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Juno

In the strangely funny heart warming comedy Juno, Ellen Page (Hard Candy, X-Men: The Last Stand) plays Juno MacGuff, a high school junior who finds herself pregnant after a night of unprotected fun. Deciding to keep the baby and give it to a deserving couple (played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman in their second on-screen paring after The Kingdom), adolescent Juno must navigate the shoals of adulthood a few years too early.

Juno

Though Juno is in the same vein of the film Napoleon Dynamite, it never quite strays into the zaniness or absurdity of the later, which isn’t a bad thing.

Garnering much positive buzz since debuting last fall at several film festivals, Juno is well written, well acted and well directed in this film that skirts all sorts of taboo issues from teen sex to abortion to underage attraction yet somehow never crosses any lines of good taste. I kept waiting for Juno to drift into “Lifetime Movie of the Week” or ABC After School Special genera, but it never did. From beginning to end, Juno is a breath of fresh air.

3.5 Stars

By Bert Ehrmann
12/31/2007


Zodiac - The Director's Cut

The two disk special edition DVD of the movie Zodiac is due out Tuesday 1/8. Extras include: a commentary track, Zodiac Deciphered: An exhaustive behind-the-scenes documentary, The Visual Effects of Zodiac and more .

Zodiac DVD

By Bert Ehrmann
12/31/2007


The Wire

The fifth season of The Wire premiers on HBO next Sunday (1/6). From HBO:

The fifth and final season of 'The Wire' centers on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realities depicted over the course of the series, while also resolving storylines of the numerous characters woven throughout the narrative arc of the show.
The Wire

By Bert Ehrmann
12/31/2007


The Best Movies of 2007

Children of Men

The best film of 2007 was Children of Men. Bleak, dark and uncompromising, Children of Men presents a terrifying vision of a future where women have become infertile and, without any new births, mankind has slowly started the trek towards extinction. Enter apathetic Theo (Clive Owen) who gets more than he bargained for when hired to help smuggle a girl out of the U.K. Theo finds himself with the weight of humanity’s future on his shoulders when it turns out this girl carries the first pregnancy in over 18 years.

Continue reading this column on the best movies of 2007.

By Bert Ehrmann
12/28/2007


More of Red and Blue : Hellboy 2 Trailer



Another sequel that I am more than excited about is Hellboy 2. Sure the first film got mixed reviews but I find that there is nothing better than Ron Perlman throwing cars and blowing up stuff. Since Pan's Labyrinth Del Toro (director of first Hellboy) has become a sort of celebrity. The second installment of the Hellboy series looks amazing and hopefully will be more kick-ass.

ign.com has the trailer here

By Matt Alexander
12/23/2007


Batman You Say? : The Dark Knight Trailer



One of the biggest sequels to hit theaters next year the Dark Night looks to pick-up right where Batman Begins left off. When I heard that Heath Ledger was to portray the infamous Joker I had my doubts but after watching the trailer I am some what excited. The trailer doesn't give much plot details but who cares..... ITS THE JOKER BABY !

Why So Serious?

thedarkknight.com has the trailer here

By Matt Alexander
12/23/2007


The Best Television Shows of 2007

The Best Television Shows of 2007

The best show of the 2006-07 television season was the AMC series Mad Men. Set in the early 1960s after the boom of the 1950s but before the rise of the counter-culture later that decade, Mad Men shows us in so many ways that while the “good old days” might have been “good” for a segment of the population, it certainly wasn’t so good for everyone.

Continue reading this column on the best television shows of 2007.

By Bert Ehrmann
12/13/2007


Blast From The Past : Clue Review

Of course everyone has memories of sitting around with your friends playing Clue as a child. My games would always end up a huge fight on "who done it" to the point of a WWE Pay Per View match in my basement. My mom thought that I loved the game so much that she would one day rent me the motion picture. As a kid I loved this movie, mostly because it was based off of a board game and when you are a kid nothing else could be cooler. ( Well maybe a video game based movie but the Mario Bros. movie was god awful.) To this day I still watch Clue on a regular basis and as I have gotten older I have come to understand the film more than I did when I was little. And what a comedic masterpiece it is.

Six people; Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren) and Mrs Peacock (Eileen Brennan), are invited to Hill House for dinner and for a little something else. Once they arrive, they meet Wadsworth (Tim Curry) the butler, soon their host, Mr. Boddy, arrives and they all get to know one another. They all learn that they all have one thing in common, they are all being blackmailed. They find out that Mr. Boddy is the person who is blackmailing them all. Mr. Boddy gives everyone a special weapon (the same weapons from the game) and tells everyone that they could just kill Wadsworth and they could all just leave and resume their lives of being blackmailed. When the lights go out someone kills Mr. Boddy and they find out the staff of the house are killed too, the movie's basis is to find out who the killer is and how.

The cast of this film is AMAZING ! Nothing can beat Tim Curry running around at the end of the movie explaining everything that has happend in the film to uncover the murderer. Or Michael McKean screaming through the whole movie that he didn't do it. The one-liners in the film are classic and the cast is funny throughout the whole film. The mansion they used in the film was so much like the game board that they even had secret passages between rooms. If you are a fan of murder/comedy films then go rent this movie today.

"Theres nobody."
"What do you mean?"
"Theres no body. Mr. Boddy's body its gone!"

By Matt Alexander
12/8/2007


Here He Comes ! : Speed Racer Trailer



The Wachowski brothers latest project ready for the theaters is a new millennium remake of the 1960's era anime Speed Racer . When I first found out about the film being made I was very excited and after watching the trailer I am hoping that this will not be another Rollerball massacre. Also I must say that I do not like Speed's helmet at all.

Moviefone.com has the trailer here

By Matt Alexander
12/8/2007


The Best Movie Posters of 2007

The Best Movie Posters of 2007

The best movie poster of 2007 was actually the whole campaign of posters for the movie Grindhouse. These Grindhouse posters perfectly hearken back to a simpler time when low-budget movie studios produced very few posters to promote their films. Back then, posters were folded and placed along with reels of film that were shipped cross-country for months, if not years, as the films the posters promoted played in one theater after theater.

Continue reading this column on the best posters of 2007.

By Bert Ehrmann
12/7/2007


Justice League: The New Frontier

TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted the covers for the upcoming Justice League: The New Frontier DVDs. There will be two editions of this DVD, one regular and one special edition, that will retail for between $20 and $25.

Justice League: The New Frontier is set to be released at the end of February.

Justice League: The New Frontier

By Bert Ehrmann
11/25/2007


What You Didn't Know You Always Wanted

Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition). Included across these five DVDs are the "final cut" version of Blade Runner (that is until the next final cut), "a feature-length authoritative documentary revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential cinema landmark," three other different versions of the film, along with several other featurettes and documentaries along with a lenticular card, an origami unicorn figure, a miniature replica spinner car as well as a snazzy brief-case to hold it all. Whew! That's a lot of stuff all for the low retail price of just $80.

Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)

By Bert Ehrmann
11/18/2007


Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Battlestar Galactia: Razor

With the last new episode of Battlestar Galactica having aired last March, SCI Fi channel is hopping to rekindle fan interest in the series by airing a sort of BSG “movie of the week” entitled Battlestar Galactica: Razor this Thanksgiving. BSG: Razor promises to shed light on the upcoming fourth season of the show while at the same time revealing what happened to the Battlestar Pegasus between the events of the mini-series and her eventual discovery at the middle of the second season of the series.

Continue reading this article on the movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor.

By Bert Ehrmann
11/16/2007


Maximum Overdrive

Quite possibly the coolest DVD cover – EVER!

Maximum Overdrive

By Bert Ehrmann
11/11/2007


Iron Man

Here's the international Iron Man teaser trailer.

By Bert Ehrmann
11/5/2007


Fall/Winter Movie Preview

Fall/Winter Movie Preview

After a so-so summer movie season passed us by a few weeks back, what does this fall/winter movie season have in store for the viewing public? Unfortunately, out of the dozens of movies all set to open between now and next spring, only a few seem as if they hold much promise.

Continue reading this column on movies due out this fall and winter.

By Bert Ehrmann
11/3/2007


Alien 3

Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing a very nice diorama based on the creature from Alien 3. The piece retails for around $150 and is set to be released sometime early next year.

Alien 3 Diorama

By Bert Ehrmann
10/31/2007


Cylon Bust

Diamond Select is releasing a bust of the Cylon from the TV series Battlestar Galactica. My guess is that it'll go great next to the other Cylon bust released a few years back.

Cylon Bust

By Bert Ehrmann
10/30/2007


I Am Legend

The full (and final?) trailer for the upcoming I Am Legend movie has been released. It's cool, but I have some concerns about the movie. Mostly that it seems as if the filmmakers are only concentrating on the first third of the book rather than the story as a whole. I'm also a bit mystified as to why the creatures of the novel have been changed from vampires to these "infected" creatures. Oh well…

 

By Bert Ehrmann
10/30/2007


The Other Side

A collected edition of the comic book series The Other Side has been released and is highly recommended by your's truly. From Vertigo:

A new volume collecting the hard-hitting, acclaimed miniseries examining life on opposing sides of the Vietnam War through the eyes of two young men: Bill Everette, an Alabama farm boy who's been drafted into the Marine Corps, and Vietnamese farmer Vo Dai, who enlists in the People's Army of Vietnam to fulfill his duty to his country. This volume features loads of behind-the-scenes extras, including an introduction by Captain Dale Dye.

The Other Side

If you liked Jarhead or Full Metal Jacket then you'll love The Other Side.

By Bert Ehrmann
10/28/2007


No Sun in Alaska? : 30 Days of Night Review



To get ready for the Halloween week of fun that I try to have every year, I took the night off to go see a new horror film. Like Bert, I have also noticed the problem with "new school" horror films. Nothing seems to scare the pants off of me anymore like they use to. I am not sure if its just me growing up or the fact that I have seen so many horror films that they don't affect me. Maybe 30 Days of Night will end the recent horror draught.

The town of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, endures ever winter 30 days without sunlight. As the small town closes everything down for the upcoming darkness a mysterious stranger arrives in town. What the town doesn't know is what the stranger has brought along with him. As the sun goes down the horror begins. Vampires attack the town and feed on everyone in sight. The few remaining survivors must hide and wait out the 30 days without sun.

This film really wasn't that bad. I never got a chance to read the Graphic Novel but I enjoyed the film. The concept of the film is amazing and has a definite realistic feeling to it. I was a little disappointed in the Vampire design but the survival aspect of the film was pretty dead on. At first I did not like the fact that they would cut away from the actual gore that I paid good money to see but as the film progressed the blood flowed more frequently and the heads went a flying. If you enjoy vampire films for the gore and not the story I would totally recommend this movie.

By Matt Alexander
10/24/2007


The Mothman Cometh

The Mothman Cometh

Halloween-time is upon us once again and that got me thinking, why aren't most horror movies all-that frightening anymore? Though almost any scary movie can have a few “jump scares” when the killer pops out at an surprising time or when character unexpectedly dies, not many of these movies leave any lasting impact on the viewer. These days, horror movies seem to be dominated by over-the-top gore and/or the so-called "torture" sub-genera like the Hostel movies or the Saw franchise. But even with all this extra gooey gore and screamin' torture I can't say that many movies over the last few years have left me all that scared walking out of the theater. In fact I have to go a ways back to find the last movie that I found really frightening, The Mothman Prophecies (2002).

Continue reading this column on The Mothman Prophecies.

By Bert Ehrmann
10/21/2007


Alive

Wired has a story about the proposed television series Alive, where the creators of the show are trying to get the series off the ground by building buzz via the Internet and viral videos. From the story:

Alive's creators watched as this dirty trick of the information age, which makes interested viewers figure out details about a show for themselves, worked for movies and TV shows like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and Heroes. Then they hatched their own stealth-marketing plan, which might be the first time a viral campaign has been launched for a TV series that doesn't yet exist…

"We're not doing this to trick or deceive anyone," said Rosenblum about the way the viral campaign was revealed to the sites. "We hope they like what they see and steer genre fans in our direction."

By Bert Ehrmann
10/14/2007


Extras

Watch the teaser trailer for the upcoming Christmas special episode of Extras.

By Bert Ehrmann
10/12/2007


These Days, Spies Are in Good Company

The Company

I had only really intended on watching the first hour of The Company to kill time as I waited for something else to come on later that night. As I watched the first episode, though, I found myself so drawn in to the plot of the series that I ended up watching the entire episode missing what I had originally wanted to see later that night.

Continue reading this column on the television mini-series The Company.

By Bert Ehrmann
10/5/2007


Zombies Galore ! : Resident Evil Extinction Review



For better part of the summer I sat and waited for the next installment of the Resident Evil Series. I was highly skeptical about the film, looked like a ripped off Mad Max with hot chicks, and I must say that I was some what disappointed.

The movie takes place some years after the second film. The Umbrella Corporation thought that they had contained the T-Virus epidemic in Raccoon City, but now the whole world is infected. The infection left the earth a wasteland with only a few survivors left trying to find a new home. The only hope for humanity according to Umbrella is to track down Alice ( Mila Jovovich ), for her blood is the antidote to the T-Virus.

The premise for this movie was a good idea. I liked the fact that the world had been affected and turned into a barren wasteland. The overall plot to the movie was god awful. This makes me very upset because since the first game came out, back on the old PS1, I have been a RE fan. I have three problems with things other then the plot.

1. Not enough ZOMBIES ! The whole RE series is based on zombies. There was not enough zombie killing or zombie eating.
2. Not a good enough back-story. Claire Redfield is introduced to Alice and thats about it. Same with other "new" characters. Also many of the "new" characters had no role in the film and were not needed. Sure I can see a bunch of people trekking across the desert in search of a new home but I don't need to know who they are. ( JUST ZOMBIE BAIT ANYWAYS !) and.....
3. Since when does Alice have the Force. They hinted on it in the end of the second film but that was a dumb idea. I realize she is suppose to be a super-soldier but they aren't suppose to have special powers. What is this the Fantastic 4?

Overall the movie was a big let down. The special effects were okay and I was happy that they had the "zombie crows" in this film, but it seemed like they just rushed everything they could. My recommendation, wait for the DVD release. Good thing RE 5 is coming out and looks amazing.....

By Matt Alexander
9/26/2007


Is Cable TV Finally Worthwhile?

Mad Men

I usually look forward to this time of year. Sure, I'm a sucker for changing leaves and cooler weather, but it's during the fall that the television networks begin premiering their slew of new comedies and dramas.

But this fall something's different. I'm not sure if it's new shows like Cavemen or the multitude of Sex in the City clones, but this year I'm just not interested in many of this season's new shows as previous. Sure, I can't wait for new episodes of established series like The Office, My Name is Earl and Battlestar Galactica but the only new series that I'm even remotely interested in is Bionic Woman and Pushing Daisies – and I hate to admit that even these new shows don't look that inspiring.

Continue reading this column on cable television shows.

By Bert Ehrmann
9/21/2007


Fall 2007-2008 TV Premiere

Here are some dates to remember next week.

The week of SEPTEMBER 23—27 (All Times EST)

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

PBS
The War
(Check Listings)

Fox
The Simpsons
8:00 P.M.

NBC
Journeyman
10:00 P.M.

CBS
The Unit
9:00 P.M.

Fox
House
9:00 P.M.

NBC
Bionic Woman
9:00 P.M.

ABC
Dirty Sexy Money
10:00 P.M.

NBC
Life
10:00 P.M.

NBC
My Name is Earl
8:00 P.M.

NBC
The Office
9:00 P.M.

By Bert Ehrmann
9/16/2007


30 Days of Night

Several new (and cool) character posters have been released for the movie 30 Days of Night. Poster 1, 2, 3.

30 Days of Night

By Bert Ehrmann
9/15/2007


Superman-Doomsday

Out on DVD next week (9/18) is Superman–Doomsday, a direct-to-DVD feature film written and directed my animation maestro Bruce Timm. From Amazon:

The most shocking showdown in Superman history! When Lexcorp accidentally unearths the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday, Superman battles the creature head on in the fight of his life...literally. The world collectively mourns their fallen hero; humanity realizes it will never feel truly safe again.
Superman-Doomsday

By Bert Ehrmann
9/14/2007


Generation Kill

Last Sunday HBO debuted a clip from the upcoming Generation Kill mini-series by Ed Burns and David Simon – the creators of the series The Wire.

Generation Kill

Variety describes the seven-hour series as:

Gritty mini will look at the early movements of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and depict the complex challenges faced by the U.S.-led mission even in the war's early stages.

Generation Kill is set to air sometime next year.

By Bert Ehrmann
9/11/2007


Death Proof

Out on DVD next week is one-half of the movie GrindhouseDeath Proof. Apparently, the version that's being released on DVD is DIFFERENT than the one that was released in Grindhouse as this version is classified as "Extended and Unrated" – whatever that means.

Death Proof

Does this mean that the theatrical version of Grindhouse will NEVER get a proper DVD release then!?

