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June 22, 2013

The Deep (Djúpið)

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The Deep or Djúpið as it is called in its native Icelandic, is a film from director Baltasar Kormákur who co-wrote the script with Jón Atli Jónasson basing it on actual events. I know that doesn't often mean much in Hollywood these days but here it does. The Deep tells...

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June 19, 2013

Prometheus 2 gains writer

The sequel to Prometheus (Filmstalker review) is moving forward so if a good script is placed in front of Ridley Scott then the chances are we'll see another film in the franchise, picking up from where we left off. Interestingly though they haven't decided to go with the original Prometheus...

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Logan's Run still trying to get made

I thought the idea of a Logan's Run remake had been given up on but not so. Despite the fact that Bryan Singer was the long-time drive behind the project it never happened and he passed on the project. Then we heard rumours of Joseph Kosinski then Carl Rinsch but...

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June 17, 2013

Spielberg talks future of cinema, reflected by actual events

Talking at the University of Southern California to open the Interactive Media Building there both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had some very troubling things to say about the future of the film industry, not just about the future but also what is happening now, and when you hear what...

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The Wolf of Wall Street trailer is a reel of madness

You can watch the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street and see shades of a recent Leonardo DiCaprio film trailer, it's all there, except with this film it seems crazier, and much more confusing, and yet at the same it's all the more appealing. The slew of shots from...

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Partridge is back in the Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa trailer

Know who Alan Partridge is? Well you should. He's a radio and television personality from England. He's famous. In his own mind anyway. A creation of the comedian Steve Coogan the character has been making British comedy lovers laugh for some time now. However he's not broken across the water,...

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300: Rise of an Empire trailer actually looks good

I had expected that the sequel of the fabulous 300 (Filmstalker review) would end up becoming a poor imitation, throwing out the previous film in favour of something much less. Dropping the director, the stars, and perhaps even the story trying to eke something out of a story that really...

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The Wolverine new trailer has good and bad

I actually wasn't going to write about this new trailer for the new Wolverine film, The Wolverine, after all we've seen most of it already and we've heard most of the story through the different iterations of trailers and teasers, but there is something new to this trailer that concerned...

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June 14, 2013

J.D. Salinger documentary trailer

This is a surprisingly powerful and dramatic trailer filled with mystery and plot points that are more suited to a much larger thriller. It's surprising the tone of the trailer and considering that this is just about an author you wouldn't be criticised for thinking it was over the top...

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Full Elysium trailer hits hard

The new trailer for Elysium, the next film from Neill Blomkamp who wrote and directed District 9 (Filmstalker review), is pretty hard hitting and tells us not only the key story behind the film but also delivers some great effects shots. The film retains the feel of District 9 in...

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Redmayne playing Stephen Hawking

There are a couple of Stephen Hawking films out this year, one of which is the documentary Hawking which he co-wrote about his own life and will be screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, something I hope to see myself. However there's word out of a dramatic...

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Schwarzenegger confirms Terminator 5

Just last week I was writing about Arnold Schwarzenegger confirming he would be involved in Terminator 5 and that the film was moving ahead, well now there's another quote from him backing up the rumour that the film had a start date. Not only is he confirming that story but...

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June 12, 2013

Ubisoft moves forward with Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon

While Ubisoft raised some great excitement at E3 with their presentation of their next generation console games - The Crew was good but The Division blew me away - they were also making moves on a different media at the same time, film. They've announced updates on three film projects,...

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Man of Steel sequel already confirmed?

There has already been talk of a Man of Steel sequel, and we should know by now that there's always more than talk as contracts often tie the key people involved in such big films into sequels if the original does well, but this is more than just talk now,...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer arrives

The first trailer for the second Hobbit film, the wonderfully titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has arrived and it is looked glorious and it isn't a bunch of sitting around talking, drinking and laughing, this is an action trailer. There's also a nice glimpse at the end of...

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Choose your own adventure, the film?

Can you imagine a film where you can choose your own storyline as it evolves? Where at key points in the film you can decide what actions characters take, how events are shaped, and experience different storylines and endings to another audience member? Well that would seem to be the...

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June 10, 2013

Top Gun remake all about Cruise?

The producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been talking about a number of projects he has on the go as well as his work as a producer, and out of that has come an interesting viewpoint on the potential for a Top Gun sequel. While Tony Scott was alive the talk of...

