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November 30, 2009

Fuqua's Brooklyn's Finest early trailer online

Antoine Fuqua's latest film, Brooklyn's Finest, has a trailer online. However beware, despite the intensity running through it, the star studded cast, and some excellent looking scenes, this is an early release trailer and the film is still in post production. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if this was...

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Solitary Man trailer online

The first trailer for Solitary Man starring the legendary Michael Douglas, an actor who seems to be on a bit of a run of late, has arrived online and it looks really good. My only concern is that with my birthday coming up soon have I all this to look...

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I Spit On Your Grave director reveals updated brutality

I'm a bit confused by this update from the director of the remake of I Spit on Your Grave. Talking about the film the director Steven R. Monroe has revealed what they plan to do to make it different from the original, and everything he says about it sounds the...

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Greengrass leaves Bourne 4

Paul Greengrass has reportedly left the production of Bourne 4, and the reasons seem to be down to not seeing eye to eye on the budgeting and the appointment of a new writer. What does this mean for Bourne 4? Well the studio could be looking for a new director,...

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Jonah Hex plot revealed

What has me most surprised about the plot of Jonah Hex is how much it reads like a modern film, and how you could easily mistake the setting for a soldier just coming out of Iraq or Afghanistan. However it's not. Far from it. The setting is still the wild...

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Area 51 filmed and sold

Oren Peli, the man behind the unusual hit Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review)has apparently already filmed Area 51 and brought it in under budget at around US $5 million, and that's a hell of a leap from the US $11,000 that Paranormal Activity took to make. What's really interesting about the...

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Beatles break-up in new John Lennon film

There finally looks set to be a film of the break-up of the Beatles, and it's getting a pretty interesting cast, most importantly with Christopher Eccleston playing John Lennon. However the bad news for film audiences around the world is that the film is made for British television, BBC4 in...

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November 29, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2001

One step closer to 2010, and we're just starting the race towards the end of the decade here on Filmstalker. We've already looked at 2000, the first year in the decade we're just about to say goodbye too, and so this time round we're going to look at the year...

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Raimi signs Ataque de Pánico! (Panic Attack!) director

Uruguyan director Federico Alvarez created a short film, less than five minutes in length, that showed the destruction of a city by an invading force of flying machines and gigantic robots. The scenes of destruction and the merging of CG and the landscape around them are superbly done, and the...

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Predators director talks casting

The director of Predators, Nimród Antal, had been talking about the film and the casting that we've heard of to date, he's also been discussing the role that Robert Rodriguez will play in the film. Also, that inevitable question has arisen, what of Arnold Schwarzenegger and would he return to...

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November 27, 2009

Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut)

Blu-ray Four Stars
Having seen Terminator Salvation in the cinema I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It had been hyped up quite a bit and I was hoping for a real return to the Terminator franchise, and although we were close, I felt there were a number of holes and...

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November 26, 2009

Exam trailer finally online

Exam, the psychological thriller from British director Stuart Hazeldine, has finally appeared online. I say finally because I actually saw it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, the trailer that is, and it looked really interesting. However it fell fowl of the problems that often do with...

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The Best Films of the Decade: 2000

Well here we are, rapidly approaching the big number of 2010, a number that would have meant someone would have had their space epiphany by now and we were finding that there was something amazing on a moon of Jupiter. The films have got it wrong. However with the passing...

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James Cameron's thoughts on Terminator Salvation, McG and Ridley Scott

James Cameron has been talking rather candidly about the latest Terminator film, Terminator Salvation and its director McG. As well as that he's talked about what he thinks Ridley Scott is doing with his career, and it's the wrong thing. You have to admire Cameron for his outspoken views, and...

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New Toy Story 3 trailer online

There's another trailer online for Toy Story 3, and to be honest it's less than exciting. Once again there's footage from the previous films, and then we leap into the third with plenty of stuff flying past the camera. However when we do get there it just feels there's something...

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New Daybreakers trailer online

There's a good new trailer arrived for Daybreakers, the vampire horror film (no neutered vampires who drink milkshakes and hang out at the mall during the day here) starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas and Claudia Karvan. The film is written and directed by Michael and Peter...

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The Amityville Horror to get remade again?!

How ridiculous is this getting, and why do the audience keep going back? Word is out today that there's consideration of another remake of The Amityville Horror. That's after the recent remake, which is the second remake after the four film run, one 3D and a direct to video before...

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November 25, 2009

Lawrence's In his Small World

Francis Lawrence hasn't done much since his superb outing in I Am Legend (Filmstalker review), since then he's had his name tied in with nine other projects, and we're still waiting to see one of them. Despite these titles there's word of another one that's popped up, In the Small,...

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Youth in Revolt trailer revolts

Youth in Revolt shows an interesting concept for a film, and yet it features the same sort of performance we see from Michael Cera and young actors of a similar ilk, like Jesse Eisenberg, the mumbling, unsure young character. Let's hope they grow out of it soon. Except with Youth...

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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond trailer plays like a TV movie

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a screenplay from Tennessee Williams which was supposed to be the third film for him and director Elia Kazan after A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll, however it was never to be and the screenplay sat unused. Now, over forty years later,...

