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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New Trailer: Quantum Of Solace

Incredible, simply incredible…The first, “teaser” trailer for Quantum Of Solace did just that, it teased, in a perfect way. Now, the full trailer delivers everything one could possibly want and more. 2006’s Casino Royale was arguably the best 007 movie ever, and Quantum Of Solace looks like it will be as good, if not better. One of the best movies of the year? You can count on it.

Quantum Of Solace directly follows the events of Casino Royale as James Bond tries to come to terms with Vesper Lynd’s loss, and the MI6 look deeper into the organization previous villain Le Chiffre was working for. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, along with Casino Royale actors Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, and Jesper Christensen. Newcomers to this outing include French actor Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) as the main villain, as well as relative newcomers Olga Kurylenko (Hitman) and Gemma Arterton (RocknRolla) as Bond girls.

The movie was written by the Casino Royale team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, and directed by the versatile and talented Marc Forster (The Kite Runner) who makes his first foray into action cinema with this film. Quantum Of Solace will premiere in France, Sweden and the UK on October 31st, and you can bet I’ll be first in line.

Riddick sequels still planned, may be filmed together

Writer/Director David Twohy is hard at work on those last two Riddick movies, according to star Vin Diesel. The actor, currently starring in Babylon A.D., is pretty confident the sequels will get made and wonders whether the movies will be filmed at the same time.

Richard B. Riddick was Vin Diesel’s first big action character, and first appeared in the 2000 science-fiction film Pitch Black. The character was revisited in 2004 with The Chronicles Of Riddick, which was meant to lead into two more films. Chronicles however, which is viewed by most as an ambitious but flawed film, was a huge flop at the box-office, and left people thinking the planned sequels would never get made.

Thankfully, Vin Diesel never gave up on the character, and it’s good to know that he’s still gunning for the franchise. The last two movies will reportedly deal with the Underverse and a return to Furya (Riddick’s home planet) respectively. The franchise also includes a short animated film, Dark Fury, and a video game for the Xbox and PC, Escape From Butcher’s Bay, both of which featured involvment by Twohy and Diesel.

David Twohy’s next film, a thriller entitled A Perfect Getaway, stars Timothy Olyphant (Hitman), Milla Jovovich (the Resident Evil films) and Steve Zahn (Sahara), will be released in 2009.

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