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Geek Deal of the Day – “Luuuucy. I’m Home!!”

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

Today’s Geek deal is the entire series of the beloved tv show, “I Love Lucy” show.

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Mission Impossible IV Will Be Called….

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

At a press conference in Dubai, Tom cruise announced the title for his upcoming role as Ethan Hunt in the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st Look at Chris Evans as Captain America In Costume!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

Finally, we get to see actor Chris Evans suited up as the first Avenger, Captain America.  This is a photo on the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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The Next Season of HBO’s Big Love Will Be Its Final!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

So the next season of Big Love will start on HBO on January 16th, 2011.  But sadly it will be its final season.  Last season we ended with the family announcing who they really are to the public.  It was a short season, by about three or four episodes.  Hopefully, we will get a full 12-13 episode season for its final season.


The press release is below.

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Conan O’Brien Will Launch His New Show Early on…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

Conan will do a test show called “Zero” this upcoming Monday which will be broadcast via streaming on Facebook, Youtube, and TeamCoco.

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In the Spirit of Halloween…..

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 28th, 2010

Halloween is coming up in a few days, and Halloween costume parties have already begun.  I hope you have your costumes already so you do not have to rush around last minute to create that perfect costume.

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Indiana Jones to Get the 3D Treatment…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 27th, 2010

The powers that be over at the Lucas Compound is set to announce sometime soon that all of the Indiana Jones films will be converted to 3D.  After they are converted they will be re-released into cinemas around the globe.  Now, I am pretty tired of this 3D bullshit and converting older movies into 3D, but it would be pretty cool to see the original Indiana Jones films on the big screen again with a very enthusiastic audience.

Your thoughts?

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The Third Batman Film Gets a Title Plus Casting News…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 27th, 2010

In a recent interview with Christopher Nolan, a lot was said about the upcoming third Batman film.  Now I know we have heard tons of rumors as to who will be cast and which villains will be showing their faces.  Nolan gives us a pretty good clue as what to expect so far.

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Beastie Boys New Album Details Emerge…..

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 26th, 2010

Last week, The Beastie Boys announced that their new album will be entitled Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.  This was changed from Hot Sauce Committee part 1 which was supposed to be released last September, but was delayed indefinitely because of Adam Yauch’s cancer diagnosis.   It seems that the track list for this Part 2 release is almost identical to the track list which would have been released on Part 1 last year.

MCA said: “Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1. So we’ve come full circle.” Who says these guys don’t have a sense of humor anymore?”

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New BLURAY/DVD RELEASES FOR THE LAST WEEK IN OCTOBER

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 26th, 2010

Bryan here…

A meant to have this column up earlier today, but I am a tad late , but never the less, I am getting this to you now.  I hope you all have your Halloween costumes by now and that you have been getting into the Halloween spirit by watching loads and loads of scary movies.  I know I have.  Any who, some pretty spectacular releases this week.  Some of the ultimate geek movies are released this week.  Like Always, you will get the title and of the movie plus a mini review and info about the releases plus the extra features.  And a link/picture to purchase the title over at amazing for a cheap cheap price where as when you purchase, we get a small percent donation over here at Boomstick to help keep this site going.  Thank you and ENJOY.

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FX has picked up a tv show called Wilfred, which will star Elijah Wood and is about a guy and his relationship with his beautiful neighbor’s dog.


Elijah has not done much since Lord of the Rings or Sin City with the exception of a couple of small movies.  He has mostly been doing animated shows and movies.


The full press release for the show is available after the jump.

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Thor Figures Selling on Ebay????

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 26th, 2010

From the upcoming Thor movie from Marvel and directed by Kenneth Branagh, it seems that somebody is selling Thor action figures online already.  It shows Thor and Odin I think and what appears to be some sort of Ice Monster.

What do you think?

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Now I am not a huge fan of Family Guy or The Cleveland Show or American Dad, but some of the jokes in those shows are decent, I just think they are held back by basic cable to show its true potential.

I think Seth McFarlane is a comedic genius though and given the right crew and script, he can come out with something truly amazing.

Well it seems that Seth has been asked to make a hard “R” comedy called Ted.  Ted stands for Teddy Bear.

It is suppose to be a big budget filthy rated “R” comedy about an adult male’s sentient, drug addicted, womanizing Teddy Bear.

They are in talks with Mark Wahlberg to play the lead role.  Which I think is great.  Wahlberg has great comedic timing.

Looking forward to seeing what all comes of this.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 2

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 26th, 2010

The second part of the Geek Deal of the Day is on the comedy side of things.

You can purchase the ENTIRE Andy Griffith series on DVD FOR ONLY $93.99.  That is a 60% savings off the normal retail price.  Would make a great holiday gift.  Stock up and save today.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 1

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 26th, 2010

The first part of todays Geek deal of the Day are a series of horror films on bluray.

In this set you will get 4 horror films in time for Halloween.

You will get:

Behind The Mask which is an AWESOME film.

Hatchet.

Red Mist.

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer.

For the next few hours or until it is sold out you can get these 4 blurays for only $36.99.  That is 57% off the normal price.

Click the link below to take advantage of the sale.

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Rifftrax Live Event October 28th: House on Haunted Hill

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 25th, 2010

You should make plans for October 28th at around 7:00pm CT and attend your local movie theatre and witness the amazing spectacle of RIFFTRAX LIVE.

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Weekend Movie Box Office Round-Up

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 25th, 2010

Bryan Here….

Paranormal Activity 2 came in #1 at the box office this weekend.  It brought in $41.5 million dollars.  It’s budget was only $3 million dollars.  It broke a few records for an opening weekend.  Read my review HERE of the movie.

Jackass 3D came in at #2 bringing in an impressive $21.6 million dollars for a combined two week total of $87.1 million dollars.

Red came in at #3 bringing in $15 million dollars for a combined two week total of  $43.5 million dollars.  Read Cowdefender’s review HERE.

Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” came in at the #4 spot sadly bringing in $12 million dollars.  Read CowDefenders review HERE.  clint needs to make another BADASS western movie.

Facebook’s “The Social Network came in at #5 this week from being the #3 spot last week.  It brought in $7.3 million dollars this week for a combined 4 week total of almost $73 million dollars.

The Horse film, “Secretariat” finally surpassed its budget bringing in almost $7 million this weekend for a combined 3 week total of about $38 million dollars.  It currently holds the #6 spot this week.

Ben Affleck’s “The Town” and “Easy A” are still in the top 10 highest grossing weekly movies being out for over 6 weeks now.

Stay tuned for next week.

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I’m on my way to New Vegas. Fallout Review

by Cowdefender on Oct 25th, 2010

CowDefender Here…

I was an addict of Fallout 3. I loved roaming a huge blasted landscape while listening to old time music. I loved choosing between being good, warm and kind and dastardly evil. At times getting to make decisions where either way your hands are dirty. I was excited by the notion of taking that game engine and those game elements and throwing it from DC to the vicinity of Sin City.

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I managed to live through Hereafter.

by Cowdefender on Oct 25th, 2010

Cowdefender here,

To put it bluntly and briefly: the movie often bored me, was often shot uglier than expected and had one scene that was nearly perfect. I don’t know what to make a movie that seems so flawed that has a single scene so touching, so well executed.

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TOP 133 FILMS OF THE LAST DECADE #’S 68-54

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 22nd, 2010

Bryan Here…

Knocking out this list on time and schedule nowadays.  Feels good.  Some great films on this part of the list.  Some that I have not seen in a while that I will have to watch again soon. We’re getting down to the #1 spot pretty quickly.  Enjoy this part of the list #’s 68-54.  As usual, you will get the title of the movie and the date it was released plus a mini review/memory by me.  Also a link to purchase the movie if you are ever so inclined which would donate a small percentage back to this website so we can keep giving you AWESOME material and prizes.

Enjoy

68_ Iron Man – May 2, 2008

Another comic book film.  Iron Man is really really good in pretty much every way.  Robert Downey Jr. is killer in this film as the super-hero and Jeff Bridges is a pretty convincing bad guy.  This film is a lot of fun and full of laughs and action.  Can’t wait for the sequel and Avengers film.  Go Sam Jackson as Nick Fury.

67_ Brick – March 31, 2006

This film is great.  A wonderful homage to the old 30’s noir films.  Set in present time but take the characters and have them talk like they did in the 30’s noir film and a plot and story line likewise.  It is so great.  Tons of twists and turns.  Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing.  I am proud to have this on the list.  Love this film.

66_ Drag Me To Hell – May 29, 2009

Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre from his long stint on the Spidey franchise is 100 % AWESOME.  Sadly no Bruce Campbell, but Drag Me To Hell is Evil Dead I & II and Army of Darkness rolled into one film.  Yes it is that great.  This is your standard tale  of a gypsy woman curing a young girl this curse activates a demon to terrorize its victims and DRAG THEM TO HELL.  Good scares and great laughs.  A lot of fun.

65_ Zoolander – September 28, 2001

Ben Stiller is great director and a great character actor.  Tons of quotable lines from this film even today.  A dark comedy in the world of super-models.  I mean in the first five minutes of the film a few super models die in  a gas station fire which they started.  HILARIOUS.  Tons of great cameos and acting all around.  Zoolander will always have a place in my home and heart.   I mean he did found the Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good.

64_ Napoleon Dynamite – June 11, 2004

I saw this film five times before it was initially released wide and I loved every minute of it.  I really cannot tell what time period it is in other than sometime in the vague present, but Napoleon is a kid in high school who is maybe the most awkward kid ever, but he means well.  This is the story of his life in the span of a few weeks.  It is quite hilarious in this dry humor.  This character is one of the cult icons now in history.  The dance number at the end to Canned heat classic.  Love this film.

63_ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – March 19, 2004

A gem of a film from Gondry.  This film is fantastic film.  Almost like you are in a dream and nightmare at the same time through out the whole film.  A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.  Truly fantastic.

62_ Ratatouille – June 29, 2007

I really liked this pixar film.  All about the restaurant and food and cooking industry.  So much heart and love is in this film.  It looks beautiful and and the voice acting by Patton Oswalt is wonderful.  Anyone can cook, even a rat.  Love it.

61_ The Departed – October 6, 2006

A really great gangster film from the best gangster director.  That is Marty Scorcesse.  Boston gangs.  All-star cast and tons of twists and references to other mob films.  Leonardo Di Caprio plays an undercover agent in the mob and tries to keep his sanity and wits during the whole time.  What a great film.  Alec Baldwin is hilarious in this film.

60_ Munich – December 23, 2005

A Spielberg film about the true events and revenge of the horrible attack at the Munich Olympic games against the Israel team.  Eric Bana leads the grou to kill one by one the terrorists responsible for the murders.  What an amazing film.  Everything is great about this film except for the last ten minutes which is what to expect from Spielberg films.

59_ Thank You For Smoking – March 17, 2006

I really loved this film.  This about lobbyists in our nation.  Lobbyists for tobacco, guns, and alcohol and how they persuade politicians and important people to keep their industry making large amounts of money.  It is very good and entertaining.  Pretty scary too that this actually goes on.  Great writing and acting all around.

58_ The Hangover – June 5, 2009

Form the director of Old School and Road Trip comes the next film about a crazy Bachelor Party in vegas with strippers, guns, tasers, naked people, Mike Tyson, tigers and much much more.  I believe this film is the highest gross out of any R rated film ever.  It is very funny.  Very funny.  Leslie Chow.

57_ Superbad – August 17, 2007

Oh this great comedy film brought tears of laughter to my face.  Oh so funny.  Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are best friends in their last days of high school who have only really hung out with each other and are invited to  a huge party and are asked to supply the liquor which is the “entire funness” of the party.  This is their journey to accomplish this with their friend McLovin who is a cult icon now too.  This film is great and has most of the Apatow gang in it.  Not only does this film bring the best jokes but it also has a great heart and soul in it as well.  Friendship.

56_ Serenity – September 30, 2005

Man Joss Whedon kicks ass.  His vision of a sci-fi/western world is phenomenal.  This was a television series before a film.  The film is equally awesome as the show was.  I wish more films were like this.  It is entertaining, scary, funny, romantic, and pretty much all the emotions across the board in the span of two hours.  This will entertain you for years to come.  There is a reason all these shirts and posters say Joss Whedon is my Master now.  It is true.

55_ 300 – March 9, 2007

Frank Miller’s brutal Spartan comic became a reality when director Zack Snyder took the helm and adapted it into a movie.  This movies is 99% shot on a green screen with a “crush” technique that gives the film its rustic vintage look.  I was wondering how they were going to turn a 32 page comic book into a whole two hour feature length film, but they did.  And did it well.  I saw a screener of this movie way before its initial release and it was introduced by UFC Champ Chuck Liddell.    Chuck got us all in the mood for a hardcore brutal film about honor and freedom.  The fight scenes were filmed extremely well and has been copied in many other movies after this one.  I am referring to the normal pace to the slow- mo action beats all in one shot.  The use of heavy metal music was an added booster to the balls this movies has.  I really liked this movie.  Very entertaining.

54_ Hot Fuzz – February 14, 2007

The second feature film from BADASS director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), brings us his vision of the ultimate fast paced action thriller in Hot Fuzz.  This film starred the same cast as Shaun of the Dead, and was about the best police officer in London getting re-assigned to a very small quiet village.  The people who live in the village are not what they seem.  This film packs a huge punch of action and gut busting laughs.  The end action sequence lasts about 25 minutes and is balls to the wall AWESOME.  Edgar Wright can do NO wrong.  I saw the U.S. premiere of this film at AFI, and met Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Dolph Lundgren (who introduced the film).  A great film that I will enjoy through the ages and one of the best action films EVER.

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Bryan Here…

Earlier today, it was reported that the Mel Gibson cameo as a tattoo artist in the upcoming sequel to The Hangover was cancelled.  This was caused by certain actors and crew members and friends of the producers protesting Mel’s involvement.  Supposedly Zach Galafianakis was the ring leader in this.

So as quick as lightning strikes, there is a replacement for Mel’s role as the tattoo artist.  The character calls for somebody who is completely CRAZY and somebody who you would be scared to talk with.

The man taking on the role now is Liam Neeson.  Yes a Jedi will be in the Hangover sequel.

Hangover star Bradley Cooper had a hand in getting his A-Team co-star the gig for this movie.

Can’t wait to see Liam pull this character off.

What do yall think?

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Spielberg’s Next Movie Will Be……

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 22nd, 2010

Steven Spielberg’s next project he will direct will be “ROBOPOCALYPSE”  which is based on an upcoming novel written by Daniel H. Wilson.  The book is set to hit shelves on June 7, 2011 which you can pre order by clicking HERE.

It is a story about humanity trying to survive a robot/android uprising.  Sounds familiar.

