Sunday, January 30, 2011

New X-Men: First Class Photos

Source: and SuperHeroHype Forums member 'Loganbabe'

New photos from the set of X-Men: First Class. In the photos are James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven Darkholme/Mystique), Rose Byrne (Dr. Moira MacTaggert) and Oliver Platt.

The movie opens June 3rd!


Both Photos taken by Twitter user MuscleNerd.


New Spider-Man Set Video Shows The Webslinger... Slinging!

It's a blur... It's a plane... It's.... Spider-Man. Well a blurry video of Spidey anyway on top of a truck on the set of the still untitled Spider-Man reboot. The Marc Webb directed film over the last few weeks has shown a lot of images from the new movie and now here's video to go along with it. Let the excitement begin!

The reboot film is scheduled to be released in 3-D and IMAX theaters on July 3, 2012!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Peep World Trailer Premieres


Yahoo! has premiered the trailer for Peep World, the comedy which has an all-star cast that includes the likes of Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ben Schwartz. In the film, four siblings who have spent their lives living in lazy luxury suddenly find their lives become public fodder as the youngest brother publishes a book about them.

The trailer looks funny and I'm looking forward to seeing Michael C. Hall in a different light. Peep World hits theaters on March 25!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Take On: The Vampire Diaries

With all the hype surrounding vampires and just about anything to do with the mythical creatures, I thought it was about time I give my take on one of the most popular television series to date -- The Vampire Diaries. Developed by Kevin Williamson, writer of  the horror movie Scream, the show centers around a girl Elena (Nina Dobrev) who falls in love with a relatively old Vampire named Stefan (Paul Wesley). Things become rather complicated when Stefan's brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) comes back to their hometown of Mystic Falls and immediately begins to stir things up.

Now this show can easily be compared to the overly popular and massively profitable motion picture Twilight. Both spawning from previously written books. L.J. Smith, writer of The Vampire Diaries series of novels first published her trilogy of books back in 1991. Stephenie Meyer, writer of the Twilight Saga first published her series of novels back in 2005. L.J. Smith recently signed a contract to write another Vampire Diaries trilogy with the first book being released this summer.

What makes The Vampire Diaries different than any of the Twilight movies is the constant suspense the show provides with every episode. The show has a way of pulling you in even if you aren't a fan of vampires in general. Whether that's due to format of a television apposed to the straight forward approach of a motion picture I'm not sure. What I do know is that as you follow along Elena's path she instantly has a connection with Stefan. You can see that Stefan has an instant connection with her as well but for different reasons. As the series moves along you find out more about both Stefan and his brother Damon and that they both dated a girl who looks strikingly similar to Elena. Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev) is the vampire that turned both Stefan and Damon back in 1864 and looks exactly like Elena.

So the reason for Stefan's infatuation with Elena boils down to an old flame who gave him eternal life all those years ago. In Elena's eyes though, her attraction is chalked up to fate and fate alone. Although this show centers around Elena, Damon and his brother Damon, The Vampire Diaries have a list of characters who are interesting in their own right.

Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Elena's brother who is constantly searching for a purpose in life so he often puts himself in dangerous situations including wanting to be turned into a vampire. There's Elena's best friend Bonnie (Katerina Graham), who happens to be a witch. Caroline (Candice Accola), also one of Elena's friends (who in the book doesn't have that big of a role in Elena's life as she does in the television series) turns into a vampire by way of Elena's doppelganger Katherine. Tyler (Michael Trevino), who has the werewolf gene but doesn't turn into one until he accidentally kills someone. Then there's Matt (Zach Roerig), Elena's ex-boyfriend who at this point is the only mortal one of the bunch.

The Vampire Diaries, while focusing on the core three of Elena, Stefan and Damon often delve into their pasts explaining how we've reached this point in present day. Aside from dealing with the everyday trials and tribulations vampires go through like killing for food, being hunted by other vampires all while trying to keep a low profile, I think the theme of the show actually deals with being as trying to be a normal as humanly possible. Each character vampire and human alike has something that each person watching can relate to. That's what most people look for in a show and a show like this has a lot to offer everybody. The success of this show which airs on The CW can be attributed to the sudden hype over all things vampire but also to the fact the show is actually really good.

This show will remain successful and will continue to grow in popularity and given the steady ratings of the show (around 3.5 millions viewers a week which is good for a CW produced TV series), expect to see The Vampire Diaries around for a very long time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Press Release From Bousman's 11-11-11

A press release has been issued via shocktillyoudrop with specific details about director Darren Lynn Bousman's upcoming horror movie 11-11-11 due out -- well I think you can figure that one out.

Shooting is currently taking place in Barcelona with cast members Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez and Benjamin Cook. You can read the press release below.

The new horror thriller by Darren Lynn Bouman (SAW II, III, IV), Canónigo Films, with the producers Ferran Monje, Christian Molina and Loris Curci; Wayne Allan Rice/Richard Heller-Eleven Eleven, and executive producers of Epic Pictures (Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson) and Valeria Marini, started shooting in Barcelona from the 17th of January 2011. It also counts with Mariví de Villanueva and Carlos Garí as Line-producers.

The concept is based on the 11:11 phenomenon, whereby the 11th month of the year 2011 at 11h 11m the eleventh door will open and supernatural entities will enter the Earth. Such creepy and mysterious theory of numerology assures that the 11 is a warning from celestial entities who throughout history have tried to communicate with humans. A gripping story full of tension and psychological terror centered in the lives of three people affected by this strange and terrifying event.

