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June 30, 2008

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)

Film Four Stars
I'd heard about Elite Squad aka Tropa De Elite before, mainly because of the controversy it was raising over its presentation of the Brazilian police force and in particular the showing of the squad that deals with the drug gangs in the slums. The film portrayed the police as thoroughly...

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Oldman's Christmas Carol roles

Robert Zemeckis is making A Christmas Carol using his performance capture animation. We knew that Jim Carrey and Bob Hoskins were starring in it , and that Gary Oldman was joining them. Now we know which multiple roles he'll be playing. I'm not sure why Zemeckis has turned to performance...

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Anderson wants Resident Evil 4

Paul W.S. Anderson has said that he's keen for another Resident Evil film, and that he's actually approached Sony to start talking about a fourth film. Of course he says it all depends on getting a great idea for the fourth script, considering Anderson wrote the first three I'm not...

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Kingsley says Hollywood exploits young actors

Ben Kingsley has been speaking out about the Hollywood practice of pulling young people into acting who aren't really cut out for the life and then tossing them aside when they fail. Frankly he has a good point, Hollywood does do that, although to be fair they don't toss them...

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300 sequel a definite?

Last week the news was that a 300 sequel may be in development. However as the three producers interviewed may have been sampling the free champagne they get at these gigs, it was hard to take seriously. But more news has leaked that makes it look like a 300 sequel...

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Quantum of Solace trailer online

The trailer for James Bond's latest adventure, the oddly named Quantum of Solace, is now online featuring Daniel Craig in all his Bond goodness. The trailer looks superb. Really. It's going back to the days of Timothy Dalton when Bond has his license revoked, but more than that it looks...

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Could Terminator Salvation be good?

Could Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins aka Terminator Salvation aka Terminator 4, or whatever it's going to be called when it's finally released, actually be any good? Well the addition of Helena Bonham Carter, if that rumour does turn out to be true, and the latest words from Christian Bale...

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del Toro on Frankenstein and The Hobbit

At a premiere for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Guillermo del Toro has been talking about two upcoming projects. He spoke about the plans for The Hobbit, and also who he imagined as Frankenstein in his version. Frankenstein will be on hold until after The Hobbit but it hasn't stopped...

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Stalked: Matthew Fox, Bonham Carter

Matthew Fox could be Billy Smoke. Helena Bonham Carter could join Terminator 4....

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June 29, 2008

Filmstalker's Week 23rd to 29th June

This week sees a new feature on trailers spoiling films. There are loads of reviews from the EIFF including Elegy, Red and The Wave. We have trailers for Eagle Eye, RocknRolla and Repo! The Genetic Opera. In the news there's a lot of sequel talk including 300 and Superman. Jason...

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EIFF 2008 winners announced

The award winners have been announced at the slightly earlier than normal, 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, and unfortunately none of them are films I saw and therefore would have voted for. I'm sure if I had seen them I would have voted for them! One of the most important...

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The Omen series on Blu-ray

The original The Omen is getting a Blu-ray release, and not only that but the entire series is coming with it. Furthermore the best news is that there are some films from the series that won't be making an appearance. Thankfully there's not Omen IV: The Awakening, however the Blu-ray...

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War Heroes becoming a film?

Another one of Mark Millar's comic book could be turned into a film. War Heroes is the next one to be getting attention from studios. Mark Millar says he's has a few offers to turn it into a film. With Wanted already out, and talk of a sequel already, Millar...

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Are Trailers ruining films?

I've been growing more and more tired of trailers, and indeed all marketing materials of late, particularly trailers though as they seem to be giving away more and more of the main feature. There seems to have been a real drop in the intelligence of the creation of trailers, and...

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Spiegel to direct Hostel 3?

Recently we heard that Eli Roth wouldn't be directing Hostel 3, and now the rumour is that one of the producers of the first two will be directing. Scott Spiegel was an executive producer on the first two, and it looks like he'll be writing and directing the third. I'm...

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June 28, 2008

Update: Repo! The Genetic Opera trailer in HD

A full trailer for Repo! The Genetic Opera is online. The rock opera/horror, features a future where organ failure is rife. Some people pay for replacement organs, however if they miss a payment they are in trouble. This film looks insane, but a good kind of insane. I might have...

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Will Smith/Tom Cruise to team up?

Will Smith has been a popular guy in Hollywood over the last few years. And while promoting Hancock, he brought up the possibility that he would team up for a film with his friend Tom Cruise. It looks like they've been thinking about it seriously. There must be a studio...

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EIFF 2008 running scores

There's still a lot of reviews to be written up from the list of films I watched at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a few that have already been done, so I thought I would give you a round up of the films reviewed to date, and some initial...

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Hellboy 2 trailer and anime online

There's a new trailer online, the third trailer, for Hellboy II: The Golden Army online along with an animated prologue that tells the story of how The Golden Army came to pass. The trailer has lots more action that we haven't seen yet, and managed to tie in the first...

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June 27, 2008

McGowan as Red Sonja

Rose McGowan is going to play Red Sonja in the remake of the film which saw the still amazing Brigitte Nielsen play the character for the first time. The film will not be directed by Robert Rodriguez as some would expect, instead it will be a long term associate of...

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Clash of the Titans remake director

The Clash of the Titans remake has a director, and frankly it's a bit of a surprise and promises that the film is going to be filled with huge amounts of action and some big set pieces. It also suggests that there's going to be way more CGI than stop...

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Short teaser for Quantum of Solace

The full teaser trailer for Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig will be released on Monday. However you can have a look at a short part of the teaser just now. Looks like great stuff so far. Sure it's only ten seconds, but it'll tide you over until Monday. Head...

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Eastwood does Dirty Harry U turn

Clint Eastwood had said that he wouldn't return to the role of Dirty Harry. But now he has said he isn't ruling anything out, and with the right script he might just make a return. I suppose they could write something that has Dirty Harry coming out of retirement as...

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June 26, 2008

Video from Transformers sequel set

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, that's right they have dropped the 2, is currently filming. And there are a couple of videos online of filming taking place. The first video shows a scene being filmed with a rather unscary looking robot. I'm sure once it's finished it will be suitably...

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Rodriguez/McGowan for Red Sonja

It's been over two years since we first heard that a Red Sonja remake was a go. Now it looks like real life couple Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan, will be bringing Red Sonja back to life. The two were originally working on a Barbarella remake too, but the writers...

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Stalked: Sequels galore

Kung Fu Panda already has a sequel being developed. The Host is also getting a second film. Mark Wahlberg has been talking about the prequel/sequel to The Departed. And Guillermo Del Toro says he'll do a third Hellboy film....

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The Wave (Die Welle)

Film Five Stars
The Wave, or Die Welle, is a film that is based on the novel The Wave by Morton Rhue, aka Todd Strasser, which itself is a fictionalised account of the events that took place in a Californian high school in April 1967. A teacher there, Ron Jones, conducted an experiment...

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Red

Film Four Stars
Brian Cox drew me to this film and the fact that the write up by the EIFF sounded interesting, interesting but not exciting. Well how undersold that was, and what a great surprise I was to get. The first was that Stephen Susco wrote and produced the film, and for...

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Playstation video network in summer

Sony have revealed that the Playstation 3 video network is to go live this summer, and to follow that they are to start distributing films direct to Sony devices across the Internet before they hit DVD, and the first to do this? Hancock in November. Although it's great that there's...

