Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Pontiac Solstice vehicle prop of Autobot Jazz arrived on the set of Transformers 2 earlier today. In addition we've received confirmation from a second tipster that Darius McCrary, the voice of Movie Jazz, is now on set as well.
Filming for the sequel is now taking place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the former Bethlehem Steel site.
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I can't help myself with Wall-E - I've always got to post everything related to the little guy. I'm sure by now those of you who are going to go already know you will and don't need any more convincing, but oh well. Because each and every new little vignette is still as wonderfully cute and entertaining as the one before it. This is the sixth vignette after Wall-E met a vacuum, a Magnet, a Headphone and a Hula Hoop. This film is already destined to be a huge success no matter how many more vignettes I post, but I still don't care, because these deserve to be seen! We hope you enjoy and make sure to leave a comment if you're as excited for Wall-E as me.
Wall-E is both written and directed by Pixar's own Andrew Stanton, who wrote and directed A Bug's Life and Finding Nemo. The movie will arrive in theaters everywhere this summer on June 27th.
In the IDW series, Niles introduces his readers to a young man named Victor who works to reverse death, even if it means using spare parts from some of his friends.
To read what Niles has to say about the project, and to watch a video montage created by Russell that evokes the tone of the film, click here!
For those who worry about trailers giving too much away,
/Film quotes Smith who had the following to say:
“Don’t call it a trailer, ’cause it’s not a trailer; it’s a teaser,” warns Smith. “There ain’t a frame of footage in this puppy that’s in the actual flick, so feel free to watch it without fear of ‘spoilers’. This is just a little something to give you a bit of a feel for the flick.“
Friday, May 30, 2008
The 'insane' (Rachael Taylor's words, not mine) Michael Bay will bring Hasbro's supernatural game "Ouija Board" to the big screen. The project is set up at Universal, where Hasbro has a six-year partnership set up.
Although the specific log line for the film is being kept under wraps, the film will be a supernatural adventure with the Ouija board playing an integral part of the story.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is now playing in theaters worldwide and we've created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow moviegoers what you thought about the Steven Spielberg-directed film, starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, Karen Allen, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent.
You can use the comments below to write your mini-review for the film. As with all the comments here at ComingSoon.net, keep it clean, on-topic, and friendly.
What did you think?!
Marvel Studios, the new powerhouse production company that has taken over the development of all of its major comic properties, is now adding Runaways to its slate of projects. The film is being developed and written by Brian K. Vaughan, the series' co-creator, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will operate as producer. The Runaways comic first appeared in 2002 is about a group of teenagers who find that some family secrets are bigger than others when they discover their parents are actually super-villains. They subsequently run away and "begin a journey of discovery, both of their parents' origins and of their own inherited powers, while trying to make up for the evil done by their parents." Unfortunately it sounds like this is at least four years out, but the it is official and development is currently underway.
We all saw Marvel's official line-up through 2011 when it was announced earlier this month, and Runaways was definitely not on it. However, this doesn't mean Marvel couldn't squeeze it in somewhere in the spring or winter months without bumping into the other big projects. While I'm not familiar with this comic series at all, it was critically praised for its honest portrayal of teens and their issues and won a Harvey Award in 2006 for best series. Could this be better than you're average teenage comic book movie?
Our friend Peter over at SlashFilm seems pretty jazzed about this project, namely because Brian K. Vaughan is so heavily involved with the script. He also mentions that Joss Whedon, who is a fan of the series, took over when original creators Vaughan and Adrian Alphona left at issue #24 of the second volume. Despite I've never heard of it until now, apparently this seems like something quite unique and possibly a quality teenaged superhero film. Is anyone familiar with this comic? Would it make for a good film? I'm very curious to hear what the response will be to this project.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
You can view the scans here!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It's now official - Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton will play Prince and Princess in the upcoming video game adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Obviously Arterton's agent is kicking ass, because she's gone from nearly nothing to a big name in both Quantum of Solace and now Prince of Persia! Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's Mike Newell is directing this video game adaptation, with filming slated to begin in June in Morocco and England.
Its obvious that they've tweaked the storyline a bit, changing the names of both the Prince and Princess Farah, but considering Jordan Mechner, one of the game's original creators, has been intricately involved in the development of the script, I'm not at all worried. I've been looking forward to this adaptation since I first heard about it, and now it sounds like Gyllenhaal is going to go down in history as the actor that lead the way in finally showing Hollywood how great video game movies can actually be. Gemma Arterton is also a gorgeous addition, but I can't say much for her acting yet. However, I am intrigued by the choice to use more Americanized actors as opposed to more ethnic alternatives. Thoughts?
