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Postman Pat Movie To Be Delivered

According to this article over at HeyUGuys, Postman Pat’s first ever feature length movie is being prepped. Seriously? Has no-one learnt anything from the abysmal Thomas and the Magic Railroad? Leave it alone, please.

Has Thor Struck Hammer Blow In Superhero Wars?

This weekend Thor managed to stay in the top 3 at the box office, adding another $15.5m to its haul, for a total domestic gross so far of $145m. Thor’s box office performance so far isn’t a patch on many of the comic-book adaptations we’ve seen recently, but as a second tier hero played by a virtual unknown, it is a pretty good number. Will it be enough, though, to see Thor standing victorious in the comic-book movie wars at the end of the Summer? Continue reading

Neuromancer Adaptation Booting Up

This is one to keep an eye on really, as not much information is available. It is good news, however, as it was announced this past week at Cannes that gifted filmmaker Vincenzo Natali is one step closer to bringing Neuromancer to the big screen. You can read Slashfilm’s article here. Neuromancer is a sci-fi novel by William Gibson, telling of a dark future in the cyberpunk genre, where people ‘jack-in’ to Cyberspace through a neural connection. Continue reading

I Cannot Condone Pirate Movies

When Disney first announced that they were making a movie based on one of their theme park rides, it bemused the film industry. The idea that a film company was so lacking in creativity that they had to draw inspiration from a structure of wood and steel was almost alarming in its idiocy. This, of course, was before movies began being based on board games like Monopoly and Battleship, and children’s gadgets like Viewfinder 3D. Not much was really expected from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, despite the presence of Johnny Depp, and though they clearly had some belief in the project, Disney could not have predicted the success The Curse of the Black Pearl would enjoy. Continue reading

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

Straw Dogs Trailer – Clueless Cash-In or Honourable Homage?

The teaser trailer for Rod Lurie’s remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs hit the ‘net this week. The 1971 original, Peckinpah’s most controversial film was banned in the UK for many years due to its violence, and a particularly contentious rape scene. As with much of Peckinpah’s work, Straw Dogs was full of artistic brilliance but its reputation was marred by criticism of some of the more edgy elements. That such a great movie has found itself boiled down to the film with ‘that scene’ is a great shame. Beware potential spoilers for both the original and the remake below. Continue reading

More Monsters Coming Over The Hill

The film festival at Cannes has begun, a time when the movers and shakers in the industry get together, and much dealing is done. The first really interesting news, to me at least, is that a sequel to Gareth Edward’s Monsters, one of Fluent in Film’s top ten films of 2010, is on the horizon. The article is here at Total Film, but not a great deal of information is known a this time as the project is still in its infancy. Based on what little we do know, however, it sounds like it is going to be less of a sequel per se, and more of a separate story told in the same universe. Continue reading

Oh Yeah, And Kermit’s Old Too…

A few days ago i posted an article celebrating George Clooneys 50th birthday, and his 20 years on Hollywood’s A-list (which you can read here). Thanks to Bleeding Cool, it was brought to my attention this week that another great Hollywood star had a birthday, and went 6 better at the age of 56. Not quite such a round number, but i didn’t like to see it go past without say something. I’ve been a Muppet fan pretty much my entire life.

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Could 3D Start Losing Movies Money?

When Avatar broke every box office record in the book, it was the start of a period of shameless cash-in as studios rushed movies into post-production 3D in a desperate bid to jump on the bandwagon, and use the newfound novelty factor of the technique to wring more money out of the movie going audience. James Cameron had done his 3D the right way, spending hundreds of millions of dollars and spending years of his and his team’s time to get it looking great. This had the unfortunate effect of misleading viewers into thinking 3D would all be like this, and they flocked to 3D movies in droves. The reality, of course, was that post-production 3D was pretty shoddy.

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DVD Review – Monsters

Nearly two years ago a relatively low budget sci-fi action movie became the surprise hit of the summer. Mixing political allegory with thrilling action and a refreshing amount of comedy, District 9 made a massive impact. So massive, in fact, that just over a year later we saw a couple of films with alien visitors and even lower budgets appear to try to emulate its success. 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

Common Sense Killed The Alien Prequel

Last week, it was announced that 20th Century Fox’s proposed Alien prequel, to be directed by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott, had instead become a completely original sci-fi project provisionally named Prometheus. The Alien fans who were looking forward to another installment in the franchise were left feeling desperately disappointed. Meanwhile, those that are heavily opposed to the plethora of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels that we are routinely subjected to let out a huge sigh of relief. Personally, I don’t fall into either of these camps. I like the first Alien film, but successive sequels have deteriorated in quality exponentially. I have no problem in theory with remakes etc.. as long as there is a reason for them, whether it be a new, original take on a concept, or if more mileage is available form an existing film idea. So when I heard the news, I had no immediate extreme reaction to it, but I did find the news fascinating for several reasons. Continue reading

Disney Desperate To Create A New (Tron) Legacy

This week at aintitcoolnews.com Harry Knowles wrote a post revealing that Walt Disney Pictures may be about to announce that Tron 3 has been given the greenlight. Tron: Legacy has been successful at the box office, though not nearly as successful as Disney were probably hoping, and now that the film is effectively in the black, the company is apparently ready to begin development of the sequel. With a production budget of $170m and a worldwide gross of $300m, it looks on the surface like a no brainer. If, however, you take into consideration the marketing budget, which i would guess must almost equal that of the production, and it does not look quite so financially successful. The movie will make a small profit, particularly with merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales yet to come, but conditions certainly don’t look ideal for a follow-up. Continue reading