Forget about the little boy wizard known as Harry Potter. Since the screaming fangirls will be crowding the theatres to see that, let’s take a look at an alternative option. This weekend also marks the release of the quirky comedy 500 Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel (pictured). Seriously, if you already read the Harry Potter books, you’ll know how it ends. Go watch something fresh instead and check out the amazing chemistry between Zooey and her talented co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since this is a FOX Searchlight release, expect the platform rollout which means the film will hit the larger cities first before spreading to other areas. Here is the release schedule so that you can check if it’s going to be playing in a theatre near you this weekend. (500days.com)
After the jump, small tidbits on TV, 3D Movies, Harry Potter and zombies!
Want to buy a TV station for $1? Well too late, someone beat you to it! (The Toronto Star)
We’ll be expecting to say goodbye to many familiar faces on Friday Night Lights this fall. To fill those gaps, here are four characters that are going to be introduced this season. Start thinking about your dream cast! (Ausiello)
NBC has stopped listening to Canadian import “The Listener”. At least the Canadian viewers can still tune in on CTV (apparently it’s doing well in viewership north of the border). (Zap2it)
What? Futurama is getting re-cast?!?! (Collider)
The future of filmmaking is 3D. (The Globe and Mail)
Speaking of 3D movies, here’s a guide to the upcoming releases that will be in 3D. Remember, these release dates are tentative! (Slashfilm)
Pixar’s latest release Up is a box office smash. It also managed to tug the heart-strings of the theatre-goers. Oh that company has a way of manipulating our emotions. (Deadspin)
Comic-Con is quickly approaching, get ready to get your geek on. Now, not everything is peachy in San Diego… here are 5 reasons why Comic-Con sucks. (Latino Review) Yes, those Twilight fangirls will most likely ruin it for all those looking forward to checking out Avatar.
Despite the negative things associated with Comic-Con, it shouldn’t stop us from going! Here are 5 tips on how to survive the weekend full of nerdism! (Collider)
You might want to practice your chopstick skills! (Star Wars)
Lifesize Optimus statue in Hong Kong!!! Moments like these makes me wish that I’m in HK right now. (Transformers Live)
Natalie Portman has joined the cast of Thor! Now we have a reason to watch it! (Slashfilm)
Nightmare fuel alert! A tame version of Bruno will hit UK screens for you 15 year-olds out there! (LA Times)
In celebration of Attack of the Show’s 1000th episode, let’s take a look at the AOTS best stunts. (Olivia Munn)
Who should play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit? I say James McAvoy. Then again, David Tennant would not be a bad choice either! (Collider)
In other Hobbit news, the Tolkien heirs are planning to ruin the party for all of us. (Latino Review)
Rumoured casting news for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. Sounds promising already! (Bloody Disgusting)
Despite some early negative buzz, looks like the G.I. Joe film isn’t so bad after all. (Collider)
The major zombie epic World War Z has been sitting in development hell for quite some time. The film is getting a slight makeover in the screenwriting department. Get on with the movie already! (Fangoria)
I wish this zombie movie franchise stayed dead. (Movie Web)
For those attending Comic-Con, you can help promote the upcoming film Zombieland by being a part of the Zombie Walk. (San Diego Zombie Walk)
Dumbledore actor Michael Gambon has never read the Harry Potter novels! YES! He just got a bit more cooler in my books. Hmm… wrong choice of words here… (Entertainment Weekly)
Alright back to the topic of 500 Days of Summer. This movie is definitely worth checking out. As of right now the film is standing at 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t expect to see a typical chick flick. Even the tagline warns “This is not a love story. This is a story about love.” I think it’s safe to say it should appeal to both the guys and girls out there. Oh by the way, did I mention Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights, Body Politic) has a small role in it?
Now I’ll go check out this film when it’s playing at a theatre that’s accessible to me. In the meantime, looks like I’ll be watching Harry Potter this weekend (thanks to peer pressure). Look out for a review of the Harry Potter flick soon. Oh while I’m at it, time to build some additional hype for 500 Days of Summer by throwing in this quick slideshow.
Let’s end this entry with an awesome song from Canadian band The Latency. Here’s “Tonight, I Love You”. See? Just because The Lowdown radio show has ended for the season, it doesn’t mean I stop introducing you to good music out there!