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Jackson Close to Helm The Hobbit

With all these twists and turns around “The Hobbit”, the project must now contain that much drama and excitement that the project would make a decent movie by itself.

I would not be surprised, if someone sets out to make one, within a couple of years or so.

Anyway, the biggest buzz around the project now, is whether Peter Jackson will jump up in the directors chair or not. However, I would bet that Jackson understands, now when Guillermo Del Toro isn’t an option anymore, that he is the only one left, worthy of taking “The Hobbit” to the silver screen – completing his epic saga about Middle Earth, at the same time.

Nevertheless, since MGM holds a big part of the rights, nothing will happen until their financial situation gets resolved, though.

Even though Del Toro is a magnificent director, it wouldn’t be the same feeling as Jackson created in “Lord of the Rings”, which is the feeling many would pay to experience once again. So, I guess if Jackson agrees to direct “The Hobbit”, things might look a bit brighter in the financial department, as well.

After all, Del Toro said in an interview recently, that much of the preparations are already done. The sets, creatures and wardrobe is already designed, plus they have done the animatics and planned out the battles sequences.

Therefore, my best guess is that as soon as Jackson says yes, the suits will make sure that we’ll be able to see the first part of “The Hobbit”, within two years.

We all know that Jackson will say yes, eventually. So now we only have to wait for him to realize that as well. Then we can start discussing who will play Bilbo, since I doubt that Ian Holm will reprise his role from “Lord of the Rings”, or…

Photo Credit: Daniel Semper

Miley Cyrus Eyeballing Wake

The dream theme seems to gain popularity recently, as an add-on for movies with a supernatural theme, with Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” coming up and the re-boot of “A Nightmare on Elm street” before that.

Now Paramount and MTV Films are teaming up to take Lisa McMann’s paranormal teen series “Wake” to the silver screen and no other than the Disney star Miley Cyrus is eyeballing the lead.

The “Wake” is a story, spanning over 3 books, which follows the 17-year-old girl Janie, who has a weird ability, she gets sucked into people dreams, where she experiences all kind of dreams, like falling dreams, naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and of course the sex-crazed dreams. Janie sees her ability as a curse, something that she doesn’t want nor control.

In the first book, which screenwriter/director Christopher B. Landon (“Disturbia”, “Burning Palms“) will adapt, Janie is caught up in a ghastly nightmare and instead of being a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche, she finds herself to be a participant.

“Wake” is followed by “Fade”, in which Janie and her boyfriend tries to reveal a sexual predator teaching at a high school. In the third book, “Gone”, Janie must choose, whether to continue to be a part of society and help the police, with the risk of becoming both blind and disabled, or to isolate herself completely. As Janie meets her father, who’s in a coma, and begins to show essential information to her, through his dreams, things gets even more complicated for her.

I think that the story, as a physiological thriller with supernatural elements and a touch of drama, sounds intriguing and could probably turn out to become a really interesting franchise, to follow.

Whether Miley Cyrus will star in this planned trilogy or not, depends on the finished script. Since I have only seen Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, and this role sounds to be slightly more demanding than that, I’m a bit unsure whether she’s up for it or not. However, if she decides to do it, I guess it would be a little of an acid test for her – either she makes or breaks it.

Nevertheless, I guess it’ll take a while before we’ll get to see some real result of this venture, but in the meantime we can read the books, which are all available at Amazon.

Source: RiskyBusiness.com

Stills from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about Twilight saga, so here you have a few stills from David Slade’s, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, which will probably rock the box office and cause some minor hysteria, as it hits the theaters later this month, on June 30.

In Eclipse, the saga continues from the previous movie. Bella has to decide what’s more important to her, the love for Edward or the friendship with Jacob. A decision that might be the spark that ignites the struggle between the vampire and the werewolf. In the meantime Seattle is despoiled by a series of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire is out to seek revenge.

Even though the plot sounds intriguing, I foremost look forward to see Jodelle Ferland, as the newborn vampire Bree Tanner. I think that Bree is a character role that will fit Ferland really well and it’ll be interesting to see what she can do with it.

Also, if you want to dig deeper into the life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer has released a short novel titled, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella”, written from the viewpoint of Bree. Meyer also let David Slade and the screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg read it, during production of Eclipse, so it will be interesting to see how much room they have given Bree, in Eclipse.

You can buy, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga) at Amazon for about $7.

Nevertheless, I think Ferland portrays a vampire very well, as you can see in the picture below, or what do you think?

