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December 31, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2008

The penultimate year in the decade is 2008, just one more year and I'll be gathering together your votes for the Best Films of the Decade and then we'll have one big vote on Filmstalker for the single Best Film of the Decade. Hold up though, we have two years...

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December 30, 2009

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Frank Da Silva: Favourite Films of 2009

Next up on the Stalker's Top Tens for 2009 is Frank Da Silva, and he's chosen his top ten favourite films of the year, and it's a list that I think you'll both agree and disagree with, his top film is no surprise, but the one in second place is,...

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Inglourious Basterds

Digital Three Stars
Over Xmas I had a second chance to watch Inglourious Basterds, this time through iTunes, and to be honest I wasn't really looking forward to it. When I first watched the film I thought that it was overly long, not just in the film itself, but each of the key...

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Paranormal Activity alternate ending

Well you can see why this ending wasn't used in the final theatrical release of Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review), even though it is an interesting choice, there's no real drama in it, and if you look back at the story you might be wondering why this ending would work. Still,...

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McAvoy playing Sir Ian Fleming?

Another rumour, for there's not much concrete coming out of Hollywood at the moment, is that James McAvoy is to be the actor to play Sir Ian Fleming, the man who created James Bond. From reading about it, this Ian Fleming project doesn't appear to be either of the previous...

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Brittany Murphy in Abandoned trailer

Oh dear, I can't begin to tell you the things that are wrong with this trailer, not least being a big reveal of the story, the not so high end actors, the made for television moments, and the rather poor looking Brittany Murphy. From this trailer the film Abandoned doesn't...

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Stalked: Flash Gordon, Thundercats, Avatar 2, Ghostbusters 3, The A-Team cameo

There are a bunch of rumours and conjecture racing around the Interflab at the moment, and while a couple of them actually have some grounding in reality, and a couple have the men behind the films talking about them, they're still a bit vague and a little bit empty. Saying...

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December 29, 2009

New Inception trailer in English

The new trailer for Inception we saw recently has now come online in English, and what's more it's in high definition Quicktime to boot. It does look spectacular, but the fact there was more footage and more dialogue made us think that there were some clues in the trailer, however...

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New How to Train Your Dragon trailer online

There's some new footage in the latest How to Train Your Dragon trailer, and a bit more from Gerard Butler's character as well as the Dragon itself, and the story is now becoming very clear. Basically it's about not continuing your battles and inheriting your hatred from your past and...

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Next Tony trailer tells more

The previous trailer for Tony, the first online, was a bit vague about what it covered, but the blurb gave us much more. A man living a solitary existence in London tries to make some social connections with others and because of his demeanour he's treated with hostility or contempt,...

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December 28, 2009

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Mark Buckley: Things I Learned This Year

This year's Stalker's Top Tens are a little late coming, but they're kicking off with a good one, and later on we're even going to hear from a group of guys that are a rather successful Scottish film-making group. Mark Buckley has produced a rather superb list of things he's...

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December 27, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2007

Well 2007 in the ongoing series of The Best Films of the Decade has been slightly delayed, what with Xmas, guests, and over indulging, 2007 has had to fall to the wayside for a short time. However, it is here, and it marks a year with some great documentaries and...

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The Warlords (Tau ming chong) trailer online

Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro star in the new Chinese film called Tau ming chong or The Warlords, and the trailer looks like it could be really exciting and action packed, and not a martial arts typical film for Jet Li, but something with a lot more depth...

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December 26, 2009

Avatar: An Xmas visit

I just finished a second screening of Avatar (Filmstalker review), this time with my wife and my father of sixty-nine, so we were covering quite a few demographics there, and I thought I'd let you know the general consensus of opinion from us all and what everyone thought of the...

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December 25, 2009

Merry Xmas from Filmstalker

Merry Xmas from Mr and Mrs Filmstalker, that's what my wife calls herself. It's just turned midnight on Xmas Eve here in Aberdeen, Scotland so I thought it apt to leave a little Xmas message to you all. I hope that you're sitting with friends, family, loved ones, and are...

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December 24, 2009

Filmstalker Reader's Top Tens 2009: Call for submissions

So far the interest in the Filmstalker Readers Top Tens for 2009 is low, and I need that to change, and we need you to do something about it. Submit your top ten of anything film related and see it published on Filmstalker. It's easy enough, why not look back...

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Repo Men red band trailer looks superb

Stylish, violent, bloody, and buddies turned against each other, what more could you want? Oh yes, why not a man who was once in the system, becoming part of the system and trying to bring it down? Repo Men has everything including top notch actors, and the trailer is superb....

