Archive for July, 2010
Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ With The Help Of James Cameron
July 29th, 2010 at 12:31 am | |
One of the countless movie projects that Guillermo del Toro has wanted to direct is an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft horror title, but many obstacles have stood in its way.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2010 this past weekend, we found out that del Toro was writing and producing Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, and we got a little taste of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which he’s also writing and producing. The thing we did not find out was what he would actually be directing next, which he promised would be a horror and we would know soon enough.
According to reports from Deadline, that movie will indeed be Lovecraft’s 1931 novel, At the Mountains of Madness…finally!
The main issues that financiers have had is that del Toro needed his movie to be a period film, and he needed it to be R-rated. Movies like that are really hard to market, and so studios, such as Universal in this case, haven’t wanted to pay for it. Thankfully, Guillermo cares more about his craft than money, and hasn’t budged on either front to get it made sooner. [...]
Watch Now: ‘Monsters’ Trailer & Clip Offer ‘District 9′ Vibes
July 28th, 2010 at 10:51 pm | |
My favorite movies when it comes to pre-release hype are those little films that make a lot of noise on the festival circuit or have an entertaining viral marketing campaign behind them. Monsters is a movie like that.
The movie is directed by Gareth Edwards, a relative newcomer with a few unknown titles under his belt supported by some visual effect work. It tells the story of a time when life has been discovered in other parts of the universe and a probe has been sent out to collect samples. The probe crashes in Central America on its way back in, and new lifeforms begin emerging and growing rapidly.
Click on over to the other side to check out a clip from the movie and a new trailer!
The thing that stands out about Monsters is the size. This is a film that it is said to have cost as little as $15,000 to make — making it a candidate to become the next Paranormal Activity, District 9, or The Blair Witch Project, which cost very little to produce but made a lot more upon release. Of those movies this definitely has a District 9 vibe to it, and if it’s even remotely close to being that good, it’s already a must-see. [...]
Must Watch: ‘Let Me In’ Comic-Con Trailer & Posters Released
July 28th, 2010 at 8:26 pm | |
Next Generation Home Entertainment Could Have 20 Times The Space Of Blu-ray Discs
You may or not have read our coverage of the Let Me In panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010 (Read: SDCC 2010: ‘Let Me In’ Panel & Footage Description ). If so, you will know that a new trailer was shown. If not, well…a new trailer was shown! A couple of fantastic new posters have also been unveiled.
The American remake of Swedish horror film Let the Right One In had been difficult for many people to swallow up to that point, but after said panel and this brand new trailer, we’re all beginning to realize that this actually looks really, really good.
Let Me In stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), and Elias Koteas (Shutter Island). It’s directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods).
Be sure to click on over to the other side to take a peek at the awesome and chilling new trailer and posters for Let Me In! [...]
July 28th, 2010 at 5:34 pm | |
IGN has the details on a brand new technology being developed that will likely one day replace the Blu-ray discs that are currently in the process of trying to make DVDs extinct.
It was announced that Sony has teamed up with Tohoku University to develop a new blue-violet ultrafast laser technology, and that initial testing has shown significant promise for the future of storage capacities. According to the reports, this new technology could hold around 1 terabytes of space — 20 times the space available today. Blu-ray discs hold around 50GBs of space at the moment, and movies and games don’t easily reach that maximum capacity.
If and when this technology is perfected — which could still be a while — the options will become seemingly limitless. Imagine being able to buy a disc with FIFTY HD quality movies on it. Entire TV seasons or maybe even series all on one little plastic circle. Multiple video game titles or brand new games with graphics and open-world map sizes that will make gamers weep with joy. These things look to be on the horizon. [...]
Peter Berg’s ‘Battleship’ Adds Singer Rihanna To Cast
July 28th, 2010 at 3:25 pm | |
Another member has been added to the cast of Peter Berg‘s board game/alien invasion film, Battleship. The actor isn’t actually an actor or actress by trade at all, but a big time pop music superstar, and her name is Rihanna.
The job will mark Rihanna’s feature acting debut, and she joins previously cast talents Taylor Kitsch, who will play the lead role, and Alexander Skarsgård, who will play his brother. The screenplay is written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, and is currently aiming at a June 18, 2012 release date.
Battleship will follow a navy fleet who finds themselves having to deal with the invasion on an alien race who are seeking to mine Earth’s materials for use as energy resources. This was probably the last thing people expected to hear as a movie description for something based on the popular Hasbro board game in which you blindly “fire” little plastic pegs in hopes of hitting your opponent’s ships, but hey, there’s only so much you can do with a Naval fleet these days. [...]
