Monday, August 30, 2010

Jemaine Clement Talks 'Fight Of The Conchords' Movie

While on UK promotional duties for 'Dinner For Schmucks', Jemaine Clement sat down with the Guardian's Killian Fox to talk about his blossoming film career. He also briefly mentioned the possibility of a Flight Of The Conchords Musical Film being made.
So have we seen the end of the Conchords?

There won't be any more of the TV show, but we'll still do the live thing. It might be fun to do a movie musical with a little bit of a budget. I say that just because we had so little budget on the Conchords and so little time to do the music videos, so it'd be great to be able to put a bit more thought into it.

Clement also discussed the Conchords upcoming appearance in The Simpsons and playing the baddie in 'Men In Black III'.

You and Bret [McKenzie, Conchords co-star] have a Simpsons appearance coming up. Were you happy to be asked?

Yeah, we were over the moon. We don't play ourselves, because most people won't know who we are, but they'll look like yellow versions of ourselves. We play counsellors at an arts camp that Lisa's going to. It's pretty fun. We just went to a studio and recorded it, but, yeah, we were really flattered. I remember begging my mother to let me stay up and watch The Simpsons when it started as short sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Next up, you're playing the villain in Men in Black III.

Yeah. My character's an alien, which means I have these prosthetics over my face and body. I've been travelling to the States for the last few months just to try on different prosthetics. Then I go home to New Zealand and have a totally ordinary lifestyle where I'm changing nappies [Clement has a one-year-old son, Sophocles Iraia, with his wife, playwright Miranda Manasiadis] and going to the park.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Doctor Who: Series 6 To Be Split In Two

The BBC have announced that the transmission of the next series of Doctor Who, in 2011, will be split into two blocks, transmitting in spring and autumn.

A statement from the BBC explained: The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Steven Moffat said: "The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!"

At the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Moffat added that there would be seven episodes transmitting for the Easter block with the remaining six airing in the Autumn block.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Impressive 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Fan Made Teaser Trailer

This impressive fan made trailer for the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special had us fooled that it was the real deal. Check out the splendid teaser in the player below:

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Last Exorcism ChatRoulette Viral Video

The marketing team behind the 'The Last Exorcism' have come up with an interesting way to market the film, they looped a number of different viral videos on the popular chatroulette video site of a pretty girl seemingly about to strip for the viewer until she becomes possessed. The sly folk behind the campaign also recorded all the people's reactions to the videos and compiled the best and posted it online, which you can see in the video below.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jeremy Renner Joins Mission: Impossible IV

Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) will join Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt as a secret op in the Brad Bird directed JJ Abrams/Cruise produced Mission Impossible IV.

Renner who has already been cast in another upcoming big production 'The Avengers,' is recognised by Paramount as someone who can infuse new blood in the franchise. He is seen as the future M:I lead with his role as the new operative as someone who has the range to carry on the franchise in the future should Cruise decide to depart the film series, with Paramount's production chief Adam Goodman commenting that Renner "has a Daniel Craig quality".

The film is set to shoot this Autumn and no details have thus far been released, other than Cruise commenting on the films premise that "It's sick. It's fun, really fun."

Video: Jim Henson's Fantastic World

The incredibly prolific mind of Jim Henson (1936-1990) was a veritable celebration of ideas for wondrous creatures and characters, stories, songs, and imagery. From the earliest age, Henson drew pictures, wrote jokes, built mobiles, and planned whole worlds. He thought in three dimensions and experimented in a huge variety of media, both with still and moving images. He was fascinated with how ideas are formed, how they interconnect in the mind, and how they can be shared through the visual and performing arts.

Organised with The Jim Henson Legacy, Jim Henson's Fantastic World offers audiences a rare peek into the imagination of this brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird, and other beloved characters. The exhibition documents Henson’s process of “visual thinking” through works of art, photographs, documents, puppets and other 3-D objects, and film and video clips. Museums may create a separate activity center with the educational and interactive resources provided.

A tour of the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit guided by the exhibit's curator and historian Karen Falk as well as Jim Henson's daughter Heather Henson. Also in attendance at this preview was Jim Henson's wife, Jane.



The Orange County Regional History Center proudly hosted this remarkable exhibit on rare images, drawings, short films and muppets from this 20th century icon. Included are rare interviews with Heather Henson, Jane Henson, and Fran Bill, the first female muppeteer on Sesame Street.

