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December 31, 2008

2009: The year in film: Part One

Welcome to the first in four articles about the coming year in film. The films to look out for in 2009 by Filmstalker. The year ahead looks an interesting one, and although it may not be as filled with blockbusters as last year was, it does seem to have a...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Tony Evans: Most memorable scenes

Next up is an interesting list from Tony Evans, rather than approach his top ten films, or his bottom ten, or anything as standard as that, Tony has gone for his ten most memorable scenes in film from the last year, and he's pulled out some corkers. Remember you can...

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New Watchmen featurette

Tired of hearing potential bad news about Watchmen? Well we have a great new featurette with some new footage included. Surely there's no way that a film that looks this good, won't be released....

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Phantom of the Opera sequel revealed

Back in May of this year - well it's only this year for a short time now, after this day is through it's 2009! - I wrote about Andrew Lloyd Webber revealing that he was creating a sequel to Phantom of the Opera, now he's revealed the title and a...

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Crank 2: High Voltage trailer online

The first trailer is online for Crank 2: High Voltage, the previously thought impossible sequel to Crank starring Jason Statham has been filming like mad, and the first footage out looks just that, mad. Actually I'm hoping that this is really, really early footage because right now it looks like...

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December 30, 2008

Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Firebug Productions

Firebug is a Filmstalker regular who has been following the site for some time now. He's what I would call an online friend, of which I am happy to say I have made quite a few through Filmstalker, and he shares a passion for films, except his is somewhat more...

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G-Force trailer online

At the beginning of the year, I remember writing a post about Penelope Cruz voicing a guinea pig in G-Force. Well now the trailer is online for you to have a look at. I'm amazed, at how bad it looks... Head inside to watch for yourself....

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The Expendables script review

Stallone's script for The Expendables has been read and is reviewed online, although it's fair to say that this is an early draft when the final huge battle scene is summed up in a couple of lines. The anticipation of seeing Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Forest Whitaker, Jason...

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Event Horizon on Blu-ray

The news is really slow between Xmas and Hogmanay, but this did catch my eye. I'm a fan of Event Horizon, for more than just the great fun Sean Pertwee (please do more Mr Pertwee!) but because it's a genuinely good and scary film. Well now it's out on Blu-ray...

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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer sequel plot

The plot for the sequel to Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer has been revealed, and it's a little bit of a surprise. Sadly it seems to be leaping straight to the end of the story of Jack Brooks, or at least it does on the surface. Perhaps there's more to it,...

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Two Lovers trailer

Joaquin Phoenix recently announced he was retiring from acting, to spend more time on music. His last completed film was Two Lovers, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw. A trailer is now online, which finds Phoenix caught between two women. Head inside for a look....

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Filmstalker downtime

Apologies all, Filmstalker ran out of bandwidth at 4am UTC this morning and the server didn't alert anyone, something that is being rectified as we speak. Bandwidth hasn't been a problem up till now as the hosting company have been kind enough to cover it for me, however the site...

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Lesbian Vampire Killers trailer online

I've been hearing about this film for a little while and not really had my interest piqued in it, until now, until I saw the trailer for Lesbian Vampire Killers. It does look like it could hold a fair few laughs, and I hadn't realised until now that it had...

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December 29, 2008

Fox really does own Watchmen?

Unbelievably it seems as though 20th Century Fox may actually be in the right in their attempts to try and stop the release of Watchmen by Warner Bros. According to some heavyweight analysis of the court documents and ruling released the other day, it would seem that the rights deals...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Aaden Black

Aaden is a work colleague who shares a passion for a number of things, drinking and cinema being two of them and work not being any of them! However it's the passion for cinema that brings him here thankfully, otherwise this list would be his top ten cocktails, and believe...

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Two Underworld: Rise of the Lycans TV spots

Two new TV adverts for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans are online to watch. The film goes back to the origins of the feud between the vampires and werewolves. Bill Nighy is back, and Rhona Mitra has joined the cast....

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li trailer online

The first trailer for the new Street Fighter film, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, has arrived online and I do find myself thinking that it looks not too bad. Of course the production value is higher and we're seeing some of the best parts of the film, so this...

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Hellraiser remake director talks

We already knew that Pascal Laugier, the director of the horror film Martyrs that is receiving both criticism and praise for being so bloody and shocking, has signed up to direct the remake of Hellraiser, but we're all wondering how he's going to cope against the might of Hollywood. He...

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Smokin' Aces prequel casting

Now that Joe Carnahan has stopped blogging - shame on you internet low life - news on the Smokin' Aces prequel Blowback has to come through other channels, but luckily it still is and the story reveals that the plot of the film is going to focus on the Tremor...

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December 28, 2008

Snyder directing Dark Knight Returns?

Zack Snyder could just be directing the very last story of Batman, or at least Bruce Wayne as Batman, and I don't mean the latest story of the Batman mantle passing on in comic form but the classic comic book by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). Could...

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The Spirit UK adverts big gaff

This is an amusing one, I just watched a UK television advert for The Spirit and laughed my ass off when the quotes appeared from the usual suspects, you know the ones who always deliver for the studios so as to keep in their good books and always get the...

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Stalked: Bullock and Stallone, Boxleitner in Tron 2.0, The Wolf Man 2, Luhrmann's Gatsby

A quick round up of interesting stories that we missed just before Xmas. Sandra Bullock is joining Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables... Bruce Boxleitner, the hero from the first Tron, is joining Tron 2.0... Baz Luhrmann is talking about making a Great Gatsby film... Benicio del Toro is suggesting that there...

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December 27, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

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Danny Boyle made a huge leap with this film Slumdog Millionaire, heading to India and Bollywood and leaving behind Hollywood and whatever you could possibly think to call the British film industry. However it's already clear that his Slumdog Millionaire film is becoming a bit of a hit with the...

