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August 31, 2006

Is this Optimus Prime?

Is this Optimus Prime, or at least a sketch of how he will look in the Transformers movie? Well, yes it probably is, but the full size version hosted at ImageShack courtesy of TFW2005 member hop2pop through AICN is quite blurry and does look like a rough version advertising board,...

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Nimoy called for Star Trek XI?

According to Leonard Nimoy himself his agency has already been called by the head of production at Paramount about Star Trek XI to let them know that they might want some involvement. Does this mean we'll see the real Spock back in the new Star Trek from J.J. Abrams? Here's...

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Stir of Echoes sequel first look

Stir of Echoes was a very creepy film starring Kevin Bacon in a role that really did suit his acting style, in fact I think without him this film wouldn't have had half of the impact it did. Now, the sequel, Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak is underway and...

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Lois Lane spin-off is nuts

I don't know what Kate Bosworth is taking, but she's hinted at a possible spin-off from the Superman series for the Lois Lane character. Yes, Lois Lane. Obviously there's no other interesting characters in the series like Lex Luthor or Superboy (god help us), and Lane is the obvious choice....

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Scott wants a sequel to his Gladiator

Unbelievably Ridley Scott wants a sequel to his film Gladiator, despite the character being, well...dead. There was one written once, by Nick Cave the musician and writer of The Proposition, however it didn't go down well as it turned Maximus into an immortal character, the eternal warrior who passed through...

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Southland Tales cut nicely

According to Richard Kelly the previous news of the hour long harsh cut of Southland Tales isn't that true. Yes Kelly has cut it, but he's done it with Sony supervision and is entirely happy with it, supposedly the original interview misquoted him. From his MySpace site through Film Rotation:...

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Orlando Bloom as Knight Rider?

The good, or bad news, is that Orlando Bloom has turned down the chance to play Michael Knight, a role that David Hasselhoff made his own, in the upcoming film version of the TV series Knight Rider. Apparently, according to ContactMusic through Digital Spy, Hasselhoff asked Bloom when they bumped...

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Bush assassination drama to air

Channel 4 in the UK are set to show a controversial drama in the guise of a documentary. Using CGI and archive footage it will show the assassination of President Bush in October 2007 at an anti-war rally by a sniper. The film, Death of a President will air in...

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Jackson talks Dam Busters

Back in May I had the news that Peter Jackson was helming The DamBusters remake, well now the news is he's producing the film with his long term visual effects collaborator Christian Rivers directing, and from the sounds of it he wants to be faithful to the original. 'I want...

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Unused negatives of Halloween found

The original, unused negatives of John Carpenter's film Halloween have been uncovered, and this could spell a new version of the film in the future, one with never before seen footage. From Fangoria through Cinematical comes the story: Don May Jr., the horror-lovin' DVD producer who runs Synapse Films, recently...

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Loach Boycotts Israeli Film Festival

So Ken Loach has boycotted all Israeli film fans by not taking part in the Haifa Film Festival, because obviously they are responsible for the attacks on Lebanon. What's even more interesting is that he's joined a "Palestinian boycot of Israeli cultural institutions". This story through Cinematical just doesn't fit...

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Ghost Rider's Blackheart revealed

Over at the Ghost Rider blog, which you can follow on the Filmstalker Filmmakers Feeds page, there's a new posting of a video entry, and this one reveals a little of the Blackheart character. You can see the video blog of him over at the Ghost Rider blog through Comic...

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning trailer

The trailer is out for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and as usual I can't see it from work so it's up to you guys to have a look and tell everyone about it. Does it look better than the previous? Is it in...

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August 30, 2006

Transformers Jazz and Ratchet on set

Okay, I'm not sure how good this is because I simply cannot get the video to play, however the following link is footage of Autobots Jazz and Ratchet during the filming of a street scene, unfortunately this means they are still in their vehicle modes, but it's something new. Personally...

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Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower trailer online

I haven't really heard much about Zhang Yimou's latest film Curse of the Golden Flower, but the American trailer is now online and it looks gorgeous. The style continues in films we've seen come across the world already such as Ying xiong (Hero) and Shi mian mai fu (House of...

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Hard Candy on DVD

Hard Candy (reviewed here) is an excellent film, and its DVD release is set to bring us some strong extras on the disc. If you haven't seen this film in the cinema then the DVD release is perhaps the next best place to catch it, and catch it you should....

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Van Damme Til Death Trailer online

The trailer for Jean Claude Van Damme's new film Til Death is online, and it shocked me for two reasons. One is that Stephen Rea is in the film, and the second is that although it's a bit rough around the edges it looks good, and Van Damme seems to...

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Gellar sticks to Asian remakes

Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined another Asian remake, after the second Grudge she's in The Return, and then she's due to appear in a film called Addicted which will be based on the Korean movie Jungdok. According to Variety through Coming Soon: The story revolves around a woman whose husband...

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Brody and Cruz in tragic Matador tale

Manolete was a legendary bullfighter in Spain who died a tragic death at the age of thirty. Tragic not just for the goring he received from his final bullfight, but because his true love was barred from seeing him during his final moments in case they married and she became...

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The Planet trailer online - Scottish Sci-Fi

Oh this really tickled me as a story, and then I saw the trailer and was taken aback. A small team in Aberdeen, Scotland (a place where I lived for many a year) has created a sci-fi film called The Planet which seems to pack a strong story, cool effects,...

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Transformers Bumblebees face

Something struck me as I looked at the face of Bumblebee from Transformers this morning, the newly captured image of the full scale model made for the set of the new movie. Much like the other images we've seen, especially of Megatron, they are very robotic like and much less...

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Feast trailer online

Nope, the trailer footage hasn't stopped yet, now it's the turn of reality show produced Feast. The film came out of the Project Greenlight show in the States and is becoming a bit of a surprise hit with the poster quote people, as you can see from the lines flashing...

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The Bridge trailer online

Even more trailers today, and this one is for the controverisal documentary I'd mentioned some time ago, The Bridge. The film that studies the lives of some of the people to have jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, featuring actual footage of their last moments. If you remember I wrote...

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Hollywoodland clips online

More film footage this morning, this time for Hollywoodland which promises to be a great thriller about the investigation of the death of George Reeves, the man to play Superman on his first TV outing. There are eight clips in all over at Cinemablend [QT], and recently they had the...

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The Covenant first three minutes online

I'm warning you right now, this is a con and a half. The first three minutes of Renny Harlin's The Covenant are online right now, and those three minutes include opening titles. So all in all you're down to seconds of film footage. Those brief seconds make me think more...

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Dreamgirls teaser and clips online

The trailer, or should I say teaser, for Dreamgirls is online and it's so disappointing you feel cheated out of the time spent watching it. Cinema Blend have a link to the teaser from their Dreamgirls page and also a TV Spot for the film, although the TV spot link...

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August 29, 2006

Grudge 2 writer on screenings

Stephen Susco is the very talented writer of the US version of the Grudge series, and over on his blog he's posted the answer to an email he received regarding Test Screenings and what use they are. This relates to the recent news that Grudge 2 was reshot after such...

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EIFF Awards misplaced?

Well the Edinburgh International Film Festival is all over, and the awards have been announced. I still have a few reviews to write up and then award the Filmstalker awards for the Festival, but they definitely are not those awarded by the EIFF. The winner for the Audience Award this...

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Southland Tales destined for Directors Cut

Richard Kelly is not having a good time of it, Southland Tales was recut after a poor performance at Cannes, and although it was picked up by Sony, news today is that it has to have an hour cut from the film. According to an interview in Hotdog magazine, through...

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The Killing of John Lennon

Film Four Stars
This film covers the key moments in David Chapman's life as he leads up to the assassination of John Lennon, and passing through the court trial to present day. It's not a documentary though, it re-enacts the events using other people's testimony, and perhaps the most chilling aspect, it uses...

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Shoot the Messenger

Film Four Stars
Wow. I was shocked at the opening of this film, and with some of the following scenes. The amount of anti-black commentary is surprising and possibly only acceptable for two reasons. One because it comes from a black character, and two, that when the film turns around that there's a...

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H6: Diario de un asesino (H6: Diary of a Serial Killer)

Film Two Stars
There's nothing like a bloody, violent film to get you going, and this was just what was ordered and that's just what was delivered. The style was damn good for the film I was expecting. For those of you who don't know what this film is about, it's the story...

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Emmys reward big series

Now I know that the Emmys are all about television, but this year there's a huge nod towards the long running series, those programmes that are becoming more and more film like, programmes such as 24, The Sopranos and The West Wing. The complete results are available in PDF format...

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World Trade Center Janitor movie?

There just might be another "last man out of the World Trade Center" movie, but this one will be about the heroics of a janitor who helped Firefighters save hundreds of lives. William Rodriguez had the only master key to the complex during the attack. He was responsible for cleaning...

