Friday, July 31, 2009

EXCLUSIVE! Leonard Nimoy's Q&A At Trek Expo 2009



Better late than never! Here's Part One of the Leonard Nimoy Q&A video footage we shot at Trek Expo 2009. The event was in Tulsa, OK on June 27th. I got the first half of the Q&A, but my video camera ran out of room. Nimoy talks about how emotional the crowd is and then starts answering questions. The man definitely knows how to play to a crowd.

To see this in HD, go here.

For more interviews and videos, check out our YouTube Channel here.

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DVD Straightjacket - Messengers 2: The Scarecrow


Synopsis:
Desperate to save his crops, a farmer places a mysterious scarecrow in his fields only to discover that with pure evil you reap what you sow. As the body count rises around him and his family questions his sanity, he'll have to fight back against a deadly force that knows no bounds.

Special Features:
Commentary with Director Martin Barnewitz and Writer Todd Farmer

Review:
What is it about Ghost House Pictures? It seems like they're trying to take all the different movies they've done and turn them into franchises like Friday the 13th and Halloween. It's like they're looking for their Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, or even Pumpkinhead. I mean, let's go down the checklist. First, you've got Boogeyman. To me, the Boogeyman movie was good up until the end when they actually showed the Boogeyman and revealed what was doing all the killing, etc. Now, they have the Boogeyman showing up anywhere and everywhere basically killing anyone it wants to and has made it to a third sequel. And there's more to come - believe me. Next, you've got The Grudge. I absolutely love The Grudge films. Even the third American one. But you can totally tell that they're trying to find a way to keep the Grudge curse passing on from one poor soul to another. I guess maybe that technically wouldn't count, though. It passes on versus it somehow being Sadako every movie. Whatever - you get the point.

Now we've got Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. It is only obvious that they are setting this up to be their next Boogeyman. They have a movie completely focused on a Scarecrow that supposedly drove John Rollins mad and caused him to kill his family. Can anyone guess that there will be another one with the Scarecrow bothering some other family?

Honestly, the movie really wasn't that bad. I expected it to have some level of quality since Todd Farmer wrote it. He wrote the story for the first Messengers movie, which definitely felt like an American made Asian horror film. Obviously, the fact that The Pang Brothers (The Eye movies, Bangkok Dangerous, Recycle, Forest of Death) directed it helped give it that flavor, but it was still Farmer's story. I actually have to hand it to him. He wrote a story that was very character-driven and didn't succumb to the same old crappy horror formulas. That doesn't mean that there's not some pacing problems and lulls in the film. As far as straight-to-DVD films go, this is a gem. It looks good, the effects are done well, and it doesn't feel like it was shot on a soundstage or built set.

Every actor in the film takes their role very seriously. There's no bad or campy acting really to be found. Norman Reedus is as intense and serious as he ever is. Heather Stephens plays his wife with great emotional range and flare. Even the daughter and son are believable.

Besides the film being a bit slow in areas, I only have two other problems with the film. According to what the first film is based on and revolves around, this prequel pretty much makes it null and void. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it. My other problem is with the ending, which brings the movie back full-circle to what I was talking about before - creating another horror character franchise, which is what this film seems all about. Creating something that can be continued on and on and on and on. (Review by Eric Shirey)


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EXCLUSIVE! Video of MGF's 1st Anniversary Fanboys Extravaganza


Here's some cool footage of the 501st Star Garrison and other Star Wars characters meeting and greeting eventgoers at our 1st Anniversary party that we did at The Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie, TX. The event was on July 23rd.

You can also check it out in HD right here.

For more interviews, check out our YouTube Channel here.

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New House of the Wolf Man Theatrical Trailer


A new theatrical trailer has been put up for House of the Wolf Man. This one doesn't have the annoying witch voiceover the other had. It also has more footage of Frankenstein's Monster, which is obvioulsy cool. There's more Wolf Man footage, as well. I absolutely love the way the trailer really does look like the original classic Universal Monster ones. It even has the same kind of music and everything. This movie can't come out quick enough.

Click on the picture above to see the new trailer on Facebook.

Dr. Bela Reinhardt (Ron Chaney) has invited five people to his castle to see which of them will inherit his estate. He has arranged for a competition of sorts and the victor shall be determined through process of... elimination.

House of the Wolf Man is directed by Eben McGarr and stars Ron Chaney, Dustin Fitzsimons, Jeremie Loncka, Sara Raftery, Cheryl Rodes, and Jim Thalman.

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The Collector Review


Synopsis:

Handyman and ex-con Arkin aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employer's country home. Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property - and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked "Collector" in a maze of lethal invention - the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg - while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.

Review:
Here’s what I like to collect. Comics, beer openers, hockey cards, and the occasional 14th century tapestry depicting medieval coats of arms. Collecting humans was something I never had the time for. It seems so labor intensive. In fact, after watching The Collector, I can see it’s a down right pain-in-the-ass. Far too much effort is required, but like any Jigsaw wannabe, you’ve just got to take the time to do the job right if you want to succeed.

