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Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
September 16th, 2010

Truly breathtaking! Some new set photos for Paul W.S. Anderson’s THREE MUSKETEERS have hit the internets. You’re probably sitting in your fancy gold throne saying things like, “Paul W.S. Anderson peaked with EVENT HORIZON” and “This wussy green tea I’m drinking is way better than anything Paul W.S. Anderson has ever done.” Well, you’re a total fool! I can prove you wrong with just one sentence –  Orlando Bloom in a purple suit and a neckless that looks like a SAW trap. Check out the photos after the jump and shut up. (more…)

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
September 16th, 2010

UNAUTHORIZED: THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROJECT – a documentary centering around the (allegedly) true and legendary exploits of the iconic rags-to-riches producer – just nabbed distribution through IFC Films at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFC has been on a tear so far up in Canada, acquiring James Gunn’s SUPER, Werner Herzog’s 3-D doc CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, and now UNAUTHORIZED.

The official press release had this to say about the brutal honesty of the doc:

“A powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film.” (more…)

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
September 16th, 2010

Memories of reading Milton’s 17th century epic poem about the fall of man suddenly come flooding back…the only way to get through it was to dramatically act it out and run around the room playing all the parts. Otherwise, you were going to fall asleep. It’s inevitable. Thankfully, Mel Gibson is not directing a heavy-handed direct language adaptation of the classic work, and Legendary Pictures is going a different route entirely hiring visionary director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY) to helm the massive project.

The ancient tale of good versus evil – centering around the fateful war between the archangel Michael and Lucifer (perhaps you’ve heard of him) – is said to be a a major priority for the studio, shot on a grand scale the likes of which modern day moviegoers have not seen up to this point. We’ve seen 3-D, but we haven’t seen a monumental, cultural, religious, and intellectual work like Paradise Lost told through the lens of the unique visual style that Proyas undoubtedly possesses. (more…)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
September 16th, 2010

Rating: 3.5/5

Writer/Director: Dustin Lance Black
Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts, Harrison Gilbertson

Something’s wrong with Virginia. What that is, we’re not entirely sure of. The film opens with Virgina (Jennifer Connelly) being carried out of her house by Sheriff Dick Tipton (Ed Harris). There’s a little blood on her collar and she looks like she has no clue of events that just took place in her life. These events are explained by Virginia, however, later in the film.

Cut back to a few weeks prior and here our story begins, leading up to the carried Virginia by that big bad sheriff. Virginia lives in a small, quiet town in Virginia (naturally) where religion is a must, everybody has dirty little secrets, and nobody really understands the value of honesty. Virginia isn’t quite all there. In fact, we find out early on that she’s a mentally ill single mother who wants nothing but to see her son (Harrison Gilbertson) live – like, really live. And she has some big plans to get them out of that town. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 16th, 2010

Lionsgate is on a roll as of late.

Along with nabbing up the rights to films like BIUTIFUL, THE CONSPIRATOR, and WINTER’S BONE (early this year for the latter) thanks to subsidiary Roadside Attractions, the studio has now made yet another ploy, joining the recently announced for fall FOR COLORED GIRLS, in the form of John Cameron Mitchell’s RABBIT HOLE (Chase’s TIFF review can be found HERE).

Deadline is reporting that the studio has purchased the rights to the Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman starring film, that has not only stolen the show at this year’s TIFF, but is apparently going to be pushed for big time Oscar buzz this year. (more…)

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
September 16th, 2010

I consider myself to be a man. I may not be the most masculine of dudes, but I have manly interests – fantasy football, action movies, and beer. However, the most universal interest for men of all shapes and sizes has got to be Deadliest Warrior. Granted, my heteronormativity is glaringly obvious here, but play into the stereotype for the purpose of this article. Thus, guys everywhere are rejoicing to hear that Spike’s ultra-violent TV program is heading to a theater near you.

Check out the full story, after the jump. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 16th, 2010

While the first TRANSFORMERS film was well-received by general audiences and fans of the comic book/cartoon series alike, the second transformed that good faith into junkyard scraps. But do not lose faith in giant robots on the big screen just yet…because VOLTRON could completely kick-ass. That is if the following and supposed concept art speaks to its legitimacy.

According to JoBlo, who received the images from a trusted source, the images are a part of an arsenal pitch assembled by Atlas Entertainment, which also includes the likes of screenwriting team Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Names not familiar? Orci and Kurtzman weren’t really either prior to TRANSFORMERS. Donnelly and Oppenheimer wrote the scripts for several high-profile action flicks including CONAN and the adaptations of DR. STRANGE and UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE.

Check out the gorgeous concept art after the jump, including an image showing the mightiness of Voltron and Robeast next to that hussy hunk of metal The Statue of Liberty. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 16th, 2010

Well, if this isn’t the best news my little ears could hear this week! When I was a young lad, there wasn’t a Goosebumps I didn’t own or read. Let’s just say when the book fair came to town, my pockets were empty…well emptier than usual for a kid. Hey, when it burns a hole in your pocket, you gotta put that fire out somehow. For me, it was Goosebumps and comic books that I used to extinguish the flame.

Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to give us all Goosebumps…on the big screen! The once-popular horror novel series from R.L. Stine – think Tales From The Crypt for kids – peaked in the early to mid-90s and spawned a TV show and even straight-to-VHS feature lengths. However, this would be the first to bring chills to theater audiences. (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
September 16th, 2010

Rating: 3.5/5

Writers: Peter Craig & Ben Affleck, and Aaron Stockard (screenplay), Chuck Hogan (novel)
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ben Affleck has a funny way of showing his love for his hometown. In Affleck’s THE TOWN, we get to know many of the same types of Bostonites that populated his previous effort, his feature debut, GONE BABY GONE. Drug addicts, drug dealers, common criminals, gangs, and even some good folks just trying to get by – they’re all back in Affleck’s Boston. But while GONE BABY GONE focused on the good guys trying to root out the bad, THE TOWN sticks us right in with the bad. Maybe the devil will sort them out. Maybe even the devil doesn’t care about Charlestown, Boston. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 16th, 2010

In one of the least shocking news stories I’ve ever read, The Playlist is reporting that Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed up the rights to Pedro Almodovar’s upcoming film THE SKIN THAT I INHABIT, a revenge film based on the 2005 novel Tarantula from Theirry Jonque.

The film follows a plastic surgeon who attempts to take revenge on the man who raped his daughter, and stars a who’s who of amazing thespians, such as Antonio Banderas, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Blanca Suarez, Eduard Fernandez, Jose Luis Gomez, Barbara Lennie, Susi Sanchez, Fernando Cayo, and Teresa Manresa. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 16th, 2010

The first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY was a phenomenon, I’ll say that. For movie marketing. For low-budget filmmaking. For the horror genre at large. All for the single reason that it hadn’t been done before…at least not quite in the way it was done. So, this begs the question, will PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 achieve even the slightest of it’s predecessor’s success, critically or creatively? If you had asked me that question after the first trailer for the sequel was released, I’d say a most definite “No” and would follow that up by giving you my opinion that “It looks as if Paramount is trying to catch lighting in a bottle and sell it to unsuspecting buyers…too bad lighting never strike the same place twice.”

Now with the release of the second trailer, it’s looks like the exact same trailer! Right? Wrong! When you check it out on the film’s official site and slide the playhead backwards on the timeline at around the halfway mark (right after the shot of the dog laying in front of the bathroom door)…well, let’s just say shit gets weird. Now I find myself being a bit more intrigued. Hey, it could end up surprising those of us that are skeptical and following in the footsteps of the first film’s minimalist genius. Or we could just have another BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS on our hands.

However it turns out, there’s no denying that the marketing for the sequel is attempting to follow suit. Especially when you slow the trailer down and take a look at some of its hidden images.

Check out the trailer HERE then check some of screenshots from the trailer of…who the hell knows what those are. Definitely a baby. And any time you mix a baby and the horror genre, things never turn out well for people who are not babies. Guess we’ll find out on October 22. Until then, let your hypothesizing begin. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 16th, 2010

Remember that film “about a pregnant teenage mom whose arrival in Bethlehem, Maryland is mistaken for the Second Coming,” starring Bette Midler, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone, entitled SWEET BABY JESUS? Well, apparently things aren’t looking promising for that very project.

According to Deadline, the film has lost both its director, Peter Hewitt, and their financier, Studio Eight, leaving the film in the epitome of development Hell. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 16th, 2010

With the film in the can, it looks like reshoots may keep Jim Sheridan’s follow-up to last year’s hit film, BROTHERS, from seeing the big screen by its set release date.

Currently slated for a February release date, DREAM HOUSE has played in some test screenings, leading the film’s producers to decide that two weeks of reshoots were necessary for the film, prior to its theatrical release. Well, according to a report at Pop Goes the News (via Cinema Blend), with reshoots slated for September 27, Daniel Craig’s involvement in David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO will leave him unable to join in the additional filming. (more…)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
September 15th, 2010

Rating: 0/5

Writers: Michael RasmussenShawn Rasmussen
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mika Boorem, Mamie Gummer

Well, it looks like John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy. I just can’t take horror seriously when the killer is chasing our victim around and it instantly reminds me of an old episode of Punky Brewster. Remember when she played hide-and-seek and got locked in the refrigerator (teaching us children never to hide in the ice box)? THE WARD has a morgue scene very similar to this and I couldn’t help but laugh. If you know Carpenter’s work, you’re probably sighing right now and I’m sorry. My heart is hurting with you. (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
September 15th, 2010

We are finally getting a good look at the first trailer for the Christian Bale and Mark Walhlberg-starrer, THE FIGHTER, thanks to Apple. The film positively screams Oscar bait, and for a number of reasons. First of all, we’ve got the old “based on a true story” hook. THE FIGHTER follows the early career of boxer Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who went through a number of personal and professional issues before ultimately winning the world light welterweight title.

Second of all, we’ve got an all-star cast: Wahlberg is an Oscar nominee and Amy Adams, who plays his love interest, is also an Oscar nominee. Don’t think that Paramount is going to let us forget that. Bale looks to be returning to MACHINIST form, portraying Micky’s brother and trainer, Dickie Eklund, to the hilt – protruding bones, bald spot, and all. Third of all, the film is helmed by David O. Russell, who drew one of my favorite Wahlberg performances out of him in 2004′s I HEART HUCKABEES. Russell’s rumored on-set intensity seems like it would attract Bale (cough, I’m done with you professionally, cough cough).

This first trailer for THE FIGHTER is not anything groundbreaking, however. It’s a lot of expected bits from such a comeback sports film, but I do have hope that, when seen in its entirety, the film may reach new heights. At the very least, I look forward to watching more of Wahlberg and Bale’s interactions. You’re Micky Ward, you’re Micky Ward. Tell me more, brother! Check out the trailer after the break! (more…)

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