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December 21, 2012

NerdGirls Chat for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (A Big Fangirl Squee and Sort-of Review)

So, thatdarongirl and I, Beth Matthews, have been wanting to do this NerdGirls chat thing for a while. Basically the two of us having a long involved discussion about some geek relevant topic which we would then present here for the delectation of you, our fellow geeks. We finally managed to get our act together.

Basically, this is our long and in depth geeking out-conversation about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Enjoy! Please feel free to argue or make your own points. As you can see from this conversation: discussion is encouraged.

Let us all be geeks together! 🙂

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DARON: Hello.

BETH: Hello. My cat just jumped onto my lap. He wants to talk about The Hobbit too, or get petted. Either way…

DARON:  Katie’s cat was typing to me earlier. Lots of nonsense.

BETH:  Cats are not very good film critics. OK, first of all, the big debate: 24fps or 48fps. You saw the movie in 3D at the 48fps. Any thoughts?

DARON:  You know, there’s been a lot of talk of the movie not being “cinematic” due to the frame rate. It’s just not true. I was blown away by the imagery in this movie.

BETH:  I don’t see how it could NOT be “cinematic” with them filming in New Zealand. I was drooling over the landscape shots.

DARON:  Yes! The flying eagles! I have to say that, more than any of the LOTR movies, this movie made me want to BE in middle earth. It’s the tone, a little more playful maybe.

BETH:  hmmm….I think I still lean toward Fellowship for that. So many hobbitses! I want to be a hobbit, I cannot lie.

DARON:  But the feet! So hairy!

BETH:  But the hobbit holes!

DARON:  I do want a hobbit hole.

BETH:  So, Martin Freeman as Bilbo…

DARON:  He is absolutely perfect.

BETH: I think he should get an Oscar nod. His Bilbo is career defining, take it to the next level, brilliant as hell, genius-level work.

DARON:  What did you like about his performance? What was your favorite scene?

BETH: Well, I’m a Martin Freeman fan from way back. I adore him in Love Actually, and then more recently watching him play Watson on Sherlock. He’s just…he’s very natural, and he has this really great physicality. Subtle little twists and ticks, things he does with his head and face. For instance: the “I am a Baggins of Bag End” line, and with this hand gesture and voice you get exactly what that MEANS.

DARON:  Totally agree.

BETH:  I really love the part during the dinner party where Bilbo goes to the other room to get away, but he can hear the dwarves singing. And his face; he wants to be a part of that, he wants to go.

DARON:  I love that you pick up on those details.

BETH:  I used to be an actor, remember? LOL.

DARON:  But it’s so true, it always seemed like a strange decision to me, for a hobbit to go out seeking adventure, but it was obvious in the movie that Bilbo is just an adventurous spirit! Even though he pretends otherwise. I guess it helps to have a wizard giving you a push.

BETH:  Yes, but they also show the push and pull for Bilbo: the sensible Baggins in him vs. the adventurous Took. I liked the Old Took stories. They were a good addition, helped give family background.

DARON:  You know, I was worried that Jackson decided to do three films but now I understand why—he wants to give us all those stories and that detail. Man, I’m a sucker for detail. I LOVE it! Detail NOT at the expense of story, though! AHEM like some other prequels we could name

BETH: I know! I thought that was such a good point in the Scalzi article.

DARON: Yep, anyone reading this should go read the Scalzi review here. NOW.

BETH: And this is the particular bit of that review that we are referring to:

“…[a] fair comparison would be to put The Hobbit up to the first installment over another hotly anticipated first movie in a prequel trilogy, i.e., The Phantom Menace. Compared to that movie, The Hobbit is an absolute joy; it makes sense, it doesn’t crap all over the films which preceded it, storywise, and it doesn’t merely rely on special effects to drag the audience through. Jackson doesn’t reach the heights he hit with Fellowship of the Ring or the other movies in Lord of the Rings, but he doesn’t embarrass himself or have to excuse his choices. And when I left the theater, I was genuinely looking forward to the next installment instead of desperately hoping it would redeem the first movie, which is what I felt with Phantom.” ~John Scalzi

BETH: Anyway, SO pacing…I feel like this one was a little padded. Like some of the stuff that was added in was not as organically incorporated as the additions in LOTR were.

