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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Does Hollywood need to go Back to School ?

Does Hollywood need to go Back to School ?

This summer is on track to equal, and maybe even surpass, the B.O. record. To date, tallies are running even with last year's summer numbers at $3.6 billion. And it could eclipse the record-breaking $4.3 billion earned in summer 2008.a
So in theory, studio executives have plenty to learn by studying what worked this summer -- and what didn't.

But, in fact, Hollywood has tried some daring experiments with the summer formula this year and the results are inconclusive.

There were whopping successes and embarrassing failures, and execs are scratching their heads to figure out why some succeeded and others didn't.

There are plenty of questions to be raised from these numbers.

•Does a May bow assure longer playing times?
A few years ago, the studios opened three blockbuster titles in May: The third editions of "Spider-Man," "Pirates" and "Shrek," all had great bows, followed by long shelf lives. This year, the studios opened five pics in May and early June: Fox's "Wolverine," Paramount's "Star Trek," Sony's "Angels and Demons," Warner Bros.' "Terminator Salvation" and Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

They ended up cannibalizing each other, depressing overall results. Each had strong opening weekends, but sustained big drops in the following week as audiences went for the next big opener. It's called "leaving money on the table."

Studios wanted to get out of the way of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," opening June 24, but was the strategy worth it?

•Is it a good idea to counterprogram?
Over the past few years, the studios abandoned their tactic of filling the season with pics targeted at fanboys. But "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Mamma Mia!" showing the benefits of wooing other demos.

The fear now is that there is too much demo-specific fare, with the possibility that they are undercutting each other's longevity.

This month alone offers plenty of fodder for doubt. Sony's female-skewing "The Ugly Truth" opened July 24, followed by the studio's "Julie and Julia" Aug. 7, followed by WB-New Line's "The Time Traveler's Wife" Aug. 14.

It's not just females with so many choices this month. Studios are also giving guys plenty of testosterone-driven fare: Paramount opened "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" on Aug. 7, followed by Sony's "District 9" Aug. 14 and the Weinstein Co.'s "Inglourious Basterds" on Aug. 21.

•Do stars matter?
Par's "Transformers 2," and "Star Trek," Disney-Pixar's "Up," and Warner Bros.' "The Hangover" represent four of the top five summer films so far, but none is a star vehicle. Conversely, the Eddie Murphy Par comedy "Imagine That," Will Ferrell's U pic "Land of the Lost" and the Jack Black-Michael Cera Sony starrer "Year One" were sold on star power, but it wasn't enough.

To a lesser extent, marquee names didn't seem to aid the John Travolta-Denzel Washington "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," from Sony. Its domestic cume is $65 million and $27.3 million overseas.

But, star wattage did help Universal's Johnny Depp gangster pic "Public Enemies." The film has grossed $95.5 million domestically and $63.5 million overseas.

•Do critics matter?
Many media pundits derided Par for not screening "G.I. Joe" for critics (a few online reviewers were shown the film). The studio said it had nothing to gain, since it's not a reviewer-friendly type of film. It opened to a tidy $54.7 million. "Transformers 2" received some of worst reviews of the year, but it's become 2009's top-grossing film, with north of $819.4 million worldwide.

At the same time, glowing reviews for "Star Trek" and "Up" appeared to bring in auds who might otherwise not have seen those films. And raves have helped smaller films like Fox Searchlight's "500 Days of Summer."

•Do the old box office formulas work?
A few years ago, distribution execs could calculate weekend grosses based on Friday's numbers. But with word of mouth via Twitter, Facebook and texting, a film can tumble more steeply than ever from Friday to Saturday, making it ever harder to come up with accurate weekend estimates.

Sacha Baron Cohen's U comedy "Bruno" fell a debilitating 39% from Friday to Saturday, as an example.

• Has audience taste changed on Iraq war pics, or was it the movies?
When a flurry of 2007 Iraq-themed pics stumbled, analysts declared audiences didn't want to see the war on the bigscreen. Either tastes have changed or they just didn't want to see those movies. One of the specialty-level successes of the summer has been the $9 million for Summit Entertainment's "The Hurt Locker," the Kathryn Bigelow film about a U.S. bomb-diffusing team in Baghdad.


Aside from the questions, this summer provided confirmation for some long-held beliefs.

•Mega-grosses are great, but it all comes down to profitability.
"G.I. Joe" got off to a good start, but it will need to do a lot more biz to break even. The pic, co-financed by Spyglass, cost $175 million to produce, plus the expenses of a worldwide marketing campaign.

•B.O. gets a boost from 3-D.
The overperformance of "Up" and Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" proved how much the upcharge for a ticket to a stereoscopic 3-D pic can bump up box office revenues, both domestically and overseas. Studios estimate that 3-D grosses make up as much as 50% of the gross, even though 3-D screens represent only a fraction of the total theater count.

"Up" is the second-highest grossing title of the summer at the domestic B.O., grossing $287.4 million through Aug. 9. "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" has grossed a massive $576.4 million internationally. Disney's "G-Force" had a surprisingly strong bow, with $67 million domestically so far, as it begins to open overseas.