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The Hungry Rabbit Jumps gains Pearce

The latest news on the Roger Donaldson thriller The Hungry Rabbit Jumps is that Guy Pearce is joining the production. Already signed up to the thriller are Nicolas Cage and January Jones. That's already an interesting cast list, but it's not the cast that has me interested in this film,...

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Ben Kingsley builds the Taj Mahal

It's not too often that a project gets everything together before a director, but when there's a big name actor like Ben Kingsley involved in the production as well as taking such an iconic lead, anything is possible. Kingsley is set to play Shah Jahan, the man who built the...

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The Last Station trailer online

The Last Station is a story loosely based on fact that sees a young man dispatched by the powers that be to, under the guise of an assistant to help chronicle the works of Leo Tolstoy, keep an eye on him and his wife, Sofya Tolstoy, during his final years...

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The Shining sequel?

Stephen King has been talking at another book signing session, and probably surprised at the fact his last one got so much press - I mentioned it regarding a possible Under the Dome mini-series - he's been talking again about a possible sequel to his book The Shining. Now this...

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Beastly teaser online

Beastly caught my eye, despite this very short teaser, the character that he turns into reminds me a little of the character I'm playing in InFamous on the PS3 at the moment, and the moment as he looks over the skyline, looks great. However that has started to fade extremely...

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November 24, 2009

Avatar interactive trailer online

I was right earlier today when I talked about a 2D footage onslaught from Avatar, it's really coming out today, and now there's an interactive trailer that allows you to download an Adobe AIR application to run alongside the official trailer. Apparently, because I've not been able to get it...

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Family Guy's Star Wars take off continues

Not really film, but it's damn cool and well worth talking about. It's the new Family Guy film take off of the Star Wars saga, with Family Guy: Something Something Something Darkside. The trailer isn't as great as Family Guy: Blue Harvest was, and I'll include that one for you...

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Jackson talks 3D Hobbit and Tintin

Peter Jackson has revealed that Tintin has finished filming, and yet the film won't be ready for another two years. How so? Well there's all the animation work to be done yet, and that's where the great bulk of work lies. He also talked about The Hobbit, and one of...

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The Crow remake producer talks

One of the producers behind The Crow has been talking about the remake, and despite what we've been hearing last year about Stephen Norrington writing and directing the film and all the other associated stories since, it seems that the film is still not actually greenlit. However he did sound...

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Avatar complete scene online

I'm a bit concerned that Avatar might just over expose itself before the time comes. I've seen sixteen minutes of it in 3D and I think that I'm well placed to get through the onslaught of non-huge screen, high definition content that is starting to come forth, but I wonder...

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Broderick's Wonderful World trailer online

It's been a long time since I've seen Matthew Broderick in a film that captures my interest, but Wonderful World might just be it. Okay, there's an intense feeling of The Visitor (Filmstalker review) here, and in fact it feels almost too close to that story, but then that was...

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Stiller's Greenberg trailer online

Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh sound like names that should have me excited to watch, well the latter two do anyway, but the trailer for Greenberg leaves me wondering where is the story that I would want to watch? Where are the characters that have me drawn...

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November 23, 2009

Judge Dredd remake continues

I remember when I first heard about Sylvester Stallone taking the role of Judge Dredd and I was excited, he really did look the part and fit the bill, and I thought it could be superb casting. Then the script and direction missed the point, and while I think they...

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Universal Soldier: Regeneration trailer online

The trailer for the next Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, is online and it features two blasts from the past, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme going head to head, but this time Lundgren's soldier has an allay, in the guise of Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski plays a Universal Soldier under...

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Scottish Blair Witch Project remake?

I'm surprised I didn't hear about a new horror film coming out of Glasgow, especially when I'm an hour away in Edinburgh, but it took a US site to alert me to the fact that a new horror film in production in Glasgow is looking to remake The Blair Witch...

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The Wolfman is recut, and recut longer

There have been a lot of things said about The Wolfman film from Joe Johnston starring Benecio Del Toro, the remake of the classic old horror, and if you listened to them all you probably thought that the project was doomed. Well whether it was or not two new editors...

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune changes writers

It was back in June of this year that we heard about the new PlayStation video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune being adapted for film, and at that time it was given to Kyle Ward, the man who wrote 3 Rounds and the upcoming Hitman 2 and Kane & Lynch scripts,...

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More Avatar footage online

There's more footage online for James Cameron's Avatar, something I'm rather surprised about as I thought Cameron, after the preview day, would want to keep as much quiet about the film as possible. However he's not, and there's footage appearing week after week, probably to try and get the hype...

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Jackson joins UFO

It was back in May that we heard about the film adaptation of the seventies television series UFO which featured a group called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), hidden beneath a film studio, who flew regular missions to intercept and destroy alien ships who were intent on kidnapping and...

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November 22, 2009

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Blu-ray Four Stars
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a film I first saw on pirated videotape when I was far too young to be watching it. My brother had managed to secure a copy and I sat down to watch it one night when my parents were away. It scared me so...

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Blu-ray Five Stars
I really enjoyed Moon (Filmstalker review) when I saw it, Duncan Jones crafted an excellent film that could have gone disastrously wrong, after all it concentrates on just one main character, and when a film does that for it's entire length, it has to be good and that character rich...

