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August 31, 2008

Watchmen court update

The studio war over Watchmen has taken another turn, with both Warner Bros and Fox submitting reports to the federal court in New York. Fox is trying to block the release of the film next year, while Warner Bros point out the fact that Fox stayed silent during the making...

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August 30, 2008

Spider-Man 4, what's going on?

Recently we heard that Spider-Man 4 set and premiere prizes were being auctioned for charity, and from Sony themselves, so you would be forgiven for believing that Spider-Man 4 was actually going ahead. Actually, let's be real here, they cannot auction that kind of thing for charity without the production...

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Stalked: Red Sonja, Inglorious Bastards

Red Sonja sequels are already being talked about. And Diane Kruger has joined Inglorious Bastards....

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August 29, 2008

One Day Removals

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Mark Stirton, the Aberdonian film-maker, is back with another film. This one isn't science fiction and in fact it's as far removed from the genre as you could imagine, it's something that the Scottish do particularly well, or perhaps just Aberdonians, dark humour. Stirton already made One Day Removals as...

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Poltergeist remake gains director?

Well there is a rumour that's just surfaced online that suggests that a director has been found for the remake of Poltergeist, and the name is rather interesting because they've not done horror before, albeit not directly horror. They have done thriller and produced a hugely suspenseful, powerful, and heavily...

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W. clip online

There's a clip online for W., the George Bush film from Oliver Stone starring Josh Brolin as the man who comes through some extremely rough times to lead the U.S. as the Commander in Chief. This clip shows the moment that George first meets Laura, and it seems to suggest...

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New Max Payne trailer in HD

There's a new trailer out for Max Payne and it's in high definition too. Despite starting off the same this trailer gives a little more of the story, and does something to address the appearance of the strange creatures we saw in the first trailer. This trailer looks spectacular, really....

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Family Guy film the film

It seems that Seth MacFarlane is serious about a Family Guy film and in fact he's so serious that he thinks they can do it within the year, despite not having the time to fit it in with the television show. What is interesting though are his comments about why...

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My Name is Bruce screening dates with Bruce Campbell!

There have been some dates announced for the first screenings of My Name is Bruce, and what's more they will feature the very man himself, Bruce Campbell. No, I don't just mean on film, he's actually going to be making personal appearances at the following screenings. Hopefully, for the audiences...

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Voltron goes cheap

Voltron has assigned a director, just after the news was broken that it was being passed over by Fox to a smaller company and getting a much reduced budget. The director is Max Makowski. He's directed Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and The Agency television shows as well as...

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August 28, 2008

Diesel helps Dominican film-makers

Vin Diesel has been growing and growing in my eyes since I saw his small film Strays (Filmstalker review), the film he wrote, directed and co-produced, and he just keeps going. Now it's revealed that he, and I'm sure producers and the studio were heavily involved too, has been involved...

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Spider-Man 4 in development?

At the moment there's no word of any of the returning cast or crew, nor is there any word of what the film will contain in terms of story and villains, and in fact there's not even word that the studio are going ahead with a fourth film, so what's...

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Eddie Murphy goes silent

What has happened to Eddie Murphy's career? Well to be fair he was mostly known for shouting, swearing and some catch phrases, but his career has descended to kids comedy playing multiple characters at the same time. Now we're hearing that Murphy will be playing a role in a silent...

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Watchmen fans threaten Fox

Well I'm not so sure how much of this is down to fans of the Watchmen comic and how much is down to fan sites picking out negative comments from their stories about the Fox versus Warner story, but apparently Watchmen fans are threatening Fox with their own backlash should...

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Whatever happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.?

Cuba Gooding Jr. is about to leap into an original TNT film called Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, a story based on Carson's memoirs about his rise to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Brilliant. Okay to be fair the story does sound interesting, and more...

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Stalked: Facebook film, Strangers sequel, Dannii Minogue in film

There's a film coming about the people who started up Facebook... There's already a sequel coming to The Strangers... The gorgeous Dannii Minogue is set to appear in a British spy thriller......

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August 27, 2008

Proyas' Dracula Year Zero gets real

Alex Proyas has been talking about his next film Dracula Year Zero, a film that takes the real life story of Prince Vlad of Transyvania, the stories of his acts of impaling that led to the Bram Stoker story of Dracula. He utters the phrase that is fast becoming a...

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Robert Orci talks Transformers 2

Transformers screenwriter Robert Orci has been talking about the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He is answering questions on a fan forum, and has covered topics such as Shia LaBeouf's injury and the difference between the two films. I never used to watch Transformers when I was younger, but...

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Diesel to play supervillain?

Vin Diesel is cool, and he has talent. I'm not scared to say that as I've seen Strays (Filmstalker review) and it's pretty surprising that he wrote, directed and co-produced the film. Well he's been talking about what's next, and apart from the two possible outings for Riddick he reveals...

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The Office adapted for film

The Office is a hugely popular comedy show that first started in the UK and spread across the globe with different countries creating their own unique versions of the comedy, but as yet there's not even been a hint of a film version, until now. The Office is set to...

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The Coffin trailer scares western horror

There's a trailer online for a Thai horror film called The Coffin which is inspired by the real life ritual of Thai people that in order to ward off bad luck and prolong life, they get themselves into a coffin. Yeah, that's what I thought, sounds crazy. Just wait until...

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Stalked: No End online legally, Hamptons thriller, Swank borrowed and blue

No End in Sight on YouTube legally… Austin Chick’s Hamptons thriller… Hilary Swank's production company buys Something Borrowed and Something Blue......

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Watchmen – Fox versus Warners

We haven't heard that much more since the announcement that Fox was taking Warner Bros. to court over their development of Watchmen claiming that they still held the rights to develop the film and not Warner. That threw up loads of concerns, even to the point that the film could...

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August 26, 2008

Update: Directing change on TinTin?

