Friday, January 30, 2009

Taken Review

Former government operative Bryan Mills begins the longest 96-hours of his life--and the hunt for the fearsome organization that has taken his daughter Kim. Mills had only recently given up his government career as what he calls a "preventer" to be near Kim, who lives with Bryan's ex-wife Lenore and her new husband. To make ends meet, Bryan joins some former colleagues for special security details (like guarding a pop diva), but most of his time and energy are spent re-connecting with Kim. Bryan's familial goal is nearly derailed when Kim requests his permission to spend time in Paris with a friend. All too aware of the dangers that could lie ahead for Kim in a foreign land, Bryan says no, but Kim's disappointment leads him to very reluctantly relent. Bryan's worst fears are realized when Kim and her friend Amanda are suddenly abducted--in broad daylight--from the Paris apartment at which they've just arrived. Moments before Kim is dragged away by the as yet unseen and unknown assailants, she manages to phone Bryan, who begins to expertly piece together clues that will take him to the darkness of Paris's underworld, and to the City of Light's plushest mansions. He will face nightmares worse than anything he experienced in black ops--and let nothing and no one stop him from saving his daughter.


Liam Neeson isn't really known as an action star. Yeah, he's done his share of action films (Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode One, Darkman), but if I mentioned his name, you don't think about action. Well, I'm thinking those days may be changing. Could it be possible, that we have another action star that can act to join the ranks of Matt Damon and Bruce Willis? I hope so!

There is one phrase that describes Taken. This movie rocked. There isn't anything that I can think of that didn't work. The acting was great all around, but the real star of this film is the action. The story has a slow beginning, setting up everything you need to be ready for the ride to come. Once Liam receives that dreaded phone call, it hits the fan and no one is safe. Liam gives a performance that is just dead on. You can see the anger and torment of a man that will do anything to save his daughter, and he does. The fight sequences are very Bourne-like, and work brilliantly, and Liam pulls them off as though he's studied them for years.

Once again Luc Besson brings us a story and characters that not only intrigue us, but also keep us on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Every ounce of this movie just rocks. I know there isn't much to this review, but there is not much to say other than everyone should watch it. (Review by Bobby Blakey of Big Dumb Gorilla Studios)

Collider Video Interviews with Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz – NEW MOON

As most of you know, the second book in the "Twilight" series is called “New Moon” and it’s scheduled for release this November. But what might surprise all of you is…they haven’t started filming yet! Yup, Summit Entertainment is walking the difficult path of trying to make a movie with a lot of special effects and release it in the same year with little time for post production. While this is definitely going to be a challenge, it can be done. It’s called overtime. Collider interviewed a few of the cast and they all spoke about “New Moon”. They asked them if they’d read the script, when they were shooting the movie, where they were shooting, what were they were looking forward to film, what has this experience been like, and a lot more. If you’re a fan of “Twilight” you’ll really love these interviews as it gives you an update as to where each of them are right now and what’s on the horizon.So enough words…watch the interviews! (more)

6 Movie Clips from CORALINE

Collider has six clips from Coraline today and thankfully, none of them give away how much the film is going to creep you out. They give you a sense of the gorgeous animation, the solid voice work, and the general style of the film, but almost none of them are from the film's second half where "Coraline" really establishes itself as a movie that's going to traumatize your kids. (more)

'The Grudge 3' DVD Art and Full Specs

Sony Home Entertainment has released the final DVD art for The Grudge 3, which arrives on DVD March 24th. Extra features include: Deleted Scenes, Tokyagoaria and The Curse Continues. Kayako and Toshio's curse continues by haunting THE GRUDGE 2's only survivor, Jake, who's now confined to a psychiatric hospital after his family's alleged suicide. When the curse of the grudge finally kills him too, news reaches a mysterious young woman in Japan. As Jake's case worker, Dr. Sullivan (Shawnee Smith, the SAW series), investigates his Chicago home, the curse continues to claim more victims. As the rage spreads, it becomes clear that Jake's horrifying stories are true, and the Japanese woman is the only hope of finally burying the grudge once and for all unless she becomes another victim. (more)

DVD Straightjacket - Open Season 2

The unpredictable wilderness meets the cushy domesticated life in this sequel to the CG-animated theatrical hit. Love-struck Elliot, a motor-mouthed mule deer, is set to marry the beautiful Giselle. Boog the bear is his best man and couldn't be more proud. But before anyone can say "I do," a gang of pampered pets bent on returning Mr. Weenie to his domesticated home infiltrates their outdoorsy lifestyle and kidnaps the pooch. If anybody can get him back, it's Elliot, Boog, and the gang.

