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Jim Olse… or Jenny Olsen?

So with a few months before Man of Steel hits the theaters, there’s been a lot of questions revolving around Jimmy Olsen’s character. That is,  there isn’t any Jimmy Olsen in this film. So what gives? Where is the photographer of the Daily Planet? Well, from the looks of it, it’s because there’s no Jimmy Olsen.

According to IMDB, there is a Jenny Olsen but no Jimmy, so who is she? Is she a relative? a sibling? or….. a female version of Jimmy Olsen?

You may notice the unknown actress Rebecca Buller is listed as Jenny Olsen and is in the Man of Steel trailer.

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Although, this potential change may stir some heat around our comic book fans or just folks that know of the character, it definitely raises an interesting debate on what the reasons are behind it and how current times affect comic books and comic book adaptations. Would this affect the story in anyway with the changes or is it irrelevant? Let us know what your thoughts are.

Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013

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Christian Bale visits Aurora, Colorado

Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight films, is in Aurora, Colorado visiting victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, Warner Brothers officials confirmed.

Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications. – Denver Post

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Warner Bros. possibly canceling ALL showings of The Dark Knight Rises

It looks like it’s not just Paris, but ALL showings for The Dark Knight Rises may be halted everywhere due to the senseless tragedy in Aurora, Col.

An executive reportedly said that “Warner was watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains“. So it seems that Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, is debating as whether the movie should be cancelled or not across countries worldwide, although there is no certain decision made yet.

There are also reports that there have been opinions on whether Warner Bros. should press forward or halt and re-release a few months down the line. However, nothing has been decided at this point of time. Honestly, I think it’d be best for the movie to be pulled, until we have more clarified information.

UPDATE: E! reports that they contacted their own source at Warner Bros. regarding a possible cancellation of screenings who said, “he’d be ‘shocked if that happened, but it’s such an unprecedented situation.

Reports are coming in that the movie will likely not be halted by Warner Bros. although there’s still no official word. All planned publicity events for the film’s stars have been halted and all advertisement for the film has been removed from television.

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UPDATE: Dark Knight Rises: Gunman Kills 13 At Midnight Film Screening

13 people are confirmed dead and 59 injured (critically state) after a masked gunman reportedly hurled a tear gas bomb and opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

The masked gunman is revealed to be James Holmes, a 24-year-old man who was arrested in a car park nearby and is currently in custody. He was reportedly armed with a rifle and two handguns and told police he had explosives at his home, which has been surrounded by a SWAT team.

UPDATE: This afternoon, officers confirmed that the apartment was “booby-trapped”.

Police and witness reports indicate that a gunman fired into the audience 15 minutes into the midnight showing of the film. Police confirmed that the shooter — who entered theater number 9 dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask and released a canister filled with gas and then fired a rifle multiple times into the audience. Some witnesses described the suspect as wearing a SWAT-like outfit, others say a “Bane-style” gas mask and body armor during the attack.

Aurora police chief Dan Oates said that 10 died during the attack, and four more died in the hospitals nearby. Several children and babies were in the theatre and an 80-year-old is believed to have been shot dead at point blank range. A three-month old is among those being treated in hospital and a six-year-old, believing to be the youngest victims, according to reports.

AMC theatres has issued the following statement:

3rd update: July 21, 2012, 5 p.m. CDT Contrary to media reports, costumes are not banned, but we will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings. We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring

2nd update: July 21, 2012, 2 p.m. CDT Kansas City, Mo. – AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn’t be more grateful for their collective support.

At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.

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ORIGINAL STATEMENT: We are terribly saddened by the random act of violence in Aurora and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. For the safety and security of our guests and associates, we are actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the circumstances, we are reaching out to all of our theatres to review our safety and security procedures. Being a safe place in the community for all our guests is a top priority at AMC and we take that responsibility very seriously.

A statement from President Barack Obama:

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting.”

He added: “We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.

“As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family.”

There is nothing to add to this senseless tragedy. The facts are widely known, and understanding of the situation still progressing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We ask that our readers keep those suffering from this horrific event in their thoughts as well.

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Clear the skies. Iron Man 3 action packed stunt.

Spoiler alert!

Iron Man coming to the rescue in these photos for the upcoming film, Iron Man 3. It’s revealed that the superhero is rescuing a large group of people and based on what was caught on camera, one of the costumes was a flight attendant, and it’s safe to say that this stunt will be a scene where Iron Man flies around catching and saving folks. Stuntmen and women were suspended from cables and above water at Cape Fear River.

