The past seven days

Monday, January 30, 2012

First 3 minutes of The Walking Dead released

Episode #8 titled "Nebraska" won't air until February 12th, but for now we get a 3 minute sneak peek.

I can't wait for the rest of this season.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rockstar Mayhem Festival announces the 2012 lineup

The Devil Wears Prada
Asking Alexandria
As I Lay Dying
White Chapel
High on Fire

.......what the fuck? Is it seriously that hard for them to put together another decent lineup? Looks like this will be the second year in a row that I sit out of Mayhem. Fucking hell.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lily Collins drops out of The Evil Dead

Maybe this is a sign?

More like hopefully this is a sign.

Well said...

2012 Academy Award nominations

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendents
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Actor:
Demian Bichir for A Better Life
George Clooney for The Descendents
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill for Moneyball
Nick Nolte for Warrior
Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress:
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis for The Help
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo for The Artist
Jessica Chastain for The Help
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Animated Film:
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Art Direction:
The Artist - Laurence Bennett & Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Stuart Craig & Stephenie McMillan
Hugo - Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Shiavo
Midnight in Paris - Anne Aeibel & Helene Dubreuil
War Horse - Rick Carter & Lee Sandales

The Artist - Guillame Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design:
Anonymous - Lisy Christi
The Artist - Mark Bridges
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O'Connor
W.E. - Arianne Phillips

Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendents
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

Best Documentary Feature:
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Documentary Short:
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing:
The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendents - Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen

Best Foreign Language Film:
Bullhead (Belgium)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)

Albert Nobbs - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston, and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Best Original Score:
John Williams for The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource for The Artist
Howard Shore for Hugo
Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams for War Horse

Best Original Song:
"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets - Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from RIO - Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett

Best Animated Short Film:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film:
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Sound Editing:
Drive - Lon Bender & Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Ren Klyce
Hugo - Philip Stockton & Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ethan Van der Ryn & Erik Aadahl
War Horse - Richard Hymns & Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson
Hugo - Tom Fleischman & John Midgley
Moneyball - Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco, and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers,  Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse - Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Descendents - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Best Original Screenplay:
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

My picks are in red if I have a pick. If there are multiples that means I would take either one.

But let me get this straight... The Academy completely stiffed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? The nomination for Best Actress is deserved and should be there, but nothing for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, or Adapted Screenplay? Nothing?! That is bullshit. How in the fuck did Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross not get a nomination this year? The score for that film was 1000x better, and longer, than the score for The Social Network and they swept the awards for that one last year. Leaving that film out of the major categories while films like The Tree of Life were included was a big "fuck you" to intelligent moviegoers. I am pissed. Rooney Mara should win but she won't. It will be any of the other 4 in the category despite Mara giving the best performance and putting herself through such a physical and mental transformation. Who else did that and won an Oscar for it last year? Ugh...

Comparing these nominations to others I am surprised they didn't give a nomination to Ryan Gosling for either Drive or The Ides of March and that Leonardo DiCaprio got shafted for J. Edgar. I am also surprised, and a little disappointed, that Bridesmaids wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Crazy, Stupid, Love was also left out of the mix.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Underworld: Awakening

Yes... I saw the fourth Underworld film this past Friday, January 20th, in 3D.

I must start off by saying I am a huge fan of the Underworld films. Well, I am a fan of 2 of the 3. Personally I think Rise of the Lycans was a huge mistake but that isn't the point.

As far as Underworld: Awakening goes, I absolutely loved it. I thought the plot had a good direction and although you could tell it would most likely have a 5th movie coming after it they didn't leave us with a terrible cliffhanger or conclusion. It was great to have Selene back and I appreciated what they did with Subject #2. (Spoiler alert, the girl is Selene and Michael's daughter. As if anyone who has seen these movies couldn't decipher that from the trailers.)

But with almost every movie there is some criticism to be given. And yes, there will be spoilers with one of these.

