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October 31, 2009

Korean sea battle in 3D

Korea is set to get its first full 3D live action film, and it will be about the real life naval battle that happened in a very short period of time on the 29th of June, 2002. Korean director Kwak Kyung-taek is set to direct the 3D live action film...

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British horror The Asphyx gets British remake

You can't write off remakes completely, there are times when it makes sense and it could result in a better film, and this story suggests that this could be one of those remakes. What's more is that it's not a Hollywood remake, it's a British one, by a British production...

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Gershwin biographical film

Musical biographies are becoming more and more popular at the moment, but many of them are about the talent right up front, now we're going to get a biographical film about some of the talent behind the star. DreamWorks is close to completing a deal for a script about the...

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Tony Scott filming Chippendales biography

News came out this week that really surprised me, with the combination of the figure under the biographical microscope and the director attached to make the film, I was a bit surprised, nay even shocked. Let's see how you fair with the news. Tony Scott is going to be making...

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Blair Witch 2 story set

We've been hearing that the guys behind the Blair Witch Project have been thinking of a new, proper sequel to The Blair Witch Project, a film that has already had a number of sequels, but only really one sequel connected to the original team who were involved in a film...

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel gains writers

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was back in 1988 and still holds up well as a funny and enjoyable film, and the effects look great alongside the superb Bob Hoskins, not to mention the wonderful characters and story. Robert Zemeckis made a superb film that was sure to last the test...

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Shake Hands With the Devil trailer

I know this isn't a new release, but Shake Hands With the Devil is a story that really affected me when I read the book by Roméo Dallaire Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and when a book, a film, or anything really touches you like that you want to tell other people...

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October 30, 2009

Wright not on My Fair Lady

Joe Wright has revealed that he's not on a remake of My Fair Lady as we were led to believe and in fact he turned down the offer rather flatly, he was never even involved in any discussion of casting with Keira Knightley. So that leaves My Fair Lady out...

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Sherlock Holmes online game

The Sherlock Holmes marketing machine is looking rather interesting. Already we've seen an interesting piece of press marketing that got sent through to Filmstalker, and now we're seeing something bigger. For those who solved the first marketing puzzle I talked about and signed up to the site, there's a new...

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New trailer for The Road online

There's a new trailer online for The Road, the film from the Cormac McCarthy novel starring Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. The book is pretty bleak, and frankly there's nothing redeeming about it or the story at all, thankfully the trailer suggests that there's something redeeming...

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Hopkins cast in Thor

There's another big name cast on Thor, this project just gets bigger and bigger and is becoming a very promising film. The latest news is for Odin, the father of Thor and Loki, the warring brother gods. It's a role that previously we had thought had gone to Brian Blessed,...

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Men in Black 3 begins

Men in Black was fun, Men in Black 2 was a bit stupid really, mainly because of the reliance on the talking dog and not the characters and relationships, something that made the first so strong. However the idea of switching the characters roles round with the student and teacher...

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Completely restored Metropolis gets Berlin screening

When the lost footage of Metropolis was found in July of 2008 work was begun to restore a complete version of the film immediately, a film that went beyond the previously restored version from 2001, a version that even restored a previously unseen character. It's amazing to believe that the...

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Mad Max: Fury Road cast confirmed

Although we heard that both Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron were joining Mad Max 4, now titled Mad Max: Fury Road, it's only now that the official confirmation is reaching us that they are in negotiations for the roles, and that means they'll most likely be starring. Hardy is set...

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October 29, 2009

Closed: Win Obsessed on Blu-ray or DVD

I've been given three copies of Obsessed to give away on DVD, and three copies on Blu-ray, and with the answer of an easy question you could win one of the copies in time for Xmas, how's that? You'll remember that the film stars Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter and Idris...

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Closed: Win Fired Up! on DVD

I have three copies of Fired Up! on DVD to give away in a very simple competition. The film stars Nicholas D’Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer and AnnaLynne McCord carrying appearances between them of Heroes, Brothers & Sisters, 90210 and Disturbia. The DVD's come with director's commentary, two featurettes,...

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Scott talks Alien Prequel

Let's face it, since the announcement was made that there was going to be a prequel to Alien and Ridley Scott would be directing it, we've been desperate for more information. I for one have anyway. I'm desperate to understand what the film will be like, what it will cover,...

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Blood Simple remake trailer online

There's a trailer online for the Chinese remake of Blood Simple, remember that great Coen Brothers thriller with bags of style? Well the new one goes under the title of San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi, otherwise known as Amazing Tales: Three Guns, a film we heard about a while...

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Harlin talks Georgia and cast

Georgia is the latest film from Renny Harlin, a film that sounds far from the usual titles associated with the man who brought us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, and the other version of Exorcist: The Beginning, however he's lining up an interesting cast...

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Trailer for young John Lennon story online

Nowhere Boy is the story of the young John Lennon, his life, his family and his first meeting with the Beatles to be, and the trailer has arrived online and looks rather interesting. However I'm not sure if it will please John Lennon or Beatles fans as it doesn't feature...

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Closed: Free tickets to Halloween screening of The Exorcist

Remember I talked about the Orange Cinema special Halloween screening somewhere in London? Well I've been given two pairs of tickets to give away to you, and it's a quick competition because it's running from now until Friday at 12pm. So be quick. The Exorcist screening is set to be...

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Star Trek Klingon deleted scene

There were no Klingons on the Star Trek (Filmstalker review) reboot, which wasn't a real problem to be honest, the real problem was a huge gaping hole in the characters, particularly of the bad guy and of the background to his character, his motivation and history being regulated to a...

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Update: New Avatar trailer and featurette online

There's a new trailer for James Cameron's Avatar online, and while many of the later scenes are similar, there's a lot more up front that focuses the telling of the story rather than the action. Still, it does get to the action too. What this trailer does is it manages...

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October 28, 2009

Le Mans film with Brad Pitt?

