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March 31, 2011

Is Chloe Moretz joining "Dark Shadows" cast?

A few days ago talented young actress Chloe Grace Moretz (or simply, 'Chloe Moretz') tweeted from her official account that she just 'booked a huge project', which involves really cool actors (she said 'HUGE' a couple of times, LOL). Came to speculation that she's going to star in "The Hunger Games" in which she actually lost Katniss Everdeen role to Jennifer Lawrence. But then another speculation comes up that she is actually going to star alongside every women-obsession Johnny Depp in the upcoming Tim Burton film "Dark Shadows". That is HUGE!

According to Movie Web it was revealed that Moretz will play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard's (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) daughter, Carolyn. While a couple of days ago, it was announced that Thomas McDonell also signed in to play younger version of Barnabas Collins which will be played by Johnny Depp.

"Dark Shadow" is adapted from the popular supernatural television series at the '60s. With Tim Burton helming this project, I'm very sure that he will add astonishing visual art and effects! Besides Depp, Pfeiffer, McDowell, and allegedly Moretz, the movie also cast Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, and Jackie Earle Haley so far.

ETA: The Deadline confirmed that Moretz is indeed joining the cast of "Dark Shadows". THIS IS SUCH A GREAT NEWS!!! Congrats Chloe!

Peter Jackson wants Bret McKenzie back for "The Hobbit"

Peter Jackson is reportedly wanting "The Flight of the Choncords" star Bret McKenzie to reprise his role as Figwit in the upcoming "The Hobbit". For those who didn't notice (like myself), McKenzie actually appeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" for a blink of an eye scene, and "The Lord of the Rngs: The Return of the King" for a bit. Here's how The Playlist explains McKenzie's very tiny role:

During the council meeting where Frodo says, “I will take it!” the camera pans over to a pouty elf. The story goes that a fan said, “Frodo is great ... who is that?” thus spawning the nickname of Figwit. He reappeared in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” alongside Liv Tyler and that has been his extent so far in the franchise, but perhaps not for long.

"The Hobbit" is currently filming in New Zealand, which first part is set to hit theatres on December 2012.

First on-set photos of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton on "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" set!

Thanks to Accidental Sexiness we now have the first look of Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner and British beauty Gemma Arterton on set of their upcoming movie "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters". Yes, it is based on the popular folkrole about two siblings lost in the woods and got kidnapped by an old witch, but seems like the story-telling of this film will be way darker, as Hansel & Gretel are two grown-ups.

Three new stills of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and Leonard Nimoy is Sentinel Prime!

Three newest stills of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" have been finally released! The first one features Josh Duhamel and his squad running with an explosion behind them (you know in action movies when the studs turn around and then the building behind them explodes but they are like don't care about it while walking in slow motion? xD), and then Shia LaBeouf wearing a very neat outfit running from an explosion as well inside an office (Sam Witwicky is no longer a nerdy clumsy high school boy nor college guy ~ he's a real man now!), then the last one shows Shia and his new gorgeous co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley hiding behind a school bus, after an explosion as well. The stills are so 'explosive', check them out!

First exclusive clip of "Thor" is here!

The very first clip of "Thor" featuring Chris Hemsworth as the leading title and Natalie Portman has hit the internet! Thanks to Movie Web we got the HD version of it. Check it out below:

"Thor" will come to cinemas on May 6, 2011 starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and Kat Dennings, directed by British actor/director Kenneth Branagh.

March 30, 2011

Watch: First 6-minutes of "Sucker Punch"

We all know that "Sucker Punch" has been receiving dissenting critics over the past days -- but even the haters did agree that Zack Snyder put a really great effort in visualizing the 'artwork'. Warner Bros. gave us a special sneak peek of the first 6-minutes of the movie, which is AWESOME.

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Started with a Warner Bros. logo covered in a stage courtain, it all opened and we'll see a broadway-set like on stage room. And then we finally get to see the leading lady Baby Doll (played by Australian actress Emily Browning) sitting on her bedroom looking very worried while the outside is raining. The background music, is a remake of Eurythmics' 1983 hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" sang by Browning herself. I like Browning's version much much more since it stimulates the chills and thrills.

Baby Doll runs to the other room only to find her mother already covered in white sheet -- she's dead. Her sister cried and fell to her knees, while their father -- presumably antagonist, makes a devilish smile while Baby Doll seems to be worried and afraid. After the funeral, their father finally gets the last testament of his deceased wife, reading it while the writing "possession of two daughters" is focused. He then goes to molest his daughters, Baby Doll's sister is hiding in a closet while Baby Doll makes a way out -- to take a gun.

Baby Doll comes back with the gun when her father breaks the closet's door. She tries to shoot but it misses and hits the lamp, which apparently hurts her sister herself. Her father calls the police, and eventually Baby Doll is taken to Lennox House, special place (read: jail) for people who (are allegedly) have mental illness. There Baby Doll's journey to escape with her sexay friends begin.

Despite the many many negative reviews I am still eager to watch this movie -- I've been an avid fan of Zack Snyder since "300"! Hopefully it will arrive soon here in Indonesia.

March 29, 2011

Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star "Sleeping Beauty"

Oscar nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is reportedly in talks to star a leading role in upcoming fairy tale-based film "Sleeping Beauty". This project is written by Lindsay Devlin, who will revise the whole Sleeping Beauty tale in which Steinfeld will have a lot more to do than 'sleeping' by entering her dream world and has to find a way out from it while waiting for the prince charming to rescue her. Hmm, sounds interesting!

Seems like the fairytale films have been trending -- started with the success of Tim Burton's Oscar winning "Alice in Wonderland" which made $ 1 billion on the box office. A few titles have been started and currently in developing phase; "Snow White and the Huntsman" which stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron (no Viggo Mortensen anymore, he's out), "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" which currently cast Armie Hammer in addition to Julia Roberts, "Peter Pan Begins" with Channing Tatum in it, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter" starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and an underdeveloped titles such as "Maleficent", the dark witch of "Sleeping Beauty" which was reportedly will be helmed by Tim Burton and starring Angelina Jolie.

Meanhwile, the 14-years-old "True Grit" star Steinfeld has been stealing Hollywood scenes after her brilliant performance was recognized and snapped a shot for an Oscar nomination earlier this year. I don't know if it was a lucky hit, since it was her first ever film she ever starred in. Well I guess real talent will speak at the right time, no? Anyways, I'm pretty excited about this "Sleeping Beauty" project -- hopefully they will make a "Beauty and the Beast" one!

March 28, 2011

Chris Pine is back for "Star Trek" sequel while the Jack Ryan franchise is stalled

Striking blue-eyed actor Chris Pine is reportedly will reprise his portrayal as legendary Captain James T. Kirk on the untitled "Star Trek" sequel. It is still unclear whether J.J. Abrams will return as the director, but Paramount Pictures is making sure that the leading actor won't go anywhere.

