Estes Park Film Festival

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2010 by Drew

Historic Park TheaterI just wanted to drop a quick line about something in my neck of the woods; well, I consider an hour’s drive to be “neck of the woods.”  The 2010 Estes Park Film Festival will take place Sept. 17-19.  As an avid movie-watcher, I was very excited to hear of a film festival taking place in Estes Park, one of my favorite local getaway towns.  The festival will feature 35 independent films from all over the world, all of which will be shown in Estes Park’s historic Park Theatre.

*Photo courtesy of historicparktheatre.com

Upcoming “Clone Wars” is CGI pilot for T.V. Show

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2008 by Drew

Clone Wars posterI stumbled across the theatrical trailer for computer-animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” today.  This movie, set for an August 15 theatrical release, takes place in between “Star Wars” episodes two and three. I’m sure that will make us privvy to plenty of Anakin Skywalker angst.  Hooray…

I also disovered that this movie is effectively the pilot for the upcoming animated T.V. series of the same name.

Below is a link to an interview with Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet, in which he discusses not only “Clone Wars,” but also the upcoming live-action “Star Wars” television series.

 IGN.com - NYCC 08: Lucasfilm Interview

“G.I. Joe” Boasts All-Star Cast

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2008 by Drew

As I was frantically scouring the web, trying to find a viable topic for this beloved blog of mine, I ran across a publicity photo that immediately sent nostalgia running rampant in my veins. The photo was for the upcoming film adaptation of “G.I. Joe.”

Apparently, this movie is way into production. IMDB still lists it as “filming” but there are at least 12 photos of cast members in full costume circling around, and there is also a set release date: August 7, 2009.

I’m not sure how this one slipped under my radar, especially considering the cast. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brendan Fraser and Dennis Quaid are just a few of the stars we can expect to see. Hopefully, this film will be a bigger summer smash than “Speed Racer” is shaping up to be.

Remake of Spanish Film Looks to be Zombie “Cloverfield”

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2008 by Drew

Last night, I fell victim to a rather spontaneous compulsion; to rent and finally see “Cloverfield.” I liked it; not only was it a monster movie (a rare occurrence in recent American cinema), but it was shot from a unique hand-held angle, which I thought really gave the film an eerie personal drive.

Now, I told you that nice little story to share this with you: the trailer for the upcoming “Quarantine.”

According to IMDB.com, it is based on the 2007 Spanish film, [Rec]. It has a similar premise to “Cloverfield;” something catastrophic happens, the only evidence to which is footage from a video camera found in the aftermath. Here’s where it gets interesting: replace 30-story monster with zombies.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of both zombies and movies that break the traditional norms of film making. This film, though it is indeed a remake, looks to be filling both those criteria. Regardless of what those pretentious youtube-posting jerks say, it’s safe to say I’ll definitely be seeing this one.

New “X-Files” Flick Gets Title

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2008 by Drew

Teaser PosterAccording to Studio Briefing’s page on IMDB.com, the upcoming “X-Files” movie finally has a title.  Chris Carter, creator of the “X-Files” TV series and the film’s director, told the Associated Press that the movie’s official title is “The X-Files: I Want To Believe.”  Any X-Files fan (myself included) is surely ecstatic at this news, as they can certainly recognize the words “I want to believe” as the caption on Agent Mulder (David Duchovny)’s famous UFO poster.

“It’s a natural title,” Carter said. “It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. ‘I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.”

This is the second movie to be based off of the popular sci-fi television series that ended its run on television six years ago.  The first film, “The X-Files: Fight the Future” was released in 1998.

New Line Cinema is (Basically) No More

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2008 by Drew

Time Warner announced Monday that it was firing 450 of the 490 employees at New Line Cinema, reports a Studio Briefing entry on IMDB.  The remaining employees will work for Warner Brothers.  New Line will apparently continue producing low-profile “niche” films, which Warner Bros. will distribute.

New Line to dissolve into WBNew Line is still producing the movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Personally, I wonder what will become of the lawsuit between New Line and Tolkien’s estate over the millions of dollars New Line still owes for the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy.  I certainly hope at least some of those 40 employees who narrowly avoided the pink slip are lawyers.

Image: ABC News

Film Icon, Fervid NRA President Dies at 84

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2008 by Drew

From IMDB.com:

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston, the square-jawed movie star who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben-Hur and was famed for a number of other epic films, died Saturday night at the age of 84. Though an official cause of death was not initially released, the actor had announced in 2002 that he was battling Alzheimer’s disease, and had withdrawn from professional appearances after the diagnosis. An actor at first well-known for his portrayal of historical figures — in addition to his role as Ben-Hur, he also played Michelangelo, El Cid, Moses, and John the Baptist — Heston’s fame later in life was highlighted by his polarizing views on gun control, as the actor was elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998 and vigorously defended the rights of gun owners throughout the country. Indeed the role of political activist, which he embraced throughout his life, almost overshadowed his impressive acting career, which started in theater and television before graduating to the silver screen.

Image: The Official Site of the Presidential Medal of Freedom