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Ed Norton is up for The Avengers and the Hulk

Posted by LiveFor on March 15, 2010

Edward Norton didn’t have a great time on The Incredible Hulk film. He co-wrote it but was apparently not happy with the final film. I personally really enjoyed it. However, Norton is not taking my calls and keeps pretending to be a local chip shop. Cheeky Norton.

Previous comments from Norton have suggested he wasn’t bothered about returning to the role of Banner and his possible appearances throughout the Marvel film Universe. Now, while speaking to Coming Soon it looks as if he is a bit happier about the whole thing and would go back if Marvel asked him.

“Yeah, to some degree, through my agents…But there’s always been an agenda I think to unspool a lot of the Marvel Universe and then come back… I think they’ve got a lot of new stuff that they’re rolling out and then I think at some point they’re going to figure out how they want to get around to ‘Avengers.'”

He also added that “The main guy I had a beef with there left anyways, as always happens. As David Mamet said, ‘Just wait ’em out cause they’ll be gone, and you’ll still be there'”

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Film Production Nightmares

Posted by LiveFor on February 5, 2010

By Richard Bodsworth.

Benicio Del Toro stars in the remake of the 1941 classic horror The Wolfman which is set to open next week but it has not been an easy ride to get the finished product to the screen.  Mark Romanek left the project right before principal photography was about to start citing the old chestnut “creative differences” and was replaced by Jurassic Park 3 helmer, Joe Johnston.  The Wolfman is not the only film due this year which has had major production problems; Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has also been hit with issues, most notably constant script rewrites resulting in the release date being pushed back numerous times.  Of course this is not a new thing, so let’s take a look at some other films which have struggled in production…

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in the tropical rainforests of Australia, what could possibly go wrong? Um, a lot actually.  Three days in to production of the H.G Wells adaptation director Richard Stanley was given the heave-ho (a move apparently forced by Val Kilmer who earlier, for no apparent reason, decided he wanted his part drastically cut) and was replaced by John Frankenheimer, never a good start.  Brando and Frankenheimer then rewrote the majority of the script before later clashing over the direction the film was taking; Frankenheimer would also have heated exchanges with Val Kilmer several times throughout the shoot before vowing never to work with him again. Brando and Kilmer both had their own personal problems on-set, Kilmer being issued divorce papers on location while Brando struggled with the suicide of his daughter.  Amazingly Brando, who by this time had given up on the film, was fed his lines through a frequency radio.  David Thewlis (a late replacement for Rob Morrow) who would later skip the premiere supposedly said “He’d be in the middle of a scene and suddenly he’d be picking up police messages and Marlon would repeat ‘There’s a robbery at Woolworths’”.  The film received negative reviews and barely managed to scrape back its budget, Brando went on to win a Razzie for his performance.   

Twilight Zone: The Movie

Produced by Steven Spielberg, this feature length film of the classic 60’s TV show was split in to four segments, part one directed by John Landis, the second by Spielberg himself, Joe Dante directed the third and George Miller the fourth.  The events that occurred during the filming of Landis’ segment overshadowed the film itself as a freak accident cost the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors.  Whilst filming a scene featuring a helicopter, pyrotechnics were set off but the helicopter was flying too low causing it to spin out of control and crash to the ground killing the trio.  Legal action followed and many regulations were changed including those that featured child and stunts filmed at night. 

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Another well documented Gilliam nightmare, the guy seems to have no luck (here’s a nice article over at Hey You Guys Being disrupted by a nearby NATO target area and a flash flood which would destroy equipment and locations were just the start before lead actor Jean Rochefort suffered a herniated disc cancelling production.  A blistering $15m insurance claim would later be brought and resulted in the company owning the rights to the film (these have since been transferred back to Gilliam). If you haven’t already seen Lost in La Mancha I recommend you do so, like now!  Gilliam has since resurrected the project however and hopes to start filming this year. Fingers crossed.

Alien 3.

