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Top 133 Films of the Last Decade (#119 – #101)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 30th, 2010

After this section of the list we will be at the top 100 films of the last decade.  So many great films on this list.   Like last time, you will get the title of the movie, the year it was released, and a brief memory and review of the film.  Plus, a link to purchase the movie over at AMAZON for a great price.

Enjoy #’s 119 – 101.

119_ House of 1000 Corpses – April 11, 2003

The much anticipated Rob Zombie Horror film.  This film went through so much hell to get released.  It took about two years.  But finally it did.  Rob Zombie showed me that he had what it takes to be a director and he also showed his love of horror films.  Captain Spaulding is forever a great character in cinema history now.  This film is brutal, hilarious, bloody, and all out crazy.  Go Rob!  Look out for a young Rainn Wilson.

118_ Boiler Room – February 18, 2000

What a great story about an illegal stock broking firm.  This movie made me       re-think about those pesky sales calls.  Great performances from Giovanni Ribisi and Nicky Katt.  Kick ass soundtrack too.  i love the Ben Affleck speeches in this movie to motivate these young kids to steal people’s money.  I would imagine this film hits close to home for some people.

117_ Love Actually – November 7, 2003

The ultimate romantic comedy that does not fail anywhere.  I love watching this film.  Not only is it filled with love and comedy, it is filled with drama and hurt.  The best of both worlds really.  All-star cast with cameo appearances by tons of people including Mr. Bean.  If you want a great wonderful feel good movie, then watch this.

116_ Grizzly Man – December 5, 2005

What a horrifying documentary about a man who lives with the grizzly bears illegally in Alaska for a decade.  Now don’t get me wrong, I laughed a lot in this doc, but ultimately it is a tragic tale.  You meet Timothy Treadwell who appears normal and has an unhealthy fascination with bears.  His problem is that he thinks they are like humans.  Throughout the doc you seem him descent into literal madness where he will never escape which leads to his and his girlfriend’s death.  Werner Herzog does a great job with the footage that he is given.  A must-see.  i just think Timothy’s downfall was that he did not understand nature or the chaos that nature is.  You will see it.  Remember the bee he thought was dead?

115_ Ong Bak 2 – October – 23, 2009

The follow up to the bad ass thai martial arts film Ong Bak starring Tony Jaa who is the ultimate badass.  No stunt wires or special effects either in this film.  Jaa is Bruce Lee times 1000.  Ong Bak not only stars Jaa but is also directed by him.  The fight scenes are beautiful and the direction is beautiful. I just want more Tony Jaa films.  Please. Now.

114_ The Mist – November 21, 2007

Stephen King’s amazing book gets the proper treatment from Frank Darabont.  I loved this adaptation.  This film really did creep me out.  If something like this really happened, you better believe some fanatics would come out and start some crazy shit and not help the situation at hand which is that terrifying monsters are trying to eat us.  Loved the ending.  Also the B &W version on the dvd is great as well.

113_ Sicko – June 29, 2007

Another great documentary from Michael Moore.  This man knows what he is talking about.  I do believe we need a better healthcare system in this country and what we have now is not working and has not worked.  This film is NOT about people WITHOUT healthcare, but rather about people WITH healthcare who DON’T get help because of the insurance companies.  It is heartbreaking and funny and very informative.  I think everyone should see this documentary.

112_ The Devil’s Rejects – July 22, 2005

The follow up to Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses which plays out more like Natural Born Killers than a Music Video Horror Film.  I loved this film.  So much fun and uber uber violent.  I think this film still holds the record for most curse words. I really root for the bad guys in this film, because in essence they are a family doing what they do best.  Once again Rob Zombie makes a brilliant piece of Horror cinema to last forever.  Great dialogue that will make you gut bust laugh.

111_ Azumi – May 10, 2003

A badass Japenese flick about a samurai girl who fights evil in her land.  Move starts off with her in a samurai school and the last test before “graduation is her and her classmates have to fight to the death.  Who ever survives gets to graduate.  HARDCORE!  There is a very creepy gender confused villain in this film which makes for much delight.  Also the fight between Azumi and about 1000 people is epic.  The camera work is top notch.  See Azumi.

110_ Zero Day – January 23, 2004

Oh man this film is crazy.  Based on the shootings at Columbine, this film is made to look like a handheld camera documentary of  the lives of two friends in high school who plan to kill as many people at their high school as they can.  And they DO.  It is like Blair Witch/Cloverfield but with the Columbine Shootings subject matter.  It is very frightening.  Tons of insight as to why the Columbine might have happened.  This film rocks and if you can find it, WATCH IT.

109_ Shrek – May 18, 2001

This series has made tons of money and Shrek and Donkey have become cult characters forever.  This is on the list because of its wit, humor, and story.  Very original.  I loved theis film is not only for kids but adults of all ages.  Which means it works on all levels.  I just wish the third film could have been good.

108_ Ali – December 28, 2001

This film makes the list strictly for it’s acting from Will Smith, John Voight, and Jamie Foxx.  I did not particularly like the direction at all, but the acting is unbelievable.  Some of the best.

107_ Hellboy – April 2, 2004

Oh Hellboy, one of my favorite characters from comics.  Del Toro did a fantastic job with this film as he does with all of his movies.  The world he created with Hellboy is pure magic.  He can brilliantly mix fear and comedy and make it work.  Kudos to you all.  Ron Pearlman is excellent as Hellboy.  I want more Hellboy films.

106_ The 40 Year Old Virgin – August 19, 2005

The film that brought Judd Apatow and Steve Carrell to fame.  Also the film that redefined the comedy genre with the dick jokes and vulgar bathroom humor.  Not only are the jokes in here great but it also has a wonderful story.  I still quote this film.

105_ Zombieland – October 2, 2009

Zombies and Woody Harrelson amped up to 10 makes for a kick ass fun film.  I really enjoyed this film.  Fast paced, good character development, plenty of guts and gore, and great funny dialogue and possibly the best cameo of the decade is in this film.  All hail B.M.  I hear they are making a sequel to this film.  Also this film starts out in Garland.  Looking forward to more from this director.

104_ Speed Racer – May 9, 2008

The Wachowski siblings bring this cartoon to life in a huge way.  This is the most colorful film I have ever seen.  I think most people disliked this film but I disagree.  I was highly entertained.  This film could have been terrible and been a huge failure, but it was a lot of fun and a high energy thrill ride.  Very enjoyable.

103_ Zodiac – March 2, 2007

A very creepy accurate film of the Zodiac killings which is still unsolved to this day.  Fincher did a great job making this film and all of the characters are spot on.  a quality film in the serial killer genre, possibly one of the best.  Extremely well written.

102_ Spider-Man – May 3, 2002

Sam Raimi brought this beloved comic character to life and is was spectacular.  It was everything I wanted Spider-Man to be.  Even Bruce Campbell was in it.  I can’t speak for the third film, but this fist movie was amazing.  Spot on dialogue delivery and character adaptations and casting was unreal.  This will remain one of the best super hero films ever. Go Sam Raimi.

101_ Behind the Mask – September 14, 2007

A true gem of a film that not many people have seen or heard of.  This film is filmed like a documentary in a world where Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees and Pinhead are real.  The immortal killer in this film is Leslie Vernon.  He comes across as a likable charming guy with a hint of something not right.  This film crew documents him and how he kills his victims and how he is able to vanish quickly from sight and keep track after his next victims.  A whole lot of fun and originality.  Highly recommended.  Loved this film.  I hope to see another film with Leslie Vernon.

That’s it for this part of the list. Stay tuned next time for the next section. Any guesses as to which ones will be on the list?

Click HERE for #’s 133 – 120.


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Hi folks, Bryan (Gumbercules9000) here.  I’m sure most of you have heard of a film called CATFISH, but you have no idea what it is about.  The marketing team for Catfish has done a great job of not letting anyone know for sure.  Cowdefender has seen the film and has written a three part review.  The 1st part has very little spoilers and the 3rd review has major spoilers so know now before you read that spoilers are lurking in the reviews.  Enjoy.



CATFISH

**Non Spoilers


The characters and the story arc were very believable. It flowed properly. The front end of the movie is all about creating the circumstances where the end could play out.  You follow Nev.  His brother is a filmmaker and he is a photographer.  Nev has been corresponding with a girl named Abby for a couple of months and his filmmaker brother decides this facebook age pen pal friendship should be documented.  Nev befriends Abby’s family, mother, father and half-sister.  He starts really hitting it off with Abby’s half-sister, Megan.  The documentary then centers a bit more about Nev’s connection to the whole family.



**Minorish Spoilers


This movie was not what it was implied to me. The music, the trailers gave the impression that it was headed a direction that it wasn’t. I can’t tell if that’s clever or deceptive marketing. Not knowing where it was going was the point, I guess.  Catfish marks yet another step in the evolution of the fake documentary / thriller genre.  Blair Witch Project started the ball rolling and movies like The Fourth Kind, The Last Exorcist and Catfish nudge it in directions that are a bit more watchable and a bit more directed (as real documentaries are, few just present you raw footage trimmed, they typically edit it to hell, narrate, interlace with graphics, etc.  Had Blair Witch been totally real it would’ve been an awful documentary with lazy documentarians at the helm.  Catfish was as sleek and polished as a documentary should be.



**Majorish Spoilers


This movie didn’t go anywhere all that compelling. It took an interesting premise, a premise that could’ve gone any direction. A monster that collects heads, lonely young seductress murderer, aliens trying to understand human interaction, it could’ve been a dude… but instead it was what it was. I expected the movie to have some brilliant twist, some punch in the gut. I was waiting for that punch in the gut more and more.  I’d just watched The Last Exorcist a couple weeks back and there are parallels.  In that movie there’d been some weirdness in the first 70-80% of the movie, but all pretty explainable.  Then the crew in that film decided to go back to check on something.  At that point of that movie all hell broke loose.  In Catfish there was a moment where the crew decided to go back and I thought “here we go!”  It was soon REALLY clear that the punch wasn’t coming. And it never did.  I suspect that those that don’t look deeper into it will likely think the movie is real because the ending wasn’t anything nuts.


6/10 Execution

4/10 Enjoyment

– Cowdefender

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Happy 50th to the Flinstones

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 30th, 2010

50 years ago today, The Flinstones debuted on television.  For a few years after the show debuted, everyone thought it was an animated imitation of “The Honeymooners.”


Not necessarily a kids show, but a cartoon for adults.


The Flintsones paved the way for The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Family Guy, and many others.


Some Stone Age Flintstones trivia:

  • “The Flintstones: was the first American animated show to depict two people of the opposite sex (Fred and Wilma; Barney and Betty) sleeping together in one bed.
  • The popular closing credits theme “Meet the Flintstones” did not start until season three.
  • The fact that the Rubbles adopted superstrong Bamm-Bamm (they could not have children on their own) made “The Flintstones” the first animated series in history to address the issue of infertility.

So if you can, watch an episode of The Flintstones today and enjoy.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 1

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 30th, 2010

Today’s Geek Deal is a set of documentaries from the IMAX collection. It is the Ocean’s Collection that IMAX filmed for theaters.  You will get four films in the set.

I believe Liam Neesan, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Ed Harris lend their voices for narrating.

The set usually cost about $100 dollars and for today it is only  $34.99.  Pretty great deal.

As usual click the link/picture below to purchase the set.

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Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Bill Block (producer of District 9) have tapped into Andrew Marlowe’s script called “EDF”.

Someone over at Vulture has read the script and said it is a cross between “Top Gun” and “Independence Day” with a hint of “The Last Starfighter”.  The title “EDF” stands for Earth Defense Force.  Not sure if that will stick.  It is supposed to be about Earth’s response to an imminent alien invasion.

Now I have faith in Sam Raimi for the most part.  I will completely forgive him for Spider-Man 3, and Bill Block still has not done wrong.  I’d like to see what Raimi can do with an alien flick because he sure knows how to deal with monsters and demons.

I just hope there is a volleyball scene in EDF.  Top Gun Style.

Not enough Tom Cruise posts.

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This is a photo from the set of Mission Impossible 4 where it looks like Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) will be an undercover brother as a Russian.

Plot guesses?

Enjoy!

Hail Xenu!

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Top 133 Films of the Last Decade (#133 – #120)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

Earlier in the year, I made my list of favorite and best films to come out between the years 2000 and 2010.  A ten year span of great films.  Films that I completely forgot about.  Films you may have not even heard of.

So I came up with 133 films which was narrowed down from about 300 or more.  Below is the start of the list which has the film title, the date it was released, and my brief personal memory and review of the film.  Plus the link to purchase the movie for a cheap price.

It was a great time coming up with this list.  It was also fairly difficult once I got down to the last 20 or so because they are in fact in order from great to the absolute best of the year.

So over the next few days I will be posting more titles as we get to the #1 spot.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.

133_ Wet Hot American Summer – July 27, 2001

How could this movie not be on a favorite list?  Especially a list of top films of a decade.  This film is balls out hilarious, but in that silly way.  It takes place in the 80’s at a summer camp on the last day of camp.  Directed by David Wain from Stella, Role Models, and The Ten, with an all-star comedic cast including Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, and Michael Ian Black, amongst others.  There are plenty of quotable lines and tons of gut-busting laughs.

132_ The Bridge – October 27, 2006

This is a very haunting documentary that I remember having many conversations

with people after viewings.  Two filmmakers set out to make a documentary film on the Golden Gate Bridge on its history and beauty.  As they were filming the bridge, the filmmakers noticed people committing suicide by jumping off the bridge quite often.  This documentary is about those suicides and interviews with  the vicitims families and friends.  You will actually see people talking on the phone – hang up – then jump to their death.  It is unforgettable.

131_ Bandits – October 12, 2001

I loved this film with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton who stole the show.  These two characters are criminals in jail who break out of prison and go on a bank robbing spree.  It is very heart felt and load of hilarity.  Not any of it seems forced.  Actually, the two bank robbers are the good guys.  Great film that I feel that was missed by a lot of people.  Check it out.

130_ JCVD – June 4, 2008

JCVD as in Jean-Claude Van Damme.  This film is brilliant.  It is fiction mixed in with documentary.  Very strange but oh so good.  This is NO action flick.  AT ALL.  JCVD plays himself in real life.  He is coming to terms that he is just a B movie actor that fights.  His personal life is in shambles and he has no money and his wife is trying to get custody of his kid in the bitter divorce battle.  Add to that while he is getting a wire transfer of money in his home town at the post office, criminals hold everyone hostage and want money and tell the press and officers outside that JCVD is the culprit.  This film is very emotional and very well acted.  Yes.  Very well acted.  I really hope to see what this director does next.  Truly excellent film.

