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September 30, 2009

Soderbergh talks Carano's Knockout

Steven Soderbergh has already put a porn star into a his film about a high class escort called The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review), and we recently heard that he's casting a real fighter into his latest film, Knockout. Gina Carano is his latest real life non-actor casting, as the mixed...

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Red Dawn remake details

Details, in the form of photos of the sets, have appeared online for the remake of Red Dawn, and they reveal some interesting information. First is that the invading force seems to be all Chinese, there isn't a single Russian reference, and more importantly it isn't some faked superpower, something...

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Virus ensemble film from Informant writer

Scott Z. Burns, who recently wrote The Informant, had been on the set of the film discussing with Steven Soderbergh a scene where one character sneezes and another complains about catching viruses, and as the topic wandered onto viruses they had a brainwave. An idea for a script was born....

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Resident Evil: Afterlife no news

The interflab is wild with the news on Resident Evil: Afterlife being officially announced. The fourth film with Paul W.S. Anderson directing, Milla Jovovich starring, Ali Larter as Claire, Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield and Boris Kodjoe, and the fact that it's in 3D. Ermmm, we knew all that already....

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New Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer online

There's a new trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox online which gives us a lot more than the previous. Usually you see a new trailer like this and it's just the same one with a few different shots, well this is very different and has plenty of new shots. Mind you...

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Fuqua's new thriller

Antoine Fuqua, The Replacement Killers, Training Day and Tears of the Sun, all titles that are good to great films that really do show what a great director he can be. King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, other films that create a mixed bag of responses. Still, Fuqua is a powerful...

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Halloweed 3D halted

Halloween 3D has stopped production. I'd like to say it's because they are off to work on something original, exciting, and far from gimmicky, unfortunately it's not and the production will be back on at some point in the future it would seem. However it might be a much simpler...

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Shiver, more teen romance with animals

Shiver marks the next film to leap on the bandwagon of films that have captured the desired teenage demographic. With the Twilight series doing so well and other projects being talked about that cover similar ground, the production company Unique Features has bought the rights to a similar story. Shiver,...

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September 29, 2009

Capra's State of the Union remade

Frank Capra's 1948 film State of the Union which starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn is set to be remade by the man who made Overboard, Beaches, Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries and its sequel. What's more these great roles are going to be replaced...

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Polanski's Ghost halted

This is a film site so I won't muddy the waters with a discussion on the rights and wrongs of the Roman Polanski arrest, but there is something we should discuss and that's the film he's currently working on, Ghost. The teaser trailer we saw was rather interesting and the...

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Terminator franchise for sale

It was back in August of this year that we heard there was trouble for the company behind the Terminator franchise, Halcyon. We heard that they were filing for backrupcy and that meant a knock-on effect for those behind the film and that the Terminator franchise could be sold off...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 12: Antichrist

The twelfth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing the controversial but beautifully filmed Antichrist from Lars von Trier. Antichrist has been receiving a lot of criticism and courting controversy for a number of scenes, scenes which we do discuss in this...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 11: Pontypool

The eleventh in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing the excellent horror film Pontypool, a film you really should see. The film looks at the events of a outbreak of a strange zombie-like virus on a small town from the viewpoint of...

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Predators script review reveals plot

The plot of Predators, Robert Rodriguez's sequel to Predator that he wrote after the first film as a writing assignment for the studio and which never saw the light of day until now, has been given away in the script review online. The film is coming out next year and...

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September 28, 2009

Fast & Furious

Digital Three Stars
I'm a fan of fast cars, action and adventure, and the Fast and the Furious franchise delivers just that. Okay, it hasn't been steady in its delivery, and it's not exactly deep, but it does what it says on the tin, and for fans of action and cars that's just...

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New York, I Love You clips online

New York, I Love You, the new film based on the same idea as Paris Je t'aime (Filmstalker review) which I really enjoyed, has some clips online from a number of the sequences and showing us Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Vedant Gokhale, Hayden Christensen, Andy Garcia, Rachel Bilson, Irrfan Khan,...

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The Princess and the Frog three minute clip online

A three and a half minute clip for The Princess and the Frog has arrived online, and I guess there are people who want to see this so I'm writing about it. As you've guessed I'm not one of them. The Princess and the Frog tells the classic story of...

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A Christmas Carol new trailer online

There's a new trailer online for A Christmas Carol and it features an interesting action sequence I've never seen before in the story, as well as some more obvious 3D moments. What it does do is offer us a few more shots of some great looking animation moments, as once...

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Nightmare on Elm Street teaser trailer online

The teaser trailer for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake has arrived online this morning, and it looks scary, very creepy, and recreates a number of the scenes from the first film. The story follows the disappearance of teenagers in a town that once saw a local mob of parents...

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Lost Boys 3: The Thirst

I have to wonder why, but star of The Lost Boys series Corey Feldman has been talking about the upcoming third in the franchise, which will once again be a direct to DVD film and reveals a little about the plot and what it holds for the Frog Brothers. The...

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The Hobbit and Bond for sale?

The stories have been going mad about The Hobbit films and the James Bond franchise in trouble as stories reveal that MGM has serious money problems behind the scenes. However, as I know only too well on the bank side of this story, when a business is doing poorly and...

