Archive for April 2012

Hot toys Avengers Figure Previews Keep Rolling Out. Modern Cap Is Here.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

So with the movie just a few weeks away a whole whack of tie-ins for Avengers are popping up all over the place, but Hot Toys as far as collectibles has the serious goods if your a 1/6 scale figure fan. Here’s the preview of the super sick looking modern Day Captain America/Steve Rogers.

Hot Toys is proud to present the collectible figure of the great superhero from the Marvel Studios – the 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the upcoming blockbuster The Avengers movie. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and weapons.

Hot Toys –MMS174 – The Avengers: 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine Specification

~ MMS Series ~

The 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the The Avengers movie

– Approximately 31 cm tall

– One (1) newly developed helmeted head

– One (1) newly developed alternate head with authentic likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in the movie

– Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations

– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture

– Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

– One (1) pair of palms for holding shield

– One (1) pair of palms for throwing palms

– One (1) right palm for pointing palms

– One (1) pair of relaxed palms

– One (1) pair of fists

– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:

– One (1) blue, grayish-white and red garment with embossed pattern as well as stars in chest

– One (1) pair of blue pants

– One (1) blue belt with pouches

– One (1) pair of red boots
Weapons:

– One (1) metal-like electroplated shield

– One (1) metal-like battle damaged electroplated shield

– One (1) alien weapon

Accessory:

– Figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo

Artists:

– Head Sculpted by K. A. Kim

– Head Painted by JC.HONG

– Head Art Directed by Yulli

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

Release date: End Q3, 2012

TM & 2012 Marvel & Subs.

2012 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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Sin City Sequel Going Into Pre Production. After A 15 Year Wait One Of My Favorite Frank Miller Stories Is Finally Making It To The Big Screen. About Dam Time…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

It finally looks like fans of Sin City will be getting a sequel to the 2005 film, the basis of which is the second tale in the Sin City comic hierarchy “A Dame To Kill For”.

I’m super excited my personal favorite Frank Miller story of all the Sin City stuff is getting the film treatment and of course both Robert Rodriguez and Frank are back to direct. There’s also been talk that Miller has written some new Sin City story lines for the first time since April of 2000 and the conclusion of  the “Hell And Back” comic. Either way it should be a great flick for fans and new comers alike.

Here’s the full press release from Dimension Films:

Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, along with producer Alexander Rodnyansky, have announced that production will commence on the highly anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City, entitled Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The film will be produced by AR Films and Quick Draw Productions, financed through AR Films U.S and released domestically by Dimension Films.

“The first question I am always asked is “When will you make another Sin City? ,” said Rodriquez. “I have wanted to re-team with Frank Miller and return to the world he created since the day we wrapped the original, but have felt a duty to the fans to wait until we had something truly exceptional that would meet and exceed what have become epic expectations. A Dame To Kill For will certainly be worth the wait.”

Sin City creator, screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller said, “The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“

The script and details of the film’s story have been kept tightly under wraps. Casting will begin next week, with many of the original cast expected to return. The film, a Quick Draw Production, will be produced by Rodriguez and producing partners Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic; and by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergei Bespalov and Stephen L’Hereux. Miller, The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Miramax’s Adam Fields will act as executive producers. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Frank Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed). The film is expected to begin production this summer at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.

Alexander Rodnyansky said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Robert Rodriguez and Quick Draw Productions. It is a rare opportunity to produce and finance a film with the high profile and enormous fan base of the Sin City franchise. AR FIlms will be managing worldwide sales of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as Robert’s Machete Kills at the Cannes Film Festival in May.”

The original Sin City was brought to the screen by Rodriguez and Miller and released by Dimension in 2005, and proved to be a landmark step forward in filmmaking, breaking ground with immersive green screen to create its iconic stylish look. The first film, released on April 1, 2005, grossed over $160 million (US) worldwide and is a consistently strong home video and television performer.

“Audiences have been clamoring for Sin City 2 with Robert and Frank for a long time and trust me, it will be worth the wait,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “This will be my 11th collaboration with Robert in 16 years and he’s become a great friend. I look forward to continuing our long lasting relationship and partnering on more projects in the future.”

