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Trailers: ‘Alice In Wonderland’

Posted by Brian on 07/24/2009

Tim Burton's Alice In WonderlandSource: Facebook

Finally, Facebook is good for something. After the pretty crap quality trailer that leaked Thursday, we now have a high definition look at Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton’s latest remake of demented children’s tales. I personally think this looks perfect for Burton, but Depp seems to be channeling a lot of the silly characters he’s been playing lately (Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka) and I’d personally like to see something a lot darker for this.

The film will be released March 5th 2010, and will use a technique combining live action, motion capture technology, and stop motion. Mia Wasikowska will play the role of Alice, alongside Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. The script was written by Linda Wolverton (Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King)


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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

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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Concept Art: ‘Tron: Legacy’

Posted by Brian on 07/23/2009

tronlegacybigSource: AICN

Behold the title treatment for the upcoming Tron: Legacy. At today’s Disney panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Jeff Bridges spoke briefly stating that it was the story of a son’s search for his father. “The first TRON… when we made that in ’81 there was no internet. Cell phones were these big things you carried around in a suitcase! So what you saw was so new and fresh… I can guarantee you’ll get the same kind of pop with this one!”

A bunch of images of concept art from yesterday’s panel have gone up, as well as video of an a recreation of Flynn’s Arcade, (with working Space Paranoids arcade games) and an exciting reveal of the new Lightcycle, aswell as  hint of the new score Daft Punk is producing for the film. Alas, Disney are still proving to be douchebags and refusing to release that test footage they showed last year in higher quality. It’s all over Youtube, though. If you haven’t yet, I suggest you seek it out.

Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art
Tron: Legacy Concept Art

Here’s hoping Disney will stop being selfish dicks and release some of this awesome concept art in higher resolution. (I mean, seriously. Why make concept art and not show anyone?) Former commercial director Joseph Kosinski is directing the feature which brings back Jeff Bridges as genius game designer Kevin Flynn, Garrett Hedlund as his son Sean, and a cast that includes Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, Karl Urban and John Hurt. The film also includes a younger version of the Jeff Bridges character (via CGI) as his Computer World alter ego, CLU, who has now gone rogue and is remaking the computer world in the imagine of what he believes to be “right.”

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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.

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.

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.

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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First Look: Na’vi From ‘Avatar’

Posted by Brian on 07/01/2009

Source:  Coming Soon

I am FREAKING OUT about this movie right now! Goddamn immersive scriptment. James Cameron should write novels; but anyway Avatar is coming to Comic-Con, if you didn’t already know, and in anticipation of it’s arrival in Hall-H in just a few short weeks a banner has gone up promoting James Cameron’s arrival at the convention. As far as I know, this is the first official shot of a Na’vi and while it isn’t much notice the insane amount of detail in the  subtle features. that bring her skin to life.

Note: I commented on the following picture at a website, and was subsequently lambasted by posters for being “over-enthused” over effects that are simply as “good” as WETA’s previous creation, Gollum, to which I say FUCK THAT.

Avatar Comic-Con Banner
Avatar Comic-Con Banner

“Let’s take a second and absorb what we’re seeing here. That’s a Na’vi creature. That’s a WETA creation. That is not a woman in makeup and prosthetics, and it is fleeting to say that it’s as good as a  six year old film. WETA has grown since then, and since King Kong. And while all of you are bitching about whether or not this is the final poster or what font they’re using, none of you are taking the time to appreciate what you’re seeing. That’s a completely digital creation.  Look at the creases in the skin, the dimples and wrinkles across the lip, the folds and contours of the eyelid, that wet gloss over her eyes that are distinctly human. It’s so easy to say it’s only okay, because it’s such a subtle effect. Such an incredible achievement, Rob Zemeckis will shit his pants come December. This isn’t just “good”, this is remarkable.”

So yes, I shit my geek pants. But I’m pretty sure you will too.

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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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Four Join ‘Father Of Invention’

Posted by Brian on 06/25/2009

Cast of 'Father Of Invention'Source: THR

Craig Robinson (Zack And Miri Make A Porno), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), and Camilla Belle (Push) have been cast opposite Kevin Spacey in Father Of Invention, an ensemble comedy that Spacey is independently producing via his Trigger Street banner. Story follows a humble inventor-turned-egomaniacal billionaire (Spacey) who spends eight years in prison when one of his inventions goes awry. Upon release, he is seeks to rebuild his reputation and fortune but finds that easier than salvaging his relationship with his family.

Robinson will play the husband of the former billionaire’s ex-wife who now lives in his house and drives his car and helps Spacey get back on his feet after he gets out of prison. Belle will play his daughter, a social worker hesitant to trust her father, while Graham is her lesbian roommate who sleeps with the father. Knoxville will play a store manager who hires Spacey’s character after his prison stint. Trent Cooper is directing from a script he wrote with producer Jonathan Krane and Nichole Beatty. Production begins this week in New Orleans.

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Concept Art: ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Hi-Res Images

Posted by Brian on 06/25/2009

Tim Burton's Alice In WonderlandSource: /Film

Those exclusive images from Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland that debuted at USA Today have shown up online in super high definition. I really suggest taking a look at these as the details in this concept art and, more to the point, the character banners is stunning.The only picture that seems to be missing is the banner for Tweedledee and Tweedledum, played by Matt Lucas (Little Britain). So click these for SUPER-DAMN HUGE pictures.

Alice In Wonderland
Alice In Wonderland

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland comes to theaters March 5, 2010.

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JJ Abrams Talks ‘Fringe’, ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Posted by Brian on 06/25/2009

JJ AbramsSource: SciFi Wire

If you didn’t already know, JJ Abrams is the man currently leading a geek takeover through Hollywood. Recently, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman spoke about how they might approach a sequel to the critical and financial juggernaut, Star Trek, and stated that they were exploring all possibilities of the new timeline they’ve created. “The great thing is we’re all open to anything,” Abrams said. “I think the fun of where we are with Trek is that it can and should just be fully explored. So I think to limit ourselves to only new adventures would be a mistake.” Orci and Kurtzman spoke, of course, of whether all the adventures would be new or if there would be altered versions of things we’d already seen, i.e. How would the Kirk/Kahn story play out in this universe?

It was also recently announced that JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise would be teaming up to produce a fourth installment of Mission: Impossible, but declares he doesn’t plan to direct. He didn’t plan to direct Star Trek either, and look how well that panned out.  “There’s no director attached to the movie yet,” Abrams said. “We’re just developing an idea, which I think is very cool, so we’re just starting it out, but it’s exciting. It’s a fun idea, and it’s always an honor to work with Tom. We would definitely produce the movie together, and details from there we’re still figuring out.”

Finally, Abrams touched on Fringe and how the reveal of the still standing Twin Towers (which made me go meh) would be addressed in the second season. “You have to watch to see how that plays out,” Abrams said. “That was a big decision for the show, because it was obviously a potential sensitive kind of choice. But I feel like, given what our story is, given the world of Fringe, I think it will be very satisfying.”

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Harvey Weinstein Talks ‘Basterds’ Cuts, Prequel

Posted by Brian on 06/25/2009

Harvey Weinstein and Quentin TarantinoSource: GQ

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Harvey Weinstein was asking Quentin Tarantino to chop forty minutes from his World War 2 opus, Inglourious Basterds, over mounting concerns that The Weinstein Company was approaching near bankruptcy. In an interview with GQ, Weinstein dismissed the rumors outright: “Here, read my lips: That is nuts. There’s no truth to any of this. He’s not gonna cut.’

So uh, awesome. But what exactly is Tarantino doing to the film then? “He’s just reorganizing some scenes. I mean, the guy had six weeks to cut his movie [for Cannes]; most guys take six months. Most guys take a year.  Quentin Tarantino cuts a movie in six weeks? Come on, there’s shit on that cutting-room floor that’ll blow your brains out. I was telling Quentin the opposite—”You should put that shit back in the movie.” There’s scenes with Brad Pitt and the Basterds, and I’m praying he puts that shit back in, ‘cause it’s un-fucking-believably great.”

In terms of length, it seems that Tarantino being granted final cut still stand. “Listen—this movie will be between two hours and twenty minutes and two hours and twenty-seven minutes. I know he’s putting footage back into the movie. I know he’s got some cool shit that he didn’t get time to address.”

The interview also touches base on a prequel/sequel to Basterds. Apparently, the plan was to have it be a Band Of Brothers-type mini-series, 16 hours or such on HBO or Showtime. Harvey wanted the movie, Bob [Weinstein] & Quentin wanted the mini-series. So what happened? “I just think that it was such a big undertaking that it dawned on him that it was time to say, you know what? This piece, unto itself, can make a movie,” Weinstein said. “After that there’s a bunch of places you can go. He can do the pre-story; he can do the post-story, too. I don’t want to jump to conclusions on his behalf, but I know he’s talked about the past and the future of the Basterds.”

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