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Hilarious, Sweet, and Downright Spectacular | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’


By Cynthia Ayala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

    —IMDB

One word: amazing! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not disappoint. The film looks at the characters allowing for character growth while also establishing a family unit for the characters. The movie goes back to trace back the origins of Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But there’s more to this film than just that. It had heart and focuses on the Guardians not just as a group of heroes or friends, but as a family. And that’s one of the things that makes this film so good because everyone focuses on the characters and their dynamics with one another. They care about each other, they fight with one another and for one another. They are a strong unit and the cast and crew make sure that that resonates off the screen.
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Out of this world! | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


By: Cynthia Ayala

One of the highly anticipated films of this year has finally arrived and it does not disappoint.  Guardians of the Galaxy offers laughs and heart that reflect off the well written script and dynamic acting.
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Riddick | Movie Review


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Directed by David Twohy

Written by David Twohy

Based on Characters by Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo and Karl Urban

Amazing! Vin Diesel returns bringing back the character of Richard B. Riddick, murderer. This movie picks up five years after the Chronicles of Riddick left off. Riddick is the Lord Marshall of the Necromonger fleet, but his need to see his homeland Furya and uneasiness with the Necromonger fleet drives him to make a pact with Vaako, played by Karl Urban, that leaves him stranded on a planet where pretty much everything want’s him dead. But as falls, creatures more fearful than him come hunting.

Before you watch this movie be sure to watch Pitch Black beforehand, seriously, have yourself a mini movie marathon. What makes this movie so successful is the story and the character Riddick. As king the man is not happy, does not want to be a part of the crazy religion, but is the king anyway. But that power has done something to Riddick, it made him sloppy, took away his animal side, the side that made his character so powerful in the previous two movies.

Similar to the first movie he his trapped on a planet where darkness and rain equate to death, but unlike Pitch Black a semblance of light will not save them. These creatures are deadly and quite unstoppable. But whats more someone on the planet is seeking answers from Riddick’s past. Now that was a plot twist I did not see coming that really connected it to the beginning and made this story come full circle.

The story moved effortlessly, and what’s important is it had a story. It had characters that made you root for them, like Katee Sackhoff who was simply freaking amazing. And then it had those heartfelt moments, like the moments with him and his dog. Those were incredibly powerful moments in the film and brought out the humanity in Riddick as well as the inhumanity of those bounty hunters who are not in touch with their primitive sides, or so they claim. It was seriously a touching and beautiful moment in the film that really gave it a lot of depth, well that gave the character of Riddick even more depth than just being that anti-hero we love so much. I mean really is there anything more special than a man and his dog? Cheesy as it may seem, it was a wonderful addition to the story that did not subtract from the overall plot.

Honestly, a great movie. Can we get a sequel please with ore Vaako though, because Karl Urban is simply amazing. Fourth installment please.★★★☆ (A)

New Riddick game in the works


By: Eddie Makuch
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A new Chronicles of Riddick game is in development, actor Vin Diesel revealed in a new interview with ScreenCrush (via Eurogamer). The untitled new game is in development by Starbreeze Studios team members who worked on 2004’s Escape from Butcher Bay.

“My diehard gamers want [Tigon Studios] to deliver the third chapter in the Riddick game,” Diesel said. “And we just over the past couple of months, just this year, reassembled that team from Starbreeze that brought Escape from Butcher Bay to create the third game.”

No details regarding platforms or a release date were mentioned. It does not appear that the new game will tie in with Riddick, which released in theaters last week.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was released in 2004 for the original Xbox and PC. Sequel Assault on Dark Athena launched in 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Source: GameSpot

Fast & Furious 6’s Luke Evans To Star In Dracula


By:  Eric Eisenberg

Luke_Evans_36836Next month Luke Evans will be going toe-to-toe with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and the rest of the Fast & Furious crew as the main villain of Justin Lin‘s Fast & Furious 6, but for his next antagonist turn he’ll be playing a character with a bit more myth and legend behind him.

According to Variety, Evans has signed on for the titular role in Universal’s upcoming Dracula, a new film based on Bram Stoker’s most famous creation. Set to be directed by Gary Shore, who has been connected to the project since last February, the project is said to mix both “mythology and true history,” and tell the story of Prince Vlad, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler – the inspiration for Stoker’s novel. According to the trade, Tom Hardy was also considered for the part, but the studio was so impressed by Evans’ work in the upcoming car racing action flick that they decided to give the role to him.

The film, formerly known as Dracula: Year Zero, has actually been floating around Hollywood for a couple of years now, and was originally going to be directed by Alex Proyas and star Sam Worthington. Budget concerns ended up shutting it down before cameras could start to roll. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script, but the newest report doesn’t mention when they are planning to start production.

In addition to Fast & Furious 6, Evans will also appear later this year in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, playing the role of Bard (a significant part for those who have read the novel).

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Paul Walker Will Be The New Agent 47 In Hitman Reboot


By:  Eric Eisenberg

hitman_35558The first attempt at a Hitman movie, based on the popular video game series, was a bit of a train-wreck. Not only was the Xavier Gens-directed film completely panned by critics – earning only 14% on Rotten Tomatoes – it failed to go anywhere at the box office, opening at number four domestically and falling just short of $100 million worldwide by the end of its run. As a result, the fact that we haven’t heard about a possible sequel in the last six years is no big surprise, but no franchise is free from the “R” word: Reboot. And that’s exactly what’s happening to this potential franchise.

Deadline is reporting that Fox International Productions are now planning to bring back trained assassin Agent 47 for another go-round, this time with Paul Walker playing the titular lead. Skip Woods, who wrote the first movie as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming A Good Day To Die Hard, wrote the script with Mike Finch and Aleksander Bach – a celebrated commercials director – has been hired to helm. They are currently planning to host production in Berlin and Singapore this summer after Walker fulfills his press commitments to Fast & Furious 6.

