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Movie Review: Dan in Real Life
2008-03-13 07:20:00
Starring:Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, John Mahoney, Marlene LawstoneDirector:Peter Hedges (Pieces of April)MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some innuendo.Release Date:October 2007Synopsis:Advice columnist and widowed father of three Dan Burns has met someone new. Marie is beautiful, she's smart, and she just so happens to be the girlfriend of Dan's brother, Mitch. With a publicly recognized moral compass, Dan finds himself torn between reaching for happiness and keeping the peace in his family.My Two Cents:I’m no fan of romantic comedies, but I’m no hater either. I’m used to seeing Steve Carell be a jerk in Bruce Almighty, a dorky virgin in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and a suicidal gay man in Little Miss Sunshine, so it was interesting to see him play a normal human being, for once.Carell plays Dan Burns, a widow and father of three girls aged 9, 14 and 17. He has a column in a local newspaper called Dan in Real Life , where he gives advice on...
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Cool Collectibles: More Mighty Muggs
2008-03-12 23:15:00
The Mighty Muggs will rule the world! Hasbro keeps coming up with new Mighty Muggs all the time, and this batch is just as cute as the one before. Look for chunky versions of Star Wars favorites Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and Mace Windu. If Star Wars is not your thing, you freak, then you might enjoy collecting some of their Marvel line of Muggs, including Spider-Man, Venom, Iron Man and Wolverine. They only cost about $9.99 so don’t be a cheap bastard and buy them! More Mighty Muggs coming soon.
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Movie Review: Resident Evil: Extinction
2008-03-11 07:08:00
Starring:Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Mike Epps, Iain Glen, Linden Ashby, Ashanti Douglas, Matthew MarsdenDirector:Russell Mulcahy (The Shadow, Ricochet)MPAA Rating:R for strong horror violence throughout and some nudity.Release Date:September 2007Synopsis:When a series of viral outbreaks nearly wipes out all of mankind, Alice and a small band of survivors are left to roam the ruins of Las Vegas, battling the undead, and their own extinction.My Two Cents:The Resident Evil games are some of my favorite since the first one was released in 1996. Each installment has introduced new gameplay mechanics, interesting characters, clever puzzles and the best possible graphics. The problem many people had with the first Resident Evil movie was that it didn’t include any of the game’s characters. Not even one. Director Paul Anderson said he did this on purpose so fans of the games wouldn’t know which characters would die or survive. Um, OK, I can appreciate that, but it’s stil...
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Cosplay: Fatal Fury
2008-03-10 20:58:00
Isn’t Terry Bogard supposed to be a bad-ass street fighter? This guy on the left looks more like a beggar. He got the colors of his costume right, even the Fatal Fury baseball cap, but everything else is hilariously bad. I’ll look at this picture every time feel a bit down to regain my confidence.Blue Mary is hot, but this broad is, um, not as hot. I mean, she’s a sexy MILF, but she’s either pregnant with twins or already had a baby like 3 minutes ago. Look how tight Blue Mary looks on the right. It’s tough for any mature woman to look that good. She still gets credit for trying. You go, girl!I’ve got mixed feeling about this Andy Bogard cosplay. The costume is pretty awesome and the guy sort of looks like him, but at first I didn’t know if it was a guy or a girl. Sorry dude, I guess you’re just too pretty. Overall it’s a pretty sweet imitation of Andy in one of his King of Fighters outfit, right down to his winning stance.Bonne Jenet is not as well-known as Mai Sh...
