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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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Return of the Jedis?, ‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Black Swan’

The last time a new Star Wars trilogy was announced, I was still in college and could not be more happy for its return. But just a short time later, the absurdly bad “The Phantom Menace” was released and my disappointment could not have been measured. Yet, I was still confident the prequel trilogy could be rescued by the next two films. I was wrong. Although, a bit better “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” both featured muddled plots and hollow, lifeless acting.


Now, there’s a report from IESB.net that Lucasfilm is planning another Star Wars trilogy. The series would apparently fit some time after “Return of the Jedi”, but would not focus on anyone in the Skywalker clan. Instead, it would be a whole new set of characters that would not have to “fit” with the current mythology. According to the report, the new movies would not come out until after ALL of the 3D re-releases were completed. That puts the release date around 2017/2018 if the 3D re-releases come out one a year as previously announced. So, not any time soon. And all that being said, Lucasfilm has denied the report. But that doesn’t really mean anything.


Since, the prequel trilogy has left me extremely skeptical, I’m not super-excited at the prospect of a new set of films. Sometimes less is more and this pony has already trotted out some pretty good tricks. However, if the concept is right, I may jump on the bandwagon.

A few suggestions: Make it less about special effects and more about the characters. It can’t be another Rebellion versus Empire film. Maybe the Jedis take a back seat to another idea. What if it focused on the Sith? Just throwing out a couple of thoughts. Lucasfilm if you are looking for a writer, you know where to find me.

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The fate of where they will film “The Hobbit” could be decided this week. Warner Bros. executives will travel to New Zealand to discuss the current standoff between the actors’ union and director Peter Jackson. Essentially, the union wants the actors to get a bigger piece of the pie. But Jackson feels they are being compensated fairly. Most film workers in the country want the enormous production to stay in New Zealand since it will infuse millions and millions of dollars into its economy. Thousands rallied this past weekend to lobby for the film and made this video. Check it out below and here’s hoping for the people of New Zealand they can work things out.

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I’m still desperate to see what Darren Aronofsky has done with “Black Swan” and if this new viral site is any indication, it’s going to be a pretty good trip. Ijustwantobeperfect.com reveals snippets of the upcoming film. I don’t really understand what it means, but it’s interesting nonetheless. You can also follow Natalie Portman’s ballerina character on twitter @theswanqueen and go to the IJWTBP Facebook page.

The film goes wide on December 3rd.

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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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