Tron: Legacy confirmed for Comic Con 2010

 

The headline literally says it all! Oh happy day! Tron: Legacy is the first to officially confirm that they will have a presence at San Diego Comic Con International 2010!

I, for one, could not be more excited if I tried.

The filmmakers will be joined with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen and Bruce Boxleitner on Thursday, July 21st at 11:15 AM in Hall H. For you newbies out there, Hall H is where all of the big studio presentations happen. It’s a massive room that seats over 6,500 people. Daft Punk is responsible for the original score for the film. While they aren’t the kind of people to appear for press, the panel has promised a very special guest appearance. I can only pray that it is Daft Punk… please, please, please!

The teaser trailer for Tron: Legacy was first shown at Comic Con in 2008. I was in the room when they showed the trailer on the massive screens. We weren’t given any sort of indication of what we were about to see. It didn’t take long for the audience to figure out what they were watching and consequently the room erupted with cheer.

Last year they made their presence know again with a full panel, including Jeff Bridges. Honestly, it is hard not to love everything about that man.

My favorite thing to ever be at the convention (and I have been regularly going for some years now) was the set up for Flynn’s Arcade in Downtown San Diego. It was set up to look like the original Flynn’s Arcade. Every arcade game was free and 100% from the 80′s era. In the back of the room was the Tron arcade game. It was a place frozen in time and basically every fan-boy (and fan-girl’s) fantasy.

Check out this video. This is a little taste of what we got last year.

It was the best thing EVER. I think I ended up going four times throughout the weekend.

I would imagine that their presence at the convention will be even bigger this year as the film’s release date is set for December. I want Flynn’s Arcade to return with a brand new surprise behind the game. I’m sure there is swag to have. I can’t wait!!!

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Donald Glover and the campaign for Spider-man

It’s a little thing that America has perfected and that is the “art of capitalism!” Now that Disney has placed it’s Mickey Mouse ears on Marvel (and everything that they own), every studio out there is doing everything in their power to make some profit off of their existing contracts with Marvel’s characters, before they are kicked over indefinitely to the House of Mouse.

The most notable of these projects is Sony’s reboot of the Spider-man franchise. Yes, a reboot. It hasn’t even been a full decade since the first Spider-man film hit theaters and already they are trying to wipe the slate clean.

Donald Glover

They have started the casing process and many, many, MANY, rumors have hit the internet to speculate. While we can literally talk about this for days (and we did with Captain America), the purpose of this article is the Facebook campaign that has been launched in favor of getting Donald Glover to be the new face of the Spider-man franchise.

This is one casting choice that has left me saying, over and over again, “Hell no!”

Please bare in mind, I think that Donald is a very talented kid, not to mention absolutely hilarious as a series regular on NBS’s Community. While Donald does posses a lot of the qualities of Peter Parker, quite naturally I might add, he’s not Peter Parker. The reality is, Peter Parker is a nerdy white kid.

I’m all for ethnic diversity, especially in the media. However, I am a huge comic book fan and I don’t like the idea of changing the identities of characters that have become imbedded into pop culture for decades. My interest is staying true to these characters.

I like it would be equally upsetting (if not more) if they went around casting “white-folks” for such roles as, Storm (X-Men), Blade, Luke Cage, Black Panther, Falcon (Avengers), Bishop (X-Men), Steel, War Machine, and Vixen. Can you even imagine that actually happening? There would be an uproar.

In the Daredevil film, the villain of the Kingpin was changed from white to black when they cast Michael Clark Duncan. Please bare in mind, Michael Clark Duncan (regardless of race) is possibly the only actor on the planet that has the star-power and the build that it required for the role.

As a far as advertising and merchandising is concerned, this would cause a problem. Comic book sales tend to explode for any given title that has a film coming out. Marvel especially likes to tie into all of it. If Donald Glover was cast, comic book tie in would be completely out of the question.

I understand that is is opening up a whole other conversation about equality as well as a time when most Superheroes were white. In recent years, comic books have tried to expand the ethnicity of their characters. X-Men has several African American characters, John Stewart is an African American Green Lantern, James Rhodes has even taken the mantle of Iron Man time and time again.

Donald Glover is a fit for Spider-man in many, many ways. The idea alone does intrigue me and the reality of it would be interesting as well. I’m a completely on the fence on this issue. It’s hard to make a definitive call and I think that there are valid arguments for both sides.

