The City Strip #178 – Sticks & Stones

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Welcome to another fun-filled week of news and laughs here at COF, we have just the thing this Monday morning to get your work week started.  It’s a new City Strip comic about a particular Hellraiser we all know and love.  He appeared in City Strip #86 as well, one of my favorites.

Check out that comic and this week’s The City Strip #178 – Sticks & Stones.

The First TV Spot for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is About “Brothers” and Features Some Splinter

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Paramount Pictures has released the first TV spot for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed and Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which you can watch below.  There are snippets of new footage including a quick look at sword wielding Splinter!  Is that a fu manchu he’s sporting too?

Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) directed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  Megan Fox is April O’Neil, William Fichtner is The Shredder, Danny Woodburn is Splinter, Alan Ritchson is Raphael,  Pete Ploszek is Leonardo, Jeremy Howard is Donatello and Noel Fisher is Michelangelo.

The TMNT come out of their shells August 8, 2014; watch the TV spot and first trailer below:


The Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA Edges Out RIO 2 for Second Win

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Box Office

Last weekend Captain America: The Winter Soldier set a new April record, and this week it slightly edged out the family draw Rio 2. The other new releases Oculus and Draft Day more or less met expectations.

Rio took the lead Friday but was no match for the Saturday night power of Captain American fans.  The animated sequel did a lot better than I thought it would ($39 M) because let’s face it – it just looked terrible.  The first entry into the relentless franchise that I would now put in the same weak category as Cars, earned slightly more ($39.2 M) its opening weekend.  Marvel usually takes a big box office drop after the first weekend; saw Winter Soldier with a better hold than Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The First Avenger. The sequel has now earned a worldwide total of $476.7 M, which puts it just $168 M behind the final gross of Thor: The Dark World.

The horror movie Oculus earned $12 M and Draft Day took home $9.7 M, less than Kevin Costner’s last feature 3 Days to Kill took on opening day ($12.2 M).  It’s no Field of Dreams folks.

Next week we get: Transcendence, Heaven Is For Real, A Haunted House 2, Bears

Title Weekend Total
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.4 M $159 M
2. Rio 2 $39 M $39 M
3. Oculus $12 M $12 M
4. Draft Day $9.7 M $9.7 M
5. Divergent $7.5 M $124.8 M
6. Noah $7.4 M $84.8 M
7. God’s Not Dead $4.4 M $40.7 M
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $4 M $39.4 M
9. Muppets Most Wanted $2 M $45.6 M
10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.8 M $105 M

Trailer for A MOST WANTED MAN Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Here is the first trailer for director Anton Corbijn’s (The American) latest spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.  The movie is based on the John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) novel of the same name and stars the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles.

Hoffman plays a German intelligence operative working to track down terrorists abroad.  The movie looks to be exactly like what one of the critics quotes says, a “slow burn”.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing when you have a great cast and script to back up a story that would otherwise be left something to read on a long flight.

The movie also stars Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Grigoriy Dobrygin.

A Most Wanted Man opens July 25th, read the synopsis and watch the trailer below:


Johnny Depp Joins Kevin Smith’s TUSK

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


If someone told me that Johnny Depp might be playing a French-Canadian detective one day, I would have called them a dirty liar.  But today is the day, as Kevin Smith’s upcoming Tusk has added Depp to the cast and it has been speculated his character will be of French-Canadian heritage and go by the name of Guy Lapointe.  Tusk as you might know, is just one of many upcoming films from Smith.

Justin Long spoke of the news to Newsday (via The Wrap) – Tusk follows Wallace (Long), a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.  Tusk also stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment.

The movie will hit theaters this fall.

Book Review: Noah: Ila’s Story

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Our latest book review courtesy of Titan Books is Ila’s Story a young adult novel, written by Susan Korman, and based on the screenplay for the film Noah.  I reviewed the Noah novelization last week [read it here], which did include Emma Watson’s character from the film, Ila, Noah’s daughter-in-law and Shem’s wife but like the movie left much to be desired with a backstory.


Note: May contain spoilers – Ila’s Story is told from her point of view and shares the events not shown in the film where her home and family are attacked and she’s eventually found by Noah and his family.  As time passes she eventually marries Noah’s son, Shem.  If you have seen the movie then you know that Ilsa cannot have children, there is a surrounding army that wants to come onto the ark, the animals arrive in droves and eventually there’s a great flood – so it’s easy to say there is a lot more action than the Bible story.

