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August 31, 2009

Update 2: Disney buys Marvel

Does this mean the end of dark superheroes in the Marvel universe? Are they all going to be fluffy and good, and like the A-Team television series, no one's ever really going to die? The deal means that Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, X-Men, etc. will be moving into...

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Rambo V to be made

Rambo V has been green-lit, with Nu Image and Millenium Films moving the production forward as Sylvester Stallone once again writes, directs and leads the film. Good man. We've heard that Stallone was already writing the film back in September of last year that we heard from Lionsgate that the...

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Bad Boys 3 sequel

Whatchya gonna do? The sequel machine is rolling, and it's no surprise that a Bad Boys 3 sequel is in the works, after all the films were successful and brought in plenty of money and it stars the hugeness of Will Smith, why the hell not? Oh, and it's got...

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Halloween 3D but no Zombie

This is surprising. While Rob Zombie has agreed to do a sequel to his remake of Halloween, the studio is hard at work trying to get a third Halloween on the go, why? Well because they can add that “D” on the end of the title and give it an...

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August 30, 2009

Extract trailer online

The new trailer for Extract is a little confusing, it manages to get the main story across and hint at some great moments, but I find it choppy and far too concentrated on pulling in all the comic moments it can, particularly the drug related ones. The film comes from...

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Japanese Astro Boy trailer online

There's a Japanese trailer online for Astro Boy, and while there are no subtitles, combined with the original trailer you can easily follow the story. What's good about this one is that it pays more attention to the story and the main relationship between the scientist and the boy, it...

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August 29, 2009

Sherlock Holmes marketing puzzle

I was sent the following item in a plain envelope, no indication of who it was from or why and no note came with it. The item, or rather items, were two pieces of card with slit cut through them. Words were written across this slit, but none of them...

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Vaughn for Superman?

Matthew Vaughn has been talking up what he'd like to do next, and it seems he wants to follow the way he's been going and where a few other directors have leapt with great success, the superhero film. Of course Kick-Ass is taking him there already, but it's not quite...

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Beckinsale talks Underworld 4

Ah the joys of internet rumours, they forget some basic rules, for the most part roles are not cast without a script or director, and if a film doesn't have any of those, or a production that's even started, then chances are they haven't cast anyone. So it's been strange...

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McGowan talks Red Sonja

Rose McGowan has been doing more damage limitation rather than rumour killing in her latest tweets about what has been happening with Red Sonja, or rather what's not been happening. You'll remember it starting hitting difficulty, the film was put on hold, she pulled out, all sorts of things, but...

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Imaginative My Super Psycho Sweet 16 film

You think that remakes and sequels/prequels are bad, well this doesn't get much worse. Take the usual formula of teenagers and serial killers and apply to a tacky reality show that's been making money for the production company already and you have a great idea for your new film, My...

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Stalked: Volcano, 32 Candles, Wall Street 2, Brighton Rock, 44 Inch Chest, Black Dynamite, I Am Number 4, Vanishing on Seventh Street, The Town

The writer of The Sopranos and Rescue Me is tackling a film for Luc Besson, Volcano... 32 Candles gets an adaptation, standard romantic comedy I think... Susan Sarandon on Wall Street 2... Helen Mirren and Pete Postlethwaite on Brighton Rock remake... Ray Winstone's 44 Inch Chest gets a distribution deal......

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August 28, 2009

The Descent: Part 2 trailer online

There's a full trailer for The Descent: Part 2 online and it confirms everything I've said about the idea from the beginning, it's just the same film all over again. I don't see any other way around it. A group of people go down into the caves, get picked off...

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Craig joins Sheridan's Dream House

I continue to be surprised, in a very good way, just how well Daniel Craig is keeping his acting career diverse. Faced with the possibility of being struck by the Bond typecasting curse he's worked hard at keeping himself known as an actor who plays Bond, and not just as...

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The Men Who Stare At Goats trailer online in HD

The trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats has arrived online, and it's looking decidedly odd but tons of fun, although haven't we seen George Clooney here before? It tells the story of a reporter who, while in Iraq, meets up with a an claiming to be a former...

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Agora Spanish and English trailer online

The trailer for Agora has arrived online both the Spanish and English versions, however the Spanish has no subtitles, so it's for the footage only. The film stars Rachel Weisz as the famous philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her slave, played by Max Minghella, who is torn between his love...

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Zombie remaking The Blob

Rob Zombie has another remake under his belt, despite his famous attack on the idea of remakes and those who remake films, is set to remake another classic film, The Blob, the classic 1958 horror film that launched the career of Steve McQueen no less. This will add nicely to...

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August 27, 2009

Gamer behind the scenes and interviews

There's quite a lot of footage from Gamer appeared online, plenty of behind the scenes footage, especially around the stunts, and plenty of Gerard Butler. Oh, and then there's some cast interviews too. The film sees a future world where murderers are placed into a game which allows real people...

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9 cast interviews, behind the scenes and sneak peak footage

More footage for you with interviews with a few of the cast of 9, the upcoming animated film from Shane Acker, as well as some behind the scenes footage from the film. What you say? It's animation? That's what I thought! 9 tells the story of a group of very...

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Inglourious Basterds cast interviews

Everyone appears to be revelling in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and the complete rewrite of history, however for those of you yet to see it, and those that have there are quite a few cast interviews to be had online. There's not much to say about Tarantino's film, you should...

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Den du Frygter (Fear Me Not)

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Den du Frygter (Fear Me Not) struck me as an interesting film from the moment I read the blurb. Not only was Ulrich Thomsen starring, an actor I'd seen a number of times before and been very impressed by, but the plot sounded incredibly interesting. It looks at a normal...

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Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

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Le Donk had a few things going for it when I read about it in the Edinburgh International Film Festival brochure, it comes from Shane Meadows, who some proclaim to be the saviour of British cinema, something that does the rest of the business an injustice I think, and it...

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Heathers television series

Wynona Ryder has been speaking the truth all this time, there has indeed been a move to make something of the 1989 Heathers film starring Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, but it just never made it, and finally, after all these years of talking, the secret is out, Heathers is...

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2012 Japanese trailer and viral campaign

2012 is coming, and with it comes a new Japanese trailer and a viral campaign that looks set to confuse as well as scare the uneducated audience. The new trailer is superb and has plenty more footage, tons of it in fact, as well as a lot more about the...

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Spielberg developing last Crichton novel

Steven Spielberg is set to adapt Michael Crichton's last novel into a film, amazingly the novel is not about a theme park built by man where the man made creatures turn against the humans (Westworld and Jurassic Parks galore), this one is about an adventure story in 1665 set on...

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August 26, 2009

Darker Armored trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Armored, or Armoured if you're outside the U.S., that makes me think, will they change the spelling for the rest of the world using non-U.S. English? The trailer is faster cut and a lot slicker, selling itself as a darker film from the rest...

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Meadows developing This is England TV show

Shane Meadows, the writer and director behind Dead Man's Shoes, This is England and the director of Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, has signed a rather unusual deal, and it's not for a film it's for a television series based on one of his films, This is England. It seems that...

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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage swaps director

We were led to believe that Rob Cohen and Vin Diesel had buried the hatchet between them and realised where their money earning was coming from so had decided to team back up for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third xXx film which would see Diesel return to...

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Batman 3 IMAX only?

With such uncertainty around whether or not Christopher Nolan will be directing the third Batman film, I'm surprised that there's an indication out there that Batman 3 would be IMAX only, how would they know without a director? Well for one thing the studio could have decided already and are...

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Birth of the Beatles on filmn

The life of Brian Epstein is set to be turned into a film as Tony Gittleson's script of the man has been acquired and is planned to move forward into development. However it's not going to focus on the Beatles themselves, even if it does come at a time when...

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New Zombieland trailer online

There's a new, non-US trailer online for Zombieland, the film starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray, Amber Heard and Emma Stone in a film that sees the world overrun by zombies and the survivors keep going by sticking to their rules of survival, rules that mainly include...

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Inception details start leaking out

A couple of sites have started leaking some information about the upcoming film from Christopher Nolan, Inception. You'll remember we saw that strange trailer just the other day which left more questions and answers, in fact it had no answers at all, but now details seem to be leaking out...

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August 25, 2009

Fanning on Wizard of Oz remake?

It was back in August of 2007 that I wrote about Todd McFarlane talking about his Wizard of Oz remake adapted directly from the L. Frank Baum novels by the writer of A History of Violence, Josh Olson, a crazy sounding idea but almost two years later the idea is...

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Where is X-Men Origins: Magneto?

X-Men Origins: Magneto was once promised to be the second X-Men spin off film after Wolverine, as soon as that was finished we would see Magneto's origin story where he discovers his powers in a Nazi concentration camp and in later life uses them for revenge against those who murdered...

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Haggis' The Next Three Days

Paul Haggis' latest film is The Next Three Days, a remake of the French thriller Pour Elle which was written and directed by Fred Cavayé in 2008. Haggis will write and direct the American remake and already has a lead in negotiations to take the part, Elizabeth Banks. The remake...

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Hancock 2 moving forward

Writers have been hired for the sequel to Hancock, imaginatively called Hancock 2, so the words of Peter Berg a few days ago and of Will Smith in December of last year are spot on the money. There will be a Hancock sequel. I'm really not so sure that there...

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Opus Dei founder film

Roland Joffé is directing a film about a very controversial figure, the founder of the Opus Dei group of the Roman Catholic Church. At first glance that might not sound that exciting, but when you hear the tag lines that he sided with Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War...

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Cameron's Avatar to force home cinema upgrades

James Cameron and his latest film Avatar are embarking on a deal with Panasonic to try and push 3D televisions and Blu-ray players into the home through the release of the film as the first true stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray disc. There's already a truck tour planned with a huge 103...

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August 24, 2009

The Tournament trailer online

When I first saw the trailer for The Tournament appear on the internet I read the blurb for the story and passed it by, to be honest it read like it was a lower budget, not too interesting film. Then I saw the trailer this morning and read a little...

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Inception trailer online in HD

The trailer for Inception has arrived online after I had posted the bootleg version a couple of days ago. You can still see that one, but I think you'd rather see the complete one start to finish, and have the opportunity to see it in high definition. The film comes...

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John Landis' Burke and Hare?

There's a rumour going round the Internet that Simon Pegg is set to star in John Landis' latest film Burke and Hare, a film about the infamous serial killers William Burke and William Hare, who killed people and sold their corpses to Edinburgh Medical College for hard cash. Nice business,...

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Bioshock finds new director?

I'm a little surprised by the news that the latest name associated with the film adaptation of Bioshock is so far removed from Gore Verbinski's level. However we all have to realise that directors get their break somewhere and just because his last film was 28 Weeks Later and he...

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The Hobbit casts Bilbo Baggins

Sir Ian McKellen, the man who played Gandalf and who is set to play the wizard once again for the upcoming two Hobbit films, has revealed some very exciting news, that Bilbo Baggins has been cast for the films. He also says that the script will be arriving at his...

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Stalked: Priest and John Carter of Mars casting

Both Priest and John Carter of Mars have picked up two sets of actors with some strong names in each. Priest, as you'll remember, already stars Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Karl Urban and Cam Gigandet. John Carter of Mars boasts Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe....

