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July 18th, 2011

Talk about a way to step out of Hermione’s shoes.

With the conclusion of the iconic HARRY POTTER film franchise this past weekend, one must wonder what is in store for the three stars; Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson, moving forward. Well, at least for Watson, it means working on some massively intriguing projects.

ComingSoon has learned, thanks to the open book that is producer Denise Di Novi, that not only is she working on a new take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but that she’ll be joined by producer Guillermo del Toro, and actress Emma Watson. (more...)

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July 18th, 2011

Behold! The non-stop teases coming from the production of Peter Jackson's adaptation of THE HOBBIT continues on today, with yet another look at one of the many dwarves that make up the cast of the film. For those who aren't familiar with THE HOBBIT, the story is a lot more dwarf-centric than LORD OF THE RINGS is.

Thorin is a dwarf prince who has a personal vendetta against the film's main villain, a dragon named Smaug. Smaug has killed many of Thorin's family and their people, along with stealing their collection of gold and jewels. This is what leads Thorin and his company to Bilbo's doorstep, where Gandalf suggests Bilbo join their journey. Also in the photo is Thorin's sword Orcist, which is commonly known as the Goblin-Cleaver. (more...)

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July 18th, 2011

With a teaser set to run after this week’s release of CAPTAIN AMERICA, one would imagine that the cast for THE AVENGERS would be all but locked up. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The Daily Blam is reporting (via The Playlist), that actress Amanda Righetti has joined the film’s cast. Her role has yet to be revealed, but one would expect that Righetti will take on a role like Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) or Sharon Carter, member of S.H.I.E.L.D., as the report suggests. She could also take on a role like The Wasp, but at this point, it remains to be seen if she and/or Ant-Man are really characters that Marvel wants to toss in. Director Joss Whedon could use a character duo like those two for a nice injection of comedy, but at this point it is nothing but speculation. (more...)

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July 18th, 2011

Sometimes the Reel Bad Dude in a film isn’t necessarily the typical hero. Everyone cheers for the good guys and, in most cases, they do win, but that doesn’t mean they are always better than their adversaries. They just got lucky. Often the good guy versus bad guy fights are grossly mismatched, yet the good guy wins. I don’t buy those odds in reality, but it happens in film - even in some of our favorites.

Take the wonderful martial arts/action film NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (aka KARATE TIGER) from 1986 for instance. There is a complete badass “Russian” who destroys everyone he touches but along comes some Daniel Larusso wannabe teen who drives his mom’s station wagon and he’s going to be the real champion? Right! (more...)

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July 18th, 2011

WB may be putting much of their focus on the upcoming finale to Chris Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, there are some interesting happenings in the world of Superman and WB’s MAN OF STEEL.

Moviehole is reporting that Jonah Nolan has had his turn at polishing up David Goyer’s script for the upcoming Zack Snyder film, and that Kurt Johnstad is currently doing the same thing. Johnstad and Snyder are buddies, having worked on both 300 and the upcoming prequel, 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA  He also wrote THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH, a film based on an idea from Snyder. (more...)

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July 18th, 2011

 

Forget all those silly trailer descriptions and bootlegs, WB has finally gone ahead and given us the real deal. The studio has just released the first teaser trailer (via their Facebook page) for their upcoming film, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and while it may have been spoiled for those who read the description that hit the web earlier this week, it’s still an epic piece of tease.

Featuring a blend of footage from the previous two films to a handful of shots from this new film, we are privy to a pair of interesting moments. First, much of the trailer is narrated by Commissioner Gordon, who is bedridden. This is interspersed with blurry shots of Bane’s face, until we finally get the reveal of Tom Hardy as Bane for that brief, but bloody glorious moment. (more...)

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July 17th, 2011

Tread lightly, as the ground we walk on here is strictly that of rumored stories.

The Telegraph is reporting (via Bleeding Cool), that actor Rhys Ifans, who will next be seen in the upcoming AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reboot getting the biggest break of his career, has joined the cast of the 23rd film in the Bond franchise, lovingly known at this point as BOND 23.

As far as who he’ll play, the outlet doesn’t reveal that information. They simply mention that he “will appear in the film,” and that “much of the filming will take place in South Africa.” Sounds like some solid reporting. (more...)

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July 17th, 2011

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO SEE IF YOU'VE WON!

Gordon and the Whale has teamed up with Universal Pictures to give our readers the chance to win COWBOYS & ALIENS swag bag. Included in the bag is: an official COWBOYS & ALIENS t-shirt, metal wrist blaster (like Daniel Craig wears in the film), and a playing cards deck. For your chance to win, all you have to do is fill out the form after the break. Deadline ends at 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 28th. On Friday, July 29th, we will announce three winners via random drawing and notify them by email. Good luck, movie lovers! COWBOYS & ALIENS rides into theaters on July 29th.

ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. CONTESTANTS MUST LIVE INSIDE THE U.S. ITEMS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO P.O. BOX. (more...)

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July 17th, 2011

Lloyd Kaufman of Troma's new book

Lloyd Kaufman is a name known to many lovers of film all over the world, mostly those with a penchant for the more fun and eccentric. You can like him or not, I’m sure many people don’t, but he’s here and I don’t really think he’s going anywhere. Since the mid-'70s he has been one of the faces behind Troma Entertainment, a film production and distribution company that takes the ideals of real independent filmmaking to heart. Not the “indie” films you see with a budget of a couple million dollars but those with a budget of $5000 - sometimes more, sometimes less. Over the past few years Lloyd has released a few books (like Make Your Own Damn Movie! or Direct Your Own Damn Movie!) in a series to help aspiring filmmakers to realize their dreams and make the best of a financially challenged situation. This low budget film school continues with his latest, Sell Your Own Damn Movie!, which tells you what to do with your masterpiece once everything is shot and edited. (more...)

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July 17th, 2011

Kubrick. Spielberg. Renoir. Godard. Coppola. These are the names that people often come up with off the top of their heads when asked what directors have had the most impact on their lives, and they consider to be “the best,” whatever the hell that means.

However, there’s one name that, after seeing this shockingly beautiful film known as THE MUSIC ROOM, that this writer doesn’t think gets the love that he truly deserves. Known as one of the greatest Bengali filmmakers to ever walk this planet, Satyajit Ray, for some reason or another, is also one of the least known auteurs that that very planet has to offer. Well, at least until now.

Thankfully, The Criterion Collection has just released one of the director’s most beloved films (along with his iconic Apu Trilogy), entitled THE MUSIC ROOM. Featuring one of the most contagiously moving soundtracks within not only the entirety of the collection, but within the film world as a whole, THE MUSIC ROOM is as introspective as the music is meditative. It also happens to be one of Criterion’s greatest releases this year so far. (more...)

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