The past seven days

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kevin Feige hints at news of Thor 2 villain

Will the villain in Thor 2 be Thanos?!

Unfortunately... not. Kevin Feige has revealed that Thanos was a hint to the future but that doesn't necessarily apply to Thor 2. So far all we know is Mads Mikkelsen has signed onto the project to play the main villain but we do not know which villain he will be. Rumors are circulating that it could be Executioner but who knows. There are people also talking about Executioner and The Enchantress (aka, Amora). Filming starts this fall so I am sure we'll know before too long.

Monday, May 28, 2012

[UPDATE] Robert Pattinson will not be in Catching Fire

Robert Pattinson mentioned this past week at Cannes that he will not be playing the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire despite internet rumors. 

I still have some faith in humanity.

Chernobyl Diaries - Review

Chernobyl Diaries is the newest screenplay from Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli. It follows six tourists on an unexpected "extreme tourism" trip to the abandoned town of Prypiat, Ukraine near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Upon the conclusion of the tour they encounter their worst fears inside the abandoned and condemned town when they discover that they are not alone.

I went into this movie knowing practically nothing. I had seen news of it on Bloody-Disgusting and on other websites where I read movie news and I honestly thought it was a direct to DVD release that they were just trying to hype up. I watched the trailer for it, shrugged, and moved on. When a friend of mine texted me on Saturday asking if I wanted to see it I was shocked to hear it actually had a theatrical release.

I must admit that for a movie like this I was quite entertained. Of course it is a typical horror plot with dumb American tourists and stuff like that, but despite that it wasn't all that bad. There weren't really any effects to speak of (other than make-up), the atmosphere of the abandoned town near Chernobyl was pretty eerie, and I absolutely loved that you never get a full glance at the inhabitants. You know the tourists aren't alone and you see glimpses of the inhabitants but there is not a straight shot of one where the viewer can say, "oh damn!" That is a rare quality in current horror movies and I appreciate the hell out of that. It's not like Don't Be Afraid of the Dark where they show glimpses of the creatures and then show them in almost every scene from then on.

The main thing I didn't much care for, that I don't care for in general, is the use of jump scares. Maybe it's just because jump scares don't work for me but there were lots of them in this movie. I think they cheapen the film. Plus, the shaky camera trick was way overused. There is one part where four of the people find a cell phone with a recording of the other two and it was so shaky and spinning around I thought I was going to get a migraine. Other than that I can't really think of anything I could say I hated, though.

Overall I would say this is a fun one. I had fun seeing it in theaters and don't feel like I wasted money, so I would say go for it in theaters before it disappears. If you don't want to see it in a theater definitely go for it on DVD. It wasn't a waste and I am kind of surprised to be saying that.

Friday, May 25, 2012

New footage for Dark Knight Rises to air on MTV Movie Awards

All of us will have the opportunity to see new footage from The Dark Knight Rises in a little over a week. It was announced that the footage will air during the MTV Movie Awards on June 3rd, one week from this upcoming Sunday (May 27th).

I didn't realize the awards were so close already and I realized they air the same night as the season 5 premiere of True Blood on HBO. I want to watch both so I might have to make a decision and/or just record one of them. MTV replays the Movie Awards practically every day for two weeks after the show, but from my experience watching them something always happens on the first telecast that is edited out of the reruns. It's always funnier to watch it "live."
Seeing that there will be footage of The Dark Knight Rises I might just watch True Blood on the rerun that night or on demand the next day. I can wait a little longer for it.

And speaking of not realizing how quick time is seeming to move right now, I was surprised to think I will get to see Snow White and the Huntsman next week. Damn son.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

3 new posters for Breaking Dawn Part 2

Speaking of Robert Pattinson, three character posters for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 have been released. They are probably the best Twilight posters to date.

Robert Pattinson considered for a role in Catching Fire

It has been announced that Twilight superstar Robert Pattinson is being considered for a major role in Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games.
Which role? None other than that of Finnick Odair.

What I am about to type comes from the standpoint of someone who has read and loved the books. It isn't because I am not a Twilight fan...
This is ridiculous. Pattinson, to me, looks nothing like Finnick should look and would not be able to pull it off at all. When I imagine Finnick I do not imagine this.

Finnick is supposed to be drop dead gorgeous with green eyes, bronze hair, tan skin, and is also supposed to be extremely fit and muscular. Pattinson had to have his six-pack airbrushed in the Twilight movies because he couldn't get the muscle tone. About the only thing he has going for him is the hair color. If he is cast over other possibles, such as Ryan Kwanten and Chase Crawford, I will be so pissed. I can't believe this is happening.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DVD release for The Hunger Games announced

We will have The Hunger Games on DVD/Blu-Ray on August 18th. The copies will be available for pre-order this upcoming Friday, May 25th.

