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Inception – French trailer for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on December 23, 2009

Bonjour, here is a trailer for Nolan’s new sci-fi film, Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon Levitt and many more.

A contemporary science fiction tale set within the architecture of the human mind.

The trailer is in French, but you can still tell this is a mad, trippy kind of cool looking film.

It is due out on 16th July 2010.

Any French speaking people want to translate what is said in the trailer and put it in the comments?

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Inception – New poster for Chris Nolan’s sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2009

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2009: The Year of Smart Sci-Fi

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009


By Richard Bodsworth

As 2009 comes to a close the inevitable “reviews of the year “come out to play like The Warriors. I always like to look back, build a list and maybe sadly watch my Top 10 in order. While I was compiling, I noticed that the vast majority of them were Science Fiction films and it dawned on me it has been one Hell of a year for Sci-Fi. Something we were sorely starved of last year with the likes of the wooden wonder boy Keanu Reeves in The Day The Earth Stood Still. So I thought it may be appropriate to have a look at the Sci-Fi films of the year, in what I guess you could call, “2009: The Year of Smart Sci-Fi”

It seems to be universally accepted within the film industry that you can’t make a low budget Science Fiction movie, it’s all got to be about effects, explosions and all that nonsense. Shit, if science was at all like it is in films I might have received a higher grade on my exam at school. However, with his debut feature film, MOON, director Duncan Jones managed to turn that notion on it’s head. Shot on a budget of £2.5m, Moon is a dark, thought provoking modern classic. Making use of retro effect techniques like miniatures, the lunar landscape and the vehicles look as entirely, if not more, authentic than in most films using excessive CGI. But with Moon, the visuals only serve as the backdrop for the psychological core as Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) battles with the idea he may not be alone on the Lunar base. Jones’ direction coupled with the haunting score of Clint Mansell help create a claustrophobic environment not unlike that of Alien. Sam Rockwell’s tour de force performance is one of the best I have seen all year (bearing in mind I have yet to see Clooney’s Up in the Air) and hopefully there is a chance he will be acknowledged by The Academy come February‘s nominations.

Despite having a slightly bigger budget than Moon another debut feature director, Neil Blomkamp, showed you don’t need the net worth of a small country to make great Sci-Fi with the fantastic DISTRICT 9. After an alien spacecraft stops above Johannesburg, South Africa, the malnourished species onboard are given asylum on Earth. After a while some of the extraterrestrials become engaged in criminal activities with some becoming violent. As a result the human public want more control over the new arrivals. The government therefore sets up a secure camp called District 9, and the aliens – derogatorily referred to as “prawns” are sent there. However, crime again begins to spiral out of control and the camp becomes a shanty town. We follow one of the men in charge, Wikus (Sharlto Copley) of relocating the “prawns” to the new District 10. Filmed partially documentary style, the initial set up of showing how the aliens come to land on Earth is simply brilliant. Sharlto Copley’s improvised dialogue, especially during the relocation process, adds to the realism and builds a great character. Not unlike Moon, the film does feature some impressive visual effects but they are put on the back burner (for the first part of the film at least) as Blomkamp weaves the completely believable scenario with the underlying themes of xenophobia and the use of a privatised military. The final act does fall into action packed blockbuster territory but not without the thought provoking build up, all the more poignant by the country in which it is set. Under the watchful eye of Peter Jackson, you really wonder what the producer/director duo’s Halo could have been.

Sadly it seems lately, the best thing to do when times are tough is for big studios not to bother investing large sums of cash into original films and so we are spoon-fed the endless list of, sequels, prequels and reboots. While some are pointless, unoriginal and frankly crap (as I shall mention later), J.J. Abrams take on STAR TREK showed how it should be done. The film benefits immensely from the talented screenwriting combo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. By using the time travel and alternate universe plot, the film is able not to disrupt the continuity set by the previous films and television series. I believe J.J. Abrams best attribute is his ability to pace a film perfectly, he showed this with MI:3 which is personally my favourite of the trilogy. This pacing makes sure we aren’t stuck in the almost boring plot points of an origins story, something Wolverine could have benefited from. Casting of the younger crew was also spot on, no actor overdoing their part and turning it into a parody. Critics may argue that the new film failed to portray the usual themes of the earlier incarnations, but I’m convinced the filmmakers did an excellent job with the amount of stuff they had to fit in as it was a prequel. It is intriguing to see what is next for the Enterprise.