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Cop Out, formerly A Couple of Dicks, trailer plays limp

Well the trailer for Kevin Smith's A Couple of Dicks, now called Cop Out is online and it looks above average, but there's absolutely nothing in there that gives me any excitement in seeing it, except for Bruce Willis doing comedy. Not Seann William Scott, Tracy Morgan, perhaps Kevin Pollak,...

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December 23, 2009

Public Enemies

Digital Two Stars
Public Enemies has a great line-up of talent. It comes from director Michael Mann and stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale going head to head as John Dillinger and Federal Agent Melvin Purvis respectively. Tacked onto those two heavy hitting leading actors are a great supporting line-up of names including...

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DVD Two Stars
I had heard about Rage when the trailers had come out and the web series had just completed. It took some really big stars and put them in an interesting situation, filming them completely devoid of anything else other than themselves, their character and their character's clothes, for they were...

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Cronenberg tackles Freud and Jung

David Cronenberg looks set to put The Matarese Circle and Cosmopolis to the side in order to work on a new project called The Talking Cure, an adaptation of the play and novel by Christopher Hampton, the man who wrote Dangerous Liaisons, The Quiet American, Atonement, Chéri, Jonathan Strange &...

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Sex and the City 2 teaser disappoints

Disappointing, that's what I'd say about the Sex and the City 2 teaser. After twenty-four seconds of titles and city shots we get to see Carrie and the girls, but it's only near the end there's a faint whiff of a plot, the girls are off to Dubai, or somewhere...

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Stunning Inception trailer online

Although it's not in English and is actually French (hey everyone it's the French trailer, just one of the many International trailers depending on where you are from, and there are people from outside the U.S. you know, just a small audience), the new Inception trailer looks stunning, and I...

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December 22, 2009

La Horde zombie trailer online

There's a trailer online for the French zombie film La Horde, a tale of cops, gangsters and zombies, or so the blurb says online, and it looks rather slick and bloody. La Horde is a simple story of people trapped in a building during a zombie outbreak that soon becomes...

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The Six Wives of Henry Lefay trailer actually looks interesting

The idea of Tim Allen leading a comedy makes me think of Tool-time or of plenty of CG, not of the way The Six Wives of Henry Lefay looks in this trailer for the film. Allen plays a sex obsessed man who has multiple partners and adores sex, so much...

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The Karate Kid remake trailer online

Trailers are coming thick and fast right now and here's the latest, this is the trailer for the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith, as well as the incredibly sexy Taraji P. Henson. Now I have to admit I was...

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Singer reveals more X-Men: First Class

Bryan Singer has been talking about various things, mainly X-Men: First Class and has given us a little more of the intended plot and direction. Although there's not much more on the plot he does suggest that there's more focus on the two leads than we'd thought before, that being...

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Peter Jackson on Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson is working on another film according to reports, and this is an adaptation of a series of books that also sound incredibly CG heavy, even more so than the Temeraire novels that he's working on, the books about the Napoleonic Wars that utilise dragons for air battles. Mortal...

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Cruise & Cameron in Knight & Day trailer

Adding to the heap of trailers that are being revealed just now, the next up is the one for Knight & Day starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace and Peter Sarsgaard. The film is directed by James Mangold who previously directed Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, Identity, Walk the Line...

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44 Inch Chest trailer online

We've already seen a trailer for 44 Inch Chest, but now it's on Apple in high definition and Quicktime and, not only because it's British, and not only because it features a superb line-up of British talent, but also because it's just so damned stylish and promising. Also it's not...

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Kick-Ass red band, Hit Girl trailer online

Hit Girl has her own trailer for Kick-Ass and it's looking great fun, although I will say there are shades of Wanted (Filmstalker review) in the way that she can handle weapons with an almost superhuman ability. I do think that this might tip the film a little towards the...

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Frozen trailer online

There's a trailer online for a thriller called Frozen, a new film that sees a similar idea to Adrift but for snowboarders and skiers. What happens when you are abandoned on a huge ski lift and the entire resort shuts down for the weekend leaving you behind, high above the...

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The Ghost trailer online

When I saw The Ghost I immediately thought of the Roman Polanski film, but I was wrong, and actually I was pleasantly surprised. The Ghost, or Domovoy, is a Russian film featuring the actor now made famous by the Watch series, Konstantin Khabenskiy, as a writer who meets up with...

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December 21, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2006

For those of us who enjoy exchanging presents and the big Xmas day meal, the time is just around the corner, and here in the UK we're even enjoying snow, it is indeed close to the end of the year, and with that we turn to The Best Films of...

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Robin Hood new trailer reveals story

There's a new trailer for Robin Hood online, and this one tells us story and let's us see way more footage and plenty of dialogue from the characters. This one is the real trailer, the previous was just to let people know there was action coming. There are some really...

