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June 30, 2010

Filmstalker Film Club: Round 9 Voting

What with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the flu, and life in general throwing curve balls at me, I've fallen well behind with the Filmstalker Film Club, it's coming though and the backlog of recordings are going to catch up soon to the point where you can email or twitter...

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Ice Road Truckers the film?

You have to have seen at least one episode of Ice Road Truckers, and if you have you've seen the insanity that some of these drivers go through. Okay the series does really amp up the tension something rotten, but the danger is there none the less. Now it seems...

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake with Verbinski?

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is getting a remake, well to be fair it's been getting a remake for over twenty years with a whole slew of directors including the great Steven Spielberg and it's never worked so far. However the latest entry on that list of directors to...

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Paranormal Activity 2 teaser trailer

There's excitement galore as the teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity arrives online, although not from here as when I watched Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) I wasn't scared once as each stock scare landed precisely on beat and the creature talking to camera just blew it for me. However there is...

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Ceaser cast in Rise of the Apes

Andy Serkis is set to lead Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Apes, and by lead I mean he'll be playing the animal once again as he dons the dot covered face mask and spandex suit to create the framework for the CG character of the genetically engineered super-intelligent chimpanzee. I'm...

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Rango trailer online

The full trailer for Rango is online, remember we saw the teaser just the other day and it was nothing more than a wind up toy floating through the air in the middle of the desert? Well the full trailer is here and while the teaser was intriguing and quite...

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June 29, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I trailer online

Wow, the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I only puts one foot wrong, and that's at the end when it slaps up that big message "...in 3D!". You know I wasn't sold on the idea of the story, the look of the film, the acting, cinematography,...

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice footage online

There's a load of new footage online for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, along with some of the key people in front and behind of the camera talking about the film and the other actors. Of course there's a lot of verbal backslapping and praise, but most importantly there's a lot more...

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed first five minutes online

There's something very clever about the presentation of the opening five minutes of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. The picture has been presented full frame and allowed for titles at the top and slowly rotating quotes at the bottom, plenty of time to see if it's a critic you trust...

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Space Battleship Yamato trailer online

The trailer for Space Battleship Yamato, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, has arrived online and even though the format isn't perfect, it's looking epic as epic can be. The battles look fantastic, the effects huge, and at first look it makes me think that this indeed could be an epic space...

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X-Men: First Class finds Emma Frost?

There's more casting news for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, well rumour at this stage but it could well turn out to be on the money, and the great news is that the person up for the role of Emma Frost is another British actor which makes three for three...

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June 28, 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Day Five

My fifth day of the Edinburgh International Film Festival took a long time coming after having been grounded by the flu and left with a terrible hacking cough that wouldn't let me sit in a public space without interrupting other people's viewing so much that they would have a right...

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Spike Lee to direct terrorist thriller

Spike Lee's next film is going to take him back to thriller territory, similar to that of the Inside Man (Filmstalker review), but upping the ante in the plot department by quite a ways. The plot has been revealed to include dual terrorist attacks on American soil, and a lone...

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Straw Dogs remake director talks rating

The remake of the classic Straw Dogs, the Sam Peckinpah film which saw Susan George and Dustin Hoffman go through some extremely brutal and harrowing scenes, has completed filming, and the new director has spoken out about the tone of the film and how it compares to the original. For...

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Another Countess Báthory film starring Swinton?

There's talk of another film about the legendary Countess Báthory, the woman who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins in order to try and keep looking young, this new one though has two things in it that would be different to the more widely known version from Julie Delpy...

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June 26, 2010

Peter Jackson to direct the Hobbit films

Is it really any surprise to find out that Peter Jackson is now in talks to direct both Hobbit films back to back? I don't think so. I always thought that the appointment of Guillermo del Toro was a strange choice, a good one, but still strange. His film would...

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Shyamalan's next film revealed

Well, when I say revealed, the high level plot overview has been revealed for M. Night Shyamalan's next film, the script that is being kept rightly under wraps as it is being handed to studio executives to read and hand back immediately. There's not much on the story, but we...

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Stallone playing crime family boss

I loved Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land, and it was a film that really opened my eyes to the fact that the guy could act, genuinely. A lot of people put it down to the fact that his character suited the actor, something I thought was rather insulting to the...

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The Social Network teaser trailer online

There's really next to nothing to the teaser trailer for The Social Network, the film about the events behind the creation of Facebook, at least in visual terms. What it lacks there though it makes up for in the audio which, to be fair is helped along by the titles,...

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June 24, 2010

Red trailer online

I never thought I'd have seen someone I associated with playing the Queen firing automatic weapons and kicking some serious ass, but she is. Helen Mirren stars alongside Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as retired CIA operatives who come out of retirement when a younger, technology laden assassin...

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Conviction true story trailer online

Hilary Swank is becoming known for her true story starring roles, and this trailer reminds me of the equally heart tugging ones for Freedom Writers. However what surprised me in that film is how good it was, despite the overly manipulative looking trailer, and with Conviction it feels the same....

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Sir Billi trailer online

Sir Billi is the last outing for Sean Connery as an actor, we're led to believe anyway, and features him providing the voice of a retired veterinarian living in a remove Scottish village who pulls together an unlikely band of helpers to try and rescue some beavers who are in...

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Predators international red band trailer

I still don't understand how an international trailer can be red band since red band is an MPAA term for American releases only. In the UK this trailer would be unclassified, or if the BBFC had looked at it probably a 15. Anyway, the gory trailer is out, and there's...

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Inception new trailer online

There's a lot of material coming out for Inception, and I find that rather surprising considering there's been next to nothing given away about the film, something Christopher Nolan is rather good at doing, and yet here we are with another trailer with more footage and still nothing given away....

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June 23, 2010

Shyamalan's next film, media still talk twists

I've defended almost every one of M. Night Shyamalan's films, all of which I think are great apart from The Happening (Filmstalker review) which had many problems, but then I think there's a very simple formula for liking M. Night Shyamalan films, forget The Sixth Sense. For me that's been...

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The Green Hornet trailer

I don't really know what to make of The Green Hornet trailer that's arrived online. On the one side Seth Rogen does look like he's backed off from his usual performances to do something a little different, but on the other side there still are a couple of jokes that...

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The Wolfman

Digital Three Stars
There’s a lot of history with The Wolfman, and I don’t just mean that it was a remake from the much older film, I mean the history of production of the film, or should I say the post-production. For the stories were rife of the re-shoots and the problems with...

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It’s Complicated

Digital Three Stars
There's always something that draws you to a film, whether it be the visuals, director, the promise of the story, or an actor, with It's Complicated there were two very clear reasons. Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep. For me both actors are getting better with age, and while they may...

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June 21, 2010

Outcast

Film Three Stars
James Nesbitt, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo and Ciarán McMenamin drew me immediately to this film, and the fact that it was British, set in Ireland and Scotland, and promised a storyline which seemed to suggest a dark and mysterious thriller with some nice horror elements to it, and the image...

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L'immortel (22 Bullets)

Film Four Stars
Jean Reno playing a man gunned down by a group of masked assailants who fire twenty two bullets into his body leaving him for dead. Somehow though he survives, and while initially he doesn't want to walk back into that life, even for revenge, he has to in order for...

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June 20, 2010

The American new trailer online

The more I see and hear about The American, the more I want to see the film, and even though this new trailer is actually a condensed version of the previous ones we've seen, it still makes me want to see the film even more. There is some new footage...

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Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) international trailer online

Joann Sfar directs this film which he adapted from his own graphic novel about the well renowned French singer and artist Serge Gainsbourg, following his life from growing up in 1940's through to his death in 1991, so it's his entire life story. The casting is exciting with Eric Elmosnino...

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Tomorrow, When The War Began new trailer online

While the opening of this trailer reminds you of the first, well it did for me anyway, it does have a lot of different footage once the opening sequences have set the scene or rather the plot. The film is adapted from the John Marsden novels (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and...

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Update: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer online

There are a couple of things that disappoint me about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the first is obviously that it's going to be 3D, so that's that one out of the way, the second is that the trailer. Although it's nice and all and...

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Middle Men trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Middle Men, the film about two guys who have a great idea for selling pornographic images online and create the Internet's first commerce system. However they have no idea how to market it and make it a real money earner, until they meet up...

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Resident Evil: Afterlife new trailer online

A new trailer has arrived for Resident Evil: Afterlife, and it's looking rather good, some of the effects are pretty spectacular, even if there is a lot flying towards the camera. You have to give these films credit, they've kept the franchise going and earning money, and turned in an...

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Carlos teaser trailer online

Wow, this really is a teaser trailer, there's not a lot to it, in fact a mere nineteen seconds. The film is drastically cut from the mini-series which tells the story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the man who became known as Carlos aka Carlos the Jackal, the internationally renowned terrorist....

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The Smurfs trailer online

I don't see the excitement about a Smurfs film, all I can see is another similar film to all these CGI kiddies creature comedies with different computer work over the top. Can't they just take an Alvin and the Chipmunks film and rework the CG models to be blue with...

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June 19, 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Day Four

The fourth day of press screenings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival wasn't a great success for me I'm afraid, with Toy Story 3 running late I missed the start of Barry Munday, and with the flu playing up so much that I was coughing, spluttering and sneezing, I just...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival: Day Three

Day Three was the busiest day so far for me, four films, and fighting the flu I was really concerned I'd struggle to make it through. However I did, perhaps to the detriment of my health. Anyway the day was a real mix, it started quite well with The Runaways,...

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June 18, 2010

Shekarchi (The Hunter)

Film One Star
The fact that this film is Iranian was a big draw for me, I’m always intrigued by films from countries that we perhaps don’t get so much cultural access too, or have an entirely different view in the world at large. So Shekarchi or The Hunter drew me to it,...

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June 17, 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Day Two

Day Two should really have been day three, yesterday I missed an entire day being bed-ridden, but today I soldiered on, in high temperatures outside and inside of me, rattling with drugs and propping them up every two hours, I hit my second day of press screenings. Today featured Outcast,...

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Monsters

Film Four Stars
I sat down in the cinema with only minutes to spare. The screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival was in Filmhouse #2, a much smaller cinema than the main screen and one which makes you think you're not about to see such a film, a film which seems to...

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June 16, 2010

Downey's producing Steve McQueen film

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey, no Jr., have put together a production company and are hitting their first film together with Dan Lin whom they worked with for Sherlock Holmes. The film is none other than the Steve McQueen heist film Yucatan which he never completed before...

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Japan continues to hide The Cove

It's frightening that Japan is bowing to the pressure that pro-dolphin slaughter and whale slaughter groups are exerting over the planned screenings of the excellent documentary The Cove (Filmstalker review) It's also extremely sad that the nation is hiding from the barbaric, unnecessary practice that is also dangerous to the...

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Scott talks 3D Alien prequels, Silver and Scott disagree on 3D

I really like these two stories. One is a very short interview with Ridley Scott who talks about putting the new Alien prequels into 3D, and the other is from Joel Silver who talks about the 2D to 3D conversion process for his new films. It's very clear that there...

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Ghost Rider sequel gaining dual directors?

It doesn't seem as though the idea of letting Johnny Blaze rest after that first outing of the Ghost Rider is going to stick as it's revealed that Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to play the leading role once again. It's early negotiations and there's no idea on plot yet,...

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Casino Jack aka Bagman gains a trailer

Casino Jack, also known as Bagman, stars Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist who is the best there is, influencing and controlling those in power all the way to the top, and when he doesn't get what he wants he calls in some favours at the highest levels and...

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Never Let Me Go trailer

Never Let Me Go has a great list of names attached to it, first there's the novel from Kazuo Ishiguro, then there's the screenplay by Alex Garland, then there's the director Mark Romanek who directed the excellent One Hour Photo. Now, throw in a cast of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan,...

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New Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole trailer online

While you can see the trademark speed changes in Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, the film is something different altogether. It is far from the film's he's made to date, and it looks glorious in effects and characters. The film is adapting the novels of...

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June 15, 2010

The Killer Inside Me

Film Four Stars
I have to admit that this is a situation where the film may not be as good as the novel, or perhaps I should say that the novel doesn't carry as much impact as the film does. The difficulty the novel faces is that i was written in the fifties,...

