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The Thing is showing in an LA Graveyard

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2010

Oh how I wish I was in California or a secret millionaire so I could head on over

Cinespia is showing a series of films at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Wizard of Oz is first on 15th May, but the big news is that John Carpenter’s The Thing is showing on 22nd May.

Also cool is that on 29th May they’re showing Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.

may 22nd
the thing

directed by john carpenter (1982 109 mins)

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

starring kurt russell

dj turquoise wisdom spins before and after the screening

Check out the official site and if you should go to it send me some photos and a mini-review of the evening.

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The Thing – Prequel will explain what we saw in the original

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2010

The prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing is underway and like many of you I am excited yet nervous about the whole thing. We’ve all seen many favourite films have prequels or sequels that are nowhere near as good or ignore what made the original great in the first place.

The new film takes place at the Norwegian Camp that we see briefly in the original when Kurt Russell visits it to see why some mad Norwegians were trying to kill a dog. While there they come across an axe in the door, a man with his throat and wrists cut, a big block of ice where the Thing originally came from and lots of death and wanton destruction. Quite a lot to cover in the prequel.

io9 spoke to screenwriter Eric Heisserer about how close they are sticking to the original and, fellow Thing fans, it sounds very promising. Very promising indeed.

You’re actually in the Norwegian camp, before all that stuff happens. You get to see how it happens — that’s the reverse engineering there. The way we approached it was by autopsy, where the director, producers and I pored over Carpenter’s film. We must have screened it two or three dozen times. And we’d freeze frames and have lengthy discussions about what evidence is there, that would lead to so much blood. It was a forensic discussion of Carpenter’s films. That’s probably where the whole “fire axe in the door” probably came from. Because we said, we have to justify that, we have to have a moment in our movie where you see that happen.

If we do this right — I just spoke on the phone today with [Producer] Eric Newman on the phone today, he’s on set up in Toronto [and] he said things are going well. But if we can pull this off, this movie will work perfectly [as] the first half of a double feature. So that the last shot of this film will be two Norwegians and a chopper chasing after a dog. And you can plug in Carpenter’s film and they will both feel and look as they have been made around the same time.

there are things that definitely called attention, [such as] dealing with the body in the chair. What we didn’t notice before was that it looked like both his throat and his wrists were slit. And there are a lot of papers scattered on the floor that Copper picks up. And the stuff that we looked at closely were the holes in the walls and on the ceiling, in various parts of the base. And this is how anal retentive we were, we wanted to justify what happened to cause all those holes, pieces and incidental damage. You just know some set guy that day [during the original filming] was like, “well it burned down, let’s put a hole here.” [Laughs].

But the one thing we’re not going to pull off well, because we realized it was just unrealistic and just one of those goofs, I guess, from Carpenter’s films, is when they get into that giant block of ice that’s been carved out. The way it’s been carved where it looks like they just dug into it like a chicken pot pie — it’s impossible to get something out of the ice like that. There are so many better ways to do it. So we deviated just a little bit from there, we tried to cover our tracks a little and justified it and showed that it can still work. But yes there are a couple of things where because we were logic cops all the way through this movie there are a handful of, “Wait a minute — how come… that doesn’t work at all?!”

How do you like them apples? He does seem to have a great love of the original and great they are looking at it so closely.

The other big problem is the creature effects. The original had superb practical effects that have yet to be beaten in my opinion. I am worried that the prequel will stick to CGI. However, it does look like they are staying faithful to what has gone before to show what has gone before.

When I came on board — like a writer has any authority to do so — but I went in like I did and I stomped my feet and banged my fist on the table and I said. I’m not going to write this if it’s going to be a CGI-fest. This has to be practical, this has to be an old school creature, as real as possible. Whatever CGI stuff it’s going to have, has to be as good as or better than that, we can’t get away with computer generated FX in this type of film.

Colour me excited but it sounds very cool.

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John Carpenter not scoring The Ward

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

Please let The Ward be better than John Carpenter’s last one, Ghosts of Mars. That’s all I ask.

Sadly JC won’t be doing any of the music for his new film so no cool Halloween style electro cool.

