The Geek Beat: 'Star Wars' Rumors, 'Spider-Man' Buzz and About That 'Ninja Turtles' Movie
It seems like the last few weeks have had more news than usual from the geekier side of Hollywood. Not only have there been multiple comic book movies arriving in theaters in short order, but we've had studios announce some far-reaching plans for their cinematic universes, a few high-profile project and casting announcements, and even a few peeks behind the curtain – both official and unofficial – at one of the most anticipated movies on the horizon.
In short, if you're the sort who enjoys – or is professionally obligated to be – keeping up with all of this stuff, it's been a pretty crazy time to be a geek.
With that in mind, it seemed like a good opportunity to run through some of the recent news and offer up some of my own thoughts about... Read More
New on DVD/Blu-ray: It's a Great Week to Like Genre Movies
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Sony - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper. Full cast + crew
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is certainly the biggest punching bag of this year's superhero movies. It's silly, it's simple and it's glossy. And while I'd never argue that it's better than Captain America 2 or even X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's an acceptable, occasionally exceptional, overall enjoyable comic book movie that isn't afraid to be absurd.
There's a reason younger crowds will embrace this more than adults, because it is indeed that much closer to a Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe, but for the grown-ups out there, there... Read More
Comics on Film: Walking Back Through 'Sin City' Before This Weekend's Sequel
The original Sin City, released in 2005 with an all-star cast featuring the likes of Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke and Benicio Del Toro, was largely positively received and a box office success. On a relatively small $40 million budget, the film managed to take in nearly $160 million when its theatrical run was all said and done. With talk of a sequel having loomed for years, it's finally coming this weekend in the form of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and looks to be just as unique, if not more ambitious than the original.
The Original's Unique Formula
When the original Sin City was released, director Robert Rodriguez would attempt to distance himself from characterizing... Read More
See What Happens When James Bond Plays His Own Video Game
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon got to fulfill a childhood dream and play the 1997 Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 with former Bond star Pierce Brosnan. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. GoldenEye 007 was one of the games that helped elevate the platform to a realistic style, popularizing the first-person shooter, creating an immersive atmosphere. Brosnan only appeared in four 007 films, between 1995 and 2002. He had the good looks and charm of James Bond, but some audiences felt he lacked a lethal side. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling,” the Irish actor told the Telegraph in April.
Unfortunately for Brosnan, Fallon kicks his butt in this video — but... Read More
'Toy Story of Terror' Toy Giveaway: Win the Movie, Plus: Buzz, Jessie and Combat Carl Toys
Toy Story of Terror picks up after the events of Toy Story 3, following everyone's favorite gang of animated inanimate objects as they endure a spooky night in a motel where a mysterious figure keeps picking them off one by one. The longest Toy Story short film to date, it first aired on TV last fall as a Halloween special and now it's finally hitting home video for us collectors out there.
Not only is it a treat just to see some old friends again, but Toy Story of Terror also introduces us to a few new characters, most notably a one-handed action figure named Combat Carl (voiced by Carl Weathers), who we are definitely hoping pops back up in the Toy Story universe at some point in the future.
The disc also comes with three other short films (Small Fry, Hawaiian Vacation... Read More
Watch: The Foo Fighters Re-create a Classic Horror Movie for Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head to promote awareness about ALS — the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thankfully some very creative people have made the #IceBucketChallenge more engaging — like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
The band has re-created the bloody prom scene from Carrie in their video. Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and brought the story of a tormented young woman who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her high school class to the big screen. Kudos to singer Grohl who does a wicked Sissy Spacek cry-face in the video. We're just glad we didn't have... Read More
Why We Could Soon See Movies Based on the Video Games 'Call of Duty,' 'Skylanders' and More
The line between the worlds of movies and video games could be getting even blurrier now that publisher Activision is eyeing the idea of launching its own studio.
Boss Bobby Kotick is reportedly looking to hire executives to form a new internal studio with the idea of turning some of their popular properties into cinematic features or television shows. Should Kotick follow through with the idea, it would have Activision traversing the path now tread by UbiSoft, which is already hard at work developing films based on popular gaming franchises Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
At first glance, this looks like a good idea. Activision has a huge stable of titles that could easily make the transition to the screen. The catch is that a lot of those... Read More
The Year's Best Date Movie Is Returning to Theaters Next Week
Fact is, any movie these days can be a good date movie, depending on the various eclectic moviegoing tastes of you and your significant other. You both like comedy? See something funny. You both like horror? See something scary. But in our opinion, the perfect date movie is one that fuels the entire date night. If you plan to grab a bite to eat before or after the movie, it's great when the actual movie can be a part of that experience too.
This is why Jon Favreau's Chef is a bit of a special movie, and it's not just us who think that. After its debut in early May, Chef inched across the nation and slowly grossed $30 million, which is pretty spectacular for a small indie flick in a season full of giant, explosive moneymakers. It's become such a fan favorite that... Read More
Movie News: Sigourney Weaver in New 'Exodus' Photo; Johnny Depp and Daughter to Star in Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers'
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Sigourney Weaver is featured in a new photo from Exodus: Gods and Kings. Weaver costars as the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton), though her costumes are anything but matronly. Christian Bale stars as Moses in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, which is heading for theatrical release on December 12. [EW.com]
Yoga Hosers: Johnny Depp will play a "legendary man hunter" alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp in Kevin Smith's upcoming "comic book movie" Yoga Hosers. Depp's daughter will be teamed again with Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith as 15-year-old yoga nuts who must deal with "an ancient evil." (They previously worked together on Smith's upcoming horror movie Tusk, above... Read More
Director’s Notebook: Ti West on the Most Important Scene in ‘The Sacrament’
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Ti West about his latest horror, The Sacrament (on sale August 19, 2014).
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ti West’s latest film, The Sacrament, is perhaps his most audacious endeavor yet as he goes down the mock-documentary rabbit hole to create a chilling first-person thriller that won’t leave you anytime soon.
Inspired by the horrific Jonestown Massacre in 1978 where over 900 people committed suicide while living in a religious community in Guyana under the leadership of Jim Jones, we follow Sam (AJ Bowen), a journalist from Vice, and his cameraman (Joe Swanberg) as they are... Read More
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