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Computer Chess: Hollywood needs a new gambit when it comes to chess

Film-makers have tried sex, murder and intrigue, and yet that most intellectual of spectator sports remains remarkably difficult to depict on screen

Peter Bradshaw's review of Computer Chess

Computer Chess: watch the trailer

Throw a rock at the sports genre and you'll hit a film about baseball or football, or hockey, or racing. Odds are, you won't strike a film about chess. Chess isn't generally considered a stadium filler (although it can be). It's perceived as a game for eccentric intellectuals and elderly historians. It doesn't have the glamour or sex appeal of more sedentary sports, such as pool, as demonstrated by Paul Newman in The Hustler. Chess won't even fit snugly in to other genre films, where the banality of cards, for example, naturally lends itself to a seedy, gambling gangster underworld (Rounders), the exotic highlife of a casino (Casino Royale), or even more piquant, a combo
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix and Optibotimus, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure! But first a word from Gcrn founder TFG1Mike:

So at the end of October beginning of November we held Tmnt Week! Previously in September we had Batman Week! Now from November 10th to December 22nd will be Bond Month! With blogs from MovieRevolt Dan, and the Shaken Not Stirred Series on Movie Week In Review. Where TFG1Mike and MovieRevolt Dan will review 18 of the 23 Bond Films! Before we get to that though, here’s last weeks regular content:

Interviews – Space Guys In Space

In this GeekCast Radio Interview,
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

The unlikely DVDs that have become surprisingly valuable

We expect limited collector’s edition DVDs to become expensive collectables over time. But what about paying nearly $100 for a Corey Feldman movie...?

The maturity of the DVD market has meant that, inevitably, over the years, plenty of releases have been deleted. Most of the time, that’s that. The disc disappears, nobody notices, we all move on.

Sometimes, that’s part of the plan. Numbered limited editions, scarce boxsets, time limited releases… it’s all part of the game in making a DVD release feel collectable, and thus more valuable. They taunt us with the prospect of us getting rich by selling the film on for a massive profit many years down the line.

However, there’s emerging an unlikely collection of rare and surprisingly valuable DVDs, films that you might never expect to double their retail value. See if you’ve got any of these on your shelf…
See full article at Den of Geek »

Lucas Foster to Produce Casino Heist Picture ‘The Job’

  • The Film Stage
At the height of the Berlin Film Festival, THR informs us that Lucas Foster is joining forces with Gfm Films to bring a casino heist film, The Job, to the big screen.

Foster — who’s produced titles that include Man on Fire, Law Abiding Citizen, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith — will produce the thriller, based on Brad Mirman‘s original script. Guy Collins, the market veteran behind Gfm Films, stated that, for them, “the timing is perfect [...] to discuss the film with distributors during the European Film Market in Berlin.” Mirman has also scripted some lesser known films, including Shadows in the Sun, The Piano Player and the upcoming Sleight of Hand, which he is also directing.

Plot details for the project are pretty scarce, but Collins and Mirman worked together on Highlander 3 and Knight Moves, which should create some hope when it comes to their connection. Although I can
See full article at The Film Stage »

Batman Forever and Batman & Robin coming to Blu-Ray!

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They were already released as part of the Batman Anthology set on blu-ray, but now we're getting stand alone versions of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on blu-ray. I guess thats good, right? lol. Here are all of the details. They are hitting shelves on May 10th, 2011 packed with movie money, presumably for Green Lantern.

Batman Forever Blu-Ray

Synopsis: Riddle me this, riddle me that, you’ll find adventure on the wings of a bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (the Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) star in the third formidable film in Warner Bros.’ Batman series. Joel Schumacher directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on!

Special Features:

• Commentary by Director Joel Schumacher

• Additional Scenes
See full article at Legions of Gotham »

DC Unveils White Lantern Batman

  • Comicmix
So, this afternoon, we decided to check in at DC's blog, the Source, and what would we find? Why a few Brightest Day solicits for November. Given how much we love spoilers, we couldn't click fast enough. And what were we greeted with? Why a David Finch painting of what appears to White Lantern Batman. We couldn't help ourselves kids, so... here's a few fleeting thoughts:

Gotham City's criminal underbelly quivers with fear as Marvel's Murdering Bat-Wannabe Moon Knight moves to town. Upon returning to the Bat-Cave, Alfred will quip "I'll go fetch more bleach from the store, Master Bruce."Well, Bruce has been a Green Lantern (for an Elseworlds tale, and like 3 panels in Gl), a Yellow Lantern (for a panel), and a Black Lantern (for several panels!)... why not continue to try on another Lantern costumes for a minute or two?The utility belt will now contain Mint Mentos,
See full article at Comicmix »

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin Come to Blu-ray on May 4th

The Batman anthology is coming to Blu-ray You can bring home all four films featuring your favorite Dark Knight on Blu-ray this May. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will each be released individually on Blu-ray on May 4. The films were previously available on Bd in the Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997, but now you can own these titles individually, priced at $24.98 Srp. Take a look at the special features details below.

Batman

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crime-fighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy Award winner
See full article at MovieWeb »

[DVD Review] Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology: 1989-1997 is best described as epic. Four Batman films in high-definition on separate discs packed with extra features - that's a nice package if ever there was one. This will be one of those reviews where less attention will be given to the movies themselves (as the last one came out over 10 years ago) and almost all of this review will be given to the extra features on each disc. Quite honestly, if you don't know the plots of these movies you really shouldn't be buying a Batman anthology.

Before I get into the Extra Features of the individual Blu-ray discs, I think it'll be easier if I establish the standard features present on all of the discs. Unless otherwise mentioned, each disc features an audio commentary by the film's director (Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher), the film's theatrical trailer and an installment in
See full article at JustPressPlay »

[DVD Review] Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

12.00 Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology: 1989-1997 is best described as epic. Four Batman films in high-definition on separate discs packed with extra features - that's a nice package if ever there was one. This will be one of those reviews where less attention will be given to the movies themselves (as the last one came out over 10 years ago) and almost all of this review will be given to the extra features on each disc. Quite honestly, if you don't know the plots of these movies you really shouldn't be buying a Batman anthology.

Before I get into the Extra Features of the individual Blu-ray discs, I think it'll be easier if I establish the standard features present on all of the discs. Unless otherwise mentioned, each disc features an audio commentary by the film's director (Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher
See full article at JustPressPlay »

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