129_ Kung Fu Hustle – April 8, 2005

From the makes of Shaolin Soccer comes King Fu Hustle with Stephen Chow.  This movie is all sorts of fun.  A Kung Fu film that does not take itself seriously and packs high end special effects and lots of laughs.  Typical evil vs good film.  I love these types of films and will always hold a place in my heart for Stephen Chow.

128_ Death To Smoochy – March 29, 2002

I’m a sucker for dark comedies.  This is one of the best.  I great cast of Edward Norton and Robin Williams who play kid tv show personalities who are bitter rivals.  This shows what the seedy underbelly of kids shows are really about.  Such great black humor and very well directed by Danny Devito.  Loved it.

127_ Ginger Snaps – May 11, 2001

A kick ass different take on werewolf movies that involve high school sisters.  Extremely gory and violent with a dark wit that takes you on a great journey on what it is like to transform into a werewolf in high school.  Sexy Werewolves equal AWESOME!

126_ Remember the Titans – September 29, 2000

I remember seeing this film and becoming very emotional while watching it.  Based on a true story in the south about a black high school football coach overcoming racism in the 60’s as he leads his interracial football team to win the championship undefeated.  The soundtrack to this film is top notch and a great performance from Denzel Washington.  One great heart felt Disney Film.

125_ Team America: World Police – October 15, 2004

From the creators of South Park comes a Jerry Bruckhemier/Michael Bay marionette production of a group US citizens who fight the war on terror.  Very crude and lewd and hilarious.  Oh the sex scene is worth the price of admission alone.  America….Fuck Yeah!

124_ Knocked Up – June 1, 2007

The sophomore effort from Judd Apatow is a great film about a stoner schmuck who scores a one night stand with a hot tv personality who becomes pregnant.  Apatow mixes great feeling and emotion with tons of dick jokes.  A perfect combination that makes a successful story and film. The deleted scene with Jonah Hill and Katherine Hiegel discussing Brokeback Mountain is one of the greatest discussions EVER!

123_ The Simpsons Movie – July 27, 2007

Finally!  Fifteen years in the making.  This had everything that I wanted in a Simpsons movie.  Good morals, great story, and lots of laughs and inside jokes made this brilliant movie a masterpiece.  Matt Groening made America’s favorite family a joy to watch all these years and the movie was NOT  a let down.  Keep up the good work.

122_ Chocolate – February 6, 2008

An awesome Thai film about a girl with emotional problems to the ppoint where she is almost non-sociable with anyone.  She has a great fondness for Chocolate and once she sees some Thai Fightin on tv courtesy of Tony Jaa, she learns to fight by watching it and then goes after bad guys in the neighborhood.  A film that has no stunt wires or special effects, but stuntmen who take real hits and fall hard.  A real treat in filmmaking.

121_ School of Rock – October 3, 2003

A perfect combination of Jack Black being Jack Black while Jack Black teaches kids about music and playing rock music.  This movie could have failed in so many places, but I was surprised on every corner.  This film plays very well to all audiences.  If you love music and comedy than this is a film you have to see.  Very well done.

120_ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – November 16, 2001

The first film in the whole series created a whole new world to everyone and in filmmaking.  Great filmmaking and acting as well as speical effects made this children’s book come to life and was great for the whole family.


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Alien Invasion Film “Skyline” Gets a 2nd Trailer

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

It has been a while since we got a flashy Alien Invasion movie.  I can remember Spielberg’s remake of “War of the Worlds” and 1994’s Independence Day being the typical goto movies if you wanted to watch aliens come to earth and destroy us humans.

Skyline looks no different.  It stars Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Eric Belfour (Six Feet Under) as in the lead roles as aliens try to kill all of us.

I think I saw a transformer and the creature from Cloverfield in this trailer.

All in all, I hope this is a good time.  I do not expect greatness, but hopefully it won’t be to Michael Bay-ish.

Below is the 2nd trailer for the film.  What do you think?

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Robert Zemeckis is best known for directing the Back to the Future trilogy, Forest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Cast Away.  Since Cast Away which was released back in 2000, he has moved to doing the 3-D animated motion capture films such as Beowulf, The Polar Express, and his most recent, A Christmas Carol.  He is currently working on Yellow Submarine.

It seems he wants to get back in to the live action production side of things.  The filmed that just got picked up by Warner Bros. is called “Timeless”.    Supposedly storylines are being kept quiet, but is said to be a mega budget time travel story.

Also, Zemeckis and his company have been talking about ideas to do another live action Superman film.  I would love to see Zemeckis dive into the DC universe and see what he creates.  Hell, his Christmas Carol had Jim Carrey flying all over LONDON, that I thought it was Superman for minute.

And of course as I mentioned earlier, the Roger Rabbit sequel is still on the table which you can read about HERE. So tons of cool films could possibly come to life through Zemeckis.

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Geek Deal of the day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

Today’s Geek Deal is a must own.  It is one of the funniest films I have ever seen.  It is in my top 5 comedies of all time.  I am of course talking about Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove”.

It is on sale through AMAZON for only $12.99.  That’s for a bluray.

What a deal.

Take advantage of this special offer.  I am not sure how long it will last.

Click the link below.

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Nintendo 3DS Will Not Be Ready For the Holidays

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

If you were hoping for the new portable game system from Nintendo this year, thenI am sorry to report you will have to wait until 2011.


Nintendo slashed its earnings forecast by more than half Wednesday after announcing that its 3DS game machine, packed with glasses-free 3-D technology, won’t be ready to go on sale for Christmas.


The 3DS will go on sale in February in Japan, and March in Europe and the U.S., missing the year-end shopping seaon which is a critical time for all game-makers to rake in profits.


The portable machine looks much like the DS machines now on sale, and has two panels. The top panel shows 3-D imagery, giving players a relatively immediate illusion of virtual reality.

The 3-D games don’t require the special glasses that are needed for 3-D theater movies or 3-D home-console games like rival Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3. They also don’t need 3-D TV sets.


I have always loved the Nintendo gaming systems.  Some of my favorite games of all time hail from the Nintendo exclusively.  This new system looks to be rad, but Nintendo will have to step up the game in regards as online playability and graphics.

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Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees are…..

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

Ladies and Gents, your 2011 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees are first-timers Tom Waits, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Donovan, and Neil Diamond (Jewish Elvis), along with previously snubbed artists Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck Willis. (Via Rolling Stone) In order to be eligible, an artist must have put out his or her first recording in 1985 or before. And since Tom Waits put out his debut single in 1973, that means it took him 12 years to be nominated. Tom Waits is my favorite musician…. well Tom and Michael Jackson.


The lucky few who get enough votes from industry insiders to make it into the Hall this year will be announced in December. The induction ceremony is set to take place March 14 in New York City.

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Sam Raimi is developing Three TV Shows.

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

Sam Raimi gave us the Evil Dead movies, Army of Darkness, Darkman, and the Spider-Man films to just name a few.


His production company, Stars Road is developing three different hourlong pilots for three different networks.


Deadline Hollywood says:


“The ABC project hails from Dee Johnson, with whom Zotnowski worked on The Good Wife. Last year, Johnson served as executive producer/showrunner on the first 13 episodes of the CBS legal drama. The new project centers on a top female prosecutor in Los Angeles, whom Zotnowski describes as a “female vigilante with a law license.”

The Fox project, Smokers, comes from comic book and TV writer Brian K. Vaughan, best known for creating the comic book series Y: The Last Man, and for his work as a writer on ABC’s Lost. The high-concept drama, based on an original idea by Vaughan, is about a documentary crew following working class heroes who exterminate alien threats in deep space.

The third project, set at Zotnowski’s former home, CBS, is Lancaster, from writer Andrew Lipsitz (CSI, CSI:NY). It centers on a Scotland yard detective who joins the LAPD. With broadcast selling season wrapping up, Stars Road is turning its sights on cable where it plans to pitch next.”


The “Smokers” project has got my attention.

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STAR WARS Coming to a theater near You in 3-D

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2010

Will we get to see Han shoot first in this edition?  Will the Ewok song be at the end of Jedi?


My guess is NO.  Because George Lucas hates STAR WARS and its fans.


But we will be getting STAR WARS films in the theater again.  This time it will be in 3-D.


Hollywood Reporter sources indicate all six of the live-action “Star Wars” movies will hit cinemas in 3D, starting in roughly 18 months.


It is not all good news of course.


“The Phantom Menace” will be the first out of the gate in early 2012, according to the report. Then, if box office warrants, “Attack of the Clones” in early 2013, “Revenge of the Sith” in early 2014, “A New Hope” in 2015, “Empire Strikes Back” in 2016 and “Return of the Jedi” in 2017.


DAMN. Old I will be.


Supposedly the reason for the films being spaced out so far is that it takes that long to transfer the films into 3-D.


My opinion, is that they will milk it with dvd/bluray releases and new toys each year to make as much money as they can.


Your thoughts?


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Sir Michael Caine was interviewed by BBC personality Chris Moyles about Caine’s acting career.  In the interview, discussions turn to “Inception” and Michael explains the true meaning of the final shot of “Inception”.

You can find this around 1:45 into the interview located HERE.

If you love the mystery surrounding the end of “Inception”, then do NOT listen to the article, but I had to listen.  And I was right.  Give it a listen by clicking HERE!

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“LOST” Actor Joins Cast of Mission Impossible 4

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 28th, 2010

Josh Halloway who played Sawyer on LOST has joined Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner for the 4th installment of Mission Impossible.

Filming begins soon in Dubai with Brad Bird directing.  Brad Bird directed Pixar’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille.  It will be interesting to see how he takes on this franchise.  I have faith in him.

Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will be returning as the IMF team members as well as J.J. Abrams who directed the third film will be taking on the role as producer as well as coming up with the story.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 2

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 28th, 2010

For the next three hours, take advantage of the DVD collection, “The Universe” as seen on the History channel. This was an amazing and beautiful show.

This set is on sale for the next few hours or until it is sold out.

The set normally runs $99.95, but for now it is selling for about $35.00.

Take advantage by clicking below.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 1

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 28th, 2010

If you are a fan of Smallville, then you are in luck.

For today only, get seasons 1-8 of Smallville for 70% off.

Normally all eight seasons goes for about $480.00 dollars, but for today only get the entire eight seasons for $144.99 though AMAZON.

What a deal..

Makes great holiday gifts.

Take advantage by clicking below.

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Sherlock Holmes 2 Casting News: Moriarty

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 28th, 2010

Sherlock Holmes 2 is about to be underway and Guy Ritchie has found his Moriarty.  Jared Harris will play the arch enemy to Sherlock.

Jared Harris can be found on the AMC tv series Mad Men as the character Lane Pryce.

Jared is a phenomenal actor and I think will play a great Moriarty.  Stephen Fry was cast a week ago as Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft Holmes.

This is shaping up to be a great sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will be reprising their roles.

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Why Have I Not Heard About This Movie Until Now?

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 27th, 2010

Michelle Rodriguez is starring in a remake of Citizen Kane.  I  do not know if this is real or fake.  But I am intrigued.  “What would you xanadu?”


“The official plot synopsis is: Citizen Jane stars Michelle Rodriguez as Charlotte Foster Jane, a lethal assassin hell bent on avenging the murder of her parents in this guns blazing, action packed retelling of Orson Welles 1941 classic, Citizen Kane.”

“She will do anything for her Rosebud…”


Why have I not heard about this?  Does this have the potential to kick ass?  YES it does.


Click HERE for the teaser trailer.


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Guillermo del Toro has signed on to write and direct an animated picture for Dreamworks Animation called “Trollhunters”.  Now this is not to be confused with the upcoming mockumentary Norwegian film “Troll Hunter which you can find info about HERE.


Trollhunters is based on a forthcoming youth novel by del Toro.


Guillermo said in an interview, “ animation has caught his eye because he believes that during the next 10 years, the entertainment landscape will shift into a transmedia world — a confluence of movies, TV, books, video and online — and artists will need to be educated in all aspects of media.”

“Transmedia,” he said, “will not just be a buzz word.”

Anything by Del Toro, I am interested in.  This is one to keep your eye on.

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Coen Bros. Trailer for their New Film “True Grit”

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 27th, 2010

This trailer looks fantastic.  The Coen Bros. have re-made a great western movie that starred John Wayne called True Grit.  It is set to star Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.  I cannot wait to see this new Coen gem.  Watch the trailer below.

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BLURAY/DVD Releases For the Last Week of September 2010

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 27th, 2010

Tons of releases this week including my favorite film of all time.  It seems that a few weeks go by with some “ok” releases then one week later oodles of BADASS releases come out, burning a giant hole in my wallet.  Well this is one of those weeks.  Like before, click on the link/picture to be whisked away to AMAZON where you can purchase the movie for a big discount.  Enjoy this week’s releases.

This was a hard film to catch in theaters because it was a very limited theatrical run. Remember that film a few years ago, “Open Water” about that couple that went snorkeling in the ocean and their tour boat left them in the middle of the ocean accidentally? Well, “Frozen” is a little bit like that. A few college kids go skiing for a weekend and take the chair lift up one last time right when the park closes. Midway up the ski lift and about 100 feet up in the air, the chair lift stops and the park closes for the entire week and does not open again until the weekend. Five days without food or water in freezing conditions. What would you do? Check this film out!

Special Features include:

Audio commentary with Writer/director Adam Green and actors Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell
Catching Frostbite: The Origins of Frozen
Three Below Zero
Shooting Through It
Beating the Mountain: Surviving Frozen
Deleted scenes
Theatrical trailer
*Exclusive to Bluray* – Audio commentary with Adam Green, cinematographer Will Barratt and editor Ed Marx

A spin-off of 2008’s hugely successful Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek reunites Jonah Hill (Superbad), playing a low-ranking record-label employee, and Russell Brand (Despicable Me), the ultimate larger-than-life rock-star Aldous Snow. Also starring are Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) in a devastatingly funny comic turn, Rose Byrne (“Damages”) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), plus cameos from music and media stars including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lars Ulrich, Pharrel, Meredith Viera, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez, Kurt F. Loder and Paul Krugman. This is as raunchy as “The Hangover” and as funny as Superbad.

