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“Green Lantern” movie to be shot in Sydney, Australia

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Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to begin shooting Green Lantern at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney this November.  The film’s budget is estimated to be around $150 million, which is approximately the amount Watchmen was made for.

The reason behind the choice of shooting location is because $150 million is actually worth a lot more in Sydney.  Not only has there been a large decline in value of the Australian dollar, but the Australian federal government is offering an additional 15% location rebate.

New South Wales premier Nathan Rees has stated that the “substantial investment in digital effects work will create hundreds of jobs.  Production is expected to employ 500 people at any given time, including 100 performers, 200 crew, and thousands of extras.”

Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye, The Legend of Zorro) is signed on to direct the film.

Green Lantern is currently aiming for a December 17, 2010 release date.

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Review

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If there ever was a generic summer action, popcorn flick, this is it.

Everything about this movie screams generic. The mediocre storyline, stale dialogue, less than stellar special effects, and uneven casting. As the superhero genre has evolved, so have the expectations for these movies, especially with the lately fashionable “origin”-type stories dating back to “Batman Begins”. But where “Batman” and “Iron Man” had strong storylines to back the psychological depths of their characters, this movie doesn’t do Wolverine’s character justice enough. Instead it wades through his background from his war-fighting days alongside Sabretooth to a love interest to a chase sequence to the unfolding of events bigger than Logan is privy to.

Now this movie isn’t complete trash, but it’s far, far from good. There are few moments of levity with humor (even bordering on the “Austin Powers”-ish in a particular scene), a few interesting special effects (splitting of a bullet), as well as the casting that works at times (sorry Will.I.Am, it’s not you though), and the ending isn’t terrible. That the movie takes too long to get to its end is unfortunate though.

More importantly, there is nothing that significantly sticks about this movie. If the story was written by a 5 year-old it could perhaps be seen as impressive, but that’s not the case here. I was actually bored for certain moments in it. In many ways, I would have to compare it to the latest “Bond” film wherein action was given a huge precedence over substance (except even the “Bond” flick had more compelling action sequences in it), or some mediocre 90’s superhero offering. It’s absolutely the type of movie that you will forget about 30 minutes after you finish watching it. And that it looks amateurish in many ways is perplexing. How Hugh Jackman and a certain cameo guest signed on for this is equally confusing.

I was hoping that an exploration into the origins of the X-Men would give the series a needed fresh breath of life, instead I came away feeling that the movie is much more akin to a lackluster spin-off, much like “Joey” was to “Friends”. And for fans like me of one of the more interesting characters in the X-Men series, that is a shame. But don’t take my word for it, the movie will be out in theaters in about a month’s time.

1.5/5

White man plays Persian prince because it obviously markets better in Hollywood

……bwahahahaha!!!

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Hmm, I wonder why Danny Boyle didn’t think of this when he cast “Slumdog Millionaire”.  Stupid!  Just look how beautifully convincing Mr. Gyllenhaal looks so far.  For a second, I really thought he was Persian with the dark dark hair, bushy chest, and palish skin tone clearly seen above.  Like this guy:

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Prince of America…oops, I mean, Persia hits theaters May 28, 2010

4 new posters for the “Dragonball” movie

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“Metal Gear Solid 4: The Movie”…well, sort of…

Review: Let The Right One In

By Andrew Seely courtesy of www.andrewseely.com

Last night I got to go to a screening of “Let the Right One In

Here was my twitter review of the movie:

review: let the right one in. vampire movie like none other, off white colors, simple framing, eerily romantic, fantastic art

You have to be brief with only 140 characters.

I almost want to tell you not to see any trailers or footage before you see this movie. I’ll link to the trailer, but STRONGLY encourage you not to watch it. I think seeing the movie with no previous knowledge about it is the best way to go. I also think the trailer paints a different picture than the actual movie and may leave you disappointed.

I must warn you of one thing though, it’s a Swedish movie, done in Swedish, so for some of you the whole “foreign” concept may be new, but for many of you that may be incentive to go and see it.

The movie can be summed up as a sweet tale of a boy and a girl. It’s a movie about friendship and loneliness, the desire to survive and connect. I really enjoyed the art direction, yet at the same time often felt bored by it. Many of the shots had a glaze to them of the off white of the snow and dreariness of the setting. It led to simple framing and slow camera moves, but in a way, these enhanced the movie more than anything else. Even though at times I became bored by them, in the end was very appreciative of the fact that something didn’t always have to be happening, as we too often find in American movies.

There’s a timeless quality to the movie. It’s set somewhere in the past, but you never can really get a sense of when things happen. This might be because of the cultural differences, but in a way it doesn’t matter too much. There is an appearance of a Rubik’s Cube, and a tape player (no CDs) so it might suggest the early to mid 80’s but more or less it’s the over all setting of the small community that the story takes place in that makes the movie what it is.

The score perfectly sets tone and mood, while always building tension and suspense. It too has a simple yet profound nature to it.

The acting is primarily between two teenagers, but the acting often is more in what is not said. The glances, the way someone reacts, or even just what is communicated through body language.

Make sure you see this film. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you appreciate the art in film making then this is a movie for you.

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I’m not too sure of the actual US release date, so you may have to do some snooping. Expect to see it in independent theaters, not mainstream ones.

Ryan Gosling to portray the Green Lantern?

According to the folks over at latinoreview.com…yes.

Personally, I think a really hot choice!  Ryan Gosling is a dope actor and would kill the role. Remember folks that he is an Oscar nominee.  Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the script is 27 and currently Ryan is 27 (his 28th birthday is next month).

Mind you, I don’t know if an offer has been made, and if WB is into it now with Ryan’s people, but once again Gosling is who I’m hearing the WB wants for Hal Jordan.

Now at this point I would probably go off on how this would be horrible casting for The Green Lantern but when I first heard that Heath Ledger would be portraying The Joker, I said the same thing. Though this is unconfirmed at this point, all we can do is wait and see who signs the contract.