Are you ready to Bring It On yet again?

Since it was only a matter of time, a fifth entry in the cheerleading franchise Bring It On is currently filming, and like the previous three sequels is undoubtedly aimed at the straight-to-DVD market. Why you ask? Because they’re not expensive to make and bring in considerable profits, that’s why! As for the quality, I have no idea, as while I admit I own all four films, I’ve only seen the original theatrical one. From what I hear the sequels are actually rather decent though, except for entry n°2, Bring It On Again.

So the main question is, who will be the hot blonde cheerleader this time around? 1 had Kirsten Dunst (the Spider-Man films) and 3 had Hayden Panettiere (NBC’s Heroes) while 2 & 4 had virtual unknowns (their biggest names were One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Galeotti in 2 and High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale’s older sister Jennifer in 4, both in supporting roles). So chime in, which young blonde star would you like to see in a cheerleading outfit, shaking her pom-poms at you?

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New Region 1 DVDs

Movies

Brotherhood Of The Wolf: Director’s Cut

I can’t believe this hasn’t been released in the US until now, I’ve owned it for eons. This French movie is, in my opinion, one of the best films ever made. Gorgeous cinematography, atmosphere, romance, history, humor, drama, kickass action,… Brotherhood Of The Wolf has got it all. Think of it as Sleepy Hollow, only better, and that was already a very good film. Also, in addition to being entertained, you’ll learn something too, as the movie is (loosely) based on the true story of an unknown “monster” that terrorised the French Gévaudan province during the mid eighteenth century. Damn, I need to watch this again now.

The Director’s Cut adds 9 minutes to the film, and the DVD includes two discs filled with extras. However, some countries have three or four disc editions, so if you really care about bonus features, you should enquire about those.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Collector’s Edition

While its popularity among oh-so-trendy emos and goths who hail it as the greatest thing ever made is extremely annoying, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a superb holiday movie, a marvel of stop-motion animation and a movie you should really see if you haven’t already, if only because it comes from a time where Tim Burton still had soul (yes I think his last three movies were very lackluster). While Tim Burton didn’t actually direct Nightmare, he wrote it, produced it, and his influence can be felt throughout.

This new edition comes with two discs shock full of extras, including a digital copy of the film. If you’re an über-fan, you may want to check out the limited “Ultimate Collector’s DVD Set”, in which the discs are kept in a bust of the main character.

Virgin Territory

Crap, crap, crap. Virgin Territory, which is pretty much American Pie in a medieval setting, is watchable, but that doesn’t mean you should, you know, watch it. Stupid storyline, unfunny jokes, plenty of random nudity, horrible acting (but then, what else would you expect from these leads?),… The fact that the movie finished filming in early 2005 and is only released now should tell you something. I’d recommend you skip it, except if you’re really, really into one of the wooden leads (but even then…).

Virgin Territory is released as “unrated”, but that’s because it never made it to the theaters in the US. Extras basically include a couple of uninteresting-sounding featurettes.

What Happens In Vegas: Jackpot Edition

If you’re not into romantic comedies, even those that have a lot of “man jokes”, What Happens In Vegas is probably not going to change your mind. For those who do appreciate them (or at least not mind them), …Vegas is a decent, if unremarkable movie. I’d recommend watching it if you’re a fan of the genre or of one of the actors involved, whilst knowing that it’s far from their finest work. Still, it’s funny enough.

The Jackpot Edition comes with two discs full of deleted scenes, interviews, bloopers, and a digital copy of the film, which seems to be the new cool extra these days.

Also in Movie DVDs: My Sassy Girl, Postal, Redbelt, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?,…

TV

Heroes: Season 2

Heroes, the hit show about super-powered characters trying to figure out what’s going on with them, suffered with its shortened second season, many fans calling it crap. Personally, I’m halfway through it, and sure there are some weak points but it’s not that bad for now and there are plenty of good elements to keep you interested. In short, if you enjoyed Season 1, go for it, and in any case, from what I hear, Season 3, whose first episode premiered at this year’s Comic-Con, will be much better.

Season 2 starts four months after the events of the 1st Season’s finale, with the various characters trying to deal with the aftermath. Season 3 will start broadcasting on September 22nd in the US & Canada, on NBC and Global respectively, followed shortly by the UK on September 25th, on the BBC. Also, Season 1 was released on Blu-Ray.

One Tree Hill: Season 5

One Tree Hill is viewed by many people as being just some stupid thing for tween girls, but I personally think it’s a really solid, one of the very best “teen shows”, in fact. The writing is solid, the acting ranges from good to great, the characters are interesting (most of the time), the balance between humor and drama is just right and there are some really standout episodes. I’m sure that if you gave One Tree Hill a chance, and just stopped judging, you might actually enjoy it. In any case, it’s a much better show than cult favorite and similar series The O.C., whose first season was genius but was never matched by later episodes (especially Season 3, ugh).

In Season 5, the show fastforwards four years after Season 4, and focuses on the characters’ lives after college, dealing with the realities of adulthood. Season 6 will premiere in the US on September 1st, on The CW.

Also in TV DVDs: Entourage: Season 4, NCIS: Season 5, The Shield: Season 6,…

Ridiculous rumor of the day: Cher top choice for Catwoman

Catty Update: Warner Bros unsurprisingly debunked the rumor…did they need to bother?

British newspaper The Telegraph insists that pop singer Cher, who hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2003’s Stuck On You is director Christopher Nolan’s top choice for the role of Catwoman in the unavoidable third Batman movie. Never mind that the script hasn’t been written, that the screenwriters dismissed the idea of Catwoman being in the new movie or that Nolan isn’t even officialy signed on yet…just believe The Telegraph, which goes in to “inform us” that Johnny Depp has actually already been cast as The Riddler.

Not only has work not officially started on the new Batman, but Catwoman is a character who has always been portrayed has a having both a romantic link and an enmity to Batman (as well as being a love interest for Bruce Wayne). Thus the idea of pairing the 62 year old Cher with the 34 year old Christian Bale and expecting sexual tension to emanate is laughable beyond belief. Angelina Jolie was the last actress rumored to play the character, and while I don’t agree with that choice, it’s certainly much more fitting (my personal vote goes to One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush). Catwoman was last portrayed on the big screen by Halle Berry in the eponymous 2004 film, however that was a bastardized version and her last true portrayal remains Michelle Pfeiffer’s famous turn in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

The annoying thing with these rumors is that some supposedly “professional” people actually present them as fact, and plenty of people will simply believe them and tell their friends (kind of like celebrity gossip). And with official cast announcements about the currently untitled Dark Knight sequel not happening for at least several months, possibly more than a year, expect ridiculous rumors to pop up by the truckload.

Actually, let me start a few right here: Sylvester Stallone cast as Clayface! Verne Troyer to portray Killer Croc! Dakota Fanning lands coveted Poison Ivy role!

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New Trailer: The Secret Life Of Bees

Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), The Secret Life Of Bees is a forthcoming adventure/drama based on a bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Here’s the book’s synopsis, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina – a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introuced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.

From the looks of the trailer, this seems like it could a nice movie, in a wholesome fun for the whole family kind of way (sort of like The Pursuit Of Happyness, which isn’t surprising since Will Smith is producing). Set for release in the USA on October 17th, The Secret Life Of Bees stars Dakota Fanning (Charlotte’s Web), who’s turning into a very pretty girl, Queen Latifah (Mad Money), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Alicia Keys (Smokin’ Aces), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code) and Hilarie Burton (The CW’s One Tree Hill).