Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Film Review: The Last Stand

This time, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and really not the best way to come back to the game and probably not the most iconic to announce that he's really back and now we're reminded on how he played the game and suddenly there comes the flashbacks, he really sink in the character that he portrays and seeing Arnold is seeing your childhood memories.

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

The script was a mess, created on countless cliches and so not effective humor, Director Kim Jee-Woon(I Saw The Devil) handles the film effectively and is no where to perfection, this commits many flaws and that is bringing Arnie in a so not cool action film and i would even this call a (re)born of an iconic action star.

I Would rather call this film a lightweight comeback for Arnold Schwarzenegger it suppose to please new generation of audience, but it doesnt built enough tensions to do so, it would likely to appeal on his fans and some just for seeking entertainment, it's entertaining and if so is a lot more silly.

I'm not happy on what this film turn out to, it seems i did expected too much, It's not going to nestle near the top of any lists but this an effective entertainment and somehow could bring real action packed scenes and never settles and I would glad to say this film is worth a watch even though on it's unacceptable flaws.

This is The Year of Arnold and is hard not to compare to his co-star on Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone in which in February he will be in "Bullet in The Head", but The Last Stand is great but not perfect and not enough really good one-liners, but it was very enjoyable.

3 out of 5 stars

Film Review: The Man With The Iron Fists

The Man With the Iron Fists is likely another martial-arts film, which to live up on it's genre, this so called produced film by Quentin Tarantino is rather a sloppy and messy execution of martial arts and absurdly edited fighting scenes, which may be disgust nobody and this should be seen by nobody and once upon a time there was Russell Crowe.

Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu-tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all. Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

The Man With The Iron Fists is directed by no other than first time director slash rapper RZA, he must immediately quit this job, cause he is not suitable and never will be and he is thou brave he did write this and VOILA! an utter crap which is only for sincere fans of martial arts film and thou shall be not seen by everybody else.

And firstly that I didn't like is what in the world is Russell Crowe doing over there, what have you done RZA? Blackmail or Death threats?, who does care anyways, I'll pass on Lucy Liu and Jamie Chung both actress are no where to sexy and just a waste of filthy time. 

The Man With The Iron Fists is just a film that is just source for entertainment and or a hangout laughs with your friends, but your mistaken friends, this film should be passed by anyone , it's rather than trash more than entertainment and this film so violent that you'll just laugh on it, and best part RZA arms being cut.

It's a disgrace there's a "Quentin Tarantino Presents" but no worries for hardcore fans like me , it will not cause you disappointment cause he only produced it and the blame should be on RZA, This film is nothing but messy and rather very funny, and The Man With The Iron Fists is a film about a man having an Iron Fists and attacking the bad guys and making him the good guy.

0.5 out of 5 stars

“Oz the Great and Powerful” Conjures Character Posters

The character posters of Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz the Great and Powerful” have been released by the studio. The one-sheets individually highlight the main characters played by James Franco (Oscar Diggs), Rachel Weisz (Evanora), Michelle Williams (Glinda) and Mila Kunis (Theodora)

“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth and written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel are serving as executive producers.

Opening across the Philippines on March 7 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theaters, “Oz The Great and Powerful” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Emma Stone Torn Between Love, Money in “Gangster Squad”

Hollywood It-Girl Emma Stone (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) plays a wannabe actress-turned-moll in Warner Bros.’ epic action-thriller “Gangster Squad.”

Stone instantly fell for the story when she read the screenplay.  “It had such a romantic and smoky and nostalgic feel, with a lot of intense action and suspense,” she says.  “I immediately felt that I knew what it must have been like to be a part of that place and time.”

Set in Los Angeles, 1949, “Gangster Squad” revolves around ruthless Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) who runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago.  And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control.   It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

But Jerry Wooters has another motive for keeping a close eye on Cohen: Grace Faraday (Stone), the mobster’s current piece of arm candy.  Despite the obvious risk, Wooters finds her irresistible, and Grace is not immune to his charms, either.
Emma Stone was drawn to the role and eager to work with director Ruben Fleischer again, having starred in his film “Zombieland.”  Stone says, “We sat down and talked about the story and the character, and I said, ‘Of course, let’s do this together.’  I love Ruben, he’s so enthusiastic and his shots are so beautiful.”

