"Race to Witch Mountain" Movie Review -- Is It Better than the Original? 


The 1975 Walt Disney classic “Escape to Witch Mountain” is the touchstone of my youth. The film made me want to have the super powers of the two alien children, Tia (Kim Richards) and Tony (Iake Eisenmann) for the good of humanity, of course.

Now, Walt Disney Pictures is releasing a reboot of the film bearing a more fast-paced title “Race to Witch Mountain.” The plot and the children’s names may have been changed, but the magic is still intact. Read More...

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"The Dark Knight" Lords Over the 35th Annual Saturn Awards 


"The Dark Knight" grabbed 11 nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" received nine while "Iron Man" took eight.

The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The awards will be presented June 25.

Here's the complete list of nominees:

FILM

Science Fiction Film

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (20th Century Fox)
"Eagle Eye" (Paramount / DreamWorks)
"The Incredible Hulk" (Universal / Marvel)
"Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
"Iron Man" (Paramount / Marvel)
"Jumper" (20th Century Fox)

Fantasy Film
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Walt Disney Studios)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"Hancock" (Sony)
"The Spiderwick Chronicles" (Paramount)
"Twilight" (Summit Entertainment)
"Wanted" (Universal)

Horror Film
"The Happening" (20th Century Fox)
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal)
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (Universal)
"Quarantine" (Sony)
"Splinter" (Magnolia / Magnet)
"The Strangers" (Rogue / Universal)

Action / Adventure / Thriller Film
"Changeling" (Universal)
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
"Gran Torino" (Warner Bros.)
"Quantum of Solace" (Sony)
"Traitor" (Overture)
"Valkyrie" (MGM / UA)

Actor
Christian Bale ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Tom Cruise ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)
Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Will Smith ("Hancock") (Sony)

Actress

Cate Blanchett ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Angelina Jolie ("Changeling") (Universal)
Julianne Moore ("Blindness") (Miramax)
Emily Mortimer ("Transsiberian") (First Look Studios)
Gwyneth Paltrow ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)

Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
Aaron Eckhart ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson ("Transsiberian") (First Look Studios)
Shia LaBeouf ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Bill Nighy ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)

Supporting Actress
Joan Allen ("Death Race") (Universal)
Judi Dench ("Quantum of Solace") (Sony)
Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace") (Sony)
Tilda Swinton ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Charlize Theron ("Hancock") (Sony)
Carice Van Houten ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)

Performance by a Younger Actor

Freddie Highmore ("The Spiderwick Chronicles") (Paramount)
Lina Leandersson ("Let the Right One In") (Magnolia / Magnet)
Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") (Fox Searchlight)
Jaden Christopher Smith ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") (20th Century Fox)
Catinca Untaru ("The Fall") (Roadside Attractions)
Brandon Walters ("Australia") (20th Century Fox)

Director
Clint Eastwood ("Changeling") (Universal)
Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Bryan Singer ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)
Steven Spielberg ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) (Walt Disney Studios)

Writing
Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
David Koepp, John Kamps ("Ghost Town") (Paramount / DreamWorks)
John Ajvide Lindqvist ("Let the Right One In") (Magnolia / Magnet)
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Eric Roth ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
J. Michael Straczynski ("Changeling") (Universal)

TELEVISION

Network Television Series

"Fringe" (Fox)
"Heroes" (NBC)
"Life On Mars" (ABC)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox)
"Supernatural" (CW)

Syndicated / Cable Television Series
"Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)
"The Closer" (TNT)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"Leverage" (TNT)
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Cartoon Network)
"True Blood" (HBO)

Presentation on Television
"24: Redemption" (Fox)
"The Andromeda Strain" (A & E)
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Jericho" (CBS)
"The Last Templar" (NBC)
"The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice" (TNT)

Actor in Television
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") (AMC)
Matthew Fox ("Lost") (ABC)
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Timothy Hutton ("Leverage") (TNT)
Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)
Noah Wiley ("The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice") (TNT)

Actress in Television
Lena Headey ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Jennifer Love Hewitt ("The Ghost Whisperer") (CBS)
Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") (ABC)
Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)
Anna Paquin ("True Blood") (HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") (TNT)
Anna Torv ("Fringe") (ABC)

Supporting Actor in Television
Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost") (ABC)
Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Michael Emerson ("Lost") (ABC)
Josh Holloway ("Lost") (ABC)
Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes") (NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") (NBC)

Supporting Actress in Television
Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Yunjin Kim ("Lost") (ABC)
Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost") (ABC)
Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes") (NBC)
Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)

Guest Starring Role in a Television Series
Kristen Bell ("Heroes") (NBC)
Alan Dale ("Lost") (ABC)
Kevin Durand ("Lost") (ABC)
Robert Forster ("Heroes") (NBC)
Jimmy Smits ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Sonya Walger ("Lost") (ABC)

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New Details About Joss Whedon's Scary Flick "The Cabin in the Woods"  


This is what we know so far about "The Cabin in the Woods":

1) Joss Whedon wrote the script, and Drew Goddard ("Buffy," "Angel," "Lost") will be directing

2) Academy award nominee Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") joins the cast, as well as Bradley Whitford ("Bottle Shock").

3) New cast announced are Kristen Connolly ("Revolutionary Road"), Chris Hemsworth ("Star Trek"), Anna Hutchison ("Underbelly"), Fran Kranz ("The Village") and Jesse Williams ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2").

4) The film's opening date has been moved from October 23rd to February 5th

5) UA/MGM will distribute

But the most important part? The plot? Whedon, Goddard, and the studio are tight-lipped. All we know is there's a cabin in the woods, and then...mayhem!

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Will You Watch "Puppetmaster" on 3-D? 


I'm the first to admit that I crave these low-budget horror flicks! I'm a child of the 80s and devoured everything from "Friday the 13th" to yes, "Puppetmaster."

To this day, when any of these films are being shown on cable, I have to stop and watch, and I truly admit, even TIVO some of them!

But am I happy with the recent "reboot" all these shocker flicks are getting? Um, not really. Sure, Rob Zombie did a great job with "Halloween" but I love his "Devil's Rejects" better. Why? Because it's original!

Am I happy with the new "Friday the 13th?" Well, I was happy to see Jason Voorhees on the big screen again, but the remake was underwhelming.

So today, in my horror of horrors, I heard that writer/producer Charles Band is planning to give his "Puppetmaster" the reboot treatment! And he's following the "My Bloody Valentine" route and shoot it in 3-D!

Why? Can't Hollywood be original anymore? Specially when it comes to the horror genre? Slapping the "3-D" treatment on any remake doesn't make it brand new!

Oh wait, Joss Whedon is coming up with "Cabin in the Woods," and Sam Raimi has "Drag Me to Hell" coming up.

So there's still hope!

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Nick Nolte -- Mixed Martial Arts Fighter/Trainer? 


Nick Nolte is set to star in "Warrior" a drama set in the world of mixed martial arts!

The plot sounds like "Karate Kid" with a little "The Wrestler" vibe.

According to Variety, "Nolte plays an ex-Vietnam vet boxer-turned-steel mill worker whose family was torn apart by his alcoholism; the now-sober and remorseful dad welcomes back his youngest son and trains him to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament. He and his older brother are on a collision course in the ring."

Hhhhmmm, sounds intriguing! This whole redemption-thing-on-the-ring worked for Mickey Rourke, maybe Nolte will be crowned the comeback kid this year!

Production for "Warrior" is set to begin in April in Pittsburgh.

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