Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More Cast on Wonderland

Four new participants have been announced for Tim Burton's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Christopher Lee in an undisclosed role, suspected to be the Red King to Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen. This is not Lee's first time working with Burton, in fact he has been in three other films of Burton and Johnny Depp.

Alan Rickman will play the Caterpillar. Eleanor Tomlinson will play a new character to the tale, Fiona Chataway, a spiteful peer of Alice who appears before Alice enters the Wonderland.

Musical genius, Danny Elfman confirmed that he'll be scoring the project with his old partner Burton with whom he's worked over the past twenty-three years on a dozen projects .

The film, which uses a combination of live action and performance-capture technology, is scheduled for release in 2010 in Digital 3D.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Star Trek pictures

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Seven new images from J.J. Abrams new Star Trek reboot, coming to theatres May 08/ 2008, the week after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Trailers for the new film are due to be attached to Quantum of Solace, this November 14th.

Star Trek' director JJ Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have penned the story for Star Trek: Countdown, a four-issue comic prequel series to be released from January to April next year. The story deals with the origin of the film's mysterious Romulan nemesis Nero and will bridge the events between the Next Generation era (from 'Unification' through to post-Nemesis) and the new film's continuity

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Alice update

Work has begun on Tim Burton's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and new cast members have been announced. Michael Sheen has joined in an unknown role and Helena Bonham Carter will embody the evil Red Queen, perfectly as Anne Hathaway plays the banished White Queen.

Matt Lucas (Little Brittan) has been cast in the twin roles of Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Johnny Depp has already been cast as the Mad Hatter for an undisclosed amount, but it has been relieved that his paycheque for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean will be £32million.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

City of Ember B-Roll

Eight-Teen Minutes of background roll from City of Ember.

Below, a few new clips.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Game is a foot

Early images of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes

Films in the Works

From Dark Horizons a look at some of the film projects in the works at various Hollywood Studios. Notice how many fit the Genres we all love.

Sony Pictures:
"2012" * The Roland Emmerich-helmed global disaster epic
"Angels & Demons" * The Tom Hanks-led 'Da Vinci Code' prequel
"The Green Hornet" * Stephen Chow-directed superhero film with Seth Rogen
"Salt" - The Phillip Noyce-helmed, Angelina Jolie spy thriller
"Zombieland" - The Ruben Fleischer-directed zombie buddy movie

Walt Disney Pictures:
"Alice in Wonderland" * Tim Burton's new take on the Lewis Carrol classic
"Mars Needs Moms" * A Robert Zemeckis-produced motion-capture film
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" * A Jon Turteltaub-directed, Nicolas Cage thriller
"TR2N" * The sequel to cult 80's sci-fi flick "Tron"
"Wild Hogs 2" - Comedy sequel once again helmed by Walt Becker

20th Century Fox:
"The A-Team" - The John Singleton-directed film based on the 80's series
"Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" - The sequel to the recent family smash hit
"Avatar" * The James Cameron-directed 3D sci-fi fantasy
"Date Night" - Shawn Levy-helmed rom-com with Steve Carell and Tina Fey
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" * A live-action take on the comic about a student
"Family Wedding" - Rick Famuyiwa-helmed African-American family drama
"Night at the Museum 2" - The sequel to the Ben Stiller fantasy comedy hit
"Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" - Chris Columbus-directed family film
"Orbit" * Thriller about a civilian stuck alone in space when a shuttle crew dies
"Ramona" - The Fox-Walden fantasy based on Beverly Cleary's novel series
"Tooth Fairy" * Dwayne Johnson tries to save the tooth fairy kingdom
"Town House" - John Carney-directed comedy about a dead rocker's son

MGM Films:
"The Cabin in the Woods" - The Drew Goddard-directed horror flick
"Fame" - The Kevin Tancharoen-helmed remake of the 80's musical
"The Matarese Circle" - David Cronenberg helmed political thriller adaptation
"RoboCop" * Darren Aronofsky-helmed remake of the sci-fi classic.

