The past seven days

Friday, August 31, 2012

New trailer for On the Road

We have another new trailer for the upcoming film On the Road starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart. It also showcases the US release date of December 2012.

I'm still excited for this movie.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

V/H/S - Review

V/H/S follows a group of men on a mission to find a VHS tape. They break into the house where the tape should be only to find 5 others that give them more than they bargained for.

I have seen Bloody-Disgusting pushing this movie for months and I ignored it for the most part. I read a plot synopsis and I figured it was yet another low budget horror flick that no one will see until it is out on DVD. However, I recently saw that it was a decent hit at Sundance and that it was going to have a small release in theaters along with Video-On-Demand (VOD) and iTunes rentals. After seeing several positive reviews and a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes I decided to fork out the $10 and rent it on iTunes. I must say... not bad at all.

Overall the premise of it basically being 5 different short stories was really a cool idea and I think it worked well. Some were obviously weaker than others but the fifth short was by far the best. They truly saved the best for last. I wasn't like jumping out of my seat but it was pretty damn awesome.
My main problem with this was the shaky-cam aspect. I know it is the thing now to have a found footage movie with some shaky-cam action going on, like Cloverfield and Quarantine, but V/H/S took it to another level and not in a good way. I got about 30 minutes in and my eyes legitimately hurt and I felt a little sick. As the stories went on the camera style relaxed a little bit and it wasn't so bad but holy shit that first half hour was rough. I read about people getting sick at Sundance and I bet it wasn't because they were horrified or anything like that. They probably got motion sickness. I can't imagine how I would have felt if I would have seen it in a movie theater instead of my computer.

I don't want to give too much away because I feel like this is the kind of movie that is best viewed with little knowledge. Don't spoil it for yourself and don't read too many in depth reviews because it could get ruined. But yeah, I would say this is one of the best put together horror films I have seen in a while. I would just watch it and then go from there. Just beware of the shaky-cam if that sort of thing bothers you. Enjoy!

Another Carrie set photo released

Yet another prom up in flames. =^D

Texas Chainsaw 3D poster surfaces

Meh, I'm not excited for this one at all.

FX renews Anger Management for 90 episodes

One of the newest FX comedies Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith, and Selma Blair has apparently been a pretty big hit. The network renewed the show for 90 more episodes the other day. FX Executive VP Chuck Saftler announced:

"We set a very high ratings bar that included some additional hurdles for Anger Management to earn its back-90 order and the series met and exceed those metrics. Bruce Helford has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10 p.m. programming lineup. Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first ten episodes, which were produced in a very tight window. I have no doubt that the producers and cast will be able to pull off the Herculean task of producing 90 episodes over the next two years.”

I watched Anger Management for about two weeks and haven't seen it again. It's not that I didn't like the show it's just that I suck when it comes to television. I almost always forget to watch shows. I am surprised I keep up with The Walking Dead and True Blood like I do. Probably because those air on Sundays when I hardly have anything else going on. If a show is during the week then I'm screwed. Half the time I forget to watch Archer because it airs on Thursdays at 11pm. BUT, with that said I will be catching up on Anger Management before the episodes disappear into oblivion before the next season. From what I saw it is pretty damn funny and I did like it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ABC orders S.H.I.E.L.D. television pilot from Marvel

The ABC television network which is owned and operated by Disney has ordered a television pilot from Marvel Comics, also owned by Disney, revolving around S.H.I.E.L.D. (aka, Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate). There is no information of how the show would tie into the movies, if at all, or what characters would be used but it has been ordered and will happen.

It is also said that The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon has been tapped to co-write the pilot and possibly direct. Collaborating with Joss is his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon is involved with The Avengers 2 along with several future Marvel projects for Phase 2, so I guess they figured why not add a television show to the platter.

I think this could be really cool, but I do also think there is such a thing as there being too much Marvel going on at one time. I also would like to see how they would get big name characters like Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America on an ABC television show when they have their own respective Marvel films. We will see how this one unravels. I am very intrigued.