This is a rather odd story, but a short while ago a story appeared in one of the trade sites that stated Peter Jackson was taking over from Steven Spielberg on directing duties for the first in the Tintin trilogy of films. Then, as if it was being retracted for...

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Filmstalker reader turned film-maker

Longtime Filmstalker reader and online chum Ramchandra Solanki has a showbiz name, of that there's no doubt. Now he's showing he has the showbiz talent to go with it as he's started doing what most of us just talk about, he's film-making. He's started off with a couple of short...

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Towelhead title offends?

Following on from our Political Correctness in film discussion, here's one I might actually agree with. The film Towelhead is getting some criticism from an Islamic civil rights advocacy group who has asked Warner Bros. to change the title of the film. It seems they're being pretty open and calm...

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Valkyrie sued by extras

I hate the American culture of suing everything that moves, it seems that people are no longer responsible for themselves and it's always down to someone else to blame, and if it is then they need to be sued because money makes it all right. Sure in some cases it...

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Two more Riddick films?

It was back in November of 2007 that David Twohy started talking about the prospect of another Riddick film, you know a sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, and the exciting news is that Vin Diesel is now talking about it and the fact that Twohy is...

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Kassovitz critizes Fox on Babylon A.D.

The director of Babylon A.D. has been speaking about what he thinks of the final film, and unfortunately it isn't good news. Mathieu Kassovitz has been critical of Fox, who he says have not allowed him to produce the final product that he wanted to. In fact he pretty much...

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The Road script review online

The Road, the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel by the writer Joe Penhall, has completed filming and the first script review has made its way across the Interflab as quick as you can type. Although it isn't an extensive review, there are some interesting comments that make it sound that...

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Harrelson turns zombie

Now this is an interesting and off the wall piece of casting, Woody Harrelson is going to be starring in a horror comedy, and one about zombies. Now is that not the most unexpected piece of casting you've heard? It is for me. Zombieland is the film which will see...

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August 25, 2008

Fast and Furious high quality trailer online

We've been waiting for the official Fast and Furious trailer since it was leaked without any audio and with a terrible picture not that long ago. Good news today then that the full version is released online and it has audio as well as a picture that's as clear as...

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Stalker's Poll: Do you want another Aliens film?

Yes, I've left another poll run on, I'll get the turnaround faster for you soon, in the meantime the last poll asked, "Do you want another Aliens film?", and the answer was pretty clear. Although most of you wanted one but only with James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, there was...

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Kenny Everett horror film found

The British comedian Kenny Everett made a film, and it wasn't a Captain Kremmen film, it was actually a horror comedy which poked fun at the staple Hammer Horror films of the time and carried Everett's usual style of comedy, which was hilarious. Bloodbath at the House of Death was...

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Cher as Nolan's Catwoman?

Another Batman casting rumour for you, this time it's Catwoman. The last rumour we heard had Angelina Jolie wanting to play the role. Now rumour has it Christopher Nolan's favourite, if he goes down that road, is Cher. Surely this isn't true. Cher?...

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Across the Hall trailer online

I never noticed anything about this film before, but the trailer has me interested. Sure it's a little bit rough and could probably do with another edit, but it looks like it could be a pretty powerful thriller. The film is directed by Alex Merkin from a story that he...

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Michael Keaton in Toy Story 3

News on Toy Story 3 has been a bit thin on the ground. The last we heard was the plot change, which saw all the toys being left at a day care centre when Andy goes to college. Now another cast member has been added to the third film, and...

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August 24, 2008

Mortensen's Good trailer online

Good is a film directed by Vicente Amorim and adapted from a play, it stars Viggo Mortensen as a good and decent man who publishes a book that is used as party propaganda by a popular political party. Before long he finds that he is being drawn into the group...

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New York, I Love You trailer online

I loved Paris Je t'aime (Filmstalker review), it was a bunch of beautiful films for many different reasons, and that was followed by the news that there would be a New York, I Love You film which would do the same for New York. The idea is simple, a huge...

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August 23, 2008

Barker angry at Lionsgate for Midnight Meat Train

Clive Barker is mad, and he's mad at Lionsgate, Joe Drake in particular, for his decision to release the film adaptation of one of his Books of Blood, Midnight Meat Train, to a tiny audience. In the end Midnight Meat Train, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, went to a mere one...

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Fast and Furious trailer online

The trailer for Fast and Furious, the latest film in the franchise which features the return of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, is now online. It's been bootlegged without any sound and so someone has added their own sound track over the top, so probably a...

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English Transporter 3 trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Transporter 3, well actually it's not new, I was showing it back in June with one little difference, the titles are in French, that's it. However it is the English language version so you can watch it all again and enjoy it....

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August 22, 2008

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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I watched Hellboy the night before seeing Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and I realised why I liked Hellboy so much, it's for Hellboy himself. Now you might expect that to be a daft thing to say, but not when you see Hellboy II: The Golden Army. You see there...

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Ritchie talks Sherlock Holmes

What's most interesting about Guy Ritchie talking of his upcoming Sherlock Holmes film is how much emphasis he's placing on the character of Holmes. Now that's nothing new for a Sherlock Holmes film, after all he is the lead, but for a Guy Ritchie film it's a little different. He's...

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Superman reboot confirmed

Since Superman Returns was released, a sequel has been a long time coming. Not much has been heard, other than the odd bit of news. Now Warner Bros say they plan to start again with Superman. It sure has taken them a while to decide. They also plan to go...

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Cage in Kick-Ass cast

It amazes me that no matter how many rubbish films an actor can appear in, they still get work, and so it goes that Nicolas Cage has signed up to star in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book Kick-Ass. Cage is joined by Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Christopher...

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Scottish Highlander?

So they're restarting Highlander again, it's all the fashion just now and it seems that this franchise needs to be restarted because , well the old one is petering out. Who's going to play the new Highlander then? Well it seems that one person has already been approached, and he's...