However, I truly believe that when it comes to casting someone for this characters, you already have an idea what you are looking for. The actors are supposed to embody these characters and unfortunately, most of that is already dictated for them.

Internet campaigns are becoming a “thing” since the fans rallied to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live! and it actually worked! NOT audition the guy, would be absolutely silly and Stan Lee has already given his support for Donald to get a chance to read.

Casting results should be revealed soon. If you are behind the Donald Glover movement you can join the movement here.

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A-Team **Theatrical Review**

 

 

 

A-Team

PG-13

1 hour, 57 minutes

Starring: Liam Leeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Sharlto Copley

 

 

 

They were a rag-tap group, convicted for a crime they didn’t commit, then the bust loose as fugitives from the government – helping people where they can while still running from the law and attempting to clear their name.

This remake of the popular 80′s television series has made its leap to the big screen. Since when is a remake of an old 80′s television show ever a good idea? Okay, Charlie’s Angels did it well (only with the first one), but A-Team blows it out of the water and then some. In short, A-Team was A-mazing!

The casting was perfect and not a single weak link in the whole bunch. The movie literally has it all! Awesome action sequences, comedy that really works, vivid characters, and a narrative that follows through all the way to the end. The script was nearly flawless and even with all of the elaborate planning and all of the hijinks involved, everything made sense.

A frequent mistake made with movies like this are a lack of characterization. When you have your main guys running from the law and trying to save themselves, you need to feel for them all the way and know who they are. Surprisingly, from the very second you are introduced to Hannibal, B.A., Face, and Murdock, you know exactly who they are and can’t help but completely love them. While they all have definitive character traits that set them apart, they are never pigeon holed into a cliche of themselves.

My only real criticism of the film is with the climax. It does go off the rails ever so slightly, but they build up so good will from the beginning and throughout the duration of the film that it doesn’t even matter.

Stay after the credits – there a couple of cameos that are sure to bring a smile to a fan’s face.

I haven’t had this much fun at the movie theaters in a very long time. This is easily my favorite movie of the summer (a probably of the year) so far.

Sharlto Copley, my new favorite actor blows another performance right out of the park. We’ll be seeing him for a very long time.

Go see this movie. It is nearly perfect and sure to be a good time for everyone!

5.5 out of 5

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Mortal Kombat reboot?

What a way to start your morning!

Take a look at this ’cause it’s pretty amazing. This is a short known as Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. This hit the net yesterday and gives a new, gritty vision to the beloved video game franchise. Try not to completely loose your mind!

HOW COOL IS THIS?!

This short was directed by Kevin Tancharoen. If you aren’t familiar with him, he’s the guy who directed the remake of Fame. Talk about a leap! This is not a trailer for the new film, instead, this was a side project for the director. No studio was involved in the making of this and he called in a bunch of favors to bring this to life.

Warner Brothers, who currently hold the rights, had talked about rebooting the franchise for sometime and Tancharoen had been an avid fan of the game for many, many years. He had has own unique vision. This is pretty elaborate.

Here are a couple of notes regarding the production:

  • They shot the short film over two days on two RED cameras
  • Started in early April and it took 2 months to do the post production.  Most people donated their time.  The short was made for $7,500
  • Knew if he was going to get a chance at a genre picture, he’d have to show he could do it on his own.  This is a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it’s his vision for how he’d do it.
  • No one at any studio knew he was doing the short
  • Oren Uziel wrote the short.  He’s currently listed on IMDb to write the next Mortal Kombat movie at Warner Bros.
  • Says he wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers.  Compares it to the way Harry Potter exists in two worlds.  As in there are two universes that coexist with each other.
  • Confirms “fatalities” are definitely in his movie.  He wants to put them in the tournament in an “organic way”
  • Definitely would use “get over here” (the classic line from the game)
  • Michael Jai White plays Jax Briggs in the short and he’d definitely be a part of the feature.
  • Says Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy
  • They only had 4 hours to shoot the big fight scene

I think that this is solid way to bring the franchise back. It’s something fresh and new and a far cry from most of the reboots and remakes out there. Last I heard, Threshold Entertainment (the production company that’s responsible for the first two films) had filed a “breach on contract” suit against Warner Brothers putting a reboot film in development limbo. Hopefully, this short will kick start something.

There is going to be a fan uproar for Kevin Tancharoen to helm the project if it moves forward.

What do you guys think?

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn gets a release date

 

FINALLY!

After months of speculation is has finally and officially confirmed that the fourth book to the Twilight book series, Breaking Dawn, will be split into two movie.  As if there was any doubt!

