Friday, February 23, 2007

Canadian Comic gets Movie



A Montreal company has picked up the rights to the Comic-book series, created by writer Mark Shainblum, Northguard. Movie Seals Productions plans to begin production this June and describe the project in the following.







The multinational Progressive Allied Canadian Technologies (PACT) has developed a revolutionary cybernetic personal-weapons system called the Uniband, which gives an individual the firepower of an army battalion. The Uniband is to be operated by an agent named Karl Manning, but Manning is killed in an airplane explosion engineered by an ominous right-wing evangelical organization. PACT finds a close match to Manning in a young man named Phillip Wise. Wise is taken to PACT headquarters and told about the Uniband and an imminent threats to the Canadian nation. Wise, a comic book fan (and aware of the Canadian national superhero tradition), decides to work with PACT, but only on the condition that he can operate the Uniband as a superhero Northguard. PACT's leadership is divided on Wise's request but finally relents, and Northguard is born.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Saturn Awards

THE 33rd ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS NOMINATIONS


BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM

Children of Men (Universal)
Déjà vu (Buena Vista)
The Fountain (Warner Bros.)
The Prestige (Buena Vista)
V For Vendetta (Warner Bros.)
X-Men: The Last Stand (20th Century Fox)


BEST FANTASY FILM

Charlotte’s Web (Paramount)
Eragon (20th Century Fox)
Night At the Museum (20th Century Fox)
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista)
Stranger Than Fiction (Sony)
Superman Returns (Warner Bros.)


BEST HORROR FILM

The Descent (Lionsgate)
Final Destination 3 (New Line Cinema)
Hostel (Lionsgate)
Saw III (Lionsgate)
Slither (Universal)
Snakes on a Plane (New Line Cinema)


BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

Casino Royale (Sony / MGM)
The Departed (Warner Bros.)
Flyboys (MGM)
Mission Impossible III (Paramount)
Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (DreamWorks / Paramount)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Cars (Buena Vista)
Flushed Away (DreamWorks SKG)
Happy Feet (Warner Bros.)
Monster House (Sony)
Over the Hedge (DreamWorks SKG)
A Scanner Darkly (Warner Independent Pictures)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Apocalypto (Buena Vista)
The Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony Pictures Classics)
Fearless (Rogue / Focus)
The Host (Magnolia Pictures)
Letters From Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse)


BEST ACTOR

Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) (Sony / MGM)
Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III) (Paramount)
Will Farrell (Stranger Than Fiction) (Sony)
Hugh Jackman (The Fountain) (Warner Bros.)
Clive Owen (Children of Men) (Universal)
Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)


BEST ACTRESS

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Judy Dench (Notes on a Scandal) (Fox Searchlight)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Stranger Than Fiction) (Sony)
Shauna MacDonald (The Descent) (Lionsgate)
Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta) (Warner Bros.)
Renee Zellweger (Miss Potter) (Weinstein Company)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) (Focus Features)
Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand) (20th Century Fox)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Mission Impossible III) (Paramount)
Sergi Lopez (Pan’s Labyrinth) (Picturehouse)
James Marsden (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) (Buena Vista)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal) (Fox Searchlight)
Eva Green (Casino Royale) (Sony / MGM)
Rachel Hurd-Wood (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) (DreamWorks /Paramount)
Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand) (20th Century Fox)
Parker Posey (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Emma Thompson (Stranger Than Fiction) (Sony)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR

Ko A-Sung (The Host) (Magnolia Pictures)
Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse)
Jodelle Ferland (Tideland) (ThinkFilm)
Tristan Lake Leabu (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Mitchel Tate Musso (Monster House) (Sony)
Edward Speleers (Eragon) (20th Century Fox)


BEST DIRECTION

J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible III) (Paramount)
Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) (Universal)
Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) (Picturehouse)
Mel Gibson (Apocalypto) (Buena Vista)
Bryan Singer (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) (DreamWorks /Paramount)

BEST WRITING

Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger
Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) (DreamWorks /Paramount)
Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) (Picturehouse)
Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) (Sony)
Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and
Paul Haggis (Casino Royale) (Sony / MGM)
The Wachowski Brothers (V for Vendetta) (Warner Bros.)

