Wednesday, November 11, 2009

20 Animated Features Up For Oscars

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney's A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic

I have a feeling it's going to be between 'Coraline' and 'Ponyo'. What do you think?

'Clash of the Titans' Remake & Trailer

Anyone remember the old 'Clash of the Titans'? with all its claymation wonders? It's about time they did a remake of this movie and give it, well.. a little more umph!

It's amazing what effect can do, and how much intensity they bring. Simply put, this movie looks BAD ASS.

They story follows Perseus (for anyone readying Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, this is the guy Percy was named after) on his quest to rescue the princess Andromeda. On his journey is captures Pegasus, slays Medusa, and completes multiple tasks for the gods. oh the glory.

With these two movies coming out, it looks like Greek could become the new Vampire.. please? I'm a Twilight fan myself but c'mon.

If anyone has seen the old film from the 80s it seemed like everyone had that gorgeous curly hair that everyone associated with the Greeks. not this Perseus. They gave him a short buzzed hair cut which most definitely makes him look like a more imposing figure and not so much as a pretty boy.

Sam Worthington (recognize him from Terminator Salvation?) plays Perseus and Liam Neeson plays Zeus.

I'm really looking forward to the heavy use of Greek mythology in this film. A lot of films that that they have made in recent times (Gladiator, Troy, 300) have the slightest hint, but not what I would want to see.

Now all that is missing is another remake of 'Jason and the Argonaughts' and I will be a very happy camper. TV version was good... but I want a theatrical remake.

'Clash of the Titans' hits theaters on March 26, 2010.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jurassic Park IV? yes please!

I heard rumors of there being a fourth installment to the franchise a few months ago. I was so excited, but when the rumors appeared to be false i was left extremely disappointed. Even though the second and third films were a little redundant: go to the island, realize it was a bad idea, run, scream, be eaten-- I couldn't really image a direction they could go in that didn't seem like the story was repeating itself.. again.

But, Ain't it Cool News got an exclusive interview with Joe Johnson, who directed 'Jurassic Park III' and  the upcoming 'Wolfman' from Universal.

I'm really hoping that this goes through. Jurassic Park is just one of those movies that blows my mind every time. I'd love to see it go in a different direction simply out of curiosity. But I would like to see some of the original characters. Perhaps the kids grown up?

What do you think?

Here is a piece of the interview with Joe Johnson and Harry (from ain't it cool news):

Harry: Speaking of JURASSIC PARK, are you thinking of heading into that fourth one after this?
Joe Johnston: Well, there is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with and it’s nothing like the first three. It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved.
Harry: Another movie about a group of people struggling to survive a dinosaur attack is…
Joe Johnston: We’ve done that and it’s been done three times and I figure it’s…
Harry: Stay away from that island. Don’t go there!
Joe Johnston: Why would anybody go back to that island? It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it’s sort of about studios and Steven’s thing and who knows. I think we are at that point where we are due for another one if we are going to do it. They had what four years between them? 1992… 1996 or 1997, and then 2001, so we are past due. I don’t know, but we will see.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

'How To Train Your Dragon' trailer

Based on the book written by Cressida Cowell, 'How to Train Your Dragon' is about  a young heir to a Viking chiefdom who must hunt down the fiercest dragon in the land, but ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon. Classic... go Dreamworks!

The dragon is adorable! To me, it almost looks cat-like... not a big fan of cats but its so cute that I can easily ignore that fact.   

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller voice the film. It is directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois.

I'm not really looking forward to the whole 3D thing. I really do prefer watching movies in 2D.

I loved 'Shrek' and 'Kung Fu Panda' so I'm excited to see how this movie does. I just love cheesy fantasy movies.. haha :)

'How to Train your Dragon' hits theaters (and IMAX) on March 26, 2010. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'Salt' Teaser Trailer

Another bad ass Angelina Joile film..? Count me in! And thank God she doesn't look like she is about to fall to pieces like she did in 'Wanted.'

The movie is being released by Columbia Pictures on July 23, 2010.

"Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence." -

Risk: From Board Game to Film

I remember when I was in elementary school and trying to play this game. I even had a game app on my iPhone for awhile.. haha! Now it is to become a movie. Sony has gained the rights to make a film on the popular Parker Brothers/Hasbro game.

War movies are always interesting... I absolutely loved The Patriot! And like I said, films based on games are usually great... I haven't seen Clue in a long time though ;]

So, look forward to epic battles and global domination. An approximate date of release is still unknown.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Remember The Berenstain Bears?

So it looks like they are going to have their very own feature film. All I can say is  that I hope it's not as creepy as The Country Bears

"USA Today reports that Shawn Levy, director of the "Night at the Museum" movies, has signed on to produce a feature film based on The Berenstain Bears books.

The comedy will feature a mix of live-action and computer animation.

Walden Media, the company behind the "Chronicles of Narnia" films, has acquired the film rights. The popular books were written by by Jan and the late Stan Berenstain.

'I'd like the film to be un-ironic about its family connections but have a wry comedic sensibility that isn't oblivious to the fact that they're bears,' Levy said. 'The comedy comes from this bear family coexisting in a more recognizably real world.'

The earliest release date for the film would be late 2011."