Watching the movie and reading the books, I never found Ilsa’s character likable.  She’s essentially a conflict bringing trials and tribulation to herself and those around her.  Korman has a lot more emotional traits to give Ilsa in this short read than I found in the previous Noah book.  If you want to read a story related to the Noah film I can recommend this.  It’s a very short novel that does do a great job detailing the world our characters live in.  It’s an easy read for young adults and I suppose if you have to have every book Emma Watson’s nice face is on, here’s another one for you.

Buy it today!

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Graham Norton’s Spice Girls Prank On Emma Stone Was Evil, Yet Hilarious

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Self-declared Spice Girls fanatic Emma Stone was brought to tears last month when she was on an Australian talk show and they had her watch a video message from Melanie Brown (aka Scary Spice).  You can see that clip below as well as a new video from The Graham Norton show where he plays a delightful prank on the actress.  Evil or genius?  I think it’s a bit of both.

This is a great time to become an internet darling for her, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd.

Watch the clips below:


Weekend Preview: Mirrors are Killing Folks Again

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Welcome to the weekend preview!  Check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do, we can only help so much.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

OculusRT (72%)Trailer

Mirrors came and went quickly in 2008 because, well, it looked insufferable.  With a surprising amount of praise, I have to wonder scary this Oculus actually is.  My first impression was that it looked straight-to-DVD worthy considering the sources (Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios).  So maybe unknown writer Jeff Howard and director Mike Flanagan give us something more than just creepy children whispering and drawn out jump scares set to unrealistic sound effects.  I just know there won’t be an ending here; alas, it’s another franchise in the making.

Rio 2RT (46%)Trailer

Take what worked in the first one, and do it again, but with more voice actors – kids love a good reading.

Draft DayRT (55%)Trailer

Kevin Costner is said to be working on a western trilogy, that’s just great if you ask me.  Did you see Open Range?  The man knows how to tell a good story; so he must be taking it easy in Draft Day, which looks to be a real snooze fest for anyone who isn’t a sports buff.

Limited Releases: Cuban Fury, Joe

TV Notables:

Hannibal (Friday, NBC) – Now that Game of Thrones is back, I can’t call Hannibal “the best show on TV right now”. It’s a close second or maybe a tie – it’s that darn good I swear.  I like to turn off the lights, get out the candles and fall into this creepy fantastic world.  I will be sad to see it go if people don’t start watching it.

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC) – Seth Rogen hosts with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest.  I expect a few surprise guests; I’m talking to you Zac Efron.

Game of Thrones (Sunday, HBO) – With a spectaculr set up premier episode last week, we should expect big things from an episode written by George R. R. Martin, the king himself.



Christopher Nolan Kept the Plot of INTERSTELLAR a Secret from Hans Zimmer

Friday, April 11th, 2014


It’s no secret that director Christopher Nolan only lets us know what he wants us to know while he’s making a movie.  In the case of Interstellar we still don’t know too much more than it has wormholes and a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass “the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”.  Take that in for a moment if you have to.

Well it turns out Nolan’s go-to-composer, Hans Zimmer, didn’t even know that much before he began work on the film’s score.  Speaking with British GQ (via WDEF), Zimmer said:

“All I will say is this: before I began, last January, Chris said to me, ‘Hans, I will write one page of text for you. And you will give me just one day. Just write whatever comes to you from this one single page.  It [the page] wasn’t about the film… in a peculiar way, what Chris wrote down that day, and what he wanted from me, had more to do with my story than the plot of the movie. He knows how to get under my skin. That’s the game we play.”

That is a strange form of collaboration isn’t it?  Well if Nolan does that with him often it’s working, because Nolan’s films have had some seriously notable scores from Zimmer including Inception and The Dark Knight.  I’d love to see what was on that one page though.

Interstellar opens on November 7 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi and Matt Damon.

Watch the trailer here.  Try and figure out what it’s about here.  Notice that it’s on our movies to see in 2014 list here.

First Trailer for DOLPHIN TALE 2 with Kris Kristofferson

Friday, April 11th, 2014


The first movie was based on actual event and made a ton of money, so what is this sequel doing you ask?  Well, the guy who directed the first movie (Charles Martin Smith, who also directed Air Bud) is back directing and took over writing details – so he must have really liked him some Dolphin Tale.  The movie also has Kris Kristofferson returning, pictured here.

The sequel sees the return of cast members Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as they continue Winter the Dolphin’s treatment.  There’s a whole synopsis below of how this movie is a movie, so if you’re interested you should definitely read that.

With a special appearance by professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, Dolphin Tale 2 opens September 19th – watch the trailer below: