Monday, January 31, 2011

Must Watch: Robert Redford's The Conspirator

Source: Yahoo

The official trailer for Robert Redford's newest feature film The Conspirator hit the net last week and not only does this look powerful and intense, but it also looks extremely well made. This period piece stars a huge cast, including, Robin Wright as Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln, James McAvoy as her lawyer, plus Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston. WOW! That's one amazing cast. This looks really good. Take a look!

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln.

The Conspirator is directed by legendary actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, who previously directed The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show, The Horse Whisperer, The Legend of Bagger Vance and Lions for Lambs. The script was written by
James D. Solomon, who is making his feature debut after producing/writing for "The Bronx Is Burning". The story is credited to Solomon and Gregory. Roadside Attractions is bringing The Conspirator to theaters starting April 15th. Visit the film's new official website.

Looks good, right?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Henry Cavill is Officially Cast as Superman: The Man of Steel!

Source: Deadline

We've known since October that
Zack Snyder will be directing the new Superman: Man of Steel. However, many of us have been waiting anxiously to find out who will don the cape and soar through the sky as the man of steel. Well, the wait has finally come to an end, as Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced that British actor Henry Cavill ("The Tudors," The Count of Monte Cristo, not to mention one of my all time favorites) has landed the coveted superhero role as Superman. Anyone who is close to me knows, I adore this actor. I've been waiting for his breakout role for years. He's got talent and the definite devastatingly good looks and charm. It was only a matter of time. This is very exciting news! He'll also staring in The Immortals later this year, which I can't wait to see either.

Here's what director Zack Snyder had to say about their new Superman:

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”

Deadline says Cavill had been in the running for Batman for 2005's Batman Begins before being beat out by Christian Bale and was even considered for James Bond before being deemed too young. Now Cavill has his breakout role as one of the most iconic superheroes of all-time. It's about time! I suppose it seems odd they cast a British actor to play Superman - the all American superhero who stands for truth, justice and the American way, but let's not forget that Christian Bale (a British actor) is Batman and Andrew Garfield (who's also from the UK) is Spiderman. It'll be fine. I can't wait! Let's hope this will be better than the 2006 Superman Returns.


What do you think of Henry Cavill as Superman?

Indie Comedy Trailer, Peep World

Source: Yahoo

This is a delightful indie comedy. IFC Films released the official trailer for Peep World, a dysfunctional family comedy about four siblings whose lives are ruined when a book that exposes all of their secrets and embarrassing problems is released. It has a pretty major cast too, including the likes of: Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Kate Mara, Rainn Wilson, Judy Greer, Ben Schwartz, Taraji Henson and Ron Rifkin as the dad. I'm not a fan of Sarah Silverman, but it doesn't look like she'll bug in this movie. It looks really good. It looks like one of those amusing indies to watch with friends that will no doubt make you laugh out loud. Take a look!

You can also watch the Peep World trailer in High Definition on Yahoo

At their father's 70th birthday party, four siblings (Hall, Silverman, Wilson, Schwartz) come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.

Peep World is directed by veteran filmmaker Barry W. Blaustein, of Beyond the Mat, The Ringer and Guys 'N Divas: Battle of the High School Musicals previously. The screenplay was written by Peter Himmelstein, of only The Key Man previously. This premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is being released by IFC Films in theaters on March 25th.

Anyone interested?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the 2011 Oscar Nominies Are...

The complete list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced earlier this week. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This is the second year since 1943 that 10 films are nominated for Best Picture and they've revealed an interesting set of nominees, as expected. But there are plenty more great selections hidden within, so without further ado, take a look at the full nominees list. I've also highlighted the ones I hope win.

The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with a live telecast airing on ABC starting at 8PM (EST) / 5PM (PST). This year's ceremony is being hosted by lovely and talented James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Can't wait for the big night!

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

If Social doesn't it take it this year, I hope it's by either Inception or The Kings Speech. And it has to be said, I'm still annoyed they nominate 10 movies. BOO! A cartoon should never be a Best Picture nominee.

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Joel & Ethan Coen - True Grit
David O. Russell - The Fighter

I'm really surprised Christopher Nolan got snubbed. WTH?!

Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Christian Bale - The Fighter
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Mike Leigh - Another Year
Scott Silver & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson - The Fighter
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler - The King's Speech

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy - 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network
Michael Arndt - Toy Story 3
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini - Winter's Bone

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

I know TS3 will take it this year, and even though it's quite deserving, I still want Dragon to take the Oscar.

Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

Matthew Libatique - Black Swan
Wally Pfister - Inception
Danny Cohen - The King's Speech
Jeff Cronenweth - The Social Network
Roger Deakins - True Grit

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Iron Man 2

Although HP7.1 had some pretty rad visual effects, I'm still going to have to go with Inception.

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The King's Speech
True Grit

Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Barney's Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

The Wolfman? Is this a joke?!!

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

SOUND MIXING: (the sound design as a whole)
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

SOUND EDITING: (how the sounds are created)
Toy Story 3
Tron Legacy
True Grit

John Powell - How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer - Inception
Alexandre Desplat - The King's Speech
A.R. Rahman - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network

I'm extremely excited and pleasantly surprised to see How to Train Your Dragon get nominated.

"Coming Home" from Country Strong
"I See the Light" from Tangled
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

I hope they showcase each song individually this year, as they should, instead of combining them like they've done in years past. Hate it when they do that!

I'm actually pretty happy with this year's nominations. 2010 was a fantastic year in film and it's nice to see a lot of them get recognized. However, as always they're missing some good noms like Christopher Nolan for directing, Andrew Garfield for Supporting Actor in The Social Network, Daft Punk's Tron Legacy score and Despicable Me for Animated Feature. Anyway, with that being said, I'm still, as always, looking forward to seeing who wins on February 27th. Only 30 more days to go!

Who do you want to see win this year?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Must Watch: New Trailer for Crazy Killer Tire Film 'Rubber'

Source: Apple

"Everybody, this is what our killer looks like."

If you think there is no originality in Hollywood, think again. I saw this trailer last year and was completely stunned and amazed all at once - I think it rendered me speechless. I had forgotten about this movie until a new full length trailer popped up this weekend. A film called Rubber about, believe it or not, a mindful rubber tire that rolls around town blowing people up because it doesn't like the way humans treat, well, tires. This film was first shown at Cannes last year and again at Fantastic Fest last fall. Rubber is hitting limited theaters in a few months, and Magnet Releasing has released a theatrical trailer. This could easily be the weirdest and wackiest film to date. It definitely takes the cake for originality, no doubt. Have a look-see.

You can also watch the official Rubber trailer in High Definition on Apple.

In the Californian desert, an incredulous audience gathers to watch a telepathic tire's adventures that are mysteriously attracted by a beautiful lady. An investigation begins. Their official site -

Rubber is written and directed by French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr. Oizo (who is a well-known French music producer), who has a few other indie films under his belt including Nonfilm and Steak. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and was eventually picked up by Magnet Releasing for distribution. Rubber arrives in limited theaters starting on April 1, 2011. Sure hope it comes to my town.

Anyone curious to see it?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

First Look at Clueless Director's New Movie, 'Vamps'

Source: Firstshowing

I'm a huge Vampire (movie/book) fan, but even I can get a little sick of this genre that continues to saturate Hollywood. Do we really need another vampire movie? Well, if it's a ridiculous comedy from the director of Clueless, Amy Heckerling, then maybe yes. I love when a good vampire idea surfaces. Heckerling's latest movie, Vamps, sounds both fresh and funny. Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter play two beautiful vamps, who were turned by vampire queen Sigourney Weaver. The two are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each one has to make a life-changing choice.

Sadly, there are no pics of Weaver yet, nor is there a trailer for the movie, but stay tuned. And as far as when this movie will hit theaters is still a mystery... I'll be sure to keep you posted. In the mean time, check out the interview with Ritter.



Wes Craven's Second Trailer For 'Scream 4'

Source: Apple

"It's time for someone new to die."

In the beginning one phone call started it all... This is the second and newest trailer for Wes Craven's teen horror flick masterpiece, Scream 4. It originally premiered last weekend, but was quickly pulled down by The Weinstein Company. Thankfully its back up and in high def. courtesy of Apple. I featured a teaser Trailer for this last year, but now we have a better look at where the story is going to go and it looks pretty much as I expected. Can't wait! This time around the cast has tripled in size and includes: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody (love him!) and Alison Brie. Check it!

You can also watch the new Scream 4 trailer in High Definition on Apple

Ten years have passed since the first series of killings, and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the infamous Ghostface Killer once again.

