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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Smallville Season Finale Surprise

Smallville Season Finale Surprise

Smallville fans received an early Christmas present on  last nights season finale. This came out of left field  when I was watching the show and very unexpected twist. So if you missed it or want to watch it again, We got it for you here.



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Charlie St. Cloud Trailer Starring Zac Efron

Charlie St. Cloud Trailer Starring Zac Efron

 Zac Efron and he doesn't have on his boogie shoes. In a move to distance himself from those types of films, Efron is moving towards more dramatic roles in films.

Charlie St. Cloud is an upcoming fantasy-romance film based on the 2004 Ben Sherwood novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.

Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscar® winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it.

After his high-school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.



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Alvin Sargent To Lend A Hand To Spider-Man Reboot

Alvin Sargent To Lend A Hand To Spider-Man Reboot

The veteran screenwriter (and repeat Spidey scribe) has been brought on board to fine-tune Columbia’s "Spider-Man" reboot being directed by Marc Webb.

The studio is working off a script by Jamie Vanderbilt, who wrote “Zodiac” and a draft of “Spider-Man 4” before the studio scrapped its plans for the sequel to re-start the series. Sargent is doing a production polish as the studio runs with eight legs toward a planned shoot later this year.

Sargent, 83, is practically part of the Peter Parker family, having worked on every single “Spider-Man” movie. The acclaimed writer of hefty dramas like 1980s “Ordinary People” and 1973’s “Paper Moon" has become the studio’s go-to guy for punching up weighty scenes. The new “Spider-Man” is rumored to be more emotionally anchored and realistic than the previous movies. Word is that Peter Parker will be a 17-year-old high school kid struggling with shifting hormones and an outsider status. And let’s not forget the death of his uncle.

Sargent did uncredited rewrite work on the first “Spider-Man” and shared credit on “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3.” He was in the middle of working on “Spider-Man 4” when the plug was pulled.

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Wachowski Brother's Shopping Secret ‘Hard R Lesbian’ Sci-Fi

Wachowski Brother's Shopping Secret ‘Hard R Lesbian’ Sci-Fi

Little has been heard from The Matrix team of Larry and Andy Wachowski since 2008's Speed Racer crashed. I'm told they are circulating a new script that brings them back to terrain they covered in 1996's Bound, a heist film with a lesbian romance. This one's a drama that focuses on a "hard R" homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi. It's a cinema verite-style treatment that begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq. I've heard the siblings completed the script, want to direct it next, and that it is out to financiers. It sounds far afield of their trademark stuff, but then again, The Matrix seemed pretty far out when the siblings first pitched it. Will furnish more info when I get it.


Bound is a 1996 neo-noir crime thriller film directed by the Wachowski brothers. It is about a woman (Jennifer Tilly) who longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). When she meets the alluring ex-con (Gina Gershon) hired to renovate the next-door apartment, the two women begin an affair and hatch a scheme to steal $2 million of Mafia money.

Bound received positive reviews from film critics who praised the humor and style of the directors as well as the realistic portrayal of a lesbian relationship in a mainstream film.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

NBC's Renews "Chuck" For Next Season

NBC's Renews "Chuck" For Next Season

This is great news for all of us over at sandwichjohnfilms. Warner Bros. has picked up one of our favorite television shows Chuck for next season. Though modestly rated, "Chuck" has been NBC's highlight for their Monday night programming.

The show expected to receive 13-episode orders. We can hope for more.  PLEASE!

To read my exclusive interview with the cast of Chuck click HERE.

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NBC Has Cancelled "Heroes"

NBC Has Cancelled "Heroes"

The network seriously mulled bringing back "Heroes" for a shortened final season to wrap up the serialized show.

In the end, given the fairly high cost of the drama, the show's consistently declining ratings and the number of new hour-longs coming to NBC next season, the network decided the UMS-produced series wasn't worth an additional season. Sources are still leaving the door open to conclude the show with a special or movie, but tabling that verdict until after upfronts.

The show has long had a rocky relationship with its fans. Out of the gate, "Heroes" was a big hit for the network -- an ethnically diverse big-concept ensemble that performed well overseas. It was NBC's "Lost."

