Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...With Some Of Our Favourite Videos

 
Over the holiday season, have a good one and be merry. We will be back blogging in the New Year.

In the mean time have a look at just some of our favourite festive visual treats below, to keep you entertained for the Christmas!


A Muppet Family Christmas

Peace On Earth
 
 Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Star Wars Holiday Special


Nicholas Was



Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card

Ain't no party like an Arnie Christmas party!



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rhys Darby Confirms Conchords Movie To Be Written In 2012

Murray Hewitt himself has confirmed that 'The Flight Of The Conchords' will start writing their movie next year.

Speaking on New Zealand radio station George FM, Rhys Darby confirmed that the duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will be scripting the big screen exploits of the band in 2012, saying : ‘I can say in all faith we have connected, recently we've talked, and the boys do want to make one.'

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'Prometheus' Trailer

First trailer has gone live for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson.

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.

It opens 8 June 2012 for America, 1 June 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

'Spartacus: Vengeance' Trailer #2

Second trailer for Starz's 'Spartacus: Vengeance,' starring Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare and Lucy Lawless.

On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in "Spartacus: Vengeance." Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage.

Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.

"Spartacus: Vengeance" will premiere on Friday, January 27th on Starz.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' First Trailer, One Sheet & Production Video #5

Finally the first trailer has been released for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' with a nice one sheet too and another great production video.  We have been waiting too long to see this come to life so enjoy it.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen,Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher,Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace,Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are by Fran Walsh,Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh andCarolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Ken Kamins, Toby Emmerich and Zane Weiner, with Boyens serving as co-producer.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' will be released December 14, 2012. The second film, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again,' is set for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.



Production Video #5

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Updated 'Prometheus' One Sheet & Interview With Ridley Scott

Here's the first teaser poster for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson.

'Prometheus' opens June 8 2012 in the US, 1 June 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

Update: Filmophilia scored a pretty cool interview with Ridley Scott highlights from their discussion which include a definitive answer on H.R. Giger involvement in 'Prometheus,' whether or not the original "Alien" makes an appearance and hints about how important the Space Jockey is.

On the lack of a "direct link" between Prometheus and the "Alien" films:

I mean, you could actually say, and there's a quote I did, a pretty good quote: By the end of the third act you start to realize there's a DNA of the very first Alien, but none of the subsequent Aliens. To tell you what that is is a pity, and I'm not going to tell you, because it's actually pretty good, pretty organic to the process and to the original. But we go back, we don't go forward.

On pulling in the Space Jockey:

Yeah, so there you have that. I was always amazed that, I mean, I've only done two science-fictions, but I was always amazed that no one asked who the hell the Space Jockey was. He wasn't even called the Space Jockey. During the film they started to call it the Space Jockey. I don't know who started that one off. I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, well, there's a story! And the other four [films] missed it! So, here it is.

On H.R. Giger's involvement:

I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he's doing a little bit of work for me. He's been doing some murals, big murals, which we'll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we're gonna go.

On whether or not the original "xenomorph" will be seen in Prometheus:

No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He (the xenomorph) did very well. (He laughs) He survived, he's now in Disneyland in Orlando, and no way am I going back there. How did he end up in Disneyland? I saw him in Disneyland, Jesus Christ!

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Expired: Merlin Series 4 DVD Giveaway

Our friends at Fremantle Home Entertainment have provided us with some copies of the upcoming Merlin Series 4 DVD to giveaway. The set is due for release on Blu ray and DVD for the 23 January 2012, but you can enter our competition and be one of the first to have you hands on this anticipated release.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply answer this question:

Which legendary actor provides the voice of The Great Dragon in Merlin?


Email your name and answer to merlin@flicksnews.net before January 20th to be entered in the draw.


 Competition Now Closed, Winners will be emailed once draw takes place!

