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February 28, 2011

Firth disagrees with cut The King's Speech

Unsurprisingly Colin Firth has spoken out about the re-cut version of The King's Speech that has had some of the swearing removed in order to change it from an MPAA R rating to a PG-13, which also means that more cinemas will show it and more people will buy tickets....

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Meek's Cutoff trailer online

I had no idea about Meek's Cutoff until today, and was surprised to see that it had not only garnered a lot of Festival activity but it also starred Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Will Patton. The film looks moody and quite foreboding from the trailer, and we're promised some...

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83rd Academy Award Winners - The Oscars

The winners have been announced while most of the world slept, and I have to admit surprise at how well the winners have been chosen this year, and I can't not introduce the American film awards without pointing out that The King's Speech has been replicating the winning streak, and...

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2011 Independent Spirit Award Winners

The Independent Spirit Awards have announced their winners for 2011, although actually it's for 2010 because that's when these films were released, so they are only billed as the 2011 awards so no one thinks they are watching last year's. However let's be clear, these are for last year's films,...

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February 27, 2011

Point Blank (À bout portant)

Film Three Stars
My second film of the Glasgow Film Festival for 2011 was, I hoped, going to be a better experience than the first film which came with no subtitles and was abandoned. Point Blank, or À bout portant, is a French thriller from writer and director Fred Cavayé. He co-wrote the...

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Film Four Stars
I hadn't seen The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) starring Ricardo Darín but it had received a lot of praise and had delivered a strong thriller and a good story, so with that in mind I had my eyes on Carancho, another Argentinian film that was...

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One Hundred Mornings

Film Three Stars
I had high hopes for One Hundred Mornings, a post-apocalyptic story of a group of people caught out in the middle of nowhere in the Irish countryside holding out after some terrifying event has stopped power, radio, television and any form of government or order. The film was small and...

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February 25, 2011

Stalked: Remakes: Soapdish gains writer; Bier's Rapt; Columbus' Hello Ghost; Loft casting; 13: Game of Death

Yes the commonality in this Stalked is that all the films referred to are indeed remakes. Here are the taglines: Soapdish remake gains writer and key producers... Susanne Bier is remaking Rapt... Chris Columbus is remaking Hello Ghost... Loft remake gains cast... 13: Game of Death to be remade......

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Stalked: Leterrier directing G; Zombies vs Robots; Muccino directing Muccino; Greengass will direct Memphis; Petersen directing Old Man's War

Louis Leterrier is to direct science fiction film G... Platinum Dunes buys Zombies vs Robots... Gabriele Muccino may direct supernatural film Adaline... Paul Greengrass will direct Memphis... Wolfgang Petersen directing adaptation of Old Man's War......

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February 24, 2011

Beir's In a Better World trailer

Susanne Bier means the 2004 film Brødre (Brothers) to me, a film that I did enjoy and has stuck with me. Hollywood also enjoyed it and decided to remake it, and she went on to make After the Wedding and Things We Lost in the Fire. Now her 2010 film...

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New Source Code trailer

Duncan Jones, the director of Moon (Filmstalker review). There's not much more that you need to know is there? Of course if you know anything about the idea of the film Source Code then the anticipation for his next film is just up about fourteen levels. Source Code is a...

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Potiche trailer online

Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu are enough to excite any genuine film fan, and with Potiche you get them both together. Another film that just hit the Glasgow Film Festival is the story of a housewife who is very much viewed as a trophy wife to her successful business running...

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Remake of The Bodyguard begins

There was talk of a remake of The Bodyguard back in 2009, then there were rumours of Rhianna taking the Whitney Houston role and Hugh Jackman taking over the Kevin Costner role, not bad if you were making a straight remake, however this remake is far from straight. Oh yes,...

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18 only trailer for Paul

There's a new MPAA red band trailer for Paul online and I like this a lot more than the previous trailers, it concentrates a lot less on Seth Rogen, I mean Paul, and gives some more time to the other characters, particularly the agents chasing him. That said though, I...

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MPAA red band trailer for Bad Teacher

A trailer has arrived for the Cameron Diaz led film Bad Teacher, I'm guessing this is meant to do for teaching what Bad Santa did for, well, Santa impersonators, and while the film might be funny and enjoyable, I do hope it holds more than the trailer which seems to...

