Friday, October 30, 2009

Netflix Comes to PlayStation 3 in November


Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will not be the only gaming platform with the ability to stream movies from Netflix platform for long. After a long period of speculation, the streaming Netflix option will be coming to Sony’s PlayStation3 in November.

The press release says only ‘next month’, so we don’t yet know the official launch date for the service. When it does go live, Netflix subscribers who have at least the $8.99 per month plan will be able to stream movies to the PS3.

While the process won't be as simple for those of you who have Xbox 360's and can already stream directly to the system, the PS3 will require that a Blu-Ray disk from netflix that is special to them be placed in the drive to allow the content to be streamed.

Makes no difference to me, this is something I have been wanting for quite some time.

There are also rumors floating around that the Wii will be the next console to receive this Netflix treatment.

(Request a disc for the service here:

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So here's some "less is more" comic book flick news* that may make you feel a little better about Spider-Man 4: Apparently A) there will be only one villain, which would be great, and B) that villain will (finally!) be Curt Connors aka The Lizard. And here's the best part: We don't have to wait for some gimmicky casting ploy, because the franchise already has the excellent Dylan Baker playing the role! Yes, Peter Parker's one-armed college professor will, after waiting patiently through three villain-packed films, get to shed his humanity and terrorize our favorite web-slinger with cold-blooded reptility.

Both MarketSaw and Collider have more information, but of course details are very sketchy at this early point.It's safe to assume that Mr. Raimi considers Spider-Man 3 the weakest of the series, and if the new goal is to simply deliver an old-school mano e mano face-off between a man-spider and a man-lizard, well I'm just fine with that.

* seems pretty confident that their source is accurate on this information, but of course we should take it all with a grain of salt until we get word from someone on the production team, and on the record.

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Hugh Jackman OUT, Who Should Host the Oscars This Year Instead?

Sources say Jackman has declined the job over the past few weeks, and while he won’t rule out hosting future ceremonies, he didn’t want to do it two years in a row.

I honestly think that Jackman was the best host since Billy Crystal. The dude is a big time triple threat and pulled out all the big guns that helped make the last Oscars so memorable. Sure, the show had some other issues, but Jackman was not one of them.

This kind of disappoints me as I was really hoping to see him take a stab at it again.

So now the question remains, who should host the 82nd Academy Awards?

So here are two thoughts for ya, and I'm certainly not the first person to mention these, but I think they reign true as two great choices.

Tom Hanks

Conan O'Brien

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Avatar Trailer up Today

A new trailer for James Cameron's Avatar has made it's way online today through Yahoo Movies. The trailer is certainly an epic feast, and gives us a bit more about the story and some of the images we had been seeing show up for quite some time. I am still in a little bit of doubt about this whole "bridging the uncanny valley" business, but one thing is for sure - this movie will be a feast for the eyes and bring about great advancements in the way we experience cinema.

Check out the trailer for yourselves.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

On-Set Photos of Inception

Splash News has quite a few on-set photos of Leo and Ellen Page on the set of Nolan's upcoming psychological mind thriller Inception. They are all pretty standard shots but man, it just gets me more excited for Inception. Not only do the Nolans make great films, but when you put Leo in with that - this is something I'm hoping is quite an experience.

Check out the rest of the photos here

Described as a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind from "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan. Nolan wrote the original screenplay and hopes to shoot the sci-fi action film in the summer for a release during summer 2010. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Dileep Rao .

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Marvel's Joe Quesada on Captain America: 'It's Going to Rock'

There's actually more to his quote than just that, but we'll get to that. As a reminder, Joe Quesada is the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. Essentially, he's the head honcho of the comics division who has a good say on the movie side of things as well (since he knows all of the characters so well). Quesada recently appeared at a panel at the Big Apple Comic-Con and Comic Book Resources was there to cover his talk. If you're a fan of comics as well, the entire update is worth reading, but I'm specifically pulling out his small update on The First Avenger: Captain America. He doesn't say anything new, but it's a good quote.

Sticking with Hollywood, Quesada offered a brief update on "The First Avenger: Captain America," with which he's had some involvement. "I've seen a couple of outlines and an initial screenplay, and it's going to rock everyone's socks off," he said. "It's very unexpected, the kind of movie it is." Quesada added that "Captain America" sets up "The Avengers" in "a fantastic way" and also mentioned that there is an undisclosed wish list of actors to play the star-spangled superhero.

