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January 31, 2012

Howard talks Rush, filming F1 on track

I'm desperately clambering after news about the Formula 1 film that Ron Howard is currently working on, for not only is he a great director but I absolutely love the sport and it is filled with such great stories of racing, danger, politics and passion that if you haven't seen...

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X-Men: First Class sequel reteams

20th Century Fox has done the deal with Matthew Vaughn and he is indeed returning for another X-Men film, not just that but the announcement says that the cast of X-Men: First Class is also set to return for the sequel, but then how could they not? Bryan Singer is...

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The Cold Light of Day trailer

Imagine your Dad told you he's not really a member of staff at an Embassy but actually a CIA agent, how cool would that be? Well not so cool as Henry Cavill's character finds out when his dad, played by Bruce Willis tells him just that, after all his family...

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The Union trailer, Elton and Leon

Cameron Crowe has filmed a documentary about Elton John and Leon Russell collaborating on a project together, filming the creative process of both men, and getting into the heart of what both do. The trailer doesn't give us a lot of depth into the film, but it does promise a...

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Conception trailer shows ensemble baby making

Josh Stolberg writes and directs an ensemble comedy about conception called, just that, Conception. He previously co-wrote and directed Kids in America, directed The Life Coach and wrote Good Luck Chuck, Sorority Row and Piranha. A strange combination you might think. However Conception is definitely a comedy and with an...

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January 30, 2012


DVD Four Stars
DVD Four Stars
I've been seeing Drive appear on a lot of top lists, from Filmstalker's Stalker's lists to others peppered across the internet and television, and although it's not made a huge impact at the award nominations this year it's getting a lot of mentions and had a lot of notice, and...

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Rolling Thunder

DVD Two Stars
Rolling Thunder is a film from 1977 starring a couple of names you might recognise with William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones, originally written by Paul Schrader just a year after Taxi Driver, and a film that Quentin Tarantino and Gene Siskel both rate highly. Now if that isn't enough...

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Death Wish remake from Carnahan

A Death Wish remake has been talked about a lot, and has actually been delivered in many different ways since the 1974 original from Michael Winner with Charles Bronson in the lead, and not just with Bronson films either, we've had similar revenge style films across the board from small...

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The Hunter produces a powerful trailer

However, I think the trailer for The Hunter does tell us a little too much. The film stars Willem Dafoe as the hunter who is hired to find a rare and believed extinct Tasmanian Tiger by a company who wants its genetic material, however when he gets to his base...

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Mirror Mirror trailer shows all the fun

There's a new trailer for the Tarsem Singh directed and Melisa Wallack written version of the classic Snow White film, and this trailer shows all the fun of the film, well I'm sure it's not all the fun, but there's a damn healthy supply of giggles and laughs. Plus, with...

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The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta) trailer surprises

There's a moment in the trailer for The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta) that really did get to me, and that's hard for a trailer to do. When that door closes and the images reveal what has happened I did get a surprise because I didn't think it was really...

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Michael trailer should shock

Michael is playing at the Glasgow Film Festival this year and I am considering going to see it for all the praise the film is receiving, but at the same time I'm struggling with the idea and that it could be such a strong film. You see it's about a...

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New Twixt trailer from Francis Ford Coppola

Hard to believe that Francis Ford Coppola could make a bad film, but from all accounts he has done in the form of Twixt. Strange though since it carries such a strong cast, but the trailer we've seen before for the film didn't look that good, and this latest...

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January 29, 2012

Filmstalker Film Club Piracy Special

The recent news events, and the inability of one of the group to see the films we were going to talk about before the audiocast recording date hit, have meant that we've delivered a special edition of the Filmstalker Film Club where we've gotten together and talked piracy. No, not...

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January 27, 2012

Lockout or Lock-Out or MS One: Maximum Security has a fantastic new trailer

I'm not sure what to call it now, everyone's saying Lockout on the Internet and IMDB still display all three titles but their main one is the English title of MS One: Maximum Security. Whether that means it's only called that in England, and not the rest of Britain, I'm...

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January 26, 2012

Oscars Best Original Song isn't the best song

I'm really surprised by what I just read about the voting for the Oscars Best Original Song category for so many reasons, not just the fact that the voting system appears to be different to other categories in the Oscars, not that they are watching and listening to sections of...

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Iron Sky gets new trailer and Berlin Film Festival screening

Iron Sky is complete and a new trailer has arrived to celebrate the first screening in the Berlin International Film Festival on the 11th of February, and there's definitely some excitement about the screening, after all we're talking about Nazis building a secret base on the dark side of the...

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New Seeking Justice (Justice) trailer online

There's a new trailer online for Seeking Justice (or just Justice), giving a little more weight to the incident that drives Nicolas Cage's character into making a deal with a group of professional vigilantes headed by Guy Pearce's character. The trailer also goes deeper into the story, perhaps in a...

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Brake trailer hides a good film?

Brake may instantly sound like Buried, and a cheap version at that especially as it stars the once were strong Stephen Dorff and Tom Berenger, but the concept behind it sounds rather interesting, even if the lighting in the trailer is a little too bright, it seems wrong that he's...

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The Hangover Part III drops Hangover core

I have to admit that I wasn't interested in seeing The Hangover for a long time; I just thought it would be the same usual puerile humour to come out of so many Hollywood comedies. However I can now officially admit I was wrong as I watched it just last...

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January 25, 2012

The Crow leaps forward with director and writer

My article yesterday talking about the ending of the legal battle between Relativity Media and the Weinstein Company settled out of court did have me saying that I thought this could be a sign that the production was going to start moving forward, but I didn't think it would really...

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The Grey red band trailer

The Grey has a new MPAA red band trailer on the loose and we get to see a little bit more violence and action from the wolves, the promise of blood, and some swearing to boot. Personally I don't think that it substitutes for the powerful speech from Liam Neeson...

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International Black Gold trailer

A new trailer for Black Gold has arrived that presents the story quickly and gets on with the dramatic action-adventure type story. It's a shame because I would much rather see a trailer that laid out the story and built on the dramatic side of the story more than this...

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2012 Oscar Nominations announced

The Oscar nominations for this year have arrived and the expected films are in there, as expected, but there are also a few surprises. Who realised that The Artist was going to be the second highest nominated film this year coming in behind Hugo as the first? There are some...

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January 24, 2012

The Crow remake comes back to life

You'll remember the uproar that The Crow was getting remade, and the news that the director would be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and that Bradley Cooper was the one to take the lead. You'll no doubt remember that this was some time ago and both Cooper and Fresnadillo have dropped off...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2011: Tom Wade's Top Ten

While Tom Wade has already delivered us one list of What Not to Watch with Mother, he's also dropped a list in for his Top Ten films of the year and so here they are for your reading pleasure. It's a strong list, although I have to claim surprise at...

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January 23, 2012


Film Five Stars
There were a number of things that excited me about the film Haywire from the get go, the first was that Steven Soderbergh was directing and that meant we were going to get something other than the average action film. The next was that he had cast Gina Carano, the...

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Pinewood's expansion plans killed, residents don't want film industry

Pinewood was planning a massive expansion, something I wrote about back in June of 2009 but was first planned in 2007, an expansion that would mean building a town where sections of it would look like other cities around the world and as a whole offer the potential to increase...

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Star Trek sequel in post production 3D

The sequel to the rather enjoyable and very successful Star Trek (Filmstalker review) is well underway with the script and casting and although the film isn't expected until next year there's still a growing hype for information on the project. So it was with disappointment that I read today,...

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Snow White and the Huntsman new trailer

There's not a great deal new to this trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, but there is some new footage and the new shots are more in the effects and creature department and help to make the film look darker and I think more interesting. The film is one...

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Jeff Who Lives at Home trailer

I'm not overly taken with the trailer for Jeff Who Lives at Home, perhaps because I think it tells us too much of what we're going to expect in some of the turns of the story and perhaps because it has the feel and beat of many quirky stories we've...

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January 22, 2012

Stalker's Top Ten 2011: Chris Rushworth's Top Ten

Not only has Chris given us his Top Ten films for the year but he's also mentioned the worst of the year and the most disappointing. He's also listed a few films that he thinks are worth watching out for next year. I have to agree with quite a few...

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January 21, 2012

Glasgow Film Festival 2012: The films to see

The Glasgow Film Festival 2012 has opened and the programme is online for all to see, what's more is that the tickets are on sale now. I'm attending this year and I've looked through the film programme from start to finish deciding what I'm going to see and the list...

