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September 30, 2008

Will Petersen wants CSI film?

William Petersen is leaving CSI soon, and he'll be replaced by Laurence Fishburne. In an interview before he leaves, he has dropped a hint about a CSI film. I like CSI Vegas, but wouldn't a film end up basically being an extended episode of the TV series?...

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Let The Right One In director on remake

Let The Right One In, is a Swedish horror film by Tomas Alfredson. It's to be remade by Matt Reeves, who we know from Cloverfield. Problem is, the original hasn't even been released before the remake was announced. Now the director of the original has spoken about what he thinks...

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Trailer for Filth and Wisdom

We have a trailer for Madonna's directorial debut for you to watch. Filth and Wisdom follows a Ukrainian immigrant, as he tries to make it big as a rock star. I'm a huge Madonna fan, and even I have to admit she's not exactly set the film world alight. Will...

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Daniel Craig chose Quantum

When the title of the new James Bond film was revealed, there were a few raised eyebrows. That and a few mutterings of, "you what". Well now the person responsible for the title can be revealed, it's James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. You can feel free to tell him you...

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Iron Man on your PC

Dell are trying to compete with iTunes in the download market, and they're starting by selling PCs with the option of Iron Man preloaded onto it. Not only that but they are offering exclusive bonus footage as well. Seems a bit strange to start with stuff preloaded. Would you like...

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No T4 blessing by Cameron

When McG was announced as the director for Terminator 4, there were some people who were none too pleased. And soon enough McG was talking about how James Cameron had given him his blessing. Good news coming from the main man we thought. Well it turns out Cameron didn't offer...

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Stalked: Fame, Transformers IMAX

Thomas Dekker could be starring in the Fame remake. And IMAX is coming to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen....

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Stalked: Matt Lucas, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci

Matt Lucas could be in Alice in Wonderland. Kirsten Dunst doesn't seem sure if she's in Spiderman 4. And Christina Ricci might find herself in After.Life...

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New Marvel release dates confirmed

Marvel have signed a new deal with Paramount to distribute their next 5 films. The news also comes with a bunch of new release dates, for the already announced Marvel films. Also mentioned in the list, is a to be announced Iron Man 3 film. Which John Favreau talked abut...

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September 29, 2008

New trailer for Australia

We have a new trailer for Luhrmann's Australia. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star, and the new trailer looks great. These films aren't usually my bag, but this one looks like it could be good....

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Blade Runner 2 being written

Two of the writers of Eagle Eye say they are working on a script for a Blade Runner sequel. Thankfully no one at a studio has asked them to do it, but that doesn't seem to be stopping them. Some films should just be left alone. What are they up...

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Megan Fox in Fathom?

The film version of Michael Turner's Fathom is still in development, and Megan Fox may be starring. The film has had a fairly confusing history, previous attempts have been made to get it off the ground only to falter. So Fathom fans, would you want Megan Fox starring?...

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Men in Black 3 still possible?

Long running, are the rumours of Men in Black 3. But it might be that we are inching towards it actually being made. One of the executive producers says he's waiting on the script, and the two stars. I remember liking the first film, but I can't really remember the...

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Snyder makes games for EA

The videogame and film world are collaborating again. Zach Snyder has agreed to develop three original games for Electronic Arts. He's not the first director to turn his hand to videogames, with Steven Spielberg already having one in the bag. As you'd expect, the deal also means that Snyder can...

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Seven Pounds trailer

We have the trailer for Will Smith's Seven Pounds for you to watch. Smith stars as an IRS worker, who tries to make amends for his past mistakes. He tries to do this by helping out seven strangers. I can't watch the trailer at the minute, so head inside for...

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Max Payne gets PG-13 rating

Earlier this month, director John Moore was talking about how difficult it was to get a PG-13 rating for Max Payne. He had a lot to say about the MPAA, and how difficult it all was. Now it turns out they have secured a PG-13 rating for the film. And...

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Branagh to direct Thor?

Thor is one of a few Marvel films in development for future release, alongside Captain America, Iron Man 2 and The Avengers films. The film has been without a director for a while, but now Kenneth Branagh is in talks to take over. I'd never picked Branagh for a superhero...

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September 28, 2008

Iron Man writers on mystery Marvel film

In July Justin Theroux was announced as the writer for Iron Man 2. He replaced two of the writers of the first film, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby. Now they have revealed they are working on different projects for Marvel. It did seem a little strange that they weren't writing the...

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Indiana Jones Blu-ray details

The next big summer release with a Blu-ray DVD on the way is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This one is out on the 10th November. I would imagine it will also be released in a box set with the other films eventually....

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Iron Man Blu-ray details

A couple of the biggest films of this summer have Blu-ray releases on the way. And we have the details of what you'll see on them. First up is Iron Man, and the Ultimate Edition which is released on the 27th October. The two disc set looks packed full. The...

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Crowe will be Sheriff and Robin Hood

Some new information about Ridley Scott's Nottingham is out. According to Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe will not only be playing the Sheriff of Nottingham, he'll also be playing Robin Hood himself. The first part we knew about, but the second is a surprise. Wonder how that will work....

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September 27, 2008

Site banners in memoria

You may have noticed a few things about the site over the last week. One is that Louise has taken over, and the other are the new banners. Let me explain. My mother passed away on the morning of Wednesday the 24th, and so I haven't been thinking much of...

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Closing Credits: Paul Newman

Hollywood actor/director Paul Newman passed away yesterday, aged 83, following a battle with cancer. The Hollywood legend, was having chemotherapy until June this year, but he refused to comment on his health. Paul Newman was an amazing actor, who had many other passions as well. He'll be sorely missed....

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New trailer for The Spirit

There's another online trailer for Frank Miller's The Spirit. It's probably the most coherent of all the trailers we've seen so far. I'm a total novice of The Spirit, and I'm still finding it hard to get excited about it. Take a look at the trailer inside....