The shooting of this new exciting project by who is currently the favorite horror films director among this new fledging boom of horror film directors, and who is installed in Barcelona from December, begins on January the 17th and that will be released worldwide on November the 11th of 2011 (11/11/11). The shooting will involve scenes particularly scary in what spectacular special FX are concerned, meticulously designed, that undoubtedly will leave the audience horrified by its gripping images. Such spectacular scenes will be happening over the months of January and February in various locations in Barcelona city and surroundings. City that has been chosen as the favorite by many directors when locating their films.

The film is set in New York and Barcelona; with scenes ranging from sequences that depict claustrophobic and psychological disturbing situations, to others where a more graphic kind of horror takes over as in classic horror films. Scenes of great aesthetic appeal that reflect one of the paradigms which Bousman is in seek of: "a reflection of the great terrifying abyss facing man, the fear of the unknown and loneliness”, as already Bousman declared in one of his interviews shortly after moving to Barcelona from Los Angeles.

Chain Letter Review

So everyone has gotten those text messages that have to be passed along in rather annoying fashion every now and then right? Well that's exactly plot of the horror movie Chain Letter. 5 kids get pulled into a horrific game of "pass the text" as a deranged serial killer stalks those who do not pass the chain letter along. Simple enough storyline but the genius part is how the killer uses their cell phones GPS signal to track them all down. Also instead of using a knife (Which has been done to death) or even a machete, this killer's weapon of choice is none other than a steel chain. A steel chain to counter the letters he sends out via text message and email. Genius I tell you. Pure genius!

Now this movie had its fair share of gore like every horror movie does nowadays but Chain Letter seemed to go a little overboard. With the killer coming off as a wizard of technology, he didn't put as much effort into actually killing his victims. The use of GPS gave him the ultimate advantage and the element of surprise but once he actually had them in his grasp he seemed unsure of what to do next, looking around as if he needed directions. The many ways in which the killer used the steel chain was both vicious and unimaginative. There's only so many ways you can kill a person with a steel chain and this killer tried them all.

Nikki Reed of Twilight fame starred in this movie and if these are the types of roles she has to look forward to after the whole Bella-Edward saga is over then she better pray for at least 10 more sequels. Brad Dourif also made an appearance in this movie. It's always interested to see Brad appose to hearing Brad as the voice of Chucky for all those years. The horror movie castoffs kept on coming as Saw fans will get to see Jill Tuck AKA Jigsaw's wife AKA actress Betsy Russell. She's on the opposite side of the law this time tracking down the Chain Letter killer as a police detective.

Chain Letter had a chance to make this movie a good one but as soon as the movie faded in that chance was chained to a car and dragged along the road kinda like the plot of the entire film. The kills were mediocre as well as the acting. The killer wasn't believably terrifying just big, ugly and overbearing-- for compensation purposes only. The movie could have worked if it would have just kept things simple. GPS mounted virus sent through text message from an uncoordinated but technologically sound serial killer? Not in this lifetime. Someone should have pressed the delete button with this movie altogether. Instead it was chained up and left for dead-- and rightfully so.

2 out of 5 stars

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cry Wolf Review

Movie: Cry Wolf
Year: 2005
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth and Jared Padalecki

Synopsis: Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

Generic, juvenile, underdeveloped. Those are a couple of words that could be used to describe Cry Wolf. Does that make the movie a bad one? In my opinion, no. I liked the movie for what is was and what it tried to do. The movie took advantage of the times. Times where IM's, Internet and computers were all the rage. A bunch of bored high school kids creating a game that becomes horrifically all to real using the very same technology that they use on a daily basis. I can see why they would think a movie like this would work.

For all the not so thrilling scenes Cry Wolf provided, the story itself wasn't all that bad. Within the game itself was a girl getting revenge on her cheating boyfriend and that ended up being the most interesting aspect of the entire movie. The movie also had a very smart twist at the end which I really liked and didn't see coming. For all the plot points that the movie gave away as part it's storyline, I still think the movie was creative enough to get away with it. Cry Wolf didn't blow me away, not in the least but I still think it's a movie worth watching. If not for the simple fact that Jon Bon Jovi plays a very important part in the movie. And I just so happen to be a fan.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Malevolence Review

Movie: Malevolence
Year: 2004
Director: Stevan Mena
Cast: Samantha Dark, Brandon Johnson and Courtney Bertolone

Synopsis: A woman and her daughter are kidnapped by a bunch of bank robbers who take them to a house in the middle of nowhere. When the daughter manages to escape to a nearby house, she has no idea that she just escaped into the house of a serial killing psychopath, putting not only herself but also her mother and the bank robbers in fatal danger.

I am going to start of by saying THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME! It really was. It left me wanting more. I turned the movie off satisfied with what I just saw and that's always a good thing. I haven't been this excited writing a review before and that's because I still have goosebumps based on what I just saw. Malevolence was a horror movie that was actually scary. Rare I know. I believe the director Stevan Mena was a fan of the original Halloween growing up as it easily reminded me of that film. Halloween being my favorite horror movie of all time I could see why one would pattern any horror movie after John Carpenter's classic film.

Malevolence had that late 70's early 80's feel to it back when almost every horror movie scared the hell out of you. Those movies were known for not only their suspense but the way they managed to terrify you in a very simplistic way. From the music to the lighting it all made for a very well done movie. The killer in this movie crept behind the shadows, moved without making a sound and stalked his victims without any disregard for human life. Does it get any better than that? The vicious nature in which he went about taking his victims lives even made me a little tense.

