Thursday, April 30, 2009

DVD Straightjacket - Caprica

This prequel to the modern Battlestar Galactica TV series (50 years before the events in the mini-series) follows attorney Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), father of Admiral William Adama, and Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz), the head of a large corporation on the verge of a cybernetic breakthough. They share a tragedy that sets a series of events into motion that will effect all of mankind.

Fans of the action-packed soap opera that is the Ron Moore Battlestar Galactica might be disappointed that the two-hour Caprica pilot is a little heavy on the soap. However, a slow opening builds to a riveting second half that shows a lot of promise for the coming series.

Like Galactica, Caprica delves into a number of social, political, and moral issues, with a large dose of familial relationships thrown in. The formula worked well against the backdrop of war in Galactica, but whether it can sustain itself week after week in the much calmer setting of Caprica remains to be seen.

Caprica struggles to get going because it has to develop some rather unsympathetic characters, mainly Daniel Graystone's rebellious daughter Zoe (Alessandra Toreson) and her band of angst-ridden friends. In case you hated the "rave" scene in Matrix Reloaded, be aware that you get it again in Caprica. Watching these kids hanging out in a "virtual reality" rave seems dated and kills the story progression, but after a terrorist bombing brings death to the Adama and Graystone families, the focus thankfully shifts from the WB rejects to the grown ups.

Once Morales and Stoltz take over, the story picks up. Neither actor has quite the presence Edward James Olmos has nor can chew up scenery like James Callis, but their understated, tortured performances elevate the entire presentation. Watching these two march toward fate, battling a number of social issues along the way, should make for an interesting, if not riveting, series.

Knowing this is merely the first act of a much larger story should make you more forgiving of some of the pilot's shortcomings, but a strong cast and some superb visual effects make this an enjoyable drama. The final scene will have BSG fans cheering.

The "I'm Not Zooey Deschanel" Award goes to Alessandra Toreson.

The very rare "Sci-Fi Boobies" Award goes to a random actress, who provides the first fully visible topless scene in Galactica history. She'll be edited out of the TV version, but I'm sure her parents are proud.

The "Where Have I Seen Her Before" Award goes to Polly Walker, who plays the head of the boarding school (try Rome and Patriot Games).

The "Best Line" award goes to a certain toaster: "By Your Command." Hell, yeah. (Review by Vic Medina of Collectorama)

Saw VI Story Details

A plot synopsis has been released by Lionsgate for their upcoming Saw VI. Check it out:
"Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood."

The Toronto-shot film was directed by Kevin Greutert from a screenplay by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (the writers of Saw IV and V). It's produced by Mark Burg and Oren Koules of Twisted Pictures.

The movie stars Costas Mandylor as Hoffman, Mark Rolston (Saw V, The Departed) as FBI Agent Erickson, Betsy Russell as Jill, Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, Shawnee Smith as Amanda, and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis, Land of the Dead) as William.

Land Of The Lost Apps & Games Online

A couple games have been posted online to promote the upcoming Land of the Lost movie. As a kid, I watched land of the Lost every morning. The Sleestaks were the coolest. I really hope this movie is good. I'm not setting myself up for a letdown. I have a good feeling it's going to obviously be a comical take on the original show, but I hope they treat with some sense of reverence. Anyway, check out the details of the games and apps below:

"First up, Play Chakker! Guide Chaka to the safety of Marshall, Holly and Will - by crossing the ever-changing landscape of the Land of the Lost without getting caught by the Sleestaks!

Second up, play the Crystal Adventure iPhone Game! Embark on the Crystal Adventure as Marshall - prepare to bumble your way through 25 levels in the Land of the Lost.
Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell ) has been dropped in the Land of the Lost and is trapped in the Sleestak temple. Help him make his way through the levels of the temple by overcoming the pits and traps he'll encounter. Each level presents its own challenging mix of obstacles to overcome in an effort to reach the large crystal. Push blocks, build bridges, and navigate around obstacles in order to reach the end of the level - all while avoiding the Sleestaks.

Be sure to collect the small crystals along the way. It will require a bit more brain power than just heading to the large crystal, but it will drive your name further up the scoreboard!"

There's also photos and trailer clips you can check out from the movie if you get tired of playing the games. Land of the Lost hits theaters on June 5th. (more)

Transformers 2 Trailer Preview DFW Event A Success

It's amazing. Remember when people used to gripe about having to sit through trailers for movies? They would actually show up a little late to make sure they didn't have to sit through them. Those days are long gone. You have people showing up 20 minutes early now to see the "First Look" features and to see what movies are coming out soon.

