Saturday, January 30, 2010

Flight of the Conchords Co-Creator James Bobin To Direct 'The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made'

UPDATE: Heat Vision confirms that Bobin will direct the new Muppets Movie.

Holy flip, this could be the greatest cinematic pairing of all time! It is no secret we at Flick News love Flight Of The Concords and we love the Muppets. So which is best? Only one way to find out... put them together.

NyMag Vulture has the scoop that James Bobin, who co-created the Conchords TV series is being offered the director's chair today for Walt Disney Pictures’ next Muppet movie. A Disney insider tells Vulture that while no deal has been finalised, "the movie is James' to direct — if he wants it." Neither the studio nor Bobin's reps at Creative Artists would comment, but involved sources say that the plan is to put the film into production by late summer.

Bobin has also been offered the directing duties for 'Bridesmaids', a Judd Apatow comedy co-written by Saturday Night Live’s (and epileptic dog owner) Kristen Wiig, a film about two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

7 Clips From 'The Wolfman'

Trailer & Pics For Roman Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer'

'Smallville' - Absolute Justice New Promo

'The Losers' Trailer

<a href="" target="_new" title="'The Losers' Exclusive Look">Video: 'The Losers' Exclusive Look</a>

Peter Kay To Star In Irish Comedy 'National Task Force'

Peter Kay is set to star alongside Colm Meaney and Keith Duffy in Irish comedy ‘National Task Force’, a new feature film to be directed by and starring Brendan O’Carroll which is written by Anthony Whelan (Mind Games) and Derek Furlong (After Dark: Black Hollow)

“The story is based around Detective Charles Malloy (a high ranking officer of the GNDU), whose partner was recently murdered whilst uncovering a drugs operation in the republic, run by suspected drug lord Craig Cain. Malloy while successful in his duties as a Garda detective, becomes incensed when he hears that the department has dropped the investigation into the murder of his ex-partner."

“Superintendent Taylor (O’Carroll), is the head of the GNDU and is ordered by senior management, to team Detective Malloy up with a new face, Detective James O’Connor (a young detective hoping to make a name for himself) in a hope that it will help him move on, calm him down and settle him back into normality. Malloy however has different plans. His no-nonsense approach to his job and his forceful arguments with his boss Superintendent Taylor, continues to disobey orders and proceeds to drag his new partner all over the city in an effort to find the connections that will lead him to Craig Cain.”

Co-writer Anthony Whelan told IFTN the project is 60% financed at the moment and the production team is hoping to secure all finance by March along with distribution agreements. It is expected that complete finance will be secured by March along with distribution, thus allowing for pre-production to commence in April.

Whelan also revealed that Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney are in talks to star in the film: “We are in talks with Colm Meaney, Allen Leech, Ed Speleers Pete Morgan, Myia Elliott, and are hoping to also get Colin Farrell and Pauline McLynn.”

Peter Kay says he'll remake Die Hard Aka Die Well Hard

Friday, January 29, 2010

Danny Elfman To Score 'The Green Hornet'

It has been announced that Danny Elfman will score 'The Green Hornet', the composer will be another great additon to the highly anticipated Michel Gondry flick which stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz.

With all that talent involved this should hopefully be a classic.

Marion Cotillard Singing With Franz Ferdinand

Marion Cotillard has teamed up with Franz Ferdinand to record a song to launch Dior's new fashion range. Cotillard lent her vocals on 'The Eyes Of Mars', written by the band which can be heard here, or in the YouTube player below:
The song will soundtrack an advert in which the Oscar winner plays a working woman who transforms herself into a sultry singer at night. She emerges from behind a velvet curtain in a club to sing the song. The advert will be the sequel to the ad below 'The Lady Noire Affaire.'

The Lady Noire Affaire

Updated: Eyes of Mars - Marion Cotillard & Franz Ferdinand Video

Scott Pilgrim Has A Date

Pencil August 13th in your calenders, as that is when Scott Pilgrim will face the world in 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.'

Daniel Craig Joins 'Cowboys and Aliens'

It is now official, Daniel Craig will star in the Jon Favreau directed 'Cowboys and Aliens' for DreamWorks and Universal. The 007 star was brought in after Robert Downey Jr. left the film to star in the recently announced Sherlock Holmes sequel.

Craig will play the lead, cowboy Zeke Jackson in an adaptation of Fred Van Lente's graphic novel that was published by Platinum Studios and revolves around cowboys and Native Americans who put aside their Old West differences to battle invading aliens. .

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Trailer & One Sheet

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Stills & A Interview With 'Kick-Ass' Himself Aaron Johnson

With the comic book finally coming to the end of its first volume, CBR got to chat with 'Kick-Ass' himself Aaron Johnson about the film on how he brought Dave Lizewski from page to screen and about the planned sequel:
So, how does it feel to be Kick-Ass?

