Saturday, May 31, 2008

Poster: Dark Knight

Three new wide format posters for The Dark Knight. The film releases July 18th in theaters nation wide.
Click on image for a
larger view.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Trailer: Babylon A.D.

We just stumbled upon the international trailer and poster for Vin Diesel's upcoming Babylon A.D. film, as always with most images on this site, click to see a larger view.

The film is set for August 29th from FOX.

No awards

While Cameron Bright did not pick-up the Leo award that he was nominated for, his presence at the ceremonies did garner a mention in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper.

B.C. native Cameron Bright, who is a mere 15 years ago, has already acted with Nicole Kidman (Birth) and Robert De Niro (Godsend). He was pretty young when he appeared with them, even younger than he is now. He is one of the those actors who seems to have seamlessly traversed the boundaries between Hollywood and Hollywood North.

With a poise that belies his years, he said simply of his older peers at the Leo ceremony, "I love them all. I have seen a lot of their work."

Dr. Who mid season

A new trailer has hit the net to prop up faltering fourth season of the renewed Dr. Who series. Rose is back and she's got a big gun.

Super Max Review

Latino Review has a detailed review of the script for the Green Arrow lead Super Max. The review includes details of what characters appears in the film, and there are some big time villains there.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Latest for 2012

John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor are in negotiations to star in Roland Emmerich's $200 million apocalyptic epic 2012 for Sony Pictures reports the trades.

The disaster film centers on a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Cusack is in talks to play divorced dad, writer and sometime limo driver Jackson Curtis, who goes on a heroic journey to save his family.

Ejiofor plays Adrian Helmsley, an idealistic science adviser to the president who also becomes a hero.

Emmerich is directing a script he penned with his 10,000 BC co-writer Harald Kloser. Shooting begins in Los Angeles this July for release July 2009.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, confirmed that the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America will be a World War II period piece, like the comic book on which it is based, and he shot down a rumor that Matthew McConaughey was in line to play the hero.

Feige, added that Captain America would help set up the eventual Avengers movie, which follows six weeks later. Feige also confirmed what many fans have speculated: That the item in Tony Stark's workshop in Iron Man is indeed part of Cap's famous shield.

Feige also talked about the upcoming Thor movie, confirming that it will take place mostly in Asgard, the mythical Norse realm of the gods, and not in the contemporary real world. "The film is not all Asgard, but it will be a big chunk in Asgard, yeah," Feige said.

Feige promised an announcement about a director for Thor "later this summer." Mark Protosevich (The Cell) is drafting a script, which should be submitted in a couple of weeks, he added.

Feige also confirmed release dates for Marvel's future slate of superhero movies: Iron Man 2 on April 30, 2010; Thor on June 4, 2010; The First Avenger: Captain America on May 6, 2011; and The Avengers on July 1, 2011.

As for a second Iron Man movie, Feige said that talks are underway with director Jon Favreau to return and that he hopes to wrap them up soon.

Runaways with Marvel Studios

Runaways is the latest Marvel Comics book to get the big-screen treatment from Marvel Studios.

Brian K. Vaughan, who co-created the series with artist Adrian Alphona, is writing the adaptation, for which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will act as producer. Vaughan is also a co-producer and writer on ABC's Lost.

As opposed to other Marvel characters getting the silver screen treatment, such as the Hulk and Spider-Man -- who have been around since the 1960s and are pop-culture fixtures -- the heroes in Runaways are relatively new, with the comic series having launched in 2002.

The title was critically praised for its honest portrayal of teens and their issues and in 2006 won a Harvey Award for best series.

Runaways follows a group of teenagers who find that some family secrets are bigger than others when they discover their parents are actually super-villains. Running away from their homes, the teens band together and begin a journey of discovery, both of their parents' origins and of their own inherited powers, while trying to make up for the evil done by their folks.

While Marvel has already scheduled its next four films through 2011, Runaways, like the company's Ant-Man project, remains in the incubation stages.

Vaughan is well known in comic circles for his creator-owned works including Y: The Last Man, which is in development at New Line, and Pride of Baghdad.

If you collect comic-books you may want to check out a fantastic little on-line comic price guide that I stumbled across. The site is called iTaggit, great for collectables of all kinds, trading cards to action figures. Works great as a cataloger for you collection too., check them out.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cameron to Present

One thing that I missed in the news about the Leo Awards, is that Cameron has been named as a presenter at the ceremony. They aren't saying what award he'll be presenting, but he is on the list, which is nice to see.

Nazis in Space

Iron Sky movie logoFinnish production company Blind Spot Pictures has signed a co-production agreement with Oliver Damian’s 27 Films Prods. for their planned Nazis in space film Iron Sky.

Billed as a dark sci-fi comedy, the Iron Sky tagline reads: “In 1945, the Nazis went to the moon. In 2018, they are coming back.” The trailer for the film has become a surprise hit on YouTube and Blind Spot is in Cannes drumming up financing for the English-language feature.

“Since we’re making a film about space Nazis, we’re going to need some really good German talents for the cast” Iron Sky director Timo Vuorensola said. “We’re also planning to shoot majority of the film in Germany.”

Damian, a producer on Aleksandr Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002) will co-produce the project through his Berlin-based operation. Earlier this week, Blind Spot closed a pre-sale on the title with Polish distributor Kino Swiat.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

News for 3D films

I have recently found a great source for d3d 3D film news is a blog called Marketsaw, they do a fantastic job of staying on top of the news about the new world of three dimensional cinema.

Recent news from Marketsaw talks about Speilburg, Jackson and Zemeckis all involved in a back-to-back-to-back shooting of new Tintin films, based on the highly popular Belgium comics.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Shows for TV

CBS has canceled one of their best new series. Vampire series Moonlight starring Aussie Alex O'Loughlin has been officially canceled. In replacement will be The Ex-List, a series I have no hope for, as a mater of fact I have no hope for any of the six new series set for the 2008-09 season.

As for ABC, they only have two new series. One a comedy and the other based on the hit British series, Life on Mars.

Life on Mars
(Thursdays 10pm)
Based on the BBC series created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah. The series revolves around Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective who, after a car crash, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective. The cast includes Jason O' Mara as Sam Tyler, Rachelle LeFevre as Annie Cartwright, Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt, Stephanie Jacobsen as Maya, Lenny Clarke as George Randall, Patrick Wenk-Wolff as Colin Raimes and Richard Benjamin as Milton Kornboll.

NBC has five new series that look fantastic, that I will go into in a post tomorrow.

Twilight Sequel

Vampires don't age, but teenagers do. This is a big problem for the producers of Twilight. Production on the first film based on the books by Stephenie Meyer's series is under way and of course talk of the sequel is heating up.

Most interesting is that those involved are talking of adapting the next two books New Moon and Eclipse back-to-back ala "The Matrix" trilogy with the main purpose being to film the actors before growth spurts change their features too much.

Director Catherine Hardwicke says "Our vampires can't age...if they were like 45, people would say 'What's up?. [Filming them together] could be the case. Then, you just get it done."

Any other reasons for doing it? "The goal is to keep it moving quickly. [That will] give the audience a sense of knowing that the next installment is going to come at a really specific increment of time. We're going to go as fast as humanly possible, especially since there are at least four stories to tell. We'd like to keep a real consistency as to how quickly we are able to do it."

Stephenie Meyer added that she supports the idea of shooting the sequels simultaneously. Those involved have signed on for three films and if the go-ahead is given it's said that production on them could start very soon.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Award for Cameron

BC's Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation has nominated Cameron Bright as Best Supporting Actor for his work on the Victoria shoot film Normal.

Normal, Carl Bessai's ensemble drama about intertwining lives of characters affected by a tragedy, led the local pack with 11 nominations, including best feature-length drama, best director and best screenwriting.

Other honours garnered by Normal included nominations for best actor (Callum Keith Rennie, Tygh Runyon), actress (Camille Sullivan), supporting actress (Britt Irvin and Lauren Lee Smith), cinematography and editing.

The Leo Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate excellence in B.C. film and television production. The 10th annual awards ceremony takes place May 23 and 24 at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Trailer: X-Files 2 I Want to Believe

Witchblabe to Film

Platinum Studios, Top Cow Prods. and Arclight Films will team on a live-action feature adaptation of Witchblade, based on the Top Cow comicbook franchise.

The comicbook introduced the Witchblade mythology, which centers on an ornate jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives extraordinary powers to the wearer, a specially chosen female from each generation.

The comicbook franchise has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since debuting in 1995 and spawned a 2000 Made-for-TV movie that turned into a weekly series that ran for two seasons on TNT. Witchblade has been published in more than 21 languages and 55 countries, with merchandise widely sold. The most recent incarnation was an anime TV show in Japan by Gonzo Digimation in 2006.

Producers are currently eying locations in Australia for a September production start.

This deal comes as Universal prepares a June 27 release of Wanted, which is an adaptation of a Will Eisner-created comic that Top Cow published from 2003-05 staring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Trailer: Journey 3D

Latest trailer for this summer's least recognized film. Brenden Fraser in a truly 3D adventure, in select theaters. For the 3D alone I want to see this, but Brenden is always funny and adventurous, he also appears in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and Inkheart later this year as well as next year's G.I. Joe.


Friday, May 09, 2008

Speedy new Hero

She's not just fast. She's very fast.

Meet Daphne, the speedy new character on NBC's "Heroes," who plans to give the show's superhumans — especially time traveler Hiro and his sidekick, Ando — a run for their money when she debuts on the popular NBC series' upcoming third season, which went back into production last week.

"I'm stealing a secret that's been kept in Hiro's family for a long time that he's just now found," Brea Grant told The Associated Press during a break in filming on location in a high-rise building in downtown Los Angeles. "He stops time right as I grab it, but in that second it took him to grab it, I almost make it out of the office."

Grant doesn't know much about her mysterious new character. Daphne's superpower allows her to operate at three speeds and leave a supersonic wake in her path when Hiro stops time. Grant's not sure where Daphne is from, but she does know the Speedster — that's what she calls herself — has been on her own for a long time.

"Her character is supposed to be Hiro's Joker," said Masi Oka, who plays Hiro. "Batman has The Joker. Hiro has Daphne. This is the season where Hiro finally finds his arch nemesis, and it happens to be this Speedster. I kind of equate it more to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, except Daphne says more than 'meep-meep.'"

Grant said she's been a "Heroes" fan since the show debuted in 2006 and cried tears of joy when she was called to audition. However, she said the strangest part about being on a show about ordinary people with superhuman abilities has been the images required for the series' intricate computer-generated effects.

"I had to go to this place and stand on a platform in my underwear," said Grant. "They turned it around and took photos of me. It felt like some sort of weird experiment. I imagine those pictures will end up on the Internet at some point."

Grant graduated from the University of Texas before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Last season, she played sassy high school student Jean on NBC's "Friday Night Lights." The 26-year-old actress' short bleach-blond dreadlocked hairdo has become her signature. "Heroes" producers only trimmed her bangs for the role of Daphne.

"It's mine. It was like this," said Grant. "Basically, I dyed my hair for 10 years and at some point it turned into a big pouf, so I started dreading half of it and just letting it go. Every once in a while, I'll dye it to get rid of my roots. People hate it or love it. I'm actually not that attached to it, honestly."

Grant has mighty aspirations for Daphne's future on "Heroes."

"I hope to be in some battle with the other Heroes, whether it's with them, against them, whatever," she said.

The third season is titled "Villains," and will pick up immediately following the events of the second season, which was cut short because of the writers strike. Viewers will learn about the fates of several characters when the show returns in September, including who shot Nathan Petrelli.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Knights Templar vs. Vampires

Universal has picked up a spec script, The Knights Templar, by Adam Torchia and Justin Stanley, for filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and Marc Platt to produce.

Platt will produce via his Universal-based Marc Platt Prods. while Bekmambetov, the Russian director of the Night Watch movies and Universal's upcoming comic-book action film Wanted, is producing with Jim Lemley, his partner at Bazelevs Prods.

The script, a period piece, revolves around the Knights Templar, who fresh from the Crusades fend off an invading vampire army seeking to destroy the Holy Grail.

Torchia is a 10-year veteran of Universal's story department who has been writing on the side. He met Stanley at a wedding several years ago; once they discovered that they were kindred writing spirits, Stanley told him of an idea that a late pal of his, Ian Rothkerch, had for a movie. The duo finished the script in the summer but held off because of the WGA strike, though not before Torchia managed to sell another spec, Strange Magic, to Alcon.

After the strike, Knights made its way to Universal senior vp production Scott Bernstein and Adam Siegel at Marc Platt Prods. Both will oversee.

The deal signals a vote of confidence in Wanted by Universal and shows that the studio is keen to keep Bekmambetov in its fold.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Clip: Speed Racer

Okay guys, here is the latest clip from next week's Speed Racer.
Its a great 3 minute view of Speed in full racing form.