Yes, I love NetFlix Instant Queue

James Robertson: "We just picked up an XBox this fall, and I signed up for Netflix not long after that - for a flat monthly fee, I can stream a whole bunch of content whenever I feel like it. Apple just bought a streaming outfit (LaLa), so it seem slike they know where things are headed, too." - I know James is posting about something else, but he hits the nail on the head when it comes to the XBox Live/NetFlix deal. Kim and I have become addicted to this lovely service. We've just finished season one of Dexter and are off to season two. After one of our Dexter marathons I scrolled through the movies and television shows available to us via instant queuing and was shocked to find a great many options.

Bravo NetFlix, bravo Microsoft. Pairing XBox Live with NetFlix was a win for both companies, and fulfills this movie fanatics dream of video on demand, and I think we've only scratched the surface. Things are only going to get better.

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Hagrid dreads the end

BBC: "Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, believes the last days of filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be as hard on the adult cast as the younger ones." - I think most Potter fans dread it a bit. For me it won't be as hard as the end of the books, but it is indeed a bummer.

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Fall movies, not a complete loss

Usually we get Blockbuster Summer, May through August, then a bit of a dead period, then a few decent movies in late October and early December, then the long wait for Blockbuster season to return.

Rob's Must See Movies Fall and Winter 2009.


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Bilbo Baggins cast

Slashfilm: "Ian McKellen was present in person to intro the screenings, and while he only spoke for a very short time, he managed to get the crowd into something of a frenzy. Not only did he confirm that he'll be coming back as Gandalf, and is expecting to start work on set in March of next year, he also dropped a bit of a casting bombshell. According to McKellen, the starring role of Bilbo Baggins has been successfully cast already. Not only that, but he knows who has the role and he's sure that the fans will be very, very pleased." - Apparently The Hobbit will be a two parter, I for one think that's fantastic, and I'm hoping beyond hope they'll be released a year apart around Christmas. During The Lord of the Rings we always had a great film to look forward to at Christmas.


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Deathly Hallows Set Report

Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 - The WeddingThe Leaky Cauldron: "Notable from the report (and as indicated by multiple other sources previously) was confirmation that yes indeed Bill and Fleur's wedding scenes are being recorded all this week, complete with one of the Weasleys spotted wearing a bandage over his ear and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) was seen sporting prosthetic scars on the left side of his face. Exciting too is news that the double for Xenophilius Lovegood was wearing 'mustard colored corduroys, a pale shirt with a yellow waist coat over the top that was covered in flowers and shoulder length blondish-white hair.'" - Sounds like they're off to a great start!

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No new releases for Redbox

Company Town [LA Times]: "Many studios are wary of Redbox, whose business has doubled in the last year, because its kiosks rent out DVDs for just $1 per night. That undercuts stores with higher rental prices, Netflix and disc sales. All three carry significantly higher margins than studios can get even through a revenue-sharing agreement with Redbox." - Wow. In some ways Hollywood, more like the entertainment industry, can't deal with the ever changing world. Since Redbox rents movies for $1 a night they can't have new releases now. Wow.

First we have VHS, the studio's go crazy; pirates, we're all going to go bankrupt, blah, blah, blah. They survive.

Then we have places that rent movies. Hollywood is concerned. They survive.

The big brick and mortar stores, like Blockbuster, give way to Netflix. Things seem to be ok still?

Enter iTunes movie rentals. Concern again. Apple can't rent new releases right away.

Yet another twist on movie rentals, kiosks via Redbox. I'd bet Hollywood thought they'd fail miserably, so they did a deal with them think "Oh, these fly-by-night, small peanuts, companies will just go away." Wrong again fellas. They seem to be doing just fine, and are quite popular. Every time I walk into our local grocery store, Save Mart, I see someone standing at the Redbox kiosk renting a movie. I LOVE the idea, I think it's quite brilliant, and for $1 a night, how can you go wrong?

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Yes, Minister

Mugglenet: "Earlier this month, Bill Nighy confirmed his role as Rufus Scrimgeour for the final Potter movies. In an interview with BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, he revealed that scenes with his character as the newest Minister of Magic will begin in the next week." - I believe Bill Nighy is perfect for this role, question is will he be able to pull it off? I'm sure he'll do just fine.

Can we go into the first installment of the Deathly Hallows not knowing who the new Minister is? Skipping The Other Minister in Half-Blood Prince now seems like a bit of a mistake to me. Maybe it'll be ok, they'll just introduce a new scene a fix everything, right?

