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September 29, 2007

Genre defining: Western

Welcome to the start of a new series of features which we'll step in and out of called "Genre Defining" where we'll explore what we think are the definitive films for whichever genre we're discussing. In other words if I say “westerns”, what comes to mind first and why. Of...

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Weekend Films to Stalk: 28th - 30th September

Once again I'll try and resurrect this feature, and keep it here. Hopefully churning it out on a Friday before the weekend starts. For those of you who don't know, this is a quick look at some of the films to catch this weekend on general release and on publicly...

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Huge Star Trek plot rumours

There's more rumour about J.J. Abrams Star Trek coming out, and some of it, if true, confirms the previous rumours about the time travelling Spock and Romulans. One thing for sure is that the story is going to be epic. There's also another casting rumour, the rumours for which are...

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The Eye remake reshot

Back in August I wrote about the Hollywood remake of The Eye getting the ending reshot by another Director, which was disappointing as the original Director's, David Moreau and Xavier Palud, had showed so much promise from their films film Ils (Them) (Filmstalker review). Now it seems that we know...

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Indiana Jones warehouse film set

Remember the warehouse from the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the crate containing the Ark was taken into a huge warehouse filled with other similar crates being hidden away by the U.S. Government? Well it's coming back for the new Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the...

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Stalked: New Wolverine writer, Biel not Wonder Woman

Jessica Biel has turned down Wonder Woman, so who's next, and there's a screenwriter change on Wolverine. IGN has the story that a new scriptwriter has been brought in for the Gavin Hood directed Wolverine. Previously David Benioff had written the script, now Skip Woods has been brought on board...

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September 28, 2007

44 Inch Chest stars Winstone, Hurt and Roth

I haven't heard anything about the British film 44 Inch Chest until today when I read the cast list, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Tim Roth and Ian McShane. Sounds fantastic doesn't it? Just that combination seems very powerful. The plot delivers an even more interesting punch....

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Concentration camp refuse Kidman's film

You know really I'm not surprised that the curators of the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen have refused the makers of The Reader permission to film there, even though this is a love film, set after the war, starring Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes. You know, after all it is a Concentration...

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Justin Lin still considering Oldboy remake

Previously we had heard that Justin Lin didn't want to remake the superb Oldboy unless it was perfect, and that was pretty much final on the project. However just yesterday he's reiterated the same comment, so perhaps it's not dead. Oldboy (Filmstalker review) is a superb film which tells the...

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Goyer to direct Vampire film

David S. Goyer is to direct a film adaptation of Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), an illustrated novel (is that a comic book?) by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. The story tells of the awakening of supreme evil on Earth, well there's an...

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Stalked: LaPaglia in East Timor film and Coppola's script stolen

Francis Ford Coppola's script for his new film is stolen at gunpoint, and the uber-cool Anthony LaPaglia is set to go missing from missing and head to the political thriller Balibo. Francis Ford Coppola's latest film script, Tetro, has been stolen in an organised armed raid on his Argentinian offices....

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Stalked: Gone Baby Gone and Darjeeling Limited clips online

There are five clips online for Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone, so for those of you in the UK who, like me, aren't going to get to see this film for some time, this is a small glimpse of what is to come. Also there are some clips for The...

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Justin Lin unsure of Fast and the Furious 4

Previously we saw the studio list of films they wanted to try and get filmed before the big Hollywood strike action, and in one of those slots was The Fast and the Furious 4 with Justin Lin attached as Director. Today Justin Lin reveals that he's not actually signed up...

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Jet Li and Jackie Chan film plot revealed

Finally we get some serious information on the film The Forbidden Kingdom starring the legendary figures of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Appearing online today is the official synopsis from Lionsgate themselves. The synopsis tells us who the major characters are, including Jackie Chan and Jet Li, as well as...

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Karate Kid remake?

Hollywood's desire to remake everything is incredible, and the rumour that they could be eyeing a Karate Kid remake sounds bizarre but not unbelievable with today's money making studios. After all the film is looking a bit dated, and the original actors have all moved on enough from these roles,...

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September 27, 2007

Liman reveals Jumper most ambitious project

Doug Liman has been talking about his latest film Jumper and has revealed that this is his most ambitious project to date. He's also discovered a little about himself and his own style of film, saying that a Doug Liman film has no baddie, an interesting morsel to consider for...

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British comedian's supernatural thriller

I'm not being cruel, but I never thought the creator of Dennis Pennis, British comedian Paul Kaye, could write a supernatural thriller script that not only attracts Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly to star, but also Guillermo del Toro to produce. Yet that's exactly what he has done, and his...

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Scorsese directing George Harrison

Following on from his Rolling Stones musical documentary, Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary about the life of the Beatles singer and solo artist, George Harrison. Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, is joining Martin Scorsese as a producer on the film and will supply materials from the extensive family...

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Mulcahy from zombies to Vampires

Russell Mulcahy directed Resident Evil: Extinction and is working on The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian, will direct Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires (Amazon.com). The film is adapted from the Steven-Elliot Altman novel, the first in a series of three surprisingly enough, by the novelist himself....

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Stalked: Anderson confirms Fox cast, Elfman in Six Wives

Wes Anderson has confirmed the cast for his upcoming The Fantastic Mr. Fox based on the Roald Dahl novel about some angry chicken farmers who try to get rid of the fox stealing their livelihood. Meanwhile Jenna Elfman has joined the cast of The Six Wives of Henry Lefay. The...

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Winstone turns down Sweeney?

According to a quote from Danny Dyer, who is set to appear in the Nick Love directed film adaptation of The Sweeney, Ray Winstone is far too busy to appear in the film but that Paul Bettany is being sought for the role. The Sweeney was a seventies television show...

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Another Scot for Scotty?

Paul McGillion is an actor who is probably most recognisable for being in Stargate Atlantis, if you stuck with the Stargate franchise that long, and today the rumours are around the Interflab that he has auditioned for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek. Instead of being a...

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First four minutes of The Kingdom online

The first four minutes of Peter Berg's The Kingdom have appeared online and can be seen through Filmstalker. The film stars a host of talent and tells the story of a terrorist attack on a U.S. base and on U.S. personnel which results in an FBI team heading to Saudi...

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Natalie Portman naked online

I never realised what the fuss was all about on Wes Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier which is a kind of prequel to the upcoming film The Darjeeling Limited, until I caught the fact that Natalie Portman is to appear naked in it. Well as naked as her modesty would...

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James T. Kirk found for Star Trek?

There's a heavy rumour around that the actor to play James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams Star Trek has been found, and although there's nothing but those pesky "sources" to go by, it seems as though there are a few of them saying the same thing. With Zachary Quinto cast...

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Barker's Midnight Meat Train trailer online

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the title Midnight Meat Train and the writer of Clive Barker might not produce the best material on screen these days, and I don't think that's an unfair thought. However that means one thing, you haven't seen the trailer for Midnight Meat Train. There...

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X-Files 2 to start filming

It seems that X-Files 2 is on for definite as David Duchovny says that after years of rumours and uncertainty, X-Files 2 is finally going to happen and will start filming in December – yes there's now a filming date, really! He also says that the script is finished, which...

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Uwe Boll on Zombie Massacre

It seems that Uwe Boll is going to continue adapting videogames for the big screen, and there's no real improvement on their depth of plot. Zombie Massacre could be next, the first person shooter on the Wii. The funniest thing is that the game's producer apparently approached Uwe Boll!...

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Knight Rider returns to television

It looks like the famous Knight Rider starring that superb talking car K.I.T.T. is not getting a big screen outing and will instead return to the small screen, and with a really big name to direct the pilot. David Hasselhoff probably won't be appearing, and they look to bring in...

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Redford directs Against All Enemies

Robert Redford becomes the latest big name attached to the project of Against All Enemies (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), the memoirs of Richard A. Clarke who was the counterterrorism advisor to three U.S. Presidents. His memoirs say that he continually pushed for more concentration on Al Qaeda attacks before September the...