Scrapbook Special: Jim Henson's Fantastic World

'Julia's Eyes' Trailer

Julia's Eyes is a Spanish horror directed by Guillem Morales (The Uncertain Guest) and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Julia, a woman suffering from a degenerative eye disease, finds her blind twin sister Sara hanged in the basement of her house. Julia decides to investigate what she feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence. As Julia begins to uncover the terrifying truth about her sister’s death, her sight deteriorates further, until a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances cross her path.

Joss Whedon Talks Avengers

Joss Whedon has described directing 'The Avengers' as the job “I've waited for my whole life". The writer/director spoke to the The Sydney Morning Herald about his creative process.
“Right now I’m working on a movie that’s got enormous stipulations and is going to be changing and fluid every second. I’ve come up with dozens of scenes and lines and exchanges and monologues that I adore that are not going to be in it,” he says of The Avengers. “But while I’m writing them they feed me, excite me and they ultimately inform the character. It all goes in.”
He also confesses that there are sections of his Avengers script that won't make the film due to strict guidelines from Marvel Studios.
“There's something about having restrictions that does make you want to be sly about how you come at something. I do think that fighting against something, if it's a real creative collaboration, the frisson between what the artist is trying to get out there and what the market place expects, creates very exciting entertainment.”
Whedon is hoping to make the ensemble film that good, it will bring fans back to the cinema for a repeat viewing.
“I have always felt, my whole life, that everything could be taken away at any second. It has actually been a huge problem for me that I know that,” he says. “I certainly will do everything in my power not to have that happen, everything in my power to make it good. That's my power, that's all I've got. All I can do is make it good enough for somebody to see it twice.”

“That's a unique special power. I wonder what kind of costume someone with that special power would wear. “There's a codpiece, so I don't wear it, because a codpiece is embarrassing. Also, I'm always stepping on the cape.”
Joss also revealed details to EarthsMightiest on his contribution to the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' script rewrite.
“I just got to make some character connections. The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit.” … “It’s fun in this case, because, A, they’ll actually use the things I wrote, which is rare; and, B, it’s a fun puzzle to go in and say, ‘Okay, this is what works, this is what needs to be connected, and here are some key moments.’ Then the third thing is that it takes place in the ’40s, so I got to write ’40s dialogue, and that’s never not fun!”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Paul Verhoeven To Direct 'Hidden Force'

Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop) has lined up his first directorial project since 2006's acclaimed 'Black Book' and will direct 'The Hidden Force,' which is an adaptation of the Dutch novel of the same name by Louis Couperus. The book was previously adapted in the Netherlands in 1974 as a TV series.

The story, which takes place in 1900 on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies and deals with the decline and fall of the Dutch resident Van Oudyck, which is caused by his inability to see further than his own Western rationalism. He is blind and deaf to the slumbering powers of the East Indian people and countryside. The black magic, bird calls, vegetation, heat and the mysterious, hostile attitude of their Javanese subjects prove stronger than the cool power of the colonials.

Video: Martin Scorsese Directed Advertisement For Bleu de Chanel

Gaspard Ulliel stars in director Martin Scorsese's European cinema inspired ad for Bleu de Chanel.

Marvel Studios Hire Scribe To Tackle 'Iron Fist'

Screenwriter Rich Wilkes has been hired by Marvel to draft a movie based on the kung fu comic 'Iron Fist'. The story follows Danny Rand a martial arts expert whose battle with a dragon ended when he plunged his hands through the beast's molten heart which turned his fists into indestructible weapons.

Wilkes is the writer behind such films as the 'xXx' series of films, 'Airheads' and the upcoming Mötley Crüe biopic 'The Dirt'. He most recently scripted 'Ballad of the Whiskey Robber' which Johnny Depp is producing.

Boardwalk Empire: Making Boardwalk Empire Featurette

Step onto the set of the highly anticipated HBO drama series 'Boardwalk Empire' in this 14 minute behind the scenes featurette featuring interviews and clips from the show.

From Terence Winter, the Emmy Award winning writer of 'The Sopranos' and Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese comes a new HBO Original Series.

Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. The show is adapted from Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos. The show is being executive produced by Martin Scorsese who also directed the pilot.

Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' Trailer

'127 Hours' is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.

Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dexter: 'Season 5' Behind the Scenes Feature

 
Dexter has blood on his hands and an appetite for vengeance that can't be quenched. The cast sheds some light on the upcoming fifth season.

Influential Anime Director Satoshi Kon Has Died

Satoshi Kon director of such Anime classics as Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika has died at the age of 47.

Kon started his career as a manga artist and editor in Young Magazine, and then made his screenwriting debut with 'Magnetic Rose, a section of the anthology film Memories. Kon made his directorial debut film, Perfect Blue, in 1997, followed by Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the television series Paranoia Agent. He had been at work on his fifth film, The Dream Machine since 2008.

Satoshi Kon final words can be read here.

The Walking Dead: Extended Trailer

Based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back) will portray the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) will portray the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast includes Laurie Holden (The Shield), who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), who plays Rick's wife Lori.

The show premieres on AMC in the US October 31st 2010 with a 90 minute pilot epiosde.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hayao Miyazaki Is Developing 'Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie'

Hayao Miyazaki is developing his next film for Studio Ghibli, which will be a sequel to his 1992 film 'Porco Rosso' entitled 'Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie'

According to a 20,000-characters long interview with Miyazaki from Cut Magazine, told the magazine his plan to create two films in three years one being The Last Sortie will be set during the Spanish Civil War, this would be the studios first direct feature film sequel. Here are some of the abstracts from the interview:
After Ponyo, Miyazaki told the staff his plan to create two films in three years and that he would take planning responsibility (preparing a project proposal paper, forming the staff, and writing a script).

"If two rookie directors, though one is not a true rookie, become good, they becomes a valuable property for Ghibli. Though Suzuki-san says, "You make a film after them." If Maro makes a (second) film, Ghibli will be more stable."

"Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli. No joke, we talked about it the other day." This dissolution program changes if Arrietty succeeds.

"For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye'. I do not have to be there."

"Though I don't know how it will be, I'd like to create a more positive boy (than Sho) in the next movie what we are preparing now. Though the leading character is a girl again."

"I wrote two scripts in two years."

Miyazaki is always thinking about a tragic story of a boy. However, he wants to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" because a tragic boy's story is very difficult. Miyazaki says, "But it (Porco) is not connected in the future."

"When I read James Joyce's Dubliners, I think the boys are not blessed. (laughs) I can really understand how literature of the 20th century captured the tragic characteristics of boys."

(about Miyazak's next film) "I'm not thinking about a movie of a girl. I think that I must think about only a movie of a boy."

"I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy."
"So I want to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie". I have all its materials."

"It should be interesting."

"It is set for Spanish Civil War."

"If next two films succeed and Suzuki-san lets me make it (Porco) while saying, 'It cannot be helped because it's a hobby of the old man', I'm happy. It's my hobby."

"I had thought about the possibility of "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" in the morning. But before Shibuya-san (the interviewer) come here, I thought 'It's not good after all, It's just my hobby.'"
Original Japan Trailer

Doctor Who: 2010 Christmas Special Promo Image

This is the first official image released from the 2010 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were guests on the Friday edition of BBC's 'The One Show,' were the image was first shown.

You can watch the appearance by Matt & Karen in the player below:

'X-Men: First Class' Details Revealed

Bryan Singer has revealed a number of exciting details about the upcoming X-Men prequel 'First Class'. Singer who is a producer on the origin movie and worked on the film for over a year before he had to pull out from directing the project told AICN that the Matthew Vaughn film is set in the 1960's and we will see James McAvoy's Professor X and Michael Fassbender's Magneto formulate what it is they are attempting to achieve by creating the X-Men.
John F Kennedy is the President of the United States. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are on TV doing marches. There is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time. We will see how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met - and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They're going to be in their late twenties. Xavier - as played by James McAvoy will not be in his wheelchair to begin the film - but we will see how he wound up in a wheelchair.
The characters will wear more traditional comic book costumes than the type seen in Singer's X-Men films. Director Vaughn is also very inspired by the gadgetry and technology used by James Bond in the original 60's films.

Kevin Bacon will be playing Sebastian Shaw the leader of "The Hellfire Club," an inner Circle of influential entrepreneurs, politicians and socialites whose desire is to achieve world domination through political and economic influence, subversive activities and the recruitment of mercenary forces and powerful superhumans.

The movie will have a more international feel than the prior X-Men movies and will be shooting in England & the United States as well as representing other territories around the globe with one of them being Russia (The Soviet Union).

