Sunday, November 27, 2005

X-Men news November Edition

X-Men 3 Beast
Just got comfimation that the X3 trailer will be attatched to King Kong in theatres on December 14. This will be followed by the release of the first official pictures of the movie, in USA Today. But before that, Fox will release Fantastic Four on DVD December 6th and the bonus material includes interviews and a look at X-Men 3, hosted by Avi Arad, Marvel's lead film Producer.

Plot lines are becoming a little more apparent with word that Kelsey Grammer's character, Beast, is pivotal. It seems that characters like Storm, Wolverine and Professor Xavier can mingle in normal society without drawing attention to their mutations, but those with physical mutations like Beast and members of the Morlocks must hide to avoid persecution. Beast’s struggle with his gifts and curse and how he reconciles the struggle seems to be the A Plot of the film. I’m sure the B Plot has to do with Magneto and his band of misfits.


A new image has appeared on the net from Kurt Wimmer's upcoming Ultraviolet, starring Milla Jovovich and Nanaimo's Cameron Bright.

In the film Jovovich plays an infected human that must protect Six, played by Bright, from the human government, as they belive he carries an antigen that could spell the end of the human race.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Young Actor

Sticky Fingaz

Kirk Jones
Playing Blade

I ran in to Quinn Lord and his dad yeaterday. Quinn was very fasinated with the Robots DVD that we had playing in the store. Quinn told me that last friday he was working on the Blade televsion series pilot in Vancouver. Mr. Lord informed me that the role was that of a younger version of Neil Jacksons character as seen in flashbacks, sorry I forgot who he said. Rap star Sticky Fingaz aka Kirk Jones is playing Blade and will be joined on set by Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Nelson Lee and Jessica Gower.

Jill Wagner

Jill Wagner
Hottie on Blade

Spike TV lists this pilot as a MOW (Movie of the Week) "Spike TV's Blade focuses on Marvel's eponymous immortal warrior fighting a shadowy underworld of vampires who want to destroy the human race. The title character is a half-man, half-vampire who uses his incredible powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-drenched crusade to prevent the ascendance of vampires over mankind."

Friday, November 18, 2005

Harry Potter Review

Silver City

Two Potter Fans at Silver City
Sara Jones & Michael McGall

We arrived at the theatre to a long snaking line from Silver City, just as I saw them open the doors. We probably waited about seven minutes before getting though the doors. And I was amazed to see so few people in costume. Out of the nearly 300 seats in the theatre, maybe 15 were in Hogwarts wear. As you see to the left I managed to get a shot of a few.

Prizes by the Ocean’s Prize Pig took place just before the movie started without any trailers or commercials, and no I didn’t win.

The movie starts at the Weasley's home early in the morning as they prep for the Quidich World Cup. I have to say that the sceens for the World Cup could have taken half the movie, but insted the sceen quickly turned to the Death Eaters and the distruction they created at the camps.

Events then moved to Hogwarts and the introduction of the two-visting schools for the Tri-Wizards Tournament. The characters were a little too glossed over, if you haven't read the books. Nevel was nicely brought to the for-front character wise but the guests from the visiting schools of Beauxbaton and Durmstrang are not well developed, for that I must deduct a mark.
Cinematically the film is fantastic, the sets are better, and the CG and editing are the best they've been in the series. But his is it, this is a series and the movie depends on people having seen the rest of the films and read the books. For that I must deduct another point. I think anyone coming to this film fresh and new to the Harry Potter phenomenon would be totally lost, the movie would not stand on its own.

Any novel that is turned into a movie will have things stripped out, I accept that but the sheer size of this book should have said two films.

For what they did and what I experienced as a Harry Potter fan myself, I enjoyed it.

7.5/10 or 4/5

Monday, November 14, 2005

All Coming to Television


Blade Trinity
Starring Wesley Snipes

Spike TV and New Line Television have signed Actor/rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones to star in the Blade series, based on the popular Marvel comic book and film franchise of the same name. David Goyer (Batman Begins, the Blade trilogy) will serve as executive producer and co-wrote the drama with popular comic book author Geoff Johns.

"Blade, as envisioned by David Goyer is perfectly suited for Spike TV and its male viewers," says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV. "Consistent with Goyer's feature film work, the new "Blade" promises to capture what men want to see: thrilling action and effects combined with an intelligent and highly creative story."

Production begins November 14 in Vancouver. Blade will premiere on Spike TV in June 2006. Jill Wagner ("Monk"), Neil Jackson ("Stargate SG-1"), Nelson Lee ("Traffic," the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower ("Blurred") also are signed to star in the production. Peter O'Fallon is set to direct.
FOX has ordered to a pilot for a new The Terminator TV series based on the film franchise. The series would have a "connection" to the film franchise but it will apparently not affect plans for a fourth big screen outing. The series would likely air in the 2006-07 season, and John Connor will definitely be featured.

Doctor Who?

Billie Piper
as Rose Tyler
Doctor Who Season 2

The character Rose Tyler will not return for the third season, as Billie Piper has quit her role as Doctor Who's sidekick before the second season of the series starts reports.

The 23-year-old star and former pop artist, told producers she didn't want to become typecast as they begged her to stay. BBC chiefs have now launched a secret bid to find her replacement.

A source says: "The BBC are auditioning other girls to take over. They want to have the next actress all lined up when they announce Billie's departure. They are quite miffed about her decision. The casting people have been conducting secret auditions with a small number of actresses and keeping it very, very quiet. They are after a relative newcomer so this is the role which puts her in the public eye".
See the Cybermen

The WB Network has given a put pilot commitment to a live-action rendering of the DC Comics character Aquaman from Smallville executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough.

The series is envisioned as a contemporary reinterpretation of the character who lives in the deep sea and enlists sharks and other oceanic creatures to help him in his crime-fighting endeavors.

The new-model Aquaman will be a man in his early twenties and like Smallville, there's no costumes or other superhero accessories used when his superpowers are invoked. The character appeared on the October 20th episode of Smallville played by Alan Ritchson, but a new actor will be put in this series role. The pilot is planning to shoot early next year in Florida.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

News Briefs Nov. 10

Seems there is going to be some excitement around the new film, Harry Poter and the Goblet of Fire. WB (Warner Bros.) has decided to atach the first trailers for both Superman and M. Night Shyamalan's newest movie,Lady in the Water.
As I am seeing Hary Poter this weekend, in a sneek preview. I'll have a report next week.

Hollywood North Reports has run a story about a new production deal that sees more shoots in BC. On Tuesday November 8th Vancouver-based Insight Film Studios Ltd. signed a $75 million production and distribution deal with Los Angeles' Picture Perfect Entertainment and Ted Fox Entertainment.

Insight will jointly produce and finance six pictures annually over the next three years that Picture Perfect and Ted Fox Entertainment will distribute globally. The agreement was arranged by Insight CEO Kirk Shaw, Picture Perfect principal Rich Styles and Ted Fox.

All projects will be shot in Vancouver, according to Insight senior vp creative affairs Rob Word. The budgets will be in the $2 million-$5 million range, and at least one of each year's films is expected to receive theatrical distribution.

and The slate's production begins in January with such science fiction, action and thriller genre features as Switches I, Switches II, Hybrid, WMD, Shadow Warriors, The Unknown.

The companies will develop TV series and video games from some of the projects, with a mix of theatrical and nontheatrical projects. "As the mood and whims of the public change, we'll adapt to different genres with the commercial potential of the films in mind," Word said.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Stories in Brief

Frontline Films

The Dead Inside
Frontline Films

The Tyee, one of Vancouver's many "independent" newspaper, ran a story about the big city's indy horror film industry. Of course any city full of film profesionals is going to inspire independants and amatures. Victoria even has such an industry, one of my old co-workers is behind such films as Meat Market 1&2 and the just released The Dead Inside. Brian Clement enjoys both the horror and film noir genre and both show up in his new film, as they do in many of his others. Check out Frontline Films.
Others worth checking out are Fizz Films and Random Act Productions.

Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis are both shot over in Vancouver both are renewed for the 2006-2007 season. The problem is that so far only Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) is signed to return to Stargate SG-1's 10th season. Hopefully we wont have to wait until Vancouver's GateCon in March to find out what's up.

Now shooting in Victoria, Augusta Gone and Safe Harbour. If you know anything about locations or what they are doing, please leave a comment.

Thanks to Cherly for some links and information.