There’s a lot of early talk about sequels going around this week, as the directors of current movies promote their new releases. After the break, we’ve got quotes on the following:

  • Mark Neveldine says Crank 3 will happen,
  • Rupert Wyatt talks about a Planet of the Apes sequel,
  • Brad Bird has a couple more comments about The Incredibles 2,
  • Guy Ritchie talks up a possible RocknRolla sequel,
  • And Robert Downey Jr. and producer Joel Silver address a possible Sherlock Holmes 3.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2009

The above graph is from ChartsBin, showing the top 10 most pirated movies of 2009. The list, which was collected by Torrent Freak from several sources, is pretty odd. It’s not surprising that big Hollywood blockbusters like Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen topped the list, but who would have thought that a film like Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla would end up at #3?

Also surprising is that X-Men Origins: Wolverine ended up at at the bottom of the list, at #9, even though a workprint of the film infamously hit the internet a month before the theatrical release. Alex Proyas’ Knowing places #10, which is probably a good example of a movie that people had an interest in seeing (especially after some of the WTF buzz) but weren’t willing to pay for.

How do films end up on the internet? Free Love Forum has posted a faux behind the scenes documentary of the revolutionary new bootleg of the revolutionary new movie — James Cameron’s Avatar. Watch the video, embedded after the jump.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Buy It

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
It’s hard to know what to make of Woody Allen’s career. With a writing/directing filmography consisting of over 40 movies, he’s ranged from undeniably brilliant to frustratingly repetitive to just plain bad. While some filmmakers take ten years to make their next movie, Allen is dropping out a new project every year. Love him or hate him, that’s damn impressive. And while his latest offerings may have provided more than a few clunkers, his recent attempt to move away from his dearly-loved New York scene with Match Point was definitely a step in the right direction. Vicky Cristina Barcelona shows that Allen is continuing this trend, and the reviews have clearly shown the benefits of doing so.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: None.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $16.99
Amazon – $17.99

Rent It

ROCKNROLLA
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Continuing off what I was saying about directors taking a step in the right direction, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla marks another example, but one with admittedly more mixed results. To say it’s an improvement on Swept Away and Revolver is stating the obvious. The real question is, just how much of an improvement is it? Does it come close to reaching the heights of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels? Hell no. But it’s an entertaining ride nonetheless. The biggest problem is the story, which is extremely convoluted without ever justifying having such a needlessly complex narrative, or for that matter, even bothering to engage the audiences enough to care about it. What keeps it afloat is the characters and the actors playing them, all of whom are clearly having fun exchanging witty quips and playing around in Ritchie’s slickly rendered world.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc includes a commentary by Guy Richie and Mark Strong, a deleted scene, a Guy’s Town featurette, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $16.99
Amazon – $19.49

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at Best Buy and Fry’s, and $24.99 at Target and Amazon.

LAKEVIEW TERRACE
Lakeview Terrace is not an amazing movie by any means, but it blows my mind how people can so easily dismiss it while simultaneously praising Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino to no end. Don’t let the trailers fool you; this film isn’t some laughably absurd thriller about neighbors trying to kill each other over untrimmed hedges. It’s actually a fairly insightful and engaging dissection of race relations and how two men’s unflinching refusal to accept the things they cannot change lead them down an escalating path of destruction (one obviously more deserving of it than the other). The ending spirals out of control somewhat, but aside from that, it’s a film well worth seeing.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary with Director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington, deleted scenes with optional commentary, and 3 featurettes (An Open House, Meet Your Neighbors, Home Sweet Home).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $19.99

THE ROCKER
I’m not gonna lie; this is a bad movie. The storytelling is by-the-numbers, the characters are poorly developed, and the direction is bland. The one thing that saves it, though, is Rainn Wilson. His energy and enthusiasm for the role single-handedly keeps the movie engaging, and even helps you to overlook every time a poorly written joke falls flat.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary with director Peter Cattaneo and actor Rainn Wilson, a second commentary with actors Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Emma Stone and Jason Sudeikis, 10 deleted scenes, a gag reel, 6 featurettes (Rainn Wilson: Office Rocker, Pete Best Interview, Behind The Band: Vesuvius, Rock Beat With Fish Fishman, The Music of The Rocker, Rock Tales), an MTV Film Festival Panel, an “I’m Not Bitter” music video, 4 exclusive podcasts, Fox Movie Channel Presents…In Character With The Rocker, Vesuvius Public Service Announcements, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$19.99 N/A
Amazon – $21.99

Skip It

PRIDE AND GLORY
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Holy hell does this movie look dull. I don’t think I’ve ever found myself this disinterested in a project that had so much talent on display, except for maybe We Own the Night, which was a similarly formulaic-looking police procedural. I can’t even tell the difference between these films anymore. They all look like nothing more than weak attempts to recreate the success of The Departed.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc includes a Source of Glory: The Making of Pride and Glory making of documentary and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $ at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).