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September 26, 2009

Mamet's Anne Frank film too dark for Disney

Disney behind a remake of The Diary of Anne Frank written and directed by David Mamet seemed a very strange choice, particularly for Disney, however that seemed to be the way forward in August of last year and it looked like Disney was looking a little darker and more realistic....

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A Star is Born remake for a reality TV generation

A Star is Born looks like it could be getting a brand new remake to add to the number before it, and with each of the remakes has come a new leading lady, an actress and also a notable singer of her time, so the rumours of the new lead...

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Films About Toys: Does Hollywood have it right?

There's a veritable torrent, if I'm still allowed to use that word in public on a film site without fear of persecution, of films based on toys being developed just now, and while initially I thought it was complete rubbish, the more I thought about it the more I saw...

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September 25, 2009

Update: Iron Man 2 set visit

I have to say I'm less than impressed that a large portion of the Iron Man 2 set visit is actually about how the stars lose weight and stay in shape, and they say we have an unhealthy fascination with being thin. Anyway, the set visit does a little more...

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Cody writing Hefner biographical film?

It seems a strange choice, but according to the man himself Hugh Hefner, Diablo Cody is in talks to write the script for the biographical film about the head of Playboy. Seems she met with the man himself and was discussing the idea of writing the film, which does bring...

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Book of Eli trailer online

A trailer has arrived for The Book of Eli, the post apocalyptic story starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Gambon, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals and directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. It follows a man who is making his way across America by any means...

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Neve Campbell joins Scream 4

While the Weinstein company resizes and tries to deal with harder times they're also hard at work on some key projects, the revival of the Scream project is one, whether it's a good idea or not they're moving forward with it. Up until recently some of the major stars were...

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Weinstein announces Hellraiser and Scanners in 3D

Bob Weinstein has been talking his upcoming projects he revealed that the company have two things in mind right now, exploiting the 3D market and returning to the franchises that are strong for them, or strong for other companies and they now have their hands on the rights. While that...

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Creation film gets U.S. release

On one hand I'm rather surprised that Creation, the film about Charles Darwin during the time of his writing of the Origin of the Species, is getting a release in America, after all there's a huge belief that science is lies and his ideas of evolution made up and that...

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September 24, 2009

Fame first six minutes online

The first six minutes of the remake of Fame has been released online. That's the new Fame film with Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Bebe Neuwirth, Charles S. Dutton and the return of Debbie Allen. There's some recognisable faces in the students too, but for the most part they are the...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 10: Mesrine parts 1 and 2

The tenth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Mesrine: Part 1 - Death Instinct (L'instinct de mort) and Mesrine: Part 2 - Public Enemy Number 1 (L'ennemi public n°1). The two films tell the almost true story of the French gangster...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 9: Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

The ninth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig). The film tells the story of a Copenhagen policeman who moves to a small town and a smaller beat after suffering a nervous breakdown, and that's where we step...

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He-Man resurrected?

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, or Greyskull as it was being known, was previously killed off after Warner Bros. and Mattel were struggling to come to common ground on the story. Today, just weeks after the option on the film was left to lapse at Warner Bros., Columbia...

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Barbie the film

I'm sure I've written about this before but I just couldn't find it anywhere, but the news is looking like this, Universal have just managed to get the rights to Barbie, yes the plastic doll that tells children everywhere they should be thinner, bigger breasted, blonde, blue-eyed, white and dressed...

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Rourke to be The Ice Man?

The Ice Man, the adaptation of the book about Richard “Iceman” Kulinski who was an alleged hitman for the Gambino crime gang, was set to be adapted to a film by the producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, however the author had second thoughts about letting the producer cast Channing Tatum in...

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Patient X trailer online

The trailer for Yam Laranas' Patient X has arrived online and I have to say I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. The film uses the creature from Filipino folklore called the Aswang, a vampiric creature that groups together and hunts for human entrails, preferably living. Laranas released...

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Ghost Rider sequel begins

It's a stretched out joke, but the talk of a Ghost Rider sequel that we've heard from Nicolas Cage could well be happening, and with a better bit of talent behind the flaming anti-hero. It seems work has begun on the sequel and the writer of Batman Begins and Blade...

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Let the Right One In remake renamed Fish Head

Yes, I can sorely believe it either, but the remake of the excellent Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review) is about to be called Fish Head, or already is it would seem. There's also rumour galore on the casting front that I missed out on for beer and curry,...

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Singer for Jack the Giant Killer

Last we heard was that Jack the Giant Killer was going to be directed by D.J. Caruso, however that looks like it's set to change as the news is coming out that that Bryan Singer is set to direct the film. The idea that he would has been around for...

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The Fly remake

It was March 2006 when we heard that the darker re-imagined remake of David Cronenberg's classic The Fly was down the drains and a straightforward remake from the studio was up for grabs. Well that seems to be the case as we hear today that the remake is back on...

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September 23, 2009

Meyer's The Host to be adapted

When I first saw The Host in bookstores I wasn't interested. Written by Stephanie Meyer I thought it was another one of those tweeny Twilight stories, however it's not that at all, it's her first adult written book and has been bought by two producers in order to be made...

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The Dead Outside wins!

Scottish cinema is not all kilts and drugs, and you'll find that outside of Scottish Screen films actually get made that aren't cliched, appeal to the current film audiences, and are really good. One Day Removals (Filmstalker review). for example, or a horror film I saw at the Edinburgh International...

