Saturday, January 31, 2009

2009 Movies' TV Spots at the Super Bowl! REPOST

Paramount's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek and G.I. Joe

Sony’s Angels & Demons

DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens (in 3D I might add - grab the glasses)

Universal's Land of the Lost and Fast and Furious

Disney's Race to Witch Mountain, Disney/Pixar's Up

X-Men Origins: Wolverine spot is likely from Fox as are Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force.

Warner Bros. hasn't bought a spot and may not at all, even with Terminator Salvation, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Watchmen — pics that would all appeal to the Super Bowl crowd — on its upcoming release sked.

Make a list. Check it twice. And if you have TiVO, do so. This is going to be a movie fan's Super Bowl Weekend!

UPDATE: Well, what a Super Bowl, huh?! It took me a week to get my head together to fix everything!

Okay - everything that appears under "Unknown yet" never happened. EVER.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen particularly struck me - almost like the Cloverfield trailer (or should I save that for Star Trek?) because it did not reveal too much of the plot other than Sam Witwicky's in deep mondo trouble. And that Optimus ain't the biggest Transfomer out there.

Star Trek added some nice new footage for its spot. I particularly enjoyed seeing McCoy and Kirk meet for the first time and remembered that this is where McCoy says, "Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence." (Wow, McCoy! When did you ever become such an optimist?!) I also enjoyed seeing the heroes in freefall and somebody going "woohoohoo"! I'm pretty sure that will make the KCA commercial if it appears.

I was surprised that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra made it first. Dennis Quaid was pretty cool, but I wanted to see Brendan Fraser! Plus there was no "Yo, Joe!" or "Knowing is half the battle"?!

I do not like Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons so I will skip this. (How on Earth did they get Ewan McGregor?!)

Now, I was expecting Monsters vs. Aliens 3D to be a true crowd-pleaser. It blew my mind! But most of the people I talked to were "ho-hum". That Chuck 3D wasn't any good but it reminded of the show I used to watch with a passion.

Land of the Lost came out of nowhere for me. Especially with Matt Lauer (in the Today show set) interviewing Will Ferrell in full-on character as Rick Marshall. If you see the full trailer he goes on to say, "You can look for his book in the 'I'm out of my freakin' mind department'." Think of how Tom Cruise would've reacted if Lauer said that to him! I did enjoy the taglines "They thought he was crazy. They were wrong." and "Universal Studios invites you to get lost". At the end, of course, is a hilarious reference to Jurassic Park.

Fast and Furious looks interesting but they didn't have a lot of new footage.

Race to Witch Mountain had one more joke in addition to its "What does an alien look like?" routine. In perhaps a nod to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Skull's failed "nuke the fridge" gag, Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) says to himself, "Don't go in the pimped-out fridge, Jack."

Up had one added scene after its spot with Russell going on about his GPS and saying how they'll never get lost and it promptly falls out the window.

There they are - look up again either on TiVO or on the Internet where Alec Baldwin will eat your brains (Hulu commercial). Evil Alec Baldwin, I knew it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Of course, everybody remembers the 1954 Disney film - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea based on Jules Verne's classic novel. I never saw the movie, never read the book (I've heard of passages from Back to the Future Part III). Speaking of Back to the Future Part III, at the beginning of the movie, 1955 Doc Brown is shocked to see 1985 Marty McFly and slips on the hoverboard from 2015 and catches himself on the pipe organ, its haunting noise making Marty seem like a ghost. That pipe organ? - it's from the 1954 20,000 Leagues. It was borrowed from the "Haunted Mansion" and soon returned -- Anyway, back to the news:
In steps Terminator Salvation director McG who asked Disney for permission to direct a remake of the film - (
This seems cool with me, even his first casting choice sounds neat to me (Will Smith) ( ( received major story points for a script written for the film and I gotta admit, some of them are pretty bizarre. Let's hope that McG will fix the script and deliver a blockbuster like I'm sure Terminator Salvation will be.

