Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes of the making of THE HOBBIT. In this video blog, he covers additional photography for movies two and three.
Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes of the making of THE HOBBIT. In this video blog, he covers additional photography for movies two and three.
Warner Bros has released a pretty nice little Man Of Steel featurette ahead of its June 14 release. It’s quite nice video and is getting me excited for the Superman reboot which I’ve mostly had a ho-hum attitude about until recently. The film was directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner.
One of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer has finally hit the theaters. The much anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek has been discussed highly among nerds and movie goers alike.
Chris Pine returns in his role of Captain James Kirk along with the rest of The Enterprise. The story adds few new characters along with reprising the original cast as well, giving it the feeling of another ongoing Star Trek series. The actors play their roles flawlessly and are part of what makes the movie so great. Because of the brilliant story and acting you feel for the plight of The Enterprise right from the start of the movie and it only improves.
Any of the flaws that people may have had with the first movie are dealt with excellently by Abrams. The lens flares still crop up from time to time but are limited to give it a better effect. This movie also has more of a true story arc and villain which helps to push it along amazingly.
Along with the score being outstanding as well the movie delivers a lot of pros with next to nothing in the cons section. It offers enough of the Star Trek humor to keep you laughing but possibly does not have the same lighthearted feeling the first film has.
I can sit and make comparisons all day but what I would really like to get across is how much I enjoyed this movie. It delivered everything I wanted and far surpassed many, already high, expectations I had. With no visible flaws and enough explosions, witty dialogue, and even love stories to keep every audience member captivated I award Star Trek Into Darkness an A.
And the Ender’s Game trailer hits the interwebs on May 7th. The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel has literally taken decades to make it to the big screen. Let’s hope it was worth the wait!
Both Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield (Ender) sit in on the trailer announcement but Ford does most of the talking. The surprise in this clip is that we also get the first footage from the film. I know you can’t say anything about the quality of the film based on a couple of seconds, but the one second clip of battle school training looks better than I had imagined. Ender’s Game is my second favorite book and probably the movie I’ve most hoped would be great since Sam Raimi’s first Spider-man. Let’s hope Ender lives up to my expectations just as the webslinger did all those years ago.
Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, and Aramis Knight. The film was directed by Gavin Hood. Ender’s Game hits theaters November 1, 2013.
Ender’s Game Synopsis:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult wargames, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Newport Beach, CA (May 1, 2013) – The AVP has reached a multi-media agreement with CBS Sports Network and CBS Interactive to showcase the 2013 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. CBS Sports Network will air live men’s and women’s Championship round action from each of the five Tour stops, while CBS Interactive will provide a live stream of the preliminary rounds from each event on AVP.com.
The tour kicks off on Friday, August 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah and culminates Sunday, October 20 in Huntington Beach, Calif., just down the street from the new home of the AVP. The Tour features the world’s best players including Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, Silver Medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross; and Olympians Sean Rosenthal Jake Gibb and Nicole Branagh – all of whom have been signed exclusively by the AVP.
“There are a couple of new stops on this year’s AVP schedule that will add to its long history as the pre-eminent domestic tour. I’m already back in training and both proud and excited to be competing in the upcoming AVP season,” says 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and AVP athlete Kerri Walsh Jennings.
To add to this sentiment, Olympic Gold Medalist and AVP Tour player Todd Rogers said, “I’m really looking forward to playing on the tour this year. Even though the AVP is recognized around the world as the pinnacle of pro beach volleyball, the new ownership has ignited new interest in the league and the sport for 2013.” Read the rest of this story »
As I type, I have a window open to Netflix’s new original series, Hemlock Grove. Just a month ago, I obsessed over Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Frank Underwood in the utterly AMAZING House of Cards. Like many others out there, I am eagerly awaiting the next season of Arrested Development that is going to be released at the end of May.
Simply put, online original series are providing an exhilarating experience that is reinvigorating the ideas behind episodic television and reminding us why we like to follow our favorite characters in various dramatic situations.
So when I hopped online to find Amazon’s new Zombieland, I was excited to write a review about the newest series to come to our beloved Intronetz.
