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The Losers – Zoe Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan get a bit saucy

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

As previously reported, The Losers is the adaptoin of the Vertigo Comic by Andy Diggle and Jock.

It tells the story of a covert-ops team for the CIA who are betrayed by their handler Max (Jason Patric) while on a search-and-destroy mission in Bolivia.

The team – comprising of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Clay), Idris Elba (Roque), Oscar Jaenada (Cougar), Columbus Short (Pooch) and Chris Evans (Jensen), vow to get revenge and go on the hunt for the mysterious Max.

It isn’t long before they meet the beautiful Aisha (Zoe Saldana), an operative with her own agenda, who tells them she knows how to find the elusive Max.
As you can see in the pics from The Mail Online, Aisha and Clay get close in the film.

Check out the trailer.

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UPDATED: Watchmen 2 may happen – Hurm! Warren Ellis won’t be involved

Posted by LiveFor on February 4, 2010

UPDATE: Warren Ellis kindly took the time to write in the comments that he would not be involved in this in any way. I think this could well be the feeling of many comic book professionals. END OF LINE

The always excellent Bleeding Cool have some worrying news. A Watchmen sequel might be in the works.

Back in the day DC Comics President Paul Levitz had stopped any Watchmen 2 projects. He felt that this would go against Watchmen creator’s Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons hopes for the story. This was quite cool of Levitz as Moore had a huge break-up with DC Comics and Paul Levitz.

Then things changed as things do and Paul Levitz left DC Comics. Dan DiDio, DC’s Senior Vice President, stepped in and decided to prove that Watchmen 2 is a viable project and something that can be done. He wants to do “multiple prequel comic miniseries and spinoff ongoing projects.”

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons still have to be offered first refusal before any of these new titles could be published. They most likely won’t want to take on these jobs and it looks like DiDio has actually been looking for writers. If there are comics there could well be another film.

I say thee nay! Watchmen was a standalone classic and anything else is just going to get on people’s nerves. Mind you if they go prequel then that may not be so bad, especially if Grant Morrison or Warren Ellis were involved. Garth Ennis doing a Rorschach prequel could be great. I still think it stinks though.

Would you want some more Watchmen comics? Who would you want to write them and what characters would you want to see in it? Would you want other DC heroes to appear in the comics?

Image from Wizard Magazine

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Cemetery Junction – Poster for Ricky Gervais’ new film

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010


CEMETERY JUNCTION tells the funny, touching and universal story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape.

In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls.

Freddie (Christian Cooke) wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan) are happy with life the way it is.

When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives forever.

Ralph Fiennes (The Reader, Schindler’s List), Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, Ghost Town), Emily Watson (Synecdoche, New York, Breaking the Waves) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Brideshead Revisited) feature alongside stars-of-the-future Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan.

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UPDATED The Losers – Teaser trailer of the comic book adaption

Posted by LiveFor on January 29, 2010


UPDATE: Now the trailer is out for real and here it is:
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END OF UPDATE

This is the first look at some footage for the adaption of the Andy Diggle and Jock comic book, The Losers. It is one of those EW teaser of a teaser trailer thing they do.

Directed by Sylvian White the film adaptation stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (last seen in the comic book world as The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen), Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, and Peter Macdissi.

An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, “The Losers” centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team–Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar–find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

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Green Lantern – Concept art – Look it’s Abin Sur, Tomar Re and Kilowog, you lousy Poozer!

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2010

That is the current situation for the Martin Campbell directed adaption of the DC comic. Sinestro probably won’t be the main bad guy (like the comics he’ll start out as a Lantern) and Legion could well be one of the bad guys along with Hammond, but what about the other members of the Green Lantern Corp? Well it looks as if Cosmic Book News scored the first look at some concept art for Abin Sur (the Green Lantern who’s death leads to Hal Jordan getting the power ring), Tomar Re and my favourite, Green Lantern trainer, Kilowog.