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December 26, 2008

Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Louise McGregor: Worst Rumours

Another Stalker's Top Ten, and for this one I'm turning to Louise. You'll have noticed her helping out on the site with news stories, she's a good friend from Edinburgh who shares a passion for writing, films and strangely also gaming! Her list is about the strangest film rumours that...

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Watchmen halted by courts

This is one hell of a shock, and one that stopped me from going to bed at the end of a long Xmas day. The news is that a Judge has ruled in favour of Fox in the ongoing legal battle between them and the studio who have made the...

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December 24, 2008

Films that give you that Xmas feeling

I've been struggling for a feature for Xmas this year, mainly because I'm really not in that Xmas feeling, and that sparked a thought, what is that Xmas feeling? For me it's about being nice to others without any selfish thought. Like yesterday I had a parking permit with thirty...

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The Thing not a prequel after all?

I was actually looking forward to the new version of The Thing, not because it was a remake but because it was going to be a prequel, the story of the Norwegian team that we briefly see at the start of John Carpenter's version as they chase the dog in...

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Disney scraps Narnia

Well it looks like the rumours we heard some time ago are true, Disney are planning on dropping the Narnia franchise and not making a third film, that's despite having a director, screenwriter and cast all in place and pre-production beginning on the film. However Walden Media is still on...

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Superb 9 trailer online

The trailer for 9, the animated film which promises some great animation and a wonderfully rich and intriguing story, has appeared online and it's well worth taking a look, this could be something rather special. From writer/director Shane Acker, starring the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly,...

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State of Play trailer online

The trailer for State of Play has also appeared online, strange day for all these trailers to appear, but that means there's not much competition, however I think even with competition this film would be doing well. State of Play is the Hollywood adaptation of the BBC miniseries and it...

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December 23, 2008

From Paris With Love trailer online

The trailer for From Paris With Love has arrived online and I'm praying that this is an extremely early draft that's been leaked unofficially, otherwise both Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Travolta are on a hiding to nothing, because it looks awful! Of course it is early days for the...

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Third Monsters vs. Aliens trailer online

There's a new trailer for Monsters vs. Aliens online and I do think it is rather disappointing in comparison to the others we've seen. There was one back in August and another one in November. I really loved the first, the second was almost as good, but this one I...

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Chow to turn down Kato?

A few days ago we heard that Stephen Chow was no longer directing The Green Hornet film, there was no real explanation why, the announcement was made other than creative differences. The news was that he would remain on to play Kato though, something I found difficult to understand if...

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Stalked: The Robe and Event Horizon on Blu-ray

Two Blu-ray releases sparked my eye the other day, one is the classic The Robe starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons, while the other is a rather underrated Event Horizon. Both are personal favourites of mine, and The Robe is a classic that seems to be getting a serious transfer,...

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One Week trailer online

Joshua Jackson hasn't really set the world alight for me since the days of Dawson's Creek, and to be fair he didn't really then, but even in his new on screen guises, such as Fringe, he still seems like Pacey to me. However maybe a leading role might change things,...

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Card talks Ender's Game film

Orson Scott Card has been talking about the film of his Ender's Game novel, a film that we've been waiting to hear more from for some time, and what he's been saying is both good and bad. Apparently the production we were waiting to see went down the tubes, mainly...

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Stalked: Fast and Furious poster, Owen in drug film, G-Force pictures, Winslet defends Reader

Fast and the Furious starring all the familiar faces from the series has a poster, and it's looking rather cool... Pictures have appeared online for G-Force, a film which will should not be confused with Gatchaman... Clive Owen is joining a drug cartel film called Cartagena... Meanwhile Kate Winslet has...

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Thick as Thieves International trailer online

The International trailer for Thick as Thieves has appeared online starring Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Rade Serbedzija and Tom Hardy. The film sees a retired master thief who's daughter gets involved with a younger thief who is growing in notoriety. As her father tries to persuade...

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The Birds remake continues

While writing about the death of Rosemary's Baby I missed something important, and why not after all that was one hell of an exciting and happy story. I missed the news about The Birds remake, which to balance it off is some very unexciting and depressing news. The remake continues,...

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Descent 2 reasoning revealed

It's hard to understand, well from my point of view anyway, why anyone would want to do a sequel to The Descent (Filmstalker review), but the sequel goes forward none the less with Neil Marshall producing, Jon Harris (the editor from the first film) directing, and a script from James...

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December 22, 2008

Thundercats film trailer online

A Thundercats film featuring Brad Pitt, Vin Diesel and Hugh Jackman, as well as a number of actors from other famous fantasy films sounds superb doesn't it? Well if only it were true, but this fake trailer makes it look like it really could happen. The real impressive thing behind...

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Rosemary's Baby remake killed?

The remake of Rosemary's Baby is dead, as dead as the remake of Near Dark, thank the lords. That's the good news, the bad news is that Platinum Dunes aren't dropping any other remakes, such as The Birds. Frankly they couldn't have made a better decision, especially after the reasoning...

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Hollywood's International Watch List 2008

We've seen the Black List that consists of the favourite scripts from Hollywood Executives, well this list is similar in that it's described as an unofficial list of the American film industry's favourite foreign feature and short films from the past year. Like the Black List this is compiled from...

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Stalked: New comic films and Sex and the City with werewolves

There are two rather interesting announcements for new scripts today, one is about a group of companies teaming up to develop five films from Arcana comic titles, some of which sound rather intriguing. The other is the announcement of a rather strange sounding horror film that could be described as...

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December 21, 2008

Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Dave Morrow

Next up on the Stalker's Top Ten lists of 2008 we have Dave Morrow. Dave is an old friend of mine and is responsible for getting me into Asian horror well before it was considered trendy and before Hollywood had even given it a second thought. His tastes in film,...

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December 20, 2008

Terminator Salvation models hide secret?

I noticed this the other day but hadn't got round to blogging about the new Terminator salvation model busts of the main characters. While there's nothing surprising about them, apart from another suggestion of hybrids, one model is completely blacked out. It seems that there's one Terminator that we're not...

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Batman 3 rumours real?

