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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dwayne Johnson Could Be Hercules

We all know Dwayne Johnson keeps himself in shape. And that before every movie (yes, even Race To Witch Mountain), he tailors his workout regime to fit his latest gig. Currently he’s busy getting in bodybuilder shape (not much of a struggle, frankly) for Michael Bay’s Pain And Gain, but he may already be looking ahead to playing a Greek hero in Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

The iconic muscled one has been something of an obsession of Ratner's for a while now. He considered one take on Hercules for a while (though it was later revealed he only read the script), but last year became attached to the adaptation of Steve Moore’s Radical Publishing comic title Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Moore’s story finds the Thracian king summon Herc and six battle-weary pals of his, and tasking them with getting his army into fighting shape. Lured by the promise of gold and glory, Hercules readily agrees, but soon comes to realise how far he’s fallen from grace and what he might need to do to find some redemption. It’s got a definite 300 flavour to it, and you just know Ratner will want to up the stylish carnage.

Johnson is a man in demand at the moment: he’s already shown up in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and has G.I. Joe: Retaliation on the way in June, as well as locking in plans to film Fast Six this summer (at least partly here in Blighty).

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Review by Brandon Wolfe

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Review by Brandon Wolfe

Look who's made a return it's out guest movie review Brandon. He is a simple man. Uncomplicated-simple, not dumb-simple, of course. Let's see how his review compared to Matt's review of the film.

Mounting a sequel to 2007’s dismal and dull Ghost Rider seemed like one of the less arduous tasks in recent Hollywood history. If the bar had been set any lower, it would have been buried nine feet deep in the earth. Really, all any sequel would have had to accomplish to claim a minor victory would be to not be astoundingly terrible, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance pulls off this most meager of feats. Directed by Neveldine/Taylor, the junk-auteur duo responsible for the Crank films, Vengeance is a trashier, more low-rent affair. It strikes a less polished, more grindhouse-esque aesthetic than the original, which arguably better befits the schlocky material. However, it is still not what you’d call good.

Taking place some indeterminate amount of years after the events of the original film, Spirit of Vengeance positions itself as more of a reboot than a sequel. In fact, the return of Nicolas Cage as the title character’s alter ego, Johnny Blaze, is the only thing that tethers this film to its predecessor at all. Eva Mendes is gone without even a mention, the Devil is now played by Ciarán Hinds (evoking Albert Finney) instead of Peter Fonda, and the flashbacks to the fateful deal a young Johnny Blaze made with Ol’ Scratch are noticeably different from what we saw in the original film.

The film concerns a young mother attempting to protect her son from an army of marauders dispatched by Roarke, the name taken by the Devil in his earthly form. Roarke pulled a Rosemary’s Baby on the mother, Nadya (Violante Placido), years ago to create a son that he could use as a vessel for his demonic powers, unbound by the weaknesses inherent to inhabiting a fully human body. Now that the son, Danny (Fergus Riordan), is old enough for Roarke to utilize, he is being relentlessly pursued by Roarke’s chief henchman, Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth, calling to mind a less charismatic version of Stephen Dorff in Blade). A mystery man named Moreau (Idris Elba) has taken the role of Danny’s protector, but, realizing he might be outmatched in this fight, he turns to Cage’s Johnny Blaze, hoping that his alter ego, the Rider, can shore up the difference in the good guys’ favor. Moreau promises Blaze that if he can save Danny, the sect of monks that Moreau works for will lift the curse of the Rider and Blaze will finally be free.

This, of course, ignores the fact that Blaze opted to keep the curse at the end of the previous film when the offer to relieve him of it was presented, so making his primary motivation in this film to cast it away is a bit confusing. But again, this film doesn’t seem to regard itself as a direct sequel, so that bit of discontinuity is not unexpected. The film also casts the Rider himself in a different light. In the first film, he was portrayed as a more heroic figure, protecting innocents from evil. In this film, he’s a darker figure, one who punishes sinners equally and places no weight on one sin over another. Whether you’re a murderer or just a petty thief is irrelevant to him. If you’ve done anything wrong in your life, your soul is worthy of incineration. This is an interesting new wrinkle to the character, but the film doesn’t really explore it, as it defiantly seems to want to keep as little on its mind as possible.