Marvel Studios:
"Iron Man 2" * The Jon Favreau-directed sequel with Robert Downey Jr.
"Thor" * The Kenneth Branagh-helmed viking god feature

"The Debt" - John Madden-directed thriller with Helen Mirren
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - A remake of the 1973 TV horror movie
"Man on a Train" - An intergenerational drama

New Line:
"Gears of War" * The Len Wiseman-helmed video game adaptation
"A Nightmare on Elm Street" - The Wesley Strick-directed remake
"Sex and the City 2" - The sequel to this year's hit comedy
"Torrente" - Remake of Spanish dark comedy about a corrupt cop

Paramount Pictures:
"Beverly Hills Cop 4" - The Brett Ratner-directed Eddie Murphy sequel
"Footloose" - The Kenny Ortega-directed musical remake with Zac Efron
"The Last Airbender" * The M. Night Shyamalan-helmed cartoon adaptation
"Morning Glory" - Roger Michell-directed comedy about a female producer
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" * The robot action-fueled sequel
"Us and Them"

Universal Pictures:
"BioShock" * The Gore Verbinski-helmed adaptation of the video game.
"Couples Retreat" - The Peter Billingsley-directed comedy with Vince Vaughn
"Funny People" - Judd Apatow-directed dramedy about stand-up comedians
"Get Him to the Greek" - The Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy.
"Nottingham" * The Ridley Scott-helmed Robin Hood story with Russell Crowe
"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" - Edgar Wright-directed comedy with Michael Cera
Untitled Nancy Meyers Comedy - Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star.

Warner Bros. Pictures:
"The Book of Eli" - The Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic western
"Clash of the Titans" * Louis Leterrier-helmed remake of the 80's classic
"Hangover" - Todd Phillips-helmed comedy about a bachelor party
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" * The two-part final installment
"Human Factor" - Clint Eastwood-directed drama with Morgan Freeman
"Jonah Hex" * The Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor-helmed comic adaptation
"Suckerpunch" * The Zack Snyder-directed action fantasy
"Terminator Salvation" * The McG-helmed sci-fi action sequel

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Battle in Seattle

The film Battle in Seattle was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and now its about to be released in theatres across Canada. Theatres in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will begin showing the fictionalized account of the epic protest that made waves through the world.

The November 1999 protest started as one of the largest peace protests on American soil, in five days its tone turned ugly and riots cropped up and clashes with police and the National Guard erupted.

Most of the violence in the Seattle demonstrations were from outside sources and not the protesters that were there to oppose the actions of the World Trade Organization (WTO), yet the action of the no protesters bled into the protest groups and caused changes in the way protesters are viewed around the world, by elected officials, the police, the media and the public.

While the action of the original event took place in Seattle, Washington, the film was made 120 miles north in Vancouver, BC, where many of the organizers of the peaceful opposition traveled from.The film stars Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Martin Henderson and was Written, Directed, and Produced by Actor Stuart Townsend.

If you live in one of these Canadian cities or near, I encourage you to check out the film and learn why the actions of this historic protest made changes.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Blade Runner 2

Fresh off the success of Eagle Eye, scribe Travis Wright is working on a sequel to Blade Runner with the original film's producer Bud Yorkin.

Wright says he is developing a script and pre-visualisation sequences for a pitch to studio Warner Bros. Pictures.

Wright's former writing partner John Glenn worked on the sequel but became "uneasy" with the idea of making a follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 film.

"It never got too far off the ground because the movie is so perfect, so the more we thought about it, the more uneasy we became with the idea," he said.

Fans are uneasy with it too, and have created an online backlash. To which Wright responded that this story would explore some of the questions left unanswered in the original film.

"What does it mean to be human? That's the central question in life and the paramount question in Science Fiction. More pointedly: Is or isn't Deckard a replicant? What happens to Rachel? What are the off world colonies like? What happens to replicants once Tyrell is killed by one of his creations? These are some of the questions we explored with Bud Yorkin for a few years and I believe are a great basis for a story many fans like me are dying to see. Working on them has been a dream."

