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Saturday, July 7, 2012


LucasFilm has announced that in anticipation of the upcoming INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES Blu-Ray pack which arrives September 18th, they’re bringing Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Well of Souls to Comic-Con.

Visit booth 2913 to get your picture taken and pre-order the Blu-ray.

Fans who pre-order the collection on-site will receive a $25 Sideshow Collectibles gift card
Fans at home can use hashtag #Indysnakepit on twitter to enjoy a virtual snake pit.

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The Hobbit Comic-Con Exclusive Poster

The first part of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is now a mere five months away, and heralding its presence at this year's Comic-Con, Peter Jackson has taken to his facepage to reveal a con-exclusive new poster.

This, we're saying, is Gandalf making his way through The Shire away from Bag End, having just shared the details of an adventure that he's arranging. He, of course, arrived at chez Baggins neither early nor late, but exactly when he meant to.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - whatever parts of it Jackson's presentation entails - will arrive at Hall H in San Diego in the afternoon of Saturday July 14.

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Friday, July 6, 2012



Let's find out what RAMA thought of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD walks on a thin line between discomfort and tranquility. In a way, the film somewhat tests how far you can endure its imagery. This film will either make you feel guilty or it will make you count your blessings. But I think this is one of the most original works I’ve seen in recent years. One of this year’s best..

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions…

We had Slumdog Millionaire, we had Precious, and now the big poverty-themed film is BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, set in a bayou community fictionally named Bathtub, where the residents are just trying to get by. This is the story of hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her dad, Wink (Dwight Henry).

From the start, you could tell that their relationship is based on tough love, Wink knows that they’re all about surviving each day and in order for his daughter to survive, she must be able to take care of herself. Some may watch this movie and file Wink’s parenting under negligence and abuse, but Wink would see it as doing whatever is necessary to survive in ridiculously very harsh environment.
Speaking of which, the environment, the look and vibe for this film is one of its strong points, the lengths that writer/director Benh Zeitlin and his crew went to, including casting unknown/first time actors, to make bathtub seem like the most unsanitary living condition possible is extremely impressive. But again, the film is trying to tell you that what we may consider slum, some consider home.
This film is filled with all sorts of cinematic set pieces and imagery and Hushpuppy’s narration that reads like old time southern poetry.

Young actress Quvenzhané Wallis gives an extraordinary performance, hers is equivalent to how great Tatum O’Neal was in Paper Moon or how great Anna Paquin was in The Piano. Wallis’ character, Hushpuppy is treated like a boy by her dad, so she has to be tough, she has to not let her emotion get the best of her, she has to be able to catch fish with her bare hand and open up a crab by beasting it. There’s nothing that Wallis wouldn’t do for her character and that makes her a force to be reckoned with.
There’s a part where Hushpuppy goes out to find her estranged mother, and I’m glad that part of the story exists because it adds to her journey, her feeling like something was missing and the worry of whether or not she could go on after her dad is gone, that part of the story where she goes out to look for her mom, helps her reach a point or a realization that she doesn’t need her mom to take care of her, because her dad has taught her enough and her community will keep her company and she can conquer her fears, she can conquer the beasts of the southern wild.

GRADE: 5 out of 5

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Taken 2 International Trailer. Revenge Time

We got our hands on the international trailer for Taken 2.

Taken 2. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

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The Hobbit Is A Wrap

There were several times in the now dim and distant past (well, only a couple of years ago, really) when we thought we’d never see The Hobbit start shooting. But the cameras began cranking on March 20 last year and now Peter Jackson has posted the picture above to Facebook, marking the end of the two Hobbit movies’ long slog through production.

We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit,” he wrote in a note accompanying the image. “Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!”

Yes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will now be making their way through the editing and post-production system. Though given that the first film is set for release in December, Jackson and his crew will already have started getting it ready.

But for now – and assuming there aren’t pick-ups or second unit material still to be shot – the studios will not ring to the sounds of dwarves singing, weapons clashing or dragons roaring. With luck, though, there will still be plenty of production blogs to watch as the process continues into the next stage.

And as Jackson mentioned, the next big quest is to win over fans at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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KATY PERRY: PART OF ME Review Yes MattInRC Enjoyed It

By: MattInRC

KATY PERRY: PART OF ME gets surprisingly deep into a pop sensation's world. The question is, are we better off for knowing it?

