Wednesday, December 23, 2009
First look at Hawkman, Sandman & Dr. Fate:
Could this suggest the Green Lantern is making an appearance?
Friday, December 18, 2009
O'Bannon attended USC film school in the early '70s where he met director John Carpenter. The pair worked together on Carpenter's debut feature 'Dark Star', which O'Bannon co-wrote, edited, acted in, and served as special effects supervisor.
He was part of the pioneering visual effects team for 'Star Wars', before he switched his skills to screenwriting full time with his debut script being 'Alien', which he penned with Ronald Shusett.
O'Bannon's other credits include 'Blue Thunder', 'Screamers', 'Bleeders', 'Heavy Metal', 'Lifeforce' and he directed as well as scripted cult horror favourites 'The Return Of The Living Dead' and 'The Resurrected'.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Speaking at the US premiere for 'Avatar', Singer revealed:
"I'm ramping up to do a movie called Jack The Giant Killer at Warner Bros, and I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men: First Class origins picture, which is kind of cool. I'm very excited,".
Josh Schwartz (OC, Gossip Girl) was hired last year to pen a prequel script centered around a trio of young students Scott Summers (Cyclops) , Jean Grey and Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy (Beast), who all have special abilities.
Schwartz's script looks to have been discarded, as THR are reporting Jamie Moss (Street Kings) is to now write the screenplay which goes back to the drawing board.
The story is still in the early stages of development but will deal with the first meeting of Charles Xavier and Magneto and involve the creation of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, the school masquerading as the headquarters of the X-Men and it will also introduce new characters.
Singer told Variety that: "This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn," Singer said. "There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."
"Whether it's 'Batman,' 'Lord of the Rings' or 'Star Trek,' if the characters are good, you want to see them on their journey even if you know their destiny," Singer said. "I put myself in the fan's position, and I think this story is something I would want to see, and so will they."
Singer helmed the first two X-Men films before departing to make 'Superman Returns', Brett Ratner directed 'X-Men: The Last Stand'.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Unlike the original novel, which tells a story about tiny people who "borrow" things from normal humans during the 1950's in Enland, Studio Ghibli have transferred their version to Tokyo Koganei in 2010 (Koganei is where Studio Ghibli is settled) and tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty (Chiisana Arriety was the films original title).
Yonebayashi earlier worked as a key animator on previous Ghibli works like Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and Spirited Away and was animation director for Miyazaki Goro's Gedo Senki. Karigurashi no Arrietty will be his directing debut which is something he did not expect to happen (as told by Ghibli producer Suzuki Toshio earlier this week).
Suzuki Toshio, executive producer at Studio Ghibli and responsible for producing almost every one of their works, remembers Miyazaki Hayao bringing the project up around early summer 2008. "I was planning another project and we discussed which one to be selected for many times. Both of us didn't give up, but at last I paid respect to the elder and his plan was accepted," Suzuki noted.
"About 40 years ago this project was once considered by both Miyazaki and Takahata and Miyazaki suddenly recalled it and recommended me to read the book. He led me being strong-armed into accepting his idea. Perhaps he has a strong longing for their youth. Anyway, we often have this kind of trouble at Studio Ghibli. So why The Borrowers now? To that question, Miya-san in desperation answered "The situation of "karigurashi" (borrowing life) is very nice. It just fits to our present age. The age of mass consumption is ending now and the idea of "borrowing" proves the advent of it with depression. He immediately wrote down the project paper of the movie."
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Flying the flag for Ireland at the awards is Brendan Gleeson who is nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 'Into the Storm', and U2 who are nominated in the Best Song category for 'Winter' from the Jim Sheridan film 'Brothers'.
Best Film (Drama)
The Hurt Locker
Up In The Air
Best Film (Musical or Comedy)
(500) Days of Summer
Julie & Julia
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
James Cameron (Avatar)
Clint Eastwood (Invictus)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)
Best Actor (Drama)
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up in the Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
Tobey Maguire (Brothers)
Best Actress (Drama)
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)
Matt Damon (The Informant!)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer)
Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
Marion Cotillard (Nine)
Julia Roberts (Duplicity)
Meryl Streep (It's Complicated)
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Matt Damon (Invictus)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Christopher Plummer (Station)
Stanley Tucci (Bones)
Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz (Nine)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Mo'Nique (Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)
Julianne Moore (A Single Man)
Best Foreign Language Film
The Maid (La Nana)
The White Ribbon
Best Animated Feature Film
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)
Best Original Song
'Cinema Italiano' (Nine)
'I Want to Come Home' (Everybody's Fine)
'I Will See You' (Avatar)
'The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)' (Crazy Heart)
Best Original Score
Michael Giacchino (Up)
Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!)
