Ok...not exactly the most recent news but I've just stumbled upon it. According to Entertainment Weekly Evan Rachel Wood will star in at least two episodes of True Blood near the end of season two. She will be playing Sophie-Anne, the vampire Queen of Louisiana.
I'm not familiar with most of the Sookie Stackhouse novel characters but supposedly she's this 500 year old charming and ruthless Vamp who's had relationships with major figures in history. Cool...sounds like an interesting character...and Evan Rachel Wood is soo pale with that porcelain skin of hers...she probably looks the part already. But get this, from the comments I've heard at some places...Sophie-Anne was 15 when she was turned into a Vamp...and she's supposed to look innocent and childlike, like the child she is suppose to be. Yes another child Vamp we have here (recently Dakota Fanning was cast as Jane in New Moon, a child Vamp...though she is the age she is playing...and more than a decade ago Kristen Dunst played Claudia in Interview With the Vampire).
Of course I don't think Evan Rachel Wood quite looks like a teenager anymore...but I can't imagine them getting someone in their mid teens taking on such a role for a show such as True Blood. And there's the other problem of the teenager growing up on screen, if the character makes more appearances in the seasons to come. And since I have not read the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I have no idea how Sophie-Anne is to actually look like (other than the looking childlike part). Does Evan Rachel Wood look the character...not taking in the whole age factor...Or should they have gotten someone in their late teens or early 20s who look like they're 15?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Trailer for the movie is out. It stars Alexis Bledel as Ryden Malby, the trailer starts with Ryden enthusiastic about the future...finishing college great. Believing that its the start of her bright future...an awesome job, you know the like...What issit with Alexis playing all this ace kids in school? Does she has that smart look about her? Anyhow she didn't quite snatch that dream job...and after a pile of rejected job applications Ryden has nowhere to go but move in back to her parents home. Yeah...the outlook is bright and sunny alright. And of course she would only need some guy problem thrown in the mix. Who would she choose, her best friend or hook up with that good looking next door neighbour? Will she get herself a job...or will she continue to keep her options open?
Hmm...it looks ok. Watchable...Standard feel good fare I think. She'll probably end up with a relatively good job and with the guy she knows she truly likes (I'm guessing the best friend)...that, or just decide to not have a committed relationship with anyone...yeah...feel good fluff. Having said that...I'll probably still catch this movie.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Kidding of course. If I'm not mistaken this was taken at the Tribeca Film Festival where he was there for the new Woody Allen movie he's in Whatever Works, when the MTV crew asked him about that elusive Edward Cullen role.
I thought this was just an interesting clip. The first time I've heard his take on the whole thing. I mean seriously...yeah...I too don't believe he was ever approached for the role...he was no longer the right age when Twilight came into production (Loved when he said "the ravages of time has taken its toll - cute :) ), there was no longer a point to look at him for the Edward role. But of course Stephenie Meyer was quoted as saying that she saw him as a perfect Edward...or somewhere along that line. I kinda agree...you would have to watch The Count of Monte Cristo or I Capture the Castle to see it. He is dashingly handsome with that strong jawline and at that particular age...he would have been a pretty good Edward...All he needs is to not go out in the sun a few months, add the bronze disheveled hair...I think he can pull it off...and the girls would have maybe swoon more than they already are. Anyhow too bad...I would love to have seen him in the role. Funnily enough...Edward is described like the Greek god Adonis, while in I Capture the Castle, Stephen Colley the role played by Henry Cavill is said to be like all the Greek Gods rolled into one. And hey you know what would be cool...if they actually get him on board for the minor in the other movies.I have no idea what roles...but that would definitely be cool.
I've finally watch season one of Gossip Girl...I actually bought the DVD. Thought it would be a fun series to watch...nothing serious and it did come from the people behind the OC (which I liked...the first season at least). And I did. Enjoyed Gossip Girl I mean. Those kids live such outrageous scandalous lives...it was fun to see all of it unravel. The show is pretty relevant and current featuring current media and technology...the internet and blogging, with the show being narrated by an unseen blogger "Gossip Girl". Much like the OC...I'll add this to one of my guilty pleasures. And hey did you notice their movie themed episode titles, I thought that was pretty clever. Now I can't wait for season two to come out on DVD.Its pretty much the only way for me to catch the show...because yes our local tv channels are not airing the show...what were they thinking right? Though I do think MioTv does bring the show on demand...but it is horribly pricey...With the same amount of money...I might as well wait and get the DVD,at least then there is something material for me to keep. Which I am doing anyway.