Aaron Johnson: It's fun, man. It was quite a shock, because it was a real battle. I was just in the right place at the right time, and I got the job and everything. But yeah, it was quite exciting. It was kind of like a boy's dream. I get to dress up like a superhero and do an action movie. So, yeah, it's really good fun. And I'm enjoying it.

And I'm working with really great actors, as well. Chris Mintz-Plasse dressed up as Red Mist is so funny. It's just a really good experience. We've got a great director and a really good crew. It's quite a nice family.

What's your impression of Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughan?

I haven't got to meet Mark Millar yet, but I'm really keen on meeting on him because I love his work. I'm on the second issue of "War Heroes," and obviously, I'm following "Kick-Ass" and "The Ultimates." I'm just trying to keep up with what's going on, because I didn't really know that much about comics before I got the job, but then, after about a month of rehearsals, I started going through comic books. I started reading up on "Watchmen" and loads of other comics. But, yeah, I'll meet Mark Millar back in London, I think. And I'll be really excited to do that.

How does it feel to know what happens in the comic, before it actually happens in the comic?

Yeah, it's kind of strange. Jane [Goldman], the writer on this, and Mark Millar and Matthew really kind of created the end of the comic. I think Mark Millar had a different ending for the comic, but they've pulled together to make it work for the comic and the movie. So it's kind of cool that we're going to be sticking to the comic. I know with "Wanted," when I read it, it was miles away – completely different from the movie. It would be really great, if we stick to the comic book.

Since you mentioned him, can you speak about Red Mist and why he's your arch-nemesis?

I don't necessarily see him, at first, as an arch-nemesis, because I think the idea is that Kick-Ass and Red Mist are possible partners. And obviously, Red Mist is all a bit of a scheme in this. There's a bit of a twist in the end where he goes a bit evil, but it's kind of strange, because all of my scenes with Chris, we can't stop laughing. So I can't really see him as a bad influence or anything. That said, I suppose together, we're quite a bad influence on set [laughs]. We get in a bit of trouble.

In the scene we just watched, you're really moving around and getting lots of action. Have you been doing a lot of stunt training and working out? Or are you naturally agile and athletic? Did you play a lot of sports growing up?

I did do a lot of activities when I was younger. And I did a lot of dance, as well. So it's easier for me to learn the choreography. But we haven't done lots. Chloë [Moretz], who plays Hit Girl, has done about two months worth of crazy, hardcore training, but she has a lot of flips, and leaps and jumps. My character just gets the shit beat out of him, but we did a couple of weeks of choreography. Most of the stuff that we have to pick up on today, we just have to be like, "This is how it's going to go." And then you just want to keep it really kind of rough, as well. You don't want it to be choreographed. You want it to be manic. My character is not supposed to be a skilled fighter, so it's kind of good that they just chuck me into and I'm like, "What?" And I just start swinging around. You get better reactions that way.

Is it exhausting for you? Looking, again, at that last scene, it looks emotionally and physically intense. Is it draining for you?

No, not at all. That's what I love. That's what I enjoy. You'll see me walking around set and then when it comes to five minutes before – where everyone psyches themselves up, it's the same for the stunt guys – everyone has to get back into that energy. You just need a couple of minutes. Some actors would be, like, method, but I just find that no one can interact with you when you're like that and no one would ever talk, know what I mean? So I just psyche myself up and get back into the thought process and the energy of where I was. But I think that's why you need a director. You need somebody to really channel that energy.

What's your favorite part about playing a character like Kick-Ass?

I think it's great that I can play David Lizewski. He's an American, kind of quirky, original, normal guy but it's kind of nice that I can go from a vulnerable, naïve guy into putting on a mask. You've got all this confidence, but you've also got this kind of split personality. And it's just really good fun that you can play around with. I'm really enjoying that.

It's also really nice that I can do a lot of my scenes, like the ones in the high school, with Clark Duke, who has "Sex Drive" coming out. He's another guy who's just so straight-faced and so funny. I can't stop laughing sometimes. We've got such great actors.

Are you feeling any pressure? Readers really like this comic and they won't want you to come in and mess it up.

That's the only thing that worries me. I guess it's a lot to live up to, and I guess there are a lot of comic book fans that see it their way, and I don't want to take it away from them. I don't know. It does kind of worry me. I haven't really had to live up to that kind of pressure before. All you can do is believe in the people who are around you and who are working with you. These people are the director's choice and the producers', so you can only go with it and hopefully it turns out OK and I don't get beaten at Comic-Con.

How did it feel to put on the costume the first time?