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Flyboys first five minutes online

The first five and a bit minutes of the James Franco starrer Flyboys is online for you to look at. The film looks at American pilots who joined the French airforce before the US entered the war, a group of people called the Lafayette Escadrille. The footage looks great, although...

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China to film Japanese war crimes

On the 61st anniversary of the surrender of Tokyo in World War II, it was announced by a Hollywood production company that a movie is to be made about the slaughter of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops in 1937. Gerald Green is the American producer and is responsible for films...

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August 28, 2006

Transformers Inside look

Various publications have been on a set visit to the Transformers movie and heard directly from Michael Bay and the people actually involved in the film itself. From that they've discovered a few details, but there's still not much to go on. They really are keeping the secrets close to...

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Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Horror Awards - The Nominees

The first annual Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards are underway with the announcement of the nominees, and there are some surprises, and some not so surprising. In case you didn't know the awards are all for horror films. Amazingly the leaders with the most nominees are Hostel and...wait for it...Snakes on...

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Spider-Man 3 reshoots

Spider-Man 3 is heading back for reshoots with the reasoning from Sam Raimi himself that there just wasn't enough action going on. Apparently, according to IMDB, test screenings resulted in audiences saying there just wasn't enough action going on, and Raimi agreed. Therefore Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco...

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August 27, 2006

Burton almost Bond, not Connery

Amazingly there's some news out today that Sean Connery was almost not James Bond and instead Ian Fleming thought Richard Burton would make the perfect Bond and Alfred Hitchcock would direct. From recent documents just released it seems that three years before Dr No in 1959 Fleming wrote to a...

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Jackass: Number Two clips online

There are four clips online from the new Jackass movie, Jackass: Number Two. Nice guys, really good title [sarcasm]. There's the Yak clip, Firehose Rodeo, Anaconda and the Big Tyre Race. You can see them over at Coming Soon and here are the individual links for the Hi-res Quicktime clips......

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August 25, 2006

The Queen trailer online

The trailer for the film The Queen is online now. The Stephen Frears film looks at the British Royal family after the death of Princess Diana, attempting to tell a fictional based on events tale. The trailer is over at Apple [QT:S:M:L:480p:720p:1080p:iPod] and looks pretty good. Helen Mirren looks and...

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Hitcher remake inside word

The Hitcher remake never promised much for me, not until Sean Bean and Neal McDonough were announced on the cast, but now there are some inside tips coming out about the film, and none of them are sounding positive. From AITH: The new HITCHER will lean away from some of...

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TV Film tells true Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek (review) was a film that was inspired by different tales and events, the filmmakers even said as much, it is an amalgamation. However the UK TV channel ITV are teaming up with the Australian channel Network Ten to create a TV film which will look at the real...

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Black Dahlia 2?

Word is out that there's going to be another Black Dahlia film, no not a sequel to Brian DePalma's The Black Dahliafilm of the James Ellroy novel, no this is a film of the actual investigation of the case. There's already another Dahlia film on the go called Black Dahlia...

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Watch the next Grugde 2 Webisode

Following on from the last webisode, the latest Grudge 2 webisode is now online. This one follows the search for locations in Japan. It shows the work put into just finding a location to film at in the first place. It would also appear to be quite difficult to get...

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EIFF Day Twelve, Screenings Four...no Three

Well Day twelve has arrived and I've thirteen to go, almost over. Another early start at 9am meant a race through back routes to avoid the road works and get to the Cameo in time. Well I made it, only to find that they've switched screenings on me. You see...

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Romero makes Diary of the Dead

The big zombie man himself, George A. Romero, is set to bring us another zombie movie. This one will be called Diary of the Dead and will feature a group of students making a horror film in the woods when they suddenly come across real zombies. Mmm...Not so sure about...

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Resident Evil Extinction footage

Want to see some of the onset action for Resident Evil: Extinction? Well some friendly zombie extras have been uploading videos for your viewing pleasure. There's not much really to be seen, some made up background zombies, some shots of them walking, something called the Extinction Farm, there's a few...

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Butler in love with Swank

Watch women swoon when I mention the name Gerard Butler, and now watch as they scream out loud when I say that he is in love with Hilary Swank. Okay, I mean he's in a movie called P.S., I Love You alongside her. I have to say that this looks...

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Stephen Chow's Sci-Fi titled

The title for Stephen Chow's next movie is here. He did a stunning job on Kung Fu Hustle (review) and this film is to be titled Yangtze River 7. Interestingly it was previously rumoured to be called Alien...that is unless he's planning two different sci-fi comedies! From Variety through Coming...

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August 24, 2006

EIFF Day Eleven, Screenings Two

Well yesterday was another washout. I ducked out of the morning showing due to sheer laziness and lack of sleep. Then because of the worst traffic and roadworks management in this city that I've seen, there wasn't a single clear road into the city from where I am so I...

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Kevin Smith talks horror film

Kevin Smith as been talking about his latest project, not Clerks II (review) but the next film, the non-comedy, the horror film. Over at Moviehole he spoke about the project to Clint. "No jokes and stuff, not like Scary Movie 4. There are people that do that really well, like...

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Little Children trailer online

The trailer for Little Children is online now, the film adapted from the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name and starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy - review). The trailer looks absolutely superb, and you can see it over at the official site [QT:Embed]...

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Billboards to send bluetooth adverts

CBS are about to place a billboard in Grand Central Station that will send out 30 second clips to bluetooth enabled mobile phones for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. According to IMDB there will be four clips from four new shows, and if it's a success you can expect to see...

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Megatron images online now gone?

Briefly images of the new look of Megatron for the movie Transformers appeared online, but they've been quickly removed after the very person who let them lose on the public requested so. The scooper gave them to AICN who duly posted them, however soon after he asked they be removed...

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Michael J. Fox in Talisman?

There's a rumour popping around that Michael J. Fox might be in talks to star in The Talisman, the Steven Spielberg produced film or TV series of Stephen King and Peter Straub's novel of the same name. The book is about a boy, Jack Sawyer, who sets out on an...

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The Queen more fiction than fact

The Stephen Frears film The Queen tells the tale of the days after Princess Diana's death and how it affected the Royal Family and what went on in Downing Street and Balmoral. However, the screenwriter Peter Morgan is very keen for us to know it's not a factual documentary. 'I've...

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Slater in Heathers 2?

Some time ago I mentioned the possibility of Heathers 2 being made, now Christian Slater is apparently signed up for the sequel already. According to the story in Jo Blo from Entertainment Weekly, Winona Ryder said... "I don't know how much is official; it's a ways away. But it takes...

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Rocky training pictures onilne

There are more pictures of Rocky Balboa training away on the Production Blog just now, it looks as though Sylvester Stallone has gone into character again by really hitting the training hard, this man is a powerhouse and someome to definitely look up to. The pictures are over at the...

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Casting: Tim Roth and William H. Macy

A couple of short bursts of casting news for you on Tim Roth, Naomi Watts, William H. Macy and Lisa Kudrow. Roth is adding to his incredibly busy schedule by appearing alongside Watts in a film called Funny Game, where a man has to protect his family after two people...

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Mortal Kombat 3 a prequel

So after DOA: Dead or Alive, it looks like Mortal Kombat is going to get another spin in it's third installment which will be a prequel focussing on the character Sub Zero...as a hero. Now I'm no Kombat vet, to be honest the fighting games just don't appeal to me,...

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BBC mistake inspires movie

That poor bloke Guy Goma that the BBC put live on air by mistake is not going to be poor for long, Allison Rosenzweig is set to make a based on the quirky twist of fate. Rosenzweig, if this is the right one mentioned by Yahoo News, was a producer...

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Trailer Updates: Saw III, Protector, Apocalypto, Kings Men

All three trailers, or teasers if you will, for Saw III, The Protector (Tom yum goong), Apocalypto and All the Kings Men are now online in the very nice format of Quicktime. Saw III [QT:S:M:L:iPod] The Protector [QT:L:HD:iPod] All the Kings Men [QT:L:M:H:iPod] Apocalypto [QT:S:M:L:FS:HD:iPod] All of them bring something...

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August 23, 2006

Cruise leaves Paramount

So by now you should all know that the fourteen year partnership of Tom Cruise and Paramount has ended. The big question came to my lips, so? Everyone seems really concerned about this for either good or bad reasons, but I don't really see what this means, other than the...

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UK will lead digital TV

I'm actually quite sad that the news today tells us that by 2010 the UK will be leading the digital television conversion. According to reports we will have around 95% of households with digital TV compared to 66% in the US and 50% in Germany. Except this will come at...

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EIFF presents Air Guitar night

After seeing Air Guitar Nation (review) I was hooked. It's a fabulous documentary and before you know it you're sucked into the world and rooting for the main man, C-Diddy. Well the EIFF have been clever this year and they've pulled along one of the film's stars to host an...