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August 23, 2009

Stalked: Bourne, Michael Jackson, 21 Jump Street, Shazam!, Priest, Grotesque, and more

Director for Michael Jackson's This Is It... Catherine Hardwicke directing 21 Jump Street and Red Riding Hood... Bourne IV gains writer... Susanne Bier set for The Revenge... Priest gains villain... Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited cast... Billy Bob Thornton to star in boxing film... Shazam! gains writer... Jennifer Tilly in...

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The three big superheroes, what next?

With the news of Superman's rights being taken away from Warner Brothers and passed back to the original creators, with a new Batman around the corner having to battle hard to match the success of the previous and both Spider-man and Batman facing the last outings under their most successful...

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August 22, 2009

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows possible spoilers

There are some interesting reveals online for the final two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II from Josh Herdman, the actor who plays Goyle, one of Malfoy's henchmen. He talks about how the film could be split, and what the ending of the...

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Updated: X-Files 3?

It's hard to believe that there's a chance of a third X-Files film after the previous monster outing that did some strange stuff with the franchise and failed to even touch on anything related to the ongoing alien conspiracy story line, but apparently there is. It seems as though Gillian...

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Inception trailer leaked online

The trailer for the Christopher Nolan, the man who may be forever known as the director of The Dark Knight, written and directed science fiction thriller Inception has arrived online after someone recorded it from a cinema screen. It's rough, chopped off, and very confusing, but I tell you what,...

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Update: Avatar preview IMAX footage review

The Avatar footage has been shown in cinemas already and one keen Filmstalker reader has come back from the screening, via the pub, and given those of us unfortunate enough not to get our hands on a ticket, a little preview. Scotty is a visual effects artist and has worked...

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August 21, 2009

Bryan Singer to remake Excalibur

We already heard that John Boorman's Excalibur was being remade, or rather the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was being revisited. Now there's talk of a possible director for the film. Who could also turn out to be a director. Bear in mind that...

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Capitalism: A Love Story trailer online

The first real trailer with actual footage for Michael Moore's new film Capitalism: A Love Story has arrived online. It's not really earth shattering since it's Moore's same style as always, but it does have a couple of interesting sound bites to be had. My biggest concern about this film...

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Red Band Trailer for The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

Hot on the heels of the previous trailer for Robert Rodriguez's animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto comes another trailer, a rather more red band one than the last that shows us there are no holds barred for the film. What I do love about it is that...

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August 20, 2009

The Wolf Man trailer finally online in HD

It's taken an age since I first posted the Comic-Con trailer for The Wolf Man back in July of 2008, but now the official trailer has finally arrived, and not long after the Avatar trailer went online, so it has a lot to contend with already. The film is a...

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James Cameron's Avatar trailer online in HD

It's been crazy geek-out time for me as the trailer for James Cameron's huge film Avatar came online and in the process caused confusion and upset galore. Firstly, come the time Apple promised to show the trailer, the page appeared, the links appeared, but every one was broken. However it...

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Another Jimi Hendrix film?

There have been plenty of problems trying to get a Jimi Hendrix film off the ground, mainly because of one thing, the Experience Hendrix who control the rights to the Hendrix estate. The estate is run by Hendrix's stepsister Janie Hendrix, and despite every film attempt, the rights have never...

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Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty

The rumour mill went crazy earlier this week when Brad Pitt was rumoured to be appearing as Moriarty in a last minute shoot addition to Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. However the studio were quick to walk out and call that rubbish. Now though Ritchie is enjoying playing the crowd a...

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Fuqua film upsets crime family

The new film from Antoine Fuqua and Nicholas Pileggi is facing some trouble from members of a real life crime family who are being consulted and featured in the film. The film is in early development, and as with many films that Fuqua works on, the director likes to do...

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Beatles Yellow Submarine remake

Some projects just make you wonder why, more and more in Hollywood these days, and Robert Zemeckis directing a remake of the Beatles Yellow Submarine in 3D, motion capture, for Disney, is indeed one of those. I can see a lot of people wondering why, I certainly am. At the...

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August 19, 2009

Leaked Halloween II trailer online

There's a new, leaked, full length trailer online for Halloween II which features a ton of new footage. Now this isn't a joke, it's not a fake trailer hidden under here to fool or embarrass you, this is a real trailer that has been released on the sly. Rob Zombie...

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Johannson wants more Iron Man

Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she'd love her character in Iron Man II to be seen again and to be part of The Avengers film, and it sounds like she wants to play a big part in the future of Black Widow. When asked about the part she plays in...

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More Dirty Dancing remake news

Mind you, when I say more, the first and last we heard of the intention to remake the classic Dirty Dancing was November, and get ready for this, November 2006. Now word has arrived that there's a writer on board and that the project is moving forward with Lionsgate remaking...

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Outland to be remade

Outland the latest film to get the remake treatment, itself a remake, albeit a very intelligent remake of High Noon. Peter Hyams took the western concept and transported it to an outpost in space, and did it superbly well, it's a cracking film. Now the news is that they are...

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Terminator franchise in trouble?

The company that owns the rights to the Terminator franchise is currently filing for bankruptcy after it's parent company, Halcyon, sued a former employee and a hedge fund company over alleged financial wrongdoing in connection with Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review). Right now it seems a little bit of a mess,...

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Hancock 2 potential

Peter Berg has been talking about a potential sequel to Hancock, however it does sound as though it's one of those final questions in a lengthy interview about something else when he's asked “what would you do for another Hancock film?”, and draws something vague out of a hat. Still,...

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August 18, 2009

Earth vs. Moon science fiction film

The writers of Zombieland and the script for the solo Venom film have sold a speculative idea to Universal that sounds quite exciting. Original pitched as a video game it's now set to be a film called Earth vs. Moon. The premise is that in the future humans have colonised...

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Scottish film White Rose Rebel

A film version of the well received novel White Rose Rebel from Janet Paisley is set to be made into a film, and for those of you who don't know the story I am not going to turn the the Americanism of “a female Braveheart” to describe it, instead I'll...

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Scorsese's Sinatra in battle?

It seems that the Martin Scorsese Frank Sinatra film that's in development is hitting some complications as film-maker and family do battle over which is the real Sinatra to show on film. Scorsese and Tina Sinatra are apparently at odds about which version of her father should be shown on...

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Romancing the Stone sequel

It was back in December of 2008 that we heard there was a remake planned of Romancing the Stone, at the time being written by Daniel McDermott, but now there's news that Michael Douglas' own production company are actually working on a sequel to the film called Racing the Monsoon....

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle adapted for film

Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, is getting adapted by Michael Douglas' production company as what looks to be a more psychological horror film rather than the straight out horror we're seeing produced of late. The film tells the story of a reclusive family comprising...

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Redford beating Spielberg to Lincoln

While Steven Spielberg is busy with other projects and his Lincoln film sits awaiting his attention, Robert Redford is set to direct a film about the President in a more round about way. His film will focus on the woman accused of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham...

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Willis confirmed in The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables just gets better and better with it's dream casting, and although this is another cameo, it's still the closest we've ever gotten to seeing the major action stars together on screen in one film. Sylvester Stallone leads and we're going to see Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger,...

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New Moon trailer online

I was sceptical that this was actually the New Moon trailer that I posted about the other day because it looked more like a featurette and not a trailer, plus it hardly featured any new footage. Well how surprised am I that it actually is the real trailer, and it...

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August 17, 2009

Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1

Film Four Stars
This is the second part to the life of Jacques Mesrine from writer Abdel Raouf Dafri and director Jean-François Richet starring the superb Vincent Cassel. Both films and stories are written, conceived and filmed well, but in the second part there is a feeling of going through similar ground that...

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Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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Vincent Cassel is a stunning actor, of that there is little doubt, he's hugely charismatic and can easily command the screen as well as pulling you right into his performance. If you haven't watched any of his films as yet then I suggest you start now with Death Instinct. This...

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Fame International trailer online

There's a new international trailer online for the remake of Fame, and by international we mean all English speaking non-US audiences. The trailer gives us a little more story, concentrating a bit more on one of the characters and giving us more of the Fame feel, including that hugely over-engineered...

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Afterschool trailer online

Although I'd heard from Afterschool a few times through the usual publicity channels, it wasn't until today that I actually watched the trailer for the film. Confusing, arty and disjointed I would say of it, and yet the word is that the film itself is thought provoking and intelligent. The...

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Brewster's Millions remake

Brewster's Millions is set for a remake, although technically the Brewster's Millions you are probably thinking about is a remake itself, whether you're thinking of the 1985 or the 1945 version. You see there's also a 1935, 1921 and 1914 version with similar themed films such as Miss Brewster's Millions...

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Wolverine gains writer

The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine has gained a writer and is moving ahead, and while Hugh Jackman might be talking about how this film is going to be even sexier and feature more ladies in Wolverine's life, it seems that for once the studio have the right idea for...

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Spider-Man sequels gains writer

Spider-Man 5 and 6 are set to happen, even before Sam Raimi has started the fourth film as today a writer has been announced for the films and we're given a strong indication that the franchise is going to continue whoever is set to direct them. The writer is none...

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Stalked: Casting for Straw Dogs and The Losers, Hugh Grant quitting again, White Chicks 2, Nichols in Deep Water, DeLorean's director

Straw Dogs cast grows... Hugh Grant quits acting again... White Chicks sequel... The Losers gains cast... Mike Nichols is in Deep Water... DeLorean biographical film gains a director......

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August 16, 2009

Filmstalker and Sonic's Ring Audiocast

The other week I was guest on an audiocast, call it podcast if you will, for the Scottish based Sonic's Ring. They normally cover everything entertainment wise from video games and comics to film, but this week they wanted to do a film only and invite me along for a...

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August 15, 2009

Legion new trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Legion, not red band like the previous one, but a new trailer none the less. The previous Legion trailer had some real issues. Some oddly comic moments, ill placed musical choices, and a little bit of over dramatic moments. However overall the idea, the...

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New Moon trailer online?

I've been watching this The Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer pop up over the internet and then disappear quickly, but I've not been posting about it because I didn't think it was a trailer, it looks more like a very short featurette. It even features Taylor Lautner popping in, a...

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Perlman confirms Bubba Nosferatu

Ron Perlman has already been confirmed to replace Bruce Campbell in the sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, but we haven't really heard much from the production since. Well now Perlman has confirmed that filming is going to go ahead, and he's revealed that he's doing...

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Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles restarted?

Hollywood is full of surprises, usually it's stupid and daft ones, but this rumour that's been appearing overnight is an interesting one, that they are looking to restart Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, and with a rather huge star. Think that sounds familiar? Well you'll remember that the Vampire...

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Caligula remake trailer online

The remake of Caligula has a trailer, and it's hilarious, a smorgasbord of bad acting and cheesy overacted deliveries, and it's filled with soft core porn moments and huge belly laughs. This looks really bad, and Gore Vidal, who introduces it and closes it, looks like he agrees. Of course...

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August 14, 2009

Tarantino wants British spy franchise

Well it wouldn't be James Bond would it? Perhaps he would like a crack at that franchise, but it appears not, but it is a spy series from another British author that could well become the hipper and cooler version of Bond. Quentin Tarantino has been talking about perhaps bringing...

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Bob Marley film loses director?

This is the second director that the Bob Marley biographical film has lost. The first time was down to scheduling conflicts when the might Martin Scorsese had to bow out, and it was Jonathan Demme who took his place. Now the rumour is that he's left the production too, although...