Adam Sandler in THE GREEN HORNET?

According to

"In an article at The Los Angeles Times, the author writes that there's a possibility that Adam Sandler will appear in Sony's The Green Hornet opposite Seth Rogen:

'I also heard a random rumor about the 'Hornet' film: Two different people in the industry told me that Adam Sandler has a brief but key role in the movie as a certain surprise superhero...I heard which one, too, but I don't want to ruin it. Sandler and Rogen have another project together as well.'

The studio has yet to announce a new director after Stephen Chow dropped out (he's still expected to play Kato), but it is still targeting a June 25, 2010 release."

Hmm. Well, in the 60's, Green Hornet and Kato appeared on Batman (yes, the Adam West one) to promote their show (which bombed for not being as campy as Batman in the years before The Incredible Hulk). So maybe, Adam Sandler could be the Caped Crusader? Who knows?

Ridley Scott calls THE A-TEAM

According to

Filmmaker brothers Ridley and Tony Scott are teaming up to take hit TV show The A-Team to the big screen. The long-rumoured big screen adaptation will hit movie theatres in 2010, produced by the British duo and directed by Joe Carnahan.
The project was thrown into disarray in October when John Singleton quit the project.
But Carnahan is determined to breathe new life into the movie, about four Vietnam veterans who are wrongly convicted of armed robbery and escape military prison to become mercenary 'do-gooders'.
The Smokin' Aces director reveals his vision to Daily Variety: 'This was a coveted property, and re-imagining a show that I remembered as a kid was tough to turn down.
'Fox (Studios) hired me to make it as emotional, real and accessible as possible without cheesing it up.
'You can make a film that reflects on the real world without losing the sense of fun, and the velocity of action in a classic summer popcorn film. Having Ridley and Tony on board lends considerable weight to that and classes up the whole project.'"

As long as they have Mr. T and the original theme song, I'm hooked. But I ain't getting in no plane. I pity the fool who puts me on a plane.

TINTIN has a new title and cast!

According to
Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced the start of principal production in Los Angeles on the 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, Defiance) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace, Defiance) as the nefarious Red Rackham.
Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, is produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, is the first in the series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name "Herge" and is due for release in 2011. Executive producers are Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins. Paramount Pictures will release domestically and in all English speaking territories and Asia, excluding India. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the film in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and the remainder of the world.
The second feature in the series is scheduled to be directed by Jackson, with a potential for a third film as well.
Eighty years ago, Herge introduced the world to a unique cast of characters who have been embraced by readers of all ages. The Adventures of Tintin - a series of 24 books, the final unfinished adventure was published after Herge's - death became Herge's life's work. The first adventure was published in 1929. Over 200 million copies have been sold worldwide. The popular series has been translated into 70 languages and still attracts thousands of new fans each year.
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson will bring Herge's stories to life employing state-of-the-art performance capture technology developed by Jackson's Weta Digital."

I've done some other research and found that each film can be shot in 30 days. Then, why isn't it coming out sooner? Never thought I'd see the day when Spielberg would direct a movie with the word "Unicorn" in it... by the way, "Unicorn" in the story, is the name of a boat.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Is Seth Rogen's GREEN HORNET Dead?


"Drew McWeeny of the fledgling entertainment site HitFix had been hearing from various unnamed sources at the Sundance Film Festival that Seth Rogen's plan to bring the '50s pulp hero The Green Hornet may have stalled with the departure of Stephen Chow as the film's director, as reported last month.
Drew says: 'Ever since Stephen Chow started to waffle about his participation in the film, I've been hearing rumors that there were major hesitations at Sony. Then at Sundance, I heard several people say that the film was off completely. I spoke this afternoon with a source close to the film, and while they didn't call it completely dead, they did say it is 'highly unlikely' that the film will shoot in 2009 at all.'
Currently, Sony still has The Green Hornet listed on their release schedule for June 25, 2010 giving Rogen plenty of time to find a new director and a new Cato, but if it gets moved or pulled from that great summer release date, we can probably start taking these rumors more seriously."