You can read on first showing.net, a great update on the status from Jerry Bruckheimer back in early December, who also shares his story of how he was first introduced to the video game and how they plan to be the first to break the bad video game movie mold. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is currently set to arrive in theaters next summer on June 19th, 2009. We'll be sure to bring you more updates as we hear them!
You can watch the restricted trailer using the player below, while the TV spots are linked from the film's page.
Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment have acquired the rights to remake Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, the Dany Boon-directed comedy that broke box office records in France earlier this year, reports Variety.
Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce with Ken Stovitz.
The original is a hicks-in-the-sticks tale about a post office manager who has a nice outpost in the South of France but ends up banished to a rainy town in northern France, where he finds the local patois unintelligible.
The pic will be developed by WB under the title Welcome to the Sticks.
"We will probably place the character in a global corporation, and he literally gets sent to the sticks, but finds that rather than a backward place, it provides all that was missing in his life," Stovitz said.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Next summer we'll most likely see both John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the biggest posters, standing at odd angles and staring off into the distance. Cusack and Ejiofor have just been cast in Roland Emmerich's giant summer blockbuster movie 2012. We've featured this project before, but now it's got some faces. 2012 is an apocalyptic natural disaster movie set in 2012 about an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. With Cusack and Ejiofor now on board, I really hope this will be something special.
Emmerich and crew will begin shooting this July in Los Angeles for a July 10th, 2009 release. If you're curious to read more about the 2012 apocalypse according to the Mayan calendar, FirstShowing wrote an extensive look at the conspiracy theory back in early March. The original screenplay was said to have "more going for it than the big idea that studios love" and ended up in the hands of Sony after an intense bidding war. It now is apparent that the ideas in the film involve a parallel universe twin on top of the entire apocalypse that threatens all of mankind. This movie is going to be big!
I'm a big fan of both John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but moreso Ejiofor. I hope this is his big break, because he's highly underrated and needs a chance to really shine. Unfortunately this seems like much more of a paycheck project for Cusack than it does anything else. I can't even really see him being the big budget apocalyptic savior - can you? I just keep crossing my fingers and hoping this is as good as it all sounds, but worried that Emmerich is just on a downward spiral. How does 2012 sound to you now that Cusack and Ejiofor have been cast?
He says that he and director Steven Spielberg have left the door open for a sequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
"I haven't even told Steven or Harrison this," he told Friedman. "But I have an idea to make Shia [LaBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.
Go here for more of the interview!
"It's a while away but my understanding is it's happening and my character is very involved," she told the magazine. "I know [director] Steven Spielberg is looking forward to [getting it together] over the next year."
Sam Neill previously said that he hadn't heard anything about his character, Dr. Alan Grant, coming back for another film.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The bit about Soundwave comes from IGN, where they have a brief interview with KurtzmanOrci on both Transformers 2 and J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek. "You know, we had Ravage in an early draft of the first movie and Soundwave, and we couldn't do it right and I think this time hopefully we'll have the ability to do it." That definitely means Soundwave will show up, but in what capacity - well we'll have to wait until June 26th, 2009 to see. As for more veiled hype, Roberto Orci speaks on how they've built upon the first Transformers - both for fans of the original cartoon and toys and for fans of the movie. and
"We want to follow some of our lead characters which we thought were so successful. Shia's character; where is he two years later? His girlfriend, where is she two years later? But for fans, I guess I'll address this more for the fans, because I think if you didn't know Transformers at all and you came in and you liked the first movie, you'll like the second one."
"However, some of the die hard fans, which we were a member of that group, felt, well, maybe it's a little light. Maybe it wasn't science fictiony enough. And I think the second one will deliver on a true Transformers story. You know, the first one, we had a limited budget for what it was. Every second of Transformer time is a million dollars or whatever the heck it is, so this time, because we were able to prove through the whole thing that it's a viable live-action movie, we have a little more freedom this time to actually learn about the Transformers, see them, hear them. It's a better balance between the humans and the Transformers."
If you need some clarification on who Soundwave is, then we'll be glad to give it to you. Soundwave is a Transformer whose allegiances lie with the Decepticons. He transformers into a cassette player and has the ability to detect and jam radio transmissions as well as the ability to monitor electrical impulses within brain circuitry. In his robotic mode, the cassette compartment is located in his chest and stores many smaller cassette robots - smaller spy robots that are also powerful enemies. He is easily one of the biggest fan favorites alongside of Optimus Prime and Megatron.
Over at ComingSoon, they spoke briefly with Tyrese Gibson, who starred in the first film as Tech Sergeant Epps. He confirms that he will return and elaborates not only on how his character will evolve, but how Michael Bay is trying to step up above-and-beyond the first one.
