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November 30, 2007

Justice League gets Batman and sexy Wonder Woman

There's some interesting Justice League rumour type news on the Interflab (so named because it's bulgingly overweight and in need of a diet), first up there's news that someone has been cast for the role of Batman, and secondly the film has found its Wonder Woman too. Now you'll have...

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Oldman in A Christmas Carol

Gary Oldman is apparently going to be in the next production of A Christmas Carol according to a rumour on the Interflab. The next Christmas Carol is a Robert Zemeckis version that will use...yes you guessed it, more of his unnecessary and very creepy motion capture technique....

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Week's Films to Stalk: 30th November to 6th December

Welcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk. This lists all the UK releases in cinema and the films on non-subscription television this week that I'd recommend watching, or in a few cases would recommend steering clear of. Watch out for the Filmstalker hotdog award for favourites. Despite this being...

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Norton to direct comedy

Edward Norton is a fine actor, of that there's no question. Actually there's a few questions as his career choices show, but he can deliver a blistering performance given the right script. Now he's going to take the biggest challenge of his career, but this time it's with comedy and...

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly trailer online

I just caught the trailer for Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) online and it looks rather intriguing. It tells the true story of the editor of the French Elle magazine who believes that he's living life to the full, until he has a stroke with...

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Connery directs horror

I wondered what had happened to Jason Connery after he replaced Michael Praed in Robin of Sherwood the superb television series that introduced a great mystical element into the story. Well now he's directing, and he's directing a horror film no less with a superb cast including Cuba Gooding Jr.,...

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New Star Trek Enterprise is the same

It looks like the new Enterprise in J.J. Abrams Star Trek is going to be much the same as the one we knew from the original series as someone who has been on the set of the interior of the ship and seen the models reveals. Next we'll probably be...

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New Joker picture online

There's a new picture for the Joker online, and this one has him looking a bit more like Heath Ledger and less like the maniac we saw in the previous shot. His outfit looks great, but the face is a lot plainer and just looks like it has enhanced wrinkles...

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Studios offer Writers a new deal

The blackout was lifted on communications from the negotiations ongoing between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and the reveal is rather interesting. Although the Studios are saying little, the Writers statement reveals that the offer they've been bargaining around for the...

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November 29, 2007

Woody Allen leaves Barcelona

Rumour has it that Woody Allen has pulled his latest film out of shooting in Barcelona. He had been filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona there but apparently he's pulled the film out of Spain over disputes with Spanish funding....

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Friday the 13th - When is a remake not a remake?

According to an insider, Friday the 13th is not a remake. That would be like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes or Halloween weren't remakes. They were reimaginings or some such smoke and mirrors....

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Cruise and Spielberg honoured

Tom Cruise has received a German award for his willingness to take risks in his films, while Steven Spielberg has just won a Golden Globe for his contribution to entertainment. While the Steven Spielberg award requires no second thought, the award for Tom Cruise is rather dubious, and very surprising...

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Earth trailer

Earth is going to mark another stunning documentary from the BBC. It follows three different creatures and how their lives are on this fragile planet, particularly so with the changes it is undergoing so rapidly. The photography looks to be amazing, and the story equally so, and I've just been...

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Create your own Simpsons DVD cover!

I've just been handed the specifications for The Simpsons Movie standard and Blu-ray DVD's and there's tons of content on there to be had for Simpson's fans. The Simpsons Movie is the first big screen outing for the long running and highly successful television series. It sees Homer trying to...

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Hitman

Film Two Stars
Hitman Hitman is the adaptation of the EIDOS videogame, as the credits proudly tell us at the start of the film, and tells the story of Agent 47, possibly the best hitman in the world who was genetically engineered and altered psychologically from a very early age. Bald, and tattooed...

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Samuel L. Jackson takes rubbish roles

Although Samuel L. Jackson has produced some great roles, there's a lot to say that he's had some rubbish ones too, and the easiest thing to do there is to look to his upcoming films. Soul Men and The Man That Rocks the Cradle are two examples of his Snakes...

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Bonds Baseball and drugs film

Here come the sports biographies. Having just written about Jake Gyllenhaal to play Joe Namath, the famous Jets American Football player, now news has arrived that the San Francisco Giants Baseball star Barry Bonds is going to get the biographical film treatment. Once again his story incorporates much more than...

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Craig says no to four Bonds signing

Daniel Craig has denied the previous reports that he had signed up for four more Bond films. Not just in an offhand way either, but pretty strongly. Previously the stories were out that he'd signed for four more films, and that had come from the head of MGM through the...

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Catholic group attacks Golden Compass

It seems that the Catholic church is still unhappy about the film, or rather the film promoting the trilogy of novels. We always new there was issue with the Philip Pullman novels from Catholic groups, that's why the film was changed so drastically to remove all the religious undertones, but...

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Writers and studios keep talking

This is now the set to be the fourth day of talks, if my finger adding up is right, and there seems to be no movement between the Writer's Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. However, that's now four days of talks, and in...

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New There Will Be Blood trailer

A new trailer for There Will Be Blood trailer has appeared online, and this one gives another strong look at the film as well as some striking visual moments. This is the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson and it tells the story of a prospector who arrives in an...

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November 28, 2007

Die Hard 4.0 (Live Free or Die Hard)

DVD Four Stars
Die Hard 4.0 is the fourth outing for Bruce Willis as John McClane. After a long gap and a big change in Hollywood there's a little concern over whether this would work, but the film turned out really well, and is perhaps the second best Die Hard in the series....

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New The Orphanage (El Orfanato) trailer online

There's a new trailer online for the Guillermo del Toro produced film The Orphanage (El Orfanato) from Director Juan Antonio Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sánchez. The film sees a woman returning to the house in which she was raised and deciding to turn it into an orphanage. Her son...

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Chain Letter horror - dumbest idea ever?

The story behind this film seems utterly ridiculous, but I have no doubt that it will make money and do well in the box office. Chain Letter is about a psychotic killer who murders people who haven't forwarded on his chain letter. He's called Chain Man and he kills people...

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Cuny: Master of Disaster film

The Man Who Tried to Save the World is a book by Scott Anderson (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) about the U.S. aid worker Fred Cuny, a man who also became known as the Master of Disaster, which is about to be made into a film. The rights to the book, as...

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Stalked: Rambo site, In Bruges QT trailer, and Schreiber in Repossession Mambo

The website for Rambo has appeared online, and it's looking pretty good. There's loads of interaction and plenty to do on the site. In Bruges has a downloadable Quicktime or MP4 trailer on its site, and Liv Schreiber has joined Repossession Mambo....

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Script review for Hell Ride

Hell Ride is the Larry Bishop written and directed film that is being produced and “presented by” Quentin Tarantino, and there's a script review appeared online. The film stars Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Eric Balfour as well as Larry Bishop himself. It tells the story of a group...

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Gyllenhaal to play Joe Namath

Joe Namath's time is a little before when my interest in American Football grew, and being over in Scotland that meant there wasn't that much for me to get interested in! However the news that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play Joe Namath in a biographical film sounds like a...