But the show's writers struggled to keep the show's twisting narrative on track. Characters were killed off and resurrected with regularity. Narrative threads were started, then abandoned. Unlike "Lost," there didn't seem to be series-long central questions driving the show that needed to be resolved with a final season.

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"Flashforward" Cancelled And "V" Survives

"Flashforward" Cancelled And "V" Survives

ABC has canceled underperforming freshman drama "FlashForward."

The high-concept drama premiered strong, then dropped steadily in the ratings as the show struggled to find its creative footing. It's survived by fellow serialized sci-fi show, "V," which ABC has renewed. ABC will likely cut a few more titles, with "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" considered on life support.

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New Jonah Hex Character Photos

New Jonah Hex Character Photos

MySpace, has brought us a few goodies today from WB’s upcoming adaptation JONAH HEX, Check ‘em all out after the jump..




Josh Brolin plays the scarred, rough-and-tumble gunslinger bounty hunter tracking a voodoo practitioner (John Malkovich) who wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South. Megan Fox plays Leila, a gun-wielding beauty and love interest of Hex. Will Arnett will play a Union soldier who enlists Hex and is blindsided by the dirty fighting style of his enemies. Michael Shannon will play Doc Cross Williams, the bizarre ringleader of a brutal gladiator circus event. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears A Who)

Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.

JONAH HEX will open on June 18th, 2010

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Avatar 2 Announcement Coming Soon

Avatar 2 Announcement Coming Soon

James Cameron was in South Korea, once again preaching about how 3D will replace 2D as the standard format for films, TV, laptops, online content.
Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, ‘You know, we’re going to spend a lot of money and time and energy creating not only a process but the assets, the CG assets, we call them - all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters and all that’… huge, millions and millions of dollars. So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise, if you will, or a saga that plays out over several acts, each movie being an act of that saga.

I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.
Avatar sequel anytime soon, it's coming but not anytime soon.
Which he estimated will take about 3 years to make — 18 months less than it took the first.

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Pixels Short To Be Made Into A Film

Pixels Short To Be Made Into A Film

The much-buzzed-about short featuring 1980s video game characters attacking New York City, is heading for the big-screen.

The French filmmaker behind “Pixels,” Patrick Jean, has teamed up with Adam Sandler’s production banner Happy Madison to develop a big-screen take. The team is in talks with Columbia, where Happy Madison has its first-look deal, to set up the project at the studio.

The project is still in the early stages and no writer is on board but the plan is to make a “Ghostbusters”-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.

“Pixels,” abetted by a thumbs-up from filmmaker Edgar Wright, became a viral hit in April with its pixelated versions of Tetris, Space Invaders, Frogger, Pac-Man and others invading NYC first, then the world.



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Shia LaBeou Transformers 3 Back To Basics

Shia LaBeou Transformers 3 Back To Basics

Shia LaBeouf says the second "Transformers" movie got too big for its own good -- but the third one brings the heart back to the franchise.

LaBeouf, who starts work on the next "Transformers" sequel Tuesday, said the third installment will be the best one yet. The new script restores a human element that got lost in the second movie, LaBeouf said.

"When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did," LaBeouf said in an interview Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where his finance drama "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is premiering. "There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone."

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New Twilight Saga:Eclipse Banner And Volturi Clip

New Twilight Saga:Eclipse Banner And Volturi Clip

Thank the Twilight gods, we have a new clip thanks to Apple from the upcoming Twilight Saga: Eclipse featuring the Volturi clan. And enjoy watching the trailer for the film also while you are here.

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Near the beginning of the book, Edward says to Bella that irritating them was a sure fire way to get yourself killed. When Edward thought Bella was dead, he went to Volterra to ask the Volturi to kill him. The Volturi refused, Aro in particular wanted Edward to join them, and Edward decided to force their hand by exposing himself to the humans of the city. Bella and Alice, however, were able to arrive in the city and find him before he revealed himself. Several guards brought the three of them back to Aro, Marcus, and Caius. Aro was intrigued when he saw Bella and when she was immune to all mental powers. After Edward, Alice, and Bella declined the Volturi's offer to join them, the Volturi told them that Bella, because she knew their secrets, had to either die or become a vampire, which Edward will not allow. But Alice was able to convince them to let them go when she said she saw a vision of Bella becoming a vampire in the future.