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Digital No Stars
Sacha Baron Cohen was a huge success with his film Borat, so why not try and follow it up with another of his characters he's developed from his television show and bring him to life in a fully fledged film? Once again the idea is that Brüno is a character...

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November 21, 2009

Stalked: Last Days of American Crime, Dark Void video game adaptation, American Gladiators, The Factory is happening

Sam Worthington is set to star in an interesting sounding science fiction film... Brad Pitt's Plan B has picked up the video game Dark Void before it's even released... American Gladiators really is happening... So is The Factory with John Cusack......

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Season of the Witch full trailer reveals all

I have to wonder why I'd bother watching Season of the Witch after watching this new trailer, for it seems to reveal a hell of a lot of the film's story. However, to be fair, it looks a pretty decent film starring Nicolas Cage, then again we don't get to...

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Kull the Conqueror to get remake?

Kull the Conqueror was a film from 1997, doesn't seem that long ago really, but there's talk of a remake already. Well remake may be unfair because it seems that this new film is going back to the original source, the Robert E. Howard character who first appeared in 1929,...

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November 20, 2009

Avary still on Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 has been on the go for a very long time, and with the recent news that Roger Avary, the man tasked with writing the film, has been sent to prison, it would seem that there's little chance of the film happening. Well that might not be true...

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Underworld 4 gets Shield writer

This could be huge news for the fourth in the Underworld series as word comes out that the a writer of The Shield, John Hlavin, is set to write the script for Underworld 4. Although that spells good news for the series, let's put this in context, there's no director...

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Spielberg developing King's Under the Dome

It was good news for Stephen King fans when we heard that his latest story, Under the Dome, was coming to the big screen, but news today brings great and not so good news for the film. Great news first? Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers on the...

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Stalked: Nicholas Flamel, Jekyll and Hyde, Orphange remake dead

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel to be adapted... Jekyll and Hyde moves forward... The Orphanage remake dead?... 47 Ronin with ex-Alien prequel director......

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Stalked: Gibson talks Mad Max, McKidd on Call of Duty film, Connery's acting again, Murphy in Caller

Zack Snyder's Guardians of Ga'hoole gains cast... Kevin McKidd is hoping to be in the Call of Duty film... Sean Connery returns to voice animated character... Mel Gibson has been talking about that Mad Max role... Brittany Murphy is joining a supernatural thriller......

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November 19, 2009

The Flying Scotsman for free in Edinburgh

I've been a huge supporter of The Flying Scotsman (Filmstalker review) since it was released, I loved that film, and it really touched me on a very personal level and struck me as a great Scottish film. It's just a shame that a lot of people who held purse strings...

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Gibson suggests Braveheart gave Scotland independence

Let's face facts, the Scottish people have always wanted some form of independence and autonomy from the UK, like Wales and Ireland, there's a strong sense of who we are and a strong place in our hearts for our history. What I can say is that I don't believe that...

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The Black Hole trailer online

This is a little bit of nostalgia here, and nothing like a recent release, but it's a film that I think is one of the many that really could benefit from a remake, whereas so many of the Hollywood films that are remakes just now aren't needed or wanted, The...

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Ten Best Days of My Life shows a bad side to the afterlife

While some are suggesting this is a remake of Defending Your Life, the Albert Brooks written , directed and starring film, although to me it sounds like it owes more to A Matter of Life and Death from 1946 starring David Niven. However the story of Ten Best Days of...

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Cycler teenage girl-boy swap story

Wow, I really struggled writing a title for this that could explain what the film was about and wasn't five hundred words long! Cycler is the story of a teenage girl who for four days every month turns into a teenage boy, and I mean completely, even with full male...

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More Spider-Man 4 casting rumours

There are some films that just attract casting rumours like flies round something very smelly. They just pour out one after the other. Hey, did you know I've actually auditioned for Spider-Man 4? I can't tell you what part it is yet, and that's nothing to do with the fact...

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Crazy Heart trailer online

I missed this trailer when it popped up, it's the trailer for Crazy Heart, a new film starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and the superb Robert Duvall. It tells the story of an aged country music singer whose life has really broken him down and through his many...

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November 18, 2009

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief new trailer online

There are four things that strike me about the new trailer for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and here they are – more action, product placement, and two gorgeous women, one a goodie and one a baddie. The new trailer for the film looks pretty spectacular, and...

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Girl Number 9 trailer online

Girl Number 9 was released at the end of October in the UK but I must admit to not noticing it, mainly because it's a web series and my experience of them aren't great, but there are a number of recognisable British television actors in here, and the writer of...

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Jennifer Hudson playing Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson looks set to play Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela, the first black President of South Africa, and a controversial voice against apartheid in the country prior to that, holding the post of head of the African National Congress Women's League. The film, Winnie, is set to...

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Texas Killing Fields gains Mann's daughter

The Texas Killing Fields is to finally be directed by Ami Mann, the daughter of legendary Michael Mann, who is set to produce the film. Both Michael and Danny Boyle were once set to direct the film, but it seemed that it was going to be too difficult to adapt,...

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Fuqua directing comic Miss: Better Living Through Crime

Antoine Fuqua is set to direct the adaptation of a comic book/graphic novel called Miss: Better Living Through Crime by Philippe Thirault, Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux. The comic tells the story of a prostitute and her pimp who team up and begin a huge crime spree in the early...

