Are you one of those people who always wondered why they didn't make HDTVs a 2.35:1 aspect ratio? You go to the movie theater and see a grand, sweeping movie shot in the widest widescreen possible, and then rent the movie later at home – the Blu-Ray, no less, on your brand new LCD screen – and you get black bars on the top and bottom. Sucks, right? It's like you're paying extra to see a Lars Von Trier flick in IMAX. Well, fret no longer. Phillips has unleashed the sleek "Cinema 21:9" HDTV which will display those 2.35:1 widescreen movies in their intended aspect ration – and with no unsightly bars at the top and bottom. The image actually takes up the entire screen. Who'da thunk it? Phillips is also releasing special web shorts to coincide with the TV's launch. You can check out the amazing "Carousel," directed by Adam Berg and starring a bunch of seamless visual effects recreating a single moment in time during a bank robbery, but stretched out like some fly-through bullet time sequence you probably put your friends through every time you school them at Madden. See for yourself after the jump.
There is a misconception that porn actors don't get to flex their muscles or show their chops in the traditional sense. I disagree. It takes a certain amount of talent and self-awareness to appear in a porn parody of a popular television show. These are always hysterical. Though I draw the line at Everybody Trains Raymond and anything Mr. Ed related.5 Pornos Based On Beloved Sitcoms (Huffington Post)Crank 2, the tweets are in. (/film)Tron Guy weighs in. (io9) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer. (Apple) Stephen Dorff to appear in non-video game based film. (Cinematical) Terminator Salvation pics. (Latino Review)
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Armored, the new film from Nimród Antal (Vacancy) has a trailer out, and with it comes a lot of hardcore explosions and gunfire and ambiguously homoerotic camaraderie that I'm sure are all very in tune with the lives of real Armored Transport Officers. In other words, I'm there opening night. According to the filmmakers, the movie is about "a crew of officers at an armored transport security firm that risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off." Someone should have told Matt Dillon. Check out the trailer and some extra still images from it after the jump.
Variety reports that Turkish satellite broadcaster ATV plans to create their own version of The Golden Girls starring an entirely Turkish cast. The show will center around four older women living together, helping one another, and thanking one another for being a friend. If it's any bit as awesome as Turkish Rambo then I'm moving to Turkey immediately. I'll send for my things. Watch that phenomenal trailer below. Will Ferrell to go feral on Man vs. Wild. (Huffington Post) Mitch Hurwitz's Sit Down, Shut Up promos. (Pajiba) Kevin Smith at Carnegie Hall (Kevin Smith) Watch the first four minutes of Mystery Team. (Dan Eckman) Megan Fox runs afoul of Border Patrol. (EW)
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The NY Post has the first look at Hulk Hogan's interview with Rolling Stone and he seems really angry about the way his divorce proceedings are going. "I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat," the classy gentleman about town told the magazine. "You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand OJ. I get it." He then excused himself politely because he was dreadfully late for a wine tasting. If I were the judge in this case I would be conflicted. They both had to embrace and roll around with sweaty, grotesquely-swollen men to earn that money. Here are more links to your morning news. Brian Austin Green Lantern? (Cinematical) Gondry Talks Green Hornet. (/film) Rod Blagojevich stops being polite and starts getting real. (Reuters)Leno and Letterman still not BFFs. (NY Mag) Sarah Connor will not be back. (TV Squad)
