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January 31, 2010

Directors Guild of America announce 62nd winner

If you haven't guessed already from the picture, the winner is none other than Kathryn Bigelow for her work on the excellent The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review), and well deserved too. The interesting statistics that accompany that show just what her chances are of picking up the Academy Award for...

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Blu-ray Three Stars
I saw the original version of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 on television a little while ago and I really enjoyed the film. It did a good job of raising the tension and managed to deliver a few surprises. With the remake I was concerned that the surprises...

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Invictus

Film Four Stars
I am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood's films and direction. I love the slow, studied way he reveals his characters and story, and so I was excited for Invictus. At the same time I approached the film with a little trepidation. This was a big moment in South African...

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January 30, 2010

Ford on Refn and Schrader film?

Apparently Harrison Ford may well be starring in the upcoming Nicolas Winding Refn directed film The Dying of the Light, written by the superb scriptwriter, Paul Schrader. The story of the film reminds me of a foreign film I saw a while ago that I can't really remember everything about,...

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Kitano's The Outrage (Autoreiji) trailer online

Takeshi Kitano, the king of Japanese gangster films has returned to the genre he's so good at with the film The Outrage aka Autoreiji, and he's released a trailer for the film, although the length of it it's more akin to a teaser. It's short and features a lot of...

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Stalked: Quinto talks Star Trek comment, Caligula II 3D?, Flight of the Muppet Conchords, Craig confirms Aliens

Zachary Quinto confirms exactly what I thought he said... Will Tinto Brass make a Caligula sequel in 3D?... Flight of the Conchords creator on new Muppets film... Daniel Craig confirms he's in Cowboys and Aliens......

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Sam Raimi to direct The Shadow remake?

I'm one of a few people who stand up and say that they liked The Shadow starring Alec Baldwin, and quite a bit of that was due to Baldwin himself, but a lot was down to the styling which kept it close to the time it was set, it didn't...

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The Losers trailer arrives, director talks adaptation

As soon as I saw that The Losers comic was being turned into a film I was interested. After all Peter Berg was co-writing, along with James Vanderbilt, and directing. Then, after he wrote it, he pulled out and a new director was sought. It passed through various hands including...

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January 29, 2010

Takers worldwide trailer online

A trailer has arrived for Takers, a heist film that looks like a combination of The Fast and the Furious, judging by the titles, and Heist, judging by the action and the slick attitudes, and in my book neither of those things are bad. The story sees a group of...

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The Lovely Bones

Film Three Stars
I haven't read the novel that the film The Lovely Bones is based on, but from the pre-production, the blurb on Amazon, and what my wife is telling me as she started reading the book a few days before, I was expecting something a little different from the story, a...

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Closing Credits: Miramax

I thought it rather fitting to talk about the demise of Miramax as I do those actors, directors, writers and others involved in film when they die, for yesterday was the death of Miramax, or at least the company as we know it. Why does it deserve a mention under...

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The Ghost Writer trailer in high definition

The trailer for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer has arrived in English and high definition, and it's looking rather good. There are hints at some great scenes, powerful performances and the possibility of an Hitchcockian set-up to provide tension and suspense galore. The proof is in the final pudding of...

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Noel Clarke's 4.3.2.1 trailer online

Noel Clarke wrote and co-directed 4.3.2.1 with Mark Davis, Clarke wrote Kidulthood, wrote and directed Adulthood, won last year's Orange BAFTA Rising Star award, and yes he was Mickey Smith in Doctor Who. 4.3.2.1 is the story of four different girls, shown in three separate days, across two different cities,...

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January 28, 2010

Red Riding Trilogy of U.S. trailers

Previously there was just one trailer for the American release of the Red Riding trilogy, now there are three, each one showing the different focus of the respective stories, and each one from a different director. Mind you, if they didn't feature that voice over then it would be even...

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps teaser trailer arrives

The teaser trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has arrived, the sequel to Wall Street, and shows us the main players with the camera mostly focused on the lead character, Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas. The teaser looks pretty slick and sets up a nice feel, particularly with...

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Gibson and Black back together

There are two great things about this story, the first is that Mel Gibson is going to be acting another thriller, and the second is that Shane Black is directing. Now while people might start talking about this being the first pairing of the two since Lethal Weapon, the two...

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Lucasfilm producing CGI fairy musical

Calm down, we're not about to see a Star Wars musical, and George Lucas is producing, not directing or writing, something that seems to be driving the story, placing the director and writer way down in the story. Kevin Munroe is directing the CGI musical from a script by David...

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Star Trek 2 casting problems?

It looks like the sequel to J.J. Abram's Star Trek is going to have a few casting issues, mainly in the guise of one lead character, Spock, otherwise known as Sylar or Zachary Quinto. It seems that he wants to head off and explore other worlds...I mean head off and...

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Closing Credits: Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein died aged seventy-six. She is probably best known for one role, and one role alone, Tangina Barrons, the clairvoyant, in the Poltergeist series. However it's a fantastically memorable role and one that she is well loved for. Yet she has many roles through her career and has also...

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Stalked: Hoult on Mad Max, Muccino and Reeves, Efron as spy, Knockout cast, LOL remake cast, Eat Sleep Poop

Nicholas Hoult has joined the cast of the new Mad Max... Gabriele Muccino may direct Keanu Reeves Passengers... Zac Efron starring in spy thriller Fire... Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton join Steven Soderbergh's Knockout... Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore join the remake of LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ®... Eat, Sleep,...

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January 27, 2010

First single shot horror film: The Silent House or Cut?

A trailer popped online today for what claimed to be the first single shot horror film, that is a film that has no edits in it, filmed from opening moment to closing moment in one continuous shot. The Silent House (La Casa Muda) is the Uruguayan horror film that makes...