Drew Goddard will pen the screenplay.  Goddard’s previous work includes: Buffy, Alias, Lost, Cloverfield, and Angel.

They anticipate a 2013 release for this movie.  After all, Spielberg has got his TinTin films coming out before then.

Click the link/picture below to pre-order the book.  I’m looking forward to reading this.

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SO SAY WE ALL!!!


SyFy Network executive Mark Stern unveiled that there will be a TV MOVIE made  called “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome”.  It will follow a mid-twenties William Adama as he enters the decade old first Cylon War.


It is set to shoot in Vancouver sometime next year.


Mark Stern says: “When we read Michael’s script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series.  The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, ‘Let’s do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot.’ … We’re trying to get up and running as soon as possible.”


I am excited to hear this news.  Any BSG news is great news.  I’m curious as to how many characters we will see from the BSG series in their younger from.


Plus Mark Stern said that the show Caprica is on the edge.  November 15 is the date we will hear by if the show will be no more.


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Bryan Here…

So now that the Union has stopped protesting, since Peter Jackson threatened to move the Hobbit Film to Eastern Europe to shoot rather than keeping it in New Zealand, production is a go.  For now.

Below are who is cast so far in the Hobbit.  You might recognize some of them.

Martin Freeman will be Bilbo Baggins.  You might remember him from the UK Office tv series, love Actually, or Hot Fuzz.

Richard Armitage will be Thoren Oakenshield.  You might remember him from the tv shows of MI5 or the BBC Robin Hood Show.

Aidan Turner will be Kili.  You might recognize him from the tv shows of Being Human and The Clinic.

Rob Kazinski will be Fili.  You might know him from the BBC soap opera Eastenders.

Graham McTavish will be Dwalin.  You might recognize him from the last season of 24 or the last Rambo movie.

What do you think of the casting choices so far?

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Mel Gibson’s Cameo Cancelled For The Hangover Sequel

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 22nd, 2010

Bryan Here….


Earlier this week, it was reported HERE that Mel Gibson would have a cameo role in the upcoming Hangover Sequel as a tattoo artist.


This did not go over well with some people working on the movie.


Director Todd Phillips said: “I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”


WOW.


What are your thoughts?  do you think Mel should get a….let me see…4th chance?

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 22nd, 2010

The  Geek Deal of the Day are seasons 1-4 of the tv show, “Supernatural”.


The haunting series “Supernatural” follows the Winchester brothers as they crisscross the lonely and mysterious back roads of the country in their ’67 Chevy Impala, hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. This pack includes the first four seasons of the series.


You will get all four seasons for $69.99.  That is 70% off the normal price.


Click the link/picture below to take advantage of this great deal.  This is only for today.

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Hi folks, Bryan here with my review of Paranormal Activity 2.

I really expected to come out of the theatre with somewhat dissatisfaction after seeing PA2.  Going into the film, I was excited but, also nervous in that the first PA film was so tense and creepy and was only made for like $15,000 dollars and that it would go on to be the most profitable film of all time.  You know with that statistic there was by no doubt going to be a sequel.  But like so many sequels, most of them fail because they get a bigger budget and it does not become about the story or characters anymore, but rather throwing tons of money into it and having high tech special effects, and zero plot line.

But after seeing PA2, you could say that I loved it and I was more than a little scared coming home last night.  I’m going to try and write a spoiler free review, but sometimes some people’s view on what is a spoiler and what is not is different.  So if you do NOT want to know ANYTHING about this film, then do not read on.  That is your WARNING.

Much like its predecessor, PA2 employs that famous camera shot that is placed in a corner and looks out into the house with the titles “NIGHT 1”.  I found myself once again scanning these shots all over the place to see if something moves or if a light turns on, or if I see a shadow.  Very creepy.

In the first PA film we are introduced to two people, Katie and Micah who have strange things going on in their house that are unexplainable.  Now if you are like me , you really thought these characters were annoying and let’s face it, not to sad when they bit the dust.

But in PA2 we are introduced to a family: a father, step mother, a teenage daughter, a baby, and a protective dog.  They are a fun loving family and you actually like them.  They are funny and sweet and they do not seem to be mad at each other in any way.  Also, like the camera shots that I explained before where the camera is posted up in a corner for a long period of time, well there are about 7 or 8 different cameras set up in this house due to a break in early on in the film.  They are security cameras.  This heightens the terror on multiple levels, because not only do we see something creepy from only one angle, but we see it from several, and how it continues on through out the house.

So soon after we establish the family and the home layout, the original star of the first PA movie shows up which is Katie and we quickly know what remember how she looked the last time we saw her.  You find out that she is the sister of the stepmother of the house we are in.  Katie mentioned her in the first PA movie when she was talking about how this entity or demon was haunting them as children.  The couple asks where Micah is, and she brushes it off with an answer like, “Oh, he is, well, not feeling social today.”  Oh Shit!

But when Katie comes over again, Micah is with her and a title comes up on the screen that says, “60 days before Micah Sloat is Killed”.  WOW.  It is a prequel.  I thought this was a very clever and AWESOME idea.  It works so well.  So this whole film is before anything has happened in the first PA film, but it is around the same time that creepy shit starts to happen with Micah and Katie.

so much like the first PA movie, the first few nights, “Night 1 – Night 2 – Night 3” are spent looking around at what the various security cameras are recording to notice small occurrences, but it seemed much more terrifying and menacing.  Maybe it is the fact that it s a family with kids and a baby.

The acting is superior in this film which helps sell this movie even more as being real.  And the fear seems to be genuine.

Another very cool moment in the film is that we see how these two paranormal events from the first film and this one are linked.  A very good job on how it was executed.

This movie did scare me, much like the first film did.  I could even say it is scarier than the first film.  The pacing is right on, and the scares are plenty and creepy.  You will most likely scream out loud a few times during this film.  The tension made me sweat throughout the entire movie which is very difficult for any movie to do.  It is great story telling when you can build tension throughout an entire movie and never let it fizzle out.

So definitely bring a date to this movie and expect your arm and shoulder to be clawed up by someone you love who is freaked out by watching Paranormal Activity 2.

I highly recommend it.

-Bryan

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The Girls of Boomstick

by JonnyBrokenBones on Oct 21st, 2010

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Scream 4 Trailer

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 21st, 2010

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Director M. Night Shyamalan has announced that he will be directing another sci-fi film recently.  Shyamalan’s work as of recently has not been well received and for good reason.

M. Night gave us Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs.  All magnificent achievements in filmmaking.  But his recent efforts such as: The Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender have been nothing short of AWFUL.

So it seems he is going to direct a film which he has not written (very strange since he has written pretty much everything he has directed) over at Will Smith’s production company and studios Overbrook which might lend a hand to get Will Smith or his son Jayden smith to star in this film.

The movie he is looking to direct is called 1,000 A.E.  This reminds me of that animated film that came out years ago called Titan A.E.  A.E. stand for After Earth.  Joss Whedon wrote that movie.

The film has already been written by Gary Whitta who wrote The Book of Eli.

Although nothing is really known about this movie yet.

What are your thoughts?

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Sam Raimi Will Direct “The Day of the Triffids”

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 21st, 2010

One of my favorite directors, Sam Raimi, has signed on to direct the remake of the AWESOME old horror film, “The Day of the Triffids”.  Sam Raimi started out making old horror films by the names of Evil Dead 1 & 2 and Army of Darkness.  He also went on to make the three Spider-Man films. He is a genius when it comes to entertaining an audience and filmmaking.

Oh God I hope Bruce Campbell makes an appearance in this film.  I do not see why he wouldn’t.

For those of you haven’t read the book or seen the old movie, Day of the Triffids is about highly intelligent plants who are brutally aggressive and murderous and who can move on their three like plant legs and communicate with one another and kill humans.  The plants start doing this to the humans after a meteor shower renders all who witnessed the meteors falling to become blind which is like 99% of the population.

I can’t wait to see this.

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Red

by Cowdefender on Oct 20th, 2010

You all should be seeing Red. And welcome to my first review done not by proxy. Willis brought a new era for action movies way back with Die Hard. It would make sense that he would again take a lead that takes action in a different direction. No, Red isn’t the revolution that Die Hard was. What it is: An awesome, fun action movie, populated by top tier actors. But top tier actors alone don’t make a movie great, especially not an action movie. What makes this movie great is the action and that it’s insanely fun even when the shooting isn’t going on.

The action has that feel of movies like Shoot Em Up or Crank insofar as they possess imagination. It was obviously crafted by someone who’s seen a ton of action movies, who likely turned to someone frequently and said “wouldn’t it be cool if…” and the person listening nodded excitedly and said “and then…” When clever people go through this process some excellent things happen.

Then the dialog. Mary Louis Parker and Bruce Willis absolutely delivered. The dynamic between the characters was great, especially these two. The basics of their relationship is that Wills receives retirement income from the government and tears up the check and calls her to have them resent. When “shit gets real” he’s pretty sure she’d be targeted due to his interest in her.. He comes to her rescue poorly and has to kidnap her for her own sake. Then you follow the two of them as Willis tries to figure it all out.

If you’re waffling check out the cast on imdb, otherwise just see it.

8/10

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Top 133 Films of the Last Decade #’s 84-69

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

Hey, Bryan here, with the next part of the list of the Top 133 Films of the past decade.  Sorry it has been delayed here recently.  With all the news, movie premieres, being out of town, running the comic book biz, and writing new scripts, I have simply not had the time to get more films added to this list.  So hopefully from now on, I will be able to get this list knocked out every day or two.  Thank you for your patience.  This is list #’s 84 – 69.  Enjoy it.  As usual, you will get the title of the film and the year of release, plus a mini review/memory of the film plus the link to purchase the film which gives a small donation to this site so we can continue bringing you more AWESOME news and prizes.

84_ Irreversible – January, 2003

Oh Gaspar Noe.  How you have imprinted my brain with your films forever.  Especially with this one.  This is a frightening film on all levels.  Not in the monster way, but in the sick sadistic way we are as human beings.  This film is made backwards with no cuts so as to give the viewer no escape of the darkness in this film.  So the film starts out with  a gruesome murder and you find out why this happened.  It is amazing.  Tons of people walked out on this film when it premiered at Cannes.

83_ Wonder Boys – February 23, 2000

A true writer’s film.  A great film about a college professor who struggles with writing his book, drinking, drugs, killing the dean’s dog, and having an affair with his wife and stealing Marilyn Monroe’s coat.  It is a solid film with Robert Downey Jr., Tobe Maguire, and Michael Douglas.

82_ Dog Soldiers – May 10, 2002

A kick ass Werewolf movie from the director of The Descent and Doomsday.  A military unit is sent on some mission and the all end up dead.  2nd Special ops unit is sent out to find out what happened and they come across werewolves.  Tons of great gore scenes and action sequences with some great comedic dialogue along the way.  One of the great werewolf flicks.

81_ Saw – October 29, 2004

The first film that led the way for all these torture films we have seen recently.  This film is on the list because this film is what it is all about making movies.  Take friends who created this world and made this very tiny budget film shot over two weeks.  An original story, plot, and great dialogue formed this film.  It was unleashed upon the world and has spawned six more films and revived careers as well as created new ones.  It is always great to see new and inventive films.  And we got a new monster movie.  Jigsaw.  If you keep making them, I’ll keep seeing them.

80_ Watchmen – March 4, 2009

A magnificent comic book.  One of the first comics that was a complete adult theme that dealt with rape, murder, and genocide.  It was going to be very difficult to adapt this comic into a film.  But they did it very well.  I loved almost every aspect of this film.  They got it mostly right.  The filming is beautiful, the acting by Jackie Earle Haley is  top notch, and the fight sequences are amazing.  See it if you haven’t already.  Another great one by director Zack Snyder.

79_ Eastern Promises – September 14, 2007

A follow up to History of Violence with same director Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen.  A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.   What a great film.  Extremely violent and what a knife fight scene in a shower.  WOW.

78_ Hero – August 27, 2004

I saw this film a couple years before it was released in the USA.  This is one of the most beautiful films you will ever see.  Picture Lord of the Rings epic, but with a Japanese dynasty war twist.  A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.  You haven’t seen anything like it.

77_ One Hour Photo – August 21, 2002

Wow.  Does Robin Williams do an exceptional job at creeping me the fuck out?  YES YES YES.  This film is ungodly awkward and tense.  Robin Williams plays a photo clerk at a supermarket who develops all the customers photos.  Only problem is he has an unhealthy obsession with his customers by stalking them, breaking into their homes, and posting their pictures all over his apartment walls.  CREEPY.  Stellar performance.

76_ A Mighty Wind – April 16, 2003

Another gold gem from Christopher Guest.  This mockumentary is about folk music bands reunited for a one night celebration and the lives they have been living and the anticipation and set up before the big event.  The music is just phenomenal and the comedy is top notch.  Love this film.  I had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of the bands live in concert.  BRAVO.

75_ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – June 4, 2004

The third film in the Harry Potter series is my favorite still.  It is the most beautiful of all of them so far and it is directed by Alfonso Cuaron of Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.  I love this story in particular because it deals with time travel and the relationships of the kids growing up.  Coming of age sort of thing.  I love all these films and this one is at the top of the list.

74_ Spider-Man 2 – June 30, 2004

The amazing sequel that was just as good or better than the first film.  Loved it.  Doc Ock is awesome.  I love the references to Evil Dead and Army of Darkness in this film.

73_ Ocean’s 11 – December 7, 2001

The remake from the rat pack days with an outstanding cast.  This film is so much fun and spawned two sequels.  What works most with these films is the interaction and chemistry between the whole gang.  They are like a big family.  It makes you feel good.  The twists and comedic dialogue are amazing.  I wish for more, but sadly no more.  RIP Bernie Mac.

72_ The Descent – August 4, 2006

A scary film from Doomsday and Dog Soldiers director.  This film seriously freaked me out.  It is a spelunking film.  So take an extreme claustrophobic atmosphere and add monsters to the equation.  I did most certainly sweat during seeing this film.  No men in this film really.  Tons of chicks kicking ass.  Tons of gore and scares.  See it.

71_ Casino Royale – November 17, 2006

The revamp of the James Bond series is GLORIOUS.  The last several have been silly, boring, and unentertaining.  Finally someone came into the series and made badass again.  Daniel Craig brings a new life to James Bond.  I was glas to see him starting out as not a 00 agent and working his way up in the ranks.  It was also good to see Bond get his ass kicked and not be afraid to get dirty and violent.  I am looking forward to more James Bond films.

70_ King Of Kong – August 17, 2007

One of the greatest documentaries ever.  And it is about getting the high score in Donkey Kong.  Yes the arcade game.  But this is again is a classic Good Vs. Evil story but in real life.  Steve Weibe is going for the gold in beating the reigning champs high score.  The reigning champ (Billy Mitchell) will not let him achieve his gold easily.  Tons of shit goes on that is considered fraud and evil and betraying in this film.  It is crazy as well as hilarious.  GO STEVE WEIBE.