Dracula Lives

Dracula is back. While he has been the source of numerous books, TV shows, movies and comics, Dracula was first the creation of Bram Stoker. The Carpathian nemesis returns is a new novel that will be the first Dracula project authorized by the Stoker estate since the 1931 film that starred Lugosi. The new book, Dracula: The Un-Dead, by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, a Dracula historian, was acquired for United States publication by Dutton Books. It is scheduled for an October 2009.

Film rights for Dracula: The Un-Dead were also acquired by a group of producers that includes Jan de Bont, the director of Speed and Twister.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Canceled Show Index

TV by the Numbers seems to have on there hands a good way of indexing the shows that will survive and those destin for cancellation this TV season. Below is chart showing a relationship between the number of 18-25 yr old viewer for a show and that networks average 18-25 audience. Click for a larger view and see where your favorites sit on the list.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Linebarrels of Iron

Online media distribution leader Crunchyroll, and GDH will provide anime mecha fans a rare treat as the visually spectacular LINEBARRELS OF IRON (鉄のラインバレル) will be streamed and available for download-to-own simultaneously as each episode is launched on Japanese television weekly starting with episode one (1) on October 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm PST.

Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll states, “Crunchyroll has such a huge community of anime mecha fans that we anticipate a huge reception from our members for this visually spectacular title. additional benefits of a simulcast of the title include increasing the attention of the brand on an international level as well as curbing illegal piracy activities.”

“The story within the original comic of LINEBARRELS OF IRON consists of exciting battle scenes and fascinating stories of each character. I have put special value on that point when creating the animation of LINEBARRELS OF IRON. I am always trying to find out how I can show cool & coquettish mecha-battle scenes by showing sharp sense of speed & presence, and by
including ponder-able action scenes into the animation. I just hope this anime will be a fun entertainment for fans to watch. I am aiming high for beautiful, cool, but cute mecha-animation! I just hope people will enjoy it!”, exclaims 2008 Anime Expo® Guest of Honor and LINEBARRELS OF IRON director Masamitsu Hidaka.

Streaming: Free. Download-to-own: $1.99/episode only for PC; $2.99/episode for PC, iPod, PSP

Title Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Kouichi Hayase’s life has always been a mediocre one, if not dismal. However, those days of being bullied by classmates and escaping to a fantasy of being a hero are put to an end when a certain “accident” bestows on him a girl and a gigantic humanoid robot called LINEBARREL. The extraordinary power that Kouichi obtains puts him and everything around him on a sudden roller-coaster ride of battles, intrigues and friendship! During the course of his adventure, the boy starts to learn what life has to offer; he meets new friends, bids farewell to the old ones, but most of all he now has considerable responsibilities and is forced to confront the world around him.

Funny Trek

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dracula Year One

It’s the buzzword of 2008, and if I’ve heard it once this summer from a director I’ve heard it 100 times: “I want to make my origin story/comic book movie/space adventure/gay cowboy love story more realistic. Think The Dark Knight.“ All fine and good, but just how realistic is too realistic for a character like Dracula?

It’s a fine line for director Alex Proyas, who is currently prepping his next movie Dracula: Year Zero, a story that he said is “sort of the origin tale that mixes [the historical] Prince Vlad of Transylvania with sort of [fictionalized] Bram Stoker [take]” (also find out why Proyas will never direct a Silver Surfer movie here).

Draculas, and vampires in general, are known, of course, for some pretty unrealistic things: being able to transform into bats, for instance, or aversion to garlic, or a lack of a reflection in mirrors, or giant fangs.

“Oh, you’ve got to have teeth,” Proyas exclaimed. “I mean, the teeth are really important. I think Frank Langella in the Dracula movie that was made in the 70s, I think he didn’t want to have teeth in the movie. But, no, I like the teeth. I want to see girls with a lot of teeth.”

Ok, so teeth are in. Garlic? “I think the garlic thing is kind of weird,” Proyas laughed.

And the transformation into a bat? Well…Proyas wouldn’t say. So what parts of mythology DO make it into his version? “Stakes and teeth,” the director smiled. “And we’re lots and lots of blood!”

Trailer: Dragonball

Trailer for the upcoming Dragonball movie staring Nanaimo's own Justin Chatwin.

Currently due in theatres April 10, 2009

Poster: Angel and Demons