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French Wolfman trailer with new footage

The French trailer for The Wolfman has arrived online with some new footage, and also a new cut which seems to deliver more of a linear story development than the previous. I'm really looking forward to The Wolfman now, and it happened long before this trailer. The footage for The...

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Star Trek Gag Reel online

You know usually gag reels are pretty lame and just hold the clips that fell to the floor last, obviously figuratively speaking there since there's no physical cutting these days. However the gag reel for Star Trek has made it online and it really is entertaining, more than that there...

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Kick-Ass trailer online with director voice-over

While not a specific commentary about the trailer and more an audio interview, there is a trailer of Kick-Ass online that features Matthew Vaughn's words over the top from a telephone interview, and it's rather interesting to hear him talk about the film. The comments are short, just enough to...

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Far Cry trailer online

The trailer for Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the video game Far Cry is online, and it's up to you to decide if it's any good. When it started I have to admit I began thinking that it might be a new version of Commando, there was that potential there,...

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November 17, 2009

Atonement director tackles action

I've heard quite a few times now from a few critics that they aren't totally convinced about Joe Wright and his directing prowess. Sure he has Pride & Prejudice, Atontement and The Soloist, but they are similarly themed films and these same voices are still to be convinced. Perhaps then...

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake sunk

It looks like the planned remake of the classic Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, entitled Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and based on the Jules Verne novel, has been sunk over at Disney as they realise that the project would be quite an undertaking and might...

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A Single Man trailer online

Colin Firth is a superb actor who is far too often labelled as Mr Darcy and other such costumed and comic roles, and yet if you see something like Trauma (Filmstalker review) you'll see just how good he is when he's playing a complex character who isn't all laid out...

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 confirms director and star

While speaking at a press conference about his current film Nine, which I've just shown another trailer for earlier, Rob Marshall revealed that he's set to take on the helming of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth in the series...

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McTeigue reveals Raven plot

James McTeigue has been talking about the plot for his upcoming film Raven, a film that is set to look at the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, days which remain a mystery merely because he was found half dead, muttered someone's name on his death bed, and there was...

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Nine Musical trailer online

There's a new, sexy trailer online for Nine featuring some great location shots, some wonderful huge set pieces on stage, and all mixed through with Kate Hudson performing a number while the others appear in various sexy outfits and doing lot's of bending over in bust-lifting outfits. I'm finally totally...

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Death Race: Frankenstein Lives plot confusion

Far from being a rumour, the last update on the next Death Race film came from one of the main producers behind the film, Jeremy Bolt, and he revealed that the film would be a prequel, looking at not only Frankenstein, but two other lead characters Lists and Case. So...

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November 16, 2009

Death Race prequel title and plot revealed

Not that we're really interested, but there's a sequel already being talked about, and it looks like the planning is well on its way to seeing a film being made. However it's not a sequel, it's a prequel, and despite the story we heard before that it might be focussing...

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Korean trailer for Clive Barker's Dread online

There's a trailer online for Clive Barker's Dread, a film that I thought we'd already seen a trailer for before, but it was actually just released footage. The film tells the story of of a student who is obsessed by a nightmare he has of a axe wielding murderer which...

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Stephen Susco writing Hack/Slash

Since I saw Red (Filmstalker review) I've been a huge fan of Stephen Susco, actually I thought he did some great work on The Grudge. Now he's set to adapt a comic book that I was thinking sounded great but just wasn't going to get there. Now it seems it...

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Leaves of Grass trailer online

Edward Norton, who hasn't really had a strong run of films of late, is featuring in a new trailer online called Leaves of Grass. Not just in one role though, in two, playing twins, a set-up that hasn't really worked well many times before. Leaves of Grass is a film...

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Box Office takings versus good films

I was having a discussion online the other day about Paranormal Activity and I was talking about how the film wasn't as good as the hype suggests. Someone countered with the box office takings for that weekend, I'm not sure if it was the opening weekend or not, and used...

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Closing Credits: Edward Woodward

The man who is best known for his excellent role in The Wicker Man and for playing The Equalizer and Callum, has died aged 79. Not only was he a gifted and talented stage, television and film actor, a graduate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but he was also...

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November 15, 2009


Blu-ray Four Stars
The moment you hear about Bronson you'll be interested, the director, actor and story are all aspects of the film that will draw you towards it. Nicolas Winding Refn writes and directs, with the excellent talent of Tom Hardy leading the film. Then there's the story itself. The story of...

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Paranormal Activity

Film Two Stars
I was excited to hear about how well Paranormal Activity was doing, after all I'm sick of a lot of the factory belt made Hollywood films of late and I get quite exasperated when audiences go to so many dumb Hollywood films at opening weekend and make them successful when...

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November 14, 2009

Exorcist the mini-series?

William Peter Blatty has revealed something rather surprising, he's written - note that past tense - a mini-series for the Exorcist and there's more than that, the project has a surprising choice of director. William Friedkin. Blatty explains what he is thinking about with a mini-series....