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February 23, 2011

New Sucker Punch trailer

There's a brand new trailer out for Sucker Punch, which has about a month to go before it hits the streets, and I was rather excited about seeing the film, now I'm even more so. It looks pretty spectacular to be honest and the new trailer isn't letting me down...

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Major League sequel really happening?

I thought that the talk of a Major League sequel was like Sutherland's 24, or Duchovny's X-Files, a hopeful sequel that never arrives. Charlie Sheen, despite all his problems, has been talking about it again and again, and even just this weekend hosted a party which was showing the film...

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February 22, 2011

Exploiting the cash baby: Bieber re-release

It's hard to believe that there's a film about Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, but there is. What's harder to believe is that despite the worldwide release beginning on the 11th of February and still travelling until 14th of April, it's getting a re-release already. Not only that...

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Stalked: Leterrier's Cops versus Illusionists, Caruso directing Preacher, McQuarrie to write Space Battleship Yamato film, Sutherland still says 24 film happening

Leterrier's Cops versus Illusionists... Caruso directing Preacher... McQuarrie to write Space Battleship Yamato film... Sutherland still says 24 film happening......

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Uncharted film adapts videogame, isn’t that the way it should be?

David O’Russell has been taking a lot of stick for the way he’s been talking about his vision for the film adaptation of the videogame Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and fans, as always, have been getting upset. All credit to him though, he’s sticking to his guns and has come out...

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Costner playing Superman’s Dad?

The rumours came out yesterday that Kevin Costner was set to take a role in the new Superman film, starring next to Henry Cavill who will be playing Superman, and people started trying to guess who he would be playing, not really hard to do I would have thought. After...

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Legacy: Black Ops trailer

I had a chance to see Legacy: Black Ops some time ago but never took the chance as it clashed with another screening I was seeing, and I really regret that. Not just because it stars Idris Elba and other names such as William Hope, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Clakre Peters...

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February 21, 2011

Akira live action film gets rewrite

I had wondered what was happening with the live action version of Akira, we had heard mixed reports, dead then alive, then silence followed by rumours that the Hughes Brothers were set to direct and that James Franco was set to star, rumours but at least there was something being...

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Apollo 18 trailer

The trailer for Apollo 18 has arrived, the film using lost footage to reveal the secret of the secret Apollo 18 mission, well the one for conspiracy theorists everywhere and obviously this film, and while there's a lot in the trailer and begins to promise a lot about what's up...

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February 18, 2011

New Thor trailer looks superb

I haven't read anything of what other people are saying about the new Thor trailer, but I know what I feel after watching it, excited. That trailer looks fantastic. It's way better than the trailer we've seen before and it looks perfectly pitched. The Mark Protosevich written and Kenneth Branagh...

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Girl Walks into a Bar trailer online

What's more is that when the film is released, it will be released online for free. Okay, I'm confused. If that's the case then surely the film is rubbish? Oh no, it's written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, and it stars, let me take a breath... Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto,...

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Closed: Win The Flying Scotsman on DVD

The Flying Scotsman is described as the first full length British feature film with sound, although it may well have been added after the filming, and it features some surprising stunt work onboard the very train itself, The Flying Scotsman. Not only that but it features the screen debut of...

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Closed: Win Korean thriller Bedeviled on Blu-ray

Korean thriller Bedeviled starring Ji Sung-won and Seo Young-hee is out soon on Blu-ray and I have copies to giveaway, all you have to do is answer one simple question. The film has been described as more than a thriller by those that have seen it, part carefully paced thriller...

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February 17, 2011

Closed: Win Snipes in Game of Death on Blu-ray

Wesley Snipes, Zoe Bell and Gary Daniels, and you can expect that there's going to be a lot of very cool action in Game of Death, and if that's your bag then this is the film for you, and it can be yours for free. In another competition on Filmstalker...

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Closed: Win Brighton Rock on Blu-ray

Brighton Rock is a classic, and we're talking the original 1947 film starring Richard Attenborough in the adaptation of the Graham Greene novel through his own screenplay and directed by John Boulting, and it's just been restored and released on Blu-ray. Now you can win a copy of this new...

