Thursday, August 28, 2008

“Just… write it down.”

The Twilight trailer… sort of. The ending cracks me up. I am easily amused.



You can compare the original two trailers here.

Charity, Rifftrax, Articles, Lists!

Stan Lee/POW! Entertainment will be giving away posters for donations to AIDS marathon.

Wanna try your hand at Rifftrax?

A selection of classics Doctor Who serials is available on iTunes.

Lethal Star Trek blade seized in knives amnesty

Dalek Kidnapping Gone South. Worse way to impress a girl ever.

Live in an Elvish house

Drawing Power A history of the graphic novel.

Futurama Atomic Raygun

R/C Star Trek Enterprise Spaceship

Less Than Meets the Eye: The 12 Most Ridiculous Transformers of All Time

The 10 best (and 5 worst) science fiction theme tunes

Selections From H.P. Lovecraft's Brief Tenure As a Whitman's Sampler Copywriter. (Submitted by Sitting Duck)

The Mona Leia

‘50s Space Art.

Comics and Books

Virgin Books and Gotham Entertainment's Virgin Comics will close its New York offices and reorganize its operations due to "the current macro-economic turndown." CEO Sharad Devarajan and president Suresh Seetharaman hope to restructure and consolidate operations in Los Angeles.

Japanese publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha will join forces to directly publish manga in Europe starting in the fall of 2009. The two companies plan to publish in France first, and then expand to Great Britain, Spain, and the other European countries.

Amazon has acquired Shelfari.

DVD Releases


Married Life - September 2
Life: Season One - September 2
Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time - September 2
Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy/K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend - September 2
The Forbidden Kingdom - September 9
Rodan/War of the Gargantuas - September 9
Child's Play - September 9
Night Watch (Blu-ray) - September 9
Day Watch (Blu-ray) - September 9
Speed Racer - September 16
Beetlejuice (Deluxe Edition) - September 16
Blood Simple - September 16
The Breakfast Club - September 16
Sixteen Candles - September 16
Young @ Heart - September 16
The Mist (Blu-ray) - September 16
Duckman: Seasons 1 & 2 - September 16
Sex and the City: The Movie - September 23
Torchwood: The Complete Second Season - September 23
Incredible Hulk - October 21
Spin City: The Complete First Season – November 4

Pushing Daisies goes on tour


ABC's Pushing Daisies will have a publicity tour that involves pie. Leading up to the show's second season premiere on October 1, an interactive tour - including a traveling bakery, plasma screens, waitresses, and free swag - will travel to 10 "major markets."

Tour schedule:
August 31 - Anaheim, CA – Downtown Disney
September 7 - San Francisco, CA – Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
September 10 - Los Angeles, CA – Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade
September 12 - Las Vegas, NV – Fashion Show Mall
September 14 - Phoenix, AZ – Westgate Complex
September 17 - Denver, CO – Larimer Square
September 20 - Dallas, TX – Addison Oktober Fest
September 24 - Chicago, IL – Lincoln Park
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA – The Shops at Liberty Place
September 29 - New York, NY – Times Square

More info to come here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Here I go again..."


“Due to overwhelming demand, Universal Pictures announced today that it will release a special sing-along edition of its worldwide smash hit movie musical Mamma Mia! in selected theaters nationwide, starting Friday, August 29, for a limited time.”

“Details on theaters and showtimes that will feature Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition will be coming soon. For the latest news, please visit www.mammamiamovie.com.”

Death Note; Death Note II: The Last Name


“VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of Viz Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the Canadian theatrical debut of the live-action DEATH NOTE feature film, based on the wildly successful manga and animated series. The DEATH NOTE feature film will screen as a special event in approximately 60 Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres locations across Canada on Monday, September 15 at 9:00pm local time.”

More info here.

Also, tickets for Death Note II: The Last Name will go on public sale September 5 for a nationwide (U.S.) release on October 15 and 16.

Info here

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TV News...


ABC has picked up Rob Thomas' remake of his '90s show Cupid for midseason.

Fox.com will simultaneously stream the series premiere of Fringe (September 9) and the season premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (September 8), but only for computers logging on from college based .edu domains. Behind the scenes footage, cast interviews, and music videos will also be offered. “The move is designed to expose the shows to college students, who are more likely to have computers than TVs in their dorm rooms and make up a key portion of the network's audience.”

David Eick talks about Battlestar Galactic and webisodes.

Marvel has announced a deal with, Japanese animation studio, Madhouse for anime series featuring characters from Marvel’s stable of customers. It’ll start with four series spring 2010 on Japanese station ANIMAX. To appeal to Japanese audiences the characters “will be retrofitted with new looks and backstories that touch on local culture and Japanese history.” Here’s Marvel Iron Man beside Madhouse Iron Man.

Vin Diesel, "I'm directing an animated Hannibal that will serve as the prequel to the [live-action] film. So it's Hannibal as a boy. So it's like the boy and an elephant. It's for BET, actually, which will be great fun.” Diesel will be among the voice cast. Hannibal the Conqueror will premiere in 2009.

Michelle Rodriguez will reprise the character of Ana-Lucia in the fifth season of Lost. Most likely in the second episode.

