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300 Advance Review

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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300 is a masterpiece! Read on:

It’s truly difficult to resist making epic proclamations about a filmmaker’s career after watching something like 300. Director Zack Snyder, the man responsible for a superlative remake of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, adapts Frank Miller’s graphic novel with passion and creativity, proving that classical storytelling will never go out of style — especially if more filmmakers are able to make it look as cool and exciting as this. Combining old-school mythmaking with ultramodern technique, Snyder has crafted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is unlike any movie audiences have seen, and in so doing he may have sealed his own fate as a possible redeemer of modern moviemaking.

Gerard Butler plays Leonidas, the wise king of Sparta. Raised with the utmost ideals — honor, duty, glory — Leonidas is a brilliant military strategist and egalitarian champion of personal freedom. So when news arrives from Persia to herald Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) sovereignty over Sparta, he rebuffs the declaration and announces that his countrymen must fight to preserve their way of life. Unfortunately, the Spartan elders honor an ancient and fickle belief system that prohibits Leonidas from challenging the impending Persian hordes.

Fearing for the safety and freedom of his people, Leonidas enlists 300 soldiers — declared his personal bodyguards — and mounts a valiant defense against Xerxes and his limitless armies. Meanwhile, his wife, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey), attempts to employ more diplomatic means to solicit support from the Spartan council, even as Theron (Dominic West) poisons its members to her plan from within.

The simplicity of the plot is the film’s greatest virtue. Rather than languishing in the details of military strategy or inundating audiences in the subtleties of Spartan politics, director Snyder renders Miller’s story in big, broad strokes. For example, the film’s opening sequence introduces rather simply the cultural tradition that inspired larger-than-life figures like Leonidas: Great men are born and bred, nurtured in their natural abilities and trained to serve a specific purpose. Indeed, this sequence not only explains everything one needs to know about the hero, but reveals the origins of his masterful battle strategy… not to mention the Spartan philosophical ideals upon which it is based.

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In Theaters: March 9, 2007

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Breach

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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Breach is both sober and suspenseful. Read on:

Breach tells the true story of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen (Oscar winner Chris Cooper) who was exposed as the worst traitor in U.S. history when he was finally busted in 2001 as being a Russian spy for roughly 20 years.

A devout Catholic, family man and veteran Fed, Hanssen was also a charlatan leading a double life. Dubbed “the mortician” by his G-Men colleagues for his morose demeanor and dark garb, the humorless and embittered Hanssen had access to all kinds of classified information and a long-standing grudge with the FBI “jocks vs. geeks” culture.

The Bureau had long suspected there was a Russian mole in their midst, but they could never pin him down. Each time a U.S. turncoat was caught, they vainly hoped that the leak may have finally been plugged. Once the FBI finally pegged Hanssen as their long sought-after traitor, they had to devise a way to catch the shrewd and smart spy in the act. Enter Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe).

Then a 20-something FBI surveillance operative and computer whiz, Eric dreams of becoming an agent. He is given a special assignment by no-nonsense Agent Burroughs (Laura Linney) to help them monitor and arrest Hanssen, whom O’Neill is told is a sexual deviant who posts intimate details of his sex life with conservative Catholic wife Bonnie (Kathleen Quinlan) on the Internet under his own name. (And, remember, Hanssen was a smart guy who outwitted Russian and American agents alike for 20 years.)

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Bridge To Terabithia

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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Bridge to Terabithia is inspiring. Read on:

In an era when special effects generally overwhelm human imagination, it’s a rare and special privilege to see a movie that celebrates the virtues of thinking, feeling and creating over the sum total of ones and zeroes that can be accumulated in a 120-minute span of storytelling. Bridge to Terabithia, adapted from Katherine Patterson’s beloved children’s novel by Rugrats creator Gabor Csupo, is a real anachronism in today’s family-movie landscape, if for no other reason than it simply and accurately portrays the interior life of adolescents.

And while the almost 30-year old story is indeed spruced up with some Narnia-style CGI to suit the sophisticated 10- and 15-year olds who will undoubtedly be enjoying its otherwise understated charms, this is a film that shares company with the likes of Zathura, Toy Story and even E.T. as a sweet and satisfying celebration of what it’s like to think and feel like a kid.

Terabithia stars Josh Hutcherson (of Zathura and the imminently more effects-driven Polar Express) as Jess Aarons, the only boy in a family of girls. Estranged from his classmates because of his pink hand-me-down sneakers and pop Jack’s (Robert Patrick) low-wage job at a local hardware store, he frequently retreats into the world of his drawings. But when the opportunity arises to show his stuff at school in a foot race, he eagerly steps up to compete. He loses the race, but in the process makes friends with the winner: Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb), a newcomer to his sleepy town who similarly has trouble fitting in.

Soon enough, Jess and Leslie become best friends, literally creating new worlds where their imaginations can flourish. After finding a rope swing in the woods behind Jess’ house, the pair is inspired to create Terabithia, a magical world where playground bullies and personal problems take fantastic new forms. As the two grow closer, they discover strength and confidence in one another — and especially themselves — they never knew was possible, in the process making their first furtive steps towards adulthood.

