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Remakes are pretty popular with the movie-makers at the moment but not necessarily with movie-goers. Some are perfectly happy with the originals and let’s be honest, most remakes suck. Here are some of the remakes coming to the big screen in 2012.
Remake of: Judge Dredd (1995)
Release month: US ~ September | UK ~ tbd
Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city, the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner.
Stars: Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Judge Dredd , Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Makers also worked on: I Am Number Four (2011), Never Let Me Go (2010), 28 Weeks Later (2007), Sunshine (2007)
News & Trivia: Filmed in South Africa. Currently in post-production. Estimated $45m budget.
Remake of: Total Recall (1990)
Release month: US ~ August | UK ~ August
Synopsis: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.
Stars: Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) as Doug Quaid / Hauser, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Ethan Hawke, Bill Nighy
Makers also worked on: Fast & Furious 5 (2011), Die Hard 4.0 (2010), I Am Legend (2007), Underworld (2003)
News & Trivia: Currently in post-production. Preview of a Total Recall car.
Remake of: Dark Shadows (1966-71, TV show)
Release month: US ~ May | UK ~ May
Synopsis: A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better…
Stars: Johnny Depp as Barnabas, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Alice Cooper
Makers also worked on: Rango (2011), Inception (2010), Sleepy Hollow (1999)
News & Trivia: Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both of which are being turned into feature films. Currently in post-production.
Pick of the Lot:
This is the one I want to see. The infamous threesome of Tim Burton, his other half Helena Bonham-Carter and friend Johnny Depp are always up to something interesting. I loved Sleepy Hollow, it’s one of my favourites. I’ve also never seen the original TV show or any of the reincarnations since then which is perhaps why I’m looking forward to it the most. You see, I’m still quite fond of the original movies of Total Recall and Judge Dredd even though they’re not the best films and haven’t aged particularly well.
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
Julia Roberts – Evil Queen
Lily Collins – Snow White
Sean Bean – The King
Also starring: Nathan Lane
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Kristen Stewart – Snow White
Chris Hemsworth – The Huntsman
Charlize Theron – Queen Ravenna
Also starring: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
For me, this is the one I want to watch. Gothic, action-packed, exciting plus fantastic actors make this a must-watch movie. I can’t wait!
Gotta love the slow jazzy feel of the 60’s mixed with futuristic sci-fi!
This flick looks like a splash from the past with a dash of the future. I’m definitely diggin’ the ‘fro she’s sportin’. This clip is for the movie, Soul Man, a CG animated sci-fi flick. The film is being developed by French director Guillaume Ivernel. You can read more about this sci-fi-funk creator at BlacklightMovies.com or check out his IMDB page.
“This is a new war…”
Underworld: Awakening, starring the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, will air in US theaters on 20 January 2012. In this edition of Underworld, Selene wakes up to a “new world” where the humans are at war with vampires and lycans. From the preview clip, Selene is on the hunt for Michael (played by Scott Speedman), the vamp-lycan hybrid from Underworld: Evolution. Read ShockTillYouDrop.com’s report on their visit to the set.
Synopsis from Comingsoon.net:
“Underworld Awakening” brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D.
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
Isn’t it a bummer when you look forward to a movie and then it doesn’t live up to your expectations?
Especially when those expectations were formed based on a trailer? It feels like a lie. Movie makers make their films and then these amazing trailers come out to promote them. I’m not saying the trailer for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night was amazing, far from it. But, it did lead me to believe it would be funny and, at the very least, entertaining. While there were some SOL (snicker out loud) moments there were no LOL (laugh out loud) moments to be had. And, instead of being entertaining, it was disappointing.
Unfortunately, while I’m able to stop reading a book that just isn’t my cuppa, I’ve never quite been able to stop watching a movie I am not really enjoying. I don’t know why that is, maybe it’s because I keep thinking it’s bound to get better, so I keep watching. Or, maybe because I know it’ll be over in an hour or two and must know how it ends. Sadly, this movie did not get any better, in fact, it got worse, IMO. And, neither reason led me to continue watching, pure laziness did. It was late, hubby had fallen asleep about 30 minutes into the movie and I didn’t want to get up to turn it off.
