Archive | December, 2011

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The Hobbit trailer is here!!!

Posted on 20 December 2011 by TH3 No08

In preparation for the release of this trailer which I knew was being released this weekend, my son and I sat down and watched The Two Towers today to get in the mood. It really did the trick. This trailer really puts you right back in The Shire like you never left. For a movie that’s not hitting theaters for another year there is an incredible amount of content here. Watch the trailer, then go back and watch the LOTR trilogy and prepare yourself for the adventure to come. I can’t wait!

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The Dark Knight Rises official trailer

Posted on 20 December 2011 by TH3 No08

After sitting through about a week of bootlegged cam versions of this we now have an official release of the full length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. I’m continually blown away by Christopher Nolan’s work as a director. He has reached a level of perfection in his work that few directors have even come close to and I expect TDKR to be his best film so far.
Things that stand out to me in this trailer are Bane’s voice. It seems eerily similar to the strained growl of Bale’ Batman voice. No coincidence there I’m sure. Next is Cat Woman and her parallel to the OWS in her mini monologue. There was a lot of talk during the New York stage of production that they would mirror the Wall Street protest and it looks like she is right in the middle of it. Third is the quick shot of Joseph Gordon Levitt. I’m curious what role he will play in this film as rumors have had him playing everything from Robin to Night Wing to a new version of the Joker. All will be revealed when it hits theaters next year. I can’t wait!

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Posted on 16 December 2011 by Christian

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is scheduled to hit theaters March 23rd, 2012.



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COMICS: Doctor Octopus Gets A Drastic New Look In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Christian

In the build up to “Ends of the Earth”, Marvel are publishing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man focusing solely on Doc Ock and his Sinister Six! PLUS: Check out a sneak peek of Daredevil #7 while you’re at it!

RETURN OF THE SINISTER SIX! Find out what everyone

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Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows Review

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Kevin Minke

First of all I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the first Downey Sherlock Holmes movie, and I’ve always loved the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, especially so with Steven Moffat’s Sherlock on the BBC. I was never too big on Holmes as boxing/martial arts champ, though I did like how true to the character if he was to be like that he would see the fight even before it happened. Even with that Downey and Law saved what would have been a mediocre film and made it just a little better. My huge problem with the movie was more the chemistry between that version’s Watson and Holmes. The whole movie felt like Watson as just annoyed at having to be around and Holmes and putting up with his abusive demeanor for now reason. I felt no respect from Watson for Holmes and it just felt like their relationship was forced. This is why I walked into the press screening for Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows with no high expectations and in the first few minutes of Act 1 I was beginning to feel justified as such.

Again the relationship of Watson and Holmes seemed just as baffling to me, and now Holmes was acting as Watson’s best man, from the interactions of the first movie I was amazed that Holmes was even to be invited to Watson’s wedding let alone be his best man. This coming to a head at Watson’s “stag” party which was just a ploy to get Watson to assist in solving another mystery he had come across trying to prove Professor Moriarty was a master criminal. Why this military man would put up with this was beyond me, but finally I think the writers realized what was wrong and showed us that not only does Holmes care, by getting Watson to his wedding on time, though in dubious condition but that he truly respected and cared for Watson even though he doesn’t show it. This is when finally Downey’s Holmes became a three-dimensional character for me. Almost tragic, when after the wedding he enjoys the site of the new couple from the shadows, place that he inhabits due to the way his mind works, this is the Holmes I love.

Jared Harris as Moriarty is absolutely brilliant in his role, and in true American fashion, and to make him an equal to Holmes, he is also a boxing champion so that the two’s epic “battle of wits” can take place at the closing of the film. I love the way they show Moriarty’s ability to misdirect and outwit Holmes early on in the film and just keep him down as the underdog in this showing. Truly the writing and direction have vastly improved from the 2009 film.

Now to the best part of the film for me, Noomi Rapace debut to a Hollywood film’s audience as the main female lead. If you have not seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy you are missing one of Sweden’s best film work and you need to watch all these on Netflix’s instant queue. She is one of the best actresses I’ve seen in years and I can’t wait to see more of her. Though her part is small and they don’t give her too much to do, she still manages to still the scene from Downey again and again.

My last favorite aspect of the movie is the great Stephen Fry, I love this man with a passion. He is other great actor in the film for me. Finally Mycroft has life breathed into him. He is so funny and so essential to making this film work that I just loved every scene he was in. It was a good break from the seriousness that surrounds the rest of the film and makes for some breakout laughs, that was best captured in the closing credits.

This movie in every way is ten times the movie that the first Sherlock Holmes was in 2009. This is the film that Holmes deserved from Hollywood the first time around. I

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Ten Best Christmas Movies of the last 30 years

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Charles B. French

It’s December, and that means the airwaves and cinemas are flooded with Christmas movies. In case you hadn’t noticed, most of those movies are just awful. There’s no way you’d watch them for free on television, and you can’t imagine anyone paying money to see them in a theater. Christmas movies are usually the laziest form of film-making, as it’s usually the same story every time: someone has a problem and the magic of Christmas makes it all better and everyone learns a life lesson.