I am excited for any bit of Cap news that we get, but it also kinda pisses me off that this has been in talks for what seems like FOREVER now and we still don't know who is going to be the face of America! So come on! Give us a bit more! In any case, it sounds like this is going to be quite the film - I'm hoping for a bit more of a period piece than a full superhero film (similar to the opening credits of X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
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The Wolfman Movie Trailer #2


There’s a new trailer for Joe Johnston’s remake of Universal’s The Wolfman. The first trailer, I thought was INCREDIBLE, even though it offered us little insight into the wolfman himself. This trailer is definitely darker, and shows off quite a bit more of the gore, effects, and makeup we can expect to see in this movie.

Apple has the trailer in HD, and I really recommend checking it out in that format. The Wolfman is directed by Joe Johnston (of the upcoming Captain America) and stars Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. It opens on February 12, 2010.

My biggest problem with the trailer, and this is being quite picky, is that the transformation doesn't quite look like the pictures we saw quite some time ago from Empire magazine that showed a really hairy, almost full wolf kind of transformation. I'm sure there is a reason for this, but the shots in this trailer of wolfman I think were a little less impressive than the great photos we had seen before. Hopefully it is because we aren't seeing the FULL transformation yet - and not because of some change of plans.

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Hulu Says Goodbye to Free Entertainment
In what is sure to piss of more people than I can even count, Hulu execs have said that Hulu, sometime near in the future, will no longer be a free service. Some of the details are still a bit sketchy, but the general idea is that there will be some sort of a subscription model as part of their plan.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that News Corp. Deputy Chairman Chase Carey says: "It's time to start getting paid for broadcast content online." All about "value," he continues: "I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business."

NewCorp swears that there's no timeline set yet, but "supposes it's at least in 2010." So, as soon as next year, you might have to pay to delight in all things Hulu.

So the real question we are left with, is will you pay for Hulu? Is what they are offering worth you giving up your hard earned money for? I personally find it hard to believe that people are going to so easily convert over to this pay model. Just remember, almost nothing - especially things that CAN make money, even if only a few million, won't remain free. There is too much big business at work here.
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District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp’s Next Sci-Fi Movie Gets The Greenlight

Neill Blomkamp

Media Rights Capital has committed to fund District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp’s next film, an untitled science fiction movie which will be set on another planet. MRC committed to the new project after hearing Blomkamp’s pitch. Details are thin right now, but Blomkamp tells BFDealMemo that the project will “hopefully be commercial”:

“Hopefully, this will be a bit unique, very much a reflection of me. It is absolutely another science fiction film, quite different from `District 9,’ but some of the blending of genres and the tone might be within the same realm.”

At Comic-Con this year, Blomkamp told us:

I’ve got one science fiction idea that I’m absolutely in love with, which I’m pretty sure is going to be my next film. 99% sure…It’s totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see.

The few details we have does not  sound like your typical Hollywood production. Blomkamp says that the film will be more of his vision (”very much a singular film, that comes directly from me”) than District 9, which was a learning experience under producer Peter Jackson, who will not be involved this time around. Bill Block will produce. The MRC deal is big because they are not only giving Blomkamp creative freedom but also an ownership stake in the finished product. That’s a HUGE deal for a filmmaker to get on only his second film.

MRC will be funding the project, which will cost somewhere north of District 9’s $30 million, but not a lot higher. Blompkamp has said that he’s “not particularly interested in massive budget films, or creating huge spectacles that some young directors might be attracted to.”

The filmmaker plans to immediately start writing and prepping the visual effects for the film, which will begin production by the middle of next year. A distributor will be found at that time. Blomkamp definitely has an option to make a District 9 sequel afterwards if that is what he wants.

So what do you think of the promises associated with Blomkamp's next film? Do you think he can truly pull off another sci-fi spectacular? And when do you think we can see him trying something different? I know it's really early on in his "sure to follow" career. But as of right now, he is quite reminding me of someone like a young James Cameron, or a young Ridley Scott. As for if he can live up to that - it will be interesting to see (although I certainly wouldn't want to have to fill those shoes)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Spike Jonze's We Were Once A Fairytale, Starring Kanye West


From /Film

Months ago we knew that Spike Jonze would be working again with Kanye West, for whom he’d recently directed the video for Flashing Lights. At the time we heard the new collaboration would be a short film called We Were Once a Fairytale, but we didn’t know if it would be an extended music video, a true short film, or somewhere in between. Now, just as Jonze has had a great weekend with the opening of Where the Wild Things Are, his Kanye collaboration  has been released/leakedm and we can see that it’s definitely in the ’somewhere in between’ realm.