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Update: Fool's Gold trailer surprises in HD

You know I don't hold much hope out for these type of films, and the combination of Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey hadn't really hooked me in, but the trailer has done something surprising, it's caught my interest. McConaughey seems to be playing a more comic and less manly Dirk...

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Writers keep striking

Despite the rumours the other day that there was going to be a resolution to the strike in Hollywood by Christmas, there's a decidedly negative feeling after the talks were reopened on Monday. Even as the second day stretched into the evening and talks kept going, there seemed to be...

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November 27, 2007

First photos of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

There are some cracking shots of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones online, the first shots we've really seen outside of the publicity podcasts and such appearing on the official site. These three are proper film stills from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and one features Shia...

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New Hitman trailer, clips and animated shorts

There's a new trailer online for Hitman, and this one features a little more blood and a little more story. It's also a featuring some stylisn moments and some very Hitman looking shots. You can see the new trailer in multiple formats and sizes right here as well as three...

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The Other Boleyn Girl trailer online

The trailer for The Other Boleyn Girl has just arrived at Filmstalker in three different formats with three different sizes each, that means there's loads of ways to watch it. The film features Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana, the ladies playing the Boleyn sisters and Bana playing Henry...

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The Joker revealed

Empire had been planning a great reveal of a full photo for Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight, the next in the Batman franchise of films, but they've been beaten to it and someone has revealed the full photo online. The new magazine cover has the full photo which...

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Chan and Smith in Karate Kid? Rumour resurfaces

The rumour is resurfacing on the Interflab that Jackie Chan and Will Smith, along with his son Jaden Smith, are planning a remake of Karate Kid. Well isn't this just an exact copy of the story from September that Will Smith strongly denied?...

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Golden Compass ending explained

Chris Weitz, the director and writer of The Golden Compass film, has talked about his reasoning behind chopping the book ending off of the film and passing it onto the start of the next film, The Subtle Knife. He reveals that the author Philip Pullman is perfectly find with the...

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets real life treasure hunt online!

There's a huge competition online for the upcoming sequel to one of the silliest films ever, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and there are huge prizes to be won. Every two weeks theres treasure worth US $100,000 to be won and a grand prize of a Mercedes Benz at the...

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Bathory film in blackmail case

The Bathory film, about Elizabeth Bathory the seventeenth century countess who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins, is at the centre of a blackmail controversy today. Former production staff stole the film and were threatening to release it on the Internet if they weren't given GB £12,000. That's not...

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Stalked: Ruffalo joins DiCaprio and more Speechless shorts

Mark Ruffalo is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, and there are three more Speechless videos online with top actors coming out in support of the writers....

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Sweeney Todd videos online

There are loads of videos for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street online today, unfortunately I can't view them at the moment so it's up to you to have a look and report back. I want to know if we're seeing more singing, more of the musical side...

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Writer's strike to end?

There's a rumour going around the Interflab that the Writer's strike could be coming to an end. The talks between the Writers Guild of America and the long winded title for the Studios Guild, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, have apparently come up with positive results and...

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Watchmen's Rorschach caught on camera

I don't normally post photos of sets or such, only unless there's something really interesting in them, and this time there is. There are a batch of photos on the Watchmen site from the set itself, and I must say that some of the sets look spot on, and one...

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The Eye new trailer online

There's a new trailer for The Eye online and it looks rather good actually, except for one thing. The Eye is the Asian horror film originally from the Pang Brothers that tells the story of a blind woman who is given new eyes by a donor. Except she's starting to...

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American Gangster faces DEA action

It seems that American Gangster (Filmstalker review) has upset a few people it perhaps shouldn't have, namely one of the policemen who worked the original case. Gregory Korniloff was the case agent for the DEA and was heavily involved in the case, and according to rumour his attorney has sent...

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Alba on stage during actor's strike?

Jessica Alba might be preparing to head to the stage when the Actor's strike comes round as she prepares to head to Broadway. Apparently she is in talks to star in David Mamet's Speed the Plow, a role once played by Madonna....

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Stalked: Cusack and Gong, Cold Prey and Tom Swift

John Cusack and Gong Li are in negotiations to star in Shanghai before Pearl Harbour. Cold Prey, or Fritt vilt, is getting a North American distribution. The huge novel series Tom Swift, going since 1910, is going to be coming to screens in CGI or motion capture form....

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November 26, 2007

Actor's Speechless strike videos continue

Following on from the first three Speechless clips where A-List actors are speaking out for the striking writers in some clever short films, the next eight are online. The previous three starred Holly Hunter, Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss and Sean Penn. Now these star Jeff Garlin, the cast of...

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Christian Bale as new Terminator hero?

Okay this casting rumour is changing faster than Kylie on stage, as now Christian Bale is rumoured not to be playing Terminator in the fourth and franchise restart film, neither is he rumoured as being John Connor, the previous hero of the franchise. No, now he's being rumoured as being...

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Crowe to replace Pitt in State of Play

After Brad Pitt walked out of State of Play the other day over script issues it seems that Universal have been trying to find another big name star to take his place, and this weekend they have been concentrating on getting Russell Crowe. Crowe accepting, something we're due to hear...

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Indian train bombing film

The bombing of a commuter train in Mumbai last year that killed one hundred and eighty seven people is now set to be turned into a film. Mumbai Meri Jaan will be directed by Nishikant Kamat and recount the story through the eyes of a witness to the event. The...

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Documentary claims Nanking massacre lies

The Truth About Nanjing is a film from Japanese Director Satoru Mizushima who claims that the Chinese reported figures of civilian casualties are lies and propaganda, and that many of the eye witnesses were Communist spies. The film shows the Japanese view of the events after the World War II...

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Disney continues 3D trend

I'm a bit lost with all this 3D in films, I'm really finding it hard to understand and get a hold of. However Disney are right behind it and are releasing another 3D film, Bolt....

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Film to show Jesus' twin brother

The 13th Disciple sounds an interesting film and one that is set to court religious controversy. Robert Sigl is to make a film whose central premise is that Jesus had an evil twin brother who is reincarnated and begins a religious sect....

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November 25, 2007

Filmstalker's Week 19th to 25th November

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New Michael Hutchence documentary

The tenth anniversary of Michael Hutchence's death has marked the beginning of a new documentary about the man's life and his fame as the lead singer of INXS. David Leaf, the Producer, Writer and Director of The U.S. vs. John Lennon is set to direct this documentary which will be...

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Could Bale be the new Terminator?

The rumours are flying around Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, otherwise known as Terminator 4 and Christian Bale. When the previous rumour came out that he was to be playing John Connor I was surprised as he is clearly going to be better as a Terminator. So the rumour arrives...

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November 24, 2007

Week's Films to Stalk: 23rd to 29th November

Welcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk. This lists the UK releases in cinema and the films to see on non-subscription television this week. Despite this being for the films in the UK, it's not just about what's on, but about finding some films you haven't seen in a...

