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Captain America is going to be played by….

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

Hold up. Not so fast there pilgrim. Nothing is totally official, but here is what I know.

According to IESB, the role of Steve Rogers is down to there – Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, The Losers), and a sneaky entry by Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl). However, Tatum could be down for another G.I. Joe, Stan is not American (he’s Romanian and apparantly they don’t want a non-American in the part, that’s why Sam Worthington ruled himself out) and Evans could be tied to another FF film (although all reports suggest any new FF film will be a reboot with an all new cast.

Wait there though, I’m not finished.

According to Heat Vision blog Chris Evans has been offered the role of Captain America.

Marvel has not confirmed the development and CAA, which reps the actor, declined to comment.

Out of the three mentioned I would have to say Evans is the best choice. He’s got a bit more to him than the others and has the charisma needed to play Cap. Plus he is a known name and face, but not a huge name if you know what I mean.

Therefore, we may have finally got out Captain America. Mind you Alex Ross (the brilliant artist behind Marvels, Kingdom Come and so much more) has suggested John Hamm (Mad Men) as “Captain America is supposed to be the patriarch of the Marvel universe. To get a guy in his early to mid-20s is only thinking about where the character began, not what he ultimately needs to become.”

I have to agree with him. All the people chose to audition for the role are just that bit too young, Aaron Eckhart or Mark Valley would have been cool, but Hamm would also work (he’d be great as Superman though). Like I said out of the three names at the top Evans is the best of them.

Let’s just wait for the official announcement.

Do you think Chris Evans is the best choice for the role? Will he be able to fit it in with his Radio 2 morning show (a joke for the Brits there)? What superhero role should John Hamm play?

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Captain America – Channing Tatum may be a lock and female lead may soon be cast

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2010

After the news that Ryan Phillippe was auditioning for Captain America another name surfaces and it was one that was mentioned way back when the film was first mentioned. Yep, Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Fighting, Dear John) has supposedly been approached by Marvel to play Steve Rogers.

Deadline have the news and they say “I would be surprised if he went in to test for the role., now that he’s become a bankable commodity. It’ll come down to Marvel making an offer, and Tatum either accepting it or rejecting it.”

I have to disagree with their comment as I am sure he would still have to audition for the role along with Phillippe, Chris Evans and the rest. His last two films (Dear John and G.I. Joe) may have made money, but many will agree that he still has yet to truly show his acting chops. As well as being buff Captain America has to ooze charisma. He is also a master strategist and Tatum just doesn’t sit well with me.

The trouble is, with The Wolfman being a flop I am just not sure how much that will have effected director Joe Johnston’s rights to make decisions.

Deadline also have the news that Keira Knightly and Emily Blunt are in the running to play the female lead of Peggy – Blunt missed out on playing the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 due to commitments on Gulliver’s Travels.

Could Captain America be the film were Marvel Studios loses its current run of coolness? Is Tatum the one to play Cap or is it just wrong wrong wrong?

Come on already, make a decision please Marvel Studios.

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The Wolfman / Dear John Trailer mashup

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

The trailer for the romantic film Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried recut to the audio from The Wolfman’s Trailer which stars Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt.

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Al Pacino takes over from Robert De Niro in Son of No One with Channing Tatum

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

Al Pacino is stepping into the role recently vacated by Robert De Niro in Son of No One, a police thriller starring Channing Tatum (Fighting, Dear John, G.I. Joe) according to Reuters.

Pacino and De Niro always seem to have that connection despite having starred in only a few films together (Heat, Righteous Kill, The Godfather Part 2) so there is no way to tell what effect, if any, this change will have on the film. Pacino’s character will probably be more manic than De Niro would have played him, but that’s about it.

The script, written by director Dito Montiel, centers on a young cop (Tatum) who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.

Terrence Howard (who worked with Tatum on Fighting), Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes are in various stages of negotiation to join the cast. It would have been nice to Liotta and De Niro together again after the amazing Goodfellas but that is obviously not going to happen now.

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Knockout – Tatum and Banderas joining Soderbergh’s action film

Posted by LiveFor on January 11, 2010

A few days ago news surfaced that Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Hunger”) had all joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s spy thriller, Knockout. That’s the one that stars Mixed Martial Arts champion Gina Carano in the lead.

Now The Playlist have some more casting news. Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Public Enemies, Fighting, Step Up) has joined the as one of the elite specialists on Carano’s team named Aaron — a military gearhead-type who’s sent to try and bring her back in once she’s been double-crossed and gone rogue; trying to figure out who exactly is setting her up. However, this will supposedly be just a small role.
Antonio Banderas (Desperado) is also in talks to join the cast playing the head of a Black-ops European unit.

