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JARVIS – Marvel’s “Iron Man” Mobile App is Six Kinds of Cool!

Talk about feeling like Tony Stark! Marvel just came out with a new mobile app today, released free to all iOS devices, called JARVIS. For those who don’t know who JARVIS is, he is the “digital AI” assistant that help’s “Iron Man” in all three movies. Voiced by the amazingly cool British actor Paul Bettany, the app acts as a digital assistant. It can access local weather, post to social media, and be an alarm clock. It’s also is a second screen experience when watching “Iron Man 3”, which comes to DVD on September 24. You’ll be able to unlock exclusive content from the Marvel universe.

I just downloaded it and loved it! If you’re an Iron Man, Tony Stark fan, this app was made for you in every way. Did I mention it was free? What I am looking forward to is when Marvel takes the next step with it. I mean come on, I want to be able to talk with Jarvis like I talk with Siri. Your move Marvel!

REVIEW – Riddick

I have to admit I had low expectations walking into this movie. This franchise has been very hit or miss. The first movie Pitch Black was an amazing story that brought both scifi and horror into the same film. Directed by David Twohy, the movie made $53 million worldwide and came in third its opening weekend. Not only did it have Vin Diesel before he became a huge action star, it had actors like Keith David and Radha Mitchell bring amazing performances to the screen. The sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, while did better in its first weekend with second place and $115 million worldwide, critics destroyed it with a 29% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Overview;

Riddick is the third movie in the franchise with Vin Diesel once again as Riddick, who finds himself stranded on an untamed planet crawling with aliens that want to kill him. Eventually, he finds himself against not one but two groups of bounty hunters. This is where the fun begins as Riddick does what he does best and starts taking them down one by one. Though after the situation turns, he finds himself having to team up with them to fight a bigger foe.

What I Liked About It;

Vin Diesel once again is in top form with the Riddick character. The tough guy factor is an A+ for him again as he brings his deadly viciousness to the bounty hunters that come looking for him. Which of course sees solid performances from actress Katee Sackhoff and pro wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista, who I expect great things in his future.

Also an awesome performance from Matt Nable, leader of the bounty hunters. Watching his “by the books” and good guy attitude makes you want to watch a movie following that character. Like Bautista, I expect he will go on to do some brilliant work in the future.

Though who steals the show is actor Jordi Molla, the leader of the other bounty hunter group. He’s one of those actors who play bad guys brilliantly and does it so well that you enjoy hating him. Which I think is the testament to how good he really is.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

Really it felt like two different movies. The first half of the movie is beyond slow and really sets a terrible pacing for the overall story. I get it, you need to set up the story of how barren the planet is and how Riddick is going to survive, but they could have cut it in half and it would have been just as good. By the time Riddick gets to interact with the bounty hunters, you find yourself saying it’s about time.

Overall;

If you are a fan of the franchise, then you actually might like it. It answers a bunch of questions as to what happens after The Chronicles of Riddick. You even see Karl Urban make a quick appearance. But If you don’t anything about the movie or character, I would stay away from seeing it in the theaters and just Redbox it when it comes to DVD. All in all, I  say rent it, it’s worth checking out, just not in a movie theater.

Check out the movie trailer below.

TRAILER: The Family

How cool does this movie look! I mean come on, anything with Robert De Niro is cool, but this actually makes me wanna pay good money to see this in a movie theater! Crazy I know right? Not to mention we also get Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the ever gorgeous Dianna Agron, who from the looks of it can kick butt and take names! The movie comes out this Friday. So I know what I am doing this weekend. Don’t forget to follow the movie’s Twitter hashtag  #ProtectTheFamily.

Check out the trailer below.

Weekend Box Office: Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes #1 With $25 Million

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $25 million

2. We’re the Millers – $17.7 million
3. Elysium – $13.6 million
4. Kick-Ass 2 – $13.5 million 
5. Planes – $13.1 million

It was a quiet weekend at the box-office as “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” took first place in theaters with $25 million. An all-star cast gives the butler just what it needed and I expect it should stay in the top five next week. Also out was “Kick-Ass 2” which came into a disappointing fourth place with $13.5 million. More than likely the R rating and high violent plot sadly didn’t help it. 

Also out this weekend was the new movie “Jobs” about Apple inventor Steve Jobs. Which took a huge hit and landed in seventh place with only $6 million. Maybe Ashton Kutcher shouldn’t have taken the role as Jobs and I am even a fan of Kutcher. 

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SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Hugh Jackman

Check out this awesome interview with Hugh Jackman talking about his new movie The Wolverine coming out later this summer. He sat down with Editor of Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle during a fan Q&A session for SiriusXM’s Town “Town Hall” series.

The newest movie from 20th Century Fox, directed by James Mangold, is about when Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance. Which he is thrown into a conflict that forces him to confront his own past demons.

There are high expectations for The Wolverine to do well as the previous Wolverine movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine made $373 million worldwide but on a $150 million dollar budget.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Hugh Jackman” will air Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 am ET on Entertainment Weekly Radio, channel 105. For more information on the “Town Hall,” visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall

 

X-Men find their Quicksilver

So Entertainment Weekly, as are a bunch of other sites, that Director Brian Singer who is directing “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has confirmed on his Twitter account that Evan Peters will be joining the film as Quicksilver. This now brings up the question will Peters be joining Joss Whedon’s “Avengers 2”. I don’t plan to pass judgment on Peters yet. But I can safely say most fanboys will have high expectations for his performance.
 