Batman to return in 2015?

The rumor mill surrounding future DC Comics projects seems to be neverending right now.

Shortly after Ben Affleck confirmed he is not involved with the Justice League we have yet another rumor circulating around the return of Batman to the big screen. It has been said that he could return in the Justice League movie by summer 2015. This means that it is possible that DC might be jumping the gun and going straight to the Justice League after Man of Steel, the newest take on Superman by Zack Snyder. It is also thought they could be using this opportunity to reboot Green Lantern after the extremely disappointing 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds.

Now... this is all rumor. None of this is set in stone or even close to being so. Don't get too upset or excited about anything regarding the Justice League because there is nothing to merit either of those outcomes. All we know so far is Christopher Nolan is has no interest in being involved and Will Beall is working on the script. That is all.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Star Wars will have 3D releases in 2013

It was announced at the Star Wars Celebration this weekend that due to the success of the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace there will be yet another re-release in 2013... actually, make that two.

3D re-releases of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will be released back to back in the fall of 2013. Episode II will be released on September 20th and Episode III will be released on October 11th. This will most likely push the 3D re-releases of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi closer than 2015 as originally planned by Lucasfilm.

Now I am a huge Star Wars fan but I haven't been excited about the 3D re-releases. I chose not to see Episode I this past February because I hate Jar Jar Binks with a fiery passion. I think the only re-release I might catch will be Episode III because that is the best of the prequels.

Affleck will not direct The Justice League

Well this rumor didn't take long.

A rumor was swirling around that Ben Affleck might direct the planned, but never made, movie for the Justice League. While being interviewed in Vancouver he was asked about the project and this was his response:

“I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumors get started. Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.”

So the Justice League is pretty much back where it has been for years... nowhere.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

IFC Midnight acquires Maniac

IFC Midnight has acquired all North American rights to the remake of Maniac starring Elijah Wood. The film debuted at Cannes 2012 this past May. There is no timetable for release so far but I think this movie looked pretty good.

First images of Carrie via EW

Entertainment Weekly is set to release the first images of the Carrie reboot starring Chloe Moretz in their upcoming issue, but they have kindly posted the photos online first. I'm happy with this so far so hopefully it isn't disappointing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Adewale Akinnuoye cast in Thor 2

Adewale Akinnuoye (Lost) has landed a villain role for the upcoming Marvel film Thor: The Dark World. He will be playing a duel role of Algrim who later morphs into Kurse.

The basic line for these characters is Malekith the Accursed gets Algrim to fight Thor but he is later injured and betrayed by Malekith. Algrim heals and morphs into Kurse who is said to be stronger than Thor.

UPDATE: Sam Claflin cast as Finnick in Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finally has its Finnick Odair! As previously rumored Finnick will be played by Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). I am extremely excited about this one. Click under the jump for more about Finnick (spoilers beware).

Ellen DeGeneres returning for Finding Nemo 2

It has been announced by Disney/Pixar that Ellen DeGeneres will return as the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo 2. DeGeneres has also been mentioning it on her daytime show. This is good news seeing that she did not voice the character on the Disneyland submarine ride so I am glad we will at least have the same Dory for the movie. There is no word yet on who else is returning for the movie but either way we won't have this movie until 2016 so there is time.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Barrens gets a DVD and theatrical release

Darren Lynn Bousman's newest film, The Barrens, finally has release dates. It will come out on DVD/Blu-Ray on October 9th and will have a limited theatrical engagement starting September 28th. A TUGG campaign for the theatrical distribution is being planned as well.

The Barrens stars Stephen Moyer, Shawn Ashmore, Mia Kirshner, Erik Knudsen, and J Larose. It is about "a man who takes his family on a camping trip to the more than 1 million acres of dense forest known as the New Jersey Pine Barrens, where he becomes convinced they’re being stalked by the legendary winged monster that looks like a deformed hybrid of several different animals."

