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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

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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

It’s Not Just The Studios That Are Predictable

I’m not sure exactly when it started, or more importantly when exactly it became popularized. Sequels have been around for literally decades, but for me it is the eighties when it really became rife. If a film was financially successful, the studios made a sequel. Following the artistry of sixties and seventies filmmaking, films really began to become movies, and dumbed down overblown action movies became the big money makers. It was obvious, really. Why go to the time and trouble to try to develop and subsequently sell a new property when fans were itching to see the further adventures of Rambo, Rocky, Axel Foley, and the numerous other action heroes of that time. 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

Kevin Smith – Trailblazer, Or Midlife Crisis?

In the run-up to Sundance, the film festival currently taking place in Utah, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that he would be holding an auction for the distribution rights for his latest film, Red State, immediately following its showing at the fest. This created a lot of anticipation for both the film, and the aftermath, leading to Red State being the hottest ticket in town this past weekend. In the end, it turned out to be somewhat of a ploy, as Smith bought back his own film for $20, and proceeded to lay in to the Hollywood studio system, which would have been well represented in the room with many studios keen for the chance to distribute Smith’s religious horror film. 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

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

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

James Bond – Licence to Film

It was revealed this week that Bond 23 is finally on the slate for shooting to begin this year, with a November 2012 release date. The saga of the next Bond film has been going on for some time now. The rocky economic climate has affected many companies around the world, and last July we heard that the next Bond film had apparently been cancelled. MGM had been in turmoil for some time, with financial problems slowing projects, and no sign of a buyer. Things appear to be looking up a little, and a release date for the as yet untitled Bond movie is great news. Continue reading

The Coens Display True Box Office Grit

Weekend estimates for the US are in, and with them comes a very comforting tale of triumph. The Coen brothers’ Academy Award contender True Grit won the weekend, bringing in another $15m to take its total to around $110M. This meant it not only finally beat Little Fockers into second place in their running box office battle, it also firmly established its place as the Coen’s highest grossing movie. Their first film to break the $100m mark, it is a big landmark for the prolific brothers. Continue reading