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Diablo's Sweet Valley High

Diablo Cody is set to write and produce a film adaptation of Sweet Valley High, the story of two identical twins, one of whom is described as sensitive and practical, and the other as flighty and boy focussed, and their lives at high school in the town of Sweet Valley....

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Refn talks Jekyll

I do think that the choice of Keanu Reeves to play the legendary Doctor Jekyll from the Jekyll and Hyde stories in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film is a bit of a stretch, and it does feel more like a studio requirement than anything, but speaking about the casting Refn...

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Spanish [REC] 2 trailer online

The final Spanish trailer for [REC] 2 has arrived online and it's looking very similar to the previous version although there are some new shots to be seen, particularly at the start. I'm still in two minds about the first person style of the film, and it's something that only...

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Stalked: Big casting on Facebook, Thor, Other Guys

There's a trio of big casting news this morning that can't really make it's own story without being a little two paragraph announcement, so I've grouped them together into one big one. The first up is the casting for the Facebook film, something that I am still struggling to see...

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September 22, 2009

Highlander remake in Fast & Furious style

Imagine, and you might want to think of a voice-over for this, a world where the classic Highlander is remade with a script written by those who wrote Iron Man and directed and produced by those who did the same for Fast & Furious. Yes, you are living in the...

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New system to destroy film piracy

Japan's National Institute of Informatics asked Sharp to develop a system to stop film piracy, or rather to stop those using cam-corders to record films in cinemas, and therefore stop film piracy forever. Amazingly Sharp have developed a system that actually does work and ruins the recorded film, and it...

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Toy Story 3 plot details revealed

Some details have arrived for the intended plot of Toy Story 3 from an early showing of a new trailer for the film. We already know that the crew of toys will have been donated to a children's daycare center where they are treated extremely badly, so badly that they...

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X-Men 4?

It was thought that the chance of a full blown X-Men 4 was gone, after all the cost of the salaries alone would have meant it was difficult, and the last outing in X-Men: The Last Stand did what it said on the tin pretty much, show that it was...

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Larter returns to Resident Evil 4: Afterlife

Ali Larter is returning to the Resident Evil franchise in Resident Evil: Afterlife, and with her comes Wentworth Miller, from Prison Break, and Boris Kodjoe, soon to be seen in Surrogates. However Kodjoe has a bit of an update regarding the plot for us, and it doesn't include Japan or...

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Sherlock Holmes sequel: Pitt as Moriarty?

It's not a rumour that Warner Bros. are already developing a Sherlock Holmes sequel, that appears to be fact as the studio pull in the writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney who are also writing the Justice League of America film entitled Justice League: Mortal – guess the plot from that...

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Aronofsky producing British heist thriller

Darren Aronofsky is set to direct a heist film about the 2006 Tonbridge Securitas robbery where something over GBP £53 million was stolen from the cash management company by a well organised team who had taken hostage a number of staff from the security depot including the manager and his...

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September 21, 2009

Nick Hornby's Babymakers

Nick Hornby has his next project lined up, a film called The Babymakers that will show how babies are made, that is by the little creatures inside the mother that put the baby parts together. Yes, it may sound a bizarre story but it's intended to be an animated feature...

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Depp off Pirates of the Caribbean 4?

The story is going that Johnny Depp only signed up to be in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 because of the Disney executive Dick Cook, and now that Dick Cook has left the building he's not so sure and will wait until he sees the script. Well when you read...

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Messages Deleted trailer online

There are a few people talking about the Messages Deleted trailer online and so when I saw the trailer I thought I might pass it on. It's a simple but rather nice idea, and possibly one we've seen before, a scriptwriter's old screenplay becomes real around him and people start...

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The Good, The Bad and the Weird (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom)

Blu-ray Four Stars
The Good, The Bad and the Weird, or Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom, is an interesting concept for a film from the Korean film-maker Kim Ji-woon that can be summed up quite simply, a Korean Western. It sounds incredibly bizarre but when you see the trailers you find that you're instantly drawn...

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Eckhart talks Two-Face return

Many people are steadfast on this, at the end of The Dark Knight (Filmstalker review) Two-Face was dead, and Aaron Eckhart himself publicly agreed, until now. The original plan, as Eckhart himself confirms, was for the next fllm to have the Joker return, although with Heath Ledger's death that seems...

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September 20, 2009

The Boat that Rocked (Pirate Radio)

Film Two Stars
I have to admit that The Boat that Rocked is one of those films that came out and had little effect on me. There was an interesting cast, proven film-makers with the Working Title team and Richard Curtis, but the idea at the core of the film didn't fire me...

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September 19, 2009

Nigeria moves to ban District 9

Nigeria seems to be a little upset at the portrayal of a gang of Nigerians in the film District 9 (Filmstalker review). In the film the group of Nigerians, the only humans occupying District 9, are portrayed as the ruling organised crime gang, stockpiling alien weaponry, selling food illegally and...

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Michael Caine's Harry Brown trailer online

Michael Caine is one of the best actors around and he always makes interesting film choices, his latest is a modern Death Wish kind of film that really taps into a feeling of modern day society as well as looking as though it actually delivers a strong film. He stars...

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September 18, 2009

Priest cast expands

The cast for Priest is starting to look really interesting, we already had Paul Bettany as the lead and the original comic is an interesting story that has plenty of scope for looking great on screen. Now though there are a number of names that have been attached that have...

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Kerry Katona the film?