I think it sounds interesting but they are stupid to think people will run around to find a theater carrying this movie when they can just wait a week and watch it on DVD. I know I will be waiting.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

James Gunn to direct a Marvel movie?

I almost did a happy dance just now.

Marvel is busy searching for directors to helm upcoming films and one prime candidate for Guardians of the Galaxy is none other than James Gunn. I am a huge fan of Gunn and I think he would be amazing for Guardians of the Galaxy. I hope this happens.

ParaNorman - Review

ParaNorman tells the tale of a young boy who has the ability to see and talk to ghosts. After a series of scary confrontations with his spirit friends, Norman must later use his gift to try and lift the curse of a witch placed on the citizens of his small town over 300 years ago.

I have wanted to see ParaNorman since I first saw a trailer a couple months ago for a couple reasons. The first reason being, I love horror movies and/or horror-themed movies even if they are kids movies. The second reason is the simple fact that I thought the animation looked fantastic. I chose not to read or listen to reviews before seeing it for myself so I could fully judge it for myself because kids movies always seem to be such a toss up. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed.
The plot was fairly simple but you have to remember that it is a movie for children. I'm not saying all kids are stupid, but they tend to enjoy things that have a simple plot line with a conflict and a villain. This movie had both conflict and a villain so it fit the general criteria. I thought the plot was carried out nicely despite a few minor bumps and minor rushes. The script had a few adult parts to it that I didn't think kids would quite get but most kids movies have that to keep the parents entertained. It's just how it is. With that said, I do think it could have received a PG-13 rating over the PG but let's face it... PG isn't what it was when I was a kid. PG-13 is what R-ratings used to be.
The animation was truly fantastic. I am a big fan of stop-motion and I thought this had real smooth transitions and effects. The characters were very animated and their movement was extremely easy on the eyes. The voice matching to the animation was also very well done. I also thought the general tone of the movie was very classic horror. There were zombies but it gave a feel of an old drive-in type horror aura instead of a bloody slasher type. They utilized scenery nicely and had a lot of set dressings that helped develop the creepy feel of things. Norman's bedroom was fantastically decorated and accessorized.

I won't talk much about spoilers because I feel it is a little pointless and I covered most of why I personally wanted to see the movie, but I did like it overall. If you have a kid that likes things a little more on the Haunted Mansion side of things, or even if you are an adult like me who does, I think ParaNorman would be a fun movie to see. I enjoyed it a lot.

*I also can't review the 3D aspect because I chose not to see it in 3D. Sorry.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Avengers 2 release date announced

An official release date, which is subject to change, has been released for The Avengers 2. It appears we can expect the anticipated sequel. for May 1, 2015.

This is roughly 3 years away but they had to give enough time for the rest of "Phase 2" which is as follows:
Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013)
Thor: The Dark World (November 8 2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014)

There are also still rumors swirling around a movie centered around Ant Man directed by Edgar Wright. It is rumored that might have a late 2013 release or an early 2014 release, if it happens at all, but either way The Avengers 2 will be the finale of Phase 2. Guardians of the Galaxy will most definitely be introducing Thanos as a lead into The Avengers 2 so that is going to be bomb.
It was also recently announced that Joss Whedon will be involved with Marvel and The Avengers through 2015 so it's pretty safe to say he will be back to direct The Avengers 2.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kick-Ass 2 has a release date

Kick-Ass 2 has received a release date for June 28, 2013 which puts it at a little less than a year away.

Universal also updated a release for Jurassic Park 3D. The re-release will now be in theaters on April 5, 2013 instead of July 19th.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TIFF 2012 list revealed

The full list for the films to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was announced.  Not a bad list, imo.

