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Friday, September 17, 2010

"Halo: Reach" Earns $200 Million In First Day Release

"Halo: Reach" Breaks Records

"Halo: Reach," Microsoft's prequel to one of the video game industry's biggest franchises, recorded more than $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe on its first day.

Microsoft late Wednesday highlighted that the sales for the first 24 hours make "Halo: Reach" not only its biggest game release ever, but also the biggest U.S. entertainment launch of the year. Its one-day gross exceeded the opening weekend box-office hauls of Hollywood blockbusters such as "Iron Man 2," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3," the company emphasized.

The new game, which hit stores Tuesday, also exceeded the previous "Halo's" first-day haul of $170 million, which had set an opening record in 2007. But it fell short of the record $310 million in sales set last year by "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."

"Reach" is an Xbox 360-only title, while the Activision Blizzard game got a multiplatform release, so the lower figure isn't unexpected.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter had expected the new "Halo" release to kick off with as much as $220 million-plus on its first day.

The "Halo" franchise had sold more than 34 million copies worldwide and grossed nearly $2 billion before the latest installment's launch, making it the best-selling Xbox and Xbox 360 game brand and one of the top-grossing gaming franchises of all time.


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Voltron Movie Concept Art

Voltron Movie Concept Art

Richard Suckle and Ted Koplar producers for the upcoming Voltron film have stated that the film is alive and it is slated for a summer 2013 release. Last I reported the film was in movie hell. Turns out I was wrong. Joblo got their hands on what appears to look like concept art for the Atlas entertainment project.

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Sacha Baron Cohen To Portray Mercury In Upcoming Film

Sacha Baron Cohen To Play A Queen

Are you ready for Borat to play a queen?  Sacha Baron Cohen has closed a deal to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in a film that’s being scripted by Peter Morgan for a 2011 production start. The untitled film will be financed by GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington, who'll produce in partnership with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, and Queen Films. Morgan is already working on a script focused on the band’s formative years, leading up to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Queen’s performance is considered one of the rock's all-time great live concert appearances.

A rights package has been set that includes the band’s tunes, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions , Another One Bites The Dust and You’re My Best Friend. It is unclear whether Baron Cohen will sing—I’m told he can sing—or whether Mercury’s vocals will be used. Nobody sang like Mercury, so trying to replicate him would be a tall order. These decisions will be made as a director gets hired. Mercury died November 24, 1991 of complications from AIDS. Though his death helped to remove the stigma of AIDS sufferers prevalent at that time and particularly in the rock music industry, Mercury’s last days won’t be the subject of the film.

Baron Cohen is an intriguing choice. For one thing, he looks more like Mercury than any star I can think of. While Baron Cohen’s primarily a comic actor, he plays well-defined characters in films from Borat to Talladega Nights, Sweeney Todd and Bruno, and he’s currently starring in the 3D Martin Scorsese-directed drama Hugo Cabret, also for GK Films.


GK’s King confirmed the Queen deal: “Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself,” he said in a statement. “Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.”

This is the first time the surviving members of Queen--Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon--have licensed songs and music publishing rights for a movie about the band and they formed Queen Films to be part of the production team on the film. They previously supplied their songs to We Will Rock You, the stage musical that has been running 9 years on London’s West End.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Russell Crowe The Man With the Iron Fist

Russell Crowe Knows Kung Fu?

Hip-hop artist and actor RZA tells me that Crowe has signed on to costar with him in The Man With the Iron Fist, a kung fu flick the Wu-Tang Clan founder is also directing.

RZA will play a weapons-making village blacksmith in feudal China—and as for Crowe, RZA doesn't want to say too much.

"I won't spoil it for you, but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," he told me yesterday at the VMAs. "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out."

The Man With the Iron Fist (no relation to the Marvel Comic superhero Iron Fist) starts shooting in Shanghai in December. "It's nerve-wracking," RZA said of directing Crowe. "He's a master of the craft. I'm quite sure that I may learn something from him."

Crowe and RZA worked together three years ago in Ridley Scott's American Gangster. They even recorded a song together, but Gangster producers decided not to include it on the movie's soundtrack. Both are also in the upcoming The Next Three Days from director Paul Haggis.

