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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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Film Junk Weekend Wrap-Up: Firestarter Remake, John Gotti Biopic, Another Wizard of Oz Movie

20 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It's been a little hectic around Film Junk HQ this month, and there are plenty of news stories that we didn't have a chance to cover, so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to bring back the old Weekend Wrap-Up feature to throw out a hefty helping of leftovers. Among the headlines below you'll find a new take on Stephen King's Firestarter (which, you may remember, originally starred a young Drew Barrymore), another 3-D project for James Cameron, and a possible hint at Tom Cruise's next role after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. George Clooney also appears to have his hands full with a number of projects, and a new Catfish lawsuit could potentially unveil the truth behind the film. All that, plus a few trailers including new previews for Cars and Paul, and a comedy called Take Me Home Tonight from the director of Fubar. »

- Sean

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

19 December 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos, »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

19 December 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos, »

- Garth Franklin

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Six 28-Year-Old Films That Deserve a Sequel More Than ‘Tron’

17 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There have already been a surprising number of modern sequels and remakes made from the movies of 1982. Films like The Thing and Conan The Barbarian have remakes coming down the pipe while the Rocky franchise has been continued, and The Dark Crystal and Mad Max franchises have both been promised a latter-day continuation. There’s a lot of rich material there, and this weekend sees Tron: Legacy come out almost three decades after the film it’s following. Of course Tron deserves a sequel because of its large cult appeal and the potential expansiveness that the universe always held. However, there are several other films from 1982 that may even be more worthy to get the way-too-late-in-the-game sequel treatment. Here’s six of ‘em. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) Why? Not only did it make about as much as Tron, it also has the same sort of cult status. Plus, it’s about time the world saw a »

- FSR Staff

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What's This? New Conan the Barbarian Movie Stills

16 December 2010 9:46 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the latest movie stills from the upcoming film “Conan the Barbarian” by director Marcus Nispel Marcus Nispel (Frankenstein, Friday the 13th, Pathfinder) and starring Stephen Lang (Avatar), Rose McGowan (Machete, Red Sonja), Ron Perlman (Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, The Hobbit: Part 2) and Jason Momoa as Conan. The film is based on author Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Barbarian” character, which he created in 1932. The character has since been adapted into multiple mediums, from previous films, TV series, comic books, and cartoons. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Conan the Barbarian. Synopsis: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Another ‘Conan’ Web Series

14 December 2010 8:52 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

This past fall, a lanky, 6'4", redheaded, Irish Catholic from Massachusetts named Conan made waves on the web with live broadcasts of variety programs meant to preview his imminent television premiere. Next summer, an inconceivably muscular, towering, long-haired, Cimmerian, also named Conan will star in a web series conceived to promote his rebooted film franchise. Age of Conan: Hyboria! is a collaboration between Paradox Entertainment (the company that holds the trademark to all things Conan the Barbarian), Funcom (the video game publisher responsible for creating the Mmorpg Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures), and a handful of comedy writers hailing from Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken. The web series will style itself after Red vs. Blue. Hyboria! will use machinima to manipulate in-game characters and environments from the Hyborian Adventures video game, creating a comedic storyline. Marc Graser at Variety reports Mike Fasolo (writer on Robot Chicken) will pen the first episode, »

- Joshua Cohen

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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Solomon Kane and Taking Chances: A United Kingdom Movie Review

10 December 2010 2:24 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*This title was released in June, 2010 in the UK. Unfortunately, studios in North America have not seen the brilliance of this title. Here, Ed Sum gives readers his take on this film.

Director: Michael J. Bassett.

Writers: Robert E. Howard, Michael J. Bassett.

The theatrical world of pulp fiction is filled with many heroes, many gangsters, and many attempts at revitalizing this genre for the new century. One film that stands out is Solomon Kane.

Often the material that is made for the big screen is lost in all the pomp and luxury of an idea that is poorly executed, like Jonah Hex, or is totally buried in some gritty and colourful metaphors, such as The Spirit. Not everyone will find it as enjoyable. And these days, it seems Hollywood, isn’t willing to take a chance. Perhaps that’s why Solomon Kane hasn’t played in North America. Or »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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[Info] - "Conan" is a Barbarian Again

9 December 2010 4:18 PM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Lionsgate has changed "Conan 3D" back to its original title, "Conan The Barbarian". Directed by Marcus Nispel, the fantasy action adventure stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman, Said Taghmaoui and Rose McGowan. Scheduled for a release on August 19, 2011, the film is based on Robert E. Howard's mythical conqueror, who was previously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen. »

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Conan is a Barbarian Again with Title Change

8 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Crom will be looking down from the heavens with a smile on his face when he gets wind of this news.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the new version of Robert E. Howard’s iconic sword and sorcery creation, has thankfully changed the title Conan 3D back to its original of ‘Conan the Barbarian’.

