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Entourage Season 7 heats up in July

EntourageEntourage is ready to crash your television party with a brand new season. Entourage Season Seven will launch July 27 on HBO. Yes, we are now up to seven seasons of watching spoiled rich kids juggle hot babes, tour the world, and ponder the purchase of a $100,000 or a $150,000 car. I can’t wait!

I have been on and off of the Entourage bandwagon for six seasons. I loved the first season but seemed less interested with each subsequent season. How many more half hours am I going to waste watching Vinnie Chase wind up with the girl, the money, and the fame? By Entourage Season Four I was done. Then something happened. Entourage Season Five took a risk, shook things up, and hooked me for another time.

In my opinion, Entourage Season Five was far and away the best of the series and one of the best seasons of any television show last decade. The key ingredient here was real conflict. Vinnie Chase lost everything and went from A-list actor to a tabloid punching bag. It was the first time that Entourage fans had a chance to see any depth in the Vinnie Chase character. Since Vince’s success is a domino factor for the supporting cast, his downfall also created great stories surrounding his posse and manager Ari Gold. Entourage Season Five was so good the entire season could have been packaged in a movie.

Then something happened that changed everything. Vince resurrected his career, he got rich again, E got a great job and his girl back, Turtle started dating a Soprano, Drama got a television show, and Ari became a monster power player in Hollywood. Yes, life was grand for the Entourage boys. Life was so good that by mid-season, I all but turned off Entourage. Of course I had to finish the season to see how things ended, but overall last season was extremely disappointing coming off such a great season the year before.

So here are one year later and just weeks away from the premiere of the new season of Entourage. It is very hard to tell from seeing the first trailer how Entourage will play out this season. The biggest point of conflict on this season appears to be Vince Chase doing his own stunts in a movie. Otherwise the crew all looks like they are living larger than ever on Entourage. Bob Saget, John Stamos, Kobe Bryant, Carrie Fisher, Jessica Simpson, Mike Tyson, Nick Cassavetes, Jonathan Keltz, Stan Lee and Maria Menounos are all confirmed guest stars.

Entourage Season 7 premieres July 27 on HBO. Entourage will reportedly return to HBO for six more episodes in 2011 before moving to the big screen.

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Superhero movie giants rumored for Oz movie prequel

Sam RaimiWord on the proverbial street is that Spider-Man movie director Sam Raimi is interviewing for a new gig. Variety.com reports that Raimi is in negotiations to direct “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” The movie will be a prequel to the classic, “The Wizard of Oz” and is also expected to star Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr.

The buzz is exciting for super hero fans who could see two of their favorite franchises come together for “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” The “Wizard of Oz” prequel will focus on a circus wrangler who is transported by a tornado to a mysterious land where he is received as the “wizard.” Of course the circus wrangler is not a wizard which is sure to lead to fun, confusion, and a lot of fantasy.

Sam Raimi made news back in January when he walked off of the Spider-Man 4 project. How big was Raimi’s Spider-Man exit? Well the entire project was eventually canceled and but on hold with a “reboot” in mind. Raimi is an exceptional director and with the talents of Robert Downey, “Oz, the Great and Powerful has the potential to go down as the 2013 must-see movie.

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Kyle Turley hits hard with “Anger Management”

Kyle TurleyDid you ever wonder what happens to a professional athlete after they have been out of the spotlight for a few years? Former NFL star Kyle Turley is one of many ex-professional athletes whose careers were cut short due to injuries. Yet for Kyle Turley, instead of crying about it he is singing about it. Kyle Turley is back with his first music album, “Anger Management.”

Most NFL fans are familiar with Kyle Turley. I always liked Kyle Turley because he told it like it was. Reporters never had to worry about Turley giving them a good quote as he always delivered. My memory of Turley on the field was the brawl he had with Damien Robinson. Even to this day, clips of the brawl are featured on some NFL Films’ compilations on ESPN and the NFL Network. Kyle Turley didn’t take crap from anyone on the field and he certainly didn’t take any off of the football field.

I was a little skeptical of Turley’s musical talents as I think most NFL fans would be. Yet once I started listening to his music, I really liked it. I am not a country music fan, but “Anger Management” has a nice hint of rock and roll to the CD. Turley cites metal Gods like Slayer and Pantera as influences, which inch through on “Anger Management.” If you didn’t know you were listening to an ex-NFL lineman, you’d probably think you were listening to one of country’s megastars. “Anger Management” is really that good.

Kyle Turley has also taken up the plight of ex-NFL players over the last several years. Turley regular speaks out often against the NFL’s treatment (or lack thereof) of ex-NFL players. Turley puts his money where his mouth is as proceeds from “Anger Management” go towards the Gridiron Greats charity. Gridiron Greats helps retired NFL players in dire need of financial and/or medical assistance.

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Jack Bauer Kills Off Die Hard 24/7 Plot

Jack BauerAs the “24” hysteria starts to die down following the end of the Fox television series, the speculation for a “24 movie” begins. Hollywood is buzzing about where Jack Bauer will wind up next without FCC restrictions and a time limit. One place he won’t wind up is sharing a screen with Bruce Willis in Die Hard 24/7.

I was stunned when I read about the rumors of Jack Bauer and John McClane teaming up for Die Hard 24/7. Honestly, my first reaction was disappointment. I am way over the “Die Hard” franchise and the last thing I wanted to see is Jack Bauer sacrificing screen time to John McClane. My disappointment turned to relief when it was reported that Keifer Sutherland felt the same way and kobashed the idea.

