Monday, February 28, 2011

83rd Academy Awards: 2011 Oscar Winners

The King’s Speech reigned at the 83rd Academy Awards, the film won four Oscars from its 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Director for Tom Hooper, and Original Screnplay.

The Social Network, won 3 awards on the night for editing, score and Aaron Sorkin picking up the best adapted screenplay.

Natalie Portman was named best actress for her performance in Black Swan. The Fighter put up a strong fight landing two KO's with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both winning supporting acting awards.

Inception won four awards, for cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing, while there were two honours for Alice in Wonderland for art direction and costume design. The best make-up prize went to Rick baker and Dave Elsey for The Wolfman.

Toy Story 3 picked up Best Animated Feature and Best Song. Danish film In a Better World collected the best foreign language film prize. The best documentary feature Academy Award went to Inside Job, an examination of the recent global financial crisis.

The short film prizes went to Strangers No More for documentary, The Lost Thing for animation and God of Love for live action. 


Winners in full:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: The King's Speech

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Colin Firth for The King's Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Tom Hooper for The King's Speech

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman("We Belong Together")

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Social Network - Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Inception - Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin

Best Documentary, Features
Winner: Inside Job - Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: God of Love - Luke Matheny

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: Strangers No More - Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood

Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: The Wolfman - Rick Baker, Dave Elsey

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: Inception - Richard King

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Winner: Inception  - Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: The Social Network  - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christian Bale for The Fighter

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: Civilization - Susanne Bier (Denmark)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: The King's Speech - David Seidler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich

Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: The Lost Thing - Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Melissa Leo for The Fighter 

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Inception - Wally Pfister

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: Alice in Wonderland - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara



Sunday, February 27, 2011

Great Poker Scenes In Films

Poker like no other game has played an integral part in film scenarios and plots over the years. It's unimaginable to picture a western saloon, or a Las Vegas casino without a deck of cards being shuffled somewhere. The high's and lows of the card game has provided some of cinema's most memorable scenes, so Flicks News HQ has decided to compile some of what we consider to be the greatest scenes in film history revolving around poker.

Read below as we show our hand at some of our favourite poker scenes:

6. The Cincinnati Kid

The film that put poker on the map is the tale of Eric "The Kid" Stoner played by the king of cool himself Steve McQueen. The film's finale when The Cincinnati Kid takes on 'The Man' and loses, with the victorious Lancey Howard remarking You're good, Kid, -but as long as I'm around you're second best" is a memorable piece of film history.



5. The Sting
Paul Newman out-hustles Robert Shaw during a high stakes poker game on a train in this classic scene.



4. Casino Royale
Daniel Craig brought back some dignity and quality to the James Bond movies in this 2006 reboot. 007 takes on Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorists who is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. MI6 send Bond to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning in the most important poker game of his life.



3. Rounders

No poker film list would be complete without this film on it's list. Not only did this 1998 feature boast an impressive cast, it is seen as re-popularising poker. It has remained a cult favourite and this scene in particular has been quoted at many a game ever since.



2. Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

Rounders may have put poker back on the map, but Guy Ritchie's debut put British films back in the big leagues after a 2 year lull. This scene which is masterfully shot and edited, brilliantly capitulates the euphoria of the highs and the too often lows of what a game of poker brings.



1. For A Few Dollars More

The number one on our list is from this Sergio Leone classic, the memorable scene where Manco rides into town and tracks down and confronts Red "Baby" Cavanagh at a saloon playing five card draw poker is an iconic piece of cinema.

The "Winners" of the 31st Annual Razzie Awards

Celebrating the wrost of what Hollywood has to offer, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation handed out its "best of the worst" Razzie Awards on Saturday, the night before the Oscars. You can read the press release followed by the "winners" below:

Voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have sifted through the cinematic rubble of last year’s Berry Worst Achievements in Film, and come up with the “winners” for The 31st Annual RAZZIE® Awards. Results are announced in satirical ceremonies held at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011 — the now traditional Night Before the Oscars®.

Not quite sweeping the ceremony, but still handily leading the pack among this year’s RAZZIE choices is RAZZIE Repeat Offender M. Night Shyamalan’s “re-imagining” of the faux-anime’ TV series THE LAST AIRBENDER into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that’s even possible!). In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, AIRBENDER also “won” Worst Screenplay, a brand-new RAZZIE category for 2010, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, and Worst Supporting Actor Jackson Rathbone (who had the misfortune to appear in both AIRBENDER and 2010’s other most-RAZZIE-nominated title, TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE).

