Friday, February 27, 2009

1st Iron Man 2 Concept Art

We have our first glimpse at concept art from Adi Granova for "Iron Man 2." The new concept art is absolutely legit and features the front and back of a possible new suit. The design looks to have only made a few modications to the suit from the first film, specifically a sleeker design. For a black and grey hand drawn image it well done and goes to show Marvel and Jon Favreau are definately still going to deliver a quality film. Checkout the concept art that was found at a russian Marvel website.

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"Iron Man 2" is scheduled to shoot later this spring and stars Robert Downey Jr., Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson. Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to play Whiplash and Black Widow perspectively. Scarlett Johansson has been rumored as the front runner for Black Widow since Emily Blunt is unable to play the role due to conflicting shooting schedules with a film she is optioned to by 20th Century Fox.

What say you? Do you like the first Iron Man 2 concept art? Not much change to the suit? Will we see Stark build a aquatic suit this time around? Strikeback...

WB Release Dates Set & Shifted

Earlier this week Warner Brothers announced official release dates on some of their tentpole films including the Green Lantern and the final Harry Potter film. The studio, alongside this list of perspective release dates also shifted one of their films later into the holiday season. Checkout which films will be going head-to-head and which film moved to a new date for greener pastures.

So Warner Brothers has made a couple bold moves and placed some of there tentpole films in the same opening spot as Marvel. First up "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will release July 15 2011. If you were not aware that is the very same day Marvel's superhero team-up film, "The Avengers" is set to release. How possible is the tenative match-up? Doubtful. "The Avengers" seems aways off still, and with Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor all set to release before it, "The Avengers" will most likely get a shift as it becomes more clear that the intial release date was a tad premature.

Warner Bros. also announced a tenative release date for Christopher Nolan's next film "Inception." The scifi film will release July 16th 2010, which is also the same day Marvel's "Thor" is set to release. WB putting a second movie on the exact same release date as Marvel is no coincidence, it is very simply strategic! Warner Brothers knows very well that Christopher Nolan will be a huge draw regardless of the film and very much lined up "Inception" to wreak havoc on Marvel's release dates.

The majority of the remaining WB's release dates announced, at this point, are fairly free and clear of any major competition. The studio announced a release date for the popular DC comic "Jonah Hex" starring Josh Brolin and John Malkovich, hitting theaters on August 6th 2010. The remake helmed by The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier, "Clash of the Titans" will fly into theaters March 26th 2010. Zack Synder's next film, "Suckerpunch" has a release date of October 8th 2010 outside of his usual March date.

"The Green Lantern" finally gets a set date of December 17th 2010, which will hopefully make the season that much greener. As previously announced, Martin Campbell is directing the DC comic adaptation, and the studio is currently looking for a possible lead. Current rumors say that Anton Yelchin is being approached after both Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling turned down the role.

The last major announcement for Warner Bros. proved that Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" will be shifted from it's November release date to Christmas Day 2009. This move is a bit puzzling considering Christmas Day is already pretty full with both the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel and Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" releasing the same day. Vhristmas Day is generally a family theater going experience and I am not to sure parents will be taking their kids to see a bare knuckle boxing Holmes. James Cameron's "Avatar" releases the week prior to Ritchie's latest, which could also pose another threat to the british sleuth. "Sherlock Holmes" was moved to Christmas after "Knowing" starring Nic Cage was shifted from July to November 13th. Another conisderation, with the Twilight Saga's "New Moon" releasing the following weekend on November 20th, "Sherlock Holmes" could have ended up a huge failure at the box office.

What say you? Of the match-up's which would you see first? Harry Potter or The Avengers? Inception or Thor? Is Christmas Day the right release date for Sherlock Holmes? Which release date has you the most excited? Strikeback....

Friday the 13th Sequel News

The next story seemed inevitable...THR reports that Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are currently penning a sequel to Platinum Dunes most recent success, Friday the 13th. The reboot has made $72 million worldwide since opening on the 13th and despite a huge 80% percent drop off in ticket sales it's second week, the script writers are working on developing a follow-up film.

The Friday the 13th reboot had a small budget of only $19 million and with already trippling the production costs, it is no doubt that Platinum Dunes has already re-hired the duo to pen a sequel. Although Platinum Dunes won't call it a sequel. Instead they are calling it a follow-up to the remake.

