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Would, Or Indeed Should, Harrison Ford Revisit Blade Runner?

Since recapturing his enthusiasm for genre filmmaking during Prometheus, his Alien prequel/non-prequel, Ridley Scott has been talking up a new Blade Runner film. Not much has happened with it so far, but the last week has seen a flurry of news/rumours/speculation regarding Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard. The latest word, via EW.com, suggests that the project is still in its infancy, and it is not known yet whether the Deckard character would even be involved. Would Harrison Ford even be interested? Do fans want to see him back in the role?

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Jackie Brown Villains Recast For New Elmore Leonard Adaptation

Elmore Leonard is one of America’s best crime thriller writers, known for his snappy dialogue, quirky characters and gritty realism. His books seem the perfect foil for film adaptation, and subsequently many of his books have been made into movies. Unfortunately, a good percentage of them have been mishandled, with only a handful actually making the grade.

One that did do justice to its source was Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, based on the novel Rum Punch. Tarantino has been a Leonard fan since his teens, and has a similarly great ear for dialogue, so it was no great surprise that Jackie Brown turned out to be one of the best Leonard adaptations. Continue reading

Are The Hangover Stars Drunk On Power?

It’s being reported today on The Hollywood Reporter that the three stars of The Hangover movie series, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, are demanding a $15m day payday, each, to make a third Hangover movie. This reeks of greed, the stars in question appearing as mercenaries. The movie series has made the careers of all three. Cooper and Galifianakis had enjoyed some success before the first movie, granted. But it really was its huge success that brought them to a wide audience, and created their great demand. Do they not therefore owe it to everyone involved to just get on and make the movie at a reasonable rate? Continue reading

Soderbergh Seeks U.N.C.L.E.

Amongst the soon to be retiring Director’s extensive to-do list, Steven Soderbergh is working on a reboot/adaptation/whatever they are calling it these days of the 60′s spy TV series, The Man From Uncle. Regular Soderbergh sympathiser George Clooney was set to play the lead, Napolean Solo (presumably), but pulled out a few weeks ago for reasons unknown. It may well be that old chestnut, scheduling conflicts, but seeing as the script was apparently finished around the same time, it could be that Clooney didn’t like the role.

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Kevin’s Costly Scheduling Unchains Him From Django

It started out as such an innocuous day, then ended in absolutely bitter disappointment. OK, that may all sound a little bit drastic, but I am a bit upset at the news that Kevin Costner has reportedly had to pull out of Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Django Unchained. Slashfilm reported on a Tweet from Variety staffer Justin Kroll here. The reason is apparently scheduling conflicts, and whilst that doesn’t sound likely with regards to Costner of late, he does have a fair bit on his plate right now.

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Why I’m Excited For Transformers 3

As we enter the summer movie period with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, the hype begins in earnest for the season’s biggest blockbusters. Possibly the biggest of them all is one that a couple of years ago I vowed I would never see. As I sat at the IMAX in Waterloo flabbergasted by the nonsense I saw before my, I made a decision. I would never watch another Michael Bay Transformers movie. I was completely serious. It was one of the few occasions I felt personally insulted by a movie. Continue reading

Is Bourne An Impossible Mission For Jeremy Renner?

 This past week saw the announcement that Jeremy Renner had been offered the lead in the next movie in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. After the departures of both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon from the Bourne series, a question mark was left hanging. Would we see another Bourne film? If so, who would play the titular character? The Bourne films made Damon as a bona fide A-list star, and he has become synonymous with the role. Was replacing him an impossible task? Continue reading

Thor Reviews – Are You Going To Listen To Me, Or Are You Going To Listen To Your Friends?

 Thor was released in UK cinemas this week. Development of the project has been well documented, and the movie has been constantly in the news for one reason or another since it began pre-production. All the way through, i had been underwhelmed by what I had heard about it. I thought Kenneth Branagh was a bold and interesting choice, but worried that his inexperience with modern filmmaking, like CGI and special effects, might hamper the project. Continue reading

Superman Fanboys Kryptonite To Man Of Steel

There was more casting news for The Dark Knight Rises this week. These announcements were met with much speculation, argument, and, most of all, excitement. This is almost in direct contrast to the reception that the casting news for the new Superman film, Man of Steel, has endured. Batman and Superman are DC’s two biggest properties, and are two of the most popular superheroes in history. There is currently much disparity between the treatment the two properties are receiving, with almost overwhelming positivity towards the next Batman film by the fans, and little else but negativity aimed at Zack Snyder’s project. Continue reading

The Dark Knight Rises Casting Brings More Questions – Are These The Answers?

 More Dark Knight Rises (that still sounds like a Star Wars title to me) casting rumours have been firmed up this week, with the confirmation that both Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will indeed be teaming up once again with their Inception director Christopher Nolan. I don’t normally cover straight news stories, but there has been a lot of speculation around which characters these two actors will be playing, and the names revealed are not what had been rumoured. Continue reading

Batman – Some Real News Rises

 The internet is abuzz with the latest news regarding the casting for Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises. It was exactly a week ago when I posted about the glut of casting rumours that were doing the rounds on the world wide web, and I questioned what was rumour and what had foundation. It seems that there was some merit to the stories doing the rounds as one of the actresses mentioned, Anne Hathaway, has been officially named as Selina Kyle. Kyle of course is the alter ego of Catwoman. That’s the first new character we have had confirmed, and the other came with the news that Tom Hardy, whose casting was confirmed some time ago, will be playing infamous Batman villain Bane. This is the first solid news we have heard since the confirmation that Nolan would be directing, and the reveal of the title. Continue reading

Batman – The Rumour Count Rises

These past few days have seen a spate of The Dark Knight Rises casting rumours. At first, there was news from Collider.com suggesting that Eva Green has been cast to play the role of the movie’s female villain, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia al Ghul. It was also revealed that Naomi Watts may have been selected to play the part of Bruce Wayne’s new love interest, Vicki Vale. It was not much later that Hollywoodreporter.com released details of an apparent list of actresses testing for the two female leads. Continue reading