Film News Update – Week 36, 2011

  • Lauren Shuler Donner provides some insight on the next X-Men instalments, Wolverine: will be viewed as a stand alone movie very independent of Origins. That is looking set to shoot next year some time. Deadpool: is being prepared at the same time, Ryan Reynolds will be returning as the hero. The film is set to be true to the comic books and character of Deadpool.

“We’re gonna give it a little bit of a different look. It’s a different kind of movie. If you know ‘Deadpool’ …it’s true to ‘Deadpool’. So you know, it’ll be violent, and outrageous, and funny, and all that.” – Shuler Donner. 

  • An X-Men: First Class sequel is in discussion. The team is trying to woo back the director of the original, Matthew Vaughn.
  • The Great Gatsby began shooting this week, Warner Bros. distributed a Press Release…

Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby,” the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Academy Award nominee DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton and OscarÆ nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) as Tom and Daisy Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.

OscarÆ nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman, Lucy Fisher and Academy AwardÆ winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”). The executive producers are Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman.

Two-time Academy AwardÆ-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (“Moulin Rouge!”) also designs with the director. The editors are Jason Ballantine, Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan.

Luhrmann said, “Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema. “The Great Gatsby” has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives is to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our challenge and our adventure.”

“The Great Gatsby” is being shot in Luhrmann’s native Australia. The filmmaker stated, “The opportunity to make the film in Australia with the Bazmark creative team is very important to us; the assistance from Screen Australia and the NSW Government has made that possible.”

The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

  • The Weinstein Company will move into the online market next year. They’ll be launching a VOD (Video On Demand) Label, early 2012.
  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been hired to write the script for director Ridley Scott’s big screen adaptation of Hasbro’s Monopoly.
  • A long-awaited Beetlejuice sequel may finally be moving forward, Deadline reports. Writer/producer pair David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first look contract with Warner Bros. and among their first projects is a follow-up to the 1988 film.
  • To finish off, the new trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

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Film News Friday – Week 24, 2011

Here’s what’s been happening in the movie world this week…
  • Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Hobbit cast as the voice of Smaug. Thats right, the Sherlock star is going to be the voice of the deadly dragon.
  • Universal have announced release dates for three movies…

The studio is targeting a September 28, 2012 release for Oliver Stone’s Savages, starring Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. In the adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel, two friends from Laguna Beach share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.

Universal is looking to release Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 on July 3, 2013. The first movie has earned an impressive $543.1 million worldwide on a budget of just $69 million.

The studio has also set a July 19, 2013 release date for Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. The film is set in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. When surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.

  • James Mangold is at the top of the short list for director of Wolverine. Mangold directed Walk the Line and Knight and Day.
  • In other Wolverine news, well sort of, Hugh Jackman has been announced to star in a movie adaptaion of Les MiÈrables. First time Jackman has performed in a movie-musical.
  • LEGO Star Wars is going to be released in a TV Special coming possibly late September. George Lucas has also announced a second animated series.
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 NEW TRAILER RELEASED!!!

X-Men: First Class – Review

X-Men returns in this prequel that could be the best film in the franchise… Directed by Brit, Matthew Vaughn (known for directing Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Kick-Ass) and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon, this movie takes a look at the early days of Professor X and Magneto… It’s another X-Men Origins story but this one shits all over Wolverine!

First Class opens in 1944 with Erik Lehnsherr, a young boy whose parents were taken away and killed during the Holocaust. His powers were enhanced by Schmidt when he killed Erik’s mother in front of his eyes. Also during 1944 in New York, a young Charles Xavier meets Raven a ten year old shapeshifter, the young Mystique. Years later, Erik has honed his powers and is going around seeking vengeance against former soldiers of the Nazi Party. Meanwhile Charles, a graduate at Oxford University, and Raven, a waitress live together while Xavier finishes his thesis on Mutation and becomes a proper Professor. In the US, a man by the name of Sebastian Shaw, who hasn’t aged since he was a soldier during the Second World War… named Schmidt… is gearing up to start World War Three by positioning nuclear missiles in Turkey and Cuba, aimed at the Soviets and the US respectively. With the help of the CIA, Charles along with Erik and Raven seek and recruit fellow mutants to try to stop Shaw in his plot to rid the world of humans and advance the Mutant Race.

The film has received very positive reviews despite the disappointing box office results. Matthew Vaughn, has done very well making this movie and he has put himself in a position as a great Superhero Filmmaker. Good points of X-Men: First Class include the montages, first when Charles and Erik are recruiting (including a brilliant cameo from Hugh Jackman, Wolverine) and secondly when Charles trains his First Class at his old mansion, the site for Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, these two montages were beautifully done the latter featuring very effective split screen techniques. Down sides include as with almost all superhero movies is the part where they come up with their superhero names (seriously, look at almost every movie, that part is always shit) other than that I can’t fault the first instalment in what Fox foresee as a possible trilogy. It was humorous at points and it’s good humour, not crappy american humour… because it’s directed by a Brit. Intellectual and Action-Packed, X-Men: First Class is and will be the Best Superhero movie of the year!

X-Men: First Class

4 Stars

First Film News Friday

Every Friday you will get to see up to date film news on movies in the works and movies out now.

FILM NEWS

Pretty self explanatory, news about movie.

  • Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan, has pulled out of the next instalment of the Wolverine franchise, “The Wolverine”. He stated that it would require him to spend too much time away from his family (aww, what a softy). 20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman are still very committed to the film being made.
  • Michael Gough dies age 94, he was best known for playing Alfred Pennyworth in the Burton & Schumacher Batman films.
  • Awesome News for Superman fans! Zack Snyder has stated that Superman: Man of Steel (Working Title) is to have no trace of the older movies. He is going to keep true to the comic books. Could we have a Superman movie worth seeing?
  • Third Harold & Kumar movie to arrive around November/December, “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”.
  • In a last ditch attempt to keep rights to Daredevil, Fox have slated David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) to direct the new Daredevil movie. If they do not have a film in production soon the rights go to Marvel studios (now owned by Disney).
  • The troubled remake of Red Dawn (an American “Tomorrow, When the War Began” (Strangely starring a few Aussie actors)) has had to change the villains from Chinese to North Korean to appeal to the very lucrative Chinese film market. This film was pushed back from a September 2010 release… who knows when it will be released.

TV NEWS

Again. This will make sense, news about TV.

  • ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels starring Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh.
  • NBC shoots pilot for a Wonder Woman reboot. Elizabeth Hurley stars as the villain while Adrianne Palicki plays the Princess of the Amazon.

youNEWS

In this section you will find the latest trailers and videos of upcoming movies.

  • Conan the Barbarian Teaser Trailer: Jason Momoa of Stargate Atlantis fame plays the old Arnie Character… Conan.
  • Sucker Punch: The Trenches:  An animated short that ties in to the soon to be released movie.
  • Simon Pegg & Nick Frost: On the set of Paul recreated a scene from Star Wars.