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Sweeney halts production

The big screen version of the British police series The Sweeney has had production halted by the studio who, for some sudden reason, seem to be concerned it may not appeal to worldwide audiences. My first question was why now? Why not when they saw the original series, read the...

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Update: Sukiyaki Western Django trailer online in HD

The trailer for Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django is online, and it looks glorious, it really does. The styling on the film looks superb, and the camera presents some interesting framing. Not only that but there's the cool mix of east and west which might turn out to really work....

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August 21, 2008

Death Race faces court action

In the entertainment business court cases are all too common, make something popular and people will come out from the woodwork claiming they created it days, weeks or months before, anything to get them noticed or to try and make money. However there are legitimate cases too, let's not taint...

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Update: Frost/Nixon trailer online in HD

The trailer for Frost/Nixon is online, and it shows us something I love about film, the power of characters, writing and relationships, and look, no explosions! The film follows the events of the now famous interview of Richard Nixon by the British chat show host David Frost whose career exploded...

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Cruise in Tropic Thunder footage

Footage of Tom Cruise's role in Tropic Thunder has appeared online, and while I can understand the mechanics of the humour behind it, I just don't find it funny. It seems to miss all the beats and doesn't really take advantage of making Tom Cruise something different for me. In...

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It's Alive trailer is...online

Totally off on a tangent, while I'm posting trailers and clips, is this trailer for an upcoming horror film called It's Alive, and it's a bit of a dichotomy. For a start there are some well filmed moments and the trailer looks pretty interesting, but then there's the whole premise...

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August 20, 2008

Terminator Salvation secret in title

Terminator Salvation is managing to hide its secrets pretty well, but McG just can't help teasing the fans about what the upcoming film holds for John Connor and the fate of the world, and in his latest tease it looks like he might just have given away a rather big...

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Gibson is B.A. Baracus in A-Team

Just yesterday I wrote about Tyrese Gibson confirming that he's on board the film version of The A-Team being directed by John Singleton but that he hadn't yet revealed his character. Well today he's revealed what character he would be playing, and it confirms one thing, The A-Team film will...

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Jackson and Del Toro give up on Hobbit writers

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have given up on finding a writer for their Hobbit films and instead have decided to take up the position themselves. They've been at it for some eight months, but now they think they can do the job themselves, and it isn't that hard...

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Studio justifies Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince delay

Well, when I say justify, they don't at all, they skirt around the issue apologising to the fans and try and sell the positive that it'll be less of a wait between this and Deathly Hallows. Still it's some kind of attempt to address the resentment that they've created within...

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Poltergeist remake looking poor?

The original Poltergeist was pretty damned scary, of that there is no denying. Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper might, on paper, sound like a complete disaster, I mean Saving Private Ryan meeting Texas Chainsaw Massacre? However it turned out to be superb, and now they're remaking...

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Update: More W. behind the scenes footage

This is the first foootage we've seen of the upcoming W. film from Oliver Stone chronicling George W. Bush's life and time in office. In it we see a Bush speech delivered by Josh Brolin as President Bush, and I have to say he sounds and looks pretty damn good....

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Stalked: Sherlock villain, Inglorious Bastards, Gnomeo and Juliet, A Serious Man

Various casting titbits have appeared online which are pretty interesting. The villain for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes has been chosen to go head to head with Robert Downey Jr... There's another actor in talks for Inglorious Bastards... Gnomeo and Juliet are in talks with big stars... Coen Brothers cast A...

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August 19, 2008

Fast and the Furious 5 directed by Diesel

Vin Diesel is directing a fifth Fast and the Furious film, even before the fourth film has even been released. This fifth film will be a prequel to the fourth film, Fast and Furious. However there's something worth noting, this is only a twenty minute short film, and as yet...

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Cruise and Raimi on comic book

Wow, I really didn't see this team up coming. Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi working together on a comic book adaptation? At the moment Cruise is producing alongside Raimi, but there is word that there's the option for him to star. The comic book series Sleeper was written by Ed...

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Crowe as Bill Hicks?

First of all it's great news that there sounds as though there could be a Bill Hicks film, one of the most insightful and truly funny comedians I've seen in a long time, but add to that the possibility that Russell Crowe could be playing him in a biographical film...

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A-Team moving forward?

How many times have I written something like that? Well I could probably count them for you. Breaking news of the A-Team film was the first film story I ever wrote on the Internet (contrary to whatever is against that article nowadays, I wrote it), and unbelievably it's still going....

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August 18, 2008

X Files 3 straight to DVD?

With The X Files: I Want to Believe getting a fairly luke warm reception so far, you would think plans for a third film could be on hold. Turns out not so much, it could be a third X Files film is made and released on DVD. I loved The...

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Courts to halt Watchmen?

It's hard to believe but it could be that after Watchmen has come so far through so many different attempts to bring it to the big screen it could be that just as it finally gets made and is preparing to be distributed to the world that the courts could...

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P sequel, P2: The Unforgiven

Back during the 2005 Edinburgh International Film Festival I met a man called Paul Spurrier, lovely chap, and I had the chance to see his film P (Filmstalker review), the first Thai film directed, written, produced, edited and musically arranged by a British talent. It's a strong horror film that...

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Political correctness affecting film

It's getting beyond a joke, a film is made, upsets some group or individual, and the next thing is it's being pulled from release, re-dited, or hopefully at the very least, delayed until it all blows over. It seems you just have to complain about a film upsetting someone and...

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Death Race sequel and Spy Hunter dead?

Spy Hunter may have lost another director, and it's not really that big a loss to be honest. We did hear that John Woo was off the project some time ago, and I really do think that was a loss, and when we heard Paul W.S. Anderson was on the...

