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January 30, 2013

Stephen Chow's Journey to the West trailer

Stephen Chow brought us the excellent Kung Fu Hustle (Filmstalker review) and CJ7, now he's coming back with a film called Journey to the West, or as many of us might also know it, Monkey. Yes, that one. The film also goes by the title Odyssey and Daai wa sai...

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January 29, 2013

Robotech film finally happening?

It seems like finally we're going to see a Robotech film, and probably in no small part thanks to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim which is undoubtedly heavily influenced by the eighties cartoon series and the string of comic books. Back in September of 2007 we heard that Warner Bros....

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Wozniak complains about Jobs; Assange complains about The Fifth Estate

It seems that people who are portrayed in film are often unhappy about the way they are shown no matter how factually correct the film may be, however usually the complaints occur when the film is about to be released or when it has been and the media is doing...

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The Gatekeepers trailer shows a powerful documentary

The best documentaries really do offer you an insight into something you have never seen before and probably never would have had the opportunity to see into without it, and offer you a different point of view or challenge whichever viewpoint you have. The Gatekeepers looks set to do all...

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The Berlin File trailer shows packed action thriller

The Berlin File is a thriller, with a fair share of action to it according to the trailer, from South Korean director Seung-wan Ryoo who is also responsible for City of Violence. The trailer looks good, carrying a lot of positive beats from similar films we would expect it to...

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January 25, 2013

Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

The director who has just delivered the last two Star Trek films and rebooted the franchise with a completely new universe and timeline has just been assigned to Star Wars. It would seem that J.J. Abrams has finished his work on Star Trek and will move across to the new...

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel?

It seems as though the Weinstein Company are about to start production on a new Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film, following on from the previous film it will continue the journey of the character Yu Shu Lien played by Michelle Yeoh in the original film. It had been planned a...

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U.S. Vice President calls for violent entertainment study

The Vice President of the United States Joe Biden has been talking about the administration's desire for a study into violent video games, and since elsewhere the comments state "and media images" I would presume that also means television and film after all they couldn't be singling out just videogames...

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January 24, 2013

WikiLeak film begins, faces Armstrong-esque issues?

The first frame of the WikiLeaks film has arrived, entitled The Fifth Estate, the film will tell the story of Julian Assange, the man who worked by him to build the site Daniel Domscheit-Berg and of course of WikiLeaks itself. However I am surprised that this film is moving ahead...

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Olympus has Fallen trailer, Butler takes the Whitehouse back

A Scottish John McClane taking Die Hard to the Whitehouse - Well that's the easy and lazy way to describe the film Olympus has Fallen, but take a look at the trailer and I think you'll not care and instead be totally hooked on the idea. In fact that's probably...

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McCullin trailer promises truth

Now here's a powerful trailer for a documentary. Called McCullin the film talks to war photographer Don McCullin about his experiences as a photographer in some terrifying situations, beginning as a photographic developer in the RAF through to his first combat coverage as a photographer during the war in Cyprus,...

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Hideo Nakata returns in The Complex

It isn't that long ago was saw Hideo Nakata in Western cinema with his film Chatroom nor in Japanese cinema with The Incite Mill, but there has been a three year absence and now he's back. If you don't know who he is, it was without a doubt his film...

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New Side Effects trailer turns to Law

Steven Soderbergh's upcoming film Side Effects looks very interesting, written by Scott Z. Burns with a cast of Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum, the film promises strong characters, a powerful story and a damn good thriller. The new trailer delivers more of the story and turns...

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Sweeney DVD/Blu-ray trailer should have been the cinematic trailer

I haven't seen The Sweeney yet and to be honest the previous trailers haven't really enamoured me to the idea of seeing it even if Ray Winstone does star, but now a trailer for the impending American release or the British DVD/Blu-ray release whichever you prefer has arrived, and it...

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January 22, 2013

Closing Credits: Michael Winner

The British director Michael Winner has died aged seventy-seven. He's undoubtedly best known for the Death Wish films he made with Charles Bronson but there are some other films to his name that you may not first think of. He was a celebrated and indeed iconic figure in British film...

