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The Random – Ghostbusters 3, Daredevil reboot, 24 film, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Terminator rights sold, Hanna, 127 Hours, Jane Eyre, The Fields, Thomas Crown Affair 2

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

– Bill Murray has sort of confirmed the rumour started by Sigourney Weaver a while back, “I’ll come back in Ghostbusters III only if I get to be a ghost,” said Murray in a new interview “I said to them, ‘I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ So now they are going to have me as a ghost in the film.” I just think he is taking the piss.

– Marvel’s Daredevil will get another chance on the big screen as David Scarpa, the man who wrote the recent remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still is writing a new DD script….doesn’t fill me with much hope that the character will get the treatment he deserves. The main reason for the reboot is that Fox’s rights to the character would revert back to Marvel if they didn’t make it.Will Jason Statham be Matt Murdock?

– Jack Bauer may be heading to the big screen for a 24 film. Still early days, but Kiefer Sutherland is up for it and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Breach) has pitched the studios about it. Would be set in Europe, but I have to say what’s the point of taking a series that is set over a day and condensing it into a 2 hour action film?

– Steven Soderbergh has another film in the works called Contagion. According to The Playlist, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law have all started negotiations to star in the film, which is written by The Informant! screenwriter Scott Z Burns. It’ll follow multiple plotlines across four continents as a virus begins to spread, and terrifying events follow.

– Sony Pictures and Lionsgate bid on the rights for the Terminator franchise. However, according to Deadline, Halcyon Holding Corp accepted the $29.5 million bid from the debtholder which pushed it into bankruptcy, Santa Barbara-based hedge fund Pacificor. (This is the same Pacificor whom Halcyon accused in a lawsuit of extortion, bribery, and fraud and demanded $30M in damages.)

– Cate Blanchett will join Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in Hanna. The Joe Wright-directed Focus Features drama that casts Ronan as a 14-year old assassin.

– Amber Tamblyn will play the female lead opposite James Franco in 127 Hours. The Danny Boyle film about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who cut off his arm with a dull knife to save his life after being unable to free the limb from under a boulder. Tamblyn will play his girlfriend, with their relationship played out in flashbacks that keep him going.

– Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) has landed the title role of Jane Eyre, the Cary Fukunaga (sin Nombre) directed adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte novel.

– Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) has signed on to star in Ami Canaan Mann’s very dark thriller The Fields reports Production Weekly. Based on a true story, Worthington would play a homicide detective from Texas investigating a strong of unsolved murders amidst the oil refineries in the state’s south-east with the help of a peer from New York.

– On the progress of the Thomas Crown Affair sequel, actor Pierce Brosnan said this week that “We’ve got the fourth script in and this is the closest we’ve gotten in structure to making sense. It’s very very hard. Now we have the character, it’s not really fleshed out, so we have to work on him, Mr. Crown, and her, Miss Moore, another affair, more art, but it has to be an unexpected surprise”

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Ponyo – Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus talk about the new Studio Ghibli film

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2010

Ponyo is the new Studio Ghibli film. It has been out in the US for a while, but it is due out on the 12th February in the UK.

Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) takes more moviegoers on a magical new adventure that celebrates the power of innocent love and the beauty of the natural world in his latest animated triumph, “PONYO”. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”, “PONYO” tells the story of a young and overeager goldfish named PONYO and her quest to become human. An enchanting and visually stunning blend of imagination, humour, action, mystery and romance.

It features the voice cast of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus as Ponyo. Yes Noah is Miley Cyrus’ sister.

Check out the trailer below and interviews with Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus courtesy of Optimum Releasing.


Here is what Liam had to say about the film.

What do you make of Miyazaki films in general?
He seems to dip into various cultures from around the world. Dips into the myths and fantasies of different countries and then adds something else himself. Some phantasmagorical element that’s purely him, you know.

What is your character like in Ponyo?
I play this character Fujimoto who I guess is the regulator of the oceans. He lives under water but he is capable of coming up on dry land as long as he remains wet. He can’t dry out. And he’s kind of a Merlin type figure. Capable of making magic potions and he kind of addresses and keeps in balance, tries to keep in balance the whole eco system of the ocean. I guess that’s his job. He’s quite a colourful strange character.

What were the rest of the Ponyo cast like?
Noah and Frankie were wonderful as their characters, as Ponyo and the little boy. Cate Blanchett again delivers a lovely, magical, soft soothing voice that’s pretty special.

