New Trailer & Poster: Bride Wars

I was somewhat reserved about Bride Warsfirst trailer, and while this one still doesn’t make the film look that good, I still feel it’s a slight improvement and it certainly looks a whole lot better then Confessions Of A Shopaholic. As for the poster, it showcases the two leading beauties but hopefully this isn’t the final one-sheet. Bride Wars will premiere in the US on January 9th, 2009. Tell me what you think in the comments.

Bride Wars tells the story of two best friends portrayed by Kate Hudson (Fool’s Gold) and Anne Hathaway (Passengers) who become bitter rivals when they accidentally schedule their respective weddings the same day. The film co-stars Candice Bergen (ABC’s Boston Legal), Bryan Greenberg (ABC’s October Road) and Chris Pratt (Wanted). It is directed by Gary Winick (Charlotte’s Web) and was written by Greg DePaul (Saving Silverman), and relative newcomers June Raphael & Casey Wilson.

Bourne cash-in finally kicks in

Following the incredible success of the three Jason Bourne movies, one would have thought that Hollywood would be quick to adapt every Robert Ludlum book in sight. It was surprisingly not the case however as the only thing we got is a TV-movie based on a novel bearing Ludlum’s name but not actually written by him.

Now celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) is in talks to helm The Matarese Circle, which was adapted by duo Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Wanted) and will star Denzel Washington (American Gangster).

In the 1979 book, two rival intelligence agents, one American, one Soviet, find themselves working together to ferret out and vanquish members of a mysterious group of criminals called the Matarese that has infiltrated the highest levels of American government. Ludlum published a sequel to “Circle,” “The Matarese Countdown,” in 1997, but the studio did not acquire the rights to it.

Cronenberg would definitely be a very interesting choice, and this would mark his biggest film yet, but the real question is, why the hell did MGM not buy the sequel rights? Just imagine the mess if a rival studio decides to snatch them.

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Sequelitis part 4: Avatar, Something Of The Dead and Tomb Raider 3

Avatar, the long-awaited return of director James Cameron more than ten years after Titanic (what is it with all these Titanic comebacks happening at once?) hasn’t even come out yet that 20th Century-Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman is already talking franchise possibilities. His reason? “It’s just a great story”.

Meanwhile, more the details have come out on the recently announced untitled continuation of George A. Romero’s infamous zombie saga:

Plot involves inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.

The film is currently shooting in Canada and stars a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of.

Finally, rumors of a third installment in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise are swirling again due to the approaching release of the latest video game in the franchise, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and producers are apparently in talks to get Angelina Jolie (Wanted) back in the famous role. The only problem? Angelina isn’t, and never was right for the part of Lara Croft in my opinion.

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New Trailer and Poster: Valkyrie

This second, probably final trailer for Valkyrie, the new movie from director Bryan Singer (Superman Returns) and writers Christopher McQuarrie (The Way Of The Gun) and newcomer Nathan Alexander based on the true story of several German officers who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 looks like it was made specifically to please all those who were unenthusiastic about the first one, by adding a more cliché kind of tension and showcasing more action.

I thought the first trailer was more engaging, since this one really is a lot more stereotypical, but if it gets more people to go see it, then fine. Reaction to this movie so far has baffled me. That whole argument about already knowing the ending, isn’t that true about every movie based on a true story? And since when do people pay so much attention to accents when English-speaking people play characters of other nationalities? Anyway, star Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder) had this to say in a recent interview:

You know, we spent a lot of time going back and forth over that. All of a sudden you’re listening to people trying to put on accents and Bryan finally said, ‘No, no, no.’ Just tell the story. We don’t want to do an accent movie, just try and find something neutral that won’t distract from the story and the characters.

Also the talent contained in this film is amazing. In addition to Cruise, Valkyrie stars Kenneth Branagh (Five Children And It), Terence Stamp (Get Smart), Tom Wilkinson (RocknRolla), Stephen Fry (St. Trinian’s), Eddie Izzard (Across The Universe), Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted), Bill Nighy (Hot Fuzz) and WW2 regular Carice Van Houten (Black Book) among others. It will be released in the US and Austria on December 26th, and most other countries in January or February 2009.

You can watch a well-made behind the scenes featurette after the jump. As for the poster, I think it looks pretty cool, but yet somehow feel it doesn’t really suit the film. What do you think of the new trailer and poster?