Credits to StarNewsOnline

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Spidey’s Debut

I was on the scene in New York’s AMC Lincoln Square theater at around 10:30 am outside in the scorching sun, where there weren’t lines to get into the theater, other than myself. I’d have to say, waiting for a full 12 hours before even being allowed into the theater, caused the air to be abuzz with anticipation. Now for us, dedicated fans, like myself, journey on some excruciating environments and the long awaited hours. We go through this for the excitement that brings us to skip out on sleep or even wait outside in the scorching heat if we have to, in order to get first dibs on their favorite movie and/or seats.

Started off standing behind a stanchion that labeled “The Amazing Spider-Man IMAX 3D for 12:01 am,” but as time passed throughout mid-morning, people passing by, were curious in finding out what I was waiting for and why. There were even moments where a group of  tourists had asked to take photos/videos with and of me. Surely enough, by early afternoon, a sympathetic USPS employee had refused to have me stand for 12 hours and offered a milk crate to sit so the wait would be less painful.

Hours passed by, and you can start to notice the line to get into the theater took up almost the entire block. Although the wait outside wasn’t pleasant, not to worry though, fans backed up each other up to get food, refreshments and bathroom breaks. Inside the theater, a two sided actual movie posters were distributed, as the anticipation grew to a fever pitch.

As midnight neared, there were fans dressed as our fellow web-slinger, which really amped up the excitement level. Once we were all settled in and time struck 12:01 am, the IMAX intro starting in a higher hi-res feature. My first reaction to that was “it’s iOS 6!! (a joke for those of you that are Mac/iPhone users). And then… the movie began.

Before I get into the specifics, let me just say that this is a movie that I feel is fun and entertaining but not necessarily “superb”. There’s a pretty consistent take on the movie that praises the actors/actresses and a lot that I thought was very interesting and enjoyed, but there’s also the varying degrees of distaste for much of the rest of the picture. But now’s the time to tell us what you thought, so leave your thoughts on the film. As always, spoilers are expected below, and in the comments.

WARNING!!! – Contains spoilers below. Do not read if you have yet to see the film and wish to avoid, well, being spoiled.

But more than anything else, I’m intrigued to know how people are responding to a movie that very clearly went through a restructuring process of telling Peter Parker’s early life and how he becomes who he is. The adaptation of how big of a part Peter Parker’s parents play in the Spider-Man story, was definitely a motivating factor in this movie. But much of that narrative line seems to have been cut.

And what about the action, and the overall feel that Webb brings to the film? Garfield and Stone are difficult to fault, but once you get past their performances (and the work of the rest of the cast), is there anything here for Spidey fans to really love?

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DID YOU CATCH A MIDNIGHT SHOWING OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN? WHAT DID YOU THINK?

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TRON: Legacy

I almost don’t want to say how much I liked TRON: Legacy. Going into a film cold is always the best way to see it. Although there were doubts from numerous well known critics, with that in mind, did it still live up to my expectations?

Absolutely.

After a long, long, long wait for many dedicated fans out there, TRON: Legacy has finally been unleashed on screens across the world. As with most highly anticipated properties, a considerable number of fans took the opportunity to catch the film at midnight—some brave souls like myself and a few of my newly met peers, even sat through 14 hours leading up to the midnight screening.

When I arrived, I ended up being first in line, and in only an hour or so, another person (David M.) joined the anticipated event. After a few hours of waiting, the line starts to get numerous fans with their own chairs to make the wait less painful.

Now as midnight was creeping, 92.3FM radio station and Walt Disney Pictures teamed up to create this midnight event into an even more spectacular evening. There were glow sticks/bands, rare and exclusive TRON pins handed out, and best of all, the cosplayed Sirens from Walt Disney Pictures were walking around and taking pictures with the fans waiting on line. I have to admit, Walt Disney Pictures had marketed the movie really well.

Photo credit: Amanda Schwab

I think I was given the opportunity to brag a bit about being first that night. Walt Disney Pictures provided an exclusive glow-in-the-dark TRON tee and presented me to take photos with the Sirens for the dedication put towards the anticipated film. I did have a close friend of mine, David C. who showed up around 9 pm, to the line and you can tell in everyone’s minds that he isn’t getting a good seat… At least, not until they saw he was with me.

But… there were some complications too, and I think to make it kinda fun, I’ll have a rewritten lyrics that I wrote to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Intro.