Stone points out that her character, an entirely fictional creation of screenwriter Will Beall, “moved out to Hollywood to be a star.  Not an actress, a star.”  Clearly, things didn’t go according to plan.  “I imagined she kind of fell in with Mickey Cohen’s crowd, and that being on the arm of this incredibly powerful man gave her the admiration she was looking for, so she convinced herself it was alright.  Now, even though she feels trapped, she knows that, without him, she’s got maybe a couple of bucks between her and the street.”

“Emma is not only one of the smartest, funniest actresses I’ve worked with, she’s also somebody you can’t take your eyes off of when she’s onscreen, and that kind of allure is really what this part called for,” Fleischer says.  “The love triangle between Grace, Mickey and Jerry is tricky—you’re not quite sure what each one’s motivations are.  But both she and Wooters are looking for a way out, and each finds a kindred spirit in the other.  They have a spark that ignites, and neither one can ignore it, dangerous as it is not to.”

Emma Stone is one of Hollywood’s most sought-out young actresses, having garnered both critical and audience acclaim for her starring role in “The Help,” for which Stone also received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and the National Board of Review Award as part of the ensemble cast in the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s New York Times best-selling novel.  Stone previously earned rave reviews as Olive in Will Gluck’s comedy “Easy A,” and her performance in The Scarlet Letter update also earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, as well as an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
She most recently took on the coveted role of Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” opposite Andrew Garfield in the title role, and will soon be at work on the sequel, due in 2014.  She co-starred in director Gluck’s “Friends with Benefits,” alongside Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and with Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in the comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 30, “Gangster Squad” is distributed by Warner Bros.

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Review: The Impossible

Based on the true-life story of a Spanish family who went on a Christmas holiday in Thailand in 2004 and were caught up in the tsunami that hit south-east Asia, killing 230,000 people. With simplicity and conviction.

The Impossible was a timeless tribute to the faith of a very special family, and it was execute beautifully and flawlessly, the tsunami disaster was indeed very effective than any disaster movie, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor has brought us to tears and there performance was simply over the top and special.

Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.


It's so impossible that you can find a better actors than these two leading stars, I’m still not over the emotional trauma that The Impossible put me though, Altough i love Jennifer Lawrence so much and Emanuelle Riva but i think Naomi Watts deserves the award more than anybody.

What's bothering me that 230,000 voiceless human died in tsumani and they decided just to make a movie
about 5 white people and the setting was at Thailand, there is no sign of Thai, they should have made a different perspective than this, but that's forgivable because it's been washed away with it's complexity and it's emotional aspect


You can't deny the fact that this film is a tear-jerker and not one moment that your tear didn't shed, The tsunami sequence, including its initial devastation, is perhaps the best directed. Here, the visual effects, sound design, and Watts’s performance drive and McGregor that stands out most is when he breaks down on the phone to home, it was really heart-wrenching and devastating.

Nominated at the 85th Academy Awards for Best Actress for Naomi Watts. The Impossible was 2012's most finest. and was one of my favorites, A riveting, superbly-acted and heart-wrenching depiction of the events of December 26th, 2004 and The Impossible is simply more than compelling.

5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Les Miserables

I'm not merely fond with musicals and probably won't be, the only musical that impress me was Singin' In the Rain and Chicago, and Les Miserables is another try to recreate and reinvent musical but does not succeed in any aspects albeit superb performance and a great production design.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world's longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper's sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic tale.

There is barely a strong point here and the rest was no where to good, the only thing that this could be proud of be could be the tremendous performances and arguably the most captivating and powerful performance would be from Fantine(Anne Hathaway) despite lack of screen time, Hugh Jackman on the other side was perfectly great and still lacks, but still the rest of the cast really works except for Russell Crowe, very hideous and so-so.

This was the most disapponting film in recent memory, It was very expected but delivered less, Just watch the trailer endless time because it was the only the good and the movie was the bad and Tom Hooper was the ugly, and Yes Les Miserables was horrendous and you could pass this, there is no special on this.

Les Miserables is only effective for musical lovers and could probably forgive, it just seems that i couldnt take away how disappointed i am on this film, this was unexpected, and was very disappointing, they only get one nailed and that was Anne Hathaway, no doubt the biggest asset here was Anne Hathaway.

Tom Hooper's Les Miserables in short was disgrace and a let-down from him, Les Miserables more like Less Misery-blah-blah-blue-berry, it was suffocating and doesnt get you on the edge of your seats and expect very long and hardcore action and some I Dreamed a Dream song.

