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Peter Jackson Confirms Hobbit Trilogy

After a lot of speculation, Peter Jackson has released a statement confirming that The Hobbit, which was previously intended to span two films, will now be turned into a trilogy.

Jackson, who also directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy, made the announcement on his Facebook page, after previously hinting of the possible addition of a third film at this year’s Comic-Con.  The statement explained that, as a fan and filmmaker, Jackson didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to tell the full story of The Hobbit and, having seen a rough version of the first film as well as a large chunk of the second, he believes that there is enough story to fill a third instalment.

The book itself is shorter than each of The Lord of the Rings novels, which can only mean that the film adaptations will leave out none of the plot details.  In fact, the story will be added to using some of the material that featured in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings books.  The goal of this new trilogy is, according to Jackson’s statement ‘to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth’.  If this really is the case, and not just a way to get more money from fans, then this could be the first film adaptation that hasn’t disappointed fans by leaving out interesting plot points.

The first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, is set to hit cinemas worldwide on the 14th of December, the second, which will no longer be called There and Back Again, will come out the following year, 13th of December 2013, the final film will arrive some time during summer 2014.  All films will be available in both 2D and 3D.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of The Hobbit?  Do you think that it should be turned into three films?  Which of The Lord of the Rings movies was your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like button.

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New Dark Knight Rises Pictures

The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have some new images to keep us interested.

The pictures show a new, upgraded, Batman suit and a small glance at were its stored, the Batcave.  They also give a really good look at bane who is fighting with Batman in one of the pictures.  In another picture Gordon is seen backed against a wall holding a gun, possibly about to experience whatever it is that sends him to the hospital.

The pictures look pretty impressive, but it’ll mean nothing if we can’t understand Bane.  Personally, I never saw a big problem with him, but a lot of people did and numerous comments have been released, from people involved in with film, saying not to worry.  Despite rumours to the contrary, Writer, Jonathan Nolan, has said that they will not have to do voiceovers and that when fans see more they will have no problem understanding him.

What do you think?  Have these pictures got your mind on the plot?  Do you like the new Batman suit?  Are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out in July?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, but only if you like it don’t lie to me.


Production on Akira Remake Stopped

Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?

Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers.  However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely.  Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.

At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt.  It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood.  It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.

Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008.  Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins.  However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film.  Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt.  The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.

Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?

What do you think?  Are you an Akira fan?  Would you like production to be cancelled permanently?  Who do you think should play Tetsuo; Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.


Bridesmaids 2 announced

Universal Studios have announced plans to make a sequel to the hit, 2011, comedy film Bridesmaids, but will it be without star and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

When approached to write the follow up film, Wiig said that she, and her writing partner Annie Mumolo, were not working on that, at least not at the moment, they ‘aren’t planning a sequel’ and ‘are writing something else’.  Wiig maintained this firm stance even after a lunch meeting with the studio.  Unfortunately, not taking no for an answer, Universal may be planning on going ahead with the film without their leading lady/writer.

A proposed idea for the sequel, would follow Melissa McCarthy’s character, Megan, who many, myself included, thought stole the show in the first one.  However, it was Wiig and Mumolo that made that character, and the other characters, funny, so will different writers be able to replicate that or are they just wasting their time?  It’s not that Wiig and Mumolo are the best writers in the world, but they did put together a great comedy film that focuses on, occasional, strong female characters, which is something you don’t see every day.  Normally they either follow male characters or they’re your typical rom com, which aren’t usually funny.

Both before and after its release, Bridesmaids, was compared to the Hangover, often being called the female version.  Now that there have been two successful Hangover films, with a third one on the way, it is no surprise that Universal want to compete with their hit, especially considering the relatively small budget needed to make the film.  However, is the risk of destroying the original with a bad sequel, that’s really a spinoff, too great or will the desire to make money win out?  Of course the money will win in the end, it generally does in these situations, but hopefully Wiig signs up or, at very least, the writing duo are replaced by someone equally as good.

What do you think?  Did you like the first Bridesmaids film?  Do you think they should carry on with the original writers?  Is there even any need for a sequel?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.  Twitter, yeah that’s right I have a Twitter account, just saying.


Footloose Remake

In a town were dancing is against the law, the teenagers fight for their right to boogie.

The 1984 hit film Footloose is being remade and brought to the next generation. The film is set in the fictional town of Bomont and will star Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon in the original, and Julianne Hough as Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.

Bomont is an uptight old-fashioned town were, after five teens die in a car accident coming home from a dance, a law was passed to stop minors dancing in public (seems like they probably should have just banned driving, but that would be ridiculous). Then a city kid called Ren, moves to town and rebels against the law. Ironically the town were dancing is illegal is also the home of some really skilled dancers, like no way they got that good without practice.

The trailer was good, but will modern audiences be able to take the plot serious? There’s one part were, in court, Ren says ‘there was once a time for that law, but not anymore’, the law forbidding public dancing was only passed three years before Ren moved to Bomont, that’s not a lot of time for the law to go from necessary to unnecessary. Then again, the law was completely crazy to begin with, or was it? The whole idea of a town that banned dancing wasn’t made up. The inspiration came from a Elmore City, a place in America were dancing was banned until 1980. However, in reality the ban was put in place in the late 1800s, which is a little more believable than 2008.

As far as dance movies go, it seems pretty good and, though the cast look too old to be effected by the no minors dancing in public law, the characters seem believable. It should also be noted that, despite it now being a classic, the original Footloose got really bad reviews, makes me wonder if this one will do any better. Maybe the modern setting and music will help the story. Speaking of music, the trailer plays a number of songs; some are reminiscent of the Step Up movies, while others are more country. The trailer itself gives the same impression; Step Up with a country edge.

We won’t really now if it’s good or not until the movie comes out on the 14th of October, but what do you think? Did you like the original? Are you looking forward to seeing a modern version? Do you hate dance movies? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


In Time

You may have heard the saying; time is money. Well in the upcoming film In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, this is literally the case.

In the film, scientists have successfully stopped the aging process, which inevitably lead to overpopulation. To counter this they decided to make time, how long you have left to live, currency. Everyone ages until 25, then they must survive on time that they earn through work. This leads to the rich living forever, while the poor must fight to survive.

Will Salas, played by Justin Timberlake, is a 28 year old who is struggling to get by. He rarely has more than a few days. Then he meets Henry, Matt Bomer, a rich man who is tired of living. Henry transfers most of his time to Will, then leaves to die. Unfortunately, this act of kindness leads to Will having to go on the run from a police force known as the Timekeepers, who think that he murdered Henry.

The trailer does a great job of explaining the story. It gives a really clear idea of the movie will be like, which is good because it means that people going to see it will be the type of people who enjoy action/sci-fi films. It’s obvious that the film is making a comment on the gap between the rich and the poor in society. This is something a lot of people can relate to, especially in the recession (that’s right I said recession everybody that a drink).

Not many digital effects were shown on the trailer. All the characters have timers on their arms telling them how much time they have left, but that’s about it. This is unusual because it’s set in the future, which normally means plenty of CGI. There could be a lot more CGI in the actually movie, but keeping it to a minimum would be refreshing. After all, the story really doesn’t require that much, the dialogue should help establish the futuristic setting.

Though the rules of this futuristic world are outlined, they are not explained entirely. For example; if someone under 25 wants to buy something how can they? Time is currency and you are guaranteed not to die (by running out of time) before you’re 25. I expect this, and any other questions, will be answered in the film, but it may not be. You never know.

In Time comes out on the 28th of October in the US and the 1st of November in the UK and Ireland. Personally, I’m excited about this movie, but what do you think? Do you like the trailer? Is the story interesting? Do you think it’s strange that most of the actors aren’t 25? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Could finding a cure for Alzheimer’s bring on an ape rebellion?  According to the latest Planet of the Apes film, the answer is yes, which is unfortunate but what can you do.

The Planet of the Apes started as a book and was then made into a film, in 1968.  This movie spawned four sequels and a TV series and was then remade in 2001.  The remake, though being closer to the original book, was negatively received, mainly due to the confusing ending.  Now in 2011, another attempt at rebooting the series has been made, but is Rise of the Planet of the Apes the start of something great or another mistake?

James Franco plays a scientist who is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s to bring his father back.  His research is sent back from the animal testing phase when one of the apes goes on a rampage, which he discovers was due to the fact she thought they were going to hurt her baby.  Noticing the baby chimp, Caesar, has inherited the treatment genetically from its mother, Will, Franco’s character, takes him home and raises him.  He also begins secretly testing the medication on his father.  After an incident, Caesar is taking from Will and put in a refuge.  Here he is mistreated by humans and begins to plot a rising, with the aid of Will’s Alzheimer’s medication.

As a fan of the original series, I was worried about the computer generated apes.  This is the first Planet of the Apes film that hasn’t used people in ape costumes.  There were times when I thought the apes didn’t look like apes, but they always fit in with the environment and looked like they were actually there, so for that reason I’m going to call it a success.  Caesar’s movements were done by Andy Serkis, who also played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.  Serkis did a great job, the movements were very realistic, much more than that of apes in the previous films.  It’s hard to empathise with a character that can’t speak, but the facial expressions and eyes do a wonderful job and it’s easy to feel for Caesar.  In fact, they are so good that it’s sometimes depressing to watch.

Many of the themes in the film are going to put you in a downer; animal research, animal abuse, Alzheimer’s, loss, etc.  Not exactly a feel good film, but it does have plenty of heart and will have you rooting against mankind.  If you’re a fan of the originals you should be able to spot some links to the old films, the line ‘get you’re hand off me you damn dirty ape’ for example.  Remember, this is not a prequel it’s a reboot, so don’t expect it to match up, it doesn’t.  However, they already have plans to make sequels to this movie and hopefully they bring in some more aspects from the original series.  An interesting idea I read, that I hope is put in a future installment, is to show the apes destroy the Statue of Liberty.  If you’re looking for a movie with a good story and a lot of heart then this is the film for you, but if you want a feel good film then avoid this at all costs.

What do you think?  Have you seen the film?  Do you like the CGI apes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Super 8 Review

Super 8 is movie about a group of kids who, while recording there own short film on a super 8 camera, witness a train being derailed.  Then, something that was being transported on the train escapes and the Air Force try to cover it up. 

The story takes place in 1979 and is reminiscent of old Spielberg movies, namely E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies.  The plot is effectively split in two, there is the fun heartfelt story about kids growing up and learning to deal with loss and there’s the monster roaming around attacking people.  Though you may not think they would, the too actually blend together quite nicely.  After the train crash, the monster and the children are kept separate for a while.  As the children learn more about the creature the two stories combine, but the time apart gives plenty of room for character development.

When you care about the characters in a film, then it’s a good film and by that logic Super 8 is a good film.  Its character driven, you can relate to them and they feel like real people.  Some of the actors, including the kid who plays the main character, have never been in a movie before.  You really wouldn’t know, because they all do a great job.  One of the best storylines in the film is Joe, the main character, dealing with the death his mother, which had nothing to do with the creature.  The actor, Joel Courtney, did an excellent job.  It’s a very emotional story and he’s new to acting, but he was great and will no doubt be starring in many more films, as will the rest of the kids, who were also great.

Now on to the monster, which I won’t give away too much about.  One thought that popped into my head was that the film felt like a 70s version of Cloverfield.  Abrams said that he was trying to make homage to classic Spielberg films, but you can see his style is in there too.  This part of the story was slowly explained to the characters, and the audience, then finally, when everything is clear, the too come together and each story completes the other.  I’d love to go into more detail, but to avoid major spoilers I won’t.

The effects are fantastic.  The train crash scene was amazing and the monster blended in with the real world quite nicely, not perfectly but it worked.  All and all the film is entertaining and will leave you with a smile on your face feeling like a kid again.  I strongly recommend seeing it, though be careful bringing kids because, though it may seem like its kid friendly, it has parts that aren’t, but if you want a funny, action packed, heartfelt, intriguing, fun adventure then this is the film for you.

What do you think?  Have you seen the movie?  Did you like it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Quest to Join Pottermore

Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.

Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before.  It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books.  This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks.  To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October.  However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site.  The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’.  If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.

Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore.  The clue had not been posted yet.  I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in.  As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue.  I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing.  Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago.  As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm.  I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.

‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared.  Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand.  However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend.  Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work.  My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL.  She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked.  I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill.  Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.

We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process.  Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens.  If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck.  Just keep on refreshing.  In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.

What do you think?  Will Amy be popular among her new class?  Is DCU lucky to have her?  Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.