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Phobidilia trailer intrigues

I was looking through some trailers for the last few days when I came across Phobidilia, a film about a man who has suffered a very emotional breakdown in public and vows never to leave the house again. However the outside world starts to come visiting him and threatens to...

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Glasgow Film Festival 2010 features huge line-up

Glasgow Film Festival is going from strength to strength, and this year has really upped their game yet again, after all they have Kevin Macdonald, Mark Millar, James Earl Jones, Micmacs, The Crazies, [REC] 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, New York, I Love You, Whip It and Splice...

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Mortal Kombat revisited?

We should stop being surprised really, but there's still some left in the news that there could well be another Mortal Kombat on the horizon, or a remake, re-visitation, re-imagination, or whatever. The rumour is that the video game series Mortal Kombat, which I think I'm right in saying we've...

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Ritchie off Lobo for Sherlock Holmes 2

I don't find it that surprising that Guy Ritchie is now being focused more on a Sherlock Holmes 2 than he is the Lobo film he was assigned to, particularly one about a comic book character half (probably way more half actually) the world doesn't even know about. Couple that...

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Saw franchise sabotages Paranormal Activity 2

The studios are in the middle of a battle over two middle of the road horror franchises, one the undisputed father of horror franchises, and the other a mere child. Saw and Paranormal Activity. Caught in the middle of this is director Kevin Greutert. He directed Saw VI and then...

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January 26, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Clash of the Titans converted to 3D

The new Clash of the Titans can't be that good a film, not the way Warner Bros. are treating it. You'll remember that I wrote about how they were considering converting it to 3D and the studio were carrying out a few tests to see how it looked in 3D?...

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New Mother trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Bong Joon-ho's Mother (Madeo), from the man who gave us the excellent Memories of a Murder (Salinui chueok) and The Host (Gwoemul) (Filmstalker review). The film tells the story of a Mother who sees her son go to prison for the crime of murder,...

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Hood's heroic huskies

I couldn't resist the alliteration, but the story here is not what Gavin Hood's latest film is, but what it isn't. You'll remember that Hood brought us Tsotsi (Filmstalker review), so the idea that he's going to make a film which sounds like an overly emotionally manipulative Disney film rather...

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Dracula: Year Zero cast?

The real story in here is that Universal has to create eight films to fill all their Summer 2011 slots, there's a bigger story there which I will go into, but one of the films apparently on the shopping list of fourteen is Dracula: Year Zero, the film from...

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The Social Network is not a comedy

Despite what we've been hearing to date, one of the stars of The Social Network has openly stated that the film is not a comedy, and that there's a lot more to the film than that. To be honest that's something I wouldn't expect from David Fincher anyway, however most...

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Mirren and Tarantino?

This is definitely a crazy rumour without any factual basis as yet, and you can tell that just by the tabloid source, however it's actually sparking an interesting team up in people's minds. Helen Mirren in a Quentin Tarantino film. More than that it she would be playing a monarch,...

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Repo Chick trailer online

The sequel to Repo man has arrived, and it's looking rather strange. Well when I say rather strange, I mean incredibly strange. I'm not convinced that the film is set to cover the same ground that Repo Man did, nor is it set to become the same type of cult...

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Tesco making films

For those of you who don't know, Tesco is a huge supermarket chain that does everything from grocery shopping to financial packages, and they stretch as far as Eastern Europe where they sell white goods and financial packages too. Now they've entered the world of film production, funding films that...

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January 25, 2010

The Best Film of the Decade: The Result

Finally we are here, The Best Film of the Decade has been decided upon by you, the reader. I can fairly say I have not voted once in this entire feature run. Since before Xmas I've been putting features on-line listing what I considered to be the Best Films of...

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Priest director reveals his vampires

There's a comment that the director of Priest, Scott Stewart, made while promoting his upcoming film Legion that really does put me at ease with the idea of his vampires coming to life on screen. While other shows are trying to house train the creatures, Stewart has is eyes set...

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Bayard Rustin biographical film

I had no idea who Bayard Rustin was until I read the article about the new film being produced on the man, and yet he seems comparable in stature to other great names who fought for equality from the thirties to his death in the eighties, indeed he was the...

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Gremlins 3 in 3D

It's no surprise considering the current run of resurrecting films and successful franchises from the past that the attention has turned back on Gremlins, after all it was an hilarious comedy and had some really clever scripted moments through the two films, but never a third film. The word is...

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Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

The Screen Actors Guild announced their winners the other day, and more or less they're compounding the direction of the American awards, film wise at least. I mentioned before that the television nominations were showing a surprising amount of film actors, well it's no surprise that the winners show that...

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January 23, 2010

New Planet of the Apes film not dead?

It was thought that when the announcement came that Scott Frank had left the production of Ceaser, the new film in the Planet of the Apes series, that the film was over. Not so it would seem. The studio are apparently still moving ahead with the project, although it's not...

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Closing Credits: Jean Simmons

The great British actress Jean Simmons has died aged eighty. She was, and still is, an iconic face in cinema and appeared with Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier, Kirk Douglas, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and many others through films such as Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, The Robe, Hamlet, Black...

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Dream Amityville House gains Craig, Watts

I'm rather surprised that Dream House, which sounds incredibly like The Amityville Horror, has grabbed such a big cast, because it really does sound exactly like the old story. However this one boasts a big cast now that Naomi Watts has joined Daniel Craig on the Jim Sheridan directed film....

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Closing Credits: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer, a former film critic who became one of France's most respected film-makers died on the 11th of January in Paris. Rohmer was internationally known for movies such as Ma Nuit Chez Maud (1969), and Le Genou de Claire (1970), he was eighty-nine when he died. I'm handing this...