FIREPROOF
A movie that clearly cares more about upholding wholesome Christian values than providing an original narrative or strong production values, Fireproof managed to make over 60 times its budget with its limited theatrical release (it grossed $33 million, and only cost half a million). This is great for those who like watching films that reaffirm their faith, but for those looking for some genuine entertainment (other than the unintentionally comedic kind), look elsewhere.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary with co-writer/director Alex Kendrick and co-writer/producer Stephen Kendrick, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers, resource film clips, Fireproof Resources, and Fireproof in 60 with Director’s Introduction.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99
Amazon – $16.99

COLLEGE
For a movie with the title College, this movie sure does an impressive job presenting a reality so far removed from actual college life that it’s almost funny. (Almost being the keyword here.)
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$19.99
Amazon – $19.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Roman Polanski: Wanted and DesiredThe Lucky OnesOpen Season 2Hulk Vs. (Two-Disc Special Edition)Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Special Edition)Cheers (The Final Season)Blossom (Seasons 1 & 2)

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive: Bonus Disc with Open Season 2 ($16.99).


Exclusive: Free backpack with purchase of Open Season 2 ($19.99).

Exclusive: Free trading cards with purchase of Hulk Vs. (2-Disc Special Edition) ($17.99).

In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam witness the self-destruction of Joaquin Phoenix, say goodbye to Laserdiscs, and discuss the status of Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Special geek/guest Elisabeth Rappe joins us from Cinematical and MTV Movies Blog.

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Toronto Video Blog: Ghost Town and Rocknrolla

It’s day seven of my 28 day movie adventure. The Toronto International Film Festival has begun. And anyone who doesn’t think Canada can be hot obviously hasn’t visited Toronto in September. I arrived at 2:00am due to an unforeseen delay in my flight, and was unable to catch the morning press screening of Guy Ritchie‘s latest Rocknrolla. Luckily I was able to catch up with Liam Cullin of EmpireMovies.com after the screening of Ghost Town. We talk about the Ricky Gervais comedy and Liam gives his thoughts on Guy Ritchie’s latest (you can read his written review here). Hopefully this will be the first of many video blogs where we take a few minutes out with other critics at the festival and discuss what we’ve just seen.

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RockNRolla Opening Credits

The opening credit sequence for Guy Ritchie‘s RockNRolla is now online. Check out the sequence for RockNRolla by clicking on the image above. You probably have never heard of Danny Yount, but you’ve definitely seen some of the animated title sequences he has created: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man, The Invasion, The Reaping, Six Feet Under, The Grid, The 6th Day, and House of Wax. You can check out some of these sequences below.

via: AintitCool

Warner Bros at Comic Con 2008

Warner Bros has unveiled their Comic-Con 2008 line-up:

Thursday, July 24th:

Dark Castle Presentation: Rocknrolla, Ninja Assassin, The Hills Run Red, Ferryman (comic book)
6:00pm – 7:00pm in Hall H
Expected Talent: Joel Silver (producer) and Susan Downey (producer)

  • Rocknrolla: Guy Ritchie (director & writer), Chris Bridges, Jeremy Piven (tbd) additional cast tba,
  • Ninja Assassin: James McTeigue (director), Ji Hoon Jung (“Rain”) and Naomie Harris
  • The Hills Run Red: Sophie Monk and Tad Hildenbrink
  • Ferryman: Marc Andreyko (“Ferryman” writer) and Jonathan Wayshak (“Ferryman” artist)

Friday, July 25th:

Watchmen
11:55am – 1:00pm in HALL H
Expected Talent: Zack Snyder (director) and Cast (tba)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
4:00pm – 5:00pm in Hall H
Expected Talent: Dave Filoni (director) and Catherine Winder (producer)

Saturday, July 26th:

Terminator Salvation
1:15pm – 2:15pm in Hall H
Expected Talent: McG (director) and Cast (tba)

Sunday, July 27th:

Friday the 13th Remake
1:00pm – 1:30pm in Room 20
Expected Talent: Jared Padalecki, Derek Meaks, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form (producers)

/Filmcast Episode 6: Wanted and Wall-E

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Adam, and Devindra geek out about some brand new trailers, speculate on the future of The Office, and try to find some meaningful criticisms of Wall-E. Special Guests Kevin Buist from Filmcouch and Eric Vespe (AKA “Quint”) from Aint it Cool News join us today. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Want to advertise with us or sponsor us? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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