Archive for January, 2010
Video Humor: Star Wars vs. Star Trek
January 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm | |
Video Humor: Betty White Acceptance Speech At The SAG Awards
Star Wars vs. Star Trek.
It’s a battle that’s been waging amongst fanboys for decades — Which insanely popular scifi franchise is better: Star Wars or Star Trek?
There have been many battles fought in this war (see Kyle Newman’s Fanboys for one), but a clear winner has never been declared.
Check out the video here below for yet another Wars vs. Trek melee [...]
January 31st, 2010 at 12:31 pm | |
Last week, veteran actress Betty White took the stage at the The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.
You can watch the 3-minute video here below of White’s acceptance speech — and I highly suggest you do.
I’ve tagged this post as “humor” — because trust me, White is a riot and you’ll laugh because she’s genuinely funny (not because she’s a ‘sweet old lady.’) But, I have to warn you — as funny as it is, is how endearing it was as well. I found myself getting quite teary-eyed when the 88-year-old Golden Girls actress talked about how she still had many more years left in her professional career and what getting this award meant to her.
The award was presented to White by her Proposal co-star Sandra Bullock (you’ll also find out what White thinks of Bullock, who controversially just won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in The Blind Side) [...]
New Movie Promo Image From ‘The Losers’; Free Download Of First Comic Book Issue
January 31st, 2010 at 12:02 pm | |
Video: William Shatner Recites ‘The Raven’ In This 1983 Halloween Special
On Friday, the trailer was released for The Losers, the film adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book series of the same name, which opens in theaters April 9, 2010 [Read: Watch Now: First Trailer For Comic Book Adaptation ‘The Losers’].
In an article interviewing the film’s director Sylvain White, the LA Times Hero Complex blog unveiled a new promo image, which spotlights the film’s main characters. The image is reminiscent of The Losers graphic novel cover [see The Losers Vol. 1 & 2] and features Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay, Chris Evans as Jensen, Zoë Saldana as Aisha, Óscar Jaenada as Cougar, Idris Elba as Rogue, and Columbus Short as Pooch.
Check out the image here at right and click for larger, full view.
For those of you not familiar with The Losers comic book, by Andy Diggle and Jock, Issue #1 of the series is available now as a FREE download [link opens up 8.7 MB PDF]: Download Issue #1 [...]
January 31st, 2010 at 10:29 am | |
Blu-ray Review: ‘The Final Destination’ 3D
You know how I love me some Shatner, right?
So, whenever a juicy blast from William Shatner‘s past surfaces online, I just revel in it.
Today’s entry is in the form a video clip taken from a 1983 special, Magical Musical Halloween, and is of Shatner in character as Edgar Allan Poe reciting the author’s most famous poem, The Raven.
Check out the nearly six-minute video here [...]
January 31st, 2010 at 9:20 am | |
The Final Destination
3D Blu-ray Edition
Directed by David R. Ellis
Starring Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Mykelti Williamson, Nick Zano, Haley Webb
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Much like the Saw franchise, the Final Destination franchise has become a horror standard. And though they don’t release a Final Destination film every single year like their counterparts do, the movies have always had a great sense of terrifying fun about them. Up to Final Destination 3, these movies were still silly and lacking plots and story, but there was plenty of gruesome fun to be had where Saw got very old very fast after their second installment. So how would The Final Destination, the fourth film in the franchise, hold up? Let’s find out!
This time around, we begin at a suspicious racetrack where NASCAR-quality vehicles race at some small town track where rednecks and apparently good looking college-aged kids like to enjoy the races. As with the previous films, disaster strikes when an unfortunate string of events leads to a massive crash that sends metal and fire shooting into the crowd and causing the aging building to begin collapsing everywhere, killing many, many people. [...]
Movie Review: Edge Of Darkness
January 30th, 2010 at 11:14 pm | |
Edge of Darkness
Directed by Martin Campbell
Staring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston
Release date: January 29, 2010
It has been exactly eight years since Mel Gibson headlined his own movie (and if you guessed Signs, you get shiny bonus points) but that does not mean he hasn’t been in the spotlight. When he was not directing movies depicting Jesus’ death or Mayans, he was caught in one drunken scandal after another. Hollywood is a strange place though and everyone is one hit movie away from being a hot property again. Perhaps Edge of Darkness, a revenge story set in Boston, is just what he is looking for.
