"Wolverine" Sequel Gets New Release Date! 


Save the date Wolverine fans, you'll soon be able to see the sequel on July 23, 2013. That's about a year and a half from now. And that should give Hugh Jackman and director, James Mangold, plenty of time to give us a fantastic sequel, right?

The planned sequel was mired with production dramas, but as the Hollywood Reporter revealed, Fox is now making this production a priority by setting the release date. It's almost like a deadline. Make it on the release date or else!

The only thing we know for certain about the "Wolverine" sequel is the story is set in Japan. And we also know that the release date puts the Marvel flick head-to-head with Lionsgate's "Dirty Dancing" remake from director Kenny Ortega. "Wolverine 2" will also duke it out with the big-screen version of Disney's "Phineas and Ferb."

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"This Means War" Delayed, Gets New Release Date! 


Fox has delayed the opening of the new romantic action comedy "This Means War" Deadline is exclusively reporting. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy, "This Means War" was supposed to open on Valentine's Day aka Feb. 14th but will now be released on Friday, February 17th. Apparently, Fox could not match the buzz of the Channing Tatum-Rachel McAdams starrer "The Vow." The studio will sneak "This Means War" on Tuesday and will hope and pray that word of mouth will help the film when it opens that Friday. Not a good sign!

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Behold "The Amazing Spider-Man" Trailer! 


Maybe just like you, I was doubting the impact of this new "Spider-Man." For one, the past "Spider-Man" trilogy from Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire was just a few years back and still fresh from our memories. But the new franchise director, Marc Webb, is a good storyteller (I admire his "500 Days of Summer") so this new reimagining of "Spider-Man" may be good.

Plus, the trailer is quite intriguing although it reeks of psychological neuroses. But we love our superheroes with issues, case in point, Batman and his "Dark Knight" franchise. This new "Spider-Man" has father issues, identity issues, and perhaps girl issues with the lovely and amazing Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) playing the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield).

Completing the cast is Rhys Ifans (The Lizard), Sally Field (Aunt May), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), and Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy. "The Amazing Spider-Man" crawls into theaters July 3rd, just in time for your Fourth of July celebration!



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Milla Jovovich to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards 


Milla Jovovich is set to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 11. The "Fifth Element" and "Resident Evil" franchise star will present 10 awards to 30 individual recipients during the evening (full list below).

Jovovich will next be seen in "Resident Evil: Retribution."

Portions of the sci-tech awards will be included at the Oscars and will be presented on Sunday, February 26.

And here's the list of Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements (Source: oscars.org):

Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate)


To Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt for the invention and integration of micro-voxels in the Mantra software.

This work allowed, for the first time, unified and efficient rendering of volumetric effects such as smoke and clouds, together with other computer graphics objects, in a micro-polygon imaging pipeline.

Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque)

To Radu Corlan, Andy Jantzen, Petru Pop and Richard Toftness for the design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion picture production.

The Phantom family of high-speed digital cameras, including the Phantom Flex and HD Gold, provide imagery at speeds and efficacy surpassing photochemical technology, while seamlessly intercutting with conventional film production.

To Dr. Jürgen Noffke for the optical design and Uwe Weber for the mechanical design of the ARRI Zeiss Master Prime Lenses for motion picture photography.

The Master Primes have achieved a full stop advance in speed over existing lenses, while maintaining state-of-the-art optical quality. This lens family was also the first to eliminate the magnification change that accompanied extreme focus shifts.

To Michael Lewis, Greg Marsden, Raigo Alas and Michael Vellekoop for the concept, design and implementation of the Pictorvision Eclipse, an electronically stabilized aerial camera platform.

The Pictorvision Eclipse system allows cinematographers to capture aerial footage at faster flying speeds with aggressive platform maneuvering.

To E.F. “Bob” Nettmann for the concept and system architecture, Michael Sayovitz for the electronic packaging and integration, Brad Fritzel for the electronic engineering, and Fred Miller for the mechanical engineering of the Stab-C Classic, Super-G and Stab-C Compact stabilizing heads.

This versatile family of 5-axis camera and lens stabilizers allows any standard motion picture camera to be fitted into the open architecture of the structure. The system can be quickly balanced and made ready for shooting platforms such as helicopters, boats, camera cars or cranes.

To John D. Lowry, Ian Cavén, Ian Godin, Kimball Thurston and Tim Connolly for the development of a unique and efficient system for the reduction of noise and other artifacts, thereby providing high-quality images required by the filmmaking process.

The “Lowry Process” uses advanced GPU-accelerated, motion estimation-based image processing tools to enhance image quality.

To FUJIFILM Corporation, Hideyuki Shirai, Dr. Katsuhisa Oozeki and Hiroshi Hirano for the design and development of the FUJIFILM black and white recording film ETERNA-RDS 4791 for use in the archival preservation of film and digital images.

