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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Movie Review By:Sandwichjohn

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Movie Review
By: Sandwichjohn

The Lightning Thief is loosely based on the book of the same title. It is the first book of the series by Rick Riordan. If this film does well, which it looks like it will, then we can expect more of the series to appear in the theaters. The film is directed by Chris Columbus who also directed the first two Harry Potter films. This has led to many comparisons by critics to the Harry Potter films with Harry Potter coming out on top. I did not draw these same comparisons. While both movies deal with magic and magical creatures, they are based on two entirely different magic worlds.

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is a pretty normal kid with academic issues until he is attacked by a Fury disguised as a substitute teacher while on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is saved by one of his teachers, Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan), and his best friend, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). He soon discovers he is the son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), which explains his ability to stay under water for 7 minutes. Zeus’s thunder bolt has been stolen and accuses Percy of being the thief. He has 14 days to return the thunder bolt to Zeus (Sean Bean) or there will be a war between the Gods. In order to help keep Percy safe he is taken to the Half Blood training camp where all of the demigods (half human, half god) are trained. While at camp he learns that his best friend is really his protector, a satyr (half human, half goat) and Mr. Brunner is a centaur named Chiron, and the camp's trainer. He also meets Luke Castellan (Jake Abel), the son of Hermes, and Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario), the demigod daughter of Athena. Percy soon leaves on a quest to save his mother, finding the lightning bolt along the way, with Grover and Annabeth helping.

I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and really liked how many characters out of the mythology where incorporated into the film. Now were they accurately portrayed? I honestly don’t remember that much of my Greek Mythology class from college to be able to answer that but I suspect not. Also learned that in Nashville, Tennessee there is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. I will have to check that out when I go the Nashville this year.

I was thoroughly entertained throughout the movie as was my viewing companion, my 7 year old daughter Aurora. There were some good action scenes and a couple cameos of well known stars, Uma Thurman was Medusa and Rosario Dawson was Persephone.

7.5 Sandwiches out of 10

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ca$h The Film Demand It In Your City


Ca$h The Film Demand It In Your City

This is on my list of upcoming films to watch this year. I love independent films, they are more about story then Ca$h. Get it.

We as filmgoers need to support independent films like this one. It is an outlet for film makers and stars to tell a story that Hollywood might be scared to tell.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth(soon to play Thor) and Sean Bean(Boromir in The Lord of the Rings and National Treasure). And the film is directed by Stephen Milburn(South Central) Anderson, one of the great directors.

I am really hoping that this film gets the wide release that it deserves, but you never know with these smaller films. That is why Eventful is running this awesome contest to get a Free screening in your town and for you to pocket $2,500 in cold hard Ca$h. Click HERE to enter.

And be sure to stop by The official Ca$h Facebook page and become a fan and let them know SandwichJohnFilms sent you.

More news about the film to come later this week.

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Amazing Kick-Ass Red-Band Trailer #2


Amazing Kick-Ass Red-Band Trailer #2

If you haven't heard or know anything about this film, then u must have fallen off the planet.

I know I don't mind a new trailer to the upcoming film Kick-Ass. This trailer is even better then the first one they have put out.



Official Plot Synopsis: The film tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).

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Scream 4 Wes Craven On Board & To Begin Filming in May


Scream 4 Wes Craven On Board & To Begin Filming in May

I am a huge fan of the Scream franchise, when they came out they were a fresh of breath air to horror films and with news that Scream 4 will begin shooting in May is only good news.

Craven recently finished “My Soul to Take,” which is scheduled for release sometime this year. And in May, he starts on “Scream 4.”

Wes craven talked to the LA Times about film making recently:

My goal is to die in my 90s on the set, say, ‘That’s a wrap,’ after the last shot, fall over dead and have the grips go out and raise a beer to me.

This means that Wes in on board for the next film, which can only make it a good thing. And it looks like the original cast of Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette are on board and so is original Scream trilogy writer Kevin Williamson.

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Flash Gordon Film Update By Director Breck Eisner


Flash Gordon Film Update By Director Breck Eisner

This is great news to hear about the upcoming Flash Gordon movie. I have been a life long Flash Gordon fan since the first time I saw it on Beta in the early 80's, and as you can tell by the picture with Flash himself Sam Jones, this was a huge day in my life and about 60lbs heavier.

