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Neuromancer gets a director

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2010

Vincenzo Natali, director of Splice, is to direct the big-screen adaptation of cyberpunk author William Gibson’s 1984 classic Neuromancer.

According to THR Joseph Khan was previously down to direct the Gibson novel, with Hayden Christensen starring, before Natali stepped in. Not sure if Christensen is still attached. Personally I hope not.

“Neuromancer” tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack and was basically one of the novels that started the whole cyberpunk thing.

Word on the street is that Natali’s Splice is pretty cool and he may well be the right choice for Neuromancer.

What do you think of the choice and who do you want to see star in it?

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Takers – Trailer for the film with the crap poster

Posted by LiveFor on September 11, 2009

takers-posterI posted the really bad poster for this yesterday and now here is the trailer. I’m not going to say anything about it. Make of that what you will.

Takers centers on a notorious group of criminals who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who is hell-bent on solving the case.

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Takers – Truly dreadful poster. No honestly it is awful

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

takers-posterI have seen some bad photoshop work on film posters but this one is really, really bad.

Paul Walker’s head and a smug looking Hayden Christianson are just the beginning. Idris Elba how could you? Why did they never continue the brilliant Ultraviolet vampire series? Why Idris Why?

Oh and Chris Brown is in it so I assume his character will get to beat up some random female character…..too soon?

The tagline is “Everybody is After Something” – I guess that means the Studio are after someone who can make a decent poster. Can any of the many talented people out there make a better one for this film?

Source: I Watch Stuff

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The Vanishing on 7th Street gets Darth Vader

Posted by LiveFor on August 27, 2009

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I first reported on this back in April. Back then Timothy Olyphant and Forest Whitaker where involved but there is no mention of them in this new report.

Hayden Christensen has signed to star and Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are in negotiations to star in the paranormal thriller Vanishing on Seventh Street for director Brad Anderson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Anderson and Anthony Jaswinski, the story is set in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Five survivors fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence.

Christensen is playing a reporter. Newton would play a desperate nurse and Leguizamo a subway operator.

Shooting is set to begin mid-October in the once-thriving city of Detroit.

I really like the plot for this one, but it could be a bit naff if not done right. A definite mix of Twilight Zone, His Dark Materials, Phantoms, The Langoliers and more, but it could look very spooky.

However, Hayden Christiansen…I just don’t know about that. Jumper was a bit of a mess and more like a pilot for a TV show than anything else and Anakin just doesn’t seem to have the charisma for a leading man. What are your thoughts on the film and young Darth starring in it?

The amazing photo is by Alexey Titarenko.

Source: Sci Fi Wire

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Star Wars vs Clerks Mashup

Posted by LiveFor on August 23, 2009

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Mandrake the Magician is heading to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on May 19, 2009

Hayden Christensen (Jumper, “Star Wars” prequels) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad) will star in Mandrake, the adaptation of Lee Falk’s comic strip “Mandrake the Magician” according to ComingSoon.net

Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, The Peacemaker) will direct the film, written by Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, JV Hart, and Ian Jeffers. The film is based on an original story by Kevin Bernhardt.

Jackson Mandrake lives life on the edge. Working as an underground magician and escapologist, his act has grown increasingly dangerous. Following a daring escape from an SUV that has been dropped out of an plane at the Burning Man Festival, he is coerced by the CIA into breaking a deep-cover agent named Xi Shing Lung out of a maximum security jail. Hypnosis, contortion, distraction and technical wizardry all come into play as Mandrake breaks the agent out from the inside within a 24-hour deadline.

But back on the outside, Mandrake learns that it was all a set-up. Xi is a CIA agent gone bad. He offers Mandrake the chance to join his crime ring. When Mandrake refuses, he’s a marked man. He must escape his would-be-killers and also the real CIA who accuse him of being in league with Xi. His quest to clear his name leads him into all sorts of dangers, which he must overcome with daredevil escapes that require all his conjuring skills. And along the way, Mandrake is forced to confront his past and the girl he left behind…

I only really know Mandrake from the old Defenders of the Earth cartoon where he was joined by Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Lothar and others The above synopsis sounds nothing like the top hat and tails character from that and the comic. To be honest the film sounds like a mix of xXx, Shooter and Jumper. Chock full of cliche and not much else.

