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Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Casting Updates and LIES!!!

“Manners maketh man.” Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson.

Were we lied to when we were told that Colin Firth would not be returning for the Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel? First, the rumor was that he was indeed coming back, and then he was confirmed not coming back, and NOW the new poster is definitely, hinting at the fact that he will be back. Someone please explain to me what’s happening.

While I continue to be distressed about this, take a look at the new poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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Trailer Roundup: Danny Boyle, Halle Berry, and Jackie Robinson…

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42 is sure to deliver the amazing true story of the first African American to play Major League Baseball during our modern era, Jackie Robinson.  Typically, I find these films to be depressing because they uncover some of the filth our nation has been responsible for in the past.  However, it should also be incredibly triumphant demonstrating a first hand occurrence of when segregation began to deteriorate in this country.

Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) receives guidance from Brooklyn Dodgers Team Executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) as he breaks the color barrier of Major League Baseball.

Director:  Brian Helgeland

Stars:  Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, Chadwick Boseman, Kelley Jakle, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, and T.R. Knight.

Release Date:  April 12, 2013

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Trailer Roundup: Gangster Squad, Lone Ranger, Dark Knight Returns, and More!

[tabgroup][tab title=” Gangster Squad “] "Gangster Squad" posterInspired by a true story from the 1940s and 50s, Gangster Squad is about the Los Angeles Police Department putting together a small squad of policemen tasked with the goal of keeping East Coast mobs out of their city’s streets.

The cast list is impressive, including the acting veteran Sean Penn and the recent favorites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.  With a setting and tone much like the video game L.A. Noir, we’re excited to see how this one turns out.

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Sean Penn
Release Date: January 11, 2013

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Tonto and John Reid go back a long way… like to the 1940s.  And now they’re making a comeback in Walt Disney’s version of their story with a new twist – Tonto is going to recount the American Old West adventures that made John Reid into the fighting-for-justice legend we all know him to be [SuperHeroHype].

With a winning combination of Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer (they made the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films), we’re expecting lots of humorous adventures, entertaining fight sequences, and interesting lore.  Also, Johnny Depp’s crow headpiece is pretty wicked.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter
Release Date: July 3, 2013

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"Broken City" posterNew York City’s mayor appears to have done well for the city since he was elected, but he has one personal problem: his wife is sleeping around.  So the mayor hires an ex-cop to track down the man she’s cheating with.  However, the situation escalates when the ex-cop finds out that there’s more to the mayor’s situation (and his political games) than he’s letting on.

Audiences will undoubtedly be tired of politics by the time this film comes out, but maybe Marky Mark’s ambition to take down a conniving politician will be just what some Americans want at that point.

Director: Allen Huges
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Release Date: January 18, 2013

[/tab][tab title=”The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2″] "The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2" posterAfter several years out of the spotlight, Bruce Wayne becomes Batman again, this time as a middle-aged man still ready to take on the new criminals that have arisen in Gotham City.  But this time Batman’s being called a murderer, and a warrant is out for his arrest.  Superman claims he must follow the law and find Batman, but will he?

The story is nothing new, as superheroes have been called vigilantes and murderers before, and there have been show-downs between Batman and Superman in the past, but judging from the trailer we’re guessing DC Comics isn’t going to drop the ball on this one, especially if Part One was any indication of how good the finale will be.

Director: Jay Oliva
Stars: Peter Weller, Michael McKean, Wade Williams, Ariel Winter, David Selby, and Gary Anthony Williams
Release Date: Winter 2013

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"Movie 43" posterThe most we can say about this movie is that it’s a comedy featuring a large, all-star cast that will be “intertwining different tales” [IMDb].  It was also going to be called Red Band at one point.  If you’ve seen Love Actually or Valentine’s Day, it’s supposedly something like that, but with a far more adult approach, in all aspects of the word.

Director: PatrikForsberg, Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, and several more…
Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pratt, and many more…
Release Date: January 25, 2013

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Cloud Atlas: New Trailer and Images

Cloud Atlas, in case you haven’t heard of it yet, is an upcoming (allegedly) epic Adventure/Drama written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell (the author, not the comedian). With an ensemble cast to cover the film’s multiple story lines, Cloud Atlas is currently scheduled to be released on October 26, 2012.

