Screen Junkies » Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 There’s Going To Be A Batman/Superman Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/theres-going-to-be-a-batmansuperman-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/theres-going-to-be-a-batmansuperman-movie/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:18:57 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255886 Will they fight? Will they hug?

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With stuff like The Avengers making enough money to choke a [OBSCURE MARVEL COMICS REFERENCE], it’s a little bit of a puzzler that the people at DC Comics and Warner Brothers haven’t already jumped on the team-up bandwagon. But according to the recent news from Comic-Con, the sequel to Man of Steel will be a Superman-meets-Batman movie.

The superhero Odd Couple will be directed by Man of Steel‘s Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill will return as Superman. No word yet on who will play Batman, but since this is the internet I’ll indulge in a little baseless speculation: Batman will be played by former James Bond George Lazenby.

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You Can Watch The Season Premiere Of ‘Dexter’ Online For Free http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-watch-the-season-premiere-of-dexter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-watch-the-season-premiere-of-dexter/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:05:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255572 Click here to do so...

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Showtime is continuing its programming model of putting the first episodes of its original series online in their entirety for free with the season 8 premiere of Dexter.

It’s a bold move, but one that I guess has worked for Showtime in the past. The episode must be pretty good stuff, since they’re hoping it will make you want to watch the rest of the season. You can see it for yourself above. And subsequent episodes can be seen on Showtime Sunday nights at 9 PM EST/PST.

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Screen Junkies Show: Which Movie Monster Is The Scariest? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-which-movie-monster-is-the-scariest/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-which-movie-monster-is-the-scariest/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:00:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255439 You know, to kids.

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Monster’s University is opening this weekend, so kids everywhere have monsters on the brain. But which one is the scariest? In order to find out, the Screen Junkies investigative team has compiled a crack panel of researchers to give their expert opinions on the subject (FYI, one of these researchers apparently has a really weak dad).

Check out the video to see these kids’ reactions to everyone from the clown from It to the Cloverfield monster.

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Matt Damon Wanted For Catholic Sex Scandal Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/matt-damon-wanted-for-catholic-sex-scandal-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/matt-damon-wanted-for-catholic-sex-scandal-movie/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:56:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255357 Sexy.

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Director Tom McCarthy of films like Win Win and The Station Agent is prepping a movie about the sex scandals in the Catholic Church (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, bless you). And he wants Matt Damon to star in it.

The as yet untitled movie is said to be an All The President’s Men style docu-thriller about the Catholic Church’s coverup of sex abuses in Boston, as uncovered by a reporting team at the Boston Globe.

Damon, who is of course one of Boston’s most famous celebrity escapees, hasn’t read the script yet, but producers seem to be confident that they can entice him into taking the part of reporter Mike Rezendes in the sure-to-be controversial project.

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Jackie Chan Knows What Jackie Chan’s Next Two Projects Will Be http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/jackie-chan-knows-what-jackie-chans-next-two-projects-will-be/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/jackie-chan-knows-what-jackie-chans-next-two-projects-will-be/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:36:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255352 Jackie Chan is pleased about this Jackie-Chan-related news.

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At a lavishly appointed press event in Shanghai, movie star Jackie Chan and the highly successful Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers announced the next two projects to come from the pair’s profitable collaboration.

The first upcoming Jackie Chan vehicle is tentatively titled Manhattan. Set in New York, it will star Jackie Chan as a Jackie-Chan-like character who “converses with love and hate.” The second is called Wolf Flag, and will star Jackie Chan in what Huayi Brothers describes as a “mournful ode concealed in the stricken desert.”

Aside from these brief snippets, we won’t know much else about these future Jackie Chan projects until they begin filming. Will they be keeping with Jackie Chan’s recent pledge to be “a true actor”? Will they feature blooper reels with Jackie Chan flubbing dangerous stunts and then grinning into the camera? Will they be popular enough to get eventual North American theatrical releases? Perhaps only Jackie Chan can tell.

Jackie Chan.

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5 Greatest Movie Cameos by UFC Fighters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/5-greatest-movie-cameos-by-ufc-fighters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/5-greatest-movie-cameos-by-ufc-fighters/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:48:06 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250939 The good, the bad, and the ugly. Mainly the ugly.