My biggest concern is this: if Timothy Olyphant – one of the better actors working today – couldn’t make this character work on the big screen, what chance does Walker have. The good news is that it’s really a win-win situation for him. If it’s a success, he has a whole new franchise to lead and he won’t have to share the spotlight with Vin Diesel. If it’s a flop he can continue making incredible amounts of cash by making more and more Fast & Furious sequels. So why the hell not?

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Vin Diesel Isn’t Looking So Good In New Riddick Image


By:  Eric Eisenberg

It’s strange to think how long fans have been waiting to see Riddick, the upcoming sequel to Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. Not only will it be the first movie in the franchise since 2004, the project actually started shooting all the way back in January of 2012. But our time without the Alpha Furyan is almost over. Universal will be releasing the movie in September of this year, which means that it will probably be a few months until we see any actual footage, but thanks to Vin Diesel‘s Facebook page we’re never in short supply of stills.

Once again acting as his own publicist – as he has time and time and timeand time and time again – the action star has once again taken to the social media platform to post a new image from Riddick. But unlike most of the shots that Diesel has posted before, which mostly have the star posing like a badass, the latest one has the eponymous hero looking a little beaten down. The photo comes with the caption “The fate of the Alpha Furyan…September 6th!” which sounds pretty bleak. Check out the image below and click to see it full size.

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Co-starring Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, and Matt Nable,Riddick begins with the alien hero left for dead on a desolate planet where he must fight off constant attack from predators every making moment. In order to survive he must reach an emergency beacon, but finds that the people he has contacted is a team of mercenaries that wants his head as a bounty.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Vin Diesel Shares Rainy Riddick Photo With His Fans


By: Sean O’Connell

Vin Diesel’s Facebook page continues to be one of the best places for updates on the action star’s upcoming projects. And really, isn’t that the best use of a major star’s social media pages? You’d rather see first-look images from Riddick or Fast Six over updates on what Diesel had to eat this morning, right?

With no additional information, Diesel posted this picture on his Facebook page. It shows futuristic anti-hero Riddick contemplating … er, something while sitting in a futuristic motorcycle in the rain. Feelings. Diesel has them. And you can see that here:

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More than likely, Diesel has finished filming on the latest Riddick movie, which once again teams him up with director David Twohy for what the dup promises will be a stripped-down, bare-bones return to form for the character that was introduced in Pitch Black (and then blown up to ridiculous proportions in The Chronicles of Riddick). As the story picks up, Riddick (Diesel) has been left for dead on a lifeless planet. But when he triggers a homing beacon on the planet’s surface, two groups of men hunting Riddick arrive, then race to detain their “prize” before an intergalactic storm kills everyone involved.

Diesel is hitting his franchise stride at the moment, coming off of his massively successful Fast Five before filming this new Riddick and the sixthFast and the Furious film. Fans absolutely need to keep it locked to Diesel’s Facebook page, as he often surprises followers with exclusive looks at his films. Riddick will be in theaters on Sept. 6

Source: Cinema Blend

Riddick Finally Finds A Release Date Next Fall


By: Eric Eisenberg

riddick_34700It’s been nearly a decade since we last saw Vin Diesel slap on a pair of round goggles and go around space being called Riddick, but that streak is coming to an end. Eight years after the release of The Chronicles of Riddick an official release date has been announced for it’s sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Universal Pictures will be releasing Riddick into theaters on September 6, 2013 and, what’s more, they are planning a corresponding IMAX release to go with it. It will be the first movie in the series to be released during the fall, as Pitch Black was a February release while the previously mentioned Chronicles was out in the heart of summer. But the latest title is currently sitting on prime real estate competition-wise. While not historically a great week for movies, it’s currently the only wide release scheduled for that weekend and is spaced far away from 2013’s more anticipated titles.

Written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick opens with the titular hero stranded on a wasteland planet betrayed by his own people. Forced to survive on the surface, getting stronger and stronger fighting off predators, he begins a plot for revenge…which is only fascilitated when a team of bounty hunters arrive looking for him. In addition to Diesel, Karl Urban will be reprising a role, returning as Vaako, and new actors to the franchise include Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Jordi Molla.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Vin Diesel’s Kojak Movie Brings On Skyfall Writers


By:  Kristy Puchko

Kojak_34656Screenwriting team Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have made a career out of penning James Bond thrillers from The World is Not Enough to Casino Royale and Skyfall. With the latest of these scoring widespread praise and tearing it up at the box office—to the tune of $951 million worldwide to date—this dynamic duo is being sought by studios looking to create smart and exhilarating action features. But for now, these two screenwriters will have to leave slick spies behind them.

Deadline reports that Universal has hired Purvis and Wade to adapt the 1970s TV series Kojak into a vehicle for Vin Diesel. The procedural show starred Telly Savalas, the titular New York City cop with incorruptible ideals, serious swagger and the classic catchphrase “Who Loves ya, Baby?” Purvis and Wade will have five seasons of the Golden Globe-winning series to pour over to get a feel for how to translate Kojak to the big screen, but with Diesel attached to star, they already have a good base.

Between the Fast and Furious features and Riddick franchise, Diesel has a long history of being able to handle the kind of action we can safely assume Universal wants folded into the Kojak movie. Beyond that, he’s a star with an easy affability and charm, and true to the iconography of Kojak, he can pull off the bald look with plenty of panache. All in all, it sounds like the project is a great fit for Diesel. The addition of such established thriller scripters is all the more reason to anticipate the return of New York’s lollipop-loving cop.

Source: Cinema Blend