Everyone knows that Hobbits, with their hairy leather feet, hate wearing shoes. Well now we can add another item to the list of things hobbits despise: organized labor.
Various unions, including the Screen Actors Guild and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance of Australia, have officially warned their members not to take part in the production of the film due to a dispute over working conditions and residual payments. In response, producer/director Peter Jackson is claiming the move is an attempt by Austrialian interests to gain control of New Zealand's film industry and is threatening to move production to Eastern Europe if the matter is not resolved.
“There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ humiliated on the world stage, by losing the Hobbit to Eastern Europe," he said. "Warners would take a financial hit that would cause other studios to steer clear of New Zealand. Seriously, if the Hobbit goes east (Eastern Europe in fact) – look forward to a long dry big budget movie drought in this country."
Personelly, I thinks Jacksons actions be deplorable. Unions is vary important. Four example, the Tearchers Unions' are vary big in the USA, and education ain't never been better. Sham on u, Peter jackon (Empire Online)
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At Nerdeoke tonight at The Highball during Fantastic Fest, RZA, Elijah Wood, and friends gathered on stage to sing "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am was nowhere to be found, but somewhere his ears were ringing as part of the Wu Tang spit his flow.
Drunken boxing is probably the most entertaining form of martial arts to watch. Jackie Chan defined it on screen in Drunken Master and took it to the next level in Drunken Master II. A few other artists have tried it but now master choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping is going back to drunken fist with all his decades of experience behind him and modern filmmaking tools at his disposal.
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I’ve been very excited that so many Asian action films are in the Fantastic Fest lineup. I love martial arts and Hong Kong action, although one subgenre that doesn’t do much for me is the Hong Kong cop movie. Fire of Conscience is one of those, and if that’s your pet genre than I’d imagine this one is a solid entry, but not for me.
Manfred (Leon Lai) is a tough cop who beats up perps because they deserve it. Kee (Richie Ren) is a more optimistic inspector with a baby on the way. Those two and Manfred’s team of cops (Michelle Ye and Kai Chi Liu) pursue a case of drugs, bombs and money.
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Fearnet’s web series “Zombie Roadkill” premiered at FantasticFest in its 30-minute entirety. It will be online in five parts beginning in October. “Zombie Roadkill” has a good spirit of silly fun and extreme gore. This is definitely a spoof done with a wink, with love for the genre. It’s not Shaun of the Dead but it’s something to watch online in parts.
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I think we all have a healthy attitude about straight to video sequels. We know they’re not going to be careful attempts to forward the story, but they can either have fun with it or not, and either way it doesn’t ultimately matter. Well, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days is not fun, and it is aggressively bad even by DTV standards.
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Stone starts with some intense emotional terrorism. This is how you show how seriously conflicted people can be. It’s not just hitting or yelling at each other. What young Jack Mabry does to his family is so sickening you feel anything could happen in this drama. I have not qualms with watching a tough, intense story. Just don’t wuss out on me. Make the characters really complex and manipulative, and let Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton play them.
After about an hour though, you realize that the opening scene isn’t setting anything up for later. This is just going to be one of those films that revels in despair and monotony, just another “bad things happen, people are miserable” pieces for actors who want to show how downbeat they can be.
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Usually, a living legand like Bob Dylan doesn’t lower himself to something as crass as commercial television. Well, not unless it involves Pepsi, women’s underwear, or “Dharma and Greg.” But America’s poet will come out of hiding on an upcoming episode of the History Channel's “Pawn Stars.” I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I refer to it as just “History.”
Chumlee, the fat guy from the show (by fat guy I mean fattest guy), stalks Dylan and ambushes him outside a hotel. I have no idea if Dylan was in on it, although it is odd that he’s just walking around Vegas with no security. Hopefully the episode won’t inspire a new generation of Mark David Chapman’s. (TV Squad via Vulture)
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Don't touch Gordon Gekko's things.
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It sucks we won’t see Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers, especially the way it went down. The recasting has been well-covered and Norton even told MTV he laughs about it now. The good news it, it sounds like Mark Ruffalo playing Banner in The Avengers doesn’t rule out another solo Hulk film that could continue with Norton.
“No, I don’t rule out anything,” Norton said while promoting Stone at FantasticFest. “As I think was amply demonstrated, I think a lot of those things on the other side of the table are big business, which I respect. I don’t have any urgency about it one way or the other.”
No rush, of course. Certainly Edward Norton will do fine in his career. It’s
good to hear Marvel hasn’t told him they won’t continue a solo Hulk franchise.