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Boogie the Movie trailer online

I have no idea what I'm going to really write about with this trailer because I have no idea about the material behind it. It's a film based on the comic by Fontanarrosa, about a cold-blooded hitman who hits the wrong man and incurs a terrifying wrath. However he's more...

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The Lovely Bones French trailer online

The trailer for The Lovely Bones from Peter Jackson has arrived in French, and it has a slightly different cut. If I'm going to be perfectly honest there's nothing here that's not in the other trailers and it's a much tighter cut to these. Still, for fans of the book...

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Altitude trailer online

Watching the trailer for Altitude I find myself wondering what's going on, it looks freakishly bizarre, in a good way. I'm talking Lovecraft/Twilight Zone kind of way, it's kind of unexpected. The trailer looks pretty damn good as well, and it's right here for you to see....

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November 13, 2009

Greenpeace origins film

I feel like writing this like X-Men Origins: Greenpeace, it's not quite that, but close. News today is that Jon Turteltaub is set to direct a film that looks at the beginning of the Greenpeace organisation during the seventies and eighties, and how the group was formed and their defining...

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Red gains more cast

Red, the adaptation of Warren Ellis' comic series which has already gained the names of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary Louise Parker, has just gained a few more big names to the negotiations list, and the cast is already shaping up to be rather...

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Stephen King wrote Cell screenplay

At a recent book signing for Under The Dome Stephen King revealed some interesting information about a couple of his stories and their film/mini-series statuses, plus he came out with some shocking news about his Dark Tower series. Speaking at the signing, which you can see on a ten minute...

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Ninja Assassin clips online

I had been wondering what had happened to Ninja Assassin from the James McTeigue with a script from J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Sand, it had been a while since we heard any news, and then today some clips appear online from the film, and they are all action clips...

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Real Steel reveals star and plot

The director of Real Steel, which sounds a strange choice for a science fiction film, Shawn Levy, has confirmed the rumour from last month that Hugh Jackman is taking the lead in his futuristic fight film where humanity has become so bored with humans boxing that they've create robots...

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Death Race sequel

It's official, there's going to be a sequel to the remake by Paul W.S. Anderson of Death Race 2000, Death Race, although to be fair that was actually a prequel which went back to the origin of the Death Race idea. In the sequel, it's already been hinted at, the...

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November 12, 2009

Duncan Jones' Mute script reviewed

Duncan Jones' next film isn't going to be Mute, a film to follow and complement his superb Moon (Filmstalker review) the second in a loose trilogy of films that take place in the same universe. Instead we heard it's going to be a film called Source Code, and an interesting...

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Rambo V loses monster plot

Great news, it looks like the previously reported rather silly plot of Rambo chasing a genetically engineered killing monster has been overturned, and now Sylvester Stallone is saying that this story is heading off in another direction, and without Rambo. Then he goes on to reveal Rambo V's new plot,...

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Fright Night gets a new writer

We heard that the superb Fright Night was getting a remake back in September of 2007, then in January of 2009 we heard it had been killed off, until May of that year when it was all stations go again, and it was rumoured to be a big budget film...

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Monopoly story revealed?

We've been wondering what Ridley Scott is going to do with the Monopoly film for some time, after all since it was announced it's fair to say most people were confused if not shocked. Monopoly the film from Ridley Scott? Well surely there's going to be some form of amazing...

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Extraordinary Measures trailer online

How do you market one of these true story, heart tugging films, much less how do you make it. Well you can play the middle of the road of the genre and hit every tick box, or you could be bold and do something incredibly different, perhaps the whole truth...

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November 11, 2009

Writer talks Shazam and One Finger Salute

The writer of Shazam, Bill Birch, has been talking about the state of the script he's writing with Geoff Johns and where the project is, and far from being sidelined, it sounds like it's moving forward and have a clear purpose, and that purpose is going to lead it into...

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X-Men Origins: Magneto in doubt?

It looks like X-Men Origins: Magneto could be in serious doubt. The more intelligent X-Men Origins tale has huge potential, but at the same time huge restrictions, after all the young life of Magneto is set around concentration camps and the idea of justice moving into revenge and vengeance. These...

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Area 51 plot revealed

We had heard that the writer/director Oren Peli, the man behind the successful Paranormal Activity which I'm going to see in the closing hours of Friday the 13th, was set to make Area 51, and that the plot was being kept a closely guarded secret, apart from a few details...

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Clash of the Titans teaser online

The Clash of the Titans has a teaser trailer online and it's looking like there's going to be tons of action in that action adventure story, that and some stunning effects. We don't get to see huge amounts of the creatures, which is good, but what we do see looks...

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Kick-Ass teaser online

Well I wouldn't use the word disappointed to describe the footage for the Kick-Ass teaser, but considering what we've already seen in the leaked footage, this is extremely short, very tame, very short and to the point. Okay the original leaked trailer has disappeared, but the clips taken from Comic-Con...

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Abrams says no to Dark Tower?

This news could be good or bad for fans of The Dark Tower, it really does depend on which side if the fence you're on with regards the possible adaptation of Stephen King's seven book series (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). Previously we had heard that J.J. Abrams was set to direct...

