Friday, April 29, 2011
The Fast & The Furious franchise has certainly been an interesting one. The first film was a huge success in 2001, with the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious continuing the story of LAPD Officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift , which included all new characters, performed decently, while Fast And Furious, which reunited the core cast from the original, became the biggest hit of the series. Now, 10 years after The Fast & The Furious comes Fast Five. Fast Five brings together major characters from all of the previous films and introduces us to some some interesting new ones.
After breaking Dom (Vin Diesel) out of custody, Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have been on the run from the law. After arriving in Rio, Brazil, they must pull off one final job to gain the freedom they've been searching for. They build a team made up of the best of the best to pull off the ultimate heist - robbing a powerful, corrupt businessman who essentially controls Rio with the help of the corrupt police force he controls. In addition, they've got Federal Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) following their every move and ready to finally bust them all.
Fast Five literally explodes from the moment the film opens. The action in this installment easily beats out the previous ones - it's all bigger, badder and more bad-ass. With the story of Fast Five, they've found a way to bring the plot points of the previous films together, as well as push it forward in a new direction. It's a treat to see the familiar faces brought back in a way that isn't contrived. While this certainly isn't Shakespeare, everyone nails their role. Most interesting is The Rock as Agent Hobbs. This was a genius casting move. Diesel is the ultimate man's man - and to see him go up against the other ultimate man's man is an action lovers delight. These two make for a fascinatingly good cinematic "couple".
Fast Five is quite possibly the best film in the franchise and certainly the most fully loaded model. This is a highly entertaining movie, and a great way to kick off the summer movie season of 2011.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Well this is certainly the end of an era. Since he was born, The Whore knew Oprah was always on ABC TV at 4pm giving the world heaps of love, wisdom and affirmation. But in a few short weeks, Mother O will no longer be there. The third and second to last episodes of Oprah will be filmed at Chicago's United Center arena, to accomodate the huge swath of movie, tv and music stars that will be there - as well as the 25,000 audience members in attendance. The celebration will be called "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular!" and will air in two parts. Oprah producer Sheri Salata said:
“As most of our viewers know, being surprised is not one of Oprah’s favorite things. In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception and we intend to make the most of the opportunity. It will be something to see!”
The taping for the shows will be on May 17th, 2011 and will air May 23rd & May 24th. The very last Oprah show, the series finale, will air Wednesday May 25th, 2011. From there, Oprah will
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
While originally, The Whore was very critical of X-Men: First Class, he's relented a bit. At first, hearing that they were going to film a prequel to the X-Men trilogy was the only way they could continue with the X-Men franchise, after Brett Ratner directed the character killing, universe destroying abortion that was X-Men: The Last Stand. Then, Bryan Singer, who did the first two X-Men films, was returning as producer for the prequel. THEN, word got out that nobody from the ACTUAL first class of X-Men would be in this film, which is titled, you know, X-Men: First Class. But after seeing this trailer, F*$@ all that because this looks awesome!
THIS! IS! AWESOME!!!! The extended versions of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy will be hitting AMC Theaters in celebration of the Extended Trilogy hitting Blu-Ray! The Fellowship Of The Ring: Extended Edition will hit AMC June 14th. The Two Towers: Extended Edition will hit June 21st, with The Return Of The King: Extended Edition hitting June 28th. June 28th also sees the release of the Lord Of The Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy hitting Blu-Ray for the first time. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon here & help support the site.
This has the Geek in me all erect! Hit the jump for the insane list of special features in this 15 disc box set.
NBC's new show The Voice debuted last night and the ratings are in - & they're not bad AT ALL! 11.8 million people tuned into NBC for the first episode of the singing show. That's an 89% increase for the network, beating out Dancing With The Stars & Glee. NBC seems to have a new hit on its hands.
Did YOU watch The Voice? If you did, did you like it / will you continue to watch? Tell us in the comments!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The goddess Stevie Nicks video for Secret Love has hit! Secret Love is the first single off of her upcoming album, In Your Dreams - her first in 10 years. Working with Eurythmics Dave Stewart has proven to be very fruitful from the looks of this video.
In Your Dreams hits next Tuesday May 3rd.
In Your Dreams hits next Tuesday May 3rd.
Friday, April 22, 2011
This week's Glee will be Gaga-licious as the Glee Club at McKinley High School focuses on self acceptance. Including a sure to be huge performance of Lady Gaga's anthem, "Born This Way", there are quite a few other nods to the pop star. Check out the first look below and watch Glee this Tuesday on FOX.
THIS! IS! SO! FAWKIN! AWESOME! Our military is the best in the world, made up of some of the smartest and bravest men & women in the world! But who knew they were fighting terrorism song by song?! The brave men & women of Marine Squadron 266 had some much needed down time & made this awesome music video to Britney Spears Hold It Against Me. We LOVE what they've done & we love YOU even more Marines! Thank you for your service! Oooh rah!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Scream 4 is set 10 years after Scream 3. As the tag line says, "New Decade. New Rules." This movie lives by that mantra. We can no longer count on the traditional rules that the first three films lived by, so throw those out your window before you sit your fanny in that slightly sticky theater seat. Scream 4 brings us back into the small town of Woodsboro, where Sidney Prescott has returned for a promotional stop on her book tour. Just as she comes into town, murders begin happening again. Murders that resemble the very ones that Sidney survived. Sheriff Dewey, who's now married to Gale Weathers, are on the case, though (or are they?). Now also at risk, is Sidney's younger cousin and all of her high school friends.
The great thing about the Scream franchise is that it never takes itself too seriously. It demands respect as a horror film, but never needs to be reminded that it is, in fact, a horror film. Scream 4 is no different - the makers of the movie are in on the joke. The film is very meta - more so than the original three, actually. The self referential quips only endear you more to it, and that's a great thing. In the 10 years since the last installment, technology has become even more integral to our lives, and that's not lost in Scream 4. Twitter, cell phones, and even a Mac all make appearances in the film.
While the film is certainly not going to win any Oscars, nobody was expecting it to - especially it's creators - writer Kevin Williamson & legendary director Wes Craven. If you weren't a fan of the original trilogy, this one probably won't have you joining the fan club. If you did enjoy the original trilogy though, Scream 4 is probably the best installment after the original Scream.