Friday, January 31, 2014

Lex Luthor Cast in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, And It Isn't Bryan Cranston!

Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor

The powers behind Batman vs Superman (AKA Man of Steel 2) keep surprising the public.

First they cast Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and now, Warner Bros has announced that they've cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.  Holy casting calls Batman!!!

Now sure, it might have been a surprise to those who aren't in the inner circles of casting but thought they knew how the inner circle thinks.  And this casting puts all those "What If" or "Best actors to play" posts all out the window and to shame.

I also know many folks were hoping to see Bryan Cranston play Lex Luthor.  For all we know, Cranston didn't have his hat in this ring or maybe he did.  Who knows?  Not me.  I just wait until someone who knows what's going on says what's going on.

Now if you think that maybe Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is not the best casting match up, I am going to beg to differ with you.

Sure, he's done his fair share of comedic roles like Zombieland and I have yet to see him Now You See Me, but if you've seen The Social Network, and his vicious portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg, I think you'd see why I think he would be good for the role.

Oh, in other news, the character, Lex Luthor will be Batman Vs. Superman.


Side Note / Fear

Now...  let's hope to god that Zack Snyder doesn't do to Lex what Shane Black did to The Mandarin in Iron Man 3!!!

Just saying, 'cause I still have the emotional scars from that one.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Movies Opening This Week, Friday, January 31

New Movies Opening This Week, Friday, January 31

New movies this week include Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and Zac Efron.

This a quick list of the new movies coming out in theaters on Friday, January 31st, 2014:

Labor Day (2013)

Rated PG-13 111 min   -   Drama

Metascore Reviews: 63/100 (11 reviews)

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg


That Awkward Moment (2014)

Rated R 94 min   -   Comedy | Romance

Three best friends find themselves where we've all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So...where is this going?"

Director: Tom Gormican
Stars:  Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots


In Theaters Now - Box Office Top Ten

This list includes the box office top-10, along with IMDb user ratings:

Ride Along (2014)
    6.6/10 ; Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Lone Survivor (2013)
    7.9/10 ; Stars:  Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

The Nut Job (2014)
    5.5/10 ; Stars:  Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl

Frozen (2013)
    8.1/10 ; Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
    6.6/10 ; Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh

I, Frankenstein (2014)
    5.5/10 ; Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Virginie Le Brun

American Hustle (2013)
    7.7/10 ; Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

August: Osage County (2013)
    7.4/10 ; Stars: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    8.6/10 ; Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Devil's Due (2014)
    4.1/10 ; Stars: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson, Roger Payano

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Syfy Renews HAVEN for Two Seasons

Emily Rose in Haven; Syfy renews Haven

It was just announced that Syfy has renewed Haven, after the show has grown in specific favorable ratings demographics.

But I think I smell something funky here.  (It's not a bad thing, but...)

Remember when AMC pulled that crap on fans with Breaking Bad and said they ordered 16 episodes of season 5... only to air them 8 a piece, across what would have been two seasons?  Yep.  That's what I'm smelling here.

Syfy has ordered 26 new episodes of Haven.

The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.

I would just like to see something called season 5 and season 6, and not two parts of season 5.  (Why would they do that?  I have no clue.)

So if you're a fan of Haven, you, my friends, are in luck!

press release:

Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series Haven, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Who Plays "Stacy's Mom" on CADILLAC Ad?

Who is the actress who plays Stacy's mom in Cadillac Ad

I think we've all seen the ad... the Cadillac ad where all the dads are fawning over Stacy's mom, letting her kids out of her Cadillac SUV.  And yes, she carries herself regally and yes, her pride is sexy.

But who plays that sexy mom?

The actress who plays Stacy's mom is model Magali Amadei.

This isn't her first TV gig.

She's had one up roles on TV in Sleeper Cell, Taxi, House of D, What Boys Like, and a few more.

Here's another ad that Magali Amadei is in:

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BETTER CALL SAUL Nets Themselves Enforcer Mike!

Better Call Saul casting news

News today is that the Breaking Bad prequel/spin-off, Better Call Saul, has landed Jonathan Banks to play our favorite, tough guy enforcer, Mike.

Mike, as you may recall, was Saul's right hand man, when it came to making sure things went right.

Jonathan Banks to play Mike in BETTER CALL SAUL

This is the best casting news I've heard for the show.  Past rumors said that Walter and Jesse will be making bit appearances, but we'll see how that pans out.  I'm not expecting much beyond a brief appearance or sound byte or reference.