Now, as a society, we are veterans to the zombie genre. So much, that in my Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic article, four of my selections were zombie flicks. We have been subjected to so many shotgun-toting, zombie-flaying, groan-inducing protagonists, that it’s hard to be surprised and amused anymore. Perhaps it was this that made me feel that the new Zombieland series’ pilot was only… “so-so.”
For those who have not seen Zombieland, I severely hope you were raised in a broom closet, otherwise you have no excuse to have not seen this great flick. Few movies can provide laughter, horror, and heartfelt goodness in a way you would never expect from the zombie genre on par with Shaun of the Dead. If you have not seen it, go to the five-dollar movie bin at Wal-Mart and just buy it already!
Originally, the movie featured Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Since it was originally released in 2009, by the time the creators got around to doing any continuation of the Zombieland story, the actors felt it wouldn’t be so relevant with the time gap and they didn’t want to participate. The end result is a show with a completely new cast; at first, I was excited to see what these reincarnations of the classic characters would offer, but I immediately felt that none of them were bringing the right “oomf” that the original actors possessed. Lines were awkward, romantic nuances were flat, and I found myself trying to pretend I was amused as if I was at a dinner party seated next to the awkward old lady in the corner who tells me how it was “in her day.”
The overall potential plot also bewildered me and it was hard not to be confused as to where the story was going until I realized there was none, which is atypical of a rom-com-horror-slash-drama. I was expecting a laugh track to accompany their vulgar romps, and, in short, I didn’t know who this show was supposed to be catering to with the uncomfortable movements of the characters.
Still, I did laugh. There were fun plot points in between the awkward dialogue that made me chuckle, and I found myself direly hoping that the show would improve over time, since there is so much to see if they can bring the same heart and power that the cinematic companion flaunted.
Personally, I still hope this show survives. Since this is part of the entire Amazon Originals program which allows viewers to vote on which pilots get picked up as series, it is still very possible that this show will die. I can only hope that Zombieland gets the right footing. I love the original story, and with so many of my favorite shows being canceled mid-season in recent events, I only hope Zombieland can resuscitate itself instead of suffering the same fate.
Lots of winner and lots of silliness at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Here are the winners, which are chosen by the fans.
MOVIE OF THE YEAR
Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company)
Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Ted (Universal Pictures)
The Avengers (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Mila Kunis – TED (Universal Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Emma Watson – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, LLC)
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect (Universal Pictures)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Ben Affleck – Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Jamie Foxx – Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company)
Channing Tatum – Magic Mike (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, LLC)
Eddie Redmayne – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi (20th Century Fox)
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect (Universal Pictures) Read the rest of this story »
Here’s the first teaser trailer for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. At least it’s being billed as teaser but it feels more like a full trailer to me, and it also looks great to me!
Disclaimer: I was not especially taken with the first film. I mean, I liked it, but I feel like director, Gary Ross’ style had no place in the series and hurt the overall feel of the film. I know that’s the opposite of pretty much the rest of the world, but that’s just how I feel.
Having said that, the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire looks amazing. And after seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain in Mission: Impossible III, I think he is going to nail the role perfectly. And the metro side of me loves Katniss’ wardrobe in the trailer!
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The sequel to the mega-blockbuster and big time best-seller by Suzanne Collins hits theaters November 22. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.
Warner Bros has released a viral video titled “You Are Not Alone”. In the video General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, is pretty upset with earthling for harboring Krypton’s “favorite” son.
After warning us to return Superman Zod directs his speech to the man himself. “To Kal-El I say this, surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world will suffer the consequences. This threat from General Zod may be the cause for the image of Superman in shackles released awhile back.”
Here’s the new trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures for The Hangover Part III. The third and final film in the series takes a news direction with the story telling but the antics are just as big and maybe bigger.
The film stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Melissa McCarthy and from what I hear a lot of great cameos.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “The Hangover Part III,” the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. It all ends May 24th.
Here’s the first TV spot for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill. It’s mostly full of clips we’ve already seen with the addition of a shirtless Henry Cavill on fire. Don’t worry though, it does not seem to be bothering him much.
