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The First Avenger: Captain America Starts Shooting In June

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 29, 2009

By Kevin Coll • FusedFilm.com

A new year is approaching and that always means updates on big Hollywood projects, one such, is the Marvel live-action film, The First Avenger: Captain America.

In a story from Fangoria we are being told that Marvel Studios is aiming to start production on The First Avenger: Captain America this June according to director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman).

“Principal photography was now less than four weeks away. “By the time I got on a plane and arrived, it was three,” recalls Johnston, speaking from the art department of The First Avenger: Captain America, which he’s readying for a June start.”

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the ‘Super-Soldier Serum’ and bombarded by ‘vita-rays.’

Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers. The First Avenger: Captain America is slated be released on July 22, 2011, no one has been cast in the role of Steve Rogers yet, though many names have been rumored such as Will Smith and Channing Tatum.

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Martin Campbell Assembling An Award-Winning Crew For Green Lantern

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 28, 2009

By Katey Rich: CinemaBlend.com

Even though we don’t yet know any of the names that will be part of the Green Lantern cast beyond Ryan Reynolds in the lead role, director Martin Campbell isn’t wasting any time getting the below-the-line talent assembled. Superhero Hype is reporting that many of the key crew members are already on board, and there’s no lack of Oscars among them. DP Dion Beebe won a statue for his work with Rob Marshall on Memoirs of a Geisha, while production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson were both winners for Return of the King.

Perhaps the most exciting crew member, though, is the one who hasn’t won an Oscar– Francois Audouy just finished doing concept art for Avatar, and was also the art director for Watchmen and the first Transformers, movies that may have their flaws but look great throughout.

Of course talented people working on the set don’t guarantee a good movie, but Campbell’s commitment to bringing in good people– and the studio’s commitment to paying for them– indicates an intended level of quality for The Green Lantern that’s promising. Once they start casting more people and we can actually see what they’re up to, we’ll know a lot more for sure.

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‘Repo Men’ trailer: Jude Law goes out for blood (and livers)

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 27, 2009

by Josh Rottenberg – Popwatch

Universal has just released a red-band trailer for Repo Men, a sci-fi thriller starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker slated for an April 2010 release. Despite the similar title, Repo Men is not a remake of the director Alex Cox’s 1984 nihilistic sci-fi punk cult classic Repo Man.

It’s premise, though — in a dystopian future, a sinister megacorporation dispenses new organs to needy patients at exorbitant prices, then sends out repo men to reclaim them when they default on their payments — does bear a certain resemblance to Repo! The Genetic Opera, the campy, gory 2008 rock-opera musical that earned Paris Hilton a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress and grossed (in more senses than one) a paltry $188,127. That, in itself, may not bode well.

But based on this trailer, Repo Men actually looks like it has potential to be pretty fun, in a gruesome, bloodsoaked way, with a darkly comic, satirical edge that harks back to movies like Robocop and Total Recall.

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Battle: Los Angeles Set Photo

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 26, 2009

Aaron Eckhart in Battle: Los Angeles

From ComicBookMovie.com

Aarron Eckhart of The Dark Knight fame is set to play a hardened solider fighting alien forces in his next film Battle: Los Angeles.

The premise is pretty simple, aliens attack Los Angeles, the army fights back. These set-photos were released online not to long ago and from those pictures it looks to, at least have some good action.

Battle: Los Angeles stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Micheal Pena. It is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and is released in theatres February 18th, 2011.

Bus Explosion from the set of Battle: Los Angeles

Bridget Moynahan

Michelle Rodriguez

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Is a Hawkman Movie to Follow Green Lantern?

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 24, 2009

From ReelzChannel.com

Are Warner brothers and DC planning a Hawkman movie after Green Lantern? According to Pajiba, the winged hero is next in DC’s line of Justice League heroes to get his own movie. Apparently, Warners is describing the project as “part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code, and part Ghost,” which is a confusing trio to use in describing another movie. Does this mean Hawkman will be deciphering ancient codes to find an archeological treasure while speaking though Whoopi Goldberg?

DC and Warners have long wanted to develop a Justice League movie, though they may be trying to launch individual movies first, like Marvel has done with their Avengers characters. Producer Dan Lin, who was at one point working on the Justice League movie, told Collider that a plan from DC will be announced early next year.

“[Justice League’s] on-hold right now as DC sorts out its strategy but as you’ve talked to Allen Horn and Jeff Robinoff it seems like they’re building to Justice League instead of going with the team movie first and doing individual movies after that… they’re unveiling their DC strategy in January so you’ll hear more about that and they’ll speak about that in the new year.”

Lin says that the only other adaptation he is working on is a Suicide Squad adaptation, which he described as “Dirty Dozen set in the world of supervillains,” while he was unsure if a Wonder Woman movie will get made. Lin wasn’t asked about a possible Hawkman movie, though it was his opinion that DC and Warners wanted to follow Marvel’s example.

