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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Paramount Making Cloverfield Sequel

Paramount Making Cloverfield Sequel
And Reeves also doing Invisible Woman
Source: Variety


Paramount Making Cloverfield Sequel

Well, this disappoints us. It really does. Much of what we loved about Cloverfield, which finally hits UK cinemas tomorrow, was dependent on it not having a sequel. So it's slightly depressing to see Variety report that Paramount is forging ahead with a follow up in the wake of good box office.

Now we don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but the film works because you don't know anything about where the monster came from and just experience its attack on New York in the same bewildered state as the film's characters. It's about an experience more than a story. We can only imagine that a sequel filling in some of the gaps will dilute that experience. However, we have to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves have something special in mind and not just a repeat that will make more bucks.

Reeves is set to return to direct the next movie and how quickly it goes into production depends on how quickly he, Abrams and writer Drew Goddard can come up with a new angle.

More interestingly, as was rumoured on Aintitcool yesterday and is today confirmed by Variety, Reeves is also planning The Invisible Woman. This is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a former beauty queen who turns to a life of crime to help her family. That we'd like to see. Make that one. Leave Cloverfield as what it should be: a thrilling one-off experiment.

Source: EmpireOnline

Speed Racer Lego Pics Online

Speed Racer Lego Pics Online
Y'know, for kids
Source: Collider


Speed Racer Lego Pics Online

With the way Lego are going, there will one day be sets based on Citizen Kane and Society. But that day is not yet here. However, we do now have the joy of Speed Racer Lego. The brick company is planning to release four sets to coincide with the release of the Wachowski's movie. You can click any of the images below for a better look. Thanks to Collider who had the first pics of these.





































































We don't love this as much as the Indiana Jones sets that have just been released and which we'll be running a hands on test report of on Monday (I have to write it now that I've said that), but these are undoubtedly pretty nifty. The cars are well done and there's a monkey, so it's all good.

Obviously, we're far too grown up to be playing with Lego. But, if we weren't, you might be hearing 'vrrrooooooom' noises coming from our office. But you won't, because we're mature.

Exclusive: New Leatherheads Poster

Exclusive: New Leatherheads Poster
Renee and George Get Romantic


Exclusive: New Leatherheads Poster

Universal has sent us an exclusive new poster for the George Clooney directed Leatherheads. Click the image below for a hi-res version.





































There was another poster online yesterday (here) playing up the American football angle on this movie about a sports hero (Clooney) who enters into a love-hate relationship with a reporter (Renee Zellweger) who has come to town to write a story on the rather too squeaky clean new team hero (John Krasinski). But American football is just a sport for men too scared to play rugby, so we're looking forward to this as a movie that seems to be made in the mould of rapid fire rom-coms like His Girl Friday.

What we've seen looks great and we are firmly of the belief that George Clooney as a director can do no wrong. Zellweger showed in the rather underrated Down With Love that she can easily wrap her tongue around a witty, fast-paced line (the reveal of her masterplan in that movie is amazing). So we're expecting big things from this.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: New In Bruges Posters

Exclusive: New In Bruges Posters
Two pin ups for Colin Farrell's comedy


Exclusive: New In Bruges Posters

Universal has given us two versions of the new poster for the Colin Farrell comedy In Bruges. Click either of the images below to see a larger version. Hell, click both, live a little.


















































In Bruges tells of two hitmen (Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are dispatched to the Belgian town of Bruges after a bungled kill. There they spend time respectively loathing and loving their temporary home. It's one of the funniest comedies we've seen in a while and easily the best thing Colin Farrell's done in years, so we wholeheartedly recommend you see it when it comes out on April 4.

You can click here to watch the trailer.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Prince Caspian Poster Online

New Prince Caspian Poster Online
Behold, Reepicheep!
Source: aintitcool.com


New Prince Caspian Poster Online

There was a really bad scan of this online last week, but Aintitcool has now debuted a hi-res version of the new poster for Prince Caspian, the sequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. You can see their bigger version by clicking the image below.