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Farrell's In Bruges trailer online

I wasn't really expecting that much from the trailer for In Bruges, a film starring Colin Farrell as a hitman who's hiding out in Bruges. Yeah, doesn't sound that great really. Then you add in the other factors. Brendan Gleeson plays the other hitman who is hiding out with him,...

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November 23, 2007

The Ruins news reveals nothing

Hasn't anyone read the novel? I find this story funny, mainly because internet sites are going wild about it as though there's some huge big reveal on the scale of Cloverfield or something. Well there's not. Yes the villain in Scott Smith's The Ruins (The Ruins / Amazon.com) is a...

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Pinewood Studios suffers from writer's strike

The victims of the writer's strike aren't just the writers nor the films that they aren't writing just now, there are other victims reaching across distances and even time itself...(is that a line from Rocky Horror?). The UK based studio Pinewood Shepperton have just been hit by a GB £3...

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Dark Knight marketing site online

There's a new marketing site for The Dark Knight online, and this one looks rather interesting. It's four pages of a Gotham City newspaper, the Gotham Times, and it contains loads of stories to fill the background of Gotham and the Dark Knight, as well as the growing spate of...

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Actors and Actresses support Writers

A series of short videos are appearing online which show the support from actors and actresses for the writer's current strike action, and hints at something far more worrying for Hollywood in the months to come. You see the contract between the Screen Actors (and Actresses) Guild of America and...

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Harry Potter Fans Can Win Movie Role

Harry Potter fans are going to get a chance to win a walk on part in the next instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the huge cast. An online competition that runs from today until...

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Stephen Chow's alien CJ7 trailer online

Stephen Chow's latest film is an interesting one, and I wonder if it can follow in the steps of the excellent Kung Fu Hustle (Filmstalker review). CJ7 is the story of a Chinese labourer whose song finds a new toy, or rather it finds him. As you can see from...

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Malkovich hiring internet writers

John Malkovich has an idea for a script, unfortunately he hasn't written much of it and needs writers to keep it going. The thing is all those writers are on strike, so it's up to us non-professional writers to get in on the act. Sony Viao have teamed up with...

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We Own the Night clips

We Own the Night is the upcoming film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg as brothers on different sides of the law who must team up to save themselves from the Russian mafia. So far We Own the Night is looking a strong film, it also stars Robert Duvall and...

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November 22, 2007

Taking Liberties

Film Four Stars
I have to admit that when I first heard about this film I thought it might either be just anti-government, anti-labour, or just some radical group complaining that their perfect communist state isn't happening the way they wanted. However the other night I watched the documentary and had an altogether...

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Vacancy

DVD Three Stars
I saw Vacancy in the cinema and was surprised at how strong the story was and how they didn't go too Hollywood on the whole. How they managed to concentrate on the main characters and their relationship and how this managed to come through the action and the tension. When...

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Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation?

The rumour is all over the Interflab this morning, and I mean all over, that Christian Bale has been signed up to play in McG's Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, otherwise known as Terminator 4. Now he's not the first character you might expect from the steely, sculptured man, apparently...

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Rec clips online

There are two clips online for the Spanish horror film [Rec] or Rec, obviously for the record button on video recorders, and while one offers a jump moment, the other gives the feel of the panic and tension that the film will convey. Rec is already planned as a Hollywood...

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Pitt drops out of State of Play

State of Play, the Hollywood version of the excellent British political television thriller, has just lost Brad Pitt. He's dropped out of the film due to script concerns after various meetings to try and iron out the issues....

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BIFA 2007 Nominations

The nominations are out for the British Independent Film Awards 2007, and there are some interesting choices this year. Hallam Foe, Control and Eastern Promises all appear a number of times, and both Daniel Craig and Ray Winstone are set to receive special awards. What's also great is that In...

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November 21, 2007

Cannonball Run remake

I loved the Cannonball Run, Burt Reynolds and “Him” aka Captain Chaos aka Dom DeLuise were fantastic, and the great line up of stars to race those cars were fantastic, but a remake? Well not yet anyway. The writer and creator of the original Cannonball Run film, Brock Yates, has...

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Argento's Mother of Tears trailer

The new The Mother of Tears (La Terza madre) trailer is online, the latest horror film from the legend that is Dario Argento and starring Asia Argento and that superb star Udo Keir. I've already seen a couple of trailers, and this one doesn't look the best, although it provides...

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Finally, Sweeney Todd reveals musical side

It has been ages coming and it has been hidden from every trailer we've seen, but now, finally, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has shown some of a musical number on screen, and I have it right here for you to view. Johnny Depp appears in the...

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Fast and the Furious 4 full plot revealed

So the Fast and the Furious 4 rumours are coming true as more of the original cast return for the fourth outing in the Fast and the Furious franchise, currently called The Fast and the Furious 4, the more I hear about it the more interested I am getting. Jordana...

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Golden Compass sues documentary

If there's ever a single most promising way to make a piece of entertainment successful it's by banning it or trying to ban it, we see it with songs and music videos all the time, so the news that New Line is trying to ban a documentary on The Golden...

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G-Force gains Cage, Buscemi, Nighy, Arnett and Morgan

Well I remember G-Force to have been quite a young crowd, but apparently they're a lot older in the film version as the following names seem to have been picked up for voicing the lead characters in the animated film version of the television series. Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and...

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Guy Pearce's Traitor plot

I love Guy Pearce, I think he's a stunning actor and even more amusing that he came from the Australian soap Neighbours and became such a huge actor. It's strange that the show also brought us Russell Crowe, Kylie, Danni Minogue, Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem and...

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Hitman sex scene looks awful

There's a sex scene online for the Hitman film, and it looks uncomfortably awful, in fact I squirmed my way through it. That's not because of the sleazy, sluttish behaviour of the woman in it, or the horrible lines Agent 47 utters, but just the whole against character moment the...

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Stalked: Watts on Angels & Demons, Rambo TV teaser

Also there's a TV teaser online for Rambo, and although it uses much of the material we've already seen and has really drawn me in, I have to say that the music choice just destroys the feeling from the original trailer. Now it feels more like irresponsible death and violence...

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November 20, 2007

Hasselhoff in Knight Rider film?

David Hasselhoff is the original Michael Knight from the television series Knight Rider, and according to reports today he's looking at returning to the role in the television film. The film is set to be a pilot to kick start a new series of the show that features a crime...

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Academy Awards Documentary shortlist

I can't believe that In the Shadow of the Moon (Filmstalker review) didn't make it to the shortlist of Documentaries for the Oscars this year. I mean what are the selection committee on to not think that that stunning film is worthy of an Oscar? Perhaps it doesn't qualify under...

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Final Destination 4 in 3D

Another gimmick comes out for the Final Destination franchise, although calling it a franchise seems a little above its station to be honest. Final Destination 4 has plans to be shot entirely in 3D and will feature a new group of teenagers cheating death that then comes calling for them...

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Martinez surfing biography

Bobby Martinez, the first Mexican-American to make the world surfing tour, is to receive the Hollywood biographical treatment. The story is set to follow his life in Southern California growing up in gang ridden areas, to his entry into the world of surfing, moving through the professional ranks and rise...