The Superman reboot also stars Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams and Lawrence Fishburn.
The photos feature Dr. McCoy with John Harrison, Sulu at the helm. A nice shot of the Enterprise in pretty bad shape. And among others, Chris Pine as Captain Kirk hanging on to what appears to be an Enterprise that has lost its gravity controls.
It all just looks so damn good. I almost with J.J. Abrams was not leaving to direct the new Star Wars trilogy but only almost.
If you didn’t already know, the Star Trek sequel stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood. The film hits theaters May 17th.
In light of promising, new post-apocalyptic movies such as Oblivion, After Earth and This Is the End (which stars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, James Franco and every other young comedic actor out there) we’ve decided to put together a little list of the end of the world ourselves. We all love a good movie that showcases how our evil ways will lead to our eventual doom. But unfortunately, we’ve all been wronged before with awful movies like 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow. But let’s not forget that, time after time, great movies and TV shows have offered great post-apocalyptic stories and managed to wow and bewilder us. Here’s my Top 10 for my favorite post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows of all time.
Disclaimer: Many zombies and a few spoilers ahead.
10. The Walking Dead
I want to make something clear. I HATE The Walking Dead. Everyone in that blasted show annoys me, and not in a good way like the way I simultaneously love and hate the characters of Breaking Bad. No, no, I hate every single person on The Walking Dead. To add to my confusion as to why this show is even remotely acceptable, all my friends who become obsessed with this show seem to hate all the characters too.
However, we all still watch it. Those of use who weren’t reading comic books now make monthly trips (or weekly ones, depending on how insane we are) to pick up the last issue. We follow the video games and wait for the next installment. In short, The Walking Dead has managed to captivate audiences due to complex situations and issues, and while I still groan every time all the characters point guns at each other and yell about rationing food or something, I must admit that The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a legend that deserves its place on this list.
On any given day, when I try to bring up this movie series to people, said people seem to want to flip a table in rage and tell me how much these movies suck. However, if that were truly the case, the numbers wouldn’t lie; the Resident Evil movie franchise has made $897 million worldwide, making it the most successful video game movie franchise. If people hated this movie so much, you would think everyone would stop tossing their money at it, right?
Yet, even if you aren’t a fan of the entire series, everyone has their favorite film in the franchise. The first movie that kicked off with the fantastic character Alice that brought down the Umbrella Corporations’s zombie-like infected was groovy and powerful. Even for those who were fans of the video game franchise, Alice’s character, who does not exist in any of the games, gave a new spin to the zombie-horror genre that everyone welcomed at some point in their life.
P.S. My favorite is Extinction. Apocalypse is pretty much unanimously the worst.
6. Children of Men
This is one of those movies that everyone needs to see, but not enough people will. Let me give you a brief setup; in a world where women can no longer have children, Clive Owen finds a girl who is pregnant and has to keep her safe from anyone who could have ill wishes towards her.
This movie has a top notch cast that includes Julianne Moore and Michael Caine and brings forward a new reason for apocalypse; the implausible possibility that humans could be a non-renewable resource. The movie also manages such great cinematography, that when the blood spurts on the camera, you feel like you are there. I can honestly say that I can not think of a better example of a truly submersive cinematic experience. Read the rest of this story »
Continuing in the thread of human companionship, let’s talk about “bromances.” This oft-loved genre has its roots in the “buddy” films that often involve a hero and his friend or sidekick using their friendship to overcome all odds. Bromances in particular generally put a large amount of focus on both the strength and depth of the relationship, without putting it into a romantic context. While there is some debate as to what differentiates a bromance from a buddy film (or whether the genres are one and the same), both are staples in both comedy and action cinema, vital, vibrant, and nuanced.
Obviously, the standard we are judging by comes from the most famous examples of the Bromance: films like I Love You Man, Ted, and Superbad. But let’s take a closer look at the genre with a few more examples you may or may not have seen.
