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Thursday, June 30, 2005

WONKA LOOKS GOOD...SO FAR!


I like Johnny Depp and I like Tim Burton when he isnt trying to make Hollywood movies (his POTA sucked!) - but I still have no idea what to make of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY..until now!

IESB has posted a ton of clips that make me want to see the movie. Since its not a thriller or an action movie, I don't think these clips will ruin anything for those who like to go in blind to a movie like myself but this is definitely quirky at its best! The trailer says nothing, but...this is going to be a feast for the eyes and kick start your imagination. Johnny Depp plays yet another oddball, but the whole look is pure Burton and looks like it will at least be appreciated by people who like this type of movie and hopefully kids. I have no idea if the story is any good as I have not seen the original or read the book, but if its a way to get Burton to flex his production design skills then I will definitely enjoy seeing it and it already looks like a DVD buy!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

WELCOME TO LUCASLAND


I have to admit I was lucky enough to spend a day at the Skywalker Ranch outside of San Francisco but I was surprised at how "earthy" it looked. No AT-AT's or Jawa's walking around, just a clean and peaceful vinyard looking place.

And now the photos of Lucas' new digs in the city at the old Presidio site (yeah remember the Sean Connery/Mark Harmon movie) and this is what I expect Lucasland to look like. Have a look at the photos here and here.

There is even public areas so you can get a glimpse of the magic. Why there is no StarWars Land yet is beyond me, I'm sure that place would do boffo business!

GHOST RIDER FOOTAGE FOR DOWNLOAD


Some of you may have missed ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's visit to the GHOST RIDER set in Australia. I did, and so Buzzscope has digitized it and put it online for you to download.

OK the scene here is not in the video - sorry, it's those gonzo message board kids at SHH that love photoshopping playing around with stills from this ET clip.

We already posted what GR will look like if you scroll down you'll see the shot from the Licensing show.

UNTOUCHABLES 2 IN THE WORKS


THE UNTOUCHABLES was the first R-rated movie I saw as a kid! My Dad took me to see it when I was 12 and I gotta say it was once of the best movies I ever saw! It even won Sean Connery an Oscar. Best movie score I ever heard because I actually bought the vinyl for it - also my first soundtrack purchase!

Now that said, do we really need a sequel - or as they are calling CAPONE RISING - a prequel? Wasn't there just a Carlito's Way prequel as well? And really, who are you telling me who is at least B-List that can play a young Sean Connery as Malone? I guess we can thank George Lucas for setting off this prequel craze!

MARVEL X APE SHOES


Will Marvel be cool now? Auctioneo sent us this link from Hypebeast about the newest show collaboration between Marvel and Japan's UBERBRAND A Bathing Ape.

This could set off a new trend of collectible shoes collected by comic fans?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

V FOR VENDETTA POSTER


"PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS.

GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE"

Great tagline for the new V for Vendetta movies starring Natalie Portman and Elrond until you look down a bit further:

"FROM THE CREATORS OF THE MATRIX TRILOGY"

A) that isn't doing anything for me, the Wachowski's are flukes, not to mention weirdo's! and B) I thought this was ALAN MOORE and DAVID LLOYD'S vision of the future!

Either way to the unintitaed it sounds like a futuristic version of Zorro, don't you think?

1 MILLION BATTLES FOR LOTR


Well this is interesting, with all the hoopla over online massive multiplyaer games who has time to play all of them?

It seems at least 1 million battles have been going on in the LORD OF THE RINGS game and there is a special contest to commermorate this special event. Very interesting to see that this game sounds to be doing well. Wonder how many people are in the Matrix and Star Wars games? And wonder if this effects original games like Warcraft and Lineage?

TOP COW ANIME COMING!


Top Cow steals from the Japanese the concept of the cyborg killer hot-chick and some how got them to license it back to make an anime. Incredible but this trailer looks pretty much like same-old anime with a girl with green hair. And who is this character anyways? I thougt WITCHBLADE was their main character?

