Disney sent Major Spoilers another preview/sneak peek of the upcoming Toy Story 3 movie, that takes a look at the various characters and character actors in the movie.
Thirty years ago today, audiences lined up for blocks to watch the second installment of the Star Wars film franchise. The Empire Strikes Back was ground breaking on several fronts; not only did special effects get cranked up a notch, but is probably the first sci-fi film to have a real downer of an ending, and a surprise twist that wasn’t ruined by the Intardwebz. It was also one of the few movies my father and I saw together as a team.
Travel back with us to the long, long time ago, when movie theaters were packed with the Saturday morning serials, when space adventures were over the top, and the hero battled the man in the black hat. Sounds like the makings of a great way to spend the hot summer, but what would happen if George Lucas had been born 40 years earlier? What if The Empire Strikes Back wound up in the theaters in the 1950s instead of the ’80s?
I first became aware of James Franco when watching the brilliant television series, Freaks and Geeks. Since then his acting career has taken off, landing the big role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man franchise, and in Pineapple Express. According to Deadline, Franco is in talks to play a crucial figure in the rise of the walking and talking ape man in Rise of the Apes, the prequel to the Tim Burton Planet of the Apes.
Production begins July 5, 2010, with the film expected to hit theaters in June 2011.
When you’re at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, be on the look out for Stan Lee, Harry Knowles, Thomas Tull, Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock as the dynamic team converge for a big screen documentary project. Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope will follow seven fans from around the world as they head to the world and experience the event.
“When I was a kid, comics changed my life and my world,” Spurlock said. “So when I got to San Diego, I felt like I was home. It was such an overwhelming experience for me, and I soon found out that I was not alone. So for me to get to share the experience of Comic-Con with fans all over the world will be an incredible opportunity.”
Let’s just hope the team approaches this documentary in the right spirit, as this could turn into a horrible train wreck that could serve to continue negative stereotypes about comic books and comic book readers.
DreamWorks Animation has unleashed another trailer for the upcoming Megamind movie onto the world. Voiced by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, Megamind arrives November 5, 2010.
When super villain Megamind (Ferrell) defeats his archrival Metro Man (Pitt), the world should be his oyster. But instead, Megamind falls into total despair. It turns out that life without a rival is life without a point for him. So, he creates a new superhero rival, Titan (Hill). Unfortunately, the new hero wants to be a super villain, too. Caught in the middle, star reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Fey) asks the tough questions: Who can we turn to? Who has what it takes to stand up to this menace? Who will defend the innocent? Megamind! That’s who.
Too many people like to speculate and spread rumors about a movie that is still in the early stages of development, but…
Seems the Twitterverse is a buzz with word that The Avengers movie may feature the Kree-Skrull War, and not the Hulk as misunderstood villain that most expect. Three times we’ve seen the Hulk take the center stage as the big bad – Avengers #1 (1963), The Ultimates (2002), and in the Ultimate Avengers animated movie (2006), so a deviation from that would be nice, but I wonder if the concept of an interstellar war with Earth in the middle would be too much for movie goers who are not as familiar with the source material.
Michael Bay looks to have given the ultimate F’you to Megan Fox as it’s been announced that starlet will not return to Transformers 3. While Fox did have an option for the third film in the franchise, Paramount says it was ultimately Bay’s decision to bring her on board or not. In this case – not.
With filming of the third film beginning July 4, 2010 in Chicago, the production company is going to need to ramp up in order to find a replacement. Some of the names that have been dropped already include Miley Cyrus, Hillary Duff, and Carey Mulligan (Shia LaBeouf’s girlfriend), although I hear that Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) might be the front runner.
Who do you want to see as the female lead in the next film, or do you even care? Did the last film ruin it for you?
With the casting of Cowboys and Aliens wrapping up and shooting about to get underway, the first image emerges from director Jon Favreau. It’s not much, a silhouette of “someone” dressed up in cowboy duds. The camera test at least lets us know the Platinum Studios adaptation is really happening, and not a bunch of hype.
This week, I’m going to start things off by “pulling back the curtain,” if only just for a moment. The whole idea behind the From the Vault series is to highlight older, oft-forgotten cinema gems that have, in one way or another, a connection to the realm of comic books. Honestly, this piece is supposed to be mainly about older flicks. But one can’t live on “Golden Oldies” alone, so this weekend I ventured out into the world and caught a showing of Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man II. Is it another instant classic, or does it suffer from Sequel-itus? Let’s find out!
Looking back on my childhood, I’ve found that my family went through a number of… I guess they’d be called “trends,” where one or more of us would get enthralled by a certain activity for a while, and then, quickly as it came, the interest would fade. Around the late 1990′s, we were really into renting movies and music from our local library. We would literally stop in two or three times a week, picking up a handful of classic films and older music each trip. And the one thing I vividly remember is every time we made our way to the Audio/Video section, I’d always want to rent Steel. I also remember every time being told, “No Sam, we’re not getting that one. It’s really bad.” It blew me away. How could a movie be so bad, it wasn’t worth the dollar to rent it?
Thirteen years later, I finally got the chance to watch Steel. And you know what? I think my folks were right.
Have you ever wanted to go back and correct the mistakes you’ve made in the past? I know I would. And every once in a while, we’re given a chance to right what was once wrong (hoping the next leap… is the leap home. That’s right, I used a Quantum Leap reference), and this week, I had the chance to check out one of the corrections of the past, namely Richard Donner’s version of the classic film Superman II. So grab your red cape and read on!