He promises it will be in 3-D.

"It's a movie that is in no way a remake or a re-imagining or a reboot of the '80s version or the serial version," "No Queen [music]. It is not camp in any way. I actually enjoyed the campy 80's film.

We're going back to the original Alex Raymond [comic strip] scripts and imagining if he were living today, what would those strips be like?"

Eisner is moving forward on his new movie version of the classic sci-fi story. "Flash Gordon is a movie I've been pursuing for years, and I finally was able to orchestrate it going to Sony from Hearst,"

Eisner added: "We hired writers a year ago. I've been breaking story with them since I wrapped post on [The Crazies]. We've got an awesome, very long-form outline that they're now executing a script off of, which I should have in two months or so to the studio." It's unclear as of yet whether Flash Gordon will be Eisner's next movie.

Gordon will also enter the third dimension this time out: "It will definitely be in 3-D, unless they come out with 4-D before then," Eisner says with a laugh.

For now, Eisner is simply intent on developing the best filmic version of Flash Gordon possible. "It's one that I will be passionate enough about forever and will hope to be able to make," says Eisner. "It's action, it's adventure, it's intense, it's dynamic. It's a strong central character who goes on a dynamic journey. It should be a really amazing movie if we can get it made."

Eisner decided to go to space instead of the murky lagoons: He had originally been attached to a remake of the 1950s monster movie The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Eisner's The Crazies hits screens on Feb. 26.

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Owen Wilson Finds Some Wood


Owen Wilson Finds Some Wood

Owen Wilson is attached to star in the new Woody Allen movie that will shoot this summer.

As with all the writer-director’s film work, Allen is keeping the untitled feature’s story line and characters hush-hush, and it’s not clear how big Wilson’s role is. In November, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France’s first lady, mentioned that Allen had seduced her into taking a role in the film, though the writer-director’s camp would not confirm.

The UTA-repped Wilson most recently voiced a supporting role in Wes Anderson’s animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The actor has also voiced the title role in the Fox comedy “Marmaduke,” which hits theaters in June.

Beyond that, Wilson will appear in December release: “Meet the Fockers” sequel coming from Universal.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

James Cameron Gives Advice For Spider-Man Reboot


James Cameron Gives Advice For Spider-Man Reboot

Director James Cameron, who raised 3-D filmmaking to new heights with Avatar, is downplaying reports that he is consulting with director Marc Webb about a rebooted Spider-Man movie.

Though Cameron's Avatar producing partner Jon Landau told MTV that the duo met with Webb, Cameron now tells MTV, "I never talked with them directly"

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Cameron added that he's happy to speak with Webb, who will be shooting the new Spidey movie in 3-D, but added, "It's not like I want to tell them how to do it. ... It's more like, just don't make the same dumbass mistakes that we made for 10 years."

As for what Cameron would like to see in a new, rebooted Spider-Man? (Remember that Cameron himself once wanted to adapt Spidey to the movies.) "I'd like to seem him reinvented in the same way that Batman got reinvented. ... That's very successful," he said.


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Christoph Waltz Playing A Circus Freak


Christoph Waltz Playing A Circus Freak

Hollywood is always looking for great villains. Now I’m told that Christoph Waltz, a frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor race for his portrayal of the charmingly sadistic Col Hans Landa, will make a deal to star with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in "Water for Elephants,"the Richard LaGravanese-scripted adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel for Fox 2000. Francis Lawrence is directing. The role at first appeared to belong to Sean Penn who's been on a self-imposed big screen sabbatical, but the deal went south. Instead, Waltz will play the heavy in the Depression Era romantic triangle involving a veterinary medicine student (Pattinson) who joins a 2nd-rate travelling circus and falls for the star performer (Witherspoon). Waltz will play her husband, a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who is as mean to his wife as he is to the circus creatures.

Waltz was a journeyman German TV actor when Quentin Tarantino cast him to play Col. Hans Landa, the charmingly sadistic and manipulative Nazi officer.

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“Tower Heist" Lands Ben Stiller And Noah Baumbach


“Tower Heist" Lands Ben Stiller And Noah Baumbach

“Tower Heist,” Brett Ratner’s next film, is going full speed ahead at Universal. I’m told that Noah Baumbach has just been signed to polish up the screenplay originally written by Ted Griffin.