Kerry Katona, the Katie Price (Jordan) follower, says she would be interested in a film about her life, as long as she had control and it portrayed her and her husband in a good light. That'll never happen then. Kerry Katona is the woman who was part of Atomic Kitten...

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Dead Man Running trailer online

The trailer for Dead Man Running has appeared online, and it's actually looking rather good. Written and directed by Alex De Rakoff who also did the same with The Calcium Kid starring Orlando Bloom, it stars Tamer Hassan, Danny Dyer and 50 Cent in the leads with some strong British...

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief second teaser trailer

There's a new teaser trailer out for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and I class this as a teaser trailer since it's effectively the first teaser with some footage lobbed on at the beginning, and it's poor. It isn't a good trailer at all, especially when compared...

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Stalked: Eastwood casts Damon, Linklater casts Hall, Monaghan joins Downey in Due Date, Green Lantern casting call for villains

Eastwood and Damon on Hereafter... Rebecca Hall cast in Linklater's comedy/drama... Monaghan joins Downey Jr. in Phillips comedy... Giamatti cast as King John in Ironclad... Green Lantern casting call for villains......

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September 17, 2009

Twilight stars talk Slade's darker Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is the third film in the franchise and is to be directed by David Slade, the man who directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, both very good films and very dark. So a Twilight film would seem pretty far from the mark for him....

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 8: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

The eighth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, starring Robin Wright-Penn in the leading role and surrounded by a strong supporting cast. The film is written, adapted and directed by Rebecca Miller. It sees Pippa...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 7: The Missing Person

The seventh in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing The Missing Person, a modern day film noire in the true sense of the originals. The film begins by following the Private Detective John Rosow who is hired to follow a man on...

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From Paris With Love trailer online

The complete trailer for Pierre Morel's From Paris With Love has arrived online. Following on from his very strong Taken (Filmstalker review) starring Liam Neeson he's enlisted Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Travolta to star in another action film that looks to have similar pace and drive. The film sees...

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District 9

Film Four Stars
The hype for District 9 began before the film even saw the light of day when Neill Blomkamp, the director, and Peter Jackson, the producer, seemed set to make Halo before it fell through in typical Hollywood fashion. Fans of the Halo franchise were devastated because the test footage that...

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Cage reveals why he left Green Hornet

This made me laugh. Nicolas Cage has been talking about why he left The Green Hornet and the main reason appears to be that there wasn't enough direction in the story for him or depth in the lead bad guy. Wait a moment, this is from Nicolas Cage isn't it?...

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Douglas is excellent as Liberace

Apparently Michael Douglas has been doing some wardrobe tests for Liberace and has been described as very, very good by his director Steven Soderbergh. There's not much to the story, but it does indicate that the film is moving forward and the two strangest roles for Michael Douglas and Matt...

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Sam Cooke biographical film

Sam Cooke is the next musical legend to get a biographical film made of his life, should the deal go forward, after all we've seen many a famous person's film fall to the wayside. The film will be adapted from Peter Guralnick's 2005 biography Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam...

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September 16, 2009

Romero's Night of the Living Dead remade...again

George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is heading for a remake, in 3D and in a CG animé style. Fans of the original will be waving their hands in the air like they were dead people, however some of us think that perhaps there's some mileage in the...

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Superman franchise dead?

Well in the superhero feature I did predict that it needed a bit of a rest and it looks like the new DC Entertainment are going to be doing that as they reveal there are no plans to bring Superman back to the fore. Which really is no surprise considering...

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Update: A-Team finds it's Murdoch?

Not only has it been confirmed that Sharlto Copley from District 9 is in final negotiations for the role of Howling Mad Murdoch in the film version of The A-Team, but there's a bit of a character expansion for Face with the news that a rather lovely lady is in...

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Scott's Vampire film gains writer

Back in July of 2007 we heard that Ridley Scott was producing a film adapted from a new trilogy of novels about vampires with the first novel, as yet unpublished, being called The Passage. The word is that Ridley Scott's production company is behind the deal and there's the potential...

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DeNiro and Norton in Stone trailer

This trailer surprised me a little when I saw it, I remember writing a while ago about the casting for this film and thinking that it was a potential good move for Milla Jovovich, helping her move away from her typecast as the science fiction/horror genre modern day action/scream queen,...

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Paranormal Activity trailer online

True? No not really, but Paranormal Activity is one of those horror films that can convince you it is just enough to put that seed in your head all the way through, and that automatically adds a level of fear and scare through it that will heighten the big frights....

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Hemingway gains Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is Ernest Hemingway's memoirs of being a young writer in Paris in the 1920's, billed as very personal and warmly affectionate, the book looks back at his much younger self with knowing eyes, and also the other writers that were in Paris at the time,...

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September 15, 2009

Test footage for Cameron's Battle Angel

Some test footage has been created for James Cameron's Battle Angel, the adaptation of the graphic novels and comics from Yukito Kishiro called Battle Angel Atila. In talking about them he reveals some of the scope, and his intention that nothing will come between this film being made next. Except...

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Tia Carrere's surfing return

Tia Carrere is returning to the big screen, after making such memorable appearances in Waynes World, Rising Sun and True Lies (no, I'm not joking, I definitely remember them). For a good while she's disappeared, although I've caught her in some cheap Tomb Raider television knock-off, there's not a great...