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300 sequel in development

While we're talking sequels to great films, what about a 300 sequel or prequel? Well that doesn't sound so far out, especially as the producers are talking with Zack Snyder and Frank Miller. Now calm down as they are pretty much talking complete nonsense to start with, but they do...

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Cloverfield sequel on hold

Well it looks like the people behind Cloverfield are struggling to find something to do for the sequel, and no surprise really since they've already done everything haven't they? According to Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield (Filmstalker review), the project is on hold and they are struggling to find...

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Chris Carter has secret film

The X Files I Want to Believe is out soon, although it hasn't exactly been heavily advertised. Turns out Chris Carter has something else up his sleeve, a film he's been working on that no one knew about. I would have though it's quite difficult to keep a film secret...

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Spielberg gets 39 clues

Steven Spielberg is a busy man these days, and he's not letting up. His Dreamworks Studio has bought the film rights to the multi platform adventure series The 39 Clues, and he'll probably be directing as well. Spielberg has plenty of films in various stages of production, no rest for...

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Jason Bourne 4 in 2010?

The on again off again saga of the fourth Jason Bourne film is currently on. Matt Damon had originally said there wouldn't be another, but the producers seem to think it's happening. I'd watch another Jason Bourne film, if they could calm down on the shaky cam stuff though that...

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Stalked: Tilda Swinton, Sarah Jessica Parker

Tilda Swinton has joined The Ghost. And Sarah Jessica Parker could be joining The Ivy Chronicles....

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June 25, 2008

Superman sequel starts 2009?

News on a sequel to Superman Returns has been a bit on the slow side. But Brandon Routh tell us plans are still going ahead for filming to start next year. He also tells us what's happening with the Justice League of America film, although I think we can guess....

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X-Files: I Want to Believe clips online

The X-Files: I Want to Believe has a couple of film clips that have just been released online, and they give little away about the film, but are probably going to be deadly exciting for the X-Files fans out there. For me I was a bit unimpressed. I'm really not...

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Hopkins to play Lear

Yes Anthony Hopkins is returning to the big screen to play King Lear in a film version of the Shakespearean tragedy appearing with a pretty big cast. Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Keira Knightley are reportedly going to be starring as Lear's daughters, and there are more big names to...

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RocknRolla trailer online

The trailer for Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla has finally appeared online, and it's really a trailer of two halves. There are a couple of cool moments though, there's the incredibly fit Gerard Butler showing off his six pack, and later tied to a bed with a gag in his mouth -...

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New Eagle Eye trailer online

There's a new trailer for Eagle Eye online, the film from D.J. Caruso starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton, William Sadler and Michael Chiklis. In this trailer we see a bit more action and a bit more of Monaghan's character's story. The two are seemingly innocent...

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Watchmen commercials online

You'll remember a little while ago I wrote about how you could film television adverts that would be included in Zack Snyder's Watchmen adaptation? Well now the winners have been chosen and you can see the footage that will be used for the Veidt commericals right here. Funny and retro...

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Cage,Brosnan in The Ghost

Late last year Roman Polanski took on a film adaptation of the novel The Ghost. Now we know who will be playing the two main roles, none other than Pierce Brosnan and Nicolas Cage. Off the top of my head, I don't think they've been in a film together yet....

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June 24, 2008

Máncora

Film Three Stars
Máncora began beautifully, poetically and violently with a few great looking and sounding opening scenes. It's a film that has some strong and great looking leads, complex relationships, and some very real world views. This Spanish film has a few surprises, particularly with the appearance of Enrique Murciano from Without...

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Tarantino on Inglorious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino has been hard at work on the script for Inglorious Basterds for quite some time now. But he says he finished it last week, and he's happy it's done. We seem to have been waiting for a while for him to get round to Inglorious Basterds, but it's...

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Elegy

Film Five Stars
You know I wasn't going to go and see this film because I'd been put off by the trailer and pre-release marketing that was all making a big play of the fact that Penélope Cruz was going to be naked in it, and I was thinking so what? Is that...

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Mark Millar on Wanted sequel

With Wanted near release date we had already heard about a potential sequel being planned. I was wondering at the time what Mark Millar would think about it. Now the man who wrote the comic has confirmed the news. They're obviously confident of success when it's released. And Mark Millar...

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Cameron's Avatar script reviewed?

Now I'm really not sure how accurate this is, but there's a script review of James Cameron's Avatar online. Personally I'm not so convinced that if they're being so secretive about the project they would let a script get out to be reviewed. Actually it's not so much a script,...

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Fast and Furious official photos

Now I don't normally go after publicity photos or posters, but I do know how much the Fast and the Furious fans are looking out for the fourth installment, Fast and Furious, starring the old crowd headed up by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. So I'm posting this photo (in...

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New Dark Knight TV spot

A new TV commercial is online for Batman: The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. It shows some new footage of Heath Ledger's Joker. I never get tired of watching footage of Heath Ledger as The Joker, looks like he really went to town....

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Favreau names The Avengers

The Avengers film is still three years away, and no one has been given the job of directing it yet. But Jon Favreau has spilled the beans on the characters that will appear in The Avengers film. Considering how close it's release is to Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau may...

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Stalked:Winslet,Duff

Kate Winslet is aging for The Reader. And Hilary Duff is joining Stay Cool....

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Stalked: Internet porn film, Brian Clough

George Gallo will write and direct a film about internet porn. The Brian Clough bio-pic has more cast members....

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Disaster Movie trailer

The trailer for Disaster Movie is here, although you may wish it wasn't. Yes, the people responsible for bringing us the Scary Movie films and Meet the Spartans have turned their attention to the disaster genre. I've never found these films funny, doesn't look like this one is any different....

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June 23, 2008

Anna Faris on Lovelace film

When a film was announced that would tell the story of Deep Throat actress Linda Lovelace, not many people would have picked Anna Faris for the role, she's got it though and has been giving a little update on the film. Considering she's more renowned for her comic roles, it's...

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To See if I'm Smiling (Lirot Im Ani Mehayechet)

Film Four Stars
I'd heard about To See if I'm Smiling, or Lirot Im Ani Mehayechet, some time ago as it gathered both positive and negative comments, and not too surprisingly either. The film focuses on female soldiers who have served in the Israeli Defense Force within the occupied territories. The women who...

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Schwarzenegger joins Stallone

We reported over a week ago that Sylvester Stallone was going to play himself in a Bollywood movie. Well now Arnold Schwarzenegger will join him in Incredible Love. I'll admit it's not quite how I imagined the two of them being on screen together, but should be interesting none the...

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Moderating comments

Hi everyone. Quick apology to all those using Gmail email addresses in the comments, I've had to temporarily moderate all of these. So if you post a comment and enter a Gmail email address it will be held until I publish it. The problem is that there's a rather annoying...

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Carter of Mars, live action or CGI?

The film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, has been ongoing for a while, and recently gained a writer in Andrew Stanton. He has written Wall-E and a number of other Pixar films. But it's still up in the air as to whether is will be a...

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New Eden Log trailer

Eden Log has a new trailer online, and I wish I could say it was all a lot clearer, but it isn't really. It does look like a pretty good science fiction thriller, but details are a bit sketchy from the trailer. It has a bit more to it than...

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S.Darko changes Donnie Darko

The sequel I'm pretending isn't happening is moving on regardless. S.Darko is the sequel to cult hit Donnie Darko, and will follow Donnie's sister and her best friend on a road trip. Turns out though, they plan on changing some of the things that happened in the original. Could I...