BEST MUSIC

David Arnold (Casino Royale) (Sony / MGM)
John Ottman (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)
Douglas Pipes (Monster House) (Sony)
John Powell (X-Men: The Last Stand) (20th Century Fox)
Trevor Rabin (Flyboys) (MGM)
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) (DreamWorks /Paramount)

BEST COSTUME

Joan Bergin (The Prestige) (Buena Vista)
Yee Chung-Man (Curse of the Golden Flower) (Sony Classics)
Penny Rose (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) (Buena Vista)
Judianna Makovsky (X-Men: The Last Stand) (20th Century Fox)
Gilly Martin (Flyboys) (MGM)
Sammy Sheldon (V For Vendetta) (Warner Bros.)

BEST MAKE-UP

Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero, Mario Michisanti - (The Hills Have Eyes) (Fox Searchlight)
Paul Hyett, Vickie Lang - (The Descent) (Lionsgate)
David Marti, Montse Ribe - (Pan’s Labyrinth) (Picturehouse)
Todd Masters - (Slither) (Universal)
Ve Neill, Joel Harlow - (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) (Buena Vista)
Gregory Nicotero, Scott Patton - (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) (New Line Cinema)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

John Bruno, Eric Saindon, Craig Lyn, Michael Vezina - (X-Men: The Last Stand) (20th Century Fox)
Jeremy Dawson, Dan Schrecker, Mark Soper, Peter Parks - (The Fountain) (Warner Bros.)
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Patrick Tobach, Dan Sudick - (Mission Impossible III) (Paramount)
Karin Joy, John Berton, Blair Clark, John Dietz - (Charlotte’s Web) (Paramount)
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson, Allen Hall - (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) (Buena Vista)
Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover, Jon Thum - (Superman Returns) (Warner Bros.)

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

BEST NETWORK TELEVISION SERIES

Heroes (NBC/Universal)
Jericho (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Smallville (CW)
24 (Fox)
Veronica Mars (CW)

BEST SYNDICATED / CABLE TELEVISION SERIES

Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi Channel)
The Closer (TNT)
Dexter (Showtime)
Doctor Who (Sci Fi Channel)
Eureka (Sci Fi Channel)
Kyle XY (ABC Family)
Stargate SG-1 (Sci Fi Channel)

BEST PRESENTATION ON TELEVISION

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (TNT)
Life On Mars (BBC America)
The Lost Room (Sci Fi Channel)
Masters of Horror (Showtime)
Nightmares and Dreamscapes (TNT)
10.5: Apocalypse (NBC/Universal)

BEST ACTOR IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM OR SERIES

Matt Dallas (Kyle XY) (ABC Family)
Mathew Fox (Lost) (ABC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter) (Showtime)
Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) (Sci Fi Channel)
Kiefer Sutherland (24) (Fox)
Noah Wyle (The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines) (TNT)

BEST ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM OR SERIES

Patricia Arquette (Medium) (NBC/Universal)
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) (CW)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) (CBS)
Evangeline Lily (Lost) (ABC)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) (Sci Fi Channel)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) (TNT)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM OR SERIES

James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) (Sci Fi Channel)
Michael Emerson (Lost) (ABC)
Greg Grunberg (Heroes) (NBC/Universal)
Josh Holloway (Lost) (ABC)
Masi Oka (Heroes) (NBC/Universal)
James Remar (Dexter) (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM OR SERIES

Gabrielle Anwar (The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines) (TNT)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) (Showtime)
Ali Larter (Heroes) (NBC/Universal)
Allison Mack (Smallville) (CW)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) (ABC)
Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) (NBC/Universal)

DVD – HOME ENTERTAINMENT

BEST DVD RELEASE

Bambi II (Buena Vista)
Beowulf & Grendel (Anchor Bay)
The Butterfly Effect 2 (New Line)
Hollow Man 2 (Sony)
The Sci Fi Boys (Universal)
2001 Maniacs (Lionsgate)

BEST DVD SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Extended Edition) (Buena Vista)
Final Destination 3 (Thrill Ride Edition) (New Line)
Old Boy (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) (Tartan)
King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition) (Universal)
Saw II (Unrated – Special Edition) (Lionsgate)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner)

BEST DVD CLASSIC FILM RELEASE

Forbidden Planet (Warner)
Free Enterprise (Anchor Bay)
Gojira (Godzilla) (Classic Media)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line)
The Searchers (Warner)
She (Legend Films)
This Island Earth (Universal)

BEST DVD COLLECTION

The Boris Karloff Collection (Universal)
The Exorcist – The Complete Anthology (Warner)
The Premiere Frank Capra Collection (Sony)
Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection (Warner)
James Bond Ultimate Edition (Collections 1 – 4) (MGM)
Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warner)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES RELEASE ON DVD

