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.