Special Features:
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc special features include: "Going WILD! With the Voice Cast of Open Season 2"; "How to Draw Your Favorite Characters: Boog, Elliot & Fifi"; 3 deleted scenes; the music video "Who Let the Dogs Out"; and 5 DVD games in the "Wacky Weenie Arcade."

I’ve never been a really big fan of the talking animal animated movies that seem to continue to be the rage for all the youngsters. I am constantly put through having to watch them or stare at a white wall when we watch them as a family with the kids. Sometimes, I get lucky and catch a cat nap. Other times, I actually stay awake and discover a diamond among the hunks of dirty coal. Now don’t get me wrong. Open Season 2 isn’t a diamond. It’s more a cubic zirconium or something like that. It does still look good, but it’s not quite the quality of the real thing.

As with most straight-to-video sequels, a lot of the headlining voice talent has been replaced to make the project more cost-effective and profitable. That doesn’t mean that the outcome is necessarily of poor quality or anything in this case. Martin Lawrence has been replaced by Mike Epps as the voice of Boog, the bear. It is a noticeable difference and does affect the vibe of the film to an extent, but it’s nothing painful. Talk Soup host Joel McHale takes the place of Ashton Kutcher as Elliott the mule deer and best buddy of Boog. He kind of does a pretty decent mimic of Kutcher that works well. Jane Krakowski returns as the voice of Giselle, who is about to marry Elliott when all the excitement in the film interrupts the ceremony. She has a pretty big role here as she helps Elliott and Boog search for the lost or “kidnapped” Mr. Weenie, who is again voice by Cody Cameron (Shrek movies, Madagascar). The only other returning voice talent is Danny Mann (Horton Hears a Who!, Surf’s Up!, Happy Feet) as Serge. Versatile weird man Crispin Glover voices the pompous male poodle and leader of the traveling RV animals named Fifi, who believes Mr. Weenie to be a wild animal and not worthy to be in his cliché.

The movie definitely had its funny moments. It was just irreverent enough and had the proper amount of that “the kids won’t get it, but the adults will” humor to keep me entertained. My two year old laughed enough to where I think it would hold the attention of the younger kids just above his age. The animation wasn’t sub par by any means. It was pretty good. I’m not a big fan of this style of animation, but it worked and seemed to be on the same level as the first film. If you’re looking for something to watch with the kiddos this weekend, then you may have just found your winner. (Review by Eric Shirey)

IESB Exclusive: Dan Mazeau is Writing THE FLASH!

Jonny Quest is in full swing over at Warner Bros. with a highly regarded script written by Dan Mazeau. IESB has exclusively learned that his Jonny Quest script is so highly regarded that in fact WB has decided to give Mazeau a crack at THE FLASH! We've double checked with multiple sources and can say with 100% certainty that Mazeau is currently writing a script for the lightening fast superhero. (more)

Super Bowl Movie Trailers: What To Watch For

There’s this thing called the Super Bowl going on this weekend and, as a movie fan I have absolutely no interest in whether Cardinals can defeat Steelers. I’m a movie dork and I’ll only be watching for the commercials. More specifically, the movie related commercials. Super Bowl XLIII will be loaded with them and below we’ve got your quick guide to everything you should be keeping an eye out for, whenever the network breaks away from the football field to show something interesting. You’ll find this exciting bunch of movie trailers, wedged in between beer commercials. (more)

The Uninvited Review

Anna returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse. That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.


While I'm not your average horror movie fan I have to say that I truly liked The Uninvited. Yes, like most horror movies it's a little predictable at times. I pride myself on being able to predict movies, but I never saw the end coming. It's the subtleties and the things that are unseen until the end that make this picture.

The story for the most part is easy to follow, and while I said I liked it I feel that the way it was shot it should have been advertise as a suspense thriller more then a horror. The Uninvited of course has those moments that will make the easily startled jump and one or to that will even get those that are ready for anything.