SDCC 2010: ‘Paul’ Panel With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Seth Rogen (With Video)
July 28th, 2010 at 1:46 pm | |
The cast of Paul, the upcoming sci-fi comedy by Superbad director Greg Mottola and written by the film’s stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, took to the stage at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con to debut a special clip reel made specifically for the fans in attendance. This can be somewhat verified by the fact that it wasn’t censored for the general viewing audience due to the few instances of well-timed cursing.
The video opened with a loud pop from the crowd as they showed fanboys Clive Gollings (Frost) and Graeme Willy (Pegg) in the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con. The two are on a journey to Roswell, New Mexico, where they encounter a classic-style gray alien named Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. The trio are being chased by Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman) and Agent Haggard (Bill Hader) and accidentally kidnap Ruth Buggs, played by Kristen Wiig.
With the exception of Wiig, the aforementioned actors sat on the panel along with Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, and Joe Lo Truglio — who actually stood in during the portions of the film that contained the CGI Paul [...]
SDCC 2010: Watch Now: ‘True Blood’ Cast Panel With Alan Ball And Charlaine Harris
July 28th, 2010 at 12:18 pm | |
At least one woman in every row of the crowded (4,500 capacity) ballroom was wearing a Merlotte’s Bar & Grill t-shirt at the True Blood panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, which featured nearly the entire cast of the HBO hit vampire drama.
Show creator Alan Ball kicked off the panel with a special Comic-Con preview reel before having the cast — including Joe Manganiello (Alcide), Kristin Bauer (Pam), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Denis O’Hare (Russell), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Stephen Moyer (Bill), and Anna Paquin (Sookie) — come on stage to talk shop about the huge response this season.
A lot of ground covered but some of the highlights include: Alan Ball has never seen/read Twilight; novelist Charlaine Harris said she plans to do 13 Sookie Stackhouse books that may or may not mirror the story that happens in the television show; and Snoop Dogg really is a fan of True Blood and scheduling has prevented him from making a guest appearance in the past. [READ: Snoop Dogg Really Likes HBO's 'True Blood']
There’s also an explicit description of how Moyer filmed the sex scene in which he twists his former vampire lover’s head around while… well you get the point.
Check out the video coverage below for more details on what to expect from the future of True Blood [...]
‘Twilight’ Star Edi Gathegi Cast As Darwin In ‘X-Men: First Class’
July 28th, 2010 at 11:37 am | |
If you’re like me, you often stay awake at night, wondering if those wonderful Twilight Saga fans are also fans of the Uncanny X-Men. I haven’t come to a solid conclusion as of yet, but if there is a contingent of X-Men/Twilight fans, have I got new for you!
Edi Gathegi (Laurent in the Twilight films) has become the latest actor to join Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Gathegi will be playing the young mutant, Darwin. As you X-fanatics know, Darwin’s mutant ability is to reactively evolve. This means he’s able to grow gills to breathe with while underwater, become fire retardant when exposed to flames, if he sees M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, he goes blind, saving him from viewing that it.
The Darwin character first appeared in X-Men: Deadly Genesis, a comic book arc that revealed the identity of the third Summers brother to be Vulcan. Darwin was a former friend of Vulcan’s, and ends up teaming with him as part of a rescue operation to save Cyclops and company from impending doom on Krakoa, the Living Island. The mission was a huge disaster and led to the team’s apparent demise, but Vulcan and Darwin manage to survive the incident [...]
SDCC 2010: ‘Salt’ Panel With Angelina Jolie & Liev Schreiber
July 27th, 2010 at 10:02 pm | |
Considering that worldwide mega-star Angelina Jolie‘s new action-spy movie, Salt, was raring up for release this weekend, it seemed a bit strange that they would hold a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.
Nevertheless, the panel was held and Jolie herself was in attendance (to the many dropping jaws of fanboys galore, no doubt) to promote her new venture. She was joined by Liev Schreiber, director Phillip Noyce, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
The movie tells the story of a CIA agent who’s accused of being an undercover Russian spy. The accusations force her to go on the run, trying her best to avoid being captured while also attempting to prove her innocence.
Because Salt was all but out when the panel was held, not much was shared here. It was just a cameo appearance of sorts to say hi to the Comic-Con faithful, show some footage, and answer fan questions. Things started off with trailer for the movie. Surely almost everyone there had seen something from the movie already, but it’s always nice for those who are excited about a movie to see something new. [...]
SDCC 2010: Mondo Marvel Reveals Future Books
July 27th, 2010 at 8:17 pm | |
SDCC 2010: ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ Panel With Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter & More
That’s right Marvel Zombies, the Mondo Marvel panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con started off with a bang. Marvel’s new Senior V.P. Creator and Content Development C.B. Cebulski announced a little over 10 new series and limited series.
