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Movie Review: AMERICAN REUNION

AMERICAN REUNION poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Natasha Lyonne, Jennifer Coolidge Writers: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg, based on characters created by Adam Herz Directors: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 6, 2012 Shortly after it was released in 1999, AMERICAN PIE was hailed as revitalizing the American R-rated teen sex comedy genre. Actually, few others got the recipe quite right, but the film brought forth two highly likable and funny sequels, 2001’s AMERICAN PIE 2 and 2003’s …Read On »

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Movie Review: COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV A FANS HOPE poster | ©2012 Wrekin Hill Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Holly Conrad, James Darling, Seth Green, Matt Groening, Skip Harvey, Eric Henson, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Eli Roth, Chuck Rozanski, Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon Writers: Jeremy Chilnick & Morgan Spurlock Director: Morgan Spurlock Distributor: Wrekin Hill Entertainment Release Date: Theatrical, April 5, 2012; Video on Demand, April 6, 2012 Loving and knowing, illustrative without a pejorative slant, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE is a documentary that simultaneously celebrates fandom and somewhat explains it to non-fans. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, whose previous work includes the documentary SUPER-SIZE ME, gets comments from a plethora of geek gods (including his producers, …Read On »

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Movie Review: WRATH OF THE TITANS

WRATH OF THE TITANS movie poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell Writers: Dan Mazeau & David Leslie Johnson, story by Greg Berlanti & David Leslie Johnson & Dan Mazeau Director: Jonathan Liebesman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 30, 2012 WRATH OF THE TITANS is actually more or less okay, but there are a number of elements that offer themselves up for nitpicking criticism at the outset. For one thing, while “titans” was being used figuratively to describe large and imposing beings and monsters in this movie’s forerunner, 2010’s CLASH …Read On »

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The Great HUNGER GAMES Rip-Off

Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES | ©2012 Lionsgate

They say that there are only seven stories, aka plots, and that every story we’ve ever read, heard, or seen in a film, is either one of those seven, or a combination of one or more of them. Proof of this was recently hammered home in a big way via the AVATAR/POCAHONTAS/FERNGULLY debacle. While I’m a big fan of mash-ups, aka taking elements of several existing stories, lyrics, or melodies, and making them into one new-ish one, I do find it odd that with all the hoopla surrounding this season’s darling, THE HUNGER GAMES – no one seems to remember …Read On »

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Wondercon News: BARACK OBAMA: VAMPIRE HUNTER?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER book cover

While speaking to the crowd at Wondercon 2012, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith fielded questions from the audience about the new film and was queried if he felt Barack Obama could be an action hero too His response: “yes.” “I think Obama could pull it off, “ says Grahame-Smith. “He’s tall, he’s in shape and yeah, he’s got a little badass quality to him from time to time.” And what would his weapon of choice be? “Diplomacy,” adds Grahame-Smith with a laugh. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER hits theaters June 22, 2012 AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD …Read On »

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Wondercon News: Emma Stone talks THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and playing Gwen Stacy

Emma Stone in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | ©2012 Sony Pictures

Getting a chance to move into the big budget superhero world of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was a thrill for actress Emma Stone who tackles the iconic Gwen Stacy in the film reboot of the classic character. “You realize there is so much material when it comes to Spider-Man,” admits Stone, who had just came off THE HELP, which was also based on a book. “THE HELP was one big book, but this was 50 years of comic book material. You can’t please everybody. You just have to bring the character to life in the best way you know how and …Read On »

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Wondercon News: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young Bruce Willis in LOOPER

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in INCEPTION | ©2010 Warner Bros.

While speaking to the press at Wondercon, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke about starring in the new sci-fi film LOOPER helmed by Rian Johnson (BRICK) and how he gets to play a younger version of Bruce Willis. In the film, time travel exists and Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is a hired gun for the mob to clean up messes until his future self (Willis) is hired to rub him out. “I was basing my character on him,” says Gordon-Levitt. “I watched his movies. I would take the audio out of the movies and put it on my iPod to listen to it. I …Read On »

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Wondercon News: Director Timur Bekmambetov talks WANTED 2

WANTED movie poster | ©2008 Universal Pictures

While ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER is currently taking up director Timur Bekmambetov’s time, he did reveal to reporters today after his panel at Wondercon 2012 that he hasn’t been able to focus on a sequel to his hit WANTED. “There is a script,” says Bekmambetov about WANTED 2. “I’m so busy with this project, I can’t think about another project now.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER hits theaters June 22, 2012 AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Related Link:The scoop of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER from Wondercon 2012 Related Link: Seth Grahame-Smith says he’d like to see …Read On »

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Wondercon News: The status of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES movie

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES book cover

While speaking to the press at Wondercon 2012 about ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, screenwriter and author Seth Grahame-Smith spoke about the long-delayed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES movie that’s based on another one of his popular hybrid novels. “The script by David O. Russell and Marti Noxon is fantastic,” says Grahame-Smith. “It’s ready to go. We just need to find the right director and star to do it. After this movie, and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN comes out and they do well in that space, I think there will be renewed interest in getting it going again.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN: …Read On »

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