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Berg reveals Battleship plot

Peter Berg has confirmed that he's going to be directing a film version of the board game Battleships, it's something we've been hearing of for some time and the confirmation brings with it a reveal of what the plot is intended to be. Rather than focusing on the game itself,...

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Kidman in sex change role

It was Charlize Theron that was set to play the Danish painter Einar Wegener who became the first man to undergo a sex change operation to become a woman, and that was way back in 1931 believe it or not. Now though the role has swapped to Nicole Kidman, and...

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Closing Credits: Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze has died after his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer aged just 57. It follows a long illness through which he gave a great example to others suffering with cancer as he continued to work, completing the television show he had filmed the pilot for, The Beast, and working...

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Silent Hill sequel

I'm really surprised by this news, but it's here none the less. Silent Hill is getting a sequel to the 2006 film which Roger Avary wrote and Christophe Gans directed. What's more is that Avary is returning to the sequel along with the producer Samuel Hadida. The original Silent Hill...

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September 14, 2009

Update: The Expendables bootleg teaser online

Jet Li fighting Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts shouting at the camera and water torturing a young lady, and David Zayas threatening to kill the good guys? The Expendables teaser trailer has arrived online. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brittany Murphy and...

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Ford reveals Indiana Jones V has agreement

One of the biggest issues with getting a fourth Indiana Jones film off the ground, and why Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Filmstalker review) took so long to come to the big screen was that the two key people involved couldn't decide on a story. George...

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Losers director says Watchmen was simple

Sylvain White directed Stomp the Yard and I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and he's directing The Losers and lined up to direct a version of Frank Miller's comic book Ronin. While talking about that last project he revealed that Ronin was much harder to adapt, much harder...

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Terrible How to Train Your Dragon teaser online

It's interesting watching the teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon that arrived online a little while ago, not least because it mentions and shows next to nothing about the film itself. What we get is the shadow and close-up view of a couple of parts of a dragon...

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Zwick's Love And Other Drugs gains cast

Edward Zwick is more known for thrillers and dramas than anything else, so it's a surprise to hear that he's tackling a romantic comedy based on the non-fiction novel from Charles Reidy entitled Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). It does seem quite a departure...

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Morgan up for Red Dawn

Jeffrey Dean Morgan may be next in line to join the remake Red Dawn, and if he did it would mark a step up for the film that seems to be a bit of an unknown so far. The original film sees a cast of young stars, including Patrick Swayze,...

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Michael Jackson's This is It trailer online

The trailer for Michael Jackson's This is It film is online and it looks wonderful. The behind the scenes footage looks set to reveal quite a bit about the man and how he interacted with others out of the spotlight, something we don't often see, as well as some great...

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A Christmas Carol trailer online in HD

This feels like trailer Thursday as there's another new trailer just arrived. This one is for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol, the director's 3D motion capture latest. It stars Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth, Michael J. Fox, Cary Elwes and Bob Hoskins. Notice Penn and Elwes...

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East is East gains sequel

Amazingly the sequel is called West is West and will star original cast members from East is East, Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jimi Mistry and Emil Marwa. It seems we're as capable of making revisiting films as Hollywood is. Mind you, this could be an interesting film, especially considering the...

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Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer online in HD

There's not really much to say about this identical trailer to the one that was filmed and released online, it's the same trailer but now it's in high definition and looking much cleaner. The effects look good, the story looks a bit darker and more dramatic, and it looks to...

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September 13, 2009

Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 6: The Hurt Locker

The sixth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review), the film about a U.S. bomb disposal team working in Iraq. The film is a fictional one that follows a small bomb disposal team in Iraq. It follows...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 5: Mary and Max

The fifth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts sees myself, Stuart and Jonathan talking about Mary and Max, an animated film from Australia. Well actually it's Jonathan talking about the film and the two of us butting in now and again. The film stars the voices of...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides confirmed

Not only has Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides now got a title, as you can see, but Disney announced, in a rather spectacular style, that another Pirates of the Caribbean film is on with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow. However no one else has been announced,...

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Ring 3 in 3D?

There's talk of a third in the English language Ring series, the story of Samara and the videotape that kills, and with it comes a phrase which has the word bandwagon in it, yes I'm sure you can guess where this is going considering that this is the third in...

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Leaked New Moon Trailer online

The trailer for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the official one showing in cinemas, has been leaked online, and while the quality is pretty poor, it is still online and is watchable. Plus there's not loads of people screaming and howling throughout it, so you can hear everything the characters...

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Moby Dick with Hurt and Hawke?

Moby Dick is a story that has been tackled time and time again, and not just through film, but in all forms of entertainment and not just with the traditional whaling story either, but seeing the traditional story adapted time and time again, modernised, reworked, sometimes into barely recognisable stories....

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September 11, 2009

Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 4: Outrage

The fourth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan talking about Outrage (Filmstalker review), a film that should stir up that very feeling amongst its audience. The documentary comes from the excellent film-maker Kirby Dick who delivers another controversial and eye opening topic,...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 3: Surrogate

The third in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan joining in the discussion about the controversial film Surrogate (Filmstalker review). The film itself isn't controversial, but people chose to use it as a political platform, which is a shame. More of that in...

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Stalked: Dalton in Toy Story 3, Cage left Green Hornet, Josh Hartnett, Halle Berry, Wilson's Super comedy, Lord of the Rings lawsuit, Point Break sequel

Timothy Dalton has signed up for a role in Toy Story 3... Nicolas Cage has left The Green Hornet, thankfully for them... Josh Hartnett in futuristic revenge Western... Halle Berry is set to star in Dark Tide, for the man who made S.W.A.T... Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler...