There were two things I liked about this movie. The first was Marcus, played by Sam Huntington. The second was Taye Diggs, who played Vargus, head vampire. I enjoyed Sam’s character, Marcus who is Dylan’s plucky side-kick. He provides the only witty lines in the movie. I enjoyed Taye, the actor, not the character he played. Do you have to ask why? Dude is serious eye candy. And, were those really gold caps on his fangs?? Seriously? Come on.
Dylan is lazily moving through life working on random PI cases, mostly cheating spouses, when we first meet Marcus. Marcus is his Girl Friday basically. He’s looking to expand the cases they take on and wants to become a true partner. When Dylan receives a call from a damsel in distress he’s surprised and Marcus is thrilled – a real case in the rich part of town. They arrive at the home of the dead guy’s distraught (uh-huh) daughter, Elizabeth, played by Anita Briem. The police have been no help and a priest gave her a business card with Dylan’s number on one side and “No Pulse. No Problem.” on the other. As soon as Dylan sees the business card, he bolts, won’t tell Marcus why and that’s that.
Back at his office, we learn that Dylan’s fiance was killed because of his past dealings with the supernatural and he’s retired now. He’s devastated by her loss (uh-huh) and doesn’t want to get involved. But, where would be the story in that? So, he does. He returns to Elizabeth’s house in his “I’m Dylan Dog, bad ass human liaison between the supernatural and the humans suit (red shirt, black jacket)” and his old timer’s doctor bag ready to work the case.
From there things just go from bad to worse. As I mentioned, Marcus provides the comic relief and a reason to keep suffering through this disappointing film. He’s attacked and subsequently rises as a zombie. His adjustment to his new undead self is a riot. He even goes so far as to join a zombie support group.
The beasties in this flick left much to be desired. It was obvious that the money for any grand special effects was saved for the biggest baddie at the end, which turned out to be semi-decent. The wolves were a mix between a well-done wolf-man and a bad Halloween costume.
There were times throughout the movie where I was yelling at Dylan’s ignorance. This dude, who has spent how ever many years dealing with the supernatural, missed a dozen clues along the way which pretty much provided a big “LOOK HERE, STUPID” sign with the answers he was seeking. There was no suspense. The romance (hardy-har-har) was awful; it felt like the two were strangers who were told, “When I say ‘action’, kiss. ACTION!”
When I watch the trailer, it makes me think of Constantine, but more lighthearted. Sadly, it wasn’t even close. Brandon Routh has never been one of my favorite actors, but this was just bad. I couldn’t tell if it was just bad directing or bad acting. Maybe he should stick to Superman in the future. I do hope to see more of Sam Huntington, who plays the were in the US version of Being Human, in films.
What’d you think of it? Good flick or “where can I get a refund”?
Related RM Posts: ZAM: Wishing Well Wednesday | Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
You have to hand it to J.K. Rowling! She certainly knows how to get her fans squeeeeein’. She’s announced, “The Owls are Gathering”, for what, we do not yet know. If you visit Pottermore.com, you’ll see a pretty pink site with owls perched on each side of the page. Click on either of the owls and it takes you to her YouTube countdown page, which at my last viewing was counting down from 3 days 11 hours 25 minutes and 20 seconds.
Countdown to what? That is the big question that has everyone speculating on Rowling’s newest project. While searching for different thoughts on the project, you’re sure to find yourself over at Clube do Slugue and/or the Harry Potter Forum where, for years apparently, they have been trying to guess what Pottermore is all about – online role-playing game? fan site? HP encyclopedia? No one knows for sure. You can subscribe to the YouTube announcement page and follow @Pottermore on Twitter for more official updates. From what I can tell, her official website offers no hints (but it is a fun, interactive site).
A book or not a book? Well, Rowling’s PR company Stonehill Salt told the Guardian on 16 June that the new project was not a new book. “All we can say is that Pottermore is the name of JK Rowling’s new project. It will be announced soon, and it is not a new book,” said a spokesperson. However, many may remember Rowling’s interview with Oprah in 2010 when she said “[The characters] are all still in my head. I mean, I could write. I could definitely write an eight, ninth, 10th. I could, easily.”
