Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney to buy Marvel.

"NO FUCKING WAY!!", right?

That was my first thought when my friend had alerted me to this, but it's true. As of now, no word on whether the deal has been completed yet, but BBC News reports that Walt Disney is to buy Marvel Entertainment in a shares and cash deal valued at $4bn (£2.5bn).

The BBC News. They don't just make up random shit like that.

Just when the future of Marvel movies had seemed promising, what with origin movies for Marvel Heroes coming out over the next two years to build momentum for the Avengers movie in 2012, new developments like this come to light.

So how now brown cows?

Will subsequent Marvel movies not yet in production get kiddie-dized because of this?

Will we have Will Smith as Captain America, now that Disney has taken over and may be looking for a confirmed and multiple-times-proven crowd-puller?
will smith bringing loud-mouth to the cap'n? please no
Will the upcoming yet-to-be-casted X-Men: First Class be filled by High School Musical alumni?


God help us all.

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you gotta admit, they are kind fun to look at

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Early draft of Last Airbender script? has posted up a summary of some aspects of the new movie from aforementioned draft script. Faux or no, this part caught my attention:
The Dragon says that the comet that began the war will return in three years, giving the firebenders control over their Chi, and thus the ability to create fire themselves.
Sozin's Comet is supposed make the Firebenders more powerful, not give them "the ability to create fire themselves"! I mean, the reason why the Fire Nation has been able to keep the other Nations at bay all this time is because they can create fire just like that! Even Pyro from X-Men 2 admitted his lameness, since he could only manipulate fire instead of create it.

As awful as the change sounds, the movie can't really sink any lower now, can it?

To check out the rest of the spoilers (even though they may be untrue), mosey your mousey along to here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Last Airbender trailer gets release date!

And it'll be on CHRISTMAS!

Right-o, folks, Frank Marshall had tweeted the news, but so far, which movie it'll be attached to has not been confirmed yet. AceShowbiz reckons that the movie will be Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law.

I hope we don't get random scenes that flash by SO QUICKLY you can't make head or tail of anything. It really makes it difficult to criticize how the massive failit looks.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hawkeye now?!!!

No, not another Marvel movie in development. I'm referring to his upcoming appearance in Iron Man 2.

That's right; apparently, Hawkeye will also be making a cameo in next year's Iron Man sequel. No word on who has been cast yet, but expect Ultimate Hawkeye, since they've pretty much confirmed that they're basing it all on the Ultimate Universe with Sam L. Jackson (who plays Nick Fury).

This one says that Will Smith should be Hawkeye. Ugh.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Avatar teaser trailer!

I don't know why they call it a teaser, seeing that it's about two minutes long, and could definitely serve as a REAL trailer, but here it is below:

Looks more high-end videogame to me, but based on what I can gather from the early seconds of the trailer, the storyline seems interesting. Anyway, click on the trailer above if you want to see the bigger version (i.e., the one on YouTube with the options).

Avatar opens December 16, 2009.

Spoiler alert on Deathly Hallows!!

For those of you who simply hate it when a book-turned-movie ends prematurely (I'm looking at you, Golden Compass), I've got news that the current plan is for the first Hallows movie to end with Harry and Co. getting captured by the Snatchers, the bit before they're taken to Malfoy Manor. Mind you, the filmmakers may get fickle when that time does come, and may decide to move the cliffhanger to something else.

Another noteworthy bit is that Goyle will be the one who dies (*cough*Fiendfyre*cough*), instead of Crabbe . This decision was made after Jamie Waylett (who plays Crabbe) was arrested for growing weed and stuff in his bedroom. Waylett is also not expected to return for either final hurrahDeathly Hallows movie.

[Aw, man!]

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Robert Downey, Jr. to play Lestat??!

Apparently, a new movie based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles books are in the works (rumor is it's The Vampire Lestat), and Robert Downey, Jr. is in talks to play Lestat de Lioncourt, the narrator for most of the books.

