Fantastic trailer.

More cool news today, the trailer for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox has made it's way online. I posted some info on this film recently so i wont go into too much detail but i have to say I really like the trailer, it's not what i was expecting.

The low key stop motion style looks great and from what the trailer shows it feels exactly like a Wes Anderson film. The deadpan humour, the familiar characters, even the camera movements that are distinctive of Anderson's work seem present. To hear his regular cast talking as animals is pretty funny too. Check it out.

Alien: the early years?

Some cool news hit the internet this morning, the confirmation of a rumor that has been floating around for some time now. Today Variety confirmed that director Ridley Scott will return to space to direct the prequel to his 1979 classic Alien, arguably the best of the series.

According to the report, Fox has hired writer Jon Spaihts who has two space adventures already under his belt, "Shadow 19" and "Passengers". Spaihts is to pen a script which is said to focus around the empty ship and space jockey featured in the original film. This would support comments Scott had made previously regarding his interest in returning to the franchise, wanting to return "to where the alien creatures were first found and explain how they were created"

Each director who has tackled the Alien franchise has brought something different and interesting to the table. What Ridley Scott excels at is his ability to fully immerse his audience in other worlds, be it the neon dystopian future of Blade Runner or the Roman Colleseum in Gladiator. The franchise has taken a few turns for the worst in recent years (AVP films?) so if they absolutely have to tamper with it some more then having Scott return to the helm is the best news audiences could have hoped for.

Expect to hear more information soon.

Funny is funny.

Lets face it; hasn’t exactly been the scorching hot summer promised to us by global warming has it? Now that the two weeks of good weather we’re likely to get have long gone, you may find yourself caged indoors taking shelter from the rainy skies and like myself, avoiding the weird looking people who constitute the general public.

But it’s not all bad; there’s plenty of funny to be found to wind away the time trapped indoors if you know where to look. I’m firmly under the impression that many of the funniest TV shows around today get completely missed by a large percentage of people. So here are three such TV treasures funny enough to relish a reason to stay inside this summer.

Eastbound and Down.

Riding the wave of a successful pitching career Kenny Powers had it all, fame, money and his own range of self help tapes entitled “you’re fucking out, I’m fucking in”. That was until it all went to his head; he lost his famous swing and was forced to move in with his brother back in small town USA. Stuck firmly in the mindset of the glory days Kenny gets a job as a substitute P E teacher at the local elementary school and picks up where he left off trying to wow his high school sweetheart April.

If Alan Partridge were a redneck, this is probably what is would look like. Danny McBride, best known for his characters Red in Pineapple Express and Rico in the underrated Hot Rod uses Eastbound and Down as a canvas to display his unique comic talents.

King of the hicks, McBride’s Kenny Powers is crude, jaded by fame and not above taking his anger out on the kids he’s suppose to be teaching. Despite all this McBride creates a loveable character that deep down, like Partridge or David Brent, just wants someone to listen to him.

Coming straight from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay the guys behind, the series plays out much like a film divided into six parts with episodes picking up straight where they left off. With cameos from Craig Robinson and an interesting looking Will Ferrell, you’ll be wishing there was more than just six episodes. Luckily for fans the series will be returning next year

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The premise is simple enough: three guys and a girl own a bar in Philly, sounds like your average comedy right? But straight off the bat episode titles ranging from ‘The Gang Gets Racist” to “The Gang Exploit a Miracle” to my personal favourite, “The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby” indicate right away that your watching something special.

Mac, Charlie, Dennis and Dee; four lowlifes who rob, exploit people and do basically what the rest of us would want to do if we weren’t burdened with a conscience. As the basic premise of the show is fairly 2D it relies heavily on character and most of the fun of watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes from watching these character riff of one another. The principle cast all have their moments but the stand out character is Charley, with a running gag that he’s illiterate and addicted to huffing glue; just a sample of what makes this character so funny.