You might be saying, "what the hell is the difference?" Well the remake/reboot focused on the first three or four films in the original franchise and intend to use the original series as a jumping off point instead of following it as a template. What does that mean? Platinum Dunes is not keen on continuing with all of the terrible Jason sequels that followed the first few. Meaning, no Jason in space or manhattan for that matter and certainly not hell!

No official green light has been given to the project as of yet, but Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are definately hammering out a script, while Platinum Dunes is working on their new remake/reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street. The best one can hope for is a late 2010 release date for the next installment of Friday the 13th. More news as it becomes available....

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Two More Unfortunate Remakes

Sadly, two more enjoyable films are recieving the remake treatment. It has become all to common for quite some time now, to pick old properties that were remotely popular or made a good chunk of change and reboot or remake them for a new generation to enjoy. Most of these films have been terrible, a couple have been fun or even comparable to the original film. More than not though remakes have simply frustrated us. Today's news is no different....THR is reporting that both The NeverEnding Story (1984) and Total Recall (1990) are the next to fall victim to the remake syndrome.

I can't say that I am shocked, all too many of my favorite movies growing up have already fallen victim, but I am definately outraged! One of the coolest films of my childhood, next to E.T. or Star Wars was The NeverEnding Story. What kid growing up didn't want to find that book? The film is in it's truest sense a classic and should be enjoyed regardless of it's age. Sure, if you watch it now, it looks old. The animatronic wolf, the huge turtle, Teeny Weeny who rode the superfast snail and the rock guy who looked like styrofoam. Who can forget falkor? The huge flying dog! I know I dreamed of flying on him all the time as a kid. It is sad to think that all of those awesome creations will be replaced with a computer generated characters.

Total Recall definately does not hold anywhere near the place in my heart that The NeverEnding Story does, but it was a kick-ass film that is still highly enjoyable to watch today. The idea that a $261 million dollar blockbuster Arnold Schwarzenegger film is being made is a bit of a head scratcher. It is 19 years old now and technology could definately amp up the look, but without Arnold, the film is just another generic scifi film. Columbia Pictures along with Neal H. Moritz and his Original Films banner believe, "the advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the "Recall" story in a fresh way." Of course they do....while else remake such a already great film. All I know is they had better keep the three breasted hooker!

Both of these remakes can just be added to the growing list of classic films that will one day be forgotten by our future generations. Movies like The Karate Kid, Rosemary's Baby, Grease, War Games, Child's Play, The Omen, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, RoboCop, Footloose, Poltergeist, Adventures in Babysitting, Pet Sematary, Spies Like Us and Romancing the Stone. I can just see kids asking, "whose Ralph Maccio, didn't Will Smith's son play the Karate Kid?" or "who the hell is Kevin Bacon, Zack Efron is in Footloose!" or even worse, "whose Matthew Broderick?"

What say you? Do either of these films need remakes? Should the original stand the test of time? What is the next favorite film to fall under into the remake machine? Strikeback....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

WB Options DC's Suicide Squad

Warner Brothers has decided to option one of DC Comics villain team-up comics titled "Suicide Squad." WB already has Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow and the long talked of Justice League films in the works, so what's adding one more to the plate!

All of the other previously mentioned titles clearly focus on heroes of the DC comics, but Suicide Squad will instead focus on villains that have been locked up and are put together by the United States government to complete a task that is deemed to risky for even super heroes. There have been a few incarnations of the Suicicde Squad over the years including a laundry list of DC baddies. The villains that have seen the most missions include; Death Shot, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, Nemesis, Count Vertigo, Plastique and Clock King. There are a ton of other baddies that have graced the team, but the list is too lengthy.

Variety reports Dan Lin ("Sherlock Holmes") and Stephen Gilchrist will produce the film while Justin Marks will write the screenplay. No prospective dates have been set at this point.

What say you? Is Suicide Squad something you'd go see? Which villains should head the team? Will we start to see more villain superhero films coming our way? Strikeback...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

French Wolverine Poster

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" releases May 1st, but today I got a new poster for the upcoming prequel. The new poster shows Hugh Jackman giving a bit of a profile scream with his claws exposed. It quickly reminds of a wolf man pose the way he is facing the sky and surrounded in wilderness. Anyways, enough blabber....checkout the french one-sheet for Wolverine below.

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A Whole Lot of Fury & Jackson

Fanboys around the world can finally put away any worries for the future of Nick Fury in Marvel films. Sam Jackson has just finalized a 9 picture deal with Marvel Studios! Yes, that is not a typo, 9 films! THR reports today that the actor who just a few short weeks ago faced the same fate as Terrence Howard, has now signed on to a major multiple film deal.