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Four Lions clip

Four Lions is Chris Morris' first big directorial outing, he's directed many of his own excellent television shows like The Day Today and Brass Eye, and he's written for television and film, but with Four Lions he's writing and directing this potentially controversial film. Four Lions is a comedy looking...

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Cyrus trailer online

I'm not a huge fan of the American comedy that rattles out drug, sex and bodily function humour jokes all the time, and that's why I'm not such a great fan of some of the stars in Cyrus, and when I saw John C. Reilly I thought I was in...

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Umbrage British horror trailer online

I'm not entirely convinced by this trailer, or the premise of the film, but it's interesting enough to catch my attention and make me think that it's worth writing about. Called Umbrage, it's the story of a modern family who get caught up between an undead cowboy and an age...

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid trailer

I've no idea about the Jeff Kinney illustrated novel that has inspired this film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I do like the way that they've integrated the cartoon drawings of the characters and morphed them into their real life film version. I'd be interested to hear what people who...

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January 22, 2010

Cameron's Nagasaki-Hiroshima film to happen?

We heard that James Cameron and the author Charles Pellegrino met with Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of the few people who was in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima during each of the atomic explosions and survived them both, to discuss making his, and the other survivors stories, into a film so that...

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Winterbottom tackling Isreal and Palestine

Michael Winterbottom is deciding to play it safe and easy with his next film, tackling a project that won't be in the slightest bit controversial. Promised Land will be looking at the events that led to the 1948 segregation of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. Yes,...

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Stalked: Jackson and Duhamel battle angels and demons, Burke and Hare casting confirmed, Scorsese on Hugo Cabert

Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel are going to battle angels and demons… The John Landis Burke and Hare casting is confirmed with a few more names… Martin Scorsese is on Hugo Cabert next…...

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Cassavetes remaking A Star is Born?

Apparently Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct another remake of A Star is Born, the story that sees a famous older film star struggling with alcoholism and his own demons trying to hang on to his past career, helping a new singer and actress begin the heady climb and...

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Conan cast and father rumoured

It would seem that the actor to play Conan has been chosen for the new film, and I have to say that he needs some beefing up before filming begins if he's to play the huge warrior. Of course this version may not see him as a huge warrior. There's...

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Sympathy for Delicious nine minutes online

Sympathy for Delicious is the first film from Mark Ruffalo that he's directed, the actor is well known, but we've never seen him direct, well you can now and the film has released some nine minutes of footage of the film. It tells the story of a man who is...

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Hot Tub Time Machine red band trailer online

The opening for the red band trailer for Hot Tub Machine tells us it's more of the same intelligent and witty American comedy, loads of swear words, unhealthy attitude against women, and sex presented in a cold, hard and loud string of swearing. Hilarious. Everything I love about American comedy....

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January 21, 2010

Up In The Air

Film Five Stars
Up in the Air really surprised me and is showcasing the talents of Jason Reitman who not only directed the film, but also co-wrote it together with Sheldon Turner. However it’s not a film that showcases just Reitman, and there’s plenty of room for others in the praise of this...

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Linda Lovelace biographical film

We've heard of a Linda Lovelace biographical film before, and the word was that Anna Faris was the one to take the lead, and she was happy to take the lead, excited in fact, and it was good for her. However she pulled out of the film and where is...

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Stalked: Owen replaces Walker, Carnahan's next about Wolves?, Electric Church adapted, Resurrection of the Christ

All change on Protection, Clive Owen replaces Paul Walker and new director... Joe Carnahan talks another slated film... The Electric Church adapted... Resurrection of the Christ gets made......

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Buried trailer online

I think the real interest about the film Buried is where the hell it's going to go with the story, and this new teaser featuring Ryan Reynolds inside the coffin is suggesting that this could be one way for sure. The film tells the story of a U.S. contractor working...

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Burke and Hare loses Tennant

While everyone's excited about who the John Landis directed Burke and Hare is gaining, and I am too, but I'm also disappointed that it's losing David Tennant. The news is that Simon Pegg was going to star alongside David Tennant as the aforementioned grave robbers William Burke and William Hare,...

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Clash of the Titans in 3D?

Apparently the decision is being made in the next few weeks as to whether or not the new Clash of the Titans will be released in 3D or not, following the success of Avatar (Filmstalker review) the studio are keen to release everything they can this way. However they're forgetting...

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BAFTA Nominations for 2009 announced

I'm going to rename all these 2010 award ceremonies to 2009, after all they are about the films from the previous year, not about the year the awards are held, aren't the? Well the BAFTA nominations have been announced for 2009, and I have them right here. They're pretty good...

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January 20, 2010

Spider-Man prequel details confirmed

I don't know what Sam Raimi's version of Spider-Man 4 would have brought us, but I have a sneaky suspicion that for once the ideas in the studio's minds were better, however I don't believe that for a second the ideas in the new prequel are strong enough to stand...

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Stalked: Levine writing Zombie romance, Martin Luther King Jr. gets writer, Caruso directing I Am Number Four

Jonathan Levine, the writer of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Wackness, is writing Warm Bodies… Ronald Harwood is to write the Martin Luther King Jr. biographical film… D.J. Caruso is to direct I Am Number Four…...

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Avatar not forced out of China

The rumours and stories were getting a little het up the other day about China allegedly pushing Avatar (Filmstalker review) out of cinemas, well not so it appears today, and does it really matter considering that the screenings being cut back are those for the 2D version of Avatar? -...

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Behind the scenes of Avatar, for 22 minutes

There's a pretty long Avatar (Filmstalker review) behind the scenes video that's arrived online and it caused me to be late this morning as I sat and watched it, transfixed at some of the behind the scenes work that James Cameron and the actors were up to. Some of the...

