Monday, July 28, 2008

Wolverine Comic Con footage

Quick quick before it gets taken down... Have a look, care of AICN, at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine footage shown at comic con. It's in two parts and pretty damn cool.





The film will come out May 1st, 2009.
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Last Blood to the screen

This is a cool one definitely. The comic book Last Blood is being adapted for the screen by Family Guy showrunner David A Goodman. The premise of the comic is simple. Zombies have overrun the earth and the story follows a band of the few remaining humans as they try to survive and are protected by a group of vampires, who need live human blood to survive... Seems like a kinda sucky situation to be in, but I bet it makes for great storytelling.

You can read a bunch of the comic online for free. right here, and it looks pretty cool. More on this project as it develops.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cage is Knowing

Something about this trailer just doesn't grab me. I don't know what it is either... Maybe something about Nicolas Cage is throwing me off. I'll say I feel about as interested in Knowing as I did in Next, which is basically not at all. These are films I should be all over though. Watch the trailer,, maybe you'll see something in it I didn't.



If you want more, you can read AICN's con report of the Knowing panel. The movie is set to come out March 2009.
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Up teaser trailer

Disney has launched a teaser trailer for Pixar's next film. he movie is called Up, and if you'll remember Up is about a 78 year old widower, named Carl who decides to fulfill his wife's wish to travel the world. And so alongside a plucky 8 year old Wilderness Scout, named Russell goes on an adventure of unimagined proportions. Check out the teaser.



For more on the film, check out AICN's interesting interview with the director. Up comes out May 29th, 2009.
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W. trailer

Check it out while you can. Oliver Stone's new film W.



Is Stone back in his old political form once again? The movie comes out October 17th, 2008.
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Terminator Salvation poster

Care of Latino Review comes this sweet one sheet poster for Terminator Salvation. Looks awesome! Much better than that crappy image we saw from the Licensing Expo a while back.



And speaking of Terminator, here's a rundown of what happened at the Terminator panel at comic con. pretty cool stuff. I'm definitely ready to see more of this. Apparently the next new trailer will be shown in front of Quantum of Solace on Nov 7th, and the film itself comes out May 22nd, 2009.
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Two not for theater movie trailers

So in the effort to make sure you see all of the videos and trailers launched this week, be they comic con related or not here are the trailers for some movies that you won't see in theaters.

The first is for Afro Samurai: Resurrection, its going to air on Spike TV in January of '09. This is obviously a follow up to Spike's successful first season of Afro Samurai. The titular character is voiced by Sam Jackson, and Resurrection is slated to feature the additional talents of Lucy Liu and Mark Hamill. Of course the music is all still being done by RZA. The story for Resurrection is said to follow Liu's character as she tries to raise the Afro Samurai's father from the grave to lead an army of the undead. Check out the trailer below. It's pretty badass.



You know the more I look at this and the wiki page... I'm not actually sure this is a movie. I think it s actually a series. hmmm. Just not totally sure on that one. Although I suppose it doesn't really matter at this point. Oh well.

The next movie is for what I believe will be a direct to dvd release, Resident Evil: Degeneration. This is exactly what it seems, a full length animated film set in the Resident Evil world. Its an original story and stars a number of characters from the various different RE games. Check out the trailer.



Honestly, I'm down with it all until that last ridiculous monster shows up. Is that supposed to be scary?! No word on release date yet for us westerners. Before Xmas I'm sure though. Sigh... I'll see it I guess; I'm just not sure I'll like it.
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Two new tv show trailers

As I mentioned yesterday there are two new shows that had trailers debut online recently. The first is for Sam Raimi's new family friendly sword and sorcery show set to premiere on ABC this coming November 1st. The show is called Legend of the Seeker, although it was until very recently to be known as Wizards First Rule, and is based on a series of books by fantasy writer Terry Goodkind, titled The Sword of Truth series. Check out the trailer.



The other new trailer is for a show we all know and love.... ok maybe not love. The new Knight Rider is coming to series this Fall after a great turnout to view the backdoor pilot last season. Check out this new trailer for the show



Thrilling I know. I just love the busting through the logo at the end, its totally awesome. And definitely how Val Kilmer questions Micheal's sexuality; that's guaranteed laughs. :) The show will premiere on NBC, September 24th.
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Star Wars Clone Wars preview clip

Here is the new Star Wars Clone Wars clip that I was talking about yesterday. I think this give you a good sense of the pacing we can probably expect. And this is really what I know I want. Battles that take closer to real time, shots of Jedi deflecting a ton of lazer blasts, and innovative fighting styles. I also want plotting, don't get me wrong, but whoever said battles had to have no plot or development. There are stories within stories here, and I think this clip definitely exemplifies that.


You can watch this in HD at Yahoo Movies. And don't forget the Clone Wars movie comes out August 15th.
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TO2N footage found



Although these kinds of things generally are kept pretty well under wraps I guess someone did manage to film the TR2N footage shown at comic con. And now care of Dailymotion you can check it out for yourself. The footage isn't super clean and the camera work (cell phone maybe?) isn't all that steady, but its still pretty damn cool. Check it out before it's gone. But take note, AICN reports that this footage is actually NOT going to be in the long awaited sequel.