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Update: 18 only trailer for I Saw the Devil

I'm jealous because my friend Steven, from the Filmstalker Film Club Audiocast, is seeing I Saw the Devil at the impending Glasgow Film Festival and I wasn't quick enough to book my tickets, as a result it's full, and I am disappointed because Kim Ji-woon's film looks fantastic. Starring Lee...

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Update: Insidious trailer online

James Wan is behind Saw, Dead Silence and Death Sentence, and now he's returning with another horror called Insidious which looks like it owes a lot to supernatural horror films like Poltergeist, and it doesn't look a bad thing from this trailer. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and...

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Vaughn stays with Superheroes for next film

It looks like Matthew Vaughn is staying in the realm of superheroes for his next film, that is if what he says comes true, for he's announced his plans for his next film, whether he produces, directs or writes it isn't exactly certain yet, but he will be involved in...

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Iron Man 3 writer and director?

I've sat on this story for a while, mainly because there are so many stories I do pick and choose, but this has come back time and time again. There's a new name being touted around for Iron Man 3, and if he gets the job he will be writing...

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Peirce to direct FBI-gang film The Knife

Kimberly Peirce, who previously wrote and directed Boy's Don't Cry and Stop-Loss has been working on developing a film about the true life story of a South Central gang member who became an FBI informant and changed the gang scene forever, apparently being responsible for gangs imposing a policy of...

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February 16, 2011

Ritchie to direct Xerxes? Wasn't he directing Cannonball Run?!

Yes. I think that sums up the rumour bandwagon quite well. Rumours just out suggest that Guy Ritchie has been offered the role of directing Xerxes, the sequel to 300. All well and good I say, but what about the rumours just the previous day about him directing a remake...

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Terminator reborn with Schwarzenegger and Lin?

Since Arnold Schwarzenegger left office there has been talk of him returning to film, and that's been initiated from his side as well, but the idea of returning to the Terminator franchise was pretty much put down because he himself said things had moved on and frankly an aging Terminator...

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Little White Lies trailer online

There are some great things to be said about Little White Lies, from the star, writer and director of Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) (Filmstalker review) and starring French actors such as François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard and Benoît Magimel, that's really about all that you need to...

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Marianne Swedish horror trailer

Just with those very words Swedish horror trailer I may have switched some people off to this trailer, and more fool them, for it does star Peter Stormare who, along with many other sites who are carrying the trailer, is one of my favourite actors to watch on screen. It...

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February 15, 2011

Marvin Gaye biographical film from Temple

Julien Temple could be the one to bring a biographical film of Marvin Gaye's life to the big screen, a film that has been talked about for quite some time in many guises, and might finally be about to make it there thanks to the director who brought the stories...

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Albert Einstein biographical film?

Albert Einstein is getting a biographical film, something I thought was happening years ago. This version will be from director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Ron Bass, the script for Einstein promises a lot. There's also a lot of ground to cover for the man didn't exactly lead an average life,...

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Stalked: Franco for Akira; Butler surfing and Dragon training; Miller in Analog; Cruise and Hathaway in Rock of Ages; Cotillard for Dark Knight Rises; Noyce directing Navy Seals

Franco in talks for Akira?... Butler in How to Train Your Dragon sequel... Miller in Analog... Butler surfing in Mavericks... Cruise and Hathaway in Rock of Ages... Cotillard for Dark Knight Rises?... Noyce directing Navy Seals film......

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February 14, 2011

127 Hours

Film Two Stars
We were scheduled to go in and see a screening of Rabbit Hole courtesy of Sky Movies however when we arrived we found out that the film had been sent to another cinema and it was so far away that we just wouldn't have made it in time. Fair play...

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The Road

Digital One Star
I had read the book by Cormac McCarthy which had received great recognition and had been adapted for film, and I have to say, even going against popular opinion and expecting to be hung, drawn and quartered for it, I didn't like it. I struggled to read the constant droning...

