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March 31, 2011

First five minutes of Sucker Punch online

The awesome opening of Sucker Punch is online to view, and it looks fantastic, drives at a relentless pace, and even those opening scenes are enough to have the tension rising and you feeling slightly off key about the story. It's rather fantastic. I'm not holding court to all the...

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Schwarzenegger's return doesn't look good

If you were hoping for Arnold Schwarzenegger to return to film straight away after ending his term in politics then you're in for a disappointment. He's chosen the first entertainment project he's going to star in, but it's not film it's television, and all in all it's a worrying choice...

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Summer in Genoa

I thought I had already posted a trailer for Summer in Genoa, but it appears not. It's the new film from Michael Winterbottom and stars Colin Firth, Catherine Keener and Hope Davis with Willa Holland and Perla Haney-Jardine as the children at the core of the story. The mother is...

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Total Recall remake plot expands

We've not been hearing much from the Total Recall remake, or rather the re-imagining returning to the source text or whatever they want to call it, but there is news about casting and a little bit of what will be behind the story this time. The villain is in negotiations...

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March 30, 2011

Matrix fan film Kaydara trailer

Fan films aren't really anything new, taking an idea from an existing film and creating your own story around or through it happens quite a lot, but not with films like Matrix, films packed full of high end special effects, a lead actor you could never afford, and a budget...

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Update: The young Miss Marple?

It's not something you expect to hear but it looks like the story of Miss Marple, the elderly lady detective from the pen of Agatha Christie, is set to receive a film treatment, however in the good looking world of Hollywood it seems hard for them to swallow the concept...

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New English The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec trailer

There's a new lyrically voiced trailer for The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, the French, female, Indiana Jones character who was first written way back in 1972. The character was a rather cynical investigative journalist who ended up investigating criminal activity mixed with strange stories of the occult. The film...

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March 29, 2011

Midnight in Paris trailer online

The trailer for Midnight in Paris starts off well and hints at the beginnings of a story that could capture your imagination and deliver an interesting film, but it stops a little short of really selling the film. It tells us that the story about a couple staying in Paris...

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The Professionals finally getting adapted?

It was almost an entire year ago that we first heard of a potential big screen adaptation of the successful television series of The Professionals, the show starring Bodie and Doyle as the CI5 agents run under the command of George Cowley. Back then the word was that Neil Marshall...

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Jack Ryan reboot delayed for good reason

There are two reasons why the new Jack Ryan film is being delayed, one is that they're waiting for Alec Baldwin to get back into shape, magically become younger, and take over the part again...oh I wish that were going to happen but it's not. The truth for the reboot...

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March 28, 2011

Limitless

Film Three Stars
Limitless surprised me. It's a good thriller that doesn't play out exactly how you might expect, and while it doesn't deliver powerful punches of plot turns, it does offer some strong and exciting moments with some surprises on the way. The idea itself is rather limitless and as the story...

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13 Assassins trailer looks fantastic

The surprise film at this year's Glasgow Film Festival was 13 Assassins, and while I didn't go to see it Steven from the Audiocast did. However since he doesn't like Takeshi Miike anyway, it wasn't a very good gauge of how strong the film is. The trailer that has arrived...

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Does The Greatest Movie Ever Sold trailer work?

I find myself a little confused and lost by the trailer for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. While it's clearly telling us the film is all about advertising, it doesn't convey what some of these scenes are trying to get across, who the people are, and what's actually happening. Perhaps...

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Hooper to direct Les Miserables?

Tom Hooper, probably still flying high on his success from The King's Speech (and that's the one with the swear words in it, not the sanitised version that will save America's children from being corrupted and bring in the Weinstein's more hard cash) has been rumoured to actually be in...

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March 26, 2011

Stalked: Jodie Foster directing sci-fi; Lawrence to direct Houdini?; Liman directing ex-Luna and Two-Gun Cohen; Stone directing drug film

Jodie Foster could be directing science fiction... Francis Lawrence to direct Houdini?... Doug Liman directing ex-Luna and Two-Gun Cohen... Oliver Stone directing Savages drug thriller......

