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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Che: El Argentino & Guerrilla (What to Know)

Soderbergh Making Back-to-Back Che Films

Steven Soderbergh is finally ready to make his long-gestating biopic of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, & he'll do so with two films.Sources have leaked to us that Soderbergh will shoot them back-to-back, using mostly Spanish dialogue. Production begins next May in Mexico & other South American locations.Benicio Del Toro will play Guevara with Javier Bardem, Franka Potente & Benjamin Bratt are in talks to play key roles. The producer is Laura Bickford, who began working on the project with Del Toro & Soderbergh right after they made Traffic together.

The first film, The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support & an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

The second film, Guerrilla, begins with Che's trip to New York, where he spoke at the United Nations in 1964 & was celebrated in society circles. Soderbergh has already shot that opening footage with Del Toro and Julia Ormond, who plays TV journalist Lisa Howard.

Soderbergh has already shot that opening footage with Del Toro & Julia Ormond, who plays TV journo Lisa Howard. Journalist acted as an informal intermediary between the Kennedy White House & Cuba.

Combined budget for the pic pair is less than $70 million. Both scripts were written by Peter Buchman, who, with Del Toro, has been working with a translator to put the dialogue into Spanish. Filmmakers also have been shooting a companion documentary while researching the film, including interviews with many of those who fought alongside Guevara in Cuba & in Bolivia.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Meet The Robinsons (Teaser Poster Release)

Boy genius invents a machine that recovers forgotten memories, and inadvertently travels forward in time, where he encounters a family whose survival depends on his ingenuity.

Grade: A -
Teaser HERE
Trailer HERE

Terabithia (Movie Watch)

Jess Aarons, an 11 year old boy whose efforts to be the fastest runner in his grade are thwarted by a new girl who outruns all the boys. Leslie Burke, the new girl who becomes friends with Jess, despite their awkward introduction, ultimately opens up a world of imagination for Jess in the land of Terabithia that changes his life forever.
Together Jess & Leslie create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with all manner of magical beings. While the real world of family & school may be filled with challenges, in Terabithia, Jess & Leslie rule as King & Queen.

Teaser HERE

Friday, October 27, 2006

Spiderman 3 (Teaser Poster)

After the oppressive truth about his double life has finally emerged, Peter Parker, aka Spiderman, is set to start a real relationship with his beloved Mary Jane Watson, but naturally, he will also have to face the resulting consequences. J. Johan Jameson, Parker’s relentless boss, is angered by Mary Jane’s decision to leave his son for the clumsy photographer and hires an investigative reporter named Eddie Brock to track Parker and dig up any juicy secrets. In the meantime, Spiderman takes interest in an escaped convict named Flint Marko. After a dreadful mishap transforms him into a shape shifting sand creature with superhuman strength, Marko becomes Spiderman’s newest foe, the Sandman. While at the scene of the accident, a black substance fuses with Spiderman’s costume, spawning a new hero with superior abilities. As it turns out, he will need all the strength he can get. It’s not only Marry Jane that knows Spiderman’s secret identity, but also his best friend, Harry Osborne, who's still bent on destroying Spider-Man after the web crawler killed his father. Equipped with his dad’s tricks and disguises & partnered with the Sandman, Osborne sets out to create chaos & kill Spiderman in the process.

Grade: A -
Teaser HERE

Superman to Return, Again. (What to Know)

According to our sources, the "Superman Returns" sequel is now in the works. Warner Bros was not gambling on a sequel after the film became a box-office failure.

The reality is, "Superman Returns" brought in $200 million domestically, which covered its production budget. Then the film went on to bring in the same amount worldwide, bringing the total to almost $400 million. Impressive.

With the DVD on the way to do even more damage to some of your wallets, the studio has finally agreed to bring Superman for a sequel. After MUCH fighting for & hyping it up, Bryan Singer got the deal signed & sealed with the start of pre-production scheduled for September.

The big differences between the two films will be a smaller budget, being somewhere between $140 and $175 million. Small? Not! But more importantly there will be more action, thank the gods. Warner Bros. shockingly feels happy the way the first film re-introduced Superman back to the world, & now it's time to re-introduce his powers, of course, duh.

We have been told that Superman will have the battle of his life in the sequel & audiences can expect one of the ultimate baddies in the D.C. universe to come to Metropolis to pick a fight with the Man of Steel. Please don't let it be Doomsday! PLEASE!!!!!! Brainiac anyone?

Coming: 2010

Factory Girl (Movie Watch)

A beautiful, wealthy young party girl drops out of Radcliffe in 1965 & heads to New York to become Holly Golightly. When she meets a hungry young, artist named Andy Warhol, he promises to make her the star she always wanted to be. And like a super nova, she explodes on the New York scene only to find herself slowly lose grip on reality.

Trailer HERE

The Dead Girl (Movie Watch)

Clues to a young woman's death in The Dead Girl, come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

Trailer HERE

Notes on a Scandal (Movie Watch)

In Notes of a Scandal, a pottery teacher enters into an affair with one of her students, causing upheaval in her personal and professional lives.

Grade: A
Trailer HERE

Smokin' Aces (Movie Watch)

In these interlocking tales of high stakes & low lifes, Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons & cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, smokin' hot vixens & double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot & rub out Aces.

Grade: C
Trailer HERE
Teaser THERE

Thursday, October 26, 2006

24: Day Six (TV Watch)

As the clock ticks closer to 24's highly anticipated return, Fox has made a special, extended "Day Six" teaser available for worldwide viewing below! For all of you who have written off Jack, Jack was last seen, bound & tortured, on a ship headed for China. His life is now the tipping point for U.S. International relations. On the "24" hour themed movie, Keifer Sutherland, spoke to sources about the current status of the movie project. While many fans, why I do not know, are itching to see their favorite show on the big-screen, Sutherland has confirmed that he is completely dedicated to the show for now even though over the summer he worked with the show's writers for the new season. A script is being worked ion but getting the show's 24 hour theme to work for a film is still being worked on. I personally cannot see how this will work as a movie but we shall see if Bauer can escape crappy movie hell.

On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Day 6th Teaser HERE

Come Early Morning (Movie Watch)

Come Early Morning is the story of a thirty-something year old Southern woman named Lucy, who searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.

Trailer HERE

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Time Traveler's Wife (What to Know)

The Time Traveler’s Wife,” a loose retelling of “The Odyssey” written by Audrey Niffenegger, a Writer/Professor of book arts in Chicago, is in negotiations with Rachel McAdams attached to star & Stephen Frears directing.

The story centers on a man with a time-traveling gene that allows him to appear & reappear to his true love at different points in her life. Jeremy Leven (”The Notebook”) has adapted the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time & Clare Abshire (McAdams), an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry & Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time & captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap.

Stardust (Movie Watch)

Here are the first shots from the romantic fantasy film, "Stardust." In the two pictures you can catch a glimpse of some of the stars in costume and in character. In the flick, a young man named Tristian goes on a quest to win the heart of his beloved, Victoria. His journey in search of a falling star Yvaine takes him into a magical world where he faces a witch named Lamia & a pirate named Capitan Shakespeare. Mathew Vaughn, who helmed the clever crime caper "Layer Cake," is in the director's chair.

Trailer Here

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Hellboy Animated (Toon Watch)

It's four days before the US premiere of Hellboy's Sword of Storms on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network Commercials should start popping up.

On Video now.

Big Nothing (Movie Watch)

Charlie, a frustrated unemployed teacher, decides to take revenge on life by embarking on a "fool-proof" blackmailing scheme by joining forces with an unpredictable scammer Gus & his ambitious ex-girlfriend Josie. When absolutely nothing goes according to plan, things rapidly go from unimaginably bad to worse in Jean-Baptiste Andrea's stylish & dark comedy.

Trailer HERE

Monday, October 23, 2006

Day of The Dead (Movie Watch)

In this remake of the George Romero classic, a group of scientists, military personnel & civilians find themselves battling for their lives against a plague of flesh eating ghouls. When a band of survivors seek shelter in an underground military bunker, they find themselves trapped with an even greater danger that lurks inside.