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Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec teaser online

The first teaser has arrived, rather quickly too, for the Luc Besson film which adapts the seventies French comic book series Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec, and what we see looks absolutely gorgeous. The original stories tell of a French novelist who becomes an investigative reporter looking into recurring themes...

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Trejo talks Machete and Rodriguez talks Sin City 2

Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo has been talking about Machete and Sin City 2, two films that are hotly anticipated from the director and have been talked about for a very long time, at least Machete will be happening before Sin City 2, that's something. There's not really much to...

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Toy Story 3 footage online

There's some new footage online for Toy Story 3, and while it might look like you've seen it from the first few shots, stick with it as it reveals more of the scene that we've only seen sneak peaks of so far. It begins by showing Andy being told by...

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21 Jump Street by Meatballs team?

Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and are now reportedly in talks to direct the film version of that television series that launched Johnny Depp in a very different original direction, 21 Jump Street. The series was about a group of young...

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Closing Credits: Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, an actress well known through the forties and fifties, died on the 17th of December. She won an Oscar for her performance in The Song of Bernadette where she played a French girl who claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858....

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Closing Credits: Dan O'Bannon

The screenwriter Dan O'Bannon died on the 17th of December, still working on scripts with his name attached to two films in development. His career concentrated on the science fiction, and indeed his name is attached to a film that we'll be reviewing next year in the Filmstalker Film Club,...

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December 20, 2009

Closing Credits: Brittany Murphy

I've just read the surprising news that Brittany Murphy, the actress most known for her roles in Sin City, 8 Mile and Clueless, died today aged just 32. She had appeared in quite a number of films, and there are five currently in post production that she starred in too,...

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Clips 'n' Pics: Tony trailer and Day of the Triffids remake

Day of the Triffids mini-series clips online... Serial killer Tony trailer online......

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Stalked: The Panopticon, Casting for Thor, Predators, Don Quixote and Super

Cornwell directing The Panopticon... Russo on Thor... Fishburne on Predators?... Depp in Don Quixote?... Bacon as super-villain......

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U.S. Film Critics Awards 2009

This year, rather than separately announce the winners for each of the U.S. Film Critics Awards, I'm going to pull them all together into one post and tally them up as we go, updating the article. I don't know yet if it will work, but it might provide a different...

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December 18, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2005

Here we are at 2005, rapidly approaching 2009 and giving us enough time to see everything released in the final year, unlike most awards ceremonies. Now the Filmstalker Best Films of the Decade is looking at the year 2005, and while I might be picking what I think are the...

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The Bounty Hunter trailer online...maybe

The trailer for the new Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston film The Bounty Hunter, or simply The Bounty, might just have arrived online, although the official source seems to be saying that it's no longer available for some reason, has it been pulled? The film is simple, Butler plays a...

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Doc Holliday film franchise

A film in the style of Pirates of the Caribbean set in the old western days of American settlement with the gunfighter and tuberculosis sufferer Doc Holliday at its core sounds like a bizarre idea, and yet that seems to be the next film added to the slate of one...

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Singer confirmed for X-Men: First Class

It's confirmed, Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: First Class with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg producing, so that means a definite continuation of the franchise, just with cheaper talent in the form of the X-Kids. Apparently though there is hope. Singer took the project on only after the studio...

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Shrek 4 trailer online

There's a trailer online for Shrek Forever After, and according to the trailer also known as Shrek 3D and Shrek The Final Chapter, and...oh who knows what else. The trailer though is quite the disappointment, it uses the alternate reality plot where Shrek is taken into another universe where everything...

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December 17, 2009

Update: 3D Blu-ray approved, coming to PS3 and Bravia

3D in the home is not as crazy as you might think, and today it's taken an incredibly huge step forward. Before this morning it seemed a little more than a dream of the future, probably as far apart as a standard cinematic film is from Avatar. Now though something...

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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees announced

The Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominees for this years awards, and there's a good list with plenty of nominees to chose from. Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air both seem to be doing well and Sandra Bullock is nominated for a non-silly comedy role. You can see...

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The Runaways teaser trailer online

The Runaways has a teaser trailer online, and it's the first step for Kristen Stewart stepping away from her Twilight role and becoming known for something else, so it's fitting and clever that she's managed to bag playing the real life character of Joan Jett in the biographical film of...

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Bello and Sheen on Beautiful Boy

Here's an eclectic cast, Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols and Meat Loaf, some great names in there for various different reasons, and the film? It's an independent that has just finished filming called Beautiful Boy. The film tells the story of a married...

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Wild Hogs 2, Wedding Banned and 20,000 Leagues halted

This is starting to get pretty significant for Disney, and probably very good for the audience, as the studio have now dropped their third big title since the studio took on new management in the form of Rich Ross, and two of these projects sound terrible, one was uncertain. First...

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Bryan Singer directing X-Men: First Class?

