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Burke and Hare – First look at Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as grave robbers

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010


They’ve started filming Burke and Hare up in Edinburgh, Scotland. Directed by John Landis it stars Starring Pegg, Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Curry and Sir Christopher Lee.

This is out first glimpse of what the characters look like.

The real-life Burke and Hare, who hailed from Ireland, were responsible for the deaths of at least 17 people from 1827 until 1828. After murdering their victims, the pair then went on to sell the bodies to Dr Robert Knox, who dissected them in his anatomy classes at Barclay’s anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square.

Looking good so far. Keep checking back as we may have some words from Mr Pegg before too long.

Source: Collider

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Burke and Hare – John Landis’ new film gets a Ronnie, a Gentleman, a sweet Transylvanian Transvestite and Sir Christopher Lee

Posted by LiveFor on February 5, 2010

The cast for John Landis’ new film, Burker and Hare, has gone huge. Joining Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, as graverobbers William Burke and William Hare, are Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers), Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, It, Legend), Ronnie Corbett (one of The Two Ronnies – British comedy legend), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, The Cottage), David Schofield, Allan Corduner, Bill Bailey (great stand up comedian), Hugh Bonneville, Michael Smiley and Sir Christopher Lee (star of so many films).

Landis describes the film as a “black romantic comedy” in spite of its story which is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers Burke and Hare. These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.

With a cast like this it should be a great film. A great mix of horror and comedy icons. Shooting has already begun according to STYD.

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The Random – Robert Pattinson & Sean Penn, Promised Land, The Graveyard Book, Martin Scorsese to direct Hugo Cabret, Burke and Hare

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010

– Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson are considering joining Water for Elephants at Fox 2000 reports Variety. Based on the best-selling historical novel by Sara Gruen, the story centers on a 90-year-old man (Pattinson) reminiscing about his life and is set during the Depression. At the time the man found work at a B-level circus taking care of the animals. He sees the brutality of circus life while falling for the wife of an abusive animal trainer (Penn). Reese Witherspoon is already attached to play the wife.

– Michael Winterbottom (“Nine Songs”) is next set to direct the $5 million indie Promised Land for Revolution Studios reports Variety. The story deals with the events that lead up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the state of Israel. Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe,” “21”) will star as a British officer hunting down the extremist Jewish factions.

– Neil Gaiman says the film adaptation of his The Graveyard Book is still on the cards. Speaking to The Los Angeles Times Gaiman said “It was all put together over at Miramax Films. The people there had a long, great relationship with Neil Jordan and it was all set up and ready to go, and then Miramax was more or less erased from existence. It became a filing cabinet in somebody’s desk, more or less… But it looks like almost all the pieces are on the table again. They have a studio, they have a distributor and they are putting stuff together and I’m not allowed to say anything else.”

– Martin Scorsese is in talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret reports Variety. The 2008 novel centers on an orphaned boy who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.

– Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) and Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”) have joined the horror comedy Burke and Hare says Heat Vision Blog.
The film is based on the true story a pair of the U.K.’s earliest serial killers, William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis), gravediggers who lucratively sold the corpses of their victims to a medical college for dissection. Fisher will play Pegg’s girlfriend, an actress looking for a patron who might or might not be an accomplice to the murders. Wilkinson will play Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses. John Landis directs.

– John and Drew Dowdle (“Quarantine”) are set to direct an adaptation of Jack Kilborn’s gory novel Afraid reports Production Weekly. Larry Malkin and Chad Thumann will adapt the script about five government-sponsored lethal torturers wrongly sent on a mission to a small, sleepy Wisconsin town. The military sends in a bunch of Green Berets, Special Forces, SEALs and marines to take down this killing force. However it’s the townsfolk who band together to save their home that will make the critical difference.

Source: Dark Horizons

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The Ghost Writer – Trailer for Roman Polanski’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

When a successful British ghostwriter, THE GHOST (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister ADAM LANG (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.