A film about Le Mans is being planned, based on a book called Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), it's a tall book that's for sure. What the interesting thing about this is are the names being attached...

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Berg off Dune?

There's a rumour going round just now that the planned new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune by Peter Berg has hit a roadblock, and that roadblock is the loss of Peter Berg from the project, the man who was driving it and set to direct it. Now I do warn...

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Smokin Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Trailer online

The trailer for the direct to DVD Smokin' Aces (Filmstalker review) sequel, Smokin Aces 2: Assassins' Ball, has appeared online, and while it might be direct to DVD there are a few interesting faces in there, Joe Carnahan is still involved in the production, although not directing, and the trailer...

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Woo talks Flying Tigers

John Woo has been talking about his upcoming project Flying Tigers, and it's been confirmed something that I wrote about back in July, that Tom Cruise was looking likely to star in the film. He reveals a little of the plot and the focus of the film written by Christopher...

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Jovovich Faces less horror

It does feel as though Milla Jovovich is trying to move on from her Resident Evil type roles and develop into something new, something a little more mainstream. It's something I started writing about in April 2008 when we first heard that she was joining projects such as A Perfect...

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New Shutter Island trailer online

Another new trailer for Shutter Island has appeared online, and this one gives a very dark and scary look into the film. This one would make you think it's the closest that Martin Scorsese has come to horror yet, the opening certainly gave me a scare early this morning with...

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Invictus trailer online

The trailer for Invictus, the film from Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman as President Nelson Mandella and Matt Damon as Captain of the South African rugby team Francois Pienaar, has arrived online, and it's looking rather rousing, as most Eastwood films do. Freeman looks set to deliver a blistering performance,...

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October 27, 2009

Closed: Win a new video iPod Nano

Fancy winning one of the new iPod Nano's? The ones that shoot video? Well you can right here on Filmstalker, and as always it's an easy competition that anyone can enter, if you want it. The prize is to celebrate, and to enable you to join in, the fact that...

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Green Zone trailer arrives online

Finally the trailer for Green Zone starring Matt Damon and from the director Paul Greengrass has arrived online, and I have to say it wasn't worth the wait. I know that this might meet with some negative comments, but I have to say it's not a very strong trailer and...

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Short Circuit remake gains director

Remakes continue to be the in-thing in Hollywood, and we heard about the Short Circuit one some time ago, however there wasn't a director attached to the project until now. I have to say I'm not keen for the remake of Short Circuit, so I'm not entirely sure that any...

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Xavier Gens The Fallout

Xavier Gens has a new film lined up called The Fallout. What's most interesting about the film is the fact that it's set in New York but will be filming in Eastern Europe - now that's going to be a good job for the location scouts. The film seems to...

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Besson's Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

I had never heard of Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec, but it's the story of a French novelist who turns to an investigative reporter looking into recurring themes of mystical crime and the occult. Set in both pre and post World War I times in France, the story was first...

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Straczynski adapting videogame

J. Michael Straczynski has been taken on board by Jerry Bruckheimer films to adapt a videogame, however by the very name of the writer you'll probably guess that this just isn't any videogame, this is one with a rather interesting premise. It's basically the American Civil War in modern times....

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Schwarzenegger changes roles on Stallone

What's interesting about the news of the scene in Sylvester Stallone's film The Expendables being shot with him starring next to Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger is that Schwarzenegger isn't playing himself. In the first announcement of the role it was said that he would be playing the role of...

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DiCaprio, Clooney and Depp fight for Sinatra?

Last we heard from the Frank Sinatra biographical film it was struggling a little as Martin Scorsese wanted to show a more realistic and whole story of Frank Sinatra, and the family wanted the film to show the good side of Sinatra. Apparently that battle is solved and now we're...

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True Grit gets Brolin and Damon?

It would appear that Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin are in talks to appear in the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit, the classic John Wayne film. Remember though that this isn't a remake of the film, the Coen's are going back to the source book written by...

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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day five minutes online

There are five minutes of Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, and the opening makes me think of one of the Hitman games straight up, mind you these guys can get ready fast. Half of the clip is just them getting ready, but then the film gets going. However I...

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October 26, 2009

The Most Horrific Scenes in Film

This is the second part of the two part Halloween feature, with the previous discussing the most terrifying scenes where I tried to keep you on the track of the psychologically scary scenes, this one is just the complete, horror in your face, gore filled, horrific scenes. Now I've watched...

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Collapse trailer online

Collapse is a film I'd never heard of, neither had I heard of Michael Ruppert, the interviewee in the documentary, or his prediction of the financial collapse that we're still suffering. However the director of The Yes Men has, and he's made a film about the man and his controversial...

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Knightley and Wright on My Fair Lady

Back in June of 2008 we heard that Keira Knightley was set to play Eliza Doolittle in a remake of My Fair Lady, but there was no firm word on directors, apart from a stretched out rumour of Danny Boyle at one point, but since then nothing. Now we hear...

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Zombie's Halloween II Director's Cut

Rob Zombie has been talking about preparing Halloween II for a DVD release, something that has involved a lot of work, particularly around the recutting of the film. Apparently he has just completed his Director's Cut and it's going in a very different direction than the original cinema release did....

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Update: Doc Savage gains writer

Doc Savage is coming to the cinema once again, and it looks like it might just get a big budget and more serious outing than it did originally. The producers assigned to the project are responsible for some seriously well received films, including remakes, and they've just attached a writer...

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Footloose remake stumbles again

The remake of Footloose has stumbled once again. Despite having Kenny Ortega set to direct, Zac Efron leading the film, and rumours of Kevin Bacon returning, the plans to remake this film don't seem so easy. In March of this year Efron left the production, and now word comes that...

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Paranormal Activity sequel problems

The story has come out that Paramount Pictures want a sequel to Paranormal Activity, or rather they own the rights to a sequel and they are looking into the possibility. There are a number of things that they should be aware of, and the film makers should be too, remember...