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Filth trailer shows a little extra

A new trailer for Filth has arrived, the adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel by Jon S. Baird and starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Kate Dickie, David Soul, Martin Compston, Shirley Henderson, Shauna Macdonald, John Sessions and more. This trailer provides pretty much more...

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Blue Jasmine trailer, Woody Allen's latest

Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Bobby Cannavale appear in the new trailer for Woody Allen's latest film, actually Sarsgaard doesn't but he's in the film. Anyway the trailer doesn't really set the world on fire and if it weren't for the big names starring in it...

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The Frozen Ground trailer, more Cusack versus Cage

Was the last time we saw John Cusack going up against Nicolas Cage in Con Air? Well they weren't on opposite sides there but they definitely are in the upcoming film The Frozen Ground which sees Cage playing an Alaskan State Trooper trying to track down a serial killer. The...

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White House Down extended trailer

A new trailer for White House Down has arrived and while it's much the same it does introduce the two main characters more and play to the buddy comedy aspect of the film, something which I think is its downside. Along with that though are some new, bigger and bolder...

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Bad guy Affleck in Runner Runner trailer

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the same film, and Affleck is playing a bad guy. This doesn't seem right, especially with Affleck not directing. That said the trailer and the two leads look good. Runner Runner is the film that sees the two going head to head and Affleck...

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Action packed Man of Steel trailer

Wow. I saw this trailer for Man of Steel at the tail end of last week and it looks fantastic. This trailer still captures some of the essence of Superman while delivering huge scale scenes with action galore. If this trailer, and all the television and internet adverts flying around...

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June 6, 2013

Arnie says Terminator 5 is on

We knew already that The Legend of Conan, Triplets and another Terminator were underway, and we even heard that there were writers set on the task of delivering a script for Terminator 5, but we hadn't heard much more. That hasn't changed, even with this news, again we still haven't...

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Paranoia trailer delivers big cast

I was surprised as I watched Paranoia and saw the big names appear on screen, and with the story delivering a big industrial espionage thriller with plenty of perilous situations and twists and turns Paranoia looks like a great film. The problem is that after you've watched the trailer you've...

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Insidious: Chapter 2 trailer looks superb

I have to admit I wasn't expecting the kind of trailer that Insidious: Chapter 2 has delivered, through the trailer I'm reminded of the old Poltergeist films and other such horrors, ones that don't rely on the scare delivered through a sudden musical movement with rapid on screen movement. Insidious...

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Getaway trailer has Hawke and Cobra

Hawke and Cobra, it's almost sounding like a cool film in itself, anyway Getaway is a film that stars Ethan Hawke as an ex-racing driver who is forced to follow the orders of an unknown man in order to save his kidnapped wife. It isn't yet clear what he has...

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The Family trailer delivers well

I have to admit to prejudging The Family as it stars Robert De Niro and seems to offer a comedy, that means it's going to be puerile and De Niro plodding through it to get the job done. While the set-up is screaming that loud and clear as soon as...

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Trailer arrives for We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Alex Gibney has directed a number of documentaries, the most memorable for me being Taxi to the Darkside (Filmstalker review) but equally I could mention Freakonomics or Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room to get your attention. So with his name attached I'm much more likely to watch a...

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June 4, 2013

Blade Runner sequel gains unlikely writer

There's a lot of chatter on the Interflab about the writer who has been hired to rewrite the script for the Blade Runner sequel that Hampton Fancher, the writer of the original Blade Runner, has delivered, and it isn't hugely positive. The reason for that is that the writer has...

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Pioneer trailer, strong international thriller

The first thing that caught my eye about the Pioneer trailer, and it should do for you as well, is that Aksel Hennie stars and the last time I saw him was in the excellent Headhunters (Filmstalker review) and he was superb. The second thing that caught me was the...

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Closed Circuit trailer offers interesting thread

While the main threads of the plot of Closed Circuit might seem similar there is one very interesting aspect that draws your attention through the title and the trailer, the use of the closed circuit cameras which feature throughout London so prominently. Of course there's also the fact that Eric...

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Prisoners trailer hits hard

Prisoners might resonate with audiences in the UK just now and will still do the same for audiences in countries where there isn't a current case that reflects the opening of this film. From the plot outline alone the story looks a powerful one then you have the names behind...

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The Deep trailer intrigues

The Deep is arriving at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and it fell on my shortlist before I even saw the trailer, now I've seen it it's place is cemented there. The Deep, or Djúpið, is an Icelandic film from the director Baltasar Kormákur who also directed Contraband and the...

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