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Avatar – the trilogy

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

That’s right, a trilogy. James Cameron was recently quoted as saying, “I feel like I have to make a second one now, but that’ll only happen if we make some money with the first one. I have a story worked out for the second film and the third film, but my lips are sealed.” Avatar has already become the second highest grossing film of all time, so I guess the question is – does that constitute having made ‘some money’? Me thinks so.

Cameron also went on to say that now that the CGI technology has been perfected they can realistically produce a new film in as little as 10 months. What that means is that we could see an Avatar sequel as early as next year! I’ll keep you up to date on this one.


Sherlock Holmes – sequel to begin filming

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

I really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. So I was quite happy with the last 5 to 10 minutes of the film, when they openned things up for a sequel – with the unveiling of Professor Moriarty, Holmes’ archrival in the books. Moriarty is, perhaps, the first example of a supervillian, and is described by Holmes’ as the ‘Napoleon of crime’. For more on the character click here.

Now, with the film approaching $300 million at the international box office, it looks like the sequel could start filming as early as June this year.

Warner Bros haven’t yet given the film an official green light, but Robert Downey recently pulled out of other commitments in June using the Holmes sequel as his reason. Exciting times.

From Paris With Love – new trailer

January 11, 2010 1 comment

Have you watched Taken? If you haven’t then stop reading this right now and go out and rent it, because it kicks ass on a totally new level.

So, assuming you’ve now watched it you’ll appreciate the fact that the director Pierre Morel is about to release his latest film – From Paris With Love. The basic story is that a young employee (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in the office of the US Ambassador to France gets hooked up with an American spy (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist attach on Paris. The latest trailer was released last week – click here to watch it.

If nothing else we can be assured that there will be some ridiculous action… which I like. So I’m happy.

A-Team – movie trailer

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

One of our favourite series of yesteryear, the A-Team, is coming to the big screen this year. Due to be released in June, the film contains some pretty big names. Liam Neeson will be playing Hannibal, Bradley Cooper (from the Hangover) is Faceman, Quinton Jackson plays B.A. Baracus, our own Sharlto Copley plays Murdock and Jessica Biel stars as Lt. Carissa Sosa.

The film is being directed by Joe Carnahan (of Smokin’ Aces) and has another big name producing in Ridley Scott. The official trailer was released 2 days ago (sorry on the slow uptake) – click here to watch it. I can’t say that I’m super impressed after watching it. But let’s hope it turns out to be one of those trailers where they picked all the bad parts.

DGA Award Nominations shed some light on Oscar Contenders

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Directors Guild of America have named their five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, which they claim is “one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award,” with only six directors in the history of the award not going on to win the top prize. This may be something to pay attention to.

The DGA has announced that Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) are the candidates in line for the award, which will be presented on January 30th.

Avatar the 2nd highest grossing film ever!

January 8, 2010 1 comment

Avatar continues it’s dominance of the American box office with a third straight week at number one. And not only is it climbing the domestic American charts, but Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Avatar is now the number 2 movie in history, having passed The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at the worldwide box office.

Now, of course, there’s only one record left standing – James Cameron’s own Titanic. There’s no telling whether or not Avatar can beat Titanic‘s record $1.8 billion worldwide gross, but considering that all estimates about this movie’s success have been too low, it’s certainly a possibility. Epic.

Clash of the Titans

January 2, 2010 1 comment

It seems that Sam Worthington is bidding to take his place as a common ‘A-grade’ action star. After some decent success as Marcus Wright in Terminator: Salvation and super success as Jake Sully in Avatar his next gig is Clash of the Titans, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, itself loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus.

The film focuses on Perseus – born of a god but raised as a man. Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny. 

The film looks like it could be pretty epic (see the trailer here), but then again it’s always easy to make films look good with some gritty, muscley Greek heroes fighting demons to a score played by Matt Belamy (of Muse). We’ll just have to wait and see.