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In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

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Easy A Trailer Featuring Emma Stone And Cam Gigandet

Easy A Trailer Featuring Emma Stone And Cam Gigandet

Easy A is an American comedy film written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Will Gluck. Partially inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter, the film was shot at Screen Gems studios and in Ojai, California.

A high school girl is ostracized by an unfounded rumour that she's sexually promiscuous. She eventually uses the rumour mill to her advantage, pitting puritanical students and teachers against their more liberal counterparts.



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Spike TV’S “Guys Choice” To Pay Tribute To Sylvester Stallone

Spike TV’S “Guys Choice” To Pay Tribute To Sylvester Stallone

Set your guy-dar to Spike TV this June as the network will honor the year’s most man-tastic accomplishments with a proverbial “A-Team” of icons from the world of entertainment during its fourth annual “Guys Choice.” From Olympic Gold medalists to Academy Award winners to Sports Illustrated cover models, all will be in attendance to pay tribute to the kingdom of testosterone. “Guys Choice” premieres Sunday, June 20 (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT).

Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone, writer, director and star of the upcoming blockbuster “The Expendables,” will be honored during the night’s festivities for his legendary performances within the genre over the course of his forty year career. The two-time Oscar and Golden Globe Award-nominated writer and actor, Stallone burst onto the scene in his 1976 role as boxing underdog Rocky Balboa and since, has starred in countless action flicks including the Rambo series, “Cobra,” “Over the Top,” “Demolition Man,” “Judge Dredd,” and “Cop Land,” among others.

“Sylvester Stallone is a true legendary film icon for our audience of guys. He's given us characters like Rocky, Rambo and so many more; he has created some of the most heroic and beloved cinematic characters of all time and we're thrilled to be honoring him on ‘Guys Choice,’" says Casey Patterson, SVP, event production, talent development and studio relations, Spike TV.

Spike TV will declare two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White Chairman of the Board for his amazing accomplishments in the world of competitive snowboarding. A pro since the age of 17, White quickly established himself as one of the elite snowboarders within the circuit and in little over seven years has earned several major accolades including Action Sports Tour Champion, Summer and Winter Dew Champion and has garnered gold at the Summer and Winter X Games, U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. The 24-year-old White has become the face of American snowboarding.

Additional appearances include: Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Brooklyn Decker, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Renner, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Rock and many more.

Voting for this year’s winners is being held online at guyschoice through Friday, June 4th. Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”

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Cowboys And Aliens Official Synopsis

Cowboys And Aliens Official Synopsis

The movie will be starring Han Solo, James Bond, Justin Hammer, ever so sexy Quorra (Tron Legacy.) what more could you ask for in a film? The film really stars  Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Noah Ringer. The film will be directed by Jon Favreau and Co-produced by Steven Spielberg.

The film will be based on a graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley from an original idea by Rosenberg.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

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Nowhere Boy Trailer John Lennon

Nowhere Boy Trailer- A Movie About John Lennon

Nowhere Boy is a British feature film about John Lennon's adolescence and the gradual evolution of his first band into The Beatles.

The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood - his Aunt Mimi and his mother Julia. In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatle Paul McCartney and the development of their friendship and musical partnership. British actor Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon and Thomas Sangster plays Paul McCartney. Lennon's aunt Mimi is portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff plays Lennon's mother Julia.



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Two Marilyn Monroe Biopics In The Works

Two Marilyn Monroe Biopics In The Works

What is it about Hollywood that no sooner does somebody have a good idea, then it turns out that somebody has had the same brainwave. Now it’s rival Marilyn Monroe biopics. Wild Bunch, the French sales agent has announced here that it’s handling international sales on Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir. Naomi Watts, who arrives in Cannes for Fair Game, will play Marilyn. Director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) and producer Anthony Bregman of Likely Story (Synecdoche New York) plan to start shooting the $20 million film in January 2011.

The Weinstein Company has its own Marilyn project, My Week With Marilyn, due to begin filming in late September. Michelle Williams will play Marilyn. This one’s about the time Monroe spent in England shooting The Prince and the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier. Ralph Fiennes was going to play Olivier but dropped out to direct his film version of Coriolanus. The film is being produced by David Parfitt, who won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. The director is Simon Curtis. Scarlett Johansson turned down playing Marilyn before William.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Inception And Toy Story 3 Mash-Up Trailer

Inception And Toy Story 3 Mash-Up Trailer

The Amazing guys over at Screenrant have out did their self's again. They are one of the reasons I am where I am at this moment. I asked for help and they gave me a few hints and tips, so I have to thank Vic for that.