The amount of special features listed for the Blu-Ray make it look it the best format to buy it on, for sure:

*    “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games” – an eight-part documentary covering the “making of” the film in all aspects from the pre-production process all the way through the theatrical release and fan reactions
*    “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenom” featurette
*    “Letters from the Rose Garden” featurette – insights from Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow
*    “Controlling the Games” featurette – stories and concepts behind creating the control center
*    “A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell”
*    Propaganda Film (in its entirety)
*    Marketing Archive
*    “Preparing for The Games: A Director’s Process” (Blu-ray Exclusive)

GI Joe: Retaliation moved to March 2013

Yes, we were supposed to get the upcoming sequel to GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra in about a month, on June 29th, but Paramount Pictures has other plans for the film. It was announced that GI Joe: Retaliation has been pulled and rescheduled for a release date 9 months from now on March 29, 2013.

Why the move? To add 3D.

A studio executive at Paramount stated that they have pulled the movie to add 3D because they have seen the effect it has on the box office numbers and hope the addition will increase their foreign box office success. Although the 3D allure is seeming to have died down a bit here in the US (thank God) it is still quite popular and thriving overseas.

Personally, I think this is a dumb move. There are quite a few major movies coming out that are not in 3D. One of them being Snow White and the Huntsman. Not to mention the major success of The Hunger Games and that wasn't in 3D. I think they are basing this on the success of The Avengers and nothing more. After making a big deal about a Super Bowl ad and releasing trailers paired with Battleship and The Avengers I wonder if this will bite them in the ass. It's not like a bunch of people have been dying to see GI Joe: Retaliation anyway... were they?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

First trailer and poster for The Great Gatsby

I love The Great Gatsby. It is one of my favorite books. This is a definite see for me this year. However, I feel the 3D was just a waste of money. Especially for a movie and story like this one.

3 new Dark Knight Rises character posters

I approve.

Natalie Portman to star in Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun is an upcoming western movie being directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). The basic plot released so far is as follows:

"A woman whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job. "

I am a big Portman fan so this intrigues me. I don't think I would have ever pegged her in a film like this (by 'like this' I mean a western), but I am open to it. The plot sounds kind of interesting.
After her baby and post-Oscar break she is starting to fill her plate up once again. In addition to this new project she has two films being directed by Terrance Malick and Thor 2. Bring it on, Natalie. We're ready. =^D

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hit-Girl trouble for Kick-Ass 2?

I was excited to hear that Kick-Ass 2 had finally received a green light and was going to actually be made, but I hadn't thought of all the things that go with it. The main thing being the casting. It's all well and good to assume that everyone who should be back would be but I forgot how popular and sought after Chloe Moretz has become since playing Hit-Girl in the first Kick-Ass.

I saw an article on Collider that basically lays it out...

1. Chloe Moretz has signed on to play Carrie in the upcoming remake which begins shooting this August. She has also signed on to play a lead role in an upcoming zombie film titled Maggie. She also is playing a supporting role in a film called The Drummer. This wasn't mentioned in the article, but we also must not forget that she signed on to play Emily the Strange like a year ago so who knows when that is going to start production, if ever.

2. Hit-Girl has a smaller part in the second book but writer Jeff Wadlow expanded the character for the movie script.

In other words, if they want Chloe Moretz to return the production will have to work to accommodate her schedule. In my opinion they can't make this movie without Chloe. She is Hit-Girl and if they tried to be bold enough and recast the role no one would see it, including me.

Skyfall official teaser trailer released

Is it just me or does the trailer not even feel like a James Bond movie?

New 1-min clip of On the Road

There is a new extended clip of On the Road thanks to the press surrounding Cannes 2012. If features Sam Riley (Sal), Kristen Stewart (Marylou), and Garrett Hedlund (Dean).

I have been following this one, as you may know, because I really liked the book. The casting still kind of confuses me but I am rolling with it. The movie is almost 2 years old already so it's not like you can bitch too much. I am currently re-reading the book because it has been like 5-6 years since I last read it and I am quite enjoying myself. I can't wait to see the movie whenever it is available. Rumors are saying we will get it in the US this fall via IFC, AMC, and Sundance Selects. The distribution isn't the rumor but the release date is.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Avengers will be on DVD in September

The DVD/Blu-Ray release date for The Avengers has been set for September 25th. It will three different release options; there will be a 4-disc Blu-Ray combo pack (3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy), a regular 2-disc Blu-Ray combo pack (Blu-Ray and DVD), and a regular old school DVD. I would assume the 2-disc Blu-Ray and the DVD will also come with a digital copy, but you never know. If they don't that is really shitty on Paramount's part.