On a side note. A lot of Potter fans, including my favorite Harry Potter Prognosticators believe the Half-Blood Price was able to stand alone. I thought so too, even though I was a bit disappointed with certain aspects. My brother has never read a single Potter book, he's no idiot, and was very confused by the film. In his words "It went nowhere."

I didn't say so in my first impressions post, but I though Tom Felton really brought Draco to the forefront in this film, and Jim Broadbent was fantastic as Horace Slughorn.

I have more questions than answers about the new film given some of the choices in Half-Blood Prince. Will Bill and Fleur's wedding happen as expected now The Burrow has been destroyed? A good portion of Deathly Hallows is spent at The Burrow preparing for the adventure to come. Do we skip right over that entire part of the book? I guess only time will tell. Hopefully they don't blow it.

Deathly Hallows - The Traveling Potter and Deathly Hallows - The Battle for Hogwarts could be epic on screen if they make the right choices. Think The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King.

I've babbled long enough, back to work.

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Half-Blood Prince First Impressions

Finally! We finally made it to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a week after it opened. Here are my first impressions.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
  • I didn't care for the opening scene, The Other Minister, is one of my favorite chapters in the entire series, and they completely skipped Will and Won't by combining parts of The Other Minister, Chapter 1 and Will and Won't, Chapter 3, in the opening scene. I was really looking forward to Dumbledore's conversation with the Dursley's at Number 4. Too much detail for the film I'd imagine.

  • I liked Spinners End, it felt a bit rushed, but so did the entire movie.

  • Why do they change subtle things? Like Luna discovering Harry, instead of Tonks? At first I thought Tonks was cut from the film, but later on, there she is.

  • What good was the new scene at The Burrow? Why burn The Burrow down? Didn't make a lick of sense to me.

  • I do enjoy the quiet moments in the movie, friends talking and joking, well done.

  • Ron's Quiddich play was great.

  • Hermione beating on Ron and Harry, very funny.

  • Emma Watson, wow, she turned things around. Pleasant surprise. She did a bit of acting!

  • Michael Gambon, who I've skewered here for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, finally, FINALLY, gave us a glimpse of the Headmaster we've come to love. Thank you!

  • The Cave, great scene!

  • I'm not thrilled with the Astronomy Tower scene, weak, very weak. Made Harry look like a wuss.

  • I thought Alan Rickman was fantastic!

  • I think the film is definitely worth seeing, and very enjoyable. Two-and-a-half hours flew by! To date Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets are my favorites, with Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince a close three and four.

    For me the bottom line is this; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is worth the price of admission, but it goes to prove the best films are typically original screenplays, not adaptations of novels filled with wonderful detail.

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EW - Half-Blood Prince Review

Entertainment Weekly: "Half-Blood Prince encompasses important plot developments involving both love and death. But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation. By now, as played with utmost loyalty to the cause by some of Britain's most illustrious actors, the supporting characters are as familiar as the population of Homer Simpson's neighborhood (and that's a great compliment). Yet with a big assist from cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel - a Potter newbie who memorably shot Amelie and Across the Universe - the filmmakers have found a way to refresh our eyes and enhance our appreciation for this rich, amazing creation. A-" - As much as I gripe about the movies, you can bet your buttons I'll be seeing this one. No, I really cannot help myself. From all accounts this could be the best Potter movie yet!

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Half-Blood Prince Countdown

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Half-Blood Prince Review

The name's Potter, Harry [via HPANA]: "However, if Radcliffe is the heart, Michael Gambon is the film's soul as Albus Dumbledore; Gambon gives a powerfully subtle performance as the de-facto father figure to young Mr. Potter." - Either Michael Gambon has figured out Dumbledore or Mr. Dergarabedian has never read the books. I hope it's the former but I'm not going to bet on it. I think Michael Gambon is a fantastic actor but his portrayal of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore has been less than stellar to date, especially in Goblet of Fire. Now, that may not have been entirely his fault, but in the end he's the guy on the screen, so it's easy to blame him.

I really hope he's pulled a rabbit out of the hat this time, it's his final shot at nailing the character, and it would be nice to see him go out on a high note.

I am definitely looking forward to the film, it could be the best Potter yet. In just over 14-days we'll know.

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Can you say animation?

Wow, Up is out, it's getting rave reviews, 98% fresh! Hopefully we'll be seeing it tonight.

Here are some interesting links for your reading pleasure.

CNet [Geek Gestalt]: "If you want to consider a difficult computational problem, try thinking of the algorithms required to animate more than 10,000 helium balloons, each with its own string, but each also interdependent on the rest, which are collectively hoisting aloft a small house."