A Few Hours of Spring
Anna Karenina
Arthur Newman
At Any Price
The Attack
Bad 25
Caught in the Web
Cloud Atlas
The Deep
Do Not Disturb
Dormant Beauty
Dreams for Sale
End of Watch
Everybody Has a Plan

Frances Ha
Ginger and Rosa
Greetings from Tim Buckley
Hannah Arendt
The Hunt
The Iceman
The Impossible
In the House
The Last Supper
A Late Quartet
Laurence Anyways
A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Lines of Wellington
Love is All You Need
The Master
Mister Pip
Much Ado About Nothing
On the Road
Outrage Beyond
The Paperboy
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Place Beyond the Pines
Rebelle (War Witch)
Rhino Season
Rust and Bone
The Sapphires
The Sessions
The Son Did It
Spring Breakers
The Suicide Shop
Tai Chi 0
Thanks for Sharing
Thérèse Desqueyroux
The Time Being
To the Wonder
Venus & Serena
White Elephant

UPDATE: Kristen Stewart dropped from Snow White sequel

This is honestly very surprising to me.

Universal has stated that Kristen Stewart will not be reprising her role as Snow White in the announced sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The way the studio put it was that she is not being invited back for the sequel and they are "exploring options to continue the franchise." So in other words, they are basically choosing to not exercise the sequel options in her contract and/or buying her out. Writer David Koepp has also been booted from the sequel despite being previously attached and already starting a script. The script Koepp was working on apparently was going to feature Snow White in 2 movies as a main character and then spin-off to The Huntsman for the third movie. However, kicking Stewart out of the franchise only after one movie pretty much blows that idea up which is why they kicked Koepp out as well. The new rumor is the second movie will be the spin-off for The Huntsman and it will just go from there. Either way I think they are going to have to re-cast Snow White. It's kind of hard to do a Snow White franchise without Snow White.

This comes only a couple weeks after Stewart was caught cheating with Snow White and the Huntsman's director Rupert Sanders. It is still unclear on whether Sanders is returning for the sequel but sources claim he is still attached to direct and one of his stipulations could have been to not have Stewart involved in any way, shape, or form. The rumor mill is stating that Universal is looking for a new writer and is looking to begin filming the sequel in July when Chris Hemsworth becomes available again. Again, that is a rumor for now. There is no official announcement from Universal that a sequel is even happening for sure. It was given the green light but that doesn't always mean a movie is actually going to happen.

Like I said this is shocking to me. Out of all the famous and not so famous cheaters in Hollywood I don't see why Kristen Stewart seems to be getting nothing but the short end of the stick. I don't think she was right in doing what she did but for it to have such a drastic effect on her career after only 2 weeks is pretty ridiculous. When Angelina Jolie stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston her career surged. Tiger Woods is still winning golf tournaments, David Letterman still has his late night show, Josh Duhamel still has Fergie, etc.. Kristen Stewart isn't my favorite actress out there, but she shouldn't have her career ruined by this shit. Hollywood is being incredibly hypocritical about this scandal.

It is now being claimed that Stewart was not dropped from the Snow White sequels because she was never officially attached to begin with despite having a sequel clause in her contract. The new story is Universal is exercising an option to flip a 180 and focus solely on The Huntsman and not Snow White.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Heather Graham cast in The Hangover III

It appears that Heather Graham will be reprising her role as Jade the stripper/escort in The Hangover III. We last saw Jade at the end of The Hangover. Filming for The Hangover III begins this fall and is slated for a 2013 release. Also returning are Bradley Cooper, Zach Galafinakis, Ed Helms, and Ken Jeong.

Seeing that she is returning I am starting to think more about the interquel idea that was floating around. People were talking about The Hangover III taking place in between The Hangover and The Hangover II. I like this idea so I hope bringing back some of these characters is a sign of that.

First trailer for Antiviral

I hadn't really heard about this movie before now but we have a first trailer for Brandon Cronenberg's new film Antiviral. I think it looks pretty promising.

A basic synopsis lifted from the trailer description:

"After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life."

UPDATE: E. Roger Mitchell joins Catching Fire

E. Roger Mitchell (The Crazies, Battle: Los Angeles) has been cast as Chaff in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Chaff is a former victor from District 11.

