15 items from 2011
Plot: Conan (Jason Momoa) avenges his father's death at the hands of a mad warlord (Stephen Lang), on a quest to become a God. Review: Conan The Barbarian begins with a shot that lets you know exactly what kind of film you're watching. As Morgan Freeman (!) narrates the beginning of Conan's tale (a la Mako), he describes Conan, as being born of battle. Just in case you weren't sure if old Morgan was speaking metaphorically, we get a pov shot, inside Conan's mother's womb of baby Conan, »
- Chris Bumbray
Directed by: Marcus Nispel
Conan had a pretty rough start in life.
He was born amidst battle with his own father (Ron Perlman) administering a C-Section by dagger to his dying mother in order to bring the child out while she still lived. Then, while growing up amongst his small village of Cimmerians, it's quickly found that the young Conan is a natural warrior when he singlehandedly takes out a small band of enemy warriors when he's only eight years old.
However, natural prowess isn't enough to stop his village from being invaded by the forces of the evil Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) and his half-witch daughter Marique (Rose McGowan). Invader Zym (hah!) annihilates Conan's village, killing his father as »
- Tristan Sinns
"Conan the Barbarian" may attract some audience members based solely on its bare-chested sword fights and monsters this week. For Matt Fraction, however, the key selling point seems to be Morgan Freeman's voice (or that of someone who sounds suspiciously similar to Freeman).
Joe Hill, meanwhile, dug BBC America's new spy show "The Hours." His micro-review, a hint about a change in "Batman Beyond" and a tease from Fred Van Lente about a new project he's working on piqued our interest in the feed this morning and made the retweet list.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter Report for August 18, 2011.
"Conan" pt. 1: @mattfraction look i can't tell you how to live your life but Morgan Freeman does the narration in that new Conan piece of sh-- you guys lets Go #dirtbags
-Matt Fraction, Writer ("Thor," "Casanova")
- Brian Warmoth
Chicago – I’m going to withhold judgment until I see it but, on paper, it makes no sense to remake John Milius’ 1982 fantasy/action classic “Conan the Barbarian” for one simple reason — there’s only one Ah-nuld. The movie weighed heavily on the charisma of its unique star, someone who was essentially catapulted to the A-list by this film and lightning only strikes once. Does anyone think that Jason Momoa, star of the August 19th remake from Marcus Nispel (remake “King” after desecrating “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th”) will find the same magic? Check out the originals, now on Blu-ray, and see the standard he has to live up to.
In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger was far from the icon he is today. This is before affairs with nannies, political office, and even breakout hits like “Predator,” “Commando,” and “The Terminator” were yet to come. He was still a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Better Off Dead (1985)
Synopsis: Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: “Lane, I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car.” Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother’s terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life – to get his old girlfriend back! (blu-ray.com)
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Synopsis: Black Sheep - A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job »
- Travis Keune
If we can all forget M. Night Shyamlan's atrocious The Last Airbender (I went through a lot of counseling in order to do so), we can perhaps go back a little further and appreciate the original Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Last year it was announced that the saga would continue with the miniseries Legend of Korra. There was a panel for the miniseries this year at Comic-Con but unfortunately we were unable to attend. The good news is that the teaser trailer they showed has now gone online! The central premise of Legend of Korra is that it picks up 70 years after the original series and Korra of the Water Tribe is the new Avatar. Because the Avatar must learn all four elements, that's a bit of a problem seeing as Aang was the last airbender so who can teacher Korra airbending? As you'll see in the trailer, »
- Matt Goldberg
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
By now everyone should know the story of Conan – based on the books by Robert E. Howard, the film sees the mother and father of a young Cimmerian boy, Conan, killed before the boys eyes by the vicious Thulsa Doom (Jones) and his cohorts, who then sells Conan into slavery. Forced to push the “Wheel of Pain” for years, a grown-up and extremely muscular (and extremely monotone) Conan (Schwarzenegger) is trained as an arena fighter and then inexplicably freed by his master. Freed to begin a quest to avenge his parents massacre at the hands of Thulsa Doom…
The film that put Schwarzenegger firmly on the Hollywood map, Conan the Barbarian has since passed into cinematic legend as one of the great action/fantasy films of all time and »
As befits a savage warrior, Lionsgate's marketing offensive for Conan the Barbarian is a veritable onslaught. Hot on the heels of the most recent trailer comes, by our count, this eighth poster, revealed over the weekend at Fandango.We've had character banners previously, and a couple of one-sheets that were very much homages to iconic Conan artist Frank Frazetta. This one, we're saying, opts, compositionally-speaking, for a bit of a Drew Struzan vibe. And if "Enter an age undreamed of" sounds like a rather generic fantasy strapline, it's at least referencing both Conan's creator Robert E Howard (from the opening of The Phoenix on the Sword), and the classic Mako narration from the 1982 Arnie film. As you'll know by now, and as is more than evident here, Conan stars Jason Momoa as the titular Cimmerian adventurer, with Stephen Lang as villain Khalar Zym, Rose McGowan as Marique the witch, and »
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Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!
