The past seven days

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

John Leguizamo joins Kick-Ass 2

It has been announced that none other than John Leguizamo will play the role of a bodyguard to Red Mist in the upcoming Kick-Ass sequel, Kick-Ass 2. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will reprise his role as Red Mist along with Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass and Hit Girl). It is also rumored that Nicolas Cage will make a cameo at some point.

Red Mist will be playing one villain in the film while the other will be Mother Russia. Mother Russia has not been cast yet but rumors were circulating around Gina Carano so we will just have to wait and see.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Paranormal Activity 4 Trailer Teaser

Ugh... since when did teasers for teaser trailers become popular? I hate these things.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Plot synopsis for Carrie

Filming has already started in Toronto for the upcoming reboot of Carrie, but we now have a plot synopsis to go along with it.
“The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Julianne Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Chloe Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.”

I am a huge fan of the original with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie but I am going to give this one a shot. I love Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz so I want to see how this one unfolds. I also really like Judy Greer.

Silent Hill: Revelation full trailer released

And it still looks like it's going to suck. They should have quit while they were behind.

AMC cancels The Killing

After just two seasons AMC has pulled the plug on The Killing.

I don't really know what else to say because I didn't watch this show but I had a lot of friends that did. I guess AMC is trying to pave a path for new shows that might be able to carry an interesting story for more than two seasons.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lady Gaga joins Machete Kills

It has been confirmed that Stefani Germanotta (aka, Lady Gaga) has joined the cast of Machete Kills. The character, La Chameleon, is described as a femme fatale type with an elaborate and imaginative wardrobe.

I am a bit confused but whatever. I never saw all of Machete so I doubt I will be seeing Machete Kills. Not in theaters, at least. Maybe on DVD if I decide to watch all of Machete at some point.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson with director

I rarely follow celebrity gossip but I found this one too good. I laughed for a solid minute when I read about this last night.

This news broke last night, but it has since been confirmed and apologized for already. Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson in the back of her car by paparazzi with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Sanders is married to Liberty Ross (who played Snow White's mother in the film) with whom he has two fairly young children. He is also close to 20 years older than Stewart. Both parties released statements apologizing for the incident:
"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."
"I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together."

Now... the only reason I chose to write about this is because I was quite invested in the announced sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. In light of recent events I am curious, and doubtful, on how or if the sequel will even happen. If it does happen I think Sanders just blew his chance at returning to the director's chair. Either that or Stewart will walk away from the project unless she has already signed a contract. I think however this unravels is going to be quite interesting. If Universal decides to can Sanders I think the sequel could be quite different both visually and tone-wise from the first. That could either be good or bad. It is also possible that Universal could now can the entire project seeing that Kristen Stewart fans have seemed to revolt against her via online outlets, Twitter, etc.. I have read some of the funniest things from her fans. People are acting like she killed their dog and shit on the corpse. From what I understand Twilight fans feel the most betrayed because their real life Edward and Bella fantasies have now taken a turn for the worst.

I haven't necessarily lost any respect for Kristen Stewart seeing that I didn't have much to begin with. I have previously admitted to liking a majority of her work outside of the Twilight saga, but that doesn't mean I am one of those Krisbians or Robstens or whatever they are called. She isn't Bella Swan, ffs. She is a human being and the truth is human beings make stupid, dumbass decisions. One of those decisions was screwing around with a married man out in the open where paparazzi can take pictures of it and sell them to US Weekly. It unfortunately isn't uncommon among young people to cheat on boyfriends/girlfriends. From what I understand after having fun reading the gossip trash mag websites she cheated on Michael Angarano with Robert Pattinson so I guess this isn't unfamiliar territory for her. I do think she will be fine career wise, though. Cali is moving forward and just cast Alex Pettyfer as her character's boyfriend and she is still the highest paid actress in Hollywood. All I can tell you right now is the press tour for Breaking Dawn Part 2 is going to be hilarious. Whether she and Pattinson stay together or not I can guarantee the first questions any member of the media is going to ask during a junket is "how is it being around each other? Are you guys friends?" I think I will actually follow the press tour just for shits and giggles.

As for Rupert Sanders, he probably just ruined his marriage and his career. The unfortunate part for him is his career barely got started. Snow White and the Huntsman was his first feature film and for all we know it could be the last. It all depends on what he decides to do and what Universal decides to do with him.

