Superman’s BvS Look Revealed

Warner Bros. has just released the first official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and well…it looks exactly like an official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel except with a Dark Knight Rises background photoshopped in (so mission accomplished?). Check out the picture and some comments from returning director Zack Snyder after the jump. Continue reading

New Trailer & Poster: Gran Torino

Actor/Director Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) has done it again! A mere two months after the release of his excellent previous directing effort Changeling comes Gran Torino, a film which might perhaps be Eastwood’s last outing as an actor according to the man himself.

The film will premiere in the US on limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 16th. Warner Bros is already pushing the film for serious award consideration, as can be seen here. The script was written by newcomers Nick Schenk and Dave Johannson.

Eastwood stars as a racist Korean War veteran who is disgusted by the amount of Asian people who have moved in his neighborhood. However, when he stops a young Asian kid from stealing his Ford Gran Torino as part of gang initiation one day, the boy is forced by his family to work for him as penance. A friendship eventually forms between the two.

I personally think it looks superbly awesome, and one must admire all the Asian actors, for most of whom this is the first film. As I said earlier, another surefire bonafide great piece of cinema from a man that can only be called a master. What do you think? Tell me below in the comments.

Ninja Scroll goes live-action

The acclaimed 1993 Japanese animated film Ninja Scroll, original title 獣兵衛忍風帖 is getting an American live-action remake courtesy of Warner Bros.

“Scroll,” set in feudal Japan, revolves around ninja for hire is forced to fight an old enemy who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government.

Alex Tse (Sucker Free City) is adapting the script by original writer/director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (The Animatrix segment Program). Leonardo DiCaprio (Body Of Lies) will produce but not star in the film.

Fun Fact: A Japanese sequel is also in production.

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More medieval fantasy for Kevin Lima

Director Kevin Lima (Enchanted), who is currently in pre-production of The Spook’s Apprentice, a medieval fantasy for Warner Bros, already has his next project lined up. Also for Warner, it will be a new interpretation of the medieval folk tale Tom Thumb. Interestingly written by Robert Rodat (The Patriot), the untitled film departs considerably from the classic tale.

An arrogant knight who’s shrunk to 6 inches while assigned to protect a princess and then discovers what it means to be a real hero.

No word on when production will start or as to who may star, but Warner believes this will be one of their big money earners whatever the year is when it’s released. Tom Thumb will apparently be a CGI creation while the rest of the film will be live-action…it sort of works with animals but will it be realistic enough for a human being, whether he’s tiny or not?

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Exclusive New Trailer and Poster: Roadside Romeo (also Disney’s plans for India)

I apologize for the sometimes hard-to-read subtitles, but it’s from the official website! Roadside Romeo marks Walt Disney Pictures’ first venture into Indian cinema, in co-production with Yash Raj Films, one of the biggest local studios.

Disney must have confidence in the Indian market as, in addition to two more animated features with Yash Raj Films, they’ve begun planning four live-action films on their own, the first two of which are just about ready to begin production.

‘The 19th Step’ starring top South Indian actor Kamal Hassan, directed by Bharat Bala […] will feature Japanese star Asano Tadanabo and Indian actress Asin. Director Bala is one of India’s best-known music video directors. “Step” is said to revolve around the ancient Indian martial arts form Kalarippayattu and will be a multilingual Indian release.

‘Zokkomon,’ starring top child actor Darsheel Safari and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal, is a children’s tale.

As for Roadside Romeo, which opens October 24th, it is written and directed by newcomer Jugal Hansraj, stars the voice talents of Indian stars Saif Ali Khan (Dil Chahta Hai/Do Your Thing), Kareena Kapoor (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…/Happiness & Tears) and Javed Jaffrey (Fire). The film follows a pampered dog who is abandoned by his owner and learns to survive in the streets of Mumbai.

I’m all for American studios producing movies out of the US. Disney is already doing it in China and France, Columbia in India and China, and Warner Bros in France, India and Italy (and those are only the ones I know about). But why stop there? Why not release the movies you make in those movies internationally? Seems like it could only be a win situation wouldn’t it?