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November 10, 2009

Closed: Win tickets to The Girlfriend Experience BFI screening with Sasha Grey Q&A

It's a great time on Filmstalker just now because there's just competition after competition, and that hasn't stopped as I have another quick fire competition to run for you. How about two tickets to see The Girlfriend Experience at a special British Film Institute screening with the special guest star...

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Stalked: Wiseman ends the world, Alien vs Ninja, The Carter released

Len Wiseman looks set to bring the world to an end… Alien vs Ninja is coming to the UK… Lil Wayne documentary The Carter to be released…...

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Mamma Mia! the prequel

There's been talk of a sequel to the film Mamma Mia! for some time, after all it's hugely successful and made a lot of money, it would be crazy not to tap into the audience that continually goes crazy for the musical in all forms once again. News today has...

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Sgt. Rock in the future

The adaptation of Sgt. Rock, the World War II comic character, has been having a rough time on the way to development and Joel Silver has apparently been trying to get the film made for some twenty years. Now though there's more than a whiff it might happen, there's a...

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The Good Soldier trailer online

I came across this trailer for the documentary The Good Solider and was instantly engaging. I'm a huge supporter of our troops, politics and everything else aside, and I always find the real people's stories of being a soldier incredibly moving and fascinating, as well as being educational for all....

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Stalked: What Alice Forgot, April 23, The Vatican Tapes

Three interesting stories for films today, What Alice Forgot is about a woman who thinks she's just missed ten years of her life. April 23 is the true story of a KGB sleeper agent in America who becomes too attached to his western life when it comes time to awake....

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Oldboy remake dead again?

It wouldn't take a betting person to place a bet on Hollywood never being able to remake Oldboy (Filmstalker review) , whatever the reason, but when Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were announced as being involved in the production, and more than that started seriously talking about moving it forward,...

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Spider-Man 4 has two villains?

To be fair the rumours for Spider-Man 4 have been going crazy, and more often than not they've been wrong. However it really is getting close to production and there really could be casting going on now - previous rumours were coming out without even a director on the project...

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A-Team original cast in film?

With the film version of The A-Team rapidly being made, and marking a personal landmark since it was the first ever story I wrote online many years ago, the television series may about to be surpassed and forgotten forever. However the characters and the actors who originally played them may...

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November 9, 2009

Schrader holds Bollywood for The Jesuit

It was the end of last year that we heard Paul Schrader was leaving Hollywood for Bollywood, and last month we had an update on the film project which saw him pairing with writer Mushtaq Shiekh to develop Xtrme City. Now though there's word from Schrader himself that this won't...

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Ramírez's Carlos the Jackal cut for cinema

Back in November of last year we heard that Édgar Ramírez was set to star as the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez also known as Carlos the Jackal after a copy of the Fredrick Forsyth novel The Day of the Jackal was found amongst his belongings, however the final work is...

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Cooper as Uday Hussein

The Iraq war films have begun, interestingly there haven't been as many films about Afghanistan as yet, but we haven't seen many about the regime behind Iraq, Saddam Hussein and his family. A new film is set to adapt the true story of the body double for Uday Hussein into...

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Cassell, Ryder and Hershey join Black Swan

There's been a big casting rumour on the Internet for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and if it's true it would be superb news for the production, and might get people off of the fixation of an acted sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Black Swan is the story...

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Winstone joins Red Snow

I am a big Ray Winstone fan, so it's great to see him cast in a new thriller, particularly as it takes him away from the hard man image he's used to playing, although to be fair he's not going too far from that role although he will be turning...

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Jones' next film Source Code

Duncan Jones won't be making Mute just yet as he leaps onto a new film which is already set to star Jake Gyllenhaal. The film, Source Code, sounds an intriguing one, but isn't the planned next film that takes place in the same universe as Moon (Filmstalker review) did. I'm...

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Fincher's The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

David Fincher's back, and with another long and similarly structured film title, not that it makes any connection other than the title! The news is that David Fincher is set to direct The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, an adaptation of the Max Ehrlich novel by Andrew Kevin Walker. The novel...

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Abducted Girl, an American Sex Slave film

Yes, you can probably guess that this film is related to, and is set to cash in on, the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard who was allegedly kidnapped and held by Phillip and Nancy Garrido for some eighteen years, however it doesn't sound like it's an official film version of...

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November 8, 2009

Hollywood loses huge financial backing

Hollywood is facing a financial crisis of the proportion that we've seen, and are still seeing, in the financial industry, and it's the financial industry to blame apparently. Hollywood budgets are heavily funded by money from financial institutions, and as their expenditures are closed off to save on costs and...

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Closed: Win a copy of Clint Eastwood Icon : The Ultimate Film Art Collection

There's a new book out in time for the present giving season, and it's a must for all the Clint Eastwood and film fans out there, a superb gift for someone, or for yourself, and the bonus is it's free and it's simple to enter. Clint Eastwood Icon : The...

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Berg's Battleship first reveal

Peter Berg is directing Battleship, the adaptation of the board game, but the big question has been just where is the story going to go? Well there may just have been a big reveal online, and if it's true then it may well look epic. When it was announced I...

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Closed: Competition Reminders: Obsessed on Blu-ray or DVD and Fired Up! on DVD

Two competitions are ending on Monday and Tuesday, and this is the last chance to enter them and be in with a chance of winning either copies of Obsessed on Blu-ray or DVD, and copies of Fired Up! on DVD. To enter the competitions it's simple, just head over to...

