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Another Final Destination in development

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 19/03/2010 - 13:21

According to Bloody Disgusting, Warner Bros. have confirmed that they are developing a fifth film in the Final Destination franchise, simply because they, and I quote WB head Alan Horn, "can't resist".

Despite the fourth film, The Final Destination, being titled and touted as the last, it proved that the horror franchise was far from death financially, having opened at the top of the box office, beating Rob Zombie's Halloween II, and eventually grossing $180 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million. So, it looks as if another lot of inventive, fateful deaths will be coming to the big screen in the next year or two. Personally, I've enjoyed the series, and the original was certainly a very original concept. Last summer's fourth movie I pretty much rate the same as all the sequels in that it was fairly enjoyable, yet formulaic fair, yet with a 3D kick.

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Kick-Ass London signing … and WIN tickets to the UK premiere!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 18/03/2010 - 12:39

By Adam Stephen Kelly

Mark Millar, the creator of the Kick-Ass graphic novel, will be joining John Romita Jr., co-producer of the upcoming film, at Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR, on Sunday, March 21st from 2-3pm for a signing of both the graphic novel and movie companion book Creating the Comic: Making the Movie. Not only that, but the first 75 customers at this awesome event will receive two tickets to the star-studded premiere of Kick-Ass the very next night!

SYNOPSIS: Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) — and forges a friendship with another fledging superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.

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Armchair Viewing: Gallipoli (1981)

Posted by Neil Davey | Thu, 18/03/2010 - 12:05

'What are your legs?' Steel springs.'

'What are they going to do?' 'They're going to hurl me down that track.'

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two Australian sprinters, Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) sign up to fight in the First World War. And like many Australians they ultimately find themselves shipped to Turkey to fight on the beaches of Gallipoli.

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New A-Team posters

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 17/03/2010 - 12:34

Even though I was a child of the 80s (OK, OK, and the 70s), I was never a HUGE fan of the TV show The A-Team. I watched the occasional episode, and enjoyed it, but it was a bit samey to me. That said, having seen the trailer for the big screen remake, I'm looking forward to seeing if they can pull it off.

Today sees the release of a couple of new UK posters for the film, which you can see below. The film is directed by Joe Carnahan and stars Bradley Cooper as Lt Templeton “˜Faceman’ Peck, Liam Neeson as Col John “˜Hannibal’ Smith, Sharlto Copley as Captain “˜Howling Mad’ Murdock, Quinton “˜Rampage’ Jackson as Sgt Bosco “˜BA’ Baracus and Jessica Biel.

SYNOPSIS: THE A-TEAM follows the exciting and daring exploits of Hannibal Smith and his colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going “rogue,” they utilise their unique talents – and eccentricities – to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.

The A-Team is released on June 10 in Australia, June 11 in the US and July 30 in the UK

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Armchair Viewing: The Deep (1977)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 17/03/2010 - 07:46

Is anything worth the terror of The Deep?

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of divers go diving in order to find some lost drugs. The sea can be quite dangerous. That's the gist, anyway.

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New trailer for Shrek Forever After

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 16/03/2010 - 17:54

The new trailer has arrived for Shrek Forever After, the fourth and final film in the series. Heading into cinemas worldwide on July 2nd, the film will be shown in 3D for the first time with the usual colourful ensemble of characters voiced by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.

SYNOPSIS: After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to the ogre's roar? Longing for the days of when he felt like a "real ogre", Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring the world and reclaiming his one True Love.

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Avatar coming to Blu-ray and DVD in April

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 16/03/2010 - 13:44

James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic Avatar will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on April 26th. The history-making blockbuster is still in cinemas worldwide, including the UK, despite being released in mid-December. The film has gone on to become the highest-grossing film of all time (as long as you don't adjust for inflation), with $2.6 billion at the global box office and £89.4 million in the United Kingdom alone.

Many will wonder how the scale of the film's theatrical 3D grandeur will translate to home entertainment formats, but no doubt Blu-ray will accomodate well to the Academy Award-winning cinematography, art direction and visual effects. And for those wanting to see the film in high-definition, online retailers will have an exclusive limited edition Blu-ray set for pre-order, featuring two discs, four lenticular art cards and a "Survival Guide" book.

If you're one of the few who haven't seen Avatar, it follows the story of a reluctant hero (Sam Worthington) arriving on a distant planet and embarking on a journey of discovery and redemption, as he leads a battle to save a civilisation.

Worthington co-stars in the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning Avatar with Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez. Written and directed by James Cameron and produced by Jon Landau.

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UPDATE: Chat live with Predators producer Robert Rodriguez

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 16/03/2010 - 12:56

Robert Rodriguez, writer-director of the classic Mexico Trilogy and Sin City, to name a few, will be hopping online on Wednesday, March 31st to chat live with fans and to discuss the upcoming film Predators, which he is producing with Elizabeth Avellan. The chat was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday the 18th, but due to ill health, Robert was unable to make it.

SYNOPSIS: A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Rodriguez's creative auspices at the film-maker's Austin, Texas-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimrod Antal (Vacancy). The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary reluctantly leading a group of elite warriors who come to realise they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers: mercenaries, Yakuza, death squad members — human "predators" now being systematically eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators. In addition to Adrien Brody, the film stars Topher Grace, Alice Braga and Laurence Fishburne. Co-starring are Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.

The live web-chat will take place at www.ustream.tv/predatorsmovie from Robert's Austin HQ and will occur three times on the day to accomodate fans from three different time zones.

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Armchair Viewing: The Simpsons Movie (2008)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 15/03/2010 - 17:54

"Spiderpig, Spiderpig, does whatever a Spiderpig does..."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Despite the best efforts of Lisa to clean up Springfield, Homer dumps his toxic silo into the local lake creating a natural disaster leading to the devastation of their home town. Only Homer can save the day.

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New trailer for Mike Judge's Extract

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 15/03/2010 - 14:42

Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill, returns to form as a writer-director in the upcoming comedy Extract, starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck and J.K. Simmons. A work-themed comedic blitz like his excellent Office Space, will Judge be able to recreate such brilliance? Reviews out of the USA, where the film was released in September, have been mixed.

SYNOPSIS: Joel, the owner of an extract manufacturing plant, constantly finds himself in precarious situations that steadily worsen by the minute. First, his soon-to-be floor manager acquires a serious injury in a machine malfunctioning accident that subsequently endangers the wellbeing of his company. Second, his personal life doesn't fair much better when he takes the advice of his bartending friend Dean during a drug-induced brainstorming session on how to test his wife's faithfulness. Finally, compounding these catastrophies is new employee Cindy, who happens to be a scam artist intent on milking the company for all its worth. Now, Joel must attempt to piece his company and his marriage back together all while trying to figure out what he's really after in life.

Extract opens in cinemas across the UK on March 26

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