Lawrence Fishburne will replace William Peterson on CSI. His character, a former pathologist turned college lecturer, will make his first appearance in the ninth episode of the upcoming ninth season.

Stargate Atlantis is done as a TV show after it finishes its fifth season next year, but it’ll find new life as a TV movie. The two hour unnamed project will air on SciFi Channel before hitting DVD. Co-creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper: "We're excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas. The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise."

But Stargate Universe will begin production early 2009 with Brad Wright and Robert Cooper as executive producers and writers. There’ll be a two hour movie first followed by hour long episodes starting in the summer. “After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate's ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by the Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion but never completed. What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never-ending mission as the Stargate Universe crew discovers that the ship is unable to return to Earth and that they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny. The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny's original mission.”

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Movie News



Wall Street Journal has an article on Warner Brothers’ future, and their plans for DC properties.

Michael Stuhlberg and Richard Kind have been cast in the Coen brothers’ period black comedy A Serious Man. In 1967 a professor’s life starts falling apart when his wife decides to leave him and his brother won’t move out. Shooting starts in Minneapolis in September. Working Title will produce and Focus Features will distribute.

Mike Judge’s comedy Extract is about a flower extract factory owner and his streak of bad luck. Jason Bateman, Clifton Collins Jr., Mila Kunis, and Kristen Wiig have joined the cast with Ben Affleck in talks.

Dean Cain, Conrad Janis, Stephen Lunsford, Walter Phelan, Maximillian Roeg, and Lacy Phillips have been cast in Michael Emanuel’s directorial debut Maneater. A horror thriller, it’s about a former FBI profiler and a sheriff who investigate murders connected to a Native American legend.

Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Camryn Manheim, Lyndsy Fonseca, Seymour Cassell will star Michael Worth’s Fort McCoy. “Lensing in Wisconsin, the movie follows the Stirn family who lived in a cabin between the army base and the Nazi - Japanese P.O.W. Camp during World War II. The real Fort McCoy military base - During World War II, Camp McCoy was used as a training facility for units from across the United States that were preparing to enter combat - plays a central part in the film.”

Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, M. Emmit Walsh, and Keith David are cast in Jake Goldberger’s indie drama Don McKay. The movie’s about “a man haunted by a tragedy that forced him to flee his hometown 25 years earlier who returns when he finds his long-lost love is dying -- and is then caught in a web of confusion, deceit and murder.”

Russell Crowe, "I have another project based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks, which is going from treatment to draft stage with Kiwi writer Mark Staufer."

Prequels, Sequels & Remakes

James Bond sequel Quantum of Solace has been pushed back from November 7 to November 14.

Paramount’s direct to DVD sequel, prequel, and spin-off plans.

Alan Horn’s official statement to fans on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Juliet Snowden and Stiles White have been hired as the writers on the Poltergeist remake. They did Boogeyman. This is both depressing and insulting.

Don Mancini will be writing and directing the Child’s Play remake, "I think what we are mainly responding to, David [Kirschner] and I, is the will of the fans, which is really telling us that they want to see a scary Chucky movie again. They want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy." Will Brad Dourif be back? "Who would you get that’s better? If you could recast it, you would want the actor to sound kind of like it, but it would feel weird to just be completely different I think."

Irvine Welsh says he’s writing a prequel to the Trainspotting novel and is planning a sequel to the movie. Ewan McGregor will not be back since he is not a fan of the sequel.

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have completed their deals and started writing on The Hobbit with del Toro. Shooting will start fall 2009 in New Zealand.

Jon Favreau says about Iron Man, “We're working on it now, which hasn't been officially announced. It will be released in 2010.”

Tyrese Gibson is off Fast and Furious 4, due to scheduling conflicts with Transformers 2. Speaking of Fast and Furious, Vin Diesel says he’ll be directing a 20 minute prequel to the franchise. It’ll star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sung Kang, and link the first and fourth movies together.

Mitch Klebanoff has written and will direct a Beverly Hills Ninja sequel, Tokyo Jones : The Legend of the Dancing Ninja. “Caucasian but raised by an Asian family after a mix-up at sea when he was a baby, Ikki grows up knowing that he's different from those around him, but also quite confident he is a ninja and not just any ninja, but the legendary Dancing Ninja. Ikki gets to prove himself when his beloved Sensei is murdered and Ikki goes to Hollywood to track down his killer, the evil action movie superstar Ansel LaDouche.” Filming starts in L.A. and Korea in September.

Adaptations


Fox Is Allowed to Press Warner Over Rights to ‘Watchmen.’ Uh-oh.

Sam Raimi is putting together an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ graphic novel Sleeper for Warner Brothers. About an operative who’s fused with an alien artifact that goes undercover into a villainous organization, it’ll star Tom Cruise (at least he’s in on it this week).

Henry Selick on the Coraline movie, "We will complete animation on Coraline in about six weeks and plan a February release of 2009."

Nicholas Cage has signed onto Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass movie.

Alex Proyas will write and direct, and Pheonix Pictures will produce, an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s 1942 novella The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. It’s about “a man who becomes increasingly disturbed when he realizes he cannot account for his activities during the day or even what he does for a living. He divulges his problem to the husband-and-wife partners of a private detective agency, and their investigation leads to a series of revelations they could never have imagined.”

