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Friday, December 28, 2007

First Pics From The Incredible Hulk

First Pics From The Incredible Hulk
You won't like Ed Norton when he's angry


First Pics From The Incredible Hulk

Universal has released the first images of The Incredible Hulk, which you can see by clicking below.

There's no big green meanie in these shots, just Edward Norton as Dr Bruce Banner wearing the uniform of all genius superhero types who are also known to lurk in the gym: the wife beater, and being zapped in the head by some machine.
































That pic of Norton holding the purple serum – which presumably is intended to help rid him of his angry alter-ego – really reminds us of the first released pic from Iron Man, where Downey Jr was also wearing a vest and looking determinedly at a mask. If that's an indication that The Incredible Hulk with follow Iron Man's template, well, given how terrific everything on that movie looks, that'll be just fine and dandy with us.

Source: EmpireOnline

First Pic From Death Race

First Pic From Death Race
Jason Statham revs up


First Pic From Death Race

Universal has released the first picture from Death Race, the upcoming remake of Death Race 2000. Click the image below to make Jason Statham drive closer to your face.





















The film tells of a violent future where inmates of a particularly unpleasant prison are forced to take part in a perilous car races full of souped-up motors, firepower and mangled bodies, which will be televised to the nation. Statham plays Jensen Ames, a man who has been framed for a crime he didn't commit (naturally) and tries to drive his way to freedom.

Everything about this film sounds like great fun, except the name of the director: Paul W. S. Anderson.

Source: EmpireOnline

The Duchess Trailer Online

The Duchess Trailer Online
Keira Knightley gets back in the corset


The Duchess Trailer Online

The first trailer for Keira Knightley's next movie The Duchess has been released and you can watch it below.

Having given it a small peruse, we can't help but think that this teaser is rather overplaying its hand. Its editing, grand music and brief shots of people saying very poetic things which don't really mean a great deal when you think about them, suggest that this is a story that the world has been desperate to see told. But ask most people on the street who the Duchess of Devonshire was and the most common answer will likely be 'Was she that fat ginge who went to America to advertise Weight Watchers?'.

The Duchess was in fact the scandalous 18th century aristo Georgiana Cavendish, who became a notorious public figure for her bold political views and racy personal life. Here it just seems that she wore wigs the size of small zeppelins and shagged lots of people. Knightley's on a great run at the moment and, handled well, this could be the kind of film that pushes her further, but we hope it turns out less Barbara Cartland than this trailer indicates.



Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Berg Directing Cruise's Salt?

Berg Directing Cruise's Salt?
Kingdom director in talks with Tom
Source: Variety


Berg Directing Cruise's Salt?

They've appeared together in two films recently - Collateral and Lions for Lambs - but actor-director Peter Berg is now in talks to direct Tom Cruise in spy thriller Edwin A. Salt, due to start shooting this summer (actors' strike permitting).

The story, written by screenwriter and sometime director Kurt Wimmer (he did write The Thomas Crown Affair remake, but let's not mention Ultraviolet, OK?), is about a CIA spy who's accused of being a Russian sleeper agent planning to assassinate the President. While trying to reunite with his family, he also has to find the real culprit.

Terry Hotel Rwanda George was originally slated to direct, but Berg has apparently been having talks with Cruise to take over. Given that he's currently a studio favourite after The Kingdom and with the upcoming Will Smith/superhero movie Hancock, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he takes the reins. Shooting starts in June on soundstages in LA and on the US East Coast.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Cloverfield TV Spot

New Cloverfield TV Spot
With a bunch of new footage
Source: Movieweb


New Cloverfield TV Spot

Movieweb has a new TV spot from one of 2008's most anticipated movies, Cloverfield. You can watch it below. This features a selection of new footage from the JJ Abrams-produced monster movie. Does it give us a ton of new clues to what the movie's all about? Probably not, but speculate away!









Source: EmpireOnline

Screen Actors Guild Noms Announced

Screen Actors Guild Noms Announced
Into The Wild leads the way


Screen Actors Guild Noms Announced

The Screen Actors has announced its nominations for the best performances of 2007. Into The Wild had the most nominations with four, but the nods were spread pretty widely among the year's best. Michael Clayton managed three nominations, as did No Country For Old Men, and Cate Blanchett got two nods for The Golden Age and I'm Not There.