The DC Database gives a quick background to Kilowog for those not up to speed on who he is (mind you due to the convoluted DC continuity it may mean nothing to you if you’ve never read the comics):

Bolovax Vik was one of the most crowded planets in the universe; it had 16 billion residents with a communal mind. Kilowog was a geneticicist and one of Bolovax’s most brilliant minds. After the previous Lantern, Branwill, died, Kilowog was chosen to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. It was a great honor, but it meant leaving Bolovax and going into space on missions; this was tantamount to exile for a Bolovaxian. Nevertheless, Kilowog carried out his duties with pride. He would go on to be one of the Corps’ best recruiters and trainers.

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Bolovax Vik was destroyed. His ring automatically protected Kilowog, but not his people. Acting quickly, he placed all 16 billion life energies into his ring. By sheer force of his will they survived until Kilowog found a suitable planet to release his people. Sadly, the planet was soon destroyed by Sinestro. Kilowog could not rescue them again. He was now alone for good

Cosmic Book News also have the story from the 2008 Green Lantern script. It makes interesting reading but as we don’t yet know whether this will be the exact script they are using there could well be major spoilers involved.

The concept art for all three looks a lot like the comic book characters which is a good thing.

Concept art is always great to see but the final look depends upon who will be working on the effects. Variety have the news that Karen Goulekas (The Day After Tomorrow) Kent Houston (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Jim Berney (I Am Legend) will be in charge of making the effects look real. Sony Pictures Imageworks will also be the lead visual effects studio on the film. They worked on Watchmen and Superman Returns. All of those films had their flaws, but in the main they had excellent special effects so Green Lantern should look splendid.

Green Lantern is due out on 17th June 2011.

The question is who will voice Kilowog, Abin Sur and Tomar Re?

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Green Lantern – Mark Strong not Jackie Earle Haley could be Sinestro

Posted by LiveFor on January 16, 2010

Looks like HitFlix were wrong. “Sherlock Holmes” actor Mark Strong is in talks to play Sinestro in the “Green Lantern” movie, according to director Martin Campbell.

Speaking with MTV News during the junket for “Edge of Darkness,” his upcoming action thriller opening January 29, Campbell dismissed rumors that “Watchmen” actor Jackie Earle Haley was in talks for the role.

“No, that’s completely wrong,” said Campbell of the persistent rumor, which popped up again recently despite Haley denying any involvement with the “Green Lantern” movie. “In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro.”

“He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro,” he added. “If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he’s very like him. The Jackie Earle Haley thing, somebody told me about it this morning; I had never heard it before in my life.”

If negotiations pan out, Strong will have a role in not one but two much-anticipated comic book movies, as he also plays mobster Frank D’Amico in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass.” However, Campbell didn’t stop there — he also offered up a list of characters from Green Lantern’s universe making an appearance in the film.

“Well, Kilowog will be,” said Campbell. “Tomar-Re is in it. Sinestro is in it. Abin Sur is in it. All the origin people. Carol [Ferris], of course, who will be played by Blake Lively. All the main characters are there, and it’s a complex story. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right.”

If Strong becomes Sinestro, he could join recently announced in-negotiations actor Peter Sarsgaard, who’s in talks to play villain Hector Hammond.

In the comic books, Sinestro is a former Green Lantern who trains Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds), only to become one of Jordan’s greatest enemies when he leaves the cosmic police force.

This is splendid news. I really hope Strong takes the role as he would be brilliant as Sinestro.

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2009: Top 10 films of the year – Richard Bodsworth

Posted by LiveFor on December 31, 2009

Rich has done a fair few reviews for Live for Films and now here is his top 10 films of the past year.

10. Watchmen

2009 was the year that the ultimate graphic novel finally made it’s way to the big screen. After several attempts with A List names attached, Zach Snyder pulls off what many believed was impossible and to put it bluntly, it’s fucking brilliant! Almost a page for page adaptation from the original novel Snyder, obviously a fan boy, was the perfect choice to direct. All the actors chosen for their skills and likeness to the characters they portray, the film like the novel is tremendous. The coolest film of the year.

