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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?

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Ghostbusters – Did you know it was actually a film in 1954 starring Bob Hope?

Posted by LiveFor on July 29, 2009

An excellent trailer mash-up. You have to watch it.

What if…Ghostbusters, the movie, was shot in 1954 instead of 1984? Who should be part of the cast? Would they have the same equipment? Who would they battle? Considering Dan Aykroyd’s concept owes a lot to Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello, and Lewis and Martin comedies of the 40s and 50s, it is not that big of a stretch to speculate.

Here’s the recipe for the trailer:

Ghostbusters, The Three Stooges, Scared Stiff, Ghost Breakers, Topper Takes a Trip, The Ghost Busters, Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man, Star Trek, Ghosts on the Loose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Spooks Run Wild, Flubber, Son of Flubber, The Caddy, 100 ans d’histoires de Bibendum

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The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2008 – Movie Review – Lots of spoilers

Posted by LiveFor on December 10, 2008

Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gort, Kathy Bates, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith
Running Time: 103 minutes

This review by LoquaciousMuse (check out their blog here). I’m going to take my son to see it this weekend.

Saw The Day The Earth Stood Still last week. My thoughts still aren’t fully formulated, but I wanted to get something down.

Let me begin by saying this isn’t a bad movie. It’s not horrible, not laughable, not the blight in the history of science fiction film that so many of us, especially fans of the original, were expecting. In fact, the first two thirds of it are actually pretty good. The film is enjoyable & interesting and comes frustratingly close to pulling off the impossible (properly modernizing a classic) but in the end, it just falls short.

***Minor Spoiler Alert***

What does this “remake” (I prefer reimagining in this case) have in common with the original? There is a woman, there is a boy, there is a (sort of) robot & there is an alien. Alien & Robot land on Earth. Robot reacts immediately to violence with retaliatory violence. Alien is taken away by government for questioning. Alien escapes. Alien represents the universe & has a message for the Earth…sort of. Woman & Boy end up knowing Alien better than any other human knows him. There is a Dr. Barnhardt that speaks with Alien. Alien leaves planet at end of film.

And that’s it. May seem like a lot…but let me tell you…it isn’t. There are some nice homages to the original that made me smile (you’ll know them when you see ’em) but overall it was very much a different film that might have definitely would have made more sense had it been approached as a sequel rather than a remake. But if we get into the ridiculousness surrounding unecessary remake versus appropriate sequel we’ll be here all day. Let me just point out that the original ends with Klaatu SAYING HE WILL COME BACK AND EFF US IF WE DON’T CLEAN UP OUR ACT (but in that charming classically trained British actor way) and oh hey, look at that, we’re still blowing each other up. A sequel set in real time, 57 years later would have been amazing. Muh. Anyway.

There are a lot of big changes. Besides what we all could have predicted – get to know fleshed out Woman & Boy early on, Klaatu sort of has powers, bigger fx, a more destructive Gort – the film goes further than the obvious. The big changes are Klaatu’s reason for being here, why he looks human, a certain huge decision he makes that only he can undo and the state of the Earth when he leaves.

***BIG SPOILER ALERT***

(To elaborate, Woman isn’t a secretary. She’s a scientist. And she doesn’t have a swell gentleman caller. She has a dead husband & a stepson who likes to give her a hard time, but really, he loves her. Hrmm. Klaatu controls electric currents. That way he can fuck shit up AND un-fuck shit up. Plus Gort can dissolve into rapidly multiplying silver bugs that destroy everything they touch. Klaatu came to Earth because humans are destroying it and if they can never change (which he deduces they can’t), they must be wiped out. Process to wipe them out begins. He sees Woman & Boy hugging & crying and realizes humans aren’t all bad and wants to save them. Unfortunately there is a cost. He stops the death of all people by…doing something involving his spaceship. All electricity stops as he leaves. Humans are left to start over again. We think. It’s unclear.)

***END OF BIG SPOILERS***

***Minor Spoiler Alert. Again.***

Overall, the new ideas introduced are pretty cool and the updates to the classic material works. Where the film fails is the last third or so. All of a sudden it starts going in a direction that just doesn’t make sense. The big disappointment for me was WHY CANT HE STOP GORT BY SAYING KLAATU BARADA NIKTO (even though I could have SWORN I heard him say it at the beginning) ???? And why that one random rushed death? And why did it remain a death when the alien next to you can bring people back to life with his electrical current power? WHY NOT stick to the original structure? Was the ending not Hollywood enough? I thought the ending to the original was perfect. Relevant, harrowing, horrifying, and an important warning – it had so much of an impact because Klaatu’s reason for being there isn’t revealed until the very end. In this film, that is scratched for a big exercise in fx, followed immediately an ending so abrupt and anticlimactic, that the audience is left utterly unsatisfied and with A LOT of questions.

