Hot New "Total Recall" Trailer -- Colin Farrell Channels Arnold Schwarzenegger 


The new "Total Recall" wants us to forget the original Paul Verhoeven movie with the release of the brand new trailer. Columbia Pictures unveiled the new clip and it's quite tasty. Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho, "Total Recall" is based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" and follows the story of factory worker Douglas Quaid (Farrell) who enters the mind-trip realm to escape his life only to find out his world turned upside down.

In the original film, we all remember the shot of the obese woman who turned out to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. The trailer for the new film pay homage to that scene, sort of, when it shows Farrell morphing into different people. Is the remake better than original? We'll find out when "Total Recall" opens August 3rd.



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"Wrath of the Titans," "Mirror Mirror" No Match for "The Hunger Games" 


Box-office titan "The Hunger Games" remained the champion in its second weekend with $61.1 million for the No. 1 position. Neither "Wrath of the Titans" nor "Mirror Mirror" could unseat the popular film. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, "The Hunger Games" broke a new record -- the fastest nonsequel to cross $250 million in just 10 days. ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

The sequel to "Clash of the Titans" with the returning Sam Worthington as Perseus opened at No. 2 with $34.2 million, a far cry from the original's box-office opening success of $61.2 million. But overseas, "Wrath of the Titans" was a box-office god, opening at No. 1 with $78 million. ("Wrath of the Titans" review right here, win prizes from the movie right here)

"Mirror Mirror," the campy retelling of "Snow White," debuted at No. 3. Starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, and Lily Collins as Snow White, "Mirror Mirror" took in $19 million. ("Mirror Mirror" movie review)

At the specialty box-office, the Weinstein Co. documentary "Bully" was off to a good start with $115,000 in just five theaters. This is a good sign for a movie I'm calling one of the most important films of the year. ("Bully" movie review)

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" was also a bright spot at the specialty box office. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, the indie film placed at No. 7 with $1.3 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of March 30th:

1. "The Hunger Games," $61.1 million.

2. "Wrath of the Titans," $34.2 million.

3. "Mirror Mirror," $19 million.


4. "21 Jump Street," $15 million.

5. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $8 million.

6. "John Carter," $2 million.

7. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," $1.3 million.

8. "Act of Valor," $1 million.

9. "A Thousand Words," $915,000.

10. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $835,000.

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Win WRATH OF THE TITANS Exclusive Prizes from Warner Bros. Pictures 


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

*** “Wrath of the Titans” t-shirts – yes, I’m giving 3
*** “Wrath of the Titans” iPhone 4S techno skins
*** “Wrath of the Titans” duffle bag
*** “Wrath of the Titans” mini-frisbees – I’m giving 4


Everything you need to take your own gods and monsters adventure! HA!



How to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:

SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH BY 5PM (PACIFIC)



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...but have fun!

Watch video of the contest:



For my review of "Wrath of the Titans," click here

Here's more on the movie from Yahoo:

Synopsis

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus - the demigod son of Zeus - is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares, switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda, Poseidon's demigod son, Argenor, and fallen god Hephaestus, Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Production Details

In Theaters -- March 30, 2012

MPAA Rating -- PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action)

Genres -- Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Distributors -- Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Run Time -- 1 hour 39 minutes

Also Known As
Clash of the Titan Two
Untitled Clash of the Titans Sequel
Wrath of the Titans

Director -- Jonathan Liebesman

Actors

Sam Worthington -- Perseus
Liam Neeson -- Zeus
Ralph Fiennes -- Hades
Édgar Ramírez -- Ares
Toby Kebbell -- Agenor
Rosamund Pike -- Andromeda
Bill Nighy -- Hephaestus
Danny Huston -- Poseidon
John Bell -- Helius

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Congratulations to My 6 Tributes! The Winners of My First, Ever "Hunger Games" Contest! 


