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Abduction Trailer: Taylor Lautner

So let me start off by saying that I hate Twilight pretty badly. The same goes for the majority of the actors involved, because they are mediocre at best. None more so than Taylor Lautner, the always shirtless werewolf kid who is attracted to the rat faced looking Kristin Stewart. I always thought to myself: How about this kid does something else other than Twilight movies? Maybe he wouldn’t be so bad in something else.

“You stink of fail little Lautner!”

It looks like he’s still a pretty stagnant actor, but the trailer for his new movie Abduction definitely looks promising. Check it out below:

Now I didn’t see him with his shirt off once in the trailer, which is good because I’d have to instantly boycott the movie. That’s not to say he won’t run around shirtless for an hour in the movie (Much to the enjoyment of the ladies), but I’m hoping all of the seemingly constant action will help move us past that. Lautner may be a pretty shoddy actor, but it looks as if he will be surrounded by a pretty talented group of co-stars. The most notable of these actors would be Sigourney Weaver of Alien franchise fame, and many other movies since. Alfred Molina is in it as a government agent bent on capturing Lautner’s character. You may remember Alfred Molina for his turn as Doctor Octopus in Spiderman 2 and his most recent movies Prince of Persia and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Also starring, albeit briefly, are Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) and Maria Bello (History of Violence).

So it would seem like a monkey could do a good job in a movie surrounded by talent like that, so I’m willing to give teen-wolf Lautner a chance for this one. Plus the movie is directed by John Singelton, whose last movie, Four Brothers, definitely kicked some ass… even though it was almost six years ago.

So what does everyone think? Yay or nay on this movie being any good? I’m hopeful because some of these pretty boys need to break out of being type cast as the teenage heartthrob in everything. I might be able to stand them if they started doing some dumb action flicks instead of dumb romance movies. Leo Dicaprio did it, so can you wolf-boy!

Abduction is released in theaters September 23rd, 2011.

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New Trailer: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

Finally after a few months of name changes, production pictures, and a very brief clip of what I assume to be Caesar – Rise of the Planet of the Apes has its first trailer. And let me tell ya: It looks awesome. Check it out below:

Now for me that was both visually pleasing, and a little creepy looking. The apes themselves look awesome, but what do you expect from WETA. (They did the effects for Lord of The Rings and Avatar.) James Franco looks to be at his best in the trailer, playing ‘Doctor Will Rodman’ who is experimenting on apes to develop a drug that helps the brain reconstruct itself. As he stated in the trailer though, these experiments make the apes smarter. No big deal right? Wrong. As you can imagine these apes run rampant, paving the way for a planet ruled by them.

Andy Serkis as Caesar

At first I was just relying on this movie to be decent at best and wait out a sequel, because we all know that’s when the real good stuff is going on. (Apes with guns on horseback! Heyyooo!) But this movie now looks like one with the potential to be very interesting and even scary in its own way. Also, the apes look way more realistic through motion capture instead of going the makeup route that Tim Burton went in his epic failure.

James Franco as Dr. Will Rodman

Rise of the Apes releases on August 5th this year, no longer sharing a release date with those little blue bastards The Smurfs. Count me as someone who can’t wait!

For the Apes, not the Smurfs.

I know I used this in my last apes article, but it’s so cool.

Sound off below, what did you think of the trailer?

The Crow: Nothing Says ‘Undead Vigilante in Detroit’ More Than…Bradley Cooper?

In my time at Bam Kapow I wrote multiple articles on the impending remake of The Crow. For those not in the know, The Crow was an early 90’s comic book action movie set (though not filmed) in Detroit, in which a spirit of vengeance comes back from the dead on Devil’s Night and rains havoc on the city’s worst scum. When I was 12 it was maybe the coolest thing ever. The lead character, Eric Draven, was played by Brandon Lee. The son of none other than the Legendary Bruce Lee.

In the movie Eric, who along with his girlfriend, had been killed the year before, and a mystical crow brings him back to exact revenge for the woman he failed to protect, his fiancée Shelly. He is impervious to pain and seemingly can’t die. He oddly befriends police officer Winston Zeddmore when he isn’t murdering people or scaring junkies into taking care of their kids.

