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Russell Crowe is Robin Hood

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 26, 2009

 

Plot outline
The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood.

Release Date: May 14, 2010

Directed by
  Ridley Scott

Writers
  Screenplay
   Brian Helgeland
  Story
   Brian Helgeland and
   Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris

Producers
  Russell Crowe … producer
  Brian Grazer … producer
  Charles J.D. Schlissel … executive producer
  Ridley Scott … producer

Cast
  Russell Crowe … Robin Hood
  Mark Strong … Sir Godfrey
  Matthew Macfadyen … Sheriff of Nottingham
  Cate Blanchett … Maid Marian
  Kevin Durand … Little John
  Danny Huston … King Richard
  William Hurt … William Marshall
  Max von Sydow
  Scott Grimes … Will Scarlet
  Oscar Isaac … Prince John
  Léa Seydoux … Princess Isabella
  Eileen Atkins … Eleanor of Aquitaine
  Bronson Webb … Jimoen
  Robert Pugh … Baron Baldwin
  Alan Doyle … Allan A’Dayle

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Seasons Greetings!

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year from the Staff at GoreMaster.com!

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Peter Jackson Developing Mortal Engines

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 22, 2009

from EmpireOnline.com    Source: Dominion Post

The Dominion Post, a newspaper published in Wellington, New Zealand, home of Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films and the Weta Workshop, has broken the news that Jackson and Weta are working on adaptations of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet.

Reeve’s series of children’s novels takes place in a steampunk post-apocalyptic future where cities are mobile and perambulate the planet devouring each other for fuel: a system amusingly called Municipal Darwinism. The St Paul’s Cathedral-topped London is the strongest of these Traction Cities, in a world where “old tech” is extremely sought after.

The first novel, Mortal Engines itself, in a very small nutshell, involves an assassination attempt within the Historians Guild; the challenging of apprentice Historian Tom Natsworthy’s value system, when he gets stranded overboard his beloved London with the revenge-bent Hester Shaw; and the Terminator-ish “stalker” Shrike (Grike if you’re American) who’s on their trail. Mortal Engines is followed by Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, A Darkling Plain and the prequel Fever Crumb.

The film series is in early development, according to The Post, with design work on the moving cities underway at Weta. A spokesman for Peter Jackson declined to comment, deferring to Jackson himself. But crucially, he denied nothing. Jackson is understood to have been sitting on the option for the books for some time.

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Veteran Spanish producer Tedy Villalba dies aged 74

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 21, 2009

producer Tedy Villalba

By Chris Evans – ScreenDaily.com

Renowned Spanish producer Tedy Villalba has died in Madrid after a long period of ill health. He was 74 years old.

Villalba worked with some of the biggest names in film, including Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick, over a 60 year career. He began as a set designer and painter before moving into production, working his way up from production assistant to production manager and executive producer.

His list of credits include David Lean’s Dr Zhivago and Lawrence Of Arabia, John Huston’s Moby Dick, Orson Welles’ Mr Arkadin, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Anthony Mann’s El Cid and local director Pedro Almodovar’s Dark Habits and What Have I Done To Deserve This?.

Villalba was director of film production at Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 until 2008 when he left to start his own production company. He was also director of the Film and Audiovisual School in Madrid for nearly ten years from 1994, and also served two terms as vice president of the Spanish Film Academy, which earned him an honorary Goya in 2006.

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Actress Brittany Murphy dies at 32 of heart attack

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 20, 2009

Brittany Murphy

By Meredith Kolodner – DAILY NEWS

Movie star Brittany Murphy is dead of a heart attack at 32.

She went into full cardiac arrest early Sunday  and could not be revived, the Website TMZ reported.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department got a call from the home of Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack about 8 a.m., fire officials told TMZ.

She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival

Murphy starred in “8 Mile,” and “Don’t Say a Word.”

The starlet became a household name among teens in 1995 as the sidekick in “Clueless,” who went from awkward wall flower to snotty hottie.

A few years ago, she released the single “Faster Kill Pussycat,” which became a dance club hit.

Her last big movie was “Sin City” in 2005.

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Taylor Lautner Cast In Action Flick ‘Cancun’

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 19, 2009

Taylor Lautner

By Jocelyn Vena – MTV News

Taylor Lautner got his start in the world of martial arts long before finding fame as a werewolf in the “Twilight Saga,” and now the 17-year-old will get to display his combat skills in the action flick “Cancun,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film, produced by “New Moon” studio Summit Entertainment in conjunction with Lautner’s production company, Tailor Made, is being described as “Taken” meets “Die Hard,” Variety reports. Tailor Made was formed by the actor and his dad, Dan Lautner, with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.