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In addition to being the world’s premiere mixed martial arts fighting league, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is also known for producing some of the stage and screen’s finest thespians. Here are just five examples of the emotional resonance and unforgettable characterizations that come from years in the UFC octagon. And if you’d like to see more UFC-inspired screen acting that makes the Stanislavski Method look like an afternoon tea party, check out Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, opening on October 12th.

Andrei Arlovski, Universal Soldier: Regeneration

In the surprisingly-good sequel/reboot to the Universal Soldier franchise, action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are reunited in a stripped-down science fiction thriller that doesn’t have any of the goofy comic relief of previous installments. And you might guess that Andrei Arlovksi, the UFC fighter who has to share the screen with those two titans, would be crowded out. But you’d be wrong – Arlovski’s turn as the NGU definitely holds its own against Van Damme and Lundgren.

Randy Couture, The Expendables

Of all the UFC fighters to pass through motion picture history, Randy Couture is probably the one who’s made the biggest mark. He’s one of The Expendables, after all – and he got to come back in the sequel earlier this year. And although Couture doesn’t exactly light the screen on fire as demolitions expert Toll Road when compared to his (much more experienced) partners like Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and company, he’s still better than Liam Hemsworth.

Quinton Jackson, The A-Team

There are few 1980s TV actors as iconic as Mr. T who played B. A. Baracus on The A-Team. So it’s telling that the producers of the big-screen remake cast UFC superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the part. And Jackson gets the chance to play a different Baracus from the one on the TV show. For much of the film, B.A. is an avowed pacifist! But don’t worry, he starts beating people up in due time.

Keith Jardine, Crank: High Voltage

Jason Statham stars in the batshit-insane sequel to his cult hit Crank, and he’s not wanting for company. Some of the celebrity guest stars to make cameos in High Voltage are porn star Ron Jeremy, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, and UFC fighter Keith Jardine. Jardine may not be the most entertaining part of the movie, but his unexpectedly innocuous walk-in as a passerby should be pretty amusing to UFC fans.

Tito Ortiz (and others), Cradle 2 the Grave

If cameo appearances from UFC fighters are your bag, then Cradle 2 the Grave probably occupies a place of pride in your DVD collection. In an extended sequence involving underground cage fighting, several UFC fighters play the cage girls – just kidding. They play the cage fighters. Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and future Expendables star Randy Couture all make appearances, as well as kickboxer Héctor Echavarría. Hooray, fighting!

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Comic-Con 2012: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’ Promo Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-m-night-shyamalans-after-earth-promo-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2012-m-night-shyamalans-after-earth-promo-video/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:48:39 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249783 There's not any actual footage from the movie or any looks at the cast, but it's pretty cool.

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Although M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith, and Jaden Smith were apparently too bush to make it to San Diego for Comic-Con this year, Sony still made an effort to get the word out about their upcoming collaboration After Earth. The panel consisted of a lot of behind the scenes footage and video interviews, including one where Shyamalan says he’s taking a “documentary”-like approach to the material, about a far-off future Earth.

There was also this promo video, which lays out the alternate history that will be explored in the movie. There’s not any actual footage from the movie or any looks at the cast, but it’s pretty cool. I’ll go on the record and say this is the best Facebook-themed movie teaser since The Social Network. (The Playlist)

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Comic-Con 2012: Marvel Announces ‘Ant-Man’ Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-marvel-announces-ant-man-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-marvel-announces-ant-man-happening/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:41:52 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249776 For real, this time.

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Marvel Studios and director Edgar Wright played a little bit of a prank on the media and fans for Comic-Con this year. In the lead-up to their panel for the upcoming Iron Man 3, director Edgar Wright posted on his Twitter account about being in London and missing Comic-Con, etc. Well it turns out this was all a smokescreen to hide the fact that ahead of the Iron Man 3 panel Marvel Studios was going to show some test footage shot for Ant-Man, with Wright in attendance.

And although there’s no casting news or a release date yet, they showed the shit out of that test footage! It’s about a minute long and showed Ant-Man at ant-size taking out two full-sized henchmen with his incredible shrinking powers. So, with this test footage, plus Marvel’s online announcement that an Ant-Man movie, which we first started hearing about in 2006, is finally coming, and it looks like it’s really happening. Ant-Man Fever: Catch It! That’s mine, not Marvel’s. (The Playlist)

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Let The Great Sperm Heist Begin In ‘The Babymakers’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/let-the-great-sperm-heist-begin-in-the-babymakers-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/let-the-great-sperm-heist-begin-in-the-babymakers-trailer/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:17:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249349 Sperm!