•Overseas is invaluable.
Sony's "Angels and Demons" reaped $233 million domestic, $349 million overseas. "Terminator" found salvation overseas, with $124 million domestic, $237 overseas.

•Seasonal shifts are sometimes possible.
Though the first two "Ice Age" pics opened in March, Fox bowed "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" in July. The pic has grossed $187.9 million domestically and became top grossing animated film of all time overseas, surpassing "Finding Nemo" ($524.9 million).

While the first "Narnia" film had whopping numbers when it bowed in winter 2005, the second "Narnia" film, "Prince Caspian," saw a big dropoff by opening in summer 2008. So studios fretted whether franchises can switch their lucky opening dates.

Fox likely left money on the table by opening "Night at the Museum 2" in the summer, in a crowded scene. But the fact is, it did make money,

"Harry Potter" proved a few years ago that a durable franchise will draw audiences whenever it bows. Last year, fans raised a ruckus when Warners pushed the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" from Thanksgiving to July 15. But all was forgiven after the film opened to a record-breaking grosses. To date, it has cleared $273.4 million domestically and $542.2 million for a worldwide tally of $817.4 million.

•The marketing should reflect the pic.
U's Adam Sandler starrer "Funny People," directed by Judd Apatow, is both a comedy and a drama, but the campaign played down the latter. Moviegoers quickly spotted the difference, something that may have hurt the movie's Friday opener vs. Saturday performance.

U also ran into trouble with "Land of the Lost." In the campaign, the movie seemed to mirror the 1970s TV show, but in truth, the pic wasn't a family title. Film's domestic cume is $43.4 million.


Though some adages were re-proven, a couple were refuted this summer.

•Midrange pics are dead. That "truism" popped up a few years ago, but summer saw sizeable returns for such titles as Disney's romantic comedy "The Proposal" ($154.7 million), which managed to beat out last year's "Sex and the City's" gross ($152.6 million).
Box office returns for Warner's "The Hangover" are downright astounding: The R-rated comedy has cumed north of $263.4 domestically.

That's a better showing than summer pics "Star Trek" ($255.3 million/Paramount), "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ($187.9 million/20th Century Fox) and "Terminator: Salvation" ($124.7 million/Warners).

•Fanboys are dangerous. A month before "Wolverine's" release, a pirated copy of the film was leaked on the Web. Fox didn't know how much the film's grosses would be hurt, but the losses seemed to be minimized when fanboys around the world decried the piracy and websites like Ain't It Cool News made good on its promise that no reviews of the Web version would be posted.
Source Variety

James Wood and Dominic Purcell Join the cast of Straw Dogs Remake

James Wood and Dominic Purcell Join the cast of Straw Dogs Remake

The Movie is a remake of the original Movie that came out in 1971 Starring Dustin Huffman. Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.
Let's See what they do to the Story and how they are going to update the movie

Director Rod Lurie updated the status on his official Facebook page today with a surprising addition the cast of his forthcoming remake of Straw Dogs. "Beginning stunt rehearsals today with James Woods and Dominic Purcell." They join the previously announced James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard in the film which follows Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden), who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation. Screen Gems has slated it for release on February 25, 2011.
Source-Facebook

Friday, August 14, 2009

Robert Downey Jr to play Lestat? In Anne Rice's " Vampire Chronicles"

Robert Downey Jr to play Lestat? In Anne Rice's " Vampire Chronicles"

It's seems like everywhere you turn someone is making a Vampire movie. So it's not too much of a Surprise to hear that another movie is being made from an Anne Rice book. Since she is the Queen of Vampire Books. I hope that it will be as good as Interview with a Vampire But that movie did have my Man Tom Cruise Playing Lestat and this movie will have Robert Downey Jr in the same role, So we will have to see.
We've been scrambling all week to confirm the following report, especially since it came from a very reliable source and is insanely logical considering the popularity of vampires these days. I guess something good has come from the success of Twilight as Bloody Disgusting has learned exclusively that Universal Pictures is looking to restart Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, which tells the tale of the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort (through his narration), a nobleman-turned-vampire in the late 18th century. No word yet on how they plan on unrolling this franchise, but we did find out who they are talking with to replace Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend. Read on for the skinny.

We have confirmed this afternoon that ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is in close talks to play the vampire Lestat in Universal Pictures' The Vampire Chronicles, a newly rebooted franchise based on Anne Rice's popular novels.

Lestat appears as a major character in both motion picture adaptations of The Vampire Chronicles novels. In Neil Jordan's 1994 film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, he is portrayed by Tom Cruise. In the 2002 film adaptation of Queen of the Damned, he is played by Stuart Townsend.

The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by Anne Rice that revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman made into a vampire in the 18th century



Jason Patric Joins the Cast of Loser

Jason Patric Joins the Cast of Loser
Jason Patric has joined the cast of "The Losers," the Warner Bros./Dark Castle adaptation of the DC-Vertigo comicbook.
Patric plays Max, a CIA agent who has gone off the rails and sets up the title characters, a black ops team, to be killed. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba also star.