Simple is a word I keep using but that's exactly what this movie was. And it worked! Almost to perfection. It puts a huge smile on my face when a serial killer stalks his victims, kills them in a way that's both realistic and well done and lives to fight another day just when you think there's light at the end of the tunnel. This movie is a must see. If you are a horror fan you need to see this film! It'll take you back to a time when gore didn't rule the big screen, when special affect were not existent and when the word scary was always synonymous with the word horror. This movie made me scared again and it's been awhile since I've been able to say that. And to be honest I couldn't be happier.

5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Collector Review

The Collector is a horror film directed by Marcus Dunstan and stars Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth and Juan Fernández. It's been awhile since a movie has captured my attention literally from the very beginning of the film to the end. This horror movie started with suspense and fear and it never let up.

The Collector tells the story of Arkin (Josh Stewart) who is in desperate need of some quick cash so he decides to rob his employer's house. Arkin gets more than he bargins for when the house becomes booby trapped by a deranged killer. That killer, AKA The Collector tortures families always leaving one person alive to "collect" as some sort of temporary trophy. He traps them in a large wooden box and takes them to the next location where he does the same thing all over again.

I really liked this movie. The suspense was amazing. The traps were realistic. The movie itself was simple but not in a boring way. It was clever. The protagonist didn't start off as the hero but was kinda forced into the role and it worked. The killer wasn't some strong overbearing beast of a man but instead wore a simple face mask and had his traps do most of the work. I thought the movie was smart and to the point. I liked the fact that both the killer and the protagonist got their licks in. It showed balance.

While watching this movie it reminded me of the first Saw film as it had that little hint of originality that Saw had when it first came out. The director Marcus Dunstan also co-wrote The Collector and I liked the way he used different camera angles throughout some of the more suspenseful scenes. Different than most horror movies who only use high and low angles during those same kind of scenes. The Collector easily makes my list of favorite horror movies and it's one who's sequel The Collection is well deserved.

5 stars out of 5

The Collector 2 Now Has A Cast

The Marcus Dunstan sequel to 2009's The Collector now has it's cast in place. The newly titled The Collection will star Lee Tergesen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore) and Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network). Josh Stewart reprises his role as Arkin.

I really enjoyed the first movie and it was highly underrated in my opinion so I'm really looking forward to seeing the sequel. A synopsis for the second film goes as follows:

Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of "The Collector" during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his "Collection." Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena's wealthy father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track down The Collector's booby trapped hide out and save Elena from his sadistic rituals.

Sounds awesome. The movie will also be released in 3-D (as all movies are nowadays) but the actual release date is still pending.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I Spit On Your Grave (2010) Review

I Spit On Your Grave, heck of a title to begin with is a horror film directed by Steven R. Monroe and stars Sarah Butler as a revenge driven rape victim. This is the remake of the 1978 film by the same name.

I'm going to be completely honest with you and say I was ready to give up on this movie about 40 minutes in. I was bored, I felt like I've seen this cliche of a plot so many times before and I was left thinking to myself why do film makers continue to make bad movies? Like I said that was about 40 minutes in. Then the movie kicked into gear and really grabbed my attention. It was like a tale of two movies.

I will note that I have not seen the original 1978 version of the film so I have nothing to compare it to. I have heard though that the film was very graphic and controversial and rightfully so if the rape, well multiple raping scenes were anything like they were in this film. So going in I had a clean slate and could just enjoy the film for what it was. Now usually when you think of revenge, especially from a female (I'm just saying) fear or panic wouldn't be the first emotion to enter your psyche. But after seeing what Jennifer, played by Sarah Butler did to these guys, hell if I ever piss off a girl again.

The savageness in which she went about her revenge, picking each guy off one by one was both brutal to watch and highly entertaining. For those scenes alone this movie ended up being one I'm very glad I didn't give up on. Now the acting, brutal in its own right was very bad but that's not what horror movies are about anyway. It just stood out like a sore thumb especially during the earlier scenes in the film.

This movie reminded me a lot of The Last House On The Left but a lot more violent in its nature. Another revenge movie but lighter in a way. However, Jennifer in this movie didn't hold anything back while getting her revenge and it really made up for the bomb that was let off in the first half of the film. This movie probably wont make any top 10 lists but I will say that in the future I will never completely judge a film until the final credits role.

Or at least I will try.

3 out of 5 stars

And Soon The Darkness (2010) Review

And Soon The Darkness is a thriller directed by Marcos Efron and stars Amber Heard, Odette Yustman and Karl Urban. This is the remake to the 1970 film by the same name and follows two girls Stephanie (Heard) and Elle (Yustman) who are on a  cycling trip through Argentina. Things go awry when Elle disappears causing Stephanie to frantically search for her friend all over Argentina.

Now without trying to compare the remake to the original, although it will probably come off that way, alone this film was very good. I say that because to me the original wasn't very good to begin with. It's rare that a remake is actually an upgrade to its predecessor but this was the case with this 2010 version. Amber Heard who is quickly becoming one of my favorite genre actresses played the role of victim and heroine very well. With numerous twists and turns this movie had a little bit of everything. Moments of both suspense and fear. Scenes that made you think one way then completely you pull you in the opposite direction. Just when you thought you had the storyline figured out...  BAM!  A monkey wrench gets thrown into the fray.

