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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wolverine Unveiled

Wolverine Unveiled
First look at prequel footage


Wolverine Unveiled

One of the biggest surprises today at Comic Con came at the end of the Fox panel when, unscheduled, a very special guest appeared. Coming straight from filming in Australia, Hugh Jackman leapt onstage to introduce the first footage from Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Needless to say the crowd went absolutely mental.

What was shown was a sizzle reel of footage that will likely form the basis of the first trailer. Action-packed isn’t even the word for it and several scenes, including appearances from other well known mutant characters, drew forth a storm of applause.

The footage begins with Jackman’s Logan and Liev Schreiber’s Victor Creed (aka Sabertooth) huddled in a prison cell in army fatigues (Creed’s fingernails are noticeably claw-like). Danny Huston’s William Stryker stands before them.
Stryker: “You were sentenced to death for decapitating a senior officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at 10:00 hours. How did that go?”
Cut to the two tied to stakes and a squad of soldiers opening fire.
Cut back to the cell.
Logan: “It tickled.”
Logan and Creed are seen escaping, followed by a shot of Logan silhouetted by a huge explosion as he walks towards the camera.
Stryker: “My name is Major William Stryker. Tired of denying your true nature?”
Creed: “What do you care?”
Stryker: “Oh I care. I care because I know how valuable you are. I’m putting together a special team. With special privileges. So tell me, how would you like to really serve your country?”

As this is said a variety of images flash across the screen, including Logan with bone claws, an acrobatic Taylor Kitsch as Gambit with his staff glowing at both ends, Silverfox, The Blob and a very brief shot of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool – although he looked more like a normal Ryan Reynolds in a red t-shirt than the masked/scarred Deadpool of the comics.

Cut to: Images of the adamantium injection tank from X2.
Creed: “We didn’t sign up for this.”
Creed: “Who do you think you are?”
Creed: “This is what we do.”
Stryker: “Become the animal.”
Stryker: “Embrace the other side.”

Cut to: a series of images of Logan undergoing the Weapon X experimentation, being submerged in the tank and having adamantium bonded to his skeleton. We see an x-ray image of the metal going into his skull. His claws pop out – now metal-coated – and he springs from the tank in a classic Weapon X look with the adamantium injection spikes still protruding from his body. He attacks everyone around him.

Unidentified Voice: “We’re making him indestructible.”
Cut to: Logan as a boy, bone claws extended.
From there the action heats up with Wolverine clashing several times with Sabertooth in some impressive action sequences (Creed flies through the air, claws first, in one). There are also more images of The Blob and Gambit. Logan in a jeep, which explodes, flinging him into the air where he latches onto the front of a helicopter with his claws.

Cut to: a close up of Logan facing off against Sabertooth
Logan: “I’m gonna cut your god damn head off. See if that works”
He pops his claws.

Jackman went on to say that they’ve just wrapped so nothing’s finished yet but he did say that fans can expect a large amount of “berserker rage” from the film and thanked geeks everywhere, without whom he “wouldn’t have a career.” He also singled out Wolverine creator Len Wein (who happened to be sitting next to Empire) for a very special thanks.

Now, whatever misgivings fans may hold over the film, there’s no denying they saw an impressive sequence, and if the rest of the film is as good as what was shown today then Wolverine may turn out to be a worthy X-sequel after all.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tron Sequel Is Actually Happening

Tron Sequel Is Actually Happening
Jeff Bridges returns for Tr2n


Tron Sequel Is Actually Happening

There have already been two big surprises at Comic-Con and it's barely even begun. First was the debut of footage from the Wolverine movie and the second was a trailer for a Tron sequel, rather strangely titled Tr2n (which looks like it should be pronounced Truh-z'n).

When Disney unveiled a specially made trailer for a mystery movie, the crowds picked up on what it was as soon as those familiar light cycles, which have had a 21st century overhaul, zipped into view. The footage showed a chase between two light cycle riders, with one of them eventually driving the other to crash before looking up to a spectator, who turns out to be...Jeff Bridges! So, not only is the sequel happening, but The Dude is back! The rider whom Bridges has been watching then removes his helmet and is revealed to be....Jeff Bridges! But a younger version.

