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A killer robot powered by baby brains. Kirk Douglas wrestling in the nude. Ryan revisits the very weird 80s sci-fi movie, Saturn 3...

Some movies aspire to strangeness. Other movies have strangeness thrust upon them.

Saturn 3, released in 1980, was an intensely strange film. But unlike, say, Altered States (also released in 1980) it wasn’t made by a filmmaker with a taste for the oblique or the outre. Unlike Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980 again), Saturn 3 wasn’t a low-budget shocker made in a hurry, but a relatively expensive exercise created by some of the most seasoned filmmakers in the business at that time. (For frame of reference, Saturn 3's budget was broadly the same as Alien’s, released less than one year earlier.)

On the surface, Saturn 3 sounds like a perfectly reasonable recipe for an intense sci-fi horror flick. It’s about a pair
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London Fields film shoot gets under way

Long gestating Martin Amis adaptation starts shooting, with Katy Perry promo director Matthew Cullen on board

• Read our 2001 interview with Martin Amis

It has languished in Hollywood purgatory for well over a decade while directors of the calibre of David Cronenberg, Michael Winterbottom and Shekhar Kapur have come and gone. But Martin Amis's most celebrated novel, London Fields, is finally due to begin shooting today in the British capital with a high-profile cast that includes Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess.

Guillermo del Toro protege Mathew Cullen will make his feature film debut on the project after cutting his teeth on commercials and music videos, as well as overseeing the prologue for the Mexican film-maker's current blockbuster Pacific Rim. The big screen version, the screenplay for which Amis has written himself with Roberta Hanley, does not look to have diverted too far from the 1989 novel. It centres
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Martin Amis' London Fields finally becoming a movie, this time by the guy who directed Katy Perry's "California Gurls"

Once readied for adaptation by David Cronenberg (before he decided to move on to another seemingly unfilmable book with Cosmopolis), Martin AmisLondon Fields is now in the hands of first-time feature director Mathew Cullen, who definitely has nothing to lose. Deadline reports that production on London Fields is currently underway, and it boasts the most famous cast for an Amis adaptation yet. Of course, considering that list is limited to The Rachel Papers and Dead Babies, a.k.a. Mood Swingers, that’s not saying much (with apologies to Ione Skye). Still, Amber Heard is playing Nicola, the manipulative ...
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The Week in Spandex – S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Dark Knight Returns for Justice League, Charlie Sheen as Spider-Man and more

Our weekly round up of the big news stories from the world of screen superheroes, including S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight Returns, The Amazing Spider-Man, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Arrow and Charlie Sheen as Spidey…

We’ll start things off this week with the news that Joss Whedon’s previously announced Marvel TV series will centre around the exploits of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division – a.k.a. S.H.I.E.L.D. – with Whedon currently developing the project alongside his regular collaborators (and relatives) Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchaeoen. There’s no word yet on whether the show will include S.H.I.E.L.D. agents such as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill or Maximiliano Hernandez’s Jasper Sitwell, but assuming it
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'Kick-Ass 2' casts Andy Nyman as villain

'Kick-Ass 2' casts Andy Nyman as villain
Kick-Ass 2 has cast Andy Nyman as a villain known as The Tumour. The British actor's character is a member of The Toxic Mega-c***s, a gang led by the movie's primary antagonist Red Mist. Nyman has previously appeared in the films Dead Babies and Severance, as well as the E4 horror satire Dead Set. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Kick-Ass 2 sees Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (more)
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Andy Nyman Joins Kick-ass 2 As 'The Tumor'

According to his official website, actor/writer/director Andy Nyman has been cast in Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass sequel as The Tumor (Tumour?), one of the members of the super-villain team, The Toxic Mega-c#nts. Nyman may not be very familiar Stateside, but he has starred in movies such as Dead Babies, Severance, and the brilliant E4 horror satire Dead Set. Jeff Wadlow will direct Kick-Ass 2, which will begin shooting this September in Toronto and London. Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Cage are all set to return. We still don't know who will play "Mother Russia", but expect a bit of news on that soon enough.
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Martin Amis murder mystery to be directed by Shekhar Kapur

London Fields, which centres on a woman who arranges her death, to be helmed by Indian director of Elizabeth

Despite his often-professed love for cinema, film versions of Martin Amis novels have had a difficult history. The movie of Money never materialised, ending up as a TV series instead; Dead Babies and The Rachel Papers were both derided on release, and the London Fields adaptation has been in limbo for more than a decade.