New Regency has dropped the Voltron movie (the one that would turn the ‘80s cartoon into a story about five post apocalyptic alien attack survivors piloting lion robots in New York and Mexico) with Relativity Media in negotiations to pick it up. If it goes through, there will be a new director with a smaller budget, most likely by using 300-esque technology. Relativity would produce and then farm out distribution.

He-Man screenwriter Justin Marks: “The script is very true to the characters — we’re not talking about putting nipples on the Trapjaw suit. But we had to come up with a reason again why Trapjaw would actually not just be something that’s totally absurd, but why he would need those bionic parts added to him. Which gives a sort of sense of where [the movie] is going in some way.”

Fox Searchlight has put The Sweeney on hold. The movie based on the ‘70s British cult cop show was supposed to start filming in a couple weeks, with Ray Winstone and Michael Fassbender (he’s great, keep an eye on him) being considered for the leads. But Searchlight and DNA Films decided they needed bigger names in order to bring in audiences outside the UK. Nick Love remains attached to direct while they hope to get bigger names and go into production next year.

The Veronica Mars movie isn’t dead.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Short and sweet this week...

Raiders of the Lost Ark -- Special Edition

Games, and awards, and vitriol!

SF Signal’s rundown of all the Star Wars games currently in production.

Dane Cook’s negative (gee, slightly, just a lil’) review of the poster for his movie My Best Friend’s Girl.

I Love My Librarian Award!

Did you know at one time they were going to make a Daredevil cartoon?

You can own Capt. Kirk’s chair. …For $2,000.

Alien vs. Predator chess set.

The, really happy and friendly looking, Terminator DVD player. It was exclusive in Japan. Notice the past tense verb “was.” *is sad*

Library Thing’s Favorite SF Covers

Maxim’s The Unsung Heroes of Star Wars

The Usborne Book of the Future. “A trip in time to the year 2000 and beyond. See the robots, machines and cities of the future, and then travel to the stars.” Where’s my transporter? Why can’t I move a spaceship with my mind? Again, it turns out the future was a ripoff. [fixed link]

DVD Releases


Brotherhood of the Wolf: The Director’s Cut – August 26
The Shield: Season 6 – August 26
Seed – September 9
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3 – September 9
Boston Legal: Season 4 – September 23
Sports Night: The Complete Series 10th Anniversary Edition – September 30 (Thanks to Justin)
Firefly: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) – November 11

Poll...


What summer '08 movie was the worst or the biggest disappointment?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Job Opportunity

Viz Media’s San Francisco office has openings for a brand coordinator and a retail development manager. And unpaid internships, for enrolled students for college credit, in six departments.

The new Viz Productions office in Hollywood is seeking an executive assistant.

San Francisco info here.

Hollywood here.

Happily Ever After

Viz Pictures has announced a limited U.S. run for Japanese dark comedy Happily Ever After: “HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a visually inventive, and engrossing comedy that makes you feel warm, despite its depiction of a series of unluckiness and failures in life. This is not a story about an unhappy marriage, but about a journey of reuniting twin souls, overcoming successive hardships and problems with laughter. We are very pleased to present this unconventional love story to theatrical audiences.”

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Theatrical Screening: October 4
Scotts Dale International Film Festival
Details

Pittsburgh, PA - Theatrical Screening: October 10
2008 Japanese Film Festival at University of Pittsburgh
Details

For more on Happily Ever After here's Viz's site.

TV News...


Seth Green and Breckin Meyer are thisclose to signing on as reoccurring comic book nerd characters on this season of Heroes “who cross paths with (and perhaps serve as advisors to) one of the Heroes.”

SciFi Wire has the rundown on Virtuality’s characters.

MGM Domestic Television Distribution has the option to possibly turn Howard Webster’s online graphic novel series The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore into a show. “The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore is a trilogy of second-generation graphic novels, which live online and are specifically designed for iPod and PC download. Set in a time where the British empire has never ended and America is just one of thousands of virtual worlds hosted on a vast global game network, the show centers on Moore (Colin Salmon), a virtual game character who becomes self-aware. Tagged by the network as a virus, he goes on the run, and as he moves from one artificial game world to the next, his knowledge of the games and the real-world gamers spreads like a virus to the other game characters, freaks, creatures and monsters who live as slaves within the network.”

Madchen Amick has joined the cast of NBC’s Jekyll and Hyde-ish My Own Worst Enemy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Trailers


Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

What Just Happened?
Body of Lies
Eden Lake
Tokyo Gore Police

Videos


Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

Iron Man deleted scene
Coraline featurette 2
Coraline featurette 3
Coraline featurette 4
Coraline featurette 5
Watchmen set visit by G4
Henry Poole Is Here featurette
Death Race featurette and 6 clips
Traitor 9 clips
Death Race 1 clip

Posters


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Australia

90210 (TV)

Images


Watchmen
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Prince of Persia
Twilight
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Fringe (TV)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Movie News

MGM has announced that they will release Bryan Singer’s suspense Valkyrie on December 26, 2008.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s science fiction movie Game, where futuristic video game players control actual people, will be delayed until 2009 due to visual effects. Producer Gary Lucchesi says he expects to announce a new release date soon.