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Romantic comedies come in two basic flavors nowadays: Sweet, gentle, watch-with-your-parents types, and raunchy keep-the-kids-as-far-away-as-you-possibly-can-dear-sweet-Jesus-in-heaven types. Interestingly, this red band trailer for The Babymakers seems to be pitched somewhere in between. Yeah, there are lots of references to sperm and related fluids, but the overall raunch factor is relatively tame.

But, it’s about a guy breaking into a sperm bank to steal back his own sperm, so I still recommend watching it. Also, the movie stars Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Aisha Tyler, and a regrettably-trailer-absent Wood Harris of The Wire, so check it out if you are into one or more of those people.

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New ‘Dredd’ Trailer Looks Pretty Cool, Actually http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-dredd-trailer-looks-pretty-cool-actually/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-dredd-trailer-looks-pretty-cool-actually/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:10:34 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249347 Don't watch if you're not prepared to have all of your preconceived notions rocked to their cores.

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Moviegoers could be forgiven for assuming that anything with the word “Dredd” in the title is a piece of shit, thanks to notably shitty piece of shit Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the comics featuring the Judge Dredd character are pretty well-respected, and now this trailer comes out and actually looks really cool and I don’t know what to think anymore.

As if that weren’t enough, this trailer also has Olivia Thirlby, famous for playing sweet smartasses in stuff like Juno and The Wackness doing what can be called for lack of a better term “kicking ass.” The lesson is clear: Don’t watch the trailer for Dredd if you’re not prepared to have all of your preconceived notions rocked to their cores. Or if you don’t like guns.

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Comic-Con 2012 Is Going To Have A ‘Zombie Obstacle Course’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-is-going-to-have-a-zombie-obstacle-course/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2012-is-going-to-have-a-zombie-obstacle-course/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:05:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249189 No biting!

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Well, you know what they say – today’s fun and games is tomorrow’s apocalyptic horror (they say that, right?). And the organizers of the upcoming 2012 San Diego Comic-Con along with the producers of AMC‘s smash hit The Walking Dead are bringing this possible expression to life, in the form of a “zombie obstacle course” for guests to enjoy.

Basically, the obstacle course will give visitors a chance to experience a zombie attack in a safe and judgment-free setting. You pay $70 to be chased by zombies through an obstacle course. Sound steep? Well, maybe you’d prefer to play as a zombie instead, where the goal is to spread the “infection” as much as possible through physical contact. No biting.

It’s not known what other obstacles will make up the obstacle course – it seems to me that any obstacle course that includes zombies doesn’t have much to worry about on the obstacle front. I mean, isn’t “zombie” pretty much the ultimate obstacle? Even without the biting?

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7 Things You Might Not Know About San Diego Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-san-diego-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-san-diego-comic-con/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:04:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249191 Layers upon layers, man.

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The San Diego Comic-Con has been around so long that you might think you know everything there is to know about it. And with comic book super heroes, science-fiction, and fantasy being not only mainstream, but massively popular, Comic-Con (and other conventions like it) are as ubiquitous and visible as ever. BUT – there are still a few obscure corners of the massive pop culture monolith that is San Diego Comic-Con. Here are 7 of them.

It Started Small

Contrary to what you might think, Comic-Con wasn’t always the massive, almost-impossible-to-actually-get-into behemoth and media frenzy that it is today. No, when it started in 1970, it was truly a niche operation, attracting only 300 comic book devotees to the U.S. Grant Hotel. What would go on to become San Diego Comic-Con was called “Golden State Comic-Con,” and it’s a safe bet that no one expected it to become such a massive phenomenon.

It’s Not Just About Comics

Casual observers could be forgiven for assuming that Comic-Con is just about comic books. After all, it’s called Comic-Con, not “General Pop Culture Stew-Con.” But that name might actually be more accurate, since Comic-Con has exploded to include pretty much every form of pop culture under the sun. Movies used to be the primary focus, but in recent years this has shifted to TV, but really all aspects of pop culture are included, from anime to TV commercials to obscure science fiction movies.

It’s More Popular Than Ever

Ever since 2006, when Comic-Con had to temporarily suspend registration due to crowding, the organizers of the event have had to deal with the problem of too many people trying to get into it at once. In 2008, all the tickets to Comic-Con were sold out before the event even began, for the first time in the event’s history. And it has only continued to grow since then – if this keeps up, they might have to add a “Sort of Comic-Con” for spillover or something.