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October 25, 2009

Stallone wants Rocky VII?

I have to admit to being a little sceptical about this story, after all the final Rocky was written just that way, to be the final fight, to be a one time comeback fight, and it confuses me as to how Sylvester Stallone could be considering another comeback film, but...

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Miller reveals Mad Max 4 production

George Miller has been holding a little press conference or two in Australia to talk about the upcoming Mad Max 4, and the big surprise is just how far ahead the production is as we get to see some of the cars that will be involved in the film. He...

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October 24, 2009

Mamma Mia 2?

I have to say that this is a huge rumour, and as we've heard recently, even rumours from stars involved in the film can be lies and rumours. However it's pretty inevitable that there's going to sequel to Mamma Mia, it made enough money didn't it? Amanda Seyfried says that...

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Mad Max 4 moves forward

Mad Max 4 seems to have been given a title, and while I first read it as Furry Road, it's actually Fury Road, and that makes a lot more sense. However the big news is that the production is set to start next year and head back to New South...

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The Third Man remake?

The next of the classic films to be remade looks to be Carol Reed's The Third Man, an absolute classic adapted from the Graham Greene story and starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. Well, if you believe the rumour that is. However it's not hard not to believe it, since...

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The Men Who Stare at Goats new trailer onling

There's a new trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats online, and I think it's a lot better than the original trailer. Starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, an supported by Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang and Robert Patrick. Great line-up, and the trailer gives us more sense...

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October 23, 2009

Avatar trailer captured online

The Avatar trailer has been filmed in cinema and put online for everyone to see, however it's dark and it's slightly snowy so it's far from perfect, and for Avatar what we really need to see is a high definition version. However, this is what we have and it's well...

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Ghost in the Shell live-action 3D film

It was January 2007 when we first heard that there was going to be a live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, then the news came that Steven Spielberg was bringing it over to DreamWorks and giving the production a huge boost. Now, finally, we hear that there's a writer...

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Air Guitar drama gains writers

There had been rumours of a dramatic adaptation of the excellent Air Guitar Nation since December of 2007, when one of the documentary featured contenders for the title of Air Guitar Champion released a book about his experience in the competition and the rights were almost immediately bought. The...

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Billy Ray set for pirate film

In May we heard that there was going to be a film about the Somali pirates, following on from the true life story where the captain of a cargo ship, Captain Richard Phillips, gave himself to Somali pirates in exchange for his crew's freedom and was eventually rescued. The film...

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Neill Blomkamp gains creative freedom

It's a good sign that the director of District 9 (Filmstalker review), Neill Blomkamp, has been given creative freedom on his next science fiction film by the studio, and why not? The work he's done on his first is superb, although it has to be recognised that the Peter Jackson...

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Another BBC political mini-series adapted

The BBC mini-series House of Cards is set to be adapted and this one looks like it could have just as much chance as the previous adaptation of State of Play. Why do I think that? Well the producer for the project has just been announced and it's none other...

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October 22, 2009

The Crow remake good?

We heard about the remake of The Crow that Stephen Norrington was set to write and direct back in December of 2008, and then Alex Proyas popped up and said it was ridiculous and that he wouldn't even think of remaking it, particularly since it was Brandon Lee's film. Then...

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Owen in Internet grooming film

Clive Owen is set to star in a film directed by David Schwimmer from a screenplay by Andy Berlin. That's not really the high point of the story, and really the idea of Schwimmer directing another film is far from the big draw of the story. No, it's what the...

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Hardy replaces Gibson in Mad Max 4?

I do get a little fed up with the rumours that come out about a director "wanting" an actor for their film, or an actor "wanting" a role in a film, because basically it's nothing more than that. Tactical manoeuvring to get directly to someone and start building hype without...

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Iain M. Banks Culture gets adaptation

Iain M. Banks has written a great deal of science fiction set in the universe he's created around the society called The Culture, and now it looks like The Culture is coming to the big screen in an adaptation of his short story A Gift from the Culture. It's early...

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New The White Ribbon trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon online, and while some might get overly excited by the fact that it's a Michael Haneke film, I think if this was a film for anyone else there would be a few more questions about the quality and content....

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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe trailer online

There's a trailer online for a documentary of a man who is being referenced in a number of films coming our way but is far from the main character. William Kunstler is the man who represented in court the Chicago 8 who protested against the Vietnam War, the inmates who...

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New Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer online

There's a new trailer online for The Twilight Saga: New Moon online, and it opens with words that make me cringe. No not the “inspired by actual events” rubbish, but “when forever ends”. Hold up, forever doesn't end, it's like saying infinity plus one, and what are they saying, the...

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Cage's Season of the Witch trailer online

Can Nicolas Cage improve on some, if not all, of his film choices of late? Well the Season of the Witch trailer might just let you make a call on that. After watching it, where Cage manages to be the centre of the attention without being the centre of trailer,...

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New This Is It trailer

There's a new trailer online for Michael Jackson's This Is It, the film that goes behind the scenes and pieces together what would have been the final concert for one of the greatest musical talents we've ever seen. This trailer has some interesting new parts to it. Not only do...

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Progress on Kane & Lynch and Hitman 2

It was back in June of 2008 that Bruce Willis was in negotiations to lead the film adaptation of the video game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, a pretty good gaming experience, to be directed by Simon Crane. Now it's definite as the producers of the film talk about what's...

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October 21, 2009

Murray talks sense on Ghostbusters 3

The last time Bill Murray spoke out about Ghostbusters 3 he was starting to say things that appealed to me, saying that he was holding out to see what the script for the film was really like and would only do the film if it was really good. Before then...

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New trailer for The Wolfman online in HD

There's a new trailer for The Wolfman online and it looks glorious, particularly in Quicktime high definition where you can freeze frame and nip back and forth frame by frame and watch some of the spectacular effects and beautifully shot scenes. The Wolfman is looking glorious, and this trailer really...