But with the casting of Mike, I have to wonder if we might also be seeing Gus sometime.  Gus the chicken guy, or Gustavo 'Gus' Fring, was played by Giancarlo Esposito.  And for me, became an awesome bad guy.


From AMC and Sony Pictures, "Better Call Saul" will follow the early career path of Breaking Bad's sleazy yet intellegient lawyer, Saul Goodman, before he became Walter White's lawyer. Bob Odenkirk will be reprising the role.

And now Jonathan Banks is on board the show.


If you recall, in the story line of Breaking Bad,

SPOILERS if you haven't see the show yet
Mike bought it at the hand of Walter, (Bryan Cranston), who misktakenly killed him for a list of names, that later, he realized, he could have gotten from Lydia.  It was this stage of the series that I was off the Walter wagon, and on the "get his ass" wagon!

Ass hat!


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Are NFL Cheerleaders Getting Ripped Off?

When you watch football, you get the occasional glimpse of the scantily clad women on the sidelines "cheering on their team."

I never thought much of it, but as you watch football, it's an enjoyable aspect of most sports.

And I had never thought about what they get paid.  I presume, with all their exposure, that they're compensated appropriately.  And on top of that, if they net themselves a well paid husband from the ranks of the well paid athletes in their sport, then BONUS!

But it seems that my assumption that they're paid well might be incorrect.  At leat as it seems, when it comes to the cheerleaders for the Raiders!

In a CBS news piece I came across, they talk about one cheerleader leading the charge to fix their work scenario, and I have to say, it's pretty scary.

Here's some snippets from that article:

{...cheerleaders allegedly earn barely enough to afford their own pom-poms.

...women wait nine months to see a paycheck

...suffer from a litany of fines (Forgetting your yoga mat, wear the wrong workout clothes, etc.)

The article says that a Raiderette gets paid $125 per home game but not for practice and their pay comes out to about $5 per hour.  Other teams are noted for getting less... per home game.

And money dropped on maintaining their status as a cheerleader is not reimbursed.

And if they complain, they're told that there are many more women out there that want to replace them.


To be honest, this is surprising, considering how many millions each NFL team member can make.  Or the franchise of each team, as a whole.

It's crazy and surprising.

Here's the CBS News Piece,
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New DVD/BD Releases for Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

New DVD/BD Releases for Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

This week, our new DVD and Blu-ray releases include a Downton release, a race movie with Chris Hemsworth, some weather with meatballs in it and a few old guys last (?) fling in Las Vegas...  

Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition)

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition)

Rush Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde

Rush (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet)
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte and Neil Patrick Harris

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Trashing on THE BACHELOR Wedding of Sean and Catherine

(UPDATED with info from an EW article.)

So tonight I was extremely bored.  I didn't want to watch the Grammy's.  The list of winners was already online before the telecast started.  I didn't want to sit around and watch 99% of the crowd clapping for other people winning their awards.

I wasn't in the mood to pull up anything on my Comcast VoD.  The ads on that platform from the networks can be more trying than what's on live broadcast.

So I decided to watch ABC's The Bachelor Wedding of Sean and Catherine.  Hey, remember, ABC was teasing us for the last few weeks with ads saying with contestants from previous seasons in the audience, you never know what could go wrong.

What cheap, low level crap advertising.  Seriously?

So I decided to watch this two-hour travesty and came away with discovering that I started hating something even more than cheap laugh tracks.

Below, are some of my confusing observations from the live wedding...


"I haven't taken too many road trips."  "I'm a traveler."  (Wait.  What?  Yes, in the same sentence, Catherine made those two statements.)
Then Catherine starting pitching her new theme for the night.  What TF is "grown sexy?"  To me, that would imply that there are other sexy modes, other than grown or adult?  Just wondering. And that term is thrown at us again and again.  And again...  and...  well...

The show has a "honeymoon suite cam!"  Sooo will that be on when the new wedded couple arrives?  I'm wondering if ABC is thinking of the donero that can be made from there, after the fact, in the ...  grown sexy movie market!

We watch them tell the parents about the wedding date.

She's getting married to him because "she has no more room in her heart."  I know she meant that to mean something wonderful, and I get it.  But this piece is about trashing on the reality TV wedding.