"Well, I can't spill any of the beans though that was a smooth transition. But I just talked to Shia [LaBeouf] and left Jon Voight [a message] about fifteen minutes ago. I'm excited. Michael Bay is really going to try and up the ante on round two and take it to a whole other level. I can't go into any detail, but it's going to be some real one-of-a-kind things going on in this movie that no one has ever visually seen in their life. Michael Bay is really fired up and trying to outdo what he did on the first round and I'm just honored to be a part of it."
Featured below are the three banners for the "good guys," meaning Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien. Additionally on Empire you can find two more banners for the "bad guys," one for Prince Nuada as well as the Angel of Death. They definitely are great banners, I just hope they're striking enough to actually help the movie become a success. Full-size versions can be found on Empire.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is both written and directed by visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of Blade II, Hellboy, and Pan's Labyrinth previously. The film is based off of Mike Mignola's comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in 1993. Hellboy II: The Golden Army arrives in theaters this summer on July 11th. Mark down that day in your calendars now! If you haven't already seen the latest trailer, make sure you make it a priority to check it out!
“Directed by newcomer Stephen Spielberg, produced/written by first-timer George Lucas, with the help of their fresh-out-of-music-academy pal John Williams, one could easily mark this one up for beginners luck. (For those of you who missed the irony of the previous sentence, let me warn you that puberty is going to be rough when you get there.) Seriously though, it is all too common for a dream team like this one to assume that because they are all the gods of the silver screen, they self assuredly rest back on their laurels and crimp off a steaming box-office stinker. I’m pleased to report that played the game like it was 1980 again – Indy is back!” – J. Anthony Lucas, Moviehole
“In some ways Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brings up the Live Free or Die Hard dilemma, but times ten - unlike that series, the Indy films have always had a guiding vision, and most of the original creators are back. When reviewing Live Free, I had to wonder whether to treat it as a Die Hard movie or like a summer action movie; as it was sold as a Die Hard movie, I felt that it was fair to critique it as one. That fairness applies even more here, where it's not just the franchise but everybody else back for a belated fourth round. It isn't just that I expect more from an Indiana Jones movie, it's that I expect more from a Steven Spielberg movie. As much as I cringed at the things that felt all too Lucas in the film, I have to lay the blame at Spielberg's feet. He's the one who kept coming back to those CGI prairie dogs.” – Devin Feraci, CHUD
‘’ There’s a lot of magic in this film. A lot of it. I don’t think you have to be a chapter and verse fan of Indiana Jones to love it. Yes, LOVE IT. I think you just have to let go, believe and be willing to have another adventure with INDIANA JONES… because nobody, anywhere does it like Indy.” – Harry Knowles, Aint it Cool News
“I went into Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ready to dispense with the silly notion that Harrison Ford was too old to play Indiana, and walked out uncomfortable with the certainty that now the best way to describe Dr. Jones is not as dashing or daring, but as feisty. Anybody who’s any kind of an Indiana Jones fan (and who isn’t?) will no doubt find fun in this final chance to see Harrison back in the hat, but it’s hard not to wonder if we might not have been happier in the long run with Indiana Jones as a mythical figure somewhere off in the distance, never aging, never changing, and living solely for the rush of adrenaline that comes with adventure.” – Josh Tyler, Cinemablend.
“Instead of the breathless action of previous films, though, this one gets draggy and repetitive in the middle, with Indy and Co. traipsing through various tombs, searching by torchlight for clues to the origin of the mysterious and powerful Crystal Skull of Akator.” – Christy Lemire, AP
“What were they thinking?", popped into my mind while walking out of the latest Indiana Jones installment. I know, that's not a nice way to begin a movie review, but it's the truth and as we all know in life, sometimes the truth hurts. Even more hurtful may be a similar response shared by fans when they give this sequel record breaking millions of dollars come opening weekend. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is by no means a bad movie. In fact there were many occasions where I did indeed feel like a kid again and the spectacle as well as nostalgic moments in the film gave me goosebumps. But those moments are too few and far between” – Ron Henriques, Latino Review
‘’Sections of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are a great deal of fun. I felt jazzed and charged during a good 60% or even 70% of it. I was more than delighted at times. What a pleasure, I told myself over and over, to swim in a first-rate, big-budget action film that throws one expertly-crafted thrill after another at you, and with plotting that's fairly easy to understand, dialogue that's frequently witty and sharp, and performances -- Harrison Ford, Shia LeBouf and Cate Blanchett's, in particular -- that are 90% delctable from start to finish.’’ – Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere
‘’.. begins with an actual big bang, then gradually slides toward a ho-hum midsection before literally taking off for an uplifting finish” – Todd McCarthy, Variety
