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July 31, 2012

Third Hobbit confirmed. What now?

Peter Jackson has confirmed his earlier suggestions that The Hobbit would be made into three films instead of two, surprising considering that both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again have both been filmed and are in post-production. Mind you An Unexpected Journey is due...

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The Shining sequel discussed again

A new film to compliment Stanley Kubrick's amazing The Shining has been talked about before but of the two times it has surfaced it's been on the back of Stephen King announcing that he was working on a sequel novel and nothing has really transpired either in book or film...

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Chinese Dangerous Liaisons adaptation trailer

I loved the film version of Dangerous Liaisons from director Stephen Frears adapted by Christopher Hampton from his own play of the Choderlos de Laclos novel Les liaisons dangereuses, and I loved the stage version which I was drawn to after the release of the film. Now there's a new...

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Taken 2 trailer delivers another iconic saying

A new trailer for Taken 2 has arrived while I was off celebrating my wife's birthday, and this is a much fuller trailer although it still contains two moments I find a little groan worthy, and one regards the entire set-up of the film. Taken (Filmstalker review) was written by...

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Bond's Skyfall teaser excites

Unfortunately we in the UK didn't get to see the Skyfall teaser trailer with the Olympic ceremony, although the appearance of Daniel Craig next to the Queen was rather fantastic to see, they did in America though and the teaser was released online to some excitement. Quite rightly so I'd...

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Silent Hill: Revelation 3D trailer arrives

There are four things that are obvious about the trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. One is that it isn't filled with 3D exploitative moments; the second is that the ending scene may have been revealed; third Sean Bean seems to be in it a lot more, and lastly the...

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Outpost: Black Sun trailer

Outpost: Black Sun is the sequel to the surprisingly successful Outpost, the 2008 film about Nazi zombies - yes I did say that - and from Black Camel Pictures who also have a third film set for next year. It is heading directly to DVD but that doesn't mean it's...

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July 30, 2012

Filmstalker Film Club The Dark Knight Rises Special

Following on from the Prometheus special of the Filmstalker Film Club Audiocast we thought it only fair to bestow the same scrutiny of the Film Club team on the last of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, The Dark Knight Rises. We were all excited to see it and with Mark and...

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July 27, 2012

Cloud Atlas trailer arrives and is amazing

There are moments of beauty and moments that are utterly breathtaking, moments that are moving and others that fill you with the desire to know more. The trailer itself is almost a work of art and at five minutes and forty one seconds long it's something more than a trailer....

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Life of Pi trailer looks bold

The first thing that strikes you about the Life of Pi trailer is the effects, and then it's the tiger rampaging on top of the boat, and then its more effects. That's not to say the trailer looks bad, it's just bright and other-worldly in its colour presentation. What does...

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Chained trailer, next from Jennifer Lynch

The trailer for Chained did something that Jennifer Lynch's last trailer didn't do, and perhaps should have, creeped me out. Completely. Lynch's last few films have done really pretty badly, and while I liked some of Surveillance there was a lot that could have been much better about it. So...

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New Little White Lies (Les petits mouchoirs) trailer is worth watching

More than that, this is worth seeing. There's a great cast, a strong story to set you off on the journey of the characters in the film but it's the cast and the man behind the keyboard and the camera that should really pull you into the film. Guillaume Canet...

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About Cherry trailer hints at the darker side of adult films

About Cherry is the film that was formerly known as Cherry starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel and Lili Taylor. It tells the story of a woman who enters the adult film industry while struggling with her personal life. The most interesting thing about this film is...

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The Oranges trailer has a good cast

Plus The Oranges also has Hugh Laurie without a cane. Actually it has a good few actors that will have you not only recognising but being drawn to. There's Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Adam Brody, Leighton Meester, Tim Guinee and Alia Shawkat. A fair bit of it...

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Jack and Diane trailer is rather disconcerting

Mind you, it does have Kylie Minogue and Juno Temple kissing Riley Keough, but that's not the strange part, not by a long shot. The strange part comes in the animations between the film scenes and the suggestion as to what it represents. It ends up being rather creepy, and...

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Breathless trailer with Gershon, Liotta, and an unhappy Kilmer

I was reminded just how good an actress Gina Gershon is in the recent film Killer Joe, so seeing that she is the lead of Breathless and is joined by Ray Liotta and Val Kilmer had me intrigued, all good actors who have had their fare share of poor film...

