New “Godzilla” Trailer Is Here

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Along with X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent, this Godzilla reboot has been one of the anticipated movies to come out this summer. The teaser trailer was chilling and dark, and this official theatrical trailer is as well, just more action-packed and breathtaking (if that was even possible). This looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see this at the midnight showing in May. I really hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

The remake is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monster) and written by Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son).Godzilla will open May 16, 2014.

Jason Momoa Talks About Turning Down “Guardians of the Galaxy” Role

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Sometime last year, actor Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian) was set to play Drax in the upcoming sci-fi epic from Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, that didn’t end up happening. Dave Bautista, the WWE fighter, will be playing Drax in the upcoming film. But, when asked if Momoa auditioned for the role, both he and director James Gunn (Slither) had denied that statement and claimed it just to be a rumor. Well, in a recent interview, Momoa not only says that he DID audition for the role of Drax, but that he also turned down the role as well.

In a recent sit-down with Zap2it, Momoa talks about his experience auditioning for the film and his thoughts on it and playing comic book characters in the future.

“I think it’s perfectly cast,” Momoa says of actor Dave Bautista.“Dave is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct Road to Paloma so people could see that side.”

Momoa also sheds light on what it was like to audition with Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, the lead of the movie.“One of the funnest auditions I’ve ever done in my life was with him. He’s phenomenal. He’s going to kill it. It’s going to be amazing,” Momoa says. “It’s a whole Han Solo vibe. It’s going to be a phenomenal movie. I’m glad that he is the lead of that. He’s funny as hell, man. He can improv; he just acts circles around me. It was really, really fantastic.”

Now onto why he didn’t take up the role of Drax. “I want my children to see their father happy. It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

Momoa says that he’d like to tackle different films, such as comedies, in the near future. He also doesn’t rule out playing a comic book character in the future. “There’s definitely some, absolutely,” he says. “I was a huge comic book fan, and I still am.” He wouldn’t say who he’d like to play and jokes, “I’m not going to tell you the ones I collect, because then you’d know,”. There are rumors that he’s been talking to Warner Bros. for roles in their upcoming films, ranging from Aquaman to Lobo.

This interview was due to the fact that Momoa’s new show, The Red Road, premieres this Thursday on the Sundance Channel. I haven’t seen any footage from it, so I can’t comment on how it looks. Guardians of the Galaxy will be released August 1, 2014.

Next March, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Will “Get Hard”

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If there isn’t a single penis joke in this movie, I’ll be surprised. Warner Bros. has set Get Hard to be released on March 27, 2015, alongside Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy Chappie and DreamWorks Animation’s spinoff, The Penguins of Madagascar.

Get Hard is about a wealthy investment bank manager (Will Ferrell) who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and prepares for prison with help from the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart). The film will be directed by Etan Cohen, the writer of Men in Black 3 and Tropic Thunder. This will be his directorial debut. It sounds like it could be really funny, and the fact that Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are very popular right now, this sounds like a surefire hit come next March.

As said above, Get Hard will be released on March 27, 2015.

Amanda Seyfried to be the Female Lead in “Ted 2”

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It seems as if Seth MacFarlane really enjoyed working with actress Amanda Seyfried on his upcoming western/comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, as she is now taking over the lead female role in Ted 2. Apparently, this is a creative decision made by MacFarlane and the co-writers, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.

As for Mila Kunis, it’s said that she’ll have a very minor role, or won’t even be in the movie at all. So it seems as if Seyfried will become Mark Wahlberg’s new love interest in the sequel. Personally, I like Mila Kunis a lot more than I do Amanda Seyfried, so this isn’t great news to me. But, like I said earlier, MacFarlane worked with her on A Million Ways to Die in the West, so he must have been really impressed to give her this role. I certainly hope so.

Ted 2 is set to open June 26, 2015.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is set to open May 30, 2014.

“Pompeii” Film Review

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“This isn’t a sport, my lady. This is politics.”

If you had told me before the year started that I’d like Pompeii more than Jack Ryan and The Monuments Men, I would have laughed in your face. But, I’m being serious when I say that this disaster epic is actually entertaining and brutal, but starts having an identity crisis once it hits the third act.

The ads have shown only the destruction-portion of the film, but that’s only the last third of the film. The first two-thrids are focused on Gladiator-esque battles in the arena. Actually, that portion of the film almost rips-off Gladiator, but for some reason, I wasn’t bothered by it. Not only that, but I surprisingly enjoyed the battles more than I did the destruction at the end.

Speaking of the destruction, it’s where the film ironically falls apart. The tone changes from a dark, sword and sandals flick into a cheesy destruction movie akin to those from Roland Emmerich. While it didn’t ruin the film for me, the emotional stakes were lowered and it started heading towards self-parody. The final shot almost ruined the film’s dark, grim tone completely.

Is Pompeii high art? Absolutely not. But, was it meant to be? Definitely not. Unlike most Paul W.S. Anderson films, I actually had fun with this one and it was decently dark and brooding at first, something I wasn’t expecting. I feel as if Paul W.S. Anderson actually tried to make this good, and you can see that early on, it’s just the end of the film collapses under its own weight and stutters to the finish line. But, like I said, I enjoyed it a lot. It was fun, simple as that. Besides, who doesn’t love hearing Kiefer Sutherland call someone a dirty bitch with his ridiculous accent?