One of the most obvious choices is Alien 3 because, well, it was a complete nightmare.  The film went through various writers starting with William Gibson, Near Dark scribe Eric Red to David Thwoy before Vincent Ward took over.  Ward had the idea of a wooden planet inhabited by monks, some of the set designs look great and it would have been very intriguing to see the finished product.  Ward however never got his chance as his idea was scrapped and he was replaced by David Fincher for his feature debut.  The script ended up as a mesh of various ideas from previous drafts which was thrown together by series producers Walter Hill and David Giler.  Since Fox wanted to rush the film out to hit their desired release date, Fincher went into the project without a set script and spent most of the time rewriting on set.  Trying the best he could, things got worse for Fincher when the film was reedited without his knowledge leaving him to basically disown the project.  The reception to the final cut was not great and generally regarded as the weakest of the four; you have to wonder how it would have turned out if Ward or Fincher were given full creative control.  If you can, try pick up the special edition DVD which features some interesting interviews and goes into detail about the early ideas and scripts; Fincher sadly does not feature in an interview.  

Apocalypse Now

The finished product may be classed as a cinematic masterpiece but all was not rosy during production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic.  Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel a few days into production before a typhoon destroyed some of the sets, including the Playboy Playmate set, leaving the project behind schedule and over budget.  That man Brando was at it again after he showed up on set far too fat to play Colonel Kurtz forcing Coppola into rewriting the ending which in itself would prove a mammoth task.  Things didn’t get much easier after star Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack on set and had to crawl in to the middle of the road to get help. But after a lengthy post production the film was released to both financial and critical acclaim winning the Palme d’Or in 1979 and still features on numerous “Best of All Time” lists. 


A film starring Malcolm McDowell, Peter O’Toole and Helen Mirren charting the rise and fall of Roman Emperor Caligula sound like a classy affair right? Not quite.  Written by Gore Vidal as a historical drama the only we way to secure funding was by partnering with adult magazine, Penthouse, editor Bob Guccione which should have spelled trouble from the start.  Italian director Tinto Brass was hired but he would argue with both Vidal and art director Danillo Donati over both the script and set design.  Star McDowell and Brass would later try and rewrite the script and Vidal would subsequently have his name removed before launching legal action.  After Guccione saw Brass’ final cut he fired him and brought in Giancarlo Lui to reedit the film and reshoot about six minutes of hardcore pornography to replace Brass’ shots.  Before the film was released Brass would also launch a legal suit further delaying the films release.  When the film finally did make it to the screen it was universally panned.

Others include; almost anything to do with Edward Norton who has a tendency to rewrite his parts onset, he also tried to reedit American History X himself leading to director Tony Kaye unsuccessfully attempting to have his name removed from the credits.  Life on the Blade Runner set was also rather challenging for cast and crew with director Ridley Scott being a notorious hard-ass leading squabbles with Harrison Ford and protests from the crew, oh and then there was the infamous ‘final cut’.  Scott and our old chum Terry Gilliam have both suffered the tragic misfortune of an actor dying mid-shoot, Oliver Reed on Gladiator and Heath Ledger during The Imaginaruim of Dr. Parnassus.  There can’t possibly be anything worse than completing a film, a pretty good film at that, but having it shelved and reshot by Renny Harlin.  Well that’s what happened to Paul Schrader.  His film Dominion, a prequel to horror classic The Exorcist was deemed “too dark” by the studio and Harlin was brought in to hack together Exorcist: The Beginning

 So what others would you like to see on the list? The Wolfman hits cinemas from Friday 12th February (I believe there are advance previews Wednesday and Thursday) keep an eye out for the LFF review.

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Iron Man 2 is set before The Incredible Hulk – Oh boy!

Posted by LiveFor on February 5, 2010

When asked via Twitter when Iron Man 2 takes place in relation to 2008’s Incredible Hulk, director Jon Favreau said the upcoming sequel actually falls Edward Norton’s turn as Hulk.

As MTV point out this fits in with what we see of Tony Stark at the end of The Incredible Hulk when he approaches General Ross in a bar to talk with him about his “unusual problem.”

Stark asks Ross, “What if I told you we were putting a team together?” so he knows about Nick Fury and is already part of the team, which will be The Avengers.