Anyhow, latest thing is that Gossip Girl is having a spin-off series based on Serena's mom, Lily's teen years back in the 80's with Brittany Snow as Lily. The show will begin on one of the Gossip Girl episode. Not sure what the title would be. Is it Lily or Valley Girls? But if the episode run successfully, it would have its own full blown series kicking off in fall 2009 I'm guessing. I'm looking forward to that. We get to see Lily back in the day...and some colourful 80's fashion...cool. The promo that was released recently give us a peek at what we can expect.
Made the weekly trip to the DVD store. Saw a couple of new stuff (at least I didn't think I saw them last week)on the shelves this week...Here's a roundup of what's new.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
I was thoroughly surprise to see it available on DVD here. Surprised because I didn't know that this movie got a theatrical release in Singapore. Which doesn't mean just because it didn't get a theatrical release in Singapore it wouldn't get a DVD release...cause I sure some films do....But surprise that it landed here at all when its release date elsewhere seemed to have been pushed back soo many times. And also a quick search on IMDB.com reveals that the movie did get a theatrical here, apparently last September...which I was totally unaware. Anyhow since its is available on DVD...I can rent it soon.
A cowboy flick. Don't know much about the actual movie, but I have seen some of the characters posters for the movie...and they were good...black and white...simple yet looked very raw and gritty. I have been watching some of the more recently released Westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford...and I was very surprised by how much I liked them...they weren't a thorough bore as I expected them to be for me...so I might give this one a try as well.
Rachel Getting Married
I think we've all heard about this movie. It had good buzz...then the good reviews...then came the nominations and the awards. So I've been wanting to watch it for a while now. Is it as good as its said to be?
Once again don't know much about this movie. Seems like a "Pay it forward" type of movie. Its plot on Flixster state as "Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret, embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers." A guy does some good deeds to make himself be a better person...or at least feel better...sounds thoroughly self indulgent. Not something I like to watch.
I know it looks too much like Sin City...in terms of the posters that was released...the colours used...the shots...but initially I thought it could still be rather good. Then of course the reviews start to roll out and they weren't very positive...looks like its bound to be forgotten into the land of oblivion. So yeah...I guess it isn't another Sin City after all...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Last week we saw the first two pictures Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. And as promised, Empire Magazine gives us more pictures from the movie in their 20th Anniversary issue. Finally we get to see Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon and some of the other actors, Mark Wahlberg as Susie's father and Susan Sarandon as her grandmother. I think it looks good thus far, can't wait for the actual trailer...and oh yes the poster too...wonder what that'll look like. Something like the picture perhaps? Anyway for now, you can check out the pictures here or head out and get Empire magazine yourself...it should be available at the local newsstands or any of the big bookstores.
Just a week after Summit announced that they have started production and named the other cast members for New Moon, they have now announced that they have a director for Eclipse. And its David Slade (you can read it here) who have previously directed 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy. I've never watched 30 Days of Night but I liked Hard Candy...he certainly no stranger to taking on movies featuring monsters and dark matter...It'll be interesting to see his take on Eclipse.
In other Twilight stuff...Entertainment Tonight has some coverage of New Moon (we can expect tons more from them). I'm not sure if this New Moon segment that they have is a daily or weekly affair...I never get a chance to catch Entertainment Tonight myself. It airs at such at an inconvenient time here locally for me...so if anyone knows...enlighten me. Anyhow...they have two clips up, filled with small interviews and behind the scenes footage of the filming of New Moon. The footage is good...some stuff that we can expect to end up in the film...but the interview...just skip it. But enjoy.
I simply love the the True Blood posters as much as the show itself...they simply have some crazy creative people churning out these posters with such wicked sense of humour. Loved their season 1 "Tru Blood" drink ad posters and their political ad posters. And since in the States...the new season is coming in June...they have a new one (three different versions with a different tagline attached to each) out...At a glance it might just seem like some "Tru Blood" spilled on a black background. But take a step back and you'll see a different picture...That's right...Someone's about to get bitten.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm a fan of the book and I've been anticipating this movie from the very beginning...and wow has it taken its time. Its been in production since last year? or late 2007...I'm sure filming has been done for a few months now...and we've seen and heard very little the movie...Are they just very good at keeping things under wraps? I mean seriously wasn't there only just one picture that was released before? Of Peter Jackson, Saoirse Ronan and some other cast/crew?