In your opinion what can the audience of Ponyo expect?
Just to enjoy the story which is quite wonderful and magical. There’s lessons there, there’s something there for everyone. On just an aspect of how to live one’s life and to live each moment and to be curious about life and celebrate it.

Now onto Noah.

So Noah tell us a little bit about Ponyo…
Ponyo is a little fish who has become human after she meets a little boy called Sosuke and Ponyo, well, she thinks about others before she thinks about herself.

Why does Ponyo want to be human?
Well she wants to be just like him, she wants to have feet and she wants to have hands.

What is the story of Ponyo about?
The story is all about saving the world. In the very beginning Ponyo gets stuck in a net when a fishing boat cleans the bottom of the ocean. She’s swimming around and she’s trying to get away from it. And then her heads gets stuck into a bottle and then she finally gets out of that little net thing. She floats to the shore in the bottle and then stops and Sosuke goes to the shallow part and gets her.

Why are Ponyo and Sosuke so close?
It’s really close because they kind of just met each other and then it grows stronger because Ponyo helps him find his mother in the story.

How did you get involved with the film?
I got involved with the film when my mum came in my room and she was just like “you got a part for this little fish named Ponyo and you will also be doing the movie with Frankie Jonas” So I was really excited that I was going to do it with my best friend.

So you knew Frankie before you started working on the film then?
We have known Frankie and his brothers for about three years now and they’re a lot of fun to hang out with.

How did you get involved with the Jonas Brothers in the first place? Were you a fan of their music or did you get to know them through your sister?
We were just friends. We met their mum and we really started to hang out because we were helping them find a place in LA. And they got one like right down the street from us and so we hung out almost every day. We would ride bikes together and it was just a lot of fun.

And what about the rest of the cast on the film, who were you excited about working with?
I was excited working with Frankie Jonas; I was excited to work with Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson and Matt Damon and Tina Fey and everybody.

It’s a great cast isn’t it?
It was amazing that I got to have such good actors and actresses by me.

And in terms of the actual role itself was it easy or difficult for you to do the acting without being on screen?
Doing Ponyo was kinda hard because I heard Japanese in my headphones and so it was really hard to speak the lines in English. I had to learn, and it was a lot of fun though.

And what about other Studio Ghibli films, have you seen any of them?
I have and Mr Hayao Miyazaki makes amazing films.

What’s your favourite?
I think my favourite movie is Spirited Away.

Are you keen to do more of this sort of thing or are you keen to do more acting where you’re actually on screen? What’s your favourite way of working?
I wanna do acting and singing and I wanna horseback ride as well.

And how about singing, are you going to follow your sister in her footsteps?
Yeah I wanna sing, I wanna sing country, I wanna sing pop and I wanna do both just like my Dad and Miley and brothers and sister.

And does your sister give you a lot of advice?
My sister and my Dad give me lots of advice. My Dad says about acting “if you’re not having fun with it, then it isn’t working out for you”.

But you had fun with Ponyo though yeah?
I had a lot of fun doing Ponyo. It was my first movie and it was a blast!

When you went on tour with your sister, where was your favourite place that you visited?
I liked London a lot and I loved Miami. Miami was a lot of fun, we were right up the beach and my mum and I on the last day we were there went down to the beach and we swam and it was a lot of fun.

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Robin Hood – 1st poster for Ridley Scott’s new one – A man and his bow

Posted by LiveFor on December 23, 2009

The excellent HeyUGuys posted the first posters for Ridley Scott’s take on the Hooded Man. I kind of like the poster, but to be honest nothing about this film has really grabbed me. It just seems like the same old same old and very Gladiator in the woods. and I still think Errol Flynn was a cracking Robin Hood.

Personally I would have liked them to have gone the slightly mystic way as they did in the old TV show, Robin of Sherwood. That’s the one that starred Michael Praed (then Jason Connery) as Robin alongside Will Scarlet (Ray Winstone), Little John (Clive Mantle), Friar Tuck (Phil Rose), Much (Peter Llewellyn Williams), the Saracen Nasir (played by Mark Ryan) and Lady Marian (played by Judi Trott). He was also assisted by Herne The Hunter (John Abineri). As in the legend, Robin is opposed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace) and Guy of Gisbourne (Robert Addie). Now that was a cool show.