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Messengers and Grudge 2 reshot?

Oh this is bad news indeed, but word is that the Pang Brothers film The Messengers and the second in the English language Grudge series, The Grudge 2, are both hitting reshoots and re-edits. Not only that but word from Bloody Disgusting through Twitch is that another unnamed director reshot...

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Jindabyne gets North American distribution from Sony

Jindabyne (review), which was just shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, has just received a deal for North American distribution from Sony Pictures Classics. Superb news for a good film. I'm sure this will be down to the EIFF screenings, and you can follow my exhausting EIFF progress on...

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South Park to live action

The two creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have two live action films on the slate, although there will be appearances by non-human characters and comedy galore. According to Variety through Coming Soon: Parker and Stone will first make the Jeff Roda-scripted high school comedy My All-American....

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Will Smith links Hollywood to Bollywood

Will Smith's production company have reportedly signed a deal with Indian production company UTV to produce two movies together with Sony onboard for distribution. One will be a live action and the other a CG animated film, according to JAM! Movies the budgets are: ...combined $30 million...live-action film with a...

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Braff holding up Fletch?

Zach Braff has been courted with the name of Fletch for some time now, and the online Film community has been saying what a great match this is all that time, but someone isn't very sure, and that's Braff himself. Seems as though he's the one holding back from signing....

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Gandolfini plays Hemingway

James Gandolfini has been doing a good job of choosing film roles away from the Sopranos character, and he look set to stretch this even further as he continues his HBO deal with a film about Ernest Hemingway's romance with the World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorm. According to IMDB...

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EIFF Day Ten, Screenings Four

What's on today then? Shoot the Messenger, H6 Diary of an Assassin, The Killing of John Lennon and Sundays in August. A fair mixture indeed and no more than a half hour between showings. It's interesting that going through the festival I've come up with so many suggestions on how...

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August 22, 2006

Pal-Wol-Eui Il-Yo-Il-Deul (Sundays in August)

Film No Stars
Ouch. This film was written up in the EIFF guide as being about a man who discovers a dedication to his wife in a book she was clutching during a car accident. Suspecting an affair he goes off in search of the man. Well, that was perhaps ten minutes of...

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Naboer (Next Door)

Film Four Stars
Naboer (Next Door) is a very powerful and unsettling film that keeps you on edge for much of the movie. I found that at times it was quite violent, and some may object to this as it touches quite a controversial subject. However it does make a great movie and...

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Cherm (Midnight my Love)

Film Two Stars
Midnight My Love is a very romantic and quite tragic film, with some beautiful and very touching moments in it, but at the same time a film that needed the slightest injection of pace. Sombati is a man whose life is extremely simple, and that's the way he like it....

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El Habitante Incierto (The Uncertain Guest)

Film Three Stars
What a great premise, the idea that someone could live in your house without anyone else knowing, not even the owner. The first half of the film explores this to great effect. The use of sound is superbly done, indeed there's not a great deal of dialogue during many of...

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Wide Awake

Film Two Stars
This documentary sounded really interesting, a filmmaker examining his problems with sleeping that he's lived with almost all his adult life. It sounded very unusual and a self examination made me think it might be quite insightful. Unfortunately it seemed to be too concerned with style and filling scenes with...

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De Particulier à Particulier (Hotel Harabati)

Film One Star
This film had quite a strange and disjointed feel to it, and I found it confused and full of unanswered questions. It looks at the effect on a couple after they encounter a strange man in a railway station who leaves behind a bag full of cash and documents. The...

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El Aura (The Aura)

Film Three Stars
El Aura started off very strongly with cinematic shots. There was a superb opening title sequence, then a little later a sequence of travelling using some excellent techniques for dissolves, both had me thinking this might be something special. The story itself seemed to be very promising as well. Intriguing...

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Bug Trailer

You can now catch the trailer for William Friedkin’s new film Bug. Last we heard on Filmstalker, Friedkin had taken this film to Cannes, and now the trailer is online. I won’t go into the plot just click the link above; Richard has summed it up nicely. You can watch...

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Idlewild Clips online

There are seven new clips available from the movie Idlewild for you to watch. The film stars André 3000 and Big Boi from OutKast. From Movies Online the plot sounds like this: Set against the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, Idlewild explores the lives of Percival (André 3000), the...

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August 21, 2006

EIFF Day Nine, Screenings Four

Another early start and a day of four films at the EIFF, with the final ending about 21:30. There's a continual feeling of tiredness that's just hanging around, and I'm yawning within a few minutes of getting up, but it is enjoyable, I'm seeing some great movies, and not so...

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Jindabyne

Film Four Stars
The wonderful Gabriel Byrne introduced this movie to us all, unfortunately he didn't stay for a public Q&A afterwards, however the introduction as very good. This is a slow paced film with great cinematics and two superb performances from the leads Laura Linney and Byrne. Interestingly Byrne said that this...

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The Lost

Film Four Stars
The film opens with the driving sequence of the story, a sequence that will be referred to throughout the film and will be at the heart of the characters development. Apart from the immediate opening moment, which coupled with the initial title and music choice makes you think this might...

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5 Days

Film Five Stars
From the outset this was being touted as a controversial film, coming as it did when Israeli Defence Forces had moved into Lebanon and were engaged in aggressive action. From the outside too this sounds like it should be a tough film, as it chronicles the imposed evacuation of Jewish...

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Air Guitar Nation

Film Five Stars
Oh lord, I've just seen the future and the future is Air. This documentary is the best film of the Edinburgh International Film Festival so far and a clear contender to win the Filmstalker EIFF Hotdog award. Air Guitar Nation is exceptionally funny. It's very self depreciating but it's also...

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Indiana Jones IV to be controversial?

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have talked about Indiana Jones IV and have revealed the most information to date on what we will expect, as well as a pretty strong assurance of a scheduled date. The interview is with Empire Magazine, and their online side has some of...

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Garcia, Best Director and Best Film

Andy Garcia has won the Best Director and Best Film awards for his film The Lost City at the Imagen Awards which honours the best in Hispanic cinema and television. The film has been receiving some strong IMDB scoring, but on Rotten Tomatoes it's not fared so well with critics...

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DOA: Dead or Alive second trailer online

There's a new trailer out for DOA: Dead or Alive, and I am possibly going to embarass myself now by saying it's looking more and more fun as the clips role by. Through the trailer you can see some of the clips that have gone before, but there's a lot...

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Stahl joins telepathic thriller

Nick Stahl is set to star in a film called The Speed Of Thought which has an interesting premise regarding telepathic skills and the Government. There's an old theory that the various agencies in various countries used readers to try and gain a spying advantage, often distance readers were talked...

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Urban for Viking Alien Horror in Outlander

Yes, sounds pretty bizarre doesn't it? Karl Urban is supposedly in negotiations for a film called Outlander which is about a humanoid from another galaxy who crash lands on Earth during the reign of the Vikings, unfortunately for probably all involved he's carrying a deadly alien creature. Rewind a moment...

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The Last Kiss website live

You've seen the trailer now visit the website. The Last Kiss website is now live and it sounds good. I say sounds good because I can't go and have a look. Yes you've guessed it; I'm at work. The link comes from Zach Braff's own site and you can go...

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Oceans all done?

I’m not sure if this is good news or not but it would seem that Ocean’s Thirteen will be the final film in the series. Steven Soderbergh was quoted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the word seems to be that there won't be anymore to come. Clooney Studio,...

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August 20, 2006

This Film is Not Yet Rated

Film Five Stars
I'd previously seen Kirby Dick's documentary Twist of Faith (review), and that had moved me more than just about any other film had. It is an excellent documentary, and a highly emotive one. So I was incredibly keen to see this film which had moved target onto a current hot...

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Hatsu-Koi (First Love)

Film Three Stars
The film is based upon a novel by Misuzu Nakahara who claims that she was involved in the robbery of 300 million yen in the 1960's. Since the statute of limitations has passed, she wrote the book and told her story, and now it's made it to the big screen....

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Les Oiseaux du ciel (Birds in Heaven)

Film Three Stars
The reading of the blurb for this film made me think that this was a look at two brothers from a small village on the Ivory Coast who follow the tradition of travelling out into the world to find their fortune, returning with it for their family and the village....

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EIFF Day Eight, Screenings Three

Well I had hoped for a lot of rest last night but my fiancee and her bridesmaid-to-be had been out celebrating all day so that foiled plans of getting a restful early night! There was a big event party last night with a bunch of celebraties and a host of...

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EIFF Day Seven, Screenings One

Well I was supposed to go and see four films today starting about 09:45, but unfortunately an early morning finish from writing and an early start to get more done resulted in a splitting migraine. For those of you who aren't migraine sufferers they can be intense, and I ended...

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Transformers

This is fast becoming the Transformers news site, don't fear though, there will be other stories this evening. For now the Michael Bay has released some snippets through his forum on the film. Here's the rundown. From Shootfortheedit through Superhero Hype: The average transformation time from normal mode to alt...