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September 26, 2007

La Scorta gets remade by Asger Leth

For those of you who didn't know, myself included, Asger Leth is the Dane who Directed Ghosts of Cite Soleil which you may well have heard of, and he's set to remake the 1993 Italian thriller La Scorta. Peter Craig has been assigned to adapt the story and produce the...

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Aniston and Eckhart in love

Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart are playing together in a new romantic comedy called Travelling, and frankly I couldn't care a jot. I mean it's just what we need from both these actors isn't it? Another dullard romantic comedy of errors built on misunderstandings to stretch out the inevitable get...

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Stalked: D-War 2 and 30 Days of Night photos

The Director of D-War, that's the Dragon Wars film, is already talking about a sequel even though it didn't set the U.S. alight, and there are quite a few 30 Days of Nights photos online today....

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Stalked: 3-D filmed Moon, girls group Sex and the City photo

There's a photo of Sex and the City filming that shows all the girls back together, and a new animated film called Moon which will feature Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry and Robert Patrick is to be filmed in 3-D from the beginning, rather than being converted....

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Terminator 4 producer updates

There are a few updates from the consulting producer on the new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles about the new Terminator film, and while most aren't any big surprise, one is rather interesting. We actually already heard that The Halcyon Company owns the franchise rights, and that they were looking...

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We Own the Night new trailer

We Own the Night is the upcoming film starring Robert Duvall, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes, and it looks really powerful. I previously wrote about the trailer as soon as it appeared online, but this one has been recut and is now in Quicktime. The story is of...

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Snyder posts Watchmen video

Okay so it's Watchmen and deserves a little more hype than required, but really, if this were any other film the write up of this video release would be much, much less and perhaps a little more critical. I don't want Zack Snyder in a short piece to camera sitting...

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Mirren, McAdams and Wright Penn join State of Play

Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright Penn are all joining State of Play, the American film version of the British television political thriller mini-series. The film already stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman, and is set to be directed by the British Director, Kevin Macdonald – see...

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September 25, 2007

Justice League of America spoilers...well not really

Apparently there were spoilers galore all over the Interflab for Justice League of America, and so when I struggled with myself to open the window you can imagine my disappointment when I read what looks more like the average plot line than spoilers. The good news is the guy that...

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Raiders of the Lost Ark spoilers...again no.

There's another batch of alleged spoilers online for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull film today, although when you read them you see that these are all plot aspects that have already leaked out bit by bit to date. One of the extras on the film...

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Ang Lee says Lust, Caution not for U.S.

Ang Lee has been talking about his new film Lust, Caution with young directors in Hong Kong and has said that he is unsure of it's suitability for the U.S. market. In fact Ang Lee's gone so far as to say that it isn't really the subject matter for that...

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Stalked: West in Punisher 2 and Paulson joins The Spirit

Dominic West is in negotiations to play Jigsaw, the baddie in Punisher 2: War Zone, and Sarah Paulson is joining Frank Miller's The Spirit. I can't help but feel this is a bit of a step backwards for Dominic considering his role in 300, however perhaps this sequel is going...

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Damon and Eastwood to join Mandela film?

Nelson Mandela is to be played on screen by Morgan Freeman, a role we recently saw taken up by Dennis Haysbert was playiing Mandella in Goodbye Bafana, in the film The Human Factor which the news tells us today that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct and Matt Damon...

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Kite Runner rape scene raises controversy

It seems that there's another film child rape scene controversy on the rise, although this time round it is coming from the family of, and the actor himself, who star in the film The Kite Runner. Twelve year old Afghan Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada stars in the film and, as per...

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Spacey to play Al Gore's aide

Kevin Spacey it to play Al Gore's chief of staff Ronald Klain in the film Recount, joining John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Laura Dern, Denis Leary and Ed Begley Jr. Ronald Klain was not only the chief of staff to Al Gore during the Florida farce where he clearly won as...

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Biel for another Wonder Woman?

The rumour that Victoria Hill was being eyed for the Wonder Woman role in the Justice League of America was just the other day, so is it any surprise that there's another casting rumour just appeared? This new rumour is that Jessica Biel is in talks, and it actually makes...

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Weisz and Sevigny for Terminator 4?

Huge amount of salt for this rumour I think, well with one actress at least, but the story is that both Rachel Weisz and Chloe Sevigny approached the producers for the new Terminator 4 film, Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, during a Hollywood party and enquired about the role. Okay,...

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September 24, 2007

The cars of The Fast and the Furious 4

The Fast and the Furious 4 has been confirmed with a 2009 release date and Justin Lin as Director, anything else you may have heard is rumour and speculation, but the film is definitely going into pre-production and will hopefully be filmed pre strike. So with it definitely going ahead...

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Pitch your ideas at Raindance and see films online

The Live!Ammunition competition costs just a five pound note to enter, and the best pitch to the panel wins the money in the hat as well as the possibility of the panel liking your film and just maybe, picking it up to develop. The panel are quite a surprising...

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American Gangster

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Once again one of my regular readers Ramchandra Solanki has decided to help me out by heading into London and attending a press screening of American Gangster, and he's brought back a great review for us all. You know I can't attend the London press screenings since I'm in Edinburgh,...

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New Line falters in Jackson court battle

New Line has just been dealt a blow in the ongoing court case with Peter Jackson regarding revenues that the Director claims not to have received which were rightfully his. In a court ruling last week a U.S. Magistrate ordered New Line to pay US $125,000 over their failure to...

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The Rock confirms Shazam role

The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he's in the Shazam! film, although he's clear to point out that he hasn't been chosen for a specific role as yet, and that's something I find very strange. He says that he's either going to be Shazam aka Captain Marvel or...

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Strieber confirms Bay interesting in 2012

The author of 2012: The War for Souls (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), Whitley Strieber, has revealed that Michael Bay has expressed an interest in Directing the film adaptation although he hasn't actually signed up for the job as yet. His production has bought the rights and Michael Bay will produce the...

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Gatchaman plot

A little more of the plot has been given out on the upcoming Gatchaman CGI film adapted from the popular television cartoon series which you might also know as Battle of the Planets or G-Force. While talking about the casting of Gabriel Casseus who appeared in Black Hawk Down, we...

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Kinglsey to play Shakespeare on screen

Ben Kingsley is to star as William Shakespeare in an adaptation of the novel Will by Christopher Rush (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The novel tells the story of the meeting between Shakespeare and his lawyer as the famous author prepares his last will and testament on his death bed....

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JLA looking for Wonder Woman

Although there's not a Wonder Woman cast yet for either the main Wonder Woman film or the Justice League of America, there's a rumour out of someone who has been auditioning for the role of Wonder Woman in the JLA film. Victoria Hill, the woman who played Lady Macbeth in...

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Bateman joins State of Play

Jason Bateman has joined the American remake of the British television series State of Play alongside Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Kevin Macdonald, The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review), is directing the adaptation of the political thriller that follows a newspaper investigation of the murder of a congressman's girlfriend,...

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Jackson and Mac as soul singers

Samuel L. Jackson continues a great career of diversity with the film Soul Men, starring alongside Bernie Mac as two backup soul singers for a very famous group. Neither have spoken for some twenty years but they agree to get together for a tribute performance in honour of their lead...

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Liotta and Garcia in drug cartel

Ray Liotta and Esai Morales have signed to La Linea, a crime film which is based on the story of the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel. Andy Garcia is also in talks to play the role of an ill Kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel whose violent lieutenant, played by...

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September 23, 2007

Carnahan scripting another Zodiac

Matthew Michael Carnahan is working on a new script that tells of another San Francisco serial killer, in this case a group of six serial killers who in the 1970's terrorised the city through twenty three separate attacks. African American men from the Nation of Islam temple began attacking people...