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The East trailer attacks the corporate at home

There's an interesting idea coming out of the trailer for The East, a new film showing at the Sundance Film Festival, a film from director Zal Batmanglij who directed and also co-wrote with Brit Marling the film Sound of My Voice and who together co-wrote this film. It delivers a...

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New Stoker trailer looks stylishly dark

Stoker, Chan-wook Park's latest film a man known for a number of films including Oldboy (Filmstalker review), Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg, Thirst and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and JSA: Joint Security Area - yes I wrote them in order of well-known-ness - has just been premiered at the Sundance...

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Evil Dead safe for all trailer

The new trailer for the new version of Evil Dead is a safe for all version, well it's still spooky, creepy and contains some scenes of horror but all the nastiness is cut out of it and yet it remains really effective, I think mainly down to the music that...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2012: Chris' Top Ten non-English Films

A quick list next up from Chris who has given us a straight up, no frills, top ten list. Don't get me wrong though, although I say no frills that doesn't mean this isn't a good list it's actually surprisingly good. Chris has a number of films on his list...

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Stalker's Top Ten 2012: Carmen's Top Ten Films

Carmen has already delivered one strong list for this year's for last year's (figure that one out) Top Tens and it was a really good one looking at the best performances she had seen from the year. Now she's going traditional and delivering her Top Ten. It's a mixed list...

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January 21, 2013

Lance Armstrong post-confession biographical film

So Lance Armstrong has finally admitted his guilt, now the destruction of his name and everything he stood for can be carried out "legitimately", before while there were allegations galore it was still all just allegations. Now he's publicly announced his own truth, but is it the whole truth? Well...

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At Any Price trailer features Quaid and Efron

At Any Price seems a strange story to be doing so well, a struggling father-son relationship as the son fights to get away from the family business of farming and a crisis threatens to pull them all apart, but it reminds me of films like The Company Men which tells...

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January 18, 2013

Terminator 5 begins

It really is happening, the fifth Terminator film, a sequel to Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review), has just gained two writers who are set to work out how to continue the story in the series or to leap somewhere else in the timeline. It's an interesting choice of writers and one...

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Monaco Royalty criticises distances from Grace of Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco has openly voiced his concern about the film Grace of Monaco that features Nicole Kidman playing the iconic Grace Kelly saying that the film is entirely fictional. I did think there was something strange about a film that was being sold as being about Grace...

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Red 2 trailer, oldies but goodies

This shouldn't be the biggest trailer I've seen this week but it certainly is the funniest and the one I'm looking forward to the most. Oh I know that the Red 2 trailer isn't packed with jokes about penises and bowel movements but remembering how enjoyable Red was has me...

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Mud trailer has bad guy McConaughey

I really enjoyed seeing Matthew McConaughey in the recent Killer Joe (Filmstalker review), it felt like all that romantic comedy was behind him and the actor was coming out again, and boy what a performance and what a character he delivered. So imagine how I feel to see him in...

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Emperor trailer has Fox Lost in post-war Japan

Matthew Fox is taking some diversions of late trying to lose that image he still carries from Lost and his character in Alex Cross looks like it's shattered that completely allowing him freedom for other roles, roles such as this one in The Emperor. The film looks at a short...

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January 16, 2013

Assassin's Creed gains writer

Finally there's an announcement of a writer on Ubisoft Motion Picture's adaptation of their videogame franchise Assassin's Creed, and it's an interesting choice, a playwright and a BAFTA nominee, but a young and new writer to Hollywood. It seems a bit of a chance to take for the film that...

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Third Upstream Color trailer fascinates

This time the latest trailer from Upstream Color is reported to give us a little more story, little being the operative word. Perhaps it actually gives us a lot more of the story it's just that we can't see it yet? What it is though is very interesting. I didn't...

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January 15, 2013

Film to give Iranian perspective of Argo story

While Ben Affleck's film Argo remains banned in Iran it isn't going unnoticed, in fact it seems to have gained a lot of notice and the state-affiliated Arts Bureau are developing a film called The General Staff to be directed by the Tehran-based film-maker Ataollah Salmanian which will tell the...