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Stalked:G.I. Joe, Nailed

The G.I. Joe film has a new title. And Nailed is shut again....

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June 22, 2008

Filmstalker's Week 16th to 22nd June

This week there is a new feature, and loads of review from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Trailers include The Wackness, Mummy 3, Wall-E and Taken. In the news you could help choose the villain for Hulk 2, Quentin Tarantino has plans for Inglorious Basterds and plenty of rumours for...

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Roth says no to Hostel 3?

Since Hostel 2 was completed we have been waiting for news on Hostel 3. The latest news says that the studio has begun official talks on Hostel 3. However, it looks like Eli Roth will not be coming back for more. I really liked the first, but thought they missed...

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Vaughn's Kick Ass film moving

The last news we heard on the film adaptation of Kick-Ass was that Matthew Vaughn was going to direct. Mark Millar wrote the comic book as well as Wanted, which has been adapted and hits cinemas shortly. At a premiere for Wanted Mark Millar gave an update on the film...

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The Happening

Film Three Stars
There's been a lot of hype about The Happening and indeed M. Night Shyamalan, but I wanted to try and put that to the side before reviewing the film. I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not one to leap on the Shyamalan critical wagon, screaming about twists...

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The Kreutzer Sonata

Film Three Stars
The Kreutzer Sonata comes from the director Bernard Rose who brought us Snuff-Movie (Filmstalker review), a film that I thought was utterly terrible and gave it no stars at all, so I wasn't exactly on fire about this film, but once again I was attracted by the star name of...

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New Robin Hood rumour

Yesterday it was Christian Bale who was rumoured to be Ridley Scott's preferred choice for Robin Hood. Now a new rumour is out about who Russell Crowe wants to star opposite him in Nottingham. I would have thought that Ridley Scott would have the final choice, but maybe he's more...

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June 21, 2008

Spiderman 4 in 2011

There hasn't been much concrete news on Spiderman 4 for a while. The orignal release date was rumoured to be 2010, but one of the producers says they are aiming for a 2011 release date. Sony renewed their option to make Spiderman 4 and 5, and since then we've been...

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Weinsteins make films into musicals

The Weinstein Company are planning on bringing films to Broadway. They have been producing award winning plays for a few years now, and they are planning on making musicals out of some of their films. The other week Richard and I were joking about a musical of Escape from Alcatraz....

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New Taken trailer

Taken stars Liam Neeson as an ex spy, who has to use his skills to save his daughter from being sold into the slave trade. A new trailer is online, and features some new footage. I wouldn't have thought that Liam Neeson as a lethal ex spy would work. Looks...

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Christian Bale for Robin Hood?

Casting rumours come in twos apparently. This rumour says that following his role as The Caped Crusader in Batman: The Dark Knight, and then the saviour of the human race in Terminator 4, Bale could be playing Robin Hood. What a nice guy he is. Ridley Scott is putting together...

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Donkey Punch

Film Four Stars
Donkey Punch is British backed film that showcases some younger talent with a Hollywood beating style that is visible through the writing and the filming. A few flaws later on in the film do cause it to falter, but a strong script, good performances, and some reality and style see...

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June 20, 2008

Josh Brolin to Escape From New York?

The Escape to New York remake has been kicking around for over a year now. But the latest rumour to hit the internet is that Josh Brolin could be the man to play Snake Plissken. For anyone unaware Kurt Russell played Snake in the great original. But as usual these...

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Terminator 4 teaser described

Terminator 4 is currently filming with Christian Bale as John Connor. The teaser trailer for the film is due to premiere in front of Batman: The Dark Knight, on July 18th. And a member of a focus group who has seen the trailer has sent in a description. Usually I'm...

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Mummy 3 new trailer

A new trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has been posted on Rob Cohen's blog. Brendan Fraser and John Hannah are back for more, this time up against Jet Li as The Dragon Emperor in question. The trailer doesn't look drastically different to the previous films, apart...

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Juno blamed for US pregnancy pact

I was just watching the BBC news - a station that I once believed fought for non-sensationalised news but of late has been heading further and further towards the tabloid news style - and I heard the upcoming news bullet point where they ask if Juno is to blame for...

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Final WALL-E trailer online

The final WALL-E trailer has appeared online, and I'm getting a lot of hassle from my wife over this. I'm getting to see a screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday 26th and she's dying to see it. Oh well, she'll have to wait a little longer, as...

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Conan heads for rewrites

The remake/reboot/re-invisioning of Conan the Barbarian is plodding along the road to development. It's already moved studios and now there are problems with the script. The two writers are now having another go, and the studio also plan to nail down a director once the script is sorted....

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Inglorious Basterds will be two films

Quentin Tarantino has long been planning Inglorious Basterds, and at Cannes confirmed that it would be his next project. Now the film that's based on Enzo Castellari's original has grown wings, and it will be turned into two separate films. He's also been talking about his casting method for this...

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Burn After Reading teaser trailer

Burn After Reading is the Coen Brothers return to comedy. A great cast is involved including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand. We've seen the red band trailer, and now it's the turn of the teaser trailer. I couldn't help having a smile on my face watching this trailer....

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Stalked:Bacon,Mangold

Kevin Bacon has joined My One and Only. James Mangold will direct The Archive....

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June 19, 2008

In the City of Sylvia (En la ciudad de Sylvia)

Film One Star
There aren't many films that I have felt the desire to walk out of, and most of them have been at festivals. Films I wouldn't normally watch and usually have my eyes opened to. Not In the City of Sylvia though. This film was a painful exercise in nothing happening...

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The Appeared (Aparecidos)

Film Three Stars
The Appeared, or Aparecidos, is a film which at first seems to be a straight horror, however it soon reveals itself as a supernatural horror and then as something much different, a film which uses the accessible horror genre to highlight the story of the disappeared in Argentina. Primarily the...

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Fox talks Transformers 2

Megan Fox as we know is returning for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the sequel to the film which really launched her career. She's been talking about what we can expect from the sequel. Turns out they've been doing some script re-writing, and she fills us in on Michael Bay's...

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Straczynski on Silver Surfer

J. Michael Straczynski has been busy writing a script for a Silver Surfer spin off film. But now he says that off the back of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, he's not sure if it will be made. The studio aren't happy with the response to the Rise...

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Perelman leaves Atlas Shrugged

Angelina Jolie has been trying to get a film made of the book Atlas Shrugged for some time now. But it just got a whole lot more difficult, the director Vadim Perelman has left the project. A number of attempts have been made to make a film of Atlas Shrugged,...

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Quantum of Solace clip

A new featurette for Quantum of Solace is online, and this one focuses on new Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. She's playing Camille in the new James Bond film. The featurette has interviews with the lady herself, Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster. Oh and there's speedboats in there too....

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The Wackness red band trailer

You can now take a look at a red band trailer for The Wackness. The independent film stars Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley. Peck plays a soon to be college student, who spends his last summer before enrolling dealing drugs. The trailer looks really good, a nice mixture of humour...

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The Last Call becomes a film

Hollywood has managed to find another comic book that hasn't been made into a film yet. That will soon change though as The Last Call will be made into a feature film of it's very own. This one is a bit more obscure, it is about two teenagers and a...

