Friday, July 31, 2009

'Ponyo' Theatrical Trailer

First Look At Seinfeld Cast Reunited For 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' & Season 7 Gets its US Air Date

The seventh season of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' will premiere in the US on September 20.

The announcement was made during the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" TCA panel in which creator/star Larry David revealed some details about the show's Seinfeld cast reunion.

The "Curb" story line features the sitcom's cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards playing themselves as they agree to a series revival. The Seinfeld cast will appear in five episodes that track the process of restarting the classic sitcom and picking up the characters lives 11 years later.

"For years, I've been asked about a 'Seinfeld' reunion,","We'll see the read-through, parts of rehearsals, the show being filmed. You won't see the entire (mock 'Seinfeld' episode)."

The Seinfeld reunion idea will be introduced a couple of episodes in and will be the main arc this season, which might wrap with an hour long finale.

Jon Favreau Talks 'Iron Man 2'

The man behind Iron Man Jon Favreau chats to CBR about 'Iron Man 2', shell heads 3rd outing and Avengers.
CBR: You just finished shooting “Iron Man 2” a few weeks ago. What’s it like coming to CCI so quickly after you wrapped and showing footage to over seven thousand excited fans?

JON FAVREAU: It was scary coming in. That’s the problem. Remember that Bugs Bunny cartoon where Daffy Duck drinks the gasoline, lights himself on fire, and it blows up and everybody claps? It’s like, what do you do for an encore? Like last time around we put it all out there because we had a lot to prove. Last time when we were here, we were the underdogs. If you remember, the first time I showed the stuff, everybody was waiting to see “Indiana Jones” and on the other side was “Star Trek.” They just stuck us in there and we knew that we had to fight our way to get attention because we were the runts.

This year it’s ridiculous, but even then there were hundreds of properties that were fighting for attention and to emerge as one that was talked about is not a small feat by any stretch. So we knew we had to show a lot of footage.

Several superhero sequels have fallen into the trap of introducing too many new characters and villains that distract from the main story. Did you avoid that problem on this film?

We had to walk a fine line. I think you’re good for number two. Two seems to be the charm because you got the origin story out of the way. You can add some complexity to it and you have room because you don’t have to tell the origin story to introduce new characters. When you get to number three you can get hidebound. You’re like a beached whale sometimes because you have so much story, you collapse under the weight of the complexity that you create.

We looked at the successful sequels that we liked. I’m not talking about “Two Towers” or films that are chapters based on novels like “Harry Potter.” I’m talking about true sequels. The two that we liked the most, this was [Marvel Studios executive] Kevin Feige and I talking, were “Wrath of Kahn” and “Empire Strikes Back.” Those are the two that we said, “They did it right. Now let’s look at what they did right.” There were so many others that didn’t feel as good as the first. For those two, what we found was that they really gave room to explore the characters, and the villain plotlines were very simple but the stakes were very high.

But the less you get bogged down in complexity, the more you can let the audience enjoy what they really like, which are the relationships. It’s putting yourself in the seat of the audience and saying, “What do they want to see?” I think they want to see more but you want to go bigger. You go from “Alien” to “Aliens.” Then you want to show them the characters that they’ve invested in, how they’ve changed and change those dynamics by introducing new characters that don’t just add to the action but throw the relationships into a little bit of a curve ball.

Tell us about the villainy of “Iron Man 2.”

We’re not feeling any pressure right now to rush to the whole Mandarin through-line. It’s still intact. We’re consistent with it. We know where it’s going but I think audiences are pretty sophisticated. I watched the whole first season of “Lost” and of “Heroes” not having to know everything about what was going on but I felt there was a consistency to those worlds.

So in this case, with Mickey Rourke [as Whiplash], we definitely did want to have an origin story. We wanted that origin story to shadow and mirror Tony because he’s introduced this technology into the world and how does that affect the world? We’re dealing with an arms race, that’s what “Iron Man” has always been. The thing about an arms race is, when you stop, the world doesn’t. You have windows of opportunity to change the world in good ways while all the bad forces are paralyzed. What happens when those other superpowers emerge? It changes your tactics. Iron Man is dealing with the results of his saying, “I am Iron Man” [at the end of the last film]. What that means is, to keep the world at bay with that new technology, how does he do that now with the emergence of Mickey?