And finally last weekend we got the first two pictures from the movie. But what a disappointment they were...because they give us very little. The first from Empire magazine has Saoirse Ronan as Susie, with her back to us looking into the distance, in what looks like her heaven. While the second picture from USA Today has Stanley Tucci as George Harvey sitting over his miniature pieces with his hand over his face. Like I said...nothing...We get a little glimpse at the costumes...Susie wearing the yellow bell bottoms and well a sneak at her heaven...blue skies and big white clouds...Harvey with his hobby but...but...we don't even get to see the actors faces. Now apparently we'll get more pictures from the movie soon. Empire will feature them in their 20th birthday issue coming out this week? Looking forward to seeing them.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Just saw the first released picture for Robin Hood. Now that haircut looks pretty modern...I kinda expected him to wear a messier and shaggier hairstyle, this one does look like the one he had in Gladiator.But overall I do like the look, I thought the costume looks pretty good. Its simple and humble as one would expect of someone who steal from the rich to give to the poor. An look...yes...Robin is holding a bow...I expect to see some fine archery and some good medieval sword fighting. I'm really looking forward to this flick...I love costume pictures...this one has some solid actors attached to it. Russell Crowe was great in Gladiator...could this be "the" period/action flick for him again?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough have joined the cast of the screen adaptation of Never Let Me Go a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Previously announced cast were Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan who are playing the main characters. Filming has since started and some on set pictures have already surfaced online. Check them out at PopSugar.com here. I like the costumes...I'm not sure what time period its supposed to be. 1980's maybe? But the rather old fashioned and conservative country-like wear? looks rather fitting...after all the characters are supposed to have lead pretty isolated lives from the outside world right?
Its a pretty cheery poster isn't it. Just look at all the bright colours. Its a perfect blue sky...with only a few signs of clouds...Perfect...except for that doubtful look on Alexis Bledel's face. This poster is pretty much in tune with the first poster, very colourful...but I much prefer the first one. Miss Bledel pretty much plays the same doe eyed look but I thought that had more fear and uncertainty in her eyes. Anyhow the official website for the movie is up...you can check it out here. They've also posted some stills for the movie. And hey have they changed the title from The Post Grad Survival Guide to just Post Grad?...Because Post Grad is the only thing I see on their website.
Finally a press release from Summit announcing the rest of the cast for New Moon...I mean the film has started shooting...they can no longer keep mum on it. Most of the main characters are back including Bella's human school friends, so here's the new cast round up:
Michael Sheen as Aro
Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus
Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius
Charlie Bewley as Demetri
Daniel Cudmore as Felix
Dakota Fanning as Jane
Cameron Bright as Alec
Noot Seer as Heidi
Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley
Tinsel Korey is Emily
Graham Greene as Harry Clearwater
Alex Meraz as Paul
Tyson Houseman as Quil Ateara
Bronson Pelletier as Jared
Kiowa Gordon as Embry Call
Dakota Fanning and the wolf pack was announced weeks ago...but the rest were previously unconfirmed. I think its great they managed to snag Michael Sheen for Aro. I love the Underworld movies (have not watched the prequel) and I thought he was great as Lucian the leader of the Lycans...it would be interesting to see him play a Vamp now. Now I can't quite remember (I've only read the book once) how Aro is to look like physically. All I remember is his skin is pale, translucent and onion skin like. In terms of how he was suppose to look like in human age...I kinda thought he was late 20s early 30s...hmmm could Michael Sheen be too old...we'll see...On the other hand, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius does seem too young cause again I had pretty much imagined all the Volturi leaders between late 20s and under 40. But then again make-up can do wonders.
Lastly, I'm rather surprised to see Cameron Bright as Alec...simply because I don't think I've read him being rumoured or attached to the role. Alec, if you don't know is Jane's twin. Is there some likeness between Cameron Bright and Dakota Fanning?...I haven't seen any recent pictures of Cameron Bright...but I guess...I mean he is after all pale white and he does have an interesting look about him...and hey they both have played the creepy kids role before...so yeah I'm sure they would be able to handle being a Vamp...plus its gonna be only what?...A few minutes of screen time? 15 minutes max probably. Anyhow if you want to know more about the Twilight series characters check it out here.
