Thursday, July 29, 2010

redbox to start offering Blu-Ray discs for $1.50 a night, AWESOME!

There are a lot of movies that stir up controversy, same goes for actors/actress.  But rarely does the industry itself stir up controversy, until recently, with redbox.  What is redbox?  They are the popular DVD rental kiosks you see at your local department stores.  They only charge $1 (a max of $25) a night to rent movies.  Granted they don't have a wide a selection of films, or copies of each film, but a buck is a buck.

The controversy is this; is redbox diminishing DVD sales for the studios?

Some say yes.  Blockbuster is about to go bankrupt because of digital downloads and, in part, redbox.  The studios are suing redbox, and losing by the way.

Some say no.  The other argument is that the studios charge too much to purchase DVD's and Blockbuster with their late fees priced themselves out of the rental market.

My argument is the latter, the studios don't lose money, they just want to make MORE money.  I am an avid purchaser of DVD's and Blu-Ray's, literally thousands.  I don't download movies illegally and rarely do I rent from my cable provider or though my Playstation 3.  If anything redbox has encouraged me to buy MORE movies after I've rented them.

This is my logic... if I rent a movie from redbox for a dollar, and like it... I'm going to buy the movie.  This way it only cost me a dollar more than it would have, and I'm sure I like the film.  If I rent a movie from redbox for a dollar and don't like it... I just saved 15-20 dollars on buying a movie I've never seen and was not going to like.

Back to the story at hand.  redbox is now offering Blu-Ray discs for $1.50 a night, effective immediately.  I love this!  There have been movies I rented at redbox that I wish were in Blu-Ray, i.e. The Book of Eli.  That movie is visually stunning and would have been amazing in Blu-Ray's HD format.  That movie is another example of how renting the film first, encouraged me to purchase it later.

What's your opinion?  Do you have one?  Are the studios being greedy?  Or am I contributing to the devaluing of an entire industry?  Let us know.

Disney's "Tangled" Poster

I don't know why I'm so interested in this 3D animation movie, but I am. Tangled is a NON Pixar, Disney animation film due out later this year. Check out the trailer here if you missed it. It's the story of Rapunzel and her prince charming. The animation looks awesome with Rapunzel's hair being a character in and of itself.

"Thor" Trailer... Enjoy!

This is the trailer that premiered at Comic-Con, it's about five minutes. It's a bit choppy in that it's unorganized, but still worth seeing Thor in action for the first time! Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Yogi Bear" Trailer... I'm a little less smart after watching it

I hope it flops and no money is made from it. Yeah I said it.

"Avengers" Assemble... at Comic-Con

Left to Right: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Liam Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawk Eye, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Director Joss Whedon, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige
Movie stars filled the panels, rumors were laid to rest, and every nerd on the planet was waiting for this moment. The Avengers cast, in one place, at one time. That's the power of Comic-Con. I've talked about it a lot on the blog: everything from Chris Evans casting as the Captain, to Edward Norton's ugly exit, all things Avengers. At Comic-Con in San Diego this year, the entire cast went up on stage, settling three, very talked-about rumors.

First, Joss Whedon WILL direct the film. That's an obvious one, but Marvel never announced it officially before Comic-Con.

Second, Jeremy Renner WILL play Hawk Eye! I love this move by the way.

Third, and I guess most talked about... Mark Ruffalo WILL replace Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. This movie can't get any more epic, can it? We'll have to wait and see. There's still those rumors of Nathan Fillion and Eva Longoria joining the cast as Ant-Man and Wasp. We'll let you know what happens. You satisfied with the cast?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler in Third Batman?

Inception has now been released, and is the number one movie in the country. So what's next for director/genius Christopher Nolan? Let the games begin... Batman 3 rumors. This one is actually a few days old, but Comic-Con kicked my butt and I'm just now recovered enough to actually post on the blog again.

The rumor is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the Riddler in Batman 3, the sequel to The Dark Knight. This is a great rumor for multiple reasons.

First, Christopher Nolan has always stated, 'he wont talk about the next film until the one he's working on is complete'. Well, after about a hundred million dollars in two weeks, I'd say Inception has categorically finished as far as production. So the rumor that Gordon-Levitt has shown up on casting sheets could be true.

Second, Nolan loves to work with actors on multiple projects. Christian Bale: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight. Michael Caine: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. So it's not too far of a stretch to believe he would want to work with Gordon-Levitt after Inception.

