Con Footage--True Blood

OK, so yes, TRUE BLOOD is halfway through it's season, but this little trailer sure as hell makes the next six episodes look sweet as hell (and the first six were by far as good as the previous season). I'm very impressed with TRUE BLOOD and am very happy to hear they're working hard on season three (despite the fact it has yet to be green lit). The source material is there, the fan base is definitely there. I'm confident we'll be seeing a lot more vampire action in the future.

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Con Footage--24

Well, I guess Kim came through and Jack's treatment was a success (I had no doubts). Season eight will find Jack "out", but as we all know, it's not hard to pull Jack back into the game. Here's a quick little peek, which was not nearly enough to satisfy my Jack fix. Grrr.

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Con Footage--Heroes

Chapter Five of HEROES looks fucking fantastic, and I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to see Robert Knepper and Ray Park added to the roster! The crew are all back, the new cast look cool and my man Sylar is also back in business. For some reason, Fall seems so far away right now.

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Spartacus reborn on TV

Maybe some of you remember the Kirk Douglas led SPARTACUS flick from 1960, and if not, you may remember the Pepsi commercial that used one the film's key scenes. Either way, a new HBO type vision of SPARTACUS is heading for television this fall. Sure, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduct that this trailer looks A LOT like a certain Russel Crow movie, but hell, ROME was a direct ripoff of Hollywood flicks too but was still pretty damn entertaining. I'm a sucker for gladiator movies.

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REVIEW: Streets of Blood

"Is everybody really saying I only got this role because I look like Wesley Snipes?"

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a cesspool of violent crime, forcing the police to use far more brutal tactics. Two cops fight to control the corruption outside as well as within the department.

I guess first and foremost I should start by saying I'm a HUGE fan of cop flicks. And despite Fitty Cent's mopey picture up there, I was enticed to see this film because of Val Kilmer (of whom I'm also a pretty big fan). Kilmer's far too underrated for my liking lately, and though this film was straight to DVD fare, I think with a little polish it could have DEFINITELY been theater worthy. And speaking of Fitty, he didn't do nearly as bad here as I thought he would (which was nice), even Sharon Stone's performance was on the money.

Now as far as originality goes, police corruption is hardly new territory, but the Katrina thing was a nice touch and who doesn't like a little New Orleans action (sadly, Mardi Gras wasn't in town). This flick reminded me a lot of last year's Keanu Reeves adventure STREET KINGS. There was action, nudity, swearing, great writing and the ending wasn't too shabby either. However, I will say this doesn't give our badged heroes much positive spotlight, but then again, most cop flicks these days are very dark at heart.

I'm not exactly sure what's going on in Hollywood lately, a lot of decent actors like Val Kilmer are being pushed out into DVD fodder or TV shows. Now that's great for TV goers and fine for DVD sales, but what annoys me is that (lately) a lot of this stuff outshines most of the theatrical releases being pushed our way. I'm more than a little torn by this as I'm not sure how well this bodes for movies, say, ten years from now. At any rate, now that summer's winding down, this is a great time to kick back with stuff like STREETS OF BLOOD. There are more of these gems out there than you think, and you owe it to yourselves as movie fans to seek them out and enjoy them. And of course, I'll do my best to bring as many of these titles I can to light.

Catch the STREETS OF BLOOD trailer here:


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TRAILER: Tron Legacy

First I have to admit that I have no recollection whatsoever of TRON. I may have watched it when I was younger, but if I did, I sure as hell didn't pay much attention to it cause I don't know shit about it. That said, this trailer looks interesting, though I can't help but think it would mean more to me if I went out and watched the original movie again. All in all, this doesn't look like my cup of tea, but now that I've watched this trailer, I almost feel compelled to go watch TRON just so I can know what the fuck is going on here.

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Saw VI teaser

I'll admit this isn't much in comparison to the clip I posted, but it IS the official teaser so I'm bound to share it. I'm a SAW fan, for better or worse, and I'm honestly excited to see this next chapter (my fingers are crossed that it won't suck). The teaser is about what you would expect (though honestly a little bland after watching the clip, I'd personally fire the marketing people if I were them), though I'll let it slide considering the "animated poster" was pretty damn cool.