I've been purposefully avoiding talking about the insanity of the Batman 3 rumours that the extremely poor actor Eddie Murphy is set to play the Riddler and that Shia LaBeouf is set to play Robin because they're are so many reasons why it's complete rubbish and fabrication, and I wasn't...

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Cameron for Forbidden Planet trilogy?

The news on the J. Michael Straczynski written Forbidden Planet is insane right now. First up there's word that James Cameron is talking with him regarding directing, then there's word that this is meant to be a trilogy rather than one film, and finally what the plot is intended to...

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Judge Dredd film in development

It's very early days but it could just be that a Judge Dredd film has being green lit and will start development. I loved the idea of a Judge Dredd film, although I've always hoped for a Rogue Trooper film over anything else, and the casting of Sylvester Stallone was...

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The Reader featurette online

There's a superb twenty-two minute featurette online for The Reader featuring the lead cast members, producers, director and writers all talking about the film, the story, and each other, as well as the usual behind the scenes filming. It's a superb featurette that really does push you over the edge...

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Woo's Red Cliff II trailers online

Yes, I did say trailers, because a number of trailers have arrived online for John Woo's second Red Cliff film, and they're looking spectacular. Most aren't in English, but one has English subtitles and another has a nice voiceover for you to follow....

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Night at the Museum 2 trailer online

The trailer for Night at the Museum is online, it's billed as a teaser trailer but it seems like a rather long teaser and more like a proper trailer. It does have a couple of nice moments, and for me there was a decent laugh in the middle and it...

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December 19, 2008

Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike

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I was sent this out of the blue by the way, in a bundle of DVD's that I was keen to review. When I saw it I had no idea what it was and no desire to search it out, so I kept the suspense alive. My wife often says...

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Deepwater

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Deepwater is one of those films that could go either way, it carries an interesting cast with faces you'll recognise from a number of films but yet you've probably never heard of this one. Lucas Black, Peter Coyote, Mía Maestro, Lesley Ann Warren, Xander Berkeley, Michael Ironside and Kristen Bell....

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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Chris Rushworth

To start off this years Stalker's Top Ten we have a regular reader for many years, Chris Rushworth. He's going to bring us his top ten films of the year along with some honourable mentions, his most missed, disappointed and anticipated for 2009. For those of you who don't know,...

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Fincher on Chef film

Late last month we heard news about Keanu Reeves teaming up with David Fincher. The film is called Chef, but other than that details were sketchy. Now Fincher has been talking about the film, and what it's about. So far there isn't a serial killer in sight....

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Obsessed full trailer online - reveals all?

What the hell are these people who cut together trailers thinking? Why do they have to show the ending to a film, why can't they just set them up any more and leave us wanting more? Is it really that the film is so rubbish? Take the full trailer for...

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The Green Hornet loses director

It's interesting that the news out today tells us that Stephen Chow has left the directing duties of The Green Hornet over what is referred to as creative differences and yet will remain to star in the role of Kato. Creative differences usually means that there's a disagreement about the...

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Miller to direct Buck Rogers

Frank Miller better find another directing style quickly or one of my favourite science fiction shows from my youth is going to end up looking like Sin City (Filmstalker review) - “no, The Spirit doesn't look like Sin City” - well it is panto season, you should now shout... I'm...

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Stalked: RoboCop falters, Cruise to fly again, Jack Ryan returns

You could be forgiven after reading that title that we're talking about three remakes here, RoboCop, Top Gun and a new Jack Ryan film - okay the last isn't a remake, it's a sequel of sorts, but still, they're all returning to old pastures. Anyway it's not. Christopher McQuarrie is...

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Screen Actors Guilds Awards Nominations 2008

The nominations have arrived for the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008, and amazingly they've managed to stay out of striking to keep the list together - oh did you not know that they're STILL talking about striking? Talk about indecisive. I think they lost their leverage about six months ago....

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December 18, 2008

Bollywood looks to Mumbai

Bollywood is already considering how to bring the recent tragedy in Mumbai to the cinema according to the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association who have already accepted some twenty five registrations for film titles which relate to one of the two hotels that were under attack, the Oberoi hotel and...

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Beyoncé and Larter in Obsessed teaser

The first footage of Obsessed has appeared on the Interflab and it's pretty interesting, but there's something that smacks you in the face from about half way through, it's Fatal Attraction. Yeah we all knew that the story was similar, but looking at this you're going to think that it's...

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Iron Man 2 rumours

I'm not going to enter into the insanity of the Batman 3 rumours, but I am going to look at the Iron Man 2 rumours, after all that film is actually in development, Christopher Nolan hasn't even found a plot idea that would be worthwhile for the third Batman. So...

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Sinbad gains director?

Finally, the long talked about remake of Sinbad may just be getting a little kick forward as word comes today that Adam Shankman is in talks to help develop and direct the new story of Sinbad. The film has changed hands a number of times, but if Shankman signs up...

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Stalked: Maggie Q Fighter, Green Lantern rumour, Denis Leary reviews his films, The Family Hitchcock

The Family Hitchcock is a new film that sees a family put in danger during an overseas house swap... Maggie Q is in King of Fighters... Denis Leary is reviewing his own films in few words... Green Lantern may be next......

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December 17, 2008

Bacon in Footloose remake?

Kevin Bacon is looking forward to the remake of Footloose, and frankly why not? It's not as if he'll have to go and see it, or if he does he probably won't have to pay a fortune to go and have a hotdog and small juice. However he's more than...

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Fincher talks Heavy Metal

It looks as though David Fincher's plans for his Heavy Metal adaptation aren't going particularly well. He's been talking about the film and revealing that there doesn't seem to be any funding for the project. However he's positive, and the news of potential other directors on the project makes you...

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New Eden Log US trailer

A full US trailer is online for Eden Log. The French sci-fi film has been full of mystery so far. Each trailer has shown a little bit more, and this one is no different. I can't say I know exactly what's going on, but maybe that's not such a bad...

