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1 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Keith Arem is heading to the front lines.
The talent director of the record-breaking Activision Blizzard video game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," which has now grossed $3 billion, will make his feature directing debut with the action-thriller "Frost Road." Arem also wrote the script and is developing a companion graphic novel with co-creator Brandon Humphreys and artist Christopher Shy.
"Frost Road" concerns the survivors and victims of an invisible contagion in a small coastal Eastern town.
"I'm extremely excited about this story," said Arem, "and thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the skills I've honed in the game industry to the big screen. There's an incredible talent pool currently working in the game industry, and I hope that the success of 'Frost Road' will give other creators the »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Since she's never been one to shy away from interacting with and directly communicating with her fans, it was only a matter of time before Anne Rice addressed the rumors swirling around a new adaptation of her Vampire Chronicles and particularly the potential casting of Robert Downey, Jr., as Lestat.
On her Facebook page Rice has numerous comments to the many questions posed by her fans, including one by yours truly:
One good thing about these uncomfirmed rumors on the web about Robert Downey Jr. and that he might play Lestat: the web is full of interesting pix of Robert Downey, Jr. who for my money is an immensely talented actor of great range and depth, who can do anything from Iron Man to the marvelous period movie Restoration. I think the Brat Prince is happy to hear of all this.
Not only is Robert Downey Jr. a great actor, »
- The Woman In Black
Following up on rumors that Robert Downey Jr. could be tapped to play the vampire Lestat in an adaptation of one of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles novels, Bsc contacted the author for her reaction. Although Rice wasn't able to confirm or deny the rumor, she was very upbeat about the casting suggestion:
I have not received official word as to the truth of it yet. But I can say without hesitation that I love Robert Downey Jr. and I think he would make a fabulous Vampire Lestat. He is a major actor, a powerhouse of talent and personality, and he evinces an irrepressible and seductive charm. He would bring great energy and skill to the role. I would love to see this happen. I've loved Robert Downey Jr. ever since I saw him in Restoration years ago, and I thought he was magical and powerful in Iron Man. So »
- Bill Stouffer
Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that the ever-charming Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., is in “close talks” to play the vampire Lestat in a “restart” of The Vampire Chronicles, a series of novels by author Anne Rice first written in the ’70s. It (mostly) tells the tale of a French nobleman, Lestat de Lioncourt, who gets turned into a vampire in the 18th century.
[Update: Author Anne Rice has given her thoughts on the possibility of Robert Downey Jr. playing Lestat. Also, it's been revealed which novel the first film will be based on. Bottom of the post for details]
Universal Pictures is reportedly behind the new reboot style film franchise of Rice’s novels. The character of Lestat has appeared twice in adaptations of the popular novels: in 1994 with Interview with the Vampire (also the first novel in the series), portrayed by Tom Cruise, and again in 2002 with Queen of the Damned, this time played by Stuart Townsend. There’s no news on which book from the series this new “franchise” would be based on - will it start with Interview and, if successful, work its way in series order? »
- Ross Miller
At last night's presentation of the 35th annual Saturn Awards Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight came out as the top prize winner with five ringed planets to add to its accolades. The second Batman film by director Jonathan Nolan won Saturns for Best Music (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard), Best Writing (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan), Best Special Effects, Best Action-Adventure-Thriller and Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger).
Paramount Pictures' Iron Man took home three Saturns for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Jon Favreau) and Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.) The same studio also won three more Saturns for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Best Fantasy Film, Best Makeup (Greg Cannom) and Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton). Angelina Jolie won Best Actress award for her performance in Changeling while Hellboy II took it for Best Horror Film and Wall-e for Best Animated Film.
On the »
- Patrick Sauriol
"The Dark Knight" emerged as the big winner at the Saturn Awards taking home five trophies! (Check the full list of nominees here)
The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and the winners were announced June 25th.
Here's the complete list of the winners of the
35Th Annual Saturn Awards
Science Fiction Film:
Supporting Actor: »
Academy of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films held the 35th annual Saturn Awards held the 35th annual Saturn Awards last night. The Dark Knight, as expected, was the big winner, picking up five awards including: Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, Best Supporting Actor (Ledger), Best Writer, Best Music and Best Special Effects. The other big winners were Iron Man, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and in the TV categories Battlestar Galactica with each taking home three awards. Here is the full list of winners: Best Science Fiction Film: Iron Man Best Fantasy Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Best Horror Film: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: The Dark Knight Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) Best Actress: Angelina Jolie (Changeling) Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Best Performance by »
- Anthony Nicholas
The Dark Knight was the big winner with five awards at the 35th annual Saturn Awards last night in Burbank, taking home awards for best action/adventure/thriller film, best writing (Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan), best supporting actor (Heath Ledger), best music (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard) and best special effects.
Other multiple winners included The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Iron Man, with three each. Button won best fantasy film, best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton) and best makeup. Iron Man won best science fiction film, best actor (Robert Downey Jr.) and best director (Jon Favreau).
Other awards winners included Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which won for best horror film, Angelina Jolie for best actress in Changeling, Jaden Christopher Smith for best performance by a younger actor in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for best costumes, »
- Joe Gillis
It was a big night for a dark knight as last year's mega-blockbuster took in even more accolades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Dark Knight was the big winner at the 35th Annual Saturn Awards held last night in Burbank, California. The Christopher Nolan film lead the way taking home five awards, including awards for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film and individual kudos to Christopher and Jonathan Nolan for the screenplay and Heath Ledger for his supporting performance.
Other big winners included Iron Man and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which each won three awards and Battlestar Galactica was tops in TV with three wins including Best Syndicated/Cable TV Series.
Here's a complete list of last night's winners below.
Best Science Fiction Film: Iron Man
Best Fantasy Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Horror Film: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: »
Technically, the 35th Annual Saturn Awards are still taking place right now at The Castaway in Burbank, CA.
But, thanks to a time machine called Variety, we can give you the full list of winners right now, as presented by The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy, & Horror Films. The Winners Of The 35Th Annual Saturn Awards
Science Fiction Film:
The Golden Army"
Performance by a Younger Actor:
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24 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"The Dark Knight" picked up five more awards, including best action/adventure/thriller film, at the 35th annual Saturn Awards, held Wednesday night at the Castaways Restaurant in Burbank.
Presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, which promotes genre entertainment, the Saturn Awards handed out additional trophies to "Knight's" Christopher & Jonathan Nolan for writing, Heath Ledger for supporting actor and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for music while also honoring the film for its special effects.
Special awards went to actor Lance Henriksen, earning the Life Career Award; DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, recognized with the inaugural Visionary Award for his efforts on behalf of 3D film; and Leonard Nimoy, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. »
- By Gregg Kilday
As we speak, ShoWest is going on in Las Vegas, where studios are making announcements and previewing new footage. Here's a wrap up from around the web of what's been seen so far:
Sherlock Holmes -- The trailer premiered at ShoWest, and everyone agrees that Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is not the pipe-smoker of old. Slashfilm was surprised at how comical the footage was: "It felt a little like the humor of Disney's Pirates of the Carribbean films. Fans of Ritchie might be interested to know that the director's stylish cinematography was definitely intact. During a sequence showing the barenuckle pitfight, Holmes' punches are executed in a slow motion style reminiscent of the video game Fight Night. And while the film isn't set in modern day, the trailer had a very contemporary in-you-face edit."
Latino Review has a blow-by-blow of the trailer, and concludes that it "looks to be »
- Elisabeth Rappe
12 items from 2009
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