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Scott and Washington in Pelham 123

Seeing the unbelievably long pre-strike release list for the Hollywood studios production list is incredible, they've got more films scheduled on there than they can surely cope with, but one looks like it will definitely get made, the remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by Director Tony...

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Lincoln gets a cast update

We haven't heard that much from the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln starring Liam Neeson as the famous president, until now. There's an announcement that tells us that Sally Field, who I'll always remember for Smokey and the Bandit but is more commonly known for Brothers and Sisters, has signed up...

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Filmstalker's Week: 17th to 23rd September 2007

Here are the best stories of the week from Filmstalker, and there are some interesting snippets to be had. They are all presented with quick bullet point blurbs so you can instantly see what the story is about and catch up on the week that just passed. Are there any...

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September 22, 2007

Filmstalker on your mobile

Want Filmstalker on the go? Finding reading the latest news and reviews difficult on your mobile? Well now you can keep up to date with Filmstalker easily on a mobile device. You'll see an icon on the sidebar in the Subscribe With... section just like the one below: Selecting that...

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Extraordinary Rendition

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The term Extraordinary Rendition has been seen quite a lot recently in the media as it has been used in reference to the alleged transfer of terrorist suspects to countries with less stringent human rights in order to interrogate them for longer periods and with the use of psychological and...

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Exclusive Studios losing money in Blu-ray HD-DVD battle

The high definition DVD battle continues, but with more in the industry saying that both formats are going to survive for a might long time, if not forever, there's a growing concern for those studios who are opting to back one format alone, whichever format they back. It makes sense...

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Ribisi in Cameron's Avatar

Giovanni Ribisi has signed on to James Cameron's Avatar, his animated futuristic epic, and all those other words that suggest grand scale, film. Not only is he starring alongside names such as Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Sam Worthington, and Zoe Saldana, but he will be alongside six computer generated actors....

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Report warns studios on downloads

According to a Screen Digest report, the film download market will be worth an estimated US $1.3 billion in 2011, a date that's really not that far away. As well as pointing out some startling figures for the potential revenues from this emerging marketplace, it also warns studios that if...

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September 21, 2007

Sex and the City spoilers

Well if you see the title of the story from the site I'm quoting then you'll already have had the storyline spoiled for you whether you wanted to or not, I hate when sites do that. So I'll keep this huge plot spoiler hidden from you until later on in...

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Resident Evil: Extinction plot revealed?

The red carpet première for Resident Evil: Extinction has just given away a huge plot twist that has been kept out of all the trailers and clips to date. Well, it's been hinted at very subtlety, but here it's blasted right in front of your eyes, and if you hadn't...

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Southland Tales trailer

The trailer for the newly redited Southland Tales is online and I finished watching it with my mouth aghast wondering just what I'd seen and how I was feeling about it. It's really difficult to judge the trailer since it seems almost impossible to grab the idea of the story,...

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Pitt to join Wahlberg in Fighter

Brad Pitt is being touted as close to joining Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, the film from Darren Aronofsky, and would be replacing the character which was formerly going to be played by Matt Damon. According to scheduling issues Matt Damon can't appear in the film as he just had...

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Jan de Bont's Stopping Power restarted

Okay, I'm confused. Not long ago we heard that Jan de Bont's thriller Stopping Power starring John Cusack was cancelled, and now we're hearing that it has started up again. Previously the problem with Jan de Bont's film was that a major financier had pulled out of the production and...

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Ryder and Rourke in The Informers

Winona Ryder and Mickey Rourke are joining the cast of The Informers, which we knew was already puffed out with Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Brandon Routh, Austin Nichols, Ashley Olsen, Jon Foster and Lou Pucci. The Informers is a Bret Easton Ellis story which is set through a week...

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Pathology trailer online

There's a trailer online for the horror Pathology starring Milo Ventimiglia - yes we all know that name now - and more importantly written by the duo who wrote and directed Crank (Filmstalker review). The film looks rather interesting, a group of pathology students bet each other that they could...

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Stalked: Hot Fuzz team's new script and Justice League Director

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are working on a new script together, that's one of their own in the style of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and George Miller finally gets the announcement for Justice League Director, almost two months after the story broke....

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Stalked: Phillippe, Green in British sci-fi, Mexican Sea of Dreams

A new British science fiction film is announced with Ryan Phillippe and Eva Green on board, and the Mexican English language film Sea of Dreams is released in the U.S. today. Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley are joining the film Franklyn, a futuristic thriller which is set in...

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Stalked: Resident Evil and Kingdom featurettes

There are two featurettes online for The Kingdom and Resident Evil: Extinction. While we've seen most of the latter already it is sitting at seven minutes running time, and The Kingdom featurette has some behind the scenes footage of the cast weapon training for the film. You can see the...

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Thai horror Body trailer online

There's a new Thai horror coming called Body, and although the trailer has no titles in it, there's no denying it is looking both scary and rather disgusting at the same time. There are a couple of scenes in there that I really did struggle to watch, you'll know them...

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Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) angers Brazilian police

The Brazilian film Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) has already been receiving a lot of press, mostly thanks to the Brazilian police who have been trying to stop the film from receiving its first screening at the Rio Film Festival this week. Even before the film was seen in public...

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September 20, 2007

Billy Connolly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

There's a rumour online today that suggests Billy Connolly could be playing a character in the final Harry Potter film. Although the rumour is from an unnamed source, the character description for the part he is associated with does sound close and Billy Connolly would continue the strong British actor...

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New Aliens vs Predator: Requiem trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Alien vs Predator: Requiem and I think this is the better looking of the two. It builds the story better and the use of the population count is pretty nicely done. Revisiting the previous trailer I have to say that I didn't notice the...

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Hanks tackles Nazis and JFK

Tom Hanks is a strong producer in his own right with credits such as Band of Brothers, Starter for 10 and Charlie Wilson's War to his name. He's about to add two more to that list with some very powerful sounding projects. One is a film of the true story...

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Rock claims career low Damon's fault

I think Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, is a great action star, and I have to wonder where he went wrong with that career path as we see him in comedies and kiddie friendly films going nowhere fast, joining a fellow fallen action star, Vin Diesel. Rock also has acting talent,...

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Superheroes get Scary Movie treatment

So we're about to see the Superhero genre receive the same treatment that the horror (and science fiction) genre did with the Scary Movie series as Craig Mazin, David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss bring us Superhero! Craig Mazin wrote and will direct the film which will rip the comedy...

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Wild Geese remake gains Director

We knew that The Wild Geese was going to be remade months ago, and I'm not one for repeating myself to grab headlines and follow the pack, I usually do it because I've forgotten! However this repeat announcement brings with it the news of a Director attached and a continuing...

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Punisher: War Zone script review and casting

Lexi Alexander has announced three more cast members for the Punisher sequel, The Punisher: War Zone, and in other related news a script review has appeared online, and it is far from complimentary. The cast members that the Director Lexi Alexander has announced are Dash Mihok as Detective Detective Martin...

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Ratner and Tucker on Sinatra film?!

If I were to mention a new film that looked into the life of Frank Sinatra through the eyes of his valet, who would you think of as Director and lead? Well whatever has popped into your mind it sure as hell wouldn't be Brett Ratner and Chris Tucker. Oh...

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The Women's huge all-female cast

The remake of the 1939 comedy The Women has gained more big name female stars in the form of Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer and Debi Mazar. They join the already assigned cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada...

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Lions for Lambs trailer in multiple formats

I've just received links to the Lions for Lambs trailer in multiple sizes and formats and I thought I'd share them. Lions for Lambs is the film written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and directed by Robert Redford who also stars alonside Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Peter Berg, Michael Peña and...

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Nancy Drew trailer for UK release

Nancy Drew, for which the last few days are running out on a poster giveaway right here, is released in the UK on the 19th of October, and as a reminder here's the trailer in multiple sizes and formats. The film sees the Nancy Drew come alive from her many...

