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Blu-Ray News – Tombstone and Darkman going blu

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

Tombstone

“I’ll be your Huckleberry” – The classic line from Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp. Stephen Lang as a cowardly Ike Clanton, Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo and Powers Booth as Curly Bill and so much more plus Billy Zane. That’s all you need to know. Finally it gets on Blu-Ray and I can’t wait to watch it again.

Due out in April.
Tombstone [Blu-ray] – Amazon.com

Darkman

The cult classic directed by Sam Raimi and starring Liam Neeson and the bloke who played the janitor from LA Law.

The film stars Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who is attacked and left for dead by a ruthless mobster, Durant (played by Larry Drake) after his girlfriend, an attorney (played by Frances McDormand) runs afoul of a corrupt developer (played by Colin Friels). Westlake survives, but is left with burns over most of his body. While hospitalized as a comatose John Doe, he is unwittingly subjected to a radical treatment that destroys the nerve endings connected to his skin, neutralizing his ability to sense physical pain but increasing his brain’s emotional output to compensate. Now half-crazed, Westlake escapes the hospital and decides to get revenge on the criminals who took his life away, but now as a masked vigilante, known as Darkman.

Due out on 15 June.
Darkman [Blu-ray] – Amazon.com

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The Random – Conchords go Muppets, 3D Porn, Sam Raimi to do the Shadow, Dune in 3D, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Scream 4, Take This Waltz, Scott Pilgrim, Green Hornet, Deadpool

Posted by LiveFor on January 30, 2010

“Flight of the Conchords” co-creator James Bobin has decided to sign on to direct Disney’s new Muppet movie.

Tinto Brass (Caligula) is planning what he calls the world’s first-ever 3D pornographic production says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sam Raimi may direct a new feature based on the pulp tales of The Shadow.

Pierre Morel has said he would like to do the Dune remake in 3D.

John C Reilly and Tilda Swinton are to star in the adaption of Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The novel follows a mother’s shock and horror when her son initiates a high school killing spree.

Kevin Williamson talks about Scream 4

Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams are set to star in the romantic drama Take This Waltz says Dark Horizons. The story follows a young woman (Williams) who struggles with her infidelities and the budding realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships. Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”) directs.

Edgar Wright’s adaption of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be released on 13th August 2010 so will go head to head with Stallone’s The Expendables.

Danny Elfman is scoring The Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen and directed by Michel Gondry.

Ryan Reynolds talks to the Deadpool screenwriters (“Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) everyday.

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Nemesis – You could be the hero going up against Mark Millar’s bad guy

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2010

Like he did with Kick-Ass, comic writer Mark Millar is auctioning off the chance the have your name as one of the main characters in his forthcoming comic book, Nemesis. No not the Warlock or the Suicide Squad bloke, this is the one about a person like Bruce Wayne / Batman but with the mentality of The Joker. Every year he picks a cop to mess with and you could be the cop.

Mark Millar described it as, “What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It’s Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of “Se7en.” A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker’s the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.”

Nemesis is the world’s smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he’s the world’s only super-villain. That means he’s got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he’s using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan’s top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks.” – more here

Here’s more about the auction from the ebay listing:

WIN A STARRING ROLE IN THE UPCOMING “NEMESIS” Comic Book Series! Benefit auction debuts Monday, January 25th, 2010 for a special cause.

(January 25, 2010) — Have you ever imagined yourself as the star of a comic book? Award-winning writer Mark Millar is offering YOU that chance! Millar’s upcoming comic book, “Nemesis” (illustrated by Millar’s co-creator, best-selling artist Steven McNiven), is about the fight between America’s smartest cop and the world’s one and only super-villain. Who is that cop? Well, that’s where you come in!

Dynamic Forces will be hosting an auction to name that cop, and the winner’s name will be immortalized as the hero of the story! Best of all, all proceeds raised from this once-in-a-lifetime event will go directly into a special fund that will assist handicapped children. “My older brother, Dr. Bobby Millar, works with these children every day and he explained to me what a difference it would make if they could get a new bus,” Mark Millar explains. “Resources are tight at all schools and hospitals in the current economic climate, but we had a great success with the Kick-Ass auction and feel hopeful that comic-book readers will dig deep again and they can build towards this pretty hefty amount of cash they need for the vehicle. Steven and I have had an amazing run of luck with Civil War and Old Man Logan and we’re hoping “Nemesis” will be similarly massive. To star as a comic-book hero is pretty cool and the intense movie-studio and production-company interest for “Nemesis” before the book even hits the stands should bode well that whoever wins this auction will get their name out there in many other media too, just like Dave Lizewski. I really hope people get behind this as the staff at the school do a terrific job and the kids would be delighted with this nice, new bus everyone has their eye on.” “We’re thrilled to help Mark out here with this awesome auction and to raise some much-needed money for a truly worthy cause,” stated Dynamic Forces President Nick Barrucci. “‘Nemesis’ is poised to be another break-out book from Mark and Steven, and the chance to be in the book is the opportunity of a lifetime. Am I eligible to win?”