“Did you hear that?”

3.5 out of 5

Box Office Results: “Lego Movie” Keeps Building, “Pompeii” Is Disastrous

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The Lego Movie, the latest animated movie to set the box office on fire, is well on its way to pass $200 million by the end of next week as it took in $31.5 million over this weekend, brining it’s domestic total to $183.2 million. As someone who loved the movie, I couldn’t ask for more.

In second place, Relativity and EuropaCorp’s 3 Days to Kill surprisingly took second place with $12.3 million. That’s worse than the Besson-produced The Family from last September, but it’s better than what most expected it to take in. It will crash and burn next week though, as Non-Stop opens this Friday, eliminating any hope for it to have good legs.

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In third place, the disaster flick Pompeii from Paul W.S. Anderson was just that: disastrous. Coming in with just $10.0 million for the weekend, this $100 million epic is doomed unless the overseas business is much better than it is over here in the states.

Outside the top 3, About Last Night had a huge drop off from last weekend (71%) to take in $7.4 million for the weekend. The huge drop, however, won’t affect the film much, thanks to it’s $25.6 million opening last weekend. Also, Robocop is trying to hold on, but could only muster up $9.4 million, which means we probably won’t see a Robocop 2 anytime soon.

Here are the top ten from the weekend:

1. The Lego Movie (Warner Bros.) – $31.4 million ($183.2m cume)
From 3,890 theaters ($8,072 avg.) $60 million budget / 96% RT

2. 3 Days to Kill (Relativity Media) – $12.3 million
From 2,872 theaters ($4,283 avg.) / $28 million budget / 27% RT

3. Pompeii (FilmDistrict, TriStar Pictures) – $10 million
From 2,658 theaters ($3,762 avg.) / $100 million budget / 29% RT

4. RoboCop (Columbia Pictures) – $9.4 million ($43.6m cume)
From 3,372 theaters ($2,788 avg.) / $100 million budget / 50% RT

5. The Monuments Men (20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures) – $8.1 million ($58.1m cume)
From 3,064 theaters ($2,644 avg.) / $70 million budget / 34% RT

6. About Last Night (Screen Gems) – $7.4 million ($38m cume)
From 2,253 theaters ($3,285 avg.) / $12.5 million budget / 76% RT

7. Ride Along (Universal Pictures) – $4.7 million ($123.2m cume)
From 2,186 theaters ($2,150 avg.) / $25 million budget / 17% RT

8. Endless Love (Universal Pictures) – $4.3 million ($20m cume)
From 2,896 theaters ($1,485 avg.) / $20 million budget / 16% RT

9. Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures) – $4.3 million ($384m cume)
From 1,891 theaters ($2,274 avg.) / $150 million budget / 89% RT

10. Winter’s Tale (Warner Bros.) – $2.1 million ($11.2m cume)
From 2,965 theaters ($708 avg.) / $60 million budget / 13% RT

“3 Days to Kill” Review

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“I guess we have three days to kill.”

That’s more like it. Not only was this much better than I expected, but I actually enjoyed the film, something I can’t say for Luc Besson’s recently produced films (The Family, Taken 2, Columbiana). The film might not be high-quality when it comes to the script or performances, but it’s surprisingly character-driven and emotion, making it one of the few 2014 releases so far that I’d gladly recommend.

Kevin Costner, to me, is one of the more likeable actors working today. Apparently, he’s also one of the nicest you could work with today in Hollywood and it shows here. He’s smart, cunning, and dangerous. Part of me thinks he’d be better fit for the role in Taken than Liam Neeson was, and that’s saying something.

Besides Costner, the rest of the acting is somewhat mediocre, but that’s what I expected. Hailee Steinfeld, who hasn’t broken out since True Grit back in 2010, is serviceable here, but she wasn’t given much to do. However, this is one case where I’m actually glad she wasn’t that prominent because it didn’t lead to one of the biggest clichés this type of film always has: the agent’s daughter is in trouble and needs help. That situation never happens here, and I for one loved that, even if it seems like something minor.

I also enjoyed the subplot involving the French family who have practically broken into Costner’s apartment and live there. While at first it felt forced, the family leads to some of the films funnier moments, which is something that I felt balanced out the somewhat dark storyline pretty well.

However, that isn’t to say I enjoyed all aspects of the film. One thing that bothered me at first was the color palette. It seemed to getter better as it progressed, but the opening scene was very murky and had an ugly grey tint to it, making it look cheap. Another thing is that most of the action is very predictable and surprisingly dull. There is a fight that randomly occurs halfway though the film that is brutal and most of the action is shot very well, the problem is that the set-pieces weren’t very exciting.

Lastly, I was bugged by Amber Heard’s character. When we first meet her, she’s a CIA director and very professional-looking. But, the moment she gets involved with Costner’s character, she turns into this slutty, Bond-type villain who you can’t tell is good or bad. We never get any hints or reasoning behind her character (and her multiple wigs), leaving the film with a confusing character and a plot hole. At least Amber Heard is hot.

3 Days to Kill is easily one of the better films Luc Besson has been involved with. The action might not be very impressive, but the character-driven plot and the humor are what make this thriller shine. One of the years better films so far.

“Start counting.”

3.5 out of 5