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Peek at Dark Knight Blu-ray gift box

The Dark Knight Blu-ray relase has been officialy confirmed for December 9th. They have also confirmed the content we heard about earlier, and you can have a look at the limited edition gift set. With more and more films making a killing out of DVD releases, you can see why...

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New Benjamin Button trailer

A new trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is online. It stars Brad Pitt as a man who is born old and gradually begins aging backwards. It's an adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel. The trailer looks interesting. Definitely one I'll be checking out....

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September 26, 2008

Stalked: Nick Nolte, George A Romero

Nick Nolte is starring in Arcadia. And George A Romero is up to something in Toronto....

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Bill Murray on Ghostbusters 3

There has been plenty of talk recently about a third Ghostbusters film, and whether or not some or all of the original cast would be back. With a script being written, Bill Murray was asked if he was interested. Turns out he kind of is. I really don't like the...

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The Hobbit lawsuit carries on

Christopher Tolkein's lawsuit against New Line over Lord of the Rings is still ongoing. Tolkein says that New Line owe him money, and not only that but that they are guilty of fraud. Now he has been banned from seeking monetary damages, but he can sue them for fraud. I'm...

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New full Valkyrie trailer

We have a full theatrical trailer for Tom Cruise's Valkyrie. Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who tries to pull off a plot to assassinate Hitler. There's some new footage in there, and it looks really good. And after playing musical release dates, we will be seeing it this year...

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Could Clooney be the Lone Ranger?

Just yesterday Johnny Depp appeared at the Disney showcase, and we found out he had not one, not two, but three new films lined up. One of which was playing Tonto in a Lone Ranger film. Now a rumour is out that George Clooney is interested in the role of...

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Stalked: Helen Mirren, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Helen Mirren is to play a Mossad agent. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is being remade....

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September 25, 2008

Guillermo del Toro writing vampire trilogy

Some people like to keep busy, and then there is Guillermo del Toro. With more films on the go than he knows what to do with, including The Hobbit, he's now agreed to write a trilogy of vampire novels. Does this guy never sleep? Whatever he's on to keep up...

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Lethal Weapon 5 waits on Gibson

The idea of Lethal Weapon 5 has been bouncing around for a while now, with nothing really concrete happening. Rest assured though it's still in the works, and with new characters involved. Turns out they are waiting for the man himself, Mel Gibson. Well we wouldn't want a fifth film...

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W trailer online

The full trailer for Oliver Stone's W is here. The life and times of George Bush are singled out for the film treatment. This film looks more light hearted than I was expecting from Stone. Take a look inside and see what you think....

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Stalked: Anne Hathaway, Pierre Morel, Steven Spielberg, Sherlock Holmes

Anne Hathaway is in The Opposite of Love. Pierre Morel is working with John Travolta. Steven Spielberg has picked up the rights to Chocky. And Rachel McAdams has joined Sherlock Holmes....

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Is Billy Bob Thornton retiring?

With a hefty amount of films to his name, and an Oscar, we could be seeing a lot less of Billy Bob Thornton. It looks like he may be putting films on the backburner and concentrating on other things. I haven't seen all of his films, but what I have...

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I Am Legend prequel update

There are a few more details on the prequel to I Am Legend. The studio have confirmed they are going ahead with it, and a few people including Will Smith have been working on the story. I really like the first, but I'm not sure if a prequel will work...

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Johnny Depp in Pirates 4, Lone Ranger

From the same Disney showcase that brought us news of Cars 2, comes news of three new roles for Johnny Depp. He will be in a Lone Ranger film, will star in another Pirates of the Caribbean and he's in Alice in Wonderland. Not so much a Disney showcase as...

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September 24, 2008

Cars 2 in 2011

Disney/Pixar are hard at work on the sequel to Cars, yes that's Cars 2. It was due to be released in 2012, but for some reason they are moving to 2011. And John Lassiter has some details about the plot of the sequel. I've lost count of the number of...

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American Psycho the musical

We're all familiar with musical to film adaptations and vice versa. Well now another film is heading for Broadway. American Psycho is to be made into a musical. That sounds crazy, wonder how they will handle the violence. I'm tempted to break my usual avoidance of musicals for this one....

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Paul Greengrass for Blackbeard?

In May this year, news broke that Dreamworks was to make a film based on the pirate Blackbeard. One of the writers of Gladiator David Franzoni was working on a script. Now the rumour is that director has been ear marked, and it is Paul Greengrass. I must confess to...

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Stalked:Colin Firth,Billy Crystal,Heather Graham

Colin Firth could be starring in A Single Man. Billy Crystal is back in a new film. And Heather Graham is in The Hangover....

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Stalked: Jolie,Affleck,Green Hornet

Angelina Jolie will be Salt. Ben Affleck will hit by the credit crunch. And Michael Pena could be joining Green Hornet....

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Notorious teaser trailer online

The teaser trailer for Notorious is online, the biopic of Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. Hard to tell too much from a teaser trailer, but I'm definitely interested. The soundtrack alone should be great. Let's hope the film is too....

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September 23, 2008

Quantum of Solace drops Bond intro

Quantum of Solace will see the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond. However it looks like there won't be a return for some of his best known phrases. The latest Bond outing, is to be the first of the films to lose some of the most well known phrases....

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Queen Latifah on Hairspray 2

A couple of months ago, we heard that John Waters had been asked to come up with a treatment for a sequel to Hairspray. Now one of the stars Queen Latifah, has confirmed the sequel is in the works. I've still to catch the first, but there seems to be...

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Pegg and Frost in Tintin?

Simon Pegg is becoming increasingly popular over in Hollywood. With How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Star Trek in the bag, he recently met Steven Spielberg. And now he and Nick Frost may have a part in Spielberg's Tintin trilogy. Funny how some people make it over there,...

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Bekmambetov does Moby Dick

Here's one I didn't see coming. Timur Bekmambetov is to direct a film of Moby Dick. Following this summers Wanted, which he is also working on a sequel of, Bekmambetov will direct a re-imagining of Herman Melville's classic novel. It certainly won't be your average book to film adaptation with...

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Stalked:Nicolas Cage,Rachel Bilson,Shane Black

Nicolas Cage has yet another film lined up, this time he's playing a knight. TV and film actress Rachel Bilson is playing, a TV actress. And Shane Black is back, and will direct Cold Warrior....

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Stalked: Keira Knightly, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey

Keira Knightly is lining up another period film. And are Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey starring in a heist film together?...

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September 22, 2008

Dark Knight Blu-ray details leaked?

After taking over the box office this summer, The Dark Knight hype now surrounds the DVD release. We may have found out some of the treats in store for the Blu-ray release. Unsurprisingly it's a two dvd release, and it looks packed full. All the details are inside.I wonder if...

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Extended clip from Disney's Bolt

We have a three minute clip from Disney's 3-D film Bolt. Amoung the stars of this one are John Travolta and Woody Harrelson. A TV star, who happens to be a dog, finds himself stranded from home, and tries to make his way back. I'm not sold on the whole...

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Closed: Win a copy of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer on DVD

Jack Brooks is a monster slayer, but he wasn't always that way. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer tells the story of how Jack became what he is today and stars Robert Englund and Trevor Matthews, and you can win a copy of the extra packed DVD right here on Filmstalker. I've...

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Arnie to return to Predator?

Well the rumours are starting to kick off regarding Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to film. His run as Governor of California is nearly up and at that point he has to decide whether to remain in politics, take his career further, or return to film, and so far the decision seems...

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Transformers 2 Megatron revealed?

Well it's a difficult decision to make because you'll remember that Michael Bay was pretty forthright when he said that there would be a lot of disinformation about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen released on the Interflab, but these drawings for a toy version of Megatron could just be the...

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Revolutionary Road trailer

Revolutionary Road is the film which reunites Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, many moons after Titanic. There is now a clean trailer available for the film, minus the overly perky Entertainment Tonight presenter. I wasn't sure what to expect when these two worked together again. But it looks like powerful...

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September 21, 2008

Film quotes you use in real life

I can't really remember what sparked this thought off in my head, but I was watching television about something and into my head popped a quote from a film. Then, when I thought about it for a bit I wondered just how many film quotes I used in real, everday...

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September 20, 2008

Taken

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From the trailers Taken looked really interesting, although there was a tiny bit of a cliché with the idea that Liam Neeson plays an ex-agent out for revenge, the casting seems to suggest something a lot stronger than most films in this genre, and then the trailer suggests dark and...

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Shyamalan considers Unbreakable 2

M. Night Shyamalan has been talking about his film future, and he's been discussing the possibility of a sequel to Unbreakable, or at least another film that is based around the comic book theme. I'm excited about the idea of an Unbreakable sequel, but it cannot – and I really...

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Chow to direct and star in The Green Hornet

The news came out last night that Stephen Chow is going to direct The Green Hornet, as well as take the lead as Kato, the servant for the character of The Green Hornet, both in and out of costume. Now although it's great news on a number of points, it...

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Liotta follows De Niro and Pacino

What's happening to the once great screen personas, Robert De Niro and Pacino are playing weaker and weaker characters, and in De Niro's case he's become a poor comedic foil. Is Ray Liotta the next to fall? Seems like he might be as the latest story about his next role...

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Moss re-joins Jackson in terrorist film

Carrie-Anne Moss is teaming up with Samuel L. Jackson in another film about terrorism on U.S. soil, Unthinkable. This one is about a terrorist group who have hidden three nuclear bombs in three different cities in America. Sounds like pretty standard fare taken a few steps further. However Jackson reveals...

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CIA Himalayan spy story gets film

Now this sounds like a great story to be made into a film, although the book it's being adapted from is non-fiction, the film will be a fictional account of a CIA mission to the top of the Himalayan mountains. Sounds too incredible to be true, but genuinely the CIA...

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September 19, 2008

Tintin loses studio

Universal studio have declined an option to co-finance Tintin according to reports, leaving the film with DreamWorks and Paramount sitting with the film with Paramount as the sole money provider. It's a strange decision considering how popular Tintin is without a film and that both Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson...

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J.J. Abrams talks Cloverfield, Fringe and Star Trek

J.J. Abrams has been interviewed online and has been talking about everything from Cloverfield to Fringe, including a little Star Trek on the way. He reveals a few things about the various films and series, and even offers up some never before heard secrets. He doesn't reveal the secret of...

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The Amityville Horror sequel scares

While Mamma Mia! may not be gaining a sequel, The Amityville Horror looks set to and it sounds ridiculous. Let's just take a moment to reflect that the original film was about a family murdered in a house and the new family arriving only to have the father overcome by...

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Mamma Mia! sequel?

It seems that sometimes Hollywood gets it right and resists the urge to add a sequel onto something just because it makes some cash, and that's exactly what has happened with Mamma Mia! according to one of the stars Dominic Cooper. He'd love a sequel, and wants to be in...

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Stalked: Appaloosa and Big Lebowski hopeful sequels

Both Appaloosa and The Big Lebowski are in the media this week being touted as possibly having sequels made. However they are both rather tenuous and “wished for” rather than actually happening. In the case of Appaloosa it’s a strong suggestion though since writer, director and star Ed Harris is...

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Stalked: The Substitute and Just Another Love Story for remakes

Two films from the Danish director Ole Bornedal are are set for remakes through Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures production company, The Substitute and Just Another Love Story. Bornedal has already remade one of his own films for the U.S. market before, although with these there’s no word of any...

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Stalked: Deadgirl and new Elite Squad trailers

There's a new trailer for the excellent Elite Squad aka Tropa de Elite (Filmstalker review), well I haven't seen it before, and there's a trailer online for a rather interesting film called Deadgirl....

