Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Awesomeness of the Day: Every Teaser Trailer Ever

Just something fun to end your day on.  Compiled by cracked.com, here is Every Teaser Trailer Ever.  And be sure to pause during the credits because they're pretty brilliant.

Every Teaser Trailer Ever -- powered by Cracked.com

Isn't this freakishly yet amazingly accurate?

George Lucas "Fixes" STAR WARS Saga Once Again; Movies Now Looking Like That Lady With Botched Botox

Javi here. STAR WARS that ever-referenced/parodied/mocked movie franchise that refuses to fade is making headlines once again.  It seems that series creator George Lucas, full of Jedi-like wisdom, has decided to once again change the movies for the upcoming Special Edition Blu-Ray release this November. Apart from not including the original trilogy, it seems that a few more "mistakes" were fixed in this release. Check them out after the jump.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A very "meh" teaser for THE HUNGER GAMES

 I guess Lionsgate is determined to ram this franchise down our throats before it's even released. 

Apparently, last night at the VMAs, a teaser trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games  movie premiered.  Now, I've read the books, and I really enjoyed the first installment.  However, I feel, between all the random pictures and character info being released, that my excitement is dwindling exponentially already.

So here's the minute teaser which doesn't show much of anything.  And I predict that we'll be subjected to an overload of teasers and trailers from now until March. 

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So what do you think? Pretty "meh" right?

THE HUNGER GAMES  will be relased Mar 23, 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Javi here. I'm usually very wary of rock music and movies, and concert DVDs feel like a cheap cash-grab unless it's a one time event being documented. But, any apprehensions that I might have about them go out the door when The Beatles come into the picture.  They're my favorite band ever, and I say this without hyperbole. I can listen to their entire discography from start to finish twice if I wanted to. The quality of the songwriting coupled with the influence that they have had blows my mind every time.

George Harrison was my favorite one as his songwriting style, and his lifestyle has always been something I've admired to no end. Being the goody-two-shoe that I was, I never skipped school until the day that he died where I went home played Beatles CDs and jamming to his songs. With this I present you the trailer for the new Martin Scorcese documentary on the "quiet" Beatle and his life after the band.  Thanks to Badass Digest for the heads up.

The First Annual WDYMS Annual Summer Report Of The Summer

So another summer season has come and gone full of CGI and questionable acting.  There were some true stinkers, but there was tons of great stuff as well. So here we present our top movies of summer 2011.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

D23 Expo: Two new Pixar projects announced!

The D23 Expo is happening this weekend, and some pretty big announcements have surfaced from the Expo already.There are two new Pixar projects in the works that follow BRAVE, which is slated to be released June 2012, and the sequel to MONSTERS, INC. titled MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, which is scheduled to be released June 21st, 2013.

First, there's an untitled dinosaur movie which will explore the question, "What if that life-changing asteroid missed the Earth?"  Longtime Pixar vet, Bob Peterson, has been named director.  Peterson has most recently been a writer on FINDING NEMO and UP.  He also co-directed UP with Pete Doctor, and he even voiced the character, Dug the dog, who everyone adores.

A Pixar fan noticed these storyboards while watching some behind the scenes footage for UP.
The idea that dinosaurs never became extinct is such an interesting and exciting concept to explore, and I find it pretty ironically hilarious that this movie, which I would assume would play with the concepts of evolution of a species, is scheduled to come out during the 2013 holiday season.  I can already hear the controversy now.

The second announcement is another movie that will "explores the inside of the human mind".  Peter Doctor will helm the project and is set to be released May 2014.  Now whether the script will "explore" the mind like the magic school bus or INCEPTION is yet to be seen.  Hopefully the story will fall somewhere in between.

So, could Pixar strike gold again with these two movies?  Thoughts?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Holy Flaming Nic Cage, It's The GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE Trailer

Javi here.  I'm so very excited to show you the new trailer for the Neveldine/Taylor directed GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE. I'm not sure why I'm so excited for this, given that I didn't see the first movie because it looked so terrible.  In theory, Neveldine/Taylor would be a great match for this franchise, and given the trailer, I can honestly say I am looking forward to February 2012. Check out the trailer below.

