The next animated DC movie will be Superman: Unbound and today TVGuide revealed some new images from the animated feature. Pictured above we see Lois Lane and Supergirl who will be voiced by Castle co-stars Stana Katic and Molly Quinn, respectively. Superman, who you can see below, will be voiced by Matt Bomer (White Collar) while the film’s main villain, Braniac, will be voiced by John Noble (Fringe).
Superman: Unbound is adapted from the Action Comics story arc, Braniac, by Geoff Johns.
I’m not a fan of Jonathan Liebesman at all. He’s directed some real poor horror movies, and 2011’s disappointing Battle Los Angeles. Hopefully, with good writers and little interference from “master” director Michael Bay, this new TMNT turns out okay.
Yay! More goofy toys for The Dark Knight Rises.
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance [Featurette] (by MrTrailerWork)
Directors Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) go through some crazy sh*t to shoot their new movie Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in this new featurette Columbia Pictures released this week. From hand holding the camera on roller blades while riding alongside two speeding motorcycles, to wiring himself up behind a stuntman off a cliff, Neveldine risks his own well-being to get the perfect shot.
This featurette makes me want to see the movie even more and gives viewers more appreciation for the art form. Check it out.
Underworld: Awakening - Review
When I saw the first Underworld movie in 2003, I thought it was decent. It was a pleasure to see an original and visually stunning vampire tale. 2006 brought the inevitable sequel, Underworld: Evolution, which was just terrible, and made me want to give up on this franchise. Then in 2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the prequel to the original, was released and to my surprise it was really good; my favorite of the the three. I regained hope in the franchise and eagerly awaited another installment. Now it’s 2012 and we have the new Underworld: Awakening in 3D. Just watched it last night so here is my review.
After learning the existence of vampires and lycans, humans fight back and begin to eradicate them all. While attempting to escape the cruelty of the humans, our protagonist Selene is captured. After 12 years in a cryogenic freezey-tube, Selene awakens to find out she has a hybrid daughter and that she has a mental bond with her. Selene is able to see everything that her daughter sees. Meanwhile, Selene has no idea where her boyfriend Michael is. Selene, escapes Antigen, the facility she was held captive in, a corporation that’s set out to make an antidote for the virus that creates vampires and lycans, and eventually teams up with other vampires and discovers the real truth behind Antigen.
The set up for Underworld: Awakening is good. I like the idea that both vampires and lycans are now being hunted by humans and are driven into hiding. The story that follows isn’t all that good, though. I felt it was kind of weak. I was also annoyed with how they wrote Michael out of the movie. It turns out Scott Speedman, who played Michael, did not want to reprise his role. It seems that in his place was a mixture of maybe some unused footage from previous movies and/or CGI; it was painfully obvious. We only see him in the beginning of the movie and he just gets blown up, but it’s never clear whether or not he dies. Afterwards, the movie cuts to Selene waking up 12 years later and trying to find him.
This movie is in 3D which really disappointed me. The 3D was completely pointless and uninspired. There were some talking scenes where I actually took my glasses off and suffered through a little blurriness. I understand the producers reasons for making the movie 3D (*cough*money*cough*), but it would have been more enjoyable without it. It’s a shame the 3D was so intolerable, because the only thing the movie had going for it was the amazing action and top-notch CGI. The 3D kind of distracts from that.
Overall, the movie wasn’t terrible. The story is weak, but the action and visual effects make up for it. It does run short and leaves the viewer wanting a lot more than what they paid for, which is annoying. I like it better than Underworld: Evolution, but that isn’t saying much. Rise of the Lycans will remain my favorite for now.
I recommend waiting for Underworld: Awakening on blu-ray or if you are lucky enough, catching a 2D matinee. Avoid 3D at all costs. Its not worth the extra dough.
Marvel’s The Avengers. Image scans from Empire Magazine (March 2012 Issue).
In an interview with MTV, actor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) expressed that he fully supports the upcoming Starship Troopers reboot and would be thrilled if the creators wanted him for a role.
Starship Troopers is now a Science Fiction Cult Classic. How would all you geeks out there feel about a reboot?