1. How exactly did they get Selene's daughter with Selene having no memory of having a daughter? Unless vampires are harvested some other way we don't know about she would have been pregnant and from the looks of it, when she was captured along with Michael she was most certainly not visibly pregnant. I was disappointed that we found out nothing about how the daughter even came into play. They just fast forwarded 12 years into the future and told us Selene had a daughter with Michael.

2. The 3D was a mistake. It was dark, the light that did exist was in a strobe effect practically the whole movie, and the silver nitrate particles used to fight off the Lycans was distracting as hell. It clouded the whole picture too much. My recommendation... if you have a theater playing this movie in 2D choose that over the 3D. It really sucks ass.

3. They could only give us 88 minutes? The movie was good but it was way too short. They could have easily squeezed in 15-20 more minutes without putting a damper on anything.

Other than that, it is a great film for fellow Underworld and/or horror fans. Selene is back with a vengeance and I fucking loved it.

Second time is almost always better

I went and saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a second time today. Finally.

I still loved it. I caught things I didn't notice the first time and I just enjoyed every minute of it. How Rooney Mara is not being included in the awards season, minus the Golden Globe nomination, still baffles me. She was fucking fantastic.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More imagery for The Devil's Carnival released along with cast updates

It has been announced that Repo! The Genetic Opera stars Terrence Zdunich, Alexa Vega, Ogre, and Paul Sorvino along with Marc Senter have now joined the cast for The Devil's Carnival. Other cast members announced previously are Emilie Autumn, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Bill Moseley (who was also in Repo!). Taryn Manning will also not be appearing in the project despite being previously confirmed.

I'm getting pretty excited for this based on the cast alone. I hope Darren Lynn Bousman finds some redemption with people.

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D first trailer

Someone please stop Resident Evil movies. They just don't get the job done.

New image from Dark Shadows surfaces

Barnabas Collins... hello  =^D

We now also have a basic synopsis of Dark Shadows:
"The Story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green) way back in the 1700's and buried. He's just been dug up and attempts to reintegrate with his descendents, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger, despite the fact that Angelique (Eva Green) is still around and not in a forgiving mood." 

Bring it on!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trailer #2 for Snow White and the Hunstman surfaces

By second trailer I mean practically the same trailer as the first that surfaced with minor changes. These minor changes being like two more snaps of Charlize Theron. I am now awaiting a third trailer that will feature dialogue and more scenes from Snow White, ffs. Hopefully we will get one by March or April.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Internet blackout on January 18th.

Basically most popular sites on the internet are blacking out tomorrow in protest?

Who gives a flying fuck? Holy shit.

Idris Elba confirmed for Thor 2

Along with Chris Hemsworth, Jaimie Alexander, and Natalie Portman returning for Thor 2 it was recently confirmed that Idris Elba, aka Heimdall, will be returning as well. I'm pretty excited, tbh. I loved Heimdall.


The Artist leads 2012 BAFTA nominations with 12

Main nominees:

Best Film:
The Artist
The Descendents
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Leading Actress:
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
Viola Davis for The Help
Tilda Swindon for We Need to Talk About Kevin
Berenice Bejo for The Artist

Leading Actor:
George Clooney for The Descendents
Brad Pitt for Moneyball
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Michael Fassbender for Shame
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Supporting Actress:
Carey Mulligan for Shame
Jessica Chastain for The Help
Judi Dench for My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer for The Help

Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Jim Broadbent for The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill for Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Moneyball

Outstanding British Film:
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Nicholas Winding Refn for Drive
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Tomas Alfredson for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lynne Ramsay for We Need to Talk About Kevin

The full list of nominees can be found here:,2449,BA.html

I'm honestly disappointed with the BAFTA nominees this year.
Leading Actress should go to Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but she isn't even nominated. It will probably go to either Viola Davis or Meryl Streep, I think. Supporting Actress should be Melissa McCarthy but it will probably be Octavia Spencer. Leading Actor will go to George Clooney, I have no doubt. Best Director should go to Martin Scorsese but will probably go to Michel Hazanavicius. I have no doubt Best Film will go to The Artist.