This decision is apparently made since an untitled Jack Ryan project, in which Pine will play the new action character, is currently stalled because of a slow script writing process. Pine was officially selected to portray Jack Ryan, an iconic character appeared in most of Tom Clancy novels, which was previously portrayed by Ben Affleck in "Sum of all Fears", Harrison Ford in "Clear and Present Danger", "Patriot Games", "The Secret World of Spying", and Alec Baldwin in "The Hunt for Red October".

Chris Pine made a huge move in his movie career by starring in action flicks, which mostly successful: Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" and Darwin Tremor's "Smokin Aces", after starring in numerous chick-comedy-flick "Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" and "Just My Luck". He is currently in talks to many movie productions, including the adaptation of "Akira" and Doug Liman's next project "Moon". Well I personally love to see him in any genre though, he seems so gritty when it comes to the character. I'm hoping to see more Chris Pine this year!

Thomas McDonell joins Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"

Disney's "Prom" actor Thomas McDonnell officially join the cast of "Dark Shadows" as the younger version of Barnabas Collins, which will be played by Johnny Depp. Before McDonnell, French actress Eva Green as well as Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Helena Bonham Carter also confirmed to join.

"Dark Shadows" is based on 1960s horror soap opera, in which all supernatural creatures with the likes of vampires, zombies, witches, monsters, warlocks, will appear. Tim Burton, the mighty helmer of "Corpse Bride", "A Nightmare Before Christmas", and "Alice in Wonderland" will direct.

The filming will start in May with an unknown 2012 release.

Awesome new poster of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Warner Bros. just released this new official poster of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", in which you see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) gets face to face with his archenemy Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). It looks awesome!

I'm sure we all want to witness the end of Harry Potter's journey on theatres behind 3D glasses: July 15, 2011!

March 27, 2011

Amy Adams is Lois Lane in "Superman: Man of Steel"

I couldn't do anything but squee-ing after hearing this news: yet another awesome actress to join Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner! America's sweetheart and two-times Academy Award nominee actress Amy Adams is the new Lois Lane in the Zack Snyder's reboot "Superman: Man of Steel", LA Times reported.

"There was a big, giant search for Lois," Snyder says. "For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it."

If the previous rumors about Lois Lane casting calls were true, then Adams has officially beaten out other thight competitors with the likes of Kristen Stewart (seriously -- I can't imagine this girl becoming Lois Lane!), Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Dianna Agron, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, and Natalie Portman. Adams is also the successor of Kate Bosworth who previously played the role in 2006's "Superman Returns" along side Brandon Routh.

What I like about Adams is that she has rather broader fans and audience. She stole the teenagers' heart with her performance in Disney's "Enchanted", but caught the critics attention in "The Fighter" as well. Up next, you can see her on indie drama "On The Road" where she stars alongside Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley and "The Muppets".

March 26, 2011

First trailer of "The Three Musketeers" has been released!

Summit Entertainment has finally released the first trailer of "The Three Musketeers" remake! It looks pretty awesome, take a look:

Starring Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, and Matthew Macfayden as Porthos, Aramis, and Athos respectively, this Three Musketeers must defeat the beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. They do it with the help of a young hot headed D'Artagnan (played by Logan Lerman) whose obsession is to be one of the Musketeers.

Orlando Bloom, Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, and Christoph Waltz also star in this Paul W.S. Andersondirected movie. "The Three Musketeers" will be released on October 14, 2011 in 3D.

Heart breaking stills from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

I was speechless when seeing this new stills from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2". Daniel Radcliffe who portrays Harry for the last time ever, is seen walking through the ruined Hogwarts passing some laid down dead bodies. I assume this is the scene after (or maybe before) his latest duel with arch-enemy Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

The last part of Harry Potter franchise hits cinemas on July 15, 2011. It will be the end of the most successful movie franchise - EVER. I really hope it will strike up the box office, even defeating its very first picture "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".

Armie Hammer joins "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White", Saoirse Ronan in talks for leading lady

Armie Hammer is the most handsome of them all.

"The Social Network" breakout star officially joined Julia Roberts in the fairy tale adaptation "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" as Prince Andrew Talcott. Roberts has been locked to star as the Evil Queen initially. Hammer is currently filming Clint Eastwood-directed movie along with Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar", in which they reportedly become a couple and had numerous 'kissing' scenes. I am definitely going to watch that movie! xD

Meanwhile, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is currently in talks to play Snow White, but haven't confirmed about her involvement. This is an absolute great choice. In a very young age, Ronan received an Oscar nomination for her terrific performance in Joe Wright's "Atonement", and then landed a leading role in Peter Jackson's sci-fi drama "The Lovely Bones". Her latest movie would be "Hanna", where she gets to play a teen assassin. She is also rumored to join cast of "The Hobbit", which means there's a little possibility for her to join "Snow White" if the "Hobbit" rumor is true.

This project will be directed by "Immortals" and "The Fall" helmer Tarsem Singh, while Melissa Walack writes the screenplay. Assuming that it will be derived from the original Brothers Grimm story (not the 1937 Disney cartoon), I thought this Snow White version will be way darker, even than upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Disney's "Snow and the Seven". But IndieWire revealed a bit after peeking on Walack's draft, that "the tone is lighter and more comic". Even so, it is possible that the team rewrites and darkens the storyline, as Jason Keller is now involved to write the script.

"The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" will come to theatres in June 23, 2012 in 3D.

List of "The Hunger Games"' Peeta and Gale role contenders tested with Jennifer Lawrence

More "The Hunger Games" movie update! A bunch of new names have been added to the mix of Peeta Mellark contenders, as well as the newly announced nominations for Gale Hawthrone. Lionsgate Studio has recently tested the actors to depict some scenes with the currently chosen Jennifer Lawrence who lands the female leading role Katniss Everdeen.

In addition to Josh Hutcherson and Hunter Parrish who were previously announced to negotiate as Peeta role, Alexander Ludwig, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters were reportedly join the screen test. The four young actors must be relatively unknown for some people, but I'm sure that you actually caught them on films. Ludwig was the leading man in epic fantasy "Legend of the Seeker". Till made his big break in the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as Miley Cyrus' on-screen love interest, and he's going to appear in this year's anticipated blockbuster "X-Men: First Class" portraying Alex Summers aka Havok, the brother of Scott "Cyclops" Summers. Meanwhile, if you re-watch "Kick-Ass" you will absolutely recognize Evan Peters, as he played Aaron Johnson's best friend. From this list, apparently Alex Pettyfer is no longer up for this role.