As for the performances – the casting was pretty right on. Half the time Jennifer Connolly was on screen I was just plain in awe of her. Terrific actress and mindbogglingly gorgeous. Are we sure she’s real? Jayden Smith can cry on cue and is pretty cute, so I’ll let that one slide. Jon Hamm is a perfect human being. John Cleese, though only in one scene, was an inspired choice for Barnhardt. And Keanu. At first I was unsettled by this choice in casting as Michael Rennie was so charming & delightful in his icy, unearthly ways. Keanu’s Klaatu (band name anyone? maybe? no? okay.) is cold & kinda hostile, more or less the stark opposite of Rennie’s take. But considering how this film differs from the original, it works. He speaks in non emotional, Vulcan-like tones (I’ve been watching a lot of Trek: TOS lately to educate myself), making sure to hit every word carefully. The easiest acting role of all time? Maybe. But easy looks good on Keanu.

This film ends up being mostly about the beauty of humanity and how we are worth it, despite all our flaws. And you know, it could have been so powerful. This film COULD have been beautiful and it frustrates me all the more because it came so close, only to give up two thirds of the way through…and here and there before the final third, but we won’t get into that now.

All I can say is please go see it so we can talk about it, both what we liked and what made us crazy. Still having trouble figuring out how I feel about it all and would love to hear some opinions!

This is an update I added to my blog post on the subject.
UPDATE:

Found an article on the changes made for the remake here. Pretty illuminating stuff actually. Here’s the bit about Klaatu Barada Nikto

“One crucial element that made the 57-year jump from the 1951 version to the 2008 remake was the iconic line “Klatuu Barad Nikto” – the alien command that prevents the unstoppable robot Gort from unleashing destruction upon Earth. Actor Reeves stated that he was surprised not to find that line in the script when he first read it, but he and the director ensured that it made it into the final film (although it’s during a loud scene where some viewers may miss it). To enhance the impact, several techniques were used, including having Reeves memorize and pronounce the words backwards, which were then reversed to put them in the right order. The final mix overlays this upon double-reverse upon a take of Reeves reading the line in the usual order. (UPDATE: Although the line is in the film, it is buried in the mix beneath a ton of sound effects: to a casual viewer it may be apparent that the alien Klaatu is speaking in his native language to Gort; only fans will recognize, just barely, the specific words.)”

So I did hear it mixed in at the beginning! Listen for yourself after Klaatu first gets off the ship & had to stop Gort. Though still doesn’t explain why he can’t say it later to stop Gort…

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Trailer for the new Terminator Salvation Trailer – that sentence does make sense!

Posted by LiveFor on December 4, 2008

First Showing have the news that Entertainment Tonight will debut the brand new Terminator Salvation trailer next Tuesday and it will also show in theaters in front of The Day the Earth Stood Still. They also have some footage of the trailer. There is quite a bit of new footage and a cool scene right at the end.

What do you make of all that then?
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Will Keanu be back for The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down 3

Posted by LiveFor on December 2, 2008

“I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.” – Homer Simpson.

AICN have a source who has confirmed that a script for Speed 3 is floating around Hollywood. Not only that, but the story features the return of Officer Jack Traven, the lead character played by Keanu Reeves in the original film. Speed 2: Cruise Control had Jason Patric as a different character for the lead, but both features Sandra Bullock.

The weird thing is that back in 2007, Dennis Hopper told The Guardian that he was set to reprise his role as Howard Payne in a third Speed film. This always seemed a bit odd as Payne died at the end of the first Speed film.

All still early days for this rumour and I think it is doubtful that Keanu will return to the franchise. He’s riding high with The Day the Earth Stood Still and a Chef type movie with David Fincher in the works.

Would you like to see Keanu back in a new Speed movie? Let’s hear your theories as to what would be speeding now and how they could bring Dennis Hopper’s character back (maybe in a Saw style with videos he made back in the day – they could carefully edit footage of Hopper from many of his earlier films. That would be cool).

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UPDATED: Wolverine on the cover of Empire. Trailer before The Day the Earth Stood Still

Posted by LiveFor on November 26, 2008

Empire has debuted the latest cover of the next issue of their magazine. On the cover this time is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The first trailer will be on before The Day the Earth Stood Still on December 12th (probably only in the States) which means we’ll have a lot more to look at by then. In addition to that quote that Jackman gave above, actor Danny Huston had this to say about his role as the character William Stryker (who Brian Cox played in X2, X-Men 2).

“The thing about Stryker is that he feels like he’s got this God-given right, that he’s on a crusade. He both loves and hates mutants, because his son was a mutant and murdered his wife. So he understands what they’re going through but despises their force, their potential danger.”

