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.