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Thursday, March 29, 2007

"Harry Potter 5" - A Whole Boat Full of Pics

The title says it all. Heres a new batch of screen shots and promotional photos for "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix"! Enjoy Mary.

Love the hair Harry! Love the hair! Looks better the shorter it gets. In fact, lets just shave his head for the next two films!

Ok, now this guy, in all seriousness, I am glad got a haircut. He looked hideous in the last film I could barely look up at the screen when he was shown-- It's hard enough to take his acting at this point. The lack of his ridiculous-Barbie-doll hair will make him more watchable. Geez...THANK YOU, for chopping that crap off.

I'm rusty on my Potter-ness. With the exception of Hermione (duh), Malfoy and Cho, I don't know who the rest are. But there you have. This July is pretty much Harry Potter month with the last book and 5th movie arriving. So keep those brooms know. To sweep.

TRAILER - "Evan Almighty"

I "pray" the best parts aren't being shown in the trailer. "Bruce Almighty" was a good, genuinly funny film with an excellent screenplay. Lets hope this delivers the same goods.

The flood comes June 22.

TRAILER - "The Bourne Ultimatum"

It's a less than thrilling trailer, but the series has a more than thrilling track record. It'll probably be one of the better summer flicks this year. I love the first two films, so I'm gearing up for this.

August 3rd people!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

TRAILER -"28 Weeks Later"

Well, this looks pointless. For those who have faith in it though...enjoy...

Aronofsky, "The Fighter"

Apparently Darren Aronofsky will be directing Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon in a boxing drama. The film is based on the an Irish boxer who gets tot he top with the help of his brother and trainer.
Aronofsky is also set to do a thriller about a dancer, so this might be far off, but like i've said before, after "The Fountian", I'll see anything he touches.

Depp and Banderas Take a Trip to "Sin City 2"

Looks like Depp will finally appear in the "Sin City" franchise. "Sin City" director, Robert Rodriguez, talked about Depp's casting to MTV:

"[Depp] was interested in doing the Jackie Boy character that Benicio [Del Toro] played [in the first one], but he was doing that movie 'Libertine' in Europe and it just kept getting pushed and delayed and went right through our shooting schedule," Rodriquez said of the actor he directed in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." "But there is a better role for him in ['Hell and Back']. I kept going, 'Gosh, Jackie Boy is a small part, he could be really good [as Wallace].' When he wasn't available, I thought maybe it was meant to be."

Furthermore, Rodriguez was also excited about an old friend from his "Desperado" days, Antonio Banderas:

"When I showed him the first sample of the work, he went, 'Man I'll do anything in that. I'll be the hunchback. You have to bring me onboard, that looks amazing,' " Rodriguez recalled. "So Frank [Miller] met him that time too and he said, 'I have got to find something for that guy. I've never met him before. He's amazing.' [So we're] looking at the cast of characters and [looking] to see where he can fit."

Currently the actors aren't attatched, but Rodriguez is very enthusiastic that they'll be able to join for "Sin City 2". I'm excited myself! After I saw "Sin City" I always felt it was something meant for Johnny Depp, so it's almost dream come true that he'll be in the sequel.

Optimus Prime vs. Megatron

At the advent of a Transformers "myspace" (yeah...I know...) a new picture, admittedly kind of cool, has been released. It shows the two transforming leaders face to face...can't really tell that it's Megatron or make out any face of his at all...Optimus looks a little recognizable. Oh well. Here's the pic and, uh, join the myspace if you want...
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Batmobile Sighting in Chicago

The new Batmobile, the Tumbler, has been spotted in Chicago, but not just one. Apparently there are ten different Tumbler models being used for different purposes on the set for "The Dark Knight". One can guess that a few are probably going to be blown up or something. Here's a picture of one that was spotted recently:

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Megatron Gets a Facelift

Yet again the awful "Megatron" design for the new "Transformers" film gets a slight overhaul. The Tyrannotron look has been significantly toned down and it looks slightly more like the Megatron of more recent incarnations. It could still stand to look better though.

Redesigned Megatron Head. Click to enlarge:

From official film comic book:

Comparison, new redesign on left, old redesign (Tyrannotron) on right. Click to enlarge:

It's an improvment, but that's hardly saying anything at all. A muppet would be an improvemnt. You can see this design in action and speaking Hugo Weaving's voice come July.