Screen Rant video editor extraordinaire Mike Eisenberg has been tickling the magic video elves once again and this time he messed with the trailers for two of the biggest, most anticipated movies coming out this summer – Inception and Toy Story 3.






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Timothy Olyphant Replaces Sharlto Copley In " I Am Number Four"

Timothy Olyphant Replaces Sharlto Copley In " I Am Number Four"

Sharlto Copley has dropped out of the DreamWorks pic "I Am Number Four" and has been replaced by "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant.


Copley, who rose to the top of studio casting lists after starring in breakout hit "District 9," had to bow out of the D.J. Caruso-helmed film due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming press obligations for Fox's "The A-Team." But is this the real reason?  Filmdrunk has found out some interesting information on why Copley was replaced.  Sharlto Copley wanted wear a prosthetic nose and fake ears like Spock and look like an alien in the movie, while director DJ Caruso was adamant that the aliens were supposed to look just like regular humans, hence why they’re able to fit in. This was apparently such a sticking point that neither would budge, and Copley left the project.

Olyphant, who is also on the rise thanks to the critical hit "Justified," will shoot the film during his hiatus from the FX series.

Story revolves around a group of nine earthbound aliens who escaped their planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, disguised as a human teenager, the title character discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that destroyed his planet. Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Marti Noxon penned the screenplay.

Olyphant will play Henri, a guardian and mentor to the story's title character, played by Alex Pettyfer.

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The Adjustment Bureau Trailer Matt Damon

The Adjustment Bureau Trailer

What would you do if you fell in love with the women of your dreams and then find out it was not according to the plan laid out of you? The Adjustment Bureau will answer those questions, The Adjustment Bureau is an upcoming science fiction film, loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team", The film is to be directed by George Nolfi and will star Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Daniel Dae Kim, Michael Kelly, John Slattery,and Anthony Ruivivar.

The story is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team" and will feature a smooth-talking congressman whose political future is thrown in doubt by uncontrollable events and the arrival in his life of a mysterious ballerina.[3]

Matt Damon will play David Norris, a former Fordham University basketball player and charismatic United States Congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer named Elise Sellas, played by Blunt, only to find that strange circumstances keep them from becoming romatically involved. Norris discovers forces are at work to keep them apart, and he peels the layers to find out why. The action takes place in various places in Manhattan.


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Eminem Goes Where Only A Few Have Been And He Is "Not Afraid"

Eminem Goes Where Only A Few Have Been And He Is "Not Afraid"

Eminem's "Not Afraid," the first single from his upcoming album Recovery, enters the Hot 100 at #1. It's the first song to debut in the top spot since Britney Spears' "3" did it in October. It's only the second rap song ever to debut at #1, following "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112) in 1997. "Not Afraid" is Eminem's third #1 on the Hot 100, following "Lose Yourself," his Oscar-winning smash from 8 Mile, and "Crack A Bottle," his all-star collaboration with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.

"Not Afraid" sold 379,000 copies in its first week. That's the biggest weekly sales tally so far this year. Only three songs in digital history have sold more copies in their first week. All were 2009 releases: Flo Rida's "Right Round" (636,000), the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000) and the aforementioned "Crack A Bottle" (418,000).

"Not Afraid" posted the biggest weekly sales total since Ke$ha's "Tik ToK" rang up sales of 394,000 in the week ending Jan. 3. (That was the final week of the 2009 chart year.)

Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. Gone Again [Olympicks]
3. Mixin Up (Feat. Notorious B.I.G., Big L & 2Pac) [Young Viz]
4. Whatever [Helluva]
5. Just Don’t [Chanes]
6. Lets Get It On (Feat. Big Proof) [Olympicks]
7. Beef Aint (Feat. Big Proof, Nas & Mos Def) [Young Viz]
8. King Hustler (Feat. 50 Cent) [Olympicks]
9. Waiting (Feat. 50 Cent) [Loey Faba]
10. What You Gonna (Feat. Dr. Dre & Obie Trice) [Nick Speed]
11. Gone Again Pt. 2 [Synbeatz]
12. Fiya (Feat. Nate Dog, 50 Cent, Young Buck & Nichole) [Olympicks]
13. Love (Feat. Obie Trice & 50 Cent) [Chanes]
14. Outro

Recovery, Eminem's sixth studio album, is due for release on June 22.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

VOM:Terminator Sent On A Mission Or Left Behind

VOM:Terminator Sent On A Mission Or Left Behind

A  filmmaker from China made this fan made movie. The short features none other than a Terminator.  Was he was sent on a secret mission from the future to destroy a certain company?  Are they funding Skynet?  Or was he just left behind?

You'll have to watch till the end to see who sent him from the future.Or is he just a left over?



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The Official Trailer For Super 8 And Easter Eggs

The Official Trailer For Super 8 And Easter Eggs

The official trailer for the upcoming film by J.J. Abrams directed Steven Spielberg produced film Super 8 is here and we have it. There is very little known about the film at this point and time.But I am sure with time we will find out more on this movie.

As we reported last week there are a tons of Easter eggs in the trailer and you really need to check them out for yourself. You will be amazed at what you can find in a 1:30 minute trailer.

And let the viral marketing begin.



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MTV Movie Awards Parody Of Hurt Locker

MTV Movie Awards Parody Of Hurt Locker

MTV has been airing multiple promos for their annual MTV Movie Awards and their latest video is a parody of the Oscar Award winning film The Hurt Locker.  Aziz Ansari and actress Kristen Bell are enjoying a movie date until...



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Colin Farrell Joins Cast Of Fright Night

Colin Farrell Joins Cast Of Fright Night

Colin Farrell has stayed away from studio films in the last few years, but now has found two he can sink his teeth into. I'm told Farrell has just committed to play Jerry Dandrige who is the neighbor/vampire in Fright Night, the Craig Gillespie-directed DreamWorks remake of the 1985 thriller that will also star Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette.

In Fright Night, he'll play the role originated by Chris Sarandon, the charming bloodsucker who tries to cover his tracks when his young horror-film-fanatic neighbor become sure he's a vampire come to drain the populace.



I can remember when the strong buzz off the Joel Schumacher-directed Tigerland convinced studios that the Irish actor was going to be the next Tom Cruise. The majors threw all kinds of projects at Farrell, with multi-million dollar offers. It wasn't going at all well at the box office for Farrell by the time he did his last big studio film, Miami Vice with Universal. Let's face it, he has had trouble opening movies for the majors. Since then, he embraced sobriety, turned his life around and has done the best work in his career on a mostly indie track. The exception was the Gavin O'Connor-directed Pride and Glory for New Line, and he has followed that with gems like Crazy Heart and In Bruges, the latter of which won him a Golden Globe. Farrell stays in indie mode on the Neil Jordan-directed fable Ondine, which opens June 4, and he stars with Keira Knightley in London Boulevard, the adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel that marks the directing debut of The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. Farrell most recently completed starring in the Peter Weir-directed period drama The Way Back, which will soon be shopped to domestic distributors and will likely premiere at one of the fall film festivals.

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Smallville Season Finale Preview

Smallville Season Finale Preview

The CW has released a little clip from the upcoming season 9 finale of Smallville. The clip features Lois Lane played by Erica Durance going through some of Clarks stuff. The episode will air May 14,2010



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Secondary Characters Holding up Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Secondary Characters Holding up Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Summit Entertainment is working furiously to close the talent deals required to split Stephenie Meyer's fourth "Twilight" novel into two films. But an unlikely roadblock is holding up an announcement -- and could even lead to cast changes for the series' final installment.

The studio is close to finalizing agreements with leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, all of whom will get big raises to return for a fifth installment of the vampire romance saga. And director Bill Condon is already signed to film two "Breaking Dawn" movies, which would be shot back-to-back starting in the fall and released in November 2011 and summer 2012, respectively.

But Summit is having a harder time locking in some of the franchise's secondary characters. Deals for Peter Facinelli (who plays Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Bella's father, Charlie Swan) are done, but we're told the actors who play the Cullen kids (especially Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene) are trying to sink their teeth into bigger paydays that, at least at this point, the studio behind the billion-dollar franchise is unwilling to provide. "We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point," says a source close to the dealmaking.