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Ritchie's comic book film revealed

Guy Ritchie has been talking about his next project, and while most thought it might be Sgt. Rock, he's saying that it might not be and revealed that it could be a comic book adaptation. That has put the cat among the pidgeons and sites are going crazy wondering what...

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St. Elmo's Fire the series

Although not a John Hughes film, St. Elmo's Fire is, to a degree, from the same mould of films and could be said to look at the characters from some of his films at a slightly later stage in their lives. It certainly does take a similar approach to the...

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Roman Polanski's Ghost teaser online

There's a very, very short teaser online for Roman Polanski's latest film The Ghost, the film starring Ewan McGregor as a writer who is assigned to write the memoirs of the former Prime Minister played by Pierce Brosnan. While the teaser itself doesn't give away anything more than a few...

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Battlestar Galatica reboot again

It's true, Bryan Singer is attached to direct a film version of the first series of Battlestar Galactica, something I just can't get my head around as you saw in the previous article. The announcement tells us that this is going to be a “complete reimainging” and will “stand separately”...

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The Fourth Kind trailer online

The trailer for The Fourth Kind has me a little spooked to be honest, I had caught it as I went to bed but didn't have time to write it up and did kind of write it off having read the blurb and seen Milla Jovovich was leading. However now...

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Law Abiding Citizen trailer online

Gerard Butler really does kick some ass in this first trailer for Law Abiding Citizen, don't Scottish guys play bad guys so well. Especially naked bad guys surrendering themselves to the police. Yes ladies, there's some Butler body on display! They've done a good job with the trailer too, not...

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August 13, 2009

Trailer for El Superbeasto online

I'm amazed that we missed this, but the trailer for The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, the animated film from Robert Rodriguez, has been online for some time and you can see it right here. The film tells the story of, well, let me leave that to the trailer. Instead...

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Bacon remembers John Hughes

There's a series of stars talking about their memories of the great writer/director/producer and friend John Hughes, but one of them caught my eye above all because it's about one of his most underrated films and one of his films I love the most, She's Having a Baby. Kevin Bacon...

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Writer/Director talks The Wicker Tree and third film

I knew that The Wicker Tree, the renamed Cowboys for Christ, was filming in Scotland just outside of Edinburgh, but I hadn't managed to come across it. Perhaps now I might having read a lengthy interview with Robin Hardy, director of The Wicker Man and writer/director of The Wicker Tree....

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Another Battlestar Galactica remake?

I find it hard to believe that this could possibly work out, but the word is that there's another restart of the Battlestar Galactica films on the cards, and this one will return to the previous view of the Cylons and the story. Two words, bad move. It's obvious. The...

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Stalked: Free Avatar tickets, Poltergeist remake, Brighton Rock remake leads, Paprika live-action

Free tickets for the Avatar IMAX preview... Poltergeist remake arriving 2010... Brighton Rock remake gains female lead... Wolfgang Petersen adapting Paprika for live-action film......

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Stalked: Diesel for two Riddicks, Director for Bill Tilden film, Michael Jackson film approved, Megan Fox is fun

Vin Diesel pumps two Riddick sequels... Big Bill Tilden biographical film gets director... Michael Jackson This Is It film approved... Megan Fox is fun......

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Stalked: Maggie Q in Priest, Adaptations for Just Cause, Alibi, Gunsmoke and The Big Valley

Maggie Q joins Priest... Just Cause to be adapted... Gunsmoke and The Big Valley films... Top Cow's Alibi film......

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August 12, 2009

The Maiden Heist

Film Three Stars
The Maiden Heist attracted me for three big reasons Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy. It's also fair to say that the idea of these guys playing lighter characters was a big factor, but Walken was the one that pulled me in the most. Peter Hewitt directed the...

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A Lego film?

I really do struggle with this one, a film about a Lego world is in development. Oh yes, it really is going to happen, well unless the whole toys being turned into films fad gets binned by Hollywood, i.e. at the first whiff of a failed film. In the meantime...

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Legion red band trailer online

The trailer for Legion has arrived online and it's a roller-coaster of a trailer. I mean that because it has huge highs and huge lows, and one of the highs is the excellent idea behind it. Modern day and God has become tired of humans and so he's decided to...

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Darabont gives up on Farenheit 451?

Frank Darabont has been trying to get his adaptation of the classic Farenheit 451 taken on by a studio but to no avail, and it looks like he might just have given up as he turns to the Hollywood machine and accepts his fate as he prepares to bring a...

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Mamet remakes Diary of Anne Frank

A new version of The Diary of Anne Frank might fill me with dread usually, but then the name pitched behind it is one that does the exact opposite of that and makes me believe that we're going to get something rather special. David Mamet is set to adapt the...

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Death Race prequel

A lot recently Hollywood has been making me wonder what the hell it's up to and where they are getting some of their ideas. For a while it was obvious, hard cash returns, but now it's not so apparent. For instance what's the return going to be on the prequel...

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Me and Orson Welles clip online

The first trailer for Me and Orson Welles has arrived online, and I'm a little under whelmed by it to be honest, and I had high hopes for it too. Of course I am in a stinker of a mood today and ready to fly off the handle at the...

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The Invention of Lying new trailer online

The Invention of Lying seems a really interesting idea, in a world where (I can feel my voiceover voice kicking in) everyone tells the truth without question, a man suddenly realises how to lie. Not just that but he realises that lying will bring him everything he would desire. The...

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Microsoft deny Halo rumours

We may be desperate for a film from the Halo universe, and the rumours of Steven Spielberg in negotiations for the task may be true or not, but if they are then someone better tell Microsoft as they appear to be steadfast about their position with a Halo film. In...

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August 11, 2009

High Life

Film Three Stars
High Life was an unusual film that I was drawn to for three names, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre and Joe Anderson, but in particular it was the idea of seeing Olyphant in a rather different role to the one I'd seen him in to date, a role that really...