Katy Perry is a polarizing figure in pop music; people either love or hate her music and persona, both of which illustrate a growing trend to introduce sexual overtones and even fetishism into every aspect of daily life. Case in point: Perry's appearance on Sesame Street, in which she and Elmo engage in a duet, was never aired because her shirt was considered too revealing. Yet for Perry, such things are commonplace and even acceptable in the eyes of her fans. It's no doubt that Perry is a pop sensation, in full command of her success and enjoying every minute of it. But are audiences better off for it, when she or others continually cross the line to confuse her youngest fans about appropriateness? While Katy Perry: Part of Me doesn't address that controversy, it does go way outside of the upbeat, self-promotional side that its director initially envisioned. And that's a good thing.

Sprinkled with testimonies from family, friends, and Perry herself, we learn how the pop star was re-constructed after only a brief career as a gospel singer, then as a Alanis Morrissette-inspired grunge escapade that reeked of Avril Lavigne. Starting with the release of "I Kissed a Girl," Perry's career went supersonic, resulting in more Number 1 singles on one album than Michael Jackson or even Elvis Presley. Me documents the bumpy ride to this point as most concert-bios do, which usually portray singers in the best possible light, as throngs of fans clamor for an autograph or smile uncontrollably during a meet-and-greet. For the fans, all of that is here. Yet, there is a deeper story presented, one that not even director Dan Cutforth (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) could have imagined would unfold during the 123-date California Dreams tour. Perry's messy divorce and the emotional toll it took on her is well-documented here, adding a layer of fragility and humanity to the star that the film so desperately needed. Otherwise, the concert footage is nothing new or even spectacular, with Cutforth choosing traditional long camera angles and quick edits for the concerts, as well as shoulder cameras and YouTube videos for fan testimonials. Twitter must be loving all the attention Me gives them, showing Tweets from Perry and her fans soon after the divorce is announced. But it's her very human reaction to the news that takes the film into unknown territory, dealing with events as they happened, including her decision to continue with a show that evening.

Katy Perry: Part of Me paints a picture of a singer whose success comes at a price. As a concert video, it's barely passable; as a life lesson for young women who struggle with their sexuality and succeeding in a male-dominated world, it stands above the din of other bio-concerts. As we watch Perry in San Paulo on the verge of a breakdown in the elevator leading her to the stage, we realize that no one is safe from life's hard lessons, that (especially in her field) the show must go on. And while her tenacity might not encourage critics of her music to switch sides, it does lend a needed bit of humanity to a pop star whose glitzy shows and overt sexuality don't tell the whole the story. Perhaps that wasn't the original intent, but it suits the film well to embrace it. Katy Perry: Part of Me is rated PG and has a runtime of 95 minutes.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Can You "Dance Like Oz" Contest

In honor of this release, the American Pie Facebook page just launched a special "Dance Like Oz" competition with Tout that your readers might enjoy.

The grand prize winner will receive an American Reunion prize pack and tweet from Chris Klein!

Make sure to check back closer to the release date we will be having a DVD giveaway-

To enter, simply visit the Dance Like Oz tab on the American Pie Facebook page. Reply with your own 15-second video of your dance moves https://www.facebook.com/AmericanPie/app_156218351098324 to win!

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Jamie Chung Cast As Mulan In Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time is adding to its arsenal of fairy tale characters.

The Hangover Part II star Jamie Chung has been cast in a recurring role for the ABC fantasy drama's second season, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Her role? The Chinese warrior Mulan.

Disney adapted Mulan's story into a big-screen animated musical in 1998 with ER alum Ming-Na voicing the title character. In the film, Mulan secretly fights in the army in her father's place to save him from death.

The legend of Mulan began in an ancient Chinese poem titled "The Ballad of Mulan."

Chung recently starred in Sucker Punch, Eden and will appear in Knife Fight, 7500 and The Man With the Iron Fists.

Once Upon a Time will appear at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. with exec producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parilla, Meghan Ory and Emilie de Ravin.

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Naomi Watts As Princess Diana

While pap snaps have struck in the last couple of days, the first official pic of Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales has now arrived online.

Watts is starring in the film, once called Caught In Flight and now shooting under its much less ponderous title, Diana, which follows the last couple of years in her tragic life.

With Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel calling the shots from a script by Stephen Jeffreys, the plot sees Diana starting a relationship with Dr Hasnat Khan (Lost’s Naveen Andrews), but finding that a life lived still in the glare of the media is not as easy as she thought. Still, she manages to enjoy some of the more fulfilling experiences and charity work. “I’m excited and honoured to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways,” says Watts.

The film will shoot around London and other chunks of the UK, while also heading to Croatia and Mozambique.

Douglas Hodge and Juliet Stevenson are also among the cast for the film, which doesn’t yet have a set release date.

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We have a chance for you to win VIP tickets to the screening of ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT.

All you have to do is upload a video of yourself doing the SID SHUFFLE on Youtube and send it to norcal@43kix.com  and you could win your VIP tickets.

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT is an upcoming 2012 American 3-D computer-animated comedy film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, starring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Keke Palmer, Chris Wedge, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

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Ball Headed Matt Damon In "Elysium" Image

It'll be part of Sony's presentation at ComicCon in a couple of weeks, but we still know admirably little about Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. There was some viral activity a year or so ago, at which point we confidently predicted a constant drip of further information. Nope. Aside from a bit of plot synopsis from a test screening, we're still pretty much in the dark, but the first spark of enlightenment has just arrived courtesy of EW. Here's a look at a shaven-headed Matt Damon, wielding a very big gun of some sort.

Is CHEMRAIL the new OCP? Is that a bionic arm? No idea.

Elysium is, of course, Blomkamp's long-awaited follow-up to District 9. Set in the year 2159, it's about the oppressed people of the ruined planet Earth versus the privileged elite aboard the Elysium space station, and what happens when the terrans fight for equality.

Damon is ex-convict man-on-a-mission Max, and Jodie Foster is the dastardly government official intent on enforcing anti-immigration laws and keeping Elysium for the Elysians. Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Alice Braga are also in the mix in still-unspecified roles, with Diego Luna as Damon's best friend and Wagner Moura as a villain.

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Let's find out what RAMA thought of this film.

A somewhat sentimental but effective drama for siblings everywhere. Well-acted, well-scripted, I think Alex Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut is off to a feel-good start. Chris Pine once again, just like he did in Star Trek, shows those effortless skills of his, everything about that man screams movie star, and Elizabeth Banks proves that this is her finest hour, both Pine and Banks to me are fairly new, we’ve seen their previous works, they’ve been around, mostly in supporting roles, but as lead stars, they’re slowly but surely showcasing what they’ve got and PEOPLE LIKE US gives them the opportunity to shine the brightest. This is where their dramatic chops are put to the test…

From DreamWorks Pictures comes “People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

Every family’s got their secrets, which makes PEOPLE LIKE US relatable. The fact that PEOPLE LIKE US is loosely inspired by the real life experiences of Alex Kurtzman makes Kurtzman the right man for directing this, he already knows what he wants the story to convey, and the fact that he acquired help from co-scribes Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert, proves that even though this is based on his story, Kurtzman wants PEOPLE LIKE US to have richer characters and in depth meaning, he’s open to the possibility of making this a more profound and fully developed film.

The story is basically about Sam(Chris Pine) whose business or work isn’t doing so well, in fact he’ll soon be finding himself in a legal mess.

His estranged record producer dad dies and leaves him with big amount of money but the money’s not for him, it’s meant for the sister Sam never knew he had, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), a single mom with a teen son.

So the rest of the film is about Sam trying to figure out a way to tell Frankie about who he really is, by befriending Frankie and her son, and at the same time Sam is faced with the dilemma and temptation to keep the money and fix his own life. Meanwhile, he also comes back home to his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who also has tough times dealing with the choices of her past.
Overall, the movie depends heavily on the skills of all the actors involved, as they bring out the conflicts, and when the revelations arrive, because in the end, the movie shows that a family may be dysfunctional but it could work, that forgiveness is not easy but it’s possible, and I think Kurtzman does a good job of making sure PEOPLE LIKE US is not misunderstood as a creepy romantic drama, plus the final scene is worth all that trouble.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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Watch WHY STOP NOW On SundanceNOW & Enjoy The Trailer

Here is the trailer for WHY STOP NOW, a hilarious new comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan is available nationwide in a special pre-theatrical window on SundanceNOW, IFC Films Video on Demand, and digital outlets: iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited and XBOX Zune!