© Summit Entertainment

ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JUNE 16, 2010. Actors Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (L-R) seen in a shot from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie directed by David Slade. (Photo ITAR-TASS) Photo via Newscom
Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), having a chat outside.
ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JUNE 16, 2010. Actors Kristen Stewart and Billy Burke seen in a shot from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie directed by David Slade. (Photo ITAR-TASS) Photo via Newscom
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) talking with her father, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke).
ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JUNE 16, 2010. Actors Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Robert Pattinson (L-R) seen in a shot from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie directed by David Slade. (Photo ITAR-TASS) Photo via Newscom
A vampire meeting with Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz), Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli), Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone), Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JUNE 16, 2010. A shot from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie directed by David Slade. (Photo ITAR-TASS) Photo via Newscom

ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JUNE 16, 2010. A shot from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie directed by David Slade. (Photo ITAR-TASS) Photo via Newscom

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Another Teaser Poster for Resident Evil 4

Another teaser poster for Paul W. S. Anderson much awaited “Resident Evil: Afterlife” has surfaced on the net. Like the first teaser poster, this one also depicts Alice (Milla Jovovich), in an intense action sequence – falling out of a window, with guns blazing.

There is a couple of things that makes me excited to see it on September 10. Like a solid story that follows the franchise, vivid and well choreograph action scenes, to name a couple. Also, since they used James Cameron’s Fusion Camera System, the same system that was used to film Avatar, I also believe that it will be a magnificent 3D experience, as well.

But there’s one thing in particular, I look forward to – the ghastly Dobermans! According to producer Jeremy Bolt, they’re made up by a mix of real Dobermans and CGI. They’re also much more advanced this time, “Their head will literally explode – will flare open, the jaws will come here and this is very much part of the new game, Resident Evil 5”, Bolt explains.

You can check out the teaser trailer here, which has some epic and intense sequences. What is your take on “Resident Evil: Afterlife”?

Resident Evil: Afterlife Teaser Poster #2

Photo: © Screen Gems

Jonah Hex – Fighting Clip

This Friday (June 18th), the scarred gunslinger Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), accompanied by the gun-wielding prostitute Lilah (Megan Fox), the psychopathic Irishman Burke (Michael Fassbender) and the baleful Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), will skedaddle into the theaters.

Warner has recently released a new clip from the movie, via Yahoo, so that we can get a first glimpse of what to expect from this western adventure. The clip features Jonah Hex rough-and-tumble with Burke, on a dock.

I will be frank, this lame fight scene wasn’t enough to get me pumped up, it felt way to stiff and staged to come off as genuine western rumble, in my opinion. But perhaps we shouldn’t ask too much of this popcorn Western, either. Nevertheless, I liked the witty comment that Jonah says, in the end, just before he’s about to bury the broken kerosene lamp in Burke’s face. That’s always something.

Here is the clip and feel free to head down to the comments and express your opinion about it.

Photo: © DC Comics

Stricken – Teaser Trailer

“Stricken” is an independent horror movie by Matthew Sconce, with David Fine (“The Pursuit of Happyness”, “Rent”) and Stephanie French in the leads, which I think looks interesting, since it seems to offer a rather frightful experience.

In the center of this nightmarish story, we find the 25-year-old Sarah Black (Stephanie French), who fears that she is losing her grip on reality. After her mother’s death and her father’s brutal suicide, she is haunted by nightmares, fearful visions and a feeling that something dark and sinister is after her. When people she cares about starts to die, Sarah fears she’s up next.

Together with the seasoned detective Scott Aro (David Fine), Sarah must face the evil that has been unleashed, while discovering that some things’ won’t stay dead…

Check out the teaser below, which I think looks rather impressive, with a savagely spooky touch to it.

Stricken Teaser Trailer

One thing that’s important for any horror movie, is the sound, without a good sound, much of the fearful atmosphere is lost. I guess that’s something that Sconce knows as well and in “Stricken” he had a rather experience sound team (“Iron Man 2”, “How to Train your Dragon”, “The Last Airbender”, “Fear Clinic”), to cover his back. Will be quite interesting to both hear and see the result.

Currently the movie is looking for a distributor, but it will be screened at the Action On Film International Film Festival, which is held in Pasadena, California, on July 27.

The Book of Eli Review

After an unspecified war, the world has decayed into a washed-out wasteland, filled with ruthless road gangs and cannibals, constantly on the lookout for wanderers to despoil. It’s here we find Eli, a lone walker heading west, with a quest to bring a holy book, to a place where it’s needed.

When Eli steps into a godforsaken town, and meets its self-proclaimed and merciless leader Carnegie and a conflict arise, about the ownership of the book.

I enjoy post-apocalyptic movies, where the world has gone down the toilet, with a handful of characters desperately finding ways to survive, by picking up the pieces from the past.

One problem, though, with these kinds of movies is the problem of creating a credible world, for the story to play out in, which doesn’t feel artificial or too unrealistic. “The Book of Eli” doesn’t have that problem, quite the opposite. I think that the washed-out scenery, the devastated landscape, the soft grayish light and the dark clouds hurrying past the sky, draws up a genuine picture, of how the world could appear after a disastrous war.

