Cast Announced for FOX’s Fantastic Four Reboot

Miles Teller, Fantastic Four
Miles Teller is Reed Richards “Mr. Fantastic” (Divergent, Footloose)

I am extremely skeptical about FOX’s reboot of The Fantastic Four.  While I liked Chronicle a lot, it was only Josh Trank’s first film and The FF are an extremely hard adaptation.  They really would be served a lot better as part of the MCU.  Reed Richards and the FF characters routinely interact with the Avengers whereas the X-Men (except Wolverine who is on every team in the Marvel Universe…no, seriously) are kind of off in their own corner.  Continue reading Cast Announced for FOX’s Fantastic Four Reboot

MASSIVE X-Men Days of Future Past Photo Gallery; 17 Character Profiles

FOX has released a few new images of action on-set in X-Men Days of Future Past, but 17 individual character profiles for the mutants starring in the film (Anna Paquin’s Rogue was cut if you’re wondering where she is). SEVENTEEN characters. Just these. This is certainly going to be the biggest super hero epic we’ve seen yet, and costly too (FOX has reportedly spent more on DOFP than any other film in its history save Avatar). The pay-off should be worth it though with Bryan Singer returning to helm the franchise that started the modern comic book movie renaissance. Of the portraits, I love Blink and I’m so glad to see her in this film. Omar Sy’s Bishop looks incredible. Whomever thought that was a good look for Quicksilver…really just made Joss Whedon’s use of him in Avengers 2 a lay-up. X-Men Days of Future Past will open May 23, 2014.

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Rachel Weisz’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

Rachel Weisz
Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

I’m going to be honest.  After the novella on Tom Hanks combined with the Winter Olympics curtailing my research time, I decided to make Hanks a double-issue (and he passed Denzel for the most hits on one of these yet).  I have been trying to feature more actresses, but-as a guy-I’m far more likely to watch a crappy movie starring a man than I am a woman.  Also, Hollywood makes shockingly crap vehicles for even their most talented actresses.  I mean, have you seen what Nicole Kidman’s been doing?  But as the men are winning 16 to 1 at this point, I said ENOUGH (being the gender warrior I am) and bravely said, “Which actress do I have to watch the fewest films for to get caught up on their latest ten?”  This is to explain why Rachel Weisz is this week’s feature. Continue reading Rachel Weisz’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug Blu Ray Date and Details

The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug

 

The middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy will come to home video on April 8th in a variety of packets, the deluxe version featuring Erebor bookends as depicted above.  While there are some decent extras featured on the disc, by now, Middle-earth fans know darn well, that spring release is a cash grab.  It’s for if you can’t wait.  That’s all.  We all know perfectly well that in November we’ll get the extended edition of the film (particularly critical in this case) and the MOUNTAIN of extras that come with the best made blu ray releases.  If you can’t wait, the details are after the break….but there’s a better version coming.
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Book Review: Star Wars-Maul-Lockdown by Joe Schrieber

Darth Maul, Star Wars Maul Lockdown
Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown is an indirect sequel to James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis, arguably, the best Star Wars novel since the original Zahn trilogy. Whereas Plagueis was a sprawling, decades-long epic focusing on the training of Palpatine, his growth into Darth Sidious/Emperor and how he wove together the strands of his plan in tandem with master, Lockdown, is a much different book. Firstly, as is obvious from the title and cover, this book is Darth Maul’s. A minor supporting character in Darth Plagueis, this book is 80% Maul. That’s not to say Sidious, Plagueis and some other familiar and nefarious faces don’t make an appearance, but this book is Maul: Unplugged. Literally, actually. Maul has been sent by Sidious to a prison colony to obtain a powerful weapon from a shadowy weapons dealer who uses the prison as a front for his operations. Continue reading Book Review: Star Wars-Maul-Lockdown by Joe Schrieber