It’s Been In The Movies And On The TV

You know you’re on the map when Hollywood is setting movies around you – and Comic-Con is definitely on the map. It was the primary setting for the aptly-titled Comic Book: The Movie, and in episodes of TV shows like Entourage, Numb3rs, Beauty and the Geek, and Punk’d. Also, it’s been featured in at least one actual comic book: The Invincible Iron Man #72. File under “Is This Ironic?”

It’s Stuck In San Diego Until At Least 2015

Despite the aforementioned issues with crowding and whatnot, it appears that most of the parties involved are happy with the San Diego Convention Center as the home of Comic-Con, as it’s been since 1991. And it’s easy to see why the people of San Diego are willing and eager to accommodate such a giant spectacle: The San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has calculated the convention’s economic impact as $162.8 million a year.

It Was Robbed In 1979

Not much information on this incident is available online, but apparently the Comic-Con organization was robbed of a significant amount of money in 1979. Instead of closing up shop, they had to ask for donations from patrons in order to cover bills like rent and expenses. Nowadays, if something like that happened, they could probably just get a quick loan from George Lucas or something.

At Least One Attendee Has Made Good

It’s a safe assumption that many Comic-Con attendees of today have dreams of making it big. Money, caviar, gorgeous women, etc. And at least one lucky guest from the early years of the convention has made good on those dreams: Matt Groening, creator of the animated sitcom/merchandising bonanza The Simpsons is said to be one of the attendees of the convention in its early years, long before he found yellow animated stardom. See? It can happen!

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Rob Reiner Is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dad http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-reiner-is-leonardo-dicaprios-dad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-reiner-is-leonardo-dicaprios-dad/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:38:02 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249309 In 'The Wolf of Wall Street', that is.

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Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street is shaping up to have one plum of a cast. And in addition to names like star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Jean Dujardin, a new name was recently announced: None other than Rob “Stop Calling Me ‘Meathead’” Reiner, who will be playing the part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s dad.

Interesting thing about the current picture we have of the cast: Hill, Dujardin, and Reiner are all known for their work in comedic productions. This is leading some analysts to speculate that perhaps Scorsese has something a bit more lighthearted in mind than the movie’s subject matter might suggest at first – it’s about “a wheeling and dealing New York stockbroker who sees his career and personal life fall into shambles thanks to sex, drugs and alcohol.” Uh, hilarious? (The Playlist)

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Chinese News Reporter Thought A Fleshlight Was A Mushroom (VIDEO) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chinese-news-reporter-thought-a-fleshlight-was-a-mushroom-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chinese-news-reporter-thought-a-fleshlight-was-a-mushroom-video/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:13:21 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249307 Now you have something to discuss over dinner with your family tonight.

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In breaking news from Chinese television news program Xi’an Up Close, villagers in Liucunbu have dug an ultra-rare variety of mushroom out of the ground. The mushroom is described as a “soft, slimy object that looked like a plant” and “very smooth [,] giving the feeling of a type of meat.” Huh. That’s interesting, I wonder what kind of mushroo– oh OK, it’s actually a Fleshlight.

The clip of the news report has inevitably gone viral, as millions of people across cyberspace have taken time to laugh at those nutty Chinese news reporters who thought a sex toy was a mushroom. After learning of their mistake, the people at XATV (the station that first ran the report) issued a completely coherent apology and explanation for the mix-up:

“Caused the majority of users and open letter to the audience: you pro! The last night of a news everyone laughed. It has triggered a wide range of forwarding and comments. As our reporter was very young, worldly, this news brought to everyone the discomfort and misleading! Here, we sincerely thank you friends of our program, criticism and correction. Pro, please forgive us once negligence.”

Well, I’m glad that’s been cleared up. Now you have something to discuss over dinner with your family tonight, like why someone buried a Fleshlight in a rural Chinese village. (Warming Glow)

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Just Watch The New ‘Twilight’ Trailer, OK? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-watch-the-new-twilight-trailer-ok/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-watch-the-new-twilight-trailer-ok/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:44:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249303 Just get it over with.

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Look, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time here so I’ll just make this quick. There’s a new trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has been released, and it’s full of all the cheap special effects, clumsy expository dialogue, disturbing sexual politics, and vampire-on-werewolf violence we’ve all come to expect from the franchise, either firsthand or through that annoying cultural osmosis that happens if you have a Twitter account. Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and a bunch of other people who have no humorous qualities inherent to their appearances, acting styles, or behaviors whatsoever.