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The Last Rites of Ransom Pride

Film One Star
I went to see The Last Rites of Ransom Pride at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 this year because of the cast list and the write-up in the Festival programme. It promised a lot from the write-up mentioning Peckinpah, Leone and Tarantino, and the cast featured names such as...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010: Day One

So the first day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 came and went, and it was a real mixed bag, currently sitting at 1-1 for good versus bad for films, but more on that in a moment. From the festival side things were good. I may be sporting the...

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Centurion red band trailer online

A new trailer for Neil Marshall's well cast Centurion is online and it's a red band, although if you ask me the MPAA have been getting over excited again, there's really just a few scenes of horror, one of which is very comic/festival looking, and the others are over in...

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Sofia Coppola's Somewhere trailer online

Sofia Coppola's latest film, Somewhere, has a trailer and it's right here. Featuring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning it tells the story of an actor who is living in excess and day to day, not finding happiness and having everything else handed to him, but his bad boy lifestyle is...

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Atlas Shrugged begins filming

I was a little surprised to hear the news that Atlas Shrugged had begun filming, I had thought that the lead was still in question and it was far from production, apparently not as news comes today it has begun. However this isn't the version that was coming from Lionsgate...

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June 14, 2010

Martyrs remake producer reveals scary facts

One of the first scary facts that Wyck Godfrey, one of the producers behind the American remake of Martyrs reveals is that he wants Kristen Stewart to play one of the twins in a film he says can't be remade in the original form. It's not surprising as, despite being...

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel trailer

The documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel sets to tell the mostly unrealised story of Hugh Hefner, not the Playboy image that we know so well, but the story of the man as an activist, fighting for the rights of people and often against the government. The trailer has...

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Black Water Transit in more legal wranglings

Remember Black Water Transit? The film by director Tony Kaye from the Carsten Stroud novel which starred Karl Urban, Laurence Fishburne, Brittany Snow, Beverly D'Angelo, and Stephen Dorff, about an honest man running a shipping company getting caught up between all sorts of government agencies, his imprisoned son, and a...

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June 13, 2010

Men in Black III announcement selling 3D

Wow, that was disappointing. I just watched the announcement for Men in Black III, and it was thoroughly not worth it. Will Smith standing there in a black suit proclaiming how he will make 3D look good and then putting on his shades. That's it. Nothing about the film or...

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The Girl Who Played With Fire trailer online

Following on fro the successful The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comes The Girl Who Played With Fire, and I wonder if this will prime itself for a remake too? Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist return to play their roles in a sequel, this time directed by Daniel Alfredson and...

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This Man aka The Man From Nowhere trailer carries exciting blurb

There's a short trailer for This Man, a Korean film that when I read the blurb about the main character had me thinking of a Clint Eastwood western from the blurb, like Pale Rider of High Plains Drifter where the character appears from nowhere and helps fight off the bad...

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June 11, 2010

Bollywood film about friendly Hitler

It's a strange thought to imagine that Bollywood would be making a film about Hitler, but they are, really. Anupam Kher once played Gandhi and is not to go to the other extreme as he plays Hitler and Neha Dhupia will play his mistress Eva Braun in a film which...

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Film of the man who inspired Rambo and Colonel Kurtz

There's going to be a film about the man who inspired both the Rambo character and that of Colonel Kurtz, a man who was the most decorated Green Beret during the Vietnam War and who even organised rescue raids to free kidnapped American prisoners of war from. The man eventually...

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Red Dawn never to see dawn?

News this morning presents a worrying future for the newly remade Red Dawn, and while release dates moving, disappearing and reappearing is often nothing that exciting to write about as they change on a regular basis, for Red Dawn there's something else that's causing the concern. The film comes from...

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Arthur remake cast growing

The three main roles are cast, Russell Brand is playing Arthur, Helen Mirren his butler and Greta Gerwig the woman he falls for, the roles made famous by Dudley Moore, Sir John Gielgud and Liza Minelli respectively. Now there's word of two more roles in negotiations, that of the woman...

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Bay talks Transformers 3 plot and the sequel mistakes

Sometimes Michael Bay can say the right things, and I think with his latest comments he's done just that. Apart from reveal what Transformers 3 is all about, he's talked openly about what he thinks was wrong with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and told us how he's going to...

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The Extra Man trailer online

The Extra Man is a film playing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and it caught my eye for two reasons, the first is the excellent Kevin Kline, and the second was Katie Holmes. While I do like watching Kline, especially in a comedy, Holmes is a bit...