One thing in the film’s favor is that it allows Cage to cut loose a bit. He was restrained in action-movie autopilot in the original, but gets to go wild here with some occasional bursts of trademark Cage nuttiness. One scene, in which he threatens a thug with the release of the Rider, is almost like a cut-scene from Bad Lieutenant, and it’s absurdly entertaining (and entertainingly absurd). Still, these are only brief flashes of awesome Cageiness, and most of the movie finds the actor functioning at a much dourer and joyless level

Neveldine/Taylor didn’t make Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as frenetic and insane as they did the Crank twosome, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it also lacks the impish personality of those films. Its approach is more prosaic and straightforward. The directors’ penchant for juvenile humor does manifest itself in a running gag where we see the Rider urinating in full flamethrower fashion, and I was amused by a throwaway bit about how Twinkies are immune to forces of demonic decay. The film does retain the somewhat garish look of the Crank films. The directors seem to pride themselves on a down-and-dirty visual approach that renders their films as energetic eyesores. A chief example is the appearance of the Rider, whose flaming skull is less pristinely white, and more smoky and charred, than before. This interpretation is more striking, but also willfully ugly.

The problem with Spirit of Vengeance, above all else, is that it’s 90 minutes of clichéd, predictable detritus. There are stray nuggets of entertainment value to be found, and the chase and fight sequences have a scrappy energy, but there’s really not a lot here we haven’t seen before (in fact, we saw almost this exact same movie last year under the title Drive Angry). I don’t know that Neveldine/Taylor, with their “Beavis and Butt-Head go to film school” sensibilities, are capable of making an actual good movie, but it seems like they should have been capable of a more lively and spirited film than this one.

But still, definitely better than Ghost Rider.

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THE RAVEN New TV Spot

On behalf of Relativity Media, we are pleased to bring you a new look at the upcoming gritty thriller THE RAVEN, opening in theaters April 27, 2012.

Check out the new TV spot over at EW.

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality.

ABOUT THE RAVEN

Release: April 27, 2012
Director: James McTeigue
Writers: Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare
Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Producers: Trevor Macy, Marc D. Evans, Aaron Ryder
Executive Producers: Jesus Martinez

Website: http://www.theravenmovie.com

Synopsis:
The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve, She’s Out of My League) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures’ The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

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ACT OF VALOR Movie Review By: RAMA

ACT OF VALOR Movie Review
By: RAMA


Let's see what RAMA thought of ACT OF VALOR.  Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


Military or war movies ain’t nothing new in Hollywood but most of the depictions were inaccurate, the relationship stories and the style were too romanticized, and the overblown entertainment was put front and center, in place of self-sacrifice. We admired films like Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan but finally, a movie that truly honors the troops, the finest action military war movie ever made has finally arrived in ACT OF VALOR.


Starring six active duty Navy SEALs, so from the get-go, ACT OF VALOR intends on taking you to the heart of how it’s all done, because you’re not dealing with actors trying to be soldiers. Directing team Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh with screenwriter Kurt Johnstad have crafted a film that satisfies action fans and oddly enough video game fans as well and it’s also a film that reminds audiences everywhere of what brotherhood, families, and duties mean to our heroes.


Never have I seen a film done in such manner, it’s action packed, the drama is real and not glorified, the mission at hand is dangerous, you can actually feel the threat, and you’ll be impressed by the remarkable weaponry that our troops has in order to fight terrorism. ACT OF VALOR is military action movie at its best…


Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plotagainst the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that couldkill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.




Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.


I’m not sure if every print released in theaters would have the intro by the directing team but the screening that I attended, did. There’s about 5 minutes or so of intro of McCoy and Waugh explaining where the inspiration for this project came from, the decision behind casting active duty Navy SEALs and some of the filmmaking aspects as well.
I respect that special segment because to me, that goes to show the filmmakers’ determination to make sure that audiences know what it is that they’re going into and it’s not done in a way where the film would have to keep making stops or long unnecessary preachy speeches along the way just to explain itself, they do it all in the intro, straight to the point and then it goes to feature presentation and it’s heart-pumping, pulse-pounding moments from that point on.


To call ACT OF VALOR unprecedented is not overrated, because I seriously can’t remember a single previous movie that had attempted something like this, something this risky, bold, and daring.
I have to give mad props to the six real life Navy SEALs who are stars of this film, they may not have acting backgrounds and it’s more than obvious when you see their performance on screen, but you can tell that they did the best they could and it’s full of conviction, these are guys who really want their stories told so that people could get a better understanding of why they do what they do everyday.



