Friday, February 27, 2009

Anti "Clean Coal" Short By The Coen Brothers

New PSA directed by acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen for, with the aim of debunking "clean coal" industry propaganda. It was produced in partnership with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.

Russell Crowe Talks Robin Hood And Bill Hicks

In the new issue of Empire they got to sit down for a cup of tea and chat with Russell Crowe to talk about upcoming projects Robin Hood and The Bill Hicks biopic:
"The challenge is to make a great film. There's no point in making the second-best Robin Hood movie. If we are going to do it, we have to do it with the thought in mind that we've got the chance of making the best Robin Hood movie ever. Doing a Robin Hood movie is a childhood dream; doing a bad Robin Hood movie - that doesn't come into the dream. It's got to be fully realised and really worth the effort - as we sit and talk it's been 18 months of effort, and that's the sort of stuff that people don't see or quantify."

He also said that his archery is coming along, which is comforting. But then there's his hoped-for biopic of Bill Hicks - truth or myth?

"It's a labour of love. it's been a couple of years so far, just discussing all the different possibilities and working on a script. Because you could approach it and just do a straightforward biopic, but that doesn't respect who he is and what he had to say. There's a very different theory that Bill Hicks was in fact a prophet, and that the things he said 20 years ago are still relevant now. Like he said, 'Don't vote in George Bush Sr because there are a whole lot of Bushes in Texas...' You can go through the stuff he was saying then and it's actually shocking, because it's like he was talking yesterday."

Cate Blanchett Confirmed As Maid Marian

Variety has confirmed that Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of Ridley Scotts 'Robin Hood'(formerly Nottingham), replacing Sieanna Miller as Maid Marian.

The film will be shot at a $130 million budget, benefiting from favorable exchange rates and tax credits that come from shooting in the U.K. Scott will be aiming for a PG-13 rating.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wolfman Concept Art

New 'Up' Posters

'The Never Ending Story' And 'Total Recall' Get The Remake Treatment

THR has news that both The NeverEnding Story and Total Recall are getting remade, Warner Bros. and a pair of top-tier production banners are in the early stages of a reboot of the 1980s children's fantasy classic. The Kennedy/Marshall Co. ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and Leonard DiCaprio's shingle Appian Way are in discussions with Warners about reviving the 25-year-old franchise with a modern spin. The studio recently acquired rights to the property, clearing the way for a potential remake.

Neal H. Moritz and his Original Films banner are in final negotiations to develop and produce for Columbia a new version of "Total Recall, calling Dick's story "prescient," Moritz said he hoped the advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the "Recall" story in a fresh way.

Total Recall - Trailer

The Neverending Story Trailer

X-Men Origins: Wolverine French Poster And New Still

First Official Still From H2

Images From 'Splice' has previewed new stills from upcoming sci fiction horror 'Splice,' Produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Vincenzo Natali who also direct the movie ‘Cube’. The Movie stars Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley , Delphine Chaneac, David Hewlett and Brandon McGibbon.

The film is about Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named Dren, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.

In Memoriam: Bill Hicks

In Memoriam
16 December 1961 - 26 February 1994

Bill Hicks : One Night Stand

Click here to see Bill Hicks remembered on Letterman.

Guess Whose Back As Mother Flippin Nick Fury

Both variety and THR have confirmed that Samuel L Jackson is back to play Nick Fury, the leader of the espionage unit S.H.I.E.L.D. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include “Captain America,” “Thor,” “The Avengers” and “The Shield” as well as potential sequels.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

'Dracula' Related Events For Dublin This April

The chosen book for this years Dublin: One City, One Book is the literary classic 'Dracula' by Dublin's own Bram Stoker. The aim of the project is to encourage everyone to read and discuss Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' during the month of April, 2009. There will be a number of brilliant events taking place throughout the month which you can check full details of here.

On Sunday 5th April a free outdoor screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula will take place at 8.30pm at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

The definite highlight and must attend for us at Flicks News has to be comic book geniuses Leah Moore and John Reppion coming to Dublin to do an illustrated talk on the genesis of 'The Complete Dracula' (which is a new comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment which aims to be the most faithful adaptation of Stoker’s novel to date) and the process of adapting Dracula into comic book form.

The talk will take place on Saturday 18th April 3pm at the Gallery of Writers, Dublin Writers’ Museum, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. If you didn't get tickets to AC/DC at the 02 what better way to spend the day?

Jonah Hex, Green Lantern And Thor Release Dates

Waners have released the proposed release dates for Green Latern and Johan Hex. According to MTV Jonah Hex, will hit theaters Aug. 10, 2010, with the Green Lantern arriving in time for Christmas Dec. 17, 2010.

Also on Marvels slate Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh will hit theatres on July 16, 2010.

Yogi Bear Has A Director

Eric Brevig has come on to direct Warner Bros.' feature take on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear, which will be produced as a 3-D project THR reports.

