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Sunday, 31 August 2008
"This ride we're on, opening number one at the box office, that's just icing on what was already the most delicious cake I'd ever bitten into," Perlman tells Moviehole's Guy Davis. "Nothing's been announced but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a third, particularly on the heels of Hellboy II's success. And I know Guillermo has an incredibly well-articulated idea about what the third movie needs to be. It'll answer a lot of questions. It almost needs to happen because with the ideas that he has about closing the trilogy, it would be a shame for it go unfinished."
Even if there's no "Hellboy III" a reunion may still be in the offing. "When I found out he was going to be in New Zealand for four years, I said to him ‘I'm really gonna miss you, pal'," says Perlman. "And he said to me ‘Oh no, you're not!' I don't know what he means by that - he didn't get any more specific - but if he needs me there I'm there. Anytime I can be on a film set or even just sitting around a dinner table from Guillermo Del Toro, I'm there."
Inglorious Bastards casting news. Instead of DiCaprio, German TV actor Christoph Waltz will be taking on that role. And instead of the previously announced Nastassja Kinski, actress Diane Kruger (who we know most from the National Treasure movies) will be taking on the role of Bridget Von Hammersmark.
Slap Shot, the classic 1977 politically incorrect hockey comedy starring Paul Newman is being remade. The update comes from YourMovieMaven
In production this year is a biopic on Beatles singer John Lennon titled Nowhere Boy. The script details "the story of Lennon as a lonely teenager growing up as his aunt and the mother who gave him up fight for his love. His only escape is music, art and his fateful friendship with Paul McCartney."
Edgar Wright has chimed in with an update on Scott Pilgrim vs the World via Wizard. For those who are unfamiliar, Scott Pilgrim is an adaptation of a comic book that's currently in the middle of its run.
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This horror flick is about a grief counselor assigned to work with a group of plane crash survivors who starts to uncover a horrific mystery when the survivors start to disappear. It stars Anne Hathway (Get Smart, The Princess Diaries) and Patrick Wilson (Watchmen)
Saturday, 30 August 2008
The trailer can be seen here.
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I love the art work on this poster. Looks like Scarfe did it. Anyone know who did do it?
This is a film of a one-man-show in which Malcolm McDowell talks about Lindsey Anderson. He's backed up by a few props (a lectern, a chair and a table, a reading lamp) and clips from some of Lindsay Anderson's films including (extensively) "If" and "O Lucky Man". McDowell, of course, was the star of both these, which were Anderson's second and third feature films. "If" was also McDowell's first film and "O Lucky Man" (according to McDowell here) was his original idea. McDowell says he enjoyed making "If" so much, and enjoyed so much working with Anderson, that he suggested they make another film together.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
...and Warners and Legendary are both interested in doing a third in the series, but all involved say it will be up to Nolan to come to them with a story and a plan.
"There are a lot of us who emotionally would love to do it," Roven says. "But it's really Chris' call. Chris is the kind of filmmaker who just doesn't think about the next movie before he has completely finished the movie he is working on."For now, Nolan is taking a well-earned vacation.
Says Roven, "When he comes back, we will see how he feels."
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Recent updates on the flick are a trailer release due with the cinema release of Max Payne - now this means to me that Max Payne is going to be aimed a at much younger audience than it needs to be, or vice versa, Dragonball is going to have a much more grown up feel....
"The story begins with a young humanoid boy named Goku, who discovers that he was sent to Earth to blend in and destroy our population but instead elects to protect it from an oncoming alien onslaught bent on dominating the universe and controlling the mystical objects. He seeks out upon his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls. Of which he has one, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does." from IMDB
Friday, 22 August 2008
Chisholm, where is your movie in response?!
Here is a snippet from Variety's review:
Ho-hum hostage crisis mayhem serves to buttress co-scripting helmer Mabrouk El Mechri's more experimental stunts, including a tonally opposite pair of longish takes -- one a wonderfully absurd ode to star's martial-arts moves, the other a tear- and prayer-filled Van Damme monologue that must be seen to be believed. An adventurous U.S. minimajor could reap modest B.O. following a June 4 French release.