“No, it’s not as good as “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Don’t be silly. Lightning can’t be bottled twice, no matter how skilled the vintners. Instead, Steven Spielberg's “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is merely grand old-school fun – a rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series. Premiering Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival and opening worldwide on Thursday, the new movie is leagues better than 1984’s nasty “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and blessed with more snap and heart – more fun – then 1989’s pro forma “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” All that's lacking is a genuine sense of surprise. It's very possible that was left out on purpose.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
‘’The film is fast-moving, fun and occasionally inventive (the man-eating ants are a nice touch). But its success rides almost entirely on Ford, who brightens the action -- always improbable, occasionally ludicrous -- with physical humor and rascally charm. He wears the role so naturally that his supporting actors often seem to be faking it.’’ – Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Boldness points for Spielberg et al for using aliens as a villain - bet you never thought you'd see a flying saucer in an Indiana Jones movie -- but on the whole the script is flat, the motives are murky and, outside of one mountaintop car chase involving swords, monkeys and some thrillingly vertiginous angles, most of the action scenes are noisy and uninspired, and likely to yield more than a few pejorative comparisons to a video game. They're in a jungle! They're in a restricted military area! They're in a temple! Each level is adequate in its own right, we suppose, but narratively they add up to little more than your average XBox title." - Steven Zeitchik, THR
"When you think about it, all the pre-release interest the film has generated is not completely rational. Given its cast, crew and pedigree, it was likely to fall within a very narrow range in terms of quality, and be either a worse- or better-than-average Indiana Jones film. It turns out it's one of the good ones, and everyone involved can breathe a sigh of relief." - Kenneth Turan, The LA Times
"Though the first act drags a bit, the latter two-thirds of the film pick up the pace, and the film is packed with all the familiar elements fans have come to expect from Indiana Jones. John Williams's classic score still thrills, and the film, for the most part, meets the expectations set when you hear those familiar first bars of the theme song. Harrison Ford is older, of course (aren't we all), but still brings the role all the charm, daring and humor Indy should have." - Kim Voynar, Cinematical
As wonderful as it is, the original Dawn of the Dead seems like an odd choice for 3-D, which often capitalizes on the gimmick of having objects jump out at the audience. With this film, we'll instead get to see zombies ever-so-slowly coming towards us as we nonchalantly continue eating our popcorn without fear. Perhaps we'll even have time to head to the restroom before the zombies actually seemingly make their way out into the space of the auditorium. See, that was part of the humor of Romero's Night of the Living Dead sequel, that the characters had time to run in circles around the undead mallrats. It would be much more frightening to see a dimensionalized version of the remake, which featured much quicker zombies. Presently there appears to be no set release date for the re-release, but depending on how crowded the 3-D marketplace is a year from now, I'd guess New Amsterdam is hoping for a 2009 bow.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Friday, May 16, 2008
Just when we thought we had already seen everything badass for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the good folks at Universal have dropped another incredible poster on us. They're really trying prove that they're the right to studio for Hellboy by releasing some downright amazing marketing materials, including Drew Struzan's gorgeous poster at the New York Comic Con. This new one definitely delivers a punch, both figuratively and literally, and really does kick immense amounts of ass. I think one of these is going to be hanging on my wall here in my office in a matter of days. With that kind of introduction, I know you definitely want to check this thing out full-size below!
Thanks to SuperHeroHype for debuting this exclusively. I'm anxious to hear what everyone else thinks of this as well. I've heard nothing but amazing things so far and I'm really wondering if marketing like this could actually help turn this into a huge sleeper hit in July. Chime in with your comments below!
Dbthemovie.com has posted a new scan from Japanese magazine Weekly Young Jump which includes a better version of the previous photo of Justin Chatwin as Goku, as well as another photo of Goku and a first look at Emmy Rossum as Bulma.
Written and directed by James Wong, the big screen adaptation also stars James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Eriko Tamura, Joon Park, Chow Yun-Fat, Texas Battle, Randall Duk Kim and Ernie Hudson. It opens on April 10, 2009. You can check out the full scan by clicking the photos below!
MovieWeb tells us that it seems Tyrese is now the lead contender to play fool-pityin' B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie instead of the previously considered Ice Cube. Not only that, Latino Review recently reported that Bruce Willis might lead the soldiers of fortune as alpha dog Col. John "Hannibal" Smith. This is one remake that's starting to look pretty good.
I must admit, though, Ice Cube had a bit more fitting weight and gruff to play Mr. T than Tyrese. Nevertheless, Tyrese has long been a staple of John Singleton's films (Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers) and I do very much enjoy him in a supporting role such as this. Nothing has been signed as of yet, as Tyrese noted that the script is still in development, but this sounds pretty solid.
Similarly, the role of cigar-chompin' Col. Smith hasn't officially been filled either, but it's pretty easy to see Bruce Willis in the role. Granted, Willis might lack some of the sophistication of George Peppard's original character, but I think he can deliver with ease the trademark line, "I love it when a plan comes together."