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Director talks Black Death

Christopher Smith is currently celebrating Triangle being in cinemas right now but at the same time he's looking forward to his next film, Black Death, which has just finished filming. The story is about a group of knights arriving in a village at the height of the bubonic plague during...

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Van Diemen's Land director on bushranger territory

The director of Van Diemen's Land (Filmstalker review) has revealed what film he's working on next, right now in fact, and he's staying in Australia but tackling something that sounds like a cross between The Proposition and a Jesse James film. I really don't know why I just did that,...

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Duchovny tries to get X-Files 3 started

I barely talk about stars who are pitching themselves for roles, never mind roles for films that don't exist yet, and that's exactly what David Duchovny is doing, utilising the media to start discussions on a third X-Files film and to make sure he's associated with it before anyone even...

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Scott's Gucci to star Jolie and DiCaprio?

It was back in June of 2006 that we heard Ridley Scott was attached to direct a film about the Gucci empire, but movement has been slow since then. A writer was attached, a script developed, then the writer strike put paid to that. Afterwards a new writer was on...

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The Social Network casting

I'm really trying to pull back from writing about all the casting news, after all my time is limited, I'm not twenty people, and the majority are just straight announcements. Yet the casting for the Facebook film, now called The Social Network, is looking rather interesting, and coupled with the...

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October 20, 2009

New Sherlock Holmes trailer online

There's a new trailer online for the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, Rachel McAdams and the superb Mark Strong as the bad guy, not Moriarty I hasten to add. The new trailer has plenty of new footage and a...

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Broken Embraces trailer online

The trailer for Broken Embraces is somewhat scarce on explanations and story, and is more of a focus on Penélope Cruz and what the pundits think of her acting. Okay, that's a bit unfair, there's a lot more to the trailer for the Pedro Almodovar film, but it really is...

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Triage trailer online

There's a trailer online for a film called Triage, a film I first heard about in April 2008 when Colin Farrell was announced to lead alongside Paz Vega, Christopher Lee and Jamie Sives. I had little visibility of the story since then, but even the short blurb that was available...

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Wright's Indian Summer on hold

We had heard recently that Joe Wright's Indian Summer was facing a few difficulties with the Indian authorities for it's portrayal of the romance between the first Indian Prime Minister and the wife of the departing Viceroy of the British Indian Empire, Edna Mountbatten, well now those difficulties seem to...

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Swamp Thing in development, talk of Lobo

There's a Swamp Thing film coming our way, although there will be a bit of a wait because it's in the early stages at the moment. However there's a clear vision already being spoken about by none other than Akiva Goldsman, the man who is behind a few other comic...

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The Whistleblower gains big names

The Whistleblower has had a rather strong casting announcement today. The film tells the true life story of an American police officer who decided to volunteer to assist in the humanitarian crisis following the Bosnian War. She was there to investigate sexual assaults but actually uncovered a sex trafficking organisation...

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Nine rehearsal footage

Some rehearsal footage for Rob Marshall's Nine has appeared online and it gives a great feel for the film. Well, actually I think I have to correct the title because I'm not overly taken with the idea that it's just rehearsal footage, there are some clips in there but this...

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BAFTA Scotland 2009 nominees announced

The nominees for the 2009 BAFTA Scotland Awards have been announced, and while there aren't that many categories and they are spread over all entertainment channels, there are a few for film and what seems to be promising are the same names are appearing through all the film ones. Promising,...

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October 19, 2009

Orange Cinema's secret Halloween screening

Orange Cinema are doing something rather exciting this Halloween, they're not only having a secret showing of a film in a secret location somewhere in the UK, but they're also going to provide us with clues throughout the week as to where and what the film will be. What's more...

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Craven on Scream 4, franchise handover confirmed?

We already heard that Wes Craven liked the script pitch for Scream 4 he received from the original writer of Scream, Kevin Williamson, after dinner with him the other night, well now there's a rumour that he's definitely on board to direct, which isn't that much of a gamble...

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Jolie awaits director for Tourist

Angelina Jolie seems to be confirmed for The Tourist from that earlier rumour that she was in talks, however she was only going to agree if the director worked out for her, and that director choice might just be made and would lead to her signing on the dotted line....

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Coraline

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Looking back I have no idea why I decided to avoid Coraline in the cinema, I mean now when I look at the two creative names behind the project I can see the powerful attraction in the conveyor belt factories of Hollywood, Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman. That should have...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 17: The End

The seventeenth and last in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing saying goodbye and making a few observations about the Film Festival this year. It's been great fun doing an audio round-up of the Edinburgh International Film Festival for 2009, even if...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 16: Nature's Grave (Long Weekend)

The sixteenth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Long Weekend, now renamed to Nature's Grave, probably to avoid the bad reviews. It's my turn to pick my worst film of the festival and that was an easy choice for the absolutely...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 15: Running in Traffic

The fifteenth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Running in Traffic. Jonathan picks another of his worst films of the festival and with the Scottish film Running in Traffic....

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October 18, 2009

Shyamalan produced Devil plot reveal

I didn't catch this first time around, but the plot of the M. Night Shyamalan produced film Devil, directed by the writers and director of Quarantine, the remake of the Spanish horror film [REC], and from the writer of 30 Days of Night, has been revealed online. In fact it...

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Black Lightning trailer online

We've had a few short teasers for the Russian film Black Lightning which is produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Alexandr Voitinsky, but no major trailer, not until now. This is the first complete trailer for the film about a student who discovers a flying car and decides to...

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Huge Thor casting reveals

There's some potentially amazing news online today about Kenneth Branagh's Thor, well rumour anyway, but the source is an actor who is trying out for a role in the film right now and has been captured in print as talking about two of the big names already cast in the...

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October 17, 2009

Craven says Scream 4 is good

Wes Craven has heard the script pitch for Scream 4, and he says he likes it. Although he hasn't revealed if he'll return to direct the film as yet, this is a step in the right direction, and it builds on the positive news we've been hearing about the return...

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 rumours end badly

The rumour mill is going back and forth for Beverly Hills Cop 4, we've been hearing that the film is coming for some time, but the latest rumours have some well-loved actors returning, and I don't mean Eddie Murphy. However, like so many “source” rumours that we hear about from...

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Cage claims someone else tarnished his career

Nicolas Cage has filed a lawsuit against his former business manager claiming that he has ruined his finances, and his suing him for US $20 million for negligence and fraud. This, of course, has nothing to do with his terrifyingly bad career choices. Yet the star still managed to rake...

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October 16, 2009

Bill Murray holds out for Ghostbusters 3

It seems the fact that Bill Murray is once again holding out against the desire to leap into a third Ghostbusters film is upsetting a lot of people, except this time, I have to agree with Murray. While previously the hold out has been steadfast against the idea, Murray has...

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Tim Burton's Alice beaten?

I think somewhere two films have been mixed up. If you were looking to see Tim Burton making his own vision of Alice in Wonderland you might expect something as distant and as far removed as the following trailer, except this isn't Burton's Alice in Wonderland because his, as we've...

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Wahlberg swings in The Fighter footage

Footage from The Fighter, the film that looks at the life of the boxer “Irish” Micky Ward who came back from a life of drugs and crime to fight his way to the world welterweight title with the help of his half-brother. The film is directed by David O. Russell...

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Redford's The Conspirator casting

There's been a little bit of casting news for Robert Redford's The Conspirator over the last few days, that's the film he's making that will tell the story of the people behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and in particular Mary Surratt, the alleged accomplice of John Wilkes Booth who...

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October 15, 2009

Avengers missing director

The Avengers is being talked about more than any other film, with casting and story rumours galore over the last two years, and out of all of them it was the news that Jon Favreau was set to direct that had the fans the most excited. Well those fans can...

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Poltergeist remake halted?

It was back in November of 2006 that we first heard that the Poltergeist remake was going to be made, something that was confirmed again in January 2007, and again in July 2008, then it was August of 2008 that the film gained a director in the form of Vadim...

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre modernised and urbanised

When I first heard that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise was moving from its current studio Platinum Dunes to the horror stable at Lionsgate with Twisted Pictures, I wasn't that interested. Then I read today about the plans for the franchise and I'm suddenly very surprised, and I think you...

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Ridley Scott remaking Red Riding Trilogy

The Red Riding Trilogy was a series of three British Television films that connects characters and stories of police power and corruption together across the backdrop of the murders of the Yorkshire Ripper and the investigation and eventual capture. The three films take place in 1974, 1980 and 1983, and...

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Polanski completing The Ghost from jail

The film The Ghost is about a ghost writer, and the ironic thing is that it might actually get completed in post production with a ghost director while the real director of the film remains in a Swiss prison. Now you'll know Filmstalker isn't about the private life gossip, what...

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Edge of Darkness trailer online

Oh wow. That's simply all that needs to be said about the new trailer for Edge of Darkness, the film starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone and Danny Huston that is the U.S. remake of the British television drama series. Of course I'll say more though, there's plenty to say! You...

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October 14, 2009

Stalked: Park's remake, Wichita change, Psy-Ops, Apaches

Chan-wook Park is set to remake French thriller Le Couperet... Wichita, the film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, has had a name change and some more plot revealed... Scott Stewart and Gus Krieger have written an action thriller called Psy-Ops... Bruckheimer's Apaches gets a rewrite......

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Abrams' next production project

J.J. Abrams has a new production project under his wing, and it's sounding like a very odd one indeed, and a very secret one. The plot is being kept tightly behind sealed lips, as is every detail about it, apart from the writers. Paramount has paid almost US $2 million...

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World of Warcraft film takes positive leap

I seriously wondered if the World of Warcraft film, now called Warcraft, would really ever get made, and if it did if it would it be any good or revert to some poor idea about the players losing their lives to the online game. Well those feelings look set to...

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The Expendables teaser trailer online

Working on my week off, it's great, but it's made even sweeter when you have things like The Expendables teaser trailer to write about, and today I have because it's online. Okay, it's not fantastic, let's face it. Right now all it's got going for it are the big names,...

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New Jack Ryan found?

Has the new Jack Ryan been found? It would seem that Paramount Pictures has one in mind as news comes out today that they are in negotiations with a certain actor to take up the role that was stamped by Alec Baldwin, taken over well by Harrison Ford, and fumbled...

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October 13, 2009

The Tripods script complete

Stuart Hazeldine has revealed that he's completed the script for adapting The Tripods novels, which also became a popular BBC television series, from the John Christopher works into the big screen outing directed by Alex Proyas. Hazeldine reveals that they are concentrating on the first story at the moment but...

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Women in Trouble trailer online

The trailer for Women in Trouble has arrived online, the latest film from Sebastian Gutierrez and with such names as Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Simon Baker, and Elizabeth Berkley to name but a few. The quick blurb goes something like this: Ten...

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Gary Ross to direct Matt Helm?

Matt Helm has been through the wars, for this new incarnation of the hardened spy from the 1933 novels by Donald Hamilton and from the sixties version of the character who was played by the wonderful Dean Martin and transformed into a comedic lush. Helm was set to be played...

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October 12, 2009

Tab Hunter biographical film reveals studio control

Tab Hunter is set to appear in a film about himself, a documentary which is set to look into the double life he led as a gay man hidden behind the Hollywood studio system that was extremely controlling of its stars images. The film will be adapted from the book...

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Neil Marshall on 3D horror

I'm struggling to believe that genuine film-makers are picking up 3D and running with it in their films, and James Cameron is leading the way. Now Neil Marshall is the next to go and he's taking over the reigns of a 3D horror film called Burst. Actually the film is...

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Schrader in Bollywood

It was November 2008 that we heard Paul Schrader was set to leave Hollywood and heading to Bollywood, stating that independent cinema in America was barren and cold. Now he's just seeing that idea come to fruition as the first film, Xtrme City, starts casting....

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Snipes to return for Ferrara's Game of Death

Wesley Snipes is set to return to the big screen and star in Abel Ferrara's latest film, Game of Death. No, not the Bruce Lee one. This story sees a bodyguard for a politician stranded in hospital as five top assassins go after the man he's protecting, and he has...

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Moses film like Braveheart

That is the quote that caught my eye in this story about 20th Century Fox developing a film about the story of Moses from when he was an infant and almost died, to where the story of freeing the Hebrew slaves from enslavement by the Egyptians. You'll most likely remember...

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Singer wants more X-Men, do Fox?

Bryan Singer has once again said that he wants to do another X-Men film. It's nothing new since he's said it a few times before, but he's saying it again and adding that he's discussed the possibility with 20th Century Fox. It does bother me writing about projects that stars...

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Lars von Trier on disaster film

Lars von Trier is off to something new with his latest film, not one to rely on what he's already done he's leaping into a disaster film called Planet Melancholia. It's a bit of a leap from his last film Antichrist (Filmstalker review), a film that came out to some...

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October 11, 2009

All change on The Tourist

There's another change on the film The Tourist, the remake of the French thriller Anthony Zimmer which one of our readers had just been discussing, and the change is in the form of the female lead. According to reports Charlize Theron is now off the project and there's a surprise...

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Assault on logic: Anthony Zimmer

"Anthony Zimmer's plot is, literally, unbelievable." - That's the tag line from an article I received from Arturo Sangalli, a fellow Film fan, like you all, who was moved to write about Anthony Zimmer after reading about the remake that was set in motion in Hollywood. The Tourist is being...

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Most terrifying scenes in film

I've touched on this topic a few times before, mainly in a feature back in 2006, but with it coming up to Halloween I thought we should leap right back into it, and believe me this isn't the last halloween based feature that we're going to have this month. The...

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Landis reveals Burke and Hare casting

Wow, I am surprised. Turns out that the casting of Simon Pegg in John Landis' Burke and Hare film is true, and a second name has been announced, the former Doctor Who David Tennant. Previously the rumour had been out that Simon Pegg was starring and Pegg himself had flatly...

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Cabin in the Woods delayed for 3D

Joss Whedon doesn't seem to have great success with Hollywood, and yet his latest project seemed right up their street, horror, and at a time when horror was at the forefront. Except it seems they aren't that interested in his film right now because not only have they pushed the...

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October 10, 2009

Triangle reveals all in online game

I have to hope that the upcoming horror film Triangle has something clever up it's sleeve, otherwise it's going to be a complete disaster. I've already written about the fact that the trailers have given away the entire film, well now an online YouTube game gives away a little more....

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View-Master film isn't about View-Master

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been talking about a number of their scripts today, and while they really didn't discuss anything exciting about Star Trek (Filmstalker review) or Transformers, the thing that caught my eye was about their new View-Master film, one of the Hasbro toy company's film projects...

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Toy Story 3 trailer online

So the trailer for Toy Story 3 has arrived online, and with a fanfare of trumpets and heightened expectation I sat down to watch it. It's good, and it does make connections with everything I love about the other films, but there's something missing and I can't quite put my...

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October 9, 2009

Zombieland

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Zombieland. For those of you who know about that British advert that ends with "It does what it says on the tin", that describes Zombieland really well. The trailer and the blurb describe a world filled with zombies and some survivors meeting on their various travels and teaming up to...

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 14: Wide Open Spaces

The fourteenth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Wide Open Spaces. It's Jonathan's turn to pick his worst liked film of the festival and that prize falls to a couple of films but he starts off with Wide Open Spaces....

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Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup: Episode 13: Giallo

The thirteenth in the series of Filmstalker EIFF 2009 Roundup audiocasts has myself, Stuart and Jonathan discussing Dario Argento's Giallo. Well to be fair, Stuart just mainly puts the boot in as we start to draw the EIFF roundup to a close with our worst films of the festival, starting...

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Soderbergh's Knockout will be realistic not Bourne

Steven Soderbergh has been talking about his next project Knockout, you know the one, with the gorgeous and incredibly sexy mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, and he's revealed that he's going to be making it realistic, and not following that Bourne franchise at all. What he's saying here is...

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Zombieland sequel

Having just seen and enjoyed Zombieland, review to come, I'm rather surprised that they are considering a sequel, after all I thought we'd seen everything there was to see about Zombieland without just recovering ground. However the people behind the film are already talking about the possibility and throwing in...

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans trailer online

There's something about the trailer for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans that suggests there could be something there, and then there's Nicolas Cage. Still, the trailer does look a lot better and more coherent than I thought, although the Iguana and “soul still dancing” moments did make me...

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New 2012 trailer online

There's a slightly different cut of the 2012 trailer online, showing more effects and devastation. It's a cool cut, nothing amazing about it as we've seen most of it before, but it does offer a few extra angles and shots. I'm looking forward to this film for one reason, the...

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The Phantom of the Opera sequel revealed

We first heard about The Phantom of the Opera sequel back in May of 2008, and a little more was teased in December of that year, but now the production has really moved forward, and on television yesterday Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed a little more about the plot. The stage...

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October 8, 2009

John Woo considers Le Samouraï and Marco Polo

John Woo is apparently considering two English language projects after his Red Cliff films and Jianyu Jianghu, one is a remake of Le Samouraï, a film he practically remade already in the form of The Killer but will tackle once more, and another historical epic, the story of Marco Polo...

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Foxx talks Tyson biographical film

Jamie Foxx has been pushing the idea of a Mike Tyson biographical film once again, and he's decided who he would like to direct it. Now with Foxx talking about a director and Tyson himself saying he's talked to Foxx and wants him to be the man to play him,...