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the uncrowned king of AMC

In south of Brooklyn born and raised
On the computer was where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all waitin’ on people upstairs in IMAX 13
When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin makin trouble for the rest of us
I got in one lil quarrel and the guys were wordless
I said ‘You’re movin’ to the end or you’re neva comin’ back’

I whistled for a cheer and when it came near
The sirens said fresh and discs in their hands
If anything I can say, this cat is rare
But I thought, ‘Now forget it’ – ‘Yo homes to IMAX 13’

I waited up by the theater from 8 or 9
And I pointed to my friend ‘Yo homes take ya picture’
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the uncrowned king of AMC

I have to say, you experience many different and crazy scenarios while waiting on line for midnight screenings. But now, to get back into perspective.

AMC Lincoln Square has teamed up with the Midwest Gaming Classic to trick out its midnight event with arcade games, prizes, collectibles and trivia to get the audience in the right mindset just before the film begins. In addition, to playing the soundtracks from “TRON” and “Legacy” throughout the theater before the show, there was a 30-minute trivia that occurred to test the audience’s “TRON” knowledge. The questions include factoids on the original “TRON,” “Legacy,” computers and gaming.

Dimming lights? Check. IMAX 3D glasses? Check.

WARNING!!! – Contains spoilers below. Do not read if you have yet to see the film and wish to avoid, well, being spoiled.

Mere seconds into TRON: Legacy, the film sucks its audience in. We hear the voice of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) explaining The Grid, a digital space he created years ago in the first TRON film, and the camera swoops in to reveal that he’s describing it to his son, Sam. The year is 1989 and we, the audience, have our focal point. For both us and Sam, so much time has passed since the groundbreaking first film, we welcome the reminder of exactly what world we are in and when Kevin Flynn disappears, we’re just as curious as Sam as to his whereabouts.

Of course, we as the audience knows where he went. He’s spent years on The Grid, a computer generated blend of black, blue and orange hues which is the setting for most of TRON: Legacy. It’s really the stuff that happens before the film that hits The Grid and really sets the tone. Flashbacks and news stories tell the story of Kevin Flynn’s rise, disappearance and set up an intriguing new world. In this world, the grown up Sam (Garret Hedlund) is rebellious and a bit of a brat. We follow him around a bit, collecting data at a pace that simultaneously resets our TRON memory while keeping the mystery at the forefront. So, once Sam makes his way onto The Grid in search of dear old Dad, we’re emotionally invested and ready for a ride.

If it’s anything, TRON: Legacy is most certainly a ride. It hits the ground running with almost non-stop action for the first third of its running time. This is when we see Disc Wars, Light Cycles and all that good stuff you’ve seen from the trailers. Plus, the visuals are awe-inspiring. Then the introduction of Quorra (Olivia Wilde) marks the beginning of a plateau as we’re force fed obligatory expositional dialogue trying to explain the plot. “All your questions will be answered,” Quorra tells Sam and that’s where TRON: Legacy has its first hiccup. Those answers largely come in one scene which feels clunky and confusing. Still, Wilde’s wide-eyed performance and glimpses of Bridges help the film power through until the pace picks up again.

To describe any film as “a roller coaster” is a complete cliché, but TRON: Legacy is almost begging for it. Director Joseph Kosinski, has constructed the film as such: There’s the quick build at the beginning, a whole bunch of action at the front line, a lull in the middle and an exciting twist-n-turn finish. Like a roller coaster, the slow parts are forgivable because the ride is so much fun and that’s what TRON: Legacy is, one of the most fun films of the year. Its biggest flaw though, back to that pesky roller coaster analogy, is that nothing changes by the end.

What does move through to success is the score by Daft Punk. The electronic super stars do an Oscar worthy job of combining pulse pounding electronic beats with hummable themes and bombastic orchestral arrangements. The resulting music is the fuel that fires all of TRON: Legacy and even in scenes that feel superfluous, the score is always there to keep it interesting.

Admittedly, you have to forgive TRON: Legacy for a few things in order to truly enjoy it. The CGI on the young Jeff Bridges character, Clu, isn’t always perfect. For many people, this might be too much to forgive and, most of the time, I’d be one of these people. This time, for some reason, I’m not. The world of TRON: Legacy, with its incredible Matrix-esque visuals and fascinating story, sucked me in making the problems melt away. The film is simply too much fun to care.

So, I have to say that TRON: Legacy is every bit of epic and thrilling adventure you were hoping for and that Walt Disney Pictures have promised to deliver for several years in managing to do justice to its source material without being a slave to it. It also has all the flaws you’ve, unfortunately, come to expect from a big budget blockbuster. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome time at the movies. Forgive and have fun.