Set vaguely to the tune of ‘See You in My Nightmares’, this depiction of a drunken club night is probably exactly like one of Kanye’s nightmares. In the film, he staggers from one conversation and encounter to another, but here he’s the drunken buffoon (no surprise to many, after the VMA incident) who is making everyone uncomfortable. Eventually there’s some real/imagined backroom sex and then, about halfway through, things actually get weird. How weird? How about vomiting flower petals, strange little rat demons and a little bit of hari-kari.

Spike Jonze is such a badass. If you haven't checked out his compilation DVD of a bunch of his music videos and short films and commercials and whatnot, I suggest you do. See what kind of a genius he really is. And it's only 4 bucks used on Amazon, so you should buy it.

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More Cast Revealed For Shyamalan’s Devil… And Also The Film’s Premise, Maybe?

On Friday, /Film’s Russ Fischer said of Devil, the upcoming Dowdle Bros. film from a story by M. Night Shyamalan and script by Brian Nelson, that “The film starts shooting in Toronto a week from Monday, and that’s all we’ve got. It’s tightly under wraps, and has been for a while. Which, I suspect, really means that there’s some info out there that we haven’t dug up yet.”

Be wary of potential spoilers as you read on.

Hollywood.Com. Here it is, word for word, the films loglines:

A group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil.

In further Devil news, The Hollywood Reporter have rounded up a more comprehensive cast list. As well as Chris Messina they name Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend and Caroline Dhavernas. Place your bets now on who will be the eponymous evil. I’m betting on there being a real angel in there too.

I think this may work. A story by Shyamalan, and directing and writing duties going to someone else? Sounds like it could turn out well. Although I'm a fan of almost all of Shyamalan's work.

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Some great new trailers for your viewing pleasure!

It's been a while, but we have some great new trailers that have surfaced online over the past few days that I would like to share with everyone. The first trailer is for

Black Lightning, a Russian film produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. Timur apparently said at one point that this is the "Russian response [to] Transformers and Batman,"  thanks to Quiet Earth, the first full-length trailer has arrived, unfortunately still in Russian.

The story of a Moscow University student who becomes the owner of a flying car. Not only will he be able to avoid traffic, but he unexpectedly finds himself the city's defender, mysterious fighter against evil.

Black Lightning is co-directed by first-time Russian directors Dmitriy Kiselev and Alexandr Voitinsky, who are both friends of Timur Bekmambetov and who have worked with him previously. Apparently this was made for roughly $8 million dollars, which is twice what they spent to make Timur's Day Watch and Night Watch. Black Lightning will hit theaters in Russia on December 31st, but doesn't have a US distributor yet. We're not sure when it'll be coming to the US, but stay tuned for updates on Black Lightning as they arrive.

I think it looks good, but I'm also a bit weirded out by its Disney film like quality. I don't know. A flying car? Just seems a little cheesy to me. But it does look pretty awesome!

Up next we have the trailer for Edge of Darkness, featuring Mel Gibson’s first starring role since 2002. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) directs the movie, which is a remake of the very highly regarded UK mini-series from 1985 that Campbell also directed. Sadly, the trailer mostly looks like a routine potboiler, but it has a few moments that shine through. It's a really intense trailer very reminiscent of the trailer for Taken that came out a while ago which turned out to be quite a great thriller. Hoperfully good ole Gibsey can make this work. I miss him.

Next up is not an official, but what seems like it may become official trailer for The Expendables. No idea how long this will stick around online as it isn't official. But here it is anyway. And it is exciting!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are Feaurette and Short

In honor of Where The Wild Things are releasing this weekend (October 16th). We have a really great behind the scenes kind of featurette, and a short little 30 second film called Vampire Attack made by Spike Jonze and the young Max Records. Enjoy, and if you aren't planning on seeing the film, I suggest you do. It is sure to be one of the best films of the year.

Having just read an article on how much Spike and Max bonded on the set to Wild Things and how much they became like a father and son dynamic - even before the filming started, this little gem really shows.