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The Box

Digital Three Stars
The Box was on my watch list for a long time, and even when people say a film isn't worth seeing, I still want to make up my own mind. Richard Kelly adapted and directed the Richard Matheson short story that had a unique and interesting proposition and carried some...

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Orange BAFTA 2011 winners

So if you hadn't been following the live blogging we had of the BAFTA red carpet and the awards themselves then shame on you, you missed a good time that's for sure. However you might now be wondering who the winners were of the Orange BAFTAs, and so I've pulled...

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11-11-11 teaser trailer

The teaser trailer for the Darren Lynn Bousman film 11-11-11 has arrived and it looks okay, although it's not giving away too much it does have some good moments that might make you think of films such as Prince of Darkness. The teaser trailer doesn't give us much but it...

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Atlas Shrugged: Part I trailer

A trailer for Atlas Shrugged: Part I has appeared online and it looks like a lower budget television film, far from the epic that was planned when we first heard word of an adaptation of the 1957 Ayn Rand novel. The film does carry a good cast though, Taylor Schilling,...

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Die Hard 5 gains writer and director

It looks like there are some bold choices being made for the fifth, and most likely final, Die Hard film with Bruce Willis at the helm, I say that because you can be assured that in the future we'll see a reboot, relaunch or re-imagining of the franchise with a...

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More Prometheus Alien talk

After we were told that Ridley Scott wouldn't be making an Alien Prequel film and they re-titled the film Prometheus saying it was a completely different idea, I thought we were going in a different direction. Then we heard rumours that Aliens were still going to be in the film....

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Park's Stoker gains big names

Chan-Wook Park's Stoker film has two rather big names negotiating to join, and if they do then this could well be an incredibly strong Hollywood arrival for the excellent writer and director. Previously names such as Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster were rumoured to be in talks for the roles,...

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February 12, 2011

The Fighter

Film Four Stars
There's been a lot of talk of The Fighter and what a great film it is, particularly the performance from Christian Bale. The film is definitely getting noticed with three BAFTA nominations for screenplay, supporting actor for Bale and supporting actress for Amy Adams, and seven Oscar nominations for film,...

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Live blogging the Orange BAFTAs 2011

Welcome to the 2011 coverage of the Orange British Academy Film and Television Awards from Filmstalker. This year the coverage will be live from the red carpet and during the live show before it's televised, and as usual there's a live event below to capture everything we, and of course...

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February 11, 2011

Logan's Run gains director and lead?

It was just yesterday we were hearing from Joel Silver talking about the remake of Logan's Run which seemed to be going nowhere fast. The second director it had attracted had left and there seemed to be no hope of it moving forward, even Silver himself had nothing to say...

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Arthur remake trailer

I'm still trying to digest the trailer I've just seen for the remake of Arthur, and I'm really not sure. Some lines made me giggle, and some didn't, and overall I'm really not sure. The overriding factor of this trailer seems to be that Arthur is a one man show...

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Red Sonja is alive?

Is this really news of a Red Sonja resurgence? According to the producer Avi Lerner it is, because he revealed that they not only have a director lined up, but that they have a lead female in mind for the role, and while they are talking to a few names...

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Cracks trailer from the Scott family

Eva Green looks like she's going to be playing a bit of a psycho in the film Cracks and it doesn't look like it's just her either. The trailer for the film Cracks doesn't seem to start out that way, but there's a little glimmer of something off-kilter from her...

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night finally gets a proper trailer

There's been a lot of talk about the film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, but so little return on it. The teasers have been a little dull and seriously lacking in footage from the film, but now there's an Italian trailer on the go and while I don't understand most...

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Update: X-Men: First Class trailer online

Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class has a trailer and everyone's talking about it, so much so that I couldn't resist posting it before I went to bed because it's an absolute corker. There's been a lot of conjecture about the film, people moaning about costumes about the timeline, and some...

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February 10, 2011

Never Let Me Go

Film Five Stars
I had never read the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro that Never Let Me Go is adapted from, so I had no idea what the film was about. Watching the trailers I came away thinking that I'd just guessed the twist ending and the trailers had done a terrible job of...

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Bunraku trailer online

There's been some talk of Bunraku and what it would contain with a whole list of styles to be incorporated into it that just didn't sound right at all, everything from puppets to papier-mâché, and I've just kept wondering what it would end up looking like after all the talk....

