Tuesday, December 27, 2016

RIP Princess Leia

New Blog Talk Radio show now playing: Mini-movie reviews.  Rogue One News postpone till next week. Rogue One will enter the Top Ten of all time domestically and break the top five after this weekend to be the No. 1 picture of the year.

This is so unreal. Right at the end of the year. Guess the heartbreak was all too much. Besides Singing in the Rain, my generation new her as the Voice of the Spider in Charlottes Web. Not a big hit when it first came out but became cult status over the years (remake doesn't count). I remember going to see this as a kid. To young to appreciate until in later years. This article includes two videos including the Spiders death lullabye, now more poignant now than ever.

I included to show what a great sense of humor she had and if you read any of her books it was apparent she could face her troubles and still laugh about it. Not easy to do. Also this article has other links to other new articles you can click on instead of me reposting them here.

What a way to end the year. And for some of us part of our childhood and teenage years are now history, along with many others this past year from the 1970's and 80's  dying way to young and before their time. Kind of scary when you think of it.

While the news is we get to see her one more time but this time her actual performance and not a CGI replacement, no word on Episode 9 as it looks like she ties all 3 films together. (No word on Hamill's take in Ep. 9). But one character could get a big er presence as a tribute to her mother and that is Billie Lourd (see imdb.com) who plays Lt. Connix in Force Awakens and Ep.8. As I mentioned in my previous blog you can see her in Force standing next to Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Trek Beyond, dude with the beard) while he explains the Star Killer (alsomentioned in the last blog). Even tho she doesn't have a line there hopefully in ep. 8 & 9 she will have a speaking role. It would be nice to have family there.

Rogue One rules with Sing trying to come close but no cigar. As far as the other films there was just too much competition resulting with them canceling each other out. It just screamed Netflix!
And again Rogue will rule the box office for New Years. The shame is like Paul Walker's passing after finishing Fast Furious 7 that boosted the box office the same will happen with Rogue One. Not to sound cynical but that is the way people are. This will also help boost SW Episode 8 sorry to say. Human Nature.

This was announced last Friday. While this is great news, minus the double dippin again, it does take a different tone considering the bad news. It does not mention which version they remastered tho. And why was this never re-released in 3D is beyond me.

Like the 3 view fx featurette I included last year from The Force Awakens that was Not on the BR, why wasn't this included on any edition in the home release. And this is a reference to the Rogue One edition if we are going to get any deleted scenes from the 3rd act that was seen in the trailers but not in the final version of the movie. Or maybe a Directors cut like BvsS (minus Superman footage) or Suicide Squad version that still left most of Jokers scenes out of the home release. What a mess.
Trivia: So why include this link? There is a connection to Rogue One and Superman 2. More on the Radio Show this week.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Rogue One Vs Box Office Newbies

Radio show coming next week so fans can catch up with Rogue One as there will be spoilers. Live on MNN, last show of the year, now playing on YouTube. New video and article added in the bonus section at the bottom of links.

What a shame, on her book tour at of all things. Which I reviewed on our Youtube show. Good read.
Nice pictures throughout the article sent by family and friends. Wishing her the best recovery.

The Force is strong. Looks like the repeats are already kicking in with all those easter eggs to check out. There was plenty of them including references to Rebels and Clone Wars thrown in which I didn't expect. Great time at the cinema. I skipped the 3D, Some scenes would have been to dark to see.

Spoiler: So Gareth did want some to live at the ending. Hence that contract sing by Jones to do another Star Wars. And the third act had the most changes that why we don't see that Tie Fighter on that plank with Jones. My question is how much of the deleted scenes are we going to see on the BR.

Updated with Variety report on Box Office Counts. Will Rogue keep Sing from being No. 1? We will find out soon enough. Those Minions guys are no joke. Go see Rogue One again. I did.

From yesterday's report. This is where the fanboys do the repeats to keep it at No. 1. I agree with this article. The only competition is the animated Sing. The same guys behind Pets and Minion. Ouch. Talk about a powerhouse. And remember Trolls did huge with old songs sung by new characters. That chemistry works.  Either way the force should be strong this holiday weekend.

