Happy 5th Anniversary to the Awesomeness Known as "The Dark Knight!" 


I can't believe it's been five years already since we saw the fantastic "The Dark Knight." The seminal movie from writer/director Christopher Nolan has left an indelible impact in pop culture and film history when it was released on July 18th of 2008, and I believe, it's still the best superhero movie to date!

Nolan has effectively mixed drama and action with a tinge of dark comedy to come up with a movie that questions the very essence of being a superhero.

Not only was the film a huge commercial success for Warner Bros. (more than $1 billion and the title of the "highest grossing opening weekend" in movie history), it was also critically well-received and forever changed the face of the Academy. Many insiders were saying that the Academy changed the way the members vote for Best Picture to accommodate big action flicks like "The Dark Knight."

I remember driving to Universal Studios for the press screening of the movie -- 3 hours of driving and I didn't care -- and once we got to the theater, I waited 2 1/2 hours before going to the restroom to tinkle. I couldn't leave the film to go potty -- I didn't want to miss a thing!

The second film in Nolan's Batman trilogy also gave us the fantastic Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role as the Joker. The actor truly immersed himself in the role! Earlier this year, thanks to our friends at HuffPost, a journal by the actor from the "vantage point of the Joker" has surfaced. See the video of the diary below taken from a German documentary:



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Before Comic-Con: Sony Unveils New "Amazing Spider-Man 2" Teaser -- Meet Electro! 


This Friday, Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is going to invade Comic-Con but the studio has unleashed a new teaser trailer introducing the villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.

Foxx is Max Dillon, a mild-mannered "nobody" who idolizes Spider-Man who becomes Electro after being struck by lightning. And then, he becomes a bluish character in the mode of "Avatar" or "The Smurfs!" HA! :happy

I'm sure more "Spider-Man" goodness will come your way by Friday, but for now, enjoy this teaser featuring...Electro!



[via HuffPost]

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Marlon Brando's Lost "Rebel Without a Cause" Screen Test 


James Dean famously played the part but once upon a time, Marlon Brando tried for the role of Jim Stark, our rebel without a cause. Thanks to Reddit user ZCatcher via the HuffPost, we can now see the screen test of Brando for the beloved classic. He didn't get the part, but Brando went on to become one of the most influential actors in cinema history.

"Rebel Without a Cause" opened in 1955 but on the same year, Brando won Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "On the Waterfront."

He could have been a contender indeed!

Here's the screen test:




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Hot New Trailer: Japanese "Unforgiven" Remake 


"Unforgiven," the 1992 Oscar-winning film by Clint Eastwood is getting a Japanese counterpart! This one is called "Yurusarezaru Mono" which means "A Thing That Can’t Be Forgiven" and stars Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Batman Begins") in the Eastwood role. Lee Sang-Il wrote and directed the samurai re-imagination of the western classic. The film is set to open in Japan on Sept. 13 and has been submitted to the Venice Film Festival according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Check out the trailer and see its heartfelt homage to the 1992 American original.



Here's more info on "Yurusarezaru Mono" from Wiki:

The story is set in Hokkaido around 1880, the start of the Meiji period following the collapse of the Edo shogunate, at a time when the Japanese government is attempting to open the land (then named Ezo) populated by the indigenous Ainu people.

In the shogunate's waning days, Jubei Kamata (Watanabe), a former swordsman of the shogunate, slaughters countless rebels under orders, earning a fearsome reputation in Kyoto. Following the government's collapse, he takes part in a succession of bloody battles culminating in the decisive battle at Goryokaku, then vanishes without a trace, eluding the determined efforts of the new government to capture him.
More than a decade later, Jubei lives on in desolate isolation as a frugal rancher with an Ainu woman as his wife and their children. His wife — who alone transformed a man whose only reason for existence was to kill — dies, leaving him to guard over her grave with their children in sparse austerity.

However, the man who vowed never to take sword again finds himself driven by poverty to once again join battle as a bounty hunter. Together with a former comrade, he faces those convinced in their own justice. Another cycle of violence starts anew in another new era.

The entire cast is as follows:

Cast[edit]

Ken Watanabe as Jubei Kamata
Akira Emoto as Kingo Baba
Koichi Sato as Ichizo Oishi
Yuya Yagira as Goro Sawada
Shiori Kutsuna as Natsume
Eiko Koike as Okaji
Jun Kunimura as Masaharu Kitaooji
Yoshimasa Kondo as Kihachi
Yukiyoshi Ozawa as Sanosuke Hotta
Takahiro Miura as Unosuke Hotta
Kenichi Takito as Yasaburo Himeji

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Kaiju Vs. Jaeger! "Pacific Rim" Movie Review 


We’ve been waiting for “Pacific Rim” by writer/director Guillermo del Toro. It was supposed to come out July of last year, and then Warner Bros. moved the film’s release date to May of this year, and then finally, to July 12, 2013. Is it worth the wait? Here’s what you need to know – aliens came from beneath the Pacific and unleashed a horde of monsters known as Kaiju. Mankind banded and in order to fight monsters, they created monsters – giant robots known as Jaeger. Each robot is controlled by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This is called the drift.

Del Toro co-wrote the script with Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”) and the special effects are from the Industrial Light and Magic. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, and del Toro favorite, Ron Perlman, star in this giant robot of a movie.

But is “Pacific Rim” worth the wait? Take a look:



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