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The Oxford Murders trailer online

The first real trailer for Álex de la Iglesia's The Oxford Murders has arrived online, and it looks great, although at the moment I can't understand all the words as it's dubbed in Spanish, but it won't be long before we hear it in English, and the visuals look strong....

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes trailer online

I hadn't heard that much about The Poughkeepsie Tapes until recently, and so the appearance of the trailer is a nice surprise, and an intriguing one. Although the set-up and introduction is all very Blair Witch, the rest of it promises some seriously creepy moments as we witness, first hand,...

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Nine, Shantaram and Rum Diary delayed

According to various reports another three big films have been hit by the writer's strike. Nine, the Rob Marshall directed musical, Shantaram, the Mira Nair directed film, and The Rum Diary, the latest Hunter S. Thompson novel adaptation directed by Bruce Robinson, both these latter films were to star Johnny...

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Stalked: Miller in G.I. Joe, Singleton's Executive Order: Six

Sienna Miller has signed to play the female lead for G.I. Joe, according to Variety, a sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage, which sounds like Miller could play well. Now that sounds like it could be Lady Jaye. Well, that's not really excited me that much, we're still waiting on...

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November 19, 2007

High definition Cloverfield trailer reveals secret

The Cloverfield trailer has arrived in high quality, and it looks rather interesting, but with all the talk of people catching a glimpse of the monster I think they've missed something from the trailer, something that we never realised about the monster until now. Forget that it's big, comes from...

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Thor to be British?

Thor is not going to be seen moving forward until after the Writer's strike in the U.S., but the Director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that the film is going to be shot in Britain and suggests that the cast and crew will be British too. Apparently Thor filming has been...

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Cross is Sarek in Star Trek

Ben Cross, the man who is probably most known for his role in Chariots of Fire, is to join J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film. He's not joining as just any character either, it's Spock's father, Sarek....

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Chronicles of Riddick sequel possible

It looks like there might be a chance for a third Riddick film, and this is from the Director David Twohy himself. What's even more interesting is that he says rather than considering a film in similar style to Chronicles of Riddick, they'd think of something more akin to Pitch...

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Last King of Scotland wins BAFTA's

The Scottish BAFTA's have just been awarded and The Last King of Scotland has proven to be a big hit as it takes Best Film, Best Actor for James McAvoy, and Best Screenplay. Sophia Myles also took Best Actress for Hallam Foe, and the full awards are listed here, as...

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Pinkville gets struck by writers

Oliver Stone's return to Vietnam is the latest big budget film to be hit by the Writer's strike as United Artists have announced that they've stopped the film which was to begin production in December. Once again the reason given was the inability to refine the script and so the...

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Willis and Mostow on Surrogates

Bruce Willis is set to star in the adaptation of the comic book The Surrogates, which tells the story of a world where people live in isolation and interact through a robot of themselves which are much better looking versions of themselves. Jonathan Mostow, he who made a joke of...

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Van Sant beats Singer in Milk race

Milk and The Mayor of Castro Street are both biographical films of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to office in San Francisco in 1977. The following year he was murdered by the City Supervisor Dan White who also killed Mayor George Moscone. Gus Van Sant...

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Stalked: Garner, Gervais, Cross, Graham, Hershey, Curry, Clock Tower

Jennifer Garner looks set to join Ricky Gervais in This Side of Truth which he will co-direct, Joseph Cross, Heather Graham, Barbara Hershey and Tim Curry are starring in a Messiah mix-up story, and Eric Valette now looks to be directing Clock Tower....

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November 18, 2007

Filmstalker's Week: 12th to 18th November

Welcome to the weekly roundup of all things Filmstalker related. We'll be taking a look back at the trailers, reviews and news of last week. Don't forget you can suggest your own stories, or vote on existing ones by visiting Filmstalker Readers. Just click below for the weekly roundup....

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Good Luck Chuck competition

This has to be the oddest but best competition I've run, and perhaps the best marketing ever. This one's for Good Luck Chuck, the film starring Dane Cook, Dan Fogler, and of course the gorgeous Jessica Alba. The competition is pants. I mean you can win pants. Penguin pants for...

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Charlie Wilson's War exclusive International trailer

The international trailer for Charlie Wilson's War is online. This is the film that sees Tom Hanks play the senator who managed to involve America in the funding and resourcing of the Afghanistan rebels against the Russian invasion. The film also stars Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I have...

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Sweeney Todd trailer online

There's another trailer online for Tim Burton's film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and once again it's causing me some concern. The film is adapted from the stage musical, and so itself is a musical. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha...

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Holly trailer and clips online

Back in 2006 I reviewed the film Holly and gave it a glowing five star recommendation. I absolutely loved the film and the way it portrayed the complex relationships and very difficult moments as it showed a little of the terrible sex trade in Cambodia. Ron Livingston stars as an...

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Teeth trailer online

The trailer for Teeth is online and it's rather more scary than I first thought. It isn't as comic as I have been expecting and looks much darker, and in my eyes that's a good thing. This trailer really does build up the tension and anticipation well, particularly with the...

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Angels & Demons postponed due to Writer's strike

Well it's not the first casualty of the Writer's strike as there have been TV shows postponed and we had word from Roger Avary that Return From Castle Wolfenstein was postponed due to the strike, but it is perhaps the first big budget Hollywood film to blame it's delay on...

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Hollywood Writers and Studios resume talks

The Hollywood writers and the studios are returning to talks on November the 26th some twenty one days after the strike first started. There Writers Guild of America have been saying that this is a sign of the success of their action, and they hold high hopes for the talks,...

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November 17, 2007

Week's Films to Stalk: 16th to 22nd November

Welcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk, and this week there are many good films on television in the UK. Despite this being for the films in the UK, it's not just about what's on, but it's about finding some films you haven't seen in a while and discussing...

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High quality Cloverfield trailer

There's a copy of the Cloverfield trailer online that's excellent quality, no camera phone, no shaking, nothing like that, this looks like it's been copied from the film directly. Now all that's left is to wait for the high definition official version. You can even read the text on the...

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McG directing Terminator 4

It seems that the story that McG was going to be directing Terminator 4 is true. Previously I wrote that there was a rumour that he was interested, well now it seems he's signed up. That, along with the news that the new film title is Terminator Salvation: The Future...

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Fast and the Furious 4 plot details

Finally, the plot details for the Fast and the Furious 4 have arrived. We already know that Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are set to return, but now there are some details of the story online. Previous rumours that talked of Mexico look like they might well be right, according...

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Justice League of America casting rumours

There's a few rumours about the Justice League of America casting online today, although there seems to be a big freeze on rumours coming out, they are leaking none the less and there's news online of some interesting character castings. Superman, Flash, The Green Lantern and Talia al Ghul may...

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21 trailer online

The trailer for 21 is online, the film from the novel by Ben Mezrich, Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The film tells the story of a group of MIT students who are recruited into a card counting operation and head to...

