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Blu-Ray News – Tombstone and Darkman going blu

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

Tombstone

“I’ll be your Huckleberry” – The classic line from Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp. Stephen Lang as a cowardly Ike Clanton, Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo and Powers Booth as Curly Bill and so much more plus Billy Zane. That’s all you need to know. Finally it gets on Blu-Ray and I can’t wait to watch it again.

Due out in April.
Tombstone [Blu-ray] – Amazon.com

Darkman

The cult classic directed by Sam Raimi and starring Liam Neeson and the bloke who played the janitor from LA Law.

The film stars Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who is attacked and left for dead by a ruthless mobster, Durant (played by Larry Drake) after his girlfriend, an attorney (played by Frances McDormand) runs afoul of a corrupt developer (played by Colin Friels). Westlake survives, but is left with burns over most of his body. While hospitalized as a comatose John Doe, he is unwittingly subjected to a radical treatment that destroys the nerve endings connected to his skin, neutralizing his ability to sense physical pain but increasing his brain’s emotional output to compensate. Now half-crazed, Westlake escapes the hospital and decides to get revenge on the criminals who took his life away, but now as a masked vigilante, known as Darkman.

Due out on 15 June.
Darkman [Blu-ray] – Amazon.com

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Conan – Stephen Lang confirms he will cut off Conan’s nuts

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2010

Last week a rumour went round that Stephen Lang (Public Enemies, Avatar) had been offered the role of Khalar Singh – “a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.”

“I’ve accepted the role of Khalar Singh,” Lang told MTV News when asked about the rumor.

“I have no idea how I’m going to do it,”
Lang laughed. “First I’m going to find out how I’m going to sound. I’m going to get back on a Mongolian pony and ride like the wind. I’m going to flash my scimitar. I’m going to cut the nuts off Conan and his father.”

Conan is to be played by Jason Momoa and his father will be played by Mickey Rourke.

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Conan – Rachel Nichols to wear a metal bikini!

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

Some more casting news for the Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian film (Stephen Lang is rumoured to be the big bad, Khalar Singh) and this time it is for the leading lady.

G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Star Trek’s Green Orion lady, Rachel Nichols, is up for the role of Tamara. The casting notes for the character say:

TAMARA: She is 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen’s life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both…

Jason Momoa from Stargate Atlantis is down to play Conan and it sounds as if Tamara is lined up to be his equal in the fighting stakes.

Any Conan news is good news in my book and I’m glad that things are continuously moving forward with this one. I also like the fact they are not going for big names…that’s probably not the right way of putting it as Lang is huge now since Avatar. I mean better that they are not A-List faces so makes it easier to buy into them as the character rather than going “Oh that’s so and so, they were great in whatchamacallit.”

Are you excited about the Conan film? Is Nichols the right choice for the leading lady? What Conan tales do you want to see in the film?

Source: Latino Review

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Conan – Stephen Lang may be the bad guy

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2010

He was great in Public Enemies, hilarious in The Men Who Stare at Goats and excellent in Avatar, now it looks as Stephen Lang will be playing the big bad in the new Conan film by Marcus Nispel. He is currently in negotiations to play Khalar Singh according to Latino Review.

This is the casting breakdown for the character:

Khalar Singh is in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.

His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge…

I could easily see Lang playing that. He is a great actor and I hope he takes the role.

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Could Stephen Lang play Cable? Rob Liefeld thinks so

Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2009

Avatar has been having a huge effect on the box office and the technology of cinema. However, it has also inspired a certain comic book creator on who he would like to play one of his creations.

Rob Liefeld is the creator in question. He is the guy behind Deadpool, currently in early pre-production for a Ryan Reynolds starring film. He also developed the time travelling cybernetic mutant known as Cable.

Cable’s real name is Nathan Summers and he is the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, but was taken far into the future after being infected by a techno-organic virus. His mutant powers of telepathy and telekinesis was off the charts but was mainly used to keep the virus at bay. He returned to the present day as an old grizzled warrior where he formed X-Force had many adventures and also teamed up with Deadpool for a while. He was last seen heading across time with the Mutant Messiah, Hope, while being pursued by Bishop. It is a very convoluted life for Cable but when written well he has been a cool character

Liefeld explained the creation of the character:

“ I was given a directive to create a new leader for the New Mutants. There was no name, no description besides a ‘man of action’ the opposite of Xavier. I created the look, the name, much of the history of the character. After I named him Cable, Bob suggested Quinn and Louise had Commander X” – Wikipedia

After seeing Avatar Liefeld posted the following on Twitter.
@robertliefeld Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob

@robertliefeld Steven Lang’s performance as Quaritch in Avatar was brilliant. Just attach a cyborg arm to him and presto! he’s Cable. Perfect age too.

Lang was one of the acting highlights in both Avatar (my review) and Public Enemies (review) and Liefeld’s comments are spot on. He would be the perfect Cable and I can’t believe I didn’t think of that when watching him in action.

If Cable was ever committed to film (maybe the Deadpool film would be the best place for his debut) then Lang is definitely the man to play him. However, they would have to leave out his hugely complex and twisted backstory for the film.

Don’t forget this is not saying that Cable is due to appear in any film, it is just the guy who created him coming up with a great idea – if he could just get the hang of drawing feet and backgrounds then he is laughing (an old joke I know – sorry Rob).

Do you think that Lang would be a perfect Cable?

