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X-Men: First Class Trailer Goes Live

After the complete wreck that X-Men:  The Last Stand and X-Men Origins:  Wolverine were, I know more than a few geeks and X-Men fans who were worried about any future incarnations of their favorite mutants.  Ok, let’s be honest:  Most of us would rather Fox just let the franchise die than desecrate these characters any more than they have.

Then, we got word of X-Men:  First Class.  It was a reboot of the story, but it won’t have the original cast of characters.  We call started having visions of a Deadpool with laser eyes and blades come rushing back to our memories.  Ah, but we were then given hope!  Bryan Singer was coming aboard as an Executive Producer.  Even better yet, Matthew Vaughn (L4yer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass) was signed on to direct.  Things were looking up…and then that awful photoshop of the cast popped up and brought all our hopes crashing back to earth.

With the roller coaster of emotions that we’ve been through, we’ve now got our first legitimate look at X-Men:  First Class.  The trailer just released and honestly doesn’t look completely terrible.  That may seem like a backhanded compliment, but it’s a far better reaction than I expected to have.  Check it out and let us know what you think of it.

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Best Worst Movie is going on a theatrical tour

I can’t even begin to say how happy to be writing about this news.  We definitely haven’t held back in expressing our love of the documentary, Best Worst Movie.  It even made my Top 10 list of 2009.  I can safely say that this film, coupled with Troll 2, opened my eyes to loving absolutely horrible movies.

Today, director Michael Paul Stephenson announced the first dates of the film’s US theatrical tour.  If this movie comes anywhere near you, you absolutely owe it to yourself to make the drive and catch it.  I can tell you for a fact that if/when it comes ANYWHERE in CO, I’ll be making the at least 2 hour round trip to catch this.  It’s definitely worth it.

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Here’s the short list of screenings (most of which will be attended by cast and crew).  For full info, check out the film’s official website.  If your city isn’t listed here, fret not.  More cities are to be announced.  Above all else, GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

April 23 – Austin, TX: Alamo Drafthouse
May 14 – New York, NY: Village East Cinema
May 21 – Los Angeles, CA: Landmark Nuart
June 4 – San Francisco, CA: Landmark Lumiere
June 4 – Berkeley, CA: Landmark Shattuck
July 2 – Washington, D.C.: Landmark E Street Cinema
July 16 – St. Louis, MO: Landmark Tivoli
July 23 – Atlanta, GA: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

You can also hear our interview with Dr. George Hardy and Michael Paul Stephenson at the Starz Dever Film Festival here.

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Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman Now Streaming On Hulu

Hulu is streaming 6 of the Zatoichi films.

      Zatoichi the blind swordsman is an iconic character that has never quite seen the poplarity outside of Japan. He has been the inspiration for many charcaters. Inspired filmakers like Robert Rodriguez. There was even a fun, if uneven, American take starring Rutger Hauer called Blind Fury which features Terence O’Quinn and a swordfight between Hauer and Sho Kusgi!
     The movies are basically a variation on a theme but they feature some amazing fight seqeunces. Some great ones include the inevitable group of bad guys getting completely owned by the seemingly harmless blind man. If you liked Kill Bill you will have a very good time following the exploits of one of Japan’s most enduring film series. There have been 27 films in all. Oh..and the best part is this is all possible due to a partnership with Criterion.

So revisit or begin your journey with Zatoichi.

     Catch them while you can… and if you can,,, it is Hulu after all.

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ODDSAC (the Animal Collective movie) trailer hits the interwebs

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Being at least somewhat of a hipster, I was legally obligated to post this trailer. This is not really a film but a “visual album” from the best band in the world, Animal Collective. Just judging by this if you’re one of the people who’s only knowledge of the band is through “My Girls” you might be a little freaked out by what you’re seeing. This looks far more “Hollinndagain” than “Merriweather Post Pavillion” and I guess I’m open to that.

ODDSAC is currently playing at Sundance and for all we know could become the next “The Wall“…but it’s far more likely that it will just be some art project that a few weeks from now won’t see more than the closet of Noah Lennox/Panda Bear.

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Sam Raimi Is Off Spider-Man 4

Wow.  I’m a bit shocked not only by this development, but the direction the franchise is going.  Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple hours, Ain’t It Cool has confirmed that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are off the Spider-Man franchise.  Not only that, but Sony is going to reboot the series a whopping 10 years after is started.