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Fifty Dead Men Walking under fire again

We've already heard those unfortunate comments from one of the stars of the film Rose McGowan, and the producers backing away from them, which seems somewhat two-faced considering the latest controversy beginning to raise its head. The man behind the story, Martin McGartland, who was the British agent undercover in...

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Jude Law for Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson?

The rumours are racing about the casting for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, we've heard that Russell Crowe is in talks for just about every role and debunked, and now we're hearing that Jude Law is the latest to be linked by the media with the important role of Sherlock Holmes'...

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September 18, 2008

Faris says goodbye to career

Anna Faris looked like she was on the brink of doing something clever with her career, for a long time she was being touted as connected with a biographical film of the woman known as Linda Lovelace made famous in the pornographic film Deep Throat. Well word out today is...

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Saw V clip online

This is being described as various things, a trailer, a teaser, a red band clip. It's a clip from Saw V. A scene setting up one of Jigsaw's many torture moments and showing you the twist in the tail. It does include a little blood, but I think it's pushing...

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McGowan distanced for IRA comments

A little while ago I wrote about Rose McGowan's comments after appearing in the film Fifty Dead Men Walking, the story of the British agent working undercover in the Irish Republican Army, and she made the ill informed and hugely insulting comment that she would have joined them if she...

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Synecdoche, New York trailer online

The trailer for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is online, and I'm still scratching my head wondering if it's even worth watching. Take out the stars and the couple of effects shots and this would be a lose collection of shots that you'd be hard pressed to think belonged together....

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Stalked: New films galore: Science Fiction and hostage taking

Doomsday Protocol from Shane Salerno is a modern The Seven Samurai and The Last Starfighter... A tale that sounds like many other films including the mini-series V with an Earth under control of aliens... Operation Checkmate is the story of the high level hostage rescue from the Revolutionary Armed Forces...

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Stalked: Burger and LaBeouf, McGregor and Clooney

Neil Burger and Shia LaBeouf team up on The Dark Fields... Ewan McGregor and George Clooney team up on The Men Who Stare at Goats... Sam Riley will lead Géla Babluani's remake of his own film, 13 Tzameti......

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Stalked: Knightly, Mendes, Worthington, Zemeckis and Artemis Fowl, Fisher and Sorority Row, Disney Rock

Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet are starring in Last Night... Robert Zemeckis and Gil Kenan are adapting a Eoin Colfer children's novel with motion capture... Carrie Fisher, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, Rumer Willis, Julian Morris, Leah Pipes, Margo Harshman and Briana Evigan on The House on...

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September 17, 2008

Sex and the City prequels

It seems like there are going to be plenty more Carrie Bradshaw stories in the pipeline, not only is a film sequel seemingly in the works, well according to the writer of film and series Michael Patrick King and HBO's West Coast President Michael Lombardo, it's in the works. Now...

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Watchmen sequel?

Is there already talk about a follow-up to the much anticipated Watchmen even before the first film has been released? Well according to the star Patrick Wilson there is, he says that it's already been discussed. This is another of those stories that come out of next to nothing, and...

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Norton delays Obama documentary

Edward Norton is producing a documentary about Barack Obama, but he's just announced that he's not going to be talking about, publicising, or showing anything from the film until it's completed and the election is over. The filming is underway right now as a crew follows Obama during the campaign...

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Cox, MacDowell and Elwes in white-supremacy film

Brian Cox is one of my favourite actors, and his recent appearance in the excellent Red (Filmstalker review) was superb casting and made the film for me. Now he's going to appear as the reverend leader of a white-supremacist group. However the casting choices and blurb for As Good as...

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Stalked: Kidman is Eighth Wonder, Dunst is A Jealous Ghost

Nicole Kidman is to star in an action-adventure film by Simon Kinberg called The Eighth Wonder… Kirsten Dunst is producing and starring in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's A Jealous Ghost…...

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9to5: Days in Porn trailer online

9to5: Days in Porn is a documentary that is sure to raise a lot of controversy, a lot more than a Darwin film about creationism versus religion. It's a documentary that took about five years work to create and after one and a half years filming had a rough cut...

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Statham in Bogart inspired film

Jason Statham has been talking about his next project, and it sounds like it might just be starting to pull away from the action film that we've grown to expect from him. Speaking about the film he says that it's inspired, but in no way a remake, of The Treasure...

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Bruce Willis to direct

Bruce Willis is set to step behind the camera as well as appear before it in the psychological thriller Three Stories about Joan which also stars Owen Wilson and Kieran Culkin. There's little information on the film itself, but it is set to begin filming next month, and so suggests...

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Stalked: Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas

Tom Cruise won't be in Shrek 4. Bruce Willis is turning to directing. And Michael Douglas will a Solitary Man....

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September 16, 2008

X-Files: I Want to Believe delivers Blu-ray interactivity

The specifications of the Blu-ray release for X-Files: I Want to Believe have been announced, and with it comes a ream of interactivity. Not only are we getting picture in picture (you know that thing that was dropped from televisions years ago because no one used it) bit there are...

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Kung Fu Panda sequel dead?

It looks like it could well be as the news arrives of what could be the sequel that DreamWorks were already reportedly hard at work on has been revealed as a DVD extra for the original film, or perhaps it is. It's not confirmed that this was the project, and...

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Maguire set for Spiderman 4 and 5

Looks like Tobey Maguire is even closer to being confirmed for the next two Spiderman films. Turns out though, that due to family commitments, Maguire wants a little more free time. Spiderman 4 and 5 have taken up a fair amount of column inches so far. Mostly rumours of casting...

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Norton talks Hulk sequel and Avengers

Edward Norton seems to be very unsure if he's going to return as The Incredible Hulk, if he'll be involved in a sequel, and even if a sequel will go ahead. In fact listening to him you might wonder if Marvel are planning anything on the Hulk, even a part...