By Bert Ehrmann
9/11/2007


Wizard World Chicago 2007

Wizard World

For some reason it's the comic book convention in San Diego gets all the press. Sure, it's the largest convention of the sort in the country, but does it really deserve to be known as the one and only "Comi-Con" when there are literally dozens of other comic-cons that are held across the country each year? When was the last time you heard about the comic book convention in New York, or Philadelphia or even the second largest convention in the U.S. held just a few hours up the road from here every summer; Wizard World Chicago?

Continue reading this column on Wizard World Chicago.

By Bert Ehrmann
9/9/2007


Burn Notice

Next Thursday (9/13) USA will air a marathon of their series Burn Notice beginning at 9:30 A.M. (EST).

Burn Notice

The two-hour season finale of Burn Notice entitled "Loose Ends" is set to air Thursday, September 20.

By Bert Ehrmann
9/6/2007


McFarlane's Military

The sixth series of McFarlane's Military figures are due out later this winter. Figures include an Air Force Helicopter Gunner, Army Infantry Grenadier, Army Infantry M.O.P.P Suit and Marine Mortar Loader.

McFarlane Military

By Bert Ehrmann
9/3/2007


Battlestar Galactica Razor

Here's your chance to help choose the DVD cover for the upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie "Razor." After you vote, there's a short clip from the movie that explains exactly why the movie's called "Razor."

Battlestar Galactica Razor

By Bert Ehrmann
8/28/2007


The Black Donnellys

Out on DVD Tuesday, September 4 is the defunct series The Black Donnellys.

The Black Donnellys

From NBC:

Available on DVD for the first time, this explosive 3-disc set includes all 13 episodes, including seven episodes that never aired on NBC.
It appears as if the only extras on the DVD are deleted scenes. More on The Black Donnellys here.

By Bert Ehrmann
8/26/2007


Delightful Dangerous Deadly Deceitful Dexter

Dexter

The series Dexter follows Miami Police Department blood spatter analyst Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a modern day Jekyll and Hyde that spends his day investigating crime scenes and nights moonlighting as a serial killer. But Dexter's not just any serial killer, he only preys on other serial killers or mass murders who haven't been brought in by the justice system.

Continue reading this column on the television series Dexter.

By Bert Ehrmann
8/19/2007


Blast From the Past - Evil Dead 2 : Review



By far the best movie in my collection, Evil Dead 2 took horror films to an all new level. I remember seeing the film for the first time when I was about 10 or so and thinking to myself this was the greatest movie ever made. (Before that there was Aliens) There was something about a hand running around on its own that just made me feel complete.

Evil Dead 2 follows Ash(the one and only Bruce Campbell), the somewhat dorky S-Mart employee, who rents a cabin in the woods with his girlfriend. The cabin just happens to be owned by an Archeologist who has managed to find the Necronomican (the book of the dead) and has awoken some evil spirit in the process of reading the books passages. The unexpected Ash is in for a world of hurt when the Demon possesses his girlfriend and turns her into a "Deadite". With a quick flick of his wrist, Ash manages to behead his girlfriend with a shovel and soon finds out that the Demon is after him as well. Losing a hand in the process, (and retrofitting a chain-saw replacement) Ash must fight for his life or he will be Dead by Dawn.



In my eyes there is absolutely no flaws in this film what so ever. It follows the basic horror scheme of keeping the plot simple and having lots of blood and guts. The slapstick humor in the film gave us plenty of disturbing moments as well as close to vomiting laughter. For as long as I live, I will always remember Ash and that damn Deer laughing their heads off for no reason. The horror effects in the film were ground breaking, from the cutting off of limbs to the stop animation work. The many different colors of blood used in the film also gave it its own uniqueness. This film is full of one-liners that I still use to this day constantly. Who would have thought that the director/creator of this film would one day be part of the Spiderman supernova of today.



We just killed our girlfriend with a chain-saw. Does that sound fine?

By Matt Alexander
8/9/2007


Bourne Again and Again

Bourne Again and Again

But even after two films, dozens of wrecked cars, bruised egos and numerous corpses in his wake, the CIA isn't finished chasing Jason Bourne yet – don't they ever learn!? Due out later this Summer, and billed as the final movie of the series, is The Bourne Ultimatum. In this film, Jason Bourne must deal with a bevy of assassins and government agencies all out to stop Bourne from learning of his true origin. Somehow I doubt Bourne's "true origin" is that of a celebrity chef missing from Food Network.

Continue reading this column on the movies of Jason Bourne.

By Bert Ehrmann
8/3/2007


Whiteout

The Comic-Con poster for the upcoming movie Whiteout has been released, and it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Frank Miller illustrated cover to the source comic book. Via Internet Movie Poster Awards.

Whiteout

Whiteout

By Bert Ehrmann
7/31/2007


Two Posters

Internet Movie Poster Awards Gallery has posted large teaser posters for both the upcoming J.J. Abrams movies Star Trek XI and the as-yet untitled 01-18-08 monster movie.

01-18-08

Star Trek IX

By Bert Ehrmann
7/29/2007


Alien Diorama

Sideshow Collectibles is set to release a wall-mountable diorama based on the movie Alien. From Sideshow:

The diorama captures the xenomorph as it lurks, blending its techno-organic form with the ship’s architecture. The alien spreads a veil of chains, peering through, waiting for the absolute perfect moment to unleash its attack. The Alien Diorama can be displayed on your desktop using the Alien logo base, or it can separate from the base and wall-mounted.
Alien Diorama

By Bert Ehrmann
7/29/2007


Avada Cedavra : Harry Potter (OoTP and DH) Review

For the past couple of weeks now my brain has been overloaded with the release of the new Harry Potter film (Order of the Phoenix) and the last and final book of the series (Deathy Hallows). Of course it does not help that I was also trying to finish Stephen King's Dark Tower series as both of these summer blockbusters came out. So how did the film turn out? and how did it all end? Don't worry I'm not going to post anything that will ruin the series.


Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix:
The film picks up where we last left Harry, the only witness of the return of He Who Must Not Be Named. The wizarding world is in shock and are torn between wether or not they believe Harry or think that its just another Potter publicity stunt. There are few like Harry who know the truth and have started and army know as the "Order of the Phoenix", led by none other then Hogwart's Headmaster Dumbledore. Included in the group are previous characters we have encountered in previous films; The Weasleys, Harry's Godfater Sirius, Prof. Lupin, Mad-Eye Moody, as well as some new characters that will prove themselves in the end. With Harry wanting to fight, the Order insists that he return to school because that is the only way he can be protected from Voldemort. With the Ministry of Magic as well as some of Harry's own classmates believing that Harry is a liar the new school year will be filled with grief. From the introduction of a horrible new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to a spiritual bond to his most hated enemey, Harry's school year/life will never be the same.

In all honesty I was a little disappointed in the film. Being such a great fan of the books I guess its hard not to be. I will say that the screenplay matched the book very well but there was just too much story to be told inside of a 2 hour movie. Sure the new actors playing characters I can only imagine inside my head were phenominal but there was just something missing this time around. The CG was amazing as always but I also noted how they changed certain ways they did things in the film then in the previous films and I did not like that. It would be like making C-3PO purple in Return of the Jedi, it just doesnt work. The film has to flow along with its other counterparts to be able to continue the story and thats what I thinked this film missed. I mean sure I am probablly going to see again and I will get it on DVD but is is not my favorite HP film.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I am just going to give my opinion on this book because unlike the rest of the world I do not want to ruin the story of Harry and his friends. The book was amazing and has crept up into the top 3 position (my top 7 I guess) of the series. There was no other way to end the story and JK Rowling finished it with grace. I do not think I have ever read a book so fast. Not because it was an easy read but I litterally could not put it down. I couldn't tell you how many hours of sleep I lost just wanting to know what happens next and how it all was going to end. I laughed, I cried and I hurled...... well not some much the last one but it's funny. Anyways the book was good and if you are a HP fan from the films I would definatley recommend reading the books as well.

By Matt Alexander
7/27/2007


Burn Notice

I'm digging the USA series Burn Notice. It's an interesting mix of The Bourne Identity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Plus cult-superstar Bruce Campbell co-stars as Sam Axe, a burned-out ex-spy who's more interested in watching the ladies than working.

Burn Notice

By Bert Ehrmann
7/21/2007


Surviving the Summer TV Doldrums

Surviving the Summer TV Doldrums

Every Summer when the movie cineplexes are kicking into high gear the television networks seem to be shifting into low gear. Over the sweltering Summer months, these networks prefer to burn off the last few episodes of failed drama and comedy series while also releasing a slew of reality and game shows in order to fill their TV schedules. And if you're the type of person that's into these types of shows then good for you, but if you're like me and can't stand even a minute of reality TV there are some alternatives to the Summer television doldrums.

Continue reading this column on what to watch this Summer.

By Bert Ehrmann
7/20/2007


Ever Since The World Ended

Ever Since The World Ended sounds like an interesting movie. From IMDB:

Twelve years ago, a plague swept through, wiping out most of the population; in San Francisco, only 186 people remain. Two of them use jury-rigged batteries to power a camera and make a documentary. We see a variety of approaches to survival, from the artist and engineer who trade for their needs, to the surfers and woodsmen who fish and hunt, to the scavengers, and a communal farm. We also see how the community deals with those who threaten it, and how the youth are growing up with different values from those who knew our world.

Ever Since The World Ended

Ever Since The World Ended is currently available on DVD.

By Bert Ehrmann
7/13/2007


Battlestar Galactica

A first-look at the Battlestar Galactica tele-film "Razor" has been posted on YouTube.

By Bert Ehrmann
7/11/2007


Transformers – Bert's Review

I was a young pup when the original incarnation of the Transformers hit the television airwaves back in 1984 as the original cartoon series. It was a daily ritual for me to watch Transformers everyday after school and me and most of my friends all owned a multitude of transformable toys from the series. So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I learned about the live-action Transformers movie set to hit theaters this Summer. I had actually seen the original Transformers movie in theaters back in 1986 and had to wonder if this new version could it live up to the spirit of the original Transformers while also updating the content and story for a 21st century audience?

Unfortunately no, Transformers (2007) doesn't nearly live up to the hype or lineage set before it with the original series – plus it's a bad movie to boot.

Transformers

In Transformers (2007), the good Autobots face off with the evil Decepticons on Earth over the "All Spark" device hidden somewhere on the planet. This device has the power to turn any machine into a Transformer and whomever possess it will have enough power to take over the Universe. Throw in a hormone driven Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBouf) his "dangerous" girlfriend to-be Mikaela (Megan Fox) and a few stereotypical soldiers lead by Captain Lennox (Josh Duhamel) not to mention a multitude of other characters who come and go seemingly at random and what you've got is one giant mess.

To be honest I wasn't sure what was happening most of the time and I was confused as to why an Australian (Rachael Taylor) had so much access to the secrets of the Pentagon not to mention why Lennox just happened to seemingly have a direct line from the battlefield of Qatar (where, in reality, there is no battlefield) to the Secretary of Defense (Jon Voight) in Washington DC?

Other than one of the most horribly written scripts in recent memory seemingly cobbled together from bits of much better movies (Transformers, the ultimate remix movie?), the story of Transformers relies on far too many coincidence and cliche to ever deliver anything substantial.

I had expected more but perhaps I expected too much?

One Star

By Bert Ehrmann
7/8/2007


Final Fantasy XII - PS2

Final Fantasy XII

Me being the Final Fantasy freak that I am, I decided to review Final Fantasy XII (12). So most of you have played a Final Fantasy and thought, “Oh, this is so boring, I have to level up all of the time, where is the action?” Am I right? Well, then I suggest you think again. FFXII is like no other Final Fantasy game yet. Square-Enix decided to dish out a whole new battle system. This time around, it’s not turn-based, AND, you can see the monsters on the map without having to break into a fight scene every five seconds! It keeps you on the edge of your seat as you control three character’s (maybe even four!) every actions, which are supported by gambits. Gambits are pre-made orders for your character to perform.

The battle system isn’t the only thing new to the FF series this game. They also went on a new route with their story! Usually there’s some bad guy bent on destroying the planet and you have to go stop him, etc. Well, this is way more political, but with some old elements thrown into the mix. You play as Vaan, the wanna’ be sky pirate. Your city is taken over by the Archadian Empire, who is slowly taking control over everything in Ivalice (the world). You get thrown into a whole chain of events that unravels numerous secrets in the political workings of the Empire. I won’t go into detail on the story, but it’s amazing.

Overall, Square-Enix has done a wonderful job with the game. Be on the lookout for a sequel to FFXII coming out for the Nintendo DS! Square-Enix has not yet released a launch date.  

By Justin Lose
7/8/2007


Three for one Deal




Hey there folks, been quite a while since I've done a bit of reviews on the site. So with that in mind, you get a 3 for one deal!

1. Well as luck would have it, Pan's Labyrinth finally came out on DVD, and my wife and I decided to check it out via Netflix. After reading the review from my brother, and seeing that the movie won a few Oscars ( Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Makeup) I figured it was time to see what all the hype actually was about for this flick.
Barring that it was indeed filmed in Spanish with English subtitles (I saw Crouching Tiger / Hidden Dragon in Mandrinn) the movie left me feeling.. a bit disappointed. Granted the creature design and artistic direction for the film were great (last time I saw great creature design was on Farscape), the rest of the film was drab and boring.
And for some reason now-a-days, fantasy film directors are completely into having multiple plots for their films. To me, this leaves the viewer distraught, simply due to the viewer wanting to watch one particular part of the film, and NOT the other. This film's linearity was a bit stretched at times. Half-way through the flick, I felt like I was watching "Bridge to Terrabithia" all over again (but with more gore and gunshots).
Ah.. Did anyone catch the foreshadowing in the flick though? How about the part where the Spanish Captain is shaving, and takes a swipe at the mirror with the razor? Interesting fate what happens later in the flick, isn't it? Matter of fact, I think everyone that watched this were WAITING for the Captain to get his "dish best served cold".





2.Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End. Ah yes, the conclusion of the Trilogy. You being the viewer are expecting a good, rip-roaring time with Pirates galore, and a overall general good ending to the tale. Arrrrrrr me mateys, there be trouble in them there thoughts. ya'see your third Pirate film has run its course, and burned out that desire to see any Pirate calamity on the silver screen. Bottom line, they should have ended it with the first one. The adventures of Jack Sparrow are always a good time to visit, However, the third installment of this franchise basically beat the horse dead. I did welcome back the ever insanity of Geoffrey Rush (as Cap'n Barbossa). Although Johnny Depp does a wonderful job at being the illustrious "Cap'n Jack Sparrow", Rush gave that extra edge in his character, yielding an image that he was indeed a salty Pirate curr. YARRR! Once again, visually the movie was rather stunning, with Bill Nighy as "Davy Jones" showing off his CGI animated facial features along with the rest of the Flying Dutchman's crew. But as far as the plot goes.. It seems like they just wrote it in 20 minutes and ended the film hastily.


3.The Wire on HBO. From IMDB.com "Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians" After seeing several reviews on this particular Drama series (and being a Fan of "The Shield") I figured that this would be my next stop in DVD rental-dom. And I can clearly say, I am not disappointed. The sheer reality depicted in the series is staggering, clearly showing the day-to-day activities that exist in todays Metropolitan atmosphere. The acting, various plots and overall drama keep you wanting more of the series, and to always want the good guys to win (which, in some cases isn't always the case.) Like "Oz" and "Band of Brothers", HBO clearly delivers another winning TV series for viewing. (So far, We are only at Season 2. )



By Mo Alexander
7/6/2007


More than Meets the Eye : Transformers Review



With most of the summer movies not impressing me what so ever, (except Live Free or Die Hard) I decided that I would try to rediscover something I loved as a child in a live-action film. For many years I have waited for the Transformers to return to their glory from the 80's. There have been many attempts to reinvent the idea into new Anime style cartoon kid shows but I found them to be....... HORRIBLE. When I found out that Michael Bay and Steven Spielbergh were involved in the film I was again skeptical. Was my childhood dream of an actual live action Transformers movie in peril of becoming another Summer Blockbuster like Armageddon or Con Air? Would Bert, my cousin, finally get to reprieve himself for missing Optimus Prime die in the Cartoon Movie? The answers to these questions is.... Yes !

The movie follows Sam (Shia LeBouf aka soon to be Indiana Jones Jr.) who buys a mysterious car that ends up being a alien robot from a distant planet named Bumble Bee. The Autobots (Good Robots) are trying to find an ancient device that crashed landed on Earth many years ago. The device would give the power to whomever held it the ability to create robotic life. The Decepticons (Bad Robots) mean to use the device to create an army and take over the Galaxy. Its up to the Autobots and Sam to save Earth and destroy the Decepticons.