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Middle of Nowhere trailer

There are a lot of recognisable and good actors in the trailer but for me David Oyelowo is the one that caught my eye. He's a superb actor and never seems to be getting the roles or recognition he deserves. Here he's amongst a cast including Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Toussaint...

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Chasing Mavericks trailer, cheese on surfboards

I was interested when I first heard about Chasing Mavericks, a film that looked at the surfing legend Jonny Moriarty who conquered an amazingly mammoth wave when he was just sixteen years old and starring Gerard Butler has the mentor who inspires him to do it, I thought we were...

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July 24, 2012

Gangster Squad to remove cinema shootout sequence

According to reports Warner Bros. is going to edit out a scene from the upcoming film Gangster Squad where gunmen shoot through the rear of a cinema screen into the audience obviously in reaction to the events of recent weeks in Colorado. The scene is expected to be removed from...

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The Ambassador trailer hits hard

I missed The Ambassador at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and it was one of the films I really kicked myself for not managing to see. It's a documentary that sees a Danish film-maker and journalist pose as an International Ambassador to expose the corruption within the politics...

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Another Catwoman film?

Not likely. Let me just say that up front. Despite all the headlines you're seeing about Anne Hathaway saying she would do a Catwoman film and the positive comments from Christopher Nolan about it, it's all just media spin and clever quote usage. Let's face it, Catwoman isn't a very...

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July 22, 2012

Superman: Man of Steel dual teaser trailers

Two teaser trailers have arrived for the new Superman film Man of Steel, just joining the hype of The Dark Knight Rises weekend hype. The teasers are very similar and differ in voice alone, each narrated in different words by Superman's two fathers. I have to admit that the opening...

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July 21, 2012

Old Houdini film gains writer

We've been hearing about Harry Houdini films since I started writing about films online, and even before that, and we're talking years. However the only one I've really seen come close to delivering a good story about Houdini has been Death Defying Acts (Filmstalker review) and that didn't do it...

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The Master receives a trailer we can understand

After a couple of teaser for the film finally we get to see a trailer for The Master that we can follow. The film tells the story of a man who is befriended by a science fiction writer who then begins to build a religious cult making him his right...

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Branagh to star in and direct Jack Ryan

The new Jack Ryan film is getting more and more interesting by the announcement. Originally I thought they were heading for rough seas when we heard that they were dropping the Tom Clancy side of the franchise and heading out on their own path, just taking the character of Jack...

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July 19, 2012

Morgan to tackle Hefner?

Peter Morgan is in talks to write a biographical script about the legendary Hugh Hefner, apparently the same Hefner project that has been talked about for so long and has never yet made it to film. That would be the one that once had Brett Ratner attached to direct and...

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Jayne Mansfield's Car trailer reveals great cast

I had never heard of this film until I read the blurb that goes along with the trailer for Jayne Mansfield's Car, and even then the title didn't fill me with excitement. The cast however did, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O'Connor, Ray Stevenson, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Billy...

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Schrader-Ellis film The Canyons gains something called a trailer

I was rather excited to hear that there was a trailer for The Canyons, after all with Bret Easton Ellis writing the script, Paul Schrader directing, funding through Kickstarter all secured and word that adult film star James Deen will be starring along with Lindsay Lohan who is on her...

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Stolen Japanese trailer sells action

I never really understand why Simon West faded away after Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which I still consider to be one of the better videogame adaptations out there and a good fun film, but he did. Now he's back directed The Expendables 2 and this film, Stolen. The film has...

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July 17, 2012

Three part Hobbit or just more footage?

There's a lot of talk today about what Peter Jackson has been saying regarding a potential third Hobbit film. So far, if you hadn't heard, he has split The Hobbit into two films and used some additional notes from The Lord of the Rings and the Tolkien estate to tell...

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Jackpot (Arme Riddere) trailer for Nesbø adaptation

A trailer for the latest Jo Nesbø adaptation has arrived and it's perfectly timed as my review from the Edinburgh International Film Festival went live last week. Following on from Headhunters (Filmstalker Review) Nesbø's latest story to be adapted to film is Jackpot and it follows a similar vein with...

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After Earth viral, first taste of Shyamalan's next film

M. Night Shyamalan, enough to get most people leaping on the bandwagon of negativity, but not me, I'm still keen to see what he can deliver and After Earth is his next film that has me curious. There's nothing released from the film as yet but there is an interesting...

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The Day trailer reveals post-apocalyptic trap

I hadn't heard of The Day but then it seems to have been completed since last year and not released, that's despite the fact that it stars Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund, Shannyn Sossamon, Ashley Bell and Shawn Ashmore, all names you might recognise. However looking at the writer and director...