Lautner is a fan of 2008’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and wanted to make a similar film. And the project provides Lautner the opportunity to display his skills in extreme martial arts. “We wanted to continue working with Taylor and feel he’s got the chops to become a big action star,” Godfrey said, adding that he expects the film to go into production by June 2010.

“Cancun” centers on a teen whose injury prevents him from becoming an elite soldier. Rather than pursuing that line of work, he goes to college, meets a girl and goes on spring break in Cancun. While there, his friends are kidnapped and held for ransom in exchange for the release of a drug cartel leader who’s about to be extradited. Lautner’s character uses his martial arts training to save them.

Next up for Lautner is the release of “Valentine’s Day” in February and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” in June. He will most likely shoot the final film in the “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn,” later in 2010. Lautner is also reportedly considering a superhero role in a film based on the Mattel toy line “Max Steel.”

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“Alien” Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon Dead at 63

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 19, 2009

Dan O'Bannon

from ABC News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood writer Dan O’Bannon, whose script for the hit space thriller “Alien” introduced some of the most terrifying creatures of science-fiction lore to the big screen, has died at age 63.

O’Bannon, who also co-wrote the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film “Total Recall,” died Thursday, the Writers Guild of America confirmed on Friday. Online media reports said he had suffered a brief, undisclosed illness.

A St. Louis native who grew up on horror films and monster comics like “Tales from the Crypt,” O’Bannon got his start collaborating with director John Carpenter on the screenplay for the 1974 sci-fi cult parody “Dark Star.”

O’Bannon also co-starred in the low-budget movie about four astronauts on a lengthy mission to clear a path through space by destroying planets that posed a navigation barrier.

His screenwriting credits also include the 1995 sci-fi thriller “Screamers,” which he worked on for over a decade, and the 1997 horror film “Bleeders.”

But his best known work was his screenplay for the 1979 space chiller “Alien,” the first of a film series starring Sigourney Weaver as a tough space hero who battles a colony of slimy, parasitic, insect-like creatures with razor-sharp teeth and voracious appetites.

One of the most horrifying characteristics of the aliens was their penchant for gestating inside the body of a human host before bursting out of the victim’s chest to prey on more people.

The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, garnered an Oscar for its visual effects. O’Bannon also shared credit in sequels for the characters he created. The first sequel, 1986’s “Aliens,” directed by James Cameron, won Oscars for best visual and best sound effects editing.

The latest in the franchise, an untitled “Alien” prequel set for 2011, was in production at the time O’Bannon died, according to the Internet Movie Database website (imdb.com).

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New Hit Girl Poster from Kick-Ass

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 18, 2009

from Shockya.com

Lionsgate just released this new movie poster featuring Hit Girl in the upcoming film “Kick-Ass” by director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) and starring Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider 2, Astro Boy), Aaron Johnson (Nearly Famous), Christopher Mintx-Plasse, Frank Strong, and Chloe Moretz.

Synopsis: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father.  His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training.

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The Ladies of Clash of the Titans (2010)

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 17, 2009

“Clash of Titans” movie poster featuring Ralph Feinnes as Hades, Sam Worthington as Perseus, Gemma Arterton (Io), Danny Huston (Poseidon), Mads Mikkelsen (Draco), Jason Flemyng (Acrisius), Alexa Davalos (Andromeda) and Liam Neeson as Zeus

Gemma Arterton plays Io

Gemma Arterton

Alexa Davalos plays Andromeda

Alexa Davalos

Izabella Miko plays Athena

Izabella Miko

Polly Walker plays Cassiopeia

Polly Walker

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Eisner to tackle Cronenberg classic The Brood

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 16, 2009

We reported earlier in the week that Breck Eisner, director of the impressive looking remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, had jumped the Creature From the Black Lagoon ship. Where did he jump to? Seemingly to another remake, this time of David Cronenberg’s 1979 The Brood. Cory Goodman (Priest) is on the script.

The Brood as we currently know it, is kind of uniquely Cronenberg (Cronenbergian?). [Spoilers ahead] It features Oliver Reed as a professor of ‘psychoplasmics”: a psychotherapy that causes its subjects to physically manifest their traumas. One patient with an abusive father develops welts on his body, while Samantha Eggar asexually gestates mutant children from the outside of her body, that telepathically act out her anger. One of the film’s most famous and lingering images is that of Eggar licking clean a newborn foetus. Cronenberg wrote the film during a custody battle with his ex-wife.

by Owen Williams – EmpireOnline.com     Source: LA Times

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