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Should the last Kubrick film be made?

Stanley Kubrick's last film was never made. He wrote the script and began filming, but he and the studio held back on the film and it never got made. Now his brother-in-law is calling for the studio to take up the film again and get it made. The reason the...

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Astro Boy trailer online

There's a brand new trailer for Astro Boy online and it's looking like a lot of fun, mixing comedy with action and a little spoonful of serious, and we get an interesting combination. The film tells the story of a robot who is built by a brilliant scientist, given incredible...

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon teaser online

Frankly you'd be better with the hand held filmed footage from Comic-Con that I wrote about the other day, but if you really want to see, the teaser for the upcoming trailer release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon has arrived online. There's not really that much to the footage,...

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Hank Williams biographical film

There has only been one biographical film of Hank Williams to date, with George Hamilton play the legendary singer in the 1964 film Your Cheatin' Heart, other than that there have been two documentaries looking at his life. I find that utterly surprising considering the bankable appeal there would be...

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Directors talk Blair Witch Project sequel

We've heard of a sequel to The Blair Witch Project before, well we've actually seen one, except that was a standard fare horror film that was very much out of the control of the original directors and who were pulled along for the Hollywood ride. They've been talking about another...

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Case 39 clip reveals reason for no distribution

A clip online for the film Case 39 perhaps reveals why there's not been a release of the film for so long, and why we're waiting until now to finally get to see it. Even then those in America still don't have a release date. The film, written by Ray...

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John Hughes documentary gets distribution

John Hughes was a bit of a Hollywood recluse after he stopped directing, although he kept writing and producing, that wasn't what he was all about. However his fans, of which there were and are many, have never forgotten about him, and that's true of two film-makers who went out...

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She's Having a Baby trailer online

Just to remind you what one of the most over looked John Hughes, and one that I loved and still do, She's Having a Baby. Now one thing you have to overlook is the fact that it has probably his worst choice of music over the top ever. That's something...

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August 10, 2009

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Red Dawn cast expands

While there's no news yet if Kurt Russell really will appear in the Red Dawn remake, although I actually think they should be fighting for Patrick Swayze, there are some new casting announcements including the addition of a Cruise to the line-up. Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki have...

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Hurt Locker team on Triple Frontier

When you watch The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review) you'll know why I'm excited that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are teaming up again on a film called Triple Frontier. Boal was the writer and Bigelow the director behind The Hurt Locker and it's a superb film, well worthy of the...

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Stalked: Olmos in Green Hornet, Langella in Wall Street 2, Underworld 4 in 3D?

A number of questions have arisen today, and are worthy of asking. The first, is Edward James Olmos starring in The Green Hornet? Second, is Frank Langella going to star in Wall Street 2? The third and last, is Underworld 4 going to be in 3D?...

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Three Stooges casting changes

Previously, on Filmstalker, the Three Stooges film was cast with some mighty names, Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benecio del Toro. Suddenly the idea of the Farrelly Brothers film had leapt in my estimation and I thought there could be something in it. Then news today reveals that perhaps the...

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Iron Man 2 Comic-Con extended trailer online

There's another leaked trailer from Comic-Con this weekend, and that's for Iron Man 2. This is much more than a straight up trailer though because there's over five minutes of footage in there. The trailer shows us Iron Man/Tony Stark, Black Widow, Justin Hammer, Nick Fury, Pepper Potts, the new...

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Kick-Ass Comic-Con trailer online

Over the weekend the trailer from Comic-Con for the much anticipated adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book Kick-Ass by Matthew Vaughn has appeared online, and while it's filmed from the video screen, handheld, and filled with an echo, it does look good. Couple this with the clips that we've already...

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August 9, 2009

No Depp for Don Quixote

In January this year, Terry Gilliam confirmed that he was writing a script for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. This some nine years after his first doomed attempt to film it. Johnny Depp was starring in the film during it's first shoot. But it was looking unlikely that he...

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Stalked: Jay Chou, Machete, Liam Neeson

Jay Chou is going to be Kato. The cast for Machete is confirmed. Liam Neeson is to be the Unknown White Male....

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August 8, 2009

Screenwriter reveals The Thing prequel

It was Ronald D. Moore who started the prequel for The Thing, but now Eric Heisserer has the job in hand and is rewriting Moore's script for the rather contentious film idea, that of going back before John Carpenter's superb film The Thing and finding out how the creature was...

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Fish Tank trailer online

The trailer for Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank is online, and it's looking pretty powerful stuff, and the even better news is that for once in this world of film releases, the UK will get to see the film before it's put on general release anywhere else. The film comes from...

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus trailer online

The trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has arrived online, finally, and unsurprisingly it heavily features Heath Ledger. It's a fantastical looking trailer, and also introduces us to each of the people that Ledger's character will turn into, as well as showing us Doctor Parnassus himself and the giving...

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Spielberg to resurrect Halo?

Halo was dead as a project when Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson walked away from it, the reason was that the studios were too scared of cost and that Microsoft were holding on tightly to the bible of the Halo universe, unwilling to change things too much from the world...

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August 7, 2009

McG beginning Terminator 5

First of all, can I just point out to McG I don't mind your name, and can you stop using it as an excuse about why people might not like your Terminator 4 or the films before? You know they may just not like it, and I had my fair...

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McG talks 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo

McG has been busy talking today, not only has he been chatting about Terminator 5, but he's talked about his intentions for the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or rather the re-adaptation of the Jules Verne story, and it sounds like that's the real intention. He reveals that...

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Hasbro update on Scott's Monopoly

I still find it hard to believe that some of the Hasbro properties are making it to the cinema, but they are, and Brian Goldner, the CEO of Hasbro was on hand at the G.I. Joe red carpet event to reveal all. Well when I say reveal all, he just...