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TRAILER: Ninja Assassin

Now I don't know if this is like the new dawn for ninja movies (as I posted a trailer for a movie called NINJA awhile back), but at least this one's a bit more mainstream as the Wachowski Brothers (the guy who brought us the MATRIX) are behind it. The action looks decent and what can I say, I'm a HUGE ninja fan. My only question is, in a day and age when remakes are the "in thing" why the fuck haven't I seen a reinvention of the AMERICAN NINJA franchise? C'mon Hollywood!

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BLU RAY: Watchmen Director's Cut

"But seriously, why couldn’t the world’s first NUDE Super Hero have been a hot, big breasted, blue woman? I know they exist, I saw one in STAR TREK."

After one of their own is murdered, a group of second generation Super Heroes called "The Watchmen" hit the streets for answers as an unknown foe sets in motion a plan that could not only destroy them, but end in nuclear war.

WATCHMEN was this year’s first highly anticipated big ticket, and like a lot of other "hopefuls" was lost in a sea of negative reviews and criticism. I think this film was fantastic, a true masterpiece of dark storytelling that only gets better the second time around. I find (this year especially) both fans and critics alike have come down HARD on a great many films, focusing on even the slightest imperfections instead of relishing and appreciating all the blood, sweat and tears that went into them. That said, if a film’s atrociously bad (like TRANSFORMERS 2), then by all means stomp on its throat! WATCHMEN however, was no such film.

Having read the graphic novel, I can say will all certainty that Zack Snyder not only did his homework, but executed his abilities almost flawlessly. The cinematography here is to die for, and the film’s surprisingly well paced for weighing in at one hundred and eighty six minutes. Some people have complained that Snyder "actioned it up a bit", but for Christ sake, it IS a movie after all so give the guy a break. The director’s cut is pretty decent (even if it does mostly consist of added gore), and though I truly enjoyed the original Nite Owl’s added scene, I felt the lack of retribution made its validity as an addition questionable.

There are those who scoffed at some of the acting as well, and though I was unsure about Malin Akerman at first, like I said, my second viewing really made me appreciate things (and her) so much more. And speaking of appreciating things, you owe it to yourself to see this flick on Blu Ray, as this was THE most gorgeous HD presentation I’ve seen yet! Everything just worked for me here, and not just the score, plot and characters, but the raw emotion captured in this bleak world which is vastly different than what you’d expect. Another guilty pleasure is the subtle nuances like the comedian killing JFK and Nixon’s run in office. Again, there is SO much to see below this film’s gritty surface that I just can’t imagine how anyone could NOT like it.

WATCHMEN was everything I hoped it would be. It was a brooding picture with lots of violence, sex, strong themes and vivid visuals, taking the comic book genre to new levels by not only pushing the envelope but ramming it down our fucking throats! And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what I like to see! Now it doesn’t matter how great the movie, director, story or actors are, there will ALWAYS be a nugget or two (when it comes to flaws) at the bottom of the bowl if you look hard enough. My advice? RELAX and embrace this amazing experience with open arms, as judging by what this summer’s had to offer, it may be awhile before we get this spoiled again.

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REVIEW: The Soloist

"I'll be honest with you, the Abe Lincoln makeup is really freaking me out."

A journalist in search of a story stumbles upon a unique homeless man with a remarkable talent for playing both the violin and the cello. They build a shaky sort of friendship that ends up benefiting one as much as the other.

THE SOLOIST is an interesting movie, and by interesting I mean there’s "something" there worth watching. The problem is, that "something" is buried beneath a slew of thematic elements all trying very hard to get an emotional response. And it shows. I liked it simply because I’m partial to the "writer’s journey" end of things. A writer’s curiosity will take him just about anywhere, and through doors most people don’t even know exist. Steve Lopez opened one of those doors, and before long became overwhelmed with helplessness when he realized he couldn’t just close it. This may not be what EVERYONE sees here, but that’s what caught my eye and kept me interested throughout.

The fact that Steve Lopez was played by Robert Downey Jr. helped out quite a bit. I’m a big Downey fan (and I’m not just hoping on the IRONMAN bandwagon here), from WEIRD SCIENCE all the way to the incredibly underrated KISS KISS, BANG BANG. Downey’s charisma is well suited in the shoes of a journalist, and I won’t take anything away from Jamie Foxx either as he mastered this role just as he mastered his instrument (of course, I DO miss his comedic side from gems like BOOTY CALL and BAIT). The drama was thick, the story moving, and if you’re a fan of orchestra type music you’ll find this flick even more rewarding.

Acting, score and story aside, I was more than a little annoyed with all the aerial shots of the expressways, the epileptic seizure inducing light show and the acid trip Jimmy Hendrix view mode that all came about during different jam sessions with Nathaniel. It would also have been nice to get a better understanding of Nathaniel’s psychosis and what caused his break. They tap dance around the issue with a couple flashbacks, but ultimately we learn nothing from them. I did enjoy the theme of friendship/do unto others which reminded me a lot of PAY IT FORWARD with a splash of AMERICAN BEAUTY mixed in for flavor.

I enjoyed THE SOLOIST for what it is, a touching dramatization of actual events which director Joe Wright and the real Steve Lopez hope will inspire us to reach out and consider (if not help) the homeless. I lived on Queen Street in downtown Toronto for three years and as a result saw my share of "interesting" street people. Sadly, most of the coherent ones are just "working the streets" for cash, while the not so coherent ones can be all too dangerous (I’ve seen both stabbings and beatings). Finding a middle ground can be tough business, and in my opinion should done by way of clinics like LAMP instead of Mr. Lopez’s "walk right up to them" approach.

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GAME TRAILER: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

This week's been a big one for CASTLEVANIA fans, we've got a new director for the movie (thankfully pulling it out of limbo), SAW co-creator James Wan who plans on re-writing the former script (which I read and was GOD FUCKING AWFUL). And here we have a new game slated for 2010 with the voice acting of Patrick Stuart, and a kickass premise I can't wait to hear more about. The best part? This baby's being produced by Hideo Kojima, one of my personal heroes and the creator the oober popular METAL GEAR franchise. It's a happy for for CASTLEVANIA fans!

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Saw VI clip

You know what to expect from Jigsaw copycat detective Strahm at this point, only this time he's upped the body count considerably. I'm not yet tired by the idea of more SAW action, they have yet to feel overplayed and lame for me. And they must have tremendous faith in this installment cause VII's on the way. The bodies start hitting the floor this October.

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TRAILER: Book of Eli

Though it sounds a bit biblical (and maybe it is in some yet to be determined way), the trailer gives off a pretty average "desolate apocalyptic future" vibe, much the way RESIDENT EVIL EXTINCTION, I AM LEGEND, the upcoming THE ROAD and so many others before it have. That said, I love this kinds of flicks, and I'll never get tired of watching Denzel take out rooms full of people by way of epic beat downs. I'm looking forward to a trailer with more substance.

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REVIEW: The Horsemen

"What do you say we forget this whole murder business and you let me go. There's a blow job in it for you."

Detective Aidan Breslin is called into to investigate a series of murders being set up to look like offering made by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

I find it interesting that this flick had little to no advertising or exposure considering it was produced by Michael Bay and his team over at Platinum Dunes. However, that said, it takes more than the efforts of Mikey and Co. to make a worthwhile movie as we saw this summer with TRANSFORMERS. This flick had a great premise, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, four killers teaming up for mayhem and madness. Sadly, that's not quite how this pans out.

We have hottie (and a secret crush of mine) Ziyi Zhang who ends up being one of the horsemen, turn herself in near the beginning of the flick. Odd, but I went along with it. Then we have a murder (unlike the sacrificial ones) fall into our laps, and as fate would have it, this dude is ALSO one of the horsemen. All right, two down, two to go. Now here's where it gets ridiculous. The next horseman, a wimpy, gay kid, who's completely insecure about his gayness (and also happens to be able to wield a sword so well it would put a ninja master to shame), breaks down and offs himself in front of his "homo hating" brother. We then get to the end of the movie, finding out that the leader and most dangerous horseman (according to Zhang who's in lockup confessing little tidbits as we go) is the cop's weirdo son (who might weight a buck-o-five), and then HE offs himself in front of his dad. WHAT-THE-FUCK!

In a word, this flick was disappointing as there was NO FUCKING confrontation whatsoever! OK, so Clifton Collins Jr. (who is far too cool for such a linear role) gets knocked out by the cop's son, DEAR GOD STOP, MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT! And yes, there was the ritual killing rig that mirrored the one found in THE CELL (nice work there), and lest we forget the teeth that were (drum roll) pulled from the victim's mouth while still alive (not that they showed it). There was potential here, the premise alone is enough to get most people interested, but man did this thing fall apart quick. Don't watch this, and whatever you do DON'T confuse this movie with THE HORSEMAN, which is a dark, little revenge story along the lines of Kevin Bacon's DEATH SENTENCE (a superb flick if you haven't seen it yet).