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Stalked: New 11-11-11 trailer; Captain America footage; Guillory confirms RE5; Three Stooges still on; Clash of the Titans sequel gains cast

New 11-11-11 trailer... Captain America : The First Avenger footage arrives... Guillory confirms a place in Resident Evil 5... Three Stooges still on... Clash of the Titans sequel gains cast......

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Dune is dead, has it had its chance?

The latest film version of Frank Herbert's Dune has died a death as Paramount have had their four year rights holding lapse before they could actually bring it to the big screen. Richard P. Rubinstein is the current rights holder for the Herbert novels and he announced that the rights...

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March 25, 2011

The Three Musketeers 3D trailer arrives

Oh dear me, thankfully the memory of the 1973 Richard Lester The Three Musketeers is still so close to my heart I can't even consider that this version is going to come close, and I think the moment it lost it for me was when the Wild Wild West moments...

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The Big Bang trailer is definitely something different

The Big Bang looks like an interesting return to the private eye genre, with a kind of classic film noir take that also borders on the feel of Sin City but without the effects. You'll know what I mean when you see the trailer, it has that feel in some...

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The Silent House trailer, horror in one take

Heard of The Silent House? A seventy odd minute film which is apparently shot in one continuous take, of that I'm not convinced and I'm convinced there would be a few stops and restarts, but that's how the film is being sold. The trailer for the film written and directed...

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The Bourne Legacy continues

Honestly, I thought the Bourne series would continue even without Paul Greengrass, but I was surprised that Matt Damon stuck to his guns and decided not to return without the second director of the series, I thought he would be more open to trying under another director. However the studio...

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March 24, 2011

Closing Credits: Elizabeth Taylor

A Hollywood icon and a beacon of British film talent has died, Elizabeth Taylor aged seventy-nine was, and always will be, a legend of cinema across the globe. Her face is iconic and her performances equally so, and there's her tireless charity campaigning, her love for life, and her marriage...

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World War Z too expensive? Why?

It would seem that the film production of World War Z is struggling to get made, and the latest news may not be good with the indication that Paramount may be looking for another financing partner on it to try and beef out the very expensive price tag of reportedly...

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Captain America : The First Avenger trailer online

Following hot on the footage released yesterday the trailer for Captain America : The First Avenger has arrived, and just like the footage I'm rather taken with it and I think this could just work. There are some nice moments and references in it, I love the shot during the...

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New Last Night trailer arrives

What a great trailer. Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington are happily married, well one might think so from the opening scene, but then along come two people from their past who they bump into one night while they're separated by distance. She meets her old lover played by Guillaume Canet...

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Mr. Popper's Penguins trailer

Oh my. I've just watched the trailer for Mr. Popper's Penguins starring Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino and while I wasn't expecting much, I still managed to get even less. This is definitely for the real kids who can appreciate the fact that there are penguins doing silly dances and...

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March 23, 2011

New Super 8 trailer brings new footage

Well, I have to admit I’ve stretched the truth a little with that title, the trailer is new, but for the most part it’s just the same as the previous, except when you get to the latter half and there’s some new footage. Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t just...

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March 22, 2011

The Veteran trailer with Kebbell, Cox and Curran

I did think of shades of Outlaw when I saw this trailer but from the opening shots it feels more like what Outlaw (Filmstalker review) could have been, and it becomes a harder, more realistic tale. The film sees a soldier returning from active duty to his home estate and...

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The Bang Bang Club delivers a powerful trailer

The title for The Bang Bang Club may be making you think of one film, but watching the trailer for the film certainly takes you in another direction entirely, and the trailer is a tough one I have to say, this is not for the faint hearted, and neither will...

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Super trailer online

The idea of Super is exciting, a man loses his girlfriend to a drug dealer and so in his darkest moments, he decides to become a superhero to fight crime, and the man himself, and win her back. The execution? Well I'm not so sure. How far is this going...

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March 21, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides new trailer online

The trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has arrived, and I have to admit that while it ticks all the boxes for me it's definitely lost some of the soul of the series. I wonder if that is down to the fact that they're changing all the...

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Wrecked trailer online

Sometimes when thrillers present themselves they give away too much of the story, and before you see it you're not sure if it has or its misdirection, not until you've seen the film do you realise how much it has. Wrecked is currently there for me. Watching the trailer you...

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Stalked: Tupac biography following Biggie; The Seventh Son casting; The Man from Nowhere trailer; Deathly Hallows 2 new footage online

Tupac biography following Biggie biography... The Seventh Son casting... The Man from Nowhere trailer... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 new footage online......

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Stalked: Kilmer swaps Holliday for Earp; Russ Meyer film finds director; Costner is Superman's Dad; Alex Cross recast finds Lost bad guy

Kilmer swaps Holliday for Earp... Russ Meyer film finds director... Costner is Superman's Dad... Alex Cross recast finds Lost bad guy......

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March 18, 2011

Cell 211

Film Five Stars
I’m a huge thriller fan and I do believe that European cinema leads the way in thrillers these days. When I was first hooked on the genre I was getting caught up with films like The Parallax View and The Star Chamber, some great American thrillers, but as my cinematic...

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Wolverine 2 loses Aronofsky

Well was this really a surprise? The surprise was that Darren Aronofsky was considering directing Wolverine 2, especially after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However he was fully intending to make the film, the thing that stopped him is that the production was going to be out of the country for a...

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Taken 2 happening

What's more is that Liam Neeson is going to be reprising his role as Bryan Mills, the secret operative whose daughter is kidnapped by a sex trafficking organisation and whom he then goes after no matter who it involves and wherever they are. I liked Taken (Filmstalker review), although at...

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Red Dawn changes enemy, it's all about the dollar

It's funny when studios try to defend hard cash decisions on the basis of art, and even with the Red Dawn remake it's no different. Scared at the negativity coming out of China about being portrayed as the enemy of the film, the studio have backtracked and replaced the Chinese...

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Daredevil gains director, but will he stay?

The Daredevil remake/reboot/sequel has gained a director, although I'm not sure how long he will remain involved considering the other comic book character who is now looking for direction. The news came out that Daredevil found a director just before hearing that Wolverine 2 had lost Darren Aronofsky, so considering...

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March 17, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

Film Three Stars
Now, let me see if I can find some reasons for you about why I wanted to see Battle: Los Angeles, actually I can find some quite easily and I'm not just going to reel of the cast of names such as Aaron Eckhart, Michael Peña, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez,...

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Larry Crowne trailer revives romantic comedy?

I'm first to admit that Hollywood rolls out a dirge of dull, half attempted romantic comedies which are so formulaic they are depressing. Well I'm also first to admit that I'm not a complete hater of the genre, and I really do love it when they are done well. The...

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Update: Two new Henry's Crime trailer online

The previous trailer for Henry's Crime wasn't that great to be honest, whatever the reason for it, but this new trailer is a lot better and has some nice moments in it. I'm particularly surprised by the car accident at the start and took a double take at it. The...

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Game trailer surprises

I know if I mention a certain word up front that some will turn around and walk away from this trailer while others will be drawn to it, and that's despite the fact that it describes the industry and not so often the film, and this film is one of...

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March 16, 2011

Update: Beautiful Boy trailer online

The trailer for Beautiful Boy has appeared online, a film starring the fantastic talents of Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, and it looks like it's one that could tear you apart, something that the trailer is doing its best to do already. I have to admit to being struck by...

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Super 8 monster revealed?

I'm really hoping that this isn't true at all, as it just doesn't work so well for me at the moment, but some viral footage compared with some footage from the trailer has made some eagle eyed, and full of imagination fan come up with a possible reveal of what's...

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams trailer

I've heard some great things about this film by Werner Herzog, and the of the fact that it uses 3D to great effect, however I don't think this trailer does the film the justice it deserves and the previous trailer was much more powerful. That said, this trailer for Cave...

