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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spielberg's Future Projects News

Spielberg's Future Projects News
Exclusive: Robopocalypse & Lincoln

Source: Exclusive

Spielberg's Future Projects News

In the new issue of Empire, out today, we have an exclusive interview with Steven Spielberg on the subject of The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn*. But while we were chatting to the former Empire editor and uber-director, we asked a little about two of his future projects, Lincoln and Robopocalypse.

Of the Presidential biopic, this is what Spielberg had to say: "We start shooting in October. Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team Of Rivals is much too big a book to be a movie, so the Lincoln story only takes place in the last few months of his Presidency and life. I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals...but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended...But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment - that story I'm excited to tell."

But how will he tell it? Is this Amistad 2? "Amistad is much more visual than Lincoln is going to be. It feels very much like a procedural. It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books...arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world."

For more on working with Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe, pick up the new issue of Empire.

And what about the none-more-contrasting Robopocalypse? How's that shaping up? "It reminded me of Michael Crichton. I'm in pre-production on it right now. I'm hoping to start shooting the picture some time in '12. I don't exactly know when, hopefully some time this summer, for a '13 release."

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is out on October 26, and you can read all about it in the new issue of Empire, out today!

*And for that matter, we interviewed the rest of the cast as well, including Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell and Peter Jackson.

Source: EmpireOnline

Damon Lindelof Talks Prometheus

Damon Lindelof Talks Prometheus
Here be (mild) spoilers!

Source: MTV

Damon Lindelof Talks Prometheus

Some people hate spoilers of any size or description, while others love to pick over drip-feeds of teased information. If you're in the former camp, we applaud you, but you'd better leave this story now. If you're of the latter persuasion, read on for a few MTV-sourced bits and pieces from Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof.

There's nothing here that's world-ending or ruinous, but a few new hints on tone and direction and character...

Of Ridley Scott, Lindelof says he felt a tremendous relief, having been part-responsible for Lost for so long, that the weight of Prometheus was on someone else's shoulders. He says that he came aboard following "a series of conversations where I was kind of interviewing Ridley to get a sense of the movie he wanted to make. Once I got a sense of that, then it was really about channeling that idea so that I was realising his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it. Really everything I was coming up with was just a different spin on what he was saying to me."

Michael Fassbender's role prompts reference to another Scott sci-fi classic: "He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?'. Wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions?"

Of Charlize Theron's character, Lindelof reveals "She's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien movies: that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix …. I don't think she's slimy like Burke. She's not the suit you're used to: not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, what company she's actually a face of is a big part of the fun..."

And the writer believes that there's more fun to be had with the rug-pulling that an ensemble cast makes possible: "If you watch the first Alien cold, you think Tom Skerritt is the hero, and then he's one of the first to go. I love the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not'..."

Prometheus is currently in post-production, and released on June 1 next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Lee Child Explains Tom Cruise's Casting

Lee Child Explains Tom Cruise's Casting
Exclusive: The Jack Reacher author talks


Lee Child Explains Tom Cruise's Casting

There's a new Empire out today, with Rooney Mara (as Lisbeth Salander) and Daniel Craig (as Mikael Blomkvist) on the front for David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but inside, there's also a great interview with the man behind Jack Reacher, Lee Child, whose novel, One Shot, is set to hit the big screen in 2013, starring Tom Cruise.

We don't want to spoil the whole thing for you, but here are couple of snippets from our tête-à-tête with the best-selling author, concentrating on his opinion of Tom Cruise's casting as the unstoppable man mountain that is Jack Reacher.

"I wasn't surprised [by Cruise's casting] because this was on the cards for a very long time... we've been dealing with his people for six years."

"Obviously, Tom Cruise doesn't match the physical description of Reacher in the books... but the movie is not going to match the book anyway. More than that though, which actor does match Reacher physically? What people forget is that Tom Cruise is quite possibly the best actor of his generation."

But how will Child's Reacher compare to the screen version? Does he expect vast differences – outside of Tom Cruise playing someone who's 6ft 5in?

"If you look at what McQuarrie [One Shot's screenwriter, whose previous work includes The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie] and Cruise have done before, I think this Reacher will be more clinical the scapel rather than the sledgehammer."

"I think fans of the books will go to the movie and be a little weirded out for the first five minutes, but then the question is, what will happen after the first five minutes? If it's as done as well as I hope it will be, I don't think it will be a problem."

There's plenty more in the mag, which, as we say, is out today!

One Shot will be in cinemas sometime 2013, whereas Jack Reacher's latest adventure, The Affair, is on shelves today.

