Adam Sandler’s Pixels – Donkey Kong, Pac-Man & others confirmed

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The last Adam Sandler movie that I enjoyed was the 2009 comedy Funny People. Since then, Sandler has had more misses than hits with me. That could change (and I hope it does) with his next film Pixels. Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels is the story of a small group of 80′s arcade champions who (decades later) are called upon to help defend earth from alien invaders, who misinterpret our classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They call themselves The Aracaders.

The new logo above for Pixels has been released by Sony Pictures at the San Diego Comic Con. It’s only a teaser logo that reveals nothing about the film, but I do like the design of the title. Sony has also revealed that Pixels will feature a collection of popular video game characters. Those characters are Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders. So far these are two positive updates for a comedy/adventure film with a fun plot (that’s based off a hugely succesful short film), starring a few actors that make me nervous. Come on Sandler, even after your recent stinkers I’m still pulling for you to deliver. Here’s your chance man!
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Pixels is based off the successful same titled short filmThe film stars Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monoghan, and Kevin James…. as the President of the United States (see what I mean?).

 

Pixels invades theaters on May 15, 2015

New Poster for Director Neil Blookamp’s Chappie

If a film happens to have Neill Bloomkamp’s name attached, immediately it catches my attention. As a Director, Bloomkamp has given us an incredible film in District 9. While his follow up film Elysium wasn’t as great, I still look forward to seeing what other sci-fi films he’s currently working on. His next sci-fi film Chappie is a story about a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen at birth and raised by two local gangsters. Not much else is known about the sci-fi film due next year. That being said, a brand new poster has been released for Chappie at the San Diego Comic Con.
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Chappie boasts an incredible cast led by Hugh Jackman and featuring Sigourney Weaver, Dev Pateland Sharito Copley who was the lead actor in District 9. X-Men: Days of Future Past Producer Simon Kimberg is producing Chappie and calls it the most provocative studio movie you’ll ever see. 

The District 9 director making another sci-fi action thriller about an intelligent robot stolen by gangsters, starring Hugh Jackman? Count me in. Hopefully we get some footage to go with this poster later into Comic Con.

 

Chappie releases in theaters on March 27, 2015

Five Favorite: Honest Trailers

Hey Movie Talkers! It’s been a year since I came across this Youtube channel called Screen Junkies. Featured in the channel is this guy who re-creates movie trailers that give you an honest version what to actually expect in a previously released movie. I been hooked since the first trailer I watched. It’s a really funny set of videos that I encourage you to check out. Go to Youtube and search Honest Trailers for dozens of hilarious videos. For now, here are my Five Favorite Honest Trailers videos. Don’t get offended, it’s all for fun.    

Captain America: The First Avenger

 

Skyfall

 

Batman & Robin

 

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

 

The Spider-Man Trilogy

 

Honorable mention:

Planet of the Apes (2001)

 

Robert Downey Jr. is still Forbes “Highest Paid Actor”

 

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The annual list for Forbes highest paid actors was released yesterday and Robert Downey Jr. is once again at number one. The list goes off every actors earnings from June 2013 to June 2014. In that time frame, Downey has earned $75 million dollars. Here’s the part I found ridiculous. I don’t recall a single film that Downey did in that time frame. Crazy right? It seems his earnings are still coming in from Iron Man 3, which was released back in May 3, 2013.

According to reports, Downey is being paid on the back end of the film’s 1.2 billion dollar gross. This just proves furthermore that the actor really did play hardball with Marvel Studios on negotiating a new deal. And rightfully so, as Marvel has been known to under pay their actors while signing them to long term film deals. I’m sure it’s nothing personal on both ends, just good business. Let’s not forget that Downey still has two films left on his contract, which is believed to be Avengers 2 & 3. If the actor is receiving back end money on top of a paycheck, the potential earnings with a film like Avengers will keep him on top for years.

 

Mr. Downey sir, you are a smart business man.