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Movie Of The Day: Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

Set during The Great Depression, Gold Diggers Of 1933 is the third adaptation of a Broadway musical by Avery Hopwood (The Bat). It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Mister Roberts) and written by Erwin S. Gelsey (Swing Time), James Seymour (42nd Street), David Boehm (Always) and Ben Markson (What Price Hollywood?). It stars Dick Powell (The Bad And The Beautiful), Joan Blondell (Grease), Warren William (The Wolf Man), Aline MacMahon (The Man From Laramie), Guy Kibbee (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), Ruby Keeler (42nd Street), Ned Sparks (42nd Street) and Ginger Rogers (Top Hat).

Three out-of-work actresses are cast in a new show which will get going only once funding his provided. One of the girls’ boyfriend, a gifted musician decides to produce the show, but refuses to perform in it despite his obvious talent. When he’s forced to go on stage at the premiere following an unexpected, his identity is revealed and it turns out he’s part of powerful rich family. Concerned, his brother and the family lawyer arrive to stop him from marrying a gold digging showgirl but they mistake one of the other actresses as the girlfriend in question. The girls decide to play along and comedy ensues. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Suck on this Warner Bros, Hari Puttar FTW!

If you’ve already been to this site, you’ve probably heard about the Harry Potter/Hari Puttar lawsuit Warner Bros initiated about a month ago. If not, the gist is that Warner Bros filed a lawsuit against Indian company Mirchii Movies over the latter’s film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors, complaining it resembled its Harry Potter property a tad too much. Of course, Hari has nothing in common with Harry and is actually more of a Home Alone ripoff. You can read more about it here (including Hari Puttar‘s trailer) and here.

As I predicted, Warner Bros succeeded only in embarassing themselves, as Indian courts rejected the complaint yesterday on grounds that the stories are in no way similar and that Warner knew of the film since 2005 (!). Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors will now come out this Friday in India, instead of the September 12th release originally planned.

In related Potter news, 25 minutes of the sixth film’s IMAX presentation will be converted for a 3D presentation. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will open worldwide in mid-July 2009.

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Ben Affleck to be The Prince Of Thieves (not Robin Hood)

Fresh off his acclaimed feature directing debut Gone Baby Gone, which I still haven’t seen, actor Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) has been hired by Warner Bros to write, direct and star in The Town, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s novel The Prince Of Thieves. According to Amazon, it’s “a story of doomed love focusing on Doug MacRay, a Boston-based career thief […] who becomes enamored with the manager of the bank he and his pals have just robbed”.

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Y: The Last Man to be a Warner Bros movie (duh)

With his latest thriller, Eagle Eye, premiering in some countries next week, suddenly hotshot director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is already hard at work on his next project, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series Y: The Last Man. The script, written by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth, was submitted to Warner Bros last week, which some insist is big news but actually isn’t at all since Y: The Last Man is a DC/Vertigo series, and thus belongs to Time Warner.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. Planned for 2010, the film will unite Caruso and star Shia LaBeouf for the third time. Caruso is reportedly considering Alicia Keys (The Nanny Diaries) for the part of the hero’s “protector”, 355 and has stated that the hero’s pet monkey will be real, not CGI. Y: The Last Man will be the first part of what is hoped to be a trilogy and will adapt the comic’s first 14 issues.

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Thirst to get a big release in the US? How about not?

Word has surfaced that Universal Pictures and Focus Features are pitching in to finance Thirst, the new vampire film from celebrated director Park Chan-Wook (Old Boy), and that Focus will distribute the currently shooting film in the US. A lot of people are taking this as a sign that the movie will get some sort of important release in America…All I can say is hold your horses.

You may not know this, but American studios have been financing foreign films for quite some time. As far as I know, Warner Bros has produced French, Italian and Indian films, Walt Disney has made French, Indian and Chinese ones and Columbia has financed Indian and Chinese movies.

Inexplicably, of all these films, barely a handful of them have received any kind of release in the US, and while you can argue that Focus Features is different than other studios, keep in mind they botched Lust, Caution‘s release last year. Thirst will more than likely be one of those movies you’ll have to seek out if you live in the United States, the country where foreign films aren’t allowed.

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