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New York, I Love You trailer online

I really enjoyed, it was a lovely film, wonderfully put together and had some gorgeous sections. There was the great range of actors, both French Paris Je t’aime (Filmstalker review) and foreign, and some wonderful scripting that really brought out the humanity and emotion in the stories. I watched it...

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Mission: Impossible IV happening

Yes, it really is now officially happening, Mission: Impossible IV is off the ground and running, or rather it's under starters orders and will be running probably next week, and I think that's a superb piece of news because the Mission: Impossible series is excellent, especially when compared to the...

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Trivial Pursuits film casting

Here's a strange one, I thought all the board game films were coming out from Hasbro and Hollywood studios, apparently not though as word appears that three have joined the cast of Trivial Pursuits, a film that isn't quite about the board game, but more about the world of pub...

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New Barbarella moves forward

The Robert Rodriguez remake was dead, and with it his hopes of casting Rose McGowan, then we heard it was brought back to life with Robert Luketic at the helm, and the quiet descended again. Now there's news that they have a new scriptwriter, so it really is out with...

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Berg directs his Dune

Some news we heard about the other day is that Peter Berg has begun to talk about his planned production of Dune - yes he's remaking the classic story, or if we're going to be honest about it he's going right back to the Frank Herbert source novel and bypassing...

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A Brave New World for Scott and DiCaprio

Aldous Huxley is, so I believe, a very difficult author to adapt, but news came the other day that Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to do just that with both producing the film and both are looking to take up their respective roles in the film, Scott directing...

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New Where the Wild Things Are trailer

There’s another new trailer online for Where the Wild Things Are, and it feels like this film should be out already, however it’s not. What is good though is that the marketing company aren’t drowning us in material and revealing the whole film, and still they’ve managed to deliver a...

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It's Complicated trailer online

The trailer for It's Complicated has arrived online, why is it so special? Well it's absolutely superb, it's the comedy I like, real life comedy, a little more intelligent than bodily function humour, and it features superb comic timing from two charismatic fuelled actors. The leads are Alec Baldwin and...

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August 6, 2009

Closing Credits: John Hughes

According to early reports, John Hughes has died this morning while out walking to Manhattan early this morning. Hughes was a director famed for a number of films in the eighties which were iconic to those of us in the audiences at the time and have remained in our consciousness...

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Owen in The Boys are Back trailer

I have to admit I had no real idea about The Boys are Back, probably because the idea of Clive Owen in the story of a father reconnecting with his kids and trying to get on in life without their mother is perhaps a little twee for Hollywood. Now I've...

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Shutter Island French trailer

The French trailer for Shutter Island is online, and while I only understand a few phrases here and there the imagery is extremely powerful and I think is a testament to how well the trailer, and hopefully the rest of the film, is shot. Shutter Island is the Martin Scorsese...

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Altered Carbon film still on?

Back in September of 2007 we heard the pre-writer's strike memo included James McTeigue adapting the superb Richard Morgan novel Altered Carbon, but we've not heard much more about it, until now. While James McTiegue was talking about his Edgar Allan Poe film, he touched on his hopes to adapt...

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McTeigue on Edgar Allan Poe film

I had thought that Sylvester Stallone was to be bringing out a film about Edgar Allan Poe as he was writing the script simply called Poe, but there seems to be competition on the go as James McTeigue has revealed that he's directing a film about the final days of...

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Gerard Butler Gamer interview

I don't often write about straight reviews or behind the scenes promotional clips, but this one of Gerard Butler has two things. First it has Gerard Butler who seems such a cool, rounded bloke, and who I'm a bit biased towards for various reasons, but also because the interview reveals...

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Spread Red Band trailer

Spread the red band trailer, what would you expect? Well considering the material lot's of lovely naked ladies. What do you get? A more rear than profile shot of a naked lady where you see nothing more than you would in a clever shampoo advert, the curve of a breast...

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant trailer online

The trailer for Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant has arrived online, and while the opening scenes begin to pick up a feeling of interest and excitement, the rest begins to drop like a stone and seems rather disappointing. The film comes from Paul Weitz, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,...

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August 5, 2009

Another Mallory Everest film

It was back in October 2006 that we first heard about plans to make a film about George Mallory's ill fated attempt to climb Mount Everest in 1924, the climb that since the finding of his body in 1999 has been in hot debate. The topic? Whether he died...

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P gains US release

It's been a long time since I saw Paul Spurrier's P (Filmstalker review) - oh please don't read that the wrong way - and it was a lot of fun to watch. I had hoped that by now we would have seen a bigger and wider release, but not...

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Rain to Awaken the Dragon?

Kurt Sutter is a writing genius, the man behind the amazing The Shield, and the almost as powerful and equally intriguing Sons of Anarchy, he's been turning his hand to film, and a remake of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon no less. Now if it had been anyone else I'd...

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The Firm international trailer online

A new trailer has arrived online for Nick Love's The Firm, a film that feels like a cross between The Business, for the style, and The Football Factory, for the obvious football connections. To a great extent it feels like it's a story we've seen before in other Love films...

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The Lovely Bones trailer online

I've never read The Lovely Bones novel, but on the strength of this trailer for Peter Jackson's film I think I might. For a while I thought the blurb seemed interesting but was going to be really light and wouldn't have much dramatic weight, and the opening of the trailer...

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Ong Bak 2 trailer online

A new trailer has arrived for Ong Bak 2 and it looks epic and amazing, however the new teaser trailer is still a collection of moments from the fight scenes, although to be fair it is now trying to piece together a more dramatic edge to it. I really hope...

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August 4, 2009

What film thing do you want in real life?

