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Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • 'Transformers' Meets Boats in First 'Battleship' Trailer
    By: Matt Patches Jul 27, 2011
    After watching the first trailer for Friday Night Lights and Hancock director Peter Berg's live-action adaptation of Battleship, one might think to themselves, "Hey! This is nothing like the board game!" But remember: it's a board game. There wasn't really anything to "be like" in the first place. Battleship appears to have lifted the most obvious elements of the Milton Bradley strategy game (this hulking, aquatic war machines) and injected it with a taste of Michael Bay, sci-fi madness. Taylor Kitsch (TV's Friday Night Lights and the upcoming John Carter of Mars) stars as a Naval Officer who can't keep his hands off the gorgeous Brooklyn Decker, much to the dismay of her Dad (and his Navy boss), Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, all the rabble-rousing and making out on the beach is interrupted when—as always seems to be the case, these days—aliens invade Earth. Based on the title, you can probably guess what we'll have to use to defeat them. Airplanes. Battleship hits theaters May 18, 2012.
  • No Celebrity Left Behind in the First 'New Year's Eve' Trailer
    By: Matt Patches Jul 27, 2011
    If a movie like Avatar is proclaimed as an event film for its photorealistic special effects and eye-popping 3-D, then Valentine's Day also deserves the label—albeit for completely antithetical reasons. The 2010 flick from Pretty Woman director Gary Marshall rounded up every A-lister who graced the pages of celeb magazines that year and shotgunned them into the ultimate romantic comedy. The top-dollar experiment was a huge success, solidifying Valentine's Day as a blockbuster of a different kind. But would a Valentine's Day 2 really make sense? More pretty people standing around talking about love and relationships on the Hallmark-stamped holiday? No, but with a calendar full of romantic holidays, there was still plenty of opportunity for a follow-up. Enter: New Year's Eve, the spiritual sequel to Valentine's Day, which just premiered its first with an equally familiar, confounding and enjoyably absurd cast. The first look at the film features scenes with Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Spencer, Ludacris, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhmel, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, HIlary Swank, Sofia Vergara, as well as returning actors Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Biel. Whew—deep breath. The movie follows suit and intertwines a number of romantic threads, all leading up to the last moments of the year. Sounds simple enough and for those who ate up Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve should provide a welcome dose of heartwarming during the cold of winter. The movie hits theaters December 9. Check out the trailer:
  • Robert Pattinson Unleashes Seductive Fury in 'Bel Ami' Trailer
    By: Matt Patches Jul 22, 2011
    Wow. After watching Robert Pattinson basically grow up in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Twilight saga and Water for Elephants, I'd basically give up hope that the twentysomething heartthrob could escape his soft-spoken typecasting and become the next Johnny Depp or Leonardo Dicaprio. But after a few snippets of scenes from his latest indie period drama Bel Ami, I'm starting to wonder if he's been hiding his real talents in order to survive the Twi-hards! Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, Pattinson stars as George Duroy, a cunning former-soldier in 1890s Paris who uses his powers of seduction to sleep his way to the top. Co-starring are Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci as the various women Pattinson romances to their breaking point. Period dramas always run the risk of becoming stuffy and impenetrable (think most of the Merchant Ivory flicks), but Bel Ami is up in the air. On one hand, the actual plot is difficult to follow (he marries who? sleeps with who? buys his top hat from who?), but on the other, Pattinson looks to extricate serious emotion here—to the point of veins popping on his forehead. That alone may make this one worth seeking out.
  • SDCC 2011: Action Comes First in New 'Tintin' Image
    By: Matt Patches Jul 22, 2011
    Steven Spielberg is making his first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to shout from the mountain tops about a project he's been trying to make for over 20 years: The Adventures of Tintin. The comic, concerning a savvy reporter and his fluffy white dog Snowy as they travel the world and solve mysteries, is near and dear to the director's heart and something of a return to form, in some respects. Tintin is Spielberg's first animated film (as a way to achieve a closer look to the original illustrations), but the latest trailer for the film makes it look just as action packed as his Indiana Jones series. You'll have to be the judge, but Spielberg is ready to blow our minds at Comic-Con and this brand new image is a clear indication of what's to come!
  • SDCC 2011: Timberlake's Sci-Fi Adventure 'In Time' Gets Trailer, Poster
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    I'm not sure Justin Timberlake really considers himself a musician anymore, but if he keeps making movies that look as sleek, action-packed and mind-boggling as Andrew Niccol's (Gattaca) latest flick In Time, then he can keep his next solo album on the backburner. Co-starring Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Johnny Galecki, Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde, In Time takes place in a world where everyone is on a ticking clock...implanted directly into their forearm. With only a limited amount of time, Timberlake's character goes searching for ways to keep chugging along—but runs in to a bit of trouble along the way. The movie looks sexy, fun and confusing as all hell. In a way only sci-fi could make exhilarating. Check out the first trailer for the movie that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con and new posters that give Timberlake and Seyfried serious face time. Source: IGN
  • SDCC 2011: Review, 'Awake' Pilot Is Riveting
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    Another year, another show about detectives trying to solve murder cases. Even with grisly cases and genre "twists," the abundance of Law & Order/CSI iterations and clones has devolved the mystery drama into a tired ritual. At the end of the day, whether the premise involves unraveling a 30-year-old murder case or racing against time to discover a killer's identity, the shows end up mirroring one another—much to the dismay of those watching them. That's why NBC's Awake, which screened its pilot this afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con, is such a startling, refreshing and riveting experience. In a world where network television consistently pales in comparison to the edginess of AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime and the like, NBC has stepped up their game and delivered a take on the crime procedural that invests in its characters and turns a gimmick into a powerful plot device. Based on the pilot alone, the network has found a show that can compete with the big boys. Whether it will stick around or go the way of short-lived, innovative fare like Boomtown or Raines is anyone's guess. Awake stars Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) as Michael Britten, a detective who survives a horrible car crash only to find his reality seemingly split in two. Britten first regains consciousness to find that his wife has survived the crash, but his son has been killed. Never fun. But when he goes to sleep, he reawakens to another consciousness, one where his son has survived but his wife perished in the accident. In the pilot, Britten copes with his losses and crumbling mental state by seeking the aid of two therapists (played by B.D. Wong and Cherry Jones), both trying to convince the struggling detective that his opposing alternate realities are figments of his imagination. The big problem: each life he's living has its own set of crimes, own set of clues and own set of hurdles to overcome. At some point, Britten finds himself forced to abandon his therapists advice and confront the demands of each reality, at the risk that both may have real consequences. Awake doesn't skimp on the mind-bending aspects of its premise, with the swift script putting Jason Isaacs through the emotional grinder. Britten uses color wristbands to remember which reality he's woken up in, but when one suddenly goes missing, he thrashes out in panic at the idea of being lost in his own house. When he's on the job, Britten toils over clues that appear to be crossing over and connecting between realities, two separate, distinct cases sharing numbers, symbols and characteristics with one another. Unfortunately, solving crimes using evidence from other planes of existence doesn't always fly with police, so Britten finds himself forced to keep his partners Isaiah “Bird” Freeman (Steve Harris, The Practice) and Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama, That ’70s Show) in the dark. Whether Awake can maintain its brainy cohesion, tense atmosphere and emotional core while balancing it with week-to-week double mysteries is the only wild card, but as a stand alone episode its a exhilarating piece of television. Director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) and writer Kyle Killan (Lone Star) knock the first episode out of the park, cramming in tons of detail and plenty of plot threads to be drawn out over the series first season. Unlike recent LOST knock-offs (or even some of J.J. Abrams' recent shows), Awake doesn't depend on his mysteries to sustain drama, but instead briefly lingers on them when the time is right. Really, the show's all about Isaacs' weathered, displaced Britten, a character the creators forcefully push through his challenging new life. Or should I say, lives. Awake premieres mid-season, sometime in 2012.
  • First Post for 'The Raven' Is a Work of Art
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    Most of the posters you see hanging in your local multiplex are founded on once concept: remind you which big name actor you're paying $12 to go see. Thankfully, that's not always the case—as evidenced by the first poster for James McTiegue's (V for Vendetta) new thriller The Raven. The movie stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe who is summoned to help solve a series of murders that have been seemingly inspired by his stories. The poster riffs on the mixture of literary references and blood-shedding, splattering ink and blood every which way to create one dazzling piece of poster art. The Raven hits theaters March 9, 2012 and you can take a look at Cusack as Poe in the first images from the film which also hit today. Source: HeyUGuys
  • All 13 of 'The Hobbit' Dwarves Assemble for Epic Photo
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    Back when the original Lord of the Rings trilogy was in production, us lowly Internet-dwelling fans couldn't wait until the first trailer hit the web to get our first glimpse at Middle Earth. Before then though, we didn't orc spit. Everything was kept close to the chest armor. Now, we live in an age where leaked photos and set spies are the norm, so it's only natural why director Peter Jackson as embraced the publicity circuit and provided the world with an early look of his prequel adaptation. Along with a few video production diaries, the Hobbit team has been loading us up with dwarf image after dwarf image, and now, we finally have all 13 of Bilbo Baggins' companions in one epic, panoramic photo. Check it out and click for an even bigger look! Source: Rope of Silicon
  • SDCC 2011: Highlights of the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Press Conference
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    Before Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the gang head over to San Diego Comic-Con's infamous Hall H to introduce The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 to a thounsand screaming Twihards, they sat down with an equally rapid group of press people to discuss the franchise's legacy and what to expect from this new movie. Here are some of highlights (and you can check out even more details at Movieline and HitFix's live blogs): First up at the press conference were Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones, and Boo Boo Stewart who recounted stories of finding out they were cast in the movies. Greene called her parents, Reaser had no idea what to do, saying, I hadn't read the books, so I didn't really know the scope of what I was getting into," and Nikki Reed agreed. Apparently Julia Jones had some foresight—she was pumped! When the topic of more Twilight movies came up, Reaser summed up the general look on everyone's face: “I think Stephenie [Meyer]’s done with us.” Of course, the wedding scene was a top priority for questioners and the cast remained fairly mum on the saga's pivotal moment. Greene told the journalists she thought the wedding was a fun scene to shoot, mostly because everyone was hanging out together and that it "reminded [her] of the baseball scene." Boo Boo chimed in on the wedding too: "I just thought it was really cold outside." After wrapping up and snapping a few photos for the crowd, the co-star gang filed out to make way for Stewart, Lautner, Pattinson and director Bill Condon. With only a few minutes before their big footage presentation, the leads took the stage and started fielding questions. First up: Brazil. The South American country was home to the anticipated honeymoon scenes in Breaking Dawn and the movie strove to shoot in real locations. "It was nice being able to shoot on the actual streets and see the people," said Stewart. Apparently the fans in Brazil are even bigger Twihards than here in the States, with onlookers trying to grab Pattinson as he went to and from set. Thankfully he and Lautner both survived, although if Taylor had kicked the bucket, there was apparently a carbon copy lookalike standing by in Brazil—and it freaked Lautner out. Stewart elaborated: "He looked like an Eclipse poster." Unlike Ashley Greene, Pattinson gave hope for future Twilight installments, saying, "There are so many characters, I suspect [Stephenie Meyer] will want to revisit them at some time.” When topic of how the sex scene and the pregnancy affected her, Stewart delivered an elegant response: "“It’s hard for me to take myself out of it. I’ve been building up to these moments for 4 years, I was 17 when we started. This one is loaded with those huge cathartic moments, and they’re rooted in a reality that I can see myself in. Shooting these scenes, I had to realize that these moments would happen naturally and I couldn't punch myself in the face with the book every morning.” Next, the cast and Condon picked their favorite moments from Breaking Dawn. Lautner's danced around the question, noting, "I've always been able to choose one... But this one I can't. I don't know. There's so much going on in this movie and all of the characters are dealing with their own little things." Stewart thought her favorite might be the wedding scene with Charlie, while Pattinson chooses the soon-to-be-infamous birth scene. Bill Condon teased the audience about the footage they were about to see, telling the folks that they were about to see the topless scene. Collective jaws assumably dropped in the room. Stewart and Pattinson talked about shooting with a real life baby and its animatronic counterpart. Pattinson compared the robot doll to Chucky from Child's Play.  Stewart was a little more kind: "It had hair and it's a newborn baby. I know that's in the book and you can imagine how cool that would be." Finally, on the subject of older women hitting on the gentlemen, Pattinson swiftly ended the conference with “Different strokes for different folks, I guess!” And that's a wrap. Keep an eye on our Comic-Con page and our Twilight:  Breaking Dawn section for more info (the panel is up next!).
  • SDCC 2011: No Hobbit Panel, But a Revealing Video Diary Instead
    By: Matt Patches Jul 21, 2011
    Peter Jackson is a grand wizard of filmmaking and has paid his respect to fans in years past by recording video messages or making appearances at San Diego Comic-Con. With his two-part Hobbit flicks in full-swing, his appearance at this year's Con was almost a given. Almost. Jackson delivered the sad news on his highly-active, personal Facebook page that he and his fantasy prequels would not be making the trek to San Diego this year: "Good news and bad news today. Bad news is that we won't be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year. New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot. I just wanted to get that out there, because I've seen various references to the possibility of something Hobbity at Comic Con. Hate to disappoint anyone. But something tells me we will be there in force next year." What was the good news? A brand new video production diary, chock full of Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins, Andy Serkis' motion capture Gollum and all twelve dwarves in action. Even more exciting are the first reveals of a few original LOTR trilogy characters—but you'll have to watch the video to find out exactly who. If you're a buff of the movies (like myself), this particular video may send chills down your spine. Watch the video below and scroll down a bit further to see Peter Jackson in all his dorky glory.