Archive for December, 2009
Sony Decides Not To Help Sam Rockwell & ‘Moon’ Reach Oscar Dreams
December 31st, 2009 at 6:29 pm | |
If you didn’t catch it, not too long ago a movement was started to get Sam Rockwell an Oscar nomination for his work in one of this year’s most popular independent films, Duncan Jones‘ Moon (Read: Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Get Sam Rockwell An Oscar Nomination For ‘Moon’!).
Where the movie was exalted by many, it wasn’t even seen by many more, and because of this, it appears that Sony Pictures Classics isn’t willing to shell out the monetary backing required to campaign for a movie. They’ve selected the films that they want considered, they’ve sent out all of the screeners, and Moon is just not part of the party. This doesn’t mean that the film still won’t get the nominations many think it deserves, but without the right people seeing it, the challenge becomes all the more difficult. The reason for this decision seems to balance on the cost of screeners: Moon isn’t out here in the United States yet, so Sony doesn’t want to have to spend the cash to watermark a bunch of screeners to send out. [...]
Movie Review: ‘Avatar’ 3D
December 31st, 2009 at 3:58 pm | |
Directed by James Cameron
Staring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Released date: December 18, 2009
James Cameron’s Avatar has been in development for more years than some of its viewers have been alive. This has been a passion project for Cameron, and much like Peter Jackson’s King Kong, it’s nice to see him finally complete the film, if only so he can move on to other projects I’d like to see (cough, Battle Angel, cough). Now that it’s out, is the movie worth the wait and the hype we’ve gone through before its release?
Paralyzed ex-Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) finds himself in a unique situation when he is given the chance to take over for his recently deceased twin brother and take part in the Avatar program. The goal of the Avatar program is to explore the planet of Pandora and increase diplomatic relations with the indigenous population of the planet, a group of people called the Na’vi. The Avatar program allows humans to walk around in genetically engineered Na’vi bodies, which they then use to explore the planet and interact with the locals. The Na’vi are tall humanoids with blue skin and mostly cat-like features that are very reminiscent of Native Americans in their culture. They are very in tune with the land, and as with the Native Americans, their village is sitting on top of a large amount of valuable metal that a large corporation wants to get their hands on. Jake is able to take his brother’s place on the team because they are genetically duplicate, so he is shipped off to Pandora, even though he’s not a scientist. The company wants to put his military training to use by having him get intel on the Na’vi village so they can invade and remove them. Of course, Jake is able to gain a place in the tribe, where he comes to identify with them and eventually seeks to protect them [...]
Blu-ray Review: ‘Extract’
December 31st, 2009 at 1:59 pm | |
Directed by Mike Judge
Starring Jason Batemen, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Clifton Collins Jr., J.K. Simmons, David Koechner
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Mike Judge hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to his films. Whether it’s his now cult classic Office Space, Idiocracy, or his latest film, Extract, it always seems like he has problems getting the backing that he needs or the proper attention from movie goers that he deserves. Another trend that’s typical in Judge’s movies, is that they’re all fantastic, so I was excited to finally get to see Extract for myself.
Extract tells the story of Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner and manager of Reynold’s Extract, a company that makes those little bottles of flavor extracts such as vanilla, peppermint, and perhaps even cookies and cream. Joel is desperately seeking a large company to come along and buy him out so he can retire and hopefully revive the deceased intimacy between he and his wife (if he’s not home by 8:00PM on the button, she will have her sweatpants on, and he never gets to have sex) Suzie (Kristen Wiig) [...]
Marvel Shareholders Approve Merger with Disney
December 31st, 2009 at 12:48 pm | |
Peter Jackson Knighted In New Zealand, Shall Now Be Known As Sir
Remember all those months ago when it was announced that Disney had plans to buy Marvel for a few billion dollars? [Read Disney To Acquire Marvel Entertainment For $4 Billion]
Well, the two companies took a major step towards that merger today, when Marvel shareholders approved the plan to merge the two companies. The cost of the merger, based on stock prices from yesterday, will have an estimated value of 4.3 billion dollars.
Of course there’s still the step of going through the Securities and Exchange Commission, but my guess is that it won’t be a problem, and the merger will be completed today as Marvel expects. It looks like we will start the New Year with the House of Ideas being owned by the House of Mouse. It will be interesting to see if any major changes are made at Marvel in 2010, or if Disney will let them do their own thing and cash big fat movie checks in a few years [...]
December 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm | |
Peter Jackson is best known as the man behind one of the biggest cinematic trilogies of all time: The Lord of the Rings. As we all know, Jackson is a born and bred New Zealander, and due to its never ending beauty and perfectly other-worldly look, he crafted his wonderful adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision there, creating the perfect Middle Earth. The trilogy went on earn itself an incredible 30 Academy Award nominations, with 17 Oscar statues coming through in the end. Since then, Jackson has become one of the most recognizable and desired directors working today, and it was only a matter of time before some major accolades would find him.
