Archive for June, 2010
‘Captain EO’ Will Return To Walt Disney World This Summer!
June 28th, 2010 at 5:42 pm | |
‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Coming To Blu-ray
The 3D film attraction Captain EO will be returning to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, this Summer!
Captain EO will return to Disney World’s EPCOT park on July 2, 2010, and is scheduled to also open at Tokyo Disneyland on July 1.
Captain EO was a popular 3D attraction at the Disney parks in the mid-1980s which starred Michael Jackson in the lead role. The 17-minute musical scifi-fantasy adventure, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas (the duo also co-wrote the film), made a highly successful return to Disneyland park in California in February of this year [...]
June 28th, 2010 at 4:11 pm | |
Book Review: Firefly: Still Flying
This weekend sees the 25th anniversary of the release of the first Back To The Future movie. We’ll be taking a look back at the film all this week, and what a great way to launch our Back To The Future Week of Geek event then with the news this morning from Universal Studios regarding the release the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy!
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, the Back To The Future trilogy will be released on October 26, 2010 and contain over two hours of new bonus features, including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including star Michael J. Fox.
See below for full details on the upcoming Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and on DVD as well [...]
June 28th, 2010 at 12:57 pm | |
Firefly Still Flying
A Celebration of Joss Whedon’s Acclaimed TV Series
Original stories by Ben Edlund, Jane Espenson, Brett Matthews, Jose Molina
Release date: May 25, 2010
Firefly is truly unique in the annals of television. Canceled after only a single season, Joss Whedon’s science fiction-Western mash-up has enjoyed a cult following that rivals Star Trek and Doctor Who. Known as Browncoats (after the rebel force from the show), these true blue fans have kept the show’s spirit alive by passionately devouring books, comic books, and even a full-length motion picture sequel Serenity.
Firefly: Still Flying, much like the series itself, is a mash-up of two different genres. It is at the same time a collection of short fiction and a fan guide. Titan Books assembled a crack team of former show writers to submit short fiction, including “What holds us Down” by Jane Espenson; “Fun with Dick and Jane” by Ben Edlund, “Crystal” by Brett Matthews; and “Take the Sky” by Jose Molina. Separating these stories is a collection of interviews, production notes, storyboards, prop design specs, and cast and crew histories [...]
MP3 Deal: Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark At The Moon’
June 28th, 2010 at 9:23 am | |
The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Ozzy Osbourne‘s Bark At the Moon for only $3.99.
This version of Bark At the Moon is the 2002 remaster, so it has some changes from the original recording, but if you don’t already own this album or aren’t familiar with it, this won’t matter to you — and for four bucks, I’d say it’s worth it to get these awesome songs.
Ok, $4 typically buys you four songs, so here’s four tunes from the 10-song album that will make this purchase worth it: “Bark At The Moon,” “You’re No Different,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel,” “Waiting For Darkness” – bam! money well spent. But, take it from me, the whole album is great, trust me.
The album, which was released in 1983, was Ozzy’s third studio effort and the first Ozzy record to feature lead guitarist Jake E. Lee. Lee had big shoes to fill at the time, as he was stepping in for guitar god Randy Rhoads, who had been killed the year before in a plane crash while on tour for Ozzy’s second album Diary Of A Madman. But seriously, folks, Jake E. Lee is an amazing guitarist and definitely shines on Bark At The Moon [...]
Marvel Invades ‘Little Big Planet’
June 27th, 2010 at 12:07 pm | |
Movie Review: Grown Ups
Fans of the Playstation 3 game Little Big Planet have been able to play as Solid Snake, Kratos, and Chun Li, but starting July 7th, players will be able to download costumes that will let them play as some of their favorite Marvel heroes and villains.
Marvel has announced that they will begin selling costume packs for the popular platform game over the Playstation Network. There will be four packs available with five costumes in each pack. In addition to the costumes, Marvel will also be releasing special super-hero themed levels to download for the game.
For those who haven’t played Little Big Planet before, the game is your classic running and jumping platformer, but one of the biggest draws of the game is the ability to dress and customize the main character, known as Sack Boy [...]
June 27th, 2010 at 10:03 am | |
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider
Release date: June 25, 2010
If you only see one movie this summer, it would be a smart idea to make it anything other than Grown Ups, the latest film to star Adam Sandler and the usual group of people who seem to rely entirely on Sandler for work.
What rough passes for the plot of the movie is this: A group of friends were all on their grade school basketball team together and won a championship game. Thirty years later, their former coach passes away, and the friends decide to spend a weekend at a cottage on the lake after his funeral. They bring their families, straight from the funeral, and hilarity ensues… right? Not really.