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January 20, 2012

Skyfall filming in UK, is that bad?

There's been quite a bit of talk about Skyfall, budget and filming locations, but a story today tells us that the film is indeed dropping five of its six overseas planned shoots and the final one remaining will be Turkey, not the exotic locations we would have expected. There are...

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Resident Evil: Retribution trailer shows franchise isn't slowing

I think it's time that people really did sit up and take notice of the Resident Evil franchise and how far it's come. Oh sure it's not Citizen Kane or Apocalypse Now, but it certainly has been getting better and better and I have to admit that despite a couple...

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Project X trailer looks insane

I'm really intrigued about what the Project X film will bring us and the new trailer has just raised that expectation by showing us glimpses of just how wild the party that the film centres around gets. I do hope that we're going to get to see how the party...

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January 19, 2012

Hancock sequel still has potential

I'm one of those that enjoyed Hancock (Filmstalker review), not as much as I could have were certain elements handled better, but the ideas behind it were great and the fact that the superhero wouldn't be so super and would feel alone, isolated and disconnected from humanity were all hugely...

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January 18, 2012

British man faces extradition to U.S. for Piracy search engine

A British court has buckled to the pressure of the American anti-piracy lobby as he ran a site which allowed users to search for external links to illegally copied content and for registered users to comment on and promote them, a definition which meets those of search engines such as...

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I Am Bruce Lee documentary trailer

I Am Bruce Lee is another documentary about the hugely talented and influential Bruce Lee, and let's face it we can never have enough documentaries about the man, as long as they do bring something new, and the trailer for I Am Bruce Lee suggests that there is something new...

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Woman in the Fifth, I shout Kristin Scott Thomas!

While this trailer is hitting the headlines with the suffix "Ethan Hawke" on the end of it, I prefer to add the suffix of Kristin Scott Thomas, by far the bigger draw in the film for many and I'd argue the better actress/actor. Not that I'm putting down Hawke's performances...

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January 17, 2012

BAFTA Film Awards nominations 2012 announced

The BAFTA nominations have just been announced, in fact I watched them live on Sky News this morning as I made my breakfast, boy the presenters have to be up early. Now the list of nominees has been released and I'm happy to say they are right here, along with...

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Official plot for Total Recall remake

The official plot for the remake of Total Recall has been released online and as I read it I couldn't help but ponder the possibilities, what's different to the first film? What will be the reason for the remake? Surely not just the updated effects and tone of the film,...

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January 16, 2012

Stalker's Top Ten 2011: Rick Oliver's Top Ten Films

Next up for the Stalker's Top Ten 2011 is Rick Oliver, a bit of a newcomer to Filmstalker, but his voice is just as welcome as anyone else's, and his choices of films are just as strong as everyone's we've seen so far this year. If you're in any doubt...

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69th Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globes for 2012, or 2011 whichever way you'd like to look at it, came and went and the awards are an interesting list, a list which I'd say are rewarding quality this year. It's a strong list with some great titles and names on there and if it's...

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West of Memphis powerful trailer online

A trailer has arrived for the documentary West of Memphis a film from Amy Berg who previously delivered the documentary Deliver Us from Evil. West of Memphis looks into the arrest and imprisonment of three teenagers for the murder of three eight year old boys, and looks into the case...

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Detachment trailer, Brody back on form?

Detachment comes from the director of American History X, Tony Kaye, and stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Tim Blake Nelson, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner, however when I first heard about it the first thing I saw was Adrian Brody, and that concerned me as his...

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January 15, 2012

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora É Outro)

DVD Four Stars
Elite Squad was an astounding film. It broke records for Brazilian cinema and became a huge breakout film for the country's industry. There were a good few reasons for that, the leading actor Wagner Moura being one of the major ones, but the biggest by far was the writer and...

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Blu-ray Five Stars
I was excited to receive a copy of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as it's one of the many films I missed last year in the cinema but was desperate to see. The adaptation of the John le Carré novel was one attraction, the cast of Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark...

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January 14, 2012

Filmstalker's Films for 2012

Now here's a list, and frankly I’m glad it’s finished, this has taken time and plenty of reading, but it’s been worth it. This is the Filmstalker preview for 2012, the films worth going to see from January through to December, well the ones we know about anyway. This isn’t...