Now, you have a big demand for bootleg videos of certain trailers and studios making people pull them down almost daily off such sites as YouTube, Vimeo, and others. And now something even crazier has begun. An actual event set up around the premiere of a movie trailer. It sounds crazy, I know, but it has happened. 20 cities in certain key markets were chosen to host Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer Premieres. The trailer would be paired with a special screening of the first movie. My city was one of the lucky ones chosen. Of course Movie Geek Feed had to participate. We love giant robots just as much as anybody else. We were honored to be asked to judge the costume contest they were holding at the event. I couldn't attend, so The Hick headed out there and did his service for the good of MGF.

Dallas, TX's trailer premiere was held at the Studio Movie Grill off of Royal Lane downtown. The event started out with the costume contest at about 6PM. After everyone who had been standing in line for anywhere between 2 to 3 hours were filed into the theater the contest began. A girl in a full Arcee costume won the contest. For those who are not up on their Transformer characters, Arcee is the pink female motorcycle. There's been rumors she may be in the new movie. The winner was put in the finals for a free trip to the Hollywood Premiere of the film, which is pretty cool.

They were giving away some pretty cool stuff. The coolest giveaway item were these silver Transformer pens. Another thing was postcards with the different websites you can go to for more cool info, games, and pics for the movie. They were even asking for people to post their opinions on the trailer on one of the sites.

They showed the Revenge of the Fallen trailer once before the screening of the first Transformers movie and then again right after it. The response was thunderous. Everyone was definitely impressed and very excited. There should be no problem getting people to this movie opening weekend. I would have to say that the trailer premiere event was a rousing success.

Thanks to L & H for getting us involved in the event. (Article by Eric Shirey)

New Pic Of Michael Myers Torn Mask

There's been a lot of rumors circulating about Michael Myers not even wearing a mask throughout a lot of H2, but who really knows but the cast. Check out the picture above of Tyler Mane as Myers, with a torn mask on. It looks kind of cool. I think if the mask is completely removed for a majority of the film, it's going to be received very badly by fans. The whole creepiness factor behind the character of Michael Myers is the blank faceless look of him when he's stalking around in the mask. (more)

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

REMINDER - Horror Remix Tonight - Rock Yourselves To Death With MGF!

Horror Remix Presents… DEATH ROCK: Part One
Wednesday, April 29th 10PM

Alamo Drafthouse
Austin (Lake Creek)

Alamo Drafthouse
Houston (West Oaks)

Studio Movie Grill
Addison, TX (North Dallas)


The music your parents wanted you to burn! The movies the government restricted you from seeing! Together at last!!!

Horror Remix Presents… DEATH ROCK: Part One

Horror Remix is prepared to kick your a$!. DEATH ROCK: Part One explores a marriage made in hell, horror-rock. Now, if you’re expecting a night filled with chills and scares, forget it. The test of time has deemed the horror rock genre as less than frightening. Horror Remix is fine by that. Our objective is to kick your a$! and have fun while doing it. And these films deliver on both counts.

The first horror rock film I ever saw was Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987 aka The Edge of Hell). This might be the best. Other heavy metal horror movies stand close, but they lack the superstar presents of Jon Mikl Thor (also the writer). Thor stars as Triton, the lead singer of metal band The Tritonz who venture to a Canadian farmhouse to rehearse for the new album. Not much rehearsing is going on, because band members and groupies keep disappearing.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare was shot in only 7 days, but it doesn’t show. Everything about this film is ambitious considering the restrictions. The rock is catchy and fun. The FX are cartoony. The overall vibe is wonderfully cheesy.

The second film in our double bill is Trick or Treat (1986). A film that could’ve easily faded into obscurity if it weren’t for the cameos by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osborne. Probably wouldn’t have been released on DVD if it weren’t for the marketing power of those two. Trick or Treat is basically The Karate Kid. Dude gets picked on by cool blonde guy. Dude exacts revenge in an unorthodox way. Dude gets hot chick and learns valuable life lessons. But Trick or Treat also plays evil records backwards and features a pretty kick a$! soundtrack by Fastway (Motörhead / Flogging Molly members).

Instead of a third film, we’ve filled the rest of the screening with rock shorts from the likes of Rocktober Blood, Hell’s Bells, Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Hard Rock Zombies.

* full disclosure - Horror Remix knows nothing about heavy metal. (more)

Rodriguez Expands On Predators

Ain't It Cool News head guru Harry Knowles shot some questions over to director Robert Rodriguez after his big announcement about the Predators movie he wants to make. Check out a snippet of it below:
"Predator is a masterpiece of the action/science fiction genre. Its been borrowed from so much in other movies and even video games (that will now probably be turned into movies themselves) that I liked the idea that we could have Predators made relatively quickly. What I'd like to do with it is expand on ideas I dreamt up back in the original treatment, that had really expanded on the universe both the Predators and other species live in. We'd create new otherworldly characters while not taking away from the draw our main Predator has. I think another reason I called it Predators was to mark it as a project that should be taken seriously by a filmmaker to make a worthy follow up to a classic, much in the way Cameron made Aliens a compelling work on its own, following Ridley Scott's Alien."
This sounds pretty cool already. To read more of the interview, head on over to AICN at the link. (more)

Tonight! Transformers 2 Trailer Premiere - MGF Will Be There!