CONAN CARTOON COMING


OK I was too lazy to screen-cap the flash images at the CONAN: RED NAILS site so that picture there is some arbitrary image I googled. So, if the HIGHLANDER animation wasnt enough - here comes an animated version of RED NAILS.

RANGER CREATOR AT SAN DIEGO


If you are going to this years San Diego Comic Con then you better stop by and meet the man who created the GALAXY RANGERS! And even a screening - what kind of goodies is Mr. Mandell going to share with us?

KONG TRAILER UP!


What? You haven't seen it yet? Its Lord of the Kongs! The trailer is here go see it - I didn't know Kong was from Helm's Deep and fought dinosaurs??!

Monday, June 27, 2005

...AND DID I MENTION JLU IS THE BEST CARTOON EVER!


I won't spoil it for you but the final epsiode of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED entitiled "EPILOGUE" is amazing! While it doesnt feel like a JLU episode, but more an epilogue for the BATMAN BEYOND show. Yes that's right we go back to the future and the BIGGEST TWIST EVER is dropped in our collective laps about the origins of Terry McGuiness and the whole BATMAN BEYOND world takes on new meaning. A perfect ending to one of the strongest seasons of TV ever - and to think that Cartoon Network didn't air this on the weekend of Batman Begin's second reign at #1 at the box office.

BATMAN BEGINS #1 FOR SECOND WEEK!


Yup the Bat hangs on to another week at #1 scoring a whopping $26.8 million over this weekend bring its gross over 12 days to $121.7 million (which includes its record-0breaking IMAX showing) Most importantly is that BB only dropped 45% from its opening weekend when most movies frop 50% or more (Hi Hulk) but still estimates only see it hitting $200 million for its entire domestic run. I was hoping it would have hit into Top 10 of all time, but as long as it beats out the original 4 Batman movies I guess I will be OK.

And a drunk Bruce Wayne (wow he really thinks he is Batman) lets the loose lips announce that SEAN PENN is in the running to be the Joker - which of course is completely crazy, but is what the new rumour mill has unleeashed!

SPAWN 28 IMAGES UNVEILED!


Yowza! It's great that with all the success on DRAGONS and MILITARY that Todd hasn't forgot his Spawn fans and this looks to be a great line! MANDARIN SPAWN 2 looks like a winner! Check them all out here!

YOU COULD HAVE BEEN ON THE GLOBAL FEQUENCY!


I DL'd the pilot of the stillborn series GLOBAL FREQUENCY based on WARREN ELLIS' comic book seriesfor Wildstorm. I'm not sure what the networks look for in a pilot to agree to air the series, but this series sure looked like fun! If you don't know it's about; a woman named MIRANDA ZERO that has a ton of people around the world that are all on-call agents on the "global frequency" that assist in solving bizzare and superhuman-type crimes - very similar to premise of The Shadow but updated.

The pilot was cool, well shot, well acted and had the potential to go all the way - at least better than BIRDS OF PREY and a ton of the crap that is out there. It might have even been the next X-Files because of the weird cases they could have covered. Its too bad, although it does suck that it wasn't picked up its neat that we at least got to see what a potential show might have looked like.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

LEGO GETS MAGAZINE!


Just when you thought LEGO Sales were down the toilet here comes a magazine all about Lego called the BRICK JOURNAL.

BrickJournal will also invite the general public to meet and join the community. With a variety of articles on many of the aspects of the LEGO hobby, interviews with people who have impacted the hobby or community, building tips and instructions, and other fun things, BrickJournal will be an outreach to the public - introducing the LEGO hobby by showcasing the best the community has to offer!
You can download the 5MB magazine in PDF format at the link above How cool would a Marvel Legends magazine be or a DC Direct magazine?

UN-Q-LIEVABLE!


Here's a fresh take on the new, new, new X-Men...wonder what Whedon & Cassaday think about their team being Hong Kong-ized?