Blue Sky Disney: "Looks like they're gonna give the Mouse a run for its money. The original plans were to release two films a year and now with the success of "Monsters Vs Aliens" and the wonderful "Kung Fu Panda" they've decided to release five films every two years. That's a twenty percent increase for those that are mathematically challenged." - Pixar isn't the only game in town. What a great list of movies. How To Train Your Dragon, The Guardians, and Truckers look particularly interesting.

The Inquisitr: "Still 12 months away from being released, the Toy Story 3 trailer is a real teaser, in that it actually provides no information about the movie. Instead, we get reintroduced to the main characters from the previous two films." - Buzz and Woody are back! Woo-Hoo!

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I want that ending!

Hollywood Insider [EW]: "'Connor dies, okay? He's dead,' McG continues. 'And Marcus offers his physical body, so Connor's exterior is put on top of his machine body. It looks like Connor, but it's really Marcus underneath. And all of the characters we care about (Kyle Reese, Connor's wife Kate, etc.) are brought into the room to see him and they think it's Connor. And Connor gets up and then there's a small flicker of red in his eyes and he shoots Kate, he shoots Kyle, he shoots everybody in the room. Fade to black. End of movie. Skynet wins'" - YEAH BABY!! That would've been the most talked about ending of all time! Should've pulled the trigger McG!

Hey, let's get that as a alternate ending on the DVD/Bluray release!


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A Christmas Carol

Latino Review: "Carrey plays four separate roles in this updated version of A Christmas Carol. Carrey portrays Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts (Past, Pesent, and Future). His dynamic character roles keep the four characters as diverse as being played by four actors." - I'd heard about, and seen the poster, but I didn't realize it was an animated film! Very cool.

A Christmas Carol stars Jim Carrey and a host of fantastic actors, it opens in theaters November 6, 2009.

It looks like I found our annual day after Thanksgiving film.


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Animation and SFX in Visalia, CA?

GeriI don't know if it's obvious, I love filmmaking. I especially love special effects and animation. They're both areas of filmmaking I could put my love of film and my love of computing together. I've written about it in the past. In that particular post I was referring to a position titled Render Wrangler. Great job title! The thought of working for one of the great animation, or special effects companies, on their render farms has always fascinated me.

In 2003 I'd started a sister site to this one, it died as quickly as it started. The idea behind that site was to write more essay length stories since this site is often more about linking and commentary. One of the first stories written for the site was an idea for one of the effects companies; ILM, DreamWorks, Pixar, or Disney, to start a render farm at an old abandoned movie theatre in Visalia, CA. Why? Well, I though since the valley was an inexpensive place to live and it was located directly between Hollywood and the Silicon Valley it might make for a nice mid-point, along with it being an inexpensive location to have such a site. Of course it'll never happen, but a guy can dream, right?

Oh, that movie theatre, is still standing, and still abandoned.

Since the site is supposed to be haunted maybe we should invite Ghost Hunters out to debunk it.

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1993 Blockbuster Summer

Cinematical: "1993 holds a really special place in my heart for one reason: Jurassic Park. While I had seen some event movies in my 11 short years, there had never been a movie like this. It was the first movie I had to wait in line for -- and the line seemed huge because it actually went outside the Southwest Plaza Mall." - That year sticks out in my mind as well, it was a pretty good year. I remember it because Kim and the girls were in California visiting family, I was off at a trade show, I believe it was N+I, in Atlanta, Georgia, for Visio. After the show I flew to California instead of going back to Seattle. We spent a couple of weeks visiting with family, and Mickey Mouse, then back to Seattle where Kim took me to see Jurassic Park for father's day.

Funny the things I remember.

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Up, and a tour of Pixar

Cinematical: "It'll cost you 125 bucks, or $100 if you're a member of the San Francisco Film Society, which is sponsoring the screening at Pixar's headquarters across the Bay in Emeryville, CA. In any case, less than a plane ticket to Europe. And though I won't be shelling out the cash (despite the fact that the press screening isn't likely to happen until a couple days before the film's release on May 29th), I can vouch for the Pixar screening room as a fantastic place to see a movie. Oh, and if you have $250 to spare for a "VIP" ticket, you can get a guided tour of Pixar beforehand." - I talked to Kim about attending this and much to my surprise she was cool with the idea. As much as I'd like to go I think I'll hold onto the $500.00 it would take for the two of us to attend, there are many things we could use that money on, but boy is it tempting! It's no surprise Pixar is one of those companies I've always wanted to work for, yes I've applied for positions in the past, and a tour of the place where all the magic happens would be amazing, not to mention being able to see Up early.