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Campbell on Evil Dead 4

Are we ever going to see an Evil Dead 4 from the original team? Despite the positive talk over the past year from the very people behind the original, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, there's still nothing concrete happening and there's a wonder if there ever will be. However both...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Watchmen, Harry Potter, Seed and Tropic Thunder

Plenty to keep you going here with interesting updates across the Interflab for Watchmen, Harry Potter the Half-Blood Prince, Seed and Tropic Thunder. There are some news stills online for the upcoming Watchmen which is looking better and better. Then there are some new photos from Harry Potter and the...

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Stalked: Voltron dead, Fame alive

Voltron: Defender of the Universe has been put in turnaround as the studio drop the film... Fame is set to remake everything and the only original aspect will be the theme song......

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August 17, 2008

Ramirez on both Escobar films?

Now this is interesting, we just heard that Edgar Ramirez is joining the Joe Carnahan production of Killing Pablo, the story of the drug "lord" Pablo Escobar, after the first choice Javier Bardem departed the production due to scheduling conflicts. Well Ramirez may well have said no to one production...

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Watchmen mini-review

Although no one is going to see Watchmen to review for a very long time, and I hope that it gets the same blogger screening treatment that 300 did as even if it costs me hundreds again I'll still do it, someone outside the production has apparently already seen the...

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Punisher: War Zone rating rumour row

What's going on now? It seems that after hearing the rumours of Lexi Alexander off of the Punisher film Punisher: War Zone, of Lionsgate messing with it, and then that the studio are re-cutting it to a PG-13. The latest inside source rumour is that the PG-13 rating call is...

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Pegg off Bastard and Paul director announced

Simon Pegg will not be in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards, which is probably a good thing considering the cast list seems to be slipping somewhat in stature from his previous films, and considering Pegg's recent work maybe it's better that he sticks to the films that made him famous, of...

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Stalked: Simon Pegg, Game, Harry Potter

Simon Pegg is off Inglorious Bastards, but has something else up his sleeve. The release of Game has been pushed back. And Harry Potter fans have a longer wait too....

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August 16, 2008

Warner and DC Comics get serious

Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been talking about their plans for film versions of their comic book characters. With The Dark Knight breaking box office records, and Watchmen looking amazing so far, Warners and DC are planning changes for the better. With Marvel making solid films from their characters,...

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Death Race Red Band trailer and extended behind the scenes

Talking of death slides, there's a new trailer online for Death Race online - like that one? - and it's looking quite mean. Actually I have to say that this one looks rather fun and does build up the story a bit more. Not only is there the trailer but...

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Righteous Kill Red Band trailer

Sorry for the delay in stories, I've been jumping off a football stadium roof on a zip wire for charity, in the meantime there's been trailers galore, and probably the best to appear online was the new Righteous Kill red band trailer. I have to say that I've not really...

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New Saw V trailer?

Well to be fair the trailer isn't quite new, but it has been reworked somewhat, particularly with the new soundtrack. In fact I'm really not sure how else it's been changed. Can you see any tangible difference, or is it just the music soundtrack, and really, what difference does the...

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August 15, 2008

Punisher: War Zone to be PG-13?

The hits just keep on coming with Punisher: War Zone. Lexi Alexander was reportedly fired from the project. And then Lionsgate were getting involved in changes to the film. Well now it looks like one of those changes is to release it as a PG-13. Money talks again I guess,...

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Errol Flynn's son biographical film

A biographical film about the son of Errol Flynn is coming to the big screen. So what you might ask, what interest is there in him with a father who has so much more material to offer Hollywood? Well his son was not the unknown you might expect. Not only...

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Universal Soldier 3 and Lost Boys 3?

Here's an interesting piece of news, I've been joking about getting a Universal Soldier 3 film off the ground with all these eighties restarts on the go, but it's only been a joke. Well maybe from me but it seems that the director of Lost Boys: The Tribe has a...

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Myers is an Inglorious Bastard

You know I think we're going to find out that at release time this film really is going to be called Inglourious Basterds, however in the meantime sites are having fun with the titles of which new star is a Bastard and the latest is Mike Myers. You know I...

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August 14, 2008

Cruise in Anthony Zimmer remake?

Tom Cruise is looking to lead The Tourist, the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer. While Valkyrie gets moved around the release schedule and we wait to see him play a German war hero who fought a battle against Hitler from inside his ranks, we hear that he...

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New Body of Lies trailer

We have a new trailer for Body of Lies, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russel Crowe. Ridley Scott has directed the film, which has DiCaprio and Crowe seemingly on the same side in the war on terror. You can see the trailer inside, and it looks pretty good....

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Stalked: Updated: Bardem off Pablo Ramirez on, Neesom on Fools Rush In, Moresco on Lucky Luciano

Javier Bardem scheduling conflicts mean he's off Joe Carnahan's Killing Escobar... Liam Neesom joins the cast expanding Fools Rush In... Bobby Moresco, the co-writer of Crash, is writing the story of mobster Lucky Luciano......

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Stalked: Conan rewrites and Toronto's false world premiere

The Conan remake is getting rewritten, there's a lot of "re"'s in there... Toronto International Film Festival doesn't have the world premiere of Stone of Destiny......

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August 13, 2008

O'Brien not on Rocky Horror Picture Show remake

Richard O'Brien is falling short of saying that he doesn't want his film The Rocky Horror Picture Show remade, but he is saying that he's not going to be involved with it. The previous announcement was that the remake was going ahead with one of the original producers pushing it...

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Knowles and Larter battle on screen

Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter are set to go head to head on screen in a film about obsession through love with Idris Elba stuck in the middle. The film Obsession stars Knowles and Elba as a married couple with Larter a temp at his work, she falls for Elba's...

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The Lucky Ones trailer online

On paper The Lucky Ones has a lot to offer, but watch the trailer and I think you'll be wondering if there really is anything in it worth seeing. First up let's look at the positives, and there are many, the first things you'll notice are Tim Robbins, Michael Peña...

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Ripple Effect trailer online

It seems to be an evening of disappointing trailers, what about Ripple Effect which stars Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen, Minnie Driver and...Philippe Caland. No I didn't recognise the name either, but I did recognise the face. The trailer tells the story of a man who is a highly respected and...

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Assassination conspiracy novels make film

I'd never heard of Johnny Rosselli until this article appeared, but Lamar Waldron has and has written about the man in his books which tie together so many conspiracies including the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Apparently Rosselli was involved in Hollywood, the...

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Bangkok Dangerous behind the scenes

Some behind the scenes footage from the remake of Bangkok Dangerous has been posted online, and while it's rough it does deliver some interesting moments with Nicolas Cage getting directions and some of the stunts being set-up and performed. Bangkok Dangerous is the remake of the pretty good Pang Brothers...

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Von Trier's Antichrist gains Dafoe

Lars von Trier's Antichrist has taken a leap forward with the cast announcements of Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is a psychological thriller-horror (with a few more genre titles thrown in there I'm sure) and tells the story of a couple who retreat to a log cabin in...

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Warner Bros. killing RocknRolla?

Well it certainly looks that way, because they aren't willing to spend the money marketing it, nor are they willing to release it to anything near the eight hundred screens that had originally been promised in the deal. What's more is that with the line up of films they have...

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New Watchmen footage online

Yes there's new Watchmen footage online, the footage shown at Comic-Con that was much slower paced than the one we saw getting a proper release just recently and in high definition no less. We catch a glimpse of some of the opening scenes of Rorschach checking out the Comedian's apartment...

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Stalked: Wheel of Time series and The Russian Amphibian

The successful Russian novel and film The Amphibian has been bought by Hollywood to make a big budget film... Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is set to hit the big screens......

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August 12, 2008

Billy Bob Thornton for Elm Street ?

Michael Bay's production company is producing a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. And now a rumour has appeared about a potential replacement as Freddy Krueger. It's none other than Billy Bob Thornton. I'm still dubious about a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, Thornton might just work though....

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Wolf Creek sequel possible?

Well I'm not really sure it is, according to Greg McLean, the idea would be very difficult to pull off and if he tried he'd be looking at a rating that just wouldn't make it sellable. It does sound as though he's intrigued by the idea of revisiting the character...

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Bloom joins Sarajevo siege film

In December of 2007 we heard about The Black List which listed the scripts that one hundred and fifty film executives and their assistances thought were the best at the time, you can read more of that on Filmstalker, but one of them was an untitled script about the siege...

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Joss Whedon's Batman pitch

Joss Whedon has confirmed that he pitched an idea for a Batman film, in the early days of Batman Begins. He's been talking about the rough idea behind his version, and why he thinks the studio didn't go for it. I really like Christopher Nolan's films. But I always like...

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans trailer online

The trailer for Underworld 3, aka Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, is now online, and although it's filmed in a cinema and comes with the usual poor quality video and audio – as well as someone going to the toilet – it is looking pretty knockout. Or rather it's sounding...

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Eden Lake trailer online

The British horror film Eden Lake has a trailer online, and while you might recognise plenty of scenes from other films it is looking rather strong. I usually hate saying things like "it looks like X" and making comparisons like that just because a two second shot in a trailer...

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Jason and the Argonauts remake by Zak Penn

The writer who brought us the scripts for The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Elektra, Behind Enemy Lines, The Last Action Hero and the story for the X-Men. Wow, I hadn't realised that this was such a mixed bag. Anyway he's been assigned to write the remake...

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J.J. Abrams making Earthquake film

Looks like J.J. Abrams is set to bring us another disaster film, this time without the monster of Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) and instead a natural disaster, this one being an Earthquake. As yet there's no word what role he's playing in the film other than producer, whether it be writer...

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Jolie replaces Cruise on Edwin A. Salt

Angelina Jolie is replacing Tom Cruise in the spy thriller Edwin A. Salt. Obviously there's something there that leaps out, yes, they are of a different sex so it would seen that the script will be rewritten somewhat to accommodate the change. Kurt Wimmer is doing that rewrite and once...

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August 11, 2008

Dante 01 trailer online

I hadn't heard of Dante 01 until this evening, and seeing the trailer I was rather surprised. Although there are shades of Event Horizon and Sunshine in there, the trailer does look good, carries Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon and Linh Dan Pham, and comes from Marc Caro, co-writer and co-director...

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Churches promote Graham biographical film

A story appeared today about the Billy Graham biographical film that we heard about back in April this year. Starring Martin Landau, Armie Hammer and Lindsay Wagner, Billy: The Early Years tells just that, how the religious man came to be who he is. Personally it doesn't interest me, but...

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Clooney in Guantanamo Bay film

George Clooney may well be set to play the U.S. Navy officer who fights to bring the Geneva Convention to the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and other such prisons where people are held for suspected acts of terror and in connection with terrorist activities. His production company, Smokehouse, have just...

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Ice Cube on A Team film

The A-Team film has been labouring along for a long time now. It's one of those films we always seem to hear about, but never seems any closer to being made. Ice Cube has been rumoured as B.A. Baracus in the new film, and he's given a little update on...

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Columbus to direct Robert F. Kennedy film

Well we've had numerous films about John F. Kennedy while his brother Robert F. Kennedy, or Bobby, has not had the same exposure. That looks about to change as Chris Columbus is announced as directing a film about his presidential campaign. The film will be based on the book The...

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Update: Greengrass replaces Spielberg in The Trial of the Chicago 7

We just heard the other day that Steven Spielberg had left the production of The Trial of the Chicago 7 because of, as he and the producers claim, the writers strike and, the more likely scenario, the work involved on the Tintin trilogy. Now there's rumour of another director taking...

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August 10, 2008

What happened to the franchise?

One of the Filmstalker readers, Mitch Mack, has written a feature for the site entitled What happened to the franchise?. He was the only reader to enter an article into the Filmstalker Feature competition, something I was very surprised about. So, he won a prize (which will be with him...