In the other hand, the studio is also currently searching for yet another important supporting role in "The Hunger Games", Gale Hawthrone. Described as a very handsome and masculine boy, Lionsgate is searching for a at least 6' tall actors to portray this best friend of Katniss. According to "Hunger Games" best fansite Mockingjay, the announced names are: Liam Hemsworth, David Henry, Robbie Ammell, and Drew Roy. Australian actor Hemsworth first caught the public eyes starring opposite his then-girlfriend Miley Cyrus in "The Last Song" (and he is also the brother of Chris Hemsworth, the "Thor" guy). Henrie started his career being funny and entertaining in Disney Channel hit "The Wizard of Waverly Place" with Selena Gomez. Ammell and Roy are relatively very new, but you can see them on Nickelodeon's "True Jackson" and sci-fi series "Falling Skies" respectively. From the Gale description, I believe Hemsworth would perfectly fit. He is absolutely tall, with perfect masculine figure. Even so, most of us are still questioning about his real acting talents, but let's just give him a try. ;-)

Stay tune for more "The Hunger Games" updates!

March 25, 2011

Michael Shannon and Edgar Ramirez contending for "Superman: Man of Steel" main villain

After Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner have officially won to play main protagonist roles, two talented actors Michael Shannon and Edgar Ramirez are reportedly contending to snatch the main villain role in Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel". The rumor about getting Viggo Mortensen to play General Zod is apparently not true, since he has signed in to play Eric the Huntsman in "Snow White and the Huntsman" with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

Michael Shannon is mostly known from his recurring role as Nelson Van Alden in HBO's Golden Globe winning series "Boardwalk Empire". Even so, he's been grazing the big screen since 1992 starting from TV movies. His famous works to mention are "Vanilla Sky", "The Photographer", "8 Mile", "Revolutionary Road", and "The Runaways". He is now filming for drama feature "The Iceman", along with James Franco, Benicio del Toro, and Elias Koteas.

Edgar Ramirez also has started his career in the 90s, starring in Spanish television movies and series. Hollywood and movie mania began to know him as he starred in Tony Scott's action flick "Domino" where Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke also played. He also gained more attention as he got supporting roles in more action hits "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Vantage Point". He is now currently filming "Clash of the Titans" sequel, "Wrath of the Titans", playing the God of war Ares.

I think Shannon and Ramirez are great candidates to play Superman's main villain, judging from their resumes. It is still unofficial whether General Zod will be the villain, but knowing the facts that this Snyder's version is a 'reboot', then it's still possible. "Superman: Man Of Steel" will come to theatres in 2012.

Four actors to have "The Bourne Legacy" screen test

According to Deadline, the four names of who's going to have special screen test for Universal's upcoming action flick "The Bourne Legacy" have been announced. "Tron: Legacy", "Country Strong", and upcoming "On The Road" star Garrett Hedlund, "The Thing"'s Joel Edgerton, "The History Boys" and upcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger"'s Dominic Cooper, and the recently cast in "The Amateur American" Luke Evans are scheduled to test in first week of April.

Among those names, there's speculation that "Across the Universe" and recently added to "Prometheus" cast list Logan Marshall Green has been added to the mix, as well as two popular names Shia LaBeouf (who doesn't need any screen test to get into the list -- well, he is Shia LaBeouf) and Taylor Kitsch (who apparently has met with Tony Gilroy the director). But Deadline's Nikki Finke said that the studio might not need big star to replace Matt Damon in this "Bourne" series spin-off, and that fresh faces will likely be 'fancied' more.

March 24, 2011

"The Magician's Nephew" will be the fourth Narnia film adaptations

Walden Media and 20th Century Fox have been discussing about whether they are making the fourth edition of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, and if there's any, it is said that "The Magician's Nephew" will be chosen to adapt. "We are currently discussing with both Fox and the C.S. Lewis Estate whether we will make another Narnia film," a rep told Entertainment Weekly, and stressed that the film making is not official yet.

The first three movies had quite decent performances at the box office. The first two; "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian", were distributed by Disney Pictures and both passed $ 100 million box office in US alone. Unfortunately, both failed to attract critics, and I was so agree since they used rather cheesy-uninteresting script. But then, 20th Century Fox snapped the franchise from Disney started from "Voyage of the Dawn Treader", which is a good thing since the movie ascended much much better. It had no cheesy dialogue, a well-written storyline, and fun-to-follow allure.

"The Magician's Nephew" is originally the sixth book of C.S. Lewis' "Narnia" series, but it actually tells the origins of how Narnia universe was built (that's why the books have been re-ordered with "The Magician's Nephew" as the first book from the chronology). Set in Narnian-year 0 (Earth year 1900), it tells about how Aslan creates the magical world and how two pre-adolescent children, Digory Kirke (remember the old professor on "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" movie who told bedtime stories to Lucy Pevensie? Yes, Digory is his name, and this is his younger version) and Polly Plummer enters Narnia through a scientific experiment of Digory's uncle, Andrew. "The Magician's Nephew" also reveals the origins of Jadis, the mean White Witch, played by Tilda Swinton on the first film.

Seems like Walden Media has to conduct new casting calls to play Digory, Polly, and Andrew. As for Jadis, Swinton has expressed her interest to return, since she stated her fascination to "The Magician's Nephew" book.

I'm a huge fan of "Narnia" franchise and I just can't wait for more developments from this film!

"Dorothy of Oz" first poster is released

The first poster of animated feature "Dorothy of Oz" starring Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, and James Belushi as the voice talents finally released! See it below:

The movie still has no release dates, however, but scheduled for May 2012.

March 23, 2011

"Captain America: The First Avenger" full-length trailer is here!

Big thanks to Entertainment Tonight we got the first ever full-length trailer of "Captain America: The First Avenger"! Take a look at the awesome clip below:

After successfully portraying Johnny Storm aka Human Thorch in "Fantastic Four" series, Chris Evans is now back to play another Marvel popular superhero Captain America / Steve Rogers himself. "Gossip Girl" star Sebastian Stan also star, as well as Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones. The Joe Johnston-directed film will be out in cinemas on July 22, 2011!

March 22, 2011

Taylor Kitsch and Benicio del Toro join Oliver Stone's "Savages"

The casting calls for Oliver Stone's upcoming adaptation "Savages" is still on the way. After young British Aaron Johnson signed on for one of the leading role, Ben, Deadline reports that Taylor Kitsch, whom we might know from "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" where he played Gambit and American tv series "Friday Night Lives", will join the movie to play Chon, Ben's best friend. Meanwhile, Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro is reportedly signed to play Lado, an accomplice of Mexican drug cartel which is the main antagonist of the storyline.