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August 19, 2006

Holly

Film Five Stars
Holly is a superb film that really takes you to look right inside the heart of child slavery, at the children themselves. Holly is a Vietnamese girl who is sold by her family to the Cambodian sex industry where she is taken to a brothel and lined up to be...

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What's your Dream Cast?

What's your ideal cast for a film? Who would be your favourite director or writer? Who, if you could make such decisions, would you choose for your ideal film and therefore create your dream cast? I've been working on this feature for a long time, pulling together my idea of...

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East of Havana

Film Two Stars
I thought that this film would be about Rap and Hip-Hop in Cuba, focussing on one music festival in particular, that's certainly how it began but it turned into much more of a political and humanitarian message, which isn't a bad thing and doesn't take away from the documentary. The...

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EIFF Day Six, Screenings Four

It's an early start again, and four movies today. Between two films this afternoon I have an eight minute gap, luckily also just a one screen walk! Well I made it. Three films so far and that dash between screens was easy enough. There's just time to do a little...

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EIFF Day Five, Screenings Two

Another early start to get some stories on the site, find my bandwidth is close to maxing out again this month, speed through the emails, and then head over to Cineworld for First Love at 09:30. Hard work, but great fun. After First Love I headed off to the press...

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Transformer pictures show Megatron and Prime

There are more images of the Transformers appearing online, and the more I see, the more I'm convinced these guys are going to look stunning - who was doubting before? You can see a full size Bumblebee, most of Megatron, and both of these guys are transformed, as well as...

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U-571 screenwriter regrets changing history

A recent feature on Filmstalker was about the historical innaccuracies of the movies, and U-571 turned out to be a favourite of just that. At the time Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, called it an affront to British sailors. Well now the screenwriter, David Ayer, is hastily backpedalling and...

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Adrift trailer online

Adrift is actually Open Water 2, rename probably because they realised the UK public would be put off by a sequel to an un-sequelable film (I know that's not a word). However it's made and it's being released and the trailer is here. Through Jo Blo, Bloody Disgusting carry the...

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Crank "blowjob" scene

I'm really looking forward to Crank, but then this clip of Chelios getting a blowjob in his car as he races along features some lines that are just edging towards being a bit forced, and the single shots to the cars are a bit much. Like always though, this clip...

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Jones confirmed as Silver Surfer?

Tim Story, the director of the currently named Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, has spoken on his blog about the rumours regarding Doug Jones for the Silver Surfer, and it sounds like he's confirmed it...without actually saying so. Here's what he said on his latest entry: Here's the...

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Bond joins The Golden Compass

Daniel Craig has joined His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass as Lord Asriel in another blinding career choice, and one that shows he's determined not to let Bond become his career and typecast him. From Sci Fi Wire comes the news that he's signed for the role of... Lord Asriel,...

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McAvoy leads Millars Wanted

James McAvoy has been signed up for the lead in the film of the comics\graphic novel Wanted, written by Mark Millar, J.G. Jones and Paul Mounts. The film version is to be directed by the Russian Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov, as previously reported. Great news for McAvoy, but not...

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Transformers photos

These are all pretty much the Transformers photos we've seen before, except there are a few new angles, and one interesting what looks like a sketch of Bumblebee all transformed. I'm not sure how authentic it is, it kind of looks like an old one, but the other photos are...

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August 18, 2006

Transformers Named

Here's the news you've been waiting for, the Transformers set to appear in the movie have been announced. Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman revealed all and here's the list:...

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Watch the Transformers announcement live!

You'll all know by now that a big announcement will be made today regarding Transformers as all the characters that are to star in the film are announced, Autobots and Decepticons alike. If you want to find out where to visit to see the announcement, read on. At 11am PST...

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August 17, 2006

Incredible Hulk casting rumour

It's already everywhere, but the rumour that Dominic Purcell from the TV series Prison Break could be taking over from Eric Bana for the Hulk sequel, The Incredible Hulk, has come from his very own stammering reply on a radio show. From AICN comes the rumour and the audio file...

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Romper Stomper's Macbeth

Here's a weird combination, the writer of Romper Stomper and a contemporary Macbeth set in the ganglands of Melbourne, what do you get? Geoffrey Wright's Macbeth. Then add just and extra twist, Victoria Hill who plays Lady Macbeth co-wrote the screenplay with Wright. Sam Worthington is Macbeth (above) and Lacy...

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La Raison du plus faible (The Right of the Weakest)

Film Three Stars
The premise of this film intrigued me as it looked at a group of men getting involved in a heist from a slightly unusual angle, and so I decided to catch this at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year. The film does start off slightly confusing. The opening scenes...

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Clerks II

Film Four Stars
Wow what a surprise, I haven't seen Clerks and I had a load of preconceptions about what it was all about. I had an image of a teen slacker movie which wouldn't connect or appeal to me and just try to insult and offend. I also imagined that this would...

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Ils (Them)

Film Five Stars
This was really a preview for me of how the remake of The Eye originally by the Pang Brothers would look and feel, and if Them, or Ils if you prefer, is anything to go by then the remake is going to utterly bury the original. Ils is a lesson...

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Rise of the Silver Surfer

Yes, that's the new title for Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Bit of a mouthful, could we drop the Fantastic Four bit please? With this new title there's a nice little tease that we might just be looking at more appearances from the Surfer in the...

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Raimi and Church introduce Spider-Man 3 trailer

There's a clip online of Sam Raimi and Thomas Haden Church introducing the Spider-Man 3 trailer to an audience in New York and London live via "simulcast", and then we're treated to the audience reactions to the trailer. I have to say I was sorely disappointed to find no trailer...

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Wes Craven's remaking his own films

Wes Craven's first film, The Last House on the Left, is to be remade, along with Shocker and The People Under the Stairs. Craven is producing the remake of Last House, as for who is to rewrite and direct there's no word from Variety through Coming Soon. I wonder what...

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Medusa Touch Special Edition release

The Medusa Touch is to get a Special Edition treatment on DVD, it doesn't mean that much, but what it does mean is an audio commentary from the director himself, Jack Gold. It'll be digitally remastered and in the original 1.78:1 format. For those of you who don't know, Richard...

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Casting: Brolin Gangster, Walken Hairspray and Paltrow

Here's a fast casting update to save me writing three stories before I race off to another screening. Christopher Walken is to join the Hairspray musical as Wilbur Turnblad, not the previously rumoured Jim Broadbent, which is a shame, but this casting news from Variety through Coming Soon is even...

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Joaquin Pheonix in tough drama

It's great news to hear that Joaquin Pheonix is attached to the film Reservation Road, an emotionally tough sounding film which is also set to star Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo and will be directed by Hotel Rwanda director, Terry George. The news from Variety through Coming Soon tells us:...

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Signourney Weaver talks more Aliens

Sigourney Weaver has responded to press questions regarding a possible Alien sequel, and she's quite upbeat about it, but not very positive. "It's not that we don't want to do it, it's just that the cases of us doing it are probably slim. Sequels have to be so original, I...

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Jessica Simpson in Working Girl remake?

I was sure that I'd reported before that there was a Working Girl remake underway, but apparently not. Well the news is that Jessica Simpson is in talks for the lead role. According to oneindia she's looking at playing the Melanie Griffith character from the original. When a secretary's idea...

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Optimus Prime revealed?

All over the Transformers boards there are photos of what is supposed to be some computer shots of Optimus Prime. Now forgive me if I remain totally sceptical until I see the officially stamped shots, we've seen so many fan created shots this could be another...or.... You can see the...

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August 16, 2006

EIFF Day Four, Screenings Four

An early start for Clerks II, which is showing at 9am and for the life of me I don't understand why. I mean is this film really for the early riser? No matter, these are the press screenings for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, what do the press care? So...

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Right at Your Door trailer online

Right at Your Door is a film that looks at a terrorist attack in Los Angeles at rush hour, one that has only been talked about to date and thankfully never happened. In this attack multiple explosions occur and release toxic chemicals into the air which spread across the city....

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Richard Chamberlain, Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones!

Wow, now here's a bit of amazing casting, Richard Chamberlain (most famous for Thorn Birds, but for me he'll always be Aramis in the Musketeer films), Vinnie Jones and Michael Madsen all together in the same film! Fantastic! Apparently they are set to star in a film called Strength and...

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The Protector clips online

Tony Jaa's latest film The Protector has a couple of new clips online today. We've already seen the trailer, and these clips just add to some of the excitement. I'm very excited to see this because Jaa is stunning on screen, I'm no great martial arts expert (leave that to...

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The Empire in Africa

Film One Star
I was surprised at how harrowing this film was, sure there were warnings on the Edinburgh International Film Festival site and in the brochure, but it doesn't prepare you for how tough it really is. There's your warning, so be prepared. It's sad because I want to say this is...