The Wu-Tang Clan founder began developing the project about five years ago with the help of Quentin Tarantino and director/actor Eli Roth, the latter now a cowriter and coproducer of the flick.

Universal reportedly green lighted Iron Fist in May with a $20 million budget.


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Disney's Tangled Trailer Starring Zachary Levi

Would You Like To Get Tangled?

Disney has unleashed the full trailer for their upcoming film Tangled. Starring Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore. It will be the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, planned for release on November 24, 2010. The story is loosely based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

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When the rogue Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) chooses an isolated tower for his latest hideout, he has no idea the tower is already occupied by a princess who was kidnapped as an infant by the greedy Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy). Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), who can use her magical hair to heal, sees the devil-may-care bandit as her escape from the tower and a chance at a life of adventure – one that may reunite her with her long-lost parents and restore her royal heritage.

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“Thor”Film To Stand On It's Own

“Thor”Film To Stand On It's Own

Thor” director Kenneth Branagh is a big fan of the “Iron Man” tandem of director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr., but he says his entry into the ever-expanding cinema of the Marvel Universe will be quite different in tone and construction.

“It’s a different story, and also, in that regard, Jon is a bit of a genius when it comes to that orchestration and getting the max out of another genius in Downey,” Branagh said.

“It’s how you dance pretty close to the edge to get the sort of modernity and the edge that ‘Iron Man’ has and the real sharp comic sensibility of those two men,” he said. “So it’s a different kind of dance.

“I think ‘Thor’ comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure.”

Branagh said there was also a “formality, as least on the Asgardian side of things; there’s a semi-ornateness to all of it that means we start from a more ordered universe, then the story turns toward the chaotic.”

Marvel Studios has an unprecedented plan to create an interlocking mythology and all-star ensemble that spread across multiple film franchises. “Thor” and “The First Avenger: Captain America” reach theaters next year, and then, in 2012, all the characters will converge in “The Avengers,” which will put wild-card Downey at the center of a somewhat dizzying cast. Branagh, for one, can’t wait. “That’s what’s going to make the Avengers fascinating. I think a character like Thor is the absolute opposite of someone like Tony Stark and the mix, complement and clash of those personalities will be very interesting to watch.”


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Goosebumps To Get Hollywood Treatment

Goosebumps To Get Hollywood Treatment

Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth "Red Dawn" (Will this film ever get released? Call MGM) and "Disturbia" co-writer has come aboard to write the screenplay for a live-action feature adaptation of the R.L. Stine book series "Goosebumps" for Columbia.

Scholastic publishes the hugely popular kids' horror books, which number in the dozens and have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, second only to the "Harry Potter" series in total sales. Columbia picked up film rights to the series in May 2008 and is looking at a family-driven potential franchise.

The property has spawned video games, TV shows, additional book series and straight-to-video films, but this would be the first big-screen treatment. Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander ("1408") previously worked on adapting the material.


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DJ Steve Porter Remixes COMMUNITY

DJ Steve Porter Remix/Trailer For Season 1 Of COMMUNITY

We were sent over this Remix/Trailer video for the upcoming DVD release of COMMUNITY done by none other then DJ Steve Porter. The video blends together all the highlights from the first season with the smooth DJing From Steve. This Remix was first shown at Comic Con this year.

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Smooth talking ex-lawyer Jeff Winger has got a lot to learn, and he's come to Greendale Community College to avoid every bit of it. Unfortunately for Jeff, he's not the only misfit to enroll here, and people in need have an odd way of finding each other. First, his fake study group becomes a real study group. Then, over the course of a strange year - from Mexican Halloween to the final 'Tranny Dance' - including bad trips, great debates, drunk dials, food fights, epic paintball battles and sinister chicken finger conspiracies - the group becomes a family, something Jeff never wanted, but clearly needs. Starring Joel McHale (TV's "The Soup"), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Emmy Award winner Chevy Chase.

The Complete First Season on DVD on September 21 and watch the premiere of season two on Thursday 23, 8/7c.