As of this moment, John Singleton is still attached to direct the A-Team revamp, with a script in the works by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (who both co-wrote 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma, and Wanted). Fox has already scheduled this for release on June 12th, 2009. Let's just hope they can get the film back on track and in production quick enough to make that release date!
No word yet on the remaining two roles that round out the foursome: Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck and Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock. Peck is a slick con-man, so Sam Rockwell immediately comes to mind as a possible candidate. And Murdock is sort of nuts, so maybe Steve Buscemi?
What do you think?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
When Marvel officially announced Iron Man 2 for 2010 a few weeks ago, it was easily one of the most exciting news announcements made in a while. Almost everyone walked out of Iron Man wondering when we would see a sequel, because the potential for Iron Man kick even more ass is immense. Now that a date was set, we all sat back naturally thinking Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. and the whole crew would be back again. Unfortunately, at least for the moment, that doesn't seem to be the case. Ever since the announcement was made, Jon Favreau has been making it clear that he's not exactly 100% signed on for the sequel… yet.
Favreau first told EW.com in an interview after the release of Iron Man that, "there's no formal arrangement yet, but in theory we would all love to see it happen…" Now SlashFilm follows that up with more confirmation as of Tuesday this week. Favreau made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, and told Howard that, "they haven't offered me anything yet," adding that "they're all talking - they want to do it, they even announced a date." So if you want to actually speak about this in terms of technicalities, no, Jon Favreau has not been signed to direct anything yet.
However, this just sounds like a classic case of Hollywood shifting before saying it's a done deal for four more years. Favreau will most likely be back on board, but they have to come back to him and sign him yet again. On Howard Stern, Favreau also revealed that Iron Man was probably made for around $140 million and his own cut was a mere $4 million. He only starts to make a small percentage more when the film begins to make a profit, which in Hollywood, is almost never. He explains that when a film is this successful, even the actors don't necessarily have to come back even if they've signed contracts.
"They're all signed for three but it doesn't work that way. That all goes out the window when you make $100 million dollars," said Favreau. "Because people want to have a good relationship with the people they are working with, and if they're making that kind of money, it's an understanding that they're going to negotiate."
That makes quite a bit of sense, but since most of us don't get paid in the millions for our jobs, we can't relate to the idea of negotiation on that level. However, I think it's important to clarify that although Favreau does confirm that he isn't signed on, it doesn't mean Marvel has lost their marbles and isn't going to bring anyone back. They're much smarter than that, I just think Favreau is a little more public than anyone ever before. As in, Hollywood folk usually keep these sort of things to themselves when a sequel is announced. And we only hear about it months later when all the contracts have been signed again. Favreau just prefers to connect with the fans so much that we sometimes hear more than we maybe should.
So there you have it. Don't start flipping out and calling your friends and bitching out Marvel for being idiots just yet. Iron Man 2 won't even hit theaters until April 30th, 2010, which means they wouldn't need to start production until 2009. I'm willing to bet that not only will Jon Favreau be back on Iron Man 2, but so will Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, and Gwyneth Paltrow. This is going to be the sequel we want, but early details like this are just seeping out way too early. All we need to think about fans is how awesome Iron Man 2 will be and how excited we should get when they finally do announced the details for the sequel!
Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way bought the rights to make Fleming, a film based on the life of British author Ian Fleming, best known as the creator of James Bond. The story follows Fleming, who fought as a Commander of Naval Intelligence in World War II while creating James Bond and the many characters from his books. Apparently most of the characters in Bond are actually based on areal people Fleming encountered. Writer Damian Stevenson describes the film as “Shakespeare in Love or Finding Neverland with some real-life Bond-like espionage and female flattery thrown in.”
I just wanted to let you know that, as I promised long ago, the TEASER TRAILER will appear here on my blog before anywhere else, Friday May 16th at 9:00am PST. I'm really stoked, and I think the trailer guys at Universal (led by Frank Chiocchi) did a great job. It will make its US debut in theaters May 16th with prints of Prince Caspian, and will make its international debut on prints of Indiana Jones on May 22th. I'm really looking forward to your reaction. So crank up the sound and view it full screen as soon as you can!
He talks more about the visual effects and scoring here. for the movie that you'll be seeing the teaser trailer this Friday online and in theaters.
Disney/Pixar has developed a mobile animatronic version of WALL-E to roam the Disney amusement parks. A friend spotted the robot in the streets of Los Angeles and was able to capture this video footage of the droid in action. I want one, how much?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have acquired screen rights to "The Increment," a geopolitical thriller novel by David Ignatius to be published by WW Norton next year, reports Variety.
The title refers to a shadowy, elite group of British undercover intelligence operatives who are conscripted by a CIA agent to help a weapons scientist defect from Iran.
Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, wrote "Body of Lies," the 2007 novel that was adapted by William Monahan into the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Tommy Lee Jones will adapt, direct, produce and star in a movie based on Ernest Hemingway's posthumously published novel "Islands in the Stream," says The Hollywood Reporter.
Morgan Freeman and John Goodman also are in discussions to co-star.
"Islands" centers on the various life stages of a reclusive male painter named Thomas Hudson before, during and after World War II after he moves to the Bahamas. Like many Hemingway characters, Hudson, who in the tale has a stint working for the U.S. Navy and also endures a series of family tragedies, leads a complicated emotional life that he hides behind a stony exterior.
Jones co-wrote the script with Bill Witliff, who wrote the screenplay for George Clooney's The Perfect Storm.
The film, budgeted at $30 million, will shoot in Puerto Rico, with production not scheduled to start until next March.
Kotaku spoke with Saito at a press conference for Metal Gear Solid 4, due out this summer, and received an update on the production. Saito is the guy who is handling the film negotiations for Konami, which would make him the right guy to know exactly what's going on. Apparently Saito actually fully said "Paul Thomas Anderson" and not just "Paul Anderson," which is enough confirmation for us to believe that PTA is legitimately being pursued as the director of the film. Saito also spoke briefly about the current state of the project and their concern for preventing this from becoming another video game flop.
"Hollywood has great respect for Mr. Kojima. They want to meet with him. Kojima will be acting as a producer, but we don't know how involved he'll be as a producer. Often Hollywood adaptations have the original game creator involved at the beginning, but somewhere along the line they fall out of view. This is why it's very important for us to carefully pick the studio for this project."
It appears that Hideo Kojima, the game's original creator and designer, won't be directing but instead will be producing. Everyone knows that Kojima's involvement is integral with this adaptation and it sounds like Konami actually understands the film's potential. They're really turning this into a truly high profile project, and now with the mention of Paul Thomas Anderson, they've solidified my speculation that it is definitely going to be something extraordinary. While nothing is confirmed, and Sony especially isn't talking, it sounds realistically like PTA is actually one of the directors they're pursuing.
Wow. I don't know what to say to this. It's like a dream come true. After watching There Will Be Blood multiple times, I've come to realize that anything Paul Thomas Anderson touches will instantly become solid gold. If he actually takes on this gig, I believe we'll see one of the greatest video adaptations of all-time. Everyone who is already a fan of the Metal Gear Solid video game series knows how cinematic and incredible that game naturally is, but in the hands of PTA, it could only grow even further. Even if you weren't the biggest fan of There Will Be Blood, I don't think anyone can deny that PTA is a brilliant filmmaker. It's just a question of how he exactly would tackle the futuristic world of Metal Gear Solid.
Update! Apparently Collider called up one of their friends involved in the production and asked them how true this rumor was. The answer: "completely false and ridiculous." We're still going to hold out and hope to god Saito and Kotaku were right, but for now it seems all hope is lost. At least it was an awesome rumor while it lasted!
Is this not some of the best movie news you've heard all month?!
The original film, also produced by Pressman, starred Harvey Keitel and was directed by Abel Ferrara from a screenplay by Ferrara and Zoe Lund. That film received an NC-17 rating with the depraved title character heavily involved in drugs, gambling, sex and stealing while a New York police officer.
The new script's written by Billy Finkelstein, a TV writer with credits on "Murder One," "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Comic-Con Magazine has debuted the first official finished photo of Samuel L. Jackson as The Octopus in Frank Miller's The Spirit. He may have looked goofy in the green screen photos, but in his finished form, Jackson looks pretty damn intense. The Octopus is The Spirit's arch-enemy, a meek lab assistant who reinvents himself as a psychotic nightmare that kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face, who has plans to wipe out Central City. We've already seen the first teaser trailer and now this new photo. With the release date moved up to Christmas Day, I'm curious to know how many of you are now truly looking forward to seeing The Spirit?
You can bet your ass we'll be seeing plenty of The Spirit at Comic-Con this July. The latest issue of their official magazine kicks a lot of ass, so make sure you check out the insides of it, too.
The Spirit is both written and directed by legendary comic book author Frank Miller, who previously worked with Robert Rodriguez to direct segments of Sin City. The film is based Will Eisner's newspaper comic strip of the same name that originally debuted in 1940. The Spirit will hit theaters on December 25th, Christmas Day, this year. If you haven't seen the first teaser trailer already, make sure you check it out!
The Argentine: On November 26, 1956, Fidel Castro sails to Cuba with eighty rebels. One of those rebels is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an Argentine doctor who shares a common goal with Fidel Castro - to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che proves indispensable as a fighter, and quickly grasps the art of guerrilla warfare. As he throws himself into the struggle, Che is embraced by his comrades and the Cuban people. This film tracks Che’s rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.
