Friday, March 30, 2012

The New Dark Superman Logo Revealed

Source: Facebook & Collider

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's... the logo! Warner Bros. debuted the film’s official Facebook page earlier this week which unveiled the shiny new logo for the superhero film Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder. The ever so lovely Henry Cavill is our new Superman (HOT!) and Russell Crowe as his father Jor-El, as well as a new cast of bright faces. The logo is nicely made of, well, steel, and the whole thing is slightly reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Batman posters. This makes sense, as Nolan is a producer, which gives me hope that this reboot might be as good as it deserves. We have yet to see any footage or a trailer yet, but I'm sure we can expect one or two this summer, at least with The Dark Knight Rises. In the meantime, it sounds like we should keep an eye on this Facebook page, as it looks like more updates will be hitting there soon.



In Zack Snyder's Superman, Henry Cavill (hot!) plays the new Clark Kent, who goes toe-to-toe with General Zod, played by Michael Shannon. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane (which I'm still on the fence about), and Diane Lane & Kevin Costner as Martha & Jonathan Kent and even Russell Crowe as Jor-El. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Man of Steel is now slated for a June 14th, 2013 release date. That’s so far away!

What do you think of the new logo?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

House at the End of the Street Trailer

Source: MTV

"Promise me you won't tell anyone about Carrie Anne?"
If you're still jonsin' for more Jennifer Lawrence, no need to fear. House at the End of the Street is the new horror thriller from Mark Tonderai. The story follows a teen girl (Lawrence) who moves with her mom (Elisabeth Shue) to a new town and learns that their home is next door to a house where a double murder took place. Complications, of course, unfold when the teen befriends the massacre's sole surviving son (Max Thieriot). Turns out this trailer was actually shot before the start of The Hunger Games. It's very Memento of them, in that it's filmed backwards (end to beginning). I do love a good scary movie and this looks interesting enough to keep me engaged. Take a look.

Mark Tonderai makes his big screen directorial debut with The House at the End of the Street, a new horror film written by David Loucka (Dream House). The film is slated to terrify us in theaters this fall on September 21, 2012.

Anyone interested?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Animated ABC Movie Monsters

Source: Vimeo

La Pompadour is a new French animator on Vimeo who has done some fresh editing with this latest ABC Monsters mash up. His short video takes us on a trip through some of the scariest movie (and TV) monsters. I love how the opening credits read “This video is dedicated to all the monsters who screwed our nights. I love you so much, you bastards.” I bet some of these monsters haunted your childhood (and even adult) dreams. Jason Voorhees definitely freaked me out as a child. Take a look and enjoy!

Clearly there's some easy one's in the mix: "A" for Alien, "F" for Freddy Krueger and "V" for Darth Vader, but he also included some creatures that I wouldn't necessarily call monsters like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. I also wonder why he used a few TV characters for some of the letters, i.e. the serial killer from Dexter and the TV version of The Incredible Hulk. Alas, the animation is so creative and rad, we can over look that. Plus, there's some I haven't even figured out yet.

Can you name them all?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Slim Chances for John Carter Sequel

Source: Firstshowing

When stupid, idiotic movies like Twilight are pumped out to the masses, it's a sad shame movies like John Carter don't get enough credit. I'm sad to report we won't be going back to Barsoom anytime soon. I wanted to express my feelings regarding this news, but our friends over at Firstshowing say it perfectly. I'm just glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Despite some strong praise and a hopeful fanbase, Disney just couldn't figure out how to properly market John Carter (of Mars) to get theaters seats filled. Being up against Universal and Illumination Entertainment's family film The Lorax didn't help matters any as the film kicked Carter's ass two weekends in a row. Now the chances of a sequel to a film that crafted a promising world and delivered some truly thrilling action and exciting adventure are slim as Disney has revealed they're likely losing about $200 million because of the film's poor performance.

Not only is this sad news for those of us that really enjoyed the epic space adventure, but it's even worse for those who didn't give the film a chance. They truly don't know what they're missing. While some have criticized the film for having elements of Star Wars, Avatar and plenty other sci-fi films, the fact is the story on which the film is based on inspired those stories. The film taking cues from the films that took notes from Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi classic is just going full circle. And it's not as if there weren't plenty of original characters and creatures in the film to keep audiences interested.

