Archive for September, 2010
Comic-Con International To Stay In San Diego
September 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm | |
Organizers for Comic-Con International: San Diego announced today plans to keep the mega convention in the city that gave it birth for what it calls “the foreseeable future.” In a press release sent out today, it was announced that the convention would stay in the city at least through 2015. Anyone who has attended the convention knows that the show has reached the maximum amount of people that can fit in the San Diego Convention Center, but with an expansion planned for the convention center, capacity should increase somewhat and we can expect even more people to be able to attend.
The big rumor for the last few years was that the city of San Diego and specifically the Convention Center could no longer hold the influx of people that attend the show, and that it would move to one of several competing cities. The most likely names thrown out as new locations were Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Anaheim, and some thought the move would be inevitable with the show gaining importance for Hollywood folks, and that it would be better suited for them if it was closer to LA [...]
Movie Review: The Town
September 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm | |
Directed by Ben Affleck
Starring Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall
Release Date: September 17, 2010
Whatever your thoughts are of Ben Affleck, there is no denying that the guy has an eye for directing. Even before Gone Baby Gone hit the theaters, there was already a considerable buzz surrounding his directorial debut and for good reason. The movie was a taut and gripping drama and showed a side of Affleck few knew even existed. While few can deny that that movie was well received, many wondered if Affleck would fair just as well, if not better, with his follow-up project, The Town.
The Town, based on the book Prince of Thieves, is a crime heist movie in the name of Michael Mann’s Heat with the heart and soul of Good Will Hunting. The film focuses on a gang of bank robbers in Charlestown, Massachusetts. After a recent bank heist, the group discovers that the bank teller they took hostage (Rebecca Hall) lives in their neighborhood. Fearing they will be recognized, Doug, their de-facto leader volunteers to check her out. In the process, he gets to know the woman and falls for her. Now Doug must choose between the life he can have with the woman he loves or the loyalty of his friends [...]
‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Adds Christopher Plummer To Cast
September 30th, 2010 at 5:48 pm | |
Actor Christopher Plummer (Up, The Last Station) has joined the cast of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the same name by author Stieg Larsson. The book was first adapted in the 2009 Swedish film, which has received critical acclaim since its release.
The movie tells the story of a journalist and a tech-savvy girl who are hired by a former CEO who wants them to solve a 40-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of his great niece. As their investigation moves forward, many deep and dark secrets about the family come to surface.
Plummer will be playing the role of the former CEO, Henrik Vagner. Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Defiance) will play the journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, while Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network) will take on the role of the young hacker, Lisbeth Salander. The movie also stars Robin Wright (The Princess Bride, Beowulf) as Erika Berger and Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Martin Vagner. [...]
Legendary Actor Tony Curtis Dies At The Age Of 85
September 30th, 2010 at 4:15 pm | |
One of the great performers Hollywood has had the great pleasure of seeing, Tony Curtis passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Curtis’s cause of death was cardiac arrest, suffered in his home near Las Vegas.
Born as Bernard Schwartz in 1925 to Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, Curtis led the life of a poor family, living in a confined space behind the tailor shop that they owned before his parents — unable to take care of their children — placed he and his brother in state care. After high school, Curtis served in the Navy during World War II, and watched through a pair of binoculars during Japan’s formal surrender.
After that, he took up acting classes and in 1949, he began his career in films like City Across the River and Criss Cross. This set in motion what would become almost 130 acting credits. Over the next couple of decades is when Curtis really made his mark on Hollywood. Beloved classics like Sweet Smell of Success, The Defiant Ones (which nabbed the actor his first and only Academy Award nomination), Some Like it Hot, and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, among many, many others. [...]
Blu-ray Review: Robin Hood
September 30th, 2010 at 1:51 pm | |
DVD | Blu-ray
DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott
STARRING: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Scott Grimes, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Kevin Durand, Mark Strong, Alan Doyle, Danny Huston, Mark Addy, Matthew MacFadyen
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010
Ever since the very first news that famed director Ridley Scott would be making a realistic and historically accurate new take on the fabled tale of Robin of Loxsley, I’ve been about as excited as you can be. Hearing that a story that I and many, many others have grown up knowing being recreated in the same vein as Scott’s Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven is beautiful music to the ears of those with a love for epic period pieces, and Robin Hood just couldn’t come quickly enough for me.
