Monday, 31 December 2012

My Top Five Films of 2012

2012 was an incredible first (and last) year for The Big Fairbanski film website. 

I will now be taking a break from film journalism so I can pursue other projects. 

The Twitter account will remain active, providing you with tweet-sized reviews and film news. You can follow The Big Fairbanski on Twitter here.

In the meantime, you can read my Top Five Films of 2012.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Wednewsday 26th December

Image of the Week: Edgar Wright's The World's End has released a screenshot of its principal cast members: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsden and Paddy Considine. None of them look too happy, which isn't surprising. Wright's third outing with Pegg and Frost tells of five friends reuniting for a pub crawl they failed to finish years ago. Unfortunately, an apocalyptic event fails to derail the pub crawl once again.

Good News: Damon Lindelof will not be returning to write the screenplay for Ridley Scott's sequel to Prometheus. Lindelof's script for the original received a lot of negative criticism for its paper-thin characters and nonsensical plot so Lindelof stepping down will please Alien fans everywhere.

Bad News: Gerry Anderson, the puppet pioneer behind Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, has died at the age of 83. He will be remembered fondly for delivering a wealth of hit childhood television.

Classy News: Anchorman 2 has been given an official release date of 20 December 2013. Put your scotch on ice and get ready to celebrate next Christmas.

Trailer News: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looks set to be an all-star comedic hit about rival magicians played by Jim Carey and Steve Carell. Click below for the trailer, which features plenty of digs at David Blaine's media-hyped publicity stunts.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Wednewsday 19th December

Image of the Week: The Hangover Part III - yes, it's really happening - has released its first few images through EW, including the shot below of the Wolfpack doing a Beatles-style stroll across Vegas. Maybe Justin Bartha will finally get some screen time.

Good News: Peter Jackson has confirmed that extended DVD editions will be released for The Hobbit films. In fact, he has already cut the An Unexpected Journey extended edition. Deleted scenes will include a scene with Gandalf and a young Bilbo Baggins, plus another at Rivendell where the dwarves play a prank on the elves.

Bad News: Disney have decided to make another Tron film, despite the lukewarm reaction to 2010's Tron Legacy. Garrett Hedlund is due back as Sam Flynn and director Joseph Kosinski is tasked with bringing the grid to life again. But Tron doesn't needs to be milked any further. It should have stayed in the eighties and remained a cult classic.

Mad News: Ricky Gervais is due to replace Jason Segel as the lead in The Muppets 2. Will his trademark cynicism and world-weariness blend well with Kermit's feel-good gang?

Trailer News: the teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness certainly lives up to the film's title. Things are looking bleak for the Starship Enterprise...

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Wednewsday 5th December

Image of the Week: it's a new Superman poster and the Man of Steel is in handcuffs! We are finally offered some clues about Snyder's so-called modern take on the Superman legend might actually involve.

Good News: Skyfall is now officially the UK's biggest ever film, grossing more than Avatar with a cool £94 million. This means Bond is still looking nifty at fifty and has given further momentum to the proposed interconnected Bond 24 and 25 follow-ups. Shame they killed off Silva.

Bad News: Empire Magazine, regarded by many as the holy gospel of film journalism, have only awarded The Hobbit four stars. Does this mean the long-awaited prequel is lacking? Or are they just trying to be unpredictable?

Mad News: the preparations for Legend of Conan are gathering speed, which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise his role from the 1982 Conan the Barbarian. Universal are hoping to fast-track the film for a summer 2014 release. Schwarzenegger will turn 67 by that time. Can we really see him rocking Conan's banana-hammock at that age?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wednewsday 28th November

Trailer of the Week: not exactly a trailer but it's another Hobbit video blog!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Wednewsday 21st November

Image of the Week: Sam Raimi's horror classic, Evil Dead, is getting a remake. Thankfully, Raimi and original star Bruce Campbell are supervising. Sadly, the poster is straight-up serious and shows no indicator of the original's tongue-in-cheek dark humour.

