Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Ultraviolet Images

A few new images have shown up from Ultraviolet, the sci-fi film staring Milla Jovovich and Vancouver Island's Cameron Bright.



Last X-Men 3 news of the year

Hollywood Reporter is reporting the addition of Meiling (Mei) Melancon to the X-Men 3 cast as Psylocke. Melancon worked previously on Rush Hour 2 with director Brett Ratner. While she has appeared in various incarnations in Marvel's plethera of X-Books she will fight against the X-men in the film, as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants.

Considering that this film is due in theatres in less than five months, I'm suprised that they're still announcing new cast and characters. I'm also supprised that so much fuss is being made over an actress with so little credits. Check out her IMBD listing to see what I mean.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Smoking X-Mass

I got home from midnight mass last night to find a Christmas card of sorts in my e-mail. Thank You For Smoking, has released its trailer. This movie is of significance to Victoriawood because island resident Cameron Bright stars in the film. Cameron plays the son of a Tobacco lobbyist (Aaron Eckhart) , who works to push the industry of smoking, when he realizes the effect he is having on his own son.
I can't say that the trailer would cause me to go see the film, but it does look fun, and I like Rob Lowe's character.

Merry Christmas everyone, or what ever it is you celebrate at this time of year.

Friday, December 23, 2005

VIFVF first look


The Victoria Independant Film and Video Festival is nearly upon us and details of this years festival are starting to make it to my ears. My January article in Attactions magazine has a look at some of the localy made films that will be at the festival, and I have just learned about a profesional forum that will be happening durring the festival, Trigger Points Pacific Co-Production Conference.

Trigger Points Pacific is an initiative of the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, designed to bring together top industry players from Pacific Rim countries and Canadian producers for one-on-one meetings and panel discussions on international co-productions. Hosted by Pat Ferns (Ferns Productions) and Sheena Macdonald (Rhombus International) at Victoria's Laurel Point Inn, from January 27-29, and Modeled on the very successful Mannheim Co-Production Meetings, this conference will facilitate personal contacts to to form invaluable business relationships with potential finance, broadcast, or foreign production partners.

I'll have more information over the next few weeks about the VIFVF.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

X-Men street shot

Yesterday, X-Men 3 was shooting on the streets of Vancouver's Gastown district. The sceen being shoot was a group of protesters out side of a clinic that was offering a Mutant Cure Shoot. This suposed cure for mutantism is the crux of the conflict between Xavier's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood. Added to the mix of protester were police and military trying to keep them at bay. More images can be seen at HollywoodNorth Report.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Thank You Pictures

Some still images from Thank You For Smoking have appeared on line at Dark Horizon. Thank You For Smoking stars a large ensemble cast including Nanaimo's Cameron Bright. The story follows Aaron Eckhart's character, Nick Naylor, the father of Cameron's character, as he works as a lobbyist for big tobacco, and realizes the effect his work has on his son. Wide release is set for March 17, 2006.

Other cast include: Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, Kim Dickens, Todd Louiso, Dennis Miller, Joan Lunden, Jeff Witzke, Richard Speight Jr., Nancy O'Dell

Friday, December 09, 2005

Trailers December Edition

Because I haven't done this for a while, here are some of the latest movie trailers on the net for some of the best films out there. If you don't already have it you may want to update your Quicktime to version 7, some movies just wont play without it.

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Special thanks to Mike for the Table editing tips.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Titles

Rumours across the net are reporting a title for the yet to be announced Pirates of the Caribbean 3. The buzz title is Uncharted Waters. But Disney could be simply using thios as a working title.

Neil Gaiman's latest project is reportedly called The Graveyard Book, described as an update of The Jungle Book, only set entirely in a graveyard. The plot focuses on a young boy who is raised by corpses after his parents tragic death. I know more than a few readers that will be lined up at Bolens to get a copy.

Monday, December 05, 2005

X-Men 3 Trailer is here

If the talk about the X3 movie hasn't piqued your interest or even if it has you NEED to have a look at the just released trailer. I suggest watching it threw at the largest screen size that you can. Then go through it frame-by-frame cause some of the shots are so quick. This looks great.

Can you tell I'm excited? Check it out now then come back here and discus it.

New X3 Images


USA Today posted the first official images from X3 in todays edition and online, and at some point today Apple's Quicktime site is set to release the new trailer. While we wait to get a look at it. Take a gander at these images.






























Streching his wings







I case you're wondering, this is the director Bret Ratner.













Wolverine looking like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Profesor X and Captain Picard


Cameron Bright

Cameron Bright with Mom
Ready for Leech sceens on X3




Fox has anounced that it will reveal the X3 trailer on the Apple Quicktime website on Monday, December 5, 2005. The trailer was set to debute on the 14th attatched to King Kong and a sneek peek is a bonus feature on Tuesdays release of Fantastic Four on DVD. We should also see some debut pictures in USA Today this week.


According to Trekweb, Patrick Stewart says "About four months ago at a meeting in Los Angeles the subject was raised quite seriously from a very interesting point of view. I have been saying for four years now that it's over. No fantasies about it coming back, the space suits have been hung up for good. But there are weighty people in Hollywood who are very interested in one more run around the holodeck. There are serious plans. I was told this may happen two or three years down the road, by which time I'll be able to sit again in the captain's chair, but then again, it's not all that far away and if I'm in good shape I'd love to do it".

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Attractions December

The end is near. The end of the year that is, and the big gun films have already started hitting the screen. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire opened with an incredible $102.3 Million, the fourth best-ever opening weekend. Lets face it; Science Fiction and Fantasy films are the big box office tickets. They may not get a lot of attention come Oscar season, but we the audiences love them all the same. So what is on the December platter?

Aeon Flux- Starring Oscar winner Charlize Theron and my favorite Hacker Jonny Lee Miller. The movie is based on the highly popular MTV (shown on YTV) animated series. Set 400 years in the future, in a world whipped out by disease except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, led by The Handler. When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. To discover what those secrets are, you’ll have to see the film December 2.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by director Andrew Adamson of Shrek and Shrek 2 fame. The first movie in a series of seven based-on-the-book adaptations in the vein of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but this time starting with the second book in the series, C.S. Lewis first published in 1950, against the advice of his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien. The series follows three children who are sent away to the English countryside from the bombings in London during World War II. In the midst of a game of hide-n-go-seek one of the children discovers a wardrobe that is a magical portal to another world. Unfortunately Lewis’ death was a footnote in the media, having occurred on the day of JFK’s assassination.

Peter Jackson’s King Kong starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody. From the man that brought us the ultimate fantasy series of movies, comes the biggest ape, King Kong. Jackson retells the Fay Wray classic in the grand special effects way that only his Weta Digital can.

Naomi Watts steps in to Fay Wray’s part, portraying Ann Darrow, an actress from the world of Depression-era New York’s vaudeville who finds herself out of work. Her luck changes when she meets Carl Denham, played by Jack Black. Denham is an in your face entrepreneur, adventurer and filmmaker struggling to make a name for himself in the emerging entertainment industry of the day. Bold, and charismatic, Denham has a natural sense of showmanship and an appetite for his own greatness, which may ultimately lead to catastrophe.

After that there really isn’t anything big in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy genre this year, but there are some other films worth checking out, like Memoirs of a Geisha, Fun with Dick and Jane starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni, Munich and on Christmas day, Casanova.

I just found out that Sony's Screen Gems has released a new image from the upcoming Ultraviolet movie. There hasn’t been much information about this shot in China Sci-Fi / Vampire flick staring Milla Jovovich and Nanaimo’s Cameron Bright. The Kurt Wimmer film set in late in the next century, where a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease, giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. As they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population.In the middle of this is the infected Ultraviolet, played by Jovovich, who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy named Six, played by Bright, who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans. There is currently no release date for Ultraviolet but the released image is promising as very little has been seen since the movie was wrapped over a year ago.

If you like seeing trailers for upcoming movies, Apple’s Quicktime website is one of the best sources. Unfortunately many newer movies are using Quicktime 7, which only works on Windows XP, so it looks like I’ll be upgrading, and losing use of my $350 screenwriting program, as it wont work in XP. The first trailer for the locally shot Dungeon Siege by Uwe Boll is available at fantasticfilmsinternational.com/films/king.html again only in Quicktime 7.

Don McCaskill is an entertainment news junkie, as CHUM’s Clint Nickerson once dubbed him. Don has written for The Victoria Star, Cut To: Magazine, THE Magazine, West Coast Entertainment, Extreme FM, The New VI, and for the past six and a half years Attractions A&E. When Don finds news that wont wait for his monthly column he posts it on victoriawood.blogspot.com