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John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn recast

The Coen Brothers may have found their John Wayne replacement for their remake of True Grit, oh excuse me it's not a remake, it's a reboot. Reboot because they are going back to the source novel that started John Wayne on the character of Rooster Cogburn in the film True...

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Takers trailer online

The superb Idris Elba opens up this film, and thankfully they've let him speak in his native English , not that he's not superb at accents, I just like to hear it sometimes. Then we get to see Paul Walker and Matt Dillon, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Hayden Christensen, Jay...

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Colin trailer online

Colin is a film about a man who turns into a zombie, or rather a man who has become a zombie. It's a very personal film and looks back at who he was through his encounters since turning, encounters with other zombies, strangers, and old friends and family. Oh, and...

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September 10, 2009

Cars 2 plot revealed

I'm really not sure how exciting this news is, and if it's going to be something that you, the film audience, is really going to be excited about, after all Cars wasn't the most successful for Pixar, but it looks like they're trying to remedy that with a plot for...

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Carlyle wants Boyle's Porno

In fact Robert Carlyle is so keen to play the character of Begbie once again he says he would do anything for the film, even do it for free. However this latest desire for the film doesn't mean that either Ewan McGregor or Danny Boyle are saying anything else on...

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New Trick 'r Treat trailer online

There's a new trailer for the horror film Trick 'r Treat online. The film features four stories of horror that are brought together by a common night, Halloween. It stars an interesting list of names with Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin and Leslie Bibb. The four stories are all...

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The House of the Devil red band trailer online

The House of the Devil has a red band trailer online, and while I thought I'd written about this before and posted the normal trailer, I think I only watched it and didn't think it was exciting enough. I'm now proven wrong. The trailer reminds me of the old horror...

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Stalked: Sorority Row opening scene, Russian trailer for Solomon Kane, Warrior and the Wolf trailer, Halo Arms Race

Some trailers and clips online for this Stalked article. First up there's the opening scene to Sorority Row online, and it looks rather interesting... The Russian Solomon Kane trailer has plenty more creature shots from the previous... Warrior and the Wolf looks a confusing trailer, but it stars Maggie Q......

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Hancock 2 with Smith and Theron

Peter Berg has been talking about the possibility of Hancock 2, something he's been talking about for some time now, and while it's not really any further forward, he is giving us a little snifter of more movement though, and that's in the casting. Not only is he saying that...

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Barry Manilow musical

Frankly, it's about time, Barry Manilow's music is about to become a film, sort of. Although it's not going to be a film about him, specifically following his music, or a musical as such. Instead it will be a romantic comedy which producers hope will be along the lines of...

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe dead?

The film version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe looks like it has been killed off, again. According to reports Warner Brothers and Mattel have been looking at different visions for the film and have struggled to see eye to eye, and that means a parting of the...

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A-Team's Murdoch lined up?

For some reason I just can't stay away from the rumours of the A-Team film, it's been special for me, being the first story I wrote online some five years ago and am still writing about today. Perhaps it's going to be my Doomsday clock, when the film gets made,...

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Black Dynamite trailer appears online

Finally, after not getting to see the film at the EIFF this year I get the first glimpse online and it's superb. The trailer for Black Dynamite is packed full of hilarious, and rather clever, little references as well as some honest to goodness great humour. I am loving this...

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September 9, 2009

Reboots, which do you actually want?

Everything is being rebooted or restarted just now, it seems to be the new remake, but do you actually want to see your franchises restarted? Was there anything wrong with them before? Or should they have just been left alone? Reboot is an easy option for studios and can help...

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Plan 9 From Outer Space remake trailer

Simply called Plan 9, this is the remake of the infamous Ed Wood film, Plan 9 From Outer Space remake trailer, a film often referred to as the worst film ever made. Perhaps not so here as Plan 9 seems to have a little more to it than the original,...

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Up in the Air trailer online

The trailer for Up in the Air starring George Clooney has arrived online, and it's something very different and very refreshing. It features the lead character giving a two minute motivational speech over the top of footage from the film. The film comes from Jason Reitman adapted from the Walter...

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Judge Dredd reboot gains writer

Judge Dredd looks like he's getting a reboot, and why not? Everything else is. Except there's an interesting twist with this story, the writer assigned to the reboot script is Alex Garland, the man who wrote the novel The Beach and the scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine (Filmstalker...

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Rage trailer online

I profess to not knowing much about the film Rage, and when the trailer began I was thinking that there wasn't going to be much about it worth watching, but clip by clip the stars began appearing and there was the vague sniff of a story, and I'm rather intrigued....

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Princess and the Frog trailer online

So the disney film The Princess and the Frog has appeared online and it tells the classic tale in a whole new light. Apparently. I'm not so sure. Haven't we seen this story already in Shrek? Plus it's not really that far removed from the original story except it gives...

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Pontypool the radio play online

Having seen the excellent Pontypool (Filmstalker review) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year the news that a radio play with the same actors is available online for free is superb news, and it's true too, you can listen to the entire story online, for free. BBC World Service...