WHY STOP NOW brings together the comic talents of Academy Award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan in the summer's wildest comedy. Eli (Eisenberg) is a piano prodigy. Today is the audition that will determine his future-- will he launch a career and take off into the world? Or will he stay stuck, caring for his sister and mother (Leo) who, despite her cheerful, loving disposition, is a drug addict. The only obstacle to a seamless transition into his future is dropping off Mom off at the center where she will enter rehab, but a glitch in the system forces sends them off to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles (Morgan). The day spirals downhill quickly, and the hapless team must collaborate every step of the way to battle their own demons and get Eli out of the rabbit hole.

About SundanceNOW:
SundanceNOW, the digital sister to Sundance Selects, is an online destination where independent film fans can download, watch instantly and discuss a broad range of independent films from around the globe. Offering the option to stream, download to own and download to rent, SundanceNOW provides audiences in search of independent films with an extensive selection covering all genres, including both American and foreign films. SundanceNOW operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. SundanceNOW is a subsidiary of AMC Networks, Inc.

Visit the SundanceNOW Blog: http://blog.sundancenow.com/

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening Of The Dark Knight Rises In Sacramento

In Theaters July 20, 2012

Win tickets to see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! We have passes to the special advance screening on Wednesday, July 18 7:30 pm in Sacramento.



THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is an upcoming superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the third installment in Nolan's Batman film series, and is a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is intended to be the conclusion of the series. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman reprise their roles from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The film takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and introduces the characters of Selina Kyle and Bane—portrayed by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively.

Having assumed responsibility for the crimes of District Attorney Harvey Dent in order to protect his reputation, Batman is chased into exile by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the appearance of the mysterious Selina Kyle sets in motion a chain of events culminating in the arrival of Bane, a ruthless terrorist with plans to destroy Gotham City. With the future of the city at stake, Batman must emerge from his exile and confront Bane to bring about an end to his reign of terror.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Marvel's Item 47 Explained

We all knew there was going to be a short film attached to Marvel's Avengers Blu-ray. We knew it was going to be awesome. Now we know just how awesome. So—what is Item 47 about, who is in it, and what does it mean for the future of the Marvel movie franchise?

Starring Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, Party Down, The Class), Item 47 gives us an idea of just how different the world is after the events of Marvel's Avengers. Superheroes are in the limelight, an alien invasion was barely thwarted, and your average Joe or Jane is left to wonder, "Am I safe?" and "What happens next?"

A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde story, Item 47 tells the story of Benny and Claire (get it?), who find an alien gun and use it to ill purpose. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito explains saying, "So when this gun ­literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We're going to rob a few banks, we're going to buy a boat, we're going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved."

This gives two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (played by Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver) the unlucky task of cleaning up the mess. If they're taking a page from the Joss Whedon playbook, which means one ugly, deadly, but inappropriately hilarious mess.

This is all in the name of painting just how much the world has changed for everyday folks. Says Item 47's writer, Eric Pearson, "Anything that expands the world and shows you the more human elements of it, that just makes the world more colorful and fun for the average viewer."

Lizzy Caplan with a big ol' alien gun gone on a crime spree? At a whopping 12 minutes, that sounds great to us, but there's even more to be excited about. The hope is that every major Avengers follow-up film (Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2) will carry a short film with it.

Could that mean we'll see more minor characters taking center stage? According to D'Esposito, it's possible. "There's always a potential to introduce a character. We have 8,000 of them, and they can't all be at the same level. So maybe there are some that are not so popular, and we introduce them—and they take off. I could see that happening."

Who do you think deserves a little side story to test the waters? Ant Man and the Wasp? Ms. Marvel, perhaps? Who is on your checklist?