Le sigh.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Walking Dead renewed for a third season!

AMC has ordered 16 episodes, not 6 or 13, for a third season of The Walking Dead. Hell yeah!

I just hope they don't split the season into two parts like that have done with Season 2. I understand normal breaks and in between season time but to stop a season for months in the middle is ridiculous. Here's to hoping for 16 episodes straight.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Golden Globe Awards 2012 winners

Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Descendents

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: George Clooney for The Descendents

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: The Artist

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Modern Family

Best Director - Motion Picture: Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Actor in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc for Episodes

Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama: Claire Danes for

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - TV Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for TV: Jessica Lange for American Horror Story

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - TV Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for TV: Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: Idris Elba for Luther

Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Madonna, Julie Frost, and Jimmy Harry for "Masterpiece" in W.E.

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource for The Artist

Best TV Series - Drama: Homeland

Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama: Kelsey Grammer for Boss

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: Downton Abbey

Best Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern for Enlightened

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer for Beginners

I am legitimately in shock that Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross didn't take home Best Original Score. I am also quite disappointed that Evan Rachel Wood lost to Jessica Lange. I also feel like I need to see both The Descendents and The Artist since they are the big winners so far.

Beauty and the Beast 3D

I went and saw the 3D version of Beauty and the Beast this morning. I didn't catch the 3D release of The Lion King a couple months ago because I went and saw the stage play, but I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast. That has always been tied for my #1 favorite Disney animated film and I saw it in IMAX when Disney started re-releasing the animations in IMAX back in like 2002 or whenever that was.

I must admit that I liked the non-3D IMAX presentation better than this new restored 3D version. Not only did it have "Human Again" integrated in but I think the larger presentation and sound was better. 3D glasses always darken the picture which messes with the color contrast and depth, imo. However, that doesn't mean it didn't look good at all. The opening sequence looked fantastic and you could tell it was in 3D, but along with the other 3D releases I have seen after a while the effect wears off and by the end of the movie I had forgotten I was watching in 3D. Also, the rain toward the end when Gaston and the villagers attack the castle was more than distracting. The 3D rain practically fogged over the rest of the animation and made it really difficult to focus.
That was basically my main complaint; the weather distraction with the rain and snow. That and the fact that "Human Again" wasn't integrated in like it was in the previous IMAX release.

What I loved most of all was the Tangled short in front of the feature film. I also loved Tangled and I must say the new short was hilarious. I was laughing through most of it. There were a lot of little kids in the theater and they laughed through the credits of the short. By far the best. I believe the full title was Tangled Ever After. They also show a 3D teaser for the re-release of Finding Nemo 3D this fall. There is a trailer for the upcoming Pixar release, Brave.

But yeah... I would give Beauty and the Beast 3D a 3/5. It wasn't a total loss but, as always, the 3D isn't necessary.

I feel like I should just something.

Seeing that I live in Denver I feel like I should comment on the Broncos' loss to New England tonight.

All I really have to say is that I lol'd hardcore throughout the second half that I watched. I don't understand the hype around Tim Tebow and I don't think I ever will. I give the kid props for not being ashamed to publicly announce what he believes and to be who he is despite the personal criticism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I respect the hell out of that.
But we need to face the facts... he is not a good quarterback. He's more lucky than skilled and luck obviously can only take you so far. Denver drafted him because of the college hype around him and because he was featured on the cover of a college football video game. Seeing his performance tonight and comparing it to what he has done with Denver since he was drafted he shouldn't even be a quarterback. You can't win games on running plays alone. The guy looks like he's lost when he's on the field and has nowhere to run or no one to hand the ball off to. He just runs backwards, gets sacked, and as a result he loses yards. That is how you lose football games and he just lost because he did just that. It's not enough to say when he's good he's great and when he's not it's a disaster.
People were blaming the potential NFL lockout for his lack of preparation and I call bullshit. There were plenty of players that took initiative over the off season to practice and drill on their own knowing they might not play. Tebow wrote a book and did a press tour instead of practicing football.