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Aronofsky Might Be Leaving Robocop

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It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of remakes. However, there are times where an idea intrigues me enough that I really want to see how it turns out. Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop is one of those projects. Aronofsky has never once struck me as the kind of guy who will do any project if there are enough zero’s in the paycheck. If he takes on a project, he has a specific vision and idea of what he wants to do.

Well, it looks like he may be walking away from this project now, according to Moviehole.  Apparently, the project is on hold because the studio wants the film to be in 3D and Aronofsky isn’t interested in going that route.  I have to say that I applaud Mr. Aronofsky for willing to stick to his guns.

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Paul What Script Anderson To Ruin The Three Muskateers In 3D

Paul W. S. Anderson has written a script AND is set to direct a new take on The Three Muskateers according to Heatwave. This is to be an updated film with the feel of a period piece. In the words of the auteur himself:

“We are definitely modernizing The Three Musketeers without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece,” said Anderson, who hopes to shoot in France and Germany. “But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”

Confession time… I have enjoyed a few of his flicks. The style Anderson uses is more of the “Hey see how cool this looks!!!” without really wanting or needing to make any sense.  Which means that while this version could be better than 2001’s The Muskateer there is no chance it can outdo Disney’s 1993 version.

The good adaptations of this story usually have a good chemistry between actors portraying the Muskateers, well thought out action sequences and a rousing sense of adventure.

Anderson’s version will have 3D.

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Upcoming Ink Screenings

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I figured that it’s been FAR too long since I’ve pimped out the amazing film Ink.  It’s been selling out all over the place and gaining fans wherever it goes.  Here’s an updated list of where Ink is coming next:

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Sept 3 – Los Angeles, CA
Lemmle Sunset 5 (Get tickets early.  This one WILL sell out)

September 12th and 13th – Alexandria, VA
Fire Flies Del Ray

September 13th – Castle Rock, CO
Castle Rock Film Festival

September 16th – Colorado Springs, CO
7:00pm at the Lon Chaney Theater (Q&A to follow)

September 20th – Three Rivers, MI
The Riviera Theatre

October 9th – Colorado Springs, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

October 23rd – Pepin, WI
Opening Night Film for the Flyway Film Festival (Q&A to follow)

Oct 30th – Denver, CO
Starz Filmcenter

There are also plans in the works for screenings in Chicago, IL and Ft. Wayne, IN.  There is also talk of a couple European dates possible.  I know that UCCS is still working out how the screening will work.  We will give you more information as soon as we have it.

There are two screenings, however, that I’d like to draw your attention to.  Yes, both screenings are in Colorado Springs.  If the film is coming near you, make every effort you can to catch it.  If you can make it down for either of the Springs screenings, we’d personally love it.

I’ve been blessed and honored that Jamin and Kiowa asked me to introduce the film on September 16th and moderate the Q&A afterward.  It should make for a great time.  The screening at UCCS on October 9th will be moderated by Barry and should be a great experience for all hardcore film geeks.  At least Barry and I will be at both screenings, and Melissa should be coming to the 9/16 screening as of right now as well.

As more screenings are announced, we’ll post about them here.  You seriously need to see this movie if you have the opportunity to do so.

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F4 officially getting ‘booted

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Hot off the heels of yesterday’s big announcement concerning Marvel (look at the last post of the site), we get another major comic-book related item of news. This being that The Fantastic Four will officialy be rebooted. This according to always awesome and pleasing Variety. Batman & Robin mastermind Akiva Goldsman has been hired to oversee the project to make sure that it inevitably goes into a dark, gritty direction. Yes 20th Century, stop making sense. In addition a writer from the show that everyone wonders why it’s still on the air, Heroes, has been hired to make words come out of the mouths of the characters. My take on all of this? Wait for the next paragraph, I want to draw this out.

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Disney Buys Marvel Ent. For $4 Billion

Huge news has hit this morning that will not only affect comic fans, but superhero movie fans as well.  It was announced this morning that Disney is buying Marvel Entertainment for roughly $4 Billion.  This means that Disney will own all of the comic and movie rights that Marvel now has.  I see this as having some VERY interesting ramifications.  Check them out after the break.

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