One thing that's been picked up on is that this poster gives the first look at Reepicheep, a character beloved by fans of the book. He's that little mouse in the lower-right corner with a sword and a feather. The one that looks a little like a stabby rodent showgirl. Reepicheep, who'll be voiced in the movie by the marvellous Eddie Izzard, is a descendent of the mice who gnawed through the ropes that bound Aslan to the stone table after he was captured by the White Witch.

Prince Caspian Poster

Other than that, this poster looks in keeping with the more grown up tone that the trailer suggested. As the first film showed, these are essentially children's movies – the first played to young to hold our interest – but we're hoping Prince Caspian holds enough for grown ups too.

Source: EmpireOnline

Brett Ratner To Direct Wolf Man?

Brett Ratner To Direct Wolf Man?
Aaaaaw, balls
Source: aintitcool.com


Brett Ratner To Direct Wolf Man?

Please to the power of a thousand let this not be true. Aint It Cool is reporting that "an incredibly reliable source" has told them that Brett Ratner is the front runner to park his bum in the Wolf Man director's chair recently vacated by Mark Romanek. Now, this would be a bad idea for the following reasons.

1. Ratner is not what you'd call a visionary. He can make something look pretty and slick or make a close fit of another director's style (see his work on X-Men 3 and Red Dragon, which visually imitated those who went before). He's perfectly capable of turning in a watchable movie, but a re-invention of this story needs some passion and a new way of looking at things. We should all be hoping for more than watchable.

2. He's not an actors' director. You have an amazing cast here, Universal. Benicio Del Toro as the Wolf Man; Anthony Hopkins as his father; Emily Blunt as, well, we don't know, but she's great. Don't squander those incredible talents by asking them to just go through the motions. Last time Ratner worked with Hopkins the result was a camp and comedic Hannibal Lecter. Bad thing.

3. Ratner can't do scary. See again Red Dragon, if you must.

4. HE MADE RUSH HOUR 3!

Please Universal, we know this must be a panicked time, with your cast and crew all set to shoot and nobody to call the shots. But, please, take the time to think about this. We were incredibly excited about the film with Romanek at the controls, but this frightens us more than the movie possibly could. Please consider another director (the suggestion of Matt Reeves intrigued us) or make nice with Romanek. Let him have a nice big budget or send him a muffin basket. Everybody likes muffins.

Source: EmpireOnline

Claire Danes Joins Me & Orson Welles


Claire Danes Joins Me & Orson Welles

On board with Zac Efron


Claire Danes Joins Me & Orson Welles

Claire Danes has joined the cast of Me & Orson Welles, Richard Linklater's new movie about a young man who found his way into the famed Mercury Theatre that Welles set up in 1937. The film is based on a novel by Robert Kaplow. Zac Efron will play the young man, with Danes as a young woman he falls for.

Also in the cast are Christian McKay as Welles, Ben Chaplin as stage actor George Coulouris and Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan, Leo Bill, Imogen Poots and Aidan McArdle in unspecified roles.

The film begins shooting on February 24 on the Isle of Man and will then film in Pinewood Studios, London and New York. You can find the filming locations by following the sound of screaming girls.

Source: EmpireOnline

Del Toro Wins World Cinema Award

Del Toro Wins World Cinema Award
Pan’s Labyrinth scoops top prize


Del Toro Wins World Cinema Award

Guillermo Del Toro, uber-director and all-round good egg, has added another gong to his already overwhelmed trophy cabinet with a big win at the 2008 Pioneer World Cinema Awards.

Having beaten The Lives Of Others, The Science Of Sleep, Climates and Syndromes And A Century, the Spanish helmer flew into
London to collect the award from Catherine Deneuve at a ceremony held on January 30 at the BFI Southbank.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Hellboy daddy said: "I am very humbled by the competition and the nominations so I am very happy to have won this award. I am extremely thankful because world cinema seems to be not only about geography of the world out there, but about charting the world within us. Very often people think that the only way to tell the truth is through reality. So I find, by my own experience, irreality is sometimes a better tool to tell the truth."