Singer also revealed that Cyclops and Jean Grey won't feature, but that his brother Havok will appear played by Lucas Till. Nicholas Hoult will be Hank McCoy AKA Beast, Rose Byrne is playing Moira MacTaggert and January Jones will now portray Emma Frost.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

'Eastbound & Down' Season 2 Poster & Comic Con Teaser Trailer

 
Season 2 poster and Comic Con teaser trailer for the return of Kenny F'n Powers (Danny McBride) in season 2 of the HBO comedy 'Eastbound & Down,' it returns to HBO on Sunday, September 26th.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'Machete' Clips

Here is a clip from Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete,' were Jessica Alba & Michelle Rodriguez have a war of words.


UPDATE: Three new clips:




Promo For Karl Pilkington's 'An Idiot Abroad'

Starting in September on Sky 1, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have thrown down the gauntlet to send Karl Pilkington around the globe to force him out of his comfort zone.

Stephen wants the experience to broaden Karl's mind and change his outlook on the world. Ricky wants Karl to hate every minute of it for his own amusement.



Also in Ricky Gervais news this is the first image of Gervais in the upcoming season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Ricky said this about the image from his blog:
This is the only image released from the next series of Curb. It is from a scene at a dinner party where me and Larry really don't see eye to eye, but I can't tell you more than that I'm afraid. They don't usually let photos out this early but I got personal authorization from the man himself for this website only.

Dexter: "Dexter Returns" (Season 5 Promo & Teaser)

 
Dexter's carefully constructed world has been turned upside down. Will he be able to pick up all the pieces? 'Dexter' returns September 26th on Showtime.

Promo


Teaser

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Black Swan' Trailer

First trailer forDarren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan,' starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.

'Black Swan' is the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice.

But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

It opens in cinemas on December 1st

First Official Still From The Coen Brothers 'True Grit'

First official still from The Coen Brothers 'True Grit,' showing Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn.

'Machete Maidens Unleashed!' Trailer #2

'Machete Maidens Unleashed!' is the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre filmmaking cult cinema by documentary director Mark Hartley - a world where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was packin' heat!

From the early '70s well into the '90s the Philippines was a back-lot for a bevy of renegade B-movie makers and cinema visionaries alike. The country was utilized for its inexpensive labour, exotic locations and distinct lack of rules. A tidal schlock-wave of genre work emerged that somehow managed to capture the raw, chaotic energy of contemporary Filipino culture. These productions (a cavalcade of monster movies, jungle prison movies, blaxploitation and kung fu hybrids) were miraculously made at a time when the country's political situation was repressive at best. But, this was a revolution that even the Marcos dictatorship couldn't crush!

'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night' Trailer

Dylan Dog is the world's only paranormal investigator. He hardly moved to New Olreans to escape a life made of nightmares. However, nightmares will find him again. A missing artifact, a beautiful heiress and a brutal murder conspire to drag him back into the dark world of the undead... Have you ever wondered if the person next to you was really part of your world?

Joaquin Phoenix Documentary 'I'm Still Here' Teaser Trailer

'I'm Still Here' follows Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in Autumn 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. Directed by Phoenix's brother in-law Casey Affleck.

Back To The Future: 25th Anniversary Thetrical Re-release Trailer

'Back To The Future' returns to the big screen in Eire & the UK for a limited digital presentation theatrical release October 1st to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The newly restored version is also being used to promote the upcoming trilogy Blu-ray release that will be released October 26.

Theatrical Trailer
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Blu-Ray Trilogy Trailer
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Rooney Mara Is Dave Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

Rooney Mara ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') is Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's upcoming English adaptation of the 'Millennium Trilogy'. She'll join Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist in the first film of the trilogy 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'

Mara will be seen in Fincher's upcoming film 'The Social Network'.

'The Next Three Days' Trailer

'The Next Three Days'' is a directed by Paul Haggis (Crash) and is a remake of the 2007 French film 'Pour Elle'. The cast for the film includes Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, Lennie James, Aisha Hinds, Daniel Stern, RZA and Jason Beghe.

Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

This Is England '86 Extended Trailer & Promo

This Is England '86 is a brand new drama coming to Channel 4 this September. It revisits the gang from the hit film This Is England three years on.

