He told the Associated Press: “I’d be up for it, but I don’t know how they could string it up – we can barely make half an hour out of it, so I don’t know what we would do out of an hour and a half.”
O’Dowd plays IT worker and computer nerd Roy in the Channel 4 show, written by Father Ted and Black Books screenwriter Graham Linehan. Previously his co-star Richard Ayoade, director of Submarine, has joked that an IT Crowd movie would ‘be like the Inception version of The IT Crowd – multiple realities, with a map.’
Comedy adaptations don’t have much of a noble history on the silver screen – from On The Buses to Sex And The City (especially the second one..), they’ve never quite done justice to their small screen counterparts. Would an IT Crowd film be any different?
Despite implying the wish fulfilment of every bona fide Bono-hater, Killing Bono adopts an unremittingly generous stance towards the lead singer of Ireland’s most successful rock band of all time (a fact the script is insistent on repeating), a presentation bordering on hero worship that might prove troubling for a small minority of viewers. If this apparent love-in with Bono, aka Paul Hewson, sounds all too much for the resolute U2 detractor, you need not be alarmed: underneath the praise and admiration, misplaced or not, lies a sporadically funny and warm hearted coming of age story about the pitfalls of fame and the near impossibility of maintaining artistic integrity in an industry hell-bent on destroying it.
Astonishingly based on a true story, albeit by cinema’s definition of ‘truth’, Killing Bono is essentially an Irish take on the fifth Beatle legend; the eldest McCormick brother, Neil (Ben Barnes), selfishly denying his brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan) the opportunity to have joined U2 (then The Hype) in 1976 when they were teenagers in order to pursue their own band and thereby his own personal aspirations. Neil could’ve hypothetically helmed U2 himself had he not been beaten to the post by Hewson (Martin McCann) in an audition, resulting in a lifelong embitterment that would fuel his desire to succeed to sociopathic heights. Coincidentally, this is the same point at which the truth of the ‘true story’ happens to break completely from reality. Read more
Gangster Squad is the story of Mickey Cohen, who started out as an enforcer in Chicago and ended up a mob kingpin in Los Angeles before going the way of so many gangsters and getting arrested for tax evasion.
It will be directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleishler and based on an article by Paul Lieberman called ‘Tales from the Gangster Squad’ which deals with the true story of a task force charged with pinning down Cohen. The script has been written by Will Beall.
However, much of this is yet to be confirmed so everything – including the title – could well change.
It’s time for rollicking sword fighting adventure! The Three Musketeers trailer is here and sees the young and impetuous D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) team up with the formerly legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers (Matthew Macfayden, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans) to prevent a double agent (Milla Jovovich) and her employer (Christoph Waltz) from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
It’s directed by Paul W S Anderson which doesn’t really fill us with much confidence (and explains the presence of his wife Milla Jovovich) as he’s directed such stinkers as Alien vs. Predator and Resident Evil (although Event Horizon was quite good fun) and it’ll have to live up to the slice of ridiculous fun that was 1993′s The Three Musketeers which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt and Charlie Sheen before he started harping on about having tiger blood.
Colin Farrell is already signed up for the remake of Philip K Dick classic Total Recall (originally titled We Can Remember It For You Wholesale and filmed in 1990 with Arnie in the lead role). Now Bryan Cranston will be the next actor to get his ass to Mars as the villain Cohaagen.
Cohaagen was originally played by Ronnie Cox (that’s Dick Jones from Robocop to you), a megalomaniac threatening to kill the inhabitants of Mars in his quest for power.
In a departure from the original plot, director Len Wiseman’s version concerns two nation states of Euromerica and New Shanghai with Farrell as a factory worker for the latter who begins to believe he’s a spy, although he’s unsure for which side. This version’s Cohaagen will see him as the leader of Euromerica who is secretly preparing for an invasion of New Shaghai under the pretence of protecting his people.
Cranston, most famous for his role as Malcolm’s dad in Malcolm In The Middle but now doing an excellent job with chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-dealer dark comedy Breaking Bad should prove to be more than a capable villain.
It’s shooting in May and due for release in August 2012.
“Theorising that one could travel within his own lifetime, Dr Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator…and vanished”. Such were the memorable opening lines to the introduction of Quantum Leap, the cult sci-fi series which saw a scientist leaping through time “striving to put right what once went wrong”.
The makers of Source Code were obviously big fans of the series as it plays out in a similar vein, with a dash of Groundhog Day and a sprinkling of 24 thrown in for good measure. We follow Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), a US helicopter pilot who awakes in the body of a commuter on a busy passenger train. He sits opposite Christina, (Michelle Monaghan) as he tries to make sense of his surroundings. Eight minutes later, the train explodes and he finds himself in a small containment cell.
Here he’s told he’s part of the Source Code project which allows him to relive the last eight minutes of someone’s life. His mission, whether he likes it or not, is to find the bomb on the train and find the terrorist responsible before he strikes again and a dirty bomb explodes in downtown Chicago.
Duncan Jones made everyone sit up and take notice when he made Moon last year, a quietly accomplished sci-fi starring Sam Rockwell as a man alone on a space station. Source Code represents his leap to the big time and with a bigger cast and a much bigger budget, he’s graduated with full honours. Read more
In Essential Killing, Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a man on the run from American forces; and a man who may or may not be a member of the Taliban. Either way, he’s clearly terrified, with his hands shaking even as he pulls the trigger to kill them.
He gets chased down and captured by an American helicopter, then transferred to a detention camp in Poland for questioning. The soldier in charge starts by asking him if he can speak English, and then starts to shout obscenities at him even though he clearly doesn’t understand and, as we see from his perspective, can hardly hear after the blast from the missile shot at him by the helicopter.
Because their interrogation has failed, the Americans torture him. That’s right, torture. There is a scene where Mohammed is subjected to waterboarding – a scene for which director Jerzy Skolimowski is unlikely to get any thanks from the US Army – and he’s also subjected to beatings. It’s important to remember at this point that we know nothing of the character of Mohammed, not even whether he’s actually a terrorist or just an unfortunate man who has ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Skolimowski has done an excellent job to keep a large element of ambiguity so that any feelings the audience has one way or the other about Mohammed will be their own opinions imposed upon the film. Read more
We got our first look at a proper clip from Thor and although this brief scene in which the Thunder God arrives on Earth to find Natalie Portman and a rather annoying Kat Dennings cracking wise. You can’t really blame him for getting annoyed. The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s impetuous, arrogant deity cast out by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) from Asgard. Stranded on Earth, he’ll not only have to figure out how to live among us mortals, but also deal with a threat from half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who decides to use Asgard’s darker forces to invade our little planet.
In 2005, after the ban on fox hunting was put into place, five young hunters – amongst them the “face” of the pro hunting movement in Britain, Lucas Bell – retired to the Island of Mull in Scotland to escape threats from militant animal rights groups. Once they arrived (after a bit of deer slaughter) they were drugged and distributed across the island in their underwear to be ‘hunted’ by masked gunmen, extremist animal rights activists. Videos the attackers made of the five denouncing their hunting convictions instantly went viral on Youtube.
This documentary combines interviews with four of the five – one, notable absence is Lucas himself – with a dramatic reconstruction of the events on the island. And, if you believe that, you might need to see some kind of gullibility specialist.
The film’s conceit – a path recently trodden by countless movies, Paranormal Activity, The Fourth Kind, yadda – is the “is it real or isn’t it” conundrum. Only, it really, really isn’t. If you hadn’t worked it out from the hammy opening or painfully fictitious ‘Real Animal League’ website (the group purported to have made the kidnappings), the actors playing the ‘real’ characters, recounting their tales to camera, are, for the most part, embarrassingly drama school-esque. The only exception is Adam Best, heartily convincing as Irish farm lad Ben Fitzpatrick, Lucas’s best mate. Read more
Arnold Schwarzenegger is to star as a cartoon superhero in his first major casting since he left office in January. Arnie will be teaming up with legendary Marvel comic book creator Stan Lee to produce The Governator, a character based loosely on his life who fights crime when he leaves office. Wait, isn’t this supposed to be fictional?
“When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” he told Entertainment Weekly “The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And this cartoon brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True Lies…”,
Stan Lee meanwhile couldn’t be happier to be working with Arnie, “The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting centre under his house in Brentwood.”
He’ll have the full scale of Batman-esque gadgetry at his disposable and will apparently have a full cast of colourful sidekicks. Sounds utterly camp and utterly brilliant. We can’t wait.