James Horner (Avatar)
Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man)
Karen O, Carter Burwell (Where the Wild Things Are)
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy or Musical Series
Best Miniseries or TV Movie
Into the Storm
Best Actor in a Television Drama
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Bill Paxton (Big Love)
Best Actress in a Television Drama
Glenn Close (Damages)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Anna Paquin (True Blood)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
David Duchovny (Californication)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Thomas Jane (Hung)
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
Kenneth Branagh (Wallender)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Endgame)
Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm)
Jeremy Irons (Georgia O'Keeffe)
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Joan Allen (Georgia O'Keefe)
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)
Anna Paquin (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler)
Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)
Best Supporting Actor
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
William Hurt (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Best Supporting Actress
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Janet McTeer (Into the Storm)
Jane Adams (Hung)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)
Ricky Gervais As The Golden Globes Host Promo
His top 8 for 2009 is currently:
1) Star Trek
2) Drag Me To Hell
3) Funny People
4) Up in the Air
6) Observe and Report
8) An Education
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's book of the same name, which unleashes a flesh-eating zombie virus on Austen's characters. Portman will also take on producing duties along side Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, The Box).
"Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen's books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story." said Portman's producing partner Annette Savitch.
"I'm afraid to say it [Ghostbusters 3] is happening, I hope people are excited about that. I don't know if I'm going to be in it, I have had a couple of calls asking 'would you read the script'.
"I know that my little son Oscar – who was kidnapped from me – I think he has grown up to be a Ghostbuster.
"I might be in it; I see nothing wrong with being in it, although I don't think I will have a big part. I think Bill Murray has a little more to do with it - he's a ghost."
"We're doing it in the States, but I'm not going to try and Americanise it, I wouldn't try to do the same observational stuff here that I do in Britain. I'm not going to come over here and go, 'Right, now I'm going to try and invent five different characters who are all American,' because I'm not steeped in American culture. It wouldn't work.
"I'm so ingrained in British culture that for me to observe the minutiae of being British in all its different ways is very easy. I couldn't claim to do that here, and if I did they'd end up being caricatures. It'll be a British fool/idiot character in a movie that should appeal to everybody."
Coogan said the film is yet to be written, but, said, "we're doing a deal right now - I can't say who with - and there'll probably be an official announcement in the next couple of months."
Friday, December 11, 2009
One of the best, if not the best TV series of this decade, 'Flight Of The Conchords' has been grounded by its creators Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clements and James Bobin.
In a statement published on the Conchords official website, the trio wrote:
Bret, Jemaine and James (co-creator/director) said “we’ve noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a 3rd season. We’re very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the show and also everyone who watched it. While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist.However, in an interview published in NME this week, Bret McKenzie confirmed that Flight Of The Conchords will most likely continue as a possible film outing.
"I don't know if it's officially dead, but I think it'd be more likely that we'd do a film or something like that,".
He also confirmed that the Flight Of The Conchords live show is set to tour Europe next year.
"We toured North America earlier this year, and we are planning to tour Europe in the New Year, yeah."
Elsewhere in the interview, McKenzie revealed that he is writing a film and is set to act in a forthcoming film called 'Dukes And Broncos'.
I'm Not Crying
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Paramount Ireland have provided us with the first preview images of Neil Jordan's 'Ondine', which stars Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda and Stephen Rea. The movie which is set in Ireland was filmed in Co. Cork.
Paramount also forwarded us the films synopsis and Neil Jordan's story of how the films production came about, which you can read below.
Ondine is a lyrical modern fairy tale that tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell), an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his nets. His daughter Annie (Alison Barry) comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature, while Syracuse falls helplessly in love.
However, like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand. Written and directed by Neil Jordan - and shot against the Irish coast’s magical backdrop by cinematographer Christopher Doyle - ONDINE is a story of love, hope and the unwavering belief in the impossible.
THE PRODUCTION STORY:
During the Writer's Strike a Hollywood project fell through - Heart Shaped Box. I went back to Ireland where I have a house in West Cork and wrote this fairy tale, which could shoot entirely within a radius of five miles from where I live. About a fisherman, who pulled up a living girl in his net. His disabled daughter, who invented stories about her. These stories feed on local legends - sea creatures, seal creatures, selkies. How they only have a certain time on land. How they fall in love with their rescuer. How they can make a wish come true. How the sea always calls them back.
Much of what the girl invents turns out to be true, but never in ways she expected. The whole thing develops into an impossibly romantic love story, in which real human beings insist on turning their lives into a fairy tale. Because reality is too hard, maybe. Because that is what we love to do, have to do, maybe…