Thursday, September 30, 2010

Will Darren Aronofsky Direct Preacher?

It seems someone is determined to get Darren Aronofsky to make a comic book film, with his name been linked to 'Batman'(before Christopher Nolan), 'Wolverine 2' and Christopher Nolan's Superman Reboot. Now his name is being attached to bring Garth Ennis's 'Preacher' to the big screen.

A source has told Newsarama, Aronofsky is being targeted to direct Columbia Pictures' big screen production of 'Preacher.' Sam Mendes was the last director to be attached to the project but left to work on James Bond.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' Theatrical Trailer & Collection Of Posters

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction -- the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter.

The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort...alive. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale -- the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived." No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Images From The 'Black Dynamite' Cartoon

First look at Michael Jai White and Scott Sanders' 'Black Dynamite' animated series, which is to premiere on [adultswim].

Longtime Film Editor For Quentin Tarantino, Sally Menke Is Found Dead

Very sad news to report, Sally Menke the oscar-winning editor and long time collaborator for Quentin Tarantino was found dead early Tuesday morning in Beachwood Canyon, LA.

The LA Times is reporting Menke, 56, had gone hiking with her dog in the extreme heat in Griffith Park.

Friends alerted police when Menke didn't return home Monday night. Search dogs, an LAPD helicopter and officers on foot spent hours scouring the park looking for her.

Law enforcement sources told the Times her body was found at the bottom of a ravine near the 5600 block of Green Oak Drive. Her cause of death has not been officially determined.

Her locked car was discovered in a nearby parking lot. Police said her dog was found alive.

Quentin Tarantino talks about his editor, Sally Menke

Monday, September 27, 2010

'First Avenger: Captain America:' On Set Pictures

A collection of on set picture and videos from Joe Johnston's 'First Avenger: Captain America,' in which we get our first look at Chris Evans as Steve Rogers and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers:

First Look At Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter:

HYDRA Submarine:

Updated: Stephen Fry To Play Sherlock Holmes Brother Mycroft In Sequel

Stephen Fry is to star alongside Robert Downey Jr. playing his brother in the untitled sequel to Guy Ritchie's 2009 film about the world's most famous sleuth.

The thesp told The Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio 5 he would be playing Mycroft Holmes - the older brother of Sherlock Holmes.

"I'm playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr and that sort of part is fun,".

Sources say the character in the sequel's script is described as "an agoraphobic oddball."

Fry will be joining Noomi Rapace, who played the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy.

UPDATE: 'Mad Mens'Jared Harris is set to play Sherlock’s number one enemy, Professor Moriarty.

Peter Jackson Threatens 'The Hobbit' Could Be Shutdown

Just when things finally looked on the up for 'The Hobbit', Peter Jackson has warned that production on Lord Of the Rings prequel movies could cease or production moved from its location in his native New Zealand to eastern Europe over a pay dispute with Australia's Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and New Zealand actors unions which have urged actors not to work on the films due to the dispute.

The MEAA has called for an international boycott of 'The Hobbit' until producers agree to meet its demands over union representation.

The director issued the following statement:
Statement regarding The Hobbit and claims by the Australian Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA):

The Australian Labour Union, the MEAA is using our production The Hobbit in an attempt to widen it’s membership, and power within the New Zealand film industry. As a New Zealand filmmaker, who has nothing to hide or be ashamed about, I’m not going to see this threatening behaviour continue without some form of sensible discussion about the “facts” and “truth” behind their various allegations.

It’s incredibly easy to wave the flag on behalf of workers and target the rich studios. It’s not hard to generate an emotive response, nor is it hard to sway public opinion, since nobody seems to like the facts to get in the way of a good story in these situations.

Behind the claims of exploiting actors who are cast in the “non-Union” Hobbit production, and claims that various high-profile stars will refuse to take part in the films, there are clear agendas at work. As usual with these agendas, they are based on money and power.