A substantial amount of visual effects work has been awarded to Sony Pictures Imageworks for Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

Stone Village has acquired Dikran Ornekian and Ryan Colluci’s werewolf action thriller spec script Lobo. Ezna Sands will direct the movie about a man who goes to an isolated town in Brazil, after receiving some letters from his mother’s will, where he finds a group of werewolves and helps them fight for survival. It starts filming October 15 outside Rio de Janeiro.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will produce an earthquake movie with Universal. Other than David Seltzer working on a script and the fact that it isn’t remake of the 1974 Earthquake, details are slim.

Mike Myers has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s WWI movie Inglorious Bastards, while Simon Pegg has had to leave due to scheduling conflicts. Production starts October 13, in Germany.

Edgar Ramirez [rawr] will replace Javier Bardem in Joe Carnahan’s Pablo Escobar movie Killing Pablo.

Philip Noyce’s Edwin A. Salt will no longer star Tom Cruise, but Angelina Jolie. The spy thriller will also undergo a title change [duh], and be redrafted by Kurt Wimmer.

Prequels, Sequels & Remakes


Warner Brothers has announced that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price’s release will be pushed back from November 21, 2008, to July 17, 2009. WB’s president Alan Horn: “We know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent-pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest-grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers' strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films--changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move Half-Blood Prince to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent-pole release for mid-summer." President of Warner's motion picture group Jeff Robinov: "The release date change does not alter the production schedule for this or future Harry Potter films. Post-production on Half-Blood Prince was completed on time, and the studio's release plans for the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will not be affected by this change. We know Harry Potter fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the final chapters unfold onscreen. In fact, the good news for them is that the gap will now be shortened between Half-Blood Prince and the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

George Lucas says that the next Indiana Jones, if there is another one, will not focus on Shia Lebeouf’s character, “Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones. If it was Mutt Williams it would be ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis’ or something.” As for Indy 5, “We ARE looking for something for him to go after. They are very hard to find. It’s like archeology. It takes a huge amount of research to come up with something that will fit.”

Lionsgate have hired Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain to rework the Conan script. They are still looking for a director.

Director P.J. Pesce says about Universal Soldier 3: "Unfortunately that has fallen apart. It's really too bad. We had a great script. But it just cratered - I don't know what's gonna happen." I weep.

Writer/Director John Singleton is in preproduction for Fight for Love. An unofficial sequel to 2001’s Baby Boy, the drama will reunite Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson as a struggling couple.

Adaptations

Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight will be moved from December 12, to November 21.

Universal is planning to release Chris Nahon’s Blood: The Last Vampire on 2,000 screens in March. Pathe has a June release listed for France.

Director Matthew Vaughn is moving forward on Kick-Ass. Chloe Moretz has been cast, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse in negotiations for the indie adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s ultraviolent teen superhero comic. The movie’s script was written by Vaughn with Jane Goldman, and they are looking at a possible fall start date.

Universal has the rights to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, with Red Eagle Entertainment also producing. The adaptations will begin with The Eye of the World. The final book in the series is set for fall 2009 written by Brandon Sanderson using Jordan’s notes.

More on David Goyer’s Invisible Man: “My take is kind of an extrapolation. It actually deals with a nephew of the first character. It’s got some of the characters from the H.G. Wells book, but it’s kind of a continuation. It involves Scotland Yard getting their hands on the current Invisible Man and basically saying, ‘Wow, you’d be a really good secret agent to send into Imperial Russia right now. It starts off from there.”

George Clooney has bought the rights to Jonathan Mahler’s The Challenge. The legal thriller will be developed through Smoke House, leaving it open for Clooney to potentially direct, write, or star in, but nothing official yet. It’s about the legal battle between Charles Swift and Neal Katyal over the trial of Salim Hamdam, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.

Zak Penn is writing, and will produce, Fox’s The Argonauts. It’s Penn’s take on the Greek myth about Jason and the sailors of the Argo, and their search for the Golden Fleece.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A lil' wine, a lil' manga, some anime....


The Napa Valley Museum in California and the Nichi Bei Times will open “Manga & Anime: An Exhibition of Popular Cartoon Art” on August 15 with a reception with a special presentation by Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide). The exhibition will include artwork from Tak Toyoshima, Deb Aoki, and the winners of Nichi Bei Times’ last two manga art contests. It’ll run until September 14.

Fee info and times here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

DVD Releases


Robot Chicken: Star Wars – July 22
Legend of the Shadowless Sword – August 12
Iron Man – September 30
The Happening – October 7
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – October 14
Animatrix (Blu-ray) – October 14
The Outer Limits: Original Series Complete Box Set – October 24
Monty Python Holy Trinity (Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Monty Python's Life of Brian / Monty Python's the Meaning of Life) – November 18
24: Exile – November 24
Horton Hears a Who - December 9
Happily Ever After – February 2009

TV News...

ABC has ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of 1987’s The Witches of Eastwick, written by Maggie Friedman. It’ll be the third try for a series (Warner Brothers/NBC made an attempt in 1992, and Fox and WB in 2002).

SciFi Channel’s exec vice president of original programming Mark Stern says it is undecided whether Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica will be a movie or the pilot of a proposed series.