Instead of using the traditional story — focusing on Robin and his Merry Men feuding with the interim king and the Sheriff of Nottingham as they steal from the wealthy and help the less fortunate — the filmmakers decided to go in a different path. This movie is about Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), an archer in Richard the the Lionheart’s (Danny Huston) army in the year 1199. While off fighting the French, things take a turn for the worst and Robin and three of his fellow soldiers, Will Scarlett (Scott Grimes), Little John (Kevin Durand), and Alan A’Dale (Alan Doyle, in the musician’s film debut), decide to get out while they still could. [...]
Digital Deal: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
September 30th, 2010 at 8:40 am | |
Comedian Greg Giraldo Dead At The Age Of 44
Amazon is offering up Star Trek V: The Final Frontier for purchase for only $3.99 through their Video On Demand service.
This digital deal is only for today, Thursday, September 30, until midnight PST, so grab it while you can. The digital version is regularly $9.99, and the 24-hour rental is $2.99.
Visit the Star Trek V: The Final Frontier product page to purchase the film.
Spock’s half brother hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God. [...]
September 29th, 2010 at 8:42 pm | |
It’s been a rough time in the world of stand-up comedy lately. First came the news that Robert Schimmel had passed away due to injuries from a car accident, and now it’s being reported that Greg Giraldo has died after an overdose on prescription medications. He was 44 years old.
The overdose occurred last weekend, and the comedian was discovered by a friend before being brought to a hospital in New Jersey where he was listed in critical but stable condition. Sources also stated that the overdose was not any form of suicide attempt.
Giraldo has been around for a while now, making many appearances in comedy specials, TV shows, and movies. He’s best known for his work on the many Comedy Central roasts, where he was one of the staples who was always there to unleash a barrage of insults, harsh as the ears can take and stomach burning hilarious. He took part in the Roast of David Hasselhoff just a month or so ago. He was also just recently one of the three judges of this past season of Last Comic Standing, where a lot of people who might not have known him were able to get better acquainted. [...]
‘Monkey Island’ Hero Guybrush Threepwood Unlockable In ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2′
September 29th, 2010 at 3:36 pm | |
What’s more exciting than playing the highly anticipated follow-up to LucasArts’ popular video game title, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed? Playing the game using another LucasArts character from a completely different world: Guybrush Threepwood.
Guybrush will apparently be available in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II as an unlockable and fully playable character, and there’s pictures to prove it! The amusing announcement was made on the game’s official Facebook page, though it is still unclear whether or not once you do figure out how to unlock the often goofy Guybrush, if you’ll be able to play through the entire campaign with him.
Be sure to dust off your Monkey Kombat skills, and click on over to the other side to check out two images featuring Guybrush Threepwood in full Jedi gear.
Threepwood comes from the beloved Monkey Island series of games, a fun and often hilarious collection of point-and-click adventures involving pirates, grog, and of course, monkeys. The series was created by Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, and Dave Grossman. [...]
Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ Loses Three More Captains
September 29th, 2010 at 1:51 pm | |
Things have not gone so smoothly for the hit Discovery Channel reality show, Deadliest Catch, as of late. Most people are aware of the terrible loss of Captain Phil Harris, but after the emotional episodes that documented that loss, the emotions seemed to turn from sadness to anger rather quickly. A heated dispute and lawsuit threat has now led to the departure of three more captains from the show.
For those of you who are unaware of the situation, allow us to first fill you in. It all started not too long ago when it was reported that the network was planning to sue cast members and brothers Andy Hillstrand and Johnathan Hillstrand, Co-Captains of the Time Bandit, who were doing work on a planned spinoff series called Hillstranded. According to Discovery, the brothers failed to complete work on the spinoff, forcing them to sue for $3 million. The Hillstrand brothers’ lawyer, Jeff Cohen, claimed that this was an act of extortion on his clients, and that they would have to sell their boats and fire their crews if the lawsuit was presented. [...]
‘Mission: Impossible 4′ Adds ‘LOST’ Bad Boy Josh Holloway To Cast
September 29th, 2010 at 11:18 am | |
All Six ‘Star Wars’ Movies To Get 3D Re-Release Starting With ‘Phantom Menace’ In 2012
Alumni of the adventure that was LOST have had no trouble getting back to work after the beloved series ended this past May.
Daniel Dae Kim took the easiest route by simply staying in Hawaii and joining the cast of CBS’s Hawaii Five-O, but a couple of others have now joined film projects. We found out yesterday that Maggie Grace would be jumping into The Twilight Saga (Read: ‘LOST’ Star Maggie Grace Joins The Cast Of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’), and now fan-favorite Josh Holloway has been cast in another high-profile sequel.