This movie was Intensity in Ten Cities. I near say that the opening attack on a military base gave me chills. It was everything I expected if a Transformer was real. There was non-stop action and a solid story to go along with the amazing CG work as well as the realtime stunts you would expect in a Bay film. The character development was good and the humor in the film was not overdone. The vehicles they decided to use in the film were great choices even though I will hear many complaints that they did not stick to the original cartoon vehicles. But seriously would you rather see Bumble Bee as a bad-ass Camaro or some new-age VW Beetle. Thats what I thought. Overall I enjoyed the film. I was impressed with the whole film and I hardly ever say that. There are already talks about making a sequel and I hope they do. Maybe next time we will see Soundwave. Transform and Roll Out

By Matt Alexander
7/3/2007


The Lowly Comic Book Movie

The Lowly Comic Book Movie

Earlier this Summer, the movie Spider-Man 3 opened to huge business, raking in an estimated $300 million in ticket sales in the month of May alone. But the real surprise hit of the year (so far) was the "swords and sandals" epic 300. Released in March, this "little movie that could" cost an estimated $60 million to produce yet managed to take in over $200 million at the box office with a DVD release set for later this Summer.

Continue reading this column on movies based on comic books.

By Bert Ehrmann
6/29/2007


Goodbye Stargate



For ten years Stargate has been on the air and on last friday night the last episode was shown. It was a shock for me to learn earlier in the year that the show was being cancelled but after the final season I realized that it was inevitible. From changes in the cast (even though they were perfect replacements) to the new threat of the Ori, the show had gone semi down hill. But, there is still that fan following that will last forever in the hearts of the people who loved the show. The show is one of my favorite shows of all time and it will surely be missed.

There will be more adventures of the SGC via movies that go straight to DVD but it still will not be the same.

By Matt Alexander
6/27/2007


1408

1408 is a story about Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a writer who makes his living visiting and writing books about haunted hotels across the country. On all his travels, Mike's never been witness to the supernatural, that is until his visit to room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

1408

1408 is an interesting movie, but it's just not all that scary. There are some unique moments and a few frightening bits but essentially the movie is John Cusack alone vs. an inanimate hotel room out to kill him and what fun is that?

By Bert Ehrmann
6/24/2007


Blast From the Past - Big Trouble in Little China : Review



Another John Carpenter film, Big Trouble in Little China was one of the first action packed films in the 80's to include martial arts from such an amazing culture as China. Yes I know that there was Karate Kid, TMNT pandemonium, and a dozen Jean Claude Van Dam films, but this movie was always a favorite film of my brother and I.

The film follows Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), a trucker stopping in Chinatown to drop off his cargo and to play cards with his old friend Wang Chi. When Wang loses a hand and cannot pay back the money he owes, he tells Jack that they must go pick up his fiance at the airport before he can give him his money. When Wang's fiance is kidnapped at the airport by renegade 80's style gang members, Jack agrees to help Wang find her and rescue her. She is essential for an upcoming plan to revive a thousand year old Chinese sorcerer named Lo Phan and bring him back to the world as a mortal again. Equipped with his army and a trio known as the Three Storms can Jack, Wang and their friends save the girl.

When I first saw this film as a young lad I was enthralled with the fight scenes and the magic during those scenes. Every kid wants to believe in magic and to this day I still have hope. I learned so much about another countries culture, including that China had many different types of Hell. The Three Storms in the film is what really caught my eye at first. (Hell they even copied the film with creating Raiden in Mortal Kombat) The idea that three men could summon the power of the elements of a storm was simply ingenious. If you like high flying sword fights, witty dialogue and an awesome kung-fu gang fight in an alley, this movie is for you. Way to go John Carpenter for creating another amazing film.

"Its all in the Reflexes"

By Matt Alexander
6/16/2007


The Bourne Ultimatum

IMPAwards has posted two cool posters for the upcoming The Bourne Ultimatum movie. I'm guessing these are European versions by the format of the dates on the posters.

Bourne Ultimatum

By Bert Ehrmann
6/15/2007


If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It - Predator

Predator

I'm not sure what the deal is with years that end in seven, but it seems as if a lot of interesting movies/TV series debut in years ending in this lucky number. This year the movie Starship Troopers (1997) celebrated its tenth anniversary, later this fall Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) will celebrate its 20th and last month Star Wars (1977) turned 30. But there's another important movie most people overlook that also turns 20 this year – Predator (1987).

Continue reading the column on the movie Predator.

By Bert Ehrmann
6/15/2007


Battlestar Galactica Toys

It looks like there are a few new Battlestar Galactica Titanium toys due out later this Summer, a black (WTF!?) Viper Mark II and a red Viper Mark VII. I'm guessing that these are essentially repaints of the original versions of these miniatures.

Viper Mark II

Viper Mark VII

By Bert Ehrmann
6/10/2007


Ocean's Thirteen

I had high hopes for Ocean's Thirteen; though Ocean's Twelve (2004) was enjoyable, Ocean's Eleven (2001) was a fun movie from beginning to end and I hoped more of the same from Ocean's Thirteen. Unfortunately, Ocean's Thirteen isn't very good.

Ocean's Thirteen

In Ocean's Thirteen, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and crew try to "break the bank" on the new casino owned by Willie Bank (Al Pacino) who's partially stolen this venture away from Ocean's member Reuben (Elliott Gould) and left him in the hospital.

Unfortunately, much of the story of Ocean's Thirteen is confusing and the fun of the previous two Ocean's movies has all but left this third outing. There are some enjoyable moments in the movie, but overall Ocean's Thirteen was a disappointment.

One and a Half Stars

By Bert Ehrmann
6/10/2007


30 Days of Night

The trailer for 30 Days of Night has been released. What I find funny is that though 30 Days of Night started off as a traditional comic book, its referred to as a "graphic novel" in the trailer, I suppose "graphic novel" sounds more important than "comic book."

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By Bert Ehrmann
6/9/2007


Jericho Un-Canceled

The New York Times is reporting that the once canceled melodramatic CBS series Jericho has been "un-canceled" by an outcry from series fans. From the article:

In a letter to “Jericho” fans that opened with “Wow!,” the president of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, praised the “impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion” evident in the effort to save the series. Ms. Tassler added that the series could be extended further if fans help recruit more viewers. The letter is posted on the message board at CBS’s Jericho Web site.

Has a network reviving a show such a Jericho EVER worked? Sure, fans of the original Star Trek were able to revive their series for one more season – but even that mighty show was once again canceled after this resurrection season.

Thanks to Duke for the heads up on all of this.

Jericho

By Bert Ehrmann
6/7/2007


American Gangster

Yahoo has debuted the teaser trailer for the upcoming American Gangster movie, due in theaters later this Fall. From Yahoo:

Based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in segregated North Carolina where he watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a white girl. He eventually made his way to Harlem where he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia's Golden Triangle to make connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug sales. Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts, who finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing heroin so easy.

American Gangster

American Gangster

American Gangster

American Gangster

By Bert Ehrmann
6/6/2007


30 Days of Night

JoBlo has posted the first teaser poster for the upcoming 30 Days of Night movie based on the comic book of the same name.

30 Days of Night

Essentially, in 30 Days of Night a family of vampires wander into the town of Barrow, Alaska during Winter when there's 30 straight days of night before Spring – perfect for Sun-phobic vampires.

By Bert Ehrmann
6/6/2007


John Conner Mini-Bust

How cool is this!? Sideshow Collectibles is offering a John Conner mini-bust that's set to make its debut at The San Diego Comic Con later this Summer but is available for pre-order online this Friday (6/8).

Deadwood DVD

If you're unfamiliar with this version of John Conner, he makes a VERY brief appearance in the opening "Future War" moments of Terminator 2.

John Conner

By Bert Ehrmann
6/5/2007


Deadwood DVD

Out on DVD next week (6/12) is the third (and last?) season of Deadwood. Extras include episode commentaries and two featurettes.

Deadwood DVD

By Bert Ehrmann
6/5/2007


One Beginning & an Ending

Next Sunday (6/10) HBO airs the series finale episode of The Sopranos at 9:00 P.M. (EST) and the debut episode of the David Milch (Deadwood) series John From Cincinnati immediately after. There's not much info on the last episode of The Sopranos, but HBO describes John From Cincinnati as:

Just north of the border, in a tired coastal town, live three generations of the Yosts, surfing royalty turned society misfits. The Yosts' reign and reputation, once defined in the curl of a perfect wave, have been eroded by years of bad luck, addiction and hubris. But just as things are looking like they can't get worse, a stranger named John arrives – and the Yosts' banal existence is lifted into something profound, miraculous and, possibly, universal.

John From Cincinnati

By Bert Ehrmann
6/4/2007


M41-A

Build your very own M41-A Pulse Rifle from the movie Aliens. This thing ia so accurate you can shoot live ammunition out of it!

M41-A

By Bert Ehrmann
6/4/2007


Knocked Up

Knocked Up should really be called Growing Up, because that's what it's really about: growing up.

Knocked Up

In Knocked Up, twenty-something man-boy Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is living the slacker dream; sharing an apartment with his constantly stoned friends with no real plans for the future. By chance, Ben meets Alison (Katherine Heigl), an ambitious host for the E! network, at a club one night and, again by chance, Alison ends up pregnant after a night of drunken passion.

Ben and Alison tries to do the right thing but discover that staying together while having a child together can be really, really hard. Especially when Ben sees his life of freedom slipping away and the cold, hard reality of adulthood approaching and when Alison begins questioning her decision to place her and her baby's future in the hands of a guy more adept at smoking pot than taking any responsibilities.

Knocked Up is a very good movie, I'd rate it right up there with the 40 Year Old Virgin – another teaming of writer/director Judd Apatow and many of the cast of Knocked Up. It's almost as if Knocked Up is part of Apatow's series on growing up – Freaks and Geeks (high school), Undeclared (college), Knocked Up (20s), The 40 Year Old Virgin (30s and 40s.)

Knocked Up does run a bit long and there did seem to be a few too many sub-plots for Alison and Ben to plow through along the way. Still, after the movie ended I can honestly say that I wanted to see more. Knocked Up 2 anyone?

3 Stars

By Bert Ehrmann
6/3/2007


New Bionic Cavemen Anatomy Chronicles

2007-08 Fall Television Preview

A few weeks back, with much glitz and glamour, the television networks debuted their schedules for the 2007-08 Fall season. Though next season, much like every other television season the last 20 years, has its share of wacky sitcoms, "rebellious defense attorneys" and "rogue cop" dramas, there are a few interesting and unique series set to debut next Fall.

Continue reading this article on the 2007-08 Fall television season.

By Bert Ehrmann
6/1/2007


Battlestar Galactica

Back in early May, Edward James Olmos reported that the next season of Battlestar Galactica would be its last, which was quickly denied by producer David Eick. Now, it appears as if Olmos was right when yesterday Eick and Ronald D. Moore released a statement confirming the next season of the show would be the last. From SyFy Portal:

This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle, and finally, an end," the producers said in their release, according to industry trade publication Variety. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms.
Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
6/1/2007


Blast From the Past - Jaws : Review



With the Memorial Day weekend come and gone I was able to catch some great movies on TV that are only shown every once and a while. My favorite Spielberg film besides the Indiana Jones series, Jaws is the perfect summer holiday Horror film.

Set on the island of Amity, Jaws is a film about a killer great white shark attacking the island's waters and viciously killing a young girl. Not wanting to draw any panic to the Fourth of July tourists the Mayor of the island declares the first death as a mere boating accident. Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) and marine scientist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) know the real truth behind the death. With the tourists arriving, another local boy is killed and pandemonium erupts. The towns people and the tourists fear for their lives and are afraid to even get close to the water. Police Chief Brody then hires local shark hunter/fisherman extraordinaire Quint (Robert Shaw) to take Hooper and himself on a charter to find and kill the beast.

With as many problems that this movie had during production, from the robotic shark not working to bad weather, its still amazing that this film was even finished. The sure size of the shark is what makes the film. To this day when I go swimming, even in a pool, I still look around for something coming up to snap my leg off. With memorable quotes and a great opening sequence to grab the viewers attention, this film is on a lot of my friends top film lists as well as mine.

"Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark."

By Matt Alexander
5/30/2007


Judd Apatow

Wired has an interview, along with some pretty extensive interview notes, with Knocked Up writer/director Judd Apatow who, along with some cast members, talks about the upcoming movie as well as the television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. From the article "Writer-Director (and Geek God) Judd Apatow Invites You Into His Mind:"

(On Freaks and Geeks) We wanted to do a show about the truth, which is that it was really hard in high school. Sometimes things didn't work out at all and all you had at the end of the day was your goofy friends, and maybe that was enough. You know, it was always about taking horrible physical and emotional beatings, but not about winning. It was never about winning.
Knocked Up

By Bert Ehrmann
5/30/2007


Star Wars

30 years ago today The Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) was released in theaters. The movie cost an estimated $13 million to make and has since earned something north of $450 million in theaters, not counting VHS, DVD, video store rentals or the five other movies that would follow.

I'm old enough to have seen the movie in theaters (probably during the 1978 re-release) and can remember when the ONLY other way to see Star Wars was on network television once or twice a year.

How times have changed.

Star Wars

By Bert Ehrmann
5/25/2007


Flash Gordon

EW has posted some an interview with Eric Johnson, star of the upcoming Flash Gordon series. From the interview:

Who do you think the show will appeal to the most?
I think it's going to appeal to a lot of people. It's been amazing, in my initial experiences talking about the show, how many men in their 40s into their 60s just light up when you mention Flash Gordon. And I don't think there's a 13-year-old boy in the world who isn't going to think this is the coolest show ever. Frickin' ray guns! How cool is that?
Flash Gordon

By Bert Ehrmann
5/23/2007


Veronica Mars Spin-Off

TV Squad has a bit of info on the Veronica Mars FBI spin-off (?) show that wasn't picked up for the Fall 2007-08 television schedule. From the review:

Veronica then starts poking around this kid's apartment, when she notices how "meticulous and patient" this guy is. It dawns on her that this the kid is the mail bomber. We hear a noise, and when Veronica turns around with her gun withdrawn, we see that the kid has a knife to hot shot rookie girl's throat. The end

Alas, the reviewer doesn't much like the spin-off:

The network was looking for the cheapest possible way to essentially keep Kristin Bell and jettison everything else. There wasn't a single character other than Veronica that came over to the FBI version of the show.
Veronica Mars

By Bert Ehrmann
5/23/2007


No Man's Land

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun, The Usual Suspects) is set to write a movie about the first World War entitled No Man's Land. From JoBlo:

The film will follow three fictional characters, as they show the complex reasons why the different European powers chose which sides to fight on…The three characters followed, will be an American ambulance driver in France who joins the French Foreign Legion and eventually fights for the Americans when the U.S. enters the war; a British soldier wrongly accused of cowardice; and a German soldier mired in the trenches.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/22/2007


John From Cincinnati

HBO.com has posted the first piece of art and a teaser trailer for the upcoming John From Cincinnati series set to premiere Sunday June, 10.

John From Cincinnati

By Bert Ehrmann
5/21/2007


Sarah Connor Chronicles

There are a couple of really cool Sarah Connor Chronicles videos that have been posted on YouTube – see below.





By Bert Ehrmann
5/20/2007


The Joker

The first (official?) pic of The Joker from the Batman The Dark Knight movie has been released over on the Batman on Film.com site.

The Joker

By Bert Ehrmann
5/20/2007


Straight Time

Due out on DVD next week (5/22) is Straight Time, a DVD that I've personally been waiting to be released for years. From Amazon:

"Please God, don't let him get caught."After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime.
Straight Time

By Bert Ehrmann
5/20/2007


Return of Dream of a Big, Huge Turtle

The Bermuda Depths

Some people are obsessed with cars, others with comic books but for 20 years Fort Wayne Reader publisher Michael Summers was obsessed with a made-for-television movie that aired a few times in the late 1970s before slipping into obscurity.

A little history – back in the late 1990s, both Michael and myself worked in the marketing department of a large music retailer. One day, Michael put my knowledge of movie trivia to the test and practically dared me to find the title of a movie he had seen a few times as a kid but never since. He couldn't remember much about the film other than it featured a gigantic turtle, had a girl with "glowing green eyes" and WASN'T the movie Gamera.

Continue reading this column on the movie The Bermuda Depths.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/18/2007


The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It's official – Fox has picked up the Terminator television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles set to air next Fall. From Zap2It:

Filling in the gaps between the second and third "Terminator" films, Sarah Connor and her son John, humanity's future savior, must fight to stay alive in a dangerous world full of threats both from the present and the future.
Sarah Connor Chronicles

By Bert Ehrmann
5/17/2007


Transformers

Yahoo has posted an "exclusive trailer" for the upcoming Transformers movie. By the looks of it Transformers is Armageddon (meteors at the beginning crashing into U.S. landmarks) plus Independence Day (the Earth in peril by aliens, an alien held captive at a secret location) plus E.T. (Bumblebee bonding with a human adolescent and captured by the government/military).

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By Bert Ehrmann
5/17/2007


Veronica Mars

TVGuide.com is reporting that this season of Veronica Mars definitely is the last. From series creator Rob Thomas:

Bottom line: It's over.
Veronica Mars

By Bert Ehrmann
5/17/2007


Kitchen Confidential

Out on DVD next week (5/22) is the underrated Kitchen Confidential series. The 13 episode series, only six actually aired, retails for around $30.