Now as I digress, comparing this film to the 1970's version can work one of two ways. You can say creatively back in the day movies weren't as obligated to scare you with gore and special effects but rather focused on its characters and the storyline. Or you could say that movies back then had it right and that telling a good story is the first and most important thing to any good film. Let alone a thriller. I say this 1970's version of the film lacked both story and suspense. It wasn't a thriller but rather a film following a girl and that's pretty much it.

The updated version of the film, given the opportunity to learn from the first films creative inefficiency kept both suspense and storyline as it's main priority. That's what made this remake, and one of many few to do so, better than it's original.

4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let Me In Review

Let Me In is a horror film directed by Matt Reeves and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass).  This is the remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. The film tells the story of a young boy Owen (Smit-McPhee) who befriends a young girl Abby (Moretz) only to find out the girl is a vampire.

Primarily most horror movies are made to scary the s*** out of you but the most intriguing aspect of this film is the growing relationship between Owen and Abby. One of the first things she tells Owen after they meet is that they can not be friends; more so due to the fact that she has to feed on humans to stay alive but a friendship eventually ensues as the film goes on. Abby being a vampire and Owen obviously being human sets them apart in many ways but I think that actually made the friendship stronger as the two end up having a lot more in common than one would think.

The film mixes horror with a very intricate storyline and it's very well done. One of the only remakes I've seen in recent years that actually reminded me of the original. The director didn't change much as far as storyline and stayed true to the main them of the movie which is the relationship between the boy and the vampire. The blood and gore wasn't overdone which is rare in a vampire movie. Overall this movie showed what can be done with an original storyline once the remake moniker is put on an film.

4.5 stars out of 5

Hush Review

Hush is a British horror film made in 2009 from director Mark Tonderai, and stars William Ash and Christine Bottomley. The movie follows a couple as they travel down a stretch of highway and eventually make a stop at a gas station where Zakes' (William Ash) girlfriend Beth (Christine Bottomley) gets kidnapped by a deranged truck driver. Zakes chases after her and is pulled into a game of cat and mouse as he tries to save her.

The film was very interesting and was a refreshing change from most horror/thrillers that are released today. The movie had both suspense and terror and did it in the simplest of ways. Hush showed that just storyline alone can make a movie good and this movies storyline was amazing. The twists and turns of the movie were very believable and were necessary to the overall story. From the opening scene to the climax of the film, Hush kept the suspense going and didn't let up. Even after the credits started rolling the movie still had something to offer.

This was a very smart horror movie, one that should be on any top 10 list of horror movies in the last couple of years. I don't know what it is about most foreign horror films but they have a unique sense of story telling and that's what  most American horror film over look when making movies. I highly recommend watching this movie as it left me with hope for what horror movies could be if they simply focus on crafting a good storyline and let the movie take off from there.

5 out of 5 stars

Blue Valentine Review

Blue Valentine, a romantic drama starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling depicts the life of a married couple as flashbacks take us through time showing the destruction of their marriage. The movie premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and got a lot of attention due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes in the film. The producers eventually removed some of the scenes from the movie to fight off a potential NC-17 rating.

Knowing that before hand made me that more interested in actually seeing the film. It didn't matter because the movie itself didn't peek my interest at all once while watching it. The film has a lot of lead up but from scene to scene the movie never really materialized into anything. I could see why some of the more raunchy scenes in the film could have possibly warranted a NC-17 rating, taking into account that most of that footage was removed from the film but other than that the story itself was very flat.

This was a love story but lacked emotion. It lacked love. The movie didn't lead me anywhere and I was left wondering which story the movie was trying to tell. I never get mad when I see female nude scenes in films, especially from Michelle Williams' character but they were kind of pointless to the one. That can be said about most movies that use nude scenes in their movies but this movie actually tried focusing on its storyline but the most interesting part about the movie were the nude scenes and how graphic they would actually be.

Blue Valentine with it's title alone had love story written all over it but that's the only thing romantic about this film. It's title. Throughout the film it was tough to tell if the characters even loves each other at all. One things for sure though, as far as LOVE goes, I was NOT in love with this film. Not in the least.

2.5 stars out of 5

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happythankyoumoreplease Review

Happythankyoumoreplease, hell of a title right? The movie itself is as equally interesting. Jason Radnor, (How I Met Your Mother) wrote and directed this film about a struggling writer who befriends a small boy who gets separated from his family while riding on the subway.

After every attempt to get the the child back to his family fails, Sam (Radnor) decides to take care of the boy himself and insert the kid into his already jumbled life that includes a girl he meets at a bar, his best friend who is dealing with alopecia and his cousin who becomes pregnant.

As Sam tries to make sense of his own life he adds to that the responsibility of caring for the boy while trying to understand and help the boy along the way. Ironically in a way the boy helps Sam deal with his own life making him come to terms with the fact that he needs to make certain changes in his own life in order to move forward.

The people in Sam's life each with there own storyline and situations to deal with all try and play a conscious to Sam if you will, but this is one of those situations that he ends up learning the hard way. The movie is heart-felt, funny, witty and intelligent and for the first time writer and director, who also stars in the film as well, he did a pretty good job pulling that altogether. After seeing Radnor play the character of Ted Mosby on HIMYM, he displayed the same charm and dry cleverness that made that show a success and will do the same for this movie once the Sundance hit catches on.

4 out of 5 stars

Bruce Willis, The Expendables 2?