Brevig, a longtime visual effects supervisor whose credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Men in Black, directed Warners and Walden's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, who executive produced "That '70s Show," are writing the screenplay for Yogi Bear, which will offer a new take on the half-century-old title character and his sidekick Boo Boo, who get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.

'Crank: High Voltage' UK Trailer

Michael Cera Commits To Arrested Development Movie

Michael Cera finally listened to Pop Pop and has apparently agreed to join the rest of the Bluth family for their upcoming big screen foray.

MTV caught up with Ron Howard at Oscars and quizzed him on the films status “Arrested Development” is happening.

“It’s going ahead,” Howard confirmed.

Last Friday he sat down with series creator Mitch Hurwitz to discus the project. “I had a great meeting with Mitch,” Howard said. “Things are going really well. He’s writing.”

“We’ve been asked to no longer divulge anything or get into the game of who’s in, who’s out, People are going to have to see."

Michel Gondry To Direct The Green Hornet

Flicks News is offically excited again about 'The Green Hornet' after Stephen Chow's departure as director. The reason being Michel Gondry is now the director of the upcoming comic adaption, starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow. The announcement was made today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.

Matt Tolmach said, "From the very beginning, Seth, Evan, and Neal wanted this film to stand out from the pack with its originality. You couldn't ask for a better director than Michel Gondry to bring that to life."

Moritz added, "We're huge fans of Michel Gondry. 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and all his films are as daring as they are extraordinary, fueled by creative ideas that spring from his unique worldview. Our first rule, always, is to make the movie that we want to see, and that couldn't be truer than with Michel bringing his stylish and original touch to the helm."

Said Gondry, "I'm very excited about 'The Green Hornet' and all that I hope to bring to it. This story has always been close to me and now Seth & Evan have written a script that is both funny and real - the best of both worlds. I cannot wait to further collaborate with them on it."

Empire 'Terminator: Salvation' Cover

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Watchmen: Rorschach's Journal Clips

A Town Called Panic Trailer


Preview Clip

Mel Gibson in 'The Colonel'

Mel Gibson in 'The Colonel' as shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

2009 Movies Preview

The clip montage above features footage from 2009's upcoming films which was aired following the 81st Academy Awards.

Sky 1 To Air Irish Simpsons Episode Before The US, Special Screening To Take Place In Dublin

Sky 1 is to air an episode of The Simpsons before it is even screened in the US.

In The Name Of The Grandfather will air on Paddy's Day March 17 a week ahead of its airing in the US network.

In the episode, the cartoon family travels to Ireland where Homer and his father, Abe, buy a pub called O’Flanagan’s. They also visit several Irish landmarks including the Giant’s Causeway, Blarney Castle and the Guinness Brewery. Bart also discovers that Springfield’s annual “Snake Whacking Day” was invented “as an excuse to beat up the Irish”.

Nancy Cartwright, will join executive producers Al Jean and James L Brooks for a special screening of In the Name of the Grandfather at the Lighthouse Cinema on March 16th before all three hop aboard a float in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival parade the following day.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ed Brubaker's 'Angel Of Death' Clip

This is a look at the up coming web series Angel Of Death written by Flicks News favourite Ed Brubaker, check out the site here which will host the series, starting from March 2nd.

Angel of Death is a thriller about a remorseless assassin, Eve (Zoë Bell), employed by a ruthless crime family. After suffering a severe head trauma while on the job, she begins to hallucinate and becomes haunted by her victims. As a result of her injury, Eve is driven to seek revenge on those who ordered the hits in the first place -- her mob employers.

'Superman Unleashed' Is Under Development With Bryan Singer To Direct?

Steve Younis over at SupermanHompage has discovered that reliable entertainment trade publication Production Weekly has "Superman Unleashed" listed in its most recent issue #649 which was released February 26, 2009.
Upon request, the page in question was sent to the Superman Homepage direct from the Production Weekly offices as a PDF file and lists the status of "Superman Unleashed" as being in "Development".

Thomas Tull and William Fay are listed as Producers, with Bryan Singer as Director.

Although I've tried, I've been unable to find out where Production Weekly sources its information from.

Karl Pilkington Done With Gervais Podcasts After Current Series

Karl Pilkington done a interesting interview with the Independent recently to promote the 'Ricky Gervais Guide To...' podcast and revealed he wants a new challenge in his life because, he says, working with Ricky Gervais is not a proper job and more alarmingly declared that the current run of the series of podcasts is definitely his last.

“I got bored of them from series three and I wanted to knock it on the head then,” he says glumly. “It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s only so much you can talk about and it felt like I had nothing left to say. Ricky convinced me to stay on for a few more, but after series five I said, ‘That’s definitely it’.”

But, with the help of a poster campaign that invited fans of the show to decorate their streets with posters of Karl’s face, Gervais convinced Pilkington to do a sixth season, which started in December. Titled The Ricky Gervais Guide To…, the shows are loosely structured around certain topics. So far they have covered medicine, natural history and, in last Friday’s episode, the arts.