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Avatar, 2009 – Movie Review by LFF

Posted by LiveFor on December 21, 2009

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguea, Giovanni Ribisi, Wes Studi

Score: 8 / 10 – Visuals: 10 / 10

This review by me.

I have just got back from watching Avatar with my 11 year old son. My first response is that it is mind blowing stuff.

Previously, I had been worried that the weakest link was the story. It looked as if it was something we had seen many times before – Ferngully, Dances With Wolves, Battle for Terra and many other Westerns showing the white man being a bastard to the natives mixed in with some tree hugging hippy crap (although I dig the tree hugging hippy crap). After watching the film, yes it is exactly like that. You know the beats of the tale within moments. Who will live, who will die, the reason they showed that bit etc. I envy my son seeing it at the age of 11 before he becomes more aware and jaded of the few plotlines Hollywood use.

However, like other reviews I have read, it just doesn’t matter that you know the story. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they used such a familiar story deliberately. The reason being is that you don’t have to worry about keeping pace with who is doing what to whom, instead you can just enjoy the ride and gaze in shock and awe at the amazing visuals in front of you.

That is what Cameron has done with this film. He has pushed the boundaries of what 3D can do and uses it as a proper filmaking tool – no deliberate nods to the technology with things flying out at you for no reason – It is there with the lighting, CGI, sound and everything else. This gives such a depth to what you are seeing and makes you almost believe it is real.

I won’t go into the whos, hows and whys as you will no doubt already know. I will say this though. Following Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he gets to the Pandora is a great way of getting you used to the 3D. By the time he has tried on the Avatar for the first time you are there with him and, as my son said as we left the cinema, you really felt as if you were on Pandora. It leaves you wanting to see more of the place.

The acting is spot on as well. Everyone does exactly what they are supposed to do and you buy into the characters as well. Having Worthington works so well as he is, currently, still an unknown face so you dig his character so much quicker that way. On a side note some of the best effects on the human side of things are when you see his paralysed legs that have suffered muscle wastage. So well done.

Stephen Lang as the big bad of the piece, Colonel Miles Quaritch, takes what is basically a two dimensional villain all the way up to 11. He snarls, growls and takes no prisoners. He’s so tough he goes out into the Pandora atmosphere that is poisonous to humans and holds his breath to get the job done.

Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the human faces do it all well, but again you have seen all their characters before in different films with different faces.

Those actors playing the Na’Vi are all amazing and it is here that the technology behind it really shows. You really do feel they are real (by the end of it you almost think the human characters are the CG). Their skin, movements, but most of all their eyes hold so much life (take note Zemeckis). Zoe Saldana is Neytiri is just sublime – the looks she gives as she goes from hating Jake to respecting and then loving him are a superb performance.

Pandora itself is equally amazing. They created a living, breathing ecosystem and there is just so much life in it. You start trying to figure out how this relates to that. The big creatures you see all have a similar look in that you could see how they have evolved or are related to each other.

The set pieces are eye catching and well thought out with the big battle at the end a joy to watch.

I could go on but it is late.

Basically, go and see it at the cinema in 3D. Even if you aren’t a lover of sci-fi go see it. It is one of those events or raising of the bar that you need to be a part of. Some of you will hate the story and pick holes in it – it will be very easy to do – but just watch, enjoy and soak it all in.

It’s not often a movie comes along like this. Still not sure how the mountains float though.

8 / 10 as a whole due to the story being what it is, but the performances pull it up a few points. The visuals and viewing experience in 3D I give 10 / 10. I will see it again, but I do wonder how repeated viewing will make me feel about the film. I can also imagine that watching it on blu-ray will also be quite disappointing.

Let me know what you thought of the film in the comments below.

Avatar (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) – Amazon.com
Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray) – Amazon.co.uk

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Avatar, 2009 – Quick Movie Review – “Dances with Smurfs”

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Wes Studi

This short yet excellent review by Andy M who has just been to see it with Jinja.

Just watched Dances with Smurfs! It was good… as in, it wasn’t shite!

It was Dances with Wolves. Saying that I didn’t come out feeling I’d been ripped off!

All in all a good film.. Nothing too special apart from the CGI which was mind blowing, but all in all satisfying!

CGI 11/10
Story 7/10
Enjoyment 8/10
Predictability 100/10

If they could have watered down the cheese slightly at the end I’d have given it an 8, but on the whole it is a 7 from me.

I’m probably not giving the movie enough credit to be honest, Cameron has really but his soul into it. It looks beautiful.

It’s a pity the story was so predictable, but I am quite a grumpy old man when it comes to films these days! I expect perfection!

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Avatar Interview – Stephen Lang talks about Col Quaritch

Posted by LiveFor on December 10, 2009

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New Avatar Footage: Through Eyes Of Colonel Quaritch

Posted by LiveFor on November 22, 2009

Brand new footage of Avatar with lots of CGI! Actor Stephen Lang takes you into the world of Pandora through the eyes of his character Colonel Quaritch. Lang narrates the clip, describing his characters mission and the themes and dynamics of the storyline.

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Avatar – New photo of Colonel Quartitch

Posted by LiveFor on September 21, 2009

avatarcolSince the release of the trailer and Avatar day, things have been pretty quiet regarding James Cameron’s 3D CG Sci-Fi epic.

While we wait for more footage here is a pretty cool photo of Stephen Lang (who was excellent in Public Enemies) as the battle scarred Colonel Quartitch.

Thanks to Pam for finding the pic on Celebuzz.

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