Incalculably superior in tone, attitude, intent, and intellect to bulk of bodybuilder vehicles, shrewdly produced pic limits limber star's acrobatics to first and last scenes without great detriment to whole. Gast Waltzing's horn-heavy score is pleasingly old-school and subtly parodic; Philippe Kohn's sound mix is crisply immersive; Pierre-Yves Bastard's widescreen lensing does the job despite de rigueur color-bleaching and scant closeups with which to flaunt Van Damme's near-Buster Keatonesque deadpan. Exception to that to is aforementioned long take wherein weeping JCVD flexes existential about his status as global-screen limb-snapper with backend points.
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Though the studio were circling Ray Winstone ("The Departed") and the up-and-coming Michael Fassbender ("Inglorious Bastards") for the lead roles, they quickly came to the realization that a bigger name was going to be needed if they wanted the film to actually last more than a week in theaters.
Variety has more
18-year-old British actor Aaron Johnson has been cast as the title character, Dave Lizewski, a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who attempts to become a real-life superhero. The catch is that he has no powers or any of the stereotypical reasons for choosing to fight crime. Johnson most recently starred in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, but also had small roles in The Illusionist and Shanghai Knight. He sure looks like perfect casting.
21-year-old Lyndsy Fonseca will play high school hottie and Dave’s crush Katie Deauxma, who thinks he is gay. You might remember Fonseca as Dyan on Desperate Housewives or as Daughter on How I Met Your Mother.
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Christian Slater, Monica Garcia
Running Time: 96 minutes
Score: 7 / 10
This review by Andy D.
This movie will no doubt draw a line in the sand for movie watchers. Many will not cross that line and claim it is a jumbled mess, a confusing brew of hectically edited scenes in a deliberately confusing screen play, lacking direction, clear story line or conclusion. These people might be lacking in empathy for the older generations and will probably prefer “movies on a plate “ ™ with hand-holding narratives in nice step-by step chewable plastic scripts. Others will take this film to heart and immerse themselves in what Anthony Hopkins wants us to experience which is to go along with Felix for the ride into dementia and experience with him the gradual loss of his mental faculties in a colourful and sometimes explosive storm in a mental tea cup.
Beware of the spoilers lurking within this review. If you’re interested in giving this movie a chance on the back of my opening paragraph, then just do it! And do it with open arms for this is a very brave debut by Hopkins as writer/director. I would guess that he is tackling a topic that is probably very important to him. If you’ve read poor reviews of this movie and you’re not totally sold on it and yet, you are still curious, then please have a read of my take on this film. I will try and describe what I liked about it.
Slipstream explores the lucid dream like state of a mind gripped by the effects of early dementia which I suspect is probably Alzheimer’s Disease. Our protagonist, Felix struggles in the last days of his career to make sense of the script he is working on. He struggles to comprehend the events of reality around him as his dementia blurs his fictional world with his real world. Anthony Hopkins drags us into Felix’s mind as he struggles with many of the classic dementia problems including the break down of attentiveness, the break down of abstract thinking, an onset of total apathy, the loss of recognition of perceptions, and finally, delusional symptoms. Near the end we experience the start of the breakdown of motor skills and coordination as Felix stumbles around in the hard shoulder of a busy highway.
Hopkins demonstrates the confusion experienced by Felix from a mainly internal point of view but now and again we see it from an external point of view too. The most memorable example of this is probably the traffic shooting incident… Felix is impassive and watches numbly as though he is experiencing a scene from a movie being played out in front of him as a road rage incident degenerates into a shooting tragedy. He is numb to its reality even when a shot is fired directly towards him by the road rage psycho. The shot narrowly misses Felix and leaves a bullet hole in the windscreen. At the time we wonder whether the fracas actually happened or was it in Felix’s mind, yet the persistence of the bullet hole throughout the rest of the movie tells us it was real. A later scene showing the shooting event on TV reinforces this to us, that it really did happen and that Felix had almost been killed that day. Felix’s dementia it seems almost cost him his life early on in this movie. It is almost certainly a deliberate direct repeat of the theme of this shooting scene that is used at the conclusion of the movie where Felix meets his final fate. Indeed it’s almost the exact same location on the highway and once again it is his dementia which places him in harms way.