The casting of the lead character, a familiar face from "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," was a good choice for a vaguely known actress, but the part of the father's new girlfriend played by the ever beautiful Elizabeth Banks could have been replaced by someone who can play a character with a slightly more sinister personality. Other then the small problems with the acting and the "oh something's obviously about to happen here moments" this movie is pretty good, well worth the $9 it cost to see a movie these days. (review by The Hick)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lionsgate to Release Slaughter High Uncut!

You know, after sailing through some troubled waters for the better part of 2008, Lionsgate continues to make amends with horror fans by pulling off some really unexpected DVD coups. Following in the steps of the original My Bloody Valentine (review), the studio is now set to release Slaughter High uncut when it hits store shelves on April 14th. Shock Till You Drop has learned today that the 'Gate has "indeed discovered a unaltered print of the film in a vault somewhere.". Hell, I give them credit just for looking! (more)

How Battlestar's Ron Moore will 're-imagine' The Thing

Universal has hired Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald Moore to write a prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi horror movie The Thing, Variety reported, confirming an earlier scoop by Moore will write the script, and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen will direct the re-imagining. The new project reportedly borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There?," the basis of the Carpenter film and the 1951 Howard Hawks original movie The Thing From Another World. The prequel is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp. (more)

Nicolas Cage Attached to 'Ghost Rider' Sequel

It's pretty shocking that it has taken this long for a sequel to get a move on, but finally Columbia Pictures is gearing up for GHOST RIDER 2, the sequel to the smash-hit comic book adaptation from 2007 that saw Nicolas Cage as a stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze who gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself. What we learned this evening is that Columbia Pictures is officially out to writers to pen the sequel and that Nicolas Cage is in fact attached and signed on to return. (more)

'Predator' Reboot In Serious Trouble

We've got a crazy scoop for you that's going to have half of you screaming in excitement and the other throwing tomatoes. A reliable source dropped us a line revealing to us that Robert Rodriquez and his Troublemaker Studios will be producing the Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox. Now here' the kicker, the pitch being sent around town implies that the reboot will have more than one predator. "In the reboot a team of commandoes face down a mysterious race of vicious monsters." No writer has been attached yet - and there is no script. (more)

'Dawn Treader' lands at Fox 2000

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will be setting sail from a new port. The third installment of Walden's "Chronicles of Narnia" franchise, which was let go by Disney last month, is landing at Fox 2000, which will develop it with an eye to release the movie in the holiday season of 2010. Many of the key players are expected to stay with the project, including director Michael Apted and actor Ben Barnes, though a new writer might come aboard. Elizabeth Gabler will oversee for the studio. (more)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Star Wars Goes Horror with Deathtroopers

I’ve never even considered the idea of a horror story set in the Star Wars universe, never-mind think that someone would actually create one. No, I’m not talking about an independently made fan film, LucasFilm and Del Rey Books will be publishing a Star Wars horror novel on October 27th 2009 titled DeathTroopers. No Windows No Doors and Chasing the Dead author Joe Schreiber will be taking this first step into uncharted territory by penning the first horror novel in the Star Wars expanded universe. (more)

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Michael Bay Lies Again? More Proof Megatron is in Transformers 2

Michael Bay told Empire Magazine earlier this month that Megatron is “not in this movie. That’s not misinformation.” Strangely enough, the character who is supossedly not in the film, has begun to show up on the packaging of new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen products. For example, in the cover art for the Missile Mania game or side of the new Bumblebee toy packaging. The packaging even includes possible information about Megatron’s return. Michael Bay should tell the company that designs the packaging for all the Transformers sequel toys that Megatron isn’t in the new movie, or else they might have to recall all these misprinted boxes. (more)

Want Samuel L. Jackson to be Nick Fury? What he says about it

Samuel L. Jackson, who was quoted recently saying he might not reprise the role of Nick Fury in upcoming Marvel Movies, remained tight-lipped about ongoing negotiations at the premiere of his Afro Samurai video game Tuesday in Hollywood. Asked about the status of the talks, he simply told reporters: "Contract negotiation. ... It's like life. Nick Fury's negotiating." The Los Angeles Times first reported that Jackson was not happy about the progress of talks between his representatives and Marvel Studios about bringing Jackson back as the iconic character in upcoming films, including a proposed Avengers movie. But on Tuesday, Jackson gave no indication of ill feelings. Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., in a post-credit cameo shot in Iron Man. Didn't Marvel have him signed up to play the character in subsequent films ahead of time? "No," Jackson said. (more)

New Comic Book Releases List for Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A list of the comic books, graphic novels, and other products that should be available in your local or online comic book shop this week.