It is as simple as that. It was fun while it lasted, Broncos.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lionsgate buys Summit Entertainment, wants to continue the Twilight Saga

What did we ever do to deserve this? Lionsgate used to be credible, ffs.

Basically, Lionsgate is buying out Summit Entertainment thus inheriting all Summit's projects including the biggest of them all... The Twilight Saga. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says he wants to continue Twilight past Breaking Dawn Part 2 in either film or television. To quote Mr. Feltheimer:

"It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value. It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is ‘Boy I hope so.’"

As the article mentions, Lionsgate squeezed and will potentially still squeeze the life out of the Saw franchise. We got seven films, got promised a conclusion, got a shitty conclusion, and now they want an 8th film that will no doubt be even shittier than the 7th.
Now... this can't happen without Stephenie Meyer's consent, yes? She would have to approve the rights to use the storyline to create more movies and/or a TV show. Lionsgate can't just absorb the existing films and think they can do whatever they want with the story. Or can they?

I never thought I would say this and really mean it, but I am really starting to hate Lionsgate. They are nothing but a bunch of greedy fucks.

EDIT: Here is a link with details of the Summit Entertainment sale...

New images from The Dark Knight Rises!

July cannot come fast enough.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

New photos for Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I think both of these movies are going to be great. I can't wait until they are released. I need trailers for both of them... now.

Dark Shadows (featured is Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (featured is Benjamin Walker)

In other news... Briana Evigan is the newest person to join the cast of The Devil's Carnival (Bill Moseley was announced the other day), Tim Burton supports the Beetlejuice reboot being developed by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg (disappointing), Cabin in the Woods will be screened on opening night of SXSW '12 on March 9th, Dario Argento's Dracula 3D will also have a full teaser at SXSW '12, and The Devil Inside still sucks (apparently) despite being #1 at the box office.

2012 Critic's Choice Awards winners

Best Picture - The Artist
Best Actor - George Clooney for The Descendents
Best Actress - Viola Davis for The Help
Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer for The Help
Best Acting Ensemble - The Help
Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Best Original Screenplay - Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay - Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, and Stan Chervin for Moneyball
Best Animated Feature - Rango
Best Young Actor/Actress - Thomas Horn for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Action Movie - Drive
Best Comedy Movie - Bridesmaids
Best Foreign Language Film - A Separation (Iran)
Best Documentary Feature - George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Best Song - "Life's a Happy Song" by Bret McKenzie for The Muppets
Best Original Score - Ludovic Bource for The Artist
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life and Janusz Kaminski for War Horse
Best Art Direction - Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Shiavo for Hugo
Best Editing - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Costume Design - Mark Bridges for The Artist
Best Makeup - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Best Visual Effects - The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Sound - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I'm hoping the Academy Awards are a bit different, tbh. This list of winners was quite predictable. I was a bit sad to see Charlize Theron get beat out by Viola Davis. Theron was fantastic in Young Adult. I am also shocked to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross get beat for Best Original Score. The score they put together for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was better than the one for The Social Network and they swept the award shows with that score. I don't understand.

Here's to the Golden Globes this weekend. The winners will probably be quite similar.

Friends with Kids trailer surfaces

Might as well be a spin off of Bridesmaids except the couples are a little flipped around. Kristen Wiig is with Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph is with Chris O'Dowd. The film also stars Adam Scott, Edward Burns, Megan Fox, and Jennifer Westfeldt.
The basic concept I gathered from the trailer is Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd are a married couple who have been married for a long time, Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm are newlyweds, and Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt are friends. The friends decide to have sex once to try and get her pregnant. It works and they agree to have the child while remaining in a platonic friendship. They both meet other people after the baby is born which is where Edward Burns and Megan Fox come into the picture. Every other cast member keeps wishing them luck and awaits the outcome of the situation.

