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Review: Immortals

There are so many pieces to the filmmaking puzzle; it’s really no wonder so many movies can’t pull it all together. With the visual king, Tarsem Singh, behind the lens, Immortals was basically guaranteed to be imagery eye candy and, sure enough, Singh delivers big time. If only he’d learn to put the same amount of time and energy into honing his script, Immortals could have given 300 a run for its money.

Way back when, there was a brutal war that resulted in the gods ruling from Mount Olympus and the Titans entombed in Mount Tarturus. Determined to end the reign of the gods, in 1228 BC, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) sets out to hunt down the Epirus Bow, the weapon with the power to unleash the Titans. Right in the path of Hyperion’s destruction is Theseus’ (Henry Cavill) home, a small village nestled in a mountainside of the Kolpos Peninsula. Even with his deft fighting capabilities, Theseus alone is no match for Hyperion and his men and Hyperion butchers Theseus’ mother right in front of him. With the help of the oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), as well as a band of slaves including the thief, Stavros (Stephen Dorff), Theseus sets out to stop Hyperion and avenge his mother.

Meanwhile, up in the clouds, the gods watch and bicker over the proper time to intervene. Riding on his faith in humanity, Zeus (Luke Cavill) demands that his children keep away from the mortals. Should they disobey his orders, he’ll put them to death. However, when necessary, the gods will make their move to ensure that the Titans never escape their tomb.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Laughs Abound Thanks To ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Happy Feet Two’

Now that Halloween is completely out of the picture, we’ve got a nice amalgamation of material to look at – comedy, drama, action and, of course, seasonal fair.

With Christmas fast approaching, a clip from Arthur Christmas is welcomed with open arms. Narrated by a little girl writing a letter to Santa, the piece gives a nice overview of the Santa Clause lineage as well as the great deal of warmth Arthur’s got to offer. On the sillier and less festive side is yet another clip from The Muppets. Sure, this opening dance sequence is well done and will certainly bring back that Muppet-loving sensation, but, by the time the film hits theaters, will there be any new material left to see?

On the more realistic comedic side (to a point at least), we’ve got a brand new red band trailer for Goon, which goes beyond the teaser, humanizing Seann William Scott’s character before getting into the hockey-fighting lunacy, which actually makes it even more brutal. Then there’s the first trailer for Wanderlust, which surprisingly both stars Jennifer Aniston and shows signs of actually being quite funny.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Shame’ And ‘Breaking Dawn’ Keep Things Sexy, One Unassumingly And The Other By Breaking Bed Frames

What better way to kick off this week’s Promos of the Week piece than with one of the most highly anticipated trailers, The Avengers? Gasp! Yes, that means the first trailer for the superhero mash up did not make the promotions section, but that’s not to say it’s not an exciting advertisement. It should come as no surprise that this film is leaning on the fact that it’s the ultimate superhero conglomeration. After years of seeing our favorite heroes fly solo, they finally unite and Marvel delivers a trailer that simply brings the gang together.

In other trailer news, we got the first full one for the apocalyptic survival film, The Divide. The piece presents the feature as something that could be a little all over the place, but this is an end of the world film we’re talking about here; as sick as it sounds, it’s inherently intriguing. On a lighter note, we’ve got the first domestic trailer for Carnage and while the international one simply uses the dialogue and well-timed cuts to bring out the comedy, this one throws in some title cards and appropriate music to bring us something with even more laughs and an impressive build. The first trailer for The Raven also arrived and while that one boasts an interesting story and all-star cast, the trailer comes across as too much of a Sherlock Holmes and Saw combo for my liking.

The Adventures of Tintin spices things up with a new set of clips – for the sake of this introduction at least. While the animation is notable, the material comes across as a bit too juvenile. On the other hand, The Muppets is as juvenile as they come, but, oddly enough, have an intense appeal to adults. People seem to be eating up all this viral marketing for the film, so I figure Disney is thinking, “Why stop here?” Sure enough, we’ve got two new videos to add to the collection, one a continuation of the Facebook “like” effort via Gonzo and another, in conjunction with AMC, in which the Muppets run through a list of theatergoing no nos.

Not the best of the best, but still, all worthy of your time. However, we do have six promotional items you absolutely must check out – some for the good and some for the bad.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos Of The Week: Pant-less Cats Stand No Chance Against Clowns Packing Heat

Yet another week absolutely packed with new promotional material. But, sadly, this time around, it wasn’t only the top three that was tough to narrow down.

As for the ads vying for those top spots, Father of Invention and 50/50 both barely missed out. Yes, we poke fun at infomercials, but admit it, there’s something oddly riveting about them. Kevin Spacey rocks that odd concept in the new trailer for Father of Invention, which features him as a household gadget pitchman who goes to prison for selling a faulty product. As for 50/50, even though this is the film’s second trailer, it switches the focus enough to get you hooked all over again while also establishing the film as a piece with layers. The new poster for Safe also makes a statement, not in terms of the film’s plot, but simply because it rocks a bold design.

