Friday, July 31, 2009

Trailer: The Book of Eli

In all the scuttle that has been since Comic Con quite a few stories have been glazed over or missed entirely here at Schofizzy Movie Review. After all it is just me and with this being a Comic Con month there are scoops and stories just about everywhere to report on. Today I remembered I have yet to post "The Book of Eli" trailer, which is absolautely impressive, so I have it here for you below. The film does not release until January 15th of 2010, but this trailer definately inflates my anticipation. To read more about "The Book of Eli" and watch the trailer scroll down...

"The Book of Eli" is directed by the Hughes brothers and stars Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis. The film is another post apocalyptic Earth tale, however the imagery and now trailer that have been released warrant reason for some serious intrigue. In the film Denzel Washington plays a man assigned to taking care of a sacred book that potentially could save mankind. The released trailer is stunning and I am hoping that "The Book of Eli" delivers what this trailer presents.

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Incredible Thundercats Art!

No news on a "Thundercats" movie has been circulating for quite sometime now, but that all changed last night when Movieline premiered some concept art from director Jerry O’Flaherty. The said concept art is brilliant and really increases my anticipation of this film. To read more about the progress on a "Thundercats" film and see the concept art scroll down...

"Thundercats" was first announced by Warner Brothers way back in 2007, but has since been fairly silent. In the span of the last two years Jerry O’Flaherty was brought on to direct a script that Paul Sopocy had penned. The script followed a group of humanoid cats who must flee their planet of Thundera after it's destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer, bent on killing them off. The film was built up to focus on Lion-O as he grew to become the leader of the Thundercats. The film was being optioned as a CGI-animated feature and not a live-action adaptation of the popular 80's cartoon. This however was where the news trailed fizzled out and nothing much was heard of a "Thundercats" movie expect for a interesting fan-made trailer that appeared last year.

Movieline reports that while at Comic Con this year, they got their eyeballs on Jerry O’Flaherty's amazing concept art and now, I have it here for you below. There are 4 images included below, but the one that will catch most everyone's eye is of Lion-O, the leader of the Thundercats. I love the look to Lion-O and the rest of the images and really hope that "Thundercats" turns out to be a solid film. More news to follow as it develops, until then checkout the eye-popping concept art from Jerry O’Flaherty below...

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Trailer: A Perfect Getaway

I am all for escapist fun at the movies and next weeks release from Rogue Pictures "A Perfect Getaway" looks like a quality ride. There is no doubt that the film, looks like a hodge-podge of other similar films like The River Wild, but that said its still gives the impression of a exilhirating experience. The cast is pretty strong with Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn in the leads, but I am more excited to see a bit more of Chris Hemsworth, who was recently cast as Thor for Marvel studios. "A Perfect Getaway" follows a couple who go to a remote island on vacation for some hiking and exploring, but get much more than they bargained for when rumors of murders are popping up on the island. "A Perfect Getaway" releases August 7th and is written and directed by David Twohy. Checkout the trailer below...

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Trailer: Ninja Assassin

Back at Comic Con a new poster premiered for James McTeigue's "Ninja Assassin" which looks absolutely incredible. Fan reaction was very positive from the screening held thursday night at Con, so I thought it a good time to revisit the trailer and the poster released at Comic Con. "Ninja Assassin" stars Rain as Raizo, one of the world's most deadly assassins. When he is double-crossed by his own clan, Raizo enacts a deadly plan of revenge on the Ozunu Clan which once trained him. "Ninja Assassin" releases November 15th. Checkout the poster and trailer below...

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'Captain Blood' in Space!?!

Peter and Michael Spierig are looking to shake things up a bit over at Warner Brothers. The twin brothers will be directing an update of the 1935 pirate classic Captain Blood, except they have a very interesting idea on how to do it. They intend on taking the story of a wrongly imprisoned doctor who escapes to become a pirate into space! My intial thought here was the 1984 film Ice Pirates which is amusing, but nowehere near what the Spierig twins have in mind for "Captain Blood". To read the full story check it out below...