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King Lear in Scotland

We've already heard the leading cast for the new King Lear film, Anthony Hopkins to play the lead of King Lear himself with Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Keira Knightley playing his daughters, and that filming could be in a number of places, however tomorrow the director, Joshua Michael Stern,...

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August 9, 2008

Update: Battlestar Galactica prequel film

We already know that there's going to be prequel film called Caprica that is most likely going to be picked up as a series, but now there's talk of a prequel film that's going to start just before the events in the television series we're almost finished watching. The word...

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MIrrors opening scene online

The opening to Mirrors, the Kiefer Sutherland starrer from the director Alexandre Aja who also co-wrote the adaptation of the Korean horror film Geoul sokeuro (Into the Mirror) alongside Grégory Levasseur, is now online, and it's looking good. Not only is it looking good but it's looking bloody too, so...

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Tropic Thunder clips online

There are five clips online for Tropic Thunder, the film that works on the Three Amigos idea of actors being forced into real life situations. This time it's jungle warfare and the film leads with Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Jay Baruchel. Watching these clips raised a...

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August 8, 2008

Madsen talks Inglorious Bastards and Vega Brothers

Michael Madsen has been talking about the possibility of him being involved in Inglorious Bastards and the much talked about Pulp Fiction spin off, The Vega Brothers, and neither sounds that promising. It seems that Quentin Tarantino has been verbally agreeing to a number of roles for him, but so...

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Watchmen cast interviews

There's a video online from Comic Con where walkway interviews were conducted with the cast of Watchmen before they moved on somewhere, probably to or from the Comic Con panel. All in all the video is an eight minute piece, although there are clips from the trailer and the music...

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Brick creator tackles science fiction

Rian Johnson is the talent behind the excellent film Brick (Filmstalker review) and his next project has been announced and it’s hugely off the previous genre, and its science fiction. He’s currently working on The Brothers Bloom, but after that he’ll be making a film that will have a plot...

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Spielberg leaves Chicago 7 for Tintin

Previously the news was that Steven Spielberg had delayed working on his film version of the story of the Chicago 7 entitled The Trial of the Chicago 7, new news today suggests that he’s actually backed out of the film and will not be directing it. It seems that the...

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Parkour heist film faking it?

Parkour is definitely an exciting way of portraying action in film, and Hollywood has been embracing it fully. We’ve even seen it in Casino Royale (Filmstalker review), although my favourite on screen action of it to date has been District 13. Now a Hollywood film called Parkour is going to...

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Lucas says Indy needs Ford

Okay, those who have been criticising me for, as they think, having an agenda against George Lucas, are about to get a surprise. George Lucas has done something right. He has publicly announced that Indiana Jones is not going to be handed over to another lead, Harrison Ford is still...

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Flash Gordon gets new writers

The remake of Flash Gordon is tearing ahead at breakneck speed it seems as Sony has just assigned two writers to the project months after obtaining the rights to the film. The writers have already written Dracula Year Zero which Alex Proyas is about to direct, so it would suggest...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Weird trailer online

I can't understand a word, but this trailer looks fantastic. Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom aka The Good, The Bad, and The Weird comes from Ji-woon Kim who directs and co-writes alongside Min-suk Kim. The Good, The Bad, and The Weird is the story of three Korean outlaws in Manchuria during the...

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Pitt, Kinski for Inglorious Bastards and Pegg?

Brad Pitt has officially signed up to Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards playing Lieutenant Adlo Raine, the head of the Jewish squad. However the rumours haven't stopped there, Simon Pegg, Natassja Kinski and David Krumholtz are also in negotiations....

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August 7, 2008

Rumour roundup: T4, Lethal Weapon 5?

Two rumours for you, one totally unconfirmed and one that sounds more possible. A rumour is out that Sarah Connor herself, Linda Hamilton, could be in Terminator 4. And the other rumour suggests that Lethal Weapon 5 is a possibility, and could see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover reunite....

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V the film script reviewed

The script of the new film version of V, the mini-series from back in 1983, has been reviewed online, and while it's supposed to be updated and new, reading it seems like I'm reading the overview of the mini-series. The original series was ground breaking and really grabbed people's imagination,...

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Aerosmith film?

We already know that Aerosmith aren't afraid of a little merchandising and lending their name to other projects such as the exclusive Aerosmith Guitar Hero video game, however a film? Well it could be around the corner, although it will be featured much more on Steven Tyler than of anyone...

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Beating The Dark Knight

Every film release that vaguely sniffs at decent box office takings the media are screaming out about “will it beat The Dark Knight?”. Well firstly who cares, apart from those earning money from them who don't want to see it drop out of the press with all that free advertising,...

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Stalked: Inglorious Bastards casting, Schrader's latest, Levinson's Train, Tokyo Underworld

Inglorious Bastards casting calms down... Paul Schrader's latest speculative script The Dying of the Light gets bought... Barry Levinson is set to direct the noir-esque Pete Dexter novel adaptation Train... Robert Whiting's novel Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan is being filmed......

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Teresa: The Making of a Saint comedy trailer online

Seriously, this is a comedy isn't it? I just watched Teresa: The Making of a Saint and burst out laughing, seriously. In fact the laugh was so quick and unexpected I made one of those trumpet laughs where your lips stay together and you spray your screen! The film is...

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The Informers trailer online

So the trailer for the film The Informers, the adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel The Informers, has appeared online, and you know what? I have no idea what the hell it's about or what it's trying to tell us. After watching it you have no sense of this...

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Flash of Genius trailer online

The trailer for Flash of Genius starring Greg Kinnear as the man who invented the intermittent windscreen wiper does seems like a contrived story, but the thing is it's true. While the car companies were struggling, this college professor managed to invent it and then carefully broker a deal with...

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August 6, 2008

Britney for Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!?

