Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Opens Friday

Trailer: Up

New trailer for the next Pixar film

Star Trek

Its been a while since I last posted something about the up coming Star Trek movie, and I know its still nine months away. Comic-Con in San Diego did cause them to release some nice new posters so have a look and check the official site and I'll try to post the trailer tomorrow.

See Also: New images Star Trek, New talk for Star Trek, Attractions May 2006, Trek talk follow up, Star Trek gets a new begining

New cast for Alice

Surprise, surprise, the latest casting announcement was made for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 3D movie, and it is for none other than Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter. Johnny apperantly accepted the role over the weekend and fills one of the outstanding holes in the cast.

We'll keep you updated with any more news on this fantasy epic.

See Also: Wonderland has its Alice, Mamma Mia its Alice, Tim Burton's Alice

Monday, July 28, 2008


This past weekend brought a lot of news out of Comic-Con in San Diego but one of the biggest pieces was this teaser for a sequel to one of Disney's only Mature-rated films, Tron. The film being called Tr2N will release in Disney 3D, thank god, in the Spring of 2011.

Jim Hill's blog says: Showing two lightcycles zooming across a seemingly infinite game grid. Of course, this being 2008 rather than 1982 ... The game has changed somewhat over the past 26 years. Now players can race across different levels of the same terrain, using spiral ramps up or down in an attempt to gain an advantage over their opponents.

And as for the lightcycles themselves ... They were very reminiscent to the bikes seen in the original Steve Lisberger film. Only bigger and meaner-looking. Which -- given the way that these two vehicles battered against one other as they raced across the course, sending showers of blue & yellow sparks flying everywhere -- only seemed appropriate.

Yeah, this was definitely not your Daddy's "Tron." As was apparent by the appearance of first a grey, bearded version of Flynn (Jeff Bridges). Who was holed up in this austere furturistic penthouse which overlooked the game grid. This was then followed by the appearance of a much younger looking CG Flynn. Who -- as the injured lightcycle rider lay crumpled at Flynn's feet said "Hey, it's only a game" -- he powered up his energy disk and then said "Not anymore." And as this CG Flynn moved in for the kill, the TR2N logo formed onscreen."

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Red Dwarf

For those living in the Victoria / Vancouver / Seattle area, KCTS will be running a Red Dwarf Marathon. Tuesday, August 5 at 11:30 pm for 3 1/2 hrs. Why they need to run it so late at night I don't know.

Red Dwarf celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and KCTS 9 is commemorating the occasion with a marathon featuring the best of the series. Red Dwarf is an enormous spaceship, mining around the moons of Saturn with a crew of 169 members. Before the end of the first episode, 168 of them are dead, wiped out by massive radiation leak. The rest of the series takes place three million years into the future, as the ship meanders along, lost in the heart of deep space. The sole surviving member of the whole human race is Lister, inventor of the fried-egg-and-chilli-pickle sandwich and most likely the scruffiest, smelliest individual ever to grace the universe. Holly, the ship's computer, can sustain just one hologram. Perversely, with the cream of the dead space crew to choose from, Holly has selected Rimmer, Lister's former bunkmate and a total smeghead whose incompetence was responsible for the accident that killed everyone in the first place. Then there's Cat, a cool creature with a supercool wardrobe, the result of three million years of feline evolution, a descendent of the pet Lister smuggled aboard. And finally, picked up on one of their adventures, there's Kryten, a deranged, square-headed android whose sole function in life is to serve.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Remake: Rocky Horror

MTV is planning to remake the 1975 cult classic turned cultural institution The Rocky Horror Picture Show reports Variety.

The new version will use the original screenplay by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman but may also include music cut from the original film. This would also mean new scenes to yet at.

No decisions have been made in regards to cast or director, but MTV hope to have the project finished by Halloween 2009.

Wonderland has its Alice

Tim Burton and Disney are in final talks with Australian actress Mia Wasikowska to star in Alice in Wonderland, acording to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wasikowska started in the Aussie medical drama All Saints and became a regular on HBO's In Treatment. She's also in a few upcoming films including a WW2 thriller, Defiance with Daniel Craig and the Amelia Earhart story staring Hilary Swank.

Shooting is set to begin in November.

See Also: Tim Burton's Alice, Mamma Mia its Alice

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stealing Time

Columbia Pictures has tapped Walt Becker to direct the actioner Stealing Time, with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and Charles Segars' Sparkler Entertainment producing.

Stealing Time was developed by Cooper and Segars, who worked out the storyline with Columbia's Doug Belgrad.

Story revolves around three generations of men who embark on a worldwide quest to uncover the secrets of an ancient device known as the Antikythera Mechanism, which may be the key component to making time travel possible.

Colin Trevorrow, who penned Tester for DreamWorks, has begun working on the Stealing Time script.

This project is the first that Cooper has set up at Sony since he departed as TriStar president in 1996. He's also producing The Crusaders for Universal; Tobey Maguire is attached to star and Gary Ross to helm the drama about the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Review: Journey 3D

So I was in Vancouver last week and had an evening to kill and a closed mall across the street from my hotel, it was 7pm. From my room I spotted the Empire Theatres Studio 12 at Gillford Town Centre. A short walk over and I was able to get in to the 7:30 showing just in time to catch the 3D trailer for Fly Me to the Moon.

Journey to the Center of the Earth started out very unassuming. No pop in your face special effects, nothing jumping out of the screen at you. Not until Brendon Fraser brushes his teeth in the morning and spits into the sink.