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Verbinski film on ill-effects of Role playing

Gore Verbinski's latest film has just been announced, no calm down it's not a Pirates of the Caribbean film, it's actually something entirely different, it's about role-playing games and the effect they have on people in real life. The film plans to look at those who play online role-playing games...

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Valkyrie accents defended

Bryan Singer has been defending the fact that the actors in his upcoming World War II film Valkyrie all use their native accents and not English language German accents. Valkyrie is the story of the plot by some leading Nazi figures, to assassinate Hitler in the late stages of World...

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Valkyrie clips, adverts and interviews

Valkyrie is promising to be a very strong film, Bryan Singer in charge of a superb cast from Britain and the U.S., and a Christopher McQuarrie co-written script, and to top it all it's a true and largely untold story outside of Germany. It's the story of German soldiers who...

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The Spirit clips, adverts, B-roll's and interviews

I've got a bunch of clips, B-roll's and interviews for Frank Miller's The Spirit, and what's best is that the interviews are with just about all the cast members and Frank Miller himself. There's quite a bit to see. The Spirit is the adaptation of the Will Eisner comic that...

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Stone of Destiny trailer online

The Stone of Destiny trailer is online here, for those of you who didn't know, it's about a group of students who steal back a relic of Scottish monarchy from the English museum it was displayed in and successfully manage to return it to Scotland, albeit for a brief period...

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Stalked: Priest, Freshman Roommates, H2, Harrison Ford

Scott Charles Stewart is doing Priest. Tracy Morgan is in Freshman Roommates. We have some potential H2 casting news. And Harrison Ford is definitely got Morning Glory....

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December 16, 2008

REC writer hits POD

The writer of [REC], Luis A. Berdejo, has a couple of other projects under his belt since the success of [REC], but the latest announced project is called POD and is a science fiction film. Not only is it his first science fiction film, but it's also the first English...

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New Tony Blair film

Tony Blair has already been the subject of two films, and he's on the way to a hat-trick. Following on from The Deal and The Queen, is a film based on his friendship with Bill Clinton. The man who wrote the first two, and is bringing us Frost/Nixon, is on...

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No Ocean's 14 without Bernie Mac

A fourth Oceans film has been talked about on and off for a while. But it looks like we won't be seeing Ocean's Fourteen. Steven Soderbergh says that following the death of Bernie Mac, he can't see it happening....

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Zombie making Halloween sequel

Rob Zombie is directing the sequel to Halloween, it's official. After remaking the first Halloween he's decided to make the sequel and, as predicted, he's not planning on remaking the second film. The Halloween sequel also has a title apparently, H2....

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AFI Awards 2008

The American Film Institute have popped there heads up with their official 2008 film selection, and while all the critics groups across America are naming theirs, the AFI have seemingly managed to capture a bit of everything, from the popular to the independent to the downright spectacular. Plus they've done...

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Stalked: Tron 2.0, Carla Gugino, Frank Lloyd Wright, Reese Witherspoon

Tron 2.0 has two cast members. Carla Gugino is starring in Elektra Luxx. Frank Lloyd Wright is getting the film treatment. And Reese Witherspoon is working with James L Brooks....

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December 15, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire writer's next novel optioned

The next novel from the writer Vikas Swarup, the author of Q&A which is the novel which was adapted into Slumdog Millionaire, has just had his next novel optioned. Having just seen Slumdog Millionaire nay two hours ago, I'd say this is an interesting prospect, even before reading anything about...

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Official X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer in HD

The official trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has arrived online, and it's also arrived in high definition. You'll be aware I already have the Wolverine trailer but in a bootlegged format, and I still have the Comic-Con trailer for viewing, but this is the official version and in high definition...

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New Moon spin begins

As Chris Weitz is officially announced as being the director of the Twilight sequel New Moon, the author Stephanie Meyer comes out to praise Catherine Hardwicke and pave the way for a sequel at the hands of Weitz, dispelling any hint of a rumour at unhappiness with any of it....

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Mossad exposed in new film

A script is currently being written that plans to open up the Mossad group to the world through a story of it's involvement in the disappearance of a nine year old boy in Jerusalem in the early 1960's. The scriptwriters have been talking about the story and reveal that it's...

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The Phantom sequel

Remember Billy Zane as The Phantom? The purple lycra clad superhero who was descended from a line of African heroes and is described as the ghost who walks? Well he's coming back, The Phantom is to get a sequel. Bruce Sherlock, a producer from the first film, is set to...

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The Crow remake

Stephen Norrington is set to write and direct a remake of The Crow. The man who brought us Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is looking to recreate the character in an entirely different light to the one we saw him in (or out of) in the Alex Proyas...

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Terminator Salvation sequel begins

Work on a fifth Terminator film has begun already, the studios are obviously impressed with what they are seeing from Terminator Salvation, and from McG. Especially from McG as it seems he's involved in the fifth film already, although no mention of directing has been made as yet. Obviously this...

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Ninja Assassin's Rain training

Who could imagine a western actor, never mind pop star, learning martial arts and most of their own stunts for a martial arts film? Well I can't, but Rain is doing just that for the upcoming film Ninja Assassin, and the stunt reel showing online tells us just how hard...

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December 14, 2008

Branagh talks Thor

Kenneth Branagh has been talking about Thor and why he would want to direct a superhero film, especially this one, and he's spoken about it during a press junket for Valkyrie. The way he speaks about Thor, or The Mighty Thor as the character is also called, it seems he's...

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Joe Carnahan quits blogging

Joe Carnahan, the writer and director of Smokin' Aces, Narc, and the upcoming White Jazz and Killing Pablo, has been blogging on and off for some time now over at Smokin' Joe Carnahan, and he's provided one of the more personable celebrity blogs there are. However now he's calling it...

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The Brøken (The Broken) U.S. trailer online

The Broken has received a U.S. trailer and it's looking rather frightening and very driven, from this trailer it looks an amazingly powerful film that's set to scare the pants off the audience. Sean Ellis' The Brøken (The Broken) tells the story of a woman who is convinced she's just...

