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    Saturday
    Nov292014

    A Shock To Nobody From Planet Earth; Their Might Be A "Frozen" Sequel

    Would it really surprise anybody if Walt Disney Animation Studios greenlit a sequel to the #1 animated hit of all time? Frozen earned almost $1.3 Billion worldwide and has spawned a ride at Disney, a Disney On Ice show, and a run on ABC's Once Upon A Time. It's only a matter of time before there is a sequel, no the animated short Frozen Fever doesn't count.

    That's why it shouldn't come as a shock that Idina Menzel aka Elsa might have mistakenly revealed there is a Frozen 2 in the works while talking shop with THE TELEGRAPH.

    What can you say about the short, the sequel rumors & stage musical? (Paraphrase)

    “That they’re all in the works, ha ha!”

    Are you signed up for all of them? (Paraphrase)

    “Ah, yeah sure… Not the stage show – I don’t know what will happen with that – but the movie hopefully. We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride."

    Even if Menzel was referring to the short as the "movie" in question it is inevitable that there will be a Frozen sequel. They are making a Toy Story 4 after the perfect ending courtesy of it's predecessor. Nothing is sacred because MONEY.

    COMINGSOON.NET VIA THE TELEGRAPH

    Saturday
    Nov292014

    Jake Gyllenhaal Will Dent Your Face In - First Still From "Southpaw"

    Fresh off his well received performance as adrenaline junkie/criminal journalist Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, Jack Gyllenhaal has wasted no time jabbing his way back into the spotlight. Courtesy of @GOLDENGLOBES is the first still from Gyllenhaal's next flick, Southpaw.

    As you can see from the still Jake looks like a damn comic book character, a complete 180 from his gaunt appearance in Nightcrawler. He was chewing gum and and drinking almond tea with barely 1 calorie and running 15 miles to the set while absorbing himself into the character of Lou Bloom. Looks like Jake might have had enjoyed a steak or two since then.

    Friday
    Nov282014

    "Shaun The Sheep Movie" Poster & Trailer

    From Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep The Movie is coming to cinemas worldwide in 2015! In this new trailer, watch more of Shaun and The Flock’s hilarious adventures in the Big City as they search for the missing Farmer!

    When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for! Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to The Farmer being taken away from the farm, to the Big City…

    Join Shaun, Bitzer and The Flock on their hilarious, action-packed, big screen adventure as they make plans to rescue the missing Farmer. A story about how we sometimes forget to appreciate the things we have in life, and the people who love us. Shaun the Sheep The Movie introduces us to two new Aardman characters; Trumper the animal warden who rules the city’s animal shelter with a rod of iron and Slip, an inner city orphan dog who helps Shaun save the day.

    TRAILER COURTESY OF SHAUN THE SHEEP VIA YOUTUBE

    Friday
    Nov282014

    2nd Banner For "Inherent Vice" 

    “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When P.I. Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin… well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the `60s, paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is one of those words going around, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s way too overused–except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp–all Thomas Pynchon.

    Friday
    Nov282014

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Teaser Trailer

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters December 18th 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou.

    TRAILER COURTESY OF FANDANGO MOVIECLIPS TRAILERS

    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    Poster For "Peanuts" - Dream Big 

    For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D.

    POSTER COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY FOX

    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    "Pan" Official Trailer

    Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    "Jurassic World" Official Trailer

    Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

    Sunday
    Nov162014

    An Artsy "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Poster

    "Mockingjay - Part 1" finds Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

    Saturday
    Nov152014

    Universal's MONSTERS Universe- More 'Mash' Less 'Monsters'

     

    What began as a whisper and took form this past October with the excellent gothic adventure Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans and Tywin Lannister, has taken some sort of shape at The Hollywood Reporter's Exectuve Roundtable where Universal Chairman Donna Langley spoke on fitting heavy-hitters of old like The Wolfman, The Creature, Dracula, Frankenstein and his Bride, and The Invisible Man into a contemporary megaplex landscape where only capes seem to fly.

    Donna and Brad, how do you get into this game? Donna has said that Universal's monster movies are not competitive with the superheroes.

    LANGLEY To Alan's point, we have to mine our resources. We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.

    While some websites, and fans, have taken these comments with extreme venom, Mrs. Langley isn't exactly wrong.
    Monsters, once a prized Saturday night fright of the 50s and 60s, gave way long ago to the more profitable slasher pictures and now have found themselves as the butt of cruel jokes in an era where thrills and chills are mostly felt from torture porn, found footage features, and possession stories.

    Superheroes, on the other hand, are currently dominating the cinematic landscape and, as was apparent from Dracula Untold, sometimes these 'monsters' need to lose their teeth and take to the tights- even giving Vlad Teppes (Dracula) a custom set of badass armor and a trademark sword. 

    While Universal recently tried to revitalize it's namesake with 2010's The Wolfman, intended to launch a universe with Hugo Weaving as the 'crossover' icon, that failed somewhat, leaving these cinema icons to stagnate. 
    With the recent success of Showtime's Penny Dreadful, and shows like Grimm, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time we know that spooks and ghouls still have a place in modern mythology- just tapping into them on the big screen might be a bit more tricky.

    Dracula Untold, made on a $70 million budget, recouped about $200 million worldwide (72% of that earning came from overseas markets) so it was not a failure by any means- and ended with a modern day hook signaling the "Master Vampire" (Charles Dance) having bigger plans for Dracula...and the rest of the monsters as a whole.