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Latest Half-Blood Prince Trailer

Harry Potter, boy wizardWOW! That's about all I can say about the latest Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer! It's going to be the most visually stunning of the franchise to date, no doubt. My only concern is how much of the story is from the book? Judging by what I saw in the trailer they've taken more creative license with this story than with any other. I'll love it, but I'd imagine I'll be a bit disappointed, all at the same time. I don't like it when things vary too much from the original.

The bottom line, July 15 couldn't get here soon enough.

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Private screening of Pixar's Up

Up, the grumpy old man.The Pixar Blog: "Similar to the Emery Ed charity screening of Up, Pixar's Emeryville headquarters will be the site of another special pre-release Up screening next month, this one benefiting the Piedmont Educational Foundation, which supports schools in the Piedmont, California area." - I'd love to attend this! A chance to see Up before anyone else and a chance to see Pixar's Headquarters, where all the magic happens.

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Movie flops

Yahoo! Movies: "Do you remember the days when a movie studio would pour a ton of money into a film and then release it in theaters whether it was good or bad? " - There are two movies on the intro page I liked; Dune and Hudson Hawk.


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UP looks amazing!

There's an awesome trailer on UP:The Official Website, very much worth a look!

I'll see you at the movies!

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Blockbuster, going, going...

Macworld: "Once Goliath to Netlflix's David, Blockbuster appears on the defensive in an effort to stay relevant to movie fans and viable as a business. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee Monday, Blockbuster stated it may have to permanently close its retail stores. The company recently took out a $250 million loan-on top of its $780.9 million debt-and does not know if it can meet the conditions of the loan." - Wow, that's tough. We've only recently switched over to Netflix, mainly due to instant queueing for our XBox, but we haven't used it yet, we've been getting DVD's by mail, and the turnaround is amazing. Blockbuster waited way too long to get into the mail order business.

Here's an idea for them. Close the brick and mortar stores. Try to go head to head with Netflix order by mail and create kiosks, like the Redbox folks have. Either that, or you could close the doors completely. Sad.

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Worry over Up?

Pixar Planet: "To make the assumptions that Up will fail even more ridiculous is the fact that Pixar's 10th film has gotten amazing reviews already, from the first 45 minutes. This is no surprise because the folks at Pixar make movies for themselves (they are the audience after all) and don't forget John Lasseter's famous quote 'Quality is the best business plan'. So, shouldn't this be enough to prove to the guys back at Wall Street that this film will be a hit. What type of hit, we don't know yet, but judging from the evidence above, it seems Up won't disappoint." - The thing about Up that worried me most was it being a 3D movie. I think I was wrong about that. Monsters vs. Aliens is doing quite well and I need to remember that it comes down to the story and great characters, which Pixar manages to deliver with each new film.

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Movie Tours

CNN: "(CNN) -- When Michele Maro became captivated by 'The Lord of the Rings' movies, she never imagined she would one day be walking around in the Shire, touring Hobbiton and peeking into hobbit holes." - A friend visited New Zealand a couple of years back and visited one of the sites. New Zealand is a beautiful place. I'd like to spend about a month, or so, there if I could.

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Blockbuster Summer, 2009

Ok, it's time to make the Must See Movie List 2009.

This years list is a bit shorter than last years, but we're going to have a great fall movie season this year.


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Once in a while...

I'm not sure how far and wide RedBox kiosks have spread but we have one in the little town of Exeter, at our local Save Mart grocery store. The reason I mention this is because way back in 2002 I had a similar idea for a kiosk system, in this case I used Blockbuster.

Side note: It's strange looking back on my old weblog posts. A lot of what I posted back then is now posted directly to Twitter. Yes, Twitter has changed the game somewhat.

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Last gasp?

NY Times: "The struggling video rental chain will announce a partnership with TiVo on Wednesday to deliver Blockbuster's digital movie library over the Internet directly to the televisions of people with TiVo digital video recorders." - All I have to say is, it's about darned time Blockbuster joined the modern world. Are they too late to the game? Possibly.

Maybe it's time for us to join the modern world and get a recorder in the house? Smile, life is good!

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Up at Cannes

Cinematical: "For the first time in history an animated film is opening the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Just announced this morning, Pixar's Up will become the first Disney film since Dumbo to premiere at the prestigious festival, and it will also mark the first time they screened an animated film in 3D." - I LOVE Pixar films. Up is the first film I haven't gotten too excited over. The 3D aspect bothers me a bit. Pixar always has a great story to go with their beautifully crafted animation. I hope 3D doesn't get in the way of a great story and become the story of Up. Yes, of course I'll see it, hopefully on the big screen. We're getting to that time of year again, the movie drought season is over, time for the wet season to being. A flood of great films from April to August, used to be May to July as I recall, bursting on the scene.