Good News: Marc Webb is busy casting for The Amazing Spider-Man sequel with The Descendants' Shailene Woodley locked in for Mary Jane and the search hotting up for Harry Osborn (son of Spidey arch-nemesis Norman Osborn AKA The Green Goblin). Currently, rumours indicate Chronicle's Dane DeHaan.

Bad News: another franchise-milking Mission Impossible film is on the cards after last year's Ghost Protocol. Tom Cruise appears to be favouring his Jack Reacher writer/director Chris McQuarrie to take the helm.

Mad News: Universal seem determined to turn primitive computer game, Asteroids, into a feature film. Screenwriter Matthew Lopez failed to put anything to paper back in 2009 and now Jez Butterworth has been hired to tackle the Atari classic. It's time for Universal to give this one up.

Trailer News: the second trailer for Epic is below. It appears to be a weird mix of Avatar and Ferngully. At least the animation is stunning.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wednewsday 14th November

Image of the Week: the first image from Doug Liman's All You Need is Kill features Tom Cruise running from an explosion in a mech suit. Cruise will play Bill Cage, a soldier forced to fight (and die) over and over again as alien invaders trap him in a hellish time loop.

Good News: Michael Ardnt, screenwriter of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, is writing Star Wars Episode VII.

Bad News: Transformers 4 is happening and Mark Whalberg has signed on to star. Hopefully, he'll bring some class to the clunky franchise and not give a repeat performance of his role in The Happening.

Mad News: Morgan Spurlock, director of Super-Size Me, will be directing a 3-D documentary about the rise of One Direction. He famously attacked McDonalds but now seems more than happy to sell-out to the Simon Cowell corporate bandwagon.

Trailer News: time for another Zombie movie! Click below to watch Brad Pitt run from zombies in the forthcoming World War Z.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Wednewsday 7th November

Image of the Week: the character posters have been unveiled for Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Les Miserables. The A-list cast includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, plus Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (pictured below).

Bond News: Skyfall smashes the seven day UK box office record, overtaking Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II by raking in £37.2 million. 

Spidey News: Jamie Foxx has signed on to play villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due to hit screens in 2014.

Jedi News: following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and the announcement of Episode VII (more on that here), the casting rumours have now begun. Harrison Ford has already expressed interest in returning as an older Han Solo, much to the elation of Star Wars fans around the globe.

Trailer News: the latest trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln can be found below. With Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln, expect this to garner serious Award Season attention.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wednewsday 24 October

Image of the Week: the Life of Pi poster has been unveiled. Expect this to be one of the favourites around Award Season.

Good News: 2015 looks set to be the Year of the Superhero! Warner Brothers are storming ahead with their Justice League film, which will be released the same year as the Avengers sequel. But...

Bad News: ...don't expect Warner to walk away from this undamaged. Whilst, the Justice League film sounds tempting (Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman and The Flash and Aquaman all in the same film!), the truth is that the DC heroes are much less compatible than the Avengers and they lack the five-film build-up. Expect it to be rushed and messy and disappointing.

Mad News: the Twilight franchise is strongly-rumoured (emphasis on rumoured) to be getting its own spin-off series, focusing on Jacob and his wolf pack. Surely this will never happen? Right?

Trailer News: the first post-Avengers Marvel film is due out next year. Check out the trailer for Iron Man 3 below, including the first glimpse of Ben Kingsley's Mandarin.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wednewsday 17th October

Image of the Week: check it out. Lego Hobbit characters!

Good News: the release date has been set for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man: the latest instalment in the ever-growing Avengers franchise. You can expect it on 6 November 2015.

Great News: speaking of Marvel, Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as Agent Phil in the S.H.I.E.L.D TV series which confirms that the show will be set before The Avengers.

Greater News: more Marvel news, casting rumours have begun about who will play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Current favourite is Shailene Woodley, who impressed audiences as George Clooney's daughter in the Oscar-nominated The Descendants.

Trailer News: the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Moretz has a teaser trailer. View it below. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Wednewsday 3rd October

Image of the Week: the drip-feed of material for The Hobbit continues with this incredible banner of all of the dwarves! Click to go bigger.