JOKER CASTING FOR BATMAN AGAIN!


Oh yeah, its waaaayyy too early to start this BUT - I'm throwing my hat in the ring for CRISPIN GLOVER as the JOKER for BATMAN BEGINS AGAIN (or whatever they call it). If you have been following this the names mentioned are CRISPIN GLOVER who you may or may not recognize as GEORGE McFLY from BACK TO THE FUTURE and more recently as The Thin Man in CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE and of course in the remake of WILLIARD and MARK HAMMIL (Yes, Luke Skywalker but obviously the man with the cartoon Joker's voice) Hammil is too old obviously and come on, that is just a fanboy comment whoever suggested that.

But now there is a new contender and in keeping with Chris Nolan's majorly UK cast - PAUL BETTANY is now apparently in the running. I don't know his work very well, but I did see him with Kirsten Dunst in WIMBELDON and must say he is more the big screen English version of Chandler Bing. And plus this guy doesnt need any perks, he's married to JENNIFER CONNELLY which is reward enough for being an actor!

And oh yeah they want LIEV (The Manchurian Candidate) SCHRIEVER to be HARVEY DENT which is perfect casting now lets just forget the other days comment about Frankie Muiz and go back about our business!

MARVEL COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER


Marvel's new comic solicits are up - because DC, Marvel and Image do this I alsmost feel like I dont need to buy Previews anymore. Some highlights:

  • The above cover to GHOST RIDER Marvel Knights mini series by GARTH "PREACHER" ENNIS!
  • OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: ALTERNATE UNIVERSES 2005 - intertesting look at all the multiverses in the MU, will we see SPIDER-HAM?
...and that's about it - besides the usual great stuff in the Ultimate line not much else Marvel has planned for September is too exciting (even the much hoopla'd HOUSE OF M has been a big let-down) it's almost if Joe Quesada reads the Previews catalogues too and decided to throw in the towel after seeing DC"s stellar line-up.

THE BIG BEATDOWN: FF Vs. WoW!


Even though early reviews are not sounding too fantastic (no links due to spoilers) - it looks like Samsung is pretty positive that there will be a FF2! At the very least I'm sure you will at least be entertained it sounds like Spielberg pulls his usual crap and screws up the last 20 minutes of War of the Worlds. You did see Minority Report right?

YO SIGMA!


I am really looking for to the new GI JOE SIGMA 6 anime-style take on the Joe story (does anybody else find it strange that THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO looks like it was drawn by JAPANESE - if you need more proof of an invasion?). But will it work? Rememebr GI JOE EXTREME, eeks! Anyways there is a big GI JOE convention happening and you can see art, toys and more JOE Stuff than you can imagine here and here.

Friday, June 24, 2005

THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE CRISPIN GLOVER?


Is this a teaser poster for BATMAN BEGINS 2? if not I hope Christopher Nolan goes with this more Conrad Vietch-ish style Man Who Laughed style Joker than the Nicholson Clown look.

Also in a bit of a double sided comment, BB director Chris Nolan does say he will NOT be around when Robin makes his debut in the franchise, which is good because he's dedicated to keeping the Dark Knight solo - but then makes a bizarre comment that if he did have to cast a ROBIN he would cast Frankie Muniz? I really don't know how to take that comment.

How many of you saw Batman Begins more than once in the theatre?

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

BEST SUPERHERO CARTOON EVER!


If BATMAN BEGINS is the best superhero movie of all time, then JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED is the best superhero animated series of all time!

As readers know, I have a great affinity to this show and I hated the first season of 2-parters when it was just JUSTICE LEAGUE...but UNLIMITED proves that a kid's cartoon can be entertaining to all ages as BATMAN: TAS proved before.

Now for some reason Canada's YTV is running the last batch of JLU epsiodes before Cartoon Networkin the U.S. is so because of this I will leave a spoiler free review of "DIVIDED WE FALL" - the fourth and final episode of this arc, which is probably the best 22 American animated minutes of all time. I can't wait for this to come out unabridged on DVD.