“I couldn’t say,” Norton hedged. “I’m a fan of those films. I hate when they screw them up so I hope they do it right.”
Maybe Marvel’s hedging their bets. They had some needs for The Avengers but people liked The Incredible Hulk, so they could always alternate. “I’ve got so many things I’m working on that I’m interested in. People have been completely great about the film we made and I’m happy about that. I have nothing to complain about.”
Singer/Actress/Disney-Robot AJ Michalka has joined the cast of Super 8, Dread Central is reporting. The young pop star, who was last seen in The Lovely Bones, will star in the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg film about a group of teens who capture the image of a fugitive alien on their Super 8 camera.
For those of you over the age of 12, AJ Michalka is half of the Disney rock band pictured above, 78Violet (formerly Aly and AJ). I have no idea which one she is, and after watching the video for their song, "Like Whoa," I think it's better I don't know. If you can make it through the whole video (below), leave a comment, and I'll personally send you a reward in the mail. God knows you deserve something for your suffering. Offer expires at midnight (PST).
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The screengrab above may look like something from "Mythbusters" but it's actually a shot from the new teaser trailer for gory sequel The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). The teaser features Tom Six, the blood-spattered director, walking through a parking garage while his voice-over prepares us for a film far more shocking than the original.
We're then introduced to one of the film's lead actors — dude with a box on his head. Good to see that guy making a comeback.
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Captain America: The First Avenger is busy shooting on the streets of Manchester, and the Internet has gone mad over this exciting behind-the-scenes video. In the clip, director Joe Johnston demonstrates why he is considered a master, expertly guiding his actor, Chris Evans, as they film a pivotal scene.
No need for me to oversell it. Sit back and enjoy this rare glimpse of movie magic. (/Film)
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After Whiteout turned out to be a washout, Kate Beckinsale is ready to return to the Underworld franchise. The actress has officially signed on to reprise her role of Selene, the hot karate vampire she played in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. She did not return for the third film in the series, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, otherwise known as Cliff-Sex: The Movie.
The search for a director is underway, as Len Wiseman will only return in a producer capacity. There's also no word yet on what outlandish sex location will be featured this time around. (Coming Soon)
Lovers of Let The Right One In, I have some good news for you. Matt Reeves didn’t eff up the movie you cherish so dearly. In fact, he might have…
I knew there were going to be problems with Ong Bak 3, but I figured as long as there were some fights it couldn’t be all bad. So they turned a sequel into a trilogy. So Tony Jaa ran off into the woods. As long as he knees some people in the head I’d be happy. Unfortunately, the problems with Ong Bak 3 are palpable.
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Alex Winter has corroborated Keanu Reeves' story from earlier this week. William S. Preston, Esq. himself, told MTV that a third Bill & Ted film is in the works. They were struggling to find the right plot for a while, but now writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have hatched a plot that they've begun writing.
The big issue, however, is what to do about George Carlin's character? Winter assures there's no way they would re-cast the part, so the trick now is to delicately work around his character. I'm hoping this means they'll use sophisticated Coke commercial CGI technology to bring him back to life. If I know Carlin, that's definitely what he would want to happen. (MTV)
I really love high concept movies. Cinema is most exciting when there’s some crazy idea that demands to be a movie. “Guy in a coffin” is one of those concepts.
The film really tests the audience’s limits immediately after the opening credits. I mean wow, it holds on for a long time. I’m sorry for folks in regular theaters where idiots will fill the effective silence with obnoxious chatter.
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Now that's just super!
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, the producers behind the upcoming Superman film, have begun interviewing potential directors, Deadline is reporting. Nolan will reportedly submit his choice to Warner Bros. as early as next week.
On the list: Unstoppable's Tony Scott, Let Me In director Matt Reeves, Battle: Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman (who just got the Warner Bros/Legendary job of directing Clash of the Titans 2), Duncan Jones, who just directed Source Code, and Sucker Punch helmer Zack Snyder.
What? This list is a farce! No Crispin Glover? No David Lynch? No thank you, Mr. Nolan.
Let the web slinging begin!
Director Marc Webb has reportedly auditioned Emma Stone for the part of Mary Jane in his upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Stone, who was most recently seen in Easy A, would take over for Kirsten Dunst who played Mary Jane in the first three films.
There are also reports that Webb is auditioning Mia Wasikowska for the part of Gwen Stacy, Spidey's first love. If true, it sounds like we might have a good old-fashioned cat-fight on our hands. Of course I'm referring to Puma (a.k.a. Thomas Fireheart), Spider-Man's nemesis with the ability to morph into a powerful humanoid mountain lion werecat! (Vulture)
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"So, Shia. When I told you to 'f**k off,' what I really meant was 'f**k off.'"
