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    Sunday
    Aug172014

    Amanda Seyfried & Mark Wahlberg Film In My Neck Of The Woods

    Seth MacFarlane's Ted was a surprise hit in 2012 pulling in almost 220 Million domestically against a 50 Million plus budget. With margins like that, of course there was going to be a sequel.

    Local boy Wahlberg was spotted filming Ted 2 in and around Boston with the lovely Amanda Seyfried. You don't really lose much going from Mila Kunis to Amanda if you ask me. Ted himself was also in attendance, or at least a fluffy stuffed representation of the foul mouthed bear.

    JUST JARED

    Sunday
    Aug172014

    "Wetlands" Poster & Trailer - "The Most WTF, NSFW Movie..." 

    Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process. WETLANDS is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love and anal fissures.

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    GODZILLA 2 to Bring Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan: Let Them Fight. 

     

    When your GODZILLA film makes a lot of money, the first thing you're gonna want is a sequel. 
    In the case of Legendary's monster-sized epic that ended up grossing close to $200 million domestic and almost $500 million total off of a modest $160 budget- that sequel is a sure thing.

    While Gareth Edwards is pretty busy about to start on an untitled Star Wars entry, he has confirmed after he gets back from a galaxy far, far away he will return to the world of Godzilla and of giant monsters smashing things.  

    From MTV: 

    Director Gareth Edwards, who is currently working on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” greeted fans with a video message shot in San Francisco, thanking them for the “okay” box office returns of the first movie and their support over the past two years. (The first announcement of “Godzilla” rocked Comic-Con in 2012.)

     

    The fan enthusiasm, Edwards said — joking that he was supervising the reconstruction of the city after Godzilla’s destruction — “means we get to make another one. First, we genuinely need a break from all the pressure of doing a major franchise and all the fanboy opinions that go along with that.”

    The concept footage then revealed silhouettes of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah with the words "CONFLICT INEVITABLE: Let The Fight" appearing signaling a colossal monster beat down for the anticipated sequel. 

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    Wonder Woman Revealed for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

     

    After months of speculation, rumor, and false exclusives, cinematic visionary Zack Snyder brought Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, and Ben Affleck on stage at Warner Brother's SDCC Panel today to show Wonder Woman to the world for the first time in all of her ass-kicking glory- as well as some footage from the film of Batman and Superman. 

    The footage has been described in intimate detail- albiet brief.

    It's pouring rain in Gotham City and Batman is atop a roof, he fires up the Bat signal, sporting the new Batman symbol. It shines through the rain but it's stopped by a floating object in the sky:

    Superman.

    His crosses his arms and looks to a fully armored Batman (think The Dark Knight Returns) with eyes glowing white. Superman's eyes begin to glow red, and Batman is unflinching

    Cut to black. 

    That was it; but it was enough to light up the internet with fanboy joy, rage, and speculation. 

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters May 2016.  

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    Legendary Will Journey to 'SKULL ISLAND' to Revisit Kong In 2016

     

    It's been a day of stunning revelations as the biggest event in nerd-culture reaches is boiling point with San Diego Comic Con 2014.
    This morning, during Legendary's panel after the teaser for Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak and a tease of GODZILLA 2 Legendary showed a very brief surprise with Skull Island. 

    From Collider:

     The Skull Island teaser was incredibly brief, but it opened with a pan over a violent, storm-entrenched ocean while an ominous passage was read through narration.  The camera then found an isolated island, also entrenched in storm, and as we crossed through the untouched trees, bypassed swinging monkeys, and flew with wild birds, we finally came upon Kong himself standing tall and pounding his chest.

    Skull Island was last seen in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake King Kong and has yet to be fully explored past the KONG films. 
    The film is described to explore the origins of King Kong, the last of his kind by the time the film ever reach him; but in the 2005 prequel novel, "Kong: Island of the Skull", the island and it's culture are explored in horrifying and intense detail, leading to believe this could find some inspiration from the novel. 


    Also to note, in the same novel, the Skull Islanders speak the language of the Old Ones, from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos- which Legendary will also be adapting in At the Mountains of Madness so could Kong, Godzilla, and Cthulhu find themselves in the same universe? Time will tell. 

    Joruney to Skull Island  on November 4, 2016.

    Thursday
    Jul242014

    A Closer Look At Batfleck

    While Marvel has been releasing concept art posters of Ant-Man and Age of Ultron, DC fired back with something to get fans buzzing for the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. Dan Didio and Jim Lee were flashing Ben Affleck's Batman cape and cowl all day yesterday, but today we get to see the man in the suit up close. He certainly has the frown face locked in which reminds me a lot of the Arkham video game series. You can slightly see details in the body of the suit and it looks to me like there could possibly be a cloth overlay there. As the weekend approaches there might be more goodies for fans to salivate over while we wait for the release.

    Thursday
    Jul242014

    Ant-Man Poster Revealed

    Marvel kicked off their SDCC exclusives yesterday with this fantastic poster for next years Ant-Man. From the small sized figure growing into a giant man and him riding a fly you get a great scope of the characters abilities once inside the suit. It's a nice touch to see Micheal Douglas and Paul Rudd in the background as they'll be playing the two most recognized versions of Ant-Man, Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

    It was a huge disappointment when Edgar Wright decided to part ways with the project after he'd worked to develop the film for so long. Peyton Reed will be stepping in to helm the directors chair Marvel is sticking to a director closely related to comedies. Since Comic-Con is just beginning there should be much more information released to get a good idea of what to expect from the film.