Back then it was envisioned as a black “Ocean’s Eleven,” with Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock being talked about as the leads. (Indeed, Griffin wrote “Oceans.”)

But time does a funny thing to movie projects. “Tower Heist” now looks like it will star Ben Stiller overseeing a cast of guys that could be all colors — maybe even blue, considering recent events in film land.

The story has also changed somewhat, from being a pure heist movie to the story of a bunch of blue collar guys on a mercy mission. It turns out the main tenant of this Trump Tower-like building has bilked the employees’ pension fund in a huge Ponzi scheme. More details I don’t want to give away, but word is that Ratner, of course, would probably like James Caan to play that character. Caan recently starred in Ratner’s excellent segment of “New York, I Love You.” But all the casting, save for Stiller, is still up in the air as Baumbach toils away.

“Tower Heist.” It will be Ratner’s first film since “Rush Hour 3.” Which we all can forget about.

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Kurt Cobain Coming Back To Life On The Big Screen


Kurt Cobain Coming Back To Life On The Big Screen

Seattle grunge music has left the scene, at least as far as I am concerned and now we get news that Oren Moverman wants to make a film about the life of Kurt Cobain and it will be on it's way into a theater near you soon.

They better get a move on before Courtney Love version is released, who has already optioned the film rights to the Cross book. Everything comes in pairs.

Oren Moverman (“Messenger”) is moving forward with movie, Moverman is in negotiations to rework the screenplay for Universal’s untitled Kurt Cobain project and direct it as well. Screenwriter David Benioff (“Brothers”) first took on the project in Fall 2007 for Working Title and Reveille.

Material on the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana singer-songwriter will come at least partially from Charles R. Cross’ 2001 biography, “Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.” Universal originally purchased the life rights of both Cobain and his widow.

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Frank Miller's "Ronin" Graphic Novel Heats Up


Frank Miller's "Ronin" Graphic Novel Heats Up

First thing that came to your mind was the film that started Robert De Niro with the same title. But you are way off board on this one. No sequel here.

Sylvian White the man who is behind the upcoming film "Losers" gives us some insight to the adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel Ronin to be produced by Warner Bros. and the producers behind 300. "Ronin" was Miller's earliest work published by DC Comics in 1983, and follows a reincarnated Ronin (a.k.a. a samurai without a master) through a futuristic dystopian New York City that is suffering, unnervingly, from an unspecified catastrophic economic collapse. The Ronin’s quest is to destroy the demon who imprisoned his soul for about 800 years.

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"Yeah absolutely," he responded. "That's something I had to let go of for a period of time while I was directing 'The Losers' but I'm back here in Los Angeles and as I'm finishing post-production on 'The Losers,' I will be diving back into the development of 'Ronin.' I'm just working along with the studio executives developing the story elements and they're attaching a writer in the spring to do a new pass on it."


"It's a very complex graphic novel and it needs very careful attention," he continued, "Of course to make a movie of that scale, you need a lot of money to pay it justice, especially with the incredible visuals that Frank Miller has in it, but at the same time, in order to get a lot of money to make the movie, it has to have enough commercial appeal, so I'm trying to balance those two things together to make the movie accessible but still smart and throw with all the great ideas and grand ideas that it has. Conceptually, it's such an amazing property, so I think it's strong appeal in that sense, and even for people, I think visually in the trailer, people will be gravitating towards that kind of subject matter and that kind of character, it's amazing."

"I'm taking my time with it," he said. "If I'm able to stay on it and develop it the way I want, I just want it to be done right. I don't want to rush it or anything like that. I want the right writer on it and it to be done carefully. So that is one of the projects I have in development."

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Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Might Be Teaming Back Up In The Near Future?

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Might Be Teaming Back Up In The Near Future?

How do you like them apples? Looks like the two Boston kids might be teaming back up.

The actors, longtime friends who won the original screenplay Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" in 1997, are negotiating to close a first-look producing deal at WB. Details are yet unknown on the new company's name or the length of the agreement, but the pact is likely to close within days.

While Affleck has lately focused more on his writing-directing career, Damon has balanced a consistently successful profile in front of the camera in movies such as the "Bourne" series with more fringe fare such as "Gerry," "The Brothers Grimm" and "Che: Part Two." As producers, the two actors shepherded the "Project Greenlight" films, while Damon has been an executive producer on the documentaries "Running the Sahara" and "The People Speak."