Another problem with collecting humans occurs when you don’t just simply “collect” them, but you also torture them. This leaves them quite peaked and unlikely to be kept over a long period of time – so in essence, are you REALLY “collecting” them? I think not.

I have a little bit of an issue with horror /slasher films and it’s probably one you’ve heard before: That it’s all been done.

Still, every so often, someone comes along and does something a little bit different. Like the guys who made Saw. They took the genre and gave it a twist that made it a little more compelling than most other movies in that category. Trouble is, it was bound to spawn copycats. You see where I’m going here, right?

Well, hold on now. The Collector is completely different than the Saw series. First, it’s NOT called “Saw”.

Second, the antagonist is not named “Jigsaw”, he’s named “The Collector”. How are we doing so far?

Third, though the Collector devises creative and elaborate ways to maim his victims, he does NOT devise creative and elaborate ways to maim his victims so they can gain freedom or die trying. That’s a big difference, folks.

Unlike Saw, The Collector lacks the mildly intriguing moral/philosophical premise that anchors the series.

Like almost every other horror/slasher movie, however, the protagonist makes the same ridiculous mistakes Jamie Lee Curtis did in the first Halloween some 31 years ago. My Lord, reptiles evolve faster than that.

Hey – don’t get me wrong, the acting is solid, the action is relentless, and if you like Saw, you MIGHT welcome a variation on the theme.

Is there a lot of blood? Yup! Does it make you jump? Sure, anytime they slap you with a slash-cut, turn the volume to 11, and pump in a shrill, subliminal, background scream, you’re going to jump. In the same way you do when someone slams a door behind your back, or pops a bag next to your good ear.

Still, the most compelling element of this movie may lie in pondering the sheer horror of what would happen if every room in your house was suddenly filled with things that would make you bleed… or worse yet; destroy your home theater screen. (shiver)

Which brings us back to the effort it would take to set several dozen grisly, booby-traps in a multi-room 2-storey home with a basement. Think 4 Macaulay Culkins working in shifts with no smoke breaks – it would have to take days!

But the Collector did it in a couple of hours, cuz he’s magic. Nonetheless, way too much of a pain in the butt for me… I’m sticking to hockey cards. (Review by Elbow Murderpants from Bien Agiter!)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Anakin's All Grown Up


Here's an interesting video interview with Jake Lloyd I ran across on Yahoo! the other day. It's perfect timing, since we just celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace at our MGF 1st Anniversary party last week. Here's a little bit of the article:
"...Jake Lloyd wants you to know that having a major role in a George Lucas film really put a damper on things when he was growing up.

OK, fine: The guy doesn't really deserve our pity, but think of it from his point of view. Ten years old, getting blamed for ruining the Star Wars series. (Well, that was mainly the fault of George Lucas, but the kid was there, wasn't he?) And people just won't let it go. The Sci-Fi Australia blog caught up with the glum "Star Wars" alum Down Under, who sounds more Eeyore than "Episode One."

While every word drips with sarcasm (he is 20, after all) the Anakin actor also can still speak geek."
Now, check out the whole interview above. Pretty cool stuff.

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MGF Goes Triweekly


We just wanted to let everyone know that as of Monday, we have begun updating the website triweekly instead of every day. That means we will be updating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays regularly. This has nothing to do with anything negative that is happening behind the scenes or anything like that. We're not slowly shutting down or quitting. Actually, the reason we're doing it is because we have so much going on in the background that we need the extra days in between to bring you all the most important movie news both nationally and locally. Right now, we're barely having time to watch and review movies, upload video interviews, and write articles on cons and events we attend. So that's the reason. However, we'll be posting twice as many news stories in the "More News" section to keep up with everything headline-wise. I know what you're thinking - Hire more people. Yeah right. As the editor-in-chief of the website, I don't trust anyone to keep up with the news like I do. I do appreciate all the help I get with reviews and event coverage. The news posting is MINE, though! Alright, that's it.

Win 'Bandslam' swag and battle some bands!


To celebrate the Aug. release of Bandslam, Summit Entertainment and DFW.com are looking for the best young bands -- unsigned, natch -- in the Metroplex. If your band of two or more people is just old enough to drink legally or still a few years away from gigging in bars, then we want to hear an original song. To enter our battle of the bands, upload a video of your band performing an original song. Also, send us a MP3 of the original song as well along with contact info and a bit of background about your band to pjones@dfw.com. We'll need all this material in to us no later than midnight CST on July 31st.

Our esteemed panel of DFW.com judges will select three finalists from all eligible entries on Aug. 3 and notify the lucky bands. On Aug. 5, those finalists will meet up at Ridgmar Mall prior to a screening of Bandslam to discover which band will perform before the film. To win a prize package that includes a meeting with a local producer, an American Express gift card and 30 free CDs from F.Y.E., the competing bands will also have to impress the Burning Hotels. We'll be on hand to document the whole shebang. Good luck!