Remember the actor’s fight for more pay? That was a direct result of the plan to split the book. The actors had to renegotiate for the terms of five movies, instead of the original four. Now that everyone’s deals have been closed and the entire cast will be returning, they can officially confirm what we all suspected.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is set to hit theaters November 18, 2011.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is set to direct both installments with production beginning this fall.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse comes out on June 30th… a mere three weeks away! While we have to wait over a year for the next movie, it means that Twilight will be likely to invade Comic Con again in 2011. AWESOME.

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Countdown to Comic Con 2010!

And so it begins!!!

While I have dedicated this site mainly to films, I still appreciate all things nerdy! San Diego Comic Con International is a sacred event for me every single year. I literally drop everything in my life and head off to San Diego, California as if it were my person Mecca.

The official programming guide isn’t posted until 10 days prior to the show, but the television Networks are already starting to post their intentions to attend this years event. Now the show is 40 days away, it’s no time like the present!

Here’s a little breakdown of what some of the programming at Comic Con International 2010 is going to look like:

V, Castle, No Ordinary Family, Big Bang Theory, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fringe, Chuck, Human Target, Supernatural, Smallville, Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Family Guy, the Simpsons, American Dad, and the Cleveland Show, among many others.

While most of these shows will find a home in Ballroom 20, let’s face it, Glee is going to be in Hall H. There is no other way to accommodate all of those people!

Last year, The Twilight Saga: New Moon swept over the Convention. Since the newest Twilight flick will be arriving before the convention and filming has to to begin on the fourth installment, chances are it won’t be around this year. My prediction: Glee is going to be in the new Twilight.

There is an even better chance that the new sign thrown around at this year’s convention will be, “Glee ruined Comic Con.” Granted, Glee is the biggest show on television, but a common complaint amongst the die-hard conventioneers (including your truly), “Is this even about comic books anymore?” The answer is, no it’s not.

Comic book aside, the list of intended programming thus far looks pretty awesome. There is always something for everyone at this Fandome Faire.

While I am looking forward to all that this year has to offer, I personally hope there is more hype for Tron: Legacy. The film is set to come out this Christmas and they have been advertising this at the Convention as early as 2008.Last year, they had set up Flynn’s Arcade in Downtown San Diego, which was easily my favorite thing to ever be at the show. I am crossing my fingers that the iconic Arcade is set up once again with different surprise behind the Tron game.

I will continue to dish the dirt on programming as more arrives. I will also be blogging while I am at the Convention itself.

San Diego Comic Con International will be running from July 22nd – 25th, with preview night on July 21st. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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Glee Season Two Spoilers!

There is some sincere irony in this post. It was less than 24 hours ago that I yelled at one of my co-workers because I HATE spoilers. Yet here I am, not only reading about them, but posting them too. There aren’t HUGE spoilers. They are vague at best. Tim, this one is for you.

Glee, the smash fit phenomena, just concluded their freshmen run of the air. According to the ratings, it has hit a record for the highest rated season finale of a first year show. It’s been renewed into its 3rd season and the writer’s and producers definitely have their work cut out for them.

Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator gave a glimpse of what is in store for Season 2, which includes adding a series of new characters: love interests for Kurt and Mercedes and a new rival for Rachel – a Christian Country music singer.

While not much else has been nailed down (or nothing they want to disclose) they do seem to know where Season 2 will end:

“I know that Season 2 ends at Nationals in New York. I don’t know if they’ll make it – we haven’t figured that out.”

As a fan… I am sincerely worried about where this show is going. What grade are they all in anyway?! You have at least three more seasons to kick out and they can’t justify how everyone is sticking around high school much longer than anyone should.

A perfect example is the show Greek. Greek is one of my most treasured shows. The entire concept of the show hangs on the fact that they are all college students in the Greek system. When they first introduce most of the main characters, they are all juniors. They are now heading into season 3 and all have yet to graduate. How did they accomplish this? Messing with the space time continuum! Instead of an entire season taking place over the course of a year… a whole season would chronicle the events of a semester at school or even in some cases a quarter. This gives you plenty of time to spend with these kids and still keep them in their high school setting.

I would also love to see some character development on Mike and Matt. You know those tow guys in the back that hardly ever get any writer love!? What the pants! They are full fledge members of Glee and deserve to have a character trait beyond being know as the guy who dances or “Other Asian.” Why add more characters when you could develop the ones you have?