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Andrea Arnold on Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is a tired tale which has seen more action than any of the other characters have. It's been adapted a number of times for film and screen and been through a number of actors, now though that could well be changing. A new version has been planned for...

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Tatum wants Refn directing his stripper life

Channing Tatum used to be a stripper apparently, something that will no doubt drive his female fans crazy when they read it, and some male fans I'm sure. However that doesn't stand near the revelation that he has for us today, that he wants to create an autobiographical film about...

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Spider-Man reboot director found

Well who would have thought? That's sarcastic by the way, because it was pretty clear all those other crazy rumours for the director of the reboot of Spider-Man were just that, crazy, only one looked like it could be real and that was Marc Webb. Now it's confirmed by Sony...

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January 19, 2010

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Stirton Productions

The last Stalker's Top Ten for 2009 has arrived, and since there are no other submissions and I've not missed anyone off, I'm pulling out the trump card, a Top Ten from people who really make films, films that have been sold for real money. Yes, this year's Stalker's Top...

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MacGruber trailer shows best of American comedy

The new red band trailer for MacGruber is online, and it's showing everything that is the best of American comedy - a lead character named after a woman's pubic area, one liners direct from the old Zucker films, and some sexual jokes including a butt and date rape. There are...

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Gibson updates his Viking film

Mel Gibson has been talking about his non-appearance in Mad Max 4, the rumour that the Interflab started and unsurprisingly turned out not to be true, and at the same time he gave an update on his Viking film that we already heard was going to be starring Leonardo DiCaprio....

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Lucas adopting Avatar for Star Wars

There's been a lot of talk from George Lucas a few years ago about updating the Star Wars film series to 3D and then re-releasing them, but at the time it seemed that the technology just wasn't working well enough and the idea went on hold, not stopped though, just...

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Paranormal Activity 2 gains Saw director

Paramount are moving forward with Paranormal Activity 2 already, mighty quick if you ask me, and they have a writer, director, and the original team on board as producers, although that could mean anything from receiving a pay slip or actually having some involvement in the film. I think it's...

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Noel Clarke talks Heartless preview

A trailer for the horror film from Philip Ridley called Heartless has arrived online, well it's not actually a trailer, that popped out naturally as I was writing about a clip, it's actually footage of Noel Clarke talking about how great and clever the film is before we get to...

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Bruce Campbell vs. Frankenstein

If you were to replace the name Bruce Campbell with Bubba in the title of Bruce Campbell's newly announced film then you might be forgiven for thinking that it runs awfully close to the Bubba Ho-tep films, the second of which Campbell will disappointingly not be appearing in. However he...

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The Reeds UK horror trailer online

There's a short teaser trailer online for a new UK horror film called The Reeds from Nick Cohen, the film tells the story of a group of friends who head out on a weekend boating trip where they end up boating around a lake full of reeds, reeds that hide...

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January 18, 2010

Hideo Nakata announces next horror

Sitting on Hideo Nakata's upcoming films are Chatroom and The Ring Three, both western productions. However on his in development list are two films I've been hoping to see for a very long time, Out and The Entity remake. Now both are going to be delayed even longer while he...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Feigned Mischief: Film stars on stage

We're entering the final few for the Stalker's Top Tens for 2009, and next up is one Filmstalker reader who has been with the site since the beginning but not around lately. Why not? She's not deserted us, she's stalking something else, the stage. So for her Top Ten she's...

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Depp to play Pancho Villa

It was back in February of last year that we heard Emir Kusturica, a winner of no less than two Palme d'Or's, was set to make a film about Pancho Villa, but the details of the casting and the film come as a little bit of a surprise. José Doroteo...

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Bay talks Transformers 3

Michael Bay and his sound team have been talking about the work involved in bringing a feeling of reality to the fantastical on screen robots that have been created in the two Transformer films, and that reality has been drastically helped by sound. While doing that Bay revealed a possibility...

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Splice creator discusses film

The co-writer and director of Splice, Vincenzo Natali, has been talking about the film that is still awaiting some decent distribution deals. Outside of Sitges it's only been seen in Belgium, Finland and Germany, and that's terrible news considering what it could bring. However light is at the end of...

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Butler and Forster in Machine Gun Preacher

No, this isn't Gerard Butler leaping on the back of his recent action films and making another, this is Butler being rather clever with his career and taking a rather different role and another direction. He's looking to play the real life role of a an ex-drug dealer and hard...

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Golden Globe Winners announced

The winners of the Golden Globes have been announced, and while some are causing a lot of debate out there, I think it's a pretty clear cut list, there's nothing really too controversial. Mind you, I could see many could disagree, particularly the bandwagon Avatar haters. The complete list of...

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January 16, 2010

Best Film of the Decade: Voting

Since early December we've been voting on the Best Films of 2000 through to 2009, I've been selecting the nominees and you've all been voting for the best. Now the results are in, counted, and presented for your amazement, the Best Films from each of the years from 2000 to...

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Stalked: Knightley leaves My Fair Lady, Held by the Taliban not happening, Mr. T in the A-Team, Saw a Devil, Strong in Green Lantern

Keira Knightley has left My Fair Lady... Held by the Taliban production all lies?... Mr. T in the A-Team after all?... Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun in Saw a Devil... Mark Strong cast in Green Lantern?......

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Red Baron trailer online

There's a trailer online for the Red Baron, a film about the legendary World War I German fighter pilot who was not just an enemy to the Allied fighter pilots, but a respected adversary. It was a different time when fighting wasn't about killing the enemy combatant, as the Baron...

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Spider-Man 4 rumour frenzy

Now that the Spider-Man 4 news is out, first that Sam Raimi is off the fourth film and that there is no fourth film, then that there's going to be a prequel and reboot to the franchise, rumours are going mad. We're hearing silly names being attached to the prequel...

