Friday, 17 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
"The mind is its own place, and in itself, Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n." Swift the light turns darkest, and post-trailers, The action will appear, through your 3D glasses.
We all know how Milton's epic literary masterpiece Paradise Lost goes - Lucifer tries to overthrow heaven, then sells the rights to make a 3D action movie out of it. That's what Legendary Pictures are thinking. They've even brought on I, Robot director Alex Proyas to help them do it.
Adapted by Byron Willinger, Phillip de Blasi and finally Stuart Hazeldine, there was a Paradise movie being developed at Warner Bros. with The Day the Earth Stood Still's Scott Derrickson. But now that's been replaced with Warner's co-financed Proyas production, which will happen after the Dark City director has finished Dracula Year Zero with Sam Worthington.
It's a good thing they've at least got the Dark City director on board. After all, he knows a thing or two about constructing fantastical landscapes. And he last brought us Knowing, which had a suitably crackpot religious ending.
Legendary boss Thomas Tull is placing a lot of emphasis on this - expect aerial action sequences and lots of epic battles between Michael and Lucifer. In 3D. Because that's what Paradise Lost is all about folks. The 3D.
New Megamind Character Artwork
Monday, 13 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Remember that Megamind trailer that turned up on Apple last week? Well now we have it here, along with a bunch of shiny new character stills.
Dreamworks' superhero animation sees evil alien orphan Megamind (Will Ferrell) constantly at war with the well-off butch flying orphan known as Metro Man (Brad Pitt). But when Megamind finally triumphs over his arch nemesis, the cape is on the other foot. Along with the rest of the tightly-fitting spandex clothing.
Enter Tighten (Jonah Hill), a new rival made by Megamind when his blue-headed life gets a little too lonely. Naturally, the two battle over the fate of Metro City, while a journalist played by Tina Fey runs around avoiding the carnage and destruction.
Full of CGI haircuts, shiny outfits, and - erm - giant robots with fish bowls for heads (that's David Cross, by the way), Megamind hits cinemas on Friday 3rd December. You can check out the new trailer over here, or read on for the full range of banners.
New Megamind Trailer Online
Friday, 10 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
You're most likely aware of who/what Megamind is, but in case you're not up to speed on Dreamworks' new animation, this new trailer will help.
An alien orphan sent to Earth when his planet is destroyed, Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is a happy, healthy flying person. Raised by a rich family, he soon grows up to become the superhero protector of Metro City.
Megamind (Will Ferrell), on the other hand, crash lands in a prison. Raised by inmates and sporting a massive blue forehead, he soon turns to the evil life of all-powerful supervillain. But then, when he finally incapacitates Metro Man and destroys his powers, Megamind finds victory to be, well, kind of lonely.
Enter reporter Roxanne (Tina Fey), who tags along when the city falls under attack from new villain Titan (Jonah Hill), leaving Megamind to try and save the day.
Sporting tight-fitting spandex and a sidekick voiced by David Cross (he actually speaks in this trailer), Megamind is shaping up to be an amusing animated outing - the invisible car gag alone is pretty decent.
Megamind takes over cinemas on Friday 3rd December. The trailer's online over at Apple - we should have it for you soon.
Toy Story Tops Titanic's Box Office Record
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Toy Story has topped Titanic to become the second highest grossing movie in UK Box Office history.
In a week where the Eli Roth-produced horror The Last Exorcism hit number one with £1.1m, Pixar's animated masterpiece stayed firm at number three in the charts, taking home £934k.
That figure was higher than new release The Switch (Jennifer Aniston's spermy rom-com) and Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs the World - a film which joins Toy Story 3 as one of the standouts of 2010. Unlike Woody and pals, though, that dropped 56% to take only £702k in its second week.
Now in its seventh week of release, Toy Story 3 continues to boast strong family appeal. It's now amassed a current total of £69,878,376. That just beats Titanic, which grossed £69.2m the UK.
Way ahead at the top of the all-time UK Box Office chart, of course, is Avatar. James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic has taken a total of £93.4m.
With Avatar on re-release in the UK and Toy Story still in the top end of the weekly takings, expect both of those figures to keep climbing. Although don't expect too much from Avatar - it only got £274k this week. Which was less than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And Marmaduke.
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Pixar Publish Newt Artwork
Monday, 06 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
With Toy Story 3 lighting up the UK box office, it's easy to forget about Pixar's other projects on the go. It's even easier to forget about the ones they cancel. Luckily for us, though, they've decided to publish some of the artwork behind a recent ill-fated animation, Newt.
The story of a lonely newt (with blue feet) who faces extinction, it would have seen our endangered hero attempting to keep his species going through a breeding programme - despite the reluctance of the last remaining female, Brooke.
Shut down in May, Newt was going to be the feature debut of director Gary Rydstrom - in-house sound guru and director of previous short, Lifted. Pixar haven't revealed why Newt was shut down, but they have done something even rarer: given their fans a chance to see what might have been.