I am not a lawyer, nor am I an expert in unions and how they operate – but I like to think I have a degree of common sense, and that’s what I’m basing my observations on. Let me run over a few facts:

– Personally speaking, I’m not anti-Union in the slightest. I’m a very proud and loyal member of three Hollywood Unions – the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Writers Guild. I support the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). All these organisations (I must confess I’m not entirely sure what the difference is between a “Guild” and a “Union”) do terrific work on behalf of their members.

– Many Actors are members of SAG, but many are not — especially younger actors and many Australian and New Zealand performers. MEAA claims we are “non-Union”, but whenever we hire an actor who belongs to SAG, we always honour their working conditions, their minimum salary agreements and their residuals.

– The SAG residuals is a small pot of money that comes from the movie’s profits. The DGA and WGA have similar schemes. An agreed upon percentage of movie profits is placed in a pot, which is shared amongst the members of the guild who worked on the film in question. Despite MEAA claims that The Hobbit is “non-Union”, our studio, Warner Brothers, is honouring these residuals, and making the profit sharing available to all the various Guild members – just as it did on The Lord of the Rings, and Universal did on King Kong.

– These residuals can be worth tens of thousands of dollars to an individual if the film is successful – however the normal situation is that if an actor is not a member of SAG, they do not share in the profit pot.

– This has always struck us as unfair, since most Kiwi actors are not lucky enough to be SAG members. For the Hobbit, Warner Brothers have agreed to create a separate pot of profit participation, which will be divided up amongst non-SAG actors who are cast in the film. This was not done because of any pressure from Guilds or Unions – it was actually Warners doing the decent thing, and New Zealand and Australian actors will be the principle beneficiaries. SAG members have their pot, and non-SAG members now have theirs. We have introduced the scheme to Kiwi agents and it’s now part of all our Hobbit cast deals.

– Whatever damage MEAA is attempting to do — and it will do damage, since that’s their principal objective in targeting The Hobbit – we will continue to treat our actors and crew with respect, as we always have.

– As I said earlier, money and power lies behind this threatening behaviour from our Australian cousins, and to fully understand that, you simply have to step back and look at the greater picture in context.

– It starts with “NZ Actors Equity”. This is a tiny organisation that represents a small minority of New Zealand Actors. They are not a Union, and have none of the legal status of a Union. They are a … well, a smallish group who have some New Zealand actors as members. How many actors are members of NZ Equity? They guard that information very closely, but various reports I’ve seen put their membership at 200, although somebody in the know swears it’s nearer 100.

– How many professional actors are there in New Zealand? Somewhere between 2000 and 4000, depending on just how you describe a “professional actor”. Obviously most Kiwi actors have other employment too, but there’s certainly over 2000 actors available to cast in a film production.

– So taking the most generous numbers, NZ Actors Equity represents 200 out of 2000 Kiwi actors, or 10%. Perhaps I’m wrong, and if so, NZ Equity will no doubt reveal their real membership numbers.

- Now there’s nothing wrong with NZ Actors Equity representing 10% of the actors in this country. It’s great that they offer that service, and if an actor chooses, there’s a supportive group they can join. Obviously the more actors that join NZ Equity, the better, since these organisations usually survive by taking a small percentage of their members acting fees. I’m guessing that Equity do something like that. Recently they have been part-funded by MEAA.

- Over the last 10 years our relationship with NZ Equity has been rocky — whenever we cast an “overseas actor”, we get a letter telling us why such and such Kiwi actor would be so much better in the role. In most cases we have already auditioned the actor in question, and formed our own opinions — but what strikes me as unfair, is how this “helpful” service of suggesting better choices only includes the “Equity 200″. If you happen to be a good actor who doesn’t belong to NZ Equity (and many don’t), you’re automatically not good enough to be put forward.

– What really does strike me as wrong, and this is my personal opinion, is the why that the MEAA is using NZ Actors Equity as a vehicle to represent the voices and opinions of New Zealand actors. A couple of years ago, the members of NZ Actors Equity voted to join some kind of alliance with the Australian MEAA group. At the time, there were voices of alarm at how this relationship could damage the interest of Kiwi Actors, but the merger went ahead – and now we’re about to find out just how damaging it’s going to be.