Here’s the really long trailer:

Here’s the official synopsis:

“An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.”

I tend to joke about trailers which are different, but I actually really like the look of this, and the sheer ambition that it  demonstrates gives me hope for other films of its kind. It’s truly unique, and as complicated as a Steven Hawking documentary on black holes. I expect that it won’t do well in terms of money, but I hope it will be good for cult status as that really long movie that confused most who watch it, that’s all I ask.

Got a butt load of images for you now which range from wow! to really?

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The film might be a new experience for some of these actors as each one has to play multiple roles, and as you just saw many different races and even futuristic people. This will either be fun in the bun, or be too much to handle we will soon be able to decide for ourselves this October. There’s been a little bit of debate over the length of the film, but it has now been confirmed as 160 minutes, which is interesting because it was apparently 230 minutes long – which is a significant cut for the new time and I hope it doesn’t affect the film negatively.

So finally what are your thoughts? Did you like the book? Do you think this adaptation will be as good as the book? Or, do you think it will ruin it like so many adaptation have before? All views are welcome.

Grizzly Review: New Year’s Eve

Garry Marshall, the director of 1990’s Pretty Woman, has become the official go to man for the “ensemble romance director revolving around a holiday”. In 2010, he released Valentine’s Day, a critically panned movie that follows about 12 couples preparing for everything going on during Valentine’s Day. As a sucker for romance regardless of the cheesiness, I’m a fan of Valentine’s Day only because it stars a surprising amount of my favorite actors, and manages to keep me entertained for its 125 minute running time, otherwise known as “bloated”. Now, his follow up, which is called New Year’s Eve, stars about half of the cast of Valentine’s Day, replacing the other half with equally as talented stars who probably needed a paycheck.

New Year’s Eve takes the word “cheesy” to a whole new plateau that I didn’t even think was attainable, but goddammit, I enjoyed it anyway. By incorporating what seemed like less storylines, New Year’s Eve manages to have a little more focus than its predecessor while still maintaining the choppiness that we’ve come to know and love from each and every plot. The stories are as cliché as ever, but come on, love is grand and we all want to see the happy couples inevitably make it through whatever they might be going through.

The writing is god awful, but I think that’s to be expected and really not worth commenting on since the reason you go see these movies isn’t believability, quality, or even the potential gem. No, it’s not happening, so get it out of your mind now. The sole purpose New Year’s Eve exists it to make money, and I’m okay with that, because I got my $7.50 worth of movie, and I really can’t complain about getting what I paid for can I?

This whole ensemble comedy romance thing was really catapulted with 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You, which is by far the best and most coherent entry in this little “series”. Starring talent like Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Long, Scarlett Johansson, and many, many more, we as audiences saw that big name stars really can share the screen without trying to one-up each other. The film, which is based off of a self-help book, was a hit, a hit that inevitably lead to even more successful sequels that compromised quality for quantity.

Frankly, I don’t care why they make these movies, why they make them, who the demographic is, or whether or not they’re considered “good movies” or not. I like watching them because I get to see some of my favorite young, and even seasoned, professionals make absolute fools of themselves by spouting cringe-worthy dialogue and dishing out performances that are akin to a high school play. There’s a scene in New Year’s Eve involving Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, and Robert DeNiro. It’s the best acted scene in the entire movie, but it made me think how a collective 7 Oscars in one room can equate to a movie so gleefully awful, that you just have to see it.

It also seems like each of these movies gets less and less raunchy in its content. I swear, if it weren’t for one f-bomb in this entire movie, it probably would’ve been rated PG, which I’m not totally opposed to. It really is an innocent movie, which is kind of nice to witness. A romantic comedy that the whole family can enjoy, even those as young as 10 or 11. New Year’s Eve is on the safe side of PG-13, and hey, we all need a little bit of kid friendly movie-going in our lives.

New Year’s Eve is prime cheesiness, bearing no resemblance to what a human being would call realism. The acting is atrocious as is the writing, but you can’t help but be sucked in by the almost overamplified barrage of cliché, and the heartwarming scenes that may make you shed one little manly tear. It’s the perfect movie to see with a loved one on a rainy day, because you’ll walk out feeling great regardless.


3/5 Bears