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August 31, 2010

Vengeance

DVD Three Stars
Vengeance is a Johnnie To directed film, and that means you can expect stylish gangster action and that's just what you get. Except there's a lot more to it, for this film has a French character at its core and not mixes English and French as the film's second languages....

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Hellraiser DVD release to save new film

It's a rather interesting idea that a direct to DVD release for a franchise is going to save the next cinema outing for it, but that's exactly what Dimension are hoping, otherwise they lose the rights to the franchise of Hellraiser. Now some of you might be thinking that's a...

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Expendables 2 featuring more Willis?

I do feel a little cheated that the marketing for The Expendables focuses so much on the appearance of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, and yet we only see them on screen for such a short amount of time. From the beginning I had hoped that the big...

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August 30, 2010

The Town international trailer

There's a new version of the trailer for The Town online and it's looking really good, plenty of tension and antagonistic relationships, and with Ben Affleck appearing so strongly behind the camera and the keyboard, it's great to see that his leading role might just look as powerful, something that...

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Womb trailer starring Eva Green and Dr Who

Yes Matt Smith is to be known as Dr Who forever now, he'll have a tough job removing the title from his name, but if he keeps delivering film performances between series like this then he might just manage it. Starring alongside Eva Green in Womb, which was written and...

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Confucius English language trailer online

I've just seen this trailer for Confucius, the film of the Chinese philosopher's life directed by Mei Hu and starring Chow Yun-fat as the man himself, and it looks like there are far less words and much more action than you'd expect for a film about a philosopher. It does...

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Cusack plays Poe before Stallone

John Cusack has announced that he's to play the literary figure Edgar Allan Poe in a film entitled The Raven, and it's not the film that Sylvester Stallone has been writing and wanting to make for all this time. This Raven is a fictional version of the story which is...

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Pandorum trilogy?

Christian Alvart has discovered that fans of his Pandorum film are desperate for a trilogy, and that's something that he's been talking about for the film since it began. From the beginning of the film's production, and something I can attest to reading on Filmstalker, Alvart was keen to have...

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August 27, 2010

Mission: Impossible IV drops entire franchise?

While we've just heard that Mission: Impossible IV will co-star Jeremy Renner alongside Tom Cruise, it seems that the sharing of the leading role isn't the only change to hit the film. News online has revealed that the next Mission: Impossible film will drop the title, reboot the franchise, and...

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Star Wars Uncut completed and online

I had thought that the Star Wars Uncut project would have been ongoing for ages yet, the sheer scope of the project seemed almost unreachable – filming an entire Star Wars film from home-made thirty second scenes of the film, edited together to make one big film. However the great...

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Nightfall sees prisoners versus vampires

I have to admit that this sounds a strong idea, and although the film is lined up to be written and directed by James Wan, he of the Saw franchise, I do so want to believe that it's going to turn out strongly. The graphic novel the film will adapt...

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I Saw the Devil teaser and trailer online

The teaser we saw before for I Saw the Devil had me hooked. It looked great and with Kim Ji-woon directing Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik, how could you not be interested? Two huge Korean actors and an equally big name director who has an eye for style, with a...

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New trailer for Tamara Drewe

I'm not convinced by the idea of Tamara Drewe, but this latest trailer is trying its best to get hold of me and does a good job of telling more of the story while tying itself to the original work it's based on. It does look rather good, but it...

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22nd of May trailer

The 22nd of May is a film that looks at the effects that a suicide bomber has on the survivors of the attack in a rather unusual way. The blurb for the film suggests that there's going to be some unusual way that one of the survivors is going to...

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Juan of the Dead trailer online

Yes, it's pretty much as you imagine it, a Cuban version of Shaun of the Dead, although this does suggest a few differences. The two teaser trailers don't show much of the finished film, they give the impression that there's a lot of work yet to do to produce a...

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August 26, 2010

Julia's Eyes English trailer shows too much?

An English subtitled version of the trailer for Guillem Morales' Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia) has arrived online and it helps us understand the story more, or it should do. However there's a big problem for the thriller. While the Spanish trailer looked so good delivering tension, uncertainty and...

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Exorcismus (The Possesion of Emma Evans) trailer

Exorcism films are on the rise at the moment, and quite rightly so for they do seem to tap into a really scary something inside of us, the idea that spirits can take over your body and mind and possess anyone without any warning or ability to stop them. Except...

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The Last Seven trailer

I'm intrigued by the trailer for The Last Seven, and almost wished that it had stopped after the first reveal where the man we see is in the phone box, confused, and we're hit with that strong reveal of what his character is realising. All in all though it looks...