For all the down-'n-dirty details, you can find the complete contest rules here.

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MGF Gets Ready For Twilight Con Starting Tomorrow!


Yeah, so sue me. Antagonize and verbally abuse me. I like Twilight. I like the books; I like the movie; and yes, I am looking forward to New Moon. MGF will most definitely be extensively covering TwiCon and just wanted remind everyone about the event, which starts tomorrow. Here's the details:

TwiCon 2009 is the premiere unofficial conference for Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight saga! The event will feature a Twilight movie screening, live Twilight inspired band performances, Volturi Masque Ball, opportunities to meet Twilight cast, dozens of breakout sessions, panels, workshops and more, as well as a Vendor Hall where dozens of vendors will be set up for your shopping pleasure. We will also have the Artists’ Alley, where you can display fan made art and goods.

TwiCon 2009
July 30-August 2, 2009

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 North Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-8000
www.Sheraton.com/DallasHotel

Actors:

Christian Serratos (Angela Weber in the Twilight movie)
Billy Burke (Charlie Swan in the Twilight movie)
Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight movie)
Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale in the Twilight movie)
Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movie)
Mike Welch (Mike Newton in the Twilight movie)
Alex Meraz (wolf pack brother Paul in New Moon)

Featured events:

Welcome Reception- Join the TwiCon organizing group for an overview of the conference program agenda. Get to know other attendees and settle in for what will be a fun and crazy weekend! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar.

Bands Concert- Come rock out to your favorite Twilight inspired bands. You won’t want to miss this!

Twilight Movie Screening- What better way to bask in all things Twilight than to watch the movie surrounded by fans just like you? The movie screening will also help to refresh your memory for the many breakout sessions, panels, etc. pertaining to the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Volturi Masque Ball- Fans will come from afar just to participate in the Volturi Masque Ball! Vendors will be on site to help with everything from costumes to colored contacts. The Volturi will be dressed to impress; we suggest you do the same! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar.

Special Guest Presentation- Our special guests will be available for autographs and photographs (when permitted), panel or roundtable discussions and Q&A. Keep the screaming to a minimum! (more)

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Planet Hulk Trailer


Marvel knows when it's got a good thing going. Their straight-to-DVD animated films are big sellers and they may have just topped themselves. In February of 2010 they will be releasing the full length animated film adaptation of one of their most popular "stories" in their Incredible Hulk comic line - Planet Hulk.

The movie will be based on Greg Pak's Incredible Hulk stories in issues #92 and #105. The story begins with "a secret group of superhero leaders, the Illuminati, considering the Hulk an unacceptable potential risk to Earth, and rocketing him into space to live a peaceful existence on a planet uninhabited by intelligent life. After a trajectory malfunction, the Hulk crashes on the violent planet Sakaar. Weakened by his journey, he is captured and eventually becomes a gladiator who scars the face of Sakaar's tyrannical emperor. The Hulk becomes a rebel leader and later usurps Sakaar's throne through combat with the red king and his armies."

Check out the trailer up above, which SuperHeroHype so graciously posted and brought to our attention.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

2009 AFFD - The Screen at Kamchanod Review



Synopsis:
In 1987, four movie screeners stumbled upon a chilling event as they were hired to screen a movie in the forest of Kamchanod, Udon Thani Province. The screeners were wondering why they had no audience at all. Yet, as the movie was about to end, a group of people emerged from the forest and lined up in front of the screen. To the screener's surprise, the audience also began to disappear as mysteriously as they had appeared out of nowhere.

Review:
This was a very strange bag for me. You want to talk about a love / hate relationship with a film. This is certainly one of those films for me. Never have I seen an Asian horror film that played tug of war with me so much. It had all the right elements mixed with all the wrong pacing.

The acting, as usual, was right on and everyone played their characters convincingly. It seems like the fault really lies with director / screenwriter Songsak Mongkolthong. His only jobs before this were as an assistant director on Bangkok Dangerous and Som and Bank: Bangkok for Sale. While he definitely had a great visual sense and scare timing, he didn't seem to know how to end this thing or where to go with it. I guess you've got to give him a little leeway, though. This was his first time as the head director for a project.

The middle section of this film is absolutely chock full of spirits and ghosts. AFFD festival coordinator Julie Hwang put it best. She said the movie was "relentless" with the ghosts. I found myself cringing in anticipation as to what was going to jump out at me next. It was fun and terrible all at the same time. I challenge any genre fan that poo-poos the Asian horror industry to just try to not be scared or freaked out at the section where the group of scientists and their helpers are watching the cursed movie in an old abandoned theater. That's one of the scariest and unnerving segments I've ever seen.

I definitely encourage fans of the horror genre to check this movie out. For all its drawbacks (like an end that really doesn't pay off and is confusing), there really are a lot of disturbing imagery and scares to be had here. I'm sure you've heard the saying that goes something like "the journey to a destination sometimes is the best part." Well, that's definitely the case here. (Review by Eric Shirey)

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EXCLUSIVE! MGF's 1st Anniversary Fanboys Extravaganza - July 23rd


Well, our first anniversary has come and gone. The party was an absolute blast. We had the DFW branch of the 501st Star Garrison there in full force with some more of their friends. They did a great job of greeting everyone. They also "escorted" the contestants for the Anakin Skywalker Whine-off to the stage and stood guard to make sure no one escaped during questioning. Cole Houston from APOTAC once again was kind enough to organize the contest and donate the prizes for the winners.


In the lobby, we had some vendors selling Star Wars comics, pins, toys, and other cool stuff. There was also an area where you could get your picture taken as a giant Star Wars action figure with a card background. The 501st had a table where kids could color in little Star Wars activity books they were giving away.


As far as costumes go, there were a couple Mandalorians, a jawa, that elephant-looking spy from A New Hope, some Jedis, a wookie, and Purrkayla (the feline contestant from Stan Lee's Who Wants to Be a Super Hero).


We also had a very cool 1st Anniversary cake that was made by my lovely wife. She does all kinds of different types of professional cakes. If anyone is in need of a great looking and delicious cake for an event, go to her website and e-mail her. Shameless plug!


In closing, if you haven't seen Fanboys and are a Star Wars fan, what are you waiting for? It's a pretty cool homage to the movies we grew up with and obviously love. It has cameos from people you wouldn't believe. Definitely check it out.


It definitely fit perfectly as the centerpiece of MGF's 1st Anniversary Extravaganza. Thanks to Uptown, the 501st and friends, and everyone who came out and showed their support. (Article by Eric Shirey)

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G.I. Joe Show Me Your Guns Contest


MGF is having a contest for a set of RESERVED SEATS at an advanced screening of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Here's your challenge:

How big of a G.I. Joe fan are you? Well, here's your chance to show the DFW area! We are looking for the biggest G.I. Joe fan in the DFW area. Do you have a room of G.I. Joe Collectibles? Have you made a Snake Eyes or Destro costume by hand and worn it at Comic Cons? Are your children named Scarlett, Cutter, or Duke? Then send us a photo or video of your collection via e-mail proving to us that you're the biggest and most deserving fan to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra before anyone else! You have until August 3rd to get your entry to us. E-mail entries to scotomaevents@ymail.com with the subject G.I. Joe Contest. Go Joe!

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2009 AFFD - Ip Man Review



This is the biographical epic of legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. Directed by Wilson Yip with fight choreography by Sammo Hung, and starring Donnie Yen in one of his best roles to date.

The movie starts in 1935 in a Foshan martial club enclave where masters and their disciples train together by their fighting style. One new master decides to call on Ip Man to engage in a friendly duel. The duel takes place at Ip Man's home, where he lives quietly with his wife and young son. Ip Man easily beats the other master but thanks him for letting him win so easily. The master asks Ip Man to keep this a secret so not to lose face. Unfortunately, a young man who was on the fence fetching his kite is witness to the whole thing and rushes to his brothers’ restaurant to relay the news. Ip Man’s legend grows when a group of thugs come challenging the masters of each house to prove their worth so they can open their own dojo. After defeating each one, the leader of the group barges into Ip Man’s home and, with his wife’s approval and admonishment not to break anything, sends the thug back home. Still Ip Man refuses to teach his style and take on students. He prefers to practice alone and appease his wife who is not too thrilled by his fighting as it takes away his time from his son.

When the Japanese invade China, the movie (which so far was filmed in bright happy colors) becomes grey and dark. As if we didn’t know this was the serious part. People are starving and horribly mistreated by the Japanese. Ip Man is forced to move out of his home. To feed his family he gets a job shoveling coal where the owner has hired the other martial masters. The Japanese come offering bags of rice if they would compete with their soldiers - karate against wushu. After one of his friends receives a fatal beating and a master gets shot after a competition, Ip Man challenges 10 fighters at once. He refuses the rice in protest. His friend and former business partner asks Ip Man to train his workers to defend themselves when the former would be master returns to terrorize the cotton factory. The Japanese eventually catch up with Ip Man and force him to fight their General as a means to get him to train Japanese soldiers in Chinese wushu. The final fight inspires the Chinese to unite by Ip Man’s refusal to be subjugated.

Donnie Yen trained for four months learning Wing Chun fist. He plays Ip Man with a quiet power, sure of his abilities and the epitome of a disciplined master. The movie doesn’t give any back story for Ip Man, like where he trained, why he doesn’t have to work for a living, or that he has enough money for a huge home. In real life, Ip Man was a police officer before the war. In this fictionalized account, he seems almost saint-like in his inner peace. The fight scenes are realistically staged by veteran action / director Sammo Hung with close shots of rapid punches and none of the crazy wire work acrobatics, as in most kung fu movies. If you just sit back and enjoy the story, this is a great addition to the martial arts genre.