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Art School Confidential

Film Two Stars
The opening to this film screams teen comedy, and the moment of the huge title pop up makes me think of the opening scene of Airplane. Big wham for the title, scene outside the building with all the bustle and short gags going on around. Now since I am a...

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Hostel sequel to get 3 news guests

Three ladies are in talks to star in the sequel to Hostel, imaginatively titled Hostel Part II. Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, and Bijou Phillips are all in talks to star in Eli Roth's sequel. Hollywood Reporter through Coming Soon explains the rough plot like this: The sequel follows three women...

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The Black Dahlia Trailer online

The Black Dahlia Trailer is now online. However as usual I'm work, so I can't look. No fair. The trailer is on Movies Online....

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August 15, 2006

Richard Curtis to write Bond 22?

Rumours today suggest that Richard Curtis, who is probably most famous for writing Four Weddings and a Funeral and writing-directing Love Actually, is in talks to write Bond 22. From MI6.co.uk through UK IGN comes the rumour that the original scriptwriters are off the project and Curtis is onboard. MI6...

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Trailer for Eastwood's WWII films online

Back to Clint Eastwood, the first combined trailer for his duet of World War II films is now online. Flags of Our Fathers and Red Sun, Black Sand/Letters from Iwo Jima, show opposing sides of the conflict on Iwo Jima. Eastwood directed both films and shared producer resonsibilities with Steven...

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Clerks II audio commentary abandoned

A while ago I wrote about Kevin Smith creating an audio commentary for Clerks II that you could download into your MP3 players and take into the cinema to watch alongside the big screen movie. Sounds cool doesn't it? Well the bad news is that it's not happening anymore. The...

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Horror Gone trailer online

The film Gone has just come to my attention - is there some grammatical joke in there? - through the trailer that has just come online, and it looks quite intriguing. It may be borrowing from a few other films that have come before, but it looks set to do...

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EIFF Day Three, Screenings Two

So the third day begins. This morning I had some time before my first screening to get some writing done, unfortunately I used it to write up some news stories instead of doing the review, so I'm a bit behind. Hopefully the gap this afternoon will help me get out...

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Ants in the Mouth (Hormigas en la boca)

Film Three Stars
Ants in the Mouth was sold more on the gangster side of the film than anything else, and that's rather unfortunate for there's a lot more on offer here than just that. This is a film noir pulled towards modern day with a solid script and a setting in 1950's...

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Love Sick (Legaturi bolnavicioase)

Film One Star
Love Sick (Legaturi bolnavicioase) had some promise in it from early on as we find that one of the friends has an unrequited love for the other, and that the other is harbouring a dark and potentially terrible secret. Instantly you are intrigued and this carries you through most of...

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The Host (Gwoemul)

Film Five Stars
The Host is a film that had been talked about a lot during its production and the teasers and posters I'd seen to date had gotten me pretty interested. So when it was announced for the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year I had to go and see it. I...

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Clint honoured with Golden Boot

Clint Eastwood has been awarded a Founders Award by the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The groups annual Golden Boot awards were held on Saturday. The Golden Boot awards highlight people in the film and television industry, who have kept up the Western tradition on both the big and small...

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X-Men 4 rumours

Stories are beginning to pick up on the Internet that an X-Men 4 is coming. Well to be quite honest you have to be amazingly hopeful and fanatical to see a direct sequel happening. I've been talking about this a lot and there's no need for them to make a...

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Jackson to direct kung fu film?

The fact that Jackie Chan and Jet Li are planning on teaming up in a film is old news. However there is now a rumour of a director being attached to the project, and its Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame. Yes, that Peter Jackson. Monkey Peaches, through...

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Ace Ventura 3 begins

There's another "what's going on moment" this morning with news that another Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is coming to our screens entitled, Ace Ventura Junior, doesn't that just smell bad? The idea looks set to follow in the steps of other such spin offs for Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones,...

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Gary Oldman free film download

Gary Oldman has created a short film for the Nokia N93 project. Previously I wrote about the highly effective short film from Yam Laranas, shot entirely on a Nokia N93, his was a very effective short. Oldman is now showing his short film shot on a Nokia and it is...

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Bass Fishing movie

Fox have unveiled a new movie project which is based on the autobiography of a competitive bass fisherman...never let anyone say again that Hollywood is crazy. Fishing on the Edge: The Mike Iaconelli Story is the autobiography of the very man who won the 2003 Citgo Bassmaster Classic and became...

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August 14, 2006

Palimpsest

Film Two Stars
This was a disappointing film that had a superb idea but was poorly executed in editing and music. The opening scene is where the promise is. An exterior shot of a house at night, no one is about and nothing is moving. The music builds slowly, that screechy, creepy sound...

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EIFF Day Two, Screenings Three

Early start this morning and my fiancée had things well planned with packed lunch ingredients galore. I made myself something and scouted the news stories to pass onto my trusty stand in Louise. After breakfast it was the 08:08 bus into town for the first showing. Sitting in the lovely...

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My Country, My Country

Film Four Stars
Since last year at the EIFF I've been quite surprised at the quality of documentaries, particularly those out of Iraq and how well they've shown life over there from all angles. This year I saw two documentaries that caught my attention, one from Isreal and the other keeping focus, as...

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Hitman Script review is excellent

The script for the Hitman videogame adapted movie has been reviewed, and guess what? The review says it's superb, and not in a full out action videogame type way, but in an intelligent thriller type way. Over at Latino Review, through Cinema Blend, they had a chance to read through...

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Pegg to play Toby Young in new film

While we are on the subject of book to film adaptations, Simon Pegg is to play Toby Young in a film adaptation of Young's novel, How to Lose Friends and Alienate people. Young's novel is based on his time working at Vanity Fair magazine. Young himself, and his boss editor-in-chief...

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Official Saw 3 Trailer online

The official trailer for Saw III is now online. Unfortunately as I'm at work I can't check it out myself. That means you guys get to do it for me. The trailer is on You Tube thorough Jo Blo....

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Aronofsky signs up for his next project

Darren Aronofsky has been signed to direct the film adaptation of Shannon Burke's novel Black Flies. Also involved is Todd Kesler and Eric Watson. Watson produced Aronofsky's last student film Protozoa, and Kesler wrote and produced for The Sopranos. Hollywood Reporter through Coming Soon sums up the novel like this....

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New cast member for 1408

Mary McCormack has joined an already strong cast for 1408, Mikael Håfström's adaptation of the Stephen King short story. John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson are already signed up. Variety through Coming Soon carries the news of the latest addition. McCormack has appeared in two of the most popular television...

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August 13, 2006

The Flying Scotsman

Film Five Stars
I didn't actually want to see this film as it didn't catch my interest at all when I first went through the blurb from IMDB: The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to...

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EIFF Day One, Screenings Four

It all started a lot better than yesterday's fiasco, with the arrival at the Press Office bang on 08:30 and finding them already open and waiting. My information and pack were obtained within seconds by a group of ladies who were quite nervous, perhaps they thought I was someone important!...

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No more movies for Madonna

Get out the party hats. Madonna has finally decided to give up on her acting career. It seems Madge has finally admitted defeat when it comes to success in movies. Hollywood.com via Cinematical quotes the great lady herself: I hate to admit it, but I've decided to give that up....

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The Black Dahlia posters online

Following the onset pictures which were released, new posters for The Black Dahlia are now online for you to have a peek at. The film is an adaptation of a James Ellroy novel, and is directed by Brian De Palma. It follows the investigation into the murder of a young...

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August 12, 2006

Disney continues with Apocalypto

Disney have announced that they are continuing with plans to distribute Mel Gibson's film Apolalypto despite reports that they would drop the movie after the recent unfortunate events in his private life. Now you'll have noticed a distinct lack of discussion on that topic here, that's mainly because it has...

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Grudge 2 latest webisode online

Not many studios have grasped the concept of the Internet very well, but a few have, and Ghost House Pictures are producing some good material as can be seen with the latest online video for The Grudge 2. The latest video clip explores the world of Stephen Susco and his...

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Pulse director moans about MPAA

Jim Sonzero is the director of Pulse and has been talking openly about the difficulties of the MPAA, the studio, and their desire to get a PG-13 audience because of the pidgeon holing of the lead actress. Yes, forget the film, entertainment, and indeed the audience, forget that this is...

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DOA ladies postered

The gorgeous ladies of DOA: Dead or Alive have been placed in big poster format and are ready for your beady eyes. Not only is there the main DOA poster, but there are individual ones for each of the hot fighting wenches. You can see the posters over at Internet...

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Zellweger in Stirling for Potter

Renée Zellweger is apparently filming in Stirling (in Scotland) for her latest film Miss Potter, based on the life of the children's writer Beatrix Potter. She's also executive producing the film. Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson and Bill Paterson also star. The story comes through The Scotsman. Really there's no story...