How intense did the scenes between Robert Downey Jr. and Rourke get?

Mickey and Robert didn’t work together a lot and Robert had really gone out of his way to get Mickey involved. They were on the tour for the awards season last year together and they kept popping up at the same events because they were both nominated for Oscars. So Mickey was definitely very appreciative that Robert fought so hard to get him, as did I. So off-camera there was a lot of mutual respect and appreciation but of course on camera, they’re two strong forces that definitely squared off against one another.

What did new cast members Rourke and Scarlett Johansson bring to the Iron Man film mythos?

Well, Scarlett [as the Black Widow] not only works us towards the Avengers but also changed the dynamic between Robert and Gwyneth [Paltrow, who plays Pepper]. One of the other traps you don’t want to fall into is just repeating the same dynamics and turning it into “Hart to Hart.” You don’t want it to be “Moonlighting.” You don’t want to have the same thing over and over again. It’s not a television series. It’s a movie so you have to change things and you have to create a beginning, middle and an end so that it doesn’t just feel like an episode in a series of films.

With Mickey, I didn’t want to just have two guys in robot suits hitting each other again. I wanted to have a different type of villain that used the same technology, existed within the same framework and rules of our world, but that was going to present not just a challenge physically but also in how dark he was; how he’s related to and how his fate and Tony’s fate are connected.

“Iron Man” was so widely accepted by fans and critics alike, do you feel a lot of pressure to deliver a sequel that’s better than the first film?

I didn’t feel any pressure. Maybe I’m oblivious but the only pressure I feel is to the fans. Unfortunately, the way sequels work is that they market them and sell them based on the first one. If you have a successful film, they could run it into the ground and sell your second film based on the first one. So commercially, you have a safety net. The trick is, as a filmmaker and somebody who loves the movies that I make and the source material, I don’t want to fall into that trap. So the pressure is completely self-imposed. I want people to like this movie as much, if not better than the first one. That’s the game of chicken I’m playing but there’s a safety net knowing people will check it out. People stay away from our weekends with other movies and it’s going to get marketed well.

The success of the first one that I really appreciated wasn’t just that people went to see it, it was that people were charmed by it. We want to make a charming film that doesn’t lose track of what we did the first time around and that’s my job in bringing new cast members in that are consistent. It’s bringing an ensemble that can be stewards of their characters because we change stuff. Writing on these movies is something that’s a living, breathing thing and I want to give us the freedom that if we discover something in one scene, we can change a scene in the next act to support that.

Is it difficult building a sequel to “Iron Man” because you’re also trying to set up for an Avengers film as well?

Yeah, but I think that’s fun. I think it’s inevitable and “Avengers” might be the thing that helps rescue us from the sequel slump that you get into because you’re throwing everything on its ear. It might be a failed experiment or it might be something wonderful, but it allows you to add complexity in an organic way. Where you’re culminating with something bigger as opposed to trying to play out and not repeat the same story over and over again.

Is the current thinking that “Avengers” will be the third film in your series or will there be an actual “Iron Man 3?”

There’s an “Iron Man 3” and here is how I know. When they make the option deals they include “Iron Man 3” so I know they’re planning on three. Whether that would be before or after “Avengers,” I don’t know. They’ve announced that “Avengers” is next but they pushed back “Avengers” once, which I thought was encouraging.

Is it encouraging because it gives you more time to breathe?

It does. And my involvement has yet to be determined on that project. Remember, you have to take into account what “Thor” is and you don’t know that until the film is locked. You’re not going to know about “Thor” for two years and what that really means. And “Captain America,” they haven’t even started prepping yet. So there’s a lot of discovery that has to take place before you can understand what “Avengers” really is.

What is your role in the Avengers process, such as it is?

We talk about it and really Iron Man is their flagship franchise right now that we’re making a sequel for. It’s the one that’s informing the others the most so I feel like I’m chopping my way through the jungle and “Avengers” will eventually be an oasis somewhere down the line. I’m pretty much hands-on day-to-day just on “Iron Man 2” but I think they’ll learn from what I’m discovering now and that will inform the next one.

Comic Con: Tron Legacy - Flynn's Arcade

Ridley Scott Returns To 'Alien'

Variety are confirming that Twentieth Century Fox has hired Ridley Scott to direct the 'Alien' prequel with Jon Spaihts to pen the film. The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed.

