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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Poster

Posted by Brian on 07/23/2009

A Nightmare On Elm StreetSource: IGN / Myspace

IGN and Myspace have respectively debuted a poster and our first image of Jackie Earle Haley as burned child murderer, Freddy Krueger. Personally, I think Haley looks great but that was never the issue. My issue is with Platinum Dunes and their lack of any kind of intelligent plot. Their movies are MTV videos with gore, nothing more. Tits and blood at the basest level.  But anyway, check it out. It’s still pretty cool stuff.

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger
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A Nightmare On Elm Street, based on the Wes Craven original, is being directed by music video director Samuel Bayer from a script by Wesley Strick (Cape Fear). Rooney Mara (Dare, Youth In Revolt) will take on the role of Nancy Thompson, previously inhabited by Heather Langenkamp. The cast also includes Thomas Dekker (Heroes, Terminator: SCC), Kellan Lutz (Accepted, Twilight), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural, Harper’s Island), Connie Britton (24, Friday Night Lights) and Clancy Brown (Carnivale, LOST) .

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Robert Rodriguez Promises Badass ‘Predators’

Posted by Brian on 07/02/2009

PredatorSource: Ain’t It Cool News

The search for the director of Robert Rodriguez’s reboot of the Predator franchise is finally over. After a couple of weeks, director Nimrod Antal (Kontroll, Armored) has come out the victor. In an exclusive conversation between Rodriguez and Ain’t It Cool honcho, Harry Knowles, Rodriguez talked at great length about the project. And I think you’ll be pretty pleased.

ON ANTAL
First of all, on a personal level I found him to be an outstanding presence, a great communicator full of ideas, and upon meeting him you can immediately understand how he is able to wrangle cast and crew and get the best out of everyone. I always loved Kontroll, where he proved himself to be a very resourceful and original filmmaker. When I saw Armored, I could tell he’s also great with action and has a keen eye for casting. He reminded me of Quentin with how he was able to work with a group of very strong, singular actor talents and make it look effortless. I know he’ll be able to get the most out of what we want to be an outstanding cast.

ON STORY
I can’t go too much into the story right now, because we’re still writing. But it still involves a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors (that are not always from outside their group). So like the original movie, the title does have a double meaning. Aliens was a different take on the Alien idea, and an original movie in it’s own right, and that’s what we want to do with this. As to how this movie will be viewed, one of the guys at Fox told me “No one is ever going to talk about AVP again after this film, I will stake my life on it.” And he’s a really nice guy, so I don’t want to see him dead. Now that lives are at stake, it’s no longer a job it’s a mission. Failure is not an option. We really want to go with a character driven action movie, because that’s what we all remember about the original Predator, and we want to take it even further with this.

ON LOCATION
Any stagework will be done here, and to take advantage of the new Texas incentive program, we’ll need to shoot at least 60% of the movie in Texas. So sorry, Harry, you’re gonna be tripping over predators this fall.

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Trailers: ‘The Box’

Posted by Brian on 06/25/2009

The BoxSource: AOL

Donnie Darko left me breathless, literally. The credits came up, my mouth was wide open, and I was completely in awe. Southland Tales left me another kind of breathless; pissed off, mouth agape in confused wonder. So with that, I present the trailer for Richard Kelly’s follow-up The Box, based on Richard Matheson’s short story, “Button, Button”, which later became a Twilight Zone episode. The story concerns a married couple who are offered a simple proposition: “Push the button and you’ll receive a million dollars, however; somewhere, someone you don’t know will die.” What would you do?

This trailer is a poor example (mostly the music), but I believe we’re in for something special. When I finished the script for his upcoming adaptation of  I actually had to stop a moment to pause. This isn’t like anything we’ve gotten from Richard Kelly before. It’s much darker than Darko, insanely more cohesive than Tales, and more mainstream than both. It’s a disturbing story, with a great hook, and an amazing ending. I don’t know what draft I read, but I’m really excited for Kelly to prove everyone wrong. The film stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, and Frank Langella. It is being scored by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, and Owen Pallett, of Arcade Fire and Final Fantasy fame, respectively.

