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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fantastic Four pushed back to late Summer

In addition to Fox announcing a Deadpool film, they made a couple more changes to their schedule. The upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has been pushed back from June 16, 2016 to August 17, 2015. It is taking the spot of Assassin's Creed which seems to have been pulled from the schedule altogether.

Many are speculating that Fox is going to test the August market after Marvel's overwhelming success with Guardians of the Galaxy. For a film that has yet to have any official marketing (seriously, not even a logo), it is somewhat curious as to what caused a delay. Is it to try and have a better box office market or is it because they needed more time? Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Toby Kebbell.
As far as Assassin's Creed goes, this is even more curious. Michael Fassbender has been attached to star and produce for quite sometime, but Fox removing it from the schedule entirely isn't a good sign. Production on this has been moving at turtle speed and with it still not moving forward when it had a release date of less than a year away was a bit odd. The project isn't officially dead at this point, but it has a big fat "TBD" as of right now.

Deadpool receives an official release date

I guess leaking test footage around Comic-Con was genius because Fox has just announced an official release date for a long-awaited Deadpool film.

Deadpool is currently set for February 12, 2016 and it is expected that Ryan Reynolds will return, but nothing is set in stone so far. Reynolds played Deadpool (aka, Wade Wilson) in the 2009 X-Men spinoff, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film will be directed by Tim Miller and produced by Marvel President Kevin Feige and Lauren Shuler Donner. If the February 12th release date sticks it will compete with Gods of Egypt, How to Be Single, and an untitled Universal project.
This character first appeared in print back in 1991 and has quickly become a fan favorite due to his talkative sass and impressive skill. If Reynolds does sign on to play Deadpool it will mark his first superhero appearance since the 2011 box-office bomb, Green Lantern.

This is so exciting it's ridiculous. I have been waiting for a Deadpool movie since X-Men: Origins so I am really excited. I'm not the biggest fan of Ryan Reynolds, but judging from what the leaked test footage looked like I think he would do just fine. Hopefully this is released before the announced Gambit spin-off and that it's R-rated. If it isn't R-rated I won't see it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matt Smith joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Dr. Who alum Matt Smith has joined the cast of the long-awaited, and long delayed, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Smith will be playing Mr. Collins, a man who proposes to the main character Liz Bennett. The horror-comedy will feature Lily James, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. It is an adaptation of the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and will be directed by Burr Steers.
The story follows Bennett as she is pressured by her family to marry, but hates the Victorian English society standards. She decides that instead of fulfilling her family's wishes, she should aid in the fight against the zombie plague.

This movie has been a disaster for quite a number of years and I'm surprised it's being made at all. Natalie Portman, despite turning down the role of Liz Bennett, has stuck on as a producer but that is about the only consistency this project has had. In addition to Portman, the main role had also been turned down by actresses such as Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, and Anne Hathaway. It seemed like every actress they approached eventually said no. Lily Collins had also been officially cast before dropping out about a week after the announcement. The film also blew through 3-4 directors before landing on Burr Steers.
Panorama Media acquired the project last year and it seems that they have been able to right the ship as filming is set to begin on September 24th and they have retained the cast and director.

Paranormal Activity 5 gets a title and a new release date

We were originally supposed to get the fifth installment of Paranormal Activity back in 2014, but Paramount decided to delay the installment and release a spin-off instead. We now have an official release date for Paranormal Activity 5 as well as the new title.

We can now refer to it as Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Yes, they are breaking away from the numerical order and sticking it with a subtitle, which is fucking awful. Depending on if this release date will actually stick, we can expect to see this in theaters on March 13, 2015. Until now it still held an October 15, 2014 release which was obviously not going to happen. It will compete with the new Disney adaptation of Cinderella as well as the upcoming Chris Hemsworth flick, In the Heart of the Sea.

Paranormal Activity has pretty much been in limbo since the ridiculously dreadful, FaceTime and Kinect product placement model otherwise known as Paranormal Activity 4 back in 2012. The movie was the least liked by viewers and critics and also happened to make the least amount of money at the box office. We were supposed to get a fifth one in 2013 and it didn't happen. Instead, we received Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones back in January and the reception has seemed to kickstart the franchise back up a notch. I suppose instead of making people wait almost two years in between films, they decided to test the off-season horror market and put PA5 in the spring.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tom Hiddleston confirmed for Skull Island

We were teased on an upcoming adaptation of Skull Island this past July at SDCC, and now it seems that Tom Hiddleston has been cast as the film's lead. In addition to Hiddleston's casting, we learned that Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been hired to direct.
There is no other word on exactly what role Hiddleston will be playing, but we do know it will be mostly on the island itself and that Godzilla writer, Max Borenstein, is writing the screenplay. Skull Island is currently set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016.

