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Star Trek Into Darkness is a bit of an oddity around the office here. And no, not just because of its silly title. I rather enjoyed the film for what it was (which was not very Star Trek-ish), Lourens thought it was just okay, while James wants to make sweet, sweet love to it. What we can all agree on though, is that director JJ Abrams sure made one purdy movie-film. A few other people feel the same way, which is why its on the shortlist for a Best Visual Effects Oscar. And to help their case, the tech-wizards at ILM have released two new SFX featurettes for the film.
Are you a fan of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire? (If your answer is “no”, please say it quietly where me and this stout stick can’t hear you) If so, you may be a little saddened to hear that the upcoming fifth season of the show will be its last. Luckily, it seems that this will be done on showrunner Terence Winter’s terms, bringing the story to a natural close, and not because it got cancelled.
“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”
They say that all good things must come to an end, and watching Steve Buscemi bring the tale of Nucky Thompson to life has been very good indeed.
Noelle wasn’t too happy with the addition of Evangeline Lilly’s she-elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to which the folks at Whatculture stick out their tongue and make rude gestures before drawing up this list of 5 Reasons Why Tauriel is the Best Addition to The Hobbit.
Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has retired from filmmaking now that his final film, The Wind Rises, has been released, but that doesn’t mean that his legacy won’t live on for a very long time. Hell, even those googly eyed, yellow skinned people of Springfield knows who he is, and want to pay their respects.
There’s been talk on the interwebs, prompted by an apparent casting call, that David Lynch’s classic creeptastic TV series Twin Peaks will be getting some kind of revival. Unfortunately for my money hungry therapist, I won’t be suffering through recurring nightmares of sinister tall men and even more sinister dwarves in red rooms, as according to the show’s co-creator Mark Frost, it’s just “another strange baseless rumor”.
To paraphrase a famous shark movie: “I think we’re gonna need a bigger TV”. Video-on-demand streaming service Netflix, has revealed that moving forward, all their original content will be shot in the ultra high definition 4K format.
We heard earlier in the week about how the next Marvel One-Shot, to be included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu Ray release, would be titled All Hail the King. Other than that though, we had no idea what it would actually be about. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we know exactly which king we should be hailing. Or rather, which Kingsley. That’s right the one shot will be picking up the story of Ben Kingsley’s “Mandarin”, the Manchester United supporting Trevor Slattery, who now finds himself in a maximum security prison after being found out by Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, but having the time of his life due to his notoriety, as fake as that may be.
I’m still on the fence on the plot twist about the Mandarin’s true identity: On the one hand, it was a huge slap in the face of Iron Man’s nemesis and the fans who wanted to see him done properly on screen, but on the other hand, it was easily one of the top most surprising and hilarious plot twists in ages.
Hey, you guys! I think I’ve just found my new favourite thing: badly translated French movie posters. I especially love the ones for Sex Friends and Twilight: Hesitation.
See that silver haired guy in the back of this picture that looks like he just came from an audition for a Barbarella remake? Yeah, that’s actually the first shot we have of Evan Peters as Quicksilver. No, I wasn’t expecting the shiny jacket either.
When will bad guys learn? There are certain people you simply do not kidnap, unless you have an insane urge to see your insides become outsides. Clearly the Brazilian baddies in Captive didn’t get the memo, as they’ll apparently be throwing Bruce Willis, whose character is mistaken for a wealthy real estate magnate, into the back of the armoured truck in the hopes of scoring a large ransom. He’s left with very little but his wits and whatever he can find to hand to try and free himself and stop his captors. Or as I like to call it, “Bruce Willis is about to yippie ki-yay you day up!”.
A fellow member of the “Don’t Kidnap Club”, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was apparently eyeing this role, but he’s apparently dropped out, leaving Willis to step in at the last minute, as the Simon Brand directed film will start shooting in March.
Looks like two of my favourite James Cameron films of all time will finally be getting the HD treatment. It seems that True Lies and The Abyss is finally being released on Blu Ray, the former just in time for its 20th Anniversary and the latter for its 25th Anniversary.
Speaking of bad guys having really bad days, have you ever thought about all the punishment movie characters go through. I mean surely, in the orgy of violence and torture that was Home Alone, Wet Bandits Harry and Marv should have kicked the farm several times over, right? Well, here’s a brilliantly funny new video that answers that question.
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Last Updated: January 10, 2014