Lynn Collins' is easily as much of a poster girl for teenage boys as Carrie Fisher became decades ago, especially after that metal bikini is Return of the Jedi. The alien races are interesting and there's a slew of civilizations that make for a rich universe. Carter himself is a selfless hero, the kind that you love to see develop and come into their own, especially over multiple films.
In closing, John Carter is simply a product of poor marketing. I know it wasn't as innovative and cool as the special effects in Avatar, but I could seriously see this film going places. I bet it will reach cult status 20 years down the road, bringing on a late and overdue sequel, just like they did with Tron. I was just hoping for one sooner. It truly is a fun exhilarating sci-fi adventure worth seeing.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Prometheus Trailer

Source: AMC

"A King has his reign and then he dies"

20th Century Fox has revealed their second trailer to Ridley Scott's Prometheus. This brilliant epic return to sci-fi (and the Alien universe) looks absolutely, breathtakingly phenomenal. The cast includes Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, with Michael Fassbender as the android David. If this movie is half as good as this trailer appears, I will be completely satisfied. I cannot wait! Take a look and enjoy!

A team of explorers find a clue to the origins of man on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe... There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

This movie is directed by legendary Oscar nominated filmmaker Ridley Scott, who started it all with Alien and Blade Runner. The screenplay was originally written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens and Star Trek 2). Prometheus set to hit theaters in 3D starting on June 8, 2012.

Are you excited?

Second Phenomenal Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

Source: YouTube

"You have eyes Huntsman, but you do not see"
Universal has unleashed their second full-length trailer to Snow White and the Huntsman. And despite the fact that Kristen (can't act/horribly cast) Stewart stars as Snow White, this trailer still looks phenomenal and I'll for sure be seeing this in theaters. The movie also stars the likes of Chris Hemsworth as the "Huntsman" and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. This is even more epic than the first trailer, with even more stunning visuals, and awesome battle scenes. (side note: I do feel this trailer reveals too much, but whatevs) This is definitely a dark, Lord of the Rings-like twist on the classic fairytale. It looks badass. Take a look!

In this new epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) who's out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Actors Eddie Izzard, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan and Ian McShane play the seven dwarfs. This is being directed by Rupert Sanders, an acclaimed commercials director making his feature debut. Arrives in theaters on June 1, 2012. I can't wait!

Looks good, doesn't it?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

John Carter Review

95 years is a long time for a book to be made into a movie. The film is largely based on 'A Princess of Mars', the first in a series of 11 novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. John Carter is the new Disney adventure about an interplanetary Civil War veteran who travels to Mars, becomes a slave, only to escape to become the reluctant hero who falls in love.

Pixar director Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo and WALL-E) makes his impressive live-action debut, integrating the movie’s real actors with computer-generated characters using suburb special-effects and imagery.

I was shocked by other reviews and disappointed with the lack of enthusiast here in the US. Overseas is a different story, however, already ranking in over $126M. John Carter is an enjoyable, if only a little cheesy and predicable Sci-fi fantasy extravaganza. It holds the spirit and energy of Flash Gordon including its own outrageously fun premise - although not nearly as corny. There's definitely nothing original about this movie. It's Flash Gordan, Stargate, Star Wars and Avatar wrapped into one exciting joy-ride. However, this book came first and inspired both Lucas and Cameron.

One of the many things I enjoyed about this movie is the nice little morsels of humor. There's this sort of Martian-like dog (looks a lot like a big frog), that runs around at high speeds and comes to the rescue just in the nick of time. It was a nice touch mixed with all the exciting adventures.

I will say the story is a little convoluted only because several new cultures and competing political groups are introduced in a short amount of time. I didn't have trouble following the story, but apparently it's been an issues. The visual effects were stunning and quite convincing. The acting, by Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Lynn Collins (Princess Dejah Thoris) among others are quite effective too. I felt the writers did an excellent job tying up the movie in the end, keeping it interesting and full of intrigue. They definitely left it open for a sequel, one I hope comes to fruition.

What were your thoughts?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dark Shadows Trailer

ource: Apple

"Are you stoned or something?"

Johnny Depp and Vampires?! It's like heaven wrapped in a pretty 2 hour Burton bow. Warner Brothers has debuted their official trailer for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, his fantastical new take on the gothic horror 60's TV series featuring the vampire Barnabas Collins, played by the ever so lovely Johnny Depp. I've been waiting a while to see this and wow, this looks great. It's dark, creepy, humorous, quirky and above all fun and entertaining. The cast includes Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, the darling Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller and Bella Heathcote. Talk about a killer cast. Take a look!

A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of 200 year old vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts as master of Collinwood Manor in Collinsport, Maine.

Dark Shadows is directed by imaginative filmmaker Tim Burton, (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland). He's directing from a script by author-turned-writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) based on the cult ABC TV series created by Dan Curtis. I can't wait to see this movie. It looks like it could be extremely fun. Expect to see this movie hit theaters on May 11, 2012.

What do you make of it?

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