Bottom line is this is hilarious. Her statement alone just goes to show the mind of people my age. If you love someone that much then why even put yourself in the situation to begin with? Fucking hell. People are so dumb.

Lesson learned: Hollywood is no different than any other workplace. Don't fuck your co-workers.

Gangster Squad officially bumped to January 11, 2013

Due to the tragedy here in Aurora, CO Warner Bros. has officially moved the upcoming film Gangster Squad from September 7, 2012 to January 11, 2013. The reason for the bump is to allow time for editing and re-shoots as they plan on cutting out the scene where a hit squad opens fire on a movie theater.

Yet another thing to thank James Holmes for, America.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Peter Jackson to release The Hobbit as a trilogy

I called this last week when I heard a rumor about it. Peter Jackson is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to make The Hobbit into not two movies but a trilogy. Jackson is doing what he does best. He is dragging things out that don't need to be and is looking to make as much money in the process. He's like James Cameron for fucks sake. This is ridiculous.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Warner Bros. to edit Gangster Squad in response to Colorado shooting

In response to the recent shooting in Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. has continued their changes with the release of Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. In addition to pulling the trailer from before The Dark Knight Rises, due to the fact that there is a scene where a hit squad opens fire on a movie theater, they have also announced their plans to re-edit and re-shoot the film to get rid of the scene entirely. They are currently working on a re-shoot schedule and we can only assume such an intensive and rushed schedule is because the scene is an important part in the film. Also the fact that the film's release is slated for September 7th which is only about 6 weeks away.

I saw the trailer for Gangster Squad earlier last week and like everyone else who watched it probably didn't think twice about the scene where they open fire on the movie theater. However, with recent events I think this is a wise choice by Warner Bros. Do I also think that it's lousy we have to resort to political correctness due to the acts of one guy? Sure. But at the same time enough people have been touched and affected by the events here in Colorado that I think it is the right move to make. If it means having to push the release date forward a couple months then so be it. It's probably better in the long run than having the movie boycotted or having people file lawsuits against Warner Bros. We also recently saw this when Fox pulled marketing campaigns and changed the title of The Watch (formerly Neighborhood Watch) in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. If they would have chosen to do nothing the phrase "too soon" pops into my head.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - Review

Despite the tragedy here in Colorado I still went out to a different theater last night and saw the much anticipated finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. I have been excited for this movie for over a year, well actually since The Dark Knight in 2008, so I wasn't going to let the actions of one man stop me. However, I will admit it was eerie being in a theater auditorium that wasn't even half full on not only a Friday but on an opening weekend like this.
With that said, this movie didn't disappoint. Not really. Overall I think that it was really, really well done and I absolutely loved the ending. Were there little things that bothered me? Sure. Were they enough to ruin anything? Hell no. I will talk more about those things in the spoiler section after the jump so you are safe reading until then.
I thought the acting was very good, as always, and I think the casting for characters was fantastic. I mean no disrespect when I say this but Tom Hardy as Bane seriously is up there with Heath Ledger as The Joker. Obviously it isn't as powerful as Heath's was and I do still think his portrayal of The Joker is #1, but in terms of the various villains we have had in this trilogy, including Jonathan Crane and Harvey Dent, I think Bane was pushed above all the rest to a clear second behind The Joker. And as surprised as I am to be saying this I honestly liked Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (aka, Selina Kyle). It was more of the genuine cat burglar approach rather than the approach Tim Burton did with Batman Returns where she was out for revenge more than anything. I thought the musical score complimented the character best because whenever Catwoman was up to something there was a recognizable, sneaky-like piano tune that would play. It was really well done and I am pleased to say that I was happy with it. I was real worried about Catwoman.
The main thing that I felt was despite the movie being 2 hours and 45 minutes, it still felt very rushed to me. I felt that they tried to do a little too much at one time with too many main to semi-main characters. I also felt the return, or rise, of Batman back into Gotham was too soon. It was like one minute Bruce Wayne is a recluse and then the next minute he is back on the streets chasing after criminals. It just felt too soon.

Now I will talk about spoilers and key points in the plot so I advise you do not continue reading until you see The Dark Knight Rises.

Aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting

I wrote yesterday my direct link to the shooting at the Century 16 theater shooting during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. I went online this morning and we are already seeing the aftermath of the shooting. Not only are 12 people still dead but the effect on Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan, and the entire country is a bit overwhelming.

1. Warner Bros. has announced it will not report the opening weekend box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for the victims and their families.
“Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday.”
 2. AMC Theaters has banned costumes and face covering masks for moviegoers and several TV networks, including NBC and CBS, have pulled TV spots and trailers for The Dark Knight Rises. The new trailer for Gangster Squad was also pulled from before the film due to the fact that there is a scene in the trailer of a hit squad opening fire on a movie theater. It has also been rumored than Warner Bros. is currently revising the main theatrical trailer and the current TV spots to edit out a majority of the violence and weapons.

3. In addition to the costume ban, several theaters have increased security both outside and inside the theater complexes. Both private security and city police officers have been brought into several theaters to patrol around.

4. The director of the recent Batman trilogy, Christopher Nolan, also made a statement regarding the theater shooting.
"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

This is just sad, guys. It's so close to home for me, literally. I am shaken. However, I did still go see The Dark Knight Rises at a different theater last night. My review will be up soon.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Gunman kills 12 and shoots 70+ at Colorado movie theater

This is one of my two local movie theaters and I am happy to say I was not at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that was massacred by a gunman, James Holmes. The gunman opened fire in Theater 9 of a Cinemark theater in Colorado killing 12 people, including a 6-year old, and wounding over 70 with a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun. He also used gas canisters and supposedly used flash-bang grenades.
The story is, as of right now, that Holmes entered the theater as a normal viewer, exited out of the emergency exit, propped the door open, and returned approximately 20-30 minutes later dressed in military tactical gear (aka, riot gear) setting off gas canisters and grenades and opening fire on the rest of the people in the theater. When he was apprehended by police outside the back entrance of the theater he apparently referred to himself as The Joker and his apartment is booby trapped with IEDs (aka, improvised explosive devices).

I am shocked and upset. I could have, and would have, been there if I didn't work early today. If I would have had an afternoon shift today I would have been there for the marathon including the midnight showing. I am shaken as hell. I am happy they caught the asshole. I hope he's happy with himself for killing 12 people including a child. I can't believe this.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Denver Comic-Con 2013 announcement

Not only did Denver's 1st annual Comic-Con set a record for the most in attendance for a first year con, just behind NYC's, but they have already started planning their 2013 sequel. It will again be at the Colorado Convention Center from May 31st to June 2nd.

This is the big news... they have announced their guest of honor already and it is none other than the most iconic man in the comic book world. Ladies and gentlemen... the former head of Marvel Comics, Mr. Stan Lee.

I can't believe this. I am so fucking there.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Walking Dead joins Halloween Horror Nights

I previously posted about Silent Hill joining Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Studios parks in Orlando and Hollywood, but we now have news of a new haunted maze themed around the popular AMC show The Walking Dead. The themed maze will be featured at both Universal Studios parks in Orlando and Hollywood and are supposed to be very elaborate and close to the feel of the TV show.

Shit... I might have to try and check out Halloween Horror Nights this year. I might be in California this October.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

[UPDATE] More casting for Catching Fire announced

We have more casting, both confirmed and rumored, for Catching Fire. The confirmed part is that Amanda Plummer has secured the role of Wiress, a former tribute and winner from District 3. Plummer joins fellow confirmed actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone.
The rumored is that Tony Shalhoub (Monk, Galaxy Quest) is in negotiations for the role of Beetee. Melissa Leo was rumored for the role of Mags but a few sources have said that it isn't going to happen, so I guess Leo is off the hook as far as rumors go.

And perhaps the biggest rumor yet is that there is an actor in final negotiations to play the much anticipated role of Finnick Odair... and his name is Sam Claflin. You might remember him from such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman. I saw him in both of those films and with that I will say that this potential casting doesn't bother me. I think he is attractive enough for the role, in comparison to the book description, and would do a decent job. He is a better choice than some, like when Robert Pattinson was rumored, so I wouldn't bitch too much if he winds up securing the role.