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Affleck to direct and star in Town

There's no argument, Ben Affleck is far better behind the camera than in front. With Gone Baby Gone he proved himself to be a superb director and hopes are high for his next directorial work. So the news that he is going to write, direct and star in a film...

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Darwin cast replaced

Back in February we heard that there was going to be a film about Charles Darwin focussing on his family, the death of his daughter, and the struggles between his beliefs on evolution and his wife's on religion. Then, at the start of the month, we heard that Paul Bettany...

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September 15, 2008

Igor double trailers online

There are two trailers for the animated film Igor online which stars John Cusack, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Christian Slater, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Myleene Klass, Sean Hayes to name but a few...well actually most of the bigger names. The film tells the story of one Igor, a...

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The Day the Earth Stood Still extended trailer online

This is more than a trailer, it's a couple of extended clips from the trailer with some additional scenes thrown in, and all in all it's spelling something spectacular for the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, also called The Day the Earth Stood Still. Just in case...

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Revolutionary Road trailer online

The film that is being touted as reuniting Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, a fact that I find incredibly sad and demeaning to the film, the story and all those concerned in making the film, has a trailer, or rather a first look online. Revolutionary Road is based on the...

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Xxx sequel underway?

If you read Filmstalker then you'll have already known for a good few months that Rob Cohen has been approached to get back on the xXx franchise by the producer Joe Roth, so the rumour that Columbia is in discussions with both Cohen and Vin Diesel for the third film...

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September 14, 2008

Tom Cruise: great or rubbish actor?

Tom Cruise is like Marmite - you love him or hate him, well perhaps a little too strong, you either like him or don't, and that don't seems to leap into hate in some cases, usually when people start considering his personal life. As an actor he has a mixed...

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September 13, 2008

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus teaser trailer online

The teaser trailer has arrived for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the Terry Gilliam film that is Heath Ledger's last film, but more than that is starring Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law all playing the same character but in different worlds. Co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam it...

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The Thing remake is a prequel

We've been seeing that just about every John Carpenter property is hitting the remake chain, and The Thing is no different. We heard way back in September of 2006 that the film was being remade, and people got upset because the Carpenter version is superb, itself a remake. However even...

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Mackie over-hypes Jesse Owens film

I wasn't really going to write about Anthony Mackie's non-update of the Jesse Owens film that we heard about way back in October of 2006, not until I read his comment about the film and what he thinks it means to get his life story on screen. I have to...

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September 12, 2008

Mendes talks Bad Lieutenant remake

The Bad Lieutenant remake, now called Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, just couldn't get any odder could it? Well according to Eva Mendes' latest comments it looks like it could do. She says that it'll be nothing like the first film with the despair are gone and no...

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Favreau on Iron Man 2 and 3

Before the release of Iron Man on DVD, Jon Favreau has been talking about the sequels planned. He's not just thinking about one sequel, he can see it becoming three films. Favreau fills us in on how things are going, and some of themes we can expect to see in...

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Grint plays British Leon

Rupert Grint is set to play the trainee of a hitman, in a film that sounds a lot like a British version of Leon called Wild Target appearing next to Bill Nighy and Helena Bonham Carter. It marks a clear move away from his role in the Harry Potter films...

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Tennant in Doctor Who film?

David Tennant is in negotiations for the fifth series of Doctor Who, as currently he's only signed up for five more episodes, and reportedly he's pushing for an addition to the contract, a Doctor Who film. According to reports Tennant wants that in his next contract as he's desperate to...

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Sheridan to direct I, Claudius

A while ago we heard that the new film adaptation of the novel I, Claudius (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk) from Robert Graves was in a battle to be bought by Leonardo DiCaprio, William Monahan and Warner Bros., however they lost and Variety told us that both DiCaprio and Monahan would be...

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Winstone joins Edge of Darkness

What an excellent choice. After Robert De Niro left the Edge of Darkness production leaving Mel Gibson standing alone, the news has come that Ray Winstone is in negotiations to take his place, and I think that's wonderful news. Martin Campbell and the team have made an excellent choice, and...

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The International trailer online

So the trailer for the film The International has arrived. It stars Clive Owen, Naomi Watts (her hamster cheeks are cute), Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ulrich Thomsen and comes from director Tom Tykwer of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Run Lola Run, and Paris Je t’aime (Filmstalker review), so visual...

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September 11, 2008

Changeling trailer online

The trailer for Clint Eastwood's Changeling has appeared online. The film stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore and Amy Ryan, and is written by the Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. It tells the story of a woman who's son is kidnapped and months later returned home...

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Michael Douglas as Liberace?

Michael Douglas looks set to play the flamboyant pianist Liberace in a biographical film about the man's life which will be directed by Steven Soderbergh. However the plans aren't to make it any time soon, and Douglas isn't getting any younger. Interestingly another Soderbergh regular may be set to take...

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Ratner refused Guitar Hero film

Brett Ratner is not being allowed to make the Guitar Hero film that he wanted to, and it's the makers of the video game that want to stop him, and in fact have. Despite his desire to make a film out of the unfilmable, Activision would rather the game rested...

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Sex and the City writer talks sequel

Previously on Filmstalker I wrote about HBO's West Coast President Michael Lombardo previously said that there was enormous interest in doing a Sex and the City sequel. Now the writer/director Michael Patrick King is talking about it as well, and he sounds like he's very keen. In fact he reveals...

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Bronson trailer

A trailer is online for the film Bronson, about Michael Gordon Peterson aka Charles Bronson, who was initially put in prison in 1974 and, with only three months spent outside of prison, has been there ever since. To date he's served over thirty-four years, a figure you can see increasing...

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Savage Grace

Film One Star
Reading the blurb on this film gave the suggestion that this could be really interesting. It is the true story and one that presents a rather strange mother son relationship, following the son from an early age as he narrates his life and that of his mother's. However from the...

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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

DVD Four Stars
Morgan Spurlock is undoubtedly becoming one of the leading documentary makers in America, if not overtaking Michael Moore to become the top, and most of it is in his relaxed style and his direct appeals to the audience. His latest film is Wherever in the World is Osama Bin Laden?,...

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Airplane cast reunited

Yesterday some cast members from the superb 1980's Airplane! comedy were reunited and told some interesting stories about the film. Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Jill Whelen and Robert Hays all got together for a reminisce. What do you mean you haven't seen it? Surely you can't be serious?...

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Batman 3 casting rumours

Look, they aren't real. Let's face it. We're seeing it time and time again as some site, paper or magazine claims that an “inside source” told them...blah blah, and yet no writer and/or director has signed up for a third Batman film, never mind Christopher Nolan, and that's where the...

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McGowan would have joined the IRA?

Sometimes actors say something that they regret afterwards, and if Rose McGowan really did say this then I imagine she might well regret it at some point, although I do have a sneaky suspicion that this might have been taken out of context to gain headlines, which it has. She...

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The Soloist trailer online

Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx are going for Oscar glory and ticking all the boxes they can in the film called The Soloist, a film based on a real life story about a reporter looking for a winning story comes across a down and out who played beautiful music...

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September 10, 2008

Rambo V done deal?

I totally missed this announcement, as it seems a lot of us did, but Rambo V is ready to start production as it was announced from Lionsgate that Rambo V was on it's slate with Sylvester Stallone set to write and direct it. Yes, I could hardly believe it at...

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Wonder Woman update

Basically nothing's happening, and nothing has been happening. After dropping Joss Whedon, Joel Silver and crew decided to buy the speculative script from a couple of new writers who had written an rough outline for a World War II Wonder Woman origin story. They loved it, loved it enough to...

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London Film Festival big screenings

The London Film Festival has announced its screening list for this year, it's running from the 15th to 30th of October in various locations. However it's not the locations that's interesting, but the films up for screening this year. There's a great line up of some films that we've been...

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Schwarzenegger in T4?

A Terminator film without Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't seem right. But it turns out Arnie could be making an appearance, by some CGI trickery and a voiceover. He's been spotted on the set on Terminator 4, alongside Christian Bale. This is all rumour at this stage. But if it's true the...

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Fox killing another Superhero?

Fox don't have a great reputation of letting their talent develop their projects, and it looks like Wolverine is the next to be suffering from their interfering executives with an eye to produce a teenage friendly film. Word is that the director, Gavin Hood, who is trying to make a...

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Thirteenth Hour sounds familiar

The announcement of the purchase of the novel Thirteenth Hour for adaptation into a film flashed some recognition with me when I read the blurb. The story is about a man who is accused of murdering his wife and is given the chance to travel back in time in one...

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Stalked:Johnny Depp, Paul Verhoven, Angelina Jolie

Johnny Depp is teaming up again with Gore Verbinski. Paul Verhoven is going back to erotic thrillers. And is Angelina Jolie still on Edwin A Salt?...

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September 9, 2008

Duke Nukem the film?

Unbelievably it looks like there might be a film based on the video game Duke Nukem, and it's coming from the producer of the upcoming Max Payne, so we could well imagine that the film is going to be pretty full on, if it happens. For those of you who...

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Updated: Quantum of Solace new trailer online

Unfortunately I don't have the trailer just yet, but I did get to see the trailer on the National Movie Awards 2008 here in the UK, and it looks even more action packed than the previous trailer. It had two parts to it, the first part helped us place the...

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Undercover spy takes cash for story

The other day I wrote about how Martin McGartland, a British undercover spy in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), was refusing to waive his moral rights on his life story and thus preventing the film Fifty Dead Men Walking, an adaptation of his memoirs, from being released. The Toronto International...

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Strong says Crowe not Sherlock Holmes villain

As I wrote about back on the 20th of August, Mark Strong is the main villain of Sherlock Holmes. That's what I wrote about on Filmstalker back then, and since there have been rumours galore about Russell Crowe, and everyone's forgotten about Guy Ritchie announcing Mark Strong as the villain...

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Spielberg sued over Disturbia

Steven Spielberg is one of a few people being sued over Disturbia, starring Shia LaBeouf. It stems from the films likeness to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. According to the law suit, the film makers failed to get the appropriate rights to the book on which both appear to be based....

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Stalked: Thirteenth Hour,Killing Jar,Julie Andrews,Keira Knightly

The Thirteenth Hour is to become a film. Harold Perrineau has a new role in The Killing Jar. Julie Andrews is starring opposite The Rock. And Keira Knightly has had enough of Pirates of the Carribbean....

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Abrams on Shatner and Star Trek

William Shatner hasn't kept quiet on his exclusion from J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film. Now J.J. Abrams has cleared up the situation, and explained why it didn't work out. Turns out there was a scene written, but it was never filmed. Looks like the events of the previous films,...

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September 8, 2008

Updated: Will Smith offered Captain America?

Another big casting rumour, and I stress the word rumour. The next person to be linked with the role of Captain America is Will Smith. Rumour has it Smith he has been offered the role. Certainly a change from the Captain America depicted in the comic books....

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Caine confirms Batman 3 villains?

Still no confirmation that Christopher Nolan will be back for Batman 3. But one of the stars, seems to have confirmed that two of the rumoured new villains might actually be happening. Michael Caine has said that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman, are being considered for The Riddler and...

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Stallone as an older Batman?

The wait for news on the next Batman film has thrown up another gem of speculation. This time the source is Frank Miller, and he would like to see Sylvester Stallone as an older Batman. Now that would be a big departure from the current films. Interesting idea, or madness?...

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No Country for Old Men sued by lead

It must be in the air just now for lawsuits to be flying around Hollywood, and this latest one features some big names. Tommy Lee Jones is suing Paramount Pictures for a figure that could be well over US $10 million for his appearance in No Country for Old Men....