Alittle bit about DJ Steve Porter

The next generation of electronic music producers is gaining hold and leading the charge is DJ/production phenom STEVE PORTER. His prolific productions have garnered international attention and are propelling him into Americas future DJ-cum-producer star. Steve Porter is just released his first-ever mix compilation PORTERHOUSE with 26 tracks melded together on 1xCD in his signature genre-defying, pulsating, energetic Porterhouse style. The album merges his DJing and production style with 9 of his own original tracks, further blurring the distinction between DJ and producer into one compelling artist to watch.

Once in a blue moon there comes along a prodigy that is noticed by the big guns and whose talent catapults them onto the world stage. Something of a child prodigy from a famous scientist father, Steves first love was discovering electronic sounds at 16 years old. From Boston to New York, Steve Porter has evolved from record store clerk, mobile DJ to New England rave DJ to landing on the roster at one of the most prestigious booking agencies in the world. Steve Porter was discovered by Chris Fortier when Chris heard a CDR of his productions in 1999. Chris quickly brought him into the FADE Records fold. Soon thereafter, Steve was signed as the youngest member to join The Collective Agency; home to Sasha, U.N.K.L.E., and Lee Burridge. He began touring across the U.S., Canada, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe and has played alongside Sasha on the Airdrawndagger & Involver North American tours, Sander Kleinenberg on the Essential Mix Tour and also headlining a hectic schedule of national and international DJ dates.

Over the last six years, Steve has amassed a wide portfolio of over 70 singles and 28 remixes under his name and the many aliases (Agent 001, HDF & Bons) used to suit the mood of the song. His myriad of tracks have been dominating dancefloors globally with the versatility of Porterhouse finding its way into the record boxes of everyone from Sasha, Lee Burridge, Derrick Carter, Carl Cox, Sander Kleinenberg, Mark Farina and Paul van Dyk. Steves debut artist album Homegrown released in 2005 on Fade Records is an amalgam of his various unique styles and melodic nuances. The expertly mixed album brings together 14 original tracks. Some of which have already garnered wide attention with inclusion of the tracks on numerous high-profile dance music labels & compilations including; "Vodka Cranberries" on hot new label Nu Republic, "Definite Form" on Sander Kleinenbergs Little Mountain Records and included on his recent Everybody CD for Renaissance, and most recently, the track Swanky has been included on Felix da Housecats upcoming Playboy: The Mansion compilation.

The essence of Porterhouse brings the energetic action to the dancefloor where the warm, funky basslines and cool percussion melt away any chin stroking pretensions and the resonating guitar & piano hooks lure you into an eternal groove. Make no mistake, Porterhouse is party house.

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Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool Film

The Merc With A Mouth Talks Deadpool Film

Ryan Reynolds hopes to be the face of two competing superhero franchises with “Green Lantern” and “Deadpool” but, after reading the gleefully subversive script for the latter, he isn’t too concerned about moviegoers getting the characters confused.

“It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes,” Reynolds said over lunch recently at 101 Coffee Shop. “It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.”

In “Green Lantern,” due next summer, Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, the cocky but courageous test pilot who becomes the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps, an interstellar peacekeeping group armed with power rings capable of almost anything. “Deadpool,” meanwhile, with a script by the ”Zombieland” writing tandem Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is far less ennobled and much more unsettling, judging by Reynolds’ description.

The Marvel character is a killer for hire with a wicked wit — he’s nicknamed “the merc with a mouth” — and healing ability that makes him almost impossible to kill. The antihero, manufactured by a sinister government program to be a murderous machine, is mentally unstable and morally slippery, which makes for an interesting challenge for the actor.

“With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back. You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies.’ And yes, I want to write a cookbook about that…”

Last year, Reynolds portrayed Deadpool in the Twentieth Century Fox film ”X-Men Origins: Wolverine“ and Fox has circled 2012 for the release of the character’s first solo film. The project is still taking shape and Robert Rodriguez has been in talks to direct but the deal has yet to be inked and the filmmaker’s schedule is a dense thicket with a number of projects already in place. Rodriguez has praised the “Deadpool” screenplay but only time will tell if he will be the one to direct it.

The new film won’t be beholden to the events depicted in ”Wolverine” in any way, Reynolds said, and, yes, fans can expect the character to break the fourth wall and address the audience at times like some sort of deranged Ferris Bueller armed with katana swords. That habit of talking straight to the audience was a hallmark of Deadpool in the comics, although after delving into the comics-rack history of the character Reynolds found that very few things have remained constant in the chronology of a character created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza but taken in many different directions by other creators.