"Savages" is based on Don Winslow's best-selling book with the same title, tells about two best friends, Ben and Chon, who are successful growers of pot in Laguna. Seems like they are having a quirky lifestyle besides becoming a 'pot grower', since they both share the same girlfriend (!!!). This girl named O dates both Ben and Chon ~ and apparently they have no problem with it. One day, a drug enforcer Lado asks them to work for his boss, a Mexican cartel matriarch. After Ben and Chon refusing to join, the Mexican gang kidnap O. Ben and Chon are forced to come up with a fortune in ransom. They plot to do it by hijacking the cartel's drug supply, right under the nose of Lado, who is highly suspicious.

The role of O was initially 'almost' given to Jennifer Lawrence before she was signed for "The Hunger Games". The team are now looking for her replacement, for both famous and unknown names. "Savages" is currently on progress to sign a deal with Universal Pictures.

Ian McShane joins "Jack The Giant Killer", Sienna Guillory returns as Jill Valentine in "Resident Evil 5"

Star of the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", Ian McShane, is reportedly joining Bryan Singer's fairy tale-based movie adaptation "Jack The Giant Killer". Re-telling the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale, about a boy named Jack who finds himself in an expedition to save a princess taken hostage by a giant, which threatens the peace truce between human and giants. McShane will play King Brahmwell, the father of the kidnapped princess.

Nicholas Hoult, star of British television series hit "Skins" and upcoming "X-Men: First Class" will play as Jack, the leading role; while Eleanor Tomlinson cast as the princess. Veterans Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and John Kassir also set to star in the film.

Meanwhile, the popular video game-to-movie adaptation "Resident Evil" franchise finally gets its main hero back. British actress Sienna Guillory confirmed her return to star again as Jill Valentine in the upcoming "Resident Evil 5". The actress, who's currently pregnant, wrote via her Twitter account, "RE:5 alert! Training begins! I aim to mostly put less in the big hole on the front of my face than comes out of the little one on my arse."

Guillory first appeared in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse", the first sequel of the "Resident Evil" saga, in which she perfectly embodied the physical appearance of Jill Valentine. However, the proportion of Valentine's involvement wasn't as significant as hers in the original game, "Resident Evil: Nemesis", and she didn't even appear in the next installment "Resident Evil: Extinction". Guillory's latest appearance was in "Resident Evil: Afterlife" at the end of the movie. I didn't even realize that it was her, since the hairstyle had changed much -- it was adapted from the 'new' Jill Valentine in "Resident Evil 5" video game in which she dyed her hair blonde. The plot for "Resident Evil 5" is still unknown, but I do really hope that they will bring my favorite character to live, Leon Scott Kennedy!

Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Robert Pattinson, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender -- all wanted for "Akira"

After adapting "Book of Eli" to the big screen, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are currently developing to make movie version of Katsuhiro Otomo's 6 volume graphic novel "Akira". Albert Hughes has been appointed to direct it, while Steve Kloves (who wrote ALL of "Harry Potter" movie franchise and currently "The Amazing Spider-Man") writes the screenplay. Now thanks to Deadline, the list of actors that are 'wanted' to star in the movie version is revealed.

There are two main characters based on the graphic novel: Tetsuo and Kaneda. For the Tetsuo role, studio has given the script to the British talents Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy; while for Kaneda, the script has been sent to Garret Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, and Joaquin Phoenix. The story takes place in New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Seems like the two leading characters will be likely played by an actor from each group. Hmmm, it's interesting!

So, since I haven't even read the graphic novel, I think I'm a bit biased on this. Of course I'm going to support Garfield or McAvoy for Tetsuo, and Hedlund or Pine for Kaneda. Steve Kloves has been working with Garfield for "The Amazing Spider-Man", so I think his involvement is somewhat beneficial for Garfield. But if the studio had to choose based on each actor's fame to 'blow up' the buzz of this adaptation, then maybe they'll take Pattinson and Timberlake more for consideration.

March 19, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ALBERTO FALCONE aka The Holiday Killer in "The Dark Knight Rises"

The buzz about what character will Joseph Gordon-Levitt play in "The Dark Knight Rises" hasn't stop yet. But earlier today, thanks to Jeff Sneider from Variety, it was reported that Levitt will play a potential villain named Alberto Falcone. Yes, Alberto Falcone is the son of Carmine Falcone, which was played by Tom Wilkinson in the previous "Batman Begins". Alberto Falcone appeared in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman series "The Long Halloween" and "Dark Victory" as the main antagonist.

Geez, seems like Bruce Wayne has a lot of villains to handle this time. From Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, Tom Hardy's Bane, and then Levitt's Alberto Falcone. But from what I'm seeing, seems like Falcone will be the pivotal enemy in this movie, since he'll be likely 'inheriting' his father's involvement in "Batman Begins". Also, Falcone is a Mafia, so he totally has the access of the Gotham City (read: somewhat has 'authority'). It such a great idea that Christopher Nolan, the mighty director, has been wanting to keep Batman's villain as realistic as possible, thus his version of Batman is not your average superhero movie. What a genius.

Meanwhile, the involvement of Oscar winning actress Marion Cotillard hasn't been confirmed until now. I'm still quite confused of what role she's going to play if she actually signs in, since I'm personally not into the Batman comics so I don't really acquaint the characters. The Juno Temple news isn't also confirmed yet, for she is merely 'eyed' -- not officially signed in. Speaking of Temple's character: "a street-smart girl in Gotham City", I'm still wondering why Nolan didn't ask Ellen Page to do this. I mean, "The Dark Knight Rises" seems to be an "Inception" reunion (sans Leonardo DiCaprio though), and imagining of what Temple's alleged character looks like, it reminds me of Ellen Page immediately. But since Temple isn't official yet, I think there's still a hope for Page to do this role. ;)

EDIT: Well, seems like this news is somehow, 'twisted'. A rep from Entertainment Weekly said that Levitt will NOT play Alberto Falcone afterall, and that we won't get any idea of what his role is until close to the film's release date. So, I think, before any official announcement of Levitt's role, let's consider all of these rumors as merely 'opinions' or 'hopes' from the Batman fans. Agree? ;-)

March 18, 2011

C. Thomas Howell confirms that the 'Lizard' is the main villain in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Face it Tiger... You got Lizard as your enemy! As the media is buzzing about which villain is going to be beaten up by Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider-Man", C. Thomas Howell has finally confirmed that Dr. Curt Connors, Peter's lecturer himself, aka The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans) will be the one. Howell explains about the character he plays as well, which is rather small but has a strong relevance to Spider-Man.

Here's what Howell said on The Retroradio, "There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker who's son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way,".

