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February 28, 2009

Crowe talks Bill hicks film

Russell Crowe has been talking about his upcoming film Robin Hood and is very clear that everyone behind the film wants to make the best Robin Hood story ever, after all he's a fan of the film from his childhood days. However it's not the marketing chat on that film...

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The Invisible Man sequel

David S. Goyer has revealed that he's writing a sequel to H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and he's been speaking about his intentions for how the story picks up as a sequel to the story, and how Wells may have intended this from the beginning. The Invisible...

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Jackie Chan goes serious

Jackie Chan can act. It might surprise you, but he can, although you might have to go back to his pre-Hollywood days to see it, but he can and it looks like he's set to return to his acting and leave the comedy behind, finally. He's starring in Shinjuku Incident...

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Watchmen actor/character interviews

There are some video clips online for the Watchmen as the marketing machine picks up the film to build hype amongst the non-internet users and particularly the non-comic book fans, and I think it's working, particularly the television adverts, but will the audience go to the film for the right...

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Zack Snyder on The Dark Knight Returns

We are never far away from a Zack Snyder story these days, what with the Watchmen release just round the corner. Less than a week away people. And someone has taken the opportunity to ask Snyder about the possibility of him taking on The Dark Knight Returns....

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Stalked: Barker on Hellraiser, Fry on Horsley, Jackson on Fury, Aphrodite IX, Suicide Squad, Routh on Dead of Night

Clive Barker has been talking about the Hellraiser remake and that Pinhead effects shot... Stephen Fry is producing a film about Sebastian Horsley... Samuel L. Jackson is signed as Nick Fury for Iron Man 2 and much more... Aphrodite IX is to be adapted for film... Suicide Squad gets a...

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Stalked: Drew Barrymore, Damn Yankees, Seth Green, The B Team

Could Drew Barrymore be directing Eclipse? Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are starring in Damn Yankees. Seth Green is voicing Mars Needs Moms. And Adam McKay is directing Will Ferrell again....

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February 27, 2009

Franklyn

Film Three Stars
Franklyn sounded like a great concept film, intertwining stories of people and their relationships in a city across time and parallel universes, all of whom are brought together by a single bullet. Sounds exciting and intriguing doesn't it? Well it's much more than the blurb suggests, and on some investigation...

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Narnia franchise saved?

It looks like the Narnia franchise has been saved as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has just had a writer attached. It seems as though Walden have signed the writer to rewrite the script rather than choose the one already written by Richard LaGravanese for Disney. Perhaps Fox 2000...

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New Friday the 13th sequel of the remake

Word is that a Friday the 13th sequel is on the go, that's a sequel to the recent remake, and that this sequel will follow from the remake, not any of the original films that were made. Apparently the reason is simple, the producers don't like the story ideas that...

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Murphy to play Pryor?

The rumour out today is that Eddie Murphy is set to play Richard Pryor. Now while there are some immediate comparisons in terms of they are both black comedians, both successful, although Pryor much more so, and both had a harder edged act, it's fair to say that as a...

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Stalked: Real Rocky director, Banderas joins Woody, Shake Hands With the Devil

The biographical film of Rocky Marciano has a director... Antonio Banderas has signed up for the latest Woody Allen film... Shake Hands With the Devil is to get a U.S. release......

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February 26, 2009

Hopkins King Lear cancelled

Well to be fair it hadn't really started, but the story has come out that the Anthony Hopkins lead film version of King Lear seems to have been cancelled and will be no more, despite the additional cast of Keira Knightley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts who would be playing...

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Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury

As one actor leaves Iron Man 2, another steps in. Samuel L Jackson will be coming back as Nick Fury. And he could be in anything up to nine Marvel films. It wasn't looking good a while back. But his people have obviously talked to their people, and they are...

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Emily Blunt on losing Black Widow

Emily Blunt was first choice to play Black Widow in the sequel to Iron Man. However some contract shenanigans meant she has had to turn it down, so she can go be in Gulliver's Travels. Now she has talked about leaving the project, and she sounds a bit disappointed. Wouldn't...

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50 Cent making Saints Row film

50 Cent, who is about to have a video game released with himself as the central character, is now looking to adapt the video game Saints Row into a film. Right now he is optioning the rights to the property and looks set to try and make it into a...

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Arthur remakes gains writer

It was in December last year when we heard that there was a remake of Arthur coming, the classic comedy with Dudley Moore and Sir John Gielgud. Then we heard that Russell Brand was being lined up to take the leading role, in fact he was going to Warner Bros....

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Total Recall to be remade

Yes everyone is screaming about the remake of Total Recall, but it doesn't stop us having a voice too, and boy do I have an opinion on this one. Still I suspect it will be similar to everyone else's – what the hell are Hollywood doing? Are they just going...

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The NeverEnding Story to restart?

Oh help us. This is getting depressing. The NeverEnding Story, which we thought had died a death on video and DVD, is likely getting resurrected in order to cash in on the already made idea projects, the already there audience, save money, and save on having to create something original....

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Stalked: Eliza Dushku, Cate Blanchett, Suicide Squad

Eliza Dushku is producing The Perfect Moment. Cate Blanchett is officially Maid Marian. And Warner Bros. is making the Suicide Squad....

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February 25, 2009

2009 Golden Raspberry Awards, aka The Razzies

The winners or losers, depending on how you look on it, of the Golden Raspberry Awards, aka The Razzies, have been announced. I'm not sure if they are the 2009 or 2008 awards, it really depends on how you look at it, but this year's have been announced. You can...

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Verheiden writing Quartermain

Mark Verheiden is set to write a script called Quatermain for Disney. Set to be a science fiction film, the plot is being kept under wraps for now and there's no clear idea of what the film is about. However I think I have an idea, and it's all in...

