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Director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s “Red” already boasts an impressive lineup of stars including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker. However, a report has surfaced naming Karl Urban as the latest addition to the cast.
According to Mania.com, Urban will portray a character named “Cooper.” The report also states that Julian McMahon will play the Vice President of the United States and that Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss have officially signed on to the film — reiterating an earlier report of their involvement.
Urban is well known among genre fans for his roles in “The Chronicles of Riddick”, “The Lord of the Rings” series and his turn as Doctor McCoy in last summer’s “Star Trek.” If the report is confirmed, then “Red” will be Urban’s second comic book related film of 2010 following the release of “Priest. »
- Blair Marnell
The 2009 Spike Video Game Awards are over with, and we’ve been covering a lot of announcement and trailer information coming out of the show, but in case you missed the actual awards themselves, we haven’t forgotten about you – we’ve put together the official list of 2009 Vga winners in each category (as well as the nominees).
Don’t forget to check out our own 2009 Game of the Year Round-Up for a more extensive discussion on the most critically acclaimed titles of the year.
Game of the Year
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Left 4 Dead
– Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Studio of the Year
- Infinity Ward
- Naughty Dog
- Rocksteady Studios
Best Independent Game Fueled by Mountain Dew
- ‘Splosion Man
- Trials HD
Best Xbox 360 Game
- Batman: Arkham »
- Ben Kendrick
Note: This Will Be Posted At The Top Of Our Headlines Throughout The Weekend! Happy Shopping! With the holiday shopping season officially upon us, I figured it might be a good idea to start making some recommendations for the lucky horror-loving folks on your lists!
Blu-ray players once again are going to be pretty hot items this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the second annual ...
Before we get into my picks, let's take a second to explain how I rated them. They're broken down into three categories:
Can't Miss -- Must Haves: These are the cream of the crop! The purchases that are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face. Items no one with the tech should be without. »
- Uncle Creepy
Location scouting on a new film in the Riddick franchise has begun in New Zealand says Vin Diesel's Facebook page. The post also indicates David Twohy has finished the script for the third film featuring the character. Diesel first played the gruff, sliver-eyed anti-hero Riddick in the well-received cult hit "Pitch Black" in 2000. Four years later he reprised the role in 2004's generally panned big-budget flop "The Chronicles Of Riddick". Diesel has also voiced the character in the animated short "Dark Fury" and the video games 'Escape from Butcher Bay' and 'Assault on Dark Athena'. Twohy has indicated the film will be an R-rated feature and more modestly budgeted along 'Pitch' lines which allows him and Vin more creative control. »
Last we heard anything about Riddick 3, Vin Diesel used his Facebook page to tell fans that a script from Chronicles of Riddick writer-director David Twohy was arriving in September. Recently, Diesel let his fans know that Twohy had finished the script, though that wasn't the only Diesel franchise that was getting another installment.
The Fast and Furious script is being written.... I appreciate Universal taking the time to make it right.
The Riddick script is completed ... great job Dt.
As for which movie will be made first, Diesel said that he "invited the studio" to visit the Facebook page and read fans comments in order to help decide "which film will be released in 2010." Looks like Riddick may have won the decision considering one of Diesel's latest posts:
The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already ... that's exciting.
Riddick and Fast & Furious aren't the only Diesel franchises currently in production. »
- Ryan Gowland
According to Vin Diesel’s Facebook page, the third Chronicles of Riddick film is about to get underway.
The “Chronicles of Riddick 3” is currently in pre-production and has already begun scouting locations in New Zealand.
Diesel’s Fb status update:
The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already… that’s exciting.
Diesel first played the gruff, sliver-eyed anti-hero Riddick in the well-received cult hit “Pitch Black” in 2000. Four years later he reprised the role in 2004’s generally panned big-budget flop “The Chronicles of Riddick“.
Diesel has also voiced the character in the animated short “Dark Fury” and the video games “Escape from Butcher Bay” and “Assault on Dark Athena“.
In August, director David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, A Perfect Getaway) discussed that he’d sketched out two possible ideas for continuing the films and was working to get the third film in front of the »
- Allan Ford
Not too long ago Vin Diesel used his Facebook page to inform fans of David Twohy’s Riddick films that the script for the proposed third movie had been completed. Diesel has now posted on his Facebook page:
“The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already… that’s exciting.”