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Frears' Tamara Drewe trailer online

A trailer has appeared for Tamara Drewe, Stephen Frears adaptation of the Posy Simmonds comic character that's no superhero, it's the story of a woman returning to her small, home town and causing an uproar after she's grown up and found fame and herself. It stars Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam,...

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Tangled, or Rapunzel, trailer online

Wow. Disney's Tangled is the renamed Rapunzel, the animated film of the fairy tale story that looks set to change things up with the tale just a little. The man come to save her was actually running from the authorities and hiding out in her tower, where she's been locked...

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Thor behind the scenes footage online

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman looking gorgeous and stealing the interview, and more than anything, Anthony Hopkins as Odin. It's looking and sounding interesting, although not tons of footage, it's still a glimpse. The only reason that I'm looking forward to Thor is Kenneth Branagh, and there's some of...

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June 10, 2010

Japanese remake of Ghost by Hollywood

I think we've seen it all now haven't we? Can't we stop this remake nonsense already? Mind you, here's a time where I think a remake might actually work, where a Hollywood studio remakes its own film for a foreign market, in this case the Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore...

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New Bourne film gains scriptwriter and title

Okay this is strange. With Paul Greengrass moving away from the series and Matt Damon saying he won't return without Greengrass, Universal has moved ahead with a new film and hired Tony Gilroy to write a script for it. The news is good for Bourne fans, or at least so...

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Update: The Expendables being toned down?

Now this is a rumour that's worth talking about, and one that I do hope turns out to be rubbish, but the reason that the studio released a trailer for The Expendables that doesn't focus on anything but the characters and the actors names? Well it might be because they...

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New director for Kane and Lynch?

There's a rumour out there for the director of Kane and Lynch which, if true, suggests that the studio might be notching up this production a little, and that they are going for something more than a straight action film, something with a lot of style and more thriller than...

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June 9, 2010

Biographical film of the first black England footballer

The first black footballer to play for England is about to get a biographical film made about his life. Black Flash is the story of the seventies football (that's soccer for Americans) player Laurie Cunningham who was picked to play for England, the first ever black football player in the...

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Rango teaser trailer online

Back in March of 2009 I wrote about Gore Verbinski's next film called Rango, an animated film featuring the voice talents of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone, Stephen Root, and Harry Dean Stanton, and is directed by...

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Another trailer for The Sorcerer's Apprentice

There's another new trailer online for The Sorcerer's Apprentice and this one shows off more effects, more pretty damn amazing effects, more of Nicolas Cage as Balthazar Blake doing some solid acting, and the bad guys, lot's more of the bad guys. Alfred Molina as Maxim Horvath looks great, but...

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Die Hard V – Die Hard 24/7?

Another Die Hard may well be under way with the strange sounding, and most likely working title of, Die Hard 24/7. According to rumours today the project is a go along with the remake/reboot of the Fantastic Four. However this shouldn't be surprising news since back in February Bruce Willis...

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Saw VII teaser online

The teaser for Saw VII has been captured and released online. It probably won't be long before either this teaser is removed or the full version is up, but this one is good enough to follow what's going on, and it looks interesting. Not just from the cast members you...

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X-Men: First Class casting rumours – All British?

There's something interesting happening around the casting rumours for X-Men: First Class, and with three down there's an interesting trend, they're all British so far. Okay, so some of the characters are British and I'm sure there's no way we're going to see an entire all-British cast, or is there?...

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The Other Guys International trailer

If you read Filmstalker regularly you probably know that American formulaic comedy is a huge miss usually here, there's nothing that deep or clever about it, and it usually relies on jokes about bodily functions and plenty of swearing to illicit laughs. However it's not all the same, and the...

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New Mortal Kombat trailer not a film

While everyone was getting excited about the new Mortal Kombat trailer and the possibility of this being a videogame or a film, the reason it was made was skimmed over, for a while at least. This is actually a test video to convince the studio to make the film that...

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Fright Night remake casting and plot

The Fright Night sequel is gaining momentum and casting. We've already heard that Colin Farrell will be playing the neighbourhood vampire once played by Chris Sarandon, and Toni Collette the mother of Charlie, the teenager who discovers that his neighbour is a vampire, who is already set to be played...