1 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

“Jack the Giant Slayer” Rolls Out Giant Posters

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. have released five new posters for its upcoming 3D epic action-adventure “Jack the Giant Slayer” featuring the giants Fee, Fye, Foe, Fumm…and Fallon.

The 3D fantasy adventure is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) and starring Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”).

In the film, an ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants.

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend… and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci as the deceitful Lord Roderick; Ian McShane as the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy as the giants’ leader, General Fallon; and Ewan McGregor as palace guard Elmont.

A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Legendary Pictures, “Jack the Giant Slayer” opens in the Philippines on Feb. 28, 2013 and will be distributed by Warner.Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company

First stills of Hunger Games: Catching Fire

After months of waiting intently, Lionsgate has released the first photos from the second installment of "The Hunger Games" on Jan. 14, heightening the excitement for the upcoming flick.

"Catching Fire," the middle book of the "Hunger Games" trilogy based on on the books by Suzanne Collins, again places Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence front and center, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen.

The story picks up after Katniss' and Peeta's victory at the 74th Hunger Games, the barbaric televised entertainment that pit children against each other in a fight to the death. As a result of her unlikely and nontraditional victory, she faces the ire of the Capitol's leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Additionally, Katniss finds herself torn between the two guys in her life: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth), both of whom need her in their own way. And she must decide if she will act as a symbol of rebellion, or save people she loves--or if it is possible to do both.

The released photo that has so far caught most fans' attention is that of Sam Claflin, in the role of District 4 victor Finnick Odair, nuzzling up to Lawrence, while she stares strictly ahead of herself.

Another photo depicts Hemsworth and Lawrence interacting (perhaps in the Hob) with director Francis Lawrence. The final photo shows Katniss and Peeta standing uncomfortably, looking dressed up (most likely on the Victory Tour).

Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson will all reprise their roles from "The Hunger Games," but will also be joined by Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, as well as Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone and Claflin as various victors.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will be released on Nov. 22, 2013.


Friday, January 11, 2013

JURASSIC PARK 4 to Open in 3D on June 13, 2014; Steven Spielberg Will Produce

Source: Collider

Universal Pictures just announced that Jurassic Park IV will open in 3D on June 13, 2014.  While many are quick to speculate that Steven Spielberg will direct, having just shelved the  sci-fi adaptation Robopocalypse for an indefinite period of time, no director is attached as of yet.  Spielberg will return as a producer, however.  Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, both of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, just turned in a fresh draft of the film earlier this week.  For those of you keeping score at home, that gives Universal less than 18 months to do all the pre-production, shooting and post-production visual effects (these are dinosaurs in 3D after all).  You can get a glimpse at what the original Jurassic Park looks like in 3D when it opens on April 5th, including a one-week IMAX run.

Deadline broke the news that Jurassic Park IV will roar into theaters in the summer of 2014.  Here’s what we know so far.  Producer Kathleen Kennedy previously spoke about the project in an interview with Steve at the end of 2011.  Back then she said that Jurassic Park IV would take a “great script” to get off the ground, since the property was not originally intended to be a franchise.  It seems like the execs are happy with Jaffa and Silver’s latest draft since a release date announcement is a strong showing of support.

As recently as last summer, producer Frank Marshall also commented on Jurassic Park IV, saying:

“I would say that it will be on the screen within two years.”

Spot on, Mr. Marshall.  The producer also commented on his anticipation for the what they’re going to be able to do with visual effects on this picture:

“That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology’s taken a leap now that we can really do some great things.”

Although Jurassic Park IV is definitely going to be released in 3D, Marshall had previously commented that practical effects still resonate better with audiences and helps the actors perform, so there is hope that the entire thing won’t be green-screened.  That same year, Spielberg declined taking the director’s chair for the sequel, but we’ll see where he stands this year.

Review: Zero Dark Thirty


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Kathryn Bigelow's new propaganda, is nothing but nonsense, "Zero Dark Thirty" is the story of the decade long hunt and elimination of Osama Bin Laden. It's more about the actual search than the actual kill, This was good, but a bit contemptuous for my taste. I missed things like character development. And Jeremy Renner.

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

The first two acts overflow with an unstoppable amount of absorbing dialogue, The Hurt Locker is a hard act to follow, but Bigelow and Boal helm yet another incredible military-political thriller that will leave you glued to your seat, it's simply no holds barred filmmaking and really undoubtedly an exceptional craftsmanship.