With this news I think I will skip seeing The Avengers for a third time. It will be on Blu-Ray 5 days before my birthday. I think I can handle that.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Screen time of each Avenger in The Avengers

I found this quite interesting. Mike, Jake, and Eric over at Pretty Much It mentioned this in their episode today around the 5:19 mark.

06. Hawkeye
05. Thor
04. The Hulk
03. Black Widow
02. Iron Man
01. Captain America

This surprised me, tbh. I thought for sure Iron Man had the most screen time in The Avengers, but Captain America beat him out by a whopping 41 seconds.

Teen Choice Awards 2012

The nominations for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards have been announced. The Vampire Diaries and American Idol lead the nominations while Justin Bieber and Twilight still receive a decent amount. The show will air on July 22.

Just for fun, my choices (if applicable) are highlighted in red.


Choice Movie: Action
Act of Valor
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Red Tails
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Choice Movie Actor: Action

Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
Robert Downey, Jr., “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
Tom Hardy, “Warrior”
Taylor Lautner, “Abduction”
Logan Lerman, “The Three Musketeers”

Choice Movie Actress: Action

Salma Hayek, “Puss in Boots”
Milla Jovovich, “The Three Musketeers”
Paula Patton, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
Noomi Rapace, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
Zoe Saldana, “Colombiana”

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
“The Avengers”
“The Hunger Games”
“Mirror Mirror”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”
“Wrath of the Titans”

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Robert Downey, Jr., “The Avengers”
Chris Hemsworth, “The Avengers”
Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”
Taylor Lautner, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”
Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Lily Collins, “Mirror Mirror”
Vanessa Hudgens, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”
Scarlett Johansson, “The Avengers”
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games”
Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

Choice Movie: Drama

“The Help”
“The Lucky One”
“The Vow”
“We Bought a Zoo”

Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Matt Damon, “We Bought a Zoo”
Zac Efron, “The Lucky One”
Ryan Gosling, “Drive”
Channing Tatum, “The Vow”
Justin Timberlake, “In Time”

Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Sandra Bullock, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Scarlett Johansson, “We Bought a Zoo”
Rachel McAdams, “The Vow”
Emma Stone, “The Help”

Choice Movie: Comedy
“21 Jump Street”
“American Reunion”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
“The Muppets”
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy

Jason Biggs, “American Reunion”
Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Jonah Hill, “21 Jump Street”
Chris Rock, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Channing Tatum, “21 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Cameron Diaz, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Alyson Hannigan, “American Reunion”
Jennifer Lopez, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Emma Stone, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Reese Witherspoon, “This Means War”


Choice TV Show: Drama

“Gossip Girl”
“Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actor: Drama

Penn Badgley, “Gossip Girl”
David Boreanaz, "Bones"
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Kiefer Sutherland, "Touch"
Ed Westwick, “Gossip Girl

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Emily Deschanel, "Bones"
Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Ringer”
Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars”
Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”
Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

“Once Upon a Time”
“True Blood”
“The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Jensen Ackles, “Supernatural”
Joshua Jackson, "Fringe"
Jared Padalecki, “Supernatural”
Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”
Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”
Ginnifer Goodwin, “Once Upon a Time”
Kat Graham, “The Vampire Diaries”
Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

Choice TV Show: Action

“CSI: Miami”
“Hawaii Five-O”
“NCIS: Los Angeles”

Choice TV Actor: Action

LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”
Daniel Dae Kim, “Hawaii Five-O”
Zachary Levi, “Chuck”
Adam Rodriguez, “CSI: Miami”
Shane West, “Nikita”

Choice TV Actress: Action

Lyndsy Fonseca, “Nikita”
Linda Hunt, “NCIS: Los Angeles”
Grace Park, “Hawaii Five-O”
Maggie Q, “Nikita”
Yvonne Strahovski, “Chuck”

Choice TV Show: Comedy
“2 Broke Girls”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
"New Girl"

Choice TV Actor: Comedy

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Ashton Kutcher, “Two And a Half Men”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Miranda Cosgrove, “iCarly”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Lea Michele, "Glee"
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Choice TV: Animated Show

“Beavis and Butt-head”
"Bob's Burgers"
"Family Guy"
“Robot Chicken”
"The Simpsons"

Choice TV: Male Personality
Nick Cannon, “America’s Got Talent”
Simon Cowell, THE X FACTOR
Cee Lo Green, “The Voice”
Gordon Ramsay, HELL’S KITCHEN
Steven Tyler, "American Idol"