Specifically designed for laser film recording and widely used in the industry today, the high-resolution FUJIFILM ETERNA-RDS 4791 film stock is an important step in protecting the heritage of the motion picture industry.

Academy Award of Merit® (Oscar® Statuette)

To Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer and Wolfgang Riedel for the design and development of the ARRILASER Film Recorder.

The ARRILASER film recorder demonstrates a high level of engineering resulting in a compact, user-friendly, low-maintenance device, while at the same time maintaining outstanding speed, exposure ratings and image quality.

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2012 Super Bowl Movie Trailers! Did You See Them All? If Not, Here's Your Chance! Which One's Your Favorite? 
Okay, for the very first time, I sat down and watch the entire game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, why? Because I was anticipating the Madonna half-time show! I think she delivered and showed to the world that she's still the Queen of Pop. Love her as a performer, but as a director? "W.E." is a totally different story!

But I digress.

We're here to talk about the boatload of movie trailers that were supposed to tease us. Were you teased? Which one is your favorite Super Bowl movie trailer?

My heart belonged to "The Avengers" even though the last shot of the trailer looked just like a bunch of people in funny costumes trying to save the world.

My least favorite? Do I really have to endure Jar Jar Binks again in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" 3D or not?

So without further adieu, I compiled all the Super Bowl 2012 movie trailers that you might have missed!

Here you go:

"Act of Valor"

This one is intriguing. Set to be released by Relativity Media on February 24th, "Act of Valor" talks about a discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S. So, a team of Navy Seals is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. The gimmick? These are real life Navy Seals folks and NOT actors! Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh used actual Navy Seals for this experiment. Will Alex Veadow and company deliver?



"The Avengers"

If you still think that this is an update of 1998's "The Avengers" starring Sean Connery and Uma Thurman, then you need to go back to the 90s! By now, we've been bombarded by the film's aggressive marketing campaign featuring all our favorite Marvel superheroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

The best part about this Marvel extravaganza for me is director Joss Whedon who created one of the best shows in TV history, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." The film opens May 4th, and I'm soooo there!




"Battleship"

I'm still not quite sold on this "Transformers" meets "Titanic" by way of a Hasbro board game experiment from director Peter Berg ("Hancock"). The best thing about this? Seeing Rihanna in a Liam Neeson movie, yeah!

Here's the full synopsis from Universal. By the way, the film opens May 18th:

Synopsis

Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.




"The Dictator"

This film looks funny! Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the loving arms of his "Borat" and "Bruno" co-conspirator, Larry Charles, to talk about what else? The dictator, played by Cohen, from a foreign country who doesn't want democracy, period! "The Dictator" opens May 11:



"G.I. Joe: Retaliation"

I hated the first one, "Rise of the Cobra," so I'm very cautious when approaching this sequel. Channing Tatum (Captain Duke Hauser) is back and he's bringing Bruce Willis (Joe Colton) and Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock) with him. It's opening June 29th and this one's all about revenge! Aren't they all?



"The Hunger Games"

Dear Lionsgate, I hope this film is good! I have all the first printing/first edition of the Suzanne Collins books, and I want them to go up in value HA! But the cast is good headed by Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). Heck, even Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Wes Bentley (remember him?) show up! Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit") co-wrote and directed the movie, AND, Steven Soderbergh is credited with being a 2nd Unit director. The most anticipated movie of 2012 will be released on March 23rd:



"John Carter"

Director Andrew Stanton gave us "Wall-E" (love it!) and "Finding Nemo" (Love it too!) but can this Pixar veteran work his magic the same way Brad Bird did for his first live-action film "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol?"

I'm still lukewarm judging by the trailer with Taylor Kitsch as John Carter (he's also in the upcoming "Battleship"), a former military captain who's been transported to Mars. Honestly? This is like an update of "Flash Gordon" and that's not a good thing! We'll judge the movie properly when it opens on March 9:



"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

From the creators of "Despicable Me" comes this big screen adaptation. Much like "Despicable Me," this is a message movie about loving our environment. Zac Efron voices Ted, Taylor Swift is Audrey, Ed Helms is Once-ler, and Danny DeVito is Lorax. The best part about the trailer? DeVito! And we'll watch it because we all love Dr. Seuss! "The Lorax" opens on March 2nd:



"Star Wars: The Epic Saga"

Can someone please tell George Lucas not to ruin his "Star Wars" movies anymore? Don't re-edit them for a whole new generation! Let this whole new generation enjoyed the films the way they were intended! And really? I can't sit through another Jar Jar Binks so I'll skip the 3D re-release of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" this Friday, the 10th. I'll see you in 2014 when "Revenge of the Sith" gets re-released:



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