Hopefully Up will be just as wonderful as every other Pixar film.

Time to make Rob's Must See Films of 2009. Up, will of course, be on the list.


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Pennywise, is he back?

Cinematical: "The Hollywood Reporter posts that It is slated to hit the big screen, courtesy of Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment. Dave Kajganich, the pen behind the 2007 Invasion, has been tapped to adapt King's new work and bring it into the new millennium -- and out of 1958 and 1985. Kajganich is also becoming the new adapting man about town, taking on projects like Escape From New York and another King scare fest, Pet Sematary." - Shortly after Kim and I were married I read Stephen King's It. One night after reading for a while, it was late, after 1AM, I'd just finished reading the scene where Beverly was in the bathroom and could hear Pennywise talking to her through the pipes, in the sink. So I'm brushing my teeth, door closed, and I hear "Rob", in a very soft voice, as I'm leaning over the sink. I spit toothpaste all over the sink, on the mirror, everywhere. Then I turn and grab the door handle, turn it, it won't open! Ahhhh!!!! I try again and the door opens! There stands Kim wondering why I'm so freaked out. I explain where I was in the book, I thought she was going to pass out she was laughing so hard.


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Cinematical: "Actually, I really do hate this entire fight scene -- it's depraved, disgusting, and unspeakably painful. Squirting limbs and gallons of blood are all well and good, but a can of tobacco spit and a visit to Budd's toliet bowl is just foul. Needless to say, this clip is not for the weak and it's definitely NSFW." - This is a great fight scene, not quite as good as Kiddo vs. the Crazy 88, but it's good.


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This is a real shame

Cinematical: "That's pretty impressive in and of itself, and more than worthy of a mention during the Oscar telecast. But wait, I'll give you one more -- LaFontaine was also the in-show announcer for the Academy Awards! YES! The guy lent his voice to the Academy Awards ceremony every year ... AND THOSE IDIOTS COULDN'T EVEN FIND THE TIME TO HONOR HIM!" - There was a time when Mr. LaFontaine was the only guy in Hollywood doing movie trailers. Every time I hear "In a world", I think of him. I hope the Academy is more than a little ashamed, and I hope it wasn't intentional. You know Hollywood, fickle to the core.


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Let's hope not

Cinematical: "Now it's not a completely out of left-field thought created for the article. It seems that screenwriter Steve Kloves 'said recently that Warner Bros was worried about the prospects for the last three films in the series, since JK Rowling is no longer driving anticipation for the titles by producing new books.' I guess Warner Brothers didn't hear the world-wide sighs and cries of pain after delaying Half-Blood." - If the economy continues to tank it would make sense for folks to stop spending on entertainment if it comes down to a movie or feeding your family. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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Can't wait, but I'll have to

Cinematical: "Rather than get all worked up about indecision, why not hunker down and watch Zack Snyder introduce the characters of Watchmen?" - CAN. NOT. WAIT. March 6th can't come fast enough.


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Economic crisis hits Narnia

Hollywood Reporter: "While declining to elaborate, Disney and Walden Media confirmed Tuesday that for budgetary and logistical reasons the Burbank-based studio is not exercising its option to co-produce and co-finance the next 'Narnia' movie with Walden." - Wow, what a major bummer.


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Blockbuster movie machine

digg: "The Blockbuster version of the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player is used to download videos from Blockbuster OnDemand via broadband, says Blockbuster." - I only posted this because of the comments, take a gander. Linux posts have finally grown tiring. I love the all caps "OH MY GOD A COMPUTER RUNS LINUX???" Of course you also have the zealot with "Where is the source code?"

I had to check out the device because they actually interest me, but I don't care what it runs on, as long as it works. It could run DOS for all I care if I can get video on demand.

We still have to try out the new Netflix/XBox on demand service, it may fill the need.

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New Potter Trailer

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood PrinceCinematical: "That's the new two-minute trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince below, which Warner Bros. is hoping will help stave off death threats from fans who are still resentful that the film was pushed back to next July from its original release date of next week. (Just think! If it weren't for that, you'd be seeing the film less than seven days from now!) " - Potter news has been very slow to come on this site since the release of the final book. I was looking forward to our day-after-Thanksgiving tradition of a movie with the family, this years choice was of course Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, until Warner Brothers decided to play Scrooge and push it off until next summer. Summer Potter releases of Potter movies don't hold the magic for me. Yes, I'm a bit bitter. Oh well, enough complaining.