Good News: Matt Reeves will be helming The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Having delivered both Cloverfield and Let Me In, it will be interesting to see how he can develop the ageing franchise.

Better News: despite previous doubts, Marc Webb has committed to return to The Amazing Spider-Man sequel to add further humour and personality to the rebooted webslinger.

Best News: Seth McFarlane is hosting the 2013 Academy Awards!

Trailer of the Week: click below to watch the fantastically-edited teaser trailer for Die Hard 5 AKA A Good Day to Die Hard. The fifth instalment will feature John McClane reconnecting with his estranged son, Jack. Judging from the trailer, expect it to have more in common with the high-octane Die Hard 4.0 than the earlier trilogy.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednewsday 26th August

Image of the Week: the stunning trailer for Cloud Atlas has now been followed with a collection of equally stunning promotional banners. Expect this highly-ambitious novel adaptation to win over audiences and award ceremonies next February.

Good News: Homeland sweeps the Emmys, which were held on Sunday evening, winning awards for Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, the writing team and the gong for Outstanding Drama Series. Other big winners included the much-loved comedy Modern Family.

Bad News: ageing franchise The Mummy (a great film with two poor sequels) is being rebooted. The team set to launch the reboot is not promising: Director Len Wiseman (who helmed the Total Recall remake), producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers 3) and writer Jon Spaihts (Prometheus co-writer).

Mad News: the bonkers proposal for a female Expendables was more than just a rumour. They have now cast its lead: Gina Carano, the kick-ass lead from Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. Expect further casting announcements to roll out over the next few months.

Trailer News: following the unveiling of the new Hobbit trailer last week, we have now been treated to four alternative endings to the trailer. All hilarious. You can watch them below.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Wednewsday 19th September

Image of the Week: a set photo was leaked this week of the new Robocop suit as worn by Joel Kinnaman, due to be protecting the innocent and upholding the law in the reboot next year. The suit has not been vastly updated since the 80s original, although it is noticeably less silver.

Good News: the cast of the Arrested Development revival keeps on growing with Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Terry Crews (er, The Expendables) signing on. This is finally happening!

Bad News: director Rupert Wyatt has walked away from The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel. The promise of a May 2014 release date is looking less and less likely.

Mad News: Freddie Highmore (little Charlie Bucket from Burton's Chocolate Factory remake) will be playing the psychotic Norman Bates in the Psycho prequel series, Bates Motel. Highmore is mostly known for playing sweet, good-natured kids so expect a full reinvention of himself for this role. If Danielle Radcliffe can go from Harry Potter to the Horns adaptation then surely Highmore can also make the leap from golden boy to cross-dressing psychopath.

Trailer News: a brand new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was unleashed today. The trailer is chock full of new footage including some big laughs and a glimpse of Gollum and Bilbo locking swords. Only three months to go...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wednewsday 12th September

Image of the Week: following the franchise-saving success of Fast Five, expectations are high for Fast Six. But with the below trio all back for another round of rubber burning action, it looks like adrenaline junkies have nothing to worry about.

Bond News: Daniel Craig (the best since Connery?) has officially signed on for two more Bond films.

Trek News: the long-awaited Trek sequel now has its official title: Star Trek Into Darkness

Avatar News: Cameron has revealed his plans for continuing the blue-skinned franchise. Avatar 2 and 3 will act as a thematic trilogy, whilst Avatar 4 will kick-off a prequel trilogy, focusing on the very first expeditions to Pandora.

Trailer News: the Cloud Atlas trailer has now been unveiled and wins the award for longest ever trailer. Six minutes! But six minutes of breath-taking cinema. You can view the trailer below. The triple directors of the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) appear to have crafted something very special indeed.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Wednewsday 5th September

Image of the Week: Chris Pine on a bike? No, this isn't Star Trek 2 but rather the latest incarnation of Jack Ryan, the ultimate CIA agent, immortalised through Tom Clancy's novels and previous big screen outings, such as Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. Jack Ryan has been played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin in the past so it will be interesting to see what Pine brings to he role. Judging from Pine's usual performances, this may be the first Jack Ryan with a sense of humour.