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Marvel Comics Answer To DC's "The New 52" Is "Marvel NOW"

Marvel Comics is embroiled in Avengers vs. X-Men, a crossover event which follows an all-out war between the publisher’s iconic superteams. When Avengers vs. X-Men reaches its conclusion, the stage will be set for a massive restructuring of the Marvel Universe. “It’s not hype when we say that AvX is the culmination of a lot of stories we’ve done over the last several years,” says Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. “Characters are redeemed or not. Characters are changed. The X-Men and the Avengers are both repositioned for the future. What better time to shake things up? “

And Marvel is shaking things up. Entertainment Weekly is excited to exclusively announce Marvel NOW!, a massive new initiative that will launch new titles and relaunch old ones starting in October. Some of the company’s top storytellers are leaping from one corner of the Marvel Universe to another. Brian Michael Bendis is leaving the Avengers for a new X-Men book; Jonathan Hickman will end his run on Fantastic Four before kick-starting a new twice-monthly, jampacked Avengers book; and Rick Remender will begin work on the flagship title of the new era, Uncanny Avengers, a book that will blend Avengers and X-Men characters into one superteam. “I’m excited about taking creators out of their relative comfort zones,” says Alonso.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that a major comics publisher has inaugurated a new era with new creative teams and new #1′s: Just last year, DC Comics relaunched their entire line with The New 52. But Alonso is quick to draw a sharp contrast between DC’s initiative and Marvel NOW! “This ain’t a reboot. It’s a new beginning.” Unlike New 52, Marvel NOW! will roll out gradually over a few months, with creators finishing off their runs and then starting new ones. “I feel that it’s a much more humane approach for retailers and fans to tell them: ‘Look. In the months of October through February, every week you can go into a comic book store and find a few new jumping-on points for the Marvel Universe, a place you’re going to like visiting. Or revisiting.”

We spoke exclusively to Remender, Hickman, and Bendis about three of the books that they’ll be rolling out for Marvel NOW! Read on for more, and be sure to check out our exclusive piece of art from Marvel CEO Joe Quesada.

Uncanny Avengers: Remender describes this as “a bridge book, something that can delve into both worlds. It has a natural purpose for existing after AvX, where we can focus on human-mutant relations. The broad strokes are: Captain America comes out of AvX and recognizes that he hasn’t done enough to help the mutants.” The book will be drawn by John Cassaday, and will include heavy-hitters like Cap, Thor, and Wolverine, but Remender is also excited to focus on some less well-known characters, like Cyclops’ little brother Havok. “Havok’s always been the black sheep rock-and-roller of the Summers family. He can’t do that anymore. You’re going to see Havok become one of the biggest players in the Marvel Universe.”
Perhaps appropriate for a team that comprises a vision for the Marvel Universe’s future, the Uncanny Avengers’ first villain will be, literally, a ghost of the past. “In 1943, Arnim Zola, who was this bio-fanatic engineer, recorded the Red Skull’s consciousness, and set it to wake up 70 years later. So the Red Skull [in Uncanny] is right out of 1943-44. Prime Nazi scumbag. In his mind, he’s taking that vitriol and hate and Nazi horror and methodology, and pointing it at the mutant species.” And Remender stresses that the mash-up philosophy of Uncanny extends beyond the team’s lineup. “I’m not just smashing the heroes together, I’m smashing the villains together. It becomes something unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with stakes that are so huge, it takes a team comprised of the best Avengers and the best X-Men to go take care of it.” (Starts in October)

Avengers: Jonathan Hickman tells big stories. During his run on Fantastic Four, the writer has become known for meticulously plotting out stories years in advance in what Alonso describes as “his Unabomber-sized notebook.” And he’ll bring that maximal aesthetic to Avengers. “It’s not six Avengers, it’s 18 or more,” he teases, promising a diverse mix of popular characters, B-listers, and new characters. (Jerome Opena will have his work cut out for him as the Avengers artist.)

Unsurprisingly, Hickman’s favorite Avengers stories veer toward the cosmics: the Korvac Saga, the Kree-Skrull War, and the time-scrambling Avengers Forever. Hickman’s first story arc on Avengers is called “Avengers World,” but even the term “world” sounds a bit too micro for Hickman’s ambitions. In the wake of AvX and a new era of Marvel, “The obvious solution is for the heroes to become something bigger and larger, a more appropriate response to an ever more dangerous time.” Avengers will be published twice a month, and Hickman is currently planning to mix together longer five-to-six-issue story arcs with one-off stories that focus on individual characters. As for those characters, Hickman is mostly keeping mum about the lineup right now, but he revealed one teammate to whet our appetite. Kids, we’ve got six words for you: Shang-Chi, master of Kung Motherf—ing Fu. (Starts in December)

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Happy 4th of July From SandwichJohnFilms

We want to wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Now go enjoy your family and friends today.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

The Amazing Spider-Man Review
By: MattInRC

Does The Amazing Spider-Man usher in an exciting new chapter in the franchise or signal yet another reboot?