Apparently, a sequel is being considered to follow up on Ip Man’s history following his flight to Hong Kong and how he decides to teach Wing Chun fist. To this day, Wing Chun fist boasts over 2 million disciples that included the infamous Bruce Lee. (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

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2009 AFFD - Mushishi Review



Synopsis:
Populating the world on the eve of the twentieth century, menaced by a science-obsessed era and trying to ensure their survival, the Mushi cast their malevolent spell on humans and nature alike. Supernaturally connected to the basic essence of life and death, they are capable of inhabiting the body and soul's deepest recesses and can only be detected by a Mushi master. The precociously white-haired Ginko has lost his youth and one eye studying the Mushi. Like a travelling doctor, he visits far away places to undo the Mushi's deeds and to cure their victims. Meanwhile, in a secluded mansion, beautiful Tanyu records the history of the creatures. The guardian of the Mushi's annals, she spends her days collecting accounts of these mystical beings as ink flows directly from her fingertip. But one day, the ink she uses to write her tales permeates her blood vessels and all the characters disappear from her precious scrolls. She has been infected by the Mushi and the time has come for Ginko to save her life and to restore the lost archives of a fading world.

Review:
Mushishi
is a live action feature based on an award winning manga series that follows Ginko a mushi master. Mushi are said to be ephemeral creatures that do not normally interfere with people’s lives. When they do, however, Ginko the mushishi travels the country side offering aid and advice. And it’s my advice to read the books or watch the TV series first before watching this movie.

The story opens with a mother and young son walking in the rain in the steep hills when suddenly a mud slide occurs, killing the mother. The boy is discovered by a woman with stark white hair covering one eye. The story then jumps to a young man walking in the cold snow-covered forest to a house where he asks to spend the night. He also has white hair that covers one eye. When the mistress of the house learns that he is a mushi master, she asks him to look at a few of the villagers who have mysteriously lost hearing in one ear. Ginko helps them get rid of the mushi in their heads and like any good traveling vendor, sells them packets of the remedy for future mushi problems. The mistress then has him look at her granddaughter who can’t hear out of both ears and has little horns growing from her forehead. She also has these little flying things all around her like gnats which apparently are mushi. Her mother, who had recently passed away, was also troubled by these things and she developed horns too. He finds their nest, she gets her hearing back, and the horns fall off.

It would probably help to know the movie corresponds to episodes 2, 7, 9, and 15 of the manga. In between each of these chapters, it follows the little boy and the woman, Nui. It turns out the little boy is Ginko who loses his memory of his child hood when he discovers the secret the woman is trying to keep from him that involves the mushi. I’m still more than a little confused at what exactly are mushi and why the fish are white, why Ginko and Nui’s hair turns white, and why they only have one eye. Whatever happened causes Ginko to attract mushi, hence he becomes an expert.

The story is slow, atmospheric and the hero talks quietly and calmly. He’s always smoking a pipe because the smoke keeps the mushi away. Everyone in this world is dressed in period Japanese wear. But Ginko wears almost western style modern clothes like hard soled shoes.

Each of the stories is interesting in themselves. There’s some nice CGI with the young woman who is an instrument for the mushi to write from her finger tips. She is like the keeper of mushi history. As Ginko and Nui’s pasts collide, the mushi play havoc on the girl and Ginko almost loses his life trying to save her. Ginko then goes to find the white fish pond with the help of his friend who is trying to capture a rainbow. Yeah, I didn’t get that either. The switching from Ginko's back story and his journey to uncover what he can’t remember is muddled and confusing. Especially the last scene where he finds Nui, carries her to a tree, and then walks away. As much as the movie is visually appealing with some humor and nice performances, anyone not familiar with the manga will walk away going “huh?” (Review by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins)

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San Diego Comic Con Headlines



Tim Burton introduces 9's 'stitchpunk' universe

Peter Jackson unveils his vision of Lovely Bones

Clearing up the supernatural elements in Jonah Hex

Miyazaki, in first con appearance, previews Ponyo

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How District 9 star played things for real

What's new, what's familiar in Toy Story 3

Why Legion should please the religious right

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Adrianne Palicki on playing a Wolverine in Red Dawn

Director on the Mayans and 2012's demolition derby

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Director reveals how Parnassus deals with Ledger's role

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Olmos on why The Plan leads to Blade Runner

Iron Man 2 cast looks ahead to Avengers

Updates on Thor, Captain America movies

Peter Jackson clears up all those Hobbit rumors

Jon Favreau on building a better Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 footage brings crowd to its feet

Why Megan Fox is unapologetic about Jennifer's Body

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Rare panel with Cameron and Jackson on film's future

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Robert Downey Jr. of IRON MAN 2 says he became love dizzy at San Diego Comic Con

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON Interview with Ashley Greene and Director Chris Weitz

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TRON - Visual Effects Concept Test Footage

Tron Legacy Revealed with Name, Images and Scenes in 3D

Shhhh….Batman Will Be Back

JENNIFER’S BODY Interview with Megan Fox, Diablo Cody, Karyn Kusama and Jason Reitman

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON Interview with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON Press Conference Interview with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner

IESB at Comic Con Preview Night

Pics Of Costumes And Tired Travelers From Comic-Con 2009!