9. Where The Wild Things Are:

Literary to cinema adaptations are nothing new these days, but one book you would not expect to be the basis for a $100m Hollywood makeover would be Maurice Sendak’s, Where The Wild Things Are. Containing just ten sentences, the 1963 the beloved children’s classic doesn’t’t have much to go on, but Spike Jonze manages to scrap the clichéd “un-filmable” tag and deliver 90 minutes of sheer beauty. The plot is as thin as the / in Frost/Nixon, but isn’t that what childhood is like? I was captivated by the vivid landscapes and the perfect Jim Henson Studios created “Things”. As the “wild rumpus” commences, you get the feeling you are a kid again and cant help but smile as this charming film washes over you.

8. (500) Days of Summer:

A relationship comedy is probably a better way to describe (500) Days of Summer than as a romantic comedy. To be honest this was not the kind of film I expected to be on my list come the end of the year, but it’s fresh and pretty damn cool. Shot in a non linear fashion it shows 500 days of the relationship between Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s, Tom, and Summer. A realistic look at relationships, some genuine laughs and you have to be mad if you don’t love Zooey Deschanel.

7. Inglorious Basterds:

The genius that is Quentin Tarantino returns after the underwhelming Death Proof with what could be his greatest film since Pulp Fiction. As historically inaccurate and ridiculous as the plot it is, this was one of the most entertaining films of the year. Featuring some brilliant scenes including customary QT dialogue, you are reminded why he won the Oscar back in 1994. The main talking point is the terrifying turn by Christoph Waltz as “The Jew Hunter” Hans Landa who steals the film and has to be a front runner for Best Supporting Actor. Calm, evil and ever so slightly camp, it is an astonishing performance. The opening scene probably the best of 2009, the climatic scenes definitely the most audacious.

6. Avatar:

As cinema experiences go, Avatar has to be one of the most amazing I have ever witnessed. James Cameron’s visual effects wank was awesome, some scenes were truly breathtaking, and the greatest thing I have seen yet in 3D. However, as many have previously said, there isn’t much plot to justify such a long running time. On a personal level I always thought a film was a way to tell a story through images, here we have a lot of images (very nice ones at that) but not much story, I will admit being drawn into some of the emotional exchanges though. But still, I really enjoyed what is a flawed yet stunning film and something you should definitely see on a 3D screen.

5. The Wrestler:

Darren Aronofsky goes back to basics after the critical mauling he took over The Fountain with a moving character piece about an over-the-hill wrestler looking for one last shot at the big time. Guaranteed to draw comparisons to Rocky, it however is not. With the small production values it feels ever so personal, the Clint Mansell and Slash score stripped as bare as the main character, The Wrestler is truly mesmerising. But it is Mickey Rourke who steals the show with such a heartbreaking performance, in which you can tell he has drawn from his own past experiences and allows us to delve deep into Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s soul. Sadly robbed at last years Oscar’s.

4. The Hurt Locker:

Kathryn Bigelow will forever be known for bringing us the action classic Point Break with Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze. With that she showed her skills at filming action sequences, and after a long lay off from making movies she returned with this brilliant story of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Over the past few years the Iraq war has been the favoured conflict, but this is head and shoulders above the rest due to it’s stunning realism, knife edge tension and an Oscar worthy performance from Jeremy Renner. Mark Boal craftily weaves the script between deep, engaging characters and action set pieces which Bigelow shoots perfectly.

3. Moon:

If you happen to have read any of my other posts you will be aware of my love for Duncan Jones’ Moon and still, after several DVD viewings, I’m certain it deserves to be called one of the best films of 2009. A taught Sci-Fi thriller set on a lonely space station based on the moon, focuses on the story more than the visual effects (which are still great for such a small budget) something that seems to be ignored in the genre these days. You cant help but be drawn in and amazed at the solo performance of Sam Rockwell in a role that will hopefully make other people business sit up and recognise him as leading man material.

