Not that we didn't know this already, but Blu-Ray has officially won in the war against HD DVD for the new high-def DVD technology.
Things haven't been looking good for Toshiba's HD DVD when first Warner Bros. and then the adult film industry both announced they would be siding with Sony's Blu-Ray in January.
But not willing to give up the fight, Toshiba--backed by Intel, Microsoft, Paramount/Dreamworks and Universal--slashed prices on its HD DVD players and took out an ad during the SuperBowl.
Unfortunately, that wasn't enough, though. When last week, Wal-Mart, Netflix and Best Buy announced they were siding with Blu-Ray, Toshiba saw the writing on the wall and has decided to give up the fight. An official announcement of concession is expected today.
Multiple Oscar-nominated legal drama Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney and Tilda Swinton, leads this week's impressive crop of new releases. Also arriving on DVD are Noah Baumbach's dysfunctional dramedy Margot at the Wedding, Ang Lee's saucy Lust, Caution, Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron's somber Iraq drama In the Valley of Elah and Reese Witherspoon's political drama Rendition.
Our pick for the week is American Gangster, which inexplicably managed to score only two Academy Award nominations, for Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee). Go figure. Posted 02.19.08 by reelz
Ok, the onslaught of X-Men Origins: Wolverine news items is starting to get a little ridiculous. The latest bombshell comes straight from fanboy haven Ain't It Cool News, which is reporting that Ryan Reynolds, star of this weekend's fifth-place box office finisher Definitely, Maybe, will be making a cameo in the Wolverine prequel as the high-tech mercenary Deadpool.
Reynolds had forever been attached to play The Flash in a big-screen adaptation of the classic D.C. comic, but this recent revelation may very well put the final nail in the coffin of that long-gestating project.
Why would Reynolds opt to play Deadpool rather than The Flash? Like Wolverine, Deadpool is a darker character with a sharp tongue and Canadian roots -- two factors that likely appealed to Vancouver-bred Reynolds. Or maybe he simply grew tired of waiting for the Flash flick to happen. Either way, it's good news for comic book fans.
Source: AICN via JoBlo.com Posted 02.18.08 by reelz
It seems that X-Men Origins: Wolverine news is emanating from all over the web these days. The latest scoop comes from filmschoolrejects.com, which is reporting that B-list Marvel villain The Blob will likely make a cameo in Gavin Hood's Wolverine prequel.
From what we could gather from Marvel's official site, The Blob's "super powers" essentially consist of tough skin and morbid obesity -- the former presumably developed in response to the ridicule he received as a result of the latter.
According to filmschoolrejects, footage has already been shot of a guy wearing a fat suit tailored to make him appear to be in the 800 lb. range., with producers reportedly looking at (presumably digital) ways to bump him up to a full metric ton. Never mind CGI -- a few trips to KFC should do the trick. Posted 02.18.08 by reelz
At the time of his death last month, Heath Ledger was still filming a fantasy movie called The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for Terry Gilliam.
In light of the young actor's death, Gilliam et al have come up with a way to complete the film. In it, Ledger's character is transported to three different dimensions when he steps through a mirror. Now, his character will be taken over by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell in these other dimensions. No word on when Imaginarium will resume production.
Source: Variety. Posted 02.18.08 by reelz
Jumper shrugged off a slew of negative reviews to claim first place at the box office. Hayden Christensen's return to sci-fi grossed $27.2 million, well ahead of second place finisher Step Up 2 the Streets' $19.6 million tally. Close behind was tween adventure fantasy The Spiderwick Chronicles at $19.2 million, followed by the McConaughey/Hudson rom-com Fool's Gold. Rounding out the top five was Definitely, Maybe.
Source: boxofficemojo.com Posted 02.18.08 by reelz
Babysitting? Agoraphobic? Under house arrest? Whatever the reason, if tonight finds you stuck at home, there are plenty of movie options to choose from:
On HBO, Ben Stiller and his hilarious cohorts are let loose in Night at the Museum.
On Starz, Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale check into the hotel from hell in Vacancy.
And on Cinemax, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore strick a chord in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics. Posted 02.16.08 by reelz
The cast of the upcoming Wolverine prequel (officially -- and ponerously -- titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine) appears to be filling out quite nicely. In addition to Hugh Jackman reprising his signature role and Liev Schreiber playing Wolverine nemesis Sabretooth, JoBlo.com is reporting that it appears 30 Days of Night villain Danny Huston has been cast as young William Stryker, the renegade army colonel responsible for the gruesome experiments that gave Wolvie his adamantium skeleton.
We loved Huston in 30 Days of Night. Then again, most of his dialogue in that flick consisted of high-pitched shreaks and the occasional command, spoken in his bizarre vampire language, so we're not entirely sure what to expect.
Source: JoBlo.com Posted 02.15.08 by reelz