Friday, 30 November 2012

Stunning Visual Treats From Oz: The Great And Powerful

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Sam Raimi, one of the greatest director whom brought us The Spiderman Trilogy, going to give us yet another visual treat in the forthcoming fantasy adaptation, Oz - The Great And Powerful. James Franco, one of my favourite actor of the time, team up with Sam Raimi once again (after the Spiderman Trilogy), he reprises the titular character, Oz. 

The movie will be released only in Mar 2013 but Disney has released a series of visually stunning movie posters, movie stills and trailers. I am pretty sure you will be wow-ed by them.


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Awesomeness From Pacific Rim Viral Campaign [Jul 2013]

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Looking for a Sci-fi movie with giant monsters vs giant robots? Just think about the mash-up between Godzilla and Transformers, got the picture? If this is the kind of movie you are looking for, then the forthcoming Pacific Rim will be your cup of tea. 

Recently, Warner Bros has released their new viral campaign and it seems like it is a success since it has created enough hype but yet doesn't disclose too much as yet. Pacific Rim will only be released in Jul 2013 (12th July 2013, to be exact) and thus I am sure there will be a series of subsequent promotional viral campaigns in the pipeline. I am looking forward for more. Oh, by the way, the movie was originally scheduled to be released this year (in 2D only) but was subsequently changed their direction and re-mastered it for a 3D release in 2013.

Life Of Pi (Nov 2012)

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Li Of Pi, touted to be the next Avatar, because of its extravagant 3D special effect (by TIME). Directed by Lee Ang (famous director from Taiwan that brought us Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [2000], Hulk [2003], Broke Back Mountain [2005], Lust, Caution [2007] and the more recent one Taking Woodstock [2009]).

Adapted from Yann Martel's famous fantasy adventure novel with the same name (first published in Sep 2001). Life Of Pi is a true visual treats that all fantasy fans will love to love! As quoted by the director, Ang Lee, the most challenging tasks for any director is to deal with water and animal. In this case, he need to deal with both (a real and computer graphic Bengal Tiger as well as lots of water). 

The story about how a young boy called Pi and a Bengal Tiger survived a ship disaster might seems less than impressive, but the special effects and the spiritual content are more than enough to satisfy audience from all ages. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Weekly Box Office Movies in Singapore And Malaysia (Ending 2012/11/25)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies of Singapore and Malaysia for the week ending 25th Nov 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : Consistent box offices across the Singapore and Malaysia markets i.e. the new releases, the Twilight finale (The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn part 2) and Rise Of The Guardians took the first and second places. 

Weekly Box Office Movies in US (Ending 2012/11/25)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies from US for the week ending 25th November 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : As expected, the finale of The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn (Part 2) tops the chart once again, for the second week with $43.6 mil (with accumulated total of $227 mill). Skyfall and Lincoln strongly held at second and third place.

The two new releases of the week, Rise Of The Guardians and Life Of Pi (both are in 3D) did modestly at forth and fifth places.

First Look At Hansel And Gretel - Witch Hunters Poster

Fans of Fairy Tales from Brother Grimm be alerted! In Jan 2013 (25th Jan 2013 to be exact), the adaptation of the popular fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, will be released in 3D with the movie title of Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters. With such a title, a darker version is expected but basing on the trailer, humour seems to be part of the recipe too! ;-)

Jeremy Renner (aka the Hawkeye) reprises the role of Hansel and Gemma Arterton (Bond Girl from Quantum Of Solace [007]) reprises the role of Gretel. One thing worth highlighting is that the evil force is lead by Muriel (reprised by Famke Jansen aka Jean Grey from X-Men). 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cool STAR WARS Snowflakes Paper Cutting [Video]

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STAR WARS is one of the most popular franchise movie with massive followers. Many of the distinctive characters of the franchise like EWok, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 are create source for art design. 

Christmas is just about one month away, it is time to be creative and do some home-made art and craft, what about Star Wars theme snowflakes? You might thought that this is quite a tall order (even for the die-hard fans of Star Wars). Fret now, today I am going to share with you some coolest snowflakes paper cutting art pieces that I've ever seen, created by Anthony Herrera.

Weekly Box Office Movies in Singapore And Malaysia (Ending 2012/11/18)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies of Singapore and Malaysia for the week ending 18th Nov 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : Another week of surprise! The Singapore local new release "From Ah Boys To Men" (Mandarin) retained the top  post for the second weeks. Skyfall has to settle for the second spot again. This week. Tamil movies (Indian's movie) took the center stage in the box office, top of the chart is Thuppakki (kind of like an Indian version of James Bond movie, I might be wrong ;-)).

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Hobbit - After Gollum, Here Comes Gandalf At Embassy Theater

the hobbit an unexpected journey, giant statue of gandalf
As part of the marketing effort, just last month, a giant statue of Gollum was set up in the Wellington Airport, New Zealand. Now, here come the statue of another key character of The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: Gandalf. 

Instead of airport, the giant statue of Gandalf was setup at The Embassy Theatre in downtown Wellington. As depicted in the trailer, it is a scene whereby Gandalf is standing in front of Bilbo's home. The reason for the statue is that the theatre will be hosting the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on November 28th there! 

Chinese Zodiac [CZ12 : 十二生肖] - Dec 2012 (IMAX)

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Move over James Bond or Indian Jones (temporarily), here come the Asia's very own hero, Asian Hawk (aka Jackie Chan). Chinese Zodiac or CZ12 is Jackie Chan's 101 movies. He is directing and acting in this third installment of popular action franchise, Armour Of God (after 21 years lapsed).