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June 8, 2010

Updated: Indiana Jones V plot story details?

I do think it's way too early to be able to reveal details of the next Indiana Jones film, especially since there's not actually hard and fast evidence to say that there is going to be another one. Oh sure, there's certainly the drive to do it and everyone involved...

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Showgirls: Exposed faux trailer online

I think this will be the last time I mention this “film” until there actually is evidence of a film, for so far all I'm seeing is a cheaply made music video that is really a collection of random images with some badly written voice-over. Oh no, actually I believe...

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The Chameleon trailer starring Janssen and Barkin

The Chameleon is a film from the director Jean-Paul Salomé, his first English language film in fact, and it has a sprinkling of strong talent. Famke Janssen and Ellen Barkin to begin with, then there's Marc-André Grondin, Emilie de Ravin (who isn't Lost any more), Nick Stahl and Brian Geraghty....

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June 7, 2010

Takers extended trailer online

There's an extended trailer online for Takers, and by extended I mean really extended, it's more like an entire music video just filled with footage from the film, and it's looking like superb footage to boot. Then, apart from the footage, there's the fact that the cast is so interesting...

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Creepy Hierro International Trailer

I don't usually take too well to statements like "from the producers of", but when it comes to films like Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage then I'm going to take a little bit of notice. Then there's the trailer which has some pretty creepy moments in it, especially when you...

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Update: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy the film cast

The John le Carré novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was originally adapted into a superb television series starring Alec Guinness as the ultra-realistic spy, which means no Bond-type malarkey, who is brought out of retirement, and that's real retirement not your Hollywood retired at the prime of their life rubbish,...

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Teaser for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Right now this copy of the teaser for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I is dark, gloomy and foreboding, and that's not just because the film is like that but because the copy of the teaser that was shown at the weekend is poor quality, but expect that...

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New teaser for The Last Airbender

At first I thought that this was going to be a clip for The Last Airbender, but then I saw those now standard fast fade cuts between glimpses of shots in the first scene and realised this was a teaser or trailer for the film, after all you don't see...

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June 6, 2010

The Cove

DVD Five Stars
Having just watched The Cove, and I mean just watched, I can tell you now I’m moved and angry. Angry at Japan, at the International Whaling Commission, and the nations who are joining Japan for hard cash in order to help them slaughter whales and dolphins. It’s a powerful and...

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The Cove gets cancelled in Japan

It seems that many people in Japan can't take the truth of what is happening in Taiji and their government's views towards whale and dolphin slaughter as there are threats and protests appearing outside the distributor's offices and forced the cancelling of screenings in Tokyo, and recently a US base...

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Chernobyl film from Germany, Russia and Ukraine

It's been a long time since the Chernobyl disaster, when a nuclear power station suffered an explosion in one of the plant's reactors and resulted in a radioactive cloud sailing across Europe and even falling over Scotland. A complete disaster was averted, or perhaps some would say delayed, when the...

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John Carpenter's Dracula film

John Carpenter is set to direct a modern day Dracula story, one that is based on the original Bram Stoker plot and updated to a modern day setting. It sounds rather interesting, but above all the potential for John Carpenter to create another horror classic is here, after all it's...

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June 5, 2010

Filmstalker's recommendations for the EIFF 2010

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 has arrived and I've had a thorough, two night review of all the films on offer, and I've created my wish list of what to see. As usual I'm going to share it with you, and if I can see all the films I...

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June 4, 2010

Rob Reiner's Flipped trailer online

You know if you read the blurb for Flipped you are thinking of a cross between The Wonder Years and all those other young love television shows and films, but then there's something about the trailer that really captures you, and it's something that Rob Reiner is so good at....

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Jackboots on Whitehall trailer online

This is undoubtedly one of my must-see films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Jackboots on Whitehall has been talked about for a long time and this is the first real look at how the film's going to turn out, and I think it's pretty damned funny. The film features...

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Gulliver's Travels trailer online

Mmmm...the new non-3D trailer has arrived for Gulliver's Travels, the classic tale retold with Jack Black in the lead, and what concerns me about this trailer is that it's Jack Black heavy and very Gulliver's Travels light. I do get the feeling that it's heavily concentrating on selling the fact...

