Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Justin Bartha.
Plot: The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Thoughts: I don’t think anyone saw the trailer for the first Hangover and thought to themselves “I see this becoming one of the funniest and most successful comedy trilogies of all time.” But here we are, four years after the first movie with two sequels and countless box office dollars later.

Now, the second movie in the series was a huge let down creatively. Story-wise it was identical to the original (save for a new setting), and all of the jokes felt tired and used. The trailer for Part III gives me a lot of hope that they recognized the mistakes of the second one and improved on them. Right from the description, “..no wedding. No bachelor party,”

Yeah, I’ll be there.

MAN OF STEEL

Release Date: June 14, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen)
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, and Richard Schiff.
Plot: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.

But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Thoughts: I can not wait for Man of Steel to come out. Seriously. I know next to nothing about the movie. I’ve seen the trailer and we all know the very basics; origin story, Zod, and the suit looks a bit different. But I absolutely love the fact that I really don’t know much about the plot.

This is the polar opposite of the advertising of Iron Man 3, a movie that I have not seen but I feel like I know every beat of the movie. The cast is top notch, I love Snyder’s visual style, and more so than the actors that have come before him, Henry Cavill looks the part of Superman without even being in the suit.

Is it June 14th yet?

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!

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.

You can check out the full list of the 19th Annual SAG Awards nominees here. The winners are…

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo

We are only 20 days away from a new John McClane adventure in A Good Day to Die Hard and I’m surprised that I haven’t seen a lot more advertising for the action flick. We can thank the official Die Hard Facebook page for this awesome poster that looks back at the original flick.

Bruce Willis returns to the role that made him an action hero on February 14th where he is joined by Jai Courtney, who takes on the role of his son. Will A Good Day to Die Hard live up to the original? We’ll see…

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