Archive for November 21, 2011
The movie that will be packing them in this holiday weekend will undoubtedly be The Muppets, the official big-screen return of the lovable puppets created by Jim Henson.
Early word is that director James Bobin (Flight of the Choncords) and writers Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek) have crafted a Muppet adventure that is 100% faithful to the fun, irreverent spirit of Henson’s characters, while also offering modern audiences a wonderfully non-cynical comedy adventure.
Today we have some additional clips from The Muppets to add to our growing clip collection, as the film heads down the final stretch to its theatrical debut. The clips encompass some classic Muppet-style hijinks, as well as some jabs at the cinematic fourth wall and the state of pop culture ...
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As we saw with the magazine covers over the weekend, Empire's new issue includes a feature story about the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises". Now, several scans of the photos inside have gone online (via SHH) while a few potential spoiler facts given by director Chris Nolan himself in the article have emerged via Empire's website.
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The biggest surprise from the piece is the time setting of 'Rises'. While a few months passed between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight", the gap between that second and this third film will be longer… a lot longer.
"Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state" says Nolan who adds that this film is "really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story".
With Batman not fighting fit, Bane was to be used as the villain for the physical threat he presents - "With Bane, we're looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally" says Nolan. He confirms the prologue in IMAX cinemas next month will serve as "an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film".
Costume designer Lindy Hemming gives a hint of that threat when asked to talk about his mask - "He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters." So instead of Venom making him into a ridiculous mutated wrestler, we have a mercenary under the influence of a drug that makes him practically impervious to pain?
Don't expect him to be a wimp though, actor Tom Hardy says this guy wouldn't be above pulling some manuevers you'd expect to only see in horror films - "He's brutal. Brutal. He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action."
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It's a busy day scoop-wise for early story details and another has emerged over Legend of Chuck Norris who claim to have some minor spoilers about the setup of the currently shooting "The Expendables" sequel. These tidbits apparently come from an interview Dolph Lundgren gave to a Japanese reporter.
The story opens with a scene of Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) being rescued from captivity in Burma. After that Agent Church (Bruce Willis) forces the Expendables to go on a new mission.
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins are confirmed to be serving as the villains. There is also reportedly a scene with Arnie, Willis and Chuck Norris sharing screen time together akin to the Stallone/Willis/Arnie church scene in the first film.
Filming in Bulgaria wraps next month ahead of a week of filming in China in January and other locations yet to be announced.
Several bits of information have surfaced today on the currently shoot 23rd James Bond film "Skyfall".
First up The Sun reports that one action sequence in the film will pay homage to the rope bridge battle in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" - "007 will have it out with a villain on a rickety affair like in 'Doom'".
One location that was to be used, but has now been ditched, is Duntrune Castle in Argyll reports STV. The Scottish castle was originally going to be used in February for filming but that's no longer the case.
Rory Kinnear, who stars as M's aide Bill Tanner in the film, tells CultBox that he's been shooting scenes with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench at Pinewood and around Waterloo and Smithfields. Kinnear confirms his role is larger in this one and his filming commitments will continue through until early February, while the production itself doesn't wrap until April or May.
Also over the weekend scribe John Logan spoke with Collider about working on the script and he says he doesn't see it as a stand alone film as some have already declared - "as far as I’m concerned, because I don’t think these films are standalone, I think they’re part of a legacy. When I was working on it I was deeply aware as much of Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale as I was of Thunderball, as I was of Ian Fleming in the 50’s writing it, you know you’re a float in a parade."
The surprising thing is Logan apparently had a lot of freedom with the screenplay - "What was particularly thrilling about this is the freedom, because I had the fear that you would going into a franchise movie that you have to put all the toys back in the sandbox, but I’ve never felt anything but completely free as a writer to explore different material, to explore different ideas with these characters and this world. It’s been amongst the best experiences I’ve ever had on a movie."
With the recent film adaptation of John Le Carre's Cold War espionage thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" already garnering awards buzz and strong box-office overseas, director Tomas Alfredson and scribe Peter Straughan have just confirmed that early discussions are already underway for the sequel - "There are ideas, and plans, and intentions. John Le Carré's quite keen" Alfredson tells The Playlist.
'Tinker' is the first book in Le Carre's so-called Karla trilogy, the other two being "The Honourable Schoolboy" and "Smiley's People". 'Schoolboy' however is much more a side adventure focusing on a side character whereas 'People' is a more direct follow-up.
Back in the 70's after the success of the 'Tinker' mini-series adaptation with Alec Guinness, the network essentially skipped 'Schoolboy' - cribbing some relevant elements from it onto their mini-series adaptation of "Smiley's People". According to Alfredson, that also seems to be the plan here.
"The obvious choice would be 'Smiley's People'. "The second book in the trilogy is 'The Honourable Schoolboy' but it's set entirely in Hong Kong, and George Smiley's not a major character in it, but it might be possible to take some material from that and combine it into 'Smiley's People' in the sequel."
'Tinker' hits U.S. cinemas on December 9th, Australian cinemas on January 25th, and will be on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK on January 30th.