"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Monday, June 27, 2011

Brave Teaser Trailer

The Brave teaser trailer is here!!! And teaser is the correct word for it since we only see Princess Merida and the mysterious bear from the first working title "The Bear and the Bow" which was later changed to Brave. I'm loving the look of the Scottish Highlands as the setting for this film and can't wait to get to know Princess Merida. How long until June 2012? Oh yeah, it's a whole year away! Bummer...until then, watch the trailer.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

First Look at Princess Merida from Brave

(Pic: Stitch Kingdom)

So far, we'd only seen her hidden or obscured by that fiery red hair but this time around, we get our first look at Princess Merida in a rendered hi-res image.  Pixar's first featured heroine, it's been a long time coming.  I can't believe this doesn't release until next year.  So until then, feast your eyes on this photograph and I hope the Brave teaser gets released online soon so I can post it here.  I'm incredibly curious about the story!

Friday, June 24, 2011

First Look: The Hobbit new photos

It's photos like this that make LoTR fans nostalgic and anticipate The Hobbit movies as much as they did the original trilogy because let's face it, it's Peter Jackson and Tolkien.  The combination doesn't disappoint.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Ian McKellan back as Gandalf

Peter Jackson discusses a scene with Martin Freeman

The first film, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey will release on December 14, 2012 and its sequel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open on December 13, 2013.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Trailer Time: I'm Green With Envy!!

How do you drum up interest in the upcoming Muppets movie? Release parody/spoof trailers that make us want to see the movie RIGHT NOW.

Here are the trailers, prepare yourself for Muppets attack.  




Bottom line: It's hard to resist Kermit the Frog!

First Look: Pixar's Brave Teaser Poster

Lots of news to report today and so let's get blogging!!

Entertainment Weekly (EW) just unveiled the first look at the teaser photo of Brave, Pixar's original feature film debuting next year.  One of the main reasons I've been looking forward to this film in what seems like forever is the first female lead character in Pixar flick and co-directed by a female director, Brenda Chapman.

This gorgeous poster already promises what the concept art has already shown us, this one looks to bring  us right in the middle of the Scottish Highlands and I hope Princess Merida teaches us a thing or two about the title, Brave.  I'm already loving the tagline, Change your fate.  Love this!  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Thanks to Warner Bros., courtesy of whom I got tickets to catch the 3D screening of Green Lantern.  After months of being teased about Ryan Reynolds and his amazing abs, it was time to see what the fuss what all about.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the movie was all about setting things up for the sequel and not focusing enough on the current flick.  

Notice all those Green Lanterns up on the poster above, well, that's only where you'll see most of them as most of them make brief appearances in the movie.  The film shows us how an ordinary human, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) becomes a Green Lantern, a protector of the universe.  It's all about his journey to believe in himself and overcoming his fears.  I personally would liked to see more of the other Green Lanterns instead it seemed that one sole Green Lantern is enough to save the entire universe.  Even the action that took place on Earth seemed a bit bizarre.  What is the whole deal with Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and why does he look so old when is supposed to be the same age as Hal and Carol Ferris (Blake Lively)?  And do not get me started on Lively, who is basically playing her Gossip Girl character, Serena's tamer version.  Very very bland.  The only saving grace of this movie are the action sequences which looked quite cool in 3D.  That's it.  

In a summer filled with superhero movies, I'm afraid this one won't be remembered much despite Reynolds and his spectacular abs.  

Directed by Martin Campbell; Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg; Music by James Newton Howard; Editing by Stuart Baird; Cinematography by Dion Beebe


Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Clip from La Luna

AWNtv :: La Luna - Clip | AWNtv

Get ready from some adorableness coming your way from La Luna, a Pixar short that just debuted this week at the Annecy International Animation Festival. This is not opening in front of Cars 2, that honor is going to a Toy Story short, Hawaiian Vacation. I hope we get to see the whole thing soon because this is sure to be a contender for Animated Short Film Oscar.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Countdown to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 11 Character Posters

One month to go and we'll be upon the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Boo!  While some people are in denial, namely me, the final film promises a battle to end all battles.  Here are 11 gorgeous character banner posters stating "It all ends."  Yes, well, that might be true but I think in this case, "It is so ON" might be more appropriate.  What do you think?

The Chosen One vs. He Who Must Not Be Named.  I'll put my bets on the Chosen One

The two loyal friends to the very end, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The Slytherins: Professor Snape and Draco Malfoy.  Whose side are they really on?

The courageous lead the House of Gryffindor!

The Weasley Twins are right to fight, you'd better watch out Bellatrix!!

Do I spy the sword of Godric Gryffindor in Griphook's hands?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

I've had a couple of weeks off from the blog.  Real life and bad internet connections intervened but I'm back and ready to blog again.  So, let's get to it.

First off, I was prepared for the Awesomeness (with a capital A) of this movie and as a sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2 really delivers.  If wasn't for abysmal 3D in the theater that I saw it at, things were so bad that at plenty a time, it was better to watch the film without the 3D glasses.  I'll have to see this again just to appreciate all the action and animation which occurs so fast.  I finally understood what Roger Ebert has been bemoaning in his columns.  If the theater is not equipped to show 3D properly, your movie going experience is going to be disaster.  

But let's put that aside and get to the actual film.  This time around, Po the Panda joins the Furious Five, Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper as the Dragon Warrior and fight against injustice.  Despite his awkwardness, he is beginning to fit into their dynamic.  However, a new danger looms ahead for them as Lord Shen is out to destroy kung fu with a new and dangerous weapon.  Master Shifu warns them and advises them to find inner peace as they go off to find this new enemy.  

However, Po also has some other pressing matters at hand.  Most importantly, the mystery of who his real parents were.  This is one of the more intriguing parts of the movie.  Po finally has a heart to heart with his father, Mr. Ping, who admits to him that he found him one day amidst the grocery deliveries out back.  The whole flashback was executed really well and quite touching too.  I mean, who doesn't love baby pandas?  

The fight to save kung fu also becomes Po's quest to find out what happened to his real parents.  But Po manages to save the day in the end, quite obviously, and it's on to more adventures as the Kung Fu Panda franchise moves forward to another sequel and SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT, it involves his dad.  I wished we could have spent more time with the pandas, that whole storyline seemed a bit too rushed and incomplete and now I see why.  The next movie will more panda-centric and to that I say, more pandas, please!  I left the theater wanting to know more of Po's story despite the really bad 3D.  Do not miss this film!!  

PS- Kudos for to the duo of Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Melissa Cobb as director and producer of this animated feature.  Women in film!!! We need to see more of this.  

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson; Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger; Music by Hans Zimmer and John Powell

Rating:  (the film)

Rating:  (the 3D)

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