The auction goes live starting Monday, January 25, 2010!

Millar has had amazing success with his creator-owned characters being picked up for movies and it was only a few years ago that Dave Lizewski was immortalized as the winning bidder for the Kick-Ass auction. Now, Dave will now be immortalized forever in comic books, movies, and upcoming video games and toys. Be sure to bid at for your chance to be the next Dave Lizewski (or Peter Parker)!

There you have it. Get bidding and your name could be in a comic book, and most probably a feature film somewhere down the line. Still no word if Sam Raimi or Guy Ritchie will be directing it though.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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The Oscars – Voters are finding it difficult to pick the 10 best films of 2010!

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010


Unlike recent years the Academy of Motion Pictures increased the number of nominees for best picture from 5 to 10. All well and good and considering the many good films that were out last year you would think there would be no problem picking the 10. In fact you’d think the problem would be which films to leave out. Well guess again, turns out that with only 4 days left to choose, some of the Academy members are having a tough time picking more than five according to Peter Hammond of the LA Times.

Perhaps that’s why, even more than in recent years, Oscar strategists are continuing to create campaign opportunities right up to the last minute. You might think everyone would be burnt out by Globe weekend partying but events, big and small, for Tobey Maguire, Lee Daniels, Wes Anderson, Gabourey Sidibe, Colin Firth and others this week, just days before the deadline, are luring academy members in the hopes that a vote or two can make a difference in a close race for nominations, or even for Saturday’s SAG awards.

In countless conversations with academy voters over the past two weeks it’s apparent that not everyone is able to come up with 10 movies. In fact it’s an epidemic. According to the overwhelming majority of members they get to five or six and give up on the other slots. One voter went so far as to actually send Peter an e-mail asking him to suggest seven other movies to augment their own three choices.

“I can barely find five movies to nominate. I have no idea what to do for 10,” one exasperated member told said. When prodded for more information it was apparent they had only just a few of the real contenders and many in their pile of DVD screeners had so far gone unopened.

One veteran consultant said that from a survey of 60 potential voters that found only 18 had bothered to actually pick 10 movies for best picture nominations.

Of course it isn’t required that members vote for 10 to have their voices heard, but the academy does subtly encourage making the effort. Here’s the official language on all ballots:

“In order for any achievement to be among those chosen from this balloting it must have at least one first place vote. It is important that your FIRST CHOICE be written on the FIRST LINE. You need not fill in all 10 lines. The more preferences you indicate however, the greater the certainty that your ballot will influence the Best Picture nominees list.”

With the complicated tabulating system, a voter is probably not mistaken in thinking that the first three choices are the only ones that will count anyway, but this is fairly uncharted territory this year.

Some voters conversely have said they welcome the chance to name 10 movies as it frees them to go with their heart even if they believe it’s a wasted vote. After listing the usual suspects like “The Hurt Locker,” “Up in the Air,” “An Education,” etc., one guy said he selected “Drag Me To Hell” because that’s the best time he had at the movies all year and it doesn’t matter that it can’t possibly be nominated because he has nine other slots in which to “influence” the race, as the academy language suggests.

Would’t it be great if Drag Me To Hell got nominated. Just imagine if Sam Raimi’s film won an Oscar. How would Sony feel then about taking him from the Spider-Man films? If any members of the Acadamy should be reading this (hey you never know) then make it so.

To be honest this beggars belief. They get sent copies of loads of films. They watch a load, are surrounded by films and then can’t even think of more than five films to put down. Instead of going with films they think everyone else will pick or those that are worthy (as they say in Tropic Thunder any film where the character is not full-retard will usually win) they should just pick the films they have enjoyed as, at the end of the day, that is the best way to judge whether you liked a film or not.

They have 10 choices and it looks as if many of those 10 will be left empty and those films that the studios haven’t been pushing, such as Moon, will get left behind.