But, with a new director on board, it looks as though a cinematic version of London Fields could be on the cards. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter website at the Film Bazaar in Goa, a market backed by the Indian government, Shekhar Kapur, the director of Bandit Queen, said: "I'm looking forward to this project because I've never directed a murder mystery."

London Fields, published in 1989, centres on the ambiguous figure of Nicola Six, the "murderee
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Shekhar Kapur to direct Martin Amis’s London Fields, and wants another Elizabeth film

Over the last twenty-five years there have been several attempts to bring the worlds of Martin Amis to the big screen with Dexter Fletcher’s turn as Charles Highway in The Rachel Papers being the most successful so far.

Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams led William Marsh’s adaptation of Amis’s Dead Babies in 2000, re-titled and shunted straight to video in the States under the safer title of Mood Swingers, but it is a mostly forgotten work leaving the only decent stab at an Amis book on-screen being the BBC adaptation of Money with Nick Frost a suitably fatuous John Self.

Rumours of an adaptation of Amis’s 1989 novel London Fields have come and gone over the last decade or so with David Cronenberg and Michael Winterbottom attaching, then detaching, themselves over time. THR now report that one of the projects director Shekhar Kapur has lined up in his
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Shekhar Kapur Up To Direct London Fields

Shekhar Kapur Up To Direct London Fields
Despite his literary fame, Martin Amis’ work has often proved tough to adapt for the screen. Money was turned into a two-part TV drama last year and both The Rachel Papers and Dead Babies have hit cinemas. Now, though, Shekhar Kapur is taking on the challenge of bringing London Fields to life.Set in the capital in 1999, the book is narrated by Samson Young, an American writer arriving in the city who has been struggling with writer’s block for two decades. Now terminally ill, he discovers a story just waiting to be written – a sprawling, darkly comic tale of a psychic investigating her own murder.London Fields has long been a target of filmmakers, and the rights were picked up in 2000. David Cronenberg was attached for a while, with Amis taking a crack at the script. But Cronenberg moved on, to be replaced by David Mackenzie and then Michael Winterbottom.
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The BBC's Money adaptation plots a course to Saturn 3 | Peter Bradshaw

Martin Amis has never admitted exactly where the inspiration came from for his classic 80s work Money. Could it be the scriptwriting stint he had on the much-derided sci-fi film Saturn 3?

Fans of Mad Men currently suffering from withdrawal after the end of the third season, and fans of Martin Amis's greatest novel, Money (1984) – I'm incidentally guessing there's a sizeable overlap between the two groups – have something exciting to look forward to. The BBC is soon to broadcast a two-part adaptation of the Amis novel as part of its 80s season, starring Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the creepy, tormented ad exec Pete Campbell in Mad Men.

Nick Frost is to play John Self, the alcoholic, junk food- and porn-addicted ad director who in the era of the Lady Di wedding gets a glimpse of serious riches when a smooth American producer, Fielding Goodney, claims to want to develop
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The BBC's Money adaptation plots a course to Saturn 3

Martin Amis has never admitted exactly where the inspiration came from for his classic 80s work Money. Could it be the scriptwriting stint he had on the much-derided sci-fi film Saturn 3?

Fans of Mad Men currently suffering from withdrawal after the end of the third season, and fans of Martin Amis's greatest novel, Money (1984) – I'm incidentally guessing there's a sizeable overlap between the two groups – have something exciting to look forward to. The BBC is soon to broadcast a two-part adaptation of the Amis novel as part of its 80s season, starring Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the creepy, tormented ad exec Pete Campbell in Mad Men.

Nick Frost is to play John Self, the alcoholic, junk food- and porn-addicted ad director who in the era of the Lady Di wedding gets a glimpse of serious riches when a smooth American producer, Fielding Goodney, claims to want to develop
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

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