So are we headed for a recasting on the final "Twilight"?

There is precedent for such a tactic. After the success of the first film, Summit axed Rachelle Lefevre, who played Victoria, in part because her reps played hardball on money and scheduling. (Bryce Dallas Howard got the job instead.) Now, two films into the series, even the minor Twilighters (Lutz in particular) have become sought-after stars, so it makes sense they'd want to be paid more for the final film. But we're told that the offers from Summit -- which are said to be at least 10 times what the actors made on the first movie -- were deemed "offensive" given the mega-money the franchise has generated.

Summit declined to comment on the situation. But the studio wants to move quickly to pull the trigger on the two movies -- which it won't until the talent deals are further along -- and it isn't afraid to recast if agreements can't be reached. Plus, it has even more reason to be concerned about costs this time around. As is typical with blockbuster franchises, the "Twilight" movies are becoming more expensive with each installment. The leads are going to fare especially well if "Breaking Dawn" is split into two parts. The trio were initially signed for three films (remember, this was back when "Twilight" was a low-budget adaptation of a niche YA novel), but in the spring of 2009 -- after the first movie became an international hit -- they renegotiated all their deals so Summit could lock them for a fourth movie.

 The studio then realized that "Breaking Dawn," with its 900-plus pages and narratives told from two perspectives, was dense enough to be split into two installments (as Warner Bros. announced it would do for the final "Harry Potter" book). Just one problem: The cast wasn't signed for a fifth movie. They're all huge stars now, with Lautner in particular running up his quote to the $7.5 million range, so another renegotiation commenced.

That meant ponying up big-time for the leads, which would make the final movie more expensive than the others ("Eclipse," which hits theaters June 30, is costing around $65 million, a figure sure to be dwarfed by the fourth and fifth, even if costs can be amortized by shooting them at the same time). Summit is still holding out the option of simply doing one "Breaking Dawn," although multiple sources say they'd be shocked if the fifth film doesn't happen. "This thing is gonna be two movies," one source says. "With or without the cast intact." Meyer has already signed off on the plan to make two — a key hurdle, given the approval rights she has in her deal.

Summit also is eyeing another cost-cutting measure for the final installments. A deal is currently being negotiated to move the production to Louisiana (the first was shot in Portland and the second two in Vancouver and Italy). Luring "Twilight" would be a huge "get" for the state -- and, given the tax credits, a money-saver for the studio.

"Twilight" has thus far been the rare tentpole franchise made on a non-tentpole budget. It'll be interesting to see the lengths that Summit will go to to keep it there. Booting an actor from the final installment of a successful series could be a risky move, though we're betting that as long as their precious Bella, Edward and Jacob return, fans would get over any disappointment pretty quickly.

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Two Douches Will Not Make A Return In Transformers 3

Two Douches Will Not Make A Return In Transformers 3

Two of the worse characters in a movie will not return in the upcoming Transformers 3. Director Michael Bay posted a simple message on his forums stating that "The Twins are not back in T3."  He is referring to Skids and Mudflap.

In related news, actress/comedienne Kym Whitley(Next Friday,College Road Trip) posted on Twitter yesterday that she's part of the cast.
 "Working on Transformers 3 today, a little nervous...always when starting a new project. I have said the Lords prayer 12 times," 

In a hidden extra for the Blu-ray version of Revenge of the Fallen, Bay expressed his intention to make Transformers 3 not necessarily larger than Revenge of the Fallen, but instead go deeper into the mythos, give it more character development, and make it darker and more emotional. Shortly after the release of Revenge of the Fallen, Orci said he would like to introduce Unicron "for scale's sake", and Unicron is seen during the Transformers 3 preview video in the Revenge of the Fallen Blu-ray edition, but no comment is made on the subject.

Transformers 3 is scheduled for a July 1, 2011

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Captain America And The Avengers Could Be Shot In 3D

Captain America And The Avengers Could Be Shot In 3D

If "Iron Man 2" had come out late in the summer, Tony Stark might have soared right out of the screen. And don't be surprised if Captain America's shield or even Thor's hammer comes flying at you in a dark theater in the seasons to come.