Oliver Stone just sky-rocketed to the position of my favorite person on Earth with today's news that he told Shia LaBeouf to eff off. LaBeouf recounted the story at the Wall Street 2 premiere:
"We're in the Adirondacks, and Josh Brolin and I are shooting this bike scene, and at one point I say to Josh a line — 'You should look at yourself in the mirror first and see yourself. It might scare you.' I looked at the line for a couple of months and thought I'd go to Oliver and say, 'You look at the mirror and look at yourself. It's sort of repetitive. Why don't we just cut one of those? Why don't I say, Look at yourself. It might scare you.' This is Oliver verbatim. He looks at me and goes, 'I like mirror. I wrote Scarface. Go fuck yourself.'"
Oliver Stone, I officially forgive you for U-Turn. Now, could you please cast Justin Bieber in one of your films? (Vulture)
With movies like Dan In Real Life, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Wolfman, and Gulliver's Travels on her resume, you'd think Emily Blunt would be a little less apt to take a role in a goofy movie. You'd think.
Nope, the actress is going to flush away all the street cred she earned starring in those flicks by signing on to Engagement Games. The plot reads like a Kate Hudson fever dream; three sisters get engaged around the same time and compete for their mother's wedding ring. The father (probably played by Alan Alda) comes up with the idea of crowning the victor after a round of Family Olympics. May the best curler win! (Pajiba)
The King of the "mockumentary" is back, and this time he's taking aim at retro collectors. Christopher Guest, the man behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, is returning to his director's chair, and he's bringing along Harry Shearer and Michael McKean.
Guest, Shearer and McKean are putting their heads together to make a movie about the world of retro collectors; people who ferret out such things as old comic books, Barbie dolls, vintage magazine ads, vinyl 45-rpm singles, or even – ick! – Charles Manson song lyrics written on Kleenex. There’s a massive underground of collectors who would do the Borgia’s proud as they scheme and double-cross to possess the item they crave.
While there has been no confirmation that this is, in fact, a mockumentary, chances are high. If so, will it do as well as the Casey Affleck/Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary, I'm Still Here, which has grossed an estimated $259,290? Only time will tell. (WOW via MovieFone)
Aside from sitting through a Tyler Perry movie marathon, what’s more horrifying than the thought of being buried alive? OK, fine; watching Love, Actually. But you get my point. Being put underground and left for dead is a horrifying prospect. Which is what makes the new film, Buried, so intriguing.
The premise is simple: a man, played by Ryan Reynolds, wakes up six-feet underground with nothing but a lighter, a knife, a cell phone, and no recollection of how he got there. In fact, the premise is so simple that it doesn’t seem like it could carry a feature film. But based on the positive reviews thus far, the filmmakers found a way to make a compelling movie about a man in a box.
In honor of this achievement, we’ve put together a list of nine classic “buried alive” movies. Enjoy, or so help me God, I will put you in the ground while you’re still breathing.
"Oops. Didn't see you there. I was just posing naturally."
MTV met up with James McAvoy to talk about his upcoming turn as Professor X in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. He knows that he has some large shoes to fill, as the role seemed tailor-made for Patrick Stewart, but he's confident that he can bring his own touch to it.
"I'm basically going to try and bury Patrick's performance. I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve."
Oooo. Those are some tough words. I'd be careful what I say about Sir Patrick Stewart. The man is quick with a comeback after all.
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It’s a great day to be a Harry Potter fan (and a bad day if you don’t give a damn). The new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:…
How The Empire Strikes Back really should have ended. Much more realistic.
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"Oh, you want to give me my own movie? Okay."
If you bought a movie ticket to Elektra and enjoyed it so much that you went out and bought a DVD or Blu-Ray copy, it's time for you to ask for extra shifts at the Moron Store (where you work) so that you can save up for the next needless big screen adaptation from Marvel. Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed today that they have been in talks with Scarlett Johansson about her Iron Man 2 non-character Black Widow getting her own movie.
They're not going to get too deep into discussions regarding plot just yet though. The Avengers is their number one priority. They have artistic integrity, you guys. (Screen Crave)
Just call him Leonardo DiCoinoprio. Christopher Nolan has unveiled plans to some Romans that a video game based off Inception is in the works.
"We are looking at doing is developing a videogame based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can't fit into a feature film. That's something we've been talking about and are looking at doing long term, in a couple of years."
Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this. My mind is still pretty messed up as is thanks to the end of Metroid. (Variety)