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Saw an advance screening of UP this week (yay, thank you Clio!), and really liked it. Personal taste makes me prefer it to recent previous Pixar films (Ratatouille and Wall_E).
It's a sweet and fun adventure. All the sequences with the dogs are my favorites. Go see it!!!!
I will go again, possibly for the screening without the annoying 3D glasses. Makes the picture blurry when images move too fast.

There's a new Harry Potter trailer-featurette that has gone up on the web. Ooooooh...makes me want to see it even more. It's going to be daaaaaaaaark!

http://wbads-23.vo.llnwd.net/e1/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/ncm2/HP6_NCM2_720.mov

Last, but not least, first released pics of Dev Patel and Noah Ringer as Zuko and Aang in the upcoming Last Airbender movie. You may have seen these on the web already, but just in case:

Movie Zuko
Zuko knows how to make fun outdoor bbq.

More Zuko

Oops, looks like no pony tail and a slightly smaller scar on his face.
Guess daddy went easy on him.

EDIT: After comments made below, I paid more attention to the soldiers helmet. Despite their LOTR look, it does have a look that's fire nationy:

helmets

Movie Aang
I get the feeling the set may be Northern Water Tribe. Just because of the wavy lines on the structure of the bridge. The original design had a lot of influence from Venice in a way, so it may work.
Didn't know they had electricity, ha ha! Those bulb like things on the bridge look lit up.

Guess they must have a hydro electric dam.

EDIT:
Ok, nothing film related, but my friend in Montreal (Saskia, hello!) made me discover this fun online cooking show. I am not much of a cook myself (that's an understatement), but the style of the Food Commander makes me want to try recipes.
The site:
http://www.foodcommander.com/index.php?section=intro
The YouTube episodes:
http://www.youtube.com/user/foodcommander

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loveroftheflame
May. 22nd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hydro electric dam Omg. lolol

I hadn't noticed that before and now I'm going to be constantly staring at it until they explain it. Thanks.
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
The first pic I saw was more cropped and I had not paid attention. This is a bit wider and shows more so I pay more attention to the BG.
Ha ha, fake snow on the ground!
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youkaislayer
May. 22nd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Zuko is sans scar. So what is this? Pre Agni Kai? And he hasn't got his ponytail. Blasphemy!
youkaislayer
May. 22nd, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Now I see the second picture. I must be a horrible person because I am actually disappointed the scar isn't worse
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rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Don't know if it's for real, but does feel genuine.
king
May. 22nd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Aaawww Aang is so cute! I'm excited for him!

Zuko uuumm... I guess I'm a little surprised they couldn't have at least make-upped the eyebrow away but okay, I'm still open-minded about this.
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I think I also wanted something more gruesome (oooh, my bad). Just so he appears more scary with more bad guy vibes.
Ah well.
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corglacier7
May. 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, Zuzu, bringing the luau with him wherever he goes... XD And is that a Rider of Rohan behind him at the South Pole in the second pic? ;)
youkaislayer
May. 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
I thought it was Maximus from Gladiator or a Trojan soldier from Troy
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arycapricat
May. 22nd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Avatar movie's starting to look good. Hope it turns out well.

PS
I just bought the Nickelodeon magazine with your comic.
The panel with Jeong Jeong getting tossed with earth bending was hilarious. XD
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm wishing it good success too.
Aw, thanks! Poor JJ. He already doesn't like firebending much, he may just add Earth Bending as being a pain in the butt.
Literally.
jordan_the_kid
May. 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
o___O

Noah doesn't pull off Aang and Dev soooo isn't Zuko material. And where's his scar for Christ's sake?

How did Eomer find his way into the Avatarverse?
corglacier7
May. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
How did Eomer find his way into the Avatarverse?

Lulz...see my comment above. Glad to know it wasn't just me!
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egoulet
May. 22nd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Harry Potter's trailer is so addictive!

mmmm outdoor BBQ! :)

Thanks Johane!

rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I knooooow!
There seems to be a whole lot of crazy cool shots for the new HP film. *squee!*
Let's not talk about BBQ anymore. Making me hungry.
conga_chili
May. 22nd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Aang doesn't look quite as sprightly as he should - this Ringer kid is built like a rock!!
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I see what you mean!
Heh, they should have had a shot of him flying with his glider.
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beta_joovey
May. 22nd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well, that's interesting.
First off, I saw the first fifty minutes of Up a while ago, and I must agree with you. A great movie in general.

Second, those pictures....aesthetically, the movie appears to be actually...good. I know, a radical thought in some circles of the fandom, but it says nothing of the finished product. Many movies are beautiful but pretty terrible. One major issue: that isn't a scar. That's not traumatic. He looks like someone went over the picture with a photoshop smudge tool set at 1%. I'm disappointed. It's ridiculous. But other then that...interesting take on a cartoon, they made it seem much more realistic. Many people keep on insisting Noah Ringer is white, but he appears to be Asian, IMO. What do you think?
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, that's interesting.
Noah Ringer looks mixed to me. A dash of white, a bit of asian, maybe sprinkled with other nationalities.
pretty_angel
May. 22nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord - where did you find these photos? Not the cuts from usatoday and haven't seen the 2nd Zuko picture at all! O_o

Seriously, that is supposed to be a scar? THAT?!? And why isn't his head shaved with a ponytail?!? ZUKO WASN'T HANDSOME IN SEASON 1! lol

That culture clash looks also somewhat weird. Indian!Zuko in Japanese armour with Rohirrim as Guards. EWP - here we go! XD
pretty_angel
May. 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
*EIP woops
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novabat
May. 22nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
That second picture of Zuko looks like it might be a slow motion shot?
You know, the typical "We're so hot, we gotta be in slow motion so you don't get burned" shot?

