Red State Red Band Trailer

July 29, 2011 by  
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Here’s the trailer for Kevin Smith’s thriller Red State.

It follows three horny teenagers looking for some cheap thrills. Lured to a isolated cabin by a woman offering all three of them sex (Melissa Leo playing hick to type again), their fantasy rapidly turns into a nightmare as they’re ensnared by Christian fundamentalists (led by Michael Parks) and prepped for execution.

It’s up to a team armed to the teeth and led by John Goodman to get the boys out of there. Yes John Goodman. I think it’s safe to assume he won’t be bowling for their lives.

I think this looks great. Stylish, witty and full of genuine suspense, if it can sustain this level of intrigue across the whole film, it’ll more than make up for Smith’s last film Cop Out.

It’s out September 30th 2011.

Kevin Bacon Signs Up For R.I.P.D.

July 29, 2011 by  
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kevin210Kevin Bacon has signed on for the adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book R.I.P.D.

The film will feature Ryan Reynolds as a recent deceased police officer assigned to watch over the spirit world. Jeff Bridges will also star as Reynold’s more experienced partner.

There’s no word on the role that Bacon will have other than that of a villain (something he’s becoming adept at following stints in Super and X-Men: First Class)

Is Ryan Reynolds going to play every single comic book character ever? He’s already soiled his spandex underwear in the dreadful Green Lantern but can he redeem himself here before moving on to Deadpool in 2014?

Terry Gilliam Working On Mr Vertigo

July 29, 2011 by  
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terry210Terry Gilliam is working on an adaptation of Paul Auster’s 1994 novel Mr Vertigo.

He was at Era New Horizons Film Festival in Poland when he made the announcement but Gilliam being Gilliam it came with a disclaimer of sorts, “I got a book. It’s called Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster. Doesn’t mean it will be a film, but I’m working on a script.”

It’s the story of Walt the Wonder boy who is taught the secret of levitation by the mysterious Master Yehudi.

The two travel across the country performing this feat at circus sideshows and have to contend with the dangers of the Ku Klux Klan, the Chicago Mob and Walter’s drunken uncle, Slim.

It sounds like something that’s right up Gilliam’s street but given his run of luck with movies, a freak tidal wave or a direct meteorite strike will probably wipe out the production mid-shoot.

Let’s have a look at Mr Gilliam’s unfortunate history:

Time Bandits 2 - Script developed, principle actors died.
A Tale Of Two Cities - Collapsed due to budget and script disagreements.
The Man WHo Killed Don Quixote - Lead actor injured. Set destroyed by flooding.
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus - Severely hampered by the death of Heath Ledger.

So, failing anything unforunate happens, we’re hoping this will show up on screens with the next couple of years.

Robert Patrick Joins Gangster Squad

July 29, 2011 by  
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robert patrick210Robert Patrick has stepped in to fill the gap left by Bryan Cranston’s departure due to a scheduling conflicts with Argo.

He’ll be taking the role of LAPD officer Max Kennard whose laid back attitude masks a fearsome dedication to the job.

Robert Patrick. As a police officer. We all know how that ends… “Have you seen this boy?”.

Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Pena are already on board and Emma Stone is looking to take the major female role.

The film is based on articles by Paul Lieberman, will tell the story of a group formed in the 1940s to stop the rising tide of organised crime flooding into LA from the East Coast.

Filming starts in September.

Horrid Henry Review: Wasted Youth

July 29, 2011 by  
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HORRID HENRY (U): On General Release Friday 29th July

Pre-teen literary sensation Horrid Henry gets his feature film debut in dizzying three-dimensional detail. The main theme of the film is alliteration, each and every character has an alliterated name. Horrid Henry’s sub-plot comes in the form of corrupt headmaster, Vic Van Wrinkle (Richard E Grant) and his evil plan to make millions by bribing a pair of school inspectors into closing down every other school in the area. First on the list is Henry’s school, Ashton Primary.

Henry (Theo Stevenson) is an audacious eleven-year-old who can’t spell, let alone complete any homework. He leads a gang of pre-teen tearaways called “The Purple Hand Gang” who spend every waking moment either planning mischievous tricks to play on Henry’s neighbour, Moody Margret, or playing in their imaginary band, Zero Zombies. When school inspectors visit and insist Henry’s teacher, Boudicca Battle-Axe (Anjelica Huston) is fired, events are set in motion that will see the eventual closure of Ashton Primary. That is, unless Henry teams up with aforementioned Moody Margret and his prissy little brother Perfect Peter to expose Vic Van Wrinkle for the two-dimensional villain that he is. Read more

Daniel Craig Talks Bond 23

July 28, 2011 by  
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daniel_craig210Daniel Craig had a chat with his Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau about the forthcoming new Bond movie, so far only titled Bond 23.