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Pics 'n' Clips: Romero's of the dead featurette, Watchmen three minutes, Rourke in The Informers

There are a few clips online that range from pretty interesting to pretty boring, in fact if I'm being honest the interesting one is the three minutes of Rorschach in Watchmen and the boring ones are both the George A. Romero's ...of the Dead behind the scenes camera phone filmed...

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Yogi Bear the 3D film

Eric Brevig has been set to direct a film about Yogi Bear, and guess what it's going to be in glorious 3D, so expect goofs galore flying at the screen. For some reason the studios are continuing to push this gimmick from way back. What is a complete killer about...

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Stalked: Blanchett replaces Maid Miller, Vinnie in Smokin' Aces: Blowback, Ejiofor in Salt, Godkiller plot

Cate Blanchett replaces Sienna Miller as Maid Marion in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood... Godkiller has a really interesting plot and a line up including Lance Henriksen... Vinnie Jones has joined Smokin' Aces: Blowback... Chiwetel Ejiofor may join Salt......

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Clue remake for Verbinski

It hardly bears thinking about, but the next remake is for the 1985 comedy Clue, or rather it's an adaptation of the boardgame from the current Hasbro deal that has every board game that has even the vaguest whiff of a film story in it being made into a film....

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Rogen talks Gondry's Green Hornet

Seth Rogen has already been talking about the possibility of Michel Gondry directing The Green Hornet, and he's hugely excited at the prospect. What's more Gondry has already been working on the film. The news just came out the other day, and it seemed really strange that the director of...

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Stalked: Melissa Leo, Ellen DeGeneres, Studio deals, Film release dates

Melissa Leo is laying down the law in Betty Anne Waters. Ellen DeGeneres is back in animated films. Matt Damon, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are close to a studio deal. And we have some release dates for Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and a few others....

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February 24, 2009

Gondry directing Green Hornet

Michael Gondry, director of films like Be Kind Rewind (Filmstalker review) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, seems to be in negotiations for a film that you might not expect him to be directing, The Green Hornet. Yes Seth Rogen's film version of the television series The Green Hornet...

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Alex Proyas on Dracula Year Zero and The Tripods

Alex Proyas has talked about two of his upcoming projects, Dracula Year Zero and The Tripods. Looks like Dracula Year Zero could be his next film, and we could be seeing a Tripods trilogy....

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New Crank 2 High Voltage trailer

A new trailer is online for Crank 2: High Voltage. We saw the full trailer not long ago. This is the UK version ahead of the release on Friday this week. This one is a bit shorter, but it still looks like good fun. Action, violence and Statham getting close...

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New Scream trilogy?

There's a lot of rumour around a restart of the Scream franchise, or reboot if you prefer, and we've heard a number of different rumours to date. The latest is an alleged screen capture of an electronic message from the desk of someone in the William Morris Intranet revealing that...

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New The Mutant Chronicles trailer online

There's a new trailer for The Mutant Chronicles online. That's funny I thought when I saw it, because wasn't it released at the end of last year, some time around October? Well it was, but not to the U.S. So in a nice turnaround for a change, America is waiting...

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Stalked: Penn and Watts in Fair Game, Cusack and Corddry in Hot Tub, Watts, Pinto and Woody

Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto have joined Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in Woody Allen's latest film... John Cusack and Rob Corddry have joined the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine... Sean Penn is in talks to join Naomi Watts in Fair Game......

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February 23, 2009

Do you really want 3D films?

I make no secret of it but I hate 3D films, partly because of the need to throw things at the camera and utilise the 3D effects at every opportunity, and partly because of the need for coloured glasses, hindering the usual view of a film on a big screen...

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Zack Snyder to do Sucker Punch

Following the mammoth undertaking that was Watchmen, Zach Snyder says he is finally going to make Sucker Punch as his next film. And they already have a star in mind. We first heard of this one in 2007. Alice in Wonderland with guns anyone?...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featurette online

There's a featurette on-line for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and it's got quite a bit more footage. One thing that's clear from it all is that the budget for special effects has increased as has the dramatic element of the story. This looks much more perilous for Harry...

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Twilight 3 greenlit, surprised?

Twilight was successful enough with the Twits, Twats, Tweens, Twilfs, whatever you'd like to call the Twilight fans, that they greenlit the second in the series New Moon, and while that is hardly out of conception and into the infancy of production, the studio have leapt on the third book...

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Blunt officially off Iron Man 2?

Emily Blunt looks to be officially off Iron Man 2. Her commitment to Gulliver's Travels looks like finally putting an end to her chances of playing Black Widow. Not only that but a wrestler thinks he is up for a role as a villain. Just another day, in the busy...

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Ghostbusters 3 filming in September?

Ghostbusters 3 has been much talked about with not much happening. A script has been in development since last year, and some of the original actors seem to be dancing around the subject. Now Dan Ackroyd has been asked what is happening, and it looks like filming could start this...

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Gran Torino

Film Four Stars
Who wouldn't be excited by the prospect of what could possibility be the last performance of Clint Eastwood on screen, a performance that people are claiming harks back to his Dirty Harry days and, from many reports, is one of the best of his career. I certainly was. Yet the...

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Oscar 2009 previews including Terminator Salvation, Sherlock Holmes, Public Enemies, Amelia

From the Oscar show credits come a multitude of short clips from some upcoming films, who knows how they chose some of them, and we get everything from Terminators to Gerbils. The credits include G-Force, Up, Monsters vs. Aliens, Funny People, Imagine That, 500 Days of Summer, Julie & Julia,...

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2009 Academy Award Oscar Winners

So the 2009 Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, have finished. While I slept soundly the awards were walked through and the winners checked off. However there were some surprises this year both good and bad. Best Film and Best Actor may not have been what you expected, and while other...