Oh the rumours are fantastic, and this latest one is that the queen of the tabloids, Britney Spears, is the latest name being touted by Quentin Tarantino to appear in his remake of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. It's another "inside source" story, but it's enough to make the mind boogle,...

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Goonies Sequel Not Happening?

Another day, another rumour, and another site says something different. Our sources say this, our sources say that, it's like He Said, She Said. Well now another site is saying that their sources say The Goonies 2 is not happening, and any confusion is probably over another film called Treehouse...

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Babylon A.D. six clips online

Six clips have appeared online for Babylon A.D., the new film from Mathieu Kassovitz, adapted from the Maurice G. Dantec novel. The clips are right here on Filmstalker and look pretty interesting. I think what I'm most impressed about these Babylon A.D. clips was that it isn't complete action and...

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Stalked: Fiasco Heights, Playing for Pizza, Politics and religion

Fiasco Heights from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes gains a director... John Grisham's Playing for Pizza gets a film adaptation... Article VI: Faith, Politics, America examines the close ties of politics and religion......

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Portman to lead Suspiria remake?

Huge rumour here, but Natalie Portman could be leading the remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. It is a huge rumour, and I'm going to repeat that a few times so you realise that, however the remake of the film isn't a surprise, we've been hearing about it since early...

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Bana directing car documentary

Eric Bana has directed a rather unusual documentary, one that took two years to shoot and apparently was surprisingly emotional journey, especially when you consider what the documentary was about, his car. The film is called Love the Beast and examines his twenty-five year love for a 1974 Ford Falcon...

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Porno gets rated, under 17's get Porno

Yesterday's story that the new comedy from Kevin Smith, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, was getting an adults only NC-17 rating instead of the R that Smith was aiming for as was in his contract with the studio for making the film. Well today we hear that the appeal...

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Psycho Director's Cut on TV?

Apparently there's a Psycho Director's Cut out in the wild that has more footage than the soon to be released remastered DVD edition and it's just been shown on German television. The scenes in question have been captured and examined online for comparison and although the cuts are small, they...

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Appaloosa trailer online

The trailer for Appaloosa, the dramatic western directed by and starring Ed Harris who also co-wrote the screenplay from Robert Parker's novel, has arrived online, and it's looking very strong. Not only that, but it's looking a lot like two other films. Wyatt Earp and Tombstone in tone, dialogue and...

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Eli Roth in Inglorious Bastards

I have to admit that the news of Eli Roth being cast in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards is not the first casting announcement I thought we would hear about from the film. We've heard that Brad Pitt was in talks for the film and that Leonardo DiCaprio was briefly discussed,...

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August 5, 2008

The Cottage

DVD Four Stars
I had heard a lot about this British horror, but coming on the back of a number of similar sounding British comedy type horrors I felt it might be a little too much like the others. Yet the names involved had always caught my eye, Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison and...

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Goonies 2 to get major release

At the start of last year we heard that The Goonies was getting a sequel and that it was heading direct to DVD, well that doesn't seem the case if the inside sources are to be believed. It actually seems that Goonies 2 is going to be a big budget...

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Avary returns to Castle Wolfenstein

Back in August 2007 we heard that Roger Avary was lined up to write and direct the adaptation of the videogame Return to Castle Wolfenstein, then in November of that year we heard that the project was on hold because of the writers strike. Well now it appears that the...

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Jaa to complete Ong Bak 2

Tony Jaa looks set to complete Ong Bak 2, although the studio have imposed some restrictions on him during the filming. A meeting with the head of Sahamongkolfilm International has resulted in the agreement for them to fund the completion of the film with Jaa at the helm, although with...

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Terminator Salvation gets another baddie

Helena Bonham Carter, who took the role first destined for Tilda Swinton, has revealed that in Terminator Salvation she'll be playing a baddie. Although it doesn't sound like she'll be playing a Terminator herself, more perhaps a human collaborator with the Terminators, or maybe just a bad person out for...

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Closed: X-Files: I Want to Believe competition

I've just been given some X-Files goodies to run a Filmstalker competition with, and I'm sure this one will entice a lot of entries. To help promote the new X-Files film, X-Files: I Want to Believe (Filmstalker review), Filmstalker has an X-Files Essentials DVD to give away as well as...

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Zack and Mimi Make a Porno gets NC-17

Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith are a little annoyed at the MPAA who seem to be shying away from anything sex related, after all that's what's causing everyone harm in the world today apart from those corrupting videogames, geez if only we didn't have sex and games consoles I think...

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The Mummy 4 in Mexico?

Looks like there could be a fourth Mummy film after all and Rob Cohen is talking it up at every opportunity. I first heard it when he commented on the possibility of a xXx sequel with Vin Diesel, well now he's talking about locations for the new films as well...

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August 4, 2008

X-Files: I Want To Believe

Film Four Stars
Another Filmstalker reader headed out to a press screening and delivered a review from it, this time it was the X-Files: I Want to Believe screening, and it's a very interesting review that will nicely balance mine when it comes. That's because this is from Gia Milinovich who is a...

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Director still on Punisher: War Zone?

Following a no show at Comic Con, a rumour spread that Lexi Alexander had been dropped from Punisher: War Zone. Well the next rumour says that this isn't the case at all. Confused? Me too. This could be a bad sign. If a film has to resort to these stunts...

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Schwarzenegger talks T4

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been talking about what he thinks of Terminator 4. He's seen some early footage of the film, and for some reason he's not exactly blown away yet. I'm still bummed he's not in it. But it sounds like he's hedging his bets on the latest film. Come...

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Midnight Meat Train killed by studio

It seems that the studio aren't that happy with Midnight Meat Train, or if inside sources are to believed, the studio aren't happy with the former direction of Lionsgate into horror, and indeed with the previous head of the studio, Peter Block. Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train is suffering with...

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Morgan Freeman in car crash

Now if you read Filmstalker you'll know that I am pretty much against idle gossip related to stars private lives, what they do off screen should be their business, much like your private life is yours. However sometimes a story just warrants writing about, and the shocking news that Morgan...