69_ Paranormal Activity – September 25, 2009

I really liked this film.  Made on a $15,000.00 budget and has made millions and millions of dollars so far as well as a sequel soon, this film shows us that you do not need any special effects or gadgetry to be scary or great.  Every time the couple is asleep and the famous shot of the entire bedroom and hallway comes on, I tense up and hope nothing happens, but always something does whether it be footsteps, doors opening or closing, sounds, or banging.  This is a scary ghost/demon story.  It definitely made me think twice about walking down the dark hall at night.

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Pixar’s New Film “Cars 2” Has A Trailer….

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

I love all of the Pixar films.  While I was hoping for a new original movie, a sequel to Cars isn’t bad either.  This is my least favorite of all the Pixar films, but that said it is top notch.  None of the Pixar films are bad, this is just the one that is last on my list.

The trailer looks good though, and looks like it will be hilarious.  Looking forward as always to seeing work from PIXAR.

Enjoy the trailer.

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James Cameron talks AVATAR Sequels….

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

At a recent press conference to promote the upcoming release of the extended version of AVATAR, James Cameron talked about his plans for the future films of the AVATAR universe.

Basically, Cameron told the press that he has plans to shoot two more AVATAR sequels back to back.  They will also be released in theaters a year a part from each other.  Sort of like how Lord of the Rings did their releases.

He did not say when this will happen, but he did say he will not take on any new projects during the filming and releases of the two AVATAR sequels.

However, he did state he was looking into filming the big budget remake of Cleopatra with Angelina Jolie, but nothing is set in stone as of yet.

Read the entire story HERE.

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There Will Be A Sequel to Piranha 3D…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

The guy who won the third season of Project Greenlight, John Gulager (Feast), and writer Patrick Melton (Saw movies) are teaming up to bring us a sequel to Piranha 3D.

They are hoping for an august 2011 release date.

No word yet on actors or returning characters, but you can expect tons of gore and boobs.

What do yall think?

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Apple has a new event today called “Back to the Mac” where they will be telling you about new products and new updates.  Check back here for live updates and pictures.

Apple’s online store is down for the moment so they can get ready for new items.

12:00 pm – – Steve is Out.

– – “Good morning everyone. I’d like to talk about revenue in putting the Mac business in context. The Mac made up 33% of our revenue last year. That was 22 billion.”

– – “To put this in some context, the mac company, if it were standalone… and we have no plans to do that… would be #110 on the Fortune 500.”

10:03AM – – “Now, with the share rising and the units rising much faster than the industry, we have a very vibrant dev community. We have 600k registered Mac devs. They’re growing at 30k per month.”

10:04AM  – -“We have new devs like Valve, they’re bringing titles simultaneously to the Mac and PC. Like Half Life. This is great for the Mac, and a great shot in the arm for gaming on Macs.”

10:04AM “AutoCAD is coming to the mac — we’ve coveted this for a long time.”

10:04AM “And then we have devs who are continuing to invest in the Mac like Microsoft.”

10:05AM “The Mac is #1 seventh year in the row, and Consumer Reports, #1 in the last decade.”

10:06AM “Pretty incredible results. Fueling this momentum is this incredible push into retail, which is still under 10 years old. Our stores welcomed 75m visitors last year. They sold 2.8m Macs. And about 50% of those are new to the Mac.”

10:08AM  – –  Steve Jobs is back on stage.”So let’s move on to some new products. I’d like to talk about iLife. It’s widely regarded as the best suite of digital lifestyle apps in the world. You can’t do this on any other computer. We improve it every year or two, coming out with new version.”

10:09AM  – – “We have a new version we’re announcing today — iLife 11. We want to give you a look at the apps. The first one is iPhoto — we tried this fullscreen mode in the last release — the response has been so great that we’re fleshing it out, you can live full screen. We’ve got a lot of Facebook enhancements, we’ve made it easy and elegant to email photos, we’ve added some new slideshows…”

10:10AM – – “A big leap in books. We’re printing 2m books a year. And we’re adding beautiful letterpress cards. A lot of great stuff. To take us through a demo, here’s Phil Schiller.”

10:11AM – – “I can click on faces and get a fullscreen faces view… and there’s a new fullscreen places view too. It’s gorgeous.”

10:12AM – – “You see pushpins on the map from every place I took photos — I can hover my mouse over any pin — I can click on it to go right to my photos, or I can say ‘show photos’ and that’s every photo from around that place.”

10:12AM  – -“We’ve got some amazing new slideshow themes.”

10:13AM – – “Let’s go into album view. The albums look a little like the albums you have on an iPad.”

10:14AM – – “This is called the reflections template.”

10:15AM – – “So that’s just three examples of templates for slideshows. Steve mentioned there’s a great new way to send photos via email. It can be cumbersome to cut and paste to get a bunch of images into an email.”

10:16AM  – -“I can just select them and say share, and right from inside of iPhoto it prepares an email.”

10:17AM – – “I’ve never left iPhoto and I mailed those off. It’s easy.”

10:18AM “Here you can see friends on Facebook and what they responded back after I posted it. So that’s sharing photos. Well what if I want to create one of these new books?”

10:20AM – – “I have complete control of this. I can customize it with a simple drag and drop. There it is. Maybe I want to highlight this page and make it really special.”

10:20AM  – – iPhoto now has a project view which is a fullscreen wooden bookshelf, a la iBooks.

10:21AM  – – Letterpress cards? There’s a video to explain them. Oh, it’s actual letterpressing. That’s kind of cool.

10:22AM  – -Steve is back… “I think that’s awesome. This is why we do what we do.”

10:23AM  – -“So we’ve taken iPhoto and broadened the full screen mode… we’ve taken books up a notch, and these letterpress cards… we’re really excited about these new features. And that’s iPhoto 11. Next up, iMovie.”

10:24AM “The number one request we got in the last version was better audio editing. We want to be able to do sophisticated editing really easy — if you don’t want to learn Final Cut Pro.”

10:25AM  – -“You can see here the audio waveform shows the fade in in this clip, and it’s all done live.”

10:26AM  – -“You can now select segments of audio — you can move the levels of just that segment. It gets quiet in just the segment we selected.”

10:26AM  – -“We’ve added audio effects…” This is cool, realtime preview of audio effects. Pretty fun stuff.

10:27AM – – “I want to show you something called one step effects. We’ve got a nice double jump here — it’d be really nice if we did an instant replay…”

10:28AM  – -“So really complex editing with just a couple of clicks. The next thing I want to show you is movie trailers. We now have 15 movie trailers.”  Hell YES!  INSTANT Movie Trailers.

Tons of people are going to be making trailers and posting them on youtube.  OH BOY!

10:30AM  – -Being able to adjust FPS speed! A minor note here — but that’s big.

10:31AM  – -You can switch to 24fps if you like.

10:31AM – -The trailer tool gives you templates that ask for specific types of clips. You just drag and drop the appropriate clips into the outline.

10:32AM  – -Face detection tech from iPhoto is in use here, can now detect faces in video. Can also detect whether a shot is a close up or wide. Pretty interesting application of the technology.

I cannot wait to start making trailers.  The killer muppets trailer will get better.

10:37AM  – -Steve is back! “That is awesome, you know Randy and his team invented all this stuff.”

10:38AM – – “So a lot of great new features in iMovie 11. We also have a new Garageband. Garageband 11. It has some great new features to help you fix timing in your music, something called flextime… more effects… and new piano and guitar lessons. Here’s Xander Soren.”

10:40AM  – -“We’re going to open an existing song. Now imagine a group of kids have gotten together to jam in their garage, and every recorded to a drum loop. Now I think it’s going to be clear that these guys are going to need a little help.” Ouch, lots of off time playing. “Kind of mess, right? Well the problem is the rhythm, everyone is playing sloppy. Drums are great, they’re the only thing in the song that’s right.”

10:41AM  – -So the new GB does “groove correction” automatically.

10:41AM – – “We don’t want our songs sounding robotic.

10:41AM – – “Much better, right? It’s like an automatic spell checker for bad rhythm.”

10:43AM – – Flextime allows auto dragging of lengths of waveforms. You can make notes longer or shorter at will.

10:44AM  – – New fullscreen view of Lessons — again, looks very much like an iPad application. It’s pretty clear where Apple is headed with this stuff.

10:45AM  – -New “how did I play” is a lot like Rock Band… but less fun.

10:46AM  – – It keeps a history of your performances so you can relive painful mistakes.

10:47AM  – – Steve is back!

10:48AM – – “Isn’t that great? So, GarageBand 11 with some great new features in it. Over 5m use GarageBand now. So, iLife 11. iLife 11, all this amazing engineering that’s gone into these products… is free with every new Mac. If you want to upgrade your existing Mac, just $49.”

10:48AM  – – “And iLife 11 is available today.”

10:48AM  – – “Thanks to Greg and everbody on his team. So that’s iLife. Next up, I’d like to talk about FaceTime.”

10:49AM – – “The number 1 request we’ve gotten is, can we please do FaceTime calling with these devices and the Mac? We’re introducing FaceTime for the Mac today.”

10:51AM “There’s nothing to set up, there’s nothing to configure… it’s a very simple demo.”

10:52AM – – “So that’s FaceTime for the Mac, and we’re going to release that in beta… today!”

10:52AM – – “There’s the new logo.”

10:52AM – – “Now, next up, the entrée for today… we want to give you a sneak peak at where we’re going with OS X.”

10:53AM  – -“We’ve had seven major releases of OS X in the last decade. We’re improving with every release. We’re happy with Snow Leopard, but we’re going to take it even further. We’re going to give you a preview of the next version… and we call it Lion.”

10:54AM – – “What is the philosophy about Lion? That’s where Back to the Mac comes from. We started with OS X and we created a new version called iOS — it’s now used in the iPad as well. We’re inspired by some of those innovations. And we want to bring them back to the mac. Mac OS X meets the iPad.”

10:55AM – – “These are going to be some of the most exciting things. We want to show you a few key features. So what have we learned and become inspired by on the iPad? Multitouch gestures… the App Store… why not the Mac too?”

10:55AM – –  “App Home screens… full screen apps — every app on the iPad is a fullscreen app.”

10:55AM – – “Apps on the iPad auto save, you don’t have to bother saving your data. And when you launch apps, they auto resume… that’d be great on the Mac too.”

10:56AM – – “We want to bring some of this stuff back to the Mac.”

10:56AM – – “Let’s talk about a few of these — multitouch gestures. The first thing you think of is this…” Finger touching a MBP screen.

10:57AM – –  “It gives great demo, but after a while your arm feels like it’s going to fall off. Touch surfaces want to be horizontal.”

10:57AM – – “We put a trackpad on our mouse, and we’ve come out with a pure trackpad for desktops.”

10:58AM – – “The App Store — it’s been huge as you know. On the iPhone it’s completely revolutionized mobile apps. Over 7b apps have been downloaded. We’d like to bring it back to the Mac. For Lion we’ll have a Mac App Store.”

10:58AM – – Best place to discover apps. One click downloads. Auto app updates. Free and paid apps with a 70 / 30 split. Apps are licensed for use on all your personal Macs.

10:59AM  – -“That is the Mac app store. You’ll have a single place to put them — the launch pad — home screens for your apps.”

10:59AM – – “So there’s one other thing we’d like to show you today. We have these four cool things we do in OS X. Expose, Dashboard, full screen apps, and spaces…”

11:00AM – – “This is great, but as we’ve added fullscreen apps, you know we have four of these things. Wouldn’t it be great to unify these? And we’ve done that in something we call mission control.”

11:00AM  – -App Store is a standalone app — looks a lot like iTunes.

11:01AM – – In fact, nearly identical, and navigation seems largely the same as well. It also auto-tracks updates.

11:01AM  – -“I want to show you just how easy it is to install an app.”

11:02AM One-click on the “buy” button. Drops the app into your dock and auto-downloads.

11:02AM  – -“That’s the Mac App Store.”

11:02AM  – -“Next up is the launchpad.”

11:03AM  – -You can also create folders, exactly like iOS. This is essentially an iOS Springboard layer on OS X.

11:05AM  – -You can use a multitouch gesture to swipe away from your fullscreen app and back onto the desktop or another app.

11:05AM – – Dashboard is now a screen you can flip to using gestures.

11:06AM – – Mission Control is an Expose view of your windows, your open apps (at least the fullscreen ones), and your dock.

11:07AM – –  It layers apps with multiple Windows in a stack, almost identical to Palm’s new webOS stacks!

11:07AM – –  Steve is back.

11:08AM  – -“We’re really excited about Lion. These new features are going to delight Mac users.”

11:08AM  – – “I wish we had another hour and a half to show you more. Our plan is to release Lion this summer, 2011.”

11:08AM – – “So that is OS X Lion.”

11:09AM – – “Now I want to go back and talk about the App Store for a minute. The Mac App Store is going to be really great for our users. We don’t want to wait for Lion. We’re going to put it out on Snow Leopard, and will open within 90 days.”

11:11AM – – “These are the things we wanted to share with you today… but there is one more thing.”

11:11AM  – – “That one more thing really comes back to our theme today. We talked about this virtuous circle.”

11:12AM – – “Just like this philosophy has benefit in our software, it can have benefit in our hardware. What would happen is a Mac met an iPad?”

11:12AM  – -“Instant on… great battery life, amazing standby time… solid state storage… and it’s thinner and lighter.”

11:13AM – – “These are some great things for notebooks. So we asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?”

11:13AM – – “This is the result… it is our new MacBook Air, and we think it’s the future of notebooks.”

11:14AM  – -“It’s amazingly thin. At its thickest point, it is 0.68 inches thin. And it tapers to .11 inches. And it weighs 2.9 lbs.”

11:14AM – – “It’s hard enough to build something thin — but we want our products to be durable. So the new Air is complete Unibody construction.”

11:14AM – –  “So let me tell you a bit about it. It’s got a 13.3 inch LED backlit display.”

11:15AM  – – 1440 x 900 display, Core 2 Duo CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 320m, multitouch trackpad, FaceTime camera.

11:15AM  – -“There is no optical drive, and there is no hard drive. We have gone to flash storage. Why do we do this?”

11:16AM – – “Because we know the benefits from the iPad. Instant on. It’s much more reliable. And it’s 90% smaller and lighter.”

11:17AM  – – “The wireless web tests… these… the PC industry’s tests don’t reflect real world use. We’re moving to more real world tests. Even in these tests, we’re getting 7 hours of battery life. We think it’s a double improvement.”

11:18AM – – “So what’s inside this puppy? Let’s take a look. We have flash storage. 802.11n WiFi, C2D CPU, memory, stereo speakers… and our battery. You see what the biggest thing is in there. It’s our battery.”

