Do You Like the New "Wreck-It Ralph" Trailer?  


Many folks are quickly dismissing this upcoming Disney flick as "Toy Story 4." Look closer and you may feel a hint of character development, emotion, and fun -- great qualities we love from Pixar classics ("Cars 2," not so much!)

So yes, "Wreck-It Ralph" hews closer to a Pixar movie than an all-out Disney film, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! Heck, even "Toy Story" director, John Lasseter, is the executive producer of the film so yup, it's a Pixar movie not made by Pixar.

But the premise seems fun -- John C. Reilly (he also introduces the clip below) is the villain of a video game that's like "Donkey Kong." He doesn't want to be a villain anymore -- he wants to be a real hero. Awwww...the plotline may be awfully familiar, but will I fall in line for the film when it hits theaters Nov. 2? You betcha!

Reilly is joined by Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch.



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Silver Lining for "Justice League" Fans! 


As we witness Marvel properties soar in value, we can probably predict that it has become a sore point in the Warner Bros. world. Besides the mega-hit Batman franchise via Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises"), the studio really hasn't had much luck in turning their DC properties into movie mega-blockbusters. Even 2006's "Superman Returns" by Bryan Singer was deemed not profitable enough that we're getting a reboot next year from producer Nolan and director Zack Snyder.

So as WB witnessed Marvel's "The Avengers" become one of the biggest hits of the year, we are hearing that the studio wants to focus on its own super-hero ensemble "Justice League." And a writer has been hired!

Variety reports that Will Beall, who wrote the upcoming "Gangster Squad," has been tapped to bring justice to "Justice League." Although WB had no comment about this top-secret hire, Beall has been the go-to script guy for the studio. Besides "Gangster Squad" (to be released on Sept. 7), Beall is writing the studio's "Lethal Weapon" reboot and "Logan's Run" remake (Ryan Gosling is expected to reteam with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn).

Once upon a time, WB tried to make a "Justice Leage" movie with George Miller attached to direct, Adam Brody to star as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Women, and Armie Hammer as Batman. But then the writers' strike happened.

And here's the biggest sore point, I think. They let Joss Whedon go. The true hero behind "The Avengers" was hired to mount a "Wonder Woman" film, but WB said no, Whedon left, and then...he wrote and directed "The Avengers" happened.

So perhaps, Warners is playing catch up -- but hey, who's complaining? I love the DC comics world (yes, just a tad more than Marvel), so anything pertaining to big-screen adaptations starring my favorite superheroes is a big deal for me!

Maybe Christopher Nolan can direct all the DC movies? HA!

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So Long Ray Bradbury, Acclaimed Author Dies at 91 


Ray Bradbury, the influential science fiction icon, has passed away Tuesday night in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Long regarded as a sci-fi legend, Bradbury wrote many revered classics such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles." He also gave us the though-provoking "The Illustrated Man" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

So long Mr. Bradbury, thanks for all your brilliant Hollywood/pop culture contributions! (For an in-depth look at Bradbury's work and his intriguing life and times, click here)

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Stephen King's "The Ten O'Clock People" Gets Big Screen Treatment! 


First, the good news for Stephen King fans (like me!). The author's "The Ten O'Clock People" is getting a big-screen adaptation according to Deadline. The novella is part of King's 1993 "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" collection.

Then, the not-so-good news -- Tom Holland has signed on to adapt and direct. Sure, Holland has adapted two King works ("The Langoliers" and "Thinner") but they're not necessarily great, or gosh, good movies either. But, he also directed the original "Fright Night" and "Child's Play" so we may still have hope!

"The Ten O'Clock People" was written by King during his struggles with smoking. Hence, there's a treasure trove of stories that the author has written about cigarette addiction.

The film will go into production this summer.

Read the plot of "The Ten O'Clock People" from Wiki, it's all about "batmen":

The main character, Pearson, is a smoker trying hard to quit for health reasons. He discovers a horrible aspect of reality that only those attempting to quit like him are capable of seeing - that many of the people living among us in positions of power, including many police officers and political figures and even the Vice President of the United States, are in fact inhuman monsters disguised as people. A unique chemical imbalance, caused by his smoking only on his morning break (thus the reference to Ten O' Clock in the title) makes him able to see the true nature of these creatures through their disguises. When Pearson first notices one of them, a young black man named Dudley "Duke" Rhinemann stops him from screaming and calms him down.

Dudley later explains that if Pearson wants to live, he must go about his day as usual and meet him at 3 o'clock after work. Pearson does as he is told and discovers that his boss is also one of the "batmen". He leaves work a bit shaken, meets Dudley and goes to a bar with him. After explaining that smokers trying to quit are the only ones who see them, Dudley invites Pearson to a meeting of those who can see the "batmen".

Shortly after arriving, the leader of the group says he has "big news" for them all. Pearson, who already had some suspicion about the idolized leader realizes the man is stalling for time. He gives warning. The leader then says the batmen have granted them amnesty, but soon after a horde of them attack those in the meeting. Many die. Pearson, along with two others, manage to escape the meeting. The trio flee to Omaha and form a new resistance group of 'Ten O'Clock People'. This group successfully kills many 'batmen'.


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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" Will Have Its World Premiere In... 


New Zealand!

Yup, Peter Jackson's homeland will get first dibs on "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on November 28 where the film will have its world premiere. U.S. folks will see the much-anticipated movie two weeks after on December 14.

The second film in the series, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" is set to enchant us on December 13, 2013.

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