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Archive for July 2013 – Page 2

Man From UNCLE Casts Elizabeth Debicki As Its Karate Chopping Bad Girl

As I understand it, there will be two chief female roles in Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From UNCLE movie, one on the side of the good guys, the other with something of a mean streak.

From Variety‘s story on the casting of Elizabeth Debicki, it seems like she’d be the baddie:

Sources say she would likely play some sort of femme fatale role.

I guess Alicia Vikander will follow through on her negotiations to get the good girl role.

Debicki’s villainess has some serious karate chops, if you pardon the expression. I bet the actress is headed right into training now.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are set to take the two male leads – both good boy roles – with a couple of villain slots still to be filled. One of these will make for a double act with Debicki’s character and the other will be a Christoph Waltz-type with fondness for torture.

I was finding this film  far more interesting when Steven Soderbergh was directing from a Scott Burns script, but Debicki is definitely a check in the plus column. Her turn as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby was one of that picture’s less expected pleasures.

Man From UNCLE Casts Elizabeth Debicki As Its Karate Chopping Bad Girl

Watch Tony Jaa’s Action Packed Return In This Subtitled Trailer For Tom Yum Goong 2

There was a sales promo for Tom Yum Goong 2 floating around online a while ago and a proper trailer surfaced earlier this week but Sahamongkol Film International, the company that are producing and distributing the film, have just posted a subtitled version of that trailer online. The perfect excuse to catch up with it here.

A new film starring Tony Jaa makes it highly anticipated for me, but one that also stars Yanin “Jeeja” Vismistananda, is directed by Prachya Pinkaew and features action choreography from Panna Rittikrai? I think I may need a sedative.

The trailer does a great job of hyping up Jaa’s return after becoming a monk for a couple of years and also features some really tantalizing teases of some of the film’s action set pieces. Some of which are assisted by CGI and wire work. Something that’s a little out of the ordinary for Jaa.

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Tom Yum Goong 2 will be released in Thailand later this year, before presumably being repackaged, recut and re-scored for the West as The Protector 2.

Lets hope my cynicism is proved wrong though and some of the good guys get their hands on the rights and do this one right.

Watch Tony Jaa’s Action Packed Return In This Subtitled Trailer For Tom Yum Goong 2

Mystique Goes For The Throat In New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Image

Now that the ante has been stacked by yesterday’s new images and videos, Bryan Singer has had to really rise to the occasion with the latest of his Twitpics from the set of Days of Future Past.

That is her leg, isn’t it? And by “her” I mean Mystique. I’m not sufficiently an expert on Jennifer Lawrence’s pins to know if this is a stunt double or not.

Incidentally, I don’t know how many of you have seen The Wolverine yet but I’m curious about what sort of audience numbers are walking out before the mid-credits scene plays. It was almost everybody in the screening I went to.

Do people somehow still need to learn that superhero movies tend to come with credit button scenes? Or do they just not care?

Mystique Goes For The Throat In New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Image

Avatar 2 Getting A Touch Up By Sarah Connor Chronicles And Locke And Key’s Josh Friedman

Though her credit on the film doesn’t make it entirely clear, Avatar featured some screenplay work by Laeta Kalogridis alongside that of writer-director James Cameron. For the sequels – or at least first sequel – The Wrap are reporting that Cameron has called in Josh Friedman to lend a hand.

Friedman was the creator of the Terminator TV series Sarah Connor Chronicles and scripted the pilot of the abandoned Locke and Key series. He first became infamous, however, for a blog post made when he was offered work on Snakes on a Plane.

In that very post, interestingly enough, Friedman said:

Now I’m not a big rewrite guy and I do not love the ambulance chasing quality to script doctoring… I have done less than many but more than some and it’s been a while since I’ve been holier than thou about that part of the business.

I’ve heard some well-sourced rumours about Avatar 2 – specifically concerning how Sigourney Weaver would come back – but they’re not exactly fresh. I wonder how much Cameron’s premise might have evolved in the last year or two? And if Friedman’s input will be on that kind of scale at all, or just limited to character, “small beat” and dialogue work?