Source: EmpireOnline

Extremely Loud Incredibly Close Trailer

Extremely Loud Incredibly Close Trailer
First look at Safran Foer adaptation

Source: iTunes

Either fittingly or distastefully close to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (you tell us), the trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has just debuted over at iTunes.

Based on Jonathan Safran Foer's sophomore novel (following Everything Is Illuminated, which was filmed by Liev Schriber in 2005), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the story of Oskar, whose father is killed in the Twin Tower attacks. Oskar believes his father left him the message in the form of a key, sparking a New York-based quest to find the lock that it fits.

Foer's book was divisive, irritating as many people as it moved (it has quirks like a flick-book section in which a figure falling from the World Trade Centre floats back to the top) and on the evidence of the trailer, the film flirts with a similarly problematic sentimentality. We're not sure U2 are helping either, but there's no doubting the strength of that cast, headed up by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and including Max Von Sydow, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, James Gandolfini, Viola Davis, and newcomer Thomas Horn as Oskar.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is directing a screenplay by Eric Roth (Benjamin Button), and the film is out on Christmas Day in North America, and February 3 in the UK.

Source: EmpireOnline

Stephen King Writing Sequel To Shining

Stephen King Writing Sequel To Shining
Danny Torrance vs. vampires!

Source: stephenking.com

Stephen King Writing Sequel To Shining

Reading an excerpt from his latest work-in-progress at a George Mason University event, Stephen King has confirmed what has long been rumoured: he is indeed writing a sequel to his early classic The Shining.

Obviously this isn't strictly movie news, but given the fame and infamy of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 Shining adaptation (King has never been a fan, and oversaw his own TV miniseries in the 1990s), it's as near as dammit. Watch how quickly the new novel gets picked up for the screen.

The original involved young Danny Torrance and his imaginary friend Tony ("the little boy that lives in my mouth") spending a hellish winter at the Overlook Hotel with his writer father Jack, who's gradually losing his mind: the great question is whether the hotel is haunting Jack or Jack is haunting the hotel. Either way, it doesn't end well.

Danny does survive the ordeal though, and its his story that the new book, Dr Sleep, picks up in adulthood. Few details have been revealed so far, but the excerpt that King read at the George Mason event featured a roving troop of vampires called The Tribe.

Danny vs. vampires? It seems initially like an idea from way out of leftfield, but we'd suggest that what's likely is that this is another post-Dark Tower example of King tying his universe together: not a Shining sequel per se, but simply a new novel that happens to include Danny Torrance. Some time ago there were rumours of King writing a 'Salem's Lot follow-up involving a drifting Father Callahan (another recurring character) with vampires in tow. Could Dr Sleep be that same book?

Much to be learned then, but it's OK, King writes fast. A new e-book, Mile 81, is just out, and his next proper novel, 11/22/63, is published in November.

Source: EmpireOnline

Robot Aspirador.

Robot Aspirador

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Com vontade ou sem vontade lá temos de vez em quando aspirar a casa que dá sempre um trabalhão e perda de tempo.
Este aspirador é de certeza uma boa aquisição, e já estou de olho no modo automático e na programação durante 7 dias por semana :)
Parece que vou ter um novo inquilino em casa que até detecta obstáculos como as escadas e outros obstáculos..
Ainda bem, pois não quero perder o meu novo amiguinho da limpeza pelas escadas logo no primeiro dia que estiver a morar comigo.
E como parece ser cego, ainda bem que tem sensores de obstáculos, pois não quero que algo lhe aconteça.
E com duração de até 90 minutos vai ser um bom aliado, pois deve fazer mais rápido o trabalho que eu demoro nunca menos de 90 minutos .
Vamos -nos dar muito bem, nem preciso de trela para o domar, deixo-o livre.. mas aspirando :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lionsgate Heading To Dead Island

Lionsgate Heading To Dead Island
Zombie game gets movie treatment

Source: Lionsgate

Lionsgate Heading To Dead Island

Still on the lookout for a horror franchise to replace the resting Saw, Lionsgate have picked up the rights to the recent zombie videogame hit Dead Island.

Released just this month, Dead Island sees a group of mysteriously-immune survivors holed up in a holiday resort as an undead plague ravages the outside world. Cue much in the way of gorily inventive survival horror, and stressful scrappy combat with extemporised melee weapons.

It's been generally well-received (apart from by Edge, who utterly demolished it) but Lionsgate's press-release is very much focused on the trailer that heralded the game's arrival back in February, and won various industry awards, including a Golden Lion at Cannes. That clip will serve as the film's "primary creative inspiration" according to the blurb, which also promises that "Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling."

Lionsgate president Joe Drake calls it "a true elevation of a genre we know and love". The film is currently in the very early stages of development, with Sean Daniel (The Mummy), and FX man Stefan Sonnenfeld (Sucker Punch, Fright Night) producing.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wanted 2 Moving Forward Again?