A few months ago Sylvester Stallone told everyone he wanted Bruce Willis to take on a bigger role for the sequel to The Expendables and I for one totally believed him. And why not?

The movie was very popular and was a box office success so Willis, who only had a cameo in the first Expendables, having a bigger role in the sequel was inevitable right?

Well last night at the Golden Globes Willis was asked if he indeed had a role in the upcoming film and  he was quoted saying:

“As far as I know, barring any unforeseen circumstances.”

He didn’t say whether he’ll just do another cameo or have a bigger part in the film. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Yet Another Image From Captain America

The images from the upcoming comic book adaptation Captain America: The First Avenger movie are flying onto the web, maybe trying a little too hard to convince us that Chris Evans, who will be playing Steve Rodgers (Captain America) can actually pull off the part.

The image shows Evans running, hopefully towards a fight and not away from it. This image comes via the LA Times so enjoy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Returning To Acting?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, probably one of the greatest action heroes of all time is looking to make a comeback and is looking into three possible movies to make his triumphant return. The former Terminator star was recently quoted saying:

"Currently I'm reading three scripts. One topic/script, which I considered a long time ago before governor, is delighting me particularly. In it I would play an older [German] soldier, who gets the order at the ending of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn't do it and get them to safety at the risk of his life and it has all kind of adventure. This script is based on a true story!"

According to the movie that he is describing is With Wings as Eagles, which was written by Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers).

The story is based on the true life story of a German officer who doesn't agree with his Nazi party and instead helps the American POWs escape.

There is no news on the other two scripts Arnold is reading. Don't call it a comeback, well not yet anyway.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sex appeal, a good or bad addition?

Shows like Dark Blue and recently Human Target have had successful first seasons but then made the mistake of adding too much "sex" appeal. Dark Blue's first season was action packed and already had a female supporting actor in the show who kicked ass as much as the male roles did. Come the second season however they decided to add another equally attractive female to the show that in the end added nothing to it. In fact her character, and lack of development took away from the strong points that the first season had.

So what happened might you ask? Well the show is now cancelled and has left the actors appearing on bad shows like Chase and CSI for episode arcs.

I am now afraid also that Human Target has fallen into the same trap in its second season on Fox. The first season had no female actresses in the show besides episode actresses who appear on one episode only and you never see them again. The first season had a kick ass theme song and a great rank in viewership "8.26 million" that got it renewed for a second season. Now with the addition of two female actresses, I guess to boost viewership, has actually hurt the show. The show now averages "6.59 million" viewers a night. So can someone explain to me how adding sexy females to a show helps it?? Human Target will most likely in my opinion get cancelled just like all the other shows that do this unnecessary addition.

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New Kung Fu Panda Images plus Jean-Claude Van Damme?

As I took a look at the new images from Kung Fu Panda 2 courtesy of, I couldn't help but notice that one of the cast members happens to be a former action star.

Yes, Jean -Claude Van Damme who turned down a role in the popular and profitable movie The Expendables has a voice-over role in the upcoming Panda movie. The decisions people make boggles my mind sometimes.

The sequel features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Victor Garber and yes... Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Anyways click on the link below to view the new images from Kung Fu Panda 2 which hits theaters May 27th, 2011.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Denis Leary on the Spider-Man Set

Denis Leary plays Captain George Stacy in the upcoming Spider-man film. The still untitled movie hits theaters July 3, 2012.

All pictures courtest of

Sarah Michelle Geller Returns To Network TV

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV having  after signing to star in the new CBS pilot titled "Ringer."

The former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star as as a troubled woman on the run from the mob. She assumes the life of her wealthy twin sister, only to find out that said sibling has a bounty on her head as well.

New Pic From The Hangover Part II

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new photo from The Hangover Part II, opening in theaters on May 26.

Picture Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The sequel, directed by Todd Phillips, stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Liam Neeson and Bryan Callen.

Michael Bay Finally Admits How Bad Transformers 2 Really Was

Director Michael Bay
Here's some quotes from Michael Bay who was interviewed in the Los Angeles Times admitting that Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen was in fat a disgrace. "It failed in some key ways." the director says. "It was too big of a movie. There were too many endings or too many things that felt like endings."

Bay owning up to his mistakes leaves me with a lot of hope for the 3rd entry in the series, Dark of the Moon. He realizes that just throwing a movie together isn't going to cut it this time around. Good news for us.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon hit theaters July 1st.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Scream 4 News From Wes Craven himself

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Wes Craven spoke about Sidney Prescott's returning to her home town of Woodsboro in Scream 4.

"Sid is under attack," the director says. "She has a phobia - she's never come back to her town except for the funeral of her father. Now she's returning to a world that is sane again, and then, of course, immediately it is not!"

In the film, Sidney is now the author of a self-help book who stops by Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

The fourth chapter in the series opens April 15.

New Sherlock Holmes 2 Image

Check out the new image for Sherlock Holmes 2 due out later this year. The image, which you can see larger below, shows Watson and Holmes sitting at a table in front of some fancy plates, holding an envelope, and apparently looking up at someone off camera.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Photo of Captain America

New shot of Chris Evans as Captain America!

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First Shot of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man!

Exclusive first shot of the NEW SPIDER-MAN!!

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Paper Tongues "Self Titled Album" Review

The rock group 'Paper Tongues', hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina are rapidly becoming one of may favorite rock bands. With catchy songs and an energy that speaks volumes, these guys are on the rise and the world of music better take notice. Founded by producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson, the Paper Tongues have a sound that's both eclectic and gritty.

