30 Days of Night Teaser Poster

June 6, 2007

Beautiful.

Check out the stunning teaser poster for the highly anticipated Vampire flick 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.

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Watch AMAZING Mach V Video!!!

June 4, 2007

Here it is! The first video footage of SPEED RACER’S MACH V, with some great looks at the interior… not to mention plenty of clips from the press conference featuring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, and Susan Sarandon!

Click to see the Mach V and More!


Monday Morning Round-Up: Fast Cars Edition

June 4, 2007

Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the adaptation of SPY HUNTER, replacing John Woo and continuing his move towards car chase  films– before this starts, he’s filming Jason Statham in DEATH RACE 3000. No word yet on whether DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON is sticking around– he was attached to the project before the directorial change.

Check out the full plot synopsis for CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN.

Scott Porter, of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, has been cast as a younger version of RACER X (to be played by Matthew Fox) in SPEED RACER. We love FNL, so we love this news. Porter’s also a big comic buff– check out this Newsarama interview.

Here’s an interview with Tim Story, re: FF2. Biggest news: Puppet Master will likely be featured in FF3. That could be cool, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for Namor or Mole Man.

Oh, and two new FF web sites: one for the video game, one for the animated series.

Danny Goldring has been cast in THE DARK KNIGHT, no word on the role yet.

See some new Transformers footage here. Click on ‘Exclusive Footage.’

And, you’re going to get to see Transformers even earlier… special early showings have been added nationwide on Monday, June 2nd.


Knocked Up wins big… get ready for YEAR ONE and more!

June 4, 2007

Success!! Knocked Up had a GREAT weekend at the box office. The studio tried to keep expectation in the high-teens… most of the experts had it in the low-t0-mid twenties… so to come within a hair of $30 million, and to beat Pirates per screen– well, that’s just HUGE!!! For the full box office analysis, go here.

This means we can expect to see much more of our beloved FREAKS AND GEEKS/UNDECLARED alumni all over the place! That’s pretty sweet vindication for a gang of folks who were looking for jobs not so long ago. This just goes to show that sometimes perseverence IS rewarded, and these good things couldn’t have happened to a funnier, more talented group.

Maybe this will even cause some people at NBC or FOX to rethink things the next time they rush to cancel an unconventional show with a die-hard fan base… after all, these box office numbers definitely show there’s a market for this kind of comedy, which Judd used to bring to TV EVERY WEEK.

Seeing Seth, Jay, and Jason up there on the big screen was a real treat. And with SUPERBAD, FANBOYS, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS coming out this year, we’re definitely going to see plenty more of them. But what about 2008, you ask? Well, here’s a rundown on all the exciting project Apatow and Co. are working on…

  • YEAR ONE: Just announced, really can’t believe news this great! Apatow will produce… the movie is written and directed by none other than thelegendary HAROLD RAMIS!! And it stars JACK BLACK and our boy MICHAEL CERA!!! No word on the story yet, but c’mon– APATOW, RAMIS, BLACK, and CERA– how can that go wrong?
  • WALK HARD: Apatow produces, Jake Kasdan (the man behind the amazing ORANGE COUNTY and the underrated ZERO EFFECT) directs… John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, and Ed Helms star in this comedy about a down on his luck Johhny Cash-like musician.
  • YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN: Former roomies Apatow and Adam Sandler reunite in a story about a Mossad agent who becomes a hair stylist. Seriously!
  • FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL: Now this is one we can’t wait for… the scene-stealer himself, Jason Segel, playing opposite Kristen Bell! Segel (who also wrote it) plays a guy who takes a vacation to Hawaii after breaking up with his tv star girlfriend (Bell), only to have her show up with a new guy at the same resort.
  • DRILLBIT TAYLOR: Apatow produces this one, John Hughes did the story… two kids hire a bodyguard to protect them from a bully.
  • TROPIC THUNDER: Jay Baruchel stars with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. (Tom Cruise is rumored to have a cameo, too) in this comedy about actors in a military movie who are forced to become the soldiers they potray.

This is by no means a complete list, but you get the idea, right? After years of waiting, these guys are becoming the stars they’ve always deserved to be, and we’re gonna get some great movies out of it.


Roundabout Lone Ranger Confirmation?

June 3, 2007

A couple of weeks back, Collider put out the rumor that the minds behind the PIRATES trilogy– Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio– were in talks to make a movie out of THE LONE RANGER. We were obviously pretty psyched about that, but no official confirmation came, so…

Well, today, Box Office Mojo’s got an interview with Elliott and Rossio, and here’s what they have to say about upcoming projects they’re planning:

Box Office Mojo: What types of screenplays are under consideration?

Ted Elliott: We want to do a Western. The public consciousness that existed when Westerns were popular—that sense that, if you leave town, you could easily die—isn’t there anymore.

Terry Rossio: If you think of The Searchers, that lack of civilization is dangerous.

Ted Elliott: I think it started to fall away in the middle to late Sixties to the early Seventies—this idea, as in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, that the men you need to build a civilization have no place in it once it’s been built. If you think about the idea of a hero, the last thing you want to show up in your life is a hero—because all that can mean is that there’s something really bad going on. The only time heroes show up is if there’s conflict. It’s not good to be around heroes if you’re not a sidekick—you can become collateral damage way too easily.

Terry Rossio: The other thing that happened to the Western is the political correctness about the Indians—or the Native Americans. There was a point where the wilds were [considered] scary partly because the [Indians] would, as in The Searchers, come in and wipe you out. Then, somehow, we started to sort of understand that Native Americans perhaps shouldn’t be cast as such bad guys considering we came in and slaughtered all of them and that had the effect of making the Western less [appealing] and making those open spaces less frightening. In the Western that we want to do, those open spaces need to be made frightening.

Ted Elliott: Actually, the minute it became sort of understood that maybe the Indians had a really good reason to do what they were doing, they stopped doing that in movies.

Hmmm… now if we put two and two together here…


This Weekend: Go see KNOCKED UP

June 1, 2007

Its REVENGE OF THE UNDECLARED FREAKS AND GEEKS, with Judd Apatow bringing us KNOCKED UP starring SETH ROGEN, JAY BARUCHEL, and JASON SEGAL, among others. The flick is getting RAVE reviews, scoring a 92 on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85 on Metacritic— those are HUGE numbers for a comedy like this.

It’ll be nothing short of a tragedy if this film tanks. This needs to be 2007’s Wedding Crashers or 40 Year Old Virgin– it deserves to be. Don’t wait for the DVD or cable–carve out some time this weekend to see KNOCKED UP, help make sure these kinds of movies KEEP getting made.


New Iron Man Footage!

June 1, 2007

Mtv has some AMAZING new Iron Man Footage that’s gonna blow you away… there’s a kind of terrible interview where you get to see plenty of the helmet… a great desert action sequence with a reveal of the first model helmet… and little bit of Tony arriving at a function of some sort (and having a little trouble with the ladies).

Every time I see a new clip, I just can’t get it out of my head: Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark! This really is going to be a movie that sets a new bar for the superhero genre!