Netflix To Relaunch In UK

January 29, 2010 by  
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netflixNetflix, the US movie rental company are planning to expand their online operation to the UK in the latter part of 2010 according to Reuters.

But unlike their current US service, Netflix will only offer a streaming service, not physical distribution.

“We are focused on entering one country and seeing how we do,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, “Because we are launching in the second half of the year, I don’t think we could do a second country this year.”

Regarding the failure to launch a physical distribution network in 2004, Hastings said, “The big difference is we were entering with DVDs only [then]. It’s streaming only [now]. That’s a big difference – no warehouses, no integration with the Royal Mail.”

Physical rentals of the kind that Netflix provides in the States is pretty much wrapped up with Lovefilm, so they’re wise to keep to the online market

Marvel Boss Talks New Comic Adaptations

January 29, 2010 by  
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MarvelComics1Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios has spoken about which characters he’d like to see in future films.

Speaking to SFX Magazine, he said,

“I love Doctor Strange. Ant-Man is like Whiplash (soon to featured in Iron Man 2 played by Mickey Rourke) – one of those characters where you’re like, ‘Really?’ that we’ve got a fun story with.

“I’ve always wanted to do something with Black Panther. I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with Iron Fist lately is great, and the Iron Fist mythology opens up a whole other part to us.”

Feige also mentioned that he wanted to work on less terrestrial titles in the future.

“I want to do a big space epic,” he said. “And we’ve got them in Marvel.”

With thousands of characters to draw on, it’s just going to be hard to pick which ones get the movie treatment. How about Nova? Or Guardians Of The Galaxy? Which Marvel characters would you like to see on the silver screen?

Caligula Director To Make 3D Porn Movie?

January 29, 2010 by  
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tinto brass210x300Italian not-so-much stallion Tinto Brass, is to take 3D filmmaking to the next level by adding boobs.

The HollywoodReporter states that the director of famed historical erotic mess Caligula, will make a what apparently will be the finest pornographic production ever and it’ll be in 3D.

The 76 year old is known for his erotic style when it comes to films but we think that there are certain things that maybe shouldn’t be in 3D if you know what we mean.

Remember Friday 13th Part III in 3D? In one scene where there was nothing happening, someone poked a TV aerial at the camera. We don’t want certain other things poking out at us from the screen if you catch our drift.

Brass has hinted that it could be a remake of Caligula which was a critical and financial flop despite having a stellar cast including Helen Mirren and Malcolm McDowell. He’s said that he wants to “revisit an abandoned project about a Roman emperor that was ruined by Americans, and go from there.”

We probably won’t catch this at the cinema but might rent it for viewing in the privacy of our own homes.

Wall Street 2 Teaser Trailer

January 29, 2010 by  
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Wrinkly wonder Michael Douglas returns this year as money-grabbing banker Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, but this time he’s got company.

In this new teaser trailer, we can see Shia ‘dead behind the eyes’ Labeouf accompanying Douglas around town with a little help from An Education’s Carey Mulligan.

IMDB describes the plot as ‘As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.’

While we’re still in the clutch of the recession, we’re hoping this might give a little insight into the mind of a banker and why exactly they truly believe that ‘Greed is good.’

You can catch Wall Street 2 in cinemas from 24th September.

Edge Of Darkness Review: Classified Nonsense

January 29, 2010 by  
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edge_of_darkness_main300EDGE OF DARKNESS: On General Release Friday 29th January

There’s nothing like a good action thriller which pits a wronged and usually bereaved central character against a group of nasty government conspirators.

Unfortunately, despite the inclusion of these people by the bucketload, this was nothing like a good action thriller.

Indeed at stages it reminded me of an epically tangled electrical wire: An utterly confusing mess that is impossible to unravel and could have been prevented if someone (anyone) had acted to prevent the situation from becoming so hopeless.

But what was more annoying than the absence of plot progression, the ridiculous lack of character explanation and even the chronic overuse of the word ‘classified’, was the fact that this movie could have been good. Read More…

RIP Miramax Studios

January 28, 2010 by  
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After 31 years of distribution Miramax Studios is due to close its New York City and Los Angeles offices today.

Miramax-Films

The studio was created in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein to release independent films which were deemed unsuitable for major studios. It was behind some of the most important films in cinema: every Tarantino film including Pulp Fiction as well as other Oscar winners such as Shakespeare In Love and The English Patient. It was bought by Disney in 1993, which eventually caused friction between the Weinsteins and Disney CEO Michael Eisner causing them to leave and form the Weinstein Company in 2005.

The Wrap spoke to Harvey Weiinstein who said, “I’m feeling very nostalgic right now. I know the movies made on my and my brother Bob’s watch will live on as well as the fantastic films made under the direction of Daniel Battsek. Miramax has some brilliant people working within the organization and I know they will go on to do great things in the industry.”

Daniel Battsek announced his resignation from Miramax at the end of October last year after making some excellent lower budget films like The Queen and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly as well as Academy Award winning There Will Be Blood.

80 people are expected to lose their jobs when Miramax closes and the six films it has still awaiting distribution – including Keira Knightley’s Last Night, and Helen Mirren’s The Debt – will either be put on the shelf or given a limited release.

What’s your favourite Miramax film? There’s a massive list to choose from.

Rogen And Williams Waltz In New Romance Flick

January 28, 2010 by  
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michelle williams210x300Brokeback Mountain star Michelle Williams is set to star with sexy ugly Seth Rogen in a new romantic movie reports Deadline Hollywood.

They reported today that Away From Her director Sarah Polley has secured backing for her next project Take This Waltz. The script made the 2009′s black list (a compilation of the best unproduced scripts of the year) and Rogen and Williams have signed on to play two corners of a love triangle with the third to be cast shortly.

Rogen is yet to take a strictly serious dramatic lead in a movie and as the buzz on this project indicates, it’s not romantic comedy, so he’ll have to keep his funny to himself. Williams however has been steadily making her way up the acting ladder ever since she left hit teen drama Dawson’s Creek and ultimately propelling her to an Oscar nomination in 2006 for Brokeback.

She’s mostly played the indie circuit but with the upcoming Shutter Island pairing her with Leonardo Di Caprio, will she be headed for the Oscars once more?

Away From Her also garnered Polley an Oscar nomination for best screenplay so let’s see if this latest project will see her waltzing her way to a win.

Invention Of Lying DVD Has Expensive Extras

January 28, 2010 by  
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rickygervais210x300Ricky Gervais has recently spoken about one of the DVD extras for his directorial debut The Invention Of Lying.

The extra in question, according to Gervais, cost $3 million to produce and was intended as the opening sequence to the film but was ultimately scrapped.

Talking to DigitalSpy, Gervais explained that the extra, which is now a kind of short film, stars his radio show producer Karl Pilkington as a bald caveman. Read More…

Bill Paxton Knocks Out Dennis Quaid

January 28, 2010 by  
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billpaxtonDennis Quaid has had to drop out of the latest Steven Soderbergh film Knockout because of scheduling issues with Soul Surfer directed by…um…Kevin Sorbo (yes, TV’s glistening blond man nugget Hercules). Soderbergh is reportedly courting Bill Paxton to replace him.

Knockout will star mixed martial artist Gina Carano as a black ops soldier on the run after she’s double crossed – a strikingly original premise then. If Paxton signs up, he’ll play her father.

The film is already rumoured to feature more cast members than you can shake a stick at: Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum,, Michael Fassbender, Michael Angaro, an animated desk lamp and the kitchen sink.

Filming begins next week, so Paxton had better get his skates on.

Sex And The City 3 Fast-Tracked?

January 28, 2010 by  
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satc210x300The rumour mill was working at full capacity this morning with buzz about Sex And The City .

A source reportedly told The Sun that the third and final installment of the series will begin shooting soon. But apparently the reasoning behind it is so that when we get the third film the actresses aren’t too old.

“There is also a third movie on the go. It’s under wraps for publicity reasons. It makes sense to film the second and third movies back-to-back. The characters will look a lot younger on screen when the third movie is out in a couple of years.”

Ouch. Just when women in Hollywood thought it was safe to go outside. Having said that, we’re not too sure we want to see Kim Cattrall shagging half of Manhattan as the promiscuous Samantha; she’s 53 don’t you know.

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