Disney Invited Con-Goers to Tea Party

Video Interview Roland Emmerich On 2012

Video Interview The Cast of Zombieland

James Cameron is Crowning

Video Interview Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley On District 9

Video Interview Denzel Washington On The Book of Eli

Video Interview Jackie Earle Haley and Producers On A Nightmare On Elm Street

Video Interview Jimmy Hayward & Josh Brolin On Jonah Hex

Video Interview Robert Rodriguez On Shorts

Comic-Con 2009 Iron Man 2 Panel

Sony Panel: 2012 and Zombieland

Video Interview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Video Interview Ashley Greene On Twilight: New Moon

Video Interview Tron Legacy

The Smallville Panel!

Iron Man 2 Audio Interviews!

Marvel's Iron Man 2 Presentation

Will Heroes Find "Redemption"?

A Massive Round-Up of All Our Comic-Con Coverage

Video Blog: Reactions to Four Minutes of 2012

2012 Director Roland Emmerich

Disney Recreated Wonderland in San Diego

New Zombieland Red Band Trailer and Footage Debut

True Blood Q&A

Lost Viral Campaigns Continue with LostUniversity.org and More

Solomon Kane Footage Debuts

Fringe Q&A

Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks Might Be Forced To Find a New Title

War Machine Revealed in Iron Man 2 Footage

What We Learned About Lost’s Final Season

Robert Rodat, Writer of Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot, to Adapt Foundation for Emmerich

Video Blog: Nightmare on Elm Street and Jonah Hex

24 Season 8 Q&A

Interview: Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3

Video Blog: Where The Wild Things Are Is The Most Beautiful Thing We Have Seen At Comic-Con

Interview: John Lasseter

Sneak Peak at David Goyer’s New ABC Series, FlashForward; Dominic Monagan Joins Cast

More News:

Seagal IS considering Machete

TRON Legacy Teaser Trailer

David Cronenberg takes on 'Cosmopolis'

'Star Wars' in concert tour

New King Kong Film Coming

New Batch of Stills From 'The Horde' is a Scream!

D.J. Caruso to Direct Dead Space

THE HOST 2 Gets Foreign Investment

Dorian Gray Teaser Surfaces

Goonies Never Say Die: Sequel Rumors Persist

What Peter Jackson plans for the two Hobbit movies and why

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" Begins Filming in Australia's Gold Coast

Jonze acquires 'Boxes' feature rights

'NIMH' adaptation in works

New Rachel McAdams Sherlock Holmes Poster

New Ninja Assassin Poster

Where's That Comic Con 'Elm Street' Trailer?

'Sorority Row' Brazilian One Sheet, Website Update

THE DARK COUNTRY DVD info and trailer

Is This The New Face of Freddy Krueger?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

MGF Works Overtime To Bring You All The SDCC News You Can Stand


I'm sure it's pretty evident by now that MGF takes Saturday and Sunday off. Well, because we know that you're looking for all the latest Comic Con news, we've decided to open shop on Saturday and deliver all the latest SDCC headlines straight to you. There's really no reason to go anywhere else. We've compiled the SDCC headlines and news from virtually every top movie website you can think of and linked them right here.

And don't forget about the live televised G4TV coverage that will be televised today. Here's the scoop:
"Saturday, 2PM ET: G4 will make Comic-Con history by delivering the first ever, televised broadcast of a Comic-Con panel when Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn host the official LucasFilm Panel, aka the Star Wars Spectacular! The panel will feature never-before-seen footage, breaking news, surprise announcements, guest stars, a live table read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script and much more. The panel will feature a wide array of exciting panelists, including Steve Sansweet (Lucasfilms Head of Fan Relations), Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, voice actors Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala), Tom Kane (Yoda), and several other surprise guest stars.
Saturday, 4PM ET: And just because we love you all ever so much, we'll be bringing you three hours of live coverage tomorrow as well, as Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn will be joined by comic book maven Blair Butler, correspondents Alison Haislip, Blair Herter and others, to deliver some of the most exciting news from the convention."
Definitely don't miss that! It's the next best thing to being there.

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San Diego Comic Con Headlines



Sherlock footage reveals a different detective

Downey defends Sherlock's new Holmes

Hex footage shown

Peter Jackson to Return to Horror

'Legion' Conceived as a Trilogy, Hard 'R'

'World War Z' Seeking New Director

'Dead of Night' Official Website Launched

Darren Bousman Talks 'Abattoir' FRANCHISE

'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Footage Description!

Stunning First 'Solomon Kane' Image!