I as an action fan, am very pleased with ACT OF VALOR’s high intensity, and I’m not talking just about the masterfully choreographed combat sequences and the advanced battlefield technology that will leave you in awe, but I also enjoy the film’s first person shooter point of view that keeps you on the edge of your seat, it’s better than any found footage method could ever hope to get, the way ACT OF VALOR handles it is more effective, more engaging, it doesn’t need to go IMAX or 3D just to get you in the jungle and feel like you’re part of the mission.



Of course, it goes without saying that when the bullets start flying, rounds after rounds, from a SEAL’s boat, the first thing that would come out of an action fan’s mouth would be, ‘wow, that’s awesome!’


On the hunt for global terrorists, the intelligence or any lead would take our heroes from one country to another, this requires them to leave their families more often than they’d like to. ACT OF VALOR doesn’t shy away from that and I think that is its biggest winning point. The film’s pacing is just right and there’s a segment where you’re introduced to the families, it’s brief but just enough to get you to know that these heroes are regular folks like you and I, with so much to live for and yet they still choose to put their selves on the line. ACT OF VALOR is accurate, it emphasizes the theme of self-sacrifice and relationship stories are brief but powerful, it puts you right at the heart of the action and the drama without wasting too much time on either. It’s just the right amount! Don’t go through 2012 without watching ACT OF VALOR, because it is that damn good, one of the most heroic films ever made.


GRADE: 5 out of 5

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Kenny Powers Is The MFCEO Of Kswiss. Here Are The Blades

Last Sunday Eastbound and Down premiered on HBO. This is going to be the final season of the series, which is sad news since the show keeps getting better every year.

In this presentation for Kswiss, Kenny Powers is continuing his role as MFCEO (Motherfuckin’ Chief Executive Officer) for the shoe company. In the presentation he is unveiling the newest running show from Kswiss called "BLADES."

It is pretty cool how they integrated Bruce Lee into the commercial. This presentation is not for the kids.

Kenny Powers, mother fuckin' CEO of K-Swiss debuts his greatest invention LIVE at a press conference. Introducing K-Swiss Blades, the shoes that'll make you fast as fuck.



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We Have Your Access To See SILENT HOUSE In San Francisco

In theaters March 9


We have your access to see SILENT HOUSE. Open Road Films has provide me with Exclusive passes for the fans to get access to the screening in San Francisco,Ca.


The film stars Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”)and Adam Trese. The film is based on “La Casa Muda,” the official Uruguayan entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category to the 84th Academy Awards (2012).


Bring your ID's to the screening


SILENT HOUSE is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, SILENT HOUSE uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot.



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The screening will take place on March 5,2012 - 6:30 PM at a San Francisco Area Theater.


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Lily Collins Could Be "Rosaline" Romeo's Ex

There have been so many takes on William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet that it would be easy to conclude that there are no new avenues to explore. That's a great disservice to our killer idea, retelling the story among silverback gorillas. More importantly, it would overlook Michael Sucsy’s planned take, Rosaline, which shows events from the point of view of Romeo's ex. Now Lily Collins is in talks to star.

Michael H Weber and Scott Neustader adapted the script from Rebecca Serles’ novel (which, going back to studio tradition, has yet to hit the shelves). It sets the doomed love story in a modern day high school, and filters it through the titular young woman's eyes as she is courted and then spurned by Romeo.

Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco are also still going through the negotiation motions to take two other roles, which we’d guess are Romeo and Juliet themselves. We’re also left wondering if the film will push through to the tragic finale...

Sucsy has been trying to get this one set up for a little while now, and Hailee Steinfeld flirted with the Rosaline role. But with surprise box-office hit The Vow under his belt, things should move a little quicker for the director. Collins, who will next be seen in Mirror, Mirror (due out April 2), has recently seen her schedule clear since she’s no longer starring in The Evil Dead and her fantasy pic The Mortal Instruments has been shoved back into limbo. Their loss is Romeo's gain.

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Wanderlust Sweepstakes. Come And Enjoy

There isn't much I say about this movie but it's a matinee, my review to come up later this week.