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Directors fighting for Mark Millar’s Nemesis?

Mark Millar is fast becoming a fuel for Hollywood. Wanted and Kick-Ass are hot properties, and he's not stopping there. Next up is his new comic Nemesis, a superbly dark story that would see a character like Bruce Wayne totally twisted around to be an evil character preying on the...

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January 15, 2010

Producer talks Fright Night remake

We’ve been hearing lot’s of wild, made up rumours about Fright Night, especially from one person, but so far there’s been nothing from the film itself, no word of what was happening with the remake of the superb Fright Night until now. Michael De Luca is a producer behind the...

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Tekken trailer online

I remember talking about the Tekken film some time ago, and then forgetting about it, after all fighting video games haven’t amounted to much really have they? Now do take note, I am not saying video game films, I’m saying fighting video games. The main reason is that there’s no...

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21 Jump Street update from Jonah Hill

The idea of a film version of 21 Jump Street evokes the same concerns I had over The A-Team film adaptation, taking the cheesy daytime show and making something modern, relevant and that audiences would like to see. For 21 Jump Street those concerns seem to have been multiplied two...

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Stalked: Bond replacing Holmes, Green Lantern villain cast, Jones' Source Code cast, Reitman directing Ghostbusters 3, Spacey in China, Forster directing Ludlum

Bill Murray replaces Toby Kebbell as gangster... Bond replacing Holmes in Cowboys and Aliens?... Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play Green Lantern villain... Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan join Duncan Jones' Source Code... Ivan Reitman to direct Ghostbusters 3... Kevin Spacey is set to appear in a Chinese film......

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From The Hurt Locker to Held by the Taliban

Kathryn Bigelow has set her eyes on another film based in the current war regions of the world, this time she's moving to Pakistan and her focus will be on the story of David Rhode, the New York Times journalist who was held by the Taliban in Pakistan for seven...

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Carnahan talks The A-Team film

I think it's fair to say we've all been thinking about how The A-Team are going to be portrayed in the film version of the popular television show. After all no one was ever shot or killed in the series and the formula often saw the larger than life characters...

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January 14, 2010

Closed: Win Whiteout on DVD

I have three copies of Whiteout on DVD to be won, or rather to give away for just answering one simple question. It's a good film too, Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht and Tom Skerritt, directed by Dominic Sena from the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Leiber. The film...

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Closed: Win Paranormal Activity goodies

I'm giving away some Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) goodies to one lucky competition winner, and the goodies are pretty good, in fact I wish I was winning one of them myself. You could get your hands on a pretty cool backpack with some surprising things inside it, just keep reading...

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Update: Spider-Man prequel rumoured directors?

The rumours of Spider-Man the reboot prequel have begun, and names of directors are being banded around already with all the big names being thrown at it, names such as James Cameron, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson, names that are obviously never going to be making the film. So the...

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Johnston reveals Captain America

There's new talk about Captain America from Joe Johnston, the director of The First Avenger: Captain America, and he's shattering some of the ideas of what the star spangled superhero might have been and is revealing what it's actually going to be. He says quite a lot about the film...

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Cornwell's Scarpetta begins film franchise

It looks like Kay Scarpetta is set to get her own film franchise, if all goes well with the adaptation of a novel featuring the character we may well see her returning time and time again, after all there are a number of very successful novels from the writer Patricia...

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Four Brothers sequel

John Singleton's Four Brothers was a pretty enjoyable film, well I certainly enjoyed it, and it delivered some action, drama and some good tension. Now it seems that the studio are working on a sequel, surprise, surprise, however will the premise hold up? The original story for Four Brothers saw...

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The Lovely Bones five minutes online

A little while ago the first five minutes of The Lovely Bones appeared online in various places, but quickly it was pulled down and shunted out, the studio were recalling it, seems it got leaked again. Note Mr Studio Executive, that's not by pirates at home I'm sure of that....

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Terribly Happy trailer online

A trailer has arrived online for Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig), a film from Henrik Ruben Genz which sees a disgraced policeman from the big city flung out to a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town where nothing really happens and when it does it's very strange. The...

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Lionsgate buying Terminator?

News has arrived that in some documents Halcyon Group filed in a federal bankruptcy court regarding their breakup, the Lionsgate studio has placed a bid for the Terminator franchise of US $15 million with a 5% cut of takings for the future. So far, that's the only bid, but what...

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January 13, 2010

Ghost Writer trailer online in English

A little while ago I posted the new trailer for Ghost Writer, unfortunately it was in German, but the intent and feel was there. Now though the trailer is available in English with a brand new score over the top. Mind you, the score is a little overpowering for the...

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The Thing prequel news

News hasn't really been coming out about The Thing prequel, we knew already it was in the Norwegian camp and that they were de-constructing the original film where the characters visited the devastated Norwegian camp and building a story from every element of those scenes. However after that, something new...

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Legion trilogy?

Legion sees angels arrive on Earth to wipe out humanity on the orders of god, but with one angel trying to stop them and defending the only child on the planet that can save the race from the amassing horde, and while the film might initially seem like a straight...

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IMAX: Hubble 3D trailer online

A trailer has arrived for a 3D IMAX film that really does do the format justice without letting it overpower the film, for here it's all about being immersed in 3D, and there won't be anything unnecessarily flying at the camera either. When the Hubble space telescope needed urgent work...

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First seven minutes of Moon online

Duncan Jones' Moon (Filmstalker review) is spectacular stuff, and if you haven't seen it I urge you, nay command you, to go and see it. It's superb. In fact you don't have to go and see it you can rent it out, and if you aren't convinced then watch the...