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer online

So there's finally a trailer online for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although I've still got the very first trailer showing for X-Men Origins: Wolverine from Comic-Con, this is the first one bootlegged from showing in the cinema over the weekend. The trailer shows a hardened Wolverine out for revenge, hints of...

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December 13, 2008

McG reveals more Terminator Salvation spoilers

There's tons of speculation around Terminator Salvation and the secrets it holds, and we've talked about a lot of them here before, and a recent article about the film has given McG the opportunity to talk about the film, as well as give a couple of lines that might just...

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Karate Kid remake in China

The remake of The Karate Kid, with Will Smith producing and his son Jaden Smith starring in the lead, is making quite a few changes with the original story, and the latest one has the entire story relocating to China. Now that may not be such a big deal, but...

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Marley and Me backlash (ending spoilers)

Although I absolutely hate people revealing the end of films for others, this is a well known story, or it at least is now that the story is being made into a Hollywood film called Marley and Me, and the way it's being revealed is rather amusing, if very unfair....

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December 12, 2008

Near Dark remake killed by Twilight?

It's weird, in Hollywood if a film is successful all the studios leap on the bandwagon, if they haven't done already, and make films on the same subjects. We've seen it time and time again, and it keeps happening. Now though the opposite is happening, because Twilight is a hit,...

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Knowing trailer online in HD

The new trailer for Knowing has been released, and it reveals something a little extra that the original didn't. Sure there are some hugely improved action sequences with some riveting effects shots, but that's not what caught my eye, it's the two new story reveals. Before we just thought that...

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Wolverine talks Deadpool and Gambit

Wolverine, aka Hugh Jackman, has been talking about his latest film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and been paying a lot of lip service to characters other than his own, mainly Deadpool and Gambit. Gambit is a character that the X-Men fans have been wanting to see arrive for sometime, and Jackman...

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Nightmare on Elm Street remake news

The remake of Nightmare on Elm Street really is going ahead, and it looks like it's happening with a lot of momentum as well as some loving care. No, really. It does seem as though the producers are going ahead with what the essence of Freddy is all about, they...

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Blade remake?

Well in the current climate of Hollywood remakes are everything, and David S. Goyer isn't adverse to the idea when he was interviewed recently and asked about the future of Blade. There may have been a time when he was sick of vampires, but it seems there's a spark of...

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Goyer talks Invisible Man

David S. Goyer has confirmed the story we already knew, X-Men Origins: Magneto is on hold until after Wolverine, although he does reveal that it's more than just on hold, it's actually waiting to see if Wolverine is successful or not before they go ahead and make it. Wise, but...

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December 11, 2008

Banlieue 13: Ultimatum, aka Banlieue 14, trailer online

The first trailer for Banlieue 13: Ultimatum is online and it's looking pretty powerfil stuff, District 13 with way more. Although it comes from a different director, Patrick Alessandrin, Luc Besson wrote the screenplay and Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle both return to provide some spectacular action....

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Golden Globes 2008 nominees

The nominees for the Golden Globes 2008 have been announced, and I'm just going to take a short stroll through them all and see what's what. There are some total surprises, like Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor, and some obvious choices like Kirsten Scott Thomas for Best Actress. Wait...

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Stone's President Chavez documentary

Oliver Stone is one controversial director, and one of his favourite topics are public figures, Presidents to be exact, and while he's had a crack at three U.S. Presidents directly, he's going abroad for his next, and also moving into the factual realm. For his latest outing he's going to...

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Torso still on

We've been hearing about another Elliot Ness story for some time, you know the main character from The Untouchables, and that story was going to be Torso, a serial killer hunt type film based on a graphic novel. However word came out the other week that Paramount had let the...

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Stalker's Top Tens 2008

Hello readers, well it's getting dangerously close to Xmas and I'm still short on presents, and while I was hearing that it's only fourteen sleeps left till the big day I thought “it's time for the Stalker's Top Ten's”. So here we are. What are the Stalker's Top Tens you...

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Stalked: Star Trek, Ben Stiller, Atlantis Rising

The new Star Trek will have a familiar voice. Ben Stiller is replacing Mark Ruffalo. And Atlantis Rising could soon have a writer....

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December 10, 2008

Hollywood's black list looks grey

I've just seen Hollywood's Black List for 2008, the list that has the scripts read by executives and their assistants that have been the best received of the year. Now be careful on that, it means the executives and assistants of all levels, and it's their personal likes. Looking at...

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Hardwicke's Twilight departure explained?

Catherine Hardwicke may have left the Twilight franchise after just one film for a number of reasons, none of them include a falling out with the studio. They may all revolve around time scales, budgets and casting issues. It seems that she genuinely thought there was just not enough time...

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International Watchmen trailer

There is a new trailer online for Watchmen. Well I say new, most of it is footage we have seen before. But there are a few new shots in there. I'm still not tired of watching these trailers. I might start a lawsuit to get it released earlier, never mind...

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Full Dragonball Evolution trailer

The full trailer for Dragonball Evolution is online. Justin Chatwin, James Marsters and Chow Yun-Fat are amoung the stars. After the trailer I atleast have an inkling of what is going on. I'm just don't think I'm anymore interested though....

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Jurassic Park 4 still on?

Jurassic Park IV may still be happening, albeit without the producers who were once working so hard to bring it back to life. We heard from Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy two days ago that they weren't working on getting Jurassic Park IV off the ground anymore and that it...

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The Last Airbender casting

The first casting has appeared for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, and it looks like the film is going for newcomers and casting young unknowns in the various roles. There are some major casting announcements already made and they may seem rather surprising as there's not a big star...

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Terminator Salvation trailer online in HD

The trailer for Terminator Salvation that we just caught yesterday leaking out of Japan has now arrived in glorious Quicktime high definition, and to complement it I've grabbed a few screenshots of some interesting moments. The trailer, as we saw yesterday, is superb, but now it's in all its high...

