Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Star Trek Beyond

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The new Star Trek movie started filming this week.

It opens July 2016, which also marks Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.

Can't wait!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man

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Now this is an entertaining Avengers mash-up...

My favorite part is when Dorothy shoots out of the ship on her bike and Toto drops down into the basket beside her just before she speeds away.

That and the quick glimpse of the Hawkeye character being played by Hawkeye (Alan Alda) from M*A*S*H.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Star Nerds

I really enjoy how they keep showing Riker in the background constantly stretching his legs and making wide stances on various things and people (which he always did on the show over the years).

For that, Star Trek wins.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Spider-Man Announced

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Tom Holland has been chosen to play the new Spider-Man...

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. 

The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of "Cop Car," the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in "The Impossible," “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea," and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.

This will be the first Spider-Man to also be included in a variety of upcoming Marvel Universe movies, including Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers.

It will be interesting to see how they integrate him in with all the other upcoming films.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dick Van Patten and James Horner

Some very sad news today...

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Dick Van Patten, star of the ’80s TV series Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat, among many others, passed away early this morning. He was 86.

Van Patten began work as a child actor (at age seven), primarily on the stage in his native New York before segueing to TV, appearing in more than 30 Broadway shows. His first role was in 1935 in Tapestry In Gray which starred Melvyn Douglas. He was billed as ‘Dickie Van Patten.’ He would latter appear in twenty-seven other Broadway plays.

He moved on to television with the role of Nels Hansen in the 1949 TV series I Remember Mama, which ran from 1949 to 1957, but it was his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on Eight Is Enough (1977-1981) for which he is best known. He also had a long-running stint on The Love Boat from 1978-1984. His other TV credits include The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, One Day At A Time. His most recent credits include Hot In Cleveland, That ’70s Show and Arrested Development. Van Patten also starred in the TV series When Things Were Rotten and WIOU.

I never missed Eight is Enough and remember him fondly from SO many of his TV and Film roles over the years. He had a very long and memorable career, something that few actors achieve in their lifetime.

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James Horner, who has been scoring movies since 1978, died in a plane crash on June 22nd, 2015. 

His most famous score was likely the megahit Titanic, but he will also be remembered for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar and The Amazing Spider-Man. 

As so many in Hollywood have done, Horner got his start scoring low-budget films for Roger Corman, with 1979’s The Lady in Red being one of his first major film score. In his career he scored over 100 films and nine of his films netted him Oscar nominations — Aliens, An American Tail, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog, Avatar, and Titanic. 

Titanic earned him two Oscars: Best Score and Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On,” which he wrote with Will Jennings. The hit song was written by the pair in secret since James Cameron didn’t want any song with singing in the film.

James Horner scored so many of my favorite films, especially Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn and, Field of Dreams (one of my favorite soundtracks of all time). An amazingly talented man who made an indelible impact on the emotional core of so many great films over the years.

Both of these very talented men will be greatly missed.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Take it easy, Crutchy

This must be why Batman and Superman end up fighting in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie...

Batman is kind of a dick.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never too old

Two new movie trailers were released today that feature starring roles for a couple of the funniest people of the past 50 years, Lily Tomlin and Robin Williams (in his final role).

Here's Lily Tomlin in Grandma...

Here's Robin Williams in Boulevard

Both movies look good in very different ways and I'm sure each of their performances will be entertaining (although Robin's looks like it's gonna be a bit darker/sadder).

I'll likely try to see each of them whenever they get released. After all of the summer blockbusters, it's always nice to watch a quietly entertaining movie focusing on people rather than things blowing up every 10 minutes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Deadly Adoption

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It appears the April Fool's Day announcement of this Lifetime movie starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig was anything but a joke. A Deadly Adoption was actually filmed and will air this Saturday April 20th.

Here is the trailer, which was released today...

It's written by the same people who wrote the IFC soap-opera comedy The Spoils of Babylon, so my guess is that this will be a parody of every Lifetime movie ever made, which could be hilarious.

