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Friday, August 29, 2008

New Max Payne Trailer

New Max Payne Trailer
Marky Mark goes berserk
Source: Yahoo Movies


New Max Payne Trailer

Another day, another Max Payne trailer right here, with lots of slo-mo action and snow slowing falling and scary winged creatures and Mark Wahlberg with his best serious expression on mowing down bad guys. Or in other words, yay!

A few thoughts on this trailer:

1. The voiceover says, "The Devil is building his army. Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden." Does that mean Payne is not on the side of the angels? Or that God wants the Devil's army to stay hidden? That seems rather contradictory.

2. Mila Kunis sounds more like Meg Griffin from Family Guy than usual when she's trying to sound serious. Obviously, she always sounds a bit like her, but not as much as this. Also, all the black eyeliner in the world can't make us look past That 70s Show and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and buy her as a toughie.

3. We're certain that that's Olga Kuryenko, even if the cast list denies all knowledge of her. She looks to be playing the nudie European role. Again.

4. Don't the Valkyries look a bit Constantine? Which is no bad thing, cause that film at the very least looked extremely cool. But wouldn't it have been even better if they'd had blonde braids and big bosoms?

All sarkiness aside, this looks like fun. Sign us up!

Source: EmpireOnline

Australia Pushed Back To Thanksgiving

Australia Pushed Back To Thanksgiving
Baz Luhrmann's latest moves in the US
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Australia Pushed Back To Thanksgiving

Strewth! Looks Harry Potter And The Shift Into Next Summer has had a real impact on the November schedules in the States.

First, Quantum Of Solace took advantage of the absence of the sixth Potter film, …The Half-Blood Prince, to push back a week, from November 7 to November 14.

That brought it into direct competition with Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited epic romance, Australia. But that little tete-a-tete didn’t last long, for Australia has just moved back by a whopping 12 days, to November 26.

The move will pit it against the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon comedy, Four Christmases, and the mighty behemoth that is the return of Jason Statham as Frank Martin in Transporter 3.

It’s unlikely that those three films will see much audience overlap, although punters looking for something light and fluffy the day before Thanksgiving might be torn between Luhrmann’s sumptuous romance between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, and the broader Vaughn/Witherspoon comedy.

It also remains to be seen how a film that could only become more Australian if Rolf Harris showed up and started wobbling away on his didgeridoo will play on the weekend when America is celebrating its most patriotic holiday.

Australia is still scheduled to open here on Boxing G’day.

Source: EmpireOnline

Voltron Gets A Director

Voltron Gets A Director
It’s a robot with a lion for a fist…
Source: SlashFilm



Voltron Gets A Director

There’s very little we can tell you about Max Makowski (apart from the fact that he's got a rather cool private eye-ish name) but he’s the man tapped to direct the long-gestating Voltron movie.
What-tron? Well, we’re not sure either but according to the (ahem!) journalistic resource that is Wikipedia, it’s a big-screen adaptation of an 80s Japanese cartoon series about a bunch of robot lions that combine to make an even bigger robot - with a lion’s mouth for a fist - and fight all sorts of evil and stuff.

Sounds a bit mental if you ask us, but in the wake of Transformers’ huge success there’s certainly an audience for heavy metal mayhem and production company Relativity is going ahead with plans to make a movie with a “more moderate budget, utilizing the type of cost-effective technology employed in films including 300.”
Makowski, who helmed the little seen Harvey Keitel flick One Last Dance and is attached to the mooted revamp of 70s TV show Kung Fu, has yet to release any cast, plot or release date details yet but the idea of a metal mash-up done on the cheap has piqued our B-movie-loving interest.

We’ll give you more info as we get it.

Source: EmpireOnline

Get Ready For Facebook: The Movie

Get Ready For Facebook: The Movie
To be written by Aaron Sorkin. Seriously
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Get Ready For Facebook: The Movie

Empire loves Facebook. We’ve got our own group on the wildly successful social networking website (why not join up when you have a spare couple of minutes?), and individual Empire correspondents can often be found on there, wasting time and doing anything but work.

Empire also loves Aaron Sorkin, the sharp-witted scribe behind the likes of The West Wing, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and A Few Good Men.

So imagine our delight when a project was announced today that will bring both Facebook and Aaron Sorkin together. Yes, it’s Facebook: The Movie.

Well, the finished project won’t be called that, of course, but it’ll do for now as shorthand. Nor will it be a Short Cuts-type movie where a group of disparate people are brought together by their Facebook profiles, status updates, and penchant for vaguely useless applications (honestly, who compares their friends?).

Instead, the movie – which will be produced by heavy-hitter Scott Rudin, for Columbia – will focus on how Facebook was founded by Harvard brainbox Mark Zuckerberg and his two pals, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

In case you don’t already know, it started off as a site for Harvard students only, before expanding to become the planet-eating behemoth we know and love today. And yet Zuckerberg has refused many offers to sell, all of which would have given him enough money to give everyone on Facebook a tenner. Probably.

Sorkin actually broke the news of the project on Facebook, when he opened his account. You can tell it’s him because, unlike the fake Sorkins running around out there (and Empire has to ask: who is sad enough to start a fake Facebook page for Aaron Sorkin?), there’s no option to add him as a friend. Not that we’ve tried. Ahem.

So, what do you think, readers? Good idea, especially given Sorkin’s penchant for fine writing and brilliant dialogue? Are you pining now for MySpace: The Movie (which would be like being shouted at for 90 minutes, presumably)? Or should Sorkin’s next status update read, ‘Aaron was only kidding about the Facebook thing – it’s a very bad idea’?

Source: EmpireOnline

George Clooney Is Up In The Air

George Clooney Is Up In The Air
A new film directed by Jason Reitman
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


George Clooney Is Up In The Air

George Clooney is in talks to star in Up In The Air, the new movie from Jason Reitman.

The movie will be based on the novel by Walter Kim, about a corporate downsizer who becomes obsessed with collecting air miles.

With shades of Reitman’s Thank You For Smoking and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, this is one movie we’re placing highly on our want-to-see list. Reitman, of course, is hot property following Juno, and Clooney is always good value, so their team-up should be very interesting indeed.

Reitman has been circling the project, which first originated with Jay Roach, for years. In fact, he wrote thirty pages of a draft before concentrating on Thank You For Smoking and Juno, but clearly it’s a movie that just wouldn’t leave his head. Let’s hope the results justify his dedication.

DreamWorks will be signing the big cheques.

Source: EmpireOnline

Jason Statham Photo Special

Jason Statham Photo Special
Big Jase in Crank 2 and Transporter 3
Source: ComingSoon


Jason Statham Photo Special

A day is not truly lived unless it had a little Jason Statham in it. So consider your living quotient for the day filled, since Lionsgate has released photos of two – two! – of The Stath's upcoming projects.

First is an image from Transporter 3, with Statham returning as ex-Special Forces op Frank Martin, fighting bad guys who over-exaggerate their fighting stances.

Transporter 3
Click the image above for hi-res version

Below that is a new photo from Crank 2. Why so cranky, Jason? Oh, some bad guy stole your heart – in the literal, non-romantic sense; yes, we understand – and you fell hundreds of metres into an unyielding pavement at the end of the last one, and that really stung? Sure, ok, scowl away then.

Crank 2
Click the image above for hi-res version

Source: EmpireOnline

Solondz Plans Sequel To Happiness

Solondz Plans Sequel To Happiness
Well, kinda
Source: Variety



Solondz Plans Sequel To Happiness

There have been misnamed films before, but surely none have been as misleadingly titled as Todd Solondz' Happiness, a story of suburban misery and child molestation. But good news, people: he's back with more where that came from.
Yes, Solondz is planning what is described as a "part-sequel, part-companion piece" to the film, with new indie producers Werc Werk Works stumping up the cash. Filming will start in October on the film, around which rumours have been flying for years. At various points, Emma Thompson, Demi Moore and, er, Paul Reubens have all been attached to roles, but casting is just getting underway for the shoot in San Juan, Puerto Rico (you lovely island).
Not much has been revealed about Solondz' screenplay, except that it "revolves around a group of individuals struggling to find a place for themselves in an unpredictable and volatile world". So that narrows it down then. The story's told through intersecting love stories, with (probably non-literal) ghosts circling.
Look out for this at a festival / art-house cinema / rave review near you next year!
Source: EmpireOnline

The Strangers Set For A Sequel

The Strangers Set For A Sequel
Liv Tyler horror could be a franchise
Source: Variety


The Strangers Set For A Sequel

We’re painfully aware that The Strangers – the Liv Tyler horror film which was a sleeper hit in the States this summer – opens in the UK this weekend. So please, if you don’t want to know any spoilers, DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT.

Have you stopped reading? Are you sure you haven’t snuck a crafty peek past the point above? No? So the people who are still reading this have either seen The Strangers or don’t give a crap (which begs the question, why are you reading this at all?)? Good. Then we’ll begin.

Rogue Pictures have responded to the surprise success of The Strangers – in which Tyler and her boyfriend are tormented by a group of psychotic masked teenagers – by greenlighting a sequel.

The Strangers 2 (we’re guessing) will see writer-director Bryan Bertino return, although he might not direct. There’s also a strong possibility that he may be joined by Tyler (told you there were spoilers; Scott Speedman will not be back) and some of the original villains.

It’ll be interesting to see where Bertino takes the material this time around, as The Strangers is a dark and gruelling little piece that has more in common with the likes of Funny Games and the French horror, Them, than it does your typical stalk’n’slash flick. Will he maintain the dark tone, or will Tyler become an ass-kicking heroine?

Rogue is hoping that the picture might see The Strangers develop into a Saw-like franchise. With the best will in the world, we hope not, for very few horror franchises have suffered from the law of diminishing returns like the Saw series. Isn’t it best to burn out with a couple of really good, strong efforts, than to fade away with increasingly awful sequels?

Production is scheduled for early 2009.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Pics From Oliver Stone’s W

New Pics From Oliver Stone’s W
Plus Josh Brolin on playing president


New Pics From Oliver Stone’s W

Here at Empire, we have connections to the most powerful people on the planet. No it’s true, in our new issue we actually spent time talking to the President of The USA.

Okay, we didn’t really but Josh Brolin is the next best thing. As the lead in Oliver Stone’s upcoming George Bush biopic, W, he’s gotten closer than most to the not-so great leader and we were given the chance to grill him for information about the man behind the myth.

“Before, I wasn’t a fan, not in the least,” says Brolin. “I’ll be honest about that. And, like a lot of people, I had a very myopic perception of him. Now, I don’t. My opinion of the administration didn’t change, and neither did my thoughts on Republicanism. My opinion of him changed, though, because when you humanise someone and you really start to do a lot of research, you see the bigger picture.”

Stone’s movie, which chronicles Bush’s rise to power, isn’t his first stab at immortalising a US president on celluloid – that would have been the rather scathing Nixon – so how do the two movies compare?

“Obviously, in making the film, we discovered dimensions of humanity, and that was important,” says Stone of Dubya. “There was empathy, like Nixon. But, unlike Nixon, he’s more of a circular character; even now he harkens back to who he was in 2000. His speeches are the same. There doesn’t seem to be a growth. There’s a fundamental inability in the man, a King Lear kind of hubris, where he can’t admit to any fault, whereas Nixon seems to have been genuinely haunted by doubt and uncertainty.

"As a result, this is a very different type of movie. While Nixon was a very rich meal, this is more of a soufflé. And with a soufflé, you never quite know until it bakes.”

We’ve also got our hands on some exclusive images from W, click below for a closer look.

















For the full interview, check out the October 2008 issue of Empire in shops from August 28.

W is released in the UK on November 7.


Source: EmpireOnline

Audrey Tautou To Play Coco Chanel

Audrey Tautou To Play Coco Chanel
In French biopic with Warners
Source: Variety


Audrey Tautou To Play Coco Chanel

It was announced at Cannes (where else?) that Audrey Tautou would be playing fashion legend Coco Chanel in a new biopic - but now, with shooting just weeks away, Warners has stepped forward to finance and co-produce the film, titled Coco Avant Chanel.

It's to be directed by Anne Fontaine, whose film Comment j'ai tué mon père you may remember from a year or two back. The story is to be based on Edmonde Charles-Roux's biography L'Irreguliere, focusing on Chanel's ground-breaking ways and penchant for trend-setting - as an example for the fashion clueless in the audience, sunbathing was never popular in Europe until Coco came back from holiday with a golden tan. So when you think about it, her lasting legacy isn't just perfume and lilttle black dresses; it's also melanoma. Ooops.

Karl Lagerfeld, art director of the fashion house Chanel founded, will be overseeing the costumes, most of which will be re-creations of Chanel's own designs and which will therefore totally outclass Sex and the City in the costume department.

Anne and Camille Fontaine co-wrote the script, with Christopher "Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons" Hampton consulting. Production starts in Paris on September 15, and the film's due out next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Columbia Has A Bad Teacher

Columbia Has A Bad Teacher
New comedy from The Office producers
Source: Variety


Columbia Has A Bad Teacher

Empire has always had a soft spot for the US version of The Office (in fact, whisper it, but this correspondent actually prefers it to the original), and so we’re delighted to see that Columbia Pictures have picked up a spec script called Bad Teacher, written by two of the driving forces behind the show.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are co-exec producers (whatever the hell that is, but they’ve also written many episodes) on the show, which is about to enter its fifth season, but they’re clearly proving pretty adept at the movie biz as well, for Bad Teacher is their second script. They co-wrote the forthcoming comedy, Year One, with the director, Harold Ramis.

Bad Teacher – which instantly evokes memories of the brilliant Bad Santa – revolves around a gold-digging seventh grade teacher who sets her sights on a colleague after she is dumped by her sugar daddy. But standing in her way is a love rival – the school’s model teacher.

Sounds like it could be demented, debauched and very funny.

It’s in good hands, too, for Jimmy Miller is on board as producer. Miller used to manage virtually every A-list comedian in Hollywood, and now is one of the top comedy producers in Hollywood, with Year One and the Will Ferrell/Sacha Baron Cohen Sherlock Holmes on his to-do list, along with Bad Teacher. And as slates go, that’s not bad at all.

Source: EmpireOnline

Christopher Landon Has Burning Palms

Christopher Landon Has Burning Palms
Directorial debut for Disturbia writer
Source: Variety


Christopher Landon Has Burning Palms

Christopher Landon, the writer who brought us Disturbia, is making a very quick leap from being behind a computer to being behind the camera.

He’s just clinched a deal to direct the dark comedy, Burning Palms, from his own script.

The independent movie, which is financed by a company called Films In Motion (owned by Jason Hewitt – no relation, sadly, or else we’d be in production on Lethal Tender right now), is described as a subversive tale that links five stories set in Los Angeles, with no taboo left unexplored.

So expect lots of naughtiness and possibly so much filth that the Daily Mail might just self-combust in indignation. Why, the title alone could refer to a small town called Burning Palms. Then again, it could be something to do with stigmata. Or, quite simply, it might refer to the aftermath of too many hand shandies.

So it’s a far cry from Disturbia, then, for Landon, who’s also currently writing the planned remake of Near Dark. In fact, it’s beginning to look like the PG-13 Shia LaBeouf vehicle will be the odd one out on Landon’s CV when all is said and done.

Filming starts in October in the City of Angels. That’s LA, in case you weren’t paying attention.

Source: EmpireOnline

Something Borrowed For Hilary Swank

Something Borrowed For Hilary Swank
Romantic comedy for double Oscar-winner
Source: Variety


Something Borrowed For Hilary Swank

As the latest salvo in her ongoing operation to convince cinemagoers that not everything she does is intense and wreathed in Method-y sweat, Hilary Swank (oh, she’s not that bad) has snapped up the rights to Emily Giffin’s chick-lit novel, Something Borrowed, with an eye to starring.

Once it goes before cameras, Something Borrowed will join the likes of P.S. I Love You, The Core and The Reaping as movies that the double Oscar-winner hopes will showcase a different side of her, far from the likes of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, and that will establish her as a box-office draw.

And, at first glance, Something Borrowed could well be the one. Giffin’s novel has done well in a crowded marketplace – well enough to spawn a sequel, Something Blue (which Swank and her producing partner, Molly Smith, have also snapped up), and it’s got a risky plotline that sets it apart from the likes of Sex And The City.

That plotline, by the way, revolves around a Manhattan attorney, Rachel, whose best friend, Darcy, has it all: money, good looks and a hunky fiancé. But when Rachel embarks on an affair with Dex, their friendship is put to the test. And then some.

Sounds like this could have it all – laughs, tears, sex, and glamour up the wazoo. We’re guessing that Swank will play Rachel, and if so, it’ll be interesting to see how sympathetic the character becomes. Certainly, there are shades of My Best Friend’s Wedding here, and if this movie approaches the success of that Julia Roberts flick, then Swank will be very happy indeed.

Source: EmpireOnline

Trailer For The Coffin Online

Trailer For The Coffin Online
Being buried alive: apparently not fun
Source: Twitchfilm


Trailer For The Coffin Online

We haven't heard anything about this film until now, but Twitchfilm has debuted a trailer for a Thai horror called The Coffin, which topped the country's box office this past weekend. You can see it below.

Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, the film is based on a Thai ritual that involves being put in a coffin to prolong life and ward off bad luck. The trailer suggests this doesn't always work, and can result in prolonged terror and outbreaks of creepy bugs and bleeding eyes. Well, we'd consider that grounds for a refund.





Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Che Poster Online

New Che Poster Online
Viva La Revolución...
Source: IMP Awards


New Che Poster Online

IMP Awards has got its digital mitts on the new one-sheet from Steven Soderbergh's epic Che Guevara biopic, which is going under the alternating titles of Che, Guerilla and The Argentine - what the final title will be depends on whether or not Soderbergh decides to run the movie in its full four-hour cut or split it into two seperate flicks.

Title confusion aside, the poster, while perhaps not as iconic as the well-known image that graces many a student's wall, gives an exciting pictorial look at what is sure to be an intriguing (if potentially very long) expose of the revolutuionary leader's fight.

Click the image below for a closer look.




























The movie is due for a late 2008 release. We'll give you more info as we get it.

Source: EmpireOnline