Choice TV: Female Personality
Christina Aguilera, “The Voice”
Tyra Banks, “America’s Next Top Model”
Carrie Ann Inaba, “Dancing With The Stars”
Jennifer Lopez, "American Idol"
Jessica Simpson, “Fashion Star”

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show

"American Idol"
“America’s Next Top Model”
“Survivor: One World”
“The Voice”
"The X Factor"

Choice TV: Reality Show
“Dance Moms”
“Jersey Shore”
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”
“Tia & Tamera”

Choice TV: Male Reality Star

Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, “Jersey Shore” and “The Pauly D Project”
Rob Dyrdek, “Fantasy Factory” and “Ridiculousness”
William Levy, “Dancing With The Stars”
Scotty McCreery, "American Idol"
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, “Jersey Shore”

Choice TV: Female Reality Star

Lauren Alaina, "American Idol"
Melanie Amaro, "The X Factor"
The Kardashians, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”
Tia & Tamera Mowry, “Tia & Tamera”
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “Jersey Shore”


Choice Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Blake Shelton

Choice Female Artist
Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group
Selena Gomez & The Scene
Gym Class Heroes
Lady Antebellum
The Wanted

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

Flo Rida
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Choice Rock Group
The Black Keys
Foo Fighters
Foster The People
Linkin Park

Choice Rock Song

“Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
“Paradise,” Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People
“We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra

Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist

David Guetta
Calvin Harris

Choice Single by a Group
“We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
“Hit The Lights,” Selena Gomez & The Scene
“Ass Back Home,” Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch
“Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
“Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

Choice Single by a Female Artist
“Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson
“Dance Again,” Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
“Part of Me,” Katy Perry
“Eyes Open,” Taylor Swift

Choice Single by a Male Artist
“Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
“Take Care,” Drake featuring Rihanna
“Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
“It Will Rain,” Bruno Mars
“Give Me Everything (Tonight),” Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer

Choice Male Country Artist

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Hunter Hayes
Scotty McCreery
Blake Shelton

Choice Female Country Artist
Lauren Alaina
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“Love on Top,” Beyonce
“Take Care,” Drake featuring Rihanna
“Wild Ones,” Flo Rida featuring Sia
“Without You,” David Guetta featuring Usher
“Starships,” Nicki Minaj

Choice Country Song

“Tattoos on This Town,” Jason Aldean
“Crazy Girl,” Eli Young Band
“Storm Warning,” Hunter Hayes
“God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton
“Sparks Fly,” Taylor Swift

Choice Country Group

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Thompson Square


Choice Fashion Icon: Female

Miley Cyrus
Zooey Deschanel
Jennifer Lopez
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry

Choice Fashion Icon: Male
Justin Bieber
Chris Colfer
Cee Lo Green
Justin Timberlake

Choice Female Hottie

Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Katy Perry
Kate Upton

Choice Male Hottie
Justin Bieber
Ryan Gosling
Liam Hemsworth
Robert Pattinson
Ian Somerhalder


Choice Female Athlete

Kelly Clark (Snowboarding)
Maria Sharapova (Tennis)
Hope Solo (Soccer)
Lindsey Vonn (Skiing)
Serena Williams (Tennis)

Choice Male Athlete

David Beckham (Soccer)
Kobe Bryant (Basketball)
Albert Pujols (Baseball)
Tim Tebow (Football)
Shaun White (Snowboarding/Skateboarding/Surfing)


Choice Book

“The Hunger Games” trilogy, Suzanne Collins
“The Giver,” Lois Lowry
“The Twilight Saga,” Stephenie Meyer
“Divergent” trilogy, Veronica Roth
“The Lucky One,” Nicholas Sparks

Choice Comedian
Ellen DeGeneres
Jimmy Fallon
Andy Samberg
Daniel Tosh
Kristen Wiig

Choice Twit
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Jimmy Fallon
Demi Lovato
Ryan Seacrest

There we have it. And yes, it is embarrassing for me to admit that I love "the Twilight song" by Bruno Mars. It is legitimately a good song, unfortunately. umad?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cannes teaser for Maniac

I had heard about Maniac starring Elijah Wood and I told myself that I must wait until a teaser is released before saying anything. Now we have a teaser released for Cannes 2012 and I must say... this movie looks like it is going to be great. I can't wait to see it.

Release date for Sin City 2

Obviously it is subject to change, but the official release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been set for October 4, 2013.

I can handle that.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Isabelle Fuhrman lands lead in Suspiria

You might know Isabelle Fuhrman as "the creepy Orphan girl," as Bloody-Disgusting puts it. She was also most recently in The Hunger Games where she played Clove, the lethal tribute from District 2. Anyway, it is being reported by numerous sources that the now 15-year old actress has landed the lead role in David Gordon Green's upcoming remake of the Dario Argento classic Suspiria.

