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Marvel Chief Joe Quesada Talks ‘Thor’; Kat Dennings’ Role Revealed
The Movie God   |  

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada recently answered a pile of questions for Comic Book Resources, and among the topics, the Thor movie adaptation was naturally one of the prime topics covered. Quesada was asked how confident that he was in the the project and how he answers to those who remain skeptical of Thor’s ability to work as a movie and become the next mega-franchises.

While it’s obvious that Quesada wasn’t going to say anything negative about a property in which he holds massive stake in, it is still interesting enough to read what him and others like them are seeing from the film makers. He talks about how we the movie-goers — whether fans of Thor or not — will go in expecting one thing or another, and that none of us will get what we expect. He also goes on to talk about how unbelievably passionate director Kenneth Branagh is when he’s directing, and what he thinks while watching him work.

Click over and continue reading to check out the massive quote from Quesada. You can also head over to the link above to check out a bunch more questions and answers from the Marvel chief.

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Geek Peek: ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader’ Images
The Movie God   |  

Voyage of the Dawn Treader Banner

Back in December, it was reported that the Walt Disney Company had decided to step away from the Chronicles of Narnia franchise that they had been co-producing with Walden Media (Read: Disney Breaks Up With ‘Narnia’ Franchise). This was partly surprising, but at the same time it really wasn’t. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe did very well, costing $180 Million and bringing back almost $750 Million worldwide, but The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian jumped up to a $220 Million budget and only made $420 Million worldwide. There were still more books in the series expected to become movies, but with such a severe drop-off, the risk became too great…for Disney at least.

Within the same month that Disney decided to drop the franchise, Fox decided they wanted to jump into the pool with Walden in order to make The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was already in pre-production (Read: Fox Decides To Pick Up ‘Narnia’ Franchise Afterall).

Now that we’re all caught up with the drama that has unfolded since the last movie was released, we now have our first official images from Voyage of the Dawn Treader via its Facebook page. This seems fast and unexpected all things considered, but as said, they were in pre-production, so here we are!

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Movie Review: Ninja Assassin
Jack Bauerstein83   |  

 ninja assassinNinja Assassin
Directed by James McTeigue
Written by Matthew Sand and J Michael Straczynski
Starring Rain, Naomie Harris, Sho Kosugi
Rated R
Release Date: November 25, 2009

When I chose to review Ninja Assassin, I knew it would entertain me on some level just by the name alone. I mean, how can you mess up something like Ninja Assassin? Other than Hot Librarian or Free Wi-Fi, no two words in the English language have ever been more of a perfect fit for one another. Good or bad, it has to be fun to watch, at least on a primal, blood-letting level.

Raizo (Rain) is one angry ninja and who can blame him? First, he is kidnapped at a young age by the mysterious Ozunu Clan and trained to be a silent, death-dealing assassin for hire. Then, just when he decides to forgo killing a person at the request of his master, his clan turns their back on him and leaves him for dead. With revenge on his mind and the aid of a government agent (Naomie Harris), Raizo seeks to destroy his Clan and the Master who he once called family.

The story, written by Matthew Sand and J Michael Straczynski, provides an interesting dose of Japanese-style violence with the standard “lone wolf experiences love and loss” flashbacks into Raizo’s past. The fleshed out back-story is necessary for viewers who feel unfulfilled without one but is not needed. If you are watching a movie named Ninja Assassin, story and plot is not high on your list. Like this reviewer, you want to know if the movie delivers with their action sequences, and deliver it does, with bloody gusto.

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Blu-ray Deal: Pixar’s Up, Monster’s Inc & Cars
Empress Eve   |  

Disney/Pixar's Up blu-rayEarlier this month, I wrote about the great limited-time-only deal when you purchase Disney/Pixar’s Up, Monster’s Inc., and Cars on Blu-ray. Now, the deal is back up!

In the returning Pixar DVD/Blu-ray Sale, there are three ways to save:

  • Order Up on DVD and buy any other Pixar DVD from the list and save $7.50 off your total purchase at checkout.
  • Order the Up DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and buy any other Pixar Blu-ray disc from the list and save $15 off your total purchase at checkout. To receive the $15 discount, enter the promo code UPBLURAY at checkout.
  • Buy the Up DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and both Monsters, Inc and Cars on Blu-ray from the list and save $26 off your total purchase at checkout. To receive the $26 discount, enter the promo code PIXARBLU at checkout.