– As far as I know, the membership of NZ Actors Equity was allowed into the MEAA, meaning that the Australian MEAA organisation represents 200 out of 2000 Kiwi actors. I don’t believe it represents non-Equity NZ actors. It speaks on behalf of a tiny minority of our actors.

– The management of NZ Equity are clearly happy to be used as a political football by the Australians — but my sympathy goes to the 1800 New Zealand Actors who are not part of the “Equity 200″, but who are going to suffer the fallout if this Hobbit thing goes nuclear.

– I also feel a growing anger at the way this tiny minority is endangering a project that hundreds of people have worked on over the last two years, and the thousands about to be employed for the next 4 years. The hundreds of millions of Warner Brothers dollars that is about to be spent in our economy.

– Why is this endangered? Because the “demands” of MEAA cannot be agreed to, or even considered – by law – and therefore the only options that remain involve closing the Hobbit down, or more likely shifting the production to Europe. It could so easily happen. I’ve been told that Disney are no longer bring movies to Australia because of their frustration with the MEAA.

– The MEAA is demanding that the Hobbit production company (Warners owned, 3foot7 Ltd) enter into negotiations for a Union negotiated agreement covering all performers on the film.

– I personally have a problem with any organisation who represent a small minority, but attempt to take control of everyone – but that’s not the real issue. The complex web of NZ labour laws are the reason why this demand will never be agreed to.

– NZ law prohibits engaging in collective bargaining with any labour organisation representing performers who are independent contractors, as film actors clearly are. The NZ Commerce Act claims it would be unlawful to engage with an Australian Union on these matters.

In closing:

My personal opinion is that this is a grab for power. It does not represent a problem that needs a solution. There will always be differing opinions when it comes down to work and conditions, but I have always attempted to treat my actors and crew with fairness and respect. We have created a very favourable profit sharing pool for the non-Union actors on The Hobbit — and now the Union is targeting us, despite the fact that we have always respected SAG conditions and residuals.

I can’t see beyond the ugly spectre of an Australian bully-boy, using what he perceives as his weak Kiwi cousins to gain a foothold in this country’s film industry. They want greater membership, since they get to increase their bank balance.

The conspiracy theories are numerous, so take your pick: We have done better in recent years, with attracting overseas movies — and the Australians would like a greater slice of the pie, which begins with them using The Hobbit to gain control of our film industry. There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ humiliated on the world stage, by losing the Hobbit to Eastern Europe. Warners would take a financial hit that would cause other studios to steer clear of New Zealand.

– Seriously, if the Hobbit goes east (Eastern Europe in fact) — look forward to a long dry big budget movie drought in this country.

– Others gain from that too. SAG would much rather have it’s members hired on movies — as opposed to non-SAG actors. The easiest way to control that, is to stem what are called “runaway productions”, which are American funded films made outside of America. The Hobbit is one of them, as was King Kong and LOTR. SAG, which is naturally supporting MEAA, would see it’s own benefit in studios having a miserable experience in Australia/New Zealand. That may well be pushing the conspiracy theories one step too far, and it’s perfectly natural that one Union would support another – but the point is that in the complex web of Hollywood intrigue, you never really know who’s doing what to whom and why.

But it sure feels like we are being attacked simply because we are a big fat juicy target – not for any wrong doing. We haven’t even been greenlit yet! It feels as if we have a large Aussie cousin kicking sand in our eyes … or to put it another way, opportunists exploiting our film for their own political gain.

Peter Jackson

(NB: This represents Peter Jackson’s opinion as a Kiwi filmmaker, and not that of Warner Bros or New Line Cinema, who were not consulted about this statement.)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Check This... 'Tell-Tale'

On this Check This... is film photographer Greg Williams erotic film noir thriller 'Tell-Tale,' starring Carla Gugino, Adam Arkin, Clifton Collins Jr. and Jesse Spencer.