Best Comic-Con cosplay I have seen yet

Whoever you are I want to shake your hand.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Silent Hill to join Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

I have never been to Halloween Horror Nights, unfortunately, but it is basically Universal Studios' way of getting into the Halloween spirit. It is a combination of haunted houses and mazes based off horror film icons. The event started in 1991 and takes place in Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore at the various Universal Studios parks. In previous years there have been mazes based off Child's Play, Saw, Tales from the Crypt, Beetlejuice, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, House of 1000 Corpses, and many more.

For the 2012 Halloween Horror Nights it has been announced that there will be a maze based off the video game series and movie franchise Silent Hill. The maze's official title is Welcome to Silent Hill.

I personally liked the video game but I really hated the movie so I feel like my enjoyment of this if I got to see it would depend on which one they are basing it off. Not to mention there is a new Silent Hill movie coming out soon so this is probably more promotion for that than anything else.

Anthony Mackie rumored to play Falcon in Captain America 2

Another tidbit learned from this year's SD Comic-Con was the potential casting for a character in the upcoming Marvel sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The news is that Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Real Steel, Gangster Squad) is rumored to have secured the role of Falcon, aka Rogers' sidekick. 

If you have no idea who Falcon is...

"Sam Wilson was Harlem-based and had many street adventures with Captain America in the 1970s comics when he served as his partner. He derives his powers from a suit which allows him to fly and enhances his strength. He can also telepathically talk to birds. In current comics, Falcon is a key player in many of Captain America’s espionage adventures.”

Like I said above, he is basically Captain America's sidekick.  The only other tidbit I can share about the sequel is taken from the title alone; The Winter Soldier. If you don't know who The Winter Soldier is I think you should hop on Google and do a search on Bucky from The First Avenger. You'll find what I am referring to.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Comic-Con: Upcoming Marvel titles revealed

We have the official titles for the upcoming sequels to Captain America and Thor as well as a title for another upcoming Marvel project.

Thor's sequel is now Thor: The Dark World.

Captain America's sequel is now Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

And of course, the new Marvel project is Guardians of the Galaxy.

I don't know if this is just rumor or if it's fact, but I read that Guardians of the Galaxy is a set-up for The Avengers 2 and will feature Thanos and introduce him for the Avengers sequel. Whether that is true or not I think is still up in the air but I think that it's probably true. There will be a lot of new characters in the Marvel Universe introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy.

And of course we have the next Marvel release, Iron Man 3.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

How Peter Jackson could turn The Hobbit into a trilogy

According to the good people spreading the news and hearsay from Comic-Con, apparently Peter Jackson went on record saying that he wants to shoot more footage for The Hobbit.

If you didn't know, there is a movie called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set to be released this December and yes, it is yet another JRR Tolkien adaptation. If you have no clue about Lord of the Rings... The Hobbit is basically a prequel to Fellowship of the Ring. We saw Bilbo Baggins as an old Hobbit in Fellowship of the Ring and now we will see Bilbo as a young Hobbit in An Unexpected Journey.

HOWEVER... this is already split into two parts. An Unexpected Journey comes out this December and the second part, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is set for release in December 2013. If Peter Jackson rounds everyone up again and films more footage this could mean one of two things, as Collider predicts:

1. One or both films will have extended cuts for DVD/Blu-Ray release or will be released extended theatrically.
2. He will tweak the editing and release a third Hobbit film making one book an entire trilogy.

Now, I have read all the Lord of the Rings books including The Hobbit. I did a book project on this book when I was in 6th grade including making a model of Smaug to go along with my book report. Not only is it the shortest book of them all but it doesn't really need to be expanded this much, imo. Seeing that Peter Jackson completed three books in three movies already (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King) I don't see why he has to make three more movies out of one book. But of course we all know the real reason; Peter Jackson wants all the money he can get out of the LOTR nerds of the world. All the money, merchandise, and Academy Awards he got from the first trilogy wasn't enough.

I disagree with this prediction in the sense of not wanting it to happen. I am honestly expecting this to happen and it pisses me off. I don't want to deal with three more LOTR movies that are, no doubt, going to be just as boring as the previous three were.

Comic-Con: Kingsley's role named for Iron Man 3

As speculated and rumored, Ben Kingsley will indeed be playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. This was revealed during the Iron Man panel at SD Comic-Con 2012.

We also have a new image from the upcoming movie, which is going to be awesome.