 Warning: major plot spoilers ahead.

I have joined millions of moviegoers in condemning the horrid Spider-Man 3, a film that put the once-proud franchise into a coma with a single dance scene. But there were more issues to that film than just the sidestepping: the product felt tired and bereft of imagination, as if our hero needed a partner or a major shakeup. Throwing too many substandard enemies at one hero never solved anything, but that's exactly what we got. Something needed to change, but was a reboot really necessary? That was Sony's call; and so five years after Tobey Maguire and company were shown the door, the lights dim for The Amazing Spider-Man. Does Sony make it up to fans with a new high-flying adventure, or should we expect yet another reboot in about five years?

Sadly, The Amazing Spider-Man is too drawn out, uninspiring, and downright boring. Its disappointment is so profound that it's a far cry from Spider-Man 1 & 2 and the worst superhero movie since Green Lantern. You all know the story: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) is bitten by a genetically-enhanced spider and wakes up with enhanced abilities. Yet, this is where the similarities between Sam Raimi's films and the current one end: webbing emanates from a man-made source, Mary Jane has been replaced by Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone, The Help), and even Parker's biological parents are Oscorp doctors who pass off young Peter to Aunt May (Sally Field, Norma Rae) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen,The West Wing) before meeting an untimely end. Fast forward several years, and both Parker and Stacy are high school classmates, not twenty-somethings as were portrayed in the Raimi films. Stacy has inexplicably landed a cushy internship with Oscorp and its chief researcher Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans, Five Year Engagement), who is seeking to reconstruct severed human limbs (including his own) in an effort to prolong human life. Connors worked with Parker's father (Campbell Scott, Roger Dodger) on the same recipe, only to see his work stifled with a missing formula that Peter discovers in dad's old briefcase. And just like the comics, Connors tests the newly-completed serum on himself, turning into the superhuman monster The Lizard. Rattled by the death of Uncle Ben and the news of Connor's transformation, Peter must balance his new powers with the realization that everyone close to him is at risk of the same violent ends if he remains Spider-Man.

On the surface, it seems many of these resets would signal a new-found respect by Sony to remain faithful to the Marvel universe. But, consider this blasphemous alteration: almost everyone in the city knows Spider-Man's true identity, from a young boy stuck in a burning van to the police captain running the manhunt for the webslinger (Dennis Leary, The Thomas Crown Affair). There's even a suggestion that Aunt May herself has put two and two together after seeing Peter return home bruised and battered near the movie's ending. Why screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Losers) would at first show such respect for canon then throw grenades like this into the middle of his script is beyond me. Either he assumes we're not fully vested with the character to begin with, or we're just ignorant moviegoers who consume and forget when the lights kick on. Either way, this insult doesn't help indie Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), who tries his best to paint pretty action scenes (such as several first-person views of Spider-Man slinging his way through the city) but fails to achieve anything new or exciting. And while our promising cast does its best with Vanderbilt's sub-par script, bad screenplays always trump good acting, a fact which is demonstrated in some of the cheesiest dialogue I've heard from the franchise ("I've been bitten - so have I," says our leads as Parker shares all). While capable actors, Garfield and Stone have little chemistry together and seem like an odd pairing from the start. Moreover, the story takes too long to develop, forcing audiences to wait 45 minutes before seeing any real action, none of which is satisfying or even inventive even in 3D. In fact, many of them feel like retreads of Raimi's efforts, demonstrating the incredible command he had of the character.

This Peter Parker/Spider-Man appears less impervious to vicious hits, but our hero is no better for the experiences. The Lizard is no more lethal than the Chitauri, The Destroyer, or even Red Skull: Maguire's Spider-Man would have taken our villain out with relative ease. If creating a lesser version of Spider-Man was the intent, one who must empty an entire clip of webbing before using complex scientific terms to solve his problems, then mission accomplished. In the end, all we learn is that Peter is good with memorizing stuff and manufacturing things but seems better suited to defeat common criminals than first-class enemies.