The Vampire Lestat is the second book in the series, and is written as Lestat's response to Interview with a Vampire, the first book. If you're kinda confused, This One will be about Tom Cruise, because the Previous One was about Brad Pitt.

Neither is in their original hair color in this picture.

As mentioned earlier, Lestat was formerly played by Tom Cruise in IwaV, while Stuart Townsend took on Lestat in Queen of the Damned. And as much as Downey Jr. can do Cocky And Brash, I'ma have to do a Rorschach and say, "No".

Between Cruise and Townsend, I've always preferred the latter (despite him not being blond), because he's just one of those guys who can never look old. Acting and movie aside, he always comes to mind when I read the books.

[The fact that he's cute didn't hurt :)]

also reports that Anne Rice approves of the casting rumor, and she is totally supportive of Downey Jr. being Lestat. And addressing the 'age' argument, she even goes to say (and I quote), "A twenty year old man in the 18th century is the equivalent of an older man today."


So, is she saying that a 20-year-old man back in the 1700s is as mature as a present man in his 40's, or that a man in his 40's today has the maturity level of a 20-year-old dude from three hundred years ago?

By 'age', we mean 'appearance', not maturity. Yes, Downey Jr. is a very good actor, but unless he gets major, major plastic surgery (or they give him major, major CGI and make him look like Patrick Stewart in Wolverine *blanch*), no freaking way this is gonna work without the writers tweaking a few crucial bits of storyline.

Fun Fact: If Downey Jr. does take the job, he'll be the third actor who isn't a natural blond, to play Lestat.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lemony Snicket sequel may be stop-motion.

Yuppers, folks. Brad Silberling has mentioned that he's still interested in a sequel (despite the first being four years ago), and that he may be using stop-motion animation for that, incorporating "incredible detail and very twisted artistry”.

Incredible detail or no, sounds like they're going cheap second time around.

Personally, I loved the first one. I would miss seeing Jim Carrey as Count Olaf. I would also miss the kids, however past puberty they are. Even bringing them back as voices wouldn't be the same.

Monday, August 10, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)


I christen this movie CRASH BANG BOOM!: THE SEQUEL (check out my review of the first here).

[Rather fitting that the end credits song is Boom Boom Pow, a mediocre song that has now been programmed into my head, due to its overplay on the radio.]

I know that G.I. Joe has been getting rather shiteous reviews, but I enjoyed it. It did look video-gamey at times, but somehow I didn't find it overkill.

I must be getting mellow.

After a weapons transport mission goes wrong, its two surviving soldiers recruit themselves get recruited into the G.I. Joe unit, a subdivision of NATO, to stop the launching of the four warheads intercepted. Said warheads contain nanomites and their killswitches, without which the nanomites will eat anything and everything up, levelling cities in the process. It's a race against time against the villains, as they plan to use the warheads to decimate major cities (only four, though) around the world.

Helmed by Stephen Sommers, director of the first two unshiteous Mummy movies, expect cameos from actors of both movies. The only one missing was Oded Fehr :( But nevertheless, I got a kick out of seeing familiar faces I haven't seen in a while, which is probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed the movie.

[I'd like to think it's guilt on Sommers' part of producing the crappy third flick that didn't involve Egypt. IMM-HOOO-TEPPPP....]

Snake Eyes was AWESOME! He's as bad-ass as everyone says he is, but I would've preferred if his fight with Storm Shadow was longer. Plus, notice that Shadow falls INTO the ice, instead of just lying immobile and dead-like on the floor. My guess is,


8/10. If you're into summer blockbusters (like I am), it's money’s worth in the theatres (the bigger the screen, the better). Plus, I’m not a Joe fangirl, so I am pretty satisfied with the movie, and can’t bitch about any heresiesliberties taken with the characters.

I did shat a brick, though, so let that be a mild warning ^^

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Jay Chou lands Green Hornet role!

Note: This is also how Jay Chou emotes 'happy'. reports that Jay Chou will be replacing Stephen Chow as (sidekick) Kato in the upcoming Green Hornet remake. Other actors in the production include (titular character) Seth Rogen, (love interest) Cameron Diaz and (bad guy) Nicolas Cage.