El Laberinto Del Fauno (as it’s otherwise known) has already picked up a number of international awards, including three Oscars, three BAFTAs and a 2007 Empire award, so it’s heartening to see that success hasn’t gone to old Guillermo’s head.

The full awards ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Ross, will be broadcast on BBC Four on Saturday, February 2 at
9.10pm.

Source: EmpireOnline

DreamWorks To Remake Paranormal Activity

DreamWorks To Remake Paranormal Activity
Low-budget horror hit at Slamdance Fest
Source: Variety


Cloverfield may have fallen harder than Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential campaign (and you thought that we didn’t do satire) in its second weekend, but the Matt Reeves monster movie has made enough moolah to warrant not only a sequel, but also to provoke a string of movies which deploy the same ‘shot on a camcorder’ conceit.

The first of these, it seems, will be a horror film called Paranormal Activity, a micro-budget flick that caused quite a stir at the Slamdance Film Festival recently. Directed by first-timer Oren Peli, it’s a haunted house flick which was shot on hi-def cameras in about a week, with the film’s cast – actors Micah Sloat and Katie Featherstone – often manning the cameras.

Now, obviously, given that the film has already been completed and screened, there’s no way that this version of Paranormal Activity can be accused of being a Cloverfield clone. We can’t say the same, though, about the forthcoming remake. Yes, that’s right – remake, for DreamWorks today picked up domestic and remake rights for the movie.

The original will probably go straight to DVD, or might even be buried altogether. But expect DreamWorks to shell out a bit of cash on a lavish redo, with name actors, artfully amateurish camerawork and a shedload of effects. Peli’s involvement in any new version of Paranormal Activity is not yet known.

Source: EmpireOnline

MacDonald To Direct Bobby Fischer Pic

MacDonald To Direct Bobby Fischer Pic
About chess match with Boris Spassky
Source: Variety


MacDonald To Direct Bobby Fischer Pic

Even if you don’t know anything about chess – and even though this Empire correspondent was in the chess club at school, it was purely so he could get out of playing sodding rugby during games afternoons – you’ll probably be able to name Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, two of the greatest players in the history of the sport/hobby/pastime.

Fischer, of course, died just a couple of weeks ago, and has already been immortalised in cinematic terms thanks to Steven Zaillian’s 1993 movie Searching For Bobby Fischer. However, that movie didn’t feature Fischer as a character.

Now that’s about to change, with the news that Working Title and Universal have teamed up yet again to adapt the book, Bobby Fischer Goes To War, which documents the classic 1972 battle between Fischer, then a chess whiz-kid, and his rival, Spassky, at the World Chess Championship.

Kevin Macdonald will direct the movie, once he’s finished work on State Of Play, the political thriller currently shooting also under the auspices of Working Title and Universal.

Chess is a game that translates well to movies – think The Seventh Seal, think The Thomas Crown Affair, think Knight Moves, ok, don’t think Knight Moves – and Bobby Fischer Goes To War is already a mouth-watering prospect. Shawn Slovo will script, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will, as ever, call the shots for Working Title.

Source: EmpireOnline

Clip From The Accidental Husband Online

Clip From The Accidental Husband Online
See Uma and Colin go!
Source: ComingSoon


Clip From The Accidental Husband Online

It's a film we haven't heard too much about until now, but there's an interesting clip of The Accidental Husband online, with Uma Thurman and Colin Firth stressing about the sort of fix only those in com-roms get into. Watch the whole thing here.

So the plot concerns a talk-show relationship expert, Emma (Thurman), who's sure she's met the perfect guy in publisher Richard (Firth) - only a fireman called Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who you may remember as the best thing in PS I Love You) is trying to mess with Emma's perfect life, by, er, marrying her. Seems that Emma gave Patrick's fiancee advice that led to her breaking the poor fella's heart, so now he's out for revenge. Only, we're guessing he falls in love with her after all.

Aside from the fact that Thurman appears to be donning some sort of weird British accent, and that scenes from farcical comedy don't always work terribly well without the build-up, this looks rather amusing. It's out here at the end of February, so look out for a review in a future issue of Empire.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Exclusive: New Indiana Jones Pic

Exclusive: New Indiana Jones Pic
Have bazooka, will travel


Exclusive: New Indiana Jones Pic

Paramount and Lucasfilm have provided us with a brand new, exclusive image from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which you can see below and which is printed in full in the new issue of Empire, on sale Friday, along with another new still of Cate Blanchett in action as Agent Spalko. We also spoke with producer Frank Marshall about the fourth film in the Indy franchise.

"This picture is locked," Marshall told us of the current progress. "Steven's pretty much done editing. And we're going into the phase with John Williams where he starts scoring the movie. He's really writing now and then we'll start scoring in February".














When asked where this movie sits tonally with the rest of the series, Marshall said: "I would say it's closest to the third one (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). It's all adults. I mean, you have the sidekick in Shia (LaBeouf), but you don't have a Short Round and I think the banter between the characters is as fun as it was in the third movie".

A new Last Crusade would be just dandy by us. When not discussing the finer nuances of Fassbinder or trying on Vulcan ears, we in the Empire office like to argue over which is the best Indy movie. There's currently a heated battle between the Raiders and Crusade teams.

One last piece of info: there will be an Indiana Jones Mr Potato Head. Greatest toy ever? Yes, readers, it just might be.
Update: Thanks to forum user morg1138 for poiting out that you can see the little spud here.
For lots more Indy inside news from Frank Marshall and more exclusive pictures from Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull pick up the new issue of Empire, on sale Friday.


























Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: Hellboy 2 Video Set Visit!

Exclusive: Hellboy 2 Video Set Visit!
On the set with Guillermo Del Toro


Exclusive: Hellboy 2 Video Set Visit!

During the making of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Empire was given unprecedented world exclusive access to shoot video diaries throughout the film's production. We followed every step of one of 2008's biggest sequels, talking to everyone from director to stars to those behind the scenes and generally making a nuisance of ourselves while they went about the important business of making a movie to follow the 2004 hit.

We'll be bringing you all those videos over the next few months in the run up to the movie's August 22 release. Today we start with our very own Chris Hewitt sitting down with director Guillermo Del Toro to talk through returning to the world of Hellboy, as a new war against a mythical world threatens to take over the Earth. You can watch the video below. Please note, Chris' thumb was not harmed in the making of this film.

Video

For tons more exclusive news on Hellboy II: The Golden Army pick up the new issue of Empire, on sale Friday. In our massive cover feature we go behind the scenes to meet the new monsters facing the big red one and discover why Selma Blair is considering shooting puppies for her director. Click the cover below to see what else is in the packed new issue.


























Source: EmpireOnline

New Time Traveller's Wife Images

New Time Traveller's Wife Images
It's a love story for all time(s)
Source: IMDb.com


New Time Traveller's Wife Images

The IMDb has a bunch of new stills from The Time Traveller's Wife, the upcoming movie that really should have something for everyone. Click them below for a better look.

For starters, Audrey Niffenegger's book is a fantastic tale of a man who suffers a genetic misallignment that causes him to randomly leap through time, something that leads to a strange relationship with a woman who grows older as his age shifts all over the place. Second, it's got Eric Bana as the time traveller. Bana's not only a great actor, but any who find him distinctly unhideous (like our own Helen O'Hara, who turns dreamy eyed and drooly at the mention of his name) will get to see him turning up naked every time he time leaps. Thirdly, it stars Rachel McAdams as his lady love being...well, who needs Rachel McAdams to do anything other than be?














































































We confidently predict that this will be enormous when it's this summer.

Source: EmpireOnline