Part detective story, part twisted romance, it follows a couple whose attempt at erotic experimentation ends up in a police interrogation room. Accused of the murder of a police informant -- a lover Gugino's femme fatale character picks up, played by Jesse Spencer -- the couple remains cool under pressure. But when they return home, they're troubled by nightmares of what happened, and by an endless heartbeat reaching up from beneath the floorboards...

Screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez based the short on Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Telltale Heart' (which you can see a animated version of here).

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.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Video: Joaquin Phoenix Returns To 'Late Show with David Letterman'

A clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Wednesday to chat with David Letterman and discuss his infamous last appearance on the talk show.

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Clip From Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Sym-Bionic Titan' & Interview

Genndy Tartakovsky's new cartoon network show 'Sym-Bionic Titan' is premiering at 8 p.m. Friday on Cartoon Network in the states and to get you in the mood for some giant robot fighting madness we have posted a new clip from the show.

Genndy also provided an interview with Wired discussing the influences of his new show and the state of the 'Samurai Jack' feature film: How long have you been an anime and mecha fan?

Genndy Tartakovsky: I grew up with Battle of the Planets, Speed Racer, Spectraman, Starblazers, Robotech, Voltron, Johnny Socko and other Japanese imports from the '70s and '80s. Add these shows to all the Loony Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Tom and Jerry and Tex Avery cartoons that I watched, and you have my complete childhood TV schedule. How long can we expect Sym-Bionic Titan to last at this point?

Tartakovksy: Our initial order was for 20 episodes. So if the premiere goes well, we hope to be expanding that. So what's Sym-Bionic Titan's genesis?

Tartakovsky: Sym-Bionic Titan originally came from the idea of doing a show about an android in high school who secretly is a hero that becomes an Ultraman type. I think it is a great set-up to have a robot devoid of emotion in a setting of high drama. But then as co-creators Paul Rudish and Bryan Andrews developed it further, it formed itself into having three characters essentially dealing with the same thing in their own way. How about the show's characters? They remind me of Padme and Anakin from your insanely great Clone Wars miniseries, but also of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop and other source code.

Tartakovksy: I'm definitely a huge fan of Cowboy Bebop. But I think more inspiration came from Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky. The relationship between its two heroic kids is one of my favorites. But the biggest influence is from John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Wait, does that mean Lance is less like Spike and more like Judd Nelson's "wastoid" John Bender?

Tartakovksy: Actually, we tried to make Lance like James Dean, but with more of a sense of humor. Ilana's character is something we have been really working on for a while through a number of various projects that we have had in development. A positive strong female character is something I've always wanted to create. As much as I love her, Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory only goes so far. Right. Plus, Ilana's got a kick-ass gold mecha, and Dee Dee does not. Can we talk about demographics? This show seems like it's for kids, but then all of your work does. Yet it still has effortlessly transcended age and style barriers.

Tartakovsky: This show is definitely skewed a bit older, because we will be dealing with more teenager issues rather than those that would have fit in Dexter's Laboratory. But really, we have to make everything for ourselves. Because as soon as we start thinking what a teenager or any kid likes, it becomes insincere. Is there a demographic discrimination when it comes to work like yours, which has broad appeal but is perhaps misconstrued as being specifically aimed at certain ages?

Tartakovksy: We hope that if we like it, people of any age will too. Animation has always had the problem of being perceived as purely for kids. I think things are better than a few years ago, but the stigma still exists. What can you tell us about what you or other hardy souls at your production company The Orphanage are excitedly working on?

Tartakovksy: We opened Orphanage Animation Studios in 2005, and have since developed multiple movies and TV shows. We have a couple of features in official development with studios and we continue to develop and pitch various TV shows. Bryan Andrews, who I worked with [on] Iron Man 2, is currently working on storyboarding The Avengers for Marvel. The rest of the team is spread throughout the industry working on various projects. But here's a scoop for you: Because our sister company The Orphanage folded, we are officially changing our name to Viking Animation Studios. Vikings over mechas and samurais? Why?