Picked up by FX after friends Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day shot their own pilot for next to no budget; the show has gone from strength to strength. With Danny DeVito joining the gang in their second season as Frank, father to Dennis and Dee the show gained more publicity.

The real humour in this show lies in just how low the characters are willing to go, nothing is sacred with storylines involving everything from mother humping to glory holes. Whats more, last April the gang performed the season 4 finale live onstage, pretty cool.

If you’re already a fan then you will be pleased to hear that the show will return for a fifth season in September and will continue for at least two more seasons.

30 Rock

Set behind the scenes of a popular live TV show TGS, 30 Rock bares many similarities to the show Saturday Night Live. And its not surprising as the shows creator and star Tina Fey made a name for herself on the weekly live variety show, becoming the first female head writer in the shows history.

Liz Lemon (Fey) has the job of controlling her group of writers and stars and she’s doing a good job until big shot executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) takes over. Under new management and forced to keep everyone happy things are made no easier when Jack adds wild and weird superstar Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan who real life counterpart is just as crazy).

Juggling her life around her eccentric co-workers isn’t easy, taking many of her experiences from her years on SNL 30 Rock is one of today’s most successful sitcoms, having been nominated for 22 Emmy Awards earlier this month.

Season two presented a show with more confidence and more guest stars. Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Aniston, Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi are just a handful of the big names that make an appearance, all as memorable characters.

But lets not forget the ensemble cast, who each make tuning in worthwhile, the highlight being Alec Baldwin. Proving that he really is the only Baldwin brother worth paying attention too, Baldwin is surprisingly hilarious as the ‘Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming’ rivalled only by wildcard Tracy Morgan who really is as crazy in real life, can’t stress that enough.

So get hold of these shows anyway you can you wont be disappointed., buy them, rent them, use the internet somehow. . . Of course I’m not stupid enough to condone illegal online downloading. THE consequences of that could be quite harsh. Yep, you’d have to be a PIRATE to succeed in that and keep the authorities at BAY.

A Serious Post.

Earlier today the trailer for the latest Coen Brothers film entitled A Serious Man found its way onto these here internets. I for one love the work of the Coen Brothers, it still impresses me how they manage to move seamlessly in and out of the mainstream. By the looks of this trailer and its cast you would never have guessed that their last film boasted Hollywood's biggest names.

Set in 1967 A Serious Man is the story of Larry Gopnik a university physics professor who has just been told that his wife is leaving him for a fellow colleague. What follows is the collapse of his life, burdened by his unemployable brother, unruly son and daughter and an anonymous letter writer who is trying to sabotage his job, Larry needs help. He seeks the advice of three rabbis to help him become a righteous person, a serious man.

The Coen's seem to be back on familiar territory with a low-key indie film, a place where they more often than not produce their best work. And don't think a lesser-known cast means a less interesting film, on the contrary, after watching this trailer all you'll want to do is discover more about A Serious Man.

A Serious Man is released on 20th November 2009.


Behold: Comic-con. Each year all manner of Wolverine wannabe’s, young padawan apprentices and people who are old enough to know better flock to the San Diego convention centre for the three day event. Clutching their first editions, fans get the chance to meet the creators of their favourite graphic novels, attend panels and seminars with the leading professionals and basically geek out until their mum’s pick them up at 8.

Comic-con has also became the place to be to catch the unveiling of exclusive movie news. Perhaps the biggest event at this year’s expo involved announcements regarding the upcoming sequel to Tron, the film released in 1982 that was so ahead of its time.

Tron 2? TR2N? Kingdom of the Crystal Tron? Many working titles have been cluttering imdb since the film was initially announced last year, so first things first, clearing up any confusion the film now has the title of Tron Legacy.

Set around 25 years after the original we find Sean Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) in search of his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges). The hunt takes him through the back of a arcade machine into a technologically advanced world of computers where he discovers brutal battles, some familiar light cycle races and his estranged father.

