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The A-Team – Our first look at the new team

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

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The A-Team are together and this is our first glimpse of them. ComingSoon had the photo and it looks as if they are trying to get B A to drink the milk or some such getting him on the plane style ploy!

Okay from the left there is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B A Baracus, Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Murdock, and Bradley Cooper as Face. Joe Carnahan is directing.

I don’t know about you. but I think it is cool seeing the A-Team together again.

The film is due out on 11th June 2010.

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The A-Team’s new Van….same as the old Van?

Posted by LiveFor on September 19, 2009

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The A-Team film is gradually coming together. We know who is in it:

Hannibal – Liam Neeson

Face – Bradley Cooper
BA Baracus – Rampage Jackson
Murdock – Sharlto Copley

The only thing missing was the van. What are the A-Team without the van?

According to Splash News this is the van on location in British Columbia, Canada. It looks an awful lot like the van from the original series and you know what? I am fine with that.

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UPDATED: The A-Team – Sharlto Copley to be Murdock and Jessica Biel joins the cast

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

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UPDATE 26/11/09 – Now Dirk Benedict has confirmed he has a cameo.

UPDATE: Dwight Schultz has got a cameo in the film

Now there is footage and interviews with the actors. Now the first official photo of the team is out.

Sharlto Copley, the star of this summer’s breakout hit “District 9,” is in final negotiations to portray “Howling Mad” Murdock in Fox’s A-Team feature film. Jessica Biel is also in negotiations to join the production according to THR Heat Vision.

They will join Liam Neeson (Hannibal), Bradley Cooper (Face) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (BA) to round out the special forces team convicted of a crime they didn’t commit and on the run from government forces. Joe Carnahan is directing the adaptation of the 1980s television show, while Ridley and Tony Scott produce.

Copley seemingly came out of nowhere to star in “District 9,” landing the role in the movie due to childhood friend Neill Blomkamp’s fondness for Copley’s improvisational skills, skills which will be ideally suited to the Murdock character.

Murdock was the wild card of the group, the Army’s best chopper pilot who is also suffering, in an over-the-top manner, from delusions, memory loss, and hallucinations. Dwight Shultz originated the role in the TV series.

Biel would play the former love of Faceman (Cooper), an Army general who is now pursuing the team.

Copley as Murdock is inspired casting in my opinion and great to see him move on from District 9 to this.

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The A-Team have a villain. Still no Lynch.

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

davirichmondIt looks as if Canadian actor David Richmond-Peck has signed on to star as Gammons in Joe Carnahan’s big screen adaptation of The A-Team. The actor most recently worked with the director on a sequel to Smokin’ Aces. He was also the bloke who interrogated Keanu Reeves in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Richmond-Peck originally tested for the role of the main villian, Lynch, in the film before grabbing the role he has now. The script’s plot has The A-Team hailing from the war in the Middle East as opposed to the Vietnam War. But the premise will remain the same as the television series, which sees four war vets wrongly accused of armed robbery that escape military prison to become an elite band of do-good mercenaries. The main adversary for the troupe is Lynch, a CIA agent linked to the Army. Commander of Fort Bragg, which housed the stockade from which the team escaped, Lynch is in pursuit of The A-Team, who he has a personal vendetta against.

Liam Neeson has been cast as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, with Bradley Cooper confirmed as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck and Rampage Jackson confirmed as B.A. Baracus.

Though Howling Mad Murdock has yet to be cast, rumours suggest that District 9’s Sharlto Copley is looking to take over the role.

So one of the bad guys has been cast. Who do you see playing the main villain, Lynch?

Source: MovieWeb

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The A-Team’s Murdoch – Could it be Sharlto Copley?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

copleyThrough a reliable source, Blackfilm.com has learned exclusively that an offer has been made to rising star ‘District 9’ Star Sharlto Copley for the role.

There is no confirmation that Copley has accepted as of yet.

Many names were being tossed for the role including the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr. Although we all know a whole heap of them won’t be taking the role.

Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck.

‘The A-Team’ revolves around the four members of a former commando outfit and current group of mercenaries. Their leader is Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective. Lt. Templeton “The Faceman” (usually referred to simply as “Face”) Peck is a smooth-talking con-man who serves as the team’s appropriator of vehicles and other useful items. The team’s pilot is Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, who has been declared insane and resides in a mental institution for the show’s first four seasons. Finally, there is the team’s strong man and mechanic, Sgt. B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus.