UPDATE: Apparently, Rogen has reconsidered!!

According to
"Funnyman Seth Rogen has blasted reports his forthcoming comic book movie The Green Hornet is headed for the scrap heap. After years of development and numerous names touted to helm and star in the project, the new incarnation of masked crime-fighter the Green Hornet was unveiled last year, with Rogen attached as lead actor and Stephen Chow signed to direct and star as sidekick Kato.
Hollywood insiders claimed the film would be cancelled after Chow resigned from his role as director, and producers failed to find a replacement.
But Rogen is adamant the project is still going ahead, confirming the adaptation of the Bruce Lee-starring TV series should hit theatres by 2010.
He writes in an email to website 'The Green Hornet has many people working for it, including production designers, costume designers and many conceptual artists, office staff, etc.
'(The studio heads) have every intention on making it, and assuming we're able to hire a new director in the upcoming weeks, which seems like a distinct possibility, it should still hit the release date.'"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 ACADEMY AWARDS Nominations

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
Frost/Nixon (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
Milk (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Ron Howard
Milk (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

Richard Jenkins - The Visitor (Overture Films)
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon (Universal)
Sean Penn - Milk (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics)
Angelina Jolie - Changeling (Universal)
Melissa Leo - Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)
Meryl Streep - Doubt (Miramax)
Kate Winslet - The Reader (The Weinstein Company)

Josh Brolin - Milk (Focus Features)
Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt (Miramax)
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)
Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Amy Adams - Doubt (Miramax)
Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)
Viola Davis - Doubt (Miramax)
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
Milk (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

The Baader Meinhof Complex A Constantin Film Production, Germany
The Class (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
Departures (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
Revanche (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
Waltz with Bashir (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

Bolt (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

Changeling (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Changeling (Universal), Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
The Reader (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Australia (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
The Duchess (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
Milk (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
Defiance (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
Milk (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

"Down to Earth" from WALL•E (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
"Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
"O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL•E (Walt Disney),Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Richard King
Iron Man (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
WALL•E (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted (Universal),Wylie Stateman

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

The Conscience of Nhem En A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
Smile Pinki A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306 A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

La Maison en Petits Cubes A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
Lavatory - Lovestory A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi (Talantis Films) A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
This Way Up A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

This Oscars will either be the most watched or the least watched Oscars of all time.


Tom & Jerry make the leap to the big screen!


"Warner Bros. is planning to bring 'Tom and Jerry' to life as CG characters that run around in live-action settings.
The studio-based Dan Lin, currently producing the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and executive producer on Terminator Salvation, will adapt the classic Hanna-Barbera property as an origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home.
Warners owns the rights to Hanna-Barbera's slate of popular animated properties and has several of them in development for bigscreen adaptation. Those include Robert Rodriguez's version of The Jetsons and producer Donald De Line's Yogi Bear.
"Tom and Jerry" originated as a series of 114 animated shorts, produced by MGM's toon studio between 1940 and 1960, and won seven Academy Awards. New toons were produced after that."

Not bad, sounds like a CG version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This is the way I thought TMNT was going to be.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Host of the KCA 2009 is...

Dwayne Johnson, star of the film Race to Witch Mountain and the animated film Planet 51.

Further information here:

The reason I'm hyping up over this? Every year, the awards show premieres new footage of upcoming releases so keep an eye out!


Looking good! Can't wait to see Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and, of course, Hugh Jackman himself as Logan/Wolverine.

