I’m mystified by the continued existence of the Resident Evil and Underworld movies. The parade of sequels for each franchise seems, to me, to just be the same stuff presented over and over again. But good-looking women kicking ass is something that evidently crosses all sorts of boundaries.

So there’s an audience that loves them, and Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein are here to present Underworld: Awakening, the fourth film in the series and the return of Kate Beckinsale. She took a break from the third movie, which told an origin tale to fill in backstory leading up to the original 2003 film. But now Beckinsale is back as Seline, the leather-clad vampire who shoots things in both slo-mo and ultra-fast action. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Over the weekend at the San Diego Comic Con, Sony showed off the first footage from Len Wiseman‘s new version of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell. The director and star appeared on a panel along with Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and John Cho to talk about the movie. What we saw positioned the film as, well, very Len Wiseman. The slick style that he displayed in Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard is very much in evidence. The footage was flashy and full of CGI-stitched camera moves that make the action look as much like something out of a game as out of an action movie. We’ve got some thoughts on the presentation and a few new facts about the film after the break. Read More »

First Look: Colin Farrell in ‘Total Recall’

Yesterday we saw the first images of sets for the new Total Recall sets, on them some white-suited troopers. Now we’ve got the first image of Colin Farrell in the lead role of Doug Quaid, a factory worker who learns, or thinks he learns, that he is really a spy for one of two nation states, Euromerica or New Shanghai. See the full image after the break.  Read More »

With an August 2012 release date looming, shooting on Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall is set to begin next week in Toronto. We know that Colin Farrell will be Douglas Quaid and Bryan Cranston will be one of the villains but what of the two ladies in Quaid’s life, so famously portrayed by in the original Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin? Previous reports have now confirmed to be true as Wiseman’s wife, Kate Beckinsale, will be playing Lori, Quaid’s wife in his “normal” life and Jessica Biel will be Rachel, the girl Quaid meets in his spy life. Also just announced is that Bill Nighy, who played a pretty gruesome character in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, has been cast as Quatto, the leader of the resistance. Read more after the break. Read More »

So does the new Total Recall go to Mars, or not? At first we assumed it did, then it seemed like perhaps it wouldn’t after all, then there was a suggestion that Mars was still part of the picture. But the latest trade break says that Mars is gone, period. Maybe that’s for the best, because while I like Colin Farrell and am ready to see his version of Quaid, the character made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Paul Verhoeven original, I’m not sure I need to see him tell himself “get your ass to Mars.”

This info comes by way of a minor casting report that actually reveals a cameo in the film. If you don’t want to know who the cameo is then stop reading here. (I don’t think it will end up being massively spoilerish, but you never know.) And no, it isn’t Arnold. Read More »

In news that should surprise no one familiar with the actress’s personal background, Kate Beckinsale has been offered a central role in Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman‘s remake/update of Total Recall. She’s allegedly up for the part of Lori, the wife to Colin Farrell‘s leading man Quaid. In Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 telling of the story (also based on the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) Lori was played by Sharon Stone, with Melina — the more predominant of the female leads, whom Quaid meets along his journey — played by Rachel Ticotin. (Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, has been cast as the villain.) Read More »

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Who? You may not know the names Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein if you’re not (a) Swedish or (b) in the UK. The pair have made, among other things, the Swedish thriller Storm (2005), and the thriller Shelter (2009) with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, which has hit territories including the UK and Japan, but not the US.

Now the pair are negotiating a deal to direct what is being referred to in trades as Underworld 4. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

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Usually when the central protagonist is absent from the latest entry in a franchise, that’s a sign that it’s on its last legs, and the studio is making a last-ditch attempt to milk it of all its remaining worth. One might’ve thought that was the case with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but lo and behold, Kate Beckinsale will portray the leather-clad Selene once again for the fourth film in the Underworld series, which has yet to be tagged with a generic, nondescript subtitle. Learn more after the break. Read More »