Brawn Versus Brains at Box-Office! "Hercules" Versus "Lucy!" Which One Will Come Out On Top? 


Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have “Hercules” starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this “Hercules” much better than “The Legend of Hercules” starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?

We also have “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one’s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in “La Femme Nikita,” “The Professional,” and “The Fifth Element.” Is “Lucy” worthy of Besson’s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:



Official “Hercules” synopsis

Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award (R)-nominee John Hurt. (C) Paramount

Official “Lucy synopsis”

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. (C) Universal

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Too Hot For TV! Watch New "Fifty Shades of Grey" Trailer! 


It's finally here "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans! The hot new trailer of the movie adaptation of E L James' best-selling erotic novel!

NBC's "Today" show unveiled the trailer Thursday morning and Savannah Guthrie admitted that it was so hot NBC only showed a portion and did not include the bondage scenes. It's too raunchy for daytime TV watchers!

But now, you can see the trailer!

Book fans, what do you think? Did Jamie Dornan aka Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson aka Anastasia Steele embody your visualization of the characters?

And did you like Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" used in the trailer?

And will you line up at the theaters when "Fifty Shades of Grey" opens on February 13, 2015? Just in time to make your Valentine's Day extra saucy!

Here's the trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey!"



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Watch Ryan Gosling Gets Wedgie in "Hercules" 


In homage to the upcoming "Hercules," movies.com has unearthed a clip featuring a very young Ryan Gosling starring as "Young Hercules" back in the late 1990s. In this funny clip, he gets a wedgie! Stars will definitely do anything to pay their dues including reciting horrible lines. Still, this one is campy and cheesy and just right! The Gos has come a long way!




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My Fun Visit to LAIKA and the Amazing "The Boxtrolls!" 


Experiencing everything that Portland, Oregon has to offer for the first time was quite magical which made it even more whimsical when I visited LAIKA, the home of "Coraline," "ParaNorman," and the upcoming "The Boxtrolls!"

Nestled within the agrarian roots of Hillsboro, LAIKA is housed inside a giant warehouse populated by creative folks, craftsmen, and CEO, leader, guru, head animator, and all-around nice guy, Travis Knight. He's such a down-to-earth guy and a fun communicator that I just had to take a picture with him in front of the Cheesebridge Market Place backdrop used in "The Boxtrolls."

The whole visit was devoted to LAIKA's edgy brand and of course, "The Boxtrolls." Based on "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, we saw a few clips from the film, some from Act 1 and some from Act 2. They also showed us a LAIKA featurette which I hoped will be available to us soon so I can post it here!

We toured the whole compound, talked to various department heads -- costumes, art, computers (oh my gosh, their 3D printer is phenomenal) -- and experienced the magical brand called LAIKA.

I even interviewed the sweet and funny Isaac Hempstead-Wright who voices Eggs, the lead character in "The Boxtrolls." Hempstead-Wright is also in the popular HBO show, "Game of Thrones" as Bran Stark.

I will post the video of my LAIKA visit as soon as it's made available. But for now, watch "The Boxtrolls" trailer by clicking here. I can't wait to see the animated wonder in full when it comes out in theaters on September 26!

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Avoid Cinema At All Costs -- My Movie Reviews of New Movies "Sex Tape," "The Purge: Anarchy," "Planes: Fire & Rescue" 


A raunchy comedy, thriller, and animated film, three movies to choose from this weekend! “Sex Tape,” “The Purge: Anarchy,” and “Planes: Fire and Rescue” are all battling for your movie dollars, so which one is my pick of the week? Hint: I have no pick of the week! Why? Find out in my review below:



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