Special Features include:

Gag Reel
Getting in Tune with the Greek
The Making Of “African Child”
Five complete music videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow, and Jackie Q
Musical Performances
Deleted, Extended, and Alternate Scenes including Alternate Intro/Ending
Digital Copy
Line-O-Rama
Blind Medicine: Promo for Sarah Marshall’s new TV series
Audio commentary with Director Nicolas Stoller, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, and producer Rodney Rothman
Getting to Get Him to the Greek

*Exclusive to Bluray Features* include:

Additional Deleted and Extended Scenes
Musical Performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers
Karaoke – Sing Along to 15 Outrageous Songs
Cast Auditions
My Scenes
Pocket Blu
Social Blu
BD-Live

I really loved Iron Man 2. It was such a blast in the theater to see. The action was non-stop and the characters were even more developed which made me care amore about them. This is something that has been lacking in the comic book film adaptations. Seeing Iron Man and War Machine team up and kill bad guys was out of this world. Mickey Rourke did a phenomenal job as the villain “Whiplash”. This movie had it all for me, even the cool cameos of Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, and the awesome Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. I am looking forward to a 3rd film as well as the Avengers movie in a couple of years.

Special Features include:

Commentary by Jon Favreau
Creating Stark Expo
Practical Meets Digital
Four deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau

Exclusive to BLURAY Features* include:

S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault
Previsualization and Animatics
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2
Illustrated Origins: Black Widow, Nick Fury, War Machine
Working with DJ AM—Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein
Four Blu-ray exclusive deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau
Concept art gallery
Theatrical trailers
Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill”

Finally. My favorite movie of all time. The 1933 version of King Kong. Actually I have two favorite movies. King Kong and Army of Darkness, but Army of Darkness has already been released in HD, but King Kong (1933) has not, until this week. What an epic movie this is. I love everything about this film. It is not so much an action adventure story but a love story. Pure and simple. “It was beauty killed the beast.” From that first moment that Kong sees Fay, he falls in love, but deep down he knows he will be doomed, for he cannot have anything so beautiful in life. But he protects her from everything and will stop at nothing to be with her, even if it means his own demise. This movie is a must own. i am so excited that this is finally out on BLURAY.

Special Features include:

Commentary by creature creator Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artist Ken Ralston, with archival sound bites from Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
I’m Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005 TCM documentary)
The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World (7-part documentary)
Trailers

I will see anything with David Bowie. Anything. Especially a David Bowie War Film. Now this is a criterion release which means it is the best release you can get. “In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima’s greatest successes.”

Special Features include:

•The Oshima Gang, an original making-of featurette
New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Hasten Slowly, an hour-long documentary about author and adventurer Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film
Original theatrical trailer
A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and a 1983 interview with director Nagisa Oshima by Japanese film writer Tadao Sato

Rock & Rule stars Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick and more in this animated classic rock movie. The movie is about Angel, a member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary super rocker. Obsessed with an evil experiment, Mok plans to use Angel’s voice to summon a demon from another dimension. The rest of the band follows Mok to Nuke York in an attempt to rescue her and then the ultimate battle of good vs. evil begins. Why would you say no to this movie? This will be watched with beer and friends at midnight.

Wow. Two releases in the same week with Iggy Pop. Add to that cast, Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and vampires, and you got yourself “SUCK”. It is about a band’s bass player that becomes a vampire, down and out rock band, The Winners are launched into spotlight. Stalked by creepy producers, wild groupies and the legendary vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing, The Winners soon find fame to be a fate worse than death. Doesn’t that sound AWESOME?

Special Features include:

Audio commentary
Making-of featurette
Music Video
Cast-and-crew interviews
Deleted scenes

Another one of those PG-13 animated superhero films. Ed Asner lends his voice talent to the cast which is always a plus. “After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.”

Special Features include:

DC Showcase: Green Arrow (short film)
Sneak Peek at the Next DC Animated Movie
Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton featurette
Two bonus TV episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

*Exclusive BLURAY Featues* include:

The New Gods
Orion and Mister Miracle Mini-featurettes
Two more TV episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
Digital Copy

Everyone wants a little box of Butters. Kudos to South Park for putting this out. I just hope we get sets like this for each character. This collectible box includes 13 widescreen Butters-centric episodes remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound on a two-disc set and an exclusive “It’s Butters! A Trivia Game” interactive experience where fans can test their Butters knowledge with friends. It is also filled with treasures from Butters’ past as well as a reminder of his misadventures such as the following:

* A pimp chain from “Butters’ Bottom Bitch” episode (#1309)
* Inspector Butters Badge from “Butters Very Own Episode” episode (# 514)
* All new manuscript of the lost chapter from “The Poop That Took A Pee” from “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs” episode (#1402)
* A cancelled check from Paris Hilton from “Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset” episode (#812)
* And more!

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This Friday Night at the Lakewood Theatre in Dallas, Viva Dallas Burlesque will be putting on their exquisite monthly show full of music, models, and dancing.  This month’s theme is everything SCI-FI.

Ultimate Fan Girl and Model “The Taffeta Darling” will be at the show live in person.  You should stop by and see her and ask her to do her impression of Ralph Wiggum.

If you do not have anything to do Friday Night, then plan on attending VIVA DALLAS BURLESQUE for the time of your life.

Check out more of The Taffeta darling by clicking HERE!

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Geek Deal of the Week

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 27th, 2010

This weeks AWESOME geek deal is the Ray Harryhausen collection bluray box set.  Ray is responsible for the best stop motion animated movies ever made.  From now until October 2nd this bluray set is 54% off, bringing the total to under $50 dollars.  An excellent deal.

In the set you get:

20 Million Miles to Earth
When an American spaceship crash-lands off the coast of Sicily, a rescue team discovers that the crew has brought back a gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which increases in size rapidly. Soon 20-feet tall, the creature rampages through Rome before being destroyed as it seeks refuge in the Colosseum.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
It’s an incredible cinematic adventure as the legendary Sinbad sets off on a dangerous journey to the mysterious Island of Colossus. His quest is to break the spell cast over his beloved princess by a diabolical magician. But before he can save her, Sinbad must battle an awesome collection of mythical monsters, the man-eating Cyclops, a saber-wielding skeleton, a ferocious two-headed bird called the Roc and a fire-breathing dragon. Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher and highlighted by the stunning visual effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen. Now in a pristine, hi-definition transfer that captures the magic of Harryhausen’s “eye-popping” special effects in dazzling Technicolor.

It Came from Beneath the Sea
A giant stop-motion-animated octopus (with six arms) attacks San Francisco. A pair of scientists and a nuclear sub captain try to stop it before it tears down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket to the orbit of Earth for helping the exploration of the outer space in the Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message in their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites had mysteriously felt on Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens that ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days with the intention to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes that last hope of human race against the hostile aliens.

Plus tons of extras including:

Audio Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Artists Randall William Cook and John Bruno, and Arnold Kunert
Audio Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith, and Arnold Kunert
Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and Arnold Kunert
Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Artists Jeffrey Okun and Ken Ralston, and Arnold Kunert
Remembering
7th Voyage of Sinbad
Remembering
It Came From Beneath The Sea
Remembering
20 Million Miles to Earth
Ray Harryhausen on
Earth VS. The Flying Saucers
The Colorization Process
Ad Art Photo Gallery (
It Came From Beneath The Sea)
The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
The Harryhausen Legacy
The Music of Bernard Herrmann
Original Screen Credits
Production Photo Gallery (
It Came From Beneath The Sea)
Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
Photo Gallery
Interview with Joan Taylor

Ray Harryhausen Artwork Photo Gallery (It Came From Beneath The Sea)
Sinbad May Have Been Bad, But He’s Been Good To Me music video
David Schechter on Film Music’s Unsung Heroes
It Came From Beneath The Sea…again! (Digital Comic Book)
Original Ad Artwork
A Look Behind The Voyage
20 Million Miles More Comic Book
This is Dynamation Special Effects Featurette
Flying Saucers vs The Earth (Digital Comic Book)
Interviews with Ray Harryhausen by John Landis
A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
Photo Galleries

Take advantage of this deal by clicking the link/picture below.

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Walking Dead fan Daniel Kanemoto decided to create an animated title sequence for the upcoming AMC-produced Frank Darabont adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic book series. The fan made title sequence uses artwork “ripped from the pages of the comic, originally illustrated by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.”

Fan-Made videos nowadays are coming to the point where they are so good, they should be used in the actual production.  The fan made video for this is AMAZING.

Check it out below.

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I would like you all to welcome Boomstick’s newest writer and contributor, CrescentFresh_22.  He hangs his hat in the great city of Wichita and enjoys a good cigar and glass of scotch.  He is one of two people I know who has seen Adam Sandler’s first movie, “Going Overboard” twice in a row and was one of the first people to get their hands on a copy of Boondock Saints over 10 years ago.  He can be found at any point  during the day watching a Troma movie marathon and writing letters to his personal hero, Billy Mitchell.  Please make him feel welcome.  I know this review is a little late, but the movie hasn’t been out for very long, and is still making money, so if you have not seen the new Resident Evil movie yet, maybe this review will get you in that theater seat.  Enjoy.


I finally got down to my local theater to see a movie, and of all the options available I choose to see the latest edition in the Resident Evil franchise.  I’ll be honest with you, it was the 3D that sold me on this movie and if the third dimension wasn’t available, I likely would have watched something different.  I had not seen or heard anything about this movie, so I was really going in fresh.  In that light, I am going to do my best to make sure that there are is as little spoilers here as possible.


Let’s start at the beginning…  Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D uses the same team that was responsible for Avatar, and it shows.  The opening shot has a scene in the rain, and rain in 3D shows depth and layers that immerse the viewer right away. The director must have loved how it looked in the rain as well because later in the movie there is another scene that takes place indoors and yet has rain effects… but who cares because it looks great!  The 3D is truly stunning, and I will say now that it is worth the price of admission.


I will also let you know now that there may be a slight bias because this movie has two actresses that were crushes of mine throughout my 20’s.  Milla Jovovich looks as good as ever, and the movie constantly reminded me of why I was so fond of her ever since The Fifth Element.  Then there’s Ali Larter, who had my full attention from the moment she wore the whip cream bikini in Varsity Blues,.  Let’s just say that both of these two lovely ladies helped the younger me out through the lonelier days of my past, and I am eternally grateful.


There are also a couple actors that I think are worth the mention.  Wentworth Miller is in this movie… or as I like to call him, that guy from Prison Break with the tattoos.  And guess what, he’s stuck in a prison and knows how to break out.  Although in this movie he can’t escape without help, and I’m guessing it’s because he doesn’t have the tattoos.  There’s also some guy named Shawn Roberts in this movie that plays the bad guy.  This movie is shot in stunning 3D, and yet all the technology in the world doesn’t seem to save the one dimensional performances of these guys.


The first installment of the series directed by Paul W.S. Anderson was (and still is) my favorite chapter in this series.  While the second and third installments of this series were directed by someone else, Paul W.S. Anderson has returned to direct this film, and I think I know why.  While 3D has been around for some time, it is utilizing new technology and has really advanced a great deal since its first uses.  To that extent, there is a race to have movies presented in 3D.  I think this movie was attempting to gain as many “firsts” as possible, such as the first Real D film shot in the rain, underwater, etc.


You aren’t going to a Resident Evil movie for a powerful character study, but for a video game on film.  This movie succeeds in that.  You get plenty of action sequences, and great special effects.  If you are still reading this, you are likely a fan of the series in some form, so find a 3D showing and go see it.


– CrescentFresh_22



There needs to be more 3-D rain and 3-D under water sequences.

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Movie Box Office Roundup

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 26th, 2010

Gordon Gekko is on top once again making that money.


Wall Street 2 opened at the #1 spot this weekend bringing in a total of $19 million dollars.  Michael Douglas, Shia Lebouf, and Oliver Stone have brought us the sequel from the 1980’s about insider trading on Wall Street.


Coming in at the #2 spot is the computer animated owl adventure, “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole bringing in about $16.3 million dollars.


Ben Affleck’s “The Town” went from #1 last week to the #3 spot this week bringing in a little over $16 million dollars with a combined two week total of over $49 million dollars.  It has surpassed its budget by $12 million.


The teen comedy, “Easy A” dropped from the #2 spot to the #4 spot this week bringing in $10.7 million dollars for a combined two week total of $32.8 million dollars.


The #5 spot belongs to the dominant female cast of “You Again” bringing in a little over $8 million dollars.


Devil and the Resident Evil sequel have clinched the #6 and #7 spots.  Resident Evil: Afterlife has made so far over $52 million dollars.  that is $8 million dollars shy of its $60 million dollar budget.


And Inception is still in the top 10 weekly top movie grossers at #10.  It brought in $1.2 million dollars this weekend for a combined 11 week total of $287 million dollars.


That’s it for this weekend.  Stay tuned for next weekend.

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A War is Brewing in the Film Industry

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 26th, 2010

We go to the movie theater for the same reason we go to a ball game. It’s not just to see the main event. We do it to smell the smells, devour greasy food, relax with friends and family, escape the everyday, and experience camaraderie with perfect strangers. The laughter, fear, anger, sadness, and joy expressed by the collective magically heighten the experience of the individual.

But something wicked this way comes.

Movie studios want to reduce the time that movies will be shown in

theaters. Instead, they want to be able to provide video-on-demand

service so you can watch new movies from the comfort of your home just

five weeks after theater release. It will only cost you $24.99 per

movie. Also the FCC (which I think should NOT exist) are going to

allow movie studios to activate technology to prevent films sold

through video-on-demand systems from being copied.

This is outrageous. First, if you implement software technology to

prevent movies from being copied, within a couple of weeks, people

will develop ways to get around your technology. You will never be

able to completely prevent pirating. EVER. Don’t fight it, find a way

to work with it. The home video industry still makes tons of money

even while pirated copies are being made.

Movie studios are justifying the quick release of movies on-demand

because the numbers show that 90% of a movie’s gross revenue is made

within the first 30 days of release. These numbers, however, fail to

factor in DVD sales. Last year, home video sales revenue equaled about

10 billion dollars. Early on-demand release will actually reduce DVD

sales. DVD retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart are well

aware of this risk. In an effort to protect their economic interests,

they have threatened litigation against the movie studios.

Since there is a market for physical copies of DVDs and blurays, I

don’t think they should change the model.  A physical copy of anything

is much, much better than a movie streaming online (although

admittedly I am biased since I am a professional collector). But most

importantly, I don’t want to see the death of the movie theater. It is

an important part of our culture – an experience that we should

preserve.


