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Armchair Viewing: The Graduate (1967)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 06:21

By Lizzie Husher.

"Mrs Robinson, if you don’t mind me saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.

What’s it about?
A naïve and vaguely bewildered young graduate returns from college to find himself thrust into a series of congratulatory occasions and facing an entirely uncertain future. Soon however, he is propositioned by one of his parents’ oldest friends and a combination of adolescent curiosity, a faint desire to rebel and post-university boredom cause him to succumb to her calculating advances. Things become messier still, when the graduate finds himself drawn to the woman’s daughter.

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M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender to be in 3D

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 00:21

It has been confirmed by Harry Knowles of Ain't it Cool News that this summer's The Last Airbender, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is going to get a 3D transfer after being shot in 2D.

Literally just off the heels of us reporting that Sony Pictures have decided that The Green Hornet is to get the 3D treatment, and be pushed back to 2011 after "disaster" footage, Paramount have given Knowles the confirmation that so will The Last Airbender.

Will M. Night be able to promise a seamless transfer after the atrocious post-produced 3D in the remake of Clash of the Titans? And will he be able to bounce back after his 2008 stinker The Happening?

Paramount inked a deal with Shyamalan to write and direct a live-action trilogy based on the first season of the animated TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. After a legal battle over the "Avatar" name with you know who, the film ditched the word from its title. The movie will be released in the United States on July 2, and August 13 in the UK and Ireland.

SYNOPSIS: In a world where the elements, Water, Earth, Fire and Air can be controlled by people known as "benders", the Fire Nation is waging a ruthless war to control the other great nations. The only hope for stopping the war rests on the shoulders of a young boy named Aang (Noah Ringer). The last known Airbender and survivor of the peaceful Air Nomads, Aang is the Avatar. The Avatar is the physical embodiment of the world, with the ability to control all four elements and draw upon the combined power, knowledge, and experience of the Avatar's previous incarnations. The Avatar's duty is to maintain peace between the four nations and the spirit realm, ensuring that the world remains in balance, despite the Fire Nation's war. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her warrior brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), and his forever loyal Sky Bison Appa, Aang begins a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. Standing in their way is the ambitious Fire Nation Admiral Zhao (Aasif Mandvi) and Prince Zuko (Dev Patel), the banished prince of the Fire Nation who seeks to capture Aang to regain his honour.

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The Green Hornet to be shown in 3D in 2011 after "disaster" footage

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 23:22

Last week it was reported that the just-wrapped The Green Hornet, directed by Michael Gondry, quite literally sucks! Footage has been seen by executives at Sony Pictures, who financed the production and are distributing it, and they have been quoted as saying that it is a "disaster". According to Shadow And Act, Sony feel that the film's star and co-writer Seth Rogen does not suit the role of the Hornet, and they're not too keen on the work of director Gondry, either. So, what's the solution? After running tests on Battle: Los Angeles, Sony have decided, and confirmed via their Twitter, that what's going to make the apparently abysmal The Green Hornet great is to present the superhero in 3D. Sigh.

Already this year we have seen the Clash of the Titans remake widely panned for its use of 3D visuals that were added on the fly after the film was shot. They looked horrendous. Can The Green Hornet look good in the post-produced third dimension? And with this visual work being added to the film, it will now be released a month later than planned on January 14.

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz plays the movie's villain Chudnofsky, with Cameron Diaz as the Green Hornet's love interest. What strikes me is how Sony seemingly didn't expect Rogen's performance to be unsuitable for the role. Surely everyone saw that coming—casting a teen comedy absolutist as the star of the next big superhero movie? I'm curious to know what the script is like given that it's co-written by Seth and Evan Goldberg, who penned Superbad, as well as the stoner comedy Pineapple Express, again with Rogen.

After this bombshell, I'm really not looking forward to when January comes around, as so far it sounds as if The Green Hornet is going to be a real stinger.

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Friday the 13th sequel dead and buried★

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 18:04

The sharp eyes of FEARnet have caught up with producer Brad Fuller, from Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes, who is an avid user of Twitter. He often answers questions from fans about movies, but one in particular is very interesting indeed. When asked about the sequel to 2009's Friday the 13th remake, Fuller responded with, "it is dead- not happening" and "nothing is happening right now ... i am fighting for it, and have been- i love that movie, but right now- there isnt any movement ... the reason they are not going forward has more to do with the fact that two studios are involved-more than anything else.".

So what does this mean for the revitalised, reimagined Friday the 13th Part 2? Last year's $19 million film was a huge success, grossing its budget alone on opening night, and then $40 million over its first weekend, becoming the film with the biggest opening weekend in the history of horror, let alone the Friday the 13th franchise.

