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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.
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    By: Matt Patches Feb 20, 2013
    One might think an awards show put on by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films might skew to the fringes of the mainstream and beyond, but a quick glance down this year's Saturn Awards nominations reveal much more in common with the Oscars. While the Saturn Awards' diverse categories find ways to beef up 2012's under-appreciated blockbuster entries — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leads with 9 nominations, followed by Life of Pi (8) and Skyfall (7) — grey areas of genre categorization keep the list in check with this year's Academy lineup. Argo and Zero Dark Thirty for Best Thriller? Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables for Best Actor? Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy for Best Actress?? A pulp movie, no doubt, but as a choice from the connoisseurs of sci-fi and fantasy? There's a certain level of risk lacking in this year's nominations. Perhaps the geekier pop culture of the world has simply been widely embraced. RELATED: 2013 Oscar Nominations: Biggest Snubs And Surprises Check out the full list of nominations below, which admittedly do show some love for the weird and wild movies that made their way to theaters in 2012: Best Science Fiction FilmMarvel’s The AvengersChronicleCloud AtlasThe Hunger GamesLooperPrometheus Best Fantasy FilmThe Amazing Spider-ManThe Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyLife of PiRuby SparksSnow White and the HuntsmanTed Best Horror/Thriller FilmArgoThe Cabin in the WoodsThe ImpossibleSeven PsychopathsThe Woman in BlackZero Dark Thirty Best Action/Adventure FilmThe Bourne LegacyThe Dark Knight RisesDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesSkyfallTaken 2 Best ActorChristian Bale, The Dark Knight RisesDaniel Craig, SkyfallMartin Freeman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHugh Jackman, Les MiserablesJoseph Gordon-Levitt, LooperMatthew McConaughey, Killer Joe Best ActressJessica Chastain, Zero Dark ThirtyAnn Dowd, ComplianceZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksJennifer Lawrence, The Hunger GamesHelen Mirren, HitchcockNaomi Watts, The Impossible RELATED: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat' Best Supporting ActorJavier Bardem, SkyfallMichael Fassbender, PrometheusClark Gregg, The AvengersJoseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight RisesIan McKellen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyChristoph Waltz, Django Unchained Best Supporting ActressAnne Hathaway, The Dark Knight RisesJudi Dench, SkyfallNicole Kidman, The PaperboyAnne Hathaway, Les MiserablesCharlize Theron, Snow White and the HuntsmanGina Gershon, Killer Joe Best Animated FilmBraveFrankenweenieParaNormanWreck-It Ralph Best International FilmAnna KareninaChicken with PlumsThe FairyHeadhuntersMy WayPusher Best Independent Film ReleaseComplianceHitchcockKiller JoeThe PaperboyRobot and FrankSafety Not GuaranteedSeeking a Friend for the End of the World Best DirectionWillian Friedkin, Killer JoePeter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyRian Johnson, LooperAng Lee, Life of PiChristopher Nolan, The Dark Knight RisesJoss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers Best WritingTracy Letts, Killer JoeDavid Magee, Life of PiMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsQuentin Tarantino, Django UnchainedJoss Whedon, Marvel’s The AvengersJoss Whedon, Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods For the rest of the awards, including technical categories and TV, head to the Saturn Awards website. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures] From Our Partners:'Groundhog Day' Cast: Where Are They Now? (Moviefone)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Fondly Remembers Playing a 'Part Scorpion, Part Man'
    By: Matt Patches Feb 19, 2013
    Posters for his films may insist otherwise, but Dwayne Johnson will always be synonymous with "The Rock." His wrestling persona is ingrained in his identity — even when he's starring in a serious drama like his new movie Snitch, it's impossible not to slip and call it a "Rock movie." He entered the pop culture consciousness with his WWF handle, and through butt-kicking movie roles, has only solidified the title. The fortifying moniker exudes confidence and strength, an essential part of what makes Johnson one of the go-to leading men for the next wave of action movies. It also provides Johnson with his greatest struggle: being considered an actor, not a wrestler-turned-actor. RELATED: Dwayne Johnson Is One Dirty 'Snitch' — Trailer Johnson tells Hollywood.com that 10 years ago, he "was taken serious in a way only because I was very fortunate to be successful in another area." People took chances on him, but no one felt safe doing so. "It was a big risk. I didn't have any acting experience. The only thing I knew is that I was willing to put in the work