Monday, May 29, 2006

X-Men Super-sizes the Box-Office over Da Vinci

The Da Vinci Code
VSX-Men: The Last Stand

A HUGE four day weekend in the US has seen the largest Memorial Day Box-office premiere. The Second biggest opening day in Box-office history for X-Men: The Last Stand with $44 Million on Friday and it kept going as the weekend progressed. Saturday saw a $32.1 Million pull and Sunday took another $25.5 Million. For a movie that was criticized as being rushed and poorly reviewed, this is a huge triumph. In comparison to X-Men: The Last Stand, The Da Vinci Code only saw $10.4 Million on Friday.

It was a great weekend for film watching, as McKellen vs. McKellen. Next weekend we have only one minor comedy, The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. I have a feeling that X-Men will win on this one.

Monday, May 22, 2006

News Bits: X-Men, Birthdays, Brit-sci, Star Wars Death Ray

18 clips from X-Men: The Last Stand on

It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Birthday (May 22, 1859)

It's also Richard Wagner's Birthday (May 22, 1813), Wagner is know for his compisions, including Flight of the Valkyrie

British Science-Fiction Film Director Val Guest past away at 94, link to LA Times Article.

My friend Mike has found a long lost scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, oh yes and he wants a death-ray.

I got a chance to see The Da Vinci Code yeasterday, and I'll post a review later this week.

X-Files the Reunion

X-Files MovieX-Files co-Producer Frank Spotnitz talked with the Sci-Fi Channel about the work going on for X-Files 2 the movie.

Although the script isn't written, the idea is already developed and Fox likes the idea - "No, we're not going into the mythology, one of the things that was exciting about doing it is to not make it a mythology story, and it's like one of the stand-alone episodes. It's a bit scary. Of course, we will catch up with the characters and what is going on in their lives, but it's not about the alien conspiracy. It's not about that".

Will Scully and Mulder shoot the film in Vancouver to give it the feealing the old series had, or will camers rool in LA?

Blade ready for Spike TV

New cast images for the Vancouver produced Blade TV series have been released and as comented " looks a little more polished than expected." If you can't wait untill June for a look at the show, how about looking at the trailer, at the bottom of the story. Click the images below for larger versions.

Blade CastBlade TV

*** EDIT *** Sorry that the Trailer has been removed. Too many complaints that it played on loading of the page.

Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and GrendelThe Gerard Butler film, Beowulf and Grendel, shot in Iceland by Sturla Gunnarsson (Da Vinci's Inqest) has recieved some distruabution in six US theatres.

June 16th Seatle - Varsity
June 30th San Francisco - Opera Plaza
July 7th New York - Quad
July 14th Chicago - Century
July 28th Los Angeles - Westside Pavillion
August 11th - Kendall Square

Offical WebsiteQuicktime TrailerWindows Media Trailer

The Da Vinci Code Vs Mission Imposible III

The Da Vinci Code
VSMission Impossible 3

Well up here in Canada it's the Victoria Day long weekend and the box-office race has declared a winner. Early results put Tom Hanks' The Da Vinci Code miles ahead of Tom Crusie's Mission Impossible: III. M:I:3 had explosions and action but Dan Brown's mystery, religious themes and controversy won out.
Also knocking M:I:3 to third place in its third weekend at the boxoffice was the animated animal romp Over the Hedge pulling in a cool $37.2M. Amimated films tend to have summer box office staying power, as kids want to see them over and over. So what will we see next weekend, as X-Men: The Last Stand staring a slew of celebs, including Vancouver Island's own Cameron Bright, steps up to the plate?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Blockbuster Boxoffice Vs winner

VSMission Impossible 3

This is the first competitive weekend of the summer box-office season. While Mission Impossible 3 was a weak starter for the season last weekend it was sketchy as to its strength against the new entry, Poseidon. How did it go?

MI: III got the win with $24.5M over Poseidon's $20.3M, a close first weekend but now Tom Cruise has to go up against Tom Hanks' Da Vinci Code.

TOM Vs. TOM see the results next week.

Dath Vader is on the line

Ever wonder what the coversation between Darth Vader and Dath Sidious would be like when Vader had to tell him of the events at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope? Well check the video below for a good laugh.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Two new productions in town

Anyone looking for work in Victoria's film industry may want to conntact these two production companies.

Scare Tactics - Feature
Tactical Road Productions Ltd.
758 Queens St.
Victoria, BC
tel: 250-380-6000
fax; 250-380-6001

Mermaid Chair - Feature
Egret Island Productions Inc.
740 Discovery St.
tel: 250-382-3128
fax: 250-385-1004

New Trailers online

New X-Men: The Last Stand video clips at Yahoo and Latino Review while Dell has a nice seven minute long preview of the film. If you're not afaid of spoilers then it's worth the watch.