It’s being reported that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand’s Head of State due to it formerly being a British colony, has officially named Jackson to their yearly honors’ list, officially making him Sir Peter Jackson. He joins an elite group that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Elton John, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and honorary representative Steven Spielberg. [...]
Blu-ray Review: Disney’s ‘G-Force’
December 30th, 2009 at 6:55 pm | |
3-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Directed by Hoyt H Yeatman Jr
Starring Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zak Galifianakis
Walt Disney Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date: December 15, 2009
I’m an adult that can really enjoy a children’s movie, so long as it’s smart. When I saw the posters for Disney’s live-action/CG-animated combo G-Force — a film about a group of guinea pigs specially trained to be secret government agents — I thought for sure it would be riddled with puns and corny jokes to make little kids laugh. And that’s totally fine, little kids need entertainment too. But, if I have to slap my forehead and roll my eyes through a movie, I’m not sitting through it. Plus, it’s you know, CGI guinea pigs!
As it turns out, I loved G-Force. I know, I know, I’m surprised too. But those furry little government spies are totally adorable, and they kick butt too. Zak Galifianakis stars as Ben, the human leader of the special FBI animal unit G-Force, which consists of guinea pigs Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Juarez (Penelope Cruz), and Blaster (Tracy Morgan), along with mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage), and fly Mooch (Dee Bradley Baker). After their latest field mission to gather damaging evidence against appliance giant Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy) proves unsuccessful, Agent Kip (Will Arnett) informs Ben that the FBI is pulling the funding on the G-Force unit. When the furry agents overhear Kip horrible plans for them, the animals make a run for it and decide to complete their original mission to uncover Saber’s nefarious plans [...]
Harold Ramis Says ‘Ghostbusters 3′ To Film In 2010; Release In 2011
December 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm | |
Year in Review: Comics of 2009
We’ve been hearing things like this for a while now, so it is a little difficult to embrace this quote with open arms, but nonetheless: Ghostbusters writer and original star Harold Ramis sat down and had a little chat with Heeb, where he discuss everything from Animal House to Groundhog Day to the status of a one Ghostbusters 3.
We’ve heard rumors of a new younger and prettier cast replacing the originals. We’ve heard Ramis and Dan Aykroyd make multiple claims that the movie would be coming soon and that almost the entire cast would be back, including Ramis, Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson (Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis are unknowns). And now comes word from Ramis that the film will in fact be shooting in he Summer of 2010 and will be released sometime in 2011.
Continue reading to read a quote from Ramis and follow the link above for the full interview. [...]
December 30th, 2009 at 10:04 am | |
Another year is coming to an end, and what better time than this to look back on the year that was in the world of comics. Of course, the biggest news this year was Disney’s purchase of Marvel Comics and its vast library of characters, with the reorganization of DC comics being just as big a story. In terms of actual product, this was a big year for DC. With Grant Morrison owning the first half of the year with the end of Final Crisis, leading into Batman R.I.P. and the start of Batman and Robin, and Geoff Johns taking over for the last half of the year, with the re-launch of Adventure Comics, reintroducing Barry Allen to the DCU in Flash: Rebirth, and the event he has been building to since bringing Hal Jordan back, Blackest Night.
Across the street at Marvel, things were mostly tied up in the Dark Reign storyline, which has largely been a disappointment for me (how many times can I read the same story? We get it, Norman Osborne is a jerk; it’s time to move on.) There were some bright spots though, with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven mixing Wolverine with Mad Max and The Unforgiven to create Old Man Logan. We also got the return of Steve Rogers (kind of) in Captain America: Reborn and another (mostly) decent year of Amazing Spider-Man, but for me, it was kind of a down year in terms of my excitement for Marvel books.
The land of independent comics was ruled by Chew from Image Comics. This little book that could went through multiple printings of its first and second issues, with early printings going for large amounts before the supply caught up with the demand. Sadly, there weren’t a lot of other Big with a capital B indie books drop this year, although as always, there were pockets of greatness.
So here are the things I have decided were best this year in comics. All these were nominated by me, voted for by myself, and are now presented by I. I have used no scientific measures for these, they are neither fair nor balanced, and were decided largely by my buying habits, which means if I didn’t buy it, it’s probably won’t be nominated. Hey, I mean, I can’t buy everything and even if I could, there’s not enough hours in my day to read everything. Without further ado…
The 3D Epidemic: When Does The Novelty Become The Standard & Is This What We Want?
December 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm | |
Recently, The Wrap did a story on the new 3D technology and the vice-grip hold it has on the world of Hollywood. As we are all very much aware, it feels like every single movie that’s made these days is released in 3D, and in a lot of cases, we find ourselves asking the question “Why?” over and over again. In this new article, it is revealed that apparently Ridley Scott himself is “breathing down the necks” of executives at Universal to spend an extra $7-8 Million to make a 3D version of his upcoming period action/drama, Robin Hood. This is obviously one of the more confusing titles that we’ve heard associated with the 3D phenomena, and it lead us to begin wondering when this whole technology has just gone too far?
