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[Editor's note: If anyone says 2010 was a sh!% year for movies, please refer them to this post.]
Instead of the usual "best" or "worst" films of the year lists, I thought a good way to take a look at the highs and lows of the 2010 film year would be to compile almost every single review we published in 2010 and let readers meander through the wasteland as it were.
I'm really amazed at the range of films we managed to cover from around the globe this year. Quiet Earth has certainly come a long way over the years and it's really due to the talents and passion of our team of writers who literally travel a world of fests to bring news and reviews of new films.
I hope you're all taking notes. Many of these films were from fests and will probably be hitting VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the new year, so this is a good chance to get a start on your must-watch lists.
Colin Farrell doesn't regret giving up drinking. The reformed hellraiser insists turning his back on his former wild ways hasn't damaged his social life because he is still happy to watch his friends consume alcohol without getting the urge to join them.
"I didn't lose any friends because of it because it doesn't bother me watching my mates getting drunk when we go out," he said. "But it was the best decision I ever made in my whole life. Now I go home at 1am instead of four in the morning."
As well as quitting alcohol and his heavy smoking habit, 34-year-old Colin, who has sons James, 7, and Henry, 14 months, from previous relationships, is currently working hard to get fit for his role in the "Total Recall" remake, in which he will take on the lead character of Douglas Quaid, who was originally made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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In a recent interview, Colin Farrell mentioned that quitting drinking was the best decision he has ever made, since he can now focus on his career. He added that he can't afford to be partying all night anymore, especially since he's now bulking up for the upcoming "Total Recall" remake. "I've got this hairy Croatian boxing coach who tortures me every day because I need big muscles for a movie," Farrell explained. "He's killing me with his drills." When the actor was cast in the new film, many assumed that he would be in shape, but not bulky, despite that he's taking over a role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It turns out that bulky is exactly what the producers are going for. The $200 million remake is set to begin filming in March in Toronto. »
What is curious about Len Wiseman’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 Mars-based action movie Total Recall, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as its lead, is that is a remake of the Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 Mars-based action movie Total Recall and not a direct adaptation of the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember it for You Wholesale on which Verhoeven’s movie was based.
Colin Farrell is said to be poised to jump into the future shoes of Arnold in this remake, due to shoot next year, and Kurt Wimmer is writing the script and news reaches us today that Toronto will be home to the production, which the report has valued at $200 million. Pinewood Toronto has the largest sound stage in North America and is the largest of its kind in Canada so securing the production is a huge coup for the facility. No word as of yet on how »
- Jon Lyus
Total Recall will be officially mashed through the remake machine when shooting on the re-do begins in March 2011. Len Wiseman of the first two Underworld movies is in the director’s dock, and he’s reportedly sent out offers to a high profile leading man. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger, but… Colin Farrell. Talk about a 180. Still, Farrell does have a charisma button that he occasionally flips, meaning he could make for an interesting (and leaner) reimagining of Quaid. Should the new film stick to the same premise as the...
- Josh Winning
The Len Wiseman-helmed remake of the 1990 so-bad-it’s-good Sci-Fi film Total Recall is set to start filming in March. For those of you looking forward to this film, this is good news. For those of us who are still unsure how to feel about this remake, it's one step closer to forcing us to have an opinion on the project.
The original film is a loose adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. When I say loose, I really mean loose. It’s more like “inspired by.” The original film has six different writers credited to the screenplay, was directed by Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. There’s little word yet as to whether this new film will be a reinterpretation of the original story or a straight-up remake of Verhoeven’s film.
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After seeing True Grit the other day it became apparent to me that movie remakes are worthy of our attention. I can't think of many older movies in need of a reboot more than the 1990 sci-fi hit Total Recall, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became The Governator of California.
Today it was reported by The Toronto Sun that the new Total Recall will be filmed at Pinewood Toronto in Canada by director Len Wiseman. Wiseman is most known for creating the Underworld series of movies, as well as directing Live Free or Die Hard. »
- Patrick Fancher
We’ve just learned that the film will actually start filming in March at Pinewood, Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Get all of that? Colin Farrell is the man rumoured to be filling the ample shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the $200 million (rumoured) budgeted flick.
The plot of the original revolved around the character of Quaid, who goes to a company to buy himself the ultimate virtual holiday. When it all goes wrong he has to venture off to Mars to ‘find’ his real self. Or does he?
More news on this exciting project as we get it.
Source: The Star »
- Paul Heath
It's been a while since we've reported on Len Wiseman's Total Recall reboot, but word from The Toronto Star is that the film is booked to film at Pinewood Toronto, Canada’s largest purpose-built film complex. The article also goes on to confirm that filming begins in March - much earlier than we expected.
Pinewood Toronto also also boasts the largest sound stage in North America, with 46,000 square feet unbroken by columns.