Carpenter has given the go ahead for Mark Kilian (Day Break, Legacy) to compose the score.

“THE WARD is an intense psychological thriller set in a mental institution where a young woman, Kristen is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize that this ghost might be darker than she could have imagined.

Kristen, early 20’s wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged and held against her will in a remote ward of Chamberlain Psychiatric Hospital . She is completely disorientated, with no idea why she was brought this place and no memory of her life.

The other patients in the ward, four equally troubled girls, offer no answers and Kristen quickly realises things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and disturbing sounds. It appears they are not alone.

One by one the girls disappear and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before the ghost comes for her too. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.”

The film stars Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass) Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) and was written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen.

Source: STYD

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The Thing – First photo from the prequel

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

Finally, a first look at the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Sure it is just a picture of the Norwegian Camp which we see in the original but it is all burnt up.

Looks good and similar looking snow cat to the original. All depends upon the look of the creature now.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star in the prequel which shows the events that occurred at the Norwegian station seen destroyed in John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Matthijs van Heijningen is directing and Amalgamated Designs is doing the efects which will be a mix of CGI and practical FX.

What do you think?

Source: /Film

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UPDATED: The Thing – Prequel starts shooting this Friday…in Norwegian!

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2010

Being a big fan of John Carpenter’s The Thing, I am wary but optimistic about the forthcoming prequel directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.

Looks like it is heading out way sooner than I thought as it starts shooting this Friday according to the LA Times.

The prequel shows us what happened at the Norwegian camp – the survivors of which we see at the beginning of Carpenter’s film.

“That’s the story we tell in this film,”
says Marc Abraham, who is producing the movie with his Strike Entertainment partner Eric Newman. “We go back to that original Norwegian camp and try to figure out what happened. It’s like a crime scene, with an ax in the door, and the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred.”

With a budget of $38 Million the biggest names are Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton. The cast is populated with actors from Australia, England, Canada and Norway. In fact, a majority of the Norwegian scientists in the film are played by Norwegian actors, who will play their scenes in Norwegian, with English subtitles.

In my opinion this can only be a good thing to make the film more authentic as in the original they Norwegians only speak Norwegian.

Once filming is done it will have lots of effects to do on the film so will be out some point next year, but sounds like they’ve got the right idea.

“One of our all-time favorite films is Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien,’ “ says Abraham. “It’s elegant, really scary and has characters that you care about. In a way, it’s our model for this project, which gives us an opportunity to try to do something cool.”

“I’d be the first to say no one should ever try to do ‘Jaws’ again and I certainly wouldn’t want to see anyone remake ‘The Exorcist,’ “
says Newman. “And we really felt the same way about ‘The Thing.’ It’s a great film. But once we realized there was a new story to tell, with the same characters and the same world, but from a very different point of view, we took it as a challenge. It’s the story about the guys who are just ghosts in Carpenter’s movie — they’re already dead. But having Universal give us a chance to tell their story was irresistible.”

There you have it. Sounds like it could possibly be okay to look forward to the prequel. How do you feel after hearing what they have to say about it?

UPDATE: Here is more of the cast – Dennis Storhøi (The 13th Warrior), Trond Espen Seim (The Frost), Jørgen Langhelle (Svik), Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju (Manhunt) and Jo Adrian Haavind

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Amber Heard talks The Rum Diary and John Carpenter’s The Ward

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2010

Amber Heard is the lovely young lady who is on the up and up. She was in Zombieland and has a few films coming up. One of which is The Rum Diary, an adaption of Hunter S Thompson’s book starring Johnny Depp.

“Those considerable physical charms get the period-piece treatment in The Rum Diary, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel. Heard literally had to be sewn into her costumes to play a woman torn between Depp and Aaron Eckhart in late 1950s Puerto Rico. “Johnny actually found the manuscript at Hunter’s house and encouraged him to publish it,” says Heard, a lifelong bookworm who was such a fan of Thompson’s writing, she wrote a letter to the film’s producers explaining why she would be perfect for the project. “Johnny cared so much, and he’s just a really down-to-earth, nice person.” Heard recalls the day Depp rescued a stray dog from the neighbourhood where they were shooting. “Well, the dog ended up being pregnant—I think it had six puppies—and then another dog we assumed to be the father showed up,” she recalls, laughing. “So now, instead of adopting one dog, he had eight, but he took care of them. He asked other people to carry one back on the plane because he had so many.”