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September 8, 2009

Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 2: Moon

This is the second episode of the Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup, and in this one we talk about Duncan Jones' Moon (Filmstalker review), the film starring Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey. By now you should have all seen it in the cinema, and if you haven't then...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 1: Introduction

Welcome to the first real Filmstalker audiocast. It's taken a long time to get here, but the first audiocast is a big one, a roundup of the films from the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009 with two special guests Stuart Wood from Cinema Blend and Jonathan Melville Itsonitsgone. We talked...

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Resident Evil V a prequel?

I can hardly believe this, and I'm sure it's down to posturing and careful positioning to ensure a maximum salary during negotiations, but the word is that Milla Jovovich has proven too expensive for the latest Resident Evil film so she's dropped. With that drop comes a change in plan...

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Rambo V the Predator remake

Sylvester Stallone has been talking about the updated plot for Rambo V and he's been more than open and honest about it, revealing that the plot advertised the other day is the way that Rambo is going to go, he will be fighting a creature. There are still connections between...

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Stalked: Suspiria remake update, Sheen in Wall Street 2, Timberlake in The Social Network

Some snippets of news that just don't make a big story on their own but are worthwhile mentioning. The first is that the remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria is still on the go... Charlie Sheen is to have a cameo appearance in Wall Street 2... Justin Timberlake is definitely starring...

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Del Toro's Deadman next?

Just last week, last week exactly in fact, we heard that the Danish director Nikolaj Arcel was set to helm a comic book adaptation of Deadman and that Guillermo del Toro was set to produce, well today del Toro has been teasing on the Internet the next project he's going...

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Akira remake revived?

When word came that Akira (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) was going to be made into a live-action film I was excited, it could turn out really well, especially with the CG we'd be talking about and a huge budget, but then the first turnaround arrived when we heard it was actually...

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New Surrogates non-U.S. trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Surrogates, what the U.S. would call an International trailer and what struck me is I shouldn't be calling it that since it's probably showing in the UK and therefore would be my domestic. Anyway, not important, what is important is even this new cut...

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Stalked: Halloween 3 3D director and Children of the Corn remake writer

Two pieces of horror news for one today. First is that Halloween 3 3D may have a new director, and secondly the Children of the Corn remake has a new writer to adapt the story once again. It might spell good news for Children of the Corn, but perhaps not...

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Clash of the Titans behind the scenes and interviews

Finally, someone has decided that the Clash of the Titans remake is actually a film that will be getting a release outside of the U.S. and that restricting the viewing of the footage to U.S. audience only is harming the marketing of the film – take note studio – and...

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September 7, 2009

Bronson director on Thai western and Verbinski heist

The director and co-writer of the strange but very enjoyable Bronson, as well as the Pusher series, has announced two new projects which are equally as interesting. Currently, with Valhalla Rising just showing, he has Jekyll and The Dying of the Light in the works, now he's just doubled that....

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Soderbergh plans martial arts spy thriller

Steven Soderbergh seems to be continuing his desire to cast real life people in acting roles. First we saw the porn star of Sash Grey as a high class call girl in The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review), and now we're seeing a real life martial arts fighter in the role...

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Rambo V plot change

No sooner than Rambo V was announced and Sylvester Stallone revealed the plot for the film than an updated plot has been handed out around Hollywood and it's changed. The new plot is less Universal Soldier and more Predator, although the closing line makes you think that perhaps they're going...

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A-Team moves forward with B.A. Baracus

Amazingly it looks like the A-Team film has found it's B.A. Baracus and is another step closer to getting made, an adaptation that has been years and years in the making, and it's still moving forward. The reported cast list is looking rather interesting now, although Murdock is still awaiting...

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September 6, 2009

Another Halo film?

We've seen Neill Blomkamp's shorts for his vision of a Halo film, and combined with District 9 it's fair to say his would be a gritty and realistic version of the world. Now there's another vision online, and this one does a lot more than Blomkamp's shorts did, featuring some...

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September 5, 2009

I Spit on Your Grave remake going hard

The news of a remake of I Spit on Your Grave seemed a risky proposition, especially since the original was banned and termed a "video nasty", and the content of the film was incredibly hard stuff for it's day and still provided a dramatic tale with some purpose. So I'm...

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Stallone reveals Rambo V plot

Sylvester Stallone has been talking about the plot of his intended Rambo V, which he currently subtitles The Savage Hunt, and reveals that it has a lot more to do with films such as Universal Soldier and Predator than a traditional Rambo script. I find the direction interesting, while some...

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Inglourious Basterds

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I tried not to be swayed by any of the press or hype regarding Inglourious Basterds before I saw it, and believe me that took a fair amount of work because the sway on this film has been huge. From the moment it was seen in Cannes the negative press...

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September 4, 2009

Stone's South of the Border documentary trailer online

The trailer for Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border has arrived online, a documentary that looks into Venezuela and the President of the country, Hugo Chávez. While the U.S. politicians deliver throwaway comments like "he's worse than Bin Laden", his country sees him as a great leader who is...

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The Road clips online

There are five clips online for the adaptation of The Road from the over-hyped novel by Cormac McCarthy, and already it's looking better because there's more dialogue, and the script seems peppered with punctuation, fantastic. There are a couple of scenes that you can see taken right out of the...

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September 3, 2009

[REC] 2 full trailer online

Although there are some strong similarities, the new trailer for [REC] 2 is actually different and has some new scenes. This film is the Spanish sequel to the original Spanish film, nothing to do with the Quarantine shot for shot remake here. However the plot doesn't appear to have evolved...

