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Anne Hathaway gets a role in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Warner Bros announced yesterday that Anne Hathaway has landed a role in the next Batman movie. She will be playing Selina Kyle and her better known alter ego, Catwoman.

The studio also announced that Tom Hardy, whom Nolan directed in Inception, will play one of Batman’s enemies, Bane.

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Revenge of the Sith – a steaming pile?

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

In December of 2009 I posted an article about a rather unhappy Star Wars fan. This guy loved the original three films, and after waiting years for the pre-quels, was thoroughly disappointed. So disappointed in fact that he made a 70 minute video about how much “Star Wars – The Phantom Menance” sucked balls.

Well the disgruntled fan is back. He has just released his expose of “Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith”. This time around the review takes a whopping 110 minutes, which is only about half an hour shorter than the Star Wars film itself. You may not have the time to watch the entire thing, but I’d recommend at least watching the first few minutes… you’ll probably find yourself watching way more than you anticipated. Click here to watch it.

Neill Blomkamp brings Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley on board for new film

January 7, 2011 1 comment

Mr Blomkamp has been busy indeed over the last few weeks. It seems he has another film up his proverbial sleeve, and has already managed to sign on some pretty heavy hitters. We all remember Sharlto Copley – a local boy who turned in an awesome performance as Wikus van de Merwe, the hero of District 9. He’ll be joined by both Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

At this point the film hasn’t even been sold to the studios yet, so we have no idea what the storyline will be, or what roles each of the main actors will be taking on. We do know the films name Elysium, and we can be fairly certain that it will be another science-fiction extravaganza. We’ll post more when we’ve dug up a bit more dirt.

Quentin Tarantino’s top films of 2010

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

There are few people in the world that are as obsessed with, and as knowledgeable about general cinema lore as Quentin Tarantino. So when he picks a list of his favourite films of 2010 we should take note, and possibly spend some time making sure we’ve seen them. QT’s top 20:

  1.  Toy Story 3
  2. The Social Network
  3. Animal Kingdom
  4. I Am Love
  5. Tangled  
  6. True Grit
  7. The Town
  8. Greenberg
  9. Cyrus
  10. Enter The Void (“Hands down best credit scene of the year … Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history.” – QT)
  11. Kick Ass.
  12. Knight and Day
  13. Get Him To The Greek
  14. The Fighter
  15. The Kings Speech
  16. The Kids Are All Right
  17. How To Train Your Dragon
  18. Robin Hood
  19. Amer
  20. Jackass 3-D

District 10 on the horizon?

November 26, 2010 1 comment

Neill Blomkap, director of the much acclaimed ‘District 9’ has released a mysterious video online which is quickly going viral. The video was first spotted in the latest iPad-app version of WiReD Magazine.

Is it a genetically modified animal? Or an alien species? Details about the video are sketchy but there is speculation that the video is a teaser for Blomkamp’s anticipated follow-up to the four-times Oscar-nominated District 9. Both Blomkamp and the films star, Sharlto Copley, have admitted that the sequel is something they’re actively working towards. The shaky hand-held camera style of the new one-minute spot is certainly reminiscent of the now-famous District 9 ‘documentary’. Check out the video below:

Avatar sequels are confirmed

October 28, 2010 1 comment

If you loved Avatar so much that you painted yourself blue and started trying to plug into plants and animals, then you’d better sit down and start breathing into a paper bag. James Cameron has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox for two sequels to last years Avatar.

The projects are currently right up there on Cameron’s to do list, and he’s telling folk that they’ll be his next projects. The first sequel, currently titled “Avatar 2” is aiming for a December 2014 release and the third, surprisingly named “Avatar 3”, for a December 2015 release. They will be produced by Cameron and his partner Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Cameron will begin working on the scripts early in 2011 and wants to begin the pre-production later in 2011. The decision on whether he will shoot the sequels back-to-back will be made when he finishes writing the films.

“Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver recently opened up about what she’d like to see in the sequels, whether or not she makes it back. “I think that the challenges to Pandora will continue,” she said. “I do think that humans will be back. I also think that maybe we’ll get more of a chance to live a Na’vi life. I think we want to be in that world… and I know that Jim will do everything he can to satisfy us and take it to even more parts of Pandora that we don’t even know exist yet.”

The Dark Knight Rises

October 28, 2010 1 comment

Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan are currently working on a script for what they see as the final chapter in a Batman trilogy, set for release in July 2012.

 Christopher has always been relatively shy when it comes to dealing with the press. But over the last few years he seems to have been willing to give interviews and drop some pretty important news to The Los Angeles Times. Yesterday, on their blog, they announced two pretty big pieces of news:

1)      Batman 3 will be titled The Dark Knight Rises

2)      The villain won’t be the Riddler

As one might expect, the film has been shrouded in much secrecy, leaving many speculating on who the final villain will be. Now that Nolan has ruled out both Riddler and Mr. Freeze the current crowd favourites are Catwoman or the lesser-known Hugo Strange. But with such an incredible selection of baddies to choose from, Nolan could well choose a character that is of the radar.

On the filming front Nolan confirmed that he has talked Warner Brothers out of filming in 3D for the third film. Shooting will start sometime next year and will continue with the use of IMAX cameras, which has had all the film nuts raving.

One way or another there is little doubt that it’s going to be a film well worth seeing. Who knows, I might end up renting a Batman costume and running around the cinema going ‘Swoosh’.