Michael Bay Flaps His Trap (Transformers)

Where as Kurt Russell is a respectable talent being a jerk, Bay is just a hack being exactly as you'd expect a hack to be. Bay decided to "update" people on his blog about post-production with "Transformers" and the backlash he's getting from critics and fans:

"Almost a 100 days left. I guess I should start posting every week? I've been working my ass off - the cut is really coming along -the shots ---awesome. Some of the most difficult renders in ILM history. Sometimes up to 38 hours per frame. The Show West thing was fun to see the scenes play in a 1000 person house. But they just saw 25 minutes so it is hard to feel engaged because they are not seeing the full run of a movie. Harry called me to tell me how he loved it. I see all the d**kwad talk back people who claim they have read a finished script. Impossible - I kept the only draft for the last two months before shooting. That's where did major retooling to the script - yes the scene beats are similar but a very different script. We are still writing the robot voices. They talk about just 20 minutes of action at the end - yeah right. This is by far the most action I have ever put into a movie - I have 12 huge set pieces. Boy I get tired of these lame cry babies on the net."

Ok, so the CGI is going to be good...great, we don't get enough CGI in film these days... Lines are still being written for the Autobots and Decepticons, so it's good to know they knew what they were doing ahead of time and that everything was planned out. Oh and those who form opinions are dickwads.
To be fair, I do believe him that the finished script has not been leaked on the net. People who say they've read the "leaked" script in advance are often given something very different once the film comes out. (The "Star Wars - Episode 3" leaks come to mind.) But like "Episode 3", that doesn't mean the finished script will be good either.

Kurt Talks Smack on "Escape" Remake

I like Kurt Russell. I really do. He's been in a great deal of movies both good and bad that have been very, very enjoyable. He's underrated, versatile, a good character actor has been able to take on whatever role thrown at him. So he pains me when he acts like an obvious jackass.

The first few quotes are form entertainment weekly. Russell decided to express his thoughts on the "Escape From New York" remake and the actor chosen to replace his character, Snake Plissken, Gerade Butler:

"I will say that when I was told who was going to play Snake Plissken, my initial reaction was, 'Oh, man!' [winces] I do think that character was quintessentially one thing. And that is, American."

"People come up to me and say, 'You played Snake Plissken.' I didn't play Snake Plissken. I created him!"

When asked if he'd have a cameo in the film...well: "F--k that! I AM Snake Plissken! It's like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond."

Then not too long after the fact this appeared on Sci-Fi Wire:

"Oh, I don't know, I was just kidding around," [Uh-huh...good save...] Russell said.

"Listen, I've had a long career, I'm only happy to have had it. Good luck to everybody, and, yeah, see if you can keep up, cool."

His smakcing of Butler was pretty low I've gotta say. Butler's a good actor and I'm sure he'd do a pretty good job of being the new Snake. But i do agree with Russell-- He IS Snake Plissken. I don't know if Connery has that big of a problem seeing how anyone can be Bond these days and "Casino Royale" was amazing. But that's a very different circumstance. Why remake a good movie? I've asked this for years with little response that doesn't have to do with money-making.
"Escape from New York" doesn't need to be remade. But I think Russell overracted, especially in regard to Butler.
Russell's next movie will be "Grindhouse", April 6.

Scorsese Teams Up with (GASP!) DiCaprio

The next Scorsese/DiCaprio film is already planned. The next film of theirs will be "The Wolf of Wall Street". The film will be based on an autobiography of Jordan Belfort's which is yet to be published.
Belfort (DiCaprio) spent twenty years in prison for not cooporating in a case about security fraud; this fraud invloved the severe corruption on Wall street, banking problems and more money for mob organizations. The screenplay will be adapted as soon as possible and the book is published this September.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Emile Hirsch - Speed Racer Interview

Apparently the guy did infact get the role for Speed in "Speed Racer". (He talks like he's on acid though.) While there are soem interesting things said in the interview, make sure to check most of your brain at the door before watching. This kid gives me visions of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"....only....he's not acting...

"Speed Racer" reaches theaters May 9, 2008.

Hugo Weaving is Leader of the Decepticons

Hugo Weaving decided he wanted to add a crappy movie to his resume recently, but not put his face on it. Weaving, known for his roles in The Matrix Trilogy as Agent Smith and the man behind the mask in "V for Vendetta", will do the voice for Megatron.
Megatron is the popular leader of the decepticons in the Transformers universe and the ultimate nemesis of Optimus Prime.
(I don't know if this will remain true in the new Fakeformers movie.)
"Transformers" will arrive in theaters this July.

Rambo on Set!

The "first" photos of "John Rambo" have arrived. It's mostly just on-set shots with good-ole Sly looking more and more like a walking steroid ad. And I want to tell you where these pretty bad photos came from, but I just don't feel like it...

"John Rambo" is due out next year.