Wanted 2 Moving Forward Again?
Original writers re-commissioned

Source: The Wrap

Wanted 2 Moving Forward Again?

All had been very quiet on the Wanted sequel front, but it looks as if Universal has unpacked the Loom of Fate and seen threads of hope emerging. Original screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been re-hired to start working on Wanted 2.

Very loosely based on Mark Millar's comics, Wanted placed James McAvoy in a loony action spectacle where he was taught to bend bullet trajectories and flip cars in slow-motion by Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, apparently in pursuit of his father's killer. He later goes up against the mysterious Fraternity that initially took him in and honed his latent superpowers.

Some of the film's more out-there plot elements (that loom we mentioned, for example) met with snorts of derision from most quarters, but the film achieved a box office take north of $300m (on a budget of $75m), so a sequel was always on the cards. Jolie's lack of interest though (understandable given her characer's position at the end of the first film) seemed to stymie Universal, and the nascent franchise languished in development hell.

Until yesterday, when The Wrap got hold of Haas and got him to expand on his initial cursory tweet spilling the beans. "We just always loved the Wanted world, and loved working with Universal and Timur Bekmambetov," Haas says, "so we're excited! Wanted 2 is going to take off right after the events that just happened; it'll pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round." A later Haas tweet confirmed that the script he and Brandt are developing is "Fox-less and loom-less". Definitely no Jolie then, but will McAvoy be back to reprise Wesley?

Strictly at the writing stage, there's not yet a green light or start date for the film, and Haas says that Bekmambetov is "a busy guy", so there's no director attached yet either. We'll keep you posted on further developments.

Be very impressed that we wrote this story without making any tortuous puns about the film's title. We really Wanted 2.

Source: EmpireOnline

Another New Year's Eve Trailer Online

Another New Year's Eve Trailer Online
Even hopeless can be romantic

Source: iTunes

It's still only September so we're trying not to even think about Christmas yet, but New Line and Warners are intent that we should all already be focused on New Year's Eve, a new trailer for which has just gone up at Apple. There's a poster too:

We were already primed for Gary Marshall's spiritual follow-up to Valentine's Day back in the summer, but there's enough going on among the enormous cast of characters to provide plenty of new teasers here. Things we learned this time: this is not Girls Gone Wild, and nobody wins when pregnant women fight.

New Year's Eve gives us another set of intertwining stories, set this time in New York rather than LA. It shares Valentine's Day's DNA (along with the returning Marshall it's once again written by Katherine Fugate), but Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Biel are playing different characters here.

Biel's character is pregnant and trying to win a prize for being first to give birth on New Year's Day; Michelle Pfeiffer is a downtrodden secretary making an extra effort with her resolutions; Hilary Swank is a TV producer organising a big New Year's Eve show; Robert De Niro is facing a tearjerking terminal illness; Katherine Heigl is a caterer being forced to work all night; Halle Berry is a Manhattan nurse; and Jon Bon Jovi is a rockstar. Pfft: typecasting much?

Elsewhere on the roll call we've also got Ice Cube, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Carla Gugino, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Ludacris, Sofia Vergara, Greg Kinnear, Cam Gigandet and Meg Ryan, and all the feel-good festivities kick off on December 9.

Source: EmpireOnline

David Duchovny Joins Phantom

David Duchovny Joins Phantom
As a KGB agent fighting ghosts!

Source: Variety

David Duchovny Joins Phantom

Taking a well-earned break from his Californicating, David Duchovny will spend the hiatus trapped underwater with Ed Harris and William Fichtner, when he joins the indie thriller Phantom.

Set on a Soviet submarine during the Cold War, Phantom sees a Russian captain contending both with a rogue KGB unit and a supernatural force that's trying to take over the vessel. Harris is the captain, and Duchovny will replace Andy Garcia as the leader of a Soviet special forces team on a secret mission.

Hopefully Phantom will dispense with silly accents and go the Hunt For Red October route of allowing everyone to speak as they normally would, on the understanding that they're really speaking in Russian. What's good for Sean Connery is good for everyone else.

Todd Robinson is the writer and director (he also wrote Ridley Scott's White Squall and directed Lonely Hearts), and the cast also includes Natasha McElhone. Shooting starts in Long Beach, California next month.

Source: EmpireOnline

Summit Uncover Area 52

Summit Uncover Area 52
Cult comics series picked up for screen

Source: Deadline

Summit Uncover Area 52

Looking to go one better than Oren Peli's still not-yet-released Area 51, Summit Entertainment have snapped up the rights to Area 52, the comics series published by Image.

Written by Brian Haberlin with art by Clayton Henry, the 2001 mini-series involved Corporal Monica Lane being dispatched to a remote Arctic outpost which, it turns out, is where the US military dump things they don't understand. It's considered the most boring job imaginable... until things start to get odd and "an alien killing machine" is hatched.

Lazy comparisons ahoy: film-wise then it's potentially a bit like The Thing, but with its characters a hapless bunch of misfits shipped to the arse-end of nowhere for various embarrassing or politically convenient reasons, there's room for some humour too.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (Transformers, Red) are producing, and will be taking Area 52 "out to writers" shortly.

Source: EmpireOnline

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Patty Jenkins May Tackle Thor 2

Patty Jenkins May Tackle Thor 2
Monster director off to Asgard?

Source: Variety

Patty Jenkins May Tackle Thor 2

Some directorial choices are slightly unexpected. Then there are the gob-smacking, who-could-have-seen-that-coming ideas that seem to strike from nowhere. One of those hit today, as Variety is reporting that Monster director Patty Jenkins is in talks to tackle Thor 2.

That Jenkins would be in consideration is not the surprising part: after all, she pushed Charlize Theron to an Oscar with the 2003 Aileen Wuornos film. It’s more the fact that, since then, she’s directed exactly zero movies and has mostly plied her trade on TV, working on episodes of Arrested Development, Entourage and the US remake of The Killing.

She’s also never worked with big special effects, but Marvel and the Thor cast clearly feel she can bring something fresh to the superhero sequel.

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are all set to return for the film (our fingers are crossed that Kat Dennings’ new TV gig won’t interfere with the chance to get her back too), which Disney has already scheduled for a July 26, 2013 release.

Kenneth Branagh directed the first film (and was himself a slightly unexpected choice), but has decided not to take on the sequel. Though Games of Thrones veteran Brian Kirk’s name had been mentioned in connection with the job, he’s since passed. And Jenkins has seemingly beaten out a list that includes Drew Goddard, James McTeigue and Breck Eisner.

Source: EmpireOnline

Big Miracle Trailer Swims In

Big Miracle Trailer Swims In
Drew Barrymore saves the whales

Source: Apple

Big Miracle Trailer Swims In

Between Dolphin Tale and now this – formerly titled Everybody Loves Whales – you might be forgiven for thinking that Greenpeace was sponsoring a few upcoming films, since helping oceanic mammals is everywhere right now. Take a look at the trailer for what is now called Big Miracle over at Apple.

Miracle is based on the 1988 true story of three gray whales that became trapped in pack ice near Alaska’s Point Barrow community. When the local natives discovered the creatures, they worked to try to fee them, but when that initial effort failed, the nearby media (and then the world) got involved, eventually leading to a previously unheard of collaboration between the United States and Russia.

The film shifts a few of the elements around, and stars John Krasinski as a news reporter who first breaks word of the whales’ plight. He ropes in Drew Barrymore’s environmental crusader, and that sets the dominoes falling for everything else that happens as she tries to convince the governor (Stephen Root) to find an ice-breaking ship…

While Everybody Loves Whales was a slightly clunky title, we’re not 100% convinced that Big Miracle is better – and it leaves out the cetacean aspect all together. Still, people do love big creatures being helped, so maybe it doesn’t matter.

Big Miracle will sail on to screens on February 10.

Source: EmpireOnline

First Official Dark Shadows Pic Arrives

First Official Dark Shadows Pic Arrives
Meet the family
Source: Entertainment Weekly

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky… No, hang on… That’s the Addams Family. This weird bunch is the gathered members and associated hangers-on of Barnabas Collins’ (Johnny Depp) family in Dark Shadows. Take a gander at the first official shot of them gathered below.

Likely released to combat the recent outburst after pap shots of Depp as Collins found their way online – and sparked complaints that he looked like Michael Jackson crossed with his own take on Wllly Wonka – this is the studio-approved first glimpse.

According to Depp, it was partly his idea to get everyone together for the group snap: “I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series,” he tells EW. “For me it captured the weird Dark Shadows vibe in a single image. I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began. We decided to stage a similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the Dark Shadows feeling.”

Dark Shadows finds Depp as Collins, a man turned into a vampire in the 18th century, who has been buried for two centuries in a tomb and awakens in the 1970s to find a world much changed. He sets about finding his descendants and settling some scores.

So let’s go left to right, shall we? There’s Helena Bonham Carter as Dr Julia Hoffman, Chloe Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Depp as Collins, Ray Shirley as housekeeper Mrs Johnson, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Johnny Lee Miller as Roger Collins and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. For a full breakdown of what everyone will be getting up to, head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

With Tim Burton directing, Dark Shadows will creep into cinemas on May 11

Source: EmpireOnline