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New Trailer: Bride Wars

The UK trailer for the new romantic comedy Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway (Get Smart) and Kate Hudson (My Best Friend’s Girl), has just been released and while I like the two actresses I must say it really doesn’t look that good. Still, it’s probably just the trailer that’s very badly put together and judging from the pedigree involved, the film should be quite entertaining.

Bride Wars tells the story of two best friends who become bitter rivals when they accidentally schedule their respective weddings the same day. The film co-stars Candice Bergen (ABC’s Boston Legal), Bryan Greenberg (ABC’s October Road) and Chris Pratt (Wanted). It is directed by Gary Winick (Charlotte’s Web) and was written by Greg DePaul (Saving Silverman), and relative newcomers June Raphael & Casey Wilson. Bride Wars will premiere in the US on January 9th, 2009. Will you go watch it?

New Moby Dick to become a special effects bonanza

Universal Pictures is planning yet another adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby Dick, and are looking to take it the brainless summer blockbuster route with Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) at the helm. What’s more, the story will be modernized and robbed of its point.

Gone is the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how Ahab’s obsession with killing the great white whale overwhelms his good judgment as captain.

This change will allow them to depict the whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod, and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive.

The screenwriting duo responsible for this rape are the illustrious Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Accepted). Meanwhile, Melville is rolling over in his grave and Michael Bay (Transformers) is wondering whether they’ll finally let him film John Steinbeck’s East Of Eden the way it was “meant to be seen”. No word on whether noted whale lover Hayden Panettiere (NBC’s Heroes) is already boycotiing the film.

Fun Fact: Techno musician Moby is in fact Herman Melville’s great-great-great-grandnephew.

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Cast member added to Kick-Ass

Clark Duke (ABC Family’s Greek) has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust) forthcoming independently-funded adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Wanted) comic book Kick-Ass. He will play Marty, the hero’s best friend.

About 17, a chubby Caucasian high school student who loves comic books. He is Dave’s funny best friend. Together with Dave and Todd, he loves to go to comic book stores, and checks out the latest issues, while talking about school, girls, the futility of teenaged life, and the exciting adventures of Myspace insta-celebrity Kickass. He never suspects that Kickass is in fact Dave Lizewski — and neither would you if you knew Dave.

Duke thus joins Aaron Johnson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Lyndsy Fonseca (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and Chloe Moretz (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money) in the movie, set for 2009. See a side-by-side comparision of characters and actors here. Meanwhile, you can catch Duke in the funny-looking Sex Drive, premiering October 16th in the Netherlands (?) and a day later in the US.

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New Trailer: Changeling

Attention everybody, potential Oscar winner right here! In addition to being a great actor, Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima) is one of the best directors working today, and you can tell he’s done it again just by seeing this trailer.

Even though it didn’t win the top prize, Changeling was one of the most talked about films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is based on the true story of the Wineville Chicken Murders in the late twenties and the scandal which surrounded the LAPD following their poor handling of the case.

Versatile author J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) wrote the film, which stars Angelina Jolie (Wanted), John Malkovich (Beowulf) and Amy Ryan (Dan In Real Life), among others. The highly anticipated film will be released in the US late in October, and most other countries by January 2009.

Mark Millar discusses his plans for the Superman reboot

Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar (Wanted) has made it clear penning the recently announced Superman reboot (more about that here) would be a dream come true, and that he already has a trilogy planned and a famous unnamed director on his side. Now Millar goes into a little more detail with his vision, including the fact that the “big deal director” apparently won’t make the movie unless he writes it, and his idea to shoot the films back-to-back, Lord Of The Rings style.

“A director approached me about three months ago, and he said ‘look, The Man Of Steel might not be happening. If that doesn’t happen, it’s been spoken about the possibility of me coming in, would you like to write it?’ And I was like Yeah.”

“I’ve had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a big Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. And hopefully release them one year after another. If it works out, we’ll have to start shooting next summer.”

I still think the reboot should either follow Smallville‘s eight season with Tom Welling continuing his role on the big screen or feature Brandon Routh once again as the “Man Of Steel”. But all I really care about is that they get the franchise on its feet, and if Millar’s the guy for the job, then why not? He certainly cares about the character enough.

View G4‘s full interview, including talk of the forthcoming adaptation of Kick-Ass by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust), after the jump.

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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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