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February 22, 2009

Full S.Darko trailer

Time for news on the straight to DVD sequel to Donnie Darko. S.Darko concentrates on Donnie's sister, Samantha. She is now plagued by hallucinations, and we are supposed to care. The full trailer is now online. And guess what? I still hate the idea....

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Smith Family Robinson?

We already know that the Will Smith likes to keep it in the family. He and Jaden Smith are working together on The Karate Kid remake. Now the Smith family could be starring altogether, in a remake of The Swiss Family Robinson....

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Shrek Goes Fourth plot revealed?

Shrek Goes Fourth has been in development for a while now, but with very few details. Now we have what could be the plot for the fourth film. It sounds pretty good too. Having watched all the previous films, I'm looking forward to this one....

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2009 Independent Spirit Award Winners

I have to admit, and it's not hard to see, I've not been following the awards this year so publicly. Previously, like other sites, I've been leaping on every single awards ceremony and shouting about it. This year I've only looked at the BAFTA's, since I was officially live blogging...

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Closed: Win Gran Torino goody bags

I've been lucky enough to be offered two goody bags for Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Gran Torino, quite likely his last ever acting role, and a film that I can tell you right now pulls together just about every major role he's ever played into one. I saw the film...

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February 21, 2009

Weaver on for final Alien film

Sigourney Weaver is on and off the idea of another Alien film like, well, like the idea of a fifth Alien film itself. Well now she's back on again, but only if the script were right, and the Joss Whedon script just wasn't. The key though is that she doesn't...

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Dark Matter second trailer online

Dark Matter never really achieved the audience it had intended, mainly because of its controversial storyline, that of a Chinese school student who is denied a chance at the Novel Prize purely out of school politics, and the decision sparks something dark and violent within him. When news came that...

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Battlestar Galactica rival film treatment

It seems that Universal are trying to cash in on the recent excellent re-imagining (and I use that in the proper sense, not the Hollywood term to hide the word remake) of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series by revisiting the 1978 series itself and making a film version. Yes,...

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Funny People trailer online

The trailer for Judd Apatow's Funny People is online. Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Eric Bana all star. The trailer looks pretty good, although it doesn't leave much to the imagination....

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Superman Unleashed - What does it mean?

Legendary Pictures have released something that perhaps they shouldn't have, the working title of the new Superman film, and what is it? Superman Unleashed. It was placed on a password protected area of their internet site and was noticed by a reader, broken on the internet, and taken offline soon...

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February 20, 2009

Billy Elliot to get a sequel?

Films becoming musicals is fairly common place these days, as is the musicals turning back into films. With Hairspray having run that course already, Universal want to do exactly the same with Billy Elliot. They may have to go some to convince Stephen Daldry though, as he is fairly sceptical...

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Watchmen sequel – Cast signed?

This is quite incredible for Hollywood, although to be honest I don't think we should really be surprised, but the possibility of a another Watchmen film after this one seems insane to anyone who has read the comics or graphic novel, and yet the stars are all locked in for...

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McG's Dead Spy Running gets writer

Excuse me, but how many times have we had the spy film reinvented of late? Bond, Bourne, Chuck on television and with the latter having been executive produced by McG himself? It's been happening a lot, and reinvention is the new remake in Hollywood. However McG seems to be heading...

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Spielberg's Lincoln in trouble?

Who would have thought that in America a film about Abraham Lincoln would be so difficult to make? I'm sure Steven Spielberg didn't, but now he certainly is as news has come through that DreamWorks has been having some trouble financing it, mainly due to its own troubles in finding...

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Stalked: Little Fockers, Martin Lawrence, Stephen Fry, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Little Fockers is still ploughing on. Martin Lawrence sounds like he's stepping into Eddie Murphy's shoes. Stephen Fry says he will be in Alice in Wonderland. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is the next cast member to join SALT....

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Thor begins casting

The big surprise is that the Thor casting is under way, why is that a surprise? Well because the guys that have already been in talks for the role look like they're out of the running, and that includes one Kevin McKidd. Not only that but it looks like Hollywood...

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February 19, 2009

Linda Hamilton in talks over Terminator Salvation

In January, we heard that McG was looking at the possibility of Linda Hamilton providing a voice over in Terminator Salvation. Now we have heard from the woman herself, and it is still possible. Come on, bring her back....

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The Losers begins casting

There's good news and bad news for fans of the excellent The Losers comic book, a story that is essentially a modern day, darker, realistic A-Team. The good news is that it looks like casting has begun and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in talks to star in the film....

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The Boat that Rocked new trailer online

There's a new trailer online for The Boat that Rocked and thankfully it's a lot better than the previous one we saw and it brings more depth and story to the film rather than just setting the scene, and actually it looks a lot of fun. The Boat that Rocked...

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Oscars hand forced for Ledger win?

News is coming out everywhere that if Heath Ledger wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor that his daughter is going to inherit the award and the family will accept it. What I wanted to know is if, as this story was being banded around, the jury behind the scenes...

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Wachowskis not making Superman

Now here's a great example of rumours and the struggle to work out who to believe and who not to believe, but the latest batch of those dreaded “insider” stories has arrived to say that the Wachowski Brothers are not actually making a Superman trilogy. We had heard that James...

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Shelock Holmes reshoot lies

Well there you go, I thought (and said) as much. Warner Bros. have released a press release to say that they are not unhappy with Sherlock Holmes at all and there are not five weeks of reshoots to be had, in fact there are standard scheduled pick-up shots and inserts,...

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Stalked: Robert Capa, Sandra Bullock, Katherine Heigl

Pierce Brosnan's company is making a film about Robert Capa. Sandra Bullock is sticking with comedy in Blindside. And Katherine Heigl is in one of those Ashton Kutcher films....

