Wednesday, March 31, 2010

'The Good Heart' Trailers

Brian Cox stars as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas (Paul Dano), a homeless young man who has already given up on life.

In the hopes of keeping his legacy alive, Jacques deems Lucas is a fitting heir and takes him under his wing, schooling him in the male—centric laws of his alcoholic clubhouse: no new customers, no fraternizing with customers and, absolutely no women. Lucas is a quick study, but their friendship is put to the test when the distraught and beautiful April (Isild Le Besco) shows up at the bar seeking shelter, and Lucas insists they help her out.


Red Band Trailer

Nimrod Antal Talks 'Predators'

In a interview with, Nimrod Antal talks about resurrecting the Predator in 'Predators'.
Nimrod Antal Directs Some Predators

“I think the hunt, and suspense, trying to take it back to what works in classic horror films and trying to keep the monster in the shadows as opposed to throwing him in your face right off the bat,” Antal said in a press conference at the South by Southwest film festival. “I think if you look at the timeline on the first film, you have I think 40 minutes into the film was the first time you see the cloaked Predator. So I think we concentrated in trying to bring that back into it, and I think we were successful.”

Of course, now they can’t wait another 40 minutes to reveal Predaotr. “No, and we don’t. We handle it a little bit differently, and you’re introduced to something early on.”

Clearly a well-versed Predator fan, Antal wanted to make a serious Predators movie, but not without fun. “I think we had a balance. Clearly we wanted to concentrate on what the original film had brought and given, and I think that was the direction we were thinking of, but that said there are some hilarious moments in the film, really hilarious stuff. One of our actors, Walton Goggins, was just a blessing to have because you can have stuff written but he would improvise stuff, and I can’t do it justice for you guys. You have to see it. but there’s three or four beats where you’ll be laughing.”

Predators will be an old school Predator movie too, not like the increasing effects of the sequels and spinoffs. “I think we set out to make as much practical as we could, given that was the charm of the original, and we were able to do it. There are a few moments of course and a few beats where we’re going to have to accentuate it with CG, but we tried to stay as true to the original as far as approaching it practically as we could.”

20th Century Fox pretty much stood out of Antal’s way. They knew their bad boy was in good hands. “I think that tactic, and that was a tactic on their part, was the best way to approach it. Because when you have someone on your neck the whole time and telling you this and this, you get to a point where you say, ‘Listen, what do you want me to do?’ But in this case, the fact that they had entrusted us with this project, it made me at least feel like I wanted to work even more, because now I can’t say that well, the studio came down with a mandate. So it was really a positive environment for me and as far as creatively, it was just great.”

David Fincher Will Direct 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

The Playlist is reporting that David Fincher will take the the director's chair for Sony's English-language adaptation of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.

Based on the bestselling novel 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the first in his 'Millennium Trilogy'. It tells the tale of Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged investigative journalist who writes for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case against corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström and is sentenced to three months in prison.

Before beginning his sentence, Blomkvist is hired by Henrik Vanger, the aged former CEO of a group of companies owned by a wealthy dynasty. Vanger wants him to solve the disappearance, forty years ago, of Vanger's great-niece when she was sixteen. Vanger is convinced that the girl was killed by someone in his family. Blomkvist is ultimately helped in his quest by Lisbeth Salander, a young punk who has been victimized or misunderstood by those in authority throughout her whole life, but who is also a brilliant computer hacker. The unlikely couple become a classic detective pair.

Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Schindler's List) adapted the script. Scott Rudin is producing and the film is expected to start in September or October.

Original Swedish Film Trailer

'Knight and Day' Trailer

Knight and Day centers on a lonely woman (Diaz) whose seemingly harmless blind date suddenly turns her life upside-down when a super spy (Cruise) takes her on a violent worldwide journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source. Grace is playing Diaz's sister, who is getting married, excited that Diaz will take the place of their late father and walk her down the aisle.

'The Expendables' Trailer #2

A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Doctor Who: New 'The Eleventh Hour' Clips

Clips 1 & 2

Clip 3

Matt Smith On Blue Peter

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Check This...'Logorama'

On this weeks Check this... is 'Logorama' directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy & Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short.

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.