Anyone who tells you this film is exciting or even a well-drawn character-driven story has obviously not seen The Avengers. Had The Amazing Spider-Man debuted sometime in the spring, perhaps my reaction would have been different. Once again that was Sony's call to make, and their product is so much the worse for it. Why they decided it was time to reboot, rather than reload, will confound moviegoers until one considers the contract, which requires the studio to produce a film every so many years, or lose the rights to Marvel. Therefore, The Amazing Spider-man is essentially a contract extension, doomed by a boring and plodding script and a post-credits scene that felt incomplete and largely ineffective. Let's hope Marvel can someday wrestle Spider-Man away from Sony, because very little about this version is inspiring or even worth the time. The Amazing Spider-Man is rated PG13 and has a runtime of 136 minutes.

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The Hobbit Exclusive Photo

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit gets a public unveiling at Comic-Con this month. Ahead of the shindig, EW has revealed new shots of Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and dwarves Fili, Kili, Dori and Nori, among others, embarking on their epic quest across Middle-earth.

Troll readers be warned. The Hobbit is also an origin story for Glamdring, Foe-hammer, Gandalf's two-handed sword. Here it is in all its troll, orc and goblin smiting glory.

Interestingly, there's also glimpses of Galadriel amongst EW's pictures. She has been recruited from the pages of Lord Of The Rings and encorporated into The Hobbit's storyline. Any excuse to watch Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving as Elrond is alright by us, so Jackson's promise that "it will all make sense" should keep purists at bay.

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Kenny Powers Will Return. Eastbound & Down Season 4 On The Way

America, are you ready for more Kenny Powers?

HBO has ordered eight more episodes of the cult fave Eastbound & Down that stars Danny McBride, EW has confirmed. That’s an abrupt about-face from what the actor and his producing partners — Jody Hill, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay — were saying earlier this year, when the show finished its spring run. “HBO definitely wants us, and [co-creator] Jody Hill and I love writing for the show,” McBride told EW earlier this year. “But there is other stuff we’d like to do. Both of us are ready to make jokes concerning people who don’t have strange haircuts.”

Obviously, HBO managed to persuade the boys that Powers needs to stage a comeback. The third season wrapped with the Major League pitcher appearing to be dead — until he showed up at the doorstep of April Buchanon, played by Katy Mixon. Needless to say, he’ll have some ‘splaining to do when the show returns for its fourth year.

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Come Make RUBY SPARKS Real

In Fox Searchlight's upcoming film RUBY SPARKS, Paul Dano stars as Calvin, a writer whose words are brought to life when he writes about his perfect girl on his trusty typewriter. Visit the newly launched website at www.makerubyreal.com to type your own words and unlock fun content from the film. Try typing ocean, dance and hamburger to name a few...

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life.

Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Also be sure to head over to Fandango.com to check out the new interactive poster to explore many never-before-seen poster comps. Think you have what it takes to design a better one? Now's your chance! Visit http://makerubyreal.tumblr.com to submit your own. The 5 posters with the most notes on Tumblr will win a limited print run of their poster, plus the chance to see it displayed in a local theater.

For more information on how to #MakeRubyReal, visit: http://www.fandango.com/movieblog/exclusive-ruby-sparks-motion-poster-premiere-717688.html

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Iron Man 3 Concept Art Comic-Con Exclusive

After being told by Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige that Tony Stark would be be "cut off from the world and need to focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation", it was a wonder just how Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black would go about it - but now this concept art offers some tantalising clues.

Dubbed 'Caged' by the artist, Ryan Meinerding, the piece shows Mr. Stark in a rather awkward situation: somehow he's ended up with only part of his suit on when he's surrounded by armed assailants.

Has his suit been removed (in part) by others? Is this a new suit entirely, with the unusual alternate finger-colouring and all? Is this, in fact, the Extremis armour?

Those who've read the Extremis arc of the comic books will be able to draw their own techno-organic and nanobot-based conclusions, but all in all, it's another intriguing glimpse into this new, somehow Avengers-less world of Mr. Stark.

