Release date: January 23rd, 2009 Genre: Horror/Drama/Thriller/Romance Director: Joel Bergvall, Simon Sandquist Studio: Yari Film Group Screenplay: Michael Petroni Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Chelah Horsdal, Michael Landes, William B. Davis, Tuva Novotny, Suzanne Bastien Official Site: possessionmovie.com Rating:PG-13 violence, disturbing images, some sexuality and language Available film art:Possession movie posters
Synopsis Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Jess, a woman whose life is torn apart when her husband, Ryan (Michael Landes), and brother-in-law, Roman (Lee Pace), crash in a horrific car accident. Both brothers end up in comas, with little hope of recovery. But Roman wakes up and, when he does, insists he is her husband. As time goes on, Jess struggles with the possibility that the spirit of her beloved husband has returned to her in the body of her brother-in-law, or that something much more sinister is at work.
Release date: Friday October 23, 2009 Genre: Animation/Adventure/Sci-fi Director: David Bowers Studio: Summit Entertainment Screenplay: Timothy Harris Producer(s): Maryann Garger Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Donald Sutherland Official Site:astroboy-themovie.com Rating:None This film is not yet rated Available film art:Astro Boy movie posters
Synopsis “AstroBoy” was created by the “god of manga,” Japan’s Osamu Tezuka, in the early 1950s. The animated television series first aired in 1963 in Japan and found great acclaim and success around the world. In the U.S., it quickly became a top syndicated children’s show. The iconic character’s fame grew in the 1980s and 2003 with two new “AstroBoy” TV series attracting new generations of fans.
“AstroBoy” tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.
A bunch of good movies being released this Friday.
Seven Pounds (Drama) – Cast: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Barry Pepper, Woody Harrelson, Madison Pettis; Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Academy Award® nominee Will Smith stars in the drama “Seven Pounds,” re-teaming with the director and producers of “The Pursuit of Happyness” for the emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.
Tale of Despereaux (Animation) – Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, William H. Macy; Directed by: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
The tale of three unlikely heroes – a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears – whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess.
Yes Man (Comedy) – Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Masterson, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp, Sasha Alexander, Molly Sims, Patrick Labyorteaux, John Michael Higgins; Directed by: Peyton Reed
Based on a memoir by British author Danny Wallace the studio picked up in April 2005, the story centers on a man who decides to change his life by saying yes to absolutely everything that comes his way. Saying “yes” leads him on a series of unexpected comedic adventures that turn his whole life upside-down.
Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything…and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.
The Wrestler (Action/Drama) – Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry; Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.
Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling.
Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring.
Gran Torino (Drama) – Cast: Clint Eastwood, Cory Hardrict, John Carroll Lynch, Geraldine Hughes, Brian Haley, Dreama Walker; Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
With Quantum of Solace arriving in theaters nationwide, tomorrow, IGN pays homage to Bond and his gadgets.
James Bond can remedy just about any situation with some smooth talk, an elaborate gadget, or a strong drink, but when the going gets tough and the cards are down, Bond calls upon his trusty sidearm. In the span of Bond’s 46-year cinematic history, Bond’s MI6-issued pistol has been limited to three pistols: the Walther P99, the Walther PPK, and in one instance, the Walther P5. Of the three variants, the Walther PPK has been the most frequently used gun in James Bond’s arsenal. The PPK has been featured in 16 of the 22 films made in the James Bond franchise. The P99, on the other hand, has appeared in 5 films.
The Walther PPK
The Walther PPK was released in 1931 by Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen, a German arms manufacturer that specializes in handguns. The model name, PPK, is short for Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell, which translates to Police Pistol Detective Model. The reasoning behind its detective-centric title is that the gun is easily concealable and ideal for undercover operations. The PPK is a semiautomatic blowback-operated pistol that features a double-action trigger mechanism and an exposed hammer.
The PPK was largely popular in both police enforcement and the civilian sector. The popularity and prominence of the gun throughout Europe is believed to be the main reason Ian Fleming assigned the weapon to James Bond. Prior to the success of the James Bond series, the gun was primarily associated with the Nazi military. During World War II, the PPK was a standard issue pistol for the Nazi police, pilots, and party officials.