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January 13, 2012

New Chronicle teaser excites

Not sure what Chronicle is about yet? Well let's say that it currently looks and feels like Unbreakable but with three teenagers. The idea is that they find something incredible, are bestowed with powers, and slowly come to realise how to use them and develop them, and they're growing stronger....

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Ludlum's last novel adapted for film

Robert Ludlum's last novel, The Sigma Protocol, is getting adapted for film that is attempting to make a franchise out of the lead character. One of the big differences with this character though is that he's not a spy or leading a double life, in Hitchcock style he's a normal...

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Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom trailer

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom has a trailer, and that's probably all you need to know to be expecting off kilter strangeness, and that's just what we get. You cannot say that trailers for Wes Anderson films are anything but interesting. He co-wrote this with Roman Coppola and it stars Bruce...

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Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Håfström?

There's a fair amount of rumour about the upcoming film The Tomb which Sylvester Stallone is set to lead, the first is that Arnold Schwarzenegger could take a supporting role and the second is that Mikael Håfström could be directing. A lot of "could be"'s in there. Still, it would...

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January 12, 2012

UltraViolet ownership model gets adopted

You might remember I wrote about UltraViolet, a new way to own content. You buy a DVD or a digital version of a film and the system allows you to download it to multiple devices and even share it among your family without having to get multiple copies. While the...

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January 11, 2012

First five minutes of Haywire online

I would have thought it's quite a risk to take an unknown actor and cast them as a lead in your film, and even more of a risk to then show a five minute preview of the film to anyone on the Internet that has a good portion of them...

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Seven minutes of Red Tails online

Red Tails is the upcoming film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter squadron, and so far we've seen short trailers that haven't been too kind on the acting in the film, despite the cast including names such as Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan...

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January 10, 2012

Police Academy remake gains director

I hardly thought it would happen, but Police Academy is going to get a remake, well at least a director has been assigned to the project, and with a script already written, it looks like we're going to see an attempt at a restart of the franchise. It seems hard...

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Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor?

It seems that stories of Lindsay Lohan starring in film roles and then not actually getting them have been hitting the news for ever, and I wonder if this story will end up being just another one of them? News is that she is in talks to play the legendary...

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Chronicles of Riddick sequel really happening

We have become used to Vin Diesel talking about projects before they've even begun, often before they've even received backing from a studio to make, but to be fair he's almost always right and the projects do happen, whether he's nudged them on himself with his own excellent marketing or...

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Netflix launches UK and Ireland service

I pointed out that the Netflix application had arrived on the PlayStation 3 a little while ago and while I'd downloaded the application and entered my email address to be informed when the service was live, I've received no such email and heard nothing. Strange as the service is now...

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January 9, 2012

Stalked: Maleficent; Umbra; Campbell; Haggis; Damon; Krasinski; Van Sant; Clooney; The Monuments Men; Oldboy; Owen; Arquette; Jeff Buckley; Edgerton; Bigelow; Bin Laden; Cheadle; Miles Davis; Frears; The Hit

Robert Stromberg to direct Maleficent... Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis are taking up Umbra... Matt Damon finds new director for own film... George Clooney to direct true story of Nazi stolen art... Clive Owen out of Oldboy... Jeff Buckley biographical film moving forward... Joel Edgerton joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden...

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Hollywood Millennium trilogy will continue

The Hollywood remakes of the Millennium trilogy, which have begun with David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, are set to continue it would seem, despite the fact they weren't number one in the box offices across the world. While some people can't seem to understand why...

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ATM trailer seems a little forced

I struggled to see the concept working myself and when I saw the trailer for ATM just a few moments ago my concerns were well founded. The story is simple, in an enclosed ATM, in the middle of a deserted car park late at night, three friends are trapped by...

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Thin Ice has a plot on thin ice?

Thin Ice is a film with a guy getting into something far deeper than he could have imagined or can deal with. It's about events overtaking him and escalating out of control and can provide for some great comedy and thriller films. While the film does look like it might...

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January 7, 2012

Stalker's Top Ten 2011: Tom Wade's What Not to Watch with Mother

Here's another well thought through and off-kilter Filmstalker's Stalker's Top Ten Lists of 2011 for you, this one's from Tom Wade and he's delivered a list of scenes from films of 2011 that he'd recommend you don't watch with your mother present. This is a really good list, and as...

