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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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Sundance Primer: Successful Alcoholics

21 December 2009 3:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.

We decided to do something a little bit differently for this post since Successful Alcoholics is a short film screening at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and not a feature film. But with all sorts of hype being thrown at the big feature films, we thought it might be nice to turn down a side street and take a closer look at one of the festival's more talked-about shorts. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Tj Miller, the 25-minute short features one third of Comedy Central's "hot list" (which names the best breakout comedians of 2009), along with some other familiar faces like Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, My Best Friend's Girl) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development).

Cinematical caught up with director Vogt-Roberts and dropped him a few questions about the film. »

- Erik Davis

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Dystopian Outlook Continues...with Lars von Trier's 'Planet Melancholia'

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Lars von Trier is taking on the disaster film genre on a micro-budgeted English-language project which will include a (no surprises here) a pessimistic ending. Planet Melancholia is due to shoot in Germany and Sweden next summer. - Unless he has a mental breakdown, in 2011 (more precisely, Cannes) we should be receiving the art-house answer to Matt Reeves' Cloverfield. Lars von Trier is taking on the disaster film genre on a micro-budgeted English-language project which will include (no surprises here) a pessimistic ending. Planet Melancholia is due to shoot in Germany and Sweden next summer. TrustNordisk will begin pre-sales at the Berlin Festival in February - this will easily be a sought after title especially after the overall impact that Antichrist will have had. Zentropa's Peter Aalbæk Jensen mentioned to the press that we should expect a handheld aesthetic and some elements of romance. »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Avatar: A Positive Early Review, More Budget Speculation, Creature Design, Two New Featurettes and More

7 December 2009 9:14 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With less than two weeks to go before James Cameron's Avatar hits the big screen worldwide, 20th Century Fox is definitely full throttle into marketing and promotion. After the jump we have a lot of new Avatar news tidbits, including another early review, this time a bit positive, more big claims from Sigourney Weaver, some quotes from creature designer Neville Page (Cloverfield) on the creatures of Pandora, more speculation on the real budget of the film, and two new featurettes (one of which is a really cool scientific nature documentary about Pandora). Jeff Wells has spoken to someone who has seen the film, and here is what they said: "the action scenes delivered everything you'd expect from Cameron, even in this digital form. Visceral, detailed, a 'first-person shooter' experience on the biggest game screen ever hoisted. The simple, predictable story was deemed as almost perfunctory, as if adding too »

- Peter Sciretta

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Creature Designer Neville Page on Creating Avatar's Banshees

6 December 2009 4:16 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We're down to the last few weeks before James Cameron's Avatar arrives in theaters everywhere. I'm seeing it later this week and I'm sure early reviews will start hitting around then as well. But before we get into that, I wanted to feature this great interview that Hero Complex did with creature designer Neville Page. You may not recognize him yet, but Page is a engineer / artist / designer who has worked previously on Cloverfield, Watchmen, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, James Cameron's Avatar, and Tron Legacy. He's the guy responsible for designing the creatures, worlds, and vehicles in pretty much all of those films. Read on! Before getting to Avatar, Page explained that he's been inspired the most in his life by Star Wars as well as other films like Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's Legend, and James Cameron's Aliens. And speaking of Aliens, Page actually says »

- Alex Billington

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Lionsgate Putting Open Graves on DVD

3 December 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Don't fret Dollhouse fans. You'll still get your Eliza Dushku fix on February 23. That's when Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases Open Graves . Directed By Alvaro de Arminan, this supernatural thriller also stars Mike Vogel ( Cloverfield ). In the vein of Final Destination , an international group of young surfers come into possession of an ancient artifact, Mamba, an old board game made from the skin and bones of a witch executed during the Spanish Inquisition. At a drunken party one night, they casually decide to play. It's all fun and games until they find out that curses last forever and death is the ultimate undertow. Ooooh. That's not the official cover art you see on the left, it's merely a sales sheet cooked up by Voltage Pictures. No special features have »

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Cavanagh, Miller Join ‘Yogi Bear’

30 November 2009 5:59 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Tom Cavanagh and T.J. Miller have joined the cast of Warner Bros’ live-action/CGI hybrid Yogi Bear.  The two will be playing park rangers at Jellystone Park with Cavanagh filling the role of Ranger Smith, the male lead and love interest of Anna Faris’ character.

Faris, Cavanagh, and Miller will fill the live-action portion of the Eric Brevig movie, according to Variety, and the bears (Yogi and Boo-Boo) are being created using computer animation to be voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake.  I wish I was kidding, but I couldn’t make this stuff up.  I’m just not clever enough to come up with a Ghostbuster and former boy band member as the voices of two cartoon, picnic basket-stealing bears.

