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Friday, May 29, 2009

Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer Online

Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer Online
Guaranteed to make you happy
Source: CHUD.com


Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer Online

This teaser trailer for Toy Story 3 should be marketed as a cure for depression. If you're having a bad day, if the weather isn't sunny wherever you are, may we recommend this as a pick-me-up, like slipping into a comfy chair or sipping a pina colada on the beach.

The film sees the continuing adventures of Woody, Buzz and the gang, but this teaser contains not a hint of plot. But that's OK. It's just nice to watch them all hangin' out.

This is attached to Pixar's Up in the US, which is out today (over there; here we have to wait until October 16). Toy Story 3 itself will be out on July 23, 2010. Happily, we'll have Toy Story 3D and Toy Story 2 3D between now and then to keep us going.

Source: EmpireOnline

Del Toro Strain Signing Tonight In LA

Del Toro Strain Signing Tonight In LA
Director launching new vampire novel


Del Toro Strain Signing Tonight In LA

One for our LA-based readers, this. But if you happen to be in the City Of Angels tonight, pop along to Meltdown Comics, the legendary comic book store on Sunset Boulevard, where Guillermo del Toro will be signing copies of his upcoming vampire novel, The Strain.

Co-written with acclaimed horror writer, Chuck Hogan, The Strain is the first part of a planned trilogy of novels about a vampiric virus that first runs amok in New York City but has the power to devastate the world, The Strain is every bit as creepy/entertaining as you’d expect from the guy who directed Blade II and the Hellboy films, yet has a literary bent that can only come from the genius behind Pan’s Labyrinth.

The novel’s out on June 2, but del Toro’s flown into LA straight from New Zealand, where he’s prepping The Hobbit films, in order to launch the book with appearances at Borders in Westwood and then the midnight signing at Meltdown. For more on that appearance, click here.

And for more on The Strain, click here to access its excellent website.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: Eli Roth's Next Two Films

Exclusive: Eli Roth's Next Two Films
A sci-fi actioner and Thanksgiving


Exclusive: Eli Roth's Next Two Films

Our Cannes guru (or at least Kangaroo) Damon Wise sat down with Inglourious Basterds star Eli Roth just the other day and managed to get a few tidbits from him about the new films he has coming up: a full-length version of his Grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving, and an entirely new sci-fi film called (we can exclusively reveal) Endangered Species.

""There's a science fiction movie," he told us, "and I definitely wanna make Thanksgiving. I want to do a sci-fi movie, like, a $60m movie – something in that budget range – where I can really do lots of mass destruction and really destroy lots of shit!"

"But I want to tack on three weeks at the end of it – like, 18 days. The way I did Nation's Pride [the film-within-a-film from Inglourious Basterds], that's how I want to shoot Thanksgiving. I just want to go, go, go. Get as much footage, and as many kills as possible, and not be self-conscious. Because when you're moving at that speed, you're not thinking, you're just feeling and you're going on instinct. And that's where the best stuff comes from. There's an energy to that Grindhouse trailer for Thanksgiving that, for me caught the spirit of the movie. And I was like, 'What if I did this for three weeks?' No pretensions. Just, 'Fuck it. Let's make a fifth movie, do it fast, bang it out and make it great.' I mean, still take it seriously, as a real movie, but just do it in 18 says and see what the hell happens when I really push myself."

And when we asked him about the sci-fi movie, he told us, "Endangered Species. And that's the first time I've uttered those two words. You have an exclusive on it."

Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first. Inglourious Basterds is out on August 21 here, so you can see Roth and a baseball bat in action then.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tennant's Hamlet To Be Filmed

Tennant's Hamlet To Be Filmed
Stewart also returns for TV version
Source: BBC


Tennant's Hamlet To Be Filmed

David Tennant, lately Doctor Who around these parts, gave an absolutely storming performance as Hamlet last year in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of that play, so we thought you'd want to know that he's reprising his role - along with fellow thespian Patrick Stewart, who played both Claudius and the Ghost - for a three-hour BBC version of the play.

Yes, if you were one of the many, many people who either couldn't get a ticket to see the play in London or Stratford or who missed Tennant when he was forced to retire due to a bad back, there's another chance.

The play is one of the world's most famous, and basically sees a guy dither for four acts about whether or not to avenge his father's death. It is, however, one of the greatest pieces of drama ever written and certainly one that's provided the titles to more films than any other (probably): To Be Or Not To Be, What Dreams May Come, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (seriously).

The play will be shownon BBC2 later this year. In the meantime, and with Tennant's tenancy as the Doctor on Doctor Who drawing to a close, new Doctor Matt Smith's companion has been revealed as Karen Gillan. You can read all about that here.

Source: EmpireOnline

Die Hard Prequel Planned

Die Hard Prequel Planned
It's OK, kids; it's in comic-book form
Source: Slash Film


Die Hard Prequel Planned

This is something we're prepared to accept unless and until someone tries to make a film of it: Boom! Studios is releasing a Die Hard comic-book prequel, called Die Hard: Year One, this August.

The story follows a younger John McClane, as a rookie cop in New York during the 1976 Biccentenial celebrations. You've got to suspect that he won't have an easy job of keeping the peace during that time, but that's all the plot details that have been released so far.

Is this a good idea? Well, we're doubtful; but then Batman: Year One was really rather good so comic-book prequels can work. We just hope no bright spark tries to put this on the screen. After all, anyone but Bruce Willis wearing the white vest would be blasphemy of the highest order.

Source: EmpireOnline

Danny McBride Is Hench

Danny McBride Is Hench
Comedy about a villain's henchman


Danny McBride Is Hench

Good news! The very funny and quirky Danny McBride’s star continues to rise and rise, with today’s news that he’ll write and star in the new Warner Bros. action comedy, Hench.

McBride – who appeared on the scene about five minutes ago with his starring role in The Foot Fist Way and has been knocking great cameos out of the park in the likes of Pineapple Express, Hot Rod and Tropic Thunder – will play an ex-American football player whose career is ended by injury.

Forced to find a regular job, a job type job, he signs up as a henchman for a successful villain. And from there, hilarity ensues…

The premise, based on a graphic novel by Adam Beechen and Mario Bello, is neat, if a little obviously inspired by Austin Powers, but McBride’s offbeat, arrogance-infused sense of humour, coupled with his burly physicality, should make this a winner. He’ll write the script with Shawn Harwell, with whom he’s written several episodes of his excellent HBO comedy, Eastbound And Down.

The step up to full-blown lead status has really happened for McBride in the last couple of months, thanks to that show. He’ll also star with James Franco in Your Highness, David Gordon Green’s period comedy follow-up to Pineapple Express. McBride will next be seen starring alongside his mentor, Will Ferrell, in Land Of The Lost.

Source: EmpireOnline

Spielberg's Tintin Set For 2011

Spielberg's Tintin Set For 2011
It will open in the UK ahead of the US


Spielberg's Tintin Set For 2011

Steven Spielberg’s 3D debut, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, has finally got a release date – and the good news is that we Brits will get to see it long before Johnny Yank! Huzzah! Three cheers for King George and Andrew Strauss! God save the Queen!

The mocap extravaganza, the first of a planned two-parter (the second instalment will be directed by Peter Jackson), will hit our shores in late October/early November, thanks to a belief by Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures that Tintin has greater overseas appeal. They may be right.

The US will get to see the bequiffed boy detective solve a mysterious crime on December 23, 2011, which currently puts it up against Disney/Pixar’s The Bear And The Bow, and George Miller’s Happy Feet 2. With three animated films on one weekend, we’d bet that one of them will move before long. Our money’s on the Happy Feet sequel.

After all, if Tintin moves back in the month, it will come up against another Jackson film, the first part of Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, and nobody wants to see that happen.

In case you didn’t know, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, with the likes of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis and Mackenzie Crook rounding out the cast. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the screenplay, along with Steven Moffatt. And it is going to be enormous fun.

Source: EmpireOnline

Girls Just Want To Have More Fun

Girls Just Want To Have More Fun
Remake of cheesey '80s dance flick



Girls Just Want To Have More Fun

Twentieth Century Fox is limbering up for a remake of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, the Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker-starring teen comedy about two friends who just gotta dance.
The film's plot saw new girl Janey (Parker) arrive in town and befriend Lynne (Hunt), bonding over their shared passion for dancing and a show called Dance TV in particular. On hearing that the show is coming to town, they're determined to appear, but Janey's dad disapproves and throws a spanner in the works.
The film also featured a young Shannen Doherty and Hank Azaria and was a bit like Footloose but not nearly as good and with even worse hair and outfits. For fashion horse SJP, in particular, it's proof that no one starts out well-dressed.
A Disney Channel reboot was rumoured to be in the works, with Selena Gomez or Ashley Tinsdale lined up to star, but we're guessing that that has fallen apart for this to be happening. The remake's set to be written by Michelle Morgan, who recently sold new scripts called Is He The One and Imogene. Let's hope she fits in just as many enormous hair bows and ra-ra skirts as the original.
Source: EmpireOnline

Chevy Chase Joins Hot Tub Time Machine

Chevy Chase Joins Hot Tub Time Machine
Comedy legend stars in John Cusack pic


Chevy Chase Joins Hot Tub Time Machine

The Great Chevy Chase Comeback continues apace. The legendary former Saturday Night Live star has signed on for a role in the John Cusack comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine, a film we’re still looking forward to despite the title.

The movie revolves around four friends who are transported, via a magical hot tub (dear God), to their high school days in 1987, where they’re given a second chance to get major life decisions right.

Cusack is, of course, the lead, while Chase will play a mysterious repairman who may or may not be behind the time travel. (So he is, then.)

OK, so it’s not a huge role, but to see Chase get a decent part in a big flick these days is always good. The man is a legend, an icon, a comedy god, and it’s been sad to see his career decline over the last ten years or so.

But the Hot Tub Time Machine role is further proof that he’s back back back. Not at the level of stardom he once reached in the 80s, of course, but at 65 years of age, it looks like Chase is benefiting from something of a renaissance. His sitcom, Community, has just been picked up for next season by NBC, while he’s currently considering a new script which would see him play Fletch for a third time, handing over the reins to a younger model, a la Indy IV or Ghostbusters 3.

As for Hot Tub Time Machine, the Steve Pink-directed movie is currently filming in Vancouver, with a release scheduled for next February. Which gives us plenty of time to organise that Chevy Chase marathon – Three Amigos! Spies Like Us! Snow Day! It’ll make our Bondathon look like we weren’t even trying…

Source: EmpireOnline

Verhoeven To Direct The Surrogate

Verhoeven To Direct The Surrogate
What to do with an insane baby mama


Verhoeven To Direct The Surrogate

Not to be confused with Bruce Willis starrer Surrogates, Paul Verhoeven has signed on to direct The Surrogate, a story that puts a psycho twist on what Baby Mama played for laughs.

Based on the novel by Kathryn Mackel, the story follows a couple who have resorted to surrogacy in order to have a child. Unfortunately for them, all is not as it seems with the apparently perfect surrogate. In the book, dark secrets in her past come back to haunt them all (in a supernatural sense); the film synopsis simply casts the baby carrier as "insane". It may be worth noting that Mackel wrote a Christian thriller; whether the religious elements survive the translation to the screen remains to be seen.

Roderick and Bruce Taylor, who previously wrote Jodie Foster thriller The Brave One, have adapted the script from Mackel's book. Verhoeven's been developing several projects since Black Book restored his reputation / faith in movie-making in 2006, including Milla Jovovich-starrer The Winter Queen, also in pre-production, but this sounds like the sort of dark, twisty thriller that could be right up his alley.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Poster For The Final Destination

New Poster For The Final Destination
Prepare for copious carnage in 3-D
Source: UGO


New Poster For The Final Destination

It has been a long three years since the last installment of death-porn franchise Final Destination, but the fourth film is on its way, and there is a brand new poster to prove it.

Originally called the rather clunky Final Destination 4: Death Trip 3D, The Final Destination as it is now named (obviously not to be confused with plain old Final Destination) will provide extra jumps as it makes the move to a three dimensional fully immersive fright fest.

Featuring a roll-call of expendable TV teen talent including Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Andrew Fiscella, the film also stars Bubba from Forest Gump, Mykelti Williamson and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Richard T. Jones . Taking on directing duties once again is Final Destination 2's stuntman-turned-helmsman David R. Ellis.

New Poster For The Final Destination

Click the image above for a hi-res version

Set against the backdrop of NASCAR racing, there will be thrills, death cheats and plenty of gory ends all coming out of the screen when it is released on August 28. But is this is actually the final stop for Final Destination?

Source: EmpireOnline

How do you Protect yourself?

How do you Protect yourself?


We live in a very small town. There isn't a very high crime rate. Occasionally we have young people throw eggs at the house or let the air out of some tires. I suppose that could be considered criminal, but I think it's just a side effect of having teenagers in the house. Kids think the weirdest things are funny. Mainly, we do our best to be sure the garage door is closed overnight and the front door is locked, and we feel pretty safe. Once in a while we leave the garage door open all night or forget to lock the front door, and while that's not ideal, we still feel pretty safe.

If we lived in a bigger city, I might consider a wireless security system like one of the systems offered by Protect America. As with everything else, I'd want to find the best deal available, so their offer of Free systems (with savings of up to $595) got my attention. Also, I didn't know you can get up to 20% off your homeowner's insurance if you have a security system, did you? That could help to offset the monthly cost of home monitoring. Protect America has security packages designed to fit most budgets, and it sounds like they can be customized to fit your exact security needs, too. I'm not sure any of these systems would have helped with our egg or tire incidents, but the door and window contacts would have been a great help keeping a certain young lady we know from climbing out the window/sneaking out the door in the middle of the night. In that case, we probably would have needed the package with the most window contacts, one for each window of the house, but then, since our house is one story, that would only make sense anyway. That would probably mean going with their Bronze package, which includes 7 window or door contacts and a motion sensor, too.

Right now you don't just get the system free, but if you call the toll free number 877-470-2751 you'll also get two free keychain remotes with your order. For now, I'm just going to keep Protect America in mind - just in case we ever move to some place where we don't feel quite so safe.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Up Pictures Online

New Up Pictures Online
A few more glances at Pixar's latest
Source: Buzz et Cie


New Up Pictures Online

French site Buzz et Cie has landed their mitts on some new pictures from Disney-Pixar's Up, which give you a little more impression of the film.

The pictures include a couple of shots from the film's opening section, chronicling Carl Fredricksen's (Jeremy Leary as a child, then Edward Asner) 70-year relationship with his wife Ellie (Elie Docter). They're the couple you see in the top picture (with the glasses and flying cap) and in the fourth over the mailbox.



New Up Pictures Online

Click the image for the full gallery on buzz-et-cie.blogspot.com

You can also see Fredricksen with his stowaway Russell (Jordan Nagai) in the second picture, and the third shows Pixar stalwart John Ratzenberger's character, a building foreman called Tom. The fifth shows scary super-dog Alpha (Bob Peterson), followed by an aerial shot of the South American plateau where most of the adventure takes place and a shot of Fredricksen matching up location and destination as he and his floating house land in the jungle.

The (almost unspeakably ace) Up is out on October 16 here in the UK, so it might be worth flying to the US, where it's out tomorrow.

Source: EmpireOnline

Alien Remake In The Works...?

Alien Remake In The Works...?
Carl Erik Rinsch may direct...
Source: Bloody Disgusting


Alien Remake In The Works...?

Ridley Scott’s classic horror, Alien, turns thirty this year. So what better way to celebrate than by desecrating its memory with a pointless remake?

At least, that was our initial reaction when we heard, thanks to our chums at Bloody Disgusting, that Fox might be planning an Alien remake, with commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch at the helm.

However, before you test the old theory that in space no-one can hear you scream by yelling 'Noooooooooo!' so loud that the guys on the International Space Station tell you to shut it, there is some additional info that means that might calm you down. It certainly worked for us.

First of all, Ridley Scott is attached as producer. As is Tony Scott. And some guy named Michael Costigan. But it’s the presence of the Alien creator that means that this might not be a total slap in the face for the original movie.

Secondly, Rinsch may be a commercials director, but then so was Scott. And both men are capable of visually stunning work (click here for Slashfilm’s compilation of seven of Rinsch’s effects-heavy ads).

And last, but by no means least, the remake may not actually be a remake, nor a reboot, but an origin tale. Could we be getting, at long last, the story of how the Aliens came to land on LV-426, along with that massive ship and its elephantine driver with the giant hole punched in his sternum?

Now bear in mind that this is very much still at the rumour stage. However, in a way it makes sense for Fox to take another stab at the Alien franchise. After all, the company is currently doing the same with Predator, with Robert Rodriguez’s Predators set for next year. If both franchises can be relaunched around the same time, that should be worth more to them than an assembly line of increasingly mediocre, increasingly low-grossing Alien Vs Predator movies.

And, if the worst happens, then we’ll always have the originals.

Source: EmpireOnline

Bad Lieutenant Trailer Goes Online

Bad Lieutenant Trailer Goes Online
Shussssh! It's unofficial...
Source: Collider


Bad Lieutenant Trailer Goes Online

Thanks to our friends at Collider.com, here's a sneak peak at Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant remake continuation, with Nicolas Cage's Louisiana cop going well and truly off the reservation in a blizzard of cocaine, fast women and ginormous handguns.

Click here to watch the trailer.

With Herzog behind the camera and a cast that includes Cage, Eva Mendes, Xzibit, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Val Kilmer, Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans could be a work of genius. Mad genius, but genius all the same. And it's potentially the start of a franchise. Says Cage: "You could have Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call London next. It could happen!"

Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans is out in December.

Source: EmpireOnline

Full Pandorum Trailer Now Online

Full Pandorum Trailer Now Online
Foster, Quaid, Gigandet, monsters



Full Pandorum Trailer Now Online

Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster and Cam Gigandet star in Christian Alvart's Pandorum, and there's a new trailer online. For those keeping score at home, this gives us our second Euro-directed sci-fi movie trailer story in as many days (after Nr Nobody yesterday).
The film sees Quaid and Foster wake up from cryo-sleep aboard a spaceship with little memory of who they are or what their mission is. They venture into the body of the ship to find out more - and find more than they bargained for.


We suspect that this trailer may be somewhat spoilerific - it seems to show what synopses and previous teasers barely hinted at - but it does look like scary, atmospheric stuff, and gives Quaid in particular a welcome break from playing avuncular types in indie rom-coms or someone's father in a kid's movie. Also, Cam "Gigidy-gigidy" Gigandet of Twilight appears in it, so it should get a considerable teen following - something that already seems to be troubling Gigandet himself.
Source: EmpireOnline

DreamWorks Announces Animation Slate

DreamWorks Announces Animation Slate
Five films every two years


DreamWorks Announces Animation Slate

A welter of upcoming projects were announced by DreamWorks Animation yesterday, as they set themselves a target of five animated films every two years - and laid our their plans for the next three years, mixing sequels to existing properties with all-new stories. And all of them will be in 3D, of which DreamWorks head Jeffrey Katzenberg is a leading proponent. Here's what we can expect.

How To Train Your Dragon is out first, on March 26, 2010. That stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill in a story set in Viking times about a loner teen who befriends an injured dragon.

Next up is Shrek 4, now titled Shrek Forever After (what's the betting that at least one poster dubs it "Shrek 4ever After"?), which comes out on May 21, 2010. There's still no word on the plot there, but we don't feel that we're going too far out on a limb when we guess that it will involve Shrek learning that being grumpy is not the appropriate response to every situation.

Following that comes the very promising Oobermind, with stellar voice casting in Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. It's due on November 5, 2010, and sees the sometime-Iron Man voice a supervillain who finds life dull and meaningless after vanquishing his superhero arch-enemy. Previously called Master Mind, the film's based on a script from Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films.

June 3, 2011, sees the launch of Kung-Fu Panda: The Kaboom Of Doom, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman already confirmed to return for that, and the rest of the cast presumably running through their martial arts moves in negotiations to join them.

On November 4, 2011, we'll see The Guardians, based on an as-yet unpublished book from William Joyce, who previously wrote the source novel for another animated film, Meet The Robinsons. That sees familiar kid's characters like Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny unite to save the world from a Bogeyman-type bad guy.

For 2012, first up is Puss-In-Boots, a Shrek spin-off / prequel on March 30 that pairs Antonio Banderas' Puss with a Salma Hayek-voiced love interest, Kitty. Yes, another prequel. We're thinking it'll be like X-Men Origins: Wolverine pretty much, only with more claws and less fur.

In May 2012 there will be a Madagascar 3, set in a European travelling circus as the zoo animal stars, still badly lost, continue their global trek. As long as the penguins are back, we don't mind.

And finally in November 2012 DreamWorks will release one more film, but they're not sure which of three projects currently in development it will be: options are The Croods, a caveman comedy once set to be made with Aardman Entertainment; Truckers, Simon Beaufoy's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad Trilogy, or the Super-Secret Ghost Project, which asks what spooks think about humans.

The line-up is further boosted by Katzenberg's plans to turn Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon into Cirque de Soleil-style touring arena shows.

It's certainly a bumper, and promising-sounding, slate. Oobermind sounds like it's thoroughly up our street, and Truckers is a project we've long been looking out for, but which ones stand out for you here? And do you think these films can equal Pixar or Aardman's output?

Source: EmpireOnline