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Friday, June 19, 2009

2012 Trailer Online

2012 Trailer Online
Emmerich ends the world. Again.
Source: Yahoo


2012 Trailer Online

We've been teased before with teasers, but a full trailer for Roland Emmerich's latest disaster CG-fest, 2012, has just gone up at Yahoo (with a little intro from the director).

It's nothing to do with Arthur C. Clark or Stanley Kubrick, but instead based on a Mayan prophecy that the world will end at the 2012 solstice. Hey, that means we'll miss Batman 3! But it truly does look spectacular: we've got avalanches, floods, an eclipse, mass suicides, forest fires, what looks like a meteor strike, earthquake, and an airlifted giraffe. And is that LA falling into the ocean? Bill Hicks would be delighted!

Whether that spectacle translates into a decent story is another matter. Emmerich's CV has often made for great trailers and so-so movies: ID4, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow... And let's just forget the Apocalypto-lite 10,000 Years BC. Please.

John Cusack is on hand though, which bodes well, and the cast is pretty strong: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover as the US President.

Let's hope it's a disaster epic, rather than an epic disaster. Find out in November.

Source: EmpireOnline

Shyamalan Unbreakable Again

Shyamalan Unbreakable Again
Possibly. One day.
Source: MTV


Shyamalan Unbreakable Again

M. Night Shyamalan, the twisty turny Sixth Sense director, somewhat down on his luck following Lady in the Water and The Happening (although The Last Airbender looks promising), is prepping Unbreakable 2, according to MTV News.

Shyamalan has been saying things like this since 2001. He doesn't have Bruce Willis or Samuel L. Jackson yet ("I don't know where [they] are... Sam is, like, Mr Comic Book now..."), and as of last October (MTV again) he hadn't written it yet and didn't quite have an idea: "I want a story to pop into my head". He also seriously fell out with Unbreakable's studio Disney after they rejected Lady in the Water.

But if he's still talking it up, it's still something of a possibility, and a weirdo take on superheroes might sit quite well in the current Marvel-heavy movie climate. But is there anything left to say after Watchmen?

Source: EmpireOnline

Experiment For Brody, Whitaker And Wood

Experiment For Brody, Whitaker And Wood
With Gigandet For German Thriller Remake
Source: Variety


Experiment For Brody, Whitaker And Wood

The cast has been announced for the remake of gritty German thriller Das Experiment. Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker will face off in a big brother style psychological experiment with terrifying consequences. Elijah Wood (who is up next playing the raggydoll saviour of mankind in 9) and Twilight-er Cam Gigandet round off the cast.

The original, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring The Baader Meinhoff Complex's Moritz Bleibtreu, followed a group of regular Joes who enter a research study looking at how power and authority can corrupt, which places them in assigned roles in a prison set-up.

Brody who is next up in sci-fi thriller Splice and school stoner comedy High School, will play the ring-leader of the prisoners. Whitaker - who can be seen (well, heard) in Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are later this year, as well as distopian thriller Repossession Mambo with Jude Law and roadtrip comedy My Own Love Song - will be a power-hungry "guard" in the clink.

The Germanically named, gaol-obsessed Prison Break mastermind Paul Scheuring is to take the helm, having written the screenplay himself. Filming kicks off next month in glamorous Iowa.

Source: EmpireOnline

Zombieland Trailer Online

Zombieland Trailer Online
28 Beers Later
Source: Apple


Zombieland Trailer Online

Zombieland, tipped as the American Shaun of the Dead, has arrived online in trailer form. Check it out here. The splatstick horror comedy stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bill Murray.

The gory story sees a group of lone survivors after a zombie holocaust, travelling coast to coast across the United States, and holing up in an amusement park. It looks a lot broader than Shaun, with more emphasis on action (lots of guns, no cricket bats) but it still looks a lot of fun, with Harrelson in particular on charismatic gung-ho form. Tantalisingly, Murray isn't obviously featured in the preview clip, suggesting an attempt to keep his role as a surprise.

This is Eisenberg's second Land of the year, after the very different Adventureland, and the second horror comedy of his career: he played a teenage werewolf in Wes Craven's 2005 Cursed.

When 28 Days Later came out, writer Alex Garland talked about what he felt was the unacknowledged reaction of many viewers to zombie-armageddon films: the feeling that it would be brilliant to be practically alone in an empty world. That totally seems to be the vibe here, and we say bring it on!

Released in October, for that extra Hallowe'en frisson.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Exclusive: Indy 5 Is A Go!

Exclusive: Indy 5 Is A Go!
Frank Marshall spills the beans


Exclusive: Indy 5 Is A Go!

The hat is officially out of the bag. On Monday Shia Labeouf let slip that a follow up to Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was on the cards and now Frank Marshall has pretty much confirmed it, suggesting that Indy V could be approaching the pencil-chewing script development stage.

Although he didn't specify timelines, Marshall told Empire that ideas would be worked on with a view to green-lighting production sooner rather than later. "It's really about the script," says the veteran Indy producer. "Once we see that, we'll see. We're not going to wait another 20 years. We'd all love to make another one. I'm anxious to hear the idea!"