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Weekend Box Office Report: Mar 7-9
2008-03-10 06:42:00
As ridiculous as 10,000 BC seems, that didn’t stop people from making it the #1 movie this weekend with a solid $35 million opening. The other two new movies were left in the stone age, although I should point out that The Bank Job opened in less than half the number of theaters than 10,000 BC.1. 10,000 BCThis week: $35,730,000Total: $35,730,0002. College Road TripThis week: $14,000,000Total: $14,000,0003. Vantage PointThis week: $7,500,000Total: $51,681,0004. Semi-ProThis week: $5,900,000 - Total: $24,835,0005. The Bank JobThis week: $5,710,000 - Total: $5,710,0006. The Spiderwick ChroniclesThis week: $4,800,000 - Total: $61,721,0007. The Other Boleyn GirlThis week: $4,000,000 - Total: $14,612,0008. JumperThis week: $3,750,000 - Total: $72,537,0009. Step Up 2 the StreetsThis week: $3,049,000 - Total: $53,004,00010. Fool’s GoldThis week: $2,800,000 - Total: $62,820,000
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Movie Review: The Bourne Ultimatum
2008-03-08 19:20:00
Starring:Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert FinneyDirector:Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93)MPAA Rating:PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action.Release Date:August 2007Synopsis:Bourne has reached the end of the line. This time, he will not stop at his former masters' empty promises or even with the killing of those who relentlessly pursue him. With nothing left to lose, he will use each nuance of his training and every finely honed instinct they taught him to come after his creators and finish it all.My Two Cents:Spy movies like James Bond and Mission: Impossible are always fun, but they tend to go overboard with the stunts and silly gadgets. That’s why Bourne movies are so refreshing, because they offer intense action while being more realistic. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is not trying to defuse a nuclear weapon that will destroy the world, he’s just fighting to stay alive and fi...
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Movie Babes: Megan Fox
2008-03-08 17:15:00
Date of BirthMay 16, 1986Partial FilmographyTransformers 2 (2009)How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)Transformers (2007)Hope & Faith (TV, 2006)Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)Ocean Ave. (TV, 2002)Holiday in the Sun (2001)Trivia- Has been training to become an actress since the age of 5, but got her big break at 13.- Her middle name is Denise.- Was born in Rockwood Tennessee and has French, Irish and Native American ancestry.- Has at least four tattoos.- Placed #18 in Maxim’s Hot 100 Babes of 2007.- Placed #68 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006.
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Movie Review: The Golden Compass
2008-03-07 15:30:00
Starring:Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, Adam Godley, Tom CourteneyDirector:Chris Weitz (About a Boy)MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence.Release Date:December 2007Synopsis:After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.My Two Cents:There is no God. That’s the first thing I heard about The Golden Compass from a guy that saw the film. He said the movie was about killing God and making the Catholic church look bad. My only thought were “I gotta watch this movie!”Try ignoring what you have heard or read about Philip Pullman’s book trilogy His Dark Materials being pro atheism and against Catholics. Well OK, Pullman did say “I suppose technically, you'd have to put me down as an agnostic. But if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe h...
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Why wasn't Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 3?
2008-03-06 01:45:00
Ever wonder why Midway excluded the very popular character of Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat 3, the last game in the series to feature digitized graphics of real-life people? That’s because Daniel Pesina, the martial artist who portrayed Cage in the first two games, appeared in a magazine ad in 1994 for the incredibly crappy fighting game BloodStorm developed by Incredible Technologies. Not only that, but Daniel was wearing a costume very similar to Johhny Cage’s from MKII, with shades and everything. His employers at Midway were so pissed they fired him. That must have hurt worst than a split punch to the groin. BloodStorm was supposed to be a Mortal Kombat-killer, but it did so poorly it killed itself and made Incredible Technologies go out of business. Fatality! Since he was fired, Midway hired Chris Alexander to play Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.Daniel Pesina's brother, Carlos, played Raiden in MK and MKII. He remains working at Midway and has been involved in produ...
Movie Review: Awake
2008-03-06 01:29:00
Starring:Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Lena Olin, Terrence Howard, Fisher Stevens, Arliss Howard, Christopher McDonaldDirector:Joby HaroldMPAA Rating:R for language, an intense disturbing situation, and brief drug use.Release Date:November 2007Synopsis:While undergoing a heart transplant, Clay experiences "anesthetic awareness", a condition that allows him to hear and feel everything that's happening to him but leaves him paralyzed and unable to do anything about it. From his unique and painful vantage point, Clay learns troubling truths about his closest friends and loved ones.My Two Cents:I love thrillers, and I had been waiting for Awake because the trailer was very intriguing. The thought of having open heart surgery is frightening, but being awake through the whole process because you experience anesthetic awareness is truly terrifying. I thought the trailer already gave too much away, but it’s still an enjoyable movie.It will not take you too long to predict most of the...