Gibson stars as grizzled cop Thomas Craven, a devoted single father to his little girl Emma (Bojana Novakovic). During a trip home to see Thomas, Emma is taken, shot and killed by a masked assailant right at his front door. Led to believe this act was committed by a criminal from his past, Thomas spirals into grief and madness knowing he had a hand in his little girl’s death. However, when evidence comes up that perhaps the killer was targeting Emma all along, Grief begets violence as Thomas does whatever it takes to uncover the whole truth [...]
Check Out These New Posters & Images From ‘The Wolfman’
January 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm | |
It’s been a long, dark road for the Universal Pictures re-imagining of their own classic monster icon in The Wolfman. Though many troubles were faced on this path, the movie is now only a couple of short weeks away from being unleashed upon us, and the studio is on the prowl to try and get folks truly excited.
Among the goodies being released this week, a couple of new posters and images are here to peek at. One of the posters is your basic movie one-sheet that you’ll see on walls and in movie theaters, while the other is a special limited edition poster from Basil Gogos that looks more like a homage to the ’40s monster than this new creation. Both posters are worth a glance if you’re into that sorta thing. As for images, there is quite a few making their rounds today — some of which you’ve probably seen, while others will be new. We’ve included a few of the new images below.
Head over to the other side to read a synopsis and witness the rest of these new images and posters. [...]
DVD Review: More Than A Game
January 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm | |
More Than a Game
Directed by Kristopher Belman
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Release date: February 2, 2010
They may be the best high school basketball team ever. He may have had the best high school basketball player ever. Akron, Ohio’s St. Vincent-St. Mary won the proverbial basketball lottery when they got LeBron James and his boyhood friends to attend their school. From humble beginnings, future NBA superstar James, along with childhood friends Dru Joyce, Sian Cotton, and Willie McGee, all began a journey that would take them from local fame to national acclaim. The “fab four” were later joined by Romeo Travis in their sophomore year and the five fused their talents and, with the help of a dedicated coach, rewrote Ohio basketball history.
More Than a Game is a very well made documentary that keeps the viewer’s interest throughout with a sly use of visual effects, editing, and original music. Director Kristopher Belman was able to capture some amazingly candid footage by following the St. V basketball team during James’ senior season and with the aid of first-hand accounts by the players themselves, photographs, and home videos, the viewer follows these young men from middle school all the way up until the last days of high school and it’s a remarkable journey [...]
Audio: Comic Review: Demonic #1 [Pilot Season]
January 30th, 2010 at 8:48 am | |
Top Cow – Pilot Season
Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Joe Benitez
Cover Art: Marc Silvestri
Release date: January 27, 2010
It’s time for yet another installment in the 2010 version of Top Cow’s Pilot Season. What is Pilot Season? Well I’m glad you asked. Pilot Season is the annual initiative from Top Cow started way back in the year of 2007 that gives the fans control over which one shot will get turned into a full mini-series. Imagine American Idol for comics and you basically have Pilot Season in a nutshell.
Check out my thoughts on the first issue of Demonic below in my audio review.
Here’s the official synopsis: The demon is in his head. The demon makes him strong. The demon gets angry when he doesn’t kill. Scott Graves is possessed and he will do anything the demon asks as long as it promises not to make him kill his wife and daughter. Scott stalks in the night as Demonic, a vigilante known for savagely slaughtering the wicked. He asks himself, how long can he continue living this way and what if the demon isn’t real?
From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri comes Demonic! [...]
Watch Now: First Trailer For Comic Book Adaptation ‘The Losers’
January 29th, 2010 at 10:23 pm | |
REMINDER: Unseen ‘Caprica’ Episodes Start Tonight!
The first official trailer for The Losers is now online. Even better, you’ll be happy to know, is that it looks like it could be a hell of a lot of fun.
This is a pleasant surprise and possible proof that resume don’t always make the talent. The movie is directed by Sylvain White, who has previously directed I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and Stomp the Yard, which naturally lead us all to become worried about this project. We won’t know for sure until the movie comes out, but again, there’s lots of promising stuff going on here.
The Losers is an adaptation of a Vertigo comic book series of the same name by Andy Diggle and Jock that ran from 2003 to 2006. That comic book is also an adaptation in its own right, being based on a WWII-based comic also of the same name that debuted in the good ol’ 70s.
If you’ll be so kind as to proceed to the bottom of this post, you can watch the new trailer and judge for yourself! [...]
January 29th, 2010 at 6:09 pm | |
Because the pilot for Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica was released as a movie in what seems like a long, long time ago (Read: DVD Review: ‘Caprica’), it didn’t even feel like the show began last week. In case you missed it, the show did indeed start last week, and if you haven’t yet done so, you should find the pilot episode and watch it immediately.