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Repo! update

It's all been a bit quiet when it comes to Repo! The Genetic Opera, this footage was the last we heard. The musical horror based on organ repossession, is directed by Saw helmer Darren Lynn Bousman. He has now updated his Myspace blog to tell us where the film is...

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Stalked: Sopranos stars,Death Race cameo

Two stars of The Sopranos are reuniting for a film. David Carradine has a cameo in the new Death Race film....

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June 18, 2008

Text messages that kill

Mobile phones really can kill you, who'd have thought it. A new horror film called Text, has teenagers being offed after receiving messages on their phones. I always knew phones were dangerous, is there anything teenagers can do in these films that won't result in certain death?...

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Benjamin Button trailer in HD

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer is online in HD, and boy does it look good. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in the film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's book. Not only is it visually impressive, but the make up effects on Brad Pitt look extremely well done....

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Wanted,Sin City sequel rumours

Two sequel rumours in one go, one for Wanted and the other for Sin City. One of the stars of Wanted has hinted that a sequel may be in the plans, and Angelina Jolie has given a vague indication that she would like a role in Sin City 2. No...

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Bangkok Dangerous clip

Bangkok Dangerous was a great That film by the Pang brothers. It also became yet another film destined for a Hollywood remake, this time with Nicolas Cage in the lead. Now a fairly gruesome clip has arrived. I thought the original was a really good film, but the changes that...

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Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes)

Film Five Stars
The blurb for Timecrimes had me interested from the beginning, I mean what film that mentions time travel wouldn't? The fact that it was a non-hollywood film as well was stacked in its favour. The film turned out to be more than I had hoped and had me thinking about...

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Blood Car

Film One Star
I knew from reading the blurb that this was going to be a bit of a sit back and relax kind of film, after all the story about a man who makes a car run on blood wasn't going to be too intellectually challenging. The film from Alex Orr tells...

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Spike Lee is Time Travelling

Spike Lee is to make a film based on Ronald Mallett's memoirs, Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Mallett was one of the first African Americans to gain a Ph.D in theoretical physics, and tried to use his knowledge to save his father Spike...

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Abrams to make mystery house film

Usually it's comic books, books or other films that provide inspiration, but J.J. Abrams is to make a film based on a newspaper article. The New York Times piece is about a New York house with a difference. It has it's own man made mystery hidden inside it's walls. The...

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The Ruins

Film Four Stars
Having read the Scott B. Smith novel (Filmstalker review) I was wondering how a Hollywood film could be made that conveyed the same suspense, terror and same pace, and yet still keep such a restricted view limiting itself to a few characters in one location. However my anticipation was high...

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District 14 in the making

District 13 or Banlieue 13, was a French film which combined the activity of parkour with an action film. David Belle the founder of parkour had a role in the film, with Luc Besson writing and producing. We could be seeing a sequel to the film which may or may...

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona trailer

The theatrical trailer for Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona is online. Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson are all starring in it. Two Americans in Barcelona find themselves in a complicated love triangle. From the trailer it looks like a relationship comedy/drama from Woody Allen. Surprised?...

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Stalked: Sienna Miller, Robin Williams

Sienna Miller is joining Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Robin Williams is to be the World’s Greatest Dad....

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June 17, 2008

Unknown musical comedy short

Film Four Stars
Blood Car was preceded by a short which travelled dodgy territory between complete bad taste and great satirical humour. For my mind it really did a great job of real life parody and hit all the right notes. It's a short musical film, yes a musical, about an internet predator...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has begun in 2008, yes it doesn't seem like a year since the last one and that's because it isn't, this year the dates have moved and the EIFF has been brought forward. I've taken the usual two weeks off work to cover as much...

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Throttle to made into a film

It's not unusual for something that Stephen King writes to become a film. In this case though it's something that he's written with his son Joe Hill. A sixty page novella they have written called Throttle, has been optioned to be made into a feature film. Otherwise known as Joseph...

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New violent Wanted clip

Clips and trailers for Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted seem to be never ending, and there's another one. This one is pretty good, and shows one of the assassins at work. I'll warn you it's pretty violent, I almost wish I hadn't been eating my post workout sandwich whilst watching it. Almost....

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Dark Knight Two-Face clip

Batman: The Dark Knight is the next of the summer blockbusters on the way. We've had more than our fair share of trailers, as is the way these days. And now there is a clip online showing a little bit of Two-Face. Obviously if you want to remain totally spoiler...

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Updated: Bekmambetov not up for Dusk Watch?

Timur Bekmambetov is soon to hit screens everywhere with Wanted, the comic book adaptation with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. The first I saw of his work was Nightwatch, the first of a planned trilogy adapted from Sergei Lukyanenko's novels. Bekmambetov though suggests he might not be that interested in...

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Fans decide Hulk 2 villain?

It seems that if Louis Leterrier is to get the job of directing the sequel to the second in the Hulk franchise, or the first if you are ignoring Ang Lee, he's going to let the fans decide the villain for the film, and note he does say the singular...

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Wiseman to direct Gears of War

Len Wiseman has been confirmed as the director of the Gears of War film. Earlier this year one of the producers said they had a director ready to attach, and it's Wiseman who will be bringing Gears of War to the big screen. Having racked up a fair few late...

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Ong Bak 2 trailer

Tony Jaa has already shown that he's a leading light in martial arts on screen, simply astounding audiences with his amazing skills and unbelievable stunts on Ong Bak and Tom yum goong (The Protector or Warrior King). Well now he's almost completed the sequel to Ong Bak, Ong Bak 2....

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Stalked: Kevin Spacey, Sam Raimi

Kevin Spacey will be a Shrink. Sam Raimi will make The Given Day...

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June 16, 2008

Director talks Punisher Teaser

Just the other day we saw the teaser trailer for Punisher: War Zone. Now the director Lexi Alexander has been talking about the trailer. Turns out she wasn't expecting it to be released so soon. Not to worry though, she's just happy they found enough suitable material, and we may...

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Closing Credits: Stan Winston

Stan Winston died last night, peacefully, at home, with friends and family. For those who might be wondering why the name rings a bell, he's the man responsible for bringing you some of the most iconic special effects images of so many classic science fiction, horror and action films of...

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Midnight Meat Train derailed?

Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train seems to have been around for ages, with not much happening on it. The last news was that it was potentially only to receive a DVD release, but with no details why. Now we're hearing that it could well receive a theatrical release but only...

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Robotech gains Star Wars writer

It was September last year when we heard that Robotech the movie was going to be made, and since then we haven't heard anything else, until now. Word is out about a writer attached to the project, and it's not just any writer. The man who wrote Star Wars V:...

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Wanted seven minutes online

Seven minutes of Wanted have appeared online, and you can watch them right here. The film is heavily adapted from the excellent Mark Millar comic book which sees a hapless nobody pulled out of his day to day drudgery by a team of assassins to join a group to which...

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Stalked:Eva Mendes,Louis Letterier

Eva Mendes has joined the Bad Lieutenant remake. Louis Letterier could be directing Strays....

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Stalked:Robert Downey Jr,S.Darko

Robert Downey Jr is in talks for Cowboys and Aliens. The Donnie Darko sequel S.Darko has another cast member....

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June 15, 2008

Filmstalker's Week 9th to 15th June

This week you can win Scarlett Johansson's single and Small Town Folk on DVD. There are also reviews of The Incredible Hulk and Protege. We have loads of trailers including Transporter 3, Mirrors, Miracle at St Anna and Punisher War Zone. In the news Jon Favreau and Marvel are disagreeing...