You will most likely recognize Hiddleston from his work as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He won the respects and praise from many comic fans for his portrayal of the mischievous villain in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World. He was most recently seen in the indie vampire hit, Only Lovers Left Alive, and is rumored to be part of the upcoming reboot of Ben-Hur.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Best Horror Films (2000-2014)

Next year will mark 15 years since the new millennium and since then we have seen a lot of horror movies. Some were good while most were bad, but here is a list of ones that I personally found to be some of the good. This list was very difficult to order but I tried to do my best.

In this list we will see domestic and foreign, gory and psychological, reboots, and more. Let's get started!

First on the list, we will start with some honorable mentions. These aren't necessarily good enough to make my personal list, but they are still movies that I enjoyed to a point.

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Final Destination (2000)
Hostel (2005)
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
Train (2008)
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Cloverfield (2008)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
30 Days of Night (2007)
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)

Let's get onto the list!

45. Halloween (2007)

44. The Mist (2007)

43. Mother's Day (2010)

42. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

41. Grave Encounters (2011)

40. Teeth (2007)

39. The Ruins (2008)

38. Cabin Fever (2002)

37. Underworld (2003)

36. [REC]2 (2009)

35. The Others (2001)

34. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

33. Quarantine (2008)

32. [REC] (2007)

31. Maniac (2012)

30. Slither (2006)

29. The Crazies (2010)

28. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

27. The Strangers (2008)

26. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

25. You're Next (2011)

24. The Ring (2004)

23. The Descent (2005)

22. Excision (2012)

21. Orphan (2009)

20. The Loved Ones (2009)

19. High Tension (2005)

18. Deadgirl (2008)

17. Evil Dead (2013)

16. American Mary (2012)

15. 28 Days Later (2002)

14. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

13. Zombieland (2009)

12. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

11. Let the Right One In (2008)

10. Let Me In (2010)

09.  Trick 'r Treat (2010)

08. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

07.  American Psycho (2000)

06. Insidious (2009)

05. Saw III (2006)

04. Saw II (2005)

03. Saw (2004)

02. Martyrs (2008)

01. The Conjuring (2013)

Agree with the list? Have anything you would add?

New trailer for Mockingjay - Part 1

I think after this trailer I'm done, but we shall see.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Iron Man 4 not planned as of right now

Since Iron Man 3 disappointed a majority audiences, many have been looking forward to a fourth Iron Man film to redeem the character. However, according to Robert Downey Jr., a fourth Iron Man is not currently planned and it's not on Marvel's priority list.

The theory as of right now is that Guardians of the Galaxy has changed a lot of Marvel's priorities. James Gunn's film was a much bigger hit than anyone expected and it's currently on track to hit $300 million worldwide and has already won the title of the biggest hit of 2014. The first round of Marvel characters we were introduced to is drawing to a close as newer, more exciting characters are moving in.
Previously, it seemed that Marvel was riding the wave of Iron Man and the popularity of Robert Downey Jr. but now that it's been proven that other characters and actors can bring just as much, if not more, to the table. Not to mention the newer additions don't carry the price tag that Downey does so they make more profit at the end of the day.

This doesn't necessarily mean there will never be an Iron Man 4, but it isn't looking very good at the moment. There are currently 11 open slots in the Marvel schedule until 2019 so there is still a chance Stark will venture out on his own.
I wasn't the biggest fan of Iron Man 3, but in the end it did lend a pretty good wrap for Tony Stark. However, we need to bear in mind that he will return in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May, so the wrap-up they gave him will most likely be ruined.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New poster for Mockingjay - Part 1

I like this one a lot more than the previous one. It's much better than the Catching Fire posters, too.

Joan Rivers passes away at age 81

After being in a coma for days, legendary comedian Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. Rivers suffered cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords and had been unconscious since. Health officials were in the process of bringing her out of a medically induced coma, but Rivers remained on life support.

Rivers had broke onto the scene as a guest host for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was also a fashion icon for red carpet shows with her daughter, Melissa, and hosted the show Fashion Police. She has been mocking her own life as well as everyone else for the past five decades and was incredibly funny. Hopefully she and Robin Williams are making people laugh wherever they are.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why I haven't been blogging as much

If you're a regular reader of this blog you might have noticed that I haven't been posting as much news recently. I have been aware of it, obviously, and I figured I would tell you guys why that is.

The basic explanation is I don't have as much time. I have a job and I went back to school for the semester earlier in August. My days consist of waking up at 6am, going to school, coming home around for like an hour or so, and then turning around and going to work. By the time I get home I am just beat and when I do go online and read news stories and movie sites, I just don't feel like spending the extra time to write something up to share. I have been keeping up and I read my sites just about every day like I always did, but posting on here has been difficult. A good 13-14 hours of my day is eaten up away from my computer so it just is what it is.
In addition to this subject is I don't have the time to go see as many movies anymore. As it currently stands I have only seen 11 movies in theaters this year. By this time last year I had seen 20+ and the year before I was practically at the movie theater every weekend to see something. I had a lot more time and more to talk about and review. At this point a majority of news stories I could keep talking about I don't want to keep focusing on and that leads into this next reason.