Damon next stars in the action drama "Green Zone," which Universal releases next month, the sci-fi romance "The Adjustment Bureau," which Universal releases in July, and the thriller "Hereafter," which WB will release at the end of the year. He'll next film "True Grit" for the Coen

Affleck co-stars in John Wells' downsizing drama "The Company Men," which premiered at Sundance last month. As a director, he is prepping an untitled Arizona journalism project with producer Bailey and "Up in the Air" screenwriter Sheldon Turner.

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International Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


International Trailer For Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

This trailer is different from the teaser trailer that came out a few ago. It focus more on the return of Gekko and the introduction of Jake (Shia Labeouf)



Director Oliver Stone has often reflected upon the nation's past in such films as Platoon,Born on the Fourth of July,JFK and Nixon. But, unlike history, he doesn't like to repeat himself. Until now, that is, when Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to his 1987 descent into the dirty business of corporate raiding, opens this spring.

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American Pie 4 In The Works


American Pie 4 In The Works. Do You Really Care?

Are you ready for another American Pie movie to hit a theater near you?

Universal think it might be time to bring back Jim, Stifler and the rest of the "American Pie" cast.

America was a huge hit when it first came out The original "American Pie" was released in 1999 and became a cultural and commercial phenomenon, grossing more than $200 million worldwide and spawning a booming market for R-rated summer comedies. "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding" followed at two-year intervals.

Then they continued the tradition with straight to DVD movies, With a host of direct-to-DVD titles then followed "Wedding" under the banner of "American Pie Presents," including "Band Camp," "The Naked Mile," "Beta House" and, this past December, "The Book of Love." Which I have never watched.

The guys behind "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" Screen writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to script a new take on the franchise, which is being described in the development community as "American Pie 4."

I could see them maybe adding a baby factor and maybe one last trip before Jim becomes a father? How the characters would be worked into a new script remains a question; many, after all, are now in their late 20s and early 30s, and the original picture was set in high school. Writers would also need to contend with a world in which the novelty of the raunchy comedy, which was a relatively new form more than a decade ago, may have worn off with the success of movies like "The Hangover" and a spate of Judd Apatow films.

Really what does the cast have to do? Seann William Scott (cast in smaller roles, will always be Stifler), Jason Biggs (haven't heard from in awhile), Shannon Elizabeth (wants to be a poker player) and Alyson Hannigan (How I met your mother) is the only one staying busy.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Michael Jordan Wants A Piece Of The Charlotte Bobcats


Michael Jordan Wants A Piece Of The Charlotte Bobcats

Jordan soon could have a much different role: team owner.

Charlotte coach Larry Brown said Monday night that Jordan has told him he’s doing all he can to buy majority control of the Bobcats from owner Bob Johnson.

“He said he’s doing his best to put himself in a position to get the team,” Brown said after practice. “He wants it badly.”

Johnson is eager to sell the unprofitable club, and NBA commissioner David Stern said Saturday he expects a deal to be completed within two months.

Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and the first black majority owner of a major professional sports team.

Jordan, currently a part owner with the final say on basketball decisions, would have to put an ownership group together and agree with Johnson on a price. Jordan declined comment Monday through a team spokesman.

“I didn’t talk to him about the particulars,” Brown said of his conversation with Jordan last week. “He just told me don’t believe everything you read in the paper and I’m trying my hardest to get this thing done. I’m hopeful that at the end of the day Michael will be running the Bobcats.”

Jordan currently has a unique role in Charlotte. While he runs the basketball operations, he’s not officially a team employee and rarely attends practices or games. But he was able to lure Brown, a fellow Hall of Famer, to coach the Bobcats and Charlotte (26-25) is in position to make its first playoff appearance this season.

“Anytime I read a possibility that Michael is not going to be involved it impacts my family and me because I came here because of him,” said Brown, in his record ninth NBA head coaching job. “Now after I got here I realized there were a lot of real plusses for being here. But again, I wouldn’t have thought about it and I’ve been thrilled since I’ve gotten here with the arrangement.”

What’s clear is Johnson is looking to unload the Bobcats. After paying $300 million for the expansion franchise that began play in 2004-05, Johnson has lost tens of millions of dollars each season as the Bobcats have struggled to draw fans and find sponsorships.