11:19AM – – “Now this 13.3 inch MacBook Air isn’t the whole story… because it has a younger brother.”

11:19AM  – -11.6 inch little brother — even smaller and lighter.

11:20AM – – “So what are we going to price these at? We’ve tried to be really aggressive. We think all notebooks will be like this someday.”

11:20AM  – – Pricing starts at $999.

11:21AM  – -“Both of them are available starting… today.”

That’s it.  Thanks for reading along.

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Geek Deal of the Day Part 1

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

It is all about video games today.

First up is the hit game of Super Street Fighter 4.

It is available for the XBOX 360 & PS3.

Both are on sale for only $25.00 dollars for today only.

Click the link/picutre below to take advantage.

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Marvel Comics Will Get the Tron Treatment…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

Since Disney bought Marvel all those months ago, it is only right that Marvel will get to use the Disney brand of Tron in their comics.


Just like last Halloween, a lot of Marvel titles had alternate variant covers featuring Zombies.  Such as the cover for an Amazing Spider-Man issue would have Spidey as a zombie on the front cover.  You can see what those look like and purchase them HERE.


Well in anticipation for the upcoming release of the Tron sequel, “Tron: Legacy” Marvel is using their new ownership to riddle their titles and covers with Tron-Esque artwork.  And they look BADASS.


Here is a list of what they will be:


• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651 TRON Variant, featuring Spider-Man

• AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant. featuring Spider-Woman

• AVENGERS ACADEMY #7 TRON Variant, featuring Quicksilver

• CAPTAIN AMERICA #612 TRON Variant, featuring Captain America

• INCREDIBLE HULKS #618 TRON Variant, featuring Ghost Rider

• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #33 TRON Variant, featuring Iron Man

• NEW AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Ms. Marvel

• SECRET AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Moon Knight

• THOR #617 TRON Variant, featuring Thor

• WOLVERINE #4 TRON Variant, featuring Wolverine


These all will be released from November through December.  Be sure to check the Boomstick Comics Store by clicking HERE to purchase these variant covers.


Below are what the covers will look like.

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Bob Dylan Wants You To Embrace MONO

by NapkinArt on Oct 19th, 2010

Two very special Bob Dylan releases came out today, “The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964” and “The Original Mono Recordings” box set. Here is a witty and convincing reason why you should want mono…

On a related note, it’s rare I buy CDs anymore, since I’m such a sucker for vinyl records, so I’ll have to wait until December before the “Original Mono Recordings” box is released on wax. But rest assured, I’ll let you know how it holds up. However, look for my review of the “Witmark Demos” album, as well as the Amazon pre-order exclusive live album, “Brandeis University” by week’s end. (I also have to wait to receive my copy from Amazon, since I desperately wanted the exclusive bonus album. Boo…)

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Giving Mad Props To Jack White and Co.

by NapkinArt on Oct 19th, 2010

For those who haven’t been paying attention to the genius of Third Man Record’s Jack White since his band, The White Stripes, became a house-hold name, that must be a pretty big rock you are living under…

Excuse me, perhaps I should introduce myself first, before standing on my soap box for a few minutes. My name is Jonathon Kimbrell: artist, writer, culinary engineer and avid music appreciator. I’ll be your contributing writer/critic on music and such for Boomstick Comics for the duration of this flight.

Ok, getting back to the electioneering. I’ve been a fan of Jack White, his music, and essentially everything he touches for the last 10 years. I wish I could say my fandom has lasted a lot longer, but I first discovered the genius of Jack White and his music in 2000, while a freshman in college, a very impressionable time in my life, I must add. Ever since, I’ve been following his career and the innovations he and his crew at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN have been cooking up.

The White Stripes are a powerhouse of sound, especially for just two people. The Raconteurs are The White Stripes+, will a full on band and sound. Enter The Dead Weather, the new avant garde of dark rock and raw sexual emotion that is White and lead vocalist Alison Mosshart. Only the sexual stage chemistry of Jagger and Richards can rival this duo. If  I could have ever asked for the second coming of The Velvet Underground, it would be The Dead Weather. Are you still under that rock? Just go pick up any record Jack White is playing on and you’ll see the light. Might I suggest “Horehound” for starters?

In an odd an interesting age where vinyl is regaining its throne, no one would have ever suspected new frontiers could be found in the vinyl format, and its Jack White that is pioneering these frontiers. The Dead Weather’s “Sea of Cowards” vinyl is the first time I’ve ever heard of music being pressed into the actual label of the record. White’s new ‘Triple Decker Record’ is a 12″ single of “Blue Blood Blues” with an additional 7″ single embedded inside. Simply separate the casing of the 12″ record and voila, you have a second record to enjoy. (I will admit this brilliant invention is harder than hell to get your hands on, as there were only 300 copies made world-wide.) SXSW fans of Jack and Co. were also treated to ‘Texas-Sized’ vinyl this year, making available 8″ singles and 13″ full-length LPs, sighting that ‘things are bigger in Texas.’ This is entirely true, but then again, Jack likes his exclusive goodies just to fuck with us. However, his genius keeps us coming back for more, as we ponder what new invention he’ll come up with next.

Aside from his inventiveness, here is why I like Jack White: he’s saving rock and roll one vinyl record at a time. I also happen to think he is music’s hardest working man in showbiz, rightfully taking that honor from the late ‘Godfather of Soul’, James Brown, as White wears many hats. Not only does he play in like 5,000,000 bands or so, he also dons the role of producer, steering the ship of all the new talent that comes through his Third Man Records studio. Jack White is making the music industry exciting again, in a time where major labels are still pouring shitty music down our throats on a minute-by-minute basis, and where none of them are interested in seeking out and nurturing good talent anymore. Of course, everyone still has their distributor middle-man, but perhaps White is finding ways to deliver the goods straight to the consumer, whenever the hell he feels like it. What happened to the days when an artist could release 2-3 records within a calendar year? Perhaps Jack White knows what the people want, and he’s giving it to us.

I had the fortune to join White’s Third Man Records ‘Vault’ fan club service, for a monthly fee fans get access to exclusive goodies, like rare recordings, vinyl records, videos and other swell stuff that can be possibly hocked on eBay. As I await the next batch of exclusive goodies from The Vault, I’ll be enjoying the records I’ve been able to acquire from Third Man Records thus far. Look for my review of the live ‘Racontwoers’ vinyl that was released for Record Store Day 2010. Yeah, I’m a little late on that one, but hey…sometimes records don’t find you until the time is right.

Keep on keepin’ on, Jack. If music truly does need saving, I’ll bet the farm on you good sir.

To check out what Jack White and the gang are up to, visit Third Man Records online or in person.

The Dead Weather (Publicity Photo)

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Some scary news, while just a few days ago legendary actor and martial arts BADASS Jean Claude Van Damme celebrated his 50th birthday.  I cannot believe he is 50.

Then today, reports from the set of his new movie called “Weapon” said he suffered a minor heart attack.   They say he is doing fine now and in good spirits.  I’m pretty sure he pulled out some Frank Dux type of Bloodsport shit and round housed his heart to kick start it back up into healthy working order.

He is expeected to continue shooting the movie in New Orleans and to continue to entertain all of us as the BADASS he is.

Let us send some positive thoughts and vibes his way.  Afterall he is one of the best action heroes EVER.

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The TV series  may have ended but Joss Whedon continued the series in comic book form right where season 7 left off.

Season 8 of the Buffy universe debuted a few years ago and it is pretty spectacular.  Great storytelling and artwork.  Now it is getting the motion comic treatment on bluray and will be released on January 4th, 2011.

No extras have been announced but Fox says trivia, artwork galleries, and featurettes will most likely make it to the release.

Very excited about this.  Love me some BUFFY.

Click HERE to head to the Boomstick Store and get all your BUFFY items.

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The Remake of The Crow Will Star…..

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 19th, 2010

It seems that the head execs in charge of remaking the franchise, “The Crow” have put out an offer to none other than Mark Wahlberg.

No word yet on whether or not he will accept this offer, but time will tell.

I think this is a very interesting choice.  Not a poor choice by any means, but an interesting an weird choice.

Nick Cave (Yes that Nick Cave) has written a brutal screenplay and Wahlberg just doesn’t scream out tortured soul to me.  I mean I love his work in a lot of his movies, but I would like to see what other choices are out there  before Wahlberg says YES.

Who would you want as THE CROW?

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Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for the 3rd Week of October….

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 19th, 2010

Sorry, It’s a Little late today, but still on schedule.  There are some AWESOME releases this week.  Some that I have been waiting years for. Anyway – as usual – the pics and titles link over to AMAZON – where you can learn more about the film in question – and can purchase the item, which helps give a small donation to help keep this column going. Now – here we go…

Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Edition (Bluray)

During the Vietnam War, young U.S. Captain Willard is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own: Colonel Kurtz who has apparently gone insane, murdered hundreds of innocent people, and constructed a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle. Willard and his crew embark on a surreal river journey to find Kurtz, meeting along the way a Lieutenant- Colonel who likes to watch surfing during live combat, and Playboy bunnies dropped in by helicopter to entertain rowdy troops.

This is one of the best films about war to date.  It has an all-star cast including: Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, and Francis Ford Coppola as director.  It is loaded with extras.  I highly recommend this.

Supplements

  • Interviews
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Lost scene
  • “Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • “The Hollow Men,” video of Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot’s poem
  • The Synthesizer Soundtrack” article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog

Exclusive HD Content

  • Hearts of Darkness Documentary
  • Hearts of Darkness audio commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
  • 48-page collectible printed booklet with special note from Francis Ford Coppola, never-before-seen archives from the set, behind the scenes photos and more
  • John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Ford Coppola Notes
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Photo Gallery, including images from photographer Mary Ellen Mark
  • Marketing Archive

Assault Girls (Bluray)

Now I do not know much about this movie, but the synopsis makes me want to buy this and watch it.  Could be a hell of a lot of chix-ploitation fun.


Plot Synopsis: When a video-game company creates an immersive gaming environment where players wage war against gigantic sand-dwelling monsters, three gorgeous gals armed to the teeth (Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki and Rinko Kikuchi) accept the challenge and jump into the virtual desert. But as they blaze their way into the game’s higher levels, they face ever-more ferocious foes. Yoshikazu Fujiki also stars in this sci-fi action flick from director Mamoru Oshii.


That just sounds AWESOME.  Will be checking this out.

Moulin Rouge (Bluray)

I remember seeing this in the theatre when it was first released and I was in AWE at the set design and all the cool songs that were re-done for this movie.  This movie was just so beautiful to watch and I am glad it has finally received the HD treatment.  So enter this fantastic world where nothing is forbidden and everything is possible and purchase this movie.

Supplements

  • Introduction by Baz Luhrmann
  • A Creative Adventure
  • Uncut and Unreleased Footage
  • Production Featurettes (The Stars, The Writers, The Dance, The Music, The Design, and The Cutting Room)
  • The Making of Moulin Rouge

Exclusive HD Content

  • Spectacular, Spectacular Picture-in-Picture Viewing Mode – With audio commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce, and featuring behind-the-scenes footage and stills
  • BD-Live

Night of the Demons (2009 Remake)  (Bluray)

This is a remake of the 1980’s horror film about a group of college kids who summon a demon at a party and kills everyone.  This remake is basically the same thing.  A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons.  If you like Demon movies and tons of gore and boobies, then this is a must own.  I would also purchase the original movie as well.  Just in time for Halloween.

Supplements

  • Writer/director commentary
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Behind-the-scenes footage

Predators (Bluray)

A mercenary (Adrien Brody) reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers—mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members—human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

I remember anticipating this film and that Robert Rodriguez was a major producer on this.  This a re-vamp of the original film which starred Arnold, but instead of a Predator coming to Earth, humans go to the Predator planet.  Worth a look and a must have for the fans of the franchise.  I still miss VENTURA in his role.

Supplements

  • Commentary by producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal
  • Motion Comics: “Moments of Extraction” – Robert Rodriguez presents exclusive prequel vignettes voiced by the cast of Predators. Witness the secret adventures that turned our world’s most ruthless killers into the ultimate Predator prey (Isabelle, Mombasa, “Crucified”)
  • De-Cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain

Exclusive HD Content

  • Additional Motion Comics (Cuchillo, Hanzo, and Noland Intro (part 1)/Noland Ending (part 2))
  • Predators as Prey
  • The Chosen
  • Yuatja Transformed
  • Rite of Passage
  • Fox Movie Channel presents: Making a Scene
  • Nine deleted and extended scenes
  • BD-Live: Exclusive Predator Features
  • Live Lookup – Powered by IMDB
  • Bloodline
  • Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp

Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition (Bluray)

Alfred Hitchock’s masterpiece, “Psycho” finally gets the HD treatment.  This is hands down one of the scariest films of all time.  They built a ride after this film.  This film still scares me and Anthony Perkins is BRILLIANT.

Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.” First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Ver Miles) searches for her, the horror and the suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

This is a must own for any collection.

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary
  • Documentary
  • Featurettes
  • Storyboards
  • Posters and Lobby Cards
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews
  • Photo Gallery

Exclusive HD Content

  • BD-Live
  • My Scenes

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Edition (Bluray)

One of the greatest cult films of all time gets the HD treatment.  I remember seeing this film when I was about 10 years old and i was forever warped.  Excellent music and young stars such as: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meatloaf make this film what it is…..AMAZING.  They still today all over the country show midnight screenings of this film with audience participation where you can throw stuff at the screen and see actors act out the movie live in front of the screen in synch with the film.  Love this film.

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is an “erotic nightmare beyond any measure.” Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music – A “sensual daydream to treasure forever” – starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick, and Oscar®-winner Susan Sarandon. Do the “Time Warp” and sing “Hot Patootie” with Meatloaf again…and again…and again. Pull up a slab and let the madness begin!

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
  • Deleted Musical Scenes and Outtakes
  • Alternate Credit Ending and Misprint Ending
  • Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
  • Beacon Theater, New York City “Time Warp” Music Video

Exclusive HD Content

  • Rocky-oke: Sing It!
  • Don’t Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
  • An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
  • Mick Rock (A Photographer)
  • Mick Rock’s Picture Show (A Gallery)
  • Pressbook and Poster Gallery
  • The Midnight Experience: The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture Show, Vintage Callback Track (Unrated), Prop Box, Trivia Track
  • BD-Live

Seven Samurai: Criterion Collection (Bluray)

One of the greatest films of all time by Akira Kurosawa is about a Japanese farming village, constantly besieged and pillaged by an army of bandits, recruits seven independent samurai to defend it.  This is phenomenal and am very happy to purchase this title AGAIN to get it on BLURAY.  A MUST OWN.

