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BLU-RAY NEWS: Planet of the Apes Collection coming in the Fall

Planet of the Apes comes to Blu-ray.

Goddamn, dirty Apes. They blew it up!!!! Aargh!! I’m a little annoyed at the moment. A few days ago, I ordered the Planet of the Apes DVD Collection on Amazon because they had it (all the movies) at an unbelievable price of $24.  Today, I get an email from Fox saying that Apes are coming to Blu in November. And this set looks pretty awesome. The question is, do I keep my new Apes standard def and wait, or send it back.

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MOVIE TRAILER – Harry Potter Trailer is Amazing!

I’m an ex-Pot head. I used to be obsessed with all things potter. Would spend hours on the message boards reading speculation on what would happen next, but after reading Deathly Hallows, I’ve done a complete 180. The last three Potter books were utterly disappointing. It never got as dark as each book would lead you to believe. There are no big battle sequences, Harry never got properly trained – the supposed Savior of the Wizarding world never gets trained! Ron was never a consistent character and his actions in DH was beyond ridiculous. JKR took the series into non-obvious directions just to screw with the readers. The movies have followed the trend of the books as well and have gotten progressively worse. Order of The Phoenix is a crappy movie, I hated the Half-Blood Prince book, so I had little interest in this year’s installment.  And Warner’s news blackout didn’t help matters. With all that said, this trailer almost restores the faith. It’s really strong and that kid is creepy has hell.

BLU-RAY NEWS: The Ultimate Matrix Collection goes Blu

The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray

Oh for HD-DVD… We hardly knew ya.  The Ultimate Matrix Collection was one of the signature collections on HD-DVD. Now that collection comes to the Blu-ray machine at a retail price of $130 clammies.  The definitive ten-disc DVD set, The Ultimate Matrix Collection features all three films in the trilogy together for the first time ever with a newly remastered picture and sound for The Matrix. Also included is the companion piece The Matrix Revisited and the best-selling The Animatrix, plus five entirely new DVDs packed solid with brand-new supplemental materials that encompass every aspect of the Matrix universe, including two new audio commentaries on each film, Enter the Matrix video game footage, 106 deep-delving featurettes/ documentaries and much more!
Director:  Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Actors:  Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

BLU-RAY NEWS: Bond Goes Blu this fall

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I think the James Bond series has to be one of the worst when it comes to triple dipping. But I’ll give them a break this time, because who doesn’t want to see Bond go Blu?  Six classic James Bond films are heading to Blu-ray this fall. According to the press release. It’s weird getting this Press Release today, I’m fairly sure I got it a few months ago. So maybe MGM double dipped the press release as well.  This initial set is a strong collection – DR. NO, DIE ANOTHER DAY, LIVE AND LET DIE, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL. The DVD also includes a ticket to QUANTUM OF SOLACE (man do I hate that title).The only weak link is the un-watchable Thunderball. If you really want this set, I would recommend waiting, I would bet the house on several more package variations.  You gotta give it to MGM, triple, quadruple, dip or not, it looks like they are handling these releases with care.   At $35 a pop for something I already own 3 different copies of (that I bought with my own money)  these better be darn good.  Check out the full Press Release after the break.

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MOVIE SCREENING ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in DC

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We have tickets to the Washington, DC Advanced screening of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2! The screening will be held at our Super Secret location in Washington, DC this Thursday, July 31 at 7pm. We have 40 slots open, to win all you have to do is click here and enter the code where to buy viagra in england essay on population how to write an introductory essay about yourself follow url nyu stern undergraduate resume template axia homework help bead bar e commerce internet homework math word problem solver online free viagra y alcohol es peligroso go site https://thejeffreyfoundation.org/newsletter/50-essays-anthology/17/ https://aspirebhdd.org/health/viagra-pill-color/12/ sample resume for floor installer college essay overcoming shyness writing a thesis paper best essay tips essay on my holiday source get link follow site pollution essayВ https://tasteofredding.org/5830-viagra-and-hydrochlorothiazide/ where can i buy orlistat online paypal argument persuasive essay samples criminology essay help buy viagra cheap prices http://wnpv1440.com/teacher/changing-dissertation-committee-member/33/ is it legal to write on money effects of viagra in women thesis+gorgorian back paper writer source ECLP4206. You download your pass and keep on trucking. I forgot this film was coming, I enjoyed the first one, but then I’m a sucker for this type of film. And hey it stars Ugly Betty before she got hit by the truck.  Check out the full press release.

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Comic Con Exclusive:Jensen Ackles Takes on New Dimensions in My Bloody Valentine 3D

Jensen Ackles and the My Bloody Valentine 3D concept poster at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con

While his character of Dean Winchester on the hit Warner Bros/CW Network series Supernatural went to hell in the 3rd season finale No Rest for the Wicked, actor Jensen Ackles went off to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area to take on the lead role of Tom Hanninger in the Lionsgate Films remake of My Bloody Valentine.  The movie, which also stars Jamie King and Kerr Smith, is an updated version of the 1980’s cult classic horror movie about a killer stalking a small coal mining town and was filmed in the latest high tech version of the 3D technology that’s been hitting the movie screens in such projects as the most recent remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Eclipse Magazine caught up with Jensen Ackles at his recent appearance at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con where he was promoting the upcoming 4th season of the hit series Supernatural to talk to him a bit about his work in My Bloody Valentine 3D.

The boyishly handsome 30 year-old actor, who was looking awesome as usual and was very pumped up about his work on the 4th season of Supernatural and the new direction for his character Dean Winchester, was also happy to take some time to talk about his new action/horror movie coming out in January of 2009.

“I spent a little over two months in Pittsburgh and about four weeks of that was spent stuck in a coal mine,” Ackles says of his filming schedule while working on My Bloody Valentine 3D.

In My Bloody Valentine 3D, Jensen Ackles play Tom Hanninger, a troubled young man who is looking for a healing homecoming and chance to reconnect with former love interest Sarah Palmer (Jamie King) when he returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of twenty-two people. Instead, Tom finds that Sarah is married to local law enforcement officer Axel Palmer (Kerr Smith). Tom also finds himself to be considered the prime suspect in the murders, and is hard pressed to prove his innocence especially when things turn from bad to worse for Tom as the killings begin again.Ackles tells us that his perception of his working schedule during the process of being caught up in the very rigorous filming process involved in making an action/horror movie shot in 3D was very different from how it seemed to him once the process was completed. “The seven weeks I was there felt like seven months, but then as soon as I left, it felt like seven minutes. It’s just amazing how quickly that went by.”

Ackles tells us that things are moving along really well for My Bloody Valentine 3D as the movie goes through the post production stages and comes closer to being ready for its premiere date in January 2009. “I got a call from the director Patrick Lussier and he said that the poster is up downstairs at Comic Con [in the exhibit hall] and it was getting a good response and that it [the movie] was coming together really well, better than he had even hoped in fact.”

 So how is Ackles feeling about being involved in the action/horror movie My Bloody Valentine 3D, which was of course shot in 3D, now that it’s getting ready to hit the theaters in January of 2009?

 “I’m excited just to watch it in 3D. I think it’s going to be quite a spectacle.”

 We’re excited to see it too Jensen!

While fans are waiting to see Jensen Ackles take on all the dimensions of his character Tom Hanniger in My Bloody Valentine 3D, they can catch this talented young actor in his role as Dean Winchester in the premiere episode of Supernatural season Lazarus Rising airing on the CW Network Thursday September 18th at 9PM EST.

 Check out these two EM exclusive videos of Jensen Ackles at the Supernatural autograph signing this past Sunday at the Warner Bros booth at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con.

 Supernatural Signing One

  Supernatural Signing Two

 

 

Jensen Ackles and the My Bloody Valentine 3D concept poster at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con

Comic Con News: Hordes of Sexy Jesus Descend to Promote The Comedy Hamlet 2

Actor Tony Napoli as just one of the many Sexy Jesus to make an appearance at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con
Actor Tony Napoli as just one of the many 'Sexy Jesus' to make an appearance at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con

The 2008 San Diego Comic Con was descended upon by a horde of roaming ‘Sexy Jesus’ to promote the new comedy movie ‘HAMLET 2’ which was written by ‘SOUTH PARK alumi Pam Brady and HAMLET 2 director Andrew Fleming who theaters on August 22nd.