“The comics are very inconsistent in the writing,” Reynolds said. “All the different writers, different voices, but at the core of the character his heart is really interesting. He’s the funniest guy you’ll ever meet, too, and for me that’s exciting but it’s not as hard as capturing that moral flexibility, which is so important. He hasn’t really experienced the full spectrum of human emotion the way most people do.”


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kevin James Is A UFC FIghter

Kevin James To Enter The Octagon

If you follow or watch the UFC then you have seen Kevin James at many of the fights. It looks like he will be entering the octagon very soon. Sony made a deal to have James star in an untitled Mixed Martial Art comedy that will start production next year. The script will be written by Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) which should be interesting.

James is attached to play a physics teacher whose school faces drastic cutbacks. In an attempt to save his best friend's job and the music program his students love, he moonlights in the octagon as a mixed martial arts fighter, ultimately leading to brawling in the UFC.


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Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior Movie Being Made

Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior Coming To The Big Screen

Paramount Pictures announced today it has made a deal for Shawn Levy's21 Laps Entertainment to do a big-screen adaptation of sister company Spike TV's original hit series "Deadliest Warrior." The announcement comes on the heels of the show’s Season 2 finale, which brought about exceptional ratings for the network. Spike TV has renewed the series for a third season.

"Deadliest Warrior" pits history's greatest warriors against one another to determine who reigns supreme. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists world-class fighters, historians and weapons experts to provide insight into the unique history and style of these combatants which culminates in a head-to-head final fight between two warriors to declare which one would have been the deadliest. The first two seasons showed such memorable battles as Spartan vs. Ninja, Viking vs. Samurai, Pirate vs. Knight, Yakuza vs. Mafia and Comanche vs. Mongol.

This partnership by Paramount and Spike TV marks the first time that the Viacom owned companies have worked together. “Spike has some of the most innovative and forward-thinking content on television today, “Deadliest Warrior” being no exception. The property has proven its ability to engage audiences across multiple platforms,” said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. “We hope this is the first of much future collaboration with Spike.”

The film's storyline is being kept under wraps.

“Deadliest Warrior,” which just completed its second season in late July, is Spike TV’s most successful original franchise. The series is a hit with the network’s male fan base, ranking #2 in its timeslot on Tuesday nights with Men 18-34 on cable. “The Deadliest Warrior” Xbox LIVE Arcade game has been a top-selling title on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, selling over 190,000 units within the first month of its July 14 release. Season three premieres on Spike TV next summer with all new legends of the battlefield and unprecedented matchups. Richard “Mack” Machowicz, a Navy SEAL joins the cast for the new season, which includes Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian.


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Olivia Wilde To Star Opposite Reynolds & Bateman

Olivia Wilde To Star Opposite Reynolds & Bateman

In between rounds as House doctor, Olivia Wilde is spending more and more time on the big screen. She has signed to join Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change Up, the David Dobkin-directed Universal Pictures comedy. Bateman plays a married man who switches bodies with slacker best friend (Reynolds). Wilde will play the married guy's law firm co-worker, who's an impetus for the body switch. The comedy, written by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, films this fall. Neal Moritz is producer.

Wilde will next be seen in the Paul Haggis-directed The Next Three Days opposite Russell Crowe, the Hugh Jackman-Jennifer Garner comedy Butter, and she plays a digital warrior trapped in a computer world in the Joseph Kosinski-directed Tron: Legacy. She just shot Cowboys and Aliens, the Jon Favreau-directed DreamWorks/Universal film that stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford for next summer release.


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"Faster" Poster Featuring Dwayne Johnson

I Would Run If He Was Coming After Me

Today CBS Films left a little gift for the sandwich. Its the new poster for the upcoming Dwayne Johnson) film "Faster." The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen star alongside Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Maggie Grace (Taken) and Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation)



Here is the trailer for Faster.

Synopsis:

After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has a singular focus – to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he’s finally on his mission…but with two men on his trail – a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It’s a do or die race to the list’s finish as the mystery surrounding his brother’s murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver’s list may be incomplete.