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Powder Blue trailer online

The trailer for the big name starrer Powder Blue has arrived online and it looks fantastic. Yes it has Jessica Biel playing a stripper and the trailer really does concentrate on that, but it carries a visual power that really does grab hold of you. Starring Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker,...

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Stalked: Wolfman, Brad Pitt, Blowback, Chipmunks 2

Wolfman is one of a few films changing release dates. Brad Pitt is definitely getting lost in the Amazon. Blowback has a director. And the Chipmunk sequel has a director too....

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December 9, 2008

New Terminator Salvation trailer

Since the original teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation, we have been waiting for a proper one. Well now a new trailer is online at last. It's a Japanese version, but only the subtitles are in the language. The trailer looks good, and includes shots of the new Terminators. Has McG...

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The Proposal trailer online

The trailer for the ill sounding The Proposal has arrived online, and it's right here for you to see. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, it tells the story of a hard business woman about to be deported from her job in America for being an illegal Canadian immigrant. Quick...

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Weitz to direct New Moon?

Could Chris Weitz be up to direct New Moon, the sequel to the highly successful Twilight? That's the rumour that's floating around and frankly it sounds a much better match for the feel of the franchise than Catherine Hardwicke was. Don't get me wrong, I think Hardwicke could have made...

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Watchmen footage on i-Tunes

The footage of Watchmen which was shown at Comic-Con, is now online for you to see. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, you need i-Tunes to see it. The 30 second clip shows Rorschach close up, and also Doctor Manhattan. I'm already wondering how they made him look that good....

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Reeves playing Asian Samurai

Keanu Reeves is going to be playing a Samurai in 47 Ronin, an Asian Samurai no less, not a western man who has become one. There's nothing like shoe-horning a star into a role, and this looks like a really good case of it, especially when you see the article...

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Ford turns against type

Harrison Ford is back, or that's what the Box Office for Indiana Jones would have us believe, the actual film wasn't a patch on the originals but it's got to be said that it's better than the films he's shown us before. Firewall (Filmstalker review) springs to mind as a...

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Butler and Aniston in romantic adventure

I've been concerned that perhaps Gerard Butler was going to be heading down the romantic comedy route a bit too much and not developing the rest of his career, and the announcement that he is in negotiations with Jennifer Aniston to star in a romantic adventure film suggests he's not...

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Affleck's directing Arizona

Ben Affleck is fantastic behind the camera, that he's already proven with Gone Baby Gone, in fact I'd say that he's better behind than he is in front (innuendo's abound) and now his next directorial project may be here and it sounds another cracking film. Arizona is again based on...

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Updated: Filmstalker adds Google Friend Connect

Yesterday I added Google Connect to Filmstalker, it's an ongoing process and later today you'll see more added to the site, and as widgets develop you'll see more and more. It's not the only thing you might not have noticed, and I'll go through a few of the other features...

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December 8, 2008

Bourne 4 is The Parsifal Mosaic?

A fourth Jason Bourne film was confirmed a while ago, and the makers now have access to all Robert Ludlum's novels. With that in mind, the next Bourne film may be based on a book not about the man himself. The inspiration for Bourne 4, may come from The Parsifal...

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The Dark Knight live, interactive director's commentary

There's a stunning feature on the Blu-ray release for The Dark Knight - a live, interactive commentary from the director Christopher Nolan. Yes, live and interactive, that means you can ask him questions as you watch the film at the same time as he's watching it. Sounds incredible doesn't it?...

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Ledger wins awards for Joker

Heath Ledger is winning awards for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, or is he? Is he perhaps winning awards because he's a dead actor? Both the Australian Film Institute and the Washington D.C. Film Critics have awarded Heath Ledger and his Joker performance an award within...

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No Forrest Gump II after 9/11

Any news on Forrest Gump II has been slow going, and has dried up a bit recently. The last we heard was the usual thing, there was a script and some rumours of movement. But now the screenwriter behind the original, and the man who wrote the sequel, has explained...

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Gibson joins Fast and Furious

Tyrese Gibson is joining Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast and Furious, the fourth in the Fast and the Furious series. Now all we need is Lucas Black to sign up and they'd have every major actor who played a heroic lead from the series back in. Michelle Rodriguez...

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Nolan outlining third Batman

Christopher Nolan has revealed that he's working on some rough outlines for a third Batman film, trying to bring together a trilogy. However there's bad news in there too, the news that although he's been working on ideas, nothing worthy of a film has made it forward yet. Historically there...

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Twilight sequel loses director

New Moon, the sequel to the guaranteed money earner Twilight, is now officially director-less after the studio announced that Catherine Hardwicke won't be directing the second in the series. Apparently there was a fair bit of friction between the director and the studio, something that you might not have been...

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Craig repeats no Bond Trilogy

Back in October I wrote about Daniel Craig saying no to a Quantum of Solace sequel, no to the Bond trilogy, and now he's repeating it again with almost the same wording. He doesn't want the third in the series, and it would seem he is indeed tired of this...

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Rourke says no Sin City 2

It's all a bit confusing for Mickey Rourke at the moment as well as for the audience who are awaiting Sin City 2, as we might be hearing from Frank Miller and Rosario Dawson that the film is a go, but from Mickey Rourke we're hearing something a little different....

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Jurassic Park 4 dead?

It would seem that the plans for a fourth Jurassic Park film are over, and frankly we should be thankful for that, after all what are they going to do this time? How about have a theme park built with man made creatures who turn against their makers? Oh, that's...

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Stalked: Heath Ledger, Uwe Boll, Escape, Six Days Till Midnight

Heath Ledger has won a posthumous award for The Dark Knight. Uwe Boll is going apocalyptic. Escape has a writer on board. And David R. Ellis has Six Days Till Midnight....

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December 7, 2008

Eva Longoria as The Wasp?

