New Superman Logo for “Man of Steel” has just been released

Warner Bros. has just released the official new Superman logo for the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill (yes, a British actor fighting for “Truth, Justice and the American Way”) and releasing on June 14th, 2013.

Looks very organic.

On one hand, I don’t like all this tinkering around with established icons.

On the other hand, I find it very exciting and of course, it generates lots of buzz and interest among the fanboys.

The movie is directed by Zack Snyder, who ranks up there with Tarsem Singh as the most visually inventive Hollywood director today. You may not like his storytelling style, but you can’t ignore the eye-popping visuals of movies like 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch.

Check out the full press release and the logo visual here on the Darkhorizons website.


Great Food Movies

“10 Best Food Movies” as blogged by ‘At the Pass’ in Jan 2010. Most of the film choices matched mine, so I thought I would reblog it.

I would add Ang Lee’s Eat, Drink, Man, Woman to this list as well as the Finland-set Japanese movie Kamome Diner.

At the Pass

By Monsieur Anton

Food and movies go together like, well, popcorn and movies.  Since food is one of the central themes of life, it stands to reason that it would make a good theme for the cinema, and there have been some great movies based on life’s gastronomic pleasures.

Obviously, since everyone eats every day, there are bound to be scenes in most every movie in which the characters will indulge; but that is not what this is about.  I’ve seen many lists of food movies that include flicks that may have a great food scene or two.  Movies such as Diner, Mystic Pizza, Eating Raoul and even 9 ½ Weeks often show up on lists of food movies.  While they may include food in them, they are not centered on it.  To me, to be a true food movie, the film should embody the same trait that makes for…

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Chloe Moretz signs up to play Carrie in Stephen King remake

One of the most engaging characters in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated Hugo is Isabelle, the goddaughter to Ben Kingsley’s Georges Melies character. In a story that features a distraught orphan, a grim shop owner, and an obsessive station inspector, it is Isabelle who stands out for her sincere, girl-next-door personality and ends up becoming the glue that binds the characters together. She reminded me of the spunky schoolgirl heroines from Enid Blyton books, full of good cheer and endless optimism.

When I watched Hugo a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realized that Isabelle was played by Chloe Grace Moretz, the actress who created a stir among casting agents in 2010 with her portrayal of the vampire Abby in Let Me In, the acclaimed English language remake of the even more acclaimed Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In.

I then realized I had also seen her in a supporting role in the excellent romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, in which she played the very grown up kid-sister of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.

Anyway, it has just been announced that Chloe Moretz has been selected to play the lead role in the remake of Stephen King’s prom-thriller Carrie. Stephen King’s debut novel has been adapted to screen four times, most famously in 1976 by Brian De Palma when it secured Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Piper Laurie (her mother), besides launching John Travolta’s film career.

As I said, the casting agents are working overtime with this 15 year old actress who has 6 movies lined up in the next 15 months alone, not including Carrie.

For starters, she will be playing Michelle Pfeiffer’s rebellious teenage daughter in Tim Burton’s next film Dark Shadows, an over-the-top remake of the 1960’s gothic soap opera, being released in May this year, featuring Johnny Depp.

In the space of 3 years, Chloe Moretz has played good-natured, mature-for-their-years pre-teens in Hugo, (500) Days of Summer and Diary of a Wimpy Kid – and at the other end of the spectrum, she has played an emotionally challenged pre-pubescent vampire in Let Me In, a ruthless young vigilante in Kick-Ass, and now in Carrie, a high school misfit whose awakening sexuality is mirrored in her fast developing telekinetic powers.

Chloe Moretz continues the trend of remarkable young actresses emerging from Hollywood in the last decade – Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) and her younger sister Elle Fanning (Super8), Abigail Breslin (Oscar nom for Little Miss Sunshine), Ellen Page (Oscar nom for Juno) and Hailee Steinfeld (Oscar nom for True Grit). What is interesting is that they get fantastic roles as kids, but once they grow up, Hollywood doesn’t seem to know how to get the best out of them – case in point is Kristen Stewart who was outstanding as Jodie Foster’s asthmatic daughter in David Fincher’s Panic Room in 2002 and magnetic in her brief supporting role as Tracy Tatro in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild in 2007, but who has now been reduced to knitting her eyebrows as an excuse for acting, in the Twilight movies. And of course, let us hope that none of them go the way of Lindsay Lohan who promised so much as a 12 year old in The Parent Trap in 1998 and as a teenager in Freaky Friday in 2003…

Meanwhile, one can look forward to great roles from Chloe Moretz and her sisters-in-arms over the next couple of years, before they hit the late-teen ‘danger years’.