Dwayne Johnson (Gridiron Gang, The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns), Billy Bob Thornton (Eagle Eye, Monster’s Ball) and newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen star alongside Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Maggie Grace (Taken) and Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) in Faster, a co-production between CBS Films, the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), and TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Men of Honor, Soul Food) directs from a screenplay written by Joe and Tony Gayton. Faster wrapped principal photography in April 2010 and is scheduled to release in US theaters November 2010.

The film is produced by Castle Rock Entertainment’s Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer, along with Tony Gayton and State Street Pictures’ Robert Teitel. Joe Gayton and Dara Weintraub are executive producers.

Faster speeds into theaters November 24, 2010!


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"The Tourist" Movie Trailer

Never Trust A Big Butt And A Smile

Columbia Pictures today has released the trailer, via Yahoo, for The Tourist. The film stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. It is a remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer.

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The film revolves around Frank (Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path in order to mislead all those following her former lover. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.

The movie follows the series of manipulations, as characters realise that they are merely pieces being played by an unseen mastermind of the game.


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Al Pacino And Joe Pesci To Star In The Irishman

Forget About It. What A Combo

It's Goodfellas meets Casino meets Heat. So if you're a fan of those great crime movies, get ready: I'm told Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are now circling The Irishman, the mob drama that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have been working on together based on the exploits of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran as chronicled in the book I Heard You Paint Houses. The pic's being developed at Paramount by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions.

Pacino has worked with De Niro in the Michael Mann-directed classic Heat, as well as Righteous Kill. Pesci and De Niro of course teamed with Scorsese on Goodfellas, Casino and Raging Bull. Steve Zaillian wrote the script.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eastbound & Down Season 2 Trailer

Eastbound And Down Season 2 Trailer

Here's the official season two trailer for HBO's "Eastbound & Down." Season one struggled to break through in the ratings while gathering a pretty rabid online fanbase. This upcoming season will be seven episodes long. Actor Steve Little and Deep Roy, who has joined the cast as one of Kenny's new sidekicks named Aaron. Shaun Bavington is to play Shaun Withnail, though the characters role has not been announced. The Mexican baseball team owned by Pena's character Sebastian Cisneros is said to be called The Charros and coached by a man named Roger played by actor Marco Rodriguez. Co-director Jody Hill has reportedly described the season as "a cross between the films Amores Perros and Bad News Bears" and says it will mirror the look and feel of a feature film. Hill is said to be directing four episodes in season two, meanwhile David Gordon Green is directing three.

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Season Two premiere will air on September 26, 2010

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R2-D2 Edition Droid 2 Information

R2-D2 Edition Droid 2 Information And Website

R2-D2 edition Droid 2 is legit, and we're having a hard time containing our excitement just dreaming about the design. Said phone will be available online only in September, and it'll ship with "exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga. I am sure this phone will sell out in no time. Oh, and if you're wondering how on Earth you're going to swing this upgrade, Verizon's allowing any customer with a contract ending by December 31, 2010 to upgrade now.


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The phone has a release date of September 30,2010

The R2-D2 edition portal is now up for you viewing. has gone live.


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New Hatchet II Poster & Trailer

Hold On To All Your Pieces

Here is the new poster for Hatchet II And Trailer For the film. Hatchet II will be hitting the AMC theater chain on October 1st Unrated. Hatchet II is a 2010 American horror film written and directed by Adam Green. The film stars Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Rileah Vanderbilt, Tom Holland, and R.A. Mihailoff. It is set to be released unrated in the United States on October 1, 2010. It is the sequel to the 2006 film. Scroll down to the bottom of the story for the list of theaters you can watch the movie at.

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Picking up right where the original ended, Marybeth escapes the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling iconic killer Victor Crowley. After learning the truth about her family’s connection to the hatchet-wielding madman, Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher.