There's a rumour going about that Bryan Singer is set to direct X-Men: First Class and return to the X-Men series for the kiddies version. Well it might be more than just rumour as apparently Singer revealed live on a MyMarketingSpace feed from the red carpet of Avatar (Filmstalker review)...

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Hot Tub Time Machine trailer online

The trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine is online and it's filled with hits and misses. The idea is simple. Friends from college meet for a big reunion, hire a ski chalet, get in the hot tub, and accidentally discover that it's a time machine. Hey presto, welcome to the...

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Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll trailer online

Ian Dury is back as Andy Serkis brings the character to life in a biographical film about the British punk singer who you're sure to remember for the iconic hit, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”. Dury suffered from Polio from a very young age and managed to build himself...

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Iron Man 2 trailer online

It's a short trailer, there's not much to it, but it does the job. The new trailer for Iron Man 2 gives us a little more air time than the television special promotional teaser that we saw the other night, although I have to say the ending feels a little...

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December 16, 2009

James Cameron to film in space

James Cameron was once close to filming the most ambitious project of his life, even more ambitious than Avatar (Filmstalker review), and this was years ago. It was, believe it or not, filming on the International Space Station, in 3D. Yes, and that's real space, as in up there, for...

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Iron Man 2 clip shows War Machine and Whiplash

There's a second promotional clip online for the Entertainment Tonight Iron Man 2 special, and while the first one was light on content and anything new since Iron Man, this one has a couple of glimpses of some new characters. There's a little of the completed post production version of...

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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland new trailer online

A new, full length trailer has arrived for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and it carries all the usual feel of one of his films but brings a completely different light to the Alice in Wonderland story and a ton of other influences. I don't know about you but while...

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Director's round table: Cameron, Jackson, Bigelow, Tarantino, Reitman, Daniels

The latest roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter has a superb line-up of talented directors with James Cameron, Peter Jackson and Kathryn Bigelow headlining, as well as Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman and Lee Daniels, and they some revealing things in the discussion. They discuss some interesting topics, and there's a lot...

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Elliot says Church halted His Dark Materials

It's no big surprise really that after His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass the studio got scared of what was to come next in the series and how the books were going to adapt to the big screen, upset the various religious organisations, and lose a large target audience almost...

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Paranormal Entity trailer scary or not?

Let's face it, Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) was not scary. The constant filming, the abrasive and difficult male lead, and the rushed, rule breaking ending didn't help - the audience I was in were laughing! - and so I don't expect much more from a copy of the film. So...

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December 15, 2009

300 prequel details

Frank Miller has announced details of his prequel to 300 (Filmstalker review), he has a plot worked out, and it's set some ten years before the setting of 300. That does mean there could be a place for Gerard Butler in the prequel, or at least his character. However, be...

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67th Golden Globes nominations announced

The 67th Golden Globes nominations have been announced for both film and television, that means the awards for 2009-2010, although not inclusive of the entire year for either 2009 or 2010, something that always confuses me and probably why they number them and not add a year to the awards...

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Sex and the City 2 plot revealed?

You know what? If I'm being honest I don't think this is the plot reveal for the new Sex and the City film, but it could be, just as much as any of the other rumours about all the others which I won't mention in the opening paragraph of the...

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Ridley Scott's Robin Hood trailer online

A trailer has arrived for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, William Hurt, Kevin Durand, Matthew Macfadyen, Danny Huston, and Max von Sydow – and what a line-up that sounds. The trailer looks strange though. One comedy moment, an opening that seems rather more like...

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Official clip from Kick-Ass

I still have this clip from Comic-Con on the site, and it doesn't look any different, and it does make me wonder why they've waited so long to release it. Still the first official clip from Kick-Ass does just that and it sets the tone for the film really well....

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gains director

A director has been found for the very odd idea of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film that is being produced and led by Natalie Portman, and the choice is rather a surprising one. If I said to you the director of this film would be the person who...

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Creature from the Black Lagoon and Brood remakes gain directors

Before Ridley Scott recovered the Alien prequel to his own slate, the man tasked with the job was one Carl Rinsch. He didn't end up with nothing though, he ended up with the 47 Ronin film, casting Keanu Reeves as a traditional samurai – good luck with pulling that one...

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December 14, 2009

European Film Academy Awards 2009

While the American Film Critics are handing out their awards, the European Film Academy have done there's with little exposure, and I think it does deserve some decent mentions, particularly as The White Ribbon seems to be doing so well. There's arguably a lot more quality in this list over...

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Buck Rogers loses Frank Miller

Frank Miller has apparently left the film adaptation of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, or rather the Buck Rogers comic and the serials that followed, that he was previously attached to. Apparently he was involved in an early version of the film production, but since then things have changed...