Simon Pegg films are a treasure trove of bromances, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz being the most famous examples. Many like how the writing acknowledges the absurdity of friends being forced to stick together against impossible odds. In Paul‘s case, it involves aliens and the CIA. Starring Simon Pegg , Seth Rogen, and Nick Frost, this buddy flick is crammed full of
nerdy pop-culture references like a starship full of Tribbles.(Eh? Eh?)
This film takes every bromance cliche (the road trip, the bros-before-hos
conundrum, the constant questioning by outsiders of their sexuality, etc.) and owns
each and every one in a surprisingly unique way. I think it’s because
of that staunch ownership that I’m always in the mood to watch Paul despite its over-the-top display . Though, to be fair, its razor sharp wit combined with foul-mouthed frankness make for constantly entertaining dialogue and it has some pretty good slapstick moments, so even if I didn’t catch the geeky references I’d be entertained.
Ultimately, Paul is easily one of the most solid examples of true bromance on this list,
and definitely worth watching. Be prepared to pause and rewind
frequently to see little background cameos and Easter eggs.
There’s no stronger bromance than one forged in the fires of hardship. Also, you know what sucks? Cancer. Cancer sucks. 50/50 is a film about two bros (played by Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) coming to terms with the difficulties in their relationship when one is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. The neatest thing about this flick is watching the story unfold as each man comes to realize how much the other cares about him.
Of course, it’s still a comedy. Yes, it’s a touching story, but you’ll be laughing the whole time, except for about ten minutes toward the end, as such comedies go.
The Full Monty
This film is a classic bromance that has the added bonus of providing societal examination. In the mid-nineties, it was easy to see that the world had changed thanks to women entering the workforce in droves, and as equals (finally). The Full Monty was among the first films to display the plight of disempowered men, put out of work and unable to own their feelings of inferiority compared to the women in their lives. But the take on it is fairly lighthearted without seeming fake: what’s a guy to do when he’s down on his luck and needs some fast cash? Strip! It’s a guaranteed formula for both comedy and success.
However, unlike the oglefest provided by Magic Mike, this film highlights a group of average middle-aged British men, rather than slick, hairless pretty boys. The far more difficult circumstances they face compared to the professional, muscly type men mirrors the difficulties of disenfranchised blue-collar man in a white-collar world.
Plus, it’s a little strange looking back to an era in which a family of two could be supported on the income of one low-level management position that appears to be part time. Eerie.
21 Jump Street
In addition to being a typical, cerebral-chewing-gum type comedy, this film paints a clear picture of the man (in this case men) out of his depth: in one case, out of his depth socially, in another, out of his depth mentally, and both coming to terms with the changes in their identities necessary to performing their jobs.
Also, there’s some pretty gratuitous drug use and underage drinking. But we’ll ignore that for now.
21 Jump Street takes every opportunity to play up the idea that our society is changing–we no longer value the meathead jock over the quirky theater nerd, for the most part. (Some places have yet to adapt.) In the age of the attention span, coolness is less about physical prowess and more what a person provides–whether it’s social amusement, phat beats, a new life philosophy, or drugs–in this case, all of the above.
But it also takes the time to elaborate on what traits separate teenagers from adults: namely, the ability to both survive out of one’s depth and to look beyond superficial social labels to make valuable connections in their lives. In a world where one can delete and/or block anyone who disagrees with their views or lifestyle, these two men rose above social stigma and became friends anyway. In other words, they grew up. Makes your constant bickering about gun laws with your sister-in-law’s nephew seem kind of childish, doesn’t it?
No? Fine. I’m blocking you. Read the rest of this story »
For some reason we knew it was coming. After bringing an ensemble cast together and making $162 million in the U.S alone, we were destined for a sequel.
To sum up the first movie: Adam Sandler and his child hood friends return to their home town for the funeral of their basketball coach. During the trip they basically act exactly like they did in highschool. Lovey dubby family moments. Roll credits.
And that’s what we should expect from this one. I didn’t hate Grown Ups like many people did, infact I had quite a few laughs, but even for a Sandler the movie just felt hollow. It seemed like a bunch of jokes the crew of comedians came up with and decided to string together in a movie.