Don't forget about the screening tonight for the world premiere of the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and a special showing of the first Transformers movie on the big screen! It's free and you can download passes to it right here! Movie Geek Feed will be there and our very own The Hick will be bringing down the hammer as a Judge for the costume contest. You guys better be prepared and dressed to impress! The costume contest starts around 6PM and the screening starts at 7PM. If you're not at Studio Movie Grill at Royal Lane with pass in hand by about 4:30 or 5, you can pretty much guarantee that you WILL NOT get in the theater. Hope to see you there!

Bale Shares Thoughts On Batman 3

Total Film had a chance to speak with actor Christian Bale about what his thoughts were on a third Batman film:
"Will we do a third movie? It's got to be the right story. You can't make something like The Dark Knight and then come out with something disappointing. I would like it if people say, 'You'll never make a good third movie.' I say, 'OK, let's make a third movie in that case, let's prove them wrong. But that's just me. The fact is, I have to! I've signed up! Chris doesn't. So I'm in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn't want to!"
Bale also shared his feelings on The Dark Knight being snubbed by the Academy and Heath Ledger's Oscar win:
“I’m not surprised by The Dark Knight not getting more Oscars though. I’m not really surprised by anything to do with awards. Hey listen, awards or not it’s a wonderful movie. Chris Nolan did such a fantastic job of it and you look back at the history of the Oscars – some of the best movies never got sh!#. Heath winning Best Supporting Actor was fantastic. I had dinner with his family a couple of nights before the awards and liked very much they were the people who were picking it up for him. Of course I was really delighted that it did go that way."
So Bale is locked in to a third Batman movie even if Nolan doesn't do it. Man, he will REALLY hate it when Schumacher comes back for Batman Infinity and he's battling Clayface, Anarchy, Hush, and The Mad Hatter while being partnered up with Bat-Mite, Batwoman, the new Robin, Nightwing, and the kid in the Batman Beyond suit…all with Batnipples on their costumes. I'm sweating in anticipation. (more)

Gremlins 3 or Gremlins Remake?

Director Joe Dante is pretty much convinced that there is a third Gremlins film on it's way sometime, but he will not be at the helm. Dante said that when he worked with Warner Bros. on Looney Tunes: Back in Action, it was such a miserable experience that he has no desire to be involved with them on a Gremlins project. Now whether or not it will be a sequel or a remake is anyone's guess, but this is what the director had to say about it:
"They (WB) made that mistake once. It’s a moot point; they won’t be coming to me. I find it hard to believe that they won’t make a Gremlins 3 because they’re remaking Adventures in Babysitting. I mean, they’re gonna remake everything."
Dante did say that the first two Gremlins films are "on the way - - sometime."
“I think Gremlins 1 was supposed to come out this summer because it’s the 25th anniversary, but they didn’t make the date because they said, ‘We can do better than this, we can make it look better,’ and its worth making it look better, so they’re still working on it."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MGF Co-hosting Star Trek Screening! Where Can You Get A Pass? Look No Further!

Movie Geek Feed is VERY happy to announce that we are a co-host for an advanced screening of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. You can grab a free pass that's good for two people at the Movie Trading Company at 5809 Greenville Ave. in Dallas. Call them first to make sure there are passes left, because they're going to go fast! Then, be sure you get to Studio Movie Grill - Royal Lane (11170 N. Central Expressway) this coming Saturday, May 2nd by about 8AM to stand in line to get in. I wouldn't show up a couple of hours before and expect to get in. This is THE hottest advanced screening event out there right now!

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger…Boldly going where no one has gone before.

Star Trek is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg, and Chris Pine.

The movie is Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, violence, and brief sexual content. The movie hits theaters on May 8th.

New Lovely Bones Pics Posted

Empire has some new pics in an article they're doing about Peter Jackson's upcoming The Lovely Bones. The film revolves around 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is on her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973 and is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. From heaven, Susie keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. The film is due out December 11th through Paramount Pictures and stars Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli. (more)

Clash of the Titans Production Begins

An official press release about the beginning of principal photography on the remake of Clash of the Titans has been issued. There's some pretty cool info in it, including a cast and crew list with a synopsis of the film. Check out the press release below:
"Principal photography began Monday on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ epic action adventure Clash of the Titans, being directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk). The film stars Sam Worthington (upcoming Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films, The English Patient).