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November 7, 2009

New Town Killers

Film Two Stars
New Town Killers has a lot of promise, it's a great idea filmed in a great city by a Scottish writer/director and a strong Scottish cast. Richard Jobson is the man behind the writing and directing, and in front of the camera we see Dougray Scott and Alastair Mackenzie playing...

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Law Abiding Citizen

Film Four Stars
I'm a fan of Gerard Butler, and Jamie Fox can be good, although he can often be complacent in the performances he gives. The plot of Law Abiding Citizen sounded interesting, but it was F. Gary Gray that really caught my eye with the entire package, and really rounded off...

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Jurassic Park IV breaks the mould

There's been a lot of talk of a Jurassic Park IV, but nothing ever really happened, or so we thought, for Joe Johnston has revealed that he's read the story for the fourth film and it's a good one. What's more is that it breaks the mould from the previous...

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The Blackout trailer online

A trailer popped online for a film called The Blackout, a smaller film that wants to do one of those common but very cool ideas of portraying a huge incident in a very small and closed off view. The Blackout is the story of a blackout that is spreading across...

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The Howling Reborn gains writer and director

It was back in July of 2006, believe it or not, that a remake of The Howling was first talked about, and now it appears that there's an actual move to get the film made, and remake it certainly sounds like as the title is The Howling Reborn. At the...

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November 6, 2009

Jean Reno's immortel in 22 Bullets

Jean Reno is set to return as cold blooded killer, a much nastier character than you might remember from Léon, Ronin, The Crimson Rivers or his money making Hollywood roles since. While it isn't his only role coming up - we're even set to see him in Hollywood's Armored -...

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Eminem following Snoop Dogg

Eminem is going to be starring in a 3D film, and more than that he'll be leading a film that sounds very much like Creepshow, or rather Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, a series of connected stories that will also end up being turned into a comic book series. That...

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Nakata directing Voice From the Stone

News has finally arrived of what will be Hideo Nakata's next film, and disappointingly it's not his adaptation of Out or the remake of The Entity, instead it's news of a film called Voice From the Stone from a novel of the same name and adapted by Mark Wheaton. The...

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British film Whole Lotta Sole gets Bacon

Thankfully there's some good, big British production news, this isn't a small budget horror film, oh no, this is a film starring Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Sophie Okonedo and James Nesbitt, the film is a comedy about a failed heist in a fish market. What's the title? Whole Lotta Sole....

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What is J.J. Abrams' 500 Rads?

Now I shan't over-hype this by shouting about J.J. Abrams' latest secret project, but what I will do is a little research into what exactly 500 Rads is, and there are two interesting things that pop up, one which is very interesting indeed and makes me think of the machine...

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Brothers trailer online

A new trailer for Brothers has arrived online and I'm still struggling with how much of a psychological thriller it looks like from the outset, and how much of a bad guy it's pushing the Tobey Maguire character towards, something that just doesn't come through in the original. I mean...

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Planet 51 behind the scenes featurette

With the behind the scenes featurette for Planet 51 we get tons of footage from the film that we haven't seen before, and the stars talking about the film too. There's Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Jessica Biel and Seann William Scott with a hat I just couldn't stop staring at....

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November 5, 2009

The Killer Inside Me promotional trailer online

A promotional trailer has arrived for The Killer Inside Me, the adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel which sees a small town sheriff who slowly allows the psychopathic killer inside him, a part he's been hiding for a very long time, out, and watches his life fall apart around him....

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Machine Man film

I had never heard of Machine Man before, but the idea of how it's being written has captured my imagination, I just wonder if the idea itself can work on film, and the way to find that out is for yourself for the first forty-three pages of the novel the...

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Depp swaps roles on The Tourist

The Tourist is having it's fair share of troubles, but then lot's of productions go through changes, probably just not as many changes as other productions at this level, mind you as changes go this one's good and sees Johnny Depp joining the cast with Sam Worthington passing onto another...

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Orange Cinema Halloween Screening report

You'll remember that for Halloween I ran a competition to give away two pairs of tickets to a special screening of Halloween that Orange Cinema were running in London. Located in the middle of a graveyard late at night, special effects around the screen, actors dressed as priests and ghosts,...

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Boyle's next film 127 Hours

Danny Boyle has revealed his next film, and there's been enough speculation about what it might be over the last few years to sink an entire publicity machine, well now it's finally decided, he's takling a film called 127 Hours, about the mountain climber Aron Ralston who had to severe...

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Puss 'n' Boots really still happening?

I'm struggling to believe that Puss 'n' Boots is really still happening. I mean let's face it, Shrek has been gone for some time now and they're still trying to ride the film on the coat tails of that film, and they really are with the recent news of casting...

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Taken director on thriller

It seems like Pierre Morel is taking an upwards step, although to be fair the step he took with Taken (Filmstalker review) was a corker and there's not really a need for him to move away from that film too quickly. Up next is a film called Signals, and it's...

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Risk the film

Not that long ago people would complain about video game adaptations like they were the were the worst thing ever, despite them coming away with some good adaptations and video game sources just like any other source, well now they have something else to complain about, the adaptation of board...