And wait. Entertainment Tonight has some new segment covering New Moon and interviewing its cast starting April 23rd and they have a tv ad for that up. Check it out. Honestly I can't stand most of these type of Entertainment network style of interviews. They are not at all story or movie based. And the interviewer being overly 60 Minutes serious for the kind of questions being asked, is kinda cheesy...and the questions...ahh the sneak at the questions being asked..."For the record are you single?" Are you serious? Just show me the on set clips of the filming already...thats the only one I want to watch.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I haven't been online for 2 days or so... it seems there's a lot of movie stuff these past few days...and I just found this:
Cute. A Wolverine Got Milk ad. Despite it being a message about how milk is suppose to be important and healthy for you body and such...isn't milk usually more tied with calcium and bones in general...and well (I might be wrong here) doesn't his skeleton made up of some indestructible metal alloy instead of regular bones? Anyway...just thought it was funny.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Well it seems Warner Bros. Pictures has moved Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince two days from Friday, July 17th to July 15th which is a Wednesday. I think its a bit odd to open mid-week, but then again, it would be the summer holidays that time of the year...so one can still expect hordes of people...I mean of course there would be...after all it is Harry Potter right. So I wonder if Harry Potter would also be released earlier in Singapore...no word yet I think.
Anyway there's a new trailer up. Its supposedly the same trailer that was released in Japan months ago, apparently the rest of the world is getting it very late. Now I've not read the Harry Potter books...so every trailer gives me more of what we can expect from the movie in terms of story. And this ones show Dumbledore and Harry working to tap into the memory and head of Voldemort's ex-professor to help them get to Voldermont. Sounds good...we've already seen a young Voldermont in the previous clips and trailers...And according to this post here at ComingSoon.net, we'll be getting a new trailer tomorrow...awesome.
Monday, April 13, 2009
So yesterday aired the first episode of Harper's Island. It was ok I guess...I wasn't going wow. Basically the first episode is just the introductions...the characters...and just the basic scene. 6? years ago...there were a few murders at Harper's Island. Abby's mother was one of the victims after which she went to the city. Present time...Henry, Abby's best friend is having a huge wedding back at Harper's Island and she comes back to the island for the first time in years. And it seems danger and terror still lurks. Was the serial killer never caught? Escaped? By the end of the episode...two lives have been claim...
Oh...the spoilerific world of the internet. We in Singapore get the show two days late...so of course the internet spoiled some of the suspense for me. I was just surfing the net for my usual fix of entertainment and movie news when on the IMDB news page...there was a link to an article and the title to say the least was not spoiler free. It named the character that was killed off of course. Nonetheless I still tuned in to the show...
I find it a little too slasher flicky and Scream-ish...and not so much suspense/mystery. Just the whole back story with murders that have taken place in the past...and that the killer might be coming back...is soo Scream-ish. For example in Scream, Sidney's mother fell victim to the serial killer, so was Abby's mother in Harper's Island. And like with Sidney in Scream...the first episode at least have given a lot of screen time to Abby and she is pretty much playing the damsel role here. So I doubt Abby is the killer unless she has some crazy split personality. I'm guessing...he or she could be one of the natives of the island...So the Wellingtons are out for me now.
Anyhow...even though, the series did not really have a great start in my opinion...I'll keep watching...Just to see how it goes along...and well to keep guessing who the supposed killer is.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I've just checked out the trailer...well the second trailer. Honestly I don't see any difference in them, they probably added like 2 or 3 extra scenes in the second. Otherwise its exactly the same as the first one. And I'd have to say...the movie looks pretty good to me from these trailers.
I am no fan of Zac Efron...nor his movies? Yes like what movies right? He's done like only High School Musical right (And I don't like High School Musical). He's hardly a movie star. So this is probably his movie...to prove that he has leading man material. Matthew Perry plays Mike and Zac Efron plays the 17 Mike.The movie is well like Big in reverse, where Mike, a 37 year old guy, goes back to being 17. Trapped in his new found youth he enrolls in his kids school and is able to learn more about his kids during this time. And I guess comic mayhem happens in between. Maybe 17 Again is standard teen fare, but I thought it appears to be pretty funny.And Efron seems to be channeling Chandler...oops I mean Matthew Perry type of humour and tone in his delivery too. So yes, this is one movie that I'll look forward to see...the movie opens on April 16 in Singapore.
