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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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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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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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Frank Miller reveals name and story for prequel to 300

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 16, 2009

Rodrigo Santoro as the Persian King Xerxes

By David Bentley – The Geek Files

When Gerard Butler was asked in October about the planned follow-up to Spartan smash-hit 300, he responded: “I don’t know how real it is.”

In the meantime, it appears to have become a little more real. Frank Miller – writer of the graphic novel on which 300 was based – now says he has mapped out a prequel and even has a title for it.

Speaking to Hero Complex, Miller says the project is called Xerxes, the name of the Persian king played by Rodrigo Santoro in 300 (see picture above).

He added that 300 director Zack Snyder is interested in returning.

“It’s the Battle of Marathon through my lens,” said Miller. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”

With ancient Greek history and legend also surfacing in next year’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians and the Clash of The Titans remake, Miller says he is not surprised by its renewed popularity, especially after research trips to Greece.

He said: “Every generation returns to ancient Greece because, well, the stories are so damn good. The fact and the myth are inseparable and, believe me, when you go sailing for a while in the Aegean Sea, you start believing in Poseidon.”

300 focused on the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC, ten years after the Battle of Marathon in 490BC.

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Paul Naschy, Dean of Spanish horror films, dies

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 15, 2009

Paul Naschy in early 2009

Birth: Sep. 6, 1934         Death: Nov. 30, 2009

Actor, Screenwriter. Born Jacinto Molina Álvarez, he was acknowledged as the dean of Spanish horror films, with a cult following around the world. Performing in and writing many of his own screenplays, he made his debut as a werewolf in “Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror” (1968) and was a veteran of more then a 100 movies. Among his many credits are “Werewolf Shadow” (1971), “Dr. Jekyll and the Wolfman” (1972), “Horror Rises From the Tomb” (1973), “Cannibal Killers, Human Beast” (1985), “School Killer” (2001), “Rottweiler” (2004) and “Tomb of the Werewolf” (2004). In 2000, Naschy’s autobiography “Memoirs of a Wolfman,” was published and Hollywood Horror Classics Inc. released a boxed DVD set, “The Paul Naschy Collection” in 2008.

From FindAGrave.com

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Paramount Adapting Vampire Comic Damn Nation

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 15, 2009

Writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to adapt the Dark Horse Entertainment futuristic vampire story Damn Nation into a feature film for Paramount.

The original comic (based on a comic by Andrew Cosby and art by Jason Alexander) is set in a U.S. that’s been evacuated after an attack from “inhuman nocturnal predators,” and tells the tale of the survivors after the government has been forced to relocate to London while scientists search for a solution.

Miller and Stentz most recently scripted the upcoming Thor movie for Marvel, and also worked on both Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgiras are producing, with Andrew Cosby and his Boom! Studios partner Ross Ritchie exec producing.

From Shocktilyoudrop.com      

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Natalie Portman In “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 14, 2009

Natalie Portman

by Fiona – Filmofilia.com

The movie is based on the bestselling book of the same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Austen.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, so, this could be something like Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” with horror elements.

Grahame-Smith’s book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy.

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work,” Annette Savitch (one of the producers) said.

“The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story,” Savitch added.

Lionsgate will finance and distribute the movie.

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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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15 Films Among Oscar Visual Effects Contenders

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 13, 2009

The Academy has released its list of 15 hopefuls for the Visual Effects Oscar:

“Angels & Demons”

 “Avatar”

 “Coraline”

 “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

 “District 9”;

“G-Force”

 “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”

 “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”

 “Sherlock Holmes”

 “Star Trek”

 “Terminator Salvation”

 “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

 “2012”

 “Watchmen”

 “Where the Wild Things Are”

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Cameron’s next sci-fi will be Fantastic Voyage

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 13, 2009

Adam Rosenberg – MTV News

In the early AM hours on December 9, an attention-grabbing tweet popped up in the Twitter feed for Production Weekly: “James Cameron is developing a Shane Salerno-scripted sci-fi action script for Fox, described as an “event” film set in the future.” Speculation immediately ran wild that said project was “Doomsday Protocol,” a pitch Salerno sold to Fox last year that was described as being a sort of space-based take on Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai.”

It turns out that this is not the case. MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with Cameron and producer Jon Landau on the red carpet at the London premiere of “Avatar,” and the project in question has nothing to do with space-age samurai. The actual plan is to remake sci-fi classic “Fantastic Voyage,” in 3-D, with Cameron taking on the role of producer.

In the original, a small team attempts to save the life of a nearly-assassinated diplomat through a uniquely invasive surgical procedure. The magic of science allows the doctors to be shrunken down to microscopic size and injected into the ailing diplomat’s body. Piloting a specialized submersible craft — also tiny — the team attempts to repair with the diplomat’s condition — a blood clot in his brain — on a cellular level.

The original hit theaters in 1966, long before digital effects were a factor in Hollywood filmmaking. One can only imagine how cool (and gooey) the diplomat’s computer generated innards could be made to look with today’s techniques. Add 3-D to that mix and… well… count me as excited. Stay tuned to MTV.com for additional updates… more to come when the Movies team returns from their trip across the Atlantic.

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