To me this looks like 2012's version of Friends with Benefits/No Strings Attached only with a baby involved. I love the cast, minus Adam Scott and Megan Fox, but it looks too familiar for me. This is a maybe.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Check this out

I'm happy I was brought to this.

People's Choice Awards 2012

I usually enjoy watching these types of awards shows in a weird way. They're good for a laugh every once in a while.

This year, however, was really stupid. I mean damn. The jokes were lame, most of the categories presented live were TV shows (I felt like I was watching the Emmy's ffs), the girl from Big Bang Theory was a little too bubbly, the whole show was rushed, etc.. It was just not the best. Not to mention it was ridiculously full of product placement, specifically Cover Girl and CVS Pharmacy. There was at least two commercials for one of those every break if not both. They also pushed the product during the show.
I did like seeing Chloe Grace Moretz and Emma Stone take home awards, though. I like both of them a lot and look forward to their careers expanding.

But I must say... it was interesting to see one of these fan-voted shows without any Twilight. I don't even think Breaking Dawn Part 1 was even nominated for anything. Ah, I look forward to the future. =^D

Bill Moseley confirmed for The Devil's Carnival

Slowly we are learning more and more about this project by Darren Lynn Bousman. I previously mentioned this project here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Warm Bodies = zombie Twilight?

I will admit I hadn't heard a thing about the new Summit Entertainment zombie film, Warm Bodies, until this morning. It is set to hit theaters on August 10th. The central plot is basically this: a tormented zombie begins a friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims that starts a reaction that will affect him and his fellow zombies. The film will feature Nicholas Hoult as the lead zombie named "R." It will also feature John Malkovich, Lizzy Caplan, Teresa Palmer, and Rob Corddry.

Call me crazy, but Summit touching anything with the horror supernatural (look at what they did with Twilight) seems to be more of the same. Check out this first image that surfaced back in November. It looks like one of the same poses they used for Twilight promos, including the same coloring.

Bloody-Disgusting (where I found the second image posted below) thinks Warm Bodies sounds a bit less like Twilight, and they are thankful, but I am not so sure. We're going to have to wait for a trailer to know for sure. I'm predicting another teen supernatural drama with shitty acting. The only plus side is there is no doubt in my mind that this won't have the massive fanbase that Twilight has. I don't know what is more annoying about Twilight, the fanbase or the movies/books themselves.

Anyway, here is the newest image of Nicholas Hoult as "R." He looks like Jacob Black did in New Moon, ffs.

EDIT: Little bit of proof to what I was talking about with the photo similarities to Twilight. Obviously not identical but it's very noticeable. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who sees this. The trailer even looks like Twilight.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Director's Guild leaves out Spielberg and Malick

Nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement category for the Directors Guild Awards 2012 are...

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendents
Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Basically people are pissed that Steven Spielberg was left out for War Horse and that Terrence Malick was left out for The Tree of Life. Personally, I feel like some of these people understand that The Tree of Life was an overrated shit show. I fucking hated that movie. 

Nominees for feature films will be released later. The DGA's take place on January 28th.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Warner Bros. adaptation of Akira put on hold (again)

Despite being approved by the studio like 3 months ago all pre-production for a new adaptation of Akira has been stopped for the fourth time. Apparently there are still kinks in the film's budget that they are trying to work out. If they can't solve the issues by the end of January the project could very well be axed completely.
So far Garrett Hedlund (aka, Sam in Tron: Legacy) is the only confirmed actor. Kristen Stewart was offered the role of Kei, with no acceptance or denial as far as I know, and Ken Wattanabe has been in talks to replace Gary Oldman as The Colonel, but that is all rumored. There is no official confirmation on anything except Hedlund being cast as Shotaro Kaneda. Personally I think casting non-Asians in a film like this is a bit odd and fans might find it offensive. But then again, there are a lot of Anime and Manga freaks out there that aren't Asian so I guess you never know.

