Okay look the zombie apocalypse and the ensuing overwhelming horror is going to get pretty rough, okay? I mean like, scratchy unshaven danglers kinda rough. Trim that shit, son. Are you really manscaping because now is not the time and we’re gonna get through this together but you’re gonna have to toughen up, put on your big-boy pants and probably flex your pectorals or something. I dunno. Man stuff confuses me.
Gird them freshly smooth loins, boy. We’re about to start. Continue Reading
|When Superman Returns hit theaters in 2006, one of the main criticisms fans had about the film was the lack of action. What Bryan Singer’s movie had in melancholic emotions it lacked in the spectacle that audiences have come to expect from comic book movies. So as I and other members of the online press visited the set of Man of Steel way back in August 2011, that was the big question – was Zack Snyder going to deliver the Superman action that fans have been craving?
Walking into the middle of downtown Plano, Illinois where shooting was taking place, it didn’t take long for us to get our answer. As we walked down the street which doubled for Smallville, we saw the smoldering wreckage of an A-10 Warthog spread down the road. The street was filled with craters and the shops along the way such as “Kansas State Bank,” “Payne’s Toys & Comics,” and 7-11 were utterly destroyed. What caused the carnage? Past the smoke and flames we saw it – a Kryptonian battle on a scale we hadn’t seen since 1980’s Superman II.
In 2007 directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez decided to release a pair of films to server as an homage to the 1970’s exploitation films and the theaters that show them, complete with fake preview trailers of other exploitation films coming soon – The Grindhouse, But that’s not why we’re reading this. It’s is the trailers that we are interested in. One trailer in particular that went on to become an actual film by Robert Rodriguez – Machete.
The 2010 film stars Danny Trejo as ex-Federale agent Machete (for whom the movie is named), who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
The films ridiculous story and over-the-top action brought in a mere $44 million dollars world wide. This is not exactly a failure but not a booming success either. So it was a fun movie if you have the stomach for the genre but you might have thought that his would be the last you would see of this Mexploitation masterpiece. If you did – you thought wrong.
Machete Kills is the sequel to the original celebration of the bloodbath. if you are a fan of the original I am sure you can more of the same from the Robert Rodriguez action bonanza. The September 13 release boasts an all star line up to include Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.
Check out the trailers below and let us know what you think in the comments. Are you excited for this movie, or should Machete have walked off into the sunset at the end of the last film?
EXCLUSIVE: Grumpy Cat, the cranky-faced kitty voted Meme of the Year Award at the 2013 Webby Awards, has a shot at getting her famous sourpuss on the big screen. Broken Road’s Todd Garner and Sean Robins, and Grumpy Cat’s reps (manager Ben Lashes and rep Al Hassas) have teamed up to produce and assemble a package for a Garfield-like feature film with the now famous frowning feline at the center. Here, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) will be given the power of speech. How much movie potential can a Grumpy Cat have? Well, she has been scratching at the door of fame in a big way. Among the indicators: Grumpy Cat was named the most influential cat of 2012 by MSNBC, a most important Meme of 2012 by Mashable, and she has appeared in various news and TV shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper Live, VH1 Morning Buzz, The Soup, CBS Evening News, TMZ, USA Today.
|Glenn Close has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy as a leading member of the intergalactic Nova Corps,Deadline reports. She’ll star opposite Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond and Lee Pace in the James Gunn film.Close, whose big screen credits range from The World According to Garp to 101 Dalmations to Mars Attacks! is also well-known for recently headlining the television series “Damages” over five seasons.
Part of Marvel Studios “Phase Two”, Guardians of the Galaxy features a script from Gunn, Chris McCoy and Nicole Periman. It follows an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.
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When it was revealed last week that Tom Cruise was dropping out of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film version of the 1960s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the presumption at large was that the studio would replace him with someone age-equivalent. After all, the project had him paired up with Armie Hammer, an actor 24 years younger than himself. The script must mention their age difference at one point, right? Well, if it does they’ll need to do a rewrite, as the part of Napoleon Solo has just gone to an actor only three years older than Hammer.
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Joss Whedon ’87 delivered the Wesleyan Commencement Address.
Joss Whedon ’87 delivered the Wesleyan Commencement Address on May 26:
Commencement address—it’s going well, it’s going well. Thank you, Jeanine, for…making me do this.
This is going to be great. This is going to be a good one. It’s gonna go really well.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and… no. I’m not that lazy.
I actually sat through many graduations. When I was siting where you guys were sitting, the speaker was Bill Cosby—funny man Bill Cosby, he was very funny and he was very brief, and I thanked him for that. He gave us a message that I really took with me, that a lot of us never forgot, about changing the world. He said, “you’re not going to change the world, so don’t try.”
That was it. He didn’t buy that back at all. And then he complained about buying his daughter a car and we left. I remember thinking, “I think I can do better. I think I can be a little more inspiring than that.”
And so, what I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die.
This is a good commencement speech because I’m figuring it’s only going to go up from here. It can only get better, so this is good. It can’t get more depressing. You have, in fact, already begun to die. You look great. Don’t get me wrong. And you are youth and beauty. You are at the physical peak. Your bodies have just gotten off the ski slope on the peak of growth, potential, and now comes the black diamond mogul run to the grave. And the weird thing is your body wants to die. On a cellular level, that’s what it wants. And that’s probably not what you want.
I’m confronted by a great deal of grand and worthy ambition from this student body. You want to be a politician, a social worker. You want to be an artist. Your body’s ambition: Mulch. Your body wants to make some babies and then go in the ground and fertilize things. That’s it. And that seems like a bit of a contradiction. It doesn’t seem fair. For one thing, we’re telling you, “Go out into the world!” exactly when your body is saying, “Hey, let’s bring it down a notch. Let’s take it down.” Continue Reading