Tartakovksy: Vikings are cool, and we have a Viking movie that we are really fond of. Please tell me you're still involved in the Samurai Jack film that J.J. Abrams' company Bad Robot is working on.

Tartakovksy: Luckily, I am involved with the Samurai Jack feature with Bad Robot, which I think is great! We're currently in the writing and development phase. But for the past year or so I have been head over heels in love with Sym-Bionic Titan. Why?

Tartakovksy: It's been the most challenging project I have ever done. But hopefully it will be the most rewarding. After Clone Wars, I thought we had reached our plateau, as far as quality goes. But there are certain sequences and episodes from Titan that I think have gone far beyond anything we've done in the past. From the catastrophic fights to the bracing race sequences, it's a kinetic blast.

Tartakovksy: They're turning out like mini-features. Please watch them big and loud. Speaking of your storyboards for Iron Man 2, when are loyalists getting their first Genndy Tartakovksy feature film?

Tartakovksy: I've been holding out to do one of our own ideas, and we are closer than ever before. I was attached to Astro Boy very early on, and was sad that one, as well as the Dark Crystal sequel, didn't work out. But I'm always open to projects that have character-driven stories and a need for a strong creative vision.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

'Bored To Death' Season Two Trailer & Clip

The second season trailer for the HBO comedy series 'Bored To Death.'
Created by Jonathan Ames it follows the misadventures of a fictional Jonathan Ames as he pursues his quixotic dream of emulation his heroes from classic private detective novels. it stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.

The new series starts September 26th on HBO.

Season Two Trailer


Friday, September 17, 2010

Four Clips From Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'

Here's your first taste of Richard Ayoade's directorial debut 'Submarine.' It stars starring Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine.

Heres Oliver Tate's Synopsis of the film:

I have been waiting too long for the film of my life. My name is Oliver Tate. This film will capture my particular idiosyncrasies, for example, the way I seduce my classmate Jordana Bevan using only my mind. Also, since my parents’ marriage is being threatened by a man who runs courses on Mental and Physical Wellbeing, the film will probably feature some elaborate set-pieces of me taking him down. There will be helicopter shots. There will be slow-mo, but also transcendent moments, like when I cure my father's depression. Knowing me as I do, I will be surprised if this film runs to less than three hours. Note to the press: appropriate adjectives to describe this film include "breath-taking" and "irresistible" as well the phrase: "a monumental achievement”.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Check This... When Werner Herzog Rescued Joaquin Phoenix

On this Check This... we have a animated short film about director Werner Herzog recollecting the time he rescued Joaquin Phoenix from lighting a deadly cigarette. The short was made for Werner Herzog's 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.'

'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done' Trailer

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 Avengers': Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye Costume

Jeremy Renner was confirmed as Hawkeye in Joss Wheadon's 'Avengers' at this years this year's Comic-Con. Chatting to MTV, Renner gave a description of what kind of costume he'll have and his relationship to Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

'The Fighter' Trailer

Here's the trailer for David O. Russell's 'The Fighter,' starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and Jack McGee.

'The Fighter' tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Mickey Ward and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Dicky Eklund. Eklund once decked Sugar Ray Leonard and went the distance against the boxing legend before forfeiting his career to drugs and crime. He redeemed himself by training Ward through his Rocky-like run to the title.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two Trailers For Disneys 'Tangled'

When the kingdom's most wanted -- and most charming -- bandit, Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi), hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.

Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo set off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. Disney's Tangled is a story of adventure, heart, humour and hair -- lots of hair.

'The Tourist' Trailer

First trailer for director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's thriller 'The Tourist', starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Dalton and Steven Berkoff.

Frank is an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.

Trailer For Hong-jin's 'Murderer'

From Hong-jin director of 'The Chaser' comes 'Murderer,' on the Chinese side of the China-Russia-North Korea border, there is a region called Yanbian, Korean Autonomous Prefecture. This film tells the story of a man from this region, who embarks on an assassination mission to South Korea in order to pay off his mounting debts.

He is only given $500 in advance and takes the job without knowing much about his target. However, before long a series of conspiracies and betrayals bring him to the realization that he has been tricked into entering a dangerous trap.

Terry Jones & John Oliver Team Up For 'Absolutely Anything'

Terry Jones & Daily Show correspondent John Oliver are to team for the upcoming comedy 'Absolutely Anything.' It deals with, "aliens, a goofy Brit, a talking dog and buckets of silliness."

Also joining John Oliver is Robin Williams who is allegedly in negotiations to voice the dog and a Monty Python reunion as John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin are being asked to voice the aliens.

Update: 'Cowboy Bebop' Live Action Film Is Dead

In a recent interview Keanu Reeves gave a grim update on the planned Cowboy Bebop live action film, the project looks to be dead due to its projected high budget.
I haven’t heard anything back. They turned in the script and it was very expensive. I don’t know if they’re going to…it would cost, like, half a billion dollars to make that script. So, I don’t know where it’s at right now.
Update: MTV asked Keanu about 'Cowboy Bebops' future

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First 10 Minutes of 'Easy A'

Heres a look at the first ten mintures of Will Gluck's 'Easy A.' It stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm MacDowell, Aly Michalka and Stanley Tucci.

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Its released in theaters this Friday, Spetember 17 in the States and 29 October 2010 for us in Ireland and The UK.


Russell Crowe Is 'The Man With The Iron Fist'

Russell Crowe is going to go Wu Tang style as the lead in the RZA's 'The Man With The Iron Fist.' RZA has revealed that Crowe will be the lead in his Kung Fu feature saying:
"I won't spoil it for you, but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," he told me yesterday at the VMAs. "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out."

"It's nerve-wracking," RZA said of directing Crowe. "He's a master of the craft. I'm quite sure that I may learn something from him."
'The Man With the Iron Fist' starts shooting in Shanghai in December.

Monday, September 13, 2010

'127 Hours' Clip

First clip from Danny Boyles '127 Hours,' Aron (James Franco) convinces the girls to trust him and just let go.

'Never Let Me Go': Featurettes, Clips, #2 Trailer

'Never Let Me Go' is the adaption of Kazuo Ishiguro novel, adapted for the screen by Alex Garland and directed by Mark Romanek. It stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough.

Set in an alternate England where a medical breakthrough has made it possible for people to live longer lives, though at the expense of others, it stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as three young people who get caught up in a love triangle while coping with the fragility of their own lives.

Below are two featurettes on author Kazuo Ishiguro & director Mark Romanek on why he chose to bring 'Never Let Me Go' to the screen. Also a host of clips from the upcoming film.

Trailer #2

Featurettes: Meet the Author

Mark Romanek on 'Never Let Me Go'


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Eastbound And Down: Season 2 Trailers

Kenny Powers is back in an all new season of Eastbound & Down which premieres Sunday, September 26 in the US on HBO.

Kenny Powers Gets K-Swiss Endorsement

What Would Paul Greengrass's 'Watchmen' Look Like?

CBR have an exclusive look at the Watchmen that could have been, in 2005 director Paul Greengrass was hired as the director to bring Alan Moore classic comic book series to life. The production was shut down a few weeks before filming was due to start and 'Watchmen' would eventually br directed by Zack Snyder.

Production designer Dominic Watkins talked to CBR about his work on Paul Greengrass's 'Watchmen' and how it would have taken liberty with some of the story elements of the series, he also shared concept art belonging to the film:
"At that time, I thought it was very poignant because it was written under the backdrop of Reaganism and all that in America and the Cold War being in full effect. I thought that the political climate from Bush was escalated to a similar point, with us on the brink of something quite catastrophic, so I thought making a version of 'Watchmen' that was more contemporary and applying it to the decade of the '00s was a good idea and was a lot more relevant than it turned out to be. I think the difference between Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen' and ours would've been night and day. He pretty much made the movie page-to-page from the graphic novel. Ours was definitely going to be based on the graphic novel and all the characters would've been drawn on that, but we'd have updated it somewhat."