Into The Wild's success pushes this forward in the Oscar race with such a large portion of the Academy made up of actors. Could this make Emile Hirsch the frontrunner for Best Actor?

One film that many have spoken of as the one to beat at the Oscars could manage only one nomination. Daniel Day Lewis was the sole nominee for There Will Be Blood, despite the phenomenal performance in the same film from Paul Dano. This movie could prove too challenging for the safer members.

See the full list below. What do you think?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl)
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
Julie Christie (Away From Her)
Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)
Ellen Page (Juno)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford)
Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men)
Hal Holbrook (Into The Wild)
Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men)
Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There)
Ruby Dee (American Gangster)
Catherine Keener (Into The Wild)
Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
3:10 to Yuma
American Gangster
Hairspray
Into the Wild
No Country for Old Men

Source: EmpireOnline

Hellboy II Trailer Online

Hellboy II Trailer Online
Big red is back
Source: Myspace.com


Hellboy II Trailer Online

The first trailer for Hellboy II: The Golden Army has hit the interwebs, care of Myspace, and you can see it below.

We likey. Though great fun, one of the problems with the first movie was that it had a selection of terrific characters – particularly Hellboy himself and Abe Sapien – but not a sufficiently interesting story to keep up with them. This looks like it's got a lot more going on.

In this second installment, Hellboy and co have to save the human world as the mythical realm, lead by an arse-kicking Luke Goss, threatens to break out and wage war on humanity. All the stoic wisecracking seems to be on display, but Guillermo Del Toro's work on Pan's Labyrinth seems to have given the world more richness and the menagerie of fantasy creatures on display is stunning. Looking forward to this one.

What do you think?

Hellboy II: The Golden Army trailer

Hellboy II: The Golden Army trailer

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Source: EmpireOnline

Tekken Movie Gets A Director

Tekken Movie Gets A Director
But is he the Dwight man for the job?


Tekken Movie Gets A Director

Are they Tekken the piss? Another movie based on a video game? Haven’t we been burnt too many times already?

New reaches us via Variety that the game which made its debut on the original PlayStation way back in 1995 is due for a cinematic overhaul with Dwight Little at the helm.

Who he? You say? Well, Dwight’s awesome resume includes big snake sequel Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid and Wesley Snipes’ thriller Murder At 1600.

Based on the Namco series, Tekken is reportedly set to be a futuristic martial arts action flick.

"The film plays out as a science fiction story set in the near future, about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people," says Little. "It's a gladiator story, but the videogame has a complicated enough storyline that it provides the template for a martial arts spectacular."

How spectacular that spectacular is set to be depends on how much Little has learnt from his previous forays into martial arts territory – he helmed the frankly appalling Brandon Lee flick Rapid Fire and the Steven Seagal starrer Marked For Death.

Forgive us if we sound negative about this project, but, thanks to the legacy of crap video game/movie translations, we've found there’s only so many times our hearts can be broken. Mr Little, we hope that you prove us wrong.

Source: EmpireOnline

I Am Legend Premiere Report

I Am Legend Premiere Report
Hitting the red carpet, Big Willie style


I Am Legend Premiere Report

He’s played his personal legend and become a bona-fide Hollywood legend, so it comes as little to surprise to find that Will Smith is a bit of a, well, legend.

Braving a freezing cold December night to plug his upcoming flick, you guessed it, I Am Legend, the one-time Fresh Prince Of Bel Air made sure to say a big thank you to the assembled throng of supporters, even if it meant his time with the huddled hacks was all-too brief.

The clock was ticking but the former Bad Boy turned family man did manage to explain the tone of the movie - “There’s quite a few scary elements to the film but it’s more of a psychological thriller than a horror though” – and wax lyrical on the virtues of working with his offspring (his youngest, Willow, stars as his on-screen kid). “It was beautiful working with my daughter,” he says. “She’s very into acting and performing and when your child wants to do what you do, well that’s a great experience as a parent.”

