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  1. Prompted by the discussion in the 80's thread, it's brought a couple of childhood memories bubbling to the surface. I'm a child of the 80's, our local video shop was a cornucopia of brilliant looking yet forbidden fruit. Shelves full of films that looked awesome, but scary, I'd spend ages looking at films there was no way my mum would let me rent, terminator, robocop, evil dead, aliens all the 18 rated films looked amazing, all the more so because they were 8 years or so out of reach. Though every now and then you got to bypass the rules and actually see one of these rare and wonderful films. And promptly realise why they are 18 rated. A few stand out - the Aliens memory quoted above is one. I come from a normal sized Scouse Irish family, (normal meaning my mum is one of 6 siblings). Every Saturday the whole clan would convene at my Nana's to eat scouse and hang out, smoking and watching grandstand, when she died the Saturday meet up moved to my eldest auntie's instead, by this time most of my big cousins were old enough to be off doing their own thing, but that left me and my little brother and my cousin who was in between us in age. We'd get dumped in the front room with a bottle of pop, some space raiders and the telly. If we moaned enough my uncle would get sent to get a video for us. Now he did not give a shit what we watched, he didn't have kids so was a bit clueless. One glorious weekend we casually mentioned that there was this new film out about a policeman and could he get that. He went off to the video shop and came back with Robocop. Yes, plan had worked. One boy i went to school with had seen it and told everyone on the bus in reverent, hushed tones how great it was, we were all in awe that the had seen it and now I was going to see it too, I'd be elite. It was truly amazing, it was also absolutely horrific. The arm, oh man, the arm. ED-209 going wrong, but worst of all, that mardy surgeon from ER going into the toxic waste and coming out all manky and then his head coming off. OFF. I don't think my little brother slept for a week. Awesome The other was a sleep over at a friend of my little brother, it was summer and we were "camping" in the garden. It was already late and we were still up and watching tv, i don't quite remember how it came to pass but we ended up watching American Werewolf in London. This was doubly good because as well as having bucketloads of gore it also featured nudey ladies. Result. However the scene with the zombie nazis stuck with me all night and i don't think I actually went to sleep. Horror film and staying in a tent do not mix. Years and years later, one January during busy season i was getting the tube back from a client approaching midnight, think it was bond street, but the station was deserted, it was just me, in a tube station, alone in the corridors, I had a massive flashback to AWiL and basically ran through the station to get out before I was eated. I must have been 28. So - how did you guys scar your fragile little minds?
  2. Thought there was a thread before, but perhaps it was just mentioned in passing somewhere. Disney and Spielberg do Roald Dahl's story. Opens 1 July in the US and 22 July in the UK.
  3. Of course they are. Paramount and Chernin Entertainment acquired the rights and Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) is directing it. O'Connor has been wanting to make it for nearly 20 years and has been tracking the rights and grabbed them, with Chernin, when they became available. The kitsch will go and everything moved to a more contemporary context (military background "which is more CIA Special Activities Division than SEAL Team 6"). Yes, that means existential struggles and self discovery are in too. O'Connor does seem passionate about making it, but will fans want to follow? It looks like it may be in danger of grimdark.
  4. Just keep swimming... https://www.facebook.com/FindingNemoDory
  5. Sega and Sony Pictures are going to do a live/CG hybrid Sonic movie. Yeah, I dunno. Just posting it for NEG really.
  6. I'd like to think I have a pretty broad knowledge of animated films but I'd never even heard of this one until tonight. It has a 1.3 rating on IMDb and the whole thing appears to be up on YouTube for those brave enough. Anyway, after watching the clip below I am making it my duty to check out the film in its entirety. Anybody actually sat through the movie? IT'S PARTY TIME!
  7. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/exclusive-disney-animation-announces-first-marvel-movie-big-hero-6/ Can't say I've heard of the source comic, so I'll leave it to comic fans to say if it's any good. Notice Wreck-It Ralph on the big screen in the background The original is set in Tokyo but this is a mashup of Tokyo and San Francisco. I like this concept picture of what's presumably this worlds version of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  8. Based on the book The Mayor of MacDougal Street (which is where the below synopsis is from) it stars Isaac, Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garret Hedlund. Synopsis: Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a first-hand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the ’50s and ’60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Colorful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a feast for anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture.
  9. Synopsis: TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious. In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork. Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated. Hopefully it is just a weak trailer but I'm not really sold on it so far.
  10. I wouldn't normally make a topic when so little is known about a film but a new Jonze-Kaufman film is a worthy exception. Synopsis: A man falls in love with the voice of a computer. The synopsis is pretty vague but ripe with possibility considering the writer involved. The other interesting aspect is the cast with stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Sam Morton and, most recently, Olivia Wilde. Fingers crossed it is as good as their previous collaborations.