It also turns out that Dennis Quaid will play Carano’s father.

Long time Soderberg collaborator, David Holmes will be writing the score for the film.

Soderbergh is currently location scouting and will now be primarily shot in Barcelona, Dublin and New Mexico. The picture is set to start shooting in February and Lionsgate hopes to have the film in theaters for August.
This sounds like it could be an excellent action film, full of intrigue, double crossing and lots of fighting. Plus Soderbergh should bring something quite different to the look of an action film.

Definitely one to keep an eye on.

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The Eagle of the Ninth – Photos from the Roman film starring Channing Tatum

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2009

Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong and Tahar Rahim, The Eagle of the Ninth is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

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The Eagle of the Ninth is shooting

Posted by LiveFor on August 25, 2009

n14340The Eagle of the Ninth has begun shooting in Hungary. No it is not a film about golf. If you like big Roman epics then this could be for you. It is directed by Kevin Macdonald and stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong.

Filming begins today on the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-TV.

The cast is headed by Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of the Ninth from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel of the same name.

The Eagle of the Ninth is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Mr. Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Mr. Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Mr. Sutherland portrays Marcus’ uncle Aquila, who has retired in Britain; Mr. Strong is cast as Guern, an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth.

Film4 head Tessa Ross added, “We’re incredibly excited to be working again with the wonderful Kevin Macdonald and his brilliant collaborators on this great project – Duncan, Jeremy, and our colleagues at Focus.”

In addition to The Last King of Scotland, for which Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Macdonald’s films as director include One Day in September, which won him the Best Documentary Feature Oscar; the mountain-climbing thriller Touching the Void; and, most recently, State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.

Duncan Kenworthy has produced three of the most successful British films of all time: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. Together, they have grossed nearly $900 million at the worldwide box-office. He has been nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, and has won five BAFTA Awards and three Emmy Awards. He was made an O.B.E. in 1999 for services to film, and is vice president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In 2004, he created the Toledo Scholarships at the National Film and Television School for British ethnic minority students; there have been eight Toledo Scholars so far.

Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The Company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the U.K., whether new or established. Film4 was a financier of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which won 8 Academy Awards earlier this year. Film4 partnered with Focus on Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, for which star Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe Award. It also backed Steve McQueen’s Hunger, winner of, amongst other awards, the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival’s Camera d’Or; and Mike Leigh’s Oscar-nominated Happy-Go-Lucky, for which star Sally Hawkins won a Golden Globe Award.

Film4’s most recent releases include Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova. Upcoming Film4 projects include Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones; Paul King’s Bunny and the Bull; Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy; Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go; Xiaolu Guo’s She, A Chinese, which won the Golden Leopard at the 2009 Locarno Film Festival; and, with Focus Features International, and the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund, Mike Leigh’s new film.

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – 3 TV Spots

Posted by LiveFor on July 21, 2009

Will this be cheesily good or so bad it hurts?

Due out on 7th August.

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G.I. Joe – Japanese trailer gives our first look at The Doctor a.k.a. Cobra Commander

Posted by LiveFor on July 6, 2009

The Doctor is played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. You can see him at the 0:08 mark in the trailer chatting to Destro (Christopher Eccleston). Both are pre-iconic mask, although the Doctor has that weird breath mask thing.

The whole thing is looking very sci-fi and I reckon kids will love it. What do you think of the new trailer?

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Public Enemies, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on July 1, 2009

Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Stephen Dorff, Billy Crudup, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, David Wenham, Jason Clarke, Emilie De Ravin
Running Time: 140 minutes
Score: 8 / 10

This review by me. Check out my report from the press conference.

John Dillinger. He seemed unstoppable and in the 13 months from his release from prison to his death he lived for the moment and became a legend. Paroled in May, 19933 and by July 1934 he was dead.

Michael Mann’s Public Enemies tells the tale of Dillinger and his pursuit by G-Man Melvin Pervis, the inspiration for the look of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy.

My first thoughts on the film – It was good, but not a masterpiece as some are calling it. However, after watching it again that may change for the better, hell it may change while I get my thoughts sorted in this review. The reason being the way it was filmed.

