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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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Brett Ratner To Increase TV Output

20 December 2009 9:18 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Variety reports that Brett Ratner signed a two year contract with 20th Century Fox TV in an effort to increase his presence on the small screen. Ratner has found previous success on television with Prison Break, whose pilot he directed. Upcoming projects under Ratner’s production shingle Rat TV include Chaos, a satirical drama with a CIA setting, The Devil and Daniel Webster, based on the short story of the same name by Stephen Vincent Benét, and The Dead Beat, a police drama.

Ratner had these choice words to say about his affinity for TV, “Storytelling is what my craft is; I don’t care about the medium. Most TV shows now are better than a lot of features. It’s a great medium to explore and experiment. I can try things that I wouldn’t try on a feature.”

Whatever your feelings on Ratner as a director, know that »

- Brendan Bettinger

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The Hangover 2: In Thailand?

18 December 2009 11:13 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Ever since it was announced that there will be a sequel to director Todd Phillips’ surprise hit, The Hangover, people have been asking one very obvious question:

“What the hell would it be about?”

Obviously the first Hangover dealt with the mystery and consequences of one truly awesome bachelor party in Vegas. Kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing, right?

Well, luckily, getting blackout wasted has become a sporting hobby for some in our society, so it’s conceivable that our (heroes?) from The Hangover might one day match the epic obliteration they experienced in the first film – but where to set such a stage?

 

How about Thailand? Because according to a ’source close to the film,’ that’s exactly where the sequel is headed.

Known for its beauty, adventure, bustling urban centers, gorgeous jungle countrysides and jaw-dropping ancient architecture – along with ladyboys, “ping-pong shows,” underground fighting rings, shots of cobra blood, »

- Kofi Outlaw

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Interview: Producer Alfred Spellman on His New, Hit Sports Documentary The U

15 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this day and age, it's difficult for men to agree on much of anything, but we all feel that the Miami Hurricanes are the greatest college football team of all time. Yeah? A new feature-length doc entitled The U about the University of Miami's equal parts legendary and notorious football program more than upholds this notion. As the latest entry in Espn's 30 for 30 showcase, The U joins other sports documentaries made by reputable and well known filmmakers the likes of Peter Berg, Barry Levinson and forthcoming ones by Morgan Freeman and Jeff Tremaine of Jackass. After the jump is a choice clip from The U and an interview with its producer, Alfred Spellman, who has made a name for himself alongside pal and U director, Billy Corben, with their Miami-based production company rakontur. Spellman discusses his doc, and the team itself within a historical and cultural context. He also »

- Hunter Stephenson

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News Shorts: December 7th 2009

7 December 2009 9:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Posters for Buried, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, Chloe, Solomon Kane, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Death at a Funeral, Rec 2.

A review/break down of the script for the Red Dawn remake.

The final runtime of "Avatar" clocks in at 161 minutes. While a secret Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening took place the other day, the UK premiere and several international press screenings in a few days time mean that critical reviews will hit the Net in force on Friday and over the weekend.

"Peter Jackson says the talk of "The Hobbit" delays are just that - talk. Both scripts are to be delivered just after Christmas, and then "we’ll be shooting as soon as we possibly can, but you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production". He also expects the December 2011 release plan remains unchanged..." (full details)

"Robert Duvall says that director Terry Gilliam »

- Garth Franklin

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News Shorts: December 7th 2009

7 December 2009 9:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Posters for Buried, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, Chloe, Solomon Kane, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Death at a Funeral, Rec 2.

A review/break down of the script for the Red Dawn remake.

The final runtime of "Avatar" clocks in at 161 minutes. While a secret Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening took place the other day, the UK premiere and several international press screenings in a few days time mean that critical reviews will hit the Net in force on Friday and over the weekend.

"Peter Jackson says the talk of "The Hobbit" delays are just that - talk. Both scripts are to be delivered just after Christmas, and then "we’ll be shooting as soon as we possibly can, but you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production". He also expects the December 2011 release plan remains unchanged..." (full details)

"Robert Duvall says that director Terry Gilliam »

- Garth Franklin

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Page 2

7 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 43 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Has Darth Vader joined the Salvation Army? Several volunteers from the 501st dressed as Star Wars characters and took their turn ringing bells at both Jefferson City Wal-mart. [star wars blog] Peter Berg says that Hancock 2 won't happen, for now. [cinemablend] Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association has awarded Jason Reitman's Up in the Air with Best Film of 2009. [thewrap] Mark Strong gets his own Sherlock Holmes character poster. [impa] ScriptShadow reminds us that the 2009 edition of the annual screenwriting listing, The Black List, will be be released on December 11th. Collider has the first official photos from Sex in the City »

- Peter Sciretta

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Review of the decade: Peter Bradshaw's noughties round-up

7 December 2009 3:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood struggled to respond to the war on terror, documentaries went through a golden age, and Michael Haneke was the noughties' moral conscience

If it is possible to whimper at the volume of a bang, then that is how this decade is ending on the big screen: with two high-profile, high-budget movies about the end of the world: Roland Emmerich's cheerfully silly 2012, and John Hillcoat's cheerlessly serious The Road, which arrive with a good deal of commentary to the effect that these movies typify the zeitgeist of the decade.

