10 items from 2008
Finally! Empire has debuted the first three photos from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and a gnarly cover shot featuring Optimus Prime looking badass as always. One of these photos has the "oh shit!" factor going for it and another features Megan Fox in action again. They shot footage in Egypt? Apparently this is going to be a lot more epic than we originally thought. This is the first look at any photos from Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as he hasn't yet debuted a trailer or anything else. I will officially say that I am definitely excited - I can't wait to see Optimus and friends back on the big screen! Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is again directed by action film superstar Michael Bay of Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island, and Transformers previously. The story and screenplay for the sequel was »
- Alex Billington
Look, the original Karate Kid is one of those films that stays close to my heart at all times, and I totally see how you all would feel disgruntled after hearing the news that Jaden Smith (aka Will Smith's kid) will be starring in a remake. Good news is they're changing it up and setting the flick abroad, however the central concept (of a bullied boy who learns life lessons from an eccentric karate mentor) will remain the same. If Smith's kid has half the charm and charisma of his pop in a leading performance, this could turn out to be a reasonably successful re-launching for the younger tweens.
Right now, we're not sure whether they'll be using the name Mr. Miyagi (as played by Pat Morita in the original Karate Kid franchise) for this new film. Assuming they are, though, who do you think should play him? Defamer »
- Erik Davis
Principal Photography for the sequel to last summer’s box-office hit Transformers has wrapped as of last week.
We all know (well, some of us know) there were problems with the first film. I think Revenge of the Fallen is a huge test for Michael Bay to see if he can correct all of those mistakes and do this sequel justice.
During the writer’s strike, Michael Bay took it upon himself to write much of the script so they could make the June release deadline next summer. This way, when the strike ended, he had something prepared already for the writers to work from. What this means is that this whole film is entirely Bay’s baby. The story, characters, bots and action sequences are mostly on him.
So we’ll see how this film compares to the first and whether or not the problems of the first film still exist, »
- Rob Keyes
If there's one thing Michael Bay stands for, it's artistic integrity. I mean, it practically goes without saying that the Baron of Bad Boys 2 and the Archduke of Armageddon would never, ever dream of taking the easy road of crass commercialism. After all, he is the Poobah of Pearl Harbor, the Raja of The Rock.
Bay has opined on his blog about the recent news that Universal Studios will open a Transformers ride/attraction in 2011. Around here, we all think that's a great idea. When you stop to think about it, the damn thing is practically an amusement park on screen, anyway. But Bay is worried that the ride will somehow dilute the story he worked so hard to convey.
"The Transformer Ride at Universal making all the press rounds - not sure yet - they had me in a press release saying I supported it - but Universal »
- Colin Boyd
So the 5th annual Rock and Shock convention in Worcester, Ma has come and gone and I have to say, this show keeps getting better and better as its reputation grows and word spreads about it.
The big draw for this year’s show was Lost Boys star Corey Haim, who was joined by Aliens and Terminator badass Michael Biehn, a Hellraiser reunion that included Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Simon Bamford and Barbie Wilde, Rock and Shock alum Jack Ketchum, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Waxwork star Zach Galligan, and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper . That’s a damn fine lineup and actually only a partial list of horror luminaries fans finally got the chance to have some face time with.
Friday night started way too early, at least for those of us who were helping out the ever-diligent Nomad get the Dread Central table ready, but overall the crowd was kickin »
- Johnny Butane
Like every other male birthed in the Western Hemisphere, I've been bred to get a hard-on every time Jean-Claude Van Dam slays a human being with his bare feet. I guess watching a man bleed to death on film is kind of cool in a prehistoric dominance sort of way; actually, no, no it's not. Neither is James Bond outracing some Sith Lord Russian Nationalist commie fuck with a souped-up Aston Martin or Steven Seagal snapping a Chinamen's neck while perilously dangling from Jet Li's ball sack. It's mostly vapid and pointless and produced for retard wife beaters who think popping open a sixer of Pabst Blue Ribbon will drive the feelings of insecurity away. But I'm a realistic guy. Black and white is a bullshit concept. No genre of film is infinitely good, just as none is infinitely bad. Hitler turned around the German Economy. John Lennon was »
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As is often the case with the translation of any geek property to the screen, this Friday's release of Max Payne seems to elicit just as many hopes and doubts as one would expect from a big-screen adaptation of a popular video game (well, one not directed by Uwe Boll, that is). So, coming from a position of relative ignorance when it comes to most titles (trust me, my PS2 gathers more dust than yours does), what's the current reading from fans on a film proudly rated PG-13, although based on a series of M-rated games?
And for which upcoming projects are you most hopeful: Halo -- that is, with or without Peter Jackson? Gore Verbinski's BioShock? Jerry Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time? (And just when »
- William Goss
If you’re keeping track, or looking for any tidbits, the much anticipated translation of the Ubisoft game, Prince of Persia, has reportedly started filming on the 16th of September.
As we’ve noted previously, Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain fame, stars in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Also starring in the flick are Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell.
The project is an effort between Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and is slated for a 2010 release. It’s about a prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from doing some evil deeds.
So why am I not jazzed about the upcoming new video game-to-movie effort?
At the moment it seems to me that Prince of Persia has some serious industry backing with Disney and Bruckheimer. This combination alone gives me the sense that it has potential. »
- Bruce Simmons
Douglas himself will present the honor to Harris at the fest's annual black-tie gala dinner, which will be held at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Oct. 2.
"Ed Harris is an actor's actor," said Roger Durling, Sbiff exec director. "His already legendary performances are passionate, thoughtful and so committed -- qualities that he shares with Kirk Douglas."
Harris, a four-time Academy Award nominee, has appeared in such films as "The Hours," "Apollo 13," "A History of Violence," "The Right Stuff," "Places in the Heart," "The Truman Show," "The Rock," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Pollock," the film that also served as his directorial debut.
His newest film, "Appaloosa," a Western which he directed, co-wrote, produced and stars in, will be released by Warner Bros. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Written and directed by comic book author Brian Pulido (Lady Death/Evil Ernie) The Graves was shot in May 2008 in Wickenberg, Arizona at the Vulture City abandoned gold mines. It stars Bill Moseley(Devils Rejects/House of a 1000 Corpses), Tony Todd (Candyman/The Rock), Amanda Wyss (Nightmare on Elm Street/Better Off Dead), Lamb of God’s front man D Randall Blythe, and newcomers Clare Grant (“Valerie Under the Stairs”) and Jillian Murray (Fun Park/Legacy).
“After scaring readers on the page for years, I’m looking forward to bringing the frights directly into theaters and homes,” Pulido said. The Graves is about two inseparable sisters whose visit to a remote mine town takes a turn into »
- Melissa Bostaph
10 items from 2008
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