DVD Synopsis:
Merlin is back for a fourth series of the hit BBC adventure as Camelot stands on the brink of a golden age. But its birth will not be an easy one. For the forces of evil are gathering and the darkest hour is just before the dawn… This series sees the arrival of the fearless Knights of Camelot and a fantastic guest cast featuring Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones' Diary, Harry Potter), Phil Davis (Doctor Who, Brighton Rock) and Nathaniel Parker (Stardust, The Chronicles of Narnia) as well as the return of Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, Che) as the dashing Lancelot. With its thrilling mix of action, adventure and pure magic, the fourth series of Merlin will captivate the imagination as never before…

The complete box set contains all 13 episodes of Series four plus exclusive extras.

Check This... 'Destino'

'Destino' is an animated short film released in 2003 by Disney, the short is a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí. Its production originally began in 1945 and took 58 years before its eventual completion.

'Destino' was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however production ceased not long after. The Walt Disney Company, then Walt Disney Studios, was plagued by many financial woes in the World War II era. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 17 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus.

In 1999, Walt Disney's nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Disney Studios France, the company's small Parisian production department, was brought on board to complete the project. The short was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monfréy in his first directorial role.

A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí's wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino's production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench's original footage, but it also contains some computer animation.

The 17 second original footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises.



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.

Monday, December 19, 2011

'The Avengers' International Trailer

German trailer for Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' shows off some new footage but is in German.

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

The film comes out on May 4th 2012.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Michel Gondry's Sweded Version of 'Taxi Driver'

In honor of the French premiere for Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo,' Michel Gondry's has made a sweded version one of the directors greatest films 'Taxi Driver.'

Updated 'The Dark Knight Rises' Official Trailer #2 & Leaked Bootleg Prologue

The official feature trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' the epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy is now below.

Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight.

Batman is now hunted by the law led by his friend Commisioner Gordon for taking the blame of Harvey Dent's murders and protecting his reputation. He must quickly deal with the arrival of new villain Bane who is bent on the destruction and chaos of Gotham City, face old wounds and get a handle on the enigmatic Selina Kyle before his city is lost for good.

Oscar Winner Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the third time along with stars Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Inception stars Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast as WayneEnterprise board member Miranda Tate and Gotham Cop John Blake. Rounding out the cast are Anne Hathaway as the sleek Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, "The Dark Knight Rises." Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. "The Dark Knight Rises" is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

'The Dark Knight Rises' opens on July 20th, 2012.



Updated: Bootleg Prologue for 'The Dark Knight Rises'


Update: Collection of new stills









Friday, December 16, 2011

Updated 'John Carter' IMAX One Sheet & Two TV Spots

Above is the IMAX poster for Disney's John Carter. The Andrew Stanton-directed film stars 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. Also below are two TV spots for the film.

John Carter tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

'John Carter' opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 9.



Update:Two New International Trailers:


'Jack the Giant Killer' Trailer

First trailer has been released for Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Killer,' starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ewan McGregor.

'Jack the Giant Killer' tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittinglyopens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend--and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

It opens in cinemas in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on June 15, 2012.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The 69th Golden Globes Nominations

The Golden Globes 2012 nominations shortlist has been released with silent film 'The Artist' leading the pack with six nominations. Good news from a Ireland perspective Ireland too with Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Kenneth Branagh all getting the nods as well as Irish composer Brian Byrne.

Full list is below:

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA

The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
50/50
The Artist

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL


Kate Winslet, Carnage
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain , The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SCREENPLAY

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Flowers of War
In The Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid WIth The Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE


The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Lay Your Head Down," Albert Nobbs
"Hello Hello," Gnomeo and Juliet
"The Living Proof," The Help
"The Keeper," Machine Gun Preacher
"Masterpiece," W.E.

'The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Trailer #2

Second trailer for 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' is now below, it starring Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.

Johnny Blaze - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Riordan) from the devil (Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

It opens 17 February 2012.

'The Evil Dead' Reboot Details

ShockTillYouDrop have gathered some tidbits on the rebooted 'The Evil Dead.' Sony's TriStar Pictures has set an April 12, 2013 release date.