DARON:  Yes, when Radagast just randomly appears it was a little jarring.

BETH: The scene with Galadriel sticks out as one of those moments for me. I was like “Why is this here?” It felt as if the filmmakers said, “oh, we want Cate Blanchett in the movie; where can we stick her”?

DARON:  Well, I will say about Galadriel: I know they probably stuck her in there so we’d get at least ONE female in the movie.

BETH:  That’s what I figured too.

DARON:  But there’s a great story about Galadriel and Gimli’s gift which I love. Hold on let me find it…

BETH:  The thing with Feanor? Teh GR8Test Elf WHO EVAH lived. (Besides Santa Claus…)

DARON:  Hahaha yes!

BETH: I think I pinned it. Oh, this isn’t it but…

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DARON:  LOLOLOL. That hair!

BETH: Synchronized flipping. All dwarf princes have to master it.

DARON:  I was a little disappointed by the three baby-faced dwarves to be honest, but Oakenshield grew on me

(Ed. This bit of the conversation below actually happened AT THE EXACT SAME TIME.)

BETH:  WAIT! I found the Feanor thing…

DARONhttp://imgur.com/a/dTBVO

Here it is!

BETHhttp://themetapicture.com/a-heartwarming-explanation-to-a-scene-in-lord-of-the-rings/

LOLOL. Photofinish!

DARON:  YES, I love this, that Jackson took the time to build this up. You really don’t get a sense of the gravity of the dwarf/elf bad blood in the LOTR movies. It’s just a lot of “oh that Gimli! Look, he fell off a horse again.” The fact that Galadriel gave Gimli her hair is a BIG DEAL, and I think The Hobbit sets that dynamic up a little bit.

BETH:  Yes I’m expecting Thorin’s hateration on elves to pay out in the third one. With the Arkenstone.

DARON:  ooOoOoOoO The arkenstone. Let’s talk about the scene that all the critics are calling “worth sitting through the rest of the movie”…the game of riddles. Damn Gollum is a nasty little SOB.

BETH:  Yes. Oscar gold for that scene alone, man.

DARON:  Oscar gold for Martin Freeman?

BETHBOTH. Andy Serkis deserves a motherfucking Oscar.

DARON:  AMEN. They should really give a “best scene” Oscar.

BETH:  YES. The thing with Serkis is if the Academy can’t bring themselves to award him a normal one for motion capture work, well, there are “Special Oscars” they can give out. I think for all the stuff he’s done to advance motion capture performance he should get one [ /rant ]

DARON:  Preaching to the choir my friend

BETH: What was your favorite part of the riddle scene? Favorite detail?

DARON:  I was mainly struck by how repulsive Gollum was (or I guess “bad” Gollum was), and how difficult Bilbo’s choice to spare him must have been because when he’s pounding away at that goblin’s head with a rock? Ew.

BETH:  That’s interesting because one of MY favorite parts was how sort of grotesquely endearing Gollum was. I was thinking about how excited and happy he is to have company, to be playing games and riddles and then, you know, he gets to eat too. But that’s one of the things I love about the Gollum character: that horrifying mix of sociopath and lonely, wounded old creature. I was watching the scene and actually thinking about that: about how much Gollum seemed to be enjoying the riddles almost as much as the fact he was going to have a tasty hobbit snack later. I think that’s Peter Jackson being a bad ass director. How many other directors would have that kind of nuance? Would see the layers in Gollum?

DARON:  You’re right. Gollum is so interesting… and creepy. Jackson really has dedicated so much time and thought to these characters, it’s such an achievement.

BETH:  INORITE?!

DARON:  What was your LEAST favorite part of this movie?

BETH:  Hmmm. Oh! I know. Bilbo being used as a handkerchief, and the other gross-out touches that were just unnecessary. Like Radagast and the bird poo. (Ed. See picture. Yeah, that’s bird poo IN HIS HAIR. WHY???!!!) Thumbs down. The gross-out stuff pulled me out of the movie. Which I don’t feel like any of the gross stuff in LOTR did. That’s my biggest problem: gross out stuff is fine, but not when it breaks me out of the movie watching zone.hobbit-unexpected-journey-sylvester-mccoy

DARON:  I had a bit of a problem with that too, although it didn’t really derail me. I wondered whether Jackson was reaching for too young an audience in those particular instances, and those moments were out of place enough to make the tone uneven. What really messed with me was the sudden appearance and disappearance of Radagast. We’re following along with Bilbo and then suddenly we’re in a forest with a crazy wizard. There was a disconnect there for me.