Heard would have happily obliged but she had to jet off to the Washington set of The Ward, a mental-institution thriller directed by the man behind the original Halloween movie, John Carpenter. Though many young actors do horror films as a stepping stone to more serious films, Heard adores the genre. “With a drama, actors get very serious, like they’re always in character, and there’s something funny and pretentious about that,” says Heard, whose forays into slasher-ville include Zombieland and the upcoming And Soon the Darkness, which she also co-produced. “You can’t take yourself seriously when you’re sitting at lunch next to the person that just tried to stab you. I also like horror films because girls actually get to kick ass, instead of just being the hot girl that supports the male character.”

Thams to Pam for pointing out the article on Fashion Magazine

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John Carpenter’s The Thing in 6 comic panels

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

Click on the image for a bigger version.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Escape from New York – Remake gets a script

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is a classic and deservedly so (we won’t mention Escape from LA). Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken is one of cinema’s greatest antiheroes. It is one of those films that still stands up today and you would be hard pressed to capture that kind of magic again.

Of course that means nothing to Hollywood who have been trying to get it remade for a few years now. Len Wiseman was set to direct it and Gerard Butler was rumoured to star as Snake. Things moved on and creative differences meant they were no longer attached and a workable script just didn’t seem to be possible. Everything put forward was just too expensive for the studios. John Carpenter also had a contract drawn up saying that in any remake the main character had to only be called Snake, always wear an eye patch, and, “always be a ‘bad-ass.” John Carpenter is always cool.

Scripts for the remake could never capture the essential bad-assedness needed for Snake. Until now.

Now Vulture have the news that writer Allen Loeb (Wall Street 2) has written a script has Snake Plissken as a bad-ass and is cheap enough for the studios.

Loeb nailed the humour in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake’s rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient. But just as big a factor was economic: They found a much cheaper way to turn Manhattan into a giant prison.

This cheaper way was to keep the city in one piece, but the population evacuated.

This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city. “It is not a disaster movie,” says a source close to the project. “It is an exposé of an ecosystem, if you put a huge wall around Manhattan and then dropped in the most fucked-up, dangerous criminals on Earth.” This means New York will still be recognizable to audiences, à la I Am Legend, rather than an entirely new Armageddon Island.

Whack a great big wall around the place (CGI could take care of this) and there is your prison. I am not sure about changing the President to a female senator. Going to rescue the President (Donald Pleasance in the original) straight away told you how big a deal the mission was.

Like in the original movie, the authorities have set up shop in the Statue of Liberty (though this time it’s not the police, it’s a private, KBR-like security company), and now new prisoners are being processed through Ellis Island.

At least it sounds as if they have put a bit of thought into it all. Yet, it could so easily be terrible.

There is still no need for a remake, but it looks as if it is going to happen. Therefore, who should direct it, but more importantly, who has the balls to play Snake?

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The Thing – Prequel gets Ramona J Flowers and Owen Lars.

Posted by LiveFor on February 8, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in “The Thing,” Universal’s prequel on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility. Any news to do this film fills me with excitement and trepidation.

The 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell is an all time classic and one of my favourite films. It is, of course, a remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World,” directed by Howard Hawks. All take inspiration from a 1938 short story, “Who Goes There?”.

Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the latest movie, which was written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer.
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead has starred in Death Proof, Live Free or Die Hard, Sky High, Final Destination 3 and is soon to be Ramona Flowers in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Joel Egerton played Luke Skywalker’s adoptive uncle, Owen Lars, in the Star Wars prequels. He has also been in King Arthur, Kinky Boots, Smokin’ Aces, The Square and Animal Kingdom. He is also Australian so I’m assuming Sam Worthington wasn’t available.

I posted the details of the various characters a while back (beware of spoilers to the plot if you check them out)

Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage. Details of the characters below.