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COMEDY CENTRAL To Over Take Comic-Con 2012


The Stars, Co-Creators, Writers and Executive Producers of "Workaholics," Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck
Autograph Signing from 4:30-5:30 and Panel from 6:30-7:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 12

"Workaholics" Happy Hour Event to Take Place at Rooftop Bar FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel
From 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Friday, July 13

"Brickleberry" Panel on Friday, July 13 from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
With Creators and Executive Producers Waco O'Guin and Roger Black,
Voice Actors David Herman ("Office Space"), Tom Kenny "(SpongeBob SquarePants")
And Jerry Minor ("Anchorman")

"Futurama" Panel on Saturday, July 14 from 12:00-12:45 P.M.
With Executive Producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen,
Cast Members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal and Maurice LaMarche

COMEDY CENTRAL®  returns to Comic-Con® with a "Workaholics" panel on Thursday, July 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; a "Brickleberry" panel on Friday, July 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and a "Futurama" panel on Saturday, July 14 from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

On Thursday, July 12, a press conference with Blake, Adam, Ders and Kyle from "Workaholics" will be held in press room Aqua 306A from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd.) followed by an autograph signing from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at table AA04 in the Salis Pavillion (2nd level of the Convention Center). Then get ready to party with the guys at the "Workaholics" Happy Hour Event (first come, first served) taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel's FLOAT from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13.
• Thursday, July 12: "Workaholics" panel (Room 24ABC)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Join stars, Co-Creators, writers, and Executive Producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck as they take fans behind-the-scenes and give a sneak peek into upcoming new episodes, including a few special guests that are guaranteed to be "Tight Butthole." Also, one lucky fan will be selected to have their name written into a future episode. S’Go!

• Friday, July 13: "Brickleberry" panel (room 6A)
6:00-7:00 p.m. From Creators and Executive Producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, and Executive Producer and voice actor in the series Daniel Tosh, this hilarious new animated series premieres on the network on September, 25 at 10:30 p.m. after new episodes of "Tosh.0." Voice cast including David Herman ("Office Space"), Tom Kenny "(SpongeBob SquarePants") and Jerry Minor ("Anchorman"), as well as O'Guin and Black will be on hand for a panel discussion following a screening of an entire episode for the first time exclusively at Comic Con.

• Saturday, July 23: "Futurama" panel (Ballroom 20)
12:00-12:45 p.m. "Futurama" cannot be killed! Join the cast and crew of the Emmy® Award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on COMEDY CENTRAL. Plus, wear your "Futurama"-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include Creator/Executive Producer Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).

From the minds of the hilarious and irreverent Internet sketch group Mail Order Comedy, "Workaholics," currently in its third season, is a single-camera comedy featuring three friends who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9 and party together 24/7. Dress codes, deadlines and waking up before noon are not things these guys are used to. They do their jobs and sometimes they even do them well, but they show up late, leave drunk and always live for the day…even if they don’t know what day it is. Whether it’s Blake (Blake Anderson) dressed in a bear coat, Adam (Adam Devine) singing about Catherine Zeta Jones while high on mushrooms or The Ders (Anders Holm) celebrating his birthday with a drinking triathlon, the boys always seem to run into trouble wherever they go.

"Brickleberry," co-produced by Fox 21 and COMEDY CENTRAL, is based on a group of dysfunctional forest rangers at a national park that is facing closure until a new ranger comes in to whip everyone into shape and save the park. The series is created, written and executive produced by Waco O'Guin and Roger Black (MTV2's "Stankervision") and executive produced by Daniel Tosh ("Tosh.0"), who also voices a character. "Brickleberry" premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following new episodes of "Tosh.0."
"Futurama" focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life at Planet Express, an intergalactic delivery company. There he meets love interest Leela (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops with anger management issues, and best friend Bender (John DiMaggio), a beer-powered kleptomaniac robot. In 2011, the series earned two Emmys® for Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Maurice LaMarche. "Futurama" is currently in its seventh season and airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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BRAVE Easter Eggs Revealed

Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorationsuncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as CarlFredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney•Pixar’s epic action adventure Brave features a few such gems, two of which are revealed here:

ANCIENT DELIVERY – The Witch, an eccentric crone disguised as a woodcarver specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck, an iconic delivery vehicle that’s appeared in nearly every full-length feature film from Pixar Animation Studios since 1995’s Toy Story. Disney•Pixar’s Brave is in theaters now.

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NO MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET – A carving of Sulley, the lovable blue monster slated to return to the big screen in 2013’s Monsters University, appears on a piece of wood in the home of the Witch, an eccentric crone and woodcarver in Disney•Pixar’s epic action adventure Brave, in theaters now.

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s —Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of
King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of
the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the
kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, —Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar h or. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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