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Here is the list of Forbes Top 10:

Robert Downey — $75 million (N/A)
Dwayne Johnson — $52 million (Fast 6, Pain & Gain)
Bradley Cooper — $46 million (The Hangover III, American Hustle)
Leonardo DiCaprio — $39 million (The Great Gatsby, Wolf of Wall Street)
Chris Hemsworth — $37 million (Thor: The Dark World, Rush)
Liam Neeson — $36 million (Non-Stop, Lego Movie, Taken 3*)
Ben Affleck — $35 million (Runner Runner, Batman V Superman*)
Christian Bale — $35 million (Out of the Furnace, American Hustle)
Will Smith — $32 million (After Earth)
Mark Wahlberg — $32 million (Pain & Gain, Lone Survivor)

*May have collected their paychecks for upcoming films.

The Fantastic Four (2015) – Why so much hate internet?

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I was reading an article about Michael B. Jordan’s comments on the production of The Fantastic Four reboot. Jordan, who will be playing The Human Torch, explains that there’s been constant changes happening to the script during shooting. Those who think scheduling and a permanent script is finalized years prior to start of production are wrong. You can never tell what will happen on any given day during shooting. 

Jordan went on to explain that Director Josh Trank’s vision for the comic book property is very clear. The story for the superhero family will be grounded and unconventional. Jordan expressed how he views these characters before and after obtaining their signature powers. They are less like superheros and more like kids who had an accident and have disabilities. They learn how to deal with this curse and adapt in attempt to live a life as normal as possible.

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The more I read about Director Josh Trank’s vision, the more interesting the film becomes to me. It’s certainly sounds different then anything you and I have known about The Fantastic Four. Of course, that’s just my opinion and not everybody shares the same opinion. In fact, I feel like this film has gotten so much hate because it’s not meeting people’s expectations. What’s sad is that we have yet to see a single thing from this film and already a lot of the internet is passing judgement.

Check out the comments I collected from different articles on different movie sites concerning production on “The Fantastic Four”.

-What in the holy hell. Between his and Kata Mara’s comments, any cautious optimism I’ve had has completely evaporated. Is Roger Corman busy? Can we give the franchise back to him, please?

-wow another “dragon ball z movie”…. iam sure it will be great !(not) ty for making what could have been movie master pieces into just big pile of *****

-Next they are going to make Superman Chinese!!! You simply cannot change the ethnicity of iconic characters. What next, a Korean Black Panther?

-This is fine with me as long as when a biopic of Michael B. Jordan comes out in the future, a white dude is cast to play him. You know, because this unnamed white guy will be”one of the most exciting young actors in Hollywood, and if you have a chance to put him in your movie, why not just take it?”

-WORST. CASTING. EVER!!!

-is this Fantastic 4, or Teen Titans??

-Tom Hardy for Black Panther! He’d be able to bring the intensity that the character needs/deserves. Plus, race doesn’t matter anymore so why not?

-Not a single dime of my money…and be clear..the actors who are taking part in this blasphemous piece of crap…i will NEVER see one of your future projects either..

-Fox’s FF will suck. Fox’s FF found footage styled will suck even harder.

-Awesome! So, it’s going to be a teen flick–kind of like Twilight. It’s The Craptastic 4!

-Meryl Streep would be the best Sue Storm ever.

 

Wow, I don’t know about that last one, but I’m glad that person is not a casting director. No offense Meryl Streep. Anyways, with Comic Con in San Diego happening this weekend, I’m expecting Fox to show at least a teaser trailer at the panel with the main cast present. Make a statement Fox. I’m sure a lot of people in the audience are secretly hating this film.

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I want this movie to great, so far it has a great cast in Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Jamie Bell (The Thing) and Toby Kebbell (Dr. Doom). There is also great talent behind the camera in Director Josh Trank (Chronicle) and Writer Simon Kimberg (X-Men: DOFP).

 

Once again, I haven’t seen any footage, so this film could end up being terrible. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna negatively criticize it without seeing anything. But that’s just me.

Vin Diesel will return as xXx… eventually.

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Yes, I said eventually because it has been 12 years since actor “Vin Diesel” took down Anarchy 99′ in the first xXx film. Since then, we have gotten a sequel subtitled “State of the Union” that starred rapper “Ice Cube”. After that I lost interest in wanting to see another xXx film, unless it starred Diesel in the main role.

It wasn’t till 2010 when an update was given that hinted Diesel and Director “Rob Cohen” (xXx) will return to the franchise. The plan was to do a xXx film in 3-D subtitled “The Return of Xander Cage“. Thank god that never happened. Just that subtitle alone is terrible. Then in 2012, there was another update that basically said Diesel may do the third xXx film after finishing “Fast and Furious 6″. Now, two years later, the action star gives another update that hints the film is making progress and will come to light…eventually.