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The Freebie trailer intrigues

The Freebie seems to tackle some very personal issues, are humans built for marriage, are we a monogamous creature? The film sees a married couple during a barren spell of sex in their marriage wondering if having a one night stand would bring it back to life again. What looks...

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Cast member reveals details on Jolie's Bosnia-Herzegovina film

The first assigned cast member for Angelina Jolie's love story set in the former Yugoslavia before, during, and presumably after the war has been revealed, and as he was he conducted a short interview and revealed a few interesting points about the film. The man is Rade Serbedzija, who you...

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ITV's Unforgiven film with Jolie?

The character played by Suranne Jones, best known for her role in Coronation Street, in the three part television series Unforgiven could well be played by Angelina Jolie in the film version, a film that is to be written by Christopher McQuarrie. This is a huge leap for the story...

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Iron Fist next superhero film?

It seems that Iron Fist is the next superhero to start a film career as it is revealed that the story is being adapted for film under the new Disney ownership of Marvel. This is actually the second superhero in production for the Disney buyout of Marvel as Doctor Strange...

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August 25, 2010

127 Hours trailer online

Danny Boyle directing a film about an all round adventurer whose arm is trapped under a boulder while canyoning (as I would call it or canyoneering as the blurb does) in Moab, Utah. He's trapped, there's no one around and no rescue coming, and so after five days alone he...

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Red International trailer online

Everything I see about Red has me excited, the cast list, the director, the source, the trailers, and now this new trailer is doing nothing but compounding all that excitement together in a neat little package. It's very similar to the previous trailers, but some of the key scenes have...

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D in Dracula country?

Sometimes actors reveal a little too much about films in pre-production and production when they're talking to the press, and sometimes they embellish things, nay even sometimes they lie, and I'm curious to hear where these comments from Nicolas Cage end up being, for they are interesting. He revealed that...

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Footloose steps forward

There's more cast being added to the Footloose musical remake, now under the directorial wings of Craig Brewer, and it's another decent name. I'm starting to wonder just how much effort is being pumped into this remake. Before I thought it might be a cheap cash in, but maybe they...

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Panzer 88, a Nazi tank combined with supernatural creatures

Sounds crazy doesn't it? However the film Panzer 88 will feature a King Tiger World War II German tank and it's crew heading across the Russian border and coming across an ancient entity. The descriptions of the film include horror, occult, supernatural, and above all a serious grounding in the...

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August 24, 2010

Jolie to write and direct Bosnia film?

There's some new news about that film set in Bosnia that Angelina Jolie announced she was going to be involved in, some major news for both the film and for Jolie herself. A new report reveals that she's going to write and direct the film and not star in it....

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Piranha 3D sequel already?

The accountants have revealed that Piranha 3D brought in some US $10 million at the U.S. box office and so there's going to be a sequel. No idea if Alexandre Aja will return to direct, no idea if the stars want to return and no idea about any script. Of...

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Filmstalker Film Club: Round 4: We're back!

Finally, we're back! The Filmstalker Film Club has returned. Actually we have been working away in the background getting episodes together, it's just that the editing took a back seat. However that's not important, what is is that the Film Club is back and back regularly. So to continue with...

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Indiana Jones V on the way?

Well of course it is, but the important thing behind this story is what kind of Indiana Jones is on the way and who is in charge? Is it going to be George Lucas or Steven Spielberg? For the last Indiana Jones we saw had half a film from each,...

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Romero talks Deep Red remake

Back in May we heard some interesting news, Dario Argento's Deep Red was going to be remade with his brother Claudio Argento writing the script for the film that George A. Romero would direct, and without zombies too. An update came not long after to tell us that there was...

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Cassel and Bellucci together again?

A dream pairing indeed, and they've showed just how great they are together on screen in films such as the excellent Irreversible, and while Vincent Cassel was talking to press about his excellent Mesrine films, Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Filmstalker review) and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (Filmstalker review), he revealed...

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The Authority film adaptation?

I can't remember how I came to The Authority, I think it was via a recommendation following the reading of The Losers and when I saw that Warren Ellis was the man behind the story, I bought it. Now there's a little hint that perhaps a film version is in...

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Verhoeven's fundamentalist Islam and psychic powers film

Wow. Paul Verhoeven is never one to shy away from controversy, and the idea that he might be directing a film that involves fundamentalist Islam and psychic powers is both exciting and incredibly scary. Verhoeven has delivered some great films, RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, and the big surprise, the...

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Inside Job trailer online

There are two things that really concern me about a documentary covering something like the recent financial collapse, one is that we, the audience understand far too little of what happened and what the people on the inside are talking about, and two if we're talking to people who are...

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Red Hill trailer

I missed Red Hill at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and I was rather gutted, it looked and sounded like it could be a damn good film, and the trailer that has just arrived for it compounds that message. On the one hand I'm rather annoyed it does,...