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Ivan Reitman On Board For Ghostbusters 3


BloodyDisgusting has confirmed that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman is 100% attached to Ghostbusters 3. He hasn’t decided yet if he wants to direct the project, but is definately on board to produce. This shouldn’t come as much of a shock as almost everyone associated with the first two films are also on board for a third film if it goes into production.

News of this thing actually happening sounds better and better every time we get a new piece of info. Too bad it isn't based on Derek and my script idea. Let's just hope they don't mess this one up.
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Abrams, Kurtzman, and Orci on Big Ideas for a Star Trek Sequel

Star Trek

 J.J. Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are out talking with press (via Collider) about the potential for Star Trek sequel(s). The sequel is just barely being developed, and even though they're still "just brainstorming," the ideas seem to be there, and the three each hint at what we might see in a sequel.

Although Kurtzman and Orci have answered the "sequel" question countless times already in regards to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, they were asked again what makes great sequels so great. I always feel like that's a perfect place to start by putting everything into perspective before hearing specific ideas.

"There's Empire Strikes Back, Superman 2, Aliens, Terminator 2, Star Trek 2. What do all those movies have in common? Well, they're amazing stories, all on their own. You didn't have to see the first movie. And, there was some incredible, emotional test of character, in all of those movies. Superman has to give up his powers for love. The Spock and Kirk relationship is tested by Khan. Ripley finds a daughter. All of those things are such big ideas, in and of themselves, and you really can't tell those stories in movie #1 because movie #1 is very much about establishing a world." -Alex Kurtzman

So if they can now start to explore some of those more broader ideas and tests of character in a sequel to Star Trek, where might they go? Could they explore other stories from the Star Trek universe, including even The Next Generation? Afraid not: "I think our instinct would be to first look at The Original Series before we considered that." Let's turn to Abrams next, who has a lot of great things to say about a sequel.

"In going forward, the fun of this movie series is that we will have the opportunity, given its alternate timeline, to cross paths with any of the experiences, places and characters that existed in The Original Series, but we have to be really careful, doing that. I don't want to do something that is so inside that only die-hard fans will appreciate. We're just now working on the script and just beginning the process of story breaking, but I guarantee you, whatever the story is and whatever the final movie ends up being, I know it will be something that will work on its own terms and be something that you don't need to know and study Star Trek to get, but if you are a fan, there will hopefully be gift after gift of connections, references and characters that you hold near and dear. At least, that's the intent." -J.J. Abrams

Kurtzman and Orci said: "now that we've established the characters, we can have a more philosophical allegory, where what's happening in the future represents our world.

Getting back on topic, Kurtzman and Orci were asked about making Star Trek 2 and 3 back-to-back, which seems to be what all the fans really want to see, but not anything that any studio has actually wanted to do.

"It's very, very important to us to make sure that each movie is good, not 'Hey, let's do as many as possible.' We feel like we've inherited this incredible honor and this mantle of Star Trek, and the most important thing is to make sure that we're protecting that first."

"So, if the studio wants more than one, great. But, our thinking is going to be very much about the story and whether the story prescribes that there will be more than one. Part of what is great about Star Trek is that it's a continuing adventure, so you naturally think that there will be many, hopefully, but we only focus on what comes next, and then build off of that. Right now, we're not thinking specifically about making 2 and 3. It may come up, but it's not where our heads are at right now." -Alex Kurtzman

And how about another wild idea - 3-D? Abrams answers that one, saying that Paramount talked about making the first one in 3D, but he decided against it because he was so worried about just making a good movie. I thought it would be another dimension of pain-in-the-ass. I was just like, 'I want to make a decent 2-D movie.'" But on the second go around? "I'm open to looking at it because now I feel a little bit more comfortable. And, if I, in fact, direct the Star Trek sequel, 3-D could be really fun, so I'm open to it." Abrams also references Avatar, like everyone in Hollywood right now, saying he likes what he's seen so far.

Lastly, one of the reasons why I love J.J. Abrams is because he's such a humble filmmaker. Not only is he brilliant (and a damn fine director), but he hasn't let any of the fame get to his head, and he always speaks so well in interviews. Here he is asked whether he sees himself involved with the Star Trek franchise "for the foreseeable future" or only on "a movie-by-movie basis." His answer is the perfect place to wrap this up.

