MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ J-Law Keeps it Real in the YA Adaptation Full of Adult Themes

- 11-21-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows,  the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.

Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)

‘Howard The Duck’ Is Back! With Chip Zdarsky And Joe Quinones Penning New Series

- 11-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the Christmas gift that just keeps on giving, it seems. Thanks to the post-credits scene (which was originally suppose to be part of the alternate ending) in Guardians of the Galaxy, there has been a rekindled interest in the swashbuckling mallard. Now, Marvel have announced a reprinting of their Howard The Duck Omnibus, comiXology have increased their digital library of classic Howard issues and now, Marvel announced – via Entertainment Weekly – that Howard the Duck is getting his own ongoing series beginning on March 4th, 2015. Not bad for a 10 second cameo in a movie, albeit, a summer blockbuster turn movie sensation of the year! (more…)

Cast Unveiled In Costume For Live-Action Version Of Attack On Titan

- 11-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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The cast has been announced for the live-action film version of Attack On Titan and we have been provided with some spectacular looking shots of each of the characters. We have noticed that some of the Japanese names are not actually part of the Manga or Anime, so this has left us assuming that liberties have been made in the script. Furthermore, in the manga and anime, Asians are practically extinct with the character of Mikasa being considered exotic – due to her kind being rare. (more…)

Matt Smith & Natalie Dormer Search For ‘Patient Zero’

- 11-21-14Books, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Word has reached the Internet water cooler that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) has signed the dotted line to star alongside Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) in Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s Patient Zero, and surprisingly IT IS NOT based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Maberry. What role might Smith play and what the heck is Patient Zero about? (more…)

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ To Become Four Film Franchise

- 11-21-14Books, Film Posted by Michileen Martin

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It was going to be one movie, it was going be two movies, and now apparently Josh Boone’s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand will be a whopping four films (making it a tetralogy, according to my extensive, exhaustive, five second google search). Boone, a life-long Stephen King fan, initially sold Warner Bros. on a single, three hour movie with an $87 million budget, but apparently the studio came back to Boone and asked if he would be willing to expand the story into multiple films. (more…)

Jared Leto Sheds Some Light On ‘The Joker’ Rumors

- 11-20-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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As far as the Suicide Squad movie adaptation goes, the casting rumors have been pretty insane right? But we finally got some good news when it was announced that Margot Robbie had signed on to play the role of Harley Quinn. Now Jared Leto has finally responded to the recent revelations that he has been in talks to join the cast of David Ayers DC tentpole as The Joker. Leto has confirmed that talks have taken place, but he seems pretty laid back and diffident about the whole thing. Perhaps he is quite content after his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and doesn’t want to commit to anything in movie land too soon. In fact, who knows really. (more…)

There Can Be Only One Tom Cruise in ‘Highlander’ Reboot?

- 11-20-14Film Posted by Michileen Martin
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In Jerry Maguire, a five year old Jonathan Lipnicki famously told Tom Cruise “The human head weighs 8 pounds.” According to a report by TheWrap, that’s exactly how many pounds one of Cruise’s next characters might lose. (more…)

GOTG (Guardians of the Galaxy) Gets The HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) Treatment & WCBH (We Couldn’t Be Happier)

- 11-20-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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I was oh-so tempted to write this entire post using just the first letter of each word and then put the entire thing in parentheses, but figured that was way too much work for joke that would probably have just fallen flat. Not just flat, but flat on my face on a concrete sidewalk bust my nose kinda flat. Those creative folks over at HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) are at it again. This time around they’ve taken on James Gunn‘s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, or as I like to call it, Marvel’s-Screw-You-Hollywood-We’ll-Make-Any-Damn-Movie-We-Want-With-Obscure-Marvel-Characters-And-Make-A-Shit-Ton-At-The-Box-Office-While-Everyone-Else-Plays-Catch-Up. (more…)

Sign Posts on the Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

- 11-20-14Comics, Film Posted by Michileen Martin
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Though the two-part Avengers: Infinity War was announced only recently, those of us who recognized that ugly purple face in the first post-credits scene of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers have known it was coming. The seeds for Infinity War were planted early, and clearly Marvel isn’t done yet. Only three of the six legendary Infinity Stones have been revealed, while Thanos has appeared briefly in two Marvel Studios movies, he has yet to take a more active role, and we have a whole bunch of movies scheduled between Avengers: Age of Ultron and its 2018 sequel Avengers: Infinity War, Part I.

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‘Prometheus’ Sequel Will Introduce Entirely New Extraterrestrial

- 11-19-14Film Posted by Derek Robertson

 

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Prometheus was an adequate enough introduction back into Ridley Scott‘s Alien universe. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but that is part of the beauty of the Science Fiction genre; a sense of mystery, room to theorize, to talk with others and debate and learn in a reciprocal manner. It’s not any secret that Ridley Scott is a Sci-Fi auteur; master of his craft. He creates movies that have individuals’ thinking for themselves and developing their own interpretations (Blade Runner and whether Deckard is a replicant or not anyone?).  With Prometheus, it seems one of the main problems that irked some of the fans was the fact the movie wasn’t a direct prequel to the Alien series as was originally planned. Some were annoyed that Damon Lindelof had been called in to tinker with the script (which makes one wonder how Lindelof haters feel about Green Lantern‘ scriber Michael Green penning the sequel) . The fact it is set in the same universe should have been enough to suffice no? Apparently not! Apparently people wanted more of the same. Well, word on the street is that Ridley Scott has been dishing some dirt on his plans for the highly anticipated sequel. (more…)