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Norrington returning to The Lost Patrol

Stephen Norrington has already indicated his return to cinema with a new version of The Crow, but he's not stopping there as word comes through that he's working on another film called The Lost Patrol, a film that he says is going to hit all of his "geek-buttons", and hopefully...

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The Tourist regains director

Some time ago we heard that the director of The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, was leaving the production of The Tourist due to creative differences. Many names have been associated with the project since, including Alfonso Cuarón, but word is out today that hes back on the...

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Chris Rock remaking another last year foreign comedy

Hot off the heels of remaking the British comedy film from last year, Death at a Funeral, Chris Rock is leaping forward with another comedy from the year before, but this time he's heading to France. He's planning to remake La première étoile, aka The First Star, and he plans...

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The official A-Team trailer online in high quality

We had the bootleg version online, despite being asked to remove it I thought it was great advertising and hype for the film, and now the full, high quality version has arrived and I have it in various formats. High quality flash and quicktime, and also in mobile format. We...

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Chloe red band trailer online

Chloe caught me by surprise to be quite honest, I'd written about the film in development but it just hadn't struck me the power of the cast and the story, until I saw this trailer, and while the rest of the Interflab talk excitedly about a far away, covered up,...

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The Company Men trailer online

There's a trailer online for the highly cast Company Men from writer/director John Wells who has a lot of television writing behind him, particularly The Third Watch, ahead he has a number of interesting films, but it's The Company Men that people are interested in for the moment. No wonder,...

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January 12, 2010

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Richard Bodsworth

Next on the Stalker's Top Ten for 2009 is Richard Bosworth, yes I know that time is moving on but we're still only in the second week of the year, and we haven't just forgotten 2009, well not here on Filmstalker anyway. There are still a couple of Readers Top...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Daniel Woolstencroft: Horror

Next up in the Stalker's Top Tens for 2009 is Daniel Woolstencroft, and he's decided to move off the Top Ten Films of 2009 just a little bit by looking at his Top Ten Horror Films of the year. What I like about his list is that he's not sticking...

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Stalked: Fuqua directing Consent to Kill, Tom Hanks writes and directs, Coen's remaking Gambit

Antoine Fuqua is set to direct a spy thriller called Consent to Kill, which sounds like a bad ass 24… Tom Hanks is writing and directing again, and leading alongside an old friend… The Coen Brothers are remaking a Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine crime comedy…...

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Jonah Hex reshoots are big

Here we are again, another film, another set of reshoots, but the reshoots on Jonah Hex are suggesting something a lot meatier than the commonly pounced upon ones on other films. For now it seems that the principal actors are returning for a ten day shoot that will rework the...

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BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award 2010: Updated with clips

The Orange Rising Star Award for the 2010 BAFTAs has opened to public voting and revealed the nominees, and last year's winner, Noel Clarke, was on hand to announce them. It's an interesting bunch, and a mix of talent from France to America, all new, all relatively new, although a...

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The Crazies short teaser

There's a new teaser out for The Crazies, although it's really short, there are some new shots and it gives a bit of a different feel to the film, a darker, harder feel that perhaps wasn't there to the same degree before. The film is a remake of the George...

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Gibson's new film relocates prisoners

This story made me laugh, but apparently Mel Gibson is about to start filming in a prison in Mexico, and for that an entire wing is being emptied of prisoners who are being sent off to other prisons while filming takes place. Relatives and inmates are up in arms, how...

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Studio drops Spider-Man 4, Raimi and Maguire

The news is everywhere, while I slept it seems that Sony and Columbia decided enough was enough on the script wrangling and have dropped the idea of Spider-Man 4. Not only have they done that but they've dropped the idea of making another Spider-Man with Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and...

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January 11, 2010

Mannequin remake?

It's really not that surprising, but the word is that there's going to be a sequel for the eighties film Mannequin, the one that featured "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship. Oh yes, you're singing it already. It also featured Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, a young and equally sexy...

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Diesel reveals two more Fast and Furious films

Vin Diesel does talk about his films a lot, especially ones that haven't happened and are far from being in production, some might think that's egotistical, I think it's clever marketing. Well the latest one he's been talking about is Fast and the Furious, and there seems to be something...

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Writer's Guild of America 2009 nominees

The Writers Guild of America has listed it's nominees for its 2009 awards and there are a few surprises. One big surprise that people are talking about is that Avatar (Filmstalker review) received a nomination, particularly those who hated it and really are laying into it for it's unoriginal (outside...

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Metal Gear Solid film dead, follows Halo

I think we're witnessing a divide in a relationship that once looked like it could be the next big thing in Hollywood and for the video game industry, as it's revealed that the chance of a Metal Gear Solid film has gone. It appears that the two industries just couldn't...

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Mostow written female Psycho remake

News comes today that Jonathan Mostow has written a story called House at the End of the World that sounds very much like a new version of Psycho. Of course logline comparisons like this are made all the time, but the comments here are hard to ignore and do sound...

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Malkovich confirms Vulture in Spider-Man 4

The rumours have been confirmed, by the very man himself, however it all hinges on that comes out of the script wrangling between the studio and Sam Raimi that we've heard is ongoing. However if it comes out on Raimi's side, and I believe it will, we'll see John Malkovich...

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Thor loses Fandral

This may not be anything to be concerned about, but there's news today that Stuart Townsend, who plays the character Fandral in the upcoming Thor film by Kenneth Branagh, has left the production over creative differences. The news also carries a rumour that he's been replaced pretty fast with another...

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January 10, 2010

Filmstalker Film Club: Round 2

Welcome to the second outing of the Filmstalker Film Club, an audiocast (I prefer calling them that rather than podcasts, it's the hoover-vacuum thing!) that sees myself and any Filmstalker readers who want to join, discuss films that they have chosen. What's great about the Film Club is that everybody...

