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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

National Treasure Hunt

National Treasure Hunt
Take the Book Of Secrets challenge


National Treasure Hunt

Taking a leaf out of the viral sites promoting the likes of Cloverfield and The Dark Knight, Disney’s marketing folks have gone all internetty on us with the launch of an official YouTube channel for upcoming relic hunting sequel National Treasure: Book Of Secrets.

The video puzzle challenges all comers to watch the featured clips and answer five questions (don’t worry, the clue’s are in there) to unlock a secret video. And if your inner adventurer still isn’t satisfied, a set of globe-trotting games have also popped up on the official site. It’s all in the interest of bigging up Nicolas Cage’s return as bookish treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates as he attempts to unravel the real reason behind Abraham Lincoln’s murder from clues hidden in assassin John Wilkes Booth’s secret diary.

To check out the YouTube channel, click here.

To see what’s going down on the official site, click here.

National Treasure: Book Of Secrets hits cinemas on February 8. A good few months before fellow relic hunter Indiana Jones returns in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Watchmen Pics Online

New Watchmen Pics Online
Including first look at Rorschach
Source: Watchmen Official Site


New Watchmen Pics Online

Zack Snyder has updated the official Watchmen blog with a new entry and first images from the upcoming movie, which you can click the thumbnails below or visit the official site here.

This is largely set stuff, though really great looking set stuff. But we do get a first little sneaky peek at the movie's anti-hero Rorschach ambling down the road, all creepy masked like.

















































The design and colouring of the set is insanely faithful to the graphic novel. Seriously, just about every shade of every colour seems to match the original art work. Can't wait until we start getting some full on character stills from this.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Sweeney Todd Featurette Online

New Sweeney Todd Featurette Online
Meet the characters


New Sweeney Todd Featurette Online

Another featurette for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd has gone online to push our excitement level on this movie to 'New Pants Please'. You can watch it below or here.

This little clip enjoys a brief look back on the partnership between Depp and Burton and then goes through the roll call of characters and the part they play in the story, including Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) and...er...the barber's chair (a chair).



Source: EmpireOnline

Shutter Island Opens For Mark Ruffalo

Shutter Island Opens For Mark Ruffalo
Starring alongside Leo in Marty's latest
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Shutter Island Opens For Mark Ruffalo

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been planning a trip to Shutter Island for some time now – and today, they asked Mark Ruffalo to join them.

No, we haven’t stumbled upon the trio’s holiday plans – DiCaprio and Scorsese may be creatively tight, but we doubt very much that they’d holiday together and even if they did, they wouldn’t choose a remote island just outside of Boston as their destination.

No, instead, Shutter Island is the name of the next DiCaprio/Scorsese movie - based on the Dennis Lehane novel - in which Li’l Leo will play Teddy Daniels, a US Marshal who travels to the titular isle to track down Rachel Solando, a bonkers loony murderess who’s escaped from an asylum on the island. Only when he gets there, he finds more than he bargained for, in the shape of an incoming hurricane that causes the asylum’s remaining patients to riot – and all the while, Solando is out there, and something is not quite right at the hospital…

Ruffalo, a fine actor who can now add Scorsese to his list of A-List Directors I’ve Worked With Excel spreadsheet (a list that includes David Fincher, John Woo, Ang Lee, Michael Mann and, erm, Gary Winick), will play DiCaprio’s new partner, Chuck Aule. And the casting of such a prestigious actor indicates, and quite rightly, that Chuck is much more than your average second banana partner role. We can't go into details, sadly - spoilers abound!

Heck of a cast Marty’s assembling, though the Solando part has yet to be filled. With shooting beginning in March, we’re guessing that an announcement will be made sooner, rather than later.

Paramount and Columbia are splitting the costs on this one, while Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and Scorsese will all produce.

So far, each new Scorsese/DiCaprio picture has been better than the last, with The Departed representing their pinnacle thus far. Shutter Island could be their best yet.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tom Swift Optioned

Tom Swift Optioned
Boy inventor books set for big screen?
Source: Variety


Tom Swift Optioned

It's as if all our childhoods have come back to visit. This year saw Nancy Drew finally reach the big screen, there's been talk (if not action) on The Hardy Men, a twist on The Hardy Boys, and now Tom Swift has been optioned for the big screen.

