Category: Film

Captain America And Thor Images In High Resolution

Both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger hit theaters this summer and bring us two steps closer to next years Avengers extravaganza. There are new images from both flicks making the rounds and we have high resolution versions for you today. Check ’em out and stay tuned to Pop Culture Zoo for more on all of Marvel’s upcoming movies.

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Russel Weighs In On Black Swan

I’ll be honest, I wanted to see the lesbian scene more than I wanted to watch the movie. Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman? That’s comparable to the first Olympic Dream Team. But, I am also an Aronofsky fan boy and I was not disappointed. Black Swan is a psychological masterpiece of awesomeness. One of the best movies (Lesbian/non-lesbian scene) of 2010.

Story: Nina (Portman) is a ballerina whose life is consumed by dance. She is chosen to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder. Still smoking hot!) for the production of Swan Lake. Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan with her perfection and innocence, but lacks the sensuality to play the Black Swan. She must be able to play both Swans. A new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses the artistic director (Vincent Cassel), is a perfect fit for the Black Swan. Can Nina get in touch with her darker side to become the perfect Black Swan? Or will Lily take her role?

Directing: Aronofsky has not lost his touch. In fact, he seems to have added to his repertoire of the visual mind fucking. He takes what he has learned from The Wrestler and Requiem For A Dream, throws in some subtle and not so subtle visual effects, and has created a film of beauty, obsession, and turmoil. One of the best visuals of the movie for me was the camera pans in the dance studio. If you turn a camera in a room full of mirrors, you will eventually see the camera in the mirror right? Not in Aronofsky’s studio you won’t!

Acting: Black Swan is the ballet version of Star Wars: Episodes 1-3 and Nina is Anakin Skywalker. Yes, I said it. Natalie Portman does an excellent job in portraying the role of Nina. Nina is obsessed with perfection. But she not only has to be perfect in a good way, she also has to perfect the darkness with in her. Portman takes us on that journey from Anakin to Darth Vader in a tutu and you feel every emotion she feels. You feel the confusion, the anger, as well as the obsession to be perfect. Mila Kunis as Lily was good, too, but I’m not sure why she is up for awards for her performance. The only real big acting she had to do was smile as she’s entering the muff diving contest. This movie was on the shoulders of Portman, and she knocked it out of the park.

Score: Probably one of the best of the year. Chilling during those dramatic moments, yet still fitting throughout the movie. Aronofsky knows how to pick creepy/cool music. This movie is worth a second viewing alone just for the music. But we all know why it would get repeated viewings right? Yeah… quit lying to yourself…

Sex: Yeah, let’s address the elephant in the room. The lesbian scene. Was it hot? Yes it was. Was it what made the movie? No. Did it help? You’re damn right it did! There is a another scene of Nina, how can I put this lightly, double clicking her mouse, that I thought was way hotter than the actual lesbian scene. WAY HOTTER.

Overall: Great movie. This is probably my favorite movie of 2010. If your looking for that psychological mind fuck, then this is the one for you. If your into girl on girl psychological mind fucks, then stop reading this review and go watch the damn movie!

Russel Out!

First Look At Andrew Garfield As Spider-Man!

Columbia Pictures just dropped the below image in our inbox, our first look at the new Spider-Man costume from the upcoming reboot. It’s definitely keeping with the basic design with some nice modern flourishes. What do you think?


Columbia Pictures releases the first image of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
Photo Credit: John Schwartzman

Weinstein Company Acquires 25% Of Starz Media

This is a move that I didn’t see coming, but it makes a lot of sense. Interestingly, this does not include TV rights. It would have been interesting to see TWC develop properties as original series for Starz, but I suppose that could happen later. Here’s the full story from the Hollywood Reporter:

Liberty Media’s Starz LLC has agreed to sell a 25 percent stake in Starz Media, which includes Anchor Bay Entertainment and other TV and home entertainment assets, to The Weinstein Company, the companies said Tuesday.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Separately, Anchor Bay has signed a multi-year U.S. distribution agreement for new theatrical content from TWC and its Dimension Films label that may make Anchor a bigger player in emerging areas of distribution.

While not including TV rights, the deal spans Blu-ray, DVD and VOD, pay-per-view and digital distribution and covers up to 20 TWC and Dimension titles per year. They include The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine and Company Men.

The deals were announced by Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht and TWC co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

“We are thrilled to partner with Starz and appreciate the commitment of Liberty Media in bolstering Anchor Bay, allowing it to become a much bigger player in non-theatrical distribution,” the Weinsteins said. “We hope this strategic partnership is a first step in not only making Anchor Bay a home for our product, but in potentially housing other companies’ product as well, giving quality independent films the kind of care needed in today’s marketplace.”