HAMLET 2, which stars Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette and Elizabeth Shue and is a hilariously funny satirical comedy about Dana Marschz (Coogan) a failed actor who seems to becomes an even bigger loser as a high school drama teacher until he decides to save the school drama program for being closed down by writing a very politically incorrect musical ‘sequel’ to William Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet and creating a new character for the story in the form ‘sexy Jesus’.

HAMLET 2 was a late addition to the 2008 Sundance film festival line-up that became the highest selling independent film with an overnight bidding war being won by Focus Film paying $10 million for the distribution rights.

HAMLET 2 will be premiering in theaters on August 22, 2008.

Your EM Roving Comic Con Reporter get surrounded by Sexy Jesus to promote Hamlet 2
Your EM Roving Comic Con Reporter gets surrounded by 'Sexy Jesus' to promote Hamlet 2

MOVIE REVIEW: X-Files: I Want to Believe this is a Good Movie. Michelle’s take.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
The X-Files: I Want to Believe

I’m not sure how to describe the type of X-Files fan that I am. The first episode that I remember watching was Anasazi and being blown away. After that I was completely hooked on the show. But the only episodes that I really loved were the Myth episodes. They added depth to Mulder and Scully and a lot happened in those eps. Then after everything that happens, I’d have to slog through 4 or 5 weeks worth of Monster of the Week episodes that sucked the life out of the series. They always felt out of context and there was always this elephant in the room that they wouldn’t acknowledge.  This movie feels exactly like that. Ten years too late, out of season (this is a Winter film, not summer) and sort of perfunctory.

There’s a reason Writer/Director/Creator Chris Carter kept such tight wraps on the story and thus hampered the marketing campaign.  The story is trite, it contains none of the surprises or thrills that the secrecy would lead you to believe are there. The story is actually pretty mundane.

When we last left our heroes Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) were on the run from the Government after Mulder was framed and convicted of murdering a federal Agent.  Six years later, they are still wanted – but not. It appears the FBI just stopped caring. Scully has finally become a Doctor and Mulder is a recluse. When an agent goes missing the Agent In Charge, ASAC Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) offers Scully and Mulder complete amnesty if Mulder helps. This entire beginning is typical MOTW crap.

After everything that happened at the end of the series, we’re supposed to buy that the government just stopped caring. They are wanted criminals, but aren’t exactly hiding. And the govt. does nothing? This film would have worked better if they were hiding and the FBI had to really work to track them down because this case was vital to the country or FBI.  Or deeply personal to a major official, like the kidnapping of The President’s daughter. While tragic and difficult, this case seems too small to warrant bringing Mulder in and forgiving him his past sins. Not just showing up at Scully’s job one day and asking “Do you know how to get in touch with Mulder?” Remember; when we last saw them they gave up EVERYTHING to go on the run.

The movie looks and feels like a cheaply produced episode – not even movie of the week quality. And that’s a shame because one of the things that separated X-Files from any other television show was its high quality production values and unique visual style. Sure they only had $30 million to work with, but they had far better results on TV with far less. This movie showcases almost none of that.  If this were any other movie other than a X-Files film, I would have hated it – or maybe I would have liked it more.  But its saving grace is, that, while, muted, it still feels like the X-Files.

Mulder and Scully still hold your attention, all the little moments that you love from the TV show are there, like the music, Mulder dropping his phone, Scully’s long suffering sigh and her looks that say “You can’t possibly be serious.”  Scully is still one of the most kick ass characters in TV history.  There’s not enough of Mulder’s dry wit.  I sincerely hope this weak installment doesn’t prevent them from giving fans an X-Files film that we deserve. One that wraps up the entire show in a slam bang fashion.

Final Grade C+

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By Michelle Alexandria
Originally posted

MOVIE REVIEW: The X-Files: I Wanted To Believe!

As an X-Phile who sat through every single episode of the The X-Files [yup, all nine seasons and the first movie], I have to say that it was disheartening to see a mere eighteen people in the theater for the first matinee of The X-Files: I Want To Believe. What was even more disheartening was watching the film unfold to pretty much stony silence from the assembled [I’d hardly call it a crowd].