"That's a wonderfully optimistic question and I appreciate that, but the answer is that it's obviously just movie-to-movie. The fact that we are now actively discussing the second film is surreal and very nice, and I'm thrilled. I hope that that results in something worthy of your time. But, it's one of those things that you just don't know. And so, I cannot presume it's gonna be a series that goes beyond those. Do we have ideas for a few movies and have we discussed them? Of course." -J.J. Abrams

You can read the full J.J. Abrams interview on Collider here and the full Kurtzman and Orci interivew on Collider here.

FANTASTIC interview and approach to answering questions by all three chaps. Every time I read or listen to Abrams talk, I love the guy more and more. He is so humble and genuinely seems like a great filmmaker who is just interested in telling great stories. His interest in Sci-Fi and his blatant awesomeness for directing skills only make him better.

I can't wait for the Blu-Ray of Star Trek which I'm sure won't leave my PS3 any time soon after purchase.

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Bryan Singer Wants to Return to the X-Men Franchise

Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer says he wants to return to the X-Men franchise. Of course he does. While Singer has several projects lined up — a potential Excalibur remake/update, that Battlestar Galactica feature, and what should be his next, Jack the Giant Killer — the director now says he’s interested in going back to the superhero franchise with which he had such success in X-Men and X2. But what does that mean for the series?

Speaking at the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea, Singer said (as reported by THR):

I’m still looking to possibly returning to the ‘X-Men’ franchise. I’ve been talking to Fox about it. I love Hugh Jackman. I love the cast.

Does this mean he is interested in an actualy X-Men 4 movie, or is he maybe interested in taking over the reigns of directing for the second Wolverine movie? It isn't exactly clear, and of course this is just Singer talking, but I am a huge Singer fan (as I know Derek 8-Track is also) and we would both love to see Singer return to something he has proven he is REALLY good at.
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Fox to Re-tell the Story of Moses…300-Style


The same writing team hired to make a graphic-novel style, adventurous take on Moby Dick for Timur Bekmambetov and Universal have sold a pitch to Fox that would see them re-telling the story of Moses in the style of Zack Snyder’s 300.

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are the writers, and while this could be just a big update of The Ten Commandments with modern effects (i.e. a Roland Emmerich-worthy parting of the Red Sea in addition to the aforementioned plagues) the fact that they’re ’sprucing up’ Moby Dick combined with the liberal tossing around of 300 as a stylistic signifier for this version of Moses’ story says to me that this will in fact be much more than a simple update. (Or, shall we say, much different, since ‘much more’ implies a rise in quality.)

Not sure how I feel about this. If it is a modern retelling of The Ten Commandments, I think I could appreciate it, but I get the feeling they are going to attempt to somehow make Moses "cool" by today's standards meaning making him young and meaning adding lots of high contrast and blood to the story. That just doesn't seem right to me. Don't get me wrong, the concept sounds awesome, I just don't know why there is a need to change the story (although as I said, it hasn't been CONFIRMED that this is the case, just rumored).
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Toy Story 3 Posters and Trailer

Having just seen Toy Story 1 and 2 in theaters, in 3D over the weekend, we are presented with an onslaught of new Toy Story 3 promotional business including 5 character posters and the full length trailer that premiered before the 3D re-releases.

I must say, it was quite a great experience to see these films again on the big screen - and even better in 3D. It really made me appreciate what Pixar can and has been doing over the past years - and makes me look forward even more to the upcoming Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 Poster - WoodyToy Story 3 Poster - Buzz

Toy Story 3 Poster - JessieToy Story 3 Poster - HammToy Story 3 Poster - XX

Toy Story 3 is being directed by Lee Unkrich, another one of Pixar's creative masterminds who previously co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. The screenplay was written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine who is a newcomer to the Pixar family. Disney is bringing Pixar's Toy Story 3 to theaters everywhere in digital 3D starting on June 18th, 2010 next year.

You can view the trailer in almost necessary HD quality here.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

2 Newish Trailers: Me and Orson Welles, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Me and Orson Welles

The trailer looks pretty good. We're finding Zach Efron mature in the types of movies he is doing. Plus Christian McKay does a fantastic portrait of Orson Welles, Both physically and vocally. Plus Sx0t Loves Claire Danes, so I know he is pumped for this movies. I also know he is pumped after hearing about how much he enjoyed 17 Again, A movie i still have yet to view.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

this looks like a fun ride. No duh, Johnny Depp is in it. It seems like his perfect cup of tea. I can imagine everyone is pretty hyped to see Heath Ledgers final on screen performance. I know I am. Plus I like that Verne Troyer is getting some work again. It looks a little overly CG in a greasy George Lucas kind of way, but visually stunning nonetheless. I'm hyped!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I am convinced that this song can make ANY film ten thousand times more emotional.