While these were some of the highlights, there were also some spectacular failures this year including the laser blasting bukkake that was Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN. After praising Orci and Kurtzman for Star Trek, their talents were nowhere to be seen in this loud, overlong, plot less monstrosity. It’s easy to Bay bash so I will stop, even though there is no chance he will because yet again suckers (myself included) queued up, paid the entrance fee, and there will continue to more films like it for years to come.

The daggers were already out before the film was released when McG was announced as director for the 4th Terminator outing in TERMINATOR SALVATION. Minds were momentarily put at ease after some footage was shown and I myself was genuinely excited… then I watched it. Just another plot less action film with too much shooting and not enough character, a high profile and talented cast ultimately wasted. I know some people enjoyed the film, even reading some 4 star reviews but isn’t this always the case? When a film with big expectations is released people think it is instantly great then after consideration and a few years down the line, opinion changes. See the Star Wars prequels, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull etc. It would be nice to see these big budget films concentrate a bit more on story instead of thinking about what can be blown up next.

So what can we expect in 2010’s Sci-Fi bundle? No doubt there will be a few surprises along with a few disappointments, but three films that should be marked on your film calendar include, Nimrod Antal’s PREDATORS. The film written and produced by Robert Rodriguez is apparently a direct sequel to the original 1987 Arnie classic, but that is yet to be confirmed, it is also rumoured the big man himself may even cameo as his original character, Dutch. Starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Danny Trejo there is every chance it could be an ultimate flop, but here’s hoping Rodriguez knows what he’s doing. Cant be any worse than Alien vs. Predator: Requiem anyway.

Probably my most anticipated is Christopher Nolan’s, INCEPTION. The trailer is short, and all we really know about the plot is it‘s “contemporary science fiction action thriller set within the architecture of the mind”. But with a cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and the legendary Michael Caine how can you not be excited?

Finally at the end of the year TRON LEGACY. The footage already released has been simply breathtaking and word is it has come along way from that.

As you may have noticed, the biggest Sci-Fi film of the year and most probably the decade is not mentioned here. Sadly it has not yet been released. Look out for a separate Avatar review in the next few days.

A great article by Richard. Looking forward to the Avatar piece. Be sure to check out the LFF Review of the Year.

What have been your science fiction highlights and lowlights of the year?

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Holy Shinzon! Tom Hardy is the new Mad Max. Charlize Theron is the pretty post apocalyptic female lead

Posted by LiveFor on October 30, 2009

bronsonfilmstill_450x300Well, well, well. One of these internet rumours turned out to be true. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are in negotiations to star in the next Mad Max film, Mad Fax:Fury Road from writer-director George Miller.

According to Heat Vision blog Mel Gibson is not reprising his iconic role of Max Rockatansky.

The new Max is to be Hardy, the British-born actor who was Shinzon, the clone of Capt Picard in Star Trek Nemesis, Handsome Bob in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, Charles Bronson in Bronson and he’s also working on Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Charlize Theron is playing the female lead, but so far there’s no more info on her character.

Plot details are scarce but supposedly the movie does take place a short while after the story detailed in 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” which keeps Mad Max relatively young.

A shoot next summer in Australia is being eyed. The movie will be an Australian production which Warner Bros. will distribute.

“Road” has been in the works for more than a decade, with Gibson attached to star at one point. When the project finally began ramping up earlier this spring and summer, Miller began looking at and testing numerous actors who could step into the grim shoes previously worn by Gibson. Sam Worthington was the hot favourite, but it was not to be.

Not sure how I feel about Hardy playing Max. He is a good actor and Bronson shows he can really change for a role. Still it will be good to see a new Mad Max film.

How do you feel about Tom Hardy getting behind the wheel of the last of the V8 Interceptors?