Supplements

  • My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Audio commentary with Film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie
  • Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa’s masterpiece
  • Audio commentary with Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
  • Theatrical trailers and teaser
  • A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills
  • My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune
  • Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa’s masterpiece
  • Theatrical trailers and teaser
  • Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills
  • A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune

That’s about it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week for tons of new releases.


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Tonight Tuesday October 19th, at the Dyer Street Bar in Dallas come see Charlie Tips and Femme Vivre and other perform acts that are guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you.

You can catch this experience on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month.

Come see dancing, sword swallowing, fire breathing, and much much more.

$10.00 cover and $2.00 wells and domestics for drink specials should seal the deal for you to make it out tonight.

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Geek deal of The Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 19th, 2010

One of the most brilliant directors EVER is part of the Geek Deal of the Day.  I am of course talking about Alfred Hitchcock.

For today only, you can purchase the Alfred Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection on DVD for 58% off.

It normally sells for about $120.00 but for today ONLY you can purchase it for $50.99.

You will get:

  • Title listing: Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), Family Plot (1976)
  • All 14 films are digitally re-mastered.
  • Amazing star power spanning over three decades in Hollywood including James Stewart, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, Doris Day, Grace Kelly and many, many more.
  • All-new bonus disc showcases Hitchcock’s films, career and legacy.
  • Ultra-premium velvet packaging
  • 36-page collectible book
  • 14 documentaries and 9 featurettes, including: The Story of Frenzy; Plotting Family Plot; The Trouble With Harry Isn’t Over; The Makig of The Man Who Knew Too Much; Obsessed with Vertigo; Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho; Saboteur: A Closer Look; Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film; Rope Unleashed; Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary; The Birds Is Coming; The Trouble with Marnie; Torn Curtain Rising; Topaz: An Appreciation by Leonard Maltin;
  • Storyboards
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Bonus Disc: AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock; Masters of Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock; All About The Birds; The Making of Psycho

That is 15 discs for $51.00.  NOT BAD.  Stock up on holiday gifts.

Click the link/picture below to take advantage of this offer.

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So a little while ago we all knew that Disney bought the comic publisher, Marvel.  I cannot believe this soon, that Disney is already soaked up Marvel Films.

Paramount has released the previous Iron Man Films, but the 3rd one will be Disney.  Paramount was given $115 million dollars for this, but this has got to suck for Paramount.  The Avengers movie will be Disney as well but Thor and Captain America will still be with Paramount.

Disney announced that Iron Man 3 has a release date of May 3rd, 2013.   No word yet on if Jon Favreau will direct, but hopefully he will be first choice.  also no word on if it will be 3-D or not.  Hopefully not.

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Want to see the sequel to Paranormal Activity before it is released for FREE?

Well you are in luck.  In conjunction with Eventful, acout 20 cities across the country will be showing a free screening of Paranormal Activity 2.  It will be Wednesday night October 20th at midnight.

You will need to click HERE and RSVP to attend the film.  Each RSVP is good for one person and you might need your ID to get in.

It is always great to see free screening of films that have not been released yet.  This is a first come first served event so arrive early.

Click HERE to RSVP.

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Here you can watch the new Sci-Fi Comedy trailer starring Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with  a CGI alien voiced by Seth Rogen.  Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristin Wiig also make appearances.

This trailer looks amazing.  I am always on board when Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are working together.  They produce comedic gold.  And with Greg Mottola directing, this should be one hell of a funny ride.  Mottola directed Superbad.

What do yall think of the trailer?

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Mel Gibson Will Have Cameo in The Hangover Sequel

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 19th, 2010

The troubled star whose agency dropped him a while ago, will get another stab at his move career.


Gibson will play  a tattoo artist in the upcoming Hangover sequel.  Filming will be on the Warner Bros. Lot where a Bangkok set has been built since the movie will be taking place in Thailand.  The film will shoot on location in Thailand after a few weeks of shooting on the Warner lot.


“The Hangover” will follow the gang, played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, as they take a boys’ trip to Thailand with a dangerous stop in Bangkok. Asian gangster Mr. Chow, played by Ken Jeong, will also return.


Mike Tyson’s career was boosted by his role in the 1st Hangover film.  He image went from troubled drug user to comedic actor.  I wonder if the same will be said for Gibson.


I’ve always liked Mel as an actor.  I do look forward to his cameo role in this and I hope he gets his guest starring role on AMC’s Mad Men next season.


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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 18th, 2010

Buffy wants you to kill vampires.

Today, get then ENTIRE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series collection for 65% off.

It normally runs for $200.00 dollars.  Today it i only $70.99.

This would make for a wonderful gift for the holidays or to add to your own personal collection.

Click the link/picture below to purchase.

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Bryan Salutes Jackass 3D (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 18th, 2010

For more than ten years now, these guys have been physically abused on and off camera for our enjoyment.  Before that it was Bam doing his CKY videos which were mostly skateboarding, but with JACKASS like skits intertwined.  It was not until Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, and Jeff Tremaine got together and JACKASS was formed.

Over the years we have seen these guys use their bodies as targets for guns, we have seen them eat poo, and use themselves as live bait for sea creatures, and much much more.

I believe these guys do a lot of good.  They take people’s fears; rather it be heights, getting stung, or hit in the face, or eating creepy things, and show you it is not only fun and hilarious, but that your fears can be conquered.  They are non discriminate and accepting of everyone.  They are good people and great at what they do.

These films are consistently funny and they are all in my top comedy films of all time.

So after 10 years we get a third JACKASS film in 3D no less.  Yes it is the same camera used to film AVATAR, so the entire film is in 3D.  And let me tell you, this movie is what 3D is made for.  These guys, despite their aging, have not lost their step and edge.  They take brutal shots to the face by various objects, fall from 60 foot trees, and much much more.

Also to open up the film, two great american icons open up the film that have not been on the big screen in quite some time.  It was a true pleasure to see them again and hopefully they do another movie.

This movie is a hilariously funny film and I can only hope for more.

Go see this movie.

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Weekend Box Office Round Up

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 18th, 2010

Jackass 3-D is the #1 movie in America this week.  It also broke records for biggest opening ever for this past weekend bringing in over $50 million dollars.  The previous record holder was Scary Movie 3 which brought in about $48 million dollars.  So kudos for the Jackass team for bringing us yet another wonderfully hilarious film.  It also set a record for being in the top 5 non-fiction/documentary biggest grossing movies of all time.  Pretty amazing.  Hopefully this means a Jackass 4.  Read my review HERE.

The comic book based movie, “Red” came in 2nd bringing in $22.5 million dollars.  Go Warren Ellis.

The Social Network went from being #1 for two weeks down to the #3 spot this week bringing in $11 million dollars for a 3 week total of $63.1 million dollars.

The horse film, “Secretariat” dropped one spot to #4 bringing in $9.5 million dollars for a combined two week total of $27.2 million dollars.

Ben Affleck’s “The Town remains in the Top 10 for 5 weeks now bringing in a little over $4 million this weekend.

GO Jackass 3-D.

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Back in July a friend and I made a psychological horror film about two female best friends who become entangled in lies, deceit, betrayal, murder, and WEREWOLVES.  We had a wonderful time making the movie and we are already planning on making more.

So to get you in the spirit of the Halloween Season come to the Inwood Theatre in Dallas Friday and Saturday at midnight and see our film.  The film will start promptly at midnight.  There is a full service bar at the Inwood Theatre as well as comfy couches and love seats in the theatre.

The movie is called “BEWARE” and will be followed by the great horror film, “Trick R’ Trreat” which you could read my review of that movie HERE.

Click HERE for more info on the theatre.

Thank you and hope to see you there.

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Comic Trade of the Day 10/14/2010

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 14th, 2010

I love collecting single issues, floppies if you will, (I’ve even heard them called flaccids, HA!) but there is also something really nice to having a nice bound collected edition to curl up with on the couch (preferably when it’s dark and stormy outside, but I digress). So here’s something new to hit the stands that I highly recommend:

7 Psychopaths – Fabian Vehlmann (writer) & Sean Phillips (artist)

What is the quickest way to end the war?  Kill Hitler, of course!  Translated in English and released a number of months back as a 3-issue mini-series, this really is suited for the tightly packaged trade format here.  I really enjoyed this book and while it does have features reminiscent of both Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Valkyrie, it is unique on it’s own for many of it’s cool and odd story points.  I initially picked this up without question because of Sean Phillips’ art as I’m a huge fan of his Criminal, Incognito, and Marvel Zombies series.  He has a real distinct style and it suits this book so well, his panels (even when as tiny as they are here) are absolutely beautiful.  Phillips really is a master of the comic craft with his ability to tell a story with a sequence of pictures.  Vehlmann’s writing is also well done (though I wonder how well it was translated to English as opposed to his native French language).  Even though this trade consists of three single issues plus some extras, this easily feels like a much longer series due to how densely packed the story is in the pages which, in my opinion, is a nice change of pace from the usual decompressed splash-page-filled comics we normally see on the stands nowadays.  I am really fascinated with WWII stories and the WWII setting in film, comics, etc. and while this story is completely fictional, it is a really fun read.  So if you’re looking for a great independent WWII-inspired story with amazing art, check this book out, perfectly priced at $9.99 for a full-sized trade paperback.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 14th, 2010

Today’s Geek Deal is all about the AWESOME tv series, “Torchwood”.  This is a spinoff of the Doctor Who series.  While Doctor Who is aimed at a family audience, Torchwood is aimed at an adult audience.  It is very good.

So today only, you can get Seasons 1 & 2 of Torchwood on DVD or Bluray for 58% off.

It is an excellent deal that you shouldn’t pass up.

Click the link below to get the full advantage of cheap movies.

Torchwood Tickles Your Fancy

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In a new “PROMO” for Conan’s show, he shows us he is the ultimate BADASS.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 13th, 2010

The Geek Deal of the Day is all about Modern Warfare.  I am of course speaking of the video game  Call of Duty.

If you have not picked up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 yet, then pick it up here for only $36.99.  If you go to any other video game retailer it will cost you more than $60.00 dollars.

So click the link below and reap the savings. Comes for PS3/XBOX/PC.

Call of Duty Video Game

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Tom Hardy Lands a Lead Role in 3rd Batman Film

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 13th, 2010

Actor Tom Hardy has landed a lead role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming untitled 3rd Batman film.  You might remember Tom Hardy from “Inception” which he played Eames who was the Forger.

No word yet on which part he will be playing but much speculation is that he will be Edward Nigma (The Riddler), but that is only rumors.  He could be anything really.  So yes, Joseph Gordon Levitt might still be considered to play The Riddler.

Make your guesses below.

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Guillermo Del Toro wants to make a 3rd Hellboy film, but Hellboy star Ron Perlman is not eager yet to make another one.


Guillermo said in an interview that he has plans to finish the Hellboy trilogy.  He went on to say that Ron really does not want to because, “He really grew tired of the makeup in the second film and he was really rubbed the wrong way by those seven hour sessions.  And I think that … I don’t blame him … but I think it is almost impossible for him to agree to do it. I can’t make a Hellboy film without Ron, you know, at all.”


So it was mentioned that they could start up an online petition for Ron and Hellboy 3 to get on board and make the film in to which Guillermo replied, “You know what?  If you guys start that, I promise you it would help, because he would absolutely love that.”


So if you click HERE, you can sign the petition which takes all of 20 seconds.  Let’s all sign this and get a 3rd Hellboy film.

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Want A Rare Tom Waits Record and Vinyl Player???

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 13th, 2010

The coolest person in the world, “Tom Waits” has been working with New Orleans institution “The Preservation Hall Jazz Band” on the benefit LP preservation which was inspired by an old 78 rpm recording called “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing” which is a Mardi Gras Indian street Chant by Danny Barker.

So the Jazz Band and Tom Waits have been doing their version of this song and will be released as a 78 LP on November 19th.

The B-side contains Waits’ and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s cover of Barker’s “Corrine Died on the Battlefield”

There will only be 504 copies available of this record to purchase.  In addition, since most record players only have the options of 33 and 45, they will be releasing a 78 record player with the record.  Only 100 players will be made for purchase.  The player itself is AWESOME.

The record itself can be purchased for a donation of $50.00 to the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.  And the record player + record canbe purchased for a donation of $200.00 to the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.

Both packages will be available for purchase in person at the New Orleans Preservation Hall on November 19th at 10:00 a.m. and online on November 20th by clicking HERE.

If you are a Tom Waits fan and a fan of New Orleans music, then try and get this rare gem.  I know I will.

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Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2010” awards will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue reuniting onstage. To gain hype for this event, Fox reshot the original teaser trailer for the film! You can watch the new version below followed by the original teaser trailer.  The Back to the Future trilogy hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 26, 2010.


I love that they did this.  Brings back great memories.



Pre order the Back to the Future trilogy on bluray below.

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As Halloween fast approaches, I will be giving you some rare treats to get you in the mood for Halloween.  This first one is a music video from the 1980’s by the rap group, The Fat Boys.  They sing a song called “Are You Ready For Freddy? which features Reobert Englund rapping in character as Freddy with the Fat Boys.

This video just takes me back to some great 80’s horror.  This was used for the 4th Nightmare on Elm Street.

Enjoy the video below.

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Before Michael J. F ox got the job on Back to the Future, Eric Stoltz was in the role of Marty McFly.  He shot five weeks in that role, and ended up being fired.

The video has director Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg talking about the decision on why they decided to get Michael J. Fox.  Hope this is on the future bluray release of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Click HERE for the video.

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Wes Anderson (director of Royal Tennenbaums) and Roman Coppola co directed a beer commercial for Stella Artois.  It is a fantastic commercial.  It brings geeks and love into the same room.

Check out the video below.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2010

Todays Geek Deal is all about WAR.

You get two HBO series of “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” on bluray.

These two sets normally go for $100.00 dollars.

For today, they are both going for a total of  $36.99.  That is 63% off.

WHAT A DEAL.

Click the link/picture below to take advantage of the offer.  Makes for a great holiday gift.

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Napoleon Dynamite Cartoon Coming to Fox…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2010

It’s official.  Fox has ordered a series based on the indie comedy, “Napoleon Dynamite”.


Fox has picked up six episodes of the show, with the original cast on board as voice talent — including Jon Heder as the title character.


With “Dynamite,” the comedy follows the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho.


This show could go either way.  I would love to see a sequel rather than a cartoon, but hopefully this show will do well.


What do yall think?



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Bluray/DVD Releases For the 2nd Week of October

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2010

A few good releases this week.  Some titles I have been waiting quite a while for to be released.  Any week is good when you get a Wes Anderson Criterion movie.  So, as usual, the picture links will whisk you away over to amazon, where you can learn more about each title, and purchase the movie for a great discount, which also donates a small percent to this column to keep this website going.  Here we go….