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New Hitman trailer online

There's a new Hitman trailer online and I have to say it looks rather good. This is the international trailer and it gives a really good idea of the story of the film. Now as much as I like this trailer, I'm still not sure about the humanising of the...

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November 16, 2007

Tom Cruise as Hugh Hefner?

Granted that this is wild rumour and comes from those usual more miss than hit sources, but there's word out that Tom Cruise is considering playing Hugh Hefner in the biographical film that's coming to the big screen. Despite thinking that this could be a superb role for Tom Cruise...

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Israeli female soldiers documentary

To See if I'm Still Smiling is a documentary that looks at six Israeli women who look back on their compulsory military service and tell their own stories, stories which show a tougher side of being in the Israeli military and what the soldiers can come away with. The six...

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Cloverfield bootleg trailer from Paramount?

Now I've suspected that studios use the Internet for their own purposes and leak information from pretend scoopers before, I mean they would be mad not to use this simple and free marketing stream wouldn't they? Well we might just be seeing this with Cloverfield. A big name online and...

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New Redacted trailer

I have to admit that I'm desperate to see Redacted, not only is it Brian De Palma but it's also supposed to be a very powerful film about Iraq that's not led by releases of politicians, it's a very real and harrowing story. So the first trailer was a little...

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I Am Legend reshoots ending

There's rumour out that I Am Legend has had an ending reshoot, and before we go into that there's a couple of things to point out. First thing is that we've heard of reshoots happening before on a film and then they've turned out not to have happened. Then there's...

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The Other Boleyn Girl trailer online...for some

There's a trailer online for The Other Boleyn Girl, except if you are outside the U.S. and perhaps Canada, you won't be able to see it as it's been restricted to those in certain countries, overly xenophobic if you ask me and not something a film looking for a worldwide...

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Stalked: Rogen and Banks in Smith's Porno, Heigl for Luketic, Stewart in Twilight

Some casting news titbits. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks are set to star in Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kirsten Stewart is to star in a vampire story called Twilight, and Katherine Heigl is to star in Robert Luketic's The Ugly Truth....

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Stalked: Cloverfield photos, Seed trailer, Amateur clips

There's a bunch of not that interesting stuff online that I thought I might just bundle together, Cloverfield photos that show nothing, a far too dark trailer for Seed that has loads of blood, and a bunch of not that funny clips for The Amateurs that seem very out of...

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November 15, 2007

Cloverfield trailer online

It was only a matter of time before the first mobile phone camera copy of the Cloverfield trailer appeared online, and I fear it will only be a matter of time before the lawyers emails are received and it's removed. However it's up online just now, in probably the smallest...

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The Forbidden Kingdom first teaser online

The first footage from The Forbidden Kingdom, the Jackie Chan and Jet Li starrer, is now online and it looks pretty damn good. Straight up I'm going to say one thing about the film, and that's the fight sequences. The camera pulls back, there aren't fast cuts and we see...

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Writer talks new He-Man film

To restart He-Man without the campiness you're going to need one hell of a restart, and it seems as though Justin Marks is looking at doing just that. He's the writer on the task of bringing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back to life on the big screen,...

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Definitely, Maybe trailer online

A trailer has just appeared online for Ryan Reynolds new film called Definitely, Maybe, and it's rather surprising. The film tells the story of a man trying to explain to his inquisitive eleven year old daughter about the divorce he's facing, about his past girlfriends and about who her real...

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New unsettling Awake clips

Well this really perked me up. There are two clips online for the new film from Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin, Awake. The film tells the story of a man who doesn't fully go under during his heart surgery, and around him his wife must make...

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Bridges being pitched TRON sequel

There's been talk on and off about a TRON sequel for some time, but never really anything that's come to too much. However it seems that one of the original stars would be keen and he's revealed that there's a pitch for it coming his way. Jeff Bridges, who played...

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On Evil Grounds and Eve of Understanding successes

Two independent films that I've reviewed and talked about here at Filmstalker have been enjoying quite a bit of success, and both come out with huge news this week. Eve of Understanding has a distribution deal, a huge moment for the film, while Auf Bösem Boden (On Evil Grounds) has...

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Beowulf clips galore

I've received a whole heap of video clips for Beowulf in various formats and sizes for Beowulf, it seems there are so many clips you might just get to see the whole film! Beowulf is the motion capture film from Robert Zemeckis that features a host of stars including Ray...

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November 14, 2007

LaBute and Hackford to remake Truffaut classic

François Truffaut's film La Femme d'à côté is set to be remade with Taylor Hackford at the helm and The Wicker Man comedy writer\director Neil LaBute, now there's a thought. While the thought of Hackford directing is quite good, the thought that LaBute is writing the script must be making...

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9/11 documentary team tackle religious leaders

The French film makers who made the 9/11 documentary are now tackling relgion and the belief of organised religions. One of the film makers, Jules Naudet, said that he gained the idea when he was racing out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre as it began to...

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Friday the 13th remake Director

The plan to remake Friday the 13th moves forward, despite past history of horror remakes, and there's news out today that a Director is in final negotiations for the task, and it's not very promising. Marcus Nispel is in talks to do it, and he's the man who remade The...

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Matt Frewer joins Watchmen

Matt Frewer is set to join the cast of Watchmen as Moloch the Mystic, the aging and retired supervillain. I think this is a great match actually, Frewer can do some great character pieces, and he really can pull back on his performance, as opposed to the more famous go...

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Punisher to direct 3-D film

Thomas Jane, the man who was The Punisher, is set to start directing. His first feature is going to be The Dark Country. The film is set to be shot in High Definition 3-D and 2-D and is a noir thriller. That sounds a bit strange doesn't it?...

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Stalked: Casting for Star Trek, Game

Star Trek has cast Captain Kirk's dad, and Gerard Butler's Game has some new cast members too....

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November 13, 2007

American Gangster eleven new clips

I have just received a heap of clips for American Gangster in both Windows Media Player and Quicktime format. American Gangster sees Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe go head to head as Washington plays the gangster who built his crime empire up to become one of the leading crime figures...

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Wanted Trailer in various formats

I have the trailer for Wanted, the adaptation of the comic book from Mark Millar starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. I'm really looking forward to seeing this, despite the huge changes from the original comic book I think Wanted might actually come through with a really interesting...

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Wristcutters: A Love Story Trailer in multiple formats

I have the trailer for Wristcutters: A Love Story in various sizes and formats for you as it is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of November. The film is based on a short story by Etgar Keret who was willing to give the rights to...

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Capone Rising sunk?

Could Brian De Palma's The Untouchables: Capone Rising, the sequel to The Untouchables, be in a bit of trouble? Well it certainly looks like it has been struggling to get made for some time now, and the latest word is that it's looking as though it could be taking a...

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Darabont changes The Mist ending

Frank Darabont has admitted that he's changed the ending of Stephen King's The Mist for the big screen version, and although he's taking a big risk he thinks that this is for the better. He's spoken about the differences in the ending and revealed that he didn't want to wimp...

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Spock captured on Star Trek set

There's a big interflab furore over photos taken of Zachary Quinto made up to look like the young Spock, but frankly I don't see the excitement. Perhaps there's something there for the heavy Star Trek fans who are mad on every single aspect of the series and films, but don't...