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February 18, 2009

Bekmambetov to direct The Days Before?

No doubting that Timur Bekmambetov has his own visual style. And now he could be applying it to The Days Before, and I love the plot already. Time travelling killer aliens, a world in peril and one man out to save it. This sounds like great stuff!...

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Sherlock Holmes and five week reshoot

I've talked about reshoots on films before, they are often extremely commonplace, much more than the media would like you to believe as they'd like you to think that there's a shock horror story in there for their readership, and they are usually for the better. However most reshoots are...

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Mickey Rourke off Iron Man 2?

Iron Man 2 currently has a bit of a revolving door in place, when it comes to cast members. Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle, in the role of Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes. And recently Emily Blunt was down to play Black Widow, but now is a doubt. Mickey...

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Scott's Nottingham alters Robin Hood again

Ridley Scott's Nottingham has just had a major rework of story line, and also as a by product of that, of leading actor, well one of them, even if it is the same actor. Confused? You won't be in a few moments. First up Scott has revealed that his upcoming...

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Watchmen and Wolverine television adverts online

There are a number of television adverts for Watchmen online and one new one in the recently released Wolverine television adverts, the ones which are giving plenty away about the story for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The latest Wolverine spot isn't that bad for revealing too much as the previous ones...

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger in Expendables

It's hard to believe but the rumour is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be joining Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables for a cameo appearance. Yes, I know it's not what we wanted, but it's damn close. Actually it's not what I wanted, let's put it like that and see what you think...

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Multiple Watchmen clips online

There are a number of Watchmen clips appearing on the Internet through various sites, and as the release date gets closer the marketing begins to hype up, not that Watchmen needs a lot of marketing within the comic book/film audience that's for sure, however it does need to garner a...

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Stalked: Robert Rodrigez, Halle Berry, Liev Schreiber, The Associate

Robert Rodriguez is heading to the future. Halle Berry is a thief. Liev Schreiber is helping Angelina Jolie. And The Associate has a writer....

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February 17, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel trailer online

Wow, there's a title for you. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel stars Anna Faris, now bear with me because you really should not write it off if you hear that name. Yes she's had a few bad films – come on, House Bunny? - but the rest of the...

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Raimi's House of the Flying Daggers remake?

It's incredible to think what's being remade in Hollywood nowadays, and it's more interesting to see what remakes cause more uproar than others, foreign films are fair game in the remake stakes, and particularly Asian horror films, but who would have thought that Asian martial arts films could make the...

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine second television advert online

There's a second television advert online for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and if you don't want to know most of the story for the film then I'd advise you to look away. However there is something really rather interesting about the trailer, and that's the appearance through the great battles of...

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[Rec] 2 teaser online

I'm not entirely sure how to write this, but the trailer for [Rec] 2, or Rec 2, or even REC 2, is online. Actually it's just as much a teaser as the previous one we saw, really nothing more than a hint of what's to come and a firm time...

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February 16, 2009

Full Lesbian Vampire Killers trailer

The full trailer for Lesbian Vampire Killers is online, and it's looking like a lot of fun. The teaser trailer hinted at a tongue and cheek film, and it looks like delivering. Head inside for a look....

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen official trailer

We saw the bootlegged teaser trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen the other day. Now the official version is online, and funnily enough looks a lot better. You can even watch it in HD. Ah the luxury....

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Madonna to play Wallis Simpson ?

Madonna's previous comments that she was through with acting may have been a bit premature. Even as a fan I was a bit relieved back then, but now it seems she has her heart set on playing Wallis Simpson....

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Teenage Johnny Quest casting

I've never seen The Adventures of Jonny Quest, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon that featured a group of people headed by Doctor Benton Quest who would investigate strange occurrences, occurrences which usually found them rather than the team searching for them. The main focus of the show was the son of the...

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Wolverine TV advert reveals past

The first television advert for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has appeared online and it's rather interesting because it reveals a little about the character's past and what looks like one of the appearances of the talons or claws, whatever you'd like to call them. It also sets up some of the...

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February 15, 2009

Glasgow Film Festival 2009 now on

The Glasgow Film Festival 2009 has begun, and this year I'm going to try and make some ten films, much more than the few I made last year. The festival is running from the 12th until the 22nd of February – yes, my apologies I've been so caught up in...

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Fight scene from Street Fighter

We've had the trailer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, and now you can see a fight scene from the film. I'm not overly excited about this film, but the fight scene doesn't look half bad. Take a look inside....

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Bond writer's lover gets film

Ian Fleming's lover Christine Granville, who was herself a spy and apparently the inspiration for the written character of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) and possibly for Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love, is to become immortalised in film. Christine: War My Love is touted as being...

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February 14, 2009

RocknRolla

Blu-ray Three Stars
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw RocknRolla in the cinema, actually more than pleasantly surprised, I was delighted to find that Guy Ritchie was far from living on the name of two films, and despite visiting the same genre once again, he had something new and really rather exciting...

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Martin denies Pink Panther embarrassment

There's no denying that anyone trying to remake complete classic films which are so perfect are doomed to failure, and why anyone would truly believe that they can achieve success by remaking the classic films of Peter Sellers as the wonderful character of Inspector Clouseau, or even some degree of...

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Blood: The Last Vampire teaser online

I saw the animé version of Blood: The Last Vampire some time ago and liked the story and wished there was a bigger story there, well some time ago we heard that there was a live action version in the works and that it was cast, and after that we...

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Scarlett Johansson to be Black Widow?

Emily Blunt seems to have the role that a few actresses want. She may now have someone else trying to take over as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. Wonder if she feels like telling everyone to back off. Just yesterday it was Eliza Dushku touting herself for it, and...