God damn, I wish I was a member of the Acadamy.

How do you feel about the news? How difficult is it to pick 10 films for Best Picture? What would you pick?

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Will Sam Raimi be doing the Warcraft film next?

Posted by LiveFor on January 18, 2010

Sam Raimi’s producing partner Robert Tapert says that despite the rumors, the former Spider-Man director has yet to make a decision about his next project.

“I don’t want to speak on Sam’s behalf, because the ‘Spider-Man’ thing happened so recently. I think he’s getting his feet under him and trying to decide. He might want to do a teeny, tiny small film, but I don’t know what he wants to do. I know he had a great time doing ‘Drag Me to Hell’” Tapert said while speaking to iF Magazine.

Could he be doing the World of Warcraft film next? Tapert says “It’s in development. We’re in the outline/story/script phase“. It was confirmed late last year that Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”) is penning the screenplay.

If not Warcraft, what do you want to see Sam Raimi do next?

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POLL: Who should play Spider-Man?

Posted by LiveFor on January 18, 2010

As we all know, the next Spider-Man film will be a reboot and is getting a new director plus a new Peter Parker. As it is going to be set back in his school days (they seem to be doing an Ultimate Spider-Man style reboot) we’ll probably need a younger face for the role – mind you this is Hollywood we are talking about so you never can tell who they’ll pick .

UPDATE: “Of course,” Webb told MTV News when asked if he was a fan of Spider-Man. “Stan Lee, big fan … love the ‘Ultimate [Spider-Man]‘ stuff.”

Name-dropping the Spidey co-creator and the “Ultimate Spider-Man” series that many (including Splash Page) have indicated as a potential source material for a “Spider-Man” reboot, Webb played coy on whether he was indeed among the favored directors for Peter Parker’s next big-screen adventure, he certainly didn’t seem opposed to the idea.

“How could you not be a fan of Peter Parker and Spider-Man?” he asked.

Would his “500 Days of Summer” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt make a good Peter Parker? He’s one of the choices in the poll below.

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt would make a good Meryl Streep — he can do anything,” laughed Webb.

Reluctant to tip his “Spider-Man” hat, Webb simply said, “I hope so,” when asked if we should expect an announcement regarding his next project any time soon. – Cheers to Pat for sending me the link – END OF UPDATE

Which one of the actors below would you want to see wearing the red and the blue?

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UPDATED: Spider-Man 4 – Marc Webb or Nimrod Antal could direct

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010


UPDATE: Quiet Earth have an interesting rumour that Nimrod Antal may be in the running for the next Spidey film:

The whole story goes like this: Sam Raimi met Nimrod on the Sony lot before his first US film, Vacancy. They clicked, so Sam hired him to direct Armored. Now, Predators is getting some great word-of-mouth around tinsel-town. Warners loves it and now Sam Raimi and Sony want the director back at the studio to helm Spiderman. END OF UPDATE

Only a few days since it was announced that Sam Raimi had left the Spider-Man 4 film – did he walk or was he pushed? Now Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that (500) Days of Summer (check out the LFF review) director Marc Webb is the front-runner to direct the reboot.

The site is reporting that Webb had already met with Sony about the film, which they hope to start production on later this year for a summer 2012 release, in 3-D. It was said that the studio had directors such as James Cameron, David Fincher and Wes Anderson on their wish list, and now it seems Webb is at the top of that list. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

What has Sony execs excited is the fact that (500) Days of Summer introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences.


I’ve still yet to see (500) Days of Summer – yes I know it is a poor show of me – so I can’t really comment too much on whether he is the right choice. As that was dealing with young people he will no doubt be could for the Peter Parker back at school thing. However, is he the right choice for the action pieces of Spider-Man?

I do have a feeling that they are going to try and go for the whole Twilight effect when it comes to the Peter Parker School Days. Who will play Parker though? Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner or another teen heartthrob? Hunter Parrish from Weeds has said he’d like to do it.

I hope they do the right thing and pick someone suited for the role and not just go with the looks.

Is Marcus Webb the right choice to direct Spider-Man 4?

Who would you rather have at the helm – Marc or Nimrod?

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Nemesis – Mark Millar mentions Sam Raimi and Guy Ritchie could direct it

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Mark Millar is the comic book writer behind such comics as Wanted, The Ultimates, Kick-Ass and many more. He recently decided that he wanted to explain the rumour that Sam Raimi was to direct a movie based on his upcoming book with Steve McNiven for Marvel, Nemesis. This is the comic book where he goes with the idea of what if Batman was a villain like the Joker – I posted more on the story a while back.