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Francis Lawrence reshooting Jonah Hex

I'm not really sure if I want to be writing about re-shoots on films all the time, and I am getting a little tired of doing it, mainly because it is so common and I don't think it's a big a sign of impending doom on a film as some...

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Dream Viking film from Mel Gibson

While most people are getting excited about the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in the lead of a Viking film, I'm more excited that William Monahan is writing the script and Mel Gibson is going to be directing. If you think to Apocalypto (Filmstalker review) and what...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows rewrites on set

We're hearing a lot about re-shoots and rewrites during filming at the moment, often it's not a big deal because it happens on many film sets that we don't hear about because it is a bit of a standard practice, to a degree, and the films usually turn out just...

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Stalked: Big casting on The Hobbit, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, UFO, Hereafter

The Hobbit may gain some familiar faces... Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets a big name... UFO has a potential cast member identified... Eastwood's Hereafter gains a female lead......

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December 13, 2009

Land of the Lost

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When I first heard the concept for Land of the Lost and saw the cast I must admit I immediately turned to some of the standard clichés of American film comedy, and they are clichés that I believe are well deserving of Hollywood, for the majority lacks anything more than...

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Filmstalker Film Club: Round 1

So the Filmstalker Audiocast returns with a new addition, the Filmstalker Film Club. What might that be I hear you ask? Well it's somewhere where you can get involved with Filmstalker and discussing films both old and new. This is the first episode, and we're just trying to feel our...

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Clash of the Titans new trailer online

A new trailer has arrived for Clash of the Titans, and while there's a fair chunk from the first trailer, there's plenty of new shots to be seen and it delivers much more of the story up front. This Clash of the Titans is looking epic indeed. The story looks...

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The Best Films of the Decade: 2004

The years are rolling by as we hit 2004, half-way there to the voting for the Best of the Decade, and not long before the final films of 2009 are hitting the cinemas. We're almost there. For now though, let's keep focused on the year in hand, 2004, and it's...

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December 12, 2009

13Hrs horror trailer online

13Hrs is a new British horror film that comes from the producers of Dog Soldiers that includes some interesting talent, John Lynch, Simon MacCorkindale, Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame, Gemma Atkinson from Hollyoaks and Boogie Woogie (Filmstalker review), and a few other recognisable names from British television. The trailer...

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St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold trailer online

The first trailer has arrived for St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold, and while some might like this idea, I can't stand it and the trailer looks unbelievable, especially since Colin Firth, David Tennant, Rupert Everett, Jodie Whittaker, Celia Imrie and the growing film talent of Gemma Arterton...

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Avatar: Revisited

I've been mulling over Avatar a lot in the last day since I saw the World Première and reviewed it, and also looking at others comments about the film, and I'm rather surprised by some of the reactions. Some reviewers have been picking out that the story has been seen...

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The Crazies remake second trailer

There's a new trailer online for the remake of The Crazies, and during the first half I was going to say how great it was, and then it spends the second half showing some scare set-ups and a couple of unusual death set-ups and begins to lose me a little....

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Saint John of Las Vegas trailer intrigues

Saint John of Las Vegas stars Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Aviva, and if that hasn't gotten you interested by some of those names then I don't know what will. It's an eclectic mix, but one that does look...

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December 11, 2009

The Black List 2009

The 2009 list of the most liked scripts around important studio executives and/or their PA's and EA's has been released, well the top ones have at least, and it has some interesting stories on there. I'm not going to go and steal someone else's thunder and copy and paste the...

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Murray's role in Ghostbusters 3 revealed

Sigourney Weaver has revealed the unsurprising news that Ghostbusters 3 is going to be happening, but she follows that with a couple of big surprises. One of those surprises concerns the role that Bill Murray would be playing in the film, and you know what? It's kind of a superb...

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Six minutes of [REC] 2 online, [REC] 3 announced

The first six minutes of [REC] 2, obviously the sequel to [REC], have appeared online and they make the film look quite interesting, well the opening premise anyway. The problem that the film faces is to deliver something different to the first. Meanwhile the makers of the film have announced...

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Writer/director of Hendrix film corrects stories

The other day I wrote what I could gleam from another article about a new film that could be heading our way about the legendary Jimi Hendrix called Slide. There wasn't much to go on, and frankly what there was concerned me, it sounded like it was going to...

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Cameron talks Avatar sequels

James Cameron was cornered at the Avatar press conferences and asked the highly unlikely question about Avatar sequels. The answer is not a definite, but it does sound as though monetary wise the studio want him to pull out some more revenue from the work they've invested in the technology...

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Vlad the Imapler gets film

Brad Pitt has picked up a script from Charlie Hunnam, the star of the excellent television series Sons of Anarchy, which is set to tell the real tale of the man behind the legend of Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. The film will feature no vampires, this will be the real...