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X-Men: First Class Russian trailer

I suspect all those who have been having a pop at Matthew Vaughn's X-Men film are starting to turn silent after seeing the first trailer and now this Russian trailer, for they are showing a great looking film with some strong mutant moments and it has the potential to set-up...

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March 14, 2011

Source Code opening five minutes online

The opening five minutes of Source Code is now online, and in high definition too, so you can see some of the film from Duncan Jones, the man who brought us the excellent Moon (Filmstalker review). The five minutes don't give anything much away, after all it's the opening five...

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Super 8 full trailer online

The J.J. Abrams written and directed film Super 8 which features Steven Spielberg as an Executive Producer finally has a full trailer, and just by watching and listening to it you can tell that this is heavily influenced by Spielberg himself. While I was hoping for more the Close Encounters...

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Conan the Barbarian teaser trailer

Teaser can cover all manner of nothingness these days, and this teaser trailer for Conan the Barbarian does just that. For in a small percentage of screen, projected onto CG created mist, you'll get to see some snapshots of what Conan will be about, although there is a decent enough...

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Opening of Xavier Gens' The Divide online

I hadn't heard much about Xavier Gens' new film The Divide until now, and watching the opening sequence of the film I became very interested indeed, although it is just the set-up of the film that gives us the story of The Divide. The set-up is simple; a huge explosion...

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March 11, 2011

Aniston returns to drama

Finally. I have been deriding Jennifer Aniston since she announced that she wasn't going to do thriller ever again after Derailed (Filmstalker review), a decision that meant she was churning out uninspiring romantic comedy dross for the rest of her career, and a very bad decision at that. Aniston was...

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RoboCop remake director and writer signed

A writer and director have been found for the new RoboCop remake, reboot, re-whatever film, and the director announcement looks complete now as it confirms the previous rumour of the unusual and exciting choice of foreign director for the film who has now signed. There's also news of a writer...

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Update: Quarantine 2: Terminal trailer

There's a trailer online for Quarantine 2: Terminal, the sequel to the American scene by scene remake of the Spanish horror film [REC]. While the first one was not bad, it was after all a direct remake of the original since so many people seem to not like reading subtitles...

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Frankenstein trailer online

Frankenstein is a new play from Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle that is going to be broadcast live across the country in various cinemas when it plays on stage at the National Theatre, and there's a teaser trailer for the play online, although I doubt we'll see this...

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March 10, 2011

At the Mountains of Madness dead? Studio, MPAA or cinema to blame?

Studios want all their films to hit the thirteen year old and upwards demographic. Apparently that's where the most money is, where the most cinemagoers are, and that's why they want everything to be PG-13 in America. R rated films just don't work. Not helped by the fact that many...

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American: The Bill Hicks Story trailer

I can't believe that this film is being released this year, after all I reviewed it last March, however it's also a great thing for this film is a powerful one and needs to be seen to be believed, and to draw you into the wonderful mind and life of...

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Palin film gains big star

Sarah Palin is about to be played by a big star, a really big star, and a stunning one at that. Hollywood is indeed being very kind to the woman in the film that will follow her rise through American politics as the surprise Vice Presidential candidate in the 2008...

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Bad Teacher family friendly trailer

The new trailer for Bad Teacher does show something very clearly, it's not that Bad Teacher looks like a great film, but just how much of the trailer relies on swearing and sexual jokes. Compare the two trailers and you'll see exactly what I mean. The family friendly American green...

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Doom remake in 3D?

Remakes are one of the latest conveyor belt settings in Hollywood, and it's been set to full on recently, especially with rumour of a new Doom film. Get this though, Universal have just said no to Guillermo Del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness (for now anyway) and they've said...

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March 9, 2011

The Mechanic

Film Four Stars
I never saw the original film with Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, but I can guess what the 1972 film offered considering Bronson was the lead and Michael Winner was directing. If we imagine giving that story to Simon West and having him direct Jason Statham in the lead then...

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The Adjustment Bureau

Film Four Stars
The Adjustment Bureau has a problem from the beginning, and that problem is the marketing it's pitched against. Sure the marketing is going to get people through the door and onto the seats, but there's a chance that those leaving the cinema who haven't seen what they were sold are...