I'm always glad to hear about tent pole productions filming in Canada, but still more needs to be done to get the country out of its film industry rut and onto centre stage. Providing affordable production space and staff is yet another way Canada has an arts inferiority complex. We need our own production companies. We need our own tentpole projects that compete with commercial film entities like America, France, Japan and the UK. A sustainable entertainment »
Remaking classic Paul Verhoeven sci-fi adventure 'Total Recall' is total madness in this one guys opinion, but in spite of my reservations 'Underworld' helmer Len Wiseman (and Kate Beckinsale's hubby) still insists on doing it...rude! Wiseman will shoot from a script by Kurt Wimmer, who has certainly tried his hand at action sci-fi before with the likes of 'Sphere', 'Equilibrium' and the Milla Jovovich starrer 'Ultraviolet' already under his scribing belt. 'Total Recall' is based on the story by Philip K. Dick ('Blade Runner') and Torontonians are super excited at the decision for the action sci-fi and hopefully more scenes of three breasted mutants (below) to be shot there. Read more details below. »
The Toronto Star is reporting that Pinewood Toronto Studios has secured around $35 million to help the facility attract big-budget movies to be shot in Toronto. And the studio has just secured the biggest movie ever to be shot in Toronto, which happens to be the remake of "Total Recall" that has a price tag of $200 million. It is set to begin filming in March with Colin Farrell in the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 original. The new remake, to be directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld), is based on a story by Philip K. Dick about a victim of mind-tampering who buys a dream vacation from a company that sells implanted memories and winds up on Mars, fighting a demented despot. »
Len Wiseman and company will start filming the Total Recall reboot in late March, whether you want it or not. I wonder if Johnny Cab will return! Here's a little piece from The Hollywood Reporter; "Len Wiseman will direct Total Recall based on a script by Kurt Wimmer, with Neal H. Moritz producing through his Original Film banner. The project, based on the Philip K. Dick story, portrays a man haunted by a recurring dream of rocketing to Mars. Total Recall is just the big budget Hollywood shoot that Ontario has been looking to draw to the city. Pinewood Toronto Studios has recently hosted movie shoots like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Thing, and Dream House. But it’s the vfx-heavy studio projects like Total Recall that Ontario has been looking to draw away from Vancouver and Los Angeles, which have been in the hi-tech soundstage business for far longer than Toronto. »
According to reports, Pinewood Toronto Studios, offering the largest indoor studio sound stage in North America, has landed director Len Wiseman's Columbia Pictures $200 million reboot, "Total Recall".
The new film starts shooting in Toronto, March 2011.
Pinewood Toronto Studios offer seven sound stages on a 4.5-hectare site. The largest sound stage within the complex is 46,000 square feet unbroken by columns.
"I've always been fascinated with Dick's short story," said Wiseman.
"I'm excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I »
- Michael Stevens
You're about to get Paul Verhoeven's and Philip K. Dick's story Total Recall remade for you wholesale, and it will happen up in Toronto. According to The Star, the production will begin shooting in March at Ontario's Pinewood studio, reportedly with a whopping budget of $200 million (unknown if that's Canadian or Us -- both pretty close in value at the moment, yeah?). Columbia has Len Wiseman (Live Free Or Die Hard, Underworld) heading up the head trip, and last we heard, Colin Farrell was »
- Dave Davis
The Total Recall remake we.ve been hearing about for awhile now, is officially a reality. The Star says the Len Wiseman directed film starts shooting in Toronto this March with a hefty $200 million budget. No, we still don.t know who will be in it. The original 1990 movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker who.s actually a freedom fighter from Mars, relocated to Earth after having his memory wiped. He makes his way back to the Red Planet in an effort to recover his memories and ends up getting back into the business of freedom fighting while he.s there. As for the new movie, word was back in November that the one time Schwarzegger role had been offered to Colin Farrell. As far as we know, he still hasn.t accepted it. If the movie starts shooting in March, someone, somewhere, will have to make a »
Hollywood is bleeding out the last of its news before the holiday break, and this latest tidbit shows that Len Wiseman's remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer Total Recall is set to go before cameras in Canada in late March.
According to The Hollywood Reporter "Len Wiseman will direct Total Recall based on a script by Kurt Wimmer, with Neal H. Moritz producing through his Original Film banner. The project, based on the Philip K. Dick story, portrays a man haunted by a recurring dream of rocketing to Mars. Total Recall is just the big budget Hollywood shoot that Ontario has been looking to draw to the city. Pinewood Toronto Studios has recently hosted movie shoots like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Thing, and Dream House. But it’s the vfx-heavy studio projects like Total Recall that Ontario has been looking to draw away from Vancouver and Los Angeles, »
- Uncle Creepy
It looks like Columbia Pictures is moving forward with their Total Recall reboot as it appears it'll be headed to Toronto for a late March 2011 shoot, writes Heat Vision. The modern remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzennegar-starring sci-fi flick looks set to shoot in the citys giant Pinewood Toronto Studios, the Toronto Star newspaper reported Thursday. The booking follows Pinewoods North American beach-head receiving a $34.5 million loan from the Ontario government to lure big budget movie and TV shoots to the city. Len Wiseman will direct Total Recall based on a script by Kurt Wimmer, with Neal H. Moritz producing through his Original Film banner. The project, based on the Philip K. Dick story, portrays a man haunted by a recurring dream of rocketing to Mars. »
Len Wiseman's reboot of Total Recall is set to shoot at Pinewood Toronto in Canada, according to a report by The Toronto Star . Said to be the largest production that the city has ever hosted, Total Recall is based on the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film, in turn based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." While the original film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, no casting has as-of-yet been confirmed for the Wiseman project though, as The Toronto Star points to a production start date of March, 2011, official word should be forthcoming. »
I hold Hammer Films' sole sci-fi outing Moon Zero Two (1969) in the same esteem... actually maybe 'bracket' is a better word; in the same 'bracket', then, as Stanley Donen's 1980 Sf flop Saturn 3. Both were attempting to ride the coat-tails of popular cinematic Sf outings (2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien, respectively) and both were full of interesting ideas and engaging production design under the top British talents of the day. And both are stinkers, really. In terms of 'guilty pleasure', each comes under the full penalty of the law, with Saturn 3 a hanging offence.
But in truth there's never been an Sf movie quite like Moon Zero Two, and perhaps it would take a company (such as Hammer then was) that knows absolutely nothing about sci-fi to even think of coming up with a 'space western' six years before the cameras rolled on Star Wars.
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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