As with the other posts about the Catching Fire casting, don't read below the jump if you haven't read the books. That way the characters and the story won't get spoiled.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

UPDATE: Alan Ritchson & Bruno Gunn join Catching Fire

It has been announced that Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State, Smallville) and Bruno Gunn (also credited as Bruno Gioiello) have joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ritchson has been cast as Gloss, a former victor from District 1, while Gunn has been cast as Brutus, a former victor from District 2.

Like what I did with my post about the casting of Enobaria I will do brief summaries of both Gloss and Brutus. However, they include spoilers about both Catching Fire and Mockingjay so if you haven't read the books and intend to only watch the movies don't click the jump and read on.

Rumored: Ben Affleck to direct The Justice League?

It is rumored that Ben Affleck might be in the director's chair for the much anticipated DC Comics movie, The Justice League (aka, the movie that has never happened).Yes you read correctly... Ben Affleck.

This is extremely premature and I remind you it is only a rumor but I wouldn't get too excited or angry about this just yet. They have been talking about a Justice League movie for years and it was recently revisited a couple months ago by Warner Bros saying they might try and do what Marvel did with The Avengers and do individual character movies prior to The Justice League; a movie for The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman (aka, Man of Steel), Green Lantern (remember Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan?) Aquaman, and yet another reboot of Batman. So far every recent attempt at Wonder Woman has failed with both TV and film, it's going to be damn hard to live up to the trilogy Christopher Nolan gave us for Batman, and does anyone really give a shit about seeing a Flash movie? The only one we really have coming up that could serve as a Justice League precursor is Man of Steel which will reintroduce Superman to everyone. Well, we had Green Lantern but that movie was awful. I didn't read a single good review for that movie.

Either way you look at it I don't think we'll have The Justice League for another 3-4 years if not longer. That is if it even happens.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

UPDATE: Kristen Stewart drops out of Cali

EDIT: It appears this has been confirmed. A statement from the studio is set to appear shortly. It remains unknown if she will stay on as an executive producer of the film but it does seem that she has officially dropped out of the project in terms of being the leading lady. No official reason has been given yet.

Kristen Stewart has reportedly dropped out of the upcoming Nick Cassavetes film, Cali. She was announced for this movie a couple months ago. A couple weeks ago they announced Alex Pettyfer is playing Stewart's con-artist boyfriend. Along with this rumor is was reported that Amber Heard was approached as a possible replacement for Stewart.

I said before that I was a bit afraid of Cali but I have honestly gotten kinda excited. I like the plot and it sounds a like it could be a fun one to watch. This rumor breaks out due to Stewart's cheating scandal. According to sources (aka, traitor friends) she is "extremely depressed" after her fall out with Robert Pattinson and Rupert Sanders and simply doesn't want to do the film anymore. It was also reported that she was so depressed she wasn't showering but that's beside the point. I would hope she'd be a big girl and wouldn't let this take a toll on her career, and neither should Robert Pattinson, but you can't credit people for much of anything these days.

It also appears that she has dropped out of her scheduled appearance for the London premiere of On the Road. The gossip rags and sources (I apologize lol) are stating embarrassment and depression as the reason for the announcement. I guess it's good we won't get the film until December. This cheating thing might all be blown over by then. Not to mention the Twilight press will be over. Now that is a press tour worth paying attention to. Not for Twilight but for the laughs... if she even shows up. She could try and drop those appearances, too.
And while I'm at it I feel the need to mention that it was announced last week that Stewart was attached to the upcoming film adaptation of Lie Down in Darkness. I wasn't too happy about it so I guess at this point it's possible she might even drop that project as well. This girl seems to be willing to let her career get flushed over this thing.

First poster for Kick-Ass 2

And it's not really anything to jump up and down about.