Allow me to do the math [again] for you on that last one:

$62.47 [original total for 3 Blu-rays]
- $26 [discount]
=$36.47 [total after discount]

That’s $12.16 per Blu-ray!

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DVD Review: ‘The Best of Star Trek’ The Original Series & The Next Generation – Volume 2
Empress Eve   |  

Best of Star Trek Volume 2The Best of Star Trek
The Original Series – Vol. 2
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
The Next Generation – Vol. 2
Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Earlier this year, Paramount Home Entertainment released Best Of Star Trek DVDs for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each DVD contained four episodes, apparently deemed as the “best” in their respective series. Considering how long each series ran (79 episodes in TOS; 178 in TNG), four episodes hardly seems sufficient, so it’s no surprise that the studio has followed up with Volume 2 Best Of collections for both series, released in conjunction with the release of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek on DVD and Blu-ray this month.

Both Volume 2 DVDs contain fully remastered episodes and enhanced special effects (the same ones included in the recent Blu-ray releases) and are economically priced at priced, making them them a great choice for any new viewers who want to jump onto either Star Trek show. Most die-hard fans of Trek would probably already own all the season DVDs, though your average fan might not want to or be able to invest in them, so these DVDs might be the way to go for them as well.

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Digital Deal: New Movies From $6, Rentals From $1
Empress Eve   |  

xmen originas wolverineAmazon is currently offering some great deals on movie purchases and rentals through their Video On Demand service.

In their Digital Movie Sale you can purchase digital copies from $4.99 to $5.99 of titles like Terminator 2, The Da Vinci Code, and Borat, and much more. You can buy the movie, then watch it instantly through the VoD player and all your purchases will be stored in your Video Library for future viewing. You can also download it to your Windows PC to watch them offline (or if you have TiVo DVR, you can send it there to watch on your TV). Amazon lets you preview over 2 minutes of each selection.

If you’d rather try out some rentals On Demand, there’s also a deal on Digital Rentals, available now for $1.99 for a 24-hour viewing period on newer movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and other movies as low as 99 cents. (Some titles even offer 48-hour viewing period for the same low price.)

Check out a sample of some of offerings here below (note, some discounts are for this weekend only).

Weekend Rental Sale
[Rent new movies for $1.99 or less discounted this weekend only.]

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DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 1-4 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)
Jack Bauerstein83   |  

X-Men, Volume 1 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)X-Men
Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection
Volume 1-4
Starring Norm Spencer, Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 28, 2009

When I found out that the X-Men cartoons from 1992 were being put out on DVD, my nine-year-old self jumped out of my body and threatened me with bodily harm if I did not pick up this DVD. Fearing for my life and the risk of being beat up by a nine-year-old, I relented.

For those who are unfamiliar with this cartoon, X-Men debuted on the Fox Kids Network in late 1992, and was part of the Fox Saturday Morning line-up alongside another little unknown cartoon called Batman: The Animated Series. The cartoon featured the popular Marvel mutants, led by their mentor, Dr. Charles Xavier and their battles with the mutants hell-bent on destroying the world. This incarnation of X-Men was composed of members from the past (Cyclops, Jean Grey) and present (Wolverine, Gambit) teams.

Now, there were many things that I loved about this cartoon. For one thing, it was one of the only cartoons back then where one of the main character was an Asian person. That’s right, the series featured newest X-Men recruit Jubilation Lee, aka Jubilee, quite prominently in the series. Being Asian myself, it was hard to find any person who was Asian on TV with such a prominent role and so seeing Jubilee front and center was certainly awesome.

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DVD Review: ‘The IT Crowd’ The Complete Third Season
Obi-Dan   |  

The IT Crowd, The Complete Third Season DVDThe IT Crowd
The Complete Third Season
Written and directed by Graham Linehan
Starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry
MPI Home Video
Release date: September 15, 2009

For the uninitiated, The IT Crowd is a British-made sitcom and the story so far goes something like this: Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is hired as the new head of department in the IT basement. Her new ‘team’ is Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), Reynholm Industries’ computer support nerds. Roy and Moss are very comfortable in their geeky treasure trove office. They don’t need a head of department and their frustrations spill out onto their computer-illiterate colleagues. Roy and Moss are intimidated by women and ‘real men’, learning to interact with both by researching on the internet.

The IT Crowd Season 3, like the two seasons before, is written and directed by Graham Linehan, responsible for many excellent comedy series like Father Ted, Black Books, and Big Train. The IT Crowd follows the familiar brand of surreal humour with some outrageous characters.

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