Yeah, it was great. It was back in London with the costume designer. I had no idea that it would be like a wet-suit. It's got to be a sort of suit that he's bought on eBay and put together himself. And it was just [perfect]. I liked it because I knew my character wouldn't have a Batman suit with all the weapons and stuff – or a six-pack and stuff. It's cool and kind of different. That's what the character is about. He's really unique and different.

Is Kick-Ass the type of hero, you'd like to come and rescue you, if you were in a dire need?

He's not doing very well at the moment [laughs]. But I hate to see that the other four guys probably won't remember how bad it was. I guess it's strange, and it's kind of different. But I think it's quite cool, because the first time he gets beaten and he goes to the hospital and he gets metal back plate put in, it almost becomes like his superhuman defense, because he doesn't feel pain as much. It's quite cool, really.

Are you excited to see fans wearing Kick-Ass costumes at Comic Con?

I don't really think about it. My mind goes so quickly, I don't ever go back on things like that. It's kind of strange. I get a bit nervous when things like that happen. Even when the film comes out, I'll be sort of in hiding, to be honest because I'll be a bit too afraid to watch it.

Do you see Kick-Ass as a hero? Or is he a vigilante?

At the end of the day, he does become sort of the hero, because he goes back and helps out Mindy and sort of saves the day, in that type of way. He does the heroic thing of saving people's lives – trying his best, anyways, and I think that's kind of important. You get people like that in the news nowadays, people who jumped into their mate's stabbings at school. "What a hero this young teenager is." So I think he's doing the heroic thing, and I think it isn't a lot different from Spider-Man and all those sorts of things, because we're trying to make it real.

Sure, there are vigilantes in the real world, but because they dress up as comic book people, you see them as super-heroes, so it's really interesting.

It's also an amazing script and it's going to be very exciting. If you've seen "Layer Cake," and films like that, Matthew [Vaughn] is excellent. Just seeing some of the shots in the dailies, it's just so fucking cool. It's going to be cool because it's sort of got that gangster, edgy sort of style to it, but then it's also just kids running around in costumes and stuff – Kick-Ass and Red Mist in a Mustang. It's going to be fun.

Are you having any difficulty playing an American teenager seeing as you're British? Or is that just another challenge of the process?

Yes, completely. That's a whole other thing.

Have you been working on your accent?

I have a dialect coach, and she'll keep on top of it – hopefully. I hope she doesn't let it slip. But there are a lot of things that I am kind of worried about [laughs]. There's the accent, there's this awkward young boy that I'm going to play. I don't know. I'm sure there are many things that people can pick out and have a go at me for, but at the end of the day, that's entertainment. You have fun doing what you do, so...

It looks like you're having lots of fun, and you are pretty impressive during the fight scenes.

It's really cool. Getting beat up and then running around [laughs], but I really do enjoy it. It's good fun.

Have you been hurt at all, yet?

A few bruises, but that comes with it. I actually think that's kind of fun. I kind of walk around like, "Yeah!"

How hands-on a director is Matthew Vaughan?

He's excellent. He and Jane and Mark have worked on it for ages, so he really knows what he wants from every character. And it's very visual, as well. He just keeps on it and he really keeps you on your toes, as well. You don't want a director praising you all the time and saying, "Yeah. Yeah. That was really good." He keeps pushing you, so you improve, which, I think, is brilliant. He's really interesting. But I get intimidated sometimes. You can push a joke with him, but then you feel you may have pushed it too far. And then he'll shout at you. And then you're like, "Ah, fuck [laughs]. I better get back to work now." And the whole thing moves so fast, it's fucking brilliant. A scene like this, as well, will probably take about five days. But we all work hardcore six days a week.

For people who haven't read the comic book. What motivates Kick-Ass? What makes him tick?

He loses his mother, and then it's just him and his dad at home, for the moment. He's quite a lonely sort of guy, and nothing's really happening in his life. He's still a teenager and he's at the point where he starting to fall for girls, but he needs to break that confidence barrier. And he really grows into who he is going to become. He's really into comic books and everything. He just doesn't understand why nobody dresses up like a superhero. So he gives it a shot.

And then he accidentally comes across a fight and fails, goes to the hospital, gets rebuilt and becomes kind of a superhero who is kind of kick-ass. It's one of those things that you feel you're getting so close to. It was like the only thing that he could run away to. That was his place to hide. That was his place that was personal for him. He can't help but dress up and go back out there and see what he can improve on. He knew from the first fight, which was the first fight he'd ever been in, what he needs to do to improve. And he learns from his mistakes. And then he starts to grow up into a young man and go through that teenage barrier. So there are a lot of things he's going through.

What are your thoughts about people who actually go out in real-life dressed as superheroes in the name of justice? And in the name of YouTube?