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Love and relationships in film

So we have the final part of Filmstalker's look at the films in 2009 to come but that's been delayed by the BAFTA's and Valentines day, and it's the latter that we're visiting here. It's the day that companies round the world have raised their prices for and tell us...

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February 13, 2009

Closed: Win The Escapist on DVD

The Escapist is a British thriller starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Laim Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh, all great actors and making for a superb line up of talent. The film tells the story of a convict who is twelve years into his sentence without possibility of...

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The Descent: Part 2 trailer online

Well the first teaser trailer as arrived for The Descent: Part 2, and while there are some interesting moments, for the most part it does look like a poor copy of the original and a direct to DVD film, but then were we really expecting anything else? I surely wasn't....

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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter trailer online

The trailer for Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter has arrived online, and if you can look past the obvious multi-dipping that's going to happen with Watchmen and this additional animated film, then you'll see that it's going to be a superb companion piece. The animated film comes from a...

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Bourne 4 not The Parsifal Mosaic?

Late last year we thought that The Parsifal Mosaic might be the basis of the fourth Jason Bourne film. With one of the producers saying it was a possiblility. Looks like it will be made as a standalone film instead though. I wonder what Bourne 4 is all about then?...

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Gibson says no to Lethal Weapon 5

Lethal Weapon 5 has been on again and off again. Last we heard Joel Silver thought a fifth film was still possible. Now Mel Gibson has given his verdict, and it doesn't sound like he's at all interested....

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Ledger fans want Joker removed

Some Heath Ledger fans out there are petitioning for his penultimate film role to be immortalised forever by removing the Joker from all future Batman films. From any studio. Forever. While I agree that this is marks the best portrayal of the Joker that we've ever seen, I am far...

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer online

The trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has now arrived online, albeit in a bootlegged version from the first screening of it in a cinema, it has arrived, and it won't be too long before the official version arrives too. I expect that the video will disappear quickly, but...

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Stone snubs Wall Street sequel, on for Pinkville

Oliver Stone has very clearly said that he does not want to do another Wall Street film, even if the studio are busy racing towards bringing one out. However the really good news is that he's still pushing for the Pinkville project we heard about some time ago about the...

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The Taking of Pelham 123 trailer online

Trailers come and trailers go, and then there are trailers from the hands of Tony Scott, and the trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 is looking superb, more than that it looks damn powerful. This is a superb trailer, cut very well, layered with great sound...

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen footage online

The other day I wrote an article about various different new stills showing off some of the characters from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and today there's some footage from the Chicago Auto Show which shows off the cars and gives us some new footage from the film itself. There...

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Stalked: Darren Bousman, Curtis Hanson, Eliza Dushku, Matthew Goode

Darren Bousman is going underwater. Curtis Hanson has a cloned killer to deal with. Eliza Dushku is after Emily Blunt's job. And Matthew Goode is helping Amy Adams....

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February 12, 2009

Brad Bird's 1906 downsizing?

Just the other day we heard from Brad Bird on 1906 and Toy Story 3. He was still trying to nail down the script for the film. Turns out the reason he is having so much trouble, could be because the epic film he was hoping to make may be...

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Wachowskis to make Superman trilogy?

File this one under big rumour for now, but could it be the Wachowski brothers are taking on a Superman trilogy? The Superman reboot has been slow going at best. Is this the way forward?...

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 is R rated

Brett Ratner has confirmed that Beverly Hills Cop 4 will be R rated. No child friendly swearing for Eddie Murphy then. Except, we shouldn't call it Beverly Hills Cop 4. Or talk about that script we wrote about. Heh, I just did....

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Raimi's dual horrors

Sam Raimi's production company Ghost House Pictures has picked up the rights to two horror films which they plan to remake. The 1987 Spanish horror film Anguish (Angustia) and the 2007 Danish film Room 205 (Kollegiet). It looks like Ghost House has decided to break out and remake some horror...

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Batman 3 bumped for Inception

It looks like we won't be getting a third Batman film any time soon as Christopher Nolan is set to head to another project before we find out if he's going to take up a third film. That's right, despite all the insane casting rumours from the internet he hasn't...

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Ten Little Indians modern remake

Now this is a remake. When we hear remake these days we expect the rubbish that Hollywood is churning out, the same film with next to no changes. Slap in some MTV music, teenage to twentysomething hip actors, fast paced edits and we're done. Now though there's something different this...

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A Nightmare on Elm Street gains director

There's no surprise at the choice of director for the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, particularly as the studio behind the film are Platinum Dunes, you know the guys who have remade The Hitcher and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, yes you can see the pattern already can't you....

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Cruise directed by Cronenberg

Now that's an interesting line already, Tom Cruise being directed by David Cronenberg, and starring next to Denzel Washington in The Matarese Circle, an adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). There are so many tick points in that first sentence the studio executives must be wetting themselves...

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Stalked: Monahan directing heist film, Marks rewriting Nemo, Bousman directing submarine heist

William Monahan is to direct The Art of the Heist... Justin Marks is to rewrite 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo... Darren Bousman is to direct a heist film on a submarine......

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Stalked: Malkovich on Hex, Woody gets Hopkins and Brolin, Rockwell and Swank in Betty Anne Waters, Jones in Smokin' Aces: Blowback, Chuck to Chipmunks

John Malkovich looks set to join Josh Brolin in the comic adaptation of Jonah Hex... Anthony Hopkins and Josh Brolin have joined the cast of Woody Allen's new London based film... Sam Rockwell is joining Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver in the legal drama Betty Anne Waters... Vinnie Jones is...

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February 11, 2009

Full Angels & Demons trailer online

The full trailer for Angels & Demons has arrived online and it's very clever. Not only does it spark a light of memory in me for what I read from the book, connecting what I remember reading with the images in the trailer, but it also stands alone for the...