This lead role should be that of Suzy Banyon who was originally portrayed by Jessica Harper back in 1977. The basic plot of Suspiria is...

"A young American girl transfers to a ballet school in Italy only to find it controlled by a coven of evil witches."

I personally love Suspiria so I am skeptical of this remake. However, I loved Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan and The Hunger Games so I think she will bring something great to the table. I have been waiting for her to resurface in another horror movie since I saw Orphan

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

4-minute preview of The Amazing Spiderman

Maybe it's still just me, but I personally think this movie looks ridiculous. I like the fact that they are making Peter Parker an asshole, as he should be, but I just can't seem to wrap my head around it. I don't know if it's the casting, underlying anger that we already have a reboot of Sam Raimi's movies, or whatever. Even after this sneak peek I am still not planning on seeing The Amazing Spiderman. I'll watch it on DVD... maybe.

Prometheus ad campaign

I just feel the need to say that the ad campaign for Prometheus fucking sucks. The teasers and TV spots and trailers are all so different and I feel like they are giving away too much. Each one boasts about having "new footage" and although they are correct, why is it necessary? You have to leave a little to the viewers' imagination. I was sold with the full trailer I saw back in March. They had me. I have watched some of the viral ads, including the one with Michael Fassbender, and I haven't done anything since. I'm not looking at the new photos or any more of the new teasers. It's too much. I didn't even read the Prometheus spread in this week's Entertainment Weekly in a small attempt to not spoil anything else. They just need to stop. The release date is like 3 weeks away. I can wait.

/random gripe of the day

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dark Shadows - Review

Tim Burton's newest film, Dark Shadows, follows a 200+ year old vampire named Barnabas Collins as he awakens in 1972 after being cursed in the late 1700's. He awakens to find his family fortune and mansion in danger along with finding their dysfunction.

I have been excited for Dark Shadows for many, many months and waited quite patiently for the trailers and promo photos. If you read my blog regularly you might have noticed. With that said it is no surprise that I dragged my sick self out of bed to see it opening weekend. I am happy to say that I wasn't disappointed at all.
I honestly think this is the best Tim Burton film since Sweeney Todd in 2007. It was definitely better than Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That's for damn sure. The cast was fantastic, the scenery was nice, the setting surprisingly fit the scenario. The previews are kind of misleading but at the same time they do it justice. There is a decent amount of humor in the film but it is a lot darker than the previews are making it seem. I anticipated that going in and I'm glad I was correct. Keeping that in mind, I felt kind of bad for the people who brought their young kids to the theater with them. It's not extremely adult but there is a noticeable amount of adult humor and situations. Examples being Barnabas having destructive vampire sex and the youngest boy mocking his cousin at the dinner table about touching herself. Seeing that Barnabas is a vampire there is a decent amount of blood as well.
Overall I think it was well done. There were parts where it dragged a little bit and got a little boring but it was brief. The last 20 minutes or so had the best stuff in it but the lead into it was good enough. Like I said, this was by far my favorite Burton film I have seen in a while. I'm happy.

Now for spoilers. If you haven't seen Dark Shadows and you want to I would suggest not looking at these. Unless you are a honey badger and just don't give a shit.

First of all, let me just say that Chloe Moretz is one fucking badass girl. The twist of her being a werewolf was actually pretty fun for me. I liked how they tied the witch into the Collins family curse by including her cursing the children into being "monsters" like Barnabas. Carolyn turned out to be a werewolf and David could see ghosts.
I also liked that Barnabas was a badass vampire who killed and hissed in the sun. The part when he got set on fire and didn't realize it was hilarious. His old fashioned speech and persona was hilarious, too. Especially when he basically called Carolyn a hooker.
Loved Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Both of their characters were great.

True Blood Season 5 trailers begin

The first trailer for season 5 of True Blood has surfaced. I must say that it looks a hell of a lot better than last season. At least it better be. I was tempted to quit watching after having two shitty seasons in a row.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Julianne Moore confirmed for Carrie

Julianne Moore has been confirmed for the upcoming reboot of Carrie and will indeed be playing the role of Carrie's mother, Mrs. White. Chloe Moretz has been cast as the title role of Carrie.

I touched on this back in April ( and I said that casting Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother confused me. I kind of am retracting that statement. I think this will be a good thing. I really love Julianne Moore and I remembered that she is fully capable of playing a crazy bitch and doing it quite well. Yes, Jodie Foster would have been great but oh well.
They are also trying to cast the role of Sue Snell and an actress named Gabrielle Wilde. I personally don't know who she is so I will have to look her up if she is cast.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chloe Moretz to join the cast of Maggie

Chloe Moretz has joined the cast of yet another upcoming horror flick titled Maggie. The basic plot of the film is as follows:

"Set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, the story concerns a father's unconditional love for his 16-year old daughter Maggie as she becomes infected by a zombie."
 Apparently this film will feature zombies who take months to fully change as opposed to our current zombies in shows like The Walking Dead who morph into the undead within minutes or hours. Production on Maggie is aiming to begin this September.