Weekend Box Office: ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Warps into 1st with $70.5 million

1. Star Trek: Into Darkness – $70.5 million
2. Iron Man 3 – $35 million
3. The Great Gatsby – $23.4 million
Paramount flies into first place at the box office with an estimated $70.5 million this weekend with “Star Trek: Into Darkness”. This is largely because of the reboot four years ago by J.J. Abrams. Which did, as we all know, spectacularly at theaters. In second place and still holding on strong is Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” with $35 million. Not only is it a great franchise but with such a boost from The Avengers last year, I expect that Tony Stark should be in the top five for a little while longer. Third place with an estimated $23.4 million is “The Great Gatsby” remake, which I hear is good but they are already seeing roughly a 50% drop at the box office. I am assuming this will probably do better in DVD sales. 

For more box office information check out www.boxofficemojo,com

REVIEW – Iron Man 3

Once again Marvel brings another epic tale of everyone’s favorite superhero with Iron Man 3. Being the third and possibly final movie of the franchise with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark at the helm, if true, Marvel wraps up the Iron Man series nicely in a fun, family-friendly, and full of action storyline. There are high expectations for this film to do well as the first Iron Man movie, directed by Jon Favreau made over $585 million worldwide and the sequel made over $623 million worldwide, to say the pressure is on for this movie to win the box office is an understatement.

Overview;

Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a terrorist called the Mandarin. He is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and gut instinct to protect his loved ones. Stark starts a journey of rebuilding and retribution and looks to answer the internal question, does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

What I Liked About It;

I have to admit I loved the opening sequence with going all the way back to 1999 and watching Robert Downey Jr. play a drunk Tony Stark with the cheesy 90’s pop playing in the background. It almost felt like Y2K all over again. His ability to transform into Tony Stark is seamless as he truly embodies the character. This the first movie in the trilogy where we really see this character with internal turmoil. Sure you could argue the first movie was filled with internal turmoil but in this movie, Downey flawlessly shows Stark struggling to answer if he or the suit more important and that is evident through most of the movie.

It was also great to see Gwyneth Paltrow take a bigger role in this one. Marvel did a nice job of setting her character up in the past movies that she has been in. Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley also gave an amazing performance as the Mandarin. Let’s just say you won’t forget it.

I will give Shane Black the credit where credit is due with this being his first real mainstream blockbuster movie as a director. His past work as a screenwriter for movies like Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and the Lethal Weapon trilogy was always solid if not amazing work with story and character.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

I wasn’t impressed with the glow in the dark fire villains as they came across as just throwaway characters and while I love Guy Pearce as an actor, I didn’t like his performance in this movie. His portrayal as Aldrich Killian came off as more goofy than villainous. Also adding the kid element with Stark befriending a kid, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It came more off like the studio wanted to be able to market the movie towards kids.

Overall;

This movie is well worth your time and money. I would highly recommend you see Iron Man 3 in theaters. While not as great as the first movie, if you loved the first two movies, you’ll still enjoy this one as well.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – Oblivion

As much as I love a good “end of the world” movie, Oblivion needs to just die off. I really wanted to like this movie and the little things I did like didn’t help the movie overall.

Overview;

Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. He and a partner are part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a threat known as the Scavs. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Their arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows.

What I Liked About It;

The only saving graces of this movie were seeing actor Morgan Freeman and everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones bad guy “Jamie Lannister” Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau, both complete with battle armor and really big guns. Sure the storyline was somewhat cool and Tom Cruise isn’t horrible in his role. I will say the ending twist is the part I think most people won’t see coming and honestly I think it’s pretty clever compared to other sci-fi, end of the world movies.

Also, any time I get to see the actress and stuntwoman Zoe Bell on the big screen is a solid thumbs up in my book.

What I think Didn’t Work;

My biggest issue with the movie lies with the music score. The more movies I watch, I find the music in it can either make or break it. This time the music didn’t help the movie. If anything is made it distracting as I found the score confusing and overdramatic in places that really didn’t seem to fit. It felt like a movie that wanted to be both mainstream and independent at the same time.

Also, I get that Tom Cruise is a huge action star but I find his movies can be a hit or miss. For example, I loved his last movie Jack Reacher and his work in the Mission: Impossible franchise is brilliant because he knows how to embodies those types of characters.

Though Box Office Mojo said it best “At the beginning of the new century, Tom Cruise was arguably the biggest movie star in the U.S.: from Mission: Impossible II in 2000 to Mission: Impossible III in 2006, Cruise starred in seven-straight movies that earned at least $100 million at the domestic box office. Towards the end of that run, though, Cruise’s public image took a hit due to some of his more eccentric behavior and his strong association with the controversial Church of Scientology.”

Overall;

Now it definitely has a few twists and turns that are uncommon in movies like this. I won’t give it away but the twists are the only good reasons why I say rent it when it comes to DVD. All in all, don’t waste your money at the box-office, just wait to watch it at home.

Check out the trailer below.