BETH:  Yes, very abrupt.

DARON:  Then I’m getting into what Radagast is doing, and it’s so COOL to have another wizard! We only get the two in the books! And poof he’s out of the picture again. Side note – I have NO idea what the necromancer bit is, I don’t remember that at all.

BETH:  The Necromancer was very peripheral in The Hobbit as I recall. It’s also weirding me out why they don’t just use the name “Sauron.” I know Tolkein didn’t use that name in The Hobbit, but jeeze Jackson, you’ve already proven you don’t hold Tolkein as gospel so make the whole necromancer thing less confusing. Please.

DARON:  Yes please. I’m sure we’ll get some questions answered next movie, but that in particular makes me nervous. Last thoughts? Daron needs sleepy sleep!

BETH:  Let’s do Thorin.

DARON:  Hahahaha…

BETH:  Wow. Hello, Freudian slip. I meant, let’s DISCUSS Thorin.

DARON:  HAHAHA. The man has some super nice Dwarven locks

BETH:  Yes, very pretty.

DARON:  Is he Aragorn-lite? Maybe a little.

BETH:  That’s almost EXACTLY how I described him to my mom. Diet Aragorn.

DARON:  Well, he’s a warrior king, and a classic hero so I guess they’re all the same

BETH: That’s what I wanted to talk about with Thorin. Because I feel like Viggo Mortenson…he just IS Aragorn.

DARON:  Yes, he totally inhabits it.

BETH:  And the two of them are kind of on the same point of their kingly trajectories. But I see Richard Armitage working for it more. Viggo just…is. So, I like that we have hunky Thorin, BUT he just can’t stack up to Viggo.

DARON:  There may be a different dynamic there, Aragorn isn’t widely known to be king and doesn’t really want it.

BETH: Good point.

DARON:  We like a reluctant hero

BETH:  But, I mean, Armitage was sort of playing reluctance or doubt, like “Am i doing a good job?”thorin

DARON:  Hmm. I didn’t really look for too much nuance from him, I’ll have to watch him more closely on second viewing.

BETH: LOL.

DARON:  Him and his oakenshield…

BETH: Oh yeah baby. I’ll rub his wood.

DARON:  o.O

BETH: Sorry. Had to go there.

DARON:  Ah! I must add how much I ADORE the closing credits song.

BETH:  Yes! The music OMG! That is the one thing I felt was totally on par with anything from the original trilogy.

DARON:  I’ve been listening to it on repeat. Another great soundtrack. I’ve loved every credits song but this one is just so perfect.

BETH:  I love the guy’s voice.

DARON:  Me too! OK, I have to go, falling asleep…

BETH: Sleep tight! Dream of hobbits! And oakenshields…

DARON:  Mmmm…Thorin…

BETH:  Oakenshield…HehHehHeh…

And that’s our review/long-winded-really-detailed chat…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters NOW! Buy your ticket today! Do we like exclamation points?! You betcha!

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May 21, 2012

Weekly Want: Geeky Movie T-shirts

I thought it might be fun to do a post each week that appeals to the rapid consumer in all of our little heart of geek hearts. To that end, I’m going to comb the internets each week to find cool stuff that I personally as a rapid geek am drooling to buy but also that I think you, as my fellow geeks, will be interested in.

Now, one of my claims to fame is my t-shirt collection. It’s true, ask the other nerdgirls. It is Epic (yeah with a capital E, wut?) And many of the staples of said t-shirt collection are movie-based shirts. So, here, now, I’m going to give you a rundown of my top five Geek t-shirts. Some of these I own. Some I’m only drooling over as I eagerly await my next paycheck.

I shall explain my criteria for what makes a truly excellent movie t-shirt. First of all, it should not have just the movie poster on it. That’s too easy. That is not for the true, die-hard movie buff. Famous quotes are OK, but the better shirts are just referential. These require inside, intimate knowledge of the movies. These also get you more points with fellow nerds because it’s like being part of a secret club. Getting the obscure movie reference is like knowing the secret handshake. You are sister-geeks in the Great Sisterhood of Geekdom. Which is why this shirt, which totally could have made my list, is instead being called out for suckage:

Seriously? You have the referential thing nailed and then you blow it at the very end by saying what movie you’re referencing. T-Shirt FAIL. Totally.

