marvel sources say they will cast "an unknown" in the film, to be directed by Joss Whedon.

It wouldn't be the first time a recasting has occurred in the Marvel film universe. Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle for "Iron Man 2."

But still - fans may be more upset about the main character changing in continuity than a sidekick. The thing is, Banner is but one element of the Avengers and may be seen only briefly in that guise; his Hulk alter-ego is a computerized creation that doesn't require Norton in any way.

Maybe we'll find out more from the San Diego Comic-Con (which will be from July 22-25).

"The Avengers," in which Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury will bring together several heroes including Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and others, is slated for release on May 4, 2012.

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

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Movie News Rush 19


The news - After seeing the "illegal" trailer from back in May, I definitely wanted to see more of this film. A newly released trailer does not disappointment with some awesome shots of Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez (and even some fights with Steven Seagal).

"X-Men: First Class" Students

The news - We have a growing list of new additions to the upcoming "X-Men" prequel. "A Single Man" and "Clash of the Titans" actor Nicholas Hoult will be taking on a the role of Hank McCoy/Beast, which originally belonged to Benjamin Walker (who has obviously not a attached to the film anymore).

Along with that news, Caleb Landry Jones ("No Country for Old Men") is confirmed to play Sean Cassidy/Banshee and Aaron Johnson ("Kick-Ass") is rumored to be locked in the role for Scott Summers/Cyclops. Another rumor is that of Lucas Till ("Hannah Montana: The Movie") in negotiations to play Alex Summers/Havok, the younger brother of Cyclops.

They will join James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Alice Eve as Emma Frost. Other rumors surrounding the film include the possibility Amber Heard may play Mystique and Rosamund Pike may play Moira MacTaggert.

Entertainment Weekly
Screen Rant 1
Screen Rant 2
Latino Review 1
Latino Review 2
MTV News 1
MTV News 2
The Geek Files
UGO Movie Blog
Rope of Silicon
First Showing

"X-Men: First Class" Villain

The news - I just had to separate this from the other bit because this casting news is truly...unique. Deadline is reporting that Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the villain in the film. But what villain? Some rumors include Mr. Sinister or Sebastian Shaw. If this works out, an actor I never expected to see in a comic book film will be in one.

Latino Review
MTV News
Screen Rant
The Geek Files

"The Expendables"

The news - The countdown to the release of this summer’s male action star brawl, "The Expendables," kicks into gear this week with the release of the first of five featurettes that provide a look at the flick’s raw and bloody action scenes. This one takes a behind the scenes look at the shooting of the hostage scene shown in the trailers (and will most likely be early on in the film).

It offers a look at the sequence from both behind and in front of the camera and is actually a pretty decent featurette that actually shows more than just a lot of talking heads praising their work on the film (though there’s still plenty of that too). And there's even one slight tease showing off how this film is going to be rated R.

Screen Rant

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

The news - A neat behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film which shows off bits of the final battle that will most likely be in the second of this two-part epic.

'Avatar' Re-Release With 8 Extra Minutes

James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have announced that an extended version of the director's sci-fi epic "Avatar" will hit the big screen next month.

"Avatar: Special Edition" will be released on Friday, August 27, in a "limited theatrical engagement" and exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.

It contains eight minutes of previously unseen footage.

Since the film's original release last December, many cinemas have updated their technology to include digital 3D screens, allowing more people to see it if they are unable to get to an IMAX venue.

In a press statement issued recently, Cameron said: "Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we're making that possible.

"Avatar: Special Edition will be exclusively in 3D, and will have eight minutes of never before seen footage, including new creatures and action scenes. Whether you already love the movie, or you've never seen it, with this Special Edition, you'll be seeing it like never before."

Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said: "Avatar: Special Edition is especially gratifying, because not only has Avatar become one of the most beloved films in history, but after its initial theatrical release we have been inundated with requests to re-release the film in theatres in 3D. Equally important, we're thrilled that Jim Cameron is able to give audiences even more of what they loved about Avatar."

The epic is the highest grossing film to date, taking in over $2.7 billion globally. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc.

And all the money made from this re-release will go into the immense total gross earnings the film already has. How much will this film earn? And will people flock to theaters to a film that they've already seen (and that's already on DVD and Blu-ray) for just an eight extra minutes? We'll find out in August...

The Geek Files
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Other sources: USA Today, First Showing, Rope of Silicon, UGO Movie Blog, Live for Films, Screen Rant

Only Good Thing in New 'Resident Evil' Trailer is Wesker...

While being a big fan of the "Resident Evil" video game franchise (it's rare to find a game series where each successive game is as good, if not better, than the last), I am not the biggest fan of the film series.

Each successive movie in the series is worse than the last and I think they are really pulling out all the stops on this one. Big special effects, 3D, etc. Sadly, none of it really looks good except for Wesker. The main villain in the game series is really an ultimate badass and why he has been left out of the film series for so long is beyond me. And don't get me started on Alice...

How many things can they chuck at the screen to frighten us in 3D? And seeing as how "The Matrix" is one of my favorite films of all time, I can't help but see the massive similarities. Then again, some of Wesker's fights from the game series seemed to stem from that film as well.

In either case, if you haven’t been a fan of the franchise up to this point, it seems unlikely that this is going to change your mind. While the movies have featured numerous characters from the games, the story and atmosphere are wildly different. They’ve managed to turn one of the definitive examples of survival horror into a sci-fi superhero story.

