New Images for Immortals (due out November 11th, 2011)

Hi all!

Immortals definitely falls into the category of “movies I haven’t heard about until recently.” Apparently, after the box office success of Clash of the Titans last year (making nearly $500 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo), it’s time for a new set of sandal clad heroes to hit the big screen.

This time, it’s Theseus (Henry Cavill, Superman in the the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder) avenging the death of his mother at the hands of King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke, Iron Man 2, The Expendables). Hyperion is on a mad quest to overthrow the Gods and Theseus is the only hope to stop him. (The film also stars Freida Pinto as the Oracle priestess Phaedra and Stephen Dorff as a slave somehow intrinsic to the story.)

All I’ve seen are these posters (here at Fandango) and a few stills, so I’m not quite sure what to think yet.

Question: What do you think? Is this enough to interest you?

Synopsis:

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.

As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

–Fitz

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Sneak Peek: New Looney Tunes series on Cartoon Network this May!

This is simply too good not to share. Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in a ninja battle to the death in the desert…

The new Looney Tunes show already premieres on Cartoon Network on May 3rd. I think I’ll be watching if this clip is any indication of the quality of the new cartoons. The 3D CGI takes a bit of getting used to, but this cartoon made me laugh out loud – so I can hope!

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for this clip. Check out the link for more clips!

–Fitz

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Trailer Time: Insidious – April 1st, 2011

Hey there…

I’ve never been a huge horror fan. Far too many of the horror films of the last 20 years have swayed to the slasher flick, with gratuitous sex and violence slammed together with buckets of gore. Though the “startle” on screen is a useful exercise (like jumping out at someone and saying “boo!”), it gets old after a while and I find myself rooting for the bad guy.

One recent exception to this trend was The Strangers back in 2008, which used subtlety and the real-life potential of crazy, homicidal people to great effect. I don’t typically get scared by films, but I have to say that one disturbed me more than a little.

When I was growing up, I loved the combination of imaginative effects and a solid story. Movies like Poltergeist (was it just me or was Tangina more than a little scary all by herself?), the original Amytiville Horror took the concept of a haunted house and made it such that to this day I’m not a fan of even local haunted houses on Halloween. I’ll admit it – I don’t mind being scared in my own home, but being scared in public just doesn’t do much for me.

Insidious looks like an interesting cross between the child in Poltergeist with the haunted house aspects of Amytville Horror. This one comes from the writer-director team behind the Saw series and the filmmakers behind Paranormal Activity. Evidently in this case, a family moves to get out of a haunted house only to find when they move to the next house that it wasn’t their house that was haunted…

Insidious stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey and will hit theaters on April 1st, 2011. I have to say this one might actually be scary!

–Fitz

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