We can expect to see Sam Jackson as Nick Fury in all of the forthcoming Marvel films including "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and any of it's sequels, also currently in development a "S.H.I.E.L.D." movie.

This news is outstanding and really hightens the anticipation to all of the upcoming Marvel films. Jackson is perfect as Nick Fury and considering he was so widely accepted in the role, it would have been a very hard sell for Marvel with a new actor in the role. This news doubles to stipulate that outside of 5 films mentioned above we will still get 4 more Marvel films whether new stand alone films or sequels to the previously mentioned titles.

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GB 3 Shooting in Fall? had an online chat with one of the original Ghostbusters himself Dan Aykroyd, so that online users may ask varying questions to the comedian/owner of House of Blues.

One user asked Aykroyd, "I'm sure you get these questions a lot, so I apologize in advance...Ghostbusters 3? I've heard that the writers of the Office are currently penning a script? How is this coming along, and should we look forward to this movie seeing the light of day?" Mr Aykroyd's reply reveals that we may be seeing Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore alot sooner than we thought. Mr. Aykroyd said, "Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009." Joy of joy's could we actually get to see a Ghostbusters film as early as next year? I truely hope so.

Another user asked Mr. Aykroyd if he intended to work with Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen in the future. Aykroyd replied, "I would be happy to collaborate with Judd and Seth on project should they remember who I am." He also commended of the two and said he was a fan of both their work. So for now it definately seems that "Ghostbusters 3" will be the original team and not feature any of the Apatow clan. Aykroyd could be just keeping things under wraps, but it is highly unlikely that Seth Rogen will be starring in GB 3. Aykroyd has confirmed that the original 4 ghostbusters will definately suit up. Some of the supporting cast is still up in the air. Rick Moranis is still in retirement and no word on Sigourney Weaver.

What say you? Minus any kinks Ghostbusters 3 will shoot in fall! How cool is that? Strikeback....

Gondry Directs Green Hornet?

The Green Hornet has been around since the days of radio and has gone through a various array of transformations. The latest news that hit yesterday definately gives the illusion of a major head-scratcher! Variety reported that Michel Gondry has stepped into the director's chair for the Evan Goldberg written script.

It is widely known that Seth Rogen has been trying to get "The Green Hornet" a shooting date for quite some time now. Rogen and Goldberg hammered out a script for the film and even landed the talented Stephen Chow to star as Kato and also direct the feature film. Chow, back in December of 2008 stepped down from his director duties, but remained on in the role of Kato in spite of all the internet rumors that he would leave the film entirely. Now comes news that Michel Gondry has taken over the position, but what the hell is he going to do with it?

I love Michel Gondry, but The Green Hornet? Gondry has never really made a general box office film or for that matter an action film, so havinghim direct is very puzzling. Something told me Gondry had to have done something in order to have been allowed the title of director on Green Hornet. He is just to outside of the box, it felt, for a film like the Green Hornet.

Well it appears I was right! Seth Rogen spoke with MTV about landing Gondry to direct the film and just what we could expect from the Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep director. Rogen told MTV, "To convince the studio to let him do it, he filmed a fight scene on his own," Rogen marveled. "He just hired stunt men and did it by himself!" Rogen was was very pleased at the addition of Gondry to his film elaborated to MTV how Gondry intended to do with his self-financed audition. "Just to show some of the stuff he could do, some of the weird filming techniques he has and some of the stuff he can pull off. I mean, this is something he did in two days and it was instantly unlike anything you've ever seen before," Rogen excitedly replied. He then added, "It was impossible not to hire him once he presented what he could do for it."

Seth Rogen seems extremely pumped that Gondry is onboard to direct. He commented how both of their styles will be utilized in "The Green Hornet." Rogen said, "It should have the type of conversational tone and comedy that me and Evan have been doing — and some of the action that we have been starting to try to do — along with the wild, visual imagination and funny awkward sensibility that he's been doing." On a final note, Rogen made mention of his comments to Gondry just before presenting his footage. He told Gondry, "You have to convince them they're not gonna show up on set one day and everything is gonna be made out of cardboard." Gondry's reply was, "I can definitely do that."

What say you? Is Michel Gondry the right fit for The Green Hornet? His footage must have definately wowed the producers? Are you convinced off of Rogen's reply to the landing Gondry? Strikeback...