The good news is that not all Christmas movies are terrible. There’s been a few good ones, and while It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street are indeed classics, I want to focus on the past three decades and look at more recent Christmas fare. These movies that are starting to become classics that will be beloved by future generations. Not only are they good movies, but they actually have that Christmas magic that all such films need.

If you’re in the mood for a Christmas movie and don’t want to get stuck watching

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First Trailer For Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ Features Megan Fox

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Christian

The first trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ has been released.

The comedy, which sees the actor reunite with his ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’ director, tells “the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses.

The trailer also features Megan Fox, John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley, who joined the project this summer.

Fox especially has a funny line after a night with the dictator.

“What’s this, a ruby? Is that a joke? What am I, a Kardashian?”



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First Look At Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan In ‘Great Gatsby’

Posted on 14 December 2011 by Christian

Warner Bros. has released our first official look at Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The casting choices really seem like Baz Luhrmann will bring this classic to life.

“The Great Gatsby

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Letterman Tells Scarlett Johansson: Nude Photos Were ‘Lovely Thing For Mankind

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Christian

During Scarlett Johansson’s appearance on the ‘Late Show’ last night, the topic turned to her now infamous nude photos.

“Yes, somebody stole my nudie photos and they were out there for all the world to see,” the 27-year-old replied when Letterman explained she had been the victim of a hacker.

“Which was, it was unfortunate,” she said as she burst out laughing. “I don’t know why I’m laughing, it was terrible!”

“I mean I understand personally how you’re looking at it,” interjected Letterman. “The guy could be in prison for a 100 years or so.”

“On the other hand, the way to look at it is… it was a lovely thing for mankind.” “But it’s illegal is the point,” he added. “I have to say it was quite shocking and creepy,” she explained.

“What was even more creepy was this person was obviously following me. My password was constantly changing for months and months.”

“I kept thinking why is my password always changing. The guy was really there constantly, sitting there all pasty and sweaty, pervy and weird and that’s the creepiest thing.” The actress said last month that the nude photos were actually intended for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds.

She is currently making the rounds to promote the film ‘We Bought a Zoo’.

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First Trailer For G.I. Joe: Retaliation Debuts (Video)

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Christian

Paramount has released the first trailer for ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, the sequel of sorts to ‘G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra’.

A few highlights of the trailer include plenty of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and Adrianne Palicki, the short-lived Wonder Woman, and Bruce Willis as Original Joe.

Channing Tatum, who starred in the first film, is barely visible in the two minute trailer.

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George Takei Tries To Broker Peace Between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Christian

George Takei is stepping in as the broker of peace in the ongoing debate between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’.

Takei warns that if William Shatner and Carrie Fisher keep arguing, the winner will only be the ‘Twilight’”.

“Sci-Fi fans be warned,” says Takei. “There are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be had in ‘Twilight’”.

“No, in ‘Twilight’ the only message that rings through loud and clear is… ‘Does my boyfriend like me?”

“Let us band together to combat this mutual threat!”

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First ‘Men In Black 3′ Trailer Teases Time Travel (Video)

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Christian

The first trailer for ‘Men In Black 3′ is giving us a taste of what to expect from the next installment of the franchise.

“Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time,” teases the official description.

“J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right.”

“J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him

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Will Ferrell Does Old Milwaukee Beer Commercials For Free

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Christian

Will Ferrell is starring in a series of commercials for Old Milwaukee Beer — for free.

‘Business Insider’ reports Will Ferrell approached the Pabst Brewing Co. and asked if he could shoot a series of ads for the brand — at no charge as long as they aired locally. Of course, the company said yes.

The three low budget spots are now running on local TV in Davenport, Iowa but gaining traction online.

But what no one seems to know is why Ferrell wanted to do the ads or why he chose Davenport, Iowa when the beer is from Wisconsin.

Check out the ad spots below:

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New Posters For ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Christian

The first poster for Marc Webb

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Infographic: Technology Police

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Christian

How close are we from a society similar to the movie “Minority Report?” Technology today has allowed us to gather and analyze data to reduce crime and even predict when they will occur. Here is an infographic exhibiting the reality in the future of criminology.

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Six Couples Who Didn’t Kill Their Show

Posted on 09 December 2011 by Charles B. French

Sexual tension is the bread and butter of many dramas and sitcoms. Week after week, the two characters trade barbs and tease the audience with “will they or won’t they” situations in which they come so close to getting together but never quite take the leap. The classic example of this show is Moonlighting, starring

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Six Sequels Better than the Original

Posted on 02 December 2011 by Charles B. French

I spent two columns railing against sequels that weren’t just bad, I try to pretend like they never happened. What really irritates me about bad sequels is that it’s entirely possible to craft a great sequel.A good sequel isn’t just more of the same and hoping it works like the first time. It’s being able to continue the story in a direction that’s credible, deeper, and worth investigating. The best universes take the world established in the original and give us something more, something new, and at their best, they give us a better movie than the original.

Today I’m going to talk about six of those sequels.

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