As for the new cast choices, Cavanagh has been acting for almost 20 years and the best thing he’s done is a recurring supporting role on “Scrubs.”  Then there’s Miller, »

- Jeff Leins

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Yogi gets a Ranger

30 November 2009 3:28 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Remember that recent story about how Cloverfield actor T.J. Miller made an audition tape with a live bear and purportedly landed the role of Ranger Smith in the Yogi Bear movie from it? Turns out it wasn't entirely accurate, since Variety now states that TV regular Tom Cavanagh ("Ed", "Scrubs") will be playing the park patrolman who's constantly trying to prevent the local mischievous bear from pillaging pic-a-nic baskets. Cavanagh will also be the romantic interest for »

- Dave Davis

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Miller cast in Yogi

23 November 2009 1:08 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Add another name to the big screen version of Yogi Bear. After a funny and gutsy audition video for the part of Ranger Smith, T.J. Miller nabbed it. Miller was brought into audition twice, then decided to jokingly make a video of him improvising with a live bear, that was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Cloverfield actor, who was most recently seen in Extract was surprised when the chairman of Warner Brothers, Barry M. Meyer, told him he had the role, "I'm excited about this »

- Niki Stephens

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T.J. Miller Creates Yogi Bear Audition Tape with Actual Bear; Gets Cast in Movie

22 November 2009 1:59 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Most of you probably know T.J. Miller as Hud, the frazzled cameraman/comic relief in Matt Reeves' Cloverfield. Turns out that since that performance, Miller has been angling for a role in the forthcoming adaptation of Yogi Bear. While cartoon-to-screen adaptations have typically ended up being abominations, this one at least looks like it has a pretty good cast going for it, with Anna Faris, Justin Timberlake, and Dan Aykroyd signing on a few weeks ago. According to The Apiary, Miller had already been called in to audition twice for the role. Afterwards, as a joke, Miller worked with filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts to create the below audition tape, in which Miller interacts with a real-life bear. The video somehow made its way to Barry Meyer, the chairman of Warner Brothers, resulting in an offer for the part of Ranger Jones. Presumably, Ranger Jones will be a live-action role, while »

- David Chen

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Zombies Collapse in Iowa Cornfield

16 November 2009 10:00 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The filmmakers behind the indie zombie flick Collapse just contacted Fangoria with a few photos from their production which wrapped appropriately on Halloween. Co-directed by Jason Bolinger and "Insane" Mike Saunders (frequent collaborators on other indie fare such as The Bag Man and Lights, Camera, Kill), the film stars Chris Mulkey (of the recent werewolf pic Dark Moon Rising, Cloverfield, First Blood, and more) as Robert Morgan, a small-town farmer that finds himself fortifying his home to protect his family from a zombie outbreak.

Toby Sells (Zombieland, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) handled make-up FX for the zombies, which the producers tell Fango are of the "classic, slow" variety, while Sells gave them the more modern "freshly dead" look. Scream Queen Linnea Quigley makes an appearance in the film as well, alongside Karen Landry (Mulkey's real-life wife).

Check out the photos below, then hit up the film's Facebook page for a whopping 4500+ more. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Simple Yet Effective Poster for Matt Reeves’ Let the Right One In Remake

16 November 2009 6:39 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Am I excited that the guy responsible for “Cloverfield” is helming the remake of Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In?” Not really. I suppose, if you’re illiterate or have something against Swedish cinema, the Americanized version is a good thing, as it allows you to experience this strangely heartwarming vampire story without having to listen to a foreign language while reading all of those unsightly subtitles. My attempt to disguise my bitterness towards this project has ultimately failed, though I will try my best to reserve judgment until I’ve seen the finished product for myself. If it ends up being another “Quarantine,” I will weep. Openly. In case you missed it, here’s the premise: An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. The kind individuals operating Horror-Movies.ca recently revealed the »

- Todd

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Geek Alert: The Art of Star Trek Comes to Life

16 November 2009 4:19 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Just before the weekend hit, we received an awesome little package here at Reject HQ: several copies of the latest release from the folks at Titan Books, Star Trek: The Art of the Film. Shortly after finishing my second go-round with J.J. Abrams' Star Trek on Blu-ray (which I have chronicled in my in-depth review), I took a look at this new book to see what was what. And as I soon found out, Titan Books has once again delivered a companion book that is a must-have for any fan of the film. Combining beautiful concept art from this epic space adventure with hi-res shots from the film, The Art of the Film walks us through all of the design that went into this franchise reboot. Everything is in there, from creature design -- a la the "cousin of Cloverfield" monster from the ice planet Delta Vega -- to the design of the bridges of »

- Neil Miller

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Destruction of a Famous Landmark

10 November 2009 7:13 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

All the movies on this list feature countless thousands (probably millions in most cases) of innocent people shuffling off this mortal coil.  Human are more than likely the cause of most of the disasters that appear here.  Unfortunately, though, for all of those pesky humans that meet their demise, it’s the famous landmarks that seem to become the money shots of each of these films.  They are icons to their respective countries, but these famous landmarks never looked so good than when they were getting blown the hell up.