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What did Norton add to Hulk?

With The Incredible Hulk already out in cinemas, we are finally finding out exactly what Edward Norton added to the film. And what went on with his missing writing credit. It's pretty interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. And it would appear Marvel weren't willing to give...

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Jon Favreau offered Iron Man 2

Jon Favreau recently spoke about his concerns over the release date for Iron Man 2. And then we heard that he and Marvel were disagreeing over money, mainly the fact he wanted a bit of a pay rise. Well now it seems he has been offered Iron Man 2, and...

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June 14, 2008

Downey Jr to be Sherlock Holmes?

Robert Downey Jr is in vogue these days. Iron Man has capped off a great comeback from his well documented personal problems, and now he's now being offered all kinds of roles. The next one he's rumoured to be interested in, is Sherlock Holmes in the recently announced Guy Ritchie...

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Death Race trailer

Trailer are coming thick and fast, next up is one for Death Race starring Jason Statham. The remake of Death Race 2000 comes from Paul W.S. Anderson. Some of the details have changed from the original, but it still looks like decent fun. It will have had a summer of...

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Stalked: Stallone,Davis

Sylvester Stallone is hitting Bollywood. Geena Davis has a new project....

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June 13, 2008

Alternate Dark Knight trailer

An alternate trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight has appeared online. With Iron Man released and The Incredible Hulk out now, Batman is the next big blockbuster on the way. The alternate trailer has mostly footage we've seen before but all assembled together. It definitely looks like the most complete...

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Protégé (Moon to)

Film Four Stars
Protégé, or Moon to in it's native Hong Kong, is a film starring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu and tells the story of an undercover cop infiltrating one of the biggest Asian drug organisations and trying to discover the heads behind the trafficking ring, and the problems he faces trying...

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Leterrier says too many superhero films

With The Incredible Hulk only just released, the director Louis Leterrier has been voicing his concerns that there are too many superhero films around. With Hulk out and Iron Man already been and gone, Leterrier says the market is in danger of becoming too saturated. It's something I've thought for...

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The Descent 2 cast

The Descent was a pretty good horror film, and as is the way a sequel is happening. We'd already heard some casting news with Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Jackson Mendoza, both returning. Well now it's been confirmed that everybody will be back for the sequel. How? Well read on and...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a curious film indeed. It stars Brad Pitt as the titular character who is born very old and grows younger through his life until he dies. A strange tale indeed. The film is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com)...

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Captain America and Incredible Hulk

What's going on with the whole Captain America in The Incredible Hulk malarky? We have the director Louis Leterrier saying that there was a scene where The Incredible Hulk meets with Captain America and there were rumours on who could be playing that part, then that was gone and he...

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The Echo remake trailer

I really enjoyed Yam Laranas' Sigaw (Echo) when I saw it, indeed I feel priviliged to have a signed copy sitting in my DVD rack because it's a creepy and atmospheric film that shows this writer/cinematographer/director has bags of talent to make the simplest film seem creepy - he even...

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Punisher: War Zone teaser

The teaser trailer for Punisher: War Zone is out, and it doesn't look too bad. Ray Stevenson is playing Frank Castle, battling Jigsaw and dealing out justice to scumbags. You can watch it inside, is it what you thought it would be? Does Ray Stevenson look the part?...

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Stalked:2012,Amelia

2012 has a female lead in Amanda Peet. Christopher Eccleston has joined Amelia....

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Stalked: Red,James McAvoy

The comic book Red is to become a film. James McAvoy has denied rumours he's to be in The Hobbit....

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June 12, 2008

Captain America casting rumours

The last name mentioned alongside the role of Captain America in The First Avenger: Captain America, was Matthew McConaughey. Now rumour has it that two more names have been added to the list of people favoured by the studio. With Captain America in the news this week over the missing...

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Miracle at St. Anna trailer

The film which helped spark a war of words between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood has a trailer online. Miracle at St. Anna is a World War II film, telling the story of four African American soldiers, stranded in enemy territory. It was while promoting this film at Cannes that...

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The Incredible Hulk

Film Three Stars
So, The Incredible Hulk. The second in the Hulk series which is doing its best to ignore the first film from Ang Lee. Some say that the first Hulk film is terrible and smashes through the Hulk mythology. I disagree, I think it was a good example of a comic...

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Darabont's Indy script real?

So Frank Darabont's script for Indiana Jones IV has appeared online, although briefly before it was taken off in a flash, and now everyone is shouting about how great it was in comparison to the film that was made, and yet when I look at the review I see just...

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Hirschbiegel's Northern Ireland film

I do believe that the recent history of Northern Ireland has been overlooked in cinema, and so the news that Oliver Hirschbiegel is directing a film written by Guy Hibbert on the aftermath of the "troubles" is welcome news. What is also exciting is that two Irish stars who have...

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Mirrors teaser trailer

The teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja's Mirrors is online. Kiefer Sutherland stars in this one, which he took on due to the delay with the 24 film. The film is about mirrors which seem to be a gateway to beyond the grave. Sutherland is great as Jack Bauer, but I'm...

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Stalked: Clooney,Black,Neeson,Nesbitt

George Clooney's Tourist has a writer. Jack Black has left Man-Witch. Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt are to star together....

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June 11, 2008

Hancock commercials reveal plot?

There are two television adverts/commericals for Hancock online, and while one presents the lighter comic film and gives us nothing new, the other presents a darker, tougher film and gives away some seriously big plot spoilers. I have both teasers right here for you and I honestly don't know what...

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The Duchess trailer

The international trailer for The Duchess is online. It has a pretty good British cast including Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling. The films tells the story of the Duchess of Devonshire, and has all the usual scandals you would expect from the time period. If period dramas are...

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Win Small Town Folk on DVD

I've got another competition to run, this time for a small horror film from Britain billed as a slasher film with a healthy does of dark humour. It all sounds great to me and the trailer suggests that it's rather stylised as well. Apart from the trailer to show you...

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Hefner wants Downey Jr

The Hugh Hefner bio pic has been ongoing for a while now, with Brett Ratner directing and Brian Grazer producing. A number of actors have been linked to the role of Hefner, but the most recent one has been Robert Downey Jr. Now Hefner has added his blessing, and said...

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Turok: Dinasour Hunter film

Turok has come a long way from the first videogame outing that I played and grew very frustrated with, indeed when the game dipped in popularity they reworked the storyline and have just released a new version. On the back of that is coming an animated series and a film...

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The Three Musketeers restart

The Three Musketeers have enjoyed a couple of outings, but for me the most enjoyable were the Richard Lester directed films starring a huge line up of stars. Now though, they're thinking of returning to the series, not for a remake though, but a restart of the franchise before these...

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Captain America cut from Hulk

After the story I wrote this morning about Hulk apparently having some seventy minutes cut from it and the director reported Captain America scene missing from the previews, Louis Leterrier has come clean about the film and reported that the cameo has indeed been removed. It seems that the scene...

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Favreau/Marvel stuck on money?

Just yesterday we wrote that Marvel had come up with a release date for Iron Man 2. This was news to the director of the first Jon Favreau, who posted on his message board that it was too soon. He would like more time in order to do a good...

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Hulk gets massive cut?

We already heard that Edward Norton and Marvel were fighting over the final cut of The Incredible Hulk, but we hadn't expected that the lesser cut would have won and that the final film would be some seventy minutes short. It raises the question who was fighthing for what version,...

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Stalked: Williams, Heigl

Robin Williams could be in The Prince of Providence. Katherine Heigl will make Escape....

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Madonna says no to acting

Madonna seems to have put an end to to her acting career for good. She's mentioned before that she didn't see a future in acting, and recently she ventured into documentary making. Plus she has also directed her first film, and it probably won't be her last. Being a big...

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June 10, 2008

Babylon A.D. english trailer

Finally the English version of the trailer for Babylon A.D. has arrived online. The film from director Mathieu Kassovitz stars a great cast of Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson and Mark Strong. It tells the story of a man who has to escort...

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Rosemary's Baby remake embarassment

I thought the remake machine of Hollywood couldn't get any lower, I was wrong. The producers on the remake of Rosemary's Baby have revealed why they wanted to tackle the film, you will hardly believe this. It's not because they think they could do better, it needs an update, it's...

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Transformers 2 call sheet spoilers

A call sheet for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen has appeared online, and although it's an early one there are plenty of reveals to be had from it. Mainly from some of the characters, and surprisingly the confirmation that one of the Transformers will be an Ice Cream Truck...

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Favreau fights Iron Man 2 date

Iron Man 2 was announced without much deliberation, and had a release date of 2010. That seemed quite soon, but hey who wants to wait. Terence Howard recently said that he would start filming in March 2009, with the film being released in April 2010. Jon Favreau has posted on...

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Wanted Red Band restricted trailer

There's a new trailer out for Wanted, yes another one, but this one's a red band trailer and includes a little bit of swearing and a little bit of blood. However Apple have decided to lock it down to iTunes users only - I've been waiting for it to appear...

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Win Scarlett Johansson's single

Yes Scarlett Johansson has released an album which features ten Tom Waits covers and one original track, and you can not only hear some of it right here but you can also win a copy of her single. She's not alone on the album either, also appearing are the Yeah...

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Hulk interviews - Norton, Tyler, Leterrier

There are a couple of interviews on line with Louis Leterrier, Edward Norton and Liv Tyler on the upcoming The Incredible Hulk. They field questions from fans as well as asking each other some questions. While for the most part it's pretty harmless and unexciting, at some point they all...

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Transporter 3 trailer online

The teaser trailer for Transporter 3 has arrived online, and it's looking as hard as nails. The action ranges from the epic to the utterly cool - huge truck stunts mixed with hand to hand combat and even a few BMX tricks. This film looks like it has everything. The...

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Elegy trailer online

The trailer for Elegy, the film based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel The Dying Animal, has arrived online. Starring Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, and Peter Sarsgaard, the film is packing a lot of talent, and I'm rather excited to be getting to see it...

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James Brown film struggling

Spike Lee is apparently struggling to find the funds to make three biographical films which are already scripted about famous singers Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and the legendary soul singer James Brown. He says that there just doesn't seem to be enough interest, and again goes on the usual offensive....

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Stalked: Hugh Grant, Smurfs

Hugh Grant and Zhang Ziyi will star together in Lost for Words. The Smurfs film is still going ahead....

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Stalked: Neil Jordan, The Weinsteins

Neil Jordan is going fantasy with Ondine. The Weinstein Company are making Time of My Life....

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June 9, 2008

Gremlins sequel?

The Gremlins are back, although only on the small screen. This isn't perhaps the outing that fans of the Gremlins film would be wanting, but it is a reminder that they're around and it also might act as a little nudge to Hollywood to remember just how funny and entertaining...

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New Friday the 13th is a reboot

The producers of the new Friday the 13th film have been talking about what they are doing with the series. Not so long ago we were a bit confused which camp it belonged to. But they say it's not a sequel, or a remake but a reboot of sorts. Going...

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Jumper sequel still being discussed

The sequel to Jumper has already been announced, but it's been a bit quiet on the development front. Hayden Christensen says that discussions are still ongoing as to what the sequel will being. At the end of the first one, a sequel looked a certainty. But there doesn't seem to...

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Gyllenhaal's Moon project has new writer

Jake Gyllenhaal has been attached to star in Doug Liman's untitled moon project for a while now. Getting a script together has been proving more than a little difficult though, until now that is. Dan Mazeau has been hired to write a fresh draft of the script, about which not...

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John Carter of Mars gets WALL-E writer

That's a strange mix straight off the bat, but rumour is that Andrew Stanton is writing a script for the long struggling film version of John Carter of Mars. Now that's not such a strange out of the blue notion as you might think as back in October of last...

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Transformers 2 character rumours

We've already been warned by Michael Bay that there's going to be a lot of disinformation around Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, a title which clearly tells us that this is to be the Empire Strikes Back of Transformers and we're going to see a darker story as the...

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Religulous trailer to upset

Undoubtedly the trailer for Religulous is going to upset religious groups, mind you not half as much as the film will do if the trailer is anything to go by. It follows a similar documentary style to Michael Moore's films and sees Bill Maher, the acclaimed comedian and television host...

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Original [REC] sequel

Okay this might get a little confusing. The original [REC] is the Spanish original horror and before it was even finished Hollywood had picked it up to do a scene by scene remake called Quarantine - which from all accounts doesn't work half as well as the original. Well the...

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David Duchovny wants more X Files films

Ten years after the first X Files film, we are not too far away from the release of The X Files I Want to Believe. However before it's even released, David Duchovny has been talking about the potential for more X Files films. With Richard's latest feature looking at rebooting...

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Stalked: Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lynch

Diane Kruger has joined Run for Her Life. Jennifer Lynch is making a Bollywood horror film....

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Stalked: Ford, Witherspoon, Stiller

Harrison Ford will star in Crowley as a scientist. Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller will combine with Cameron Crowe....

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June 8, 2008

Filmstalker's Week 2nd to 8th June

This week sees a new feature on restarting franchises, you have two opportunities to win a DVD. There are reviews of You Kill Me and I Am Legend on Blu-ray. Trailer this week include, The Incredible Hulk, The X Files 2, Transsiberian and Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. In the news...

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In the Shadow of the Moon

DVD Five Stars
I'd already seen In the Shadow of the Moon on the big screen and absolutely adored it. A documentary that is filled with passion and great emotion as well as some stunning original photography which makes you think that they had high definition back then. The documentary interviews almost all...

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Can franchises be restarted?

Restarted, rebooted, remade, reimagined. Whatever you like to say the question is can franchises that have already had their shot really be restarted? We've seen number of franchises revisited this year with Die Hard, Rocky and Rambo, but these have really been a continuation albeit with a fair passage of...

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Richard Kelly adapting "Beer" book

Richard Kelly has been a bit quiet since Donnie Darko. Thankfully he seems to pick particular projects, rather than churn out a film every year or two. Now his newly set up production company will make a film of the best selling book: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell...

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Win When Evil Calls on DVD

Another competition on Filmstalker, this week you really are getting spoiled. This one is for another British comedy horror film called When Evil Calls. It stars such names as Sean Pertwee, Chris Barrie, Lois Winstone (daughter of Ray), Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce), some lovely models and the well known...

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Spike Lee answers Clint Eastwood

The difference of opinion between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood seems to be over. Spike Lee started things off, saying Eastwood had ignored the part played by black soldiers in his Iwo Jima films, and then Clint Eastwood gave his opinion last week. Now Lee has answered back, and he...