Most movies about teenagers these days seem to focus on one thing — namely, how awful the experience is because the protagonist is forced to grow up way to quick via drugs or peer pressure (see Kids, Bully, Alpha Dog, etc.). Although this movie is admittedly geared toward a slightly younger audience than the aforementioned films, Terabithia more accurately displays the childhood experience by presenting kids who are desperate and afraid to test the boundaries of their fledgling adulthood, parents who no longer know how to deal with their children, and the torment of enduring the whole experience with a schoolyard full of other struggling adolescents.

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The Dark Side of Doctor Who

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who) will co-star in the live-action adaptation of Susan Cooper’s hit fantasy book series. Read on:

Two more thesps have been added to the cast of 20th Century Fox and Walden Media’s The Dark Is Rising. Gregory Smith (Everwood) and ex-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston will co-star in the live-action adaptation of Susan Cooper’s hit fantasy book series.

David L. Cunningham is directing. Filming is slated to commence Feb. 26 in Romania, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Also cast in the film are Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, Amelia Warner, Emma Lockhart, Gary Entin, Edmund Entin, Jonathan Jackson and John Benjamin Hickey.

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Mummy 3 Exclusive

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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Casting is now under way for a new actor to play the son of Alex O’Connell in the Mummy 3. Read on:

IGN has learned that the character of Alex O’Connell, the son of protagonists Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, will return in The Mummy 3 (a.k.a. Mummy: Curse of the Dragon). Casting is now under way for a new actor to play the role.

Alex was introduced as a precocious 10 year-old wisecracker in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, where he was played by English child actor Freddie Boath.

The script pages being used to audition actors for the role — pages penned by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar — depict Alex as being in his late teens to early 20s. He is every bit the smartass adventurer his dad is, right down to his penchant for firearms and glib remarks.

The three-page scene being used to audition actors is set in a snowy wilderness and has Rick and Alex comparing their preferred weaponry. The scene’s humor relies on the phallic overtones of their exchange.

Rick brings along his collection of vintage weaponry, including a Tommy gun and long-barreled .45 caliber revolver. Alex prefers the state-of-the art, namely the Walther P-38 and the AK-47, a weapon that he tells his dad has not even come out yet. This would set the story prior to 1947, and after 1938 since it includes the Walther P-38. (The Mummy Returns was set in 1933.)

The roguish Alex has been through nine schools in three years, plays poker and has gotten into trouble before with a headmaster’s daughter. He is resourceful and wily, and is essentially Rick 2.0. Alex also mentions at one point that he digs up relics, so it can be assumed he is an archaeologist or treasure hunter of some sort.

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Frankenstein Life-Size Bust – Sideshow Collectibles

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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This eerily life-like Frankenstein life-size bust was just unveiled at the New York Toy Fair and you can preorder yours here at All Movie Replicas.

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To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Frankenstein, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to offer a life-size bust of Karloff as the monster. The artists at Sideshow, recreating Karloff’s likeness, the Jack Pierce make-up and reproducing the classic costume in high-quality fabrics, have expertly captured the essence of the character.

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Elder Predator and Throne Model Kit – Hot Toys -

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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The Elder Predator and Throne Diorama was finally unveiled at the New York Toy Fair and you can preorder it here at All Movie Replicas.

Description:

AVP introduced several fearsome Predators, including three young Predator warriors and some of the more experienced, higher-ranking Elder Predators. Hot Toys has expanded their range of AVP products beyond the articulated 12-inch scale figures to beautifully sculpted, highly detailed dioramas.

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Hostel RAH 12-Inch Figure – Medicom Toy

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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Unveiled at the New York don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this Hostel RAH Figure. You can preorder it here at All Movie Replicas.

Description:
Sideshow is pleased to announce that Medicom Toy Coporation has granted Sideshow Collectibles the pleasure of importing a small quantity of the limited edition Hostel 12-inch RAH figure. The figure is highly authentic and film accurate, and ready to take life on your shelf in any dynamic pose that you desire.

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Endoarm 1:2 Scale Replica – Sideshow Collectibles

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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If you missed out on the 1:1 Endoskeleton arm, here is your chance to get this 1:2 scale endoskeleton arm replica, which was unveiled at the New York Toy Fair.

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To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of this modern classic film, Sideshow Collectibles and Hollywood Collectibles Group have partnered to create the Armory Collection, leading with a 1:2 scale replica of the Endoarm.

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Life-Size Saw Puppet 2nd Edition – Medicom Toy

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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For those of you, whom missed out on the first two Saw Puppets here is your chance! This second edition life-size puppet was unveiled at the New York Toy Fair and you can get it here at All Movie Replicas.

Description:
The Saw puppet is built on a sewn cloth body, with vinyl head, hands and feet. A limited quantity will be imported from Japan of the new second edition life-size Saw puppet, so don’t miss this final chance to get yours!

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Life-Size Saw Puppet 2nd Edition – Medicom Toy


 
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