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Raimi works for the horde!

"I wonder who they'll get to play Arthas...or if he'll even be in it?"

World of Warcraft is a topic I'm rather well informed about, having played the game for nearly three years (I've taken the past six months off though). As the hype train surrounding the game goes up and down, the news about a live action movie has had summoning sickness for months now (not to mention the last time I heard anything about a movie it was animated, no live action).

Sam Raimi (who you may know from the EVIL DEAD series, but probably know from the SPIDERMAN movies) has climbed into the director's chair and will begin production after SPIDERMAN 4 wraps up (I guess this squashes the rumors of SPIDEY 4 and 5 being shot back to back). Yay or nay? For me, the answer is twofold: If Peter Jackson can deliver with LOTR's, so can Raimi. And while SPIDERMAN 3 continues to haunt my sleep, there's no denying Raimi can bring the action in a fantasy-esque setting. That said, my opinion on this (and Raimi himself) could change dramatically depending on how SPIDERMAN 4 goes down.

My Two Cents: "The complexity and magical presence surrounding the world of Warcraft will be no easy feat to capture on film. And I will say this to Mr. Raimi, DO YOUR FUCKING HOMEWORK, cause if you fuck this up, you'll have five million players cursing your life. You sir, will NOT be prepared."

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Sean Bean is Eddard Stark!

"You couldn't ask for a better Eddard Stark!"

I've kept my eyes peeled for ANY new info on HBO's upcoming vision of George R.R. Martin's A GAME OF THRONES. Well, here's some news that should re-invigorate fans (I'm fucking pumped!), and put their minds at ease: Sean (motherfucking) Bean has been cast as Eddard Stark!

Stark is a nobleman caught in the middle of a dangerous coup for the throne. He reluctantly becomes advisor to his friend King Robert Baratheon, while at the same time, Robert's wife Cercei and her brother Jamie Lannister plot his death. This groundbreaking tale is one of fantasy's BEST, and as a HUGE fan of the genre, believe me when I tell you, that's no small feat.

Forget all the fantasy to hit theaters as of late, and forget all the TV shows that have let you down in the past. THIS is the event all us fans have been waiting for since LORD OF THE RINGS. This series has been in talks for what seems like forever now, but I guess its true what they say, perfection DOES take time. Make no mistake, casting Bean is a tremendously good sign. The boys and girls over at HBO are taking this seriously (I even heard all the staff are hooked on the books), and as a result, I feel extremely confident we're in for something special here. I for one, can't wait! Filming will begin in Ireland this October.

My Two Cents: "And the best thing about HBO making this series a success? This first season is one of five books (six, if Martin's lazy ass would hurry up already), meaning there's lots more where this came from."

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Saw VI...and VII?


"I like it!"

It's hard to believe the SAW franchise has reached a sixth installment (in theaters Halloween), let alone that their penning a seventh script as we speak. But what surprises me even more is how GOOD part five actually was. I'll admit, I skipped it in theaters, and was no hurry to catch it. That said, I can't deny the appeal this series continues to hold for me. I enjoyed part five, so much so, I'll no doubt go to theaters to see part six.

Hearing someone say "there's a saw VI and VII coming out" automatically makes you shake your head for a great many reasons. It sounds ridiculous to hear those numbers behind a serious of films these days, but be that as it may, neither Jigsaw nor his legacy seem to be anywhere near dying at the moment. On the one hand, I'm not surprised, as we're currently living in a PG-13 horror era, so why wouldn't the hardcore fans hang on to SAW for dear life, especially if they continue to make them interesting. Will VI appease the masses? We'll find out in October.

My Two Cents: "Movies tend to go in "threes", but leaving the series hanging on a number nine just doesn't have that special ring to it. I'm betting on Ten SAWS before they run out of copycat killers."

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TRAILER: Mystery Team

At first glance this flick looked like a kid's movie, but upon closer inspection I noticed it was rated "R" so I decided to take a good look. I love the premise, and it looks a hell of a lot funnier than some of the nonsense on the horizon (like FUNNY PEOPLE, which looks fucking terrible and ANYTHING but funny). This is the first I've heard of this movie, but I'll be sure to keep an eye on it.

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REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

"Well this sucks, nobody said anything about dying this time around."