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SoulBoy trailer

I'd never heard of SoulBoy before, and being a British film that looks to be a cut above the rest I thought I might have. However I have heard of The Wigan Casino and Northern Soul. This film follows a group of people brought together through that casino and the...

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August 21, 2010

Singer reveals X-Men: First Class details

Bryan Singer has been revealing some of the details about the upcoming X-Men: First Class film and he's revealed quite a bit of information, about when, where, who and how we'll see them. There's some really exciting news in here that suggests First Class is far from my own fears...

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Wolverine sequel to two directors?

There's a rumour about that the new Wolverine film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, already has two directors in contention to take the project forward. The studio has narrowed it down to two and Hugh Jackman is supposed to be meeting with them both to have the final decision....

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Mike Leigh's Another Year trailer online

A trailer is online for Mike Leigh's latest film Another Year. The film follows an elderly couple and their family and close friends over the course of just another year and stars some great names from the leads of Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen, to Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, David...

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La Horde (The Horde) horrendous U.S. trailer online

An English language, U.S. market trailer has appeared online for the French zombie horror film The Horde, and to be quite frank it's disastrous. If you've followed the film and seen any of the other trailers so far then you'll know that the film looks like it could be a...

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La Hora Cero (The Zero Hour) trailer

I caught the teaser for The Zero Hour, or La Hora Cero, a little while ago and it looked interesting, especially combined with the blurb that sets the film against the real life medical strike in Caracas in 1996 and the fictional story of a hitman who is forced to...

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August 20, 2010

Case 39 trailer

Christian Alvart made Case 39 in 2008 before Pandorum (Filmstalker review) and the film has been seeing a slow release from August 2009 that continues through to the USA in October with the UK in March, it's been a long time coming and yet it's not really clear why. For...

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Sweeney still on with Winstone

I had wondered where the film adaptation of the ground breaking seventies BBC police series The Sweeney had gone to, and part of me had hoped that it had changed hands to another writer/director, however news today reveals that it hasn't but that the film is still on the go....

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Another Bob Marley biographical film, or is it?

There have been a number of attempts to make a biographical film about Bob Marley and like so many musical biographical films they stumble at an all important part of the film making process, the rights. For without the rights you can't get the music and without the music what...

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Stalked: Iron Man writing TMNT, Gyllenhaal on dumb vibrator comedy, Google film?, Gugino starring in MILF?

Iron Man writers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... Gyllenhaal on dumb vibrator comedy... Google film? Gugino starring in MILF?...

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Stalked: Paramount films revealed, Snipes, Dracula: Year Zero, Bill Monroe, 1 cult, German Tom Sawyer, Japanese Jaws, Tripp Bowden, Cobra – Space Pirate

Paramount on World War Z, G.I. Joe 2, Baywatch, Existence 2.0, and more... Snipes continues in Havana Heat... Dracula: Year Zero in Australia with Worthington... Sarsgaard Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bill Monroe biographical film... Bousman's 1 cult horror... German Tom Sawyer... Japanese Jaws... Tripp Bowden biographical golf film... Aja directing Cobra—The...

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August 19, 2010

Going the Distance

Film Four Stars
I have to admit that I only went to this early preview screening because I managed to get free tickets and since I was always taking my wife to see dramas, thrillers and horrors, and she was just a little bit fed up of it all, I thought it about...

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Fair Game trailer online

The trailer for Fair Game has arrived. The film starring Naomi Watts as the real life Valerie Plame who was, and I should say allegedly, ousted by the American Government as a CIA agent in order to discredit her and her husband when he, a journalist, wrote about the American...

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Freeman replaced as Patterson's Alex Cross

Morgan Freeman was known as the screen incarnation of James Patterson's Dr. Alex Cross, the lead character of some of his most successful novels and starred in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Now though a new Cross novel is being adapted and the news is that Morgan...

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Vanishing on 7th Street trailer and explanation online

Vanishing on 7th Street seems to have a straightforward blurb, but the trailer doesn't get across the main crux of what's actually happening to the people and I didn't get the sense of danger and impending doom that I'm sure I should have from looking at the characters reactions. The...

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Jumper 2? It's being talked about

According to Hayden Christensen there's talk about a second Jumper (Filmstalker review) film, but it does sound like it's in the very early stages because he's not that convincing about the idea behind the film and sounds like he's just talking about the ending of Jumper and where it could...

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Little Fockers trailer online

Isn't the joke over yet? Apparently not. The utterance of the word “Focker” is apparently still making people who love intelligent, well scripted comedies everywhere laugh their heads off. That and the huge, in your face, one-off slapstick jokes like someone vomiting over everyone or spraying gallons of blood over...