Third, Gordon-Levitt could pull it off. The Riddler was never a physical challenge to Batman, just a mind game type of villain. JG-L has the physique to play the Riddler, as well as the acting chops. He's one of the few child actors that has transitioned nicely into adult roles. I would be supportive of JGL as the Riddler, even thought the masses are hoping for Johnny Depp.

That's all I have for now, just some food for thought. Would you like to see JGL as the Riddler in Batman 3? Or would you even want the Riddler as the main villain in Batman 3? Your thoughts.

Latest "Resident Evil: Afterlife" Poster and Comic-Con Coverage

I am really looking forward to Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D. But I'm not sure why no one else is? I can't say no one, but it was weird at Comic-Con. I didn't wait in line for the panel but asked people as they left the panel what their thoughts were, it wasn't what I expected.

First Pic of "Cowboys & Aliens"

I was at Comic-Con and heard the buzz about this picture premiering when Jon Favreau was on the panel. This picture gives us just a tiny peak into the tone and art design of the film. I like it so far, but WAYYY too early to tell what the movie will be like overall. Also at the panel were stars Daniel Craig and the legendary Harrison Ford.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Yogi Bear" First Look

I would have never posted about this, but Matt did once and I feel as though I should update now. This is the first look at the Yogi Bear 3D animation film. I don't really care for it, but its visually appealing. Dan Aykroyd is Yogi and Justin "I'm an actor" Timberlake is Boo Boo.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Saw 3D" Poster In... 3D

Check out the new poster for Saw 3D on BloodyD. It's actually pretty awesome looking, wish I could say the same for the franchise. I stopped watching after Saw III and from what I've read/heard, that's where it began to go downhill. The franchise will not die, much like Friday the 13th and Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street.

Now you may be thinking, "Tony, you watch the first few Saw movies? I thought you don't watch scary movies." Well you would be correct in your assessment, my young Padawan. But what was great about the Saw films was they were less about horror, and more about the puzzle. How does each character relate to the next? What is their common denominator? That's what made the first few films so great. Now? Not so much.
Click this link to check out the 3D version of the poster above.

"The Company Men" Trailer

The Company Men stars Academy Award Winners: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner. The film is about our jobs, and how much we dedicate to them here in the United States. It deals with unemployment and its affects on us and our families. This trailer especially touched my heart, as I am dealing with unemployment like so many Americans. Enjoy the trailer.

New "Buried" Trailer Looks Amazing!

Holy moly! This movie is keeps getting more and more interesting with every picture, every synopsis and now with every trailer. This is the latest trailer for Buried, a Phone Booth style thriller. The movie almost entirely takes place in a coffin, with Ryan Reynolds starring. Check out the trailer; it gives us a great idea of how they're going to fill 90 minutes of thrills without much of a setting at all. WOW!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

First Picture of Thor and His Hammer

This comes to us via The movie is Thor, starring the ridiculously ripped Chris Hemsworth, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Read the story if you'd like, but it's really more about Comic-Con which begins this Thursday in San Diego. I will be there making frequent updates at Twitter. So "follow" me on Twitter for all the up-to-the-minute news.

Thor, Captain America Concept Art


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Very Cool "Infograph" to Explain "Inception"

If you haven't seen the movie, DO NOT click on the "Read more" below. It is a graph that explains the movie in more detail. It's not exactly a spoiler, but it will ruin the overall experience of the film if you have not seen the film. If you have seen the movie, it will give you a clearer picture of what happened. Thank you GFR for the graph.

Maybe There's No "Anchorman 2," But There May Be a "Step Brothers 2!?"

If you have hung out with me or my friends in the last 2 years, chances are you've heard us quote Step Brothers time and time again. It is BY FAR my most watched DVD of the last two years. In fact, I was watching it as I read the story in which I'm posting about haha. For those of you living under a rock, Step Brothers is a 2008 comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as... you guessed it, step brothers. They played 40 year olds, still living with their parents, played by Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and the ageless Mary Steenburgen.

In an interview with Cinemablend, director Adam Mckay explains how a sequel is a real possibility. Paramount turned down the option for an Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy sequel, so Mckay and company are shifting their attention to the Step Brothers sequel. This is awesome news! To read more of the interview click the Cinemablend link above.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Inception" Review

It's one of the most anticipated films in years. It is directed by one of the most innovative and intelligent directors in the industry (Christopher Nolan). It has an all-star cast. Before watching the movie, did we know what it was about? Not exactly. All I knew about Inception was that it involved dreams. And the party began.