Lest to say the Flash gets his due finally from being absent from most of this Unlimited run. The rumours are true we do see a Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash in this episode and its amazingly touching not once but twice and of course the homage to the Legion of Doom's cool looking HQ. Absolutely fantastic animation values here! All I can say is there is one last epsiode for the season called "EPILOGUE" and this season is the best I've seen ever - fan service, kid-appealing and great stories that can only be done in the DC Universe and why the Founding Seven memebers of the Justice League will always be our favorites...ok and Green Arrow!

Tivo it, download it, even VHS-record it because this episode is not to be missed!

PHOTOS FROM THE LICENSING 2005 SHOW FLOOR!


Ghost Rider - if this is what Nicolas Cage is going to look like it may be actualy quite cool. Amazing how much it stayed on with the comic book look.

USA TODAY has the big article today on the LICENSING 2005 show.


This snapshot looks to bring the FF back to animated form but in a more ANIME look!


Its the LICENSING 2005 show in New York this week and thank GOD someone brought a camera...Here is the sizzle being sold for the TRANSFORMERS live action movie!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

FANTASTIC FOUR GET KUBRICKS!


Medicon has some special edition FANTASTIC FOUR Kubrick's coming out for the movie! It's always neat to check out foreign sites for American stuff - the Japanese FF site has a quick video of Jessica Alba asking you to see the movie, (I'm sure you can navigate through to the English button that says QUICKTIME on it) I guess she is big over there as well.

And of course there is the 10-minute pretty-much spolier free Behind-The Scenes video at Apple that should have any naysayers changing their tune. As long as the story stays together even with all the changes, the FX and the rest will be good enough and should shoot this into a $60 million weekend, but with so many hits already in terms of critical acclaim, someone has to be the Catwoman...so its either Tom Cruise or FF - I doubt that we can have all 4 Blockbusters being good (Ep3, BB, WoW, FF) can we?

MINDGAME: NEXT GEN ANIME?


Finally an anime that pushes the borders of what anime can be. MINDGAME is facinating - have a look at the trailer here. You can see it live at the Asian Film Fest in NY.

STAND ASIDE JOHN WOO!


OK if you are any kind of action fan you need to click here to experience SHOOT 'EM UP. If you like the gunplay styling of JOHN WOO then this is the movie for you. While its still in early stages, CLIVE OWEN (Y'know, DWIGHT from SIN CITY) has signed on to be the bad ass mofo hero. So this makes it sound like a slightly classier production in that I would assume JASON STRATHAM (The Transporter) would be the kind of actor tapped to play this kind of no-words-tons-o-bullets type character. Make sure you watch these animatics as it gives a good idea of what the movie will look like - and even looks good as a cartoon. How the hero gets out of a head-to-head car collision is worth taking time out to watch.

I see this as being the super e-viral promo that will flood email boxes around the world.

DC's SEPTEMBER SOLICITS


DC has released its upcoming solicitations for new comics and graphic novels so have a look at all the great Bat-books for September. Also gasp at the Rob Liefeld TEEN TITANS cover art, the cool Ed McGuiness SUPERMAN/BATMAN cover for #23 and the awesome Ladronn FLASH cover.

NEW BATMAN ACTION FIGURES


New DC DIRECT action figures delve into the Batman mythos - while having this KNIGHTFALL Batman is cool what is up with the BAT BAG MAN? MILLIONS of awesome characters in the Bat-Universe and DCD decides that the pajama Batman was a good idea. Now I know where the term "peg warmer" really means!