Another excuse for his lack of facial expressions, i.e., "conflicted and brooding."

I know jack about the Green Hornet mythology (I only know Bruce Lee played Kato for a while), but as a backstory, I'll bet that his entire family or a girlfriend was massacred or something, and that he'll finally enact his revenge on the perps in the movie.

Iron Man 2 Comic-Con footage!

In which there are many awesome scenes to behold! Plus, Garry Shandling gets work!

The sound is lousy, but Whiplash looks awesome.

Friday, August 7, 2009

With Ryan Reynolds cast as the Green Lantern, whatever will happen to Deadpool?

Another gem from ItsJustSomeRandomGuy :)

If Reynolds DOES have to give up one role (totally uncool that may be), he should really stick to Deadpool. Or do Wally West instead.

Monday, August 3, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Wolverine isn't half bad.

Sure, the storyline is a bit pointless at times and doesn't make sense, and there's that scene where Gambit acts like a complete idiot and attacks the wrong guy (read: Wolverine), but other than that, it wasn't as shiteous as most of the world pegged it to be.

[The old couple was VERY unnecessary. Poor old people.]

As with every X-Men movie, the fight scenes are lovely, though some of the special effects looked a bit fake (the part where Logan checks out his newly-minted claws, they looked a bit flimsy). As much as I love Liev Shreiber, I would've preferred Tyler Mane. *cough*continuity*cough*
Also, based on the timeline, his look doesn't suit the movie. The much more refined and sophisticated-looking Sabretooth in this movie looks like he belongs in the Ultimate universe (even Ultimate Sabretooth doesn't look like that), and since Movie Franchise Sabretooth already looks like Tyler Mane... it just doesn't make sense how Victor becomes exceedingly primal in, what, 30 years? Out of the 150 years he's been living?

5.5/10. Wasn't as devastatingly bad as hearsay put it to be. Just chuck your brain aside before you start watching.

[I'd also like to say that Ryan Reynolds' ARMS would be worth the price of admission, but we don't see them a lot, so no.]

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ton o' updates!

[Okay, two.]

Never fear, true believers, this blog is not yet dead. I'd bore you with WHY I haven't been updating, but eh, I'll spare you the deets.

[It involved an ass-ton of overtime. Sorry peeps.]

First up, A TRAILER:

One thing I don't get is how they always associate eternal youth along with Dorian's name. Eternal beauty, yes, but think about it. Just because he doesn't age physically doesn't mean that it's the same internally. I mean, he could have liver failure and cancer and all that crap and still die, but he'd still look a healthy 20 years of age. And the 'immortality' argument can't be proven, because the book took place over a span of twenty years. Hardly enough time.

That said, Colin Firth doesn't look malevolent enough to be the tarnisher of souls, but I guess that's the idea.

Dorian Gray opens 9th September 2009.
[If you flip the date upside down, you get 6-6-6. Oooo...]

Secondly (and I can't find this on any other Internet source but the one I saw it from, which is here), it seems that Timur Bekmambetov has given up on Twilight Watch, the third of the Night Watch trilogy based on the popular Russian book series of the same name. He will, instead, be doing a sequel for Wanted.

I don't know when Wanted 2 will open.

I did not see Wanted, so I can't bitchcomment about whether it's a lousy decision or not, but I'm disappointed that Twilight Watch won't be made. I've only seen Day Watch (couldn't find Night Watch), and although the storyline was VERY complicating for me, the visuals were simply gorgeous, and so amazing that my tiny TV did not do it justice.

[That's right, folks, I saw Day Watch ON PAY-TELEVISION. I am officially LOUSY.]

It sucks that the third won't be made, though apparently the third was going to be filmed in English, compared to the previous two which were in their native Russian, so it's probably for the better.
Really, they speak Russian for two movies and alluva sudden the characters switch to English. Ridiculous.

Anyway, look out for my long-overdue review on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (FINALLY!) some time tonight / next day, and the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra next weekend!
[That is, if tix aren't sold out :P]