Thanks to Lionsgate, I picked 6 of my Facebook friends in a random drawing ala Reaping Day for my 1st Hunger Games Contest. I channeled Effie Trinket minus the garish makeup HA! And my own Katniss and Peeta and perhaps, Rue, maybe Cato and Thresh and Marvel are:

KRYSTEN GONDA
DAN MARTIN
RICHARD HERNANDEZ
PHYLLIS LAI
ANDREA FARLEY
JEANNIE KAYS


Congrats!

And to you, my fallen tribute, visit me on Facebook often for more chances to win prizes from movies of the week! I will be posting my giveaways for "Wrath of the Titans" in a little bit!

Here's the video of our random drawing, and just FYI, my Facebook page is facebook.com/mannythemovieguy



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Not in the Mood to See "Wrath of the Titans" or "Mirror Mirror?" Watch "Bully" Instead! Check Out My Reviews of the New Movies Out This Weekend! 
We'll talk about "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror Mirror" below, but first, watch my movie review of "Bully." It's an important film that everyone must see! Right now, the Weinstein Company documentary directed by Lee Hirsch is in limited release, but it will slowly trickle down to your city! Check out the Weinstein Company's site here for more info on "Bully," and here for my written movie review. Let's learn to love one another shall we?



"Wrath of the Titans"

We hosted a special advanced screening of "Wrath of the Titans" and based on the audience reaction, they seemed to like the sequel. Me personally? Well, it's a whole different story. So, let's break it down shall we?

The Good -- I enjoyed Liam Neeson as always. He's Zeus, suffering at the hands of the equally good but hammy Ralph Fiennes as Hades. I enjoyed some of the special effects, the 3D? Well, it's a bit gimmicky (look at those ashes...ooooh!). And I did like the last 20 minutes of the film, it seemed that director Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us "Battle: Los Angeles" and the upcoming "Ninja Turtles" minus the Teenage Mutant, and his writers Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson ("Red Riding Hood") invested everything in the last 20 minutes of the film, and it shows! I also liked the little homage given to Bubo, the mechanical owl, and the insertion of some comic scenes that are totally needed in this otherwise lumbering tale.

The Bad -- As much as I love my BFF, Sam Worthington, he needs to stop playing the goodie, goodie two shoes. Here's the deal -- we fell in love with him playing a bad boy gone good in "Terminator Salvation." I thought he single-handedly saved that film. But from "Avatar" and to the two "Titans" movies all the way to "Man on a Ledge," he's been playing the goodie goodie roles without any shades of anything in them. Tsk Tsk. Find a deeper meaning to each role, add the bad ass slant we love, and then make us fall in love with you again. To the ladies though, they may enjoy the sight of Worthington in togas, HA!

The Ugly -- The first half of the film is just tedious to watch. It has no life, you don't care for Perseus or his annoying son, you don't know how he got his son or who his wife is, and in the end, you really don't care. But like I said, stay for the last 20 minutes, I nearly clapped.

So my verdict for "Wrath of the Titans?" It gets :25k

"Mirror Mirror"

Like any old Tarsem Singh movie, "Mirror Mirror" is beautiful to look at but it's ultimately empty. This campy retelling of the Snow White tale is like an old school corny fantasy film (much like those black and white fantasy comedy Filipino movies that I used to enjoy as a child). Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer ham it up and they nearly saved the film. Lily Collins, as much as it's about her character of Snow White, was really relegated to a minor role. She's the catalyst that brings out Roberts' motivation. This is a Julia Roberts' show gosh darn it! And goodness gracious, the comicky slapsticky and just pure icky character of Nathan Lane, the saddled assistant of the Queen, is not funny at all.

But "Mirror Mirror" is harmless for kids, so go ahead and take your child with you, just don't expect too much and know that you will get a beautiful movie (look at those fantastic costumes!) with really nothing to say -- much like "Immortals," another Tarsem flick, before it.

"Mirror Mirror" gets :25k

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