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

It's been a while since there's been some Netflix Instant action here.  As the summer movie season comes to a close, the theater releases will become slim pickins.  Thankfully there's Netflix Instant to keep you entertained as we wait for the holiday movie season in a few months:

As a Disney nerd, I was really excited when I heard that Disney went back to its roots for this movie.  An updated story of the classic Rapunzel story, TANGLED is a throwback to the song and dance features that cemented Disney in the 90s.  A fun family film with one of my favorite scenes for 3D from last year.

Before Reese Witherspoon was a lawyer or a country singer, she started in this little coming-of-age movie of a young Louisiana girl smitten with her neighbor.  

Another movie I thoroughly enjoyed last awards season.  It is completely worth a viewing for the performances from the unrecognizable Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome me with love!

You're probably wondering who I am, and I will tell you right now. I'm Jessica, WDYMS' newest contributor! I'm very excited to be joining Javi and Angela on the site. All you really need to know about me is, I love horror movies and doing arts and crafts, which are usually related to those horror movies. So follow me on twitter @jessicadorrell and keep checking WDYMS for more of our pure awesomeness.

Minor News: Ridley Scott, THE MAN OF STEEL

Javi here. Just wanted to drop by with some minor news today. So minor, they'll be in one post!

First up, we have Deadline reporting that director Ridley Scott will come back to the world of Deckard and Replicants with a new BLADE RUNNER movie as a director/producer.  This comes after the PROMETHEUS movie that he is currently directing, which may or may not be an ALIEN prequel/sequel/reboot. I can't imagine why this is a good idea, seeing as how the fame of this movie was mostly through the cult following and the influence it has had on sub-sequent science fiction in the years since. The movie had a lot of things to say about humanity and its relationship with technology. What could another movie have to say? This feels more of a cash grab than anything, and I would be really curious to see what/if any the point of this movie is.  I would hope that Scott would not want be THAT guy (again) and just go back to an old film of his for the sake of money.  There's been decent buzz about PROMETHEUS, but can he potentially do a reboot/sequel/prequel well twice in a row? Not much else is known, but since I'm a big fan of the original.  I'll be sure to stay up to date with this. 

Second, we have Comic Book Movies, who has posted the official synopsis for the upcoming Zack Snyder Superman movie, THE MAN OF STEEL: "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves."

I love how this description says he is the most recognizable and revered.  I've always found Superman and his stories, both on and off the screen, to be the most boring of any superheroes unless he is paired up with other heroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman. Put me in the category of "Not Very Interested". There hasn't been a Superman reboot in a long time, but just like with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, I just don't feel like paying for the same story I've seen so many times. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Totally Awesome Non Movie Post: Childish Gambino's Freaks & Geeks Spliced With Community Scenes

Javi here. Like I said, it's not movie news, but if you've read this site, you should know I'm a huge Community fan.  Earlier this year, whenever I heard that Donald Glover, who plays Troy in Community was also a rapper and was coming to Dallas, I bought a ticket right away.  He's damn good you guys! I'd suggest you go to IamDonald.com to check out some of his work, it's all free to download.  Earlier yesterday, Community creator Dan Harmon tweeted that someone had stitched together Community scenes with the Freaks and Geeks song it makes the song that much better. Check it out below.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Local film news: ANNOTATED trailer hits

It's always a pleasure to see hard work pay off.  Local horror guru/writer, Joe Lopez of Terrorscribe Mafia Films and Terrorscribe.com, has finished his first horror short.

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, ANNOTATED is about "a rare book dealer who receives a strange book with a small note that reads only, 'The world must know.'  As he attempts to decipher the contents, he finds himself faced with deeper and darker levels of occult knowledge that chips at his sanity."

Check out the trailer below.

“Annotated”, a short film of Lovecraftian horror adapted from an original story, is the first film by a dedicated collection of first-time film makers. Calling themselves “the TerrorScribe Mafia,” the group is made up of writer/director Joe Lopez, cinematographer Keith Bates, makeup effects artist Tammy Dupal and producer Stacia Langenheder.