It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Channing Tatum Is ‘The Darkness’ is reporting that Channing Tatum is set star in ‘The Darkness’ based off the popular comic and video game.

Created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl 'The Darkness' tells the tell of Jackie Estacado who on the eve of his 21st birthday was targeted for assassination by the don of the New York mafia, "Uncle" Paulie.

He finds his body possessed by 'the Darkness' , a malevolent spirit that has inhabited his family for several generations, with the benefit of giving Jackie supernatural powers that feeds off the dark.

First Look At Michael Sheen In Twilight - 'New Moon'

Shane Acker Talks Life After '9'

Shane Acker director of '9' chatted with about what he has lined up after '9'.
So what's next after 9? Are you sticking to animation?

I'm actually developing two things right now. One's live action, and one is animation... They're both world-making. They create different worlds, fantastic worlds. They have their own mythology, that runs in their own way. Which is what I love to do. So even if I do live-action films, I don't think it's going to be too far from my own inspiration, just like Tim Burton's live-action films are very pushed and stylized, and create unique worlds. I think that's my direction as well.

We can't wait to see whatever you come up with.

Let's hope they give me some money to do it.

So these films are science fiction?

They're both kind of fantasy with a little science fiction in them as well.

So will these two new projects have human characters in them?

The live-action one will have people. It's sort of an ancient. It's mythology. It's sort of an ancient tale. It's slightly pre-history, although it's early civilization type of pre-history, but rooted in an existing comic book franchise — and an actual literature franchise. But I can't really say yet [what it is]. And then the other animated film is also based on a comic book franchise.

So people are coming to you now and asking if you can take on their franchises?

Yeah, or it's properties that I find, that I'm really drawn to, attracted to. And I'll approach them and say, "Hey, I'm interested in developing this into a feature." The animated one is sort of like a blending of Dark Crystal meets Lord Of The Rings meets Secret Of Nimh, with a little touch of ancient Viking mythology and Old Testament. It's an Eden tale in some ways. It's the creatures of the forest, but in some way they represent humanity. If that makes any sense. It's fun, I have a lot of fun with it.

Wow, both of those sound great.

We'll see what happens. The climate in Hollywood is strange because of the economic downturn. Hopefully 9 does well, and it will open up the opportunities to make other films. Because if it does well, hopefully it'll let me do other, riskier properties, things that don't seem like easy sells in Hollywood. They might have a little more trust and faith that these things can find an audience, and that would be great — both for me and for other film-makers who are trying to do something different.

Frost Vs The Dude In 'Tron Legacy'

Disney have confirmed via Twitter the rumour that Michael Sheen has been cast in 'Tron: Legacy'.
@MSheenOnline Yes, Michael Sheen will have a role in Tron Legacy!
Sheen is expected to play the films main villian pitting himself against Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). Sheen twittered this about his part:
"in fact not a person at all."
UPDATE: Check out the daft punk track for the film:
Tron Legacy Theme by tuxboard
Its down at the mo but you can check out the Tron rocking beats here.

Robert Downey Jr. Talks 'Iron Man 2' UPDATED

This years Comic Con highlight was the 'Iron Man 2' presentation which sees Robert Downey Jr. suit up once more this time to take on Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, CBR caught up with Downey Jr. about his thoughts on the sequel and suiting up once more as Iron Man:
CBR: Do you feel more confident with the role of Tony Stark now, and did that make this Iron Man movie more fun for you than the last one?

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.: Confidence was higher. “Fun” is not necessarily the word I would use to describe it. We felt we had to spend more time with it. We had broadened our cast and our horizons. The story is actually significantly more complex and subtle, but you can still follow it. It beats out. So no, I don’t want to say that it was “fun.” It flew by which was also odd because we felt every punch, every moment, every laugh and everything the last time. This time it it was a really trying process to get this down to the best of our ability.

What do you think was the most difficult aspect of making the new film?

What does everybody offer? How do we make sure that all these insanely gifted people -- who are used to being number one on their own call sheet, who’ve come to join us to play -- how do we give them a real beginning, middle and end? How de we make them pertinent to a story that actually could have easily been told just continuing along the same lines if we were brining in another non-descript bad guy and kicking ass? So I think the trickiest part was living up to the ambition.

