Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Global Nerdy brings us the photo of the day: Speeder Dogs.
Charles Grodin will cameo in Jason Segel‘s new Muppet Movie. [mtv]
TorrentSpy already shut its doors earlier this year, and now they have been hit with a $110 million judgment against its parent company, Valence Media. The MPAA has won. [mashable]
Collider has a preview of their set report of G.I. Joe.
Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have just completed a screenplay based on Mark Millar’s graphic comic book ‘Kick-Ass‘. [dailymail]
HollywoodInk has a poster for this year’s Summer movie season (pictured left).
Rotten Tomatoes has an exclusive video diary from the set of Quantum of Solace.
Vulture wonders what unsung comic book superheroes should star in The Avengers.
Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. [Variety]
Topless Robot counts down the 11 Best Songs from Geek-Movie Soundtracks.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the Marc Webb-helmed romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer for Fox Searchlight, which centers on a man (Gordon-Levitt) who falls hopelessly in love with a woman (Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. [variety]
CineVegas has announced their line-up which includes: The Rocker, Dark Streets, Your Name Here, Beautiful Losers, Chelsea on the Rocks, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Choke, and Schoof [thecircuit]
The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]
Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]
io9 has the latest on the Cloverfield Managa.
SNL have announced Shia LeBoeuf will host May 10th with My Morning Jacket and Steve Carell will host season finale on May 17th with Usher. [collider]
The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]
The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.
Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]
GuideSpot has a Google Maps guide of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Bay Area.
Tom Cruise has launched Tom Cruise.com.
Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.
My friend John Campea over on The Movie Blog listed five lesser known comic character movies he’d like to see
Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will open and close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
FirstShowing takes a look at the Future of Iron Man: Alcoholic Tony Stark, War Machine, and Beyond!
The first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit in June. [SciFi]
Maya Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera’s Sundance award-winner Sleep Dealer. [THR]
/Film reader Editor E has passed along word that screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt have already been hired by Universal to pen a sequel to Wanted. Derek Haas revealedÂ that
“We’re just finishing up a book adaptation for Universal of the James Siegel novel Deceit. We’ve been hired to write the sequel to Wanted by the same studio,” Derek Haas revealed to Pajiba. “And we’ve got a few more things in the hopper that it’s a little premature to talk about.”
I always assumed that Wanted was going to be in and out of movie theaters when it is released in June. The online response to the project has been minimal. But it seems like Universal believes they might have a franchise on their hands. Brandt and Haas, who also worked on the screenplay for the original film, are also credited with 3:10 to Yuma, Catch that Kid, and the upcoming big screen adaptations of Spy Hunter and The A-Team.
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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Expect the first reviews of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sunday May 18th at 6:30am-ish eastern time, as that is when press at Cannes will have seen the film. Domestic press will see the film later that afternoon/night at nationwide press screenings. [jeffwells]
Harland Williams will make the transition from acting to directing with “Wing Man“, a new $10 million dollar comedy. [moviehole]
5.5 million households added a high-definition television set to their furnishings for the first time during the period from last year’s holiday season to this year’s Super Bowl. [imdb]
Horror-movies.ca has new photos from Bruce Campbell‘s My Name is Bruce.
On April 29th, Apple iTunes will release the long-awaited end credits overture “ROAR!” from Cloverfield by Michael Giacchino. [Bloody-Disgusting]
AICN has another new Wanted movie poster featuring Angelina Jolie’s scrawny arm.
Seven people were injured Saturday in a collision between a bus and several cars during the filming of G.I. Joe in the center of Prague. [shh] Filmdrunk‘s headline GOD TRIES TO STOP GI JOE MOVIE is both hilarious and in bad taste.
Deadbolt wonders what Quentin Tarantino could do with a big screen adaptation of Grand Theft Auto.
The good people at Pixar are growing frustrated of the Walt Disney Imagineers. [jimhill]
io9 ponders Why Do Anti-Heroes rule Science Fiction?
