Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

The 500 greatest films of all time according to 10200 polled people here.

The 50 greatest animated films of all time according to a bunch of critics here.

The plot for The First Avenger: Captain America has been revealed here.

Director Guillermo Del Toro talks about The Hobbit and Frankenstein here.

Eagle Eye screenwriter Travis Wright explains his idea for a Blade Runner sequel here.

Awesome Lego diorama from the Zombie Apocafest 2008, whatever that is, here.

Watch the first five minutes of Blindness here.

Bonus: Awesomely hot Rachael Leigh Cook bikini pictures here.

Mother And Child and lots of Mexican dudes

The holy trinity of internationally known Mexican directors, aka Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men), Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) will produce Mother And Child, a new ensemble drama from Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her), who also wrote the script.

The $4.5 million project, produced with Mockingbird Pictures president Julie Lynn, follows the intersecting lives of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and a black woman looking to adopt a baby.

Set to begin a Los Angeles shoot in late December or January, the film continues Garcia’s examination of female characters found in his dramas “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” and “Nine Lives.”

In the meantime Garcia’s latest film, the intriguing supernatural thriller Passengers (see the trailer), currently watchable in Greece, Spain and Iceland, will open in the US on October 24th, in the UK on November 28th and in Australia on December 4th.

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The Hobbit movies in jeopardy!

The descendants of J.R.R. Tolkien, the man who wrote The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, have given New Line Cinema a deadline: they have ten days to pay them 150 million dollars in unpaid LOTR royalties or the case will go to trial in October, thus indefintely delaying the two planned Hobbit movies from director Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films).

As for New Line, they’re no stranger to lawsuits when it comes to Tolkien. Some of you may remember LOTR trilogy director Peter Jackson suing them over not being paid what he was owed, and a legal battle with MGM over who actually owns the movie rights to The Hobbit. New Line should just man up and pay up in my opinion.

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Guillermo Del Toro will now also write books

Despite everything else on his plate right now, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) will find the time to co-write a trilogy of vampire thrillers with Chuck Hogan, whose novel The Prince Of Thieves was recently announced as being adapted by and with Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland).

Story will revolve around an invasion of New York City by a vampiric virus. Series will trace the roots of the vampiric race back to its Old Testament origins.

The books will be published by HarperCollins in the U.K., and a special edition will be published simultaneously by the company’s Spanish-language imprint, Rayo, in the U.S.

Del Toro is currently in pre-production of two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and will then enter a long-term deal with Universal Pictures.

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Slew of directors interested in new Heavy Metal movie?

In case you didn’t know, a second sequel to the 1981 cult animated film Heavy Metal is in the works. Like the first two films, it will be a collection of short segments from various directors, including David Fincher (Zodiac). Now, Heavy Metal magazine owner Kevin Eastman says directors Zack Snyder (300), Gore Verbinski (the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy) and Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) are all interested in joining the project. Befor you write this off as fact however, keep in mind that this is the same guy who said the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would go live-action again, which turned out to be false (more on that here). The new Heavy Metal is planned for 2010

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Guillermo Del Toro inks long-term deal with Universal Pictures

Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy movies) has agreed to direct four new movies and produce scores of others for Universal Pictures by 2017. The deal will come into effect in 2012, as soon as Del Toro finishes work on his two Hobbit movies for MGM and New Line Cinema.

The films Del Toro will direct are new adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, as well as an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ upcoming Drood, a novel chronicling the last days of author Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist). Strangely, no Hellboy 3.

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Warner Bros prepping new Tarzan movie

Now that Hellboy II director Guillermo Del Toro will helm The Hobbit, Warner Bros has chosen the less prestigious Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing) to replace him in directing a new Tarzan movie. While it certainly would have been interesting to know what Del Toro would have done with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale, I actually think Sommers is a perfect fit for the job.

Stephen Sommers is an extremely underrated director who delivers films which are meant to be entertainment and nothing else, and he does that well. If you need proof he can churn out a good Tarzan, check out his 1994 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Stephen Sommers’ movie will be an original take, not a retelling of any of the books or previous movies (though I’m sure elements will seep through). He will write the screenplay with Stuart Beattie, with whom he already collaborated on his next movie, G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra, to be released next summer.

Tarzan is best known to moviegoers for the 1999 eponymous Walt Disney cartoon and Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, starring Christophe(r) Lambert. Others may recall a series of twelve films starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the thirties and forties. No date has been set for this latest adventure.

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