28 May 2016

WIP of The Dark Crystal ReAction Figure Set

And while we've just seen the announcement for Pop!Vinyls of "The Dark Crystal", check out this WIP of the ReAction figures adaptation of the revered 1982 featured film, featuring a "Landstrider" with a "Gelfling" (whom I assume to be the main protagonist; "Jen"?) standing in front of it - which makes it all uber-exciting, as far as I am concerned!

(Image as posted on @reisobrien = Reis O'Brien Senior Product Designer at Funko)

27 May 2016

Star Trek Beyond Pop!Vinyls by Funko To Be Available in July 2016

FUNKO PRESS: "The latest Star Trek film strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet during the first leg of the USS Enterprise’s five year mission! Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, medical officer Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy encounter new species and characters like the warrior Jaylah! They’ll need all the help they can get from Sulu, Chekov, Scotty, and Uhura to face the great unknown! Little is known about Krall the assassin, but one thing is for sure: he’s up to no good! Coming in July!"

26 May 2016

Pop! Movies: The Dark Crystal from Funko

FUNKO PRESS: "Relive the majestic tale of Jen the Gelfling on his quest to reclaim the final crystal shard from Aughra the astronomer! He's joined by Kira and her pet Fizzgig, and must face many challenges including The Chamberlain Skeksis and UrSol the Chanter! Make sure to search for the chase variant closed mouth Fizzgig! Collect the whole set this summer! Coming in July!"

WHAT-IS: "The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy-adventure film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem." (Wiki)

24 May 2016

Extended Trailer for "Independence Day: Resurgence"

Nearly 5-minutes of footage for "Independence Day: Resurgence" in this "Extended Trailer", which essentially spells out / describes what the movie is about and what happens - which I could get with, seeing that the "last time" the concept of this film happened 2 decades back (find out more here on www.warof1996.com), basically a entire generation of movie-goers!

I don't know about you folks, but I am a fan of director Roland Emmerich's style of "disaster p0rn" (except for "Godzilla" - that was just straight-up "disaster", fhanks), and of the conflicting feeling of Spine-tingling-dread for the human race, and the absolute smirkful glee of seeing the human race go tits up … I am a simple man with simple entertainment needs :)

22 May 2016

Michael Leavitt’s “King Cuts” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery (May 14-June 11, 2016) showcases 16 Best Film Directors Ever Carved in Wood!

Michael Leavitt’s “King Cuts” solo show of new sculpture launched at Jonathan LeVine Gallery mid-May, and features iconic feature film directors, carved out of wood!
"I carved these at 1:4 scale. Each is 18 inches tall or wide, sculpted from scratch in wood and polymer clay by myself in my garage. Each is painted with acrylic and carved from 80 to 100% wood. Smaller details, faces and hands are sculpted in polymer clay blended into wood. These sculptures are available to purchase. Please refer to Jonathan LeVine Gallery for all purchase inquiries and other information." (mikeleavittart.com)

Directors depicted in Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Steen Spielberg, Tim Burton, Spike Lee, Hayao Miyazaki and MORE!

Scroll down to view images alongside splendtastic making-of-video slideshows to these ingenious sculpts! And head towards jonathanlevinegallery.com to peep finished displays.

Michael Leavitt’s “King Cuts”
@ Jonathan LeVine Gallery
520 West 20th Street, Suite 9E; New York, NY 10011.
ph 212-243-3822
Show runs til June 11, 2016.

21 May 2016

#StarTrekBeyond 2nd Trailer Released!

Check out the new (second) Star Trek Beyond trailer just released, where we get to hear the "aliens" talk more, and act generally as obnoxious as some "humans" are, even though they might be beyond the horizons of our galaxies.

Star Trek Beyond premieres July 22, 2016 in the USA. Helmed by director Justin Lin ("Fast & Furious" 3-6), folks can relax as there might not be (as much?) lens-flare effects as when J.J. Abrams helmed the first two celluloid incarnations … betcha might miss them too :)

PREMISE: "After stopping off at Starbase Earhart, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on a unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy who has a well-earned hatred of the Federation and what it stands for." (Wiki)

Film to Television: Lethal Weapon / Training Day / Shooter

With the crop of recently announced television series in the United States (from FOX, CBS and USA Network), an interesting number of them were based from past feature films, and I thought to have a quick run down of what caught my attention (and blogged about on my television-blog on #iliketeevee)!

WHAT-IS: "Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, LETHAL WEAPON follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first."

I was trying to think of any "odd couple" flicks and projects, but I realized they are all one and the same, regardless of genre, time period, even nationality. The "straight-laced" guy versus the "crazy guy". (somewhat) interchangeable with genders too. Read more of my thoughts HERE on #iliketeevee.

WHAT-IS: "Based on the hit feature film, this crime thriller begins 15 years later when an idealistic young police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and he is partnered with a seasoned yet morally ambiguous detective. Starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, Training Day. Coming soon to CBS."

I have extremely fond memories of the Antoine Fuqua-directed feature film, starring Denzel Washington (the seasoned pro) and Ethan Hawke (the newbie), and had always felt the story neatly ended in the 2001 film … now it might be interesting to see how that premise can stretch out over more weekly episodes, set against a perpetual twilight color filter, and a "switch" in ethnicities of the characters. (Blogged on #iliketeevee).

WHAT-IS: "SHOOTER, a drama based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. Ryan Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps (“House”) plays Isaac Johnson, an ex-Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results." (Read More Here on #iliketeevee)

I remembered the movie version primarily for actress "Kate Mara" (makes me sound like a dog, I know, right?) and not necessarily Mark (who's role is now filled in by Ryan Phillippe), so it would be somewhat interesting to see how Ryan fares here, in what could essentially be another "Quantico" whodunnit dragged out for an entire season :p

Scroll down for the trailers to the "original" films, and enjoy your TV viewings, folks!

The classic remain awesome til now, and hella tons to live up to too!

"Alonzo" is KING here. Hoping the intensity is not diluted too much in the new incarnation...

20 May 2016

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is now open for enrollment!

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is now open for enrollment! What happens when you DO call the number ("1 800 312 9951") provided? Will you hear Stan Lee's voice again?

An aspect of the latest mutant big screen event the marketing folks have surprisingly not touched upon till now (that I know of anyways, and if I don't, "they've" failed anyways! :p) = "The retolicious 80's"! The kitsch is undeniable, the style unavoidable, and with all the "seriousness" going on with superhero-comicbook to=screen adaptations in recent years, THIS seemed like such refreshing (tho "retro") FUN!

X-MEN APOCALYPSE premiered on Singapore screens yesterday May 19th … don't suppose there's a "SG Hotline" to call tho? :p (Quick! Someone do a Singlish parody dub soonsoon!)

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