As he sits in a café in London’s Soho, Pilkington, 36, is insistent that this season will be the last. It is a curious decision, given that the show has turned the bald Mancunian with just one GCSE (an E grade in history) into a cult celebrity and provides his main source of income.

Its popularity was instant and after its first month in December 2005 it entered Guinness World Records as the most popular podcast ever when it averaged 261,670 downloads a week. In three years it has managed to attract more than 155 million downloads.

But the success is a mystery to Karl. “I don’t understand the appeal of it. I think, ‘Why would anyone want to listen to this?’ It’s just a few blokes chatting. People can do that in the pub with their mates, can’t they?”

Karl Pilkington's Fridge

Slumdog Millionaire Triumphs At Oscars

Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars including best director and best picture, while Sean Penn won best actor for Milk and Kate Winslet won best actress for The Reader.

Academy Award Winners Full List:

Best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Also nominated: Amy Adams - Doubt; Viola Davis - Doubt; Taraji P Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

Best original screenplay: Milk
Also nominated: Happy-Go-Lucky; Wall-E; In Bruges; Frozen River

Best adapted screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Doubt; Frost/Nixon; The Reader

Best animated feature film: Wall-E
Also nominated: Bolt; Kung Fu Panda

Best animated short film: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Also nominated: Lavatory - Lovestory; Oktapodi; Presto; This Way Up

Art direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Also nominated: Changeling; The Dark Knight; The Duchess; Revolutionary Road

Costume design: The Duchess
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Australia; Milk; Revolutionary Road

Make-up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Also nominated: The Dark Knight; Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Changeling; The Dark Knight; The Reader

Best live action short film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Also nominated: Auf der Strecke (On The Line); Manon on the Asphalt; New Boy; The Pig

Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Also nominated: Josh Brolin - Milk; Robert Downey Jr - Tropic Thunder; Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt; Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

Best documentary feature: Man on Wire
Also nominated: The Betrayal; Encounters at the End of the World; The Garden; Trouble The Water

Best documentary short subject: Smile Pinki
Also nominated: The Conscience of Nhem En; The Final Inch; The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306

Visual effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Also nominated: The Dark Knight; Iron Man

Sound editing: The Dark Knight
Also nominated: Iron Man; Wanted; Slumdog Millionaire; Wall-E

Sound mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Dark Knight; Wanted; Wall-E

Film editing:Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Dark Knight; Frost/Nixon; Milk

Best original score: Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Defiance; Milk; Slumdog Millionaire; Wall-E

Best original song: Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: Down To Earth - Wall-E; O Saya - Slumdog Millionaire

Best foreign language film: Departures - Japan
Also nominated: Revanche - Austria; The Class - France; The Baader Meinhof Complex - Germany; Waltz With Bashir - Israel

Best director: Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: Stephen Daldry - The Reader; David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon; Gus Van Sant - Milk

Best actress: Kate Winslet - The Reader
Also nominated: Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie - Changeling; Melissa Leo - Frozen River; Meryl Streep - Doubt

Best actor: Sean Penn - Milk
Also nominated: Richard Jenkins - The Visitor; Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon; Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Also nominated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Frost/Nixon; Milk; The Reader

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Razzies Results

Mike Myers' comedy masterpiece 'The Love Guru' dominated the Golden Raspberries winning Worst Picture, Worst Actor for Mike Myers and Worst Screenplay.

The other big winners of the night were Paris Hilton and Uwe Boll, Paris pulled a hat trick winning Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple. Uwe Boll went home with Worst Director and the prestigious Worst Career Achievement.
Worst Picture:

The Love Guru

Worst Actor:

Mike Myers: The Love Guru

Worst Actress:


Worst Supporting Actress:


Worst Supporting Actor:

Pierce Brosnan: MAMMA MIA!

Worst Screen Couple:

Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore: THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE

Worst Prequel,Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
(Combined Category for 2008):

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

Worst Director:

Uwe Boll: 1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,
and Postal

Worst Screenplay:

The Love Guru: Written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy

Worst Career Achievement:

Uwe Boll

Watchmen Clip Prison Break

Saturday, February 21, 2009

'Observe and Report' Poster & UK Trailer

Who Watches the Watchmen?

Superman Unleashed

A /film reader has done some detective work and discovered a password protected page from the official Legendary Pictures website that lists “Superman Unleashed” as one of their upcoming films in development. The basic plot outline is:
“Ramping up the action of its esteemed predecessor, the sequel to ‘Superman Returns’ promises to raise the stakes and take the audience to heights of action that no other superhero movie can achieve.”
No word on the cast or crew but seeing as its a sequel to Superman Returns its highly likely they will return.

Judd Apatow’s Funny People Trailer

Friday, February 20, 2009

Judge Dredd Concept Art