Jordan has had a role in that since buying into the team in 2006 and getting control over basketball decisions. After a rocky beginning that included drafting the disappointing Adam Morrison(notes), he’s made several moves that have helped the team, including November’s acquisition of Stephen Jackson(notes) from Golden State.

Owning a team outright would be another milestone for the six-time NBA champion.

“He’s as good a player as we’ve ever had in this sport. He’s a wonderful guy,” Brown said. “I think when the NBA bounced back, Magic (Johnson) and Larry (Bird) and then Michael sustained it. A lot of people owe a lot to him. I don’t think David Stern takes that lightly. I think he admires Michael and realizes what he means to our sport.

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Little Fockers First Images Of The Film


Little Fockers First Images Of The Film

After marrying Pam, the daughter of a retired CIA agent, Gaylord "Greg" Focker now has five-year old twins. The film will revolve around the couple trying to cope with raising their children

The third film is being directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie and About a Boy)


In addition to Streisand, De Niro, Stiller, and Polo, Little Fockers stars Jessica Alba, Laura Dern,Harvey Keitel and Raven-Symoné.

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Don't Mess With George Lucas, Reshoots Of "Red Tails"


Don't Mess With George Lucas, Reshoots Of "Red Tails"

This film is a passion for George Lucas and with him not being happy with how the direction that film was going, looks like Mr. Lucas is stepping down from his producer chair and directing the re-shoots himself. You mess with the Bull you get the Horns.

The guys over at firstshowing have found out that Lucas was very displeased with TV director Anthony Hemingway's work, and is taking it upon himself to direct some massive reshoots. With these re-shoots come some hefty re-writes which I'm told completely change the main characters and their storylines.

Red Tails, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II,

Principal photography wrapped in November last year with Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston starring in a fictional story of the historic and heroic exploits of America's first all black aerial combat unit in WWII. While the film is supposed to be in post-production right now, instead, Lucas' producing partner Rick McCallum is said to be pouring over dailies right now, trying to salvage whatever footage they can from Hemingway's work in order to figure out exactly how much will need to be re-shot. Combine that massive undertaking with an attempt to keep from going over budget if at all possible (even though this is a Lucasfilm project), and McCallum should be feeling quite a bit of stress about this project.

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"Zombieland" Writers Talking G.I. Joe Sequel. Get Ready For Some New Faces


"Zombieland" Writers Talking G.I. Joe Sequel. Get Ready For Some New Faces

I was always a fan of G.I.Joe's as a kid and was super excited when they announced they were going to be making a film,“The Rise of Cobra." But wow was that movie bad. I would have walked out the film if I hadn't paid money for the film. Best part of the film was Ray Park (Snake Eyes) action scenes.

I am hoping for a better film with the sequel and the only reason behind my joy is that we got Super talented guys penning the film.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the guys behind "Zomibeland"

They assured us that their “G.I. Joe” sequel will be something closer to the roots of the toyline.

So much so, that Reese has already made his own G.I. Joe film… well, kinda. “My very first movie was a ‘G.I. Joe’ movie; I used the little ‘G.I. Joe’ action figures [as my actors],” he said, laughing. “I was like 9; the sad thing was that I figured I could do stop-motion with a video camera - and we know that stop motion doesn’t work with a video camera for anyone who’s ever tried it, especially the old video cameras – so, I realized pretty quickly that it wouldn’t be a seamless motion. I’d set them up, deliver the lines.”

I really hope they do something with Marlon Waynes and all the horrible CG that was in the film.

“We can say that we will be faithful to the first film,” Reese explained of their plans for the sequel. “We will not be ignoring events from the first in the second.”

The best thing that I have heard is that they will be introducing some new characters for the upcoming film. Really hoping to see Crimson Twins (Tomax and Xamot)

“We’re going out to Pawtucket, Rhode Island to the Hasbro headquarters next week,” Wernick said, explaining that the trip will help dictate who those new characters will be. "[We’ll] talk to the toy guys, take a tour of the facility, see all the old toys, the new toys and just get inspired.”

