Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Images: Bridge to Terabithia, Sturdust

While Pan's Labyrinth is getting rave reviews, two more films of Fantasy are in production and showing their wares.

Bridge to Terabithia is the story based on the experiences of David Paterson, as written by his mother the Newberry Award winning author Katherine Paterson. Now David is grown and has adapted his mothers novel into a film that he is producing. For fans of the book this is very good news as it means the adaption will be a true representation of the original work.
Some production art from the film have shown up, click to see them larger. Check out the Trailer as well, and while you're there check out some other trailers and see what the world of films has in store.

While I'm sure I've seen these images before of Neil Gaiman's Stardust here they are all the same. The story is set in a town in the English countryside where the magical and mortal mix. The tale is focused on a young man who promises his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm, where he has to contend with witches, goblins, gnomes, talking animals and evil trees. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and staring an amazing cast including Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O'Toole, Claire Danes, and Ian McKellen as the narrator.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fox to delay Canadian Releases

piracy in canadaIn a recent report, it was revealed that fifty percent of the pirated films in the world come from Canada prompting Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution at Fox to consider delaying releases in Canada.

"Canada has become a hotbed for film piracy. It's a serious problem," says Snyder. Montreal is seen as a preferred city to capture movies in cinemas as Hollywood films are screened in both English and French. The day-and-date release pattern means pirates are able to get a jump on satisfying demand for bootleg DVDs in Europe.
Douglas Frith, head of the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association, said that Fox's wrath underlined growing anger among studio executives over lax Canadian laws governing movie piracy and copyright protections. "We share the frustration. We're working in a legislative and enforcement vacuum, and certainly a prosecution vacuum at every level in this country," Frith said of fruitless efforts so far to make camcording in cinemas a criminal offense in Canada.

Local police are not responding to calls from cinema operators when pirate camera operators are spotted and detained. "We're doing the surveillance. We have them (camcorder operators) in our crosshairs. But we require a police force to enforce the law, which is why we are pressing so hard to get camcording made a criminal offense," says Firth.

Its the public that is going to suffer the ill effects of the studios changing or delaying releases, so movie going public needs to get involved in stopping these camera operators.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Academy Nom goes to

This years Oscar Nominations are out and Dreamgirls leads the pack.

Best Picture
The Departed

Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole for Venus
Will Smith for The Pursuit Of Happyness
Forest Whitaker for The Last King Of Scotland

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Penélope Cruz for Volver
Judi Dench for Notes On A Scandal
Helen Mirren for The Queen
Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet for Little Children

Best Director
Clint Eastwood for Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears for The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for Babel
Paul Greengrass for United 93
Martin Scorsese for The Departed

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children
Djimon Hounsou for Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg for The Departed

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza for Babel
Cate Blanchett for Notes On A Scandal
Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi for Babel

Best Animated Feature Film
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Foreign Film
After the Wedding (Denmark)
Days of Glory (Algeria)
The Lives Of Others (Germany)
Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico)
Water (Canada)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Worst Movie of the Year

The Nominations are in for the 27th Annual Razzie Awards, given to the worst films and performances of the previous year.

Nominations Per Picture

Basic Instinct 2, 7 Nominations
Worst Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, Director, Sequel, Screenplay and Screen Couple

Little Man,7 Nominations
Worst Picture, Actor (2) Remake/Rip-Off, Director, Screenplay and Screen Couple

Bloodrayne, 6 Nominations
Worst Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director and Screenplay

Wicker Man, 5 Nominations
Worst Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Remake and Screen Couple

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 5 Nominations
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment, Worst Actor, Supporting Actor, Sequel and Screen Couple

Lady In The Water, 4 Nominations
Worst Picture, Supporting Actor, Director and Screenplay

Deck The Halls, 3 Nominations
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress

The Shaggy Dog, 3 Nominations
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment, Worst Remake and Worst Actor

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Meat Market 3 Awards

Brian Clement, Director of Meat Market 3 has put out a call for votes in Victoria's Monday Magazine for their M Awards. I'll let Brian's own words fill you in.

Hey all! This week's Monday magazine features a BALLOT for the M-Awards. Make sure to pick one up as ballots are usually only available for one or two issues before they all have to be submitted. Please vote for Meat Market 3 in every applicable category. Meat Market 3 is listed in the "short run film" category and Brian Clement (director) is listed in "favourite local filmmaker" category. Please vote for Bronwyn Lee (she played Erika) as favourite local actor (there is no actor/actress category split) by writing her in under "other" after the people who are already listed. (Don't vote for "Brian Clement" under director in the stage play category, that's just confusing!)

DO NOT stuff ballots (i.e. submit identical multiple ballots, or make up fake identities to submit more) as this will mean your ballot(s) will be destroyed before counting. Last year The Dead Inside was robbed by some crummy stage play so PLEASE vote, get your friends to vote, get their friends to vote, and get their friends' dogs and those dogs' puppies to vote. Ballots need to be taken to the Monday magazine office on Broughton, or email or faxed, BEFORE January 26!!

Don't forget!!! Help put this movie on top where it belongs! (The DVD will blow your minds! The masters have been approved by the distributor so it will be out some time this year!)


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lost Boys 2

Lost Boys 2, vampireA sequel to the 1987 vampire cult classic, Lost Boys, has been slated to begins shooting sometime in the next few months. Filming will take place in the San Diego, CA area.

There are no plans to release Lost Boys 2 in theaters as it is low budget and is part of Warner Bros. DTV (Direct to Video) strategy.

Not much is known about the film or who is in it, or directing, it is know that the film is about surfing vampires in Southern California.

The rumors regarding a sequel have been floating around since the late 80’s and even Joel Schumacher was pitching a sequel idea during the 90’s that would have been called The Lost Girls.

It had also been said that executive producer Richard Donner talked about doing a sequel that would show Edgar and Alan Frog A.K.A. The Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander in the original film) starting a vampire hunting business that would take them to Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Abrams talks Trek

After his panel at the New York Times' 6th Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend, Entertainment Weekly sat down with Mission: Impossible III helmer and Lost creator J.J. Abrams to get an inside look at his new Star Trek movie.

Abrams confirmed a draft of the script is done and will be trimmed sometime soon. As for the target audience - "On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying. For people who've never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don't know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind."

There's no word on a director or casting yet, but Abrams is anxious to move forward.

iPhone is here

iphone2.JPGIf you haven't already heard, Apple anounced two versions of the much anticipated iPhone. Following the introduction, Apple stock rose $7.10, or more than 8%, to end the trading day at $92.57 a share.

Two versions, a 4 gig model for $499US and 8 gigs for $599US will be available in June. The oxymoronic 3.5-inch widescreen display works the cell phone, music player, e-mail device and video player. The problem right now, to use the VCR analogy, is that this is VHS and everything else is just Beta. iTunes is now the largest online video store in the world with over 1.3 million full-length films and 50 million TV episodes sold to date.

In December NBC Universal TV Group's Jeff Zucker boasted that, while the major networks are losing viewers, his company will end 2006 with as much as $400 million in revenue from its digital operations -- and that's expected to soar to $1 billion by 2009. He explained how: "The week after a new prime-time hit show like Heroes is on NBC, it repeats twice on the Sci-Fi Channel. The next morning, it airs on It plays there free with advertising. Then it's available for sell-through on iTunes."

appletv, iVideo, iTVAlso shown at E3, the previously named iTV streaming media device now called Apple TV. The $299US living room gadget allows users to wirelessly play audio and video content from a Mac or PC on a television. (Shipping starts in February.) It will have a 40GB hard drive (for up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each).

Also announced on iDay -- Paramount Pictures announced the debut of its movies for $9.99 purchasing and downloading on the iTunes Store.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New talk for Star Trek

Is the new Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams looking for sex appeal? That's the rumor coming out of Hollywood today, complete with a target for that sex appeal, 007's Daniel Craig.No confirmations or denials to the talk yet, but my money says ney.

Far more concrete was William Shatner who spoke to IGN TV about the project on the weekend and said of the new film "They seem to be going in the direction of putting in [Leonard] Nimoy and myself. But in order to do that, it's a difficult story to write. So they're in the midst of wrestling with all of that".

What would it take for the Boston Legal star do it? "In order to entice Leonard and myself into the movie, it has to be meaningful in some way, so I don't know what they're gonna do".

Monday, January 08, 2007

ACTRA Strikes

ACTRA went on strike as of today, in four Provinces. Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. ACTRA will be on strike in the rest of the country shortly, except British Columbia which is under a separate agreement.

According ACTRA's president, Richard Hardacre "Our members are being told now that they cannot report for work, unless they're working for producers who have been engaged with ACTRA on an interim agreement." He added "Regretfully, ACTRA has begun the first strike ever in our 64-year history."

Wages have been one issue. ACTRA says its members make more than 30 per cent less than their U.S. counterparts, and is calling for a wage increase spread out over the next few years to catch up.

The major stumbling block though seems to be producers that don't want to pay workers for new media, such as cell phone and internet use. Canadian actor Wendy Crewson said, "Professional performers don't work for free. Not on TV. Not on film. And not on the internet."

Last week, the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association vowed to take ACTRA to court if a strike occurred, and said it would seek a court order to force actors back to work.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dungeon Siege gets date

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, a $60 million fantasy movie directed by Uwe Boll and based on Gas Powered Games' PC game franchise, will make its worldwide debut in Boll's homeland of Germany for summer 2007 courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Boll is currently shopping the film for North American distribution, but has no takers as yet.

In the Name of the King features an all-star cast that includes Ray Liotta, Leelee Sobieski, Matthew Lillard, Ron Pearlman, John Rhys-Davies and Burt Reynolds. Boll has two finished versions of the film. The theatrical release will clock in at just over two hours, while he also has a director's cut of the film for DVD that will incorporate an additional 45 minutes of action sequences and story into the movie. This is a change from earlier word that Boll would make the film into two two-hour features. TheUwe Boll, Dungeon Siege theatrical version of the movie screened at the American Film Market recently and received positive reviews from both journalists and Hollywood execs.

Boll, known for his videogame-to-films, raises all of his own funds for his projects through mainly German investors. Most of Dungeon Siege was shoot on Beecher Bay lands between Sooke and Metchosin, east of Victoria.

A Trailer for the film can be seen here in Quicktime 7 format.