The trailer looks pretty darned good.

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Ummm, No, I think not.

Cinematical: "After the historic election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, naturally everyone's mind turned to the next logical step: Does this mean a black man could play James Bond, too?" - That's like saying we need a white Shaft, why, it just doesn't make sense.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.


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Potter Trailer

Here's the latest Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer, from Trailer Addict. There's definitely stuff in there I don't remember reading? Hmmmm...

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Roger Rabbit Rides Again?

Disney Gossip: "So why do I bring this up? Because I just heard from a source that Gary Wolf has been working on a new Roger Rabbit story. It's likely a prequel, despite the fact that a sequel is already written. My source says that pre-production for the film is actually pretty far along. If so, that would be great news." - Pllllease Eddie! Yeah, I'd go see it.


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Warner Brothers, I don't like you.

We all know May is the beginning of the Blockbuster Season in the movie business, but Hollywood has been pretty good about giving us some decent films in November and December in recent years. Hey, think back to November and December 2001, an awesome time for movie going.

This year we have a family movie-going wasteland, thanks in part, to Warner Brothers rescheduling Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

I'm not sure what our day after Thanksgiving film will be this year, it was going to be Potter, now... what's worth seeing, and family friendly? City of Ember looks like it's going to be really good but it starts in October, will it hang in there until late November? Beyond that I'm not overly impressed by most of the November releases.

Thanks Warner Brothers, appreciate it.

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Potter Disappointment

Cinematical: "This is the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly, which hit newsstands today, approximately 24 hours after its top story became outdated. As you've heard by now, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no longer the most-anticipated movie of the fall; it's now the most-anticipated movie of July 17, 2009. Whoops." - Entertainment Weekly and WB are both owned by Time Warner, so you know this was a quick decision. What was the true motivation? We may never know, but I don't think it had to do with the summer blockbuster season. This is Potter, not some chick flick, it would've done just fine in the dead season for movies, January through March. The trailers were late in coming, that tells me they couldn't get it together.

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Warner Brothers, you losers!

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood PrinceMuggleNet: "BURBANK, CA, August 14, 2008 – Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that it has moved back the release date of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to Summer 2009. The sixth installment of the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise will now open day-and-date domestically and in the major international markets on July 17, 2009. The announcement was made by Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros." - It would seem to me WB just blew it, period. I don't know what the true dates are for blockbuster season but July 17th seems kind of late to me. And another thing, do you think more people are going to go see it because you're showing it in the summer? Please. Did you hear of a little trilogy called The Lord of the Rings? It managed to do quite well in the late fall, thank you very much.

So, either they did a bad job with their schedule, or they looked at their books and said "Gee, our movie lineup sucks for next year, we need something big or we're going to be in trouble."

I guess the story points to the latter.

Ya know, I prefer to see Potter films in the fall. It gives us something during an otherwise bad time for movie releases, although it's gotten much better over time. So does this also mean we're not going to see the first installment of Deathly Hallows for two years past the release of Half-Blood Prince, with another two after that for part two? That would suck guys. Hopefully it's all filmed together and released within ONE YEAR of Half-Blood Prince since they're delaying this release so long.

Thanks for the pointer Nick.

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Punisher, War Zone trailer

I just checked out the new Punisher trailer, I'll go see it for sure, but it's just not going to be the same without Tom Jane.


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Half-Blood Prince Trailer

Harry Potter, boy wizardIf, like me, you prefer to watch trailers on Apple's trailer site, here's a link to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


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There be Pirates here, arrrrr...

Apple Gazette: "Disney is doing pretty well when it comes to movie sales in iTunes. During a conference call for the company’s Q3 results, Disney president Bob Iger announced that since agreeing to sell movies through iTunes, the company has sold over five million titles." - Apparently this whole selling music and movies online isn't such a bad idea after all. I thought the internet was full of pirates hell bent on giving everything away, for free.

Yeah, the other movie studios, and record companies, will eventually get a clue.

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Trailer for the new Jim Carrey movie, Yes Man.

I'll be there.


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Oh me, oh my

The Watchmen trailer is up at Apple, add to the must see list.

Official Watchmen Movie Site.


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That 'bout sums it up

HellboyCinematical: "Imagine one of the Star Trek crews transported to Tolkien's Middle Earth, or Buffy and her Scooby gang whisked away into the heart of Narnia. That's how Hellboy II: The Golden Army can feel, as you watch a cartoonish-looking, cigar-smoking demon fight gorgeous creatures right out of ancient folklore (and one Miyazaki-esque nature deity)." - Yeah, like he said.