I think that's just what happens in modern times, in present day. Everything is filmed on camera and put on YouTube, and that's how a lot of people become famous nowadays, on the Internet through MySpace and YouTube. Kick-Ass' superhero fame comes through the Internet, and the next time he goes back to the comic bookstore, they've made a Kick-Ass in memory of the guy out in New York. I think people support that sort of thing, as well.

When you were a kid, did you have a favorite superhero?

I think it was Wolverine, to be honest. I was running around trying to stick knives between my fingers [laughs]. Anything sort of like spikes, really. I liked Wolverine a lot. And the Hulk was pretty interesting. I liked the cartoons. And I liked the Human Torch too.

Are you signed on for Kick-Ass 2? Or do you think there is going to be one?

[Pauses] There could be [laughs]. There are sort of rumors about what they're going to do with it. I have heard sort of plotlines and stuff, but that's it. I've probably said too much.

What was your audition like? I understand you were one of the last guys to come in, but you came in and really knocked their socks off.

Like I said, it was really sort of being somewhere at the right time. I was out in L.A. because I was almost going to do another job, and I was doing tape readings and stuff like that, and then I was going on to another job, filming in New York, and on the morning of the day of my flight from L.A. to New York, they had a re-cast for this. And I don't know. I almost didn't go because I was on already on a flight and I had to get to LAX in like the space of an hour or something stupid like that. "Why am I going in?" But I did it and then I got in the car to go to LAX and they told me to turn the car around and that they'd pay for a flight later on in the night. It was on the weekend, so it was lucky and the film I was going on to was OK with it. I was to meet with Matthew that night, and if that went well, I was going to go for screen tests the next day. I think my flight got moved three times. It went from the morning to the night to the next day. From the screen test, I went on to the next job and found out there. It was quite strange and kind of random – just out of the blue. I went in and I was up against a lot of American kids. I think Matthew wanted pretty well non-British people [laughs].

The first scene was just me with Todd [Evan Peters] and Marty [Clark Duke] discussing superheroes, very casual sort of stuff – just him playing in a natural setting. And then we moved on to the reveal with Katie [Lyndsy Fonseca]. With Kate, you have to take off the hat and stuff like that. It was all kind of a blur to me. But Matthew and I just kind of bonded. I think he was a bit shocked that I was English, as well.

Did they know you were English at first?

No, I came in as an American [laughs]. But I don't know. For Matthew's ear, it sounded OK, but I knew it needed a lot of work. That's why I got a voice coach. But yeah, it just kind of happened.

Do you have any favorite scenes that you've filmed so far?

There are tons. All the stuff in the car is crazy. And the stuff with Chloë is nuts. It's so funny to see this pathetic teenager get bossed around by this little 11-year old girl with blades out to here. And saying things like, "Get here, you fucker. Come here, you fucking asshole." And I'm like, "OK. OK." Those are really fucking brilliant scenes.

I haven't done any stunts with Nic [Cage] yet. We did some rehearsals. So I met Nicolas Cage. He's really nice and funny. That's going to be really great to work with him. We've got a whole massive action scene where we fight with gangsters at the end. We're shooting guns and I've got a jet pack, so I'm flying around and stuff. That stuff we're going to do back in the studios. And we had some good stuff at the high school – really funny. And I had my glasses on and everything. And all the background artists were looking at me like, "What a retard." And that's kind of strange, because I've never really been in an American high school. It's just different. We had a massive canteen scene with me and Clark and Evan, and we're sitting there being really geeky and shoving food in our mouth and a jock comes by a throws up a football and splats our food all over us and the whole canteen gets up and starts laughing at us. "Oh fuck." Clark and Evan were like deadpan – I swear they were used to it [laughs]. But I couldn't stop laughing because I felt so bad. But it's all good fun.

When you read the comic, is it interesting to see them translate what's on the page to film? Like the scene you just did is directly from the comic book.

It's hard to get to caught up in it, because when I first got into it before we started, I wanted blond hair, I wanted to look like Dave as much as I could, but yeah, I read the scripts before I read the comics, and it really helps to map out what's going on. But the comics are nice, too, because it's almost like a little storyboard to show us what to do. But there are extra little bits that aren't in there. And there are parts of the comics that aren't in the movie – little small things that we kind of tweaked on. But it's nice, because you get a real feel for what Matthew and Jane have seen. So the comic is like their planning underneath the whole script. So it's quite nice that we're going along with the comics. We'll possibly finish before it's even finished.

Mel Gibson & Shane Black Are In Talks To Reunite For 'Cold Warrior'

Mel Gibson and Shane Black may not be getting too old for this shit after all. Gibson is in talks to star in Blacks 'Cold Warrior.' Shane Black will direct the thriller scripted by Chuck Mondry and Anthony Bargarozzi, Gibson is circling the role of a Cold War-era spy who helps a younger agent track a terrorist.