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Gravel – Warren Ellis’ combat magician heading to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on October 9, 2009

gravel_1_wrapLegendary Pictures is developing a feature adaptation of the Warren Ellis comic book Gravel according to Heat Vision. Plus Ellis himself is meant to be writing the screenplay according to Bleeding Cool.

Avatar Press publishes the ongoing series, which blends espionage and dark fantasy in tracking the modern-day exploits of British “combat magician” William Gravel. Ellis (Planetary, Transmetropolitan, and so much more) first introduced the character in a 1999 limited series of graphic novels entitled “Strange Kiss.”

Ellis, who is repped by the Cheng Caplan Co. and Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP, also has “Red” in development at Summit, “Ocean” in development at Warner Bros. and “Global Frequency” in development at Warner Bros. TV. That news about Global Frequency is a bit of a surprise as I know there was a pilot a few years ago, but as far as I was aware it had been killed stone dead. Does this mean they are giving it a go or has someone somewhere got there facts a bit muddled?

It all sounds very promising as Legendary also has “Warcraft,” with Sam Raimi, in development, and it is in production on “Inception,” “Clash of the Titans,” “Sucker Punch” and “Jonah Hex.” It will next have “Where the Wild Things Are” in theaters later this month. They have a great, or potentially great, set of films due out so fingers crossed we get to see some Ellis magic on the big screen.

Oh and other cool news you may have missed – Planetary #27 (the final issue as far as I am aware) went on sale a couple of days ago.

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Inception – Official Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi film

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

This is the official release for the teaser trailer for Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Much better than the bootleg version I posted the other day. What do you think of the trailer?
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UPDATED: Inception – Teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on August 23, 2009

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UPDATE: The trailer has now been officially released in much better quality.

I posted the description of the trailer just the other day but here is a bootleg copy of the official trailer. Pam sent me this photo of the cast list with their characters names.

Watch this quick before it gets taken down. Inception is a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind. Wasn’t there an architect in The Matrix? Just saying.

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What did you make of that?

Source: Comic Book Movie

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The Random – Inception, The Sunset Limited, Last Vegas, Red Riding Hood, Bourne 4, Unstoppable, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Marvel, Mother’s Day

Posted by LiveFor on August 22, 2009

– Warner Bros has launched the official website for Christopher Nolan’s Inception

Nikki Finke is reporting that Paramount has moved Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island from its original 2nd October release all the way to February of 2010

– Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson have joined the cast of the Cormac McCarthy play adaptation The Sunset Limited for HBO says Variety. Jackson plays a man who saves another man (Jones) from throwing himself in front of a Harlem subway train. The act begins an exchange of ideologies as the two men from different backgrounds debate the worth of their lives. Jones is set to direct.

– Peter Chelsom is set to direct the comedy Last Vegas for CBS Films reports Variety. Dan Fogelman’s script centers on four semi-retired baby boomers who head to Las Vegas when the last of the Coney Island buddies, a successful lawyer in his 60s, decides to tie the knot.

– Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen) has signed on to direct the werewolf film The Girl With the Red Riding Hood for Appian Way says Variety. Penned by David Johnson, the story is described as a gothic retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story with a teenage love triangle at its center.

– Josh Zetumer (The Infiltrator, Dune) is set to pen the fourth installment of Universal’s “Bourne” movie series says The Hollywood Reporter. The Bourne Ultimatum scribe George Nolfi initially returned to pen the fourth script but is now no longer available for further work due to his commitment to adapt the Philip K. Dick short story “The Adjustment Bureau”.

-Jessy Schram (TV’s “Veronica Mars”) and Kevin Dunn (“Transformers”) joined Tony Scott’s action drama Unstoppable for 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter. The Mark Bomback-scripted film follows the desperate efforts of a veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and novice conductor (Chris Pine) to stop a train laden with toxic cargo speeding out of control toward a nearby city. The just cast Rosario Dawson will take on the role of a train dispatcher helping the men via radio. Schram will play the estranged wife of Pine’s character while Dunn will play Dawson’s boss.

– Legendary Pictures is currently developing a feature film biopic about Jimi Hendrix says Variety.