“We’re going to be open to what they have, and we’re presenting them with what we have; it will be a meeting of the minds,” Reese said of the early stage in their script development. “This is a dream come true. If I could get in a time machine and go tell my 11-year-old self this he’d be dancing, running through the street doing cartwheels… ‘G.I. Joe’ should be fun, it should be a ride. That’s what we feel like ‘Zombieland’ was, and we hope to bring that to the ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise also.”

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True Blood Season 3 On It's Way Recap Time


True Blood Season 3 On It's Way Recap Time

The new season of True Blood is only a few months away and so get ready for a quick recap of season two and hold on tight for the new season.

How far off will the third season be from Book Three 'Club Dead' by Charlaine Harris? Will Michael Papajohn be getting a beefier role? And how will newcomer Dawn Olivieri (Heroes) affect the cast?

The third season of HBO’s True Blood airs in June 2010 and as always, HBO is keeping details tightly under wraps. The frenzy of True Blood mania however is as crazy as ever and fans and websites galore are offering personal thoughts and insider tips. Are they fact, fiction or just plain old wishful thinking? While only HBO truly knows what will come to pass, perhaps some scenarios are more likely than others.

True Blood Season Two Brief Conclusion

The conclusion of season two saw Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes), defeated by shape shifter Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), who turned into a bull and tore out the lady’s heart. Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) is still Tara, confused and unsure as ever and alone again, now that Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) has killed Eggs (Mehcad Brooks).

Jason and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), attempted to save the town in Rambo-esque style, while fledgling vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), spurned and burned by love, embraced a vampire’s natural tendencies and sucked on a truck driver.

Vampire queen, Sophie-Ann Leclerg (Evan Rachel Wood), is revealed as the one that ordered Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård), to have Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), continue dealing V again. Vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), is incensed upon learning of Eric’s involvement. Sophie-Ann is incensed with Eric because Bill knew about his involvement and so Eric promised to take care of it.

Bill took Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), to dinner and proposed and Sookie, unsure as to what to do at this point, headed for the bathroom to work through the doubts. Realizing the need to be Bill’s wife, Sookie returned to the table to accept the marriage proposal but vampire Bill is gone, abducted with a chain of silver.

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Doug Liman To Roll Into "Attica" Film


Doug Liman To Roll Into "Attica" Film

Sounds like a werid combination to have Doug Liam and Geoffery Fletcher ( Percious ) screenwriter to be teaming up together.

They are moving forward with a film about the 1971 Attica prison riot, which is being independently financed.

Liman, is best known for directing the films "Swingers" and "Jumper" and he recently finished a Sean Penn thriller called "Fair Game" that will likely be at Cannes, makes a move in a gritty direction with the real-life story of hot-button guards and prisoners.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Going To "The Fields"


Jeffrey Dean Morgan Going To "The Fields"

Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Watchmen") will star alongside Sam Worthington in murder mystery "The Fields," with Michael Mann producing along with Michael Jaffe.
Morgan will star as a detective transplanted from New York, while the "Avatar" thesp will portray a local investigator probing a series of unsolved murders in industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries, where as many as 70 bodies have turned up over the past two decades. Together they wage a war against the unknown assailants.

"The Fields" -- which was originally called "Texas Killing Fields" -- will be directed by Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of Michael Mann, in a co-production between Bill Block's QED Intl. and Mann's Forward Pass shingle.

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Paul Feig Gets Some Apatow Power


Paul Feig Gets Some Apatow Power

"Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig is reteaming with Judd Apatow, who executive produced and was a writer and director on that series.

Feig will direct Universal's untitled wedding-themed comedy starring Kristen Wiig, who with Annie Mumolo wrote the screenplay about two women battling to plan their friend's wedding party.

Apatow will produce, through his Apatow Prods. banner, with Barry Mendel. Wiig and Mumolo will co-produce, with Feig serving as exec producer.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine’s Day Movie Review By:Windy


Valentine’s Day Movie Review
By:Windy

Make sure you stop by and let Windy know that she is doing a great service to all of us film lovers with her reviews.

“Valentine’s Day”, directed by Gary Marshall and starring…well…everyone, is a Robert Altman-like film in that it focuses on several different developing stories that are all somehow intertwined. However, the film is light-hearted and not meant to be taken as seriously as an Altman film.

Initial reviews of “Valentine’s Day” have not been positive. I, therefore, went into the film with low expectations. To my surprise, the film was entertaining.