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Pink Panther 2 teaser trailer

Not content with ruining The Pink Panther a few years ago, Steve Martin's sequel Pink Panther 2 is now completed. And lucky us there is a "hilarious" teaser trailer to go with it. Long gone are the days of Three Amigos! and one of my favourites Parenthood. This looks truly...

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Two Incredible Hulk TV spots

It's finally the week that sees the release of The Incredible Hulk. But that still leaves time for two final TV spots. One of which shows The Incredible Hulk talking briefly, and one which shows a cameo. For those of you that want to keep spoiler free I'd avoid the...

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Stalked: Brittany Murphy, Ocean comic book

Brittany Murphy is in a film that sounds a lot like the The Shining. The comic book mini series Ocean is being made into a film....

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June 7, 2008

DiCaprio playing Atari onscreen

Here's some strang casting news that I'd never expect, Leonardo DiCaprio is going to appear in a videogame based film. Well, sort of. It's not the adaptation of a videogame, but the life story of one of the industry's most influencial figures, Mr Atari, Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell was the creator...

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June 6, 2008

Adam Sandler turns to horror

Adam Sandler is best known for his comedy films, in fact he's made a career out of them. But now he is trying horror out for size, and making Shortcut. Sandler's production company will be making the film, but it's not confirmed if he's starring in it yet. I would...

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa trailer

We have a trailer for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa for you. All the animals are back for another adventure, including my particular favourite the penguins. Yeah! That song is in there as well, in fact it's stuck in my head right now. You can see the trailer inside, and it...

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My Fair Lady remake with Knightley

Keira Knightley is set to play Eliza Doolittle in a remake of My Fair Lady, the musical that originally starred the iconic Audrey Hepburn, herself taking over the role on film from Julie Andrews who had taken the stage role. You can see why this project is going ahead with...

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Eastwood defends historical accuracy

We know that I'm a big fan of historical accuracy in films, and that doesn't mean they don't have to be entertaining. However if you are making a film about an historical event, then show it how it was. Clint Eastwood believes that too, and so when Spike Lee attacked...

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Genesis in cinemas and on DVD

I usually just write about feature films, but we're seeing a change in cinemas, a change where they're starting to show more and more non-features. Not only is a UK chain showing Formula 1 Grand Prix's this year, but we're seeing more and more concerts, and that's just what you...

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City of Ember photos and widget

I've been sent some photos and a bit more information on the upcoming film City of Ember adapted from the novel by Jeanne DuPrau which tells the story of a city that has been protected by light from a powerful generator for generations. However the generator is failing, and that...

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Star Trek sequel sought

Is it really a surprise that the studio and executives are considering another Star Trek film even before J.J. Abrams Star Trek has been completed? Let's face it, this is one of the biggest film franchises ever and there's no sign of it giving up. The producers are already trying...

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Stalked:Ben Kingsley,Marvin Gaye,Tourist

We now know what role Ben Kingsley will play in Prince of Persia. F. Gary Gray will direct a film about Marvin Gaye, one of two in the wings. And The Tourist has a director....

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Sam Raimi on more Spiderman films

As we know there is already a script for Spiderman 4 and 5. And Tobey Maguire is open to the idea of playing Peter Parker again. Not much has been heard from Sam Raimi as to if he would be back for more or not. Well until now that is....

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Stalked:Spiderman,Valkyire,W

Tobey Maguire is open to more Spiderman films. Valkyrie is re-shooting some scenes. Jesse Bradford has joined W....

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June 5, 2008

Transformers 2 gets title, and no cliffhanger

Transformers 2 now has an official title, and not only that but Michael Bay has assured us that there will be no cliffhanger ending to the film. The new title is Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. So a new title, and you can rest easy when it comes to...

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Mongol trailer, clips and Q&A

We've already seen the trailer for Mongol, but I've just been sent the links to eight clips from the film and an interesting Q&A with the director and a noted historian on Genghis Khan. The film, if you didn't already know, charts the early life of Genghis Khan and could...

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Gone Baby Gone clips and Q&A

Gone Baby Gone is finally being released in UK cinemas this weekend, barring anything happening in the news, and so we finally get to see the film that is being hailed as Ben Affleck's finest moment and showing that he has a lot more to offer behind the camera. The...

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The Waiting Room trailer

The Waiting Room is another British film starring Ralf Little, Anne-Marie Duff, and a list of other British talent, some of whom you'll no doubt recognise from television. It's the story of two complete strangers who meet by chance, and thereafter begin to analyse their relationships and lives. I remember...

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The Visitor trailer and Q&A

The Visitor is a film about a man who discovers that a young foreign couple have been illegally living in his flat that he rents out. However rather than throw them out he listens to them and lets them stay. They form a friendship, and when the husband is taken...

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Win The Onion Movie on DVD

The Onion Movie is coming to DVD and I don't think I've laughed so much after watching a trailer in a long time...and I have to say that Steven Seagal's new film looks stunning, the title of which I'll leave for the main story. This looks hilarious and I've got...

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Capricorn One remake!

Capricorn One is a superb film playing to two very strong aspects, the political thrillers of the time reflecting real life and also looking at a fictional account of faked moon landings. Together it was a cracking film. We heard back in February of last year that they were looking...

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Norton dropped from Hulk credits

It's interesting to think that the Writers Guild of America, who ultimately decide the writing credits on all films, have announced that Zak Penn will receive the sole credit for The Incredible Hulk and Edward Norton will receive nothing, and while you ponder on the possible injustice to Norton you...

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Lohan gets another chance

How many last chances does someone get in life? If you're not famous then I would say not many, but if you're famous, well Lindsay Lohan can attest to just how many you get as we see her return once again to a comedy film called Labor Pains (Labour Pains)....

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Herzog answers Bad Lieutenant critics

Not long ago we heard of Werner Herzog's planned remake of Bad Lieutenant. He has Nicolas Cage playing the role originally played by Harvey Keitel in the Abel Ferrara's version. However, following Ferrara's response to the news, Herzog has been setting everyone straight. And that's including the guy who made...

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Transsiberian trailer

We have a trailer for Transsiberian for you, starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer. The tourists find themselves unwittingly involved in drug trafficking, and on the wrong side of Ben Kingsley. I haven't heard much about this one, except from Richard mentioning he's off to see it at the Edinburgh...

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June 4, 2008

The new X Files 2 trailer in English

The other day we saw a new trailer for The X Files I Want To Believe. That one was in Russian, but now the same trailer is available in English for you to watch. Unsurprisingly it's a lot better, unless you speak Russian. I still couldn't tell you the whole...

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Doug Liman wants Crowe for Plame film

Doug Liman is working on a film version of ex CIA agent Valerie Plame's memoirs, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. The film is to mainly focus on Valerie Plame, who has already been cast, but Liman knows who he wants to play...

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Green Hornet gets green light

The new film version of The Green Hornet has finally been officially given the go ahead. It's been nearly a year since Seth Rogen was attached to the film, but Sony is finally ready to get it moving. Rogen will be starring as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet, in the new...

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Updated: Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi

Ridley Scott has announced that he's going to make a science fiction film as his next project, marking the first science fiction project for him since Blade Runner and a film which even he regards as the only original science fiction film since. It seems he's been waiting some twenty...

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I Spit on Your Grave remake

Amazingly the rights to I Spit on Your Grave have resided with the original writer and director since it was made, until now that is, and it's being remade. The film tells the story of a woman who is abducted, brutally raped and abused and left for dead, except she's...

