Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Joker Dies

Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead his afternoon at a Broome Street, Manhattan residence. Police have speculated that the death was drug related.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let Ledger know the masseuse had arrived, found him dead at 3:26 p.m EST.

The Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for his role in
Brokeback Mountain and is best known to genre fans for his role as Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland in A Knight's Tale and one of The Brothers Grimm opposite Matt Damon. He was set to appear as the Joker in the upcoming Dark Knight film. His death will bring a darker setting to an already dark tale.

Heath's most recent film I'm Not There scored an Academy nomination this morning for Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. One could venture that Heath was upset by his lack of a nomination and recent split from, Michelle Williams, the mother of his young daughter, Matilda Rose.

*Edit*As to Heath's last projuect with Director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Ledger's involvement was critical in funding the $30 million independent feature. After filming in London from December up till last week, shooting was moved to Vancouver for intensive interior and green-screen work beginning this week and lasting through till March. Work is now "temporarily shut down" as investors and filmmakers weigh the option of replacing Ledger, filming around him (ala Brandon Lee in "The Crow) or scrapping the project entirely.

Oscars are Nominated

80th Academy Awards

Best motion picture of the year
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in "Michael Clayton"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood"
Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Tommy Lee Jones in "In the Valley of Elah"
Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises"

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Charlie Wilson's War"
Hal Holbrook in "Into the Wild"
Tom Wilkinson in "Michael Clayton"

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie in "Away from Her"
Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose"
Laura Linney in "The Savages"
Ellen Page in "Juno"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in "I'm Not There"
Ruby Dee in "American Gangster"
Saoirse Ronan in "Atonement"
Amy Ryan in "Gone Baby Gone"
Tilda Swinton in "Michael Clayton"

Best animated feature film of the year
"Surf's Up"

Achievement in art direction
"American Gangster"
"The Golden Compass"
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
"There Will Be Blood"

Achievement in cinematography
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Achievement in costume design
"Across the Universe"
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
"La Vie en Rose"
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Achievement in directing
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Achievement in film editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"Into the Wild"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Best foreign language film of the year
"Beaufort" Israel
"The Counterfeiters" Austria
"Katyn" Poland
"Mongol" Kazakhstan
"12" Russia

Achievement in makeup
"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
"Norbit" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount): Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney): Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Atonement" (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
"The Kite Runner" (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics): Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Falling Slowly" from "Once" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush" (Warner Bros.): Nominees to be determined
"So Close" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Achievement in visual effects
"The Golden Compass"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

Adapted screenplay
"Atonement" Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
"Away from Her" Written by Sarah Polley
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
"No Country for Old Men" Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

Original screenplay
"Juno" Written by Diablo Cody
"Lars and the Real Girl" Written by Nancy Oliver
"Michael Clayton" Written by Tony Gilroy
"Ratatouille" Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
"The Savages" Written by Tamara Jenkins

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Razzies Announced

Every year I give you the list of worst movies of the year as decided by the Razzies.

Nominations Per Picture

I KNOW WHO KILLED ME = 9 Nominations
Worst Screen Couple, Horror Movie, Screenplay, Director, Remake/Rip-Off,
Supporting Actress, Actress (2x), Picture

Worst Screen Couple, Screenplay, Director, Supporting Actor (2x) Supporting Actress, Actor, Picture

NORBIT = 8 Nominations
Worst Screen Couple, Screenplay, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Actor (2x) Picture

BRATZ = 5 Nominations
Worst Screen Couple, Remake/Rip-Off, Supporting Actor, Actress, Picture

DADDY DAY CAMP = 5 Nominations
Worst Screenplay, Director, Prequel/Sequel, Actor, Picture

CAPTIVITY = 3 Nominations
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie, Director, Actress

Watanabe joins Vampires

Ken Watanabe has just signed on to join John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek in Universal Pictures new vampire feature Cirque du Freak, based on the bestselling multi-book children's series by Darren Shan.

John C. Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year-old to serve as his assistant.The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese.

Selma Hayek plays Madame Truska, the bearded lady. Watanabe will portray Mr. Tall, the barker for the Cirque.

Brian Helgeland penned the screenplay, and Paul Weitz is set to direct the film, wich is set to start shooting next month.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Alice meets Buffy

AliceIts been a year and a half since we talked about the film version of American McGee's Alice, from Director Marcus Nispel (2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The movie is an adaptation of the Electronic Arts game

Recently talking about
The Air I Breathe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, talked about continuing towards -- "It's a passion project of mine. It's a story that I'd love to see. I'm fearful at this rate that I'm going to be the Queen of Hearts because I'm going to be too old to be Alice."

"To all those Alice fans, I'm not giving up. Because I believe there is such a beautiful, crazy, cool, twisted story to be told there. And if I have to get down and write it myself one of these days, I may have to"

Silver Fox in Wolverine

In a recent interview with actress Michelle Monaghan she told reporters that "They've asked me to do it," in regards to working on the Wolverine film.