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Clips 'n' Pics: The Wrestler, Gatchaman (G-Force)

There are a couple of clips online that are worth having a look at. Although they aren't big clips, they have some interesting moments from the films they represent. The first is from Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, a film that is touted to return him to form after the misunderstood...

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Korean monster comedy Chaw

Another Korean monster film is coming, and this one's got a few familiar features to it, see if you can guess. Chaw is a black comedy about a man-eating boar. Now although that might spark a something in your mind already, there's more. A number of attacks by the creatures...

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Stalked: Jessica Alba Invisible, Val Kilmer Identity, Will Smith Pharaoh

Jessica Alba will lead An Invisible Sign of My Own... Val Kilmer is set to star in Fake Identity... Will Smith is to star in The Last Pharaoh......

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Cruise as Renaissance serial killer

Now I'm actually one of those rare people, a fan of Tom Cruise, something which I'm going to be only too happy to defend in an upcoming article. So the news that he could well be playing a serial killer from the times of the Renaissance is genuinely exciting. The...

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Stalked: Leaves of Grass, Castro's Daughter, Butcherhouse Chronicles,Company Men

Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss have joined Leaves of Grass. Bobby Moresco will direct Castro's Daughter, The Butcherhouse Chronicles has a director. And four actors have joined The Company Men....

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September 7, 2008

Original cast not leading Ghostbusters 3

That's right, the original Ghostbusters cast will appear in the third film, but they will be appearing as mentors and merely be passing the jobs over to a younger cast who will no doubt be taking the franchise forward with a younger audience. This is the worst news possible for...

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Taxi to the Darkside

Film Five Stars
Taxi to the Darkside is a film which does what I thought Standard Operating Procedure (Filmstalker review) would do. It looks at some of the individual events of torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib and not only goes wider into the allegation of abuse, but also deeper than Standard Operating...

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Max Payne director attacks MPAA

The director of Max Payne, John Moore, has been talking about his struggles with the MPAA to try and receive a PG-13 rating, and when I heard that a number of questions leapt to the fore immediately. The first being why is Max Payne going for a PG-13? Then there...

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Washington and Owen for Inside Man 2

A sequel to Inside Man (Filmstalker review) seems to be going ahead, despite the question of whether or not it's a good idea. News in reveals that the characters are going to be the same and it may also have both Denzel Washington and Clive Owen returning, and that's according...

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September 6, 2008

British undercover spy story halted in court

The story of a British agent who worked for years undercover in the terrorist group the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has been stopped from being shown on Friday, just a week before the film premières at the Toronto International Film Festival . The organisers of TIFF are adamant that they...

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George Washington biographical film

Now I don't know about everyone else but it strikes me that a biographical film about George Washington is going to have a limited audience, although still a big one, America. Speaking as someone brought up in Scottish schools I have no real idea of George Washington and what he...

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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex trailer online

The trailer for the Der Baader Meinhof Komplex is online and it's looking particularly good, although the footage for most of it has already been seen in the teaser, it does look like a powerful and no holds barred film. It follows the story of the Red Army Faction, a...

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September 5, 2008

Moore to release Slacker Uprising online

Well, actually not quite. He's releasing it for a period of three weeks and only to North American residents. Ah, so that's actually not really online for free at all. Can someone spell gimmick? The film follows Michael Moore as he tours cities during the 2004 election to try and...

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Raimi and Maguire on Spider-Man 4 and 5?

Okay, first up there's no confirmation for this story other than the usual insider source, however the word is that both Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are signed up for Spider-Man 4 and 5, and that they both may be filmed back to back. What's particularly interesting is, if it's...

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Stalked: DeNiro leaves Darkness, Kick-Ass script review, Washington in Book of Eli, Fincher for Torso

DeNiro leaves Edge of Darkness... There's a review of the Kick-Ass script online, if you can understand it... Denzel Washington joins another after the end of the world film... David Fincher to direct Matt Damon as Elliot Ness in Torso, 1930's serial killer film......

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Strong in Sherlock Holmes - Internet plays catchup

If you've been reading Filmstalker you would have known that Mark Strong had joined the Sherlock Holmes film a whole month ago, and you would also know who Mark Strong is and that he's a damn fine actor, not an "upcoming" actor as many sites seem to believe. May I...

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RocknRolla

Film Three Stars
Guy Ritchie's latest film was up against it from the beginning, and for one big reason right off the bat, Guy Ritchie and his previous films. His two biggest to date have been around the same London gangster/geezer idea, and here we are with another film running the same territory...

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Darwin biographical film

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany have signed up to play husband and wife in a biographical film about the great Charles Darwin, the man who discovered and documented the modern day understanding of evolution. Bettany will be playing the man himself, Charles Darwin, a man who in later years struggled...

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Ghostbusters 3 being written?!

Well I find it hard to believe, but apparently a script for Ghostbusters 3 is underway. Just yesterday we heard from Dan Aykroyd who actually addressed a set of rumours about the writers on the project and said they were false, of course that was for Seth Rogen and Judd...

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Stalked: Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro

Tom Cruise might be in Shrek Goes Fourth And Robert De Niro has left Edge of Darkness...

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September 4, 2008

Del Toro's deals: Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Slaughterhouse-Five, Drood

Guillermo del Toro is set to be a busy man, not a busty man as I accidentally typed there. Apart from the upcoming The Hobbit films he has a first look deal with Universal that consists of a huge list of films, including four possible directing projects of which three...

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Aykroyd wishes for Ghostbusters 3

Dan Aykroyd has been talking about a possible third Ghostbusters film, and his short comment is being taken as word that there is movement on a Ghostbusters script and that it's being written. Well, I don't think so. What he's saying is that there are rumours and he would love...

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No Two-Face in Batman 3?

Not according to Aaron Eckhart there won't be, and while he might not know since he doesn't write, produce, direct or edit the film, he has asked someone he knows and they've suggested that won't happen. Who is that person? Christopher Nolan, and he's surely got to know hasn't he?...