Warner Brothers set John Brownlow to pen a first draft of the script and the studio began to look at directors for the update, little did they think that the Spierig twins would come along and deliver the pitch they did. Warner producer Bill Gerber told Variety, "At first, I felt like I was in that scene in 'The Player,' where Buck Henry pitches the sequel to 'The Graduate.'" Michael and Peter didn't just come to this meeting with idea for a pirate adventure in space, they also came prepared with a powerful animatic presentation. Gerber explained, "But when I took a look at their animatic depiction of a pirate battle in space, it had such a distinctive visual look to it that I said, 'Great, I get it.'" I can only imagine that what Gerber did see was pretty fantastic. The Spierig twins have a great cinematic eye and a pretty far out imagination from what I have seen from them so far. Undead was a lot of fun for another zombie flick and I have been pretty stoaked to see how "Daybreakers" turns out once it releases January 8, 2010.

Bill Gerber stressed that while the film will be changing the setting from the Caribbean to space, the core structure of the story will remain intact. He stressed, "There are some things you don't mess with, and that is as classic a movie storyline as you will ever find." The original film followed Dr. Peter Blood who is wrongly accused of treason and sentenced to slavery on a British colony. Peter Blood falls in love with the British Commander's daughter Arabella Bishop, while within the colony, only to later escape during a Spanish raid leaving he and a number of the other slaves to steal the Spanish ship. The group then begin a life of piracy, however Blood is tested by an evil Captain Levasseur who takes captive the love of Dr. Blood young Arabella Bishop. More news on "Captain Blood" as it develops...

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Universal Banks on Apatow

Universal has made news today by signing studio director Judd Apatow to 3 more movies for studio. Apatow who has released all of his film through Universal has his latest comedy releasing today "Funny People" starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. The deal locks in Apatow for 3 unnamed films in the coming years. Variety reports that Judd Apatow has yet to begin writing a script for his next directorial effort and that the process will start soon. Universal have shown they love they amount of money Apatow has brought in for them with 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up and do not want to lose the cash cow that is Judd Apatow and his R-rated comedy ressurection. To read both Universal and Apatow's back-patting compliments read below...

Universal executive Marc Shmuger said, "I feel like we’re growing with him and watching him mature as a filmmaker, and that is a thrilling thing to be part of. To know he’ll direct his next three pictures here is a vote of confidence to our entire organization. It has become a true collaboration and partnership." Judd Apatow gave his kudos back to the studio by saying, "Everyone at Universal has been incredibly supportive of my directing career since day one.I am thrilled I am able to continue that relationship."

I like Apatow films in general, I look forward to them, even if they all are 30 minutes too long. Is having Apatow stay at Universal a good thing? I don't see why not when they have allowed him to cast whom he'd like and have to this point really not interfered with his film making process. They have not tried to studioize any of his projects and so far the match is working. Here's to 3 more from Apatow at Universal.

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Rob Marshall Eyeing Pirates 4

During Comic Con this year murmers of new directors were circulating about the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Oren Aviv had gone on record saying that Disney would like to begin lensing in early 2010 for a targeted 2011 release date. Today comes news via Variety that Chicago director Rob Marshall is under heavy consideration for the duties of directing the next 'Pirates' installment. For more on the story read below...

'Pirates' fans have been wondering what would happen with the franchise since Gore Verbinski stepped down to direct "Bioshock" for Universal. Sure Johnny Depp is onboard for further adventures of Capt. Jack, but what about a script and more importantly a director. Enter Rob Marshall, a guy who previously has done mainly musicals i.e. Chicago and this year's "Nine" (not the animated film). If Marshall is hired, it toes the line with what Oren Aviv told Coming Soon. He told the news outlet back at Comic Con it was important to scale back the fourth film and concentrate more on the characters. He said, "It's important to get the story right and it's important to me to scale it down, because we can't get bigger." He continued his point by saying, "I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters." Rob Marshall doesn't seem like an obvious choice at first, but when conisdering Aviv's comments at Con, he shows the potential to be the guy that could scale back the franchise. Let's just hope Marshall doesn't turn 'Pirates 4' into the Pirates of the Penzance. More news on "Pirates of the Carribean 4" as it develops.