$7 Billion World Wide for the year. Can Disney get any bigger? Oh hell year. If they start going after other properties like they did with Star Wars, the other studios will be so screwed. The beginning of the end? It can happen. Look what Disney did with Spiderman Home Coming, a Sony owned property.

Man, that would have been the biggest mistake in his career as this is his biggest film up to this point. Can it get any bigger. Yeah when he comes back as a ghost in Ch. 9 or some other spinoff. Remember he was one with the force before he died. oops spoiler! lol.

Now who's having last laugh. While the nays were complaining about his performance in the movie, he gets to be on Rebels to continue with the character. Someobyd out there is going "Whaaaaaa.."

For those who complained about the CGI actors in Rogue, get a load of this. A young DeNiro and Pacino? Bring it on. The new shtick Hollywood is going to milk to death.

Sure he would LOVE to comeback to this since his latest movie completely tanked at the B.O. lol.Wow does that sound desperate or what, lol.

I really question this. Besides the top 5  the others don't even belong on this list. Well maybe Mag 7 but Squad at No. 1? Heck no. What a strange list.

Bonus :
Rogue One Spoilers and Easter Eggs. I'm putting these here in case you haven't seen the movie as I will be referencing  these for the radio show.
Movieweb did a great job with this one.  14 pages in all. Great way to kill a lunch hour. The one that surprised me was page 4 where The 3D vector graphic is mentioned.  And of course the famous Wilhelm scream. on page 9. Total classic. Includes pictures all related to the topics listed.

So why this one from all the other Easter Eggs Videos posted. At exactly 13:00 Gareth himself mentions his Godzilla movie easter eggs that his crew put into the scene.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogue One Number One Box Office

New Radio coming this week: Rogue One review with trivia, eggs and spoilers! LOL. 4 out of 5!

Off to a great start. While some are not to happy with this film (what are they thinking) The Force
is strong with this prequel. Loved the movie, way better than Force Awakens. The only thing was the ending. Some don't make it. I would loved to see some these characters come back. Oh wait a second. One did say "you will see me again" Yes! (that's why I chose the pic above, nudge nudge wink wink)

Spoilers: All about using CGI with real actors to produce classic actors. Don't these writers play video games. That's what they look liked which was fine with me. And that thing about they don't look real enough. It's Science Fiction for crying out loud. A galaxy far way. Hello!
Ps includes video on the Star Wars timeline including the Han Solo and how that fits in the grand plan of things.

So Rogue One made the top 10 to be nominated considering all the fuss about the CGI. Ironic ain't it?

What is the beef with Forest Whitaker. It was the actors take on the character as an older Gerrera.
I was so glad he was in this. An Oscar winner who doesn't get the credit he deserves. See Samurai Dog. Excellent performance!

Interesting in the making of the Logo after all this time. But the last thing you think of is Facist.

Both Wall and Hacksaw Ridge are dong great in China. This is the competition that Rogue One, a picture that Gareth molded after War Pictures filled with fantasy elements. Yikes that is close. Remember China was kind to Force Awakens. Maybe this will change their minds.

Sorry but he still looks like Han Solo holding that gun. And I just can't see Grosling in this.

Picture taken again at Lincoln Square Theatre, NYC. That dude would not move for nothing. lol.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Rogue One Predictions and Rogue Two Sequel?

Live on MNN: All Star Wars, tomorrow at 5pm. New Radio now playing. See Widget. For better sound click on the link to take you to the Blog Talk Radio page.
PS! Beware of Youtube!!! Major Spoiler Videos!  Do not watch! Especially the ending of R.O.

Rogue 2: Highest paid female, 7 figures,  for a Star Wars movie spills the beans. A young Luke?
It's in her contract for a sequel. Straight from Ms Jones in this Interview. PS I wonder how the other actors feel about this who sign up just for one movie. Especially the ones who die in this. LOL.

Top 15 of all time? That kind of lame. It should be at least top 10. By Sunday we will get a better look at the numbers. Now besides repeats, once the audience finds out all the surprises and twists will people rush to see this, the non fans? The drama starts....

Not much of a spoiler if you've seen all hundred trailers released so far. But what they don't mention is what happen to some of the scenes that were shown in the trailers at first and now those scenes are not even in the movie anymore. Yep deleted scenes already set up for the blu-ray edition.

