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MOVIE NEWS: Fan Made Green Lantern Trailer, Rocks!

This is one of the greatest fan trailers ever. I found it at the Ifanboy.com website, someone put a lot of thought and effort into this, Warner Brothers should hire whoever did this to be involved in their rumored Green Lantern movie. You would think Green Lantern would be one of the easiest characters to bring to the big screen. But whoever created this trailer, bravo!

MOVIE NEWS: Fox Gets Social with new Contest for I Love You Beth Cooper

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The folks at Fox are doing something interesting for their upcoming Hayden Panettiere – who many know as the Cheerleader on Heroes, movie I Love You Beth Cooper. They are asking people to go to ILoveYouBethCooper.com and post a Video of a special message they’ve always wanted to express – to a friend, parent, love interest… anyone. Selected videos will be featured in television spots for I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER. Hayden launches the campaign on www.iloveyoubethcooper.com on May 20 with a series of sample “moment of truth” videos that will be promoted on MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. The site also includes a Twitter tool that allows users to tweet their secret confessions anonymously or via their personal Twitter accounts. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER opens in theaters everywhere July 10. Directed by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), the film is based on the popular 2007 novel of the same name by Larry Doyle of The Simpsons and Beavis and Butthead fame.


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MOVIE REVIEW: Michelle Weighs in on Terminator Salvation!

Terminator: Salvation

How is it possible McG continues to get these huge directorial movie projects? I’ll tell you – he is capable of making the trains run on time, but not much else. He has no vision, discernible style, wit or knows how to get much out of his actors. Whenever I watch one of his films, I think of this scene in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes back where Matt Damon is doing a sequel to Good Will Hunting and he asks the director how he should do a scene and the camera cuts to the Director saying “Just do it however you want to,” while he counts his piles of cash. Terminator Salvation is one soulless endeavor.

A lot of this is the fault of a bad script combined with lazy direction, but I also am officially sort of fed up with the entire franchise and how it treats time-travel.  It’s the saga’s magic bullet that solves – or muddles everything. They have used it so much that I just no longer care about anything that happens in this Universe and there seems to be no consequences to them using it other than nothing major ever seems to change. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television show made me care again, but they canceled that and this movie has nothing to do with the events of that, so again nothing matters.
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MOVIE NEWS: Robert Pattison Confirms Breaking Dawn is a Go!

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While in Cannes on Tuesday, Robert Pattinson confirmed that there will be a fourth “Twilight” film based on the Stephenie Meyer novel, “Breaking Dawn,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.Pattinson said he is committed to starring in the final outing to date, but doesn’t know when backers Summit Entertainment will begin production because of the actor’s jam-packed shooting schedule.

I can’t hold my tongue anymore.  Can I be the one who says the TWILIGHT novels SUCK? I tried reading the first book and just gave up in the middle. Bella is one of the most vapid, annoying, lead characters EVER. I can’t think of anyone more annoying and self involved. Her entire relationship with Edward is about as shallow as it comes. Every other sentence in that damn book is about how beautiful Edward is. Or oh I’m so clumsy gym will be a drag, Edward will save me, oh I can get lost in his deep blue eyes, why oh why is Edward mad at me today? His skin is so smooth. Just awful. I like all the other characters well enough, but Bella is just terrible it would have been nice if Stephanie Meyer actually gave Bella some sort of personality or interest beyond how beautiful Edward was. Did she like him because he was smart or they had anything in common? No. It was based purely on his “otherworldly beauty.”

Why he and EVERY guy in the book liked her was never explained in the 12 Chapters that I read. It was just “animal lust,” and the fact that he couldn’t “read” her.  I tried reading the first chapter of New Moon thinking it would be different and it was the same crap.  I really do want to read the rest of the series, but Stephanie Meyer’s writing is just unreadable. So I’ll have to be content with seeing the movies because with all that said, I did like the first movie well enough.

EM EXCLUSIVE: The World Premiere of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Hollywood on the Potomac

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian World Premiere

In 2006, moviegoers around the world followed a newly recruited night security guard as he experience the American Museum of Natural History in NYC for just one night. He discovers an ancient curse that causes the museum’s exhibits to come to life and giving the guard a night he’ll never forget. Based on a 1993 children’s book by Milan Trenc, Night at the Museum raked in over $250 million at the box office and increased the visitors of the Museum of Natural History by nearly 20%.

Nearly three years later, we are once again following the adventures of Larry Daley for another night at the museum. This time, we head down to the mother of all museums: the Smithsonian in our Nation’s Capital. What better way to celebrate Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian then to have the World Premiere of the film at the National Air & Space Museum. Fans and unexpected museum patrons gathered around the entrance on Jefferson Avenue of the National Air & Space Museum to get their taste of Hollywood in DC. Among the cast in attendance are Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, and more. This was the first film to be actually shot at the Smithsonian Institution. I have a feeling that the after moviegoers watch the sequel, the Smithsonian’s attendace will go up. I had the pleasure to meet the cast and crew on Thursday to ask about their experiences making this film.

