Sucker Punch Trailer

July 29th, 2010

The first trailer for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch has hit the web… and so far, I’m a lot less impressed than I hoped to be. Granted, it’s a very limited look at the flick, but it feels really generic so far.

Guillermo del Toro talks Haunted Mansion

July 29th, 2010

This had me all kinds of worried… but now my fears have been curbed.

At Comic Con, Guillermo del Toro announced that he would be working on a film adaptation of the Disneyland ride, The Haunted Mansion. For most Disney/movie fans, this thought stirs up painful memories of Eddie Murphy’s goofy ass destroying the iconic ride… the prospect of this metaphorically pissing on Disneyland coming around again is a terrifying thought… but, now we have some more info from del Toro that makes it sound like this may end up being a very very good thing.

Apparently, del Toro is a HUGE Haunted Mansion nerd. He has statues, original concept sketches, actual pieces of wallpaper from the ride, and uses a ride on the Mansion as a way to calm down and think.

His Mansion film sounds like it will tap into this nerdy vein, focusing around a cult figure in Disney lore, The Hatbox Ghost (see photo way down below).

After doing a little digging around, here’s what I learned about this Hatbox Ghost. The ghost was originally installed on the ride right before you leave the attic of the Mansion (this is when you see the glowing ghost bride. The grinning figure held a large hatbox at his side and was illuminated via blacklighting. The ghost’s head would disappear from atop his shoulders and reappear in the hatbox. There was a problem though… the figure relied on lighting and completely darkening it’s head to make it “disappear,” but the figure stood too close to passing “Doom Buggies” and ambient light made it impossible for the head to ever get dark enough to look completely gone. So, The Hatbox Ghost was only there for cast member previews… it was removed from the ride prior to the public opening of the attraction. Since then, nerdy Disney fans have come to be obsessed with the ghost and have created quite a fuss over him.

Being the Haunted Mansion nerd he is, del Toro would like to use hatbox toting ghosty as a main character in his new film. del Toro will write and produce the film, with a director to be named later.

Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts… does this whole thing sound like a good idea?

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Jeff Bridges @ the Tron party

July 24th, 2010

Jeff Bridges getting mobbed by the press at last night’s Tron Party at Comic Con.

Just met Taylor Lautner @ Comic Con!

July 24th, 2010

Just met Taylor Lautner at Comic Con. Less douchey in person.

Saw 3D poster

July 21st, 2010

Yet again… an awesome Saw poster for what will surely be a forgettable, shitty movie.

The Hangover 2 is indeed going to Asia

July 21st, 2010

Last year during an interview, Zach Galifinakas told a reporter that the second Hangover flick would take place in Thailand and would most likely involve the guys getting kidnapped. The film’s director, Todd Phillips, then denied Galifinakas’ slip, saying it’s no more than a rumor. Now it looks like Phillips was just trying to throw us off the scent… folks around the web are reporting that the cast and crew of The Hangover 2 will be heading to Thailand this fall to start production on the film. I hope we get to see Carlos again this time around.

Tim Allen on board for Toy Story 4

July 16th, 2010

According to The Wrap, Tim Allen’s contract with Disney locks him in for a 4th Toy Story film… even though there are currently no official plans for another film.

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has seemed open to the idea of a 4th film and so has Tom Hanks.

But do we need another Toy Story? The third one was such an amazing end to the story… And, despite the fact that I am more than a little obsessed with franchise, I wouldn’t want to see another one if it meant ending the saga on a low point.

We’ll see what happens. A Toy Story short is scheduled to run in front of Cars 2… maybe that’ll provide an awesome set up for a new story.

What do you think? Should there be a Toy Story 4? Post your thoughts as a comment below.

More Green Lantern pics from EW

July 15th, 2010

I just got my copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly and took some iPhone shots of the Green Lantern photos included. Check ‘em out.

Green Lantern : First pic of Ryan Reynolds in costume

July 15th, 2010

Entertainment Weekly has posted a teaser photo of this week’s cover featuring Ryan Reynolds in costume as Hal Jordan (AKA The Green Lantern). Expect to see more of the green goodness next week in Hall H at Comic Con.

As you may or may not recall, rumors started circulating earlier this year that instead of going the old school spandex route, the Lantern costume would be digitally overlayed into the movie to allow it to morph and change like an alien suit probably would. Below is a shot of Reynolds in a motion capture suit from back in May that gave serious creedence to the digital suit rumor.

It looks like the EW cover shot definitely fits with the digital suit idea. Check out those lines on his chest… I bet those will look bad ass once we see them in video.

Restrepo – definitely worth seeing

July 8th, 2010

I caught a documentary called Restrepo last night at The Landmark that I very much dug.

The film is about a squadron stationed in the al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold, the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. During their time in the area, the Korengal was deemed “The Valley of Death” and has often times been called the most dangerous place on Earth.

The reason I dug this film is because it provides a look at a completely different type of war that I have personally never seen. Any footage from recent wars that I can remember is of guys in light tan camo driving around in the desert or walking through desert cities that look like the ruins in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The Korengal is in a set of plant covered hills… starkly contrasting the impression I had that most of the Middle East was just a big ol’ sandbox.

The style of this documentary also sets it apart from the masses of Middle East war flicks. There is no one sitting around pushing a political message. No angry soldiers bitching about how the media is evil. No one crying about how ridiculous the war is. It’s just a camera following around a group of guys who went through some seriously horrible stuff. And I like that.

Here’s the trailer for the flick:

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