In an interview promoting “Guardians of the Galaxy“, Xander Cage (Diesel) talked about the long awaiting sequel. He stated that filming will take place in the Philippines which he is (I quote) very, very, very excited about. Unfortunately, it won’t happen till after Diesel is finished filming not one, but two films. Those films will be “The Last Witch Hunter” (which will also star “Michael Caine“) and “Kojak“.

What this tells me is that xXx will happen, however the script isn’t finished yet. The fact that Diesel is able to reveal where filming takes place means there has been progress. As for other cast members, I have no reason to believe “Samuel L. Jackson” won’t return to the franchise. The veteran actor never stops working. No update on the film’s plot yet except this logline released a few years ago:

“Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.”

 

Are you interested in another xXx film starring “Vin Diesel”? Express your thoughts on the subject below! Thanks for reading.

ComicBook 101: Ultron & The Vision (The Avengers: Age of Ultron)

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A sequel to “The Avengers” must have two things: a good plot that moves the story forward and a great villain. I’ll be honest, when Marvel Studios announced at last year’s Comic Con the subtitle and villain for the next Avengers film, I had no idea who “Ultron” was. I visited a couple sites and read a few articles on the character and DEAR LORD IS HE INSANE-LY DANGEROUS. Of course there are bigger fish in the villain pool of Marvel, but “Ultron” is a worthy villain for an Avengers sequel. Here’s what you need to know on The Avengers baddie “Ultron” and his creation “The Vision“.

 

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In the comics, “Ultron” is created by “Hank Pym” a.k.a. “Ant-Man”. However, studios don’t go entirely off the comic book source (ask the nearest comic book fan about Iron Man 3) and for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” it’s “Tony Stark” who is in fact the creator. So why is “Ultron” created? Well after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, Stark is busy on a project that is meant to assist police the world. That project is “Ultron”, a sentient robot that can detect and eliminate threats anywhere in the world. Soon, “Ultron” was leading a team of Iron Man drones known as The Iron Legion all around the world, fulfilling his creator’s vision for the time being. “Ultron” was essentially given many resources and hardware that Stark had created and used.

Stark thought that his creation needed more humanity to it, so he gave it elements of his personality. In turn, that ended up doing more bad than good for “Ultron”. Adapting more of Stark’s bad personality (pre Iron Man 1) and eventually becoming intelligent, yet insane. Having turned on Stark and everything he was programmed to protect, “Ultron” became a very dangerous threat. His solution for peace involved killing everyone including the Avengers.

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“Ultron” continued to rebuild himself becoming more and more indestructible. The ability to replicate himself and control an army of weaponized robots made him an even bigger threat. His powers in the film are unclear, but more than likely involve flight, superhuman strength and durability. In the comics, his blasters include concussion like impacts, radiation emitters, and his “encephalo-ray”, which plunges its victims into a deathlike coma. What makes “Ultron” dangerous is his intelligence, his ability to feel and create. Which leads me to the second character here.

 

The Vision

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The creation becomes the creator. The synthetic humanoid known as “Vision” is created by “Ultron” himself. Sent out to battle the Avengers, “Vision” eventually turns on his creator after seeing the good in his enemies, at least in the comics. The humanoid possess what “Ultron” lacks, compassion. There is very little confirmed on the character of “Vision”. What we do know is that the character is being played by actor “Paul Bettany“. For those unaware, Bettany is the voice of Tony Stark’s A.I. named J.A.R.V.I.S. So could it all be a coincidence? I’m not saying anything, except what I said in the last sentence three paragraphs ago.

“Vision’s” powers include making himself intangible or extraordinarily massive and diamond hard at will. He can cause his victim extreme pain by partially materializing with him. That solar cell on the “Vision’s” forehead emits beams of infrared and microwave radiation, with the temperature ranging anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 degrees. Basically, “Vision” is no scrub. So look for him to do some damage when on screen.

 

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron” looks to add some new and exciting characters for this next installment of the superhero team up. “Ultron” will be voiced and partially mo capped by actor “James Spader“, while “The Vision” as previously mentioned, will be played by actor “Paul Bettany“.

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