Captain Jack and John Lennon: Pumpkins with pop culture flair

I have a confession to make.

This is the first year I have not carved a pumpkin since I was old enough to wield a knife.

However, I am very much in the Halloween spirit otherwise, and I did find some pretty cool photos online of pop culture pumpkins.

Check them out below!

Dwight from "The Office"

The "Star Wars" Death Star

Captain Jack Sparrow

Barack Obama

John Lennon

I’m impressed…what do you think??


To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him…

You know what I hate?

Special anniversary edition DVDs.

If you’re a fan of the movie, you obviously buy it when it first comes out.  Then if you’re REALLY a fan, you’re forced to buy the special edition with all those extra fancy features when some sort of anniversary rolls around.

For example, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”  I purchased the plain ol’ DVD for about $13 a while back, and then they came out with a TWO disc set with a snazzy box.  I bought it, fancy box and all, for less than I paid for the original.

Now one of my favorite movies of all time is doing the same on Nov. 3.

“Say Anything” will be re-released on DVD in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Released in 1989, “Say Anything” is a tale of first love directed by Cameron Crowe. Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is determined to win over class valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) after their high school graduation.  Lloyd attempts woo her, despite a number of obstacles including Diane’s overprotective father.

I don’t want to spoil anything, because you need to see this movie magic for yourself.

Check out the trailer here!

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This new 20th anniversary edition DVD includes a bunch of new extras, like commentary, alternate, extended and deleted scenes, a “Say Anything 20 Years Later” feature and much more.

I complain, but of course I will be buying this.  It’s probably best, as my current copy is pretty worn out at this point.

Look for the new DVD on Nov. 3!

Gordon-Levitt: From “Summer” to “Uncertainty”

In my mind, Joseph Gordon-Levitt just may be the king of indie movies, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be losing his crown any time soon.

His newest release is titled “Uncertainty” and looks like it won’t disappoint.

It’s the 4th of July, and Bobby (Gordon-Levitt) and Kate (Lynn Collins) don’t know what to do.  In order to decide whether to attend a family barbecue or go off on their own for the day, they flip a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge.

After the coin toss, two stories develop simultaneously, and each is the result of what would happen if the coin had landed heads or tails.  The first is a family drama set in Brooklyn, the other a tale of action, suspense and intrigue in Chinatown.

The film is about being insecure, the consequences that stem from the choices we make every day and how that choice can define your destiny.

There are, in my opinion, two very interesting aspects about this movie…

First, the film’s script contained no dialogue, meaning the actors improvised everything during filming.  How awesome is that?

Second fun fact–the film is set to be released in theaters November 13, 2009. However, it is also being released via VOD the same day.  VOD stands for ‘video on demand,’ meaning you can watch it from the comfort of your own living room.

Check out the preview for “Uncertainty” here and let me know what you think!!

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Breaking News! “Time For Miracles” Music Video!

This week just keeps getting better.

Not only did “Time For Miracles” become available for my downloading pleasure on iTunes yesterday, but now the official music video has been released!

Check it out here and let me know what you think!!

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Public Enemies and Inglourious Basterds, oh my!

My last few posts have been me rambling about how excited I am for Halloween, but now I have a reason to look forward to December!

My two favorite movies from the summer will be released on DVD within a week of each other.  SCORE.

“Public Enemies” will be available on Dec. 8, followed by “Inglourious Basterds” on Dec. 17.

Trust me, I could go on a rant of how awesome I think both are, but I will spare you my commentary.  For now, that is…

Instead, I’ll give you a two sentence summary and preview for each.

“Public Enemies” is directed by Michael Mann and stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.  It’s the true story of 1930s American gangster John Dillinger (Depp) and the cat-and-mouse game he plays with the FBI, most notably agent Melvin Purvis (Bale).

“Inglourious Basterds” is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Eli Roth.  It takes place in France during World War II, where a group of Jewish-American soldiers called “The Basterds” go on a Nazi killing spree.

Check back in December for DVD reviews!!

We all scream for “Scream 2009”

This October, Spike TV presents its 4th annual Scream awards, which honor the best horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic-book inspired films.

The event was taped on Saturday, Oct. 17 and will be aired on Spike TV on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Categories include best movie for all the previously mentioned categories, “The Ultimate Scream,” “Scream Song of the Year,” “Best Superhero” and many more.

While it was up to the advisory board to assemble the nominees, fans were able to vote online for their favorites.  Among those on the advisory panel include Tim Burton, Eli Roth, Wes Craven and Zack Snyder.

Of all the nominations, “Star Trek” tops out with 17 nods.