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Cameron's next science fiction film revealed

James Cameron has revealed what his next science fiction film will be, and it's not any of the projects that anyone thought it would be, in fact it's something entirely different, and it's a remake. According to the reports Shane Salerno is going to write a new take on the...

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Film Five Stars
I was lucky enough to attend the première of Avatar, the latest and undoubtedly biggest film from James Cameron, starring the huge cast list of Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Laz Alonso, and so on. Not only...

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December 10, 2009

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) trailer online

A trailer has arrived for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor), the film adaptation of the novel by Stieg Larsson (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The film version is directed by Niels Arden Oplev and adapted by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, and two more of Larsson's novels...

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Fallen, the next Twilight

The next Twilight series is around the corner. Just as Harry Potter brought to life so many other options for similarly themed films, so has Twilight, and the latest is the adaptation of the novel Fallen by Lauren Kate (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The Fallen novel is the first in a...

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Wife vs. Ninja comedy

While we're keen to talk about the lack of creativity in Hollywood, well I am anyway, there's also some great imaginative ideas out there, and Wife vs. Ninja sounds like one that has something rather unique in it, and when you read the blurb you'll most likely start getting...

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December 9, 2009

Deadpool rumours and Ryan Reynolds

There are a number of rumours going around about the X-Men Origins: Wolverine spin-off film for the character of Deadpool, first there’s the rumour of two new writers, and then there’s the one of the director, the latter coming from the lead actor and is basically a very short wish,...

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War Birds promotional teaser

I've just seen this promotional teaser for a film called War Birds that was talked about online a few days ago, it's a film about an illegal sub-culture of people who get together for real life aerial combat using older propeller and early jet planes, the kind of planes you...

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James Cameron's next science fiction film

There's a tiny piece of information just been released online regarding James Cameron's upcoming schedule, and it's another science fiction film from writer Shane Salerno. Information is sparse on it, and while some are thinking this is a new project for Cameron and Salerno, others believe it could be a...

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice trailer online

The trailer for The Sorcerer's Apprentice has arrived online, and I can't watch it because I'm stuck at work. That means you have to and then tell me all about it for a change. This is the Jon Turteltaub directed film rewrite of Disney's original The Sorcerer's Apprentice, taken into...

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Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever trailer online

There's a teaser online for Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever online, the sequel to Eli Roth's Cabin Fever. However there are some notable points about it to bear in mind. The first is that it's not directed by Eli Roth nor is he involved in it, the second is that...

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Producer talks Gears of War

The idea of a Gears of War film is superb, but the budget required to replicate the story told in the two video games we've seen to date is going to be huge, and for anyone who has played the game you'll know what I mean, it just looks too...

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Stalked: Confucius teaser and red band Youth in Revolt online

There's a new teaser trailer online for Confucius, a very short teaser trailer, but one none the less, and it replicates the epic feel of the first one while still keep the focus very much on the characters. Oh, and it's in Chinese still. No great issue since it looks...

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Brolin in Men In Black 3?

The first, and most important question, is why make a third film anyway? The second was pretty poor in my eyes, all that talking dog nonsense taking over the entire film, but we've heard that the series will return and that they've started work on the sequel. Now there's some...

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Better Tomorrow remake gets new director

The John Woo film Ying hung boon sik, aka A Better Tomorrow, is getting a remake and it's not by Hollywood. Prepare yourselves but Korea is going to be remaking the Hong Kong noir gangster film which starred Leslie Cheung and the legendary Chow Yun-Fat in a story about an...

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December 8, 2009

Nightmare on Elm Street reshoots

There's a bit of a ruckus online in some places about the news that there's reshoots on A Nightmare on Elm Street, some saying it doesn't matter, some saying it's terrible news, some saying it's now standard practice for Platinum Dunes the studio behind the film. Looking back at previous...

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Jackson talks Temeraire adaptation

Peter Jackson has been talking about a film that was first discussed back in September of 2006, the adaptation of Temeraire, a series of books that see the Napoleonic Wars rewritten in an alternative universe where the warring sides used Dragons as air cavalry in huge battles. The story sounded...

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Wachowskis' futuristic Iraq war film?

Now this could all be an elaborate ruse to rope in the online film critics, but looking into it the story seems a little too much like effort for nothing if it isn't. However some twitters from Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post newspaper, have revealed that...

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Romancing the Stone remake gains a director?

According to rumour the planned remake of Romancing the Stone has been out looking for a director and apparently has already approached one. I wrote about the remake back in 2007, oh no that was Fool's Gold, I mean I wrote about the remake back in December 2008 when it...