I have hopped on board with a group of moviegoers who are sick and tired of spoilers. I watch the YouTube show, Pretty Much It, and they were the first ones I noticed that really started practicing this and I have seen how it changed their views on film. It seems that the studios are fine with releasing 3-5 trailers for each movie along with set photos, promo spots, and viral campaigns to get people excited. However, all it does is ruin the allure of the movie. I used to be one of those people to read and watch just about everything about an upcoming release that I was excited about, but when I saw the movie I would either be disappointed that all the good stuff was something I already saw in the trailers or that the good stuff I saw in the trailers wasn't even in the movie.

Recent examples of things I have limited myself on or stayed away from:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: I absolutely loved this movie, but I don't think I would have loved it as much if I would have read and/or watched as much as I did on previous Marvel releases. I watched the first two trailers and then decided to stop. I didn't watch interviews, I didn't look at promo photos past the first set that was released, etc.. I went in pretty fresh and I wound up enjoying that movie probably more than any previous Marvel release.
  2. Jurassic World: I was cool seeing the posters and the JW cars at SDCC and all that, but when I saw that people were leaking the Jurassic World maps and stuff like that I decided to step away. I'll watch a trailer but after that I'm done until the movie is released.
  3. Star Wars - Episode VII: I am curious about this new Star Wars film, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to spoil it for myself. I looked at the first set of photos that were leaked by TMZ but I am not going to look at any more until we get any official stuff. I will watch the trailer when it comes out and I will look at a set of promo photos but I'm stopping after that.
  4. Gone Girl: The trailer looked great so I am stopping before I have the entire movie ruined for me by promotions and viral marketing. 
  5. Interstellar: Again, the trailers look great and I don't think Christopher Nolan will disappoint with this one. Why keep watching for stuff that will ruin the movie?
  6. Mockingjay - Part 1: I am excited as all hell but after fully immersing myself in the marketing for Catching Fire, I want to leave myself some surprises for Mockingjay

When it comes time for trailers and promos to come for other 2015 releases such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Insidious: Chapter 3, and Ant-Man I will be very limited. My first real test with this whole way of viewing movies was Guardians of the Galaxy and I had such a good time that I'm irritated with myself about how I was watching movies before. Movies are supposed to be fun. They aren't supposed to be nitpicked and spoiled before you even walk into the theater. I don't think I even need to go into what happened with The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The same applies for television shows at this point. I haven't watched or looked at anything for the fifth season of The Walking Dead other than the initial trailer shown at SDCC. I watched everything leading up to season four and I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. I've been scrolling right past TWD posts on websites and on Facebook because I don't want the spoilers. I'm limiting myself on American Horror Story promos, too. I am watching the teasers but I don't think I'm going to watch the first full trailer or look at any other promotional stuff.

Now what does this mean for this blog? Well, there obviously won't be as many posts. I apologize for that if you're a regular reader and I appreciate you taking the time to read, but it's just gotten ridiculous lately. I will still post on here but I am being even more selective with what I post.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lionsgate to re-release Saw

This Halloween viewers will have a chance to experience Saw in theaters all over again, or for the first time, as Lionsgate is re-releasing the 2004 horror hit. Saw will be shown at select theaters for midnight screenings on October 30th with a full release on October 31st.

Saw was released on October 29, 2004 and it went on to gross a total of $55.2 million and spawned a franchise with seven films which grossed $874 million worldwide. The top earning Saw film was Saw II in 2005 which brought in $87 million at the box office. The Saw franchise was a key moment in Lionsgate's history as it was the studio's first major franchise and paved the road for their global growth.
James Wan directed the first Saw film and co-wrote it with Leigh Whannell. The film starred Whannell, Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith, Michael Emerson, and Danny Glover. Although Wan only directed one film, he stayed on as a producer for the following six films as did Whannell.

Charlie Hunnam in talks for King Arthur

Charlie Hunnam has reportedly snatched the role of King Arthur in Guy Ritchie's upcoming version of the medieval tale. In addition to Hunnam's apparent casting, word has it that Elizabeth Olsen is the frontrunner for the female lead and Idris Elba has already been cast as a Merlin-like mentor for Arthur.

Ritchie originally developed King Arthur back in 2010 but the project was abandoned after a rival film gained more attention. It was also originally adapted as a series of six films but it doesn't seem like that is still possible.

Underworld reboot in the works at Lakeshore Entertainment

I just...

Lakeshore Entertainment is in the process of a reboot of the 2003 vampire/werewolf story, Underworld. The movie spawned a franchise with a total of four movies with the last release just being in 2012. Back in March there were reports that Screen Gems had commissioned a script titled Underworld: Next Generation, but nothing has really come of it yet. Kate Beckinsale mentioned in interviews that it was unlikely for her to do another Underworld film, but that it was possible for them to do more films without her.
It was assumed, given the title of the script, that they were moving on from Beckinsale's character, Selene, and focus on her vampire/werewolf hybrid daughter, Eve. There is no telling if this is truly going to be a reboot of Underworld or if it will just be a new set of movies, but either way there is more Underworld on the way.