Disneynature’s ‘Chimpanzee’ Trailer

Every year on (or around) Earth Day, Disneynature releases a new nature documentary. This Friday you can see African Cats, which will include the trailer for their next feature – Chimpanzee. Which begs the question: when are they going to do a documentary on some of the uglier wild creatures? Okay, maybe not — cute animals equal box office dollars (ask those marching penguins…). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer

20th Century Fox has released the movie trailer for Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes., starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton. The film is a prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise which takes place in present day with a science fact-like take on how animal testing leads to the end of the human race, and yes, the rise of the apes. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Up until a few months ago, I’ve never seen a episode of Battlestar Galactica, nor did I have any desire to. When the summer started, that meant the television shows I watch like Lost had ended. It’s really a bother when you start to get into a habit of enjoying a show week to week, only for it to end leaving you with nothing else to do. Usually when this happens, I try to find a show on dvd that I’ve been curious about. This summer was a harder one, so after countless recommendations I finally gave into Battlestar. And damn it, I love it. I was hoping all week that I was going to have the time attend the panel at this years Comic-Con for two reasons.

1. It’s probably going to be the last panel for the show.

2. After the mid-season cliffhanger, I wanted to get any kind of glimpse for the last 10 episodes.

Even though a lot of the discussion didn’t include the information that I was hoping for, we were able to get some interesting tidbits.

When the panel first began, we were introduced to a teaser trailer for season “4.5”. It started off with clips from the previous seasons. Then about half way through, we started to see BS crew and Cylons on a destroyed earth. And at one point Starbuck saying “Isn’t there away out of here”. Producer David Eick, talked about how the first couple of episodes will focus on the crew having to deal with terrible living conditions. They want to leave the place they dreamt about living for so long. As the trailer continued, we saw extremely quick flashes of scenes of this season, one with President Roslyn asking Commander Adama if he was a Cylon, and the next clip showing the Commander in the airlock of BSG with a white cloth over his eyes, looking into the camera. It looked like someone or something was defiantly going to execute him and it’s either a Cylon or human doing the death sentence.

Some other things  we noticed in the trailer included:

  • Starbuck and Apollo making out.
  • Adama and Roslin making out as well
  • The Final Four next to ruins.
  • Apollo in a cell crying: “just kill me”

The trailer ended with showing various cast members holding guns as well as shooting them. Some battles on Earth, others on Galatica. After viewing the trailer, we can 100% confirm that the season won’t take place entirely on Earth.

Kevin Smith (who was the moderator) asked each cast member what’s their favorite badass moment. There were small responses that I felt should be shared…

James Callis who plays Dr. Gaius Baltar, talked about one of the final battles in the show as being very epic, sying that it felt almost like the great Vietnam War movie “Apocalypse Now”. Although, he didn’t say who they were fighting, one has to assume there is going to be a big F’N battle between the Humans and Cylons.

Tricia Helfer (Number 6) admitted that she finally was able to shoot some of the biggest guns on that the show ever seen in one of the final episodes. She was told she was one of the only females in the world to shoot these huge guns.  But is she fighting with or against the humans?

The last good question that was asked by an audience member was,  “How do they feel their character found closure?’ Katee Sackhoff answered: “Starbuck finds peace,” which makes me wonder, does everyone’s favorite woman pilot die? I’m starting to sadly think it might be the case.

James Callis said the last great moment from panel, “The ending is an ending. It’s utterly sublime, the perfect way to end the show… It does everyone and everything justice.”  That one line has officially made me excited about the last episodes of one of the best shows on television. Hopefully they can deliver, but honestly – has the show failed us yet?

Comic Con: Dexter Season 3 Previewed

I find one of the best shows on television today is Showtime’s serial killer drama Dexter. When I heard Comic-Con was going to have a panel featuring Dexter’s cast and crew, I just had to be in attendance. After waiting over an hour just to sit in the back of an auditorium, I was able to view the newest trailer for the third season.

The trailer started off with Dexter getting up in the morning, brushing his teeth, taking a shower…everything that everybody normally does when the get up first get up from bed. As it showed clips of him doing this, Michael C. Hall doing one of his chilling voiceovers said “life is a ritual, hurtful, and controlling”. We see quick clips with familiar characters and also one new face for this series. Jimmy Smit, of CSI-Miami fame, will be joining Miami-Dade Police Department. And this time, instead of working in the law enforcement, he’ll be a rookie hard-nose District Attorney, put in the position to clean up the crime-ridden streets. Probably not the best thing for our favorite killer.