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The Hobbit. There's hope.

Wired: "With Hellboy II: The Golden Army now in theaters, attention will turn to how its director, Guillermo del Toro, will handle the adaptation of his next project, Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit." - Kim and I went with my brother and sister-in-law to Hellboy last night, and I must say I loved the film. I think it was del Toro's dress rehearsal for his approach to The Hobbit. If you see the film you may, or may not, pick up on what I'm talking about. Mr. del Toro likes to use puppets rather than relying on tons of CG. Hellboy was visually stunning and, I believe, bested the original. If you get a chance to see it I'd highly recommend it.


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DVD and Books Collection

I was looking for a particular title in our pile of DVD's last night, they're in a few places, and couldn't find what I was looking for. Then I though "Hey, maybe we don't actually have this film?" I can't be sure, but I'm pretty sure we don't. Bummer, I really wanted to watch it again.

Anywho, I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be nice to have a piece of software to organize this stuff? One with barcode support and automagic lookup."

There is such a beast, it's called Librarian Pro. Time to buy some software, and a barcode scanner.

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I liked Indy

While we were on vacation we managed to slip out and catch Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I liked it, it'll be a part of our DVD collection when it releases.

So, a big thumbs up, highly recommended.

Something else, we saw a trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This is another must see, it releases around Christmas this year.

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Indy does well

Indy's FedoraRotten Tomatoes: "79%, Certified Fresh"

CNN: "LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- "Indiana Jones" unearthed box office gold at domestic theaters with a performance that puts it on track to become the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever, according to studio estimates Sunday."

We haven't seen Indy yet, but we will, oh yes, we will.


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Potter Actor Killed

The Telegraph [via HPANA]: "Friends said the murder victim, who they named as 18-year-old Robert Knox, worked as a film extra and was due to appear in the new Harry Potter film coming out in November."

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Pixar's Film Callenges

Ned Batchelder: "Most Pixar movies have a signature challenge: Monster's Inc had fur, Finding Nemo had water, The Incredibles had clothing and hair. Ratatouille has food. In each case, the goal is to model a familiar component of the real world well enough that it can add to the story telling rather than detract from it. Meeting those challenges is a huge technical achievement, and going behind the scenes to see the effort is eye-opening." - I'm looking forward to Wall*E.

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Let a dragon be a dragon

The Deadbolt [via James Robertson]: "The gist of the problem is that, thanks to poor special effects, overuse, and horrible movies like Dragonheart and Eragon, dragons have (to quote 'taken a place just behind unicorns and rainbows as the most hackneyed subjects of fantasy art.'" - Let's hope they don't goof up The Hobit with pure digital effects. They have their place but the best movie dragon EVER, hands down, goes to the dragon from Dragonslayer. That is a classic dragon. We don't really get to see the beast until mid-way through the film and then we only catch parts of it, but it's absolutely terrifying. And in the end, when we get the big reveal, it's worth the wait. It was flawless in my humble opinion. If you're really young and love fantasy please go rent Dragonslayer if you can find it, it's a great film.


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New Mummy Teaser

Yahoo! Movies has the teaser for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It looks like it's going to be good, good for what it is, but no Rachel Weisz? That's just not right!


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I am Iron Man

Kim, my brother, and our sister-in-law caught Iron Man last night and I must say it's a great start to the blockbuster season.



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CNN Iron Man Review "A scene in which Tony invites his assistant, Pepper Potts (an appealingly valiant Gwyneth Paltrow), to reach into the hole in his chest and fix his battery is a cheeky cocktail of trust, disgust, love, sex, fear and courage (it's also a key plant for subsequent developments), but above all it plays funny. When a movie is firing on all those cylinders, you know it's a winner." - We're going tonight with my brother and sister-in-law, can't wait. The blockbuster season has begun!


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Half-Blood Prince

DumbledoreFirst Showing: "Warner Brothers has released the first official photo from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Overall, the image is rather nondescript and doesn't tell us much, save for that the three leads - Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) - are returning for the sixth time. You can faintly make out the headline in the newspaper Hermione is holding as possibly 'More Disappearances at Ministry of Magic' or something like that."

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Another must see film

Cinematical: "Cinematical has just received this creepy (but oddly adorable) exclusive teaser poster for Igor (click on the image to enlarge), an animated film coming to us via The Weinstein Co. this September." - Add that one to the list...


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Blockbuster Summer, 2008

My 2008 must see movie list.