2. District 9:

The science fiction film narrowly bumping Moon into third place is another directorial debut, this time from Peter Jackson apprentice Neil Blomkamp. Not unlike Moon, the film does feature some impressive visual effects but they are put on the back burner (for the first part of the film at least) as Blomkamp weaves the completely believable scenario with the underlying themes of xenophobia and the use of a privatised military. The final act does fall into action packed blockbuster territory but not without the thought provoking build up, all the more poignant by the country in which it is set.

1. Let The Right One In:

2009 saw a resurgence in popularity of the Vampire genre with the likes of True Blood and the love of teenage girls worldwide, Twilight, but the best of the lot has to be the Swedish masterpiece Let The Right One in. Focusing on the relationship between two kids, one a vampire, it is definitely my favourite film of the year. Beautifully shot against a snow covered landscape, the performances are outstanding, the story as chilling and haunting as anything over the past few years. It refuses to be a ‘proper’ horror film and the gore is kept to a minimum but this just further heightens the taught atmosphere and sucks you into the blossoming relationship. Such a fantastic film.

I always thought this would be an easy task, but it wasn’t. Some I sadly had to leave out included

Star Trek which was a great blockbuster by J.J Abrahms

Funny People and Adventureland, two of my favourite comedies of the year.

In The Loop, simply for Malcolm Tucker’s foul mouthed rants.

Drag Me To Hell, one of the funniest ‘horrors’ I’ve seen in a long time, Sam Raimi you legend.

Zombieland, another hilarious horror which I cant wait to watch again.

Frost/Nixon
and The Damned United, that Michael Sheen is a great bloody chameleon! Two highly enjoyable films, especially Frost/Nixon.

Is there any others I have missed out? Please feel free to argue against my list of you disagree. Roll on 2010!

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Live for Films – 2009 A Year in Film

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009

What a year it has been for film.

Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones had great debuts with District 9 and Moon. Sam Rockwell acted his socks off in the latter. There was animated loveliness with Up, Ponyo, Fantastic Mr Fox and Coraline, but ugliness with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Planet 51 and Monsters vs Aliens.

J J Abrams beamed new life into the excellent Star Trek.

There was old school horror in the shape of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell and brilliant horror comedy in the wonderful Zombieland (it had the best cameo of the year). Dario Argento’s Giallo wasn’t sure if it was a horror or a comedy.

Comic book movies didn’t quite so well this year. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen – I enjoyed them both though despite their flaws.

War movies hit the big time again. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker gave us an intense take on the war in Iraq and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds changed history for the better. That’s a bingo!

There were toy and book adaption disappointments in the shape of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Twilight: New Moon raked in the cash despite not being very good. Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones had mixed reviews.

Joaquin Phoenix lost the plot or is playing the long con when he quit acting to become a rap star and James Franco started an artistic endeavour by appearing on General Hospital.

Both Dragonball Evolution and Streetfighter adaptions had poor finishing moves at the box office. Terminator Salvation brought us our first proper glimpse at Sam Worthington, but left many cold and Ben Foster chased through the darkness in Pandorum. The Stath did it again in Crank: High Voltage and blaxsploitation returned with Black Dynamite fighting The Man.

The Perfect Getaway had a few twists and turns from the norm and The Cove opened my eyes to the slaughter of dolphins.

Chaos reigned in Lars Von Triers’ Antichrist. Bruce Willis went plastic in Surrogates. Gerard Butler was a Gamer and a Law Abiding Citizen. George Clooney was Up in the Air after The Men Who Stare At Goats. The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Colin Firth as A Single Man confused a few while Carey Mulligan had An Education that many adored, but left me disappointed. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale were Public Enemies and Viggo Mortenson began a long walk down The Road. Audrey Tautou showed us Coco avant Chanel.

Spike Jonze sailed to Where the Wild Things Are, Richard Kelly opened The Box and The Hangover gave a headache to no-one. Clint Eastwood made Invictus. Jeff Bridges had a Crazy Heart while Terry Gilliam and Heath Ledger took us to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Nicolas Cage began a slow climb to redemption with the aid of his lucky crack pipe in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought us ever closer to the end.