So just watch it, alright? I watched it, your 13-year-old niece watched it (49 times and counting), your weird coworkers are watching it right now. You don’t want to be left out, do you? There is a cultural conversation about vampires and werewolves and possibly-vampric-babies happening and you’re going to miss all of it if you DON’T WATCH THIS TRAILER RIGHT NOW!!!

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Batman Is Fun In New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-the-dark-knight-rises-trailer-reminds-us-that-batman-is-fun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-the-dark-knight-rises-trailer-reminds-us-that-batman-is-fun/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:00:32 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249291 This is Batman, after all, he is allowed to tell a joke or two.

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Most of the trailers and other promotional materials for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming Batmovie The Dark Knight Rises have been a little on the grim side. Lots of ominous darkness and scary business. And while the newest trailer for the movie certainly has a lot of that, it also has a little bit of fun, too. This is Batman, after all, he is allowed to tell a joke or two.

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It’s Going To Cost Extra To See ‘The Hobbit’ In Its Intended Frame Rate http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-cost-extra-to-see-the-hobbit-in-its-intended-frame-rate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-cost-extra-to-see-the-hobbit-in-its-intended-frame-rate/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:58:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249288 Bad news for people who are both on a fixed income and care about frame rates.

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Peter Jackson‘s upcoming “here we go again” epic The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of 2012. But despite the movie’s proven track record of Peter Jackson directing short people in funny costumes running around, Jackson and company have managed to muster up some controversy to go along with the movie – and it all has to do with frame rates.

It’s a bit technical, but here’s the gist: The traditional frame rate (“the number of images displayed by a projector within one second”) for film projection in the United States is 24 frames per second. But big 3D-enthused filmmakers like Jackson and James Cameron are trying to get higher frame rates off the ground with the reasoning that they’re better for 3D – with many viewers saying that it makes Middle Earth look fake and artificial. Jackson shot The Hobbit in 48 fps, and he wants as many movie theaters as possible to show it in that new format.

But whatever your opinion on frame rates – there’s a solid bottom line here: In order for theaters to show movies like The Hobbit in the new frame rate, they have to equip their digital projectors with new software, which requires time and money. So to show The Hobbit in full-on Hobbit-vision is going to cost theaters more than showing a normal movie.

No one knows exactly how the exhibitors will defray this cost, but you can bet at least part of it will end up as a ticket price increase. So at this point, it’s basically up to the audience – if they’re willing to pay for higher frame rates, this could really take off. If not, it could be the next Smell-O-Vision. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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‘Inception”s Hans Zimmer To Provide The Orchestral Hits For ‘Man Of Steel’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inceptions-hans-zimmer-to-provide-the-orchestral-hits-for-man-of-steel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inceptions-hans-zimmer-to-provide-the-orchestral-hits-for-man-of-steel/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:00:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249282 BRAAAAAAHHHHHMMMMMMM!

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Film composer Hans Zimmer has done scores for a lot of big Hollywood movies, but his most famous work in recent years is that “BRAAAAAAAAAAHHHHMMMM” sound from the score for Inception. So now with the news that Zimmer will be doing the score for Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman franchise reboot Man of Steel, which is being produced by Inception‘s director Christopher Nolan — well, maybe we’ll be hearing some more “BRAAAAAAAHHHHHMMMMs” this time next year, you know?

But don’t let anybody say that this is evidence of Chris Nolan taking this movie away from Zack Snyder. Here’s Nolan on what he expects his job as producer to be like:

“My big point of responsibility was helping shepherd David [Goyer]‘s script. When I’m finished with this I’ll be there for whatever Zack wants from me, but it’s very much his movie.”

In any case, this will be the first time Snyder has done a movie without his usual composer Tyler Bates, so this is definitely a new and different direction for Snyder. Now if you’ll excuse me — “BRAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHM.” (The Playlist)

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Shia LaBeouf Goes Full-Frontal In Sigur Rós Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/shia-labeouf-goes-full-frontal-in-sigur-ros-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/shia-labeouf-goes-full-frontal-in-sigur-ros-video/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:57:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249280 And you're going to click on this anyway.