I think I'm reserving my judgement on the movie until I see some trailers and/or acting.
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Teaser trailer in June, apparently just before the new Transformers film.
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youkaislayer
May. 22nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
You and me both.
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zfiledh
May. 22nd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
If live-action Zuko here starts dancing to Jai Ho, I may be persuaded to watch.

What is that supposed to be on Aang's forehead???
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Detailed arrow tattoo instead of the solid blue look.
junglefowl26
May. 23rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
The soldiers look like the riders of Rohan. In black. Instead of red.
jordan_the_kid
May. 23rd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
lol
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alexds1
May. 23rd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Zuko's hair is quite... fluffy... If someone had just shown me those pics without any context I probably wouldn't have recognized him! But I'm willing to hold off on making any judgment until I see some kickass ACTION
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Ha, true! Taken out of context, I wouldn't have been able to name the film.
Also waiting to see how it all moves- teaser or trailer can't come soon enough!
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rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I don't know...I kinda like Zuko's pose in the first pic. Open mind is always good until we see more.

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engelen
May. 23rd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
maybe the SHYAMALALMALMALDINGDONG TWEEST is that Dev Patel is not Zuko, and Sokka is?
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Now THAT would be a tweest!
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raddishh
May. 23rd, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
So I presume the fire also changed his hair follicles and made his eyebrow grow in a point.
Either that or he woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and decided that the only thing more badass than two pointed eyebrows was ONE pointed eyebrow.

I'm disappointed not only in the scar not being very obvious, but in Aang's tattoo not being very obvious! But yes, the architecture is sweet.
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
We always knew Zuko had incredible hair growth power ;)
Maybe they want a more toned down arrow tattoo so it really shines brightly in the Avatar state?
Who knows.
uniformgrey
May. 23rd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
This is the first I've seen of the Avatar live action movie and I have to say I'm left very.. underwhelmed.

Playing down both Zuko's scar AND his hair not being pulled back? Really? And I don't get the splat that the kid who's playing Aang has on his forehead - it looks like some greasy smudge.

Now on to bigger and better things: HP6 YES PLEASE AND THEN SOME! I can't wait to see it in action on the big screen!

I'm also looking forward to seeing UP though I don't know if I'll see it in theater or not - not that I'm against seeing it on the big screen too.

Thanks for the updates and clip!
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Hopefully, seeing some Avatar in action instead of just still shots will create a better buzz.
HP movie soooooooon!
Up is worth seeing in theater. Forget the 3D glasses option, you really don't need it for that film.
ame_lj
May. 23rd, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
YAY AANG he looks like every 12 year old should be all cute and "HEY BITCHES I'MMA GONNA OWN YOU"

i don't care, i'm seeing it for him. :|
samborho
May. 23rd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes. I agree :) (First thought at picture was "awwwwww so cute <3")

I read that the actor playing Aang is a black belt, so that should be helpful with action sequences.
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rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's always hard to judge just from still pics too. The teaser is supposed to come out in June so...we'll see more then.
At least, I didn't have a big "Step Back" reaction as when I saw still pics of Dragonball. It's already a plus.
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rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know too many people who would go for a solid color and shape tattoo. This works better (for me anyway).
phoenixblaize
May. 23rd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I don't mind Dev having hair. Zuko's hair magically grows faster than anyone's in the Avatar world. Maybe the movie's first five minutes has him bald and then it just grows for the rest of the movie. Like those play dough squeeze dealies that push the dough out like spaghetti.

Needs more scar, though. I hope it looks more pronounced in the actual film. It's Zuko's distinguishing mark and symbolic of a lot. Making it more gruesome also really drives home that daddy dearest is super crazy go nuts insane and bad ass.

Aang looks okay. The color scheme works better for film than a bright orange get up. I wish they'd used the actual design for the airbender uniform but with the colors they have in the picture. It'd be a bit more recognizable as Aang and less just regular monk kid. It's hard to see the arrow in the pic, but I can't knock the idea of making it detailed. I'd like to see how it looks close up.

Zuko, look behind you! The Rohan rider stole your ponytail! Quick, throw a temper tantrum and get it back! XD

I'm still not enthused by the film since I'm not an M. Night fan. I don't feel his style of pacing or storytelling is a good match for the Avatar story. He'll need one hell of a fight coordinator.

...To this day I am laughing about Aasif Mandvi as Zhao. My dad and I were laughing at the idea of just replaying everyone in the movie with the cast of the Daily Show. Now there's a movie! :D
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I was also thinking about Zuko's magic hair growth.
As for the scar, looks toned down. Maybe daddy went easy on him.
Oh, how I hope he gets a good fight coordinator! And please, not just close up shots during the fights, I want to see them MOVE!!

Ha ha, not only the Daily Show but the Colbert Report. I do believe Stephen Colbert would make an excellent Earth King.
tammylee
May. 23rd, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
WHAR ARE AANG's MC HAMMER PANTS?!
(Which I used to wear back in the day. XD HA! I AM OLD!)

And whut? No Zuko-tail? I like his armour in the second still; it looks like he's at the Southern Water Tribe village and is wearing his winter clothes. Patel had better bring on the INTENSE and the EMO for this role. And I hope it won't be too much to ask for muscles for his SHIRTLESS BATTLE WITH ZHAO! Yes, that is the only reason I am watching this film, for shirtless firebending battle.

Aang looks like a solid little German boy but, meh, maybe he moves like a butterfly? I don't care for his outfit tho. There is nothing 'airbender' about it.
rufftoon
May. 23rd, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe fighting in MC Hammer pants is hard?

I think Patel can do the Emo no problem (and the dorky Zuko too, ha ha).
I'm not sure Aasif Mandvi (Zhao) can pull off a good Agni Kai. I will be pleased to be proven wrong.
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