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December 30, 2012

Filmstalker Reader's Top Tens of 2012: Call for submissions

Wow, we're not all dead, who would have thought that a calendar that wasn't written to include infinity back in the days of limited mathematics and conception would have meant the world and perhaps the universe would end? Well it didn't so what now? How about Filmstalker Reader's Top Tens...

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December 24, 2012

Prometheus sequel without Lindelof, answers follow?

I think it's pretty fair to say that the main person responsible for how the story of Prometheus turned out falls with the writer who swooped in to change Jon Spaihts's script, Damon Lindeloff. I say that because I've read the original Spaihts script for Prometheus and it was a...

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The Place Beyond the Pines trailer

Ryan Gosling looks to have reprised his role as the driver although with slightly different flourishes and an entirely different team around the film. The trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines looks fantastic and is filled with superb talent with Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood and Ben Mendelsohn...

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Oblivion trailer with director commentary

We've seen the trailer for Oblivion already, and you can still see it right here on Filmstalker, but now there's a new version of the trailer that has been released with an audio commentary from the director of the film Joseph Kosinski, and the trailer is paused, rewound, and discussed...

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Dorff delivers in Zaytoun trailer

Who would have expected Stephen Dorff to be playing the role of an Israeli fighter pilot in a film that is trying in some way to bring together Israelis and Palestinians? It's no small undertaking, and I'm talking about the Dorff performance not what the film would ideally love to...

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To the Wonder trailer, Malick offers little

Do you remember the first trailers for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life? Well the trailer for his new film To the Wonder seems just as confusing and non-committal. The film gathered some very different reviews and reactions when it was shown at the Venice International Film Festival and the...

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Vanishing Waves trailer suggests intelligent science fiction

I like intriguing trailers for small films especially when they promise so much and Vanishing Waves is one of those very trailers. It's for a science fiction film that has been gathering quite the line-up of festival awards from its global travels including the Melies d'Or as the best European...

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Bay's Pain & Gain trailer arrives

The trailer for Michael Bay's new film, one which doesn't feature any giant robots or massive warfare scenes does have one massive thing about it, Dwayne Johnson. Mark Wahlberg also stars and is looking not too shabby himself, and is backed by Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong,...

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The Wee Man trailer hits hard

The Wee Man, as the title suggests, is a Scottish film which carries a great Scottish cast, filmed in Scotland and based on a Scottish story, and for that I have to feature it prominently on the site. The bonus is that the cast looks very strong, the story powerful...

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This is the End trailer delivers more than expected

The opening introduction to the trailer for This is the End from Seth Rogen and James Franco is everything I expected of them, jokes about drugs, sex and bodily functions, everything that is puerile, cheap and easy about American comedy, in fact almost everything about American comedy. Then something happens,...

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Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited teaser does indeed tease

Once you've watched the teaser for Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited you'll feel teased, perhaps a little in the wrong way but definitely teased. If you know anything of Almodóvar you'll know that to take the teaser at face value and dismiss it is wrong, and if you don't know...

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The Girl lets Cornish shine

The trailer for The Girl addresses two big issues, the first is that Abbie Cornish deserves challenging roles to show just how strong an actress she is, and the other is that of Mexican illegal immigrants. The film, and particularly Cornish's performance, is getting quite a bit of praise while...

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No trailer tells a strange but true story

Imagine this cast list - Gael García Bernal, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Fonda, Christopher Reeve, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Nestor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell and Pascal Montero. Confused? Well I would be too and I was when I read the short blurb for the film before I looked at the...

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Phantom trailer has Duchovny versus Harris

You can see what the trailer for Phantom is trying to do, and to be honest it does it well, but you can't help but feel that it's going to be hitting a limited release and a limited audience, especially once you get into the story and see David Duchovny....

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The Expendables 3 gains new action star

If there was any doubt about there being an Expendables 3 there shouldn't be now as a big action star has joined the third film and has revealed that the script is currently being reworked to meet the requirements he had for joining. That means there was already a script...