Anyway, just had to get that off my chest…so now, let’s get to the good stuff. The best of the best when it comes to Geeky Movie T-shirts. Let the t-shirt bonanza begin!!!

5. The Sunnydale Reunion T-Shirt: Meets all the criteria. Referential without giving the game away to the uninitiated. Good color. Cute graphic. FTW.

4. Hoverboards Need Land: Another from one of my fav t-shirt purveyors Snorgtees.com. It’s a famous quote but that still doesn’t mean people will get the reference. (My mom didn’t. *headdesk*)

Snorg Tees really speak to my movie buff soul like no other online retail establishment. I have several of their shirts (including this other BTTF shirt over here.) And I want many, many more of them. Case in point….

3. Save Endor. Just look at this shirt. Do I need to say more? LOVE. IT.

2. Because this wouldn’t be a complete list without a Star Trek reference, my favorite of the many “Red Shirt” t-shirts on offer:

1. And now, because I believe in saving the best for last, here is the Ultimate Movie Buff t-shirt. Spoilt. This shirt is the ultimate proof of my rule that t-shirts should force people to be in the know on movies to be Truly Awesome. This t-shirt is the ultimate test of that. Also, the graphic design on this kicks ass.

Here, have a close up so you can appreciate this better…

Do you have a favorite geeky movie t-shirt? Point me towards it. I’m always trying to expand my collection.

Ta,

Beth Matthews

May 13, 2012

…Annnnd We’re Back!

So after an unplanned, too-long hiatus, #nerdgirls is back for your reading pleasure. With a couple of announcements:

1.  Help us welcome our newest Nerdgirl – Beth Matthews! Beth is the extremely talented fantasy/romance author of the books The Beauty’s Beast, Heir to the Underworld, the upcoming Beauty and the Bouncer — and she’s a Grade-A nerd. She also knows more than Lucas himself about Star Wars, feel free to talk shop with her. Check out her writer-ly blog at: http://bethmatthewsbooks.com/. We’re thrilled to have her join the #nerdgirls crew!

2.  And now I’d like to formally invite you to join us for the Summer of Nerdery! All summer long we’ll be updating you on news, games, shows, movies and events relevant to your interests. Excitement!

First stop in the Summer of Nerdery: The Avengers. The universe has spun into a perfect singularity of Marvel, Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth’s biceps and by now as a proper nerd you should have seen it at least twice. Beth Matthews gives us her review:

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(How cool is it that Agent Coolson gets his own poster? I mean, seriously awesome, right?!)

So, I’ve been looking forward to this pretty much since the first Iron Man movie came out and they had Nick Fury as the tag after the end credits. I’m a huge geek and I love, LOVE the shared universe that Marvel has created with their various superheroes in their movies. Now, some of the standalone films haven’t necessarily knocked it out of the park (Captain America, the Hulk films), but then some of them kicked serious ass (Iron Man, Thor).

And, I must say, that The Avengers definitely did the latter. Avengers kicked ass, took names and…did something else really awesome…(that is weird description, isn’t it? Why would you write down someone’s name after you kicked their ass? Because you wanted to make sure you checked them off the Ass-Kicking List? Because you want to schedule a follow-up appointment to kick their ass again?) ANYWAY…

And you know why this movie managed to kick ass where other movies in the franchise have done less so?

Because this movie was about the characters!!!

Yes, they were running around doing amazing action stuff and saving the world and all that. But Whedon is a pro, and he knew that if we didn’t care about the people then all the special effects in the world wouldn’t save his movie. (This is where Captain America fell down for me. If they had used sock puppets in the middle of all that action stuff I might have cared more than I did. No characters, no emotion in that freaking movie anywhere).

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January 18, 2012

Updates on Possible Upcoming Movies

Test Footage made for possible Dead Pool movie

Rob Liefeld and Scott Lobdell had a few some pretty cool information on the movie, like the fact that director Tim Miller has shot some test footage for the movie. Here’s what they had to say at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con last weekend…

They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated.