Quentin Tarantino, Christina Ricci, JJ Abrams and casts including “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries” will all be either presenting or accepting awards.

Johnny Depp will also be present (yay!) to accept an award for the “Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movie”(Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which is to be released in March of next year).  He will also be presenting the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards with the ‘Rock Immortal’ award.

While this awards show is pretty much the polar opposite of The Oscars, it’s a must see for horror/sci-fi/fantasy fans.

Scream 2009 will be televised on Spike TV on Oct. 27 at 10 p.m.

For now, enjoy this “Alice In Wonderland” trailer.  What do you think…did it deserve the award?

Fright Fest = Delight Fest

October 31st is easily my favorite day of the entire year, and I’m super excited that it’s on a Saturday this year.

Also thrilling is the fact that I found a calendar of Halloween themed TV programming so I can plan my nightly fright fests accordingly.

I really wish I had a better cable package in my room, because I’m going to miss out on some really good movies in the AMC Fearfest lineup.  This will just force me to go rent them, because please, what is Halloween without Psycho or The Exorcist??

I do, however, have multiple opportunities to watch Disney’s “Halloweentown.”  It was my favorite back in the day, and I can’t wait to relive my (early) youth.  Also, any sort of Charlie Brown holiday special is an essential.

There’s also plenty of Tim Burton and Stephen King to go around.  I’m only disappointed that there’s no Cabin Fever on this list, but I’m sure it’ll be televised somewhere.

For those of you who have never seen/heard of Cabin Fever, it’s about a group of college friends who head to a cabin in the woods for some fun (?) and end up contracting a flesh eating disease.  It’s low budget, it’s gross and the leg-shaving scene scarred me for life, but I love it anyways.

While trying to find the trailer so I could share it with you, I came across this, which I think is even better.

And that is why I love Eli Roth.

Let me know what slasher movies you’re looking forward to watching this month!

They’ve still got it…

I will admit it, I am a Bon Jovi fan.

How can you not like a band that has overcome the HORRIBLE hair they had in the 80s and is continually successful in 2009?

“We Weren’t Born to Follow” is the first single off their album “The Circle,” which is due out November 10.

Check out the band’s new video here.

The lyrics and montage of pictures really go together nicely.  Even though the band’s sound has changed throughout the years, they’re still good in my book.

Let me know what you think!

Now about that 80s hair I mentioned…

This is just SO embarrassing...

This is just SO embarrassing...

‘Time For Miracles’ and time for more Lambert!

“Baby, you know that maybe it’s time for miracles/’Cause I ain’t givin’ up on love/You know that maybe it’s time for miracles…”

I should start by saying that I voted for Adam Lambert more times on American Idol than probably anyone, including his own mother.

Having said that, I am beyond excited that a snippet of his song ‘Time For Miracles’ has been leaked to the Internet!

This track comes from the soundtrack to the film ‘2012,’ and is not Lambert’s first single off of his debut album.  It is, however, a delicious treat to tide over his biggest fan (me) until his album drops.

Take a listen here, and (ye be warned!) prepare for goosebumps…

Pretty magical, huh?

In case you haven’t heard of the film ‘2012,’ it’s basically about the end of the world.  A group of people attempt to counteract the apocalypse predicted by the Mayan calendar for the year 2012.  I can’t give you much more information than that, because the film doesn’t come out until November 13.

More importantly, the soundtrack comes out a few days before on November 10.  You can bet I’ll be purchasing ‘Time for Miracles,’ and probably going to see the movie as well.  It doesn’t look too shabby, and even if the song only plays during the end credits, I think it will be worth my $7.50.

Now remember to mark your calendar with the above dates, but also November 24, as it is the day that Adam’s debut CD is to be released.  The name of his first single has not yet been shared, but check back in the next few weeks to find out!

For now, enjoy the sneak peak video above.

I guess it’s a good thing there’s no play count for YouTube videos, huh?….

Want to be a zombie?

Although I haven’t had a chance to see “Zombieland” yet myself, I hear it’s getting good reviews.  The only reason I’m hesitant is because I’m a huge “Shaun of the Dead” fan, and I feel like I would be betraying Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg if I see it…

However, the film’s official site has a special treat!  It allows you to upload a photo and “zombify yourself.” There are a pluthera of gross mouths, wounds and more to choose from.

It sounds disturbing, and it sort of is, but it’s all in good fun.

I know you’re curious to find out what you’d look like if you were a zombie (who isn’t!?), so click here to check it out!

Here is my lovely photo…

Charming, huh?

Charming, huh?