While some “24” fans believe that Fox exhausted all of the possibilities for Jack Bauer at the conclusion of this past season, I disagree. I liked the end of the finale “24” television show more so than a lot of critics. I really liked that the ending of “24” kept the door open for a movie. While I understand that even with Jack Bauer dieing, “24” would have been left open for a prequel. But there are several avenues that Jack Bauer can travel down whether it is enemy of the state or continuing his role as reluctant hero. I think the possibilities are too open to limit Jack Bauer and “24” to sharing the story with another character altogether.

Another road to travel would be the criminal trial of President Taylor. Not that I want to see “24” turn into “Law and Order,” but I think that would make a fascinating drama. Of course you would have to sprinkle in some blood, some deaths, and some explosions courtesy of Jack Bauer to give it the true “24” flavor. Yet at the end of the day, I believe there are far too many possibilities on the table for “24 the Movie” than playing second fiddle to an aging franchise. I also still wouldn’t rule out that 24 Prequel. With a prequel, “24” can bring back some favorite characters like Nina, Tony, and President Palmer. Frankly, that is where I think they need to go here but it looks like Fox is moving towards picking up the story where the “24” finale left off.

I can easily see the upside for “Die Hard.” “Die Hard” is still a money-making franchise and John McClane now spans two decades of movie fans. While it is profitable to continue making “Die Hard” movies, where do you go with John McClane at his age in the story? The only characters that should be crossing over into other movies are super heroes. Leave it to the Justice League or the Avengers 20th Century Fox!

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The A-Team and The Karate Kid go to war

June 11, 2010 1 comment

The A-TeamThe summer movie choices continue to accumulate with two blockbuster remakes jumping into the mix. The A-Team and The Karate Kid will wage war for movie dollars this weekend as the newest  entrants into the pool of summer movies. Can either one of them be able to ambush Shrek or will it be a failed mission for two highly anticipated movie remakes?

The A-Team The A-Team recreates the classic 80’s A-Team television series with new faces, new plot lines, and a much bigger budget. Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson headline the all-star cast joined by UFC superstar Rampage Jackson in the role of B.A. Baracus. Can this remake live up to the hype or even outdo than the old George Peppard television series?

I was a huge fan of The A-Team as a kid so when I heard that the show was being remade I got excited. After watching a few The A-Team movie trailers, I am even more pumped for the movie. The action looks great, the characters look good, and it really looks like the concept stays true to the television show. The A-Team movie is one of the most heavily promoted movies of the summer so I’d get there early if you plan to see it this weekend. I have a feeling that you may be fighting for seats on opening weekend.

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The Karate Kid – Coincidence or irony that the two top movies opening this weekend are remakes of classics from the 1980’s? Jaden Smith steps into the Ralph Macchio role as the bullied teenager who turns to karate for respect, confidence, and revenge. Jackie Chan plays the “Mr. Miagi” mentor role in the remake. The Karate Kid will look to kick down the box office on opening weekend.

The Karate Kid puts its own stamp on their version of the cult classic. Jaden Smith and family move to China and like Ralph Macchio, have a difficult time fitting into the new neighborhood. This is quite a jump from the original movie which saw Ralph Macchio’s family move within the United States. Jackie Chan takes Jaden Smith under his wing to teach him karate and even more so, how to stand up for himself against the school bully. The rest is history!

The Karate Kid movie trailers all look good and I am quite impressed with Jaden Smith. You never know what to expect (other than feeling old) when you see an A-List actor’s child on the screen in a big role for the first time. Jaden Smith looks like he handles the part well and it is nice to see Jackie Chan playing someone other than a goofy martial-artist. It will be really interesting to see if this one has the same appeal as the first one did when it took America by storm.

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work opens in limited release this weekend. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a documentary which spotlights one of the true legends of comedy. Joan Rivers lets the cameras in and what is produced is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the year.

I love Joan Rivers so I may be a bit partial here. The trailers all look great and I can’t haven’t read one bad review of the movie. If her story isn’t enough, the movie captures Joan Rivers without makeup which is worth the price of the documentary in itself. The documentary follows her around the country on tour, her day-to-day activities, and tells her life story. How they can do this under two hours is beyond me.

I am not normally inclined to spend $10 to see a documentary in the movies but I may make an exception here. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work looks like a winner.

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The Lottery – The Lottery is a documentary which covers the process that families in the Bronx and Harlem, NY have to go through to get their children enrolled into a charter school. The Lottery has the potential to set off a political firestorm if it can break through and achieve some mainstream success. Think “Nursery University” but a lot more serious.

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New The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Trailer Magically Appears

Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe summer movie hype is about to get a little hotter with the release of a new The Sorcerer’s Apprentice trailer. The new trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie really makes this film look like a must-see when it opens in July. Watch the new trailer and check out what is sure to be Nicolas Cage‘s next big hit.

The synopsis for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reads

Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE. The screenplay is by Matt Lopez and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard from a screen story by Matt Lopez and Larry Konner & Mark Rosenthal.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is scheduled for a July 14, 2010 release. As things stand today it looks to be the only mega movie to debut that weekend. I loved the trailer and think it will appeal to a variety of movie fans from kids, adults, sci-fi, action-adventure, and even some comedy. I expect magical things from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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