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Second Fire With Fire trailer tells entire story

Another trailer appeared for the film Fire With Fire, you might remember that the first trailer for the film starring Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis seemed to carry a major spoiler although it also hinted that things may not turn out as you might first suspect from the...

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December 18, 2012

Film screenings cancelled after shootings, not guns

What happened in Newtown Connecticut has been shocking and emotionally harrowing to see and I know I can say unequivocally that the thoughts and hearts of everyone who is reading Filmstalker are with the families of those who have been murdered and of those who went through the terrifying events....

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New Star Trek Into Darkness trailer

A dramatic and very personal trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived online and it looks really good, taking the focus of the film away from action and more into the darkness mentioned in the title and the threat from the still unknown character. This trailer is filled with...

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Ex-Bond writers tackle Diesel's Kojak

Yes everything is right there in the headline to make you marvel at what could be coming from a potential Kojak film. The writers who have been behind a good number of Bond films, a couple of Bonds, and a real stinker of a Bond film, are moving to another...

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December 15, 2012

Erroneous errors on Filmstalker resolved

Hi all. You may have noticed a few pop-ups appearing over Filmstalker's pages here and there, it seems to have been happening with different browsers at different times and not always consistently. Hopefully they are all now resolved. From looking at the error there doesn't appear to be anything that...

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Pacific Rim trailer reveals giant robots

I've been waiting for a full trailer for Pacific Rim and finally it's here, Guillermo del Toro pitching giant robots against giant aliens. I'm glad this second trailer has arrived because the first teaser trailer was just making me think of Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) and not just as a passing...

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Final Zero Dark Thirty trailer

A new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty has arrived and is being billed as the final theatrical trailer, this means we're getting close to release date and with the film coming out top in a lot of critics awards the new trailer looks to the dramatic and the personal, once...

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Golden Globe nominations arrive

The Golden Globe nominations for this year have been announced, the 2013 awards for the 2012 year, I always struggle with that. Anyway there are some interesting films in the various lists and there's a fair mix in there too. Out of the American awards I tend to think that...

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New Parker trailer ups the action

We're not hearing that much about Parker, and partly because it's another action film with Jason Statham in the lead but at the same time that's the biggest reason for watching them, Statham is excellent in these action films and Parker might just offer us something more. First up its...

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G.I. Joe Retaliation trailer proves it's still alive

You know when I saw a new trailer for G.I. Joe Retaliation I thought to myself is that a DVD/Blu-ray release trailer already? Then I suddenly realised, it hasn't been released yet. Who would have thought? It seems ages ago that we first saw a teaser trailer for the film...

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December 12, 2012

Man of Steel trailer is stunning

I am one who talks about the virtues of Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) and how good it was, yes there were faults in the latter half particularly with the child thread but overall it was a great return to Superman, we can't knock it for that. Neither can we compare...

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New trailer for The Lone Ranger

A new trailer has arrived for The Lone Ranger, the Gore Verbinski directed film with Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. I shall take a dramatic pause for a moment. I did like the opening, even if Depp's voice for the character which does take...

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Cruise lands in Oblivion trailer

While Tom Cruise has been filming All You Need is Kill and promoting Jack Reacher at the premiere in London the trailer for his new film Oblivion was being prepared for release, a trailer that has now been released and gives us our first glimpse of the story and the...

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Smith's survive in After Earth trailer

Will Smith doesn't seem to be taking the lead in the trailer for After Earth, although he is in the voiceover it's really Jaden Smith that has stepped to the fore and is up against the perils of a planet where all the creatures are out to destroy him. The...

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Refn for The Equalizer film?

A film version of The Equalizer has been on the cards for some time, in fact I first started writing about it in 2006 and it was soon after that it received a director and a writer, but through spits and starts we waited until a new writer in 2012...