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Me and Orson Welles trailer online

The trailer has finally arrived for Me and Orson Welles, the story of a student who happens to be picked from the crowd outside the Mercury Theatre by the young prodigy Orson Welles to star in his production of Julius Ceaser. The trailer stirs the emotion as it plays, helped...

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Writer and director in talks for Venom

I'm surprised that Venom is moving ahead at the same time as Spider-Man 4 and would have thought that the studio would have wanted to keep their screen time separate, especially as they come from the same film and are somewhat similar. However they aren't, they want to push forward...

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus new trailer online in HD

There's a brand new trailer online for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus online and it really is starting to show the other worlds and other characters in the film, the focus is much less on "oh look, Heath Ledger was in this" to looking at the actual film...

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October 7, 2009

Tormented twelve minutes online

The British teenage horror comedy Tormented has been revealed online with the first twelve minutes showing right now introduced by Georgia King, one of the stars from the film. Tormented tells the story of a young teenager who dies after being seriously bullied at school, but he comes back from...

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Ong-Bak 3?

Artwork has appeared online for Ong-Bak 3, and while that might not be too surprising, what it does mean is that there's a desire from the production behind Ong-Bak and the unconnected sequel to make a third film, and that's really surprising considering what happened on Ong-Bak: The Beginning. Tony...

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Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides plot revealed

The plot for the fourth Pirates of the Carribean, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, has been kept under wraps with Disney telling us just enough to whet our appetites revealing that it's about Captain Jack Sparrow and his search for the mystical fountain of youth. Well it seems...

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Postman Pat's 3D film

I shake my head in dismay, but the much loved animated character of Postman Pat is about to start his rounds to the big screen, and he's going to be turned into 3D at the same time, a move that audiences around the world have been screaming out for. That's...

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Marlon Wayans insulting Richard Pryor?

Richard Pryor is about to start turning in his grave as a new name has been announced in regards the film about his life that we heard about back in February. Then it was Eddie Murphy that was being talked about as connected with the film, and now we're hearing...

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The Messenger trailer online

I don't remember writing anything about The Messenger, but it seems I should have taken notice, and now the trailer is here I'm doing just that because the trailer is a powerful and emotional one. Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, it tells the story of two Army...

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Wrong Turn at Tahoe trailer online

Cuba Gooding Jr., one time Oscar winner for a film where he shouted and leapt around the screen much more than the average performance, and cruised on the performance of others, hasn't really seen the success that he was lavished with in Jerry Maguire, despite appearing with similar casts before...

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Predators huge casting

The casting of the new Predators from Nimród Antal and Robert Rodriguez has taken leaps ahead, with the confirmation of Danny Trejo and the previous news of Walton Goggins, comes the rest of the cast. The cast is interesting, and is spearheaded by a one time Oscar winner, but you...

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October 6, 2009

Wahlberg in Reykjavik-Rotterdam

Mark Wahlberg keeps getting strong roles, he keeps getting multiple chances, and sometimes he does well and makes something of the role, and others he doesn't, but he keeps getting them, and it looks like he's taken another one in the English remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam. The remake will be relocated...

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Wrong Turn 3 first five minutes

The first five minutes of a brand new comedy has arrived online, called Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, this film takes the Wrong Turn franchise and takes it on a Wrong Turn, to laughter. Well we all know it's supposed to be a horror, but watching this first five...

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Sharon Stone in male prostitute tale

Sharon Stone is still working hard and has had an amazing career. This year I was lucky enough to see her at the BAFTA red carpet event in real life and I have to say she was one of the most stunning women there, she blew me away. However she's...

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Paranormal Activity in Area 51

Paranormal Activity is growing in popularity day after day, and for those of you who haven't heard of it, it's a first person camera film about a couple who are recording the strange happenings in their home and is being touted as a damn scary horror film. Now the writer/director...

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Wright off Indian Summer?

Just the other day I was writing about Irrfan Khan joining the film Indian Summer with shows the last days of the British Indian Empire through the alleged affair that the Indian Prime Minister had with Lady Mountbatten, the wife of the Viceroy of the British Indian Empire, and in...

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Princess and the Frog five minutes

The Princess and the Frog has appeared online in the form of a five minute clip, and it's looking Disney through and through. However the surprising thing is the film isn't finished, but it's been released none the less. There's something magical that happens when the hand drawn images return,...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Splice creature, Butler's Law Abiding Citizen

A couple of clips have appeared online this morning that might grab your attention, they certainly did mine. Firstly, we've seen the creature from Splice already in some stills, but now we can see it in a clip of the film that's appeared online. Secondly, there's a clip for the...

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The return of Roth

Eli Roth looks set to return to directing with his latest script which is a little bit of a departure for the man usually associated with horror. Endangered Species is a science fiction story that he's just about to finish writing and could be his first director's role since Hostel:...

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October 5, 2009

Best of British scripts 2009

I never realised that there's a British equivalent of the Black List, the list that Hollywood runs of the best scripts that have yet to be produced, but there is, and it's called The Brit List, an inspired naming choice. Men Who Stare at Goats was the 2007 winner that...

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Khan joins the last days of British Indian Empire

Irrfan Khan is set to star in the Joe Wright directed film Indian Summer starring Cate Blanchett and Hugh Grant as Lady and Lord Mountbatten who were the Viceroy of the British Indian Empire in the adaptation of the book by the same name. Khan is set to play the...

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Showgirls sequel in production

It seems nigh on impossible to conceive, but it would seem that there is a sequel in development, and a director has been assigned to a project that already has a title and a story, although it's not clear if the entire script is ready. I can hardly believe it,...

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Mann's Spanish Civil War photographer film

It was back in February of this year that we heard Pierce Brosnan's production company was making a biographical film of the War photographer Robert Capa who famously covered the Spanish Civil War and World War II, and is one of the few photographers who managed to land at Normandy...