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Full Inglourious Basterds trailer online in HD

The actual trailer for Inglourious Basterds has arrived online, after seeing the Entertainment Tonight version with the voiceover and cut to bits, now we get the actual trailer, and what a difference some audio makes. The true Inglourious Basterds trailer sees Brad Pitt play Lieutenant Aldo Raine and deliver the...

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen reveals Bumblebee, Devastator, Fallen and more

I've been steering clear of the rumours around Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen because Michael Bay himself has said that he's going to be spreading rubbish about it in order to keep us off the scent. So he's been keeping me off the scent by saying nothing at all about...

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Duff stands by anti-Dunaway comments

Hilary Duff has tried to come out and defend the comments she made against Faye Dunaway who, when asked what she thought about Hilary Duff taking her role in a remake of the classic Bonnie and Clyde, she said "Couldn't they at least get a real actress?" However her defence...

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Updated: Inglourious Basterds trailer captured online

The Inglourious Basterds trailer has been captured from U.S. television in rather an old skool way, but it's been captured none the less and is available to see right here. I've just watched it and while some of it looks great I have to say that other parts have me...

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February 10, 2009

Opening five minutes of The International online

Tom Tykwer's The International has just had the opening five minutes posted online and I have to say it looks rather impressive. I like the slow deliberate pace, and the interesting ending to the outside section, although the CSI final piece is a little predictable. However, there's some great stuff...

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First look at Inglourious Basterds

Time was we looked out for a trailer before a film was released, now it's the teaser trailer. Well now we go one better, we have the teaser for the teaser trailer for Inglourious Basterds. A short snippet awaits inside, with the whole teaser online soon....

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Stalked: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Fiennes directs Coriolanus, Mangold thriller

Zombies of Mass Destruction is getting adapted... Ralph Fiennes is to direct a film called Coriolanus... James Mangold is to direct a true story legal thriller......

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Stalked: Casting for Killer Inside Me, Smokin' Aces: Blowback, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Womb, Rum Diary, Flash

Kate Hudson, Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty join The Killer Inside Me... Smokin' Aces: Blowback is courting Tom Berenger... Guardians of Ga'Hoole gains Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, and more... Womb has cast Eva Green... Rum Diary has gained Richard Jenkins and Aaron Eckhart... There's a casting rumour for The Flash......

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Dual Black Panther films

The stories of two leading figures in the 1960's Black Panther movement are to get film treatments and in two separate films from European film-makers. One will follow Angela Davis, prominent at the forefront of the civil rights movement, and the other Bobby Seale, a co-founder of the Black Panther...

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Pakistani legal rape drama

The story of Mukhtar Mai is to be made into a film written and directed by the co-director of City of God, Kátia Lund. Mai's story is harrowing and incredibly poignant, telling how she fought a legal battle against the unbelievable treatment she received at the hands of the tribal...

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Updated: Triangle trailer online

Melissa George is a cracking actress, as well as being absolutely stunning, and she's going from strength to strength, but right now she seems stuck in horror films that are a little off the beaten track. While 30 Days of Night and WAZ (Filmstalker review) were excellent, I'm not so...

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The Resurrected sees Middle-Eastern Jesus

The Resurrected is to be the first film about Jesus Christ to come from an Arab perspective. The film will be directed by the Lebanese director Samir Habchi and will focus on Jesus' life as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdelene. The film will be shot on location and...

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Surveillance trailer back online

There's a new trailer online for Surveillance, the film from Jennifer Lynch, is online, and it's not a patch on the first one we saw back in April of last year. Unfortunately that one was removed for copyright reasons. Now though you can see one that has a little more...

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February 9, 2009

BAFTA 2009 Winners: Filmstalker analysis

So the BAFTA's are over, it's the night after the event and everything is almost back to normal, and although we talked about it on the day during the live blogging from the red carpet and the show, I haven't really gone through the list of winners and written up...

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McG talks Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation

We still don't know if Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in Terminator Salvation or not, and if he is the chances are that it'll be no more than a simple cameo, or so we've heard. In fact we even know what they are trying to do with the appearance, and McG...

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Filmstalker's BAFTA 2009 experience

This year I was given a huge surprise at Filmstalker, I was invited to the British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2009 red carpet event and then onto the actual BAFTA show itself, hosted by Johnathon Ross. Of course it was a huge surprise for me since Filmstalker is...

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BAFTA 2009 interviews

There are a bunch of interviews online with the stars, not only from the gorgeous Fearne Cotton (who Mickey Rourke describes as hardcore), but also from the not so gorgeous Andrew Collins. Fearne leaps at Rourke, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto on the red carpet, while Andrew hits out at...

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Stalked: Cate Blanchett, Brett Ratner, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Cate Blanchett could be Maid Marian. Brett Ratner has his sights set on Youngblood. And three have joined My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done....

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February 8, 2009

Brad Bird on 1906, Toy Story 3

Brad Bird has given an update on both 1906 and Toy Story 3.Both are in the early stages, with Toy Story 3 the further ahead of the two. 1906 sounds like quite an undertaking, and it really could turn into something special....

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Stalked: Anne Hathaway, Mickey Rouke

Anne Hathaway and Stephen Chow may be collaborating. And Mickey Rourke has yet another new role....

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Stalked: The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Baster, Tell No One

The Disappearance of Alice Creed has three cast members. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are having fun in The Baster. And Tell No One could be getting a US version....

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February 6, 2009

Christian Bale apologises

In the world of Hollywood image is everything and your image can affect how the audience perceives you and ultimately your film sales, and so it wasn't going to be long before Christian Bale came out publicly and talked about his outburst on set. You'll remember that outburst which I...