In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods. Liam Neeson takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Ralph Fiennes plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear. Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) as Io, Perseus’ mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus’ quest; Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Acrisius, a one-time king-turned-hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos (Defiance) as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.

Based on the 1981 film of the same name, written by the late Beverley Cross, Clash of the Titans is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Aeon Flux), story by Travis Beacham (Dog Days of Summer) and Hay & Manfredi. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, who produced the drama We Are Marshall for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Kevin De La Noy, who last served as an executive producer on the studio’s blockbuster The Dark Knight. The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy), who most recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the comedy hit Yes Man, and Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay, who have teamed with the studio on such hits as The Dark Knight and 300.

The behind-the-scenes team creating this mythical spectacle includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. (The Incredible Hulk); production designer Martin Laing (Terminator Salvation); editor Vincent Tabaillon (The Incredible Hulk); Academy Award®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (Topsy-Turvy, The Dark Knight); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (The Dark Knight); Oscar®-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O’Sullivan (The Dark Knight, Saving Private Ryan); Academy Award®-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (Gladiator); and Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore (Elizabeth).

Clash of the Titans will begin filming in studios outside London and will later shoot in various locations in Wales and in the Spanish Canary Islands, predominantly on Tenerife, off the coast of Africa. Further aerial work is set to take place in the diverse locales of Ethiopia and Iceland."

It will be interesting to see how this turns out with CGI and much more sophisticated special effects being used. Clash of the Titans is set to hit theaters on March 26th, 2010. (more)

Fox's Rothman Dishes on an Alien Prequel with Ridley Scott!

Fox's Co-chairman Tom Rothman spoke to IESB on the red carpet for Wolverine about some upcoming projects, which included a possible Alien prequel.
"There's been some talk. Ridley Scott, Ridley is right now working on Robin Hood, but I think he's toying with the idea and that would be great for us. I mean, it's always been a matter of, really, if you can get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing, so I've got my fingers crossed, all of them."
You can check out the interview with Rothman above. (more)

Three New Wolverine TV Spots

Three new Wolverine TV spots have been posted online. You can check them out at SuperheroHype!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe. The movie opens this coming Friday, May 1st. (more)

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Texas Frightmare Weekend Starts Friday!

Texas Frightmare Weekend returns May 1-3 2009! The Southwest's premier
horror convention features all the best in horror films including
celebrity appearances, film screening, autograph signings, exclusive
parties and more.

Texas Frightmare Weekend allows fans to get up close and personal with
their favorite horror movie stars. This year, the guest list includes
Alice Cooper, Linda Blair, Fairuza Balk, William Forsythe, the stars
of Rob Zombie's Hallowen, Friday the 13th and many more!

Purchase exclusive items from vendors attending Texas Frightmare
Weekend from all over the country. Get unique deals on games,
collectibles, posters, rare memorabilia, movies, toys, art, t-shirts,
and more.

Also, check out the Zombie Walk sponsored by The Haunt House and
Zombie Manor Saturday morning. Hordes of the undead will partake in a
mile long walk to the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, TX. The Hearse
and Shock Rod Show, movie premiers and celebrity Q & A's round out the

Texas Frightmare Weekend is an all age event. Children 6 and under are
admitted free with an adult ticket purchase. Tickets are $25-$75 and
are available at the door or at!

Nimoy Talks New Trek

Sci Fi Wire had the opportunity to sit down with the legendary Leonard Nimoy and talk about his role in the new Star Trek, what he thinks of Zachary Quinto's portrayal of the character, and what he feels makes a Star Trek movie feel like a Star Trek movie (get it?). Check it out over at Sci Fi Wire. (more)

MGF Moderates The Candyman's Q&A

I got to be the host / moderator for Tony Todd's Q&A at Dallas Sci Fi Expo on April 18th. Tony was an extremely nice guy and it was a great honor to get to hang out with him. Tony has been in so many huge movies and TV series it's crazy - Candyman, The Rock, Star Trek, 24, and the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Check it out. Thanks to the piece of crap camcorder I was using, this is all that survived. I did record the audio, so that will get posted ASAP. (more)

The H2 Trailer Is Here!

It has FINALLY hit. Check out the new trailer for Rob Zombie's upcoming H2. The follow-up picks up at the exact moment the first movie stopped and follow the aftermath of Michael Myers murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode. The film hits theaters on August 28th. (more)

Dallas Sci Fi Expo Panel

Our man-about-town The Hick had a chance to video tape the Q&A session featuring Adrienne Wilkinson (Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Xena, Angel), Glenn Morshower (24, West Wing, CSI, Star Trek - Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise), and Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, 24, Firefly). There's some pretty cool stuff here. Thankfully, over the weekend I was fortunate enough to get one of those new Kodak Vi6 handhelds, because the video camera we've been using for the last few interviews has finally crapped out. This is Part One and the rest will come ASAP. I know it looks a little shaky at the beginning, but bare with us, as The Hick was just trying to find a good angle for shooting. (more)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Be One Of The First In DFW To See The World Premiere Of The Transformers 2 Trailer!