Huston tells Empire. “In Logan and Creed, Stryker finds his children and hones their powers like racehorses. But as in the world of horseracing, when your horse breaks his leg and is suddenly useless, he has a very cold way of looking at them. And he’s also a mad scientist excited by the possibilities of what he can do to mutants.”

Hugh Jackman had this to say about the film, “There’s a scene in the first X-Men movie where Wolverine’s introduced in a bar, fighting in a cage, and you felt that he did this every night of his life. If this movie is successful, you should feel that this guy can walk straight off the end of this film and into that bar.”
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood,(Tsotsi, Rendition). The script was written by veteran screenwriter David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner). X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be out next Summer.

I had posted the trailer when shown at this years Comic Con, but they’ve since been taken down. However, I did post a description of the trailer a few months ago and that can be found here.

What do you think of the Empire cover? Are you looking forward to seeing Logan on the big screen?
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Visit to the set of The Day the Earth Stood Still

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2008

Ammon of JoBlo was lucky enough to have a visit to the production offices and set of The Day The Earth Stood Still remake.

Among other things he got to have a look at lots of productions sketches and photos and he had a chat with production designer David Brisbin, special effects team Jeff Okun and Tom Boland, and practical effects maestro Todd Masters (of MastersFX). Here are some cool things about the film he found out (spoilers ahead

– The space ship is an Orb–and there are multiple Orbs that land in different locations all around the globe, including the desert, the ocean, the swamp, and the forest–each Orb has a different purpose.
– The Orbs change color, based on Klaatu’s mood–when angry, the Orb is red, when calm, the Orb is blue.
– The Orbs arrive throughout different times in history–we are shown the arrivals of the Orbs throughout time before the arrival in Central Park.
– Helen (Jennifer Connolly) is an Ethnobiologist (and not a lonely housewife) in this version.
– The film is environmentally conscience–Klaatu comes to Earth to warn us to stop polluting and take better care of our planet (instead of warning us to stop using Atomic Weapons).
– The color palette director Derrickson wanted to use for the film’s overall pallet featured lots of blues and greens–similar to the colors of the original’s theatrical poster (below).
– WETA is doing most of the post-production special effects.
– There are HUNDREDS of special effects shots.
– Derrickson believes that when it comes to effects, if you can shoot it, you should.
– There are a few stages to Klaatu’s organic space suite: the first stage, the suite is translucent; the second stage, the suite is solid; the third stage, you can see the inner being inside the suite; the fourth stage is the dissection of the suit; the final stage is the transition stage, when Klaatu (looking like Keanu) emerges.
– The transformation scene when Klaatu turns into a human–is shot in a similar manner as the werewolf transformation in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.
– Gort is somewhere between 25 and 35 feet tall.

He was then shown a rough of the opening scene and described it as:

The Orb approaches through space (like the landing of PREDATOR), and slowly floats down in the middle of New York City’s Central Park. Shortly after ‘landing’ (it’s floating a few feet off the ground, as it’s a giant ball of light and energy), the Orb is surrounded by police and military units–all approaching with guns drawn, taking aim and ready to fire. Snipers arrive on the rooftops of the buildings surrounding Central Park, taking aim and putting the Orb in their crosshairs. The light of the Orb narrows and focuses at the base, where a humanoid figure of light emerges, walking towards the surrounding barricade. This is Klaatu, in his translucent space suite. Helen (the Ethnobiologist, rocking a full body de-tox suite) is the first one to greet Klaatu as he emerges. A second later, a random shot by a trigger happy gunman is heard, and Klaatu is hit in the chest – blood splatters all over the front of Helen’s suite and across her face shield. Helen stands there in shock for a second, then the stomping sound of screeching metal and robotic footsteps comes from within the Orb and a shadow emerges…

All sounds pretty cool and I am now definitely looking forward to seeing this film when it comes out. I do like the idea of the orbs appearing throughout different time periods although I’m not sure how that is going to work in the story. Very intriguing. Also looks as if we will get to see a giant Gort kick some military ass. Who’s with me?

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Avatar Teaser Trailer? It could be on the way…maybe

Posted by LiveFor on November 16, 2008

MarketSaw had this photo which apparantly shows the teaser trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar sitting ready in their boxes. At 3:57 it does seem awfully long for a teaser so these may well be fake.

If it’s real I’m not sure what film the teaser may debut on. Maybe The Day the Earth Stood Still, or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, maybe Monsters vs Aliens as that’s a 3D CGI film. What is your opinion on the photo? Real or bogus? If real what film could it be show with?
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The Day the Earth Stood Still – Latest Poster

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2008

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Here’s Gort – New The Day the Earth Stood Still Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2008

Wow! Just Wow! Can’t wait to see it. Gort looks amazing.

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