'The Dark Crystal' Sequel Update

Its been a long wait to hear any news regarding the status of 'The Dark Crystal' sequel, 'The Power of the Dark Crystal.' In an interview with Brian Froud, the artist behind the concept art for both The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, and his wife Wendy state that they have been designing for the film and talking with 'the director', who as far as we know is still Genndy Tartakovsky.

Brian and Wendy Froud interview

Doctor Who: New TARDIS Interior Revealed

As the new series of Doctor Who fast approaches, The Radio Times have revealed the first look inside the Eleventh Doctor's Tardis. This weeks issue also features a exclusive gatefold cover that reveals the TARDIS to the world!

UPDATED: Tardis Tour Video

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Doctor Who: 'The Eleventh Hour' Opening Scene

The Doctor has just regenerated and the TARDIS is out of control! What happens next? Find out now by watching the opening moments of The Eleventh Hour in the video below!

'The Eleventh Hour' Opening Scene

The Tenth Doctor Regenerates

First Look At The Scott Pilgrim Video Game

Attractmo have the first look at 'Scott Pilgrim The Video Game'. Edgar Wright's blog also had New York punk band Anamanaguchi's theme song for the game which was performed at Pax East.

Anamanaguchi- Scott Pilgrim theme tune

Trailers For HBO'S 'You Don’t Know Jack'

Kevorkian, known as Dr. Death, assisted in more than 130 suicides. After willingly sending a videotape of himself euthanizing a terminally ill man to “60 Minutes,” he was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder and spent eight years in prison before getting paroled in 2007.

Loosely based on Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie’s book “Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia,” the HBO film follows Kevorkian’s (Al Pacino) rise as he builds his infamous Mercy Machine and sets out to perform assisted suicides while waging an epic legal battles defending a patient’s right to die.

John Goodman will play Nicol, a friend and co-worker of Kevorkian since 1961 and a steadfast supporter of the right to die. Susan Sarandon will play Janet Good, an activist with the Hemlock Society who becomes one of Jack’s staunchest supporters, working side by side with him to make humane suicide available to the terminally ill and suffering.

Noel Fielding Talks Mighty Boosh Movie Plans

A newly blonde Noel Fielding told Absolute Radio, that he and Julian Barratt are writing the Mighty Boosh film at the moment and already have enough ideas for a trilogy of films.

Noel said: "Hopefully, I like the road movies with Bing and Bob, hopefully we could just do lots - that would be great if we could do that."

"There's a couple of ideas for films, there's one we've got quite far into, and then there's one that's sort of quite a good idea that we're just working out now.

"And then there's one that's like a musical, like a Rocky Horror type thing, and then there's an album as well, so lots hopefully coming, it's just we need to do some writing.

"It took us two years to write the first series and now we have about six months to write a film, but it'll be alright."

Bryan Singers Departs 'X-Men: First Class'

Bryan Singer looks to have departed X-Men: First Class as director due to scheduling conflicts, and will now only serve as producer on the X-Men prequel.

The director is currently in pre-production with 'James and the Giant Killer' for Warner Bros, and Fox had hoped Singer would depart the dark 'Jack and the Beanstalk' re-imagining, so they could fast-track production on 'X-Men: First Class' for a 2011 release.

Studio enthusiasm for the film and especially Jamie Moss's script is what prompted Fox to move up the film's production schedule, resulting in Singer being unavailable to direct.

Doctor Who: BBC Extended Trailer & New Clip

Series 5 Extended Trailer

Episode 6: Vampires In Venice Clip

Doctor Who: Matt Smith Interview On Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

New Time Lord Matt Smith talks about becoming the Doctor: "My Doctor [is] clumsy, a little reckless, [but] becomes more assured as the series develops." He also reveals: "I couldn't tell anyone for three months," and says: "To my mind it's the best part in British TV history."

He tells Jonathan that he took advice from David Tennant and that he's eager to take on his mantle: "I spoke to David briefly, he said 'enjoy the ride'."

On the TARDIS, he reveals there have been some changes: "It's bigger on the inside, has different levels, other rooms including a library, [and is] a different shade of blue outside."

Finally, he says he's here to stay: "I hope to do at least another year, it's a wonderful part and I want to keep it."

Friday, March 26, 2010

'The Walking Dead' Gets Its First Cast Member

THR has news that Jon Bernthal is the first actor cast in AMC's drama pilot 'Walking Dead.' Bernthal will play Shane best friend of series protagonist and fellow police officer Rick Grimes.