Following are the first 2 installments : Armour Of God (1986) and Operation Condor (1991):

CZ12 will first be released in Hong Kong on 12th Dec 2012 (to coincide with the movie title) and will subsequently be released in other Asian countries like China, Singapore, Malaysia from 20th Dec 2012. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Weekly Box Office Movies in US (Ending 2012/11/18)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies from US for the week ending 18th November 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : As expected, the finale of The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn (Part 2) tops the chart and demoted Skyfall to the second place. Breaking Dawn (Part 2) opens $141 millions in its first week.

This Thanksgiving weekend, the movies to look out for is Life Of Pi (directed by Lee Ang), Hitchcock (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins) and Rise Of The Guardians (animation). 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Weekly Box Office Movies in Singapore And Malaysia (Ending 2012/11/11)

ah boys to men, jack neo
Here are the TOP 5 Movies of Singapore and Malaysia for the week ending 11st Nov 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : What a surprise! The Singapore local new release "From Ah Boys To Men" (Mandarin) toppled Skyfall to become Top movie of the week. Actually, it might not be exceptionally surprising after all as the director of the movie, Jack Neo is a well known and popular director here with a few millions dollars projects released under his directorship.  Besides, it is a movie about the army life, which the locals can relate to it very well. In Malaysia, Skyfall remains at the top place on its second week. 

Weekly Box Office Movies in US (Ending 2012/11/11)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies from US for the week ending 11st November 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : As expected, Skyfall broke its own franchise record to become the best opening  James Bond movie ever! With $88.4 millions, it easily tops the US chart. Internationally (exclude US), Skyfall already gained $429.6 and is definitely on its way to become the most successful 007 movie ever!

P/S : I've seen the 23rd James Bond movie in IMAX and I loved it!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Skyfall - The Amazing Opening Credits [Video]

If you have already watched the 23rd James Bond movie, SKYFALL, I am sure you will be awed with the opening credits. In fact, the opening credits has been the tradition of all James Bond movies and it just provide an additional ohm to the entire movie.

What make the opening credits in Skyfall special are:

1. The credit literally start with the FALL of James Bond! However, do take note that this FALL has nothing to do with the movie title, Skyfall as the latter is actually the name of a place in Scotland (where James Bond was born).

2. The theme song, Skyfall is sang by the diva, Adele

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Guest Review - Skyfall (IMAX)

james bond, skyfall
It has been a while since the last guest review (on Taken 2), my trusted friend, Ben, is back! Today, he is reviewing the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall.

The well loved secret agent, 007 (by Daniel Craig for the third times) broke the franchise' own record being the best opening Bond Movie in US last weekend (US$88.4 mil). Internationally, so far it has gained US$429.6 millions from about 80 markets (excluding US) and it is a matter of time (in day) to surpass Casino Royale (US$431) to become the highest-grossing Bond movie ever overseas. 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey : New Photos and Banners

As the saying goes, the more the merrier! 

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey, this year's MUST watch blockbuster movie has been rigorously pumping up their marketing effort recently, apart from the giant Gollum Statue display at the Wellington Airport, New Zealand (the birth place of the movie) and their very own stamps and gold coins (also in New Zealand), the other media releases are the new trailers, movie posters and banners. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Marvellous Infographic On Which Studios Control Which Movie Franchise

Inspired by the recent acquisition of LucasFilm by Disney, Empire (most popular movie magazine from UK) has developed a marvellous infographic detailing which movie franchises were controlled by which studios. 

In general, there are about 7 giant studios controlling the majority of the show business, they are:
1. Disney
2. Warners Brothers
3. Sony
4. Universal
5. Lionsgate
6. 20th Century Fox
7. Paramount

Weekly Box Office Movies in Singapore And Malaysia (Ending 2012/11/04)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies of Singapore and Malaysia for the week ending 4th Nov 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : As expected, after take on the European markets, the 23rd James Bond Franchise, Skyfall opened with a BANG in Singapore and Malaysia too. It will only be released in US over this weekend, similar box office phenomena is expected in the US box office too! 

As at last week, Skyfall has earned $287 millions internationally (and that's excluding the US market), it is a matter of time for it to eclipse the most successful James Bond movi, Casino Royale @ $427 millions (which is also under the helm of Daniel Craig).

Monday, 5 November 2012

Weekly Box Office Movies in US (Ending 2012/11/04)

Here are the TOP 5 Movies from US for the week ending 4th November 2012 (Sun).

SPECIAL NOTE : This week, the old video-games-inspired animation, Wreck-It Ralph (3D) took the top spot with a strong $49.1 millions sale. The other new release, Flight (Denzel Washington) opened in a positive sale as well ($25 millions) in the second spot. Argo (Ben Affleck) held it quite strongly too at the third place, on its fourth weeks in the Box Office. 

One of the other new release, The Man With The Iron Fists  (RZA, Russell Crowe) opened weakly at the fourth place. Next week, the highly anticipated 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall will hit the big screen in US and I am pretty sure that it will be opened with a BANG! So far, it has garnered close to $300 millions in the Europe region, since its released 2 weeks ago. 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Les Miserables - New Character Posters

les miserables
Les Miserables, the highly anticipated Broadway adaptation, which slated to be released on Christmas Day, has just released 2 more character posters. 

This time round, both are couple shots, one good couple and one bad couple. Check out the posters below and decide for yourself which is which? ;-)

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Hobbit - 14 New Character Posters

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Woohoo! Sizzling hot from oven! 

Here are another set of 14 new character posters (in HD) for the upcoming blockbuster, The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey. The posters feature Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin, Gollum, and the band of Dwarves.