Personally... I am down for this. I like seeing Chloe take on more horror roles. I think it's a good habitat for her. She was fantastic in Let Me In and has also been cast as the new Carrie in the upcoming reboot.

Russell Brand to host MTV Movie Awards 2012

Well that killed it. I cannot stand Russell Brand. The show is always so unfunny when he is involved.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

IFC and Sundance Selects to distribute On the Road

This is pretty good news. IFC Films and Sundance Selects have acquired distribution rights for On the Road. There still is no US release date but with this distribution pickup rumors of this fall are swirling around. The film will be shown at Cannes 2012.

I am a fan of the book and people are saying the movie is fantastic so yes... I am very excited. If it is that good a fall 2012 release is a very positive thing when it comes to the award season. It's not too late but it's not too early. Let's hope!

The Avengers 2 is officially on

Duh and or hello!

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that there will indeed be a sequel to The Avengers. There is no projected date set for this yet. Iron Man 3 is set for May 2013, Thor 2 for November 2013, and Captain America 2 for April 2014. Maybe we will get The Avengers 2 in the fall of 2014.

R-rating for Prometheus confirmed

There was a photo of an advanced screening ticket for Prometheus posted online within the past week and people only seemed to notice one thing; the fact that it had an R-rating.

Personally, I don't care about R-ratings. I think the MPAA is giving movies that rating based on stupid things and that it doesn't really mean anything anymore. I can't count how many PG-13 movies I have seen that deserved an R. With that said, this really isn't a big deal. Most of Ridley Scott's movies have been R-rated. Parents and guardians will still take their underage children to see this because it looks awesome.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Beetlejuice 2 to be a straight sequel

As many people suspected Beetlejuice 2 to be a reboot, Seth Graham-Smith has announced that it will indeed be a straight sequel to the 1988 Tim Burton film. He also has made it clear that they have met with Michael Keaton and he is pretty much on board to reprise the role of Beetlejuice. When asked if Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, and Alec Baldwin are returning, Grahame-Smith said:

"It’s all possible. In terms of the story, however many years that are between the two films will be the amount of years that are between the two story lines."

I'm still not jumping out of my seat for this. I love Beetlejuice and it's one of my favorite movies but I think Hollywood needs to learn when to leave something alone.  There are too many unnecessary reboots and sequels floating around.

The Devil's Carnival - Review

So I went to the road show for The Devil's Carnival last night in Denver. The basics of the road show is to attend a screening of the film with "like-minded weirdos" as director Darren Bousman put it. There was a fire performer, a costume contest, and an intro based off the previous Bousman and Zdunich film, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and a Q&A session after the film was screened. The special guests from the film were director Darren Bousman, writer Terrance Zdunich (Lucifer in TDC and also played Graverobber in Repo), Emilie Autumn (Painted Doll), and Marc Senter (Scorpion). There was also an autograph meet & greet after the show but I didn't want to buy anything so I left a little early. The trick, which is genius, is you can't get anything signed or meet the people without buying something TDC related at the merch table. They wouldn't allow anything Repo! The Genetic Opera or Saw themed. I thought that was fair tbh.

If you read this blog you know by now that I have been following this since they announced the project and the 12-minute teaser was released months ago. When I saw the road tour was coming to my city I was excited and bought a ticket so I could see the movie. All the other bells and whistles that came with it weren't really priority on my list. I just wanted to see the movie.
With that said, I thought it was... interesting. It was definitely hellish and full of sinful behavior as they promote and promise with the advertising. The film as a whole was about an hour and has a total of 12 songs including solo songs from Terrance Zdunich, Ivan Moody, Marc Senter, and Emilie Autumn. It is centered around three people who wind up in hell and inevitably, The Devil's Carnival. The three victims are Sean Patrick Flanery, Briana Evigan, and Jessica Lowndes. The songs and the basic course of events are based upon Aesop's Fables and each of the characters has their own path and their own problem; suicide & grief, greed & gluttony, and mistrust & lying. The other characters who were slowly announced over the course of the past months, such as Ogre and Alexa Vega, were all players in the carnival and had dealings with the specific characters. As a whole, for what it is, I thought it was well done. The set design wasn't lacking, the make-up was fantastic, and the songs were well put together. And like everyone on Bloody-Disgusting noticed a while back, this is only chapter one. Bousman said chapter two is completely written and they are close to finishing chapter three. He also said they hope to have chapter one available on DVD within 3-4 months but there wasn't a promise. They are independently funding everything so he said the actual production of DVD's is a big decision when it comes to cost.

