The television series Lost has come to a conclusion, sparking much debate among the fan communities. The debate isn’t really focused on the answers (or for some, lack of answers) but more so over what they thought (or disliked) about the final season and series as a whole. Actually, the storyline conclusion of Lost was pretty much spelled out for audiences (complete with an onscreen speech), completely explained. My biggest pet peeve about the final episode is that it doesn’t leave much room for theories or interpretations. However, actor Matthew Fox, who played Jack Shephard in the show, has an interpretation of the final episode, the flash-sideways, and the whole series. Read it now, after the jump.
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The Internet: “I just knew after Wanted made a killing, pun intended, that Hollwood would greenlight more comic book movies about assassins. I just knew it, so I’m blogging about it. ‘Cause I’m psychic.” Anyhow, Matthew Fox (Lost, Racer X) is in deep talks to star as the title hit man in Billy Smoke, one of those movies based on a comic book that’s announced before its source material hits the stands a la Cowboys & Aliens. No director is attached. Here’s the logline:
Story centers on an elite hit man who’s nearly killed during a botched job and realizes that his only way to find redemption is to rid the world of all assassins.
More promising is that Billy Smoke was sparked from the brain of writer B. Clay Moore, the co-creator of Image’s excellent ongoing series Hawaiian Dick (yes, recommended). Also kicking ass is Oni Press, which has adaptations like Scott Pilgrim with Michael Cera, The Last Call and Moore’s own Hollywood spy spoof Leading Man, in the movie oven, and will publish Smoke next year. No teaser art is available. Anyone remember when Johnny Knoxville was attached to New Line’s adaptation of Hawaiian Dick? Daltry Calhoun aside, I still think he could have pulled it off to a T. Bummer it didn’t happen.
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
A new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster has shown up on pipocacombo.
Patrick Swayze will be asked back to reprise the role of ‘Bodhi’ in the recently announced Point Break 2. [Moviehole]
Three new American character banners for Hellboy II: The Golden Party have appeared online. [Empire]
Katie Holmes will make her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s play, All My Sons. [justjared]
LOST star Matthew Fox has been sworn to secrecy as he’s the only castmember who knows how the series will end. [CinemaBlend]
Shock has a first look at photos from Dario Argento‘s latest horror-thriller Giallo starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner.
Comic book legend Stan Lee enters anime and manga market with new superhero stories written for Japanese audience. [japantimes]
The Boston Globe is reporting that film score composer John Williams is working on “soundtracks for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Jurassic Park IV,” and “Superman: Man of Steel” all scheduled for his touch.”
JoBlo has a photo of the Transporter 3 billboard at Cannes.
Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart and M. Emmet Walsh have joined Michael Cera in “Youth in Revolt,” the Miguel Arteta-directed comedy for Dimension Films. [Variety]
PocketGamer.co.uk boasts the first shots of the upcoming mobile edition of the WALL-E video game.
Rejects counts down the Ten Most Memorable Indiana Jones Moments.
Danny Dyer and Mischa Barton are set to star in a deranged spin on Alice in Wonderland entitled Malice in Wonderland. [shock]
Phoenix Pictures has picked up the movie rights to John Grisham‘s best-selling novel Playing for Pizza, about a washed-up NFL quarterback who finds a new perspective on life and a love for all things Italian when his agent lands him a deal to play with a semi-professional team in Parma, Italy. [THR]
Watch 5 minutes of footage from the Ghostbusters video game on Kotaku.
Someone is selling the truck from Star Trek IV for $5,595. [trekmovie]
A reader sent over a NSFW photoshop of the WALL-E poster. Click here to see it.
Cinematical takes a look back at the Foreign movie posters of Indiana Jones.
The Weinstein Company will produce Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in a big-budget adaptation directed by Hollywood star Laurence Fishburne. [reuters]
Guillermo del Toro was forced to drop a three-headed dog from Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The photo above shows the concept. [io9]
YouTube has a a new behind the scenes promo for Heroes: Season 3.
Indiana Jones is now on Twitter.
Our amigos at First Showing directed us to these new lysergic images from the Wachowski Brothers‘ Speed Racer. The still above makes me want to sink into an altered state and get a $50 car wash with a $5 Sweet Pear air freshener. That’s a first. These images will appear in an upcoming cover story of EW, complete with fresh explanations of the film’s divisive green screen special effects included below. Every time we scoff at this movie, it pulls Slashfilm back in (and vice versa)!
“If these photos are looking a bit more two-dimensional than usual, that’s by design. The Wachowskis “wanted to incorporate some of the limitations of ’60s cell animation in the movie,” says Leo. Explains fellow effects supervisor Kim Libreri: “The backgrounds are mostly from photographic elements that have been shot from locations around the world [and then] intensely processed to be super-colorful and super-contrasty.”
“Do you remember the 1980s video game Outrun,” asks Libreri, “with the palm trees flying past? A lot of the movie looks like that. But instead of using painted elements that they used the early days [of anime]. there are actually photographic elements flying past the road.”
More images and “car-fu” effects descriptions after the hop…
Discuss: Not sure about you, but I think Kim Libreri’s Out Run reference is quite ace. Is there another film that did the “candy store aesthetic” better than what you’ve gleamed from Speed Racer?
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Warner Bros has released four new character movie posters for The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer.
I had high expectations for this film, and the first few movie trailers disappointed me greatly (as they did most of the internet). The recent domestic trailer got me back on board the Mach 5. But these new character posters look rather cheesy (but in all fairness, what character posters don’t look cheesy). The four posters feature Emile Hirsch as Speed, Christina Ricci as Trixie, Matthew Fox as Racer X, and the Mach 5. Check out the new posters after the jump.
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Entertainment Tonight has some video footage from the set of The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer. Matthew Fox (Lost), who plays Racer X in the film, takes the crew around the virtual set. We also get to see some footage of Fox in costume, and the some of the cars featured in the film. Watch the video after the jump.
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Lost star Matthew Fox is in final negotiations to play Racer X in the Wachowski Brothers’ upcoming live-action adaptation of Speed Racer.
Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer, an eighteen-year-old who aspires to become a race car driver, but his father, automotive engineer “Pops” (John Goodman) disapproves. Speed with the help of the amazing Mach 5 race car and girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci), embarks on a series of fantastic adventures that pit him and his friends against Skull Duggery, Snake Oiler, Mr. Wiley, and the Alpha Gang. Susan Sarandon is also on board to play Speed’s mother. Fox will play Speed’s mysterious arch-rival, Racer X. I wonder if Fox’s instant like-ability will hurt the character’s villainous status.
The original cartoon was one of the first Japanese animes to catch traction with American audiences. Speed Racer is scheduled to hit theaters on May 9th 2008.