Win JOHN CARTER Exclusive Prizes from Walt Disney Pictures 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we have fantastic prizes from the film “John Carter” courtesy of our friends from Walt Disney Pictures. One lucky winner will take home the following:

*** “John Carter” t-shirt
*** “John Carter” towel
*** “John Carter” tattoos

Everything you need to take your own outerspace adventure! HA! :happy

How to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

Sorry international friends, this is only for U.S. residents

Here’s more on “John Carter” from Walt Disney:


War-weary, former military captain John Carter is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris. In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

In Theaters • March 9, 2012
MPAA Rating PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genres Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Run Time 2 hours 12 minutes


Andrew Stanton


Taylor Kitsch -- John Carter
Lynn Collins -- Dejah Thoris
Thomas Haden Church -- Tal Hajus
Willem Dafoe -- Tars Tarkas
James Purefoy -- Kantos Kahn

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Should You See "John Carter?" Check Out My Movie Review First! 
And here you go, my movie review of "John Carter" starring Taylor Kitsch in the title role from director Andrew Stanton, the guy who gave us "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E." How did Stanton do in his first foray into the world of live action? What about Kitsch? Check out how many kisses the movie gets! (For my newspaper review of "John Carter," click here)

Oh, and if you like my "John Carter" t-shirt I was wearing on this review, have no fear! I'm giving that away, a new T-shirt of course, very, very soon!


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Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" to Start Shooting in June! 

Whew, after three years in the planning stages, it's finally coming true! Back in May 2009, I was proud to say that we broke this news that Angelina Jolie will star as "Maleficent." Back then, it was attached with director Brad Bird. And yes, a little Disney friend of mine was the one who gave me the tip! (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

Then it was supposed to be Tim Burton who was set to helm, but now, Robert Stromberg will direct from a script by Linda Woolverton. THR said that the director is already in the U.K. to prepare for the film. Why? Because "Maleficent" will begin shooting in June! It's about time!

I think that the "Wicked" narrative style of telling the story from the villain's point-of-view is fantastic! The character of the "Sleeping Beauty" villain will have a new, dynamic arc.

So who will play Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty? Well, the lovely and talented Elle Fanning is in talks to join the cast and I love it! I just adore Miss Fanning and she will be perfect as the beauty who is forced to sleep for a very long time by the evil Maleficent. (Check out my interviews with Elle Fanning for "Somewhere" here, or for "Super 8" right here)

It's kinda timely that after Jolie revealed that she wanted to do a Disney movie and that her kids were starting to call her "Mom-elicent," then the news that "Maleficent" is shooting in June progressed.

But I am happy. I can eat the poisonous apple now!

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Tom Hardy -- Outlaw Biker 

Tom Hardy, who I absolutely admired in "Warrior" and will next be seen as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," is attached to star in an untitled outlaw biker for Warner Bros. according to THR.

It's a role fit for Hardy right?

The actor seemed to agree because he's also producing the project via his own shingle Executive Options. Art Linson and son, John, are co-producing with Hardy. Apparently, the younger Linson is an avid biker and he came up with the story of a "wounded Vietnem vet who returns home to San Francisco just in time to see the flower power hippie movement at it strongest, with anti-war protests hitting university campuses and streets. In that environment, he is reborn as the head of a violent biker gang."

Ooooh, Hardy is a wild one!

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Coming to Theaters -- How Nicolas Cage Got His Comic Book Back! 

This actually sounds funny, and perhaps the first Nicholas Cage-connected movie that I'm excited about in a looooong time!

Previously on Nicholas Cage's comic book caper: In 2000, a group of nerds planned to steal the actor's prized possession -- a copy of Action Comics No. 1 which introduced us to Superman aka Man of Steel.

Then in 2011, the missing comic book was discovered in an abandoned storage locker. Voila, it sold for a record $2.1 million at an auction last November.

Now, THR has told us that Lionsgate is turning this comic book heist into a comedy with "Reno 911" creators/writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. They will also be producing along with Peter Principato and Paul Young.

The big question -- will Cage appear? Will he be game to poke fun at himself and his inner nerd? I think he should! He hasn't done a seemingly smart movie in quite a while.

And sure, Jason Statham's name has popped up in connection with this project but really, he is no Cage!

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