ANNOTATED will be part of the Unnamable Blood Bath Film Festival that will be held at the Texas Theater on August 20th.

**Side note: We here at Wdyms are friends with Joe, and this is more about supporting local filmmakers than any nepotistic views.

Finally, Yo! AMC reaches a deal for season 5 of Breaking Bad

As Javi reported earlier this week, AMC was having difficulty reaching a deal with Sony for the fifth and final season of their award winning hit, Breaking Bad.  There were rumors from cutting the show down to six episodes to the show leaving AMC completely to go to another network.

Thankfully, however, a deal has been reached!

Sony has reached a deal and has ordered 16 episodes, a full 3 episodes more than normal, to air on AMC for the show's final season.  The episodes will be filmed together, but negotiations about scheduling are still up in the air with the possibility of splitting the into two separate seasons.  In true dramatic Hollywood style, the agreement came just in the nick of time:
The deal comes just as the series was facing two deadlines -- its license deal with AMC was set to expire tomorrow and the options on the actors are up on Aug. 31. (via Deadline) 

Nothing like leaving things to the last minute right?  The important thing is one of the best shows on television will be back next year for a full season.  Even if it is split into two parts, we get a full three extra episodes.

Also, if you haven't been watching...what are you waiting for??

Saturday, August 13, 2011

You Did This To Yourselves: Mike Myers doing AUSTIN POWERS 4

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Mike Myers seems to be in dire need of a paycheck, since the SHREK franchise is over, so he has decided to run another franchise onto the ground with AUSTIN POWERS 4.

In This Week's Installment Of "People Freaking Out Way Too Much": Possible First Looks At The Batwing from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Javi here, I wanted to write about this a while ago, but if you know where I work and what's been going on, I've been really really busy.  But hey! It's the weekend, so let's talk some obligatory weekly THE DARK KNIGHT RISES news.  Apparently there's been a reported sighting of what people speculate might be the Batwing.  Thanks to Batman-News for the pics and subsequent video. Check them out after the break.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Casting rumors: Bruce Willis in talks for G.I. Joe sequel

After raking in over $300,000,000 worldwide last year, a G.I. Joe sequel was inevitable.  We have learned that Bruce Willis is in talks to play General Joe Colton,the original G.I. Joe and the man behind the G.I. Joe strike team.

General Joe Colton

If a deal is made, Willis will join Channing Tatum, Ray Park, and Byung Hun-lee, who all will reprise their roles from the original, and join newcomers to the team: Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson, RZA, and Adrianne Palicki.

Now, I never saw G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in the theatres.  In fact, I never had any intention of seeing this movie...ever.  However, my cohort convinced me to watch one day, after it had arrived on Netflix Instant and after he had gushed about it multiple times to me, and I then understood the craze for the movie.  If Willis takes on the role of the original Joe, he would add a great element to the fun tone the original created.

We'll keep you updated as news is released.

G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION will be released June 29th, 2012.

Friday, August 5, 2011

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES review: He Said/ She Said

Directed by:  Rupert Wyatt
Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and
based on the novel "Le Planete Des Singes" by Pierre Boulle
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox,
Tom Felton, and David Oyewolo

First look at Catwoman from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

You knew it was a matter of time.  Earlier this week, photos surfaced of Bane from the upcoming Batman movie.  Now, Warner Bros officially released our first photo of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.  This revamped Catwoman's costume was described earlier as "more tactile, like the comic book and less sexy than the Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry's Catwoman costume".

How can she move in that?
A little too Halloween-y for me

Check it out after the break.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Because Why Not? TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Trailer With Food

Not much can be said, I just enjoyed this funny little clip.  I especially enjoy Shia LaBeouf as a whiny banana. This was found courtesy of /Film's Page 2.

First look at Henry Cavill as Superman from Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL

When Superman is mentioned to the common minion, like myself, I think of the clean cut, bright-colored suit wearing, all-American Superman:

Illustration by Alex Ross

However, the new Zack Snyder reboot, MAN OF STEEL, is not your grandmother's Superman.  We are still a little less than two years away from the release of MAN OF STEEL, but that doesn't stop Warner Bros from releasing the first picture of Henry Cavill as the new Superman to get the the buzz going.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bias: Comparing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Transformers: Dark of The Moon

The Boy Who Lived Isn't Perfect!

About a month ago, the final entry in the Michael Bay's Transformers saga was released to the world, and as expected, people completely hated it.  Obviously, after the atrocity of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, critics especially had a reason to be skeptical whether the third chapter would be any good.  When it came out, the results were not so stellar.  Like Jonesy and I said, DARK OF THE MOON was a big disappointment of a movie, even though it got some brownie points for trying to reach a lot of higher than its predecessor.  From the get go, people were ready to pounce on this movie no matter how good it could have been.  And since I'm the one with a Decepticon tattoo, I can admit when things I like aren't that great.

Now with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2, there was the culmination of over a decade and a generation's worth of people lining up to finish up the franchise. There was a lot of emotion going into these final parts. What I found interesting was the decision of having the last book be split into two for the purpose of putting as much of the book as director David Yates could and having the final battle be the most epic thing ever.  And yet, after I left the movie, I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by the overall experience.

Then  I started really thinking about DEATHLY HALLOWS, and a few of the things began to bother me, especially during the Battle of Hogwarts sequences, and I realized they were the same issues I had with TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON. Yet the more I read around on the Internet, the more I saw people dismissing if not out right praising those same faults in DH while completely shitting on DOTM.  The point here is not to say necessarily that DOTM is a misunderstood movie, or that Harry Potter was worse, but more that it's interesting that the "fanboy/fangirl" aspect really clouds people's judgement.  A lot of people, who are better writers than myself, fall into this category, but I can admit when something I'm very fond of has major problems.

(Please know there are totes spoilers after the break.)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AMC Giving Trouble To Breaking Bad Producers

They want to mess with this guy?

It's amazing how quickly things can go to hell.  A year ago, the cable channel AMC was one of my favorites. They had Breaking Bad, the amazing show starring Bryan Cranston about a drug dealing chemistry teacher, they were coming out with The Walking Dead, a TV show about zombies, and they showed good movies even if they were awkwardly censored. Fast forward to today, where we have Walking Dead show runner Frank Darabont quitting the show, the new series The Killing had a critically despised first season, and now it looks like the last season of Breaking Bad might not even be coming back to the network due to budget issues

Thanks to LA Times, it has been reported that there have been issues with the network demanding the supposedly final fifth season be cut down to 6-8 episodes instead of the regular 13.  Representatives for the show have been shopping around the show to other networks should talks with the network fall through.  What really pisses me off is that the big reason for the budget cuts that are causing these issues is that Mad Men creator Matt Weiner got a really nice (i.e. expensive) deal to stay on with AMC with the show for an additional two season.

I obviously have issues with this.  Breaking Bad is a great show unlike many that we see even through this "Golden Age of Television", but I can't even think how a show that wants just one more season could be successful at another network.  And I can't think of anything more disappointing than this show not having a proper ending.  Either way, what it seems that we have here is AMC putting all of their eggs in one liquored up basket. Either way, with Darabont leaving supposedly because of these budget cuts, and this Breaking Bad business, I'm very worried for the future of both of these shows.  Stay tuned for more information, and let's hope that both parties come to an agreement that lets this show finish on a creative high without network politics messing with it. 

AMC's Breaking Bad airs every Sunday at 10 PM ET/ 9PM CT.

Monday, August 1, 2011

There Better Be Some Funk Music In This: Lars Von Trier to direct NYMPHOMANIAC

Might be crazy but he's got swagger

Director Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA has been one of the top movies I've been looking forward to.  Cannes shenanigans notwithstanding, it seems to be a fairly interesting drama about the end of the world, starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsborough.  Well, the movie has not yet gotten a wide release and we already started to hear about Von Trier's next movie that will shoot summer 2012; NYMPHOMANIAC courtesy of ScreenDaily.