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July 16, 2012


Film Two Stars
V/H/S has a clever premise at its core that brings together the anthology horror concept well according to the blurb from the Edinburgh International Film Festival catalogue and since it had been receiving some interesting reviews at other festivals I decided to push it up my list to watch. I'm...

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Film Four Stars
Grabbers is a British comedy science-fiction, words that together usually spell a dodgy start for a film. Usually that means an unsubtle, stock and mostly not that funny comedy that just happens to have a lot of gore in it. There have been some really good mixes of the genre...

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Hobbit previews without 48fps or 3D, released in every format?

You may remember that a little while ago that Peter Jackson took footage of The Hobbit to preview at CinemaCon and show off not only the film but also the 48 frames per second and 3D that the film would be released in. The audience were less than excited and...

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The Sweeney delivers new trailer

There's a brand new trailer for The Sweeney, the film version by Nick Love of the well loved seventies British television series starring Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh and Ben Drew. The cast has been looking good, and while I might not be the biggest fan of...

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New [REC] 3: Génesis trailer

A new trailer for [REC] 3: Génesis has arrived and while it doesn't deliver anything particularly new in terms of storytelling it does have a different cut and gives a new feel to the events that occur in the wedding turned grotesque. The new trailer is well worth watching and...

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Grabbers releases great trailer

I just saw Grabbers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the review is set to go live tonight. It's a great British film that is set in Ireland and combines comedy, science fiction and some horror elements together superbly well and delivers a really enjoyable film. At the core...

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New Cosmopolis trailer adds more

A new trailer for the David Cronenberg adapted and directed film Cosmopolis brings us a little closer to the story of the film and to the main character with Robert Pattinson delivering the most lines we've heard so far. This new Cosmopolis trailer is perhaps the most interesting to date....

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Will Fantastic Four reboot work?

Reboots are the word in Hollywood, especially when it comes to superheroes and similarly themed films, everything from RoboCop to Daredevil are on the road to the reboot and films like Batman Begins and The Amazing Spider-Man have shown just how well they can work. So is it any surprise...

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July 13, 2012

Great flying monkeys, Oz the Great and Powerful trailer

The trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: the Great and Powerful has arrived and it's looking visually rich and sets out the story of how the Wizard of Oz begins his journey. From this trailer the film looks fantastic although we're not getting much of the Oz based characters themselves other...

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The Dinosaur Project, Jurassic Park found footage horror

I must admit as I caught the title of this I had a second thought about pressing play, I wasn't really sure if this was going to be anything more than a low budget cheesy found footage film. I can admit now I look totally wrong and the trailer for...

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For a Good Time, Call trailer impresses

I expected this trailer to be filled with the usual American comedy, you know the usual string of jokes about the same old topics that are intended to appeal to the slightly rude side of the younger audience without dropping the all important rating, but I was pleasantly surprised to...

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Twins sequel confirmed

I find it hard to believe but a sequel to the comedy Twins starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito has just been confirmed by Schwarzenegger himself at the Comic-Con event for The Expendables 2. He revealed that the film is in development and it won't just be himself and DeVito...

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Daredevil reboot loses director

I was excited when we heard that Daredevil was to have a reboot and that the reboot would follow the most likely story from the comic books of the character, the Daredevil Born Again. After all the story does a great job of "rebooting" Daredevil himself within the story,...

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July 12, 2012

Microsoft follows Ubisoft. Halo film made

A teaser has arrived for the first Halo film, a film that conventional Hollywood studios decided not to make due to budget and creative control issues but that Microsoft has moved forward with and developed as part of the release of the upcoming Halo 4. The film will actually be...

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World War Z rewrites change...again

Despite all the troubles that World War Z has faced on the way to production it made it there and it completed filming. Well it completed filming until we heard that it was heading off for some rewrites with a new writer, and that was after filming. The man at...

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Ghostbusters III isn't dead, new writer

This is never going to die is it? Although we're now sure that we can count on Bill Murray not to make the third instalment unless the script is good it seems the studio and the team behind the film are continuing forward and trying again. There's word of a...

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July 11, 2012

Closed: The Dark Knight Rises Competition: Win cinema tickets or The Dark Knight

I'm delighted to announce that I've been given some excellent prizes to give away on behalf of the upcoming third Batman film from Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises. The prizes consist of cinema vouchers so you can go and see the film for free, or any film for that...

