Friday, November 28, 2008

Nov. 28

Why are you reading this?!?!?! Shouldn't you be out shopping?

Due to the Black Friday holiday, Movie Geek Feed will be taking some more time off from posting. We can do that, since we are an independent movie site. Pretty cool, huh? Check this out for your enjoyment.

Toy store madness from Jingle All the Way:

Plugging in the Christmas Lights from Christmas Vacation:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nov. 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Movie Geek Feed will be taking some time off from posting. We can do that, since we are an independent movie site. Pretty cool, huh? Check this out for your enjoyment.

Thanksgiving Play from Addams Family Values:

The Prayer from Home for the Holidays:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Transporter 3 Review

Transporter 3: It could drive you crazy.

Transporter 3 was better than Transporter 2… but not as good as Transporter (1). That’s really all you need to know, because if you were even “thinking” of seeing Transporter 3, then you more than likely saw Transporter and/or Transporter 2, and can make an assessment from there…?

Did any of that make sense? If not, don’t worry, because neither did the film. Rock tough Jason Statham plays hard-driving Frank Martin once again with his usual cool, but this time his female love interest Valentina, played by Natalya Rudakova, is a character so annoying that you keep hoping “Frank” will drop her off at the next bus stop… or cliff.

The main problem with Transporter sequels seems to be the uncontrolled way they continue to push the car stunts from exciting to beyond believability. The series started out as a good, basic, car chase/martial arts romp with a touch of humor, and gradually turned into a, “Gee-I-didn’t-know-a-car-could-defy-the-laws-of-physics” groaner.

After seeing this movie, it will come as no surprise that Transporter 3 is Ms. Rudakova’s first film – it should also come as no surprise that it is likely to be the Transporter’s last. Too bad, because the series is not without its campy charm. (Review by Elbow Murderpants)

Nov. 26

Top Stories:

Twilight Stars Get Sequel Raises

Now that Twilight’s sequel is a lock, details on who will be involved in it and for how much are starting to emerge. According to, the movie’s two stars Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart are indeed signed to return, albeit with much bigger paychecks. Pattinson and Stewart only earned $2 million apiece for Twilight. For the sequel, their dollar amount has been bumped up to $10 million. Welcome to stardom kids.

Trek Trailer With A (Not-So-) Surprise End

The new Internet Star Trek trailer--with a (not-so-) surprise appearance by a veteran Trek actor at the end--is now available on and viewable here. The trailer is otherwise the same as the one that debuted widely last week.

Coolest auction ever?

From JoBlo: "Normally I picture auctions as hoity-toity affairs where people raise numbered ping-pong paddles to bid on works of art or vases to put in their summer house. And while the prices at this latest auction might fit that crowd, there is enough geek memorabilia here to make all the fanboys out there wish they had a couple million bucks to spare. Among the items up for auction on December 11th at Profiles in History Auction House in California are: Marlon Brando's “Jor-El” costume from SUPERMAN, ALIEN creature production reference album, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from STAR WARS, Original C-3PO droid helmet worn by Anthony Daniels, “Indiana Jones” fedora hat and bullwhip from INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM."

Robert Downey Jr. Talks Avengers, Iron Man 2 and His Future

On the set of his latest film SHERLOCK HOLMES, actor Robert Downey Jr. discussed the future of Iron Man, thoughts about the Avengers film and more! caught up with Downey in the UK while he was playing the most recognized detective that ever lived (well, at least in fiction) Sherlock Holmes second only to Robert Urich's Spenser: For Hire. Here are a few excerpts of what Downey had to say.

Futurama: Green Yonder Due In Feb.

The fourth and final straight-to-DVD Futurama movie, Into The Wild Green Yonder, drops on DVD and Blu-ray disc on Feb. 24, 2009, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced. The film guest-stars illusionist Penn Jillette, hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, talk-radio host Phil Hendrie and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Fans will discover the truth about "Number 9 Man," a mysterious character from the earliest days of the series.

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Adam Green Talks HATCHET 2!


The Dark Knight DVD Update!