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Filmstalker at the 2009 Orange BAFTA Awards

On Sunday February the 8th the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Awards takes place in London, and Filmstalker will be there to cover the event live. I will be, technically beside, the red carpet and attempting to blog live and trying not to wet myself at the excitement...

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S.Darko teaser trailer

Remember S.Darko, the Donnie Darko sequel? Yeah, I've been trying hard to forget it as well. We've ran out of luck though I'm afraid. A teaser trailer has arrived, watch if you dare. One good note, it's not being released in cinemas and will only make it to DVD. Small...

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Tom Tykwer teams up with the Wachowskis

Now here’s an interesting pairing up, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski brothers, sounds a little bizarre, but not really if you consider how Tykwer’s last film The International looks in the trailers and clips. Now they are set to work together on the adaptation of the 2004 Booker Prize winner...

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Mary, Mother of Christ to rival Passion of the Christ

Another project set to raise the voices of the church going audience, or non-audience, is Mary, Mother of Christ, a film that is set to follow a similar path that The Passion of the Christ did back in 2004, and hopefully from the studio, becoming a big hit with the...

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Ewan McGregor for Electric Slide

Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan are in negotiations to lead Electric Slide, a film based on the true story of Eddie Dodson a high-end furniture salesman in L.A. who turned to bank robbery to keep his celebrity lifestyle. What is amazing about the true story is that he went onto...

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Stalked: Pancho Villa, A Minute of Silence, new Watchmen video, Gambon in Book of Eli

Emir Kusturica to direct Pancho Villa movie… Baader Meinhof Complex writer and director are back together for A Minute of Silence… New Watchman viral video online… Michael Gambon cast in Book of Eli…...

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Stalked: Hutton in Polanski’s The Ghost, Hinds and Wilkinson join Madden’s Debt, Gyllenhaal’s moon rewrite

Timothy Hutton joins Roman Polanski’s The Ghost… Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Chastain have been cast in the thriller The Debt… Ken Nolan is rewriting the Jake Gyllenhaal moon colonisation film…...

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Batman, Superman and Sherlock sequels

Warner Bros., the studio, have openly admitted that they want to earn more money from franchises that are still earning money. Shock horror! The CEO of the Time Warner company Jeff Bewkes has revealed that the plans are to work more sequels from the Batman and Superman franchises - you...

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New Land of the Lost trailer online

Trailers can tell different stories about a film depending on who cut them and how, and the Super Bowl teaser for Land of the Lost was certainly done well and was perhaps one of the best film adverts from those bunch of clips. It turned around the film for me...

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New Monsters vs. Aliens trailer online

There's another trailer online for Monsters vs. Aliens and although there's only a few new clips, it's showing that there's plenty of fun and laughs to be had in this new film. The story sees the government stockpiling monsters and hiding them away, and one day when an alien lands...

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February 5, 2009

Stalked: Pitt's Moneyball, Sex and the City stars signed, Amber Heard in with Depp and Carpenter

The stars of Sex and the City have signed for the sequel... Steven Soderbergh looks set to drop Cleopatra the musical for Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game starring Brad Pitt... Amber Heard is becoming a leading lady joining Johnny Depp in Rum Diary and John Carpenter's The...

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Live: Bruce Campbell My Name is Bruce Q&A

Okay, here's a bit of an experiment. I'm going to be attending a screening of My Name is Bruce this evening which is directed by and stars the legendary Bruce Campbell. Now afterwards there's a Q&A and with the man himself, and I wanted to try something new and see...

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Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Toby Kebbell

Toby Kebbell, if I were to say that name and you saw a picture of the man I'm sure there's one film you would think of right away, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla – isn't interesting we precede his films with his name? - and out of all of the nominees for...

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Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall is someone I really only took notice of when I recently watched the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Filmstalker review), and while I didn't enjoy the film, her performance was very good. Her career as an actress has been very short, and yet she's been racing forward...

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Depp and Penn in the Three Stooges?

Rumour has it that Johnny Depp and Sean Penn may be playing two of the three stooges in the remake/tribute film, The Three Stooges from the Farrelly brothers. Now this is a huge rumour mill story, so huge in fact that it comes form a celebrity gossip site and has...

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Campbell directing Green Lantern and The Birds?

While we heard Martin Campbell is in negotiations to helm The Birds, or rather the producers were after him to direct the film, and that still seems to be ongoing, but there's other, even stranger news today as to what Campbell might have appearing on his directorial slate. According to...

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Cassel, Bloom, Kurylenko in The Cross

The Cross is being billed as a science fiction escape story, but reading the blurb it feels like a very small and focussed story, and the blurb alone is enough to get me interested, however consider the cast list that we're getting word of - Vincent Cassel, Orlando Bloom and...

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Hawkins and Staunton in British sex equality film

Sally Hawkins is set to star in We Want Sex, the incredibly poorly titled film which will look at the 1968 female workers strike at the Ford Dagenham car manufacturing plant when some eight hundred and fifty workers downed tools in protect against sexual discrimination and stood up for equal...

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February 4, 2009

Hilary Duff hits out at Faye Dunaway

I'm sure there's a rule of thumb, don't have a slanging match with someone who could be considered a great figure in your career when you're just beginning yours. Except that's what Hilary Duff is doing, and forget who is throwing the first stone and how it's done, the target...

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Pacino plays King Lear

Al Pacino continues with his Shakespearean love as he heads to play King Lear in film along with writer and director Michael Radford who wrote and directed the Merchant of Venice adaptation which saw him play Shylock. Now he's set to play King Lear, the man who divides his kingdom...

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Orphange remake gains major lead

You'll remember that Guillermo del Toro is remaking The Orphanage, aka El Orfanato, in Hollywood, and although he asked the original director, Juan Antonio Bayona, to direct the remake, he turned it down. Without a director though it seems the film is moving forward, and word is that a high...