Good News: just in case you needed proof that you hadn't dreamt the trilogy announcement, the third Hobbit film (which will actually be the middle part of the trilogy) will be called The Desolation of Smaug. Not exactly catchy but at least it gives us a clue how the trilogy will be structured. Presumably, the third part will focus solely on the Battle of the Five Armies.

Mad News: Metal Gear Solid, the jewel in the PlayStation crown circa 1998, is being developed into a film by Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. Considering the cinematic element of the games, with its infamously long movie-style cut-scenes, it is hard to imagine why a film adaptation is even necessary. Then again, Snake's infiltration of Shadow Moses is one of the best stories ever told using a games console so a bigscreen outing could reap a huge box office return.

Sad News: Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54. Duncan is best remembered for his Oscar-nominated performance as John Coffey in The Green Mile but he also kicks ass in Armageddon and The Scorpion King.

Trailer News: the gritty re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular witch-hunters, now has a trailer. A fairy tale has never looked this cool before.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wednewsday 29th August

Image of the Week: another image from The Hobbit team has been unveiled to keep us ticking over. Only four months to go! The latest image depicts Thorin with Orc-slaying sword Orcrist.

Good News: ABC have requested a pilot for a potential S.H.I.E.L.D television series, chronicling the adventures of the secret organisation that bring the Avengers together. Joss Whedon will be overseeing the series and has a pretty good record at producing critically-acclaimed television. With this intended as a long-running TV series, don't expect any A-listers to sign on, although hopefully Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson if the series explores the origins of the organisation.

Rumour Mill: Greek film website, Flix, has started a rumour that the third addition in the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset series directed by Richard Linklater has secretly begun filming in Greece. Linklater and his two romantic leads, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, have all supposedly been spotted in the area. And the timing is right. There were nine years between Sunrise and Sunset and another nine years would bring us to 2013. Whether fact or fabrication, it is enough to give hope to fans of the cult romantic series.

Thor News: more casting updates have been announced for Thor: The Dark World. Kat Dennings is back as wise-cracking Darcy and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost's Mr Eko!) has signed on as Algrim the Strong, one of the Dark Elves ruled by Christopher Ecclestone's villainous Malekith.

Trailer News: Butter is a contender for Surprise Hit of the Year and it's easy to see why after watching the trailer below, which gives us a feel for its all-star cast, political satire (it is US election year, after all) and irreverent comedy.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wednewsday 22nd August

Good News: Jim Carrey has been approached to play Colonel Stars in Kick-Ass 2. Carrey would be the latest additional to the ever-growing cast which currently features Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo and Donald Faison. Colonel Stars, who rallies the superhero misfits against Red Mist, would be a small role for Carrey but expect some scene-stealing over-acting.

Bad News: Warner Brothers has bailed on Ron Howard's proposal to turn Stephen King's magnum opus The Dark Tower series into a film franchise. This will come as a shock to fans. Things had been looking up for the franchise, especially after Russell Crowe had been named as primary protagonist Roland Deschain. But without Warner's backing, this has once again sunk into development hell.

Mad News: writer Dutch Southern has been hired by ridiculously-named production company 1984 Private Defence Contractors to write a female equivalent to the Expendables. Like the Expendables, this would be totally mental and solely created for the purpose of wish fulfilment casting. But think of the possibilities: Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Grier... Bring it on.

Sad News: Tony Scott committed suicide on Sunday by jumping off a bridge in California. Read my thoughts and celebration of Scott's career here.

Trailer News: Arnie is well and truly back with Expendables 2 already in cinemas and Last Stand and The Tomb due out next year. The trailer for Last Stand has already hit the web. Click below to see Arnie as a bad-ass sheriff trying to protect his town against a drive-through drug cartel.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Tony Scott RIP

Veteran director Tony Scott committed suicide last night by jumping off a bridge in California.