  11. There's a Booster Gold movie coming. DC TV guy Greg Berlanti is involved and may direct. It's also written by someone who did some TV Flash. There is no mention of it being linked into the Snyder movies, though I suppose that doesn't mean it won't be. I had to Google who Booster Gold is. Apparently I have seen him in Smallville, but I've forgotten.
  12. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) directs Hugh Jackman in a film about an ex-fighter who reinvents himself as a robot boxing mechanic/coach/promoter when human boxing is outlawed. It looks okay for what it is but I can't think of a single Levy directed film I've enjoyed so expectations will have to remain low.
  13. http://collider.com/chronicles-of-narnia-silver-chair-reboot/ They're continuing the franchise via a reboot. New cast, production, etc.
  14. Yeah, it's not a dead series yet! Diesel called it Furia, but it's maybe supposed to be Furya, with him being a Furyan from Furya. Writing starting next month. The previous one didn't really set the box office alight ($98m), but it also had a small budget ($38m), so didn't do badly. It also went straight to No.1 on home release. So Universal are happy to do another. There's also a TV show being developed, Merc City. It's about mercenaries and bounty hunters in the Riddick universe. It's questionable if a Riddickless show will appeal though. Sounds a bit like SyFy fodder along the lines of Killjoys.
  15. Because the studio seem to be announcing so many films lately, some of which don't need a dedicated thread at this early stage, I thought a similar thread to the Pixar one would make sense. An overview of the films currently in production. Kung-Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom - May 2011 A sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable original with the original cast all set to return along with a bunch of new characters. Plot: Po (Jack Black), Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Master Tigress (Angelina Jolie), and the rest of The Furious Five will join forces with The SoothSayer (Michelle Yeoh), Master Skunkman (James Woods), Master Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme), and Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber) on their quest to defeat Shen (Gary Oldman), a powerful warrior and save Kung Fu from being destroyed. Charlie Kaufman has also rewritten the script. Puss in Boots - November 2011 This Shrek spin-off has been rumoured ever since the characters appearance in the second film. Finally, with the original franchise put to bed, he gets his own outing. Plot: The film follows Puss in Boots as he tells the tale of his early adventures. He teams with mastermind, Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs that could make Puss and his counterparts rich. The Croods - March 2012 Plot: Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug (Cage) gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family in tow, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home. The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug's family - in particular his eldest daughter - become smitten with a nomad (Reynolds) they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger's search for 'tomorrow' is at odds with Grug's reliance on the traditions of yesterday. Directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), perhaps the studios biggest coup to date, this film will surely be one of the most anticipated due to the director's record and the involvement of Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds on vocal duties. Madagascar 3 - Summer 2012 No real news other than it is being made. After the first two films does anybody really care? The Guardians of Childhood - November 2012 Based on the William Joyce books and starring Leonardo DiCaprio the film features a group of heroes from various childhood stories - Santa (Christopher Lee), the Easter Bunny (Seth Green), the Tooth Fairy (Miranda Cosgrove), Genie (Hank Azaria), the Sandman (Andy Samberg) and Jack Frost (Leonardo Dicaprio) - who join together in an adventure to stop Pitch the Boogeyman (George Lopez) from sending the world into "eternal darkness". How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 2013 A follow-up to the studios first truly exceptional film. This time DeBlois goes it alone as director but with the rest of the cast returning and plenty of stories from the books to tell, I have high hopes for this. The Pig Scrolls - 2013 After all the Olympian gods go missing, Sibyl has a premonition in which the sun god Apollo tells her to find "the talking pig". Sibyl then sets out looking for the talking pig, Gryllus. She finds him at Big Stavros's Kebab bar where he is forced to entertain customers. Together they set off for the temple at Delphi. Apollo informs Sibyl that she and Gryllus must find a goatherd boy living on top of a mountain. Once Sibyl and Gryllus find the goatherd, (who turns out to be the god Zeus) they set off once more for Apollo's temple at Delphi. It is there that Gryllus, the talking pig, must save the world from utter destruction. Additional: What the author had to say about his work: “I got the idea for The Pig Scrolls when I was rereading Homer's Odyssey and found myself more interested in some of the non-heroic characters in the background. Working on the book gave me a chance to revisit a world I have always loved—that of ancient mythology and history. And, of course, in order to research the character of Gryllus fully, I was forced to eat a huge number of pies.” The Pig Scrolls is set in Ancient Greece, and is about a pig named Gryllus. Gryllus, who was once a member of captain Odesseus’ famous crew, was transformed into a pig by the enchantress Circe. Gryllus, enjoying his quiet life in the woods is soon captured by local hunters when they realize he can talk, and is soon “rescued” by a junior prophetess in training (Sibyl). Sibyl informs Gryllus of a premonition showing her the end of the world. Gryllus believes