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Terry Gilliam awarded BAFTA fellowship

Terry Gilliam is to be awarded the BAFTA fellowship this year at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards which Filmstalker is to be attending and blogging live from the red carpet. This is the biggest award that BAFTA give out and previous winners have included Anthony Hopkins, Richard...

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Bale's outburst, in context? Our business?

It's all across the newspapers and the websites for days, on the set of Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale lost his cool and ended up shouting and swearing at the Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut who apparently walked behind Bryce Dallas Howard while Bale was in serious acting mode, and it...

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Judy Garland biographical film

I do love reading about and watching the great Hollywood stars, and Judy Garland is one that we haven't seen a lot about on screen and yet has a huge amount in her life that we just don't know about, our rely on anecdotes and rumour about. Well now the...

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Daniel Myrick talks Savant

The director of the infamous The Blair Witch Project, which I think is still a very strong and clever film, has been talking about his next project Savant, and while he doesn't give too much away, the premise really caught my attention and is a really interesting story idea. Daniel...

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February 3, 2009

A Watchmen sequel? Maybe says Snyder

It's refreshing hearing from Zack Snyder, not only is he a strong film-maker who really could be described as a fan and one of the audience, but he offers us a refreshing take on talking about his films and here he talks about the possibility of a sequel or prequel...

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Another Hemingway biographical film

There's another Ernest Hemingway biographical film in development it would seem, there have already been a few major films about the character, and the latest comes from an adaptation of the A.E. Hotchner's best-selling biography Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The book looks at the last fourteen...

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Clooney's Al-Qaeda driver defence

George Clooney's Smoke House company is producing The Challenge which has just announced a writer. The film centres on the driver of Osama Bin Laden who underwent a U.S. military trial after being caught with two missiles in his car and was sentenced to five and a half years for...

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Lee returns to race issues in World War II

Spike Lee's company 40 Acres and a Mule has picked up the rights to Brendan Koerner's novel Now the Hell Will Start (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), a story of an African-American soldier who murdered his Lieutenant and fled into the Burmese jungle to escape capture. Apparently the story reflects the thinking...

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Slap Shot remake moves forward

March 2007 is when I first wrote about the possibility of Slap Shot, the ice hockey film starring Paul Newman, getting a remake, and now it sounds like the film is actually moving forward. The film told the story of an ice hockey team who found new success through focusing...

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Stalked: Bill Murray, Lucas Black, John Carpenter

Bill Murray and Lucas Black are in Get Low. And John Carpenter faces the horror of The Ward....

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February 2, 2009

Tokyo! trailer online

The first trailer for Tokyo!, the film made from three segments by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho, two of which sound exceedingly strange, while the Bong Joon-ho segment sounds the sanest and most attractive. The trailer doesn't give away that much, although if you know a little...

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

DVD Two Stars
I am not a fan of Woody Allen, and I never have been, until I saw Match Point (Filmstalker review) and I was surprised, you could even say shocked, to realise that he could produce such a strong film void of the introspective comedy he was famous for. So I...

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More on Blair Witch prequel/sequel

Remember when The Blair Witch Project burst onto the scene? Remember the dodgy sequel that followed? Well the brains behind it are cooking up either a prequel or another sequel. Yes, we have heard this before. Are they finally going to carry through their threat?...

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Angel

DVD Two Stars
I was worried from the outset at watching Angel for it is a costume drama and I have to admit to being a little bored with them all, especially from coming across too many on BBC television costume dramas. They all seem to follow the same sort of plot lines...

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Spike Lee on L.A. Riots

Spike Lee's plan to make a film based on the Los Angeles riots of 1992, look to be on hold for the foreseeable future. Seems the studio won't meet the budget required for recreating all the mayhem. And Spike Lee isn't for settling....

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Writer sues over The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I'm confused, but I thought the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1921 short story. Not according to an office worker in Italy who is claiming that in 1994 he wrote the short story that the film was based on. It's extremely hard...

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Singer talks Logan's Run

We've not heard anything about Bryan Singer's planned Logan's Run remake for some time and the last news was that it was dead from both parties, something that would make my father really happy. However dead is not the word, and perhaps just delayed. We first heard that Singer was...

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Stalked: Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, Dev Patel

Daniel Day Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Scorsese might be teaming up. And Dev Pater has joined The Last Airbender....

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February 1, 2009

Producer talks Friday 13th, Elm Street

With Friday the 13th attempting a reboot of the franchise, one of the producers has been talking about a potential sequel. Not only that but he tells us where Nightmare on Elm Street is, and what the chances of Freddy v Jason 2 are....

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Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender has a relatively short career, but even early on there's some big surprises in terms of project titles that he's starred in. Look to current days and you can see that there's a huge potential for his career to explode, and it looks like he's just on the...

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Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke is another of the names up for the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award, and it's not just for his acting but his overall film work, for he's written and directed films that he's starred in, and appeared on Doctor Who for a number of episodes. Despite most recognising...

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Update: Clips 'n' Pics: All Superbowl clips: Transformers 2, Star Trek, Fast & Furious, Up, Land of the Lost, Year One, G.I. Joe, Race to Witch Mountain, Angels & Demons, Duplicity

Rather than annoy you with individual trailers for each of the short Super Bowl adverts, I thought I would lump them all together so you can see new footage, and some first time footage, for a ton of films right here. The Super Bowl clips released already are Transformers 2,...

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Stalked: Gulliver's Travels, Narnia, Mickey Rourke, Joaquin Phoenix

Gulliver has two new companions on his Travels. Narnia is back from the dead. Joaquin Phoenix may be kidding us all. And Mickey Rourke has another new role....

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