Every single character is a one-trick pony that runs the same joke into the ground repeatedly. Eric (Kevin James) is a family man who tries hard to be a big shot but cannot have a honest conversation about most things. Kurt (Chris Rock) is an emasculated househusband who likes to cook, but only so much that it’s mentioned once early in the film. Marcus (David Spade) is a sex-hungry womanizer. Rob (Rob Schneider) is a new-age dimwit who likes much older women. Then there’s Lenny (Adam Sandler) who’s rich, successful, and great at sports all while being surprisingly humble and down-to-Earth about it all [...]
DVD Review: Wrong Side of Town
June 26th, 2010 at 11:51 am | |
Wrong Side of Town
Directed by David DeFalco
Starring Rob Van Dam, Dave Batista, Lara Grice, David Bautista
I love all kinds of movies but some of my favorites are B-action movies. Comparable to junk food for some, but I always saw them as a better form of cinematic escapism than the majority of Hollywood’s bloated and over-budgeted FX wank fests. In my book, the worse that a movie can aspire to be is dull. Hell, even so-called “bad movies” contain loads of prime entertainment value and you can have some fun with them. In the case of Wrong Side of Town, a movie directed by a former wrestler and that’s painfully apparent from the first scene, you could have more fun sitting in a waiting room before you get a vasectomy. It’s paced like a televised golf game, poorly shot and acted, and frontloaded with every conceivable verbal and visual cliché and racial stereotype in the B-action movie playbook. You would think a movie featuring a cast of wrestlers, rappers, and porn stars all trying [and failing] to act would be better.
Former Navy SEAL Bobby Kalinowsky (Pro wrestler Rob Van Dam, a.k.a. Mr. Thursday Night, Mr. PPV, The Whole Dam Show, The Whole F’n Show, and soon to be known as Can’t Act Worth a Dam) has given up his life of silently slitting throats in the name of democracy to enjoy a comfortable and happy life as a landscape architect in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his loving wife Dawn (Lora Grice) and nubile teenage daughter Brianna (Brooke Frost) [...]
Comic Review: The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #2
June 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm | |
The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #2
Writers: Claudio Sanchez and Peter David
Artist: Chris Burnham
Colorist: Zac Atkinson
Letterer: Johnny Lowe
Published By: Boom! Studios/Evil Ink Comics
Release Date: June 23, 2010
The science fiction epic The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 really takes off in this second issue of the series. After the introductions to the cast we get a little more back story regarding the characters, and the action starts when we see the characters of Inferno and his children, and get more of a look at the villains of the story, General Mayo Deftinwolf, and the Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan. Claudio Sanchez and Peter David take this issue to set up the conflicts in the story and provide a refresher in the motivations for each of the characters, and they do a fantastic job in doing so.
Issue #2 starts where we left off, with our hero, Claudio Kilgannon, explaining to his former girlfriend’s dog where he has been and all of the reasons for his absence in their lives. Sanchez and David use this conversation as a device to explain more of the history of the series, which is very complex and has previously had an entire series that takes place before In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. Also, we experience the trials and tribulations of those that oppose the Supreme Tri-Mage, and get a real look at the rebel forces through the descriptions of Kilgannon’s experiences off-planet, and Inferno growing his forces to fight this evil empire [...]
Who Will Replace Guillermo del Toro On ‘The Hobbit’? Peter Jackson, Of Course!
June 25th, 2010 at 2:44 pm | |
Yes, you read that correctly — Deadline is reporting that none other than Peter Jackson is going to direct both parts of The Hobbit himself, and that he’s working out all the complicated contractual stuff at this very moment.
Funny how things seem to work out.
When we found out that a movie was being made based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s classic Hobbit tale, but that the Lord of the Rings Director Jackson would only be producing, the first name that came to mind was Guillermo del Toro. The confirmation that del Toro would in fact be directing was incredibly exciting, but when many delays and some major issues with MGM caused del Toro to step away, it was undeniably depressing. And what was the first name that people thought of to replace him? It was Peter Jackson, naturally.
At first, Jackson directing seemed like an impossible scenario due to his obligations to many different projects he had been lining up. He made it very clear that he would leave the door open to take on The Hobbit if he could, but it was very unlikely at the time. [...]
First Trailer For ‘Meet The Parents’ Sequel ‘Little Fockers’ Is Here
June 25th, 2010 at 1:14 pm | |
Contest: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’
The first trailer for Little Fockers has been released online by Universal Pictures. The movie is the latest installment in the series following 2000′s Meet the Parents and 2004′s Meet the Fockers.