The only cast iron news we have on The Avengers so far, is that Robert Downey Jr will be in it. Other than Tony Stark though, the cast is a bit thin on the ground at the minute. Enter a rumoured new cast member, Eva Longoria as The Wasp....

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Stalked: The Spirit, Len Wiseman, Amy Adams, Dragonball

We have a new TV spot for The Spirit. Len Wiseman is directing Atlantis Rising. Amy Adams is thinking up her Ten Best Days. And Dragonball has an earth shattering name change, except not really....

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December 6, 2008

Sin City 2 is on

It looks like we might finally get a chance to see Sin City 2 as now the second voice from the cast and crew speaks out about the intended start date, Rosario Dawson, and she's confirming what Frank Miller has already said. While Miller said that the script and date...

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Alien 5 with no Alien?

Rumours of a fifth Alien film never seem to go away. Every now and then, news comes out that Sigourney Weaver might be interested, only for nothing to happen. But she has been talking about it again, and it sounds like she and Ridley Scott are seriously thinking about it....

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Smith talks I Am Legend prequel

I enjoyed I Am Legend (Filmstalker review) , I thought it was a great film, although let down by the ending which tried to deliver both Hollywood and non-Hollywood at the same time, the ending on the DVD was much, much better. However the idea of a prequel seemed somewhat...

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December 5, 2008

No crane kick for new Karate Kid

The Karate Kid remake has just annoyed me even more. Yes, I didn't think it was possible either. The pointless remake, just got even more pointless. Seems Jaden Smith, son of Will, wants to do away with the Crane kick. This remake makes me want to shove my fingers in...

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Miller talks Sin City 2

Sin City 2 has been in development for, well for what seems like ages. We've heard before that the script was finished, and ready to go. And still nothing. Well now Frank Miller says the script is finished, and they could be ready to go in April. Not only that...

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Singer not directing Superman: Man of Steel?

Although there's no official confirmation as yet, there is a rather big hint that Bryan Singer may not be directing the new Superman film, Superman: Man of Steel, but that he might still be involved in the production. He was talking about the film and managed to successfully avoid answering...

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Aronofsky remaking The Fountain

Although Darren Aronofsky isn't exactly remaking his own film The Fountain, he has revealed that he's going to be re-editing it with footage that has ever been seen before to make a different telling of the story. He says it would be more of an alternative version, something that sounds...

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Weaver and Murray on Ghostbusters III

Signourney Weaver seems to be on for the third Ghostbusters film, and not only that but she has some great ideas to explore for the third film. She also reveals that she's due to get in touch with Bill Murray next week, hopefully about Ghostbusters....

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Hancock 2 confirmed

According to Will Smith Hancock 2 is a go, repeat, Hancock 2 is a go. He says that we'll definitely be seeing a sequel to the film within the next few years. You may find that surprising, but it's happening according to the man himself, and he should know. That...

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I Love You Phillip Morris three minute trailer

A three minute promotional trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris has appeared online, the film starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay prison inmate lovers. Now there's an attention grabbing sentence. The film is based on a novel by Steve McVicker (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk) which is itself based...

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New Friday the 13th trailer online

There's a new trailer for Friday 13th online and it's a corker. Okay it does give away short snippets to thirteen of the killings, and these might be all the killings they are – actually I've just thought about that and realised that's a huge give away, now you'll know...

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December 4, 2008

Stevenson to direct Punisher 3?

We haven't even seen Punisher: War Zone yet, but Lexi Alexander is already talking about a sequel. Except she isn't intending on directing it. Rumour has it that she is pushing for the star of the film, Ray Stevenson, to direct any sequel....

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Donkey Punch R rated trailer

There's a new trailer online for Donkey Punch (Filmstalker review), a cracking British film that would have been superb if it hadn't gone just a little too far. Speaking of going too far, that's exactly what the new R rated trailer does, not in the R rated stakes, oh no,...

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Terminator Salvation trailer teased

Really, that says it all. You'll see the hype egging you on, thinking that perhaps the trailer is here. Well it's not. It won't be showing until Tuesday on Entertainment Tonight, however there are some very quick flashes from the trailer online, and a few words from the lead character....

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Brand remaking Arthur?

There's a report that Russell Brand is looking to take the helm of a film series that a great British comedian once made his own, a franchise that may have dwindled through misconceptions about the comic himself, but was still charming, touching, and an enjoyment to watch. I am talking...

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They Live next Carpenter remake

Everything John Carpenter seems to be heading for the remake bin at the moment, The Fog, The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13 (Filmstalker review), and so on. Now though it's really distressing news as word arrives that they're going to remake They Live....

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Romancing the Stone remake

I'm seeing some strange decisions in Hollywood of late but here's one of the strangest, remaking the classic and star heavy Romancing the Stone. The film starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito to the fore, made an incredible on screen partnership which lasted a number of films, and...

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JMS talks World War Z

I suddenly have fears for World War Z, and that's even after the superb writer J. Michael Straczynski has spoken out about the script and what his angle is for the story. My biggest fear is how he describes the project and what film he thinks is the closest to...

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Che Part 1 trailer in multiple formats

Steven Soderbergh's Che is already shaping up to be an epic of a film, or rather two films, and not just in time or scale but in final production as well. From all accounts the two films are supremely strong and offer a fantastic insight into the man, the legend...

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The Day the Earth Stood Still trailer in multiple formats

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a film that really has me perplexed, for I'm not sure if it's going to turn out to be a standard blockbuster or something with a little more meat, because the trailers I've seen to date suggest both. What do you think it's...

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Stalked: Hilary Swank, Dark Shadows, The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Hilary Swank is The Resident. Dark Shadows will start filming next summer. And Nicolas Cage may have a co-star in The Sorcerer's Apprentice....

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December 3, 2008

Zoolander sequel?

One of my favourite comedy films may be getting a sequel. Ben Stiller is mulling over a second Zoolander film. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it made me laugh. Seven years after the original, and Stiller seems to be taking his time over this one....