"I really like Hugh Jackman and it's really, really great franchise and stuff. I think we're going to have to work on dates and see if it conflicts. We'll see."

Rumors have swirled around the net for weeks now that she was cast to play Silver Fox, opposite Wolverine in the upcoming film set to start shotting in Australia later this year.

Friday, January 18, 2008

New images Star Trek

The first images of J.J. Abrams new reinvention of the Star Trek franchise have hit the net along with a solid cast announcement. There is a website set up for the film, but as yet there is only the trek logo visible.

Cast are:
for lager image
KirkChris Pine
SpockZachary Quinto
NeroEric Bana
Amanda GraysonWinona Ryder
Nyota UhuraZoe Saldana

Karl Urban

Christopher Pike
Bruce Greenwood

John Cho

Leonard Nimoy

ScottySimon Pegg

Anton Yelchin

SarekBen Cross

George KirkChris Hemsworth

AyelClifton Collins Jr.
Winona Kirk
Jennifer Morrison

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Review: Sweeney Todd

Got a chance to take a good friend to a showing of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for his birthday and really enjoyed the film. The music by Stephen Sondheim was fantastic and a significant departure from Tim Burton's regular collaborator Danny Elfman. I was surprised by Johnny Depp's ability to sing and Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber was a treat.

The film is a very dark story of blood, revenge and murderously good meat pies. While it is a musical, I was a little disappointed in the lack of substance to the film. Don't get me wrong, the costumes, the sets, the props, it took me back to the era of the Mid 1800's just as it should, but I just didn't feel satisfied at the end, maybe it's because the Anthony and Johanna story-line isn't resolved as it would be in some films.

The Golden Globes were just announced and while Sweeney Todd won Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy and Johnny Depp won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy its a shame that Helena Bonham Carter lost out as her singing was the best.

In summery I recommend the film to anyone itching to see it be be wary of the sheer volume of blood and cruelty shown by Todd, this is not a film for the young or faint of heart, as the R rating should be you.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Conan coming back to film

Lionsgate has made a deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films to make a new series of movies based around the character Conan the Barbarian, created by Robert E. Howard, after the same joint venture bore the new Rambo film releasing Jan 25.

Variety Magazine reports that the team of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, writers for Cowboys & Aliens will write the first film in the series. While the writers are prohibited from working during the strike, Nu/Millenium are in negotiations for an interim deal with the WGA. The hope is to start shooting in Bulgaria this late this summer.

Budget on the first film is set at $100 million. Expect to see it in theatres in late 2009 or early 2010.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Warning! Spam is skam!

Have you seen an email offering deleted scenes from your favorite TV series?

Apparently it's the latest method to entice you into downloading malicious spyware. Heroes is the favored series that I've heard of it for, but there are other shows that this is being tried with as well.

I first heard about people receiving inbox posts like Forbidden Heroes scenes - we laid our hands on them!. Then the message claims to have scenes deleted by the Network (NBC) that they felt were to explicit for broadcast. Instead of a steamy Ali Larter striptease or a view of everyones favorite cheerleader Clare and beefy West risking getting caught by HRG, they get a file that should get The Company's alarm bells ringing.

Simple lesson is, if it seems to good to be true, and it comes in an unsolicited email, it probably is (too good to be true).

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Look forward 2008

The past year was good for Hollywood, having sold $9.7B worth of box office receipts, with the "Three-plays" taking the majority. While many newspapers and film websites focus on the year past, I'm going to look at the future. This year has many sequels set for the silver screen and I predict that the top 3 film will be sequels at the very least.

I'm going to keep a running total of success in four film areas
1) Sci-Fi
2) Comic Book
3) Animated
4) Fantasy

Here is how the top ten looked for 2007, domestically.

1 . Spider-Man 3 - $336.5m
2 . Shrek the Third - $321.0m
3 . Transformers - $319.1m
4 . Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $309.4m
5 . Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $292.0m
6 . The Bourne Ultimatum - $227.5m
7 . 300 - $210.6m
8 . Ratatouille - $206.4m
9 . I Am Legend - $205.1m
10. The Simpsons Movie - 183.1m

So what should we see at the end of 2008?

1 . Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $325m
2 . Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince $250m
3 . Batman: Dark Knight $225m
4 . Chronicles of Narnia $200m
5 . Iron Man $190m
6 . WALL-E $175m
7 . Hancock $150m
8 . The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon $125m
9 . Horton Hears a Who $125m
10. Kung Fu Panda $120m

The only reason Star Trek is not on the list, is that it will only be in theatres for two week s in 2008 but I think it's total box-office pull with be in the $195m area. So all in all I think the box-office year will be down, and the current Writers Strike and summer Actors Strike and Director Strike will have something to do with it. But then again if the strike drags on, it could boost late summer tallies, so moving release dates could be beneficial to a film set for September or October.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2008 New year New Look

I hope that you like the new look of Victoriawood. I've been working on it in the background for a couple of days now, and finally it's up. Please leave me a remark below and let me know what you think or the colour scheme and new layout. :)

I think I still want to tweak the colours, but I'll wait for your comments.