Kitchen Confidential

By Bert Ehrmann
5/16/2007


ABC Fall 2007-08 Schedule

ABC has given the go ahead for the comedy Cavemen next season that's "inspired by the Geiko commercials." WTF are they thinking? More on new ABC shows for next Fall here.

Cavemen

By Bert Ehrmann
5/15/2007


NBC Fall 2007-08 Schedule, Part 2

NBC.com has posted a section on their web-site featuring their 2007-08 television series line-up, including photos and extensive preview videos for their new shows.

The Bionic Woman

NBC has also posted a Bionic Woman clip on YouTube:



NBC describes Bionic Woman as:

Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teen-aged sister, Jaime Sommers didn't think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death's door, Jaime's only hope of survival is through a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.

With a whole new existence and a debt to repay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it's Jaime's journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as...The Bionic Woman.
Journeyman:
Dan Vassar thought he had it all: a loving wife, a great son and a steady job. But life suddenly throws him a curve ball. Dan finds himself traveling into the past with a purpose – impacting people's lives for the better – and sometimes the worse. While doing so, Dan reconnects with Livia Beale, his ex-fiancée whom he lost in a mysterious plane crash. Now armed with the knowledge of the present, will he be able to save her? What would that mean to his own future? And how would it change a man who thought he had it all?

By Bert Ehrmann
5/14/2007


NBC Fall 2007-08 Schedule

NBC announced their Fall television schedule today and according to Deadline Hollywood, new series include The Bionic Woman, The IT Crowd, Chuck, Journeyman, Life, Lipstick Jungle, The Singing Bee, World Moves, Heroes: Origins and Lipshitz Saves The World. I'm surprised to see two sci-fi shows (The Bionic Woman and Journeyman) on their schedule this year. Interesting.

I have high hopes for The Bionic Woman and The IT Crowd.

UPDATE
Zap2It has posted a bunch of stills from the new NBC shows, including The Bionic Woman, The IT Crowd and Journeyman.

The Bionic Woman

The IT Crowd

By Bert Ehrmann
5/14/2007


Blast From the Past - Blade Runner : Review



A movie that came out one month after I was born and to this day still is considered the one movie that was made before its time. A Ridley Scott film based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Blade Runner is the ultimate futuristic Sci-Fi film.

In the near future man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones/robots with a limited life-span, used to serve in the colonies outside Earth. Rick Deckard is a cop who is assigned to terminate replicants, known as a Blade Runner. Deckard is called out of retirement when four replicants escape from the colonies to find their creator for the wish of eternal life.

Besides the Star Wars series, this is my favorite movie featuring Harrison Ford. I know what you might say "What about Indiana Jones?", well sure he will always be Indiana too but at least in this movie he wasn't named after the dog. Blade Runner is quite possible one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made. The special effects in the film still to this day dumb-found me and I usually can tell when something is fake. The film has one of the best lines ever at the end of the film, which makes you consider what life is all about. ( Hell, the special speaker at my high school graduation quoted it. )


"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

By Matt Alexander
5/14/2007


Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 was good, but not great. This time, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man must do battle with evil Sandman, Venom, the reborn Green Goblin and the upset Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst).

Spider-Man 3

Some of the plot and dialog was a bit hokey and over-the-top, and the whole Evil-Peter Parker hep-kat Saturday Night Fever dance sequence was unbearable. Overall, though, Spider-Man 3 was pretty much what one would expect from a typical Summer movie – little plot and lots of action.

If you enjoyed either Spider-Man (2002) or Spider-Man 2, you'll probably also enjoy Spider-Man 3.

But the ending – oh, the ending! I don't want to give anything away but the big last battle between the heroes and villains is a fan-boy's dream. The ending is worth the price of admission alone.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/13/2007


28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later is the disappointing follow-up to the very good 28 Days Later. In 28 Weeks Later, a repopulated London is once again in the grips of a Rage-zombie outbreak, and it's up to a small band of survivors to escape the carnage.

Jeremy Renner

Unfortunately, in 28 Weeks Later the story never quite comes together, and there are gigantic story plot-holes throughout. Worst of all, it seemed as if large parts of the story were in place simply to keep the plot moving forward and didn't make much sense.

There were a few interesting action scenes and Jeremy Renner was adapt at playing Delta Force commando "Doyle," but all-in-all a 28 Weeks Later was too "by the book" and not innovative or scary enough.
2/4 Stars

By Bert Ehrmann
5/13/2007


The Kingdom

A more action-oriented trailer to the upcoming The Kingdom movie has been released over at Yahoo. Does anyone else find it ironic that a song like "Bullet the Blue Sky" that can be seen as having elements critical of America is used over an sequence for an American action movie?

The Kingdom

The Kingdom


The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

By Bert Ehrmann
5/13/2007


The Bionic Woman

The New York Times is reporting that the series The Bionic Woman has been picked up by NBC and that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) will portray the "original" Bionic Woman.

This one stars Michelle Ryan as an accident victim remade with bionic parts who is embroiled in a secret government project, which also includes a previous bionic prototype, played by Katee Sackhoff. The series was once thought to be in trouble, but the pilot is now getting some of the strongest favorable reviews inside NBC.
From SCI FI Wire:
(Sackhoff says) "She's the original bionic woman. The first bionic woman. She doesn't let anyone forget it. And she's kind of gone off the reservation. She's a little crazy." Sackhoff, who plays fighter jock Starbuck in Battlestar, will star in The Bionic Woman opposite Michelle Ryan, who plays Jamie Sommers. Sackhoff revealed that her character will have two bionic arms, "both legs, two eyes, one ear, part of my chest."
Katee Sackhoff

By Bert Ehrmann
5/11/2007


Battlestar Galactica

UPDATE – Producer David Eick says that the end of Battlestar Galactica might not be in sight as per James Olmos' comments. From SCI FI Wire:

"For those of you who have been paying attention over the years, this is not the first time Eddie has made an announcement about the possibility of the show's end," chuckled Eick. "I promise you that when [executiuve producer] Ron [Moore] and I make a decision about Galactica's future, we'll let you know."

Dark Horizons is reporting that the next season of Battlestar Galactica will be the last.

Stars Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff told The IESB at the Saturn Awards Thursday night that the SciFi Channel will officially pull the plug on the show following its fourth season, which begins in January.

Olmos says "This will probably be the most extraordinary season of 'Battlestar'. It's the final season, so it's definitely going to be the most vicious. As far as we know, in respects of the way we have this show constructed, this is the final season."

Sackhoff says "I think part of the problem is that it's an expensive show. It is [a great show], but we don't have the viewership that a great show should get."
Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
5/11/2007


Battlestar Galactica Toys

Action Figure Xpress has posted some details on the upcoming release of the Battlestar Galactica action figures due out later this Fall. It appears as if the figures will retail for (about) $16 each and include two versions of Six, Apollo, Hot Dog and (exclusive to AFX) Helo.

Battlestar Toys

By Bert Ehrmann
5/9/2007


The Long Walk

ABC is turning the Steven King story The Long Walk into a reality show*. From TVtattle:

For 10 weeks, reality TV cameras have been following a dozen contestants as they march from Boston to Washington, D.C. in an effort to lose weight and pick up $1.2 million.
*Okay, this reality show isn't really based on any Steven King story. But this reality show, entitled Fat March, and The Long Walk sound suspiciously similar, except loosing The Long Walk meant death. More on The Long Walk here.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/9/2007


The Making of Star Wars

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film book is HIGHLY recommended by Dangerous Universe. It's 372 pages chronicling the creation process of the movie Star Wars from initial idea to world-wide phenomena. From Amazon:

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of never-before-published “lost” interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. For the first time, it’s all here…
The Making of Star Wars

By Bert Ehrmann
5/8/2007


Lost to Last Three More Seasons

Yahoo is reporting that the series Lost is set to run three more seasons before the end. From the article:

The Emmy-winning adventure series will run for 48 more episodes over three seasons. Each season will consist of 16 episodes, which will air uninterrupted.

"Lost" executive producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who have been vocal about setting up an endgame for the show, have signed on to stay for the remainder of the series' run. Their separate new eight-figure deals with "Lost" producer ABC TV Studio include their services on the show as well as multiyear development pacts set to kick in when "Lost" bows out during the 2009-10 season.

I'm not sold on a 16 episode season – generally television seasons consist of 24 episodes. It seems to me that three 16 episode seasons rather than two 24 episode seasons means, for ABC at least, more ad revenue and more DVD sales for three sets rather than two.

Lost

By Bert Ehrmann
5/7/2007


28 Weeks Later

Dark Horizons has posted a spoiler-filled review of the upcoming movie 28 Weeks Later. The reviewer sums up the movie as:

It's full of the action, violence and dread you hope for from the zombie genre, and in being as good as 28 Days Later, it joins the canon of some of the best horror movies ever.
28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
5/6/2007


Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 opens big, earning nearly $150 million in the U.S. and $375 million world-wide since its release. From Yahoo:

Spider-Man caught just about everyone in his web. The superhero's latest adventure, "Spider-Man 3," smashed box-office records with $148 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That put it ahead of the previous record debut of $135.6 million set last summer by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Most interesting is the difference between the number one and two movies this week – Spider-Man with $150 million and Disturbia with just $6 million.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/6/2007


Entertainment Weekley's Top Sci-Fi 25

EW has posted a list of the Top 25 Sci-Fi film/tv series in the last 25 years. I agree with most of the listings but there are some on here that I definitely disagree with. ( VERY MUCH ! )

Some notable picks are Aliens, Blade Runner, Children of Men, and Doctor Who.

You can see the whole list here :EW's Top 25 Sci-FI:

Number one is garbage by the way so do not even look at it.

By Matt Alexander
5/5/2007


Blast From the Past - The Road Warrior : Review



Probably my favorite Mel Gibson movie and the most popular movie of the series, The Road Warrior stands alone in movie history. It was one of the very first films to have the idea of a post-appocolyptic world and what might happen if we all decided to nuke the hell out of each other.

Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife, son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter. Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky is searching for sources of fuel and stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors. Max finds the community is being attacked by a band of brutal motorcyclists led by Humangus and his finest warrior, Wez, who bid to loot all the gasoline from the refinery for themselves. The community hires Max to help the community transport the gasoline across the highway but Humangus and his cronies are not far behind.

This movie has the best car chase scene probably ever shot. The last 20 or so minutes of the film is nothing but cars blowing up, people getting killed in cool ways, guns being fired and pure intensity. Many films have tried to replicate the "car chase" and have failed miserably. (I mean they even tried it in Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome and it still sucked.) I remember when I first saw this film (as an 8 year old kid) I thought that Max was betrayed by the community but as I got older I realized that it was all part of the plan and that Max was bad ass. Since then my fascination in all three films have become at a high of sorts since the night I was dubbed Madd Matt for obvious reasons. If you haven't seen this movie I highly recommend it to any one who loves a good old car chase.

By Matt Alexander
5/5/2007


Corpse Cinema

Corpse Cinema

Is it just me, or does it seem as if America is under the spell of some zombie-fetish movement? By my count, there will be five major films out this year, not to mention a slew of books, books and even a television series in the works for next fall that all feature the walking dead.

Relatively few zombie films were released during the golden period of the genera – essentially the 1960s to the 1980s – and the recent explosion of zombie related films can be traced back to two films released in 2002; Resident Evil and 28 Days Later.

Continue reading "Corpse Cinema."

By Bert Ehrmann
5/4/2007


American Gangster

JoBlo has posted two teaser posters for the upcoming American Gangster movie, due in theaters this fall. From JoBlo:

The film, which takes place in the 1970s, follows a former drug kingpin who shifts sides and works with New York City detective to help stop the flow of heroin into the US.
American Gangster

Click for a larger view.

By Bert Ehrmann
5/3/2007


Wally Schirra - 1923-2007

Astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra, one of the original "Mercury Seven," has died at age 84. From Yahoo:

Schirra, who commanded the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit, died late Wednesday, said David Mould, NASA press secretary in Washington…

In 1962, Schirra became the third American to orbit the Earth, encircling the globe six times in a flight that lasted more than nine hours.

He returned to space three years later as commander of Gemini 6 and guided his two-man capsule toward Gemini 7, already in orbit. On Dec. 15, 1965, the two ships came within a few feet of each other as they shot through space, some 185 miles above the Earth. It was the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit.

His third and final space flight in 1968 inaugurated the Apollo program that sought to land a man on the moon.
Wally Schirra

By Bert Ehrmann
5/3/2007


The War

PBS has posted a teaser site and some video for the upcoming The War documentary airing this fall. From PBS:

THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight
and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hürtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy.

The film honors the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as THE WAR.

The War

By Bert Ehrmann
5/2/2007


Iron Man

Entertainment Weekly has released the first image of a modern looking Iron Man from the upcoming movie of the same name. From EW:

Iron Man is the latest Marvel Comics superhero to jump from splash page to big screen. (The film is due May 2008.) Director Jon Favreau (Elf ) began shooting in March with star Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man

By Bert Ehrmann
5/2/2007


The Monster Squad

FINALLY – after a nearly 20 year absence from anywhere but 1980s late night television The Monster Squad finally arrives on DVD this July. From Twitch, extras include:

- Audio commentary by writer/director Dekker and cinematographer Bradford May
- Audio commentary by Dekker and actors Andre Gower, Ashley Bank and Ryan Lambert
- Wolf Man’s Got Nards! The Making of THE MONSTER SQUAD documentary
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Monster Mania reunion featurette
- Vintage interview with Tom Noonan
- Poster and still gallery
- Theatrical trailer
- TV spot
The Monster Squad

By Bert Ehrmann
5/1/2007


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The full trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie has been released. I got'ta say, it looks pretty cool.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

By Bert Ehrmann
4/30/2007


Edgar Wright vs. Shane Black

Esquire.com has posted an interview/conversation with writers/directors Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Part One:
The Naming of Sequels
The Greatest Police Novels Ever Written
Why Unforgiven Is the Most Influential Movie Ever
Guilty Pleasures, Bad Movies, and the Death of Lee Marvin

Part Two:
Director's Cuts Are Ruining the Movies
Is Grindhouse Any Good?
The Nonsensical World of "Popcorn Logic"
There Are No British Action Films
Remakes and the Law of Diminishing Returns

By Bert Ehrmann
4/30/2007


The A.V. Club

The A.V. Club has posted a list of movies they label as "13 Failed Attempts to Start Film Franchises." Their list includes The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension, The Rocketeer, Godzilla, Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Phantom.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/30/2007


TV Season Finales

TV addict has a nice run-down on all of the television season finales that start this week . A quick rundown on some favorites:

Finale Date:

 

Wed., May 9

Jericho

Thurs., May 10

My Name is Earl

Thurs., May 17

The Office, Scrubs

Mon., May 21

24, Heroes

Tues., May 22

Veronica Mars

Wed., May 23

Lost

Tues., May 29

House



See the entire list for yourself here
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By Bert Ehrmann
4/30/2007


Superman: Doomsday

The trailer for the upcoming Superman: Doomsday direct-to-dvd movie has been released, check it out for yourself below.



Out this fall, Superman: Doomsday follows the comic book Death of Superman story from the early 1990s and, according to IMDB, will sport a PG-13 rating. Co-written and co-directed by Bruce Timm, the time Adam Baldwin (Serenity) voices Clark Kent and Superman, Anne Heche (Men in Trees) Lois Lane and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

By Bert Ehrmann
4/29/2007


Michael Golden

Due out later this year are two books by legendary comic book artist Michael Golden. The first is due out at the end of June and entitled Modern Masters Volume 12: Michael Golden.

Michael Golden

From the publisher:

Simply put, Michael Golden is one of the most respected and influential artists working in the comic book industry today. From "Bucky O'Hare" and Dr. Strange to his groundbreaking work for The 'Nam, he has shown the ability to adapt his unique style to any genre, with amazing results. Penciler, inker, colorist, writer—Michael Golden is the complete artist, and during his career has served as Art Director for Marvel Comics and Editor for DC Comics. Now, this first-ever look at the artist's life and career presents a cornucopia of rare and unseen art from Golden's files, as well as a career-spanning interview, and a deluxe color gallery of some of his finest work. It's the essential look at a true modern master—Michael Golden.
The second book, Excess: The Art of Michael Golden: Comics Inimitable Storyteller and How He Does It, is due out this fall.

Michael Golden

From Amazon:
Artist/writer Michael Golden is one of the most respected creators in comics, the influence behind generations of artists. He visualizes the finished page completely in his head before he begins; onlookers are amazed to watch him start at one corner of a blank page and work his way down, leaving a fully rendered piece in his wake. Golden's unique, innovative work has been seen in Micronauts, The 'Nam, Star Wars, and Dr.Strange, as well as almost every major character in comics. Excess, the first retrospective of his work, features Golden's own words as he discusses his art and technique in depth. For Golden, "excess" defines a mind that can form every fold and nuance of a character without being overwhelmed by the frenzy. Like Michaelangelo creating a sculpture, Michael Golden chips away the excess to reveal the artwork within.

More on Michael Golden here and here.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/29/2007


28 Weeks Later

Yahoo has posted several more clips from the upcoming 28 Weeks Later movie. Clip titles include "Direct Contact," "Running from the infected," "We Kill It," "Outside the Security Zone" and "Stay Down, Stay Fast."

28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
4/29/2007


The Pacific

Variety is reporting that the looooooong discussed follow-up to the mini-series Band of Brothers currently known as The Pacific has been greenlit by HBO. From the article:

Production will begin in Australia this summer, with the mini to run on the net possibly in 2009…

"The Pacific" will draw on several sources of material, including Eugene Sledge's tome "With the Old Breed" and Robert Leckie's "Helmet for My Pillow…"

"The Pacific" follows the stories of the two authors, as well as that of fellow Marine John Basilone, as they the fight against Japan across the entire Asian theater.

Much of the mini will be shot in Melbourne, where U.S. troops were stationed during the war.
The Pacific

By Bert Ehrmann
4/25/2007


The Sarah Connor Chronicles

TV Squad has posted a review of the pilot episode to the proposed The Sarah Connor Chronicles – aka Terminator the TV Series. From the review:

The pilot episode of course features John, Sarah and Terminator trying to flee the big, bad Terminator out to destroy them (all of which, as far as I can tell from the script, are nothing more than T-800/850 models). As I read the script, I started to wonder if this was it -- just another cat-and-mouse chase, only this time lasting 20-some-odd number of episodes.

It's not until the final moments of the pilot that you realize there's going to be more to this series.
Sarah Connor Chronicles

By Bert Ehrmann
4/25/2007


Spider-Man 3

Radar Online is reporting that Spider Man 3 might be "the most expensive movie ever made." From the article:

Industry insiders claim that Sony spent $350 million or more on production alone. With marketing and promotion factored in, the total price tag will approach half a billion dollars—positioning Spider-Man 3 as the most expensive movie of all time…"I don't think this sets a great [precedent] for any of us," complains a top executive at a rival studio. "It's beyond the beyond. The problem isn't that other studios will now feel liberated to drop $300 million on a movie. The real danger is that it makes the $200 million movie seem not quite so bad. And the risks of that can be absolutely devastating."
Spider-Man 3

By Bert Ehrmann
4/24/2007


By the Power of Greyskull : Hot Fuzz Review



One of my most anticipated movies to come out this year was Hot Fuzz. I am a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead and I was hoping that the boys would release another film that was considered "Fried Gold". Sure it doesn't have zombies but I was still excited.

The movie follows Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), an overachiever London police officer, who gets transfered to the small town of Sanford because he does his job so well that he makes all of his other co-workers look bad. Teamed up with his new partner officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), the duo finds out that the quite little town isn't all it is cracked up to be. With a killer on the loose and a town that disregards the murders as accidents, Angel and Danny try to uncover the truth.

If you took every cheesy action movie moment from any film it was in this movie and it was hilarious. The film makes fun of Point Blank, Badd Boys 2, Cobra, The Rundown and Lethal Weapon just to name a few. Of course there were also many references to Shaun of the Dead that a lot of people in the audience did not understand. (A shame I must say) The movie was action packed and fun at the same time. It did start off a little slow but the last 30 minutes of the film made up for it. The special effects for the death scenes were awesome. I am assuming that the guys used the same effects team that they used in Shaun of the Dead. With funny characters and funny one-liners this movie is a most see.

By Matt Alexander
4/24/2007


The Venture Bros.

The Venture Bros. co-creator Jackson Publick has posted some nice original art from the series to his blog. This art was used on the packaging for the season two DVD.

The Venture Bros.

The Venture Bros.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/23/2007


The Venture Bros. - Love Never Blows Up and Gets Killed

The Venture Bros.

The Venture Bros. is essentially a comedic pastiche on the 1960s animated adventure staple Johnny Quest, except that in The Venture Bros. the Johnny character has grown to adulthood, had a couple of kids of his own, failed at following in his father's footsteps and had developed a narcotics addiction.

Continue reading this article on The Venture Bros.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/20/2007


Ronald D. Moore

The AV Club has an extensive interview up with Ronald D. Moore, producer and creator of the new Battlestar Galactica. From the interview:

AVC: Going into the next season, has the network given you any general requests to alter course? Like, "We need more laughs next time"? RM: There's been an ongoing conversation with the network since the very beginning about the tone of the show—is there enough humor on the show, is the show too dark, is it too depressing, are we giving people enough reasons to tune in the next week. That's always been a difficult conversation, I think. They've always been concerned that the show is too dark and just too depressing. And we're always saying, "No, that's what the show is. It's the circumstance, it's real, but there's still heroism within it, there's still people to root for, but they're just not your standard TV heroes." By and large we win that argument, and they let us do the show that we want.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/17/2007


Thursday Night NBC

MediaWeek is reporting that last the ratings for NBC last Thursday night were the LOWEST EVER. From the article:

NBC's ongoing rating woes were clearly visible on Thursday, April 12, with its combination of My Name is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs and ER resulting in the network's worst performance in the traditional (September to May) season since at least the inception of People Meters (1987)--and perhaps historically--on this once-pivotal evening.
I'd agree that the the comedy block on NBC Thursday features some of the best shows on television, but it's apparent by these numbers that the shows just aren't bringing in an audience.

The Office

By Bert Ehrmann
4/16/2007


28 Weeks Later

One more poster for the movie 28 Weeks Later, this one is much more in the vein of the poster used for the first movie.

28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
4/15/2007


Blast From the Past - The Thing : Review



Its become that time of the year where movies that come out in the theaters are not appealing anymore. Sure 300 was amazing and I am looking forward to seeing Grindhouse and Hot Fuzz, but there are some movies out now that make you say "How did this get the ok?". (Who really wants to watch another Fast and Furious rip-off.) This is the time of the year where I open the DVD vault and watch some of the best movies, in my eyes, ever made.

John Carpenter's The Thing. A movie based on the idea of an alien organism crashing on planet earth to assimilate and destroy the human population. An Antartic team, led by Kurt Russel's character MacGreedy, descovers the alien spacecraft and soon discovers that one of their own is "The Thing". The movie leads to grusome deaths and wild speculations throughout the movie. As well as some pretty memorable movie quotes. (My favorite - "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F___ING COUCH! ")

This movie is one of the movies I think of when I hear the term "Scif/Horror" film. Movies like this just are not made anymore plain and simple. At the time this was released it was part of the great time in movie history in which there were such films as Alien, Predator, Leviathan and of course the all time best alien movie ever Aliens. There have been many movies that stole the idea from this movie to make there own piece of crap (ex. The Faculty, Dreamcatcher) and movies/tv shows that made great references to it. (ex. Cabin Fever, South Park, Slither)

This movie is up there on my list of all time SciFi movies. The location of the film was the key to this film. If you put the actors in the middle of New York it never would have worked. The snow and darkness gave the film the disturbing aspect of being alone in the middle of nowhere with an alien after you. The story could have used a little bit more of a background but it definately starts off with a bang. Next time you find a dog and decide to bring it home.... dont.

The Video Game based on the movie is super sweet.

By Matt Alexander
4/12/2007


Meet the Fetts

Out this May, Gentle Giant is releasing a 6.5 inch bust of Jango Fett and later this October a five inch bust of Boba Fett.

Boba Fett

Jango Fett

By Bert Ehrmann
4/11/2007


The Venture Bros.

Due out on DVD next week (4/17) is season two of The Venture Bros. Extras include commentaries, deleted scenes and a tour of Astro-Base Go.

The Venture Bros.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/10/2007


The Kingdom

IMP Awards has posted a new poster for the upcoming The Kingdom movie, due out later this year. Earlier this year, another poster was released for The Kingdom but was shortly thereafter pulled by Universal after the release date of the movie changed.

The Kingdom

By Bert Ehrmann
4/9/2007


Grindhouse Gang

LA Weekly has a rather extensive transcript of a round-table discussion between Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and several directors who began their careers directing b-grade films. From the transcript entitled "Grindhouse Gang":

ARKUSH: “Cover Girl Models: They Don’t Need Clothes to Strike a Pose.

TARANTINO: Yes! I loved Cover Girl Models. Of Roger Corman’s three-girl movies, that would be my third favorite after Night Call Nurses and Private Duty Nurses. I’m also a fan of Hollywood Boulevard, though I almost don’t consider it in the same vein, because it is a wink at those. It’s not a three-girls movie proper; it exists outside of them.

ARKUSH: I still have a Xerox of my paycheck: I was paid $85, and we shot it in 10 days.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/9/2007


John from Cincinnati

On the season four premiere episode of The Sopranos tonight (4/8) there was a short clip from the upcoming David Milch John from Cincinnati show.











By Bert Ehrmann
4/8/2007


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

IMP Awards has posted a new version of the Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer Poster. I kind'a dig it, but what's up with Jessica Alba's hair?

Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer Poster

By Bert Ehrmann
4/8/2007


Grindhouse

Yahoo is reporting that the movie Grindhouse has opened to disappointing numbers at the box office this weekend. Which is a shame because I found Grindhouse to be an excellent film. I thought that Planet Terror was the perfect blend of Escape From New York meets Night of the Living Dead and that Death Proof featured one of the most stunning/visceral/edge-of-your seat/amazing 30 minutes in movie history. That stunt Zoë Bell performs in Death Proof was, IMHO, worth the price of admission alone.

Grindhouse

From Yahoo:

The film -- actually a package of two movies honoring the low-budget horror movies of the 1970s -- opened at No. 4 with three-day ticket sales of just $11.6 million, distributor Dimension Films said. Box office forecasters had expected it to hit the $20 million level…The $53 million project consists of Rodriguez' zombie thriller "Planet Terror" and Tarantino's slasher picture "Death Proof," complemented by ersatz trailers and scratchy prints that give a period feel to the undertaking.

"Although the overall opening weekend box office was disappointing, the film played to big, cheering crowds in New York, Los Angeles, and other large cities and we hope the strong word of mouth will overcome any initial resistance in smaller markets to its three-hour running time," Dimension Films co-chairman Bob Weinstein said in a statement.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/8/2007


Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan, director of Narc and Smokin' Aces, had a bit to say about Mission Impossible 3, a movie he almost directed. From Starpulse:

He says, "Were we going to do something that would have kicked the s**t out of the movie they wound up doing? Absolutely. I'm not even going to shy away from that. I know the film we made was going to be better because I thought it was important. And the movie we were making was about private military and what's going on in Africa.

"I had Kenneth Branagh playing a guy who's based on Timothy Veigh. And I think the cast that we had - Ken, Carrie-Anne Moss, Scarlett Johansson - that's the biggest heartbreak for me because I saw how amazing they would have been. If you would have seen Carrie-Anne Moss move with a handgun after a month and a half, it would have blown your mind.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/5/2007


HBO

Don't forget, the final season of The Sopranos and the fourth season of Entourage begins this Sunday on HBO.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/4/2007


The Black Donnellys - The Best Drama on Television?

The Black Donnellys – The Best Drama on Television?

If you've never seen The Black Donnellys, and the low Nielson Ratings the series receives on a weekly basis tells me that you're probably not watching, the series follows the four Donnelly brothers; Tommy, Jimmy, Kevin and Sean. These "Black Irish" brothers grew up in a rough New York City neighborhood and as children raised hell stealing whatever they could get their hands on. After a hit and run driver left brother Jimmy crippled, Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) vowed, and was able, in turning his life around.

Continue reading this article on The Black Donnellys.

By Bert Ehrmann
4/3/2007


28 Weeks Later

The official Fox Atomic web-site has a preview up for the upcoming 28 Weeks Later comic book due in stores this Tuesday (4/3).

28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
4/1/2007


Titillation at the Grindhouse!

Titillation at the Grindhouse!

Before DVDs, even before VHS, people had to go to movie theaters to see movies, even bad ones. Though popular movie theaters would show traditional films, there was a market for, shall we say, "untraditional" movies. Be it an ultra-violent gore-fest flick too bloody to run in a conventional theater or a sexy comedy featuring loads of bodacious cheerleader vixens and their shapely pom-poms. Today, these movies might premiere on DVD or late-night Cinemax, but 30 or more years ago, these movies could have premiered at the grindhouse.

Continue reading this article on the upcoming movie Grindhouse.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/30/2007


The TV Set

Check out the trailer for the upcoming The TV Set movie. From Apple.com:

A hair-raising comedy of art and compromise, THE TV SET follows a idealistic writer…as he tries to navigate his TV pilot down the mine-laden path from script through production to the madness of prime-time scheduling – all while trying to stay true to his vision. Along the way he has to juggle the agendas of a headstrong network president…, volatile young stars, a pregnant wife and an ever-optimistic personal manager.

The TV Set

Writer director Jake Kasdan is no stranger to television series, he had a hand in the series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared while also writing/producing a pilot episode for Zero Effect that was never picked up.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/30/2007


The Return from the Sewers : TMNT Review



Part of my childhood for the better part of 5 years, the Turtles return for their 4th movie after a long time. The movie is significantly different from the previous three due to the fact that this time it was made in CG. The aspect of making the movie in CG gave the Turtles the opportunity to have better fight scenes and greater "ninja" attributes for the film. For once we got to see the Turtles as they should be. Way to go Technology !

The movie does not necessarily pick up right after the third film (because it stunk) but there are various hints to the older movies. The movie is not like the new Batman movie series, where the story has nothing to do with the previous movies, but continues on with the story of the Turtles. There are many references in the film to the Turtles defeating Shredder or how they wish things were in the "old" days.

The film picks up with the Turtles disbanded. Leonardo is off training to become a better leader, Donatello is a computer help line technician, Michaelangelo is a Party clown of sort, and Raphael has become a vigilante. Of course as soon as evil arises in the form of 13 monsters the Turtles reform to be the comical ninja team that we all love.

I was highly skeptical about this movie due to the fact that I was so use to the live action movies as well as the cartoon show. Needless to say I was highly impressed. The animation was flawless and was a great improvement from the live action. It reminded me of the cartoon show and the comic book squeezed together. I was really surprised with some of the characters that they brought back for the film. ( Casey Jones is the MAN! ) The story was a little iffy at times but its a Turtles movie what do you expect. Also the cast for the characters voices was impressive. Splinter did sound a little drunk at times but what are you gonna do. All in all the movie was a great way to start the franchise again. It has been far too long since I have heard the word Cowabunga.

By Matt Alexander
3/28/2007


Battlestar Galactica

Dark Horizons is reporting that the upcoming Battlestar Galactica mini-series, set to premiere later this year, will focus on the Battlestar Pegasus and Admiral Cain prior to her meeting with Adama and the Battlestar Galactica. From the article:

"That story will not pick up our cliffhanger at the end of Season Three. That didn't seem right. The story will be set on the Battleship Pegasus and will take place in the past, relative to where we are in Season Three. But the events set up in that story will then pay off in Season Four"
Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
3/26/2007


Veronica Mars

Due out in July are two busts based on the television show Veronica Mars. The first is Veronica herself (am I the only one to think her face looks more like Gillian Anderson than Kristen Bell?) and the second is Logan Ecolls.

Veronica Mars

Logan Ecolls

By Bert Ehrmann
3/25/2007


28 Weeks Later

Dread Central has posted their reactions on having seen the first 28 minutes of 28 Weeks Later. From their site:

The film opens with a blistering infected attack on a group of survivors during the events of the original film. Title cards give us a timeline following the starvation and demise of the infected. Cut to... (drum roll) 28 weeks later: With the virus seemingly gone, authorities have turned London into a military zone and are beginning the process of repopulation. Survivors are checked in through medical tests and background procedures before being herded into apartments in temporary "safe zones". It is here, we assume, that all hell will break loose. Robert Carlyle (in top form) takes on the role of the tortured protagonist who is trying to rebuild life with his family, and the gritty hand-held style of the original perfectly sets up the ruined aftermath of the infected apocalypse.
28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
3/23/2007


HBO

The New York Times has an article that goes into detail about new comedies and dramas due out on HBO later this year. From the article:

…“John From Cincinnati,” a drama that combines the zen of the surfing culture with doses of philosophy, quantum physics and dysfunctional family life. And a visit from what may be an extraterrestrial…“John” will emerge as a new signature show for the channel, becoming the 9 p.m. centerpiece of an expanded three-hour Sunday block running through the summer…

HBO will be adding a new comedy at 10:30 p.m., “Flight of the Conchords,” about a singing duo from New Zealand encountering life in New York…One new comedy Mr. Albrecht said he expected to make a significant contribution to HBO’s next phase is “12 Miles of Bad Road,” a new show from Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (“Designing Women”), which stars Gary Cole and Lily Tomlin and plays like “Dallas” remade by Christopher Guest.

HBO will use a new scheduling format for a drama called “In Treatment.” Adapted (actually, translated) from a hit Israeli show, the half-hour series stars Gabriel Byrne as a therapist who holds sessions with a different patient each night and then undergoes his own therapy session…

A somewhat similar premise is the framework for “Tell Me You Love Me,” which traces the lives of couples in therapy, though their sessions will fill only a small part of the hourlong drama. The rest will cover their intimate lives — and the series, which was once titled “SexLife” and stars Sonya Walger and Jane Alexander, will actually uncover a lot of that…

A mini-series kidnapping thriller called “Five Days” was a hit in England, and HBO, which co-produced the series with the BBC, will show it here later this year. But HBO’s most anticipated mini-series in production is “John Adams” based on the biography by David McCullough, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney…

By Bert Ehrmann
3/22/2007


Battlestar Galactica

There's good news for Battlestar Galactica, the fourth season has been bumped from 13 to a total of 22 episodes. From SCI FI Wire:

SCI FI Channel has increased its episode order for the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica to 22 from the original 13, including a special two-hour extended episode that will air during the fourth quarter of this year and be released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment thereafter.
And don't forget, the final episode of the third season airs this Sunday night (3/29) on SCI FI. According to SCI FI:
Baltar's trial leads to vicious betrayals and new alliances…but who are the final five Cylons?
Battlestar Galactica

If the writers of Battlestar Galactica do one thing right it's having memorable season finale episodes, be it Sharon shooting Adama, the return of the Pegasus or even the jump one year in time at the end of last season.

I can't wait to see what happens to the Battlestar Galactica story this Sunday night.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/22/2007


A Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead

My new favorite YouTube video—"A Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead."

By Bert Ehrmann
3/21/2007


Children of Men

Due out next week (3/27) on DVD is the best movie of the year (so far) Children of Men.

Children of Men

Via Amazon:

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Extras include deleted scenes and several documentaries.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/20/2007


Opening-Credit Sequences

The AV Club has posted the "22 TV Opening-Credit Sequences That Fit Their Shows Perfectly." Their list includes Homicide: Life On The Streets, The Sopranos, Dexter, Freaks and Geeks, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, Police Squad, The Simpsons and The X-Files.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/20/2007


Night of the Comet

Finally available on DVD, it's California Valley-Girls vs. the undead during the apocalypse in the unforgettable movie Night of the Comet.

Night of the Comet

Samantha: "Daddy would have gotten us Uzis."

Regina: "C'mon Hector, the MAC-10 submachine gun was practically designed for housewives."

Hector: [Yelling at think tank zombies] "Think tank, huh?" [Flips them off]
Hector: "Think on this!"

By Bert Ehrmann
3/19/2007


David Mamet TCM

This Thursday (3/22), writer/director David Mamet will act as guest programmer and co-host for a night of films on Turner Classic Movies. Mamet's picks for the evening include (info from TCM, all times EST):

8:00 PM In Which We Serve (1942)

Survivors of a bombed British destroyer think back on the paths that led them to war.

10:00 PM Island In The Sky (1953)
A WWII transport plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness.

12:00 AM Jour Se Leve, Le (1939)
A young factory worker loses the woman he loves to a vicious schemer.

1:45 AM Killing, The (1956)
A team of specialists plots a daring racetrack robbery, but they don't reckon with human frailty.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/18/2007


28 Weeks Later

EW has the first look at the poster for the upcoming movie 28 Weeks Later.

28 Weeks Later

They also have a bit more information on the plot of 28 Weeks Later. From EW:

If the theme of 2003's 28 Days Later was zombie-hastened annihilation, Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's follow-up, as this ominous poster suggests, is about restoring order. Military order. The glitch: 28 weeks after the Days virus turned Brits into feral flesh-eaters, the U.S. Army…quarantines one last casualty, a woman (Catherine McCormack) who is infected with, yet curiously immune to, the ''rage'' bug. ''The inspiration came from WWI and WWII propaganda posters,'' explains Karen Crawford, senior VP of print advertising at Fox Atomic, who waves off any suggestion that the artwork nods to current military conflicts. ''We're not making a political statement.''

By Bert Ehrmann
3/18/2007


The Best Television Series of the 1970s

The Sandbaggers

Back in the 1970s, the world existed someplace between the tensions of the Cold War and the possibility of a nuclear war. On one side was NATO, lead by the US, and the other the Warsaw Pact lead by the Soviet Union. Though these two "superpowers" weren't involved in a traditional shooting war, there was a covert war being fought along the edges of the Cold War. This is where the characters of the television series The Sandbaggers operated.

Continue reading this article on the television series The Sandbaggers.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/16/2007


Escape From New York

Dark Horizons is reporting that a bidding war has broken out over the remake of the Escape From New York movie and that, ultimately, New Line won the rights to the remake. From the article:

New Line Cinema has landed the rights to the remake of the cult John Carpenter movie with Gerard Butler attached to star as Snake Plissken.

A bidding war broke out over the property, hot due to the success of "300" this week which stars Butler,but the mini-major ending up finally securing the rights.
Escape From New York

By Bert Ehrmann
3/16/2007


Tonight we dine in Hell : The 300 Review



First off ever since my World History class in college I have always had an interest in the tale of these few Spartans who gave up everything to uphold in what they believed in. Frank Miller just made this part of history so much better. So this review goes out to my History teacher Mrs. Tassone.

The movie follows King Leonidas leading 300 of his most trusted men into battle against Xerxes and his massive Persian Army. The reason for Leonidas to make this decision is because he believes that every man should be free and not become a victim of tyranny. Although he is the King of Sparta, Sparta itself does not aide his fight for freedom. With unimaginable odds against him and his warriors, Leonidas is able to prove a point by sacrificing himself and his men for a cause.

This movie was exactly what I wanted to see this time of the year. The way the whole movie was shot was brilliant. My dad even thought it was a cartoon and I had to explain it to him that the movie was based on a comic book and that they filmed it that way on purpose. I don't know if he gets now or not. I also like how they didn't use a lot of well known actors in the film. That gave it the gritty non-hollywood style of the film. I couldn't imagine if someone like George Clooney or some other "Hollywood" actor would fit in the movie. It definitely would be kind of lame though. I also loved how they told the story as a sort of a camp fire tale that led all the way up to the end. It was the right well to tell the story and a very good way to end the movie. Apparently this movie is already getting great reviews as well as complaints from Middle-Eastern nations saying that there ancestors were not as evil as they are portrayed in the movie. No offense but it is a movie, and maybe a history lesson is what they really need.

By Matt Alexander
3/15/2007


Venom as Punisher

Medicom and Sideshow Toys will be releasing a Venom as Punisher figure due out later this year. From Sideshow:

The Venom as Punisher figure is from one of the most imaginative 'What If' stories, wherein the symbiote known as Venom had lucked across Punisher rather than Spider-Man. The result is a sleek black heavily armed killing machine.

Thanks to Tim B. for the heads up on this.

Venom as Punisher

Venom as Punisher

By Bert Ehrmann
3/15/2007


The Bourne Ultimatum

Latino Review has posted a nice looking teaser (?) poster for the upcoming The Bourne Ultimatum movie, due in theaters this August.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Larger view here.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/14/2007


Escape From New York

SCI FI Wire is reporting that a remake of Escape From New York (1981) might be in the works, with Gerard Butler (300) in the lead as Snake. From the article:

Neal Moritz is attached to produce, with Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan penning the screenplay. A deal is expected to be made this week.

Butler would play Snake Plissken, the one-eyed convict originated by Kurt Russell, who's charged with heading into the inescapable maximum security prison formerly known as Manhattan to liberate the U.S. president.
Escape From New York

If Escape From New York is indeed made, it will mark the fifth remake of a Carpenter movie in the last few years. The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 were remade in 2005, a remake of Halloween is due in theaters later this year with a remake/sequel of The Thing in the works and now Escape From New York a possibility as well.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/13/2007


Aliens

Due out sometime later this year is a model based off the Power Loader machine featured in the movie Aliens. The Power Loader stands 17 inches tall and will retail for around $250 (!!!), figure sold separately.

Aliens Power Loader

Aliens Power Loader

By Bert Ehrmann
3/12/2007


300

300 opens up huge at the box-office and becomes the third-highest grossing R-rated film and the highest opening for any movie released in March. From Yahoo:

The grim warrior tale sold an estimated $70 million worth of tickets during its first three days of release, setting a new record for a March release, the film's distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said on Sunday…

Its achievement was all the more noteworthy given that the previous record-holder for the month, 2006's "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown," with $68 million, was a family-oriented cartoon, while "300" is an unabashedly gruesome spectacle with an "R" rating that prevents viewers under 17 attending without adult supervision.

In fact, the opening for "300" ranks as the third-highest for an R-rated movie, behind "The Matrix Reloaded" ($91 million) and "The Passion of the Christ" ($83 million).
Oh, and 300 is also quite good as well.

300

By Bert Ehrmann
3/11/2007


The Watchmen

Here's a test image from the (maybe) upcoming The Watchmen movie. According to Ain't it Cool News, this image appears as a sort of "Easter Egg" in one of the trailers for the movie 300.

The Watchmen

Larger view here.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/9/2007


The Venture Bros.

Here are some great looking pieces of rejected art for the upcoming release of the season two DVD of The Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/9/2007


Spider-Man 3

Diamond Select Toys is releasing several busts from the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie, including Spider-Man in red and blue, Spider-Man in black, Venom, Sandman and New Goblin.

Venom

Sandman

By Bert Ehrmann
3/8/2007


Captain America is Dead

Apparently, the character of Captain America is dead. Well, kind'a dead that is, since there are a few different variations of Cap' across the Marvel lines existing in different universes.

Captain America Dead

Is it jaded of me to think that the only thing that sells MORE comic books than killing a character off is when they bring said character back in a few years? It seems to me that there have been dozens of comic book characters over the years to die only to be resurrected sometime later. I am sure that Captain America will be no different.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/7/2007


The Happening

SCI FI Wire is reporting that M. Night Shyamalan's next film will be entitled The Happening and "is a paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity." I've read before that this "large-scale threat" is along the lines of The Day of the Triffids – giant deadly vegetables (don't laugh).

But Ain't It Cool News says that The Happening presents an "end of the world scenario" along the lines of the Stephen King book The Cell (about zombified people) and the film No Blade of Grass (about a deadly virus striking London.)

Hmmm…a virus that zombifies people? Sounds a lot like the book I Am Legend to me!

By Bert Ehrmann
3/7/2007


The Black Donnellys

I'm digging the new television show The Black Donnellys on NBC. It's like The Sopranos meets The Departed – if that makes sense. I do wish that the series could be a bit more graphic both with content and language. But what do you expect from a network like NBC?

The Black Donnellys

NBC.com is airing (if that's the right word) a web exclusive episode entitled "God is a Comedian."
I'm guessing this is content was excised from the second episode of the series since much of the content of this webisode comes from there.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/7/2007


Cool Comic Books of the 1990s

Created after the first The Terminator movie but BEFORE the second, the The Terminator (1990) comic (aka The Terminator: Tempest) by Dark Horse Comics followed different Terminators and soldiers from the future who travel back to their past/our present.

The Terminator

Written by John Arcudi and penciled by the very talented Chris Warner, this series turned the tables on the original story. In Terminator: Tempest, a group of human soldiers travel back in time to try to stop the creation of the Terminators, and a group of Terminators pursue to make sure their existence isn't snuffed out.

The Terminator

The unlimited budget of a comic book meant that nothing was out of the question to the story, be it an extended sequence in the future or the destruction of an entire shopping mall. Anything went in Terminator: Tempest

After the relatively uninteresting run of the first The Terminator comic book back in the 1980s by another company, the production of Terminator: Tempest comic book successfully stuck with the original formula as presenting the Terminators as scary bad-guys rather than reprogrammed good-guys.

The Terminator

Learn more about The Terminator #1, #2, #3 and #4. This set was collected in a single issue entitled The Terminator: Tempest.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/6/2007


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

I can't say that I'm too crazy about the design OR font of the teaser poster(s) for the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie, I am digging the look of the Silver Surfer himself. Norrin Radd has never looked better!

Silver Surfer

Larger view here.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/6/2007


Resident Evil : Extinction trailer

The trailer for RE 3 is out !



You can view the trailer here.

By Matt Alexander
3/6/2007


Battlestar Galactica

Here are some utterly gorgeous pics from Battlestar Galactica episode "Maelstrom" that aired March 4. These are breathtakingly beautiful.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
3/5/2007


David Fincher, A Career in the Shadows

David Fincher - Alien 3

You may not recognize the name David Fincher, but I can almost guarantee that you've seen at least one of the movies he's directed. Though Fincher started his career overseeing music videos in the late 1980s and early 1990s, many consider several of the feature films he’s directed since, me included, as modern-masterpieces.

Continue reading this profile on director David Fincher, director of Alien 3, Fight Club and Zodiac.

By Bert Ehrmann
3/2/2007


Abracadabra : The Prestige review



The second magician film that was released last year was better than the first. This movie focused more on the actual magic part of the film instead other sub-plots. (unlike the Illusionist) Even better this movie had David Bowie in it.

The movie follows two rival magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden(Christian Bale). When Borden performs the ultimate magic trick, Robert tries desperately to find out the secret of the trick. Is Borden's trick a sham or is it something else.

I found this movie to be exciting and suspenseful at the same time. It seemed that once you had everything figured out something else would come a long and change everything. The rivalry between the two magicians is what really made the movie. They both hated each other so much yet they both wanted to be the best. They risked everything to gain an advantage on the other and it led to the destruction of both of their lives. If you are a fan of Christopher Nolan films then I would recommend this movie. Did I mention David Bowie was in it?

By Matt Alexander
3/1/2007


Generation Kill

Variety is reporting that The Wire creators David Simon and Ed Burns will co-write a seven-hour mini-series based on the book Generation Kill. From the article:

Simon, who called the material "narrative journalism of the first rank," is a well-known former journo who's also the force behind the net's critically acclaimed "The Wire." Burns, his frequent writing partner, is a producer and scribe on "The Wire."…

Essence of the project, according to net, is how elite members of the Marine Corps confront the military bureaucracy in the midst of a war.

Simon was paired with the project because, similarly, "The Wire" focused on cops and civil servants and how they deal with the Baltimore city bureaucracy in the face of gang warfare.

Tome also focuses on how today's military personnel differ from their WWII and Vietnam forebears. Wright wrote that Marines are "on more intimate terms with videogames, reality TV shows and Internet porn than they are with their own parents."

By Bert Ehrmann
2/28/2007


Sunshine

IMP Awards has posted the poster for Sunshine while solace in cinema has a TON of pics from the movie and more information on Sunshine on their site.

Sunshine

Sunshine

By Bert Ehrmann
2/27/2007


Sunshine

The full trailer for the Sunshine movie has been released. Reportedly, the release date of Sunshine has been pushed back to this Fall.

Sunshine

Sunshine

Sunshine

Sunshine

Sunshine

By Bert Ehrmann
2/27/2007


World War Z

Dark Horizons is reporting that J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) is working on a movie adaptation of the book World War Z. From the article:

"I'm adapting that for Paramount. For Brad Pitt potentially -- we'll see what happens. He might be the star in it. It's very political, very smart, very cagey" says Straczynski.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/27/2007


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

JoBlo has posted a Silver Surfer character poster for the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie due in theaters this Summer.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

By Bert Ehrmann
2/27/2007


Different Versions

The Star Leger has an interesting take on the recent idea that official multiple versions of the same television show can exist simultaneously. Like, for instance, part of the plot of The Office can only be understood by watching the online version of the show via NBC or iTunes rather than the broadcast one. From the article:

Where's Andy?
That's the question fans of NBC's "The Office" have been asking ever since the Jan. 18 episode, titled "The Return," when new Dunder-Mifflin Scranton employee Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) punched a hole in a wall in a fit of rage. He excused himself and hasn't appeared since.

Turns out the answer to that mystery lies within "The Return" itself -- or, rather, in an extended producer's cut that was made available on NBC's Web site and through Apple's iTunes store. An added scene at the end explained that Andy was ordered to attend anger management classes…

Daniels is rare among producers in his belief that the deleted scenes have as much validity as the ones that made it to air, explaining, "For the writers, in our minds, those scenes have happened. We wrote them, we shot them, and at the last minute, I cut them in the editing room, but we're relying on them anyway for the mythology of the show."
I'm not completely sold on this. If a plot point is that integral to the story, why not work it into the broadcast version of the show? I like The Office, but I'm not sure I like it enough to start spending time rewatching episodes online looking for additions. Or maybe series producers are trying to tell the fans to start watching the online version and to stop watching the broadcast version? And which version will end up on the DVDs? I'm confused.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/26/2007


28 Days Later: The Aftermath

The SCI FI Wire is reporting that a comic book entitled 28 Days Later: The Aftermath will bridge the gap between the 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later movies, the later due out this May. From the article:

Broken into four stories, 28 Days Later: The Aftermath follows the canon created by Boyle for the film franchise. "It involves the initial outbreak not shown in the first movie. It takes place at different stages throughout that first outbreak," Lieb revealed. "The first stage explains the development of the virus with the scientists and ultimately the accident and the corruption that made it from a good thing into a very bad thing. The second stage takes place during the first days of the outbreak, so you see the chaos in London. The third stage takes place during the timeframe of the first movie. In the movie, the survivors, Jim [Cillian Murphy] and Selena [Naomie Harris], move out of London. This story stays in London and talks about a survivor who is actively fighting, and he honestly enjoys it. He's the last person in London, and it's his city now. The fourth story brings everything in the graphic novel together and provides a bridge to 28 Weeks through a subtle revelation about what is happening to the virus." 28 Days Later: The Aftermath is available in bookstores April 3. The sequel film, 28 Weeks Later, opens in theaters May 11.
28 Weeks Later

By Bert Ehrmann
2/26/2007


Contrasting Styles

I find it interesting that director Clint Eastwood in his Flags of Our Fathers movie prefers to use the first take of an actor's performance in a movie, while director David Fincher in his movie Zodiac strives for perfection.