More pictures of the cast on the set of New Moon has emerged. There's the main players, Kristen, Robert and Taylor and also the other kids who play Bella 'human' friends. I'm guessing they are doing some high school scene...which would probably be at the beginning of the movie? Anyway, you can check out all the pictures here and here...and there are plenty.
Can't wait to see the pics of when they actually shoot in Italy...Wait...they are going to shoot in Italy right?
According to their iTunes page, MTV News Daily Headlines gives daily news updates on what's happening in music, movies and more.
MTV actually has several podcasts, but MTV News Daily Headlines is the only one I subscribe to as it is the only one that consistently churns out episodes for our viewing pleasure...though I beg to differ on the daily part...some days we have none. In the past I had also followed one of their defunct podcast, MTV Flick'd which was a movie news oriented podcast. I guess that wasn't soo well received. Maybe the kids watching MTV didn't care much for film news...they only care for whats hott right now right...right? So now we're left with MTV News Daily Headlines.
And its not a bad podcast either. Most of the other podcast I subscribe to are either of the informative, commentary or discussion kind.This is a news podcast essentially...entertainment news of course. It regularly deliver us episodes that gives us bite size news on the go...and it is, I think the only one of its kind currently. Even E Online does not have news based podcast.
Friday, April 10, 2009
About a year ago, I had a post regarding the news that Natalie Portman was attached for the role of Catherine Earnshaw in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Anyhow I was just checking out some of my past posts...and came across this particular one and decided to check out its development.A quick search on IMDB.com and apparently Natalie is out and Abbie Cornish is now set to take on the role. And get this, according to their trivia section, at one point of time Lindsay Lohan campaigned for the role before Abbie Cornish snagged it. I thought that was pretty hilarious. Can you picture Lindsay in a Gothic tale, playing an English lass entangled in a doomed love affair set against the backdrop of the English Moors?...Hmm...I don't think so. And it seems we do have a Heathcliff now, in Michael Fassbender. You might remember seeing him in 300 and Hex.
I have since watched the 1939 Wuthering Heights...lets just say I'm not a fan of the movie.I have yet to read the book. But different films would have a different interpretation of the same story...so watching different adaptations of a book is always interesting for me. So I'm still keen to watch this one and the 1992 one too and to read the book as well...still.
Side note...its fascinating...to revisit some of my old posts, and check out the developments of the particular movie, that I had commented on then...with all the changes that are made...especially in terms of casting.
After their zombie flick Shaun of the Dead and buddy cop movie Hot Fuzz. With a slew of Vampire romances coming out recently. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright should take their brand of comedy and do one too. I think that could be pretty interesting. :)
Most movies here, after it has had its theatrical run, a few months later would get the 'home entertainment treatment' and get both a DVD and VCD release. The DVD is of course the better format, clearer pictures and sound but the VCD is still a pretty popular format locally as it is much much cheaper compared to the DVD. A newly released movie on DVD could cost $29 and the the same movie on VCD could cost only $13. If you're not much of a movie person or just not picky about quality or special features and just want to catch a movie, I reckon the VCD is the format for you. And it makes sense for film distributors to release a movie in two formats to cater to the different groups of consumers.
But of course, DVD is now gaining popularity especially since the BluRay has now won the HD war. It makes sense to slowly drop the VCD, move to the DVD format and finally the superior BluRay format. Anyhow, I think its pretty curious to still see certain titles only getting the VCD format release with no apparent plans for a DVD one.
Elephant was released I assume a few months after its theatrical run and received only a VCD release. So did Green Street Hooligans and 30 Days of Night. Now, I figured that movies that get and only receive a VCD release are those that tend to fall under the commercial B action or comedy flick. The flicks that you pop in the player once and never watch again. I mean who cares for the DVD anyway. What special features would you care to get from those type of flicks right? Which is beside the point really (not because the above movies fall into that...that's why I don't understand) because, as I've said Home Entertainment is moving eventually to BluRay...so first step up is DVD right? Why would the movies mentioned be relegated to a VCD release only, especially for a more recently released title such as 30 Days of Night. Granted production costs for VCDs are cheaper, which maybe the reason because these movies weren't exactly commercial box office successes (I doubt some of them were made to be either), cause you'd want to be cautious with something you aren't sure is going to sell by keeping costs low...but I wonder if licensing/distributing fees differs for the different formats.