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August 18, 2010

Black Swan trailer online

The trailer for the Darren Aronofsky directed film Black Swan has arrived online featuring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey, although there's no sign of Winona Ryder in the trailer as yet. It's an interesting trailer that manages to put you on edge and make you believe...

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Inferno photo shoot featurette

While Lindsay Lohan goes to rehab again and everyone wonders if she'll break the law once more, end up getting caught, and let off with another embarrassing sentence for what passes as justice, the photo shoot she did prior to heading into prison for her recent offence has been drawn...

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Going the Distance International trailer

You know I'm not a great fan of Hollywood romantic comedies, they are churned out by the dozen with rapid fire one liners usually based around bodily functions and sexual jokes that really aren't funny unless you have the humour glands of a kid on the verge of discovering what...

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Craven's My Soul to Take trailer online

Wes Craven is back, or so the marketing for this trailer would have you believe, and while the story isn't that surprising, especially for Craven, it does look rather slick, even if it'll probably play out the way you expect. Mind you, saying that, who cares how it plays out,...

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X-Men: First Class cast in, cast out

We've been following the casting for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class through the Stalked articles and over on the Filmstalker Facebook Page, and it's now looking as though the cast is pretty solid. However today a few new announcements were made which include the loss of a name we thought...

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August 17, 2010

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer online

A trailer has arrived online for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and you know what, it's looking rather good fun. Having seen Brandon Routh in Chuck I have to say he did really well, and it looks like from this trailer he's going to carry off the lead as Dylan...

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 begins

Was it ever in doubt that Wolverine 2 would happen? Well I think it should have been, when so many good and great films get dumped for a sequel it's surprising when studios invest in films like Wolverine for a sequel. Saying that though, the star is a big name...

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New Monsters trailer online

There's a new trailer online for the superb Monsters from writer and director Gareth Edwards. I'm really glad that they keep editing it so it doesn't give anything away because that's the way the film is, it's not all monsters and attacks, it's about the characters, the people, and the...

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Nice Guy Johnny trailer

Nice Guy Johnny is a film from Edward Burns, actor, writer and director, and here he's all three. The plot sounds much better than the start of the trailer, but something happens during the trailer, like the two characters who are clearly falling for each other in some way through...

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Angelina Jolie and George Clooney set for Marilyn Monroe film

This news last night really did surprise me, not because there's another Marilyn Monroe film on the go and that it's grabbing another leading Hollywood actress, but the pairing of actor and actress set to play two of the big Hollywood names in the film, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra....

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Evil - In the Time of Heroes teaser and trailer

Yes, you aren't confused, first of all that is Billy Zane, those are blood soaked Spartan warriors, and there are blood soaked people standing in the middle of a football stadium with zombies streaming down through the stands after them. The film tells the story of an ancient evil that...

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Avatar Special Edition cinematic re-release trailer

Avatar is being re-released to cinemas on August 27th in the UK, and if you haven't seen it yet then this is the perfect opportunity. Whatever you think of the reviews, it's an event film and of that there is no doubt, visually it's stunning and all engrossing, and if...

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I'm Still Here trailer

Casey Affleck's film I'm Still Here follows Joaquin Phoenix through the “lost year” of his life, where he dropped out of Hollywood and tried to convince everyone that he was becoming a rap star and dropping his acting. I guess the funny thing, and probably partly what backfired on the...

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Lucas adds more scenes to Star Wars Blu-ray?

I just wrote about the Blu-ray release of the Star Wars series that George Lucas announced the other day, and the terrible news that they aren't going to include the original versions of the first three films. Well now there's more news of Lucas changing things. It seems that the...

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Stalked: Sherlock joins Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; More cast in X-Men: First Class; Girl with the Dragon Tattoo cast

The new Sherlock Holmes has joined Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. There's news of another cast member joining X-Men: First Class and the line-up is looking damn good. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is finally cast....

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August 16, 2010

Original Star Wars lost for Blu-ray

Finally it's been revealed that Star Wars is in fact coming to Blu-ray with a 2011 release. Good news for all us Star War fans, and a whole new audience of fans waiting out there with Blu-ray. There's bad news though. The Blu-ray release will mean that the digitally altered...

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Karl Urban is Judge Dredd

Last week Karl Urban was confirmed as being the new Judge Dredd and that in turn meant we were getting a new Judge Dredd film. The most important part of it all seemed to be that Dredd will be treated as seriously as Batman has been. Now that is good...

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The Hurt Locker better in 3D?

James Cameron firmly believes that The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review) could have been better in 3D, and to that I say rubbish. Perhaps it could have been better from a film-making technology point of view, but from a real audience member point of view? No way, Cameron is missing the...

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New De Palma thriller

Brian De Palma plans to bring to life a long gestated project, Toyer, a film that was first talked about around six years ago. The thriller had an interesting concept to begin with, but now that word of the film has resurfaced it sounds even better. This version has a...

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August 15, 2010

Craig changes his mind on Bond

While all the concern over MGM is raging and there's the uncertainty about the next Bond film, there's the realisation that no matter what happens Bond will survive and either MGM will be saved to make another film or another studio will pick up the franchise and run with it....

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Tillman Story loses rating appeal

It seems more and more that the studio are really trying to make some big conspiracy out of the MPAA rating ruling for The Tillman Story, suggesting that the belief that there's an anti-army/anti-war story in the film is what is driving the MPAA to give the R rating for...

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August 14, 2010

Legion

Blu-ray Two Stars
Legion is a supernatural film telling a biblical story of the end of the world. Sounds pretty vast and full on, but it does one of those things I really like about these films with huge scopes, it concentrates on a small element, focusing in on a group of characters...

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The Next Three Days trailer

Paul Haggis has adapted and directed The Next Three Days from the 2008 film Pour Elle (Anything For Her), a film that seems far too young to be remade in Hollywood, but has been. More than just remade, it's Paul Haggis, so that suggests it's going to have a lot...

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Daydream Nation trailer

I'm not sure if the trailer for Daydream Nation is managing to pull off what it really wanted to, it does present the story but it seems to fly by just a little too fast and feeling a little too choppy with some dodgy titles. Still, it does look like...

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Love and Other Drugs trailer

Romantic story of two people who are just looking for an escape from everyday lives and then find themselves falling in love. Seen it. Then there's the aspect that the guy knows women and know how to play them. Seen it. Then try the fact that the woman knows all...

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August 13, 2010

How Do You Know trailer online

Romantic comedies are just that these days, romantic comedies. There's not much else to them, except that they usually have a few big name stars who carry the film and all the marketing. However to be fair that's how the old Hollywood starring films went too, except they usually always...

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Freakonomics trailer online

Talk about a hard sell, and the trailer for Freakonomics just doesn't do it. It's clear that the trailer is trying to appeal to those who have already read the book or know what the Freakonomics is all about, and I'm someone who doesn't. Reading the blurb for the film...

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Resident Evil: Afterlife new trailer

A new trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife has arrived with the promise of lots of new footage. Well I don't really see lots more in comparison to the previous trailers, and I really did wonder if I was watching the wrong one for a little while. Of course there are...

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A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop trailer arrives

The film A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop from Yimou Zhang, the director of House of Flying Daggers and Hero, has a trailer online and in high definition too, and it's looking rather powerful. It's been touted from the beginning as a remake of Blood Simple, and San...

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August 12, 2010

Green Zone

Digital Three Stars
Green Zone is a Paul Greengrass film starring Matt Damon, so it's no surprise that I amongst others would immediately peg it as "Bourne in Iraq", shaky-cam and non-stop action galore. However the story has a lot more going for it than a straight action film. It's based upon the...

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The Tillman Story fights R rating, but why?

The Tillman Story, the documentary about George Tillman, the American Football player who joined the U.S. Army after the Twin Towers were attacked and was killed in action, and made to look like an all-American hero while in fact it seems he was killed in friendly fire, has been assigned...

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Stallone talks Poe and Rambo

Sylvester Stallone is already looking forward to his new projects, he's been talking about The Expendables sequel and now he's talking about the possibility of Poe moving forward and who he'd like to play Edgar Allan Poe. He's also giving a different view on the possibility of another Rambo film,...

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What is Levinson's science fiction film Isopod?

Little is known about the news that sprung up about Barry Levinson tackling a science fiction project called Isopod, but there's plenty known about the creature itself which does raise some interesting possibilities. Then there's the question of Levinson doing science fiction, think Man of the Year, Sphere, Wag the...

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Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter the film

Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter is a new book from Heavy Metal Publishing that has just been picked up to be made into a film. It has an interesting concept with some fantastic artwork, although it's not actually available to buy as yet. The hardcover book...

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Stalked: A bunch of news snippets

Here's a round-up of some interesting news snippets with some big name director changes, new film stories, and generally interesting stuff that I couldn't stretch into anything more than a paragraph or two. I wonder how interesting you all find the Stalked round-up articles, it would be good if you...

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August 11, 2010

Skyline trailer is mind blowingly good

I've just watched the high definition version of the trailer for Skyline, and my first words of advice to you are to watch it in high definition. If you have a big screen get the bigger version, 720p, 1080p, the biggest. I say that, because the trailer looks amazing. The...

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The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) trailer grabs your attention

I've missed this film twice now, once at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and once at a local press screening, and I was annoyed both times. Now having seen the trailer for The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), I'm gutted. This looks like a really powerful...

