What if Zack Snyder’s 300 were a NES video game? It would probably look and sound something like this.
What do you get when you mash up Superman Returns and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth? You get An Inconvenienced Superman, a short trailer for a movie that will never be.
Someone reedited The Departed into a two minute F’n video.
Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and Disturbia will make their European premieres next month at the 25th annual Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film.
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner want to redo the United Artists Logo.
Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling. Scripted by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), the story is based on true events in 1920s Los Angeles. A woman whose son is abducted, but when he is returned, she suspects that the returned child is not her kid. The woman must then confront corruption in the LAPD.
Borat Censored: USA Network have won the right to air Borat for a five year term, beginning in April 2009. But what’s the point? The film will be cut to pieces.
Disney are reportedly considering legal action against Sinful Comics after they produced a raunchy strip featuring Pirates of the Caribbean actors. But wouldn’t the comic strip be protected under parody?
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RealD has inked a deal to expand it’s Digital 3-D experience to an additional 200 screens (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and more). Disney’s March 30th release of Meet the Robinsons will use the technology.
A heavyweight annual human rights report issued by the State Department lists Borat as a victim of censorship. The report cited Borat’s loss of his Kazakh webpage www.borat.kz in late 2005 alongside court cases and limits on free speech faced by the few domestic media critical of Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Kevin Smith’s London Q&A sold out so quickly that they’ve added a second show on Thursday April 5th.
Charlie’s Angels co-stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz are considering working together again on a remake of the classic 1940s Betty Davis film, Old Acquaintance.
Latest MPAA Ratings: Goya’s Ghosts is Rated R For violence, disturbing images, some sexual content and nudity. Mr. Brooks is Rated R For strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language. The Nanny Diaries is Rated PG-13 For language. Skinwalkers is Rated R For violent content throughout and language. TMNT is Rated PG For animated action violence, some scary cartoon images and mild language.
Last September, Microsoft announced a collaboration with director Peter Jackson on several videogame projects, including one related to Halo. Microsoft executive Shane Kim revealed Jackson’s project would be one of two episodic series they’re working on, while speaking at Game Developers Conference: “Our deal with Peter is not about a film guy who wants to make video games. We’re in the design phase now. The first series will be set in the Halo universe. In addition to this deal, Jackson continues to executive produce the currently on hiatus Halo feature film.”
The brown hooded cloak worn by Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars film, sold for $104,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder on March 6 in a London auction. Someday I will have disposable income.
Magnolia Pictures has served Google (ie YouTube) with a subpoena requesting the identities of users who uploaded copyright-infringing content: “We’ve had a real problem with it,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Our films ‘The Host’ and ‘Jesus Camp’ have been up there many times. There’s software that can find pornography — that they seem to be able to take down.” Mark Cuban fails to realize that copyright infringement is much less damaging to our youth than hardcore pornography. I kid, I kid.
The Departed bumped Flushed Away from the top spot on the national DVD sales charts. I know I bought a copy.
Daniel Craig has told film bosses to cover him up in the next James Bond movie. A source tells the Daily Express, “Daniel was a little uncomfortable at the amount of nudity he had to do.” “He appreciated that a lot of it was to win over the female fans but it’s not something he wants to make a habit of, no matter how good he looks in his trunks.”
Martin Scorsese has at least six projects in development (that we know about). We took an in-depth look at those films last week (you can read that report here). Well add another film to that list. The Departed 2 has been put on hold, at least for now. Academy Award winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) is set to rewrite the script for The Long Play for Scorsese.
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Random Notes from the Editor:
Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.
Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).
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Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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Ever since the award buzz kicked in, everyone seems to be talking about a sequel to The Departed. Some even say a trilogy is in the works. Considering the heavy body count, any follow-up should be a tough task. But don’t worry, screenwriter William Monahan has a plan.
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