This time around, Greg (Ben Stiller) and his wife Pam (Teri Polo) have a couple of kids and things are going well. So well, in fact, that Jack (Robert DeNiro) has even finally accepted Greg into the revered Byrnes family “Circle of Trust.” This doesn’t last long, of course, as Jack suspects Greg of being up to no good and once again questions whether he’s worthy of association with the family.
Click over to the other side to read a synopsis and check out the trailer for Little Fockers now.
Other returning cast members include Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, and Barbara Streisand…though no mention of Dustin Hoffman, which is depressing. Joining them are newcomers Harvey Keitel, Laura Dern, and Jessica Alba. [...]
June 25th, 2010 at 11:08 am | |
Last summer saw the release of Guillermo del Toro‘s horror novel The Strain, which the Hellboy director co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. On June 29, 2010, The Strain arrives in paperback, so in conjunction with this event, we here at Geeks of Doom have ten (10) copies to give away to some lucky readers!
Ten (10) winners will each receive:
-One (1) paperback copy of The Strain
They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.
In two months—the world.
An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain [Paperback available June 29] — the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel […]
Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles’ Heading To The Big Screen
June 25th, 2010 at 9:22 am | |
Neil Patrick Harris Set For ‘A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas’
John Davis, in association with 20th Century Fox, has optioned the rights to The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury‘s collection of short science fiction stories.
The basic premise of the book is that Earth is well on its way to becoming all but uninhabitable, and the human species has come to the conclusion that they must colonize Mars. When they arrive many complications arise, including trying to make the red planet a new Earth, a worldwide nuclear war looming back on their home planet, and the differences between them and Mars’ native inhabitants.
Many of Bradbury’s short stories were written and published in science fiction magazines in the late 1940s before coming together in the 1950 book. When written, the stories were set deep into the future in the mid-2030s to 2050s…though some were set in the late 1990s and early double-aughts. Thankfully, we’re not quite at a point where Mars colonization is our only answer. [...]
June 25th, 2010 at 1:46 am | |
In case you’ve yet to hear the news — announced in July of 2008 — yes a third movie in the Harold and Kumar saga is on the way and production on A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is already underway as you read these words.
In March, star John Cho claimed that the movie was not only coming but coming soon with hopes of filming by June. If you’ll go ahead and check your calenders, you’ll clearly see that we are in June, making Cho’s comments rather refreshing considering how often quotes like that actually prove true. At that time, the big question mark was whether co-star Kal Penn would be able to return due to the fact that he had left his gig on House in order to take on the job of Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for President Barack Obama.
It was later revealed that Penn would be vacating his political post to take part in Harold & Kumar 3, leaving us only to wonder if the universally-popular Neil Patrick Harris would return or not. [...]
Watch Now: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman & Helen Mirren Try To Retire In ‘RED’ Trailer
June 24th, 2010 at 9:44 pm | |
The first trailer for the DC Comics adaptation RED has been released online. The movie is an adaptation of the three-issue comic mini-series by the great Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
The first thing that will catch your eye is the great cast. Starring in the movie is Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Academy Award®-winners Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ernest Borgnine, John Malkovich, Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings), Brian Cox (Super Troopers, Troy), Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four, Nip/Tuck), James Remar (Dexter, Battlestar Galactica) and Rebecca Pidgeon (The Unit, The Shield).
Make your way on over to the other side to read a synopsis and check out the first trailer for RED!
The movie will be directed by The movie is being directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Flightplan) with the script written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (Whiteout, Battleship).
RED is currently set for an October 15th, 2010 release date. [...]
Spoiler Talk: Killers
June 24th, 2010 at 6:43 pm | |
Well here comes another romantic comedy, which seems to be the style nowadays. That’s right Katherine Heigl, who plays Jen, and Ashton Kutcher, who plays Spencer, bring you Killers. While this film did not necessarily bring a whole lot of new things to the genre, if you enjoy this type of movie, you will probably enjoy this as well.
While Killers was a by-the-numbers kind of movie, it was still a pretty fun popcorn flick, especially with the extremely beautiful Heigl involved. I definitely feel that the movie had a decent supporting cast to add to the two big names as well. When you add in Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara as the Kornfelt’s, Jen’s parents, this definitely makes the movie a lot more charming.
Throughout the movie you get a lot of fun action and some pretty decent laughs, but where the movie doesn’t come all the way together is in the execution of both of these genres to their full potential. The action scenes are not as spectacular as they could be and the comedy is definitely not as funny as it could be. The script just doesn’t seem to have been fully realized, which is a shame considering how charming the cast is.
Anyways enough of the chit chat, let’s jump right into some SPOILER TALK! The following are my thoughts, sprinkled with spoilers and you should all put in your thoughts about the movie by stopping by the comment section [...]