Theater First Wave Listings:

Kennesaw, GA - Barrett Commons 24
Morrow, GA - Southlake Pavilion 24
Owings Mills, MD - Owings Mills 17
Boston, MA - Boston Common 19
Danvers, MA - Liberty Tree Mall 20
Methuen, MA - Methuen 20
Plainville, CT - Plainville 20
Charlotte, NC - Carolina Pavilion 22
Concord, NC - Concord Mills 24
Crestwood, IL - Crestwood 18
Chicago, IL - Pipers Alley 4
Newport, KY - Newport on the Levee 20
Columbus, OH - Easton 30 with IMAX
Columbus, OH - Lennox 24
Livonia, MI - Livonia 20
Southfield, MI - Southfield 20 (Star)
Auburn Hills, MI - Great Lakes 25 (Star)
Dallas, TX - Grand 24
Mesquite, TX - Mesquite 30
Houston, TX - Studio 30
Houston, TX - Gulf Pointe 30
Universal City, CA - CityWalk Stadium 19
Orange, CA - Block 30
Ontario, CA - Ontario Mills 30
Burbank, CA - Burbank Town Center 8
Norwalk, CA - Norwalk 20
Covina, CA - Covina 30
San Diego, CA - Palm Promenade 24
Emeryville, CA - Bay Street 16
Orange Park, FL - Orange Park 24
Jacksonville, FL - Regency Square 24
Aventura, FL - Aventura 24
Miami, FL - Sunset Place 24
Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee 20
Tampa, FL - Veterans Expressway 24
Brandon, FL - Regency 20
Lake Buena Vista, FL - Pleasure Island 24
Orlando, FL - Universal Cineplex 20
Wauwatosa, WI - Mayfair 18
Montreal, QB - Forum 22
Harahan, LA - Elmwood Palace 20
Harvey, LA - Westbank Palace 16
New York, NY - Empire 25
New York, NY - 34th Street 14
New York, NY - MJ Harlem 9
New York, NY - 84th Street 6
New York, NY - Village 7
West Nyack, NY - Palisades Center 21
New Brunswick, NJ - New Brunswick 18
Elizabeth, NJ - Jersey Gardens 20
Cherry Hill, NJ - Cherry Hill 24
Hamilton, NJ - Hamilton 24
Homestead, PA - Waterfront 22
Lynnwood, WA - Alderwood Mall 16
Seattle, WA - Uptown 3
Creve Coeur, MO - West Olive 16
Toronto, ON - Yonge & Dundas 24
Alexandria, VA - Hoffman Center 22
Woodbridge, VA - Potomac Mills 18

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Geek and Gamer Girls Anthem Video

VOTD: Geek and Gamer Girls Anthem!

Where do these girls live? And how can I meet them? Every gamer and geeks dream., A girl who loves all things Geek. The music video is a parody of Katy Perry's California Girls. The video features The Lovely ladies from Team Unicorn, Milynn Sarley as Psylocke, Clare Grant as Lara Croft, Rileah Vanderbilt as The Baroness and Michele Boyd as Han Solo. With surprise guest Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff From Battlestar Galactica and the man Stan Lee.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Original Avengers vs. The New Avengers By:Jonathan Cyfer

The Original Avengers vs. The New Avengers
By:Jonathan Cyfer

The Avengers is a unique superhero team because, from the very beginning, they were never meant to have a permanent roster. If you recall the comic book origin from way back in 1963, The evil Loki, half-brother to the heroic Thunder God, was planning a trap for Thor by tricking the powerful but hapless Hulk into destroying a railroad trestle. At the last second, the Hulk was able to save the train, including passengers and crew, from falling into a canyon, but it was too late to keep him from being branded a "killer". Loki was hoping to trick Thor into going after the Hulk, then springing whatever trap he had in mind, but he goofed.
When he diverted a radio message about the Hulk's attack that was intended for the Fantastic Four, so that it could be heard on an ordinary radio in the office of Dr. Don Blake (Thor's alter ego), he didn't count on it also being picked up by Tony Stark (Iron Man), and Dr Henry Pym (Ant-Man) and Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp). Together, they go after the Hulk, discover Loki's plot and defeat him, and at the same time, convince the Hulk to join their new team: The Avengers. Each hero operates separately (OK, Ant-Man and the Wasp were a team) but when the need arises, they would come together to confront whatever menace or crisis that threatened the world as the Avengers.

Ant-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, The Wasp. Wait a minute! Who are Ant-Man and The Wasp?
SandwichJohnFilms recently (along with everybody else) announced the line up of actors who'll play in the upcoming Avengers (2012) film. Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo/Lou Ferrigno (Bruce Banner/Hulk [voice]), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Close, but not quite the original 1963 line up.