According to reports, Holloway, who became a star as the always stubborn Sawyer on the Lost island, is in final negotiations to join the cast of Mission: Impossible IV. Not much is known about the story of this fourth installment yet, but Holloway would be playing an operative in the secret Impossible Mission Force that’s headed up by star Tom Cruise. [...]
September 28th, 2010 at 11:32 pm | |
‘Mad Men’ Actor Jared Harris To Become ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ Villain Moriarty
Here we are. You all knew it was coming — most of you likely wishing as hard as one can wish that it would never actually become a reality — and George Lucas is not one to take a step back when something is glowing with dollar signs.
It’s been announced that all six Star Wars movies will be getting a shiny new 3D makeover, and then an eventual re-release into theaters. The plan is to start at the beginning, sending Episode I: The Phantom Menace out of the gate first in early 2012, and then releasing the films in order each year after that…all depending upon performance.
Lucas has always had an eye on re-releasing his saga in 3D with how popular the technology currently is, but he wanted to make sure it was being used in enough theaters before going for it. Also, Lucas’s urge to go 3D was solidified with the success of James Cameron’s Avatar, and he was ready to give his babies the new treatment. [...]
September 28th, 2010 at 8:17 pm | |
Since before Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes even came out, rumors about who might play the longtime arch nemesis to Holmes, Moriarty, in Sherlock Holmes 2 have been swirling.
The most popular name associated with the role was that of Brad Pitt, who was at one time reported to have joined the film, though the validity of these reports were disputed and denied on numerous occasions. Now comes confirmation that Pitt will not be playing Moriarty, and that Ritchie has found the actor he does want for the role. Mad Men star and son of the legendary Richard Harris, Jared Harris, has been chosen to become the villain and constant opposition of the famed detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.).
Harris has been around for quite a while, building an impressive resume. The actor has delivered performances in titles like Happiness, Igby Goes Down, Mr. Deeds, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Ocean’s Twelve, Lady in the Water, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. [...]
‘LOST’ Star Maggie Grace Joins The Cast Of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’
September 28th, 2010 at 6:55 pm | |
A new face has joined the world of Twilight. Star of the hit television series, LOST, and the Liam Neeson action thriller, Taken, Maggie Grace will be appearing in the two part final installment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Grace will be playing Irina, one of the Denali sisters and a member of the Denali Coven, who were close friends to the Cullen family and fellow vegetarian vampires. When Irina’s lover is killed, she blames the Cullens and takes action, leading to a ripple of very bad things.
Along with Lost and Taken, Grace has also appeared in movies like The Fog, Knight & Day, and Flying Lessons, with a few more on the way including Faster.
Franchise screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Step Up) is currently working on the scripts for the two-part Breaking Dawn finale. The two movies will be helmed by Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and Dreamgirls director Bill Condon. [...]
Starz Might Re-Cast Andy Whitfield In ‘Spartacus: Blood And Sand’; Cancellation Possible?
September 28th, 2010 at 4:50 pm | |
Official Zombie Rules Of ‘The Walking Dead’ TV Show
Nothing about this story sounds like good news for fans of the hit Starz show, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
It’s being reported that the network has begun reaching out to various casting directors in an attempt to see if they can find someone that could replace star Andy Whitfield on the show. Whitfield, for those who don’t yet know, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a while back, which delayed production on season 2, understandably. While waiting for their star to make a full recovery, Starz decided to make a 6-part prequel series this past summer, in which Whitfield, who seemed to be on the path to recovery, was set to make a small appearance. The prequel series is set to air in January, but it’s unclear whether said small appearance was still included or not.
Sadly, Mr. Whitfield has had an unexpected turn for the worst, and now requires a second aggressive treatment for his sickness, meaning even more of a delay. [...]
September 28th, 2010 at 3:14 pm | |
The official Twitter account for AMC’s The Walking Dead television show is broadcasting the official zombie rules that will govern the behavior of the undead.
Within those rules, they do well to reference classic zombie films like Night of the Living Dead and offer parallels to primal animalistic behaviors, but I’m wondering how long it’ll take them to goof up and have fans call them on it.
Right now there are seven rules but I’m assuming more will be added over the course of the month leading up to the show’s debut. Check out the list so far below [...]