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Scott to direct Stonehenge mystery

Ridley Scott is to direct a film called Stones. No, not about the Rolling Stones or a man plighted by a painful passing, no this is something different. Stones is a supernatural thriller about stone structures such as Stonehenge and other mysterious stone built artefacts from around the world....

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Jolie not leading Thomas Crown sequel

The announcement has come for Paul Verhoeven directing The Thomas Crown Affair remake sequel, currently titled The Topkapi Affair. With that comes the debunking of the old Angelina Jolie rumour. I first carried the story from the radio interview he gave on Dutch radio, and the rest of the film...

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Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) trailer online

I didn't realise that there was a sequel to City of God in the works, and what's more is that it's actually been filming, so much so that there's a trailer online for the sequel called City of Men. What's interesting in this film is that the Director of Cidade...

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Ritchie's Revolver trailer for U.S. release

Just the other day I was talking about my surprise that Revolver hadn't been released in the U.S. as yet, and that Guy Ritchie was already preparing the media for the negative reviews and press it's likely to see. Now the trailer has come back to life, no different from...

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November 12, 2007

Jindabyne

DVD Three Stars
I've already reviewed the film which has great cinematography and wonderful characterisation, not to mention the great performances from Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne. Ray Lawrence produces a wonderfully rich film, so what does the DVD have to offer?...

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Abrams Star Trek plot revealed?

There's a big rumour online today and a possible huge reveal for the new Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams in the form of a plot reveal. We get to hear how the story ties into a previous episode of the original series, and when I mean tie in I...

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Cage out, Rourke in for Wrestler

Mickey Rourke seems to have KO'd the horrendous choice of Nicolas Cage playing a Wrestler in the film from Darren Aronofsky called The Wrestler - see what they did there? Previously the story was out that Nicholas Cage was to star as a wrestler, thankfully that idea was shot down...

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Simpson's Major Movie Star trailer online

The "trailer" is out for the "film" Major Movie Star starring Jessica Simpson, and once you watch it there's no denying that it's a very close call for Private Benjamin starring Goldie Hawn. Of course that is without the humour. Frankly it looks like it's just ticking the boxes and...

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Rec remade before release

This remake business was bad, but now it's officially going crazy. Now they're remaking a film before the original has even been released. [Rec] is a Spanish horror film that has already been adapted, the script has already been written and the original hasn't been seen. Just how much further...

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Stalked: Stepfather and Half-Blood Prince casting

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has Narcissa Malfoy cast and the remake of Stepfather has a few new faces. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has a new character and cast member. Narcissa Malfoy is the character, who my fiancee informs me is the mother of Draco Malfoy and...

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November 11, 2007

Filmstalker's Week: 4th to 11th November

Welcome to the weekly roundup of what's happening at Filmstalker. This week we're going to have Louise looking through the articles and picking the best and most interesting. If you'd like to do this next week then drop a note in the comments or email me and we'll arrange it....

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November 10, 2007

Widgets and Hub updates

Hi all, there are a few new extras added to the Filmstalker Hub as well as some new widgets available for your own website so you can have Filmstalker headlines appearing for all to read. Some will even work on MySpace and Facebook. Do note that on the widget front...

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Lions for Lambs

Film Three Stars
My expectations were high for this film, a political thriller hitting on current political concerns and events and starring three great talents, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise. Not only that but Redford directs, Michael Matthew Carnahan wrote the script, and both Michael Peña, Peter Berg and Derek Luke...

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British writers warned to stay away from Hollywood

The message from the head of the British screenwriters' guild (we would just call them unions over here under any other profession) has asked its members to seriously consider the consequences if they work on any U.S. film while the U.S. writers are on strike. The announcement comes as reports...

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Zombie not remaking C.H.U.D.

The rumour that Rob Zombie might be directing the remake of C.H.U.D. Has been killed off and in no uncertain terms by Zombie's people. He's not doing it, and the choice of a Director is still out there. So who would you choose?...

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Run-DMC's Rev Run biographical film?

Russell Simmons is looking to make a film about Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons of Run-DMC fame. Run has already seen a successful television show on MTV called Run's House. Right now Simmons is looking for a healthy dose of funding and for a studio to back the project....

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November 9, 2007

Week's Films to Stalk: 9th to 15th November

Welcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk. As always this list is for the films on UK Freeview that I would recommend, am interested in seeing, or just think are plain interesting anyway. Tomorrow I'll add in the cinema releases for the week and add a little about them,...

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Valkyrie trailer now online in HD

The trailer for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie has arrived online, the story of true events in Hitler's Army and amongst his closest men, of a plot to kill him and change the leadership of the war and the fate of Germany. It indeed looks very powerful, and superbly shot, although one...

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Roman Polanski gets biographical film

The life of Roman Polanski is set to make it to the big screen and although it will be an unauthorised biographical film, it will still be a film about his very interesting life. The film is to be called simply Polanski, and will be written, produced and directed by...

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Mark Wahlberg to play Max Payne?

Or is that the other way round? Mark Wahlberg is in negotiations to play Max Payne in the film adaptation of the superb computer game which has a very rich film noir feeling throughout. The videogame comes from the superb Rockstar company (also in Edinburgh) who have developed a superbly...

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Update: Verhoeven to direct Thomas Crown sequel?

I've just had word from a reader, I shall call him “T” as per his signature, that on a Dutch radio interview Paul Verhoeven just revealed that he's working on The Topkapi Affair, which is the sequel to the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. The film is produced by...

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Winona Ryder in Star Trek?

I really am confused about this new Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams, I've been going back and forth between good and bad idea for ages now, and this latest news just pushes me back into the bad idea camp. Winona Ryder has signed up to play the wife of...

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Film looks to Georgia's first female execution

This story about a new film called The Lena Baker Story caught my eye. It tells of a black woman who became a sex slave to her white employer and eventually killed him. She claimed self defense but was sent to the electric chair, the first woman in Georgia to...

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Stalked: Goyer, Hartnett, Apes prequel

There's rumour that a Planet of the Apes prequel is in the works, Josh Hartnett is to play a nuclear war obsessed American Football player, and David Goyer is in talks to direct his next script, a supernatural thriller....

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November 8, 2007

Blue Blood

DVD Four Stars
Blue Blood is a documentary about the traditional Oxford-Cambridge yearly boxing matches from the view of this years Oxford Blues. The entrants are scholars, and not necessarily sportsmen, never mind someone who has set foot in a boxing ring or ever thrown a punch. So the trainers have to take...

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Ritchie prepares US for Revolver

I can hardly believe it but Guy Ritchie's Revolver is just getting released in America, and he's out trying to defend the film and himself before it's seen. Revolver was the 2005 film from Guy Ritchie starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and André Benjamin about a gambler who beats a...

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Zombie for C.H.U.D.

I was waiting to see if we could find out some concrete news about the rumour of Rob Zombie directing a remake of C.H.U.D. (not the website but the film) - Cannabilistic Humanoid Undergroud Dwellers. There is a confirmation on the original story, but there's no source or reasoning behind...

