Friday, 19 December 2008

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Re-Shooting in January


According to industry mag Production Weekly, there will be re-shoots for the Wolverine movie next January 12th in Vancouver, Canada.

Obviously, this is to put some polish and shine on 20th Century Fox's biggest superhero movie of 2009, but based on the trailer it's looking pretty polished already. If X-fans flock to see the final cut as rabidly as they have been for the aforementioned trailer, it's likely to be a hit, and will pave the way for other single-character spin-offs who are pinning their hopes on the success of Wolverine.

Liev Schreiber was first asked to play Stryker in Wolverine


Most of us have seen the recent trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (if not click here) and we got out first glimpse at Gambit, Stryker, Emma Frost, and Sabretooth in action. Well things could have been a little different according to Liev Schreiber who plays Wolverine’s half brother and rival in the film.

“I read the comics before I got offered the part,” says the 41-year-old. “I mean, I knew the character really well. Initially I’d been asked to play Stryker and I said, ‘Is there any chance that I might be able to play this Victor Creed guy?’” he recalls.

While that would have been interesting, from the trailer it is clear Danny Huston was a better casting choice for William Stryker. Liev continues:

“Victor Creed is Sabertooth, and I just want everyone to know that my character has a name,” he says smiling. “He’s a person too.”

“…rather than just say that Sabertooth’s a violent brute, I wanted to find out what makes the brute tick,” he says. “Hopefully people will like it.”

Why Hugh Jackman is a perfect choice as Oscars host

From: The Envelope
"Gold Derby by Tom O'Neil"

Yikes, I'm late piping in about the crowning of Hugh Jackman as Oscars host. My response: Huzzah!

What makes the choice of Hugh Jackman such a royal treat is that he's teamed up with another reigning showman, producer Bill Condon, who adapted best picture "Chicago" to the screen from Broadway, directed the spectacular, but Oscars-gypped "Dreamgirls" (Bill will get his delicious revenge by saving the Oscarcast next February — ha!) and won a chunk of academy gold for writing the screenplay to "Gods and Monsters."

Finally, academy chiefs have put the ceremony back in the hands of folks who really know how to dazzle and wow on screen and stage. Let's hope the academy never again wastes our time by hauling in another rent-a-clown from New York who doesn't know the movie biz. Why have the Oscars recently thought Hollywood's holy of holies was a stand-up comedy riff? Just because some past, great Oscar hosts knew how to tell jokes? The greatest — Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg — were either movie insiders with a big heart and mischievous wink or else at least Hollywood royals (Johnny Carson). That's the secret recipe. There's good reason that David Letterman, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart flopped. Those New York jokers are aces at what they do, sure, but they were miscast presiding over Hollywood's family reunion.

Bill Condon and Hugh Jackman are perfectly cast. Bill's a crazed Oscar nut like you and me. He can tell you which film won the most Oscars without taking the best picture prize ("Cabaret" with eight) and where poor Judy Garland ("A Star Is Born") was when she got robbed by Grace Kelly ("The Country Girl") in the best actress shockeroo of 1954. (Judy was in the hospital having her son Joey — but, of course, you knew that too.) Bill knows the ceremonies intimately too: what worked (Billy Crystal's wacky film montages, Liza Minnelli crooning that socko Oscarcast intro) and what didn't (Rob Lowe warbling "Proud Mary" with Snow White).

Whatever Bill and his producing partner Laurence Mark plus brilliantly bonkers writers like Bruce Vilanch cook up, Jackman will know how to sell it with gusto on stage. That's what the "Sexiest Man Alive" knows how to do best.

Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005, garnering bravura reviews. He won an Emmy in 2005 for hosting the 2004 Tonycast. He was nominated again in 2006 for emceeing the 2005 Tonys show, but, alas, lost the prize for best individual performance in a variety, musical or comedy program to Barry Manilow. (Doesn't everyone? Right, Stephen Colbert?)

In the opening number of the 2004 Tonycast, Jackman no doubt got Condon and Mark's attention when he sang a special version of "One Night Only" from the 1982 Tony-nominated musical "Dreamgirls" — Ha!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Halle Berry goes slightly topless in her next movie


We saw a shot of a young Storm in the recent X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer, and now the actress who played the grown up Storm in the X-trilogy has been snapped on the set of her next movie. In Frankie and Alice Halle Berry plays a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality. Halle does in fact play both Frankie and Alice. From the looks of things Halle plays a hooker, although the movie is set in the 70’s so I’m not 100% sure.

You can see some the images of Halle by clicking here.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Four New 'G.I. Joe' Posters Ready for Battle


What was it we said yesterday about movie posters...oh yes, "We've seen character posters ad nuaseum over the past few years." And so we have. And aparently, that trend is going to continue.

Take a look at the four new character posters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which popped up at last night. I guess they're pretty cool. I love the casting of Sienna Miller as the Baroness, and of course, Ray Park as Snake Eyes is a good move. But I still want to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander.