Grab an E-Pass right now for the World Premiere of the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen! Not only that, but you get to see a special showing of the original Transformers movie to get you good and amped up for the next one. Where can you get them? Right here from your good buddies at Movie Geek Feed. Just click on this link and print off the E-Pass and make darn sure you get there by about 5PM safely to stand in line for a seat. This is a special fan event for the DFW that is being put on by Paramount Pictures and our friends at Levenson and Hill. It's only being done in the Top 20 U.S. Markets (which includes Dallas, TX!), so enjoy the event and feel good about being one of the lucky few to get to participate in this cool screening.

Rodriguez Takes On Predators

Robert Rodriguez is about to give Predator the reboot treatment. He announced his plans during a press conference at the director’s own Troublemaker Studios. Texas politicians had gathered there to sign a reform bill to the state’s film incentive program.

"I'm going to be able to shoot my upcoming Machete here, a sci-fi action film called Nervewrackers, a re-boot of the Predator series called Predators, and a couple of smaller movies called Sin City 2 and The Jetsons."

IESB reported that he will be directing and producing the remake, which will be his own take on the original concept of the 80’s action film.

I would imagine with the title Predators that it will involve more than one of the creatures. Still no word on if Arnold Schwarzenegger's face or body will star.(more)

New Live-Action TMNT Coming

It looks like we’ve got a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie heading our way sometime in 2011. The Mirage Group is moving forward with a story that focuses on the origins of the iconic green crime fighters, which were created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. The film is being produced by Scott Mednick (Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer) and Galen Walker (producer of the 2007 CGI TMNT). Executive production is being handled by Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III. (more)

Arnie's Face And Body Star In New Terminator!

Variety has confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that Arnold Schwarzenegger's face and bodycast will appear in the upcoming Terminator Salvation. Here it is, straight from the source:
"How do you get Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in a movie without actually getting him to show up on set?

Go digital.

The Governator revealed in a webcast this week that he may appear in the upcoming Terminator Salvation, but when he said he didn't want to act, he left many fans scratching their heads.

Turns out Schwarzenegger has been secretly working with helmer McG and the effects team to reprise his signature role ... without lifting a finger.

A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger, created when he first appeared as the muscle-ripped cyborg, provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his famous character. The figure appears in Terminator Salvation as a living, breathing actor.

Schwarzenegger viewed the resulting footage and gave his go-ahead just in time for McG to include the footage before the helmer completes his cut of the movie. Warners first screens the pic in early May and opens it May 21."
And THAT is how you get The Governator to appear in a movie without him actually being on the set! (more)

10 New Star Trek Pics Posted

They had a Star Trek screening last night at the Dallas Mockingbird Angelika which press weren't allowed to go to. Do you know how hard it is to deal with the idea that they are showing the new Star Trek 20 miles from your house and you can't even go? I was told that there were FIVE lines for it. Hundreds of people couldn't get in to it, so they gave them passes for the April 30th screening and the screening that I'm helping to host on May 2nd. Come on, May 2nd! I'm tired of seeing little teaser pics of this thing. Sci Fi Wire has 9 more you can check out. (more)

ET Footage For Twilight: New Moon

The New Moon footage from Entertainment Weekly has hit the internet as they promised it would - today. Check it out above and below is a caption for the videos that ET provided.
"In our new video, ET's Thea Andrews is exclusively with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner on the set of New Moon, the hotly anticipated follow up to last year's blockbuster Twilight. Next, check out Robert and Taylor in our hunks of New Moon video -- and also, take a look at our New Moon photo gallery! In New Moon, Bella Swan (Kristen) is faced with a separation from her one and only, vamp Edward Cullen (Robert), and embarks on a new friendship with Jacob Black (Taylor) -- who develops some rather strange abilities of his own. New Moon hits theater on November 20, 2009. For more of our New Moon exclusive, tune in to Friday's ET."

So there you have it. Enjoy and don't forget to check tonight for more ET New Moon specials! (more)

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Texas Frightmare Weekend Won't Stop Adding The Guests!

I was just telling TFW coordinator Noel the other day at Sci Fi Expo that they just will not stop adding incredible guests to the event's line-up. Check these announcements out:
"Charisma Carpenter added

We're pleased to welcome Buffy bombshell Charisma Carpenter to our guest lineup for Texas Frightmare Weekend May 1-3 in Dallas.

Charisma starred in the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Cordelia Chase. She then spun the character off for another four seasons on Angel.Charisma also had an 11-episode run on Veronica Mars as Laker Girl turned trophy wife Kendall Casablancas.