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Weekend Box Office Report: Feb 29 - Mar 2
2008-03-03 05:54:00
The R-rated Will Ferrell basketball movie Semi-Pro debuted in the #1 spot this weekend at the box office, but it did pretty shitty when compared to his previous sport movies Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights. The other two new releases didn’t even make it into the top three. This is usually a slow time for movies anyway.1. Semi-ProThis week: $15,200,000Total: $15,200,0002. Vantage PointThis week: $13,000,000Total: $41,005,0003. The Spiderwick ChroniclesThis week: $8,752,000Total: $55,081,0004. The Other Boleyn GirlThis week: $8,300,000 - Total: $8,300,0005. JumperThis week: $7,600,000 - Total: $66,823,0006. Step Up 2 the StreetsThis week: $5,714,000 - Total: $48,593,0007. Fool’s GoldThis week: $4,690,000 - Total: $59,073,0008. PenelopeThis week: $4,006,000 - Total: $4,006,0009. No Country for Old MenThis week: $4,005,000 - Total: $69,570,00010. JunoThis week: $3,350,000 - Total: $135,135,000
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Movie Review: Planet of the Apes (2001)
2008-03-02 16:39:00
Starring:Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estella Warren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kris KristoffersonDirector:Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Big Fish)MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence.Release Date:July 2001Synopsis:After flying through a space worm hole, astronaut Leo Davidson crashes on a planet where simians rule over humans. Aided and abetted by a sympathetic chimpanzee, Leo leads a small band of rebels against their captors.My Two Cents:I can’t remember how old I was when I watched the original version of Planet of the Apes , but it blew my mind. It was depressing as hell, but I could tell it was a great movie and that not all movies had a happy ending.This is a movie that didn’t need a remake, but there was a brand new generation of movie lovers that had only heard about the Planet of the Apes series, but not actually watched them. Tim Burton was the man chosen for this project and instead of a remake he decide...
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Achievement Unlocked!
2008-03-02 16:16:00
Fear is the path to the dark side, but it’s also the path to losing your manhood. This guy’s junk transformed into what science calls a “mangina”, giving him an instant camel toe out of sheer fear.
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Movie Review: The Game Plan
2008-02-28 16:14:00
Starring:Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sánchez, Morris Chestnut, Paige TurcoDirector:Andy Fickman (She’s the Man)MPAA Rating:PG for some mild thematic elements.Release Date:September 2007Synopsis:NFL star Joe Kingman is in his prime: He's rich, famous and one of the world's most eligible bachelors. There's nothing that can throw him off his game. Nothing, that is, except for the emergence of the 7-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Now, with his team gunning for a title, Joe must find a way to balance crushing gridiron action with bedtime stories and ballet classes.My Two Cents:Dwayne Johnson has proven to be a huge success in the wrestling ring as The Rock, and has also proved he’s got enough charisma and dedication to be a Hollywood actor. Disney saw his potential and turned an otherwise lame movie script into a box office success. Dwayne can slowly move away from his “Rock” persona and widen his appeal.Movie s don’t get more predictable ...
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Character Profile: Proto Man
2008-02-28 16:10:00
Before creating Mega Man, Dr. Light created a prototype he named Proto Man. I’ve never been sure why he’s so different than Mega Man if he was an early draft of him, or if he never intended Proto Man to be more than a trainer to the Blue Bomber. According to his story in Mega Man: The Power Fighters, Proto Man has a fatal defect in his energy system and is in constant pain. Perhaps this is why Dr. Light replaced him with Mega Man, although they’re basically identical on the inside.Proto Man’s first appearance was in Mega Man 3, where he would attack Mega Man for a few seconds then leave, opening new areas for Mega Man to explore. He seemed like an enemy, but you could tell he was only testing and training Mega Man. Back then he used the code name Break Man.Although he has only been playable in the arcade games Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man: The Power Fighters, Proto Man (called Blues in Japan) has made cameos in pretty much every Mega Man game after part 3. Like Me...