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Surprisingly, Stallone considers Expendables II, première footage

That title is dripping with sarcasm for two reasons, but I'm not holding it against Sylvester Stallone, and actually if Expendables does live up to the pre-hype then I'm going to be screaming for a second film, and one where Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger aren't on screen with him...

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MGM offered lifeline?

Just yesterday I was writing about MGM and this being the last month of freedom they have on their sixth extension on the debt forbearance agreement it has with its lenders, and with no Bond, no Hobbit, no RoboCop, there's not a saviour in sight. Well perhaps there is as...

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Cuarón's Gravity does keep strong female lead

A little while ago we heard about Angelina Jolie taking up the lead of Alfonso Cuarón's film Gravity which would have followed a female astronaut piloting her ship back to Earth after an accident left her fellow crew dead. Then soon after we heard that she was leaving the project...

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The Romantics story and trailer underwhelms

A trailer popped up the other day for The Romantics, and I possibly quite rightly swept right over it. Then another site wrote about it and I decided to give it another try, after all they seemed to be interested in it and I often do like what they say...

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August 10, 2010

MGM have less than a month left

MGM, after asking six times for an extension on the debt forbearance agreement it has with its large number of lenders, could be asking for a seventh, and that request has to come soon for in less than a month they are due to pay some US $400 million, an...

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New Enter the Void trailer safe online

Gasper Noé's Enter the Void has been getting a lot of praise and a lot of flack since it began to get seen at festivals, it seems to divide opinion well, often a sign of a good film, but then the praise seems to have been coming in much thicker...

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Tell No One remake gains writer

There's been word of a remake of the French film Ne le dis à personne or Tell No One (Filmstalker review) since April last year, and just yesterday news came that a writer has been attached to the project, and it's a damn good writer as well. The film was...

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August 9, 2010

Statham confirmed for The Mechanic remake

Way back in April 2009 the story appeared that Jason Statham was set to play the role that Charles Bronson once played in the remake of The Mechanic, and today it seems that the story is confirmed. To add to it there's also word of who will be playing his...

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Are superhero films about to die?

Is the superhero genre close to death? It seems that Matthew Vaughn thinks so and that's one of the reasons why he's doing X-Men: First Class it would seem, to get a big budget superhero film made just before the genre dies out. I must admit I can't wholly agree,...

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Tony Scott directing Mark Miller's Nemesis

This is great news for Mark Miller and good news for superhero film fans, Tony Scott is going to be directing Mark Miller's new story, Nemesis, and that's brilliant because his new idea is an interesting turn on the superhero story and Scott's visual style suits this genre wonderfully, plus...

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Thompson talks My Fair Lady

I did think it was rather odd that Emma Thompson would be writing the script for the new version of My Fair Lady, but written it she has and the film looks set to go ahead with Carey Mulligan getting the lead role, according to Thompson. There's still not much...

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Quantum Leap the film?

Scott Bakula has been talking hopefully about a Quantum Leap film and has revealed that there's some script work ongoing right now, although to be honest it does sound as likely as The Greatest American Hero film being made. However, if what he's saying is right then there is a...

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Ferrara talks Jekyll and Hyde and Last Day on Earth

Abel Ferrara's version of Jekyll and Hyde was one that sounded interesting, Forest Whitaker as Dr. Jekyll and 50 Cent as Mr Hyde, the “monster”, but it seems that it's dead due to the studio system and Ferrara isn't going to be making it. Good news though is that another...

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August 7, 2010

I Spit On Your Grave remake full trailer

The new, full theatrical trailer for I Spit on Your Grave has arrived online, and I'm not seeing anything better than the first to be honest. With the first I was really concerned it was going to turn into a Hostel (Filmstalker review) type film focussing just on the woman...

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Cherry Tree Lane trailer online

The British home invasion horror/thriller Cherry Tree Lane has a trailer online, and it looks okay. The film is hitting the cinema on September 3rd and then DVD some ten days later, and I managed to see it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival just recently, although I've realised I...

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August 6, 2010

Soderbergh's Contagion script reviewed

Steven Soderbergh’s next film is Contagion, an ensemble film that looks at the spread of a virus across the globe and a group of international team of doctors and scientists trying to find a vaccine and halt the spread of the disease, and while we’ve heard a little from the...

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Bong Joon-ho turns Hollywood with Abrams?

There's a rumour that Bong Joon-ho is heading to Hollywood and is set to direct a new film which J.J. Abrams would produce. It's an interesting rumour, but I'm sceptical about Bong arriving in Hollywood and pulling off a good film, it's not as if foreign directors have a good...