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Friday, July 25, 2008

A long list of quick hits

There is a lot of coverage on the San Diego Comic Con out there, but much of it is buried in panel reports and drawn out press events. Also the world has not stopped turning just because of the con. There is other cool entertainment news to be had as well. But I just don't have the time to write up posts about everything. So maybe a few quick hits are in order. I mean, theres a lot of cool stuff going on, I wouldn't want to miss it. And with that said here are a few quick stories or links for you.

According to THR, Leonardo DiCaprio and his Apian Way production company are looking to possibly make a series of movies out of old Twilight Zone stories. They've put the call out to writers for pitches.

Some descriptions of the 3 minutes of Tr2n footage that was screened at the con can be read here and here, with more follow up details at AICN. And just a note, the footage was NOT actually from the new movie.

Cartoon Network is developing 3 comic book titles into tv movies. The first is Firebreather, a story about a teenager growing up in a divorced family with a typical worrying mother, and a fire-breathing dragon for a father. The next is The Mice Templar, a book about templar mice, a prophecy, and oh so much more. When I was at Wizard World the creator gave me a full 5 minutes on the book after I guessed that it was probably just like Mouseguard... And the third is The Vanishers, about a fifth grader who travels through time to rescue his friends after they start disappearing from existence.

Bryan Singer is developing a feature based on the comic miniseries Freeedom Formula , a sci fi about a high speed illegal mecha racing circuit and the cost of freedom in a fascist techno-future. Seems reminiscent of IGPX with a bit of Akira.

You can watch the trailer to Afro Samurai: Ressurection at Spike TV right now, or read more about the show here.

You can watch a painfully bad clip with Paris Hilton singing from Repo! The Genetic Opera over at MTV right now.

An honestly pretty cool trailer for Sam Raimi's new family friendly tv show Legend of the Seeker (formerly Wizards First Rule) has landed online. The show is based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth book series, and premieres on ABC on Nov 1st, '08.

Kevin Feige said at the SDCC Marvel panel that FOX was waiting the see how well the Wolverine movie does before moving forward on the Silver Surfer solo film.

NBC has posted videos of their Knight Rider and Kings panels on their website. Also catch this new one minute KR trailer.

The will be NO Dinobots in Transformers 2 say the writers.

Care of IGN watch the trailer for the upcoming animated film Resident Evil: Degeneration. No word on a western release date yet.

MTV interviews The Rock on Shazam, and Sam Jackson on Nick Fury.

AICN has a review of what is apparently a terrible script rewrite on Escape From New York by Jonathan Mostow.

IESB has heard that The Rock may appear in the Johnny Quest film, as Race Bannon!

Watch almost 4 minutes of new footage from Star Wars Clone Wars right here on Yahoo!

MTV has a preview up for the upcoming direct to dvd Marvel animated film "Hulk vs Wolverine" and it is killer.

Read Comingsoon.net panel reports and coverage on The Spirit, Watchmen and here, Day The Earth Stood Still, Prince of Persia, The Wolfman,

Read AICN panel reports and coverage on Wolfman, Watchmen, Twilight, Wolverine, Batman: Brave and the Bold and here, and a non-con Star Trek report

Read Latino Review's reports on the Hasbro panel (G.I. Joe), the Fox panel (DTESS, Max Payne, Wolverine), Watchmen, Punisher WZ, The Spirit, Ninja Assassin, Star Wars, and a video interview for Red Sonja,

Read IESB.net's well written reports on Watchmen, Twilight, the Fox panel, the best Wolverine footage breakdown online, and video interviews on Wolverine, Max Payne, and DTESS

And that's about all I can handle for now. That's sure a ton of info, And there'll be even more tomorrow after the Saturday panels get going at Comic Con. It's kinda crazy, but very cool stuff overall. Anything in this list really stand out to you as awesome? In my opinion the Star Wars footage steals the show so far. I'll post it up on its own later this weekend. Until then, I'm off to bed.
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Badass new Punisher trailer

Holy crap. this new Punisher War Zone trailer shown at Comic Con is fucking badass. I mean seriously crazy badass. It is very violent, and cool. Like some old scratchy grindhouse splatter film. Care of IGN, check it out.



I really think I love it. None of this pansy bullshit like the last Punisher movie. I want people's heads exploding. Now thats quality entertainment... You can read more about the Comic Con panel and what the Producer and stars had to say here. But hey, not everyone likes this so it could be just me... Punisher War Zone hits theaters December 5th, '08.


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Barrowman as Captain America?

Another great rumor for you fine folks today. Yesterday at SDCC after a panel, the Torchwood star John Barrowman was reportedly asked if there was any chance he might be playing or interested in playing Captain America in the planned upcoming First Avenger: Captain America movie.

