Many genre movies fans have been salivating over the buzz generated by Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block. Reviews out of South by Southwest, where the film had its premiere, were beyond stellar and when Screen Gems picked the film up for U.S. release, it was hard not to smile. Though the U.K. was getting to see the film in May, now U.S. audiences would also get to see this tale of what happens when a group of kids decide to fight invading aliens in South London.
We’ve already shown you a very cool U.K. poster and the first trailer. Now, after the jump, you can see a second, shorter, more action heavy trailer as well as five character vignettes telling us about the film’s heroes. Read More »
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While most movie news sites were kneeling before Michael Shannon as Zod this weekend, several other interesting superhero movie bits also were revealed. First up, despite some strong suggestions that Tom Hiddleston would reprise his Thor role as Loki in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the actor himself has reportedly more or less cut down those rumors. Second, word from a recent Source Code Q&A is that director Duncan Jones will meet with 20th Century Fox to discuss him possibly directing Darren Aronofsky’s abandoned The Wolverine and third, we have an update on Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish‘s script for Marvel’s Ant-Man. We’ve got more information on all of this after the jump. Read More »
The ‘aliens invade a South London housing project’ movie Attack the Block has been playing like gangbusters in screenings at SXSW and in LA. The film is scheduled to open in the UK next month, but was without a US distributor. That has changed as Screen Gems just sent out a press release announcing that the company will release the film in the States. Read More »
Clips are always a dicey proposition — we want to spread the word about movies that don’t have a massive marketing push, but don’t want to give too much away too early. But in the case of Attack the Block, the Joe Cornish film in which aliens land near a South London housing project and have to contend with the kids who live within it, we’ll go with the clips and risk the over-exposure.
I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t attest to how spoilerish or spoiler-free these clips are in context. (Obviously, if you’re concerned about spoilers don’t go any farther, in part because I’ll slightly explain the context of each one after the break.) But I suspect anyone who doesn’t want to preserve the option to see the film with a 100% fresh eye will be OK watching these two short sequences. Read More »
My biggest regret of the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival is that I did not see the Edgar Wright-produced Joe Cornish-directed Attack The Block. By all accounts, Attack was the must-see highest positive-buzz film shown in Austin last week. And since I can’t personally attest to the film’s awesomeness, I’ll include some spoiler-free pull quotes about the movie after the jump. What esle might you find after the jump? How about an exclusive look at the film’s quad poster!
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We’re going to see a lot of alien attacks onscreen this year. One of the standouts could be Attack the Block from Joe Cornish, which shows what happens when beasties from outer space make their Earth landing near a South London council estate — i.e. the projects.
There is some reason to expect good stuff here, as Joe Cornish is a long-time associate of Edgar Wright and was the director’s writing partner on the screenplays for Tintin and Ant Man. Attack the Block is premiering soon at SXSW then opening in the UK. The first trailer is now online and you can check it out, along with some first screening reports, after the break. Read More »
The film program at South By Southwest (SXSW) has really come into its own over the past few years — SXSW is becoming an impressive little film fest in addition to being a massive music party. The lineups for Midnight features and shorts have been announced, and there are some good premieres in there. Attack the Block, from Joe Cornish, will have a world premiere, while Hobo With a Shotgun and James Wan‘s Insidious will show up as well. And the films that most of us haven’t heard of sound pretty great, too. If I was at the fest I’d have my ass planted in a seat for every one of these at midnight. Screw the parties — the crazy genre films are the way to go.
The fill list of features is after the break. The shorts program is massive, and you can find it at the SXSW website. Read More »
Briefly: If you’ve been hoping to hear more about Shaun of the Dead and Scott PIlgrim director Edgar Wright‘s plans for an Ant-Man movie with Marvel, here you go. An LA Times update reveals that the writer/director is working on a new draft of Ant-Man, which marks the first active work he’s done on the film since dedicating himself to Scott Pilgrim two years ago.
We don’t know much more than that, and there’s no word on the budget, casting or even the tone of the film. So keep those questions for now — all that stuff comes after there’s another draft. (Hopefully.) But Mr. Wright did reiterate, “This one’s not about about the urgency of summer tentpoles and things going into production without a script. It’s slightly different than that.”
Which is pretty much what he said this time last year when asked about the film. Good to know, though, that without the pressure of a pre-established date, he and Joe Cornish (who is also in the midst of dealing with the release of his first directorial effort, Attack the Block, in the UK) can just get a script into fighting shape and then move forward. You know, the way it’s supposed to work.
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