The noughties – that jokey word coined in the carefree 90s – are seen as damaged, injured, traumatised. The decade looks cracked from top to bottom by a sensational act of terrorism; by a reaction that achieved neither political palliative nor military success; by the confrontation between first-world prosperity and developing-world poverty; by the coming environmental catastrophe that threatens to engulf both; and finally, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Hancock sequel held up, says director Peter Berg

3 December 2009 1:22 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Back in August, two writers were hired by Columbia to pen a sequel to the Will Smith superhero hit Hancock.

Director Peter Berg said the follow-up would expand on the original's mythology by introducing other immortal beings.

But he also indicated that despite the studio's desire to fast-track the project, all the key players were busy and there was no 'burning imperative' to rush right back into it.

Now Berg has admitted there will be a long wait for the sequel to come together.

Speaking to Latino Review, he said: "It's being written now and it's an issue of everybody involved in Hancock. There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it's so busy and Will [Smith] has kind of taken time off to be with his kids.

"There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsman] to Michael Mann, myself »

- David Bentley

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'Hancock 2' Stalled By Scheduling Issues, Says Director

3 December 2009 5:46 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Director Peter Berg is still hoping to fly alongside "Hancock 2," but that plane isn't ready for takeoff just yet.

During a visit to the set of Berg's currently filming "Battleship," Latino Review learned that the director's intentions to dive into a "Hancock" sequel have been stifled by a variety of factors, not the least of which are the busy schedules of himself, Will Smith and their collaborators.

"It's being written now and it's an issue of everybody involved in 'Hancock,'" Berg said of the movie's development. "There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it's so busy and Will [Smith] has kind of taken time off to be with his kids."

"There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsman] to Michael Mann, myself and to get us all in the same room just like this where we »

- Josh Wigler

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Peter Berg Hints 'Hancock' Sequel Fraught with Politics

2 December 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Director Peter Berg was pretty vocal back in September about being ready to get started on a sequel to Hancock. But, as so often happens in Hollywood, projects get shuffled about and given different priority. And Berg's priority now seems to have shifted from the Hancock sequel — along with the Dune remake — over to Hasbro's Battleship (about which we reported yesterday).

Berg told HitFix that while the Hancock sequel is on his to-do list, it actually won't even be his next project after Battleship. He will instead take on the "Lone Survivor" drama that tells the story of 17 seals that were killed in one gunfight in Afghanistan. "One survived," Berg told HitFix. "It's a great story."

As to the Hancock sequel, Berg revealed a small measure of the politics that seems to have surrounded the project. "There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that are so busy and »

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Berg: Aliens of ‘Battleship’ Inspired by ‘District 9′

2 December 2009 7:17 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As some struggle to recreate the invasion in a bottle from District 9, others seem to be drawing the right conclusion from the success of the film - a lesson that the gritty reality of something as beyond the imagination as an alien invasion is now acceptable and entertaining to audiences. The real cultural resonance of the film is that its style of science fiction is a-okay around these parts ("these parts" being the box office), and that fact doesn't seem lost on Peter Berg as he plans to take the helm of Battleship. With the internet moving things along faster than ever, apparently studios are now doing press junkets for films that haven't even started filming yet. Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll be interviewing iconic directors while they're still in elementary school. When that day arrives, we'll have Universal to thank for starting the trend by inviting several members of the press onto a »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Quickhits: 'Deathly Hallows', 'Battleship', 'Sex and the City 2' and More!

2 December 2009 5:24 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Welcome to Quick Hits – your chance to catch up on some of this week's hottest stories in less than 60 seconds. Ready? Go!   Say Goodbye to Potter – The first official image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has arrived online, and it shows our three main heroes, Harry, Hermione and Ron, looking all determined and disheveled as they leave the comforts of Hogwarts and head out into the real world in order to bring a stop to Lord Voldemort once and for all. The first part of the two-part final installment hits theaters on November 19, 2010.   Sink This 'Battleship' – Peter Berg is now dishing some scoop on the board game adaptation of Battleship ahead of the film's production. According to sites like Chud and Latino Review, the film will...

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Buzz Break: Auto Erotic

2 December 2009 11:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· Mila Kunis demonstrates to BlackBook the proper way to exit a car (click for full-size), and also dishes on her sex scene with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Black Swan: "It's two girls making out, and guys have a thing for that. And Nat is like every guy's dream. She's a nerd's idea of heaven."

· British prime minister Gordon Brown was asked to say a word about Reese Witherspoon at the House of Commons today -- and ended up composing a tribute to Renee Zellweger instead.

· In an effort to head off the sinking of his Battleship, director Peter Berg flew some writers down to San Diego to tour a destroyer, then spilled on the addition of aliens to his board game adaptation.

· PopEater says things have gotten so bad between ex-lovers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff that only one will be coming back to Dancing with the Stars next season. »

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Smith Puts Hancock Sequel On Hold

2 December 2009 11:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The upcoming sequel to superhero comedy Hancock has been put on hold to allow Will Smith to spend more time with his family, according to director Peter Berg.

The moviemaker recently confirmed Smith and his co-star Charlize Theron will both reprise their roles in a follow-up to the hit 2008 movie.

But Berg admits they have put plans for the second film back because the superstar actor is taking a break from movies to enjoy life with his wife, Jada, and help his son, Jayden, tackle a starring role in the new Karate Kid picture.

Berg is adamant Hancock 2 will get made, but it may take longer than first expected.

He tells The Latino Review, "It's being written now and it's an issue of everybody involved in Hancock. There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it's so busy and Will has kind of taken time off to be with his kids and his kids are now making all kinds of films. There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his (business) partner James Lassiter to Michael Mann, myself and to get us all in the same room just like this where we can all talk and then agree on anything, you've never met a group of people that have a harder time agreeing on anything.

"It's like the Israeli peace process times a thousand how tough it is to resolve. I think it'll happen though. We just have to kind of get in the same room for some consistency." »

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No ‘Hancock 2′ Anytime Soon

2 December 2009 11:03 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

There’s been much talk about a sequel to the 2008 surprise superhero hit, Hancock, with conversation picking up particularly when it comes to the cast of Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman possibly returning to do another. Director Peter Berg said a few months ago that everyone was excited to return, but not long after that Bateman came out and said he hadn’t heard anything about him returning (we’re still not sure if that cluelessness was applicable to Smith and Theron, too).

However, when Berg sounded pretty excited about directing Hancock 2, that was before he landed the Battleship gig, a big-screen adaptation set for release in 2011 with a production start date of Spring 2010. That ties Berg up a lot for what I would guess would be the better part of a year. And that appears to be one of the big reasons why we shouldn’t expect Hancock 2 anytime soon. »

- Ross Miller

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Jock On 'Battleship,' Tiger Woods Chatter And 'Sons Of Anarchy' In Today's Twitter Report

2 December 2009 10:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The world of comic books, movies and board games have finally collided now that Jock has been outed as concept designer for Peter Berg's "Battleship." In a year that's seen the "Losers" artist work on that film as well as "Judge Dredd," his name is certainly getting around.

Another name that's been bouncing around the Twitter Report's feed this week quite frequently is Tiger Woods — including some poignant words from writer B. Clay Moore on the matter. Read it all after the jump along with Warren Ellis' new TV series pitch, Stan Lee on his speech to a USC law school class and Tony Moore's reaction to last night's "Sons of Anarchy" episode.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 2, 2009.

@andydiggle At last it can be revealed that @jock4twenty has been doing incredible concept design work for Peter Berg's Battleship. Tweets to follow!

-Andy Diggle, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Lots of Details About Peter Berg’s ‘Battleship’

2 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

As if the idea of a movie based on the board game Battleship wasn’t worrying enough, it was recently announced that the bad guys are going to be aliens. Although, Fyi, take my opinion about the antagonists with a big grain of salt, as I don’t think a Battleship movie is a good idea to begin with.

It appears that studio Universal and director Peter Berg have been lending their ears to the negative reaction their Battleship movie has gotten – particularly about the aliens being the “villains,” and so the studio sent some journalists and bloggers to the U.S.S. Sterett, where they got a chance to ask questions to Berg about the project.

Thanks to reports from Latino Review and Chud, we now have some insight into what shape Berg’s Battleship may take:

 

Those lucky enough to get invited to this thing managed to get »

- Ross Miller

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Peter Berg Puts Lone Survivor on Hold to Sink My Battleship

2 December 2009 8:43 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

For a while there, Peter Berg had his eye on adapting the book “Lone Survivor”, based on the true story of former Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell. But it now appears as if “Lone Survivor” will have to wait for a bit, at least until Berg finishes up “Battleship”, based on the boardgame of the same name for Universal. Recently, Universal flew some bloggers over to talk to Berg about the upcoming sci-fi actioner “Battleship”. (Yes, I said sci-fi actioner, because the movie is apparently going to be an alien invasion film — read more here.) During the trip, the topic of “Lone Survivor” came up, and Berg sounded very enthusiastic about making it his next movie post-”Battleship”. “‘Lone Survivor’ is what I want to do next. If you haven’t read that book it’s an incredible story and a really dynamic one, in the vein of like a ‘Black Hawk Down »

- Nix

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