The first look at the new Nightmare on Elm Street

Wild Things footage honors Sendak's original

Oldman confirms new Batman shoots in '10

'Ripley,' sci-fi women on Hollywood's new age

Kick-Ass footage kicks, well, you know

Tim Burton still plans on Dark Shadows movie

Parnassus footage reveals Ledger's last act

Blomkamp's out of Halo, but space epic coming

District 9 director on mixing sci-fi, slums and action

The undead beg for your brains in zombie walk video

District 9 triumphant screening, new images

Mark Millar talks Kick-Ass & Gives Us An Update On War Heroes!

Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation

Video Interview The Cast of Kick-Ass

Video Interview Kristen Bell & Freddie Highmore On Astro Boy

Doctor Parnassus, Pandorum, Kick-Ass

Disney Animation Panel

Avatar Presentation

Disney Panel TRON Legacy & Alice In Wonderland!

Guapo Cam! Check Out Flynn's Arcade & A Lightcycle!!

Impressions on Game-Changing Unaired Dollhouse Episode “Epitaph One”

Summer Glau and Alexis Denisof to Appear in Season 2 of Dollhouse?

Battlestar Galactica ‘The Plan’ and Caprica Q&A

Tron Legacy Viral - The Hunt for Flynn’s Arcade

Legion Footage Debuts

Voices of Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti In The Goon; No Director Announced

Ten Minutes Shown From Where the Wild Things Are

Much New Footage Shown From Richard Kelly’s The Box

9 Minutes of AMC’s The Prisoner Released

Details and Reactions from Nightmare on Elm Street Footage and Panel; Englund Cameo Rumors Denied

Interview: Neill Blomkamp on District 9

New How To Train Your Dragon Concept Art

Gary Oldman Claims Next Batman Movie Starts Shooting in 2010

Details on Neil Blomkamp’s Potential Next Project

Video Blog: Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass

Video Blog: District 9 Review

15 Minutes of Jennifer’s Body Screened

TRON Legacy Has An ’80s Flashback Sequence

The Disney Animation Panel

Stewart and Bettany Talk Priest

More Celebrity Photos!

Kurt Russell in Talks for Red Dawn!

Wood and Connelly on 9

Next Batman Movie to Start Filming in 2010!

WHOA! Tron Legacy Grid VFX Concept Test Officially Online!

Michael Keaton Confirmed for Toy Story 3

The First Footage from Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass!

A Nightmare on Elm Street Panel!

The Sherlock Holmes Panel!

The Jonah Hex Panel!

The Box Panel

Where the Wild Things Are Featurette Online!

Limited How to Train Your Dragon Lithograph

Peter Jackson Screens District 9!

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Press Conference

Hot Tub Time Machine Red Band Trailer!

Gory 3-D Final Destination Trailer Impresses

Kusama, Cody, Fox and Reitman Present Jennifer's Body

SGU: Stargate Universe Posters and Trailer

Terry Gilliam Presents The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Friday, July 24, 2009

Orphan Review

Synopsis:
The Coleman family is looking to add another child to their loving household. Kate and John Coleman both have their regrets but would like to start afresh and look into adopting a wonderful daughter. They both immediately connect with young Esther. She is extremely bright and gifted in everything that she does. Esther is the child that every parent would want in their home. However events start to unfold that show that she might not be what everyone perceives. The family begins to divide one side embracing the loving perfect little girl, and the other seeing Esther for what she really is. The question is will it be too late to find out what Esther’s true intentions are?

Review:
This was a movie that I had mixed emotions about. Usually the horror movies that come out these days don’t really do the job of keeping you on your toes. I tried not to have this mindset going into this film. Director Jaume Collet-Serra didn’t give me much to hope for, though. His first film was House of Wax, which I almost fell asleep through. All of this aside, I was still anxious to see the movie. If nothing less, actor Peter Sarsgaard has always come through in the clutch.

This movie certainly exceeded my expectations in the disturbing sense. I’ll definitely say it is not your typical “teen horror movie” that usually comes out. You know the kind that if you see it on a Friday night you have to battle the local high school for a seat, not to mention being able to hear any of the movie through their constant laughter. Jaume Collet-Serra improved immensely from his first project that gave me a great nap. He definitely shocked as well as kept me on the edge of my seat. The story is intense and just when you think you have things figured out, you are thrown for a huge loop.

Isabelle Fuhrman who plays Esther is an amazing actress and does a more than fantastic job in her role. The scenes that her role demanded were quite shocking. Fuhrman is 12 and accomplished the work that should be meant for a grown adult. She made Macaulay Culkin’s role in The Good Son seem like he was a saint. The dark character that she portrays is something that I don’t know many could accomplish. Peter Sarsgaard does a good job as Mr. Coleman, Esther’s new father. Still, you don’t really notice him due to Fuhrman stealing the show.