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill gets film?

It looks like the recent oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is about to get made into a film. The story of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig will be told on film and at first glance this looks to be about the rig during its final...

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The Expendables II with new director, younger cast?

There's been a lot of talk about The Expendables II, especially from Sylvester Stallone. He's been talking about what he'd like to see in the film, where the characters should go, and so on for some time. However now it looks like things are actually starting to happen on the...

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Cars 2 trailer screeches in

I started wondering where the Cars 2 trailer was going when we were being taken through offshore drilling platforms, I wondered if this was going to be an eco-friendly film trying to educate our kids to look to better solutions than refined oil, however it's not and that's a little...

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Facebook to stream films for U.S.

Facebook is set to open up a new service to stream films to those in the U.S., not anywhere else in the world, and for upwards of a mere US $3 you can watch a title from Warner Bros. while around you you'll have all the flashing, intrusive, and awkward...

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March 8, 2011

Fast Five new trailer online

There's a new trailer that's arrived for Fast Five, the fifth in the Fast and the Furious franchise, although it's being called Fast & Furious 5 with the trailer, strange that they haven't got the Fast Five title all over it. Anyway, short as this is, the trailer covers story,...

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Red State teaser online

Kevin Smith is introducing the teaser trailer for his film Red State and I think you'd definitely agree that this is an eighteen only trailer. It looks interesting, although there's no story being told here, there are a collection of scenes that promise a lot of terror, some horror, and...

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Tomb Raider reboot

Well Hollywood are rebooting and remaking everything else, why the hell not? One of the best video game adaptations out there is clearly Tomb Raider, and has been for a long time, and yet it looks like it wasn't good enough for Hollywood who are heading off on the remake...

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Silent Hill sequel moves forward

Amazingly there's more videogame film news today with Silent Hill: Revelation 3D gaining some cast members and a little bit about the set-up for the sequel. There's not really much news here, but the set-up feels very much like the first, family member disappears, another heads off to find them,...

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March 7, 2011

Schwarzenegger reveals film offers

Unsurprisingly in Hollywood as Arnold Schwarzenegger considers his return the studios are considering what films of his to remake with him, and it all seems a little bit unimaginative. However speaking about the offers he has for films, Schwarzenegger reveals that it's not just remakes, and indeed his return to...

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March 6, 2011

Director talks Daredevil reboot

Xavier Gens has been talking about his desire to make a new Daredevil film, and although he's not on board to direct, a reboot has been pushed forward by the studio and a script is underway, and they will be looking for someone to helm it. He's talking about his...

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Michael Bay criticises Transformers sequel

I thought the title of "Michael Bay criticises Transformers sequel and so who's going to sack him like Megan Fox" was perhaps a little long, but finally, after time, it seems that both the male lead and the director have joined Megan Fox in saying some rather negative things about...

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer arrives

The full Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer in English has arrived and thankfully it's looking much better and much less Buffy-esque. Actually from this new trailer it's looking like there's going to be a lot more comedy, a kind of funnier Constantine (Filmstalker review) and really that's no bad...

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Puss in Boots teaser trailer

I don't think that this is the trailer we really need to see for Puss in Boots to win us over, although I'm sure some are won over already by the fact that Antonio Banderas is going to be voicing a side character from the Shrek series that was cool...

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Stalked: Brosnan joins Bier's new film; Hauer in Argento's 3D Dracula; Kristen Stewart is Snow White; 21 Jump Street gains final member; Baldwin joins Rock of Ages

Brosnan joins Bier's new film... Hauer in Argento's 3D Dracula... Kristen Stewart confirmed for Snow White... 21 Jump Street gains final member... Baldwin joins Rock of Ages......

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Stalked: Diaz says Gambit talks remake; Superman's mum found; Prometheus cast grows; 47 Ronin gains Japanese cast; Dante's Romeo & Juliet; Bryce Dallas Howard to direct

Diaz says Gambit remake not like original... Superman's mum found... Prometheus cast grows... 47 Ronin gains Japanese cast... Dante's Romeo & Juliet sounds like Twilight and Underworld... Bryce Dallas Howard to direct......