Almost too good, actually.

The intro of the movie is also one of the best I’ve seen, as well. Where cinematographer Don Burgess shows off his skills, in a beautifully filmed scene, which really enhance the post-apocalyptic feeling, which manage stay in our minds, for the reminder of the movie.

The action sequences are also visually appealing, with fierce camera angles and well choreographed fights. Like the one where Eli meets a bunch of ruthless thugs and with the help of a machete and a witty mouth, shows who’s the real bad-ass, in the wastelands.

Even though the story feels one-track minded, focusing much on Eli and his book, the balance between drama and action never allows the movie to get boring, pushing the story forward.

However, the focus on Eli, gives little room for the other characters to develop, which I feel is a minor downside. Denzel Washington is spot on as Eli, using just his distinct presence, assurance and charisma, he portraits a man you know you shouldn’t mess with, just by looking at him.

Gary Oldman plays the slimy and sinister, yet smart Carnegie, a role we have seen him do many times before, with a good amount of self-certainty. Nevertheless, Carnegie never feels alive, besides that one time Oldman fires off his most evil and hypnotic laughter. It would have been fun to see what he could have done, if more room would have been given to him, to elaborate the role.

Mila Kunis is the one who gives the movie a dash of glamor and feminine beauty. Even though her part as Solara isn’t that demanding, she shows that she has evolved as an actor enormously, since the air-headed Jackie in “That ’70s Show”, though.

Overall, the story has enough momentum to be both interesting and engaging, all the way up to its twist, which will get you thinking, but after that it lose much of its momentum and barely manage to stumble across the finishing line, with grace.

In the end, I think that “The Book of Eli”, combines the washed-out landscape, cinematography and drama from “The Road” and “I am Legend” with the savage violence from “Mad Max”, into a fresh post-apocalyptic movie, complete with an absorbing twist, which deserves its place in any movie shelf.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray version of “The Book of Eli” will be available on June 15 on Amazon.com.

My rating of “The Book of Eli”:

3+/5

Photo: © 2009 Warner Bros.

Clash of the Titans 2 Gets Writers

Warner Bros has hired two screenwriters to pen Perseus next epic adventure, set in the world of Greek mythology.

The “Orphan” screenwriter, David Leslie Johnson will team up with Dan Mazeau, the one behind the upcoming, “The Flash” and “Jonny Quest”, both distributed by Warner Bros.

Even though no director is official attached to the project, the buzz seats the horror director Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) in the directors chair. Louis Leterrier, who helmed the first clash, will be back as one of the executive producers.

It remains to see which of the actors, including Sam Worthington, who is eager to get on a new adventure, given the criticism the first movie received. However, considering that this sequel will be shoot directly in 3D, where the first one was converted, maybe will help it receive a better reception by the audience.

Nevertheless, the filming is said to begin in January next year, so I guess that “Clash of the Titans 2” will rumble into the theaters sometime in 2012. What is your take on this, are you up for another adventure, set in the world of Greek mythology and if so, is there any special creatures you would like to see in it?

Source: Comingsoon.net / photo: © 2010 Warner Bros.

The Adjustment Bureau

The other day, a happy Matt Damon showed up in New York City, to shoot some more scenes for the upcoming Sci-fi/romance movie, “The Adjustment Bureau”, which also stars the British actress Emily Blunt.

In “The Adjustment Bureau”, Matt Damon plays David Norris, a charismatic congressman, who’s predicted to have a national political stardom ahead of him. One day he bumps into Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a beautiful ballerina, which he gets romantically involved with.

A mysterious bureau, with a character played by Terence Stamp in the lead, contacts Norris and informs him that the relationship must end, since the two was never supposed to get together, the romance will jeopardize his life path, which is something that they cannot allow happen. Either Norris ends the relationship or they will.

Even though the plot seems like an episode from the TV-show “Fringe”, with the Observer guys in full throttle, the movie is actually loosely based on a short story written by Philip K. Dick in 1954.

I found “The Adjustment Bureau” to be rather appealing and look forward to see Matt Damon and Emily Blunt fight Terence Stamp, as the movie hits the theaters on September 17, this fall.

Matt Damon Shooting in New York City

41486, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Friday June 11, 2010. Matt Damon seen filming The Adjustment Bureau along 5th Avenue in New York City. The film also stars British actress Emily Blunt. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com


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The Adjustment Bureau Trailer

Retro Poster for Predators

Here is a new poster for the upcoming Sci-fi movie “Predators”, which will storm into our theaters on July 9.
I really like it, since I think the thermal image gives it a retro touch, taking you back to 1987, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the one who rumbled with the bad-ass aliens in a jungle.

In this one, we wont be seeing Schwarzenegger, instead Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo, will take on the Predators, after being abducted to a distant planet, where they will act as prey for a new breed of Predators.

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