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First Look: 'The Hobbit' Dwarves Balin and Dwalin

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 06:03 AM PDT

The Hobbit

I don't know about you, but I've been having a blast checking out the character photos of the dwarves who will be the companions to Bilbo Baggins in part one of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films.

We've seen Nori, Ori, and Dori; Oin and Gloin; Fili and Kili; Bofur, Bombur & Bifur.

Now it's time to get acquainted with the brothers Balin and Dwalin from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The new photo shows Ken Stott as Balin and Graham McTavish as Dwalin [...]

Deal: The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 05:44 AM PDT

The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection DVD box set for only $34.99 (that's 83% off the list price of $199.98).

This DVD box set contains 8 Pink Panther films starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, as well as the 2006 reboot The Pink Panther with Steve Martin in the lead role. There's also nine cartoon classics and the Pink Panther encyclopedia Pink Panther, The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town! by Jerry Beck, along with over 60 minutes of never-before-seen footage [...]

Video Game Deal: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 05:22 AM PDT

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4

The video game deal of the day over at Amazon today is LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.

Playstation 3 - $14.99 (50% off the list price of $29.99).

Xbox 360 - $14.99 (50% off the list price of $29.99).

Nintendo Wii - $14.99 (50% off the list price of $29.99).

Nintendo DS - $14.99 (25% off the list price of $19.99).

PC - $14.99 (25% off the list price of $19.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Sunday, July 17, 2011, til midnight PST while supplies last [...]

Movie Review: Winnie the Pooh

Posted: 16 Jul 2011 04:59 PM PDT

Disney: Winnie The Pooh (2011) movie poster

Winnie the Pooh
Written by Burny Mattinson
Based on the characters by A.A. Milne
Featuring the voices of John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings
Rated G
Disney Pictures
Release Date: July 15, 2011

If you are tired of seeing a summer blockbuster involving superheroes, wizards, or transforming robots, perhaps a trip through the Hundred Acre Wood would do you some good. For the first time in six years, Winnie the Pooh returns to the big screen in a brand new feature from Disney Pictures simply titled Winnie the Pooh.

Pooh's friend Eeyore's tail has gone missing and it is up to Pooh to find it. Pooh discovers soon that a tail is not the only thing that is missing. It seems his human friend Christopher Robin has also disappeared, leaving a curious note behind. Where has Christopher gone? Does it have anything to do with Eeyore's missing tail? And who or what is a "Backson?"

The film, which is based off of three Pooh stories written by creator A.A. Milne, doesn't try hard to reinvent the wheel. The characters are not rebooted or remade for the new generation. Its sole purpose is to tell an entertaining, by the book story about Winnie the Pooh and accomplishes this task with flying colors [...]

First Look: 'The Hobbit' Dwarves Bofur, Bombur & Bifur

Posted: 16 Jul 2011 01:53 PM PDT

The Hobbit

Just over a week ago, character photos of the main dwarves in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films have been released every few days. So far, we've seen Nori, Ori, and Dori; Oin and Gloin; and Fili and Kili, putting us over the halfway mark.

The latest dwarves to be revealed for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are Bofur, his brother Bombur, and their cousin Bifur. Check out the photo above.

The new photo shows (L to R) Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, and William Kircher as Bifur [...]

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Posted: 16 Jul 2011 10:17 AM PDT

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Directed by David Yates
Staring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes
Rated PG-13
Warner Brothers Pictures
Release date: July 15, 2011

If there was ever a review-proof movie, it would be this -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Honestly, if you haven't checked out the Harry Potter film series yet, you're probably not going to start with the final movie. By the same token, if you're a devoted Harry fanatic, it isn't like you are going to skip the finale. So as a film reviewer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a great chance to cut loose. I'm willing to bet that few subjects have been written about more than Harry Potter in the 21st century, so there's not much I can add to the discourse at this point. I can say whatever I want here, and it's not going to change your decision about whether you're going to see this movie or not. So, does the Harry Potter film franchise go out with a whimper, or does it go out with the best bang since the big one?

This is of course the finale to a film series that has been going on for almost a decade. It's the final showdown between everyone's favorite boy magician, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and his arch-nemesis, the evil Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes). Since the final book has so much going on, the filmmakers decided to split the film adaptation into two parts. The first part dealt with Harry and his best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine (Emma Watson) searching for Horcruxes, items that contain pieces of Voldemort's soul that keep him alive. This part deals with the gang finding and destroying the final Horcruxes, returning to Hogwarts school, and facing down an army of darkness [...]

Blu-ray Review: Sucker Punch Extended Cut

Posted: 16 Jul 2011 09:05 AM PDT

Sucker Punch Cover

Sucker Punch
Blu-ray | DVD | Video On Demand
Directed by Zack Snyder
Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung
Warner Home Video
Release Date: June 28, 2011

Sucker Punch, a film from Zack Snyder, the visionary director of 300 and Watchmen, is an enigma. After 3 viewings of this film, I'm still not certain if I love it or hate it because, while it has plenty of flaws that would make any average movie crumble like the CGI sets of this movie's fantasy-in-fantasy, it also has a lot of truly amazing surface level elements that have the ability to provide a real enjoyment of the film. And to appreciate this movie, I think you have to have the ability to enjoy it for what it is: A cheesecake, live-action adaptation of a burlesque poster for the movie Inception. Confused yet? Of course you are! So am I!

So let's try to clear this up. Sucker Punch centers around the character of Baby Doll (Emily Browning), a girl who tries to kill her abusive stepfather while he is in the act of assaulting her sister. Unfortunately, during this attempted murder, Baby Doll accidentally kills her sister because she is a terrible shot, which is a theme that continues throughout the movie. After the accidental death, her stepfather sends her to a mental institution to cover up the accident and his actions, while also cheating Baby Doll out of her deceased mother's fortune. The stepfather also makes a deal with the institution's orderly, Blue (Oscar Isaac), to have Baby Doll lobotomized so that she can never contest her stepfather's actions [...]
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