Guerrilla: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and of guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.
Not only was Che Guevara a badass revolutionary, but Steven Soderbergh is also an awesome filmmaker, and combining the two can only mean great things. Soderbergh always been one of my all-time favorite directors and even impressed me with Solaris and The Good German. I've been anxious to see these two movies since I first heard about the project years ago. And with each and every new photo, my anticipation grows. Hopefully both The Argentine and Guerrilla will show at the Toronto Film Festival after Cannes, where I'll actually be able to screen them. Definitely keep your eye out for these two movies this fall!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Written by Diablo Cody (Juno), Jennifer's Body stars Megan Fox as a newly-possessed cheerleader who begins killing her male classmates; specifically, those trying to woo her. Amanda Seyfried stars as Jennifer's best friend and the film's hero, while guys like Adam Brody show up as the lead singer of a band (see images of Brody's Nikolai character over at Just Jared).
In related news, director Michael Bay has confirmed on his message board that he has cast Aussie actress Isabel Lucas for the role of "Alice" in the sequel.
The very first trailer for The X-Files: I Want to Believe has finally arrived! The buzz for this movie is definitely going to pick up with this trailer. It really doesn't reveal much, but still the perfect amount to start up discussion surrounding what the heck actually happens. Was that Daniel Craig I saw? No, it was just Callum Keith Rennie… I have a good feeling most of this movie is going to be centered around that frozen lake that the FBI is searching on. Doesn't it seem like Mulder and Scully are standing there at the end when they both turn and look at "something"? Hey X-Files fans makes sure you take a look at this trailer and chime in with your thoughts below! Are you excited to finally see Mulder and Scully return?
Watch the first trailer for The X-Files: I Want to Believe:
You can also watch The X-Files: I Want to Believe trailer in High Definition on XFiles.com
The X-Files: I Want to Believe is directed by X-Files creator Chris Carter and co-written by both Carter and show regular Frank Spotnitz. The film arrives after a six year hiatus following the series' finale in May of 2002. The X-Files: I Want to Believe arrives in theaters this summer on July 25th. Believe! The first teaser poster is featured below.
The photo below, taken yesterday, shows Will Smith in his leather superhero outfit that appears at the end of the most recent trailer. The report sent to Peter says that Times Square was packed with extras wearing 1980's-style brightly colored clothes. They shot for 12 hours total in order to get the updated footage that they needed. Principal photography actually finished last November and Peter Berg has been working on editing and the visual effects since then.
In a article by FirstShowing published last week, Peter Berg had mentioned that the film "remained surprisingly sexual, violent and true in spirit to an original script," which had caused it to receive an R-rating twice from the MPAA. My guess is they hit a wall with the ratings board and had to go back and do reshoots in order to fix the issues. They can only edit, trim, and resubmit so many times before they realize the footage they have is R-rated no matter what.
If anything, this could be looked upon as a good thing. Instead of using the Fox method of crafty editing and audio dubbing, they just opted to reshoot it all from scratch. But then again, I could be missing the entire boat with my speculation and it could be a very bad thing. To be honest, I'm going to hold out and still hope for the best with Hancock. Although I hated it initially, I've flip-flopped entirely and now I'm hoping its great - especially with the more darker, violent side that Berg mentioned included.
Somebody on YouTube uploaded a video with part of the shooting on New York and our friend Varekai from IMDB sent us the link:
Hancock is directed by Peter Berg, of The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, and The KingdomHancock arrives in theaters on July 2nd previously. The film's script was written by over five different writers, including John August, Vince Gilligan, Akiva Goldsman, Vincent Ngo, and Peter Berg. this summer - Will Smith's own 4th of July weekend spot.
Australian actress Adelaide Clemens (“Love My Way”, “The Pacific”) is the latest addition to the cast of ''X Men Origins : Wolverine'', according to today's Print edition of The Sunday Herald Sun.
Clemens, nominated for best new talent at this year’s Logie Awards, is one of several Australians (besides the films lead, Hugh Jackman) to have snagged small roles in the film – also in the cast are “MacLeod’s Daughters” star Myles Pollard and Christian Clark from “Neighbours”.
No word on which character Clemens - who actually grew up in France - is playing.
NB : To make up for that crappy B/W Pic up there, here's a slightly more colourful look at Clemens - albeit in video format.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
According to early estimates from Box Office Mojo, this summer's second big-budgeted extravaganza failed to pick up more than $20 million at the box office this weekend, with the poorly-reviewed comedy What Happens in Vegas finishing right behind in third. Of course, Iron Man took the top spot for a second week in a row with roughly $50 million, while Speed Racer -- which some projected to take home at least $30-40 million -- came in second with $20.2 million, as What Happens in Vegas slid into third with $20 million. Rounding out the top five were Made of Honor ($7.6 million) and Baby Mama ($5.7 million).
