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December 31, 2010

Filmstalker's films of 2010

2010 is about to close, the year is almost at an end, and it's a time to look back and reflect on the year. For some it's a time of happiness, and for some a time of sadness - right now my thoughts and love are with one of my...

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December 27, 2010

Your Christmas films

By now you should have received all your Christmas gifts and had a chance to play with them, if not watch all the DVDs and Blu-rays you’ve been given, after all there’s been a lot on television too, and there’s still more to come, but what have you actually watched,...

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December 26, 2010

TRON: Legacy

Film Five Stars
I can't remember the last time that I did watch TRON, but I do remember a lot about that film, although I don't quite remember the number of times I watched it, I just know it was a few. I loved that film, and I loved the two leads, my...

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December 23, 2010

Filmstalker Film Club Xmas 2010 Audiocast

Just as we turned back to the usual format on the Filmstalker Film Club Audiocast, we decided to do another special, and why not? It's Christmas. So we did the very festive and imaginative thing and decided to talk about Christmas films. We each took our own top Christmas films...

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Zhang Yimou's Nanjing Massacre film gains Hollywood lead

I'm surprised by the news that Christian Bale, who has fast become a bit of an action actor in the last few years with Batman and Terminator, is set to star in a film about the Nanjing Massacre which will be directed by Zhang Yimou called Nanjing Heroes. Not only...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival shake-up for 2011

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is in line for some big changes it would seem as Tilda Swinton, Mark Cousins and Lynda Myles take up the task of curating the festival for 2011. With the festival losing its funding, seeing a drop in returns last year, losing the artistic director...

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New I A Number Four trailer online

There's a new trailer out for I Am Number Four and quite frankly it takes your expectations and ramps them up by a factor of ten. There's a clearer story, a stronger sense of the core of the character, and plenty of action and effects scenes. The film is looking...

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Second The Lincoln Lawyer trailer arrives

The first trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer, the adaptation of the Michael Connelly novel starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo and Michael Pena, looked a little lighter than this new trailer that has just arrived. This one is darker, tougher and faster and really...

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Cedar Rapids trailer online

I wasn't really getting the trailer for Cedar Rapids until the end and a couple of scenes that made me giggle, up until then I was watching scenes from comedy films I've seen before, and not cut in an original way at all. Maybe if I watch the trailer for...

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December 22, 2010

Drive Angry 3D trailer looks like Ghost Rider

Is it me or does this look like Ghost Rider in a car? Drive Angry 3D tells the “story” of a man who breaks out of hell to go and seek revenge and redemption for himself, however hot on his tail is the right hand creature of satan himself, who...

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The Torment aka The Possession of David O'Reilly trailer online

I remember seeing a trailer for this back in March of this year and was rather impressed, The Possession of David O'Reilly looked like a stylish, lower budget, horror film about the popular possession theme. However it never really got a release, and while it's been seen on demand in...

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Waiting for Forever trailer shows glimmer of hope

A trailer for Waiting Forever arrived online yesterday, a film It's directed by the actor and director James Keach and starring Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins and Blythe Danner, and while there was a slight glimmer of hope in the trailer with a couple of moments which suggest something...

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December 21, 2010

Wright's Hanna trailer looks fantastic

The trailer for Hanna looks fantastic, but at the same time coupled with the blurb does give you the feeling that perhaps you know a little too much about it already. I'm putting my faith in the hands of the makers of the trailer and the film though and hoping...

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About Last Night remake?

There's more remake news, and it's not good remake news either, another film that was perfectly great on its own is being earmarked for a remake because it was really good, it didn't get the audience it was hoped for originally and enough time has passed so there's a new...

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December 20, 2010

De Niro talks two films in one Irishman

Confusing news came out last week from Robert De Niro, and I have to admit I really wasn't sure if it was news or not, but he revealed there was a film in production that we didn't think was before, and it seemed that the plan was to create two...

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Stalked: Theron and Roberts fighting queens, Theron in J. Edgar, 3D Cirque Du Soleil, Sackhoff Evil Genius, Swank on horror

Theron and Roberts evil queens to fight?... Theron reading for Eastwood's J. Edgar... 3D Cirque Du Soleil film... Sackhoff the Evil Genius... Swank continues horror run?......

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Aung San Suu Kyi film speaks out

The film about Aung San Suu Kyi is much further on than expected and is almost finished filming. However as the key people involved in the film start talking about it we discover it's not actually a biographical film but does cover some of the key moments in her life....