– Actor-turned-scribe Bill Birch is set to pen the script for the reboot of comic book superhero “Shazam!” for Warner Brothers Pictures says the trades. DC Comics regular Geoff Johns will co-write the script featuring Captain Marvel, teenager Billy Batson who becomes the powerful being when uttering the titular word.

– Shawn Ashmore, Jaime King, Briana Evigan, Alexa Vega, Matt O’Leary and Deborah Ann Woll are in talks to join the cast of the Mother’s Day remake for Genre Co. and Rat Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter. A remake of the ’80s Troma production, the original revolved around three female friends who, while camping, run afoul of two brothers who engage in murder and rape to impress their deranged mother.

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Inception – Trailer description of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2009

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Inception – The mysterious science fiction film of Christopher Nolan. Not much is known about it and no-one is talking.

However, a brief synopsis says it is about entering peoples’ minds/dreams. A technology to do so has been developed and is done through an injection. Leonardo DiCaprio and his team work to enter the minds of other characters in order to retrieve/plant information.

The trailer is due out soon and the good folks over at /film have tracked down a description of it which may help or confuse the matter.

Now, I wont give much away because it was a pretty good teaser trailer. It got you wanting more. Their is actual footage of the movie, with Leo and others. Their is One fight scene in what looks to be in a hotel hallway, but not just any fight scene. They were fighting all over the hallway, on side walls, ceilings everywhere. I thought Matrix (Don’t panic it’s not the matrix but thats what I came up with) Its gonna be a trippy movie. The end music kind of reminded me of Terminator, not the theme music but u will know what I’m talking about. Its only like a minute long and you will want to watch again to see what you just saw. All in all, it was really good.

It starts with the Warner Bros Logo in grey. Then you see Chris Nolan name. This dradle like thing is spinning around. Director of The Dark Knight words. You see Leo’s face. Over shot of a city, shaking camera shot. Words come on screen “YOUR MIND”. Shot of Leo. More words “IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME” Then you see a glass of water, with the water in the glass startes to tilt. People fighting in hallway. Gordon-Levitt is one of the guys that’s fighting in the Hallway, on the ceiling and walls. You see a quick shot of his face. The word “INCEPTION” comes up. Then SUMMER 2010.


It is all very intriguing isn’t it. Sounds like a mix of that old Dennis Quaid film (the one where they enter peoples dreams and there is a snake monster in it), The Matrix, Cypher and lashings of Philip K Dick.

The film also stars Marion Cotillard (Public Enemies), Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It!) as Ariadne, Joseph Gordon Levitt (Brick, 500 Days of Summer) as Arthur, Tom Hardy (Bronson) as Eames, Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, The Dark Knight) as Saito, Dileep Rao as Yusef, Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, The Dark Knight) as Fischer, Tom Berenger (Platoon, Sniper) as Browning. Oh and Michael Caine.

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The Random – Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Kick-Ass, White Chicks sequel, Powder, The Expendables

Posted by LiveFor on August 18, 2009

Brad Pitt may or may not be Moriarty in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. I think the denial is the studio’s way of covering themselves and the rumour may infact be true.

Some photos of Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Christopher Nolan’s Inception have surfaced. They tell us not much at all.

Lionsgate has acquired US and Canadian distribution rights for Matthew Vaughn’s adaption of Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass and will be releasing it in 2010.

The sequel you were waiting for is on the way according to THR. White Chicks 2 starring the Wayans Brothers. Dear God why hast thou forsaken us!

Mark Elliot is set to make his directorial debut with the big screen adaptation of Liam Boyle’s rock and roll drug novel Powder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, singer Lily Allen’s younger brother Alfie Allen is set to star in this upcoming drama. The original novel revolved around a small time band that makes it big in the music industry, and thus succumbs to all the evils it has to offer. The project is also set to star newcomers Jefferson Hall, Al Weaver, Jo Woodcock and Vinette Robinson. Powder will begin filming at London’s V Festival starting next week. The film will shoot in Liverpool, London, and Ibiza before wrapping in Spain this October.

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