As for how their "Watchmen" would have faired, Watkins admitted a new version of the story would have been a tougher sell in some circles. "I think from the point of comic book enthusiasts, we might have pissed off some people, but even some of the real purists were pissed off that Snyder's wasn't close enough to the original. I just thought it wasn't anything original, and ours was going to be an original take on it while trying to do as much justice to the graphic novel as possible.

"It would've been done a little bit documentary-style, with a little news reporting mixed in. I feel like that would've been really interesting to see it as real-feeling as possible. Obviously, Doctor Manhattan was always going to be the biggest challenge to that. When there's a 50-foot blue man, it's hard to cinematically make it feel real. I felt they actually did a good job with that in Snyder's."

To help illustrate the differences, Watkins opened up his own personal collection of pre-production art he'd worked on over the course of his and Greengrass' development process. "We basically put together a production book, and when Paramount closed it down to send it to Warner Bros., Greengrass was attached to it. He then decided to do 'United 93' and was supposed to 'Watchmen' right after, but moved on to the third 'Bourne' movie, which was a big disappointment to me because I felt we had something much more original here," he explained of how the final product got away from them.

"Anyway, this production book was page-by-page, set-to-set what we were going to be shooting. We were that close to shooting. We were still in pre-pre-production, but I think we were about a week away from breaking ground at Pinewood [Studios] and building a back lot based on the West Side of Manhattan. It was kind of a conglomerate of downtown in the teens, between 5th and 6th Ave and a couple of other areas mixed in. I think we were going to build square blocks, so I was quite surprised they pulled the plug on it because at that point I'd imagine they spent at least two or three million just to get everything up and running. The visual effects team were doing tests on Doctor Manhattan and various other things, but that's Hollywood."

Creating a realistic version of a superhero world involved compressing elements of the story down to their most logical pieces. "I think the biggest challenge was Doctor Manhattan, but even things like the Owl Ship were hard to consider," Watkins told CBR. "Ours was similar to Snyder's, [but] much more kind of fucked up. Ours felt like it had been moth-balled for a lot longer, and we just wanted to try and figure out what fuel was in it. But we definitely felt that Doctor Manhattan was the one to figure out what the fuel was for it - some kind of nuclear fusion along the lines of nuclear submarines. We tried to think through every element and go, 'If this was a real thing, then where does it come from? How did it get there?'"

Building became a concern for Doctor Manhattan as well as Watkins looked to find a way for his Mars construct to make sense in a rational world. "The take on Manhattan was rather challenging, and what I looked at for that was a photo book I found in a book store. So the inspiration for the world he built on Mars and where it came from, instead of being a big glass palace, it was something that dealt with the most minuscule particles imaginable. These photographs I found were of magnified tiny particles and the photographs of the cosmos and the similarities between them. When he's creating it, the notion was that he'd start with these atoms and neutrons and combine them. They'd look very much like living atoms, but they'd combine into this vast cosmos that he's creating and pulling in his hand. That was something where I felt we had something quite original and unique."

Even after he left the project, Watkins still sees some of his influence, or at least some shared ideas, in the "Watchmen" that made it on screen, particularly in the world of New York the movie was set in. "One of the things they did kind of lift from the stuff I was doing was for Night Owl's apartment that went down into a basement. My thought was that if you lived in New York, how would you have this hidden workshop space with the Owl Ship down there? You'd have to be closest to a subterranean world and also have something that looked like a normal apartment, so my solution was to have him in this split-level Brownstone, and that in turn led to underneath Manhattan where there are a lot of other tunnels besides the subway system going back to pre-Victorian and late 18th Century times. He's taken one of these spaces and found a disused chamber. That's where the Owl Ship was built and stored, which in turn led to other tunnels which came out on the West Side by the piers. Back when I lived there, there were a bunch of piers that were really run down. Fom under one of those, he came. I'm still pretty happy with that."

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