Friday, November 30, 2012

Working it


I'm heading out of town for our annual work-trip, this year, to Disneyland for the weekend.

I enjoy my job.

Have a SUPER weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



This foreign prank show really took a chance with the possibility that unknowing participants might have a heart attack.

The producers let regular elevator patrons believe that the elevator they were in was breaking down and, when the lights go out, a freakish girl clutching a creepy doll suddenly appears in the elevator with them when the lights come back on.

Of course, it's very funny when it's not happening to you.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hobbit Video Blog 9


Peter Jackson has released a new video blog that covers the final production stages of getting the Hobbit movie ready for release next month.

Just like the others, it's very entertaining and informative.

Embiggen the video screen below to enjoy the full visual experience.

Only a couple more weeks until the first part is released in theaters.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Larry Hagman


Very sad news this past weekend...

Actor Larry Hagman, who created one of television's iconic villains with the treacherous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died Friday, according to a family statement. He was 81.

Hagman's breakthrough role came in 1965, when he played astronaut Maj. Tony Nelson, or "Master," as he was known to the scantily clad, 2,000-year-old genie played by Barbara Eden in the hit comedy, "I Dream of Jeannie."

He will be missed.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Twilight skins the competition


This won't be a surprise to, well...anyone.

The popular vampire franchise's final installment, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," scored the eighth biggest opening weekend of all time with a $141.3 million debut. 

If Summit's estimates hold up, that's just a touch ahead of "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," which started with $138.1 million last year, and just a touch behind New Moon, which opened with $142.8 million in 2009. Impressively, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" also earned $199.6 million in its international debut this weekend, giving it an early global total of $340.9 million.

I'm sure that Taylor Lautner's pecs had "nothing" to do with any of the repeat viewings.

Twilight's popularity is based purely on the interest in the intricately woven plot and Academy Award-winning performances.

For those of you who doubt that, just look at this collection of all of the Twilight shirtless scenes so far...

It's definitely a mystery...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Call me, maybe?


I thought that was hilarious.

Also, some more good Star Trek news was announced today...

The first trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will premiere with screenings of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th. To be clear this Trek trailer is a completely different thing than the 9-minute preview of the beginning of the new movie which will be shown at IMAX screenings of the Hobbit film. Also TrekMovie has confirmed that the IMAX screenings will not be showing the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. 

So if you want to see the full trailer, see non-IMAX Hobbit and if you want to see preview of the opening 9 minutes see IMAX Hobbit.

As I said in yesterday's post, I would rather see a trailer about the overall film, than just the first nine minutes and have to wait to see the rest of the film in May.

So I'm even more excited to see The Hobbit next month!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sneak Peek


It was announced this morning that Paramount will be screening the first nine minutes of the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness movie before the new Hobbit movie opening on December 14th....

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012) – Paramount Pictures will release the first 9-minutes from J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” exclusively in IMAX 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning December 14th.

“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Their use of the IMAX® Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster.”

As excited as I am to see the new Star Trek movie, I don't really want to see the first nine minutes and then have to wait five months to see the rest of the movie.

I'd rather see a trailer and be intrigued to see the film, not see an actual portion of it.

Plus, I am not planning to see the Hobbit movies in IMAX 3D (unless I love it so much in "regular D" that I decide to see all of the formats). Other than Avatar, I haven't really been impressed with 3D, I'll wait for those reviews.


So, I'll just wait until the trailer comes out...or until the nine minutes end up online (which never happens) and I accidentally see it there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It's a twister!


A new full trailer for Oz The Great and Powerful was just released....

Part of it looks kind of visually cheesy/cartoony. However, I am curious to see how the story plays out with all the witches.

Time will tell....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Host


A full trailer for Twilight-author Stephenie Meyer's new book series-to-movie The Host, was released today.

It looks like it has just about all of the usual teen-angst requirements necessary to keep her audience engaged.


Well, except for Taylor Lautner shirtless every five minutes.

They can always add that later.

Monday, November 12, 2012

This St. Bernard definitely has some height issues...

I used to be that way about getting down from the bunk bed when I was a kid.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Full of hot air


Here is a very creative guy with a LOT of free time who created a Hobbit living room (like the one above) out of 2600 balloons.

I really don't think it's gonna hold up well during a hurricane...

Or a ceiling fan.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hobbit Posters


A full series of individual character posters for the upcoming Hobbit movies were released recently...







Very enjoyable.

Can't wait for these movies!

You can see the full set of all 17 character posters here.

Also, Air New Zealand has worked with Peter Jackson and created a fun Hobbit-themed pre-flight video for passengers (with some surprise character appearances).

It should help pull the focus from those passengers (like me) who tend to just flip through a magazine while the same old tired flight instructions are barked from the front of the plane.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Space Mouse


This is pretty big news for Star Wars fans....

Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow, as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years.

The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion.


That should be another big cash cow franchise for Disney (like Marvel) and, if there is any justice in the world, the three new Star Wars films will actually have a good story and characters (I didn't care for the last three "new" movies, i.e: big video game for kids).

Also, I need to make friends with George Lucas very soon.

That $4 billion paycheck is not going to spend itself.