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EIFF and beta testers required

Hi everyone. A few things to cover with this announcement. What's happening while I review almost fifty movies in the Edinburgh International Film Festival starting this Sunday, how the EIFF films are going to be reviewed in order that you can see them before the public showings, and also how...

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August 11, 2006

Kaufman directs Hoffman and Michelle Williams

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michelle Williams seem set to join the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman in Synecdoche, and incredibly weird sounding movie. A figure of speech in which a part of something stands for the whole or the whole for a part, as wheels for automobile or society for...

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Blair Witch: The Prequel?

In an interview about his new movie Altered, Eduardo Sánchez reveals that hope is not lost on a third Blair Witch film. It would see both he and Daniel Myrick, the original creators and directors of the film, return to the Witch. Altered is the story of a group of...

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We already knew...

Here at Filmstalker there are a few things that we already knew about. Despite other sites mentioning them today, they're sitting in the archives right here. It's a nice example from Dave's rant over at FilmRot about how the bigger sites are just ignoring sites like us and often end...

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Daniel Craig talks Bond

A recent interview with Daniel Craig reveals two very real things about the actor playing the new Bond. One is that we, the Internet people, hurt him by being so negative about his casting, and possibly not just him either. The other is that it made him even more determined...

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Nolan to remake The Prisoner

Christopher Nolan is close to an agreement to make a film of classic TV series The Prisoner. Yes that's right, not content with remaking old movies Hollywood is remaking old TV shows as films. The Prisoner starred Patrick McGoohan as a spy who resigns but is then kidnapped and held...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer\director talks

The writer\director of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Kevin Munroe, has been talking about the new direction the film will be taking, and although he seems to start off in the right direction I just don't think there's consistency in what's being said. For instance he talks about...

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Saw III trailer captured online

The trailer for Saw III has been copied and thrown online, although the quality isn't great, it's a start for all you Saw fans out there. I'll give you a shout as soon as I find it in Quicktime format. You can view it over at You Tube through Skewed...

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Crank clip online

There's a nice violent and quite bloody clip online for Jason Statham's upcoming stylish and adrenaline soaked film Crank, and it gives exactly the right feel for the film. You can see the clip over at IGN Filmforce [Flash:Embed]. Have a look and see what you think. I'm really excited...

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August 10, 2006

Halo director speaks plot

The announced director for Halo, Neill Blomkamp, who was announced just today, has already been speaking about his plans for the movie. AICN interview the man and come up with some interesting bits of information for the Halo fans out there, here's the summary, and I have to say for...

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The Illusionist clip online

There's a new clip for The Illusionist movie starring Edward Norton online, and this is showing off the very man's on stage talent for the magical. The lighting looks great, the theatrics good, but that accent Mr Norton, well it is a little dodgy. When I watched the tricks I...

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DOA sexy footage

You know the more and more I see and read about DOA: Dead or Alive, the more I'm beginning to think it might be fun, and not just from some dirty old man point of view, especially after this clip of Holly Valance topless fighting! Seriously. No, really! There's a...

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Bond 22 loses Director

Previous rumours had Roger Michell directing the next Bond movie, the one after Casino Royale, however gossip today says that due to creative differences he's no longer involved. Nothing that exciting, but I just find it so interesting that they're racing ahead with this sequel so quickly and for no...

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Ratner remakes Boys From Brazil

It's been a long day today and one that meant away from the PC, so I missed some of these stories earlier. One of the most incredible I read was the idea that Brett Ratner is to contemporize the classic film Boys from Brazil. Remember that movie about the strange...

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Halo gains unknown Director

Not a complete surprise but the announcement for the Director of Halo has been made and it's a first time feature director. Prepare for those instant haters to start hating, the fans to start digging, and the rest of us to take an impartial look at what this really means....

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August 9, 2006

Jude Law as General Zod?

Could this possibly be right? Jude Law to star in the Superman Returns sequel as General Zod? According to Bryan Singer if the sequel was to be made it would feature an alien super villain, so that certainly does suggest Zod is a strong possibility, and one of the best...

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Lost Pink horror trailer online

Catacombs was a horror film I first heard about way back in March 2005, and then in June I wrote about it's lengthy Post Production and no release date, well now there's a trailer for it and no Pink in sight, just Shannyn Sossamon, and still no release date! The...

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Piven joins big cast Kingdom

Jeremy Piven has joined the already strong cast of the FBI terrorist investigation film The Kingdom. Piven who I hear you ask, well if you have to then you've missed out on some great performances and one very funny actor. There are a few titles that leap out of his...

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Foxx says Diddy for Bond

Jamie Foxx has gone mad. He's now touting the idea that Bond should be played by none other than P Diddy, or Puff Daddy or whatever he's calling himself this week. According to The Daily Mail, Jamie Foxx has dropped and offhand and quite ludicrious comment. "Bond has got to...

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More Transformers behind the scenes footage

There's even more footage of behind the scenes of the Transformers movie online today, although this one doesn't feature half as much as the previous days have, there are plenty of interviews with the stars of the film and a few words from Michael Bay. We also get to see...

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The Black Dahlia behind the scenes footage

There's an interesting behind the scenes teaser for Brian De Palma's new film over at The Black Dahlia site which just makes this film look even more exciting. The teaser is at the official Black Dahlia site [Flash:Embed] through AICN. The trailer was previously posted and can now be seen...

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Gellar's Return trailer online

Sarah Michelle Gellar's latest film The Return continues her supernatural theme, and the trailer is now online for all to see. The trailer is over at AOL Movies [WMV:Embed] and as always, since I'm at work, I can't play the thing, so some of you need to get over there,...

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August 8, 2006

Ball to direct first feature film

After directing six episodes of Six Feet Under during it's run, Alan Ball is to direct his first feature film. Ball's debut film directing gig is a drama, based on the novel Towelhead by Alicia Erian. The rough plot sounds like this: The film tells the story of Jasira, who...

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10th and Wolf trailer online

The trailer for 10th and Wolf is online, and for those of you who haven't heard about this film I'd recommend you get watching fast. It's boasting a great cast and a strong mafia story line. Starring James Marsden and Giovanni Ribisi in the lead roles with backing from Dennis...

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Miami Vice

Film Four Stars
From the opening scenes you can tell how this movie is going to go. You are straight into the action with no titles to get in the way and the style is evident in every shot. Gone are Hollywood dialogue explanations and in place is a voyeuristic style that lends...

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More Transformers on set footage

Access Hollywood have another set clip from the movie Transformers, and it expands on some of the film we've already seen. Shia LaBeouf looks totally freaked out as he sits atop the car waiting for the machinery to fall, and Michael Bay is loving it. Then watch some footage of...

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Last King of Scotland trailer online

The Last King of Scotland trailer is now online, and it looks packed with excitement and big performances. I'm a big fan of Forest Whitaker already, but seeing him devour the screen as Idi Amin looks to be one of his finest performances to date. You can see the trailer...

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Infamous trailer online, another Capote

If you didn't know, Infamous is a film covering exactly the same ground as the recent Capote did, the story of writer Truman Capote researching his book In Cold Blood and his growing relationship with the convicted murderers at the heart of the true life tale. Just like the first...

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Giamatti in talks to play Dick?

Despite previously hearing that Philip K. Dick was to be played by Bill Pullman in the upcoming movie of the man, today it was announced that Paul Giamatti is in talks to star. I'm confused on this one, but the news from Variety through Coming Soon tells us: The authorized...

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McGregor joins Jackman as Tourists

Ewan McGregor (he's Scottish don't you know) is joining Hugh Jackman in an unusual sounding thriller called The Tourist, and the story sounds quite intriguing. From Production Weekly through Coming Soon: McGregor plays Jonathan, an accountant disconnected from life, who is reinvigorated by his new friend Wyatt (Jackman), a powerful...

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Diesel in Babylon A.D.

The first time I saw that Vin Diesel was assigned to a new project called Babylon A.D. I thought that perhaps he was doing another film around the time and topic of his Hannibal, then I read the blurb and found that he's returning to his realm of sci-fi. Diesel...

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Marvel announces film schedule

Marvel has announced it's earnings for the past quarter and with that revealed the current state of play with it's release and development schedule. For your excitement and pleasure, here's the official list. From Yahoo Business through SuperHero Hype comes the list, I've narrowed it down to the movies for...

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No Escape from Earth movie

Recently I wrote about John Carpenter and Kurt Russell working on a new Escape from movie, and that Russell had secured a three picture deal that meant Escape from Earth would be made. Well apparently it was just that, rumour. According to AICN the rumour stopped as soon as they...

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August 7, 2006

Snakes on Plane director speaks

Just when you thought you couldn’t hear anymore about Snakes on a Plane, along comes an interview with the director David Ellis. It seems he’s really pleased with the publicity machine for one of the summers most anticipated films, and he’s not even slightly concerned that it’s now become over...