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Stalked: Giger on Alien Prequel, Howard on Dark Tower casting, Cruise and Baldwin on Rock of Ages?, Jones surfaces for Mute

Giger back for Alien Prequel... Howard on Dark Tower casting... Cruise and Baldwin for Rock of Ages?... Jones off submarine film, Mute next?......

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Stalked: Clooney drawn to Gravity, Mangold's next Western, Campbell in Joffé's Singularity, Firth for Gambit?

Clooney drawn to Gravity... Mangold directing Western from Shield writer... Campbell in Joffé's Singularity... Firth for Gambit......

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Stalked: Eminem in Sutter's Southpaw, Damon in Blomkamp's Elysium, Hammer's Wake Wood trailer, Cassavetes directing Gotti Jr. film?

Eminem in Sutter's Southpaw... Damon in Blomkamp's Elysium... Hammer Wake Wood trailer... Cassavetes directing John Gotti Jr. film?......

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December 18, 2010

F1 legend James Hunt gains biographical film

James Hunt is a legend of motor racing, we're talking the Formula 1 World Champion of 1976, ninety three races, ten wins, twenty three podiums, fourteen pole positions, eight fastest laps, from 1973 to 1979, his career starting and finishing at the Monaco Grand Prix. He's a legend in motor...

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Lussier talks Hellraiser remake

A remake of Hellraiser has been on the cards for a long time, and it's Patrick Lussier who is the one who is at the helm now, and he's been talking about the plans for the remake, pointing out that it's not a remake but seems as though it will...

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Iron Man 3 loses director to Disney film

Big news came for Iron Man fans this week with the news that Iron Man 3 would not be directed by Jon Favreau, something that caused fans to get rather excited, and not in a good way either. What he's off to do instead is to join Disney at a...

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December 17, 2010

Paul UK trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Paul, a film I had high hopes for, now though, after this appearance, I'm wondering if it's going to be as good as I first thought. The new trailer features loads of Paul, the alien played by Seth Rogen, or rather it features Seth...

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Screen Actors Guild nominations announced

The Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominations for this years awards, or is it next years? Yes, it's next years awards for this years films and television. Got it? Anyway, they've made the announcements and here come the list of nominations for Social Network again. Actually for the film...

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2001: A Space Odyssey lost footage found

It sounds like the next generation of lost footage films, perhaps a documentary about Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey and the revelation of some found footage that turns the story on its head, explains it perhaps, or changes the entire subtext of the film. It doesn't do...

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Limitless trailer surprises

I have to admit that I saw the garish page for the Limitless trailer, saw the presence of Robert De Niro and thought that I was in for a rather lacklustre trailer. I was wrong. The trailer for Limitless looks slick and extremely interesting, I went in knowing nothing about...

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Tom Shadyac's I Am trailer

Tom Shadyac was the director of Hollywood films such as Ace Ventura, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, he was doing well for himself until he had a biking accident that apparently left him near death. He survived though and had an epiphany about his previous life and film-making. So he...

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December 16, 2010

Closing Credits: Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards has died aged 88, and has left behind him a string of fantastic films and one of the most iconic characters of comedy ever created, Inspector Clouseau, a character he gave seven films to. Just a quick mention of his name brings to mind some great films from...

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Cheadle fighting for modern Miles Davis film

A biographical film of Miles Davis has been something that Don Cheadle has been wanting to see made for some time, and now his wish could be a little close to reality. Steven Vegelman has just completed a screenplay for the proposed film and has been crediting Cheadle with a...

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Another Hendrix biographical film dies

It's notoriously difficult to get biographical films made as the production most often than not tries to secure the rights to the person from their estate in order to get the closest, most intimate details about the person and their life. However add in to the mix the fact that...

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Water for Elephants trailer online

Call me uneducated, but apparently Water for Elephants is something great to shout about. The novel comes from Sara Gruen (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and has been adapted by Richard LaGravenese, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and the legendary Hal Holbrook. To me, a...

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December 15, 2010

The Tree of Life trailer online in HD

Well if you'd been reading Filmstalker you'd have seen the trailer for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life some ten days ago. Alright it was a bootlegged trailer and the quality wasn't great, but we got everything that we needed from it. Now the trailer is alive and kicking online...

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Firestarter, Maximum Overdrive in remake mode

While the news is rampant that Firestarter is hitting a remake it's not the only Stephen King property around, and perhaps with no surprise either. While The Dark Tower looks set to loom high over Hollywood and whatever equivalent name you can think of for the television studios in America,...

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Fast Five trailer arrives

I'd almost forgotten about Fast Five, the next in the Fast and the Furious films, but that was remedied this morning when I awoke to find the trailer for the fifth instalment had been posted online and in glorious Quicktime high definition. I'm still not in love with the title,...

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Rango trailer sees Depp out of water

I think the best thing about this trailer for Rango is the fact that Johnny Depp isn't conjuring up images of a pirate, something I felt he was still doing even in The Tourist. The second best thing? Well the trailer makes the film look a lot more entertaining than...

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Hollywood's 2010 Black List of screenplays

The Black List of screenplays is actually a good thing, it's a list of screenplays that studio executives, and their personal assistants, think are the best going around just now, and usually we see a number of them being made, even if they do take years and years to arrive....

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Golden Globe nominations arrive

The Golden Globe nominations have arrived, and while every critic group everywhere are making their choices and making it clear that The Social Network is leading the way in wins and nominations, the Golden Globes aren't going their way. In fact nominations wise, for that's all we're looking at for...

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December 14, 2010

Update: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer now in HD

The trailer started and I thought it might be one of these trailers that has next to no footage, but to give it credit at about twenty seconds in the trailer kicks off and we get to see plenty. This really is showcasing Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and...

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New Biutiful trailer divides

There's a new trailer online for Biutiful, the latest film from Alejandro Iñárritu and starring the excellent Javier Bardem who is supposedly giving one of his best performances. It tells the story of a man who is struggling with his own morality and the choices he's made in life, and...

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December 13, 2010

Stalked: Sheldon on Mann's Tuna, Hammer on Hoover, Bob the Musical, comedy of U.S. election, Three Stooges lives, Frankenstein lives, Bigelow and Boal's Black Ops thriller

Turner writing Mann's Big Tuna... Hammer joins Hoover... Bob the Musical... U.S. Election comedy, isn't it already?... Three Stooges lives... Frankenstein rises, again... Triple Frontier not next for Bigelow and Boal......

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Stalked: Wahlberg's Raven, 47 Ronin 3D, Life of Pi cast, 7 in Havana, New Year's Eve cast, Blue Valentine not so Blue

Wahlberg producing The Raven... 47 Ronin in 3D... Depardieu and Khan in Life of Pi... Benecio del Toro directing in Havana... New Year's Eve cast growing... Blue Valentine rating changed......

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Blu-ray Four Stars
The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a surprising film from first time director J. Blakeson, although not first time writer, up until now he had a steady career writing screenplays for British films, and you wouldn't know that it was his first time directing, for this is incredibly cinematic and...

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13 Tzameti

Digital Two Stars
I'd heard a lot about 13 Tzameti, a lot of positive things that came out of the early screenings of this film and reviews commenting on how strong it and concept were, all suggesting that this was a clever film that really needed to be seen. Then word came that...

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Chloe

Film Four Stars
There are a few strong reasons why Chloe leaps out at you when you first read about it. There's the director Atom Egoyan and the excellent acting talent of Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried leading the film. Of course there's the obvious fact that you may well be...

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Devil

Film Two Stars
It is difficult to get through one thing with this film, and it's something that stands in your way before you've even made it to the cinema, and that's M. Night Shyamalan. The debate about his films is a polarised and heated one and it doesn't matter if he's writing,...

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December 12, 2010

Non-Christmas Christmas films

I keep having a bit of banter with the two blokes on the Filmstalker Audiocast, Mark and Steven, about Christmas films and what truly makes one. For me Christmas has to be at the core of the film, not just something that appears at the beginning and the end, for...

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X-Men: First Class plot revealed?

The plot of X-Men: First Class has been revealed, and unlike the recent set photos which everyone seems to be screaming about being some form of plot spoiler when it shows next to nothing, the plot actually does reveal something. Saying that thought the studio haven't revealed too much about...

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Thor trailer online

The trailer for Thor has arrived online and there are elements of just about everything in there. You can see some of the Kenneth Branagh influence from the shots of Thor and his home before he's banished, and after he is we're into a big superhero film with what looks...

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Kill the Irishman trailer online

Just check out Ray Stevenson in this trailer for Kill the Irishman, he looks great, plus he's backed up by Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Sorvino and Vinnie Jones, and it's based on a true story. Danny Greene was working for the Mafia in Cleveland in the seventies...

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Vidal Sassoon: The Movie trailer online

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, it's not a title that inspires you to go and see the film, unless you're in the hairdressing and fashion world I would guess, but watching the trailer you might just think that there's something more on offer from the film. There are strong visuals and...

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December 10, 2010

Alien prequel rumours destroyed

Amongst all the "sources" and "insider" stories that have been coming out about the Alien prequel it's been difficult to tell what could be a genuinely interesting story, and so I've pretty much been happy to stay away from it. The guesswork has been rife and some of the guessing...

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Real Steel trailer online

The trailer for Real Steel has arrived, and it looks exciting, although stepping through it frame by frame revealed little about the film itself other than there are fighting robots and some very cool looking ones at that. The story is set in the future where robots fight in the...

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The Rite trailer online

A new trailer for The Rite has arrived, it's the film about a young priest being trained in the ways of Exorcism by an older, more experienced priest and is apparently based on true events. Well, true in so far as the training. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, which is...

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December 9, 2010

Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer arrives

The trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon has arrived and it takes us back in time to the first moon landings and our first view of the Transformers. It's a nice teaser to get us started and the real footage mixes well with the film, plus the quality of...

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RentaGhost the film?

Yes, unbelievably the television series that saw dead people create an agency where they hired out ghosts to the living is getting adapted for film. Of all the television series they could have picked this would be so far down the list you'd have gotten bored reading it. What's more...

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Hobbit gains regulars

The Hobbit does look like it's moving forward again with news of two Elf related casting stories in the last few days, and there will no doubt be more news on regulars returning as the days go on. There are going to be two Hobbit films, and after all the...

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Hillcoat casts LaBeouf and Hardy

John Hillcoat, the director of The Road, is making a new film called The Wettest County in the World, ironically about America during the Prohibition era and he's already cast two actors, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. The film will be a dramatic thriller which is set in the period...

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December 8, 2010

Besson directing Yeoh in Aung San Suu Kyi film

It seems the news has come a long way from yesterday when Michelle Yeoh was spotted with Aung San Suu Kyi and there was a lot of guess work on whether there was a film in production or not. Now the word is that there is a production and that...

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I Am Number Four second trailer online

I Am Number Four is the next film from the director D.J. Caruso who directed Taking Lives, Disturbia, Eagle Eye and some of The Shield as well. The film tells the story of a small group of aliens who have crash landed on Earth and are hiding out amongst average,...

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Wachowskis writing and directing Robin Hood tale

It seems almost too bizarre to say, but the Wachowski Brothers, Andy and Lana, have written a script for their version of the classic Robin Hood story and are set to direct the film which is, as usual, all hidden behind a veil of secrecy. However there's already a name...

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December 7, 2010

Michelle Yeoh to play Aung San Suu Kyi?

At first I thought that this story would be not much more than a rumour or an inside source story building on the fact that Michelle Yeoh and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner who had been under house arrest for a total of almost fifteen years until...

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Second Vanishing on 7th Street trailer contains hidden message

While looking at the Arthur Christmas trailer I caught a brand new trailer for Vanishing on 7th Street, the new film from Brad Anderson that sees the entire city of Detroit plunged into a massive power outage where almost the entire city's population disappear barring a few survivors who are...

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Aardman's Arthur Christmas teaser trailer online

James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jenson in Aardman's latest animated adventure, what more do you want? Well there isn't any Wallace or Gromit I'm afraid, but there is a rather cool looking teaser trailer. I say teaser because the trailer is all about...

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December 6, 2010

Clooney directing Enron film

George Clooney is set to direct an adaptation of the successful stage play about the energy company Enron which depicts the rise and fall of the company that was once the seventh largest corporation in the United States. However with the film adaptation comes changes, and none of the stage...

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Blomkamp gets Copley for new science fiction film

Neill Blomkamp has talked about his next film before, and now we're hearing a little bit more about the project, but not that much more, although we do learn that he's teaming up again with Sharlto Copley who led District 9 (Filmstalker review). The film is called Elysium and is...

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Affleck wants an African conflict film

Ben Affleck has been talking about a film he would really like to make, one about the ongoing conflict in the Congo, however he says that Hollywood just doesn't want it and that he's going to have to make it very American in order to see it get made. Affleck...

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December 5, 2010

The Beaver trailer online

While some films are being two-faced about their attitude to Mel Gibson, others aren't, some are turning to the actor and putting his private life to the side, and considering the fact that in a film you're watching a made-up story and an actor portraying someone else, that's a good...

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Black Swan International Trailer online

I did find that I had to check the previous trailer for the Black Swan from Darren Aronofsky again just to make sure that this International version was different and indeed it is, actually there's quite a bit removed from the trailer and it does try and spell out much...

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The Tree of Life trailer captured online

The trailer for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life has been captured from the cinema screen and place online, again well before the studio decide to put the trailer itself online for everyone to see. I think this a ploy believing that people will pay cinema ticket prices for a...

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New Beastly trailer online

The trailer for Beastly didn't inspire me much, and while the knew one is much better it has brought out something totally different, and while I was writing about it I've found I've totally gone off on one about the plot and convinced myself there's no way I'm going to...

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And Everything is Going Fine trailer online

You might wonder why you would want to see this film, I know I certainly do for I'm not one of those arty types who would leap all over the film for any number of reasons, I don't even know who Spalding Gray was. However this does show the power...

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Painful Killing Bono trailer online

Killing Bono is a film about a man and his dreams of taking his band to stardom that are shattered by his friend and classmate from school, Bono. It seemed that Neil McCormick and his band were always one step behind Bono and his, U2, and while they made it,...

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December 3, 2010

Mendes still directing Bond 23?

It seems that Sam Mendes may still be in the prime position of directing the next Bond film, and with the creditors and courts having just accepted the MGM bankruptcy deal, it seems that everything is coming together for the Bond film to happen. Word also arrives of the composer...

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Cast for 21 Jump Street film

21 Jump Street was the television series that starred a much younger Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise son of the great Dom (it's him), Dustin Nguyen and the rather alluring Holly Robinson Peete, as police officers who looked young enough to be high school students and were therefore sent into high...

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Filmstalker Reader's Top Tens 2010: Call for submissions

It's coming to that time of year again that I ask you, the Filmstalker reader, for their Top Ten for the year. This is where you write up a short, or long, article on what your Top Tens have been cinema wise. Now that can be good, bad, actor, film...

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December 2, 2010

Another new trailer for The Fighter online

There's a new trailer online for The Fighter, the David O. Russell directed story of Mickey Ward's rise, fall and rise again in the boxing rankings, fighting against himself, his family's desires, and all preconceptions about him. It's a powerful story and the trailer makes it look even more so....

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Stalked: Nolan says no to Ledger, Proyas' next science fiction film?, Muppets gains cast, Gangster Squad director

No Ledger in The Dark Knight Rises... Proyas adapting and possibly directing new science fiction film... Muppets gains more muppets, no I mean actors!... Zombieland director on Gangster Squad......

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Stalked: Foster joins Contraband, Hardwicke to direct The Maze Runner?, Singleton directing political thriller, Brolin to direct himself, Foster joins Contraband...

Hardwicke to direct The Maze Runner?... Singleton directing political thriller... Brolin to direct and star in Pitz & Joe......

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December 1, 2010

Stalked: Star Trek sequel writers talk, Hanks on Triple Frontier, Neeson's new roles, Rock of Ages adaptation, Kelly wants more Southland Tales

Star Trek writers moving forward with sequel... Tom Hanks confirmed for Triple Frontier... Neeson gets two more superb roles... Rock of Ages musical looks to Mary J. Blige... Kelly still wants Southland Tales prequel......

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Stalked: Angela Bassett joins This Means War, De pere en flic being remade, Robert Wise joins X-Men: First Class, Giamatti for Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Another Brick in the Wall for film

Angela Bassett joins This Means War... Fathers and Sons, De pere en flic, is being remade... Robert Wise joins X-Men: First Class... Paul Giamatti for Cronenberg's Cosmopolis... Another Brick in the Wall for film......

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Douglas preparing for Liberace

I just read an article today interviewing Michael Douglas who is currently fighting cancer of the throat, and I have to admit that after reading it I admire the man even more than I did before. There are a couple of things he says that strike a personal chord, not...

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Independent Spirit Award Nominees announced

So the Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominees for 2011 - or is it 2010?! - and they look pretty strong. You could look through the list of the top nominations of some awards ceremonies and see that there's potential for some sweeping of awards, but not here. Sure...

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