Superman Returns TV spot is up at aintitcoolnews and Quicktime has a new trailer for Cars, the latest Pixar film.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Hot new X-Men: The Last Stand pics

wolverine and pheonix in X-Men the last standImage from Superhero Hype of Wolverine and Pheonix in a flaming hot possision.
Then ING (not the online bank) has some great TV spots archived on their site for your viewing pleasure.

X-Men: The Last Stand opens May 26 in theatres everywhere.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Victorian in Blade TV

Blade Television seriesBlade the Television series from Spike TV, is coming and features local seven year-old actor Quinn Lord. Quinn lives in Victoria and has appeared in shows like The L-Word, Reunion and Terminal City he also has a part in the upcoming movie White Noise 2: The Light. Lead actor in the Blade series has posted a preview clip of the show, but it seems that the site’s bandwidth has been exceeded; maybe he should use YouTube for future postings of the video. But I did manage to find another copy of the Blade preview at their video is slow to start and has an ad at the begining but at least it's accessable.
Quinn has a blog site started at

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Trialers Now Online: Super, Pirate, Royale

Superman ReturnsA few new trailers have shown up for this summer's blockbusters. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Superman Returns have both posted new preview trailers online. While I grew-up as a huge comic book fan and I saw the majority of the original series of Richard Donner’s Superman films I have to say, I do not really like the look of this new Superman. It’s flashy and prettier than the seventies and eighties series but there doesn’t seem to be any more substance.
Pirates on the other hand has new villains, new situations for the heroes and what looks like exciting new adventure for Jack, Will and Elizabeth take a look at the two trailers and tell me what you think.

Other new Trailers worth taking a look at:

Casino Royale


Peaceful Warrior

Marie Antoinette

Over the Hedge

Watch and enjoy

Monday, May 01, 2006

Attractions May 2006

In The Land of WomenThe month starts with the May 5th opening of In the Land of Women. Shot in Victoria last year and starring Meg Ryan, Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart and Olympia Dukakis. Locations included Oak Bay neighborhoods standing in for suburban Michigan, and Mayfair Mall as a shopping centre with a Cineplex.

In the Land of Women is a romantic comedy / drama about trying to makes sense of love. Adam Brody plays Carter Webb who has just been dumped by his true love. In depression and need of a change Carter escapes Los Angeles to suburban Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother. Soon after his arrival, Carter stumbles into the lives of the family living directly across the street: Meg Ryan, and her two daughters Makenzie Vega and Kristen Stewart. Through his relationships with these women, as well as with his grandmother, Carter discovers that what felt like an end was only just the beginning of something else.

Cameron Bright in X-Men the last standI have to wonder if Cameron Bright is being type cast at the tender age of thirteen as a pivotal plot character actor? If you look at the films Cameron has been in since The Butterfly Effect in 2004, Godsend with De Niro and Greg Kinnear Cameron plays both the child that is killed and the story focused cloned child. Later that year in Birth starring Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall. Cameron is the reincarnation of the husband Nicole lost ten years ago. Early this year he’s Running Scared from Paul Walker and then he’s the son who makes tobacco’s biggest spokesperson realize the effect he’s having on what he cares most about, in Thank You For Smoking with Aaron Eckhart and William H Macy. Now Cameron’s other film, already out this year, was the Sci-Fi / Vampire-esque auctioneer, Ultraviolet, in which Mila Jovovich must steal a biological weapon called Six, Cameron, from a government lab before it destroys her people. In late May Cameron’s role is as Leach in X-Men: The Last Stand, and while I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as Twentieth Century has worked so hard to conceal it, I can say after careful examination of the trailer, online at, Cameron is again the key element to the whole film, while not being the lead actor or having his name above the title.

In late April at the Nanaimo premiere of Thank You For Smoking Cameron was on hand signing autographs and raising money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, something that afflicts a fellow actor and very close friend of his.

X-Men: The Last Stand premieres May 26, 2006 and in it a "cure" for mutants threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them from society, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test, triggering the war to end all wars: a Mutant war, or as Magneto would say the war for the survival of Homo Superior. A lot of rumors exist that this will be the final film of the X-Men franchise but even with two spin offs in development, Wolverine and Magneto, I can’t see Fox or Marvel not returning to this highly profitable and tie-in saturated series.

Star Trek XISpeaking of film franchises that make money, Paramount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.

The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission. (**Edit: Abrams has since, denided this plot**)

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

If you’ve got your passport in order and are looking for a reason to excursion state side, the Seattle International Film Festival runs May 25th to June 18th at various venues including Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. Check out for more details and a list of the Danish films highlighted at this the 32nd SIFF

You can get more updated info from the newly revised Victoriawood blog at Don McCaskill wrote morning news for The New VI and has contributed on and off to local news media including radio since 1986. Don has been a writer for Attractions Arts & Entertainment magazine for seven years.