What I liked about the film:
We are in a new age of cinema. The studios are after preexisting properties that will offer up huge profits because of their built-in audience and merchandising possibilities. So when an original idea comes around, it's very very refreshing. Original and refreshing say it all when it comes to Inception. The movie cant be tied down to any one particular genre of film. It is science fiction, action, thriller, heist film, and above all else, it's intelligent.

Nolan creates a modern world where people insert themselves into our dreams to steal our deepest secrets. The primary arc of the film is attempting a new concept in dreams: inception. The concept that someone could plant an idea into our deepest subconscious so that it because a part of our thinking in reality... brilliant!

Now It's John Malkovich's Turn... Final RED Poster

This movie is going to be AWE-some!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Now It's Morgan Freeman's Turn... "RED" Poster Looks as Good as the First Two

First a Bruce Willis poster, then Helen Mirren and now Morgan Freeman. I can't wait to see this movie! Check out the trailer here.

Ben Affleck's "The Town" Looks Incredble!

Holy Moly! Ben Affleck in a movie I REALLY want to see? I never thought I'd use those words all in the same sentence in my life. The movie is called The Town, and Affleck is writer/director/star. The screenplay is based on a novel the Chuck Hogan. The movie co-stars Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner, Chris Cooper and Rebecca Hall.

Watch the trailer and look below for my thoughts.

I love this trailer. The story looks so compelling and so enticing. I have to admit when it comes to the acting roles, Ben Affleck's best buddy Matt Damon gets all the good ones. But on the directing side, Affleck's got his number. I really liked Gone Baby Gone, Affleck's directorial debut. And in this film, I think Affleck has captured Boston, the characters and the overall tone necessary to make this movie successful. I am really looking forward to this one, folks.

More "Green Lantern" Pictures from Entertainment Weekly

/Slashfilm has all six new photos, these are the only two I was really interested in. All the photos come courtesy of the next issue of Entertainment Weekly. The picture above shows our main character, Hal Jordan with his Green Lantern Corp. ring. The picture below show's Hal Jordan again, played by Ryan Reynolds along with the character of Carol Ferris, played by the lovely Blake Lively. I STILL don't think she's a good actress by the way. Just had to throw that in for good measure.

The other pics show some of the co-stars of the film (Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, etc.). It's exciting to see these characters come to life. But like I said this morning, I'm so disappointed in the costume. It looks off for some reason, and the mask doesn't compliment the rest at of the costume at all. I know it was necessary to make the suit CGI because of the shape-shifting, but I don't like it so far. I hope I'm proven wrong!

Jennifer Lawrence Cast as Mystique, Kevin Bacon Confirmed for "X-Men: First Class"

Thank GOD the news of Amanda Heard playing Mystique was false! I can't stand her acting, period! Instead we get an actress with a ton of Television experience, Jennifer Lawrence. She is set to play the blue skinned character in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. I don't know her work first-hand, but to be honest, I was so biased AGAINST Heard, this will do just fine for me.

And as rumored, Kevin Bacon is confirmed as the villain in the movie. Still no word on what character he'll be playing, but I still think it's Sinestro. Love it!

First Picture of Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern Released

I've literally been looking forward to the image above for months, only to be let down. Now I know this is just ONE picture of the future superhero film, but still. Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern, in his CGI suit. I still look forward to footage and eventually watching the movie next year. I just didn't expect the suit to look like this.

"Despicable Me" Review

I thought Pixar had no competition whatsoever in the animated genre. I was wrong. Toy Story 3 was amazing, and will remain one of the best animated films of all time, but damn Despicable Me was good! I want to tell you what I liked and didn't like about the movie.

What I liked about the movie:
The Actors/Characters
I don't want to list every actor and what character they played, but this is an amazing cast. Steve Carell plays Gru, a local villain past his prime as far as great heists are concerned. He tries to out-villain the competition. His competition is an up-and-coming villain named Vector, voiced by Jason Segel. Gru adopts three girls to help in his plan, but ends up adoring the girls to death and changing his ways.

Then there's the minions! So cute and funny, but they did remind me of the pigeons in Finding Nemo. Still fantastic! The minions are the Worker Bees to Gru and are hilarious. They don't talk, at least not in a language the audience is supposed to understand. But the way they fight each other, and argue with one another is really great. The animators found a million ways to make the same back creators look different.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Robert Downey Jr. & Zach Galifianakis' "Due Date" Trailer

We've been hearing about Due Date for a while now. Director Todd Phillips follows up The Hangover with this gem of a comedy. Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, road trip, 'nuff said. Check out the trailer... I don't like it at all, but have hope the movie will be funny.

