The moment where I start to wonder if Cowboys & Aliens might just work isn’t when I’m standing just to the edge of set and Harrison Ford strolls by all dirty, bloody and decked out in period garb. The actor cuts an impressive figure as a beat-down cowboy, but anyone could have predicted that. The convincing moment was a bit later when, during close-up takes for the large scene we saw being filmed, he ad-libbed jokes before and after ‘cut’ was called, coming to life as the impish, smart Harrison Ford we always hope to see on screen. Its a man who enjoys acting and has a lot of life left in him. He might have been acting for us, the visitors, as well as for the camera — I’d bet on it — but to a certain degree it doesn’t matter.
Other moments presented themselves as well. I can’t tell you about the scene we saw being filmed. It’s a big one, and I understand why Universal doesn’t want a description floating around. It’s not from the comics because, well, very little of the film is really from the comics. This is very much an ‘inspired by’ scenario. While early stories about the film pegged it as an adaptation of the comic book version of the story, director Jon Favreau insists that this is a unique take on the idea of a Western territory besieged by aliens, and with new characters to go along with it.
So what can I tell you? Quite a bit, actually. I’ll be posting extensive interview transcripts over the next couple days, but in the meantime hit the jump for a more detailed look at Cowboys & Aliens. Read More »
Jon Favreau‘s follow-up to the two Iron Man movies is Cowboys & Aliens, which loosely jumps off from the comic of the same name to show a western town besieged by alien invaders. (Title kind of gives that whole thing away.) The attraction here isn’t even the concept, but the cast: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford lead a troupe that also includes Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Noah Ringer and more.
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Over the next couple weeks you’re going to be seeing quite a bit of reports focusing on Jon Favreau‘s next film, Cowboys & Aliens. The first salvo comes today as the film’s first teaser poster has arrived. There will be a trailer on Wednesday afternoon, but in the meantime let this image prime you for the film’s genre mash-up. Read More »
Update: I have been contacted by Zooey Deschanel’s publicist who claims “Zooey is not connected to the project”. You can read the original story below.
Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth-century writer and daughter of Lord Byron, was a wildly interesting woman. She worked on Charles Babbage’s early Analytical Engine, and she is considered a forerunner in the development of machines designed to do more than simple mathematical computations.
Now she may be portrayed on screen by Zooey Deschanel, in what would likely be one of the actresses’ more demanding roles. She’s in talks to play Lovelace in Enchantress of Numbers (a name bestowed upon Lovelace by Babbage) which would shoot this fall under director Bruce Beresford. That’s the part of the equation that doesn’t thrill me — Beresford makes a lot of workable, totally unremarkable movies. Sure, Breaker Morant is great, but that was 30 years ago. Let’s not even talk about Driving Miss Daisy, Oscar notwithstanding. [Production Weekly]
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Paramount Pictures has premiered a new television spot for M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender during the Olympics on Saturday. I was somewhat impressed by the original teaser trailer which accomplished everything in one continuous (yet stitched together) shot. But the television spot which aired during the Super Bowl had me completely sold. To me that spot had all the power of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the film will live up to that expectation — but the tv spot was pretty damn awesome. The full length movie trailer wasn’t quite as impressive. The new tv spot brings the focus back to the action visuals, which appears to be the film’strong spot . Watch it now, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Throw what you want, it won’t stick anyway – I’m really looking forward to M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender. It seems to me that he’s got just the skills, story instincts and appropriate technical discipline to pull off a film of this type.
Yahoo have unveiled two banners for the film, one showcasing the fire nation and Dev Patel‘s villainous prince Zuko, the other Noah Ringer as the air nation’s Aang, our hero. See them in full below the break.
Meanwhile, over on Twitter, the film’s producer Frank Marshall has today spilled a couple of details on the trailer, perhaps to assuage fears of a heavy air-vs-fire bias.
The AIRBENDER trailer will be about 2 minutes long…
The AIRBENDER trailer will feature all the main characters…
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/Film reader Craig G sent over a couple scanned photos from M Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender. I’m not exactly sure which magazine these originated from, but I’m sure someone in the comments will know (I’m guessing Empire Magazine). After the jump, check out a couple more photos, including a larger version of the photo above.
Update: The latest issue of Empire Magazine, the one with Matt Damon in Green Zone on the cover, has an indepth report from the set of Last Airbender. I’ve updated the story with the official image above.
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The official teaser trailer for M Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender is now online. On display are M Night’s signature extended seamless single takes (which I’ve always loved), ILM’s amazing air-bending effects and a logo that looks very similar to the Harry Potter series. Overall, it does a great job at teasing the big picture. I’m suddenly excited to see if this is the film that all the Avatar fans believe it can be. Paramount believes they have the first part of a trilogy. But who knows? Don’t call it a comeback just yet, but I think M Night will have the interest of his harshest critics after this teaser debuts in front of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Thanks to /Film reader Thurston for the tip. Watch the trailer now after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Paramount Pictures has sent over high resolution versions of the two photos released last week for M Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender. They have also been nice enough to send us the official release of the Dev Patel snow photo, which somehow leaked online last week.
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Paramount Pictures has released the first photos from M Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender in Friday’s issue of USA Today. Above is the first photo of Aang (Noah Ringer), the “Last Airbender,” a 12-year-old regional karate star was who discovered in a Texas open casting call. After the jump we’ve also included a tv to film comparison of Dev Patel as Prince Zuko.
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