[KATE LLOYD] In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she’s a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby — specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson’s wishes, to drill into the specimen’s ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample.

[SAM CARTER] In his early 30s, rugged, handsome, blue-collar, he’s a helicopter pilot with a private charter service that transports personnel and supplies from McMurdo Station to remote research sites across Antarctica. Carter is a mercenary. He flies when he wants, where he wants, and he flies for one reason: money. But his resourcefulness, experience and get-it-done mentality make him indispensable. Arriving at Thule Station, he is the first to suspect something strange and dangerous is going on. Trapped there by faulty equipment, he becomes an unlikely ally of Kate’s — he reminds her (in temperament) of her father, now deceased, also a pilot.

There’s 10 years difference between the two so I don’t think they’ll be going for the father / daughter vibe in the film, which I think is a shame as it have made a great dynamic for the film.

Still not convinced this is going to be good, but part of me really wants it to be.

A March 15 start date in Toronto is planned. I just hope they get Kurt Russell to do a cameo by having his voice heard on a radio between the two camps and they better set it in the 80s like the original.

Source: THR

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The Thing – Details on the characters and plot of the prequel to John Carpenter’s classic

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2010

Details of the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing are beginning to emerge. As we know it is going to be directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen and using a script by Eric Heisserer who rewrote the script by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore. I am a huge fan of the original so I really want this prequel to be good.

The film will be a prequel set in the Norwegian Camp we see briefly in the original. Bloody Disgusting have a brief synopsis of the film which holds no surprises.

It begins when an alien spaceship is discovered far beneath the ice near a remote Antarctica outpost. We’re told that a group of scientists decide to thaw out a creature from inside that kicks off the mayhem at the camp. It is said to be a prequel

That’s essentially what we learnt in the original. What is more telling are the characters appearing in the film. SpoilerTV had the full casting list and there may be potential spoilers. The first big difference from the original is that there are women in the cast.

It appears that it will be a female lead called Kate Lloyd and there will be an R J MacReady type character in the shape of Sam Carter. Unfortunately, at the moment it all appears to be quite formulaic so it all depends upon the final script, performance and maybe most importantly, the effects. Will they be practical like the original or will it be CGI.

Here is the full character breakdown and again be warned there are huge spoilers on the plot – it tells you who lives, dies and who could be a Thing.

[KATE LLOYD] In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she’s a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby — specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson’s wishes, to drill into the specimen’s ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample. Kate’s misgivings about her involvement grow when Halvorson ignores her advice and collects his tissue sample — a critical error in judgment that ultimately frees the trapped organism and triggers a series of horrific incidents and attacks. Furthering her sense of isolation, most of the scientists at the site speak Norwegian, a language she doesn’t understand. Kate looks to her friend, Adam, for help stopping Sander’s obsession from getting them all killed, but eventually must take matters of life and death into her own hands. In the end, her only hope of survival is to join forces with Sam Carter, the chopper pilot who flew her team to the remote Norwegian base…LEAD (2)

[DR. SANDER HALVORSON] In his late 30s to early 50s, austere, scholarly and imperious, he’s a microbiologist from NYU who leads a science research team to Antarctica to help his old friend Edvard interpret and analyze an extraordinary discovery made beneath the ice. Sander, a brilliant scientist and a master of self-promotion, knows that his involvement in such an historic discovery will bring him fame and fortune. Blinded by ambition, he refuses to abandon the “project” even as the bodies pile up around him. He is annoyed when Kate, whom he considers more of an apprentice than an equal, disagrees with him and openly questions his decisions in front of the others…LEAD. Actor must be able to speak some Norwegian. (2)

[SAM CARTER] In his early 30s, rugged, handsome, blue-collar, he’s a helicopter pilot with a private charter service that transports personnel and supplies from McMurdo Station to remote research sites across Antarctica. Carter is a mercenary. He flies when he wants, where he wants, and he flies for one reason: money. But his resourcefulness, experience and get-it-done mentality make him indispensable. Arriving at Thule Station, he is the first to suspect something strange and dangerous is going on. Trapped there by faulty equipment, he becomes an unlikely ally of Kate’s — he reminds her (in temperament) of her father, now deceased, also a pilot. He and his co-pilot Jameson are nearly killed in a helicopter crash as they attempt to leave under less than ideal conditions. Carter must ultimately join forces with Kate to stop the THING’s rampage…LEAD (3)

