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Movie News: Xavier Samuel to Join Cast of Eclipse

No he’s not coming to write for us! We are talking about casting news for the next movie in the Twilight Saga.

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Word out of the entertainment industry sources is that 24 year old Australian actor Xavier Samuel has been cast in the role of a newly created vampire named Riley. Riley will become an accomplice to the machinations of the evil Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) in her plot to do away with Bella (Kristin Stewart).

Xavier, while relatively unknown to American audiences, is no stranger to playing roles in the horror genre. He appeared in the Australian horror movie the Loved Ones.

Eclipse, which will be Samuel Xavier’s first role in a US film, is set to begin shooting next month in Vancouver and will be released on June 30, 2010. David Slade is directing from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg.

MOVIE REVIEWS: Harry Potter and the Half-Baked Prince, The Magic is Gone! Michelle Vents her Spleen!!

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I’m assuming people reading this review have read the books – so there will be SPOILERS!

I don’t know what to say about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as a movie it’s a competent, highly watchable and pretty good movie. The problem is the film doesn’t exist in a vacuum – even if you ignore the books, within the context of the film Universe, I think HP-HBP fails.  This movie is 2 ½ hours of nothing-substantial happening.  But as a fan of the book series, a lot of the choices made here were maddening.  The problem with watching the direction the films have gone is the knowledge that I have read all the books, so while watching the movies I’m enjoying them waiting for certain events to unfold then when the movie ends I’m left wondering what the heck just happened. This is why I hated Order of the Phoenix, I think that movie and this movie relies more on you having read the books than any of the other Harry Potter films.

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Movie News: No Scream(ing) For Supernatural Actors

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As reported this week on EM, Scream creator and writer Kevin Williamson is working on Scream 4, which has been greenlit by Dimension Films. Hot on the heels of the announcement that David Arquette and Courtney Cox had been signed on to reprise their original roles as Dewey Riley and Gail Weathers, rumors began surfacing on Twitter that the highly talented lead actors from Supernatural, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, were on the ‘short list’ of actors being approached to star in the movie along side Arquette and Cox.  We contacted the respective publicist for Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles to seek confirmation of this information. Publicists for both actors issued a statement to us that the rumors of their clients being approached or considered for roles in Scream 4 are false.

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MOVIE REVIEW: By The Hoary Hosts of Hogwarts! It’s Great!

How good is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? When the movie ended, I still had a third of my drink [the large one] left. That’s happened maybe half-a-dozen times over the last decade, so it’s a pretty good indicator of how engrossed I was in the film.

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Steve Kloves has once again divined the essence of the novel and taken the key events and played to them, while adding and subtracting as he saw fit. The result is a film that is nowhere near being a slavish adaptation, yet remains completely faithful to the spirit of the source material.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wingardium Leviosa – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Soars to New Heights

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It’s so hard to believe that it was only eight years ago that we were introduced to the world of Harry Potter. J. K. Rowling produce a series of books about a young boy who realizes that his destiny was to become a wizard. So, we followed Harry Potter to a school of magic known as Hogwarts. He has finally found a place to find it and expand his horizons. With the help of his best friends, Hermione Granger & Ronald Weasley, Harry has battled Draco Malfoy, dragons, basilisks, and adolescent through five movies to date. Now, Harry and his gang must battle his latest enemy to date.

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MOVIE GAME NEWS: Green Lantern Game Greenlit (Pun Intended)

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I’ve always been a big fan of Green Lantern so I’m really curious to see what an eventual big screen version will look like. I like the casting of Ryan Reynolds, I’m not being biased because I’ve met him at several times throughout the last 6 years, but I think he’ll be good in the role, although I see him more as Kyle Raynor and not Hal Jordan. Anyway, these days if you are going to be a major Hollywood tent pole you have to also have a big game attached. The folks behind this summer’s upcoming G.I. Joe game and Silent Hill: Homecoming, Double Helix has been tapped by Warner Brothers to create the Green Lantern Game. I’ll hold judgment until I play the G.I. Joe game in August.

MOVIE REVIEW: A Fantastic Voyage to the MOON

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It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife and their three-year-old daughter in only a few short weeks.

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Movie News: Ryan Reynolds Chosen As The Green Lantern?

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Industry sources close to the Warner Brothers/DC Comics planned production of a movie based on the DC comic hero The Green Lantern are saying that Ryan Reynolds has signed a deal to take on the lead role. Reynolds is no stranger to playing comic book action heroes having  starred as Deadpool in the recently released Wolverine movie.

Other contenders for the role of Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern are Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper, with Cooper leading the ranks in online fan choice polls.

Ryan Reynolds, a busy young actor, is already set to star in “Buried,” a dark indie drama that will begin filming shortly in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling against time to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.

Movie News: SNL MacGyver Spoof MacGruber Goes for Big Screen Adventure

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Relativity Media and Michaels Goldwyn are set to put into production a comedy movie based on the super funny SNL skit MacGruber  which will be produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
and written by Will Forte, Jorma Taccone, John Solomon

MacGuber is based on Will Forte’s Saturday Night Live character, which is basically a parody send up of the hit ABC series MacGyver starring Richard Dean Anderson. In the highly successful comedy skit, Will Forte plays a MacGyver like secret agent who isn’t quite as adept at being clever as his MacGyver counterpart.

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MOVIE REVIEW: I Don’t Love You, Beth Cooper; But Maybe We Can Be Friends

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A while back, I was reading an appraisal of trailers for teen films – an appraisal given by teens. They were unanimous in their dismissal of the trailer for I Love You, Beth Cooper, for which they summed their disdain with the phrase, “This would never happen.” They were, of course, completely missing the point. Of course this would never happen. It’s precisely because this would never happen that the movie got made. It’s a wish-fulfillment fantasy not-so cleverly disguised as a teen comedy. It was made for every high school student who crushed on the head cheerleader or varsity quarterback but didn’t show up on their radar – not even as the tiniest blip.

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