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Update 3: Tales From the Script the screenwriter's documentary

The documentary Tales From the Script has been bought for release in America, and I'm surprised I've not heard of the film [Edited - Richard] before, for the documentary sounds very interesting as it attempts to look into the life of the screenwriter through some rather well known names. It...

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Gilliam has his Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam has his Don Quixote for the film he's going to have another crack at making, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. First time round he tried to make it with Johnny Depp, but the film just fell apart around him. Now he's trying to give it another go,...

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December 7, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2003

So we've already been voting on the Best Films of 2000, 2001 and 2002, and now it's time to turn our attention onto 2003 in the ongoing quest to find the Best Film of the Decade, well in our eyes anyway. 2003 promises a good year, with films such as...

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Seven Days (Les 7 jours du talion) trailer looks intense

While Seven Days (Les 7 jours du talion) may give the impression of being similar in theme to films about revenge and torture that we've seen before, there's one big difference, this isn't a Hollywood film, it's French, and that fills me with hope. The reason for that is that...

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British Independent Film Awards 2009 winners announced

The winners for the British Independent Film Awards 2009 have been announced and there's no real surprise to learn some of the major winners. For those fans of Moon it's perhaps a little surprising to them that Duncan Jones hasn't taken Best Director, but I don't think the actual winner...

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Update: Avatar featurette online

There has been plenty of footage online about Avatar, but this one is slightly different, it features tons of new footage and feels like a great introduction to the film, narrated by Sigourney Weaver's character and showing tons of amazing looking footage. The featurette not only talks about the planet...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I footage online

This is not really a teaser trailer, but it does contain some footage from the film, and some behind the scenes footage too. This is a very short featurette that on the end contains a very short, special effects free, clipped together teaser with John Hurt narrating a very dark...

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December 6, 2009

Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1

Film Two Stars
Thicker Than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1 has quite an ambitious story, and it’s a film that doesn’t seem to know which genre it belongs in, undoubtedly it is horror but does is it focused on gore, comedy or something more dramatic. I certainly wasn’t sure, but throughout the...

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Magic Kisa

Film Three Stars
I never used to enjoy short films, and it was quite recently that I started watching them. I was surprised at how much they had to offer over features, and how satisfying they could be. However it always seemed the case that the short was just the right length for...

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December 5, 2009

Jack Ryan Jr. to return

The young Jack Ryan is definitely the direction that the franchise is taking now that there's the confirmation of Chris Pine taking the role, however the good news is that the story isn't going to be going back to his teens, but it is going back to when the character...

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Damon say no Greengrass, no Bourne

It seems that Matt Damon's memory is pretty short, he doesn't remember that the first Bourne film was directed by Doug Liman, however he is sure of one thing, Paul Greengrass will be making the next Bourne film with him, and he doesn't want to make it with anyone else....

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Death at a Funeral remake trailer

There's a trailer online for the American remake of Death at a Funeral, the Frank Oz directed British comedy. Now that it's over in America there's one thing that stands out from the trailer straight away, and that's the lack of subtlety. Pretty much I have to say I'm dreading...

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Case 39 Behind the Scenes with more footage

I'm not so desperate to see Case 39 after I saw Pandorum (Filmstalker review). My initial excitement for director Christian Alvart came from Antikörper (Antibodies), but with Pandorum that excitement was severely beaten. With the history of Case 39 and the delays it's seen, I really am beginning to wonder...

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December 4, 2009

Hendrix film, finally?

It looks like we're finally set to see a Jimi Hendrix film, although this one isn't going to be based on fact. Slide is a fictional drama that will see the character of Jimi Hendrix pulled into another story and used for dramatic effect. The upside of this is that...

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Korean Phone remake

The Korean horror film Phone by Ahn Byung-ki, one that I thought had some issues with the story and filming but that overall gave a good horror experience, is to be remade. However this isn't going to be a straight Hollywood remake like The Ring, the production are actually going...

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Closing Credits: Richard Todd

Richard Todd, the British actor who began on stage and Broadway, perhaps best known for his role in The Dam Busters, has died aged 90. He also starred in The Longest Day, one of the few actors who actually took part in the Normandy invasion on D-Day and were tasked...

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Terminator franchise saved?

Well I think the Terminator franchise would have been saved whatever happened to the company currently owning the rights to the franchise, Halcyon. Should it have been sunk then the rights would have been sold to another company who would have taken it up, however the news looks good for...

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Spielberg ditches Harvey remake

Steven Spielberg has dropped the idea of remaking the classic film Harvey, you know the one starring James Stewart as the man who befriends a six foot invisible rabbit? Dropped he may have (why am I writing like Yoda?) but the idea of the remake hasn't been dropped by the...

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Nine score online

It looks like the entire score for Nine is online, well I mean the songs that the stars sing anyway, and you can listen to them right here. All the major stars are singing their songs from Daniel Day Lewis to Judi Dench, and you really get a taste of,...

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December 3, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade: 2002

The films of the decade continue here on Filmstalker with the biweekly updates and we've moved nicely onto 2002. I've actually decided to leave the voting for the previous years open until the voting is closed on 2009, so there's plenty of time to catch up. Remember once we've looked...

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The Birds remake swaps director

The news of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds has been a truly terrifying prospect, but it went ahead anyway. Naomi Watts reportedly on board from the early days, and then it got a director in the form of Martin Campbell. Seemingly a slightly odd choice, but also one...

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Hoffman runs a cult

Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to run a cult in a new film from Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of There Will Be Blood. The film, called Master, will see Hoffman playing the founder and leader of a new religious organisation in the 1950's. He will be known as “the...

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Micmacs trailer online

Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a trailer online for his film Micmacs, and a strange but hugely entertaining trailer it is too. The film follows a man who is accidentally shot in the head and his life is totally changed forever. He's a little miffed and so he decides to go after...

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The Road new UK trailer

There's a new trailer online for the film The Road, the adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel featuring no punctuation. Oh sorry, I mean it's a masterpiece. Plus the film stars Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. Anyway, there's a new trailer online and I think this...

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December 2, 2009

Greengrass confirms exit from Bourne 4

Paul Greengrass has confirmed that he is definitely off of the fourth in the Bourne series of films, and he states that its not a disagreement with the studio, its just time to move onto a new challenge. Although theres nothing great in the official press release other than rumour...

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Peter Berg talks Battleship and story reveals

Peter Berg took a bunch of people on a little tour of a Battleship to discuss the ideas behind the upcoming Battleship film, a film which sounds dull from the outset, and now is starting to sound rather crazy. I'm just not sure if that's crazy in a good way...

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44 Inch Trailer online

There's a trailer online for 44 Inch Chest, finally, and it introduces all the big players in the film and shows bags and bags of style. Boy this is looking like a good film, and I wish I'd caught it at the Inverness International Film Festival. Starring the superb line-up...

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Footage of Russian Black Lightning online

I received a little bit of a fright when I started watching this footage from the upcoming Russian action/superhero film Black Lightning, mainly because I didn't read the article before heading into the video. It's a clip that's just over three minutes and contains tons of footage from the film,...

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District 13: Ultimatum trailer online

A new trailer for District 13: Ultimatum has arrived online and it's looking action packed, although I'm not feeling as totally bowled over as I was by the first, you can plainly see that this one is packed with superb stunts and looks to carry a little more in production...

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New Armored trailer online

The new Armored (Armoured) trailer has arrived and rather than go back to the joke opening that the first two have had, this one goes straight into the action and concentrates on the tension and building of the story, what it also does is concentrate on Matt Dillon who looks...

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Stalked: Nine year wait for Kitano over, Swedish Hunter sequel, Landis on more horror, My Fair Lady latest director, Call of Duty director on film

Takeshi Kitano will write, direct and lead his latest gangster film some nine years since his last... The Hunters gets a sequel with the excellent Peter Stormare... John Landis lines up another horror... My Fair Lady gets another director!... Call of Duty director gets to make his own script into...

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December 1, 2009

Roth turns to invading aliens

Not only is Eli Roth making a film called Endangered Species, an alien invasion type film, but he's co-producing another alien invasion film called Invasion, described as a Cloverfield-esque story and based on a speculative script by Ben Magid, one of the writers who has worked on the upcoming Hack/Slash...

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Lee's black biographies dead, Inside Man 2 not

It's amazing to think that while film projects from Spike Lee about Michael Jordan, James Brown and Joe Louis are failing to gain funding and have died, that one of his films making it through is Inside Man 2. Of course it's all about money and returns, but as successful...

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Blood Creek (Town Creek) trailer online

There's a trailer online for Joel Schumacher's Nazi horror film Blood Creek, although the news is that it's not going to be a big release and it's destined for DVD in January, and from the trailer you can probably see why. The film looks pretty poor from the trailer, and...

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New Nine trailer gives story first, music second

Not only does it feature the story in this trailer and the music as a second, but the song is sung by a singer too. Okay, cheap jibe aside, this trailer does have more on the performances and the story inside the musical, including some of Daniel Day Lewis and...

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Baldwin says his film career is a complete failure

Alec Baldwin has said that he doesn't have any interest in acting anymore and that he's close to giving it up. Not only that but that he considers his entire film career to date to be a complete failure. I have to ask if he's been smoking something strange, because...

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The Black Hole gains remake

It's funny, I just posted the trailer for The Black Hole last month, excited to reminisce about the film and what it meant to me when I saw it, and then I said that it was ripe for a remake, and that the story is one that really could benefit...

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