Little is known about the circumstances surrounding his death, although a source has told ABC that Scott had inoperable brain cancer.

Scott's passing is a huge blow to cinema. Scott was an incredibly hard-working director, knocking out a vast array of films in a career spanning four decades. Scott also founded his own style of directing action, utilising a frenetic hand-held camera style which has been adopted by the likes of Michael Bay and parodied by Edgar Wright in Hot Fuzz, whom many regard as a love letter to Scott's work.

Scott was unashamedly an audience's director, a crowd-pleaser, a mainstream entertainer. His brother, Ridley, may have won over the critics with Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator but Tony Scott gave us guilty pleasures which are every bit as memorable: Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverley Hills Cop 2 and that was just the eighties.

Scott went onto bigger budgets, bigger stars and bigger box office takings in the nineties and beyond, worked with an unbeatable list of Hollywood's finest: Robert Redford (Spy Games), Robert de Niro (The Fan), Christopher Walken (True Romance), Gene Hackman (Crimson Tide), Will Smith (Enemy of the State), Denzel Washington (Man on Fire) and John Travolta (The Taking of Pelham 123).

Scott famously stayed loyal to his collaborators, often returning to the same actors, supporting actors and composers over and over again. Indeed, the musical scores of Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams are as synonymous with Scott's films as his gritty camera-work and chaotic action scenes.

Aside from directing, Scott tried his hand at producing with his old brother Ridley. Together they produced the A-Team reboot and hit TV shows The Good Wife and Numb3rs.

And what's more, Scott directed a George Michael music video back in the eighties. Awesome.

Scott has been survived by his wife and two children and of course his brother Ridley. The world of cinema has united in sending their thoughts to Scott's family in this difficult time.

On a personal note, I will remember Tony Scott as director of True Romance: one of the greatest films I have ever seen (and seen and seen again). Scott took a Quentin Tarantino script and turned it into a super-cool, hyper-violent, ever-memorable and utterly convincing love story between a geek and a call girl. 

The appeal of the material and Scott's reputation as director attracted a hugely-enviable ensemble cast of big names, such as Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer and James Gandolfini, many of which only show up for one scene and a handful of lines. And the infamous cantaloupe scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken remains a master-class in cinematic deliverance: atmospheric directing, sublime writing and two phenomenal performances. 

And Scott's ultimate contribution to True Romance? He changed the ending. Clarence was originally set to die in Tarantino's script but Scott didn't want to end his film on such a flat note. After all, his hero had been through hell. He deserved to live happily ever after with his true love and his baby. It's the ending that audiences needed and deserved. And after the change had been made, even Tarantino agreed that it was a good move. And that right there is the trademark of a good director: Tony Scott understood his audience. He trusted his instincts and he delivered time and time again.

Tony Scott will be missed.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Wednewsday 8th August

Good News: Joss Whedon is back for Avengers 2. His superb handling of Marvel Avengers Assemble and its daunting ensemble led to its global box office gross of over $1.5 billion dollars. Best of all, with Whedon holding both the camera and the pen, we can expect the sequel to explore new territory, rather than just focus on battling another space baddie across a major American city. Expect it to arrive no earlier than summer 2015.

Bad News: Dan Akroyd has confirmed that Bill Murray will not be back for Ghostbusters 3. Then again, this is probably be a good career move for Bill. Does anybody even want this three-quel?

Mad News: Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are storming ahead with a Prometheus sequel. Audiences didn't need Prometheus and they certainly don't need Prometheus 2. Can't they just bring Alien back to the bigscreen?