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Straczynski's Houdini and Conan Doyle film on?

It looks like the script that J. Michael Straczynski wrote about a fictional partnership between the two real life characters of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle is going to be turned into a film by DreamWorks. The script tells the story of the two, one who debunked spiritualism and...

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Highlander reboot in Twilight style?

Is the Highlander reboot about to get the Twilight treatment? I hope not but the story is that the Highlander reboot has just been handed to Twilight screen writer Melissa Rosenberg who wrote all of the five screenplays for Twilight. The instant call here is that they're making Highlander teen-friendly,...

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Logan's Run still on?

Really, and let me say this up front, this story is more hope and desire from the producer Joel Silver who is keeping hope alive on a project that has failed a number of times to get going and doesn't really have anyone behind it other than him at the...

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February 9, 2011

Trust trailer challenges

The new trailer for Trust has a hell of a lot to say from the outset and it looks like it's set to challenge a hell of a lot about all aspects of the story, not just picking on the Internet or the standard avenues that a news story picks...

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The Wicker Tree trailer arrives online

Along with the trailer for The Wicker Tree comes a new blurb for the film, and the trailer sounds pretty heavy from the opening lines. That said, it does feel a little messy, and that's not just the blood, there are a few surprisingly bad looking scenes which I'm just...

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X Trailer and 18 only trailer online

Two trailers have arrived online for X, a film which I saw a trailer for a little while ago and decided not to post because it didn't look like the film that these two trailers are suggesting it is, by that I mean that these two trailers look a lot...

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13 Reasons Why, a powerful teenage suicide film?

I still remember some scenes from Permanent Record and what affect they had on me when I first watched them, the idea of that film was quite a shock to me and there are moments there that I remember vividly, the group get together at the end especially. 13 Reasons...

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Verhoeven casting Berry in The Student?

Paul Verhoeven has offered Halle Berry a role in his latest film called The Student which is a sexual thriller about a nineteen year old who gets involved with an older woman, Berry would play the frankly incredibly stunning older woman who could attract any age of any man she...

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February 8, 2011

Closed: Win: Animal Kingdom tickets and win an iPad

Now this is a great prize, not only can you get tickets to see an exclusive screening of Animal Kingdom, but once you've seen it, you get the chance to win an iPad. What's more this isn't a competition that's going to see tons of entries, the screenings really are...

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2011 Orange BAFTA updates

There's plenty of BAFTA information in this update on the awards show that's due this Sunday, there's a superb twitter widget that you can use to follow all the goings on in the run up to the awards, a little advert filled with snippets from last year, and a pretty...

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Fanning playing Princess Margaret, Elizabeth to be cast

Ah the usual and lovable phrase "inspired by true events" pops up for the film Girl's Night Out which Dakota Fanning has just joined, a film that will see her play Princess Margaret who, along with Princess Elizabeth the future Queen, went out with the crowds during VE day and...

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Stalked: Mr Men Movie, Harker, Pet Sematary remake, South Korean hostage film, Hansel and Gretel

Mr Men Movie... Harker, a new Dracula... Pet Sematary remake... South Korean hostage film... Janssen witch role in Hansel and Gretel?......

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Stalked: Hallström's Hypnotist, Levy's Fantastic Voyage, Expectations for Newell, Bridges is an exorcist

Lasse Hallström directing Swedish The Hypnotist adaptation... Levy's Fantastic Voyage... Great Expectations for Newell... Bridges is an exorcist......

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February 7, 2011

Some Super 8 details

There's been a little said about Super 8 this past day, not a lot, but enough to piece together to give us a decent blurb for the film, much more than we already knew, but in reality not that much to be classed a spoiler, just more of a blurb...

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Stallone in Headshot

Well it's not the project we expected from Sylvester Stallone next, I mean where's The Expendables II or Poe? However the people behind Headshot are the ones making me think that this is going to be something a little different. Alessandro Camon who wrote The Messenger has written the script...