Monday, June 20, 2005

NIGHTCRAWLER OUT OF X3


I don't know how truthful this is even coming from Alan Cumming himself, but according to his own website he will NOT be coming back to X3 as Nightcrawler (on a side note this site says he has his own perfume called CUMMING; so take it how you will, or is he really that wacky?) - now this could be HE himself was such a pain in the ass on the set of X2 that they decided to recast the character or the producers are really not including Nightcrawler which could be true since we know the BEAST is in it and having 2 blue-furred mutants in the same movie might be confusing, but then again they did have Nightcrawler and Mystique so there must just be too many characters in it...but even a cameo by NC would be nice - c'mon everyone was blown away by the first 10 minutes of X2 where he teleports and jumps through the White House.

How can they not have NC in X3? Brett Ratner is already tearing the franchise apart!

SUPER BLONDE


Just in case you don't buy ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - the full story on SUPERMAN RETURNS stars Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth has been scanned and ready for you to read. Is it me or would you rather see a blonde LOIS LANE if Kate looks this much better blonde than as a brunette? I still think this is the worst casting possible and could be Bryan Singer's Waterworld.

BATMAN DARK KNIGHTS $46 MILLION WEEKEND


The tally is in - BATMAN BEGINS over the 3-day weekend pulled in $46.9 million in North America and a combined $71.1 million since it opened on Wednesday. Brad and Angelina seemed to hang on well at #2 by adding another $27.3 million to their haul. BATMAN BEGINS also collected $112.8 million worldwide in the same time frame.

So in terms of production costs it looks like its paid for itself already insuring a sequel. Now what about that $100 million marketing fee? Not a record-breaker by any means but still solid numbers to prove to the WB execs that this was the right take on the Dark Knight and cementing Christian Bale as a superstar leading man!

Friday, June 17, 2005

BB WEDNESDAY TAKE: $15 MILLION


Good but not groundbreaking - $15 million places BATMAN BEGINS only at #11 on the all time Wednesday openers. To contrast, SPIDER-MAN 2 opened at $40 million, while it was a sequel, and opened at a few hundred more cinemas I am thinking Batman is going to be a wait-and-see and word-of-mouth movie like the first SPIDER-MAN. All signs point to this one opening bigger than EP3 as it maintains its box-office throughout the weekend rather than a huge 1 day surge for the fanboys. I'll be adding a few more bucks to the pot as I see it again this weekend!

BE BATMAN ON YOUR PLAYSTATION!


Matching the ads for the movie is the BATMAN BEGINS video game from EA. I have yet to play it, but I do love the idea that after you see a movie these days you can immerse yourself in the world you just saw by playing a game, going online to the website and message boards, read comics, listen to the soundtrack - missing was a virtual Gotham CIty where you and others could walk around hopefully to catch a glimpse of the Bat. See a video of the game here. And read Xbox and PS2 reviews to see if this is a buy or a rent!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

BATMAN BEGINS - THE MOVIE OF 2005!


Well it was worth the wait to get here. Probably the most exciting and faithful comic book movies ever. BATMAN BEGINS is a sheer thrill from beginning to end as learn how Bruce Wayne became Batman. This is more along the lines of the first Superman movie as it really goes in depth into the origin showing more of what led Bruce to become Batman.

I have some problems with it specifically that he is a trained ninja but what about criminologist and detective, that part was kind of left out...I guess it was like the organic web-shooters, too unbeliveable that one guy could be all these things and we wouldn't have Morgan Freeman in it. THE CASTING was brilliant - I mean everyone was amazing, all of them even Katie Holmes...Cilian Murphy was awesome, Michael Caine as always was awesome...it just makes me cringe now to try and watch the original 4 ever again. That was like a cartoon version of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, this is like the ULTIMATE BATMAN version - Year One taken up a notch.

And for those of you that don't like the rubber and all the gadgets - you will change your mind, the introduction of the bat suit and the gadgets was half of the fun of the movie. Most importantly when you walk out of the theatre you felt you just got off a rollercoaster. Best movie of the Summer? So far the BAT IS BACK and loved the new DC logo animation at the start.

MESSY ROBOTS ARE COMING!


Ashley Wood is a freaking amazing artist and now he has been set free to create his own line of crazy robot toys. Those SPAWN figures he did were some of the best ever in the entire series so I cant wait to see what happens here.