As a fan of both Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick I welcome the update, but at the same time I am only taking it with a grain of salt. The reason for this slight skepticism is that there have been so many issues regarding any future Riddick sequels/prequels that the apparent completed script and now location scouting seem a bit out of the blue. Hopefully the film has secured its budget and pre-production is in fact underway. »
- Andrew Peters
It's too bad my memory is as bad as a feeble-minded cat because recently I had heard that Vin Diesel would be returning to his roots in the near future. I don't recall where I heard it, but it doesn't really matter because on the actor's official Facebook page he dropped a bomb. "The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already... that's exciting." Back in August, Pitch Black director David Twohy told Bloody Disgusting in an exclusive interview that he was working hard on a new R-rated Riddick film -- maybe even two. While I'm not fan of Black, or its sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, I still find the mythology fascinating and am very much looking forward to a new entry in the franchise. Hopefully it'll bring back some of those horror elements that made it popular in the first place? »
The nominations are in for Spike TV's 2009 Video Game Awards, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leads the pack with a total of eight. But right behind are Batman: Arkham Asylum with seven, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 with six each. Rounding out the nominees for "Game of the Year" is Assassin's Creed 2.
Here's a small sample of the other categories:
"Studio of the Year": Infinity Ward (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2), Naughty Dog (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves), Rocksteady Studios (Batman: Arkham Asylum), Valve (Left 4 Dead 2)
"Best Game Based on a Movie/TV Show": Ghostbusters: The Video Game, South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition
- Uncle Creepy
And Universal's The Wolfman continues down a bumpy road toward its February 12, 2010, release date. On the editing front Dennis (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Fog-2005 version) Virkler is apparently out, and Mark Goldblatt and Walter Murch are in.
Goldblatt started out strong with The Howling, Halloween II, The Terminator (1 and 2), and he most recently worked on X-Men: The Last Stand and G-Force. Murch did editing and sound work on such diverse fare as Apocalypse Now, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Godfather: Part III, and Jarhead.
The news was somewhat buried in a Variety article, but /Film did a good job fleshing it out. At this point we can only wonder about director Joe Johnston’s day-to-day involvement with the picture after all the myriad changes it's undergone, and as more details are made available, we'll pass them on.
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- Uncle Creepy
Kenneth Branagh has added two more names to his growing Thor cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jaimie Alexander and Colm Feore are joining the comic book adaptation, alongside Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Thor's half-brother and arch-nemesis Loki, Brian Blessed as Thor and Loki's father Odin, and Natalie Portman as Thor's human love interest Jane Foster.
Alexander, best known for her work on ABC Family's Kyle Xy, will play Sif, an Asgardian warrior and one of Thor's love interests. Feore, seen recently on 24 and not-so-recently in The Chronicles of Riddick, is playing an unspecified character, though it is believed that he will play a villain. Perhaps even Feore doesn't know the character, since neither he nor Alexander are being sent a script.
Thor, which opens May 20, 2011, follows the superhero as he is cast from his home world of Asgard to Earth when his »
- Ryan Gowland
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that there’s more casting news for the live-action “Thor” movie from Marvel Studios, being directed by Kenneth Branagh. Jaimie Alexander (”Kyle Xy”) and Colm Feore (”The Chronicles of Riddick”) have joined the cast alongside Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Alexander and Feore join Chris Hemsworth, already cast as Thor, Tom Hiddleston, who will play the Norse trickster god Loki, and Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love Jane Foster. Alexande will be playing the Asgardian warrior Sif, a lover of Thor’s. Feore’s character is unknown but has been confirmed as a villain. The official synopsis of the movie reads: “The Thor [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
Director Kenneth Branagh has cast two more actors in his forthcoming Marvel Studios adaptation of “Thor.” According to THR, those actors are Jaimie Alexander (Kyle Xy, Rest Stop) and Colm Feore (Chicago, 24, The Chronicles of Riddick).
Alexander is set to play Thor’s Asgardian ally, the Lady Sif, who will vie for the Thunder God’s affections with the mortal Jane Foster (Portman). Feore’s character is shrouded in mystery — the studio isn’t even sending the actors the script — though it is known to be a villain.
- Allan Ford
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Marvel’s “Thor” just picked up a couple more actors to swing with Thor and his mighty hammer (that’s not slang; the hammer’s name is Mjolner; it’s a mythological weapon). Tonight we’ve learned that Colm Feore (”24″, “The Chronicles of Riddick”) and Jaimie Alexander (”Kyle Xy”) are joining Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston in the story of the “powerful but arrogant warrior of Asgard whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.” Hit the jump to see how the fresh blood enters the fray.