Today, in addition to frequent TV turns, she has two fright flicks on the way: Vivid and House of Bones. Plus an appearance in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables as the fiancee of Jason Statham's character."
And a couple of days before that:
"Corbin Bernsen Added

Time for a cleaning! Corbin Bernsen, star of the cult cringe fest The Dentist and its even more demented sequel, has just signed on to see patients or, rather, greet fans at Texas Frightmare Weekend! Over eight seasons, Bernsen became a household name on the smash series L.A. Law -- a role for which he was nominated for two Emmys and two Golden Globes. He took the field in three Major League features. Even battled the Anti-Christ (with the help of Mr. T) in Judgment. Today, he's part of another TV fave, Psych. Horror hounds will note Bernsen has also become a sought after genre actor appearing in a Masters of Horror episode and as the frequent foe of "Sci-Fi Original" creature features."
I can not stress to you how cool this thing is going to be. I am excited beyond belief. Movie Geek Feed will be there! (more)

DFW Trekfest Adds Guest Author

DFW Trekfest is happening on Wednesday, May 6th at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie, TX. Besides having Klingons and two sets of Starfleet crew members at the event, Star Trek short story author Kevin Hosey has been added as a guest author. He is the author of Star Trek short stories that have been published in Star Trek Strange New Worlds Volumes 6 and 8. You can bring your personal copy to the event for him to autograph. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the writers who contributes to the world of Star Trek! For more info on DFW Trekfest, go to their website. (more)

Dead@17 A Little Closer To Being Made?

Josh Howard posted on his Twitter last night the following nervous-sounding message:
"just found out there's a pitch meeting with a studio tomorrow about the Dead@17 my stomach hurts"
Now don't get me wrong. A pitch meeting doesn't really mean the movie is moving forward like gangbusters or anything. But it is still a good step in the right direction of hopefully seeing a Dead@17 movie sometime soon. I'm very excited about the idea. I'm what most would consider a sell-out. I have absolutely no problem with Vanessa Hudgens playing the title role and dragging every little tween girl along with her. Just get the ball rolling and start filming this thing! (more)

Constantine 2 Still Possible

Wolverine producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Sci Fi Wire during an interview that there is still the possibility of a Constantine sequel being made. When asked about the status of the project she stated that it "looks very good. Thinking about it. Looking for a writer." While that's nothing to start jumping for joy over, it does at least give us some hope that we may someday see a sequel to the original. In my opinion, Constantine was one of the most underrated and forgotten gems of the comic book movie industry.

For those uneducated on the source material for the film, it is "based on the DC/Vertigo comic book 'Hellblazer' and written by Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back." (more)

Straight From The Source - Lost Boys 3: The Truth

Corey Feldman, apparently quite tired of all the rumors circulating around the internet, has written on his blog concerning the current state of The Lost Boys 3 movie. Check it out:

"LOST BOYS 3? Is it real? There have been a myriad of reports over the last 24 hrs suddenly surrounding the supposed production of LB3. Some of them are true some of them aren’t. As this is all in a very early stage, for now all I can tell you is this…….YES I have made a deal with Warner Brothers /Warner Premier to executive produce and act in Lost Boys 3, and yes they have made a deal with a writer to write a script for such a movie. BUT those are the only details that I can confirm at this time. There has been much speculation as to what characters will be involved and what the story line might be, and all I can say is I haven’t even seen a script yet. So I most definitely cannot confirm or deny any facts as they don’t exist yet to the best of my knowledge. Again this is in the very early stages and I am not even sure how this got leaked to the press. If and when there are some actual details I will be sure to let you know."

So according to this, all the rumors we keep hearing about Jamison Newlander being in it and everything else are not even close to being confirmed. I really hope they go the right way with this one and get as many of the original cast back as they can. No offense, but why wouldn't Jason Patric, Jamie Gertz, or even Corey Haim (if The Two Corey's can bury the hatchet) not do it? It's pretty much already a given from what I've seen that Jamison Newlander would do it for sure, so he's not even in question. It's all about the script, folks. Well, that and how much the studio is willing to pay for actors. (more)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fallout Movie Coming?

A trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office has been filed by Bethesda Softworks that stakes claim on the Fallout name for “motion picture films about a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.” Although this doesn't prove that Bethesda is actually working on anything, it does show that they are open to the idea.
Originally started in 1997, Fallout is a popular series of role-playing games that are "set in and after the 22nd and 23rd century, but the story and artwork are heavily influenced by 1950’s post-war American culture. The world has been devastated by the great 2077 nuclear war, but privileged segments of the population were able to hide away in “Vaults,” fallout shelters which were built by the US government around the country."