BLU-NEWS: The Town - Ultimate Collector’s Edition
My #7 movie of 2010, The Town, will be re-released on blu-ray on March 6th in an all-new collector’s edition. This new edition will feature three versions of the film including the theatrical cut, the previously released extended cut, and a new extended cut with a never-before-seen alternate ending.
In case you are unfamiliar, The Town, written and directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is a crime thriller set in Boston, Massachusetts, that follows Doug MacRay (Affleck), a long time bank robber, who after falling for a female hostage from one of his crew’s bank heists, attempts to go straight and quit the criminal life all together. Unfortunately, getting out isn’t too easy, and with the added stress of the FBI watching their every move, MacRay and his crew must complete a few more heists.
The Town: Ultimate Collector’s Edition will feature all of the same special features included in the previously released extended cut, including:
The Town: A Director’s Journey documentary
Commentary with Ben Affleck on the theatrical version, extended cut, and extended cut with alternate ending
Six behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- Pulling Off the Perfect Heist
- The Town
- Nuns with Guns: Filming in the North End
- The Real People of The Town
- Ben Affleck: Actor and Director
- The Cathedral of Boston
In addition to the new cut and new commentary, collectible movie memorabilia will also be included:
A personal letter from Ben Affleck
48-page photo book with behind the scenes photos, filmmaking and script notes
Poster-size map of Charlestown with details on crime scenes from the film
Four film prop reproductions:
- Rub-on tattoo sheet with Jem’s neck tattoo
- Desmond Elden’s Vericom employee file
- Four FBI office mug shot cards
- Special Agent Adam Frawley’s 15-page FBI report
I am a sucker for ultimate special collector’s edition blu-rays like this, so I am looking forward to this release. The Town was a great movie, with a simple story, amazing directing, and some of the best acting I’ve seen in a movie of it’s type. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest renting the original theatrical cut as soon as possible.
Here is a new poster and two new images from The Hunger Games, in theaters March 23rd.
Detachment [Official Trailer] (by jeridootv)
A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students as seen through the eyes of a substitute teacher. (IMDB)
‘Detachment’ features an outstanding cast and looks very promising. It is directed by Tony Kaye, who’s earlier work includes ‘American History X’, one of my favorite dramas.
‘Detachment’ hits theaters in limited release March 16th.
BLU-NEWS: ‘Battle Royale’
[UPDATE] Battle Royale: The Complete Collection will be released on blu-ray in the U.S. on March 20th. This special edition will contain 4 discs featuring the theatrical and director’s cuts of ‘Battle Royale’, the theatrical director’s cut of ‘Battle Royale II’, and a DVD copy of the director’s cut of the first film.
Over 2 hours of special features will be included:
- The Making Of Battle Royale featurette
- Battle Royale press conference
- Instructional video: “Birthday Version”
- Audition/rehearsal footage
- Special effects comparison featurette
- Footage from the 2000 Tokyo International Film Festival
- Battle Royale documentary
- “Basketball Scene” rehearsals
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Filming on-set footage
- Original theatrical trailer
- Special Edition TV spot
- TV spot: “Tarantino Version”
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For those who are unfamiliar with the now Japenese cult phenomenon, here is a quick description:
With school children all over the country growing increasingly delinquent, the Japanese government takes decisive action and introduces the Battle Royale Act. The Act sets forth a plan whereby a class will be chosen at random and flown to a remote island, where each student will then be given a weapon and set loose to fight their classmates, each student knowing that only one of their number will be allowed to leave the island alive. When Class B of Zentsuji Middle School are chosen to take part in the massacre, the different students quickly take sides against each other, but Shuya and Noriko form an alliance and try to weather it through together. (Blu-ray.com)
Considering ‘Battle Royale’ first came out in 2000, the movie has taken way too long to get a U.S. release. Even so, I am glad U.S. audiences can now appreciate this masterpiece in high definition and with proper subtitles. I had bought a DVD edition off Ebay years back that had decent picture but was translated poorly in some scenes. I’m not sure what took so long for a U.S. release, but my best guess as to why its being released now is because of the similarities it has with the upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ being released in theaters March 23rd, 3 days after the blu-ray release of ‘Battle Royale’.
In addition to the complete collection available March 20th, distributor Anchor Bay will also release a single disc addition of the first film.