It's 1986 - the year Chris de Burgh is at number one, Top Gun is filling the cinemas, VHS is trumping Betamax, the World Cup is raging in Mexico and over 3.4 million Brits are unemployed.

As Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) sits his last school exam, the realisation dawns that adulthood beckons and in mid-80s England he's going to have to find his own way in the world. Luckily life has dealt a surprise hand to his friends too and no one is quite where they thought they would be. Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget, Milky - they are all looking for love, a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.

Extended Trailer

Music In Trailer By Wayne Smith, Track: Under Me Sleng Teng


Director Shane Meadows on the series: "When I finished This Is England I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my long standing relationship with Film4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed. Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I also saw in the experiences of the young in 1986 many resonances to now recession, lack of jobs, sense of the world at a turning point. Whereas the film told part of the story, the TV serial will tell the rest."

Promo


For more videos and info, head over to the official website by clicking here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars: Coming To Blu-Ray & Rare 'Return Of The Jedi' Deleted Scene (Video)

The Star Wars saga will be available in a Blu-Ray Box Set for Autumn 2011, George Lucas announced at fan convention Celebration V. Jon Stewart who chaired a Q&A asked Lucas questions submitted from the fan community, and one of the most frequently asked questions submitted online prior to the event was about the saga's release on Blu-Ray.

"I wish I could say it was coming out this year," said Lucas, "but it will come out next year."

The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films in the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features. The original trilogy will be the HD versions of the upgraded trilogy from 2004 and not the original theatrical versions.

Star Wars fans also got to see a long-lost deleted scene from 'Return of the Jedi' that depicts Luke Skywalker assembling his green lightsaber prior to infiltrating Jabba the Hutt's palace. After completing the Jedi weapon, Luke stashes it in R2-D2's dome, which you can see in the player below.

Friday, August 13, 2010

John Woo's 'Reign of Assassins' Trailer

Directed by Su Caho-Bin with John Woo as co-director and producer, 'Reign of Assassins' is set in 428AD, Bodhi, a Southern India prince became a Buddhist monk and set off for China, earning a hallowed reputation as a mystical martial artist. Following his death, his remains mysteriously disappeared.

Hundreds of years later, Zhang, a high-ranking court official, is assassinated by Drizzle. Zhang's son Jingxiu, whilst mourning his father's death, is assailed by a group assassins. They leave him for dead, but somehow he survives and escapes their clutches.

Drizzle, a talented warrior herself, finds herself in possession of Bodhi's remains, and begins her quest to return them to their rightful resting place at Yunhe Temple. The Black Stone, a team of deadly assassins who employed Drizzle, are also after the remains and the powerful secret they hold. To hide from The Black Stone, Drizzle undergoes drastic facial surgery and changes her name to Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh). She flees to Beijing, where she meets and falls in love with Jiang, soon to become her husband.

After a confrontation in Beijing, Zeng Jing's identity is uncovered and both she and Jiang must
lee for their lives. As Zeng Jing kills off members of the gang while they are on the run, she quickly realizes Jiang is actually Jingxiu, and he is seeking to avenge his father's death. This leads to a lethal triangle and a fight to death between our hero Zeng Jing, Jiang and The Black Stone.

The only question remains who will be the last ones standing to uncover the secret of Bodhi's remains?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Updated: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Megapost

 
UPDATED: The Full [adultswim] short 'Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation' is now below for you to enjoy:



With Edgar Wrights 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' about to take on the world, we at Flicknews have rounded up everything and anything to do with Mr Pilgrim for this MEGAPOST that Megaman be proud of.

First up for you are two featurettes on the films soundtrack and a music video for 'Black Sheep' performed by The Clash at Demonhead.






You can also listen to the films soundtrack for yourself here and original score, sweet.

Also check out a clip and trailer for [adult swim]s 'Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation' which features the voices of Michael Cera as Scott, Allison Pill as Kim, Mae Whitman as Lisa and Jason Schwartzman as Simon Lee for the shorts.

'Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation:' TV Spot


Clip


Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman have been busy traveling the states to promote the film, even doing the weather:



Even everyone favorite between two Ferns host Zach Galifianakis decided to get in on some Scott Pilgrim action:


And finally a cool graphic novel recreation of the 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' trailer:



Update: CNN interview on 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,' with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman and Edgar Wright.