Zero Dark Thirty still lacks, Seems oversimplified, feminized, and methodically dramatic, Another Bigelow over hyped film that was good but definitely not great, The movie was a complete SnoozeFest., This propaganda is utterly boring albeit wonderful and strong script and a top-notch performance from Jessica Chastain(The Help)

I feel like I am the only one, who disliked this flick, Things start off very seriously - and interestingly - with sequences of torture, but afterward pacing issues, wanted to like this, but it was way too long and way too unrealistic, and it was obviously inaccurate, nasty and another disappointment from Kathryn Bigelow

Zero Dark Thirty really starts strong and as time goes by it became weaker, Instead of this, they should have made a movie of the victims families getting justice, This film is just crap, This isn't a bad movie, it's just too easy, ZERO DARK THIRTY IS THIRTY MINUTES TOO LONG .

1 out of 5 stars

Oscars 2013 Full Nominees

Best Picture

-Beasts Of The Southern Wild
-Django Unchained
-Les Miserables
-Life Of Pi
-Silver Linings Playbook
-Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director

Michael Haneke - Amour
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
David O Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin - Argo

Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film

War witch
A Royal Affair

Best Animated feature film

Wreck-It Ralph
Pirates! Band of Misfits

Best Documentary Film

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugarman

Best Song

Before My Time (Chasing Ice) - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Everybody Needs A Best Friend (Ted) - Music by Walter Murphy, Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Pi's lullaby (Life Of Pi) - Music by Mychael Danna, Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Skyfall (Skyfall) - Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Suddenly (Les Miserables) - Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Music(Original Song)

Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life Of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

Adapted screenplay

Argo - Chris Terrio
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life Of Pi - David Magee
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O Russell

Original screenplay

Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boa


Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Best documentary short subject

Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Film editing

Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Make-up and Hairstyling

Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Miserables - Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Production Design

Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Miserables - Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life Of Pi - David Gropman and Anna Pinnock
Lincoln - Rick Carter and Jim Erickson

Short film (animated)

Adam and the Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare

Short film (live action)

Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw)

Sound editing

Argo - Erik Aadahl and Ethan van der Ryn
Django Unchained - Wylie Stateman
Life Of Pi - Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall - Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty - Paul NJ Ottosson

Sound mixing

Argo - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Miserables - Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life Of Pi - Ron Bartlett, DM Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln - Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall - Scott Millan, Greg P Russell and Stuart Wilson

Visual effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R Christopher White
Life Of Pi - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R Elliott
Marvel's The Avengers (UK title: Marvel's Avengers Assemble) - Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus - Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman - Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ang Lee Wants to Direct Angelina Jolie in 'Cleopatra'

Source: THR

Ang Lee confirmed at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala that he really wants to direct Angelina Jolie in Sony and Scott Rudin’s adaptation of the book Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff.

"I'm about to read the script," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. "It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I've done. What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.”
Since it began development in 2010, the project has lost three directors: Paul Greengrass, James Cameron and David Fincher.

Turns out Cleopatra — played so iconically by Elizabeth Taylor in 1963 — had a love life that went beyond Caesar and Marc Antony: Schiff claims she married each of her two brothers, then slaughtered both.

“Incredible Burt Wonderstone” character posters unveiled

New Line Cinema has uncovered four character one-sheets of its upcoming magic-themed comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”  The posters individually highlight the lead castmembers Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey.

In the film, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.

Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

The film is directed by Emmy Award winner Don Scardino (“30 Rock”), from a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (“Horrible Bosses”).

Serving as a special consultant for the stage illusions is the world’s most successful magician, David Copperfield.

Opening across the Philippines on March 2013, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi Was beyond doubt was one of the greatest film i've seen since the dawn of the dinosaurs, this was the movie which was I was expecting very much and it was really well paid-off , this said unfilmable masterpiece is no stranger for Ang Lee, Lee's Life of Pi achieves was near the impossible, It's an tremendous achievement in technical and it is also emotionally promising.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's bestseller is a colorful, sometimes overwhelming meditation about faith, friendship and the will to survive, The 3D works very well and stands alongside "Avatar" when it comes to the future of cinema, Life of Pi is nothing short of astounding, pairing gorgeous cinematography with groundbreaking CGI.

They called it unfilmable, they were wrong. Life of Pi is a magical adventure that takes visual ambition and symbolism to new heights, a film that explores faith, religion, and ultimately , the magnitude of God's power, but as a spiritual journey it fails to really touch me, albeit still emotional powerful and really engaging., and now there's no the word 'unfilmable' in Mr. Lee's dictionary.

