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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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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: Interview With The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder And Nina Dobrev

After having the opportunity to speak with the ones responsible for creating The Vampire Diaries and sending the show’s characters on one heck of a tumultuous adventure, writer-producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, we got to chat with two of the actors thrown right into the middle of it all, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.

SPOILER ALERT: Major season one and two spoilers in this interview.

Season two came to a close with Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) exit. As dictated by his deal with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), he must leave Elena (Dobrev) behind to accompany Klaus on whatever it is he’s got planned, likely something devastating as he’s now an all-powerful vampire, werewolf hybrid. That leaves Elena with Damon (Somerhalder), forcing Damon to put his usual nonsense on hold, and step it up for Elena’s sake, or so we hope.

“Ultimately, he’s pretty pissed off,” Somerhalder explained. After two seasons of trying to get Damon in line, “Stefan’s running around with Klaus, a dude that Damon absolutely hates.” Now, Damon’s stuck in Mystic Falls with a girl that he loves, but can’t have. As unhappy as he is with the situation, Somerhalder said, “I think he’s going to rise to the occasion.” Then again, “If people are expecting Damon to be this wearing his heart on his sleeve kind of hero character, ain’t happening.” What is on the way for Damon? Check where Somerhalder sees him going in this video roundtable interview.

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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: Interviews With The Vampire Diaries Writer-Producers Julie Plec And Kevin Williamson

If you’re looking for details on a television show’s upcoming season, who better to talk to than the show’s writer-producers? Just before hitting the stage of The Vampire Diaries panel, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson spent some time in the pressroom for some more intimate conversations on the show’s third season.

SPOILER ALERT: These interviews contain MAJOR season one and two spoilers.

While Plec never crosses over into spoiler territory in terms of the new material, she certainly doesn’t hold back in the least when it came to discussing what to expect come September 15th. She speaks quite a bit about Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) fate, as he’s a young guy struggling with love as well as an immense amount of loss. As for Katherine (Nina Dobrev), Plec assures, “We haven’t seen the last of her.” Speaking of bad, Plec explained, when Stefan (Paul Wesley) falls off the edge “he’s pretty hardcore.” They made a conscious decision to take the character down a “dark road” and they intend to keep him on that path for quite a while. The question is, does that make Damon (Ian Somerhalder) the better brother? “By no means are they swapping personalities,” but she confirms there is a bit of a role reversal. Plec also notes the growing relationship between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino). “We’ll see [if] the friendship lasts and if it stays just friends, ‘cause it’s kind of inevitable that there’s gonna be some naked action happening there eventually.”

Plec covered quite a bit, but as there wasn’t time to get through everything, our table was lucky to have Williamson sit down right after to fill in some holes. “Stefan has taken off with Klaus,” he explains. “That’s sort of the first chapter of our story,” Damon and Elena’s search for Stefan. She’s attracted to one and in love with the other, so she’s torn and even more so now than ever because of the circumstances. As for the evil portions of the show, Klaus is villain numero uno, but, “with Klaus comes a whole host of problems and people and characters.” Williamson also goes into depth about the choice to kill off Jenna. Williamson admits part of the decision stemmed from his inability to do much more with the character. “Unless I had turned her into a drunk alcoholic who’s having orgies in the bedroom at night – I’m not that fascinated by that character.” He experienced a somewhat similar issue with Kayla Ewell who played Vicki Donovan, however, as we find out at the very end of season two, her run on the show isn’t over just yet.

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Tribeca Review: Angels Crest

As much as going to the theater should be an enjoyable experience, there’s nothing wrong with checking out a sad piece. However, nobody goes to the movies to just wade around in a character’s problems; you need to experience the person’s emotional range in order to understand and appreciate their hardships. Unfortunately, in Angels Crest’s case, there’s no variation of sentiment in the least, just one long depressing note.

Thomas Dekker is Ethan, a young father of a 3-year-old boy named Nathan (Ameko Eks Mass Carroll). One cold morning, Nathan wakes up early and convinces his dad to hit the road and take him to the snowy mountains of Angels Crest. By the time they get there, Nathan is fast asleep, so Ethan opts to head out alone to sneak a peek at the local wildlife. Only 20 minutes later, Ethan returns to his truck and Nathan is nowhere to be found. The townsfolk come out to help Ethan and the police look for Nathan, but it isn’t until the next morning that Ethan finds his son, frozen to death, buried in the snow.

Not only is Ethan crushed by the loss, feeling guilty for his carelessness and simply missing his son, but he’s also suffering with the pressure of some of his neighbors who outwardly blame him for the accident, most notably, Nathan’s mother, Cindy (Lynn Collins). However, there are those who sympathize with Ethan’s situation like his good friend Jane (Elizabeth McGovern). As for Angie (Mira Sorvino), the woman who runs the local diner, as much as she empathizes with Ethan, as a mother herself, she can’t help but to notice the poor parenting decision. Worst of all, a local District Attorney (Jeremy Piven) plans to go after Ethan and prosecute him for his negligence.

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