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Shawnee Smith Slaughters in Snuff

Shawnee Smith, a star of the Saw films, is to appear in another horror that's more than likely going to get U.S. conservatives and repressionists screaming from their protective bubbles that block out the real world so effectively. Slaughter will tell the story of three actresses hired for a Japanese...

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New Star Trek Captain cast

The new Captain of Star Trek has been cast, or rather should I say that the old Captain of Star Trek has been brought back. The J.J. Abrams "reboot" of the franchise is to bring Captain Pike back to the driving seat, and the actor to play him is none...

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Polanski for British PM thriller

Roman Polanski, after finding that his epic Pompeii was destroyed, is turning to something more modern in the area of politics. He's set to adapt the Robert Harris novel The Ghost, a story which looks at a ghostwriter who is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime...

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Prince of Persia from Bay to Newell?

Prince of Persia was previously rumoured to be directed by Michael Bay, well that was the word anyway. Seems it might not have been as concrete as was first thought, and the directorial duties on the videogame adaptation could be up for grabs....

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Righteous Kill trailer online

The first trailer has arrived for the Robert De Niro and Al Pacino film Righteous Kill, and it's a real mixed bag. The trailer really does contain some rough cuts, and it doesn't look like it's polished or made from finished footage. However De Niro does look and sound like...

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The Last Man trailer online

The Last Man is a smaller film created from the Mary Shelley novel and tells the story of the last human, trying to find a way to survive in a world of “the diseased” who are evolving into something new. Although you can tell that there is a lower budget...

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Update: Del Toro to make The Champions

Guillermo del Toro is set to remake an old British television series for the big screen. The series is called The Champions, and told of three UN Agents who survive a plane crash in the middle of nowhere by some strange monks. The monks restore them to health and give...

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November 7, 2007

Heima

DVD Four Stars
Heima is a concert film about the Icelandic band Sigur Rós who, after an elongated world tour, decided to tour their home country Iceland giving something back to the country that gave them so much inspiration. During the series of free gigs around the country they created a concert film...

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Babylon A.D. uncut in Europe

There's good news for European film fans who are to get one over the U.S. audience for a change. This time it's with Vin Diesel's next film Babylon A.D. It seems that the European audiences are going to receive a longer cut of the film than the U.S. audiences who...

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Ex-Disney boss calls strike insanity

Michael Eisner is the ex-boss of Disney and has spoken out today against the strike from the writers of Hollywood. He's called the strike insanity, and warned the writers that they are sacrificing their real incomes for a revenue that studio's haven't yet received....

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Stalked: Game and Onimusha plot details

The plots for Christophe Gans' Onimusha and the Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine's Game starring Gerard Butler have appeared online. We knew a little about both already, but these are expanded below....

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Nicholson says third Chinatown planned

Jack Nicholson has been talking about the recent release of Chinatown and the sequel The Two Jakes on DVD and revealed that the plans were always to have three films. Rather than just pay the comment lip service he reveals why there were three films and what the plot of...

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Casting Call: Star Trek

There's an open casting call appeared online for J.J. Abrams Star Trek and it sounds rather intriguing, as they look for people with unusual facial features. So if you have something unique about your face, from a long neck to an overly large forehead, you could appear in the new...

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Valkyrie behind the scenes now in HD

A little while ago a featurette for Valkyrie arrived online, however it was just in Flash format and not great quality. Now it's arrived in Quicktime and in high definition, so that you can really see how these actors are going to look as their German characters and how some...

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High Noon remake coming?

3:10 to Yuma (Filmstalker review) and Seraphim Falls are the ones to blame for today's news that the classic High Noon is to be remade. Perhaps it's more 3:10 to Yuma to blame as it is a remake as well as a modern day western. High Noon is the classic...

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The Great Debaters trailer online in HD

The trailer for the Denzel Washington directed film The Great Debaters is online in Quicktime and high definition. The film stars Washington and Forest Whitaker in a story about the 1935 Wiley College black debate team who rose to the level of challenging Harvard in the national Championship....

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November 6, 2007

Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream trailer online

There's a trailer online for Cassandra's Dream, Woody Allen's latest film. However the site that is displaying it restricts it to those it deems to be in the wrong location, so UK viewers are stuffed, I know that for sure. However I do have a couple of other options for...

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Romero unsure of Diary of the Dead sequel

A little while ago I wrote about the sequel to George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead, a film that is just being completed, and how the studio had already release a synopsis and release date for the follow up. Now Romero is saying that he's no idea where the...

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein halted

Roger Avary, the writer of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein videogame adaptation has revealed that the project is on hold due to the writer's strike. The film is based on the popular videogame which saw Nazi's getting involved in the supernatural and becoming crazed Nazi monsters which you had to...

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European Film Awards 2007 Nominations

The nominations for the European Film Awards have been announced and there are a few surprises, particularly that of The Queen which has six nominations and The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review) which has five nominations. Both films are up for best film and director, as well as having...

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Director was sacked from Hitman

Well it looks like the studio lied when it denied the story that Xavier Gans had been removed from the Hitman film in order to take on the editor Nicolas De Toth to reshoot and recut scenes. This isn't any rumour either, this comes from the star of Hitman, Timothy...

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The Mist new trailer raises suspense

There's a new Internet only trailer online for Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's short story The Mist, and this one manages to raise the suspense and tension within the group caught inside the shopping mall. This adds to the feeling of The Mist being another great King adaptation from...

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Connelly joins The Day the Earth Stood Still remake

Now I am surprised by this news, and it also suggests that there's something a little more to the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still other than the typical Hollywood studio doing a half hearted remake of a classic to earn easy money. Jennifer Connelly has signed to...

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November 5, 2007

Christensen is Beast of Bataan

Hayden Christensen is to star in Beast of Bataan, the true story of the trial of the Japanese General who was executed for his part in the death of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war during a forced march to captivity in 1942, commonly called the Bataan Death...

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New Iron Man teaser online

There is a new teaser online for Iron Man. The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard and is out next year. As luck would have it I'm at work and so can't watch it, but there's nothing to stop you. You can see it here on...

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Stallone for Death Wish remake?

Sylvester Stallone is apparently in talks to direct a remake of the classic Death Wish starring Charles Bronson, as well as taking over the role that Bronson played for many a sequel. Is Stallone the right choice? The original Death Wish turned into a franchise of sequels and saw Charles...

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Rodriguez for Clash of the Titans?

According to rumour, the studio behind the remake of the classic Clash of the Titans film wants Robert Rodriguez to direct it, and that's a worry. Fear not though, he hasn't signed it yet or perhaps has even been approached, but the question is could he do the film justice,...

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Carnahan to Kill Pablo

Joe Carnahan has made a decision on his next film. Caught between a choice of White Jazz and Killing Pablo, he's chosen Killing Pablo. White Jazz is the follow up to L.A. Confidential, although without the character connections due to studio rights. Killing Pablo is the film that tells the...