In other casting news for Kick-Ass 2, Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless) has been confirmed to play the role of Doctor Gravity. Doctor Gravity is an ally of Kick-Ass.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Promo poster for The Walking Dead Season 3

UPDATE: Meta Golding cast in Catching Fire

Lionsgate released a statement revealing that Meta Golding (CSI, Criminal Minds) has been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Enobaria, a Capitol mentor and former winner from District 2.
I don't know much about Meta Golding and I don't honestly think I have ever seen her in anything before so I can't really comment on this one. I will say that I liked Enobaria in the books, though. 

SPOILER ALERT: I will describe a little bit about this character but it contains spoilers from Mockingjay, so if you haven't read the books and are just watching the movies I would refrain from reading after the jump.

Arrested Development cast returning for new episodes

All nine main characters who appeared in the prematurely canceled, and awesome, TV show Arrested Development have been announced to return for the new season to premiere on Netflix in 2013.

Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth)
Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth)
Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth)
Tony Hale (Buster Bluth)
Will Arnett (GOB Bluth)
Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth)
Portia de Rossi (Lindsay Bluth-Funke)
David Cross (Tobias Funke)
Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke)

Yes, they are all set to return! Ron Howard is also reprising his role as the narrator. Any returning side characters, such as Barry Zuckercorn (Henry Winkler) or Lucille 2 (Liza Minelli), haven't been announced yet but I have no doubt they will be thrown in at some point. The side characters made the show.

This is great news. I can't wait for this to premiere. It is going to be fantastic.

Monday, August 6, 2012

My most anticipated films of 2013

Seeing that it is August already I thought I would make a list of my most anticipated, and/or most mentionable, films that are set to be released in 2013. Please note the dates are subject to change as we learned with the moves of Gangster Squad and The Great Gatsby. Also note that not all of these I am excited for. I could be listing them out of sheer curiosity.

 Gangster Squad (1/11)

Warm Bodies (2/1)

Elysium (3/1)
Carrie (3/15)

The Evil Dead (4/12)
Scary Movie 5 (4/19)

Iron Man 3 (5/3)
Star Trek 2 (5/17)
The Hangover: Part III (5/24)

The Great Gatsby (TBA)
Man of Steel (6/14)
World War Z (6/21)
Monsters University (6/21)

The Lone Ranger (7/3)
The Wolverine (7/26)



Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (10/4)

Thor: The Dark World (11/8)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (11/22)

That's how it is as of right now. We will see as more things get announced.

Rupert Sanders still might return for SWATH sequel

After news broke of Kristen Stewart being caught out in broad daylight cheating with Rupert Sanders, the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman, a lot of questions began circling around the movie community. Due to the fact that Universal had already given a sequel the green light after Snow White's impressive box office numbers and had hinted at Sanders returning to direct, along with Stewart to return as well, the main question was... will this even happen?

I highly doubt reuniting the two is a wise choice for both Sanders' marriage and/or Stewart's relationship status with Robert Pattinson. With that said, it has been hinted by numerous sources that Sanders and Stewart are both still slated to return for the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. There is no timetable for production and I doubt anyone has even worked on a script yet but it is still happening. HOWEVER, Stewart is bound by contract to return for sequels while Sanders is not. They could easily find another director and might choose to do so. For the sake of public appearances and making their employees comfortable, Universal might choose to replace him. Not to mention his wife, Liberty Ross, is apparently forbidding him from returning if he wants to keep his marriage intact. Bummer dude.
Regarding people questioning if the sequel is even going to happen I would say open your eyes. Universal isn't going to let this one get away. The film had a worldwide box office gross of $309,394,227. They probably think, like I do, that Stewart's fans will still show up at the movie theaters to see her movies despite them claiming to boycott her future projects because their Robsten fantasies were destroyed.

As you might be able to tell I am still finding this whole situation extremely hilarious. Forgive me.

The Great Gatsby pushed back to 2013

The upcoming 3D film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby, has been pushed from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013 by Warner Bros. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Isla Fisher and is directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet).

WB president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman released this statement about the scheduling move:
"Based on what we've seen, Baz Luhrmann's incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald's American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exiting way. We think movieogers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible."

This is why we can't have nice things.