FilmSchoolRejects counts down the15 Must See Movies of Summer 2008.
Mobile animatronic WALL-E’s are being built for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously known as Disney-MGM Studios). [pixarblog]
Victor Salva is prepping not only Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among Us, but also a fourth film in the franchise, which is said to shoot back-to-back for MGM. [Bloody-disgusting]
Transformers 2 will film at the infamous Air Force boneyard in Arizona known as The Boneyard. [shh]
Starpulse takes a look at the best and worst films by Quentin Tarantino.
Universal released a New York Comic Con Exclusive Wanted Poster. Click on the image below to see it enlarged.
Wanted hits theaters on June 27th 2008.
Hopefully Thor isn’t developing a serious beer belly waiting for Matthew Vaughn‘s ambitious adaptation, once proposed for $300 million, to come to fruition. According to Moriarty at AICN, Vaughn (Star Dust, Layer Cake) is currently writing and set to direct an adaptation of Mark Millar‘s nascent comic book Kick-Ass. Many know Millar from his work on Ultimate Fantastic Four and his acclaimed comic Wanted, which hits theaters this summer with Angelina Jolie (and unfortunately looks extra-cheesy).
Kick-Ass is only on its second issue, and tells the tale of a 15-year-old kid who decides to become a superhero, complete with suit, even though he lacks muscles, superpowers and apparently gets his ass handed to him on the reg. Off the top of my head, the plot recalls the upcoming Michael Rapaport semi-superhero indie Special, which we should have a trailer up for shortly, in that it takes Hollywood’s ‘roided comic book trend and posits it into harsh reality. Moriarty speculates that Millar will be hands-on, and we can only hope, given how disappointed Wanted fans seem to be thus far with the Matrix-y film version.
Vaughn is clearly anxious to show fanboys what he has to offer the genre, and I think it’ll be worth the wait. As many will remember he somewhat notoriously vacated the third X-Men film, allowing Brett Ratner to rush in and rain mediocre on the franchise. More on this as it develops (Kick-Ass, I mean, not Ratner’s raining mediocrity).
Discuss: Who’s the precocious resident Kick-Ass fan on Slashfilm? Great news? Â
The latest trailer for Wanted, starring a raccoon-eyed Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman (what happened to that bucket list), is truly terrible, even for a movie that missed The Matrix bus by nearly a decade! Like, the film’s first trailer wasn’t very promising, but this new one is bordering on the slo-mo inanity of Karate Dog (which starred Jolie’s dad, Jon Voight, Matrix-ing with a canine no less!).
What a bad move for Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, who hopes to crossover in America with Wanted later this summer after receiving merited attention with his first two Night Watch films (the last film in the series, Twilight Watch, is due in 2009). The cheesy voice-over narration is clearly pandering to teens-with-assassin-dreams, but the stunts? I have no idea what age/intelligence group would think these stunts look even slightly cool. Besides the aforementioned tracing bullets gimmick, the rest of this garbage plays like the clichest of sport car commercials. The film doesn’t even seem to do car porn or Jolie-porn right, and if Shoot ‘Em Up flopped, you have to wonder what’s in store here.
All I’m sayin’ is: Save your lifeguarding money and just watch Sexman hilariously redistribute his massive hatred of Jumper in June ’08.
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Discuss: What do you think of the new Wanted movie trailer?
Wonder-Con premiered an extended scene from Wanted, the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar (Civil War, Wolverine: Enemy of the State, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Superman: Red Son) and J.G. Jones’ (the forthcoming Final Crisis with Grant Morrison for DC, 52 covers) graphic novel about a shadowy organization that specializes in assassinations and a sub-average loser handpicked to join them. James McAvoy (Atonement, The Last King of Scotland) was on hand to discuss his role.
The director, Timur Bekmambetov (Daywatch, Nightwatch), couldn’t be there, but he introduced a six-minute extended scene via video. If you’ve seen the trailer, then you know (or think you know) what to expect. The extended scene begins in a supermarket with Jolie’s character sporting a gun that can look around a corner and better yet, shoot around a corner (or corners) then continues in the parking lot before moving on to a car chase in and out of a tunnel. It’s even more intense and ridiculous than the trailer indicates.
The scene alone redefines “over-the-top, insane action.” One other thing was clear: the scene wasn’t played for laughs, at least not intentionally, but once you get into near super-human, gravity defying heroics, then you might as well expect laughs (which dutifully happened). It was also, as the presenter indicated, rough footage. Some of the color timer seemed off, the visual effects unpolished (e.g., anything involving bullet POVs). The sound also wasn’t in final form. Composer Danny Elfman and Bekmambetov are also still working on the score. From what we heard in the intro, Bekmambetov is also do reshoots. What those are he didn’t say, but that generally doesn’t bode well for any movie (unless they’re just inserts or pick-up shots). Hopefully, that doesn’t mean the studio wants to make major changes, up to and including a new ending spurred by preview audiences.
Afterwards, McAvoy took questions from the Wonder-Con audience. McAvoy did say that Mark Millar has seen a rough cut of the film and was happy or satisfied with what he saw. Anyone with a passing familiarity with Millar knows to take anything he says, first or second hand, with a grain of salt (Millar is known for shamelessly promoting any and all of his projects as world-changing). Other questions ranged from what McAvoy thought of the role and what he thought of it. McAvoy seemed to approve of the ambiguous nature of his character and the world of Wanted. He also pointed out that while the assassins in Wanted have superhuman powers, but no capes and no cowls. McAvoy was asked about Bekmambetov and his direction of the actors. Not surprisingly, he claimed to be happy with the direction Bekmambetov gave the actors.
McAvoy also talked about taking on such a physically demanding role. While he’s never done anything as physical as Wanted (it was difficult saving enough energy for the smaller character moments), he found the role rewarding. As to what drew him to the role, he said it was the character that starts off as a loser working a menial job and his transformation into a hardcore assassin type. Maybe more importantly, he said he loved the action aspects, claiming his inner 14-year who’d seen the Lethal Weapon movies and the Back to the Future movies. Got a chance to jump over things. He also said he’s been lucky to work with fantastic actors. Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland scared him. He concluded by saying he’s always learning as an actor, but more than that, the experience and that Atonement was his favorite role.
Check out the Super Bowl spots for Universal’s Wanted and Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian below.
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The Wanted advertisement is also available in High Definition on Yahoo! Movies.
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The first Wanted movie trailer was greeted with much ridicule online. The film was being referred to as a cheap “Matrix rip-off”. Universal has now announced that they are moving back the release date from March 28th to June 27th 2008. The studio head is trying to spin this move as a bow of faith in the film property, saying “Having seen it, it is just the perfect summer property.” I’m not quite sure I buy this, especially as I re-watch the trailer.
The Mark Millar graphic novel adaptation will now go head to head with UA’s Valkyrie and Pixar’s Wall-E. It seems like a bad day to release the film. I know the Tom Cruise movie isn’t tracking well, but going head to head with a Pixar film (especially their first Sci-Fi effort) seems like a horrible idea.
Wanted follows a young man (James McAvoy) who finds out his long lost father is an assassin. And when his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father’s old organization and trained by a man named Sloan (Morgan Freeman) to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp and Common also star.
Universal has released the movie trailer for the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel Wanted.
Aside from the terrible dialogue, Angelina Jolie’s overuse of eye makeup, and easily comparisons to The Matrix (read: many consumers will call this a Matrix ripoff), the trailer features a few interesting action moments. But all in all, I was expecting more for acclaimed visual director Timur Bekmambetov, who is best known as the creator of the Night Watch series. This Wanted trailer will be attached to American Gangster on Friday, but watch it now below.
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