And funnily enough Barrowman wasn't surprised at all. Although I hadn't heard his name bandied about he would make a fine choice. Reportedly after the stock answer of how much he'd love to play a role like that, and that Captain America was always his favorite hero, he admitted that his agents have been in discussions on that very issue.

Seems a bit out of the blue, but I have to think other than his name not being super recognizable to most of America, he might be a very decent choice. And if Marvel wants to play their cards really right they might just want to pick some young actor who is not all that well known. While Robert Downey Jr can transcend his stardom to become Tony Stark, maybe especially because his personal public past is somewhat reflective of Stark's fictional one I can definitely see some at Marvel feeling that a lesser known name might work better for the epitome of all that embodies America. Barrowman is a very good actor, and while not exactly what I'd envisioned for the part, I haven't any doubt he's got the chops for the role. I just wonder in terms of look... I mean I know hes got the square jaw, but isn't he just a bit... pretty? Kinda like Rob Lowe maybe...



We'll see how and if anything develops from this meaty rumor.
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Feist counts to 4

Feist on Sesame Street. Happy Friday.


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Red Sonja poster

Well, apparently at San Diego Comic Con things are always happening. Today brings the first big day a few tidbits fell the way of the web for us mere mortals not lucky enough to be there. Like this sweet new poster for Red Sonja as seen over at MTV.



Or this cool Red Sonja t-shirt art seen from Comingsoon.



As I mentioned before, the film is set to star everyone's favorite machine gun legged hottie Rose McGowan, and will be produced under the watchful eye of Robert Rodriguez, and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski. Since no footage has been shot yet, all they had to reveal was this preliminary artwork. but McGowan and Rodriguez were on hand for question about the planned film.

While not too much new information came out of today's panel at SDCC, the one shiny piece of info that dropped is that Rodriguez is in early talks to produce the upcoming Conan movie as well. And that alongside Sonja and the planned Thulsa Doom, should really round out the universe extremely well.

Thulsa Doom is another Robert E Howard character, only not a barbarian warrior. Instead he is a dangerous necromancer, who we've actually seen on screen before as portrayed in his older years by James Earl Jones in Conan the Barbarian. But a new take on this character as well was recently announced as in the works, with Djimon Hounsous attached to produce and star.

So we've got three Robert E Howard characters from the same universe all converging to the big screen at around the same time? Must be kismet.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Alice cast?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Burton may have found his lead for the planned Burtonized Alice in Wonderland, in young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska.

Mia, who is in talks for the role, has started to make a name for herself on the show All Saints, and now HBOs In Treatment. Of course these are two shows I have never seen. But I've no doubt Burton wouldn't hire someone on who wasn't up to his caliber. Also, she recently wrapped playing a young Amelia Earhart to Hilary Swank in an upcoming biopic. So I think that we can safely say her star is on the rise.

I for one, can't wait to see what Tim Burton has in store for us with this one though. As previously reported the film will use new 3-D techniques, and be a combination of digital animated creature capture and live action. I fully expect something totally crazy.

Fingers crossed Burton delivers.
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Rocky Horror remake

Say it isn't so... oh sigh... MTV has signed a deal to remake the classic 1975 campy cult musical Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A couple of good things to note before being shaken and upset about more of your favorites being updated for the kids. The original executive producer Lou Adler is onboard the remake. And according to Variety the "Two-hour remake will use the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien (aka Riff Raff) but may also include music not featured in the original."

No word on casting or timeframe as of yet, but Adler has indicated that he'd like it to move quickly and says he'd "like to see it shown a year from this coming Halloween, but that's up to MTV,"

I really try to be open minded about remakes, but I really love The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I'm just not sure I can get behind this... Lets see who they cast and go from there.
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Max Payne posters

Care of Comingsoon, check out these sweet posters for Max Payne. The film looks like it might just be one of the very few movies based off a video game to really work. I know I am definitely excited for this one. And really cool posters to boot.





The second poster is very reminiscent of the video game cover art. That's a good touch. Look for the movie in theaters October 17th, 2008.
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Captain Blood remake

Variety is reporting that Aussie film director Philip Noyce is developing a remake of Captain Blood for Warner Brothers. Noyce is the man behind a number of cool and interesting films over the years ranging from way back with the awesome Dead Calm, to Patriot Games, and The Saint, to The Quiet American, and Catch a Fire, so really this is right up his alley.

For those of you, which I assume is most, who have not seen the Errol Flynn classic Captain Blood follows "a doctor wrongly sentenced to slavery in the Caribbean, where he and his comrades become avenging pirates."Okay... I admit it, I can't remember this film myself. I know I've seen it, but honestly Errol Flynn's film The Sea Hawk was always more my style, and of course Robin Hood, alongside Don Juan kind of overshadows his career. According to wikipedia though the film Captain Blood was a great success, and propelled what was probably the first Australian actor into stardom. The film was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1935 but didn't win. So this sounds like a pretty decent pedigree.