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Daniel Craig Builds ‘Dream House’

Posted by Brian on 06/24/2009

Daniel CraigSource: THR

Daniel Craig (Quantum Of Solace, Defiance) is in early talks to star in Dream House, a psychological thriller set up at Morgan Creek to be directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America). Scripted by David Loucka script, Craig would play a man who moves his family to an idyllic small town, only to find his house haunted by its former inhabitants, who were murdered there. Sources close to the project stress that the two sides have not reached a deal. Craig’s name recently surfaced in connection with The Eagle Of The Ninth, a period pic for Focus Features being helmed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland).

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Posters: ‘Dexter’, ‘Daybreakers’

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

Source: /Film / AICN

A couple of cool posters today: first up is a really cool teaser poster (which may or may not be fake) for the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s acclaimed serial-killer black-comedy Dexter. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the first season, but I know people lose it over this show.Production began earlier this month with John Lithgow and Courtney Ford joining the cast. The new season introduces the Trinity Killer (because he kills in threes) who moved to Miami after evading capture for almost three decades. The season premieres on September 27th 2009.

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Also, we have a poster for the Spierig Brothers (Undead) upcoming Daybreakers.

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The film, which has been wrapped since 2007, is set in the year 2017 where a plague transforms the world’s population into vampires. With fewer humans to provide blood, the vampires seek to farm the remaining humans and to find a way to continue their existence. A secret team of vampires uncover a way that would rescue the human race. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Sam Neil and will be released in January 2010.

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Awesome ‘Pandorum’ Poster

Posted by Brian on 06/20/2009

Source: IMP Awards

Check out the latest poster for the upcoming sci-fi/horror film Pandorum. If you need a reminder, you can check out the equally insane trailer here.

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Pandorum is directed by German filmmaker Christian Alvart, and stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. The screenplay was written by Travis Milloy. Pandorum will hit theaters on September 24th through Overture Films.

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Posters: ‘H2’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’

Posted by Brian on 06/19/2009

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in 'Sherlock Holmes'Source: Bloody-Disgusting / Empire

New posters are out for Rob Zombie’s Halloween sequel, H2 and Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes, respectively. I really like all of these, with the exception of Robert Downey Jr.’s poster. Looks like he’s about to cast a spell or something. But I really like the look of that H2 poster, considering I hated the first film. The little tuft of hair in his hands evokes so many images. In a time where everything is shown in graphic detail, it’s nice to remember a time when so much was left to the imagination…and ultimately ended up being so much more frightening. I’ve also included another pic from Zombie’s upcoming Michael Myers sequel. It’s…well, I don’t really know what the hell it is.

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Trailers: ‘Zombieland’

Posted by Brian on 06/18/2009

ZombielandSource: Apple

Here’s the trailer for Zombieland, which can almost be seen as a sequel of sorts for young star Jesse Eisenberg who was last seen in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. This movie is the reason Woody Harrelson allegedly fought some photographer he said he mistook for a zombie when the man harrassed Harrelson and his daughter in the airport.

Columbus (Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. The film also stars Emma Stone (Superbad), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Amber Heard (The Stepfather), Mila Kunis, and Bill Murray. It was directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

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‘Akira’ Adaptation Dead

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

AkiraSource: Bloody-Disgusting

It seems that the epic adaptation of legendary anime film, Akira, is dead. Ruairi Robinson would have been making his directorial debut on the massive two-part apocalypse story that was being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Bros. Pictures. BD reports that the film is “dead as a doornail” which is definitely sad news to hear.

Akira originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction. The new story was to move the action to “New Manhattan,” a city rebuilt by Japanese money and was to hit theaters this summer.

With its mature themes and cutting-edge animation, the film was a milestone in anime and even animation circles, and led the way for anime making inroads into Western pop culture in the 1990s.

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Trailers: ‘Grace’

Posted by Brian on 06/16/2009

GraceSource: IGN / Youtube

Here are two trailers for the upcoming Anchor Bay release, Grace. Good reviews coupled with reports of people passing out at viewings makes me really interested in seeing this. The first is a green band trailer that debuted on IGN. The second, which I prefer, is apparently some version of a red band trailer. Check them both out below.

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Grace, written and directed by Peter Solet, revolves around Madeline Matheson (Jordan Ladd) who is eight months pregnant. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers naturally, the child miraculously returns to life with an insatiable hunger. No release date has been finalized.

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