The stories, which have been on the go since 1910, are about a teen genius called Tom Swift (no surprise there then) who worked as an inventor and solved problems through the application of newfangled technologies. Like Drew, they're all written under the same pseudonym, Victor Appleton, but started off as part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which published reams of such teen adventures and were written by many different authors. From its World War I roots on there have been several distinct incarnations of the character, including futuristic spins, trips to the moon and journeys around the world. If and when a film does get made, there's no telling what genre it will be, never mind what story.

Worldwide Biggies is the company that bought the rights, and they plan on following a sort of Jimmy Neutron release model with a film, games and a TV show. The current thinking is that any film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, although it might be motion capture, and Swift Industries, the family business, is likely to be set up as a leading "green technology" company.

So are there any Swift fans among you? Will you be queuing to see this when it comes out - possibly with your grandparents in tow?

Source: EmpireOnline

Are You Ready For Jesus' Evil Twin?!

Are You Ready For Jesus' Evil Twin?!
Christ! It's The 13th Disciple!
Source: Reuters


Are You Ready For Jesus' Evil Twin?!

Empire loves barmy movie ideas. Hell, we’ve even come up with a few of our own in the past – like Touching Cloth, in which Pete Postlethwaite plays a conductor on the York-Liverpool train who must stop a group of terrorists from blowing it up… all while he’s busting for a poo. Or how about Lethal Tender, about money that kills you? And its sequel, Deadit Card?

But, as utterly nutso as they all are, we never thought we’d see the day when somebody would want to make a movie about Jesus Christ’s evil twin brother.

But that day has come. Sort of.

For, even as you read this, producer Mario Stefan is in India, trying to find an Indian co-producer for director Robert Sigl’s The 13th Disciple, a modern-day thriller in which a pair of twin German archaeologists travel to India and discover that Jesus Christ also had a twin. And, in a twist that owes much to Sunset Beach’s legendary Derek/Ben storyline, Jesus’ twin turns out to be evil! And, as it happens, very much alive in the present day and leading an evil cult.

Now, that’s the sort of synopsis guaranteed to blow your mind – and, it should be said, get the Daily Mail on guard to fan the flames of controversy. But Stefan believes that the movie won’t be too controversial.

"It will be made clear from the beginning of our film that it's fiction," he told Reuters. "If you deal with religious themes, you have to be prepared and also (careful) that you do not hurt any feelings. Our film is not based on true events nor is it giving any religious message."

Chicken. It has to be pointed out as well that The 13th Disciple is a low-key, low-budget movie (Stefan has talked of a $7.4 million budget) that, in all likelihood, will end up going straight to Blockbuster. Still, any movie that comes up with a retro theory about Christ’s lineage can stir up a hornet’s nest, as Kevin Smith, Dan Brown, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks would tell you.

We’re most excited, though, about the Hollywood remake. Will Jerry Bruckheimer snap it up as a vehicle for Nicolas Cage, playing both the good and evil Jesuses? Is this the perfect opportunity to reinvent Christ as an action hero? Can movie ideas get any nuttier?

Source: EmpireOnline

John Cusack Set For Shanghai

John Cusack Set For Shanghai
Period romance with Gong Li
Source: Variety


John Cusack Set For Shanghai

With Jan De Bont’s kinetic thriller Stopping Power now officially stopped and lacking power, John Cusack has a window in his schedule – and right now, period thriller Shanghai is set to be the project that climbs through that window. In fact, it’s already busted the latch in preparation.

Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, who helmed Cusack’s sleeper hit 1408 earlier this year, Shanghai is a conspiracy thriller about an American (that would be Mr. Cusack) who returns to the Chinese city of Shanghai – which was then under Japanese rule - four months before Pearl Harbour was attacked, to find that his friend has been killed.

Needless to say, our hero is a bit narked and embarks on an investigation that eventually uncovers a conspiracy involving the American government!

Along the way, though, he falls in love with a local – and the Weinstein Company, which is bankrolling the enterprise, have already secured Gong Li in that role. Good choice.

Sounds like Shanghai, which is written by Hossein Amini and produced by, among others, Mike Medavoy, could be an interesting prestige thriller; certainly, it’s something to keep an eye on. Filming is set to take place in - where else? - Shanghai early next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, November 26, 2007

New Solomon Kane Poster

New Solomon Kane Poster
James Purefoy is Van Helsing...erm, Kane
Source: Michael J. Bassett


New Solomon Kane Poster

Writer/director Michael J. Bassett has released the first poster for his upcoming movie Solomon Kane and, well, who doesn't want to see a sequel to Van Helsing.