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September 3, 2008

Van Sant's Milk trailer online

Well, almost. The trailer for Milk, the film about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. An office which he held for merely a year before Dan White, another city supervisor in San Francisco, shot him and the mayor, George Moscone, killing...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action

Although the original message looks like it's been pulled, there was one on the Heavy Metal forum from the co-creator himself, Kevin Eastman, that confirmed there was going to be a live action version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Not only would it be live action but Eastman...

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Watchmen trial update

Quick update on the Watchmen trial, it's slated for January the 6th, and the good news is that the Judge on the case has decided that 20th Century Fox have no grounds to stop the film being released in the meantime. That's great news for all the Watchmen fans out...

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Max Payne International Trailer

There's a new trailer out for Max Payne, the film adaptation of the successful videogame which to date looks like it just might be as successful. The film comes from John Moore and has Mark Wahlberg in the lead role as Max Payne, and this new trailer doesn't really have...

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Barker talks Candyman and Hellraiser remakes

Clive Barker has been talking about the planned remakes of both Hellraiser and Candyman, and he's positive about them, indeed excited. Not only that but he's having a fair dig at the PG-13 horror market and sets the scene for a couple of pretty scary R rated horrors....

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Sommers and Beattie on Tarzan

Stephen Sommers is going to be directing Tarzan, no really he is. Actually he's in negotiations so there's a chance he still might not direct it, however the fact that Stuart Beattie is adapting the script from the Edgar Rice Burroughs story is exciting, Beattie wrote Collateral, 30 Days of...

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Stalked: Cruz and Almodovar, Hercules, The Fall on DVD

Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar are teaming up again for a four way love noir film... Steven Spielberg's The 39 Clues has a writer... Sheldon Lettich is developing Hercules: The Beginning starring Alexander Nevsky... Tarsem Singh's The Fall is going to DVD......

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Wanted poster banned

In the story about the Zack and Miri make a Porno poster being banned for vaguely hinting at sex, I wrote about the Wanted poster of Angelina Jolie holding a huge handgun in front of her head and bowing her head to it touching the barrel to her forehead. I...

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Bruckheimer to remake World War II

It would seem that war films are starting to make a comeback in Hollywood, with Valkyrie and Inglorious Basterds looming, we’re just starting to see the beginnings of the World War II films return to Hollywood production slates. Jerry Bruckheimer isn’t missing out, he already had an attempt with Pearl...

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Dark Tower seven film series?

Last year we heard that Stephen King had optioned the rights to The Dark Tower series to none other than J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof for a mere US $19, and perhaps some serious returns on profits and the right to have his name on it or off I’m sure....

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Zack and Miri make a Porno banned poster

I really can’t believe that this poster has the MPAA over in America so insulted that they’ve banned it, after all there’s nobody naked in it and all that we can see are the tops of two heads. What’s the big deal? Of course we all know what’s going on...

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September 2, 2008

Zack and Miri make a Porno redband trailer online

What's really interesting about the Zack and Miri make a Porno trailer is that it is redband in the U.S. for one reason and one reason alone, the swearing. There's nothing in there that vaguely even resembles something sexual, well maybe Traci Lords blowing bubbles in an unusual way. Even...

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Michael Jordan biographical film

Idris Elba has been talking about his plans to get a Michael Jordon biographical film off the ground, and he most likely won't be starring, but he does want to direct. What's really interesting about the film is it won't be a typical sports film, if Elba has his way,...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in trouble?

It seems that there's more about business versus creative in the rumour mill as the story appears that Paramount and David Fincher are clashing over The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and in particular its length. Recently film critics saw some twenty minutes of the film and there was a...

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Best Presidential Films

There are a couple of big things happening in the world today, and one of them is the U.S. Presidential elections, and while we'll come to election films and best Presidents, etc. right now let's look at the best Presidential film. The criteria for this one is pretty much anything...

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Pussycat Dolls: The Movie?

Seems as though The Pussycat Dolls are heading for the big screen in a film about the story of how they were created and rose to fame. It seems that the band is currently looking at scripts to see a semi-biographical film come to life, and that's an interesting term...

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Crowe not Watson in Sherlock Holmes

Surprise, Russell Crowe isn't Dr. Watson in the new Sherlock Holmes film from Guy Ritchie, and the warning signs were there, the anonymous source, the British gossip paper, and the fact that he would be too big a star next to Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes. The announcement comes from none...

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Closing Credits: Don LaFontaine

Don LaFontaine, the man who is known for his voice alone, died on Monday. He's known for that voice of his because he is voiceover man. For the past twenty-five years his voice has covered many a trailer and advert, and he's become known as the "King of Voiceovers"....

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September 1, 2008

The Wave (Die Welle) trailer online

The new trailer for The Wave (Die Welle) (Filmstalker review) is online and it's looking good. It appears that both the studio and the trailer company have given the film a lot of respect and produced a strong trailer for the film that doesn't give anything away, just creates a...

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Brett Ratner wants Guitar Hero film

There are many video games which lend themselves to film versions, few of them have ever been pulled off though. Brett Ratner has set his sights on making a film of Guitar Hero. It doesn't strike me as a game that would lend itself to a film. And Ratner's plot...

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Crowe as Watson in Sherlock Holmes?

I was a bit confused as I wrote the previous story which had Russell Crowe playing the villain in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, as that was down to Mark Strong already. Then I re-read the story just now and realised that I'd missed a vital clue and was no Holmes...

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Millar talks Wanted 2 script

Mark Millar has been talking again about a sequel to Wanted, and now he reveals that right after the premier the studio asked for the sequel, and he has the idea, however it is going to be film only. He does say that the story may well come from a...

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Passengers trailer

We have a trailer for Passengers, starring Anne Hathaway. She plays a grief counsellor, given the job of helping a group of people who survive a plane crash. The problem being, the survivors seem to have been left with more than just an amazing story of survival....

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