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8 Great … Kids Behaving Violently

We’re about to see kids killing kids and the world loves it. There’s certainly a lot more to The Hunger Games than violence, namely honest relationships and exploring the effects of excessive government control, but hey — it’s a movie about 24 teens fighting for their lives in a televised battle to the death. So let’s have some fun with the idea of seeing a group of kids arming up in hopes of taking each other out by looking back at some of the most ruthless little ones cinema has to offer.

Hit Girl – Kick-Ass

I wouldn’t say violent children ever really went away, but Kick-Ass’ Hit Girl certainly made them cool again. This pint-sized superhero is as vicious as they come, showing no mercy, slicing off a guy’s leg, reloading her guns on the fly to take out a room full of Frank D’Amico’s henchmen and, my personal favorite, forcing someone to somewhat self-inflict a gunshot to the head via a knife rope.

To top it all off, Hit Girl makes her kills that much more memorable, dishing out obscene dialogue, like telling Kick-Ass that in order to get in touch with her “You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky; it’s in the shape of a giant c*ck … ” and many other lines not at all appropriate to reprint.

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Review: Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian is a tough film to review, as it’s not for everyone, but clearly has the power to satisfy those with a taste for gory action. If you’re looking for a surface value experience in which everyone looks the part, spending some time with this warrior could be well worth it. Then again, if you can’t survive on muscles, carnage and brutality alone and need even the slightest bit of heart or endearment, look elsewhere as Conan the Barbarian is as brash and coarse as its hero.

In the heat of battle, tribe leader Corin (Ron Perlman) is left with no choice, but to knife his own wife to pull out his newborn baby boy alive. That boy is Conan and, born in the midst of war and his mother’s blood, he’s born to fight. At a young age (played by Leo Howard), his battle skills far exceed those of any other boy in the tribe and he’s able to fulfill his father’s assignments with ease. However, even with his exemplary fighting skills, he’s no match for Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), a warrior hell bent on reassembling a mask, which will supposedly make him all-powerful and allow him to resurrect his wife. As his men burn Corin’s village, even after finding the missing piece, Zym and his daughter, the powerful sorceress Marique, relish in torturing Conan, forcing him to watch his father perish.

Twenty years later, Conan (Jason Momoa) is a fierce and absolutely massive warrior determined to track down the man responsible for destroying his childhood. However, in the meantime, Conan takes pride in using his exemplary battle skills to free local slaves. When his side job puts him face-to-face with a man he recognizes from the village attack, Conan extracts the information necessary to put him hot on Zym’s trail. Zym is still busy trying to bring his mask to life. Sure, he’s got all the pieces, but now he needs a “pure blood” to activate it. Conan follows Zym to a monastery where Tamara (Rachel Nichols), the pure blood, resides. With Conan desperate to bring Zym down and Tamara eager to survive, their paths merge and they team to fight.

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Interview: Conan the Barbarian’s Rose McGowan

She may be almost entirely unrecognizable, but yes, that is Rose McGowan rocking the porcelain skin, minimal leather outfit and, well, receding hairline in the trailer for Conan the Barbarian. She stars as the evil Marique, a powerful sorceress and the daughter of the ruthless Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), Conan’s (Jason Momoa) archenemy.

With the film’s August 19th release on the horizon, McGowan hit San Diego Comic-Con to help spread the word. She dishes on all of the details including what it took to turn her into the character we see on screen, Marique’s weapon of choice, her daddy issues, as well as a moment between her and Lang that had to be cut from the film, for the fear of pushing a testy issue too far.

Before wrapping up, we revisit the much-discussed possibility of her playing Red Sonja on the big screen. The outlook’s been grim for quite a while and now McGowan 100% confirms it: She will not play Red Sonja. Hear all about that and, of course, McGowan’s experience working on Conan the Barbarian in the video interview below.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Captain America vs. Batman vs. Spider-Man

No superhero vs. superhero battles on the big screen – not yet, at least – but Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America got the chance to duke it out in promo land this week and the outcome was rather surprising.

