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Posted on 02 February 2009 by Rich Drees

Open up and say "Ahhhhh..."I will readily admit that I have given McG hard time about his upcoming summer blockbuster Terminator: Salvation.

Not to his face, mind you. I don’t know the guy and have never met him. I’m just not a big fan of his past work and I have had no real reason to believe that Terminator: Salvation was going to be any different. I have talked about the film here before and how I don’t think it is a particularly good idea to continue to mine this particular franchise. Cameron’s two films work perfectly together, and to further push things by showing that the apocyliptic Judgement Day was not averted cheapens them in retrospect.

Wired scored an interview with Terminator: Salvation director McG and he says some interesting things that don’t quite win me over on the premise of continuing the franchise, but at least he has given some thought to not just delivering a brainless action film. Illustrating the article is some great new production art wirth checking out on its own.

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Superbowl Trailers: STAR TREK

Posted on 01 February 2009 by Rich Drees

startrekI have to admit that I have not been a fan of Star Trek for a long time. Every new glimpse of director J. J. Abrams reboot of the franchise leaves more unsure if my opinion will change. Sure the new trailer looks exciting and we get a glimpse of the first meeting between the futrure James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy, but I still don’t think there is anything deeper to the movie than just a fun-filled overload of visual effects. I really want a good story here that comments on the human condition, much in the way the original television series did back in the 1960s. It seems the last time that the franchise was able to deliver that was Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

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Garrett Hedlund To Take The Lead In TRON 2.0

Posted on 07 January 2009 by Rich Drees

tron202Garrett Hedlund will be sucked into the cyberspace world within in a computer for Disney’s Tron 2.0.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the Friday Night Lights star has been cast as the lead in the upcoming sequel to the 1981 cult classic, beating out the likes of Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine and Michael Stahl-David for the part.

garretthedlundDisney is holding their cards relatively close to their vest and have not released what Hedlund’s character’s name will be or any real plot details save that he will be “a man who finds himself pulled into the world of a computer and retracing the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn.” Jeff Bridges, who played Flynn in the original film, has been signed for the sequel along with original Tron star Bruce Boxleitner.

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Beware! BlobFest Is Coming!

Posted on 05 January 2009 by Rich Drees

blobfestrunoutIf you haven’t been to BlobFest, the annual celebration of the classic 1958 monster movie in the Philadelphia suburbs where the film was shot, you’re missing out on one of the funest film events of the year. One weekend every July, hundreds gather at the original movie theater the Blob attacked to recreate the films famous “running out” scene, hear rockabilly bands, see the fire extinguisher parade, participate in the tin foil hat competition and see screenings of classic 50s science-fiction and monster movies, including, of course, The Blob.

If you’re interested, start making your travel plans for July 10th through the 12th, heading to the town of Phoenixville, PA. None of the guests have been announced yet, but past fests have seen everyone from Chris Yeaworth, son of The Blob‘s director Shorty Yeaworth, to actor and make up artist extrordinaire Tom Savini.

For a look at past BlobFests and on the movie itself, head over to our sister site, The Blob Site.

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Whoops! T4 Toys Leak Spoiler

Posted on 05 January 2009 by Rich Drees

While tie-in merchandising can bring in a lot of extra income to a studio, it also has the potential to spoil a film if the merchandise is released too early. A case in point is a friend of mine who was staying absolutely spoiler-free for the Star Wars prequel. Unfortunately, a week before The Phantom Menace came out, he was in a record store, picked up a copy of the soundtrack CD to buy and saw on the back the track titled “The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon’s Funeral.”

It looks as if Playmates, the makers of line of action figures tying in to this summers Terminator: Salvation have let slip as big a secret. Three photos have turned up over at SlashFilm, two of which let out a surprise that might be better left discovered in the movie itself. Of course, if you want to know, I’ve placed the photos after the jump…

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Posted on 28 December 2008 by Rich Drees

EmpireOnLine has a nice post-Christmas gift for Transformers fans- three new pictures from next summer’s sequel. The first is a shot of stars Shia La Boeuf and Megan Fox running from some explosions and the second is someone hanging on to a pole while a pair of cars fly through the air above. (I’m going to presume that they were thrown by one of the giant robots that populate the franchise.) The third is a behind-the-scenes shot of the production filming on location atthe pyramids in Egypt.

