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War of the Gods becomes Immortal – John Hurt and Isabel Lucas join the cast

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

Clash of the Titans has done rather well at the box office. Despite poor reviews and a bad 3D conversion it topped the charts and made $61.4 million in its opening weekend. I have yet to see it. Therefore, sword and sandal films have got a bit of a kick start.

Tarsem Singh (The Fall) has been casting War of the Gods, which is now going to be called Immortals. Latest casting news, via JoBlo, is that John Hurt and Isabel Lucas are on the team. Hurt is always great and Lucas was the human Decepticon in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

They join Mickey Rourke, Frida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Kellan Lutz, Henry Cavill, Robert Maillet, Corey Sevier, Alan Van Sprang, Mercedes Leggett, Steve Byers, Romano Ozari and Neil Napier.

The story follows a purported bastard who retains an allegiance to his mother despite the fact that he longs to join the quest of a king who is battling demons in ancient Greece later embarks on a grail of discovery that has him finding he is the king’s son and also fated to become his country’s greatest hero as he leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who are hoping to use the demons to restore their power.

Due for release on 11th November 2011.

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Ultramarines – General Zod and an Elephant Man to voice the Warhammer 40000 crew

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2010

I was already excited for the CGI movie based on the Games Workshop Warhammer 40K universe and now we get some quality actors involved. Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt head the cast of actors lending their voices – and their facial expressions – to the Ultramarines movie.

Other key parts are to be played by Steven Waddington, Donald Sumpter and Johnny Harris, with Ben Bishop, Christopher Finney and Gary Martin appearing in supporting roles.

The three lead actors shared their thoughts on working on Ultramarines…

Multi award-winning and Oscar-nominated Terence Stamp confesses that a boyhood love of the science fiction classics attracted him to his role. “Warhammer 40,000 is an incredibly strange world, yet one with rules,” he says. “I felt very comfortable with Ultramarines – in fact, it’s really the culmination of a lot of things I’ve been in.” Stamp’s previous credits include Superman, Superman II, Valkyrie and the Halo 3 video game.

Sean Pertwee, acclaimed for his role in the action horror movie Dog Soldiers, says, “Before Ultramarines, I had no idea about the depth of Warhammer 40,000. I used to be into graphic art, so I find the concepts and architecture and character designs quite extraordinary. This film really is being made for the fans.” Pertwee’s other credits include Event Horizon, Mutant Chronicles and Equilibrium, as well as the video games Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior and Killzone 2.

John Hurt, winner of countless international awards and Oscar-nominated for his performances in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, has a special feature role in Ultramarines. He says, “I know quite a lot about Warhammer 40,000 because my elder son was into it. I used to take him down to the store in London’s Oxford Street so he could see it in action. It’s a very different world which really teases the imagination.” Hurt’s numerous other film roles include Alien, Hellboy and Hellboy II and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Vanessa Chapman, managing director of the production company, Codex Pictures, is delighted to have attracted such a prestigious cast to Ultramarines. “Our goal has been to give the characters distinctive and authoritative voices, fitting to these superhuman men of war,” she says. “Coupled with the authentic and engaging facial capture provided by Image Metrics, these outstanding actors are going to do so much to bring the Warhammer 40,000 universe powerfully to life on screen.”

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44 Inch Chest – Trailer for Ray Winstone’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on December 2, 2009

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44 Inch Chest – Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Joanne Whalley and John Hurt get nasty

Posted by LiveFor on November 26, 2009

Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Stephen Dillane, John Hurt, Joanne Whalley and Tom Wilkinson star in what sounds like a good thriller.

Winstone plays Colin Diamond, a cuckolded husband who hatches a plot with his mates to get revenge on his wife’s lover.

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Jim Jarmusch talks about The Limits of Control

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2009

The NY Times has a great article about Jim Jarmusch’s next film, The Limits of Control. I’m a big, big fan of the Musch and so I am really looking forward to seeing this one. Lots of great actors and the usual dream like quality to it from the sound of it. Have a read of some of the article here to see what goes in, or rather what doesn’t, to Jarmusch’s filmmaking technique. Check out the rest of the article though as lots more great stuff there. Thanks to Pam for sending me the link.

The Limits of Control harks back to the existential crime films that enjoyed a golden age in the late ’60s with Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Samourai” and John Boorman’s “Point Blank.” Mr. Jarmusch summed up his intentions with typical dry perversity: “I always wanted to make an action film with no action, or a film with suspense but no drama.”

In keeping with his fondness for repetition and episodic structures, “The Limits of Control” takes shape as a series of interactions and transactions. The lone man runs into a series of colorful types (Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Bill Murray and others, making the most of minimal screen time), most of them envoys of a sort, who dispense gnomic instructions and presumably less pertinent ruminations. Matchboxes branded “Le Boxeur” are exchanged. Some contain a piece of paper bearing coded inscriptions, which the De Bankolé character dutifully folds up and swallows, washing down the clue with a gulp of espresso.