Of course, films don't have to be slavishly devoted to their comic book origins and in fact, given that the film will be released almost 50 years after Avengers #1 was published, it's probably a good idea to change a few things around. There's also probably a good reason why Ant-Man and the Wasp weren't included.

While the adventures of Henry Pym and Janet Van Dyne were chronicled in the late, great Tales to Astonish, they never had a huge following all by themselves. Pym started out as Ant-Man, but being tiny and having the ability to talk to ants just didn't "do it" in a superhero ensemble, so he reinvented himself, first as Giant Man, then as Goliath, and eventually into the Yellowjacket, and on and on...but never as a hero with his own comic book. In Tales to Astonish issue 70, his slot (shared with the Incredible Hulk feature) was given to Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, who was a far more interesting character. No wonder Pym and Van Dyne didn't make the cut in the film.

Captain America wasn't an original Avenger, but he didn't miss it by much. He was thawed out by Avengers issue 4 just in time to replace the Hulk, who never really fit in with a team, always suspecting that the rest of the Avengers would turn against him. Cap was a natural leader, so you could imagine him taking over the helm quite easily, but one of the interesting things about the comic book Avengers (I don't know if they'll continue this tradition in the movies) was that leadership rotated on a monthly basis, so each member had their turn at being chairman ("chairperson" in today's politically correct language). That means, along with the male members, The Wasp, who was all of about 20 years old at the time the team was formed, would have had an equal amount of time leading one of the world's most powerful super teams, as any of the male members. Quite progressive for the early 1960s.

Hawkeye. What can we say about Hawkeye? He originally appeared in Tales of Suspense issue 57 (1964) as a dupe of the evil Soviet spy, the Black Widow. The Widow was the one to develop Clint Barton's (Hawkeye's real name) "trick" arrows and send him after Iron Man. Believe it or not, armed with arrows containing a chemical "warhead" able to dissolve Stark's armor, he almost defeated the Golden Avenger, but of course, in the 1960s, heroes never failed, so Iron Man rallied. Hawkeye escaped, fell in love with the Black Widow and, as her character slowly changed, resulting in her eventual defection to the west and joining S.H.I.E.L.D as a double-agent (and as she developed a costume with a few "spider" powers), she returned his love.

Hawkeye joined the Avengers as one of the replacement members after the core, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and the Wasp left to pursue individual priorities. Along with mutant siblings Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch (late of the Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), Hawkeye became a member of a less powerful and some might say, less emotionally stable team of Avengers. Cap was the anchor of the team but Hawkeye was always jealous of his fame and abilities and Barton was always getting into fights with the equally hot-tempered Pietro (Quicksilver). While Hawkeye was another hero who really wasn't made to carry his own magazine single handedly, he was always an Avenger. Making him a founding (film) Avengers member makes sense with this in mind.

Speaking of the Scarlett Witch, I just have to mention that I'm a little disappointed the Avengers film doesn't include more than one female member of the team. In the 1960s, most hero teams had mainly male members with one lone female for the girl readers to relate to. It's even a stretch to include the Black Widow in the film, in terms of comic book history. The Black Widow often shared many of her adventures with the Avengers but wasn't made a formal member until the late 1960s, though she was more an honorary member and didn't contribute much to their ongoing saga.

Beyond the 1960s, the histories of many of these characters and the Avengers as a team is too complicated to record, at least in a short blog post, yet the film creators wisely have chosen to stick closely with the 1960s foundation of the team roster and apparently origin, if rumors that Tom Hiddleston will be cast in the film as Loki are true. This makes things less convoluted and upholds at least some of the original canon.

The Original Avengers vs. The New Avengers: which team is "better"? "Better" is certainly a relative term, but I have to agree that the Ant-Man and Wasp would have made poor founding members for the initial Avengers film. Action/Adventure films are all about the visuals and the "splash". While I must admit that the Ant-Man is one of my favorite characters and I'm looking forward to the Ant-Man (2012) film, from a strictly graphic point of view, he needs to have his own environment. It's too confusing in an action film to keep switching from an ant-sized perspective to a mega Iron Man/Thor/Hulk sized viewpoint. Pym and Van Dyne would just get lost amid the explosions and mass destruction that will certainly be a part of the Avengers movie. While Cap, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow aren't quite on the same "power level" as their other team mates, they bring many other skills to the table while still being "large" enough to remain part of the overall spectacle.

