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The Penguins Of Madagascar is a spinoff of the beloved Madagascar film franchise and Nickelodeon animated series. Popular characters Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are recruited to be an elite undercover task force headed by Benedict Cumberbatch. The 37-year-old English actor joins the franchise as an alpha wolf named Agent Classified who heads a high-tech spy organization called The North Wind.

Set for a November 26 release date in the United States, the film also stars Ken Jeong and John Malkovich. The latter provides the voice to the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine. They join Tom McGrath, Chris Miller (II), John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights who all lend their voices on the Nickelodeon series. Watch the first trailer below.

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The first four minutes of an upcoming movie called Warm Bodies has been released and it’s definitely worth checking out! The film stars Nicholas Hoult, whom we first got to know in About A Boy, and later in A Single Man. He’s also the star of Jack The Giant Slayer and will also be reprising his role as Hank McCoy / Beast in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

In Warm Bodies, Hoult stars as R, a zombie who becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims. Their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world. The first four minutes sets the scene for the film and gives you a good feel for what to expect. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

In addition to Hoult, the film also stars Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco and Cory Hardrict. Check out the first four minutes of the film below!

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I was fortunate enough to see a sneak preview of one of this summer’s biggest blockbuster, romantic comedies, Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon in 3D. No seriously, this movie is the perfect flick for the girls to check out for a ‘girls night out’ this weekend! The movie is hitting theatres on Friday, July 1st and if you had any doubt about whether you should see it in theatres, you must! The incredible love story that plays out throughout the plot of this film, between the two lead characters, Sam Witwicky played by Shia LaBeouf and Carly played by Victoria Secret Angel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had me on the end of my seat, giggling with laughter and rife with emotion. Shia LaBeouf’s ability to cry in this film and show his vulnerable side was absolutely breath taking, and dare I say, Oscar-worthy. Rosie’s breakout film roll in Director Michael Bay’s third rendition of this tragic, war-riddled romance was poetic and riveting. The 3D visuals further added to the depth of this film.

Okay, okay, okay. If you couldn’t tell I was being factious with that opening paragraph, then you don’t know my sense of humor! It’s true, I did in fact go to see Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon, and it does in fact star those two actors, it is my no means a romantic comedy for the ages. There is a love story, with some incredible wit; however, I can’t say this summer blockbuster will live up to its previous two predecessors. The film once again focuses on the continue war between the Autobots and Decepticons, this time focusing on a Cybertronian spacecraft that has crashed on Earth’s moon, and holds a critical piece to saving their home planet of Cybertron. Now, if you are a Transformer fanatic, you probably just got a chubby from those words. I on the other hand didn’t play with the action figures, but was extremely impressed with the entertainment value of this film. I went in with an open mind, after enjoying the first Transformers flick from a few years back. The flow of the movie was fast paced, and the fight scenes between the transforming cars/machines were beautifully done and wildly realistic. Granted, I knew I was watching machines that had just transformed into warriors from different Ford vehicles, so the realism could only stretch so far!

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After much anticipation, the trailer for the third instalment of the Transformers franchise has surfaced today. The trailer starts off on July 20th, 1969. This was the date Apollo 11 (The Eagle) landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon for the first time. What appears to be America’s best kept secret, once they men step onto the far side of the moon, communication is directed to a special section of NASA and a new mission is a go.

Exploring the dark side of the moon, the astronauts discover what appears to be an old Decepticon ship or an actual Decepticon. As the mission continues we learn the point of sending man to the moon was actually to explore this new phenomenon and bring samples back to earth. So, it was all NASA’s fault, is that what you are telling us Michael Bay?

The trailer doesn’t reveal much else about the plot or storyline but its enough to make us so excited for its release in summer 2011. From what I can uncover (which now makes sense with the trailer…) the Decepticons and the Autobots find themselves involved in a space race between the U.S. and Russia. I’ve also read that Michael Bay didn’t make this movie as big as Revenge of the Fallen but instead focuses on the story and gets deeper into the mythos, emotions and character development. Lets hope those robots took some acting classes between movies.

Check out the exclusive new trailer after the jump…

I watched Jackass 3D earlier this week and loved it – but never did I expect it to be such a Box Office success. The hilarious and often grotesque Jackass prank and stunt film led by Johnny Knoxville has earned an estimated $50 million in it’s opening weekend! Are you freaking kidding me!? The Social Network, which has been open for a few weeks now, has earned a total of a little over $63 million and was third overall this weekend. How is it possible that a film where a pig eats an apple out of an obese person’s ass or where someone has to drink a cup of freshly squeezed sweat would do better? It boggles my mind and I love it at the same time. I love it because some of the stuff they do in this film is life threatening and they certainly push their limits all the time. I’m glad they get some sort of payoff for all they went through making that film.

In second place, also in it’s opening weekend, is the star studded Red which did really well at $22.5 million, if you ignore that the figure is less than half of what Jackass did. The secret service film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and other amazing actors. As mentioned, The Social Network falls in third place earning $11 million this weekend.

Find out what the rest of the Top 10 films earned this weekend after the jump…

Not only has Facebook taken over our computers, iPhones, Blackberrys, and the like, The Social Network also continues to dominate the Box Office. I for one contributed to this, having watched the film on Friday night with Tyrell. It lived up to all of the ravings that Donovan (and the rest of the world) gave it. It’s very inspiring and incredibly interesting to see how the ideas of a few people have evolved into impacting our lives so much, and their bank accounts simultaneously. With total ticket sales now reaching over $46 million, it is a proven success considering it cost $40 million to make.

Not that far behind was “Life As We Know It,” reviewed by Nic, who more or less gave it a thumbs down. The Secretariat doesn’t win this race, the Diane Lane horse film falling in third place. In general though, people who went to both of those films liked the films which makes it promising for their ticket sales in the weeks to come.

Box Office Top 10 for the weekend after the jump…

Movie Review: Secretariat

In: Movies, Patrick

Although I love Diane Lane, I have to admit I wasn’t overly enthused to see this Disney movie – I’m not a big horse racing fan at all. That being said, I am a sucker for “Based on a True Story,” films so the fact that the events actually happened made me get into it – real quick. The story: “The life story of Penny Chenery, owner of the racehorse Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973.” He was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years!

A little back story, the director, Randall Wallace, also directed The Man in the Iron Mask and We Were Soldiers, as well as wrote the screenplays of Braveheart and Pearl Harbor – so it’s no wonder he was able to get people like Diane Lane and John Malkovich to help tell this story.

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Movie Review: Jonah Hex

In: Movies, Patrick

Last night I stepped into the world of DC Comics and the wild west, having checked out the prescreen of Jonah Hex, which opens in theaters today. The film starred Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex, John Malkovich plays Quentin Turnbull (his arch nemesis), Michael Fastbender plays Turnbulls right hand man, Burke, and Megan Fox plays Lilah (the damsel – not so much in distress).

Synopsis:

“The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.”

First off, the movie starts off in true DC form with some comic story-boarding, filling the audience in on some details to get everyone up to speed on any relevant info before the current events unfold. I’m glad they didn’t use the comic drawing format throughout – good choice.

Very quickly, we learn why Hex looks the way he does and why he is the way he is. This involves a very traumatic experience, inflicted upon him by Quentin Turnbull. John Malkovich was brilliant as the villain…you just believed the guy was pure evil, with no soul and not an ounce of remorse. Josh Brolin was also excellent at bringing such depth to his character, incorporating Hex’s vulnerability and vengeful side into one complicated, ugly (kudos to makeup!) man – with some pretty unique abilities.

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