Comic-Con News: Sam Raimi talks OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and reveals Bruce Campbell has a cameo

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL teaser poster | ©2012 Disney

Even though the current poster for OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL looks very much like THE WIZARD OF OZ, director Sam Raimi says it shares the DNA of the L. Frank Baum books, but this is a prequel not a remake or sequel to that beloved 1939 film “We all loved THE WIZARD OF OZ and we were careful not to tread on it and careful to respect it,” admits Raimi. “Ours is a different story that leads up to THE WIZARD OF OZ. It’s how the Wizard came from Kansas to the land of Oz. It’s about a selfish …Read On »


Comic-Con News: Tim Burton says his BATMAN looks like BATMAN ON ICE compared to newer, darker superhero movies

BATMAN (1989) movie poster | ©1989 Warner Bros.

With the brooding Christopher Nolan directed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES about to hit theaters, people forget that the original BATMAN movie from Tim Burton in 1989 was also perceived as the darkest superhero movie up until that point. While promoting his FRANKENWEENIE stop-motion animated movie at Comic-Con in San Diego, the director remembers the nervousness surrounding his vision and how it compares now with all these dark superhero movies hitting the theaters. “I recall back when we were doing BATMAN how people were worried that it was ‘too dark’, but now it looks like a light-hearted romp – BATMAN ON …Read On »


Comic-Con News: Director Tim Burton talks FRANKENWEENIE and working in stop motion again

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare a filmmaker gets to revisit something they did when they were starting out, but most filmmakers aren’t Tim Burton. And with FRANKENWEENIE, he’s tackling a feature film incarnation of his 1984 live action short film he did for Disney. The original didn’t go over well, but now he’s bringing it to life in black and white, stop-motion and 3D and we says it was a thrill to go back into that world. “It’s a project that always meant something to me, so it was great to have the opportunity to do it stop-motion, black and white and expand …Read On »


Comic-Con News: BREAKING DAWN actor Robert Pattinson talks about TWILIGHT character

Robert Pattinson at the World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Where does Edward Cullen end and Robert Pattinson begin? At the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, the actor answered that question a bit while speaking to the press for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2. “After three movies you kind of get to a point where you can’t tell  where the character ends and you begin,” Pattinson admits. “After a while, there are certain things that are similar. You don’t know if it’s you thinking. It’s like you [see or] read [something] and it’s like … Edward wouldn’t do that. So someone asks you ‘why?’ And you don’t know …Read On »


News: TWILIGHT SAGA creator Stephenie Meyer remembers first meeting her film cast – Comic-Con 2012

Stephenie Meyer at the World Premiere of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

While speaking to the press at the 2012 Comic-Con, TWILIGHT creator Stephenie Meyer promoting BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, the author says she still has fond memories of when she first met the cast for the first time on the original TWILIGHT movie. “For me, the first time I saw them was pretty memorable,” admits Meyer. “I was meeting them for a cast dinner and they were coming from a shoot in costume, so they were all dressed as my imaginary friends. It was the most bizarre experience of my entire life. It was so cool to see everyone – …Read On »


News: TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 star Kristen Stewart says she will miss the franchise – Comic-Con 2012

THE TWILIGHT SAGA - BREAKING DAWN PART 2 - Bella teaser poster | ©2012 Summit

While speaking to the press about THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, Kristen Stewart (who plays Bella Swan) reveals that she will miss the franchise now that the movies are complete. “Yeah, it is funny, if you told me tomorrow we had to reshoot some scene, I would be so happy I would start giggling and start vibrating, because I do really enjoy hanging with them and we got to do it for four years,” Stewart admits. “And everything I have, and I can say the same for these guys, when you …Read On »


CD Review: STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE soundtrack (limited edition)

STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE soundtrack | ©2012 Paramount

In the blaze of Holy Grail soundtrack releases that just might finally represent the glorious supernova of physical CD’s, it’s easy to start taking one treasure after the other for granted. But when a title of truly momentous proportions is unearthed, it’s not only time to give thanks and bask at what might be the last best time in history to buy movie scores, but to also marvel at the power of music itself beyond trying to pick up the seemingly unceasing cascade of “bottle caps” – as Jerry Goldsmith liked to call the rewards of the insatiable collector mindset. …Read On »


Exclusive Photos from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN World Premiere

Andrew Garfield at the World Premiere of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment held The World Premiere of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on June 28th. Peter Parker is back, but this time Andrew Garfield assumes the role. This film focuses on an untold story of Peter Parker and how he got to be the person he is today. The press and fans (and there was a lot) were treated to a costumed SPIDER-MAN who climbed over the top of the backdrops and did acrobatics on the carpet before the guests and stars of the film started to arrive. Walking the carpet were …Read On »


TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 – “The Worst Kind of Hunter”

Katee Sackoff in LONGMIRE - Season 1 - "The Worst Kind of Hunter" | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Peter Weller  Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 8, 2012 LONGMIRE is almost like SIX FEET UNDER, at the start of every episode I wait to see either how the victim is going to die, or what condition the body is in when it’s found. It’d be kind of funny just once to have a wood burned sign with the …Read On »


2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Wrap Up

The L.A. Film Festival 2012 logo

Los Angeles is well known for a being a city of clashing cultures and this years LA Film Festival found its opening night film competing with the aftermath of the LA King hockey championship celebration. It all happened around the LA Live center that includes the mammoth Staples Center, Club Noikia and the LA Live Regal Cinemas. So if you’d come down on Thursday, June 14th you could have watched the Stanley Cup winning Kings parade down Figueroa St and then assemble in the Staples Center for a ticket only rally. If you like your entertainment a bit more cinematic …Read On »

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