SciFi Channel has announced another, as yet untitled, Battlestar Galactica prequel. Edward James Olmos directind and Jane Espenson writing, the two hour TV movie that will focus on Cylons: Number One (aka Cavil), resistance leader Sam T. Anders, and Chief Galen Tyrol, played by Dean Stockwell, Michael Trucco, and Aaron Douglas. “In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn't account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the nuclear destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.” It’ll start shooting in Vancouver late summer and premiere 2009.

David Carradine and Darryl Hannah will star in Spike TV’s Kung Fu Killer. The two part miniseries, which premieres August 17 and 18, is set in 1920s China and “tells the story of White Crane (Carradine), an orphaned son of Western missionaries who was raised as a Wudang monk to become a spiritual leader and master in martial arts, and his ultimate journey for revenge and justice. Beginning in the Shanghai underworld, Crane encounters Jane Marshall (Hannah) a lounge singer from Brooklyn, who is on a mission of her own to find her lost brother.

Cartoon Network has announced that Robot Chicken will premiere Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II November 16 during the Adult Swim block. Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams are onboard along with Ahmed Best, Seth MacFarlaine, Breckin Meyer, Conan O’Brien, and Donald Faison. Seth Green will direct, “We’re thrilled to get to make ‘Episode II;’ it doesn’t even seem real—getting to make ‘Star Wars’ twice! We’re so excited and bursting with joy.”

Creator Kevin Falls reveals what would’ve happened on Journeyman.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Trailers


Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Happy Go Lucky
Role Models
Appaloosa
Babylon A.D.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
The Dead Outside

Wonder Woman (straight to DVD)
True Blood (TV)
The Stand (comic book)

Videos


Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

Watchmen video journal 5
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 5 clips, 1 featurette
Babylon A.D. 6 clips (site in French)
Death Race 1 clip
Hamlet 2 3 clips, 1 featurette
B**** Slap behind the scenes

Posters


Star Trek XI
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Appaloosa
REPO! The Genetic Opera
Saw V
Mirrors

Images


Gatchaman
Twilight
Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans
The Road
RockNRolla
Saw V
B**** Slap

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Movie News


After going back and forth over the NC-17, the MPAA has given Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno an R rating.

Eric Bana will make his directorial debut while playing himself in Australian movie Love the Beast. A journey about living life to the fullest, it revolves around Bana’s “Beast,” a 1974 Falcon Coupe. Madman Entertainment have the distribution rights.

Chris Thornton, Mark Ruffalo, and James Franco will star in Sympathy for Delicious. In it, a paralyzed DJ in L.A. turns to faith healing only to find out he can heal people other than himself. It’ll be Ruffalo’s directing debut and Thornton wrote the script. Shooting starts this fall and is fully financed by Corner Stone Entertainment.

Brad Pitt, Simon Pegg, BJ Novak, and Eli Roth are now signed on for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards.

Walter F. Parkes, producer for The Trial of the Chicago 7, says that right now Steven Spielberg is no longer on the project, "No, he is not going to do it. He kind of had a moment of availability to do it, and the strike got in the way. We were unable to do the script work that Steven felt he needed and then, by the time the strike was over, he had already committed himself to to begin production on Tintin, which he's shooting along with (producer) Peter Jackson, and I guess it's in October or November. So, it's not inconceivable that he would come back, but for now, he's had to move on to Tintin, which is something that he's been working on for 20 years.''

ADV Films has the North American distribution rights to Attack Girl Swim Team vs. The Undead, Cruel Restaurant, Gluttonous 1 & 2, Female Prisoner Epsilon, and a new series of Kunoichi movies. Most will release through Switchblade Films.

Prequels, Sequels & Remakes


Nikolaj Arcel will direct, and Jennifer O’Kieffe will write, Universal’s Island of Lost Souls, an American remake of Danish supernatural action adventure De fortabte sjaeles. The original, also directed by Arcel, is about a teenager who becomes important in a battle between good and evil when her younger brother becomes possessed by an 18th century magician.

Sony has hired Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to write the remake of Flash Gordon.

Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller on The Birds remake: “We're working that out now but there's only so much that can happen. Birds attack. It's the explaining of why is it happening or if you explain why it's happening or who are the characters that it's happening to and the setting that it's happening in. Those are the things that we're contending with now. We're in the very early process on that, very early. The movie is a lot about the filmmaker. Martin Campbell is a guy, Casino Royale could be my favorite movie. I love that movie. I thought that he did an amazing job but that is the first true filmmaker who we've had an opportunity to sit down and really work with a guy who knows what he's talking about, is very passionate about the movie, has some fantastic ideas about what he wants that movie to be and with a guy like that, you just want to follow him up the mountain and do what he says.”

The Japanese release date for the second movie in Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys live action trilogy January 31, with the third coming fall 2009.

A rundown on Tron 2’s confirmed, rumored, and debunked.

Helena Bonham Carter on her character in Terminator Salvation: "I kind of play a baddie, definitely a baddie. I don't know how much I'm allowed to say, but I'm a very bad person."

Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 2: "Our goals are more of the same. The idea that he said he's Iron Man in part 1...it's one thing to say it, and it's another thing to actually evolve to the point where you can live in a heroic fashion. You know, they say, ‘The superhero movie always needs to follow...' and I said who is that guy? Get him out of here! We want to do what worked for us last time, in a way that evolves. We're talking about a guy who is put in an extraordinary circumstance, and the people that are around him, and how that creates a sense of family, and how that disrupts whatever forces that we have to say that are working [in his life]. I like the idea of an Iron Man 2 that you're able to understand various points of view. You're able to touch on some subjects that are a lot more far reaching, while still grounding it in entertainment."