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Update: Super Bowl film trailer adverts

Well, the ones that really matter anyway. Here are the Super Bowl adverts all about the films, the important ones from during the Super Bowl last night and the ones that we didn't get to see outside of America. There are some good ones, Thor looks good along with Fast...

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February 4, 2011

Hanna International trailer

A new trailer for Hanna has arrived online, billed as the International trailer to me it seems more like the American trailer filled with cuts faster than you can blink and intent on showing more shots and images from the film than telling story. Actually it tells as much story...

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Drive Angry 3D trailer that makes me want to see it!

I've been comparing Drive Angry 3D to Ghost Rider since I saw the first blurb. I mean it's just like it really. Man escapes hell, goes on killing revenge, devil sends someone after him to get him back, and it stars Nicolas Cage as the angry man who has escaped...

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Affleck's on Tehran CIA hostage rescue film

I am loving Ben Affleck as a writer, director and as the new found actor he has become when he's working under that director. The Town (Filmstalker review) is fantastic and it's criminal that it's not being considered for awards for anything more than support actor, one posthumously and one...

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Ronald Reagan film?

There has been talk of a Ronald Reagan film before when his diaries were published in 2007 and Ridley Scott looking to direct one in 2008, and then this year talk of a biographical film of the President who had left an amazing legacy behind him for the world....

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February 3, 2011

Another WikiLeaks film? How will they change the truth?

News has come today that there's another WikiLeaks film on the way, a film that will focus on the man behind WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. It's based on the article in the New York Times Magazine called The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and Mark Boal is one of the...

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Bond 23 changing Bond?

I wonder if the people behind James Bond have been reading some of the criticism of Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) and realise that amongst the problems of the unfinished script and the terrible editing that they've picked up on the fact that a banker with a high aversion to...

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Win Win trailer wins me over

From the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor (Filmstalker review) is enough to get your attention for this film, but then the trailer really grabs you into the story too, and throw in Amy Adams and a performance from Paul Giamatti that somehow manages to touch me even...

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February 2, 2011

Filmstalker's Films for February 2011

I've just missed the start of February, but I'm here with the second of the month by month hits of what's arriving in British cinemas this year. As I said in last month's roundup, I usually do the year ahead but it can be totally out of date a few...

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Fletch remake?

Oh yes, it's apparently happening, and while so much of Fletch can be accredited directly to Chevy Chase, Warner Bros. seem insistent that they can remake it without him in the lead. Surely it'll be something very similar, just not Fletch? However, as with a lot of remakes, we'll soon...

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John Woo's The Killer remake old news?

Back in October 2007 we first heard that The Killer was going to be remade by John H. Lee, and in fact you can read it right here on Filmstalker, but the other day a press release came out about it and everyone got excited again, for the same reasons....

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The Mechanic Throwback trailer

There's a new trailer for The Mechanic out there, looking like a seventies trailer, hence the name of Throwback trailer. There's not much to it in terms of new content, but I really like its style and the message it brings, and genuinely watching this no nonsense, honest, no marketing...

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Elton John biographical film?

Musical icons are the target of films, but the problem comes when the production tries to get hold of the rights to their songs and that's when things become difficult. This doesn't look to be the case with Elton John, for he's talking about his film already and revealing that...

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February 1, 2011

The Stand to become a film

Stephen King fans once thought that his books could never be adapted for the screen, they were just too big and too involved. Then came the mini-series and we thought they could never be made for screen, then came the films and with the exception of a few we thought...

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Elektra Luxx trailer arrives

It's been a long time coming - I promise I won't fill this post with innuendo, if you find any it's just because you're a dirty person - but the trailer for Elektra Luxx has arrived, the film from Sebastian Gutierrez with Carla Gugino reprising her role as the adult...

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Incendies trailer online

Just in time for the screening at the Glasgow Film Festival comes a high definition trailer for Incendies from writer and director Denis Villeneuve. I was attracted to the film when it was described in the festival literature as being "featured in many lists of the ten best films of...

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Closing Credits: John Barry

The composer John Barry has died aged seventy seven and leaves behind a legacy of unforgettable music, and while he's most remembered for the music from James Bond, there are many other films and themes that he'll be remembered for. Indeed none of his five Oscar wins are for the...

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