Check Out "The Lone Ranger" Poster, Still! Why So Serious...Maybe? 

Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled the new poster for Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp as the sidekick Tonto, and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger. But from the looks of the poster, it might as well have been re-titled "Tonto" since it's Depp's character that's being sold. Nevermind his crow-headdress and make-up reminiscent of "The Dark Knight's" The Joker.

Here's a new picture from the movie too:

"The Lone Ranger" is very expensive -- $250 million! So, it's probably wise for Disney to milk their marquee star. But I enjoyed Verbinski's work, so this may be a good one. By the way, the trailer debuts tomorrow so we'll take a look together, shall we?

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Seth MacFarlane to Host 85th Oscars! Will He Bring "Ted?" 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards! MacFarlane is set to make his Oscar debut, not as a presenter, but a host! But the big question -- will MacFarlane bring the magical teddy bear "Ted?" We'll find out when we watch the Oscars on February 24th. Here's the full press release from the Academy:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards®, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane's first appearance on Oscar's stage. The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, on the ABC Television Network.

"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Zadan and Meron. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," said MacFarlane. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."

"Seth is unbelievably talented," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "We couldn't be happier with the creative team we've assembled. With Craig, Neil, and now Seth, we're off to a great start."

MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this summer with the box office success "Ted. "He also co-wrote and produced the film, and voiced the title character. "Ted" has brought in over $420 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series "Family Guy" and co-creator of "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show. "In September he hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time, for the show's 38th season premiere. An accomplished live performer, MacFarlane has played to sold-out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.In 2011 he released his debut album, "Music Is Better Than Words," which earned two Grammy® nominations. He also has earned 13 Emmy® nominations and won two for his work on "Family Guy."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Don Mischer will direct the telecast for the third consecutive time. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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"Hotel Transylvania" -- Monster Smash!  

Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania" wins the weekend box-office and saves Hollywood after a late-summer slump. The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at No. 1 with $43 million. ("Hotel Transylvania" movie review)

"Hotel Transylvania" also set September box-office record. Its $43 million debut beat previous record-holder, "Sweet Home Alabama," which opened at $35.7 million ion 2002.

Sony was having a good weekend. Its other film, the smart thriller "Looper" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis," opened at No. 2 with $21.2 million. ("Looper" movie review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "End of Watch," fell to No. 3 with $8 million. Watch this brilliant movie from director David Ayer starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. (Jake Gyllenhaal interview, Michael Pena interview, Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez interview, David Ayer interview)

Here's the Top 10 Box Office Films for weekend of Sept. 28th:

1. “Hotel Transylvania,” $43 million ($8.1 million international).
2. “Looper,” $21.2 million ($8.5 million international).

3. “End of Watch,” $8 million.
4. “Trouble with the Curve,” $7.5 million.
5. “House at the End of the Street,” $7.2 million ($1.5 million international).
6. “Pitch Perfect,” $5.2 million.
7. “Finding Nemo,” $4.1 million ($1.1 million international).
8. “Resident Evil: Retribution,” $3 million ($20.7 million international).
9. “The Master,” $2.75 million.
10. “Won’t Back Down,” $2.7 million.

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Movie Reviews: "Hotel Transylvania" VS. "Looper!" 

NOTE: Sorry for the delay, I had to go to LA this weekend for "Argo!" Will post my interviews shortly.

Two big films opening this weekend, we have “Hotel Transylvania” for kids, and “Looper” for action fans. “Hotel Transylvania” stars Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula. He builds a lavish resort so monsters and their families can be who they are. Oh by the way, no humans allowed!

In “Looper,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe, a hired gun by the mob who’s been assigned to kill his future self, played by Bruce Willis. Ryan Johnson directs this sci-fi action thriller that really embraces its sci-fi, action, and thriller roots!

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:

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"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" the Remake! 

I don't know about you, but watching the 1962 film "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford has always been such a guilty pleasure for me. I love watching the two actresses duke it out. And now, Walter Hill has written the remake and will direct. According to THR, Lakeshore Entertainment has come on board to finance and produce the film. Hill used the original Henry Farrell novel as the basis of the movie.

The hardest part in making the remake is to find the right actresses to star in the movie. Both Davis and Crawford created such iconic performances, that it will be hard to erase their images from our minds.

So while we're waiting for more info, take a look at the original trailer of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Oh, Blaaaaaanche!

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