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Stalked: Neeson in The Next Three Days, Skarsgård Snr in Thor, Adjustment Bureau cast

Liam Neeson has joined the Paul Haggis directed thriller The Next Three Days... Stellan Skarsgård will star in Kenneth Branagh's Thor... The cast is rounded up for Philip K. Dick adaptation, The Adjustment Bureau......

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October 4, 2009

Predators casting

The Robert Rodriguez scripted Predators, which should really be called Nimród Antal's Predators since he's directing, has already gained two cast members, one rumoured and one announced with another wild rumour flying about. You'll remember that the plot that's been announced is that a man is picked up by the...

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October 3, 2009

James Woods directs An American Girl

The superb James Woods has only directed one film to date in his career, he's been much happier in front of the camera delivering some blistering performances. Now he's set to direct his second film, An American Girl, starring Kristen Stewart in a very real role that looks set to...

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Blair Witch a sequel?

It's confirmed, the next Blair Witch film from Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez is close to happening and that if Lionsgate say yes then it's going to be a sequel and not a prequel, and the film-makers are telling us why that is. However even if Lionsgate don't make it,...

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Stalked: Revealing photos from Clash of the Titans and The A-Team

There are more photos online from Clash of the Titans and The A-Team, the first showing off more of the style that is set for the film, and the second giving us close-up looks of the characters of the team and how they are going to look in the film,...

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Shutter Island trailer online in HD

There's a new trailer online, and in high definition, for Shutter Island and it completely blows away any of the trailers we've seen for it so far. In fact I'd go so far to say this is one of the best looking trailers I've seen in a long time. Shutter...

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Red Cliff trailer online

There's a new trailer online for John Woo's Red Cliff (Chi bi) which focuses on the scope and epic aspect of the battles, and it looks stunning, I just hope the story holds up as well. The film is based upon events (i.e. almost entirely made up) during the Three...

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Saw VI trailer online in HD

The trailer for Saw VI has arrived online in high definition, this is the proper one, fully sanctioned by the studio, and not likely to result in me getting an email asking me to take it down! The trailer looks, well, okay. It features the scene that I was previously...

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Up in the Air trailer online

There's a new trailer for Up in the Air online and to be honest there's not much more to the trailer other than a few more hints at the rest of the story that the blurb revealed. There's a glimpse of the relationship that enters the life of the character...

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October 2, 2009

The Hobbit saves MGM

Well, this is an over exaggeration, as despite the doom sayers for the company suggesting it was close to collapse, it seemed that they actually had enough cash to keep going for a good year. Now though they also having the backing of their lenders to stick with The Hobbit....

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Spore the film

The video game Spore is to be made into a film according to news today. The Electronic Arts game that lets you make their own creatures and release them into an online world filled with other people's creatures and evolve, is to be adapted into an animated film. The big...

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Let the Right One In remake cast

Let the Right One In, the remake that's currently running with the title of Fish Head and looks set to be called Let Me In, has gathered a cast together, and there's not a Philip Seymour Hoffman in sight. The three leads have been chosen, and they all seem rather...

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2012 five minutes online

Sony Pictures apparently bought up time on almost every network and cable station last night to sell Roland Emmerich's latest disaster film, 2012, to North America. Costing around US $4 million, and catching an audience possibly four times the size of the Super Bowl, Sony has created a major marketing...

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Tooth Fairy trailer online

The Tooth Fairy sounds terrible, looks terrible, and is another poor decision for Dwayne Johnson's career, as I said in the previous article about Faster, that is Johnson's chance to reverse the damage done with the exploration of children's films. Having said that, there are a few charming moments in...

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Stalked: Transformers 3 and Kill Bill 3

The two directors of each of these films have announced that they are making a third of each of their franchises. Neither is a surprise, and one I seriously wonder if we will see. Quentin Tarantino announced he's going to work on another film (remember he does that a lot...

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October 1, 2009

The Boat That Rocked aka Pirate Radio trailer online

The trailer for Pirate Radio is online, because the Americans don't understand what The Boat that Rocked would mean...frankly I think they'd have as much chance as we in the UK did, so why change it? I think I actually know. Anyway the trailer is online and it actually makes...

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The Crazies remake trailer online

The trailer for the remake of The Crazies has appeared online and in high definition too, and I've just watched it and it almost blew me away. Seriously, it's that good. There's one tiny flaw, the choice of musical track is one that is so recognisable and is connected to...

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Ramones biographical film

I had thought that I'd written about this ages ago, but there's news of a biographical film of The Ramones in the planning stages, based on the upcoming book I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and a writer about punk music and...

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Hugh Jackman is Real Steel

Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in a film called Real Steel to be directed by Shawn Levy which will be set in a world where real boxers are replaced by robots and the ex-fighters have to change themselves to adapt to the new world. The robots are used...

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Rock returns to action

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has been struggling of late. When I saw him in Walking Tall I thought there was something genuinely there, it was a pretty good film, and a strong performance from the man, and in his action roles he was looking really good. Then there came...

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The A-Team photo

A photo from the set of the new The A-Team has arrived online, and while it doesn't show us anything of the film, it does show the line-up of actors looking very similar to the cast that we saw back in the television, in fact very similar. Liam Neeson as...

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The Green Hornet set video

A set video for The Green Hornet has appeared online and not showing anything about the film at all, however some comments the other day from some of the stars involved in the film have made me wonder about something that had me concerned from the beginning, from when Stephen...

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New Toy Story 3D teaser

I don't really find a need to write about Toy Story and Toy Story 2 being released in 3D, after all I find it a pretty cheap gimmick, and rather cheapening to the films themselves. I really love the films and the characters, why do we need them forced into...

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Ong Bak: The Beginning UK trailer

The international trailer is online for Ong Bak 2, now called Ong Bak: The Beginning, and which is due to hit the UK on the 16th of October with a limited US release on the 23rd, and this film promises to beat what Ong Bak gave us, and beat it...

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