The other big “winner” (if that’s the right term when speaking of these awards) was the bling-obsessed superslick chick flick SEX & THE CITY #2, which took gold-spray-painted statuettes for Worst Sequel, Worst Screen Ensemble (for its entire cast) and Worst Actress (presented jointly to the film’s four principles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis).

Rounding out the field of this year’s sorriest cinematic losers were King of the Twittering Twits Ashton Kutcher as Worst Actor for both KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY, and Jessica Alba, finally “winning” a RAZZIE with her fifth nomination. Alba was named Worst Supporting Actress for her “performances” in four films, THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY. Links to all of the “winners” are on right side of this page.

The RAZZIES® were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson, author of The Official Razzie Movie Guide and Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies. “Winners” were determined by mailing ballots to 637 voters in 46 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries. Electronic voting and certification of this year’s Final RAZZIE® Ballot was handled by Vote-Now.com.

Worst Picture Winner 2010
The Last Airbender

Worst Actor Winner 2010
Ashton Kutcher (Killers and Valentine's Day)

Worst Actress Winner 2010
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City 2)

Worst Supporting Actor Winner 2010
Jackson Rathbone (The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

Worst Supporting Actress Winner 2010
Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine's Day)

Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D (Special Category for 2010!) Winner 2010
The Last Airbender

Worst Screen Couple / Worst Screen Ensemble Winner 2010
Sex and the City 2 Cast

Worst Director Winner 2010
M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender)

Worst Screenplay Winner 2010
The Last Airbender (Written by M. Night Shyamalan)

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (Combined Category for 2010) Winner 2010
Sex and the City 2



2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners

The winners of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Saturday with Black Swan picking up four prizes including best film, best director for Darren Aronofsky best cinematography and best female for Natalie Portman.

The following is a complete list of the winners:

Best Feature
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Screenplay
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Writers: Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko

Best First Feature
Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Aaron Schneider; Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck

Best First Screenplay
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture (IFC Films)

John Cassavetes Award
(For the best feature made under $500,000)
Daddy Longlegs (IFC Films)
Writers/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie; Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott

Best Supporting Female
Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Best Supporting Male
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Best Female
Natalie Portman, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Male
James Franco, 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight)

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Foreign Film
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Tom Hooper

Best Documentary
Exit Through The Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency)
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Friday, February 25, 2011

James Franco Is Sam Raimi's 'Great and Powerful Oz'

James Franco has closed a deal to play the title role in Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful,' the prequel to the L. Frank Baum novel that was scripted by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Joe Roth is producing.
With Robert Downey Jr. replaced the film is back on track to begin production in July.

More Cast Announcements For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott has revealed that Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie have joined the cast of 'Prometheus,' joining Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. Scott told the mail that he has gone to great lengths to keep the script of his new sci-fi film a secret:
His ensemble cast, which includes Oscar- winning Charlize Theron and hot actors Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie, not only had to sign secrecy clauses, but were only allowed to read the story if they visited Ridley's production office. (One exception was made, when a security courier flew to an actors foreign location and stood guard for two hours while the screenplay was perused.)... 'I was insistent that the script not leak onto the internet, where it gets dissected out of context, which spoils it for everyone.'

The site adds that filming is starting in three weeks.

"It's the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It's not a small film," Ridley joked. "I'm using the giant James Bond 007 stage at Pinewood and six other sound stages to film it."

Ridley again said that the film is not a prequel to Alien, but he did not say more than that. Scott previously explained the outlines of the film and its genesis as follows: "While 'Alien' was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of 'Alien's' DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative."
'Prometheus' will be released in theaters on June 8, 2012

Ewan McGregor Joins Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Killer'

Ewan McGregor is in negotiations for a part in Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Killer,' he would join the cast which already includes Nicholas Hoult in the title role with Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and John Kassir co-starring.

The project, a fantasy drama that re-teams Singer with 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Valkyrie' screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, is said to take an adult look at the 'Jack and the Beanstalk' legend.
When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.

'Rio' International Trailer

International Trailer and first 2 minutes for 'Rio,' directed by Carlos Saldanha and featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx.