J.K. Simmons returns to SPIDER-MAN 4


"Although it's not really news that Spider-Man 4 will start shooting in 2010 as this report at MTV highlights (director Sam Raimi himself said previously that filming would start by March of 2010), it is good to hear that J.K. Simmons will be returning:
The fourth film in the blockbuster 'Spider-Man' franchise will begin shooting in 2010, actor J.K. Simmons told MTV News at Sundance, revealing that he'll continue in the role of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. 'I saw Sam [Raimi] at his Christmas party.'
The fourth installment is expected to hit theaters in May of 2011. In October of '08, it was announced that playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (upcoming Inkheart) would write the script. James Vanderbilt wrote an earlier draft."

This is great news! I can't wait to hear, "PARKER! GET IN HERE!" on May 2011.

P.S.: I think it's noteworthy to add that Tobey Maguire has also signed up for a Spider-Man 5. What could happen?

Friday, January 16, 2009

WATCHMEN has been saved!

According to

Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture Watchmen in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography. Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros. acted in good faith in defending against those claims Warner Bros. and Fox, like all Watchmen fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film's March 6 release in theatres.

Good show, guys.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ricardo Montalban has passed...


"Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's 'Fantasy Island,' died Wednesday morning at his home, a city councilman said. He was 88. Montalban had been a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946. He was cast in the leading role opposite Esther Williams in Fiesta. He also starred with the swimming beauty in On an Island with You and Neptune's Daughter.

A later generation knew Montalban as the faintly mysterious, white-suited Mr. Roarke, who presided over an island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams. 'Fantasy Island' received high ratings for most of its 1978-1984 span on ABC television."

What bothers me is they fail to mention his famous sci-fi role of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or his famous commericals advertising "Corinthian leather".

He will be missed.

From Prada to Iron?


"Variety is reporting the rumor that Emily Blunt is in talks to play Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man II. Romanoff is a Soviet super spy who doubles as Black Widow, a beauty in a skintight black costume that is enhanced by high-tech weaponry.
She would join the previously-announced villains Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in the sequel. Again directed by Jon Favreau, the Marvel Studios film sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, while Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard.
Blunt's credits include The Devil Wears Prada, The Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson's War. She also stars in The Wolfman, coming to theaters in November.
The Justin Theroux-scripted Iron Man II will begin production this spring for a release by Paramount on May 7, 2010."
Out of the previously announced villains, I can actually picture this and buy it. But a word to the wise, Ms. Blunt: leave The Devil Wears Prada at home. Comic book readers will kill you.
UPDATE: Apparently, Emily Blunt has a bit of a scheduling difficulty as she will need to be in both California and the U.K. at the same time. She is still signed to play Black Widow but she has now been signed to play a Lilliputian Princess who becomes Jack Black's love interest in Gulliver's Travels. Guess who's playing the "big" man himself? That's right. Jack Black.

Nick Fury No More?


"Samuel L. Jackson, who made a cameo appearance as Nick Fury in Iron Man, told the Los Angeles Times that talks about him returning to the role in future Marvel Studios have broken down: 'There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don't know. Maybe I won't be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], 'We're not making that deal.'' ...Marvel Comics...suggested that they still want to see Jackson wearing the eyepatch. 'Marvel does not comment on active negotiations,' was the boilerplate repsonse, but there was that emphasis on the word active in the voice of the spokesman who phoned me back."

We've had to deal with Warners and Fox fighting like children over a R-rated comic book movie, Watchmen, and now we're having Marvel starting to tick off fanboys (apparently, they've seen the lack of profits for The Spirit). Marvel, don't do this to us. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in that scene at the end of Iron Man was for me the first scene of The Avengers. We will boycott X-Men Origins: Wolverine if we have to.

UPDATE: Looks like Marvel got the message after all! According to

"Samuel L. Jackson has buried the hatchet with Marvel Entertainment, making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in Iron Man II, and potentially many other films. Jackson's deal is a long-term commitment to play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit S.H.I.E.L.D. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include The First Avenger: Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, toplining a possible S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, and potential sequels.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Rick McConnell and Indiana Jones join forces!

Okay, not really, but their actors will!!