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Moon Gets a Logo

Today we have been treated to the first look at Summit Entertainment's logo for the sequel to Twilight, "New Moon." As you may have noticed from the above image the film is now being reffered to as "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." I guess Summit Entertainment want to remind everyone, just what New Moon is, or maybe they just wanted all of us who try to report as much entertainment and film news as possible typing their new lengthier title.

The logo comes courtesy of MTV and is very much in the same vein as the lettering used for Twilight. As for the "Twilight Saga" bit, I really don't think the extra wordage is necessary, the books are widely popular and all of the Twilight fans out there are feverishly following any updates that come, so they don't need to be reminded.

In other Twilight Saga news, the third book "Eclipse," has found itself a release date. Summit Entertainment confirmed with MTV that "Eclipse" will release June 30th, 2010 only seven months apart from the release of "New Moon." The two films will not be filming on a back-to-back schedule, which may leave whoever directs the third film in the saga a very short timetable to meet.

The official synopsis for "Eclipse" was also revealed to MTV. The official synopsis reads: "As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death."

What say you? Do you like the New Moon logo? Does it need the extra Twilight reminder? Is 7 months to short of a time table in between New Moon and Eclipse? Strikeback...

Four Inglourious Posters

Last week we got our first look at Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" trailer and this week comes a 4-pack of posters for the WWII film. The first poster leaves something to be desired and is just the logo for the film set to a backdrop of airbrushed clouds. The next three poster however are absolutely perfect. The posters definately capture the tone to the film in a very simple while still conveying a huge amount of impact. "Inglourious Basterds" opens August 21st and stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, B.J. Novak, Til Schweiger, Michael Fassbender, Mike Myers and with Samuel L. Jackson narrating. Checkout the outstanding posters below....

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What say you? Which is your favorite? I love the last one with the bloody baseball bat and nazi helmet. Will QT's newest prove to be a summer blockbuster or a disappointment? Strikeback...

Trailer: Funny People

Judd Apatow's upcoming film "Funny People" starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen releases July 31st, but today I have the first trailer for your viweing pleasure. "Funny People," from a 2 minute trailer looks to be Apatow's best work and thankfully, something actually intriguing and funny at the same time from Sandler. The film also satrs Apatow's wife Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzmen and Jonah Hill. I'll let the trailer give you the rundown on plot, but "Funny People" definately looks be much more of a dramedy than all of Apatow's other work. Checkout the trailer below....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Schofizzy Winners Are...

Back in January I posted my nominations for the first ever Schofizzy Awards and with the Oscars coming this weekend it seemed like the perfect time to give the results. 2008 was definately filled with some oustanding film and here are my top honors for the year.

Governor Playing the Governor

1980s and 1990s action fans who have always wanted Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to star in the same film can finally exhale....well sorta. AICN is reporting via their "source," that the California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will play himself in Stallone's upcoming "The Expendables."

That's right Schwarzenegger will play the governor of California in Stallone's newest film. The governator joins an already talented cast including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker, Dolph Lundgren and of course Stallone. Schwarzenegger will film for only one day and his character is reported to have some history with Barney Ross (Stallone's character) back when Arnold was filming Conan the Barbarian. The film is set to start shooting next month and Stallone is currently hammering out the final balance of comedy, action and emotional reality on the script.

In other "The Expendables" news, Ben Kingsley has been replaced by Eric Roberts in the role of Monroe the dirty CIA operative.

What say you? Is Schwarzenegger's role in this film a little bitter-sweet considering the state of California? Should the governor be taking time to shoot a film no matter how short that time is? Is this the last we see of Schwarzenegger and Stallone together on film? Strikeback....

Jane Austen, Zombies & Aliens

One thing I never dreamed of writing about in the same sentence was Jane Austen, Zombies and Aliens. Aliens and Zombies, no biggie, but throw Jane Austen in the mix and you've officially made me scratch my head and get excited all at the same time. Zombies for some reason seem to brighten everyone's day, sure they want to eat your flesh, but they are so damn interesting. We have seen Zombies injected into comedy and work flawlessly, more recently Marvel Comics injected Zombies into one of their story-arc's and it also went off without a hitch. Now comes word that someone has thought to inject Zombies into Jane Austen's famed novel "Pride and Prejudice." The plot thickens, someone else has also thought to inject some new drama into Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," coming in the form of a alien. Scroll down for a breakdown of the confusion....

Releasing this April in novel form is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Seth Grahame-Smith who had previously written "How to Survive a Horror Movie" brilliantly took Austen's classic novel and inserted "all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action." The offical synopsis reads: As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.

Eventhough the book is yet to release studios are moving quickly to scoop up the rights to the film. Today Production Weekly reported that Natalie Portman was attached to the film. Shock Till You Drop however quickly debunked the claim by calling their contact who replied, "Premature. No offers or handshakes of any kind yet - other people circling." Although, the statement denies Portman as being casted, it does prove that the film is being heavily sought by a number of studios.

As we have become acustom to with Hollywood, everything comes in pairs. We all remember the terrible disaster films Dante's Peak and Volcano? Or how about Mission to Mars and Red Planet? A couple of my favorites Deep Impact and Armageddon. Can't forget the animation pairing of Antz and A Bug's Life or Shark Tale and Finding Nemo. The list continues with The Illusionist and The Prestige, Capote and Infamous, The Truman Show and EdTv, Turner and Hooch and K-9 and who could ever forget those teenage TV sensations in their body swaping movies Like Father like Son and Vice Versa with Kirk Cameron and Fred Savage. All of these films released within the same year of eachother, but still Hollywood continues to plague us with movie pairings as if we forgot what we had just watch 4 months prior.

Continuing with longtime trend Variety reports that Sir Elton John's Rocket Pictures will make "Pride and Predator." "Pride and Predator," much in the same vein as the novel previously noted in this article will take Jane Austen's classic novel and introduce an alien that crash lands in the period drama. The film is set to shoot later this year in London and has Will Clark set to direct the script he previously wrote with Andrew Kemble and John Pape. John's partners Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing. Furnish spoke about the adaptation, "It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect."

Of the two premises the Zombie idea sounds much more enjoyable. There is no telling which idea came first, but I'd put my money on Seth Grahame-Smith. Furthermore, I would bet that Elton's film is gonna need a title change. I doubt 20th Century Fox will allow a creature called "Predator," which is described just like the alien in the original Predator film, to happen without a name change.

What say you? Are you ready for Austen meets Zombies and Aliens? Which film sound more interesting? Strikeback...

Rebooting War Games?

Yet another lame idea from Hollywood! Production Weekly has published that a reboot of the 1983 film starring Matthew Broderick "War Games" is being developed by Leonardo DiCaprio with MGM.

What a waste this project seems to be! Why remake such a classic film? What makes the idea so puzzling, that in today's world War Games could very easily be a disaster. The original film, set in 1983 with computers that were as big as Michael Bay's Transformers, did not have much to work against. The internet was null and void in those days and only people like Bill Gates had a computer for more than games. In todays world, where anything is possible, how realistic will the reboot feel? Does anybody remember last year's Eagle Eye? I think my point is clear.

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5 Films from SXSW On-Demand

South by Southwest Music and Film Festival or more commonly known as SXSW is quickly approaching and as a way to reach out for more fans and awareness, IFC Films and the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival have joined together to bring 5 selected films into our homes.

SXSW runs March 13-21 in Austin Texas, but the 5 pre-determined films will run for 90 days hitting an estimated 30 million homes through your on-demand service. The films will be featured in the IFC Films IFC Festival Direct program. Below is a breakdown of the 5 films you will be able to watch in the comfort of your own home come March.

"Alexander the Last"Director/Writer: Joe Swanberg
A sensual and intimate portrait of a young marriage. Focusing on an artistic young couple, the film illuminates the challenges of monogamy amidst myriad sexual and creative temptations.
Cast: Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, Barlow Jacobs, Josh Hamilton and Jane Adams

"Medicine for Melancholy"Director/Writer: Barry Jenkins
A love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
Cast: Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins

"Paper Covers Rock"Director/Writer: Joe Maggio
A troubled young woman fights for custody of her six year-old daughter.
Cast: Jeannine Kaspar, Sayra Player, Clint Jordan, Tom Brangle, Mark Alhadeff and Tom Vaught

"Three Blind Mice"Director/Writer: Matthew Newton
Three young Navy officers hit Sydney for one last night on land before being shipped over to the Gulf to fight. Throughout the night the boys lose each other, find themselves, and along the way discover courage, friendship and redemption.
Cast: Ewen Leslie, Toby Schmitz, Matthew Newton and Tina Bursill

"Zift"Director: Javor Gardev. Writer: Vladislav Todorov
A man freed after a wrongful murder conviction enters a diabolical city full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets and bizarre characters.
Cast: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladmir Penev and Mihail Mutafov

What say you? Any of these films jump out at you? Do you currently take advantage of IFC In Theater on-demand? Strikeback....

Monday, February 16, 2009

Trailer: Transformers 2

Our first full length trailer for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" has hit the net. Most of us probably saw it attached to "Friday the 13th" this last weekend, but if you failed to see it on the bigscreen, I have it for you below to enjoy. The new trailer is definately longer than the previous Super Bowl ad, but it still seems to focus only on the opening of the film. We get a bit more transforming and alot more of one of the massive Constructicons that will form to make Devastator. One very short glimpse of the Fallen, a sneak peak at Acree motoring, and of course the glance at jetfire, but needless to say the trailer should definately transform you into a believer in the Michael Bay sequel! "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" releases June 24th, which is two days earlie than originally intended. The desicion came last week to push the release to Wednesday to get the advantage of a 5 day opening. Checkout the new trailer below....

What say you? Will Transformers 2 be just as good? Will this film end with a "Empire Strikes Back"-esque ending setting up part 3? Strikeback...

Review - The Pink Panther 2

Inspector Jacques Clouseau returns in "The Pink Panther 2," to solve a international case that involves a globe-trotting thief that has mysterious talents in stealing historical artifacts. Inspector Clouseau must join with a group of International detectives called the "dream team" in order to solve the case and stop the Tornado from his recent wave of thievery.

Review - Bride Wars

Two best friends had always dreamed about having June weddings at the Plaza Hotel. When both become engaged days within each other they quickly move to reserve a spot at the highly sought after venue. After scheduling error, the best friends find themselves bitter enemies ending up with the exact same wedding date at the Plaza Hotel.

Review - Push

Throughout the world their are individuals with unquie abilities including telekinetic and clairvoyant powers. These powers are heavily sought after by a covert government agency who seeks to use them for their own means. These individuals are banded together in order to utilize their various talents to take down the agency for good.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Semi-New "Last House" Poster

Now that Friday the 13th has slayed the President's Day weekend, we can focus our sites on the next horror remake coming our way. It so happens it's not that far off. Wes Craven himself has gone back to one of his first films and with director Dennis Iliadis remade "The Last House on the Left." The film hits theaters March 13th and stars Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Martha MacIssac and Riki Lindhome. Back in January we were treated to the first trailer and today I remembered about a one-sheet I found a couple weeks back and never got around to posting. So anyways, checkout the simple poster that asks the question, "If bad people hurt someone you love. How far would you go to hurt them back?" below.....

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Will The Last House on the Left be a big hit this time around? The remake feels far more viewer friendly than it's predecessor. Strikeback...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Trailer: The Black Freighter

"Tales of the Black Freighter" is a companion piece that is embedded in the Watchmen comic. Synder decided it would be wise to create a companion DVD that would tell the story within a story in a unquie way. Thus "Tales of the Black Freighter" will release March 24th two weeks after "Watchmen" hits cinemas. The animation looks outstanding throughout, gritty and impactful just like the story itself. Gerard Butler has voiced the cartoon dvd and it looks like it definately measures up to the story told throughout the Watchmen comic. Don't believe me. Check it out for yourself below...

What say you? Will you be buying this companion dvd when it hits stores March 24th? Strikeback...

Rockwell on Trial in "Waters"

Attach Sam Rockwell to anything and I am interested. He is genuinely a outstanding actor who has proven time and time again he demands attention. Rockwell is being reported by THR to have execepted a role in "Betty Anne Waters." The true story follows a single mother who after her brother is sentenced to life in jail, spend a decade obtaining her law degree and defending his innocence.

"Betty Anne Waters" also stars Hillary Swank playing Sam Rockwell's sister who defends him after his trial and Minnie Driver, who has a undisclosed role in the film. "Betty Anne Waters" begins shooting this month and is being directed by Tony Goldwyn and financed by Omega Entertainment. The screenplay was written by Pamela Gray with the final shooting draft completed by Richard LaGravenese. Swank will also serve as executive producer on the film.

The concept of the film is nothing new, but having Rockwell, Swank and Driver on board definately bolsters the anticipation for the law driven film. Law or courts driven films can generally feel like been there done that, but Rockwell instantly makes me interested to see how this film ends up. More news as it unfolds....

What say you? Is Sam Rockwell an actor you seek out in film? Hillary Swank Hot or not? Strikeback...