The whole thing is shot in 3D and is worth the ticket, but I wouldn't see this in 2D that's for sure. The film has elements of cheesiness to it, but the story encloses them well. I feel sorry for the writer that was given a list of things to fit in and had to make the script work. I won't spoil the film for you but be prepared to see amazing 3D and a week and short story.

If your ever in the Guilford area pop in to this theatre just outside the Guillford Mall. Courteous, efficient staff that keep a clean and enjoyable theatre. Unlike the Empire Theatre / Capitol 6 here in downtown Victoria, that I try to avoid, even though I live two blocks away.

See also: Poster: Mummy 3, News for 3D films, Trailer: Journey 3D, News for 3D films, Digital 3D,

Trailer: Twilight

See also: Johnny "Vampire" Depp, Twilight Sequel, Knights Templar vs. Vampires, Sneek: Twilight,

Heroes: Villains season 3

Enjoy the trailer

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lost Tales Becomes Last Tales

While not sounding the demise of Babylon 5, the show creator, J. Michael Stracynski had this to say:

B5 as a five year story stands beautifully on its own. If anything else is to be continued from that story, it should be something that adds to the legacy of B5, rather than subtracts from it.

As well intentioned as [TV movie Legend of the] Rangers and TLT were, as enticing as it was to return to those familiar waters, in the end I think they did more to subtract from the legacy than add to it. I don't regret having made them, because I needed to go through that to get to the point where I am now psychologically, but from where I sit now, I wouldn't make them again.

I could really see the scotch tape in the Lost Tales, but I loved the anthology just the same

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tim Burton's Alice

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but news has leaked out of the Disney studio, saying Tim Burton has cast his Alice. Not to be confused with the American McGee's Alice movie, Tim Burton is getting ready to shoot Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Cheshire Cat is rumored to be played by newcomer, Vyelle Croom, a London Theatre actor known for his role as Aramis in the Three Musketeers at the Bristol Old Vic.

Everyone expects Burton to cast Johnny Depp in a role, but what, is yet to be seen. Rumor at one point has Depp as Alice and another The Cheshire Cat, I think the speculation of Mad Hatter is good but that's a small role for such a big actor. The best male role for Depp could be as the guide to this fantasy realm, the White Rabbit.

What of Alice you say? Who could play the girl lost in this menagerie of adventure? Soon after Sweeney Todd, Helena Bonham Carter was suggested and so have Amanda Seyfried of Mama Mia! and Marylin Manson's girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, but now a new name spills out of the Disney vault of secrets, the day before the cast list is set to go public.

Ryan Nikole Parker, a little know actress who seems to have launched her career on American Idol three years ago. She had her training at, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (aka Fame High School). Roles on the school stage include Janet (The Rocky Horror Show), Juliet (of course)(Romeo & Juliet), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors) and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz).
Her Canadian connection comes with a role on CTV's Degrassi: The Next Generation.

I'll let you know what the official list says as soon as we have it.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

American McGee's Alice

Scott Faye spoke recently about the state of the Alice project of which he is a Producer.

"The Alice project is presently in "turnaround" from Universal Studios. Jon and Erich Hoeber have written a very compelling feature film screenplay adaptation of the Alice game. Their screenplay will certainly serve as a jumping off point as we find a new studio home for the project" says Faye.

He admits however that it has problems - "To be perfectly honest, the script still needs a little bit of work. The downtime since the Hoebers turned in their last draft has allowed me to establish a bit of creative objectivity. I suspect that the next draft of the screenplay will allow the project to take a substantial leap forward toward production."

So what are the chances of Alice being produced? "All I can say is that I have invested (along with Julie Yorn and Karen Lauder, my producing partners on the project) a lot of time and effort in this project. We will get it made."

He confirms that Sarah Michelle Gellar is no longer attached to the project and whilst Marcus Nispel was attached at one point to direct, he isn't any longer. Rumors of Jean Marsh's involvement as the Queen of Hearts is unfounded. (All three of them are listed on IMDB as attached)

The film narrative will borrow heavily from the game story, but "We've built upon many character and narrative elements employed in the game, and have augmented or created additional elements which we felt were needed to execute a screenplay worthy of being produced."

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Poster: Mummy 3

The Mummy 3Rise of the Dragon Emperor

Thomas McCarthy joins 2012

Thomas McCarthy, Writer / Director of the indie sleeper hit, The Visitor, has landed a role in Roland Emmerich's 2012.

McCarthy, currently on a cross-Europe jaunt promoting the immigration-themed Visitor, joins an ensemble cast led by John Cusack that includes Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Oliver Platt.

McCarthy will play the boyfriend of Peet, who is the ex-wife of Cusack's character.

McCarthy said he is driven to roles like this out of curiosity.

"As an actor, I've never worked on anything with this scale before, and I always go see these movies," he said. "And then there's the director part of me. I get really excited about working with directors like this, who do things that are so wildly different from me. And he really is. He works on a totally different canvas.

"It's something (Gersh agent Rhonda Price) and I talk about: finding new things to do that are different and exciting from what we've done before, and this fits the bill."

Filming is set to begin in Vancouver on 2012 in late July, although they seem to be producing under the name Farewell Atlantis.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone.
Flag above Scotia Bank Douglas @ Yates, Victoria BC
Photo: Don McCaskill
NightShadows Photography