Brooke Barnes from the New York Times wrote this article about the upcoming movie industry war.


SOMETIME in the next few months, there is likely to be an explosion in the movie business. The question is which studio will detonate the bomb.

Tension between studios and theater owners has been simmeringa long time, but it intensified in May, when the Federal Communications Commission issued what appeared on the surface to be an arcane ruling. After two years of prodding from Hollywood, the F.C.C. agreed to let movie studios activate technology to prevent films sold through video-on-demand systems from being copied.

Ho-hum? Hardly. The ruling gave studios the ability to pursue a new business — so-called premium V.O.D. — that may be the industry’s best hope of restoring itself to health, now that the bottom has fallen out of the DVD market.

Right now, theaters get an exclusive period — 120 days, on average — to serve up new movies. Then the releases appear on television video-on-demand services at a price of about $4.99. Armed with the new copy-blocking technology, studios want to offer new movies on video-on-demand services about 45 days after they arrive in theaters, for a premium price of $24.99.

The business opportunity is multifold. With as much as 80 percent of that early V.O.D. revenue going to the studio, movie executives see a new engine to compensate for the sputtering DVD. And for the studios, the need is urgent: DVD sales for the year are expected to total about $9.9 billion, down 30 percent from their peak in 2004, according to Adams Media Research.

Studios also want to cut marketing costs by interweaving advertising for theatrical, DVD and video-on-demand releases; reducing the exclusive “window” given to theaters would make it easier to combine those campaigns. Premium V.O.D. would also bring greater consumer awareness to regular video on demand, which has not caught on as much as other rental options like Netflix, according to a research report by Anthony DiClemente, an analyst at Barclays Capital.

Last but not least, studios are aware that consumers are growing impatient about being unable to access all movies whenever and wherever they want. Layering in an early video-on-demand option might prevent some of those frustrated customers from turning to pirated copies.

“There are people who we believe would like to see movies sooner than later and would pay a premium price to do that,” Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, told analysts on a conference call last month. “We are going to become aggressive.”

Cable and satellite television providers like Time Warner Cable (which is no longer connected to Warner Brothers) and DirecTV are ready to push the button on premium V.O.D. as soon as they reach a deal with studios. After all, the service would represent another revenue stream for these providers and another way to differentiate themselves with customers. The promise of the new business is one reason that Comcast is so eager for government regulators to clear its deal to take control of NBC Universal, analysts say.

SO what’s the problem? DVD retailers, for a start. The likes of Best Buy and Wal-Mart“have told studios they will retaliate against anyone who tries early-release V.O.D. because of the threat it poses to DVD sales,” Richard Greenfield, an analyst at the financial services company BTIG, wrote in a research note last Monday.

But the real wrath will come from theater owners, who have made it clear that releasing a movie early on video-on-demand services — thus cutting into their window — would be the equivalent of declaring war. Over the summer, the National Association of Theater Owners took out full-page ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter making its opposition clear.

The worry for theaters, of course, is that people will be more reluctant to buy movie tickets, at an average cost of almost $8, if they know they can catch the same film just a few weeks later in their living rooms, and for less money than it costs to haul the whole family to the multiplex. Considering that the average moviegoer spends more than $3 on popcorn and soda and the like, the cost of Friday night at the movies for a family of four can easily reach $45 — or much more in cities like New York — even before premium-priced 3-D screenings or possible parking fees are factored in.

“While exhibitors understand the new pressures that a weakened DVD market creates for their studio partners,” the ads read in part, “four decades of box-office growth and three straight years of record-breaking box office argue for caution in tampering with a business model that clearly works.”

The Big Three theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark — declined to comment, but smaller theater companies have been more vocal.

“Be careful before you cook us all, yourselves included,” wrote Gregory S. Marcus, the chief executive of the Marcus Corporation — the parent of Marcus Theatres, a Midwest exhibitor — in a July opinion article in The Hollywood Reporter.

Exhibitors are also arguing that the copy-blocking technology approved by the F.C.C. won’t work. “If past is prologue, technological locks will be overcome with technological crowbars,” the ads from the National Association of Theater Owners stated.

Adding to this argument was news last week that hackers were able to crack Intel technology used to securely transmit high-definition content between televisions and set-top boxes. (Intel played down the threat, saying that a special device would need to be built to exploit the information.)

Theater owners mean business. When Sony Pictures Entertainment tried a test with“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” last year — owners of Internet-connected Bravia televisions could rent that movie before it was available on DVD, for $25 for a month — some theaters yanked the film.

In a similar showdown, Disney’s decision last spring to release “Alice in Wonderland” early on DVD was greeted by boycott calls from theater owners, most forcefully in Britain.

Studio executives say they are going to risk premium V.O.D. anyway, contending that they have little choice, given the DVD downturn. Besides, analysts estimate that 90 percent of a film’s admissions revenue is now generated within 30 days of its release.

(The rebuttal from theater owners is that the data doesn’t take into account second-run and discount theaters, and that there are big exceptions: “Inception,” for instance, was still raking in millions in theaters 10 weeks after its release.)

Protecting the box office is crucial for studios, and for reasons beyond the importance of their ticket-revenue share. For a start, under long-term contracts, premium television networks like HBO and Showtime typically pay for movies using formulas based on domestic box-office revenue. So shrinking ticket sales would also mean shrinking television revenue.

Studios also rely on big theatrical runs to catapult titles into the public consciousness. Without all of the hoopla surrounding a hit at the multiplex — the lines, the marquees, the buzz in the corridors afterward — movies start to feel an awful lot like their more commodified cousin, television.

SO which studio is going to go first, and when? All six of the major studios declined to comment for this article. But multiple movie executives with deep knowledge of the landscape say the first quarter of next year is the target, in part because big Christmas releases like “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “Tron: Legacy” give studios extra leverage.

The studios that seem most likely to make a move are Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. In part because its size gives it more muscle than other studios, Warner has historically shown a willingness to rewrite the blueprints for the home entertainment business. It was Warner, for instance, that aggressively pushed to release movies on traditional V.O.D. at the same time the DVDs arrived in stores.

One thing is certain, said a top motion picture agent who requested anonymity so as not to anger his contacts in the industry: “Studios have made it clear they are not interested in testing the waters on premium V.O.D. Once they start, they’re going to do it.”

What do you think?

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I always look forward to seeing the next mockumentary Christopher Guest puts out.  He started out with This is Spinal Tap, and brought us other gems as Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.

While some people didn’t care much for the last film, he still has made some of the funniest films out there with some great music as well.  I for one liked “For Your Consideration”.

Now after hearing this news that his next group of crazies he plans to mock is the group that collects old comic books, vintage records, old barbies and toys, and more.  Already I am laughing out loud at the premise.  Hopefully somebody like Comic-Book Guy from the Simpsons will be in the movie.

Guest will be joined by Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, two actors who have been with him since his Spinal Tap days (which they also co-wrote alongside him). No mention of Eugene Levy, however—though I imagine that he will remain as integral a part of the production as he’s ever been. In addition to starring in Guest’s films, Levy has also helped him write all of their screenplays. It would be regrettable if that wasn’t the case on this film as well.

Other Guest regulars include Jane Lynch, Parker Posey and John Michael Higgins, all of whom are being sought for the film. Lynch’s Glee schedule could pose a problem, but otherwise it’s likely that most of the gang will be returning.

We need Fred Willard, Eugene Levy,  and Catherine O’ Hara to sign on as well.  I am sure they will.

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The Human Centipede Sequel is Coming…

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2010

Tom Six has come out and said it.  There will be a sequel to “The Human Centipede”.  What is “The Human Centipede”?

It is a crazy as hell film about a mad doctor who kidnaps a few people and sews them ass to mouth so they would resemble a centipede.  Plus he feeds the person in the front and well, I guess your imagination can run wild with that.  I believe you can see the movie right now on-demand through IFC Films.

According to Six, this film will involve a 12-headed creation, with an almost entirely British cast.

If you go to the IFC site, you can also read a fun interview with Six about making HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 and watch the teaser trailer, which seems to imply there’s a new bad guy this time around, somebody named “Martin, the sickest bastard of them all.” Or you can click HERE and watch it.

I cannot wait to see the sequel.

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Cowdefender visits The Town (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2010

Say what you will about Ben Affleck. I like the guy.  His previous film, “Gone Baby Gone” was actually really great as it was his first film he directed.  “The Town” is his second.  I look forward to more films out of Ben Affleck.  Perhaps a sequel to Phantoms??  I kid.  Here is a short review of” The Town” from Cowdefender.

The Town

Affleck’s newest film is bound to remove some of the hate for him him out there. As undeserved and overblown as I find that hate for the man, it exists and I don’t know how people can cling to it having seen this. The direction was very good, very polished. The pacing was excellent. For a movie like this, if it isn’t done right the movie sucks when people aren’t shooting. If it’s done really really poorly it’ll suck while they’re shooting, too. At no point does this flick suck. There’s tension in almost every scene due to what is established in the previews. Affleck was one of the guys that held the girl hostage and then he seems to pursue her romantically. In all of their interactions you wonder if he’ll do or say something that can screw things up, or if she’ll say something about the heist that he’ll find troubling, etc etc. Affleck’s character is complicated, too. Human. He’s selfish at times and (non plot spoiler alert) at one point he takes a crying baby out of the room of a motel and places it in the hallway.

The action sequences are excellent, well conceived, well executed, perfect audio, clever. It’s going to get compared to other movies because a crew is using assault rifles to rob people and they’re organized, but it feels like it’s own thing. A very fun ride.

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Weekend Events in Dallas

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2010

This Friday the Texas State Fair starts.  This means tons of fried food including, fried frito pie, fried margaritas, fried smore pop tarts, and fried peaches and cream.  I try to stay away from the fried liquids since they are all TERRIBLE.  It is just donut holes with whatever liquid on it.  TERRIBLE.  I highly suggest last years favorite, the fried peaches and cream.  I hear the Fletcher’s Corn Dogs calling my name.

The Blue man Group will be playing this weekend at the new Winspear Opera House in Downtown Dallas.  I fyou have not seen this group perform, it is quite a spectacle.  Highly recommended.

This is the oldest and largest video festival in the nation. The 23rd annual fest showcases a variety of works by regional, national and international video and film artists. Presented by the Video Association of Dallas, it features screenings of about 155 works at the Angelika Film Center. Screenings include independent films, documentaries and experimental works, as well as children’s flicks.

SUNDAYS

Amsterdam Bar
831 Exposition Ave., Dallas
8pm, Free

This is a homegrown Pub Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK.

Our quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to local lore to bad television. You can get a feel for the questions we ask by playing a sample round here.

We’re the only pub quiz that has audio questions: “Name that Tune,” and one comprised of soundbites from movies and TV.

Play in teams of up to six or by yourself.

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It’s Jim Henson’s Birthday Today

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2010

Jim Henson was born today in 1936 and gave us and the whole world MUPPETS. He gave us Sesame Street, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and much much more.

In my opinion, I think Henson’s work is far superior to most of the CGI that is done today. Jim’s creations have character and are so life like that you really think they are real. Unlike most of the CGI creatures that are lifeless and drab.

Jim was truly a master at what he did and his legacy continues to live on today.

Watch the video below for a tribute. Damn, there is something in my eye.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2010

Today’s Geek deal will take you to the merry o’ land of Oz.  That’s right.  The Wizard of Oz (1939) film is on sale over at Amazon.  This is the 70th anniversary collector’s edition BLURAY.


It comes with:


The movie in 1080p picture and Dolby TrueHD sound

Ultimate Collector’s Edition:

  • Limited-edition 70th-anniversary watch
  • Original 1939 campaign book reproduction
  • Behind the Curtain of Production 1060: 52-page commemorative book
  • Replica of original movie budget

All-new singalong feature (requires BD-Live or BonusView-enabled Blu-ray player)

Extras featuring the life and times of original author L. Frank Baum and early-screen adaptations of the Oz books, the original Baum silent The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and the complete The Magic Cloak of Oz

Nearly four hours of extras new to this collection, including a documentary profile of director Victor Fleming, the TV movie special The Dreamer of Oz, and the 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame salute to the Munchkins

MGM: When the Lion Roars bonus movie (standard DVD).

This normally sells for about $85.00, but for TODAY ONLY you can click on the link/picture below and get it for $36.99.  That is over 50% off.

Now I do already own this on BLURAY, and let me tell you, it is a reference BLURAY that I show to friends and family when they come over to see how really AWESOME bluray and high definition can really be.  It is like watching a completely different film.  A film that was made in the 1930’s.  I can actually tell that the some of the munchkins had multicolored mohawks or that Glinda’s witch was kinda see-through.  This is an excellent purchase for a great price.  Great as a holiday gift.

Take advantage of the sale by clicking below.


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Chloe Moretz Takes on Emily The Strange

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Chloe Moretz is becoming, scratch that, is one of the coolest new teen actors. With roles like Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, and Abby the Vampire in “Let Me In” to just a name a couple. Now she will play comic book character, Emily the Strange.

Universal Pictures has acquired rights to the Dark Horse comic Emily The Strange, and Moretz is attached to play the title role of the odd but stylish young lady.

Pic will be produced by Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, and Reger will be exec producer along with Keith Goldberg.

“When I first met Chloe I knew I found my Emily,” Reger said. “She really identifies and understands the character, and has what it takes to bring her to life.”

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If you haven’t heard of the TV show Veronica Mars, then get off your ass.  You’re gonna want to watch this.  It was a short lived tv show with three seasons of incredible storytelling.  I have been hoping there would be a return of some sorts of this show in the form of a movie or another season or even a web series.  Well it looks like it might happen some point in our lifetime.


This is what the beautiful Kristen Bell had to say in so many words about a possible new Veronica Mars show/movie/web series.


“At this point, Warner Bros. can make it but like any studio they have research that tells them whether or not they’ll make their money back…And that’s what we’ve been told: That it’s just not there. So my duty, because I wanted this movie made from the minute our show got canceled, is to a) do it before I’m 40; and b) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience. You already have 3 million who watched it every week hardcore fans that will see it — you can only build from there.”


Bell says that she and other key series participants would probably settle for a web series to revive the story, but she thinks “we all really want to push for the movie if it can happen.”

I can only say amazing things about this show.  If you have not seen it then click the link/picture below and get the 1st season from AMAZON from a great price.

I hope this happens.