Star Wars Legacy #32 (Fight Another Day Part 1 of 2), $2.99
Batman #685 (Faces Of Evil Tie-In), $2.99
Final Crisis #7 (of 7)(Cover A Character Cover), $3.99
Wonder Woman #28 (Aaron Lopresti Regular Cover)(Faces Of Evil Tie-In), $2.99
Dark Tower Treachery #5 (of 6)(Jae Lee And Richard Isanove Regular Cover), $3.99
She-Hulk 2 #37, $2.99
Wolverine First Class #11, $2.99
City Of Dust #4 (Cover A Clint Langley), $2.99
Captain America #46 (Steve Epting Regular Cover), $2.99
Push #5 (of 6), $3.50

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This is the FANBOYS Widget you've been looking for...

You don't need to see any identification....the FANBOYS widget and countdown clock is right here... (more)


The last few G.I. Joe posters didn't tell us much, but they at least showed the actors' faces. These, on the other hand...crop 'em by a few pixels and they'd look like concept art made to sell the flick before anyone was cast. The point might well be that Paramount knows full well that people will go see the movie no matter who is in it. It's the logo, the guns, and some young bodies... (more)

Neil Gaiman Collider Interview - CORALINE

Collider's partners over at Omelete recently did an interview with author Neil Gaiman for the upcoming flick "Coraline". While they'll be speaking with Gaiman this weekend, Collider wanted to give you a chance to check out his thoughts on "Coraline", defining Batman for years to come, and his work on the adaptation of "Black Hole". They got to see "Coraline" last week and were really happy with the finished product. It feels very true to Gaiman's writing and while kids can see it, it's the first "Hard-PG" they've seen in a while. But the animation is gorgeous and while the 3D makes it neat, it would hold up just as well seeing it in 2D. (more)

Let The Right One In Review

Foreign horror films. I can’t seem to say enough good things about them. I know that it’s almost cliché these days to love Asian horror films, but if the shoe fits, then you’ve got to wear it. They are better made films than American horror. They have better atmosphere, the actor’s are more engaging, and the production design is so well put together. Well, now we can add Sweden to that list of foreign countries more than capable of being able to carry a well-made horror film.

Let the Right One In is equal parts full of romanticism and absolute horror. It’s not an over the top and overly gory type of horror. It’s a minimalistic type of horror that sneaks up on you and gives you a feeling of uneasiness and regret for the characters. The romantic element is very well played out and completely convincing. Young actors Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson are excellently cast as the tragic pre-teens that seem to have been destined for each other. They perform way beyond what you would expect from two kids that are barely in middle school. If you think Dakota Fanning and Haley Joel Osment are examples of young actors who seem to have talent beyond their ages, think again.

The setting of the film is 1982 in Stockholm and you couldn’t pick a better location as the backdrop of this story. It’s a gloomy, snowy, and cold place that seems very isolated from the outside world. Just the type of place you would think that a vampire would try to go to get away from attention. The film is so good at pulling you in that you almost start to feel the chill in the air of night in Sweden. The cinematography is so beautiful.

Anyone who was bullied in school can immediately identify with the character of Oskar. He’s the poor kid that is smaller than most. He’s very quiet and bookish. He is the target of a group of boys who are always beating on him and pushing him around. He dreams of exacting revenge on them but is too scared to truly act on his feelings of self-preservation. Eli is such a tragic character. She is a vampire who kills because it hurts so badly when she is hungry. The pain is overwhelming and she reacts to it like a wild animal. Leandersson’s ability to switch from this soft-spoken young girl to ravenous monster shows definitely alludes to a bright future in award-winning films. The scene when Oskar cuts himself and then holds his hand out to her so they can become blood-tied is so startlingly shocking even though you know what is about to transpire.

