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‘Potter’ & ‘Transformers’ Trailers, ‘Rings’ Re-released

I loved the cartoon “Transformers” when I was a kid. It was one of the first TV series fueled solely for the consumption of toys, but that’s beside the point. It was entertaining and although they don’t resonate as much today as an adult, they are still way better than either of the two live-action movies Hollywood has churned out over the past few years. The machines look way too…well like machines (I know they were going for reality, but a more cartoonish look probably would have fit better. You can’t even tell which character is which!)

Anyway, although the third installment looks potentially better than the first two, (the second may be the worst big-budget film of the 21st century thus far) it will probably not live up to this fairly decent trailer. I think it’s the “Inception” style music that helps. Take a look.

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And speaking of highly-anticipated Summer movies, the second trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has been released. The first half of the seventh book was extremely well-done in my opinion and lives up to the book. As a whole, this series of movies based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels has been pretty solid. There were a few bumps here and there, the first and second films felt a little bloated and the kids really couldn’t act, but hey, they are still infinitely more watchable than either “The Phantom Menace” or “Attack of the Clones.” The rest were all were well done and probably chopped the right parts, although many took exception to Dobby (the House Elf) being completely cut out of “Goblet of Fire.” Which I can see, since he does really play a critical role in the series.

At any rate, this final installment looks epic and seems to turn Rowling’s last few hundred pages into a movie that cannot be missed for any ‘Potter’ fan.

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And in a surprising bit of news…Peter Jackson has decided to re-release all of the “Lord of the Rings” films in their extended editions in movie theaters just before they come out on blu-ray. The only catch, you can only see them at AMC movie theaters. They will come out one week after the next starting on June 14th. I was never a fan, until I decided to read the books just before the films came out, but I must say they are enjoyable. My favorite was definitely the first film, incredibly well done and probably should have won the Oscar, instead of the third, which had one too many endings. Still extraordinary film making nonetheless.

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Cast Reunions, ‘The Hobbit’ and Dress Like Luke Skywalker

I apologize to all my fans or the two that I have (mom and dad) for not updating very much over the past couple of months. Summer was crazy and Fall has proven even more maddening. But a few things caught my eye today.

Entertainment Weekly came out with a “Reunions” issue this week and posted some fun video of the casts talking about their films and tv shows. Some of the noteworthy clips include “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, the guys from “Lord of the Rings” and Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber talking “Alias.” The “Scream” trio is currently working on the fourth edition in that film series, they also spoke to the magazine about the slasher films.

Check out the videos below:

Can’t embed “Alias” but here’s the link.

EW also reunited several other casts “Will & Grace”, “The West Wing”, “Roots”, “Married…With Children” and “Pretty in Pink.” More on information on those can be found here.

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And on the topic of “Lord of the Rings”, it appears its prequel will finally start shooting next year. The Wrap reports “The Hobbit” has finally got the green light to begin principal photography in February 2011. The site also mentions that Peter Jackson (initially just an executive producer on the project) will indeed direct both installments after Guillermo Del Toro dropped out earlier this year. The first movie is expected to hit theaters in late December 2012. Not a lot of time to get it done, hopefully it won’t affect the quality of the production.

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And if you’ve been thinking you don’t have enough Rebel Alliance apparel in your closet, StarWars.com has a deal for you…for the low, low price of just $274.99 you could wear the same jacket as Luke Skywalker during the medal ceremony at the end of “A New Hope.” I’m a fan, but I don’t think I would buy that thing if it was $10, let alone nearly $300. Well, maybe $10.

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