From the opening track "Trinity", the band never lets up as each song seems to get better and better. From hip-hop sounding tracks like "For The People" to the massive hit, and my personal favorite "Ride To California", the album doesn't allow you to settle in on one particular sound and that's always a good thing.

The track "Higher" showcases the vocal range of the lead singer, Aswan North as his voice truly stands out on each and every song. There are so many good tracks on this album that it's a definite must listen.  All 10 songs on the album really are great so skipping over any tracks wont be necessary. The name of the band is very hard to forget so these guys are sure to grow in popularity very, very soon.

Other tracks to hear: All of them

2011 Horror Movie Releases Preview

Take a look into some of the movies you’ll be watching and talking about over the next 12 months.

Vanishing on 7th Street (Dir: Brad Anderson)  January 7, 2011 Synopsis: When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern they realize the rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe.

The Cabin in the Woods (Dir: Drew Godard) January 14, 2011 Synopsis: A twisted and unusual take on the familiar "cabin in the woods" formula.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (Dir: Eli Craig) January ??, 2011 Synopsis: Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.

The Rite (Dir: Mikael Håfström) January 28, 2011 Synopsis: An American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school.

Hatchet II (Dir: Adam Green) February 1, 2011 (DVD) Synopsis:  Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher Victor Crowley.

The Roommate (Dir: Christian E. Christiansen) February 4, 2011 Synopsis: College student Sara finds her safety jeopardized after she's assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate, Rebecca.

Dream House (Dir: Jim Sheridan) February 18, 2011 Synopsis:  Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Shelter (Dirs: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein) February 25, 2011 Synopsis:  A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Apollo 18 (Dir: Gonzalo López-Gallego) March 4, 2011 Synopsis: A film about the real mission to space in the 1970's that was canceled by NASA.

Red Riding Hood (Dir: Catherine Hardwicke) March 11, 2011 Synopsis: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Battle Los Angeles (Dir: Jonathan Liebesman) March 11, 2011 Synopsis: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Limitless (Dir: Neil Burger) March 18, 2011 Synopsis:  A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Sucker Punch (Dir: Zach Snyder) March 25, 2011 Synopsis: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

Mother's Day (Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman) April 1, 2011 Synopsis: The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.

Scream 4 (Dir: Wes Craven) April 15, 2011 Synopsis:  Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Priest (Dir: Scott Charles Stewart) May 13, 2011 Synopsis:  A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

The Fields (Dir: Ami Canaan Mann) July 16th, 2011 Synopsis:  In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Fright Night (Dir: Craig Gillespie) August 19, 2011 Synopsis:  A remake of the comedy-horror picture about a teenager who discovers his new next-door neighbor is a vampire.

Final Destination 5 (Dir: Steven Quale) August 26, 2011 Synopsis:  Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death.

Shark Night 3D (Dir: David R. Ellis) September 2, 2011 Synopsis:  Weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks.

Piranha 3DD (Dir: John Gulager) September 16, 2011 Synopsis: none yet, will probably feature Piranha’s eating hot young people.

The Thing (Dir: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.) October 14, 2011 Synopsis:  At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form.

Paranormal Activity 3 (Dir: Tod Williams) October 21, 2011 Synopsis:  None as of yet

Red State (Dir: Kevin Smith) 2011 Synopsis:  A horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.

Ward (Dir: John Carpenter)  TBA, 2011 Synopsis:  A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost in a 1966 setting.

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (Dir: Tom Six) TBA, 2011 Synopsis:  none so far

John Dies at the End (Dir: Don Coscarelli) TBA, 2011 Synopsis:  It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience where users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.

Quarantine 2 (Dir: John Pogue) TBA, 2011 Synopsis:  A follow up to 2008's Quarantine, this entry is directed by John Pogue and "picks up later that night” at LAX

Zombieland 2 (Dir: Ruben Fleischer?) TBA, 2011 Synopsis:  none so far

Glee, Bigger Than The Super Bowl?

Glee will follow the Super Bowl February 6th and is set to bring up it's most "Explosive" episode to date.

Here's why:

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls" are among the songs featured, and both will include intricate pyrotechnics. Producers made sure that the episode would be a big one with the budget quickly surpassed that of the Madonna tribute, which up until now is the show's most expensive production.

Glee looks to cash in on the post-Super Bowl show as millions of viewers hope to tune in following the huge sporting event, set to take place in Dallas.

First Image From Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Below is the first image from the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The image shows Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) as husband and wife, more than likely on their wedding night, finally getting it on. The image (from which will be in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly shows Bella who really seems to be enjoying herself, so much so she can't even open her eyes finally getting what shes wanted after playing the abstinence game for the past two movies now.

It's not much but it's something as the highly anticipated fourth entry of the series, which will be split into two parts hits theaters November 18th, 2011.

Sequel to Fast Five Already In The Works

According to producer Neal Moritz a sequel to Fast Five, the fourth sequel to 2001's The Fast and The Furious is already planned. The movie doesn't even come out until April but that didn't stop the producer who earlier this week said, "In Vin [Diesel] and my mind we already know what the sixth movie is, we’ve already been talking about it." from spilling the beans about another Fast movie.

Given the success and popularity of all the films the announcement of another sequel is not surprising but the biggest challenge may be coming up with another title that can still be linked to the original. After all, there are only so many ways to arrange the words "Fast" and "Furious" before you begin repeating yourself.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cake "Showroom Of Compassion" Review


That's all I could manage to get out once the album reached its end. After nearly a 7 year hiatus, Cake returned with their 6th studio album "Showroom Of Compassion". They showed no compassion for my ears as it failed to impress and left me shaking my head with disappointment. The lead single "Sick of You" wasn't that impressive to begin with but it's a good song nonetheless. I figured the same would be said for the other 10 songs on the LP. Boy was I wrong.

My favorite track on the album happens to be "Long Time" and it's an amazing track. The song caught me off guard at first because it sounds like the type of song you would hear in a club or a song you would blast in your car and for a second you forget that this is a Cake album. The problem with this song being as good as it is is that it provides false hope. The rest of the album really falls flat and given all the time off in between albums it's kind of surprising.

The album comes off as boring to me and made me drowsy just listening to it. Perfect for putting a toddler down for an afternoon nap. I'm sure that wasn't the intent when the guys from Sacramento, California put this album together. Maybe another year off to record more, let's say fatigue reducing songs would have helped - then again maybe not.

Other tracks to hear: None

X-Men: First Class Trailer?

Matthew Vaughn, Director
Not so fast.

There have been reports this week stating that the first teaser trailer for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class will hit theaters this Friday along with The Green Hornet. Those reports are false. According to 20th Century Fox, they are still figuring out the launch date for the trailer.

There is hope though. The Super Bowl is fast approaching and numerous studios have picked that day to premiere their trailers.

We shall see.

3-D Movies, Bigger Problem For Hollywood Than We Thought

A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that this year alone there will be more than 40 movies hitting theaters that will be using the 3-D technology. The reason for this can be attributed to a lot of different things. James Cameron being one of them. The success of Avatar has made the decision to make films in 3-D a lot easier even if the technology itself isn't necessary for the movie in general.

So basically even if the movie sucks and wouldn't have gained an profit without the increase in ticket prices for 3-D movies, the costs are covered with the ploy of the movie being shot in 3-D.

Between 50% and 70% of box office revenue is generated by 3D, the report found so as tickets sales decrease, ticket prices for these 3-D movies increase. As someone who often goes to the movies, I'm afraid that if this trend continues,every movie, whether its warranted or not will in fact be in 3-D.

It's Alive "Human Resources" Review

"It's Alive" is an alternative rock band from Lake Mary, Florida. With the hit song "Pieces" leading the way and getting a lot of airplay the rest of the album holds up fairly well. I'm not a big fan of believing in songs that garner a lot of radio play in the first place but I can see why the song is really catching on. It's the type of song that makes you wanna smash something and throw a huge rager just for the hell of it. Among the other songs on the album "Back Into The Rain" is easily my second favorite but each song on the album is just as good as the song before so there's no need to skip any of the tracks.

The sound the band seems to be going for is a mix between Stone Sour and Shinedown and given the popularity and quality of the two bands mentioned I say they are off to a good start. I can see this band doing big things in the future and having an album, their first, leaving me nodding my head with respect says a lot because I'm very judgemental when it comes to music.

Other tracks to hear: "Liar", "Questions", "Selfless", "Refuge From The Wreckage"

CBS renews The Big Bang Theory for 3 More Years

CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television have reached a multi-year broadcast agreement for the top-rated, critically acclaimed comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Bang, which premiered in September 2007, had been part of CBS’s top-rated Monday comedy block for the past three seasons.  It finished 2009-2010 as primetime’s #1 scripted series in adults 18-49 and the #2 comedy among viewers.

Currently in its fourth season, The Big Bang Theory has successfully transitioned to its new Thursday time period (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), averaging 13.89 million viewers for the network.

This year, the series is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, which will be announced on Sunday, for “Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical” and “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical.”

The show stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. 

Dredd Casting News

Lena Headey
Reps for actress Lena Headey ("300") say that the British star will play the principle antagonist, Ma-Ma in the upcoming movie Dredd. The matriarch of a drugs gang, who deals a reality-altering narcotic known as SLO-MO, and who presides despotically over an enormous apartment block called Peach Trees. This is an adaptation of the inspired future cop character "Judge Dredd". Pete Travis ("Omagh", "Vantage Point") is directing while Karl Urban ("Doom""And Soon The Darkness") will embody the anti-hero Dredd.

I for one think it's a great casting move. With Headey having roles in previous actions movies before, this isn't a stretch for her to play a chartacter of this magnitude and fans of the comic should be pleased.

Next X-Files: No Script, but Everyone's "Game"

After the truly strange and misguided X-Files: I Wan to Believe, are audiences ready for another film culled from The X-Files mythology? It doesn't matter, the X-Files team is ready and they're awaiting on the studio (Fox).

Duchovny, who was quoted in the foreign press saying a script is being written (that turned out to be false), spoke to Showbiz Spy about the possibility of the next film and he said that Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson are "game."

"We're all like this little X-Files family and I, for one, would love to continue. And I think there’s a lot left in the show. You know? And I think we can continue to make good movies. It's just a matter of spending enough on a movie that can compete in the summertime. We made a movie and released it in the summer, but it wasn't really a blockbuster movie. And it got kind of overshadowed by the bigger ones. So, we’re saying, make us big. We'll fight with the big boys."

If Chris Carter were to follow through on the X-Files mythology, he could "go big" by throwing Mulder and Scully into a full-scale alien invasion that the series said would always occur in 2012.

Plenty of alien fare is hitting the screen this year and 2012 is less than 12 months away at this point...

"Super 8", "Mission Impossible 4", and "Tintin" Will All Be In IMAX!

A deal has been struck between IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures which means those three movies, in addition to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", will all be available for viewing in IMAX theaters!

According to, "The four movies are J.J. Abrams' Super 8 released on June 10, the Abrams' produced Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, once again starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird, set for December 16, the previously announced Transfomers: Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay, on July 1, and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn two weeks later on December 28 (in the United States).

The latter two were filmed in 3D and will be remastered for release in IMAX 3D, while Mission: Impossible has scenes that were filmed using IMAX cameras similar to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight."

Greg Foster (Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment) also had this to say about the agreement:

"When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of -- and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about. We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format."

Everyone Wants Taylor Lautner, Including Michael Bay

Call me crazy, or at least stupidly optimistic, but I kinda think Taylor Lautner has what it takes to be an actual movie star. Yes the Twilight movies are ridiculous and require him to act like a big wolfy statue made of abs and piercing glares, but they turn everyone into bad actors, and every time you see Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson outside of that world they're actually kind of appealing. Lautner hasn't done much of anything beyond playing Jacob Black, so there's no actual evidence he can act just yet, but we'll be seeing it very soon-- a lot of it. Lautner, not even 19 years old, is in approximately a jillion movies between now and the apocalypse in 2012, and you are going to be really sick of seeing him well before then.

Deadline has a whole bunch of scoops on what he'll be up to once he finishes shooting Breaking Dawn this spring, and who might be joining him. First up is Incarceron, which brought Lautner on board last month and which Lautner will actually produce; right now they're looking for a female lead and eyeing Blake Lively (apparently up for every single major role these days), Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson. After that comes an unnamed spy thriller dubbed "The Bourne Identity for the next generation" (bet you didn't see that one coming), and based on the same Israeli Mossad agent who inspired Spielberg's Munich. Lautner is producing that one too. Go ahead, take a deep breath to let that sink in.

And even though he's booked for the rest of the year, Lautner is being courted by everyone from Michael Bay to Scott Stuber, who has the rights to the epic fantasy adventure Demon Wars and wants Lautner to star. At at some point he has to make the Stretch Armstrong movie he signed up for over a year ago, though all signs point to that one slowing down in development, possibly as Universal waits to see how their other big toy movie Battleship turns out. So, in conclusion, Taylor Lautner is everywhere, always, and even when the second installment of Breaking Dawn comes out and everyone moves on to swooning over some other teen hero, there will be plenty more Lautner movies to haunt us for years to come.

The Company Men Review

The Company Men is a movie starring Ben Affleck as a successful employee of a shipping company who all of a sudden gets laid off during the difficult economic times of a recession. Unemployment being the theme of the movie, I could easily relate to the movie given the the economic struggles in America today. Affleck's character immediately has a hard time, understandably dealing with the transaction from wealthy business man to unemployed father of two. He's used to living a certain lifestyle, not having to look twice at the bills and purchases he makes on a regular basis.

That quickly changes once the checks stop pouring in. Playing golf at the Country Club, riding around in a brand new Porsche and other meaningless expenses had to be taken into a account now that employment is seemingly out of reach.

After initially dealing with that fact that you are unemployed the real hard part if the job search. The film focuses on that instantly with that being one of the main points of the movie. It's takes Affleck's character awhile to deal with the changes in his life and to realize that certain sacrifices need to start being made so that his family, wife included are taken care of. Losing his job, that secure feeling of comfort slowly fades away and he begins to see the world as if it's slowly coming to a stop but his life is the only one that's decelerating.

As the bills begin to pile up, Affleck's character ultimately reaches the point where a job, any job will do and reluctantly settles into a life as a carpenter. The movie shows different aspects of unemployment from people who work on the ground floor to CEO's all losing there jobs. They each deal with the pending difficulty in their own way with job searching being their new profession of choice. The Company Men stays true to the economic challenges of today and gives a real insight into what many Americans are going through right now. Included are solid performance from Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner and Mario Bello so with a believable story and on-point acting, this movie is worth watching. For Maria Bello's "performance" alone.

4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises: The Casting News Keeps Getting Better and Better

Apparently rumors about The Dark Knight Rises come in bunches, as there's another story out there to cast light on what we reported just hours ago about potential casting for female leads in the film. According to THR Eva Green and Naomi Watts have not in fact been cast-- we knew that was just a rumor anyway-- but Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley and Jessica Biel top the list of women auditioning on the Warner Bros. lot this week for either of the two big female roles, one of them the villainess Talia al Ghul. The other is described as a "love interest," though there's no word if the character is, as earlier reported, Vicki Vale.

Other actresses auditioning are Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton; you may not have heard of Riley before, but given that she's engaged to Tom Hardy, who's already confirmed for a role in the film, she might have an extra edge. And as a matter of fact, the studio really is interested in Naomi Watts for a part, but she's shooting amovie in Thailand right now and can't come to the lot for meetings.

Of course, this is another one of those "shortlist" stories that could result in nothing-- we heard endless lists of names considered to play Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo before Rooney Mara seemingly swooped out of nowhere to nab it. It's possible we'll hear tomorrow that Hathaway and Biel have been cast, and just as likely that three months from now we'll learn Nicole Kidman will be playing both parts. OK, maybe not that likely. But anyway, just because this is coming from the pretty well-connected Hollywood Reporter, do not take this as Gospel until contracts are signed.