Well if the Lizard is the enemy then does it mean that Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone) won't be dead yet? But recalling from Howell's explanation about the fight on the Manhattan Bridge, maybe it will differ from the original comic book story that Gwen was killed by the Green Goblin (still hoping so!). I just have to say this because I'm more of a Peter & Mary Jane shipper -- they are the real true love! Speaking of Mary Jane Watson, I'm still locking my choice Evan Rachel Wood to play the role. Just dye her hair red and give her green contact lenses then you'll have the Mary Jane Watson! I'm pretty much sure that she and Andrew Garfield, the Spider-Man, will have a great chemistry. Afterall, both are highly acclaimed actors and will make the famous love story even edgier. At least that's what I think.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" comes to theatre in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Official: Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins "The Dark Knight Rises", Juno Temple is eyed for a supporting role

Even though we all know that he will actually join the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises", the official announcement is finally here! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Golden Globe-nominated actor for his work on "500 Days of Summer" and "Inception" star, has sealed the deal to play an unknown role in "The Dark Knight" sequel directed by Christopher Nolan. This will be a reunion after Levitt worked with Nolan in "Inception". About the role he's going to play, I gotta say that we all have no idea. There's a few speculations which fit Levitt's appearances though: Robin, the Batman's sidekick; The Riddler, yet another Batman famous enemy who's previously played by Jim Carrey in "Batman Forever"; or Deadshot, a member of League of Shadows. Unfortunately we just have to wait for the next announcement since Nolan will seem to keep the identity in secret for quite some time.

Another "The Dark Knight Rises" update is that the studio is currently negotiating with Juno Temple, whose claim to fame was in 2007 Oscar hit "Atonement" and the upcoming "The Three Musketeers", to play a street-smart girl in Gotham City. And just like Levitt's unidentified role, I don't have any idea of who that Gotham girl is. It is also unclear that the character is taken from the official DC Comics figures or Nolan will just make it new.

Now that Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Levitt are official to join, I just have to wait for another confirmation from Marion Cotillard who's also in talks to play in this movie. Believing Gary Oldman who said that this movie will be 'better' than "The Dark Knight", The Academy might want to save a nomination space for "The Dark Knight Rises" starts now.

"The Dark Knight Rises" comes to theatres on July 20, 2012.

New preview clip of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Huge thanks to Vulture for posting this latest preview video of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"! It looks great though, I won't explain it any further -- just see it yourself!

Shia LaBeouf is up for two new projects: "Horns" and "Preacher"

Shia LaBeouf might be one of the brightest young actors in Hollywood, despite being labeled as a 'bad boy' recently (he was involved in a bar brawl a couple of times and then car crash, and then another brawl this year). Well apart from me being a fan of him, I think it won't affect anything to his career as long as he keeps himself professional. The prove is here: LaBeouf is currently filming for Jon Hillcoat-directed movie "The Wettest County In The World", adapted from a novel with the same title, and then linked to three more prestigious projects: Oliver Stone's upcoming Vietnam War-themed "Pinkville", a drama comedy "College Republicans" which the script was listed in 2010 Black List (list of 'bloody good' scripts but in undeveloped projects), and finally "The Associate", in which he'll star as leading role Kyle McAvoy based on John Grisham's best selling novel.

And now he did it again. While he's now in Atlanta filming "The Wettest County", there are some news buzz reporting that LaBeouf is signed to star in "Horns" and "Preacher". "Horn" is adapted from Joe Hill's best-selling novel with the same name, tells about a 26 years old Ignatius Perrish who finds himself having horns growing from his head after getting drunk on the anniversary of Merrin Williams', his girlfriend, death. It is shocking to Ig himself, but as his horns grow bigger he sets out investigate the unsolved murder of his girlfriend and the case's connection to his cursed fate.

The latter, "Preacher", is based on a comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, imprinted by DC Comics. Mainly tells about Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who is possessed by a demon named Genesis and destroyed his entire congregation and flattened his church. Custer merely becomes the most powerful human being in the universe by possessing Genesis' power, which is an unnatural coupling of angel and demon. While discovering and developing his power, Custer travels all through United States to literally find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. During the journey, Custer meets a lot of men in unusual form, who are likely to be a bit 'satanic'. "Disturbia", "Eagle Eye", and "I Am Number Four" director DJ Caruso officially announced to helm this project after Darren Aronofsky was out, and Caruso said in a press conference, "Shia LaBeouf loves Arseface. He wants to play Arseface. So we're kind of working that out,".

If it happens then LaBeouf will enter a whole new level in his acting career. After doing some quick research, Arseface is apparently described as a hopeless man who grows up in an abusive household. He idolizes Kurt Cobain and try to emulate his suicide attempt. He wasn't succeed to shoot himself, however, and severely deforms his face instead of killing him. In the conference, Caruso also stated that he'd love to have "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine to become Jesse Custor, and his "I Am Number Four" star Alex Pettyfer to play Saint of Killers. "Preacher" is written by John August who previously wrote "Corpse Bride", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and "Minority Report".

As a LaBeouf fan I am truly excited to hear this news! Catch Shia LaBeouf this year on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" out in theatres July 1, 2011 in 3D.

Aaron Johnson for "Savages" and "Anna Karenina" leading man

British actors are totally invading Hollywood right now. From Andrew Garfield becoming Spider-Man, Henry Cavill becoming Superman, Alex Pettyfer becoming box office dude since last month, and so on, here comes Aaron Johnson who's on his way. Well we all know that he starred in 2010 hit flick "Kick-Ass" (and of course he played Kick-Ass), and it was pretty much great! Johnson was so 'likeable' he made us -- the girls -- want to be his best friend, at least based on the Dave Lizewski role.

According to Deadline, Johnson is now being offered one of the leading male roles for "Savages", an Oliver Stone-directed drama about two best friends growing a pot and share a beautiful girlfriend. Problems come when a Mexican drug cartel kidnaps their girl, threatening them that they will kill the girl if the pot doesn't grow for the cartel. The movie will be written by Shane Salerno and Winslow -- who wrote the original novel. Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast as the leading lady (yes, the girlfriend), but since she recently just signed for "The Hunger Games", she'll be likely to get a replacement because "Savages" will start filming in June.

Besides "Savages", Johnson is also being offered to star in "Anna Karenina" alongside Keira Knightley. "Anna Karenina" is based on an adaptation of the Tolstoy classic tragic love story, which will be helmed by "Atonement" director Joe Wright, and written by Tom Stoppard. The movie is reportedly will begin shooting in fall.

March 17, 2011

Breaking: Kevin Costner is Jonathan Kent in "Man of Steel"

After previously chosing Diane Lane to be Martha Kent, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures confirmed that Kevin Costner is set to play her beloved husband and Superman's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent! Zack Snyder, the director of "Superman: Man Of Steel", said, "Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time."

Costner and Lane will play the loving parents of Clark Kent/Superman, which will be played by British actor Henry Cavill. Since the upcoming "Superman: Man of Steel" is a reboot, so I don't think it will be related to the latest Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" starring Brandon Routh. It will likely tell the very beginning of Superman (just like the Christopher Reeve version ones), and rumor has it that General Zod will be back in this project. As for Clark Kent's eternal love Lois Lane, the studio is still searching the right actress to play it.

"Superman: Man Of Still" is scheduled to be released in 2012.

New stills from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

We all know that both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were filmed back-to-back, even the trailer sums them all up, but the promotion seems to go in separate ways. Thanks to ABC Family we now have the first still of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", which features Daniel Radcliffe as the great young wizard.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" comes to theatres in 3D on July 22, 2011, and it will be the END of Harry Potter franchise. I think I might need to bring a LOT of tissues when watching it. Let's see if this movie will surpass its very first franchise "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the box office!

Trailers roundup: "Attack the Block", "Larry Crowne", "Friends With Benefits", "Bag of Hammers", and new clips from "The Beaver"

Some trailers of the exciting upcoming movies are finally released! But don't expect them to be explosive and fast paced like the summer blockbuster ones, since the genres are mostly drama (well, there's one alien invasion movie though). See them all below:

"Attack The Block"
Premiered in SXSW 2011, "Attack The Block" displayed a bunch of exciting and funny scenes. When a teen gang gathers up at their block, a meteor-like fire falls down from the sky, which turns out to be an unidentified monster comes from outer space. The gang has to keep their block safe from the aliens with their knowledge of fighting and shooting (they are members of a gang, they should know how to fight and shoot right? ;D). Directed and written by Joe Cornish, this British movie stars Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway, while "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" producers, Jenny Boggars, Will Clarke, Matthew Justice, and Lucy Pardee are the execs of this movie. "Attack The Block" will be released on May 13, 2011 at the UK.

Get ready for an "American Reunion" of the "American Pie" cast!

The "American Pie" gang will reunite, YAY! Well, that's what The Hollywood Reporter said, that the upcoming sequel will be titled "American Reunion". The three leading actors, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, and Eugene Levy have currently been confirmed to join and return to the sequel. The other cast, Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, and Tara Reid are still in negotiations to return as well.

The "American Pie" franchise is probably one of the most successful teen comedy movies, grossing over $ 754 million at worldwide box office. By this, I'm referring to the official franchise, "American Pie", "American Pie 2", and "American Wedding", because there were lots of titles attaching "American Pie" on it but not as successful as those three (I'm recalling "American Pie: The Naked Mile" it's about the 'other Stiflers', but when watching it I was like 'WTH?!?').

There's no further details about this upcoming sequel, except that Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (directors and writers of "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay") have written the script and will direct, while Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz will produce, according to Filmonic.

Stay tune to this blog for more updates!

"The Hunger Games" updates: Jennifer Lawrence officially cast as Katniss Everdeen, Hunter Parrish is added as Peeta Mellark contenders

After spending some weeks witnessing the 'cyber war' between Team Hailee, Team Kaya, Team Lyndsy, and some others supporting their favorite actress to become Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming movie adaptation of "The Hunger Games", it is now revealed that the ultimate role finally goes to the newest Hollywood 'it' actress Jennifer Lawrence! The Wrap reports that the "Winter's Bone" actress confirmed and approved the role on Wednesday as the deal closed.

Well I personally supported Hailee Steinfeld for this currently most wanted role, because she basically fits the physical description of Katniss Everdeen who is 16 (Lawrence is 20 already). But I love Lawrence as well, so, congratulations, Jen!

In the meantime, the search for Katniss' love interest Peeta Mellark is still on going. After Alex Pettyfer and Josh Hutcherson confirmed that they were indeed trying out and had talks with "The Hunger Games" producers, it is revealed that "Weeds" television star Hunter Parrish is also on the run for Peeta role. Lionsgate themselves said that they won't cast Peeta after they found the right Katniss, but now that Lawrence is up for the female lead, I think an official announcement will be published soon!

"The Hunger Games" is adapted by the best-selling book series by Suzanne Collins. It is the first book, followed by "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay", which will likely be made if the first feature is successful. The movie will be directed by Gary Ross and written by Billy Ray with March 23, 2012 release date.

Robin McLeavy is Abraham's Lincoln mother in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

(This news might be late -- but it's better be than never, right? :D)

Australian actress Robin McLeavy has been officially cast as Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, in the upcoming horror flick "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". She was initially trying out for Mary Todd role, but eventually it went to Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Although McLeavy's name is relatively new and unknown for most of us, seems like she has nailed her audition and attracted Timur Bekmambetov, the director, to hire her. McLeavy's role is rather small but pivotal. In the novel, Nancy Hanks Lincoln is killed by a supernatural creature, making Abraham fuels his passion to kill vampires and their slave-helpers.

Abraham Lincoln is played by Benjamin Walker, star of "Flags of our Fathers" and "The War Boys", while his wife Mary Todd Lincoln played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. "The Hurt Locker" and the now playing "The Adjustment Bureau" actor Anthony Mackie also stars as William Seward, as well as Dominic Cooper and Jimmi Simpson as Henry Sturgess and Joshua Speed respectively. This is the most recent cast list so far. Behind the scene, Bekmambetov is directing while Seth Grahame-Smith, the original novelist and the writer of upcoming Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's collaboration "Dark Shadows" makes the screenplay. Burton is also a producer for this movie along with Jim Lenley (who previously worked with Bekmambetov in "Wanted").

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is scheduled to come to theatres on June 22, 2012.

Another superhero to get rebooted: "Daredevil"

Anyone of you is sick of hearing superhero reboot movies? Well, here's another one! "Daredevil" is announced to be remade, as the news has been rolling on the internet since last year. David Scarpa has been hired first to write the screenplay, and now Variety reports that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" director David Slade will helm this project. Slade was initially hired to direct "The Wolverine", yet another spin-off story from X-Men's very own Wolverine. But eventually "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky has been appointed to direct that feature and Slade was off the hook.

However, Variety also reports that this movie won't involve any material from the previous 2003 "Daredevil" version starring Ben Affleck as the leading man Matt Murdock aka Daredevil and Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios. The movie failed to top the box office chart, unfortunately, and 20th Century Fox had planned to make a sequel -- even though it wasn't actually implemented. So right now they decided to make a new project still with the same subject so they won't lose the rights of this film.

March 16, 2011

Latest new clips from animated movie "Rio" starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway

One of this year's animated movies to release, "Rio", recently shared its latest two clips from the movie. Starring Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg who lent his voice to Blu, the domesticated macaw, and Anne Hathaway as his love interest Jewel, it tells about an adventurous story in which Blu has to get out of his safety zone with a help of 'the bird of his dream', Jewel. Blu has been living in Minessota for a very long time, and the independent and free-spirited Jewel takes him out to see the real world. With the ultimate destination Rio de Janiero, Blu finds ups and downs in his journey but has a lot to learn from friendship loyalty to love.