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De Palma directing Boston Stranglers

Brian De Palma is straight back into directing true life controversial stories with that of the The Boston Strangler basing itself on the book The Boston Stranglers: The Public Conviction of Albert DeSalvo and the True Story of Eleven Shocking Murders (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Filmstalker stores). The film will...

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Matt Damon joins Springboks

Matt Damon is turning to his acting once again as it has just been announced he's taking up the role of the rugby player Francois Pienaar in the Clint Eastwood directed film The Human Factor adapted from the novel The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the...

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Guy Ritchie directing Sherlock Holmes

Of anyone that would be taken on to clean up the script and direct a film that would kick new life into the story of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson I would never have thought it be the London gangster film writer/director Guy Ritchie. However according to news today it...

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Child friendly Beverly Hills Cop 4?

Recently we heard about Beverly Hills Cop 4, and the fact that Brett Ratner was to direct Eddie Murphy in the sequel. Well, Ratner may have plans to make it a films for kids and make it with a PG rating. WTF. I was hoping for something a little different...

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Yet another new Wanted trailer

I've lost count of how many trailers Wanted has had, but we can add an other to the list. This one is probably the most complete theatrical trailer we have seen so far. There is some new footage in this one as well, so head inside for a look....

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McG plays down T4 ending rumour

Yesterday, word spread of a potential ending to Terminator 4. I don't want to go into detail about it, for those people who want to be spoiler free. But most of the internet was up in arms at the potential ending to McG's Terminator. Richard for his part was seeing...

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June 3, 2008

Shyamalan explains The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan has been talking about the inspiration behind his films and how he wrote The Happening, how he thinks it's going to make you feel, and perhaps most interesting he reveals how audiences have been reacting in some of the test screenings. So there have been test screenings,...

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Bruce Willis in Kane & Lynch?

Remember when Bruce Willis said no more action films and along came Hostage (Filmstalker review)? Then Die Hard 4.0 (Filmstalker review)? Well it looks like he still hasn't given up on the action genre, and quite frankly he shouldn't. Now he's in negotiations to star in Kane & Lynch: Dead...

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Death Race practical and serious?

A report from the set of Death Race has appeared online and while it carries with it the usual behind the scenes stuff it has two interesting things to tell. First that the points system we saw in the original Death Race 2000 is gone and secondly that the effects...

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Terminator 4 rumours good?

The rumour doing the rounds about Terminator 4 may be ground breaking in the franchise but it's not anything new elsewhere, and while everyone seems up in arms about it screaming obscenities in comments and titles, I'm wondering if it's a script move that under another view might be considered...

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The Sigma Protocol to become a film

Universal is to make a film of The Sigma Protocol by Robert Ludlum. He's the same author who wrote the novels which inspired the Jason Bourne films. Universal have hired the same writers who worked on the Iron Man screenplay. The Sigma Protocol was published after the author's death in...

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Death Note remake next

Vertigo are really proving themselves to be the Asian remake kings as they head for another film, Death Note aka Desu nôto, a film and animated television series from 2006, the film of which was just released in the UK in April following a release in France in January and...

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New Russian X Files 2 trailer

A new trailer for The X Files: I Want To Believe is online. The only slight problem is that it is in Russian but it has some good stuff in it. Being an avid X Files fan, I'm chuffed the old team are back together, plus the plot seems to...

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Stalked:Bana,Transformers 2,Prince of Persia

Eric Bana could be trying out comedy. Transformers 2 has yet another cast member. And The Prince of Persia has two new cast members....

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Stalked:Logan Lerman,Judd Apatow,ReBoot

Logan Lerman is to play George Hamilton. Judd Apatow will turn his hand to stand up comedy. Reboot is getting, well a reboot....

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June 2, 2008

I Am Legend

Blu-ray Four Stars
I Am Legend surprised a lot of people when it came to the cinema, and on Blu-ray it surprises even more, not only does it look spectacular but there's also a feeling that there's more time to take in the film and the more subtle nuance's of the story. Having...

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You Kill Me

Film Three Stars
I must admit that when I saw the trailers for this film and the associated advertising I wasn't that interested in seeing it, after all it was being pitched as a pretty straight comedy and the clips and trailers that I'd seen were far from that. However the casting interested...

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Lou Ferringo will voice The Hulk

More Incredible Hulk news for you today. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been answering questions on the soon to be released film. Not only does he talk about how this film will differ from Ang Lee's version, but there is also a surprise in store. In The Incredible Hulk,...

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Shyamalan talks curse of the twist

While some may think that M. Night Shyamalan is preparing excuses for the upcoming The Happening, indeed the NY Post blog is laying into him already on that score and saying just that in some very harsh and uncaring terms, others may think that he's trying to explain what happened...

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Tim Burton directing Dark Shadows?

We first heard about Johnny Depp's plan to make a film of Dark Shadows last year. At that time no stars or director were attached, but now it could be that Tim Burton will be teaming up with Johnny Depp again, and directing the film. It appears Johnny Depp was...

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New Incredible Hulk trailer

Yet another Incredible Hulk trailer for you, never mind not long until it's finally released. This trailer has a more old school feel to it, so it might please fans of the TV series a bit more. Plus it has voiceover man in it as well, so that's Richard happy....

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Transformers to be released on Blu-ray

Michael Bay is probably feeling a bit smug today, as the long running feud over Transformers High Definition DVD release is finally over. And yes he was right all long, not that I ever disagreed with him on this one. Following Paramount's original decision to relase the film on the...

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Wanted alterations explained

I've talked about the changes from the original Wanted graphic novel to the big screen version and how I think that the film version might have just changed a little too much, indeed some of the ideas sound a little poor. However according to Mel Caylo, a spokesperson for Top...

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Bad Boys 3?

According to pretty heavy rumour Will Smith asked Michael Bay about a Bad Boys 3 after he'd watched the second film with his son and stated that it was the best film opening ever. As much as I want Smith to continue with his more serious acting, there's certainly space...

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Where the Wild Things Are reshoots

Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are has run into trouble again, and re shoots will start on the 5th June. The film version of Maurice Sendak's children's book first hit trouble in February this year, and it seems the studio is still not happy. The test...

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Stalked: T4,Valentine,2012

Bryce Dallas Howard could be joining the cast of Terminator 4. Kerr Smith joins My Bloody Valentine 3-D. And 2012 could be seeing three new cast members....

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June 1, 2008

Filmstalker's Week 26th May to 1st June

This week we have a new feature for you, plus reviews including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man and Jumper on DVD. Trailer wise we have a new teaser for Babylon A.D., the Coen's Burn After Reading, Choke and Battle in Seattle. We also have...

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Universal Studios fire

Not strictly movie news, but there has been a large fire on a Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles. It broke out before dawn on a sound stage there and has spread since then. Universal Studios has been used to film scenes for films such as King Kong and The...

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The Edge of Love trailer

I've just been going through the press screening list for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008 and on the first day there's one screening and one screening alone, Edge of Love, the Dylan Thomas film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys. I have no idea why...

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Watchmen writers on studio changes

There's an interesting interview with David Hayter, one of the writers of the Watchmen film adaptation, online. The reason I find it interesting is that he reveals what changes the studios wanted to make to it before releasing the film. What's surprising is that they wanted to make such fundamental...

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Stalked: Jack Black, Robert Rodriguez

Jack Black has been speaking about those Hobbit casting rumours. Robert Rodriguez is going back to children's films....

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