I did this back in 2003. Notice The Hulk appears on that list as well, strange.


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Ender's Game

Cinematical: "I could kvetch for hours about how unfilmable Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is, and how ill-fated any potential adaptation would be." - Enders Game is best left alone. It's one of those books I couldn't put down and I can't imagine anyone doing it justice on the big screen.

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Pixar linkage

Pixar's GeriI've been sitting on some interesting Pixar links for a while, it's time to clear them out of the cache. So, for your reading pleasure...

Susan Bradley - Susan does film design.
LA Times, Secrets of Pixar's inner circle - Talks about how competitive it is at Pixar, I'd expect nothing less.
Found Read, Pixar's Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation - Another inside look at Pixar.

Yes, I am fascinated with the place, but who isn't? I cannot tell a lie, if I had the opportunity to work for Pixar I'd do it in a heartbeat, no doubt about it.

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Big Potter News

Harry Potter and The Deathly HallowsHarry Potter Prognostications: "t is official, the LA Times has reported that WB will be making the announcement tomorrow that Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies with David Yates directing them" - This is huge news. The big question for the Potter faithful, where do you draw the line between part one and part two? I do believe this is a wonderful idea because I'd like to see the series finish with a bang! Splitting Deathly Hallows will give Warner Brothers the opportunity to do things the right way, and by right way I mean epic battle scenes reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings. I can't wait to see The Battle of Hogwarts. Maybe they'll split the book at Shell Cottage? Seems a reasonable place to leave us hanging. I guess we'll find out later.

Update: Another cool thing I missed the first time I read the announcement. The first of the two parts will be released in November of 2010, I LOVE November release dates. We typically see a movie the day after Thanksgiving and Potter would be perfect. We'll get to see The Half-Blood Prince this November, then Deathly Hallows, Part One, two years later. I love it when a plan comes together.

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We meet again Dr. Jones!

Poster for Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Enjoy the trailer, I'll see you in the theatre May 22.


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Another must see film...

Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? Mr. Spurlock seems to have had as much luck as our government, zero.


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Must see movie

Poster for Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


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I'm there dude - Is anyone else excited to see this film? I've just watched all the little video clips on the site and I can't wait to see it. Poor Kim...


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Cloverfield: WARNING!

Kim and I decided to go catch Cloverfield tonight, I've been excited since the first teaser's hit the net. I will say it's a great film, but, it has some issues. It's filmed in the first person, much like the Blair Witch, which results in very few shots that aren't wiggling and giggling. It made Kim sick so she had to walk out about 3/4 of the way through the movie. When she exited the theatre she met a nice lady that had to leave for the same reason. That poor woman actually lost her dinner. While they were comparing notes the lady's young son came out and promptly lost his stomach. We passed our experience on to the Manager and he said he and his District Manager were already thinking about posting a sign warning folks the film may make them nauseous. Besides that, it was a great film, I loved the monster, and the long shots gave away just enough to keep you asking for more. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we also got to see the teaser for Star Trek XI! For hard core Trekkies that may be worth the price of admission.

UPDATE: There are a whole lot of interesting comments up on SlashFilm, and it looks like Kim and the poor lady she met outside the theatre are not alone.


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Oh my...

Apple TV is now something on my gotta get me one of these list.

Blu-ray or HD DVD? Who cares. I'll purchase an Apple TV box and watch what I want when I want and I won't have to return the movie.

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First must see of 2008

Cloverfield, a.k.a. 01/18/08. I'd guess this is our first must see film of 2008.

Enjoy the trailer.


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Potter News, Half-Blood Prince

Veritaserum: " Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent told DarkHorizons that he has been cast as Horace Slughorn in the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince." - This is an excellent choice for Horace Slughorn IMHO!

Now, if we could get them to get a new Dumbledore I'd be very happy.

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What is 1.18.08, and who is Ethan Haas?

Ok, I couldn't resist asking that question. I noticed 1.18.08 in my Apple Trailers feed and had to go watch it, now I have more questions than answers.

Googling for "11808, movie" I indirectly found a site called Ethan Haas Was Right. I found this text in the page...
...war came, no longer from the elemental nor from the star's rain of fire. The world was again remade, and the glow was as the coming of the sun upon the Earth. The children of the gods were again too few, scattered and divided and among them walked the ancients and those whose thoughts were not as to the towers and the marvels, but to the End and the destruction of the Earth and to the fires from which nothing could escape.
Interesting, I'm hooked, hopefully the film is super good.

A note to the producer, director, and studio. Don't show any more than that trailer! I'm already committed to seeing it.


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