B. Monkey (1999)
Streaming Available: 05/01/2011
Director: Michael Radford
Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »
- Travis Keune
Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) Direction: Rob Marshall Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Mako, Tsai Chin Screenplay: Robin Swicord; from Arthur Golden's novel Oscar Movies Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Memoirs of a Geisha There are some movies that are released before their time. Only years or decades later, do they come to be appreciated. In the case Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, based on Arthur Golden's bestseller about the life and love of a young geisha in pre-World War II Japan, it's the other way around. It is a movie released after – way after — its time. Had the filmmakers chopped off about a third of its endless 145-minute running time, Memoirs of a Geisha would have worked beautifully as a silent film, with intertitles decorated with red and blue lanterns, floating kimonos, Japanese scripts, and abstract drawings of Buddhist temples. »
- Andre Soares
Nickelodeon has revealed the first look at art and the voice cast for its upcoming series The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra (via Speakeasy), the anticipated follow-up to its animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which will premiere next year.
The cast includes:
Janet Varney as Korra
Kiernan Shipka as Jinora
Seychelle Gabriel as Asami
Lance Henriksen as Lieutenant
P.J. Byrne as Bolin
J.K. Simmons as Tenzin
The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang - a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, »
The first image from The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, the sequel series to the immensly popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, has debuted online. While it seems like an unusual place to expect this kind of information, The Wall Street Journal landed the two back-to-back exclusives from the Nickelodeon series set to debut in 2012.
Set 70 years after the end of the first show, Legend of Korra will follow a female avatar who controls the powers of air, fire, water and land. Providing the voice of Korra is Janet Varney. Also revealed by Twsj were the other actors and the characters that they voice in the series, including Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper in Mad Men) as Jinora; Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii 5-o) as Hiroshi Sato; David Faustino (Married With Children) as Mako; Seychelle Gabriel as Asami; Lance Henriksen (Aliens) as Lieutenant; P.J. Byrne as Bolin; and Jk Simmons (Spider-Man) as Tenzin. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Oh, The Last Airbender, you stupid movie. You are the first thing most people think of when they hear "The Last Airbender," and I hate you for that. There's such a fantastic mythology at the heart of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender, all of which was referenced but never explored in the lifeless film adaptation. Avatar creators Michael Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko are on a mission to reclaim the phrase "The Last Airbender" with The Legend of Korra, a new series set 70 years later when rebellious teenage girl Korra becomes the new avatar. The voice cast has been announced: Janet Varney will play Kara -- Kiernan Shipka, Daniel Dae Kim, David Faustino, Seychelle Gabriel , Lance Henriksen, P.J. Byrne, and Jk Simmons will supply additional voices. The Legend of Korra is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2012. Check out two new images after the break. Images courtesy of Speakeasy [via /Film] Click »
- Brendan Bettinger
Before you get all nervous, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra is a not a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's multiple Razzie award winning  (or is it losing) film The Last Airbender. It is, however, a sequel to the wildly popular and critically acclaimed animated television show Avatar: The Last Airbender on which that crappy film  was based. Set 70 years in the future, The Legend of Korra follows a new Avatar named Korra whose attempts to master the final element, air, leads her to a brand new, steampunk influenced city. After the jump, check out two images from the show, a detailed description as well as the full cast list that includes Lost's Daniel Dae Kim, Aliens' Lance Henriksen and Spider-Man's J.K. Simmons. Paramount, which owns Nickelodeon, first announced the series last summer  hot on the heels of the film and at the time, »
- Germain Lussier
Nickelodeon Image from “The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra.”
Speakeasy talked to the creators and executives behind the show for a sneak preview.
Here’s a list of some of the stars who will be providing vocal talent to the new series, and the roles they will play.
Janet Varney as Korra
Kiernan Shipka as Jinora »
- Christopher John Farley
15 items from 2011
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