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Jimi Hendrix Box Set Coming Soon (West Coast Seattle Boy)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

West Coast Seattle Boy will be the next compilation album from Jimi Hendrix.  It looks like there will be 4 discs and 1 dvd in this box set with tons and tons of great music and info about the legend.  It is up for pre-order over at AMAZON for $55.99 and will be delivered to you in November, just in time for the holidays.  That is an amazing deal.  The product description is below with  a link and picture so you can pre-order it.


West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology tracks Hendrix’s remarkable journey from little known R&B sideman to international stardom through an unprecedented assemblage of previously unavailable recordings.

This long-awaited career-spanning box set is not a collection of existing Jimi Hendrix albums but instead 45 unreleased Jimi Hendrix live and studio recordings including demos and alternate versions of songs from Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland. West Coast Seattle Boy includes Hendrix’s never before heard version of Bob Dylan’s “Tears Of Rage,” solo acoustic recordings of Electric Ladyland favorites like “Long Hot Summer Night” and “1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be)”as well as never before heard live performances from Berkeley and the legendary Band Of Gypsys Fillmore East concert on New Year’s Eve 1969 combined together with such new Hendrix songs as “Hear My Freedom,” “Hound Dog Blues,” “Lonely Avenue” and more.

The crown jewel of Legacy Recordings’ monumental Jimi Hendrix catalog project, West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology is the first Hendrix collection to bring fans access to a comprehensive treasure trove of previously unreleased recordings — including demos, alternate takes, live concert jewels and more — from all phases of the artist’s recording career (1964 -1970).

West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology offers the most complete collection of Jimi’s pre-Experience R&B performances (including his singles with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Don Covay, King Curtis and more) to ever be officially anthologized while bringing together the most comprehensive and revelatory set of unreleased, fully realized songs, never before heard live performances, alternate studio takes, acoustic and electric demos and other rarities drawn from every chapter of Jimi Hendrix remarkable life and career.

West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology includes the 90 minute DVD Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, a new documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings). The acclaimed documentary tells Jimi’s incredible story in his own words. The documentary features some of Jimi’s greatest performances as well as rare and never before seen footage and photos. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child also includes–for the first time ever—examples from the Hendrix family archive of the late guitarist’s personal drawings, postcards home to his father, song drafts, sketches, and lyrics. Jimi’s interviews and private writings shed new insights within the extraordinary life and career of the greatest guitarist of all time.

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Looking for an AWESOME Halloween Costume?

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

I’m gonna need one of these.

I’m seriously.

Some guy who obviously gets laid constantly has made a Full Size Power Loader from the movie, “Aliens”.   In this post you will be able to see the costume in action and all the steps and tools you will need to make one.

Now i know how my time will be spent over the next few weeks.

Click HERE for the instructions on how to make the costume.

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Mel Gibson Might Join TV Show Mad Men

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Mel Gibson has really never appeared in an acting role for TV except for that one episode of The Simpsons back over ten years ago.  Now it seems Mel is in talks with Mad Men creator/producer Matthew Weiner about taking on a role in a big story arc for next season.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but I still think, despite Mel’s personal demons, is still a good actor and a good director.  It will be interesting to see what happens here and if this does come to be true, if Gibson will turn to TV full time.

Your thoughts?

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New Harry Potter Trailer is FANTASTIC!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Just a little while ago, the powers that be unleashed the new trailer for the final Harry Potter films  and needless to say, they KICK some serious ASS!

Check it out below.

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Rob Zombie To Direct “Lords of Salem”

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Rock God and Film Director Rob Zombie has announced his next film he will direct which will be “Lords of Salem”.  It is about what unfolds when an group of witches plague modern-day Salem.


Zombie says he will write the script and start shooting next year.


Also, Zombie was attracted to the setup by an offer of autonomy — he’s given “total control” over script, casting and final cut. That’s a far cry from working with the Weinsteins and Dimension.


The film will be a thriller, “set in contemporary Salem, where the inhabitants receive a demonic visit from a 300-year old coven of witches.”


Zombie says his best filmmaking experience to date has been with LionsGate on The Devil’s Rejects, and I’d mark the coincidence that Rejects is his best film. He says the battles on the two Halloween movies were draining. (”By the time I got [my way], I didn’t care anymore.”)

Speaking to Deadline, Zombie also namedrops The Shining as an example of a slow-burn film that might not get made by a studio now, which suggests that he might go for a longer, more deliberately paced film while making The Lords of Salem.


Zombie also went on to say, “I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material…The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn’t go through that again.”


If only he had total control over House of 1000 Corpses.  I like Rob as a filmmaker, and I can’t wait to see his return to original movies.

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Goodfellas Coming To Series??

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Deadline Hollywood reports that “GoodFellas” screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi is pitching a TV show based on the Pileggi book adapted into Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob classic.

It is not known yet if it will got to basic cable, or pay cable, or premium cable for it does not have a studio yet or a channel.

If this does come to fruition, it better go to either HBO or Showtime.

I think this has something to do with HBO’S premiere of Boardwalk Empire which had it’s largest viewing in over six years.

Any thoughts?

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 23rd, 2010

Today only, Tim Burton’s version of the classic “Alice in Wonderland” is on SALE.  Take a whopping 67% off through AMAZON by clicking on the link picture below.  You get the bluray, the DVD, and the Digital Copy all in one set.  It normally sells for $44.99.  Get it today for only $14.99.  Less than $15.00 is an AWESOME deal.

And the holidays are coming soon so stock up for gifts for people.  Enjoy the sale.

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Please welcome our newest writer to the Boomstick Staff, Jonathon Kimbrell.  Not only is Jon a writer, but he is also an amazing artist with his work shown around the world.  He is the next Warhol.  See his work HERE. His favorite films are that of the blaxploitation kind and his musical tastes fall in the Sheryl Crowish, Pre-LA Law, Post Partridge Family, Susan Day kinda thing.  He went to the Tom Petty show last night in Dallas and here is what he had to say about it.

“Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Bring Their ‘Mojo’ to Dallas”

The first thing you may be asking yourself as you begin to read this review is “What in the heck does Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have to do with comics?” The answer is absolutely nothing, but if you are a real comics fan, chances are you love music and entertainment just the same. However, I’m sure that little ol’ band from Los Angeles read a few comics in their day. So there…

After 30+ years of being in the music business it is still very apparent that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers still have ‘Mojo’, as it’s well proven on their latest LP of the same name.

Tom Petty and the boys made their rescheduled stop in Dallas last night to a nearly packed house at the Superpages.com pavilion, and brought with them lovely weather, their classic tunes, and believe it or not, a full moon for their fans. Originally, this show was slated for May 2010 with supporting act, Joe Cocker, but was rescheduled due to previous scheduling conflicts. Since Joe Cocker couldn’t make the rescheduled tour stop, TP enlisted the services of Texas’ favorite sons, ZZ Top, to kick off a wonderful night of live music. Growing up as a child of the 1980s and the MTV generation, hearing ZZ Top perform radio gems like “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Tush”, and ” Legs”, I had the pleasure of reliving those moments of watching MTV 24/7, in hopes of catching another video featuring hot chicks in tight spandex. (Btw, what the hell ever happened to MTV?) In addition to ZZ Top classics and a few nuggets for the hard-core fans, the crowd was also treated to a special rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “Hey Joe”, celebrating the life Hendrix left 40 years ago (September 18th). I could see why, after hearing that performance, why Hendrix considered Billy Gibbons his favorite guitarist of all time.

Of course, The Heartbreakers would not be outdone. It’s always a great guessing game as to what song The Heartbreakers will open up with. Typically, the last few times I’ve seen them live it’s been a track off “Wildflowers”, but last night’s opener was a surprise with “Listen To Her Heart” in all of its Rickenbacker-toned glory. The show continued with Heartbreaker hits, like “Won’t Back Down”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “Refugee” and an all-time favorite of mine, “Learning To Fly” featuring Tom on a black acoustic that could have come from Johnny Cash’s personal collection. Fast forward to the real goods I was anxious to hear: live cuts from “Mojo”. They tore through a blistering mini set of “Jefferson Jericho Blues” (with Scott Thurston on harmonica that would make blues harmonica legend Little Walter sweat in excitement), “Running Man’s Bible” and album closer “Good Enough”, that showcased the absolute best guitar playing I’ve ever heard from lead guitarist (and credited co-captain of the band) Mike Campbell in the many years I’ve been listening to The Heartbreakers. That live performance alone could have been the show closer, but no Heartbreakers gig would be complete without encore performances of “Running Down A Dream” and “American Girl”, which was much more stripped down instrumentally that what you are used to hearing on the radio.

After two hours of performing just a sliver of their 30 some odd years worth of sing-a-long worthy hits, a show that was shorter than their usual live performances, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers gave Dallas another memorable evening of live grooves, proving once more they are America’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band, and that their ‘mojo’ is here to stay.

Jonathon Kimbrell,

Artist & Writer

22 September 2010

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Back to the Future Video Game Coming Soon

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 22nd, 2010

Telltale Games is developing a series of new episodic video games based off the Back to the Future franchise and Christopher Lloyd is reprising his role as Doc Brown for the video game.


Here is what we know about the game:

  • Will include the likenesses of Michael j. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as the characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown
  • Other characters from the series will make appearances, and some of the actors will reprise their roles.
  • Christopher Lloyd will also provide his voice for the games.
  • Back to the Future series screenwriter Bob Gale is working with the game developers on the story
  • They are planning five “episodes”.
  • It will be set in the fictional California setting of Hill Valley, and will explore 1985 and additional time periods.

For those of you who don’t recognize the name of the company — Telltale Games is a video game developer founded in 2004, consisting of a group of former LucasArts employees who worked on the Monkey’s Island and Sam & Max games. They have produced games based on Wallace & Gromit, Homestar Runner and Tales of Monkey Island.

Let’s get BIFF in the game too.

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Jurassic Park The Musical

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 22nd, 2010

This is NOT a Funny or Die or College Humor created parody/sketch. The college in Lincoln, Nebraska decided to create a stage musical adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Jurassic Park. The 45-minute not quite ready for Broadway production can be watched online.


Oh how I hope this makes its way to BROADWAY!


Watch the clip below for the opening number.

Watch the entire thing HERE.

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*UPDATE* FREE EARLY SCREENING OF “RED” CONTEST

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 22nd, 2010

QUESTION:  What was Warren Ellis’ first prose novel called?

I’ve got five (5) FREE passes good for two (2) people each for an early screening for the movie “RED” starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker (Weeds), and Helen Mirren.  This will be on Monday October 4th, 2010 at 7:30pm at Studio Movie Grill on Royal Lane and 75.

How do you get these FREE passes?

Monitor this page between the hours of 2:00pm and 7:00pm central time today and I will post a question that has something to with this movie.  Whichever 5 people to answer it correctly the quickest, will get the free passes and will be notified via email.  Send your answers to boomstickcomics@gmail.com.

VERY IMPORTANT:

The subject line of the email MUST READ “RED MOVIE CONTEST”.  In the body of the email have your answer and full name.

Based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, RED is an action-comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.

Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIAs top agents but the secrets they know just made them the Agencys top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

Check the trailer below.

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Cool Stuff: Moulin Rouge and Fight Club Grindhouse Posters

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

Check out these awesome grindhouse-style posters for Fight Club and Moulin Rouge.  This was designed by Liam Carl.  You can check out more of Liam’s work at his official site HERE.

Click the images to make BIGGER.

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John Goodman Joins the Cast of Kevin Smith’s Red State

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

If you have not heard yet, Director Kevin Smith(Clerks/Mallrats) is making a religious horror movie called “Red State”.  Shooting started this week and John Goodman has been cast to be in the film along with Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner, Stephen Root, and Michael Parks who is the lead.


The film is about a group of kids encountering a crazy fundamentalist preacher based on Fred Phelps, leader of the band of real-world nutso jerkoffs known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Roger Rabbit 2 Might Happen For Real This Time

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

Director Robert Zemeckis has been talking for years now on making the sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  In April of 2009 Zemeckis said he had a great idea for the sequel and in July of 2010 he said he has been discussing the sequel plans with original actor Bob Hoskins and also revealed that the original screenwriters were currently writing the script.

Hoskins said:

“‘Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in!’”

Also, a newly uncovered 1998 test which turned Roger Rabbit into a computer animated character in the live-action world. The test footage is below.

I would love a sequel to Roger Rabbit.

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Boardwalk Empire Has Been Renewed for a 2nd Season

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

I knew this show would be a hit.  It was so well done.  Read my review of the first episode HERE.

HBO has ordered a 2nd season of Boardwalk Empire already.  No word on a premiere date or number of episodes, but it is in stone.  Also the premiere of the 1st episode this past Sunday had just under 5 million viewers which was HBO’s largest premiere in six years.  Well Done HBO.  Below is the press release.  ENJOY!

HBO RENEWS BOARDWALK EMPIRE FOR SECOND SEASON

“LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2010 – Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series’ Sept. 19 debut, HBO has renewed BOARDWALK EMPIRE for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Lombardo. “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.”

From Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.

Among the early critical raves, People called the show “not-to-be-missed,” hailing Steve Buscemi’s “brilliant, brutally funny performance,” while USA Today observed that BOARDWALK EMPIRE “looks to be the season’s best new show on any outlet.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said the series “stands at the pinnacle of TV achievement,” with the New York Observer noting, “It’s really, really good.”

The Sept. 19 premiere of BOARDWALK EMPIRE averaged 4.8 million viewers during the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing to score HBO’s largest premiere of any program in over six years (since March 21, 2004 – “Deadwood” with “The Sopranos” as lead-in). With additional plays at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., BOARDWALK EMPIRE was watched by a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night.

Season one credits: Created by Terence Winter, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producers, Howard Korder and Margaret Nagle.”

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Walking Dead TV Series Poster

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

Below is the poster art for the upcoming AMC tv series “The Walking Dead”.  Cannot wait for the zombies.

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A New Godzilla Movie is in the Works

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

After reading the news on the a potential new Godzilla movie, I bursted out saying “MAN IN SUIT! MAN IN SUIT!”  Because what I read, is nothing short of spectacular and I realized that finally someone is going to take this franchise to the next level and make it AWESOME once again.

Now we all remember that turd of a film from the late 90’s with Ferris Bueller called Godzilla.  And we remember how bad that film was.  So bad that Cowdefender thought Sarah Jessica Parker was in the film.  It was just a hard film to watch because it made no sense whatsoever and it should have NOT been called GODZILLA.  It should have been called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 2: Giant Lizards Defend Themselves or something to that tune.

As of now Legendary Pictures is working on a new Godzilla film with Brian Rogers producing.