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TV's Judge Mathis has announced plans to release a new third person shooter game titled, "Mathis: Detroit Street Judge". The player takes control of an ex-con with two strikes against him. He must complete community service missions and avoid the temptations of the streets. Or else he'll face off with Mathis and be sent back to prison where (I'm not making this up) he can be raped. Presumably by this man:Story source: (TV Squad)Here are your morning news links.Weird Al to appear in Rob Zombie's H2. (Dread Central) A movie I wish was real: Incredible Fulk. (Drink At Work) Steve Carell and Tina Fey's Date Night overcrowded. (Variety) Porn actress six feet deep. (Cinematical) Vote for MTV Movie Award nominees. (MTV) Elisabeth Shue: Fish-Slayer. (Cinema Blend) Starlog to become Starblog. (io9)
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CNN reports that actor and hemp spokesman Woody Harrelson recently attacked a member of the paparazzi. Harrelson, star of the upcoming film Zombieland, had this to say about the incident:"…Still very much in character, I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie," Our advice to Woody when it comes to dealing with the paparazzi (zombie or not), aim for the head. Kill the brain and you kill the ghoul. More morning news…Eliza Dushku, Chelsea Handler and Padma Lakshmi are totally naked. (Allure) Real Michael Bay joins Twitter; Internet explodes shortly thereafter. (/film)Megan Fox's body. (Dread Central)Spike announce Pirate Hunters show. Think COPS on the high seas. (Variety) Seth Rogen wants to climb back aboard Pineapple Express. (MTV)Break the lock on Scott Pilgrim's diary. (AICN)Get to know the mutants of Wolverine. If you haven't already. (Coming Soon)
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Corey Haim apparently has a role in Crank: High Voltage. In the flick Haim sports a long, blonde mullet and tribal tattoos. He essentially looks like a sketchier Dog the Bounty Hunter. In other words, considering this is Corey Haim we're talking about here, he looks good. It is reported that Haim (who once tried to sell his teeth on eBay) was disappointed to learn he would not be paid in actual crank. (Cinema Blend) In other mullet news, Eastbound and Down will return for a second season. (TV Week) How's Your News? will not sadly. (HYN Facebook) Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes cast in Clash of the Titans; not the same guy after all. (/film) Saddam Hussein forced to view South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut while imprisoned. No word on whether he was shown Hot Shots! or not. (Telegraph UK) John Favreau spells like a jurk. (NY Mag) Premiere has a list of 77 DVDs worth rebuying on Blu-Ray; Shark Attack 3: Megalodon snubbed again. (Premiere)
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Citing the turbulent economy, The Huffington Post reports that Nicolas Cage has been forced to sell one of his two castles.Hold the phone… Crazy-ass Nicolas Cage owns castles? Man, that's like super-LARPing! In my mind's eye he runs around the halls of that place pretending to be Count Chocula. And there's no force on Earth that can convince me otherwise. Hey look, more morning news!Captain Kirk is horny. (MTV)Eminem is Spock. (io9)Optimal Prime is an asshole. (Holy Taco)The Two Garys join Iron Man 2. (/film) Michael Myers is letting his pores breathe. (Dread Central) Tracy Morgan is profiting off psychosis. (TV Squad)Gore Verbinski is over pirates. (Latino Review) Kal Penn is boring. (Reuters)
Over the years, The Land of the Rising Sun has turned to Nic Cage to help promote Pachinko machines, and the result could not be more disturbing. He plays piano, seriously freaks out upon seeing blonde triplets, and even head butts an alien robot thing. The only thing he doesn't do is don a bear mascot suit and punch a woman in the face. I suppose we’re all pretty used to Nic Cage screaming nonsense by now, but it’s comforting to know he’ll always try to surprise us. You may say he does these things for the money. I say he does them because he’s already won his Oscar, and he can. Check out the clips after the jump.