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare species of blue macaw resident at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota, who is the last of his kind. When scientists learn that another macaw was spotted in South America and that the macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is female, they take him out of Minnesota and send him to Rio de Janeiro to meet her. While there, he learns to confront his fear of flying in order to win her heart.

Along the way, they get kidnapped by poachers to sell them to get a fortune. After they escape, they try to avoid the thieves and their pet cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) with help from Rafael, a wise Toucan (George Lopez); Luiz, a bulldog (Tracy Morgan); Linda, Blu's owner (Leslie Mann); Flora, a whooping crane (Wanda Sykes); Pedro, a redhead bird (will.i.am); and Nico, a small yellow canary (Jamie Foxx.)
Trailer:


First 2 Minutes:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

‘The Hangover Part II’ Teaser Trailer

Teaser trailer for Todd Phillips 'The Hangover Part II,' starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong.

In “The Hangover Part II,” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch.
However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

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'Route Irish' Poster

Poster for 'Route Irish' the 2010 drama-thriller film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty.

The film is set in Liverpool and focuses on the consequences suffered by private security contractors after fighting in the Iraq War. The title comes from the Baghdad Airport Road, known as Route Irish.

Check This... 'The Silence Beneath The Bark'

 
On this Check This... is the Oscar-shortlisted film 'le silence sous l'écorce/The Silence Beneath The Bark' from director Joanna Lurie.

In the depths of a dense forest clad in a great white mantle, curious little creatures discover how beautiful, fascinating and white snow is... as it whirls them giddily on their way to extraordinary encounters with the strange and wonderful. A nocturnal tale about teenage hood brimming with tenderness.

Film:

Documentary about 'The Silence Beneath The Bark'

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.

'Paul' Red Band Trailer

Red band trailer for Greg Mottola's 'Paul,' shows never before seen footage along with new footage involving "The Big Guy," played by Sigourney Weaver.

Its already in cinemas for us in Ireland and the UK, those in the US will have to wait till 18th March.

Paul Greengrass Next To Be Martin Luther King Drama 'Memphis'

Deadline are reporting that Universal Pictures will make 'Memphis,' the drama about the assassination of Martin Luther King written and directed by Paul Greengrass.

The picture is being produced by Scott Rudin, the Oscar-nominated producer of Best Picture candidates The Social Network and True Grit. Production on the film is slated to begin in June.

Check This... The Saga Of Biorn

On this Check This... is the animated short film 'The Saga Of Biorn' from The Animation Workshop.

Biôrn, an old Viking, is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy.

Credits:
A film by: Benjamin J. Kousholt, Daniel D. Christensen, Mads Lundgaard Christensen, Jesper A. Jensen, Jonas K. Doctor, Steffen Lyhne, Pernille Ørum-Nielsen, Frederik Bjerre-Poulsen, Jonas Georgakakis.




Making of:

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.

First Image From Terrence Malick's Next Film

The first official image from Terrence Malick's untitled next film. Little is known about the romantic drama which cast consists of Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck.

Trailer For Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Stage Play

Trailer for the National Theatre production of 'Frankenstein' directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Cinema audiences will have the chance to see both combinations, with two broadcasts a week apart.

17 March: Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature), Jonny Lee Miller (Victor)
24 March: Jonny Lee Miller (Creature), Benedict Cumberbatch (Victor)
* dates vary internationally

Find your nearest National Theatre Live venue & book at www.ntlive.com

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Updated: New 'Sucker Punch' Trailer

New trailer for Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch,' starring Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn

'Sucker Punch' is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary.

She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).

Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.

The film will be released on 25th March 2011 in the USA and 1st of April 2011 for Ireland and the UK.



Updated: New set of retro posters:




'Bad Teacher!' Red Band Trailers

Red Band trailer for 'Bad Teacher', directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins and Jason Segel.

Some teachers just don't give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She's foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch).

When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

The film has a 24 June 2011 release date.



International Red Band Trailer:

Bill Murray Gives A 'Ghostbusters 3' Update

 
Speaking on the Howard Stern radio show, Bill Murray confirmed he does have the 'Ghostbusters 3' script but he has not read it:
STERN: Is it true that there is a “Ghostbusters 3” and you’re the problem? You will not sign off on this? Do you know about this?

MURRAY: Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset and now I’m the problem. There’s a script somewhere over there. Over there there’s a script and I haven’t read it yet.