Fede Alvarez, who will direct the film, wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody did revisions on the draft. Original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi will produce. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Shooting is going to take place in New Zealand, between now and March.

In this retelling, five friends hole up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead. A demonic force is unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival.

With the "new spin" on the film is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family's cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she's actually possessed.

'The Dictator' Trailer

The trailer for Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen's latest team up 'The Dictator' is now below, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly and J.B. Smoove.

The comedy tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

It opens May 11 2012 in the US, 18 May 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

'ParaNorman' Trailer #2

Second trailer for Laika's stop motion animated movie 'ParaNorman' is now online. The movie is directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler with the vocal talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi, Alex Borstein, Jodelle Ferland and Elaine Stritch.

In "ParaNorman," a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

It opens August 17, 2012 for the USA, 14 September 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

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New 'Amazing Spider-Man' Poster & Collection Of New Images

Sony Pictures has released a new poster and the official website that contained a bundle of new high resolution images for Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

Also below are official story and character descriptions, which officially promise that this film is the first of several in the works!

The Story
Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held... a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins.

Peter Parker
Ever since Peter's parents disappeared 13 years ago, he has struggled to find his purpose in life. Now, on the brink of unlocking the mystery about what happened to them, he must face the ultimate challenge - one that has been created within the laboratories of Oscorp.

Gwen Stacy
Smart, charismatic and rebellious, Gwen is the chief intern at Oscorp, a position she takes very seriously. But her life takes a complicated turn as she watches both her boyfriend, Peter, and her mentor, Dr. Connors, undergo radical transformations.

Captain Stacy

An esteemed police officer for over twenty years, Captain Stacy is the public face of the NYPD who leads the department's investigation into Spider-Man's vigilantism. The only thing Captain Stacy vows to protect more than the city is his family - and particularly his only daughter, Gwen.

Dr. Curt Connors

One of the leading scientific minds, Dr. Connors attempts to engineer a revolutionary regeneration serum to help re-grow limbs and human tissue. His motivations are unclear as to why he elects to be the first human test subject - but what becomes evident is that something goes horribly wrong.

Pictures & Banners:

Update 'Doctor Who:' Christmas Special Prequel

The BBC have released a prequel clip to this year's Christmas special, entitled "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe," Matt Smith returns as the Doctor with guest stars Claire Skinner, Alexander Armstrong, Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir.

Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world...

'Doctor Who' "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" airs on BBC One this Christmas.



Updated with a new trailer and clips from the Christmas special:

'The Dark Knight Rises' New Poster & Christopher Nolan Talks

Publicity for 'The Dark Knight Rises' has gone upto 11 with the IMAX prologue near its release, the viral campaign has once again started with Operation Early Bird and above a new teaser poster with the tag line 'The Legend Ends.' sparking the question will Batman die?

July 20th can not get here fast enough.

The LA Times had the opportunity to speak with director Christopher Nolan about the highly-anticipated release, discussing the reasons for choosing Bane as the film's primary villain, saying:
"I didn't know him very well," says Nolan of the comic book iteration of Bane. "David Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him. I only knew him by name, I wasn't familiar with his back story. He's a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom to take it on, you know you're going to get something very special. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can... With Bane, the physicality is the thing. With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven't dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He's a primarily physical villain, he's a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain. I think he's a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we've done with him."
Nolan also discussed the jump forward in time that fans will experience between the The Dark Knight film and The Dark Knight Rises. As was previously announced, the new film will take place eight years after the end of the 2008 film.
"It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film," Nolan explains. "But it's not a great mystery — it's the jumping-off point for the film — but it's hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we're saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there's a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the 'The Dark Knight' and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It's a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that."
'The Dark Knight Rises' also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata and Nestor Carbonell.

Below is "Operation Early Bird" viral for 'The Dark Knight Rises' which revealed locations to catch the IMAX prologue for the film, pity there is no IMAX in Ireland :(

'The Expendables 2' Teaser Trailer

First trailer for the 'The Expendables 2' directed by Simon West and starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.