'The American': Featurette & TV Spots

The featurette gives an in-depth look at Jack, as played by George Clooney in Anton Corbijn's 'The American.' Also added below are 2 TV Spots for the upcoming thriller which has a 1st of September date in the US.

Featurette


TV Spots


'Skyline' Teaser Trailer

In the sci-fi thriller 'Skyline', strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

'Frankenweenie' & 'John Carter of Mars' Have Release Dates

Walt Disney Pictures have announced the release dates for Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' & Andrew Stanton's 'John Carter of Mars.'

March 9, 2012 is the release date for the Tim Burton's stop motion animated 'Frankenweenie' based on his 1984 short about a pet dog brought back to life by his loyal owner.

And June 8, 2012 release date for Andrew Stanton's 'John Carter of Mars', starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.

Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom Series," the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Collins).

Tony Scott To Bring Mark Millar's 'Nemesis' To The Big Screen

Fox have brought the film rights to writer Mark Millar ('Wanted,' 'Kick-Ass') and artist Steve McNiven's graphic novel 'Nemesis.' Tony Scott is attached to direct the film with Scott Free producing. Mark Miller had this to say about Tony Scott bringing his comic to life:
"Tony Scott is the ultimate comic book director who’s never made a comic book movie," says Millar. "For fifteen years people have been asking him to [make a comic book movie], but he’s turned it all down because the material never really excited him. The one thing you can’t say about Tony’s stuff is that it’s not family-friendly, safe fun. He’s never going to do a Fantastic Four or a Spider-Man. But the minute he saw something with Air Force One being taken down, the President being taken hostage and Japanese skyscrapers falling down, it began to look more like a Tony Scott movie."

Which, of course, is exactly what happens in the first two issues of Nemesis, with the white-clad uber-bastard causing all manner of devasting death and destruction in the pursuit of bringing his target down. Certainly, our initial reaction was that any movie version would have to tone down Millar and McNiven's vision of insanity. But Millar says that's far from the case. "You couldn’t do a movie like this any cheaper than $150 million," says Millar. "It's going to go really big."

Which means that it might need some big names to get those bums on seats, particularly with a rating that's sure to be the wrong side of R/15. And while nobody has been cast just yet, Millar has some big names on his wishlist. Some very big names.

"With Nemesis, you’ve got two great roles for two A-list stars," he says. "The thing is, one guy has to be as good as the other. You’ve got Holmes versus Moriarty here or Batman versus The Joker, so each one has got to be a $20 million actor, really. I think you could go for the A+ list and get Johnny Depp as Nemesis and Brad Pitt as Blake Morrow."

Say what you will about the Scot, but he doesn't lack ambition. And, if Scott does bag Depp, it'll bring Millar's long-term plan to fruition. "When I was writing the comic, I genuinely saw Johnny Depp as Nemesis," explains Millar. "He’s a thin-faced guy, slightly creepy, a cross between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, and someone who could pull off both those things at the same time is Depp. He would get it. He goes slightly crazy in his roles!"

And Pitt for Morrow, the stoic super-cop who is revealed as Nemesis' ultimate target? "He's Commissioner Gordon meets Sherlock Holmes, so it’s got to be a big physical policeman who you feel could stand up for himself in a physical fight," says Millar. "It’s got to be somebody who can take a punch. You couldn’t really get anybody who’s too cerebral. He’d have to be a very physical actor so it would need to be a Pitt. Or maybe even a Liam Neeson."

One thing's for sure. The clock is ticking fast on Nemesis, with Scott already talking to a writer ("Probably one of the top three screenwriters in Hollywood right now"), with hopes of getting underway next year. "This is a timely thing and he wants to get a writer on this and get it going now," says Millar, who will serve as executive producer on the movie. "He doesn’t want it to be sitting on the shelf in two years."
'Nemesis' answer the question what if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? He's systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he's now set his sights on Washington, DC. Between you and me, the police don't have a chance. Do not miss the book that EVERYONE will be talking about by the creative team that made CIVIL WAR the biggest book of the decade.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

'The Other Guys' Comic-Con Clip

Set in New York City, The Other Guys follows Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an embarrassing public incident with his quick trigger finger. Allen and Terry idolize the city's top cops, Danson and Manzetti (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don't quite go as planned.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

'The Avengers' - Teaser Trailer

Short teaser for Marvel's 'The Avengers', directed by Joss Whedon. And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat…to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand. On that day, The Avengers were born.

'The Avengers' consist of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Spike Jonze’s & Arcade Fire Team Up For A Short Film

The Arcade Fire have given details on there planned collaboration with Spike Jonze, in a recent interview the band confirmed the project will be a short film.
“It’s not a video. It’s a short film; we’re still working on it. It’s like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record. Basically, we played Spike some music from the album and the first images that came to his mind had the same feeling as this idea for a science fiction film I had when I was younger. My brother and I and Spike wrote it together, which was really fun– it was like total amateur hour. We shot it in Austin and a lot of kids are in the film, and it was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while.”
The Second Best Day of My Life

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

First Footage From 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night'

Frist look at footage from the adaptation of 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,' directed by Kevin Munroe and starring Brandon Routh as Dylan Dog.

Kevin Flynn's International 'Tron Legacy' Poster

New international poster for 'Tron Legacy' featuring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn in the upcoming film by director Joseph Kosinski.

Matthew Vaughn Talks 'X-Men: First Class'

Matthew Vaughn has been talking about his latest film 'X-Men: First Class,' which will reboot the X-Men film in a vain similar to J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek' with Vaughn saying:
"Obviously [Abrams] couldn't make everyone happy with that one, but he did a pretty good job," Vaughn said. "He made a fantastically exciting reinvention of that world, with those great characters. And I think there will be comparisons a little bit with 'X-Men: First Class.' It's very similar, in a way. But we're doing some cool stuff in this movie, some really cool stuff that you haven't seen before."

He added: "The story that Bryan Singer came up with is very, very smart. It's very clever when you see how he has integrated the characters into the time period where the film is set. I'll put it that way. I just don't want to give it away. ... It's a very clever way of getting these characters involved in recent history, in recent world events."
He also talked about changes to the script due to scenes similar to Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'.
"I saw 'Inception,' which I loved," Vaughn said. "But my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it's either leave it in and look as if you're copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards." He added that the scrapped sequence was a "dream-space combat" that featured a fight involving Charles Xavier and other mutants that was to going to be presented with spinning rooms and other physics-bending imagery.
He also chatted about the preparation the cast members are doing to get ready for filming, which begins later this month.
"The quality of the actors that we've got in these roles is truly world class," Vaughn said. "James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are really working well together. We're about to start a rehearsal period before the shoot and they are coming up with some great ideas. They really care very deeply about their characters and how they interact in the film. And the younger cast members as well, the other mutants, they're really incredibly talented. And it's going to be a pleasure to work with them. It really is. They're all very, very committed as well. They're training every day for several hours. Literally, right now they're training with the stunt teams and they're all taking their diets very seriously and exercising a lot and working very, very hard. It's very exciting to see it come together."

'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced and co-written 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' can now be watched via the player below. Directed by Troy Nixey, the horror thriller stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison.

Sally (Bailee Madison), a lonely, introverted child, has just arrived at the 19th century mansion her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, Sally discovers a hidden , long-undisturbed basement. Unwittingly, she unleashes a race of malevolent, dark-dwelling creatures who intend to drag her and her family down into the mansion's bottomless depths.

Interactive 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' iTrailer

Cool new interactive 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' itrailer where you can point and click to earn some points & get inside look at the film, with commentary from director Edgar Wright.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Superman: Then & Now Comparison Of Kent Farm & RIP Tom Mankiewicz

Below is a very cool video that features detailed before and after comparisons of the former location of the Kent Farm from 'Superman: The Movie' as it was in the film, and as it is now.



UPDATED:
News has just come through that screenwriter/director/producer and 'Superman' creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz has passed away.
(1942-2010)

In 1977, director Richard Donner was hired to direct Superman: The Movie and Superman II back to back. At the time the Mario Puzo script drafts combined were more than four hundred pages long (an impossible length to shoot) and Donner felt the script was too bloated, campy and more like a novel than a script. He brought Mankiewicz aboard to do a complete overhaul in terms of length, dialogue and tone. Mankiewicz stayed on the production for more than a year, assisting Donner in other departments as well. Donner gave Mankiewicz a separate credit in the main title: “Creative Consultant.” The Writer’s Guild strenuously objected on two grounds; first, that the traditional script arbitration process was being bypassed and second, that Mankiewicz’s credit came after the original screenwriters and not before them, implying that his contribution was more important. The dispute went to a legal hearing which Mankiewicz won.

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