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Ridley Scott Returns to Alien

Last night Variety reported that Ridley Scott will indeed return to his roots and direct the "Alien" prequel for Twentieth Century Fox. That's right, Scott is returning to his first mega hit Alien trying to breathe some life back into the franchise after the Aliens vs. Predator films sullied the brand so badly. Jon Spaihts will pen the prequel for 20th Century Fox with Scott Free producing and Scott attached to direct. The plan is begin lensing the prequel before the end of the year.

The news of Ridley Scott returning to Alien is a huge relief. Back in May, Ridley's brother Tony Scott had reported that Carl Rinsch was going to helm the prequel. No real buzz circulated around hiring Rinsch to direct the prequel, so we can only assume that 20th Century Fox thought it wiser to bring in the big guns and do the prequel justice. While acquiring Ridley definitely boosts my interest in the prequel, Jon Spaihts I still have my reservations about irregardless of his apparent "go-to-guy" status right now. More news on Scott's Alien prequel as it develops...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

'Eclipse' Casting Catastrophe

A few days back news broke that Twilight and "New Moon" vamp Rachelle Lefevre would not be returning to the role of Victoria for the third installment of the films. Summit Entertainment announced Tuesday that actress Bryce Dallas Howard would replace Lefevre in the third film "Eclipse" being directed by David Slade. The announcemnt came as shock to both Twilight fans and the media, knowing that the character of Victoria would become far more prominent in the next installment. Why would Rachelle Lefevre leave the role right before she got her chance to shine? Checkout what has happened since news broke that Howard is the new Victoria below...

Much like debacle we saw prior to production on "Iron Man 2" with Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard, Lefevre shot back at Summit Entertainment saying she did not know why she was being replaced. She told Entertainment Weekly, "I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules." Well it seems the one role she did choose, does overlap with the shooting schedule for "Eclipse" and as a direct result Lefevre is out and Howard is in.

Summit Entertainment responded to Rachelle Lefevre statement in Entertainment Weekly with one of their own, one that points to Lefevre just wanting the best of both world's. The Summit Press Release says that Lefevre was first given a shooting schedule for "Eclipse" back in April and failed to mention taking on a role in "Barney's Version" until July 20th eventhough she had accepted the role in early June. She then refrained from telling the studio that "Barney's Version" had ten overlapping days with the "Eclipse" shooting schedule. Within the Summit Entertainment response to Lefevre's actions is a lot of finger pointing but the final point is she's out. "The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre's commitment to the other project - which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment - makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE."

For now it seems that Summit Entertainment has the last laugh and Rachelle Lefevre is out as Victoria just when it was time for her to really sink her teeth into the role. As for acquiring Bryce Dallas Howard for the role of Victoria, I am not so sure I like it. Howard isn't a terrible actress, but she has never done anything of notice. She has had the opportunity, but never taken the advantage. I hope here in the role of Victoria, she will be able to do just that, I however remain skeptical till I see something that changes my mind.

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Volturi 'New Moon' Roster

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" release is closing in and today some images of the Volturi have found their way on to the net. I noticed the images at Latino Review who had found them over at Oh No They Didn't and as Latino Review stressed the images are pretty cool in design. I am not a raving Twilight fan, but I did enjoy the first film and looking forward to further films in the Twilight Saga. The released image shows five members of the Volturi in costume. The original source claims that they have larger images of each character, but through the magic of photoshop put this little banner together including the Volturi insignia. The images show Michael Sheen as Aro, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, creepy Dakota Fanning as Jane and Cameron Bright as Alec. The result is again is good and at least these vamps aren't just walking around in the latest Portland fashion. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" releases November 20th. Checkout the members of the Volturi below...

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Trailer: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Today is a good day, first I wake up to enjoy the treat of finally seeing the trailer to the Coen's newest filck "A Serious Man", now I get the pleasure of seeing Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" trailer, yes today is a good day! Let's get to the trailer, Anderson's follow up to The Darjeeling Limited is based off a famous children's book and is a filmed using stop-motion animation. In the previous weeks we have seen some terrific images from the film, but today I have the full length trailer below. Being Wes Anderson, I expected the film to be a throwback and it definately is! The animation doesn't look updated to our current standards in the slightest (it actually looks older than Nightmare Before Christmas), but that makes no difference, the result is still fantastic! As in any Wes Anderson film, the dialogue in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is superb and Anderson has definately brought his A-team of actors to voice the what looks to be hysterical little animals. Enough can't be said about how much I am looking forward to Jason Schwartzman's character. Clooney sounds spot on as the lead Mr. Fox and Bill Murray looks to be back to his old flawless routine with Wes Anderson behind the camera. This fall is the first time since being a kid that I am this amped about two children's tales coming to the big screen. Both Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" and Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" look to be highlights of the fall season. "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" releases November 13th, checkout the trailer below...

