'Sherlock Holmes II' Pic, Release Date

Via itsTwitter feed, Universal Pictures revealed the release date for SHERLOCK HOLMES II : December 16th, 2011.
 
Here’s the first picture released, featuring Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) as a character possibly named Sim, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law returning Holmes and Dr. Watson.

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No details yet, but the film is suspected to involve Sherlock Holmes encountering Professor Moriarty, rumored to be played by Jared Harris (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON).
Other unconfirmed players: Steven Fry (V FOR VENDETTA) as Holmes’ elder brother Mycroft, and Rachel McAdams return as Irene Alder. 
Directed by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay by Kieran Mulroney & Michele Mulroney, based on the well-known characters by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Piture via Hitflix

'Cowboys and Aliens' – Trailer

Here’s the trailer to COWBOYS AND ALIENS, Universal Studios adaptation of the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
Screen 007 Daniel Craig stars as Zeke Jackson, a hunted gunfighter caught up into a strange extraterrestrial invasion of an Arizona town in the days of the old West.
Also starring Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell.
Directed by IRON MAN’s Jon Favreau.
Due in theaters July 29th, 2011.
 
 
Via Box Office Spy

'Battle: Los Angeles' Trailer

With the low-budget SKYLINE already in theaters, how about a look at Sony/Columbia’s big-budget  BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer?
A platoon of Marines battles an alien invasion of Los Angeles.
Starring Aaron Eckhart (THE DARK KNIGHT), Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Till and Bridget Moynahan.
Jonathan Liebesman (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) directed the film, from a screenplay by Christopher Bertolini.
Due out March 11th, 2011 from Columbia Pictures.

Resident Evil 5 To Be 'Interactive'?

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)In a brief interview with New York Magazine, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE star Milla Jovovich confirmed that plans are  indeed underway to make a fifth entry in the computer video game-based zombie action series, which was the number one film for its premiere this past weekend.
She also said that while her husband, director/writer Paul W.S. Anderson already has some ideas for the sequel, they intend engage the fan base for the games and films.

“We’ve been talking to a lot of fans on Twitter and stuff, so it’s probably going to be one of the first movies where we really talk to fans to see what they want, and what characters they want to see. It’s going to be a more interactive process.”

 Is this a bold  step toward democratizing the film making process or a pandering towards the sometimes highly critical and vocal audiences for the films? Arguments could be made for both sides of the issue. It will be interesting to see if this idea is actually played out in the months to come.
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE made $28,696,500 in the US for its opening weekend, and another $42,348,610 Worldwide, bringing the total to over $71 million so far for the $60 million dollar production.
Figures via BoxOfficeMojo.com

Kristin Kreuk, Lauren German or Paula Patton for Mission: Impossible 4

After learning of Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise’s involvement in the future of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, we now have word that Kristin Kreuk, Lauren German and Paula Patton are being considered for the role of a “young female operative.”
The film will be director Brad Bird’s first live action gig, and Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams are set to produce. The script was written by Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum. Paramount is behind the film and will of course also distribute it.

Elfman Not Scoring 'Green Hornet'

green_hornet_2011According to The Playlist ,  Danny Elfman (BATMAN, SPIDER-MAN) will not be scoring Michel Gondry’s THE GREEN HORNET, as previously announced.
Apparently, there is a scheduling conflict, now that the film has been pushed back to January of 2011.  The delay is to allow for 3-D effects work and post-processing for the film, originally shot in 2-D.
James Newton Howard (I AM LEGEND) is said to be in negotiations to take over the music composition for the action-comedy.  Howard contributed to the film score of THE DARK KNIGHT (with Hans Zimmer and others), and is set to write the score for Warner Brothers’ THE GREEN LANTERN.

'Inception' Premieres in L.A.

inception_posterThe Hollywood Reporter attended the L.A. premeire of Christopher Nolan’s science fiction film INCEPTION last night, and spoke to the director about the ‘riskiness’ of making an original genre film in today’s market.

“Your perception of risk changes with the proximity of the release of the film. So when it’s an abstract thing, when you’re writing a script and trying to sell it to a studio, it seems like a no-brainer. It’s an exciting world, with tons of action, great cast, it’s going to be great.
Now, with three days out from the release of the movie, I’m like, Jesus Christ, what was I thinking?!”

However, the DARK KNIGHT director added: “You have to be bold these days. The only risk in movies to me, or the worst risk, is taking no risk at all.”
The SF action-thriller is at heart a ‘caper’ film, in which conspirators (lead by Leonardo DiCaprio) pull off heists not of real world goods, but ideas and concepts from other’s minds — by hacking into their dreams.
The cast includes includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN), Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.
INCEPTION premieres Friday, July 16th from Legendary Picures and Warner Brothers.

Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision

TIMECOP2 POSTERJason Scott Lee travels back in time for the same reason twice. No it’s not déjà vu; he just travels back in time for the same reason twice. The first time was with the 2003 direct-to-video release of TIMECOP: THE BERLIN DECISION; the second time is with the brand new, June 2010 release, not meant to fool you same with a slightly different title – TIMECOP 2: THE BERLIN DECISION. And guess what? The film has not changed, the fights are still bad and the time continuum for now remains undisturbed.
There is one disturbing piece of video on the revamp that just about summarizes the sleaze factor of Hollywood, with blatant lies sold as the God’s honest truth – but to the folks that made this film, god is just a word.
On paper, the TIMECOP films (Jean Claude Van Damme’s TIMECOP [1994] and this movie) sound interesting. A time machine has been invented and people who abuse its power for personal gain become targets for a time-traveling police force know as the Time Enforcement Commission (TEC). Although the films are far from hi-tech, TIMECOP 2 attempts to push the envelope of the Grandfather Paradox (if you go back in time and kill your grandfather before he meets your grandmother would you still exist?) while debating the long time “What if?” question of righting a wrong from the past.

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When good TEC cop Brandon Miller (Thomas Ian Giffith) convinces himself he has the moral obligation to go back in time and assassinate Adolph Hitler as a means to prevent the death of 11 million people, ultra-good TEC cop Ryan Chan (Jason Scott Lee) is there to stop him. However, things go awry as Miller and Chan’s plans don’t go as planned; their paths move toward different plains that result in similar pains.

Stories about time travel are of course not new. Early examples of the theme are mentioned in the Sanskrit epic of ancient India “Mahabharata” (circa 700 BC, about the same time Homer wrote the “Illiad”) and the Jewish Talmud (AD 200). Some early examples that are purely about time travel to the future are the Japanese tale “Urashima Taro” (AD 720) and Louis-Sebastien Mercier’s “The Year 2440: A Dream If Ever There Were One” (1771).
Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau’s book “El Anacronopete” (1887) was the first story to feature time travel via a time machine. H.G. Wells’ novel “The Time Machine” (1895) eventually becoming the blueprint for later time travel stories featuring vehicles that allow the time traveller to pick and choose where and when he wanted to go, such as in TIMECOP 2.
Even 10 years after DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (1993) and five years after SOLDIER (1998) time had not changed Jason Scott Lee’s martial arts skills or the abilities of the fight choreographer, former Bruce Lee student Jerry Poteet. Bruce recognized that film fight choreography and real fights were completely different animals, yet Poteet and his cinematic protégé Jason wrongly assumed that reel fights should be real-looking rather than creative, entertaining, and dramatic. It has been the curse of American-made martial arts films since the 1970s, only slightly changed during the 1990s, but even then stunt coordinators and directors didn’t know (and many still don’t) how to shoot a martial arts fight scene.
TIMECOP 2On the set of SOLDIER, Jason once told me that Jackie Chan is not a martial artist (true he’s not, but then neither is Jason) and that Chan doesn’t know how to make or shoot a good fight scene. The second part of his comment says it all and that attitude pervades in TIMECOP 2. However, when Jason tries to copy a fight from Chan’s BATTLE CREEK BRAWL (1980), it’s rather pathetic; not even tight camera angles and makeshift editing can hide it.
With a running time of 81 mins, the “action-packed” TIMECOP 2 has 13 fights that cumulatively last about seven minutes. The new DVD, released on June 1, has closed-captions for the hearing impaired, and has English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus material include 3 minutes and 30 seconds of behind-the-scenes rambling with actress Tava Smiley and a 10-minute “Making of” track.
So what was the part that disturbed me? During the “Making of” sequence, producer Mike Elliot boldly fibs that the fight choreographers of TIMECOP 2 “are famous in the world. In fact, they were the martial arts choreographers for Bruce Lee in Bruce Lee’s movies.” Huh?
Including TIMECOP 2, Poteet has choreographed only four films. Furthermore, Bruce Lee’s main choreographers included himself, Sammo Hung, and the late Lam Ching-ying. Lee and Lam need to come back and haunt Elliot into telling the truth. Then we’d have a really interesting time travel story to watch.
TIME COP 2: THE BERLIN DECISION (2003). Directed by Steve Boyum. Written by Gary Scott Thompson, based on the comic series by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Cast: Jason Scott Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Mary Page Keller, John Beck, Tava Smiley, Josh Hammond, Tricia Barry, Sam Ly.

'Resident Evil: Afterlife' – Trailer 2

Here’s the second released trailer for RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE.
Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson used James Cameron’s 3D Fusion Camera System to shoot this first 3D film in the video game-derived RESIDENT EVIL series.
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, and Sergio Peris-Mencheta
It’s scheduled to be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on September 10th, 2010.

New 'Jonah Hex' Clip

The DC Weird Western anti-hero JONAH HEX opens Friday, June 18th. Here’s a new clip from Warner Brothers (via Superherohype).
It’s a big gunfight, with a high-tech surprise (possible SPOILER), for those not familiar with the changes to the character for the film adaptation.
 
JONAH HEX (2010)
Starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, and Will Arnett.
Screenplay by Mark Neveldine (CRANK) & Brian Taylor (GAMER)
Directed by Jimmy Hayward (HORTON HEARS A WHO!)