"Bad Santa" to Spread Not-Quite-Holiday Cheer for Sequel, "Hot Tub Time Machine" Director to Helm 


I enjoyed the original 2003 "Bad Santa," it is currently sitting as one of my favorite Christmas movies. Yup, the tone is not quite Christmasy, but the spirit is all there. So, I was happy to hear that a sequel is being forged ahead, but original director, Terry Zwigoff will not be back to helm. Who's replacing him? Deadline is reporting that Steve Pink, the guy who gave us "Accepted" and "Hot Tub Time Machine" is set to direct. Pink also co-wrote "Grosse Point Blank" and "High Fidelity," two John Cusack films I admire. He will also write the script, so this may actually be good.

And here's the best part -- "Bad Santa" is not "Bad Santa" without the fantastic Billy Bob Thornton as the drunk con-artist who masquerades as Santa Claus, so it's great to hear that he's coming back in the titular role.

No plot available yet, but we know "Bad Santa 2" is coming to theaters near you in 2013. During Christmas maybe?

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Will Director Marc Webb Return for "Amazing Spider-Man" Sequel? My Spidey Sense Says Yes! 


Did you like the latest "The Amazing Spider-Man?" I did, even though I had the sense of deja vu. But still, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone turned in memorable performances (they may be better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, but I love both "Spider-Man" couples), I also enjoyed the special effects and the spider-like qualities of our hero, and the best part? I sensed great creative control from director Marc Webb. But will he return for a sequel?

The latest "Spider-Man" incarnation continues to spin money at the box-office, so Columbia Pictures wants Webb back. According to the LA Times:

Sony wants Webb back for a planned spring 2014 sequel (with $650 million in global box office for the first movie, why wouldn't it?). Maybe more crucially, the director wants to return too.


Furthermore, Webb, if he's returning, will have brand new writers --
Alex Kurzman and Roberto Orci, the guys who gave us the excellent "Star Trek" reboot, who are writing with James Vanderbilt.

So should Webb return? He better! Just like Christopher Nolan with his Batman trilogy, Webb is the auteur behind this new Spider-Man. Oh yeah, just like Sam Raimi before him.

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Win Exclusive THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Prize Pack 


This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away collectibles for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES courtesy of our friends at Warner Bros. (Check video of prizes below)

One lucky winner will take home the following:

• THE DARK KNIGHT RISES T-SHIRT
• THE DARK KNIGHT RISES MINI-POSTERS
• THE DARK KNIGHT RISES STICKERS
• THE DARK KNIGHT RISES WATER BOTTLE

Like me, I’m sure you’ll love these prizes as much as you love the movie THE DARK KNIGHT RISES from writer/director Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, and Morgan Freeman, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a fitting ending to a fantastic franchise!

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Win Exclusive STEP UP REVOLUTION Prizes 


This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away collectibles for STEP UP REVOLUTION courtesy of our friends at Summit Entertainment. (Check video of contest below)

One lucky winner will take home the following:

• STEP UP REVOLUTION T-SHIRT
• STEP UP REVOLUTION MINI POSTERS
• STEP UP REVOLUTION EAR BUDS
• STEP UP REVOLUTION KEY CHAINS
• STEP UP REVOLUTION BAG

The dancer in me enjoyed STEP UP REVOLUTION. Check out my movie review!

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Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible" to Make Television Debut! 


Joss Whedon, fresh from the success of Marvel's "The Avengers," has announced that his online singalong blog, "Dr. Horrible," will make its television debut via CW on Tuesday, October 9th, at 9pm. (Check out official "Dr. Horrible" site right here)

Whedon can create a mean musical! Remember the "Buffy" musical episode, "Once More with Feeling?" Yup, Whedon is good at telling a story through songs.

Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Billy aka Dr. Horrible, the fun singalong webstravaganza also stars Felicia Day as Billy's crush Penny and Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer.

Check out the trailer of "Dr. Horrible:"



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