This films really do stay true it's source and it was never short of anything, The book's intriguing story is done justice with a delectable array of factual acuity seen in monstronomical proportions, It is a film that wields a power which can be many things to different people, Ang Lee's latest offering is certainly an entertaining mix of art-house 'high concept' storytelling with cutting edge technical wizardry.

The movie looks great, it's imaginative and contemplative, but by the end, Life of Pi hadn't convinced me about the existence of God, as it promised to do, but then There is still lot to admire here like Suraj Sharma's fantastic lead performance as a teenage Pi Patel, he really is very effective and very reliable but then Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' is colorful, sometimes overwhelming meditation about faith, friendship and the will to survive.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Jack Reacher

Straighforward, well-acted and well executed, Jack Reacher have exciting action set pieces, It was totally unexpected, Jack Reacher actually suprises me who would have thought this film would brought tensions, sparks and some Jason Bourne, it does feels familiar in many aspects, yet boasts an execution that keeps it interesting and engaging throughout, And yet definitely better than your typical slash average action-thriller.

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter-a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right-and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning-and then beat him shot for shot.

While very brutal, the film also packs in plenty of surprises and has some great story telling to tell, Jack Reacher is totally well-performed and well thought out, it packs with surprises and punchs, From the start it will get your attention, you'll get hook and be totally mesmerized, It's so entertaining that you didn't notice this film is like 130 minutes which is less than your basic action movie.

As for Tom Cruise himself, Jack Reacher is now the title character that could define him since Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible, He never makes accents and never compromise for any other roles, he's committed, sincere and undeniably arrogant. he is now Reacher, this role really suited him and nevertheless this could be his defining role and definitely not Stacee Jaxx

As for the others, the supporting characters was never weak and never disconnected, they we're all linked and had a very great chemistry between Cruise and Pike which he had been working before in films like Valkyire and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and that says it all, they really knows each other and never really awkward altough they didn't share any bed scenes or either kissing scenes.

Jack Reacher all troughout a well-crafted film altough relying on some heavy cliches, it still a very entertaining and without doubt could be one of the most greatest action film this year, it has has a nice mixture of action, mystery and suspense, , but what elevates Jack Reacher above that aimless exercise is that there is a much better story being told here, and just better writing all together.

Review: Red Dawn

Red Dawn is undeniably new to me altough im used to its genre, it's just another misguided and accompanied with lazy script and a bunch of barerly charmless actor, Altough at some point it hit some notes, it just felt flat, It progress an progressed but not enough to built a solid entertainment. 

In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky - shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom. 

I didnt have a change to watch the 1984 original, and will not ever but in some point i will surely give it a shot, Red dawn simply is another light and this so called action movie is not but irenic, peaceful and passive it doesnt build up tension and thrills, and it stays with its comfort zone, staying with that zone will make you passive and vague. 

Accompanied by a laughably bad script and a uniformly cast, Red Dawn isn't particularly a good film, but is undeniably entertaining, but the most insult is that Josh Peck has miscast, no offense, but he is just really not reliable and versatile but then this is Just another redundant, pointless and ridiculous remake from Hollywood

It consists of probably and arguably a one hit wonder actors, Their weak execution of the characters were utterly underwhelming and barely noticable, It doesnt live up our expectations if kept us hanging and gasping for air at the end of the day this will surely and no doubt will be forgotten and forsaken. 

It could be if not one of the blandest action flick i've seen in years, this remake undoubtedly is poorly written relying on it's source which is reasonable at the same time, The only worth a see on this is Chris Hemsworth he is the only who delivered and we are beyond doubt sold, The only thing i liked beside it's inguenity its that of the length, but then this is a film which is uneven, unevenly paced and an uneven acting and thorougly uneven.

1 out of 5 stars

Monday, January 7, 2013

'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter' 2nd Red Band Trailer

Paramount Pictures just released the 2nd red band trailer for the fantasy-action movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter. Since it contains some colorful language and and gruesome images, you'll have to login to watch it. Check it out below.

Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as Hansel and Gretel, respectively, the movie finds the sibling all grown up and are hunters of witches and other ghoulies.

Like last year's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter takes a lot of liberties with the source material and the two move may share similar fates at the box office. Abraham Lincoln made $116 million worldwide, but only $37 million of that at the domestic box office.