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake grows

There are two more cast members either aboard or close to signing for the Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and they are both rather impressive names. Not only that but one of the big stars tells us a little bit about the film that might have...

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Unstoppable trailer online

The first trailer for the Tony Scott directed action film Unstoppable has appeared online, and it's certainly a trailer and a half, or rather two half trailers. Oh I'll explain in a moment. Action packed it certainly is though, and that's down to Scott, Mark Bomback's writing, and the expected...

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Barry Munday trailer online

I missed Barry Munday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, and I was pretty annoyed about it because it did look like a fun film, and from all accounts it turned out that way. Now there's a high definition trailer online and it reveals quite a lot more...

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World interactive trailer

There's no denying that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World looks like a pretty cool and stylish film from the trailers we've seen so far, so it's great to see the marketing material keeping pace with that and the interactive online trailer for the film is looking really cool. Not only...

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The Evil Dead Blu-ray audio commentary footage online

The Evil Dead is coming to Blu-ray, and why should you be excited? Well there's a brand new transfer and a new audio commentary, and there's even a clip of the commentary online to get a taste for it. This isn't a normal, everyday commentary either, this features the awesome...

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader new trailer

This is the second trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and features new footage from the first, and these are mostly effects shots which look pretty good and lead me to believe that as they get more effects finished we'll see more trailers. Combine...

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An American Werewolf in London remake still on?

Back in June of 2009 we heard the rumour that An American Werewolf in London was going to be remade, if John Landis let the rights go to the film, soon after we heard that had happened and the remake was going to happen. Then there was silence and we...

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August 5, 2010

Besson's Escape From New York in space

Luc Besson has come up with a new idea for a film called Lock Out, and while some are comparing it to Taken (Filmstalker review), but to me it sound more like Escape from New York, just in space. The film will follow a man who is wrongly convicted of...

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Tarantino directing The Shadow? No?

It depends what site you're reading as to whether there's a question mark at the end of the above title or not, for some Quentin Tarantino is directing a remake of The Shadow, or rather a new version from the original idea, for others it's an uncertainty, for me I...

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (with Q&A from Jay Baruchel)

Film Three Stars
I had read some bad comments about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and I’d already passed on one London screening, but when the opportunity came up to see it in my home town at a special screening with Jay Baruchel doing a Q&A, I couldn’t say no, and so I didn’t. Now...

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Knight and Day

Film Five Stars
So far Knight and Day hasn't been setting the cinema on fire, and in my mind that's just plain wrong. Some say that the film has been poorly marketed so far, perhaps focusing too much on action and not revealing to the prospective audience about what the film really is...

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CHiPs film back on?

Back in 2006 I started writing about a possible CHiPs film, and while that might seem a long time to some, it's not really, consider that I first wrote about The A-Team adaptation back in 2004. It's been a long time coming though, and even before then the work was...

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Burlesque trailer underwhelms

The trailer for the musical Burlesque has arrived online, and I have to admit I am rather underwhelmed by it as it goes by and ticks all the boxes of these films that chart a nobody trying to be a somebody and struggling to get seen. From arriving in the...

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Outcast trailer arrives

I saw Outcast (Filmstalker review) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and was excited about seeing it, excited about the first half, and then disappointed come the end, you can read why in the review, and you can see some of the good bits in the trailer below....

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Avengers CG title teaser

There seems to be a lot of excitement over this teaser, but let me tell you that this is teaser in the true sense of the word, there's no content what so ever apart from a CG title that appears with some light flare, oh, and Samuel L. Jackson's voice...

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Jack Falls trailer for British crime noir

I'd never heard of Jack Falls before, and looking through the morning trailers and teasers I just picked on this one to have a quick look. Not only is there a rather cool teaser for the film, but there's also a full trailer, and I'm now interested enough to try...

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The Last Exorcism new trailer

A new trailer for The Last Exorcism has appeared online and it looks okay, it looks like it might scare us, but to be honest most of the footage is a girl who hasn't washed her hair in her nightie looking wide eyed and the odd promising moment. I don't...

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August 4, 2010

MGM choose Outer Limits over Bond?

The latest decision from the studio MGM sounds rather insane considering that they were given a lifeline by their financiers to complete the two Hobbit films, films that were thought would bring in enough revenue to keep them going. Well that doesn't see to be what's quite happening. The hobbit...

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark trailer

There's a fair noise being made about the teaser trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, mainly because it carries the moniker of Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, however to give him his dues, this time he's more than producer, and note I didn't say...

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Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur) trailer online

Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur) was one of many films I missed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year due to illness, and it was a film I was keen to see, mainly because it starred Vanessa Paradis and I hadn't seen or heard anything from her for years, but also for...

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August 3, 2010

Inception ending explained?