They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you,  it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.

This will be Miller’s first feature film as he comes from a special effects background. I’m still not sure if he’s the right choice for the movie; it’s hard to tell since I haven’t seen any of this footage. If we take Liefeld’s word for it though, then it sounds like we can all get very excited about what is coming.

Script Being Written for Beetlejuice 2!

A few months ago it was announced that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith was going to take a crack at writing a script for Beetlejuice 2. This all came together while Smith and Tim Burton were working together on Dark Shadows. Burton confirms that he gave Smith his blessing, and that he would actually be interested in doing it.

When MTV asked him if it true that he was considering doing another Beetlejuice film, he said,

Yes. I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to [“Vampire Hunter” writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], “If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.” In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.

When asked if any ideas have been run by him he said,

No. I told him to try some stuff, but he hasn’t come back to me yet. Michael was so great in it. I’m sure he’d strangely tap right back into it.

[via MTV]

Casting Has Begun for Reddick 3 . With Some Very Interesting News.

Battlestar Galactica‘s  Katee Sackhoff is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Vin Diesel in the third Chronicles of Riddickfilm. Sackhoff will play Dahl, a Nordic mercenary tracking Riddick. According to recent reports, Karl Urban has accepted the offer to reprise his role as Vaako, one of Lord Marshal’s commanders. The new movie was recently put on hold due to payment issues. Production is now back on track in Montreal.Plot: Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

Paramount moves Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to Jan. 2013.

Besides the still above, we’ve seen almost nothing official from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. It’s one of the first completed movies in the fairy tale-inspired wave of Hollywood programming, and the film was set to open on March 2. Rumors of the film being pushed several months started to fly a few weeks back and now Paramount has confimed that the movie will now hit on January 11, 2013.

The official reasoning here, as passed along by Deadline, is much the same as Harvey Weinstein’s reason for pushing back the release of Wettest County. Just as Harvey hopes many more people will know Tom Hardy after The Dark Knight Rises, Paramount says it hopes more people will be more familiar with Jeremy Renner after The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy.

[via /Film]

The Avengers Update.

We all can’t wait for May 4 to be here. Paramount has confirmed that The Avengers will be released in 3D. Joss Whedon confirms that the film will be in the perspective of Captain America.

I set out with a very simple problem: There is no reason for these people to be in the same movie. So that’s what my movie has to be about. So much of the movie takes place from Steve Rogers’ perspective, since he’s the guy who just woke up and sees this weird ass world. Everyone else has been living in it.

Sad News for Ghostbusters 3.

[via ONTD]
Bill Murray has shredded his copy of the Ghostbusters 3 script, according to reports.

Murray is believed to be the one obstacle in the way of the supernatural comedy sequel getting made, with the rest of the original team being on board.

According to the National Enquirer, Murray has returned the destroyed script to former co-stars and co-writers Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis. A note apparently read: “No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.”

Rumours have suggested that the script, penned by the writers of the US version of The Office, would see the original team hand over the ghostbusting business to a younger generation of comedy stars, while some have even claimed that Murray’s character Peter Venkman would himself appear as a ghost.

Sony Pictures is said to be uncomfortable about making Ghostbusters 3 unless Murray rejoins the cast, while Signourney Weaver has insisted that she will not return unless he does. Ackroyd, however, has claimed that the movie will get made with our without him.

The famously reclusive Murray did, however, join the original cast to offer voice work on the recent Ghostbusters console game.

007 Skyfall Website Launch

The official 007.com website has been officially re-launched in preparation for the the marketing and release of of the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall. Not only will the website be used for the release of Skyfall, but it will also be a part of this year’s 50th Anniversary of 007 in the movies.

As of right now now the site features a timer that’s counting down to the release of the movie on November 9th, 2012. It also has an introduction video with producer Michael G. Wilson, giving us a brief behind the scenes look at Skyfall.

Bradley Cooper in Man of Steel?