Besides Renner and Arterton, the movie also stars Famke Janssen, Zoe Bell, Peter Stormare, and Thomas Mann. Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola is making his English-language directorial debut.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter was originally scheduled for March 2, 2013, but Paramount moved it back to January 11 before finally settling on January 25, 2013.

Friday, January 4, 2013

85th Academy Awards to Pay Tribute to James Bond

Last year was James Bond’s 50th anniversary, but Hollywood isn’t quite finished celebrating 007.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s Oscar ceremony will pay tribute to the film franchise by including a “special sequence”.  It would be very cool if producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron could get all six Bond actors onto the stage, but I get a feeling that Sean Connery would want no part of it.

I also wonder if this tribute dashes any hopes of Skyfall picking up a Best Picture nomination.  Yes, genre movies are always a long shot, but the Academy can nominate up to films for Best Picture, and Skyfall was a critical and box office success.  We’ll have to wait and see how much love Bond gets when nominations are announced on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30am PST.  The Oscars will be held on Feburary 24th.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Here’s the press release:


The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast’s producers announced today.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

About Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series and Broadway productions. Their feature films include “The Bucket List,” ”Footloose,” “Hairspray” and “Chicago” — which won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For television they’ve produced the films “Steel Magnolias,” ”Life with Judy Garland” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others, and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning ”Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Evil Dead Red Band Trailer

Sony has released a new red band trailer for director Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead.  It is the most red band trailer I have ever seen.  It is messed up.  I can’t go anywhere near this movie when it opens on April 12, even though I like Jane Levy and this looks like a fun, wicked role for her.  But if you are the type of horror fan who can watch a girl lick the blade of a knife to slice a fork in her tongue, Evil Dead is for you.

Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore co-star.  Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have given the remake their blessing as producers.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Sony created the site that lets you record your reaction to share.  The trailer justifies the dare, but it’s another piece of the bold marketing campaign that claims Evil Dead is “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.

'Carrie' Remake Bumped Back to October

"You Will Know Her Name"

Carrie is now scheduled to open on October 18th, some seventh months later than its previous March 15th date. The Stephen King adaptation has been replaced by the gestating thriller The Call (formerly, The Hive) and is now facing off against Luc Besson’s Malavita and Warner Bros.’ Seventh Son adaptation – with Paranormal Activity 5 arriving a week later, also hoping to court moviegoers in the mood for a scare during the Halloween season.

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) is directing a script penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer and co-producer whose credits include Big Love and Glee; he’s currently working on the Little Shop of Horrors remake with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The project features Chloë Grace Moretz as the teenager who discovers she possesses telekinetic abilities – and eventually snaps, after enduring torment from her peers and overbearing religious mother (Julianne Moore).
Peirce and Moretz are distancing themselves from the remake stigma, referring to Carrie as a modernization and calling attention to the relationship betwen Carrie and her mother, rather than similarities to Brian De Palma’s 1976 film or the 2002 made-for-TV adaptation written by Bryan Fuller. Moretz in particular has referred to the film as a psycho-drama, which explores the inner-workings of its troubled protagonist in the aftermath of her infamous killing spree (think We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Black Swan and you’ve got the gist).

[NOTE: The poster below references the original March release date.]

Carrie, in other words, taps into the contemporary zeitgeist of school bullying and massacres in an attempt to recreate the shock-factor of King’s source material and De Palma’s adaptation. That’s a wise move, considering the story’s prom slaughter sequence is so engrained in the public’s conscious (as some of our readers pointed out, following the teaser trailer). Similarly, the supernatural horror genre angle allows it to overcome criticisms about exploitation; that’s something Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk picked up on, while putting together the Murder House storyline for season one of American Horror Story.

However, given how everything from select costumes and the general plot falls closely to previous versions (De Palma’s especially), there’s reason to wonder: is the new Carrie going to feel out-dated – with its warnings about fire-and-brimstone religious beliefs and teen outsiders – by taking place in a time when social media exists and 21st century attitudes about parenting prevail? Unfortunately, the poor track record of horror re-tellings doesn’t work in its favor…

Let us know your thoughts about Carrie in the comments section below.


Source: Sony Pictures

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Watch 'Warm Bodies' Official Four Minutes

Isn't he looks like Jacob?

According to the first four minutes of Summit Entertainment's "Warm Bodies," life is (as you may have guessed) pretty boring for a zombie.

Between all of the monotonous grr-ing and argh-ing, there's not much to do except walk around and reminisce about life, which is exactly what Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class") does in the beginning of the latest film from director Jonathan Levine ("50/50").