Rogers said:

“They’re taking more of a BATMAN BEGINS/DARK KNIGHT approach to re-developing the GODZILLA lore (by implication – much of GODZILLA’s concept will remain essentially what we saw in the “classic” mythos, but with some tweaking and nudging to get it to a loftier place . This is quite unlike the approach taken when Sony Americanized Godzilla back in the 90s).”

“Current plans are for Godzilla to fight one, or more, monster opponents in the new movie.”

Check out the full interview below.

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Meatwad Hot Air Balloon

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

Are you an Aqua teen Hunger Force fan? Have you amassed a small fortune from inventing magical swords created from fallen meteorites you have acquired?

Need something to spend that hard earned money on?

Well you are in luck today.

How about your very own Meatwad Hot Air Ballon from aqua Teen Hunger Force?

This purchase will earn you one fully customized hot-air balloon, custom-made by HEAD Balloons, with Meatwad envelope (that’s the balloon part) and basket, and includes a piloted, one-hour ride anywhere in the continental United States. After that, it’s all yours to keep.

– Includes one fully customized hot-air balloon with Meatwad envelope and basket

-Measures approximately 90,000 cubic feet in size

-Purchase also includes a piloted, one-hour ride anywhere in the continental U.S.

-Consumer keeps balloon after the initial ride

-Purchase is non-refundable, includes shipping (approx. 10 weeks shipping time)

This all for the very low price of $70,000 dollars.

Thanks for the tip, Crescent_Fresh, who I know has already sold his collection of Lionel Richie memorabilia to save up and buy this.  Kudos sir.

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Since the first Iron Man film, Jon Favreau and Marvel have gone to great lengths to show us glimpses of some of our favorite superheroes in subtle ways throughout the Marvel hero films.


Now when we all pick up our copy of Iron Man 2 on bluray/dvd, take a close look and see if you see the references to Captain America, Thor, and Black Panther.


Specifically the scene featuring Tony Stark and Nick Fury discussing the Avengers Initiative, the background of which was littered with an assortment of footage, maps and images hinting at other Marvel properties.


[The first is] from “The Incredible Hulk”, which means Iron Man 2 took place before “The Incredible Hulk.” If you look you see the the crater on the other monitor, that’s the “Thor” thing. That’s where the hammer was recovered. This is just a geek heaven here.

And if you think that anything on this monitors is not something we at Marvel didn’t talk about for hours – you are crazy! See, there is a map up there, so… if you look at those maps, each one of those locations corresponds to something in the Marvel Universe. I’m not supposed to say that.

And if you look on each one, and I know what they mean, but I’m not gonna say it, but I’m gonna say this: Two of them relate to “The First Avenger: Captain America,” one of them relates to “Thor.” The one in Africa relates to Black Panther.

Pre-order the Iron Man 2 dvd/bluray below for a great discount.


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First off, I think it is amazing the band Metallica is still around.  They really haven’t had a great album since Master of Puppets or the Black Album.  It is also beyond me that Metallica still has fans with what happened when Metallica went after all of their fans who spent their hard earned money on every album and concert and try to sue all of their fans for downloading their music for free.  I think Metallica can be a great cover band, but that’s about it.

Anywho, Lars Ulrich of Metallica told Classic Rock Magazine that Metallica is toying with the idea of bringing the biggest concert of all time to the states.  It would bring the four BIG bands together for a tour which are: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeath.  Supposedly all the bands are in for it except for Metallica at the moment.

Ulrich said, “The vibe on this thing is so big, we’d be stupid to ignore it. You know on your iPhone, you can move the weather maps up and down? Well, the ‘Big Four’ is quickly moving up to the top in terms of potential occurrences for the next couple of years.”

I do not think that quote makes any kind of coherent sense.

Are these really the four BIG BANDS?  According to who?

How about a concert with Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath?  Now that would be great.

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Scott Pilgrim VS. The World Hits DVD & BLURAY in November

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

USA Today’s Life section had some cool news on the cover.

Scott Pilgrim VS. The World will hit DVD & BLURAY on November 9th (which is my birthday) and will be loaded (hopefully) with tons of cool extras.

The U.K. release of the film on DVD & BLURAY already has some certified extras which will most likely be on the U.S.A release. Some rumored features include: the trailers and teasers for the film, an audio commentary with all the main actors including Micahel Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Brandon Routh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Ellen Wong, plus another audio commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, and Mark Webber.

That’s about it for features for the U.K. release.  The commentaries sound cool, but I would like to the studio and tell them on the bluray they release in the U.S.A. please make it a 3 or 4 Disc release.  Disc 1 containing the high-def film plus extras.  The 2nd disc can be for extras to if there are plenty but I will get to that in a minute.  The 3rd disc can be the DVD version and the 4th can be the digital download so I can watch Scott Pilgrim on a plane or train.

So studio, please give a listen please.  I really do not care nor do I think most people care about going online through the blu ray player and watching the film with others or exclusive online content or bookmarking chapters or creating your favorite scenes.  While all that is cool, it is not what I want as an extra on a bluray.

Please, what I would love for this bluray is an in-depth behind the scenes documentary that spans from the graphic novel creation to the audience recation to the opening of the film and everything in between.

I would also like a commentary by the director Edgar Wright with his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost even though they had nothing to do with the movie.  Even if it was a shit movie (which it is not by any means), I would purchase the movie for this alone.  In addition to the commentaries, how about making them video commentaries in the vein of MST3K where you can see the shadows of the people giving the commentary and they can point things out on the screen as they are happening.

I want a featurette featuring all the music of the film and band rehearsal footage.  Also I would love a 10 minute gag reel.

Since this is a geek/video game centric movie, how about interviews with the cast and crew talking about their favorite video games and maybe even footage of a video game tournament involving the cast and crew.

Maybe perhaps some hidden easter eggs of some evil exes that “Didn’t make the Final Cut” of the movie and their lame battle scenes?  Could be great.

Some deleted scenes would be great as well.  Also maybe some of the evil exes introducing the special features or talking at you to press a button on the menus of the disc.

I mean this movie is epic and the dvd release must be equally epic.  I loved this film.

I am very much looking forward to this release here in the U.S.A.



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Steve Wiebe, the school teacher gamer, most popular from the EXCELLENT documentary “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” has reclaimed the throne as the #! high score on Donkey Kong.


The official gaming scorekeeping organization known as “Twin Galaxies” just posted Wiebe’s score of  1,064,500 which has knocked asshole Billy Mitchell to the #2 spot.  Wiebe was last #1 in 2007 when he was beaten by Billy Mitchell.


Wiebe said this in an interview:


“Hank Chien is a great person and DK player, so I also feel that he’s capable of taking the title at anytime,” said Wiebe. “I think when I came up short of the record at several live events, many people thought that I just didn’t have it in me anymore. Getting the record back definitely feels good.”


“Being a school teacher, I had been going after the record all summer, which is about a two month period of being off from school,” stated Wiebe. “Basically, I played a game a day and believed it would happen sooner or later. Right around the Fourth of July, I got an inner ear viral infection that caused some vertigo, which is still affecting me a little today. I’m glad I was able to play through it. The day I got the record was essentially the last day of my summer break before returning to school, so it was down to the wire. I remember restarting over about five or six times and then getting a great start that finally led to the record.”


“Mark Kiehl is an amazing DK Junior player,” Wiebe said. “I was able to talk to him a little bit in Iowa, and he’s a great person as well. He’s certainly pushing the score pretty high, so getting the DK Junior record will take some great play if I’m to get it. I eventually plan to get back to playing Junior, but I’m not sure when that will be yet.”


“I’m not surprised at all that the DK title has frequently changed hands of late,” Wiebe continued. “I knew Billy would resurface and I’ve never let go of trying to recapture the record myself. There are a lot more DK kill screen players out there now, so the competition is getting pretty tough. I fully expect the title to keep changing hands until someone knocks it out of the park.”


“I definitley see Billy coming back and I would be very surprised if he didn’t. I don’t know where or when Billy will return, but I’m counting on it.”


Much Much congratulations to Steve Wiebe and his family.


If you have not seen the documentary, “King of Kong” about Wiebe achieving the world record for highest Donkey Kong score.  This is not only a documentary on achieving high scores, but a documentary on good vs. evil.  SERIOUSLY.


It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.  Click below to purchase it.


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Director P.T. Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood,Magnolia,Boogie Nights) next film “The Master” has been stopped indefinitely.  This is sad sad news.


The film, which would parallel the development of Scientology and follow, in particular, the rise of an L. Ron Hubard-like figure, has run into problems that Anderson‘couldn’t overcome.’


Actor Jeremy Renner who was to star in this film said this: “I was really bummed about that…It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing — Phil, Paul and myself — we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn’t overcome. Or at least Paul couldn’t overcome.”


Philip Seymour Hoffman who was also set to star in this film said: “I don’t have any new information [about ‘The Master’]. I really mean that, I’m not being obtuse. I don’t quite know what that is at the moment, but hopefully I will and hopefully I’ll be part of something soon. It would be great to work with him again.”


Now I am not sure why this is happened.  Lots of guesses and theories can be made and hopefully one day this movie will see the light of production day again.


What do you think?

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J.J. Abrams is Pitching New TV Show with LOST Vets

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

“Vulture has the report, saying that Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were pitching a ‘comedic drama’ tentatively called Odd Jobs, which would bring together Emerson and O’Quinn as the agents. This is just the latest news of a possible show featuring the two actors, which began in February when the pair said they were working on a possible post-Lost project. (One possibility mentioned then was a show that would feature the two as ’suburban hit men,’ which could have become this setup.) At this point it is just a possibility, but it’s a ramping up of several months’ worth of rumor, so stay tuned…”

For one I will watch anything that has the two actors and two anything J.J. Abrams says yes to I am all in. Looking froward to seeing this come through.

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DVD/BLURAY Releases for 3rd Week of September

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

This new column will be a weekly post on new DVDS and BLURAYS that are coming out each week. You can read a small description of the release and you can click on the pictures which will send you over to AMAZON so you can purchase the titles for a great discount. Enjoy this week’s titles.

The award winning movie, “American Beauty” that put Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition) and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under/True Blood) on all of our Radars. This is going to look spectacular on bluray. I am looking forward to the commentary track by Mendes and Ball on this release. I loved this movie when it came out in the late 90’s. I cannot believe it has been that long ago. Remember this one best picture at the oscars.

Criterion is like the Neiman Marcus of DVDS. They have the best transfers, audio, and extras out of any DVD. Period. This was released a number of years ago on DVD and now we get the high-def transfer. Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant are amazing in this dark comedic thriller. I highly recommend picking this up.

From the creator of Amelie and City of Lost Children comes the black comedy “Delicatessen”. It came out in 1991 and became an instant cult classic and was favored by tons of critics and the masses. Now we get it in high-def and with some exclusive HD extras including a new retrospective documentary with the director and a behind the scenes featurette and 20 page collectible booklet. Add to that commentary with the director and this is a must buy. This is an amazing crazy little film. A must see.

The Experiment is film that has been kept under the radar for some time now. It stars Adrian Brody and Forest Whitaker. “Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker star as ordinary men who find themselves transformed by strange circumstances in The Experiment. Tempted by a large paycheck, 26 men agree to be divided into prisoners and guards and placed in a mock prison for two weeks–but within a matter of days, these seemingly sane men have turned the mock prison into a sadistic pressure cooker. The Experiment is in part a remake of a German film, Das Experiment, which was inspired by a psychology experiment conducted at Stanford University in 1971–an experiment sometimes cited as demonstrating an innate human capacity for sadism.” I am looking forward to seeing this. It sounds very interesting and I love the two main actors.

The hilarious television series “Modern Family” makes its home video release debut this Tuesday. I loved this show. It replaced “Arrested Development” for me. I laughed at every episode and found all the characters engaging and hilarious. The 1st season is packed with deleted scenes, deleted family interviews, gag reel, fizbo the clown and a wide variety of behind the scenes featurettes. Definitely worth picking up and if you have not seen the show, you wont be sorry when you get this and watch it.

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is a tragic mess. Now don’t get me wrong, it looks beautiful, but as a whole the film is a complete turd. Ridley was so set on making this a factual based movie and making everything authentic. But you know the story of Robin Hood is one of fantasy and wonder and magic. All of that is missing from this film and goes on for way too long and just bored me to death. I will not be watching this again unless the masterminds over at Rifftrax get their hands on it.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for next week when I look at Iron Man 2.

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Geek Deal of the Week

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

If you are a comic book fan, specifically Marvel Comics’ X-Men, then you are in luck.

This week over at amazon, the X-Men trilogy plus the Wolverine origins movie are boxed together in one set for a low price of $47.99.  That is 60% off the normal price meaning you are saving over $70.00 dollars.

Now is the time to stock up for the holidays.  Take advantage by clicking below.

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Star Wars Destroyer Umbrella Looks Cool

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

What you are looking at is a prototype for an umbrella uniquely shaped like the Star Wars Destroyer.  It folds like a regular umbrella and is lighter than a golf umbrella.  The handle is similar to the graphite shaft of a golf club.

This umbrella is being designed to withstand the force of a hurricane and or an attack of rebel forces.  The umbrella is also designed to stop the chances of you ever seeing a naked woman again.

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Space Battleship Yamato Trailer Kicks Serious Ass

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

This new film from Japan looks like it is going to explode with all sorts of awesomeness.  I must find a screener and see it immediately.

The film opens up in Japan on Decemeber 1st and his directed by FX master Takashi Yamazaki who gave us the awesome action flick “The Returner”.

And YES.  That is Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler singing.  Awesome.  Supposedly he wrote the song specifically for this movie.

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Bryan Takes A Walk Through the Boardwalk Empire (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

HBO’s new prohibition gangster era series might be the best series to come out of the channel.  HBO already gave us an amazing gangster show at one point with The Sopranos.  But Boardwalk Empire takes the cake.

On the subject of The Sopranos, former writer/ producer of The Sopranos, Terrence Winter is the mastermind behind the new Boardwalk Empire series.  Add to that a former Sopranos victim, Steve Buschemi who plays the lead character, “Nucky Thompson” and you already have a start to a great show.

Martin Scorsese lends his talent to direct the first episode of the series which is nothing short of perfection.  Scorsese really has knack for making gangster films.  I believe this his first direction of something on tv that is fiction since the 1980’s.