Without giving away too much about the film, can you tell us a little about the plot?

Well, a big through-line for this has to do with what we did after the credits last time, where Nick Fury comes in and says you’re part of something bigger than you know. There’s something to be said about legacy and there is something missing in [Tony]. Obviously what’s kept him alive is a miniaturized version of something his father created. But things aren’t always as they seem and obviously someone arrives on the scene.

All I know is [director] Jon [Favreau] really made some smart moves in the things he’s decided to prioritize. For me, this film is really about Tony’s secret journey into his deepest fears, his sense of obligation, his sense of legacy with his father, his sense of brotherhood with Rhodey and his ongoing deep love and respect for Pepper.

Is there going to be a love triangle in the film between Tony, Pepper and the Black Widow?

I think we essentially started off saying there would be a love triangle and then we realized that love triangles and double-love triangles are done in these superhero movies all the time. What we wanted to do was do something just a little bit freakier than that and I believe we have succeeded. Black Widow is a great character because she is not what she appears to be. I don’t even know if it’s so much a love triangle as Pepper is exactly what she appears to be, except there is a lot more going on at the surface and that’s brought to bear this time.

How has Tony changed this time around?

Last time we saw him as this kind of hapless, charming prick that has his ass handed to him and then is almost snuffed by the very person he thought he could trust above everybody else. I think, to dial it back a little bit, you have to imagine that just because someone has a life changing experience that doesn’t really mean they’ve changed. I think that Tony is seeking solace in the archetype. Its one thing to say you’re Iron Man but it’s another thing to actually be a righteous person. I think he struggles with that because he’s not really all that different.

So he’s wrestling with his inner demons?

Oh sure, that’s not really the point of this one but let me put it this way: if he has a birthday party, expect it to go desperately sour.

How involved are you, at this point, with the Marvel Studios crossover event “The Avengers?”

I’m not as savvy about that stuff. I just know that right now we got a really good thing going on and it’s most important to not sully that. So I’ll listen to the professionals and I’ll just keep selling soap until I’m otherwise notified.

Are you surprised at the effect that “Iron Man” has had on your career?

Yeah, it’s pretty miraculous. But in the realm of miracles I think it’s probably like a two or three, I guess, because it’s a movie industry thing. Nonetheless, it’s more mind blowing to me because I had always felt like I wanted and could do something like this.

You’ve had a great few years with your Oscar nomination for “Tropic Thunder” and the success of “Iron Man” and the buzz for “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man 2.” How do you feel about this stage of your career?

The best thing I can do, and I think this is the thing that’s been my saving grace, is I consider myself a worker amongst workers and when I deviate from that, things don’t turn out so sweet for me.

'District 9' First Look

'Toy Story 3D' Trailer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Fantastic Stills From 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

The official site has also gone live here.

'Dorian Gray' Trailer

£45 Budget Welsh Zombie Film Gets Cinema Distribution

A Welsh zombie horror film made for just £45 (€52, $74 US) on a camcorder is to be released in cinemas in the UK after impressing a distributor.

From the BBC:
Zombie movie Colin, which was filmed in London and Wales, is the work of director Marc Price who also wrote, filmed and produced the movie.

It took the 30-year-old 18 months to complete and was edited while he was working for a courier company.

Swansea-born Mr Price said he hoped it would encourage other budding filmmakers to follow their dreams.

He used friends and acquaintances to appear in the film, shot on two camcorders, while the £45 budget was mostly spent buying crowbars and teas and coffees.

It will now be distributed by Kaleidoscope Entertainment who said it would hit the big screen in time for Hallowe'en.

The film charts the progress of Colin, played by actor Alastair Kirton, a man who is bitten by a zombie, dies and is resurrected as one of the flesh-eating un-dead.

It is shot from Colin's perspective with viewers gaining an insight of his life prior to zombification as well as witnessing him munching his way through various victims.

London-based Mr Price said he and Mr Kirton had become friends while working on another project and hit it off so decided to make Colin together.

Director Marc Price: "We had to work with what we had available to us"

"It was important to find a way to tell the story without bankrupting ourselves," he said.

"The end of the world scenario lends itself to that.

"Apart from three large sequences the bulk of the movie is just me, Alastair and my cheap little camcorder - that is where the heart of the movie lies."