Voldemort has infiltrated Hogwarts by way of a spy, one who's attempting to assassinate Dubledore. Harry and his friends attempt to unmask this foe, whilst dealing the with their raging teenage hormones.

When I walked out of the theater after RETURN OF THE KING (having been so spoiled by these three fantastically engrossing fantasy flicks), I felt a dark void growing inside me as I knew it would be a long time before I felt this way about a fantasy flick again. If ever. So when HARRY POTTER came along, I tried filling this void with this young wizard's wild adventures. The first two were rough, these characters WERE still children after all. Things changed with THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, the story grew darker and more serious. And when GOBLET OF FIRE came around, I'll admit, I was hooked.

I was so taken about by ORDER OF THE PHOENIX that (no word of a lie), HALF BLOOD PRINCE was the number one movie I was looking forward to this summer, the one flick I KNEW wouldn't disappoint me. And I was right. Now, I must first convey this little observation that some people may forget upon walking into this film. This movie plays out like a chapter in a novel, yes there are ups and downs, but I wouldn't quite call the final moments a climax per say. Movies like this one, which are based upon an ongoing series of books must be watched with this idea in mind. Case in point, Voldemort wasn't even in this one, so that alone reinforces my statement.

Plot wise, I was happy, though I must admit for a film boasting "the half blood prince", he sure wasn't much of a focal point. Snape turning out to be the Prince was cool, but as some reviews have already stated, he was rather underplayed in this tale. I also really wanted to know who the hell the big burly guy chillin with the villains was, as sadly, they don't say (I'd probably know if I read the books, but I haven't). Dumbledore's death was a bit of a surprise, although I will admit it makes sense in the grander scheme of things. One thing is for certain, the next installment should be all out fucking war, and I can't wait!

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE was just what the doctor ordered after a summer of mis-matched flicks that seemingly nobody could agree on as far as merit is concerned. I'm very happy that this flick's breaking records left, right and center and I'm exceedingly thankful that this series has become something more than a kiddie popcorn story. Like I said, this was THE movie I was waiting to see this summer, and trust me, I didn't make that decision lightly. The only bad news is, with DEATHLY HOLLOWS on the way (thank God it's being split in two), the adventures of HARRY POTTER will soon come to an end, marking the return of my dark void. And with the decline of Hollywood originality, effort and production value, it may be years before I find another series to take away my pain. SIGH. At least I have LORD OF THE RINGS on Blu Ray to look forward to.

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TRAILER: The Collector

This trailer's short and to the point (which is better than overdoing I guess, but still makes you wonder about the film's quality). The premise looks cool, and the pieces comes screaming into place when you see it's made by some of the SAW crew. I noticed one of my Joblo co-workers was hitting up a screening tonight, so I'll be anxious to hear his thoughts.

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The Black Dawn Chap. 5

Adam and his crew steal Lee's prisoner, who breaks the code hidden within their list. They find a tape that finally fills in a few blanks, like what the hell's going on and how it happened. Damn terrorists. What I wanna know is, if that damn doctor's so smart, why the hell didn't he give himself a dose of the vaccine he was so keen on giving the students?







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REVIEW: Bruno

"What do you mean, you DON'T see the resemblance!?"

After an untimely disaster on the runway, Austrian TV host, Bruno, is fired and black listed from all high class events. In hopes of finding fame (and true love), Bruno takes his crazy ass to Los Angeles where all hell breaks loose. But in a funny way.

Sacha Baron Cohen. If I'd said that name five years ago, most people would have said, "who the fuck is that?". Hell, believe it or not, a lot of people would STILL say that today. However, that said, Cohen's been making quite a name for himself these past few years. I wasn't into DA ALI G SHOW, but I will admit to laughing my ass off to more than a couple clips I've watched online. BORAT was an interesting (and very bold) move for Cohen. Though somewhat funny the first time around, I did find it got rather stale by the time I rolled around for seconds. But like Bruno said. BORAT was SO 2006.

First and foremost, any movie goer will notice this film has a much greater flow to it, when compared to BORAT. Sure, you can tell that some of these "skits" are fabricated (Paula Abdul OBVIOUSLY knows who Cohen is), but for the most part, they do look instantaneous. There's also a great many gems here in the way of one liners, which helps out A LOT. I also like that this film was much more focused, with an offbeat plot that worked and didn't stray nearly as often as BORAT did.