There are constant ripples of reoccurring elements in the movie reminiscent of the ripples on the surface of a pond reflecting back on themselves from the edges. The SUV driven by the bar tender in which he gets shot by the fictional Christian Slater Villain is the same SUV that hits Felix at the very end of the movie. In this scene the bar tender is no longer the driver of the SUV but he is the highway cop along with Christian Slater as his side kick who had pulled Felix over just before Felix staggers onto the busy highway lane in front of the SUV. The first meeting of this SUV, in which the bar tender is shot in the head by Christian Slater, appears to be part of Felix’s film and we get then a familiar vibe to the shooting incident on the highway, which might go to explain Felix’s inaction at that time.
The deliberately confused blurring of fiction-dream with reality are smoothly transitioned and the two states are not delineated in any way. We aren’t given any clues like David Lynches red curtains or ‘zoom through holes’ to when we’re moving from reality into dream world or back again. This is the reality of dementia, there are no signals or boundaries and yes, it must be very confusing…. confusing to the point of mental breakdown as the disease takes more of the mind. We are constantly asking who is real and who isn’t in the film and what roles do people really play. This is what Felix is mainly struggling with. We get hints during a scene where Felix is dreaming of his fictional characters as though they live inside his computer, staring out at him. But alongside his fictional characters in this dream he places his very real Producer. His producer is ‘real’ in Felix’s reality that is, but he acts in quite a surreal way. He is barely in touch with reality himself. This, I take it, is a jab at some real producers that Anthony Hopkins has had to deal with over the years but also the surrealness of the character works to dislodge Felix’s mental state even further.
This film moved me. I knew what to expect with its style so I didn’t try and follow it like I tried very hard to follow Inland Empire (somewhat unsuccessfully I might add!). I let it wash over me in a very passive way and I think this is the approach that Anthony Hopkins would want us to watch it. He wants us to experience ourselves what it is like to suffer from senile dementia. In a way he is preparing us for what is very likely to happen to many of us as we age into our twilight years. How many of us have suffered the pain of watching loved ones lose their minds due to Alzheimer’s Disease? Certainly, at least, all of us have seen or will see our parents age into frail OAPs, and, eventually they will be gone forever. Slipstream offers us a glimpse of what it is like on the other side of the degenerating mind. It offers us an idea of what we will likely become ourselves and helps us to understand those of us in our society who are already living in a world of senile dementia.
7/10 A brave debut
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Inflation IS soaring, house prices stagnating and sterling losing out against the rising dollar - but at least the Great British Public is still going to the cinema.
Bucking the trend for gloomy results, Cineworld, the second-largest UK chain, reported revenue and profit rises in the first six months of 2008, on the back of a 1 per cent rise in box office receipts to £89.6m.
Mamma Mia! and Batman: The Dark Knight are doing a roaring trade, the company says, and the summer blockbusters Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Sex and the City brought in £40m and £26m respectively.
"The enduring appeal of film continues to be even more pronounced in times of economic uncertainty," Stephen Wiener, the Cineworld chief executive, said. "We feel confident that the strong line-up of films in the second half will drive admissions, particularly in the fourth quarter, when James Bond: Quantum of Solace, Madagascar 2 and High School Musical 3 hit our screens."
Revenue for the first half was up 0.9 per cent to £137m and operating profit was up 19.5 per cent to £14.1m. Average ticket price per admission rose to £4.34 from £4.09. Despite rising costs for extras like confectionery, ice-cream and popcorn, average retail spend was also up, from £1.64 to £1.73, thanks to a change of coffee and alcohol suppliers, more Ben & Jerry's kiosks and upgraded sales areas. Cineworld has 74 cinemas, with 770 screens. It is planning a five-screen facility in Haverhill, Suffolk, in the fourth quarter, and another seven branches nationwide over the coming three years. A joint venture with Odeon, Digital Cinema Media, recently acquired Carlton Screen Advertising to become market leader in cinema advertising.
