Resident Evil: Afterlife Starts Production

September 30, 2009 by  
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It may not be the best zombie franchise but it does have Milla Jovovich in it so that makes it a winner in our books.

The fourth movie in the Resident Evil series has officially begun production in Canada with the series’ first director Paul W. S. Anderson returning. We previously reported that he would not be returning, well he’s changed his mind and will be directing, writing and producing the next movie.

It has now been confirmed that Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter will definitely be returning alongside new additions: Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller and Kim Coates will also appear. There’s still speculation over Eva Mendes and Jensen Ackles’ involvement in the project.

Anderson has said of the new movie, “Alice’s battle with The Umbrella Corporation isn’t finished. Last time we saw Alice, she let them know she was coming after them. It’s time to settle the score.”

Better still it’s been announced that this time around we’ll get to see all the zombie action in 3D.

The film is said to be set in Tokyo and will be released late 2010.

The Invention Of Lying Review: It’s Good, Honestly

September 29, 2009 by  
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invention 300x210THE INVENTION OF LYING: On General Release From 2nd October 2009

Some call him a smug, one-trick-pony who only plays himself.

Even if this is true, it really doesn’t seem to matter because regardless, Ricky Gervais is going from strength to strength.

Now he’s directing movies and doing it quite well.

In a world where humans haven’t developed the ability to lie, Mark Bellison tells the world’s first and like any good liar (or pringle), once you pop you just can’t stop.

For all the ‘characterisation’ involved, Mark pretty much is Ricky, a self described chubby little loser, who works at a film production company as a writer. But since there are no lies there’s no politicians! Wow, you’d better read on!

White Lightnin’ Review: Trailer Trasher Slasher

September 29, 2009 by  
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WHITE LIGHTNIN’: On General Release across the UK from Friday 25th September 2009

In possibly one of the strangest films of the year, White Lightnin’ tells the semi-fictionalised story of The Dancing Outlaw, Jesco White, a wild and unpredictable man raised in rural Appalachia as he tries to follow in his famous father’s step-dancing footsteps.

He’s dogged along the way by his hair-trigger temper, mental instability and a penchant for various illegal chemicals.

His fractured sanity is further damaged by the murder of his father, the one person who seemed to offer any guidance in Jesco’s life, which leads him from mental institute, to prison, to outright insanity. Read More…

Studio Ghibli Announces Future plans

September 29, 2009 by  
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The studio that brought you Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and the upcoming Ponyo have announced what their next film will be. are reporting that Studio Ghibli, the Japanese equivalent of Disney, have released details of their next project.

The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter is one of Japan’s oldest folk tales. The co-founder of Ghibli, Isao Takahata, will be directing for the first time in over 10 years, his last film being My Neighbors the Yamadas in 1999.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

‘A baby girl from the moon is found in a stalk of bamboo and adopted by a bamboo cutter and his wife. The girl grows up and sets challenges for the many princes who come seeking her hand in marriage, a series of tasks which they find impossible’

There’s more to the movie but we don’t want to spoil it for you.

Asian Movie Pulse are also reporting that, “Hayao Miyazaki is in discussions with studio staff to make two more feature-length films in the next 3 years.” Miyazaki is one of Ghibli’s most revered directors and his next film Ponyo is set to make big bucks when it finally gets released worldwide next year.

Press Question Polanski Prison Sentence

September 29, 2009 by  
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Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich at a film festival where he was supposed to accept a lifetime achievement award as we reported yesterday, but there are some that think that reopening the case won’t do much good.

The woman at the centre of the case, Samantha Geimler was only 13 when Polanski sexually assaulted her but she has very publicly said that she would rather the trial didn’t happen. But this has only encouraged controversy.

Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post has said that, ‘He did commit a crime, but he has paid for the crime in many, many ways: In notoriety, in lawyers’ fees, in professional stigma.’ This was in her article titled ‘The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski’. Ha.

Famed movie producer Harvey Weinstein has said, “We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation.”

Joan Z. Shore of the Huffington Post spoke against the Swiss in her article ‘Polanski’s Arrest: Shame on the Swiss’. She said, “Arresting Roman Polanski the other day in Zurich, where he was to receive an honorary award at a film festival, was disgraceful and unjustifiable.”

We’re gonna lay down the law right now. Roman Polanski committed a crime. Criminals go to jail. We’re fairly sure that’s how the legal system is supposed to work. Please let us know if we’re wrong.

We’re also pretty sure that if all those responsible for the credit crunch ran off and hid for 30 years, they’d be in a cell faster than you can say RBS.

Morris: A Life With Bells On Green Carpet Premiere Report

September 28, 2009 by  
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Those who regularly frequent the streets of Soho will have seen every irregular costume going in their time.

But even the most flamboyant patrons of the West End might have raised an eyebrow when a group of Morris Dancers jangled into town.

It has taken several months to get Morris: A Life With Bells On to a central London premiere and on their big night, the promoters didn’t miss their chance to bring a memorable slice of the country to the middle of the city.

This was a great night for director Lucy Akhurst and her hubby and leading star Charles Thomas-Oldham, as they watched their creation finally make it to the big screen. Read More…

Toy Story in 3D Review: 3D-lightful

September 28, 2009 by  
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TOY STORY 3D: On Select Release Friday 2nd October 2009

Not for the first time, James Cameron is about to prove himself one of the most pioneering film-makers of his generation.

When Avatar hits cinemas this December, audiences will be holding their breath – will they be witnessing the beginning of a 3D revolution?

In many ways it is quite fitting that a film which broke through so many boundaries on its original release should be one of the first to give audiences a taste of this exciting new format.

Disney and Pixar are re-releasing Toy Story in 3D this weekend and will follow it with Toy Story 2 in January ahead of their final installment, Toy Story 3, next summer.

But last Friday – like everyone else in Leicester Square Empire – I was wondering if we were on the brink of a new age in cinema or whether this would just be another fad that passes like the wildly unsuccessful Smell-O-Vision experiment. Read More….

Pandorum Review: Infectious

September 28, 2009 by  
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pandorum 300x210PANDORUM: On General Release From Friday 2nd October 2009

In space, no one can hear you scream.

But if what if there was no one to hear you anyway?

Christian Alvart’s space based thriller explores a seemingly abandoned space freighter that was supposed to be on its way to the human race’s last hope, the planet Tanis.

Earth’s natural resources are nearly completely gone and so 60,000 people board the starship Elysium and head off to Tanis. Given the fact that the flight will take over a hundred years we can’t blame the flight crew for taking it in turns to go into the ever popular space movie device, hyper-sleep.

But while the crew are in the land of nod something turns into bubblegum! Find out if we’re kidding…

Roman Polanksi Finally Arrested

September 28, 2009 by  
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Well the long arm of the law has finally caught up with Oscar winning director, Roman Polanski.

While attending a film festival in Zurich, at which he was to receive a lifetime achievement award, he was arrested on request from US authorities, satisfying a 31 year old warrant for his arrest.

Ironically, he could spend the rest of his life in prison, funny old world ain’t it?

Back in ’77 Polanski was held and questioned after being charged with drugging and having sex with a 13 year old girl. He served 42 days in a prison with the understanding that that would be the end of the matter, but when Polanski heard that the judge had changed his mind and wanted a harsher sentence, he fled to the UK in ’78.

Polanski has never returned to the States since and has been living in France but could not be extradited because he is a French citizen. However, while he was in Zurich, the US officials, who have never taken their eye off Polanski, ordered his arrest.

They struck whilst The Pianist director was there because of their relaxed extradition laws. Though no decision has been made yet as to whether or not he’ll be sent to the US for trial, it looks like Polanski won’t be able to escape a second time.

Megan Fox Blows SNL Appearance

September 28, 2009 by  
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She may have gotten some bad press recently but we still love Megan Fox and we’re not gonna let a few ‘dumb as rock’ comments stop us from talking about her.

On Saturday the star of the Transformer movies and the upcoming Jennifer’s Body was the celebrity host of famed US sketch show Saturday Night Live (SNL). Big things were predicted for this episode as it was the premiere of the 35th season of the show, unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown and we’re sure Fox will be taking flak for it for a while.

Each week the host of the show performs an opening monologue and then acts in some of the skits, most of them becoming internet sensations. Dick In A Box, anyone?

But Fox’s skits seemed to show that the star lacks any kind of comedic chops. Though she played a variety of characters they all appeared to play on Fox’s looks and didn’t give her much to do.

We’d give her something to do (Ed’s Note: For the sake of sexual equality, I’d like to make it clear this was a lady who wrote this here piece).

Fox played a Russian bride, a biker chick, an air hostess and someone who answers a personal ad only to be part of a video on how to spice up your bedroom antics.

In the air hostess skit she appeared with actress and SNL regular Kristen Wiig (who’ll be in the upcoming Paul) who definitely does have the chops for comedy, take a look.

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