An Orphan scared us, In the Loop made us laugh at the political shenanigans, Paranormal Activity scared us, (500) Days of Summer and Adventureland made us happy in a sad way, World’s Greatest Dad reminded us how good Robin Williams could be while Old Dogs reminded us how bad Robin Williams could be. sin Nombre and Thirst were two of the many excellent foreign language films released and Jim Jarmusch showed us The Limits of Control.

Behind all of these other films has been the rumbling spectre of James Cameron’s Avatar. All year it has been waiting and watching and only now are we about to see whether it was all worth it (current reviews seem to say this is a great big hell yes!)

So many films watched but so many more missed. The way it has always been and always will.

That does mean that there are still many wonderful moments to be watched or to take us by surprise when we turn the channel late one night and an unexpected film has just begun – often films you would never normally watch but you end up thoroughly enjoying….and I don’t mean a bit of blue for the Dads!

I suppose that is one of the great things about movies. You will never be able to watch them all and you wouldn’t want to. We don’t all watch the same ones yet that means we all have fresh takes on each others favourite films. They can bring us together or lead to intense arguments. Did Han did shoot first?

Most of all, for the 90 minutes or more they are on, a movie takes us away to another place. Not always a nice place, but it is a break from the real world no matter what. Bad, good or wonderful they are all groovy and bring us all together.

As for me I have had some wonderful moments related to film – I got to speak to Marion Cotillard, Johnny Depp, Duncan Jones and David Sullivan. The site moved over to WordPress and has been going from strength to strength since then – thanks to everyone for taking the time to stop by and have a look.

The Live for Films Movie Club began and is still going to help share cool movies you may have missed (thanks to those on the Forum for sorting all that out).

Live for Films researcher and reporter Pamela Fruendt went along to Tim Burton’s art exhibition at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. Many people contributed reviews for favourite horror films during Halloween including author Michael Marshall Smith (he reviewed Halloween) and director Andrew Barker (he reviewed Blood Feast).

My Wife enjoyed getting parcels full of DVDs and Posters addressed to Live for Films and I just had a ball doing what I do and have been constantly surprised that so many people seem to dig what I dig, you dig?

For what it is worth my top 10 films of 2009 in no particular order and considering the fact I have yet to see such films as Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up, The Road and many more are:

  • Moon
  • Zombieland
  • Star Trek
  • Watchmen
  • District 9
  • The Cove
  • Coraline
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Public Enemies
  • Inglourious Basterds

What have been your highs and lows in films for 2009? What great films have I forgotten and what should I have watched? What films do you wish you have not watched and what film did you see many time? What surprised you? What made you laugh, cry or hurl?

Now we have 2010 to look forward to. Apparantly, according to Dave Bowman, it will be full of stars.

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Red Dawn remake will be like a live action Call of Duty?

Posted by LiveFor on December 9, 2009

MGM Chairman Mary Parent spoke to Risky Business about the forthcoming remake of Red Dawn. This time it is China instead of Russia invading.

She mentioned the footage she had seen of MGM’s remake (due in theaters next November), currently shooting in Detroit. She said that first-time director Dan Bradley, who orchestrated all the stunt work in the “Bourne” and “Spider-Man” movies, “has really outdone himself.” The remake stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Star Trek), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Supernatural, The Losers), Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Connor Cruise and Adrianne Palicki. Go Wolverines!

She summed up by saying the movie plays like “a live-action ‘Call of Duty,’” which means it should at least look cool.

The trailer below is fan made.

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Nightmare on Elm Street – Freddy Krueger Action Figure gives us a look at his new face

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2009


The trailer for the new Nightmare on Elm Street trailer didn’t really show Freddy’s face – turned out the effects were still being worked on but they had said they’d done a lot of research regarding burn injuries.

Now Figures.com had this photo of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy and we can now see that he does look a little different to the original. Definitely a more burn victim look.

I think it will work in the film. What do you think of Freddy’s face?

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