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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Trailer

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The theatrical trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon has landed online. We see some pretty fantastic looking footage on the moon, followed by some really impressive stuff back on Earth. We’re talking full-on invasion this time around. We get our first look at Frances McDormand as well. However, as we all know from the second flick Revenge of the Fallen, simply watching robots fight for 2+ hours does not a good movie make (understatement). This one has to be better thanRevenge of the Fallen, right? Hitting 3D theaters on July 1st, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, and voice work from Hugo Weaving, Peter Cullen, and Leonard Nimoy.

Here’s the first synopsis for Transformers: Dark of the Moon:

When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.

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Friday Box Office – BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Has Big $13.5 Million Debut; RED RIDING HOOD in Second; MARS NEEDS MOMS Needs Audiences

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The 2011 box office isn’t out of its slump quite yet, but at least it’s starting to make an effort.  On Friday Sony’s PG-13 Battle: Los Angeles debuted to an estimated $13.5 million from 3,417 locations.  That puts the alien invasion pic on track for a weekend above $35 million – right about where Rango finished last Sunday.  The latter lizard landed in third this Friday but could leap back to second when weekend numbers are released.  Warner Brothers’ Red Riding Hood claimed the second spot but will have to do much better than its $5.7 million debut to reach the high teens many were predicting for the film’s weekend.  Finally, Disney has a real problem with Mars Needs Moms.  The last of the creepy toons to come out of Robert Zemeckis’ IMD brand, the $150 millionMoms made just $1.7 million on Friday and will be lucky to see $10 million by Sunday.  Full details and analysis tomorrow.

nd analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Battle: LA $13,500,000 $13.5
2 Red Riding Hood $5,700,000 $5.7
3 Rango $5,500,000 $51.1
4 The Adjustment Bureau $3,400,000 $30.3
5 Mars Needs Moms $1,700,000 $1.7

 

 

THE KING’S SPEECH Wins Best Picture; Full List of Oscar Winners

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In what easily had to be one of the most painful, unfunny Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, The King’s Speech finally reached the end of its inevitable march to Best Picture.  It was the first Best Picture winner to win less than five Oscars (it won four, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay).  Does that make it more or less unworthy of the Best Picture crown?  I don’t know.  I don’t care. But i was wishing that The Social Network win it.

Full List of Winners Below:

 

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BEST PICTURE: The King’s Speech

BEST DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale,The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa Leo,The Fighter

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 3

BEST ART DIRECTION: Alice in Wonderland

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Inside Job

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Strangers No More

BEST EDITING: The Social Network

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In a Better World

BEST MAKE-UP: The Wolfman

BEST SCORE: The Social Network

BEST SONG: Toy Story 3

BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Lost Thing

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: God of Love

BEST SOUND EDITING: Inception

BEST SOUND MIXING: Inception

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The King’s Speech

 

Video Game Trailer for DEAD ISLAND Goes Viral

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In the last twenty-four hours, zombie horror game Dead Island has climbed into the top trending topics on Twitter and has merited coverage by numerous blogs and entertainment sites thanks to a provocative three-minute “announcement trailer.”  There are even rumors that the property is being considered for a movie option. The short commercial already has fans drooling over its gory and gorgeous premise.  @IGN tweets: “The Dead Island trailer is hands down the best trailer we’ve seen in 2011.”

Granted, it’s only February, but this has easily been the most chatter we’ve seen over a video game this year. Here’s where things get sticky: the trailer is very cinematic in the sense that it attempts to draw you into a story with beautiful (yet gory) imagery and expressive music. However, the trailer has drawn some criticism, as it shows next to nothing about actual game play.

So, is it a brilliant showing of viral marketing or a clever ploy to push a crappy game? Check it out yourself:

The trailer has almost 1 million hits as of this writing after being online for about 24 hours. But is it worth the hype? The praise is pouring in, calling it “beautiful, gripping, and amazing.” Attack of the Show’s Kevin Pereira tweets: “The Dead Island trailer is one of the most gripping things I’ve seen in a long while.”  G4TV’s The Feed calls it “the best trailer I have ever seen in my life. The best video game trailer. The best movie trailer. The best anything trailer.” The LA Times calls it “a marvelously ambitious work, essentially a short film in all but name.”