Enter the Find Your Wanderlust sweepstakes! Take a short quiz to discover your wanderlust, then enter for a chance to win a trip for two to your chosen destination!..

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Alan Alda

Directed by: David Wain

Written by: Ken Marino & David Wain

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, David Wain

Executive Producer: Richard Vane

Rating: R

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star in Wanderlust, a raucous comedy from director David Wain (Role Models) and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) about a couple who leaves the pressures of the big city and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself.

George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta.

On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can’t buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them.

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Kate Upton To Drop The Green Flag At The Daytona 500

NASCAR's Daytona 500 will be taking place this Sunday, February 26th (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).

Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Will Sasso -- starring as Larry, Moe & Curly – in the all new The Three Stooges movie from Twentieth Century Fox, will start the action by delivering the green flag! Co-stars and Daytona 500 Marshalls Jane Lynch and Kate Upton will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Drivers, start your engines.”

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and fans can also follow NASCAR (@NASCAR) and hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.

Visit www.threestooges.com and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thethreestooges) for all the latest Three Stooges movie news.

Sean Hayes (Larry) garnered acclaim as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC’s long-running sitcom, Will & Grace. Will Sasso (Curly) starred for five seasons (1997-2002) on FOX-TV’s hit sketch comedy series MADtv, Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) recently portrayed Frank Sinatra in the Emmy-nominated mini-series The Kennedys.



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New Wrath Of The Titans Trailer

The first trailer for myth-raiding sequel Wrath Of The Titans arrived back in December, but now a slightly longer destruct-o-fest has hit the magical interwebs. If you are righteous and brave, take a look below.

Liam Neeson Interview Part 1 talks Wrath Of The Titans-

This time around, we find Perseus (Sam Worthington) 10 years on from his adventures opposite giant beasties in Clash. Trying to live a normal but probably slightly smelly life as a fisherman, he’s summoned back into action when mighty Titan Kronos begins to break his troops out of imprisonment and threatens Zeus (Liam Neeson) and co. But because the Gods can’t deal with these pesky problems themselves, and because Hades (Ralph Fiennes) is stirring up yet more trouble, guess who has to step in?

Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) is behind the camera and, if the trailers are any indication, he and Warners have simply taken everything about the first movie and cranked it up a notch, including Worthington’s hair. So: more CG monsters, more battles and lots of people shouting. Oh, and the added fun of seeing Rosamund Pike staring open mouthed at something that was probably a man with a ball on a pole when shooting, but now looks like Lord Of The Rings’ Balrog made himself a mansuit.

The Titans Will Wrath on March 30. We’re just hoping the 3D is better for this one...

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Khalil Gibran's The Prophet To Be Produced By Salma Hayek


Khalil Gibran's best known fictional work "The Prophet" is being adapted for the big screen in a new production that will involve collaborations across many borders. In this adaptation, each of the 89-year old classic's chapters will be directed by a different award-winning filmmaker, with Roger Allers (The Lion King) responsible for the connective through-line narrative.

Pre-production is scheduled to begin this month, with Salma Hayek producing along with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski. Doha Film Insititute (DFI) is co-financing along with Participant Media, MyGroup Lebanon, FFA Private Bank, JRW Entertainment and Code Red Productions.

"'The Prophet' has been an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for millions of people all over the world. Being of Lebanese descent, I'm particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before," said Hayek.

Among the distinguished directors committed to the project are Marjane Satrapi (Oscar nominated for Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winner for short "Ryan"), Tomm Moore (Oscar nominated for The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Berlin Film Festival winner for Sita Sings the Blues), Mohammed Saeed Harib (creator of hit series "Freej"), Michal Socha, Francesco Testa, Joan Gratz (Oscar winner for Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase) and Bill Plympton (Oscar-nominated for Guard Dog and Your Face).

"I am very excited to be bringing to the screen this inspirational book and eager to begin working with this incredible group of international artists," Allers said.

Mohammed Saeed Harib commented, “It's an immense honor to be able to translate the works of one of the Arab world’s most cherished writers into the visual realm. I am thrilled to be amongst such esteemed animation directors assigned to bring The Prophet to the big screen and to the 21st century”

DFI’s Executive Director Amanda Palmer commented, “Through cinema, we have a unique opportunity to also introduce a new generation to the profound works of Gibran in a way never experienced before. It’s a passion project for everyone involved, led by Salma's determination to create a truly collaborative artistic approach to this universally loved novel."