Mark Ruffalo to Play Hulk? Please Let It Be True!

/Slashfilm is reporting via Deadline that Mark 'freakin' awesome' Ruffalo may be the next Hulk! I would love my pick of Cillian Murphy, but this will surely do! Mark Ruffalo is an underrated actor in Hollywood and I hope this news is true. Apparently he's in "late stages of negotiations" to play Bruce Banner in The Avengers! There's no other details, so here are a few roles I really enjoyed Ruffalo in:

Shutter Island: Without spoiling the ending, Ruffalo's job was not an easy one. He was to make the audience think two different things at once until the very last scene of the movie. Great job!

The Brothers Bloom: An otherwise forgettable movie, Ruffalo's con-man character was anything but. Ruffalo played the character with sincerity and made us love to hate his character.

Reservation Road: Playing a character that kills a little boy in a hit-and-run accident, Ruffalo was amazing. He and the previously rumored choice for Bruce Banner, Joaquin Phoenix, were terrific in this character piece.

The Last Castle: Playing a disgraced military man, Ruffalo played a traitor who wanted to desperately redeem himself. Ruffalo stood toe to toe with acting greats, Robert Redford and James Gandolfini.

I'll keep ya posted!

UPDATE: MGM Granted Extension of Its Debts. "Bond 23" No Longer Delayed, It's Canceled?

UPDATE: There is a great article at The Hollywood Reporter about MGM's continuous debt issues. THR is saying MGM was granted an extension on its debt until September 15th, that's an extension of a $250 MILLION dollar payment by the way. In addition to the $250 million, there is another $200 million in interest.

All this is going to do is give the executives time to restructure the studio or sell it; that's all. I'm a business major and I've seen a lot of company's go through what MGM is going through, GM most recently. GM closed down or sold off most of it's line/assets to become a more slimmed down version of its former self. So what now for MGM?

Apparently Warner Brothers offered a buy out last year to the tune of 1.5 BILLION (with a B) dollars, and the offer was considered "too low". Wow, hindsight is 20/20 and MGM should have probably accepted the deal. But it's too late for that. Does MGM sell off its assets, a la the 'James Bond' and 'Hobbit' franchises to recover from this mess? I'm going to say no. If they could just get some additional funding, which is a lot harder than it sounds, they could get these projects off the ground. And unless they do so, there's no winning this battle. So I figure MGM has until September to reorganize and sell the studio or file bankruptcy and hope for a sympathetic decision. It's too bad, another 'Bond' movie would have really been nice in this abismal summer of crap films.

This is really sad news. The 23rd movie in the Bond franchise has not only been delayed, it's been canceled. AICN via /slashfilm is reporting from a source that the studios future is to blame.

Here's the quote from the source: "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on ‘Bond 23? indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of ‘Bond 23'."

I've been reading for months about how MGM was going under, then it was going to be sold, now this. So for all of us Bond fans, this is devastating news. What now? Well, the only case I can remember off the top of my head that compares to this is what happened with The Terminator franchise. That franchise went up for sale just like MGM.

Best case scenario is MGM is bought up by one of the majors and the franchise lives on. Let's hope that happens. But for now, the picture above of Daniel Craig (ridiculously ripped) will be all we get. Then we get to see him in Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens. Keep hope alive!

"Devil" Trailer

Here's the latest trailer of Devil.
The film is advertised as being "From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan" as it was written by him.
The concept is pretty simple: There is a group of people trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil. I find it quite interesting.

What do you think?

Jonathan Nolan May Direct Superman Film?

Time to come out from his brother's shadow? Jonathan Nolan, 'Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan's brother, may direct the next 'Superman' film. Jonathan is a hell of a writer, he co-wrote The Dark Knight, The Prestige, and Memento with brother Christopher; but he has never directed a film.

This actually makes a lot more sense than you think. We knew Chris was brought in by Warner Brothers to Godfather the project and play producer as well. Well he may have been brought in to help his brother direct the movie as well. I don't think it's necessarily a co-director scenario, as much as it is an overlooking the process arraignment.