The deal was negotiated by Aaron Kaufman, Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb and Robert Newman of WME on behalf of Rodriguez; David Glasser and Andrew Kramer on behalf of Dimension Films; Schuyler Moore of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Jere Hausfater on behalf of AR Films; Kenneth Keller and Garth Rosengren of Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Reilley & Roman and John LaViolette of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman on behalf of Stephen L’Heureux and Solopsist Films; and Mark Lichtman and Neil Meyer and Allison Binder of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder on behalf of Miller.

Till Next Time, Stay Tuned,

J.

Supremely Awesome Once Again Kino! Kubrick’s Early Documentaries And First Feature Film, Fear and Desire Coming to Blu Ray   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Kino Lorrber  is  planning to release a  Blu-ray  collection of early films directed by Stanley Kubrick, 

Day of the Fight (1951)

The Flying Padre (1951)

Fear and Desire (1953)

and The Seafarers (1953)

…will all be included in the set. Looks like they’ll street fall 2012, I know I’ll definitely be picking up a set to replace my bootleg VHS and DVD copies.  Finally able to complete that hole in my Kubrick Blu Ray collection, good show Kino.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

John Carter Of Little Box Office is Actually A Great Classic Summer Action Adventure Flick. Why Then Are Most Of You Humans Ignoring It?   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

It’s been 12 days since I’ve seen John Carter at the AVX 3D theater at Metrotown, which I absolutely enjoyed. Before writing about it I wanted to do some research to see why there was so much bad press for a film I thought had a good solid story with a few things you just have to roll with, like any great science fiction film ( A Monolith, Replicants, Kuato, Wookies, ect… anyone?). It’s not a perfect film but a really fun, different and highly miss marketed property starting right with the name. If you like classically shot action, good sci-fi storytelling and immersive effects, this is a movie you and a lot of people should enjoy.  I’ve even confirmed this with a few of my close geek friends who I thought might be hard on the film but they said they were all  pleasantly surprised by the experience, as was I. Beside a hand full, not very many people I talked to even knew what the movie was all about or even cared. By most part, they thought it was a Disney /Pixar animated film or kids movie, but weren’t convinced by the trailers or adds if they had even seen one. I wasn’t even convinced to go see it because of the marketing, it all seems terrible in some way so I just stayed clear of it completely after the first few trailers; Which is interesting for me to ignore news of a particular film of this scale just out of pure social interest. I had never read the source material which is strange because I do remember very vividly the Frazetta art work from the 70’s, but being unaware of the story helped me not get invested in the fact a film was being made.   Once I saw these articles months before it even came out claiming that it was a 300 million dollar disaster and director Andrew Stanton(Finding Nemo, Wall-E) was in deep trouble with his first live action film and Disney execs had been very upset with the first screenings and such, I started to get some what more intrigued to see it. As the scattered bad press continued up till it’s release, reading a bunch of terrible mainstream media reviews for the picture and a bunch of great internet press reviews I started to suspect a pattern. I always go with the internet reviews over paper or mainstream opinions, it seems more and more the regular media has lost track of what is actually good as apposed to just being told what is good with out even seeing something and following that popular opinion. John Carter definitely has a few problem being classified into one particular category but that’s what makes it cool, the fact that it’s different and can’t be defined so easily, it has some hidden complexity for a Disney action/ tent pole for sure, Stanton snuck some great smart stuff in there.

At this point being in the theater for 31 days and taking only $67,973,000 Domestic and $188,000,000 International with a total of $255,973,o00, Worldwide it pretty obvious that John Carter is going to be a huge financial disaster on paper for Disney. I think as a classic sci fi film it’s a big win for director Andrew Stanton and I’m sad we most likely won’t be seeing any more of the John Carter story in this scale anytime soon based on the box office. I’m not sure what Disney could of done to improve the marketing because with a 300 to 400 million dollar advertising budget they had , there sure was a whole lot of people that had no idea or interest to see it.

Which is very unfortunate because it is something I will definitely be buying on Blu-ray and am excited to re watch a couple of times again right away. I will say to those of you who are on the fence with this one I urge you to give it a try and you will most likely be pleasantly surprised by the experience. I can only hope that it does so good on video that Disney looses their mind and decide to do a sequel  but that would mean some serious record breaking numbers are needed to even expect that at all, which I don’t; But if you do like classic sci-fi films this is the best one I’ve seen in a while and you won’t regret giving it your time and money. Well worth it.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.