Even if these issues get worked out and pre-production is given the green light again, I highly doubt we will see this film until mid to late 2013 if not 2014. Not unless they rushed the hell out of production if it is given the go ahead.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Silent House trailer hits

Aka, The Strangers 2?
After watching the trailer I was heavily reminded of The Strangers. Only this one seems to have less people and a little different setting. Home invasion is definitely nothing new which is most likely the issue, just like exorcism movies, but with that said I am intrigued enough to probably check out Silent House. It is released in theaters March 9th.

Oh, and it promises "real scares." We'll see about that, lol.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Joost and Schulman to return for more Paranormal Activity

Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost are in final negotiations to return to direct Paranormal Activity 4. Also returning are Katie, Kristi, and Toby the demon.

I think it's good for this franchise to have some consistency. Seeing that everyone keeps comparing this up and coming franchise to Saw I will go ahead and do the same. By this point in the Saw franchise it had only seen two directors. James Wan directed Saw and Darren Lynn Bousman directed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. That franchise didn't see a new director until Saw V when David Hackl was brought in. Although, Hackl had been involved with the franchise since Saw II serving as a production designer and a second unit director, so he wasn't really new to the franchise.
So far each Paranormal Activity film has had a different director; Oren Peli directed Paranormal Activity, Tod Williams directed Paranormal Activity 2, and Ariel Shulman & Henry Joost directed Paranormal Activity 3. I think the consistency is good because this will allow Schulman and Joost to pick up right where they left off and it will be familiar territory.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Evil Dead reboot has its Ash!

Sort of. I don't quite understand.

Apparently... the new script and plot has a female lead which will be the equivalent of Ash, originally played by Bruce Campbell. You read it right; a female lead. And who will play this female lead? It has been announced that Lily Collins is in final negotiations to secure the role. Yes the girl who was in The Blind Side and the Snow White in the shitty looking 2012 version, Mirror Mirror.
How is there a female lead? Well, this is directly from Bloody-Disgusting:

"In this version, the story centers on five friends (David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia) holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead with a demonic force unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival. As we also exclusively reported, there is a drug subplot.

As previously explained, David is a mechanic and is engaged to Natalie. Mia is the friend who is heading to the cabin to detox; Olivia is her best friend/nurse. Eric, presumably, is the kid who unleashes the demons.

After a recent overdose, Mia struggles with her new-found sobriety. She begins acting insane, so it comes as no surprise that nobody believes her crazy claims of coyote dogs and trees attacking her!"

I don't like this. I haven't liked any of it so far. In a way I am happy the lead is female because that means no man can fuck up Bruce Campbell's role, but what the fuck? Detoxing young people encounter the book? Whatever happened to a good old horror flick where friends go away for a fun weekend and shit starts popping off. Fucking hell.

Say hello to your new Ash... Mia.

Final 10 finalists for VFX announced

The semi-final list for Best Visual Effects at the 2012 Academy Awards has been narrowed down to 10 finalists from 15. Those booted from the list: Cowboys & Aliens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sucker Punch, Super 8, and Thor.

Those still in the running:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

Um... The Tree of Life is in the running still but Super 8 and Thor aren't? Hell, even Sucker Punch had better visual effects. I honestly am wondering, though... what visual effects did The Tree of Life have that would warrant an Oscar nomination? Weird visuals of space that lasted for like 45 minutes of the movie? Give me a fucking break. Super 8 should have The Tree of Life's spot. That is outrageous.