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This is a trailer for a remake of a 1974 movie about an evil baby that eats people. What's not to like!! Hold on the baby is called Daniel...my son is called Daniel....what are you doing Daniel....no...no....nooooooooooooooooooooo......Phew. Managed to save my Bioshock game before he had a go of Civ: Revolutions.
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Thursday, 21 August 2008
Reports suggested the Leon star had been rushed to the Fort-de-France hospital on Martinique on Wednesday night after suffering a "serious" cardiac arrest on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
But his publicist, Christina Papadopoulos, the fuss was nothing more than the result of "too much spicy Caribbean food".
She says, "Reports that actor Jean Reno is in the hospital due to a heart attack are false. He is vacationing in the Caribbean and went to a local hospital as a
precaution for some discomfort he was feeling due to heartburn and gastroenteritis.
"It was definitely not a heart attack. He is fine and healthy and enjoying the rest of his vacation travelling in the Caribbean.
"I think he was just enjoying vacation and probably ate a little too much spicy Caribbean food!"
Hospital director Bernard Cavignaux confirms the 60 year old underwent tests and was expected to be discharged on Thursday.
French singer Johnny Hallyday and his wife Laetitia are expected to pick the actor up from the hospital. The trio and Reno's wife Sofia are expected to continue with their vacation in nearby St. Barts.
The Pink Panther star was at Hallyday's retreat when he fell ill.
I can't believe out of all the cool movies Jean Reno has been in they say he is The Pink Panther Star!!! What the hell is that about. He's Leon for monkey's sake. One of the coolest killer's to hit the screen.
Justin Therous who wrote Tropic Thunder is down to script this sequel.
Me and Orson Welles is directed by Richard Linklater, of Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, Before Sunset, and A Scanner Darkly previously. The screenplay was adapted by first-time writers Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr., who was a second unit director on nearly all of Linklater's films. The film is based on a novel of the same name written by Robert Kaplow.
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Firefly is coming to Blu-Ray.
Firstshowing.net's Alex Billington has posted the European (i.e., German subtitled) trailer for Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon.
Those Robert Harris-supervised restorations of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II will be shown theatrically starting on 9.12 at New York's Film Forum, with concurrent bookings in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's all a plug for the 9.23 DVD/Blu-ray release of these two.
Filming has commenced in L.A. on His Name Was Jason, a new documentary about the Friday the 13th franchise. It will air on Starz the first week of February 2009 (just in time for Platinum Dunes' new film). A DVD release through Anchor Bay Entertainment will follow.
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Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Have a look at them here.
Dick Van Dyke, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan are also returning for Museum 2, with veteran Hank Azaria as a villainous Pharaoh.
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Director: Dan Gildark
Starring: Jason Cottle, Scott Green, Dennis Kleinsmith, Tori Spelling
This review by D.W. Bostaph over on Dread Central.
Everything I thought that was going to make Cthulhu not work actually ended up making it a stronger, more horrifying experience. The experience of watching this film was as perfect a translation of modern times through the lens of Lovecraft as I have ever seen attempted. Director Dan Gildark and writer/director Grant Cogswell have pulled of the near impossible: They have created a monster that is not only provocative and challenging, but beautiful all at the same time.
I don’t even know where to begin.
The story centers on Russell Marsh, who returns to Rivermouth because his mother has just died. In returning, Russell (played with an awesome quiet cool by Jason Cottle) comes to face the small town he left behind for one of a more accepting size, an odd distant zealot of a father, and a mystery brought about by a “from beyond the grave” message from his mother. The plot is simple, but they way it plays out is anything but.
The town is very off to Russell. They do not accept him and they even shun him a bit. Townsfolk empathic to Russell’s cause are chided and when they offer help, they are terrified to do so. Is this all due to Russell’s lifestyle? Or is there something more sinister at hand? Cthulhu expertly blurs the lines of what the real reason is; I never got a feel that it was really one over the other.