Bill Paxton Replaces Dennis Quaid In 'Knockout!'

Theplaylist which seems to be the source for news about Steven Soderbergh 'Knockout' have news that Dennis Quaid has dropped out of the picture due to a scheduling conflict, in negotiations to replace him is actor Bill Paxton. Also joining the cast will be French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz, shooting is to start on Monday here in Dublin.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Check This... Waltz with Bashir

On this weeks check this is Ari Folman’s 'Waltz with Bashir,' which uses state-of-the-art animation to portray Folman’s experiences as an Israeli soldier during the 1982 Lebanon war.

The autobiographical “Waltz with Bashir”, which took four years to complete, tells the story of Folman, who sought to reveal repressed memories resulting from trauma he suffered during the war. As part of his self-discovery project, Folman interviews fellow soldiers with whom he fought in Lebanon.

It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

Check This... is a feature showcasing what we at Flicks News consider essential short films to watch!

To view past shorts we showcased click here.

'Green Lantern' Concept Art

George Lucas To Make A Musical

George Lucas will be producing a CGI musical about fairies, the details are pretty slim but Kevin Munroe who is currently in post with his feature live action film 'Dead Of Night,' is directing the CGI film, from a script written by 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' writer David Berenbaum.

Star Wars Musical

AC DC - Shoot To Thrill: Iron Man 2 Music Video

Kevin Feige Talks Upcoming Marvel Studios Films

SFX Magazine's March issue features an interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in which he chats about the Avengers and upcoming Marvel films, the good folks at superherohype spilled the beans online.

One big reveal is that The Hulk will be in The Avenges movie whether its Ed Norton playing the role or not we will have to wait and see, here is what else the head man at Marvel had to say:
"It's fun now, and we're introducing some new characters in ['Iron Man 2']," he told the magazine. "But it's not about just cramming in lots of new people; that's sort of the cardinal sin of the sequel - adding in too many characters. This is totally Tony Stark's story. And that's gonna weave into Thor's story, and Steve Rogers' story, and it's already ingrained with Nick Fury's story and an organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D."

He says that it is important to first focus on each character. "My only concern is that when we launch a franchise--whichever character's franchise that may be--it should stand on its own two feet... So by the time 'The Avengers' comes in 2012, it's not just a team superhero movie with a bunch of characters with powers. It's three people - four including the Hulk; five including Nick Fury - who you've seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time."

Feige also said that he won't rule out the possibility of a second Incredible Hulk film with Edward Norton. "That would be post-'Avengers,' if it happened... I think there's a chance. It's certainly our intention to use the same actors from film to film where we can."

Feige was asked it will be difficult to meld the fantasy of Thor with the high-tech science fiction in Iron Man and The Avengers. "No," he said, "because we're doing the Jack Kirby/Stan Lee/Walt Simonson/J. Michael Straczynski 'Thor.' We're not doing the blow-the-dust-off-of-the-old-Norse-book-in-your-library 'Thor.' And in the 'Thor' of the Marvel Universe, there's a race called the Asgardians. And we're linked through this Tree of Life that we're unaware of. It's real science, but we don't know about it yet. The 'Thor' movie is about teaching people that."

The magazine asked Feige what other characters may come to the big screen after The Avengers. "I love Doctor Strange. Ant-Man is like Whiplash - one of those chracters where you're like, 'Really?' that we've got a fun story with. I've always wanted to do something with Black Panther. I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with Iron Fist lately is great, and the Iron Fist mythology opens up a whole other part to us. I'd love to break into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe even more- it's kind of there in 'Thor.' J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' got me jonesing to do that. It's what I grew up on - 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars.' I want to do a big space epic. And we've got them in Marvel."
UPDATE: The following images may be the film designs for 'Captain America' & 'Thor' as suggests Kotobukiya toy company have an exclusive deal with Marvel and gets character designs before films appear in theaters.

The toys for 'Iron Man,' 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Punisher: War Zone,' look exactly as they do in the movies so these images of Cap and Thor could be their look in the films.

Guy Ritchie Leaves Lobo For Sherlock 2

Producer Joel Silver has told The LA Times, Guy Ritchie has left directing duties on Lobo to helm the Sherlock Holmes sequel.

Silver said:
"Holmes" has pulled in $389 million in worldwide box office since its Christmas Day release and looks to add to that with overseas releases still pending in Germany, Japan, France and several other markets. The role of the famed literary detective also just earned Robert Downey Jr. a surprise Golden Globe, suggesting that the actor might still be in play for an Oscar nomination next week.