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Monsters vs. Aliens trailer online

The trailer for Monsters vs. Aliens from DreamWorks has appeared online, yes it's bootlegged, and yes it's poorer quality, but it's also damn funny and looks superb. I don't tend to laugh much at comedies these days, it always seems to be about such similar things, bodily function humour and...

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Winged Creatures trailer online

The trailer for Winged Creatures has appeared online. The ensemble film is about a group of people who are affected in different ways by a robbery and shooting that takes place in the café they've visited that morning. It stars such names as Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Kevin Durand, Jackie...

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Casting for Buzz Aldrin film

I knew that there was a Neil Armstrong film underway, but I didn't realise that there was a Buzz Aldrin film as well. Aldrin himself has been talking about the film and reveals that his wife would like Reese Witherspoon to play her in the film. Saying that though, so...

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Downey Jr. talks Iron Man 2 and Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. has been talking about two of his upcoming films, Iron Man 2 directed by Jon Favreau and Sherlock Holmes directing by Guy Ritchie. He reveals that Iron Man 2 may actually contain some other Marvel heroes and will be a definite lead on to an Avengers film,...

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Stalked: Monster Attack Network, De Fortabte sjæles ø, Ninja Assassin speed script

Disney are adapting the graphic novel Monster Attack Network while Universal are to remake De Fortabte sjæles ø with the original director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel taking the helm, and finally there's interesting news that J. Michael Straczynski took a mere fifty three hours to write the Ninja Assassin script....

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August 2, 2008

Venom writers/creators on spin off

With Sony's Venom spin off film still moving along, the creator and writers have been talking about the film. They've been saying what they think will be needed, if a Venom spin off film is to work. Sony are hoping that a Venom film could help give the Spiderman series...

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De Niro and Gibson in Edge of Darkness

Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson, now that sounds like a good on screen combination that doesn't rely on the usual usual pairings of talent. What's more is that they are starring in the adaptation of the successful British television miniseries Edge of Darkness. What's more is that William Monahan...

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Swayze for Dirty Dancing 2?

I'd take the following news with a lump of salt. But fans of Dirty Dancing brace yourself, Patrick Swayze could be thinking about starring in a sequel. With Swayze doing well despite his battle with cancer, offers are lining up. And a second Dirty Dancing sequel may be one of...

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Doom sequel?

Do you want to see a sequel to Doom (Filmstalker review)? Well I used to love the videogame series and was always beating everyone at work...well most of the time anyway, but the film wasn't that good. Saying that it had a lot of potential, and it did have some...

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Lisberger not off of Tr2n (Tron 2)

I wrote a story about what happened behind that Tr2n aka Tron 2 teaser that's been showing on Filmstalker, and still is, since it was first released on the Internet, and it was pretty much that Steve Lisberger, the original creator of Tron, had spent over five years developing a...

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The Mutant Chronicles trailer online in English

Previously on Filmstalker I posted the teaser trailer for The Mutant Chronicles and then the Russian trailer for the film, well now the English version of that Russian language trailer has appeared online. With these two trailers I thought that the film didn't look that great and the stylistic effects...

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Pride and Glory trailer online

I haven't really taken in much about Pride and Glory, but noticing that it has both Edward Norton and Colin Farrell in dramatic roles does peak my interest, and it should yours too, especially with the story that it reveals. They play brother-in-laws in the NYPD. Norton's character is pulled...

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Stalked: Robert De Niro,Prince of Persia

Robert De Niro could be joining Edge of Darkness. And Prince of Perisa's release has been pushed back....

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August 1, 2008

The Host II teaser online

Well the first teaser has appeared online for The Host II, and it's a very clever one, but to be honest a complete cop out and cheat for those looking for a new The Host film. I'm one of those people. I really enjoyed the first and thought it managed...

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Carpenter and Cage are scared

In fact the combination is scaring me too. Nicolas Cage and John Carpenter are in final negotiations to star and direct a prison thriller called Scared Straight. In case you're wondering that's respectively, Carpenter will direct and Cage will star. The film seems to contain whiffs of Con Air, and...

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Greek soldier memoirs film

Now this is interesting, mostly the announcements of new projects fly by, but this one caught my eye. Anabasis are the memoir's of a Greek soldier called Xenophon who was one of ten thousand elite mercenaries who attacked the Persian Empire. The story tells of how their leader was betrayed...

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Firth and Barnes in Dorian Gray

Now here’s an interesting casting story, Ben Barnes has been pinned to play the lead alongside Colin Firth in a film based on Oscar Wilde’s classic story The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story, for those of you who don’t know Wilde or haven’t seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,...

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Batman 3 casting getting ridiculous

I don't know what it is with these rumours about The Dark Knight sequel, which we'll call Batman 3 for now, but it seems to be going crazy with "who could be the next villain?" and "which big name star could play them?", and the next one is out and...

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Tr2n (Tron 2) behind the footage

According to reports the originial director and co-writer of Tron has no real involvement in the new film, and that's allegedly because John Lasseter thought that although Tron was superb and was totally taken with it, they missed a real chance to make something totally compelling. So although Steve Lisberger...

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The Argentine, Che Guevara trailer online

The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's The Argentine has appeared online, and while it's in Spanish, it does look pretty epic and is worth a look just to see, because it may be a long time before we see the final film. The film was played at the Cannes Film...

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor interview with Rob Cohen

Rob Cohen has been interviewed about The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and it's more interesting than the usual interviews you see, less marketing and a more interesting look at the early production of the film. He talks about replacing Rachel Weisz and taking on the role in the...

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Death Race TV Spots

There are some Death Race television adverts online, and while they aren't earth shattering, they do give a little more footage from the film and a little more on the acting side. This Death Race is the remake of the original Death Race 2000, and this one stars Jason Statham,...

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