According to THR, Alexander would play Sif, a skilled Asgardian who can hold her own against any man. »
- Matt Goldberg
The cast surrounding Marvel’s God of Thunder continues to develop.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jaimie Alexander and Canadian actor Colm Feore are the latest additions to Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Thor. Alexander will play Sif, an Asgardian warrior who can hold her own against any man, and the romantic rival of Natalie Portman‘s character.
Feore’s role, meanwhile, is being kept top-secret, although it is rumored he will be playing a villain alongside Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Thor revolves around a mighty yet arrogant warrior who, as punishment for re-igniting an ancient war, is cast down to Earth to live among humans. Along with learning humility and how to be a true hero, he falls in love with a mortal woman named Jane Foster (Portman) and saves the world. Thor is one of several Marvel Comics movie adaptations expected to dovetail into the 2012 release, The Avengers.
I dread video games based off movies. They’re cheap cash-ins on major movies so that when kids like the movie, parents are in for some pleading and whining until they shell out the $30 - $60 for a crappy game that the studio wanted to hit shelves as fast as possible so it could coincide with the movie’s release date. I can only think of two good videogames based off movies: “Goldeneye007″ and “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” so for all of the movie-based video games ever released, there have been two worth buying. There’s a ratio that inspires confidence.
Below you’ll find the trailer for the video game of “Where the Wild Things Are”. I don’t know if this will be the third good video game movie-adaptation but I do know that my excitement for the film is so far ahead of »
- Matt Goldberg
Reed’s Bargain Bin  is a recurring column where Reed Farrington tells us about a movie he bought for under $5, and whether or not he regrets the purchase. Even though Film Junk followers would probably prefer to read current Tiff film reviews than a review of an older science fiction film, I have decided to submit this review of “Babylon A.D.” And at the risk of further enforcing the view that I have a poor taste in films, my review is generally a favorable one in contrast to popular opinion. I was aware that this film did poorly at the box office, but I didn’t realize how many bad reviews this film received until after I had watched the film and checked out the reviews on the Internet. The reason why I watched this film is that I try to watch all the high profile science fiction movies regardless of audience reception. »
News has surfaced, by way of The Hollywood Reporter, stating that a new director has been found for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third installment in Columbia Pictures’ action series. Last year both star Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen (director of the first installment) agreed to join forces for a third film, but in June this year Cohen bailed to direct Medieval. The new director is Ericson Core (Invincible), who’s worked with Diesel before as the Cinematographer on The Fast and the Furious.
Diesel was somewhat of a hot name at the time of xXx, but for some reason he thought it best to skip both the sequel and two of the Fast and the Furious »
- Ross Miller
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Karl Urban has taken the lead villain’s role in Priest, Screen Gems’ film version of the TokyoPop manga. He’ll take on the vampire-battling priest played by Paul Bettany, a sheriff portrayed by Twilight’s Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q’s warrior priestess in the postapocalyptic scenario.
To be directed by Scott Stewart (who also helmed Screen Gems’ upcoming Legion) from a script by Cory Goodman, Priest casts Urban as Black Hat, himself a former priest/bloodsucker slayer who has been turned, and now considers himself a vampire god. The New Zealand-born actor, recently seen as Dr. McCoy in Star Trek, has a long genre résumé that includes The Irrefutable Truth About Demons, Ghost Ship, The Chronicles Of Riddick, Doom and the second and third Lord Of The Rings features; he recently wrapped the remake of And Soon The Darkness. Priest rolls next week in Los Angeles, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Gingold)
Karl Urban, legend, has been cast as the villain in Priest, Scott Stewart’s vampire Western follow-up to his eagerly anticipated apocalyptic thriller, Legion.Like Legion, Priest will star Paul Bettany, as a warrior priest living in a world dominated by bloodsucking fiends, who teams up with Cam Gigandet’s sheriff and Maggie Q’s priestess to find his niece, after she’s kidnapped by Urban’s band of vampires.Urban’s character, a former priest turned vampire and general nutjob, is called Black Hat, after the grand old Western tradition that the good guys wear white hats, the bad guys black. We can’t decide whether that’s wonderfully knowing, or horribly on-the-nose, but we’ll give Stewart the benefit of the doubt, based entirely on that six minutes of Legion footage that did the rounds at Comic-Con.Although his most famous roles, Eomer in (two-thirds of) the Lotr »
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