Here’s the synopsis for the new Robin Hood film:

Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

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Robin Hood -Trailer for Ridley Scott’s tale featuring Russell Crowe

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2009

It went from being a film called Nottingham about the Sheriff, to a man who was both Sheriff and Robin Hood and then to just plain old Robin Hood. Here’s the trailer and to be honest it doesn’t really grab me. It just doesn’t seem that Robin Hoody to me.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life.

Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

Due out on 14th May 2010

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UPDATED: Keira Knightley beats Scarlett Johansson to My Fair Lady

Posted by LiveFor on October 26, 2009

600full-keira-knightleyUPDATE – 18/01/10:According to the Daily Mail Keira Knightley will not play Eliza Doolittle in the new movie version of My Fair Lady.

The Oscar-nominated actress has withdrawn herself from consideration for the role created by Audrey Hepburn in the landmark film based on the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical.

Over a period of two years, the 24-year-old star met producers Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy to discuss the possibility of playing the Covent Garden flower girl.

Now John Madden, who made Oscar triumph Shakespeare In Love and the forthcoming thriller The Debt, has signed on to make the film and has been busily building his team. Acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne will most likely create the dance sequences.

The film-makers are insistent that the role goes to a British actress. Among those now being asked to meet Madden is Carey Mulligan, nominated this week for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Orange Rising Star Award – END OF UPDATE

24-year-old Kiera Knightley has beaten Scarlett Johansson to the part of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of My Fair Lady.

Joe Wright, who worked with Knightley in Pride and Prejudice, has been chosen to direct the film.

In August it was reported that Knightley had been forced to compete with Johansson, 24, for the role.

“I have two actresses as potential Elizas, one British, the other American,” said Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who is producing the film with Duncan Kenworthy, at the time. “You’d know their names, but I’m not letting on.”

Last week, Kenworthy said: “I think Keira would be absolutely fabulous in it.” Emma Thompson is writing the script for the film, for which Daniel Craig has been mooted as a possible Professor Henry Higgins.

Wright had been due to direct Cate Blanchett in Indian Summer, a film about the relationship between Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, but as previously reported this had been scrapped. The Indian government had expressed concern about its portrayal of the alleged love affair.

Thanks to Pam for sending me the news.

Source: The Telegraph

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Indian Summer – Cate Blanchett film has been cancelled

Posted by LiveFor on October 21, 2009

blanchettFilm studio Universal has cancelled historical drama Indian Summer, which was to star Cate Blanchett according to the BBC.

The decision to scrap the film – due to be shot in India – was mainly down to budgetary constraints, according to trade paper Variety.

Atonement director Joe Wright was to make the movie about the last days of Britain’s colonial rule of India.

Both Wright and Blanchett will remain attached to the project for the foreseeable future, Variety added.

Blanchett had been cast as Edwina Mountbatten, wife of Lord Mountbatten – the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire who oversaw the country’s transition to independence in 1947.

Wright told Variety there had been creative differences between the film’s producers and the Indian government.

“We were in between a rock and a hard place,” he said.

“The Indian government wanted us to make less of the love story while the studio wanted us to make more of the love story.”

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Fantastic Mister Fox – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2009

Here is the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new stop motion film. Based on the Roald Dahl book and features the voices of George Clooney as Mr Fox, Cate Blanchett as his wife and Bill Murray as the Badger.

At first I wasn’t sure about the animation on this but as the trailer goes on I grew to like it.

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

The stop-motion film, marking Anderson’s first foray into animation, is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. George Clooney will voice Mr. Fox, while Cate Blanchett voices his wife.

Out on 13th November.

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Photos from Wes Anderson’s adaption of the Roald Dahl classic

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2009

The film focuses on a crafty fox (voiced by George Clooney) who finds himself and his family targeted for death by the three dumb, plug-ugly farmers who tire of sharing their chickens with the critter. The Fantastic Mr. Fox features the voices of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Meryl Streep.

How about that for a cast! The film is due out on 13th November.

I’m a little unsure about the look of the film. Not what I was expecting, but typical Wes Anderson quirkyness. What are your thoughts?

Source: filmsactu.com

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More photos of Crowe as Robin Hood

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

Filming is well under way for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and here are a few more photos of Russell Crowe as Robin Hood. Just Jared had the pics along with a few others.

The photos where taken on Pembrokeshire Beach in Wales. The one below also shows Kevin Durand (Blob in Wolverine) in the back.

Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Strong, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, Alan Doyle, Oscar Isaacs, Lea Seydoux and William Hurt and will be released nationwide on 14th May 2010.

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