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January 9, 2010

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Chris Rushworth

Chris is the next up with a Stalker's Top Ten list for 2009, and he's gone traditional, a top ten. Nothing wrong with that, and it's a good list, a damn good list actually. However there is an addition to it which brings it up to eleven. After writing this,...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Matthew Fong

Next up on the Stalker's Top Ten of 2009 is Matthew Fong. He's produced quite a popular list, and you can start to see some trends in the titles being picked for top films of the year. Matthew has also added in his list of his most anticipated films for...

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Red Riding trilogy trailer online

We wonder where the talent of British cinema is, well it's here, on British television, and the mini-series created for British television is now getting world wide exposure with screenings at American Film Festivals and a national release. The films are superb, coming from some powerful novels by David Pearce...

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Update: Piranha 3-D trailer bootlegged online

The trailer for the upcoming Piranha 3-D has been bootlegged and uploaded online, and while it's not that great and won't spoil your enjoyment of the full version, it does look rather good fun and I could imagine actually watching and enjoying it. Still, the fact that there's so much...

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Kick-Ass theatrical trailer

The theatrical trailer for Kick-Ass is online, and at first I thought I might be a little disheartened because the shock value of these kids getting up to the serious kick-assery would be gone. Not so. In fact I like this trailer more. I'm starting to think that Matthew Vaughn...

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New From Paris With Love unrated trailer online

There's a new trailer online for the action film From Paris With Love that ramps up the action, violence, glib one liners and the swearing, and frankly it looks fantastic fun. I know people are picking holes with certain bits of the scenes and action already, but you know what?...

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January 8, 2010

Planet of the Apes remake dead?

It seems that the Planet of the Apes remake is dead, well let's say that the writer/director that was on the project is not on it any more. Mind you, that might not mean it's dead, just dead with the current incarnation, if the studio are interested then they'll keep...

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Wolfman troubles all conjecture

There have been stories across the Interflab about the alleged ongoing problems with Wolfman, and how the studio is off developing a new cut of the film without the director and all manner of suggestions. It's strange because we've been hearing quite a lot of negativity about the production and...

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Stalked: Sequels for Avatar, G.I. Joe, Ghost Rider, District 9

Sequels galore today as we hear about director's wished and ideas, and nothing really new for sequels for Avatar and District 9, while word on a sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra tells us that it's moving forward, and details of what Ghost Rider 2 would and would...

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The A-Team trailer online

Early, but the A-Team trailer is here. While I was hard at work it popped up online and is right here for you to view. Unfortunately I'm still at work, and try as I might I can't see that trailer till I get home. So you're all on your lonesome,...

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Knockout gains big cast

Steven Soderbergh's Knockout film was sounding a lot like The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review), and that's not a bad thing either. I don't mean for the story content, but for the fact that he was casting an expert at what the film is about rather than an actress, and for...

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Ponyo trailer online

A trailer has arrived online for Ponyo, the English dubbed release of Hayao Miyazaki's animated Gake no ue no Ponyo which features a wealth of acting talent lending their voices to the film, including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and Lily Tomlin. The trailer looks typical anime,...

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Directors Guild of America announces 2009 nominees

The Directors Guild of America have announced their nominations for 2009, and it's almost swaying to one name instantly, despite what the critics have been saying in recent months. However I do think it might go the way of popular opinion, even though I think the achievement should be going...

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The Ghost Writer German trailer

I'm eagerly awaiting a longer, more involved trailer for The Ghost Writer, the upcoming Roman Polanski film, and with news that the film is to be released in America on February the 19th, I'm even more eager, that's not that far away. The film stars Ewan McGregor as a ghost...

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January 7, 2010

BAFTA 2009 Long List announced

I do like the way that BAFTA organise the voting for the winners of the awards, and this year it's a bit more rich than others as some two hundred and twenty films have been entered into the categories for the six thousand BAFTA members to vote on. The explanation...

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Closed: Win The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 on DVD

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 was recently remade by Tony Scott and starring John Travolta and Denzel Washington, and whatever you think of the film you can't deny that these are two heavyweight actors with an equally heavyweight director behind them that delivered a great ride of a...

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Closed: Win Rage on DVD

I've been given two copies of Rage (Filmstalker review) to give away for free, and all you have to do is answer a simple question. The film is from British director Sally Potter and features performances from the likes of Jude Law, Judi Dench, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian, John Leguizamo,...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Matt Adcock: OMG moments!

Next up for the Stalker's Top Tens this year is Matt Adcock, a faithful Stalker, and a strong voice on his own. He always delivers interesting and entertaining lists, and last year's Best Babes in Film was a corker. This year he's leaving the babes behind though and looking at...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Carmi Bentley

Next up on the Stalker's Top Tens for this year is Carmi Bentley, her Top Ten is just that, a top ten of the films she's seen this year without any frills or explanations. Now I usually ask for some explanation around each choice, something to give people something to...

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Sympathy for Mr Vengeance gets Hollywood rewrite

Well if they can't remake Oldboy, how about Sympathy for Mr Vengeance? Do you think that's what Warner Bros. were thinking when they went for this film? Whatever they were thinking, and despite the attempts to remake OldBoy (Filmstalker review) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review) already, Warner Bros....

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Cameron researching Japanese atomic blasts

Perhaps James Cameron has a new project lined up already, and it could be another documentary, one about the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The recent death of the Japanese man Tsutomu Yamaguchi who survived the two nuclear bomb detonations, as he was within...

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New The Bounty Hunter trailer online

As the U.S. sites would say, this is the International trailer for The Bounty Hunter, and that means a trailer for some other part of the world outside of the U.S., anyway the new trailer is here and it's looking and sounding much better than the previous. With this trailer...