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Renaissance

Film Three Stars
It was by total fluke I was walking by the Cameo in Edinburgh and noticed that they were showing Renaissance. After hearing so much about the film in the last month I knew I had to see it, so despite the bulging workload and the looming EIFF, I sidestepped in...

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Romero tackles Japanese

George A. Romero is set to write and direct a story from the pen of Koji Suzuki who is responsible for writing some superb works including Ringu (The Ring) and Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Dark Water). From The Hollywood Reporter through Coming Soon comes the news that he's bringing...

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The Ten gains huge cast

The Ten is a comedy that is set to spoof stories from The Ten Commandments, and sure to raise a fair amount of controversy. The film already had a few good names attached, but today seven more big names were announced, here's the full casting list so far: Jessica Alba,...

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Optimus Prime shots?

There are a couple of shots online that claim to be Optimus Prime on set of the new Transformers movie, to be honest there's nothing much to see. You can once again catch a glimpse of the truck that may be Prime, a CGI placement shot and also an ambulance...

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Russell and Carpenter for Escape sequel?

The possibility of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell together again in another Snake Plissken adventure is an exciting one to say the least, and we'd heard some time ago that there was a script kicking around entitled Escape from Earth which just never made it. Now news is coming out...

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Skinwalkers footage online

The first footage I've seen from Skinwalkers is kind of a mixed bag. There's some suspense and some good shots, but equally there's stock horror moments that are almost cringeworthy, I mean walking into the attic alone, waving the lighter in front of you, the convoluted shots of the cup...

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Kevin Smith turns to Horror

Kevin Smith has announced that his next project is going to be a horror movie. Now there's a departure if ever I heard one. I first caught the news through Askew (a Kevin Smith news aggregator), and then the more official report over at Comic Book Resources: A straightforward "what's...

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Halo keeps plodding on

Now we have heard this promise for Halo before from Bungie, and to be fair they came through. Last time they told us to listen for an announcement they came through with Peter Jackson producing, now they're promising another is on the way. Could this be a director? Over at...

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Boll seeks Borat for Postal?

Looks like Uwe Boll shows no signs of slowing as he talks from the set of his latest videogame adapted film, Seed. The latest news is that he's approaced Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G or Borat) for the role of Osama in the film of Postal, another videogame conversion. There's...

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August 6, 2006

Whatever happened to...Bridget Fonda?

I just caught the tail end of Lake Placid on TV, and something hit me smack in the face. That gorgeous beaming smile, the biting lip, the soft hair across her face, none other than Bridget Fonda, and it occurred to me, where has she gone from our cinema screens?...

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August 5, 2006

Actual Transformers footage online

No joke, there is actually some real set footage from the new movie of Transformers, Michael Bay allowed Access Hollywood onto the set and they talked with Megan Fox, saw Shia LeBeouf get attacked by a part of a Transformer, and see some pre-visualised computer work of what the Transformers...

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Barrymore wants Charlies Angels 3

I'm sure I've seen this before, but rumour today says that Drew Barrymore is pushing for Charlie's Angels 3, and so much so that she's actually going out and asking hot women if they'd be interested in joining. Apparently she's already asked Pink. From Sky News and through Moviehole comes...

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Brosnan for Mrs Doubtfire 2

Robin Williams really wants Pierce Brosnan to return for Mrs Doubtfire 2, and he appears adamant that it's going to happen, despite the project having been stalled for some time. According to Sky News through Moviehole, Brosnan is going to reprise his role as suitor to Sally Fields, so we...

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August 4, 2006

Richard Smith's Mono goes to LA

Richard Smith is best known for writing Trauma (review), a great film (ignore the IMDB reviews) which gave Colin Firth a superbly against type role and played around with the audience just a little. Now his latest short film Mono (official site), which he wrote and directed, has been selected...

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Laranas' film free to download

Yam Laranas is a scary but very nice man. He's the director and cinematographer of Sigaw (The Echo) (review) which proved so successful it's been picked up for a US remake and he's involved. Recently though he's been working on other projects, and one of them is now available online...

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Benecio Del Toro's Wolf Man script reviewed

The Wolf Man which is set to star Benecio Del Toro, has been quiet for some time. Quiet that is until the script was reviewed on the Internet just today. The good news is that it sounds violent, and it gets a strong review over at Latino Review through Jo...

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The Marine trailer online

The trailer for The Marine, the latest WWE movie starring John Cena is now online, and you know what? It looks like a lot of fun. The last WWE film I saw was with The Rock starring in Walking Tall, and call me crazy if you want, but I really...

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Pitt definitely on for Ocean's Thirteen

For some time Brad Pitt has been looking unsure as to whether he would sign up for Ocean's Thirteen or not, the previous news had said that Clooney was nervous about the whole project. However today confirmation comes in the way of set photos that Pitt is on for the...

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Man on Fire

DVD Four Stars
Tony Scott and Denzel Washington. Is there any more to say about the run up to seeing this movie? This film promised slick action and stylish filming, and perhaps the thought that we might see something a bit meatier from both Scott and Washington. Add to that mix the fantastic...

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The Interpreter

DVD Four Stars
There were some harsh words of this movie on release, and a few comments I saw which slated both the performances of Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, and that had me curious. The film was written and directed by Sydney Pollack and had three big stars in it, Catherine Keeler...

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The Aristocrats

DVD Three Stars
I missed this film at last years Edinburgh Film Festival, and at the time I thought it was a big loss. The idea of all these famous comedy artists telling what is perhaps the world's funniest joke was not only interesting, but in such a serious time, a necessity. This...

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Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny trailer online

The Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny' trailer is now online, although you'll be hard pressed to watch it as the idiotic marketing executives release it on MTV ensuring that no one outside of their "territory" can see it, and even then you can only see it if you're...

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Snyder talks Watchmen

Zack Snyder is completing the superb looking 300 starring Gerard Butler, and is beginning to think (rather forcibly at the hands of the press it seems) about his biggest project, Watchmen. In a recent interview he talks about the scripts and how he's just as unsure as all the other...

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Hellboy 2 gets a home

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army has been languishing in doubt these last few months as the film didn't have a studio that wanted to make it, for some insane reason Columbia Pictures dropped the film. However their loss is Universal's gain, as they announce that they will finance and distribute...

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Cage returns in National Treasure 2

National Treasure was as dumb as they come. It's plot leaps were huge, twists terribly convaluted, and with the most incredible leaps of logic pouring from Nicolas Cage's mouth at two hundred miles an hour, it was dire. Yet, I have to admit, there was fun to be had in...

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Bale to join Crowe in Yuma remake?

Christian Bale is reportedly close to signing a deal to appear in the remake of the western 3:10 to Yuma currently starring Russell Crowe. The original film starred Glenn Ford, the role Crowe is now taking. A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to...

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Pulse clips online

There are more clips for Pulse, the US remake of the Asian horror Kairo, online. I'm actually quite surprised at them because they look pretty damn good. Something I've been noticing about this remake is that the effects and style are being very respectful to the original, something that doesn't...

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EIFF denies Israeli director warnings

The Edinburgh Film Festival released a very straightforward statement yesterday concerning the showing of 5 Days (Chamisha Yamim), the controversial Israeli documentary showing at the Film Festival this year. They again reiterate that the film will be shown, that they wrote to the director to merely inform him of the...

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After.Life supernatural thriller

The plot for the upcoming movie After.Life sounds quite imaginative, but the early pitch most certainly does not. The film is to be directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo who won several awards for her film Pâté about a woman trying to survive in a post-apocolyptic world. Her next film, After.Life (that's...

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August 3, 2006

CinemaNow's burn to DVD service doesn't work?

An anonymous optical disc R&D Engineer has been investigating the CinemaNow burn to DVD service which was recently announced and found it incredibly flawed. This is the offering that will allow learners to download a film over the Internet legally and burn it to DVD. The Engineer discovered that the...

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One Missed call remake gains heavyweights

The remake of the Philippine horror One Missed Call is progressing well with the announcement of two big names for the cast. Ed Harris and the excellent Gabriel Byrne. Both actors with tremendous quality and presence onscreen, so does this mean we're looking to a good remake? The film has...

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AVP2 script dropped

There was already a script out there for Alien vs Predator 2, now titled Alien vs Predator: Survival of the Fittest, where the Aliens race against Predators in a sports day of egg and spoon, sack, and three legged races. No, seriously, the previous script by Shane Salerno had the...

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Live Free or Die Hard

That's the title of Die Hard 4, Die Hard 4.0 or Die Hard: Reset, whichever of the temporary titles you'd like to use. Personally I think this sounds more like a Bond movie than a Die Hard film, and I can see flairs (not the alerting, flashing in the sky...