He said when they first started filming he never thought it would reach a cinema audience.

"The whole thing is just insane. I really thought it was a joke when I was told."

Mr Price said he had named the central character in tribute to his father Colin, who had introduced him to films as a youngster with the original King Kong and the Empire Strikes Back among his favourites.

"I've always had a huge interest in films and film making," he added.

"I hope that this will encourage others to go out with their video cameras and make films.

"It just goes to show you don't need thousands and thousands of pounds."
'Colin' Trailer

Monday, July 27, 2009

Posters For Joss Whedon's 'The Cabin in the Woods'

Judging from the posters/ promotion of the film, you can expect 'The Cabin in the Woods' to be similiar in tone to that of cult comedy-horror 'There's Nothing Out There'

'Doctor Who: The End of Time' Trailers (Updated)

Comic-Con Bootleg Preview Trailer

BBC Offical 'End Of Time' Trailer

'End Of Time' Trailer #2

Doctor Who: 'The End Of Time, Part One' Trailer

Doctor Who: 'The End Of Time, Part Two' Next Time Trailer

Doctor Who: 'The End Of Time, Part Two' Trailer

Also your first look at Timothy Dalton as 'The Narrator' in the 'The End Of Time':

New 'Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars' Trailer

Sunday, July 26, 2009

'Avatar' Poster

'The Avengers' Line-Up Revealed

Marvel studios head honcho Kevin Feige, has revealed the line up for 'The Avengers.' The superhero team will consist of Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury.
I think we know. I think it’s going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury. I think it’s safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What’s exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other. I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it’s fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won’t be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many.

Is the Hulk in it?

Zak Penn is outlining it as we speak, so we’ll see.
Seeing that "some members of the Hulk universe are in the film as well" one could assume that the rumours of The Hulk being the main villian could prove to be true.

'9' Clip: Rescue 2

Quentin Tarantino On Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

Part 1

Part 2

Marvel Anime Teasers


Iron Man

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Comic-Con: John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki Interview

Marvelman Finds A Home At Marvel

After years of been lost in a rights battle between Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada has revealed to CBR that Miracleman will be resurrected in the Marvel Universe and will be given his orginal name of 'Marvelman.'
"Marvelman belongs to Marvel," said Quesada, saying that the company purchased the character from creator Mick Anglo – a process that started in 2007 thanks to word from Neil Gaiman. "Mick is 94 years old, and I talked to him on Wednesday for an hour and a half," said Buckley noting that Marvel had discusses plans for the character and its stories with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Alan Davis and Mark Buckingham, who was in the audience.

"I'm excited to see this character not just at Marvel, but the continued adventures of Marvelman," said Quesada.
Marvelman, renamed Miracleman in his American reprints and story continuation, is a fictional comic book superhero created in 1954 by writer-artist Mick Anglo for publisher L. Miller & Son. Originally intended as a United Kingdom home-grown substitute for the American character Captain Marvel, the series ran until 1963. He was revived in 1982 in a dark, post-modern series by Alan Moore many consider to be one of the greatest comic runs ever in the history of the medium, with later contributions by Neil Gaiman.

Friday, July 24, 2009

'Tron Legacy' Concept Footage

For HD hit here

'Where the Wild Things Are' Featurette

Head over to apple to see in HD.

New Stills From Stallone’s ‘Expendables’

Gary Oldman States 'Batman 3' Shoots Next Year are reporting that at the panel for The Book of Eli, someone got to ask Gary Oldman "When does the next Batman start filming?" to which he answered -- We’re starting filming on the next Batman next year. So it won’t be out for another two years at least, I think. But you didn’t hear it from me!"

Which is nice.

UPDATE: AICN got Gary Oldman to elaberate more on his Batman 3 statment, to which he stated it mite be 2 - 3 years before we see another Batman:
I just interviewed Oldman and he back-peddled a bit on it, going from sure to the movie filming next year on the panel to a more "well, I'm sure they want to do another one... it might 2 or 3 years..." I'll have the exact quote for you in my interview, which I hope to have up tomorrow, but maybe them horses need holdin'. Or maybe he slipped and got an earful from Warners. What do you folks think?

Comic Con : 'Avatar' Panel

'Ninja Assassin' Trailer

'Halo Legends' Anime Trailer