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First image of Russell Crowe as Robin Hood…

I’m resurrecting this blog with a view to using it to post movie news scoops and rumours. To kick off, the film might not have a name yet, but the first image of the Aussie as Sherwood’s mythical criminal shows that he certainly looks the part.

Ridley Scott’s take on the Robin Hood legend is due to hit the cinemas on 14th May 2010 and also stars Cate Blanchett and William Hurt.

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Posted on 20th April 2009
Under: Directors, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Upcoming Films, Theatrical, Formats, Actors and Actresses, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt | No Comments »

Blu-Ray Most Wanted - Number 1: Dark City

Now that I have fully adopted Blu-Ray (albeit via my US PS3), I’ve been looking ahead to some of the titles coming this year. For Blu-Ray to succeed it has to impress the masses over the next 12 months - this timescale will be enough to tell us whether the format is going to have any sort of longevity. We’re not going to see many big hitters this year, the Star Wars films, Indiana Jones and other classic blockbusters will be held back until Blu-Ray is more established. Thankfully that doesn’t mean we’re starved of quality as long as we know where to look.

Over the coming days I’ll be posting the titles I’m most looking forward to over the next year…

darkcityposter.jpgToday, my pick is currently only a rumour, but it’s a tantalising one! Alex Proyas’ mind-warping, little seen classic, Dark City. This film was drowned out on release by the hype that accompanied The Matrix, but it is by far the more rounded experience of the two. It requires constant attention - miss a couple of minutes and you may as well stop watching, but if you’re commited Dark City is totally rewarding.

The latest news is that writer, David Goyer, has said that we can expect new extended cut with new effects. The extended length means the film is being rescored and even more exciting is the prospect of a limited theatrical release; I can only hope that this theatrical outing makes it to the UK as Dark City should really be experienced on as big a screen as possible. The word is that a DVD and Blu-Ray release of this new cut will follow shortly after.

Posted on 3rd April 2008
Under: Science Fiction, Cult, Blu-Ray, Upcoming Films | 9 Comments »

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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My mixed feelings on the fourth Indiana Jones installment are beginning to err on the side of caution now. There are many things I like about reports on the new film; the Mayan setting, the fact that Indy is back for one last adventure and even the enthusiasm of the cast and crew. However, there are things that are causing me concern - George Lucas for one, whether Ford is too old for the role now and the lastly the gastly rumoured ’sci-fi’ elements.

For those that aren’t ‘in the know’, the Crystal Skulls of the title are supposedly based on some hotly debated artefacts, the most famous of which was allegedly discovered in 1926 by Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges. There are many rumours regarding the authenticity of the ‘Mitchell-Hedges’ skull, but it is still somewhat of a mystery. The ‘real’ skulls are anatomically correct copies of the human skull made out of solid crystal - anyone would think this enough to write an exciting Indy adventure. Alas, it seems that instead these fascinating skulls have been shelved and instead we have a very ‘alien’ looking crystal skull in it’s place. While legal threats have seen images of the film skull taken off the ‘net, the poster above shows this so called skull in the background.

Indy has always been on far-fetched adventures, but they have always been resolutely grounded on Earth with our own legends and stories providing the back story. I just don’t like the idea of aliens (even dead ones) making it into the mix…

Posted on 15th February 2008
Under: Cult, Upcoming Films, Theatrical | 3 Comments »

Live Free or Die Hard

Another month and another relic is dragged kicking and screaming from the last century to this. Today Fox have announced that which has been rumour for months - John McClane is coming back to the cinema in the fourth Die Hard film. Willis reprises his role as the unlucky cop, apparently this time fighting cyber-terrorists. Forgive me if I don’t sound too excited.

Here’s the press release from Fox…

Twentieth Century Fox have announced the return of John McClane in a new installment of their Die Hard action franchise: LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Bruce Willis reprises his signature role as the New York City cop who always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time with the film set to be released June 29, 2007 – the eve of the US Independence Day holiday weekend – a particularly appropriate date because the story itself takes place over the Fourth of July.

Len Wiseman, the director of the Underworld franchise (Underworld, Underworld:Evolution) is directing from a screenplay by Mark Bomback. Renowned for their non-stop action the fourth in the Die Hard series will offer the biggest, most realistic set pieces in the franchise’s illustrious history. In the new picture, an attack on the vulnerable United States computer infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the shattering scheme has figured out every digital angle – but he never figured on an old-fashioned, “analog” fly-in-the-ointment: John McClane.

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD begins production in September.

The Die Hard films are classics of action cinema, but they’re from a different time. Then, our action heros were hard men, now they’re religious nutcases like Tom Cruise. Hollywood is desparately lacking successors to Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenneger so instead they’re now relying on bringing back these aging action stars for ‘one last adventure’.
Why bother?

Posted on 7th August 2006
Under: Action, Upcoming Films | No Comments »

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