It really seems HBO put tons of money into this show.  All the CGI and costumes to make the 1920’s look like the actual 1920’s is spectacular.  You can tall a whole lot of love and time went into making this show right and real.

In the first episode you will see the start of Al Capone, a midget boxing match, a silent film of Fatty Arbuckle, quite a bit of gore and uber extreme violence, and much much more.

Omar from “The Wire” makes a small appearance in the first episode.  I have a feeling that in episodes to come he will be a key character to Nucky.

Already this show has entranced me and I cannot wait until next Sunday.

I think the only other show that will be this good or better this year will be “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

What did you think of the first episode?

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The PS3 Goes 3D On September 21st

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 19th, 2010

The system already supports 3D gaming, but 3D Blu-ray support comes next week.


On September 21, Sony will be launching PlayStation 3 firmware update 3.50, which will allow the system to play Blu-ray discs. It’s a free update, of course, and it’s a pretty slick addition that keeps the PS3 at the top when considered as a value proposition. For about $300 you get a videogame system that’s also plays 3D Blu-rays.

I hate to say it buy Kudos to Sony for being AWESOME in all these updates and leading the home video world into 3-D.

Now we need to to get the 3-D television prices down some more and have more than two movies on blu ray that are in 3-D.

I wonder if this 3-D  thing is just a fad or if it is here to stick around.  What do you think?

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Red Band Night of the Demons Remake Trailer is Online

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 19th, 2010

Another horror remake is coming to us this Halloween.  This time it is “Night of the Demons”.  You might have seen the original one from 1988.  Click HERE to refresh your memory.

This time around it stars Edward Furlong (Where the hell has he been?), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), and Monica Keena (Freddy VS. Jason).  The story looks the exact same from the original.  Teens/college students having a party at a big house and evil demons start to possess the living into blood thirsty evil demons and a extreme bloodbath ensues.

Now I am a huge sucker for popcorn horror films.  They just make me spend my money like no other.  From seeing this NSFW Red Band Trailer, it makes me thing that this film just might be the crazy cult horror event of the year.  Looks quite fun.

What do you think?

Watch below the NSFW trailer.

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Movie Box Office Weekend Roundup

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 19th, 2010

Ben Affleck is on top again at the box office.  His movie “The Town: starring himself and John Hamm from the AMC series “Mad Men” is number 1 at the box office this weekend bringing in almost $24 million dollars.

Coming in at number 2 is the teen comedy “Easy A”.  This movie is loosely based on the classic novel “The Scarlet Letter”.  It brought in a little over $18 million dollars.  It only had a budget of $8 million.  So kudos there.  Read Cowdefender’s review HERE.

At number 3 is the M. Night Shyamalan film “Devil” bringing in a little over $12.5 million dollars.  This is the first in  series of films thought up by M. Night Shyamlan who other people write and direct.  Supposed to be a creepy film.  Read Cowdefender’s review HERE.

Resident Evil: Afterlife went from the top spot last week to number 4 this week bringing in $10 million for a combined two week total of $44 million dollars.

George Clooney’s “The American” went from the number 3 spot to the number 7 spot this week bringing in about $2.7 million dollars for a combined three week total of  about $32.8 million dollars.

In a surprising movie, the blockbuster hit “Inception” went from being number 10 last week to number 8 this week bringing in a little over $2 million dollars for a combined 10 week total of a little over $285 million dollars.

Machete came in at number 10 bringing in $1.7 million dollars for a combined 3 weeke total of about $25 million dollars which has surpassed its budget.  Hopefully this means sequel.

Also something to note is Sly Stallone’s “The Expendables”.  It came in at number 12 bringing in $1.4 million dollars for a combined 6 week total of $101 million dollars.  That is an uber violent rated “R” film bringing in that much money.  Kudos Sly.  Kudos.

That’s it for this week.  Stay tuned for next weekend.

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Cowdefender gets an “Easy A” (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 18th, 2010

It seems that Cowdefender really was smitten with “Easy A”  By his review, I hope that more teen centric movies are like this.  I am anxious to see what other films come of this.

“By acknowledging films of the past a film, at times, can feel fresh. Easy A at times tips its hat to films of the past, it doesn’t pretend that the Hughes films didn’t exist and steal from them. It couldn’t in good faith steal from Hughes, because they’re mentioned. So as the film gets going my first thought was that it was sharp and clever, but not hilarious. It does get funnier as it went, but never is consistently hilarious. With that said it was a far better film than I could’ve expected.

Emma Stone is hot, we knew that and she’s been consistently pandering to nerds and geeks. Hooking up with the fat guy in Superbad (Jonah Hill) and an introverted loser turned zombie survivor (Jesse Eisenberg). Now she moves on to the guys that are bullied and alienated in high school, all of them. Her characters are probably engineered to draw in guys just like me and it works. She’s incredibly charming and has incredible eyes that are worth seeing on a huge screen or in HD later if you need to wait for some reason to see this.

There are some good laughs, the best generally come from Tucci and Clarkson who play Stone’s parents. I don’t want to take away any of the moments they provide, I’ll just say that they were very different from most movie parents I’ve seen. The last bit that makes this film a must see (for those looking for light hearted, fairly funny fair) is that the Olive character is fully dimensionalized. She’s believable, real and so well thought out that start to being able to see things how she sees things and she’s someone worth experiencing that with.”

Easy A would get an 8 of 10

-Cowdefender

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Cowdefender Meets The Devil (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 18th, 2010

I want you all to welcome a new reviewer for Boomstick Comics.  He hails from the great lands of Kansas City.  He is a super lawyer by day and a crime fighter by night and he is known as Cowdefender.  He has seen M. Night’s first film in The Night Chronicles which M. Night did not write or direct, but only produced.  What do you people think about the movie?

“More people are going to like this than M. Night’s last couple of outings. Even wikipedia makes it clear that many regard M. Night to be a better director than screenwriter. Devil was a story of M. Night’s that was given to a different screenwriter. So, I’d say it worked. Devil was well written and well directed. There were a few lines that struck the audience as a bit cheesy and a bit on the nose to explain the film from within the film, they consistently fed these lines to a single character and all the other characters responded appropriately to what he was saying. I felt that aspect worked just fine.

The film was appropriately engaging, tense and compelling. It kept me guessing. Of course that aspect makes it hard to say much. It should be noted that a considerable amount of the movie takes place outside of the elevator. Sure those folk are stuck in the elevator, but this isn’t like the Phonebooth film or the coming Ryan Reynolds flick. I mention this because that was something that made me hesitant to see Devil, I just wasn’t entirely down with seeing these people hanging out in an elevator for 90 minutes, so fortunately this isn’t what was forced upon me.

I don’t scare easily at all, but the movie is creepy and the women in the theater definitely seemed to be appropriately hit by it. Also as expected I got to listen to teenage boys proudly boast that they knew all along. I do recommend it, it isn’t a must see and it’s encouraging for the future of M. Night.”

Devil gets a 7 of 10.

– Cowdefender

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“Due Date” has a 2nd Trailer – – Watch it Here

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2010

Todd Phillips who gave us “Old School” and the more recent “The Hangover” is in post prodection of his next film called “Due Date” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.

The synopsis: “Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan—on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.”

I’m sure this will be hilarious.  Watch the 2nd trailer below.

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Mark Millar Directs His First Film

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2010

Mark Millar is a name to etch in your brain from now on.  He is the one responsible for bringing us “Kick-Ass”.  He has also written comics such as “The Authority”, “The Ultimates”, “Wanted”, and “Civil War” to just name a few.  He has definitely proved himself to be one of the better writers out there.  And now he is hard at work this very minute on his directorial debut with  a movie called “Miracle Park”.  It will be a superhero thriller.   He also says it will be a cross between “Trainspotting” and  “X-Men”.

Millar said in an interview: “…we’re trying to do a superhero movie with the sensibilities of Paranormal activities and Cloverfield. It’s low budget mostly shot on a handheld camera dealing with superpowers…it is set in the suburbs of Scotland so it feels like Trainspotting meets X-Men.”

“Set in contemporary Scotland, this dark, unique superhero story focuses on a group of animal rights activists who break into a low-level research laboratory to find a mile-long underground base owned and facilitated by the US government…Miracle Park breaks all the taboos of superhero cinema and offers a completely new take on the genre…The movie is shot entirely on a hand-held camera, establishing a tone more consistent with Paranormal Activity or The Last Exorcism than a traditional superhero release.”

“Miracle Park is chilling, violent and a totally new experience in cinema. Miracle Park starts where other superhero movies draw the line.”

Millar hopes to get a trailer out be January.  So far Millar can do no wrong.

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Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman Coming to Screen

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2010

Finally an All-Star comic Title is getting its much deserved attention to video.  All-Star Superman will be one of those PG-13 straight to video animated releases.  If you have seen some previous ones then you know how BADASS as they are.  So much time and love go into making these animated movies.


In my opinion, Morrison’s All-Star Superman tale is one of the best Man of Steel stories I have ever read.  It is up there with Alan Moore’s Superman story “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow”.


The book is basically about how Superman copes when he realizes an overdose of radiation will soon kill him.


And Oh My…do they have a stellar cast of voices lending their talent.


James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”) plays Superman, Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays Lois, Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”) plays Perry and Anthony LaPaglia (“Empire Records”) plays Luthor.

Linda Cardellini (“Freaks and Geeks”) and Arnold Vosloo (“The Mummy”) are also in the voice cast.

Dwayne McDuffie, who did a spectacular job scripting “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,” is penning the script for this one also.

Going to be AWESOME!  Now we just need a rated “R” All- Star Batman and Robin.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Set To Play Freddie Mercury

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2010

Sacha Baron Cohen shot to fame with his character “Borat” a few years ago.  You might remember him from “Da Ali G Show” or from the more recent “Bruno” movie where he played an outlandishly gay character.  Also you could have caught a glimpse of Sacha in “Talladega Nights” or “Sweeney Todd”.

Now Cohen has signed on to star as Queen frontman in the biopic of Freddie Mercury.  I think Sacha has a lot of talent in character acting and I am very excited to see him take on a more serious role in this manner.  Kinda like Jim Carrey did with Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon.

The project has reportedly secured right to such Queen hits as “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  I wonder if we will see David Bowie in this picture anywhere with “Under Pressue”?

And don’t forget that Cohen has some singing experience from “Sweeney Todd”.

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Weekend Events in Dallas Part 3

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2010

Midnight Movie

This weekend at the midnight movie event at the Inwood Theatre in Dallas, the great cult classic “Easy Rider” will be shown in all its glory.  This movie stars Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper.  Check it out at midnight with screenings on Friday night and Saturday night.

KISS in CONCERT

Pizza Hut park in Frisco is throwing a Party in the park this weekend.  Scheduled to perform are KISS and Texas favorite Pat Green.  Festivities start at 7:00pm on Saturday.

OKTOBERFEST

Festivities start Saturday at 10:00am.  Celebrate German food, beer and entertainment at this 23rd annual event, which breaks out the steins a couple of days earlier than the original in Deutschland. Gustatory highlights at Addison’s four-day celebration of German culture include a variety of Bavarian dishes; a Bier Garten for cold ones (Spaten and Franziskaner Weissbier); a VIP full-service dining experience offering a $45 three-course menu showcasing German specialties; and new this year, the Blüfeld Lounge, featuring tastings of Blüfeld riesling, from Germany’s Mosel Valley, and the SportHalle, billed as an authentic Munich beer hall with a Texas twist. The indoor SportHalle will feature traditional German food and beverages, beer and wine educational seminars and big-screen sports and entertainment. Then there are the other gazillion activities that add to the stature of the Addison fest: the German Idol yodeling competition, bier-barrel bowling and rolling, the dachshund parade and races, arts and crafts, a pretzel hunt and live music.

FENCON

The convention starts Saturday at 9:00am and goes to midnight.  The guests of honor at this annual science fiction and fantasy gathering will include notable personalities in the sci-fi field as well as a virtual appearance (through the Internet) by author Spider Robinson (The Lifehouse Trilogy; The Stardance Trilogy, which he wrote with his late wife, Jeanne Robinson; and other books). The event, produced by the Dallas Future Society, includes filk music (folk music with a science fiction or fantasy twist), an art show, children’s activities, gaming and a costume contest.  FenCon is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention with quite a lot of filk programming, some science programming, an outstanding collection of guests, an art show, a charity auction, a short story contest, a writers workshop, and members like you.

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I am sure you have heard of ILM before or at least seen it in the credits for just about every movie made.  It is the amazing effects company started by Star Wars creator George Lucas 35 years ago.  It was started to create the effects for Star Wars and quickly became the premiere effects company in Hollywood and is virtually in every film in some form or another.

So the Encore movie channel will be airing a documentary in November about the ILM company.  It will be narrated by Tom Cruise and will feature interviews by major actors and directors.

The press release says:

ENCORE PAYS VISUAL TRIBUTE TO OSCAR®-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS GIANT ILM IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE”

Tom Cruise Narrates Doc Premiering November 14, 2010
Marathon of Five ILM-Effects Films on Encore

Beverly Hills, CA., September 14, 2010 – Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible” is directed by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five ILM-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard,  J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief  creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.  Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005), which starred narrator Cruise.

Leslie Iwerks’ documentary takes audiences behind the scenes at ILM with in depth interviews with some of the company’s top talent and showcases never before seen footage highlighting many of their pioneering milestones. From creating the first ever computer generated character in a feature film to the latest advancements in visual effects for film franchises like Transformers and Iron Man, ILM has created some of the most memorable movie moments in recent history.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and was founded by George Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for his space epic Star Wars. The studio originated in Van Nuys, California but moved to San Rafael, California to work on The Empire Strikes Back and is now headquartered at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco with a sister studio in Singapore.

ILM has worked on nearly 300 films in its 35 year history and has largely been the driving force behind the evolution of modern visual effects.  From the liquid metal man in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to the lifelike digital dinosaurs in Jurassic park, ILM has created some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

ILM has received 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars and 25 additional nominations. It has also received 23 Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of the critical role the company’s advances in technology have played in the filmmaking process. ILM is also the only entertainment company to be recognized with the National Medal of Technology.

I just hope it is an depth look at the company and not a broad view of it.  I will be recording it.

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A Must Watch Video of Mobile Cinema

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 16th, 2010

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Technology built seven mobile cinemas in the late 1960’s.  Dangerous Ground has discovered a short film on the restoration of the last one known to exist.

The mobile cinema is outfitted with Epson EH-TW3500 LCD projector, Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player, Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver and complete with Dolby 7:1 surround sound.  It has 22 upholstered seats. The Vintage Mobile Cinema was launched in May 2010, they are based in the South West of England and are available for hire for private event.