Hovering in the middle is the red band clip for Fright Night and the trailers for Woman in Black and Faces in the Crowd. After having seen Fright Night, that film’s marketing team earns points for letting loose one of the piece’s more solid moments in terms of special effects. While Woman in Black appears to be a nice creepy haunted house movie, it loses points for not letting the Harry Potter dust settle, looking simply like Harry Potter in a period piece with more facial hair. We amp the scare factor up a bit with the trailer for Faces in the Crowd. A usual crowd pleaser, Milla Jovovich pulls you in, but it’s the film’s incredibly terrifying premise that makes you yearn to know more.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Saturday Wrap Up And Photos

I can’t believe it, but I’ve reached the finish line. Saturday at San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. While I’m certainly looking forward to a long day’s rest and not having to lug my hefty laptop around everywhere I go, my coverage schedule wrapping up is a bit sad. At least it all ended on a high note.

Today was another non-stop adventure beginning with Summit Entertainment’s The Darkest Hour presentation. Unlike the big panels in Hall H, this was far more intimate, Summit inviting a group of reporters to a suite in the Hard Rock Hotel to check out some concept art, stills and the film’s trailer. Cast members Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Joel Kinnaman were in the house as producers Timur Bekmambetov and Tom Jacobson walked us through the event.

With a little time to kill before The Vampire Diaries press room, I hit the convention center floor to check out the action and snap a few photos one last time. However, some of my favorite images come from the point during which I made my way from the floor to the press room, the photos of the Game of Thrones house banners hanging in the second floor halls.

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SDCC 2011: Shockya.com Hits San Diego Comic Con Tomorrow

I can’t believe it, but my very first San Diego Comic Con is just a day away. First off, let me give you a sense of where I’m coming from. I got into this whole online movie reporting biz back in 2008, right after graduation from New York University. Ever since, I’ve manned the control panel, backing up teams of reporters as they ventured out west leaving me home sweet home to merely get a taste of the action as their stories rolled in. Three years later, it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be the one to bring the latest from the convention to the Shockya.com audience.

So, here’s my plan; I hit the ground running in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, so while picking up my press badge, I’ll be snapping some photos of the local scene. After that, it’s off to the Shark Night 3D event, a highlight for me as I’m a bit of a horror junky and quite eager to take a photo with the coveted mechanical shark.

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Set Visit: Immortals Interviews

Big movie means a big cast, and a big cast means an abundance of set visit interviews. Not only did we get to speak with the man in charge himself, director Tarsem Singh, but Stephen Dorff (Stavros), Freida Pinto (Phaedra), Luke Evans (Zeus), Henry Cavill (Theseus), Kellan Lutz (Poseidon) and Isabel Lucas (Athena), too. Rather than forcing you to ogle your computer screen for hours sorting through transcriptions, I bring you the best of the best of each.

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Set Visit: Immortals

“Dawn of War”? “War of Gods”? “Immortals”?

Regardless of what Tarsem Singh’s massive 3D spectacle is called, it’s still a film involving Greek mythology and therefore, one that’s constantly compared to 2010’s Clash of the Titans. In spite of my personal disappointment in “Clash,” Immortals was my very first set visit, so the moment I committed to visiting the Montreal set, any and all Greek god-related skepticism was behind me; I was thrilled to be getting a first-hand look at the world of Immortals.

In June 2010, journalists from all over the world convened at La Cité du Cinéma, a massive film production facility responsible for films including Death RaceThe AviatorThe Day After TomorrowSecret Window and now Immortals. After a few minutes in the facility’s trophy room – the lobby decorated with posters of past productions – we made our way to the first stop on our tour, the production office.

The room was packed with tables, all littered with schedules, sketches and assorted notes except for an area cleared out to make room for a giant conference table for the visiting journalists. The Immortals staff wasted no time and had us sit down for the first of many presentations.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ’11-11-11′, ‘Apollo 18’ and ‘Final Destination 5’ Are Truly Horrific

Sure, it only makes my job tougher sorting through a slew of successful promotional material in an effort to narrow down the top three, but that’s a painstaking process I’m beyond thrilled to tackle as it suggests the feature film future is looking good.

Sadly, that also means some impressive pieces won’t receive their due honor. Captain America: The First Avenger was on the verge of snagging two spots in the promotion section courtesy of its incredibly thorough and exciting new trailer, as well as an amusingly clever Dunkin Donuts commercial. There’s also the new trailer for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which blew me away, not necessarily because it’s a well cut piece, but more so for its ability to make me curious when I’m not the slightest bit interested in the franchise.

Settling in somewhere in the middle of the spectrum are the new trailers for War Horse and the teaser for Brave. If you’ve been keeping up with this feature, by now you likely know I’m big on story, and while the visuals in the War Horse trailer are stunning, without reading a synopsis I get nothing more from this footage than it being a film about a boy and horse — and that’s certainly not enough to get me to buy a ticket. Similarly, Brave continues to flaunt its stellar animation, but has yet to deliver that emotional clincher to create a connection to the film’s heroine.

As for our weekly dose of demotions, one genre managed to snag them all. Check out the new Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week for the breakdown.

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