If it's not a parody...it could be equally hilarious.

Oh, my DVR is set!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Box Office Buffet

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Jurassic World roared into theaters worldwide on Friday and ended up having the highest-grossing movie opening in history...

Universal Pictures today announced that with Sunday’s reported actuals, Jurassic World is now the No. 1 movie ever at both the North American and international box offices. With a worldwide opening of $524.1 million, Jurassic World takes its place as the highest-grossing opening weekend in history. 

Jurassic World grossed $208.8 million at the North American box office, passing 2012’s The Avengers ($207.4 million). Internationally, the film’s final gross was raised to $315.3 million, passing 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($314 million).

I saw it on Friday and really enjoyed it...cool dino effects and lots of action.

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Chris Pratt is already signed for a Jurassic World sequel, so hopefully there wasn't anyone out there who honestly thought he might not make it out alive from this first film.

If so, well...duh.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dry eyes

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HBO just released the first trailer for the upcoming second season of The Leftovers...

The first season was a box-of-downers, but it had a few great episodes that helped pull you through to want to see the end. But, LORDY it was a chore to get through that much angst each week.

This new trailer just focuses on a long line of people stuck in traffic in the middle of hot, dry....Texas.

I didn't think the show could feature anything more visually bleak and depressing than the constant sorrow that marinated the first season?

But, Texas kinda trumps that.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sir Christopher Lee

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Very sad news today...

Legendary British actor Sir Christopher Lee has died. He was 93. 

Lee, who played Dracula in a series of classic Hammer horror films and was Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit movies, among many other iconic roles, passed away on Sunday. The prolific actor was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and the BFI Fellowship in 2013. He was knighted in 2009. 

 Lee was introduced to a new legion of fans when he first played the evil Saruman in 2001’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. He continued in that role for each of the trilogy’s installments and was also Count Dooku in Star Wars prequels Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith. More recently, he reprised his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. His other recent credits include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and voice work in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland and Corpse Bride, among other collaborations.

He lived a long life and had an incredible career, so will be long remembered for many generations to come.

He will be missed.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Super Suits

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The Licensing Expo in LA allowed fans to take a much closer look at the upcoming costumes for Batman vs Superman and they were especially happy with the detail on what Wonder Woman will be wearing..

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Looks like she's got a fancy shield and sword to go along with her magic lasso, which is kind of cool.

There weren't any pictures of her invisible jet, for obvious reasons.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Snow must pay

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The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was released today...

I hope it's better than the first part, which was a lot of talking and long looks...at people talking.

I want them to just zip it and destroy the Capitol so they can finally get some food.

The movie opens November 20th.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Martian

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The first trailer for the upcoming Matt Damon movie, The Martian, was released today and it's looking pretty good, so far...

I haven't read the book, but I hear that it's a great story and has quite a fan following.

The movie opens Thanksgiving week on November 25th.

Hopefully it won't end up being a turkey.

Good night...I'll be here all week long! Tip your waiters. Try the veal!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Going Rogue

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth in the franchise, released a new trailer today...

It pretty much looks like all the others...stuff happens, chaotic car and motorcycle chases ensue, Tom Cruise grimaces and runs really fast, and things blow up and time almost runs out.

So, it'll probably make millions.

The film opens July 31st.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Massacre at Hardhome

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If you've already watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones and want to see more of that crazy battle with the White Walkers, (not to be confused with Karen Walkers), check out this cool behind-the-scenes video...

That giant was really kicking some White Walker ass!

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Hilarious and AWESOME!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner

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Vanity Fair released a preview of it's upcoming cover of Caitlyn Jenner and a short video peek at the photo shoot (the issue will be out on newsstands June 9th).


Quite an amazing transformation.

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It just shows you that you never know where your life journey will take you...ya' just gotta hop on and do all you can to be true to yourself and as happy as you can be while you're here.

Hopefully she's happy now.