The Original Avengers vs. The New Avengers. Which team is better? For a 21st century motion picture, I'd have to say, the "new" team wins. I'm looking forward to hearing the cry, "Avengers Assemble!"

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True Lies Television Show On The Way

True Lies Television Show On The Way

For many years there has been talk about making a sequel to the film,(check out my Exclusive with Cameron, as I ask him about True Lies 2) now that he is developing a TV show I serious doubt there will ever be a sequel. Sorry Tom Arnold.

James Cameron is returning to TV with what is one of the hottest projects this development season: a TV series take on his 1994 action comedy True Lies that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. I hear the project, from Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, is about to be taken out to the networks. Rene Echevarria is the writer/showrunner, exec producing with Cameron and Lightstorm’s Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau. The 1994 movie centered on Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), a computer salesman/family man who lives a double life as a government spy. During a top-secret mission, Harry discovers that his mousy wife Helen (Curtis), is seeking adventure. Harry sets out to give her the excitement she craves while battling Middle Eastern terrorists who threaten nuclear war with the U.S.

After Titanic, which nabbed 11 Oscars, Cameron co-created and exec produced his first and only TV series to date, Fox’s sci-fi drama Dark Angel starring Jessica Alba. Echevarria worked on the show for its entire 2-season run, first as a co-executive producer and then as an exec producer. Lightstorm president Sanchini also served as a producer on the series. Echevarria, who co-created/executive produced the USA Network series The 4400, most recently served as an exec producer/co-showrunner on ABC's crime dramedy Castle and also exec produces the upcoming MTV series Teen Wolf.

True Lies was at the time the most expensive movie ever made, rumored to be in the $100M-$120M range. True Lies also marked the first Lightstorm project to be distributed under Cameron's multi-million dollar production deal with 20th TV's sibling movie studio Fox.


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New Clip From "127 Hours"

New Clip From "127 Hours"

We will have to wait until November 5,2010 to watch the movie in theaters, but Cinemablend got their hands on the first clip from the upcoming film. The film stars James Franco as real life climber Aron Ralston. The clip shows Franco getting to know a few of the ladies in the upcoming film.

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Watch the trailer Here.

Official Synopsis:

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

127 Hours will hit theaters on November 5th, 2010.

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New Clip From "Buried"

New Clip From "Buried"

Today we were blessed with a new clip from the upcoming Ryan Reynolds film "Buried" What would you do if all you had was a lighter, cell phone and 90 minutes of air?

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Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, who wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why and life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time – fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

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Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" Has Found It's Scribe

Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" Has Found It's Scribe

William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of “The Departed,” has been hired to write Disney’s Joseph Kosinski sci-fi project “Oblivion.”

The move solidifies the high-priority status of the project at Disney while continuing to show the studio is willing to work with big-name talent to develop its projects.

The story is set on a future Earth, where civilization lives above the clouds and alien scavengers stalk the irradiated surface below. When a surface drone repairman is thrust into an adventure after he finds a woman inside a crashed spacepod planetside.

Kosinski partnered with Radical Studios for “Oblivion,” first hatching it as an illustrated novel before setting it up at the studio.

Disney had in the past developed a reputation for being a bit tight with the purse-strings when hiring writers and directors to develop talent. The first sign things were changing under the Rich Ross-Sean Bailey regime was the big ticket development of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with David Fincher and “Bourne Ultimatum” writer Scott Z. Burns.

Monahan’s credits include “Edge of Darkness” and “Body of Lies


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Noomi Rapace Lands Sherlock Holmes 2

Sherlock Holmes 2 To Have A Dragon Tattooed Girl

Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," has booked her first English-language role: the plum part of the female lead in Warner Bros.'s "Sherlock Holmes 2."

The sequel reunites most of the team from the original: Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie is back as director while Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin return as producers.

The logline is being kept under wraps, although it is known Holmes will face off against Moriarty. Also making an appearance will be Holmes' brother, Mycroft.

Rapace's role is shrouded in mystery although sources say the character may be a French Gypsy. It is unclear if the role is romantic in nature.


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