Watch the BADASS short documentary below.

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Danny Boyle’s New Film “127 Hours”

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 16th, 2010

Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Sunshine, Millions) is hard at work in post on his new movie “127 Hours”. I have been hearing quite a bit about this movie.

“127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?”

I’ve heard that at a few of the film festival screenings, people have passed out due to the graphic nature of one amputation scene. Danny Boyle has continued to give us one golden movie after another. He has tackled quite a bit of different genres from re-defining the Zombie genre to a psychological sci-fi thriller, to the academy award winning picture comedy/drama Slumdog Millionaire. Now he is going into the realm of factual based events with this Ralston Guy.

I cannot wait to see this movie. The movie comes out November 5th.

Check the trailer below.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 16th, 2010

Todays Geek Deal of the Day is the Samuel Fuller Collection on DVD including (It Happened in Hollywood / Adventure in Sahara / Power of the Press / The Crimson Kimono / Shockproof / Scandal Sheet / Underworld U.S.A)

This set normally goes for $80.00 and for the next 4 hours it will go for less than $38.00.  Hurry up and get this set.  Some excellent filmmaking.

Click the link below to take advantage fast.


Samuel Fuller Box set

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“The Fighter” Trailer is up in Glorious Quicktime

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 16th, 2010

Director David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) has a new movie called “The Fighter” starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams.


The synopsis: “The Fighter” is a drama about boxing champ “Irish” Micky Ward and his half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded after nearly being destroyed by drugs and crime.”


This looks to be an Oscar contender and one of the better boxing movies to come out in a while.


According to IMDB, David O. Russell is slated to direct the adaptation to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starring Natalie Portman.  Cool.


Click HERE to see The Fighter trailer.


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Fox Network Is Dedicated To New J.J. Abrams Alcatraz Pilot

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 16th, 2010

Fox network has bought into J.J. Abrams (LOST, Alias, Star Trek) new TV show creation called Alcatraz. It will be a drama tied to the prison off the coast of California.

The show is described as “a show about mysteries, secrets and the most infamous prison of all time: Alcatraz.”

That is pretty much all we know at this time. That’s pretty usual with something J.J. Everything is so top secret.

Al Capone was at one time serving time in Alactraz.

Sounds like a good premise to me. Any thoughts?

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Disney/Pixar Unveils The Toy Story Trilogy Box Set

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 15th, 2010

Disney has issued their Toy Story 3 press release, which confirms that the film will bow in multiple versions.

A single-disc DVD (SRP $29.99), a 2-disc Blu-ray (SRP $39.99) and a 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo (SRP $45.99). You’ll also be able to buy a new Ultimate Toy Box 3-Movie Collection (SRP $100) which will include Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy versions of all three Toy Story films.

Once again, the Toy Story 3 DVD will include the Day & Night animated short, 5 featurettes (Toys!, Paths to Pixar: Editorial, The Gang’s All Here, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure and A Toy’s Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land) and 3 Studio Stories shorts (Where’s Gordon?, Cereal Bar and Clean Start).

To this, the Blu-ray will add a Cine-Explore commentary/viewing mode (with director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson), a Beyond the Toybox alternate commentary track (with story supervisor Jason Katz, supervising technical director Guido Quaroni, production designer Bob Pauley and supervising animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini), the Toy Story Trivia Dash game and 7 more featurettes (Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion, Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable, Roundin’ Up a Western Opening, Life of a Shot, Goodbye Andy, Accidental Toymakers and The Making of Day & Night). Audio on the Blu-ray will be 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

I am looking forward to this set. Love all these films.

You can pre order the box trilogy below for 35% off which brings all three blurays and extras to $65.99.


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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 15th, 2010

This deal is for the AMAZING movie “Trick R’ Treat.  Once you see this film, you will by no doubt be playing this movie at midnight screenings with your friends, showing your friends at any given chance if they have not seen it, and it will be in main rotation in your dvd/bluray player come the Halloween season.

Read my review HERE.

It is currently only 7.99 on amazon for the blu ray and even cheaper for the DVD.  Take advantage of it.  I loved this movie and cannot wait to watch it again.

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Jerry Springer Show Turns 20 With New Season

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 15th, 2010

This coming up Monday, Jerry Springer will be celebrating his 20th year on his infamous tv series.

“JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!”

He will be celebrating by airing the first new episode of his new season of “Jerry Springer”.  No word on what the topic will be, but does that really matter?  We do know it will involve a fight though so it is good to see nothing has changed.

Jerry said about his new season; “We’re now getting the children of our original guests,” says Springer, “which is just wrong because they were told not to procreate.”

He continues to say;  “We do a circus. We’re tongue in cheek.”  “We’re just crazy. If anything, it’s that people realize I don’t take it seriously. I’m not up there pretending that this show is saving the world. Our show is just plain silly. It has no function, other than momentary entertainment.”

So be sure to set your recording devices and enjoy a ridiculous hour of TV next monday.

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Wal-Mart Introduces Wireless Mobile Phone Service

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 14th, 2010

Wal-Mart said earlier this week that it will be introducing its own line of cell phone service and plans through its own branding.  The Wal-Mart Family service will be using T-Mobile’s network.

Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45.00 a month for the first line.  Each additional line will be $25.00.   This service will be offered starting next week through out most Wal-Mart stores.

Starting Monday, the chain plans to sell five phones, including a full-blown smart phone, the Motorola Cliq XT, which will cost $249. T-Mobile sells it for $329 without a contract, or gives it away to buyers who sign two-year contracts (with monthly fees that are higher than the no-contract option).

The cheapest phone for the service will be a simple Nokia phone for $35.

I think I’m still gonna keep my iPhone.

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Russell Crowe will become the Baddest Man Alive

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 14th, 2010

The RZA has revealed that Russell Crowe has joined the cast of his Kick Ass Kung Fu Flick called The Man With The Iron Fist. Crowe will play “The Baddest Man Alive”.

“That man is in fighting shape,” said RZA. “That man will knock you out.”

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FIST will begin filming in Shanghai this December. I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s going to be a fun ride.

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Boxee Box is up for a Pre-Order Discount

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 14th, 2010

The Boxee Box by D-Link is a pretty cool product.  If you have not heard of it well it basically works as an on demand service for movies,music, and tv shows.  You can enjoy thousands of shows available for free from your favorite networks, ready to watch at any time and you can also check-out free movies from the web & watch new releases in stunning HD from premium movie services.  In addition to that you can play videos, songs, or pictures from your computer or home network.  It also plays any non-DRM video, music, and photos and media from anywhere on the Internet.

It sounds like this will compete with quite a few services.  And it is FREE.  Click the picture below to take advantage of the special pre-order offer.

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DC Comics Presents Calvin and Hobbes Tribute

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

DC Comics’ Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have created a tribute to Calvin and Hobbes starring Superman/Batman super villains Lex Luthor and the Joker, included in the 75th issue of Superman/Batman.  Click the image below to make bigger.


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Michael Fleming over at Deadline is reporting that Pesci and Pacino are in talks to be a part of Scorsese’s next film which will be entitled “The Irishman”. It is based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt. The movie would follow the life and times of the mob hit man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Amongst all of his mob related crimes he might have had a hand in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. It also looks like Robert De Niro will be starring in the picture as well. He and his film company, Tribeca Productions are developing the film.

De Niro said this about the movie: “We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films…It’s an idea that came about from Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of ‘8 1/2,’ ‘La Dolce Vita,’ [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie — a director and the actor — based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.”

If this happens with all these people, then this might be the best gangster film since Goodfellas.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

This Geek Deal of the Day is brought to you by The Umbrella Corporation.  Head to Amazon and take advantage of their excellent offer of the Resident Evil Trilogy on Bluray.  This bluray box set is almost 60% off bringing the entire set to a LOW LOW #25.00.  Take advantage of this offer because it won’t last long.

Click the image below for the special offer.

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Comic Book Hack/Slash to Become Illustrated Film

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

A movie based on the comic has been in development hell for the last two years.  Stephen Susco who wrote the remakes of the Grudge films has been writing an adaptation for the last year.  The live action version is still trying to get made, but Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller) is bringing the Illustrated film version to us much sooner than the live action version.    There is really no info about what issues it will cover or what it will be about.


To review Tim Seeley’s comic features Cassie Hack, “an attractive, yet tough-as-nails, fearless loudmouth” who was a final girl-style survivor of a violent attack and now undead and human slashers with her hulking, gasmasked partner, Vlad.


The film version was originally to be written by Justin Marks and directed by Todd Lincoln, but Lincoln was replaced by Swedish director Fredrik Bond, and Stephen Susco was hired to write/rewrite. Those new hires were both in 2009, and there’s been no real word on the film since.

See the trailer HERE.

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True Lies TV Series Coming Soon

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

The adventures of Harry and Helen Tasker are not over YET.  Since the epic James Cameron film “True Lies” came out in the 1990’s and made almost $400 million at the box office, the executives and James Cameron are ready to shop around the TV series for True Lies.

Rene Echevarria of “The 4400”, “Medium”, “Castle”, and “Star Trek Deep Space 9” fame will be the head show runner along with James Cameron producing.

It will be interesting to see who will be cast in the role.  Any suggestions?

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There Will Be a 5th Resident Evil Movie

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

Resident Evil 4 3-D opened at number one at the box office this past weekend bringing in just under 28 million dollars.  It is the largest opening movie of the Resident Evil franchise.

Star of the movie Milla Jovovich told a New York magazine, ““This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at No. 1 worldwide. It’s the biggest movie in the franchise, So we’re definitely going to make another one,” she said, adding that director Paul W.S. Anderson, her husband, already has some ideas for the fifth Resident Evil installment, and this time he wants the audience’s ideas, too.”

It seems that the powers that be are taking to Resident Evil fans via Twitter and Facebook to see what the fans want to see in the fifth installment.

Read the whole story HERE.

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News on Star Trek Sequel

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2010

We are almost two years away from the Star Trek Sequel hitting theaters. I am not sure who will be directing the movie yet, but I know J.J. Abrams will be producing and the writers and actors will be back for the sequel.


In an SFX interview with  Abrams and the writers, they discussed somewhat of a possible story line and characters.  Here are a couple of excerpts.


Kurtzman: Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say “That’s a story that Khan fits into”, that’s how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you can’t string them all together.”


“Orci: Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in. On the other hand, some fans really want to see Klingons and it’s hard not to listen to that. The trick is not to do something that’s been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability.”


Oh the possibilities.  Click HERE for the whole story.

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In-N-Out Burger’s New Dallas Location Revealed

Thanks to a few sources I have the following exclusive news.

In May 2010, In-N-Out Burger revealed to the public that it would be opening a few of its beloved burger joints in the DFW Metroplex. The only location they would confirm was in Garland at Firewheel. We have all been waiting patiently for the unveiling of the other locations. Although there has been no official statement made by the company, there have been rumors that In-N-Out was considering opening up a location in the old Steak-n’-Shake building at 7940 N. Central Expressway.

Well, we now have independent confirmation that the rumors were true! According to City of Dallas building inspection records, the City has approved In-N-Out Burger’s certificate of occupancy application for 7940 N. Central Expressway, located just north of Southwestern Boulevard. In-N-Out Burger is now in the permitting process to remodel the interior of the building. Great burgers are coming our way…and they are only a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown.   -Claire Swann

Click HERE and HERE for the info or click the picture below to see the permit.

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Movie Box Office Weekend Round Up

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2010

It looks like Resident Evil 3-D took the number 1 spot this weekend taking in over 27 million dollars.  George Clooney’s “American” came in at number 2 with a 2 week total of about 27 million dollars.  Machete came in at number 4 with  a 3 week total of 21 million dollars.  The Last Exorcism came in at number 7 with a 3 week total of over 38 million dollars.  The Last Exorcism cost less than 2 million to make.  The Expendables came in at number 8 with a 5 week total just shy of 100 million dollars.  And the hit of the summer “Inception” is still in the top 10 coming in at #9 with a 9 week total of 283 million dollars.

So HOORAY for Horror movies!  Looking forward to seeing the new Resident Evil movie in 3-D.

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The Venice Film Festival headed by Quentin Tarantino awarded Sofia Coppola’s movie “Somewhere” the Golden Lion which is the top award given at this film festival.  Now I have enjoyed Sofia’s past films including Lost in  Translation, The Virgin Suicides, and for what it was Marie Antoinette.

“Somewhere stars Michelle Monaghan, Stephen Dorff, and Benicio Del Toro.  Tarantino said “This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening…Yet from that first enchanting screening, it grew and grew and grew in both our hearts, in our analysis, in our minds, and in our affections.” The jury’s decision was unanimous.

“Somewhere” is about a hard living, hard working actor in LA who has to re-evaluate his life when his 11 year old daughter comes for a surprise visit.

If this movie is anything like Sofia’s previous work then I no doubt will love this film and it will be loved by all.

And of course I look forward to the killer soundtrack this movie will be providing.

The trailer is below.  Enjoy.

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Clint Eastwood is making a Horror/Thriller Movie

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2010

Badass clint Eastwood is currently hard at work on his new movie called “Hereafter”. It is currently slated to come out in October near Halloween. I am very curious to see how Clint takes on the supernatural thriller genre.

Matt Damon, Jay Mohr, and Bryce Dallas Howard are starring in the film.

The film synopsis according to Warner Bros. is: “Hereafter” tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue–collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near–death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.”

Sounds great doesn’t it.  Click HERE to see the trailer in glorious quicktime.

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“Super” Footage from James Gunn

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2010

James Gunn has been hard at work for quite some time on his new film entitles “SUPER”.  It is in the vein of the year’s movie “Kick-Ass”.  The film has a stellar cast including: Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ellen Page (Juno) as the main characters with Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael “The Rook” Rooker, Nathan Fillon (Firefly) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks).

IMDB’s plot synopsis for this movie reads “After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.”

Now James Gunn is no stranger to the super hero genre.  He made a little film several years back which I think is one of the funniest movies out there.  It is called “The Specials” and is about the 6th or 7th best super hero team in the world.  It has an all-star cast as well with Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways & Spider-man 3) and Rob Lowe to name a few.  Gunn went on to write the revamp of Dawn of the Dead and make the ever so popular movie “Slither”.

Super looks to be an amazing film and the reviews from the early screenings are stellar.  I am looking forward to this movie.  Check out the clip of Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page below.

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