Where Noyce and Warner takes this who knows. Hopefully they'll find some rising young Aussie hotshot who just needs a big break. I look forward to it. A little swashbuckling is always fun.
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sexy violent copycat posters

Check this out. From a few days ago, as reported on AICN, the poster for True Blood. It's a new vampire series set to start September 7th on HBO, starring the lovely Anna Paquin.



The show according to wikipedia "details the fictional co-existence of vampires and humans in a small Louisiana town after Japanese-made synthetic blood – "TruBlood" – becomes available for purchase. Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a diner who falls in love with one of the vampires". Nice, eh?

But then out of the blue, care of Comingsoon, comes this teaser poster today for the new Megan Fox horror / thriller Jennifer's Body... ummm does that look familiar?



Do you think they really copied each other? Probably not. If fact I have a feeling neither of these posters is the first to use this imagery, but its kinda odd that they were both released within days of each other.

Of the two posters, my vote goes to Anna Paquin for being sexier. Sorry Megan, but thems the breaks. We'll probably get more on these projects as comic-con rolls into gear tomorrow.
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Day the Eath Stood Still posters

Care of Comingsoon, check out these posters from the new Day the Earth Stood Still film. The first is almost exactly like the one we saw a while back, but the second is all new and features everyone's most favorite lovable robot Gort.





I definitely have my doubts about this movie. but come December 12th, 2008 I suppose we'll all know one way or another...
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TF: Revenge of the Fallen logo

I suppose it's not a huge thing but the Transformers official movie website has been updated with a new splash page intro, featuring the logo art for the new film, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.



Too bad the rest of the website hasn't been updated yet, but its still a pretty cool film page, as those things go. I like it though. It reminds me that there's only a short 11 months to go before I get to see more robots in disguise. The film comes out June 26th, 2009.
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Hercules the movie

Good news people, Hercules is coming back to the big screen. I know, after you saw Hercules in New York, you thought 'how could they ever top that?' But I'm here to tell you they surely intend to. The honestly very talented director Peter Berg is reportedly in the process of bringing the demigod to the silver screen once again in what's sure to be a very fresh take. His concept is based of the recent Radical comic miniseries Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The comic is written by Steve Moore, who has a number of cool credits under his belt the script is being written by Ryan Condal, who also recently wrote a spec script for an Arthurian update on the story of Sir Galahad.

That said, the people behind the film want to stay true to the comic. Producer Barry Levine said "What resonated for them was that this was character driven, about a character who’s more man than god, with conflicts and redemption,"

According to Radical's wiki the story starts "Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their own reputation has become."

Sounds, like it could be a cool sort of a Hyperborean Dirty Dozen. Sort of... Anyhow, I think it could be very good. There really hasn't ever been a Hercules movie that's done the character justice, but this definitely stands a better chance than most.


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Magdalena movie

As reported yesterday in The Hollywood Reporter, the Top Cow comic book Magdalena is set to come to the big screen. In the tradition of all the best Top Cow comics, Magdalena features well proportioned scantily clad women fighting demons, so you just know its going to be fun ;)

Reportedly being set up by Valhalla Motion Pictures, Platinum Studios, and Top Cow productions, the film will star the lovely Janna Dewan and Luke Goss in the lead roles. "Dewan is set to play Patience, a woman who discovers that she's a part of the lineage of female warriors descended from Mary Magdalene who fight supernatural evil." and "Goss will play Kristof, an agent sent by the secret organization that has been the guardian of the lineage."

Sounds pretty cool to me. I've definitely seen the comic in stores from time to time, and despite the enticing cover I've always been more drawn to Fathom, or Witchblade when it comes down to this kind of thing. I think really I just never got into that religious kink. Anyhow, it still seems like a cool project. Check out this cover for the book.



We should hear a bit more about this project soon, as the actors are slated to appear at the Top Cow panel at comic con this week. Fun times.
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3 new films

Woah, its another one of those combining posts... I know, crazy. But with Comic Con coming up Thursday, we all need to save our strength where we can. And these are three projects that all could be cool, but very well might not.

Firstly, according to Variety, Summit Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Virgin Comics graphic novel The Leaves. The story, being brought to the screen by the comic writer Kevin J Walsh, is said to revolve around "a New York doctor who travels to Mumbai, India, for a friend's funeral and meets an Indian fortune-teller who identifies him as the man who will bring about the apocalypse." I have to say, that sounds kinda cool.

The next film news to come out today, as also reported by Variety, has that Columbia has decided on Walt Becker to direct Stealing Time. "The story revolves around three generations of men who embark on a worldwide quest to uncover the secrets of an ancient device known as the Antikythera Mechanism, which may be the key component to making time travel possible." well that if anything, sounds like a wild romp. Maybe a little National Treasure I think. Although I sure hope they do find the time travel key, or man this would be a totally dull film. Walt Becker is the man, the legend really, behind Wild Hogs... nuff said.

The final film project that was announced though has the biggest name too. Bryan Singer has reportedly signed on to produce, and maybe direct a new movie called Capeshooters. The story is about "two slackers become paparazzi who specialize in shooting covert videos of superheroes find themselves on the run after they stumble onto evidence that a revered superhero is actually a villain." Now with Bryan Singer at the helm I just know this is going to have a solid sense of humor to it. Should be fun if it actually comes together.

