M. Night Shyamalan’s latests film – Devil Traps You In An Elevator

Apple has released the first trailer for ‘Devil’, which will be the first release from M. Nights ‘Night Chronicles’ label. The film is basically about five people trapped in an elevator. The twist comes in that one of the five is a devil in disguise. The trailer is pretty cool, and you get the feeling that the film will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect first date material for all you romantics out there. Check out the trailer here.


Jonathan Nolan to direct Superman reboot?

After checking my blog stats I can see that there have been a lot of people reading my article on the reboot of Superman which is being headed up by the great Christopher Nolan. The reason for all the interest is, no doubt, the abounding rumours that Jonathan Nolan has been earmarked to take the directors seat for the project.

There have been a couple of confirmations from reputable sources that the rumours are true. In fact pre-development for the film is supposedly underway and a few castings have been done including an audition by Zach Levi (from the show ‘Chuck’).

It won’t be the first time that the brothers have worked together, but this will be the first time that Jonathan has worked from behind the camera. Usually Jonathan writes and Chris directs. But regardless of what happens, with Chris in the mix it’ll be epic.

Jeremy Mansfield to voice character in Toy Story 3

In a South African first, radio personality Jeremy Mansfield announced live on his radio show on 94.7 Highveld Stereo that he is set to voice a character in Toy Story 3.

 “It’s official and has just been finalised. This is really exciting news! I am a big fan of Disney.Pixar and this is indeed an honour,” said a thrilled Mansfield on Tuesday morning.

 Mansfield will lend his voice to the character of Lifer, a Chatter telephone who has spent his life in the toy box at a children’s nursery school. Under the direction of Rick Dempsey, Senior Vice President, Creative – Disney Character Voices, Mansfield will record the voice for the South African theatrical and DVD release of the film. According to Dempsey there is lots of excitement surrounding the release of Toy Story 3 and Disney.Pixar is “especially excited to have Jeremy Mansfield provide the voice for one of the characters”.

 A behind-the-scenes  look at how the voice recording was done will be shown in an exclusive insert on M-NET’s All Access on the 21st of May at 19h30. 

The film, set to release in South Africa on 3D screens on the 18th of June and across other screens nationally on the 25th of June, welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare! 

These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the Great Escape get underway.

 A few new faces—some plastic, some plush—join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart, Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a lederhosen-wearing thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton), and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of Ned Beatty) and of course Lifer, the Chatter telephone (voice of Jeremy Mansfield).

 Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (“Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”), “Toy Story 3” is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D™.

Iron Man 2 – let the ass kicking begin!

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The time has finally arrived… Iron Man 2 is about to begin. I’m so excited it’s actually a little scary/sad. Anyway, as usual America sets the pace in terms of expectation and it seems that expectation is high.

According to my secret data files Iron Man 2 has sold more than five times as many tickets as the first Iron Man did at the same point in its sales cycle. Iron Man earned $318 million in the states and nearly $600 million worldwide… that’s almost my annual salary. In the movie’s opening weekend alone it earned $98 million.

So, does that mean Iron Man 2 is on track for $500 million? To be honest I have no idea, but it’s a sure sign that the sequel is on pace to do big, big opening weekend business.

The current opening weekend record is The Dark Knight with $158 million. Topping that seems like tough work but Iron Man 2 has a a few things working in its favor:

  1. Iron Man 2’s running time is shorter than that of the Batman’s sequel, which could allow theater owners to squeeze in more showings and
  2. It’s got a bigger base to build on – Iron Man earned significantly more than Batman Begins did, giving Iron Man 2 an already bigger, already locked-in audience.

All I can say is that it’s going to be awesome. So awesome in fact that I may even rent an Iron Man costume and bust it out at the V&A Waterfront.

Note: this post is dedicated to my faithful follower Thinus.

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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.