I also feel that the show needs to get better at the storyarchs.  Many of the great storylines that start get resolved within an episode or two. They got it right in the first half of the first season with the truth about Quinn’s Baby-Daddy and Mrs. Shue’s fake pregnancy. Maybe the Jesse St. James introduction was supposed to do that, but it fell a little flat in hitting a home run.

While I’m a big fan of the show, it’s starting to head into “Repetitive Town.”

Please Ryan Murphy! You have an amazing opportunity here, don’t screw it up!

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John Stamos to join the cast of Glee!

Oh, how I love to get my Glee on!

 

John Stamos

Fox’s smash hit show, that has now been renewed into it’s third season, is in the process of signing their newest recurring cast member… John Stamos!

He is best known for his role as guitar playing Uncle Jesse on Full House, but he’ll be trading in his guitar pick for a tooth pick! John Stamos is currently in talks to recur as a Dentist, Emma Pillbury’s Dentist to be exact. Their relationship is going to be a little more than Doctor-Patient; he’s going to become the romantic rival of Mr. Shue!

They are going to fight it out for Emma’s heart – with a sing off! Well, that hasn’t been confirmed, but what else could it possibly be?!

In case you were wondering, yes, John Stamos can sing. He’s appeared in several Broadway productions including Bye Bye Birdie.

I’m excited to see his return to television and this could be a great role for the actor.

 

 

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Get Him to the Greek **Theatrical Review**

 

 

 

 

Get Him to the Greek

R

1 hour, 49 minutes

Starring: Jonah Hill & Russell Brand

 

 

 

 

You didn’t forget about Forgetting Sarah Marshall did you? Russell Brand reprises his role as rock-star Aldous Snow from the 2008 smash hit comedy. Jonah Hill stars along side him as Aaron Green, a young record manager charged with the task of getting the eccentric star from London to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Naturally, insanity ensues.

This movie is what it is all about! This is easily one of the funniest films I have seen in years – destined to become a quotable classic. The pairing of Jonah Hill and Russell Brand is absolute genius. While this film is literally laugh-out-loud funny, it has a lot of heart to it. There is a sincere internal journey that Aldous and Aaron take on their way to the Greek Theater.

Prior to this movie I wasn’t the biggest Russell Brand fan out there. He’s funny and talented, but there was something that I just didn’t “get.” Get Him to the Greek has changed all of that for me. As far as Russell Brand is concerned, I have seen the light. His character is ridiculous, but only Brand could bring a humanity as well as a person rooted in reality to Aldous Snow.

It’s pretty difficult to watch this and NOT laugh your ass off. Not to mention, by the time the credits are rolling you will feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Remember to stay after the credits, there is a little Easter egg. It’s not a big deal, but funny nonetheless.

This is the funniest movie of the summer… thus far. However, I think it would be hard to beat!

5 out of 5

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Sex and the City 2 **Theatrical Review**

 

 

 

 

Sex and the City 2

R

2 hours, 27 minutes

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall

 

 

 

 

 

This goes out to all of my ladies. While I may have many “male” oriented interests, there are time when I have to satisfy the woman in me. As a result, I found myself excited to spend another film with the ladies of one of my favorite HBO series, Sex and the City. I was a big fan of the series, only discovering it on DVD years after it had originally aired. I fell in love as I know a lot of women did. I thought the first Sex and the City film was inspired and the perfect cherry on top of the fabulous sundae.

However, unlike its predecessor, Sex and the City 2 was pointless.

It was wonderful to see the characters again and where they are in their lives, but there was an absence of an interesting story to tell. The film had as much impact as one of their “fluffer episodes”. If you are going to go through the trouble to make a full length feature, it has to have a serious impact.

The story surrounded around the Fabulous Four heading to the Middle East for an adventure of their own to take a break from the marriages, jobs, and children. The whole film sort of just wandered around lacking in real direction and purpose and while there is a conclusion to their minor problems, the solutions seemed too simple and cookie cutter. The show has a reputation for hitting their audience over the head with all of the good and bad experiences that make up life leaving you all warm and fuzzy at the end. To me, this attempt felt like a movie written for any stereotyped female friends and not the colorful and complicated characters I have come to know over the years.

Similar to the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Spider-man 3, I’m going to choose to slip this one under the carpet and pretend it didn’t happen. Overall the movie does lack the humor and the hard hitting moments you would expect, but if you happen to bored one night, I say go for it.

2 out of 5

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