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Actor Shia LaBeouf isn’t known for his meaty character par–, actually, you know what? Maybe there are better ways to introduce this story. Anyway, LaBeouf has finally done what many of his fans (?) have been clamoring for (??): a nude scene. And it wasn’t for Transformers 4, but instead for a music video from Swedish music outfit Sigur Rós.

The song is called “Fjögur piano,” and the video features LaBeouf and an unidentified female doing all kinds of weird artsy stuff together. And nakedness. And piano. The whole thing is very strange and (this probably goes without saying but I’m saying it anyway) NSFW, so by all means wait until you get home to watch it. Or, I dunno, invite your boss in to feast on the visual and aural poetry on display – your call. (The AV Club)

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‘Kick-Ass 2′ Is Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kick-ass-2-is-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kick-ass-2-is-happening/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:29:59 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249266 And there's nothing you can do about it.

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The 2010 movie Kick-Ass was a surprise hit, earning more money than any movie featuring unfamiliar “superhero” characters (including children) doing horrifyingly violent things would ever be expected to. But, nothing changes mainstream acceptability like success, so now there are plans for a sequel, at least according to the first movie’s star Aaron Johnson:

“It’s pretty much set to go, this fall. I think now Chloe [Grace Moretz] and Chris [Mintz-Plasse] are on board. I’m certainly set up to do it. Jeff Wadlow is to direct. Yeah, I think it’s going to happen.”

Evidently the director of the first movie, Matthew Vaughn, has moved on to bigger and brighter superhero franchises with X-Men: First Class. But Johnson has gone on to confirm that the sequel will retain the hard-R-rated violence that made the first movie so, uh, R-rated. Add to that a likely cameo from Nicolas Cage, and it looks like all the fans of the first Kick-Ass will be mighty pleased with Kick-Ass 2. (The Playlist)

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Lindsay Lohan Is Exhausted http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsay-lohan-is-exhausted/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lindsay-lohan-is-exhausted/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:39:18 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249262 But she's going to be OK! For now.

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Lindsay Lohan has been going through some well-publicized trials lately. There’s the car accident, for one, but also the filming of the Lifetime Original Movie Liz and Dick, which features Lohan in a sure-to-be-scrutinized performance as Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. So it was a little bit alarming to read reports of paramedics being called to the Ritz Carlton Hotel where Lohan was staying during the shooting of the movie.

Apparently, someone called 911 after finding Lohan unconscious and was unable to revive her. Paramedics arrived and somehow determined that there was nothing seriously wrong with her, and left without taking her to the hospital. Lohan is reportedly suffering from a simple case of exhaustion, which is easily explained by the reportedly extreme conditions of the Liz and Dick shoot. Sources say that Lohan had just gotten done with two straight sleep-free days of shooting – no wonder she’s exhausted.

Anyway, Lindsay was NOT hospitalized, contrary to earlier reports, and is apparently doing OK now. Hopefully she will get some sleep and pull herself out of this exhaustion. Or, barring that, do something more interesting to write about. But it’s Friday afternoon, what do you expect? (TMZ)

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‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ Coming To The Big Screen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-coming-to-the-big-screen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-coming-to-the-big-screen/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:02:37 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249257 Everyone knows that the best films always come from video games.

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Everyone knows that the best films always come from video games. Casablanca, The Godfather, The Seventh Seal, and pretty much every other classic movie has its roots in a video game either for a console or a PC. Ha, I’m such a kidder. Anyway, the people at Paramount Pictures are “in the lead” with regards to obtaining the rights to make a movie about the acclaimed video game series Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.

As some have already pointed out, the video game finding its big screen home at Paramount sort of makes sense, as they are the studio that’s been churning out movies based on thriller novelist Tom Clancy‘s famous character Jack Ryan since 1990. Clancy has relatively little to do with Splinter Cell, though, his involvement really only amounting to lending his name and endorsement to the franchise.

The Splinter Cell games do have a similar espionage subject matter to the Jack Ryan novels and films, so it’s possible that Paramount has a good movie on its hands. Splinter Cell certainly has the ingredients to make a somewhat “classier” movie than your average video game adaptation, so optimists have a reason to feel good about this one. (The Playlist)

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We Now Know Who’s Playing Osama Bin Laden In ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/we-now-know-whos-playing-osama-bin-laden-in-zero-dark-thirty/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/we-now-know-whos-playing-osama-bin-laden-in-zero-dark-thirty/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:02:41 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249251 It's ... probably not anybody you know.