You don’t need to have watched the television program to understand what’s going on in I Want to Believe, but it certainly helps when it comes to some of the inside jokes and character moments. Even a non-X-Phile can follow the plot – which revolves around a specific urban legend – and the relationship between former FBI agents Fox Mulder [David Duchovny] and Dr. Dana Scully [Gillian Anderson] is apparent even to the uninitiated [though some of their exchanges might not have the same impact for those new to the X-Files experience].

Mulder and Scully

Duchovny and Anderson slip back into their roles so well, it’s like they’ve always been there and there are pleasantly surprising performances from newcomers to the X-Files, Xzibit [as a sceptical FBI Agent who seems like a Skinner-in-training, but without the people skills] and Billy Connolly as a psychic pedophile ex-priest. Amanda Peet, as Agent-in-Charge Dakota Whitney, is merely adequate. Callum Keith Rennie, as the primary villain, brings a suitable menace to his performance.

Unfortunately, the plot is pretty average – to the point where the B-plot [Scully’s efforts to save the life of a boy with a deadly brain disease] is actually more involving. On the plus side, series creator Chris Carter – who co-wrote the script with Frank Spotnitz – does a good job of creating the murky, atmospheric feel that made the series unique to the proceedings. That compensates for many of the film’s flaws.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe is an adequate way to kill a couple of hours, but it’s not likely to spawn the kind of fervent glee that the best episodes of the series generated. I fear this will be the last new X-Files adventure/investigation. Pity… [Please note, stay through the credits and you’ll see a glimpse of Mulder and Scully that is particularly memorable for Scully fans – two words: black bikini.]

Final Grade: C+

Movie News: MGM Brings RoboCop ‘Back On Line’ for New Movie

Alex Murphy/RoboCop
Alex Murphy/RoboCop

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has signed Darren Aronofsky to direct and David Self to write a new installment for its ROBOCOP franchise. Aronofsky, the director of The Fountain, and Self, the writer of Road to Perdition, make a formidable creative team, fast tracking the ROBOCOP motion picture and spotlighting it as one of the most anticipated new films for 2010.

“Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of us at MGM couldn’t be more excited,” said Mary Parent Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, MGM in statement made to the press to announce this new movie venture for MGM.

The original ROBOCOP, which premiered in 1987 and starred Peter Weller as officer Alex Murphy, was “part man, part machine and all cop.” The film’s storyline focused on the future of law enforcement as a terminally wounded cop Murphy returns to the police force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. The original film was nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Since the film’s debut, ROBOCOP has become one of the most successful titles in MGM’s vast film library. The franchise continues as a worldwide phenomenon, especially in the U.S., Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. ROBOCOP, ROBOCOP 2, and ROBOCOP 3 have sold approximately 4.1 million gross DVD units worldwide.

Also on board for this exciting new development project is Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites will produce ROBOCOP. Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President Production at MGM will oversee the project for the studio. “After making the first ROBOCOP at Orion more than 20 years ago, I’m thrilled to be helping to return this character to the screen with our partners at MGM and through the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self,” Medavoy stated with enthusiasm over being able to bring RoboCop ‘back on line’ for a new movie.

Phoenix co-presidents Brad Fischer and David Thwaites added: “With a filmmaker of Darren Aronofsky’s vision and imagination and a writer of David Self’s caliber, we are poised to bring to the screen an entertaining and provocative film, which will now be under the creative guidance of two of the best storytellers working in our industry today.”

MOVIE NEWS: Profiles In History To Hold Superhero Costume and Prop Auction

Copyright1977 Lucas Film Ltd.
Copyright1977 Lucas Film Ltd.

On July 31 & August 1, 2008 Profiles In History is going to be holding the ultimate Superhero costume and prop auction featuring the largest collection of film and TV superheroes including Superman, X-Men, Spider-man, and Jurassic Park dinosaurs created by Stan Winston Studio to highlight Three Million Dollar sale of Hollywood Memorabilia.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Profiles in History is located in Calabasas Hills, CA- virtually a stone’s throw away from every major Hollywood studio – which ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.  Continue reading MOVIE NEWS: Profiles In History To Hold Superhero Costume and Prop Auction