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Brolin Talks T4

Date Movie Review – Four Christmases

I may not be the best person to listen to when it comes to getting an opinion about the latest Yuletide season’s film offerings. I have two favorite holidays – Halloween and Christmas. I know, it seems strange. Two holidays that are pretty much polar oppossites as far as theme goes. That’s just the way it is. Of course, it being the holidays and all, my wife and I chose to see Four Christmases for our date night, which we get very few of. After muddling through one terrible new romantic comedy trailer after the next, they did finally show one that was actually somewhat entertaining for Yes Man. After that, the film got started and rolled along quite well. We meet Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, who play a couple that don’t believe in marriage and feel that they should float through their relationship freely, doing what they want to do instead of succumbing to the world view of what is right in wrong and expected. It is explained that the two lie to their families every year and go on a trip for themselves at Christmas. They do this by telling their families that they are performing different Peace Corp type work in different parts of the world, even going to such extremes as learning some of the language. Unfortunately for the couple, though, the weather takes a change for the worse on the day of their departure and they end up stuck in the airport. After being interviewed by a TV newscaster about how the delay has affected their plans, both of them get calls on their cell phones simultaneously from their parents (who both are divorced and with new partners). Having been put on the spot, the two agree to go to their parent’s four different houses for the holidays instead. Thus, the insanity begins.

The film has a great supporting cast which includes Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Jon Favreau. The situations that the two find themselves in with their parents are both humorous and at times possibly a little too realistic. I found Reese and Vince to be very convincing as the couple and none of their performance together seemed staged or forced. There were some points in the film that were maybe a little uncomfortable and for some may hit a little too close to home. Some of the situations definitely left me kind of cringing, thinking how Vaughn had just made a grave error in the way he handled a situation and was going to pay the consequences.

In the grand scheme of things, and as Christmas holiday films come, this one is definitely one of the keepers. It brings up good life lessons that everyone should go through and learn from. It explores everything from hiding from your childhood and past, being honest in your relationships, the importance of family, and dealing with split families. If you're looking for a good movie to take your significant other to for the holiday season, you might want to take her to see this. Be warned, though - if he / she wants kids or a commitment, you better get ready to get the "looks" or talked to after and during the movie. (Review by Eric Shirey)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nov. 25

Top Stories:

Happy 30th "Star Wars Holiday Special"!

Yeah, you read right -- we're actually giving a shout-out to the sadly misguided "Star Wars Holiday Special". Why? Because as fans of all things Star Wars, we think every aspect of that faraway galaxy is worthy of some love, even if that means tough love. And with the "Holiday Special" turning 30 this week, we thought it deserved a bit of charitable coverage, seeing as how its older, smarter, more successful brother -- A New Hope -- was given its own three-continent 30th anniversary Celebration convention and all.For those who have never seen the "Star Wars Holiday Special", it was a two-hour variety show that many feel suffered from over-extended scenes, kitschy dialog, and cheesy special effects. Airing just once on the night of November 17, 1978, it definitely had a few wince-worthy moments -- Wookiee grandpa "Itchy" fawning over the seductive crooning of singer Diahann Carol; a sappy Han Solo getting all mushy over Chewbacca's wife and kid; and the chef d'oeuvre -- Princess Leia singing "The Life Day Song" to the strains of the Star Wars theme.

More Punisher: War Zone Clips has posted more clips from director Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone, opening in theaters on December 5, 2008. The action-thriller stars Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok and Julie Benz. In the film, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle wages his one-man war on the world of organized crime and sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

Trailer, Poster, Stills From 'Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia'

If you head on over to the film's official website, you can check out stills, a trailer and much more from Michael Staininger's Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, Ligeia, which stars Wes Bentley, Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Sofya Skya, Kaitlin Doubleday and Christa Campbell. Check out the one sheet beyond the break. Successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick falls under the spell of the irresistible, bewitchingly beautiful Ligeia. She's fighting a fatal illness and she will stop at nothing to defeat death, her one true enemy.

Early Plot Details For 'I Am Legend' Prequel/Sequel?

This morning AICN got an inside tip regarding the storyline for Warner Bros. Pictures' I Am Legend II, which they're jokingly referring to as II AM LEGEND (kinda awesome). Beyond the break you can read a little bit about what the plot follows, but they do note that the source isn't a regular scooper, so make sure to take it with a grain of salt. The sequel is set to be directed by Francis Lawrence, who reteams with star Will Smith.

Battlestar Season 4 Promo Live!