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Stalker's Top Ten: Studio Ghibli's Top Ten of Studio Ghibli's films

Hands up straight away, this is a list that I received from a marketing company to highlight the release of the Studio Ghibli film Arrietty on DVD. Now I don't post these kinds of articles because Filmstalker is all my own content, but there are two very good reasons why...

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January 6, 2012

The Silent House remake gains a trailer

Remember The Silent House or La Casa Muda, a Spanish horror film that was one continual shot for about seventy minutes from director Gustavo Hernández? Well it's been remade as Silent House and is due for release in America this year, and it now has a trailer that carries many...

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World War Z trilogy?

An interview with Brad Pitt has revealed that there are hopes, and perhaps even plans, to turn the film World War Z into a franchise, that is before the first film has been seen and despite the many changes from the original novel including the seeming move from the interview...

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Akira stops again, but not forever

Yesterday there was a lot of kerfuffle about the production of the live action film of Akira, sites around the Internet were claiming that Warner Bros. had shut down the production on the film, again, and that the project was dead. Then the news came out that it wasn't dead,...

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January 5, 2012

Carrie remake looks to female director

The remake of Carrie is still going ahead, some will think unfortunately, some will be excited. I have a foot in both camps as the original film was superb and I still like it to this day, but there's a lot of scope for a remake to make the main...

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Star Trek 2 confirms British casting

We've been hearing all sorts of rumours about the casting for Star Trek 2, names firing about and suggestions about who the lead characters will be, and the ongoing debate about whether they are bringing Khan back or not - and by the way I don't think they should in...

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The Sweeney sequel leaving British soil?

There's already word of a sequel to the big screen version of the British police series The Sweeney, and it hasn't even been released yet. Production has completed on the film though, and apparently the director is already in talks to try and see a sequel made and the plans...

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New Haywire trailer shows more

There's a new trailer out for the Gina Carano starring, Steven Soderbergh directed action film Haywire and I think it's one of the strongest trailers for the film to date. It features more of Carano, the mixed martial arts fighter who also sports a rather attractive face for the big...

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January 4, 2012

No change for Bane's voice in Dark Knight Rises

The current excitement is about the alleged changing of the audio mix in The Dark Knight Rises Prologue footage that is playing in most but not all IMAX cinemas before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Filmstalker review), something that doesn't surprise me if it were true and shouldn't surprise you,...

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Inferno now adds cast rivalling Lovelace

Just yesterday we had quite the casting news for the biographical film about the pornstar turned anti-porn activist Linda Lovelace called Lovelace, and it seemed to be making serious inroads against the rival, and far longer running production, of Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. Today though there is a rather...

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January 3, 2012

Equalizer film moves forward

The last we heard about the film version of the superb Equalizer television series which starred the superb Edward Woodward, it was being written by Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe was being looked at for the lead. Not so now. The latest news is that Richard Wenk is writing the...

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Lovelace biographical film gains more cast

The Linda Lovelace biographical film called Lovelace, the one that recently gained Amanda Seyfried to play the pornstar Linda Lovelace who turned activist against the adult film industry, has been gaining cast members behind the scenes. While the other planned film about Linda Lovelace called Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story...

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Schwarzenegger's Black Sands changes title and genre

One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's was set to be Black Sands, an action film from the men behind Act of Valor, the upcoming action film that is filmed with real Navy SEALs in situations recreated from real life. All that sounded really promising and it seemed like it was going to...

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In Darkness trailer

In Darkness is a Polish film that has been receiving some strong praise from outside the country and comes from the director Agnieszka Holland who is also known for The Wire and Cold Case on television and films like Europa Europa and The Secret Garden. The film tells the true...

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Upside Down trailer intrigues

Actually the concept for Upside Down seems a little silly, even at times while I was watching the trailer I could feel it slipping towards silliness at times, but the story kept pulling me back. The idea is that there are two worlds one world is where people work every...

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January 2, 2012

Filmstalker's Films for January 2012

Well here we are in 2012, barely days into it but we're here none the less and so far the fact that the Mayans didn't bother to write an extra couple of pages onto their calendar hasn't yet resulted in the end of the world. Phew. That does mean however...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2011: CPA's Top Ten

Continuing on our Filmstalker's Stalker's Top Ten lists of 2011, that's when you readers get to send in your film related lists for 2011 and get to see them posted on the site for all to read, is CPA, a fan of reading books and watching films and of writing...

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