I am convinced that the song that plays during all of the current Where the Wild Things Are trailers ("Wake Up" by Arcade Fire) can make ANY film trailer seem about ten thousand times more emotional and heartfelt than it needs to be. To prove my point someone has done the favor of adding the song to the Gremlins 2 trailer. It almost made me cry. Try to watch it and not feel emotional for little Gizmo. You can't.

And this brings me to my final point of this post. Spike Jonze can rock my balls anytime he wishes. And the Where the Wild Things Are trailers are a prime example of how you cut an effing trailer - and if anyone wants to fight me or Spike over it, we will.

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My Shameless Paranormal Activity Plug

Paranormal Activity opened on 12 screens September 25th, and in two weekends it's become the sleeper horror film of the season, thanks to a terrifically simple and streamlined story about a couple terrorized by unseen supernatural forces.

Paranormal's distributor, Paramount Pictures, has supported the film's release, but they're understandably apprehensive about throwing the marketing muscle of something like G.I. Joe behind something that might appeal only to a select audience, especially since it's a low-budget horror movie that could become either a bona fide phenomenon like The Blair Witch Project, or a dud-on-arrival like Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. But given the attention that the film has enjoyed at recent festivals and in its limited release (it's currently earning more than $16,000 on each one of its 33 screens), Paramount has offered its fans (and potential fans) a unique opportunity to be part of the film's eventual distribution strategy: specifically, you can determine whether the film earns a wide release, comes to your hometown, and eventually, becomes one of your all-time favorite horror films.

The film sold out all of its midnight screenings in 33 cities across the country this past weekend, earning around $535,000. Paramount will now be expanding it to over 40 markets this upcoming weekend and making it available at "all hours," including at the previous midnight only venues - visit the official website.

Paramount has been running a promotion for Paranormal Activity where interested moviegoers can "Demand It" and try and get the movie to come to their city (since its only been playing in very limited release).

Paramount has vowed to give the film a full-on nationwide release in every city, big or small, as soon as 1 million demands are registered at If the running tally on the site is accurate, the demands nationwide are creeping toward 400,000. That’s an incredibly healthy start, but there’s still a long way to go.

So now, your job, as one of my minions, is to go to the above mentioned website and cast a vote for Paranormal Activity to play in your city so that we can get 1 million votes and I can see this film a bit easier. If you don't do this, you will have to pay the consequences.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

SAY WHAT?!?! JAMES FRANCO TAKES ON General Hostpical??

Usually, soap operas provide the gateway to bigger gigs. One could go on and on about the big-time names that popped up in the overly dramatic worlds of the soaps. Brad Pitt was in Another World; Kevin Bacon drank a lot on Guiding Light; Leonardo DiCaprio spent time on Santa Barbara; and Meg Ryan dealt with life As the World Turns. General Hospital alone let loose Demi Moore, Rick Springfield, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, and Mark Hamill. The thing is, all of these people were on soaps generally BEFORE they were huge talents.

But the other day, the world of Hollywood was in complete awe as it was released that 
James Franco would be picking up a guest spot on the popular ABC soap General Hospital. We're not talking a 1-off appearance. SoapNet reports that he'll start on November 20 and be there for a number of weeks, making life difficult for Jason Morgan. But that's not the kicker. They claim Franco was the one who came up with the idea. (Although that could just be misinterpreting a quote expressing the surprise that someone of his "caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time" on the soap.)

First of all, this news strikes me as awesome, and confusing. I absolutely LOVE James Franco and I am very interested in what he may be able to bring to the soaps. I have never WANTED to watch a soap opera more than now and starting November 20 I will be setting my DVR to record General Hospital.