Malaysian Philharmonic’s Tribute to the Beatles

It is nearly 50 years since the Beatles released their debut album Please Please Me.

This weekend, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald is performing The Beatles’ greatest hits. It was a sold out show and right from the opening double-shot of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, it was an almost religious experience. For both these songs, as well as for Yesterday and Hey Jude, I had a lump in my throat or was nearly close to tears. The absence of lyrics actually put the focus on the amazing quality of their musicianship. All credit also to the arrangements, which were very cinematic. There were a couple of songs, where the horn section actually had me thinking I was listening to an early Bond theme. There were others arranged to sound like a ’70s TV show or something composed by Burt Bacharach.

Before every song, Mark Fitz-Gerald would say a short note about the song or the circumstances under which the song was written.

The giant screen in the background displayed an outstanding collection of photographs and album covers. A couple of the pictures, showing the four running down the street capture the energy and spirit of four young men on the cusp of stardom.

At the end of the performance, there were a several encores with the highlight being Twist and Shout, which had some members of the audience twisting in the aisles (we were told before the song that we had ‘special permission’ from the MPO management to break with the normal house rules of decorum!). Mark Fitz-Gerald was fully into the swing of things himself with a great physical performance on stage. The audience were also encouraged to clap and sing the chorus for songs like Yellow Submarine and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

I must drop into MPO and pick up the CD of the performance which is on sale, I believe. It was quite a unique experience, very different from listening to the actual songs, so well worth having.

19th Masters title for Federer

Great performance by Roger Federer yesterday, with a 7-6, 6-3 win over towering John Isner to win the Indian Wells ATP 1000 tournament.

In the space of 2 days, Federer has beaten the only 2 players who have defeated him since September 2011. I missed the opening set, but when I woke up and saw that Fed had won it 7-6, I was encouraged to switch on the TV and watch the demolition in the 2nd set. Federer lost just one point on serve in that set and he out-aced Isner, the ace king.

In the next few days, they will all be back on court at the Miami Masters. These 2 ‘mini-Slams’ are the hardest back to back tournaments to win in tennis (other than the French-Wimbledon double), because they each have a 96 player field and have just a 3 day gap between them.

Should be interesting to see how the Top 4 fare in the next one week.

For the moment, Federer must be feeling great, having won 6 of his last 8 tournaments and now looking forward to a chance to overtake Nadal as #2 in Miami, if Federer wins there and Nadal has a bad tournament.

Indian Wells Masters final: Federer vs. Isner? What happened to Djokovic vs. Nadal?

I missed the semi-final action at Indian Wells ATP 1000 tournament this morning.

Djokovic vs. Isner happened too early. I woke up at 430am and checked the ATP Score Update App on my iPad to see that Isner was taking the 3rd set against Djokovic into a tie-break. Shut the iPad but couldn’t sleep. A few minutes later, opened it again and there it was – Isner beats Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. Amazingly, Djokovic actually won more points than Isner in the match – 117 vs. 106. But Isner used his serve to win the 2 critical tie-breaks. Very happy for Isner…have been following him since he broke through at the relatively late age of 22 years.

Then came a rain delay followed by Federer vs. Nadal. I didn’t have the courage to watch that. I checked the score online to see that Federer had broken for a 3-0 lead only to lose the break. That was enough for me; I decided I was better off doing the weekend grocery shopping. Came back nearly an hour later to see that Federer was on match point and play had been halted due to rain! Unbearable! But a few seconds later, he served an ace and was through to the final.

The press will refer to this as a revenge final, since Isner famously upset Federer on clay in Switzerland in their Davis Cup tie last month. Should be an interesting match, but I will probably be too tense to watch…

New Prometheus trailer and Ridley Scott interview

The new Prometheus full length trailer is a beaut.

Everyone who has seen the trailer agrees the last minute of the trailer is very intense, with superb use of a variation of the ‘siren’ audio effect from the original 1979 Alien trailer.

Added bonus is this Q&A with Ridley Scott.

Releases in early June. Can’t wait.