Moore added, "This is the sort of very special and important project that comes along rarely but which has the potential to make a big impact on the cultural consciousness of very many people."

Jonathan King, Executive Vice President of Production for Participant Media said, "The filmmaking team represents such an impressive line-up of international talent. We're thrilled to be working with them to bridge cultures through entertainment and bring Gibran's classic with its inspirational themes to a new medium for audiences worldwide.”

"'The Prophet' delivers a message of faith in life itself transcending all cultures and all religions. In addition to supporting Gibran’s heritage and legacy, we are very proud to contribute to what might well become the most inspiring animated picture of all times," said Jean Riachi, CEO of FFA Private Bank in Beirut.

Nael and Haytham Nasr, Managing Partners of MyGroup, said that they are “extremely proud to be participating in the production of the animated movie, 'The Prophet.' 'The Prophet’s' enduring wisdom and enlightenment have comforted and inspired for nearly one hundred years. Now the movie of Khalil Gibran’s most celebrated work will enrich his timeless words and uplift our hearts and minds, today and forever.”

"The Prophet" is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923. The Lebanese-born Gibran is the third most-read poet in history, after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, and has been translated in to more than 40 languages.

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Movie Review By: Matt

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Movie Review 
By: Matt 

Does Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance redeem the franchise or cast it further into reboot hell? Matt is back with another great review.


  Note: major plot spoilers ahead!


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a weird movie. Unlike the zaniness of The Dark Backward or even the mother of weirdness Begotten, GRSOV gives off the strange party-guest-who-holds-up-the-wall vibe than offering something truly unique. From the outset, you realize that this sequel to the 2007 yawn-fest wants to be different, recognized, and respected. After the first Ghost Rider was plagued with mailed-in performances and an action-heavy script, a new team was brought in, led by directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. These guys are better known for 90-minute action films (Crank, Crank: High Voltage) than for their abilities as cinematic heavy-hitters. Add to the fact that GR was financed by the relatively unknown and second-tier Abu Dhabi Media (The Double), and everything seems uniquely out of place. The result is a film that falls short from the start and barely reaches anything above a pulse worth measuring.


The plot is fairly simple: Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage, Raising Arizona) wants the soul-sucking Ghost Rider out of his system. Enter a priest (Iris Elba, Thor) who promises to do just that if Blaze will help rescue a boy with magical powers who is to be sacrificed by the Devil (Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy), thus making the dark lord all powerful on earth. This will, of course, bring a smashing end to all things Earthly, as the Devil will assume the boy’s body, making him immortal, and plunging the Earth into darkness. Yeah. It’s not long before the film descends into tired clichés, punctuated by silly, unnecessary one-liners and therefore adhering to the worst of modern cinematic sin: that CGI can save a movie when errors of story are present. This point is proven true at several moments throughout the film, as Cage struggles to separate his identity from that of the Rider, then learning he’s carrying an assassin angel under his leathers, only to get Rider back just in time for an unappealing and flat climax.



There are many unconvincing aspects about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance which present unavoidable and destructive consequences for the film. Poor casting decisions (particularly with the boy and his mother) along with failure to use talent effectively pop up in several key sequences. Even the appearance of Christopher Lambert (Highlander) as lead priest near the film’s end is just not given enough screen time. Lambert’s unique presence could have upped the ante, providing greater character conflict for Cage; but their scenes together feel rushed which ultimately kills any pseudo-cameo feeling. Johnny Whitworth’s bad guy is only moderately appealing, even when the Devil pimps his ride, turning Whitworth into a lethal flesh-eating hitman. There’s simply no incentive for the audience to love these characters, and the funny scenes (Blaze’s urination sequence is pretty good) are too few and far between to be relevant to the story.


However, the film is visually appealing, with directors Taylor and Neveldine bringing their Crank sensibilities and merging those with some neat anime sequences at the beginning and middle of the film. There is an insightful behind-the-scenes short featuring the antics of the directors, currently featured on YouTube that is far more interesting than anything in this film. Some of the wire acts to get Taylor into shot are as detailed as the actual stunts themselves. Even with all this effort, Taylor and Neveldine are not kings of silver screen drama, but they can only do so much with a 95-minute script that arrives spun out on the side of the road. Finally, a notice to Hollywood: stop post-producing 3D. If you cannot afford the cameras at the time a film is shot, then drop the concept. GH's post-3D treatment is unnecessary and actually gets in the way for those of us sporting glasses. If you're like me and see 3D as an inconvenient distraction, then save your money and either see the film in 2D or skip it altogether.


GRSOV will make good money in its first week. Cage fans will see this, because that's how Cage fans are. But the film doesn't have enough to survive in theaters for very long. Expect both a serious falloff after Week 2 and talk about a reboot soon after. It’s no wonder that critics were discouraged from posting reviews prior to its release, and serves proof that Marvel’s spinoff group, Marvel Knights, needs more focus and better storytellers before it can compete. Your time would be better spent getting ready for The Avengers by re-watching that franchise and waiting for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance to show up soon on video. After February, this one might be hard to find in theaters.


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Can Twitter Predict Oscar Winner?

The Oscars will be held this Sunday and Way To Blue has come up with this infographic to showcase which films tweeters are most willing on to win this year and which films are most talked about, as well as the potential box office effect winning will have on titles.

Notes:

· Midnight in Paris has the most vocal of its fans with 19.2% of its total tweets in the past week expressing supporting sentiment for it to win at this year’s Oscars.

· The Artist dominating share of tweets is not surprising but Hugo’s buzz position is surprisingly high considering it has the least % support of tweets willing it on to win.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Frankenweenie Official Poster

Thanks to the official Facebook page for Frankenweenie, we got our hands on the first poster for the film. The film is based on a 1984 short that Tim Burton directed.

Frankenweenie adapts and expands the story of young Victor, who tragically loses his beloved dog Sparky. Refusing to be without his closest companion, Victor decides to bring him back to life... Albeit with a few tweaks. The stitched-together pooch is fine for a while, but when he escapes, he causes chaos for the local townsfolk.

Burton has recruited a voice cast that includes some newcomers along with a batch of his regular acting ensemble: Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie Tahan and Robert Capron.

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PRAY FOR JAPAN Trailer & Screening Information

I feel this is the least that I can do is help promote PRAY FOR JAPAN. Sometimes films like this get lost with all the other news out there.On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed. PRAY FOR JAPAN takes place in the devastated region of Ishinomaki, Miyagi – the largest coastal city in Tohoku with a population of over 160,000 people. Filmmaker Stu Levy – an American living in Japan – filmed the tsunami aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer and over a period of 6 weeks, captured over 50 hours of footage.

I am half Japanese and I was raised in Japan most of my life and still have family living there. Thanks god for them they were nowhere near the areas that we affected.

I know this movie doesn't star some superheroes, well actually it does the people that were affected by the devastation and overcame it are the real Heroes.

If there is a theater near you showing this film, please go out and watch it.

On March 14th the film will open in the following markets through AMC Theatres: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Orange County (LA), Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, San Diego, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Toronto, and Montreal. Hollywood Theatres will also show the film in Maui, Hawaii. All profits from these screenings will be donated to Japan-based charity Japan Emergency NGO (JEN), who provides assistance to victims of natural disasters, wars, and internal conflicts.



On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed. PRAY FOR JAPAN takes place in the devastated region of Ishinomaki, Miyagi – the largest coastal city in Tohoku with a population of over 160,000 people. Filmmaker Stu Levy – an American living in Japan – filmed the tsunami aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer and over a period of 6 weeks, captured over 50 hours of footage.

PRAY FOR JAPAN focuses on four key perspectives of the tragedy – School, Shelter, Family, and Volunteers. With each perspective we meet victims who faced significant obstacles and fought to overcome them. Through these four vantage points, the audience is able to understand the vast ramifications of this large-scale natural disaster – and the battle these real-life heroes fought on behalf of their loved ones and their hometown.

PRAY FOR JAPAN features an original theme song written and performed by Okuda Tamio, one of the most popular rock musicians in Japan, as well as poetry written by Fukushima poet Ryoichi Wago and read by famed actress Kyoka Suzuki. The opening animation sequence is directed by Hiroshi Nagahama and produced by prolific Japanese animation powerhouse, Studio DEEN. Post-production services were provided by Q-Tec in Tokyo, Japan.