Lips are tightly sealed on further plot information, however we do know that original Tron director Steven Lisberger is returning as producer, Bruce Boxleitner will reprise his role of Alan Bradley/Tron and the film will star the likes of John Hurt and Michael Sheen. Also it was announced this week that electronic duo Daft Punk have recorded 24 new tracks for the film, which may result in a few Daft Punk-Tron themed shows in the future.

A viral campaign has already begun with faux websites claiming to be run by devoted searchers of Kevin Flynn; and are sure to be dribbling information over the next few months.

Tron was one of the most technologically advanced films of its time and was one of the first major films to use CGI, which was then thought of as a risky decision. As CGI has became commonplace in today’s movie theatres and computers so predominant in society, it’s obvious why Tron has been given a second life.

Tron Legacy is directed by Joseph Kosinski and will be released in 2010.

In the meantime check out the recently released teaser trailer below. Light Cycles with CGI facelifts and two versions of the Dude.

Wonderland teaser.

Today the first glimpse of Time Burton's Alice in Wonderland leaked on to the internet a day earlier than expected.

This resulted in many websites pulling the teaser trailer, but with a bit of searching i managed to find it.

White Rabbits, Cheshire cats and Mad Hatters - See all of them below, a day earlier than your suppose to. What do you think?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

An awkward glance, building up the courage to break the ice and secure a date . . . And so begins The Half Blood Prince, Harry Potters sixth year at Hogwarts. Where spells, curses and jinxes aren’t the only things flying around - you have to watch out for teenage emotions too.

This year Harry must secure a memory from the newly recruited potions master Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), armed with a potions book once owned by the mysterious half blood prince. With Dumbledore at his side, Harry learns the dark past of Tom Riddle: the boy who would be Voldemort.

But gone has the magical glow and charm of Hogwarts past; in its place thanks to cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel is a gloomy, colour-drained world where Death Eaters run amok. It’s not all doom and gloom however; love is in the air at Hogwarts.

In fact much of the films humour comes from these bumbling awkward scenes. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson spend most of the film oblivious to the others true feelings. Meanwhile Harry spends as much time grappling his feelings for Ron’s sister as he does in securing the important Slughorn memory.

Screenwriter Steve Kloves brings J K’s novel to the screen, which is no easy task. A few inevitable differences aside the overall feel remains the same, albeit with one unnecessary attack on the Weasley household.

Horcruxes? A half blood prince? there is a lot to take in here, and it may prove too much for those not so familiar with the novel.

That aside its great to see some series regulars get something to sink their teeth into. Michael Gambon gives his most accurate Dumbledore yet whilst Alan Rickman steals scenes, as the not to be trusted Severus Snape.

Tom Felton shows he’s more than a snooty face as he feels the pressure of Voldemort breathing down his neck and with the help of a luck potion Daniel Radcliffe is actually pretty funny. All in all, it sets things up nicely for the two-part Deathly Hallows finale, sure to be pretty epic.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Do you marvel at the art and detail of a stop motion film? Do you enjoy the work of Wes Anderson? Do you really like foxes?

If you answered yes to these three questions then the recently released images of the upcoming Fantastic Mr Fox courtesy of French website are sure to tickle your fancy.

The film based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, follows the story of Mr Fox who by night steals food from three local wealthy farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Soon enough the farmers cotton on to the scam and make it their goal to put a stop to him. Forcing the furry family further underground, they meet a number of other hole dwelling friends whilst the fantastic Mr Fox devises a new plan to survive.

Marking the first adaptation for Anderson, the plan was to co-direct with master of stop-motion Henry Selick, known for his painstaking work on films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas. The two first joined forces to create the Jaguar Shark for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, however Selick was forced to drop out of Mr Fox to focus his efforts on his latest film Coraline.

George Clooney provides the voice of Mr Fox, accompanied by the usual Anderson Gang. Bill Murray will voice Badger starring alongside Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and Adrian Brody. Meanwhile Anderson newcomer Meryl Streep also stars as Mrs Fox.