Julia Fitzpatrick and Dr. Harrison Copeland, played by Jennifer Garner and Patrick Dempsey, have “cutesy” on-screen chemistry. They are believable as a just-in-love goofy-acting couple. They might just be the best matched couple in the movie.

Jamie Foxx provides the regular comic relief in the film, with barely a single serious moment in his scenes. He perfectly plays the role of the scoop-searching sports newscaster who always ends up in the oddest of situations. Of course, ever since “Ray”, no movie is complete without Foxx singing at least a little…which he does in this film.

Sean Jackson, played by Eric Dane, is a football player with a losing season who has to decide which direction to take his career and life. Through a revelation on Valentine’s Day, he takes it in a direction the viewers never thought possible. Dane is believable as a professional football player, and could easily play a professional athlete in future films.

Paula Thomas, played by Queen Latifah, is quite good as Sean Jackson’s agent. Latifah is just bold and brash enough to bring that no-holds-barred agent attitude to the screen. Of course, this being a comedy, she does have a couple of good one-liners.

Though the most popular celebrities right now might be Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) and Taylor Swift (Grammy winner for “Album of the Year”), these two actors unfortunately didn’t bring much to “Valentine’s Day” except for poorly executed slapstick humor. Lautner shows off his martial arts moves, which by now most people know he can easily do, and Swift plays his air-headed, dance team girlfriend. Lautner needs to stop relying on his abs and his martial arts, and Swift needs to try to take on more serious roles. These two unfortunately took away from the more realistic couples presented in the film.

Ashton Kutcher has a major role in the movie as Reed Bennett, a flower-shop owner (the epicenter of mayhem on Valentine’s Day – onscreen or off). His performance was rather indifferent, but his character kept many of the other characters connected for the plot’s sake.

Other actors in the film who didn’t bring much to the plot are Jessica Alba, though she was needed in order to set up Kutcher’s character, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts. The film could have easily gone on without these actors’ characters and shaved an unnecessary 30 minutes off of the film. With so many unnecessary characters, the film drags on at times and loses focus on some of the major plot lines.

The film overall was, as mentioned above, entertaining. It’s light-hearted and doesn’t require concentration to enjoy. It’s a nice getaway for an afternoon or evening.

Be sure to stick around for the credits, which contain outtakes. Roberts’ outtake should have been left in the film. It definitely would have made her character more memorable, and probably got more laughs than any part of the actual film.

5 ½ out of 10 sandwiches

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James Cameron Talks To Marc Webb About Upcoming Spider-Man Film


James Cameron Talks To Marc Webb About Upcoming Spider-Man Film

Following the smash success of “Avatar,” James Cameron is Hollywood’s new guru of greatness. It’s no surprise, then, that filmmakers looking to master the complexities of 3-D, science-fiction and state-of-the-art special effects are seeking him out for guidance as if he were a bearded man sitting atop a mountain.

Now, in a new development that should thrill fans of our friendly neighborhood webslinger, MTV News has learned the name of the latest filmmaker to meet with Cameron: "Spider-Man" director Marc Webb.

“Last [week] we met the director of [the next ‘Spider-Man’ film],” Cameron’s producing partner Jon Landau revealed to us when he stopped by the MTV studio, explaining that the “Avatar” filmmaker and Spider-Man’s new gatekeeper compared notes Wednesday evening. “[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible.”

Although such an exchanging of professional pleasantries isn’t typically noteworthy, this one is intriguing for two reasons. First, Cameron himself wrote a treatment for "Spider-Man" back in 1991, but after his brief flirtation with the webhead fizzled out, he insisted that any director following Sam Raimi’s films would be getting his “sloppy seconds.” Secondly, the recent revelation that the Spider-Man reboot will be in 3-D can be coupled with Landau’s comments to indicate that Cameron is happy to advise Webb as he navigates the choppy waters of his blockbuster debut.

The third reason it’s significant? Apparently James Cameron has a thing for Zooey Deschanel romantic comedies.

“One of the things that I love about Jim, he is a huge movie buff; he sees everything,” Landau said of the filmmaker’s frequent movie screenings. “[He’s] always coming out of those saying ‘God, that’s somebody we should look to work with or try to work with.’”

“Jim loved ‘(500) Days of Summer,’” Landau continued. “It’s not something that you would think is necessarily in his wheelhouse, but he really enjoyed that.”

