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Community Links & News: Most Anticipated Movies

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A number of blogs are covering their local film festivals, giving us a first look at some movies I’m highly anticipating when they get a wider release (or depending on where you live, it might already be in theatres).

Here are several movies that might interest you:

The biographic flick The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a WWII code breaker looks to be a gem. Here’s a great review over at Cinekatz.com.

To the dark underbelly of LA, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a photographer arriving at crimes scenes before the police, turning his photos into quick money. Here’s a spoiler free review of Nightcrawler from The Review Club.

The black comedy Birdman starring Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star is already in US theatres and getting great reviews. For a spotlight on the director González Iñárritu (21 grams, Babel) take a look at Writers Loves Movies’ great post.

The other week I was lucky to able to catch a couple of movies at VIFF. Before the screening of Foxcatcher, the crowd were treated to a phone call from Marc Schultz, U.S. Olympic wrestling gold medalist and subject of the biographic film. The audience gasped out loud a few times during the movie … yes ladies, star Channing Tatum drops trou in this one!

A rousing applause erupted after Whiplash ended. This is going to be a fan favourite starring Miles Teller as an ambitious young drummer at a music conservatory and J.K. Simmons as his teacher who uses bully-like tactics to get the best out of him. I hope to have reviews of both coming up soon.

Which upcoming movies are you most anticipating?

On to other links and news:

For a fun post, Film & Things made a list of 5 Must Have Items to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Hmm, my picks would be a machete, can opener, water proof fire starter, chocolate bars, and a poncho (didn’t Daryl from The Walking Dead look badass in one? Okay maybe it was the bow & arrows). What’s your picks?

Box Office Buzz is featuring a weekly movie bucket list. Check out an excellent review of The Matrix from a movie lover who watched it for the first time!

The idea behind MovieRob’s Genre Guesstimation is for him to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen monthly Genre Grandeur in order to expand his knowledge of movies within that particular genre. Find out what he thinks of Daniel Day Lewis’ Oscar winning performance in My Left Foot.

See how many references to Stanley Kubrick films you can spot in The Simpsons’ Halloween Special Treehouse Of Horror over at silence cunning exiling … maple syrup site.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Everything You Need To Know About The Movie

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The tenth movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe comes to theatres this summer. If you aren’t familiar with Guardians Of The Galaxy, don’t sweat it, neither are many die-hard comic book readers. Marvel guru Stan Lee recently confessed why he won’t be making a cameo in this movie, “No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”

Who are the Guardians Of The Galaxy? What is the movie about and why should Marvel fans care? These are some questions Marvel and Disney need to address in their marketing campaign to get people in the theatres for the all-important opening weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy could be a huge summer blockbuster or maybe it’ll be lucky to barely break even on its sizeable budget. One things for sure, Guardians needs more awareness to get general movie-goers excited.

Continue reading to find out what you need to know about Guardians Of The Galaxy starring Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Batista and many more.

*** Updated with Trailer Impressions and Official Movie Screenshots ***

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle-Earth … Again

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Can Peter Jackson recapture the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth more than ten years after the debut of Fellowship of the Ring? If the enthusiastic fan reaction at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Jackson’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand is any indication, Hobbit Mania is about to set the world on fire … again.

The Hobbit Controversy

Despite being one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, the making of The Hobbit has been mired in controversy. After nearly two years of pre-production, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) announced he was no longer directing the prequels to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During production, disputes with the actors union over employment laws almost caused the movie to be filmed overseas.

In April 2012, early footage of The Hobbit sparked a heated debate over the use of 48 frames per second technology versus the standard 24 fps. At the world premiere, animal activists called for a boycott of the film and held posters saying “3 horses died for this film” and “Middle Earth unexpected cruelty” after allegations that more than 20 animals were killed in the movie’s production.

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle Earth … Again

Bringing The Hobbit to the big screen has been a battle in and of itself for director Peter Jackson. Through the turmoil and controversy, the one thing that will continue to endure is J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic and the legacy of the Hobbit. If you are not already excited, here are some reasons why you are about to be infected with Hobbit Mania!:

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Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Featurette

Check out an exclusive interview with Director Joss Whedon on Assembling ‘The Avengers’ at New York Times website.  Joss Whedon talks about how he backed out of directing Iron Man, how he won the Avengers Movie with a single email pitch to Marvel Studios, and his experience on directing stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. The following is a brief excerpt from the interview:

Question:  And you can live with having all the plot points of the previous Marvel movies dictated to you when you walk in the door?

Answer:  Yeah, sure. And where all the other sequels are going to go. There was talk about, should we have this character? I’m like, you need to save that character for that other sequel. You can’t just throw that moment away. One of the biggest struggles for me was the end of “Iron Man 2″: “I’m in a semi-stable relationship.” “We approve of Iron Man but not Tony Stark.” They really made my job hard, in that respect. But you get all these pieces and it’s a puzzle. But it’s a puzzle that comes together. It’s not just a bunch of broken stuff — there is a way that it’s supposed to fit. And when it does, you find you’re being given as many gifts as you are problems.