“I think it’s a great choice because Sam has a fervour and energy to really direct a Bond movie with a capital B”

He’ll feet-first run himself into it, read every book and just soaked up everything about it. I read the script the other day and I’m more excited about this than I was about Casino because we’ve kind of got a classic Bond movie plus lots of other things.

Favreau was quick to pick up on that and asked if “classic Bond” meant a return for Q. Craig replied that Bond 23 will still stick to the realism of the last two films, stating, “Trying to find something that’s new and interesting is really difficult… Mostly, the technology is in the public arena now or some type of it,”

That’s a no then. Thankfully.

Bond 23 will be out October 26 next year.

Poetry Review: The Art Of Mourning

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POETRY (12A): On General Release Friday 29th July

Words are slipping through holes in Mija’s memory as she struggles to care for her careless and unruly Grandson, Wook. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Mija finds solace by enrolling herself in a poetry class. Here she is instructed to examine the world more carefully and find the beauty in everything around her, including the kitchen sink. The singular task of completing her very first poem seems a vast challenge as her world starts to dissolve both within and without.

The news of the schoolgirl, Agnes, found floating dead in a river after being gang-raped by a group of schoolboys affects Mija drastically, even before she learns of Wook’s involvement. The suicide reveals more than just the fate of Wook but also the fate of Mija as her failing body and mind leave her distressed amongst secrecy and decisions of morality.

Lee’s agonising, yet beautiful, story progresses calmly as Mija is forced to confront Wook’s irreconcilable actions as well as tackling the domineering male world around her. Mija begins to address loss and mourning through the form of a dying art: poetry. Read more

Forget BT Ruling, Internet Piracy Is Here To Stay

July 28, 2011 by  
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downloadWhilst the ruling today by a judge that BT must block the pirate site Newzbin was perhaps an inevitable one, the announcement certainly marks a sad day for internet freedom and also a hollow victory for the film industry.

The decision comes following claims by movie studios such as Warner, Disney and Fox that piracy is destroying their industry, and that livelihoods are going to suffer as a result.

In my opinion, this is perhaps a laughable cry for help from an industry that has happily milked consumers since the birth of Hollywood as we now know it in the early 1900’s. Whilst our appetite for films is still strong, the good old days of the cash-cow film business are being threatened and the movie industry has decided to paint itself as a poor innocent victim of internet piracy, a practice they claim is slowly putting them out of business.

Now I wouldn’t for one minute want to accuse industry bosses of bending the truth – I’m sure they are virtually paupers – but I find it hard to find compassion for them based on the price of the cinema admissions, DVDs and Blu-Rays. Yes, I know that the movie companies need to make money back on their investment in actors etc and as businesses with shareholders, they are required to turn a profit, but if it concentrated more on films with decent plots rather than special effects, perhaps they would be able to give us more value for money?

As for the internet piracy, is it really costing the industry that much? Research in June this year shows that film companies are losing £170 million thanks to illegal movie downloads in the UK. Compare this to what they continue to make however and the sympathy soon disappears. Read more

Arrietty Review: Small Wonders

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ARRIETTY (U): On General Release Friday 29th July

Studio Ghibli can almost do no wrong. The Japanese studio’s output has been consistent for over 25 years, and while some are better than others, there are no Ghibli films which are actually bad. Arrietty is thankfully no exception as it’s a sumptuous adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic children’s novel, The Borrowers.

What are Borrowers anyway? They’re six inch high people who “borrow” things that won’t be missed from humans. Well, it’s not borrowing, it’s stealing. That’s like breaking into someone’s house to say that you’re only “borrowing” their furniture. And if they’re dependent on humans for their survival, can’t we class them as a sort of urban human parasite? Sounds much less charming now doesn’t it?

Anyway, I digress. Sho is a young boy who moves to an isolated country house to rest before an important heart operation. As he arrives he spots Arrietty, one of the little people, sliding down the stem of flower. We follow Arrietty back to her home where she lives a life in miniature with her neurotic mother and stoic father. Read more

Rosario Dawson Latest To Fall Into Danny Boyle’s Trance

July 28, 2011 by  
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rosario-dawson210We were starting to worry about Rosario Dawson after her appearance in Zookeeper. She’s way better than that. She’ll get a chance to redeem herself as she’s the latest addition along with Vincent Cassel to the cast of Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle.

Trance already has James McAvoy on board after his X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender pulled out.

McAvoy will play the inside man on a heist at an auction house that goes wrong and who loses his memory after a bump on the head. That’s a change as the other week we had him down as the gang leader whose accomplice got the knock on the noggin. Anyway, as he’s got all the details of where the loot’s stashed, this leads his partner (Vincent Cassel) to try to prise the secrets out of him using a hypnotist.

Dawson will play the female lead who has a strange relationship with both men. As previously reported, Trance is on a strange shooting schedule. Boyle will film some of it at the end of this year only to shelve it while he directs the 2012 Olympic ceremony. When that’s done, it’ll be given a touch up before a March 2013 release.

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