Below are the latest two clips released by 20th Century Fox, which shows some romantic and funny footages from the movie.

"Tell Her How You Feel"

March 15, 2011

Russian trailer of "X-Men: First Class" reveals some new footages!

Still curious about what's "X-Men: First Class" all about? Well, maybe this Russian version of the first trailer will pretty much answer the question. This is indeed a prequel, since it shows the young Erik Lensherr aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender)'s history when he was apart from his parents briefly. We can also watch Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) screams his power, Beast (Nicholas Hoult) tries to fly the X-Jet, and Havok (Lucas Till) with Professor X (James McAvoy) surrounded by fire. The music also differs from the original one, it's rather more epic. Watch it below!!

Click here to watch the original English trailer!

Meet the super Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page in "Super"!

Following the success of comedy superhero movies like "Kick-Ass", James Gunn tried to bring back this hype through his latest feature, "Super". Starring Rainn Wilson as the main protagonist, ordinary everyman Frank D'Arbo, who transforms himself into a vigilante named The Crimson Bolt. He feels betrayed by his former junkie wife, Sarah Helgeland Liv Tyler, who falls for a seductive drug dealer, Jacques (Kevin Bacon).

But he doesn't do it alone. He meets a comic book freak named Libby (the one and only Ellen Page), who finally agrees to become his sidekick, Boltie. Coping with Frank's loss, they wear their hand-made suits and a wrench, they beat their way through the mean streets of crime to save Frank's wife. Watch the gloriously funny trailer below:

March 14, 2011

Josh Hutcherson is also in talks to star in "The Hunger Games" as Peeta Mellark

Watchout Alex Pettyfer, seems like you got some competition here. Former child actor Josh Hutcherson is reportedly also contending for Peeta Mellark role in the upcoming page-to-screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games". It has been revealed that Hutcherson already had meetings with Lionsgate about the role, but still, no decision made.

Hutchersoon told Entertainment Weekly that he has even met with Gary Ross, "The Hunger Games" director. However, Hutcherson admitted, "But they're meeting a lot of people right now. One can only dream.". Later he revealed his personal fascination to Peeta Mellark, by saying, "I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am—self deprecating, a people person. And he'd be such a great character to play! Like in the third book? Oh my God."

Just like Ethan Anderson from First Showing said, I personally agree that Hutcherson will be a 'better' choice than Pettyfer. Well, I know that Pettyfer may be 'commercially' winning, as you all can see his face on theatres this month, from the sci-fi action "I Am Number Four" and teen drama "Beastly". Unfortunately he didn't seem to attract the movie critics as both movies failed to top the box office and receptions. In the other hand, Hutcherson is relatively very known in the US. Looking back to his resume, Hutcherson starred in famous acclaimed features such as "The Polar Express", "Little Manhattan", "Zathura: A Space Adventure", "RV", "Bridge to Terabithia", "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and recently the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are Alright". Even though Pettyfer got the physical attraction, I think Hutcherson will have the best chance.

I made my choice, what about yours? ;)

New trailer of Spike Jonze's latest short film with Arcade Fire, "Scenes from the Suburbs"

Ever since I watched "Being John Malkovich" and this beautiful short film called "I'm Here" (starring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory), I immediately started to admire Spike Jonze, man genius behind the directorial seat. This year Jonze made another short, cooperating with this year's Grammy winning indie rock band Arcade Fire, titled "Scenes from the Suburbs". Check out the cool trailer below:

This short film is originally written by the band members while Jonze directed it. The trailer looks so simple though, but it does depict the gritty real life sci-fi flick. Referring to his previous works like "Adaptation", "Being John Malkovich", or even the "I'm Here" short, we can conclude immediately that Jonze has a thing for any sci-fi material. Andrew Garfield portrays a 'human computer' in "I'm Here", and John Cusack enters a magical box which leads him inside John Malkovich's head. Jonze's idea is rather quirky and unusual but somehow I enjoy it!

"Scenes from the Suburbs" will go straight-to-DVD, but still with an unknown release dates. Anyone of you is excited to watch it?

First official images of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"

The one and only Steven Spielberg goes epic again in "War Horse"! Adapting Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel with the same title, "War Horse" tells about a wonderful friendship between Joey, a horse sold into the British army and sent off to serve on the battlefields of France in World War I, and his young owner Albert (played by Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him. The movie follows Joey's journey as he moves from one place to another through the war. He may be no human, but he inspires and changes many people's lives, before he finally reaches the No Man's Land. Basically, we will get to see the horrific experience of the first World War through the eyes of this no ordinary horse.

March 13, 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal travels through time in "Source Code" new clips

There's one action sci-fi movie I've been looking forward to watch which involves technology, conspiracy, and Jake Gyllenhaal. It's "Source Code". From the official synopsis, it tells about a soldier, Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal), who wakes up in someone else's body after a terrible train explosion. He travels back in time for a mission to discover who's the man behind the Chicago train bombing. In his journey, he finds out that he's being involved in a governmental program called 'Source Code', an experiment that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

As I already gave you the official movie poster and trailer earlier this year, now I present a couple of latest clips from the movie, thanks to Hitfix! Watch them all below:

This movie premiered yesterday in SXSW Festival, and it's been getting some decent reviews. The Movie Pool wrote, "...the movie itself is a testament to the limitless potential of entertainment value of a retelling in qualified hands.". The Film Stage praised it as an "Hitchcockian mystery with a science fiction edge, and you'll find yourself drawn into the mission" and gave it a B rating. Amy Curtis from We Got This Covered claimed it as "a hard sci-fi, but it's also a touching emotional story", and later praised Gyllenhaal performance for bringing "perfect balance of strength and vulnerability".

Feeling so curious as much as I do? Well, we have to wait until "Source Code" opens worldwide in April 1, 2011. This movie is directed and written by Duncan Jones and Ben Ripley respectively, and also stars Michelle Monaghan, Vera Varmiga, Jeffrey Wright, and Russel Peters.

March 12, 2011

"Tron 3" teaser trailer from "Tron: Legacy" blu-ray!

Thanks a bunch for Trailer Addicts for uploading the teaser trailer of "Tron 3", which tells us what's going to happen after the ending of "Tron: Legacy"!

The short is named "The Next Day", and it will be the main direction of what the next installment is heading to. No further details about the release dates and such, but keep checking back for more updates!

Here comes the March: the movies you'd love to watch (Part 3)

The third part of March release list is here! From the previous second list, seems like "Battle: Los Angeles" has taken over the top spot of weekly box office, while "Red Riding Hood" comes in third, but unfortunately "Mars Needs Mom" has a rough start. "Jane Eyre" might wasn't a blast on the box office, but it surely received praised and positive reactions from the critics. Not any of these movies have arrived in Indonesia yet, so I can't give you my personal opinion (I'm still doubting if I would still able to watch them though. How sad is that?). OK now let's continue to the list of movies that are going to be released next week!