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December 7, 2012

Star Trek Into Darkness dual teasers, the extra ending

Star Trek Into Darkness has released its teaser trailer, actually it has release two of them, and the Interflab is all over them, rightly so. This is J.J. Abrams sequel to his Star Trek reboot that took the new for old crew into an alternate universe allowing them to do...

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December 6, 2012

TRON: Legacy sequel moving forward?

The sequel to TRON: Legacy looks like it's about to begin at Disney as word comes that the studio are looking for a writer to deliver the second version of the script. The good news for fans of TRON: Legacy is that Joseph Kosinski, the director of the sequel to...

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Splinter Cell announcement arrives

The idea of a Splinter Cell film had been dead for a long time until a story in June suggesting that talks for a film version had failed at Warner Bros. and had moved to Paramount, then just last month we heard that a lead had been signed for the...

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Iron Sky starts to pay back

For all those who scoffed at Iron Sky, the partially crowd sourced film that saw Nazi's hiding out on the dark side of the moon until they began a planet wide invasion, here is some great news. The production has started paying back investors. The reason they can do that...

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Fifty Shades of Grey porn adaptation sued, for some reason

When I read this article a little while ago I wondered what all the fuss was, another adult industry parody of a Hollywood film to be shouldn't be getting Hollywood upset, after all there's been Superman, Spiderman, Star Trek, plenty of parodies of big name films and no big press...

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David Grohl's Sound City trailer

David Grohl is the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, a talented songwriter, drummer, guitarist and who knows what else because he's just added another strong to his bow with the title of director. Yes he's a director now as he delivers his first film Sound City. The trailer looks...

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Jack Reacher Japanese trailer shows more plot

I know some people aren't convinced that Tom Cruise can pull off Jack Reacher (I have to ask myself if I really just said that) I know that my wife is one of those people who think that Cruise just doesn't look the part, but for someone who hasn't read...

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Primer director's new Upstream Color trailer

It's difficult to say much about the new film from Shane Carruth, the writer and director of the rather intriguing Primer, for the trailer and blurb carry less information than those that were released for Primer before anyone managed to see the film. Upstream Color has a blurb that catches...

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December 5, 2012

Highlander remake loses its head

The remake of Highlander has been stalled for some time but the last news we heard was that the director of 28 Weeks Later, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, was set to direct it. That no longer appears to be the case as news comes that he has left the project and...

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Turin's story by Headhunter director

Morten Tyldum is the director who delivered the superb Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (Filmstalker review), the film adaptation of the Jo Nesbø, and word is that his next film will see him tackling a hugely influential and important British figure who has a truly fascinating and tragic story to tell, Alan Turing....

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Damon struggles to see another Bourne

Even with the success of The Bourne Legacy people are still interested in Matt Damon returning to the Bourne franchise, and you can understand why, but he's not been so keen and I wonder if he will ever decide to return. Speaking once more about it he's expressed his concerns...

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December 4, 2012

Next Terminator takes step towards the future

It's been uncertain if a new Terminator film would get made, after all the rights were with Halcyon who went into bankruptcy and were bought by an investment fund called Pacificor, not a film company in any way. However it looks like the next Terminator film has taken a big...

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Trailer for Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is the debut as a director of a feature film for Roman Coppola, the co-writer of The Darjeeling Company and Moonrise Kingdom and of course family member of the Coppola's, and so there's a lot of interest in the trailer. What's...

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Gus Van Sant's martial arts superhero film

Gus Van Sant has revealed that his next film is going to be part martial arts, part superhero and part Stephen Chow, the man behind the amazing Kung-Fu Hustle (Filmstalker review), and with that I'm intrigued. It appears though that the story won't be about people with amazing powers but...

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Wikileaks the film updates cast

There's been a lot of talk about a WikiLeaks film, in fact both of the films in development, but recent news has been looking to the DreamWorks led film which adapts the book from Julian Assange's "second in command" Daniel Domscheit-Berg and . There have been a lot of rumours...

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