The focus on the aesthetic has always been a thing of great importance in Wes Anderson’s work. The jump to animation – in particular stop motion animation should produce something really special.

Even the pre-production hasn’t been without Anderson's quirky style: he decided not to record dialog in studios . Actors were taken to numerous places to record vocals, imcluding forests, attics, stables and even underground. Pretty cool.

Fantastic Mr Fox is scheduled for release on 23rd October 2009 in the UK.

Bill Nighy apparates into Potter cast.

News hit the internet earlier this week that the always entertaining Bill Nighy has landed a role in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows two-parter.

The Harry Potter films always sport the best British acting talent going, so the choice to include Nighy in the film at this late stage seems natural. After all he's one of the best actors the UK has to offer.

The decision to keep the cast this side of the pond was a rule enforced by J K Rowling when talk of adapting the books began. With the Potter universe so firmy rooted in the UK it was a crucial decision. Could you imagine Haley Joel Osmond in as the boy who lived? Scary thought, but it almost happened.

As of yet he hasn't confirmed exactly which character he will be playing. As Nighy explains to The Independent "I don’t think I’m allowed to say it but I’m going to be in the next Harry Potter film . . . I won’t say which character, but he’s a goodie"

To take an educated guess, word is he will be playing Rufus Scrimgeour, Cornelius Fudge's replacement for Minister of Magic. Scrimgeour is a hard faced character who often butts-heads with Potter and co and while he's not the goodest of goodies, he's certainly not on Voldermorts side.

All this is yet to be confirmed of course, so take it with a pinch of salt. Whatever the role Nighy takes it looks like he has some reading to catch up on, when asked if he has read the series he explains "Not yet, but I will! It’s rather like being in a Shakespeare that way, you know?"

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is shooting now, with the first part due to be released on 19th November 2010. Check out the teaser poster below.

Meanwhile Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hits cinemas on 15th July.

Things keep happening.

Those of you biting your graphic novels in anticipation of Edgar Wright's upcoming big screen version of the Scott Pilgrim chronicles can chomp down just that little bit harder with this cool new image.

It's our first brief glimpse of the Vegan Police. First appearing in Scott 3 : Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness the vegan police are vegan right down to the last detail (imagine hands used as guns). They show up to apprehend all those who break vegan rules or just pretend to be Vegan in order to get girls i.e Evil Ex#3 - Todd Ingram.

Wrights blog picture a day is proving to be a cool marketing technique, slowly providing us with images of Scott Pilgrims universe as it unfolds on the screen.

Roll on 2010.

A Vampire movie that wont suck?

Horror films will always be relevant. Monsters, Zombies, Vampires-people will always love the rush of a good no consequence movie scare. The hard part for the moviemakers is coming up with original hooks for a genre that has a track record of being quite hit and miss.

Daybreakers, directed by the German born Spierig brothers appear to have found such a hook. Set in the not too distant future a virus has turned the majority of the world’s population into Vampires.

The few people who remain are hunted down and harvested for their blood. Soon enough, with humans on the endangered species list, the blood the Vampires need to survive begins to run out.

The neck biting world of tomorrow are left with a choice: create a synthetic blood substitute or save the human race.

Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill star as the Vamps-in-control, with Willem Dafoe and Transformers star Isabel Lucas heading up the human resistance desperately trying to rebuild the human race.

Sounds cool right? And the teaser poster and first trailer that were released last Friday back up said coolness.

Having completed filming in 2007 the film’s release has been long delayed. However directors Peter and Michael Spierig want you to know that it does not mean the film is in trouble, “It’s simply because the 08’ slate is full . . .To put it simply, the studio loves the movie and wants to see it released correctly”

They also hint that the footage in the trailer is only a snippet of what the film is really about. This all suggests that Daybreakers could be the film to breathe new life into the Vampire genre instead of sucking it dry (bad pun, I couldn’t resist).

Daybreakers will hit cinemas on 8th January 2010.