My take on this movie is that it is quite disturbing, so don’t see it unless you can take it. I am still blown away by Isabelle Fuhrman’s performance. She is beyond talented, but at the same time should a 12 year old have roles like this? The story is well done and you will certainly be in constant suspense. There is a twist that will make you love the film, or go home thinking I can never get those 2 hours back. One thing that I did like was that it was not your typical story. It explores a creative path. That being said, if you enjoy horror movies and can take some pretty disturbing scenes then this is the movie for you. (Review by William Wells)

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Tomorrow - APOTAC Presents Comic, Toy, And Collectibles Swap Meet - July 25th And 26th


Just wanted to post a reminder about this. They always have really cool stuff to buy and some hard-to-find items, as well. MGF will be there, giving away some free goods and just hanging out playing Laser tag. Bring it on!

A Piece of the Action is pleased to announce their very first ever TWO DAY event! The next Comic, Toy, & Collectibles Swap Meet will be held over the weekend of July 25-26, 2009. And they have a brand new home this outing - the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Additson, TX! If you have attended All-Con or FenCon in the last couple of years then you know the Crowne Plaza. They are very excited to host their first hotel show!

They are in the process of arranging events and guests for the show weekend. For now they want to let everyone know that friend of APOTAC and the Swap Meet's very own resident super-hero PurrKayla will be joining them all weekend! Our favorite local hero has offered to provide some really great programming for us which will be officially announced in the next few days. PurrKayla tried out for Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero and has been a local convention presence ever since. Earlier this year she took the top prize in All-Con's "Super-Hero Sunday" so be sure to congratulate her when you see her in the halls at the Swap Meet! We are honored to have her back with us again!

Dealer tables are still available for this event. Please write to apotac@yahoo.com if you are interested. We have a great table price for a two-day show so table space is filling up very quickly. Don't miss out! Check out their website here.

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Alice In Wonderland Teaser Trailer Delivers



The much-anticipated teaser trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has hit the net. This looks like it's another beautiful entry into the mind and vision of Mr. Burton. The trailer is features a fitting score by Danny Elfman, of course. It seems to center around Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter character, which leads me to believe that he's going to be a sort of guide for the returning Alice through Wonderland.

17-year-old Alice returns to Wonderland and encounters the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, and the other absurd and amazing characters from Lewis Carroll's books.

Alice in Wonderland stars Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Matt Lucas, Johnny Depp, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, and Timothy Spall.

The film is set to open on March 5th, 2010.

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San Diego Comic Con Headlines



James Cameron reveals Avatar's genesis

New Moon footage brings down house

Fans say Avatar will be as game-changing as Star Wars

Avatar 3-D footage wows Comic-Con

Disney unveils first 3-D Tron footage ever

Tim Burton on his weird new vision for Alice

Tron Legacy will speak to old, new

Moon's Lautner reveals 'wolf out' details

New Moon stars preview Edward's new look

James Cameron touts IMAX and Avatar

Crazy Undead Clown in New 'Zombieland' Image

All Three 'Cabin in the Woods' Posters!

New 'Pandorum' Trailer, Two Fresh Hi-Res Stills

Watch the 'Saw VI' Trailer Live NOW!

Get Your Hands on a Signed 'Mortis Rex' Print FREE

New 'Jennifer's Body' Image, Gallner Talks Scene!

Hi-Quality Look at New 'Jonah Hex' One Sheet

Twilight 'New Moon' Panel Coverage

'Night of the Creeps' Sequel in the Cards...

Official Teaser One Sheet for 'Dead of Night'

Wanted 2 to Start Shooting in 8 Weeks

Comic-Con '09 Gallery Update!

Astro Boy Panel, Full Q & A

David Bowers on Astro Boy

Summit Premieres Astro Boy Trailer

Dead of Night Footage & Teaser Poster

TRON Legacy Has An ’80s Flashback Sequence

Scott Pilgrim, the Video Game!

Kick Ass Footage and Q&A with Matthew Vaughn and Cast

Dexter’s Past Explored Through Animated Webisodes, John Lithgow’s Killer Instinct

James Cameron Announces Avatar Day: 15 Minutes of 3D Avatar Free on August 21

Thoughts on 24 Minutes of James Cameron’s Avatar

Alice in Wonderland Teaser Trailer and Q&A with Tim Burton

Tron 2 New Scene Revealed

Christmas Carol Footage and Reactions; Zemeckis on Motion Capture

Disney Launches Alice in Wonderland Viral at Comic-Con

Robert Zemeckis Can’t Confirm or Deny Roger Rabbit Sequel Rumors

Flynn Lives And He's Reopened His Arcade!

Avatar Footage Matches The Hype

Watch Twilight's Taylor Lautner Talk About His Body

Tron: Legacy Title Image And Amazing Concept Art

Disney Panel, Tron 2 Revealed Live From Hall H!

TRON: LEGACY's FLYNN LIVES! event... they recreated his arcade with playable games!!!

Take a trip down the Rabbit Hole with Quint and check out some ALICE IN WONDERLAND props!

IDW Panel, Indie 101, and other Con observations by Ambush Bug!