On a side-note: I saw that interview and was touched by Rowling’s past, her reasons for writing Harry’s story and very much enjoyed seeing deeper inside the amazing woman behind the series. If you missed, you should pop over to Oprah’s site and read the transcript.
What’s your guess??
In the meantime …
This past week another clip, said to be the final one (we’ll see) until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 premieres on 17 July, hit the web. This one is quite wicked. And, it seems Harry sees dead people.
I haven’t finished reading the books, so I’m excited to find out how it all ends. Those that have read the books and watched the movies, how well do you think the films portrayed the story? Well done? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
To test or refresh your HP knowledge, be sure to check out the books or any one of these sites:
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❉ “It All Ends” ~ Harry Potter, the Final Chapter
Ryan Reynolds *sigh* is starring in the Warner Bros. adaptation of The Green Lantern. The film premieres (US & UK) this Friday, 17 June. Here are some tidbits and clips to get ya ready for some superhero world savin’.
❝In the brightest day. In the blackest night.❞
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris, if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax… he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Ryan Reynolds ….. Hal Jordan
Blake Lively …….. Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard … Hector Hammond
Mark Strong …….. Sinestro
Angela Bassett ….. Dr. Amanda Waller
Tim Robins ……… Senator Hammond
Directed By: Martin Campbell
Official Trailer & “Welcome to Oa” clip
There are many other spots to get more info, here are just a few:
☞ Watch Ryan Reynolds Battle Parallax In 8 Minutes Of Green Lantern Footage shared by Josh Tyler on CinemaBlend.com.
☞ Check out Warner Bros. Official Green Lantern site which offers links to games and other Green Lantern fun to be had.
☞ Visit the Green Lantern Facebook page
☞ Watch more clips @ Yahoo Movies
Per Wikipedia: The Green Lantern is the shared primary alias of several fictional characters, superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).
Just over a month away from the July 15th release date, a clip from one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 2, was unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards.
Click HERE if you wish to view a multitude of trailers.
In other news, JK Rowling is doing very well for herself as she could be moving to Australia after buying a £6.5m mansion in Tasmania. HERE is a recent interview with her on Pages 6-9 of June’s issue of ‘Words with Jam’.
And if you’re suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal in the meantime, why don’t you check out Total Film’s ‘30 Books That Could Be The Next Harry Potter‘ which includes the likes of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and so happens to all ready have a movie in the works.
“It All Ends” ~ Harry Potter, the Final Chapter
On May 31st, Donald Sutherland was announced as The Hunger Games‘ cruel, detestable and ruthless President Snow [Source]. The most famous star yet to appear in this movie and with his distinguished acting talent he should bring much gravitas to the role.
Her favourite scene from the first book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games was:
“The first time that Katniss has to go into the cylinder and she goes up into the arena and looks around and sees it for the first time,” says Lawrence. “Knowing that when that trumpet blows she could die. The thing that’s great about her is she’s not a murderer. She’s a hunter, but she’s not a killer.”
But her absolute favourite scene is this one from the second book, Catching Fire:
Without hesitation, he reads, “On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.”
My mother gives a faint shriek and Prim buries her face in her hands, but I feel more like the people I see in the crowd on television. Slightly baffled. What does it mean? Existing pool of victors?
Then I get what it means. At least, for me. District 12 only has three existing victors to choose from. Two male. One female…
I am going back into the arena.
Also, according to Deadline: ‘Lionsgate executives told Wall Street analysts this morning to expect big things from The Hunger Games, a series of four action films that the studio will release from the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. COO Joe Drake said it was “the highest-selling film we’ve ever had” at the Cannes Film Festival and that overseas exhibitors consider it “the movie that can change their company.” Although Lionsgate wouldn’t disclose its budget for the films, Drake says Hunger Games could become an “outsized success” for Lionsgate. The studio says it bought the rights before the books became runaway bestsellers, and it has “retained the majority of the upside” in its talent and distribution deals.’
Filming has all ready started with the first movie set for release on March 23, 2012.
I can’t wait!