Deadwood (The Complete Second Season) (HBO)
Doctor Who (The Complete Second Series) (BBC Warner)
Lost (The Complete Second Season) (Buena Vista)
Masters of Horror (Anchor Bay)
MI – 5 (Volume 4) (BBC Warner)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection (V. 9 – 10) (Rhino)

BEST RETRO TELEVISION SERIES RELEASE ON DVD

Adventures of Superman (The Complete Six Seasons) (Warner)
Amazing Stories (The Complete First Season) (Universal)
Saturday Night Live (The Complete First Season) (Universal)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (Paramount)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Seasons 1 & 2) (Fox)
The Wild Wild West (The Complete First Season) (Paramount)

Nanaimo Film office's last film

There’s something ironic about a movie crew shooting just less than six weeks after city council closed the Nanaimo Film Office.

Vancouver filmmaker Andrew Bronstein wrapped up shooting Friday for Scourge, a horror flick about a worm that enters its victims through their belly buttons.

Getting that flick was the film office’s last accomplishment before its doors closed Dec. 31. The film has a $300,000 budget – not exactly big bucks in the film industry, but Bronstein is hopeful he can sell it to a national distributor when the editing is finished, in about a year.

He sees a lot of filmmaking potential in Nanaimo and says he wouldn’t be here, if not for the film office’s work and support.

“They made us feel great -– so hospitable, it’s nice to be here,” Bronstein told me.

The film office has cost taxpayers $80,000 a year to operate since it opened five years ago.

In January the function was taken over by the city's economic development office.

Marilyn Hutchinson, the city’s economic development officer, said location inquiries now come from either the Victoria Film Commission or the North Island Film Commission in Campbell River.

Bronstein said that could work, if Nanaimo is presented prominently in their location databases. He said filmmakers are busy people who don’t have time to pore through thousands of images or spend hours on the Internet searching for the ideal location.

A quick search found one Nanaimo image – the E&N train station, on the North Island commission’s website.

Victoria’s website contains dozens of stunning pictures of Victoria buildings, scenes and streetscapes and smaller sections with photos of Comox Valley and Parksville. Nanaimo is nowhere to be seen.

Bronstein is an enthusiastic supporter of developing a Canadian film industry using Canadian talent and Canadian locations. He said a user-friendly database that gives filmmakers easy access to a variety of locations would go a long way to developing the industry.

And he says currently there’s nothing to lead a filmmaker going into Victoria to look up-Island for what Nanaimo has to offer.

“It shouldn’t be hidden deep within the body of the database.”

The economic development office recently took over the film office’s computer database containing more than 2,500 images of Nanaimo area locations. Currently those photos aren’t available to browse online using a search engine like Google.

Hutchinson said she recently got an inquiry from Ford Canada for Nanaimo vistas to shoot photographs for an upcoming magazine ad campaign.

That inquiry was referred here from the Campbell River office.

Looking at the bigger picture, the list of accomplishments is short for the now-defunct Nanaimo Film Office.

Jacqui Kaese runs Spotlight Academy, which launched the careers of such up-and-coming actors as Cameron Bright and Justin Chatwin. Kaese, who came here from London, England, loves Nanaimo and wants to see it better represented for the industry.

“We could do so much more if we had that voice in the community,” Kaese says. “Unfortunately it wasn’t soon enough for the city. The city was expecting more.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

News Bits: Potter, Indy, Narnia

Andrew Adamson is back in New Zealand gearing up to begin shooting of the second Chronicles of Narnia film, Prince Caspian. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, earned over $745 million dollars worldwide making it one of the biggest grossing films of all time. Disney is set to release the film May 16, 2008.

Rumors are flying across the net that Shia LaBeouf has been cast by Steven Spielberg to play Indiana Jones' son in the upcoming fourth film. LaBeouf has roles in the upcoming Disturbia and Transformers, and he's been seen in Holes, Constantine, and I, Robot. Some sources say that his role in the film is for comic relief, but seeing as there have been no announcements by Lucas or Spielberg we'll have to wait and see.

A number of new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix images have appeared suddenly, so I thought I'd share everything I currnetly have on the Subject. Click for a larger version.




Tuesday, February 13, 2007

True Blood TV series


HBO announced that they have greenlit a new series from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, called True Blood. The series is based a novels about vampires in Louisiana by Charlaine Harris, known as the Sookie Stackhouse series. The title comes from the brand of synthetic blood that the vampires can drink, thus getting around the need for human blood.

Ball talked to BBC and said "Having shed one of their more antisocial habits, the vampires decide to make their presence known, hire PR firms, and sort of ... come out of the coffin. A lot of churches are horribly against them, but they are very wealthy, and contribute a lot of money to Republican politicians so that they can legitimize their holdings."
"Vampires are a great metaphor for minority groups that struggle for rights and recognition, but also for Republicans, in that they’re vicious and bloodthirsty and will destroy anything that gets in their way."

Season 4 Battlestar Galactica

It's currently the beginning of pilot season and renewal announcements for the TV industry. With that has come word that despite the down turn in ratings on Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, it has been given the green light for a fourth season. The news is bitter sweet as word leaked out that it will be a 13 episode season, instead of the normal 22 episodes the show has enjoyed for the past three years.

The shot in Vancouver series is a remake of the late seventies TV series that was based off the 1978 movie. IMDB discribes the show:

The second war against the Cylons is over and The Twelve Colonies have been destroyed. Now Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galatica and President Laura Roslin lead a ragtag fleet of refugees in a supposed search for the fabled lost thirteenth colony, Earth. However, the dangers they face are many which compound an already difficult situation. In addition to The Cylons hunting and attacking the fleet in space; their infiltrator units carry out a more subtle plot even as their former unwitting pawn, Gaius Baltar, helps in the hunt for them while hiding both his own guilt and the strange presence that haunts his every thought. If that wasn't enough, the fleet also faces internal political conflict of which the rabble rousing figure, Tom Zarek, is merely the loudest dissenting voice. In the midst of these trials however, clues begin to appear that suggest that Adama's simple bluff about Earth may be more truthful than anyone knowing could have guessed.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Dive into the Ocean

Gianni Nunnari, producer of 300, confirms he's working with Warren Ellis on an adaptation of his work Ocean, a six-issue comic book mini-series from Wildstorm. The story follows UN Weapons Inspector Nathan Kane as he heads to Europa after a discovery of inhuman objects under the planet's ice. The objects are weapons; a wormhole-based transport system, and cryogenic resting place of a warlike race of prehuman beings that lived between Mars and Jupiter.

Could be an interseting film.

**EDIT** February 13: Warren Ellis claims that there is no talk on adapting his graphic novel.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Toys are back again

Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009 said Disney Pictures at an investor conference yesterday.

Pixar confirmed details, including the announcement that Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2 co-director Lee Unkrich will helm solo this time around. Michael Arndt is penning the script.

It has also been confirmed that veteran story artist Chris Williams has taken over directing duties on 2008's American Dog which Lilo & Stitch helmer Chris Sanders was previously developing.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sandman news

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Mega-Director Joel Schumacher has indicated he would like a go at directing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.

One online site suggested that trying to turn a seventy-five issue opus into a two-hour film is almost an impossible task. So I would suggest only shooting the first story arc and leaving the rest for the sequels, like any comic adaptation. Issue 50 could be a film on it's own.

Last year during the San Diego Comic Con, Neil Gaiman told his fans, "I'd rather no Sandman movie got made than [to have] a bad Sandman movie."

Monday, February 05, 2007

Lights come on for Crystal


Good news to report, it seems that Henson Company has put not The Power of the Dark Crystal on hiatus after all.

According to Muppet Central the film's production is moving along as planned. The project is not "canceled", "on hiatus", "delayed" or " abandoned". Production is on track and the film is still planned for a "Spring 2008" release. Nicole Goldman, The Jim Henson Company's Head of Publicity reassures us that the film is still alive and moving along as intended. The goal is to finish post-production by the end of the year, so we should see the physical production gearing up real soon. The film should be ready for its debut at Cannes in May 2008.

In another NEWS FLASH! The Muppets are trying to return with a new television series. A 10-minute pilot was filmed in December in hopes of a revival of the beloved franchise.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Lights go out on Crystal


Sad news to report, it seems that Henson Company has put The Power of the Dark Crystal on hiatus after director Genndy Tartakovsky has spent two years in preproduction. Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) and his sister Lisa are moving ahead with other projects, but it seems we may never see what Brian Froud designed.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Stardust image dump

So I've found a pile of Stardust images to add to what was posted yesterday. The film is set for release in mid-August this year.
As always, click for a larger view.


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