The full-range of beautiful artwork is online at Pixar's Facebook page, but you can read on to sample a few of the most colourful pieces.
Canton and Cameron Share Piranha 3D Bloodbath
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Following his happy reaction to Piranha 3D's box office performance and plans for a sequel, producer Mark Canton has found himself in bloody waters. Not due to killer fish or Kelly Brook, but thanks to Pandora's chief 3D spokesman, James Cameron.
The Avatar director, who previously slammed Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland for their sloppy post-conversion work, turned his powers of the dark side onto Piranha 3D during his Avatar press tour.
He told Vanity Fair: "It's exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the '70s and '80s, like Friday The 13th 3D."
Outraged by Cameron's derogatory comments, Canton retorted by citing Piranha 3D's 82% Rotten Tomatoes rating and the fun experience audiences are having in the cinemas - including filmmakers such as JJ Abrams.
"Mr. Cameron, who singles himself out to be a visionary of movie-making, seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own," the producer wrote to journalists. "It is amazing that in the movie-making process - which is certainly a team sport - Cameron consistently celebrates himself as though he is a team of one."
Cameron, who started his career with a brief directorial stint on 1981's Piranha Part 2: The Spawning, reiterated his belief in the current "renaissance" of 3D cinema. Referring to both Disney's Tron and Martin Scorsese's 3D project, he dismissed Piranha 3D as "bottom of the barrel".
Canton concluded by describing Cameron's comments as "ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric."
Avatar (Special Edition) was re-released in UK cinemas in 3D last week and contains eight additional minutes of new footage.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Friday, 27 August 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Keiran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber
This is Scott Pilgrim (Cera). Scott Pilgrim’s precious little life involves computer games, sleeping and not much else. Unless you count his band, Sex Bob-Omb. They suck. Scott lives with his gay roommate Wallace Wells (Culkin) and is dating a high schooler called Knives Chau (Wong). She’s Chinese. Then one day into his head rollerblades the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Winstead). And every adolescent boy knows exactly what that means: awkward chat-up lines, making out and some serious Street Fighter action.
Adrien Brody Is Fox's Mr Fantastic?
Monday, 23 August 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
While X-Men: First Class continues its constant feed of news, Fox are also looking at their other Marvel franchise: Fantastic Four. More specifically, they're looking at Mr Fantastic. And more specifically than that, they're looking at Adrien Brody.
Looking to restart the series after the last two movies, Fox are keen to find themselves someone talented for the role of Reed Richards, the boffin who goes all stretchy when Science Goes Wrong. Brody, who just worked on Fox's Predators and was in the recent Splice, is picking up a range of projects at the moment, so could easily be interested in a superhero outing (some would argue it's bound to happen sooner or later). Brody is also in competition with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, whose turn in the recent From Paris with Love got the actor onto the studio's shortlisht.
There's no word on a title yet, although "Fantastic Four Reborn" has apparently been ruled out. The only other detail floating about is that The Thing will be completely CGI this time (a shame, because the make-up on Michael Chiklis was actually quite good).
Alice Eve and Amber Heard have also been touted as contenders for Sue Storm, aka Mrs Fantastic, but it's hard to feel excited about the prospect of a whole new Fantastic Four franchise. On the one hand, I feel sorry for Ioan Gruffud. On the other, I'm still trying to wipe all traces of Rise of the Silver Surfer from my brain.
New Trailer for Avatar Re-Release. Plus a Sex Scene.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
With Avatar Special Edition edging ever closer, we've now got ourselves a second trailer to get our juices flowing. Including the original trailers, this is probably close to our 20th video preview of Pandora, but here's some news to really get you turned on: the Na'avi sex scene will be included.
Not in the trailer, you understand, but in the extended footage reintroduced into the movie - Avatar's re-release promises fans an extra eight minutes of "never-before-seen" material. A very tiny fragment of those minutes will see Jake and Neytiri getting their blue freak on.
"It's been restored, every last frame of it," Cameron told MTV recently. "Seriously. I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations, it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it."
Cameron originally commented: "Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we’re making that possible."
Now audiences can stay there longer and also see digital 3D foreplay. Will you be going back to cinemas to see Pandora on the big screen again? Check out the new trailer below and let us know your thoughts.
Avatar Special Edition is released on Friday 27th August.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 Written by Chris Keane
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Teresa Palmer
Nicolas Cage in a big wig and pointy black shoes, what could go wrong? Quite a lot, actually. The opening montage sets us up to follow Balthazar Blake (Cage), whose quest, bestowed upon him by his master Merlin, is to find the Prime Merlinian - the only person who can defeat Morgana (evil woman) permanently, i.e. not just trap her in a Matryoshka doll, which is what Blake has done. But Horvath (Molina), a fellow apprentice of Merlin, is out to stop Balthazar and aims to unleash Morgana on the world. Naughty.