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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Brand New Get Smart Trailer

Brand New Get Smart Trailer
Carell and Hathaway fight the crime
Source: Apple


Brand New Get Smart Trailer

A second trailer for Get Smart, the new comedy based on the ‘60s TV show and starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, has gone online here. Take a look, won’t you?

While there’s not a lot in this trailer that had us especially tickled – high points for us were the man getting hit by the bus and The Rock getting told off for stapler misuse – we still have good feelings about this. Firstly, because the cast is so bloody good and we don’t believe you can put that many great people together in front of the camera and not have a good time. Secondly, the chemistry between Hathaway and Carell at the Oscars convinced us that these two could be dynamite together.

We don’t remember the TV show, about an inept spy and his far more capable female partner, particularly well, so we can’t say how close this matches its tone. But we’re going to just carry on looking forward to this one, quietly, over here.

Source: EmpireOnline

Step Brothers Trailer Online

Step Brothers Trailer Online
Ferrell and Reilly become family
Source: Yahoo


Step Brothers Trailer Online

The trailer for Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, is online now here (watch the hi-res versions to avoid blurriness).And while it looks like neither of them is particularly stretching themselves, it's not bad at all

On this evidence, the two are suffering from arrested development and stuck in their teens when their parents marry and they're forced to live together. After some initial friction, they decide to be best friends - but are faced with the horrendous prospect of getting jobs and leaving the nest, some 30 years after they might be expected to.

The sharp eyed will notice some peculiar casting here - Mary Steenburgen plays the mother of Will Ferrell's Brennan, but must have been a teen mum since she's only 14 years older than him. Still, there are a couple of funny gags, Anchorman's Adam McKay is directing and who doesn't love to see adults getting beaten up by a crowd of child bullies? Not everyone? Oh, OK. Forget we said anything, move along.

The film isn't out until September 5 here - so can you wait, or are you psyched?

Source: EmpireOnline

Trailer For Dark Matter Online

Trailer For Dark Matter Online
Streep and Quinn together at last
Source: Coming Soon


Trailer For Dark Matter Online

Coming Soon has a new trailer for Dark Matter, starring Meryl Streep and Aidan Quinn, which you can see here. What's Dark Matter, you ask? Well, watch the trailer why don't you?

Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, the official synopsis describes Dark Matter as the story of Liu Xing (Liu Ye), a Chinese science student pursuing a Ph.D. in the United States in the early 1990s. Driven by ambition, yet unable to navigate academic politics, Liu Xing is inexorably pushed to the margins of American life, until he loses his way.

The following may potentially be a spoiler. The synopsis doesn't mention that the story is loosely based on the life of Chinese physics student Gang Lu, who killed five people in a shooting at Iowa University in 1991 and then turned the gun on himself. So don't expect an uplifting story about hard work conquering all.

Source: EmpireOnline

Gervais And Merchant Reuniting

Gervais And Merchant Reuniting
Office pair to work on film script
Source: BBC


Gervais And Merchant Reuniting

The BBC has learned that Office and Extras writer Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are set to reunite to write a feature film script. The project has the title The Men at the Pru and concerns a group of 20-somethings in the 1970s.

"They work for the building society and they're having a great time, but it's about them coming of age and having to grow up," Gervais told the BBC.

It's not the kind of set up that Hollywood blockbusters are made of, but Gervais and Merchant make comedy gold out of mundanity. The goings on at a Slough paper manufacturer don't sound like basis for the decade's best sitcom, but we all know how that turned out.

It doesn't seem that Gervais and Merchant will be starring in the film (we don't think it's unkind to say they look like they're out of their '20s) and there's no indication of whether they might direct. Gervais is currently working on his feature directing debut, This Side of the Truth, in which he plays the first liar in a world where telling untruths has not been invented. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Rob Lowe. You can read more on that film here.

Go to the BBC website to learn more about The Men At The Pru.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Wall-E Poster

New Wall-E Poster
Look, he's waving. Wave back. Be nice.
Source: AICN


New Wall-E Poster

Aint It Cool News has got its hands on an absurdly cute new poster from Pixar's upcoming Wall-E. You can click the image below to see their huge version.

As you'll probably know, that little 'bot in the background is Eve, who comes to Earth to see how little Wall-E's getting on with cleaning up humanity's filth. But then the cute lil critter falls in love with her.