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Trailer: A Serious Man

The Coen brothers are hands down my favorite directors working today. These two have delivered nothing but hits all the way from Blood Simple to Burn After Reading. Every single film the brothers Coen have created I cherish and hold dear to my heart. They can do no wrong and have numerous times created films that soon find themselves being watched routinely in my household. Last night Apple premiered the first trailer for the Coen's latest dark comedy titled, "A Serious Man" and it looks to fall right in line with the rest of the Coen's trademark style of film making. "A Serious Man" is set for limited release on October 2nd and stars a cast of relative unknowns including Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus and Adam Arkin. Checkout the full synopsis, some stills and the first trailer for "A Serious Man" below...

The official synopsis: The story follows an ordinary mans search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larrys unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larrys chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person; a mensch, a serious man?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Renner Joins Affleck's Gang

Yesterday I wrote a story about Ben Affleck's next directorial effort "The Town" for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. Today comes news via THR that The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is in final negotiations to star alongside Affleck, Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall in the adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel "Prince of Theives." For the full details read more below...

Jeremey Renner would play one of the three blue-collar Irish-American gang members from Charlestown that works and is friends with Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck). THR does not reveal which character Renner would play only calls him the doomed best friend, but based off his recent success with The Hurt Locker, Renner seems most fit for the role of Jem. Jem is a hard-drinking, hard-drugging, trigger-happy wild boy that Renner would fit in perfectly as.

The original novel by Chuck Hogan followed four masked thieves and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown Massachusetts who decide to rob a Boston bank at gunpoint. The group takes the Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleans out the entire vault. One of the gunmen, Doug MacRay, didn't plan on falling hard for Claire. The career thieve decides to track her down without his mask & gun and their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move Doug imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work. A life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all.

Renner is a perfect addition to the already talented cast and should make for some powerful scenes shared with Affleck. "The Town" is set to start shooting in September in Boston with Matt Reilly and Jesse Ehrman overseeing for Warners. More news on "The Town" as it develops....

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Review - World's Greatest Dad

A dark comedy that follows Lance Clayton, a writer who has never published anything and father of a perverted foul-mouthed teenager who wants nothing to do with his dad. His poetry class is threatend of closure with very low student registration and his affections for a co-worker go un-matched, when she won't allow their relationship to be brought public. Lance's life however, makes a dramatic turn around after a freak accident, leaving him to learn that sometimes what we have most dreamt about becoming, isn't necessarily what will make us happy.

Daft Punk's Tron Legacy Theme

Last thursday in the Disney 3-D panel during the "TRON LEGACY" portion of the panel director Joseph Kosinski told us that Daft Punk had already written 24 new tracks for the film. Today through a few various sources (Latino Review & Tuxboard) I have the "TRON LEGACY" theme below for you to listen to. The song is perfect, being a huge Daft Punk fan the news alone of Daft Punk doing the score has me in nerd heaven, but then we hear the first track and it is marvelous. I cant wait to have this music matched within the world of TRON and in front of me in true IMAX 3D! Yeah, I am hyping the hell out of "TRON LEGACY", but it really is just that special to me. Anyways checkout the pulsating sounds of Daft Punk below. WARNING, this song is addictive, listen at your own risk! More news on "TRON LEGACY" as it develops...

