Thursday, June 30, 2005

New Mutants

X men new mutants

The Movie Blog has made an interesting speculation in regards to what Zak Penn may be doing in the way of an X-Men spin-off movie. While I conjectured earlier that the Morlocks could be popping-up in X3, Penn could be up to creating a whole new franchise in the form of The New Mutants. A New Mutants film would be good for bringing new angle to the X-Mansion and Xavier’s School for Gifted Children and a whole new cast, except maybe Patrick Stewart.

Of course this could just be idle speculation.

X-Men 3 cast update

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Mike Vogel
Sexy blond hunk Mike Vogel, who has had some juicey roles, is rumoured to be getting the contract for the part of Angel.

Vogel was a regular reocuring character on the Grounded for Life TV series. He got his film break with the skater film Grind then landed a killer role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His credits climbed over the next two years as he appeared in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Havoc. He is finnishing up work on The Poseidon Adventure and the offical announcement could come Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Spin off a third X-Men

X-Men 3 wolverine clawsAs X-Men 3 is a month from production start and Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn polish the script word comes down that Penn has also polished a two year deal with 20th Century FOX. Penn's writing credits include Inspector Gadget, X2: X-Men United, Elektra and Spy Hunter. The deal alows Penn to present projects to FOX over the term of the contract and if approved write/direct/produce them, making him what they call in the biz, a double slash (/).
Penn is expected to produce at least one film that could be a spin-off of the X-Men series. There are already two such films in the works, Wolverine will lens almost as soon as X3 wraps, and a film looking at the young life of villan Magneto.

There is news that Lost star Maggie Grace is out of the role as the X-Men's girl who can walk through walls. Reports are that the role of Kitty Pride is being recast.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Canadian joins the World War



Canadian Justin Chatwin is starting to garner some attention from the media. The 22year-old Nanaimo, BC native Stars as Robbie Ferrier, son of Tom Cruise's character and older brother to Dakota Fanning's character. A pretty good role for someone from Vancouver Island who has only been in the business for four years.
Jacqui Kaese, teacher of Nanaimo's Spotlight Acadamy, remembers him well. Chatwin was one of Kaese's first students. He's had roles in Smallville, Taken, and The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie but never anything that prepared him for working with a mega star actor like Tom Cruise or Director Steven Spielberg and the media attention paid to these two men was overwhelming. Chatwin told Toronto's Metro newspaper, "For all of the great things that come with being involved with this amazing industry and process, there's always the down," he says. "As far as being an actor as big as Tom Cruise, he handles it pretty well considering how much pressure's on him. I don't know if I'd want that because I really love my freedom and my family and my friends."

Sunday, June 26, 2005

June Attractions

Star Wars the final chapter opened to enthusiastic crowds, or should I say hordes? Revenge of the Sith broke all kinds of records and could easily break more. It doubled the midnight opening record, formerly held by Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. It took out both the biggest single day and opening day records not to mention the largest Thursday opening and tied Matrix Reloaded and Spider-Man for fastest to $100M (3 days), but managed to miss the Friday-Sunday weekend record held by Spider-Man. In its four-day weekend (Thursday-Sunday) it scored an impressive $158.4 Million.

This last Star Wars film episode was a chance for a lot of fans to dress in costume. Two groups here in Victoria were out in force (pun intended) over the opening weekend and the costumes were excellent. My favorite was Vernon’s John Klinger, who made his own Boba Fett and came to Victoria to appear at Silver City with the 501st Legion during the opening weekend showings. The 501st is a fan costuming organization with members world wide, including a few of dozen members in BC, check their website at members.shaw.ca/outerrim

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Busy

Sorry I haven't posted anything in the last few days. It's not that I don't have anything, just that I'm saving it for my print article. Attractions is due out late next week but my deadline was yesterday.

I have made a few tweaks to the blog; you may notice a new banner at the top. The building is Victoria's Legislative building which is often referred to as the Parliament Building, but that is in Ottawa. I've even heard tourists in the Inner Harbour try to say it’s the Queen's residence, or that that’s where she stays when she's in town. Uhhg! Silly tourists. I really need to write that book - Stupid Tourist Questions. The Moon, why the moon? I have a little company for my writing and other creative aspects called Night Shadows, so the moon symbolizes that.

The Green colours? I'm not 100% happy with them, but they'll stay for now. I hope you like what I'm doing with the images on the site; I'm just trying to create a good look.