Read my preview of Marvel’s Avengers Movie

Watch Marvel’s Avengers Movie Trailer in HD

Avengers Assemble New Movie Trailer HD

“We’re not a team. We’re a timebomb”. Just when you thought you couldn’t get more excited about Marvel’s Avengers movie, the new trailer explodes with intense action, gorgeous special effects and great one-liners. Thor Vs Captain America? Love the fact that all these giant egos are not gonna get along at first. Check out the new trailer below! (UK release date is April 26. US and Canada release day is May 4). What’s that huge flying thing at the very end?

The Avengers Superbowl Extended New Trailer 2012

“We got a Hulk”. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is getting all the best lines! Scarlet Johansson/Black Widow’s little-bitty gun cracks me up when she’s standing next to Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. Check out the EPIC trailer below!

The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 2012

Too soon for a Spider-Man reboot? Well, it’s coming to theatres this July! The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland) as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Connors (Hannibal Rising). The first movie in the new franchise will have Peter Parker investigate his parent’s disappearance and help create a serum for Dr. Connor to regenerate his arm. Let me know if the trailer gets your spidey senses tingling in the comments below.

 

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

2012 promises to be a year of superhero summer blockbusters, sequels to favourite franchises and some potential hidden gems. James Bond’s Skyfall, the Amazing Spiderman, Safe House, The Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, The Bourne Legacy, Life of Pi, and Resident Evil: Retribution are just some of the movies I’m excited about.

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

5. Promethesus

Release Date: June 8, 2012

Director: Ridley Scott

Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) are a couple of the most revered scf-fi movies of all time, and almost 30 years later director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) has finally returned to the genre he helped popularize. The Promethesus trailer is defintely an homage to the original Alien trailer with the movie title letters slowly being revealed and contains many Alien references which should clear any doubts whether the movies are set in the same world. The film will star Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, 300), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), who has an uncanny resemblance to Sigourney Weaver, as a “crew of humans making contact with an alien cilivization that may have a clue to the origin of mankind.” Although not a direct prequel and featuring entirely new characters and story, Promethesus “shares Alien’s DNA, so to speak” according to director Scott. The original Alien, which had the memorable tagline “In space, no one can hear you scream”, was a dark claustrophobic horror movie about an acid bleeding creature terrorizing a spaceship crew and become a blueprint for many sci-fi survival monster films.

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

4. Kill Bin Laden (Unofficial Title)

Release Date: December 19, 2012

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

In development for many years, Academy Award winning director Kathyrn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker, Point Break) next movie was originally focused on the hunt for Bin Laden however the ending has been rewritten due to the successful mission last May that killed the al Qaeda leader in a compound in Pakistan. There has been some controversy that screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and director Bigelow have received “top-level access to the most classified information in history” from the Obama White House and that the original release date of October 2012 would have helped the U.S. President in his re-election campaign.  Tenatively titled “Kill Bin Laden”, this feature film will be a fact based account told from the prospective of US Navy Seals. Bigelow’s last movie, 2008’s thriller The Hurt Locker, won the Academy Award for Best Picture and is cited as a realistic yet poetic portrayal of a US bomb squad in Iraq.

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

3. The Avengers

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

The Avengers is the ultimate superhero ensemble movie featuring Marvel’s Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hulk and Iron Man. Despite all the star power and hollywood hype, undertaking such a movie could easily result in a mindless spectacle of special effects and ultra-tight costumes. When announced that Joss Whedon (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) was set to write the screenplay and direct The Avengers, it was met with both skepticism and joyful squeals. With only one feature film director’s credit in his resume at the time, it’s a surprising choice to have Whedon take on a movie that is rumored to have one of the biggest budgets in motion picture history. However, Whedon has a track record of crafting stories with meaningful character development in his TV series and has already developed a solid working relationship with Marvel as writer of the critically acclaimed Astonishing X-Men comics.

One of the biggest challenges of The Avengers is to give each character a real purpose in being a part of the story and to find a villain that could credibly threaten the superheroes. In a recent interview, director Joss Whedon discussed that the story will be told mainly from the viewpoint of Captain America, the first avenger, “since he’s the guy that just woke up and sees this weird-ass world” rather than trying to dilute multiple perspectives into one movie.  New to Marvel’s franchise, is actor Mark Ruffalo who is taking on the role of the “you won’t like me when I’m angry” Hulk. Ruffalo’s characterisation will reportedly follow the TV show’s version of helping people in need rather than the other two feature film versions that had Bruce Banner obsessed with finding a cure for himself. Reprising his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. and judging by the trailers it will be a lot of fun seeing him deliver Whedon’s classic one-liners and snarky witticisms. Early reports had Loki, Thor’s brother, as the “big bad” however there will be a secondary villain not yet featured in the trailers.

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