No explanation of the change is given by Coming Soon, but I’d like to believe it was because the studio realised the title was completely unimaginative, but also by calling it that, it would cheapen this well-established and respected property.

Directed by Marcus Nispel, the fantasy adventure, in which Stargate Atlantis cast member Jason Momoa will be filling those very big shoe left by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is due for released in the UK on the 19 August next year. »

- Adam Lowes

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'Conan' Reboot Changes Title To 'Conan The Barbarian'

8 December 2010 12:13 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

From arrogant swordsman to cunning rogue, there are many ways that one could describe Conan — the impossibly muscled warrior, not the redheaded talk show host — but it appears that his status as a barbarian is still the favorite descriptor.

Superhero Hype reports that the forthcoming "Conan" reboot has changed its title to "Conan the Barbarian," reflecting the original title of the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring adaptation. It's a small change for some, sure, but for longtime fans of the property and character, it's a step into previously conquered ground.

"Conan the Barbarian" stars Jason Mamoa as the titular hero, a Cimmerian warrior who vows vengeance upon the nefarious Khalar Singh (Stephen Lang) following the murder of his parents. Ron Perlman co-stars as Conan's father Corin, while Rachel Nichols plays the lead female character Tamara and Rose McGowan occupies the role of an evil witch.

Several production photos from "Conan" have already appeared online, »

- Josh Wigler

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This Conan Not That Conan: ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Remake Clarifies with New Old Title

8 December 2010 10:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It may be the fervent fandom of TBS’s premier redheaded talk show host, Conan O’Brien, that has caused the latest change in the marketing of the previously titled Conan, a remake of the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger action adventure Conan the Barbarian. Box Office Mojo (via Cinema Blend) has revealed the producers of the 2011 slated remake have renamed the Jason Momoa vehicle (drum roll please)…. Conan the Barbarian!

It’s assumed producers felt the previous title, Conan 3D, would not assert the kind of brand recognition one hopes for from a Schwarzenegger cult favorite. Therefore, they reverted to the tried and true title of the original. Surely with this “change” Conan the Barbarian will prove to be one of the summer’s most well received movies. Right?

Are you eager for Conan the Barbarian‘s 3D relaunch?

You can e-mail Kristy, follow her on Twitter or check out her production blog. »

- Kristy Puchko

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News Shorts: December 8th 2010

8 December 2010 9:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first photos of Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Moretz and Ben Kingsley shooting Scorsese's Hugo Cabret, various stills from Atlas Shrugged: Part One and The Dilemma, and the first photos of Megan Fox on the set of Friends with Kids.

Also posters for Cowboys and Aliens, Sanctum, Black Swan, Red State and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

"Hugh Jackman says he's going on a six month, 6000 calorie a day training regime to add 25 pounds of muscle for Darren Aronofsky's "The Wolverine". This is reportedly more weight Jackman has ever put on before for this role and he's been in touch with Dwayne Johnson who did the same amount of muscle buildup for the recent action thriller "Faster"…" (full details)

"Dreamworks and Disney's "I Am Number Four" and "Real Steel" are both set to get day-and-date international IMAX releases alongside their regular theatrical runs on February 18th and October 7th respectively… »

- Garth Franklin

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Conan: Jason Momoa’s Upcoming Film Undergoes a Name Change

8 December 2010 8:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We haven’t heard much on the Conan front as of late but, here’s something. Lionsgate must be thinking that people would jump aboard Team CoCo and somehow mix up their movie and Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. So, they decided to change the name of the film from just “Conan” to the more classic, Conan the Barbarian.

The forthcoming reboot is based on the Robert E. Howard books and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Sean Hood and Andrew Lobel. The film was directed by Marcus Nispel, and stars Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman and Said Taghmaoui.

Conan the Barbarian is slated to hit theaters on August 19th, 2011. »

- Jason Moore

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New titles confirmed for Conan remake and Clash of the Titans sequel

8 December 2010 7:02 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The two big sword and sorcery films currently on the slate have both received new titles...sort of.  They aren't anything incredibly original, but it's a whole lot better than what they were before.

The Conan remake, which I believe has finally wrapped filming (if it's not it's getting close), since it's inception has gone under the title of Conan 3D.  The studios were trying to not upset the fans of the original Arnold flick that came out back in the 80s, and to try and label this film as a 'reboot' instead of a 'remake'.  Well, someone at Lionsgate has decided it's just not worth calling it by a lame 3D name.  So the title has been changed to Conan the Barbarian.

Personally I think it's a great move, and one that should have been done from the start.  No matter how you want to phrase it, this film is a remake. »

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