He proceeds to hunt down the people who had a hand in destroying his happy life. From Steve Crosetti the pawn dealer that paid for Shelly’s jewelry to T-Bird (played by the guy in the video below), the gang leader that tossed him out the window to his death.  Eventually Eric works up the ranks to T-Bird’s boss ‘Top Dollar’, who is played by Michael Wincott, who is creepy in everything. It’s all very entertaining.

Tragically however, Brandon was killed while filming the movie, due to a mistake with the prop gun. This in truth probably added to the mystique and helped make it more of a success. It cost only $15 million to make, but grossed near $100 worldwide. And as someone who spent 5 years behind video store counters, I can tell you it did quite well in the VHS after market as well.

But like most good ideas, it was bogged down and played out by not 1, not 2, but 3 terrible sequels, and a remake in 2000 that like 54 people actually saw. It has a 3.9/10 on IMDb. All of these movies obviously absent the star of the first film.

Now, Hollywood, never to let something die is trying once again. This time the budget will surely exceed that of the previous 5 movies combined, as will the advertising. But with Lee in the grave for nearly 2 decades, who should portray our protagonist? Well, after years in development, we may have an answer to that.

Bradley Cooper.


Cooper is in talks, and appears to be set to play Draven in this most recent reboot. I don’t dislike Cooper by any means. He was funny in The Hangover and Wedding Crashers, and I always liked him during his days on Alias. But to be honest, I’m having trouble seeing this…


What do you think about this? I guess I’d be ok so long as it still takes place in Detroit and is shot here…

New Trailer: ‘Super’ – The newest movie you’ll never see.

Super is the latest in a long line of superhero movies. But it’s not like Superman or Captain America, even if his name and appearance draw comparisons to both. It’s more like the underrated Kick-Ass or Defendor. The synopsis is below:

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.

Rainn Wilson plays the Crimson Bolt, and is joined by Ellen Page (Left), who plays his sidekick. Liv Tyler plays the wife and Kevin Bacon the drug dealer. The movie also features Captain Malcom Reynolds Nathan Fillion.

 

It’s from the IFC, so it’s likely to be less funny and more depressing than the trailer would indicate, but I hear it’s worth a watch. Here is the trailer:

The reason I say you’ll never see this is bcause this isn’t a wide release thing. It’s gonna be hard for a lot of you to find this, but I know in the Detroit Area it’s opening this Friday at the Royal Oak Art Theater. I think I’ll be there.

Jack is Back! ’24’ Movie Update

America’s greatest hero is back. No, I’m not talking about Captain America, or Neil Armstrong, or even Audie Murphy. I’m referring of course to Jack Bauer. And yes, I know he is played by a Canadian actor, but nobody’s perfect. Kiefer Sutherland has announced that everyone’s favorite indestructible Special Agent will be back next summer. However this time, he’s moving to the big screen.

There really isn’t much info out yet except that it’s supposed to start shooting in January and should be released sometime next year. Aside from Jack himself, it’s not clear who else might pop up, but as far as I’m concerned, the only other person that needs to appear my favorite computer analyst and yours, Chloe O’Brien!


The show ran for 8 seasons, and I was a huge fan from start to finish. I’d be remiss however, not to admit that the first 4 seasons were considerably better than the last 4. The show just didn’t have the same feel after David Palmer

But despite declining viewer ship, as well a poor reviews towards the end, 24 still entertained the Hell out of me and I do miss it. Truth be told I wasn’t heartbroken when it got canceled. The show had sort of run it’s course, and how many shows now get 8 seasons to do so? Plus there was always talk of this movie happening so I didn’t really feel as though I was losing some of my favorite characters as with other canceled shows.

Now originally when they talked about this, they did so in a manner that would’ve exceeded ‘Awesome Levels’ by so much movie projectors would’ve exploded. One of the early drafts for the movie was titled: Die Hard 24/7. It would have featured both John McClane and Jack Bauer thus making my head explode along with the projector.

I am happy though they’ve decided to keep the franchises separate. This way we 2 get movies instead of just one. With that, let me just say I’m very excited for this movie.