The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Collection Bluray)

I love this Wes Anderson film.  A story about three brothers who are on an emotional and physical journey to come to terms with their lives, and their father’s death, and the disappearance of their mother.  The whole entire film pretty much takes place in India which is BEAUTIFUL.  The soundtrack is littered with Kinks songs which makes it a pleasure to listen to.  Since being a Criterion Collection release, it is packed with extras which include:

New high-definition digital transfer approved by director Wes Anderson

Anderson’s short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited)

Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters

Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman

Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film’s music

Anderson’s American Express commercial

On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia

Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody

Dollhouse: Season 2 (Bluray)

As an “Active,” the mysterious Echo (Dushku) serves as an unwitting agent of Dollhouse, and illegal underground organization that provides its elite clientele with programmable human beings. Actives receive personality imprints, allowing them to temporarily become anyone or anything — the perfect burglar, lover, spy, or assassin. Now, with the FBI and her own shadowy past closing in, Echo must face a rogue Active who will stop at nothing to bring Dollhouse down — forever.

Extras include:


  • Audio commentary on “Vows”, by show creator Joss Whedon
  • Audio commentary on “Belonging”, by writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • Defining Moments
  • Looking Back
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted scenes

Exclusive HD Content

  • Audio commentary on “Getting Closer”, executive producer and episode writer Tim Minear

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (Bluray)

Film of The Rolling Stones’ 1972 United States tour.

Tracks:

1. Brown Sugar
2. Bitch
3. Gimme Shelter
4. Dead Flowers
5. Happy
6. Tumbling Dice
7. Love in Vain
8. Sweet Virginia
9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
10. All Down the Line
11. Midnight Rambler
12. Bye Bye Johnny
13. Rip This Joint
14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
15. Street Fighting Man

Extras include:


Supplements

  • Tour rehearsal footage from Montreux
  • 1972 Old Grey Whistle Test interview with Mick Jagger
  • 2010 interview with Mick Jagger

The Magician (Criterion Collection Bluray)

Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists. Max von Sydow stars as Dr. Vogler, a mid-nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test by a small town’s cruel, eminently rational minister of health, Dr. Vergerus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.

Extras include:

Supplements

  • New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
  • Brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film
  • Rare English-language audio interview with Bergman, conducted by filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Stig Björkman
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew, a reprinted essay by Assayas, and an excerpt from Bergman’s autobiography Images: My Life in Film

Wolverine and the X-Men: Complete Series (Bluray)

This show was badass.  Glad it is finally on bluray.  After a mysterious explosion at the Xavier mansion, and the resulting disappearances of Professor Xavier and Jean Grey, the distraught X-Men disband. But soon Wolverine, Storm, Beast and the others must join together again to not only battle the increasingly powerful Mutant Response Division, but also to prevent a catastrophic future that Xavier has warned Wolverine must never come to pass. With help from their allies, the heroic X-Men wage war against formidable foes as the present and future collide. But who will win? Discover for yourself as this extraordinary series is presented together in one complete collection like never before.

Supplements

  • Audio commentaries
  • Two unique featurettes

Leaves of Grass (Bluray)

I do not know much about this film, but I cannot believe this film did not get a major release.  It stars Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon, and Keri Russell.  An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord.  Sounds awesome.  I’ll be picking this up.

Well that’s it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week for new releases.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

This WEEK’S geek deal is killer.

How about the first four seasons of Dexter on bluray?

I love this show.  Showtime has done a great job with this series.  These first four seasons were INCREDIBLE.

Get all 4 seasons in HD on bluray for less than $100.00 this week.

The set normally sells for over $225.00 dollars.

A HUGE discount.

Click the link/picture below to take advantage of the huge sale.

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Draft for Zoolander 2 Completed…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

Justin Theroux has confirmed that he and Ben Stiller have finished the 1st draft of a sequel for Zoolander.

Theroux confirmed this to MTV while at New York Comic Con by saying: “The script is in good shape right now,” he said. “I’m feeling very optimistic about it. We’re doing a few little tweaks before we submit it, but I’m very hopeful that I’m going to be working on that soon.”  “It’s too funny – it’ll blow your mind.”

The current story line is reportedly about Zoolander and Hansel trying to get back and gain fame again in the fashion model industry at the age of 40.

He explained: “We start off with them in a pretty bad place… They’re about to ring 40’s bell. They have to claw their way back into the fashion industry in some way or another.”

It was also said that Will Ferrell will reprise his role as villain Mugatu and that a character has been written for “Superbad” star Jonah Hill.

The first Zoolander was great.  It was directed by Ben Stiller , and I am sure this one will be as well.  Let’s hope we see Billy Zane again.

What do yall think?

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Jeff Lemire Gives More Hints at Superboy Series

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

Jeff Lemire is one of my all-time favorite writers/artists and has absolutely blown me away month after month with his current Sweet Tooth series over at Vertigo as well as his past graphic novels, “Essex County Trilogy” and “The Nobody.”  Recently, Lemire has signed an exclusive contract with DC and has written a fantastic The Atom one-shot, as well as an Atom back-up story at the end of Adventure Comics the last several months.  This November, Lemire will be writing a new Superboy ongoing series and I can’t be more excited to get my hands on the first issue.  Lemire grew up on a farm in rural Canada and I think his life experiences will bring a new authentic light to Superboy growing up in Smallville.  I never grew up on a farm, but I spent most of my childhood growing up in the Midwest, so I too feel a certain nostalgia for these Smallville tales.  Check out Lemire’s article on Superboy here at DCU’s “The Source.”  Posted below are some great teaser pics to get you excited.  The first one being an amazing cover by Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) and the second pic being interior art from Pier Gallo.  Enjoy!

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**UPDATE**Rhys Ifans Cast as “Spider-Man” Villain

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Formula 51) has been cast as the villain in the next Spider-Man 3-D reboot.  Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire will not be returning.  No word yet on which villain Rhys will play, but comment with you guesses.


Official Press Release below:


RHYS IFANS JOINS CAST OF NEXT “SPIDER-MAN”

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theatres nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, “What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”

Spider-Man is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O’Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.

**UPDATE**

Jeffrey Sneider from The Wrap is reporting that Rhys Ifans is set to play villain Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard) in the upcoming Spider-Man flick.  I’m curious how this will play out.  Which story line and angle they will go with.  Rhys is a hell of an actor and I’m sure he will be killer in this role.

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If you’ve caught Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lately, you may have noticed a few changes. First of all, there’s no more “hot seat”: Each contestant stands while he/she tries to win a million bucks. Secondly, the questions are shuffled, so you never know how much an answer may be worth.

And since the show has been welcoming more celebrity guests, the guys from Pawn Stars will be on next week including Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, and Chumlee.  The episode will air October 19th. so check your local listings and set to record.

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Banksy who directed “Exit Through the Gift Shop”  created this title sequence for the Simpson’s that aired last night.  It is so hilariously dark, I doubt that Fox will ever let Banksy do another one again or any director for that matter.

It was truly great.

Check the video out below.

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Well Avatar did this and it must have worked very well, so on October 28th IMAX theaters will be hosting “TRON NIGHT” which feature 20 plus minutes of the new Tron film.  Tickets will be available starting tomorrow Tuesday the 12th through various internet sites.  It will be dubbed Tron Tuesdays which this will be the first one of many up until the actual release.


Below is an official press release detailing information about the Tron Tuesdays.  I am looking forward to the next Tron Film.  How about you?


WALT DISNEY PICTURES KICKS OFF “TRON: LEGACY” 10-WEEK GLOBAL COUNTDOWN

20+ MINUTE 3D SNEAK PEEK ELECTRIFIES AUDIENCES AROUND THE WORLD WITH “TRON NIGHT: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE”

Walt Disney Pictures’ “TRON: Legacy” Opens in US Theaters

December 17, 2010

BURBANK, Calif. (October 10, 2010) —Walt Disney Studios announced today, October 10, 2010 (“10-10-10”), the kickoff of the official 10-week countdown to the release of “TRON: Legacy,” which opens in theaters December 17, 2010. Every week for the next 10 weeks marks a major milestone in the countdown as The Walt Disney Company rolls out exciting new TRON events, film content, products and announcements in preparation for the worldwide film launch, including:

TRON Night: An IMAX 3D Experience, a special event on October 28, 2010, that will give audiences worldwide the first opportunity to step onto the Grid and into the cutting-edge, 3D world of Walt Disney Pictures’ high-tech adventure “TRON: Legacy,” during an exciting 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, sponsored by Asus Computer International.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX 3D theaters internationally will offer a special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage. “It’s exciting to offer fans an early, exclusive 3D preview of ‘TRON: Legacy’ in the ultimate of formats. We can’t wait for audiences around the world to experience the visually stunning and cutting-edge world that director Joe Kosinski has created,” said Sean Bailey, President of Production, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, is equally enthusiastic. “We are ecstatic that the Disney team and the ‘TRON: Legacy’ filmmakers elected to debut this amazing footage exclusively in our network of theaters,” said Foster. “This first-look in IMAX 3D is the most immersive way to bring audiences into the world of ‘TRON: Legacy’ and kick-off the countdown to the film’s highly-anticipated launch.”

Tickets to the October 28th TRON Night events are free and will be distributed for US and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 10:00 a.m./PDT on the first “TRON Tuesday,” October 12, 2010. Information for U.S. and Canadian ticketing can be found on Facebook.com/TRON.

** Beginning today, fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets to select IMAX 3Dmidnight screenings of “TRON: Legacy.” Tickets may be purchased at all participating IMAX locations and online at Disney.com/TRON.

** “TRON Tuesdays”— every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, exclusive new video and film content, including behind-the-scenes exclusives, trailers and artwork, will be released around the world online and through select broadcast outlets. To get the latest on “TRON Tuesdays” and more, visit Disney.com and Facebook.com/TRON.

**“10-10-10” also marks the launch of Disney.com’s TRON: Get on the GridSweepstakes, featuring hundreds of prizes including a Grand Prize Trip for four to experience ElecTRONica, the new street celebration at Disney California Adventure™ Park. Details and official entry rules are available at Disney.com/TRONsweeps.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 10-WEEK COUNTDOWN:

** Walt Disney Records will release the “TRON: Legacy” official motion picture Soundtrack, scored by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, on December 7th.

** In addition to new merchandise arriving to stores this month, Disney Consumer Products will debut exciting, new “TRON: Legacy” products and promotions, including a special line for women, a one-of-a-kind immersive retail destination for products and a unique gadget line for music and gaming fans.

** On December 7th, Disney Interactive Studios will launch the next-gen videogame “TRON: Evolution” for all major home video game consoles, Windows PC and handheld platforms.**

Disney Parks is celebrating “TRON: Legacy” with ElecTRONica, a nighttimestreet event at Disney California Adventure™ Park, featuring a dynamic visual- and music-based experience, a re-creation of Flynn’s Arcade and an opportunity to see a special 3D preview of “TRON: Legacy.” ElecTRONica runs from now until April 2011 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and nightly through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

Information on all TRON activities can be found at Disney.com/TRON.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D action-packed adventure set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn’s Arcade—that could have only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually stunning universe—created by Kevin Himself—which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons and landscapes, and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

“TRON: Legacy” is directed by Joseph Kosinski, from a screenplay written by Eddy Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy Award®–winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” hits theaters on December 17, 2010.

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Doctor Who Season 6 To Take Place in America

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

BBC’s amazing Doctor Who show will be filming in America for the first time ever.



Upcoming season’s first two episodes to be set in the U.S.

The BBC announced today that season six of Doctor Who, which delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA earlier this year, will open with a spectacular two-parter set in the U.S. and penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat.

In the special two-parter co-produced with BBC AMERICA, key scenes will be filmed in Utah for a story set in the late ‘60s in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office itself.

Production on episodes one and two of the new season starts in Cardiff this month and Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will then travel to America in mid November to shoot pivotal scenes. They will also be joined by Alex Kingston who reprises her role as River Song.

Showrunner and lead writer, Steven Moffat, said: “The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually! And of course every Doctor Who fan will be jumping up and down and saying he’s been in America before. But not for real, not on location – and not with a story like this one! Oh, you wait!”

Piers Wenger, Head of Drama BBC Wales and Executive Producer, added: “Steven’s scripts generally inspire us to go that extra mile – this time we’re going that extra four thousand. Thanks to our friends at BBC AMERICA and to the continuing ambition of our lead writer and production team, the first two episodes of Matt Smith’s second season as the Doctor are going global and look set to become Doctor Who’s most action-packed and ambitious season opener yet.”

The new season follows on from the Doctor Who Christmas special guest starring Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon which is due to premiere during the holiday season. Season six will start airing on BBC AMERICA in spring 2011 and has been split into two blocks, with the second block airing in autumn 2011. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

2010 has been a breakthrough year for the Doctor Who franchise across all platforms since BBC AMERICA became the official home of the series. The series reached the number one spot on the “Top TV Seasons” chart on iTunes and now Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Season hits stores on Blu-ray and DVD on November 9.

Doctor Who was co-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One and will be produced by Marcus Wilson (Life on Mars) and Sanne Wohlenberg (Margaret). Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer (Sherlock Holmes) with Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes), also Executive Producing.

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until March 2011.

For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to www.press.bbcamerica.com.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies, life-changing makeovers and a whole new world of nonfiction. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 68 million homes.

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Anthony Bourdain Writing Comics?

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2010

According to Vertigo’s “Graphic Content” Blog, Anthony Bourdain (chef, author, and host of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” television show) will be co-writing an original graphic novel titled “GET JIRO!” with Joel Rose and illustrated by Langdon Foss.  Here is the quoted description from Vertigo:

GET JIRO! is a futuristic action thriller that takes America’s newfound obsession with exotic cuisine to a manic, violent extreme. It takes place in a world where food and the secrets of how to prepare it are the source of all power leading master chefs to fight over Jiro, a mysterious top-notch sushi chef with ideas of his own.”

I am a big fan of Anthony Bourdain and often find a personal connection with his views of the world he travels, the importance of food, family, and friends (new and old).  I thoroughly enjoy his “realist” viewpoints and commentary and I am really excited to see what he can bring to the graphic novel format.  I can only assume that he was inspired by his friend and fellow author Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) who passed away recently as Bourdain has made it no secret that he was a huge fan of Harvey Pekar.  Check out the sweet promotional art below, are you as excited as I am??

