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Monsters vs Aliens – Meet the monsters and some behind the scenes footage

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens directors Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon introduce us to the film’s title monsters.

Producers and executives at DreamWorks Animation discuss the increased use of the 3-D medium. While taking a look at the format, the featurette provides new clips and behind the scenes footage from the film. Special also provides interviews with cast and crew.

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Monsters vs Aliens featurette

Posted by LiveFor on December 9, 2008

Entertainment Tonight has released a new featurette for DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens featured below.

Opening in theaters and IMAX on March 27, the 3-D animated-comedy features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland and Paul Rudd.

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Atlantis Rising – As a result will we see a Namor or Aquaman film?

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2008

“After more than a thousand years of peaceful coexistence, Atlantis and the surface world are on the brink of war with the fate of both civilizations hanging in the balance.”

Mr Kate Beckinsale or Len Wiseman, (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) has jumped on board to direct an adaptation of the comic Atlantis Rising for DreamWorks. First though he has to get through Motorcade. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Eagle Eye) will be producing the project . No writer has been attached yet.

I’ve not actually read the comic yet but it does sound rather good. Atlantis Rising is a five-part miniseries published by Platinum Studios. It was created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

The tale begins when seismic disturbances at sea force the military to investigate the deepest part of the ocean, where an underground civilization emerges to engage in war with planet Earth. Seems a bit unreasonable of the sea people. Check out the website for the comic and drunkduck.com have the first four issues posted so you can read them for free.

Big fantastical sea based films of recent years haven’t done that well – Waterworld and The Abyss spring to mind (although I do think The Abyss is excellent) – but effects have moved on so this could be good.

Have you read the comic book? Does this intrigue you?

If this is a success could it mean we will eventually see Namor and / or Aquaman on the big screen? Do you say aye shiver me timbers or am I just walking the plank? (Oh that was a stinker of way to wrap up this post!)

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Steven Spielberg has quit Paramount Pictures

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2008

Director Steven Spielberg has formally quit Paramount Pictures and will now launch a brand new film venture.

The legendary moviemaker will reportedly produce 35 movies in the next five years as part of the forthcoming multi-billion deal with India’s Reliance Ada Group.

Spielberg will stay at the helm of the Transformers franchise for Paramount, and will collaborate on three other movies for the Hollywood giant, including the science-fiction remake of When Worlds Collide – slated for a 2010 release.

Both parties say the split is amicable.

Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey says, “We have had a great run with the DreamWorks team both creatively and financially.
“In particular, it has been a true honour working closely with a storyteller of Steven’s talent and stature.”

Spielberg says he had “enjoyed a productive creative and business collaboration” with Paramount and spoke of “extending the relationship for many years to come.”

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The Uninvited Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on October 5, 2008

Based on Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean horror film, “Changhwa Hongryon,” The Uninvited revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her of Rachel’s intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancee is not who she pretends to be.

Whatd do you reckon to this? Have you seen the original? How does it compare?

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Blackbeard Biopic to be directed by Paul Greengrass

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2008

In May this year, news broke that Dreamworks was to make a film based on the pirate Blackbeard. One of the writers of Gladiator David Franzoni was working on a script. Now the rumour is that director has been ear marked, and it is Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum, Kavanagh QC!)
Mania.com say that this pirate film is aiming for more of an R rated approach. David Franzoni is still working on the script, and Greengrass is top of a shortlist of people they want to direct. The film will tell the story of Edward Teach, one time member of the Royal Navy. After fighting against the Spanish, many sailors find themselves disowned. Teach and a group of fellow sailers, take his ship and begin a life of piracy.

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Disturbia / Rear Window What’s the difference? Hence, Spielberg being sued

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2008

The good folks over at Filmstalker have this tale and it is a very obvious likeness between the two movies (our review of Rear Window is here):

Steven Spielberg is one of a few people being sued over Disturbia, starring Shia LaBeouf. It stems from the films likeness to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

According to the law suit, the film makers failed to get the appropriate rights to the book on which both appear to be based.

Disturbia was made by among others, Steven Spielberg‘s Dreamworks, Viacom Inc, and Universal Pictures. All three are named in the lawsuit, and are accused of copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Rear Window was originally based on the short story Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint, when Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart made Rear Window they obtained the rights to the short story. The lawsuit claims that the makers of Disturbia did not.
What the defendants have been unwilling to do openly, legitimately and legally, (they) have done surreptitiously, by their back-door use of the ‘Rear Window’ story without paying compensation.

Reuters through Yahoo! News, say the lawsuit claims both films are essentially the same. And that there are similarities between the two films, and the short story. Both in characters involved and the plot.
In the Disturbia film the defendants purposefully employed immaterial variations or transparent rephrasing to produce essentially the same story as the Rear Window story

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Monsters vs Aliens – Poster for Dreamworks 3D Animated Movie

Posted by LiveFor on August 5, 2008

This is the poster for Dreamworks sci-fi animated movie, Monsters vs Aliens. The basic plot is that aliens are invading Earth so we get the giant monsters based on the 1950’s sci-fi movies to fight back. Reese Witherspoon is voicing the character of Susan Murphy aka. Ginormica, a modern day California girl who is bit by a meteor on her wedding day and grows to be 49 foot, 11.5 inches tall! Joining her to fight the evil alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) are Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D (Hugh Laurie), the jellylike B.O.B. (Seth Rogan) and the half-ape, half-fish Missing Link (Will Arnett). Kiefer Sutherland is General W.R. Monger and Stephen Colbert is the President.

Sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun

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