 In terms of the road show, I honestly I felt a bit out of place. I am a religious person and as a result didn't participate in all the "HAIL SATAN" chants that were started and the playful catchy tune "666." Why did I go then? Like I said above, I wanted to see the movie. I am a big fan of what Bousman did with the Saw movies and I loved Repo! The Genetic Opera. I didn't get to see the Repo road show so I wanted to attend this one. I don't regret going but I did feel a but out of my element. The flame performer was cool even though he set himself on fire twice and the costume contest was fun. A little girl won the contest last night and got a signed poster. I would say if the road show was coming near you to go see it, but Denver was one of the last stops. Most of the other shows have already happened so maybe next time. It is an experience and you get to see a cool movie that not a lot of other people get to see. They make you promise not to film or take photos during the movie in an attempt to keep it under wraps. If you see someone with a camera out you are instructed to take it from them, delete the file, and give it back after the movie is over. I don't think anyone in Denver got busted but I was too busy watching the movie.

Overall I'd say it was decent and well done. I liked Repo! The Genetic Opera a lot more but I also have to remind myself that Repo was a Lionsgate/Twisted Pictures production. The Devil's Carnival is a full independent film that was filmed in 7 days. You have to take it for what it is.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers - Review

Now that I was able to control myself and actually sit down and watch The Avengers without feeling like my brain was exploding I think I can talk about it. I will warn you when spoilers are coming.

If you don't know the basic plot... basically SHIELD gathers "The Avengers" (Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) to fight against Thor's brother Loki and his army in an attempt to take over Earth and/or destroy it. The movie is kinda split into parts, or chapters if you will. It starts with kind of a re-introduction of each hero/character, it morphs into the main plot set up of the problem, and then the resolution with the major battle against Loki and his army.

Overall, this movie is badass. The effects are great, the sound design was well done, the character development (for the most part) was decent, and the general flow of the movie was smooth and fun. They evenly mixed comedy and action, like great comics do, and it worked out very well. I was dying laughing at parts along with everyone else in the theater. It was a bit closer to the newer Ultimate Avengers rather than the older ones but I think that was more for the characters than the storyline. I do have some complaints which I will mention with spoilers, but honestly the minor gripes don't take away anything from the overall movie. I still loved it just as much if not more.
If you haven't seen it yet, definitely stay through the credits. There is a mid-credit scene and a scene after the credits. Both times I haven't stayed all the way through but from what I have heard the scene after the full credits is pretty minor and was stuck in just for fun. When I see it a third time I'll stay all the way through.

Now for SPOILERS! If you haven't seen The Avengers yet don't read on. Seriously. Don't spoil it for yourself. Let the awesome be a surprise.

So... I will start off with my gripes which, like I said, are quite minor.

1. I didn't like how Iron Man was basically the main character. It was almost like he was the #1 leader of the group and was basically just an asshole to everyone until the very end. Granted Tony Stark is an asshole in general, but come on. Even assholes have their limits.

2. Thor didn't have nearly enough screen time. Even Hawkeye had more screen time than Thor did. Not to mention it was barely mentioned how he made it to Earth. Loki briefly says Odin must have used a lot of dark magic to get Thor back to Earth but it is left at that. Even the guys at SHIELD including Agent Coulson and Nick Fury didn't question Thor's presence. None of the other Avengers questioned it either. I assume that full explanation will be saved for Thor 2, though. Especially since Jane Foster has been confirmed to return in Thor 2.

3. Bruce Banner's sudden control of "the other guy" was a bit confusing. When he first changes on the aircraft in Black Widow's presence he nearly kills her and can't seem to control himself whatsoever. He fights Thor and practically destroys the aircraft in the process, but when he arrives in NYC mid-battle he magically is like "I'm always angry" and has full control of himself and knows which team he's on. I didn't quite understand it.

4. Black Widow and Hawkeye both were a bit pointless, imo. Her main motivation the whole time was to keep Hawkeye safe. Set up for a future plot line I think. I doubt either of them will ever have their own movie the way the rest of the characters have had.

5. Agent Coulson dies. wtf...

That's about it, though. I loved the way they eventually found a way to work together and all that junk. It was funny how they were all kind of paired up, too. Iron Man and Captain America kind of stayed together, The Hulk and Thor made a good pair, and Hawkeye and Black Widow were a good team as well. I also loved how we now know that Thor can stop Banner with almost no effort.