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King Lear. Hamlet. Lady Macbeth. The Incredible Hulk. Osama Bin Laden. These are the parts that every self-respecting thespian dreams of playing, so that they can show off their acting abilities in the grandest possible tradition. So the question of who will land these classic characters in each new movie version gets a lot of buzz, and now we know who will be playing Bin Laden in the upcoming “kill Osama Bin Laden” thriller from Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker: Ricky Sekhon, who you may know from … well, not much. His IMDb page only has two credits, so his work as Bin Laden will likelier than not be the first time you see him.

But don’t let that make you think the coveted role of Osama Bin Laden has fallen into unworthy hands: In addition to the natural resemblance, Sekhon has reportedly lost more than 25 pounds to get his frame into the Bin Laden range of about 165 pounds. Interestingly, despite the recent report that Sekhon will be Bin Laden in the movie, he has reportedly already finished all his work on the film, but says he’s “on quite a big non-disclosure agreement” that keeps him from discussing his role further.

He’s joining a pretty impressive ensemble cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and many more. I can’t wait to see how he pulls off the beard! (The Playlist)

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Terrence Malick Actually Captured On Camera http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:41:39 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249246 And the photographer responsible didn't even realize it.

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The people at TMZ are well-known for their “scoops” on various celebrities, often gotten through those annoying/heroic paparazzi who follow celebrities around with cameras and ask questions. But sometimes a paparazzo gets a major scoop and doesn’t even realize it – like last weekend, when a TMZ reporter captured the reclusive film-making legend Terrence Malick on camera for the first time in, like, a really long time.

What the photographer THOUGHT he was getting was a simple stop-and-chat with actor Benicio Del Toro. The actor had emerged from a restaurant in Los Angeles and was met with a barrage of questions about topics like Cuba’s statehood. In the background, a nondescript and plainly dressed man walks around awkwardly, clearly avoiding the camera but also clearly compelled to stick near Del Toro. It wasn’t until later that some eagle-eye discovered that the man was none other than Terrence Malick, the director of The Tree of Life (and other masterpieces) who makes it a point to almost never appear in public. Well, at least he didn’t have to answer any annoying questions! (Deadline)

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Martin Scorsese Adds ‘The Artist’ Jean Dujardin To ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/martin-scorsese-adds-the-artist-jean-dujardin-to-the-wolf-of-wall-street/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/martin-scorsese-adds-the-artist-jean-dujardin-to-the-wolf-of-wall-street/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:36:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249239 This is shaping up to be quite a handsome film.

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The eyes of the movie-going public are all over Jean Dujardin to see how he’ll follow up his Oscar-winning performance in The Artist. Would he make his Hollywood debut as a handsome European villain, or go the less-traveled route and play a handsome European love interest, or a handsome European wacky best friend?  Well, the answer is here: He’s going to be a handsome European banker in the upcoming Martin Scorsese picture The Wolf of Wall Street.

Dujardin will be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Kyle Chandler as “a suave Swiss banker” who will handle launder money for the company owned by DiCaprio’s character, the titular “wolf of Wall Street.”

Some have commented on Dujardin’s limited grasp of English, and asked the question of whether or not this will be an impediment to his performance in the movie. I say, European accents are awesome, so why would you complain? Shooting on The Wolf of Wall Street begins sometime this summer. (The Playlist)

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HBO Apologizes For Putting George W. Bush’s Head On A Spike http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-apologizes-for-putting-george-w-bushs-head-on-a-spike/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-apologizes-for-putting-george-w-bushs-head-on-a-spike/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:18:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249235 The former president has not been reached for comment.

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Even if you’re not a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones, it’s highly probable that you’ve read or heard about the recent cameo appearance from former President of the United States George W. Bush’s decapitated head – or at least a pretty uncanny facsimile of same.

Just like its living counterpart, the prosthetic George W. Bush head has inspired some pretty passionate emotions, with some conservative groups calling for a boycott of HBO. The people at HBO has responded to these accusations of political bias in a statement: “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.”

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the actual people behind Game of Thrones had an even better explanation for putting George W. Bush’s decapitated head on a spike, saying that it wasn’t meant to be a political statement but instead was just a matter of using the means available to them:

“We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk.”

Despite this explanation, HBO has ordered all images of George W. Bush’s decapitated head removed from future copies of Game of Thrones on DVD, and presumably from future broadcasts. The former president has not been reached for comment. (The AV Club)

 

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Will Smith Explains Why He Dropped Out Of ‘Django Unchained,’ Kind Of http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-explains-why-he-dropped-out-of-django-unchained-kind-of/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-explains-why-he-dropped-out-of-django-unchained-kind-of/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:48:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249232 The mystery is sort of solved!

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Will Smith was famously one of several actors to drop out of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, the upcoming Django Unchained. Many industry analysts and fans assumed that this was due to the film’s controversial subject matter, having to do with slaves committing ghastly acts of revenge on their white oppressors and whatnot. Not so, says Smith in a recent interview with Empire magazine:

“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of ‘Men in Black 3‘ and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.”

So Smith chalks up his declining to do the film to a scheduling conflict (and some undisclosed “issues” with the screenplay). We’ll probably never know if this was the REAL reason or if Smith is just being charitable, but at least now we can buy our tickets to Django Unchained secure in the knowledge that the screenplay has the Will Smith Stamp of Approval. I’ve seen movies for less. (The Playlist)

 

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Hugh Laurie To Be The Bad Guy In ‘Robocop’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:09:29 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249228 Will he be able to diagnose Robocop's medical problem in time to save him?

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Hugh Laurie is most famous to American audiences for playing the lovably cranky medical genius Dr. House on House. But now it looks like he’s going to dial down the lovability and dial up the villainy as “the CEO of Omni Corp” in the upcoming reboot of the Robocop franchise – MGM has entered negotiations with Laurie to get him into the movie.

For those of you who haven’t committed the original Robocop to memory – first of all, what’s wrong with you? But also, the CEO of Omni Corp (the evil corporation of the movie) would appear to be an analogue to Ronny Cox’s character in the original movie. And if the remake goes in a similar direction, you can expect Laurie to be just one of many scoundrels who Robocop gets to blast into oblivion.

Assuming that Laurie and MGM reach an agreement, he’ll be joining a pretty impressive cast that includes Joel Kinnaman as Robocop, Abbie Cornish as Robocop’s wife, Samuel L. Jackson as some kind of media figure (media satire is a big part of the original movie), and Gary Oldman as the scientist who brings Robocop to life. (The AV Club)

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They’re Going To Remake ‘The Elephant Man’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theyre-going-to-remake-the-elephant-man/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theyre-going-to-remake-the-elephant-man/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:24:18 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249224 First a Spider-Man reboot, now this.

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David Lynch‘s 1980 film The Elephant Man is one of the most revered and popular classics of the 80s. Many of its elements, like the famous “I am not an animal!” speech are still known to people who have never even heard of The Elephant Man, let alone actually sat down and watched it. So I guess it’s inevitable then that a Hollywood studio is going to remake it. Or – to put it more accurately, Silver Nitrate Entertainment has purchased the rights to a book on the life of severely disfigured Joseph Merrick, the subject of the original movie. But producer Ash Shah is said to be basically approaching this as a remake anyway, something he doesn’t deny in this recent statement:

“There is a whole generation of people who are unfamiliar with Merrick’s incredible story, having not been exposed to Lynch’s 1980 film. We’re confident that an interesting filmmaker can bring this compassionate story to a whole new audience. Merrick’s life is a testament to what the human spirit can endure and what life truly should be.”

Well, that sounds promising. No word yet on who that “interesting filmmaker” could be, or on casting. Who do you think would be good for the role of Joseph Merrick? Zac Efron? Chris Hemsworth, maybe? (The Playlist)

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Your 2012 Comic Con Bingo Card Is Here http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-2012-comic-con-bingo-card-is-here/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/your-2012-comic-con-bingo-card-is-here/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:34:19 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249150 The most eagerly anticipated aspect of Comic-Con 2012 is here.

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That tingling sensation you feel at the base of your skull is Comic Con 2012′s slow approach. And it’s almost here – in just over a month, the San Diego Convention Center will be packed to the gills with Na’avi warriors, Jedi, superheroes, sexy vampires, dystopian fighting teens, and all kinds of other fantastical creatures. And, if you happen to be one of those lucky creatures that got a ticket – you’ve got something a little less adventurous to look forward too: Waiting in line.

But never fear! You don’t even need a smartphone to have a good time thanks to Screen Junkies’ exclusive 2012 Comic-Con Bingo Card. Just put a mark on each space as you see these fantastic sights. That’s good for, like, hours of entertainment right there. Who needs comic books anyway?

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