Clawing its way into cinemas in the States on April 30 and May 7 in the UK and Ireland is Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. How will the success of this reboot affect the future of Friday the 13th Part 2, if at all? Perhaps the hockey mask-wearing killer of Crystal Lake is destined not to take another literal slice out of life for the foreseeable future.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Making of Centurion – Part 1

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 17:26

A look behind-the-scenes at the shooting of Neil Marshal's new historical thriller, Centurion ...

•  Centurion review

•  Interview with Neil Marshall: Part 1

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 15:48

It's difficult to bottle the essence of one of the world's most famous cities and do it justice in just an hour (including ad breaks) but Griff Rhys Jones seems to manage to capture what it is that makes Rome tick. His new travelogue series Greatest Cities of the World sees him spending 24 hours in the Italian capital away from the obvious tourist rat runs. It's a refreshing glimpse into the life of this bustling city that few holidaymakers get to see. From finding out how the mayor is protected from would-be assassination to archaeological difficulties of trying to extend the overloaded Metro, this is a sketch of Roman life beyond the Coliseum and Trevi fountain. ITV1, 9pm.

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Armchair Viewing: LA Story (1991)

Posted by Neil Davey | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 13:29

"You think with a financial statement like this you can have the duck?"

What's it about?
A LA based weatherman, Harris Telemacher (Steve Martin) is bored of... everything. He's bored with life, he's bored with his friends, he's bored with LA, he's bored with the LA weather which never varies: hell, he could even pre-record the weather bulletin (and does). He needs a change and along comes a lovely British reporter Sara (Victoria Tennant, Martin's real life other half at the time) to shake things up. Harris' attempts at finding happiness find an unlikely ally in the city itself, as represented by helpful freeway sign. Sing Doo Wah Diddy indeed... 

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Miley Cyrus thanks fans for their support at The Last Song premiere

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 21/04/2010 - 13:51

As we finally see the flight restrictions over Europe steadily lifted, the volcanic ash cloud that's been hanging overhead for the last week has done a lot of damage to people's travel plans – many are stranded in foreign countries, and then there's Hollywood.

First, the world premiere of Jon Favreau's bullseye blockbuster Iron Man 2 is moved from London to the film's native Los Angeles, and then the premiere of romantic drama The Last Song couldn't even have its director and young starlet in attendance. The event was held last night in London and no doubt hundreds upon hundreds of screaming Miley Cyrus fans were left disappointed when it was confirmed that both she and Julie Anne Robinson, couldn't make it due entirely to the ash cloud. Miley did however record a special video shown to fans thanking them for their undying support, which you can see right here.

SYNOPSIS: Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Spark's (A Walk to Remember, The Notebook) latest novel, The Last Song is set in a small southern beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant daughter (Cyrus), who would rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common – music – in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances.

The Last Song echoes into cinemas in the UK and Ireland on April 30

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Two new posters for Hot Tub Time Machine

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 21/04/2010 - 13:26

Steve Pink, director of 2006's comedy Accepted, returns to the big screen with 99 minutes of funnies in May, with the rather bizarre-titled Hot Tub Time Machine. A quite literal throwback to the 1980s, Hot Tub Time Machine sounds like a movie that would fall flat on its face, but looks can indeed be deceiving, as the film has actually been a surprising hit in the States, garnering very favourable reviews indeed. So, with a cast that includes Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase and a seemingly 2012-recovered John Cusack, how will the UK and Ireland react to the bubbly time travel device? Check out the new one-sheet and quad posters below to see if it tickles your fancy.

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Third trailer released for action-comedy Knight and Day

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 21/04/2010 - 11:11

With the summer fast approaching and the biggest films of the year on the horizon, we at Screenjabber have been providing you with the latest information and trailers on the surefire blockbusters of the near future, which is exactly why we've got the spicy little third trailer to bring you today for Knight and Day, a sexy action-packed comedy directed by James Mangold, and starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Saarsgard and Lost's Maggie Grace.

The Hollywood superstars Cruise and Diaz worked with Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) in various dazzling locations around the world, including Austria, Spain and Jamaica, to really give this high-octane movie, released by 20th Century Fox, a real sense of adventure.

SYNOPSIS: During their glamorous globetrotting and sometimes deadly adventure, nothing and no one—even the now fugitive couple—are not what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the world with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.

A similar sounding buddy comedy released this year is Killers, out on June 16, starring Ashton Kutcher as a secret agent who settles down for the perfect marriage with Katherine Heigl, only for a target to be put on his head the day after his 30th birthday.

Knight and Day escapes into cinemas in the UK and Ireland on July 14

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