Now, here's the real question. Does this work, and will straight men find this funny. I would say (in most cases) YES. However, that's not to say there aren't a FUCK-TON of gayer than gay antics that might make wince, once or twice. At the heart of this film, is a straight man, playing the role of easily one of the gayest men alive today. So in that sense, his outrageous actions are both tolerable and funny. But, like BORAT, I don't have to tell you that Cohen loves to push the envelope much farther than you want him to in most cases (though his dancing penis was rather funny).

BRUNO is exactly what you think it will be, so I can't see many people in the audience NOT LIKING it for what it is. This flick is highly entertaining and laugh out loud funny, in a raunchy, Kevin Smith sort of way. If you liked BORAT, ALI G and Cohen in general, you'll LOVE this movie and laugh yourself into tears (the song at the end if fucking priceless). I was a bit confused when I eventually noticed the "Wallmart greeter" part from the trailer to be MIA (shrug), but it'll no doubt find it's way onto the DVD I'm sure. If you want laughs, BRUNO's your ticket.

See Archives for the BRUNO trailer

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Reynolds is Green Lantern

"Look deep into my ring...you WANT to see this movie..."

And so begins a new era of comic book based movies, as Hollywood scrapes the bottom of the barrel in hopes of finding another cash cow. The Green Lantern's story is interesting (an Air force pilot is chosen by a dying alien to become a part of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns), and with Ryan Reynolds at the helm, the studio might luck out and have a winner.

Now as far as Reynolds is concerned, I'm more interested in what this means for his DEADPOOL spin off, not to mention the impending conflict of interest attacked to playing for both sides (Marvel and DC). Personally, I'd much rather see DEADPOOL than GREEN LANTERN, but I'm a HUGE Reynolds fan so I have no doubts he'll make either (or both) pictures work.

GREEN LANTERN begins shooting at the end of the year in Sydney and is slated for release in the summer of 2011.

My Two Cents: "Sometimes these "gamble" characters end up outshining the popular ones, it worked wonders for BLADE. And I don't care what anyone says, DAREDEVIL is still one of my favorite comic book movies."

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TRAILER: The Canyon

I've seen Hollywood twist a great many things into "scary situations" over the years, but I never expected to see The Grand Canyon's lethal side. A part of me thinks they've given far too much away in this trailer, but I won't lie to you, I'm digging this premise and want to see more. THAT, and Will Patton rocks.

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Cohen on making Bruno

Whether or not BRUNO is at the top of your "must see" list, you have to give Sacha Baron Cohen some credit for pushing this crazy character out there. And though not all of his "skits" in BRUNO are legit, I'm LOVING this terrorist bit, and am looking forward to catching BRUNO in theaters tonight.

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No more Supes for Routh?

"Am I wearing too much mascara? Be honest."

I won't try and convince anyone that SUPERMAN RETURNS was great, as it most certainly was not. However, I did think Brandon Routh not only fit the bill, but also did a pretty bang up job as Superman. When asked about further roles as "the big S", Routh didn't say to count him out completely, only that his contract was now expired.

There seems to be a lot issues surrounding the man of steel lately. Warner Brothers has until 2011 to get the ball rolling on another Superman film as in 2013 the rights to "Superman" revert back to the (co-creator) families of Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster.

What does that mean? Well, for starters, no Superman movie (or show like SMALLVILLE) can begin production without their say so. That said, these guys DID co-create Superman, so having future projects screened through them may not be such a bad idea. The Superman franchise can ill afford another flop like RETURNS.

My Two Cents: "Nothing against Routh, but I have only one two words to say about Superman casting: TOM WELLING! There, I said it."

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TRAILER: District 9

This flick continues to look promising, I'd even go as far as saying it MAY be the surprise hit of the summer. Peter Jackson's been MIA for quite awhile, so I have no doubt this will be worth watching. Besides, I love a good Alien flick, and find it especially interesting that it appears like we're holding them hostage for their weapon technology.

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TRAILER: Jennifer's Body

I loath Diablo Cody, she's nothing but a dumb whore who has no business writing Hollywood screenplays (she wrote this one and JUNO). That said, the premise for this flick is nothing new and wouldn't be nearly as appealing if Megan Fox wasn't the lead. However, since Fox IS the chick of the hour (and looks to be getting naked half the time), I'm sure this flick will do well.

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I love Beth Cooper's boobies

"I just LOVE when innocent chicks turn dirty, don't you?"