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She's Out of My League trailer shows promise

There was a great moment of She's Out of My League, the trailer was building nicely and looking like a lot of other films, nothing too exciting, then there's the moment with the ex-boyfriend revealing who he is and I was laughing, it was a cool twist. Then it had...

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January 6, 2010

RoboCop halted

You know I don't really think this is a big surprise, and while others are saying that it's not a surprise because of the different directions of studio and director, I think that's not the big issue here, I think that they would have found a way to resolve things...

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Online Film Critics announce winners

The Online Film Critics have announced their winners for 2009, and while I missed their nominations, I caught the most important part, the people and films who have won. It's an interesting list, and thankfully sees a lot of sense. There are perhaps three choices I might find issue with,...

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Black Water Transit cleared customs?

I remember looking forward to the thriller Black Water Transit when it was announced that Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson were going to lead, and that was after the Vin Diesel, Kevin Bacon, James Franco and Sophie Okonedo were all knocked off the project. I even bought the book...

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Stallone breaks neck on Expendables

Sylvester Stallone has revealed just how much heart he puts into his films and how often he puts his neck on the block for performances such as his upcoming film The Expendables. Speaking about the filming he revealed how he broke his neck during the production. The Expendables is Stallone's...

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Spider-Man 4 delayed, we should be glad

The news that Spider-Man 4 has been delayed because of scripting issues is not bad news as so many believe. This is not the point where we should stand up and scream "it's doomed", but the point we should be glad that Sam Raimi has control and has managed to...

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Bond 23 directed by Sam Mendes

Now that seems like a strange choice indeed, but word is today that Sam Mendes is actually in discussions to direct the next Bond film. That would seem strange too since there has been talk of late about the film being delayed and studio problems, and yet they are seeking...

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January 5, 2010

Scorsese directing The Invention of Hugo Cabret?

Martin Scorsese has a bunch of projects on his slate, and like any of the big directors he always has a fair number being juggled with a few being pulled forward to develop and one plucked from those few to make it his current project. So with a full slate...

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Stalked: Oz remake plot, Penn back in Three Stooges, Death Race sequel casts lead

The writer of The Wizard of Oz sequel, Oz: Return to the Emerald City, has revealed a plot. Sean Penn has returned to The Three Stooges film. The Death Race sequel, Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, has a new Frankenstein in the guise of Luke Goss....

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The Best Films of the Decade: 2009

This is it, the final year in the decade. Next up I'll be revealing the films that won from each year in the decade and letting you vote for the Best Film of the Decade. However we have to get back to 2009 and finish that off first, since the...

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Taken director helms Dune

There are two big surprises about the directors job for the remake of Dune, or the new version adapted from the Frank Herbert novels, the first being that Peter Berg turned down the chance to direct the film in order to make Battleships, yes the film based on the board...

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New From Paris With Love trailer

There's a new trailer online for From Paris With Love and it's looking like mad action film that you really wouldn't expect to see either John Travolta or Jonathan Rhys Meyers in, but they are. The new trailer is short though, and cuts down on the dialogue and story scenes...

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January 4, 2010

Hillcoat's film cancelled, blames Internet and economy

John Hillcoat's latest film, The Promised Land, has been cancelled and he's none too pleased about it. In fact he says that Hollywood is falling apart, and that it's down to three things, the global economy, Internet downloads (presumably the legal ones) and the old perennial favourite, piracy. Apparently Hillcoat...

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New trailer online for Brothers

The remake of Brødre, Brothers, is looking like a real contender to be as good as, or perhaps better, than the original. That's saying a lot as I think the Susanne Bier film is really good, and stars some great actors such as Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen and Nikolaj Lie...

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Suicide Squad film in production

The Suicide Squad seems to be moving towards a film version with the producer Dan Lin announcing that the project has been moved forward and that it's the only comic book project he's working on just now, moving Justice League to the background, and he explains why too. I missed...

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Schrader reveals more of Xtreme City

We heard back in November 2008 that Paul Schrader was working on a Bollywood film, and then that he had delayed because the script wasn't strong enough. Now it is, and he's revealed just how much of a Bollywood film it's going to be, and the answer is mostly....

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The Thing prequel begins

Part of me wasn't sure that the prequel for The Thing was actually going to go ahead, or was that I was hoping, however news today reveals that the filming is to start in March and that it most definitely is intended for a theatrical release. That means they are...

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The Orphanage remake gains director

The English language remake of The Orphanage has found a director, and this remake has some interesting pedigree behind it, including the new director. The original film, El Orfanato, was written by Sergio G. Sánchez and directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, neither of whom will be involved in the remake....

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January 3, 2010

Stalker's Top Ten 2009: Trevor Morris: 2009 review

Now this happens every year, and I don't mind it one bit, the Stalker's Top Ten is called that for a catchy title and you don't have to stick to ten films, and Trevor Morris has done that, in fact he's gone way off ten and even one list. He's...

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Streetdance 3D trailer online

The trailer for the British 3D street dancing film, imaginatively entitled Streetdance 3D, has arrived online and it's looking...well, it's looking like any other dancing film, except there are whooshes and the big build up to say "in 3D". Oh dear. The trailer doesn't give us a hint at a...

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January 1, 2010

Filmstalker's 2009 Review

I thought this year I'd leave the Top Tens to the Filmstalker readers who are brave enough to step up and let their lists be published for all to see, be it the best films, the worst films, the funniest moments, the best performances, anything at all. So what would...

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Happy New Year from Filmstalker!

I hope you've had a great holiday, and if you celebrate the New Year then I really hope you had a good evening and a happy close to 2009. Now we're looking to 2010, and another year of Filmstalker, it's fourth year in fact. 2010 has a nice sounding ring...

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