Teaser HERE

He-Man & The Masters of the Universe (What to Know)

John Woo's He-Man remake is now further delayed. The movie based on the 80's cartoon series about the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, who goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia & protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull has been set up at John Woo's company for a while, but according to a representative of Lions Rock, the project is still a few light years away from coming to fruition. "John is attached, but the project isn't a priority or high on his radar. Essentially, [he] lost enthusiasm", the source tells us. Even with a script for the film having been turned in it is not clear if it will get optioned should the film ultimately get the greenlight. It's just as likely that rewrites or another writer might be hired to add some ink to the mightly Adam's story.

All in all this is surprising, since the company apparently started reaching out to a number of actors last year to seek out their interest in playing the lead role. The one thing suggesting that the film is still going ahead though is the report that Mattel is in "active" talks with Lions Rock about the film, indicating that not everyone has lost zeal in the project.


Some sources have informed us that executive producer Rodney Ferrell, of Fox 2000 pics explained to them that the rights to "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" have been let go. "This was a project set up at Fox", begins Ferrell, "but in the recent months we gave the project back to Mattel and are no longer involved." In the film the story would have revolved around He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, who goes against the evil Skeletor to save the planet Eternia & protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. The film has had a tumultuous journey, being delayed multiple times, has seen several writers come & go and, as we reported earlier, even had John Woo (Face/Off) attached as the producer & director. At this point, the film is being thrown back to Mattel, who may still be interested in making the live-action film. let's hope to see if this project can be pulled off.

Coming: TBA

Premonition (Movie Watch)

A housewife is told her husband was in a car crash, but when she sees him the next day, she realizes that it was a premonition & will do anything to keep it from coming true.

Trailer HERE

Climates (Movie Watch)

During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa (played by Ceylan himself) and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar (the luminous Ebru Ceylan, Ceylans real-life wife) brutally implodes. Back in Istanbul thatfall, Isa rekindles a torrid affair with a previous lover. Climates is a film that displays the temperatures of our beings.

Grade: B
Trailer HERE

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Running with Scissors (Movie Watch)

In Running with Scissors, we see a young Augusten Burroughs absorb experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father & an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, & spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

Trailer HERE

Punisher: War Zone (What to Know)

Even before the unsuccessful 04 revamped Punisher movie was booted from theaters there have been rumors of a re-revamped & better version of the film on the character of Frank Castle (The Punisher). Yet this time let's hope they get the Punisher's world & this type of concept right like Man on Fire did. In this sequal of sorts, we'll be seeing Castle going to NY to take on Jigsaw, a lethally dangerous underworld boss. Hopefully Jigsaw keeps his look, abilities & links to Castle's past because I can't take any more made up bad guys acted out as badly as Travolta's insanely silly Howard Saint.

UPDATE: Lionsgate has finally released the official title for the upcoming sequel now called "Punisher: War Zone." Unfortunately, that's all the information that has become available; still no plot summary or a release date... So with the name we have Ray Stevenson taking over thr role of Frank Castle & Director Lexi Alexander helming.

The Painted Veil (Movie Watch)

Based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Painted Veil" is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter, a middle class doctor & Kitty, an upper-class woman, who got married for the wrong reasons & relocates to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic & takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship & gives them purpose in one of the most remote & beautiful places on earth.

Trailer HERE

Terminator Salvation (What to Know)

Sad & cool news from Terminator 4 co-writer Michael Ferris, who has given Entertainment Weekly & us here at Blog Spot a hint about what we can expect from the next installment. First addressed was the question of whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would be back. "'T3 kind of closed the book on Arnold as did his gubernatorial career" said Ferris, who co-wrote the 4th film. Another missing element, producer Gale Anne Hurd, who worked on the first three films but not involved here. "T3" director Jonathan Mostow has yet to sign on since he is adapting Marvel's Sub-Mariner Namor. As far as plot points, Ferris offered this tease: "You'll learn about Skynet & what that postapolyptic future is like."