This was all followed up by Brian Michael Bendis saying he was excited that the character Killraven was coming back to the mainstream. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s newly appointed Head of Television, talked about the upcoming plans for some Marvel anime project, the first of which is featuring Iron Man.
Well I should probably jump right into it then because what everyone is here for, just like at the panel, was the titles being announced. The first announcement was that a new Loki series starting in October 2010. Not many more details could be announced for this series [...]
July 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm | |
The panel for Resident Evil: Afterlife was held at Comic-Con 2010 this past weekend. This is a movie with an uphill battle in front of it due to the fact that quality has seemed to go down with each new movie released since the first, and that it’s a movie that fully embraces the hostile 3D takeover currently going on.
The panel opens with the introductions of director Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, and Wentworth Miller. They kick things off by premiering the exclusive look at the recently released first trailer in its 3D form. If you’ve not seen the regular 2D trailer, you can check it out below to see what was shown.
The first topic discussed is of course 3D, and Anderson goes into how he’s always liked 3D and always thought it was a great idea. But it wasn’t until James Cameron came around with Avatar that the director knew it was something really special, and that he not only needed his new movie in 3D, but he had to use the same cameras that Cameron used. He thinks eventually 3D will be the benchmark in filmmaking and he plans on making all of his movies using it from here on out. [...]
Listen Now: Ryan Reynolds Recites Green Lantern Oath
July 27th, 2010 at 5:27 pm | |
SDCC 2010: ‘Let Me In’ Panel & Footage Description
During the Warner Bros Green Lantern panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the film’s star Ryan Reynolds finally publicly recited the Green Lantern oath.
During the Q&A portion of the panel, a cute little very young boy wearing a Green Lantern t-shirt came up to the microphone and asked Reynolds what it felt like to say the Green Lantern oath. In response, Reynolds said he’d show him what it was like and as the crowd fell silent, he recited the oath.
In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light
We have it all on audio, so listen to it right here below.
Also, check out the newly released character posters from the film, as well as our extensive coverage of the Green Lantern SDCC 2010 panel, which includes a description of the footage that was shown [...]
July 27th, 2010 at 4:40 pm | |
Nothing makes true movie fans more angry than hearing about a brilliant foreign film getting an American remake, sometimes before the original is even released itself. Examples include The Ring (Ringu), The Grudge (Ju-On), Quarantine ([REC]), and the latest title, Let Me In, which is a remake of Swedish hit Let the Right One In.
The thing about Let Me In, however, is that the more people see and hear of it, the more it begins to look like it might become a legit new film. This possibility was elevated to a new level this past weekend during Comic-Con 2010, where the movie and its cast and crew made a lot of people believers.
The panel opens with a new trailer from the movie. The first trailer was decent but this new trailer really shows off how dark this movie will be, and some of the chemistry that the film’s two young stars share with one another.
Next up comes the introduction of director Matt Reeves, stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, and Chloe Moretz. [...]
‘Inception’ Infographics Explain The Film’s Levels & Kicks
July 27th, 2010 at 3:21 pm | |
Christopher Nolan‘s Inception is still going strong at the box office, coming in on top for the second week since it was released on July 16, 2010, making over $232 million worldwide.
Since its release, Inception has been praised by most and will probably be the most talked about movie of the year, thanks to its multiple layers and intricate plot lines. On the Inception episode of our movie podcast Flix of Doom, we spent nearly two hours analyzing the film, and other sites as well have spent hours discussing the film and writing up in depth articles on just what in the hell is going on in this movie.
What better way to explain what’s happening in Inception than with an infographic or two? Two such charts are circulating online, which you can view here below. SPOILERS, of course, if you haven’t seen the film. The first chart seeks to illustrate the ‘kicks’ from the film. The second is a chart explaining the 5 Levels from the film, along with the kicks [...]
‘Green Lantern’ Character Posters
July 27th, 2010 at 1:54 pm | |
The reaction to Green Lantern footage shown at the San Diego Comic-Con seems to be quite mixed, with some people giving it the thumbs up while others saying it was a fail.
No footage from Green Lantern is online as of yet, but Warner Bros has released four character posters from the film, which you can see here below.
The posters feature the film stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan (who becomes Green Lantern), Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Sinestro, and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, with each poster containing a part from the first half of the Green Lantern Oath.
When the first two posters of Hal Jordan are put together, it forms the green-rimmed Green Lantern insignia; when the other two posters of villains Sinestro and Hammond are put together, the insignia forms again, but this time the rim is tinged with yellow on Hammond’s side [...]