/Film also stated:
"The original Fallout took place in southern California in the year 2161, with the protagonist of the game is tasked to recover a water chip to replace the chip that broke in his Vault. Fallout 2 took place 80 years after the original game and centered around a descendant of the original protagonist who tries to save Arroyo, his village, after several years of drought.
And Fallout 3 picked up the story 30 years after that, or 200 years after the nuclear war, and follows the story of a vault-dweller who must venture out into the Wasteland around Washington, D.C. to find his father who went missing outside in the wasteland shortly after his 19th birthday."
The third game actually won several awards, including Best Overall Game 2008 from IGN, Best RPG and Best PC Game from GameSpot, Best Overall Game of the Year 2008 from GameSpy, and many others. /Film speculated that if a movie was made, it would probably be based on Fallout 3. (more)

Chippendale Dancers Invade New Moon Set!

The Wolf Pack for The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been exposed...literally. Check out the picture above and trust me when I tell you that there's no bromance going on here. This is the picture posted and this the picture I've got to show you.

Apparently, the group gets to go shirtless quite a bit in the film, which I'm sure will thrill many a girl and their mother. The reason for these shirtless escapades is that according to the Stephenie Myer novel "their temperature runs a steady 108 degrees."

Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier are the four actors who hhave taken the roles. They each have Native American heritage and join Tayler Lautner. Lautner returns as Jacob Black, who is "growing closer to a distraught Bella (Kristen Stewart) after her vampire beau, Edward, runs off."

The movie is set to hit theaters on November 20th. (more)

DVD Straightjacket - Forest of Death

Steven is a student of botany who has written his doctorate paper on the theory that "Plants Are Sentient Creatures". He spends all his time and effort trying to prove that plants have feelings and even language. Steven's girlfriend Mary works for a major TV station and her achievements seem to outstrip Steven's. One day, a criminal has abducted, raped and murdered the Prime Minister's daughter in the forest. Eric was arrested as he was a major suspect in this case. Soon, the truth behind the crime is revealed through Steven's research. An experiment is carried out in the crime scene forest to determine whether or not the suspect is guilty by obtaining eyewitness and evidence: the forest itself. This generates great controversy in the parliament and to the legal profession but is there an answer out there in the forest?

Every time I see an Asian horror film on the new release list for the week, I get unbelievably excited. I love Asian horror. I have never seen a bad Asian horror film. Even the decent ones are better than anything the U.S. produces. This last Tuesday was a golden day mainly because not only did an Asian horror film come out, but it was directed, written, and produced by The Pang Brothers (The Eye films, The Messengers, Bangkok Dangerous). Could I get any luckier?

Now, don't get me wrong when I say this. It wasn't what I expected. It did have some disturbing parts and some good scares. The Pang Brothers seem to be on this quest to show that not all ghosts are evil. They want us to know that most of them just want to help us to find answers to deep dark secrets or help to solve their mysteries or get some kind of closure. The Messengers and a couple of The Eye films had that theme, and now comes Forest of Death. I found the film to be a little confusing on what it is trying to concentrate on and what it's getting at, but the cinematography more than makes up for any story drawbacks.

The flashback to the crime scene is genuinely horrifying. The way the killer disposes of the evidence is beyond vulgar and disgusting, and when you see it you'll know what I mean. They also accomplish making the film pretty organic and not relying on a ton of special effects. There are some special effects, but they add to the scenery instead of being a distraction.

The movie really is a strange bag. It's kind of different and seems influenced by The Village, maybe a little Blair Witch (?), and even The Happening. I had the same reaction to part of the storyline here that a lot of people had for The Happening. I know I'm sounding vague, but I don't want to spoil anything. For some reason, I keep being drawn back to M. Night Shyamalan references. Is there something to that reference? Only The Pang Brothers know for sure. (Review by Eric Shirey)

Dallas Sci Fi Expo - April 18th and 19th

Dallas Sci Fi Expo was in full swing this past weekend at the Richardson Civic Center. As usual, the promoters and coordinators of the show were handing out all kinds of cool promo posters and items. They had some full size Terminator Salvation posters they were giving out to the SpeedPass buyers. The big draw this event were actors Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica: Colonel Saul Tigh), Bill Mumy (Lost In Space, Babylon AD, Star Trek DS9, Twilight Zone the Movie), Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, 24, Firefly), Glenn Morshower (24, West Wing, CSI, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise), Tony Todd - (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 24, Stargate SG-1, Chuck, Star Trek TNG, Voyager, & DS9, Night of the Living Dead, Candyman), Joanna Cassidy (Bladerunner, The Grudge 2, Boston Legal, Ghosts of Mars, Heroes, Six Feet Under), and Adrienne Wilkinson (Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Xena, Angel).