her to have lost a couple of marbles and escapes, so Sibyl kidnaps him. On their journey to the temple in Delphi, they encounter monsters, gods, a strange goatherd and a scientist who has invented the awesome Atomos Device. Gryllus comes to realize that the entire universe is in the trotters of one talking pig, himself... Dinotrux - TBA Written by Chris Gall, the book takes place in a fictional prehistoric age, when the world was ruled by Dinotrux, creatures that were part trucks, part dinosaurs, with species like the Craneosauraus, Garbageadon and Tyrannosaurus Trux plowing and bulldozing their way across the terrain. Gil's All Fright Diner - TBA In the backwoods southern town of Rockwood, a vampire and a werewolf in a run-down old truck come across Gil's All Night Diner, a 24-hour restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Nearly run out of gas, they stop in at the diner only to discover it is the target of zombie attacks, hauntings, and occult activity. The manager of the diner, Loretta, offers them a job helping her out around the diner, and maybe help solve her zombie problem. In exchange, she'll give them money to help them on their way. They accept. Good Luck Trolls - TBA Yes, there will be an adaptation of the troll dolls that were popular in the '70s and '80s. Boo U - TBA Seth Rogen provides his vocal 'talents' in a film directed by the man responsible for the mediocre, Igor. Rogen will play a ghost who is forced to return to ghost school and improve his haunting skills. Truckers - TBA Yes, it is an adaptation of the Pratchett novels. Rllmuk Thread Imaginary Enemies - TBA The new project will be told from the point of view of the imaginary friends who had long been used as scapegoats by unscrupulous children looking for someone else to blame for their misdeeds. Eventually fed up, those imaginary people come looking for some payback when the kids are grown up. This could be the studios first CGI-live action hybrid. Trollhunters - TBA Produced by Guillermo del Toro. More info in the dedicated thread: here. Alma - TBA See next post.
  16. Well it has finally been confirmed even if it doesn't have a release date yet. Test footage was shown at Comic-Con and you can read /Film's breakdown below: The test footage sounds great and at least we know it is actually happening, finally.
  17. At least they aren't trying to make it live-action.
  18. Yesterday at CinemaCon the first footage of "Reacher", previously titled "One Shot"*, was shown and, against all odds the buzz appears to be positive. "Reacher" is an adaptation of the ninth book in the popular Jack Reacher series, a series which sees our 6' 5", ex-military policeman turned drifter criss-cross the United States, discovering the country that his Army career kept him away from. Along the way he uncovers a lot of wrongdoings, headbutts a lot of bad guys and breaks a lot of arms. Reacher is described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and The Hulk and it's apt. His violence is brutal, quick and methodical and he's yet to meet an opponent that he can't outthink. The reason why the film adaptation was attracting so much negativity right off the bat was in it's choice of lead: Tom Cruise. The 5'7" actor is the polar opposite of how the character is described in the books and even with the series creator, Lee Child, giving Cruise his endorsement the fans (myself included) were outraged. At CinemaCon a video presentation from Cruise was shown before the three scenes showcased, in which he acknowledged the physical differences but asked the fans to give him a chance as he has captured the "spirit" of Reacher; something that Lee Child felt was more important than mere resemblence. Happily, the scenes shown appear to back up Cruise's claim as Screenrant describe his Reacher as "much edgier than Cruise's usual persona - even beyond his turn in Collateral - and portrays Reacher as a hard-edged, anti-hero with a blunt manner and brutal fighting methods." The last scene shown certainly backs this up - I've spoilered it in case anyone objects. I'm a big fan of the Reacher series and this news has perked me right up. I still think Cruise will be a hard sell unless there's some Lord Of The Rings style perspective tricks going on to make him appear taller but it sounds like the filmakers get what appeals about Reacher and have successfully captured it. This has moved back onto my Watch-list. *The name change, which I believe is for the better, is yet to be confirmed as official but at no point did anyone call the film "One Shot" but always referred to it as "Reacher" so I'm guessing it's just not been officially announced yet.
  19. ​ Turn out Ron Howard is making a film adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's remarkable book that inspired Moby-Dick. Be warned, Cillian Murphy is in it so will be bound to ruin it with his big wooden face. Get the book read, it's cracking. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/
  20. http://deadline.com/2015/08/christian-bale-ferrari-michael-manns-enzo-ferrari-1201502529/ Not much detail yet, but Christian Bale will play Enzo Ferrari in a Michael Mann movie set in 1957. Mann's been working to get this going for 15 years and it's set to shoot next summer.
  21. Because there just aren't enough versions, Fox brings another, starring James McAvoy (Victor) and Daniel Radcliffe (a prettier than usual Igor). Directed by Paul McGuigan and scripted by Max Landis. 25 November in the US and 4 December in the UK.
  22. http://deadline.com/2015/08/trumbo-trailer-bryan-cranston-hollywood-blacklist-screenwriters-1201498024/ Directed by Jay Roach. Based on a true story, Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter blacklisted in the '40s when Hollywood was in fear of the Commies. Also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliott, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk and Michael Stuhlbarg. Coming 6th November US, 22 January UK (Booooo)
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