Those able to have a bit more of a chat (mostly because they’re not megastars with people screaming out their name), were the producer Akiva Goldsman and director Francis Lawrence – a dream team that will soon see them working together on the mooted Eddie Dickens adaptation, a kid-lit favourite, and Goldsman getting his leading man to play a down-and-out superhero in Hancock.







































































“I’m a great believer in film-making as teamwork and a lot of people sort of get a good thing going and then break it. We do very well together, says Goldsman. “As for Eddie Dickens, well, that’s long-haul but me and Francis are trying to revive it. We wanted to make a really dark motion-capture movie but the studio said ‘For who?’ and we said ‘Well, us!’ They said ‘No!’

Until that one does get the greenlight, it’s all about slapping themselves on the back for finally getting I Am Legend made – particularly as it’s a project that has laboured in development hell since James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger were attached to the project in the early Nineties.

“This is a lot of people’s work over a lot of years but it’s very nice to have the opportunity to move this thing forward,” Says Goldsman. “I’m really very proud of it.”

“Yeah, it feels really good,” says Lawrence. “Especially now that people are going to see it. It’s a lot different from what they were trying to make in the Nineties.”

As it’s based on Richard Matheson’s much-loved sci-fi/horror novella (it’s about the last man on Earth trying to survive nightly attacks from plague-ridden, sunlight-shunning nasties), what did the author make of the finished product?

“He was very happy with it,” says Lawrence. “I spoke to him after he saw it and he was very happy and very excited about it. It’s not exactly as he wrote it, we modernised some things and changed some things but he’s very happy with it. So that’s good.”

The film is clearly doing something right with US audiences going crazy for the post-apocalyptic yarn and Lawrence puts that success down to one man and his dog – to be clearer, Smith’s versatility and the acting talents of his co-star, a German Shepherd who plays Sam.

“The reason this film works is because of Will’s versatility,” says Lawrence. “He does so many different performances in the same film, usually you need an entire cast to get those emotions across but he managed it all on his own.

"As for Sam, well the dog who plays her is fantastic in this movie. She’s two-years-old, her name is Abbey and she had barely any training. We had two back-up dogs but she did 98% of the movie. So the dog you know in the movie is Abbey.”

I Am Legend goes on general release from Boxing Day.

Source: EmpireOnline

Sam Raimi Directing Drag Me To Hell

Sam Raimi Directing Drag Me To Hell
It's back to horror for Spidey director
Source: Variety


Sam Raimi Directing Drag Me To Hell

You can hardly blame Sam Raimi for wanting to take on a smaller project after directing three Spider-Man movies. We'd park ourselves on a beach somewhere with one of those drinks with an umbrella in it and ban anyone from mentioning the words Peter Parker ever again.

The director will be going back to his genre roots for Drag Me To Hell, a supernatural thriller he wrote with his brother Ivan. The film tells of a recipient of a supernatural curse and was actually written just after Raimi finished making Army of Darkness in 1992.

Rob Tapert, Raimi's partner in Ghost House Pictures and the producer of the movie, told Variety, "Sam calls it a 'spook-a-blast,' a wild ride with all the chills and spills that 'Evil Dead' delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film. When one has done three very expensive movies, they get used to eating caviar. Sam will have to ponder what it means to come down from the mountaintop for a moment."

Raimi going back to making horror is awesome news and working on a smaller project should give him time to recharge his batteries for his next big thing – Spider-Man 3 felt like the work of a director running on fumes and with eyes sometimes more focused on the release date than the movie. Whether that next big project is The Hobbit, Spider-Man 4 or something else altogether, we'll have to wait and see.

Source: EmpireOnline

Jackson Says He Won't Direct Hobbit

Jackson Says He Won't Direct Hobbit
Sorry folks, he's just producing
Source: ew.com


Jackson Says He Won't Direct Hobbit

When it was reported earlier this week that The Hobbit had been greenlit as two movies and that Peter Jackson would produce many people in our comments section said they were holding out hope that Jackson would eventually decide to direct himself. He's now stated, through his manager, that this will not happen.

Jackson's rep, Ken Kamins, told Entertainment Weekly "Peter won't be directing because he felt the fans have waited long enough for The Hobbit. It will take the better part of every day of the next four years to write, direct and produce two Hobbit films. Given his current obligations to both The Lovely Bones and Tintin, waiting for Peter, Fran, and Phillippa to write, direct and produce The Hobbit would require the fans wait even longer."

