Reviewed by Dan Mancini Quote: “For its first 20 or so minutes, The Burmese Harp feels like the weirdest, darkest musical ever made.”

Next James Bond Film A Direct Sequel To Casino Royale

The last James Bond film, Casino Royale was a total triumph on almost every level (notice I said ALMOST). The only real weakness I found in the film was the length. That film just would have felt a lot more tight if they just trimmed like 15 minutes out of the picture.. but now I’m just being nit-picky. The biggest success of Casino Royale was in the new James Bond himself. I’ve already gone on record and stated that I think Daniel Craig is not the best James Bond ever. Take that as you will. Now most of you know that pretty much the whole James Bond franchise has been a number of stand alone films. All completely encapsulated stories that don’t really have anything to do with any of the previous films. Looks like they’re breaking that trend now too. The good folks over at Cinematical give us this: we do now have confirmation on one aspect of the next Bond that should please fans of Daniel Craig’s last outing as the superspy (i.e. pretty much everyone). Previous reports were correct: Bond 22 will be a direct continuation of the events started in Casino Royale. Since most Bond films have been stand-alone adventures, this should be another good way to shake (not stir) the formula. I think this is a good idea. Casino Royale show us Bond’s beginning… and now I think we need to see him begin the process of turning into the Bond more of us remember… the more emotionally detached womanizer we all love so much. The ending of Casino Royale gave us a glimpse of that transition starting… and now it’s time to take it to the next step.

Superman Returns 2 Is Filming In 2008

There has been a lot of whispers and speculating going around the last couple of days regarding the fate of the Superman Returns sequel (which we’ll just call Superman Returns 2 for now). It all got kicked off by word that Bryan Singer has signed on to do another project. This got the windmills going at a breakneck pace. The problem is, Singer always planned on doing another film prior to shooting Superman Returns 2 in 2008. So this isn’t new news at all. But on the internet, one rumor sparks off another and the dominos keep falling. Since people assumed that Singer would be delaying Superman Returns 2 (which he’s not), new speculation arose that Superman would be appearing in the new Justice League film that was reported earlier this month instead of his own sequel. The problem is that every source from the studios and those who work with Singer are all saying the same thing “We have already started work on Superman Returns 2, and we are starting shooting in 2008″. Period.

BLOOD DIAMOND by Edward Zwick

After an attack on his village by the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is forced to work in the diamond mines of Kono. His wife and daughter can escape, but his son Dia (Kagiso Kuypers) is forced to join the RUF as a child soldier. Just when Solomon finds a huge diamond […]

TMNT – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featurette

I have had my reservations about the up coming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3d animated feature. I have always been a big fan, but time and time again I see it get washed down for a preteen target audience. Some incarnations have a little more edge, but still aimed at the same demographic. When I saw the first trailer for TMNT, I was all pumped about it. It looked dark and gritty. No surfer turtles. No goofiness. Then one of them falls into a dumpster and skips off a one shot gag. Sigh. Now I caught wind of an extended trailer that is being labeled as a Featurette, and while it gives away a LOT of the plot, we see a lot of stuff that actually makes the movie look like it will be pretty damned cool. There is still some campiness to it, and its still clearly aimed at kids. But it looks to have a lot that someone like me can still enjoy as well. I have to warn you. This falls pretty close to the SPOILER category as it may give away a little TOO much about the plot. Watch it if you dare, but you are warned. Click here to see the featurette. Its pretty cool.

*5/701/13*

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