"Brendan Fraser will play the title role in director Tom Vaughan's Crowley, joining Harrison Ford in the film that begins shooting April in Portland.
The drama is based on the true story of John and Aileen Crowley, whose two children had a rare genetic disorder. Rather than give up hope that nothing could help his children, John Crowley found a researcher (Ford) with a potential cure.
Ford also will executive produce the film inspired by a Wall Street Journal article and subsequent book, 'The Cure', by Geeta Anand."

Usually, I like Brendan Fraser better in a comedy or adventure film but he and Harrison Ford are just too good a combination to pass up!


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson - Last Chance Harvey

Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell - In Bruges
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman - Last Chance Harvey

Kung Fu Panda

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden/Denmark)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I've Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
Kate Winslet - The Reader

Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes - The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes - Revolutionary Road

Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare - The Reader
Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley - Doubt

Alexandre Desplate - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood - Changeling
James Newton Howard - Defiance
A.R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer - Frost/Nixon

"Down to Earth" - WALL•E
Music by: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman
Lyrics by: Peter Gabriel

"Gran Torino" - Gran Torino
Music by: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Lyrics by: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens

"I Thought I Lost You" - Bolt
Music & Lyrics by: Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele

"Once in a Lifetime" - Cadillac Records

"The Wrestler" - The Wrestler

The one I was rooting for the whole time was the one who won - Heath Ledger as the Joker. One step closer to the Oscars!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

2009 Movies' TV Spots at the Super Bowl!


"Confirmed for this year's roster are high-profile titles like Paramount's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek and G.I. Joe; Sony’s Angels & Demons; DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens; and Universal's Land of the Lost and its fourth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Disney is also planning to use the game to raise the profile for Pixar's next toon, Up, while a X-Men Origins: Wolverine spot is likely from Fox.
As of Thursday, Fox had yet to buy any time during the game. Should it do so at the last minute, Wolverine, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs are the pics it's most likely to promote.
Disney is remaining tight-lipped about its Super Bowl strategy, but it wouldn't be surprising if it buys time for Dwayne Johnson starrer Race to Witch Mountain and Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. hasn't bought a spot and may not at all, even with Terminator Salvation, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Watchmen — pics that would all appeal to the Super Bowl crowd — on its upcoming release sked."

TV spots I'm looking forward to: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Monsters vs. Aliens, Up, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Race to Witch Mountain, Terminator Salvation, and Watchmen.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


autobots, roll out

truly awesome

UPDATE: Too dark for you? Need some enlightenment? No problem. A fan enhanced the image:

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Already on the Way?

From (

"The site entitled 'GHOSTSPY' has the message, 'Yes, they are shooting it already. And yes, I am part of the crew. And no, I won’t tell any details. Because if I do and they find out, they will kill me. That’s why my little friend here will do the talking. Stay tuned for more …' His 'little friend' is a small hidden camera and it looks like he's talking about GHOSTBUSTERS 3. His call sign is 'ectospy' and he has two different videos uploaded that show a set in New York.
One with a New York cab being smashed (it also has a 555 number on the side) and another video of a strange creature walking the street, he seems to be made out of random objects like a bike and such, his name on the image is 'GARBAGE GHOST' - computer images of the creature are also included."


UPDATE: It's A FAKE! According to Dan Aykroyd (who apparently hasn't seen the footage) says himself, "Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009."

Meet the IRON MAN II villains


"Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Sam Rockwell (Frost/Nixon) are in talks to star as the villains in Marvel Studios' Iron Man II, being directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Theroux, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
THR says that Rourke would play a tattooed Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils. Variety adds that Rourke would play the Crimson Dynamo. "He's considered to be an evil version of Iron Man because he battles the superhero in a nuclear-powered suit of armor," says the trade.
Rockwell would play Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, being played by a returning Robert Downey Jr.
Rourke and Rockwell would be joining a cast that also includes the returning Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, who is replacing Terrence Howard. Another part -- one for Stark's assistant Natasha -- is still open.
The project is eyeing a spring start in Manhattan Beach. Paramount will release the movie May 7, 2010"

Jim Carrey says, "Bah, humbug" for Disney

Looks like a Dickens' version of Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I already can't wait!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

7 in Running for 2008 Visual Effects Oscar

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 81st Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Iron Man
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
On Thursday, January 15, all members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide."