I highly recommend fans of horror and vampires see this film. It is definitely not your typical romantic vampire film. If you’re thinking this might be a foreign version of Twilight, you’d be wrong. It’s much more serious and dark than that. Even people that hate the romantic version of vampires I believe would be into this.


This just in! Apparently the girl is really a boy. Weird. I completely missed that point of the film. Thanks to Zech for pointing that out. He said it's in the book.
(Review by Eric Shirey)

THE UNINVITED – 3 Movie Clips, Behind the Scenes Footage and a Featurette

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ABC orders pilot for a reboot of V, the 1980s alien-invasion series

ABC has given a pilot order to V, a re-imagining of the 1980s miniseries about an alien invasion, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written on spec by The 4400 co-creator/executive producer Scott Peters, the new V will center on a female Homeland Security agent. Peters is executive-producing the pilot with HDFilms principal Jason Hall. It's unclear whether this proposed series has anything to do with original V creator Kenneth Johnson's sequel novel, V: The Second Generation, or his proposed reboot series or a proposed spinoff series by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. (more)

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Dallas Comic Con 12

January 24th through 25th
Richardson Civic Center
Richardson, TX

Once again, the guys who bring you the Dallas Comic Cons and Sci-Fi Expos have put on an absolutely great event that I’m sure thrilled comic book fans of all ages. I know I was satisfied. At first, I was a bit concerned at the slimming down of the movie guests, but that fear went away very quickly as I sat through a couple of the panels that featured some of the veterans and rising new talent in the comic industry. After all, that is what this con was meant to be about anyway – comic books and their creators and artists.
I really don’t know how the organizers do it, but they somehow provide an atmosphere where you can get next to the actors, creators, artists, and other media guests on a personal level where you can actually talk to them and hear what they have to say. It’s just amazing to me that there can be upwards of 1,000 people at an event and you still walk away as if you’ve had personal time with almost anyone there you would want to meet. Anyone who walked away from this show and didn’t meet the person they came to see didn’t try hard enough.

Of course, you had your folks who came dressed up as their favorite super heroes and villains. There was a Joker, Nightwing, Green Lantern, Catwoman, and even a couple of Doctor Whos. This is a tradition of comic fans that make the con-going even that much more fun. Just seeing the kind of costumes people come up with. Of course, you’ve always got the overweight Darth Vader or guy that has a beer belly in a Superman shirt. I’m one of them.

Bernie Wrightson and William Stout

There were three panels during the weekend. There was the Comic Legends panel that featured DCC12 Guest of Honor William Stout (Poster artist of Life of Brian, Wizards, and more; Comic artist of Alien Worlds and Alien Pig Farm 3000; Renowned dinosaur illustrator and inspiration for Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park; and Production Designer for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Living Dead, etc), Howard Chaykin (artist of original movie adaptations of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Wolverine, Punisher War Journal, and creator of American Flagg), Bernie Wrightson (Co-creator of Swamp Thing, artist of Frankenstein, and Dead She Said), Herb Trimpe (co-creator of Wolverine, original G.I.Joe artist, artist of Incredible Hulk, and The Defenders), and Joe Jusko (original Marvel Masterpieces artist, artist of Vampirella, cover painter for Tomb Raider, Conan, Punisher, and more). Listening to these guys talk amongst themselves for an hour was definitely a highlight. There was so much talent on that stage that had not only worked in the comic world, but also the movie industry. I have the audio that I’ll be posting on my YouTube Channel later this week. You will not want to miss this.

