Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
In Jack the Giant Slayer, Bryan Singer engages in the time-honored tradition of taking a classic fairy tale and reshaping it to fit the times. Current trends being what they are, that means turning the film gritty and (relatively) realistic, with plenty of Lord of the Rings-style action.
Screenwriters David Dobkin and Darren Lemke take the basic touchstones of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk — the poor farm boy, the magic beans, the scary giants — but introduce several brand-new elements to the story. In this version, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) heads upward to rescue a beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and stop her evil betrothed (Stanley Tucci) from taking over the kingdom. It’s a version of Jack that’s never been told in all the centuries that the character has been around. So why does it all feel so tiresomely familiar?
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On August 10th 2011, I traveled to Toronto and visited the set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake. The movie was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, the same studio where Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Universal’s The Thing remake were filmed. I was on set two thirds of the way through filming. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider discussing our impressions from being on set, alongside a comprehensive list of over 45 things I learned on set.
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I’ll say this for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans: the movie really doesn’t look to skimp on the creatures and mythical monsters. Not only that, but it gives the returning Sam Worthington a haircut that is really worthy of the legacy of Harry Hamlin’s style from the 1981 Clash of the Titans. (Not sure that’s a good thing, actually.)
Anyway, the sequel has Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprising their roles as Zeus and Hades, and adds Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. But most of what this new look affers is monsters, monsters, monsters. Which is a big part of what we really need from a movie like this, after all. Check it out below. Read More »
Does Warner Bros. not care if anyone watches the trailer for Wrath of the Titans? Less than an hour after the trailer debut for The Dark Knight Rises — the most anticipated trailer release in many months — and at the same time as Fox’s first look at Prometheus, the studio has also dropped the first footage of the sequel to Clash of the Titans.
Wrath of the Titans looks like it has gone all-out to include as much stuff as possible, but that may just be how the trailer is cut. Check it out below. Read More »
Warner Bros has released the first movie trailer for Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer (which you can see in theaters attached to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in theaters this week). The film is an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The trailer is a bit underwhelming, and the effects look very early, at best. I’m still excited about what this film could be, as the dark fairytale genre is very promising. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas opens with a scene that suggests it is not your parents’ holiday movie. In response to one little girl’s query about how Santa manages to deliver all of those gifts around the world in just one night, we’re treated to a thrilling sequence of hundreds of elves jumping out of a giant sleigh-shaped spaceship and delivering the gifts with a high-tech precision that wouldn’t be out of place in a futuristic action thriller.
Spearheading that massive operation is alpha-male Steve (Hugh Laurie), heir apparent to the cushy Santa position currently held by his father Malcolm (Jim Broadbent). Steve and Malcolm, it turns out, are just two members of a long line of Santas that stretch back centuries and also includes Malcolm’s father (Bill Nighy) “Grandsanta,” and Steve’s younger brother Arthur (James McAvoy).
But holiday movies are a decidedly traditional genre, and Arthur Christmas quickly falls into the familiar themes about the magic of Christmas and finding your place in the world and whatnot. Happily, it does so with enough wit and enough feeling to be a cut above some of the more cynical entries in the genre, though it’s not on the level of the best holiday classics.
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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie‘s adaptation of the comic book by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Frankenstein’s classic monster, who in the present day goes by Adam and stands between humanity and the supernatural demons who would overtake them.
Bill Nighy was previously announced as being in talks to play the villain, a demon prince determined to unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s reanimation. Strahovski is negotiating for the female lead, a scientist who’s tricked by the demons into helping them create an undead army. Miranda Otto and Socratis Otto (no relation) also star.
Strahovski recently starred in Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro, and will next appear in My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, and Adam Scott. I, Frankenstein is scheduled to begin shooting this winter in Australia. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, rising star David Oyelowo books yet another high-profile project, and Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola try to stop things from exploding.
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Over nearly two years, Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get a jump on the impending Frankenstein adaptation race by making a movie based on Keven Grevioux‘s graphic novel I, Frankenstein. The Underworld-like story, a “contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world,” was originally going to be directed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos. But Stuart Beattie stepped in to write and direct in March of this year, and last month Aaron Eckhart was signed to play the heroic monster Adam Frankenstein.
Now Bill Nighy is in talks to keep the Underworld comparisons going by playing the villain of the film. Read More »
We’ve seen a couple teaser trailers for the Aardman Animation holiday film Arthur Christmas, and now, two full-length trailers are out. The UK trailer still shows a lot of the elements we’ve seen before — the North Pole as a high-tech gift processing center; Santa’s sleigh as UFO; and the geeky younger member of Santa’s family who acts as the title character — but it also shows off a lot more of the actual story that puts all those elements to work. There are also a few good, cheeky little jokes. And the US trailer has a slightly different approach to the same elements. Check out the trailers below. (Oh, and there are lions, too.) Read More »