It is a clumsy title, but it's a difficult concept to get across in a few words, not so difficult when you simply ask, if you could have anything from the world of film to become a reality for you, what would it be? Imagine that you had one wish,...

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Worthington increases Hollywood presence

Sam Worthington is increasingly becoming a big name in Hollywood, and not just for the action roles that he's so far been seen in. Forget Terminator Salvation and the promise of Clash of the Titans, now his presence is so well felt that he's taking up a role left vacant...

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Michael Moore does drama

It looks like Michael Moore is giving up the thing he has become most known for, the documentary, in favour of comedy and mystery in the form of dramatic films. While his next documentary is investigating the banking sector in America during the financial crisis and how they, and the...

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Jackman as P.T. Barnum

Hugh Jackman is going to bring the showman P.T. Barnum back to the big screen in The Greatest Showman on Earth, not to be confused with The Greatest Show on Earth with James Stewart. The film will be a musical, and why not? After all Jackman can sing for the...

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Harlin on Russia-Georgia war

Renny Harlin directing a true life drama based around actual events during the five-day war (let's not cosy it up as anything else) between Russia and Georgia is not something you expect to read. Harlin's name is more associated with action than anything else, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long...

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James Cameron says no True Lies II

Well that was quick, but James Cameron has opened up and revealed that there are no plans for a True Lies II whatsoever, and that he'd not be keen to do anything that followed the same approach as before because of the Islamic connection. It confirms something I keep saying...

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Bullock's Blind Side

I'm not usually one for these formulaic emotional dramas engineered to get the audience crying, something that Sandra Bullock is quite happy settling for and taking the cheques for despite being able to turn out superb performances as she did in Crash (Filmstalker review). However there's a nice little twist...

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Cliffhanger 2 being written

We heard back in May that there was going to be a remake of Cliffhanger, or a reboot, or whatever they want to call it, but little did we know that the writer of Monster Squad and RoboCop 3 was on the case, well apparently he is. There's no other...

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X Games 3D: The Movie

It's no secret here at Filmstalker that I'm no fan of 3D films, not that I'm outdated or against new technology, it's just I've never seen a film that is native in 3D, they are always filled with things being thrown at the camera and engineered moments to go "by...

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Kick-Ass Comic-Con clips online

Clips from Comic-Con appeared online in the last few days and were promptly removed, but it looks like they're still making the rounds so I've grabbed them as quick as possible and just hope that they get left up long enough that you can see them. Honestly, if the film...

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The Lovely Bones teaser footage online

There's not that much to The Lovely Bones teaser, at least not yet, but there will be when it gets shown on television in the next few days. Until then there's a little teaser of it online with some footage to get your teeth into. I've never read the book...

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August 3, 2009

The Killing Room trailer online

I hadn't heard of The Killing Room before today but now I've seen the rough trailer online I'm more than interested, especially since it carries the cast of Timothy Hutton, Peter Stormare, Chloë Sevigny, Clea DuVall and Shea Whigham. The film is about four people who sign up for a...

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Solomon Kane trailer online

It may be a hand held copy of the trailer from the Comic-Con screening, but it's the first I've seen for Solomon Kane, and while it's a little shaky and the sound a little hard to hear, it's looking pretty good and the effects look fantastic. The film follows Solomon...

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Assassination of a High School President gets DVD release

Assassination of a High School President was first seen at Sundance on the 17th of January 2008, that’s hard to believe, and so far it’s only seen two film festivals and a Russian television release, until now. Finally the film, from the director Brett Simon and writers Tim Caplin...

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Duplicity

Film Three Stars
I honestly can't remember why I didn't go and see this in the cinema, after all it stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen who were really great together in Closer (Filmstalker review), and there's Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, and a number of other recognisable actors, and it's written and directed...

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True Lies II next year?

Tom Arnold has been pitching the idea of a sequel for some time, and back in January he said that Arnold Schwarzenegger was keen on the idea once he left politics, well now he's saying that the film is definitely on and begins as soon as Arnie's free. Now he's...

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August 2, 2009

The Damned United international trailer

A new international trailer for The Damned United is online. It is loosely based on Brian Clough's short reign as manager of Leeds United FC. Michael Sheen has quite a job on his hands, portraying one of the greatest English managers. See what you think inside....

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The Burning Plain trailer online

There's a trailer online for The Burning Plain, the new film from Guillermo Arriaga, the writer of Babel, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Filmstalker review) and 21 Grams. It stars a good line-up too, Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Joaquim de Almeida, to name a few. The trailer gets over...

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Spielberg remaking James Stewart classic

Well perhaps classic is playing the film up a bit, but it's certainly a film that James Stewart is very well known for. It's an adaptation of a play from Mary Chase and is a role that Stewart played many times, in film, on television remaking the film, and on...

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Jovovich reveals Resident Evil: Afterlife secrets

Milla Jovovich has been talking about her role in the fourth Resident Evil film called Resident Evil: Afterlife, she also revealed just how much is going to be put into the 3D process for the film, and it doesn't sound like it's going to be a cheap, half hearted attempt....

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Twohy talks third Chronicles of Riddick film

David Twohy and Vin Diesel have been talking about a new Chronicles of Riddick film once again, and now there seems to be a concern if they can deliver the film. A push from the studio wants to deliver a PG13 film to capture that target audience that they so...

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August 1, 2009

New [REC] 2 trialer online

There's a new trailer online for [REC] 2 online, and it barely shows anything new. It actually feels like another teaser building up to the release of a real trailer, and maybe it is, or maybe they feel that it doesn't need a full trailer as the name is so...

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Mad Max sequel still happening?

The news on the Mad Max sequel, being called Mad Max: Fury Road for now, has been sparse, and it's not been finding much luck with funding. Indeed George Miller has said that this sequel possibility could well turn into a video game or an animation to get by the...

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