But there is a much less visible minority out there who thinks the hype is just a gut reaction and won’t stand the test of time. HitFix says the trailer is “a nifty little mood piece, and that’s about all the thought (they) gave it.” Devin Faraci at Badass Digest calls it a “massive failure, both as a commercial and as art.” As a counterpoint to IGN, Wired calls for “cautious optimism” when viewing the trailer. They point out that Techland, the game developer for Dead Island, didn’t actually produce the trailer. Rather, Axis Animation was in charge of production.

dead-island-video-game-imageAnd the naysayers may have a fair point, as not a lot of hype was generated overthis teaser trailer for Dead Island released over three years ago.  It still doesn’t have half the numbers of viewers generated by the new trailer. Perhaps the game mechanics were so underwhelming that the studio decided to take the marketing in a new direction and send out this short film.

Here’s my take on it: I love anything zombie-related and I’m a huge fan of the game, Heavy Rain. You will probably hear the comparisons being drawn, something along the lines of Heavy Rain meets The Walking Dead. I feel that this trailer is aiming for exactly that kind of sentiment, an emotionally engaging video game that happens to have an extremely high gore factor.

Was the trailer a tad on the schmaltzy side? Yes. Was it groundbreaking? Not really. Heavy Rainand L.A. Noire have the dramatic side covered. The Gears of War trailer years ago introduced some of us to the melancholy “Mad World” by Gary Jules. Was it virally successful just the same? Absolutely!

So is this trailer artistic genius or amateur schlock? Let us know in the comments!

As for the game itself, here’s what we know [via G4TV]:

Dead Island is in development at Techland (makers of excellent Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood) and will be published by Deep Silver. It is set on an island (duh) and is an open-world, survival-horror game with a first-person perspective, but the idea is to focus on melee combat and RPG elements and it will feature a clear focus on story-telling as well as four-player, drop-in, drop-out combat.

Dead Island scheduled for a 2011 release on the PS3, 360 and PC.

 

WE DON’T POST VIDEO GAMES NEWS ON THIS BLOG, BUT THIS TRAILER WAS KIND OF CREATING A HYPE AND THATS WHY WE POSTED IT HERE! AND THE TRAILER IS COOL TOO..!

 

Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter May Reteam with Tim Burton for DARK SHADOWS

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Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join the cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows.  The film is an adaptation of the 1960s gothic soap opera of the same name.  Johnny Depp (who else) will star as Barnabas Collins, “a self-loathing vampire living in a Maine manor who is searching for his lost love.” According to Heat Vision, Pfeiffer is in negotiations for the role of “Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family which runs the Maine town. The character has not left the mansion since the disappearance of her husband a decade earlier.”  Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Helena Bonham Carter (again, who else) is in talks to play “Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood. While she initially is a threat to the vampire Barnabas, she eventually becomes his ally, who might be able to cure him of his thirst for blood.” Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, and Bella Heathcote have signed on to the project in the previous weeks.

Pfeiffer recently signed on to costar in the romantic-comedy New Year’s Eve and Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.  Pfeiffer previously played Catwoman in Burton’s 1992 film, Batman Returns.  Bonham Carter has costarred in six of Burton’s movies dating back to his remake of Planet of the Apes.

 

Daniel Radcliffe Joins THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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Daniel Radcliffe will star in the indie drama The Amateur Photographer. Emmy-nominated scribe Christopher Monger (HBO’s Temple Grandin) will direct the film from his own screenplay which is also, coincidentally enough, based on his own novel of the same name. Ted Hope and Anne Carey will co-produce the film, alongside Karen Montgomery, via their This Is That Prods. moniker. PerVarietyThe Amateur Photographer is set in 1970’s New England and tells the story of a young man (Radcliffe) who discovers his knack for all things artistic after being recruited by the citizens of a small mill town to photograph their “most intimate moments.”

Although its elevator pitch may end on a somewhat awkward note, I’m interested in seeing how life after Harry Potter treats Radcliffe and The Amateur Photographer will seemingly constitute a small part of that.  Speaking of life after Potter, Radcliffe will complete his run as the boy wizard on July 15th in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.  He can also be seen in the UK horror thriller The Woman in Black which opens October 28th of this year in the UK.

SHERLOCK HOLMES II Titled SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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Chalk this up as our second official title news in as many days.  Yesterday, we reported that Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man film would be called The Amazing Spider-Man.  Today, we can confirm that Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel is officially titled Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  This news comes courtesy of E! Online [via /Film] and really doesn’t change anything about the film except that we no longer have to refer to it in any number of ambiguous ways (i.e.Untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel or Sherlock Holmes II).

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters later this year on December 16th.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, and Stephen Fry.

 

 

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