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Tuesday
Jul142009

New TMNT live-action movie begins casting

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles never seem to stay away for long. After three live-action movies, countless animated shows & video games, a live-action kids show, and a CGI movie, we’re about to get another live-action movie in 2011. An open casting call for martial arts experts has been announced. If you think you have what it takes, details are below.

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Tuesday
Jul142009

Two new G.I. Joe Posters

Warner Bros. has released two new posters for what is sure to be the summer's greatest film: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I have always said, to make a good G.I. Joe movie, you need to dress everyone in black super suits, have a lot of Matrix slow-mo, and cast Marlon Wayans as Ripcord. Luckily the've done all three! Anyway, the new posters show Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

Tuesday
Jul142009

The Onion President vs Monster movie spoof (Funny)

I saw this a while back, but it’s been making the rounds on Digg lately. The White House Press Secretary details what the President’s schedule will be like when a giant monster enters Manhattan. Check it out.


President To Face Down Monster Attack, Own Demons In Action-Packed Schedule

Monday
Jul132009

500 Days of Summer is almost here (Poster)

Empire Online got the first peak at the new UK poster for 500 Days of Summer. I have to say, this movie looks great. It's about a boy who falls in love with a girl who really doesn't love him back. Sucks for him, right? Yeah it does, especially since that girl is Zooey Deschanel. I first saw Deschanel a few years back as a girlfriend in the show Weeds. She has an eccentric allure I can't quite explain. She is an actress to keep an eye on.

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Monday
Jul132009

Natalie Portman joins the cast of Thor

Marvel Studios has finished casting its upcoming superhero film, Thor. Natalie Portman will join the cast as Thor’s “first love” Jane Foster, a nurse. Chris Hemsworth is set to play Thor, and Tom Hiddleston will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh will direct. He may be best known, as a director, for remakes of Hamlet and Frankenstein in the 1990s.

There are still no details on the plot of Thor, which, alongside Iron Man 2 and Captain America, will be a sort of prequel to the upcoming Avengers movie. Marvel details the plot as follows.

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Monday
Jul132009

Max Steel gets a big budget movie, seriously? This is sad

In a sign that I’m starting to get old, Paramount is bringing Max Steel to the big screen. Max Steel is a line of action figures from Mattel that debuted around the turn of the century and enjoyed a very short run on saturday morning television in 2001. The toys are popular in Latin America, but didn’t last long in the U.S. The television show was completely CGI and suffered from poor animation, bad art direction, and likely dumbed the children who watched it. I suppose since they’ve screwed up one generation’s youth with Transformers 2 and now GI Joe, maybe a lesser known and crappier line of toys from a newer generation might take off too?

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Monday
Jul132009

Bruno opens strong, but unlike Borat, trends down (number breakdown)

Bruno hit the box office in dominant fashion, taking in $30.4 million dollars over the weekend, about $4 million more than Sacha Baron Cohen’s last film, Borat. However, the two films are trending very differently. Bruno opened with a strong Friday showing of $14 million (which includes the midnight shows on Thursday), but slid to $8.8 million Saturday, then again to $7.2 million on Sunday. Usually Saturday numbers top Friday’s. It opened in 2,656 theaters across the country.

Borat, which also opened on a Friday (11/3/2006) made less, $26.4 million, in its first weekend, but built momentum through the weekend. It grossed $9.2 million Friday, $10.1 million Saturday, and $7 million Sunday. By the way, it grossed this in only 837 theaters—1,819 less than Bruno.

Borat jumped to 2,566 theaters in its second weekend and made $28.2 million. Few movies manage to grow their box office over the second weekend. Usually a film will lose 25-60% of its first weekend numbers during week two.

Bruno, having already opened in $2,556 theaters, has nowhere to trend but down. I can’t see this film topping Borat’s $128.5 million domestic box office total. It may not even crack $100 million.

My review of Bruno can be found here.

For those who hate paragraphs, here are the two films in list form.

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Saturday
Jul112009

Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole franchises

J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Arthur Conan Doyle are, oddly, holding together the hopes and dreams of executives at Warner Bros. Variety put together a list of the tentpole projects Warner Bros. has in development.

Tentpole movies are films that studios believe will make several hundred million dollars worldwide, assuming they don’t suck. Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and Transformers are examples of tentpole film franchises. These types of movies are crucial, since they fund a variety of lower scale projects for studios. A large portion of movies don’t turn a profit at the box office, which is why Warner Bros. executives deem it necessary to have a stable slate of big money makers.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - release 7/25/09
  • Sherlock Holmes - 12/25/09
  • Clash of the Titans - 3/26/10
  • Sex and the City 2 - 4/28/10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 - 11/19/10
  • The Green Lantern - 6/17/11
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - 7/15/11
  • Happy Feet 2 - 11/18/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 1 - 12/**/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 2 - 12/**/12

Noticeably absent is the next Batman movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date.Other potential tentpoles include Johnny Quest and Gears of War.

Saturday
Jul112009

Draco Malfoy finally gets evil in Half-Blood Prince (News Recap)

Everyone seems to be talking about Malfoy lately. Below are some snippets from some of the better interviews and articles I’ve read.

USA Todayhas a great article on the evolution of Draco Malfoy in the upcomingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.Tom Felton, who has played Malfoy for almost a decade, is looking forward to his larger role.

“He’s been given a task to obtain the same greatness as Harry has, working for the other side,” says Felton. “He thinks he’s going to do it, and he revels in the chance to be the chosen one, if you will. He likes to think he’s equally strong-willed as Harry, and whatever Harry can do, he can do better. But deep down, he knows he can’t do it. There’s a real conflict of emotions.” - USA Today

Unlike his character, Fenton seems like a much more sedate and courteous kid. For someone who’s been in five of the most successful movies of all time, he’s very polite too.

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Saturday
Jul112009

Ryan Reynolds wins Green Lantern role

According to Reuters, after a lengthy audition process, Warner Bros. finally decided that Ryan Reynolds is the best man to play the DC superhero Green Lantern. Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper, and Jared Leto were all in competition for the role. Martin Campbell is set to direct. You may remember him from such films as GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Vertical Limit, and the two Zorro movies.

If the deal is completed, it would make Reynolds the only actor to have played heroes for both Marvel and DC. He recently starred in a comic-book movie, 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which he played Deadpool, also known as the Merc with a Mouth. The character is being developed for a spin-off in which Reynolds will star. He also played Marvel’s vampire hunter Hannibal King in “Blade: Trinity.”

“Lantern” is Reynolds second stab at a DC Comics hero. A few years ago, he was attached to play the comic company’s speedster “The Flash.” - Reuters

I’m not so sure any one actor should be playing two comic book roles. What do you think?