Michael Lark, John Lucas, and Jon Bogdanove

The next panel was The Art of Superman, which featured Jon Bogdanove (artist of 80+ issues of Superman Man of Steel, Power Pack, Will Triumph Fights Alone, and Creator of Steel), Kerry Gammill (artist of Superman, Indiana Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist, and Fallen Angels), Michael Lark (artist of Superman: War of the Worlds, Daredevil, Captain America, Gotham Central, The Pulse, and more), and John Lucas (artist/inker of Exterminators, Superman The Man of Steel, Fear Agent, and Civil War: Frontline). This panel was entertaining because of the vocal sparring between Jon Bogdanove, Michael Lark, and John Lucas. Bogdanove is basically a Superman fan who happened upon working on one of his favorite character’s titles. He appeared very passionate about the character and took his role as artist of the book very seriously. Lucas kept haggling with him over the mullet that Superman had during that time and whether Bogdanove was to blame for it. Bogdanove kept insisting that the mullet was not his doing and he hated it, too. Then they were arguing over Christopher Reeve being the main vision of Superman in people’s heads. Bogdanove disagreed with Lark, Lucas, and Gammill who all thought that when people think of Superman they think of Reeve’s adaptation of him. Things really were getting a little out awkward. Lark and Lucas were basically making faces and joking with each other about his remarks and answers to the audience’s questions. I just sat there wishing I had gotten the whole thing on video.

Tom Jane

The last panel was the RAW Entertainment Q & A with Thomas Jane (Creator/writer of Bad Planet comics, founder of RAW Entertainment, Star of The Mist, The Punisher, Deep Blue Sea, and the upcoming Mutant Chronicles), Todd Farmer (writer of my Bloody Valentine 3-D and Jason X, and The Messengers, Comic writer of Alien Pig Farm 3000, and actor in My Bloody Valentine and Jason X), Tim Bradstreet (cover artist of The Punisher, Hellblazer, Scalped, and Wolverine X-Mas), and Jim Daly (artist of Bad Planet, cover artist of X-Files, Rest, and Bionic Commando). They discussed their upcoming projects through RAW, which include a werewolf series. Jane discussed his directorial debut a bit, which is entitled Dark Country. Bradstreet and him both shed a little light on why he didn’t do the second Punisher film.

Todd Farmer

Todd Farmer talked about his upcoming projects and his role in My Bloody Valentine and the state of the movie industry. I’ll be posting the video of this panel as soon as I can.

Cal Slayton (artist of Shades of Blue and Dead@17 Rough Cut)

After doing some quick interviews with some comic writers and artists (which you’ll be able to listen to on our YouTube channel), I took some time to myself to check out the Vendor Room. All the comic writers and artists I spoke to were very candid, polite, and professional.

Dirk Strangely (Gothic author and illustrator of Darkened Bedtime Stories for Children)

It seemed like there were a lot of new vendor faces and booths. There seemed to be a lot of people who sat this show out. Maybe it was my imagination. Don’t get me wrong, the room was chock full of vendors and collectibles, but it seemed like they were first timers or not regulars. The recession we are currently dealing with may have had some effect on the attendance to this show, but it didn’t seem like it. There were a ton of people and it looked to me like they were buying for the most part. I look forward to the Sci-Fi Expo on April 18th through the 19th. (Article and photos by Eric Shirey)

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Human torch Chris Evans on the future of Fantastic Four

It appears the Fantastic Four series has reached its conclusion after only two films. While on hand at the Push press day in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Human Torch himself, actor Chris Evans, said that he doesn't expect the series to continue. "No, I don't think we're doing another one," Evans told SCI FI Wire. "I think we're done. I think if they were going to do another one, you would have heard something. It's been a while since the second one, and those films usually come pretty quick, one after the next. I kind of think they're going to close the book on that one. It's too bad. I had a fun time making them." (more)

Dakota Fanning confirms she's up for a role in Twilight sequel

Dakota Fanning confirmed to reporters that she's talking about taking on the role of an aristocratic vampire in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon. "It's definitely possible," said in a group interview about the prospects of joining New Moon in the role of Jane. "I really hope it will work out," Fanning said. "We'll see. It would be really fun to be a part of that." Fanning is a fan of the book series and was reading it before being offered the part. "I haven't read all four yet," she said. "I'm definitely a fan. I'm a big fan of the actors in the film, and to be a part of that would be a great privilege." (more)

Heath Ledger wins SAG Award

The Screen Actors Guild became the latest group to honor Heath Ledger posthumously as it named him best male actor in a supporting role for his performance as the psychotic Joker in "The Dark Knight." Ledger, who died just over a year ago of an accidental drug overdose, was recognized on Thursday when he received an Oscar nomination. Earlier this month, he was remembered at the Golden Globe Awards, where he also was awarded a supporting actor trophy. (more)

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