Comic-Con: First poster for Man of Steel

Thursday, July 12, 2012

[Update] Mikkelson will not be in Thor 2

It was previously confirmed that Mads Mikkelson was set to play a villain in the upcoming Marvel film, Thor 2. However, new news has surfaced that Mikkelson will not be in Thor 2 after all. Mikkelson was nabbed for Hannibal Lecter so he unfortunately had to drop out of the project. He has also dropped out of the upcoming Daredevil reboot.

Oh well.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mockingjay to be released in two parts

The release dates for Mockingjay, the third chapter of The Hunger Games, have been released by Lionsgate. And yes, if you caught the fact that I said "dates" then you are paying attention. Part 1 will be released in November 2014 and Part 2 will be released in November 2015.

This pisses me off so much. Why must everything be split into two parts? Fucking hell. The books are all equal in length so splitting the third book into two parts is unnecessary. I guarantee it will make it slow and feel dragged. I could throw eggs at Lionsgate.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman WILL play Plutarch in Catching Fire

I wrote about this a couple weeks ago but we now have confirmation that Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Moneyball) will play Plutarch Heavensbee (aka, the new Gamemaker) in Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games.

This excites the fuck out of me. When I read this article earlier today I almost jumped out of my chair. This makes two casting choices I am really happy with, along with Jena Malone as Johanna, so hopefully they didn't skimp out when it comes to Finnick. Whoever is cast better be a good choice.

Update - July 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts on this blog lately. The truth is it is kind of a slow time for news and stuff. I have seen most of the movies I want to see until later in the year, and until The Dark Knight Rises, and the stuff I could post about just because I don't want to talk about.

Movies I am looking forward to seeing:

The Dark Knight Rises
Cosmopolis (if it is released in my city)

The Possession (again, if it is released in my city)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
House at the End of the Street
Wreck It Ralph
This is 40
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby

Everything else I will post as it is made available, as I have been doing. I log on almost every day and read around looking for tidbits or whatever. If I don't find something interesting I don't post. Simple as that.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Disney developing Hocus Pocus 2?

Moviehole has made the statement saying that Disney is in the development stage of a sequel to the popular 1993 Halloween film, Hocus Pocus. The rumored title is Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch.

Now... if you have never seen Hocus Pocus the basic plot is this; 300 year old witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) return to the town of Salem under their own spell after a teenage boy (Omri Katz), his classmate (Vinessa Shaw), and little sister (Thora Birch) light a candle bringing them back to life for Halloween night. It is a kids movie, but it is truly a great movie. It is one of my favorite films from when I was a kid. It's one of those movies you watch as you get older and realize how adult the humor really was.
However, I am a bit confused on why make a sequel almost 20 years after the first movie was made. The actors have all moved on and aged significantly so unless they introduce all new characters or use one of the former kid actors as current parents or something it could be really lame. I also bet it will be one of Disney's many Direct-to-DVD features. Either that or it will air on The Disney Channel if that channel even exists anymore.


The Devil's Carnival back out on the road

The road show for the newest film collaboration between Terrance Zdunich and Darren Bousman is headed back on the road for another tour. The tour will begin at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 on July 13th and will end in Vancouver on August 18th.

As I have mentioned before I went to The Devil's Carnival road show in May and it was pretty worth it. Not as good as Repo! The Genetic Opera but it wasn't a total loss. If you get a chance to see it this time around I suggest going.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Official runtime for The Dark Knight Rises

We will be sitting in the theater watching a 164 minute and 27 second movie, otherwise known as The Dark Knight Rises. It is 12 minutes longer than The Dark Knight and 24 minutes longer than Batman Begins.

I can do that.

Jena Malone WILL play Johanna Mason in Catching Fire

It is confirmed! Jena Malone (Stepmom, Sucker Punch) will play the role of Johanna Mason in Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games.

I mentioned this last week and I was excited for this possibility. Now that it has been confirmed I am even more excited. I really like Jena Malone and I think she is going to be a fantastic Johanna. Now all we need is for them to cast Finnick and we'll be all set when it comes to the absolute major characters.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

True Blood to return for 6th season

HBO has renewed True Blood, the vampire drama based on Charlaine Harris' novels, for a 6th season. Filming will begin in January for a summer premiere.