Interview: Into The Wild star Emile Hirsch

Into The Wild

At the Toronto Film Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Emile Hirsch about his new film Into The Wild. Sean Penn’s new film adaptation is is one of the best movies of 2007 so far. If the movie is in your city this week, go see it (it expands nationwide in the coming weeks).

Question: What do you think Christopher McCandless would think of this film?

Emile Hirsch: I think he’d be pretty excited about it and the effect it could have on people in a positive way. He’s a person from everything I’ve learned, was a person of action who wanted change. He’s a person who studied humanitarian things. Even in high school, he was so concerned with apartheids. Anything that he thinks can help change the bigger picture, I think he would think is a good thing. And his sister Carine has verified that.

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The Invasion Teaser Movie Poster and Photos

The Invasion Movie PosterWe seem to be the only people excited for The upcoming remake of The Invasion of the Bodysnatches.

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (and possibly The Wachowski Brothers, depending on what rumors you read) The Invasion stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Warner has released the official teaser poster, shown right, which features a handwritten note from “Mom”. Click on the image to enlarge.
The studio has also released two new high resolution photos, which can be seen after the jump.

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Matthew Fox is Racer X in Speed Racer

Matthew Fox is Racer X

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.

The Wachowski Brothers Rework The Invasion

The Invasion

We previously reported that The Wachowski Brothers were brought in to work on some reshoot material for the upcoming BodysnatchesThe Invasion remake . Well apparently there is MUCH much more to this story. Our friends over at Collider claim that the Brothers were brought in to rewrite over 70% of the movie. Here is what happened.

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Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking) and John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, The Flintstones) are in negotiations to co-star in The Wachowski Brothers’ big screen adaptation of Speed Racer.
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Speed Racer to be G-Rated?

speedracersmall.jpgOkay, we knew when The Wachowski Brothers were interested in make a family film, but we didn’t expect this. According to producer Joel Silver, the big screen adaptation of Speed Racer is being targeted for a G-Rating! How can they have any exciting car sequences at that level? Doesn’t intense action fall under PG? How can a car chase sequence be exciting without the threat of injury or violence?
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Lords of Dogtown star Emile Hirsch is in final stalks to star in the Wachowski brothers’ big screen live action adaptation of Speed Racer.
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cellshort.jpg has an interesting report on a short film that shows the inner workings of a white blood cell. Not interested? Here’s the hook – The Wachowski Brothers are looking to use parts of the cell film in their remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You can watch a version from YouTube after the jump.

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Speed Racer and the Release Date of Doom

speedracerlong.jpgThe Wachowski Brother’s live-action Speed Racer movie was set to premiere on May 23rd, 2008, a day after the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series will be unleashed. Well not anymore, it looks like someone over at Warner Bros did the math.

Speed Racer will now hit theaters on May 9th 2008.

“We have been excited about ‘Speed Racer’ since we first announced the project. We see it as a movie with broad-based, worldwide appeal–from adults to teens to families–making it the perfect film to lead off our exciting 2008 Summer slate. We want to give ‘Speed Racer’ the maximum playability throughout the season, so moving it up to the earliest possible date made the most sense,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution.

They also announced that Speed Racer will open day-and-date in most international markets.

For now the only movie Speed Racer needs to contend with is The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which opens 7 days later.


It looks like the Wachowski Brothers’ big screen adaptation of Speed Racer may be shot entirely on green screen.

Apparently, John Mathieson (Gladiator, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven) turned down an offer from the Wachowski Brothers to be director of Photography on the film. The cinematographer told students that he would rather make a Kylie Minogue video than shoot something entirely green screen, according to AICN.

Joel Silver previously told Empire Magazine “I don’t know if we’ll even use any cars,” spawning rumors that the Wachowskis would rely largely on CG for the film.

Also, at Wondercon Joel Silver confirmed that it would be a family friendly movie. This project just keeps sounding worse and worse. And a studio is giving them big bucks to film this thing. Do they expect a big return on their investment?