and I wanted to be a good actor." The fight for legitimacy is Johnson' real life action sequence, a mano a mano fight with filmmakers and audiences to be cast him in roles that require more than just swinging swords and punching bad guys in the face. His search for meaty material made him the perfect collaborator for Snitchdirector Ric Roman Waugh. "I feel the connection with Ric, for sure," says Johnson. "He's a special guy. What you get with his films is authenticity. Sometimes it gets dirty and gritty. He likes it that way and I like it that way." Working with Waugh, Johnson found an in to a true story that could star a man of his stature, that would also knock him down a few levels in the status department. The actor couldn't wait to dive in. "It was really special to play a man who lived and did something unique and special in terms of going through hell to protect his son. Not only that, but has great vulnerability and great emotion. And not only that, in the face of crisis, in real world living, he crumbles." RELATED: Dwayne Johnson In 'Teddy Bear' Movie: Hollywood's Next Big Trend Is Incredibly Plush As Johnson searches for parts that will evolve his career, he continues to go back to his old movies, rewatching and studying them for inspiration. Yes, even the first ones — like his breakout role as the man-turned-monster the Scorpion King in 2002 's The Mummy 2. "Making the transition… that role — part scorpion, part man — that launched my career. We've all got to start somewhere." Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment] From Our Partners:'Groundhog Day' Cast: Where Are They Now? (Moviefone)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Director Bryan Singer Teases Professor Xs, Young and Old — PIC
    By: Matt Patches Feb 19, 2013
    Celebrities have been embracing the wonders of Instagram and Twitpics for years now, flooding Twitter with behind-the-scenes snapshots and the occasional "selfie" to give fans reasons to come back for more. No longer will Kim Kardashian's brunch be a mystery, thanks to the technology of social media. RELATED: Rihanna Instagrams Her Marijuana Bouquet So it's not surprising that other major players of the entertainment industry would turn to Twitter to rev up the momentum on their own projects. When production began on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last week, director Marc Webb went photo crazy, sending mysterious shots from the set straight to the web and eager fans' imaginations into a tizzy. Now X-Men and Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer is jumping on board the Twitpic revelation train, tweeting out his own teaser photos for the upcoming comic book sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the pic, Singer teases the giant conceit of the film: the two X-Men universes established on the big screen — Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellan on one side, First Class youngsters James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence on the other — will collide in Days of Future Past. Singer's reveal for the action movie event was as small scale as they come: two empty wheelchairs, one from the past Professor X and one from the future. RELATED: Peter Dinklage to Bring Awesomeness to 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' Will the mere shock of seeing his future self become the causation of Charles Xavier's baldness? We'll find out when X-Men: Days of Future Pastarrives July 18, 2014. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Bryan Singer] From Our Partners: Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)  Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • The 'Back to the Future' Time Machine Is Back in Working Order
    By: Matt Patches Feb 19, 2013
    In 1985, Doc Brown completed his passion project: a time travel device built out of a DeLorean DMC-12. Now, 28 years later, the car is back in working order (minus any lingering plutonium particles). After years of lying dormant at the Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Fla., the original DeLorean "A Car" from Back to the Future (the vehicle used in all the money shots in the trilogy) has been successfully restored to pristine quality and will once again be displayed at Universal's museum. In an announcement video released by the "Delorean Time Machine Restoration," a crack team of tinkerers led by producer/screenwriter Bob Gale and engineers at TemporalFX, fans of Back to the Futurefans can see inside the new and improved DeLorean — which may be even cleaner than when Doc first cobbled it together: Gale was inspired to restore the iconic car after seeing TemporalFX's replica work on the 2012 commercial for Nike's limited-edition Air Mag shoes. When he was aware of the potential for a full, museum-quality restoration, he took to Facebook and enacted a call to arms. In February 2012, Gale wrote: "Unfortunately, after years of being displayed outdoors, the elements took their toll on this very special vehicle, so I successfully spearheaded a campaign to do something about it. "I