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Disney had the full track pulled from the original website. Hopefully you got a chance to listen to the amazing song while it was up, if not I am sure more music will be released as we move closer to "TRON LEGACY" release date.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Poster: New York, I Love You

The first poster for "New York, I Love You" has hit the net today via IMP, but I have it here for you below. "New York, I Love You" is the follow-up anthology film to Paris, Je Taime and has an amazing cast within the 110 minute film featuring 10 different vingettes all surrounding New York. The outstanding cast includes Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Justin Bartha, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, John Hurt, Christina Ricci, Robin Wright Penn, Drea de Matteo, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, Cloris Leachman, James Caan, Andy Garcia, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie and about twenty others. "New York, I Love You" features 11 different directors including Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner and Randall Balsmeyer. The film is set for a limited release on October 16th. Checkout the official synopsis and full poster below...

"New York, I Love You" official synopsis reads: In the city that never sleeps, love is always on the mind. Those passions come to life in NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU - a collaboration of storytelling from some of today's most imaginative filmmakers and featuring an all-star cast. Together they create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city's heartbeat. Sexy, funny, haunting and revealing encounters unfold beneath the Manhattan skyline. From Tribeca to Central Park to Brooklyn, the story weaves a tale of love as diverse as the very fabric of New York itself.

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More Kong on 'Skull Island'

Over the weekend Variety reported that Spirit Pictures picked up the rights to "Kong: King of Skull Island" and are aiming to make a motion capture feature that focuses once again on King Kong. The film will be based off the book written by Brad Strickland and illustrated by Joe DeVito about both the son of Carl Denham and the backstory of Kong on Skull Island. As we saw in Peter Jackson's 2005 version of King Kong, Skull Island inhabited other giant apes and dinosaurs that Kong will no doubt battle in this prequel/sequel Kong story. Read more about "Kong: King of Skull Island" and what producer Steve Iles had to say below...

Steve Iles tells Variety that it was important to bring back the character in a way that paid homage to Merian C. Cooper's iconic creation. He said, "We're very concerned with honoring Merian C. Cooper's legacy in Hollywood. We want to make sure that whatever we deliver will honor his memory." If Spirit Pictures handles the book penned by Brad Strickland and illustrated by Joe DeVito responsiblely there should be no doubt that Kong enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting "Kong: King of Skull Island" to hit theaters. Arnold Kunert also told Variety that they are aware a watchful eye will be following Kong. He said, "It's one of those films that a certain level of the industry is aware of." Currently Spirit has assigned Andy Briggs to pen a draft off the book while they search for production partners for the Kong film. Both Kunert and Iles are attached to produce.

I read this book back in 2005 after Jackson's King Kong had released and was thrilled with how great of a story it turned out to be. It had fantastic illustrations and also a wonderfully structured story that really did capture the entire mythology of Kong while also giving us a new story. Here's a breakdown of the book. The book created by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland is both a sequel and a prequel. It begins in the late 1950's with the son of Carl Denham, Vincent Denham enlisting the help of Jack Driscoll to return to Skull Island and discover the mysteries of his father's 25 year disappearance. The trip to Skull Island nearly costs both Vincent and Jack their lives and Vincent is found by a storyteller who nurses him back to health. The storyteller tells Vincent the story of Kong prior to him leaving the island and leading up to his father and Driscoll removing Kong from Skull Island. Her story not only focuses on Kong and early his worth on the island, but of the tribes that live there as well, she then tells Vincent what has happened since Kong has left the island. The story was wonderfully crafted and would definately make for an interesting film, while also adding to the lore of the notorious giant ape.

Checkout the official website for the book Kong of Skull Island if you haven't read it. If your a Kong fan, you'll want to pick this book up!

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'The Town' Finds A Mad Man

Ahh Ben Affleck, Schofizzy has a special place in his heart for Affleck. Ever since I saw him in Dazed and Confused as Fred O'Bannion, looking to whoop some freshman ass, there hasn't been a film I did not enjoy simply based on the fact Ben Affleck was in it. Yes even the stinkers, like Phantoms, Forces of Nature, Surviving Christmas and the mother of all Gigli. Obvisouly not everyone feels the same as Schofizzy about Affleck, and that's okay. Ben Affleck has kept working and pulling out some decent roles including Hollywoodland, Smokin' Aces, this year's State of Play and although I haven't seen it yet he looks freaking hysterical in Mike Judge's "Extract". Where Affleck has really shown promise is back behind the lense and that brings us the point of this post. Ben Affleck is directing a adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel "Prince of Thieves" and THR reports that the film titled "The Town" has landed the Jon Hamm of AMC's hit show Mad Men and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) to star along with Ben Affleck in his second attempt at directing. Read more about "The Town" below...

The original novel by Chuck Hogan followed four masked thieves and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown Massachusetts who decide to rob a Boston bank at gunpoint. The group takes the Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleans out the entire vault. One of the gunmen, Doug MacRay, didn't plan on falling hard for Claire. The career thieve decides to track her down without his mask & gun and their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move Doug imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work. A life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all.

Matt Reilly and Jesse Ehrman will produce "The Town" for Warner Brothers. Affleck worked with Chuck Hogan and Peter Craig on the script and plan to begin shooting by September in Boston. Ben Affleck will star as Doug MacRay, the masked gunman who falls for the bank manager. Jon Hamm will play the tenacious FBI agent who is hunting down Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall will play Claire Keesey, the bank manager who finds herself in love with the wrong man. Both Hamm and Hall are strong choices for the film, while also being very refreshing. Hamm is a solid up and coming actor who has had a nice running on AMC's Mad Men and also a few episodes on NBC's 30 Rock. Seeing him as a headstrong FBI agent chasing down Affleck and his gang should make for a good film. Hall who was stunning in both The Prestige as Bale's wife and in last year's Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Javier Bardem should prove to be a wonderful fit as the love interest to Affleck. More news on "The Town" as it develops...

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Castlevania Nabs 'Saw' Helmer

Castlevania is one of a few videogames that you knew one day it would get made into a feature film. The idea of making Castlevania into a movie has been bouncing around for quite some time now with various directors attached including Paul W.S. Anderson and Sylvain White. Luckily, the Konami property has taken a step in the right direction by landing Saw creator James Wan to direct "Castlevania" for Crystal Sky productions. Read more about "Castlevania" below...

Variety reported last Sunday that James Wan was in final negotiations with Crystal Sky, on monday Wan posted via his myspace blog that he is in fact making "Castlevania". Wan went onto explain that it is still very early on, but it is one of his next projects. He confirmed by adding, "It's still early on, but I'm truly excited about this project, and i think it will allow me to showcase aside of my film-making that I love - designs and visual. The world of Castlevania is so rich and beautiful, coupled with a great premise and lush characters...I'm honoured to be shepherding this." James Wan will be directing off a Ian Jeffers and Steven Paul (Ghost Rider) will produce. Variety described the script as: Centering on the battle between Dracula and the Belmont clan of vampire hunters in a labyrinthine fortress in the Carpathian mountains.

The original Nintendo Castlevania is a game that I hold close to my heart and prior to the announcement of James Wan helming, I was throughly disappointed in the prospect of another video game being destroyed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Quite simply, Anderson is a hack, his movies suck and they are in general a waste of time and money. Anderson can also be credited as ruining any credible career Milla Jovovich once had. I hope that W.S. Anderson's portion of the script has been edited-out by Jeffers, because I would hate to think any of Anderson's stink be left on this project. As for Wan, the original Saw was a great film. I enjoyed Dead Silence for what it was, it had a lot of flaws, but overall still enjoyable. Death Sentence which apparently isn't all that well recieved, was pretty badass in my humble opinion. I can watch it anytime I see it on and it remains just as powerful as the first time through. So my interests in "Castlevania" are perked. I am not jumping for joy yet, but I am interested to see what comes of the project now that it has some real direction behind the camera. More news on "Castlevania" as it develops....

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Monday, July 27, 2009

New 'NIMH' in Development

One of my favorite cartoons as a kid was The Secret of NIMH, I would watch the movie endlessly along with a few other titles, but NIMH always remained with a very special place in my heart. Maybe it was the single mother desperately trying to protect her children, or perhaps a number of other things, but I loved that film through and through. Today comes news via THR that Paramount is developing a new feature film based off Robert C. O'Brien's childrens tale "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH". For more an this interesting scoop scroll down...