A new teaser promo has gone live for SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica season four. The teaser is called "The Epic Journey." Battlestar Galactica kicks off the second part of its fourth and final season on Jan. 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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DQ profits from Hollywood deals

Berger On Why He Said No To Wild Things

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Busy Gugino Talks Unborn, Witch

Could Heroes Move Away From Serialization?

Man charged with hitting 'Stargate' actor

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Resident Evil Director Feeling a Bit 'Grimm'?

Check Out the Trailer For 'Two: Thirteen'

Promo Art and Long Synopsis For 'Road Train'

New Organ Harvest Film Retitled to 'Inhale'

Warner Raw Feed Announces 'Alien Raiders' DVD

Paul Azaceta Cover of Halloween: Mark of Thorn

New Comic Releases This Week - 11/19

Coming 'Twilight' Spoilers Shared on NYC Subway Poster

Concept Art from Wake the Dead

Nail Biter Teaser Now Available!

Uncut My Bloody Valentine DVD on the Way

The Last Battleground Trailer is now LIVE!

Killer Tomatoes Attack Comic Book Racks!

Corey Haim & Tiffany Shepis Join Monsterpiece Theatre

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Daniel Radcliffe Talks About Harry Potter

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Transcript From Guillermo Del Toro's BD-LIVE Chat!


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Pharoah gives thumbs up to U.S. 'Mars'

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nov. 24

Top Stories:
Summit announces 'Twilight' sequel

Fresh from a massive opening day for "Twilight," Summit Entertainment has officially greenlit a "New Moon" sequel. Summit made the widely expected announcement Saturday morning. "Twilight" generated first-day grosses of $35.7 million from 3,419 playdates on Friday -- including $7 million from Thursday midnight shows. The vampire thriller's a ready-made franchise for Summit with four books in Stephenie Meyer’s series, which have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

The Leader Is On Board For Incredible Hulk 2

I must be one of the few, but I really, really enjoyed this year's Incredible Hulk movie. I thought it was really well done, the fight scenes were fantastic and it was an awesome super hero movie. I really hope they do a stand alone sequel and that we're not just going to see Hulk in The Avengers movie and that'll be it. Looks like things may be not be as dead as we thought, although Edward Norton's involvement is still a bit sketchy at this time. I hope he does return because he's a great actor and brings a lot to the character of Bruce Banner. Looks like they have a sequel lined up though, with The Leader as the villain.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Nov. 21

Top Stories:


IGN has a behind the scenes featurette for Punisher: War Zone that focuses on Jigsaw, the big bad guy played by Dominic West, aka The Wire's wonderful hero McNulty. The Jigsaw make-up is pretty over the top; it's looking like this version of the Punisher is going to be the most cartoony yet. Which, weirdly, doesn't feel like a bad thing. I'm kind of excited to see this one now.


Scrat is at it again...but this time there's a lady involved! ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS just got a new trailer! The animation of this film has already blown me away. Pay attention to how the fur looks in this trailer, and this is on a Quicktime file on a computer screen, I can't even begin to imagine how this is going to look in theaters...amazing.

Ludlum 'Bourne' again at Universal

Universal Pictures has made an overall deal with the estate of "The Bourne Identity" author Robert Ludlum that gives the studio exclusive rights to the Jason Bourne character and first look at other Ludlum novels. The deal with Ludlum Entertainment paves the way for more installments in the Bourne saga, which was originally envisioned as a three-picture series but has become Universal's answer to James Bond.

'Star Trek' engages promo drive

Paramount already has hit warp speed with its high-profile relaunch of the "Star Trek" franchise. For its first 2009 tentpole, the studio has taken the unprecedented step of rolling out a full-scale promotional tour of the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" nearly six months before its May 8 release. Despite "Trek's" indisputable cultural brand and avid fan base, the filmmakers and the studio hope to bypass two potential obstacles on the way to blockbuster boxoffice returns: the MySpace generation's unfamiliarity with the series and genre and the franchise's typically anemic performance in the global market.

Benicio Might Be Howling At The Moon Later Rather Than Sooner

This is interesting news: Fango just heard through the grapevine that we may have to wait a little longer to see Benicio Del Toro get hairy. Word is that Universal is delaying THE WOLFMAN from its previously announced April 3 debut to sometime next fall. Weird. Maybe they want to time it for next Halloween? That's a better time table anyway for a film starring a hairy beast and The Wolfman.