Adaptations

Disney has the rights to, and Kickstart Entertainment will also produce, Monster Attack Network. Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Nima Sorat’s adventure graphic novel is about the giant monster populated island of Lapuatu, and team who must handle rampages and clean up related messes.

Paramount Pictures and Plan b have the rights to Mark Crilley’s world manga Miki Falls. Sera Gamble will adapt the high school story of student Miki Yoshida’s attempts to connect with a mysterious transfer student during their senior year.

Hiroyuki Murata’s high school comedy manga Kogyoaika Volleyboys will be made into a live action movie. Three students nicknamed the Numa-Kō 3 Baka Trio (The Asanuma Technical High School Idiot Trio) star a volleyball team in an attempt to become popular.

Oren Segal has optioned Lisa Lerner’s science fiction novel Just Like Beauty. Nick Pustay will adapt the dark comedy about beauty pageant contestant in a dystopian future with blowtorch gangs, mutant grasshoppers, and a suicide cult.

Max Thierot will star in Chuck Russell’s science fiction action Prodigy. Adapted by Dave Kalstein from his novel, it’s about two students who reluctantly join forces to uncover the conspiracy at thier elite boarding school where pharmaceuticals are used to produce future world leaders. Principal photography starts October in Spain.

Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Fiona Shaw, Maryam D'Abo, Pip Torrens, Douglas Henshall, Caroline Goodall, Michael Culkin, Johnny Harris, Max Irons have been cast in Oliver Parker’s Dorian. Based on Oscar Wilde’s supernatural novel, it will release in the UK in 2009.

Roger Avary is working on a script for a proposed movie based on video game Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Todd Hollenshead says, "I've recently been in contact with Roger, and he's actually working on the script right now." … "I think that from a progress standpoint, it's probably gone a little bit slower than what we would have expected--you can't control these strikes and so on."

Samuel L. Jackson on the plan for the live action Afro Samurai, "I'll be the dead father. I'll show up in some spiritual scenes, and give him some guidance. We'll find some young guy that is capable of doing all those things and make it really cool. When look at [Afro], I see André 3000." There is still no finalized script.

Russian bodybuilder and actor Alexander Nevsky will star in Hollywood Storm produced Hercules: The Beginning.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Oh sure, it's funny now...

The Onion's "Historic ‘Blockbuster’ Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past"

[Submitted by Sitting Duck.]


Watchmen, Sandman, Dr. Horrible, Harry Potter, Peanuts. Everyone's welcome!


“Whedon says there WILL be another part to Dr. Horrible."

A series of Watchmen games are coming: “Set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, Watchmen will be an episodic downloadable series developed by Deadline Games.” … “Described as action-brawlers, the games will serve as prequels to the film, chronicling the vigilante team of Rorschach and Nite Owl in their earlier days. The game will not only build up the backstories of various characters from the film, but also introduce new opponents into the mix.”

Conceptual art for the Harry Potter theme park.

A scientist in New Zealand has made a jet pack that can fly for 30 minutes. That’s ten times as long as Bell’s Rocket Belt.

Watchmen posters compared to Watchmen posters.

Henry Selick's 'Coraline' maquettes

George Lucas Encased in Carbonite

Peanuts meets Sandman.

Comics and Books


Win an advance copy of the US Edition of The Graveyard Book.

Stephen King has turned short story N (to be included in the Just After Sunset collection - November 11) into 25, 2 minute episodes of an experimental graphic video adaptation. It will also be a comic book series in 2009.

Plans for Dr. Horrible comics.

An interview with Dan Didio about January 2009 comic Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published December 4 by the charity The Children's High Level Group, with all net proceeds going to The Children's Voice campaign.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

DVD Releases


Shutter – July 15
Asylum – July 15
Dark City (Director’s Cut) – July 29
Heroes: Season 2 – August 26
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Collector’s Edition and Blu-ray) - August 26
The Fall – September 9
Quark: The Complete Series – October 14 [Submitted by Sitting Duck]
Casino Royale (1967): Collector’s Edition – October 21
Futurama: Bender’s Game – November 4
Reaper: Season 1 – November 4 [Submitted by Sitting Duck]

TV News...

AMC’s general manager, Charlie Collier, about the channel’s direction of redoing old science fiction miniseries, shows, and movies: "There's a wealth of old TV shows and sci-fi movies to look back at and see if we can take them and update them and reintroduce them to the public. We are having a ton of fun looking into the acquisitions of past science fiction, both movies and television."

“Ebert and Roeper leaving popular movie review show”

Family Guy spin off The Cleveland Show will have Mike Henry reprising his role as Cleveland, and also star Kevin Richardson, Sanaa Lathan, and Nia Long. It’s about Cleveland moving him and his son to Virginia where he move in with his high school sweetheart.