From EW on Flags of Our Fathers:

Eastwood constantly improvised camera setups — something Spielberg also likes to do. According to Eastwood's longtime director of photography, Tom Stern, ''In our milieu, storyboards and shot lists are for sissies.'' Eastwood doesn't like too much preparation, says Stern, because ''you can fall into what Clint calls 'the paralysis of analysis.''' Phillippe estimates that 80 percent of the shots in the movie are first takes. ''Which is staggering,'' he muses, ''if you know anything about film production.''
From EW on Zodiac:
Even the simplest sequence can require 50 or more takes (Jodie Foster endured 107 for one scene in Panic Room). ''You've got to do what you've got to do,'' he says with a shrug. ''If an actor is going to let the role come to them, they can't resent the fact that I'm willing to wait as long as that takes. You know, the first day of production in San Francisco we shot 56 takes of Mark and Jake — and it's the 56th take that's in the movie.''
Zodiac

By Bert Ehrmann
2/25/2007


More Black and White : Sin City 2



www.scifi.com reports:

Frank Miller, who wrote and co-directed Sin City based on his popular graphic novels, told SCI FI Wire that Sin City 2 is a go and that he hopes to be in Texas to shoot the film by late spring. Miller and Robert Rodriguez will again share directing duties on the sequel.

The movie will follow two of Frank Miller's older comic stories and one new story he has written for the movie. Casting begins soon but many of the former actors from the first film have already said that they wanted to do another film. Hell yeah !

By Matt Alexander
2/23/2007


Aliens

Hot Toys has some pretty cool "Snap Kits" based on the movie Aliens. Characters include several different types of Aliens, Ripley, Hicks, Apone and Drake.

Aliens

Aliens

Aliens

By Bert Ehrmann
2/20/2007


Clash of the Titans

Blu-blu blu blu blu. Gentle Giant has a Bubo from Clash of the Titans statue due out this May that retails for around $60.

Bubo - Clash of the Titans

By Bert Ehrmann
2/20/2007


My Skull is On Fire : Ghost Rider Review



One of my all time favorite comic characters has finally made it to the big screen. I've always wanted to see a live action version of the demonic rider and now I can relax. (at least till the next Marvel movie hits theaters)

The movie follows Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage), a motorcycle stuntman, who sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) to save his dying father. By taking his soul, Blaze turns into Mephistopheles's ghost rider, a demonic henchman who must heed his master's call. Mephistopheles calls on Blaze to find and kill Blackheart, Mephistopheles's own son who wishes to overthrow his father. Blaze its torn between accepting his new life as the Rider and his own personal life.

This movie was good compared to most of the other Marvel movies. There were parts that were a little corny but the transformation scene made up for it. Ive never seen Nicholas Cage act so crazy since Face Off and it was amazing. Plus the special effects were incredible. There was some crappy animation parts but you can tell that they focused all of their attention on the Ghost Rider scenes more than the other characters. I did like the sequences in which Blackheart killed his victims. That was very cool. There is also of course the "love" storyline in the movie but I found it to be a little too far fetched.

By Matt Alexander
2/20/2007


David Fincher

The New York Times has an article on director David Fincher and his upcoming movie Zodiac. From the article:

At 44, Mr. Fincher remains Hollywood’s reigning bad-boy auteur, and his impatience with meddling has become as famous as his tendency to test his actors’ patience, stamina and preparation. But not as famous as his films, the most celebrated among them “Se7en,” the 1995 thriller that grossed $350 million worldwide, and “Fight Club,” his over-the-top answer to young male anomie…

Raised in Marin County, Mr. Fincher was only 7 when the area was seized with fear in 1969. “I remember coming home and saying the highway patrol had been following our school buses for a couple weeks now,” he recalled in December in an interview in New Orleans, where he was editing “Zodiac” while filming “Benjamin Button.” “And my dad, who worked from home, and who was very dry, not one to soft-pedal things, turned slowly in his chair and said: ‘Oh yeah. There’s a serial killer who has killed four or five people, who calls himself Zodiac, who’s threatened to take a high-powered rifle and shoot out the tires of a school bus, and then shoot the children as they come off the bus.’”

“I was, like, ‘You could drive us to school,’ ” he recalled thinking.


By Bert Ehrmann
2/18/2007


A slight of Hand - The Illusionist Review




Another movie that I could not see at the theaters arrived on my doorstep the other day. The movie follows Eisenheim (Edward Norton), a young magician who amazes the crowd with unreal demonstrations at every show. His shows become so popular that the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell) of Vienna attends one of his shows. Eisenheim asks for a member of the audience to help him with the next trick and the Prince offers up his would be wife Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel).Eisenheim and Sophie recognize each other from their childhoods -- and a dormant love affair is rekindled. Sophie is then murder and all of the blame is put on Eisenheim. Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) is charged by Leopold to expose Eisenheim and try him from murder.

This movie was exatcly the kind of movie I expected with Edward Norton playing the lead role. AMAZING! The rift between what is real and what is not real is confusing at first but in the end everything is resolved. Paul Giamatti's portrayal of his character was award worthy in my opinion. The movie would not have been half as good without Giamatti. The movie is slow at times but its more of I can't wait to see what happens next slow. I would have liked to have seen more of Jessica Biel but I guess I'll live. Now if I can only learn how he did the Orange Tree ........

Go see the movie !

By Matt Alexander
2/16/2007


Lost on the Decline?

The Cast of Lost

I've been a big fan of the television series Lost ever since I saw the pilot episode of the show back in the summer of 2004. To me, Lost was a bit of a revelation – a well-written drama that wasn't on HBO. I evangelized Lost to my friends. I gushed over Lost in previous columns and on my web site. I told everyone I knew just how good of a show Lost was. As the series progressed, I found myself to be more and more excited about Lost, and waited in anticipation for each new episode.

Lately though, this excitement has begun to be replaced with questions about the series.

Continue reading this article on Lost.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/16/2007


14 neglected TV shows that deserve a DVD release

The AV Club has a list of "14 neglected TV shows that deserve a DVD release." Their list includes Now And Again, Batman, Spaced, Max Headroom and The State. I'd add the short-lived television show The Others to that list as well.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/16/2007


Alien Toys

Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing two cool Alien related figures this year. The first of these figures is an Alien 3 maquette which stands a whopping 17 inches tall but costs around $900(!!!). The second figure is model kit based on the Alien Warrior from the movie Aliens. This figure costs around $130, stands 16 inches tall but "some assembly (is) required."

Alien 3

Aliens

By Bert Ehrmann
2/15/2007


ToyFair

More ToyFair goodness from Action-Figure. There's toys from the Flash Gordon movie, Green Hornet and Venom from the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie.

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Green Hornet

Venom

By Bert Ehrmann
2/14/2007


Studio 60/ The Black Donnellys

Variety is reporting that Studio 60 has dropped to its lowest ratings to date and that the series The Black Donnellys will replace Studio 60 a week ahead of schedule on February 26 rather than March 5. From the article:

Decision to yank "Studio 60" a week early will no doubt raise a new round of questions about the show's long-term fate. Insiders said the net still hasn't decided what to do with the show and that the sked change is mostly about giving "Donnellys" the best possible launch.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/14/2007


Battlestar Galactica Toys

Action-Figure has preview images from ToyFair of some new Battlestar Galactica toys. It looks to me like the first set of figures will contain Apollo, Chief Tyrol and Six.

Battlestar Galactica Toys

More images here.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/13/2007


DMZ

If you liked the movie Children of Men as much as I did, you should check out the comic book DMZ that has many of the same themes as Children of Men.

DMZ

In DMZ, it's a few years in the future and the second American Civil War rages across the country. On one side is the United States of America and the other is the so-called "Free States." Caught in between these two warring armies is the island of Manhattan that has been turned into a "demilitarized zone" or DMZ. Manhattan has been turned to something akin to a third world war zone where one side fights the other and the locals, caught in the middle, fight everyone else.

DMZ

By Bert Ehrmann
2/13/2007


Battlestar Galactica

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that there will be a fourth season of Battlestar Galactica. From the article:

At least 13 new episodes will be produced this summer for a premiere next January.
Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
2/13/2007


The Punisher

The coolest Punisher comic book I've read in a long time is Punisher: The End published back in 2004. From Marvel:

In a world gone mad, the Punisher just might be the sanest man on Earth. Now he's heading home, to the place it all began, and heaven help anyone who stands in his path.
Essentially, it's several years in the future and an older Frank Castle (aka Punisher) is one of the last people left alive on the planet after a nuclear/biological global war. And just because it's the end of the world doesn't meant that the Punisher is going to stop punishing the guilty! Also available in the collected volume Punisher: From First to Last. Highly recommended.

The Punisher

By Bert Ehrmann
2/12/2007


Lost

The Washington Post is reporting that the episode of Lost that aired last Wednesday on ABC was the "the smallest audience ever for an original episode." From the article:

After three months off the air, the much ballyhooed return of "Lost" logged a lousy 14.5 million viewers, the smallest audience ever for an original episode.

The return episode also garnered the show's smallest rating this season among the 18-to-49-year-olds ABC targets.
Lost

By Bert Ehrmann
2/9/2007


The Departed

The Departed is released on DVD next Monday (2/13). I'm sure this bloody Scorsese epic makes the prefect Valentine's Day gift.

The Departed

By Bert Ehrmann
2/7/2007


Straight Time

According to the New York Times, the movie Straight Time will be available on DVD this May.

Straight Time

I've been dying to see this film for years now and the only version available (to this point) was an old VHS copy that's available via eBay. The New York Times describes the movie as:

Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, Straight Time is possibly the most realistic cinematic probe into the sociopathic psyche of the career criminal.
Straight Time marks writer/director Michael Mann's first foray into feature films as is an uncredited writer on the movie.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/6/2007


War is Over

From the New York Times:

Two warring Apples — the one that makes computers and iPods and the other that manages the Beatles’ business interests — said Monday that they would give peace a chance, ending a long-running trademark fight over their shared name…

The companies said Monday that they had agreed to let Apple Inc. continue to use its name and logo on iTunes. Apple Inc. will “own all of the trademarks related to ‘Apple’ and will license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use,” the companies said. Beatles records will continue to appear under the Apple Corps green Granny Smith logo, for instance.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/5/2007


The Kingdom

IMP Awards has posted the poster to the upcoming The Kingdom movie due in theaters this April. IMHO, this poster appears to be a bit too "Photoshopped."

Update: 02/08/07 - The image of this poster has been pulled at the request of Universal Pictures.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/4/2007


NBC Mid-Season

Zap2It is reporting that mid-season replacements The Black Donnellys and Andy Barker, P.I. will premiere this March on NBC. From the article:

"The Black Donnellys," created by the "Crash" duo of Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, will make its debut at 10 p.m. ET Monday, March 5. It will take the spot currently occupied by "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" for an as-yet-undetermined number of weeks, most likely depending on how the show performs there.

The series, loosely based on Moresco's life, follows four Irish-American brothers (Jonathan Tucker, Thomas Guiry, Billy Lush and Michael Stahl-David) who get caught up in organized crime in New York. Olivia Wilde ("The O.C.") and Kirk Acevedo ("Law & Order: Trial by Jury") also star…

"Andy Barker," meanwhile, will become part of NBC's Thursday comedy lineup starting at 9:30 p.m. March 15. It will sub for "30 Rock" for six weeks, with the latter show returning to finish its season on April 19.

Andy Richter plays the title character, an accountant who's mistaken for the private eye who used to occupy his strip-mall office space -- and since business isn't so great, takes on a few cases. Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") and Clea Lewis ("Ellen") also star.

The Black Donnellys

By Bert Ehrmann
2/4/2007


Summer Movie Preview

Summer Movie Preview

As I began to write this column on movies due out next summer, I had no idea that just about every major film I was about to preview would be a sequel to a previous one. I can understand the tendency of movie studios to release sequels – they usually represent a guaranteed payday – but are TEN sequels in one summer too many? In 2007, have the movie studios gone ”a sequel too far?”

Continue reading the Summer Movie Preview.

By Bert Ehrmann
2/2/2007


Pan's Labyrinth was Rated RRRRRRRR


So I finally got out to the movies last Saturday to see Pans Labyrinth, which i hate doing due to the fact that I hate stupid n00bs at the theaters. Supprisingly there were not that many people in the theater which ended up nice. Apparently I was the only one in the theater that new the movie was shot in Spanish and had English subtitles because everyone started whining as soon as the movie started. The movie follows a little girl, Ofelia, and her pregnant mother moving far into the Spanish country side to live with her new father. Her step-father is a Captain of the Spanish military devoted to stop the recent uprising of rebels that do not agree on the new Spanish government. Ofelia is a very distracted girl and believes in fairy tales instead of dealing with real issues in her life. She finds a secret place where she meets a Faun that tells her that she really is the lost Princess of the Underworld and that she must go through 3 tasks to be taken back to the Underworld. While this is going on there are many other storylines in the movie. From her mother getting sick, the rebels and military fighting and the Captain killing innocent people for information.
The movie was brilliant. The contrast of the real world vs Ofelia's world is done really well. The costumes in this movie are fantastic. I haven't seen any outrageous creature designs in a long time and I think that this movie really needed to have that in order to succeed. The movie was also very graphic. I was not expecting some of the things I saw in a movie that was suppost to be a fantasy. The story was written very well but it was slow at points. Overall I can understand why this movie is getting Oscar hype. I consider it to be one of the few movies that has come out recently that I enjoyed.

By Matt Alexander
2/1/2007


DVDs

Out on DVD next week are the movies Hollywoodland and Flags of Our Fathers.

Hollywoodland

Flags of Our Fathers

By Bert Ehrmann
1/31/2007


Whiteout

JoBlo is reporting that actress Kate Beckinsale has signed to be the female lead to the big-screen adaptation of the comic book Whiteout.



If you've never heard of Whiteout before, it's a great comic book series about a murder that takes place at a base in Antarctica and the female US Marshal (Beckinsale) who must investigate the crime. One interesting bit of trivia is that (I believe) Whiteout marks the first appearance of Queen and Country comic book star Tara Chace.

Here's the official synopsis of the comic Whiteout:

You can't get any further down than the bottom of the world - Antarctica. Cold, desolate, nothing but ice and snow for miles and miles. Carrie Stetko is a U.S. Marshal, and she's made The Ice her home. In its vastness, she has found a place where she can forget her troubled past and feel at peace... Until someone commits a murder in her jurisdiction and that peace is shattered. The murderer is one of five men scattered across the continent, and he has more reason to hide than just the slaying. Several ice samples were taken from the area around the body, and the depth of the drilling signifies something particular was removed. Enter Lily Sharpe, who wants to know what was so important another man's life had to be taken for it. But are either of the women prepared for the secrets and betrayals at the core of the situation?

By Bert Ehrmann
1/30/2007


Battlestar Galactica Toys

Due out late winter/early spring are two new additions to the Battlestar Galactica Titanium toy line. The first is the Battlestar Pegasus from the current series, and the second is a Cylon Raider from the classic series.
Battlestar Pegasus
Cylon Raider

By Bert Ehrmann
1/30/2007


Bambi vs. Godzilla

The New York Times has an article on David Mamet's upcoming book entitled Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business. From the article:

Much of “Bambi vs. Godzilla” is devoted to separating useful and useless aspects of the filmmaking process. “It is enough to drive one to the fainting couch,” he says about Hollywood’s paralyzing practice of making films of increasing expense and diminishing worth. When he sees a poster that lists the names of 18 producers, he wonders whether “the film, perhaps, is being made no longer to attract the audience but to buttress or advance the position of the executive.” If this kind of bureaucrat has replaced the old-fashioned intuitive mogul, “it is not that the fox has taken over the henhouse but, if I may, that the doorman has taken over the bordello.”

With entertaining bitterness Mr. Mamet skewers the kind of person destined to succeed in this corporate culture. And a figure skewered by him winds up sounding as tough and treacherous as someone from a Mamet play. “The young bureaucrat-in-training” is apt to learn “that success comes not from pleasing the audience but from placating his superiors until that time it is reasoned effective to betray them.” As for the screenwriter-in-training at film school, “one can study marching, the entry-level skill of the military, until one shines at it as has none other,” he writes. “This will not, however, make it more likely that one will be tapped to be the Secretary of the Army.”
Bambi vs. Godzilla is due out Tuesday, February 6.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/29/2007


Babylon Fields

SCI FI Wire is reporting that CBS is working on a zombie drama entitled Babylon Fields. From the article:

CBS described the pilot as a "sardonic, apocalyptic American comedy-drama where the dead are rising and, as a result, lives are regained, families restored and old wounds reopened."
This sounds interesting, though I prefer the "traditional" flesh/brain munching zombie over the sardonic one. :-)

By Bert Ehrmann
1/29/2007


Grindhouse

The New York Times has an article on the upcoming Grindhouse movie.

