DARIA The Complete Series DVD Review

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Most people use the phrase “the one that got away” to describe a long lost love from years ago.  For me, the one that got away has always been Daria Morgendorffer.  From 1997 to 2002, Daria — a Beavis and Butt-Head spin-off series about decadence of 90s teen culture and the few, the proud, who quietly and apathetically defied it — entered the homes of MTV fans nationwide.  The show gathered somewhat of a cult following before disappearing altogether, save for some censored syndication on The N.  Due to music licensing issues, which I’ll get to after the jump, a DVD release of the series has been postponed time and again for the better part of a decade.  Today, finally, the complete series of Daria has been released on DVD, and having plowed through the eight discs myself, I can say fans have plenty to rejoice about and a little to bemoan as well.  Follow the jump to see whether or not this box set deserves a place on your shelf.

Zack Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH 3D Getting IMAX Release

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Zack Snyder’s upcoming pic Sucker Punch 3D will be released in the expanded IMAX format simultaneously with its regular release on March 25, 2011.  THR reports this is part of a 20-picture distribution deal between Warner Brothers and IMAX lasting through 2013.  The film is a 1950s period piece that tells the story of an institutionalized girl who retreats to an alternate reality to devise a means to escape the asylum.

Snyder is no stranger to IMAX releases — his last film, Watchmen, had a similar distribution — so I trust the finished product will look and feel really immersive in its full aspect ratio.  One can only hope IMAX 3D prices will retreat a little between now and next March, what with the number of films being rolled out.

If you’re going to Comic-Con this year, Snyder has said to expect footage from the movie.

Fox Greenlights X-MEN: FIRST CLASS With Matthew Vaughn Directing! Getting Released June 3, 2011!

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As of today, not only is Twentieth Century Fox going ahead with their proposed X-Men prequel entitled X-Men: First Class, they’re hitting the ground running.  Though there’s no cast yet, the studio’s assembled a director (Kick-Ass‘s Matthew Vaughn), a handful of producers (including Bryan Singer, who came up with the story and directed the first two X-Men films), and a release date (June 3, 2011).  Production is set to start this summer to crank the summer blockbuster out in a timely fashion.  For more on the story and the production details, follow the jump.

Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS Re-release Trailer

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With the help of a recently discovered 16mm print found in an Argentinian film archive, Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is finally (nearly) complete.  And with the addition of 25 minutes of never-before-seen footage, Kino International is planning limited releases in cities across the country to let cinephiles everywhere see the b&w classic in all its glory.  As a German Expressionism junkie, I know I’ll be in line when it hits LA on May 14th.  For the new trailer and a full list of cities and dates for the theatrical re-release, follow the jump.

Production On ANCHORMAN 2 Could Start in February 2011

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Let’s face it: everyone in the world wants Anchorman 2 to happen.  The ravenous fans want it. Writer/director Adam McKay wants it.  Hell, the entire cast wants it.  So why hasn’t it happened yet/isn’t happening now?  In truth, everyone involved with the original is just too darn expensive today.  But don’t despair yet, Burgundy enthusiasts.  For the first time in six years, there seems to be a real hope the sequel will get off the ground.

McKay told MTV that if Paramount greenlights the project soon, production could begin as early as February 2011.  He acknowledges that this timetable is a bit of a long shot, but fans of the original should see this as a real reason to feel optimistic about an Anchorman sequel.  More on the details and why exactly Paramount has cold feet after the jump.

Brad Bird in Talks to Direct MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4

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Odd as it may sound, Pixar animation titan Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) is in talks to direct the fourth installment of Mission ImpossibleTHR says star/producer Tom Cruise and fellow producer J.J. Abrams of Star Trek and Lost fame have met with Bird, among others, in their frantic search for a new helmer.  I say “frantic” because Paramount is keen on starting production as soon as this summer.  Find out who else made the short list after the jump.

Ed Helms and Jason Segel Join JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME

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Jason Segel and Ed Helms, comedy titans on both the big (Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Hangover, respectively) and small (How I Met Your Mother and The Office, respectively) screens, are coming together to co-star in the upcoming stoner comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home.  The project, being written and directed by Duplass brothers Mark (actor in Humpday and The League) and Jay, tells the story of Jeff (Segel), a stay-at-home son who gets an epiphany about his destiny while out on an errand for his mother.  Helms will play Jeff’s more stable though overbearing brother.