Sci Fi Channel has ordered five 30 minute episodes for Russell Barrett’s comedy Outer Space Astonauts (working title). “In the future, many courageous souls journey to the far reaches of the galaxy, seeking knowledge, adventure and the thrill of exploration. The rest are the Outer Space Astronauts. The slovenly Captain Ripley commands the "space-ially" challenged crew of the O.S.S. Oklahoma as they go about their daily routine of working in space.” It’ll be a mix of live action, 3-D, and 2-D animation.

No more Babylon 5? [Submitted by Sitting Duck]

The creator of HBO’s True Blood vampire drama, Alan Ball: "In our world, a lot of the myths about vampires were created by vampires themselves over history so that they could pass, because if you could convince everyone that you couldn't be seen in a mirror or that you would freak out if somebody shoved a crucifix in your face then you could prove you weren't a vampire pretty easily." Ball also said that he’s not a big fan of vampire movies, etc., but is a big fan of Near Dark. "I wanted it to be a show about characters and to really explore what it means to be 170 years old and what it means to fall in love with somebody who [finds it] satisfying being fed upon, you know, not being able to see this person except at night, having the entire town think, 'What? Are you crazy?'" The twelve episode first season of the show based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire book series premieres September 7.

Spike TV has announced that Lucy Liu and Mark Hamill will join Samuel L. Jackson and Yuri Lowenthal on the voice cast for the TV movie sequel to Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, premiering January 2009. Liu will play a seductive nemesis, and Hamill will Sio’s manservant Bin.

Joss Whedon is shooting another first episode for Dollhouse, and will make the now first episode the second, "It definitely has to do with the network and what I presented to them," Whedon admitted in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend. "It was one of those situations where we were all very enthusiastic about the world we were building, but they loved the pilot when they read it, and then they saw it and they said, 'OK, this feels a little different than we thought it was going to.' I began to suspect that they wanted something from the first episode that that episode didn't have. They [were] sort of wishy-washy about it, and I don't say this against them, because what they were trying to do was not rock my boat. So I was like, 'I think I can give them exactly what they want. It will make the show better, because everything I do in this episode will only have more resonance.'" He also said that the new episode was his idea. There will also be 13 webisodes. Dollhouse premieres January 2009.

Anime Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit will premiere on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block August 24,

Sam Raimi’s Wizard’s First Rule series Legend of the Seeker is scheduled for November 1, with a two hour premiere.

“Lost: Possible Contract Spoilers?”

Gretchen Mol has joined the cast for the American version of Life on Mars. SciFi Wire has a major spoiler.

The fourth season of Venture Bros. has begun production.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Trailers


Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Ghost Town
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Yatterman teaser
Mutant Chronicles
Punisher: War Zone
Saw V teaser
B**** Slap
Punisher: War Zone

Caprica (TV)
Iron Man: The Armored Adventures (TV)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Videos

Some of these links may contain mature material, and MRFH is not responsible for their content.

Christopher Lee interview on his involvement in the upcoming Middle Earth movies.
The teaser for the never realized Buffy animated series.
Ninja Assassin 1 news clip (German and English)
Death Race making of
Tropic Thunder 5 clips
REPO! The Genetic Opera 2 clips
Transsiberian 3 clips
Pineapple Express 6 slips
Midnight Meat Train 1 clip
Mirrors 1 featurette/clip

Posters


Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Max Payne
Eagle Eye
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
The Spirit
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Twilight
Dragonball
Friday the 13th
RockNRolla
Death Race
Taken
Neuromancer
Blindness
True Blood (TV)
Jennifer’s Body
How to Be a Serial Killer
Midnight Meat Train
B**** Slap

Images


Watchmen
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
City of Ember
Land of the Lost
UP
Twilight
RockNRolla
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
Dragonball
Gatchaman
Street Fighter
Ninja Assassin
Saiyuki Western Django
Crank 2
Pineapple Express
Mirrors
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Movie News

Columbia Pictures has hired Walt Becker to direct Stealing Time. The time travel actioner is about a worldwide search to unravel the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism, which may make time travel possible. Colin Trevorrow is writing the script. Films in August.

Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson’s superhero pitch has been bought by Disney and will be produced with Sam Raimi’s Stars Road Entertainment. While the details for the action adventure are being kept under wraps, it’s been described as “a four-quadrant ensemble superhero story with a comedic bent.”

John Carpenter and Nicolas Cage are final negotiations for prison thriller Scared Straight. Cage would play a lifer who must help a delinquent teen, who is part of the Scared Straight crime prevention program (sending troubled kids to prison for short stint to put the fear in 'em), when the teen ends up being held hostage after a riot breaks out.

Stereo Vision Entertainment announced 3D comedy Kung Fu U starring Hulk Hogan and Kimbo Slice. “’Kung Fu U’ in 3D is a Disney-type comedy about of a bunch of nerds and misfits that are sent away by their wealthy parents to the Brentwood Academy (a.k.a. Kung Fu U) to learn the finer arts of self-defense. It’s a heart-warming romp where the rather weathered warriors come to the rescue for the kids, and in turn, the kids rescue the warriors’ seemingly lost souls from what had been their eternal apathy. It’s a feel-good story that reminds us that we’re all the same, no matter what our age, or where we came from, and that we should all stick together.” They’re looking at a fall 2009 release.

Prequels, Sequels & Remakes

Lou Adler, BermanBraun, and Fox Television Studios will be making a two hour long new version of Rocky Horror Picture Show. While it’ll use the original’s screenplay, there may be new music included.

MGM is developing a Valley Girl musical that will use the original’s story and an ‘80s soundtrack. Sean Bailey is producing via Idealogy Inc.

Wes Craven on the People Under the Stairs remake: "It will be a remake, not directed by me, but something Marianne Maddalena will produce after she completes The Last House on the Left"

Guillermo del Toro and Miramax are producing, and Troy Nixey will make his feature directorial debut on, a remake of horror-thriller Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. The 1973 TV movie about a girl who goes to live with her father and his girlfriend and finds creatures living under the stairs, will be updated by del Toro and Matthew Robins. It’s in the very early stages.

Red Sonja is moving forward with Robert Rodriguez presenting, Douglas Aarniokoski directing, Rose McGowan starring, and David White writing.

Atlantia Canarias, Branko Lustig, and John Kelly will be producing a remake of 1973 Steve McQueen vehicle Papillon. Based off Henri Charriere’s autobiography, it’s about a petty criminal named Papillon who tries to escape when he is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in a French penal colony in Guiane.

New Line/Warner Brothers has hired Wesley Strick to write a “relaunch” of A Nightmare on Elm Street

Darren Aronofsky is officially signed to direct RoboCop, David Self will write, the story will take place twenty years after the original, and it is fast tracked for 2010. Producer Mike Medavoy on the rating, “It’s likely to be an R unless the director cuts back on some of it.”

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been hired as writers for Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Sam Raimi on a possible Evil Dead 4: "That's in the wheelhouse. I'd like to work on it with my brother Ivan when he comes up next week."

Sam Raimi says Spider-Man 4 is in the early stage, "I'm going to be a producer on it, and I'm waiting to see the script." The movie is already slated for 2011.

Sony has commissioned Jacob Estes to draft a script for a spin off from Spider-Man with Venom.

Adaptations


Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment are developing a film about Looney Tunes character Marvin the Martian. Right now it’ll be a Christmas movie, with a mix of live action and animation.

Producer Erwin Stoff is in the early stages of developing a live action version of Cowboy Bebop for Fox. The anime is a multi genre show is about a group of hapless space bounty hunters. Says Stoff, “When I met with them in Japan, one of the first things that I brought up was the experience that we had on A Scanner Darkly, and how hard we worked to remain faithful to Philip K. Dick, and that was our big concern here.”

DJ Caruso talks about the Y: The Last Man movie.

Peter Berg will direct, and is developing Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Spyglass Entertainment, Film 44, and Radical Pictures. Ryan Condal is writing the script based on Steve Moore’s five issue comic.

Warner Brothers is developing, and Bryan Singer is signed on to produce, superhero movie Capeshooters. Based on Rob Liefeld’s upcoming graphic novel, it’s about two slackers who shoot videos of superheroes, and end up running when they get evidence that a legendary hero is actually a villain. J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani will write the script.

Xingu Films have the rights to Pat Mills and Clint Langley’s upcoming graphic novel American Reaper. In the future, special agents, called Reapers, track down and terminate criminals and terrorists that are guilty of an extreme type of identity theft where the victims mind is wiped and replaced with someone else’s. Right now the only thing known is that the film will have a targeted budget of about $50 million.

David S. Goyer on Super Max: "The studio really likes the script. Green Arrow seems to be one of the characters in the wake of this phenomenal summer ... book-ended by Iron Man and The Dark Knight. I know that Warner Brothers, Green Arrow is one of the characters that they're really interested in [and] seem to be interested in moving forward with next. It started out as a supervillain-escape idea, and the idea was, well, we can either go Marvel or DC. And I talked to both of them, and I kind of said, 'Well, who can you give me?' Because I needed a superhero that I can bounce off of. And I don't know. For my money it was, if we went Marvel, it would be Captain America. If we went DC, maybe Green Arrow. And Green Arrow seemed like the best fit.”

Unique Features and Warner Brothers will produce an adaptation of the first book in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. If successful, the other two books should follow.

David S. Goyer on The Invisible Man: “It sort of starts kind of, like, about two months after the events of the H.G. Wells book finish. And the H.G. Wells book kind of ends with, you know, the original invisible man, Griffin, has these three notebooks that all of his secrets are in, and at the end of the H.G. Wells story, you establish that they're still in existence. But ... nobody knows where they are. And my story begins with those three notebooks falling into the hands of someone else, and it takes off from there. It's more sprawling, because it's ... big. It's got elements of horror, but it's sort of a big, epic adventure movie. Part of it takes place in England; part of it takes place in Persia; part of it takes place in Siberia. ... And I added a couple, I think, wrinkles to the notion of invisibility that nobody's managed to do before. So it kind of takes it to an extreme level.” … “I've been reading a lot of Kipling, a lot of steampunk, ... trying not to go in the sort of movie-League of Extraordinary Gentlemen place [laughs]. But ... there are a lot of real historical figures that are woven in among it. ... And I think I've come up with some pretty cool things in it that I know haven't been on film before, so we'll see." The movie would be a period piece taking place a couple of months after the death of Queen Victoria.

Brett Ratner will direct MGM’s God of War game movie.

Legendary Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the Gears of War movie.