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Diametrically Opposed Posters: Narnia & Ghost Rider

narnia-ghost-rider-thumb.jpgFunny how both these posters came out on the same day considering the main characters are about as opposite to each other as you can get. :-) Click on the small image for a larger version of both the Chronicles of Narnia and Ghost Rider posters. I'm looking forward to Chronicles of Narnia and as far as Ghost Rider goes, I always enjoy Nicholas Cage in whatever role he happens to play.

Fantastic Four: Is There a Sign of Hope?

The Fantastic FourThe latest trailer for the upcoming film Fantastic Four is available at Apple.com and I have to say it's the best of the bunch. It's the first one that actually shows the tiniest bit of depth as opposed to a low cleavage, snappy dialogue, special effects bonanza of a movie.

Superman Tribute

Click here to watch a tribute to SupermanThanks to my bud over at Filmrot I found a link that I thought was worth sharing with you. It's a tribute to the on-screen incarnations of Superman, and it's really well done. It's a Quicktime video (available in a variety of sizes) set to the theme of the Smallville series. You can get there by either clicking on the image on the left or on the link below:

Will DC Boot Marvel from the Big Screen Throne?

spiderman-vs-superman.jpgBrett Ratner has been confirmed as director for X-Men 3. I just thought you'd like to know. :-) The tide may have turned folks... Can it be that DC has sharpened it's skills in the TV animation arena and it's now applying that talent to the big screen? Marvel seems to be overextended... Daredevil (at least the theatrical release) wasn't that great, Elektra was absolutely murdered by the critics and U.S. audiences stayed away in droves. We have Fantastic Four coming out next month and the buzz is most certainly not positive for that one, despite Avi Arad's constant cries of "you'll see, you'll LOVE it."

X-Men 3: Start Dropping Your Expectations.... Now

X-Men 3What started out as panic among fans when Bryan Singer left as director of X-Men 3 and then turned into hopeful expectation with the arrival of Matthew Vaughn, can now revert to pretty much hopelessness over X3 being anywhere near the level of the first two films. Since Joss Whedon would only be interested in directing a film that he has written (and he's supposedly working on Wonder Woman now, anyway), he isn't on the short list of potential directors. According to Aintitcoolnews the studio is deciding between Brett Ratner and John Moore, and is leaning towards Ratner.

Batman Begins Hype Burnout

Batman BeginsIf you're wondering why I haven't had any Batman Begins news in the past 10 days, it's because frankly, I'm burnt out on it. Of course I'm still looking forward to seeing it... "Begins" is actually the movie I'm looking forward to most this summer. What's getting to me is the pre-release promotional hype associated with this film. It's approaching the level of Star Wars promotional hype and really, it's starting to seem desperate. It's like Warner Brothers realizes how totally and completely they screwed up this franchise and is saying "Please, please, PLEASE come see our movie!!!"

Hey Adrian...Let's make Rambo 4

Sylvester Stallone as RamboComing Soon! has a rather lengthy piece talking about Rambo IV (Why do they use Roman numerals for sequels, anyway?). There's no arguing (well, on this site, maybe there is) that Sylvester Stallone is extremely savvy when it comes to the film business and I have a feeling that he could actually make this work. I've seen him recently on the boxing reality show The Contender, and he is still in amazing physical shape. Plus, they're planning on bringing in a younger actor to whom he can pass the "Rambo" baton in case the film is successful enough for continuing sequels.

"Bewitched" is PG-13?

bewitched_classic.gifIt's really amazing to me when a commercial for a movie can leave me with my mouth hanging open, and it has nothing to do with the type of movie or the scenes from it. You've probably heard that they're releasing a theatrical version of this popular TV show originally broadcast in the 60's. (I wrote a piece about the Bewitched movie a while back.) It wasn't the actors, situations or humor that left me sputtering, but the following which was shown at the end of the commercial:

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, including sex and drug references, and partial nudity.
WHAT??? You have got to be kidding me! :shock:

X-Men 3: Inspired Casting

Kelsey GrammerIn an out of the blue yet inspired decision, Kelsey Grammer (of Frasier fame) has been cast in the role of Beast in X-Men 3. To me this is as out there as when Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton in the role of Batman. Of course despite the outcry at the time, that actually turned out rather well. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Beast is a mutant member of the X-Men (duh) who is genius-level intelligent with a HUGE vocabulary and happens to look like, well, a beast. In the comic he's covered in hair, super agile and is sort of ape-like. Really he's more of a short, squat character but Singer got away from that with the Wolverine character and casting of Hugh Jackman and it didn't seem to hurt the role much IMO.

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