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Deus Ex Machina, the next failed videogame film?

The rights to the videogame Deus Ex Machina have just been bought by CBS Films after close to a year of deal making, and the big surprise is that the developer and publisher of the videogame series are being kept involved in the film, something that hasn't worked well for...

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Gangster Squad gains a second, similar trailer

I'm not sure about Gangster Squad, while it looks like a Michael Mann directed Untouchables remake the trailer doesn't do a lot for me. It looks slick and people are smashing and blowing things up, but the dramatic weight seems a little lost for me. I can see the two...

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July 10, 2012

Fassbender leads Assassin's Creed film

It was a while ago that Ubisoft began testing the water of videogame to film adaptations with short animated film versions of their games, starting with a short animated film adaptation of Assassin's Creed and with a plan to move onto more animated shorts and eventually live action features. It...

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The Players (Les Infidèles) trailer, seven ways of male infidelity

I just saw the trailer for The Players (Les Infidèles) the other day as I was compiling the Filmstalker's Films for July and while the blurb hadn't really filled me with excitement, the trailer certainly did, especially considering the talent behind the camera and keyboard as well as in front...

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July 9, 2012

Jackpot (Arme Riddere)

Film Three Stars
Having read some Jo Nesbø and seen the recent Headhunters (Filmstalker Review) I was rather excited to hear that there was another Nesbø adaptation arriving at this year's Edinburgh Informational Film Festival and so it went on my watch list immediately. I was expecting a strong thriller with a nice...

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Filmstalker's Films for July 2012

Last month's cinematic releases were washed out for me as I attended the Edinburgh International Film Festival, that and the rain itself of course. Boy did it rain, perfect weather for being in a cinema, and that's where I spent a lot of my time. I'm out now, woohoo, and...

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July 5, 2012

Hendrix biographical film still without Hendrix music

I still find it amazing that the Jimi Hendrix biographical film is filming and yet there still remains no agreement to use any of Hendrix's music in the film. This is especially strange considering such a talented musician and a not bad actor is playing the leading role. So no...

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New Total Recall trailer connects new with old

There's a new trailer out for the Total Recall remake and I have to admit that while I love the original and never thought there was a need for a new version other than to update the effects, this trailer does look fantastic. It also does look like they've, well,...

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Latest Looper teaser and trailer reveal more story

I originally caught a new teaser trailer for Rian Johnson's Looper and thought it was good but as I was retrieving the source link for the teaser I discovered a trailer I hadn't seen before and one that was filled with story. It takes the action from the teaser trailer...

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Raging Bull prequel and sequel in one

Unbelievably Raging Bull II has started filming and from what I've been reading the film will be both a prequel and a sequel to the Raging Bull from Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro but not feature either of the two huge talents. One thing that apparently does remain...

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July 3, 2012

The Sessions trailer will raise a warm smile

Having just watched The Sessions trailer I have to admit to having a warm smile on my face and that little feeling inside me that makes me believe that this film is going to be one of those great heart-warming stories that will give you plenty to laugh at life...

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The Man with the Iron Fists trailer

You can tell that Quentin Tarantino has been involved in this film, even if it's more of an influence and with the keyword "presents" after his name because Lucy Liu's character and an entire scene seemed to be ripped right out of Kill Bill. Still, the film looks like it...

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Compliance trailer is rather unsettling

Here's a bit of a creepy unsettling trailer for a film that appears to be, well, creepy and unsettling, and judging from the reception it received at the Sundance Film Festival that has crept into some of the reviews of the film too. It's a good thing though as the...

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Jack Reacher trailer Cruises in

Jack Reacher, a novel by Lee Child, adapted for the screen by Christopher McQuarrie and also directed by him for his second feature directing credit after The Way of the Gun, which stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and David Oyelowo. Originally the trailer was only available...

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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away trailer

I had hoped that the Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away film was going to feature the company of performers who deliver enthralling stories with stunning sets and breathtaking and mesmerising live action performances in a cinematic world, bringing them to a film environment without the aid of special effects. Well,...

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The Tall Man trailer from Laugier

Pascal Laugier directed Martyrs (Filmstalker review) which was a really good horror film with a strong idea and that's the main reason to be watching the trailer for his next film The Tall Man. There's also Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie and Samantha Ferris to entice you in, and...

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July 1, 2012


Film Four Stars
Pixar are amazing, of that there is no doubt, and that's what had me so excited about seeing Brave at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, that and of course the fact that the story is set in Scotland and filled with everything Scottish...apart from a few of the...

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