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Reviews for the Week of Sept. 29, 2010

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2010

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #644 – Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta continue in the third issue of the Origin of the Species arc.  Since Marvel created the “Spidey Brain Trust” and the thrice-monthly schedule over a year ago, many new characters and plot-lines have developed to create this Spider-Man universe.  Waid has found a unique way to throw many of Spidey’s past foes at him all at once in this issue.  Spidey is not only swinging through NYC to escape with his own life, but he’s on the run to save the baby of Norman Osborn and Harry Osborn’s ex-girlfriend, a baby with unique Goblin serum properties (and a huge ransom)…oooh, creepy!  This is a particularly emotional issue with some of the confrontations with his enemies, particularly the cool twist at the end.  I really wasn’t excited about Azaceta’s art the last couple of issues but it has developed nicely, especially with the amazing coloring job.  Azaceta’s pencils are really tight and he has a real knack for illustrating big camera shots and fast-paced action well.  I really thought this issue was a fun read and I can’t wait to read next week’s issue!  (4 out of 5)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #610 – First of all, check out that killer cover.  Cap’s vibranium shield smacking Baron Zemo upside the face is brutal!  Ed Brubaker has had me cheering for Captain America again with the conclusion of his last arc, “No Escape.”  The last four issues have been the story of how the new Baron Zemo found out that his father didn’t exactly kill Bucky (current Captain America) back in WWII like he originally thought.  We get to see Zemo’s true intentions and feelings toward Bucky in this issue, and it may not be the strict revenge plot that you’re thinking.  This was such an awesome issue and it has this insanely cool “pulp” feel to it, particularly with Butch Guice’s pencils.  I was really bummed when Steve Epting left the book as his version of Captain America was definitely my favorite by far…but Guice has really impressed me big time here.  I could honestly care less about the Nomad back-up story as it has little if anything to do with what’s going on in Captain America and I’m very happy that they’re switching gears and having a Black Widow back-up next issue…ahh, much better.  Been away from Captain America for a while?  Come back pronto as it’s getting absolutely awesome again.  (5 out of 5)

CHEW #14 – Always one of my favorite indie/creator-owned series since it debuted, Chew has never dipped into suck territory.  John Layman writes a tight story and has an awesome sense of humor.  The main character, Tony Chu, is a cibopath, which means he receives psychic impressions from whatever he eats…yes I said WHATEVER he eats, as it never fails that he’s put in some pretty cringe-worthy gustatory situations.  The series takes place in a slightly alternative world where the FDA is the top-police force after the Bird Flu epidemic cripples the world.  Tony is a FDA agent/detective and his cases are always in that crazy “oh wow, why didn’t I think of that?” mode, especially centering on the illegal post-Bird Flu chicken production/trafficking.  This is an interesting title as it is definitely meant for adults in it’s graphic nature, but it’s just so ridiculously fun.  Rob Guillory has this really unique art style that can take the violent or grotesque subject matter and twist it into dark comedy awesomeness.  This issue features the return of Tony’s ex-partner Mason Savory as well as a really funny back-story concerning Tony’s past love life, is it possible to wince and laugh at the same time?  By no means was this a bad issue at all, but it wasn’t quite at the top of the heap of Chew books so far, but keep this original series coming!  The creative team assure us we’re in for a sweet 60-issue run.  (4 out of 5)

SECRET WARRIORS #20 – The Secret Warriors is the covert team directed by Nick Fury who has been “underground” in the Marvel U for a number of years now.  Jonathon Hickman is a supremely intelligent writer (loved his amazing indie mini-series The Nightly News) who honestly writes above my head at times as he weaves together so many characters and plot-lines that it is hard to keep up without constant charts and graphs, haha.  When this series first started, it was really just about how badass Nick Fury is and the development of his new core team of covert operatives, but the series slowly built up to including multiple enemy forces (Hail Hydra!) and his own set of sub-teams with their own unique code names.  The cast in this series is HUGE, particularly at only 20 issues in.  This is the penultimate arc of the series, and I highly recommend following along in trade format where you can digest entire arcs together.  I wonder if this will ever receive the omnibus treatment from Marvel one day, as this would be best read all at once.  If this series had more of a focus on Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, and the Howling Commandos, I’d easily give this a top rating, but considering how confusing this is all getting, and how the art has taken a dip in quality, I’m only giving this a (3 out of 5)

AVENGERS PRIME #3 (OF 5) – Marvel had decided to retool/revamp their Avengers franchise with the cancellation of all their past Avengers books and then starting Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and Avengers Academy, all with new #1 issue numbering.  And as if four new series weren’t enough to contain all the subsequent Avengers mythos, Brian Michael Bendis has been releasing this Avengers Prime mini-series with legendary artist Alan Davis.  It may be premature of me to say so, but this has been my favorite new Avengers title out of the list and sadly it is only a 5 issue mini.  This story centers around the holy Marvel trinity that is Captain America (Steve Rodgers), Thor, and Iron Man.  Bendis’ dialogue is top-notch, especially with Tony Stark’s monologue with a huge dragon creature as I really felt that Robert Downey Jr. biting dry wit (an instance where the movies have actually positively affected the source material back again).  The three heroes are stuck in one of the nine realms beyond Asgard (as it has fallen recently in the Siege storyline) and it is still a mystery as to what is truly transpiring here.  Davis’ art is SO good, very classic pencils with modern coloring techniques makes for some awesome comic art.  I am salivating for the next issue…thus initiating my first official Pick of the Week here at Boomstick Comics!  (5 out of 5)

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Since we found out  Tony Gilroy would be directing and writing The Bourne Legacy, were were wondering if Matt Damon would return as the hero Jason Bourne since he was quoted as saying in interviews that he would only make another Bourne film if Paul Greengrass would return to direct.


Gilroy was interviewed the other day and he said:


“It’s a completely original screenplay….This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project.”


“The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal…Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].”

So why even make a Bourne film?  REALLY?  Call it something different.  Or are they just going to use the Bourne name to capitalize profit?

Does not make sense to me.

Your thoughts?  Has anybody read the book in question?

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Movie Box Office Weekend Round-Up

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2010

Facebook is #1 again for the second weekend in a row.  “The Social Network keeps its #1 spot bringing in $15.5 million dollars this weekend for a two week total of $46 million dollars.


The Katherine Heigl film, “Life As We Know It” came in 2nd bringing in $14.6 million dollars.


The movie about a horse, “Secretariat” came in #3 bringing in $12.6 million dollars.


The CG animated film about owls, “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole dropped from the #2 spot to the #4 spot bringing in $7 million dollars for a combined 3 week total of $39.4 million dollars.


Wes Craven’s (Nightmare on Elm street) new horror film, “My Soul To take” came in at #5 taking in almost $7 million dollars.  His next film is Scream 4.


Ben Affleck’s “The Town” dropped from the #4 spot to the #6 spot bringing in $6.3 million dollars for a combined 4 week total of $73.7 million dollars.


The Wall Street sequel dropped from the #3 spot to the #7 spot this week bringing in $4.6 million dollars for a combined 3 week total of 43.6 million dollars.


The ten sex comedy, “Easy A” remains in the top 10 at #8.  It was at  the #5 spot last week.  It brought in $4.2 million dollars this weekend for a combined 4 week total of $48.1 million dollars.


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

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 9th, 2010

The A-Team complete series is the Geek Deal of the Day.

For the next few hours or until it runs out, the entire collection of The A-Team television series which comes incased in a cool collectible A-Team van.

The set normally sells for $150.00 dollars.  It is only $66.99 for now.  Hurry up and take advantage of this offer.

Click below to purchase.

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PS3 Game “Uncharted” Being Made Into Movie

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 9th, 2010

Sony Pictures has confirmed that Director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) has signed on to write and direct the movie adaptation to the PS3 game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”.


Russ Fischer wrote:


Development of Uncharted isn’t a surprise, as it was explicitly designed in the first place to have the quality of a summer adventure film. The story features Nate Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Nate is being shadowed by journalist Elena Fisher as he searches for the coffin of his forefather. When found, the object contains a diary that seems to point to El Dorado, and Nate and Elena are soon involved in a run and gun tale featuring pirates, lost gold and mutant humans.



The Official Sony Press Release:


CULVER CITY, Calif., October 8, 2010 – David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures’ Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PS3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.  The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad, and Alex Gartner.

The story follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film.  He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”

The game, developed by the acclaimed team at Naughty Dog, was one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed games for the PS3.  Named IGN’s Best Action Game and Best PS3 Game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sold one million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007 on its way to moving more than 2.6 (confirm) million copies and spawning a sequel.  That sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a major commercial and critical success, winning Game of the Year honors from several influential critics, being named the most critically acclaimed game of the year by Metacritic, and selling more than 3.8 million copies worldwide.  Both games are among the all-time best-selling games for the platform.

The project will be overseen at Columbia Pictures by Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin.


Now I have never played Uncharted before but friends tell me it is one hell of a game.

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Shrek Gets The Bluray Treatment

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 9th, 2010

All four Shrek films will arrive on Blu-Ray on the same day this year and just in time for the holidays.  The plans are to release the three previous Shrek films on the same day the 4th installment, “Shrek Forever After” on December 7th.  Shrek: The Whole Story Box Set will be available on Bluray and DVD.  Most, if not all of the previous extras on the DVD versions will be carried over to the blu-ray, plus some new ones including an all-new short called  “Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular”.   In addition to the box set the 4th installment, “Shrek Forever After” will be available by itself in a combo pack including the blu-ray & dvd.


No word yet on if the previous films will be released by themselves.


I hope they are.  It makes me “HULK” mad when studios do this kind of thing.  If you have a trilogy or tv show, and you haven’t released the films on blu-ray yet, and the final film or show in your franchise is getting the blu-ray treatment, and the only way to get the previous entertainment on bluray is in  a box set, then you are going to lose sales and piss people off.


For instance, this Shrek franchise.  The first two films were great.  I would gladly shell out some money for those two in HD.  But, not for the third one.  The 3rd film was phoned in and half-assed and I do NOT want any part of it.  So the only way I can get my previous Shrek films is by purchasing the entire collection, then FUCK YOU studios.


You already did it with the Spider-Man trilogy.  I have not met a single soul that has enjoyed the third Spidey film.  But the only way I can get a copy of the first two films (which are EXCELLENT) is for me to purchase all three films in the set.  You also did it with the Fraggle Rock tv series by releasing the last season only in a box box set of all seasons.  You also did that with the Lord of the Rings trilogy bluray.  You only released them in a set.


Now I know you always eventually release them individually, but the Spider-Man series has been out for a few years and on ly now is it finally being released individually.


So please studios, release the Shrek films individually in addition to the box set.


More info and box art to come shortly.

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A couple of decades before Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland made audiences scream and laugh at the sight of zombies eating your flesh and brains, Return of the Living Dead paid tribute to the horror frenzy of Romero Zombie films that came before.   This same year Romero would release his most gruesome film, “Day of the Dead”.  Early on in production, the producers and director wanted to make a film that was sort of a homage to the 1969 classic Night of the Living Dead.  It is a tribute to that old Drive -In Horror movie era.

Now the first time I saw this film was when I was about twelve years ago and my cousin had a copy on VHS.  We sat down and watched it, and my jaw dropped on how crazy this movie was.  We had to turn off the movie ever so often when his parents would come in the room so that they wouldn’t see us watching blood and guts and tits.  All necessary things to have in a horror movie by the way.

Merely chalking Return of the Living Dead as a horror comedy really doesn’t do this justice.  This really is the ultimate 80’s horror film from my youth.  It has some genuinely freaky moments, some over the top gore and a ghoulish sense of humor.  If you’re not laughing at a naked, frozen cadaver sprinting towards a screeching homeless guy or one of the characters discovering that movies lie about how to kill zombies, then surely you’ll chuckle at reanimated corpses chanting “brains” or roll your eyes when another character gives his short soliloquy about his look being a lifestyle.  I mean this movie has it all.  This a must own for anytime of the year.

The Picture Quality

Back in 2007, a big Collector’s edition of this movie was released and the director worked on remastering it.  This seems to be the same transfer on bluray which is a good thing.  It looks clear with the same feel as an 80’s movie.  It is presented in 1080p in 1.85:1.  Facial close-ups are great and the contrast is bright that gives the visibility of objects in the background some depth and clarity.  Some of the black levels are not consistent with the rest of the film but it is barely noticeable.  It is a great release but it would have been nice for a new HD transfer.

The Audio Quality

This release comes with a DTS-HS audio track which is the best out of all previous releases.  But since it was recorded in mono, do not expect somethingAMAZING.   It doesn’t pack a punch that would scare you out of your seat like newer recorded movies would do, but for mono quality, it does the trick.  It brings you back to that nostalgic 80’s era.

The Packaging

This is where my MAJOR gripe comes in.  The cover art for this release is NOT the awesome art that we are all used to.  Instead we get the decayed text in red with a one zombie jumping out at you towards the bottom of the cover.  What was wrong with the zombie punks in the graveyard?  That is an iconic image.  Why didn’t you keep that?  It is overall a very unattractive cover.  They should have kept it original.  The discs main menu is pretty cool though.  It zooms through the graveyard where their are full motion clips on all the tombstones with some instrumental music playing.

Extras

If you own previous editions, then all of those features were transfered to this release.  This is a good thing, because the extras are heavy plenty of them.

Disc One

  • Audio Commentaries — Two separate feature-length tracks are ported over from the earlier DVD releases. First up is director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout. Immediately, things are off to a good start, as before introducing themselves O’Bannon is compelled to tell viewers that this film is absolutely based on true facts. Despite being a very scene-specific commentary, both men are talkative and crack jokes at one another as well as about the movie. O’Bannon, of course, spends more time explaining the origins of certain lines and working with the cast, while Stout examines the look and prop design, offering some great anecdotes behind the production. Overall, this is an enjoyable and informative commentary track that’s worth a listen. Our second audio track features Stout once more, and he’s joined by cast members Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, and Allan Trautman. Although not as energetic as the previous selection, the group is quite chatty with nary a moment of silence. Everyone offers minor quips about the production and behind-the-scenes stories, from casting to wardrobe. They even throw in a few compliments to the crew and Stout’s work, and there’s also an interesting comment about Ed Gein’s death at around the same time as shooting. We also learn that Quigley’s dancing scene on the set was while Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girls” played in the background. The discussion offers a fun listen with several good tidbits spread throughout and one strange moment of weirdness.
  • “The Dead Have Risen” (SD, 21 min) — A short retrospective with cast members sharing their experiences working on the movie. Although it’s mostly a whole lot of praising, there is the occasional comment about the characters and preparation that makes it worth a look.
  • “The Decade of Darkness” (SD, 23 min) — Made up mostly of interviews with various filmmakers, including a few funny bits with Elvira, this piece is an awesome look back at the 1980s, a booming decade of some of the wildest and creative horror movies that has yet to be matched.
  • “Designing the Dead” (SD, 14 min) — Director Dan O’Bannon talks about how he came to work in the film industry and how the script for this movie landed on his lap. Along with William Stout providing a historical setting, O’Bannon also shares his reasons for changing the original concept into a comedy.
  • Trailers (SD) — Two theatrical previews are offered here: a green band version dubbed the “Bloody Version” and the red band called “Even Bloodier Version.”
  • Zombie Subtitle Stream — This is much like a separate subtitle track for when zombies scream. And all we see is the words “aaarrrgghh!!” every once in a while on the screen. It’s nothing wholly exciting.
  • In Their Own Words: The Zombies Speak — This is a pretty weak attempt at comedy, pretending like zombies are making random comments at the movie.