No more details or explanation of the two Jeffs were given and no director or release date announced. But it certainly got everyone talking. What would you like to see from Tr2n? And how the hell do you pronounce that? And can someone find a role for this guy?

Source: Just Jared

Witness The Terror Of The Twilight Panel

Witness The Terror Of The Twilight Panel
Women be screamin'...



Witness The Terror Of The Twilight Panel

This isn't really news about the Twilight panel at Comic-Con, which happened yesterday, but something that has to be seen to be believed. Unusually for a Comic-Con event, the hall was filled with young women desperate for a glimpse of the stars of the adaptation of the first book in Stephenie Meyer's teenage vampire series.

The poor cast try to answer questions, but their puny male larynxes are powerless against 10,000 lungs powered by teenage lust. Oestrogen is LOUD!



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Source: EmpireOnline

Scott Derickson Talks Gort

Scott Derickson Talks Gort
The Day The Earth Stood Still's Robot


Scott Derickson Talks Gort

This would have been up earlier, but there was a whole big computer issue with James sending his sound files from Comic-Con, and then he got grumpy and there was shouting and swearing and someone had to take a time out. Anyway, during the panel discussion for The Day The Earth Stood Still, director Scott Derrickson was asked about how he was going to handle Gort, the giant robot who accompanies the alien Klaatu to Earth and acts as his protector.

The moderator suggested that there had been rumours that Gort wouldn't feature in the remake, but given that he was such a key element of the 1951 film it hadn't even occurred to us that he might not make the new cut. Plus, he's on one of the posters. Derrickson confirmed that, yes, he will be back and that we can expect the look to be very similar to the original incarnation.

"It wouldn’t be The Day The Earth Stood Still without Gort," said Derrickson. "We went through processes early on, before we started shooting, of exploring how you update Gort for a modern audience. We went through various versions of different artwork, how big should he be? Should he be human? Should he not be human? Literally, hundreds of images of possibilities. We ended up coming back to something that’s not far from the original, because I began to see that there’s a simple brilliance in how the human form is chosen by this alien entity for this instrument of enforcement that is Gort. We’re still working on him. WETA is the company that is doing all the visual effects on this movie. They’re amazing guys and obviously very creative, but we’re still in the process of trying to get the details down. But at the moment it’s looking pretty impressive."

That Derickson's chosen to stay close to the Gort of old speaks well for the movie. Gort is an icon of sci-fi cinema, so to mess with him just for the sake of change would be both needless and daft. With Comic-Con footage for this film looking very promising (read James' reaction here) we're very keen to see how this one turns out.

Source: EmpireOnline

Punisher: War Zone Comic-Con Clip Online

Punisher: War Zone Comic-Con Clip Online
Don't show this to your gran
Source: IGN


Punisher: War Zone Comic-Con Clip Online

The Punisher: War Zone panel at Comic-Con only finished a few hours ago, but the clip that was shown is already online, officially, thanks to IGN. You can watch it below, but be warned that it is very, very gory and features heads exploding and eyes being treated in a way that reputable optometrists would consider distinctly unbeneficial.

Punisher: War Zone, directed by Lexi Alexander, stars Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, a vigilante who is on the hunt for a mob boss who he disfigured and is now causing no end of bloody mayhem.





The last film was a bit of a damp squib, so this one will be looking to give fans of the comic book much more of what they wanted. The new film doesn't follow on from the previous one, choosing to forget it ever happened, so let's hope it's second time lucky.


Source: Just Jared

First Look At Rose McGowan As Red Sonja

First Look At Rose McGowan As Red Sonja
In the Robert Rodriguez-produced remake
Source: Yahoo, MTV


First Look At Rose McGowan As Red Sonja

Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan will be promoting their remake of lady warrior curio Red Sonja, which will be produced by the former and star the latter, at ComicCon, but two posters for the film have already turned up. One is very eye-catching and quite stylish, while the other is extremely odd and makes McGowan look like she's had the misfortune to suffer a stroke at exactly the same time that her hair takes on a life of its own and tries to devour her. We're not entirely sure her boobs, which are racing toward her chin, aren't complicit in the attack too. It's all most unfortunate and enough to put her off her snack of blood.

Look at the posters below and see if you can guess which one we think is the good one (click for bigger).

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Source: Just Jared

Brideshead Revisited Trailer Online

Brideshead Revisited Trailer Online
First look at Evelyn Waugh adaptation
Source: The Telegraph


Brideshead Revisited Trailer Online

The Telegraph has premiered the first trailer for Brideshead Revisited, which you can see here.

As you'd imagine, it all looks terribly classy and British and boasts a stellar cast of UK talent, including Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw and Michael Gambon. Based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, the story tells of Charles Ryder, a man who goes to stay at the grand Brideshead Castle during World War II and enters into a tangled relationship with the family that lives there.



Source: Just Jared

Exclusive: Sherlock Holmes Update

Exclusive: Sherlock Holmes Update
Ritchie & Silver on the great detective


Exclusive: Sherlock Holmes Update

Last summer, Empire was lucky enough to visit our favourite London building – the Battersea Power Station – where Guy Ritchie was overseeing his latest film, Rocknrolla. During interviews on set, Ritchie and his producer, Joel Silver, hinted that they were working on something pretty special.

Fast-forward a couple of months and it became clear that that they weren’t kidding, with the announcement that Ritchie was set to direct a big-screen version of Sherlock Holmes, with Silver producing and Robert Downey Jr. starring as Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant master detective.

But details have been scarce on the ground, so we jumped at the chance to quiz Ritchie and Silver about the movie when they were doing the rounds earlier today at Comic-Con. First, Silver confirmed that Sherlock Holmes, and not the rumoured Dirty Dozen remake, had been the special project he had hinted at last year.

“We had talked about it then,” he admitted. “We wanted to work together on a number of things but this came together very quickly. Robert Downey said he wanted to do it and we start shooting in October!”

Although the film is based on a forthcoming comic book series by Lionel Wigram, Ritchie was adamant that his Holmes will be more faithful than most people might expect.

“To a degree, we’re being as authentic as we can to the original books,” he told Empire. “He [Holmes] was more of an action man originally and I didn’t think it was possible to manifest in an efficient way previously in the productions they have. Now we have money and we have the technology so it seems like we should put it to the test. It was just a natural fit.”

Source: Just Jared

Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop

Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop
With David Self to write the script


Darren Aronofsky Confirmed For Robocop

Putting to end weeks of online rumour, it's been confirmed today that Darren Aronofsky will direct a new installment in the Robocop series, with David Self (Road To Perdition) writing the script.

There are no suggestions of what the plot might be, but the wording of MGM's press release suggests that this won't be a remake of the 1987 movie about a crime fighter who is part man and part machine – "and all cop" – but "a new installment". There are whispers that it will take place in modern day, but those whispers aren't coming from any mouth that we can consider 100% reliable.

So, what do you reckon, is Aronofsky the right guy to bring Robocop back to the streets? Do you want to see Robocop back?

Source: Just Jared

Bryan Singer Developing Freedom Formula

Bryan Singer Developing Freedom Formula
Producing another comic book adaptation
Source: Variety


Bryan Singer Developing Freedom Formula

It was announced earlier this week that Bryan Singer would be producing Capeshooters, based on a comic book about two paparazzi who specialises in snapping superheroes. Now Singer's added another comic-book adaptation to his slate.

The Superman Returns director will be producing Freedom Formula, based on a five-issue comic by Edmund Shern. Freedom Formula is described by Variety as "a futuristic Top Gun" with racers battling each other while wearing exo-suits, rather than using planes. One genetically engineered racer discovers that his bloodline has the power to change society. Which all really sounds absolutely nothing like Top Gun.

There's no indication of who might direct, or if Singer might consider taking the reins himself.

Source: Just Jared

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Alex Proyas On Dracula: Year Zero

Alex Proyas On Dracula: Year Zero
Exclusive: director talks vampire plans


Alex Proyas On Dracula: Year Zero

Alex Proyas – the Australian director of sci-fi epics like I, Robot and the vastly underrated Dark City – was on hand at Comic-Con today with his first project in five years, the Nicolas Cage thriller, Knowing.

But, when we came face-to-face with the Australian helmer, we were just as keen to find out more about his next project: the ambitious horror, Dracula: Year Zero.

As the title might suggest, the movie is a prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the novel, not the Francis Ford Coppola flick), purporting to tell the story of how one Vlad Dracul became a vampire and, arguably, the greatest villain of all time.

“For me, the script is a very unique take on that legendary character that we think we all know so well,” Proyas told Empire, exclusively. “Creating an origin tale of that character seemed like a no-brainer, but I think it really works. It’s a really emotional journey that that character takes – it’s a wonderfully tragic tale.”

It’s very early days on Dracula: Year Zero for Proyas. Indeed, he’s only just embarked on the post-production period for Knowing, but he’s already beginning to look ahead to a film that should substantially raise the stakes for vampire movies. Ahem.

“It’s a hugely epic canvas,” says Proyas. And with early drafts of the script boasting, for example, vampire armies, he’s not wrong. “But right now with my work, I’m in a process of trying to ground it. I’m getting away from stylisation and trying to make things as realistic as possible. I wanna approach Dracula in the same way. I want to make it a very authentic-feeling piece. It does require less emphasis on CGI, more emphasis on actually creating a world that we can move in.”

There are some, of course, who might suggest that explaining the origin and motivation of a truly great monster only goes to defang it – look at Hannibal Rising and Rob Zombie’s Halloween for proof. But Dracula: Year Zero has immense promise, not least because of Proyas’ ability to conjure astonishing visuals. This could be one to keep a very close eye on.

Source: Just Jared

Third Harold & Kumar Film Planned

Third Harold & Kumar Film Planned
Stoners of the world rejoice
Source: Variety


Third Harold & Kumar Film Planned

They have already Got The Munchies, Gone To White Castle, Gone To Amsterdam and Escaped From Guantanamo - and all that in only two films, thanks to the titles changing every time they cross the Atlantic. But now Harold and Kumar face their toughest challenge yet - persuading us to care about a third instalment.

The first two films saw strangely charming stoners Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) on the search first for the perfect fast-food burger to assuage their munchies and then for fresh supplies of weed in Amsterdam, only to run into endless obstacles on both occasions, from law enforcement to an E-ing Doogie Howser. However, since they were made for very little and took over $30 million at the US box office and more on DVD, perhaps a third film was inevitable.

Both Cho and Penn are likely to return, but there's no answer to the most important question yet. No, not what on Earth the plot will concern: it's about whether Neil Patrick Harris (aka the aforementioned Howser, aka Dr Horrible) will return to cameo once again. We can only hope so, and pray that he sings his lines this time. Maybe some sort of Harold & Kumar / Dr Horrible crossover?

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote both films and directed the second, will be back to take on both jobs again.

Source: EmpireOnline

Katie Holmes on Broadway — First Cast Photo!


Katie Holmes on Broadway — First Cast Photo!

Check out the first cast photo of Katie Holmes in her upcoming Broadway play, All My Sons, via ET.

Joining the 29-year-old actress in the Arthur Miller play are Dianne Wiest (not pictured), Patrick Wilson and John Lithgow.

The play depicts the tragedy of a man who knowingly sold defective plane parts to the government during World War II, and has to face the truth when his son wants to propose to his business partner’s daughter. Katie play Ann Deever, a woman who visits the family of her former lover, a missing pilot.

Previews begin on September 18, 2008 at NY’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, and the play will open on October 16 and run through January 11, 2009.

Source: Just Jared

Hayden Panettiere is a Comic-Con Cutie

Hayden Panettiere is a Comic-Con Cutie

Hayden Panettiere and her costar/boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia share a few laughs with each other while promoting their hit NBC show, Heroes, at Comic-Con 2008 on Saturday at the San Diego Conference Center in San Diego, Calif.

Hayden, 18, and Milo, who turned 31 earlier this month, made sure not to stand and/or sit next to each other to avoid additional speculation from their relationship.

Heroes returns with all-new episodes starting with its 2-hour season premiere @ 9PM ET/PT on Monday, Sept. 22.

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Source: Just Jared

Josh Duhamel is a Monkey

Josh Duhamel is a Monkey

Transformers hottie Josh Duhamel sports a sleeveless “Monkey” t-shirt as he and his female trainer go for a run in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The 35-year-old actor also wore his support for the Minnesota Vikings football team by wearing the team’s athletic shorts.

Josh will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen next year.

Mr. Duhamel and Fergie became engaged late last year.

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Source: Just Jared