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Meryl Streep was in London today (pictured above) for the unveiling of the poster for the biopic, The Iron Lady, along with the film’s director Phyllida Lloyd. This film portrays Meryl Streep as the former (and first female) prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher.

In the summer, they had released a teaser trailer of the film, but this new full length trailer seems to do the film much more justice. In the clips included in the trailer, we see the challenges that Thatcher faced at home and among her peers, and how the ambitious and powerful woman persevered.

Clearly, Streep is going for the Oscar with this one. She let the others have their turn for a trophy, but next year it’s feeding time. She’s completely transformed into this iconic woman in the film and delivers and incredible performance. I never expect anything less from her. I’m just not sure if I’d be more afraid of her as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, or as Margaret Thatcher. Watch the new trailer below!

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Full Length Hunger Games Trailer Revealed

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I may not have read the first book or any in the trilogy for that matter. However, that doesn’t stop my excitement for the upcoming Hunger Games film. Today, the first full-length official trailer was released and it shows leading lady Jennifer Lawrence in all her glory. I think that Lawrence was the perfect choice to play Katniss. If you’re not too sure what The Hunger Games is all about, here’s a synopsis:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson). If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Amazing right? The film doesn’t hit theaters until March 23 next year so I have to still have to time to bury my nose in the first book to get well acquainted with the story and the characters. In other exciting news, this summer while still filming the first film, Lionsgate announced that the second novel titled Catching Fire would also be filmed and would be released on November 22, 2013. Woo-hoo! But enough talk, let’s watch that full-length trailer shall we?

Watch the official full length trailer after the jump.

This weekend, ‘Immortals‘ opened in theatres and took the top spot with $32,000,000. The (shirtless) film tells the story of a mortal man (Henry Cavill) who is chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Although it did well, it declined from Friday to Saturday, which isn’t always a good sign. I still wouldn’t mind seeing it: A cool movie with a bag of popcorn… and a side of eye candy? Count me in!

Also opening this weekend was ‘Jack and Jill‘, starring Adam Sandler… and Adam Sandler. You wouldn’t have caught me at the theatre watching this comedy (where Sandler plays the male and female lead characters) unless it was my job (which it sometimes is). Alas, it did take the number two spot this weekend with an impressive $26 million. This is a solid start for the film, despite the fact that critics have called this move a “drag,” for many reasons.

The highly anticipated biopic of J. Edgar brought in $11.5 million it this, it’s opening weekend. Dan raved about the movie when he saw the prescreen last week, saying that it was a “piece of cinematic brilliance” and that with all the Hollywood heavy-hitters in the film, there would definitely be Oscar buzz. The box office is reporting that 60% of the audience was over 50 and the word of mouth is mixed at best.

How did the rest of the films fare? Which film crossed the $100 million mark this weekend? Find out below.

Check out the top 10 films after the jump…

Who Should Play Bruce Willis’ Son In Die Hard 5?

In: Donovan, Movies

Yippie-Ki-Yay Mother F*cker! As the iconic John McClane would say. Bruce Willis is reprising the role that made him into a bona fide action movie star over 23 years ago. With over $1.1 billion generated, it only makes sense that a fifth installment is being made. Titled “A Good Day to Die Hard“, the sequel starts filming in early January 2012 with a tentative release date of Valentine’s Day 2013 planned.

Typically, I’m not a fan for aging franchises to milk movie goers for every once of revenue it can, but I’m all up for another Die Hard movie. With exception to the underwhelming second installment “Die Hard 2: Die Harder“, all the films have been a thoroughly entertaining roller coaster ride. Dare I even say that the last flick, “Live Free or Die Hard” was almost better than the original. With Willis now being 56-years-old, the franchise is looking to inject some youth.

The plot of the fifth film in the series will see John McClane travel to Russia to bail his wayward son out of trouble once more. Reports say the producers have narrowed the field down to four actors to play Willis’ on-screen son. Meet the following candidates and cast your vote on who you think should continue the McClane legacy.

view the actors in the running to play the role after the jump

New “Snow White And The Huntsman” Trailer

In: Kyle, Movies, Videos

Just a couple days ago we told you about the other Snow White movie, “Mirror Mirror“, getting it’s new name, and now the other one is stealing the spotlight. Today, Universal Pictures released a brand-new teaser trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman” and it looks epic! Seriously though, epic.

The new take on this classic story goes like this: When The Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, is told by her “mirror” that there is another person out there that possess the same amount of beauty, she hires The Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth, to lead her into the woods and kill her. When Snow White meets The Huntsman, they fall for each other and then have to defend themselves against the queen.

For some reason, the villains in fairy tales have always intrigued me. With that, you can imagine how excited I am that they chose to have Theron, as The Evil Queen, narrate the trailer. I’m praying that the movie will focus more on the queen’s story and less on Snow White’s. Kristen Stewart looked great as Bella Swan…I mean, Snow White and Hemsworth was the perfect choice to play The Huntsman.

Trailer after the jump…

Movie Review: J. Edgar

In: Dan, Movies

This past week Alasdair and I were fortunate enough to snag tickets to a preview screening of J. Edgar, the untold story of FBI leader, J. Edgar Hoover, played by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood. The film opened across international theatres Friday, November 11, and I definitely think this movie is going to have incredible Oscar buzz.

The title of the film is direct to the point, as the film chronicle’s J. Edgar Hoover’s dominance within the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), essentially becoming the face of law enforcement for nearly half a century. The movie took us beyond the surface layer of his career, and exposed the sides of his life that were often kept behind closed (and locked) doors. There has been wild speculation throughout the years that Hoover was a closeted homosexual, and lived his life with long-time partner in crime (legitimate reference) and life, Clyde Tolsen, played by rising star, Armie Hammer (most famous for his recent role as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network). There have been people denying these apparent rumors, while others have done everything possible to prove that the man in charge, in fact liked men.

This movie definitely expels any myths of the relationship between Hoover and Tolsen, and perfectly depicts the private intimacy these two shared with one another. I should state, I was wickedly impressed with Hammer’s depiction of Tolsen, as there was something brilliantly natural in his confidence, yet timid manner whenever in Hoover’s (DiCaprio) presence.

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Cue the Julie Andrews because these are a few of my favorite things! Yesterday, Melissa McCarthy (whom I love) stopped by Ellen DeGeneres‘ show (which is always a riot) to take part in a little “Bridesmaids 2” scene (amazing), which was written and directed by Ellen herself. So yeah, the title is misleading, but it got your attention right?

Ellen surprises her guest, Melissa McCarthy with the skit as the two of them acted out a mock scene from ‘Bridesmaids 2.’ The scenario was that the two of them are riding their motorcycles to get to Melissa’s church for her wedding in time. They achieve this by acting it out in front of a green screen. Well, as per usual, Ellen has a more than a few tricks up her sleeve to throw Melissa off her game. It’s too funny. Check out the video of the segment below.

Video after the jump…

I believe the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” truly applies to this situation. After a ton of Oscar drama with Brett Ratner stepping down as producer and Eddie Murphy calling it quits as host, it looked the the Academy was going to have to scramble to find out who could take on both duties. Fear not faithful movie patrons, the Oscars have found their leader and they are seeking refuge in none other than repeated and favorite host, Billy Crystal!

Billy broke the news to all of his via Twitter today and let’s be honest, we couldn’t be more excited! However, a campaign to have The Muppets host the Oscars was thrown into the mix yesterday. With such a popular social media choice, do you think they’ll throw them in as well? Who knows. But what I can’t stop laughing about is Billy’s tweet to announce the new hosting gig:

Billy’s tweet and who will produce after the jump.

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