July 2008

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Comic book fans are still giddy over The Dark Knight, but undoubtedly a few are looking ahead. Well for those lucky folks, here’s the trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine that played at ComicCon:
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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers
What is the true test of a comedy? Should it be well-crafted, have a tight script, and smart humor? Or should it just make you shoot your soda out of your nose? I suppose there’s really no answer to this question, and there are certainly merits to both sorts of comedies. Being a Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly collaboration you’d probably expect more from Column B, and not much of Column A from Step Brothers, and you’d be right. It’s not fine art, and it’s not going to win any awards for Best Screenplay. But it has moments that are ludicrously funny. I walked into the theater in a bad mood and left in a good on. And that’s good enough for me.

One note though: I’d wait to see it on DVD. Not because it’s not worthy of seeing in the theater. Just because I bet there will be a ton of deleted scenes. There was stuff in the trailers that didn’t make the final cut, and almost all of the scenes from the job interview clip aren’t there. Plus for the much of the second half of the movie Ferrell and Reilly wear what look like walkie-talkie watches, but there’s no explanation. I bet it’s a deleted scene, and I’d bet it’s funny.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Irish duo Ugly Megan
We had a nice little diversion last week with The Muppets, but it’s time to get back to the “white folk covering gangsa rap” genre. And this one from and Irish duo called Ugly Megan may be the best of the bunch. The fine folks at the Analogue Magazine Blog probably said it best:

Covering Snoop Dogg on nothing but an acoustic guitar and a Yamaha transcends art; it is, rather, utter genius. I can only imagine Ugly Megan pulling it off with such aplomb. Their hallmark breathy boy-girl vocals and simple melodies rework D Oh Double G to an undiscovered level of tweeness, though an unconscious tweeness at that.

Snoop Dogg + twee = genius.

“Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”

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Ugly Megan on MySpace

If you’ve been following the Harry Potter series of books or movies you undoubtedly know we’re due for the next big-screen installment of the young wizard’s tale. This November we get Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the series. The whole cast is back, and director David Yates also returns after leading the last installment. Assuming the movie follows the book pretty closely, fans can expect more of the dark tone set by the last couple of chapters. Here’s the first trailer:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes to theaters November 21.

The fine folks behind Lost have traditionally been very good at posing questions, but not too keen on giving answers. With online games, podcasts, and of course the episodes themselves they give us just enough information to keep us hooked, but not really enough to know what’s going on at any given time. Despite this fact, there are those Lost fans that scramble to get their hands on anything the producers will let slip. It’s for those folks that I present the video they showed at the San Diego ComicCon:

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Remember, “Time is not just of the essence. It is the essence.”

The Avett Brothers - a pseudo-bluegrass band from North Carolina
They’re not bluegrassy enough to be a real bluegrass band. They’re not rockin’ enough to be a real rock band. They’ve got too much bluegrass and rock to be a folk band. So what kind of band is The Avett Brothers? Doesn’t matter. Their music will work its way into your head and setup camp.

So who are these unclassifiable musical siblings? Well the name isn’t just for show. Two of the three full-time members of the band are actually Avett brothers. Seth and Scott Avett’s first attempt at a band was Nemo, and it was more of the punk persuasion. When that didn’t work out they recruited upright bass player Bob Crawford and started playing something a little rootsier. A little more harmonic. With a little more banjo.
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Oliver Stone certainly isn’t the type of director to back down from a challenge or shrink from controversy. So it’s pretty fitting that for his next movie he’s taking on his second unpopular president. This October we’ll get to see Josh Brolin’s portrayal of George W. Bush in Stone’s W.. It’s been 13 years since he gave his perspective on Richard Nixon, but from the first trailer it doesn’t look like he’s softened any.

W. hits theaters October 17th.

Unaired episodes of NBC\'s Heroes coming to DVD

Remember for a moment back to the end of last year. TV was mired in a writers’ strike, casting uncertainty on the fates of everyone’s favorite shows. One of the casualties was Heroes. The producers decided to cut the season short, reshoot the one of the episodes to make it the finale, and prepare for next season. Fans were understandably disappointed, especially since the first half of the season had been lackluster at best. While anticipation has been high, many fans have still been wondering what might have been. Soon they’ll get a glimpse.

At the Heroes panel at San Diego’s ComicCon the producers announced that the season 2 episodes that had already been filmed last year will be included on the season 2 DVD, along with the original ending of the episode that ended up being the finale. The DVD set (and its Blu-Ray counterpart) is due out August 26th.

via SlashFilm and Ain’t it Cool News

The first half of the summer was all about the action, with big-budget movies like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, and The Dark Knight leading the way. The summer’s second half is setting up to be about the comedies. Step Brothers opened yesterday and Tropic Thunder is coming. In between the two is Pineapple Express, which looks like it could be in the comic/action vein of Midnight Run. Check out the latest international trailer, which really plays up the action and the cool 70s vibe:

August 6th

Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast of Anchorman
I’m not sure how I feel about this: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the writers of the brilliant Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, have started work on a sequel that will follow Burgandy into the 80s. On one hand, it’s the original team, and the first one was hilarious, so it has the potential to be great. On the other, it’s a sequel of a movie that really doesn’t need a sequel, so it could completely blow. Time for a poll:

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