Any thoughts? Comments? leave them below. For my money this is all good news.Especially if Capeshooters gets off the ground. We'll see though, more on all these flicks and everything else as it develops.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Two films get directors

At least probably...

The first director in question, and the most reliably confirmed in the job is veteran Battlestar Galactica director Michael Rymer who as Variety reports is set to direct the Witchblade movie. Rymer, best known as a tv director, he actually just wrapped shooting the pilot of the upcoming show Revolution, has a few films under his belt like Queen of the Damned and Perfume: the story of a murderer. I have to wonder what kind of moody, atmosphere he will bring to the table with The Withcblade. It does seem like a good fit though. He seems like someone familiar with the unusual sides of storytelling, and if anything Witchblade strikes me as a project you'd want to approach... sideways.

The next report, strikes me as a bit rumory still, although since he's only reported to be "in talks" I suppose its not a huge deal either way. Although if confirmed it definitely will be. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that avant garde filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, in talking with MGM to take the helm on the Robocop movie! And whats more they are also reporting that Robocop will be a sequel, set in Los Angeles (not Detroit) 20 years since the original Robocop program has been terminated, and the film takes off as the city decides to reinstate the program. Crazy eh? I mean, can you really see the man behind Pi, Requiem For a Dream, and The Fountain making a Robocop film. I think it would have to be completely batshit crazy in a totally awesome way. you know? I say this is honestly stellar news for fans. Aronofsky should jump on this project. It'd be something that he could really sink some fangs into.

So that's all for now on this front. I'm stoked about both of these movies, and directors means progress, which is always good. Maybe we can start getting some casts together too. Now that's something I'll be looking forward to. Until then, we'll have to wait. Maybe we'll get something more out of comic con, I know I hope so.

UPDATE - its been confirmed now, Darren Aronofsky will direct Robocop based on a script by David Self. The film will also reportedly have a budget in the ^100 million range. sweet :)
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Caprica trailer

Just aired a few days ago at the TV Critics Association press tour, care of sci fi wire here is the trailer for the new highly anticipated prequel series to Battlestar Galactica, Caprica.



The series is scheduled to start airing on Sci Fi channel this December.
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Watchmen animated comic

You know, I kind of go back and forth on the whole animated comics thing. The process of bringing comics to semi animated life, usually for an online audience, really works sometimes, see Broken Saints, or The Maxx tv series, and other times it just ends up looking like that horrible 70s style Thundarr the Barbarian, Xerox based technology animation. Most often you end up with something that kinda mostly works, like the Marvel dotcomics. And such is case with the new Watchmen animated comic, Chapter 1 of which has just launched on iTunes for FREE.

Despite not totally working at times for all the expected reasons. What I love about this, is that it makes The Watchmen comic book even more accessible to people who might not want to read the actual comic book. It doesn't short change the comic. I definitely recommend you check it out, whether you love the book, or have never read it, you'll definitely get a bit of a sense why this comic is so renowned. And it avoids all that messy and tiresome reading aspect of reading :) besides, the voice cast is excellent. Check it out HERE.

While you're downloading you comic, have a look at this very nice pinup artwork of Sally Jupiter, as seen in the recent Watchmen trailer, care of Comingsoon.net.



Very nice. The Live action Watchmen movie hits theaters March 6th, 2009.
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ZMD to the screen

Now this just sounds like a good, wholesome film project. Benderspink, the production company behind such gems as The Butterfly Effect, and Kyle XY, has picked up the film rights to Red Five comic's book ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction.

Doesn't that name just kind of say it all...

Ok a bit more about the story. The new comic is running aas a six issue miniseries and can be described thusly "Air-dropped into the deadliest hot zones, the walking dead of "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" indiscriminately infect every last warring insurgent -- on either side of the conflict. Specifically engineered to be photosensitive, once enemy infection becomes complete by dawn, both the originals and newly created zombies dissolve as a means to control widespread and accidental zombification. This allows live soldiers to enter and safely occupy the now-combatant-free territory. However, this plan takes a deadly turn when one of the U.S. zombies, dubbed -- Zombie Zero -- fails to dissolve at the expected time, and begins to wreak havoc in the Middle East by creating others like him. This leads the U.S. military brass to send in a special operative to quietly take out Zombie Zero and his minions before their existence becomes known to the rest of the world."

The comic is written by Underworld creator Kevin Grevioux. No word on timeframe, but the fact that this kind of a project even is in development is a good sign. Zombie movies kinda rule, so I'm all for this.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

24 Exile trailer

Fresh from /Film check out the trailer for the 2 hour tv movie, 24 Exile. Sounds like the narration voice over is a temp track... Since I'd heard this was supposed to air at Comic Con later this week, this is probably just an early leak. Check it out though.




The 2 hours action extravaganza will air on November 28th on FOX, and will reportedly lead directly into the events of season seven of 24 set to begin airing in full next January.
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

new Dragonball poster

Care of Comingsoon, its a new international poster for the upcoming Dragonball movie. This time we find Goku in his traditional orange ghi, apparently holding a dragonball.