And like I mentioned above, definitely stay for the mid-credit scene. The big character reveal is none other than Thanos. He is the one who provided Loki's army and apparently found the way to get Loki to Earth to capture the Tesseract. If you don't know who Thanos is he is basically one of the big bad villains in the Marvel universe. He is a part of the Titan Eternals who exercises superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. He also possesses a certain level of telekinesis, manipulation, and is able to project and absorb cosmic energy. In a way it makes sense for him to use Loki to try and obtain the Tesseract. However... Thor took the Tesseract and Loki back to Asgard with him so who knows is Thanos will appear in Thor 2, Iron Man 3, or The Avengers 2. Or all of the above. Either way, Thanos' presence is definitely a big and exciting reveal.
I kind of am wondering if there will be any explanation of how the Tesseract escaped Asgard to begin with. The way this movie made it seem, in slight contradiction to Captain America, is that Asgard is its rightful owner and that it belongs in the artifact room along with the Yodenheim casket.

Anywho, I could just go on and on. My most basic advice is to go see The Avengers. Despite the gripes I have now it is a great movie, both as a comic book movie and a general movie. It has a lot of fun elements for anyone to enjoy.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Avengers - initial reaction

So I just got back from seeing The Avengers.


Holy shit. That movie was amazing. It was beyond amazing. I can't talk about it without rambling. My mind was officially blown. I don't think I have seen a movie that awesome. Aaahhh!

One thing I must complain about, though... The theater I went to didn't play the fucking trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. What gives?! We got one for Battleship and a new one for The Amazing Spiderman. In other words, who gives a fuck? Ugh.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Catching Fire release date and cast announced

It was also made official that Frances Lawrence is directing Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. The official release date set, as of right now, is November 22, 2013. Returning cast members are:

Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Elizabeth Banks
Woody Harrelson
Lenny Kravitz
Stanley Tucci
Donald Sutherland
Toby Jones

I'm sure we will be getting casting announcements for the new characters soon enough. Specifically the much anticipated casting of Finnick Odair.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to be renamed

Yes, the famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood finally has a new name and a new owner. The theater which hosts events such as The Academy Awards will now be known as the Dolby Theatre. Along with this name change the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have signed a 20-year contract with the realtors to stay in the theater putting. Looks like we are just trading picture for sound.

I saw the Kodak Theatre in 2005 when I was in Hollywood and it looks pretty different than it does when it's all dolled up for big events, but it is nice to see something staying put. New name or not.

MTV Movie Awards 2012

MTV announced the nominations for the 2012 Movie Awards. I'm doing this just because I mentioned the new format last week or the week before.

Movie of the Year:
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
The Help
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Best Female Performance:
Emma Stone - Crazy, Stupid, Love
Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Male Performance:
Channing Tatum - The Vow
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50
Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games
Ryan Gosling - Drive

Breakthrough Performance:
Elle Fanning - Super 8
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Liam Hemsworth - The Hunger Games
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Comedic Performance:
Jonah Hill - 21 Jump Street
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Oliver Cooper - Project X
Zach Galifinakis - The Hangover Part II

Best Cast:
21 Jump Street
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
The Help
The Hunger Games

Best On-Screen Transformation:
Colin Farrell - Horrible Bosses
Elizabeth Banks - The Hunger Games
Johnny Depp - 21 Jump Street
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Fight:
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang - 21 Jump Street
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes - Harry Potter
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig - The Hunger Games
Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton - Warrior

Best Kiss:
Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams - The Vow
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart - Breaking Dawn Part 1
Rupert Grint & Emma Watson - Harry Potter
Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone - Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Gut-Wrenching Performance:
21 Jump Street
The Help
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 

Best On-Screen Dirtbag:
Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help
Colin Farrell - Horrible Bosses
Jennifer Aniston - Horrible Bosses
Jon Hamm - Bridesmaids
Oliver Cooper - Project X

Best Music:
"The Devil is in the Details" by The Chemical Brothers - Hanna
"Impossible" by Figurine - Like Crazy
"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO - 21 Jump Street
"Pursuit of Happiness" by Kid Cudi - Project X
"A Real Hero" by College with Electric Youth - Drive

My picks, of course, are in red. The categories that don't have a pick mean I really don't care.
The one thing that made my bones happy was seeing that Twilight only got two nominations. I think this is a good sign of what is yet to come. Kristen Stewart got shafted for Best Female Performance, as she should. and both Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner didn't get Best Male Performance. This will force the teenage girls to actually vote for someone who did a good job. Well, kind of. Channing Tatum was nominated ffs.
To my surprise, I didn't pick The Hunger Games for anything. I loved it but I feel like it is too new to even include in this. There are movies that are already a year old included here.