Archive for February, 2013

85th Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture – Argo
  • Best Animated Feature Film – Brave
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
  • Best Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man
  • Best Direction – Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Best Original Song – Adele, Skyfall
  • Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Best Production Design – Lincoln
  • Best Sound Mixing – Les Miserables
  • Best Sound Editing – (tie) Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Film Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
  • Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Best Make-Up and Hair Styling – Lisa Westcott/Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables
  • Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
  • Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
  • Best Visual Effects – Life of Pi
  • Best Short Documentary – Inocente
  • Best Live Action Short Film – Curfew
  • Best Animated Short Film – Paperman

Agree or disagree with the winners? Sound off in our comments!

Release Date: February 15, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic, Cole Hauser, and Amaury Nolasco.
Plot: Bruce Willis is back as iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney)– unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist.

With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

Thoughts: I am a huge Die Hard fan and I’ll always be excited for a new action flick that features Bruce Willis’ John McClane. The original movie is near perfect and is one of the top actions movies of all time (and one of the best Christmas movies ever made). The second was a bit lackluster (Die Harder), but the series rebounded with an awesome third movie (Die Hard with a Vengence), only to be followed by a disappointing forth flick (Live Free or Die Hard).

As it stands, the odd numbered Die Hard movies are the strongest, so A Good Day to Die Hard should be good, right? Sadly, the early buzz is not great and John Moore as the director makes me even concerned- he already delivered a awful adaptation of Max Payne, a video game that was already cinematic yet his version lacked the game’s visual appear and style. I love the idea of John McClane fighting along side his just as badass son (and look at that poster, they do look like family), but will they be enough to make the movie entertaining? The movie hit theaters this past Friday, so why are you here reading this? If you are a fan of Die Hard, go check it out!

On March 24th Luigi will finally push Mario out of the spotlight and emerge from the massive shadow of the Italian plumber turned superhero when he headlines Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game is heading to the Nintendo 3DS and is a sequel of sorts to the original Luigi’s Mansion, which was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube.

In the new game, Luigi is sent to five new haunted houses by Professor E. Gadd (from the original game) armed with the new Poltergust 5000 to capture ghosts and gather various treasures along the way. Just like the Poltergust 3000 from the original, the 5000 is a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture the ghosts. The new game adds to the gameplay by making it a little more difficult to capture the ghosts along with new puzzled-oriented elements to advance through the game. Also new is a multiplayer mode on the Nintendo Network that always players to assume the role of Luigi (in different colors) to explore the “ScareScraper” mansion.

If the new game is anything like the original it’ll be a blast to play. Not only did the original game not take itself serious, but the concept alone of Luigi in a haunted house with a vacuum to catch ghosts is as fun as it gets. Why didn’t the vacuum ever make it into other Mario game’s Haunted House levels? Check out Luigi’s new adventure next month (and you can pre-order it here)!

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Today’s guest post comes from reader Tracy. Check it out…

When the silver screen was introduced a century ago in Germany and other parts of the world, it has become a revolution that enabled people to express themselves in moving pictures. Similar to books and music, German films as well as international ones feature stories or themes based on a person’s life, frustrations, and dreams, among many others. One of most common themes used in movies is gambling.

As playing casino games is one of the favorite activities of mankind, it wasn’t long before when people incorporated this with motion picture. From 1960 to the present, people have produced a number of titles that illustrate gambling, whether it is live or online at sites like de.partypoker.com, as part of their subject’s lives. One example is The Gambler, a 2007 film of German director Sebastian Bieniek.

Apart from using real casinos and online sites such as Party Poker heavily in a film, there are also instances wherein filmmakers used gambling as an “under theme” in some of the scenes in their work. That being said, here is a personal list of the most memorable scenes with gambling references on non-gambling movies.

The roulette scene in Toy Story 3
When I saw Toy Story 3 on the silver screen for the first time, I didn’t expect to see a gambling scene. But I commend Pixar for treating a mature topic in such a way that the audience, especially the younger sector, would still enjoy it. The scene that I am talking about involves some of the founding toys at the preschool, including Ken. They are gathered together around a See ‘n Say, betting on where the spinner will stop. The tip of the arrow lands on the duck, making the octopus the winner.

The blackjack scene in The Hangover
Almost all of the scenes in The Hangover are in Las Vegas, so it is implausible not to see any gambling activity in the film. I included The Hangover’s blackjack scene in this short list as it is a pure homage to the Rain Man, especially when Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) descended on the escalator wearing a gray suit.

The roulette scene in Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Directed by Tom Tykwer, this German film tells the story of Lola (Franka Potente) as she tries to look for money to use as substitute to the money that was lost by her boyfriend Manni. After failing in her first two attempts, Lola sees a casino and decides to put everything she’s got on the roulette table. She wins two bets with “20 black”, which gives her more than enough money to help Manni. What I love most about this scene is the reaction of the classy people when Lola entered the casino all sweaty and under-dressed.

I have been saying for a very long time that X-Factor is easily the best (and most consistent) series that Marvel Comics puts out. Peter David connects the reader to these characters (all of which are b-level at best) like few can. Year of his stories are coming to a head as the team is caught in the middle of the “Hell on Earth War”. Darwin finally returned recently and now it would appear that Strong Guy is following suit… to bad it would appear that like Darwin, Strong Guy is on the wrong side of this fight.

X-Factor #250
Official Description: The story years in the making continues here as X-Factor struggles to stop the Lords of Hell from tearing the Earth apart in their battle for dominance! Familiar faces will return as the battle reaches a fever pitch, the first of whom is STRONG GUY! And he has a bone to pick with his former teammates…

The issue hits stands this Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. If you were not aware, X-Factor’s writer Peter David had a stroke at the end of the year and could use his fans help. Find out more on how you can help over on his personal blog.

Check out these X-Factor related products…


Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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Girl Meets World has cast the role of Riley, Corey and Topanga’s daughter, with Rowan Blanchard.  Sabrina Carpenter has been also cast as Riley’s best friend Maya. Girl Meets World is still looking for someone to play Elliott, Cory and Topanga’s son. The casting call says “His parents worry that he has inherited [his uncle’s] ‘Eric Matthews Algernon’ gene and will lose intelligence as time goes by.” Blanchard co-starred in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, while Carpenter will appear in The Goodwin Games opposite Scott Foley and Becki Newton. What about Shawn, Eric, Feeny and the other cast members of the original? Will anyone else return for the new series? Show creator Michael Jacobs has stated “Whoever wants to be part of this show will be and whoever wants to move on will,” leaving the door open for anyone and everyone to come back in some capacity in the future.

Will Cobie Smulders reprise her role as Maria Hill in the new S.H.E.I.L.D. TV series? How I Met Your Mother was picked up for a ninth season, but in an interview with iamrogue.com Smulders said; “The commitments to [How I Met Your Mother] don’t affect it” and “I can’t really say, but there are definite talks about it.” Smulders will play Maria Hill again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The S.H.E.I.L.D. pilot is currently being filmed with The Avengers director Joss Whedon behind the camera and fan favorite Clark Gregg reprising the role of Phil Coulson to headline the new series. Whedon wrote the pilot along with Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, his writing partners on Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.