It is the first true villain role and the first comicbook movie for an actor who is usually drawn to dark, edgy, adult-themed fare. Courted by Joel Silver (who produces with Akiva Goldsman), Patric was lured by the chance to work with director Sylvain White. He also decided to plug in with the young geek demo driving the box office these days.

"Let's face it, the geeks have inherited the world, and if you want to be a player in this system, you have to be willing to do some of this," Patric acknowledged. "But I wouldn't do 'The Losers' if it wasn't interesting to me as an actor."
Loser is about CIA Black ops members That After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination.
Patric will not be there to chew the scenery, as some comicbook villains have.


New Avatar Picture

New Avatar Picture

SlashFilm has posted the first image from James Cameron's Avatar, which you can view in full after the jump; the photo (spoiler ahead!) depicts Sam Worthington as paraplegic soldier Jake Sully beside the tank holding his alien "avatar," into which his consciousness will be downloaded so that he can work on the planet Pandora. Avatar opens Dec. 18.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wolverine 2 Gets Chris McQuarrie to Write The Screenplay

Wolverine 2 Gets Chris McQuarrie to Write The Screenplay

Some good news for The Wolverine Franchise. Its great to get such a writer for the next installment of the movie. And what direction is he going to take this film?

It’s early days yet, but it looks like Fox’s mutant prequel sequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 (or whatever the hell it’s going to be called), is heading in the right direction after Christopher McQuarrie was brought on board to write the screenplay.

McQuarrie, probably best known as Bryan Singer’s go-to screenwriter of choice (he wrote Public Access, won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects, did an uncredited polish on the first X-Men, and most recently penned Valkyrie), is one of the best writers in Hollywood, and his hiring would seem to be a strong signal that Fox and producer/star Hugh Jackman are determined to ensure that the Wolverine sequel is an improvement on the original.

That, of course, wouldn’t be hard. Although the movie grossed almost $400 million at the global box office, it was widely considered to be a largely unsatisfactory and nonsensical origin tale that managed a feat previously thought impossible by rendering its title character somewhat dull.

The sequel, though, should be much better. Although little is known about the main storyline, it has been confirmed, by the world and his wife, that the sequel – based on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont mini-series from the early ‘80s - will see the newly-amnesiac Logan pitch up in Japan, where he gets drawn into a conflict between his animalistic side and a desire to adhere to the noble ways of the Samurai code.

Sounds like this could be right up the alley of the guy who wrote and directed The Way Of The Gun, although details are still very vague. How will Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit fit into all of this? Will Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth make a snarly return to torment the brother he will soon, according to X-Men, never know he had? Will this be a Wolverine movie that actually focuses on Wolverine rather than bends over backwards to become a team-based flick?

The answers will start to come, probably as soon as McQuarrie completes his first draft. Of course, McQuarrie’s involvement has already sent the rumour mill into overdrive, with some suggesting that Bryan Singer may be coaxed back into the X-fold.

Source-THR

Brett Ratner Not Directing Conan Movie

Brett Ratner Not Directing Conan Movie

Here is some good news for all you Conan Fans. Brett Ratner will not be Directing the Conan Movie. Thank Crom.Its Great news that he will not allowed him ruin another movie Franchise, Like he has done in the past. "X Men Last Stand "
Empire magazine spoke to Conan and Red Sonja producer Joe Gatta today, and he had a few revelations to share about the upcoming films. Most importantly, it appears that Brett Ratner is currently off Conan, which he was expected to direct.

"We’re currently in the process of hiring a director," he told us. "For the past six months we were discussing the movie with Brett Ratner, and for more timing issues than anything else we had to part ways with Brett. We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn’t work. But you never know what can happen."

That last comment would appear to leave the door open for a return for Ratner, should his schedule free up (he's currently got about 12 films on his To Do list) but for the moment he's off the project. Still, that hasn't dented Gatta's determination.

"We have a potential start-date on Conan of August 24. And we’ll be shooting in Bulgaria. I would say though the emphasis is on Conan [rather than Red Sonja]. It’s our crown jewel here at the company and that will be the leader. Red Sonja probably won’t happen until next year, as far as making it goes. So we want to launch Conan and reinvent the franchise."

As for the hiring of Conan himself, you might want to start pumping some serious iron: Gatta says that, "We’ll have an open casting call: as soon as we hire our director the search is on."

With luck, between Conan and Red Sonja, this could be a brave new dawn for the horny-helmet genre, restoring it to its rightful place at the top of the movie pantheon, crushing its enemies, seeing them driven before it and hearing the lamentations of their women.

Source-Empire

Rodriguez Talks Predators and Jetsons

Rodriguez Talks Predators and Jetsons

Robert Rodriguez's Plate seems very full with all the movies that he has plans to come out with.
Rodriguez added that things are moving forward on Predators, the reboot/prequel film, which he's producing. Specifically, he said that he's loaned out his Austin, Texas, studio and crew to help breathe new life into the franchise. "I have a director on that [Nimród Antal], and it's my main crew that I usually use," he said. "It's taking place right there, so I get to walk in and see designs and comment on stuff and work on the script with him. We start shooting that pretty soon."

Another long-gestating project Rodriguez is attached to is Sin City 2, which he said is on the back burner and which lacks at least one important element. "Until I'm actually on the set, it's not happening," he confessed. "But we have a script—we just haven't shot it yet."

The recently announced futuristic sci-fi thriller Nervewrackers, which was originally scheduled for release April 16, 2010, was moved back. Rodriguez said that he hasn't forgotten about it. "That would be next year sometime," Rodriguez said. "I have a script for that." Finally, Rodriguez offered a few details about his proposed Jetsons live-action update, saying that he wouldn't render its futuristic world in the same way he did something equally far-out, like Sin City. "It would have to be a mix," he said. "It wouldn't be all green screen." Interestingly, Rodriguez said that it was keeping this busy that allowed him to get so much accomplished. "It's actually a strange thing," he said. "The more you do, the easier it is. My mom used to say, 'If you want something done, give it to a busy man.' Because there's an efficiency to it. So I think if I just did one job, I think I would be more tired, and the decisions wouldn't be right, because you have too much to think about. You can go more based on instinct, which is always smarter than your conscious self, and you just have to make all of the decisions, so it just moves so much faster."
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

James Cameron's Free Avatar Day Info

James Cameron's Free Avatar Day Info

Here is more info on the Free Avatar Day that James Cameron Discussed during Comic Con. The date is now set for August 21, 2009. There will two showings at 6 PM and 6:30 PM.
Here are more detail on how to get tickets. Let's hope we don't see these thing on EBay, Like the Michael Jackson tickets. To see my Exclusive interview with James Cameron Click Here.
On Monday, 20th Century Fox will launch an unusual offer on the website for its Cameron-directed film "Avatar": free tickets for an early look at 16 minutes of footage from the futuristic thriller that will be shown in more than 100 Imax 3-D theaters around the world.

With two screenings on Friday, Aug. 21 (at 6 and 6:30 p.m.), the "Avatar" preview will include an introduction from Cameron and some new footage not shown during July's Comic-Con International convention in San Diego. "Avatar," which will be released in December, is Cameron's first feature since 1997's Oscar-winning hit "Titanic," which generated global ticket sales of more than $1.8 billion.

The unprecedented promotion -- which includes more than 30 Imax 3-D screens overseas -- signals just how much Fox has riding on its massive "Avatar" investment (more than $240 million in production costs) and how Imax is trying to position its theaters as the destination for the highly anticipated movie. Imax screens generated about $65 million in ticket sales for "The Dark Knight" last year when the Batman sequel was shown in 94 Imax screens; "Avatar" will be playing at more than 225 Imax theaters when it opens Dec. 18.

Advance screenings of movie footage for the press and at events such as Comic-Con are fairly common for big-budget Hollywood releases. But it's unprecedented for a studio to show an extended excerpt of a film in such a broad public setting months before it hits theaters.

Fox is not paying Imax to use its theaters for the preview, though the studio is bearing the cost of producing and distributing the digital prints. Imax will provide 3-D glasses.

In what’s sure to be a mad grab among sci-fi fans, tickets will be given away a first-come, first-served basis on the “Avatar” website (http://www.avatarmovie.com/) at noon PST Monday.

“I think that there’s not enough of an understanding of what show business means," Greg Foster, president of Imax Filmed Entertainment said of the sneak preview. "You can’t have business without showmanship. What Fox and ['Avatar' producer] Lightstorm Entertainment and Imax are doing is the personification of the correlation between those two words -- 'show' and 'business.' "

Not coincidentally, Fox will also release the first "Avatar" trailer in theaters around the world next Friday. Read more...

California Trying to Lure Film Makers Back to Hollywood

California Trying to Lure Film Makers Back to Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a decade of watching film production slowly abandon Hollywood, lured away by financial incentives first in Canada, then other U.S. states, California hopes to woo the movies back home.

But some worry that it might be too little, too late after the number of studio feature films shot in California has dropped to less than half of what it was in 2003.

Broadcast and cable television and commercial shoots, which had been more likely than feature films to stay in Hollywood in recent years, are also down significantly, with 44 of 103 pilot episodes shot outside southern California this year.

"In 2008 the worst numbers ever were recorded and the first six months of 2009 show a 50 percent drop from that. That can only be described as a disaster," said Paul Audley, president of FilmLA, the non-profit organization which coordinates film, TV and commercial production in and around Los Angeles.

Film production and its attendant industries generate $38 billion for California's economy and employ nearly 250,000 people, according to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.

Although it contributes less than 3 percent of state output, movie making also adds value to the tourism and entertainment industries.

Schwarzenegger, former star of "Terminator" who has championed the fight against runaway film production, in February approved California's first-ever incentives. The package is targeted at movies most likely to leave the state and includes a 20 to 25 percent tax credit.


But some say California's incentives may not be enough to compete with the 40 or so other U.S. states offering up to twice the tax credits, often with less red tape.

"(California's) was an incentive package for feature films where the largest budget film you could produce was $75 million, which a lot of people felt didn't go high enough, especially if you are trying to attract tentpoles," said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp, referring to the big-budget event movies that can make or break a studio.

As film production has begun to desert California, the economic ripples reach across the state, to countless businesses, directly or indirectly related to the industry, that are already struggling during recessionary times.

In July Hollywood's second-largest prop house, 20th Century Props, closed its doors after 40 years, its owner saying he had fallen victim to runaway production and a 14-week strike by film and television writers that ended in February.

"There are so many shows that have already left," said 20th Century's owner, Harvey Schwartz. "'Ugly Betty' was the first big one to just shut down in California, lay everybody off and move to New York for that 30 percent rebate."

The Culver Studios, a landmark studio where "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" were filmed, has also been hit.

Jamie Cella has run The Culver Studios since 2006 and has watched movie production plummet in Hollywood, where just a few years ago 70 percent of all feature films were made.

"It's important, it's a big part of the economy here," Cella said. "These are high-skilled, high wage-earning jobs with people who spend their money. Each dollar that's made in the entertainment industry gets spent 19 times, where in some industries its four or five times."

Cella said Hollywood is taking a wait-and-see attitude with California's incentives, with few willing to predict that the tax credits will be enough to turn the tide.


"They wish (the incentives) were bigger but it's seen as a good first step," Cella said, adding that most producers would prefer to shoot at home if they can justify it financially.

"So many feature films now that are green lit, they don't even look at California because of the rebates in other states," Cella said. "So hopefully with this program we can get some of those features to stay home."

Runaway production dates back at least a decade, when Canada began offering incentives in the late 1990s, which combined with the weaker Canadian dollar made shooting there relatively cheap for filmmakers.

An infrastructure has now been built in Vancouver and Toronto, saving studios even more money as they don't have to bring crews and equipment across the border.

About five years ago, U.S. states, including Louisiana, began getting in on the act. Now more than 40 U.S. states offer some form of incentives, most of them greater than those just rolled out in California.

While California's legislators were slow to get into the act, reluctant to give tax breaks to major film studios while other California businesses were suffering, those states haven't been shy about going after film dollars.

In July, for example, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was in Los Angeles, hawking his state's 25 percent rebate, loan program and 3,000-worker base to some 30 TV executives.

New Mexico, with its friendly business climate, eager-to-please officials and good climate, has proven particularly tempting to filmmakers.

For example this year's "Terminator Salvation," the latest installment in the franchise that once featured Schwarzenegger in his signature role, was shot in New Mexico to take advantage of the state's 25 percent tax rebate.

Last year's blockbuster "Twilight," the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, is set in a small town in Washington but was shot primarily in Oregon. Its sequel, "New Moon," was mostly filmed in Vancouver.

In July, Schwarzenegger approved the first 25 film and TV productions to qualify for incentives, including "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2" and "Naked Gun 4."

"This is about the make-up artists, the caterers and the countless other small businesses that rely on film and television production to succeed and create jobs for Californians," said Schwarzenegger.
Source-Yahoo

Megan Fox Doing a Public Service Announcement

Megan Fox Doing a Public Service Announcement
Megan Fox Doing a PSA for the movie Jennifer's Body. Pretty funny when she drops the F-Bomb.
Alittle about the movie.A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

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Movie is Due out September 18,2009

Death Race Prequel is going to be Made

Death Race Prequel is going to be Made
The origins of the deadly, fuel-injected game at the center of Paul W.S. Anderson's are going to be explored in an upcoming sequel.

Tony Giglio has been hired to write a script, based on a story by Anderson, to be produced by Impact Pictures (Anderson and Jeremy Bolt's production outfit). Giglio may also direct. The script is said to delve into the past of the driver known as Frankenstein.
Anderson and Bolt will oversee the Death Race prequel after they've completed Resident Evil-Afterlife on which Giglio will serve as a second unit Director. Death Race grossed over $70 million worldwide in 2008.

Red Band Trailer for Legion

Red Band Trailer for Legion

Hearing from April about her review of the Movie which she got to see during Comic Con. Her review is here. And after seeing this Red Band Trailer. I am getting very excited for this movie. Now if only January was closer. I guess this trailer will have to do for now.

The human race has messed up so bad that God sends his angels down to Earth to start an Apocalypse. The archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) does against God, cutting off his wings, and joins a band of strangers in a diner fighting to save the human race. One of those in the diner is a pregnant waitress who turns out to be carrying the savior to the human race.

The trailer starts out with Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hell Boy and the Silver Surfer from Fantastic Four) as a very creepy ice cream man. This is a different role for Doug Jones since you actually get to see his face. During the Q & A he was asked if it felt liberating to do a movie without the masks and extensive make-up. He replied that it was a bit like the difference between going out in a sweater and a speedo. He was been going out in the sweater for a while now and all of the sudden he is out there in a speedo. He was worried about looking alright as would anyone out in a speedo.

Director Scott Stewart noted that there was a lot of story to tell that he couldn’t all fit into the movie so there will be a 4 part graphic novel coming out in the fall that will cover the back story to the movie. It was also noted that Paul Bettany’s body is covered in tattoos in the movie and that these tattoos have specific meaning to the story. Read more...

Lego Movie to Be Made By Warner Brothers

Lego Movie to Be Made By Warner Brothers
I guess they are going to make movies out of every childhood memory and why not this one too.

Movies based on toys couldn't be hotter in Hollywood, with nearly every studio adapting playthings for the bigscreen.

Now count Warner Bros. as one of those studios: WB is toying with plans to develop a movie around Lego and its popular building blocks.

Scribes Dan and Kevin Hageman are penning the script for the family comedy that will mix live action and animation. Warners is keeping the plot tightly under wraps, but it's described as an action adventure set in a Lego world.

Dan Lin, who is shepherding Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes" and exec produced the studio's upcoming family film "Shorts," will produce the movie through his Lin Pictures, which is also behind a "Tom and Jerry" film that will put the feuding animated characters in a live-action setting. The shingle's Stephen Gilchrist serves as co-producer.

Roy Lee will produce through his Vertigo banner, while Jill Wilfert, VP of licensing and entertainment at Lego, will oversee the pic for the toymaker.

Directors and producers in town have attempted to make a Lego movie for years, approaching the Danish toymaker with various ideas, but Lego turned down most of them because it's highly protective of its brand.

To date, Lego has made only a series of direct-to-DVD animated movies based on its Bionicle line.

But the company sparked to Lin and the Hageman brothers' embrace of core values Lego wanted to include in a film, especially "a fun factor, creativity and that imagination has no boundaries," Lin told Daily Variety. The film's been in development for more than a year, with the scribes and producers making several trips to Denmark to work with Lego's execs on the concept.
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Also helping is the long relationship Warner Bros. has had with Lego over the years. Warner has licensed characters like Batman, Harry Potter and Speed Racer to Lego to integrate into playsets, and through TT Games, the videogame publisher that WB bought in 2007, has produced the popular "Lego Star Wars," "Lego Indiana Jones," "Lego Batman" and, soon, "Lego Rock Band" titles.

The Hageman brothers recently wrote the CG feature "Hotel Transylvania" for Sony Pictures Animation. They also adapted fantasy book "The Lies of Locke Lamora" for Warner Bros. They first landed the attention of Hollywood in 2003, when Steven Spielberg tapped the scribes to pen the drama "Charlie Dills" based on his own idea.

Decision to move forward with a Lego movie follows the recent success of "G.I. Joe," which opened in the top spot at the box office over the weekend for Paramount, which also scored this summer with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Both pics are based on Hasbro action figures.

Hasbro and rival Mattel have recently brokered a slew of deals around town to create film adaptations of their most popular toys, including Monopoly, Candyland, Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, View-Master, Max Steel, Hot Wheels and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

For the toymakers, a movie is seen as a way to raise awareness around a brand and sell more playthings. For the studios, a toy-based film only makes it easier to promote a pic to audiences given the built-in recognition factor.
Source-variety

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Astro Boy Trailer

New Astro Boy Trailer

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.

Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.
Movie is Due out October 23rd, 2009

Who is Joining Family Guy's Star Wars Episode?

Who is Joining Family Guy's Star Wars Episode?

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said the next installments in his Star Wars spoofs will mine jokes on Hoth, Cloud City and Endor and pull in characters from his other shows.

"Certainly the big worm coming out of the asteroid is a big comedy moment for us," MacFarlane said in an exclusive interview over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting The Cleveland Show. "The snow battle is kind of a nightmare, but we put enough jokes in there to sustain it. Visually, we have to duplicate so much of what went on in the movie, and [for] 1980, it was still so visually complex, and we had to match that. It was very difficult, to say nothing of trying to insert a joke every 15 seconds or so."

The upcoming spoofs follow on the success of MacFarlane's first take-off, Family Guy: Blue Harvest. The episode lampooning The Empire Strikes Back is titled "Something Something Something Dark Side." "Empire is almost done," MacFarlane said. "It'll be ready for the holidays. And then Jedi, we have our first animatic screening this coming week," he added, referring to the Return of the Jedi episode.

The Jedi episode is called "We Have a Bad Feeling About This." By the time he got to Ewoks and Jabba the Hutt, MacFarlane had to cast characters from his spinoff shows.

"We're running out of Family Guy characters to add in," MacFarlane said. "That's why for Jedi we've used characters from The Cleveland Show and from American Dad."

The Cleveland Show will introduce Tim and Ariana, a family of bears living next door to the Browns. "Tim the bear from The Cleveland Show will be playing most of the Ewoks," MacFarlane said. "We shrink them for the show."
MacFarlane looks forward to doing a classic Han Solo line in the voice of Peter Griffin, who plays Solo in the spoofs. "'Why don't you use your divine influence and get us out of here?' Most intense line reading ever," MacFarlane joked.

Even though he says the complexity of the 3-D animation and mimicking Industrial Light & Magic's effects sequences nearly kills him, MacFarlane says that he still has ambitions to spoof other genre classics with his animated families.

"If we could do some of the Star Trek movies, that would be great," MacFarlane said. "If we could do the Indiana Jones movies, that would be great. There are other things to be done. It's just a question of whether other companies will be as enlightened as Lucas."
Source-SyFy

How The Remake Of Nightmare On Elm Street Will Explain Freddy's Origins

How The Remake Of Nightmare On Elm Street Will Explain Freddy's Origins
I was one of the Lucky few people Who got to meet the Star of the A New Nightmare On Elm Street During Comic Con Jackie Earle Haley. We Talked for a few moments and I let him know that I have always had fond Memories of him since he played Kelly in the movie Bad News Bears. And how it is one of my Favorite movies. And that I was glad how he portrayed Rorschach in the Movie Watchman. And be sure to tune into His New show Human Target Which is scheduled for release in January 2010

Early teasers for the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street show Freddy Krueger in his trademark sweater, fedora and razor-fingered glove, but shadows intentionally obscure his face to hide the new burn makeup, said star Jackie Earle Haley, who takes on the iconic role from Robert Englund.

"He's got a new look going," Haley said in a group interview over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming Fox TV series Human Target. "We're still true with the fedora, the sweater and the glove, but the mug is a little bit more based in reality."

Englund played Freddy in eight films and a syndicated TV series. Haley is ready to face comparisons. "Our approach was to make him a little more serious," Haley (Watchmen) said. "He's a little less jokey."

Whether or not it works, Haley thinks it was worth the risk. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," he said. "As an actor, I'm one that's willing to take risks. Especially as a character actor, I've got to be willing to go out and totally mess up. If I try to play it safe, I'm not going to be a very good actor. I would imagine, somewhere along the way—and hopefully it's not this—but even with characterizations and stuff, playing it safe is not what makes us interesting. It's getting in there and really trying to do something with something and hope for the best."

Haley added that it was an easy decision for him to step into the role. "Oh, man, I did need to think about it for [but] a minute and a half," Haley said. "I just kept going, 'Freddy Krueger?' It's such an iconic character. How could I not do that character?"

It took six films to fully explain Freddy's backstory, from being burned alive to getting his dream powers from a set of floating heads. Haley indicated that the new filmmakers pack more Freddy history into the new Nightmare, if not the floating heads.

"I think we get a little bit more than in the original film," he said.

There is room to explore Freddy further in sequels, but Haley avoids jumping the gun. "I've signed on to do a couple more, but it needs to be successful before they do that," he said.

A Nightmare on Elm Street opens April 30, 2010.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wolverine Is Heading To My Motherland

Wolverine Is Heading To My Motherland

I am sure you are thing what the header means. I am Half Japanese and it is good to see that they are thinking of following the Comic Book. I guess for now we can only hope.
Late last year, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman began teasing that he'd like to bring Logan to Japan for a live-action adaptation of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's fan-favorite story arc that had the Marvel Comics hero learning Eastern philosophy and fighting skills. While the actor offered up a confirmation of sorts prior to "Wolverine" hitting theaters that he was "talking to writers" about going the Japanese route for the sequel, the studio made it official after the film found success at the box office.
During this weekend's Teen Choice Awards, Jackman devoted part of his acceptance speech ("Wolverine" won the action/adventure film category) to teasing the aforementioned sequel -- and Logan's impending journey to Japan.
"Who knows, maybe Wolverine will use one of these when he heads to Japan," Jackman told the crowd, holding up the surfboard that served as the award. "See you next time around!"

You can watch the video here.

The 'going to Japan' was pretty serious, the 'using the surfboard' was not. Not a lot of surfing in Japan," laughed Jackman when we caught him backstage.
Offering an update of sorts for the sequel, Jackman told MTV News "Japan is where we're heading, [and] we're starting to work on it now. We're in the ... first steps of developing that story."
Reiterating his desire to Miller and Claremont's story arc brought to the screen, Jackman said he's "made no real secret" of his fondness for that particular chapter of Wolverine's history. "I think the fans love that saga. It's my favorite saga of the Wolverine stories."
"That's a movie I've longed to make from the beginning, so that's where we're heading," he said.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Is Kicking Ass and Taking Names

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Is Kicking Ass and Taking Names

Robert Rodriguez may be the hardest-working man in show business—but not in Hollywood: After establishing Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas, more than a decade ago, he quickly amassed an impressive resume as a writer, producer, director, composer and editor.

Even with so many different challenges pulling at him these days, however, Rodriguez said that he is currently focusing his attention on making just one movie, even if he's promoting another at the same time: Machete.

"Probably Machete, because I just shot week one of that," Rodriguez told reporters over the weekend in Los Angeles while promoting his upcoming family movie Shorts. "Next week, we shoot some more."

Shorts, needless to say, is dramatically different from Machete, which expands on the fake trailer of the same name he created for 2007's Grindhouse, about a vengeance-seeking former Mexican Federale and day laborer.

The writer-director said he's making terrific progress, thanks in no small part to the film's aggressive shooting schedule. "It was amazing," Rodriguez said of the first week's dailies. "It's going really good. That's the shortest film schedule since El Mariachi. Mariachi was a 14-day shoot, Desperado was a 35-day shoot, and this is about half of the time we had on Shorts, which was a really short shoot—around 42 days. So you have to make quick decisions, and it comes out better. The energy is much better."
Machete stars Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey, who reprise their roles from the original trailer, as well as a surprising ensemble of supporting players, including Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal and Jessica Alba.

Rodriguez was reluctant to divulge too many details about the plot, but he indicated that the original preview was indeed just a taste of what the feature film would have in it.

"He does so much crazy stuff now," Rodriguez said. "I just wanted to live up to the trailer, and it's far surpassed the trailer. So if you like the trailer, you're going to love [the movie]. The movie's got an insane cast. I can't tell you too much."
Source-SyFy

Red Dawn Remake Adds More Cast Members

Red Dawn Remake Adds More Cast Members

Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Edwin Hodge are the newest Wolverines to join MGM/UA's "Red Dawn" remake.

They join Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki in the revamp of the 1984 action movie about a group of teenagers who form an insurgency when their town is invaded -- this time by Chinese and Russian soldiers.

Hutcherson will play Robert, originated by C. Thomas Howell, and become the group's tech geek. Lucas is Erica, head cheerleader and the Peck character's girlfriend whom he desperately hopes to spring from an internment camp. Lea Thompson played the character in the original.

Cruise is playing Daryl, the son of Spokane's mayor and Robert's best friend. And Hodge will play Danny, the coolest kid in school and star wide receiver who helps establish the resistance.

The young cast heads off in a few weeks for military training in an undisclosed location.

Dan Bradley is directing from a screenplay by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth. Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing. Vince Newman and Kevin Halloran are exec producing.

The film is scheduled to begin filming next month in Detroit for a Sept. 24, 2010 release.

Hutcherson, repped by ICM and Ric Beddingfield, starred in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Bridge to Terabithia."

Lucas, repped by UTA and Sharron Meissner in Australia, recently appeared in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Cruise, the 14-year-old son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, debuted in December as the young Will Smith character in "Seven Pounds."

Hodge, repped by Global Artists Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment, has a recurring role on Fox's "Mental" and recently appeared in the feature "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane."
Source-THR

Wall Street 2 Cast is Rounding Up

Wall Street 2 Cast is Rounding Up

Frank Langella will join the cast of "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," the Oliver Stone-directed sequel for 20th Century Fox.
Shia LaBeouf stars with Michael Douglas, who'll reprise his Gordon Gekko role. Josh Brolin is reportedly circling a part in the Allan Loeb-scripted drama as well.

Langella is in talks to play Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors LaBeouf's character, a young Wall Street broker. The mentor's fate plays a major part in the film's plot.

It's Langella's first role since his Oscar-nominated turn as Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon" in 2008.

He will next be seen starring with Cameron Diaz and James Marsden in Richard Kelly-directed thriller "The Box" and Andrew Jarecki's "All Good Things" with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst.

WME reps Langella. Stone and Edward R. Pressman are producing with Eric Kopeloff. Read more...

Jerry Bruckheimer Updates his Slate of Films

Jerry Bruckheimer Updates his Slate of Films

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave us a quick update on his slate of upcoming movies as we and a group of other reporters chased him down a hallway following his press conference promoting ABC's The Forgotten at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday:

♦Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: The film based on Ubisoft's video game, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is heavy into editing. Bruckheimer said post-production is going well and he should have a trailer ready soon. "I hope in the fall," he said. "Fall or Christmas."

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Rob Marshall is reportedly in line to take over as director of the lucrative Jack Sparrow franchise from Gore Verbinski. Bruckheimer said that he is confident Marshall can carry the torch, but did not confirm the Chicago director yet. "I think it'll be great," Bruckheimer said. "First we've got to make a deal." Should it be Marshall, Bruckheimer thinks you'll never notice there's a new captain at the helm of Pirates. "No, he's got a great sense of humor," Bruckheimer said. "He's very funny."

♦The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Production on the live-action modern-day update of Disney's Fantasia segment was plagued with two vehicular accidents earlier this year. Bruckheimer's debrief was practical. "It's sad," he said. "We do dangerous things, we try to keep them as safe as possible. One we had nothing to do with. It was just a person who lost control of their car, so nothing we can do about that." As the Sorcerer, Nicolas Cage sports long hair, a look he has also toyed with in films such as Con Air. "I think it's fantastic," Bruckheimer said. "He looks really handsome, sexy. You girls'll love him."

♦The Lone Ranger: It seems totally Johnny Depp for the megastar to prefer the role of sidekick Tonto over the Ranger himself. A producer might prefer the A-lister in the lead role, but Bruckheimer gets Depp's sensibiltiies. "No, we always wanted him as Tonto," he said.
Source-SyFy

New James Cameron Avatar Poster Featuring Neytiri

New James Cameron Avatar Poster Featuring Neytiri

During Comic Con I was lucky enough to see Exclusive Footage of the movie. And it looks great. Also here is my Exclusive interview with James Cameron during Comic Con. Fox International has released the full image of the Na'vi character played by Zoe Saldana in James Cameron's Avatar in the form of a poster.

Opening in conventional 3D theaters and IMAX 3D on December 18th, the film co-stars Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald.

In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.

Movie is Due out December 18, 2009
Source-20Th Century Fox


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