Landau added that both he and Cameron have a firm belief that filmmakers should know if their film will be in 3-D before they shoot — not at some later date.

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Al Pacino Slides Into "Son Of No One"


Al Pacino Slides Into "Son Of No One"

Al Pacino is slipping into the shoes vacated by Robert De Niro in "Son of No One," the police thriller starring Channing Tatum being directed by Dito Montiel.

Hannibal Pictures is pacting with Nu Image/Millenium Films to co-produce and co-distribute the movie, which begins shooting in New York on March 22.

The script, written by Montiel, centers on a young cop (Tatum) who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.

Terrence Howard, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes are in various stages of dealmaking to join the cast.

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New Defendor Trailer Looks Bad Ass


New Defendor Trailer Looks Bad Ass

Defendor is an upcoming Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings and Sandra Oh. The story tells of a regular man who adopts the persona of a superhero named Defendor on a quest to find his arch enemy. Defendor, Stebbings' feature film debut, was written in 2005 and filmed in January 2009 in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, and is slated for release in 2010.







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Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" Coming To Life


Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" Coming To Life

Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick are developing a 21st century Frankenstein, acquiring feature rights to Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" through their 1019 Entertainment banner.
Project places the doctor -- a socially prominent and successful businessman -- and his super-human original creation Deucalion in modern-day New Orleans. Winter and Botwick are aiming to launch a franchise. "These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theaters for many years to come," the duo said.

The story centers on a pair of street-smart detectives who encounter Deucalion while investigating a murder, leading them to a bizarre array of "engineered" humans.

Three titles in Koontz's series have been published, with the fourth scheduled for release in June.

"Frankenstein" will be produced by Winter and Botwick along with 1019 Entertainment exec Whitney Thomas.

Prior to forming 1019 Entertainment, Winter had a first-look deal at Fox and produced the "X-Men" trilogy, Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" and the "Fantastic Four" movies. Botwick was previously president of Vanguard Films and Animation and president of Big Idea Prods. He also did stints at CBS and the Family Channel.

The first title in the Frankenstein series, "Prodigal Son," was published in 2005 by Bantam Books, followed by "City of Night" and "Dead and Alive." The fourth book, "Lost Souls," will be published June 22, with the fifth and sixth books to follow in 2011 and 2012.


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Dracula Film Has Found It's Screenwriter


Dracula Film"Vlad" Has Found It's Screenwriter

As we reported back in December that Actor Charlie Hunnam Wrote a script titled "Vlad" which would be produced by Summit, here is some more news to come out about the film. And some help it will be getting.

Scott Kosar has been brought on to work on the screenplay for Summit Entertainment's "Vlad."
Actor Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") wrote the original script, which takes an action-oriented look at Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, as a young prince. Music video director and photographer Anthony Mandler recently came aboard to direct the project and will shepherd Kosar's work on the screenplay.

Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through their Plan B shingle. Summit president of production Erik Feig and vp production Meredith Milton are overseeing the project. Jeremy Kleiner is shepherding for Plan B.

Kosar is well-drenched in macabre storytelling. He wrote the script for the 2003 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake, the 2005 "Amityville Horror" remake and "The Machinist." He also co-wrote the screenplay for the remake of George A. Romero's "The Crazies," which Overture releases Feb. 26.

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Young Conan Cast For Upcoming Film


Young Conan Cast For Upcoming Film

The young man from G.I.Joe who played young snakes eyes in the flashback scenes in the film.

It will be 12 year old Leo Howard.

This is a pretty good part for the young man and will definitely boost his career

Jason Momoa plays the adult Conan the rest of the film.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

De Niro And Scorsese Teaming Up Again


De Niro And Scorsese Teaming Up Again

The 67-year-old movie maker was at the Berlin film festival for the premiere Saturday of his latest picture "Shutter Island," his fourth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Bob De Niro (and I) are talking about something that has to do with that world," Scorsese told reporters after a press screening of Shutter Island, where the audience reaction was decidedly muted.

"There's no doubt about that. We're working on something like that, but it's from the vantage point of older men looking back, none of this running around stuff."

Rumors that Scorsese may be reviving one of film's most successful collaborations have been rife for years, as fans look back with nostalgia to classics such as "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver" and "Cape Fear."

The Hollywood heavyweights last worked together on "Casino" in 1995.

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