As I'm sure most people don't know, Hayden Panettiere has a teen comedy coming out called I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER. And apparently, this heroes starlet wants to hit Hollywood in a bang as she'll be topless in this movie. When asked about it, Panettiere simple stated, "I have no problem with nudity." And neither do I.

The other side of this coin would be the question of whether or not this will hurt her career. There was once an old wives tale in Hollywood that wanted to lead us to believe it would, however, these days I'm not so sure. I mean shit, look how far Carmen Electra's come. Boobs or no boobs, I don't think BETH COOPER merits a theatrical visit, but I'll surely check it on DVD.

My Two Cents: "Panettiere is one of those "hot/cold" chicks as far as hotness is concerned, but I have no doubts that HEROES fanboys across the planet will rejoice upon hearing this news."

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REVIEW: Crossing Over

"Sigh. At least it wasn't KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL."

A slew of people’s lives/paths cross and come together in the pursuit of American citizenship, but at the same time, fall under the watchful (and excessively strict) eye of immigration.

Despite being a somewhat interesting film, CROSSING OVER is blatant attempt to clone the superior (and less preachy) flick CRASH. As engrossing, deep, and all out "in your face" as this film is, it doesn’t quite deliver the "BANG" effect that CRASH did. One thing I will say though, is being an immigration officer sure doesn’t look like much fun, and comes off here as pretty damn brutal at times.

Storywise, the racial card was poorly played from jump street, and will piss off ANYONE who had anything to do with 911. I mean shit, it’s one thing to mention 911 (enough time’s gone by) but it’s a different matter entirely when you have a kid tap dancing on the verge of condoning the terrorist’s actions. Not even with all the kings horses and all the kings men, could you get an audience to empathize with her situation after hearing THAT speech.

Each of the other interwoven scenarios offered at least a little merit (minus the Jewish poser), both Claire’s and the Asian gangbanger kid’s being the most interesting, especially when you see the banger kid’s finale. Director Wayne Kramer (who’s a far cry from RUNNING SCARED with this one) does manage to instill a nice sense of character to the players of this dramatic game, but as far as performances go, the only noteworthy candidate here is Cliff Curtis. Liotta, Judd and especially a tired looking Ford, were all rather bland.

I wasn’t at all happy with the (obviously cynical) way most of the these storylines played out. Some of it was just too damn ironic, but what really pissed me off was for the most part, the worthless slackers got away with murder whilst some of the more justified people got the shaft. I get that this was done on purpose for shock value, but it’s still mildly annoying.

CROSSING OVER isn’t terrible, but it’s by no means a must see either, especially considering it falls into the "one time watch" category anyway. What amazes me the most about this flick is how it landed a 14A rating with all the titties (arguably the high point of my viewing pleasure), violent executions, F-bombs and 911 sympathy. Sigh. All that, and peeps didn’t push for an "R" rating, yet there was a mad debocle over TROPIC THUNDER’s usage of the term "retard". Go figure.

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TRAILER: The Last Airbender

OK, so M. Night Shyamalan hasn't exactly been throwing us "A" game material lately (though admittedly I rather enjoyed THE HAPPENING even if I was the only one), but I won't count the man out just yet. This trailer has me interested, and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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TRAILER: Couples Retreat

This flick looks a lot like that show TEMPTATION ISLAND where couples went to commit adultery on TV. However, I do love Vince Vaughn and Johnny Favs so this flick may be worth a watch. It certainly doesn't scream "HILARIOUS" or anything, but with these two guys it's bound to be funny.

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Resident Evil 4

"Anyone else feel a breeze?"

I'm not a hundred percent sure how lively the RESIDENT EVIL fan base is these days (though RE 5 DID do pretty well on the gaming consoles and the animated RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION was pretty damn good if you follow the games), but if you ARE a fan (like myself) you'll be happy to hear RESIDENT EVIL 4 is not only a go, but slated to hit theaters September 17, 2010.

I love me some Milla, and enjoyed RE 3 for what it was. There's quite a hub of storylines and mythos to take from, and of course RE 3's "invasion of the clones" ending looked pretty sweet too. Either way, Paul W. S. Anderson is still at the helm (personally I like the guy) and Milla's on board so all is well in Zombieland. Until then, be sure to check out Milla's latest upcoming flick THE PERFECT GETAWAY.

My Two Cents: "RE 3 had a "Wesker-like" character chatting with the doctor via holographic imagery. I'm hoping to see some REAL Wesker action this time around."

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