A "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Movie Without Creator Joss Whedon? Read His Reply! 


The Buffyverse came to a halt with news that creator Joss Whedon would not be a part of the reboot. But if you're an avid Manny the Movie Guy reader, you know that back in May of last year, we posted a story pretty much saying that Whedon was not going to be involved (Check out "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" the Movie! But Wait, Creator Joss Whedon is NOT Involved!)

Back then we said:

The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."


Then we came across this press release confirming Whedon's non-involvement:

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 – Atlas Entertainment announced today it is rebooting the beloved franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas' Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script.

Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.

"Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy," said Roven. "There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen. We're thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be."


Honestly? As a Buffy fan? No matter how you slice and dice it, Whedon created the Buffyverse, so he should be the one to bring "Buffy" to the big screen. So what does Whedon think of the whole thing? In an email to Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online:

Kristin, I'm glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, "Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER." Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, "I'll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!" Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can't wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie. Because there's a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.


Aw, I love him more already! Should we start a petition to have Whedon make the "Buffy" movie we all know he could?

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"Tangled" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Rapunzel Get? 


It will be a clutter of new movies at the box-office this coming Thanksgiving weekend, we'll have the naughty "Burlesque" starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, and the action-packed "Faster" featuring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton.

But my pick for this Thanksgiving weekend is a magical film with a very big heart -- "Tangled" the 50th Disney animated feature film.

Take a look at my review:



Here's more "Tangled" info:

When the kingdom's most wanted -- and most charming -- bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Musical/Performing Arts, Animation and Adaptation
Release Date: November 24th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild violence.
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Studios: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Mandy Moore ........................................................................................ Voice of Rapunzel
Zachary Levi ........................................................................................ Voice of Flynn Rider
Donna Murphy ........................................................................................ Voice of Mother Gothel
Brad Garrett ........................................................................................ Voice of Hook Hand
Jeffrey Tambor ........................................................................................ Voice of Big Nose
M.C. Gainey ........................................................................................ Voice of Captain of the Guard
Paul F. Tompkins ........................................................................................ Voice of Shorty
Ron Perlman ........................................................................................ Voice of Stabbington Brother
Richard Kiel ........................................................................................ Voice of Vladimir

DIRECTED BY: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

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Magical $125.1 M Debut for "Harry Potter!" Biggest Opening for the Franchise! 


The film about the boy who lived was alive and well at the box-office. The first part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" conjured up $125.1 million at the box-office making it the biggest opening for the franchise, and the sixth biggest opening weekend of all time! (Check out my review of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" right here)

Billed as the beginning of the end of the series, "Deathly Hallows Part 1" beat previous "Potter" record holder, 2005's" "Goblet of Fire" which opened with $102.7 million.

While "Deathly Hallows Part 1" was not a full movie with a proper ending, we could foresee that Part 2, with its explosive conclusion, would set a new box-office record once it unspools in theaters July 15, 2011.

The box-office champ for the last two weekends, DreamWorks Animation's "Megamind," fell to No. 2 with $16.2 million. With its box-office total of $109.5 million, "Megamind" is the first blockbuster of the 2010 holiday movie season.

Meanwhile the runaway train action-thriller, "Unstoppable," fell to No. 3 with $13.1 million. So far, the Denzel Washington film has made $42 million since its release.

A new movie brave enough to face "Harry Potter" at the box-office was Lionsgate's "The Next Three Days" starring Russell Crowe which debuted at No. 5 with $6.75 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office Films for weekend of Nov. 19:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (PG-13) -- $125.1 M
2. Megamind (PG) -- $16.2 M
3. Unstoppable (PG-13) -- $13.1 M
4 Due Date (R) -- $9.2 M
5 The Next Three Days (PG-13) -- $6.8 M
6 Morning Glory (PG-13) -- $5.2 M
7 Skyline (PG-13) -- $3.4 M
8 RED (PG-13) -- $2.5 M
9 For Colored Girls (R) -- $2.4 M
10 Fair Game (PG-13) -- $1.5 M

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Watch My "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" Movie Review!  


Check out my "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" movie review. Is it magical? Is it worth your time and money? Check it out:


Here's more info on "HP 7" from Yahoo:

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction -- the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort...alive. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale -- the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived." No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Also Known As:
Harry Potter 7
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Release Date: November 19th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co.: Heyday Films
Filming Locations: Leavesden, England
Leavesden, England, United Kingdom
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Daniel Radcliffe ........................................................................................ Harry Potter
Emma Watson ........................................................................................ Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint ........................................................................................ Ron Weasley
Ralph Fiennes ........................................................................................ Lord Voldemort
Helena Bonham Carter ........................................................................................ Bellatrix Lestrange
Michael Gambon ........................................................................................ Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman ........................................................................................ Severus Snape
Tom Felton ........................................................................................ Draco Malfoy
Bill Nighy ........................................................................................ Rufus Scrimgeour
Bonnie Wright ........................................................................................ Ginny Weasley
Jason Isaacs ........................................................................................ Lucius Malfoy
John Hurt ........................................................................................ Mr. Ollivander

DIRECTED BY: David Yates

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Academy Unleashes Best Documentary Short List 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has whittled down qualified films for the Best Documentary Feature category. Originally, 101 films qualified in the category, and now, there are only 15 movies left standing. These films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards.

The 15 films are (alphabetically):

* “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
* “Enemies of the People” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
* “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
* “Gasland” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
* “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
(White Pine Pictures)
* “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
* “The Lottery” Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
* “Precious Life” Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions) “Megamind”
* “Quest for Honor” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
* “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
* “This Way of Life” Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
* “The Tillman Story” Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
* “Waiting for ‘Superman” Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
* “Waste Land” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
* “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. and the Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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