The project is being produced by Jason Reitman’s Right of Way Films and John Malkovich’s company Mr. Mudd, which, coupled with the Duplass brothers, may mean there’ll be a slice-of-life element to this “stoner” comedy (see: Juno, Baghead, Up In the Air).  Judy Greer is in talks to play Helms’ wife, but the mother has yet to be cast.  These are all really talented people, both in front of and behind the camera, so I expect this’ll be a film to keep an eye on.  Production is set to begin next month. (Via THR)

SORORITY ROW DVD Review

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Horror aficionados expect a select set of conventions to be executed well for a slasher film to be considered “good.”  We expect certain types: the slut, the jock, the token ethnic person (Asian, in this case) and their early demise, the “final girl,” etc.  We expect a number of red herrings.  We expect some exploitative elements–the nudity and violence.  We even appreciate a few genuine scares, though even that’s not crucial (horror aficionados are too jaded to get genuinely scared anyway).

So does Sorority Row deliver on these counts?  The answer’s less simple than you think.  Find out why after the jump.

NURSE JACKIE Season 1 DVD Review

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In the mid-90s, Viacom majority owner Sumner Redstone coined the phrase “Content is king.”  Though his commitment to this ideal is questionable in some arenas (*ahem* Jersey Shore), when it comes to Viacom’s pay channel Showtime, Redstone’s absolutely correct.  Nurse Jackie is Showtime’s crack at the medical drama genre, but this ain’t no Grey’s Anatomy. Jackie (Edie Falco) is a fast-talking, drug snorting, adulterous nurse who you can’t help but fall in love with.  Find out why this show deserves your attention after the jump.

ADAM DVD Review

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Max Mayer’s romantic drama that charmed audiences at Sundance last year about a man with Asperger syndrome is now on DVD.  Adam (Hugh Dancy), the titular character who suffers from an especially pronounced case of the developmental disorder, tries to find his footing in the world after the death of his father.  Meanwhile, his new neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne) takes a romantic interest in him despite his social dysfunction, and must come to grips with his innate inability to connect.  Adam is a remarkably touching film; see why it is worth your time and heart after the jump.

James Cameron Lending Director Marc Webb a Hand in Bringing SPIDER-MAN to 3D

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It seems as though behemoth auteur James Cameron will get to live his Spider-Man directorial dreams after all, albeit vicariously through (500) Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb.  Jon Landau, Cameron’s friend and associate, told MTV that he and Cameron met with Webb last week to help bring the project into the third dimension.  Now this development is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that, until recently, Cameron himself wanted his grubby little paws on the Marvel franchise.  For more of Landau’s words, and the significance of this meeting of the minds, follow the jump.

A SERIOUS MAN DVD Review

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After 25 years in the industry, Joel and Ethan Coen have filmmaking down to a fine art.  And as such, A Serious Man plays like a meticulously orchestrated symphony.

With equal parts reverence for and mockery of suburban Jewish society in the 1960s, A Serious Man is unlike any other movie from 2009.  Then again, each and every one of the Coen brothers’ films stands out from its contemporaries.  In this updated Job story, Michael Stuhlbarg plays Larry Gopnik, a middle-aged Jewish physics professor who doesn’t know how good he’s got it until his world comes crashing down at his feet.  The film hits DVD this Tuesday, and it’s definitely one for the collection.  Follow the jump to see why.

REPO MEN Publicity Stunt Will Pay You $10,000 To Go On the Lam

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“Have you ever wanted to disappear?”  That’s what Lone Shark Games, Wired Magazine, and Universal Pictures want to know in their latest publicity stunt to promote the upcoming picture Repo Men, a sci-fi action flick about a man on the run from creditors aiming to repossess his heart.  The film stars Liev Schreiber, Jude Law, and Forest Whitaker and opens April 2nd.  More details on the contest and how you can enter to win after the jump.

HBO to Develop a Biopic About Anti-Gay Activist Anita Bryant

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Anita Bryant (2).jpgHBO and Sex and the City creator Darren Star are working on a biopic about anti-gay rights activist Anita Bryant.  Fans of Gus Van Sant’s Milk will remember Bryant as the Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman, from archive footage, pushing for a California initiative that called for the firing of all homosexual school teachers.  Before this, however, Bryant was a Miss America runner up, a Christian pop star, and a bestselling author.  Later in life, Bryant lost her Florida citrus endorsement, declined in book and record sales, and had to file for bankruptcy.

The project is being written by Chad Hodge (CW’s Runaway), who wants the picture to focus on “what drove her to do the things that she did.” Hodge hopes to speak with Bryant to capture her perspective.  There’s no indication at this point which, if any, political stance the film will take.  More info after the jump.

GAMER DVD Review

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2009 was a big year for director duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.  Just five short months after their big Crank sequel hit theaters, Gamer, the pair’s first “big budget” picture opened nationwide.  The film follows Kable (Gerard Butler), a convicted murderer enrolled in Slayers, a competition for survival against fellow prisoners.  The catch: the players can’t control their motor functions.

Instead, they are the puppets of players — in Kable’s case,  a teen named Simon (Logan Lerman) — who control them remotely through a video game.  Survive 40 matches and you’re free.  Die in one match and you’re dead.  Are you game?  See why you should be after the jump.

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