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CGI Navy Seals and Dolphins?!

This sounds so rubbish I just had to write about it. The Weinstein company, who have gone against fans wishes and shelved the Grindhouse film in favour of two separate releases, has decided to make a CGI film about the stupidest of ideas. Get a load of this. Navy Seals...

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Faris to play Deep Throat's Lovelace

That's right, I could hardly believe it myself, but Anna Faris is going to be taking on the role of the legendary Linda Lovelace who starred in the, equally legendary, 1972 porn film Deep Throat. It appears that she's going to be starring in a biographical film about her troubled...

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Katzenberg defends Spielberg

Not that there's a need to defend one of the greatest living Directors, but Jeffrey Katzenberg has done just that in response to the comments from the Chief Executive about the possibility of letting Steven Spielberg go at the end of his contract and how they are planning for that...

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P.S. I Love You trailer online

The trailer has arrived for the Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank film P.S. I Love You. It's a romantic comedy that is surely going to tug at the heart strings for it sees a loving couple pulled apart as Gerard Butler's character dies prematurely. However he knew, and he prepared...

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Slower Beowulf trailer online

There's another Beowulf trailer online, it seems that there's been loads of trailers already, however this one is perhaps the best paced and less naughty to date. Something it also shows are the strengths and weaknesses of this motion capture animation. There's no doubt it looks stunning, the hair, the...

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September 19, 2007

The Nines trailer competition

John August, the Writer and Director of The Nines, has just opened up a trailer competition for the film which will allow you to edit together a wealth of material to make a new trailer for the film, and if you win you might just get it included on the...

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Stalked: Sex and the City picture and Sideways attacked

The first photo has appeared online for the Sex and the City film which finally proves that it really is going ahead, even if the photo is staged it's still a good one. Also a Californian film-maker is claiming that the film Sideways drastically affected the sales of Merlot, and...

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Macdonald tackles Nazi's

I haven't seen Kevin Macdonald's previous films, but now that I've seen The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review) I'm more than keen to catch up. His latest documentary seems to follow similar ground to his first, One Day in September, which was about the events of the 1972 Munich...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Incredible Hulk

There are a few new photos online for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the latest outing for the Resident Evil series, and these ones feature a little more action and some more of the gorgeously alluring Ali Larter. Also on the Interflabby are pictures and video from The Incredible Hulk. Although most...

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Fright Night to be remade?!

Fright Night was a superb film, and it seems most people have their favourite quote from it - I've just visited the two sources for the story and each carries their own, well I'm adding mine because I love (and still say): "You're so cool Brewster" The word is that...

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Paramount to drop Spielberg?

It seems unimaginable that any studio would want to lose Steven Spielberg from their books, and even more so that they wouldn't really care about it, but that seems to be the feeling over at Paramount according to reports. Paramount Pictures seems to be preparing for Steven Spielberg to...

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Tropic Thunder swaps Wilson for McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey will be replacing Owen Wilson on the Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder. Although the role will be an uncredited cameo, it will surely be one recognised more now because of Owen Wilson's departure from the film, and I mean that it will be recognised in a positive way...

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Stalked: Reynolds Adventureland and Garner Ghosts

Jennifer Garner is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey in another romantic comedy called Ghosts of Girlfriends Past while Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Stewart have joined another romantic comedy called Adventureland....

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September 18, 2007

Competitions closing: Posters giveaway and Jindabyne DVD's

In case you've missed out there are two competitions that are set to close at the end of this week and you need to get your entries in quick to be in with a chance. Just by answering a question you can win prizes from The Brave One, The Flying...

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Eastwood's Rails and Ties trailer in HD

The trailer for Alison Eastwood's Rails and Ties film has appeared online in HD. The film stars Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden in a story about a train collision which builds a strange bond between the train driver and the boy who escapes the crash which kills his mother....

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Welsh to film The Man Who Walks

It has just been announced that Irvine Welsh has received a couple of great steps forward to Direct his first feature film The Man Who Walks. The first is Billy Connolly, and the second is an award from Scottish Screen to the sum of GB £400,000. This will mark the...

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P. Diddy replacement required

The upcoming Notorious B.I.G. film is not only performing open casting for B.I.G. himself but now is looking for someone to play the role of P. Diddy and also Faith Evans. The casting call has gone out looking for both P. Diddy and Faith Evans, and with them comes some...

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age five minute extended clip online

There's an extended trailer online for Elizabeth: The Golden Age which clocks in at just under five minutes and contains a fair amount of footage. Cate Blanchett is looking and sounding superb, and some of the shots look stunning. Great cinematography, superb performances from a range of great actors, and...

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Rocket Science cool Facebook App

Film Marketing can be dull, of that there's no doubt, but I have to say there's this one marketing company that are always coming up with cool ways to market films, and their latest is for the Sundance Film Festival Best Director winner, Rocket Science. To promote the film this...

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Raindance Film Festival announces films

The 15th Raindance Film Festival has just announced this year's line up. Running in London, the festival has a heavy bias towards music, and has carried some great films in the past such as The Devil & Daniel Johnston, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Get Thrashed and Brothers of the...

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Near Dark remake gains Director

A Director has been assigned to the remake of Near Dark, and along with the writer, it seems that there's not a lot of effort being put into the remake. Near Dark was co-written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow who also directed, both talents were pretty early on in...

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Broadbent in Potter

Jim Broadbent has secured the role of Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and he's been talking about his role online. "He's called Horace Slughorn. He's a retired teacher of magic who's drawn back out of retirement because he's got some secrets they need in the battle against...

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Friday 13th remake continues

Hollywood knows best, and so they continue with the remake of Friday the 13th and it looks like it will arrive before the Hollywood strike. Just as a reminder Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company has this one in hand, and with Michael Bay saying he'd like to get a...

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Brothers remake gains Maguire and Gyllenhaal

Now here's a piece of casting I never expected and one that tells us the remake of Susanne Bier's Danish war film Brødre (Brothers) could well turn out to be a strong and positive remake. Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal have been lined up for the roles of the two...

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Zodiac filled with CGI

I hadn't realised just how much CGI was in Zodiac until I saw this demo reel for the company behind the work. What's surprising is how much backdrop work was done in CGI, replacing the need to find and set-up locations to look like seventies San Francisco. Mind you, I...

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Stalked: Uhura cast and Freeman and Walken team up

So Uhura has been chosen. Zoe Saldana will play the part in J.J. Abrams Star Trek. Well that's good casting, and I think that's all I can find to say about the story. I think we all got a bit burnt out with Star Trek rather quickly. Oh, Saldana is...

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September 17, 2007

Transformers 2 delayed?

The word is, according to Michael Bay himself, that the studio is dragging their heels with a Transformers (Filmstalker review) sequel, and with that Bay is off. It seems that Michael Bay is not one to hang about and would rather be working, and so he may well try and...

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Sex and the City gains more original cast

Another couple of stars from the Sex and the City television series have been confirmed for the film outing, and they are both men. Jason Lewis, Evan Handler and David Eigenberg are both signed for the film according to New Line. How are they you may ask? Well it's easy...

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Die Hard gets Blu-ray rework

Fox Home Entertainment has dramatically altered its release plans for the Die Hard series on Blu-ray, and for the better. Originally the plan was to release the first three Die Hard films as a box set and the new Die Hard 4.0 (Live Free or Die Hard) (Filmstalker review) as...

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Old News: Funny Games trailer

Where have you all been? Three days ago right here....

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Director's commentary for The Fountain online

One would hope that the Director's Commentary for The Fountain would have actually been on the DVD, and while it seems that Darren Aronofsky was keen to do it, Warner Brothers weren't, perhaps they'd written off the film already. So, as Director's seem to be thinking of doing more and...