I didn't want to post this yesterday because it sounded like a far fetched rumor, but now it's becoming more news than rumor. I really don't have much of a personal opinion about this. I wish Chris Nolan had a clone and he was making 'Superman', but that's not possible. So for now, I'll take his brother. If it's confirmed, I'll let you know. But for now, I'm OK with it.

"Thor" Official Photo of Anthony Hopkins as Odin!

Is it me, or is it getting more and more exciting with every released photo of this film!? Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the Marvel Comics Thor! Sick!! Courtesy of the LA Times.

Got so excited about the photo I forgot to mention that both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will be in 3D. Marvel is cashing in! I don't really care about announcements like this, I expect it for every future tent-pole movie. I actually could see 3D working for these superhero films more so than other movies that have been presented in 3D.

We know Thor wasn't shot in 3D, so it's up to the Captain film and then The Avengers to be shot in 3D. When will this stupid gimmick go away!?

Now It's Helen Mirren's Turn... "RED" Poster Looks Awesome

A few days go Bruce Willis, now Helen Mirren. Where you at Mr. Freeman?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Wicked" Film Coming Soon! Who Should Direct?

You really had to have seen the musical to appreciate this post. My wife and I saw Wicked last year in Los Angeles and fell in love. Wicked is "the untold story of the witches of Oz". The musical is so good, so clever, such a spectacle, I walked out thinking to myself, "this is going to make an amazing movie". And here we are a little over a year later, and the news has been announced of such a film.

Deadline broke the story, reporting that Universal will be distributing the film and that the studio has met with various directors. The list includes: J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), James Mangold (Knight and Day), Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love), and Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Chicago).

Check out the Deadline article for details of how the movie came to be. I'm going to instead look at what each of these rumored directors brings to the table:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Why Angelina Jolie Is Turning Down "Wanted 2"

Wanted was a comic book movie adaptation that I really enjoyed. Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy were great in the film. The movie was profitable, so a sequel was inevitable right? Will everyone be coming back? The answer is no. Angelina Jolie will not be. Then there were rumors Kristen Stewart would be joining the sequel. Let's make sense of all of this.

Angelina Jolie's character, Fox, dies at the end of Wanted. So I thought this was always a stupid story. Why dig so deep to make her character come back to life or any of that stupid stuff. During a press junket for the upcoming spy thriller, Salt, Angelina Jolie sat down with She commented on the sequel, and her rejection of it.
Being dead makes it difficult. They were (trying to bring me back) but I kind of feel like if I die in a movie, I should die actually. I'm that way, and that character is not as complex as Salt. It would just be doing the exact same thing in another movie, so it's not that interesting to me.

I already liked Angelina Jolie before this, now I like her even more. How refreshing is it to hear an actress or actor say, "I'm not just going to take the money, this has to make the most sense in the movie". I completely agree with Jolie's decision and think it's the right thing to do.

A few weeks ago I presented a way to make a sequel work for Jolie's character. How about a prequel? Kristen Stewart could show us the Fox's younger years and her inception into the fraternity. That would be pretty cool! We'll see what happens.

Edward Norton's Official Response to "The Avengers" Fiasco...

I read this really early in the day and wasn't sure if I even wanted to post it. But it's late, I'm up, why not? Edward Norton officially responded to The Avengers fiasco that was made public this past weekend. Here's a quick summary and then Norton's response via his Facebook page.

1. Rumor hits the web that Edward Norton will not reprise his role as the Hulk in The Avengers movie.

2. President of production for Marvel, Kevin Friege releases a statement about why they chose to "fire" Norton.

3. Norton's agent releases a statement defending his client and calling Friege's comments "mean spirited".

Now Norton's statement, my thought's after:

Cool Bruce Willis Poster for "RED"

Just because it looks cool!

Superman/Batman Movie Coming In September?! Yes, but it's animated.

If I told you a Superman AND Batman movie was being released in September of THIS year, you'd probably be ecstatic right? Well then I'd have to follow it up with "not exactly". It's the latest from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and their line of awesome animated DC Universe movies. These straight-to-DVD movies are a fanboy's dream. I have them all and think they're great translations from the comic books.

The latest is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. It's a sequel to the successful Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. The movie will be released on DVD (1 and 2 disc) as well as Blu-Ray on September 28th. Included is an animated short featuring Green Arrow!

Later this month Batman: Under the Red Hood will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. You can check out these trailer here. Check this post, you can expect to get even more Batman in your living room. Warner Brothers and DC's next DVD is Batman: Year One, based on the Frank Miller novels. Like I said above, I'm a big fan of these DVD/ Blu-Ray's and love what they're doing. Let's hope Marvel takes a page from DC and helps me to forget what was Planet Hulk.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What now? Who should play Hulk in "The Avengers?"