Meh, I just don't know about this whole thing... I'll try to reserve final judgment at least until I see a trailer though. Anyhow, the movie is set to come out May 13th, 2009.
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Heroes season 3 trailer

Check out this sweet trailer for the next season of Heroes.



The show returns on September 22nd.

UPDATE - Kristen Bell has confirmed that she will be reprising her role of electricity shooting Elle for a multi-episode arc in Heroes season 3.
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SDCC preview pics

EW.com, has a good little photo feature on next weeks comic con in San Diego, featuring some 28 photos. I'd recommend you browse through all their pics here. These are previews of pics and posters that should show up next week but are hitting the webernets a bit early.

The two that stand out the most to me are Christian Bale as John Connor from Terminator Salvation, and Korean pop sensation Rain covered in blood from the set of the Wachowskis bros film, Ninja Assassin. Very nice.





Check out more at the EW preview page, including a pic from the upcoming Enders Game comic book.
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new Star Trek poster, is that all?

Here is the new poster for the J.J. Abrams epic, Star Trek. Personally I'm really not such a big fan...



The poster will reportedly be divided into four distinct one sheets and given out at SDCC next week. These 4 sections of the above poster can also now be found as Wallpaper, along with Icon sized representations too, at the slightly revamped official website. Just check out the Downloads section.

Meh... I'll wait to see what JJ says at the panel.
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Body of Lies trailer

Care of LR, and from director Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio, comes Body of Lies.



Alright. Seems like it could be a good film. All the pieces are sure in place for something fantastic. Let's hope it delivers.

Oh and speaking of DiCaprio, rumors are building that he may be set to star alongside, the also rumored, Brad Pitt in Quenten Tarantino's new 4 hour badass WWII epic Inglorious Bastards. More on that as it comes.

As for Body of Lies, its set to hit theaters on October 10th, 2008.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Watch Dr. Horrible NOW

I know I just mentioned this a few short days ago, but now that the third and final act of Dr. Horrible's Sin-Along Blog has launched you only have a super limited time to watch the show before its gone.

Don't know about Dr Horrible? Well its a 3 act short film totaling about 40 minutes combined. It stars NPH as Dr Horrible, and Nathan Fillion as his arch nemesis the heroic Captain Hammer. It was written and directed on the cheap by Buffy creator Joss Whedon and it is a sweet, fun, pretty awesome little story. The entire thing will be officially taken offline at midnight on Sunday July 20th. Want to know why? read this. Watch it at www.drhorrible.com.



BTW, I really did not think it would end like that, did you?
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Emmy nominations 2008

Nominations for the Emmy awards have been announced and I have to say I'm impressed. A number of the edgier extended cable networks have nominations. Shows that do not easily fit into the traditional big 3 or 4 cable skews have some really decent representation. Obviously the big one that's impressing me is Mad Men, who scored 16 nominations, but to also to see Damages, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and even Flight of the Conchords represented is very cool.

Here are the nominations as always with my personal picks for the winners in Red.


Emmy Nominees: 2008

Best Series, Drama
'Boston Legal'
'Damages'
'Dexter'
'House'
'Lost'
'Mad Men'

Best Series, Comedy
'30 Rock'
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
'Entourage'
'The Office'
'Two And A Half Men'

Best Actor, Drama
James Spader - 'Boston Legal'
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad'
Michael C. Hall - 'Dexter'
Hugh Laurie - 'House'
Gabriel Byrne - 'In Treatment'
Jon Hamm - 'Mad Men'

Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin - '30 Rock'
Tony Shalhoub - 'Monk'
Lee Pace - 'Pushing Daisies'
Steve Carell - 'The Office'
Charlie Sheen - 'Two And A Half Men'

Best Actress, Drama
Sally Field - 'Brothers & Sisters'
Glenn Close - 'Damages'
Mariska Hargitay - 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
Holly Hunter - 'Saving Grace'
Kyra Sedgwick - 'The Closer'

Best Actress, Comedy
Tina Fey - '30 Rock'
Christina Applegate - 'Samantha Who?'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine'
America Ferrera - 'Ugly Betty'
Mary-Louise Parker - 'Weeds'

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
William Shatner - 'Boston Legal'
Ted Danson - 'Damages'
Zeljko Ivanek - 'Damages'
Michael Emerson - 'Lost'
John Slattery - 'Mad Men'

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Candice Bergen - 'Boston Legal'
Rachel Griffiths - 'Brothers & Sisters'
Chandra Wilson - 'Grey's Anatomy'
Sandra Oh - 'Grey's Anatomy'
Dianne Wiest - 'In Treatment'

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Kevin Dillon = 'Entourage'
Jeremy Piven - 'Entourage'
Neil Patrick Harris - 'How I Met Your Mother'
Rainn Wilson - 'The Office'
Jon Cryer - 'Two And A Half Men'