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Dallas 30th Anniversay Cast Reunion & Barbeque at Southfork Ranch

November 8th
Southfork Ranch
Parker, TX

Anyone who knows me personally will attest to my crazy addiction to one of the greatest prime time drama / soap operas ever to hit the television screen – Dallas. Upon hearing that they were doing a reunion of sorts in the California area in December of 2008, I immediately started to try figuring out how my wife and I could come up with the money to fly out to the event and make a weekend of it for our anniversary. Alas, it didn’t seem to be in the cards, as they say. I had to come to grips with the fact that I would miss this opportunity. Fast-forward three months to mid-August. An acquaintance of mine who does a vendor booth at my comic book collectible events drops the wonderful bomb on me that there is going to be a Dallas reunion in the Dallas / Fort Worth area in November and that they already have Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray (the three living major roles from the series) confirmed to be there. I couldn’t contain my excitement. The next bit of news almost made me faint. The reunion would be at the actual “home” of the fictional Ewing clan – Southfork Ranch. I called my wife immediately and told her.

I contacted the event coordinators as fast as I could find their information and told them that I would love to be a part of helping to promote the event. That ended up being an interesting job, as I made and ran the MySpace page and Google Blogspot for the event. I even got to interview J.R. himself in the living room of Southfork Ranch. Mr. Hagman turned out to be an extremely generous gentleman who wanted nothing more than to help deliver an event that would make the life-long fans of the legendary television show happy and overjoyed at being able to spend some quality time with the cast in the sprawling setting of their fictional homestead. For many event-goers, this would be a bittersweet and disappointing experience, especially for those who spent several thousand dollars on VIP tickets and airfare from overseas and abroad. I’m sure anyone who cares or is even remotely interested has read the past week’s internet and newspaper buzz about how terribly coordinated and unorganized the event was. I am not writing this story to agree with or fend off these stories and opinions by any means. I am writing this to reflect on an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime evening with my wife and friends. Am I disappointed in some of the circumstances that went down in and around this event? Absolutely. Promises were made to ticket-buyers that were not followed up on and those people should be upset and demand to get something back in return.

On to the event. My wife and I took our friends to the event and we arrived around 5PM. We even got dressed up in cowboy boots, jeans, and sport coats. My wife wore cowboy boots with a blue jean skirt and we were fully ready to get in the spirit of the event. There were already at least a thousand people there milling around the house and stage. It was almost like a movie set, with giant pot lights and a swooping camera crane that was filming the event. It was all too apparent from the moment we walked into the VIP section that they had most definitely overbooked the area. There was nowhere for probably half the people to sit. Staff was making a mad scramble to find space to set up additional tables for guests. We just worked through this and let it pass. We weren’t going to let that ruin the night, but there was already angry grumbling from many of the guests.

We decided to head over to the front of the house and observe the red carpet walk the actors would be doing when they arrived. There were tons of people already surrounding the walkway, anticipating the arrival. Larry Hagman was to fly in on a helicopter, showering the crowd with his token thousand dollar J.R. bills. First, he would do a couple of helicopter rides with people who bid on them and won the rides through an E-bay auction for charity. Apparently, these were running very behind, as the red carpet walk was supposed to start at 6:30 and it was already going on 7:30. Every time the helicopter would fly over and come to a stop in the landing field, several hundred people with cameras would rush over to the fence and try to get a photo of J.R. arriving in style, only to be disappointed.

Finally, a Gibson guitar bus pulled up in front of the red carpet and the cast and their families arrived. They were very accommodating and considerate of their fans. They took a lot of time and stopped every couple of feet to sign autographs and even take pictures with people on both sides of the ropes. It was wonderful and a definite highlight of the evening. Just to see how surprised and grateful they were for all the praise and excitement that surrounded them. So here they all come – Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly, Susan Howard, Ken Kercheval, Audrey Landers, Mary Crosby, Sheree J. Wilson, Charlene Tilton, and…J.R.? Everybody is standing around for several minutes wondering where J.R. is.

It took so long, that people just started leaving the red carpet. Apparently he was held up with the helicopter rides. Oh well, everyone started to just mill around and head back to their seats. The food lines opened up and soon the problems there started. First, they ran out of plates and silverware. Then they ran out of food and drinks. It became all too apparent that the 2,000 people in attendance were somehow not expected and planned for.