"I don't think he's going to do it now," Silver said of Ritchie directing "Lobo." "The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another 'Sherlock Holmes.' So I think we're going to be doing that. But we're seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It's all kind of happening right now as we talk. 'Sherlock' is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another 'Sherlock Holmes' movie. We have some ideas and some good story points."
He also had this to say on the status of 'Lobo:'
"I would guess a dfferent director," said Silver, who is producing "Lobo" with Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. "It's all happening at once now. Everybody is talking about everything .... It's an ongoing conversation. Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I'd love to see him play it again. Jude and all of them will be back and it will be great."

International Poster For 'The Last Airbender' Poster

Stan Lee On ‘Spider-Man’ & ‘Iron Man 2’

Friday, January 22, 2010

'Tron Legacy' Poster

Daft Punk: Fragile (Track From Tron Legacy)

Martin Scorsese Next To Be 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'

Martin Scorsese is in talks to to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick's best-selling childrens book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret as possibly his next feature.

The story centers on a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo, who lives in a train station and must finish what his late father started by solving the mystery of a broken robot. This project would mark Scorsese's first foray into films for kids!

Who Has Two Tumbs Up And Is Going To Be Conan...

This Dude, Jason Momoa.

Miramax No Longer Making 'The Graveyard Book'

Neil Gaiman has revealed during an interview that the film adaption of 'The Graveyard Book' has hit a bump. Miramax has dropped production on the adaption which was to be written and directed by Neil Jordan.

Gaiman said:
"It was all put together over at Miramax Films. The people there had a long, great relationship with Neil Jordan and it was all set up and ready to go, and then Miramax was more or less erased from existence," Gaiman said. "It became a filing cabinet in somebody's desk, more or less... But it looks like almost all the pieces are on the table again. They have a studio, they have a distributor and they are putting stuff together and I'm not allowed to say anything else."

First Clip From 'Four Lions'

David Cross's 'Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret' To Become A Series

Brilliant news, More 4 is to broadcast its first original comedy series by picking up the David Cross sitcom 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret'.

The ace pilot which aired during Channel 4’s Comedy Showcase season in November impressed More 4 bosses, who are now in talks with a US co-producer to make a 6 part series.

Sharon Horgan, Russell Tovey and Will Arnett who all featured in the pilot are all expected to return for the full series.

Channel 4 comedy head Shane Allen said "It’s a real passion piece for David, who’s been feverishly writing away since the pilot" and that More 4 was the show’s natural home, alongside Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Stephen Fry Interested In Writing A 'Doctor Who' Episode

All round legend Stephen Fry has expressed an interest in writing an episode of Doctor Who.

"I look forward so much to seeing Matt Smith and I'm sure he's going to be wonderful. If I get time it'll be a thrill, I can't think of anything nicer."

Fry had previously been in talks with the BBC about writing an episode in 2005, but the project never materialised.

"The window passed, and I never really got round to it," said Fry. "But I'm very happy to have had the experience of thinking about it."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

BAFTA Film Awards 2010 Nominations

Below is the full list of nominations for the 2010 The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards, to be presented in London on 21 February.

Best Film
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Up In The Air

Outstanding British Film

An Education
Fish Tank
In The Loop
Nowhere Boy

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson (Mugabe And The White African)
Eran Creevy (Shifty)
Stuart Hazeldine (Exam)
Duncan Jones (Moon)
Sam Taylor-Wood (Nowhere Boy)

James Cameron (Avatar)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Lone Scherfig (An Education)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

Original Screenplay
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore (The Hangover)
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter (Up)

Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell (District 9)
Nick Hornby (An Education)
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche (In The Loop)
Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air)

Film Not In The English Language
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let The Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Animated Film
Fantastic Mr Fox

Leading Actor
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up In The Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)

Leading Actress
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Audrey Tatou (Coco Before Chanel)

Supporting Actor
Alec Baldwin (It's Complicated)
Christian McKay (Me And Orson Welles)
Alfred Molina (An Education)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Supporting Actress
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air)
Mo'Nique (Precious)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy)

Crazy Heart
Fantastic Mr Fox
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Road

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up In The Air

Production Design
District 9
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Inglourious Basterds

Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
A Single Man
The Young Victoria

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Special Visual Effects
District 9
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Make Up & Hair
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria

Short Animation
The Gruffalo
The Happy Duckling
Mother Of Many

Short Film
I Do Air
Off Season

The Orange Rising Star Award
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim
Kristen Stewart

'Alice in Wonderland' Featurette: Meet the Mad Hatter

First Image From 'The Congress' Ari Folman Follow Up To 'Waltz With Bashir'

The Congress is a film based on Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel The Futurological Congress, which tells the story of a man who is propelled into a world where hallucinogenic drugs have replaced reality. Ari Folman will make a few changes to the story replacing the lead with a female being played by Robin Wright.