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth - 'Pushing Daisies'
Jean Smart - 'Samantha Who?'
Amy Poehler - 'Saturday Night Live'
Holland Taylor - 'Two And A Half Men'
Vanessa Williams - 'Ugly Betty'

Best Reality-Competition Program
'American Idol'
'Dancing With The Stars'
'Project Runway'
'The Amazing Race'
'Top Chef'

Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Ryan Seacrest - American Idol'
Tom Bergeron - 'Dancing With the Stars'
Howie Mandel - 'Deal or No Deal'
Heidi Klum - 'Project Runway'
Jeff Probst - 'Survivor'

Best Made for Television Movie
'A Raisin in the Sun'
'Bernard and Doris'
'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale'
'Recount'
'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series
'Late Show With David Letterman'
'Real Time With Bill Maher'
'Saturday Night Live'
'The Colbert Report'
'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'

Best Miniseries
'Cranford (Masterpiece Theatre)'
'John Adams'
'The Andromeda Strain'
'Tin Man'

Best Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Phylicia Rashad - 'A Raisin in the Sun'
Catherine Keener - 'An American Crime'
Susan Sarandon - 'Bernard and Doris'
Dame Judi Dench - 'Cranford (Masterpiece Theatre)'
Laura Linney - 'John Adams'

Best Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Ralph Fiennes - 'Bernard and Doris'
Ricky Gervais - 'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale'
Paul Giamatti - 'John Adams'
Kevin Spacey - 'Recount'
Tom Wilkinson - 'Recount'

Best Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Audra McDonald - 'A Raisin in the Sun'
Eileen Atkins - 'Cranford (Masterpiece Theatre)'
Ashley Jensen - 'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale'
Alfre Woodard - 'Pictures of Hollis Woods (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation)'
Laura Dern - 'Recount'

Best Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
David Morse - 'John Adams'
Stephen Dillane - 'John Adams'
Tom Wilkinson - 'John Adams'
Denis Leary - 'Recount'
Bob Balaban - 'Recount'

Best Directing, Drama Series
Arlene Sanford, 'Boston Legal'
Vince Gilligan, 'Breaking Bad'
Allen Coulter, 'Damages'
Greg Yaitanes, 'House'
Alan Taylor, 'Mad Men'

Best Directing, Comedy Series
Michael Engler, '30 Rock'
Dan Attias, 'Entourage'
James Bobin, 'Flight of the Conchords'
Barry Sonnenfeld, 'Pushing Daisies'
Paul Lieberstein, 'The Office'
Paul Feig, 'The Office'

Best Directing, Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Bob Balaban, 'Bernard and Doris'
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, 'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale'
Tom Hooper, 'John Adams'
Jay Roach, 'Recount'
Mikael Salomon, 'The Company'

Best Directing, Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Louis J. Horvitz, '80th Annual Academy Awards'
Lonny Price, 'Company (Great Performances)'
Don Roy King, 'Saturday Night Live'
Jim Hoskinson, 'The Colbert Report'
Chuck O'Neil, 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'

Best Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program
Jon Stewart - '80th Annual Academy Awards'
David Letterman - 'Late Show With David Letterman'
Don Rickles - 'Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project'
Tina Fey - 'Saturday Night Live'
Stephen Colbert - 'The Colbert Report'

Best Writing, Comedy Series
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Jack Burditt, '30 Rock'
James Bobin, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, 'Flight of the Conchords'
Bryan Fuller, 'Pushing Daisies'
Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, 'The Office'

Best Writing, Drama Series
Michael Angeli, 'Battlestar Galactica'
Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, 'Damages'
Matthew Weiner, 'Mad Men'
Matthew Weiner and Robin Veith, 'Mad Men'
David Simon and Ed Burns, 'The Wire'

Best Writing, Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Hugh Costello, 'Bernard and Doris'
Heidi Thomas, 'Cranford (Masterpiece Theatre)'
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, 'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale'
Kirk Ellis, 'John Adams'
Danny Strong, 'Recount'

Best Writing, Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
'Late Night With Conan O'Brien'
'Late Show With David Letterman'
'Saturday Night Live'
'The Colbert Report'
'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'


So I guess you can really see where my allegiances lie there :) Read more about this years Emmy's at the official website, or on AOLs very well constructed Emmy Page. I'm actually looking forward to watching this one. The Emmys will air September 21st on ABC.
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Watchmen trailer

Hooray for us. Its a big big day for us because the WATCHMEN trailer has dropped online. As a fan of the comic I'm not sure how people new to the property will react to the trailer. For me, it plays fantastically. I really love this trailer. Its awesome in so many ways. But then again, I know where pretty much everything I see in that trailer happens in the film. I think as an outsider you'll still think is a cool trailer, but I don't know that it really explains what the movie is actually about. Watch the trailer though, and tell me what you think.



I'm really stoked to see how great everything and everyone looks in the movie. Dr Manhattan especially looks just awesome. And that end shot on Mars! wow! just awesome.