But are Mssrs. Spielberg, Ford and Lucas equally sold on a fifth outing for the whip-cracking archeologist? "Yeah. We had a great time making the last one and, as Harrison said, we need to make this one soon. We're not getting any younger."

With Ford fast approaching his 67th birthday, time is definitely of the essence. Up may have raised the bar for the ageing adventurers, but Indy showed signs of creakiness in The Crystal Skull and it's safe to rule out too many rolling boulder chases or collapsing rope bridges from a further sequel. Hopefully the same goes for the gopher.

One caveat to all this is the lack of a concrete idea. As Marshall told us: "Until there's a script, nothing's definite. I haven't heard the idea." Here's your chance to play George Lucas and post your most mind-bending McGuffins below...

Source: EmpireOnline

New Public Enemies Clip

New Public Enemies Clip
It's a tommy gun!
Source: Yahoo! Movies


New Public Enemies Clip

The fabled John Dillinger was a bank robber, outlaw and all-round smoothy but, as this Yahoo! clip from Michael Mann's excellent Public Enemies shows, he was pretty handy with the steel too when backed into a corner. And, as America's most wanted criminal, he was regularly backed into a corner. Click here to view the clip.

Set at Little Bohemia Lodge, the scene shows FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) and his team of G-Men attacking Dillinger's (Johnny Depp) forest hideout. Look out for a bunch of Mann's tropes, including historical vérité (the scene was filmed at the Wisconsin location where the battle took place in 1934), digital photography, and an almighty sh*tstorm of flying bullets.

Public Enemies is out on Wednesday 1 July.

Source: EmpireOnline

Nolan Off Batman 3?

Nolan Off Batman 3?
Dark Knight director reluctant to go on
Source: Batman on Film


Nolan Off Batman 3?

Widely reported this morning is a piece over at Batman fansite Batman on Film, which suggests that Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, may be reluctant to continue the series.

The alarmist article sites a shady "behind the camera" source, defensively pegged as "legit", claiming that Nolan was sufficiently rocked by Heath Ledger's death to not want to continue (The Joker was apparently slated to turn up in at least one more film), and that a threequel, even if it arrives via other hands, is unlikely until at least 2012.

Nolan is currently working on the mega-budget Inception, so it could just be that he simply doesn't want to think about Batman at the moment. Or it could be that, like Bat-Predecessor Tim Burton or Bryan Singer on the X-Men franchise, he prefers to step back now and serve only as producer.

CHUD, meanwhile, have a conspiracy theory: that Nolan is using the press to play hardball with the studio and negotiate himself a sweeter deal... We couldn't possibly comment.

But what do you think? Can the series continue without its visionary director?

Source: EmpireOnline

Witherspoon Goes Down On The Pharm

Witherspoon Goes Down On The Pharm
In Universal's aspirational comedy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Witherspoon Goes Down On The Pharm

Reese Witherspoon is doing drugs. Ok, they're the prescription kind and she's not actually doing them, but she will be appearing as a pharmaceutical exec in the Universal comedy Pharm Girl so there is kind of a drugs link there.

Although it's billed as an 'aspiration comedy', Pharm Girl is being scripted and possibly directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the dark minds that brought us Bad Santa, so it's safe to expect at least a dose of bile in the story of a woman's journey through the underbelly of the drugs industry.

The pharmaceutical industry is shaping up to be Hollywood's bad guy of the month, stepping into the breach usually filled with Nazis and dastardly English types with twiddly moustaches. The Ed Zwick-helmed Love And Other Drugs will also put the boot into big pharma, albeit in a similarly comically-toned way.

Behind Witherspoon's perky persona and Southern charm lies some serious smarts: she rarely picks a loser (leaving aside the giant turkey that was Four Christmases) and her regular forays into comedy have produced some box-office monsters. She'll also produce Pharm Girl under her Type A banner.

Witherspoon meanwhile has an increasingly crowded slate and is continuing to focus on comedy roles. She's producing and starring in black comedy Nice, has James L. Brooks' so-far untitled project to look forward to and is in talks to star with Ben Stiller in Fox's futuristic comedy Used Guys.

Source: EmpireOnline

Brand New G.I. Joe TV Spot Online

Brand New G.I. Joe TV Spot Online
Plus five new rubber-clad character art
Source: YouTube


Brand New G.I. Joe TV Spot Online

Yes, there is a reason to be at your desks on a sunny Thursday morning. Second only to be sitting in front of a television, this is the place you need to be to view the brand new G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra trailer which has made its way online.

With just over a month and a half to wait until the August 7 release of Stephen 'Mummy' Sommers' film, it is time to get G.I.gee-ed up about the tautly togged task force which includes Sienna Miller as The Baroness, Channing Tatum as Duke, Marlon Wayans as Ripcord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander and Dennis Quaid as General Hawk. The film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty, Christopher Eccleston as Destro, Byung Hun Lee as Storm Shadow, Rachel Nichols as Shana 'Scarlett' O'Hara, Ray Park as Snake Eyes and Said Taghmaoui as Breaker.

Looks like this could be the new Thunderbirds. Or is it a live-action Team America? You decide...

Check out the G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra TV trailer on YouTube.

Also online today are five new character one-sheets to fully appreciate the crack-team in their kevlar suited glory.

Exclusive 'G.I. Joe' Character Poster - Ripcord

Click the image above for the hi-res version on Cinematical

Exclusive: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Character Poster

Click the image above for the hi-res version on Latino Review

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Duke Character Poster!

Click the image above for the hi-res version on MovieWeb

EXCLUSIVE: GI JOE - THE RISE OF COBRA Poster for Sienna Miller as The Baroness

Click the image above for the hi-res version on Collider

Exclusive New G.I. Joe Poster

Click the image above for the hi-res version on IGN

Source: EmpireOnline

Neverending Story Carries On

Neverending Story Carries On
New adventure for Bastian?
Source: i09


Neverending Story Carries On

i09 are reporting an interview with producer Producer Frank Marshall that suggests we may well see a new version of 80s kids classic The Neverending Story in the not-especially-near future.

The phrase that makes us particularly optimistic is "we love the book". Although the rights are still tied up, it seems that Marshall has in mind a more faithful adaptation of Michael Endes' novel than Wolfgang Petersen's original, which only covered half the book. Structurally, the novel lends does actually lend itself to adapting as more than one movie, but the original sequels went their own way.

The original also dropped some major characters, presumably largely due to FX restrictions that would be easily surmountable today.

So it's some way off, and may never happen at all, but it's an intriguing prospect nonetheless. Although if it doesn't feature the Limahl song, we're not interested.*

Marshall also stated that Jurassic Park 4 is now unlikely. Which is probably just as well.

*Not really true.

Source: EmpireOnline

Bride of Frankenstein Resurrected

Bride of Frankenstein Resurrected
Universal revive classic monsters
Source: Hollywood Reporter


Bride of Frankenstein Resurrected

It looks as if Universal are already casting around for follow-ups to this year's Benecio Del Toro starrer The Wolfman. Clearly the venerable studio is looking to open up the vaults and dust of its classic monsters, with reports coming in that first off the blocks may be The Bride of Frankenstein.

A new version of James Whale's 1935 classic has been in various stages of development for some years. Most recently the writers of American Splendour, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, were attached to an updated take on the material.

But the project has now found its way to Illusionist director Neil Burger and screenwriter Dick Wittenborn.

There are, of course, plenty of screen adaptations of Mary Shelley's original novel, with another one in preparation by Guillermo Del Toro. But James Whale's sequel to the 1931 Universal version was an original screenplay by William Hurlbut: in the novel, the Monster asks Frankenstein to build him a mate, but Frankenstein destroys it before bringing it to life.

It was very loosely remade once before, as 1985's woeful The Bride, starring Jennifer Beals, Clancy Brown and Sting. There were also elements in Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1994, when Branagh's Victor Frankenstein suddenly decides to stitch Helena Bonham Carter's head onto the body of Trevyn McDowell.

So remake-wise, Burger and Wittenborn have nothing to live up to but the tragic, witty, beautiful original. Those are very big shoes to fill.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Harry Potter Posters Online

New Harry Potter Posters Online
More half-blooded wizardry
Source: harrypotter.warnerbros.co.uk


New Harry Potter Posters Online

It's been a long time between drinks potions for Potter fans but - happy days - there's only 28 sleeps until Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince finally hits our screens. The official UK site has revealed five new character promos to help while away those remaining days.

Bathed in the kind of atmospheric blue tones of which Michael Mann would approve, the posters feature Hermione, Draco, Ron and Luna Rey, while Harry and Ginny Weasley share a character still - and meaningful looks - in the final poster.


New Harry Potter Posters Online

New Harry Potter Posters Online

New Harry Potter Posters Online

New Harry Potter Posters Online

New Harry Potter Posters Online

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday 15 July.

Source: EmpireOnline

Brand New Inglourious Basterds Poster

Brand New Inglourious Basterds Poster
Italian one-sheet gets glamorous


Brand New Inglourious Basterds Poster

Trust the Italians to get a far sexier poster than the rest of the cinema-going world. This brand new international one-sheet combines the nasty Nazis, bad-girl resistance fighters and roguishly handsome insurgents who make up the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

With Brad Pitt rightly front and centre flanked by his Nazi-hunting buddies Eli Roth and Til Schweiger, we also get to see Diane Kruger and French newcomer Mélanie Laurent in a luscious scarlet hue, as well as brooding Christoph Waltz who plays SS Col. Hans Landa with a hint of charisma and a barrel-load of menace.

Brand New Inglourious Basterds Poster

Click the image above for the h-res version on badtaste.it

Inglourious Basterds is due in cinemas on August 21. For more on Tarantino's spaghetti Western in the meantime, click here.

Source: EmpireOnline