The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA-a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, RUTH, and his personal assistant (and mistress), AMELIA. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?

Resonating with topical themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story of deceit and betrayal on every level- sexual, political and literary. In a world in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems, The Ghost quickly discovers that the past can be deadly-and that history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it.

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, and Tom Wilkinson.
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What did you think of that?

Due out on the 19th February.

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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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Jackboots on Whitehall – Poster for the stop motion invasion of England

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2009


From the McHenry Brothers come a satirical version of World War II in which the Scottish defeat the German invasion of England. Chris (Ewan McGregor) dreams of the chance to join the army and fight in exciting new lands rather than be stuck in the slow paced village life he has grown up in. His chance comes when the three top Nazis hatch a plan to invade England by drilling under the English Channel and into the heart of London. With the entire British army stuck in Dunkirk and no military support to defend the country, Churchill issues a final radio broadcast from his bunker in Downing Street – a cry for help. But can the nation unite in time to make one last stand against Nazi forces? JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL boasts pioneering techniques in animation and the voices of a stellar cast including Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson, Rosamund Pike, and Alan Cumming.

Source: Collider

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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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Roman Polanski’s The Ghost is on hold due to the whole arrest thing

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

The-Ghost4Roman Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland has put his latest film, The Ghost in limbo.
According to the director’s ICM agent, Jeff Berg, Polanski “had completed much of the editing on The Ghost. But other postproduction work, including music scoring and sound mixing, had yet to be done.”

The Ghost is based on the novel from Robert Harris. It stars Pierce Brosnan as the fictional former British leader Adam Lang. Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter that is hired to help complete Lang’s memoirs. Other members of the cast are Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Olivia Williams and James Belushi.

The film does not yet have distribution in the U.S., but it has distribution in many territories overseas.

Also, Polanski’s French lawyer Herve Temime says that the director is going to fight extradition to the U.S. In a statement Temime said that he would ask Swiss authorities to release the 76-year-old director immediately.

“After that, his defense team will demonstrate the illegal nature of the extradition request he is facing,” he stated. “He is in a fighting mood and determined to defend himself.”

Polanski left America in 1978 when he pled guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles.

He was arrested over the weekend in Zurich. He had traveled there to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival.

The Ghost is Polanski’s first movie with a U.S. setting since 1974’s Chinatown. Areas in Germany doubled for the story’s New England settings.

It is currently not known when work might continue on The Ghost. Berg remains optimistic about his client’s ability to work this situation out.

“I’m always optimistic when it comes to Roman,” Berg stated. “He’s strong, and he has survived every situation imaginable.”

Source: THR

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The Green Hornet to go up against Colonel Hans Landa

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

christophe-waltzAh the comings and goings of Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. People are cast, people leave and it’s all a bit up in the air even though they have started filming (check out the photos).

Last we heard Nicolas Cage had to bow out from being the gangster villain of the piece due to other commitments. That left a gap in the cast of Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Edward James Olmos and Tom Wilkinson.

Step forward Christoph Waltz. He is the excellent actor who was absolutely brilliant in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as Col. Hans Landa. He was calm, collected, witty, manic and intelligently insane. A superb performance in my mind and I hope he gets a Supporting Actor nod at the Oscars.

I think Waltz will give this production an absolute lift and if he is working his milk drinking strudel chomping mojo then we should be in for something simply splendid.

How do you feel about Waltz going up against the Hornet?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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The Green Hornet starts filming and Adama joins the cast

Posted by LiveFor on September 3, 2009

hornetColumbia Pictures have announced the start of production on Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet.

As previously reported it stars Seth Rogen as the Hornet with Jay Chou as his sidekick Kato. The studio also mentioned the fact that Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner) has joined the cast along with actors David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie, Duplicity, Batman Begins). Nic Cage is also starring as a gangster and Cameron Diaz is the love interest.

With Gondry directing and this cast we should be expecting something super cool.

The Green Hornet is out on 17th December 2010.

Source: First Showing

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