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Thursday
Jul232009

Ninja Assassin is pretty badass (new poster & trailer)

Where did this movie come from? I haven't heard much about it until now. The first poster and trailer have been released. Check the trailer out. The movie looks exactly how I'd imagine Ninja Gaiden (a video game franchise) looking if it hit the big screen. It's directed by James McTeigue, who directed V for Vendetta a few years back, and produced by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver, who are best known for The Matrix trilogy. The story is pretty simple: a guy grows up with a clan of ninjas, someone betrays someone else, and he ends up having to fight his own masters in mortal combat.

Move over Three Ninjas, there's a new master in town. Here's the trailer.

Here's the official poster. Ninja Assassin hits theaters November 25, 2009.

Thursday
Jul232009

Film School Rejects crew arrested En route to Comic-Con

I kept seeing odd tweets from @rejectnation telling everyone to calm down, and then one about an intern running the Twitter account, so I did some investigating. According to a post on the site, the the writing team was pulled over in Nevada, while driving to Comic-Con 2009.

The police searched the vehicle and must have found something suspicious, because all four were arrested. Robert Fure, West Coast Editor, was released on bail. Executive Editor Neil Miller, Managing Editor Cole Abaius, and Contributing Writer Landon Palmer are in jail, and may remain there for an entire week. Here’s a snippet from the site.

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Thursday
Jul232009

Freddy Krueger is back (poster)

After 25 years, nine feature films, a short-lived TV series, and a Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons, 62 year-old Robert Englund has finally lost his reliable gig as Freddy Krueger. Replacing him is Jackie Earle Haley--he played Rorschach in Watchmen--for A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film is a complete reboot for the long-running horror series.

Wesley Strick is writing; he wrote the screenplay for Cape Fear, The Saint, and (sadly) Doom. Hopefully it was poor directing that doomed Doom, not the screenplay. Samuel Bayer is directing the reboot. Bayer hasn't directed much, mostly concert videos. He might be great though, kind of a blank slate. Unfortunately, Michael Bay is listed as one of three producers.

Freddy's face has yet to be fully revealed. At the top of this article is the only other picture available.

Thursday
Jul232009

Alice in Wonderland teaser (trailer)

Time to see Johnny Depp in motion as the outrageous Mad Hatter. Yep, IGN accidentally posted the teaser trailer to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland a day early.

IGN ruined Disney’s fun. Disney didn’t get to finish its somewhat ridiculous Facebook contest. Three Facebook fan pages were made: one for “The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter” one for “Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen,” and one for “Loyal Subjects of the White Queen.” Whichever page had the most fans by tomorrow would get to see the trailer first! How clever.

Without further adieu, I give thee the trailer, thanks to FirstShowing. If it doesn’t work, I apologize. The trailer keeps disappearing from each source I find it at. (Sorry it’s a bit too wide for the site.)

EDIT (4:05AM): First Showing has removed the trailer from their site at the request of Disney. The trailer will go public on Thursday.

EDIT (4:12AM): I’ve replaced the broken trailer with a better video by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Enjoy.

I watched the actual trailer and am not all that impressed. This seems like Tim Burton by the numbers. It reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a lot. It’s not a bad interpretation, but Tim Burton is capable of such odd shit that it feels very tame and predictable. I’ve seen Tom Petty videos with as good a vision. Am I off base?
Wednesday
Jul222009

Sam Raimi to direct Warcraft movie

Sam Raimi, director of the Evil Dead series, Spider-Man series, and most recently Drag Me To Hell, has signed on to helm a live-action adaptation of Activision Blizzard's Warcraft videogame franchise. "The Dark Knight" producer Charles Roven is also onboard. Raimi will start shooting Warcraft after he finishes Spider-Man 4, which will likely be late 2010 or early 2011. 

Under a deal inked in 2006, Legendary Pictures will produce the title, with input from Activision Blizzard. Warner Bros. has signed on to co-finance and distribute the film. Legendary Pictures and Blizzard have been working together since 2007 on pre-production. Though it will take place in Azeroth, old rumors indicate that the story will be original, and peg the budget at $100+ million.

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Wednesday
Jul222009

Harry Potter fans vandalize stop signs, name He-Who-Can't-Be-Named

Oh boy. Harry Potter fans in the U.S. and U.K. are using markers to vandalize stop signs. The vandals (Muggles) are writing “Voldemort” under the word “STOP.” Pretty funny, right? It says “STOP Voldemort.” Some signs also have other fun Potter scribblings on them, like a lightning bolt.

The defaced STOP signs have been popping up everywhere since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hit theaters. In Wauwatosa, Wisconsin police estimate that as many as 75 stop signs have been vandalized with permanent marker throughout the city. If the police can’t clean the marker off, each of these signs will have to be replaced, costing the city upwards of $80 a sign.

Who the hell do these vandals think they are, anyway? City budgets are strapped all across the country due to the nationwide economic recession, and Harry Potter fans have the gall to defile government property. Worse yet, they explicitly name “He-Who-Can’t-Be-Named.” Read your own text guys, we aren’t supposed to be writing his name everywhere—there’s like a Hogwarts decree against that or something. Especially for Muggles, who shouldn’t even know anything about this mess.

It’s too bad it took so long for this STOP sign abuse to kick in. Think of the possibilities. Ghostbusters fans could have wrote “STOP Zuul” or Willow fans could have wrote “STOP Queen Bavmorda.” Think of the mass panic, when people realized they don’t know how to stop Zuul. Thousands would fear being turned into a pig, should they try to stop Queen Bavmorda. She’s a witch, you know. Luckily Warwick Davis is still around.

Tuesday
Jul212009

The Hangover is the biggest R-rated movie ever

We're getting a bit technical, but I'll gladly give The Hangover any award I can. With a box office gross of $236,862,562 (and counting), the comedy about a Vegas bachelor party gone wrong has dethroned Beverly Hills Cop as the top R-rated comedy of all time, ever. It also out grossed Beverly Hills Cop internationally. With $234,760,478, in domestic box office receipts, the Eddie Murphy gem held the top spot for a quarter century.

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Tuesday
Jul212009

Harold Ramis talks about directing comedy

Making Of recently posted a great interview with Harold Ramis, who you may remember as the director of such small films as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. I’ve always been a fan of Ramis, as a writer, actor, and director. For some reason, I like to hear him talk. Maybe you will too.

To see more of the interview, including some talk about Ghostbusters III, click here.

Monday
Jul202009

Carriers - the guy who plays Captain Kirk tries to escape an epidemic (Trailer)

What would happen if SARS had been the deadly disease we thought it might be…and it spread EVERYWHERE uncontrolled? Well, if you survived and were lucky enough to find the young-Captain-Kirk-of-a-badass Chris Pine, you’d be starring in the upcoming road horror, Carriers. The movie is currently slated for a Sept. 4th release. The official website is here.

(PS: Emily VanCamp is also in this movie. You may know her as the hot girl on television’s Brothers & Sisters. She’s not related to me, but her name is awesome nevertheless.)

Monday
Jul202009

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Poster)

Two posters have been released for the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is based on a game of the same name, and was written by the game's creator. Prince of Persia is a long-running videogame franchise that began about 20 years ago. The Sands of Time, released on the Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox, and Sony PlayStation 2 successfully rebooted the game franchise in 2003.

There is reason to be excited. Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner is playing a large role in development, and is overseeing the screenplay. Gyllenhaal is a good pick for the Prince, and I'm glad they chose Sands of Time as their story, as it has a lot of screen potential. I'll write more about it as the movie nears.

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