Anyone else have any bits and pieces from the Marvel films which fit help determine the timeline of it all?

The question is where will the other films fall into the timeline?

Image by Mike Deodato

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Leaves of Grass – New poster for Ed Norton pot film

Posted by LiveFor on January 30, 2010

AICN had the new poster for the Tim Blake Nelson film, Leaves of Grass. It stars Edward Norton as Twin Brothers and has been knocking around for a while now without a general release (I posted about it first way back in September 2008).

An Ivy League professor (Edward Norton) is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a simple scheme to take down a local drug lord.

It also stars Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Lynskey, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell and Richard Dreyfuss.

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Leaves of Grass – Trailer For Edward Norton’s twin film

Posted by LiveFor on November 16, 2009

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UPDATED: Fight Club is…well I can’t really tell you about. The rules

Posted by LiveFor on November 12, 2009

fightclubFirst Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club.

Second Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club.

Third Rule: When someone says “Stop” or goes limp, the fight is over.

Fourth Rule: Only two guys to a fight.

Fifth Rule: One fight at a time.

Sixth Rule: No shirts, no shoes.

Seventh Rule: Fights go on as long as they have to.

Eighth Rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight…

Okay, okay. I’ll tell you. Where’s the harm.

The awesome David Fincher directed, Fight Club, is on its way to punch you in the neck Blu-Ray style. It is due out on 23rd November here in the UK and the 17th over in the USA.

I still remember when I first watched it with my good mate Del and just being amazed by it all, especially the bit…well if you’ve seen it you know. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Then watch it again.

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton just owned the screen.

If only the Ferris Bueller Tyler Durden theory really worked.

Okay, here is what is on the Blu-Ray:
# New HD Master Supervised step-by-step by director David Fincher
# Exclusive to Blu-Ray:
# A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club
# An interactive experience introduced by the sound designer Ren Klyce, in which the user can mix the sounds of selected scenes of the movie.
# Insomnia Mode: I am Jack’s search Index
# A new navigation mode, that allows the user to tag any topics during the movie and access to all content available in the disc that refers to the tagged topic.
# Flogging Fight Club
# Backstage at the Spike TV Awards: Hangout with Brad Pitt & Edward Norton in the Green Room shortly after being inducted into the Spike TV ‘Guy Movie Hall of Fame’.

Turns out that Fincher thought it would be funny to use the menu from a sweet bubble-gum romance – Never Been Kissed – the farthest possible thing from the very dark “Fight Club” — that was a much bigger box office success when both films were released in 1999. Barrymore’s inexpensive comedy grossed more in U.S., on initial release. Of course, “Fight Club” has developed a loyal and vocal fan following over the past decade, and it is listed in the top 10 of Total Film’s and Empire magazine’s Greatest Films of All Time lists.

UPDATE:You can see the film for free on the big screen next Tuesday at midnight but only if you like in LA or New York. If you are in NYC click here.  If you want to join Project Mayhem in Los Angeles click here.

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If you want it, you can buy it here:
Fight Club [Blu-ray] [1999] UK
Fight Club [Blu-ray] USA

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Jon Favreau is not directing The Avengers

Posted by LiveFor on October 14, 2009

jonfavreauJon Favreau spoke to MTV and confirmed that Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton won’t be appearing in Iron Man 2 and that Favreau won’t be directing The Avengers, the filmmaker shared some thoughts on his approach to making the Marvel movies all tie together.

“We want to reinforce a lot of the stuff we started to tip off,” Favreau told MTV News. “‘The Avengers’ is a much larger concern for Marvel and Kevin Feige, who runs Marvel. They’re going to be doing ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America,’ and the way we might start to tease those things in this movie, some of it is stuff that we’ve discussed [and] some of the stuff you do last-minute as you figure out how that stuff is coming together.”

“It’s an evolving, amorphous thing,” he explained. “If we decide and commit too early, the secret always gets out.”

Case in point: the post-credits cameo by Sam Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Nick Fury at the end of “Iron Man.” Favreau and the studio went so far to keep the scene a secret that it was even left out of early screenings of the film for press. However, the secret still managed ot get out well before the film premiered.