As the trailer went on, I started to notice that Dexter might have done the unthinkable, kill a innocent person. It had a voice over of Dexter talking about how he gave in to one of his impulses and not following “Harry’s Code”. He then went on to say something very disturbing, “If I still cared what Harry thought, I’d feel bad”. The trailer ended soon after that. But not after the words “The student becomes the master.”

The lights came up and the actors in attendance were ready to speak. The line-up included Michael C. Hall and Juile Bentz (Rita). The major point of focus is how Dexter will grow into himself. Meaning, Dexter will have almost forgotten what Harry taught him, and how he’s creating his own life and rules. Because of the void, Dexter starts to build a relationship with the new DA. They even compared it to a big brother type friendship.

At the end of the panel, they discussed how Dexter’s sister Deb would finally have a “real” relationship but with a twist, it won’t be anyone we’ll ever expect (please god, not Dexter). They also promised that the first episode was going to have such a HUGE twist, it would be like “throwing a pebble on a mountain, then a avalanche falling down and it can’t be stopped”. Yeah, I think he basically said it was going to be life changing.

Dexter Season 3 will air September 28th on Showtime.

Mark Wahberg, Mila Kunis, Ludacris, and Director John Moore (The Omen, Behind Enemy Lines) were in attendance to premiere Max Payne footage at the Fox panel at Comic Con.

During the Panel, John Moore kept repeating how important it was for him to stay as subjective to Max Payne’s character as possible. He believed once you take away the controller from the player, you better make it as personal to the audience as you can. Moore’s reasoning is that when you play the game the whole reason to play it is to feel like you’re a part of the story.

If you’re a fan of the game, you would be excited of what we had the privilege to witness. For instance, one scene involved Max Payne following some “junkies” into a subway system. As he passed them, they were sitting on a bench, he took a right into the bathroom. The next thing we saw was Payne looking into the mirror, he noticed the reflection behind him were the junkies. A shootout soon took place inside the bathroom, if anyone has played just the beginning of the game, the set were this taking place will seem very familiar.

Some other perks from the game, has Max Pax Payne narrating how he feels, using very dark metaphorical dialogue, but making it as simple sounding as it can, giving the feeling like you’re listing to someone read a comic book.

The last thing we were shown was a 3 minute highlight reel of the movie. It started with a zoomed shot of a barrel of a handgun, then with the same single shot started zooming back, until you saw Mark Walhberg standing holding the gun in in a alleyway while it was snowing. It went on with Led Zeppelin’s “Candy Store Rock” blasting in the background and seeing quick clips of various gun fights and showing different characters Max Payne will encounter, including dream sequence that are involved with the game. It ended with with a scene showing Max Payne holding a hostage in a office with an swat team of about ten, holding guns pointing to Payne. He throws the hostage to the ground and a fire fight ensues. Payne on one side of the room, the swat team on the other. Max Payne then tries to sneak to the other side of the room, ducking and dodging bullets by using the office desks as cover. At one point the emergency sprinklers go off, giving the firefight a little beauty to the scene.

At the end of the firefight, we see Max Payne dive, while shooting at a door to unlock it. The clip then slows down, using a bullet time effect much like what the game does. John Moore briefly discussed how they achieved bullet time. by  Using a hard drive called Phantom. Phantom is a machine that can record video at 1000 Frames per second, which gives the effect of slowing down time time to the thousandth degree. The effect gives a smooth rendition of what the game does so well.

All in all, the movie has beautiful cinematic shots but the question remains, will the story be worth watching? Again, they seemed to keep the simple dialogue from the game, I’m not sure how well that will translate for a full movie.

Video Game Review: Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz

Buzz! The Hollywood QuizWith the success of the movie board game Scene It? and it’s exclusive video game on Xbox 360, it was only a matter of time when we’d see a copycat game on another system. Well, thanks to Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) and it’s hit trivial “Buzz!” games we now have “Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz” for the Playstation 2.

When you first see the display box, the first thing you’ll notice is that it contains four of its own controllers. Each controller has a large red button, much like something you’d see on Family Feud. Bellow that, four small rectangular buttons. Each with it’s own color (blue,orange,green,and yellow). Obviously the goal was to give you a game show feel while playing. Luckily, each controller is connected together to one USB port-meaning you can also play this on the PS3.

When you boot up the game you’ll notice the host looks somewhat like a 3-D Philip from South Park. But less funny and more annoying. A lot like Ryan Seacrest actually.  What’s even more upsetting is he’ll say the same thing over and over. Nothing will ever change. This can easily get REALLY annoying. The game in total has seven different rounds with seven different types of games. Some good, and some well…not so good. Here are a few examples:

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