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March 4, 2011

FIlmstalker Film Club BAFTA 2011 Review

We've looked through the winners of the 2011 Orange BAFTA awards and discussed what should, and shouldn't have won. We've gone off on tangents about what awards are really about, the Academy Awards, gesture/end of life awards and if there should be an award for franchise or sequel. There's a...

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Attack the Block trailer online, calm down everyone

It seems everyone's going mad for the trailer for Attack the Block, a trailer which is okay, has some funny moments and a rather cool idea, is written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and Luke Treadaway. So, it is starting to sound interesting, but...

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I Am You / In Her Skin trailer

I never heard about I Am You before, until the story reminded me that it was previously called In Her Skin, or is it the other way around, I'm not sure. Either way the film stars Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto, and that's an interesting cast, Pearce especially....

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New Arthur trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Arthur and it's looking a bit more amusing than the previous, there's some of the Russell Brand charm popping through, and a guest appearance from a big real life name who doesn't mind being belittled in film, something that seems to be a favourite...

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Water for Elephants trailer

A new trailer for Water for Elephants has arrived online and it's giving us more of the story and building up the romantic and dramatic sides of the story, as well as making sure we don't see that Reese Witherspoon is smoking in one of the scenes, what's that all...

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Resident Evil: 5 happening?

I recently saw Resident Evil: Afterlife and was rather surprised at how enjoyable it all was, yes it was still light hearted fare, it had some huge plot holes and some rather silly moments and so much was left unexplained, but all in all it was one of the better...

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March 3, 2011

Inspired by actual events: Amanda Knox and Oklahoma Bombing, biased films?

I've always been concerned about the representation of real life in film, as I brought up in the feature Historical accuracy in films, and there are two projects right now that have reminded me of this issue, and one of them is very alarming and could well be affecting people's...

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Blade Runner sequels

Well it looks like we're going to be treated to more films from the Blade Runner universe, and why not? It's a very rich universe that has only been explored in one film so far. Right now Alcon Entertainment are in negotiations to acquire the rights to the film, television...

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The Dark Knight Rises plot rumours

Rumours are taking off just now about The Dark Knight Rises, and you'll remember a similar situation for The Dark Knight where there were some crazy rumours floating about, and some that were indeed close to the truth, however it was clear that the truth was very much in the...

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March 2, 2011

Filmstalker's Films for March 2011

So we arrive at March, has it come around that quickly? Apparently so, and this month there are a number of good films on offer for UK audiences, there are also a couple of re-releases and a few that have my interest but not sure if they'll get my patronage....

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RoboCop remake director found?

While my heart is with most people about why there shouldn't be a RoboCop remake, part of me can see that there's something different to be had from a new, harder and more grounded RoboCop film, but now that Darren Aronofsky isn't involved as director a little of the sheen...

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The Dark Tower doubts over lead?

Back in January we heard the story that Javier Bardem was in negotiations to join The Dark Tower and take the lead of Roland Deschain The Gunslinger, and whatever I thought of the casting decision it seems that was the way it was to go. Or perhaps not. For a...

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March 1, 2011

Closing Credits: Jane Russell

The legendary Jane Russell died yesterday leaving behind her some iconic roles and images, audiences of changed men, supported women, and adopted children. She's undoubtedly most remembered for her starring role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes alongside Marilyn Monroe and for those striking Hollywood images, yet there's so much more to...

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon promises weight

We've heard it a couple of times before but this third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is promising more than the second film delivered, and more in a good way rather than the Hollywood "more" which would bring bigger, sillier and more robots. No there are promises here...

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Stalked: Tobe Hooper directing Arabian horror; Tarantino's spaghetti western; Burton and Brolin on Hunchback; Devil May Cry film

Tobe Hooper directing Arabian horror... Tarantino directing a spaghetti western?... Burton and Brolin on new Hunchback film... Devil May Cry film?......

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