My thoughts aside - I am confused as to WHY he would do something like this. I have come up with a few possible thoughts as to what might be making this happen. First, maybe Franco is strapped for cash and needs to pick up the extra funds - although this seems unlikely. Second, maybe he is ready to prove he is an amazing actor by joining the show and completely destroying EVERYONE in terms of their acting ability - a possible reason. Maybe he wants to pose himself a challenge and thinks this may be just the challenge he needs - I expect this is a highly probable reason. Or lastly maybe this is some sort of art project the he is working on. Coming from an fine arts background myself, and specifically one interested in performance art. Is it possible this is part of some larger schemed art project? That's what I hope.

What do you think?

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A Couple Fresh Trailers to Share

The first trailer up is for the U.S. release of John Woo's epic Red Cliff. The trailer focuses on the film’s visual splendor with epic battle sequences and widescreen vistas aplenty. As is typical with foreign film trailers, the leads (in this case Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro) aren’t featured much, but at least their names get displayed at one point.

The film is a retelling of the battle of Red Cliff during the Han dynasty in ancient China, and is based upon the historical text Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms.

The next film up on the list is a new movie trailer for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Shutter Island. You might recognize some of the scenes as the new trailer starts off pretty close to the first release, playing off of the same moments, voiceover and beats, but is definitely a completely new edit.

I really think this trailer is a MUCH better cut of the information we already know with a few new clips. I'm liking this new trailer alot. Derek and I were discussing a few of the changes present in here. The first is that they make Leo seem alot less like his is the missing patient. We feel like the first trailer just told you that straight out. Also we noticed that some of the CG effects have been changed. Specifically when the girl Leo hugs shatters and crumbles rather than disappearing. Anything else you noticed?

The third trailer I have up for everyone today is for Jason Reitman’s new film Up in the Air. Up in the Air had been planned for December 4, then pulled back to a limited November 13 and wide November 25 release, based upon the film’s very good festival reception. But Clooney’s other big fall film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, is planned for November 6. So Paramount has pushed Reitman’s film back to a limited release on December 4, going wide December 25. And keep in mind that Clooney is also ‘in’ Fantastic Mr. Fox, which goes wide on November 25. This guy is tearin' it up right now.

Not much to say about this except, lookin' good and watch out for an Oscar nom.

The last trailer up on the list of new ones is for the remake of The Crazies directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara director and Micheal Esiner’s son) and loosely based on George Romero’s 1973 thriller. In the trailer we see Timothy Olyphant’s sheriff and Radha Mitchell’s doctor as a midwestern couple whose life goes more than a little insane when townfolk around them start behaving oddly. As in Romero’s version, the culprit appears to be military in origin, and some very violent methods are brought to bear to contain the spread of insanity.

It definitely is an interesting trailer. It somehow manages to be new, still have a nice Romero feel to it, and separate itself from a Platinum Dunes remake. While it doesn't look completely awesome, it definitely has me interested.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tarantino Teases 'Kill Bill 3' and others

The energetic Quentin Tarantino was out and about promoting Inglourious Basterds in Italy, and seeing as he was in the homeland of his hostess spaghetti western, he teased everyone by promising Kill Bill 3. Again. Bad Taste reports that while on Italian talkshow Parla Con me, he prompted his hostess, Serena Dandini, to ask him whether there would be a continuation of the Bride's saga. When I say prompted, I mean it literally. "You didn't ask me whether there will be a third installment, a Kill Bill Vol 3!" Dandini obliged him by asking, and Tarantino said "Yes! The Bride will fight again ... I want ten years to pass between the second one and the third one. Two reasons. I think Uma [Thurman] and I needed a ten year break because the first one was so hard. The second one is that I love the character a lot. I just really really love her. And I think she deserves ten years of peace. ... I put her through a lot in those first two movies, and I wanted her to have a nice, peaceful life for ten years. I want her to put up her sword, and have some peace. And in ten years, something will happen to make her fight again."

He also teased about some other yes's and no's to sequels that some fans have hoped to see

In the interview clip below, the Italian host asks Tarantino about a couple of sequel possibilities. He says ‘maybe’ to a Basterds prequel, “uh, no…it’ll never happen” to a Pulp Fiction sequel (sorry, Vega Brothers fans) and then, and this is the important part, says “but you didn’t ask the third thing. Would I ever do a third…a Kill Bill, Volume 3?” The woman looks taken aback, then asks the question. Will you do Kill Bill 3? “Yes!” And the crowd goes wild.

It's a little bit of a chore to watch, but here is the clip of him on Parla Con me in which he hints at these films.

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