“I don’t know for sure, but as a fan it feels like that’s what they’re doing as I watch their movies being laid out.”

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Paramount Picks Up a Doc Holliday Action Adventure Script

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 19, 2009

Doc Holliday

by Alex Billington –FirstShowing.net

Paramount has acquired (via Variety) Chad St. John’s spec script The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday in hopes of turning it into a western style tentpole action adventure movie. As in, a big budget, western “event” movie. Another one of Chad St. John’s scripts ended up on this year’s Black List in the #10 spot. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of Transformers and G.I. Joe, is producing the project, which is described as a history-based adventure tale in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Doc Holliday was a famously tuberculosis-ridden gunfighter best known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and for his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. In an 1896 article, Wyatt Earp had this to say about Holliday: “Doc was a dentist not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun that I ever knew.”

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Kevin Bacon Cast As the Villain in James Gunn’s Super

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 19, 2009

Kevin Bacon

James Gunn

by Brendon Connelly – SlashFilm.com

James Gunn’s Super is a very promising-sounding example of the “real world superheroes” subgenre that includes Special, Defendor and Kick-Ass. The film is currently shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana with Rainn Wilson starring as a would be superhero without any kind of powers who picks up a pipe wrench and decides to avenge… well, it begins with his wife cheating on him with a drug dealer called Jacques.

The latest casting news is that the role Jacques has been filled, and he’s going to be played by none other than Kevin Bacon. That’s my opening night seat sold, right there.

Talking to Screen Daily, James Gunn said:

“Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak. We need to love Jacques even while he’s doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.”

Alongside Rainn Wilson as Frank D’Arbo and his alter ego The Crimson Bolt, Ellen Page as the (very possibly sociopathic) ‘girl wonder’ sidekick and Liv Tyler as the cheating wife, Bacon’s appointment makes for a rock-solid core cast. If this thing plays one half as well as its IMDB page will read I’m thinking Kick-Ass might have a little competition in the cult film stakes.

The film’s producer, Ted Hope, is out on location in Shreveport. As such, his tweet that he’s had dinner with Michael Rooker last night is a pretty strong indication that Rooker might have a role in the picture. He definitely seems to be suggesting that Gregg Henry has a role.

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Segal to Helm Supernatural Comedy Neighborhood Watch

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 18, 2009

director Peter Segal

From Shocktillyoudrop.com   Source:Variety

Variety reports that director Peter Segal (Get Smart) is in talks to helm Neighborhood Watch, a supernatural comedy scripted by Jared Stern (Bolt) and being produced by Shawn Levy for Twentieth Century Fox.

Originally set up as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell, the film focuses on a newcomer to a community who joins the neighborhood watch and discovers supernatural elements are afoot.

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Spielberg Takes On World War I

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 17, 2009

From WENN.com

Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Billy Elliott writer Lee Hall to take a World War I novel to the big screen.

The Hollywood icon has bought the rights to Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 book Warhorse, which follows the relationship between a boy and his horse in the backdrop of the Great War.

Spielberg has recruited Hall to adapt the book for Hollywood, and he will produce the project. It is unknown if he will also direct.

The filmmaker, who tackled World War II in Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, tells Daily Variety, “From the moment I read the book, I knew this was a film I wanted to make. Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country.”

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Gibson To Direct DiCaprio in Viking Adventure

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 14, 2009

Leonardo DiCaprio

By  Mike Fleming – Variety.com

Mel Gibson will direct and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in an untitled period drama set in the world of Viking culture. William Monahan is writing the script.

Graham King will produce with Gibson and Tim Headington in a co-production between King’s GK Films and Gibson’s Icon Productions. Shooting is expected to begin fall, 2010, meaning that if everything falls into place, it would be the next directing effort for Gibson.

There is no distributor at the moment, but Gibson and King often make their films outside the studio system and secure distribution later.

The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts “Braveheart,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto.”

The connective tissue is King.

The producer teamed with DiCaprio and Monahan in the Oscar-winning drama “The Departed,” and just worked with Gibson and Monahan in the Martin Campbell-directed drama “Edge of Darkness.” King also just produced Monahan’s directorial debut, “London Boulevard,” the Monahan-scripted adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel, with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley starring. 

The Viking film will be DiCaprio’s first picture with Gibson.

“This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” King said in a statement after the principals confirmed the project to Daily Variety. 

Aside from “London Boulevard,” King and his GK Films just completed “The Rum Diary” with Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart and the Emily Blunt-starrer “The Young Victoria,” latter of which is being released this month by Bob Berney’s Apparition.

DiCaprio will likely take a film before putting on the Viking horns. He just completed the Christopher Nolan-directed “Inception” for Warner Bros., and will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed “Shutter Island,” which Paramount releases February 19. Gibson just completed the Jodie Foster-directed “The Beaver.”

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