Monday, August 31, 2009

The Fourth Kind Trailer

Courtesy of Apple we now have the HiDef version of The Fourth Kind trailer available to us.



A description of the film:
In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document…until now.Structured unlike any film before it, The Fourth Kind is a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where—mysteriously since the 1960s—a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.


First off, this trailer looks good and I'm actually interested in seeing this film. The juxtaposition of "real" archival footage with the re-enactment stuff creates a nice creepy feel to it. I did a little research to see what I could find on the "truth" behind this story. As I suspected, I'm fairly certain the archival footage is all just part of a "Blair Witch-esque" viral kinda thing to make the story seem more real. I DID however find out that the truth to the story is that Nome, Alaska HAS been the site of many disappearances that have never been fully explained and that the government HAS actually investigated this multiple times. So that combination of some small facts being truthful (even if it isn't the footage that is) makes this trailer seem a bit more exciting. In any case, I'm glad to see that Milla is back, and this might end up being a pretty decent suspenseful thriller that is coming out just after Halloween (the ideal time to see a film like this)!




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Disney Acquires Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion

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According to the New York Times (via Topless Robot), Disney has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock. This deal gives Disney rights to over Marvel’s 5,000+ characters, not to mention control over Marvel’s licensing, publishing, and film production capabilities. This acquisition is interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is that one year ago Marvel re-upped its contract with Paramount to distribute its next five films, including Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Thor, among others. Furthermore, there are a plethora of loose ends, licensing-wise, that Disney will have to contend with before this deal starts to show its true worth.


DISNEY TO ACQUIRE MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT


Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters. Acquisition highlights Disney’s strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value


Burbank, CA and New York, NY, August 31, 2009 —Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today…


“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”


“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.


“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”


Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.


So the blogosphere has been all aflutter this morning with this news. It is such widespread news that I even received multiple text messages about it this morning. It certainly is interesting news. And it brings a few questions to mind for me.

1. What happens to Universal Island of Adventure? Will Disney make their own brand new Marvel Theme Park?

2. Will Pixar attempt a marvel franchise? (This has been a question I have seen multiple people curious about).

3. Will this affect any films or video games currently in development?

4. How long before we start to see some of the effects of this purchase?

Feel free to discuss and share your opinions!
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A fifth Rambo has been greenlit

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Remem
ber back in 1982 when we were given our first encounter with John Rambo on the big screen? I know I don't. I wasn't born yet. I wasn't introduced to Rambo until I was a toddler being babysat by my Aunt and Uncle. I should drop them a 'Thank You Letter' for having no discretion when it came to sitting me in front of movies dripping with violence and swearing. In fact, I need to drop a 'Thank You Letter' to pretty much everyone who raised me for that same reason.  It was a great childhood I tell ya!

Variety reports that Nu Image/Millennium Films has greenlit the franchise's fifth installment, with Sylvester Stallone starring and directing.

The upcoming project's storyline revolves around Rambo fighting his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border. Production will start in the spring.

The film will be produced by Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson. Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson will exec produce.


I love the first two films surrounding Rambo, the third was alright, and 2008's Rambo was pretty much off the chains. I'm a little surprised a fifth movie is in the works. I thought Stallone did a fantastic job of capping off the franchise in the 2008 movie. Story wise, I don't think a fifth Rambo is needed (Not that 2-4 were ever really needed), but when you have a cash cow you might as well cash in, right? With that being said, I also have to say that i am REALLY excited about this! Stallone is the man! I'm pumped for the possibility that much of the film may take place in the US. I think that's a good route to take considering we haven't really seen him in action on US soil since First Blood.

All in all, I'm Hyped!



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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steven Spielberg to develop another Michael Crichton novel - ABOUT PIRATES!


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USA Today reports that Spielberg is developing a film out of a posthumously published novel by the late Michael Crichton called Pirate Latitudes set to hit shelves November (Amazon). In addition to Spielberg coming on-board, screenwriter David Koepp, who adapted Crichton's Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and also wrote Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, and War of the Worlds, is penning the screenplay. "Michael wrote a real page-turner that already seems suited for the big screen," Spielberg said.


Pirate Latitudes is an adventure story set off the coast of Jamaica in 1665. It's described as the story of "a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, one of the world's richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure." Oh no, yet another pirate movie? "Anything that Michael wrote, Steven would be keenly interested to read. But without Michael knowing it, or even me knowing it, it turns out Steven always wanted to direct his own pirate film," said DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider. "It's a mission movie, and we see it through the prism of what it might have been like to live on the island during that time."


This is nothing but the most utterly BADASS news HUMANLY POSSIBLE!!! I AM IN TOTAL HOLY SHIT MODE RIGHT NOW. SPIELBERG AND PIRATES AGAIN!?!!?!?! AHHHHHHHHHHHH. I can't even explain how amazing this news is. Not only is Spielberg the shit and Hook is my favorite film of ALL TIME, but the combination of Crichton and Spielberg is the exact combination that made DINOSAURS COME TO LIFE! this will probably be the best film ever made.

I do think it is odd that the Dreamworks person says "he always wanted to direct his own pirate film - apparently discrediting Hook. And this makes me angry.
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Rob Zombie to Remake The Blob

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Variety reports that funding is in place to make an R-rated $30 million film, and Zombie will complete the script while he’s on tour with his new album this fall. Producers are confident that a distribution deal will be made before the production begins in Spring 2010.

My first reaction to this is that it is a terrible idea. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't completely hate Rob Zombie's films. They may not be the best films ever, but they are something special, and Devils Rejects is one of the best horror movies of recent times, but this just seems like a bad idea - like a Tarantino thought gone terribly wrong. Then it gets worse:

Zombie says he intends “to make it scary,” and touts the “freedom” he has been given “to take it in any crazy direction.” Zombie was a fan of the original, but has much different plans for the reinvention.  So don’t expect a “big red blobby thing” as Zombie says “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.” The list of producers includes original Blob producer Jack H. Harris.

Now someone tell me, how the hell are you going to make a THE BLOB movie without THE BLOB?!?!?! HUH?!? This makes absolutely no sense, and until I see some further evidence of what the hell he is trying to do, I will just have to not have high hopes for this one.

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The Men Who Stare At Goats Movie Trailer

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Overture Films has released a trailer for Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare At Goats. Based on Jon Ronson’s 2004 book, Ewan McGregor stars in this so-unbelievable-yet-true story of a reporter who is chasing after a crazy story. U.S. Army First Earth Battalion unit member Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit using ancient Chinese mind techniques to develop paranormal powers for American soldiers. This elite experimental group have developed “unparalleled psychic powers to read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it.”

Watch the trailer exclusively on Apple: Small, Medium, Large, 480P, 720P, 1080P.




I think this film is looking pretty good. I originally, without any knowledge of this film, thought that it was a Cohen brothers film and later found out it wasn't. It really has their style to it, which I am cool with and I am looking forward to this quirky film.
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