Russell is, for the most part, left to deal with things on his own. There's a passing love interest, a childhood friend now all grown up; Mike (Green). Russ and Mike were once friends (and more), but Mike grew up and got a family and a kid. The family is gone and now Mike may be open to Russ’s advances. This is a complex and tender relationship that is more deep and real than almost any other film I have ever seen on the subject matter. This in itself says volumes about the performances turned in by Cottle and Scott Green. They effortlessly convey the delicate relationship, which makes the rest of the film all the more powerful.
As Russ struggles with the confusing relationship between him and Mike, he also has to face the family he left behind. His father, the head of a weird cult call the “Esoteric Order of Dagon”, is brought to life by the unyielding performance of Dennis Kleinsmith. Reverend Marsh and crew worship the Old Ones and are not about to hide their glee at the prospect of their deities immanent return. Russell feels guilty for leaving and now, estranged from his father, he struggles to make sense of his place within the family now that his one anchor to it (his mother) is gone. It's this type of atavistic guilt that permeates so much of Lovecraft’s work and never before have I seen it fleshed out so well. Cthulhu uses its framework to create, via Russell, a layer of guilt that almost seems suffocating. Again, questions are raised: Is Russell’s father more upset that his son is gay, or that he has not yet joined the fold?
Tori Spelling makes an appearance as a sultry housewife with an ulterior motive. She plays the part with a weird mix of slight camp and sex. She does nothing to really detract from the film, which is what I had feared. She's a strange antithesis to the character of Mike in every way imaginable.
Swirling around all of this is a world that is coming apart at the seams. Global warming, specie extinctions, human apathy, global economics and politics are just a few things that we get a feeling for in the film. It's fed to us by passing news on the television or radio and it serves to paint a bleak world for all of this to take place within.
Painting a picture of this crumbling dystopia is the sweeping landscapes and worn, established buildings that make up the Rivermouth town and surrounding area. Director Dan Gildark and cinematographer Sean Kirby choose to insert wide helicopter shots of landscapes that appear to float beside the ocean. Their vast greens and blues give us the feeling of insignificance that is key to these tales. The art direction team of Liz Cawthon and Etta Lilienthal weave together nightmarish images of unreal rooms, tight terror tunnels and boxes of live human limbs. Whether it dreamt or awake, the images served up by this crew deserve more affirmatory adjectives than my thesaurus has at the moment.
Cthulhu is not a movie for everyone. It doesn't need to be. It's paced and deliberate and doesn't try to be anything it's not. It's the simple story of a man, trying to understand who he is, where he is, and why the world is the way it is. These are questions we all can ask, but a lot of us choose to ignore. Cthulhu is not about squid-headed monsters or formless beasts from the void. It's about the sad fact that humans are not the center of the universe, that in the real game of life all of the big issue we face don't amount to much when the real end comes. Dan Gildark and Grant Cogswell have sculpted an enigmatic look at the reality of humanity, and the persistence of fate. For even when we do come to understand that we are just small insects dancing on the head of a pin, the horror comes when we then understand that even insects have a destiny.
One that there is no escape from...
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Written and directed by Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs. Starring Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, and Brad Dourif amongst others.
Looks like it could be good.
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"There was/is a huge Wolverine set being recently used. I'm not even sure which lot it was built on, but the look or mood of the set is, according to a source who was told Hood's view of things, supposed to be on the dark, dinghy and somber side. I only know what I was told, but the basics are that Hood was away from the set for whatever reason (shooting something else, taking a day or two off), and when he returned to the big somber set he was shocked to find that it had been repainted top to bottom on Tom Rothman's (Fox CEO) orders. The murky-scuzzy vibe was gone, and a brighter and less downish look had taken its place."
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He is the guy the studios should go to when they need someone for the latest comic book movie. Think about....go on think....now think some more....take your favourite superhero and imagine the Zanester playing them in a movie. It works doesn't it....If it doesn't then think some more until it does.
Plus he is bald so can portray any hairstyle through the judicious application of hairpieces, or stay au natural to play Lex Luthor or other bald characters such as a young Charles Xavier.
In closing keep thinking about it, but don't think about The Phantom too much. Slam evil...of all the crappy taglines!
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