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New Che trailer

A new US trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Che is online, this time including some English language lines. Soderbergh's bio-pic is so long it's split into two films. This trailer makes it look pretty epic, and it also looks like a great performance from Benicio Del Toro....

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Watchmen gets shorter

Zach and Deborah Snyder, have been talking about the Watchmen film. They say although the end length of the film has not been decided, it is slowly getting shorter. It currently sits at 2 hours and 35 minutes, a substantial length. He also has told us how long the directors...

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Ray Winstone joins Cleopatra

I was fairly surprised, when we found out in October that Steven Soderbergh was making a musical about Cleopatra. Not any musical either, a 3-D, live action ,rock and roll musical no less. With two main stars already either cast, or close to it, Ray Winstone has been cast as...

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Director back on Justice League

Apparently the "inside source" that said George Miller was off of the Justice League film was wrong, and according to official representatives Miller is still on the film and the project is still being developed. Well, going back to what I was saying in the now false announcement, I don't...

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Stalked: Kirsten Stewart, David Fincher, Veronica Mars

Kirsten Stewart will play Joan Jett. David Fincher's Eliot Ness is up in the air. And Veronica Mars is not rushing it's way to cinemas....

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Stalked: Depp and Dante, McKidd as Thor, Alexander for Jonah Hex, Errol Flynn by Noyce, Joan Jett by Twilight star

Johnny Depp is producing a film about the investigation of Dante's manuscript for The Divine Comedy... Kevin McKidd is still on for Thor it would seem... Lexi Alexander could be the next one up for Jonah Hex... Philip Noyce looks set to direct Errol Flynn's 1935 film Captain Blood... Kirsten...

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December 2, 2008

Gibson rejects Mad Max 4 script

Mad Max 4 seems to be one of those films that sits in the ether with not much happening on it. And after a long time going nowhere, it still appears to be stuck in neutral. The director George Miller has talked about what the latest news is. And he...

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Del Toro too busy for The Witches?

We heard some time ago that Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón were set to adapt another Roald Dahl story when Del Toro suggested The Witches, and even produced a script in lightning time. Cuarón loved the script and the project moved forward with Cuarón set to direct. However news...

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Roger Moore's life story in film?

Roger Moore, that legendary actor who took over James Bond and made the role his own, despite working under the shadow of Sean Connery, has just released his autobiography My Word is Bond. It looks as though his lilfe time exploits are set to be captured on film, and if...

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Forbidden Planet film not a remake

You know it's as if we're hearing this phrase on every project that bears a direct resemblance to a remake. Have a film titled the same as a previous film and with an amazingly similar plot that originally has the script being taken from the original script/film/novel? Well that'll not...

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Speed sequel not remake?

There's word out today, and it is still heavy rumour, that there may be another Speed film in the works, something that Dennis Hopper once revealed when he had Speed 3 on his slate and then verbally attacked it. Well it seems the script that is doing the rounds for...

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Australia lacklustre in Australia?

For a film which is essentially about a country, Australia's world opening weekend in the country that the film features hasn't really done as well as expected, and while box office reports are strong, they aren't amazing, and that's surprising considering it's opening in thirty more screens than Pirates of...

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Rob Zombie back for Halloween 2?

Word was that Rob Zombie's Halloween remake was to be getting a sequel, and the rumour was apparently that the makers of Inside, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, were to be the ones given the task. Well it seems not as they have moved away from the studio and the...

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Stalked: Shia LaBeouf, Ray Stevenson, Martin Scorsese, Juliette Lewis

Shia LaBeouf is The Associate. Ray Stevenson is trying to kill Denzel Washington. Martin Scorsese is heading telling Falcon's Tale. And Juliette Lewis is joining Sympathy for Delicious...

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December 1, 2008

Ceaser not an Apes remake

Well apparently the new film Ceaser from writer/director Scott Frank is not what we thought it was, and he's saying that this isn't a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, something I had already begun thinking considering how many stories were being missed out between the first...

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Update: Beverly Hills Cop 4 story details

One of the endless sequels/reboots underway is Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is back, and Brett Ratner is directing. But what can we expect? Well we have an idea now, as story details for the film have appeared online. [Richard] They appeared online and then we're all getting hit...

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Scott's Nottingham plot revealed

Finally we get to hear some news to clear up the confusion around Nottingham, Ridley Scott's new version of the classic Robin Hood tale which is set to star Russell Crowe. The confusion had been that Crowe was going to play both the Sheriff of Nottingham role and the Robin...

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Justice League drops Director

Finally we get word that George Miller is off the film version of Justice League of America. We'd been hearing some seriously mixed rumours that he was struggling to get the film made and it had a lot to do with location and budget. Now it looks like he won't...

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Fame remake gains big names

I'm not surprised at the casting list for the Fame remake, it's not exactly a big surprise for one of the names as we already heard she was returning, but for the other two names there's a big television star connection. Already you can see this isn't going to be...

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A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël) trailer online

Now here's a little more class on the trailer front, Un conte de Noël aka A Christmas Tale has already been released in France, Belgium and Denmark, and is due for release in Canada on my Birthday, Norway the day after Xmas and Italy and the UK in January. The...

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South of the Border trailer online

Oh dear me. Most countries have had the pleasure of the film South of the Border but not Europe, but that all changes from December through to April with a UK release in January. The title doesn't make sense in any other country than the U.S., so it's called, wait...

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Tr2n (Tron 2) title change and plot reveal

Although most people seem to have missed it, Filmstalker still has the footage from ComicCon about Tr2n aka Tron 2, or TRZ as rumour suggests the new film will be called. Yes, it's managed to get another ridiculous title. Perhaps soon they'll realise that Tron 2 is a great idea,...

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Planet of the Apes sequel gains director

While the title of the story says it all there's something much more interesting about the news of the assignment of a director to the project, more for what he has written and directed before than anything else. However the story also confirms that we're not just looking at a...

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