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert DeNiro
Directed by: Neil Burger
Genre: Action thriller
Release date: March 18

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is an unemployed writer whose girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) breaks up with him. Eddie believes he has no future, but when a friend introduces him to the experimental drug NZT, Eddie becomes highly focused and highly confident. He is able to recall everything he has read, heard, or seen, and he uses the knowledge to become successful in the financial world. Business mogul Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) sees Eddie as a potential tool to make money, but Eddie's success also attracts hitmen who pursue him for the NZT. Eddie's stash dwindles, causing him side effects, as he tries to escape being assassinated.

New "Super 8" teaser poster

Huge thanks to Screenrave we now have the teaser poster for upcoming sci-fi "Super 8"! The movie will be released worldwide in June 10, 2011. Check the poster out below:

The J.J. Abrams directed movie is produced by the one and only Steven Spielberg, and starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich, and Gabriel Basso. For those who haven't seen it, check out the super awesome trailer!

Jennifer Lawrence is one step closer to seal "The Hunger Games" deal as Katniss Everdeen

After announcing the names who tried out for Katniss Everdeen role, seems like Lionsgate finally found the front-runner. Jennifer Lawrence, who actually has been in talks to take over the role, is reportedly just a step closer to sign in for this project, according to Deadline.

If all of this is true, then the 20 years old actress who was nominated for Oscar this year will play 16 years old Katniss Everdeen, the main heroine of "The Hunger Games", which the movie version will be released in March 23, 2012 with Gary Ross and Billy Ray as the director and script writer respectively. Katniss volunteers to participate in an annual televised championship in which she has to fight over 23 teenagers from 12 districts in futuristic North America. Her twelve years old sister, Prim, is actually the one chosen to fight, but to protect her family she is willing to do so. At the competition, she meets and falls in love with Peeta Mellark, a boy whom she furtherly have an adventure with.

The studio is currently also looking for a young actor to play the role Peeta, and that Alex Pettyfer has been officially approached to star. There's still no confirmation from both Pettyfer and Lionsgate about this, but knowing that the shooting will begin shortly in a couple of months, I'm sure we all expect an official announcement soon. Keep checking back to this blog for more info!

"The Mirror Never Lies": promoting the beauty of Wakatobi and Bajo culture

One more high quality Indonesian feature that will likely appear in April, "The Mirror Never Lies" or "Laut Bercermin". Helmed by a very young director Kamila Andini, daughter of senior director Garin Nugroho, this movie won't just put on a meaningful story, but also promoting the Indonesian tourism. Filmed and set in Wakatobi, "The Mirror Never Lies" will bring you numerous beautiful scenaries of this location, while introducing the in-depth real life of Bajo people, indigenous community in Wakatobi. Moreover, this movie is also made to raise people's awareness of environmental issues.

"The Mirror Never Lies" tells a story about Pakis (Gita Novarita), a twelve-year-old girl whose father is missing while he's sailing. Her father used to tell her stories before he goes sailing, but after one night he actually never comes back. Overly frustrated by this, Pakis isn't able to sleep until now. With only a mirror which her father gave her, she keeps looking for his reflection that never be seen. She believes that through a traditional ritual that involves a mirror and water, the mirror never lies. Pakis' mother (Atiqah Hasiholan), the nowly 32 years old single parent, tries to keep her daughter stays in reality but instead kills Pakis' hopes and dreams to find her father. Pakis' mother keeps on denying about the fact that her husband won't come back, and with desperation she finally covers her face with a thick powder.

There's a light of hope when a 28 years old researcher named Tudo (Reza Rahadian) comes to their lives. Tudo comes to the Bajou village for a dolphin research. His fiancee left him one day before the wedding, and coming to Wakatobi is also his 'runaway plan' from reality. He finds that the sound of dolphin reflects his true self, someone who never understands what a woman wants, but still searching for the right woman for him. Tudo's presence enlighten Pakis and her mother's hope, but it also causes another problem: a love triangle. Pakis sees Tudo as her 'first love', while Pakis' mother feels she finally finds her lost love after all this time. Even so, Tudo is still looking for the answer of what love is. Three of them finally learn many of lessons beneath the beautiful sea.

Aren't you all excited for this movie?! I absolutely am! Wakatobi is one of the most beautiful places in the world, I'm telling you. Choosing Wakatobi and its culture as the setting of this movie is simply a brilliant idea. The audience will not just enjoy the drama of the story, but also cultural knowledge. Wakatobi is an archipelago located in South Eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is also the home of Operation Wallacea, a UK non profit research group about sustainable development of fisheries and coral reef. Its indigenous tribe, Bajo, is often called as the 'sea gypsie', for they always living nomadically, and they build their houses above the sea, literally.

"The Mirror Never Lies" is a debut movie for Kamila Andini, the 23 years old director. She said she's been interested in oceanic themed features. She worked with WWF Indonesia (World Wildlife Fund) and local government of Wakatobi for this movie, for they are also supporting Andini's idea to promote natural and environmental issues. Her father, Garin Nugroho, also supported her as a producer, as well as Nadine Chandrawinata, the coral reef ambassador from Indonesia. Dirmawan Hatta, who previously nominated as Best Script Writer at Festival Film Indonesia (FFI - Indonesian Film Festival) 2008 and the writer of "King", writes the screenplay. Last year's FFI Best Actor winner Reza Rahadian takes the leading part along with Atiqah Hasiholan, daughter of Indonesian artist and women activist Ratna Sarumpaet.

Below is the teaser trailer of "The Mirror Never Lies":

The release date of this movie is still unknown. However, I asked Nadine Chandrawinata about it and she said it will be still released in April. Stay tune for more updates of this movie!

March 11, 2011

Luke Evans is "The Amateur American"

British actor Luke Evans is announced to star in "The Amateur American", an action thriller written and directed by Ross Katz. Evans will protray a young American living in Paris who accepts a job working for a 'shadowy employer' and soon finds himself framed for murder and caught up in a web of deceit.

Evans might be relatively unknown for most of us. Well, let me introduce him for you. Luke Evans is a 32 years old British actor who appeared in Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll, along with Andy Serkis (yeah, that Andy Serkis, the Gollum!). He also landed a small role in "Clash of the Titans" as Apollo, one of the Twelve Olympians. His first leading role might be as Andy Cobb in "Tamara Drewe" alongside Gemma Arterton. But in 2011, his career starts to rise, as he landed a major role in "The Raven" as Detective Emmett Fields. He also stars in the remake of "The Three Musketeers" with Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Christoph Waltz, and Orlando Bloom. Another movie with Evans this year is "Immortals" in which he plays Zeus, along with the newly chosen Superman Henry Cavill and "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz.