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Friday, March 23, 2007

Watson on the Final Two Potter Films-- Along with the Rest

Well for those of you worried (though you shouldn't have been) Emma Watson will be returning as Hermione for the final two Harry Potter films. (The crowd goes wild...especially the guys.) Along with her, Rupert Grint will be coming back for the last two films as well. (Eh...) We already know Radcliffe and his fantastic new haircut will be returning, so there you go. The tri had this to say about their returning:

Daniel Radcliffe: "Playing the role of Harry Potter has been an immense privilege, and I look forward to completing the series. I feel a huge sense of loyalty to the character of Harry and the fans who have supported these films over the years. During filming, I have learnt so much, made lots of friends and met people who have changed my life. I am indebted to J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. and David Heyman for giving me this fantastic opportunity."

Emma Watson: "I could never let Hermione go--she is my hero! I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I am excited and honoured to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films."

Rupert Grint: "Ron Weasley has become a big part of my life and not just because we've both got ginger hair! I've been so proud to play him and loved every second of being part of this world. I'm really looking forward to filming the last two films and being back with my 'Weasley family' and, of course, to seeing my good friends Emma and Dan. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive over the years; we couldn't have done it without you."

There you have it! All three are back! Ponder at your will.

TRAILER - The FINAL "Spider-Man 3" Trailer

Damn this looks amazing. I love how dark it feels. Gear up! See you May 4!

New Pirates 3 Photos

The time is coming and "Pirates of the caribbean: At World's End" is reeling out more and more publicity. Here's a new set of photos. I must say the costumes and art direction look incredible. I'm really impressed with the way these photos look. You should be too. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

"28 Weeks Later" Poster

Don't know how old this is, but I just found it.

Don't really care. The first movie was "meh" at best, although it had some cool ideas and if Danny Boyle isn't around to both correct his mistakes from last time and further his own talent, I don't really have any interest.

Jet Li IS The Mummy?

Apparently their still in talks, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jet Li will play the new mummy in the third installment of The Mummy franchise.
Other plot details include the setting being in China in the post WWII-era. The film is being directed by Rob Cohen and is set for release in 2008.
I wouldn't expect any kung fu from Li though, I think he's stopped all those kinds of films. However I'm a little curious how all this will work out. Li as a Mummy? I'll have to see it first...

Imagi Studios Shows "Gatchaman" and "Astro Boy" Art

Imagi Studios, the company responsible for the current "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, will be bringing to classic japanese anime to the CGI realm in America.

Below are pre-production art from "Gatchaman". Click to see them larger.

And the one teaser of "Astro Boy". Click to see it larger.

"Gatchaman" will be directed by Kevin Munroe. The anime told the story of 5 young superheros who fought against the forces of Galactor. The heros would battle giant mosnters and so on in order to keep Galactor from taking Earth's natural resources.

"Astro Boy" takes place in the future and is about a robot built to look like a little boy. Astro Boy comes with great powers but has trouble finding his place among "real" people (you can see where this is going.)

"Gatchaman" is due out in theaters in 2008 and "Astro Boy" in 2009.

Cruise-ing to WWII with Bryan Singer

Tom Cruise is set to play the lead role in Bryan Singer's ("X-Men", "X2", "The Usual Suspects", "Superman Returns") World War 2 film, which is currently untitled.
The WWII "thriller" is based on true events about German generals planning to assassinate Hitler. Production begins this summer. No release date is yet given.
The story sounds really engaging and Bryan Singer proved himself to be an excellent thriller director with "The Usual Suspects"-- It's good he's breaking away from his comic book superhero films for a little bit. But Cruise as a German? We'll see.

The "Guy" Next Door is "Speed Racer"?

Emile Hirsch, the young man most recognized for his role in "The Girl Next Door" is in talks to play Speed in "Speed Racer". Not bad casting really...the Wachowski's had Keanu Reeves in all three Matrix films and that worked fine. It's very likely he'll get the role. Stay tuned.
"Speed Racer" is due in theaters May, 9 2008.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pirates 3 Footage - Clip and Trailer

Below here is a clip from "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End". Jack and Barbossa fighting over who's Captian (of the Black Pearl?). Enjoy!

And for those of you having trouble with the version of the trailer I posted last night, here's a youtube version:

Hellboy 2 - Detailed Synopsis

ComingSoon released a very, very interesting and detailed synopsis of the Hellboy sequel, "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army".

"With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world's toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army." Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy").

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development--pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann--the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him."

"Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" arrives August 1, 2008!

Miyazaki's Next Feature: "Ponyo on a Cliff"

Hayao Miyazaki, the man honored as the grandfather of animation, will be releasing his next film under Toho Studios next year, "Gake no ue no Ponyo" ("Ponyo on a Cliff").
The film's story is about a goldfish "princess" who longs to be human and her relationship with a young boy. (The boy is said to be based on Miyazaki's own grandson.)

The film is said to incorporate no CG at all and will been done with pastel watercolor for a hand-painted look.
Miyazaki's films are known for some of the most beautiful animated sequences in history and their bizzarly original storylines. His last two films were "Howl's Moving Castle" and the Academy Award Winning "Spirited Away".

There are very few film makers I can speak more highly of or respect more than Miyazaki. Often the word "master" is overused when speaking about certian filmmakers. But I can say in full confidence Miyazaki is a master artist, unrivaled by all other animators today. His ideas are far more original than 98% of the stuff that comes out these days (although some of his works are based on books, his spin to them are often very different from the books) and his animation style always evolves.

I have to admit I'm a bit reserved about this new tale of his-- It sounds a bit "Little Mermaid-esque" to me. But it's hard to summerize a Miyazaki film in one sentence. We're getting probably the first 10 to 20 minutes of the film's actual story with such vague details.

TRAILER - "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" IS HERE!

FINALLY! The trailer for the Pirates 3 is here! And it comes with full force! Very exciting and well put together trailer here. Crossing my fingers that this next one is way better than the last one.

"If I wasn't this would probably never work..." I love it.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" comes to theaters this May, 25! I'll be there.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Spidy 3 Poster and "Spider-Man Needs A Rest"

First up, a brand new "Spider-Man 3" poster. This is, the international poster used for the film-- I feel like they're overdoing the reflection thing though.

Meanwhile Kirsten Dunst was recently asked about the future of the Spider-Man film franchise.
"I think he [director Sam Raimi] needs a long vacation to put his creativity towards something else and then maybe we'll revisit it." Dunst said. And what about the possibility of doing a "Spider-Man 4" without Raimi? Here's what she had say about that: "Do they want to give Sam Raimi a heart attack? That's evil. Sorry, that's not happening any time soon. I would just say no for Sam's sake so that he can have a break. We would all do it together because Sam, Tobey and I are a team now, but there's no way it's going to happen very soon. I just can't imagine that. We don't have the story to tell right now."

So right now, the chances of a sequel seem slim. Maybe there will be one day, maybe not. Maybe it will just be one of those franchises that are remembered fondly and then 30 years later they'll either want to revive it or remake it. That seems to be the new pattern here.

Fantastic Four Posters....More of Them....

Yet more promotion for "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer". Their kind of bland, but go for it.

Superman Sequel Gets Late Start

According to Robert Meyer Burnett (producer of behind-the-scenes material for "Superman Returns"), the Superman sequel won't start filming until March 2008, more than likely heading for a summer 2009 release. The film will be directed by Bryan Singer, but before he starts production on Superman, he'll be shooting a WW2 picture this summer.
That's fine. Nolan did "The Prestige" before he started with "The Dark Knight". Variety is good. Talent shouldn't be limited to superhero movies.

Cate Blanchett and Indy 4

Welp... All that's announced on this is that Cate Blanchett is in the fourth "Indiana Jones" film. Information on David Koepp's script has air-tight security, so we don't know what role she'll be playing as of right now. Hopfully this is true, unlike the Shia LeBeouf rumor. (For those who don't know it was "officially" announced by Variety that Shia would play Indiana's son in the fourth film. Days later Shia comes out and announces that no one has offered him the role and it was nothing more than a rumor...I'm happy I didn't report that!)
Anyway. Cate Blanchett. Indy 4. Yup. The film will be released May 22, 2008.

Long Time, No Post

Yes I am aware I have not posted one new thing all week long. Must've meant I was on Spring Break and had little computer access or time to do any digging and updated. I apologize. I won't be posting everything I've missed, just a few things I found to be cool. Anyway, I'm back. I've got plenty of other things to do as well, so don't expect too much for the next few days.