Scream 4 is once again directed by the horror mastermind Wes Craven, of The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, Red Eye and the original Scream trilogy. The screenplay was written by franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who wrote Scream 1 & 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films is bringing this scream fest to theaters in 3D (shocker) on April 15th, 2011. My friend Jason and I can not wait to see this movie!

Who else is excited to see this?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Anne Hathaway Officially Cast as Catwoman in 'Dark Knight Rises'!

Source: SlashFilm

Not too sure I'm happy with this bit of casting news. Warner Bros has confirmed on two major roles in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. The news was announced in a press release and apparently the two roles cast today are roles no one expected. First, Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle, the altar ego of Catwoman! "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story," Nolan said. And second, Tom Brady, who we already know is in the cast, has been confirmed as the villain Bane, another very odd pick most didn't see coming.

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. "I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman's most formidable enemies." The press release doesn't include any other info besides to mention that Christian Bale will be back as Batman. Wow, some very odd choices for characters, and I'm not sure everyone will be happy. Hathaway is great in some roles, but not for Catwoman. My #1 choice for Catwoman would have to be Eva Green. She would be fantastic! Emily Blunt or Marion Cotillard are also good choices as well. Hmmm... not sure what to make of all this news yet. I'm sure it will grow on me and I have no doubt the movie will rock regardless, but for now I'm not thrilled.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012. Chris Nolan is currently in pre-production and is still set to start shooting later this year once he gets a full cast together. Stay tuned!

Not sure what to make of this news yet. Thoughts?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Golden Globe 2011 Highlights

I'm usually not one for watching The Golden Globes, but since last year demonstrated such brilliance loaded with an array of fantastic performances and films, I was curious to see who would win. It was tough to root for any one film this year because there are a lot of great ones - just look at Best Drama - Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network. The winners of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, (aka the precursor to the Academy Awards), were announced tonight at an exciting ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel that was hosted by Ricky Gervais. I'm usually not a fan, but tonight he surprised me with a few laughs, at the expense of the actors and actresses no less. Check out the winners below. Winners are highlighted in BOLD.

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
Winner! The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Winner! Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter


Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Winner! Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Alice in Wonderland
Winner! The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist


Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Winner! Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack

Winner! Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A


Biutiful (Spain) - Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Concert (France) - Radu Mihaileanu
The Edge (Russia) - Aleksei Uchitel
I Am Love (Italy) - Luca Guadagnino
Winner! In a Better World (Denmark) - Susanne Bier

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist

Winner! Toy Story 3

Winner! Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Winner! Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
Winner! David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy - 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David Seidler - The King's Speech
Winner! Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

Alexandre Desplat - The King's Speech
Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahman - 127 Hours
Winner! Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network
Hans Zimmer - Inception

"Bound to You" - Burlesque
"Coming Home" - Country Strong
"I See the Light" - Tangled
"There's a Place for Us" - Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Winner! "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me" - Diane Warren, Burlesque

Winner! Robert De Niro

Altogether not a bad year, honestly, this was mostly what I expected. However, I am a little surprised Inception left empty handed. Otherwise, I'm happy to see David Fincher finally win and The Social Network take home so many well deserved awards, and I'm especially excited for Natalie Portman and Colin Firth's win, as I wanted them to win the moment I stepped out of both of those films. So what do you think - will The King's Speech, The Social Network or Inception take the Oscar next? I'm not going to lie, even though those are all fantastic films, I really want The Social Network to win Picture, Director, Score and Screenplay. Are the winners tonight an early indicator for the Oscars? I guess we'll just have to wait and see come February 27th.

Share your thoughts...
What did you think of tonight's show and winners?

Friday, January 14, 2011

First Look at the NEW Spider-Man Costume!

Source: Deadline

It's here! We finially get our exciting first official look at Andrew Garfield in the Spider-Man costume as, you guessed it,... Spider-Man. The reboot of this superhero franchise is being directed by 500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb. The photo was officially unveiled by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures yesterday (via Deadline), meaning this starts their massive two-year marketing process, as the new Spider-Man won't arrive in theaters until July 3rd, 2012. But with that said, it's an exciting and intriguing first reveal, and one that I'm sure a lot of you guys might actually like. I'm a fan of Garfield and I think he will make a fantastic Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Check out the first official photo and be sure to visit their newly launched Spider-Man Facebook page, too!


The texture of his outfit definitely does look unique and I'm amazed/surprised to see them come up with some that doesn't look too much like Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man costume, which I actually loved quite a bit. In addition to Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man (being shot in 3D as we speak) also stars Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben Parker, Sally Field as Aunt May and Denis Leary as George Stacy. Production is now under way, as Marc Webb has already started shooting his epic new take on the beloved comic book superhero. Stay tuned for more Spider-Man hayman to come.

What do you think of the new costume?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Country Strong Review

This is one of the first movies to kick off 2011 and it didn't disappoint. I was extremely excited to see this movie from the get go, and was pleased this done-a-thousand-times country story met my expectations. One might think this is the girl version of Crazy Heart, and to a point that's exactly what Country Strong is, but dive deeper into the story and you'll see that not everything is as it seems. Even though the material wasn't new, the film isn't as predictable as one might think. There were about three instances where I thought - "Wow, didn't see that coming."

The story is about a fallen country music super star, Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) who has just finished a brief stint in rehab and after an early release her husband/manager James Canter (Tim McGraw) is eager to get her back on tour again. During her rehab Kelly befriended a young and talented boy, Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), who is an aspiring musician. She only agrees to go back on tour if he opens for her. Turns out James has his eye on another opener instead, country Barbi-doll singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). As a compromise, the two budding stars end up both heading out on the road with her. One dazed stage appearance later, and it’s quite evident that Kelly is hardly ready to resume her career. And from there the story takes flight.

Sure, it's not a fantastic or solid piece of work, but what the film lacks in plot lines, it makes up for in the saving grace of the four personalities. We see Kelly and James struggle to revive a marriage weighed down by professional obligations. We see James and Beau's intense mutual apathy for Kelly's well-being, we see Kelly's icy treatment of Chiles, who returns the cold shoulder with wide-eyed admiration and finally we see Beau and Chiles' very different reactions to their first brushes with fame. I know this is a Paltrow film, but McGraw really blew me away with his well mannered, quiet, pent-up emotions. One scene in particular (where he stops dancing with Paltrow), really took my breath away. Even though it was ever so subtle, you could still taste the hurt and pain from his built up tears in his heartbroken eyes. That takes talent. It was quite moving.

The film didn't receive great reviews from critics and it may not be strong enough for all moviegoers, but Country Strong was entertaining enough for me. I actually really enjoyed my movie experience. I'm a huge Paltrow fan and I thought she did a good bringing her acting skills to the world of song. I was impressed that everyone did their own signing as well. I'm not much of a country music person, but I really enjoyed all the fun songs during the film.

Director, Shana Feste did a good job showing what it takes to have a comeback and how quickly it can all come to an end. She also did a decent job portraying the avenues of addition and the hardships that come with it, not to mention all the ups and downs that come with fame and marriage, love and above all growth. This movie isn't as happy go lucky as you might think either, in fact it's pretty intense. It caught me be surprise in a lot of ways. And I believe that's one of the reason's I enjoyed this film so much.

What did you think?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Most Anticipated Films of 2011


2010 was definitely a phenomenal year in film Filmography 2010. 2011 certainly has a lot to live up to. Can she pull it off? We shall see. She definitely holds a lot of promise with oodles of goodies to get excited about - spanning from its array of comic book heroes, to swash buckling pirates, thrillers and remakes, all the way to sequels and quadrilogies. Below is a list of the top 25 films I'm really excited to see this year. While some may question some of my choices, others will agree full-heartedly. Take a look!

Country Strong (1/7)

Unknown (2/18)

The Adjustment Bureau (3/4)

Rango (3/4)

Your Highness (4/8)

Scream 4 (4/15)

African Cats: Kingdom of Courage (4/22)

Fast Five (4/29)

Thor (5/6)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (5/20)

The Hangover Part II (5/26)

Green Lantern (6/17)

Rise of the Apes (6/24)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (7/1)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (7/15)

August (BEST month ever!):
Fright Night (8/19)


Shark Night 3D (9/2)

Piranha 3DD (9/16)


The Thing (10/14)

Contagion (10/21)

Immortals (11/11)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (11/18)

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (12/16)

Sherlock Holmes 2 (12/16)

I'm sure other films will spark my interest as the year progresses, and there are a few that I'll probably see that aren't on this list, but as of right now, these are the top 25 films I'm excited to see the most. What about you? Tell me some of the films your excited to see this year....

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