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Considine is not in Punisher 2

Paddy Considine is not going to be starring in The Punisher sequel, The Punisher: War Zone, and he seems quite thankful of it. However it's not because he turned it down, it's because the first choice decided to come onboard after the filmmakers offered him a chance. Isn't Hollywood a...

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Lou Ferrigno in Incredible Hulk

Cameo's are cool. That's official, and you would more than expect that The Incredible Hulk would have to feature Lou Ferrigno, and you'd be right. Lou Ferrigno was the original Hulk in the television series, covered in green paint and with green contacts in, but that was all he needed...

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New Postal trailer

There's a new Postal trailer online from Uwe Boll, and it looks a lot more acceptable and appealing then the rest, at least this is showing clips only of generally acceptable evil groups having the fun made of them, but the end of it does promise that it will offend....

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What's it Gonna Be / Million Dollar Strong for the big screen

MTV Films are adapting the YouTube video Million Dollar Strong to the big screen. The video has Mike O'Connell and Ken Jeong as a delusional rapper and an Asian foreign exchange student harassing a poor woman at closing time in a bar in the music video What's It Gonna Be?...

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Stalked: Rule Number One, Thousand Splendid Suns

Action thriller Rule Number One starts filming in Hong Kong and Steven Zaillian will adapt the follow-up novel to The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns. The Singaporean Director Kelvin Tong has started filming Rule Number One in Hong Kong, an action thriller that follows the events after a man...

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September 16, 2007

Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle

Film Five Stars
Initially I decided that I should see this film because there was a gap in my schedule and the film was the first Gaelic feature with high production values, and since I was born a Highlander, I couldn't not. It's often these gap fillers and "almost didn't see" films that...

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Filmstalker's Week: 9th to 16th September 2007

I'm going to try something new here, a weekly round up of news, features and competitions on Filmstalker. There's some good stuff here, and if you've missed any you'll find all the best stuff right here. This has actually opened my eyes to just how much I write in a...

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September 15, 2007

The Heartbreak Kid new clip and trailer

I'm not such a big fan of the comedy genre that relies on body gags and slapstic, and so The Heartbreak Kid passed me by when the trailer came out and I was quite happy for it. However I've actually just watched it, and there are a couple of really...

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Darkness singer joins Spacey in Joe Meek film

According to reports Justin Hawkins, the ex-lead singer of the Darkness, and Carl Barat, the ex-guitarist for the Libertines, have signed up for a biographical film of the famous music producer Joe Meek called Telstar. Meek is particularly well known for his work with The Tornados' and their song Telstar....

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Update: Iron Man trailer false footage?

Seems like a major news source is trying to scaremonger amongst the fans of Iron Man by claiming that Iron Man will not be flying in the upcoming film and that he'll always travel on the ground. Hold up you say, I saw him flying loads in the trailer. Yes,...

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Considine in Punisher sequel

The news that Paddy Considine is in the Punisher sequel, Punisher: War Zone, wasn't that exciting enough to write about for me, until I had a wee think about it and what it might suggest for the sequel. Paddy Considine has just come off of The Bourne Ultimatum (Filmstalker review)...

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Death Proof non-U.S. release uncut

It didn't strike me as that important when I first read about the various cuts made in the U.S. cinema release of Grindhouse's Death Proof and then saw the non-U.S. cut for myself at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. At the time I didn't appreciate that I seemed to be...

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September 14, 2007

See pre-release screenings for free

Do you fancy seeing a free film? A film that's not being released to the general public for a good few weeks? Not just any film either, but big releases? Well you can if you want to, thanks to Filmstalker. I can get you into these preview screenings for free...

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Hollywood rapes Paddington Bear

It's a never ending conveyor belt, Hollywood finds a genre and sucks it dry. Next up for the television series remake is Paddington Bear, yes that kids show that I grew up with is going to be a film. The first thing that springs to mind, after what the hell...

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Stalked: Zwigoff on $40,000 and Valkyrie in Germany

The $40,000 Man comedy gets a Director and Valkyrie is going to shoot in Germany after all....

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Transylvania

Film One Star
When I booked myself in for this press screening I must have been drawn to the name of Asia Argento, because come the time to see the actual film I turned up at the Edinburgh Filmhouse with no idea what I was watching. However not even the delights of Asia...

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Petersen's The Grays script review

When I heard that Whitley Strieber's The Grays (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk) was being made into a film with Wolfgang Petersen at the helm I thought we could be in for something rather interesting, perhaps what X-Files 2 should be and isn't. However now a review of the script has appeared...

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Funny Games teaser online

The teaser is online for Michael Haneke's big Hollywood remake of his own film, made just ten years ago. This version leads with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, and tells the story of a family who visit their holiday home only to be visited by two psychotic men...

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Jackie Chan looks for successor

Jackie Chan is running a reality show to find his own replacement, someone who he could train and empower with all his knowledge to go on to make new films, presumably another series of Rush Hour or something. Jackie Chan's Disciples is a Chinese series where people can audition to...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Michael Clayton and Assassination of Jesse James

There are two sets of clips online for the George Clooney starring Michael Clayton and the Brad Pitt starring The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and what's interesting for me is that I got bored and disinterested with the Assassination clips but was drawn to the...

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DiCaprio and Vinnie Jones team up?

Unbelievably this isn't a joke. Leonardo DiCaprio and Vinnie Jones could well be set to team up in a new film together, Vinnie Jones has really taken a leap forward with this film. DiCaprio and Jones have been named as starring together in a film called Freedom Within the...

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September 13, 2007

Shake Hands with the Devil feature trailer online

Shake Hands with the Devil (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) really shook me, it has made me think of foreign affairs in a different light and examine the poor politics of our so called civilised countries that make up the UN. It's a harrowing and moving book, and one that needs to...

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Studio pre-strike schedule reveals coming films

There's a strike coming and it's going to hit Hollywood hard. The Screen Actors, Directors and Writers Guilds are all going on strike at the same time, maybe their conditions are so hard that they can't afford to eat, or their child mortality rate is low, or perhaps they are...

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The Fast and the Furious 4 gets Director

Update: 03/10/2007: Latest News: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are officially in talks for the fourth film and Justin Lin is confirmed as Director. Before we've just heard seriously vague rumours, or fans posting comments saying that the film is definitely on. Now though the studio has put it in...

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King's Talisman dead again?

I rate Stephen King's The Talisman as probably the second best story he has to date that could make it to the big screen, right behind The Dark Tower. Recently the news that the project was heading to the television as a mini-series was good enough, but now it might...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Elizabeth and King of California

There are eight clips online for Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and they all look very powerful, and there's also a short but exciting clip for the King of California starring Michael Douglas. Both sets of clips promise very strong performances from their stars and are well worth...

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Hancock set photo reveals plot twist

Hancock is the film from Peter Berg that sees Will Smith as a Superhero struggling with alcoholism and trying to court the married woman of Charlize Theron, all the while a PR Consultant has been hired to revamp his image. Sounds interesting, and then the killer shot I just saw...

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Stalked: Mortensen in Road, Murphy in Dali and Gervais in Truth

Viggo Mortensen is looking to star in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Cillian Murphy joins Al Pacino in a Dali tale, and Ricky Gervais will co-direct and star in This Side of Truth. Perhaps this one will turn out to be true. From Variety comes the story that Ricky Gervais is...

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September 12, 2007

Win Jindabyne DVD's

You can win one of three Jindabyne (Filmstalker review) DVD's on Filmstalker, it's really easy too. This competition is for UK residents only and can win you a DVD of this superb film which I was lucky enough to see at last years Edinburgh International Film Festival. It stars Gabriel...

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Affleck's Gone Baby Gone delayed over kidnapping?

Ben Affleck is apparently considering whether or not to release his film Gone Baby Gone in the UK because of the real life case of the missing, presumed kidnapped, child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann's parents claim that she was kidnapped from their holiday home while they were having dinner with...

