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The Bourne… Redundancy?

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

It seems to be official that a 4th Bourne film is already in the works. Which is quite suprising given the fact that almost everyone involved with the first three films swore blind that Ultimatum would be the last. But I suppose that’s what happens when a trilogy makes almost $1 billion at the box office.

At this point the 4th installment is still unnamed (although Paul Greengrass joked about a 4th installment as The Bourne Redundancy… this was before a 4th film was seriously considered) but Matt Damon has definitely signed on to reprise his role of Jason Bourne. It’s also clear that the film will not be based on a Robert Ludlum book (as the first three were) and so an original script is planned, with whispers of a pre-quel storyline.

Whichever way it goes I’m happy, in fact I just bought the first three films on DVD. It’s a kick ass series, with lots of action and not too much dialogue… the way films should be.

Christopher Nolan to Oversee Superman Reboot

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Christopher Nolan is a genius, we all know it. And after having resurrecting the Batman franchise, and making The Dark Knight the most successful superhero film of all time, Warner now want Nolan to oversee the reboot of the Superman franchise.

No one really knows what’s going on at this point. Even the Warner execs don’t know where the film will go, but apparently they’re acting like Batman Begins never happened. In the words of an unamed source “We know what we don’t want to do. But we don’t know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time.”

Nolan will (almost certainly) not be directing or writing the film, but will rather play the role of supreme commander i.e. picking who writes and directs, overseeing the story, filming and production. It’s a tough role, but no doubt Nolan is the kind of guy who can pull it off. I just think it’s pretty incredible that Warner have no given him control of two of the biggest superhero franchises in history.

The Last Airbender

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

M. Night Shymalan is at it again. His latest film The Last Airbender is based on the first season of the highly successful animated television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, influenced by Asian art, mythology and various martial arts fighting styles.

The film stars Noah Ringer as Aang, a reluctant hero who prefers adventure over his job as the Avatar. Aang, and his friends Katara and Sokka journey to the North Pole to find a Waterbending master to teach Aang and Katara the secrets of the craft. At the same time, Fire Lord Ozai, the current Fire Lord of the Fire Nation, is waging a seemingly endless war against the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, and the already vanquished Air Nomads.

It all seems a bit complicated to me. And after M. Night’s recent bad run of form I was a little skeptical. But after checking out the trailer (see here) I’ll give it a chance, after all I am totally for those fantasy, super power, elemental type films.

Mission Impossible 4 – Can it get any harder?

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I was reading a few websites earlier and came across an article on Mission Impossible 4. One of them was just too funny, so I’m going to have to quote a bit here:

“Last we heard from anyone, including J.J. Abrams, the plan for Mission: Impossible 4 was to have him and Tom Cruise on board as producers, but neither more involved in the movie than that. Whether the Church of Scientology is demanding more tithes or Suri just needs a new wardrobe, things have changed– Paramount has announced that Cruise has signed on to play Ethan Hunt one more time.”

That’s funny right? Anyway, filming will start in June or July of this year for a release date of May 2011. They haven’t managed to confirm a director for the project yet – apparently JJ Abrams wasn’t interested. He’s too busy working on other projects, like Star Trek 2. Either way, it should be interesting to see if Tom still has the presence to pull this one off.

South Africa – Weekend Top 10

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

So, it’s a little late in coming, but rather late than never. Here is the South African Box Office Top 10 for last weekend (5th – 7th Feb):

1. Avatar

2. Princess and the Frog

3. Spy Next Door

4. Did You Hear About the Morgans?

5. Up in the Air

6. Sherlock Holmes

7. Ninja Assassin

8. Couples Retreat

9. The Rebound

10. An Education

The highest grossing film on the Top 10 is…. Avatar, with a total box office take of R46 057 566.

Oscar Nominations Announced!

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again, when the beer flows like wine… that’s right – it’s time for the Oscar buzz. The nominees for this year’s awards have just, and I mean just, been announced. Rather than reposting everything here, I’ll take you straight to the action.

Some of the highlights for us South Africans includes:

  • District 9 – nominated for Best Picture and Best Screen Play
  • Morgan Freeman – nominated for Best Actor for his role in Invictus
  • Matt Damon – nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Invictus
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Nu Metro wins legal battle against Mr Video

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

In late September 2009, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Nu Metro Filmed Entertainment (Pty) Ltd and a number of international film studios, dismissing an appeal brought by Mr Video and certain of its franchisees, in a landmark ruling on the rights of copyright holders in South Africa in DVD films.

The Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling was the outcome of interdict proceedings brought by Nu Metro and the various Hollywood studios against Mr Video, which commenced in May 2008.  Nu Metro had discovered that certain of the Mr Video franchisees were renting out Zone 1 DVDs of films in which Nu Metro is the exclusive licensee in South Africa, without Nu Metro’s, or the relevant studio’s, consent.

Zone 1 DVDs are distributed in the USA and Canada and were being sourced by various Mr Video outlets from retailers in these territories.   The disclaimer on these DVDs clearly states that the purchaser of these DVDs was not entitled to rent and/or distribute these DVDs outside of the territory.  Accordingly, the Zone 1 titles being made available by Mr Video outlets were not authorised for renting out to the public in South Africa.

In June 2008, the Cape High Court granted interdicts in favour of Universal Studios and Nu Metro and various studios in which Mr Video was restrained from hiring or renting, directly or indirectly, copies (other than legitimate Zone 2 copies obtained through authorised distributors) of films in which Nu Metro or any of the studios are the copyright or the exclusive licensee of the copyright in South Africa.

The Mr Video group appealed certain aspects of the Cape High Court order to the Supreme Court of Appeal.  The appeal was dismissed in its entirety. 

”Nu Metro is satisfied with the outcome and the absolute validation of Nu Metro as the exclusive licensee for the represented rights in SA” says Fay Amaral, Managing Director of Nu Metro.

 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling signifies a major victory for Nu Metro and the Hollywood studios, in terms of which Nu Metro’s rights as copyright holder have been confirmed by South Africa’s highest court. 

 Importantly, the judgment sends a strong message to other DVD rental outlets that contraventions of the copyright legislation will not be tolerated and the distributors’ rights will be enforced.