The film will be screened at the twelfth edition of Cartoon Movie.

David Tennant Leaves 'Burke and Hare'

According to Simon Pegg's twitter (tweet has now been taken down) David Tennant has dropped out of the upcoming John Landis film 'Burke and Hare,' Pegg revealed that Andy Serkis will now replace Tennant.
David Tennant had to drop out of [Burke & Hare] but by sheer glorious serendipity a legend of Middle Earth and Skull Island has come aboard. Welcome AS.
The news of Andy Serkis has not yet been confirmed by the studio.

UPDATE: Isla Fisher, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson have officially joined Burke & Hare.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UPDATED: Marc Webb Will Direct The 'Spider-Man' Reboot Trilogy

The rumours are true, Vulture (Ironic, get it, ha ha ha, Vulture? Ah forget it!) are reporting that '(500) Days Of Summer' helmer Marc Webb will take up the Spider-Man series reboot with a fresh new trilogy of films.

UPDATE: Sony have made it official Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said:

"At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, "Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure."

Webb said, "This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, "The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world's most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen."

UPDATE: THR have some of the details of what shape the new Spider-Man will take, in one word cheap.

The plan is for the movie to be shot in the $80 million range and feature a cast of relative unknowns. The story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it.

So its basically Spider Man 1 without the Green Goblin.

Further Update: Sony has confirmed the release date of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot and announced that the film is to appear in 3D.

The studio revealed today that the fourth movie in the Spider-man franchise will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Sony also hinted that it is abandoning the working title of Spider-Man IV, stating that the project is now "untitled".

'MacGruber' Red Band & Normal Trailer

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

US Version Of 'Torchwood' In The Works

Former 'Doctor Who' showrunner and 'Torchwood' creator Russell T. Davies is writing a script for a US version of Torchwood for the Fox network.

Davies who has now based himself in LA since finishing his run on Doctor Who will once again team up with regular production partners Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter for the new show.

It is not yet known whether John Barrowman or Eve Myles would feature in a US version, but it has been hinted they would be involved if the show was to receive a pilot order. The US version is expected to tackle global storylines compared to the BBC series which is mainly set in Wales.

BBC Torchwood Trailer

Doctor Who: New Companion Amy Pond Is A Kissogram

New Doctor Who companion Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) is working as a kissogram when she first meets the Doctor. Many had presumed Gillan's character to be a policewoman after pictures from an outdoor shoot showed her dressed in an officer's uniform, it is now thought that she only wears the outfit as part of her kissing telegram job.

A sourced told The Sun newspaper:
"Everyone thinks she is this prim and proper policewoman, however it's going to be revealed early on that she works as a kissogram.

"It's going to be a bit of a shock for the fans, but I think they're going to enjoy it. Amy Pond's a really strong character and Karen is great in the role."
2010 Series Trailer

'Saw VI' Director Attached To Paranormal Activity Sequel

Paramount has hired 'Saw VI' director Kevin Greutert to helm the sequel to 'Paranormal Activity' which has been slated for an October 22 release, the same release day as 'Saw VII'. 'Paranormal Activity' blitzed 'Saw VI' last year in the halloween box office battle and dethroned the once unbeatable Saw franchise from the annual top spot and ended up grossing more than $150 million at the worldwide box office, making it the most profitable film in Paramount's history.

Oren Peli who directed the original on a shoestring budget of $15,000 will now produce the follow-up alongside Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, Michael R. Perry has been commissioned to write the script.

"These guys get it, and the fans won't be disappointed," said Peli of the new creative team.

Steven Soderbergh's ‘Knockout’ Set To Begin Filming In Dublin

Steven Soderbergh's ‘Knockout’ will begin shooting on the streets and rooftops of Dublin within weeks, with the script written specifically for the capital. The film boasts an impressive cast with Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Dennis Quaid, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Gina Carano all set to star.

‘Knockout’ tells the story of Mallory Kane, a young, tough, beautiful freelance covert operative, played by Carano. She is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. For all her looks and youth, Mallory is still the best in her field, and her skills are in constant demand. After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. There she partners with another operative, the suave and debonair Paul.

When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her. Fassbender will be a member of her commando spy unit, and a potential candidate for Kane’s betrayer. McGregor is set to play the owner of the private military company who Mallory works for. The film will also shoot on location in New Mexico, Turkey and Barcelona.

The project will provide in excess of 100 Irish jobs with key Irish cast and crew working alongside international crew on the feature. Composer David Holmes (Hunger), who worked with Soderberg on the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ films, is also attached to the project.

Producer Gregory Jacobs says “Unlike most productions that tailor what's available to the script, we wrote this movie for Dublin and are thrilled that the city has been so cooperative. Steven Soderbergh and I are very happy to have such a great group of Irish technicians and crafts people on the project and a terrific Irish partner in Parallel Films.”

Bruce Campbell Takes On Frankenstein

AICN have got a message from the legend that is Bruce Campbell that he will be doing a sequel to 'My Name is Bruce', this time taking on Frankenstein in 'Bruce Vs. Frankenstein.'

Around these parts we love old big chin but 'My Name is Bruce' was a bit of a let down so we hope this time round they do it right. Here's what he told AICN:
Hello everyone. Bruce Campbell here. This urgent message is short, because my keystrokes are monitored and I fear for my life. My partner at Dark Horse comics, Mike Richardson (normally a very rational and talented man), threatened to have his foot soldiers "crush my spleen" if I did what I am about to do. But the fans deserve to know, so with great trepidation I officially announce Bruce Vs. Frankenstein, the sequel to My Name is Bruce. Principal photography begins this fall in Oregon. I'd like to live long enough to see the cameras roll, so please, for the love of God, do not tell anyone - I can't risk this announcement getting back to Mike! Thank you.

Bruce Campbell "Old Spice"

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Results For 67th Golden Globes

Avatar (20th Century Fox) WON
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)


Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire


Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart WON
George Clooney - Up in the Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Tobey Maguire - Brothers


The Hangover (Warner Bros. Pictures) WON
(500) Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
It's Complicated (Universal Pictures)
Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures)
Nine (The Weinstein Company)

Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia WON
Sandra Bullock - The Proposal
Marion Cotillard - Nine
Julia Roberts - Duplicity
Meryl Streep - It's Complicated

Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes WON
Matt Damon - The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis - Nine
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man


Up (Disney/Pixar) WON
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony Pictures Animation)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Coraline (Focus Features)
The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney Pictures)


The White Ribbon (Germany) WON
Baaria (Italy)
Broken Embraces (Spain)
The Maid (Chile)
A Prophet (France)


Mo'Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire WON
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
Julianne Moore - A Single Man


Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds WON
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones


James Cameron - Avatar WON

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Clint Eastwood - Invictus
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds


Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - Up in the Air WON
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell - District 9
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers - It's Complicated
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds


Michael Giacchino - Up WON

Marvin Hamlisch - The Informant!
James Horner - Avatar
Abel Korzeniowski - A Single Man
Karen O and Carter Burwell - Where the Wild Things Are


"The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)"; Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett - Crazy Heart WON
"Cinema Italiano"; Mysic & Lyrics by Mary Yeston - Nine
"I Want to Come Home"; Music & Lyrics by Paul McCartney - Everybody's Fine
"I Will See You"; Music by James Horner and Simon Franglen, Lyrics by James Horner, Sion Franglen and Kuk Harrell - Avatar
"Winter"; Music by U2, Lyrics by Bono - Brothers


Mad Men" (AMC) WON

"Big Love" (HBO)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"House" (Fox)
"True Blood" (HBO)


Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife" WON
Glenn Close - "Damages"
January Jones - "Mad Men"
Anna Paquin - "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"


Michael C. Hall - "Dexter" WON
Simon Baker - "The Mentalist"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
Bill Paxton - "Big Love"


"Glee" (Fox) WON

"30 Rock" (NBC)
"Entourage" (HBO)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"The Office" (NBC)


Toni Collette - "United States of Tara" WON
Courteney Cox - "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Lea Michele - "Glee"


Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock" WON
Steve Carell - "The Office"
David Duchovny - "Californication"
Thomas Jane - "Hung"
Matthew Morrison - "Glee"


"Grey Gardens" (HBO) WON
"Georgia O'Keeffe" (Lifetime Television)
"Into the Storm" (HBO)
"Little Dorrit" (PBS)
"Taking Chance" (HBO)


Drew Barrymore - "Grey Gardens" WON
Joan Allen - "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Jessica Lange - "Grey Gardens"
Anna Paquin - "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Sigourney Weaver - "Prayers for Bobby"


Kevin Bacon - "Taking Chance" WON
Kenneth Branagh - "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Endgame"
Brendan Gleeson - "Into the Storm"
Jeremy Irons - "Georgia O'Keeffe"


Chloe Sevigny - "Big Love" WON
Jane Adams - "Hung"
Rose Byrne - "Damages"
Jane Lynch - "Glee"
Janet McTeer - "Into the Storm"


John Lithgow - "Dexter" WON
Michael Emerson - "Lost"
Neil Patrick Harris - "How I Met Your Mother"
William Hurt - "Damages"
Jeremy Piven - "Entourage"

Ricky Gervais Hosting The Golden Globes