am calling on all fans who either have original parts from any of the Deloreans from the BTTF Trilogy, or who know of anyone who has such items, to become part of this important project. You may have something we need, or you may be able to help us track down something we need. If so, you'll be duly acknowledged as a contributor to the restoration." One year later, the restoration is complete. In an interview with BTTF.com, TemporalFX's Joe Walser explains that it was no easy task: "The thing is, as hard as it is to build a good time machine replica, even one of our incredibly accurate replicas, it's relatively easy compared to restoring the screen-used, hero 'A' Delorean time machine because every single piece HAD to be as accurate as it possibly could be. When you're building a replica, you can decide how forgiving you want to be - but to do it right, to truly nail it... to hold every piece to the highest level of accuracy achievable - well, that's the real trick, and it took the best team in the world an incredible amount of time and effort to pull it off." With a new shine, the DeLorean is now on display at Universal's museum. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures; Facebook]
  • Contending with 'Fast 7' Rumors, 'Fast and Furious 6' Star Paul Walker Gets a POSTER
    By: Matt Patches Feb 15, 2013
    Fast & Furious 6 is set for release for Memorial Day 2013, and yet rumors are already brewing for what Fast & Furious 7 has in store for adrenaline junkies. Yes, the installment with three months left to hit theaters is already falling victim to the pulse of the unannounced seventh sequel. Fast is a franchise speeding along on all cylinders. For those who want to keep potential Fast & Furious 6 spoilers under the hood, we'll reveal the latest tidbit after the pressing news: loyal star Paul Walker, who has appeared in five of the six Fast movies, has been heralded with his own poster for Fast & Furious 6. As a series known for showcasing its ensemble cast behind the bald wonder of leading man Vin Diesel, this something of a treat for Walker, who really hasn't seen the individual love since 2 Fast 2 Furious. And it's a cool one-sheet; as opposed to blowing Walker's mug up ten sizes and filling a poster with stubbled chin, the marketing wizards behind Fast & Furious 6 have opted for minimalism. Just a guy, his car, and the open road... that will eventually be crashed down upon by a flaming airplane with hot rods flying out of it. RELATED: 'Fast & Furious 6' Makes Ultimate Promise: Michelle Rodriguez Vs. Gina Carano Check out the poster below and scroll a bit further for the latest Fast 7 rumor: RELATED: Paul Walker To Rival Vin Diesel's Baldness In 'Hitman' Reboot According to Ain't It Cool News, the team behind Fast & Furious 6 already has an idea in place for a seventh sequel, a nugget far enough in developement that they'll cap their movie with a post-credits scene setting up a new villain. Similar to how Michelle Rodriguez was reintroduced into the franchise at the end of Fast Five, AICN's report suggests that none other than Jason Statham, previously courted for the villain role in Fast & Furious 6, will appear in the final scenes of the film to set up the next movie. Even if scenes featuring Statham were shot for the film, we may not know if the news is true until the final minutes of the next movie. What it does suggest is that the Fast series isn't slowing down. As long as they keep giving Paul Walker his own posters, we're okay with it. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures] From Our Partners: Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz) 50 Steamiest Movie Kisses of All Time (Moviefone)
  • 5 Ways 'Zero Hour' Could Evolve into a Must-Watch Show
    By: Matt Patches Feb 15, 2013
    I feel bad for television creators. With a new show, a creator has to devise away to immediately suck audiences in while planting the seeds for something that can grow over years. Audiences look for instant gratification and a promise that if they stick with it, they'll be even more satisfied. Thursday night's premiere of ABC's Zero Hour is a reminder that TV writing is the Mt. Everest of creativity. The large-scale thriller — which intertwines alternative history, global mysteries, terrorist espionage, and a heck of a lot of clock talk into a tapestry of intrigue — kicked off with more of a plop than a bang, introducing a boatload of ideas without too much concern of characters, style, or logic. The pilot didn't match the mind-blowing first episode of LOST (what could?), but it wasn't on par with something like the silly-yet-curious Flashforward opener either. Zero Hour suffered from that quintessential TV paradox: it made a lot of promises while failing to be entertaining on its own right. RELATED: 'Zero Hour' Star Anthony Edwards On Why His Mystery Show Isn't The New 'Lost' If Hank Galliston's (played by Anthony Edwards) search for his missing wife, the collection of Bavarian clocks containing diamond treasure maps, and the truth behind "New Bartholomew" — a new apostle of Christ who