Here is what Millar has to say about Sam Raimi.

Can I just stomp this rumour before it gets any further? This week CAA was approached by an A-list director to buy Nemesis before it goes to auction in March. Then Sam announces he’s not involved in the Spider-Man franchise any more, pursuing other projects. A lot of movie sites got in touch last night asking if the two stories are linked, but I just want to make it clear that Sam is not the guy who contacted my agent. I actually think he’s one of the three best living directors and would be honoured to have him on anything I do, but he’s not the guy who got in touch and the truth is that I’m not taking this out until March as originally planned. I want to have the whole thing finished before anybody reads it as Steve and I think we’re onto something pretty special here. Civil War and Old Man Logan were massive hits, but the interest in this from the moment we even said the title has just been unprecedented. We want to make sure this goes to the right guy, though Raimi would actually be an amazing choice and it would be a hilarious middle-finger to all the suits he just walked away from.

Basically I think Millar is doing his excellent work of self promotion and basically starting a great rumour himself. These days you never know what could happen if you start shouting it from the rooftops.

However, Millar goes on

“RAIMI DIRECTING NEMESIS MIGHT NOT BE CRAZY AFTER ALL!”

Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails…

Nobody has seen the scripts yet. The interest in based on Wanted doing 350 mill, insane buzz around town on Kick-Ass and that CBR interview where the Nemesis high concept was explained and visual released. It’s pretty crazy, but a lot of people are trying to get this before it goes elsewhere. Have another thing coming with Leinil after Summer and someone made an offer for this without even knowing what it is. Crazy times.

Yet where does Guy Ritchie come into the mix?

I was actually going to talk to Guy about it in the next couple of weeks, but wondered if a brilliant cop versus brilliant supervillain might be too much like Sherlock Holmes. I’m seeing Matthew this week and will see what he reckons.

There you have it – I’m not sure if there is any truth to any of Millar’s quotes, but it would be very cool if Sam Raimi did end up directing it.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Spider-Man 4 scrapped. Raimi and Maguire gone. Reboot in 2011.

Posted by LiveFor on January 12, 2010

There had been big disagreements between Sam Raimi and Sony about how to go ahead with the fourth Spidey film. Mainly over which villain to use. Instead of coming to an agreement Sony have scrapped Raimi and Maguire and decided to do a reboot aiming for 2011 or 2012.

Here is the press release via Deadline.

Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.

The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.

“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter’s roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

“We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade.This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else’s hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable,” said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio’s chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. “Now everything begins anew, and that’s got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can’t wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012.”

“Spider-Man will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. “We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen.”

The studio will have more news about Spider-Man in 2012 in the coming weeks as it prepares for production of the film.

It all seems very sudden and a bit crazy to go the whole reboot thing. However, it is a good idea to spend some more time with the Peter Parker school years as I always felt that they skipped through them awfully quick in the first film. However, it is a shame that Raimi is gone as I do feel he was revitalised after Drag Me To Hell and many of the problems with the third film were down to the studio pushing for Venom.

What are your thoughts on the news? Who should direct the reboot? Who should star as Peter Parker and what other characters do you want to see in it?

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Spider-Man 4 delayed due to arguments over the villain

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2010

There was mention a while back that John Malkovich could be down to play the Vulture in Sam Raimi’s next installment of your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

According to THR Sony and Sam Raimi are at loggerheads over which direction to go with the villains for the latest installment. An impasse which has prompted the studio to delay its scheduled spring production start and potentially to bump the film from its 11th May 2011 release slot.

Raimi wants to have the Vulture act as the primary antagonist in the film while the studio, which dislikes the idea of the winged wrongdoer, is pushing for a romantic sub-plot involving a burglar named the Black Cat in addition to another villain. At the very least this seems to have got rid of the dreadfully named Vulturess.

This argument goes back to the awful Spider-Man 3 when Raimi wanted to use the Vulture, but the studio pushed for Venom and that was a waste of a good character.

I’m with Raimi on this one. A single villain would be great as, with many comic book movies, having more than one bad guy dilutes their menace and time to develop them. If we can’t have the Lizard then I am happy to see a cool take on the Vulture and they could just set up the basics for Black Cat for a future film.

Do you want one bad guy in the next Spidey film?

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