"Resident Evil: Afterlife" opens in regular, 3D and IMAX theaters on September 10, 2010.
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Source: Screen Rant

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More 'Twilight' Craze With 'Vampires Suck'

So we all make fun of the "Twilight" franchise, have a few laughs and move on. It's easy to make fun of and will continue to be made fun of until the the final film is released on DVD in a few years and we'll be done with it (hopefully).

But Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the writer/director duo that brought you "Date Movie," "Epic Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," have decided to get their mitts on this series. Now we have "Vampires Suck", which blatantly is nothing more than one huge spoof on the vampire films along spoofs of other recent films and all sorts of typical pop culture references.

Go on, check it out. The trailer definitely won't bite in the literal sense at least. The suck-fest comes out in theaters on August 18.

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But if didn't enjoy that, then you will enjoy this. Guys make fun of girls all the time about watching the vampire/werewolf/human make-out fest that is "Twilight," but what if the franchise was geared toward men instead of women? One could say this trailer shows how easy it is for men to fall prey to this type of film, but I think it actually it is just further providing more laughter at the expense of all Twi-hards.

A female "Shawshank Redemption" directed by Michael Bay. Classic.
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Predators - A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Despicable Me - A trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
A Single Man
Brooklyn's Finest
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Jason and the Argonauts

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69.0 M

2 The Last Airbender$40.6 M

3 Toy Story 3 $30.1 M

4 Grown Ups$18.5 M

5 Knight and Day$10.2 M

6 The Karate Kid $8.0 M

7 The A-Team $3.0 M

8 Get Him To The Greek $1.1 M

9 Shrek Forever After $0.8 M

10 Cyrus $0.7 M

Shockeing! “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the ongoing tale of teen angst and stupidity, won the weekend and drew an estimated $161 million out of North American theaters in its first five days of release.

Box office analysts said the gross was big enough to rank “Eclipse” third on Hollywood’s all-time list of Wednesday-opening movies, behind “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004), when adjusted for inflation. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind “Eclipse,” projected that the movie would sell another $20 million on Monday for a six-day domestic total of about $181 million.

Exit polls indicate that the audience for "Eclipse" was 35 percent male. The turnout for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was only about 20 percent male, and that was higher than the first. So does this mean more men or actually into "Twilight" or more men are dating women who are into "Twilight"?

“The Last Airbender” was greeted by an avalanche of critical hatred. Only 8 percent of the reviews gave “The Last Airbender” positive marks, according to Rotten Tomatoes (To compare, the much-maligned “Sex and the City 2” was given a score of 16 percent positive).

But “The Last Airbender” was a solid No. 2 for the weekend with about $40.7 million for a domestic total of about $53.2 million. Paramount projected that “The Last Airbender” would sell an additional $17.4 million on Monday for a five-day total of about $70.6 million.

For the weekend, “Toy Story 3” from Disney’s Pixar Animation was third with about $30.2 million for a new total of $289 million. It is projected to sell an additional $11 million on Monday.

The rest of the film slowly dripple down into DVD-land. Will "Eclipse" stand tall as Twi-tards revisit the film for the seventh time or will one of the new opening films take the weekend? We'll have to wait and see...

(NY Times)

Friday, July 2, 2010

'Transformers 3' Will Be Filmed in 3D

Most of the 3D you see in theaters now is converted 3D. That is, the movie is filmed in 2D and then converted into 3D. Makes a sloppy mess in my opinion, especially after seeing how beautiful a movie shot in 3D looks like after watching "Avatar" on the big screen.

And it looks as though Hollywood is catching on about making 3D actually bearable as Market Saw reports that the Arri Alexa Pace camera system (which was used to film "Avatar") will be used to "Transformers 3," as confirmed by Vince Pace, who helped create the camera. Pace also points out that "Resident Evil: Afterlife," "TRON: Legacy," Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" and an unnamed "big Disney film" will also be using his camera system for 3D.

Hopefully the Pace 3D cameras work well for Bay and the rest of the production and we at least get a "Transformers 3" that looks good in terms of action and effects, since the storylines and dialogue have not been the franchise’s strong point. So for the time being, Transformers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

However, let's keep in mind that we're dealing with Michael Bay -- no reason to get too excited just yet. And I'm not planning on catching this in theaters after losing brain cells from "Revenge of the Fallen," so this news doesn't really affect me since I might wind up catching the flick on a rented DVD.

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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Andrew Garfield Cast as Spider-Man!

Columbia Pictures has announced that 26-year-old actor Andrew Garfield will portray Peter Parker in the currently "Untitled Spider-Man Reboot" for director Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") with a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.

Webb commented in the press release saying, "Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Garfield is an up-and-coming actor probably best known for his role in the "Red Riding Trilogy" and a small role in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," but will become more widely known with roles in David Fincher's "The Social Network" and as one of the leads alongside Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" later this year.
I've never seen any of the films he's been in, but the people behind the project seem to have great faith in him.

"In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen," said producer Laura Ziskin.

Hard to gripe too much about a guy I don't know - but I was kind of looking forward to Josh Hutcherson landing the role. He's American, 17 and has done way more prominent films. His character from "Little Manhattan" is basically Peter Parker as a kid!
It is a little odd that Marc Webb is choosing a 27 year old when the whole point of this movie, supposedly, is to bring Spidey back to his teen years. And he's British too.

Seeing as how Spider-Man is the ultimate hero in my opinion (judging by the posters in my room and the two Spider-Man comics I have on my bed at this exact moment), I am still uncertain about this whole reboot thing.

It is said Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role, which is expected to shoot this fall for a July 3, 2012 release which will be shot in 3D.

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