Now this looks good. At least the concept is from a comic book and not some suit going "lets make the cast females aka Ghostbusters and Ocean 11!" What amazes me is Director Ayer got this gig again after all the bad feedback on Squad. Note: see link below on somebody else from Warners who lost their gig. Now who will they get for Catwoman and Poison Ivy?

Finally some titles for these pictures. While Pacific Rim has Star Wars star Boyer, the real big stars will be Rodan Mothra and King G for the Godzilla sequel if that's still the game plan. Gareth wanted to do Mechagodzilla, when they said no supposedly, he jumped ship for Star Wars. Geez, jeez 2 franchises under his blet. All he needs is a Marvel movie then retire. Sorry DC don't count.

Spoiler alert? Unless she can do two shows at the same time. Well it looks like we now know who is going to get killed at the end of Walking Dead season. either way will it help Star Trek new show. So far the cast if pretty good, having 3 klingons added to the cast doesn't hurt either. Fingers crossed.

Talk about another show that had 1960's origins being updated for today. This has "Suck" written all over it. A simple concept andthey have to add all this extra baggage to it. A roughneck smuggling goods. Ain't flying the ship hard enough? So he has a side hobby up to no good. Yikes.

"Your only good as your last hit" Old industry term. This is what happens when 2 of the biggest icons don't cross the $1B mark. It also doesn't help when it made just $200M more than 2 less lesser known titles. Case in point: BvS and Deadpool with Suicide Squad. In this industry it don't matter if you were behind The Hobbit and other worold known titles. You tank at one major franchise and your outta here.

I included this mainly because this has the famous  Bambi vs. Godzilla video. It never gets old.

 I'm putting this link over here as some of my readers couldn't care less while some others are curious what do I think as I follow the awards season every year for the past 27 years.
This is all about acting. So it was nice to see Vitto Mortensen for Captain Fantastic, great acting, ok movie. Meryl Streep for Florence Jenkins along with Hugh Grant. Great acting, ok movie, annoying singing, funny at first then just grating on the years. Personal fav Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, all 3 including Ben forster and Cris Pike deserve Nods for a great movie. 4 out of 5.
Last but not least is Andrew Garfield who told Sony go screw themselves for Spiderman. Now who's getting the last laugh. Great job all around including Mel for Hacksaw Ridge. 4 our of 5.

Extra Bonus:
Which will be mentioned on our Live Show. Please take this with a shrug. It's not the worst of all time. If you don't like the first  minutes, you are going to Hate the rest of the clip. Lotsa of details.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One Premiere

Live on MNN this Saturday with our Rogue One special will be our last show for the year.
We got renewed and will be back in January. Announcement now playing on Blog Talk Radio.

While they critics are not allow to post anything till Wednesday, the audience has posted on social sites and for the most part really enjoyed it. I hope they're right and not caught up in the moment.

This has pics from the red carpet and people's twits with photos inside the party.

More on the premiere with 99 photos with the cast and guests. You know, the lucky ones.

Well Moana had a good run and at least it beat that dumb Xmas Party movie. But it's all over now with Rogue One around the corner.

Simple: Logan tanks big time opening weekend. And worse box office than the first two movies. And forget trilogy box set on Blu-ray. Who would want that? Then you'll see this movie. It also doesn't hurt that Reynolds just got a Golden Globe nod for Best Actor in a Comedy. Um, Deadpool gets burn to a crisp and they call that a comedy. Go figure. But a nod is a nod.

3 Klingons added to the cast. Smart move since you cannever tired of those guys. Something JJ promised for the reboot movies but we just got the tease in the second movie. Shame.

What's with the submarine? Since when The Furious go 007 Bond on us? Well it was bound to happen. Heck does the story really matter anymore? Just give us a lot of action and crashes and we're good.

How the heck did Arrival get on this list? This is the most over rated movie of the year. It's not bad but it ain't all that for crying out loud. But 3 of my favs did make the list. Hacksaw Ridge, Sully and Hell or High Water, Jeff Bridges deserves an Oscar nod for Supporting Actor.  The others? Well no major hurry to see depressing movies for the holidays. Sorry Manchester by the Sea.

Surprise: Sully completely shut out but Mel Gibson wins massive nods for being a darkhorse. But it already looks like automatic wins when it comes down to Oscars. See below.

