Release date: Friday September 19, 2008 (NY, LA, Toronto; wide: October 3) Genre: Drama Director: Ed Harris Studio: Alliance Films/New Line Cinema Producer(s): Ed Harris, Ginger Sledge, Robert Knott Screenplay: Robert Knott, Ed Harris Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Ed Harris, Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen Official Site: Not Available Rating:R for some violence and language Available film art:Appaloosa movie posters
Synopsis Western drama reteams Harris and Mortensen, who worked together on New Line’s “A History of Violence.” The story is adapted from Robert B. Parker’s novel of the same name, centered on a pair of friends hired to protect a lawless town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher. The arrival of an attractive widow disrupts their plans.
Release date: Friday October 17, 2008 Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller Director: John Moore Studio: Asgaard Entertainment/20th Century Fox Producer(s): Julie Yorn, Scott Faye Screenplay: Beau Thorne Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Beau Bridges, Mila Kunis Official Site: maxpaynethemovie.com Rating:None Available film art:Max Payne movie posters
Synopsis Based on the legendary, hard-hitting interactive video game, “Max Payne” tells the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max (Wahlberg) is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
Jon Favreau is already working on the Iron Man sequel due to open in theaters, 2010.
On Tuesday, August 19, 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported that Jon Favreau is already hard at work on Iron Man 2, the sequel to this summer’s first comic book blockbuster. Speaking to Times blogger Geoff Boucher, Favreau said “we’re working on it now, which hasn’t been officially announced. It will be released in 2010.”
The film’s 2010 release date was previously announced by Marvel Studios, who intends to include the sequel in their forthcoming slate of films. But even though the time crunch will challenge Favreau to finish the film on time and budget – a goal he has met with every previous film he shot – the limitation may mean an unexpected opportunity for sites like IGN, and ultimately, the fans themselves: Favreau will likely be shooting a lot of the film in California. Currently Favreau is partnering with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to set up tax breaks and incentives for filmmakers who elect to shoot in the state, and that may mean that Iron Man 2 will make its home there as well – which might make it easier for journalists to attend set visits and see shooting as the production gets in full swing.
We have an update concerning the the future of the Superman franchise. It seem as if the folks at Warner Bos. is scratching their heads about where to go with sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.
Warner Bros. is mulling over their comic book movie future right now, from their long in-development Justice League of America movie to Batman 3. But one particular project that appears to be bedeviling the studio most is their sequel to Superman Returns, which was considered a box office underperformer given its hefty price tag.
The project, reportedly titled Superman: Man of Steel, has lingered in limbo ever since the Bryan Singer-directed Superman Returns opened in 2006. It was reported in March that Singer would reprise his directing duties for the sequel, which he previously said would feature more action and spectacle. (Returns writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris will not be back.)
But now, according to an item today from Variety columnist Anne Thompson, Singer’s involvement is not such a sure thing after all.
Thompson blogged, “Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project. There are no writers working on a Superman script now. The studio wants to figure it out. ‘It might be better to start from scratch,’ one exec admitted.”
So what do you think of the possibility that Singer might not be involved? Sound off in the comments section below!
Release date: Friday October 3, 2008 Genre: Drama Director: Neil Burger Studio: Maple Pictures/Roadside Attractions Screenplay: Neil Burger Producers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Neil Burger, Rick Schwartz Cast: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan, Mark L. Young, Howard Platt, Arden Myrin, Coburn Goss Official Site:theluckyonesmovie.com Rating:None Available film art:The Lucky Ones movie posters
Synopsis A timely drama about life in America today, Lionsgate’s “The Lucky Ones” stars Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena as three soldiers on leave trying to make sense of their lives during an unexpected road trip across the United States. A humorous, moving portrayal about the challenges of coming home, “The Lucky Ones” is directed by Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) from a script by Burger and Dirk Wittenborn.
After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole (Michael Pena) is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancé. But when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen: Cheever (Tim Robbins), an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee (Rachel McAdams), a naive private who’s pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier’s family. What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheever and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered, and that the unlikely companionship they’ve found might be what matters the most.
Twilight will open in theaters, November 21 (in place of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince).
Summit Entertainment’s feature film adaptation of the bestseller Twilight will open a month earlier than expected. The Catherine Hardwicke-directed vampire romance will now bow November 21, taking the slot vacated by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Twilight will now open against the Disney CG-animated Bolt, which also moved up from its original November 26 release.
Twilight had been slated for release December 12, but yesterday’s news that Potter has been pushed to summer 2009 opened up a space for another teen-oriented fantasy.
In a statement to Variety, Summit Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Rob Friedman said, “With a giant franchise like Harry Potter in the market, we had to stay clear of it. … Their move created an opportunity to bring the movie to fans three weeks earlier, who have continued to show their enthusiasm, from Comic-Con to the giant Breaking Dawn book sales. We felt we had to take that opportunity.”
The trade says Twilight is expected to open in over 3000 theaters.
Fly Me to the Moon (Family/Animation) – Cast: Trevor Gagnon, Philip Daniel Bolden, David Gore, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Ed Begley, Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Tim Curry, Robert Patrick, Buzz Aldrin; Director: Ben Stassin
Luke Wilson (‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Old School’), Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (‘Babel’) and Radha Mitchell (‘Finding Neverland’) star in a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday from director Mark Pellington (‘U2 3D,’ ‘The Mothman Prophesies’). ‘Henry Poole is Here’ tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.
Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.
Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can’t help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcée next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn’t spoken a word since her parents’ break-up.
Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.
Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.
The Late Robert Jordan’s bestselling fantasy novel series will be adapted for the big screen. Universal Pictures have obtained the rights to what is sure to be a blockbuster.
Universal Pictures may have a new blockbuster fantasy franchise. They’ve just picked up the rights to Robert Jordan’s bestselling fantasy novel series, The Wheel of Time.
The studio bought the movie rights to the late author’s 12-book series for an undisclosed seven-figure sum, reports Variety.
The first movie in the potential franchise, The Eye of the World, could go into active development soon.
Red Eagle Entertainment, publisher of the WoT graphic novels, are producing the films.
The Eye of the World has many different characters and is told from various perspectives, but it is primarily the coming-of-age story of Rand al’Thor, a hero who is the latest incarnation of “The Dragon” — a force for good destined to fight Shai’tan, the Dark One.