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Lopez leaves Dallas

Jennifer Lopez has dropped out of the Dallas movie, that one with the huge casting. Her publicist announced... "She is out of Dallas" ...and so there were, well, one less. According to IMDB the cast is currently: John Travolta as JR, Luke Wilson rumoured as Bobby Ewing, Shirley MacLaine is...

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Pink Panther Sequel Announced

What the hell is going on? Not content with butchering other peoples stories and films, Hollywood seems to be blessed with complete blindness and will be bringing us another Pink Panther movie. Yes, there's going to be a sequel to that awful Steve Martin destruction of Inspector Clouseau, The Pink...

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Clooney not in Pet Sematary

I did think that the idea of George Clooney being in the Pet Sematary remake was beyond belief, and it appears I was right to call it that way. Just today Clooney's publicist announces that it's not true. I mean how could it be, unless it was a huge cash...

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Six minutes of The Illusionist online

The first six minutes of the film The Illusionist are online now for your viewing pleasure. Well, when we say six, it's actually 5 minutes 56 seconds. Illusionist stars Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewel, with Norton starring as an illusionist who uses his powers to entrap...

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Hollywoodland trailer online

The Hollywoodland trailer was previously mentioned here and linked to in a lesser format. Now though it's on Quicktime and looking very good. The film stars Adrien Brody as an investigative journalist looking into the apparent suicide of George Reeves, the man who played Superman in the old TV series....

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The Hoax teaser online

This teaser caught me. The Hoax is a film starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Julie Delpy, and is about a con on the publishing industry where Irving (Gere) claims he has the best novel ever and seeks cash in return. In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford...

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Marie Atoinette trailer online

The trailer for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is online, and this version brings quality and a lot more coherence to the story. Starring Kirsten Dunst as the woman herself, it is the tale of the young Queen and her troubled and misunderstood life. You can see the trailer over at...

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New Police Story trailer online

There's a short trailer online for Jackie Chan's New Police Story (San ging chaat goo si), unfortunately I can't view it at the moment so it's up to you to review. The story goes... Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led...

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August 2, 2006

Grudge 2 trailer online

The trailer for The Grudge 2, the US sequel to The Grudge, the US remake of the Japanese horror Ju-on, is now online and watchable...as long as freaky asian horror doesn't scare you too much! The trailer comes through Coming Soon and can be seen over at AOL Movies in...

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McMahon won't play Dr Doom?

A while ago rumour was that Dr Doom would not return in the second Fantastic Four movie, The Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, and then he was but Julian McMahon wasn't interested in playing him, lately there has been a turnaround and he's secured. However there's a rumour going...

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Exorcist Anthology on DVD

The complete works of the Exorcist are coming to DVD, that means every single film and almost every single version, unfortunately the full William Peter Blatty version of Exorcist III is lost forver, however we will be treated to the full original Exorcist as well as both Paul Schrader's and...

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Bangkok Dangerous remake casts lead

Back in May I wrote about the remake of Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage and helmed by the original directing team, the Pang Brothers. Now the announcement is made that the female lead has been cast. It also appears the film has changed title, and is now called Time to...

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United 93 2-Disc DVD details

United 93 (review) was a very powerful and moving film, and one which I really enjoyed watching, although it did make for incredibly uncomfortable viewing. Details have been released today of the double disc DVD offering that will be out on September the 5th, and will offer a couple of...

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Jackman sings in Carousel

Musicals really are making a comeback in Hollywood, we've heard of quite a few of late, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Hairspray, New York, New York and so on. Now we're set to see Carousel on our screens and with Hugh Jackman starring no less. According to Variety through Coming Soon......

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Costner returns to Field of Dreams

Kevin Costner is going to return to the site where Field of Dreams was filmed, Dysersville in Iowa, for a special screening of the movie itself. The story from the Guardian tells us that Netflix have organised the tour to bring ten classic movies back to the site of their...

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Bonham Carter confirms Order of the Pheonix

Back in May the news was out that Helena Bonham Carter was to appear in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix as Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black's cousin and a Death Eater, one of Lord Voldemort's followers. Also Bellatrix Lestrange has apparently been recast as the actress who was...

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Pacino's 88 minutes trailer online

The trailer for the film 88 minutes starring Al Pacino is now online, and it's a bit of a bolt out of the blue because we've not been hearing about it for some time. The trailer is over at MFTM, and comes through Jo Blo, and they carry the blurb...

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Wanted graphic novel adaptation

The story that screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been brought onboard to adapt James Siegel's novel Deceit for Universal isn't that exciting to me. What is interesting is that they wrote the screen adaptation of the graphic novel\comic book adaptation for Wanted and that the director of the...

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Biel talks Next starring Cage

Jessica Biel has been talking about her next movie...Next, starring Nicolas Cage as a man who can see a mere two minutes into the future. He becomes involved with the FBI who are attempting to predict an impending terrorist attack using his powers. Biel talks about her characters involvement with...

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Aniston to direct

Jennifer Aniston, along with Robin Wright Penn and other famous Hollywood ladies, are set to enter the world of directing as part of a series of short films being produced by Glamour (the correct spelling Martha!) magazine. The concept stinks to high heaven, but the idea that some great front...

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Sleeper Code for adults

Another interesting move today is the announcement that Warner Brothers are set to adapt a young adult novel into an adult franchise. Now there's an interesting change of tact. Sleeper Code is a novel by Tom Siengoski that will be reworked for the big screen and for a more mature...

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Bond girl joins Golden Compass

Already Eva Green is known as a Bond girl, and her appearance in Casino Royale hasn't even been out yet. However she shouldn't curse that name attachment because it seems to have gained her good things with the news that she's joined The Golden Compass alongside Nicole Kidman. According to...

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Bond 22 misses elusive 2007 date

I was surprised by the news that the sequel to the Bond movie Casino Royale will not be released in 2007, like others I thought that the rush for this project was to try and squeeze it into that superb release window. However it will instead hit in 2008. Daniel...

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Chan & Li set to team up ?

Jackie Chan and Jet Li, two of the biggest names in martial arts movies are to team up in their first joint feature. It seems the last stumbling block is the small matter of a script. Rumours have been flying that these two would team up for quite a while...

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August 1, 2006

Doom

Film Two Stars
I have to say that when Doom was being developed my expectations weren't too high, after all there wasn't much of a story there. Oh yes there is a backstory to the videogame, but it really is a means to an end and is there just to get the characters...

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Clooney in Pet Semetary remake?

This news is stranger than the story about Blair as Terminator, however this one is real. George Clooney is set to star in a remake of Pet Semetary by Stephen King. Yes, bizarre news indeed. I can remember the original film for two scenes, one the creepy child, and two...

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Festival defends Israeli film showing

In what seems to be a pre-emptive announcement, Shane Danielson the Edinburgh Film Festival Artistic Director has defended the decision to show the Israeli documentary 5 Days (Chamisha Yamim) and explained the decision behind the declining of funding from Israel to allow the filmmaker, Yoav Shamir, to travel to the...

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The Objective's open casting call online

The co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, Daniel Myrick, has announced that there will be an open casting call for his next movie The Objective, and that it will allow actors to upload their auditions over the Internet. The more technical details come through Coming Soon: ...using an abazab Playbox(TM)....

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Terence Howard in Iron Man?

There's a bizarre rumour just appeared that Terence Howard from Crash and Four Brothers has just been offered a part by Jon Favreau in his upcoming Iron Man. The heavy rumour from AICN goes something like this... In the recent interview I did with Jon Favreau at Comic-Con, he told...

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Tony Blair as the Terminator?

Here's the bizarrest casting rumour to date, just to put all these Iron Man and Dark Knight rumours into context, Tony Blair (the Prime Minister of the UK) as the Terminator in Terminator 4? Yes, that's what Arnie suggests as reported in the news late last night and quoted here...

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Batman Begins sequel casting confirmed

Slightly late with the news as it broke while I was fast asleep, but the sequel for the superb Batman Begins will be titled The Dark Knight, and confirms Heath Ledger as the Joker. Apparently the rumours the other day about Ledger being undecided were a diversionary tactic, or perhaps...

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Dark Materials Golden Compass cast update

Nicole Kidman has been confirmed to be in final negotiations for the adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, starting with The Golden Compass. She was first rumoured back in late June, and then again in July she was mentioned next to Paul Bettany. Dakota Blue Richards has also...

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Corman talks Death Race 3000

Roger Corman is the producer who gave us the original Death Race 2000, and now it seems the equally B-type Paul W.S. Anderson is consulting him for the remake, Death Race 3000. According to Sci-Fi Wire: "Technically, according to the contract, I am executive producer," he said. "They send me...

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Gellar makes her Return

Sarah Michelle Gellar has completed her next movie. Following her appearance in the supernatural thriller The Grudge, her next release is...the supernatural thriller The Return. If you don't want to know the plot outline look away now... Through Coming Soon. Gellar stars as a woman plagued by supernatural visions. Not...

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