Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paramount's 'Paranormal Activity 2' Teaser is Unleashed

Warning: this trailer contains some spoilers from the first movie. So do you think they can pull off another hit or was the first one a fluke? Paramount has debuted the first official teaser for Paranormal Activity 2. This teaser gives us our very first sneak peak at the concept of this sequel, the setting, and who might be returning. I thought the first film was actually really good and I was definitely scared throughout the movie. I think they could pull it off again, but I'm not going to hold my breath. However, I am a huge scary movie fan, so I'm definitely going to see this in theaters regardless. Anyway, have a look-see.



Paranormal Activity 2 is directed by American filmmaker Tod Williams, otherwise known as Kip Williams, who previously directed indie flicks The Adventures of Sebastian Cole and The Door in the Floor. The script was written by producer/writer Michael R. Perry, who has mostly worked in TV writing for shows like "The Guardian", "Stephen King's Dead Zone", "Law & Order: SVU." This is a sequel to the original Paranormal Activity shot by Oren Peli at his own home on a budget of $15,000. This movie hits theaters on October 22nd, just in time for Halloween and I guess it's the same day Saw VII 3D is released too (good lord).


Will you be seeing this?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Must Watch: First Teaser for Johnny Depp's Animated 'Rango'

Source: Apple


Paramount has just debuted their first teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski's Rango on Apple today. The chameleon Rango is voiced by Johnny Depp - which doesn't really sound like him if you ask me. The rest of the voice cast includes Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina and Ray Winstone. This movie actually looks pretty cute and I can see it turning into a big hit. It's so weird they feel the need to show us a teaser a year in advance, but whatevs. Check out the first teaser trailer below. Enjoy!



Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story by Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit. ILM is animating using "cutting edge techniques" that "allow [them] to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny's performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen." Paramount is bringing Rango to theaters on March 4th, 2011 next spring. Visit the official website as well: RangoMovie.com.

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Thoughts?

Friday, June 25, 2010

~Long Live the King~


It was one year ago today that the world was devastated with the shocking news that the King of Pop had passed away. I remember driving in my car listening to the radio (I know, who does that anymore lol) when I heard. I seriously thought it was a hoax – clearly I was wrong.

Truly this conflicted yet amazing pop icon changed the face of dance and music forever. His brilliant and magnificent career was filled with so many outstanding accomplishments that, needless to say, he will forever go down in history as one of the most influential people in the world. Even though he was M.I.A., so to speak, during his ladder years, it’s still a little weird to comprehend living in a world without him in it. Michael Jackson will definitely be missed, but the legend that he is will live on forever and ever.


~Long Live the King~




I know it’s a little cliché, but my favorite MJ video would have to be Thriller. Part of the allure of the song was its accompanying video. Three words… A-MAZ-ING! And I know this is a tough one, but my all time favorite MJ song would have to be Man in the Mirror. It just makes me so happy and in a way it gives me a sense of hope. I love it! It received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year, and apparently it’s been acclaimed as one of his best vocal performances of all time.

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What are some of your favorite MJ
videos and/or songs?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

'The Kids Are All Right' Trailer

Source: FirstShowing

It seems Focus Features is on a roll these days. Check out their latest trailer for Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance comedy sensation The Kids Are All Right starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson. This is a film about two children who decide to bring their sperm donor father into the picture because they feel the need to get to know him. This looks very light and entertaining. I'm a huge fan of the entire cast too, especially up and coming star, Waskiowksa. Love her!




The Kids Are All Right was both co-written and directed by Columbia University Film School graduate Lisa Cholodenko, who's first feature film was the 1998 indie High Art followed by Laurel Canyon in 2002. She co-wrote the screenplay with Stuart Blumberg, who also helped write Keeping the Faith and The Girl Next Door previously. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It was picked up by Focus Features for US distribution during the festival. Focus is bringing The Kids Are All Right to limited theaters on July 7th.

What do you think?


Wonderful Trailer for Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere'

Source: IMDb


Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film Somewhere. This film stars Stephen Dorff as a "bad-boy actor" stumbling through life who lives in excess at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel, but an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning, forces him to reexamine his life choices. I think this looks truly wonderful, potentially a strong awards contender. The music in this is quite fitting as well. I haven't seen Dorff in anything worth while in a long time and I'm a huge fan of Elle Fanning, she's just adorable. I'm looking forward to seeing this.



Somewhere was both written and direct by Oscar winning American filmmaker Sofia Coppola, daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. She previously directed The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Marie Antoinette, and won the Oscar in 2004 for writing Lost in Translation. This was shot last year in the actual Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood and features a few cameo appearances as well. The film should premiere at the Venice & Toronto Film Festivals in the fall. Focus Features is bringing this movie to theaters on December 22nd.

Worth seeing?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Official Photos of Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

Source: FirstShowing

These may not be official official photos, but these are actual stills from the movie, The Rum Diary, and not just some shots of Johnny Depp taken by the paparazzi while on set down in Puerto Rico. I've heard about this movie many years ago, probably while it was still in the production phase. It's nice to see the film finally taking form. It's also very nice to see Depp in a role that doesn't involve heavy make-up. He's absolutely gorgeous! I have no idea when this movie will hit theaters, but you can bet I'll be the first to let you know as soon as I get wind. Anyway, check out these two photos below!


Based on the
Hunter S. Thompson novel, The Rum Diary, directed by Bruce Robinson (Jennifer 8), follows Depp as Paul Kemp, a divorced alcoholic (drink of choice is rum no less) a
nd a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. With his new friend Bob Sala by his side, Kemp becomes entangled in a corrupt hotel development scheme with a PR consultant named Sanderson. Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Rispoli also star in this.

Thoughts?

Toy Story 3 Review

Source: Box Office Mojo

Toy Story 3 hits theaters this weekend with thunderous applause! According to Box Office Mojo it grossed an estimated $109 million over the weekend. If the estimate holds up, this will top Transformers 2 as the highest June opening weekend ever. This is also by far the best opening ever for a Pixar movie, ahead of 2004's The Increadibles, which made $70.5 million on its opening weekend.
The motley crew of talking toys is a ridiculously entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny movie. Ken (Michael Keaton) definitely stole a few scenes that had me cracking up. This installment might even be the best in the series. It certainly has the biggest adventure and covers the most emotional territory. I just hope they leave it as a trilogy - quit while they're ahead ya know.

The movie is set about a decade after the first "To
y Story." Andy is now a teenager headed off to college. His toys - Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the gang - end up at Sunny Side day-care where at first, it seems like paradise - the toys will be loved by endlessly recycled crops of young children. However, reality sets in after the toys end up in a room full of wild toddlers who use them as paintbrushes and pacifiers.
I won't tell you how it ends, but their path takes you on a exhilarating joy-ride filled with fun and unexpected adventure. I thought they did an absolutely beautiful job wrapping up this series. It was very touching near the end and it definitely took my breath away, and I'll bet it will takes yours. This movie essentially has you in the palm of its hand. It remarkably assesses how our sense of belonging to someone is so much a part of our happiness in life, even if we’re only made of plastic. Do see this lovely film immediately if not sooner. Seeing it in 3-D was fun, but it's definitely not a movie where the 3-D enhances the experience.

And yes, there's a new Pixar short in front of the film, and yes, it's pretty fantastic. "Day & Night" is a piece about two characters whose bodies are transparent, filled with gorgeously animated landscapes that reflect their emotional states. It's a simple little movie about the power of appreciating different ideas and perspectives, and I've never seen anything quite like it.
RATING: A


What did you think?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader First Trailer

Source: YouTube

You're adventure begins now!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is the second sequel in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise (which started with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005). This time the four siblings end up taking a journey on a ship called the Dawn Treader, which takes them to all kinds of spectacular places. This definitely looks like a strong return to the magical world of Narnia that fans have been waiting for. I actually think this looks pretty damn good. Check it out!



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is directed by British filmmaker Michael Apted, of films like Class Action, Thunderheart, Extreme Measures, The World Is Not Enough, Amazing Grace and The Power of the Game previously. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (You Kill Me, Prince Caspian, Marvel's Captain America) and Michael Petroni (Queen of the Damned, Boys Own Story, Possession). This is based on the third book in C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia series. 20th Century Fox is bringing Dawn Treader to theaters everywhere, in 3-D, on December 10th.

Will you see this movie in theaters?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Happy 47th Johnny!

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It bothers me a bit when people think I like this actor sole based on his good looks. While he’s definitely gorgeous, there’s no denying that, this beautiful man has a staggering amount of talent to back up those devastatingly good looks and charm. He embodies every role he takes - transcending them if you will. He has the ability to make us forget we’re even watching a Johnny Depp movie. Through the years he’s made a fabulous career out of playing odd ball roles. That’s part of his charm and we love him for that. You can truly see he thoroughly enjoys his craft. Pirates of the Caribbean, Benny & Joon, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Edward Scissorhands, and Blow are just a few of my favorite Depp movies. This quirky and extremely versatile actor exudes sex appeal daily with those high cheekbones and those soulful brown eyes. It blows minds how the chiseled actor doesn't get the fuss about his own allure. "I have no idea," he says.

He is without doubt one of my all time favorite actors. I look forward to seeing what's in store for him in the future. Thanks Johnny, for bringing us some of the best entertainment and talent Hollywood has to offer. Hats off to you!


We hope you have a wonderful &
happy birthday!


The birthday boy is currently filming The Tourist, staring alongside Angelina Jolie and Paul Bettany, where he plays an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. This movie will hit theaters next February. Other projects include; The Rum Diary due out later this year. Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides both set for release next year. And he is rumored to be in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Sin City 3 both due out in 2012.


What are some of your favorite
Johnny Depp movies?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The HBO Series 'Entourage' Soon Be A Featured Film

Source: MTV

It's official! MTV reports that Mark Wahlberg is dedicated to making the HBO hit series "Entourage" into a featured film. "I am more focused on making that movie than my own films," Wahlberg said. "I just think we can make a great movie… I think we're going to do it. We just have to end strong, and this season is, by far, the best season." Fan's of the show should be pretty excited about this. I'm a huge fan, so this is pretty cool news!

Wahlberg dropped a little hint about what the movie storyline might be: "In the trailer, you see [Ari Gold and his associate, Lloyd] waking up together in Vegas not knowing what happened," Wahlberg imagined. "It would be pretty cool!" So it's kind of like "Entourage" meets The Hangover? And instead of Mike Tyson - how about Marky Mark? "Possibly, yeah," he said about appearing in a cameo. "I've been on the show so many times, and we've got some great cameos coming up this year." That's all he would reveal, but it sounds like things are slowly coming together. I'm definitely excited!

Season seven premieres at the end of this month, Sunday June 27th. Check out the preview below.




Anyone excited for the movie and/or
the season premiere?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Indie Flick 'Miss Nobody'

Source: SIFF

Miss Nobody is an indie flick playing this year at SIFF. It stars Leslie Bibb as a mild-mannered secretary who discovers that she has a talent for murder all the while ascending the corporate ladder. In addition to Bibb, this flick also stars Brandon Routh, Adam Goldberg, and a slew of other actors you may recognize. This quirky, dark comedy actually looks pretty good and I'm definitely interested in seeing it. Check it out!



Miss Nobody is directed by Tim Cox, who got his start as a storyboard artist for commercials and music videos. The screenplay was written by newcomer Doug Steinberg. This was shot back in late 2007 and has been in post-production until now.


Look any good?

Splice Review

I really should research my movies beforehand. Had I known Splice's director, Vincenzo Natali is the same guy who directed Cube (awful, horrible, pointless movie btw) I would have stayed away... far away.

From a distance, it does have some good things going for it. It stars actors of skill and intelligence - Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley, but the good news stops there. This story goes from intriguing to weird to boring to gross and disturbing with the speed of a car rolling downhill. And the laughter you hear in the theater is the audience's natural response when it does.

A couple of conceited scientist, Clive (Brody) and Elsa (Polly) successfully create a new life form by splicing a bunch of different genes together. Not being happy with this major accomplishment they immediately think – hey let’s splice human and animal DNA together and see what we get. "What's the worse that can happen?" When are scientists going to learn that these experiments at playing god never end well?

The first half of the movie is actually pretty decent. It pretends to have a debate about the ethics of what they are doing. It’s handled in about one or two sentences, and it goes something like this – “We shouldn’t do this,” “Why?” “It’s illegal and we’ll lose our jobs” “We will do it in secret, no one will ever find out,” “Ok…” Natali takes a lot of time for the set up and does a good job of making us care about Dren, the “child” they end up creating (Delphine Chanéac), but it takes forever to go beyond the birth and the child years to the inevitable “evil” turn.

The movie fails to give the main characters any texture and by the time the movie does give us some background it feels completely out of the blue. I guess I would have been fine with the movie if it was a straight up horror film, however it desperately wants to be a serious film, and fails miserably.


All the actors give decent performances with the material they have, the problem is the story was just so derivative of a million other straight to DVD movies of this type. I guess it’s an OK Saturday night HBO and/or SyFy, I have nothing better to do type of film, but as a Hollywood movie? Just pass.
RATING: D-


What did you think?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Trailer

Source: YouTube


"You really don't stand a chance."

All right Harry Potter fans, get excited! Warner Brothers debuted a very short mini-trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I during the MTV Movie Awards tonight (which were so awful I'm still barfing, FYI). This clip feels like a shorten version of a full-length trailer we'll most likely see sometime in the next month or two, since the first half of Deathly Hallows doesn't hit theaters 'til November - why they feel the need to show so much before the actually movie comes out will continue to bother me. Anyhow, it looks like they've decided to continue marketing the entire conclusion as one big finale. As in, there are scenes from both movies in this trailer - not quite sure where they're going to end the first half. Anyway, this looks pretty cool, so have a look-see!

Voldemort's power is growing. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows is again directed by British filmmaker David Yates, of Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince previously. The script was also written again by Steve Kloves, of Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and also Half-Blood Prince, but not Order of the Phoenix. This is based on J.K. Rowling's very popular series of books which have already concluded. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I will arrive in theaters on November 19th!

Look any good?


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