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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

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Synopsis:

Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned. Fearing that Hogwarts’ venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort’s return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students.

But Professor Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton; Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DS 1 Sheet Movie Poster – Style A

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In theaters July 13, 2007


Rocky Balboa Film Cells

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

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Rocky Balboa limited edition film cells are now available at All Movie Replicas. Click on the links below to order your now.

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Rocky Balboa Film Cell Trio

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, Antonio Tarver; Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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Pursuit of Happyness

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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Will Smith knocks one out of the park with Pursuit of Happyness. Read on:

When I mentioned to a friend that I was covering Will Smith’s new movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, the only thing he said to me was “make sure you ask Will Smith why the hell they misspelled ‘happiness’.” Well, rest assured, Steve, the answer to that question (and many others) lies in the movie itself; besides, Will Smith stopped returning my calls months ago (if only I hadn’t pressed him so hard on that “Parents Just Don’t Understand” follow-up, “Parents Really Just Don’t Understand”). But at any rate, Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like “heart-warming” and “life-affirming” were made, or if not they would certainly have had to be invented.

Smith plays Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman who spends his days trying to sell expensive, unnecessary medical equipment to doctors who don’t need it. When he randomly runs into a Wall Street trader who informs him all one needs to do his job is be good with people and numbers, Chris decides to pursue a coveted internship at a brokerage; unfortunately, the job is unpaid, which means that he will have to support himself and his son Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) without any promise of a paying job in the future.

There isn’t much more to tell about Happyness in terms of plot, but it’s not because nothing happens; rather, the obstacles that Chris faces are likely familiar to many or most people who watch, read about or follow underdog stories like this. The difference between this tale and others, however, is that it’s based upon a true story – naturally with some of the details changed. For example, the real Chris Gardner’s son was only about a year old, not five as in the film; whether this was changed because the real story seemed too outlandish or just because Smith’s son Jaden was available to play the role remains unknown, but rather than undermining the believability of the tale it adds a counterpoint – namely, the child’s perspective – that enriches Gardner’s struggles.

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Malkovich Talks Beowulf

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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If you want to know the scoop then you must read on:

In an exclusive interview with IGN, Eragon villain John Malkovich let slip a few morsels about his next fantasy flick, director Robert Zemeckis’ version of Beowulf.

Malkovich pointed out that he is not simply providing a voice for the motion-capture film. “No, it’s not that. You do everything but then it’s given a form of computer animation afterwards. But, no, we were all on set. We were all acting. It’s not film. There’s no film, there’s no lights. There are video references that the specialists and technicians utilize, but it’s actually all recorded on computer and all the data is fed to the technicians and then they will animate it.”

And while most animated characters are given traits and attributes shared by their real-life voice actors, Beowulf will be pushing the visual envelope.

“I will to some extent look and sound like myself,” notes Malkovich. “But Ray Winstone, who plays Beowulf, will be seven feet tall and will look sort of like an amalgam of portraits of Jesus and Ray. Tony Hopkins will weigh 600 pounds. It was really an amazing experience. I know they are still hard at work on it. We shot it last year … and there’s probably still a year to go.”

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The Simpsons Movie

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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Synopsis:
Based on the popular television show, but no movie synopsis has been officially unveiled.

Cast: VOICES OF:, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, Kelsey Grammer; Directed by: David Silverman

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Matt Damon May Play Captain Kirk?

Monday, December 18th, 2006

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Matt Damon to play the young Captain Kirk in the next Star Trek movie? Well, maybe. Read on:

It’s the holiday season and that means stories are scarce in the entertainment world. Here’s one constructed from various Internet rumours and half-quotes — enjoy!

According to SCI-FI Wire, Matt Damon would play a young Captain Kirk in the proposed next addition to the venerable Star Trek franchise.

Don’t set your phasers to HOORAY! just yet, Trekkies…Trekkers…whatever. Damon hasn’t been offered the role and, in fact, there’s no conclusive proof the role is even available.

Much speculation surrounds the plot of the upcoming Trek film, which will be produced and directed by Mission: Impossible III wunderkind, J.J. Abrams. Geeks everywhere have instantly assumed the flick will be a prequel of sorts, chronicling the first meeting between James T. Kirk and his Vulcan BFF Mr. Spock — hence the Damon connection to the role of Kirk. However the premise of the film still remains mystery.

William Shatner, who played Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and films, had originally said (perhaps facetiously) the role is “uncastable” as no one could match his iconic turn as the randy spacefarer. However, Shatner has reportedly changed his mind, giving Damon the thumbs-up.

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Star Trek: The Final Frontier Standard Film Cell


The Toledo Salamanca

Friday, December 15th, 2006

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The Toledo Salamanca sword from the original Highlander movie is now available for special order.

We are pleased to offer the first ever reproduction of Aman Fasils famous Toledo Salamanca sword from the original Highlander movie.