Comic book artist Brian Denham

There were also plenty of comic book artists and writers to meet as well. Among them were Brian Denham (artist of X-Files comics from Wildstorm, Iron Man: Hypervelocity from Marvel), Kristian Donaldson (cover artist for Chuck from DC, artist of Supermarket and DMZ), James O’Barr (creator and artist of The Crow comic books), Jaime Mendoza (inker of Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: Kingbreaker), Andrew Mangum (artist for Frank Frazetta's Sorcerer and Grimm Fairy Tales), Terry Parr (creator and "good girl" artist of Gemini Force), Cat Staggs (Star Wars / Clone Wars trading card artist), Lawrence Reynolds (Star Wars, Superman, Smallville, Buck Rogers), and Cal Slayton (Dead@17, Shades of Blue, & PVP comic book artist). A lot of comic talent in one place.

The entryway and Artist Alley before it even really got busy.

Saturday was ridiculously busy and I really didn't have much of an opportunity to interview or talk much to any of the actors. I interviewed Tony Todd and the audio was so absolutely horrible it was worthless. I had the opportunity to hang out with him the most. I can't stress how nice of a guy he is. When you first see him, you're kind of intimidated by the fact that he has played Candyman, Klingons, and other characters in films like The Rock that are a bit frightening. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

Tony Todd and yours truly

Todd is a dedicated father of two who is very excited to be getting to direct his first film and starring in a new stage version of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences where he is taking on the lead role which was played previously by James Earl Jones. He spoke with every fan that came up to him for an autograph and gladly posed for pictures with them on request. I was lucky enough to be asked by event coordinator Mark Walters to be the moderator / host of Tony's question and Answer session, which was a great honor and a lot of fun.

Glenn Morshower during his Q&A session.

I sat in on the Glenn Morshower Q&A and he was very interesting to listen to. When he's not acting, he actually does motivational speaking. Let me just say that he is very good at it. He also told us stories about the set of 24 and what a normal day on the set is. Very cool stuff.

Mark Sheppard signing autographs and chatting with fans.

The other actor that really stood out to me was Mark Sheppard. This guy was absolutely cordial and talkative with every single person who approached him for an autograph or picture. He truly is into what he does. I stood and listened to him have an in-depth discussion and debate on what the last episode of Battlestar Galactica meant and how he felt about it. It's refreshing to see an actor who is still working regularly on TV and is so down to earth and normal.

The packed screening room for the Wolverine promotional.

There was also a special screening of some unreleased promotional clips for Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Of course, the screening room was completely packed with quite a few people standing against the outside walls to see the footage. When everyone left the screening room, they were given foam Wolverine claws. Of course, those were a big hit.

Sporting the Wolverine foam claws.

The big disappointment for me was that Michael Hogan's plane got delayed in Houston, so he was unable to attend on Saturday. I love Battlestar Galactica and was extremely bummed not to get to meet him or interview him. I couldn't come on Sunday, which he did get to attend. Good for him and I'm sure the fans were very grateful that he didn't just turn around and go home.

Michael Hogan talking to fans. (Photo by Andrew's Autographs)

Bill Mumy couldn't make it out because of a family emergency, so that was kind of a bummer as well. I was possibly supposed to do moderate / host his Q&A, too. That would have been fun. He promises to make it up by coming out in August.

U.S.S. Joshua member channeling Kirk.

There weren't too many costumed fans running around on Saturday, which was kind of surprising. There was a couple in Galactica outfits, one Klingon, a couple Starfleet officers, one Darth Vader, and that's about it. I didn't see one Stormtrooper all day, which is very strange.

Man-about-town The Hick and Adrienne Wilkinson.

Our fearless reporter and man about town The Hick cruised up to the Expo on Sunday and did a little shopping and hanging about. You can tell which pictures he took - they're the really good ones. Being the single bachelor that he is, The Hick took the opportunity to hang out with Adrienne Wilkinson and get his picture taken with her. He also spent a little time with Mark Sheppard, being the big Firefly fan he is.

Joanna Cassidy greeting a fan.

As usual, it was a great time and very well organized. One thing I can say about the Dallas Sci Fi Expos and Comic Cons is that they are very well put together. There's always a lot of cool merchandise and collectibles to buy in the dealer room as well. I can't wait to see what they've got planned for their August Comic Con. (Article by Eric Shirey)

One of the collectibles booths in the Dealer Room.

One of the Comic Book booths in the Dealer Room.

Slight overview of Dealer Room.

Joanna Cassidy and Tony Todd greeting fans.

Artist Alley booths.

Star Wars Official Pix collectibles.

U.S.S. Joshua display. (Note fliers for DFW Trekfest)

Mark Sheppard greeting fans.

Galactica fans.

Glenn Morshower giving me some self-help tips.

Tony Todd and some inexperienced goon moderating his Q&A session.

Texas Frightmare Weekend booth.