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November 4, 2007

Genre Defining: Political/Conspiracy Thriller

I was wondering what category I was going to tackle next and while chatting at work I thought thrillers, but then the thriller genre is really quite wide, and then it hit me. The big thing just now is the political thriller. So this feature will cover the political thriller,...

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November 3, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age clips, featurettes and cast soundbites

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is in cinemas now, and I've just been given a bunch of clips as well as soundbites from all the stars in the film a few featurettes and a rather interesting online interactive book which is not only gorgeous to look at but has embedded video...

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Death at a Funeral Q&A with Alan Tudyk and new clips

Death at a Funeral is in cinemas just now and I've been given a few clips for the film as well as a little Q&A with Alan Tudyk, yes the guy from Serenity (Filmstalker review). You can read a review of Death at a Funeral here at Filmstalker, and the...

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There Will Be Blood trailer in HD

There's a new trailer online for There Will Be Blood from Paul Thomas Anderson. The film is an adaptation of the novel Oil! By Upton Sinclair (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and it looks a bit more coherent than the first. Still, there's that element of what exactly is going on, and...

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The Mist Russian trailer online

A new trailer has appeared online for The Mist from the Writer/Director Frank Darabont based o the Stephen King short story. I got quite a surprise when I started watching it and the voices were in Russian, still it's a different and quite powerful cut, and it does have a...

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Writer's strike won't hit cinema

Well, it won't for some time at least. As of late last week the Writers Guild of America (the writer's union) announced that the strike was imminent on Monday should a sudden agreement not be reached over the weekend with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and that...

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Costner says no to Dances With Wolves sequel

Right now Kevin Costner's agents are saying that he won't be appearing in the sequel. He's already off as Director as I wrote about Simon Wincer taking the helm of The Holy Road, and so the thought of him returning looked pretty bleak. Anyway, there's the added question of if...

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Renny Harlin on Mannerheim biographical film

Renny Harlin is set to return to Finland for his next project, a film he has been pushing for some time now and looks set to actually start filming, Mannerheim. The film follows the life of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, the Finnish military leader and politician....

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Catholic Church hates Elizabeth

The Catholic Church are complaining again, this time about Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Filmstalker review) for being, let's see, "anti-papist propaganda". Apparently they are annoyed that it was a misrepresentation of the Church and falsifies history. Two things that the Catholic Church never did....

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Cattrall says Sex film is for cash

Kim Cattrall has finally revealed her reasons for appearing in the Sex and the City film, and she's being pretty honest about it all. She's said that the real reason she's doing it is for the money, simply to fund her living in London....

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November 2, 2007

Week's Films to Stalk: 2nd November to 8th November

Welcome to Filmstalker's Week of Films to Stalk. As always this list is for the films on UK Freeview, however that doesn't mean you can't discuss them with us, in fact that's the main reason they are here. Tomorrow I'll add in the cinema releases for the week and add...

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Portman produces, directing old news

Back in February (yes everyone, February) I wrote about Natalie Portman directing a film version of the book A Tale of Love and Darkness by Israeli writer Amos Oz. Now the news is that she's signed a deal to start producing films with her new company Handsomecharlie Films. The directorial...

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Stalked: Depardieu in gangster film and Splice photos

Gerard Depardieu has signed to play a cop in a French gangster film written by a gangster and there are some bizarre looking photos from the production of Splice online....

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Jackson and Blomkamp on District 9

Remember that the Wachowski Brothers made Bound to prove to the studio they could make the Matrix series? Could Peter Jackson be doing the same with Neill Blomkamp to show the studio's that they could make Halo? The reason I say this is that Jackson is about to produce the...

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Rock decides on Shazam role

The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, talked a little while ago about what role he would play in the Shazam film and that he was undecided, he said he would let the fans decide which role he should play. Since then fans have been talking across the Internet about what role...

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Grease remake with Simpson and Pfeiffer?

Michelle Pfeiffer looks set to return to the musical of Grease with news that there's a remake being planned of the original. What's worse than the remake idea is that there's also talk of Jessica Simpson playing the part of Sandy. Now how can that be a good thing, and...

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Fincher takes on The Killer

David Fincher making toast is news, and so when we hear that he's set to direct a graphic novel about an assassin, it's good news, after all it's David Fincher people. The Killer is the story of an assassin at the top of his game that suddenly discovers a conscience...

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Real life Crips gang informant film

An article by Guy Lawson about a Crips gang member who became an FBI informant and worked with the authorities for over ten years is set to be brought to the big screen. Interestingly the gang member cannot be named while the project is ongoing, but one would assume that...

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National Treasure 2 trailer online

There's a new trailer out for National Treasure 2, and this one looks miles better than the first we saw. The first was pretty awful, but this one does a great job of building the story and the tension for this over the top conspiracy adventure films....

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November 1, 2007

Von Teese as Mata Hari

Dita Von Teese looks set to play Mata Hari in a film written and directed by Martha Fiennes, yes, one of those Fiennes. Mata Hari was originally named Margaretha Geertruida Zelle and was employed as a spy for the French during the war. She courted high-ranking allied military officers and...

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Rise: Blood Hunter sequel plot revealed

It's already been mentioned that there was going to be a sequel to Rise: Blood Hunter, the film starring Lucy Liu who is bitten by a vampire and before she totally turns she decides to head out for revenge. Now Sam Raimi has revealed that there's a second on the...

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The Joker gives the finger

There's a new picture of The Joker online, and while it doesn't really do anything to float or sink my boat, it does continue the look of the new Joker. What comes with the picture are a few sound bites though, and conjecture is that this shows a darker more...

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Whedon's new TV series

I'm not usually one to write about television, and there usually has to be a reason to connect it with film, and this one is the story and the fact that it should really mean an end to the Firefly/Serenity returning soon rumours. Well, for a while at least. Joss...

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Inaccessible Pinnacle receives Scottish BAFTA nominations

Well if the British English BAFTA group want to ignore other British films from outside England then there's no reason that the Scottish BAFTA's should. They've just nominated Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle, which was snubbed from being put forward for an Oscar by BAFTA, for various film awards....

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Dances with Wolves sequel gains Director

I really enjoyed the film Dances with Wolves, so it was a surprise to learn that the novel it was based on has a sequel. Even more of a surprise is that a Director has just been announced for the sequel, and that the same writer is on this screenplay....

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The Brazilian Job gets script review

The script for The Brazilian job has been read and an overview for the plot set-up written up online, and it's not sounding good. From the read through the reviewer seems to think this is just a standard popcorn film, nothing special about it. Well, that's something I think The...

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Strike kills Heroes: Origins

John August was set to write and direct one of the Heroes: Origins episodes, the spin off from the superb series that is currently in its second year. According to the man himself, he had just finished his revised outline when the call came through from Tim Kring, and the...

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Abrams Cloverfield trailer seen

The trailer for Cloverfield has been seen early according to reports, and the title remains the same, Cloverfield. Frankly they'd have been daft to radically change it what with all the press they've been getting under that name to date. There's a textual description of the trailer, and although there...

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