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The Pirate Bay, the trailer, the documentary

You might think that it's unbelievable that a website like The Pirate Bay could result in a documentary being made about it but then when you think of The Social Network or the upcoming films about WikiLeaks then you can see why. This story has more courtroom time and bigger...

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Superman future is in the hands of the studio

Well at least it is until there's another appeal on a different decision by the family of one the creators of the character Jerome Siegel but for now the rights to Superman have been assigned to Warner Bros. in court and the long running case has been settled. What does...

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January 14, 2013

Jurassic Park IV is happening

Universal Pictures has announced that Jurassic Park IV has a release date. Of course it doesn't have a director yet but there's been talk of the development of a story idea for some time and with this announcement it would seem as though they have an idea that will work...

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70th Golden Globe Winners

The winners of the Golden Globes 2013 for 2012 have been announced in the usual extravaganza of designers, applauding, back slapping and of overrunning and edited out speeches. Really that describes just about every awards ceremony there is, however it's not a bad thing because there's a strong list of...

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Robopocalypse delayed by Spielberg for rework

There was a big panic last week when news came out that Robopocalypse had been delayed and the word indefinitely was attached to many a comment. Concern was rife because the story is a great one and the idea that Steven Spielberg was delivering the film was even more exciting....

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Halle Berry in The Call trailer

The Call is a new film featuring Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli from director Brad Anderson and writer Richard D'Ovidio. It tells the story of a 911 operator who receives a call from a girl who is being abducted by a man that the operator recognises...

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January 12, 2013

Stalker's Top Ten 2012: Chris Rushworth's Top Ten Best, Worst and Most Anticipated

Chris Rushworth is back with another great Top Ten for Filmstalker, he always puts a lot into it and delivers a great list, or multiple lists, and is a great follower of Filmstalker. This year is no different and he's produced another corker, he's a one man awards ceremony! Definitely...

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Washington to blame for Bigelow's missed Oscar nomination?

I could sum this up easily in one word, no, but there's a little more to it than that. While there is some desire to push the responsibility of the lack of voting for Kathryn Bigelow's lack of Academy Award nomination for Best Director onto the American government it seems...

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January 10, 2013

Academy Awards 2013 Nominations

Here we are, just as the BAFTAs have been announced and today the Academy Awards 2013 have arrived with their announcements for their awards for the last year and it's not a hugely different list although there are a few less for Skyfall and a bit more love for Spielberg....

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Möbius releases powerful French trailer

There are a couple of films today that I've seen trailers for that can really be described as international films, not just one writer from the country that makes the majority of the film mentioning that it's International because it has someone else from another country in it. The French...

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Boyle's high cast Trance trailer

Danny Boyle's film Trance stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, a fantastic international cast and to be honest one that surprised me for Danny Boyle's latest film considering his last few outings. It carries an interesting plot that suggests an almost Hitchcock style core to it and while...

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BAFTA 2013 Nominations

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 for 2012 have been announced, bringing with it a list of nominations that, as always, appear to be one of the better lists of deserving films of the year being announced - and that's not because I'm Scottish and biased, not at all....

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Pitt as Pontius Pilate?

The excitement is out there about Brad Pitt playing Pontius Pilate, no not the inventor of that exercise routine but the character from those well known books who ordered the crucifixion of the main character, Jesus Christ. Interestingly though the story looks set to mirror another biblical epic film, The...

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Night Train to Lisbon trailer shows big cast

I had never heard of the film Night Train to Lisbon and so it was with great surprise that I watched the trailer and discovered a number of very recognisable names - Jeremy Irons, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Tom Courtenay, Jack Huston, Mélanie Laurent, August Diehl and Bruno...

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The Last Exorcism Part II trailer looks good

I have to admit I thought the idea of this sequel would be poor. We were either going to see the same story happening again or the idea going off in a wild direction that ignored what the first film brought us. I'm delighted to say that the trailer says...