Grindhouse

From the article:

“Grindhouse” is being billed not as one movie, but two for the price of a single ticket. “Planet Terror,” from Mr. Rodriguez, is 80 minutes long, and tells a story of, well, biochemical terror. Mr. Tarantino’s “Death Proof,” clocking in at 90 minutes, has to do with a murderous stuntman and his car. The films are connected by trailers for four movies that do not exist, by four directors who do — Eli Roth (whose most recent real film was “Hostel”), Rob Zombie (“House of 1,000 Corpses”), Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) and Mr. Rodriguez himself…

In a darkened office Mr. Rodriguez tinkered with one of his computers, deciding which sequences of “Planet Terror” to show. “This section is so creepy,” he said, cueing up a hospital scene in which Josh Brolin takes revenge on his wife, an anesthesiologist played by Marley Shelton, by slowly and deliberately pricking her hands with her own needles.

In the film a biochemical weapon is released from an abandoned military base — thus the Army trucks — in a small Texas town outside Austin. Residents quickly become infected and crowd the local hospital. The virus has a gruesome effect of course: Not only do the victims’ bodies start to disintegrate (lots of bubbly skin, pus-filled sores and tumors), but they become murderous zombies…

In “Death Proof” a sociopathic stuntman played by Kurt Russell stalks and kills women with his car, the black one with the white skull. “This was something I’d had in the back of my mind from making movies: that stuntmen can reinforce a car and pretty much make it death-proof,” said Mr. Tarantino. “You could drive it 100 miles an hour into a brick wall just for the experience.”

By Bert Ehrmann
1/28/2007


McFarlane's Military

There are several more military figures due out from McFarlane Toys. Figures include Coast Guard Deck Gunner, Marine RCT, Army Special Forces Operator and Air Force Pararescue.

Military Toys

Military Toys

Expect to see these on store shelves this May.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/26/2007


Movie Toys

Several different toy sets based on upcoming movies are due out over the next few months. The first figure set is based off the upcoming movie 300. Expect to see these figures out in February.

300


The second set is from the movie Grindhouse. One of these figures is called "Rapist #1," I'm sure a first for action figure names. (First there was Duke, then Megatron and now Rapist #1.) These Grindhouse figures are due out in March.

Grindhouse

By Bert Ehrmann
1/26/2007


Hearts and Minds

Writer/producer Bryce Zabel has written on his blog about a show he proposed to HBO back in 2002 entitled Hearts and Minds. This show would have followed a group of soldiers involved in psy-ops at a military base in Afghanistan. Hearts and Minds slowly evolved and the location shifted to Iraq and the psy-ops soldiers instead became military intelligence. But things never quite gelled (the other Iraq themed show Over There on FX tanked), HBO had problems finding funds for the show* and since the war and events in Iraq was constantly evolving, keeping the script timely became problematic.

Alas, Hearts and Minds never came to be, but Zabel has posted his script to Hearts and Minds on his blog free to download.

I wonder if Hearts and Minds bears any "relation" to an untitled show proposed for HBO back in the 2005-06 season that would have followed a group of Army Engineers in Iraq searching for weapons of mass destruction who find themselves with nothing to do?

* The follow-up series to Band of Brothers also went into production at the same time that Hearts and Minds was being considered, and two war-themed shows would have been cost-prohibitive for HBO.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/25/2007


Battlestar Galactica

Zap2It is reporting that the ratings for the episode of Battlestar Galactica that aired last Sunday were less than spectacular. From the article:

The critically adored Sci Fi Channel series did a 1.4 household rating and brought in 1.8 million viewers for its Sunday (Jan. 21) midseason premiere. That's down from the 2.2 million viewers who tuned in for the show's October premiere in its original Friday home. Those numbers were down from the 3.1 million who watched the show's second season premiere in July of 2005.
I'm still trying to figure out why SCI FI Channel moved BSG to Sunday night out of the choice Friday night slot, only to replace the series with another show that has already been canceled by another network (Jake 2.0 on UPN). C'Mon SCI FI Channel!

Battlestar Galactica

By Bert Ehrmann
1/24/2007


Oh yes there was blood....


So after many months of waiting for the DVD to come out I finally got to see Saw 3 and trust me I am kicking myself for not seeing it in the theaters. Saw 3 picks up pretty much where Saw 2 left off. Donnie Walberg's character is still stuck in the "room" and decides that he is going to break his own foot to escape. (which he does and it gets quite messy) The story then picks up on more killings by Jigsaw but something is very different about the murders. You come to find out that Jigsaw is on his deathbed (wait didnt that happen in the 2nd one too?) and he is trying to stay alive for his last "game". His apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith) has kidnapped and forced a doctor to keep Jigsaw alive until the final game is over. (the nurse is hooked up to pretty much a shotgun shell collar and will die if Jigsaw dies.) The final game is for a troubled father who has lost his son, played by Angus McFaden(Robert the Bruce in Braveheart), to go through 3 tests that will ultimately lead him to the man that killed his son. This movie was definately much better than the second one. It tied all of the previous movies together via flashback and it was amazing. You get to find out what happened to certain people you thought were left for dead and why Jigsaw picked Amanda as an apprentice. The new tourture devices were better that ever. The plot twist (like in the other 2 movies) is pretty good too. If you enjoyed the first movie and was a little disappointed in the second then you will definately want to see the third movie in the series. The question is will there be a 4th? Im going to try and see Pans Labyrinth this week so I should have a review for that soon.

By Matt Alexander
1/24/2007


I Am Legend

Rob M., friend of Dangerous Universe, sent in a report on a scene being filmed in New York City for the upcoming movie I Am Legend:

The scene that was being filming was for the evacuation of New York. There were barricades set up everywhere blocking regular traffic from film cameras. News bulletins were on the radio saying that there were going to be over 1,000 extras in this particular scene. Some of these extras were on foot, others in cars and some on bikes. Overhead, at least four Black Hawk helicopters flew over the masses of people. The filmmakers reset and filmed the scene several times in a row.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/23/2007


Smokin' Aces

Here's a cool looking REJECTED poster for the upcoming Smokin' Aces movie.



Larger view here.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/23/2007


Battlestar Galactica

Here are some gorgeous looking SFX shots from the Battlestar Galactica episode "Rapture" that aired 1/21.







By Bert Ehrmann
1/22/2007


Zombies vs. Robots

Genius idea; Zombies vs. Robots the comic book. I wish I'd have thought of it first!

Zombies vs. Robots

A post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies has only one chance at recovery — a team of robots that must protect and clone a lone surviving human baby. They just need to do this amidst the endless hordes of zombies who have been driven rabid by their frustration at inedible bots and their lust to eat the one living brain left on the planet.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/22/2007


Starship Troopers: A Primer



Over the last decade, I've taken a lot of flack for my unwavering admiration of the movie Starship Troopers. Most see this movie as little more than a mindless monster "shoot-'em-up," but I see, and have always seen, Starship Troopers as having deeper elements, not completely apparent upon first viewing. Consider this first article a primer to, and my obsession with, Starship Troopers. Future columns will (hopefully) delve more deeply into the movie and look into the different spin-offs of Starship Troopers, namely the cartoon and role-playing game.

Continue reading this column on Starship Troopers.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/19/2007


Sunshine

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Sunshine movie below, by the director and writer of 28 Days Later…

By Bert Ehrmann
1/17/2007


Lost

CNN is reporting that executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are saying that there WILL be and end to the television series Lost. (Rather than, say, the series going on, and on, and on like it seems…) From the article:

"It's time for us now to find an end point for this show," Cuse said during ABC's portion of the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena. "It's always been discussed that the show would have a beginning, middle and end."

Cuse, who executive produces with Damon Lindelof, said there seemed to be "an underlying anxiety (among fans) that ... we don't know what we're doing."

By Bert Ehrmann
1/16/2007


Studio 60

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip returns from break next Monday (1/22) on NBC.



From Zap2It:

The staff comes back from the holiday break to prepare for the first show of the year; Danny is in full pursuit of Jordan; Matt bids in an online auction for a date with Harriet.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/15/2007


Battlestar Galactica

New episodes of Battlestar Galactica begin airing this Sunday (1/21) on SCI FI.



From SCI FI:

With the Galactica outgunned by four Cylon base ships, and the Colonial forces on the ground being flanked by a platoon of Cylon Centurions, how far will Admiral Adama go to keep the Cylons from capturing the artifact that shows the way to Earth? And will Apollo put the mission at risk to save the downed Starbuck — or let the woman he loves die?

By Bert Ehrmann
1/15/2007


I Am Legend

The New York Times has an article on the history of I Am Legend and the new movie due in theaters next winter.



From the article:

FROM the outside Robert Neville’s red brick home looks like all the other stately Greek revival town houses facing Washington Square Park. But the interior, actually a set inside a Brooklyn armory, is something else entirely. The kitchen is stacked top to bottom with what seems like several years’ worth of canned goods and packaged food, and all the windows have floor-to-ceiling retractable steel doors that can be locked down at a moment’s notice.

Robert Neville, after all, thinks he is the last man alive in a time when a biological plague has created a race of night-crawling human freaks who would like nothing better than to penetrate his sanctuary…“I Am Legend” is testimony to the unexpected durability of Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name. It is the third film based on a book whose original impulse was to one-up the screen vampires of an earlier era…The idea was born, said Mr. Matheson, now 80 and living in the Los Angeles area, “when I was a teenager and saw Bela Lugosi in ‘Dracula.’ I thought if the world was full of vampires, it would be more frightening than just one,” he continued. “And I explained vampires in biological terms…"

It is this idea of pandemic, along with the concepts of vampirism and the effects of solitude on the human psyche, that have kept Mr. Matheson’s slim novel both contemporary and of interest to filmmakers…

This time out the story is set in 2009, three years after something called the KV virus, developed in a laboratory but mutated out of control, has created a planet of bloodthirsty but still recognizably human freaks. Mr. Smith’s Neville, a former military scientist, has not been infected and is trying to find a cure for the pandemic. Manhattan had been quarantined back in 2006, and as far as Neville knows he is the only human left on the island, if not the world.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/14/2007


Flash Gordon

SCI FI Wire is reporting that the SCI FI Channel has started work on a series based on the Flash Gordon franchise. From the article:

Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada early this year. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCI FI in July, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.
Flash Gordon

By Bert Ehrmann
1/12/2007


Spider-Man 3 Toys

Sideshow Toys is set to release some pretty cool looking toys from Medicom based on the movie Spider-Man 3 later this year – black Spider-Man, Venom and red and blue Spider-Man. The only problem is that the toys run around $100 each!

By Bert Ehrmann
1/12/2007


24

McFarlane Toys has announced plans to make a series of figures based on the series 24. The first is expected to hit store shelves this August with a second to follow in later in the year.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/11/2007


Ricky Gervais and Extras

The A.V. Club has a rather extensive interview with Ricky Gervais. Don't forget, season to of Extras begins airing this Sunday (1/14) on HBO. From the interview:

What I do next is never strategic. It's never, "If I did this, then I'll get that demographic, and then they'll like me for this, and then I can do that." I go, "I want to do this next. This is the thing that interests me most." (…) We only do what we think is good and what we're happy with. I do that in stand-up, I even do it with my children's books. I don't do market research, I don't have focus groups, I don't care. I don't care if it fails, honestly. I'd rather have something that's completely mine fail than something succeed that I'm not proud of.

In fact, the second season (of Extras) —I shouldn't say this, because it'll come back to haunt me—but I think it's the funniest thing I've done. Out-and-out laughs per minute, it's probably got a better hit-rate than The Office. But what it hasn't got, probably, is that mood of The Office. It's more traditional than The Office, it's less situations. They're very much observational situations with results. There's an observation, we meander through it and take it to its logical conclusion. (…)

One of my favorite phrases is, "A camel is a horse designed by committee." All the same ingredients go into a TV show. It's just the proportions that are different, and that's what makes something different from something that's gone before it. (…)

I want Extras to be compared to When The Whistle Blows (the faux show-within season two of Extras). For every wacky postcard, there's a million people waiting to buy it, and for every $10 million of those things, there's one Rembrandt. Purposely, I think I want to aim at doing something that a lot of people won't like. You want a door policy on your club. It's as simple as that. I'm just worried that it looks like I've compared my work with Rembrandt. "Gervais says he's better than Rembrandt!" (…)

In all honesty, I don't think we're gonna do another season (of Extras). I think two is our limit. (…)

In a safe Western world where we're not being shot at and we're not starving, the worst thing that happens to us most days is someone's rude to us, or we accidentally insult someone. Social faux pas is the worst thing that happens to most people, most days, so we've got to concentrate on that, really. You don't need a high incident. The minutiae of human behavior is really the most interesting thing you can explore. You don't need people being taken out by snipers for something to be interesting, 'cause it's not what most of us relate to.

Read the whole interview here
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By Bert Ehrmann
1/10/2007


Apple Gadgets

Two new cool gadgets were released today from Apple. The first is the long awaited iPhone cell phone. This phone comes in 4 and 8 gig sizes and runs a flavor of OS X. But it's more than just a phone, it also acts as an iPod, plays videos in widescreen format, has Internet connectivity and probably does a good job of making phone calls as well!

The only problem is that the phone isn't due out until June and will retail between $500 and $600 (!!). Still, Apple does a great job of making commonly difficult gadgets easy to use and I'm sure the iPhone will be no exception.



Available next month is Apple TV. This box connects your Mac or PC computer to your television, allowing you to watch television shows, movies, listen to music or view your photos on your television via your computer.

The whole thing's wireless capible and will sync automatically between your iTunes and Apple TV much like how iPods work today. To be honest I was hoping that the Apple TV would also act as a DVR, but I suppose Apple sees this box as an opportunity to get more people to buy movies and television shows from iTunes rather than recording them on your own.

My only concern is that it doesn't look like Apple TV plays many different types of video commonly available across the Internet. Still, the whole thing's pretty cool and retails for around $300.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/9/2007


Avatar

The New York Times has an article on Jim Cameron's upcoming movie Avatar, now due in theaters 2009. From the article:

The film, with a budget of close to $200 million, is an original science fiction story that will be shown in3D in conventional theaters. The story pits a human army against an alien army on a distant planet, using live actors and digital technology to make a large cast of virtual creatures who convey emotion as authentically as humans…

“This film is a true hybrid — a full live-action shoot, with C.G. characters in C.G. and live environments,” he said, referring computer-generated images. “Ideally at the end of the of day the audience has no idea which they’re looking at…”

The live-action shoot with actors will begin in April, with major effects being done by Weta, the filmmaker Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based effects company, which worked on his “Lord of the Rings.” The film is scheduled for release in summer 2009.
Read my column on James Cameron, entitled "Jim Cameron's Guide to Being Silent."

By Bert Ehrmann
1/8/2007


Top 50 Episodes of 2006

Brian Ford Sullivan over at the futon critic has posted his annual 50 best episodes of the year. I'd have to say that I completely agree with most of his picks, and especially his top two episode of 2006.

Read the entire list here.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/8/2007


The Best Movies of 2006



I seriously considered listing 2006 as one of the most uninteresting and dull years at the cineplexes in recent memory. In a year when the four top-grossing movies this summer earned something like a combined total of $1.3 billion, there weren't too many movies that seemed to have artistically deserved this box office plunder. Admittedly, most movies released any given year aren't destined to be classics by any stretch of the imagination, but 2006 seemed to have more that its fare share of "unclassics." I’ll admit that movies like Superman Returns and Mission Impossible III were fun "ride movies," but did these enjoyable movies live up to the marketing hype? Will anyone remember them a few years from now? And what was our national obsession with Pirates of the Caribbean?

Continue reading this article on the best movies of 2006.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/5/2007


Idiocracy

Idiocracy, the Mike Judge (Office Space) written and directed comedy that only had an EXTREMELY limited release back in September, is finally due out as a DVD next Tuesday (1/9).



From Amazon:

Joe Bauer, an Army librarian, is judged to be absolutely average in every regard, has no relatives, has no future, so he's chosen to be one of the two test subjects in a top-secret hibernation program. He and hooker Rita were to awaken in one years, but things go wrong and they wake up instead in 2505. By this time, stupid people have outbred intelligent people; the world is (barely) run by morons--and Joe and Rita are the smartest people in America.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/3/2007


Top Grossing Movies of '06

According to IMDB, the top grossing movies of 2006 were:

$423,032,628 — Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
$244,052,771 — Cars (2006)
$234,360,014 — X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
$217,536,138 — The Da Vinci Code (2006)
$200,069,408 — Superman Returns (2006)
$195,329,763 — Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
$155,019,340 — Over the Hedge (2006)
$149,244,791 — Happy Feet (2006)
$148,213,377 — Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
$137,501,384 — Casino Royale (2006)
Add these all up and it's over $2.1 BILLION dollars in revenue.

By Bert Ehrmann
1/1/2007