Paramount has landed Neil Burger (The Illusionist) to pen the screenplay and Cary Granat is attached to produce. The film will most undoubtably be a live action-CG hybrid similar to the likes of Garfield or more recently Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The original story follows a widowed field mouse, Mrs. Frisby, who seeks the aid of a group of former laboratory rats in rescuing her home from destruction by a farmer's plow, and of the history of the rats' escape from the laboratory and development of a literate and technological society.

For me I just hope that this new film is kept a bit serious and not too kiddie. Paramount hiring Neil Burger however, is a step in the right direction. Burger who has until now only dealt with more adult themes, should be able to scribe the story in a way that is compelling for both kids and adults.

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Red Band Trailer: The Goods

A new Red Band trailer for "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" has hit the net and I have it here for you below. "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" stars Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, Ed Helms, James Brolin, David Koechner, Ken Jeong, Kathryn Hahn, Tony Hale, Rob Riggle, Alan Thicke and Craig Robinson and is directed by Neal Brennan. The film follows a used car lot as they must sell all of their cars over 4th of July weekend in order to keep the lot open. The comedy looks like something that could have very easily just gone striaght-to-dvd, but still looks amusing at the very minimum. The red band trailer highlights the dirty language and material that looks to be in abundance in the upcoming comedy. "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" releases August 14th. Checkout the trailer below...

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More 'Prince of Persia' Stills

Empire Online premiered 4 new images from Disney's "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time" adaptation being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Two of the new images show us a bit more action from Dastan played by Jake Gyllenhall and Princess Tamina played by Gemma Arterton, while the other two are more behind the scenes shots of Bruckheimer looking on. Despite this being a huge budget film, I still remain very skeptical about how well this game will adapt to film, but at the very minimum, the look is spot on. "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time" is directed by Mike Newell and is set for release on May 28 2010. More news as it develops, check out the new images below...

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New 'Expendables' Images

Some new images have popped up on the net via "The Expendables" production blog and I have them here for you below. The latest images give us a look at Jet Li in action, Statham looking out a plane window, also being driected by Stallone, a shot of Eric Roberts weilding a weapon, Stallone getting some tattoo work by Rourke and a behind the scences production shot of group. All of the said images are pretty good. There are definately not high action shots, but the will suffice until we have more from the action written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. "The Expendables" and it's epic action star cast is set for release April 23rd, 2010. More news as it develops, until then checkout the images below...

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'Due Date' Adds Downey Jr

Schofizzy has been pretty skeptical about the latest Todd Phillips comedy starring Zach Galifianakis called "Due Date", but news comes today that forces me to stick my foot firmly in my mouth. Variety reports that the expecting father road trip comedy has landed Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. to the play the husband racing across the country to make the birth of his first child. Regardless of the fact that "Due Date" sounds like a pretty generic concept, having Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis playing off each other in a comedy sounds quite promising.

Robert Downey Jr. is a flawless comedian. The guy just has that certain flare that comes across perfectly onscreen. I have always loved his charming sarcasm, but now you add Zach Galifianakis to the mix, and that definately bolsters my interest considerably. Galifianakis is also equally comical and witty with his dry cynicism. I think these two guys together will be worth admission regardless of how generic the movie ends up being. The fact they are not buddies in "Due Date", and are mismatched partners adds to both Galifianakis and Downey Jr.'s strengths. Furthermore, the laughs that Downey Jr. and Galifianakis will conjure up together hopefully will outweigh any of my previous hold-ups. It is true, I have been pretty unsupportive of Zach Galifianakis chosing to do a generic comedy again, but now with Robert Downey Jr. aboard I will watch this project with a bit more interest. "Due Date" will begin lensing in September for an early June 2010 release. Todd Phillips is directing off a script written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland and then later revised by Adam Sztykiel. More news on "Due Date" as it develops...

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

More "Fantastic Mr. Fox' Pics

Some brand new images from Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" have found their way onto the net via USA Today and I have them here for you below. The more images that get released the more excited get for this film. All of the images are stunning and these new pics also give us a look at the world through Anderson's eyes which is pretty damn cool! "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" releases November 13th. More news to follow as it develops. Anyways, checkout the brand new images below...

What say you? How awesome are these new images? Where the Wilds Things Are and The Fantastic Mr. Fox are now my most desired films left to see in 2009! How about you? Strikeback...