Chris Hemsworth Talks 'Thor'

'Cemetery Junction' Clip And Featurette


Featurette - Behind the Scenes

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' International Trailer

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé.

The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Doctor Who: Matt Smith & Karen Gillan Video Interviews

Matt Smith

Karen Gillan

TARDIS Feature

Daleks Feature

'Lennon Naked' Trailer

Christopher Eccleston plays John Lennon in a single film charting his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon.

Spanning a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon between 1967 and 1971, writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame.

The unexpected death of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in 1967 marked a turning point in Lennon's life. This film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.

Made in high definition, Lennon Naked also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long lost father, and the events that led John to shed everything both personally and creatively, including calling time on The Beatles.

Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship, their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused Lennon to abandon the UK to start a new life in America, a process which ultimately inspired him to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career.

Written by Robert Jones and directed by Edmund Coulthard, the cast includes Christopher Fairbank, Naoko Mori, Claudie Blakley, Rory Kinnear, Allan Corduner, Michael Colgan and Andrew Scott.

'The Other Guys' Motion Poster

(Click here to see it in motion)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Latest News For Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia'

Empire has a round up of all the latest news from Lars von Trier's disaster film 'Melancholia.' Firstly Charlotte Gainsbourg will be starring in the film replacing Penelope Cruz. There is also a hint to what the disaster will be, in this piece of pre production art work:

It looks very similar to the idea used in 'Doctor Who: The End of Time' special.

Italian Poster For Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood'

'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Teaser Trailer

From director Edgar Wright comes this adaptation of the wildly popular graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,' set for release August 13th, 2010 from Universal. Scott Pilgrim's life is so awesome. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs," and dating a cute high school girl.

Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals. Ramona's seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down?

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood To Score 'Norwegian Wood'

Radiohead band member Johnny Greenwood will provide the score for upcoming 'Norwegian Wood'. The film directed by Tran Anh Hung is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s best-selling novel of the same title with a cast headlined by award-winning actors Matsuyama Kenichi and Kikuchi Rinko. Greenwood marked his debut film composition with the score for 'There Will be Blood.'

Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong

'The Last Airbender' Trailer #2

In a world where the elements, Water, Earth, Fire, and Air can be controlled by people known as "benders", the Fire Nation is waging a ruthless war to control the other great nations. The only hope for stopping the war rests on the shoulders of a young boy named Aang (Noah Ringer). The last known Airbender and survivor of the peaceful Air Nomads, Aang is the Avatar.

The Avatar is the physical embodiment of the world, with the ability to control all four elements and draw upon the combined power, knowledge, and experience of the Avatar's previous incarnations. The Avatar's duty is to maintain peace between the four nations and the spirit realm, ensuring that the world remains in balance, despite the Fire Nation's war.

Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her warrior brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), and his forever loyal Sky Bison Appa, Aang begins a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. Standing in their way is the ambitious Fire Nation Admiral, Zhao, (Aasif Mandvi) and Prince Zuko (Dev Patel), the banished prince of the Fire Nation who seeks to capture Aang to regain his honor.

Japanese Trailer

'Despicable Me' Trailer #3

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

Meet the Mercenary Royce from 'Predators'

The first of the behind-the-scenes character profiles for 'Predators' offers you an introduction to 'Royce' played by Adrien Brody.

International Poster For 'Iron Man 2' UPDATED

Check out a Iron Man 2: Video Exclusive here.

Benicio Del Toro Interview

The Feral Nature of Benicio Del Toro and the impossibility of man
written by Gregg LaGambina photographed by Kurt Iswarienko

A puerto rican man with a hangdog look rubs at his tired eyes. A blossom of hard silver—a lion’s head worn on his left ring finger—stares back out at the room, upside down. Rain whips at the windows, sounding like handfuls of small marbles thrown by hoodlums in search of a dumb fight. A patio table hops and upends, its umbrella snapped open by a gust, dragging the entire contraption out into the street. An old lady draped in clear plastic, a yellow cane hooked around her thin left wrist, peers into the storefront, agape. A quick glimpse of messy teeth disappears behind the cloud of her exhale.

“She was looking at you!” exclaims the Puerto Rican man, startled, as the woman backs into the storm and continues along her path.

The city is not itself. Brentwood, the wealthy western enclave of Los Angeles, is a mess of flooded storm drains and deep puddles thrown into the air in foamy explosions by passing sedans. The agitated wetness everywhere sounds like tin foil being unspooled in giant sheets, the metallic rattle making everything and everyone nervous.

The Puerto Rican man holding court at a corner table inside this Spanish restaurant is Benicio Del Toro. The melancholic mumbler that made him well known in The Usual Suspects years ago is long gone. The eyes oft described as drooped, sad, slow, are in fact darting around the room now, settling on nothing, seeking out cues to propel his stories. The talk is quick and clear. And in harmony with the prevailing mood (right before that mad woman tapped at the glass with a dry dirty fingernail), Del Toro was describing lagoons and hunchbacks and the jittery light that flickered through his childhood home.

“The first movies I remember seeing as a kid actually weren’t the movies,” he says. “They were these super-8 movies. They would play for three minutes. They were edited from horror movies. Creature from the Black Lagoon. Dracula. Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame—that’s the only home entertainment I can recall as a kid. We’d put all this monster stuff together and project it on the wall with an old projector.”

Del Toro’s childhood was brief. Uprooted from his birthplace in San Juan, Puerto Rico at age nine, after the death of his mother, Del Toro found himself in rural Pennsylvania, enrolled in boarding school, and enduring a brand of military-style parenting necessarily improvised by his father in the wake of fresh circumstance. In ushering along the recent remake of The Wolfman, Del Toro might just be aiming to recapture those moments in the dark, hidden from the demands of adulthood when his family was still intact, at home, where he belonged.

“What, now I’m talking to a psychiatrist?” laughs Del Toro, putting on a puffed-up tough-guy demeanor to mock any notion of a tormented childhood. “Fuck off! They told me to wear a suit and tie! Fuck all of you! They told me to wash my hands before dinner. Go fuck yourself! I’m different!’”

He admits that after the labor-intensive shoot for Steven Soderbergh’s Che, he was desperate to have fun again and The Wolfman afforded him the opportunity to channel some of the fantasies he’s carried with him ever since he glared at those rickety projections of monsters in his youth. The tepid response—both critically and commercially—to the four-hour plus biopic of Cuban (by way of Argentina) revolutionary Che Guevara was a disappointment. During press for the film, he was consistently put on the defensive by questions concerning Guevara’s legacy of violence. He famously walked out of one interview. The film flopped in the States.

“Movies come at you. They don’t care what you think,” he says, pondering the potential legacy of Che. “I think it takes time. Things can get better as time goes by. The same thing can happen with a book, a painting. And also, probably with nature. You might see a tree that you’ve been looking at all your life and then one day it just clicks and one day you go, ‘That’s a beautiful tree.’ Not everything is like that. Not everything you do can be like that. But hopefully Che has that. I hope so. That was the hardest movie ever.”

After a similar reaction to Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998, it was reported that Del Toro was so disappointed by the film’s reception, he took time off until appearing in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch two years later. It was speculated that after his full investment in the character of Dr. Gonzo—the weight gain, the self-inflicted cigarette burns, the near perpetual dementia—his confidence was shaken, particularly after his performance was singled out for being unnecessarily over the top. Whether or not there’s any truth in these claims, the film has been redeemed by exactly the kind of slow boil he anticipates for Che. And over a decade after the fact, it’s clear that if he ever did give a shit, he doesn’t give a shit anymore.

“Hunter saw the movie and he liked it. He really liked it. I know I can speak for Johnny [Depp], too. That is the best compliment we got. And Fear and Loathing eventually found its own audience.”

A waiter scurries away to find more coffee. Someone is outside gathering the scattered umbrellas and plastic chairs strewn across the wet lawn. The notes of sirens off in the distance distort and bend on the wind. The whole day is gray except for a lone traffic light that seems superimposed on the sky, dangling from a wire above an intersection and bleeding bright colors onto the bleak scene like something artificially colorized and dropped into an old black and white movie. Del Toro fiddles with his lion ring. There’s a lull.
“Are you a Leo?”
“Any significance to that ring there?”
“No, not really.”

The town car Del Toro arrived in waits outside looking like a recently bathed black animal. The engine is on, exhaust billowing out in white tufts like it’s taking deep breaths after a sprint. The driver inside is keeping warm on what is considered a cold day for Southern California. Del Toro tosses an American Express gold card into a black plastic tray, but makes no gesture to get up. It is probably for this reason (and a thousand others) that he’s a good actor. The silence doesn’t make him the least bit uncomfortable. He’s too comfortable, actually. He’s said almost nothing about himself. He’s revealed little. The driver will have to wait.
“Do you have any idea what a man is supposed to be like?”

It’s a half-court Hail Mary heave; a Barbara Walters-styled bullshit question. But what the fuck. There’s more coffee. The weather is bad. That woman might still be out there with her goddamned cane and that look in her eyes. You’re sitting at a table with Benicio Del Toro. Why the fuck not ask him, “What is a man?” Is it really any better or worse than asking him how long it took every morning to make him look like a fucking werewolf? Thought so. Go make your own coffee. Come back. We’ll be right here.

“I’ll tell you one thing I don’t like. I don’t like it when people lie. I can understand if someone is on a mission. But when people flat out lie to your face, and you catch them in that lie, and then they lie again. That shit I don’t like. You know what I mean?”
This is Benicio Del Toro. This is coming from somewhere. Notions of manhood? Boredom? The rain?

“I lost my mom when I was very young,” he continues, pursuing the thought. “For a while it was just me and my brother and my dad. And my dad was ROTC. He was very strict. ‘Gotta get up! Gotta make the bed! Shine your shoes on Sunday!’ What makes a fucking man? I don’t know. What makes anyone? I don’t think a man has to be macho. I thought that when I was 16. Sometimes I still feel like I’m 12. But I realize I can’t jump as high. I can’t deal with a hangover as easy as I could back in the day. But that’s just life, man. You go through it. I don’t know if I’m ever gonna figure it out.

“Maybe the thing I like the most when I meet someone—man or a woman—is their ability to see that everyone is different. The ability to see that you can be smart in different ways. I hate when they try to pigeonhole everyone. Everything you do has to be this or that.”
Someone across the room gets up from his table and waves goodbye. Benicio smiles and waves back. A couple embraces, one holding the door open for the other. The place is almost empty. There’s an entire section with chairs up on tables. The rain has stopped. A waiter is erasing words from a chalkboard.

“Are you where you want to be at this point in your life?”
Now that’s just an outright fumble. But he graciously grabs at it, and if he doesn’t run with it, he gives it a noble jog. A good sport, Del Toro.

“After Traffic, I was flying first class. Before Traffic, I was flying coach. Between The Usual Suspects and Traffic, I was flying in the bulkhead. I’m in the cockpit now. I’ve earned it. No one gave it to me. I’ve earned it and I enjoy doing it. So far, I do. You know, I’ve been doing movies now for a long time. I like to pretend I’m still 21, but I’ve been doing movies for 22 years. That’s a long time. I started young. I didn’t finish college. I had no idea about movies. Nothing about movies. But I knew I had seen life. I knew I had a lot more life at that age because of my upbringing. Life happened. It came at me in some ways. I knew I had things I could draw from. I found myself experiencing something I didn’t know I was going to experience. I was 19. I was so young.”

He sighs and smiles, seeming to marvel at all that time. He stares down at the table.
“Are you going to have a midlife crisis? Right here, right now?”
“No. Fuck no! My crisis was six years ago. Damn it’s been a long road I’ve been walking through. The reality hits, ‘Oh, we’re all gonna die.’ There was a whole year where I was going, ‘Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck.’ But then you’re like, ‘What can you do?’ Nothing. There’s things I enjoy now that I never enjoyed before.”

Let’s pretend here at precisely this moment that the sun breaks through the clouds after its daylong determination to shine. Illumination pours through the window of a Spanish restaurant to reveal two men seated with two coffees at a corner table. One man gets up, shakes hands with the other and politely departs. Once outside, the departing man bends slightly, grabs at his coat and enters into a waiting black town car. The car drives off.

The other man, still inside the restaurant, waits a moment, and reaches to turn off his tape recorder. He has an idea. He’s up from his chair now. He’s outside. He’s moving briskly down the damp sidewalk. And when he finds that old woman with the yellow cane and the mortal stare and the plastic coat, he’s going to ask her right there in the street, “Do you have any idea what a woman is supposed to be like?”

What else would you do on a rainy day in Brentwood after the actor Benicio Del Toro has told you over a cup of coffee that we’re all going to die?

Article kindly provided by The Confluence and featured in latest issue of Flaunt Magazine (#108 The Abandonment Issue).