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Leslie, My Name is Evil trailers online

No that's not a typo, there are two trailers online for the film Leslie, My Name is Evil, the film that sees an upstanding young Christian man in a jury deciding on the outcome of a trial against a member of a hippie cult responsible for murdering a woman in...

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King George VI film belittles?

There's a new film about a British King, King George VI in fact, and it's set to star the regular British period actor Colin Firth. However the film looks set to focus in something which rather belittles the King and the whole idea of Monarchy, his stammer. In fact the...

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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day trailer online

I have to admit I haven't actually seen The Boondock Saints, and I suspect that might give rise to sharp intakes of breath across the internet, however going by the strength of this trailer I'd say the sequel looks pretty damn good. The trailer carries a big cast and once...

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Untitled trailer online

I really don't know what to say about the trailer for Untitled. Yes it's confusing, yes it looks uninteresting, especially as it's taking a look at a world of self-important people with a lead actor who scowls and mumbles through everything, but there's something in here, a certain streak of...

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Sex and the City sequel speculation

Not only are there plenty of photos online today from the set of the Sex and the City sequel, but there's also some speculation about how the plot will evolve for this story, speculation that gets carried forward a little by the clothes being worn. Yes, it's a long shot...

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Guy Ritchie's Lobo

Guy Ritchie has been given a superhero film, and if we're being honest it's perhaps one of the hardest to adapt so far, the reason being is that he's such a violent character and the studio have given him a PG-13 rating to hit. Lobo is the comic he has...

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Harrelson's superhero film

Woody Harrelson as a superhero? You have to be kidding me, mind you he has the build and the temperament. However stop thinking that direction right now and come back to Earth as Defendor isn't a super superhero, this is the story of a man who believes he is a...

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Laranas' Patient X teaser online

Yam Laranas made the very good Sigaw (Echo) (Filmstalker review) and the American remake The Echo, which I'm still hoping to see, and now he's returned home to make Patient X, and a teaser has been posted on his blog. The film stars Richard Gutierrez and Christine Reyes, a worthy...

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September 2, 2009

Confucius trailer online

The first trailer has arrived for Confucius starring the superb Chow Yun-Fat as the famous philosopher. There are some recognisable stars in the film and surprisingly no words are uttered, it's all music and emotion, and you know what? It works rather well. There's a nice dramatic bit in the...

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Iron Man 2 changing to 3D?

The story is flying all over the place just now that Iron Man 2 could be changed to 3D, something which seems very strange considering they aren't even filming it in 3D. The film would have to be converted into 3D after the fact, something which really isn't at the...

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The Host (Gwoemul) prequel news

The Host 2 is a prequel to Gwoemul (Host) (Filmstalker review) which was a really good film that managed to mix so many genres successfully together and entertain. So news of a prequel had me scratching my head. Back in 2007 I was wondering why we would be seeing a...

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Frears adapting Tamara Drewe

Stephen Frears is set to adapt a live action version of Posy Simmonds' Tamara Drewe the graphic novel of the Guardian serialised cartoon, itself an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. It's very notable that the adaptation is getting such a well respected director who has admitted...

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30 Days of Night sequel gains director

30 Days of Night was a great horror film with a really good concept, as well as some innovative use of new technology that really did add a lot to the film, but unfortunately audiences didn't take to it as much as they should have. Still, that hasn't stopped the...

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Three Musketeers in 3D

Not only is there word out there that a 3D version of The Three Musketeers is going to be made, but what's worse is that the co-writer, co-producer and director of the film is going to be none other than Paul W.S. Anderson. The sad thing is I really can't...

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Favreau to direct Cowboys and Aliens

It's been a long time since we started hearing about the Cowboys and Aliens film, where we see Aliens land in the 1800's in the wild west and when they try to invade the Cowboys and Indians team up to fight back. There's a host of names producing at the...

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on hold

It's astounding, executives are fleeting, madness takes control, but listen closely, not for very much longer, this project is going down the hole. Thank the lord. The intended remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show looks like it could be in trouble, and good trouble at that, as an extremely...

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September 1, 2009

Stalked: Owen and Miller in Korea, Pussycat Dolls director on science fiction, Area 51 worker film, Eagle of the Ninth casting, Deadman

A few stories I've been meaning to write about but just didn't get the space. Clive Owen and Sienna Miller in Korean directed film?... Fame director on science fiction... Area 51 worker's story on film... The Eagle of the Ninth gained Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong... Nikolaj Arcel making Deadman......

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McFarlane kills Oz rumours

There have been quite a few rumours about Todd McFarlane's planned sequel of The Wizard of Oz, rumours from just how dark it's going to be to who's set to star as Dorothy, rumours which seem like finger in the air guess work that anything else. Now McFarlane has been...

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Bruckheimer buys Haas' Popcorn Fiction

Derek Haas, the screenwriter who partners with Michael Brandt for films such as Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma, has been running a little side project for some time showcasing free short stories for writers online, including his own, on a site called Popcorn Fiction. Ironically, with not many published as...

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Fantastic Four reboot underway

It seems that the next Fantastic Four film is still signed up out with the recent Disney deal, and that means that 20th Century Fox are off to start developing it, hiring producers and a writer for the film. Akiva Goldsman is going to be a producer unfortunately, not the...

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