Despite appearances, the James Purefoy starring film doesn't concern the further adventures of the monster slayer. Instead, it is based on the pulp novels by Robert E. Howard, which tell of a 16th century warrior whose violent ways have damned him to hell. In an effort to redeem his soul, he vows to live a life of peace, but has to take up arms once more when a dark force threatens the land. That dark force is neither Dracula nor Stephen Sommers.


Source: EmpireOnline

New Dark Knight Viral Site Online

New Dark Knight Viral Site Online
UPDATE: And it leads to a whole lot more


New Dark Knight Viral Site Online

Anybody who took part in the recent Dark Knight viral campaign, which encouraged users to send in pictures of them in Joker-esque garb, will have received an email telling them to look out for The Gotham Times. Well, you can now find that here at thegothamtimes.com.

There's a ton to read over in this and we're still making our way through it. But there are numerous references to Harvey Dent, sightings of clown gangs, Bruce Wayne's now apparently wild ways. All, it seems, is not happy in Gotham. We're betting there are loads of clues and paths to other hidden sites in here. We're going to start pawing over it, but if you find anything new and cool in the meantime please leave it in the comments below. We tried calling the subscription number on the first page, but couldn't access it outside the US. We LOVE this movie's marketing campaign.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who posted below with new sites that have been revealed from the Gotham Times site. Below is what we believe is a full list of the sites that have been revealed so far.

www.hahahatimes.com
: A version of the Gotham Times, but with additions and scribbles from The Joker, which will likely make you giggle and freak your shit out in equal measure.

www.wearetheanswer.org: A vigilante site calling for Gothamites to report corrupt behaviour by the city's police force.

www.gothampolice.com: A site for Gotham City's police force. You can apply to join the force, whereby you too can fight fictional comic book crime!

www.GothamNationalBank.com
: A wesbite for the city's biggest bank. We suspect this might be the site of the rumoured botched heist that leaves The Joker with those disfiguring scars that make his freakish grin.

www.rememberinggina.com
: A tribute site to the mystery girl whose death is mentioned in The Gotham Times. If you email the site you receive the following email:

"I'm Gina's Aunt Gail and I'm maintaining this website for my sister, Gina's mother. Thank you for your remembrance of Gina. So many people have moved away from the old neighborhood that it's easy to forget how many people are still here. When we first moved here, I can remember we used to all sit on the stoops and the whole neighborhood knew each other. But that was before the Stratalinni's Grocery on the corner was burned down--I remember Gina and her sister used to beg for quarters to go down there and buy candy. It was a different place then. Now I know my son will never allow my new grandson to go down to the avenue on his own. Everybody is locked up tight in the evening, we don't see each other. It takes a tragedy to remember we have neighbors. Thank you for reminding us."

www.gothamcityhall.com
: Still under construction.

www.whysoserious.com/personalityprofile
: An extension of the original Joker site which asks you to take a test to see whether you're worthy of joining his gang, which then gives you a reading on a strength test type light up machine (we can't get beyond 'Hilarious', dammit!). It suggests there will be further tests in days to come.

If you uncover anymore, please post below and we'll update here as soon as we can.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Dark Knight Featurette

New Dark Knight Featurette
Get a sneak preview of the Imax prologue
Source: Imax.com


New Dark Knight Featurette

As we know, we will soon be seeing a new trailer for The Dark Knight in the form of a prologue to the movie, which tells the story of how The Joker became the comic book world's most feared make-up wearing murderer. Today we get a small sneak peek at that thanks to an Imax featurette here.

Christopher Nolan has shot several sequences from the film in the Imax format, including the Joker prologue. We don't actually get to see any footage of the villain in this clip, but, hey, it's The Dark Knight, so we'll paw over any new information that comes our way. Plus there's almost nothing going on today thanks to America's silly turkey based holidays. Also, the DoP's name is Wally Pfister. Teehee, we said fister.

Source: EmpireOnline

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Premiere


Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Premiere

Hoffman and a zebra hit the capital


Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Premiere

The Empire cinema in London's Leicester Square played host to a veritable cornucopia of creatures, a cacophony of sounds and, yes, a myriad of stars as Dustin Hoffman and his mates hit the capital to celebrate the European premiere of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

Living up to the titular magical toy store’s rep, the tourist-thronged locale witnessed the arrival of the original Hoff flanked by a zebra, young co-star Zach Mills and a juggler on stilts.

The event, held to raise funds for Barnado’s and NSPCC, was a typically child-friendly affair with the likes of Andy Serkis’ family braving the cold on Sunday afternoon – oh, and to enjoy an animated introduction from the eponymous owner.








Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium goes on general release from December 14.

Source: EmpireOnline

Crowe To Replace Pitt In State Of Play?

Crowe To Replace Pitt In State Of Play?
Well, he's in talks...
Source: Variety


Crowe To Replace Pitt In State Of Play?

Everything looked to be going swimmingly on the US State Of Play remake (despite the inherent dodginess of any remake of a beloved original, but let's move along, people) until last week, when star Brad Pitt suddenly dropped out due to script concerns. Now it's reported by Variety that the studio has spent all weekend trying to talk Russell Crowe into the film instead.

Crowe would just about have time to do the film now, before he starts shooting Nottingham for Ridley Scott (scheduled for March), and the filmmakers need a fast replacement before other members of the cast are called away to other commitments - notably Helen Mirren, due to start The Love Ranch for director hubby Taylor Hackford in January.

Meanwhile, Pitt and the studio are each blaming the other for his departure. Pitt has been attached to the film for 16 months, but during that time rewrites have left him unhappy with the script. He wanted to wait until the end of the strike allowed one last rewrite; the studio wanted to push ahead while they still have that cast in place. There is now talk of the studio suing the actor, as they claim he has a "pay or play" deal (something Pitt denies).

Let's hope that everyone concerned comes to an amicable agreement - and in the meantime, what do we think of Crowe as a Pitt substitute? Do his heaps of talent make up for his (comparative, only) dearth of dreaminess? Will he match off well against Norton? And can he convince us when he's playing a journalist instead of punching them?

Source: EmpireOnline

Maggie Q To Play Silver Fox?

Maggie Q To Play Silver Fox?
In the upcoming Wolverine movie
Source: IESB


Maggie Q To Play Silver Fox?

IESB is reporting that the Wolverine movie has added its first non-male member to its cast in the shape of Maggie Q. Q (M:I:III, Die Hard 4.0) will reportedly play Silver Fox.

If you don't know who Silver Fox is, in the comic books she's a girlfriend of Wolverine's and one of the few female members of the Weapon X project, which gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton. Without wanting to spoil anything, her path is not a particularly happy one.

Q would be a terrific choice for a role like this, disregarding the fact that Silver Fox is a native American in the comics because, well, what the hell difference does it make what race she is? She looks great, of course, but she's also not unskilled in the art of arse-kickery. She could kick your sorry butt all over the shop. Oh yes she could.

Source: EmpireOnline

Hollywood's Finest Are Speechless

Hollywood's Finest Are Speechless
A-list star videos back writers' strike
Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily


Hollywood's Finest Are Speechless

You may or may not have noticed, but there’s a writers’ strike going on at the moment in Hollywood. Kind of a big deal – films being cancelled, TV shows being placed on unplanned hiatuses, movies going into production without really polished scripts etc. etc.

One of the reasons why the Writers Guild Of America and its members are striking is because of internet residuals, or lack thereof. So, in their latest, very creative attempt to raise awareness of the strike, a series of internet-only shorts has been commissioned, and the first three are now available for viewing on Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Entitled ‘Speechless’, the series is the brainchild of George Hickenlooper (director of Factory Girl) and Alan Sereboff (writer of Hickenlooper’s next project, The Red House), and – in perhaps the most convincing show of solidarity yet between the WGA and the Screen Actors’ Guild (who are scheduled to strike next July) – features contributions from some of Hollywood’s finest actors.

So the first three videos, for example, feature Holly Hunter (with a cameo from Hickenlooper), old hands Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss (good to see them again), and Sean Penn. And the rest of the videos will feature the likes of Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Woody Allen, Tim Robbins, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Brolin, and Susan Sarandon, to name but eight.

The original concept was simply to have each star stare at the camera – in stately, moody b&w, of course – in silence for a short while, before holding up a sign saying ‘speechless’. But with talent like that on board, the ideas have expanded and the three shorts up so far are very, very different. And before you ask, the general idea is that each of the shorts is improvised, so in effect nobody’s crossing the picket line here. But then again, these shorts aren’t for profit, so who cares if a little scripting falls through the cracks?

More films will be added over the coming days – for now, they’re available exclusively on Finke’s site, but will be added to the two major strike sites, UnitedHollywood.com and SpeechlessWithoutWriters.com as of Monday.

Click here to watch the Holly Hunter video. Click here for the Paula Prentiss/Richard Benjamin effort. And here’s where you can find Sean Penn, with his campaigning hat on.

Source: EmpireOnline