New Trailer: The International

The International is a forthcoming thriller helmed by German director Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) and written by newcomer Eric Singer. It stars Clive Owen (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Naomi Watts (Funny Games) and Ulrich Thomsen (Hitman).

The movie has a righteous Interpol agent going against a big banking corporation involved in arms dealing. It will premiere in Germany and the US early February 2009.

While I wasn’t blown away by it, and despite the fact it inexplicably uses footage from Ghost Rider, this is a pretty decent trailer. Also, Tom Tykwer is a very interesting director and frankly, Clive Owen is reason enough to watch. Finally, is it just me or are parts of this trailer extremely similar to Quantum Of Solace‘s?

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Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

Producer Leonard Goldberg discusses the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie here

Peter Sciretta’s three-part interview  with director Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) here, here and here

J-Lo raised 127 grand in a charity triathlon here (couldn’t she have given more out of her own pocket?)

Britney Spears will release a new album on December 2nd here…Hooray?

Eva Mendes doesn’t think Ghost Rider 2 is a good idea but still thinks Ghost Rider is a good film here

Bonus: Jenna Dewan bikini pictures…yes! (here)

WTF? Ghost Rider to tour Europe, Da Vinci Code style!

While promoting his latest movie Bangkok Dangerous, Nicolas Cage also offered some updates on the status of cursed motorcylce-riding demon hunter sequel Ghost Rider 2:

“Yes, actually, had a nice meeting with the studio about 3-months ago,” Cage told Coming Soon, “and we talked about going international with that character. Taking him into Europe, having him go on a motorcycle tour through Europe, and he’s connected with the church, if you can believe that. So it sort of has elements to it that are very much in the zeitgeist, with The Da Vinci Code and things like that.”

I’m not too familiar with the comic book, but this sounds pretty weird. But hey, if they can make it work, why not? Ghost Rider is viewed by many (including myself) as being one of the worst comic book movies ever and was critically bashed senseless upon its release in early 2007, but that didn’t stop it from making a lot of dough.

I actually think that the character has a lot of potential and that the concept behind the first movie was very interesting, only poorly executed, and horribly acted by most (except Cage), so I’m willing to give the sequel a chance, hoping it will significantly improve from the original, like Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.

Depending on where you live, you can check out Bangkok Dangerous right now in theaters. Ghost Rider 2 is expected to roll out in 2009 (is that possible?). No word on whether sexpot Eva Mendes will be back for another awful performance as Ghost Rider’s love interest Roxanne.

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New Trailer: Max Payne

Holy crap, that’s it, I’m convinced! I wasn’t that impressed with the first trailer, but this one takes badass to the next level. While I still son’t know what those valkyries are about (yeah, that’s what they are), and I really think the game’s awesome music should be in there, could this possibly surpass Silent Hill as the best video game adaptation yet?

Max Payne will premiere in Egypt on October 15th (why?) and will have been released just about everywhere else by the end of November. The movie is directed by John Moore (The Omen remake) on a script by Shawn Ryan (FX’s The Shield) and newcomer Beau Thorne. It stars Mark Wahlberg (The Happening) as the titular character, alongside Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Beau Bridges (Stargate SG-1), Ludacris (Crash), Donal Logue (Ghost Rider), Chris O’Donnell (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado in her feature acting debut.