Well it looks like both La La Land and Moonlight will fight for Best Pic, Director, Screenplay. Portman for Actress and Affleck for Actor. Well so much for the Oscars.

2nd Bonus:
Mel's very underrated picture is a must see: This is the making of "Apocalypto".

Thursday, December 08, 2016

More Star Wars: Rogue One News

No Live on MNN this week. Radio show next week due to work load. Bonus video at bottom.

Earth Will Feel The Power of The Force
$350M World Wide Opening. Duh! Actually it should be around $400M with so many theatres opening weekend. But will there be repeats if it's Phantom Menace bad. That's the trick.  But keep an eye on China and India where The Force tanked keeping it from being No.l all time world wide. Long article but check out the last paragraph. They used the word Respectable. I rather use Tanked, lol.

Giacchinos did a great score for Jurassic World not matter how underrated most people feel about it. Taking over from Williams is no small feat that's for sure. If one thing is going to work out is the soundtrack. Everything else, besides the SFX, is up in the air.

Reading her latest book about that affair she had with Han Solo. But there were other things that did go good in her career which she mentions like being broke at one time. Now she got this over her head. Poor Princess, all the headaches that go fame. Well that sucks.

Good for Keaton but I wonder how does both Malcovitch and Kingsley feel about this since at one time they were both up for the part. Yeah I be pissed off too, lol.

Well here they go again. But then Bumblebee was always a favorite and he kind of got diss in the last few movies. So a spinoff might not be a bad idea. But the rest. How long will that last?...................... wow what a dumb question...

When this was first mentioned on IMDB the comments posted all agreed that this was a bad idea. The one done in the 80's was good enough even if they edited the big Creatures attacking the city aka Godzilla. Yeah it was a down ending but it made sense. Now why bother with a remake if it's going to be the very same story as the 80's version? See below bonus for the video.
Talk about musicals. So why was the ratings down on this? Simple, The show didn't have a megahit t represent it. Soud of Music had multiple songs, so did Grease. Name a Peter Pan tune, nope. Neither did this one. That's the catch. Think of Frozen (uugghhh). It had 'Let It Go' top 10 hit. There you go.

Lets face it. Most movies disappear after 4 weeks anyways. So why not release them 2 weeks after a major release. AS far as movie houses half the time their empty anyways. Poor guys. But they got to bring the price down. After waiting 6 months I;m watching major summer releases from the library aka Civil War and Find Dory. All for free. They need to wake up.

Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Ending: Monster rampage starts at 7;30 mark.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Star Wars Rogue One Event

Tribute to Green Hornet below in the bonus section including pictures and videos of the Black Beauty taken at the police museum show along with the Batmobile.  New Radio show coming soon.

Rogue One Press Event
28 minutes of footage was shown at Skywalker Ranch. Sounds like Lucas was happy with the film. Well at least he liked it better than Force Awakens and that was because they didn't use his story outline for the last trilogy. This includes 12 pages with some details with minor spoilers. But if you've seen all 100 HUNDRED trailers then this shouldn't bother you. lol. Jeez how many more are they going to show anyways?

Video included with box office numbers and trivia of the top . One more weekend then it's all over when Rogue One comes out. Regardless of reviews this will be huge.

Have to admit the trailer is pretty clever. Highlighting the Racoon and Baby Groot to mass effect.
Something to look forward to until the team joins up with the Avengers in Infinity War.

Speaking of which. Great idea when they pull it off. Of course this article makes a big deal about Baby Groot growing in size to fight The Hulk. Nice angle but really They push that timeline anyway they want too.

The studios are not wasting time promoting next years already. Since this year has pretty much tanked and besides a few top 10 the studios have basically have written this year off. Lucky Vin.

Is it me or this looks tired, like been there done that. Last one by Bay Not unless it clears the Billion dollar mark in which it will and then he'll keep making more and more, WAAHHH when is it going to stop? Why Why?

Tom, Tom, Tom, again with the plane? What's with you and planes. You got to let this go. Please.

In real life he became a fire fighter protecting the community which caused injury. A real super hero.

Pictures of the Batmobile and Black Beauty back in the day taken at  The NYC Police Car show in 2010.