In general, there was a pretty tough fight for those promotion spots. We got a ton of new material, most of which is worthy of a mention. There’s the very first trailer for The Thing, which presents the film as a remake of the John Carpenter production rather than a prequel, but still manages to raise intrigue. Based on the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, come November 23rd, we could get something that’s kid friendly, but still packing appeal to adults, too. Similarly, the first trailer for the 3D stop-motion The Pirates! Band of Misfitsarrived and while the material is quite juvenile, the animation is mesmerizing.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie recovered from last week’s demotion disaster with a trailer that gets right to the good stuff, the music and behind-the-scenes time with the stars. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy takes a step in the right direction as well with a new poster that artfully hints at the intricacy of the plot.

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SDCC 2011: Thursday Wrap Up And Photos

And that’s a wrap on my first full busy day at San Diego Comic Con. I kicked things off at the press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which featured Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart after which Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner took the stage. Before wrapping up things with Summit Entertainment, I spoke with the writer of one of the studio’s next book-to-film adaptations, Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion. Keep an eye out for that interview later this week.

From there it was off to the convention center where I spent some time checking out the goods including vendor booths like MIMOBOT (more to come from them later this week) and studio presentations like Lionsgates’ booth which is all decked out in Hunger Games’ flaming glory.

Time flew fast, so from there it was a brisk walk over to Ballroom 20 where author George R.R. Martin proudly presented the cast and writers who brought the first book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series to life, Game of Thrones. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were all on hand to talk about their experience working on the show’s first season, the goodies that will come with the season one DVD as well as a bit of what to expect for season two and beyond.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Harry Potter’ Exits In Style

Talk about a big week of promotional material. The past seven days have been packed with brand new posters and trailers and almost all from highly anticipated upcoming releases. While it was tough narrowing down the top three items of the week, the bottom three were so glaringly obvious, it made the choice a breeze.

That being said, we’ve got a slew of honorable mentions worthy of your attention. In the poster department, we’ve got a new piece for Conan the Barbarian that’s a rather well balanced cut-and-paste job with an appealing color scheme. An internationalMuppets poster giving us exactly what we want, Muppets, Muppets and more Muppets. The main members of the gang are all accounted for in this image, hitting you with a hefty dose of nostalgia. In the teaser subsection, we’ve got two big ones, a poster for The Dark Knight Rises and one for The Thing. Of the two I prefer The Thing as it’s the more telling of the two. Plus, Inception used that whole warped skyscraper design to death.

As for trailers and clips, the semi-standouts included the new teaser for The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. This one could have crept into the promotions department had it not been for the soundtrack, which is distractingly similar to that of Duncan Jones’ Moon. The international trailer for The Adventures of Tintin not only rocks some stellar animation, but a nice amount of plot information, too, giving it a far stronger appeal to those unfamiliar with the source material than the teaser. Also making a positive impact is the very first clip for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, which appropriately sets the tone and offers a taste of what’s to come without spoiling much by going with a rather low key moment. Last is the most recent release, the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. Sure the piece is intriguing, but it’s hard to imagine this trailer not spoiling nearly every plot point.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: It’s An International Takeover

After a slow start to the week, we finally amassed enough new promotional material courtesy of the marketing teams abroad. While the domestic promotional departments were enjoying their country’s independence along with the obligatory BBQs and fireworks, the international designers were hard at work helping fill the slots in this week’s promotion section while the few slipups took care of the demotions vacancies.

Just missing out on top honors were two featurettes for Captain America: The First Avenger, both of which are worthy watches as they pack a great deal of back story and behind-the-scenes material. Sliding down the scale the slightest bit is the first trailer for 5 Days of War. While a good portion of the material suggests the film could teeter upon being a bit cliché, the action is alluring enough to build curiosity.

The new trailer for The Myth of the American Sleepover finds itself in a similar position, as while the festival honors are a major draw, the trailer itself makes the film look no better than Prom. As we trickle down closer to the bottom of the barrel, we find Taylor Lautner and his Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout parody. While I do appreciate any attempt to make light of a poor situation, thanks to The Twilight Saga, most things featuring Lautner become instantly tacky.

Don’t worry Twilight fans; Jacob Black will live to see another day as there are three other items more deserving of the demotion status. What were they? Check out the best and worst promo material of the week below.

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