In an interview Sunday about the huge $133.6-million opening of "Iron Man 2," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admitted he and his team had considered converting the superhero sequel into 3-D after seeing the success of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland."

Given the extensive demands of post-production on "Iron Man 2," however, they concluded there simply wasn't enough time.

"We couldn't have turned over a version of the movie 10 or 20 weeks earlier for 3-D conversion without undermining the quality," he said. "We used all the time we had for mixing and editing and discovering the right tone."

Don Cheadle, one of stars of the film, said director Jon Favreau and his cast were "making changes while the paint was still wet" trying to find the appropriate presentation of the relationship between his character, Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes, and Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Rhodey steals Stark's high-tech armor and becomes the hero War Machine. But Favreau and his team were making last-minute changes to dialogue and making edits to ensure that audiences would be sympathetic to both the stern military man and his freewheeling billionaire buddy.

With three Marvel movies in the works over the next two years, however, Feige hinted that 3-D may be in the cards for some or all of them.

"The team has been doing a lot of research into 3-D processes, and we're looking at it on future films when we have the time," he said. "We will be doing it at some point."

"Thor" is already in production, meaning it would have to be converted into 3-D in post, but "First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers" could potentially be filmed with 3-D cameras. The massive success of James Cameron's "Avatar" has stirred a 3-D sensation in Hollywood that some compare to a gold rush and others worry might just be herd mentality. Upcoming 3-D films include Martin Scorsese's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," "Stretch Armstrong" and Sony's "Spider-Man" reboot.

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New Clips From Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

New Clips From Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Moviefone brings us two new clips from the upcoming movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  The film was schedule to be released in April was pushed back to September 24, 2010, so that the film could go through Cannes 2010.





Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancé Jacob (Shia LaBeouf), and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko – still a master manipulator and player – is after something very different from redemption.

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Aziz Ansari And Danny McBride Have A Deal With Mandate Pictures

Aziz Ansari And Danny McBride Have A Deal With Mandate Pictures

Rising comic star Ansari was most recently tapped to host the upcoming MTV Movie Awards and is about to embark on a summer stand-up tour across the U.S.

And now we have news that Mandate Pictures has picked up an untitled comedy feature pitch based on an idea by comedian Aziz Ansari and "30 Rock" television scribe Matt Hubbard. Ansari is attached to star in the project alongside comic actor Danny McBride.

Harris Wittels, who writes for Ansari's NBC tv series "Parks and Recreation," will pen the feature script.

The project, whose plotline is being kept under wraps, reunites McBride and Ansari, both of whom starred in Hill's "Observe and Report" last year. The duo are about to embark on another project together, Columbia Pictures' "30 Minutes or Less," currently in pre-production.

Rising comic star Ansari was most recently tapped to host the upcoming MTV Movie Awards and is about to embark on a summer stand-up tour across the U.S. The comedian, who is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, will be seen on screen this summer in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek."

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Judge Dredd To Make His Return To The Big Screen?

Judge Dredd To Make His Return To The Big Screen?

Looks like a remake to the film Judge Dredd could be on its why to the big screen. DNA Films has made a deal with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment to finance Judge Dredd, a 3D film that was scripted by Alex Garland, and will be directed by Pete Travis, best known for Vantage Point and Omagh

The film will be shopped at Cannes Film  festival this year.,. While Judge Dredd is perhaps best remembered for the forgettable 1995 action film that starred Sylvester Stallone, Macdonald went back to the franchise’s DNA to completely overhaul the film and bring it back to its origins as the UK comic created by John Wagner and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra. Dredd is set in a futuristic world filled with violence, and the character is empowered to act as judge, jury and executioner. Garland's best known for scripting The Beach.

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What Shows Will Networks Pickup?

What Shows Will Networks Pickup?

With the networks wrapping up their internal screenings, pilots are entering the final stretch when executives factor in testing and testing results as well as scheduling needs to make their picks for next fall. Here is the latest buzz on which pilots are still in contention:

FOX

Besides the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur fantasy Terra Nova, which is prepping for a midseason launch, Fox may pick up only one or two more new drama series, especially if it renews one of its bubble drama series Human Target or Lie To Me. (Human Target is looking a little stronger at the moment.) Midland appears a lock for the one slot, with a possible launch behind Fox's flagship drama House a possibility. Breakout Kings and Shawn Ryan’s Ridealong would duke it out for the potential second slot.