The other new(!) feature is the scroll box on the right. It's a simple JavaScript and if you want a copy, please just ask. I'm using it to mark significant movie release dates, as I get more icons and dates I'll add them.

A little about the rest of the site, Victoriawood Reports is the title to my Attractions Magazine Column about is Hollywood industry as it affects local Victorians. Falcona is my online name, as it were. My nickname is Falcon, and has been since I was about eight. I've used it on CB Radio, BBS's, D&D, any other Role Playing games I've ever played and at SF Conventions, but as the internet and the web grew I found it harder and harder to get falcon as an email or site name so I started using Falcon A (falcona).

If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say Hi!, please click the comments link at the bottom of the post. It should let everyone; even non-members leave a note. I would also like the feedback just to know that It’s worth while to keep this blog going.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Nightcrawler and Batman

X-Men 3 logoNightcrawler, x-men 2, alan cummingsBamf! And Nightcrawler is gone.
News from Alan Cummings personal website that he will not be appearing in X-Men 3, Fox is not picking up his option. Cummings my be relived after the adruous make-up process on X-Men 2.
The question is, is there no Nightcrawler in this film or are they recasting the role? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Batman beging logoBatman Begins a new francize. The film did so well there is nearly no dout that will will see a second film. Warner Bros wanted two successful films from both Batman and Superman before entertaining the idea of a Batman vs. Superman film but don't be suprised if the second film of both lead twords a clash of the titans.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

I'm a bit of a Vampire fan

Acording to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures is setting up production of Absolute Angels by the writing team of Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinnes with Jolliffe attached to direct
Absolute Angels is described as a female take on 1987's The Lost Boys, one of my favorate vampire films. It centers on a lonely goth girl who gets invited to join the high school cheerleading team only to learn the cheerleaders are actually a pack of vampires.
Mosaic Media's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing. Karen Walton will do a quick rewrite on the project. Jolliffe, who comes from London, wrote and directed Urban Ghost Story. He
entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's youngest film producer at the age of 20 for the 1992 film The Runner. Karen Walton created the Canadian Giner Snaps movie series.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

That's A Wrap... For Now

Adam brody In the Land of Women

The tents are coming down at Mayfair Mall as I write this. This past weekend film crews shot final scenes for Meg Ryan and Adam Brody's romantic In the Land of Women. The film tells the story of a man who moves to Detroit to care for his Grandmother, Olympia Dukakis, after breaking up with an actress. Not planning it he forms a bond with the family across the street.

The other filming that was taking place on Vancouver Island was Eureka, a television pilot for NBC, shooting in and around Nanaimo. Eureka wrapped late May and is now in postproduction, as is In the Land of Women.

Now we have a bit of a break from filming, I know that there is a project other than X-Men 3 coming in a few weeks, but at the moment I cant say what it is. I’ll keep you posted as I can. I should have a first look at Whisper, staring Lost’s Josh Holloway.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Batman Continues

batman logo

Got to see Batman Begins last night, really good film.

To start the new DC Comics logo that I talk about in my print article was there, I wasn't sure what I was seeing at first and I'm still not sure what some of it was supposed to represent, like the eye of a female. It wasn't wowing at all.

Batman BeginsNow is the film worth seeing? Yes! The movie stars off in modern times where Bruce Wayne is traveling to get to know himself, then it flashes back to his childhood and life with his parents. The flashbacks in this film make sense as to when they happen, but are not well done. It's almost like they shot the film as it being sequential and changed their mind to flashbacks in editing.

The film is true to Bob Kane’s original concept while adding enough modern elements like the new Batmobile and the enemy’s weapon. The setting of Gotham was dark with some bright spots, so not as gloomy as Tim Burtons take.
There is a little boy in a red shirt in the film, who spots Batman skulking around, then is saved by Batman and Katie Holmes, I have to wonder if this is supposed to be a future sidekick of his.

Michael Caine is great as Alfred, the ultimate butler and Morgan Freeman is great as Bruce’s ally at Wayne Industries. I understand that Warner Bros. brought these two and Liam Neeson in too help Christian Bale, as he’s not considered a strong performer.


The film ends with a nice tip towards a sequel and talk is already in place as to who might play the villain. Robin Williams, Mark Hamill and Adam Sandler are being mentioned.

***** Five Stars *****

Friday, June 10, 2005

Wolverine vs. Superman

Wolverine - Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman has set up a new production company at FOX, with partner John Palermo. The first look deal for FOX will start with Wolverine writen by David Benioff, who wrote the soon to be filming X-Men 3. A first draft on Wolverine is due to be in Jackman's hands shortly. Filming could start shortly after X-Men 3 wraps and put the film in theaters in late 2006 or early 2007. On the subject of X-men 3 Jackman says, "It got to be a roller-coaster ride there, but I wasn't worried because the script is so strong... Brett (Ratner) has come in with a lot of enthusiasm and full understanding of the franchise."

Superman logoFrom Austrailia, James Marsden is taking a break in his shooting of Superman Returns, and commented on the up-comming X-Men 3. "Sure, it's getting down to the wire. It's getting close. We've got to make this movie. But we've done two before and there's a comfort zone in there that we all feel like we've done it and we can do it again. Matthew Vaughn fell out for personal reasons or family reasons. Brett Ratner is directing and he's a very competent director and I think we'll be fine." Marsden still doesn't know what part he'll play if any.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Odd X-Men

X-Men 3 Calysto and Strom

X-Men 3 held a casting call looking for "ODD & UNUSUAL multi-racial men, women and children of all ages". I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this means we could see the Morlocks in this episode. If you’re not familiar with the Morlock, the name comes straight from H.G. Wells' Time Machine novel were an underground race attacks the humans living on the surface. The Morlocks in the X-Men Universe are a group of deformed mutants that hide in New York's sewer system form the hate of the regular people on the surface.

Will we see a X-Men 4? That really depends on the success of this film and the ability to reorganize the cast. What we'll probably see next will be Wolverine released in 2007 and if we are luck X4 in 2009.
David Benioff, writer of Troy is working on the screenplay and Hugh Jackman is signed to lead the spin-off film.

Monday, June 06, 2005

BC Movie News

Brett Ratner Director on X-Men 3

Well it looks like all the speculation was right. Brett Ratner took the job of directing the X-Men 3.
Now the circle is now complete. Ratner was in the running for the first X-Men movie and lost out to Bryan Singer. Then he started work on Superman Returns and was knocked out by Bryan Singer, now he's running the X-Mansion.
Filming will start on schedule at Vancouver Film Studios without a hitch, this August 2, 2005, making the film ready for a May 19, 2006 release. We should have an actor named shortly for the role of Angel.

Cameron Bright on Ultraviolet setCameron Bright has signed on to appear in a mid-season episode of Stargate SG-1. Bright is best known for his film roles, playing the cloned child in Godsend with Robert De Nero, and the husband reincarnated in Birth with Nicole Kidman. He has three other films in post-production as he now returns to Vancouver to shoot Sci-Fi Television for the first time since Dark Angel and Shadow Realm. Bright will play Orlin, a character previously played by Sean Patrick Flanery, whose busy on a film set and can not return to the Stargate set.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Mutants and Witches

X-Men 3's new director could come on Monday. While Ain’t-It-Cool News named Brett Ratner and John Moore, Ratner seems the more likely canidate. Ratner is known for his work on the Rush Hour and 2002's Red Dragon. We should find out Monday along with who's playing Angel.

Our favorite Vampire stalker, Sarah Michelle Gellar will take the title role in a movie adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
According to Teen Hollywood the 27-year-old star has apparently beaten Britney Spears to the part.
A source told the website: "A few names have been mentioned, including Britney Spears, but recently she's lost that teenage innocence tag. Gellar might be a bit older but she still looks fantastic."
The movie will begin filming next year.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Podcasting

I am experimenting with podcasting and have created my first one. If you download it please leave a comment about it.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

What's shooting?

Currently there is one film shooting in Victoria, In the Land Of Women, staring Meg Ryan, Adam Brody and Olympia Dukakis.

A television pilot just wrapped in Nanaimo, Eureka, a possible series for NBC about a town full of guniuses was shot from Campbell River to Shanigan Lake.

X3 aka X-Men 3 is due to start shooting in Vancouver and could have started shooting in Victoria in July, but now there is bad news. Matthew Vaughn the prized director of Layer Cake was set to direct the mutants of Marvel but has had to leave the project to take care of some personal business, back home in England. Marvel and Fox are expected to name Matthew's replacement and who is going to play the significant role of Angel in the film.

Don McCaskill

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Don McCaskill