The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time -- six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world.

But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way!

It opens 17 August 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'The Avengers' International Banners

Two International banners of the hero's and villain have been released for Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers.' Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in 'Iron Man' and ended in 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' Marvel's The Avengers is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

'[REC]3: Genesis' Trailer

Trailer for Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero thrid installment in the Rec series '[REC]3: Genesis.'

It's new, it's different, it's the reinvention of the saga! What you've all been waiting for! The virus has left the building... Run, flee and don't look back.

With this latest film, director Paco Plaza is pumping new blood into the [REC] franchise. The third chapter of the saga will have spectators back on the edge of their seats with more action and more humour that will take us back to the essence of the first film: true to life characters and scenarios that the audience can't help but relate to.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

'Rock of Ages' Trailer

Trailer for Hairspray director Adam Shankman's new musical adaptation 'Rock of Ages,' starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.

'Rock of Ages' tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

It opens June 1, 2012 for the US, 8 June 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

Monday, December 12, 2011

'Men in Black III' Trailer

First trailer for the third installment of 'Men In Black,' directed by Barry Sonnenfeld it stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve and Michael Stuhlbarg.

In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

It opens May 25, 2012 for the USA, May 23 2012 for Ireland and the UK.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Patty Jenkins Leaves 'Thor 2'

Patty Jenkins has left as director of Marvel's 'Thor 2,' citing "creative differences" as the reason for Jenkins' departure.

With a release date planned for November 15th, 2013, a new director is expected to be announced soon. She won the directors chair from the likes of Drew Goddard, James McTeigue and Breck Eisner so maybe one of these will step in to replace her.

Patty Jenkis had this to say about her exit:

"I have had a great time working at Marvel," she told THR. "We parted on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again."

Jenkins also said she hoped to return to the superhero genre. “I have a long love of superhero films and I’d been saying over and over to my agents at CAA that I’d like to do one,” she said. “That’s the real revolution. The Marvel guys are so brave in terms of who they choose overall, and I don’t think they had any pause about me being a woman.”

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nine Clips From 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

Warner Bros. Pictures has released nine clips from Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.' The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry and Rachel McAdams

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

It opens December 16, 2011.


Benderspink Resurrect ‘Turf’ For Film

Benderspink has optioned the film rights to "Turf," the Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards comic published by Image Comics.

Set in New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze coincides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only handful of mobsters survive.

But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a LONG way from New York City – a long way from Earth in fact - offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.

'Turf' official website is here.

'The Cabin in the Woods' Trailer

Its been a very long wait but finally here is the trailer for 'The Cabin in the Woods!.' Co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard the film was also produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard, it stars Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Brian J. White, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams

The Cabin in the Woods stars Chris Hemsworth as a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up scratching the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.

It opens April 13, 2012 release date.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Music Video for Lou Reed & Metallica's 'The View' Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Only Darren Aronofsky could orchestrate a music video for the Lou Reed and Metallica single 'The View' taken from the album 'Lulu.'

"The first time I heard 'The View' I was stunned," Aronofsky said. "I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lou's crushing lyrics, and the band's incredible licks."

"I am very excited about working with Darren Aronofsky on our powerful video 'The View,'" Lou Reed said in no uncertain terms. "I feel Darren understood the power and range of the emotions fueled by the fire of Metallica. His strength and spirit are on display in every frame and I think he has caught the anger, rage and anguish at the bottom of the soul of real rock."

Friday, December 2, 2011

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' 8-Minute Trailer

Eight minute trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson and Alan Dale.

Based on Stieg Larsson's posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, 'The Millennium Series.' Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.

The film opens 26 December 2011 for Ireland & the UK, 21 December 2011 for the USA.



Update: Hard Copy Segment - Missing Girl


Also check out these tracks from the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross soundtrack for the film.