looks a lot like Hank and was murdered in a submarine sometime around Word War II — is going to engage audiences after the pilot, Zero Hour is going to have to do a bit of tweaking. The hour-long adventure shows promise. Whether it can figure itself out before ABC cancels it the greatest mystery of all. Here are five things that could use some touching up: 1. Make Hank Galliston a Human Being If the pilot script for Zero Hour isn't forcing Edwards to deliver long-winded rundowns of history, it's asking him to act like a buffoon who takes matters into his own hands. There isn't much of an introduction to Hank before Zero Hour is set into motion: he loves his wife, he runs Modern Skeptic magazine, and he's doesn't take BS from anyone. When his wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is kidnapped, he immediately springs into action. Screw the FBI, even though they want to help — Hank's an independent guy and he knows there are greater mysteries afoot. Most of the Zero Hour pilot is dedicated to Hank accidentally stumbling upon clues that will lead him to the show's bigger throughline, mainly a set of clocks that were built to protect the world from the Antichrist. But the only way I'm going to enjoy going on this adventure is if Hank turns into a guy who acts with rational behavior. Right now he's a bitter version of Robert Langdon from Da Vinci Code. 2. Beef Up the Bad Guys Nazis, a terrorist sitting at the top of every Wanted list, and potentially an otherworldly beast bent on destroying the world. Those are villains fitting of a show that treks across the world, but eventually, Zero Hour needs to find a connection between Hank and Michael Nyqvist's White Vincent. "This time, it's personal" is a chuckle-worthy tagline that's also the foundation of every great cat and mouse game. Even though Vincent has Hank's wife — and we even see him stick a gun to her head! — the stakes of Zero Hour are incredibly low. We aren't privy to why Nyqvist is chasing the mysterious set of WWII clocks, just that if he gets them all the world is at stake. Not revealing everything is part of the groundwork, but it's the kind of diabolical plan that works in a two hour movie and not over the course of a TV series. We need to know what the hell Vincent is all about as soon as possible if his actions are to carry any weight. RELATED: 'Zero Hour': An Adventure, Or a Show That Has You Watching the Clock? 3. Bring Back Charles Dutton! For some reason, Charles Dutton appears in the pilot of Zero Houras a know-it-all priest who is nearly murdered by Vincent. We're told he's OK… but he better be. Dutton adds much needed gravitas to the show. His role is absolutely ridiculous – yes, of course I can translate this dead language for you! — but delivery is everything. If someone has to point Hank and his team every time they hit a road block, it should be someone with the sage-like whispers of Dutton. 4. Go Smaller It's apparent that Zero Hour is ABC's attempt to deliver the cinematic experience of National Treasure adventures to the small screen. In the pilot, Hank and his Modern Skeptic crew Germany and Canada, with hints that they'll be tracking clocks, built by Christian mythic the Rosicruciates, all over the world. But the show could stand to narrow its vision, as every new location forces the writers to conjure up reasons for why the action should be taking place there. This was the appeal of X-Files for me: they travel the U.S., but each location feels lived in and distinct, with Mulder and Scully attempting to conduct by-the-book business wherever they would end up. The race against time nature of Zero Hour doesn't lend itself to procedurel blueprints, but finding a way to keep the action contained and feel like a mystery would only up the drama. 5. Stop Saying Clocks. Yes, clocks are everywhere in Zero Hour, a seemingly perfect metaphor for the many countdowns in Hank's life. But the pilot script for Zero Hour abuses the word. Every other sentence is "clocks this!" and "clocks that!" It speaks to a bigger problem: Zero Hour can't sustain itself on revelations every ten minutes, especially when the revelations feel forced. Build up is necessary to pull off a shocking moment, not just the entire cast gasping simultaneously while music swells. Zero Hour is relentless. First Hank discovers the clock (DUN DUN!), then he discovers a diamond in the clock (DUN DUN DUN!), then he discovers the diamond contains a map inside of it (DUN DUN DUN DUN!). As I watched, I didn't know why any of it was important. That's what will make or break Zero Hour: investment. Can they take their time crafting a story that earns its revelations of will they shotgun them out every week, trigger that part of our brain that just needs to know the answers so it can rest easy. The first option sounds entertaining. The latter sounds exhausting. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: ABC] From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward (Vh1) 
  • In Russia, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' Watches You (And Is Still Bad)!