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New Saw IV teaser online

Earlier today a new teaser for Saw IV appeared online touted as a clip of the autopsy of a major character – I'm refraining from the Saw III (Filmstalker review) spoilers until later on in the story – and it was quickly removed with a statement that the studio had...

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Buck Rogers returns

You know just as I thought the remake of classics might be calming down we get hit with the Tron remake the other day and now we hear that Buck Rogers in the 25th Century looks like the next to get the Hollywood reimagining treatment. According to one of my...

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Kung Fu starts casting

The film remake of the classic television series Kung Fu starring David Carradine has been quiet of late, but there's just word out that the casting call has been made for Carradine's replacement. Kung Fu saw David Carradine as a wandering Shaolin Monk who would defend the rights of the...

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Lee cut Lust, Caution for China

Ang Lee is having to cut some thirty minutes of footage from his new film Lust, Caution for Chinese cinemas. However rather than leave his film to someone else to hack apart or for it not to be released at all, he's overseen his own cut and removed sex scenes...

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Stalked: Hollyoaks star in Dark Knight, Scorsese, Douglas and Yeoh awarded

Sarah Jayne Dunn from Hollyoaks will be in The Dark Knight and various stars are receiving honours including Michelle Yeoh, Michael Douglas and Martin Scorsese. The news that Sarah Jayne Dunn is to star in The Dark Knight may not mean much to most people, but to fans of the...

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Pompeii epic destroyed?

It seems that the epic film that was planned for Pompeii may well be destroyed before it really got started, and it seems to be the biggest hit from the upcoming actors strike – that or something else happened and it seems that this was the easiest thing to blame....

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Norton joins Pitt on State of Play

Edward Norton is joining Brad Pitt on the U.S. version of the British series State of Play which is to be directed by Kevin Macdonald and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. We already knew the news about Brad Pitt, and the teaming up with Norton sounds a superb combination again,...

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Pink horror Catacombs finally released

I'm surprised that the first film outing from Pink has been hidden for so long, and not because she was in it but because Catacombs sounded like such a great concept for a horror. A group of hardcore partiers go to an underground and illegal rave one night, the most...

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September 11, 2007

Die Hard 4.0 on Blu-ray

I've just received the specifications for the Blu-ray release of Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free or Die Hard), I know which title I prefer! The DVD and Blu-ray releases are due on the 29th of October with a single DVD release at £19.99, a two disc DVD release at...

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DANCE:FILM 07 film festival

When I first read the press details about the Dance Film Festival in Scotland I was wondering just what this could be about and if it could be any good. I mean what films could it possibly include? Well then I got a sudden surprise, especially when the screenings start...

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TRON remake moving forward

Joseph Kosinski has already been signed up to Direct and polish the script for the Logan's Run remake, but word today is that he's in negotiations and not far from signing up to work on the new TRON film, according to the news he's going to work on the visual...

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Law plays Hamlet while McGregor plays Othello

It seems that more Hollywood stars are taking to the stage, and some with the most unlikeliest of roles. Jude Law has signed up to play Hamlet under the direction of the great Kenneth Branagh, who has just finished directing him in Sleuth. This follows Ewan McGregor taking to the...

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Walled In with Barton, Unger and Bright

Mischa Barton, Deborah Kara Unger and Cameron Bright are set to star in an interesting sounding thriller from French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, marking his first English language film. Walled In is based on Serge Broselot's bestselling French novel Les Emmeures and has Mischa Barton playing the representative of a demolition...

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Stalked: Stepfather gets Director, Cheadle in another Hotel

Don Cheadle amusingly swaps his Rwanda Hotel for one filled with dogs, while the remake of the horror film Stepfather gains Nelson McCormick as a Director. I have never seen the original Stepfather, the story of a teenage boy who finds out that his Stepfather is a serial killer who...

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There Will Be Blood second trailer

There's a second trailer for the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood online, and thankfully this one makes a lot more sense than the previous one we saw. The film stars the superb talents of Daniel Day-Lewis and Ciarán Hinds in a film about a Texas prospector played...

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Rogue website and trailer online

The previous Rogue clips haven't left me feeling inspired, but the one that heads up the new Rogue website does look pretty strong. In fact it looks like something I might just watch. Still, I can't help but feeling that this is a strange choice for Greg McLean, who gave...

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Watchmen site live with surprises

When a film site usually goes live there's not much content, and when it does come there's the usual fare. However with the Watchmen site something is very clear, the filmmakers here are deadly serious, they really are loving the material right from the outset. You can see that in...

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Oldboy on Blu-ray

The specifications for Oldboy on Blu-ray are superb, and rather interesting at the same time. Forget your format war for the moment, that war that concentrates on the technical internals of programming and other such dull and non-consumer interested facts, look at the specifications for the Oldboy (Filmstalker review) release...

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Hudson in Sex and the City

Jennifer Hudson could be joining the Sex and the City film, and I'll say it up front right now, she's not replacing any character, she's in negotiations to play the assistant to Carrie Bradshaw, the character played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Okay, I wrote that without referring to the source...

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September 10, 2007

Iron Man trailer in HD

The trailer for Iron Man has been let out early for good behaviour, and while it isn't as impactful as the teaser that I wrote about before, it is looking superb. I think what this trailer does is build more of the story and introduce us to more of the...

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Total Recall remake?

Apparently so, there's either going to be a remake or a sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger science fiction film Total Recall, and it may just include the man himself. It seems that the Weinstein's bought the rights to Total Recall some time ago and have been planning a sequel with...

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Iron Man teaser teaser online

The teaser for the teaser for Iron Man is out, and I'm surprised it's carrying so much footage, otherwise this would be a total non-story. As it is there's plenty to gleam from the pre-teaser clip including a couple of shots of Iron Man in both sets of armour. Nice....

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Penn and Damon on Milk biographical film

Both Sean Penn and Matt Damon have been signed up to play leads in the Gus Van Sant film of the 1970's San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Although it seems that Sean Penn is a definite for the film, with an uncertain start date Matt Damon may not be able...

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Brody joins Natali's Splice

A rumour without any source has Adrien Brody joining the next science fiction film from Vincenzo Natali called Splice. The story is about DNA splicing, hence the name. Two scientists are working on human DNA and against all moral, ethical and legal boundaries they splice it with animal DNA and...

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Saw 4 second teaser trailer

There's another teaser trailer for Saw IV online, well it's more a teaser for a return to the Saw franchise as there's plenty of footage from the other Saw films and just a hint from the new Saw IV. What it does do is remind us where Saw III (Filmstalker...

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Indiana Jones IV title and plot details

Shia LeBeouf gave the new title for the Indiana Jones film away at the MTV Video Music Awards the other night, and it's a long winded one at that: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull That's the title for Indiana Jones IV then. Not back to the...

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Cuaron's Shock Doctrine clip

Shock Doctrine (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) is a book from Naomi Klein which looks at the concept of economic shock therapy, something I hadn't heard about until reading this story, and she's just received a huge boost from Alfonso Cuarón. After she wrote to him to try and get a short...

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Boll's Postal three minutes online

The first three minutes of Postal are online just in time to commemorate September the 9th. I'm not entirely sure that the marketing people have gotten this right and I think that this may just cause a backlash, however I might be wrong. Then again pigs might fly and Uwe...

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Coogan in Hamlet 2

Steve Coogan isn't really a comedian that has worked well on the big screen for me, however it seems that he's going to make another film outing in a comedy called Hamlet 2. According to Variety through AICN, Steve Coogan and Catherine Keener are starring in a film directed by...

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September 9, 2007

The Home Song Stories

Film Three Stars
The Home Song Stories is a slow building film which boasts some good storytelling and characterisation, and a fantastic performance from Joan Chen. It tells the story of Rose, a nightclub singer from China who sees a better life for herself and her two children in Australia when she meets...

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Komma

Film Two Stars
Reading the plot and seeing the opening of Komma I was tremendously excited, it really does capture you and instantly drag you into a strong thriller. The opening is superbly handled with the slow reveal of a man waking up in a strange and sterile room, which shows some subtle...

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Saxon

Film One Star
Saxon is a strange film and is described as a modern day western set on a housing estate in England, something that does describe it well, although it misses the noir touch that the film also carries. However although these styles and genres are apparent in the film there's just...

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Winners at Venice, Ang Lee takes Best Film

The winners are out of Venice, and there aren't many surprises. Brian De Palma has won Best Director for Redacted, his Iraq war film. Cate Blanchett has taken the Best Actress for I'm Not There, the film about Bob Dylan in various stages of his life and career played by...

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Cleaner trailer online

The Cleaner trailer is online, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes and Luis Guzmán, and it seems it takes a great idea and turns it into a normal crime thriller, although looking at it it does seem like it's a good crime thriller. The story has Samuel L....

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September 8, 2007

Rambo “trailer” online

Now I write trailer in quotes as the so called trailer is more a sequence of gory clips strung together as one. However, forget the titling of what the clip is or isn't, this is another hugely powerful clip from the upcoming John Rambo. I'm really getting excited about this...

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Shyamalan talks Avatar

I had no real idea what Avatar: The Last Airbender was about until I heard about the M. Night Shyamalan project, and what he has been saying about the story has me even more interested. Interested enough to hunt out the series and have a look for myself. The story...

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The Orphanage (El Orfanato) gets Hollywood remake

The Orphanage (El Orfanato) is a film from Juan Antonio Bayona, a new Director under the wing of Guillermo del Toro, and it is getting a release starting next month in Spain with only Finland, Turkey and a limited U.S. release due afterwards. Yet already the reports are that the...

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Bond 22 still lacking leading characters

A number of rumours are out about Bond 22, and most of them are just that, rumour. However we are hearing confirmation of a few old stories, mainly that Bond 22 will be a continuation of Casino Royale, and we'll see Bond go after the next people in the terrorist...

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Anderson's Transsiberian trailer online

There's a trailer for the much awaited Transsiberian film from Brad Anderson and starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley and Emily Mortimer. Although the trailer doesn't give a completely cohesive look at the story, it does show us that it's going to be a powerful film and powerful performances from the...

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Gellar's Addicted now Possession trailer online

Sarah Michelle Gellar was set to star in a remake of the Korean horror Jungdok called Addicted, well there's not much been heard of it until now we see an extended trailer and word that it's had a name change from Addicted to Possession. The film is about a woman...

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Nine minutes of Whisper online

There's nine minutes of the horror film Whisper starring Josh Holloway online, and it isn't looking that bad really. I say that because the film has been so delayed that it seems it might be due to it not being that good a film, however the nine minutes do suggest...

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September 7, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

Film Three Stars
I hate Shaky-cam, I like Paul Greengrass, I like Matt Damon, and I liked the story hidden beneath the blur of the first two Bourne films, so what was there to do but go and see the third. While most are hailing it as the greatest of the series, I...

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Poster giveaway! Brave One, Signed Flying Scotsman!

Here's a great competition for anyone in the UK, U.S. and Canada. I have seven posters to give away, amongst them are posters for the Jodie Foster film The Brave One, a unique, one of a kind poster for The Flying Scotsman, the Robin Williams starrer License to Wed, and...

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Greenaway's Nightwatching courts controversy

Peter Greenaway's new film Nightwatching tries to unravel the mysteries of the famous painting of the Musketeer Militia which is known as Night Watch. It looks at the story of how it came to be commissioned and presents the idea that Rembrandt not only ridiculed the Militia in the painting...

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Petersen on Strieber's Grays

We already heard that Michael Bay was in talks to direct the Whitley Strieber novel 2012: The War for Souls, and we had heard that Sam Raimi was looking into another Strieber novel The Grays (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk). Now though he has announced that Sony has attached Wolfgang Petersen to...

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Stalked: Five Killers, Will Smith acts more and Fiennes joins Knightley

The man who directed Good Luck Chuck is heading towards the action and thriller genres for his next film, Will Smith is to fall in love after trying to commit suicide, and Ralph Fiennes is playing the Duke to Keira Knightley's The Duchess....

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Robotech the movie

I've always wondered why television and films about robots that join together and make one big robot always seemed to be made over Robotech, but perhaps the straight robot action of Transformers (Filmstalker review) had something to do with changing the minds of the studios, for now Warner Brothers have...

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McKidd says he could be Thor

Kevin McKidd, like so many other actors, knew nothing about him being considered for the role of Thor on the big screen, but while he knew nothing his agents knew everything. A typical scene for an actor. While we were all talking about the possibility of Kevin McKidd becoming the...

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Stalked reviews: Magneto and Sleuth

I know you're wondering how a review of Magneto could be on the Interplageriser already, well that's because it's a script review, and the word is that it's a stonker of a dark and violent script. Also there is an interesting review from TIFF for Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth remake which...

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September 6, 2007

Sex trafficking Trade trailer online

Back in December of 2006 I wrote about Trade, a film starring Kevin Kline that looked into the illegal and terrifying trade in human beings for sex. Now there's a trailer online for it and it's looking very powerful. Kevin Kline heads up the cast for the film that tells...

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Gere unhappy with The Hunting Party

Apparently Richard Gere is unhappy with the ending of his new film The Hunting Party, or rather he debated the ending with the Director Richard Shepard quite a bit on set. Currently, without any spoilers for anyone, the ending is quite violent and doesn't sit well with the message that...

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Travolta receives Kirk Douglas Award

John Travolta is to receive the second annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film by the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and Kirk Douglas will be presenting the award himself. Two powerful actors, both with dimples. It's great that the award will be presented by Kirk Douglas, a complete legend...

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Cusack says a quarter of his films are good

John Cusack has said that he's only made ten good films, or rather there's not forty that are great. His comment apparently includes Grosse Pointe Blank and Being John Malkovich in those ten. John Cusack's career spans fifty-five films according to IMDB, so I'm surprised that he feels there are...

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Cohen's Mummy blog talks Rachel Weisz

Over on Rob Cohen's The Mummy blog he's been addressing the change from Rachel Weisz to Maria Bello, and he's written up really well and, I think, explained the move away. However, it seems in the comments section that someone has revealed that they are removing comments that are overly...

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I, Claudius the film

I, Claudius was a novel you know, not just the BBC 1976 television series starring Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Brian Blessed, Ian Ogilvy, Kevin McNally, Patrick Stewart, John Rhys-Davies and so on, it was a novel before that. Now the novel (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk) from Robert Graves is to be...

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Stalked: Two minutes of IMAX Transformers and To directs online novel

Not only will the IMAX version of Transformers carry a whole two minutes of film saving footage, but Johnny To is set to lead a trilogy based on a successful online novel....

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Andrzej Bartkowiak directing Street Fighter

Andrzej Bartkowiak is set to direct the new Street Fighter film according to reports. At first I was wondering who he was (no offence intended) then I caught some directorial credits, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle to the Grave, while his cinematography includes Falling Down, Speed and Thirteen Days....

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Stalked: Cheadle Traitor, Vikings, Beatles Help DVD

In this Stalked edition there are some big names for some interesting new films: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels and Neal McDonough starring in a spy turned evil (maybe) thriller called Traitor. Sean Bean, Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish starring in a Viking film called Last Battle Dreamer. The...

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Update: Downtime this morning / Search down

Apologies for the downtime, I just found out when it happened. A disk problem meant the server was taken offline for a couple of hours for a rebuild. Thanks for your patience and apologies again. Update: The MT search function is being temporarily removed to allow the hosting team to...

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Accidental Husband four minute clip online

We haven't really heard that much about The Accidental Husband, a romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan until this four minute compilation clip came online, and you know what, it doesn't look that bad...for a romantic comedy. I think for me the only really weak...