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Hemingway film gains cast

It was March that I wrote about Anthony Hopkins playing Ernest Hemingway in one of the couple of films about the great writer, and the news today is that he's definitely on the along project along with Annette Bening, and with Andy Garcia producing and directing from a script he...

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Third Avatar trailer online

I'm actually getting confused with the number of trailers out for films nowadays as there are more and more popping up online. This version for James Cameron's Avatar is the Japanese version (not classed as an International by the U.S.) and there's a little bit of new footage to it,...

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November 4, 2009

Depp playing Tonto in Lone Ranger

I'm rather surprised, and I'm not sure if it's because I now expect this from Johnny Depp and his career is going this way, or because he's decided to take on this role even though he's Johnny Depp. I think it really depends on how the film turns out and...

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English Salt trailer online

The English language trailer for Salt has appeared online, just shortly after the Russian one was leaked, now this is the way to deal with leaks, follow it up and quash it with the release of the proper version as soon as possible. See, we're all going to have forgotten...

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New Sherlock Holmes trailer online

Sherlock Holmes has arrived with another new trailer, I'm starting to wonder just how many cuts there are of this trailer, because here we are again with more similar footage and more new clips. I wonder if we're going to keep seeing new cuts while new footage is completed. Sherlock...

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Scream 4 screenwriter reveals details

The original writer of the Scream series has returned to Scream 4, and while he's been back for a while and working on the script, a script that's been responsible for the return of Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and now the elusive Neve Campbell, we've not heard that much about...

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November 3, 2009

Second Prince of Persia trailer online

There's another trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time online, and while it isn't hugely different from the first we saw, it does carry a slightly different cut. However I have to say now I've seen it a second time, I'm a little less inspired by it, in...

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How to Train Your Dragon non-American trailer online

There's a new trailer online for How to Train Your Dragon, and while it might introduce itself in the same way, stick with it, for it changes a little ways into it. The film is a 3D animated story from DreamWorks which tells the story of a young Viking called...

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Salt trailer online

The Russian trailer for Salt, the Phillip Noyce directed film starring Angelina Jolie as a spy on the run aka Bourne, and she's looking good in it. The film also stars Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor and follows the female spy as she is accused of being a sleeper agent...

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Let Me In additional casting

While Let Me In, the remake of the superb Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review), heads to start filming, there's additional news that the cast has received three new names for the film. Now the names aren't huge, apart from one instantly recognisable from all manner of television and...

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Rodriguez and Carrey dump the Jetsons

There's no real surprise here, or rather there's some amount of relief, that Robert Rodriguez has walked away from the proposed production of The Jestsons, that futuristic version of The Flintstones. Not only that but the word was that Jim Carrey was being looked at to star in the film,...

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November 2, 2009

Update: Prince of Persia trailer online

It won't be long before the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trailer is removed, so while it's there I'd grab a look as soon as you can. It's clear that the footage isn't meant to be the final release, it's framed within the picture and it's hard to...

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How to Train Your Dragon trailer online

The trailer for the 3D animated film How to Train Your Dragon has arrived online, and it's looking rather good, despite the fact it's delivering for 3D I actually managed to get caught up in it, and the look of the dragons is rather cool. The film stars the voices...

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Warren Ellis Red casting and Black Summer

The current Warren Ellis story that's kicking around just now is the superb cast list that is attached to the adaptation of his comic Red, but another of his works, Black Summer is getting adapted too. The two stories couldn't be more different. One is a superhero story and the...

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Prophet Muhammad epic film

The producer of The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix, Barrie Osborne, is planning an epic film about the Prophet Muhammad, a film made in English and carrying a US $150 million budget. The idea of the film would be for a worldwide audience, and talks are already happening...

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Mark Millar to direct unknown Superhero

There's news coming from Mark Millar that he's going to direct a superhero film next year, and that could be one of the four titles that he's already got going into production, or it could be something new. Actually there's a bit of confusion in what he says and it's...

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Stallone talks Schwarzenegger-Willis scene

Sylvester Stallone has been talking about the scene he just filmed with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis for his upcoming The Expendables, and in it he reveals who the two are playing. To alleviate any final concerns, Schwarzenegger is not playing himself, the Governor of California, he's back to acting,...

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November 1, 2009


Film Three Stars
The morning before I saw Surrogates I heard a review that said it was nothing special. It seemed the reviewer didn't know whether to say it was rubbish or merely the kind of film that would wash right over you. That set my expectations well and resulted in me being...

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Film Two Stars
I watched the Christian Alvart film Antibodies and was totally taken in by how good the story and how well filmed it was, I thought that Alvart was heading to Hollywood, and he hinted as much after the screening, and probably to remake Antikörper or Antibodies (Filmstalker review) first of...

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Romero's Survival of the Dead trailer online

There's a trailer online for George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, although it doesn't seem to have been quite completed yet, but it still looks like it's going to appeal to the Romero zombie fans, but will it appeal to film fans? I'm not so sure as the trailer,...

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Locked In trailer online

There are a number of films coming up in the next year or so called Locked In, and all very different films at that. This one isn't exactly clear from the trailer which doesn't deliver a well explained plot, however it does look interesting. Some of the reasons are that...

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