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Marisa Tomei took her stripper role pretty seriously in The Wrestler and ended up with a bunch of award nominations. Unfortunately for Jessica Biel, who usually makes good decisions, her turn around the silver pole is going to start and finish on DVD. Powder Blue, the new film from Timothy Linh Bui (who last directed Green Dragon with Patrick Swayze and Forrest Whitaker… eight years ago) is coming out soon, and "Access Hollywood" is trying their best to spin it as high art. But it comes off pretty clumsily, like that time a stripper in Vancouver accidentally kicked me in the face as I happened to be passing the stage during her big finish. There's nothing worse than ending a choreographed seduction with an apology. Hopefully no one will be apologizing for Powder Blue. [Courtesy of The Playlist] Here's the rest of the news. You can see the Powder Blue Trailer after the jump! Twilight gets puppetized for your protection (Dread Central) Description of Bruno and GI Joe scenes from ShoWest (AICN) The Boston 3-D Glasses Party is Nigh! (The Big Picture) Chris Pine doesn't know what all the fuss about Green Lantern is (MTV) National Geographic film goes inside Guantanamo (Reuters)
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According to Variety: "CMT has ordered eight episodes of "Runnin' Wild …From Ted Nugent," a reality-competition series that will feature the right-wing rock star and hunting advocate teaching contestants how to survive in the wild, then chasing after them along with his 18-year-old son, Rocco." My hope above all hopes is that Nugent's 18-year-old son, Rocco will be played by Gary Busey in short pants, and that the first victim will be Ice-T dressed a little something like the Predator. Here's a small taste of what I'm talking about. Just pretend Rutger Hauer is Nugent: Other news after the jump…
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The Hollywood reporter posted an article about Twitter going Hollywood, with stars and behind-the-scenes talent starting to constantly update their Twitter accounts, giving us movie fans unprecedented access into the inner workings of filmmaking – no matter how mundane the details. Ashton Kutcher was reported to have tweeted about the pitfalls of his stunt double showing up to set with a shaved chest. Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau posted the following last month: "Directing is about waking up every night at 4 a.m., exhausted, and not being able to fall back asleep because your brain is screaming at you." Directing sounds a lot like editing a blog. The brain part sounds a lot like my self-loathing, which, incidentally looks a lot like Danny Devito, for whatever reason. But I would argue all this tweeting strips away the artifice that makes movies fun in the first place.
April Fool's Day is a boon for movie sites, since we thrive so much on rumors anyway. To me, a great April Fool's joke is one where no one gets hurt, and you don't have to say "April Fools!" at any point in the execution, because it's obvious by the end of it. Sort of like the entire run of Saved By the Bell: The College Years, which was so good, it debuted in September or something (don't quote me on that). Nonetheless, movie sites try their darnedest to find a great setup for a rug pull. Here are a couple noble efforts, followed by some real news, done by real, hard hitting journalists who ask the tough questions rather than just make up answers willy-nilly. You know who I'm talking about, Variety. Iron Man 2 Title Worse Than Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Cinematical) Matrix Series Gets Fourth Film (/Film)Okay enough of the fakery… everything else is REAL. Del Toro's Mimic Gets Special Edition DVD (Twitch)Myspace launches first game show with "BFF" (Variety)60 Robots in Transformers 2 (AICN)Will Arnett & Michael Shannon join cast of Jonah Hex (ComingSoon)Kevin Spacey is the Father of Invention (Empire)
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Empire Magazine recently revealed that Bond girl Gemma Arterton will be starring as the demi-goddess Io in Louis Leterrier's remake of Clash of the Titans. According to Arterton in a follow-up interview, “The script is very different [from the Harry Hamlin original]. Obviously the story is the story, but it’s much more about Perseus’ mission, and how he deals with being the son of Zeus, and things like that, so it feels a little more about him, and about the issues around that.” Hrmm. I just want to see more pics of Gemma. That's why I posted some after the jump. In the meantime, here's some more morning news!Monsters vs. Aliens demolishes some box office competition, then abducts and anally probes the rest (CINEMATICAL)Bruno Slammed with NC-17 Rating (THE PLAYLIST)Creepy pic from Halloween 2 surfaces… (DREAD CENTRAL)Fox sets summer TV slate. Yay. More dancing… (VARIETY)Extended Star Trek TV spot airs (LATINO REVIEW)GI Joe and Terminator Salvation Video Game Footage unveiled (/FILM)New Sherlock Holmes Poster Will Smoke You (PAJIBA)