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September 5, 2007

3:10 to Yuma

Film Three Stars
Despite having to give up two tickets to 3:10 to Yuma because of my stinking cold, I still managed to get a review out of it thanks to another friend Patrick. Many thanks for this, and hopefully I'll get my own review up when it gets released next week. In...

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Updated: New Smart Code advertising for 28 Weeks Later

This, my technology minded friends, is called a QR Code. It, along with something called a Data Matrix, is a new form of advertising that is rather big in Japan and is coming to the UK with the DVD release of 28 Weeks Later. Using a not too old mobile...

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Kevin Smith on Red State

Kevin Smith has been talking about his horror film that he's just written called Red State, and while it's been highly reported I just wanted to pick out a couple of points that I found of particular interest in the interview. The two most interesting points were his comparisons of...

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Batman 3 with Ledger and Catwoman

While I'm cutting back on some of the rumours on the site I really couldn't resist this one, and it comes from a site that is quite reliable when it comes to rumours. For the third Batman film not only is the word that Heath Ledger will return as Joker,...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Valkyrie cast and Shoot 'Em Up sex

The Valkyrie cast have appeared online in character with a moody set photo that looks rather stunning. It features Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Kevin McNally, Christian Berkel and David Schofield, a superb cast who look even better on set and in costume. I'm dying to see...

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Stalked: Don't Look Up, Atlas Shrugged, Helen, Soul Code

Hideo Nakata's horror film Don't Look Up (Joyuu-rei) is to be remade by the Director of Dumplings in an English language version (read Hollywood remake). Atlas Shrugged gains a new Writer and Director in one and moves further forward to actually being made. Helen replaces Gillian Anderson with Ashley Judd....

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Beowulf R-rated trailer online

It wasn't that long ago that we had the International trailer for Beowulf that was unrated with a naked Angelina Jolie, well now we have the U.S. R-rated trailer for Beowulf. The new trailer looks to be R-rated for a very quick leg pulling off scene which has a quick...

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Aleister Crowley film gets UK and Ireland release

Chemical Wedding, which was written by Bruce Dickinson the lead singer of Iron Maiden, has been bought by Warner Brothers for distribution in the UK and Ireland. The film has Simon Callow playing Aleister Crowley, once dubbed the wickedest man in the world. The Chemical Wedding is actually an Iron...

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Nicolas Cage as Magnum P.I.?

Nicolas Cage I used to think was a good actor, a great on screen personality. Then something happened, or rather nothing did, and he just kept playing the same character and his film choices became poorer and poorer. Now he's being linked with the Magnum P.I. film role, and my...

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Superbad

Film Four Stars
I recently managed to get tickets to an early screening of Superbad, however I'm struggling with a stinking cold and I would be more of an annoyance to the rest of the audience than anything. So I asked my friend Nick to attend, and he did, kindly writing up a...

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September 4, 2007

Evening trailer with amazing female talent

The trailer for Evening is here in various formats and sizes and I was amazed at how easily it touched me. More than that I was struck by the sheer weight of talent in the film. Evening is adapted from the Susan Minot novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and is directed...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button script reviewed

There is an incredibly detailed review online for the script of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the film from David Fincher starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The story is about a man who starts to age backwards when, in...

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Bourne defects to Bond

You could look at this story either way, the makers of Bond are admitting that Bourne is beating them, or the man behind the action in Bourne has defected across to Bond. Really though it's not either, the guy behind the Bourne action has decided that since the series is...

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Another rubbish videogame to film

At times I have to ask myself what is going on in studio executives heads as it is announced today that the videogame Joust is to be made into a film. Now for those of you who don't know or remember, Joust is a game where you are a knight...

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Reprise trailer online

Reprise is a small film that is gathering quite a bit of praise from some major places, and the trailer is right here. The film was the winner of the Diesel Discovery Award at Toronto International Film Festival, and reviewers from such places as the New York Times and Variety...

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September 3, 2007

Zombie's u-turn on remakes

Stephen Susco, the writer of the Grudge remake, has dug out an excellent article where Rob Zombie says that there is no way he'd remake Dawn of the Dead or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because he'd just look like and idiot. Actually his words are a bit stronger, and he...

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Dennehy and Leguizamo join De Niro and Pacino

There's casting news out for the Righteous Kill film, which brings Al Pacino and Robert De Niro together again, that makes the film sound far more interesting than the previous news of 50 Cent. Now John Leguizamo, Dan Futterman and currently in talks, Brian Dennehy. If it really gets you...

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New Vantage Point trailer online

A new cut of the Vantage Point trailer has arrived online and it is still looking very strong, it seems to concentrate particularly on the performance of Dennis Quaid, although not as much as the previous trailer. That trailer we saw before was slightly longer, and I fear gave a...

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New Mother of Tears trailer

There's a new Mother of Tears, or La Terza Madre, trailer for the latest horror film from Dario Argenta online, and this one certainly should come with a warning of horror and gruesomeness. Thankfully it's also in English so we get a little more of the plot and characters. Still...

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Ridley Scott says technology damaging cinema

While to a degree I agreed with Ridley Scott's recent comments about the state of science fiction in Hollywood, I certainly find it hard to agree with his view that technology is destroying the cinema experience, particularly as he claims it's the small screen technology that's doing it. During the...

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Corey Haim off Lost Boys 2?

It seems that those rumours of the difficulty of getting Corey Haim onto the set of Lost Boys 2: The Tribe have paid out, and the press release today tells us that he isn't going to be in the sequel. The official press release does give us more on the...

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Hammer Horror to start Internet filming

Back in May I wrote about the news that the famous British horror film studio, Hammer Horror, had been bought by a Dutch company and were to restart production, however the news all those months back was that it would be producing titles directly to the Internet. Well it seems...

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September 2, 2007

Waz

Film Four Stars
I had no idea what to expect with this film, the thought that it might be a slick, polished Hollywood thriller was at the fore of my mind, particularly with the cast it carried. Stellan Skarsgård and Melissa George headlined, and combining the kind of films that these two actors...

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Breath (Soom)

Film Three Stars
It's difficult what to think of this film from Kim Ki-duk the Director of the surprising and beautiful Bin-jip (3-Iron) (Filmstalker review). I really wanted to love this film, but there's just a little too much left unexplored and unexplained, and I was left with a feeling of wanting to...

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Sean Bean in Milgram obedience film?

Previously on Filmstalker I wrote about Sean Bean's new film The Cache and we had the barest of plot outlines at the time. Now though there's a much bigger plot appeared and it sounds fascinating the film also gets a title rename as it is now called The Root of...

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September 1, 2007

I'm a Cyborg but that's OK

Film Five Stars
Okay, how do I begin to describe this film? I had no idea what to expect from Chan-wook Park's latest film was a bit of a mystery to me, despite having seen the trailer and read about the film early on in it's development. Let me see if I can...

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Breach

Film Three Stars
In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill is told...

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Butterfly on a Wheel trailer online

We recently heard that the Gerard Butler, Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello starrer Butterfly on a Wheel was renamed to Shattered, but there's been no other word from the film until now, and the reveal of the trailer, and oh my, it's a good one and I have it right...

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Cruise speaks about Valkyrie responsibility

Tom Cruise has said his first official words on the subject of Valkyrie and the character of the German officer who turned against the Nazi war machine of Adolf Hitler, a man who has become something of a admirable character through time. I know I may be really unpopular saying...

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Saw IV teaser trailer

The rather cool but disappointingly light teaser trailer for Saw IV has arrived online and it's giving away next to nothing. I have to say that I was hoping for some more from the teaser, but it does show that there's a lot of style in the film, and more...

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Sean Kingston denied B.I.G.

Well after Sean Kingston was bragging about how he has been given a chance to play Notorious B.I.G., the producers have been thinking otherwise, and today they've denied knowledge of him gaining the lead role. At the time I was dubious, for the producers had just issued an open casting...

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