So we've established Edward Norton will not be playing the Hulk anymore. It was rumored a few days ago, and I posted about it. Then the poop really hit the fan when Marvel's president of production made an official statement about WHY Norton was fired... cause he's a jerk, basically. THEN, Norton's agent responded by calling Marvel's comments "unprofessional" and in "mean spirit". Read both official statements here.

So now Matt and I sound off on who should play the Hulk after the jump.

Edward Norton fired by Marvel. Both Marvel and Norton's representative comment...

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has brought down the hammer, Thor style!  Just the other day we heard that Norton would not reprise his role as Hulk in The Avengers movie.  Now it's getting ugly.  In my posting of the news, my guess was that Marvel just simply didn't want to deal with the very difficult Norton any more.  I was correct!  Here's the email sent to Hit Flix by Kevin Feige:

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.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Edward Norton WILL NOT play the Hulk in "The Avengers" movie?

This is a late story lighting up the web. Fanboys like myself are cringing at the thought that this story ends up being real. Hit Fix broke the story just a few hours ago. Seems as though Marvel is back to their cheap ass ways and doesn't want to shell out the dough necessary to sign Norton to the superhero super-team, The Avengers. The movie has been set in motion for years; and as of last month, 90% of the cast was in place, now this? What's going on? What's the real story? Can we blame them?

My, how the mighty have fallen. Why, Mel Gibson, why?

This guy is suuuuuch an idiot.  I want to take a look at Mel Gibson in a nut shell.  My, how the mighty have fallen.

At one point, Mel Gibson was absolutely, hands down my favorite actor in Hollywood.  He was funny, he could bring emotion, he was in great action movies, he was the whole package.  He went on to direct Braveheart and win Oscars for said movie; he could do no wrong.

Passion of the Christ came out, and all but cemented the notion that "no publicity is bad publicity".  The movie was stomped on by Jewish-rights activists for it's portrayal of Jews in the film.  But the movie just kept making more and more money.  The guy could do no wrong!

Gillian Anderson Cast In "Johnny English" Sequel

Wait, there's a Johnny English sequel?! FatMatt came up to me 5 or 6 years ago and told me about a movie called Johnny English starring the always funny Rowan Atkinson. I trusted his judgment and bought the movie without ever watching it, and I loved it! Atkinson is so good as the goofy spy, not to mention the GORGEOUS Natalie Imbruglia acting rather than singing in the movie. The villain was so funny, and perfectly portrayed by John Malkovich.

The movie was great because it wasn't a complete spy spoof like the 'Austin Powers' movies were. There were realistic characters surrounding Johnny English the spy; he was just a moron. I really liked the movie and am curious about today's news. Gillian Anderson has been cast in the sequel. I have to admit I've never seen a single episode of "X-Files", or either of the two movies. I just have no desire for that type of material. And other than anything "X-Files" related, I don't know any of Anderson's work. We'll see what happens as the movie approaches. The article in Deadline had no other details.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"The Karate Kid" Review

The year? 1984. The movie? The Karate Kid and the freakin' sweet crane kick! I was only 3 years old when the movie came out; but I remember the film's cultural impact of the thereafter. I do remember the sequels (even the God awful 4th film "starring" Hilary Swank). So, now it's 2010, originality is all but dead in Hollywood and the dawn of the reboot is upon us. In comes The Karate Kid (2010).

The trailers look awesome, the cast was satisfactory, how about the movie? Likes and dislikes, comin' right atcha.

Monday, July 5, 2010

"She's Out of My League" DVD Review

I'm gonna bet She's Out of My League is the best movie comedy of the year... that you HAVEN'T seen. 'League' was one of the best comedies I have seen in a long time. I wanna dive right in.

The movie stars Jay Baruchel as Kirk. Kirk has low self-esteem and is an under-achiever. He had aspirations of becoming a pilot, but ended up working with the TSA with 3 of his loser buddies. He lives at home with his mess of a family and drives a p.o.s. Dodge Neon.

A twist of fate, and a returned cell phone later, he starts dating Molly, played by the beautiful Alice Eve. Molly is the opposite of Kirk in that she's got a great job, a great place to live and connections all over Pittsburgh. Hilarity ensues when the two start to get serious and each person's insecurities come to the forefront.