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For casting galore

We've heard titbits from the production of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over a period of years, the odd comment from Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller or a star or two, and it's never really seemed like it was going anywhere until in August 2011 we heard that...

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Pacific Rim robot action trailer

A new teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro's giant robots versus giant sea creatures film Pacific Rim has been dropped quietly online and it features some new footage as well as a stirring speech from Idris Elba. The teaser is titled with "CES Qualcomm" and is believed to be from...

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BAFTA EE Rising Star 2013 Nominations

This year the BAFTAs have changed hands, no not the awards but the funding behind them, so gone is the Orange moniker and welcome the Kevin Bacon led campaigns for the EE sponsored BAFTA Rising Star award. That, if you don't know, is the award given out to breaking talent...

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January 7, 2013

Tarantino talks gun crime and film violence

I may not be the greatest Quentin Tarantino fan but he's just risen a good few steps in my mind as he spoke out about the links between gun crime in America and film violence. When he was asked in an interview whether his enjoyment of violent films had fallen...

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Soderbergh's Side Effects new trailer

The Steven Soderbergh directed and Scott Z. Burns written film Side Effects has a new trailer but it still isn't that clear on the story. There are hints there but we're not getting the full plot, yet. That may be a good thing of course as we never want too...

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New Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters trailer still uninspiring

There's not a lot in the new trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, even if it is an MPAA red band trailer, i.e. not allowed to be seen by those under eighteens. Mind you even then it's not that red band, there's some comic style blood and guts but...

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January 4, 2013

Ubisoft Motion Pictures adapting Ghost Recon

It was announced in May of 2011 that Ubisoft Motion Pictures was going to be working on a film version of Ghost Recon along with the Assassin's Creed film, it was only recently that they confirmed there was also going to be a Splinter Cell film. Confirmation of the Ghost...

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First eight minutes of Warm Bodies

The first eight minutes of Warm Bodies has appeared online and can be viewed right here. It's an interesting eight minutes and actually I can see the usefulness of showing it as part of the film's marketing because it needs to get through an important concept for the film: Zombies...

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New eighteen only Evil Dead trailer

Wow, a new trailer has appeared for the Evil Dead remake and it's looking really good. The previous trailer was doing nothing more than paying homage to the original and making all the connections it could, now this trailer is setting a new path and making sure we know it...

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A Good Day to Die Hard family trailer

We are being spoiled today as we see a new trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest Die Hard film and perhaps the last. It sees Bruce Willis returning as John McCLane teaming up with his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney, to fight like mad against...

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Farrell and Rapace in Dead Man Down trailer

Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Armand Assante and Isabelle Huppert star in this Niels Arden Oplev directed film. Who you might ask, well he directed the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Filmstalker review), something that is being highlighted in the trailer itself. The thriller has...

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The Tower trailer is every disaster film in one

Having seen a few teasers for the Korean disaster film The Tower I wasn't really sure what to expect from it but the full trailer delivers much more than the teasers could have and seems to have nods to just about every major disaster film going. What's also interesting is...

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Fire in the Blood trailer seems too black and white

The trailer for Fire in the Blood does point the finger of blame for the deaths in Africa due to AIDS firmly at the feet of the pharmaceutical companies and governments, indeed there are some recognisable faces to back up that message and the trailer is really well edited. It...

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Vehicle 19 trailer shows big action and Walker

Paul Walker is pretty much playing one type of character these days, and in Vehicle 19 he's showing that he's not straying from that path much as he's in a car, racing along, and on a trail of revenge. However there's some more to this one, it starts out a...

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Luhrmann's epic The Great Gatsby trailer

I must apologise for missing this trailer for The Great Gatsby when it came out, well last year now. Seems strange for me to say that! Anyway this is the trailer for the new film from Baz Luhrmann, his grand new version of The Great Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald....

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January 2, 2013

Stalker's Top Ten 2012: Carmen's Top Ten Performances

The first of the Stalker's Top Ten's for 2012 has arrived, well I actually have three from two different people so far, but this is the first getting posted and it's from Carmen who loves watching films, reading books, and writing about them on her site. Carmen has two lists...

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