I would love to see these movies get a local DVD release, then I'd finally be able to see them. Not because I care much about the special features (unless I happen to love the movie...I would not really care for them), but I'd want to get the better picture, sound and of course I love those subtitles. Actually I've already seen Green Street Hooligans. Managed to rent the VCD. Its a pretty darn good movie. Recommended. Now even local movie rental shops are getting rid of their VCD catalogue for DVD...by then no one would be able to see these movies locally anymore. Distributors...time to give them the DVD release.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Hot Topic currently have the Twilight Edward and Bella action figure for pre-order at USD $32.99. Not exactly sure when they will actually be available. Their page also shows the packaging of the figures.Looks pretty much like the individual Edward packaging and it seems to me that all the Twilight figures would come with the Cullen Crest. Now I wonder if Edward's dark glasses are removable.
Just some of my favourite movie scenes.
Great Expectations (1998)
Its hard ranking some of my favourite movies because they are all soo different. But if one of the criteria for ranking was just how many times I had seen the movie, then Great Expectations would have won it hands down. I have watched it more times than any other movie.
The first time I saw this, was when I first bought it on VCD. I was still a tween then (Was the word tween even coined then). I was sure when I watched the trailer prior to actually watching the movie, that I was going to like it. I was right. I fell completely for it. I loved it. From the story, the colours, the art, the characters, the music and the words. I love it so, that I even sought out the book. Which I have to admit was a bit tedious for me. If you're familiar with his work, Dickens has a way of making every character connected in some complex manner that can be a tad tiresome. And so I appreciated the way the movie shed some of that and just maintained the essential core of the story...the bitter Miss Dinsmoor, the cold Estella and Finn's love for her...with a modern twist of course.
Picking my favourite scene from a favourite movie is another tough choice but this was one of the scenes that have always stood out. It is the scene where Finn finally realises he was never meant for Estella, it was never the great expectations and where Miss Dinsmoor saw first hand the effects of her doings from the very victim. And she saw herself in Finn. The scene coupled with the ever soo wonderful music made it even the more heartbreaking. I have somehow managed to find a clip of this scene posted online. So enjoy watching it.
Talk or rumours about the Buffy the Vampire Movie has been making its rounds since about November last year. Another tidbit has made its way a few days ago from ShowbizSpy.com (read here) that Sarah Michelle Gellar is supposedly in talks for the movie.
I'm not sure how its going to work, if the rumours are true...Where will they pick up the story from. Immediately from where the TV series ended or several years in the future? Hopefully most of the cast are keen in coming back and reprise their roles. Honestly, maybe its too good to be true...but if they do make it, I'm cool about the idea...I'd want to watch the movie. I used to love watching Buffy, especially the earlier seasons. When there was no Dawn (the whiny annoying little sister...I always felt her story was contrived and just an effort to make the series young and to still have that high school link) and Buffy was a Vampire Slayer rather than a girl who fights every incarnation of Evil. So for the movie...yes I'd prefer her driving the stake into those evil Vampires only...and ooohhh will Angel be in it too?
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Yes, another YA novel, the Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith is being adapted. This time its going to be on the small screens. The story is set in a small town of Fell's Church in Virginia. It tells of Elena Gilbert a 17/18 year old girl who meets a mysterious new guy in town, Stefan and falls for him. Elena later discovers that he is harbouring a dark secret...he is a vampire. Trouble ensues when Stefan's brother Damon also arrive in town...will there be a love triangle?
The main characters have already been cast. Nina Dobrev will play Elena Gilbert, Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore and Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore. According to Fansites such as Vampire-Diaries.net the series was ordered by the CW network in the US. Shooting for the pilot episode have been underway since the end of March. If the pilot is successful the series will begin its run in September/October.
I'm actually looking forward to this. Twilight is hugely successful. So is True Blood. All featured human girls falling for vampires and theres always the popular love triangle thrown in the mix...with the already obvious shaky grounds for a doomed? relationship. So I think this would be somewhat of an anticipated TV series. Its after all from a pretty popular book series. Though one thing... I do find that the actors for the leading male roles are extremely old for the 18 year old looking 200 year old vampires. But hey this wouldn't be the first time the cast some 20-30 year olds to play teenagers.
Are you looking forward to the TV series like I am. Check out these cool links.