    By: Matt Patches Feb 14, 2013
    A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in Bruce Willis' John McClane franchise, is 90 minutes of wall-to-wall action. To fans of the genre, that might sound like bliss. Yet even with Willis back in the saddle, director John Moore and writer Skip Woods have found a way to suck every ounce of soul out of McClane's everyman escapades. Willis is 57 years old, but Moore's car chases, shootouts, and explosion-dodging sequences are slow and stagnant enough to be fit for a McClane in his 90s. Adding to the misery is a incomprehensible narrative where nothing happens. Even when menacing Russians are prepping nuclear bombs, nothing is happening. It may have been a Good Day to Die Hard, but the latest sequel is the definition of a soft ball. RELATED: 'Good Day to Die Hard' Star Jai Courtney's Celebrity Doppelganger Is... This time around, John McClane is on the hunt for his son Jack (Jai Courtney), who is in deep doo doo after connecting himself to the murder of a crony working for corrupt government official Chagarin. Turns out, Jack is actually a CIA agent, with a mission to protect the incarcerated whistleblower Komarov, who currently sits at the top of Chagarin's hit list. Hoping to lift his son out of trouble, McClane shows up at the exact wrong time, witnessing a gang of henchmen blowing up a courthouse to kidnap Komarov and Jack. Everyone escapes and from there on; it's set piece after set piece until McClane shoots his way to the grand finale. The one thing A Good Day to Die Hard gets right is the casting of Courtney as the son of McClane. He's just gruff enough, just charming enough, and just adept enough at rolling around with a shotgun blowing away enemies. He can spar with Willis, who has really become the quipping, overworked cop he plays in the movies. The two could make a watchable pair, if they were actually given action to perform. Many complained 2007's Live Free or Die Hard lost the spirit of Die Hard when it opened up the world and turned McClane into a superhero capable of battling a fighter jet. A Good Day to Die Hard has you begging for anything geographically coherent. The film attempts to contain the action once again, but not by finding a single location or pushing its leading man to his limits. Instead, Moore takes his camera straight up the noses of actors, shaky cam and aggressive editing making up for the complete lack of energy or ingenuity in the set pieces. REALTED: What Makes a 'Die Hard' Movie a 'Die Hard' Movie? A highway truck chase — which comprises nearly a third of the movie's run time — is lifeless and lost in its barrage of crashing cars. Willis feels distant from it all, even when he's in the driver's seat. When McClane's unleashing hell to the faceless baddie — and really, if there's anything a Die Hard movie needs, it's a solid, maniacally laughing villain — he barely moves an inch. Thanks to the magic of cutting, Willis never exerts energy while decimating large crowds of people. Attempts to inject Die Hard with thrills flop — no exploding helicopter barreling down the side of a building, composed with flashy slow-motion and noticeable green screen, can top the sight of Willis going mano a mano with a killer twice his size. A Good Day to Die Hard even teases a good ol' fashioned fight, but never pays it off. By the eighth time John McClane reminds us that he's on vacation (this movie's version of "I'm too old for this s**t!"), the brain will have bid A Good Day to Die Hard a good day. The film is insipid in the worst way, throwing stunts at the screen when Willis and Courtney seem ripe with action hero potential. Willis has hinted that a sixth Die Hard movie is already in the works — the good news is, the series can only go up from here. Right? 1.5/5 What do you think? Tell Matt Patches directly on Twitter @misterpatches and read more of his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • 'Zero Hour': An Adventure, or a Show That Has You Watching the Clock?
    By: Matt Patches Feb 14, 2013
    This Thursday at 10 P.M., ABC will unleash it's latest high-concept adventure show, Zero Hour (or ZERØ HØUR as the logo suggests).  Unlike the pilot to some of the great, long-lasting mystery shows — even procedurals like the X-Files — Zero Hour goes all in on its premise, forsaking interesting characters in favor of its overarching conceit. How are Nazis, clocks, international terrorists, clocks, treasure maps, clocks, the Anti-christ, and clocks connected? That is Zero Hour's question to solve over its series run. Thankfully, it has a solid cast doing the exposition dictating, and your enjoyment of the show may depend on how much you love them. Here's what you need to know before tonight's big premiere: Actors you'll know: Anthony Edwards of ER leads the cast. If you are wondering what the heck the actor has been doing since his days at County General Hospital… well, lay off! Edwards starred in 180 episodes of the medical drama. The guy needed a vacation. RELATED: 'Zero Hour' Star Anthony Edwards On Why His Mystery Show Isn't The New 'Lost' Joining the TV vet is Scott Michael Foster of Greek, Carmen Ejogo of Kidnapped, and Michael Nyqvist, the baddie from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Charles Dutton also appears in the pilot, but it's unclear whether or not he'll be involved later in the series. 3 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: You're a "secret history" buff struggling without any new Da Vinci Code books to quell the hunger. You think Antiques Roadshow was in need of some "edge." You're that guy who doesn't want Anthony Edwards to enjoy his vacation time. RELATED: 10 Pop Culture Conspiracy Theories 5 Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch: You can't take goofy establishing details seriously, i.e. Edwards' character Hank Galliston is the editor-in-chief of the magazine Modern Skeptic, making him the only person capable of being caught up in the global mystery he finds himself in. There's only so much "OH!" face you can take, especially when it's provoked by minor revelations that a show deems important. You have a fear of the FBI and their ability to watch your every move (THEY'RE WATCHING YOU RIGHT NOW). You have sweet, preserved memories of Edwards' brilliant work on ER. You suffer from Chronomentrophobia. Love it, or Leave it? Love it if you can stomach a weekly airport novel, good for dangling a plot carrot that will have you coming back to each episode just to figure out what the heck happened the previous week. Leave it if the mere mention of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets makes you want to take a nap. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: ABC]
  • 'Game of Thrones' Star Peter Dinklage to Bring Awesomeness to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
    By: Matt Patches Feb 14, 2013
    It's easy to imagine Peter Dinklage's career as laced with struggles to overcome his height, in an industry enamored with the perfectly constructed. But really, he's been owning the big and small screens since for nearly a decade, ever since his breakout role in 2003's The Station Agent. After winning an Emmy for his work on Game of Thrones, Dinklage's real struggle is simply time management. Everyone wants him. That includes director Bryan Singer (X2, Jack the Giant Slayer), who announced on Twitter late Wednesday that Dinklage would be joining the cast of his latest superhero epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor joins returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as faces from the original X-films, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan. RELATED: 'X-Men': Paquin, Page, And Ashmore Return For Latest Sequel Singer's tweet was light on the details (he only had 140 characters to make his casting announcement, after all), but Internet speculation ran wild in the wake of the news, wondering who Dinklage could be playing in the X-Men universe. X-perts believe Dinklage could be playing Puck, a member of the Canadian supergroup Alpha Flight, who is described as being half as tall as the average person, but with superior movement and fighting skills. While most fanboy character choices are derived from Dinklage's stature — including the crazier MODOK, a half man/half computer telekinetic — recent interviews with Singer have others wondering if technology could transform the actor's talents into any shape or size. After Singer hinted that he would be employing motion capture technology (similar to The Gollum in The Hobbit), Devin Faraci of Badass Digest speculated that Dinklage could be digitally enhanced to play one of the X-Men's legendary foes, Mr. Sinister. RELATED: 'Planet Hulk' and 'Avengers 3' Mark the Latest Marvel Rumors — What Do We Believe?! Keeping everything but a tweet's worth of info close to the chest, we may not know what Singer is cooking up for Dinklage, who has played everything from a warrior dwarf in the Narnia franchise to Richard III on the stage. The actor may be half the size of most of the A-Listers in Hollywood, but the casting news just made X-Men: Days of Future Past 10 times cooler. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: INFevents] From Our Partners:  'Groundhog Day' Cast: Where Are They Now? Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward
  • We're Spellbound: 'Beautiful Creatures' Is Young Adult Romance Done Right — REVIEW
    By: Matt Patches Feb 13, 2013
    Not all Young Adult Fiction adaptations are created equal. Riding the Twilight wave has its advantages and disadvantages, the keystone of the Young Adult fiction genre working as a hook for enthusiastic readers, and a warning sign for those who caught the early exploits of Bella and Edward. Beautiful Creatures owes its cinematic existence to the uber-successful series, but the connective tissue ends there. Based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the movie is ripe with energy, drawing from its preserved, Southern gothic setting of South Carolina, two vivacious young romantics, and an ensemble of seasoned vets who chew up their scenes with twang. Beautiful Creatures doesn't wallow in relationships, it sparks them with frank sexuality and a dash of biting commentary. So long, Twilight. RELATED: 'Beautiful Creatures,' The Mortal Instruments' and More YA Books You Should Know Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) stars as Ethan, an ambitious resident of Gatlin, SC who dreams big and has a particular penchant for plowing through the town's banned book list (yes, even in modern times, there are people who don't see To Kill a Mockingbird as reading fit for teenagers). Waking him up from the doldrums of suburban life is new student Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert of Ginger & Rosa), niece of the towns' notorious Ravenwood family, who becomes the target of public shaming. Beautiful Creatures does not skirt around the strong Christian influence of Southern culture and, as someone the kids believe is a Devil worshipper, Lena is an instant outcast under violent, verbal attack. Quite literally, kids pray in the class room to protect themselves from Lena's bad vibes. If Ethan didn't find the girl attractive in her own right, her position at the bottom of the social ladder fuels his infatuation. Because today's young romances demand a supernatural element, Lena eventually reveals to her courter that she's a "caster," the nice word for witch in the world of Beautiful Creatures. When Lena turns 16, she'll be subject to "The Claiming," a decision (made by the moon?) that will force her to either the light, nice and peachy side, or the dark, wicked and bloodthirsty side of casting. It's a countdown for Ethan, who realizes he has little time to connect with and possibly save his newfound love. Believing she has the ability to choose her fate, patriarch Macon Ravenwood guides Lena in the ways of the light — while disapproving of her relationship with Ethan. RELATED: 'Beautiful Creatures' Director 'Not Annoyed' By 'Twilight' Comparisons The magic logic is as ridiculous and overly complex as it sounds, but Beautiful Creatures writer/director Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, P.S I Love You) never loses track of his characters and their interesting quirks. Jeremy Irons is a master spinster of exposition — if his Macon is laying down a mythology-building speech or rattling off the "rules of the Ravenwood family curse," it all sounds like Shakespeare. Emma Thompson does double duty in this department, playing the disturbingly conservative Mrs. Lincoln with recognizable, motherly terror, and her alter ego, a version of Lincoln possessed by a banished witch looking for revenge on Lena. Thompson spars with Macon and cackles in all her thick Southern accent glory, jumping between personas without a misstep. It's glorious. LaGravenese makes two inspired discoveries with Ehrenreich and Englert, who set the bar for performances in the genre. Ehrenreich is charming and warm, acting like an actual human being in the midst of a fantasy. He makes adorably awful small talk to woo Lena, he worries about her when she destroys the windows of a classroom with her mind, he becomes vicious when the Ravenwoods attempts to interfere with their relationship — all natural. Englert is like a young Kathleen Turner, her husky voice and sharp wit turning Alice into an unusually strong female lead. The young caster is vulnerable as her relationship blossoms, but fully capable of turning a family dinner into a merry-go-round from hell. The two are electric on screen, even at their campiest moments. Yes, they're destined lovers, descendants of a couple murdered during the Civil War, but even without the back story, Alice and Alden have a sweet, scary, and fiery romance. At nearly two hours, Beautiful Creatures could stand to lose a few plot threads — Emmy Rossum arrives halfway through as Lena's Siren cousin, a painful attempt by the actress to steal the spotlight with exaggeration — but stands as proof that tween source material can be done right. As it does with the cast, the film is enhanced by its moody visuals and engaging soundtrack by alternative rock band Thenewno2, all setting the tone for Alden and Alice's fateful entanglement. The movie shows no fear depicting teens in love or the ramifications of America's belief system — touchy subjects that feel daring in a Hollywood production. That's the movie's real magic. Review: 3.5/5 [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures] From Our Partners:  'Groundhog Day' Cast: Where Are They Now? Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward