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Stalked: Hobbit begins, Carnahan's The Grey, Pattinson and Cronenberg, Captain America plot, Star Wars Blu-ray box set

The Hobbit films start next month...

Carnahan looks forward to The Grey....

Pattinson on Cronenberg's Cosmopolis...

Captain America details revealed...

Star Wars box set on Blu-ray...

The Hobbit films start next month...
Warner Bros. are going to pay the entire cost of the two Hobbit films and will have the worldwide theatrical distribution rights to both. The good news for MGM is that they will retain the television rights which will give them some money to pay off their creditors. This isn't really surprising news through Deadline because MGM were close to losing the films due to their ongoing problems with creditors and bankruptcy.

The good news for us all is that the two Hobbit films are on and Peter Jackson can keep searching for his cast to complete the films.

Carnahan looks forward to The Grey....
Joe Carnahan is looking forward to his next film The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson which tells the story of a group of oil-rig workers who crash in Alaska and fall prey to the territorial protection habits of packs of wolves. Carnahan explains through Deadline that:

”The wolves have a territorial range of 300 miles, and they will run you out if you cross that. If you’re within 30 miles of their den as is the case here, they will try to kill you. It’s simple arithmetic, but it creates an opportunity for one of those man vs. nature movies I love like Deliverance and Touching The Void.”

Interesting story, but the best is that there's no pressure like there was with The A-Team (Filmstalker review) which he said was...

”...stressful when it is all about shooting for a release date that you just gotta make.”

The Grey is a fifth of the budget, will be forty day shoot and has no distributor, a situation Carnahan is looking forward to and reminds him of Narc.

Pattinson on Cronenberg's Cosmopolis...
Normally news of Robert Pattinson's next film wouldn't interest me, but it sounds like he's getting the chance to really spread his wings and deliver something far from his Twilight performance as Variety tells us he's signed for the David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis. This is a great chance for the actor to really break the mould of neutered vampire and become something much more.

Captain America details revealed...
Details of the Captain America story have been released online through Latino Review, and while they are being touted as spoiler filled, I can't read anything there that isn't the basis of the plot and will be revealed without fanfare in the film. Maybe I'm missing something.

Basically the start and end are present day playing on the hidden scene we've seen in the Arctic while the actual film is a flashback to the creation of Captain America during World War II. We'll see Steve Rogers as a normal guy who can't get in the army to fight and what happens to him as he becomes America. We also hear a little about the plans of the Red Skull and the McGuffin in the story, the Cube, an energy source that everyone seems to be after.

A nice feature will be that Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark, will be the one who creates some of Captain America's equipment. Nothing really startling though.

Star Wars box set on Blu-ray...
Great news through Quiet Earth is that the Star Wars double trilogy, as I like to call it, is coming to Blu-ray with tons of extras, and that touted new/restored scene that was talked about. As an extra scheme, I mean bonus, you can buy either of the trilogies separately or the two together in one massive box set with three additional discs of over thirty hours of footage with new, never before seen deleted scenes and footage. That's a buy, even if it these are the Lucas altered versions (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).



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