    Even with Wright's departure the movie is set for release on July 15th next year.

    Wednesday
    Jul232014

    Guardians of the Galaxy Review

    Marvel Studios is back with it's second outing this year, furthering along the connective they've prided themselves on after the huge success of Avengers. Up to this point we've seen a decent array of varied characters in Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Black Widow and Hawkeye have been thrown in supporting roles to show the non-powered side of the worlds heroes. Along comes Guardians of the Galaxy which is easily the biggest risk for the studio yet, and that's a point that's been hammered over our heads since the project was announced.

    So how does it stand up to the other films in the Marvel cinematic universe? I think this one could end up to be a tough sell for certain viewers, but if you have a funny bone anywhere on your body there has to be something in this film for you to enjoy. James Gunn is clearly having a lot of fun with this story and these characters and it shines through in the interactions. The visuals are top notch with a lot of great action and humor melding into one.

    Drax, Rocket, Groot and Star-Lord all get great laugh out loud moments and each one brings a different style of humor so it doesn't feel repetitive. Cooper, Diesel, and Pratt in their roles were all fantastic and easily the highlights of the film. Batista as Drax was the biggest surprise of the movie for me. They decided to write him in a way I didn't expect and it really pays off with the tone of the other characters. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was the only one of the group that had moments not quite as memorable as the others and that could be because she was straight forward most of the time.

    I don't have a lot of negative things to say towards the finished product. My screening was in 3D and while that's not a format I would choose on my own or even recommend, it worked quite well in this movie giving a lot of scenes the proper depth they needed. Any complaints may go towards a few characters not getting enough screen time. The Collector is highly underused, but Benicio del Toro sells himself in the limited time he was given. Ronan the Accuser is given a bit more to do though still not enough to fully fill out that main villain role and again Lee Pace was great with what he had to do.

    Even with those small gripes the pacing of the whole movie was handeled very well as there were never any true slow moments and the scenes zipped by at a good speed. The important thing is that is never felt too long to the point that you want to check your watch and wonder when it will finally be over. There was one main slower moment when the group finally comes together near the end, but it was needed at that point.

    As I said before, it's hard to compare this one fully with the other films in the Marvel Studios catalogue. It really opens up the story potentials to where the events of the next Avengers film can begin migrate towards. There weren't any huge direct references to the past movies (one main scene to remain unspoiled), but there were plenty of name drops to a large scope of the world comic fans already know. Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun comic book film yet, even surpassing the great time I had with Avengers.

    I'm riding a pretty high wave of excitement right after seeing the movie so my opinion could change on subsequent viewings, but this has been one of the best times at the theatre I've had since I was kid. It's a movie that is great for a family to go check out together much like Avengers was before it. Yet another success on screen for Marvel Studios that will hopefully translate at the box office.

    Thursday
    Jul102014

    Gus Van Sant for Adaptation of DEATH NOTE? 

     

    From Shock Till You Drop by way of Tracking Board comes some interesting news regarding the big-screen American adaption of the best-selling franchise, Death Note in that PSYCHO and Milk director Gus Van Sant could be helming the supernatural thriller.

    , and  are producing through , and Lin Pictures. Vertigo and Lin Pictures were both involved with this year’s enormously popular “Lego Movie.” Lin also produced Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel, and Lee is a producer on Vertigo and Prime Universe’s in-development adaptation of the “Thief” video game franchise.

    The film was originally set to be tackled by Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, who left to go do the "sequel" to Predator. 
    Either way, Van Sant is a two-time Oscar nominated director, and the source material- while crazy- might be easier to adapt than such Japanese inspired works as AKIRA that WB have been kicking around for years.

    Death Note follows Light Yagami, a Japanese high-school student who accidentally comes into the possession of a "Death Note", a God of Death's notebook, which allows him to write down anyone he chooses in the notebook to die in any way or time that he writes.
    His powers, that he uses to cut down crime drastically, are soon observed by the FBI and INTERPOL who recruit the mysterious "L" to hunt him, and the ultimate game of cat and mouse begins. 

    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    Mark Wahlberg: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN? 

     

    According to UK News site, The Mirror, Transformers: Age of Extinction star and all around American icon Mark Wahlberg could be starring in an adaption of the classic TV series The Six Million Dollar Man helmed by Peter Berg- who recently directed Wahlberg and other high-calibur talent to a $150 million tune in last year's Lone Survivor.

    The 43-year-old actor is said to be in talks with Universal Pictures to take on the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the 70s sci-fi TV series, The Tracking Board reports.

    The story followed astronaut Steve Austin - who was played by Lee Majors in the original series - whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after suffering traumatic injuries in an aircraft crash.

    Battleship filmmaker Peter Berg is reportedly attached to produce and possibly direct if the project comes together, which would see him reunite with his Lone Survivor colleague Wahlberg.

    Wahlberg is a hot commodity at the box office and at being a badass, so it wouldn't be too much of a shock if this goes through.
    Berg also is in need of another hit for Universal after his 2012 venture Battleship "sunk" at the box office years ago. 
    There have been 3 recent attempts to revive the series- none of which have gone through so much.