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More Superhero News

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More superhero movie news, if you’re ready. Zach Snyder, director of Watchmen and 300 is rebooting the Superman franchise with Man of Steel. But that isn’t news. The news is some footage was shown off at Comic Con and garnered mixed reviews. Apparently, Snyder is  going the Nolan/Batman route making it dark and realistic. The newly released poster, aside from making the suit look like a car mat, definitely looks like it is in that same gritty field. Man of Steel will arrive in theaters next year.

More news for DC Comic fans, as apparently there are moves being made to bring Lobo, the interstellar bounty hunter, to the big screen. And he might be played by……..Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. If you forget Race to Witch Mountain, The Tooth Fairy, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and basically anything he’s made in the past 5 years, I think it’s a good fit. From his twitter: “Rumours of me possibly playing LOBO are true, Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun…”

Marvel Movie Catch-up

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Comic-Con was last week, which means tons of movie news, especially for fans of comic books. To narrow it down some, let’s just look at what’s been going on with Marvel who is starting Phase Two (Phase one was every movie leading up to and including The Avengers).

Ant-Man

Everything Marvel chooses to put on the big screen seems to have worked. Now they can test it by making a movie on a guy who is small and can talk to, um, ants. Edgar Wright, the talented directed behind Shaun of the Dead among others, is set to take command and hopefully one of the original Avengers can find its way in theaters sometime in 2015.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Not only does Captain America have a official title (look above), it also has this fancy text and a release date of April 4, 2014. The title could possible delve into the Bucky story (remember his friend that SPOILER fell to his “death” in the snowy mountains), that sees him turn into an enemy for Cap. Another news is that Anthony Mackie is in negations to star as a new hero in the film universe: Falcon, Steve Rodgers new right hand man. Mackie is a superb actor, so the addition is quite welcome, not to mention to see how they show Falcon in the film will be very interesting.

Thor: The Dark World

Our favorite Asgardian isn’t left out either. Thor 2, is now titled Thor: The Dark World. Hitting theaters November 8th of next year, although it will be out one of its suspected villains. Mads Mikkelsen has had to drop out due to his tv work. The good news is, Zachary Levi, of Chuck fame, will be joining the cast.

Iron Man 3

No fancy subtitle for Tony Stark. Marvel is sticking with the minimalistic naming convention as Iron Man 2. Ben Kingsley is slated to play The Mandarin. And comic-con fans got a sneak peak when they showed off his new main suit. Less red? I’m not a huge fan, but oh well. Iron Man 3 will come out in May of next year.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, this one’s a head-scratcher. I myself am not familiar with the comics, but reading up on them, I find it might be difficult to take a big screen adaptation seriously. It includes a talking racoon and a giant tree. So, there’s that. August. 1, 2014 is when you will be able to decide for yourself. Check some concept art below.

The Beauty of the Title Screen

Most of us don’t pay too much notice to the title screens. However, if you take the time to watch, there are some real gems in there. All of this came to mind when I stumbled upon The Movie Title Stills Collection. Like you guessed it, it is a collection of the title and “the end” stills from movies as far as you can remember.

Another link to check out is this collection of Saul Bass title sequences. Bass was the creator of the intros of several classic films such as Psycho, Vertigo, and Oceans Eleven.

Battle Royale: Mirror Mirror vs. Snow White and the Huntsman

Every few years, different studios have the same idea for a movie. While they happen separately, eventually it becomes a fight to see who will win in two categories, 1: to be the first to be released, then people think that the other movie ripped you off and 2: to be the better movie. Two examples immediately come to mind. The first, in ’98 was when Pixar came out with A Bug’s Life immediately after Dream Works released Antz. Obviously Pixar lost in the first category but won the more important second column. The second example happened this past year with Mila and Natalie going head to head with Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. Now, in 2012 it looks like we’ll have the same kind of battle, this time with some very different takes on a classic fairy tale.

Mirror Mirror

When I first heard Tarsem (The Fall) was developing a Snow White movie, needless to say I was excited beyond words. His visual style telling a the story of Snow White was a match made in heaven. Before any of the trailers were released, I predicted Mirror Mirror would end up being the superior film. Then the trailer came out, and while I prefer the choice of Lily Collins as Snow White, I was very disappointed in the direction Tarsem seems to be taking with the movie. Obviously, they are going for more of the family audience, but some of those lines…really?!?!

In Theaters: March 16

Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Snow White and The Huntsman

With all of my attention going to Mirror Mirror, I didn’t rerally give the Huntsman any attention when I heard there was another Snow White movie in the work. That, plus it was going to star Kristen Stewart and was directed by an unknown (Rupert Sanders). Then the trailer dropped. Suddenly I was aware, this could possible be the better movie. Kristen Stewart barely speaks, Thor, I mean CHris Hemsworth is in superhero mode still, and Charlize Theron looks like the perfect evil queen. Add to that some jaw dropping visuals, and it looks like we might have a clear winner. But, it’s not over until we get to see both finished products.

In Theaters: June 1

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane

Merry Christmas

Photo via Popped Culture.

Have a wonderful Christmas Day. Enjoy watching A Christmas Story all day long.

Christmas Stuff:

Christmas Is Coming

With Thanksgiving here, certain traditions begin to appear: start up the Christmas music, plan for Black Friday, and get ready for the classics to come on TV. As it comes, I’m gonna try to get things festive around here, with some Christmas themed ranks and reviews. The most wonderful time is now.

Fall Movie Preview

So I was thinking to myself just how many movies are coming out that I would love to catch. Of course, I will never see all of these in theaters (mime is money), but in a perfect world this is the reverse order I would spend my hard earned cash on. This is my list, so some stuff may seem off. It’s not a list of the best, just what one’s I’m looking forward to.

11. Straw Dogs In Theaters: Now

Still don’t know how I feel about the remaking of Dustin Hoffman’s classic, but it’s worth a shot, right?

10. Immortals In Theaters: ??

You know how I feel about Tarsem’s previous work, The Fall. If it is half as good as that, I’d walk away happy.

9. Sherlock Holmes 2 In Theaters: December 16

Downey Jr. and Law are back!

8. J. Edgar In Theaters: November 9

Just so I can say I saw it in theaters when it takes home a crap ton of awards.

7. The Muppets In Theaters: November 23

C’mon! It’s the muppets!!!!!

6. In Time In Theaters: October 28

High-concept, sounds interesting enough for me to want to see how they deliver.

5. Contagion In Theaters: Now

People getting sick never looked so intriguing.

4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo In Theaters: December 21

I haven’t read the books, or seen the earlier movies, but the it’s David Fincher!

3. 50/50 In Theaters: September 30

Runs the risk of all the funny stuff being in the trailer, but I’d risk it.

2. Drive In Theaters: Now

Big Gosling fan, and not afraid to say it. The trailer itself is amazing.

1. Moneyball In Theaters: Now

The Social Network for sports? Ye-uh. I’m in.