Mr. Jarmusch’s previous film, the melancholic “Broken Flowers” (2005), in which Mr. Murray played a graying lothario who goes in search of his former flames, seemed like the product of a mellowed middle age. But “The Limits of Control” affirms that at 56 he remains open as ever to experimentation, perhaps even to new ways of making and seeing movies.

There are obvious affinities between “The Limits of Control” and Mr. Jarmusch’s most adventurous film, “Dead Man,” which received mixed reviews when it was released but found its way onto many critics’ lists of the best movies of the ’90s. Each film undertakes a journey that is as much metaphysical as literal: a trip in more than one sense. By opening with a quotation from the Rimbaud poem “The Drunken Boat,” with its hallucinatory visions of being lost at sea, “The Limits of Control” even picks up where “Dead Man” left off, with Johnny Depp’s character being pushed out to sea and into the spirit world.

The title comes from an essay by William S. Burroughs about mind-control techniques. “I like the double sense,” Mr. Jarmusch said. “Is it the limits to our own self-control? Or is it the limits to which they can control us, ‘they’ being whoever tries to inject some kind of reality over us?”

But the title also registers as an acknowledgment that control, while unavoidable in the messy collective endeavor of moviemaking, runs counter to Mr. Jarmusch’s free-form approach. He starts with specific actors, gathers up seemingly unrelated ideas and settles on situations and moods before filling in what passes for a plot. “I work backwards,” he said. “That can be dangerous, and it can take a while.” For “The Limits of Control” he had even fewer starting points than usual: an actor, a character and a place, the curving Torres Blancas, a Madrid apartment tower that he first visited in the ’80s.

Location scouting was critical, since the movie, as Mr. Jarmusch saw it, was very much a matter of finding evocative spaces and landscapes and responding to them. The film came together as a connect-the-dots exercise. He sketched out the character’s itinerary, beginning in the cosmopolitan capital, Madrid, then heading south to the Moorish city of Seville on a high-speed train that traverses the olive groves and almond orchards of the Andalusian countryside. The eventual destination is the southeast, the lunar desert terrain near the coastal town of Alméria (where many spaghetti westerns were shot).

Mr. Jarmusch started filming without a complete script; instead he had what he called “a minimal map,” a 25-page story. The dialogue was filled in the night before a scene was shot. “With Jim it’s always about what’s between the lines,” said Mr. De Bankolé, who has appeared in three of Mr. Jarmusch’s previous films.

The odd little totems and fetishes embedded throughout the movie may seem arbitrary, but mention any one of them and Mr. Jarmusch will riff at length about its personal significance. He had received the Boxeur matches, which are common throughout Africa, as gifts, first from the musicologist Louis Sarno, then from Mr. De Bankolé, who was born in Ivory Coast. The black pickup truck that transports Mr. De Bankolé’s character to his ultimate destination, down to the slogan emblazoned on it (“La Vida No Vale Nada,” the title of a song by the Cuban singer and revolutionary Pablo Milanés), is modeled on one owned by Joe Strummer of the Clash, who appeared in “Mystery Train” and, before his death in 2002, lived part time in the south of Spain.

Music was the most important key to the rhythms and textures of the film. Mr. Jarmusch’s soundtracks are the height of hipster connoisseurship: Neil Young’s feedback-choked guitar vamps on “Dead Man,” RZA’s sinuous hip-hop on “Ghost Dog,” Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz-funk on “Broken Flowers.” For “The Limits of Control,” which called for a soundscape that he described as “layered, big, sort of damaged,” he relies on distortion-heavy epics by ambient-noise bands like Boris and Sunn O))).

Like Forest Whitaker’s urban samurai in “Ghost Dog,” Mr. De Bankolé’s character is an apparent adherent of Eastern philosophy. The lone man practices tai chi and has a deliberate, Zenlike air to him. (At museums he takes in only one painting per visit.) Mr. De Bankolé said he got into character by reading the Japanese martial-arts manual “The Art of Peace.”

“It would slow me down,” he said. “He should be almost floating when he walks.”

Mr. Jarmusch is not a practicing Buddhist, but he said, “it’s a philosophy that speaks to me more clearly than others.” He does tai chi and qigong and has come up with a concentration exercise — “a cross between meditating and taking a hallucinogenic drug” — that requires him to pay close attention to all noises within earshot. (In a lovely sequence Mr. De Bankolé’s character lies on his bed in a Seville apartment as the light changes and the sounds of the neighborhood wash over him.)

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Classic Scene – John Hurt – The Hit

Posted by LiveFor on April 18, 2009

The Hit – Ex-gangster Willie Parker (Terrance Stamp) has betrayed his former “colleagues” and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance. But one day, ten years later, two hitmen (Braddock and Myron) show up and kidnap Willie. They are ordered to escort him back to Paris where he should stand trial. But it is a long way to Paris..

John Hurt portrays Braddock.

It also stars Tim Roth, Bill Hunter, Laura Del Sol and Fernando Rey.

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The Limits of Control – Jim Jarmusch’s latest.

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2009

“How did you get in here?”

“I used my imagination.”