My choices? The Dark Knight, Iron Man and/or Journey to the Center of the Earth. However, I haven't seen Curious Case of Benjamin Button though my friends tell me it was way too long. A good friend of mine said that Mummy III sucked.
Speaking of which, it's funny that two Brendan Fraser films are nominated. He's a favorite actor of mine.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Spielberg's TINTIN!


"Ain't It Cool News has received word that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo) have landed the roles of Thomson and Thompson in director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson's Tintin. The movie will be animated with motion-capture technology and star Andy Serkis as Tintin's friend Captain Haddock. Thomas Sangster was previously set to play Tintin but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts. A new Tintin has not been announced. DreamWorks' first 'Tintin' feature, targeted for a 2010 release, will be based on two of the books, 'The Secret of the Unicorn' and 'Red Rackham's Treasure,' written by Tintin creator Herge between 1942 and 1944. The second film will be directed by Jackson."

Now, I haven't seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. However, I did see Simon Pegg in a few scenes in Mission: Impossible III and look forward to seeing him as Montgomery Scott in Star Trek this May. Him, Frost and Spielberg are sure to be a winning combination.

Olivia Wilde Talks TRON 2.0


"House" star Olivia Wilde talked to SCI FI Wire about starring in Disney's anticipated follow-up, TRON 2.0, which starts shooting in April in Vancouver. Here's a clip:
"They're going to build a huge amount of the set. The director, Joe Kosinski, has made some unbelievable commercials. People can check out his Web site. He's just a really talented guy. And he's a really big fan of using as much sets as you can, because he's an architect as well, so he likes to build these worlds. And with something like Tron, I think it helps to create the environment as much as possible without too much green screen so that these characters can exist within this world, ... with the feel ... as real as possible."

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Could it be a DARK KNIGHT at the Oscars?

As I've previously reported, The Dark Knight is being re-released on January 23rd. This is being done just in time for Oscar season and I'll rundown what Dark Knight is aiming for:

Produced By
Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, and Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By
Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

Story By
Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer

Christian Bale

Heath Ledger
Michael Caine
Gary Oldman
Aaron Eckhart
Morgan Freeman

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Wally Pfister, A.S.C.

Production Designer
Nathan Crowley

Set Decorator
Peter Lando

Lee Smith, A.C.E.

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

Lindy Hemming

Makeup & Hair Designer
Peter Robb-King

Makeup for Heath Ledger
John Caglione, Jr.

Production Sound Mixer
Ed Novick

Re-Recording Mixers
Lora Hirschberg
Gary Rizzo

Richard King

Nick Davis
Chris Corbould
Tim Webber
Paul Franklin

I've got my fingers crossed. Do you?

January 2009 - REPOST

Paul Blart: Mall Cop - - (January 16th)
Kevin James (Paul Blart)
Clumsy mall security guard Paul Blart has been rejected for the position of police officer several times, but now he must deal with a hostage situation in the West Orange Pavilion Mall.

Inkheart - - (January 23rd)
Brendan Fraser (Mo Folchart), Paul Bettany (Dustfinger), Helen Mirren (Elinor Loredan), Jim Broadbent (Fenglio), Jennifer Connelly (Roxanne)
A young discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

UPDATE: Also on January 23rd, Warner Bros. is re-releasing the runaway hit sensation, The Dark Knight in IMAX and conventional theaters everywhere. I've heard rumors that they may be adding never-before-seen footage. Could this mean... MORE HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER?!