On the comedy side, Greg Garcia’s Keep Hope Alive and Mitch Hurwitz’s Wilde Kingdom have emerged as frontrunners, with Traffic Light and Security also in the running.

NBC

The network already picked up dramas Undercovers, The Event and Chase, hourlong anthology romantic comedy Love Bites and comedy Outsourced. With Law & Order: Los Angeles also on deck, I hear the drama pilots still in the running at the network include The Cape, Rockford Files and Kindreds. Neither is a slam-dunk but has strong chances for a pickup. The Cape was very well received but is a genre piece which always has its risks. The project is looking to lock in John Wirth as showrunner. Rockford Files has had a rocky run with a major reediting but its pedigree and high profile will probably be enough for a series order. Ditto on David E. Kelley’s Kindreds, which, outside of an overwhelming praise of Kathy Bates’ performance, has drawn mixed reactions at the network. Garza has an outside chance.

On the comedy side, there was a somewhat surprising omission in NBC’s Friday pickup UMS-produced series when hot comedy Perfect Couples didn't make the list. I hear it’s because NBC is considering it alongside another relationship-themed comedy pilot, Friends with Benefits that the network is also high on. Also in contention are Paul Reiser’s Next and the Matthew Broderick starrer Beach Lane, with early frontrunner This Little Piggy still hanging in there but continuing to slide down on the buzzmeter.

CBS

Hawaii Five-0 is as good as on-the-air, with legal drama Defenders still very strong, along with Chaos and a rising dark horse, the John Wells-produced untitled medical drama, which is gaining buzz. Meanwhile, there continue to be mixed signals on the Criminal Minds spinoff, which remains in contention, possibly for midseason.

On the comedy side, besides Mike & Molly, whose slot on the schedule is assured, Team Spitz and Bleep My Dad Said are strong, with Mad Love (form. True Love) and Livin’ on a Prayer also still in contention.

ABC

It’s still pretty murky on the drama side at ABC with No Ordinary Family, Detroit 187, The Whole Truth, Body of Proof, Off The Map and Generation Y all still in contention.

The untitled couples pilot and Mr. Sunshine appear the strongest contenders on the comedy side, with Happy EndingsWright Vs. Wrong and also in the running and Awkward Situations For Men and Who Gets the Parents also a possibility.

CW

Besides Nikita, which is a go, cheerleading drama Hellcats is also considered a frontrunner, with HMS and Betwixt in contention.

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Images From George Lucas Upcoming Film "Red Tails"

Images From George Lucas Upcoming Film "Red Tails"

Leave it to George Lucas to try and use something that has never been done before. For the first time a large scale Hollywood project will be entirely digital from start to finish – including the projection in the theaters. This represents the only way to really control the visual quality throughout the entire production chain, claims the renowned perfectionist.
 


“Right after the introduction of the new single chip camera Sony F35 last year, we decided that this camera will be our entry platform into the digital cinematography. At the same time, the F35 perfectly complements our already existing other CineAlta camcorders HDWF900R and HDW-750P from Sony,” explains Markus Schmidle, managing director and responsible for new technologies at FGV.

“36 years in the demanding business of 16 and 35mm camera rental have created a very distinctive sense for quality: For high class e-cinema, commercials and TV dramas, we see the Sony F35 as an ideal extension and companion into the digital age of film. The entire range of top quality lenses is available for the F35 through its PL-mount, and also the tried and tested film accessories match perfectly. On this project Angénieux Optimo zooms und Masterprimes from Zeiss / ARRI are used.“

“Lucasfilm’s ambitious project not only verifies our decision for this system, but also offers the very welcome a unique chance to gain valuable experiences on the highest level that is possible,” explains Ralph Herzog, head of the Digital Cinematography department at FGV Schmidle. Rick McCallum, who already acted as producer for George Lucas on the Star Wars sequels and the Young Indiana Jones films, decided on the F35 for the new project of Red Tails. After the first discussions in January everything had to be set up very quickly: another three F35 cameras were bought from Band Pro Munich to supply the new project.


PLOT:

"1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight -- a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy -- and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long."

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