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Movie Review: Mr. Woodcock
2008-02-26 06:43:00
Starring:Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon, Ethan Suplee, Amy Peohler, Melissa SagemillerDirector:Craig GillespieMPAA Rating:PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference.Release Date:September 2007Synopsis:When self-help author John Farley returns home to visit his mother, he's shocked to find out that she's fallen for his sadistic high school gym teacher, Mr. Woodcock. Now, with their upcoming nuptials looming, John needs to apply his self-help techniques to his own life and make sure his mom stays single.My Two Cents:It’s kind of sad good actors like Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon end up doing crap like Mr. Woodcock when they get older. Well, not everything about this movie is crap, but it could have been better.Sean William Scott’s role doesn’t suit him at first because we’re used to him being an ass in American Pie and here he plays a successful writer and self-help guru. As his rage towards Mr. ...
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Weekend Box Office Report: Feb 22-24
2008-02-25 02:54:00
This week’s top movie is Vantage Point, which has a crapload of known actors including Forest Whitaker, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid and Mathew Fox. February doesn’t usually get a lot of action dramas, so this was refreshing. The other new film is Jack Black’s Be Kind Rewind that opened in a semi-limited release (around 800 theaters) and shared the #7 spot with Juno.1. Vantage PointThis week: $24,000,000Total: $24,000,0002. JumperThis week: $12,650,000Total: $56,206,0003. The Spiderwick ChroniclesThis week: $12,600,000Total: $43,576,0004. Step Up 2 the StreetsThis week: $9,787,000 - Total: $41,419,0005. Fool’s GoldThis week: $6,270,000 - Total: $52,433,0006. Definitely, MaybeThis week: $5,184,000 - Total: $21,781,0007. Be Kind RewindThis week: $4,100,000 - Total: $4,100,0007. JunoThis week: $4,100,000 - Total: $130,377,0009. Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsThis week: $3,989,000 - Total: $35,494,00010. There Will Be BloodThis week: $2,561,000 - Total: $34,986,000
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Movie Review: Mr. Brooks
2008-02-22 19:26:00
Starring:Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook, Marg Helgenberger, Rubén Santiago, Danielle PanabakerDirector:Bruce A. EvansMPAA Rating:R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language.Release Date:June 2007My Two Cents:Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner), a successful business man, lovable husband and caring father has a dark secret. While most people are addicted to alcohol or cigarettes, Earl is addicted to killing. He has suffered from this all his life but has never been caught. He even “signs” the murders by leaving bloody fingerprints of his victims, gaining the nickname of the Thumbprint Killer. His alter ego, Marshall (William Hurt), constantly tries to persuade Earl to go out and have some more fun killing, but for two straight years Earl has been “clean”.It’s hard to go cold turkey like that, and Marshall finally convinces Earl to kill again. He murders a couple who liked to have sex with the curtains open. This time, however,...
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Ask Ackbar
2008-02-22 19:08:00
Felis silvestris catus is a small carnivorous species of crepuscular mammal that is often valued by humans for its companionship and its ability to hunt vermin. It has been associated with humans and the Mon Calamari for at least 9,500 years. Yep, that’s a cat alright.Famous cats in movies and TV include Garfield, Felix, Scratchy, Hello Kitty, Sylvester, Tom, and Azrael.
Movie Review: Saw IV
2008-02-20 18:55:00
Starring:Tobin Bell, Lyriq Bent, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Athena Karkanis, Justin Loius, Donnie WahlbergDirector:Darren Lynn Bousman (Identity Lost, Saw II)MPAA Rating:R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language.Release Date:October 2007Synopsis:Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers arrive to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.My Two Cents:Another week, another Saw movie. It seems like it was yesterday that I saw the first one and we’re already at part four, with part five coming this October. They’re milking the hell out of this, but at le...
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The HD Format War is Over: RIP HD DVD
2008-02-19 16:45:00
It was only a matter of time, but Toshiba’s announcement that it will officially stop production of HD DVD discs and players still brought tears to my eyes. Well, not really, but it still sucks so much ass.Just a few months ago, back in October, everything was fine. Paramount had announced they would go HD DVD exclusive and the Blu-ray crowd cried as they would not be getting an HD version of Transformers. HD DVD players were all the rage.But the cheese started to stink when Warner Bros. joined Sony Pictures (Columbia/Tristar) Fox, Disney and went Blu-ray exclusive. That started a snowball effect that ultimately led to the HD DVD format’s demise. It was just too much. On top of that, big name retailers like Wal-Mart, Blockbuster, Target and Netflix also turned their backs on HD DVD, putting the final nails in HD DVD’s coffin. It was a brutal gang up.So Sony’s more expensive HD format finally won. Will Universal Studios and Paramount/DreamWorks, the only studios to remain HD ...
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Movie Review: Mr. Bean's Holiday
2008-02-19 02:05:00
Starring:Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Clint Dyer, Jean Rochefort, Emma de Caunes, Karel Roden, Max BaldryDirector:Steve BendelackMPAA Rating:G (brief mild language)Release Date:August 2007Synopsis:Mr. Bean heads to the French Riviera for a vacation, but along the way becomes ensnared in an accidental kidnapping and a case of mistaken identity.My Two Cents:It’s crazy to think Mr. Bean has been around for 18 years and still manages to get attention and make people laugh. This second feature film has the bumbling idiot traveling to France to kick it at the beach in Cannes. He doesn’t speak French, and he’s traveling by himself so you know all sort of zany shit is bound to happen.If you have no idea who Mr. Bean is you’ll still be able to enjoy the movie, but it’s so stupid and slow you might consider skipping it. Fans of the TV show know exactly what to expect, and that’s exactly what you get. Mr. Bean is a child in a grown man’s body, according to Rowan Atkinson, and th...
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Weekend Box Office Report: Feb 15-17
2008-02-18 00:55:00
Bye bye Mathew McConaughey, hello Hayden Christensen. Finally, after 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Hayden scores a hit with Jumper, the number 1 movie in America. The top 3 movies did pretty good overall, so this was a great week for Hollywood.1. JumperThis week: $27,225,000Total: $33,850,0002. Step Up 2 the StreetsThis week: $19,666,000Total: $26,267,0003. The Spiderwick ChroniclesThis week: $19,080,000Total: $21,389,0004. Fool’s GoldThis week: $13,080,000 - Total: $42,035,0005. Definitely, MaybeThis week: $9,685,000 - Total: $12,804,0006. Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsThis week: $8,880,000 - Total: $29,121,0007. JunoThis week: $4,625,000 - Total: $124,090,0008. The Bucket ListThis week: $4,105,000 - Total: $81,085,0009. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert TourThis week: $3,289,000 - Total: $58,417,00010. 27 DressesThis week: $3,175,000 - Total: $69,937,000
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Wii Virtual Console Review: Legend of Hero Tonma
2008-02-17 18:02:00
Developer: IremPublisher: IremConsole : TurboGrafx-16Release Date: 1991You are Tommy. You have a cape. You are… a superhero! This is all you need to know to get excited about this game. Why is the game called Legend of Hero Tonma when the character you play as is called Tommy is one of the many timeless unanswered questions not even Nostradamus can answer.A princess has been kidnapped by the devil, or a some sort of giant demon, and will either kill her or make her his bride. I’m making up the story as I go because the game doesn’t seem to have a story. So Tommy must use his inhuman ability of tossing minute fireballs from his fingertip to save the princess.The gameplay is very similar to Capcom’s Ghouls n’ Ghosts, but with 100% less middle-aged men in their underwear. Tommy shoots fireballs and these can be upgraded many times to change the size and direction. You also collect useless bagsof gold and coins scattered around. You can’t buy anything but it adds up to your s...
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Movie Review: Stardust
2008-02-16 17:16:00
Starring:Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Ricky Gervais, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Peter O’Toole, Rupert EverettDirector:Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake)MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risqué humor.Release Date:August 2007Synopsis:A young man journeys to a magical world to win the heart of his true love in this fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's novel. Tristan has promised Victoria that he'll retrieve a fallen star to secure her love. Unfolding on both sides of a parallel universe separated by only a thin barrier of stone, Stardust reveals just how amazingly close the familiar and the totally fantastic can be to one another.My Two Cents:Once upon a time there was a magical world and a real, non-magical world. They were divided by a brick wall, and crossing it was forbidden. A dork called Tristan (Charlie Cox), raised in the real world, is madly in love with Victoria (Sienna Miller), but she’s a total bitch and only cares about money and s...
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