This is one of the most intriguing rumors that I have seen lately about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Apparently, the Cosmic Book News is reporting that they were tipped that Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is going to be doing a cameo in the film as Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Here is what they had to say:
We were told after Paradise Lost bottomed out, that Bradley Cooper will appear as Lex Luthor in a cameo role in the Man of Steel.Back in April of 2011, we were provided information that the first draft of the script held a prominent role for Luthor, one that even saw Lex forcing the Kryptonians through a Phantom Zone portal using Kryptonite in the final battle. At the end of the movie, Lex considers forcing Superman through as well, but relents.

Star Trek 2 Update!

[via GeekTyrant]

J.J. Abrams gave an update on Star Trek 2 at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour yesterday. Abrams confirmed that he will shoot on film starting January 12, and then do a 3D post-conversion during post-production. He also talked about the original TV series, and announced two new cast members.

Thanks to Collider we have some cool quotes from the discussion:
We’re shooting on film [as opposed to digital 3D], and the reason for that is I wanted to shoot with anamorphic, and you can’t shoot 3D in anamorphic.
Abrams then talked a bit about why he chose to convert the film into 3D:
I did not fight for the 3D. It was something that the studio wanted to do, and I didn’t want to do it. And then, when I saw the first movie converted in sections, I thought that it actually looked really cool. So, I was okay with their doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie the way I wanted to, in anamorphic film, and then let them convert it. So, those who want to see it in 3D, which looked pretty cool, can do it, and those that want to see it in 2D can do that too.
Abrams then stated that none of the original actors will appear totally set in the new universe created by the first movie:
I think the job of the first movie was just to establish [the universe]. I don’t want to give anything away, but I would say that the burden we had in the first movie was just existing at all. With this movie, instead of having to stand on the shoulders of the original series, we built a little bit of a platform for us, with the last movie, to tell this story.
Two new cast members have been announced – Joseph Gatt (Thor) and Nazneen Contractor (24). According to Entertainment Weekly, Contractor will star as the wife of Noel Clarke’s character.
Benedict Cumberbatch was on hand to discuss joining the cast. Here is what he had to say:
There’s a lawyer standing here saying that I can’t say anything. I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited, but obviously I’m not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I’m sure. I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll pass on that. But my headline is that I’m over the moon.
Star Trek 2 will begin filming in the next four months to meet its scheduled release date of May 17, 2013.

How will 2012’s Dredd differ from the 1995 Judge Dredd?

[ via DenofGeek]

Work continues on the new big screen take on Dredd, starring Karl Urban, which is due to hit our screens in September. And Olivia Thirlby has offered an update on what we can expect.

Thirlby is playing Judge Anderson in the movie, and she revealed to Josh Winning that “I’m totally leather body-suited up”. She added that “ like a proper comic-book action hero. One thing I love about Dredd is its really realistic approach, it’s a very dark and gritty approach, so my look is much less sexy femme fatale and a little bit more like a football player.”

Talking about the potential differences between this take on Dredd and the 1995 Sylvester Stallone vehicle, she revealed she hadn’t actually seen the previous version. But Thirlby said that “It doesn’t go that way only to separate itself from the former Dredd movie, it takes its air of seriousness and violence from the comics, so our idea was to really honour the world of Mega City One in the comics”.

The new film, thus, “rests on the bizarre complexities” of Dredd and Anderson’s working relationship.

Total Recall Remake Has a Synopsis

[via GeekTyrant]

This Total Recall remake starring Collin Ferrell is going to be awesome! I never thought I would get excited about this movie, but I was completely sold after seeing some mind-blowing footage from last years Comic-Con. It looks like director Len Wiseman has done something extremely cool and very different with this story.

The action thriller also stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and Bill Nighy. Here’s the official synopsis for the film released by Sony Pictures:

“Total Recall” is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

The film hits theaters on August 3rd, 2012.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘s New Poster and Synopsis

The highly anticipated adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s  Abraham LincolnVampire Hunter! The film is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), and stars Benjamin Walker as Abe Lincoln. The story focuses on the president who, after having his mother murdered by the monsters, is on a quest to rid the world of the evil vampires.

Here’s the Synopsis:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22th, 2012.

January 14, 2012

Trailers of Movies You Might Want to Watch

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance releases on February 17th 2012.

Former stuntman and bounty hunter of rogue demons Johnny Blaze has been living in self-imposed exile, believing that his powers are a curse. But when he is approached by a member of a monastic order who is looking for someone to protect a mother and her son, who are being pursued by the devil in the figure of a man named Roarke, the Ghost Rider takes the case.

Prometheus releases June 8, 2012

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Wrath of the Titans debuts in theaters March 30, 2012

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

December 26, 2011

CC2KOnline: A World of Adventure Lies with Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn

TLDR: If you’re looking for a family film this week (and you didn’t catch it over the holiday weekend), Tintin is a good bet. Verrry close to being Indiana Jones, Junior. My fourth review for CC2KOnline (another great nerd culture site – check it out!). –Daron

2011 can boast another brilliant children’s movie. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a delight, a roaring adventure full of the excitement of exotic travel, sea faring and sword play. That said the film certainly has the deck stacked in its favor. Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin is beloved the world over, not to mention the pedigrees of the movie’s director Steven Spielberg and it’s producer Peter Jackson. Tintin also has some solid talent in its writers Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, director of Scott Pilgrim) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). It may be a surprising list of writers credits for a Spielberg animated family film such as this one (without zombies, aliens or alien time-travellers), but Moffat, Wright and Cornish have crafted a lightening-paced story true to its roots in action and adventure comics, realized expertly by Spielberg and Jackson.

Tintin’s adventure begins somewhat unassumingly when he gets a good deal on a model ship in an open air market. It’s a replica of the great sailing ship the Unicorn, and immediately we discover that it’s more than it seems. Two men approach Tintin (Jamie Bell), including the sinister Ivan Sakharine (Daniel Craig), trying to persuade him to sell but Tintin wont have it. During a fight between Tintin’s (smarter than your average) dog Snowy and a neighbor’s cat, the ship’s mast is broken and a small roll of parchment slips out. This is what Sakharine has been looking for. We follow intrepid, and seemingly extremely well paid young journalist, Tintin as he teases out the clues surrounding that parchment, meeting a motley cast of characters along the way. Including down on his luck Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and one unfortunate man whose only raison d’être is to warn Tintin that he is, in fact, in danger in every scene he pops up in. Other than this one strange character, the supporting crew is surprisingly entertaining and well drawn. Scenes with the two bumbling policemen, Thompson and Thompson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), feature downright inspired physical comedy never mind that we’re watching pixels and not people.

That is to say, the use of 3-D in Tintin is the best I’ve seen yet. The 3-D is so successful in part because it is understated. So many movies use 3-D as a gimmick, something akin to smell-o-vision in the way it’s used to draw moviegoers in like a carnival barker. In Tintin, 3-D is used simply to give the animated characters another layer of depth, making Tintin’s world that much more vibrant. Spielberg gleefully plays with the medium, creating expansive action set pieces that only occasionally descend into the ridiculous. One exceedingly long action sequence sends Tintin, Snowy and Haddock racing down a mountain on a motorbike in an exotic locale, staying one step ahead of a racing flood from a broken dam. It’s a spectacular scene, but one that sags from being a little bit overlong. On the other hand, the retelling of Captain Haddock’s seafaring ancestor’s final bloody battle is completely riveting and is full of the wonder and joy of imaginary play, and I found myself wanting to see more.

The Adventures of Tintin is really a work of love on the part of its director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. And it is chock full of the old simpler-times goodness about which certain adults love to reminisce (He does research at the library! He’s into model shipbuilding!). And it is wonderful to see a male role-model who not only does his homework, but who can handle himself in a fistfight. In that way the character of Tintin has a wonderful boy scout charm. No doubt he knows how to tie a mean half-hitch.

I have to admit that I’m unfamiliar with Hergé’s original Tintin. Beyond having to translate a few panels in high school French class I haven’t had much more exposure than that. Which will, I believe, put me firmly in the majority of American audience members for this film. But even though I watched Tintin as a ‘newbie’, the character, the story, and the action is exceedingly familiar: The Adventures of Tintin is exactly what a young Indiana Jones adventure should be. Secrets discovered, goofy and elaborate action set pieces, characters standing appropriately in awe of history and legend, explosive punches; these are all par for the course in both franchises. Although it would be difficult to see Henry Jones Jr. as played by River Phoenix in Last Crusade musing aloud to his plucky dog companion. The line separating the two seems to be drawn at the normative intelligence of animals (or maybe, in Tintin’s case, the ability of an alcoholic’s burp to power an engine). Spielberg himself reportedly said that he saw Tintin as an Indiana Jones for kids. If that is true, then Spielberg has very much succeeded to that end and adults who harbour nostalgia for all things Indiana Jones will be satisfied enough that this is the prequel we wish we had when we were younger. While today’s younger crowd will be thrilled by the epic swordfighting and Snowy’s adorable yips and grumbles. With such quality children’s entertainment like The Muppets, Hugo and now The Adventures of Tintin, how can any parent subject their child to another Chipmunks movie?

December 20, 2011

‘The Hobbit’ Post: TRAILER and Stills!

We recently found out that the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be on the trailer pack before The Adventures of TinTin. But, for those nerds who just can’t wait to watch it on the big screen, you can watch it HERE!

Here are some new stills of the movie as well.

[via GeekTyrant]

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December 20, 2011

Upcoming Superhero Movies Stills

The Avengers

 

Dredd

 

The Amazing Spider-Man

 

 

December 14, 2011

‘The Hunger Games’ Post!

Lots of merch is starting to get released for this film. But to start us off here is a new group photo of Katniss, Peeta and Gale. 🙂

Below are some sketches from various top designers of what that dress could have looked like. Here is what Celebrity Dirty Laundry.com had to say about the sketches:

“That’s a special dress, a costume that the production’s costume designers must get right to please the fans. That scene in which the dress is worn is such a pivotal moment to not only the plot, but in Katniss’ development as a character. It’s going to be a hard task to pull off, especially because the image of the dress itself is open to so many interpretations . . . but fans will know the right dress when they see it. InStyle got together 11 designers to whip-up a few sketches that depict what they think the dress should look like.”
Sketches of Katniss’ Fire Dress has been released. I’m so excited to see this in the movie. Which is your fav?

 

 

Now on to the merch.

Refreshing Ideas, LLC, producers of the earth-friendly “h2O” natural spring water in an award-winning, renewable, aseptic package, have partnered with The Hunger Games to be the official water of what will undoubtedly be one of the blockbuster movies for 2012.

Fans can pre-order the distinct and exclusively branded h2O Hunger Games product online at Amazon, and h2O also has plans to host special giveaways and offers for The Hunger Games fans on h2O’s Facebook page.

Update on The Hunger Games nail polish, now “Colours from the Capitol”

China Glaze’s Hunger Games collection is back on. Lionsgate officially confirmed it in a press release a few days ago.

LIONSGATE AND CHINA GLAZE ANNOUNCE “COLORS FROM THE CAPITOL”

SANTA MONICA, CA (December 9, 2011) – Lionsgate announces that it has partnered with worldwide beauty brand China Glaze on a collection of nail polish to debut in conjunction with the March 23, 2012 release of THE HUNGER GAMES.

In keeping with the powerful themes and messages of the story, the collection of nail polish will be inspired exclusively by one of the book’s distinct settings: the Capitol of the nation of Panem. Awash in lavish fashion, food, and entertainment, Capitol citizens enjoy extreme cosmetics and body modifications, bold wigs, and outlandish costumes.

The collection of colors will be available at specialty beauty retailers beginning on March 1, 2012.

Even though they’re “colours from the Capitol”, the colours seem to match up with the industries of the 12 districts.

Luxe and Lush – District 1 (Luxury)
Stone Cold – District 2 (Masonry)
Riveting – District 3 (Technology)
Hook and Line – District 4 (Fishing)
Electrify – District 5 (Power)
Fast Track – District 6 (Transportation)
Mahogany Magic – District 7 (Lumber)
Dress Me Up – District 8 (Textiles)
Harvest Moon – District 9 (Grain)
Foie Gras – District 10 (Livestock)
Agro – District 11 (Agriculture)
Smoke and Ashes – District 12 (Mining)

December 14, 2011

Trailers!

Ok this one of The Dark Knight Rises just popped up in my reader. I don’t know how long it will be online before the big boys upstairs take it down. So here is the new teaser trailer.

I just saw this trailer for the first time, and wow! Lock Out starring Guy Pierce looks awesome. The story follows a man who is wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He’s offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

*So this video does have closed captions and the movie is called something different but same movie*

A little fun stop-motion animation zombie movie, ParaNorman.

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Lastly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.