We haven't seen anything this cute since the time we saw that kitten helping an old lady across the street. But then they both got hit by a truck because kittens aren't well versed in the green cross code. Moral of that story: leave the elderly where they are, they'll find their way.




Source: EmpireOnline

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid For Fox 2000

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid For Fox 2000
Jeff Kinney's best-selling comic novel
Source: Variety


Fox 2000 has picked up the movie rights to Jeff Kinney’s illustrated novel, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, and has put the project out to prospective writers and directors.

Diary started life on the internet as a comic, and then was turned into a book last year. It follows the adventures of Greg Heffley, a wise-cracking student, over the course of an academic year.

Nina Jacobson will produce for Fox 2000 and, with a sequel already in bookstores – Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – she and Fox must have their eyes on a possible geek-centric franchise.

What do you think, readers? Fans of Kinney's work? Think this will translate?

Source: EmpireOnline

Gerard Butler Talks Black Freighter

Gerard Butler Talks Black Freighter
Exclusive: On The Watchmen DVD extra!


Gerard Butler Talks Black Freighter

It’s been rumoured for a while now, but Gerard Butler has confirmed to Empire that he will be lending his vocal talents to the animated Tales Of The Black Freighter short that Zack Snyder is planning as a companion piece to Watchmen.

The Scottish actor had been linked with a role in Watchmen for a long time, but when nothing materialised, it seemed likely that he wouldn’t be linking up with his 300 director on next year’s eagerly-awaited blockbuster.

But, when Snyder hatched plans to film the Tales Of The Black Freighter comic-within-a-comic that tells the tale of a castaway’s mental and physical deterioration and damnation as he tries to intercept a ghost freighter headed for his hometown, and include it on the Watchmen DVD, Butler’s name surfaced once more.

And, speaking to Empire just the other day, he told us that he had committed to the project.

“I’m going to do the voice of the captain,” said Butler. “They’re going to do it in the style of a Japanese anime and I’m totally stoked.

“I actually read the script before reading the comic book and I thought it was awesome,” continued the 38 year-old. “Then I read the comic book and it’s great. The little bits that have been added define it so much more. It’s very dark and there’s just something so descriptive and scary. It’s this descent into madness but explained in such a sane way that you totally feel it yourself. By the end, my heart was pumping!”

Although considered extraneous to the plot of the movie proper by Snyder and his predecessor, Paul Greengrass, Tales Of The Black Freighter is a story that deepens the impact of Watchmen’s main plot, mirroring the arc of a character we won’t reveal.

As a side project, the anime approach is brave and the addition of Butler – who has a great speaking voice – makes this even more exciting. Let’s hope he keeps that Scottish burr.

Watchmen will be released next March.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Exclusive: New Incredible Hulk Pics

Exclusive: New Incredible Hulk Pics
We don't think Ed is happy


Exclusive: New Incredible Hulk Pics

With a new trailer imminent and the actual movie less than four months away, Universal has provided us with two exclusive new shots from The Incredible Hulk, which both appear in the new issue of Empire, on sale from Friday. You can click the images below for a closer look.

The first image shows Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, on the verge of some major hulking out. The second gives the first look at William Hurt as General Ross.

We also spoke to the director Louis Letterier, who filled us in on what to expect from the return of the big green meanie.


"We didn't want to make a cerebral movie," he says of comparisons to Ang Lee's earlier film. "We wanted full action, Hulk smashing stuff up. But Ed Norton's script has given Bruce's story real gravitas – Marvel has always made their superhero movies with great actors to make it tangible and Ed has nailed it here. Admittedly, I'm not the most adult director, but just because we're making a superhero movie, it doesn't just have to appeal to 13-year-old boys. Ed and I both see superheroes as the new Greek gods, so there's a classical undercurrent to Bruce's psycho-drama. It's Prometheus, Pandora's Box, Hercules...but with explosions!" That's what we always felt was missing in the Greek myths.

For much more on The Incredible Hulk, including Letterier on The Abomination, pick up the next issue of Empire this Friday. Click the cover below to preview the rest of the exciting new issue.

Empire Magazine

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: New Wolverine Shot

Exclusive: New Wolverine Shot
New pic of Hugh Jackman. Snikt!


Exclusive: New Wolverine Shot

It's getting superhero crazy up in here today! We've got new Incredible Hulk pics here, and now 20th Century Fox has provided us with an exclusive new image of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Click the image below to see it a little bigger. It also appears in mahoosive dimensions in the new issue of Empire, out this Friday.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) and tells, naturally, the origin of our favourite grumpy mutant. The film also stars Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Will i Am and Dominic Monaghan. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is out next summer.



To see what else the latest issue of Empire has to offer, click the magazine cover below.

Empire Magazine

Source: EmpireOnline

Starship Troopers 3 Trailer Online

Starship Troopers 3 Trailer Online
Hey, look who's back!


Starship Troopers 3 Trailer Online

Reasons why Starship Troopers 3 could be amazing, based on watching the new trailer below:

It features a character called Dix Hauser.

Casper Van Dien is back!

Reasons it's a little bit just maybe possible it won't be amazing:

For the first twenty seconds we thought this was fan-made.

The acting is of the level you'd be disappointed to see in a corporate video.

We think we've played paintball where they shot this thing.

It only seems to have one action sequence featuring aliens, which the trailer uses about six times in two minutes, often from the same angle. That sequence looks like a cut scene from a PS2 game.

It's copied the eggs from Alien, but used a mouldy tennis ball as a model.

The second film was really not very good. At all.

It features a character called Dix Hauser.

Casper Van Dien is back.

In conclusion: It will be amazing. It features a character called Dix Hauser!



Source: EmpireOnline

Mandy From Hollyoaks Is Harley Quinn?!

Mandy From Hollyoaks Is Harley Quinn?!
Craziest Dark Knight rumour ever
Source: Comics 2 Film


Mandy From Hollyoaks Is Harley Quinn?!

Now, to be clear up front, we don't know that this is 100% true as we haven't had it confirmed by Warner Bros. But the fact that her own management are listing it on their website suggests that it's based in fact. Anyway, it would seem that it's possible both that Harley Quinn, bag-of-snakes-crazy squeeze of The Joker, is appearing in The Dark Knight and that she's being played by Mandy from Hollyoaks, aka Sarah Jayne Dunn.

It was rumoured a while ago that Dunn might be playing the part (honestly, that rumour completely passed us by), but now the part has appeared on her CV on the website of her managers RDF. See it here.

The website seems legit and they'd surely be in a position to know, but this is just too weird for us to believe. Plus, Christopher Nolan has denied the character is in the movie, way back when people were saying Sarah Michelle Gellar had won the role. Can this be true?

You just don't go from Sunday morning hangover TV to the biggest movie of the summer. That's mental. If Dunn has landed the part, then good on her, and we expect Tony is feeling pretty silly for letting her leave him and run away to big London after their family tragedy. Not that we watch Hollyoaks or anything. We're just guessing...Shut up.

Source: EmpireOnline

New images from Batman: Gotham Knight

New images from Batman: Gotham Knight
New look at the Batman 'toon
Source: Kung Fu Rodeo


New images from Batman: Gotham Knight

The quite marvellously named Kung Fu Rodeo has got three new images from Batman: Gotham Knight, the upcoming animated Batman DVD which serves as a possible prequel to The Dark Knight/sequel to Batman Begins/in-betweeny type thing. It's a little mysterious at the moment, ok. Click here to see the images.

Batman: Gotham Knight is headed to DVD later this year and is a collection of anime movies, similar to The Animatrix, which show Batman facing off against new foes, including Deadshot and Killer Croc.



Source:
EmpireOnline

New Pics From The Box

New Pics From The Box
Diaz and Marsden, '70s style
Source: USA Today


New Pics From The Box

USA Today has scored seven images, a mix of on-set and final stills, from Richard Kelly's next movie The Box. You can click here to see them (click on the 'Photos' link on that page).

We didn't realise that this was going to be set in the '70s, even though it's based on Richard Mattheson's short story from that era. But those are some rocking sideburns James Marsden has there and Cameron Diaz looks more Charlie's Angels here than she did in those two movies.

In The Box, based on an episode of The Twilight Zone, Diaz and Marsden play a couple who find a box on their doorstep. It tells them that if they push the button on top of it, they will receive a million dollars. However, somebody they don't know will...dun dun dun duuuh...die. Obviously they press it. Strangers aren't worth a million dollars. In the seventies, that would buy a lot of shoes with goldfish in the heel.

After the cult hit of Donnie Darko and the cult flop of Southland Tales, Kelly says that with this he plans "to make a more mainstream popcorn film," but says that doesn't mean he's "watering myself down". You can read more about the film on USA Today's site, here.

Source: EmpireOnline

Justice League Movie Set For 2009

Justice League Movie Set For 2009
Miller's superhero mash-up back on track
Source: Variety


Justice League Movie Set For 2009

Now that the Writers’ Strike is over, and the dust has settled, it looks like Warner Bros. pet project for 2009, the Justice League Of America movie, is back on track.

The George Miller-directed project, which will unite the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter in a superhero mash-up like no other, had been put on hold back in January, because of the strike.

But Warners announced today that the film’s writers, Kieran and Michele Mulroney, are back at work on the script, with a final draft due to be handed to Miller, who’s currently prepping in Australia, in a couple of weeks.

The lapse in production meant that the movie’s options on its cast had apparently expired, but it would seem that there have been no problems in getting the likes of Adam Brody (The Flash), Armie Hammer (Batman), Common (Green Lantern) and Megan Gale (Wonder Woman) back on board. They’ve been told to continue their training.

As yet, nobody has been confirmed as the new Superman. D.J. Cotrona has been heavily linked with the role, but we should get an announcement in the coming weeks, and possibly even days. (Empire has said this before, but we still can’t see why Miller and WB don’t just cast Brandon Routh and be done with it. The poor guy was great in Superman Returns and, with a sequel to that movie looking less and less likely, he deserves another shot.)

As yet, Justice League doesn’t have a date in 2009, but expect it to be one of the few films that will feel confident enough to get within a mile of James Cameron’s Avatar. It also gives Warners a more confident feel for next year, joining Watchmen and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins on their domestic slate.

So, what do you think, readers? Are you glad that the JLA movie is finally going ahead? Or were you hopeful that the strike delay might have torpedoed the project altogether? Are Warners and DC going about this the right way, using JLA as a platform to launch spin-off movies, or should they use the Marvel model of introducing characters first, before building up to a big team-up movie, as with The Avengers?

Use the space below to have your say.

Source: EmpireOnline

The Rock Is The Tooth Fairy

The Rock Is The Tooth Fairy
In a new comedy
Source: Variety


The Rock Is The Tooth Fairy

This might give kids something to think about the next time they place an extracted tooth under their pillow at night – The Rock is The Tooth Fairy.

Or at least he is in the upcoming 20th Century Fox family comedy of the same name.

In the Michael Lembeck film, which starts filming in August, The Rock – or Dwayne Johnson, as he likes to be known now that he’s a proper actor – will play an ordinary man who’s recruited to save the tooth fairy kingdom. Hilarity, needless to say, ensues.

It’s a bit of a shame – The Rock, had all the right attributes to become a bona fide action star, with bone-crunching turns in the likes of Doom and the sorely under-rated Welcome To The Jungle.

But with his Disney comedy The Game Plan proving to be his biggest hit to date, he’s clearly decided to go down the family-friendly route for now, with this set to follow up his starring role in another Disney flick, Witch Mountain. Oh, for the days when he could decimate an entire room of goons with just a flick of his eyebrow.

We can only hope that the script for The Tooth Fairy doesn’t just rely on the obviously inherently inspired device of ‘big man playing supposedly delicate creature’ to generate laughs. And the presence of Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz on scripting duties (along with Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin) raises that hope somewhat.

However, given that Lembeck directed The Santa Clause 2 and 3 (movies which sound like cousins of The Tooth Fairy), we have a growing feeling of dismay that the movie will involve His Rockness knocking a lot of things over and falling on his face. Can’t wait.

Source: EmpireOnline

Paul Dano Is Gigantic

Paul Dano Is Gigantic
There Will Be Blood Man in rom-com
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Paul Dano Is Gigantic

Paul Dano, who did great work in There Will Be Blood and was cruelly denied an Oscar nomination, has lined up a new project to both star in and produce. He'll play the male lead opposite Zooey Deschanel in Gigantic, a romantic comedy by first time director Matt Aselton.

Written by Aselton and Adam Nagata, the story hangs on a romance between a mattress salesman and a woman he meets in his shop. That's exactly the kind of set-up you imagine when you think Dano and Deschanel in a romantic comedy. It's a little weird and doesn't sound that exciting, but has the potential for huge amounts of charm.

After completing Gigantic in New York, Dano will go on to play opposite Brian Cox in The Good Heart, in which he'll play a homeless man who becomes the protege of Cox's grumpy barman. So, like Cocktail with worse teeth?

Source: EmpireOnline