Boondock Saints 3 in the works

boondock saintsDepending on your taste in films the news that a third Boondock Saints film is in the works will either greatly excite you or leave you cold. Me? I’m definitely in the first category.  The first film, released in 1999 was a sleeper hit notching up reasonable profits and a large cult following from home viewing. Anticipation for a sequel was dampened due to protracted legal issues being raised against the director Troy Duffy. When the second installment did surface some ten years after the first it was roundly panned in the press leading to a box office failure. As with the first it found it’s audience with home viewers .  Late last month actor Norman Reedus confirmed to IFC.com that he was meeting up with co-star Sean Patrick Flannery and Troy Duffy to discuss the third film. All are committed to making a third movie.  No news yet on any possible filming dates, release date or casting. Given that it took ten years between one and two it may be some time off. What is certain that the Saints will be marching in with all guns blazing.

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Kick-Ass 2: Red Band Trailer

378px-Kick-Ass2-PosterJeff Wadlow had some big shoes to fill when he agreed to direct Kick-Ass 2. Matthew Vaughn’s box adaptation of the cult comic proved to be a hit with both critics and fans with a sequel always inevitable. The trailer showcases the violent and comedic elements that it’s predecessor enjoyed ensuring that there is a focus on drama also. All the ingredients that made the first one a success seem Continue reading

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The Gang’s All Here!

StarWarsThe gossip mill around Episode VII has been rolling pretty solidly this year.  We have the involvement of JJ Abrams and Harrison Ford confirming he’ll be back.  Now hot on the back of Carrie Fisher announcing that she would be reprising her role as Princess Leia in  George Lucas dropped this bit of info when he was interviewed by Businessweek.

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ He pauses. ‘Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”

So it looks like Han, Leia and Luke will all be back with their Zimmer frames! I just hope it works as two of them are not renowned for their sanity in later years!

Anyway… This pretty much sums up my feelings:

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Iron Man 3 gets a new trailer

iron_man_3_poster_leadA new trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released, and it’s looking very promising. We are treated to more footage of Ben Kingsley’s the Mandarin and exceptional set pieces that are much if it is to erase the ghost of Iron Man 2 and match the deserved adoration of Avengers Assemble. We also Continue reading

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Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Revisited

When you mention you’re a Star Wars fan to anyone outside your normal social circle, you tend to get one of two reactions. One is the “Eurgh, what did I just step on?” look as they inconspicuously try to get as far away from you as possible, and the other is the knowing smile and the awkward attempt at conversation, usually on the subject of “Is there any other bounty hunter cooler than Boba Fett?” (The answer to that of course, is yes!)

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Who says it’s not cool to be a Star Wars fan?

Mention to the latter however, that you’re a fan of the prequels and you’ll normally get the exact same reaction as the former gave you the first time. My point is, it’s never cool to admit to being a Star Wars fan, and even less cool amongst other Star Wars fans to admit you like the prequels. Well I’ll freely admit to not being cool just as I’ll freely admit to being a fan of George Lucas’ most recent offerings and here’s why:

Episode One is where it all began, telling the tale of young Anakin Skywalker long before the Clone Wars, his tragic downfall and rebirth as evil alter ego Darth Vader, and the eventual rise of the Empire. What’s not to like here? First off, the special effects, the backdrops and the set design are all second to none. No matter what you think of this movie you cannot say it’s not a beautiful film to look at, from the virtual paradise of Naboo to the swarming metropolis of Coruscant and the rolling arid landscape of Tatooine, it’s a feast for the eyes and the imagination alike.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2012)

Hansel-and-Gretel-Witch-Hunters1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes the fairy story most of us heard a thousand times growing up and tells the story of what happens next.

The original story and the titular characters’ subsequent transition from abandoned children to adulthood is done through an animated montage through the opening credits which appears shockingly graphic and over the top…  This theme continues into the rest of the film as H&G battle to rescue some lost children and avert a witch apocalypse. Continue reading

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James McAvoy to star in “The Crow” reboot?

UnknownDespite near universal opposition to it’s mere suggestion, The Crow reboot evades death like the film’s lead character. Fanboys flocked to the web in disgust when Mark Wahlberg was tipped to don the black and white face paint only for them to go apoplectic when Bradley Cooper was rumoured to star (an idea of how that would have looked can be found here). The film has had no shortage of big names attached with Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum both mentioned in the past and now Bloody Disgusting has thrown James McAvoy’s name into the hat. It’s worth noting that the site first broke the news that Mark Wahlberg was linked to the project, and despite much skepticism and sneering aimed their way, the actor himself confirmed it. McAvoy is a great actor, and has proved his worth in comic book movies however the idea of casting anyone in the role made famous by the Brandon Lee is sacrilege to most.

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News: Highlander remake developments

highlander 4Updates have come in regarding the long running saga that is  the remake of the Christopher Lambert fromage fest, Highlander. Initially with Ryan Reynolds signed up to play Conner MacLeod and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 weeks later) on board, the project looked to be coming out of development hell and moving into a possible filming schedule. In December it was announced that Fresnadillo was no longer involved due to differences between himself and the studio over the creative vision of the project. The official line is that the film is still a priority and will be made under the supervision of another, as yet, un-named, director. In a piece of positive news Justin Lin is once again attached to the project. Initially touted as director prior to the appointment of Fresnadillo, Lin of Fast Five fame, is now on board in the capacity as an executive producer. With a track record of reviving a failing franchise Lin seems like a welcome addition to the team. Whether this proves to be the boost the project needs to move forward is debatable. A script has been getting developed during Fresnadillo’s tenure but no details have yet been released. Rumours of Ryan Reynolds using Mrs Doubtfire as a voice coach for that tricky Scottish accent are unconfirmed at this time.

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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

die hardIn 1988 director John McTiernan cast Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard and the rest is history. I could write a book on the sheer brilliance of the film however I wouldn’t be telling you anything you didn’t already know. The following two films were well received however Die Hard 4:0 (or Live Free and Die Hard) was successful in splitting opinion. Did it feel like a Die Hard film, is Bruce Willis too old for this shit, and was Kevin Smith solely responsible for ruining the film? Personally, I thought the film was okay however the questions were valid and that’s why I was incredibly sceptical of the fifth entry in the franchise. What made matters worse was the news that the studio would be releasing a toned down cut for the UK despite the film earning an R rating state side. Needless to say, I didn’t enter the cinema with high hopes.

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Preview: Fast & Furious six

fast and furiious 6Released this week is the extended first look trailer for the new Fast & Furious movie. We are now up to number six in the seemingly never-ending franchise. This time the ‘gang’ are working for Agent Hobbs in order to bring down a rival gang. Their prize is the clearing of their own criminal records. Apparently the job involves shooting, driving and shooting while driving. After the dip in quality of the second and arguably the third film Justin Lin has breathed new life into numbers four and five. With the reintroduction of some of the original stars  the franchise has improved in quality and proven to be hugely popular.

As with all sequels Fast 6 has bigger stunts, more explosive action and possibly dumber dialogue. Some constants remain. It’s no surprise to see a buff Vin Diesel clad in white vest staring off into the distance. Fast & Furious six will be everywhere on 24th May.

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