This film looks amazing and has a brilliant cast.

The new movie from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (“Broken Flowers,” “Down by Law”) is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain (both urban and otherwise). The location shoot there united the writer/director with acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle (“In the Mood for Love,” “Paranoid Park”). Isaach De Bankole stars in the lead role for Mr. Jarmusch; this marks the duo’s fourth collaboration over nearly two decades, following “Night on Earth,” “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” and “Coffee and Cigarettes.” The film also features several other actors with whom Jarmusch has previously worked, including Alex Descas, John Hurt, Youki Kudoh, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton; and actors new to his films, including Hiam Abbass, Gael García Bernal, Paz De La Huerta, Jean-François Stevenín, and Luis Tosar.

The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.

I’m a big fan of Jim Jarmusch and I think that looks fantastic. Haven’t a clue what is going on but love the imagery and the whole feel of it. I will definitely be keeping a close eye on this one.

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Outlander – New poster which tells you nothing about the film except Jesus is in it

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2009

As an age old battle rages amongst the stars, Kainan’s ship burns brightly as it crashes into the Nordic coast. As his space craft comes to rest in the fjords of ancient Norway, it’s with dismay that Kainan realizes that he wasn’t the only survivor. A second passenger, a Moorwen also emerges from the wreckage. A Fierce and animal-like creature, the Moorwen is intent on causing harm to those it perceives have wronged it. As the Moorwen kills everything in its path, Kainan must work together with the Vikings to destroy the beast before it destroys them all. Starring James Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, John Hurt, and Ron Perlman.

I’ve been looking forward to this film since I first heard about it ages ago and the synopsis above sounds cool. Kind of like Beowulf meets Predator. Vikings and aliens are cool concepts in their own right and when they meet it should be shouted from the rooftops. Therefore, I have to ask the question why is The Weinstein Co once again hiding away one of their films by not really pushing it and releasing it in the nothing movie month of January?

Also if you knew nothing about the film and saw the new poster (above) you would still know nothing about it apart from the fact it could be the second coming of Jesus Christ or just his giant head about to crush Earth. Honestly, where are the vikings? Where is the big alien beastie? Come on poster people, play the game!
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Outlander – More Vikings v Aliens in this trailer

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2009

Outlander begins when a space craft crashes into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from another world – Kainan – and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen. Man and monster both seeking revenge for violence committed against them. As the Moorwen ravages the Viking world, killing everything in its path, Kainan forms an unlikely alliance with the primitive but fierce warriors. Combining his advanced technology with ancient Iron Age weapons, the hero leads a desperate attempt to kill the monster – before it destroys them all.

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Lord of the Rings, 1978 – Movie Review of the Ralph Bakshi Animated version

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2008

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, John Hurt, Michael Graham Cox, Anthony Daniels
Running Time: 132 minutes
Score: 9 / 10

Here’s another cracking review by Paul.

Ok, so I’m not going to come on here and say that this is superior to Peter Jackson’s (PJ) efforts. If I did I think Phil (Hello – Phil LFF) would erase me and I’d be in a Live For Film Limbo. Can’t happen!

But if we treat this as it once was, our only link to those fine books we read and reread (I know for sure I’m not the only one) when we were younger, it does a mighty fine job.

Now I could stand up and get the video case (yes, video) for the details but that’s Phil’s job.

No need to describe the story, but this feature does has some nice touches.

The Balrog, what a scary ass dude he is, alll roars and flame and anger. Only a little guy but you still wouldn’t mess. Nice set of stills thrown in for the Gandalf/Balrog fight. The Nine, dark and nasty, especially when they turn up for the first time.

The animation isnt amazing, but considering its time its good enough. What this has, however, is that wierd actor/animation overlay (the process is called of rotoscoping, a technique in which scenes are first shot in live-action, then traced onto animation cels – Phil LFF), put to excellent use when depicting the Orks in the latter fight scenes.

I don’t know why the fight scene between Gandalf and Saruman was up for so many awards in PJ’s version. Was I alone thinking it was rubbish? In this, the turning of Saruman had a darker essence to it, none of this ‘I’m gonna spin you in the air’ lark, a proper betrayal. And you get boss fireballs later on, like a proper bloody Mage! I spit on Potter.

Also, just look at Gollum and tell me you haven’t seen him before, you’d even swear it was the same guy doing the voice. Maybe it really is Gollum and he’s really old and came out of retirement to please PJ, but now finds it a bit tiring and longs to return to the wild, fresh fish in mouth.

It’s a shame they didn’t get to finish the film. I dont know if it was a ‘cursed set’ or the dude just died while making it, its still a shame. But it does raise the question of would I be happy with a feature length modern animation of LOTR? would you? I’m unsure. It seems to have worked for Star Wars, but I can’t comment on that personally.

It’s worth checking out I promise you. Ok, so I did post a review of a Snoop Dogg movie, but you can trust me.

Although the film was a financial success, it received a mixed reaction from critics, and the original distributors refused to fund a sequel to cover the remainder of the story.

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