Now that the pilot for this new adventure from BSG masterminds Ronald D. Moore and David Eick is done and over, that can only mean one thing: a wealth of brand new treasures in the creationism of Cylons as we know them! That’s right, tonight begins the first of the all-new episodes that we’ll see during the show’s maiden season voyage. It will take over from the epic ending point of the movie, and continue us on as Daniel Graystone digs deeper into his dark and revolutionary discovery and his daughter Zoe gets used to her new existence.
Click over to read the series’ synopsis and to check out a cool trailer for the post-pilot episodes of Caprica that we’re about to see, complete with appearances by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s James Marsters and universally-popular funnyman, Patton Oswalt. [...]
Teaser Trailer For ‘Wall Street 2′ Released With New Poster
January 29th, 2010 at 10:44 am | |
The first teaser trailer for Oliver Stone‘s much-anticipated sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is now online courtesy of IMDB.
The sequel comes 23 years after the 1987 original, Wall Street, which starred Michael Douglas as a financial master with questionable techniques who mentors and grooms a young new hot shot (Charlie Sheen) in the world of stocks. Douglas returns in the sequel after going to prison for a long time and ready to groom yet another young gun stockbroker (Shia LaBeouf) who just so happens to be engaged to his daughter (Carey Mulligan).
The teaser trailer is very well done and will get you excited for seeing a long trailer and the movie itself. You can immediately get a sense for the humor that Stone is going to bring to the table, and the natural humor that will come from someone like Douglas’s Gordon Gekko being re-released back into a wild that is absolutely NOTHING like the wild that he was once king of. [...]
Guy Ritchie Steps Away From ‘Lobo’ To Do ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′; Brad Pitt Not Looking Likely
January 29th, 2010 at 7:15 am | |
Super producer Joel Silver spoke to The LA Times recently, and on the menu of topics discussed were the proposed comic book adaptation of Lobo, as well as Sherlock Holmes 2 — both of which were set to be directed by Guy Ritchie.
Because Holmes has done so well ($389 million to date), a sequel is being thrown onto that popular fast track to try and get it done and ready while all of the stars are willing to return. If you’ll recall: Sherlock himself, Robert Downey Jr., recently walked away from the comic book adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens, which was to reunite him with his Iron Man director, Jon Favreau (Read: Daniel Craig In Negotiations To Replace Robert Downey Jr. In ‘Cowboys & Aliens’).
Here is what Silver had to say about the news:
I don’t think he’s going to do it now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ So I think we’re going to be doing that. But we’re seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It’s all kind of happening right now as we talk. ‘Sherlock’ is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. [...]
TBS To Bring Us Animated ‘Joe Dirt’ TV Series With David Spade
January 28th, 2010 at 10:49 pm | |
Marvel Chief Kevin Feige Confirms Hulk Will Indeed Smash In ‘The Avengers’
Yes, you read that correctly — TBS and David Spade have officially reached an agreement to develop and produce a brand new animated TV series based on his 2001 movie, The Adventures of Joe Dirt.
As a basic description of what to expect, the final product looks to be about a “mullet-sporting, muscle-car-loving loser with a heart of gold,” with Spade of course set to return to voice the simpleton Dirt. Also involved in the agreement and bringing this show to life will be Sony Pictures and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.
Here’s what TBS Executive Vice President of Programming, Michael Wright had to say about the deal:
David Spade is a hugely popular comic talent who has created a funny, yet lovable, character in ‘Joe Dirt. We look forward to seeing how he and his fellow writers and producers take this character in new directions as TBS continues exploring the world of primetime animation. [...]
January 28th, 2010 at 8:30 pm | |
A while back, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was talking about who we would be seeing when The Avengers movie was released in 2012. As expected, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Nick Fury were all included, but one big name that was still up in the air was that incredible big, green Hulk (Read: Marvel Talks Future Projects; Who Will You See In ‘The Avengers’ Movie?).
In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Feige once again spoke on the project, only this time the Hulk was part of the conversation like he had been there all along. He even confirmed that there was a possibility of Edward Norton returning for a sequel to Lous Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, but that would be after The Avengers. There is no word on if we’ll see Norton in the actual Avengers film.
Here’s what Feige had to say about new characters and how The Avengers is shaping up:
It’s fun now, and we’re introducing some new characters in [Iron Man 2], but it’s not about just cramming in lots of new people; that’s sort of the cardinal sin of the sequel – adding in too many characters. [...]