Disc Two

  • DVD — A standard definition copy of the film is also included in the package with the same assortment of special features.

Overall, I think this is a solid release, but I do not think it will be the last one.  I do like the fact that you get the DVD and Bluray with this purchase.  The audio is the best you will have so far with this release and the picture is solid.  This is truly a gem of a film and a must own for any horror fans.

Make the purchase by clicking the link/picture below in time for Halloween.

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The Rock is Finally a BADASS Again…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

As it pleases me to say, that THE ROCK has taken a break from his family entertainment films to give us fans a hardcore movie that he should be in.  I am a huge fan of THE ROCK, and I will pretty much see anything he is in.  Even the family friendly films.

Now we get a move with him called “Faster”.

“After 10 years in prison, Driver has a singular focus – to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. With two men on his trail – a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent, the hunter is also the hunted. Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.”

I cannot wait for this.

Check out the Red band trailer below.

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Marvel Comics Also Drops Their Monthly Comics Prices

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Less than an hour after their primary competitor announced an across the board price drop from $3.99 to $2.99.  Marvel Comics today also announced at least a partial move away from the often criticized $3.99 price for new serialized superhero comics.

During the ICv2 Conference On Comics & Digital – a Thursday afternoon industry pre-event to New York Comic Con – Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation David Gabriel confirmed that new books launching in January 2011 will not debut at $3.99. “A lot of talk I’ve heard [today is] about the pricing increases overall…because of the digital comics sales, prices will decrease,” he said as part of a panel whose focus was “Print Vs. Digital.”

Gabriel prefaced the announcement by outlining some of Marvel’s broader successes in the downloadable comics space since launching their dedicated iPhone and iPad application in April. “This week we passed 2 million downloads [of the App,]” the VP explained, noting that the overall interest “does not translate yet into 2 million downloads today for books.” However, as a point of comparison, he said that weekly sales of comics on mobile devices have come close but not surpassed the sales of Manhattan retailer powerhouse Midtown Comics – one of the biggest accounts Marvel services in the direct market.

The sales online were particularly strong for the trial runs Marvel has done on day-and-date releases like this week’s “Ultimate Thor” #1. “We found that in a week’s time, the download of the day-and-date comics were a little bit less than what Midtown orders. They’re one of the top retailers in the country, so it gives you an idea of where we’re at.”

Gabriel added that by tomorrow, digital sales of “Ultimate Thor” will have surpassed the amount sold to the biggest accounts Marvel works with.

Doubtlessly, the $3.99 versus $2.99 price debate will be a big part of the discussion around New York Comic Con just as the general price increase has been a somewhat controversial move in the eyes of fans and retailers, particularly as summer sales of single issue comics have taken a noticeable downturn.

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Beginning January 2011, DC Comics will implement a line-wide pricing adjustment, lowering the prices of all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 to $2.99, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.

“Today’s announcement re-affirms DC Comics’ commitment to both our core fans and to comic book store retailers,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.”

“As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years.” said Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

When taking into account mini-series, annuals and specials, more than 80% of DC’s comic books will be priced at $2.99.

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War;
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

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Bryan Gets Frozen (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Adam Green is one talented young filmmaker.  He caught my eye with his 1st film, “Hatchet”.  Then I kept hearing about this movie called “Frozen”.  I did not initially know what it was about, then I heard through some sources that it was about three college kids who get stuck high up on a ski lift.

After hearing this, I thought, that’s not that bad, they could survive a night.  How could you make an interesting movie about that?

Well Adam Green did and he made one hell of a fun and tense movie.

It begs the question, what would you do in a terrible situation to stay alive?

So I’m going to flat out say it…these three main characters are in Frozen are STUPID.  It is their own fault they are stuck up there and the decisions they make are ridiculous, but without these stupid decisions, we would not have a FUN film.  So keep that in mind while watching the film.  And you know that there are a lot of dumb people in this world that will do the insanely stupid shit these kids do.  That said, I find this film fairly realistic and a hell of a lot of fun.

This is one of those films that is so full of suspense that you might actually sweat and that whoever you watch it with will spend the entire time during the movie and after telling you what they would have done in that situation.

I personally think that this would be cool as hell as a stage play.  Like a one setting type of scenario of survival.  Would be AWESOME.

This is a film to watch with a big audience.  So get your friends over and pop this into your player and take joy in all the screams and people gripping each other, because it WILL happen.

The movie is scary, vicious, tense, and so much fun to watch with people to see them EEEK and claw at you in horror.

Pick this up below.

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Cowdefender Logs Into the Social Network (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

The #1 movie in the country is getting rave reviews from all over the board.  With  a team like David Fincher (Fight Club) and Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) making this Facebook movie, you would definitely click the “Like” button.  Hope you enjoy Cowdefender’s review of The Social Network.


The Social Network

A compelling walk and talk with brilliant portrayals of some incredibly bright individuals. Sorkin dialog at its most tight. This movie packs 3+ hours of snappy dialog into its 2ish hour runtime. A complaint I often find with movies based on real people is that I wind up not liking anyone. That wasn’t the case here. I liked or felt sympathetic with most of the main characters.

The movie bends over backwards (in ways you won’t notice) to reinforce authenticity. In one scene Zuckerberg leaves a computer science class, the professor jokes that he must’ve found himself in over his head at which time Zuckerberg answers the exceptionally difficult question on his way out. What you don’t see is that as it was originally shot his technobabble was incorrect. It was later reshot with corrections later. Detail.

The only things that could resemble gripes about this movie are:

1. reverse Titanic effect
2. real stories don’t always have ends

As far as point 1: we know how the story ends. It’s the opposite of a tragedy. We don’t know all the details, but we have a good idea that the lawsuits won’t kill the Facebook. For point 2: the movie is a very interesting slice of the lives of some interesting people. It has a sensible beginning and end, but it doesn’t get to have some kind of grand closure. That is to say, it doesn’t really have the chance to stick the landing. But that is a very small gripe. I don’t know that they could have executed this movie any better than they did.

Rating:  8/10


– Cowdefender

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Officially Licensed Tron Motorcycle Suits For Sale…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Since the Tron Legacy trailers have been airing, every single image just radiates of AWESOME.  So the powers that be have decided to make some of those cool motorcycle suits for purchase.

The whole ensemble is about $1000.00.

I think these look pretty cool.  Not as cool as the T2 jacket.

Click here to get all the info.

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Ridley Scott to Produce Another Phillip K. Dick Novel…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Director/Producer Ridley Scott who gave us “Blade Runner” which was based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep“, is on board to produce another one of Phillip’s novels.  This time it is “The Man In The High Castle”.


It is set in 1962, the novel imagines that the Axis powers won World War II and that Germany and Japan now share control of North America.


The project is looking to be a 4 part BBC miniseries.


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The famous Looney Toon skunk is finally getting the recognition he deserves.  He is getting his own movie.


Warner Brothers is developing a film based on Pepé where he and the girl of his dreams, Penelope Pussycat, would be CG characters and everyone else would be real.


Mike Meyers will lend his voice as Pepe Le Pew.  No word yet on who will be Penelope Pussycat or who else will star in the film, but with a big name like Mike Myers, you can be sure that the stars will come rolling in.


It has been quite a while since the Looney Toons have been on the big screen.  I think the last time they were on it, was Looney Toons: Back in Action.  Which wasn’t that great of a movie.


It is an odd choice to revamp the Looney  Toons with this character rather than Bugs or Daffy, but if this movie does well, let’s hope we can look forward to an entire Looney Toon series of films.


Your thoughts?

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Slash from Guns n Roses is getting involved with the movie industry by starting up his own Horror Film company called Slasher Films.  The company will produce contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the ’70s and ’80s.


Their first venture will be the horror/thriller “Nothing to Fear”.


Deadline reports a plot synopsis for Nothing to Fear that definitely falls in line with the studio’s old school aspirations. It follows a young family that tries to start over in a small town in rural Kansas, only to be tormented by “an ancient demon with an insatiable blood lust”. The film’s script, by Jonathan W.C. Mills, is set and ready to go into production early next year.


Future screenplay developments for Slasher Films will be financed by Scout Productions, who will also oversee production on the films. Previously, Scout has backed films such asTranssiberian, Session 9 and Fog of War, as well as the TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.


Slash had to say:


“I’ve always been a huge horror fan and creating films that take you back to the days where horror movies actually scared the hell out of you is something I’ve always wanted to do. My audience is made up of young, edgy, discerning consumers, with an appetite for quality and a hint of anarchy.”


I am always a fan of new horror movies.  Let’s hope Slash does this right.

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Geek Deal of the Day

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Today’s Geek deal is a beloved  tv series that has made the cult circuit and a gem to watch in all homes.

I am of course talking about the tv series, “Angel”.  A spin-off of Buffy, this 5-season show was great to watch with friends and ended to soon.

The complete series is on sale over at AMAZON right now for 64% off.

That means you can get all 5 seasons for just $50.99.

What a deal.

Click the link/picture below to purchase the item, which helps give a small donation to help keep this column going.


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Back in 1992, Tom and Jack worked on a film called “A Few Good Men” which that famous line still gets quoted today.  Both of those actors were superb in that film.


Now it seems they might be working together again.  In a comedy.


The film is called “El Presidente” and is written by Dan Goor, who has written for The Daily Show and Conan.  The film will be about “a dedicated Secret Service agent assigned to protect a bumbling and degenerate ex-president.”


Cruise would play the agent of course and Warner Bros. has put an offer out to Jack to play the ex-president.


“The story follows an overly-committed Secret Service agent who is assigned to guard the country’s worst former president, a bumbling sleaze. It’s a mundane and boring job — until there’s a threat made on the ex-president’s life, forcing the duo to go on the run together.”


I wouldn’t be surprised if a few other BIG names were added to this cast.


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One of the best shows on television to come out in the last 20 years was the re-vamp of Battlestar Galactica which was created by Ron Moore.  Now he is gearing up to pitch yet another re-vamp.  This time it is the 1960’s show, The Wild, Wild West.


The original series—which ran on CBS from 1965 to 1969—starred Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as Secret Service agents who get reassigned to the Old West. It was described at the time as “James Bond on horseback,”


Now if anyone could do a show right it is Ron Moore.


But I think this project is fairly far off, maybe by three or so years.  Let’s hope some BSG vets return for this show.


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Darren Aronofsky Might Direct the Wolverine Sequel…

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 6th, 2010

Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler) did not get the job to direct the new Superman flick, but he is currently in talks to direct the next installment of the Wolverine franchise.


As of now, Aronofsky has a perfect record in filmmaking.  But so did Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) before he directed Wolverine.  I did not like the Wolverine movie.  It was completely sloppy and uninteresting.  A terrible film really.


Let’s hope that Aronofsky gets creative control with this film so it will not tarnish his reputation.  Plus it would reunite Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman working together.  Their previous collaboration was on the sci-fi love story, “The Fountain”.


Looking forward to seeing Wolverine in Japan.


SNIKT!

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Die Hard 5 Is On The Way

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 5th, 2010

A script has been written already and some changes are being made and some knots are being loosened, but yes, another Die Hard film will be in the works.  Maybe as soon as 2011 if everything goes to plan.

Now I love the first three Die Hard films.  The character “John McClane” is such an amazing character, that I wish he had his own TV series on HBO.  At least he has his own comic now.  Available HERE.

The 4th Die Hard film, “Live free or Die Hard” did not have the guts to be what it should have.  Instead we got a half-assed attempt at a cool movie with Kevin Smith.

The proper way to do a 5th Die Hard movie would have a really tight script.  Have the amazing action sequences and drama.  Add to that some really funny dialogue so we can get a bit of the humor in there.  Then get a director/producer team who know what they are doing.  Maybe a Tarantino produced film directed by Guy Ritchie, or perhaps directed by Doug Liman.

Just suggestions.  But good suggestions.  I would love to see a 5th Die Hard movie.  Who would you like to see make Die Hard 5?

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The Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition which will be released on November 16th will be a 3-Disc feature heavy release.

The three-disc AVATAR Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and Theatrical Special Edition Re-Release DVD will both feature the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, family audio track with all objectionable language removed and new collector’s extended cut with sixteen more minutes including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. Viewers will journey to the depths of Pandora with filmmakers during “Capturing Avatar“ an in-depth feature length documentary covering the 16 year filmmaker journey including all new interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew. … The AVATAR Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will also have even more bonus material and interactive viewing. Through the unparalleled, interactive technology of Blu-ray, fans can dive further into the world of the Na’vi and experience the #1 international sensation from behind the scenes, with a “master class” on the production of the film. Leveraging the interactivity of Blu-ray, viewers can experience the full film in three stages of production: Performance Capture, Template (1990’s video game version) and Final as well as a composite of all stages in “Pandora’s Box”. This will be supported with interviews by Jim Cameron and the filmmakers and serve as a “master class” on the making of AVATAR.

AVATAR Extended Collection’s Edition: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray:

Disc One

  • · Original Theatrical Version
  • · Special Edition Re-Release
  • · Collector’s Extended Cut – 16 more minutes and exclusive alternate opening

Family Audio Track (All Objectionable Language Removed)

  • · Original Theatrical Release
  • · Special Edition Re-release

Disc Two

  • · “Capturing Avatar“ An in-depth feature length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew
  • · Deleted Scenes – including over 45 minutes of new never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • · Production Materials

Disc Three

  • · Open “Pandora’s Box” and go deeper into the filmmaker process
  • · Interactive Scene Deconstruction: Explore the various stages of production through 3 different viewing modes
  • · Production Shorts: 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, stunts and much more
  • · Avatar Archives including original scriptment, 300 page screenplay and the extensive Pandorapedia
  • · BD-live Portal with additional bonus materials

AVATAR Collector’s Edition: 3-Disc Special Edition DVD:
Disc One

  • · Original Theatrical Version
  • · Special Edition Re-release
  • · Collector’s Extended Cut – 16 more minutes and exclusive alternate opening

Disc Two

  • · Original Theatrical Version
  • · Special Edition Re-release
  • · Collector’s Extended Cut

Disc Three

  • · “Capturing Avatar“ An in-depth feature length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew
  • · Deleted Scenes – including over 45 minutes of new never-before-seen deleted scenes

Now I know this is not the last release for this film.   Some time after the first of the year, they will release the 3-D version, then after that the ultimate 3-D collector’s edition.

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