The event got kicked off with the cast coming out onto the famous balcony where Kristen took a nosedive to her death. They all took turns telling the crowd how grateful they were that they all came out. Then they headed down to eat (or so they thought) at their tables on the presentation stage, which was located in front of the famous breakfast patio in front of the garage doors and next to the pool. The cast came up to the stage and began sitting with their families at the tables, only to be quickly ushered out of their seats and into the Q & A area, which was made up of some chairs and a couple nice couches. The actors took their places and began an hour or so of questioning from the crowd.

They passed around eight microphones throughout the crowd and the questions came firing at the cast. The cast, especially Patrick Duffy, showed a great amount of wit and charm as they answered one question after the next, some being ridiculous (“What wife in the show was your favorite?”, to which he said his favorite wife was his real one) to a rather rude and completely uncalled for question for Larry Hagman which I will not even entertain going into, except to say that whoever asked it is an idiot and I can’t imagine how he could have even been smart enough to find the event, much less drive his primate self to it. The actors were all very attentive to the questions and very polite in their answers.

After the question and answer session, the mayor of Parker, TX came up with the owner of Southfork Ranch and thanked him for letting them have the event there. Then the two of them presented keys to the city to all the cast members. Each actor thanked the mayor and took the plaque. Ken Kercheval came up to get his plaque and fished around in his pocket to pull his keys out and put the key to the city on his ring, but said it was too big to fit in his pocket. Larry Hagman simply asked the mayor just exactly what the key opened. Then the mike went dead for about 15 minutes and the actors tried to still give their acceptance speeches, but couldn’t be heard.

Then the event basically started to go downhill. It wasn’t because of the actors or anything they did. They were all wonderful and did everything they could to make the night memorable for everyone there. The auctioning of the original cast paintings began. Were the paintings good? Absolutely. The problem was, that if you weren’t one of about 150 people there with over $1,000 in your pocket, you couldn’t give a crap about this particular part of the event. A painting of J.R. went for around $7,000 and I believe the lowest any of them went for was around $1,500. This is about the time everybody (meaning 2,000 people) decided they just wanted to mill around and look at everything. Someone (not very smart) decided to open pretty much every (yes, EVERY – there might have been three doors not open) door to the mansion and let people come in to see the home of the Ewings.

My wife and I went inside to try to look around and it was virtually impossible. There must have been 300 people shoved in that house milling around. By the end of the night, that place looked like a frat party had taken place. There were beer bottles and dirty dishes all over the place, sitting right next to the furniture. I even saw a foot in diameter spill stain where someone had dropped their drink in the middle of the living room. Yes, you read that right. There was a spill stain in the middle of the legendary Southfork Ranch living room. It was a display of complete disrespect to a historical monument of television history. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of little knick-knacks and items were stolen out of that place.

We stuck around for the cast to say their goodbyes to the crowd and Audrey Landers sang one of her legendary songs she wrote for the part of Afton on the show. This was followed by a thunderous applause and then the cast headed over to the Conference Center for a press meeting.

Why the press meeting was scheduled for after the event is beyond me. The cast came in after several minutes of what seemed to be confusion over who was to participate in the press Q & A and who was supposed to get back on the Gibson bus to wait to be taken back to the hotel. Patrick Duffy greeted the 15 or 20 reporters and members of the press with the question, “Don’t you people have homes or families?” The press meeting featured Larry Hagman, his wife Maj, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray. After about 15 minutes of the questioning they brought in Mary Crosby and about 5 minutes later, it was all over. The cast was rushed out the door and put on the bus to be taken to their hotels. They did take a couple more minutes to take a few pictures with some fans still hanging around.

So what are my thoughts on how the event went? Well, for me and my party it was a lot of fun and very memorable. For people who spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to fly there from other countries and attend, I can definitely understand how they would be extremely irritated and angry with how the whole thing turned out.

Did the actors do everything in their power to make the event successful and memorable for their fans? Absolutely. Do I know who’s to blame or what really happened behind the scenes? No. Was there a lot of confusion and what seemed to be disorganization? Definitely. In my opinion, I just think that the organizers weren’t prepared for the turnout and it just got out of hand. Either way, it’s not an event I’ll ever be forgetting. (Article by Eric Shirey)