STERN: Why haven’t you read it? Because you think it’s a bullshit idea? In other words, Ghostbusters had its time and you did a remarkable job with that, and you’ve moved on?

MURRAY: There’s a little bit of that. You know, I only made one sequel, “Ghostbusters II,” and it didn’t end up the way it was presented. About five years after we did the first one, the clever agents got us all together in a room, and we really are funny together. I mean they are funny people - Harold and Danny and myself, and it was Ivan and maybe one or two other people. And we were just blindingly funny for about an hour or so. And the agents, there was just foam coming off of them. And so they had this pitch and Danny and Harold had already concocted some sort of story idea, and it was a story, it was a good story. I think I had even already read one or two that Danny rolled out before that, but this one was a good one. I said, "OK, we can do that one." It was just kind of fun to have all of us together. I mean Moranis, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. These people, they’re just sterling people to begin with.

STERN: So how do you go back and really make another? Does Ivan want to make that film?

MURRAY: Yeah, Ivan wants to make it and I owe him and he’s puzzled that I haven’t gotten to this one.

STERN: How long has it been sitting on your desk, this script for Ghostbusters?

MURRAY: Well, it may not be on the desk; it’s over there somewhere. How long? I don’t know.

STERN: So you’re never going to read it.

STERN SIDEKICK ROBIN QUIVERS: So you have no interest.

MURRAY: Well, I’ll get to it. I gotta get to it. I feel badly. I got a message. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but it’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now, so I don’t think about it. You know what, the studio gets excited about it every 10 years or so or it seems like, and they read it. Because what they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise, you know? I remember once upon a time it was going to be, “And the new Ghostbusters will be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane or Kris Kringle.” Or someone. They had it together.

STERN: Is that a threat to you? In other words, do they try to threaten you by saying, “We’re going to put together a new Ghostbusters, and therefore you guys will have to go do it?”

MURRAY: It’s not a threat. It’s sort of businesslike. They’d like to keep it going. I mean, it’s still an amazing … there’s still kids today that watch this movie. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DJ Caruso To Direct 'Preacher'

The 'Preacher' adaptation has now passed to the hands of director DJ Caruso who will be taking the Caruso confirmed this by posting on his twitter.
"My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f---ing pumped!"
Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, it tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

Tom Hardy Talks Bane

Tom Hardy talked a little about his preparations to play the Batman villain Bane in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' on the channel 4 show 'Chatty Man.'

Monday, February 21, 2011

Updated: Anime 'X-Men' Teaser

First look at Japan's Madhouse Studio third Marvel adaptation 'X-Men,' having already adapted Iron Man and Wolverine.

The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.




Updated: New images from the anime X-Men:


'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' & 'Cars 2' TV Spots

Here are new TV Spots for 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' and Disney•Pixar's 'Cars 2.' Transformers will be hitting theaters on July 1st, 'Cars 2' opening on June 24.



'Apollo 18' Trailer

Trailer for 'Apollo 18' directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego.

Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972, was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense.

What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon.

'Hesher' Trailer

Trailer for 'Hesher' directed by Spencer Susser and starring Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu and Rainn Wilson.

Hesher is the story of a twenty-something long-haired tattooed metal-head who one day unexpectedly enters the life of a grieving family. Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the most unlikely person to help 13-year-old TJ (Devin Brochu) cope with the death of his mother, but he proves to be the only one who can truly free TJ from his overwhelming sadness.

The charismatic and dangerous Hesher drags TJ out of loss and confusion by sheer force of will and gives the young boy and his grieving father (Rainn Wilson) a chance to be a family again.

Friday, February 18, 2011

'Hall Pass' Red Band Trailer

The always fantastic Digital Spy have just snagged the world exclusive red band trailer for 'Hall Pass'. The new comedy film from the Farrelly Brothers (There Is Something About Mary) which stars Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Richard Jenkins, Christina Applegate and Stephen Merchant.

Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their individual marriages: granting them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they want...no questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But it isn't long before they discover that their expectations of the single life-and themselves-are completely, and hilariously, out of sync with reality.

Hall Pass opens February 25 in the US and March 11 in Eire and the UK.

MGM Moving Forward With Long Planned 'Robocop' Reboot

 
MGM, having put their financial difficulties behind them, have announced a number of reboots and remakes it plans to fast track immediately to get them moving in to production.

The long planned reboot of 'Robocop,' is finally going to happen as it is among the list of projects. No word yet if Darren Aronofsky (who was attached to direct back in 2008) will return to the project, or the film is still the David Self script that was mooted back in 2008.

It is worth noting that Aronofsky said back in only December, that he is still interested in doing the movie and hopeful that MGM will be able to get it's financial mess sorted so he can make it.

The other films MGM intend to fast track are:

'Mr. Mom'

'
The Idolmaker'

'Hercules'

'Poltergeist'

'Thor' Trailer #2

Second trailer for Marvels's 'Thor,' directed by Kenneth Branagh it stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, Thor, which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.

Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth

It opens May 6 in the US and April 29th for Ireland and the UK.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shane Black To Direct 'Iron Man 3'

Shane Black is in final negotiations with Marvel/Disney to direct and possibly write the third installment of 'Iron Man'. The writer/director now looks set to reunite with Robert Downey Jr. whom he directed in 2005's 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' which is seen as the film that put the once troubled actor back on his blazing comeback trail. Iron Man 3 is scheduled for a May 3 2013 US release date.

Black is responsible for writing such classics as Lethal Weapon and The Monster Squad, his first (and only) directorial feature was the critically acclaimed 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' which he also wrote.

Everything Is A Remix: KILL BILL

Here's a cool mash up video of some of the movie references Quentin Tarantino used for 'Kill Bill.'

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'I Saw The Devil' Trailer

Red Band Trailer for Kim Jee-woon's 'I Saw The Devil,' starring Lee Byung-hyun and Choi Min-sik.

Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state.

Her fiance Dae-hoon, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Christopher Nolan Talks 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Christopher Nolan talked a little on the current state of 'The Dark Knight Rises:'

In other Batman news The Hollywood Reporter has followed-up rumors that Marion Cotillard may be joining 'The Dark Knight Rises.' Cotillard's representative says that she is "in discussions, but nothing has been confirmed." The actress is pregnant and due in the spring, though the plan would be for her to start shooting mid-June in London, film all summer in L.A. and Pittsburgh and wrap mid-November in New York.

'The Dark Knight Rises' will once again star Christian Bale and Michael Caine as Batman and Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. They're joined by Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle.

Marc Webb's Spider-Man Reboot Is Titled 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

 
Sony Pictures announced the title of the Spider-Man reboot today and also released a new official image of the masked webslinger. The Marc Webb directed film will be called 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Read the official press release below:
"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™"

TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 14, 2011 - Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man.

The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit (see attachment).

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo. The film's official website is http://www.TheAmazingSpiderMan-movie.com.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

BAFTAS Film Awards 2011 Winners


Full winners list is below for the BAFTAS 2011 arwards. The big winner of the night was 'The King's Speech' which took home both Best Film and Best British Film, as well as Best Actor for Colin Firth his second consecutive win following his performance in a 'A Single Man' last year and both Best Supporting awards.

Best Director went to David Fincher for 'The Social Network,' which also landed Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin's script and Best Editing, making it the runner-up with 'Inception' winning three prizes, for Best Sound, Best Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

BEST FILM:
BLACK SWAN
INCEPTION
THE KING’S SPEECH - WINNER
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
TRUE GRIT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM:
127 HOURS
ANOTHER YEAR
FOUR LIONS
THE KING’S SPEECH - WINNER
MADE IN DAGENHAM

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer) - WINNER
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)

DIRECTOR:
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher - WINNER

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler - WINNER

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin - WINNER
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE :
BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev - WINNER
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM:
DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich - WINNER

LEADING ACTOR:
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech - WINNER
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS:
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan - WINNER
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right
GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech - WINNER

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech - WINNER
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC:
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat - WINNER

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen
TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins - WINNER

EDITING:
127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH Tariq Anwar
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter - WINNER

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat - WINNER
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Atwood - WINNER
BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres

SOUND:
127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick - WINNER
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait'Hadi, Christian Manz
INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb - WINNER
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu

MAKE UP & HAIR:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O'Reilly, Paul Gooch - WINNER
BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION:
THE EAGLEMAN STAG Michael Please - WINNER
MATTER FISHER David Prosser
THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM:
CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie
TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis - WINNER

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD :
(voted for by the public)
GEMMA ARTERTON
ANDREW GARFIELD
TOM HARDY - WINNER
AARON JOHNSON
EMMA STONE

Christopher Lee BAFTA 2011 Fellowship Award: