Star Mores for Episode VII

Nope, still no one who fits Mara Jade ūüė¶

Hey, so remember how Lucasfilm 2.0 and J.J. Abrams had made a big deal about doing a worldwide casting search for an unknown young man and woman to be in the new Star Wars movie except when the cast was announced no one had been recruited through it and it had looked just like a publicity stunt?

Well it turns out it wasn’t as an unknown boy and girl have just been announced as part of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Hooray! Continue reading

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Links of the Week

The latest /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark (I actually sort of appear in the After Dark, so check it out).

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson here.

Actor Seth Green (Sex Drive) will direct an adaptation of the comic book he co-created here.

Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will star in Biutiful from director Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rritu (Babel) here.

McG (We Are Marshall) will direct the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running here.

Crispin Glover (Epic Movie), Christopher Lee (The Golden Compass) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging) have all joined the cast of the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and Burton regular composer Danny Elfman has confirmed he’s doing the music here and here.

Chris Columbus (Rent)¬†is in talks to direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not here.

Ian McDiarmid, the guy who plays Palpatine in the Star Wars saga, is amazing here.

Movie Of The Day: Chasing Amy (1997)

Note: This marks the¬†third¬†in a series of ‚ÄúMovies Of The Day‚ÄĚ that covers writer/director/actor Kevin Smith‚Äôs View Askewniverse films. For the reviews of the first two films, Clerks. and Mallrats, click¬†here¬†and here respectively.

Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards are two comic book artists working on Bluntman And Chronic, a superhero series they created based on the dealing/mischief making duo¬†Jay and Silent Bob. At a comic book convention, Holden meets female colleague Alyssa Jones and quickly develops an attraction, but there’s one problem, the fact that she’s lesbian. The two¬†nevertheless strike a strong friendship and Holden falls harder and harder for Alyssa, much to the annoyance of Banky.

Chasing Amy stars Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland), Jason Lee (Alvin And The Chipmunks), Joey Lauren Adams (The Break-Up) and Dwight Ewell (The Guru). Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise their¬†roles from the previous films, Brian O’Halloran makes an appearance as another of his Clerks. character’s cousins and Ethan Suplee (Mr. Woodcock), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), Matt Damon (the Bourne series) and comic book legend Joe Quesada all make appearances. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Movie Of The Day: Mallrats (1995)

Note: This marks the¬†second¬†in a series of ‚ÄúMovies Of The Day‚ÄĚ that covers writer/director/actor Kevin Smith‚Äôs View Askewniverse films. For the first films review, Clerks., click here.

Set the day before Clerks., Mallrats centers on Brodie Bruce and T.S. Quint, two best friends who’ve been dumped by their respective girlfriends on the same day. At Brodie’s urging, the pair decide to go hang out at the local mall where, as luck would have their exes are spending the day too. Amidst pop-culture-related debates, sex talk, and¬†run-ins with¬† dealers/mischief makers Jay and Silent Bob, Brodie and T.S. will attempt to win back their significant others.

Mallrats stars Jason Lee (Alvin And The Chipmunks), Jeremy London (7th Heaven), Shannen Doherty (The CW’s 90210), Claire Forlani (Hallam Foe/Mister Foe), Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland), Joey Lauren Adams (The Break-Up), Ethan Suplee (Mr. Woodcock) and¬†Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise their Clerks. roles, and Brian O’Halloran makes an appearance as his Clerks. character’s cousin. Most of these actors have gone on to appear in subsequent Smith films in these and/or different roles. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues tonight, watch the trailer

Following directly from this summer’s eponymous underrated¬†film, actually the pilot for¬†the TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut tonight at 9 PM¬†in the US on Cartoon Network (and in two days in Canada on CTV, and on the 25th in the UK on Sky Movies Premiere). It is set between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, and more precisely between episodes 21 and 22 of the previous 2D Clone Wars series.

Judging from its movie pilot, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is actually a really high quality show if you don’t forget what it’s supposed to be, which¬†is¬†something aimed primarily towards kids. It should be compared to other spin-off cartoons such as the Godzilla and Mummy ones, which it easily surpasses, but it still focuses mostly on action¬†and childish humor.

You musn’t forget that¬†Lucasfilm wasn’t trying for¬†a perfect likeness of¬†live-action when making this and thus, that the look is very intentional, not a result of “making something on the cheap” as¬†the quality of the animation is actually top-notch.

So once again, this¬†is a¬†worthwhile watch if you enjoy the Star Wars universe and understand what that this is a show for kids first and foremost. The first season will consist of 22 episodes, and more than a hundred are planned for the series’ full run. Official description follows after the jump. Continue reading

Another 80s horror flick getting remade, watch the original’s trailer

Apparently, American movie producers made a bet they could remake every single horror film from the 70s and 80s in the next ten years, as a remake of the 1983 not-so-classic The House On Sorority Row will start shotting next month in Pittsburgh.

Retitled simply Sorority Row, the film will star Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), daughter of Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films)¬†and Demi Moore (Mr. Brooks), Jamie Chung (ABC Family’s Samurai Girl), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 The Streets), Audrina Patridge (MTV’s The Hills) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars).

In the original film, seven sorority sisters accidentally kill their house mother while playing a prank on her, but decide to hide the body in the pool because they want to have a graduation party before dealing with it. Naturally someone at the party starts killing the girls one by one.

Adapted by screenwriting duo Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg (2 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender), Sorority Row will change the initial accidental death to one of the sorority sisters rather than the house mother. The film is expected to be rated R in the US and will be directed by Stewart Handler (Whisper).

From the looks of the first film’s trailer (above), and its reputation,¬†this remake doesn’t have much to live up to and could easily surpass the original. But then again,¬†so could¬†Prom Night and we all know how that turned out.

Fun Fact: The first film’s writer/director, Mark Rosman, went to direct¬†11 episodes of Lizzie McGuire and several Hilary Duff movies…WTF?

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Movie Of The Day: Eragon (2006)

After the first installments of Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings rocked the global¬†box-office back in 2001, American¬†¬†movie studios started buying the rights of every fantasy book they could find in the hope of striking cinematic gold. Barely any executive was able to shout “cha-ching” however, as only a handful of these¬†opportunist films have proved successful, namely Disney’s The Chronicles Of Narnia and New Line’s The Golden Compass (sure, it bombed in the US, but it was huge everywhere else). Indeed, in their rush to shell out movies about magical worlds, studios seem to have mostly forgotten what made Potter and Rings so successful: it’s not only an established fanbase¬†and an otherworldly¬†setting, but mainly faithfulness, and a creative team truly invested in the source material.

Which brings us to Eragon, which is adapted from the first book in Chistopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. The movie¬†was directed by first-timer Stefen Fangmeier, a visual effects supervisor on films such as A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and¬†adpated to screenplay form by Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III). It stars newcomer Edward Speleers in the title role, as well as Jeremy Irons (Kingdom Of Heaven), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Robert Carlyle (28 Weeks Later), John Malkovich (Beowulf), Garett Hedlund (Death Sentence), Djimon Hounsou (Never Back Down), Rachel Weisz’s voice (Definitely, Maybe) and pop singer Joss Stone in her first (albeit brief) film role.

Eragon‘s story goes pretty much like this: Once upon a time, peace was kept by an order of knights with special abilities. One of these knights turned to evil however, and betrayed his comrades, killing them all (or did he?) and establishing himself as ruler of everywhere. Years later, a young blond male living at his uncle’s farm¬†stumbles upon something¬†stolen from¬†the evil lord. After his family is killed, he is recruited by a wise old ex-knight and sets on a journey to join a small band of¬†dedicated rebels, to whom the stolen item could prove extremely useful. Along the way, they will venture into one of the enemy’s fortresses to rescue the young¬†princess who stole the thing in the first place. Sound familiar? Review and trailer after the jump.

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