Coming: May 22nd, 2009

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Killers (Music To Hear)

After forming three years ago, The Killers heard it all from record label executives. Despite a strong following in their hometown, Las Vegas, the label know-it-alls felt lead singer Brandon Flowers didn't have a stage presence or wasn't a good enough front man. The band couldn't get a deal to save their souls. But like so many U.S. acts before them, a following was found in England. Lizard King, a small London-based indie label, signed the quartet 03 but their break came when Morrissey recruited the rock band to open for him.

After all of the pitches & try outs the band was picked up by Island/Def Jam Records & in June of 04, it released its debut album, "Hot Fuss", an album that can't be praised more. Hot on the heels of that long debuted album, we finally have their follow up title "Sam's Town". This album might not be the drop dead obvious AWESOME album that Hot Fuss was, but Sam's Town is a soundscape one has to drive through more than once to appreciate. Mixed reviews cloud the new album, but this one says rock isn't dead and old is new again like not many. So listen and remember when you were young.

Vist Label Site HERE.

Venus (Movie Watch)

Tells the story of Maurice and Ian, a pair of veteran actors, whose comfortable daily routine is disrupted by the arrival of Ian’s grand-niece, Jessie. Maurice takes the teenager under his wing, but is surprised to discover how very little he actually knows now that his own life is drawing to a close.

Trailer 1 HERE
Trailer 2 HERE

Monday, October 16, 2006

Jonestown: Life & Death of Peoples Temple (Movie Watch)

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? How could a diverse group of 900 people be convinced to commit suicide? What was a California congregation doing in the jungles of Guyana? And who was Jim Jones to command such loyalty that parents would murder their own children? Using never before seen archival footage and survivor interviews, ‘Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple’ tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana, to California, and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society.

Trailer HERE

The Messenger (Movie Watch)

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Trailer HERE

Rocky Balboa (Poster & Trailer 2 Release)

The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise, former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, pitting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era.

Grade: A
Trailer HERE
Trailer 2 HERE

Marie Antoinette (Graded)

A vibrant retelling of the classic story of Marie Antoinette, the naive Austrian princess, who is thrown into the scandal-ridden world of the French aristocracy when she is betrothed to King Louis XVI. While still a teenager, Marie Antoinette conquers her fears and becomes France’s iconic queen.

Grade: D -
Trailers HERE

TideLand (Movie Watch)

Jeliza-Rose is a young girl in a very unusual situation both of her parents are junkies and she is usually left to her own devices for entertainment. When her mother dies, her father takes her to a remote farm in the country, she escapes the vast loneliness of her new home by retreating into a world that exists only in her mind. Here, fireflies have names, bog-men awaken at dusk, and squirrels talk. And the heads of her four dolls Mystique, Baby Blonde, Glitter Gal, and Sateen Lips long since separated from their bodies, keep her company in TideLand.

Trailer HERE

Alpha Dog (Poster 2 Release)

Alpha Dog, a film by director Nick Cassavetes, is based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.

Trailer HERE

Friday, October 13, 2006

Little Children (Movie Watch)

Little Children centers on a group of young marrieds, whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community in surprising and potentially dangerous ways.

Grade: A
Trailer HERE

Déjà Vu (Poster 2 Release)

It is Déjà Vu that continues to re-establish itself with dual trialers and posters.

Grade: C
Trailer HERE

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Movie Watch)

Benjamin Button, born a feeble old man, aged in reverse until he became a baby at the end of his life, finally seeming to have ceased to exist.

Grade: B +
Trailer HERE

GrindHouse: Planet Terror (Poster 2 Release)

Robert Rodriguez's

Grade: D
Teaser 1 HERE
Teaser 2 HERE
Trailer 1 HERE

GrindHouse Presents: Death Proof (Movie Watch)

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are each directing a 60-minute horror tale for "

Grade: F
Teaser 1 HERE
Teaser 2 HERE
Trailer 1 HERE

GrindHouse Presents: Planet Terror (Movie Watch)

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are each directing a 60-minute horror tale for "GrindHouse". Rodriguez's part, "Planet Terror," will be a zombie movie. Faux trailers and ads will run between the two pics as an intermission.