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Scott Thomas' Leaving trailer online

Kristen Scott Thomas is not just a stunningly captivating woman, but she's also a stunningly captivating actress, and in recent years she's delivered some great roles in French films, Leaving (Partir) looks set to do that once again, if the trailer is anything to go by. One of the great...

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Devil's Playground trailer shows more British zombies

The trailer for Devil's Playground does remind me of 28 Whatever's Later, but then a film about a zombie take over of London is going to do nothing but that is it? Especially when the film has the ultra fast killing zombies in it. Saying that, the trailer does look...

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The Expendables new trailer

There's another new trailer online for The Expendables, the all star action film from Sylvester Stallone, and this looks close to the one that I saw in the cinema the other day, the depressing and annoying thing though is that the trailer does focus a hell of a lot on...

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June 3, 2010

Logan's Run in 3D?

My Dad is going to freak out, and I'm not far behind him. The classic Logan's Run is being remade, and while Bryan Singer is off the slate and the “almost directed the Alien prequel” Carl Erik Rinsch is on, everything seemed to be going well. Until Joel Silver spoke....

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First five embarrassing minutes of Get Him to the Greek

I am of course saying that the first five minutes of Get Him to Greek are really good, and they get better as the parody of the famous music star moves on, I say it's embarrassing because it is, for all those famous people who behave just like this. Yes...

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June 2, 2010

Midnight Run sequel to gain original cast?

The previous news was that the sequel to Midnight Run, the film by Martin Brest starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, was set to only see De Niro return may have been a little early in the way of rumours, for now there's word that Grodin may return to...

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Armored

Blu-ray Four Stars
I am so tempted to write this as Armoured, but since it's the name of the film I'll stick with the American spelling of Armored. I was excited about this film from the first word of production because it was going to be directed by Nimród Antal who previously wrote...

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The Crow reboot moving forward

The Crow reboot hasn't fallen by the wayside at all as some of us might have thought or even hoped, in fact it's picking up pace and there even seems to be a call out to a major actor to play the leading role. The producer of the previous Crow...

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Filmstalker Film Club: Dennis Hopper Special

We're going to have a special on the Filmstalker Film Club, one for Dennis Hopper, and while the audiocast has been away from your speakers/headphones for a little while, we are bringing it back and going to work hard on making it a regular occurrence. This weekend we're hoping to...

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Chinese remake of What Women Want

Hollywood is the one known for remakes of films, but today it's been announced that the Chinese cinema industry is about to remake the romantic comedy What Women Want, the film starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt from Nancy Meyers. Seems a rather strange choice at first glance, but then...

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June 1, 2010

Dominic Cooper talks Uday Hussein film

The first photos of Dominic Cooper playing the dual roles of Uday Hussein and his body double have appeared online, and he's looking rather good in the role. Lee Tamahori's film The Devil's Double tells the true story of Latif Yahia, a soldier who is handpicked to play the double...

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Tupac Shakur biographical film

We've had a Notorious B.I.G. film already in the form of the rather good Notorious (Filmstalker review), in which the character of Tupac Shakur made a rather strong appearance. However the film managed to steer away from too many accusations and commentary on the East Coast-West Coast shenanigans and concentrate...

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Made in Dagenham trailer online

Britain can turn around a film quite well, in February of 2009 we heard about a film called We Want Sex, the story of the women worker's fight for equal pay in the Ford car manufacturing plant in 1968 which saw some eight hundred and fifty workers strike against the...

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The Whistleblower trailer online

A trailer for The Whistleblower has arrived online, a film that has adapted the true experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, an American policewoman who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia for a private company with the U.N. and was thrown out when she uncovered a sex slavery ring. I'm not sure...

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Sharlto Copley's Spoon teaser

Sharlto Copley is now known for District 9 (Filmstalker review)and the upcoming The A-Team film, but before he hit that level of fame he was going to be working behind the camera with his production partner Simon Hansen. Well now with his new found fame his behind the camera work...

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Lost Boys: The Thirst trailer online

I find it hard to believe that when such great projects are getting canned right, left and centre on television and film, that series like The Lost Boys that continue to go downhill at a rapid pace are still being made. Mind you, it would see people are still renting...

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