"Splice" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Monster Get? 


“Splice” splices various genres to come up with a riveting film that unfortunately faltered near the end. Part “Frankenstein,” part “The Fly,” “Splice” is a new addition to the growing list of films with the “man as God” plotline.


Playing gods are superstar genetic engineers Clive (Academy-Award winner Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley). They specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create new hybrids.

The first half of the film is darkly magical when we first meet Clive and Elsa and we get to witness their new hybrids, Fred and Ginger. Clive and Elsa have a great relationship both on and off-work and their new pride and joy are new hybrids that look like giant worms. Read More...

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Rumpelstiltskin Speaks! My Fun Interview with Walt Dohrn for "Shrek Forever After!" 


Rumpelstiltskin, voiced by head of story Walt Dohrn, was my favorite character in the DreamWorks Animation hit "Shrek Forever After." Here's my fun interview with Dorhn as we talked about:

His involvement with the film
Is this really the final "Shrek" film?
Will he be working on the "Puss in Boots" spin-off?
What he'll miss most about working on the "Shrek" films?

Have fun!



Here's more info on "Shrek" from Yahoo:

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

Also Known As: Shrek 4
Shrek Goes Fourth
The Next Shrek
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: May 21st, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Studios: DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Jon Hamm
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Produced by: Aron J. Warner, Andrew Adamson, John H. Williams

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Victoria's Secret Reveals Secret of "Transformers 3" Casting! Check Out Congratulations Video to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 


Paramount Pictures hasn't confirmed the casting of 23-year-old English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but already, Victoria's Secret released a video congratulating their "angel" for getting the part in "Transformers 3."

Huntington-Whiteley is supposed to be cast as Shia LaBeouf's love interest, replacing Megan Fox. Michael Bay is directing from a script by Ehren Krueger. Shooting for the third installment has already begun.

If Huntington-Whiteley is officially hired, she'll be joining LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, and Ken Jeong. Kevin Dunn (Ron Witwicky) and Julie White (Judy Witwicky) will return as LaBeouf's character's parents.

For now, feast your eyes to lots of Huntington-Whiteley in this video that Victoria's Secret, perhaps, prematurely released.

Click here to watch the full video.

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"Shrek" Beats "Sex" and "Persia" for the No. 1 Box-Office Spot! 


Our favorite jolly green ogre won another weekend at the box-office while Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha race to the No. 2 spot against Prince Dastan.

"Shrek Forever After" took in $55.7 million over Memorial Day weekend, putting the DreamWorks Animation flick to the No. 1 spot for a second-straight weekend. So far, the film has raised its 10-day domestic total to $145.5 million.

Meanwhile, Disney's "Prince of Persia" debuted at No. 2 with $37.8 million, just a tad over "Sex and the City 2's" $37.1 million box-office take. For now, the girls must settle at No. 3 until final numbers are released Tuesday.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box office films for Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday, May 28th:

1. "Shrek Forever After," $55.7 million.

2. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," $37.8 million.

3. "Sex and the City 2," $37.1 million.

4. "Iron Man 2," $20.6 million.

5. "Robin Hood," $13.6 million.

6. "Letters to Juliet," $7.3 million.

7. "Just Wright," $2.7 million.

8. "Date Night," $2.3 million.

9. "MacGruber," $1.9 million.

10. "How to Train Your Dragon," $1.5 million.

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Guillermo del Toro Leaves "The Hobbit" 


Guillermo del Toro has announced he is leaving "The Hobbit" after spending the last two years developing the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. He's simply frustrated with the production's repeated delays. But del Toro would continue to serve as one of the co-writers of the screenplays along with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Phillippa Boyens.

Here's del Toro's explanation of why he's leaving from theonering.net.:

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.


Now, the stuff.co is reporting that Jackson may step in to direct "The Hobbit" "if it becomes the only way to ensure the US$150 million (NZ$219m) film is made after the sudden departure of director Guillermo del Toro."

Here's a neat snapshot of the long road to "The Hobbit" courtesy of stuff.com:

2003: The Lord of Rings trilogy earns US$2.91 billion (NZ$4.2 b) at the box office

December 2007: New Line Cinema and MGM announce that Jackson and Fran Walsh will be executive producers of The Hobbit, a two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings, to be largely shot in Wellington. Tentative start date on filming is 2009.

April 2008: Guillermo del Toro joins as director and co-screenwriter with Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

July 2009: Jackson says The Hobbit still technically has to get "the green light" from the studios and has no budget.

November 2009: MGM, US$3.7 billion (NZ$5.4b) in debt, is put up for sale.

March 2010: Del Toro says studios are considering making the film in 3-D.

April 2010: The 23rd James Bond film, another MGM project, is postponed indefinitely.

Last week: While promoting the film Splice , of which he is an executive producer, del Toro says he has been in a "tangled negotiation" with The Hobbit because of problems with MGM.

And then del Toro quit.

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