Vampire Diaries Wiki
Vampire Diaries on IMDB.com
As you might or might not know, the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival is happening in April. 14-25 April to be exact. I mean I wasn't totally aware of it. Was it a few days ago? Or a week or two ago...when I did a search on it, and I found its happening in April. I'm actually thinking about going this year...which would be my first ever. Not too sure what to expect. I'm sure they'll have some special programmes, where the filmmakers and cast talk about their films and so on...Though I'm not really interested in that. Just planning to catch some of the films that otherwise, wouldn't get the normal theatrical release or DVD release for that matter. I've been thinking about the Wackness, the Black Balloon and Wendy and Lucy. But of course, the Wackness already had the US DVD release so it would be a matter of time before it gets its own DVD release date here...so I'll probably pass on that.
But I've started off things late...and the timings are a mess for me...not really because I'm ultra busy...but busy none the less...and I've been a tad lazy these days...and to shuttle between theaters? Hmm...Not to mention ticket prices...wow...$9.50. Not that they're any different from normal weekend prices...but still wow. This is one of the reasons I rarely go to the cinemas anymore. $9.50 can give me two budgeted meals...or rent 3 dvds. So I'm still torn as to whether to go or not...
Anyhow...check out the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival website
here to find out the films they're screening and ticketing details.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Books. Remakes. Sequels. I'd like to see get the film treatment.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
So the books have gotten an adaptation in 2004. The film supposedly covers the first three books in the series The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window. I actually hadn't known much about the books prior to the movie...which usually happens I guess...Most of these children's books that are getting adaptations...I have never heard of them. I mean I didn't even know of Harry Potter till the movie was about to come out. Maybe its because, I've never really read a lot of children's books even when I was a child.
Anyhow I have watched the movie, and liked it. It was an interesting darker children's tale. It had a bunch of eccentric characters. The dark humour of Lemony Snickets himself. The child actors who played the Baudelaire children were pretty good in their roles too. And visually it was just stunning. It had some of the most amazing looking sets, especially for a children's film and of course the costumes were simply beautiful. I loved the whole Edwardian? Gothic look of the costumes. So I had always been wanting to see the sequel...which you now know never came.
Its been 5 years since the movie was released and the child actors have grown much too old to reprise their roles again. But they can always recast right. So many crappy movies get sequels, and even though this wasn't a smash hit, I thought it was a pretty good movie. It was entertaining, enjoyable and well made, not to mention freshly dark, and darkly humourous. I'd love to see a continuation of the series of unfortunate events on film.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
CinemaBlend.com has compiled a list of April Fool's movie news that have been popping up at movie blogs and movie news site. Its a fun list...some of the "news" are pretty funny. My picks are the Matrix resurrection and the Robert Pattinson leaving New Moon news. I've got to admit...I did believe those two...maybe I'm a sucker, but in my defense...I did not read their whole post...only the title and the snippet that appears on the homepage of the original posting site and neither did I actually believe it was truth... I took them for unconfirmed wild rumors. I mean come on...Robert Pattinson leaving New Moon? Hah...I don't think so. Its making him famous beyond belief...fat chance he's going to bail...and besides don't forget its making him rich.
Anyhow. The list is fun. Check it out here definitely.
Ok so I get the whole drag me - the hands stretching and grabbing and to hell - all the fiery image. But I don't see much horror and anguish in Alison Lohman in the poster here.
Now I've never seen any of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies...I've only seen his Spider-Man movies and yes...The Gift too...so I'm not exactly sure what to expect from Drag Me to Hell. Is it one of those slasher type of flicks or those that's just filled with plenty of shock factor and gore. And well the trailer certainly surprised me. Starts off with Allison Lohman who denies an old woman an extension on her mortgage, as a result she gets cursed. Things start to happen and it looks like she's going to be dragged to hell.
Lets start with the old lady. She is definitely creepy. On a close up...is that really a staple stuck on her forehead??Really? Now the trailer sells the movie as the return of true horror...hmm...not too sure on that. The trailer does seem rather mild...from what I see...I don't expect a full on horror flick...it looks more like a...thrilling horror theme adventure ride (Haunted Mansion?...well maybe not so Disney-fied)...I don't mean that in a bad way. I thought the trailer looks pretty good actually...seems like something entertaining and have got to say that this might be the first time I see Alison Lohman playing an adult for a change. And the title sequence (is that what its called?) I thought that looked cool .