Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D Movie is Coming!

George Lucas’ “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” is back in 3D for a richer cinematic experience on the Big Screen on Feburary 10th 2012.

Starring Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Ewan McGregor as his apprentice Obi-Wan-Kenobi, a determined young Jedi Knight, Natalie Portman (she is sooo hot) plays Queen Amidala, and Jake Lloyd stars as Anakin Skywalker, “Phantom Manace” is a fantastically exciting adventure set 32 years before the events of the original. The film follows Anakin’s journey as he pursues his dreams and confronts his fears in the midst of a galaxy in turmoil.

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  • Release Date: February 10, 2012 (RealD 3D, Digital 3D and Select 2D Theaters)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Sequel
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Screenwriter: George Lucas
  • Official Website:
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best, Ray Park, Samuel L. Jackson, Keira Knightley, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker
  • Running Time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
  • MPAA Rating: (PG) for sci-fi action/violence.


The A-Team Movie: Dusting off an old favourite

All a movie needs is Liam Neeson doing something cool and I am absolutely sold from the word go. The fact that the A-Team’s got that and District 9’s Sharlto Copley mean that I will definitely be catching it when it opens this summer. But for anyone unconvinced that this won’t be a respectful remake rather than a tongue-in-cheek pseudo-homage, here’s an article from Brand X:

Fox’s $100-million adaptation of “The A-Team” (June 11) takes glee in rehashing certain touchstones of the cheese-tacular ’80s TV action-comedy series.

Where the original Alpha Unit was a quartet of disgraced Vietnam war vets turned soldiers of fortune, the new squad comprises covert operatives who ran missions during the most recent Iraq war and get hung out to dry for crimes they didn’t commit. They’re determined to clear their names from the moment they make their inevitable break out of maximum security prison.

According to the filmmaker, Joe Carnahan, it’s more in the spirit of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” reboot than, say, Ben Stiller’s comedy-arrested “Starsky & Hutch.” “I’m not interested in making the easy, breezy Cover Girl version of ‘The A-Team,’” Carnahan said. But, um, isn’t this a summer popcorn film full of sight gags and big explosions? “We streamlined and stripped it down. But we had to keep some staples,” the director clarified.

Although the project had been gestating with various filmmakers — most notably John Singleton — for almost a decade, Carnahan threw out all the previous scripts and redrafted the action to kick off during the impending American troop withdrawal from the Middle East.

“I thought they were too slavishly devoted to the TV show,” Carnahan said of past scripts. “While I like the TV show, I didn’t think it was any great shakes in terms of heavy drama.”

Former Ultimate Fighting Champion champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s portrayal of B.A., Mr. T’s character in the original, is a prime example. Gone are B.A.’s thick coil of gold necklaces and habit of exclaiming “I pity the fool!” In character on-set, however, a resplendently Mohawked Jackson sported temporary tattoos across his knuckles that read “P-I-T-Y” on one hand and “F-O-O-L” on the other.

Likewise, “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock, played by Sharlto Copley, has been updated for the new millennium. “What passed as crazy 25 years ago? It doesn’t hold up,” Carnahan said. “Nowadays, you have Steve-O on ‘Jackass’ strapping on a g-string made out of chicken parts and rappelling over an alligator pit. So you have to reevaluate things like ‘crazy.’”

Copley, who starred in last year’s Oscar-nominated “District 9,” also idolized the team while growing up in South Africa. Still, he held certain reservations about being part of the adaptation.

“At the beginning, I was a bit skeptical to do a movie of a TV show that could come out really dodgy,” Copley said. “But when I heard who they were casting, I thought, ‘This could be really fun!’”

Carnahan glanced out at the principal cast and again defended his remake of the TV classic. “We’re not making an hommage to ‘The A-Team,’” the director said. “We’re taking the base story of four guys wrongfully convicted of a crime, they’re an Alpha Unit, that’s it. That’s the point of departure.”

Clash of the Titans Figures: Perseus x 2

Currently seen in blue in James Cameron’s AVATAR and already boasting a Terminator film under his belt, Sam Worthington seems poised to take Hollywood by storm as its newest action hero. Next up is his role as Perseus in the big-budget, high-octane remake of The Clash of the Titans. The movie also stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton. In fact, here’s a look at the trailer for no reason but that I will do anything to watch it. It looks AWESOME. Despite being a huge fan of the original myths, this is one massively inaccurate blockbuster I can’t wait to see.


But getting back to the point, we’ve got some new toys on the way from NECA. Here’s a peek, but it’s only a prototype and, as the picture suggests, we canexpect a better look at the finished item soon. There are only two on their way, both shipping in March, and one is normal Perseus while the other is battle-damaged. I’m personally disappointed we aren’t seeing any other figures, but here’s hoping that the movie’s likely success gets NECA working on the rest of the cast!

Titans Will Clash: The Clash of the Titans Trailer!

The Clash of the Titans remake is still a long way off–it’ll be released in March 2010 and while I’ve no doubt it’ll pull some huge numbers, it remains to be seen whether it will live up to the 1981 classic.

The remake stars Sam Worthington, last seeing in Terminator: Salvation alongside Christian Bale. He takes on the role of the Pegasus-riding hero Perseus, who finds himself in the middle of warring gods–and brothers–Zeus and Hades, played by Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes respectively. Leading lady Gemma Arterton portrays Andromeda in what will be her first of two epics of 2010, the other being the video game based Prince of Persia with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Little is being said about the intricacies of the Titans plot, but I think that the tagline, ‘Titans Will Clash’ provides an admittedly simplistic but probably pretty decent summation of what we can expect.

And so, set to the Used’s Bird and the Worm, check out this trailer!

Taken 2 Officially Announced, Liam Neeson Remains Awesome

Some would argue that it’s generic, that you know how it’ll end, or that it had too linear a storyline, but try as I might, I can’t seem to care because ‘TAKEN’ IS AWESOME. I watched it months ago off the French release, saw it again when it hit North American theatres and cheerfully carry it around on my iPod. I can’t even be a film snob about it; it’s just such a good time and Liam Neeson’s performance (mostly kicking and/or punching people in the face as he tears across Paris) is bad-ass. Here’s the news from

Taken is getting a sequel, according to a tidbit dropped in the LA Times. The Liam Neeson lead thriller has already made $192 million worldwide and since it’s produced by French action director Luc Besson, you can bet it cost almost nothing to make.

For the sequel, it sounds like Besson and writer Robert Mark Kamen will again collaborate on the script. The question is how do you write a sequel script for a movie that seems as self-contained as this one?

You can’t kidnap his daughter or some other family member again, that’s too ridiculous. You can’t simply make it about the secret spy life being lived by Neeson’s Bryan Mills character either, that misses what made Taken so great in the first place. Taken works because Mills isn’t just a spy, he’s a spy with everything to lose, a spy with his powers completely unleashed in the pursuit of someone he loves. He’s a father, with all the protectiveness that implies towards a daughter, but with spy skills to back that up. I don’t see how you can possibly repeat any of that in another film. But Besson and Kamen forgot to ask me before they started working on a followup. Hopefully they have better ideas than I.

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I hope they take his dog.

I loved Liam in Taken. If you saw the movie, you will know what I mean. Revenge is always sweet. Watch the Bourne Trilogy and let me know. Imagine if Liam was really Qui-Gon Jinn and he was seeking revenge as a Jedi….that would be freakin’ cool….

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