Grade: D
Teaser 1 HERE
Teaser 2 HERE
Trailer 1 HERE

The Prestige (Poster 2 Release)

Rupert Angier and Alfred Borden are magicians. When Alfred performs the ultimate magic trick, Rupert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick creating a rivalry that consequently jeopardizes the lives of everyone around them.

Grade: A +
Trailer HERE

The Good Shepherd (Poster Release)

Edward Wilson believed in America, and he would sacrifice everything he loved to protect it. The Good Shepherd showcases the tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency as viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Grade: C
Trailer 1 HERE
Trailer 2 HERE

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Requiem (Movie Watch)

Michaela has grown up in a deeply religious family, in a small town in Germany, in the 1970’s. Despite her long battle with epilepsy, she leaves home and secures her first taste of freedom while studying at the university. Her budding love for Stefan and her friendship with Hanna crack open the shell of faith and family within which she had always felt secure and protected.

Trailer HERE

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (What to Know)

As reported, a fourth installment of the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise is circulating around.
Be warned, SPOILER territory, up ahead.

According to British newspaper The Daily Star Sunday, producers & directors were trying to cut costs for a third sequel, despite the huge profits of the first two movies. They, according to sources, decided that while Johnny Depp & Keira Knightley's characters are necessary to the success of the franchise, Orlando Bloom's Will Turner & a few other minor characters are not. And although a script for the fourth 'Pirates' movie is still being worked on, there were plans to kill off Will Turner.

This has all recently changed, as Keira knightley has announced her desire to leave the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. The Oscar-nominated (what a fluke) actress, shooting her last scene as pirate wench Elizabeth Swann in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, told the movie's producers that she doesn't want to participate in any further sequels. On the set of latest film, sources caught up with Knightley & she had the following to say.
"I've been playing this girl since I was 17. I'm 21 now and I'm onto very different things, but it's fun to try to invest Elizabeth with some rebellious spirit. But what I'm doing in my newest movie is very different. I mean, she is a grown-up woman!"

With that load of retarded news, let me just add that who cares if either Bloom or Knightly disappear? I don't. Neither knows how to act, except maybe Bloom on the Lord of the Rings trilogy which was an easy role come to think about it again... well guess he can't. Anyhow so yeah, yeah, yeah Knightly was passable in the sadly disappointing Domino but not good enough. I think both are cardboard cutouts, no matter how photogenic they are, and neither is really an actor. Both have proven, despite pathetic critics & agents, that they cannot hold a film or lead. Sorry, but all we need is some competent writers to replace these & Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow and we have him. One out of two isn;t bad, so what's the big deal? So to Sparrow & The Water of Life.

The Invasion (The Visiting) (Movie Watch)

The country is threatened by a mysterious epidemic that alters human behavior. When Carol, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist, unearths that the origins of the plague are extraterrestrial, she attempts to warn others of her discovery. With the help of her colleague and friend Ben, Carol examines further mysterious details of the conspiracy. She soon comes to the realization that her own son might hold the key to stopping an alien invasion and must fight to protect him.

Grade: D +
Trailer HERE

Zodiac (Graded)

During the 1960s and 1970s, a serial killer known only as “The Zodiac,” has the San Francisco bay area in a clutch of terror, killing innocent people uncontrollably & taunting police & journalists with letters, clues & cryptograms. Several jurisdictions become involved in the sensational mystery, but the culprit continues to evade the authorities. Two journalists & two police officers become obsessively involved in the case. Highly intelligent editorial cartoonist Robert Graysmith & self-destructive ace reporter Paul Avery are among the primary recipients of the killer’s many messages to their newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. The two begin to gather as much information about the case as possible. Meanwhile, skillful homicide detective David Toschi & his partner Bill Armstrong are equally consumed by the harrowing circumstances as they delve deeper into the investigation. The four men will become dangerously immersed in the puzzling case, which will either build or destroy their careers in the process.

Grade: A
Teaser HERE