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'Clash of the Titans 2' Officially Underway

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 08:48

Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have announced that production has officially commenced on the sequel to their Clash of the Titans remake starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes.  The director of last year's Clash remake, Louis Leterrier, is not returning; he's been replaced by Jonathan Liebesman, fresh from the box office success of his alien invasion film Battle: Los Angeles.  Also not returning Gemma Arterton, who played Io in the last film but is committed to starring alongside Jeremy Renner in the action comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  The Clash of the Titans 2 announcement contains even more cast members and, more notably, a new story synopsis.  Take a looksie:

Screen Icon Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 08:17

Two time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor died early this morning from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.  Six weeks ago, Taylor was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to treat congestive heart failure, and though her condition stabilized, she was unable to return home.  Her publicist, Sally Morrison said in a statement, "She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton."

'Dune' is a Killing Word for Paramount

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:04

Paramount Pictures has spent four years developing Dune, a new big screen version of science fiction novelist Frank Herbert's masterpiece first published in 1962.  After two directors and plenty of time spent pulling together a screenplay, though, the studio has opted to give up on the project, according to Deadline.  Paramount allowed their option on the film to lapse, but producer Richard P. Rubenstein hopes to find a new home for the enduring material.

If you're one of the unlucky few who missed director David O. Russell's outstanding, Best Picture-nominated The Fighter in theaters, you can remedy that grievous mistake right now, as the film is available on Blu-Ray and DVDMark Wahlberg, who also produced, stars as real life Lowell, Massachusetts pugilist Micky Ward, with Oscar nominee Amy Adams as his non-nonsense girlfriend Charlene.  Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both took home Academy Awards for their supporting performances as Micky's crack-addicted older brother and controlling mother, respectively.

The Brothers Strause latest film, Skyline (Relativity Media), which stars Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, Scottie Thompson, and David Zayas is available for purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD today. Greg and Colin Strause, who founded the VFX company, Hydraulx, have created visual effects for award-winning films such as Avatar, 300, The Social Network, and Titanic, so you can imagine, the amazing visual assault their alien invasion action-thriller -- Skyline --delivers!

If you don't believe me, watch the trailer below.

Hot on the heels of The Hobbit actually starting production, Warner Bros has announced that the extended editions of each film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy are headed to your Blu-Ray player this June 28th, and in one complete package, no less.  The extended DVDs of the trilogy consisted of 12 discs total, and this new set will have a whopping 15 discs, with a suggested retail price of $119.98.  Matt at Collider points out that only the first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, will receive a digital restoration, and the only new special features are some additional behind-the-scenes documentaries.  All the other features are straight from the DVD versions, and haven't been upgraded to Blu-Ray, so only 6 discs are actually Blu-Ray.  Check out the specs right here:

Usually, new seasons of Mad Men – one of the best shows on television, as I'm sure you've heard over and over – begin airing in July.  Right now, though, it's late March and creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner has not yet signed a deal with network AMC and producer LionsGate to begin work on the fifth season.  Deadline is reporting that all three parties are slowly but surely nearing an official deal, which would mean a return to the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Price for cast members Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Elizabeth Moss, and Vincent Kartheiser.

No Ghostface in 3 new 'Scream 4' Clips

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 12:23

Fifteen years after horror got all self-aware and postmodern with the first Scream, director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson are hoping to rejuvenate the franchise, which has laid dormant since Scream 3 in 2000.  In that film, you knew the Scream train had gone off the rails when Jay and Silent Bob inexplicably showed up for a cameo.  Franchise restarter Scream 4 goes back to basics, returning to Woodsboro and introducing regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette to a new generation of potential victims, including Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Rory Culkin, Erik Knudsen, and Alison Brie.  Check out three new clips from Scream 4, all of which focus on bringing together franchise newbies and alums.

Netflicked: Netflix Instant, March 16-22

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:51

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies.  The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.  Luckily for you, I'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

If Miley Cyrus can host Saturday Night Live, then why can't Helen Mirren?  The 65 year-old Oscar winner will take the stage of Studio 8H on April 9th in order to promote Arthur, in which she plays sardonic nanny Hobson to Russell Brand's titular irrepressible billionaire.  Joining her on the show are musical guests the Foo Fighters.  The preceding week's show, on April 2nd, will see a British musical giant getting his sketch on, as Elton John has been set to host the first episode in April.

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