Many big names in the business have laid solid claim to 3D being the future of cinema, but judging by the collective feelings of movie fans, it is unclear whether this is what people want. There’s no doubt at all that when it comes to films like Avatar, which is built specifically for that technology, and fun movies like Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 3D can be a really great time. [...]
Contest: Shane Acker’s ’9′ on DVD
December 29th, 2009 at 2:28 pm | |
‘The First Avenger: Captain America’ Set To Begin Filming In June
9, Shane Acker‘s animated feature produced by Tim Burton, is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. In conjunction with this event, we have five (5) DVDs to give away to some lucky readers!
Five (5) winners will each receive:
– One (1) Shane Acker’s 9 on DVD
Academy Award-Nominated Filmmakers Shane Acker and Tim Burton join an all-star cast in the epic animated masterpiece, 9, which comes to Blu-ray and DVD December 29th! Featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover, 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community and how one soul can change the world! [...]
December 29th, 2009 at 11:05 am | |
By now, we should all know the deal: the master Marvel plan is to release Iron Man 2, then release Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and then release The First Avenger: Captain America. After all of these pieces are in play, the mother of all comic book superhero movies will be crafted under that familiar title, The Avengers. There’s also a chance that The Incredible Hulk will (and should) be involved in the hero collaboration, but at last word, it was still yet to be decided.
Iron Man 2 is well on its way to us already and Thor has made plenty of announcements in terms of plans and castings. Naturally, that means it was only a matter of time until some kind of next step was taken with Captain America, and that step is now. Fangoria was given the opportunity to pay a little visit to the set of Captain America director Joe Johnston‘s latest film, The Wolfman, and a wee bit of news came of it: the Marvel film will likely start filming in June. [...]
Deal: The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset
December 29th, 2009 at 8:17 am | |
The Strange Gets Stranger: ‘Inception’ Teaser Trailer #2
The Gold Box deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset for only $34.99 (that’s 65% off the list price of $99.95).
This 16-disc DVD box set contains all 45 episodes of the 1960s British television sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which starred John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam, along with the two-disc 1982 concert film Monty Python Live, all in a slim casing.
The set also includes plenty of bonus features: Meet the Chaps, Pythonisms Glossary, Gillianimations, Art Gallery, Troupe Career Highlights, Trivial Quest, Useless Tidbits, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1, Post-Python Troupe Highlights, Pythonisms, Bleeding Critics, and Confusing Musings.
Note, this sale is only for today while supplies last [...]
December 28th, 2009 at 6:24 pm | |
When we all saw the first teaser trailer (Read: Must Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’) for Christopher Nolan‘s follow-up to The Dark Knight, it intrigued us and immediately captured our attention, while at the same time leaving us absolutely oblivious to what exactly we were watching. Now comes the release of the second teaser trailer for Inception, and once again, you will see some pretty incredible and mind-bending images that still leave us wondering what in the Sam Hill (yes I went there; old school!) is going on. Hopefully by the time that the movie is released in the Summer of 2010, we’ll have some semblance of an idea of what’s going on.
The one and only synopsis for the movie has always simply been “A contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind,” which is clearly even more cryptic than when we had nothing to go on but visuals. If you go with the obvious assumption that all of these wacky things that we’re seeing are taking place within someone’s mind, you could very well be correct. Personally, my money is on it being John Malkovich’s head. [...]
MP3 Deal: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Soundtrack
December 28th, 2009 at 5:06 pm | |
New Poster, Synopsis & Red Band Trailer For Jude Law’s ‘Repo Man’
The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Fantastic Mr. Fox Original Soundtrack for only $3.99.
Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the book by Roald Dahl, is the latest effort from director Wes Anderson, and anyone who’s familiar with the filmmaker knows that the soundtrack to his films are just as much a character in his movies as the actors. That’s what makes getting the soundtrack to his films so worthwhile, as well as enjoyable.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox Original Soundtrack contains 25 songs, about half of which are previously released tunes from notable artists like The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. The remaining tracks make up the film’s original score by composer Alexandre Desplat [...]
December 28th, 2009 at 2:12 pm | |
Not much has been said about the upcoming science fiction movie Repo Man so far, but all of that changes now with the massive Merry Christmas release of the official synopsis, a new poster and image, and best of all, a shiny new Red Band trailer for all of us big kids to enjoy.
The movie sounds like it has a very cool concept in which Jude Law works as a Repo Man, though not the kind of repossession work that you and I are familiar with. See — in the future, a company has developed artificial organs that run a lot of cash, and when folks aren’t able to pay up, they send their best men out to reacquire the property…if you catch my drift. Of course, with a little twist of the plot, things will get very interesting between Law and his partner (Forest Whitaker).
Repo Man also stars Liev Schrieber, RZA, Alice Braga, and Carice van Houten. It is directed by Miguel Sapochnik and will be released everywhere on April 2, 2010. [...]