For the rest of the pictures, go HERE.

Movie and TV Winners List of 13th Satellite Awards


'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Australia' dominated the 13th Annual Satellite Awards with three kudos each, while 'Happy-Go-Lucky' brought home best comedy film title.

"" has been hailed as 2008 Best Motion Picture in Drama at the 13th Satellite Awards. On Sunday, December 14 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, the Danny Boyle-directed movie about a poor Indian boy getting a shot at winning millions in a television game show was revealed to be the winner on the coveted category, besting over "", "", "", "" and "".

Apart from taking home the top prize, the 2008 Best British Independent Film also nailed two other kudos. The first one was Best Director for Danny Boyle and the second was Best Score for A.R. Rahman. For the director prize, Boyle won over Thomas McCarthy of "", Ron Howard of "", Gus Van Sant of "", Christopher Nolan of "" and Stephen Daldry of "".

Another movie collecting three awards from Satellite was Baz Luhrmann's "". On the special occasion, the and -starring drama walked away with best cinematography for Mandy Walker, best visual effects for Chris Godfrey, James E. Price and Diana Giorgiutti, and best art direction and production design for Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy and Beverly Dunn.

Winning the Best Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical was Mike Leigh's "", whereas the Best Animated/Mixed-Media Film was "". Furthermore, in the performers categories, Richard Jenkins of "" and of "" were named Best Actor and Actress for Drama respectively, and Michael Shannon of "Revolutionary Road" and Rosemarie Dewitt of "" were in respective order the Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

List of 13th Satellite Awards' Winners in Film and Television Categories:

Motion Picture:

  • Miniseries: "Cranford"
  • Motion Picture Made For Television: "Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story"
  • Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television: , "Cranford"
  • Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made For Television: , "John Adams"
  • Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Fionnula Flanagan, "Brotherhood"
  • Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nelsan Ellis, ""
  • Television Series (Drama): ""
  • Actress in a Series (Drama): , ""
  • Actor in a Series (Drama): Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
  • Television Series (Comedy/Musical): "State of the Union"
  • Actress in a Series (Comedy/Musical): , "State of the Union"
  • Actor in a Series (Comedy/Musical): Justin Kirk, ""

Monday, 15 December 2008

Sir Ian McKellen Thinks Britain Will Have A Gay Prime Minister


Sir Ian McKellen thinks Britain will one day have a gay Prime Minister. The openly homosexual actor believes it is only a matter of time before Britain has a leader who does not hide his sexuality, because the number of gay politicians is constantly growing.

He told Seven magazine: "I think openly gay politicians are the standard, rather than not, in all parties these days. Eventually it's very likely that one of them will become a leader. We've already had one or two gay Prime Ministers."

Sir Edward Heath, who was a Conservative party Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974, has been the subject of rumors about his sexuality with some reports claiming he was told to stop cruising for gay sex in the 50s, many years before he became leader.

McKellen, 69, was delighted when the new U.S. President, Barack Obama, mentioned gay voters in his victory speech.

The "Lord of the Rings" star added: "I know a lot of gay people were touched when Obama mentioned them in his acceptance speech, and he probably will in his inauguration as well. That is a big symbolic change. Those who don't like it will just have to lump it."

However, he is disappointed that Proposition 8 - a constitutional amendment which outlaws same-sex marriage - was passed in California, because it is a huge step back for gay rights.

McKellen said: "I think if the President-Elect had made it clear he did not approve of Proposition 8, perhaps things might have gone differently. But the tide comes in and the tide goes out, and then it comes in a bit further, and that's how it works."

Good Quality Trailer

The real trailer from MySpace.
Good quality.


Sunday, 14 December 2008

David Goyer Says Fox Cautious on Green Lighting 'Magneto'

From: ComicM!x
Written by: Robert Greenberger

Story set in 1961

Despite previous comments from producer Lauren Shuler Donner that she’s eager to get started on X-Men Origins: Magneto, writer/director David S. Goyer is taking a more cautious approach. He told Collider that 20th Century-Fox was likely to await the box office results from X-Men Origins: Wolverine which doesn’t open until next May. As a result, the movie could not possibly shoot until fall 2009.

He did say that the story would be set in 1961 and “shows Professor X (Charles) and Magneto (Eric) as best friends and they team up against another person in the movie.”

His next project is an original horror film, The Unborn, opening next month. His next project is an original thriller, The Invisible Woman. He will also produce and direct the pilot for ABC’s Flash Forward based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel.

Sites for Wolverine

Get ready to enjoy the Wolverine trailer in all it's glory, as it will be released on the MySpace page for the film on the 15th.
There has also been cleared a space at the new and improved official site for the film; check it out. So the trailer will hopefully be up there as well for the non-myspace fans.
You can also check out the Facebook profile for the film. A nice place to meet fellow Wolverine fans.

When Boredom Strikes

X-MEN: Wolverine VS. Magneto *Screen Test*