This is a high quality accurate reproduction featuring gold plated hilt and pommel and such details as carved imitation ivory grip and leather bound ricasso, exactly as the original sword.

Own a legendary sword worth “about a million bucks” for a fraction of the price.

Dimensions:
Overall length – 43″
Blade length – 36″ from cross
Blade width – 1 1/4″ at widest

Toledo Salamanca Sword

Price: $1, 250.00


Apocalypto

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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Apocalypto delivers the goods. Read on:

So it’s a period film. A period action film, to be more precise. With no stars, and no recognizable faces. In a dead language that no one has spoken for, well, a long time. Directed by a guy who, let’s face it, is perhaps not the most popular person in Hollywood right now. But you know what? It’s also a great movie.

Apocalypto is the first film written and directed by Mel Gibson since his blockbuster biblical epic Passion of the Christ and, unfortunately, also the first since his arrest in Malibu. The reason I say “unfortunately” is because what all of this means is that it will likely not get a fair shake when time comes for most folks to see, or in many cases, not see the picture. Because in a season crowded with self-important opuses and so-called message films, the perfect counterprogramming may indeed be this violent, pulse-pounding thrill ride — boilerplate promotional copy, anti-semitic remarks or even period-action-movie-with-no-stars-and-in-a-dead-language be damned.

Newcomer Rudy Youngblood plays Jaguar Paw, a young tribesman who comes of age when his village is attacked by Mayan warriors. After witnessing the murder of his friends and family, many of whom are literally sacrificed to provide Mayan altars with blood, Jaguar Paw escapes and attempts to return to his village, where his pregnant wife is due to give birth at the bottom of a pit that is rapidly filling with water. But with a group of hunters hot on his tail, Jaguar Paw discovers that his maturity comes with responsibility — first to himself, then to his family, and finally, to the legacy of his tribe.

Mind you, all of this “responsibility to his tribe” business is cleverly masked in some fairly spectacular action sequences, most of which stop just short of the relentless bloodletting documented in Gibson’s Passion. This is more Braveheart territory than a flaying of biblical proportions. Using the same digital cameras employed for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, Gibson creates a series of truly beautiful, saturated images that bring the vivid, green world of the characters to life. At the same time, the action feels thoroughly modern — meaning audiences won’t be bored by the primitive weaponry or generally low-tech approach to taking out Jaguar Paw’s adversaries. Fans of the “free running” sequence from Casino Royale will have a field day with the nearly hourlong chase scene that climaxes Apocalypto.

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Blood Diamond

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond both entertains and educates and having seen the movie last weekend, I must agree. Read on:

Set atop the backdrop of civil war in 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond tells two very different, but equally gripping, stories: the first, an expose on the immoral and deadly conflict diamond trade; the second, a gripping depiction of the use of child soldiers by African guerillas. Sure, at first glance there may seem to be no link between these two tales. But as director Ed Zwick has noted, during this real-world time at this real-world place, one did not exist without the other.

Helping to maneuver audiences through these two stories are Solomon Vandy (played by Djimon Hounsou) — a Mende fisherman forced by African rebels to work the diamond fields — and Danny Archer (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) — an ex-mercenary-turned-diamond smuggler. Solomon finds the titular gem and hides it away, hoping to use its potential wealth to reunite with his family. Danny discovers this secret and wants in on the diamond’s sale. But when Solomon’s son is kidnapped and taken in by rebels as a child soldier, the two men become reluctant partners — in exchange for 50-percent of the diamond, Danny grudgingly agrees to help rescue the boy. Throw Maddy Bowen (played by Jennifer Connelly) — an American journalist with political pull who’s in Sierra Leone to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds — into the mix and you have a gripping, action-packed story that’s sure to inform and inspire.

Upon screening Blood Diamond, this reviewer was struck with two harsh realities: the first having to do with his understanding of conflict diamonds, or lack thereof. Most people have some sort of passing knowledge as to what a conflict diamond is — the name alone speaks volumes. But perhaps what’s not so well known is how deep this illegal trade (stones smuggled out of countries at war, the proceeds of which are used to pay for more weapons) reaches into the lives of everyday people. The average villager in 1990s Sierra Leone lived in constant fear that he/she would be killed or turned into a slave, all to help spread the diamond trade. The average child of 1990s Sierra Leone lived with the thought that he/she could, in the blink of an eye, lose his/her innocence, forced to fight alongside the guerillas as a child soldier. And the average consumer of the so-called “First World” nations to this day lives in complete denial that the diamond he/she is buying could in fact be helping to continue this vicious cycle. Trust me: This film will generate a number of post-viewing conversations and will definitely make you think twice before forking down hundreds of dollars at Zales this holiday season.

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Blood Diamond Movie Posters

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The Reaping

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

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Synopsis:
In “The Reaping,” Hilary Swank plays a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, and has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.

Cast: Hilary Swank, Jillian Batherson, Brandon J. Blanchard, Robin Blanchard, Sean M. Blanchard; Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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