Sad News: British actor Bob Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and will retire from acting. This is terribly sad news but at least he will leave a legacy of great performances, ranging from The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Hook, TV's The Street and the ever-popular Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Trailer News: the self-stylised sort-of-sequel to Judd Apatow's Knocked-Up now has a trailer. Titled This Is 40, it will be a comedy about reaching middle-age focusing on Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd's characters from Knocked Up. Judging from the trailer below, expect sharp observational writing and lots of familiar faces.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Wednewsday 1st August

Good News: after the rumours last week, Peter Jackson has now confirmed that The Hobbit films will indeed become a trilogy. Jackson explained that there was so much potential for expansion due to the untapped material in Tolkein's appendices that he couldn't say no. And let's be honest: we're not going to say no either. There are no details regarding the third film's release date or its title or where the splits will occur. But more time in Middle-Earth can only be cause for celebration. Roll on December! Let's get this trilogy underway!

Bad News: Rush Hour 4 is happening. Producer Arthur Sarkissian has said: "I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real." So it looks like it will go ahead even without Chan and Tucker, who are unlikely to sign on for a fourth outing anyway. And without them, who is going to bother buying a ticket?

Mad News: Warner Brothers are considering a prequel to The Shining, mostly to cash-in on the success of Rodney Ascher's successful Sundance documentary, Room 237, which was a film about The Shining. However, the prequel seems like a bizarre move. Stephen King himself is currently working on a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep so if Warner Brothers want to cash-in then they might as well wait and make the sequel instead of a prequel.

Poster News: Robert Rodriguez's unnecessary Machete sequel, titled Machete Kills, will feature a singer called La Chameleon. And who will be playing her? None other than Lady Gaga. Two words: stunt casting.

Trailer News: the full Skyfall trailer has been released offering our first glimpse of Ben Wishaw's Q and Javier Barden's bleach-blonde villain Silva. It looks stunning and may even trump Casino Royale.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wednewsday 25th July

Good News: Peter Jackson is in talks with New Line to turn the two Hobbit films into a trilogy. Jackson told Comic Con that there was so much great material in the appendices that they could easily put together a third film. And surely New Line won't turn away potential for a third box office fortune? Then again, the logistics of signing up cast and crew for eleventh hour additional scenes would be a nightmare. This one could go either way. But if anyone can, Jackson can.

Bad News: director Marc Webb does not look set to return for Amazing Spider-Man 2 after doing such a good job on the recent reboot. Columbia Pictures bigwig Doug Belgrad has hinted that Webb encountered difficulties during filming, especially with the Lizard CGI transformations. Plus, Webb is attached to direct Jesus Christ Superstar so his schedule would be tight for the planned 2 May 2014 release date.

Mad News: not only are Sony Pictures planning the 21 Jump Street sequel (whoop) and another Men in Black (sigh) but they are also considering a Jumanji re-imagining (say what!). Doug Belgrad from Columbia said: "We're going to try and re-imagine Jumanji and update it for the present." What does that mean?! Are we throwing out the dice? Will the new Jumanji game be a computer game... or a smartphone app?

Bond News: new Skyfall photos have been released. It's Daniel Craig on a bike! Judging from the spelling of taxi, Bond appears to be tearing around the streets of Turkey. Definitely a contender for Film of the Year.

Trailer News: last week, we showed you the teaser poster. Now it's time for the teaser trailer. Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's Superman: Man of Steel is the superhero film of 2012. Click below for Superman fishing and flying and, yes, that song is from Lord of the Rings.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Wednewsday 18th July

Good News: Comic Con news has been filtering through all week. Most excitingly, Edgar Wright (Spaced, Scott Pilgrim) has confirmed that he will be directing Ant-Man and has shown the crowds test footage of the size-fluctuating superhero. Looks like the Avengers will be getting a new playmate.

Bad News: Andrew Stanton has come up with an idea for Finding Nemo 2 and the Pixar Brain Trust are interested. Sadly, this would be Pixar's fifth sequel and could suggest that are succumbing to franchise fever.

Marvel News: Thor 2 has been renamed Thor: The Dark World and Cap 2 has been renamed Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Poster News: here is the teaser poster for Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's Superman reboot. Audiences can enjoy the teaser trailer before The Dark Knight Rises (two days to go)!