[EDVARD WOLNER] In his mid 40s, gentle, erudite, loyal to a fault, this Norwegian geoscientist and his crew discovered an alien spaceship and a mysterious frozen THING buried in a deep crevasse in Antarctica. Edvard requested the assistance of his colleague Dr. Sander Halvorson and he’s pleased to see his old friend arrive at the site. Both men have stars in their eyes, knowing that their combined findings will bring them fame in the scientific community, but after Edvard loses two of his men to the terrifying THING, he’s ready to call it quits rather than risk more lives.sptv050769..SUPPORTING. Actor must speak Norwegian. (16)

[ADAM GOODMAN] In his early 30s, clever, brash, unapologetically ambitious, Adam comes to Antarctica as Halvorson’s research assistant. A friend of Kate’s since they were undergrads at Columbia, it is Adam who recommended her to Dr. Halvorson. Though his respect for Kate is genuine, ultimately, he is a likeable opportunist who believes his professional association with the esteemed Dr. Halvorson will advance his career. The trip to Antarctica appears, at first, to prove this theory correct. Unlike Kate, an idealist who makes decisions based on intuition and conscience, Adam is more of a pragmatist and a capitalist — in scientist’s clothing. As the circumstances turn more and more dire, Adam is forced to choose between ambition (Halvorson) or friendship (Kate). His survival hangs in the balance…SUPPORTING (2)

[DEREK JAMESON] In his early 30s, African American, well-built, he is Carter’s friend and co-pilot. This is Jameson’s last season in Antarctica. He’s moving to Florida and starting a jetboat business with his brother, a former big league prospect. The trip to Thule Station is just another flight for him, another day in the countdown before he leaves the South Pole. Trapped at the site with Carter when the helicopter malfunctions, Jameson eventually falls prey to the THING…SUPPORTING (3)

[JONAS] This Norwegian man in his early 40s, who speaks with a thick accent is part of Edvard’s crew. He’s the team documentarian who takes flash photographs of the alien spaceship and plays poker with Colin to blow off steam. When the Thing begins wreaking havoc, Jonas decides to get the hell out of there, but the rest of the group stymies that plan…SUPPORTING (18) Submit Scandinavian actors only.

[JULIETTE] In her early 30s, French, fluent in Norwegian, she was educated at the Oslo Geosciences Academy, and is one of the geologists who discovered the alien site in Antarctica. Sensing Kate’s frustration with the language barrier, Juliette befriends her, providing helpful translations and a kind smile among strangers. As the story escalates toward crisis, Juliette convinces Kate that her colleague Lars has succumbed to the THING — as a trick to conceal her own identity as the alien shape-shifter…SUPPORTING (17)

[COLIN] Around 40 years old, quirky and a bit cynical, he sews some seeds of doubt and suspicion among his new colleagues, Kate and Adam, and he plays poker with Jonas to blow off steam. Colin would rather commit suicide than be consumed by the THING…SUPPORTING (27) Submit British, East Indian, Spanish, Asian, etc, scientist types”

I can’t believe they have a character like Derek Jameson. The old cliché of him being on his last tour of Antarctica then being killed off. However, I do like the fact that Kate and Sam have an almost Father Daughter relationship. I doubt that will make it to the final cut and will probably end up as a romance, but I really like the different dynamic that would bring.

You could actually have Kurt Russell cameo in it as a voice on the radio and I bet you Sam Carter mentions MacReady’s name at some point.

As for who could star in the film I forsee Stellan Skarsgard being cast as one of the Norwegians! Apart from that I just don’t know who would work. They need proper actors, no action heroes and hopefully not too big a name so we don’t get distracted by the actors.

If you have read the character list who would you like to see play the various roles? What are your thoughts on the film? Would you want practical or CGI effects?

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