However, out of those that are still in the running I hope Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes the final 5 and takes home the statue. The effects in that movie were incredible.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Producers Guild nominees released

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendents
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Documentary:
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
Bill Cunningham New York
Project Nun
The Union

Long Form Television:
Cinema Verite
Downtown Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

TV Comedy:
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

TV Drama:
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Live Entertainment and Talk:
The Colbert Report
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The 64th Annual Tony Awards

Competetion Television:
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

Non-Fiction Television:
30 for 30
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Deadliest Catch
Undercover Boss

People are bitching that The Tree of Life isn't nominated. They probably didn't understand a thing about it either.

Time Magazine's top 10's of 2011,28804,2101344_2101367,00.html

Top 10 Movie Performances:
01. Brad Pitt for Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and Happy Feet 2.
02. Michael Fassbender for Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, and Shame.
03. Woody Harrelson for Rampart.
04. Michael Lonsdale for Of Gods and Men.
05. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan for The Trip.
06. Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.
07. Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jessica Chastain for The Help.
08. Khomotso Manyaka for Life, Above All.
09. Mia Wasikowska for Jane Eyre.
10. Ameena Matthews for The Interrupters.

Top 10 Worst Movies:
01. Jack and Jill
02. Sucker Punch
03. Red Riding Hood
04. Your Highness
05. Zookeeper
06. Tresspass
07. The Future
08. I Melt with You
09. Miral
10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (finally, someone said it)

Top 10 Best Movies:
01. The Artist
02. Hugo
03. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
04. The Tree of Life
05. War Horse
06. Super 8
07. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
08. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
09. Rango
10. Fast Five

Out of the movies portion... where the fuck is Rooney Mara and where is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I have a feeling whoever comprised these lists didn't go to a screening. It was better than Rango and Fast Five combined and was sure as hell better than The Tree of Life. That movie sucked balls.

Top 10 Albums:
01. Adele - 21
02. Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
03. Kanye West and Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
04. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
05. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra
06. tUnE-yArDs - W h o k i l l
07. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
08. The Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part II
09. Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
10. Black Keys - El Camino

I'm just happy Lady Gaga's Born This Way wasn't on there. What a shitty album. The only reason it racked up so many sales is because it was $1, or whatever, on Amazon for a little while. People figured why not. When I went on iTunes and saw the full album was like $20 I laughed and exited the store.

Top 10 Memes:
01. We Are the 99 Percent
02. Planking
03. Princess Beatrice's Fascinator (aka, crazy hat)
04. #winning by Charlie Sheen
05. Tebowing
06. Hipster Ariel
07. Ted Williams (aka, the homeless guy with the radio voice)
08. Paula Deen Riding Things
09. Bronies
10. Chuck Testa

No love for Rebecca Black? I have been joking about it being Friday since May or June 2011, ffs.

There are tons of lists in that article but those were the ones I focused on the most. Let's see what overrated movies/songs and annoying memes we can get in 2012.

Paranormal Activity 4 confirmed (duh)

No surprise here. I thought this was already confirmed?

Monday, January 2, 2012

MTV announces the return of Punk'd

The new edition of the show, which ran on MTV from 2003-2007 with Ashton Kutcher as the host, will feature rotating celebrity hosts instead of just one host. Guest hosts so far include:

Dax Shepard (who appeared on the show previously with Kutcher)
Bam Margera
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Kelly Osbourne
Kellan Lutz

The new season will premiere on March 19th on MTV.

I'm honestly excited. I always loved watching Punk'd. The shit was hilarious. Don't quite understand Bieber and Cyrus but whatever.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I would say let's start off with a bang...

You know for the first post of 2012, but I honestly got nothing. Not today. The only stuff that's really swirling around are "best/worst of" lists and "most anticipated" lists.

The poll in this week's edition of EW shows that The Hunger Games is the most anticipated film of 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises closely following. A lot of people are starting to take The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo seriously and claim it will be a top Oscar contender (which I hope is true). It also moved from 5th to 3rd on the box office chart still trailing behind Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes 2.

Other than that... it's New Year's Day. I brought it in safely and well and I hope you did too. Let's see what can be accomplished.