And yes, they are "saving themselves for marriage."

Again and again we see camera shots of the guests for the wedding, most of them, losers, I mean contestants from past seasons of the game show called The Bachelor.

We watch Catherine pick a wedding dress.

We watch Sean show up to buy lingerie for Catherine, and then we get the inset frame of the empty honeymoon suite.  This may very well be the best creepy reality shopping segment ever.

Did we just send a virgin to shop for sexy wear.  Too funny.  (See later on about that.)

We keep getting pounded with this "grown sexy" term.  Over and over, it's almost as frequent as a laugh track!  Ug.

Then we watch Catherine practicing wedding night sexy poses.  Eek. 

So just to be clear...  Sean is a born again virgin, and Catherine was not celibate until she got on The Bachelor.

So there's no real virgin activities going on here.  It's just a cute thing they're putting off until... "the night."  { .hollywoodlife. }

How weird, to have your wedding surrounded by camera crews.  And to have the secondary director in the background telling the bride and her mom to move closer together for the shot... ah, how romantic!

During or just before the ceremony, we had an inset "live" shot of the honeymoon suite.  Seriously!  It's empty folks.  There's nothing going on there.  Yet.  But there was one shot when some mood lighting turned on and we had light blue streaks on the bed covers.  And I drifted off to being reminded of CSI when they use the ultraviolet lights to uncover biological leftovers in hotel room crime scenes.  Yikes!

And so that sales pitch that ABC tossed out about "what could happen with past Bachelor contestants in the audience" was such bulls*!  I'm becoming more disappointed in the handling of some marketing of TV shows these days.  It's not limited to ABC.  Other networks are using dirty word tricks to get folks to tune into things.  But that's just me.

Sean and Catherine are now married and join the alumni of a few married couples from 18 seasons from this reality TV series for desperate, ego driven single people!  But they are so fun to watch.  Aren't they?

Here's a few precious quotes from an Entertainment Weekly report from someone who was there:

It was so cold that eventually Lisa Vanderpump wrapped her little dog Giggy — yes, she brought Giggy — in a blanket.


as they arrived guests could hear the director barking orders and giving feedback to his team. “They came out really fast and they’re talking to each other!” he barked into his headset after the first couple proceeded down the aisle. Once the entire party was assembled, it was time for the big moment… a commercial break.

... guests were asked to keep their phones away during the ceremony


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AFV Looks Very, Very Different These Days

ABC's America's Funniest Videos (AFV) seems to have changed a little bit.  Or maybe a lot.  The show has been on TV since 1989 and in the beginning it was pretty funny.  And if I remember correctly, there was always a bit about no harm coming to the participants.

And back then, the concept was fun.  But now if feels like many of the videos seem so staged, or so trite that we've seem them again and again and again over the years.  I presume that the viewership must be rotating often, or the show would have failed with the original viewers having bailed a long time ago.

And then there's videos that made the top-three finalists on the particular episode I caught tonight.

One of the finalist videos, a pee wee football field goal kicker kicks a hard hit, but all it does is knock out a pee wee defender.  Flat on his back.

Then there's the other finalist that somehow thinks it's OK when a family puts a butterfly on a baby's face.  But it ends with the baby reaching up and crushing the butterfly to death in his grubby, cute little grip. 

Last time I checked, killing things was uncool in these videos.  But now I guess there's new rules these days.


It seems that the tone of the show has elevated slightly from totally non-violent to slightly more aggressive.  It's a bit disappointing if that's what we're finding as entertaining these days.
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Godzilla 2014 Prequel Comic News

Godzilla 2014 Prequel Comic News

Hey!  If you're an excited Godzilla fan who's trying to patiently wait for the new Godzilla movie, helmed by Gareth Edwards, there's something of a prequel of sorts coming out before the movie to give you some info that could make the film seem more fulfilling.

It's a 72-page prequel comic book or graphic novel from Legendary coming out called Godzilla: Awakening.

Events in the graphic novel take place 10 years before events in the movie, so you'll have a more detailed bit of background before you see the movie.

The graphic novel comes out on May 7th, while the movie hits theaters on May 16th.

And to be honest, some times graphic novels work out pretty good.  I've seen a few prequel comics and they have details that fill in little pockets of a story

The Godzilla (2014) cast includes Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Ken Watanabe (Inception), Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis) and David Strathairn (Lincoln).

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