10. The Cyclone Roller Coaster in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

The 1953 monster movie The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury titled “The Fog Horn” about a prehistoric monster who mistakes the warning signal from a lighthouse for a mating call. The film expanded that premise, adapting the formula of the “monster loosed amok on civilization »

- Movie Geeks

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Afm '09: First Look at 'And Soon the Darkness' Remake

7 November 2009 2:23 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Another film we caught a promo trailer for was And Soon The Darkness, a really stylish film from director Marcos Efron that features two of the hottest babes in horror, Amber Heard (Mandy Lane, Zombieland, The Stepfather) and Odette Yustman (Cloverfield, The Unborn). Set in Argentina, the remake tells the story of two American girls on a bike-riding trip in a remote part of the country. When one of them goes missing, the other must find her before darkness falls and her worst fears are realized. The original was set in France and tackled the idea of how vulnerable a stranger in a strange land can be. Adriana Barraza and Karl Urban also star. Check out new details and first stills below! »

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First Image from the Set of Let Me In

6 November 2009 5:10 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first image from the set of Matt Reeves' Let The Right One In remake, now titled after the book that film was based upon, Let Me In, has slipped online in the form of a Twitpic that signifies the end of the first week of filming.

Reeves (Cloverfield) and young stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz ((500) Days of Summer) were among those on-set as filming commenced on the Hammer Films production at Albuquerque Studios. Filming will also take place in various other locations in New Mexico before returning to Albuquerque to wrap in January.

In the haunting and provocative Let Me In, an alienated 12-year-old boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a mysterious young newcomer (Moretz) in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. The film is based on the bestselling vampire novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist and is an English-language remake »

- Uncle Creepy

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J.J. Abrams Is Secretly Radiating Someone

5 November 2009 3:16 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

J.J. Abrams has a sci-fi project in development. No, not Star Trek 2. Or that other movie you're thinking of. Or the other. Yes, there's yet another sci-fi project with Abrams' name on it, and as usual, he's trying to keep it top secret. Pajiba got word of 500 Rads, a project that's budgeted at $25 million, being set up in Europe, and will probably be in the vein of Cloverfield and 28 Days Later. Which means it could be anything, really. Jeff Pinkner, a veteran writer from Abrams TV shows like Alias and Lost, started work on a script, but some other people are apparently jumping in to finish it up. Oh, and "rads" probably refers to "absorbed radiation dose," which Pajiba predicts might mean that there are zombie-type creatures lurking in this film somewhere. We can probably assume that Abrams isn't directing, given the zillion other projects he's got going on, »

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J.J. Abrams to Produce Hasbro’s Micronauts Movie

5 November 2009 1:12 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Wall Street Journal (via Coming Soon) is reporting today that J.J. Abrams, whom you may know as the director of Star Trek and producer of Lost, is in talks to produce a movie about the Japanese interchangable toys Micronauts -- 3.75-inch tall toys which were used in an inter-connected design. The rights to the project were acquired by Hasbro, who will base the film on the Micronauts comic series published by Marvel Comics, Image Comics and Devil's Due Publishing. The series was first published in 1979. In a curious quote, J.J. Abrams speaks about those who doubt whether a board game or science fiction toy should be accorded star status: "Sometimes, when someone is not a celebrity and you are casting them in a role, everyone who is in a seat of authority voices questions about that actor's talent, sex appeal, looks, ability -- their everything," he says. "But then they get the role, and »

- Neil Miller

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J.J. Abrams’ Next Secret Project: 500 Rads

5 November 2009 10:34 AM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

In the summer of 2007, we started to hear whispers of a monster movie under the producer wing of “Lost” and “Alias” creator J.J. Abrams.  After months of speculation and cryptic viral marketing, Cloverfield stormed theaters and wreaked havoc on New York City.

Now there is a report from Pajiba about another secret project in development at Abrams’ Bad Robot label. It’s called 500 Rads. Well, for now. I wouldn’t put it past him to create this under a pseudonym and stage a big reveal leading up to its release.

A rad is a radiation absorption dose, which suggests a nuclear disaster movie of some sort. As we all know from watching too many movies, radiation brings mutants and sometimes… wait for it… zombies. The article likens the new Abrams concept to Cloverfield and 28 Days Later.

Abrams is making this on a relatively small budget ($25 million) and planning a European location, »

- Jeff Leins

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