While some will inevitably be crushed that the director of the original trilogy has definitely counted himself out of the running to shoot it, we have great faith that his passion for the story will mean that whoever is chosen will be given the job based on a similar passion and ability to make something that lives up to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and keeps Jackson's philosophy of putting the fans and the story before the studio. Names currently floating around include Sam Raimi, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. While any of those would doubtless do a terrific job, we'd love to see the honour go to Del Toro, whose Pan's Labyrinth shows that he has exactly the right skills to balance fantasy, war and multiple story strands. Also, he'll make it look pretty.

Source: EmpireOnline

Peter Berg To Direct Edwin A Salt?

Peter Berg To Direct Edwin A Salt?
Hancock helmer to work with Tom Cruise
Source: ew.com


Peter Berg To Direct Edwin A Salt?

Entertainment Weekly has learned that Peter Berg, director of The Kingdom and next year's Hancock, is in line to call the orders on Edwin A Salt, a film being developed for Tom Cruise.

Edwin A Salt, written by Kurt Wimmer, tells of a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian sleeper spy. The film sees him try to avoid capture by the government, reach his family and prove his innocence.

Berg is currently one of Hollywood's most underrated directors – the little seen Friday Night Lights is one of the greatest sporting movies ever made and the Will Smith comedy Hancock looks terrific from the trailer – so studios can throw as many movies his way as they like, as far as we're concerned.

Source: EmpireOnline

Day The Earth Stood Still Gets Some Hamm

Day The Earth Stood Still Gets Some Hamm
Jon Hamm joins Keanu Reeves sci-fi
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Day The Earth Stood Still Gets Some Hamm

The currently shooting remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still is expanding its cast. Jon Hamm is the latest to join the story of an alien who comes to Earth to deliver a message of peace and gets shot at by us wretched humans who consider all extra terrestrials to be essentially violent creatures (oh the irony). Quite rightly he then unleashes his big ass robot on our puny species.

Hamm, a Golden Globe nominee for TV's Mad Men, will play Dr. Granier, a NASA official who recruits Helen (Jennifer Connelly) to the scientific team investigating the arrival of the alien Klaatu (Keanu Reeves). Helen then tries to help Klaatu avoid the gun happy human race.

Scott Derickson is directing and the film is expected to be released in late 2008.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More Terminator 4 News...

More Terminator 4 News...
Is John Connor the main character?
Source: CHUD


More Terminator 4 News...

Our aul' mucker Devin at CHUD.com has uncovered a few tidbits about the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (otherwise known as T4 to you and me but not to be confused with that show). And the big news is that they may have hired a big star for a very small role (minor spoilers follow).

It seems that John Connor, aka Christian Bale, has hardly any role at all in the film, taking a bigger part in the second of three planned films (oh god, a trilogy). The lead character is the yet-to-be-cast Marcus, a Riddick-like figure who was "put out of commission" before T3's holocaust and awakens in about 2015 to discover a radiation-ravaged, machine-ridden world. There he meets Connor and learns about his attempts to build a utopian human society as well as running the human resistance.

There's also a female pilot called Blair, holding the ladies' end up, and a cameo from Reese alongside John Connor, and a whole heap of action. More essentially, there's a whole heap of big machine vs. human action.

For more on all of this, and one very intriguing but possibly totally spoilerific hint at the plot, head on over to CHUD and read all about it. Exciting stuff, eh? Or nay?

Source: EmpireOnline

Affleck In For Norton On State Of Play

Affleck In For Norton On State Of Play
Another casting switch on politico drama
Source: Variety


Affleck In For Norton On State Of Play

State of Play, the movie adaptation of the BBC drama about a politician involved in a murder and the journalist investigating him, has lost another of its stars. Following the departure of Brad Pitt several weeks ago, Edward Norton has now withdrawn his services.

But it would be unfair to start calling this movie troubled. While Pitt left the project over creative differences, Norton's reasons for jumping ship are said to be down to timing. When Pitt chose to leave and the film's casting agents had to start courting Russell Crowe to replace him, it meant that filming was put back. This clashed with Norton's commitment to star in and produce Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass. So a new actor has been sought.

Variety is reporting that Ben Affleck will be the man to take Norton's vacated politician role. While we were excited to see Pitt and Norton's Fight Club reunion, you can't really turn your nose up at a cast that includes Crowe, Affleck, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman.

Source: EmpireOnline