If you want, you can watch the trailer in HD over at the Apple trailer page, also check out the official page for a bunch of nifty updates on the film. And finally, the July 25th issue of Entertainment Weekly has a cover story on the new movie which you can preview, alongside a bunch of new photos from the film, at www.EW.com.

As you should know by now, Watchmen comes out March 6th, 2009.
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Iron Man toon trailer and movie writer

In various Iron Man news today, Marvel has launched the trailer for the new cartoon series, subtitled Armored Adventures. The trailer is definitely not what I was expecting. It finds us with a teenaged Tony Stark fighting crime with the help of his high school buddies Jim Rhodes and Pepper Potts. Very odd. Also the animation is a bit, stylized I guess is a word for it. It actually reminds me a bit of the 2003 Spider-Man series made by MTV. Check out the trailer HERE.

Interesting eh? I'm not totally sold on it, but I'll definitely give it a chance when it shows up on Nickelodeon next Spring. Marvel has a bit of a feature online about the new series and its direction that you might find interesting as well. I'll definitely grant that the design for The Mandarin is superb. I think for now I'm just a bit put off with the teenage Tony Stark. Maybe I just need time for it to grow on me.

Onto the next movie, while a deal with director Jon Favreau is still pending, Iron Man 2 now officially has a writer on board. Tropic Thunder scribe, Justin Theroux has been hired on to pen the script. And if Marvel intends it to have this ready to shoot and have in theaters by 2010 Theroux better get to work really quick. And while we don't know what the plot specifically will be about, rumor at the moment suggest something along the Demon in a Bottle storyline. Ultimately though, we'll have to wait and see. Still, this is good news.
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The T-800

In another bit of Terminator Salvation news, we now reportedly have a new T-800. That was the model played so aptly be Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original films. It's also been a bit of a worry for fans as to how the new planned trilogy would deal with the lack of a Govenator. Well our fears should be allayed now, because Austrian actor and bodybuilder Roland Kickinger has been cast in the role.

Does he look like Arnold you ask? Well not exactly, but he's honestly not too far off, and maybe more importantly he's got the chops to pull off Arnold without overdoing it. You see, he has experience... Kickinger played Arnold in an A&E biopic called See Arnold Run. Check out this video of Kickinger in action.



For more on the man that would be Arnold, check out Kickinger's website. I think this should work out well. I know after seeing that teaser, I'm definitely getting more excited. I just hope in the next trailer we'll get a little more Sam Worthington.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Terminator Salvation teaser trailer

Wow. This is a great trailer for Terminator Salvation. It's just a great tease because it gets me so pumped up. It shows you something, in fact a number of somethings, but what exactly is hard to tell. And its different than the description that leaked a little while ago. Watch for yourself and decide what you think.



I think that's pretty sweet. The shot of Bale in the fatigues, everything dusty and crumbling, the big explosion in the middle, the boot walking over the skull, and of course that great punch at the end. I mean WTF was that machine?! Whatever it was it kicks ass!

The one note I have though, is since tag line in the ad is "The End Begins", does that mean we're definitely not going to see "the Future Begins" anywhere anymore? I mean you can't have both those tags right?

Terminator Salvation opens in theaters May 22nd, 2009.
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Outlander trailer

And here we have yet again, another movie that totally seems to have snuck up on me, Outlander. It's sci fi meets medieval, or maybe medieval is wrong, they're really more like LOTR vikings meeting a Pitch Black reject on a quest to kill the Predator. Yeah thats it... just watch the damn trailer.



The movie seems pretty cool eh? I know I'll be interested to see how it plays out. Hopefully not too predictable. No American release date yet, but I suspect we'll find out more on that soon too.
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New Clone Wars posters

Care of IESB, check out these great new posters for Clone Wars. I love how the colors just pop off these. Very very nice.





The 'feature film' portion of the new tv series will debut on the big screen this August 15th.
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Plastic Man rumor

Over at CHUD they recently reported on what they admittedly call a rumor. Granted that rumor came second hand from uber producer Joel Silver himself. Apparently he was on German radio talking mostly about Ninja Assassin, and he brought up the plan for the Wachowski's to follow up Ninja Assassin, and really more importantly the under-seen Speed Racer, with a film version of the DC hero Plastic Man.

Plastic Man, aka Patrick Eel' O'Brien, was a once a petty criminal, but after a botched robbery at a chemical plant caused him to fall into a vat of some kind of horrible Chemical X; Eel gained the power to amazingly stretch his body. Since then he has reformed his ways, and become something of a comical hero. Despite often being written as an excuse for Gumbification and goofy antics, the character has a good heart, and can be written very well. Anyone who's read Mark Waid's excellent JLA run, from the 90s with the Tower of Babel story followed by the Cathexis story will know that. And we know that the Wachowskis are fans of the character, having actually already written a script for the film.

The other big piece to this puzzle though is that reportedly Keanu Reeves is in talks to take on the leading role. Crazy I know, but they do already have a good working relationship and somehow I could see them pitching a mostly goofy stretchy superhero to Keanu and making headway.

Could be real, could just turn out to be rumor. Interesting nonetheless.


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