There are hundreds of people writing about their interpretation of the ending of Inception (Filmstalker review - No spoilers) and what the story meant, and I've kept well clear of it until now as I thought it only fair to leave it to people to make up their own minds,...

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Update: Cage drops out of Trespass...and back in again

This is a rather odd story, fringing on gossip but it does have a casting change or two in it that is deserving of a look. It seems that Nicolas Cage has dropped out of the film Trespass with just weeks before filming is due to start, this after just...

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Jack Ryan finds a director?

It seems that there's a director in final negotiations for the new Jack Ryan film, the reboot of the series with the much younger Chris Pine set to take up the leading role. The director is mainly a television director, and he would be leading the way for a new...

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Stalked: Honeymoon with Harry to gain De Niro, Cooper and Demme, Willis and Weaver in Cold Light of Day, Cody's Young Adult director and lead

Three interesting stories that caught my eye for films that are yet to hit development. The first is a Paul Haggis script that has been waiting to get made for some time and could have Jonathan Demme directing Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Next up is a thriller with...

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Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) new trailer arrives

The trailer for Guillem Morales' Julia's Eyes has arrived and is looking, and sounding, superb. I say Morales' film because he's the director and everyone seems to be hooked on saying Guillermo del Toro's or Guillermo del Toro produced. Yes he was one of the three producers, and he does...

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Trust trailer tackles controversial subject

I'm going to leave out the controversial piece for now and focus on the rest, Trust is a film that stars Catherine Keener and Clive Owen as the parents of a girl, played by Liana Liberato, who is contacted by a man on the internet pretending to be someone much...

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August 2, 2010

Lost writer to deliver Alien prequel or new film

I think everyone is watching the Alien prequel news with a close eye, expecting a film that just won't make it to the standard of the original Alien and Aliens, but then hoping more than anything that it will. So the news that Damon Lindelof, one of the men who...

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Von Trier talks science fiction disaster film Melancholia

Lars von Trier's next film seems to be well under way and the prospect of a science fiction disaster film called Melancholia from him is one that has eyebrows raised. It doesn't sound like the kind of film he would normally tackle, but then do any of his films bring...

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Rambo prequel? Maybe says Stallone

The idea of a fifth Rambo film has been all round the houses, moving from a Predator remake to a more recognisable Rambo story featuring kidnapping and drug cartels, but it never made it past the man himself who finally admitted that John Rambo was done and his journey had...

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Down Terrace British crime comedy trailer

Down Terrace has quite a few descriptions attached to it, but one of them stands out, a British Sopranos. Now I think that might be going a little far since this is a comedy, but at the same time it does look interesting. Ben Wheatley has co-written and directed the...

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Sinbad the Fifth Voyage teaser trailer

Here's a confusing teaser trailer, it's for a film called Sinbad The Fifth Voyage and voiced by Patrick Stewart no less. Although it's not all that you might think it is, certainly it's not reminding me of any Sinbad voyage. I'm really not sure what the teaser is suggesting for...

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Piranha 3D Comic-Con footage online

What's called a sizzle reel of footage is online for Piranha 3D which was shown at Comic-Con this year, and there's a lot of footage with it clocking in at just over nine minutes long. What surprised me was how intense the big sequence at the end was and just...

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New The Other Guys trailer online

I wasn't too sold on The Other Guys from the previous trailers, although the set-up of the cool movie cops of Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson against the run of the mill, paper pushing cops was funny, I wasn't convinced the rest of the film would deliver anything more...

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The Virginity Hit trailer surprises

After watching the trailer I'm happy to say this wasn't what I expected at all. I really did expect something much more base and uninteresting, however there seems to be quite a bit more to The Virginity Hit. There's a little more darkness and reality to this trailer than I...

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August 1, 2010

Catfish trailer intrigues

There's a lot of talk about Catfish, a documentary which many people are talking about, but not actually saying much. It seems that there's a twist in the tale of the film that people are trying to keep quiet, and it has quite an effect on the audience, lasting well...

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Bond will be back

I don't believe that anyone really thinks James Bond is finished, I certainly don't, and unlike other franchises this is one that is bigger than the actor, director and even the studio, we've seen that proven before in the past, so nothing's different now with MGM struggling to make one....

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Total Recall remake from Die Hard 4.0 director?

It was 2007 when we first heard about a remake of Total Recall, a film from 1990, which really isn't that long ago, although it seems so in Hollywood. In April the producer of the remake, Neal H. Moritz, revealed some surprises about the new version. Now we're hearing that...

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Thor Comic-Con trailer lives online

The trailer for Thor, which was shown to real life people in Comic-Con but the studio believe is either not good enough, too bad, or not right in some way for general audiences and is being taken down right, left and centre, is still alive online. Of course saying that...

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