Let me explain. We are all used to films from that era to have certain look and feel to them. That period sheen were you know, not just from the cars and costumes that you are looking at something from the past. The look that film can give you. However, Mann used HD cameras as he did with Collateral. As you know this has a contemporary immediacy about it. It can remind you of a home video or a documentary and lots of the shots in Public Enemies had a hand held look to them as you follow Dillinger and his gang on numerous bank robberies. What I am trying to get at is that this film seemed as if it was shot back then but with todays technology. It’s unlike any other period film that I’ve seen in that regard and it took me a while to get used to it. I found myself enjoying the film more as it went on. Hence if I watched it again I would probably get more out of it.

With that out of the way, let’s get on with it. Depp as Dillinger is superb. You get him straight away. He’s got out of prison after a lengthy sentence for a minor teenage crime. The world around him is full of colour, fun and opportunity and he wants it all right now and to hell with tomorrow. Johnny Depp plays him with a devil may care smile and you can see why the public loved John Dillinger. He played the PR thing before it was invented.

What got me was how cool he was under pressure. From walking around the Dillinger Task Force offices surrounded by photos of himself to breaking out of Lake County Jail with a gun he carved out of a chopping board he just didn’t seem to care what happened to him.

This Lake County breakout was one of my favourite scenes. Depp with his wooden gun takes a few guards hostage before driving out of the prison in the warden’s own car. The audacity of the man was amazing. If you feel that it was a little far fetched it turns out that Michael Mann toned it down from reality as in real life Dillinger took 13 guards hostage but Mann felt the audience would find that a little hard to believe!

The fact that this scene and many others were filmed at the actual locations where events took place makes it all the more realistic. It also went someway in helping the actors play the roles. Little Bohemia Lodge where the FBI surrounded Dillinger and his gang only for them to get away once again. The Biograph theatre in Chicago where Dillinger watched his final film, Manhatten Melodrama (where Clark Gable basically plays Dillinger), was renovated for the film and when Dillinger meets his end in the film, Depp falls in the exact same spot that Dillinger did.

Marion Cotillard is great as Dillinger’s girl, Billie Frechette. She has that wounded innocence that was seen in A Very Long Engagement and in an interrogation scene with the FBI she is wonderful. Like many of the actors she is not actually in the film for that great a length of time, but she lights up the screen every time she is.

Christian Bale plays Melvin Purvis. Hand picked by J Edgar Hoover (a great portrayal by Billy Crudup) the straight laced G-Man finds he has to bend his strict moral code to bring Dillinger to justice and you can see it cutting him up as the film goes on. Bale, as usual, plays it well. He oozes professionalism as the man who tracked down Dillinger and then the frustration as he escapes once again. There is no Batman growl, but he did keep the accent all through the shooting of the film.

Bale and Depp only have a few minutes of screen time together – Mann seems to like doing this with big names, Pacino and De Niro in Heat had a similar amount of time together – but they do it well. Two sides of the same coin. One buttoned down and in control, the other living for the moment, but both keenly aware that they are losing friends and that one day soon only one of them will still be alive.

Around these three big names are numerous other great actors. Many of whom are only on screen for a short time – Stephen Dorff as Homer Van Meter, Channing Tatum as a blink and you’ll miss him Pretty Boy Floyd, Stephen Graham (This is England, Snatch) was brilliant as Baby Face Nelson, David Wenham (300, Australia), Jason Clarke, Emilie De Ravin and many more. All of them were great. Yet sadly not enough time was spent on getting to know some of them. Some of the characters were long time friends of Dillinger, yet you don’t get a chance to know them before they disappear never to be seen again.

The look of the film is spot on. Everything looks authentic – cars, guns, clothes, buildings – and Mann directs with his usual aplomb. The gunfight scenes are all gripping and loud. This is to be expected from Mann whose gun battle in Heat is still one of my favourites.

My main problem with the film was that I felt curiously uninvolved in the first part of the film. This may have been due to the way it was filmed as I mentioned at the start, but it also felt as if you were dropped into the middle of things and then moved quickly to the next scene and then the next, before things settled down a little after the first third. This may have been intentional though to get you into the hectic life of the Dillinger gang, but it did make it hard to get a handle on the characters.

The look and feel of the film did remind me a lot of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie & Clyde.

It was 140 minutes in length but it flew by and I felt a little extra time spent on some of the minor characters would have added to my enjoyment. I definitely want to see it again though as I would appreciate the film more now I know how the HD camerawork affects the look of it all.

Don’t get me wrong, the film is well worth seeing especially if you are a fan of Mann’s previous work. Plus Johnny Depp is always great to see. Be prepared for the curious effect the HD has on the period look and you will enjoy it all the more.

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