“As soon as we shot the Nick Fury thing—we had a closed set and nobody was supposed to know about it—a week later somehow it was all over the internet,” said Favreau. “It’s a little bit of a cat-and-mouse game.”

As far as his more direct involvement in “The Avengers” goes, Favreau flat-out denied rumors that he’d direct the superhero team-up extravaganza.

“They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available,” he explained. “It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.”

“It’s going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with ‘Avengers’ you’re going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor,” he continued. “How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it’s going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we’ve created.”

Favreau also confessed that his focus on a single member of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” might not be the best fit for the team-up film.

“That’s why it’s good that you have the guys from Marvel like Kevin Feige, who knows the books well and has been involved with the making of all the movies, and he’ll be very involved with ‘Thor’ and ‘Cap,'” said Favreau. “You need somebody who has the perspective of all the different franchises to bring them together. I have the myopic vision of just knowing and loving Iron Man.”

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Edward Norton says his return to the Hulk all depends on the timing

Posted by LiveFor on September 28, 2009

nortonEdward Norton was recently speaking to MTV when they asked him whether he would be playing Bruce Banner in The Avengers film.

“It’s purely a function of time,” said Norton. “It’s always about just working things out on the schedule.”

“I get very busy. You have to deal with the demands of your moment,” he continued. “I tend to keep my head in the thing I’m doing and I don’t speculate or worry too much about what two or three blocks down the thing is going to be. I know all these things will reveal themselves and work themselves out.”

“The thing about their universe that’s fun is that it all cross-pollinates,” said Norton. “Even when I was working on the ‘Incredible Hulk’ script, I tried to plug in the whole super-soldier serum thing from Captain America.”

“There are limitless permutations,” he said.

There you have it. He may or may not be in it. Thanks Ed, that really cleared things up.

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Iron Man 2 – Will Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) be in it?

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

hulk_lWhile in Toronto attending the International Film Festival, MTV News tracked down Edward Norton, the actor who most recently brought Hulk to the big screen in 2008’s Incredible Hulk. In town to promote his new film “Leaves of Grass” (which received rave reviews after its premiere at the festival), Norton addressed the rumors that his comic book alter ego will appear in Iron Man 2.

“I heard that. I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Norton told MTV News. “I am not in ‘Iron Man 2’ to my knowledge.”

So that’s a big fat no then….however, that doesn’t mean the Hulk won’t be in Iron Man 2.

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The Avengers line up as hinted by Kevin Feige

Posted by LiveFor on August 23, 2009

115_ULTIMATE_COMICS_AVENGERS_1_Carlos_PachecoThe last time Kevin Feige (the guy in charge of the Marvel films) spoke about the Avengers film he mentioned that we would see Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Nick Fury in the film. Now, speaking to CBR, he has given some more hints as to who we may see and it is sounding more and more like it is based on Mark Millar’s take on the team in The Ultimates.

Black Widow is being introduced in “Iron Man 2” and is played by Scarlett Johansson. Will her character be a part of “The Avengers” movie or possibly be spun-off into her own feature film?

She’s signed on for all of those should we be lucky enough to have an audience that wants to see them.

How large will Nick Fury’s role be in “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America?”

You know, that remains to be seen. I think [Sam Jackson’s] gone on the record as saying that he hasn’t busted into badass action mode yet. At the end of the first one, for the people who were patient enough to wait through the end credits, they met this guy named Nick Fury. They or Tony had no idea who he was. In this movie, he opens that door a little bit more for Tony and invites him to walk through it. Tony may or may not do that in this movie. But Nick Fury is the conduit through which all the characters will connect.

In that case, how important was it for you to sign Sam Jackson for all of those films?

We wanted to do it. We wanted to do it for the continuity and clearly he had inspired the Ultimate Comics incarnation of Nick Fury of the past ten years. So we were very happy when we got him involved in all of the movies.

Will the Hulk factor into “The Avengers” film at all?

I think so. In the comics, he has.

Would “The Incredible Hulk” star Edward Norton return for the Avengers movie?

I don’t know? We should ask him.

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