Is This Inception’s Dream Machine?

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While attending Christopher Nolan‘s Inception panel, /Film’s own Peter Sciretta was given a ticket for some Warner Bros swag which included a mysterious t-shirt. The full size image is lurking beyond the break.

The back of the shirt features a QR code that I assume will play some part in upcoming viral activity.

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Geoffrey Fletcher‘s screenplay for Precious has won awards from The Academy, Independent Spirit, NAACP, AAFC, Black Reel and more. It would seem he’s also being rewarded with a pair of cracking leads for his upcoming directorial debut.

Violet and Daisy is described as “Thelma and Louise meets Superbad and Pulp Fiction“. What does that mean? I’m guessing violence, swearing, perhaps revenge and a road movie element? Reportedly in the frame for the lead roles are Carey Mulligan and Saoirse Ronan, though which is more a Violet and which a Daisy, I couldn’t guess.

The news comes from Showbiz 411, reporting the talk at “an elegant congratulatory party for Fletcher”. They’re careful to note that the film “may get a start this summer with two Oscar nominated actresses in the lead roles” and isn’t yet set in stone.

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Brian Henson is out promoting Stuffed and Unstrung, formerly Puppet Up!, the live adults-only puppet improv show with undeniably Muppety stars. Of course, they can’t call them Muppets – the name now belongs to Disney – but there’s a recognisable style, and quality, to every foam face the Henson craftsmen make. If you want to know more about Stuffed and Unstrung, there’s a nifty video ad embedded below the break.

During his promotional interviews, Henson has also been pressed to discuss the in-development Muppet Man, a fictionalised biopic of his father Jim that we’ve written about a few times before, as well as a The Happytime Murders,  a balls-out comedy” that’s also “a gritty crime thriller and a satire of the genre”.

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Coming to you weekly from my vantage point in good old Blighty, it’s Slashfilm UK. Anglos and Anglophiles rejoice as every Friday I’ll be bringing you a round up news, links and coverage specific to the motion picture comings and goings here in the UK. Sometimes we’ll be talking about films that have already played in the US, other times it will be films that won’t make it to the US for a good while yet, and from time to time you’ll read about films that will never make it to the US at all.

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I’m going to let a couple of pictures do most of the speaking for me here. I’ve popped them below the break because I appreciate a lot of readers won’t want anything even mildly spoiler-ish in their path. The pictures show what is, apparently, a new Decepticon from Transformers 3.

Before we jump over to that, though, here’s another Transformers tidbit from Production Weekly. They have today tweeted:

A pre-vis scene for Transformers 3 will shoot at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana on April 12th.

A pre-vis scene? Perhaps they’re referring to background plates for CG overlays later?

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Look Who’s Talking Remake Coming Soon?

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I love Fast Times at Ridgemont High and I like Clueless plenty too, but pretty much every other Amy Heckerling picture has failed to click with me – and her last movie I Could Never Be Your Woman almost broke me. I remember when I was 16 and I shuffled off to see Look Who’s Talking and actually thought that because the Fast Times woman had directed it, things were going to work out a whole lot better than the trailer suggested. So, when I hear today that Look Who’s Talking is getting remade, I can’t manage anything more than a shrug.

Is it even a good idea? Talking babies that don’t actually talk? Or will they talk now, seeing as the CG revolution has turned cinema FX on their head in the 20 years since the first Look?

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Back in 2007, Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz and Dead Man’s Shoes actor Paddy Considine unveiled his directorial debut, the short film Dog Altogether (you can see a promo shot at the head of this post). Over the next eighteen months or so, the film went on to win a number of awards, including the BAFTA for best short, and Considine was pretty soon talking about making his first feature film.

Giving an interview to Empire, in early 2008 Considine said Tyrannosaur was going to be…

…about a woman leaving an abusive relationship. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill, kitchen-sink drama, there are bits and pieces in there that hopefully make it a little bit different. Hopefully, we start shooting it at the end of the year.

The end of the year came and went – and the whole of another year, for that matter – and only now does Tyrannosaur seem to be gearing up for production. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose. And those who wait, in this case, include Dog Altogether stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and new-addition Eddie Marsan.

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After the break you’ll find my interviews with Matthew Vaughn, director and co-writer of Kick-Ass, and Jane Goldman, his collaborator in adapting Mark Millar’s original comic books into a movie screenplay. The interviews are spoiler free, though we do talk around a few key plot points.

As well as talking Kick-Ass, Matthew confirms that he’s planning another movie with Mark Millar and Jane tells us just a little about other upcoming films that she has scripted. Mainly, though, we have a good chat about this current movie, which is getting its general release on March 31 across the UK and April 16 across the US.

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