So what happened to Speed Racer? Part of the reason had to do with its targeted audience, which, supposedly, was kids, though kids weren't very familiar with the cartoon the film was based on. That, and the flick clocked in at over two hours -- a running time that's been mentioned a lot this weekend, as well as one that's way too long for a PG-rated kiddie adventure. That said, its PG-rating scared away those adults who grew up with the cartoon; people who, most likely, were looking for something a bit more skewed toward adults (especially when Iron Man came out the weekend before and kicked a whole lot of ass). Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure we can rule out that Speed Racer franchise at this point.
Coupla questions for ya: Why do you think Speed Racer failed to power across the finish line in spectacular fashion? Also, what happens to the Wachowski Brothers now? Will folks think twice before giving them $150 million and free reign?
The director, out promoting "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has told the German weekly magazine FOCUS that he will return his attention to an epic project about the 16th president, for a DreamWorks film that could begin filming possibly by early next year.
Spielberg will first shoot "Tintin" in early fall.
The director had prepped the Aaron Sorkin-scripted "The Trial of the Chicago Seven," but that became sketchy after he could not get rewrites during the writer's strike. Spielberg had enlisted Sacha Baron Cohen and talked to other high profile thesps about starring in a drama about the trial of anti-Vietnam war protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. That film will have to wait.
The Lincoln project could be ready for an early 2009 shoot because of several variables: Spielberg has proved adept at shooting back-to-back films, which he did most memorably when he made "Jurassic Park" and the Oscar-winning "Schindler's List" in 1993. Also, his Lincoln project -- informed by the biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Uniter: The Genius of Abraham Lincoln" -- has a strong script by "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner (who rewrote "Munich" for Spielberg).
Spielberg also has Liam Neeson --who played Oskar Schindler -- ready to play Lincoln. Neeson agreed more than three years ago to play the role for Spielberg, and has been waiting for a start date.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg with a story by George Lucas and screenplay by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds). The film is the fourth in the Indiana Jones series and takes place in the 1950s, around 20 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull arrives in theaters this summer on May 22nd! The final poster is featured below.
You might have thought that all Marvel buzz was over as of last week with the announcement of their upcoming line-up - but guess again. I have confirmed myself, along with our comic book expert Roman Chavez, in person that Captain America's shield is actually in Iron Man. Yes, you heard me right, and if you need to go out and see it again this weekend I suggest you do. We'll provide the information on when and where it shows up below if you care to go find it, but we're pretty damn sure this is it. As for what this means for the Marvel universe and future movies - who knows? I thought Captain America wasn't around at this time and I thought he got his shield from S.H.I.E.L.D.?
The scene in which you can see the shield is after Iron Man returns from Afghanistan after fighting with the Mark III red/gold armor for the very first time. Right after he fights the two F-22 fighter jets, it shows him back in his lab trying to remove his armor but having trouble. Right as Pepper Potts walks down into his lab and asks him "what is he doing?", the shield can be seen sitting on one of his tables behind him in the lower left corner. This happens around 1 hour and 30 minutes into the movie. Make sure to account for trailers if you're going in. We confirmed it at a 6:40PM showing and the scene played at around ~8:18PM. Here is a very low quality photo just for reference. It looks much better in the movie.
The shield is actually red, white, and blue, although you can't see the red in the photo. But if you see the scene in the theater, the shield is actually there and very identifiable. It looks like it is half-constructed and being built by Tony Stark, but you can definitely see the unique star. It is a round shield with circular red, white, and blue stripes. What does this mean?
Apparently Captain America was actually given his shield from the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, which could make sense in this universe. Maybe Tony Stark has been building a shield, for whatever reasons, and eventually S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed at the end of the movie, will find out about it at a future point and suggest they give it to Captain America for his use. And this means maybe it will involve some sort of awesome Tony Stark technology instead of just being a metal object he throws around. How about that for a concept?
There are so many considerations and ideas for discussion surrounding this reveal, that almost anything right now is valid. The common reaction seems to be "that is very interesting" with much speculation thereafter. Why is Tony Stark building a shield when, as far as we know, Captain America hasn't been introduced and isn't around? Is Samuel Jackson's appearance at the end and mention of other superheroes in this universe a hint that Captain America is already around? What do you make of this?!
Friday, May 9, 2008
You've see what Mark Whalberg looks like in Max Payne. Now, have a look at actor Chris O'Donnell as created-for-the-movie white collar exec Jason Colvin. He carrying a briefcase and wearing a coat! There's snow flurries!! HOW EXCITING. Hit the jump for a shot of bloody carnage.