Incidentally, with Kalogridis as one of the co-writers on Terminator 5, there’s not a single screenwriter mentioned in this story who hasn’t, at one time or another, put words into the mouth of a Terminator.

Avatar 2 Getting A Touch Up By Sarah Connor Chronicles And Locke And Key’s Josh Friedman

First Trailer For Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter

The latest film from Vincenzo Natali, Haunter, will be in American cinemas and on VOD on the 18th of October and while there may be no UK release date set, the film will be playing FrightFest on the 23rd of August.

I’ll be sitting in the main screen at FrightFest to watch it and I strongly suspect Brendon will be right next to me. Vincenzo Natali is a filmmaker whose films are not to be missed.

Today saw the release, via The FilmStage, of the first trailer for the film and a new poster, which you can see at the head of this post.

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I think that final line most likely reveals a great deal about the story in The Haunter but I’m sure Natali has a lot more tricks and twists up his sleeve with this one.

First Trailer For Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter

Dean Haspiel, Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, Brandon Graham, Jeremy Bastian, John Cassaday, Jim Rugg, Becky Cloonan, Scott Morse, Camilla d’Errico, David Petersen, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo And Mark Buckingham Pay Tribute To Nemo

 

At San Diego Comic Con, IDW announced a new Little Nemo project, Return To Slumberland by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. But it’s not the only Little Nemo revival on the slate.

Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is a new project by Dean Haspiel, Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, Brandon Graham, Jeremy Bastian, John Cassaday, Jim Rugg, Becky Cloonan, Scott Morse, Camilla d’Errico, David Petersen, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo, Mark Buckingham and more, produced by Locust Moon, behind the Once Upon A Time Machine anthology from Dark Horse Comics last year, this one off project will be published as both a newspaper and a hardcover book at the full size of the original Little Nemo broadsheet pages (16″ x 21″).

Dean Haspiel, Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, Brandon Graham, Jeremy Bastian, John Cassaday, Jim Rugg, Becky Cloonan, Scott Morse, Camilla d’Errico, David Petersen, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo And Mark Buckingham Pay Tribute To Nemo

Ryan Kwanten Is Venom in Unofficial Short

If you've always dreamed of a Marvel movie shot as if it was a contemporary of Godard's Breathless, well... you're in luck. Today's winner in the unauthorized comic book short film lottery goes to True Blood star Ryan Kwanten and director Joe Lynch for their curious take on Spider-Man antagonist Eddie Brock, a.k.a. Venom. Take a look below, but as you might expect, the actual Venom appearance comes pretty late in the game:

Lynch also madeThe film comes from Adi Shankar, the same producer behind the Punisher short "Dirty Laundry" from last year with Thomas Jane. I'm not sure what these guys hope to accomplish with these things, but hey, whatever works for them.

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Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Vs. The Taliban In Lone Survivor

Smaller scaled but no less militaristic, Peter Berg‘s follow-up to Battleship is Lone Survivor, a “based on a true story” affair which follows some Navy SEALs into combat against the Taliban. Amongst the SEALs are Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch.

Here’s the trailer.

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The film is based on a memoir of the same name that comes with the following blurb. You may consider this to contain spoilers for the film version:

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

I do wonder how much of the film is going to focus on the pre-RPG events and how much on what comes after? Are we looking at something more like Act of Valor or 127 Hours?

Somewhat optimistically, Lone Survivor will get an Oscar qualifying platform release on December 27th before opening wide across the US on January 10th.

Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Vs. The Taliban In Lone Survivor

TRINITY WAR WEEKLY: Battle Lines Drawn, JUSTICE LEAGUE Factions Form

In our latest conversation with DC about TRINITY WAR, we talk about the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22 & CONSTANTINE #5.

TRINITY WAR WEEKLY: Battle Lines Drawn, JUSTICE LEAGUE Factions Form

In our latest conversation with DC about TRINITY WAR, we talk about the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22 & CONSTANTINE #5.