Set for release next year, the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan has already begun shooting in Vancouver, Canada.

Director Carnahan and Tony and Ridley Scott say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.

The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.

The original series, which ran from 1983-87 and starred George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, followed an unofficial team of Vietnam vets who will stop at nothing to get the bad guys. Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

Having just watched District 9 last night I can totally see Copley playing Murdoch. In D-9 he goes from office nerd to fugitive to bad ass and I thought he was brilliant. The whole film was superb so go and see it if you haven’t.

Who do you think would make a good Murdoch?

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District 9, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on August 17, 2009

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Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike
Running Time: 112 minutes

This review by Travis Tidmore of the excellent CineManiac.

The best advice I can give you about District 9 is to stop reading this review. In fact don’t read any reviews, just get your keys, get in the car, and head to the theater. Seriously, stop reading. Well if you’re still reading this you’ve either already seen it, or you’re just stubborn, so I might as well go on. The reason I said to stop reading is simple, I knew almost nothing about this movie when I saw it, and I think it made the experience that much more. In a time when most trailers give away the entire movie, District 9 is a rare exception, a movie which, like Cloverfield, plays it close to the vest in their ads, and as such makes for a much more rich experience.

District 9 is set in an alternate Johannesburg, South Africa over which an enormous alien spacecraft has hovered for the past 20 years. Over the years the humans and “prawns”, as the aliens are known, haven’t had the best relationship, getting so bad that the government has placed the entire prawn population (1.8 million) into a fenced off area known as District 9. As the movie opens the government has hired a weapons contractor to assist them in moving the prawns from District 9 to District 10, which is located well away from any humans. In essence the government has set up their own alien concentration camp.

The man in charge of this operation is Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), a nerdy office worker whose father is the owner of the company (no nepotism here!). As you can imagine a small group humans trying to evict 1.8 aliens doesn’t go smoothly. And that is all I’ll tell you about the plot. I know its not much, but trust me you’ll thank me later.

What I can say is this is one of the best scifi movies I’ve seen in years (since Donnie Darko to be exact) and possibly the best all around movie I’ve seen this year. Director Neill Blomkamp comes out of the gate with one of the most impressive debuts in years. (Again I think back to Donnie Darko and its promising director Richard Kelly and hope that Blomkamp capitalizes on his success a bit more than Kelly did.) But possibly the most amazing part of Blomkamp’s debut is seeing what he can do with only $30 million.

With a limited budget, Blomkamp has done more than Michael Bay has done in both of the Transformers combined. The prawns are amazing and look real enough to touch, they’re so good in fact I think if real aliens showed up they might look fake next to them. And Blomkamp has done a great job of combining a great story with some amazing action pieces. But be prepared, said action pieces are quite graphic in the violence department.

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the social side of the movie. District 9 is of course at its heart an allegory for apartheid. And Blomkamp does what only a good director can do, he makes an allegorical film that doesn’t shove the message down the viewers throat. What he does do is plant a seed in your mind that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.

In the end the movie is an amazing scifi action film that in a dream world would be nominated for an Academy Award. But I fear that it may have to settle with amazing reviews, lots of cash, and a large fan base.

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District 9 made quite a bit of cash in the USA

Posted by LiveFor on August 17, 2009

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17th August, 2009. Sony Pictures Releasing are delighted to announce that humans rushed into DISTRICT 9 this weekend as the movie stormed straight to #1 at the US box office, taking an incredible $37million.

DISTRICT 9 will be open to UK-based humans on 4 September 2009.

Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees from their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.

Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare. MNU will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ powerful weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when MNU begins evicting the non-humans from District 9, with MNU field agents responsible for moving them to a new camp. One of the MNU field operatives, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts an alien virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

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District 9 – First Look

Posted by LiveFor on July 29, 2009

Extended featurette for District 9 shows never before seen footage from the film while presenting interview with cast and crew. Preview explains the backstory to District 9 and the organization, MNU.

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District 9 – Interviews with Neill Blomkamp, Peter Jackson and Sharlto Copley

Posted by LiveFor on July 28, 2009

The first screening of District 9 was at the San Diego Comic Con (honestly, you would think that there have been no other sources of film news over the past few days!)

After the screening the Neill Blomkamp (director), Sharlto Copley (star) and Peter Jackson (producer) chatted about the film.

The film is on general release from 14th August.

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District 9 – New photo of a big flamethrower / gun thing

Posted by LiveFor on July 22, 2009

Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.

Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Source: /Film

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