UPDATE: On The Road international trailer debuts

The international trailer for the film adaptation of On the Road surfaced. It isn't all that different in terms of dialogue from the first trailer we received prior to Cannes but it's different enough. I usually prefer international trailers to US trailers for some reason. They always seem to be better put together.
On the Road stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart. It is based off the classic Jack Kerouac novel of the same title. There is no US release date officially set just yet. I read a rumor of December 2012 but I don't think Sundance Selects and IFC have confirmed that.
UPDATE (8/7): IFC and Sundance Selects have set a release date for the film. We will see it here in the US on December 21, 2012. It shares the weekend with This is 40, The Impossible, and Jack Reacher. I highly doubt On the Road will be getting a wide release, though. As much as I would love a wide release it probably isn't going to happen because it is such an independent-like film. Unless it does really well it might have to wait for DVD or an early On Demand engagement.

New image for Breaking Dawn Part 2

I don't recall talk of pocket watches in the book but we can't credit these movies for following the books that well anyway.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Christopher Eccleston cast in Thor: The Dark World

It has been revealed that Christopher Eccleston will be replacing Mads Mikkelson for the role of Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World, the upcoming sequel to the 2011 Marvel film Thor.

You might recognize Eccleston from Gone in 60 Seconds, Dr. Who, and 28 Days Later. He usually plays villains, to my understanding, and is British. That's about all I know about the guy. I was happy with Mikkelson but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. So yeah...

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to hit theaters November 8, 2013 with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston all reprising their respective roles.

Jimmy Fallon to host the Oscars?

Apparently Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. There are others being considered, or so they say, but seeing that they don't name them I highly doubt they are that exciting.

I really like Jimmy Fallon and I bet he would be fine, but as far as I'm concerned the only Oscar hosts that do anything right are Hugh Jackman and Billy Crystal. I don't know what to expect anymore. All I know is that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were awful.

Paranormal Activity 4 Official Trailer

I just don't understand anymore. These aren't good movies. I haven't liked a single one of them.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

UPDATE: Lynn Cohen cast in Catching Fire

It has been announced that Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City, Munich) will play the role of Mags, the 80-year old Hunger Games victor, in Catching Fire. Previously rumored for the role of Mags was Melissa Leo but that was quickly shut down and dismissed about a week or two ago.

Kristen Stewart lands lead in Lie Down in Darkness

Kristen Stewart has landed yet another coveted role for the upcoming film adaptation of William Styron's 1951 novel, Lie Down in Darkness. Stewart will play the lead role of Peyton Loftis. There is no timetable for this film just yet and the only other thing we know is the film will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). Well, that and the basic plot...

"Lie Down in Darkness follows the story of Peyton Loftis, a young girl with intense physical beauty that makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred and the target of her father’s incestuous, alcoholic lust."

I had read several weeks ago that this might happen and then I read Jennifer Lawrence was also in the running for this role. My mind was temporarily put at ease until I read this. I would have much rather had Lawrence in this movie than Stewart but shit happens. In Kristen Stewart's defense she seems to produce quality work when she is portraying damaged, broken people so there might be hope. I always mention it but she did it in Welcome to the Rileys and it was fantastic. Here's to hoping this won't be a mistake.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2014-2015 likely for Prometheus sequel

It has been announced that there will indeed be a sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus. However, it is projected for a 2014 or 2015 release at this point. All we really know right now is both Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are under contract and will return for a sequel and that Damon Lindelof, the co-writer of Prometheus, may not return to write the sequel due to scheduling conflicts.

Like we didn't see this one coming.

X-Men sequel finally has a title

Up until now the sequel for X-Men: First Class has been promptly referred to as X-Men: First Class 2. We now have the official title for the film along with some minor updates. The official title is X-Men: Days of Future Past, Matthew Vaughn is for sure returning to direct, and it is possible that this film will serve as somewhat of a crossover between films. X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer suggests that it could follow the comic arc that takes the mutants into the 1980's.