Trailer News: click below for the trailer to Sam Raimi's prequel to The Wizard of Oz. The trailer proudly boasts that it is from the makers of Alice in Wonderland and it certainly shows. Oz looks very cartoonish. But James Franco is always a bonus in any movie.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wednewsday 11th July

Good News: Channing Tatum (who is soaring in popularity after 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike) is hoping to produce and star in a new Evel Knievel biopic. This is the sort of thing that could catch the Academy's attention.

Bad News: Philip Seymour Hoffman has succumbed to franchise fever by signing up to the Hunger Games sequel (which makes him the second actor to play Capote who stars in the franchise - the other is Toby Jones). Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games.

Mad News: over-hyped erotic fiction trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, is getting turned into a film. The books focus on Anastasia (seriously) who captures the interest of charming billionaire (again, seriously) Christian Grey. Unfortunately, she is a virgin and he likes BDSM (sigh). So basically, it's Twilight for middle-aged women. Expect it to take millions at the box office. Much is being made of the fact that Mike De Luca is producing and he also produced the magnificent The Social Network. But, as Empire pointed out, De Luca also produced Ghost Rider and The Love Guru. Ahem.

Poster News: all signs indicate that Expendables 2 will be way more fun than the first movie, mostly thanks to Simon 'Con Air' West sitting in the director's chair. And if the trailer didn't convince you, hopefully this hardcore poster will.

Trailer News: whether you are a Twi-hard or a reluctant boyfriend, it is likely that you have been living with the Twilight series for the past few years. Well, for better or worse, the end is nigh. Click below for the trailer for the final instalment.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Wednewsday 4th July

Following a long absence (I was on my honeymoon) and also one day late, here is a round-up of film news from the past seven days.

Good News: Stephen King's brilliant short story, The Ten O'Clock People, is being developed by director Tom Holland and Justin Long looks set to star. It is a tale about a man who cuts down on cigarettes and suddenly realises that many high-powered people are actually creatures in disguise. This is a realisation which is completely hidden to those who intake loads of nicotine and those who intake none whatsoever. As such, the hero, along with lots of other part-time smokers, unite to tackle the creatures. The title refers to the time when most working people nip outside for their first cigarette and therefore refers to the good guys.

Mad News: Psycho is getting a ten-part prequel TV series called Bates Motel. Audiences are not exactly crying out for Norman Bates' origin story (and that was covered in Psycho IV anyway) so this stinks of franchise-milking. Then again, Carlton Cuse, co-showrunner of Lost, is executive producer so this could be more intriguing than meets the eye. Let's hope for a vast cast and Lost-style twists.

Sad News: Eric Sykes has died aged 89. Sykes was a veteran British comedy actor and co-writer of hit radio show, The Goon Show, with Spike Milligan. Sykes' recent films include Son of Rambow, The Others and a cameo as unfortunate muggle Frank Bryce in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

Poster News: Disney have revealed their poster for Oz, the prequel to The Wizard of Oz starring James Franco as a young magician whisked off to the world of Oz where he meets three witches. None other than Sam Raimi is directing. The House of Mouse continues its quest to regain some ground from Pixar.

Trailer News: Tom Cruise might be busy rocking out in Rock of Ages but click below to see him reaching out as Jack Reacher in the film of the same name, an adaptation of the popular Lee Child's books about the titular former military policeman.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Wednewsday 13th June

Good News: Hugh Laurie is set to play the villainous head of Omni Corps in the Robocop remake. Laurie will join the cast already comprising of Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson and Abbie Cornish.

Bad News: Philip Seymour Hoffman has sold out to franchise fever and will be playing Plutarch, newly-appointed gamesmaker, in the Hunger Games sequel.

Sequel News: the plot of the forthcoming Woman in Black sequel has been revealed. The story will be set during World War II when Eel Marsh House is turned into a military mental hospital. Let's hope it has a better ending than the original.

Poster News: the Judge Dredd remake poster has been revealed. Or rather not revealed as it gives very little away. At least Dredd will be keeping his helmet on after the outrage of die-hard fans following the first Dredd film.

Trailer News: Tarantino is back with Django Unchained. The rambunctious trailer is below. Expect a western like no other.