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Jon Favreau sits down with a group of journalists to talk, indepth, about the sequel to Iron Man:
IGN and a small number of journalists were able to sit down with writer/director and Iron Man mastermind Jon Favreau this afternoon for a lengthy and in-depth discussion on the upcoming sequel. The conversation was packed with fresh Iron Man news, including Favreau’s thoughts on War Machine, the Mandarin and the art of the comic-book sequel.
On Iron Man’s success…
FAVREAU: I was surprised by everything. I was surprised that the reviews were so strong, that it made so much money. I was surprised that Dark Knight had better reviews and made so much more money. On the one hand, it was a really unexpected, serendipitous summer. Oddly, when Dark Knight finally came out and was received the way it was, it was such a relief for me because I really felt like we went from nobody expecting anything to people starting to expect something…First, it was, “Who the hell cares about Marvel’s b-level heroes,” to Comic-Con where began building momentum, to this fever pitch where we were afraid that we’d disappoint and fail to meet expectations. And then Dark Knight comes in and makes history and all of a sudden, we felt the relief of that spotlight moving off of us from the guard tower. And now we have two years to lay low and work on the movie.
On what changed the tide of the superhero movie…
FAVREAU: I think 9/11. I think that was a game changer. I think people were looking for emotional simplicity, for escapism. There were superhero movies before Spider-Man, but Spider-Man hit at just the right time. It was the first way that we could get to those emotions. You couldn’t say anything about politics, about war, but you put somebody in a costume and say, “This is the good guy, this is the bad guy,” and you set that in a fantasy world or the Marvel universe, all of a sudden you allow people and kids and adults to experience those emotions. They’re dealing with real emotions in an escapist way. And that’s become more complex as we’ve become more comfortable seven years later, and you can have a movie like Dark Knight that shows people those things. There’s a line you can’t cross, but that line’s moving. But I’m glad that I was able to hit the crest of the genre and I feel safe now that we have a built in audience. But you wonder how that is going to change. Whoever gets voted in, I think there’s going to be an incredible transformation. I don’t know what it’s going to be, how the economy will affect that, or what the politics will look like. But change is coming, regardless, within our political system and our culture. And I wonder, as a moviemaker, how that’s going to effect audiences and what the national attitude is. It’s not something that turns on a dime.
On The Avengers movie…
FAVREAU: It starts off as, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we stuck the Captain America shield in the background,” or “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we had Sam Jackson play Nick Fury.” That’s a nod to our fans. But now, between the shield and Nick Fury and the final scene of The Hulk, I’m like, “Wow, we’re really forming a team.” That scene is clearly not the day after Iron Man ended, so where does it fit? I don’t want to ignore it or say, as Marvel does, “It’s an alternate universe.” So how do you make it all work within that world? And Hulk was successful in keeping a tone that was not inconsistent with our film… In this case, you have Kevin Feige who wants to solve this puzzle. All that brain power makes you come up with interesting solutions. We have a pretty good gameplan. And there are conversations I’m having with them about The Avengers, where you’re not just dealing with tech; you’re dealing with inter-dimensional portals and all the shit that makes you jump the shark if you don’t handle it right. We were very restrained in how we used our superhero-ism in our movie, and we did that by keeping it all tech-based. Hulk was fairly tech-based. And then you get to Cap, where it’s a guy frozen in ice and you say, “Yeah, OK., I can buy that.” But then you get to Thor and it’s all out the window. So how you make that all feel of the same world is the challenge.
On The Mandarin as a live-action movie villain…
FAVREAU: The Mandarin is such a tricky character because everywhere you turn, it’s a minefield. You get into the mystical, Asian, dark arts and interdimensional travel and all the rings, and you say, “That’s cool; maybe we can make it authentic.” And then you see the trailer for The Mummy movie. That’s as authentic as it’s gonna get, but does it fit our film? I don’t know. What are your rules and how do you stay consistent? Because that’s what happens – people get desperate. How do you up the ante? And people start breaking their own rules and lose their identity. The Mandarin is the main guy, but we always remind ourselves that nobody likes the Emperor compared to Darth Vader. When the Emperor was this figure that you only saw obliquely, you’d say, “Shit, Darth Vader’s bowing to someone?” But then as he talked more, enough was enough. So the Mandarin, to have that kind of weight to him, it’s really a matter of using all the narrative tricks. But if you’re shooting these rings that have powers that could throw off the balance of the universe – how do you keep the whole thing together yet fulfill the expectations from the book? And a little bit goes a long way. There are a lot of other characters and countries that fit very well into our universe. The Iron Man cannon is becoming incredibly cogent and applicable once again.
