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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What is the Governator Doing on the Set of T4?

WARNING: This MIGHT contain spoilers for the upcoming "Terminator Salvation."

I found this very interesting. If you look at the picture above I promise you your eyes will not deceive you. That is, in fact, Terminator 1, 2 and 3 star Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking with Terminator 4 star Christian Bale. "But why?" You ask.

According to inside sources, Arnold was there to lend his face and his voice. "Huh?" Exactly. Apparently Schwarzenegger's face was digitally scanned and will be digitally placed over the face of Roland Kickinger who will play the T-800. (Schwarzenegger's character from Terminator 1 and 2.) Similar technology to do this is being utilized for James Cameron's "Avatar" due next year.

Furthermore, Au-nold was at the studio for some ADR (additional dialogue recording) work. He will be lending his voice for the T-800 in the movie.

Again, none of this can be confirmed and I can't imagine it being announced any time soon. (Especially if it's a surprise.) It seems that director McG is doing all he can to make sure Arnold is involved in some way. Which is good. In my opinion a Terminator movie without Arnold is a sin, but if this is true/works well, I can see it being pretty cool.

I've recently had a change of heart concerning the "Terminator Salvation" project. Jonathan Nolan's (co-writer of "Memento," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight") involvement in writing the film perked my excitement and looking at the project on a deeper level gives me a broader prospective on the potential it has. (Plus, Christian Bale is a bamf.) It could be really good. Really good. We'll see.

"Terminator Salvation" hits theaters May 22nd.

Devastator Will Devistate "Transformers 2"

Rumors have flooded and become true. Devastator, the giant, multi-robot forming...robot will appear in "Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen." (I'm going to assume the title, "Rise of the Fallen," means Michael Bay intends to escalate the crappy prequel to a more respected sequel?)

News includes that the robot will be formed out of seven different transformers. If memory serves me correctly, the original Devastator was formed out of five or six different transformers. Ah! That Michael Bay. Always has to one up something! Not all the vehicles will be green (some yellow or red) and the giant transformer will have a lot of "upper body strength."

According to TFW2005, the following picture of one of the robots that form into Devastator is real. This character's name is Long Haul:

From the original series, Devastator is a giant Decepticon transformer made up of other transformers known as the Contructicons. The Constructicons are basic construction worker vehicles (dumps trucks, cranes...etc...) and form in to the massive transformer Devastator, which is much bigger than any of the others.

For the Transformers fans who somehow liked the first movie... Have fun.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

TRAILER - Quantum of Solace (Trailer 2)

Few trailers come along these days and really "wow" me, but leave it to this new Bond series to blow my mind even in its previews. In this next 007 flick Bond is after the people that killed Vesper-- Looking at this trailer it seems like he's ready to destroy everything and everyone in his path to do it.

Some really amazing camera work is displayed in this preview. It wastes very little time to show action sequences we've all seen before, but never thought could look any cooler. Strap in:

"Quantum of Solace," November 14.

Monday, September 8, 2008

TRAILER - Gatchaman (10 Second Teaser)

It's not exactly an official teaser I suppose, more of a peak at the animation for the film. Even if it was though, it utilizes it's ten seconds better than the first "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" teaser.

That said, it's still not a very good teaser. Decent use of Steve Jablonsky's "Transformers" score though.

"Gatchaman" is said to be released early 2009.

Run, Jason! Run!

Aaron Yoo, co-star of the upcoming "Friday the 13th" disaster, updated the world with a fascinating quote that should convince the world this movie will be much different from the previous Jason flicks. [/sarcasm]

"I think the biggest difference is that Jason is fast, and he's realistic," he began. "It's not the kind of horror movie where stalk slowly, run fast and somebody catches up, there's none of the teleportation thing (from past movies)...the basic storyline idea of Jason is the same, and he's got this 2 and a half foot machete."

Well the story is the same [as the last 30 films] and he's got a, drum roll, two and a half foot machete! Well that's good! The one and a half foot machete was getting really old.

What's funny about this bit of news is that it actually has some Jason fans arguing that Jason has ran after his victims in the past. So naturally they have to moan about that. If I were them I'd bitch about a Jason movie that doesn't suck.

The picture above is a still from the film. "Friday the 13th" will arrive in theaters February, 2009. Guess which day?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Caine is Harry P-- Brown! I Mean Harry Brown!

Michael Caine, most recently known for playing Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's Batman series, will be entering a new type of crime saga. This time, he's the vigilante.

Caine will play a retired serviceman who is pushed to take matters in to his own hands when he sees how much crime has polluted the run-down area he resides in.

The film will be directed by Academy Award nominated Daniel Barber. Lionsgate is banking on a worldwide premiere of the film next year.

It's been awhile since Caine has picked up a gun and gotten his own hands dirty. It'll be fun to see him such a role again. Looking forward to it!

"Hellboy III" Murmurs...

There's been some speculation as to whether or not there will be a "Hellboy III." The well reviewed "Hellboy II" didn't do to well at the box office-- Opening a week before "The Dark Knight" made it hard for the movie to cash in on domestic sales. However, it has been doing well over seas. Director Guillermo del Toro mulls around with the possibility of a third film:

"I think they'll decide when the last euro hits the piggybank," del Toro said. "We laid the groundwork to have a magnificent third act. I’d like to return to an action franchise with 60-year-old actor Ron Perlman, because he’ll be scratching at that age when I get to it."

Variety reports that del Toro is "Booked through 2017," he will be directing "The Hobbit," and it's sequel, "Frankenstein," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Slaughterhouse-Five." Fitting a third "Hellboy" in to the mix would be tough, but apparently the Universal is happy with how well the movie is doing overseas and is interested in doing a third.

Rumors have it that Universal is also interested in a television series and some online segments chronicling the demon-hero before a third movie. It may even turn out that it's the best we'll get as far as more Hellboy adventures.

I certainly hope we get a third film. I didn't quite enjoy "The Golden Army" as much as I did the first film, but it had it's strong moments. The series could really benefit from a strong, third movie closer.

New "Ghostbusters III" Tidbits

It's nothing new, but I felt it was worth mentioning. Harold Ramis, co-writer of the new Ghostbuster film, along with "The Office's" Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, has released the following about the new "Ghostbusters" flick. It should give audiences an idea of what to expect if this project achieves what it wants to:

"Yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. Judd apatow is co-producing [Year One] (an upcoming film Ramis also wrote with Stupnitsky and Eisenberg) and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity."

The whole "Bill Murray is willing to be involved on some level" thing worries me. The man is the first face I think of when I hear someone say "Ghostbusters." He should really get back to what he did well rather than play the same character over and over in overrated schlock that somehow passes for "intellectual" indie flicks.

A "next generation" introduction story is fine, but it needs the original busters at front and center to work well. Yes, other talent should have some spot light, but Murray's quips and Aykroyd's scientific babble needs to be played up and passed on to maintain the spirit of this beloved series. It's a very good idea and opportunity. I hope it doesn't get screwed over.