At the moment I’m not that excited. Hayden Christensen is a bit of a non-event for me, but Djimon Haunsou is usually pretty cool. I wonder if he will be playing Lothar? Interestingly IMDB shows Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to play Mandrake, but again that casting doesn’t do anything for me. IMDB also says Criss Angel and Randy Couture are in the film. Make of that what you will.

Are you a fan of the original Mandrake? Do you like the sound of this take on him? Do you want Christensen or Meyer to play the part? If not them who would be the perfect Mandrake now that David Niven is no longer with us?

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Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones, 2002 – DVD Review

Posted by LiveFor on July 15, 2008

Director: George “Wamprat” Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDairmid, Christopher Lee & Frank Oz
Running Time: 142 Minutes

Score:6/10
Here’s part two of Alan S’s review of the Star Wars universe.

After yesterday’s attempt at committing, what felt like, suicide by saying that The Phantom Menace was actually not a bad film, from a certain point of view, I now seem to have a death wish that compelled me to watch the second episode in the prequel Star Wars trilogy; namely Attack of the Clones.

Here, we are now 10 years after the Battle of Naboo and young Anakin Skywalker is coming towards the end of his tutelage under Obi-Wan (or so he feels). Another failed attempt on the life of the now Senator Amidala throws their lives back together again.

The feel of the film is quite lush at the beginning. Full sweeping sets with velvet and leathers in cool creams and deep reds and purples really live up to the pomp and ceremony of Coruscant. Lucas also expands on the city/planet with a great speeder chase and even onto the never before seen planet surface with its gaudy neon lights and clubs (You wanna but some deathsticks?)

And it is at this point in the film that Lucas takes the film in a direction that has not been taken before. The film then gives a big nod to film noir with Obi-Wan going on a Sam Spade style investigation, complete with greasy spoon cafés (his meeting with Dex) and terse conversations with Jango Fett about his recent movements. You could almost imagine the dialogue was directly lifted from a 1940’s serial film starring Humphrey Bogart.

While Kenobi does his best to smoke Gauloises, keep whiskey in his filing cabinet and produce inner soliloquies, Anakin and Padmé embark on the ultimately disastrous love affair that spawns Luke and Leia. One thing for sure is his persistence. On no fewer that four occasions does he crash and burn after his post-teenage attempts at pick-up lines. Most mere mortals would have bailed after the first or second attempt.

What Lucas does, to not too bad a level, is have two parts of one story arc off in different directions to be brought back together again on the insect planet of Geonosis (Starship Troopers anyone?) However, it’s at this point that the two parts start to unravel.

The sudden arrival of all the clones in Storm Trooper outfits beggar’s belief. The god awful puns uttered by C-3PO when his head and body become detached are straight out of a child’s joke book. But what I want to focus on here is the crow-barred attempt to keep the fan-boys drooling.

At the finale, when Dooku (which means “poison” in Japanese, for those in the know) and Yoda face off, Dooku comments, without so much as a nod or a wink to camera, that thier knowledge of the Force can’t be separated, so let’s duel with Lightsabers….Oh. Dear. God! Don’t force it upon us! If you are going to let it happen, let it happen naturally!

But I digress. The fore-shadowing of events yet to come arrive thick and fast enough to keep the fans interested enough to chuckle at their own knowledge. Anakin starting on the slippery slope to the Dark side is all too apparent and is the clear nexus of the film.

And this is where I will make my final point. One of the best things that Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, did was to keep the story going throughout the Clone Wars with the animated series (which I shall watch tonight) as Episode II and Episode III are merely the same story split into two. The same feelings, emotions and all round feel to it suggest this.

So, my dear Live-for-Films colleagues, I am really just in hiatus on this review. I shall keep you posted on my continuing mission in a galaxy far, far away.

I’ll give this 6/10. A slightly disappointing addition, but wonderful to watch…bit like a train wreck.

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