On March 14th the film will open in the following markets through AMC Theatres: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Orange County (LA), Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, San Diego, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Toronto, and Montreal. Hollywood Theatres will also show the film in Maui, Hawaii. All profits from these screenings will be donated to Japan-based charity Japan Emergency NGO (JEN), who provides assistance to victims of natural disasters, wars, and internal conflicts.

PRAY FOR JAPAN was written and directed by Stu Levy. The film has a running time of 90 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

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THE HUNGER GAMES Tickets On Sale And More Exciting News For Fans

THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Free Song Download From The Hunger Games Soundtrack With Ticket Purchase and additional Fan Opportunities Also Revealed.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012

Today marks an exciting milestone in the lead up to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES: Movie tickets are now available for purchase online http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/index2.html.

Meet The Cast Of The Hunger Games If Your Game-

Additionally, all fans who purchase tickets online will receive a unique code to redeem in the iTunes store for a free download of a select track from the upcoming album "THE HUNGER GAMES”: Songs From District 12 And Beyond.” The track is “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” by The Secret Sisters, a hauntingly beautiful duet by the real-life sisters that was written especially for the film’s companion album. More information about the companion album and its full track list is available here

Lionsgate has also confirmed that 400 lucky fans will be admitted to the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES on Monday, March 12th at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater at LA Live. Guidelines for fans who wish to camp on site at “THE HOB” in hopes of securing tickets and participating in the red carpet excitement have been posted here

Fans who can’t make the trip to Los Angeles will still have an opportunity to watch all the excitement LIVE from the red carpet of the world premiere. Yahoo!, the premiere digital media company, will be the official live broadcast partner and the show, in addition to exclusive content from the event, will be viewable on Yahoo! Movies at http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-hunger-games/ to its audience of more than 46.1 million global users.

Another opportunity for fans to meet the cast will come in the form of a national mall tour during the month of March. RSVP for the events here to set a reminder! http://on.fb.me/HGEvents

About THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

To experience The Hunger Games online, please visit:
Official Website: http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/thehungergamesmovie
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie
Official Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/thehungergames
Capitol Couture: www.capitolcouture.pn

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Official Poster For BERNIE Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey

Thanks to EW we were able to get our hands on the poster for BERNIE. The film stars Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine.

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

In this dark comedy, director Richard Linklater captures all the hilarity, friendliness, eccentricity and absolute strangeness of small-town Texas life. Jack Black plays Bernie Tiede, Shirley MacLaine plays Mrs. Nugent, and Matthew McConaughey plays the town’s blustery real-life District Attorney, Danny Buck Davidson, who was determined to get to the bottom of the crime. Co-written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, BERNIE is a Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films production.

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BERNIE will play at the SXSW Film festival on Wednesday March 14th
Millennium Entertainment will release BERNIE on April 27th, 2012.

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THE RAID: REDEMPTION Trailer

We have the official trailer for the film THE RAID: REDEMPTION. Not sure why they added the REDEMPTION part, but who cares.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION is an Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Welsh Director Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais. The film showcases Indonesian traditional martial art Pencak Silat in their choreography. The fight choreographers of The Raid are Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian who also worked together with Iko and Gareth in Merantau.


Sony Pictures Classic is releasing the film domestically on March 23rd, 2012. Make sure to see it, as any good film it's getting a remake from Screen Gems.

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Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
Starring Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian and Ray Sahetapy

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Trailer For COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE Is Here

If you ever wondered what you could expect from Comic-Con. We have the film for you, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE, directed by Morgan Spurlock, produced by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon.

The trailer will give you a little glimpse into the phenomenon called Comic-Con.

"We look forward to capturing the spirit, energy and people that Comic-Con has infused into legions of fans, bringing these audiences and projects out of the halls and onto a world stage."

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.



Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Wrekin Hill Entertainment releases COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE on April 6th, 2012

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DETENTION Trailer & AMC Theaters Exclusive Release

We got our hands on the trailer for the film DETENTION directed by Joseph Kahn (make sure to follow him on Twitter. He is a great follow)and starring Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Aaron David Johnson, and Dane Cook.


The film will open exclusively in ten AMC Theaters before moving on to other cities across the country.


Detention is a teen horror-comedy where the local students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer and save the world - if only they can get out of detention. The Detention cuts through prom. Most of them don't have dates anyway. Directed by Joseph Kahn. Written by Joseph Kahn and Mark Palermo.



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