I wasn’t much of a fan of the first film, but hopefully the second one will be better. I like that they’re keeping the international scope of the first Transformers film, at least. We’ll know how things shake out when Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen premiers June 26.

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Boxleitner Returns For TRON 2.0!

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Rich Drees

tron202Christmas came a little early for those of us eagerly awaiting Disney’s TRON 2.0.

Bruce Boxleitner, one of the stars of the original 1981 cult classic TRON is returning for the sequel as computer programmer Alan Bradley and his cyberspace alter-ego, the computer program TRON. Boxleitner will be joining his original TRON co-star Jeff Bridges for the new film. The pair will be joined by new comers Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett.

We still haven’t heard much in the way of details about the plot of the new film, but it is encouraging and exciting that both Boxleitner and Bridges are on board. Now, how about getting Cindy Morgan, David Warner and Peter Jurasik in the cast?

Via ComingSoon.

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Frank Miller Heading To The 25th Century For Buck Rogers?

Posted on 21 December 2008 by Rich Drees

Buck RogersWhile the early reviews for his comic book adaptation The Spirit have not been all togeter promising, comic book creator-turned-director Frank Miller is already looking forward towards his next film project- bringing iconic science-fiction adventurer Buck Rogers back to the big screen.

Miller and his Spirit production company Odd Lot Entertainment are currently negotiating with Nu Image/Millenium for the film rights to the seminal science-fiction hero. Miller is expected to both write and direct the film. Whether he does this before he reunites with Robert Rodriguez for the sequel to their popular Sin City remains to be seen.

If Miller does make this his next project, I hope that he decides to go with a different visual look for the film. While I like how he, along with co-director Robert Rodriquez, captured the look of his Sin City graphic novels in the film of the same name and the fact that he looks to be expanding that style in The Spirit, I would like to see him experiment a bit more and try something different. I have a feeling that if The Spirit does come under fire from critics, the look of the film may be one thing negatively remarked on by many. If Miller expects to have a lasting career in film, he is going to have to show some versatility.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

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TR2N Starts Getting Some Cast, But Will We See Them In 3D?

Posted on 17 December 2008 by Rich Drees

Olivia WildeFor years, the thought of a sequel to the 1982 cult classic TRON was something that kept geeks warm on cold winter nights. Now that the project is finally going ahead, the thought of the first two new cast members for the film will also do the same.

Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett, who previously shared the screen together in the horror flick Touristas, have been hired for TR2N. Both actresses will play denizerns of the cyberspace reality that exists inside a computer. The Hollywood Reporter states that Wilde “will play a worker in the virtual world who tries to help fight Master Control Program, the villainous intelligence protocol that was the nemesis in the original film,” while Garrett has been cast as “a siren in the virtual world.”Beau Garrett

Jeff Bridges, star of the original TRON, has already signed for the sequel.

Interestingly, the Reporter‘s story refers to the film as TRON 2, not the more commonly used TR2N or even the recently mentioned TRZ, which was floated at the beginning of the month by Production Weekly.

Meanwhile, AintItCoolNews has an interesting report from an annonymous source that no matter what they call the film, audiences will be getting to see it in 3D, with the promise that “we are going to get a first person view from inside of a light cycle in the film.”

The 3D process is certainly being used by a lot of upcoming films. Much like the concerns I have raised about the increasing use of the IMAX process, I can only hope that the use of 3D in a film will be the help enhance the storytelling and not as just a cheap gimmick. Still, my geek heart beats a little faster at the thought of a 3D, first-person view of a light cycle race!

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PLANET OF THE APES Prequel/Remake Gets New Title/Director

Posted on 01 December 2008 by Rich Drees

Last month, we told you about a rather bold remake of Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes that was currently being kicked around 20th Century Fox. The proposed remake, titled Genesis: Apes, resets Conquest‘s story of how apes overthrew humans as the rulers of the planet from┬áthe near future to the present day. The concept was edgy enough to make me wonder if Fox would have the guts to go forward with the film.

Now it appears that the studio has taken a step towards actually making the film by announcing that they’ve hired Scott Frank to helm the film.

It is also now sporting a new name- Caesar.

If you’re unfamiliar with Frank’s work, he wrote the screenplays to Get Shorty and Minority Report┬ábefore moving to the director’s chair for the indie crime drama The Lookout. Definitely, a good pedigree to take on this project.

Via CinemaBlend.

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