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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Speed Racer Premiere Report


Speed Racer Premiere Report

Revving up on the red carpet


Speed Racer Premiere Report

On a rain-soaked night in London, the stars of Haribo-coloured motorcar blockbuster Speed Racer could have done with some all-weather racing car tyres of their own to cope with the deluged red carpet. But the troopers that they are (and despite some soggy hairdos), the cast of the Wachowski brothers’ latest big-budget fare were in fine form.

“From pancakes to pathos, that’s what I’m doing, it’s a real emotional journey,” said star Susan Sarandon of her mumsy role in the 60s cult cartoon. “If you’re going to do something in a big action film, these are the guys (the Wachowskis) you want to do it with. I was a big fan of The Matrix films, I thought they were the best ever so I’m very proud to be involved in this.”

It has been a busy year for Sarandon, who, in addition to offering her support to Barrack Obama in the US presidential race, has just finished up her part in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.















































































































































































“I just finished that yes,” she said. “I play the comic relief, an alcoholic grandmother – my first grandma – but she doesn’t really seem like a real grandmother because she has a lot of hair and jewellery and nails and liquor. I don’t think I ever talk without a cigarette and a drink in my hand.”

“Peter Jackson is really a nice guy and very interesting. It was really a very different way of working. We had a good time, I’m really curious to see what it’s like because he kept pushing me to be more and more extreme and sometimes that’s when you make your big mistakes so I’m not sure how it will come off - it will be interesting to see it from the point of view of the audience.”

Also showing his face at the Speed Racer premiere was the eponymous star, Emile Hirsch.

“I’m not really a fast driver, I’m probably more of a normal driver who fantasises about being, you know, Speed Racer,” he said of his role. “The Wachowski brothers made The Matrix trilogy which for me was a major part of growing up and I was also a fan of Speed Racer as a kid so to get a chance to work with the Wachowskis and make this movie was an exciting combination.”

Next up, he’s starring on screen with his Into The Wild director Sean Penn.

“Yeah man, we filmed this movie with Gus Van Sant called Milk (a biopic of the assassinated San Francisco-based gay politician). I haven’t seen the film but he’s incredible in it. It’s such an extreme difference from Speed Racer, the films couldn’t be more opposite.”

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Speed Racer is released on May 9.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Incredible Hulk Pics

New Incredible Hulk Pics
Yep, he looks angry alright
Source: Yahoo


New Incredible Hulk Pics

Yahoo has five new images from The Incredible Hulk, which you can see here (five of the first six are the new ones).

The most interesting shots are the first couple from that 26-minute bust-up that we saw a smidgen of in the trailer. The Abomination is looking particularly cool in one of the shots, although me do worry about what this transformation has done to his favourite area. It seems to have transformed into some kind of bony Ken-doll-like protuberance. No amount of super-strength is worth that.



New Incredible Hulk Pics

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Source: EmpireOnline

Vaughn & Goldman In Debt To Miramax

Vaughn & Goldman In Debt To Miramax
Stardust writers sell new project


Vaughn & Goldman In Debt To Miramax

Stardust writers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman...Sorry, Empire award winning Stardust writers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have sold their next script The Debt to Miramax.

The Debt is a remake of Israeli film Ha-Hov, which follows three Mossad agents over the course of three decades as they hunt a Nazi war criminal. It currently seems that Vaughn won't direct, although he will produce with Kris Thykier.




Source: EmpireOnline

Martin Campbell To Direct Spy Thriller

Martin Campbell To Direct Spy Thriller
From 24 co-creator Joel Surnow
Source: Variety


Martin Campbell To Direct Spy Thriller

Martin Campbell’s a busy boy.

The Casino Royale director yesterday cast Mel Gibson in his big screen remake of Edge Of Darkness, the classic BBC mini-series that put him on the map as a helmer. And today, it’s emerged that he’s working on another big-budget blockbuster, which will presumably begin once he’s finished with Edge.

The as-yet untitled movie, which is described only as a ‘contemporary spy thriller’ has been set up at United Artists, the Tom Cruise-part-owned studio. However, although it seems likely that the movie is being put together as a vehicle for Cruise, United Artists won’t confirm or deny anything at this point.

The flick has been squeezed from the mind grapes of 24 co-creator Joel Surnow, who will write the script along with 24 co-exec producer, Michael Loceff.

"This is an original concept that both UA and I feel will have an impact creatively and commercially," Surnow told Variety.

The movie will be produced by Lakeshore Entertainment’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg. And that's all the news that's fit to print thus far. We'll keep you posted.

Source: EmpireOnline

Blindness Will Open Cannes

Blindness Will Open Cannes
We didn't see that one coming
Source: Variety


Blindness Will Open Cannes

It’s been rumoured for weeks, and now it’s finally been confirmed: Blindness, the new movie from the great Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, will open the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

The thriller, which stars Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as residents of a city struck down by a sudden epidemic of blindness, will kick off the festival on May 14.

Closing the 61st Cannes Film Festival will be Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened?, the Hollywood-based comedy based on the memoirs of producer, Art Linson. The movie actually shot some scenes in Cannes after last year’s festival, while this year’s Jury President, Sean Penn, appears in the movie. Star Robert De Niro will present the Palme D’Or this year.

The presence of What Just Happened? - which co-stars Bruce Willis - will help assuage fears that this year’s festival might end up being a little low on star power, as will the addition to the official competition of James Gray’s Two Lovers, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

And in good news for Brits, director Steve McQueen (no relation, we’re presuming) has had his film, Hunger, an impressionistic account of the hunger strike of IRA member Bobby Sands, who died in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in 1981, added to the Un Certain Regard line-up.

Source: EmpireOnline

First Mummy 3 Poster Debuts

First Mummy 3 Poster Debuts
Jet Li is going to pieces
Source: robcohenthemummy.com


First Mummy 3 Poster Debuts

Rob Cohen has released the first poster for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on his official blog of the movie. You can click the image below for a bigger look. It's a pretty simple teaser image, just showing Jet Li, the new mummy who's technically not really a mummy because he's made of clay but let's not split hairs, gradually turning to dust.

Cohen also says that the blog will update later today with new imagery.




First Mummy 3 Poster Debuts

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Source: EmpireOnline

Jonah Hill In Line For Transformers 2

Jonah Hill In Line For Transformers 2
Superbad star to play comic relief
Source: EW


Jonah Hill In Line For Transformers 2

Although, obviously, the only Transformers 2 cast members anybody gets really excited about are those big metal ones made by ILM, they do need some puny earthlings to crush under their great metal hooves. And Jonah Hill is, according to Entertainment Weekly, in talks to be one of those keen to avoid a squishing.

Details on who Hill might play are vague, but he's described as the comedy sidekick to Shia LaBeouf's Sam Whitwicky. Hill's always great value, so we hope that they can find something interesting for him to do. For all its amazing action, Transformers suffered a little from extraneous human characters – anyone remember the point of Anthony Anderson? – and ended up a touch disjointed toward the end as it lost control of what to do with them. If the sequel keeps its focus on just a small core of characters and then lets the robots command most of the attention, it could be all the killer with none of the filler. The idea of the combined comedy talents of Shia LaBeouf and Hill is certainly tantalising.

Transformers 2 is set to start shooting in the summer for a June 26, 2009 release.

Source: EmpireOnline

Brandon Routh Talks Man Of Steel

Brandon Routh Talks Man Of Steel
His thoughts on returning to Superman
Source: Coming Soon


Brandon Routh Talks Man Of Steel

We really, really hope that Man of Steel, the sequel to Superman Returns, happens. Though the first film divided opinion, there's loads of potential for a great sequel and Brandon Routh was such a good Superman that he deserves a second shot. Coming Soon recently spoke to the man in the red pants and he had a few things to say about what he's hoping for from the follow-up.

The first thing Routh addressed was that, like most other fans, he wants to see Superman getting to employ his powers in a way other than lifting increasingly heavy things. "Something that audiences are looking for – and I certainly am, too – is for Superman to actually be able to lay a punch on someone or something," he said. "I was filming and I thought, "I haven't really hit anything. I feel like I'm going to need to let some of this anger out." So I'm happy that I think that's going to be a central part of the sequel, getting a good villain that we can actually have physical altercations with. Certainly also, I'd like more humor from Clark or just more of Clark and Jimmy. A little bit more of Lois and Clark, how we used to see them, a bit more of buddies. Perhaps things will be smoothed over with Superman and Lois and she can afford to be a little bit nicer to Clark. I think that's something that people want to see and those are some of the great moments from previous "Superman" films. Also, Superman and Lois getting together, that's always my end goal".

Routh also say that he expects to "be working [on the film] early next year. I know that Bryan [Singer] has pretty much finished out Valkyrie and is back in the states and is zeroing in on the story that he wants to tell. Once that arrives it's going to move pretty quickly."

For more of the interview, click here.

Source: EmpireOnline

Indy 4 TV Spot In High-Quality

Indy 4 TV Spot In High-Quality
You may have seen it; now see it better
Source: Indianajones.com


Indy 4 TV Spot In High-Quality

You may have watched the new Indiana Jones TV spot in YouTube quality a couple of days ago, but the Indiana Jones official site now has it in high-definition, which makes for a much more pleasurable viewing experience. Head here for a looksee. There are also new pictures.








Source: EmpireOnline

Winehouse Singing Next Bond Song?

Winehouse Singing Next Bond Song?
Working with Mark Ronson on a tune
Source: BBC


Winehouse Singing Next Bond Song?

Amy Winehouse's name has been mentioned in connection with the Quantum of Solace theme tune since before it had a title or Bond girl. In fact, the rumours probably started before anyone working on the movie had even thought about the title song. But now, it seems, in a rare case of tabloid scuttlebutt proving true, she's actually in the running for the job.

Mark Ronson, Winehouse's regular producer, told the BBC that the singer has been approached and the pair have submitted a demo. "They asked Amy, and I think Amy said that if she did it, she'd want to do it with me. So hopefully something will come of it," he said. "The demo sounds like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don't know if it'll get used."

Ronson goes on to stress that he doesn't think the pair are the only people who've been approached and that this is far from a done deal. You can read more of the interview here.

We can definitely imagine this working. Ronson's style is very drums and brass, and Winehouse has got some powerful pipes when she's in form, so we can imagine the pair bringing an interesting twist to the traditional Bond lung-buster. What would you think of Winehouse singing the tune?

Source: EmpireOnline

Another Dark Knight Poster

Another Dark Knight Poster
How many of these things are there?!
Source: JoBlo


Another Dark Knight Poster

Is there a limit to how many Dark Knight posters you can look at? If you answer 'yes' to this question, then you may want to head elsewhere. Maybe go and check out the Indy Month feature. If your answer is 'no', then good news! There's another one just surfaced at JoBlo. This one looks like a billboard poster. Click the image below for a larger version. Breaking windows on a floor that high is really quite dangerous, Batman, we hope you know.











Source: EmpireOnline

New Dark Knight Trailer Online Sunday

New Dark Knight Trailer Online Sunday
Yes, sorry, the wait's a bit longer


New Dark Knight Trailer Online Sunday

Good news: The new Dark Knight trailer is very, very good. Bad news: You have to wait until Sunday to see it (officially).

As many of you will know, last night a global treasure hunt was held that led those who took part to cinemas where the new Dark Knight trailer was shown. We followed the trail of the London one and while there's not a huge amount to report 'from the ground', the sight of tens of Batman fans with faces painted in Joker slap was a bizarre one – if rendered less frightening than it might have been by the giddy grins of the dashing throngs – and the screening took place at Odeon Leicester Square. One fan was, slightly bizarrely, given the trailer film reel once the screen had faded to black. What he's supposed to do with this, we don't know. Are Warner Bros stealthily encouraging people to get the trailer on the web? Poor quality bootlegs are already showing up.

Unfortunately for those who weren't able to take part, the trailer won't be released officially until Sunday. It'll be at this site then. The delayed release seems to have been greeted with some displeasure by fans and is the one mis-step so far in this incredibly slick campaign.

Last night's treasure hunt required some fans to stay by their computers to relay clues to those running around town. Those who did that part of the task were rewarded with an extra five days of their friends bragging about seeing the trailer early. The expected release of the trailer once all the treasure hunts were over, which happened by the early hours of this morning, might have been a more popular solution and kinder on those who did half the work.

So, sorry, there are still a few more days until you can see the trailer in the kind of quality you would want. But what you see will be worth it. To describe it fully would spoil your enjoyment, but this is, again, all about The Joker, with Harvey Dent being brought in gradually and judiciously, and the Clown Prince of Crime is looking very bad in a very, very good way.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wall-E Meets A Hula Hoop

Wall-E Meets A Hula Hoop
And he wins!


Wall-E Meets A Hula Hoop

Disgruntled about not seeing the Dark Knight trailer yet? Then watch the clip below of Wall-E doing battle with a hula-hoop and all will be right with the world. Science has proven that watching anything featuring Wall-E is a more effective anti-depressant than Prozac, St John's Wort and kittens wearing little hats.









Source: EmpireOnline

JD Salinger Has Awful Taste In Movies

JD Salinger Has Awful Taste In Movies
Famed author reviews Indiana Jones


JD Salinger Has Awful Taste In Movies

This isn't strictly news, but you might find it rather amusing. Reader Adam Newell just emailed us to let us know that there's a letter written by the author JD Salinger being auctioned on ebay. Now, Salinger wrote some fine works – Catcher In The Rye, particularly, remains required reading for anyone in their late teenage years – but the man is clearly less reliable when it comes to judging movies.

In the letter, written to his lover Janet Eagleson, Salinger says:

"I got hooked into seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, which might be excused for its unwitty, unfunny awful socko-ness if it had been put together by Harvard Lampoon seniors"

Well, la-di-dah. You can see the full note here. You can even buy it if you've got a couple of thousand dollars sitting in your pocket.

Also in Things We Learned Today: JD Salinger isn't dead.

Source: EmpireOnline