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EM BOOK REVIEW: Being Hal Ashby, Life of a Hollywood Rebel by Scott Essman

Being Hal Ashby
In BEING HAL ASHBY,  LIFE OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL by Nick Dawson (Screen Classics, University Press of Kentucky; 2009), one of the classic American filmmakers is given his due both as an editor and director, in additional to being somewhat of a womanizer, dreamer, addict, and iconoclast.

Dawson gives ample space in the book’s 440 pages to Ashby’s first career as a film editor on such Norman Jewison projects as The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) before breaking out onto his own as a director. In fact, Ashby was Oscar nominated for editing Russians and Night and won for the latter.

Ashby died before his time at age 59 in 1988, but he left a significant stamp on quirky films of the 1970s. As such, the meat of the book focuses on this highly active and creative period in Ashby’s career. Starting with Harold and Maude (1971), Dawson goes into great detail about the making of these films, and while he did not have first person quotes from Ashby, the author located interviews with the director and his casts and crews, going so far as footnoting and citing all of the quotes in the book.

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TRAILER PARK: Five Hot Trailers to discuss this week. Week of 5.17.09

Before I start this, let me just say Movie Studios attitudes towards the Internet is just dumb. I’m getting all of these clips from YouTube but the morons ban embedding the clips, even though right below the official trailer there’s always 20 other copies of it. How dumb is that? Here are 5 hot movie trailers for this week.

Public Enemies Trailer 2.

You have Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in a Michael Mann gangster movie, how can it go wrong?

 

My Sister’s Keeper

Man this is a great trailer that almost makes me cry every time I see it. And I’m a heartless you know what. Normally I scoff at movies like this but wow, what nice trailer.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Angel and Demons, Not too Bad, Michelle’s Review!

Angels and Demons Movie Review

I’m not a fan of Tom Hanks or Ron Howard and I also hated The Da Vinci Code so to say I wasn’t enthused to see the sequel, Angels and Demons would be an understatement. It starts off a little slow but somehow I found myself getting sucked into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of 4 Cardinals on the night of electing a new Pope. This is where I put in the disclaimer that I’m not a religious person so most of this stuff went completely over my head.  But I found it sort of intriguing. The problem with a movie like this is that in the past writers like David Koepp (screenplay) and Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) would do a thriller where the bad guys would have very simple manageable plots that as an audience you can just go with. It’s going to be hard to do this review without spoiling the film.

These days the bad guy has to be a freaking genius to be able to explain all the various plan details. Look at everything that Tony Alameda on 24 would have to know way in advance in order for his Bad “Guyness” and master plot to make any semblance of sense?  The same thing occurs here where the bad guy would have to know well in advance that Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) the man the church hates would be called in and if not him, someone else – maybe one of the scientist who helped create it, Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) would be able to put all the pieces together in time to stop an Antimatter bomb from destroying Vatican City. Yes, I said an Antimatter bomb.

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HORROR NEWS: Canada’s Rue Morgue Festival of Fear National Horror Expo Headliners Include B-Movie Gods Bruce Campbell and Roger Corman!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s world renowned annual horror expo, the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear has landed Bruce “The Chin” Campbell as its 2009 Guest of Honour – and B-movie producer/director/writer Roger Corman as Featured Guest.

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Campbell is, of course, known worldwide for playing Ash, the lead [if not necessarily the hero] of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy – as well as unorthodox performances in zillions of B-movies ranging from the jealous ex-boyfriend in Living in Oblivion to an elderly Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep.

Corman is responsible for unleashing the talents of such legends as Jack Nicholson [the original Little Shop of Horror], James Cameron [Piranha] and Francis Ford Coppola [The Terror] upon an unsuspecting world.

Both are regarded as quality guests who can relate anecdotes with the best of them – and having both headline the same event is a definite coup.

The Rue Morgue Festival of Fear guest list also includes: Udo Kier [Suspiria], Barbara Steele [Black Sunday, The Pit and the Pendulum], James Duval [Donny Darko’s Frank the Bunny], Tom Savini [the king of low-budget practical FX], Max Brooks [author of World War Z], Linda Hamilton [The Terminator, T2 & Beauty & the Beast], Lloyd Kaufman [the madman behind TROMA], and Len Wein [creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine], among others.

The 2009 Rue Morgue Festival of Horror/Canadian National Horror Expo will be held in the Metro Toronto Convention Center from August 28-30.