KERI RUSSELL CAST IN MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3


Felicity has been cast in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 replacing the scorching hot Scarlet Johansen. While people sigh relief that it isn't Tom Cruise's current girlfriend Katie Holmes in a sign of nepotism, it is a bit incestuous as Russel's claim to fam was the TV show that MI3 director J.J. ABRAMS created...and I guess Keri has been living off of her fat Felicity royalty checks off these DVD's because I dont think I have seen her in anything since that show ended. Even that dude on the right was in UNDERWORLD. Oh well, lets see what happens here as casting continues.

THE DEFENDERS: GAY REALITY SHOW?


The Defenders are back...but this time as a comedy team? So what's so special about that - they always were a comedy team - 3 half naked naked men and a hippie who don't want to be together, sounds like a gay reality show.

THE X3 TEASER POSTER


Yeah, yeah you probably saw this by now. X-Men 3 has a teaser poster and a date - you can just feel the gun pointed at Brett ratner's head as he races to have this done in time.

VIN CAST AS BALD HITMAN! WHAT A SHOCKER!


Back in the game today - sorry about yesterday. VIN DIESEL has decided that having hair in a law movie was too much hard work especially pro-noun-see-ating those big legal terms so he's back in a role where he can let his bald dome hang all out and be happy as he signs on to the movie of the video game HITMAN.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!


Oboy - new HIGHLANDER anime series is being prepped and you can see the trailer here. No Ducun or Connor looks like but that is what is good about the series it can be anyone with a sword.

RESIDENT EVIL RETURNS FOR 2 MORE MOVIES!


When you see a picture of Milla Jovovich these days you know it must have something to do with RESIDENT EVIL...and no matter how passable the first movie was, the second one decimated any sort of credibility - so now they want to make THREE and FOUR. It must be a DVD money maker so hopefully that is where they will go direct to.

WHY DOESN'T OBI-WAN RECOGNIZE R2-D2?


Having watched EP4 recently there are so many problems now after having seen EP1-3...and this blog answers the biggest question I have 15 minutes into A NEW HOPE...Why doesnt Obi-Wan recognize R2-D2? He fought with him in 3 movies, who's next don't remember which Wookie is Chewbacca? Some of the questions you have about continuity are answered here.

MARIO LIKES THE ACCESSORIES


Curiously cool MARIO BROTHERS speakers shaped like those damn cubes you were always hitting in the game! Also check out the mouse and all kinds of funky Mario stuff.

FETT ON THE TV


Oh yeah - BOBA FETT could be one of the main characters in the Star Wars TV show that takes place between Episode 3 and 4. Why not just a younger Han Solo since he is the one character who actually makes it through the next 3 movies.

JACKO IS A FREE MAN!


He must really be innocent as he has no money to buy his way out of this....now he's off to K-Mart where he heard that in Aisle 15 "Boys Pants Were Half Off" (Stolen from Triumph)

Monday, June 13, 2005

NO, IT'S NOT TOM, IT'S DANE COOK!


If you have seen TOM CRUISE on Oprah or on Jay Leno then you ain't seen nothing! Comedien DANE COOK goes apeshit on JIMMY KIMMEL as he professes HIS love for Katie Holmes. This is the funiest thing I have seen in a long time and Cook is an awesome stand-up with his tears-from-laughter inducing CD HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED and his upcoming RETALIATION. Watch this video and the rest of the week will look alot better!

PRAYING FOR #1 NEXT WEEK!


Well MR. AND MRS. SMITH ARE #1 this week at the box office with an amzing $51 million in the US. Apparently it also opened internationally in alot of markets at the same time making this $120 million movie a bonafide hit. This picture is of BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE praying that they can keep the top spot next week when a certain flying rodent finally bows. If Brad and Angelina (also props to director DOUG LIMAN) can make $50 million in its opening weekend - I think we're looking at a $75 million for BATMAN BEGINS.