On the script for Iron Man 2…
FAVREAU: The writing is coming along quite well. We’ve got Justin Theroux, who did Tropic Thunder. He echoes Downey’s tastes a lot. He’s an actor. He brings a real sense of fun. He’s never worked in the genre before, so he has that great newcommer’s enthusiasm. Then it’s about, here are the books. We’re breaking the story and pages are coming out, but it’s more of a conversation than actual writing…We’re looking – not so much for story, but for tone – at the Matt Fraction stuff. That series seems to be informed as much by our movie as by what happened with Iron Man before. It’s informed by current events. I’m very impressed by what he’s written.
On storytelling in comic-book films…
FAVREAU: There’s always a sense of “let’s save something for another movie.” But I think there’s a way to wade into it. In Spider-Man, he seems to be dealing with different issues in each film because they’re very modular. But we want to stretch our movie out like three chapters of the same story… These are smart audiences now with the capacity to understand long-form, complex storytelling, and you’re starting to see it more in TV and videogames. Movies are kind of what they are. It’s like a rock and roll song – you’ve got your thing, your bridge and your end. So how do you keep making rock and roll songs, but also do the White Album? How do you put it all together with other movies and make it something that’s a larger experience for people who are paying attention, but yet not so complex that if you’re not paying attention you’re going to not have fun? I’m a pretty smart audience member and I just don’t have that attention span, so I want to figure out if I can get a better version of that while still upping the ante of what you’re putting on the screen and the humor and the dialogue.
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Release date: Friday September 19, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: David Koepp Studio: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures Producers: Gavin Polone Screenplay: David Koepp, John Kamps Cast: Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig, Dana Ivey Official Site:ghosttownmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references Available film art:Ghost Town movie posters
Synopsis In the comedy “Ghost Town,” Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni). That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle, with spirited results.
Although the theme of a dead husband, who reaches out to his wife from beyond grave to inspire his wife may not sound like a Christmas movie. P.S. I Love You is after all about giving.
The perfect movie for Christmas is the surprisingly progressive P.S. I Love You. Despite drawbacks and more clichés than an office Christmas party, this romance starring Hilary Swank works on every level—and it hits home for the holidays.
The movie will not immediately ring jingle bells with a theme about a dead husband (Gerard Butler) who reaches from beyond the grave to inspire his widow (Swank). Starting with a pat lovers’ spat, P.S. I Love You is ultimately rooted in reality, peeling back the layers of one couple’s lives.
The novel-based story begins just before his life expires, and, when opening credits roll, it’s a slide show of love story snapshots. The remainder of the journey—using the deceased’s letters, mysteriously delivered to his wife in scheduled intervals after he died—fills the gaps. The movie improves as it goes.
That it flirts with formula does not hinder its ability to evince tears and laughter. Melodramatic, realistic and romantic, P.S. I Love You appropriately saves the best for last. ‘Tis the season and those who welcome happy endings will not be disappointed, though this one is achieved through small, tentative steps, like life’s most difficult lessons, some of which are often deeply felt in the last days of a given year.
Living in what must be New York’s ugliest apartment building on a corner of Orchard Street, job-hopping Holly (Swank) and her Irish-born spouse Gerry (Butler) are both typical independent, urban Americans; they work hard, wonder whether to have kids, and they have a lot of growing up to do. Their social lives involve hanging out in bars and director Richard LaGravenese taps today’s adult city lifestyle.
September Dawn (Drama) – Cast: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Taylor Handley, Huntley Ritter , Krisinda Cain, Shaun Johnston, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain, Terence Stamp; Directed by: Christopher Cain
The The Invasion is the only big movie being released this week. Click on the link below to purchase the movie poster:
The Invasion (Sci-Fi) – The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington, DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her friend, Dr. Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig), learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol’s only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright, Malin Akerman, Q-Tip, Alexis Raben; Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel