New Splice Trailer Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley

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A new trailer for the sci-fi thriller Splice has debuted on MSN, and I’ve got $100 down on anyone who can sit through it without squirming even a little bit. Helmed by Canadian director Vincenzo Natali, the film stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as two genetic engineers whose body work is considered the crème de la crème of their field. It’s the old ‘experiment gone wrong’ story, and it screams B-movie. Although, made on a budget of $26 million coupled with the inclusion of an A-list actor like Adrien Brody, you can assume that’s not the case. The Guillermo del Toro and Joel Silver-produced movie hits theaters June 4th.

“Clive and Elsa are a pair of brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge experiments in genetic engineering make them superstars in their field. As devoted to their careers as they are to one another, they start conducting unauthorized experiments with new animal species that show great promise. Drunk with their god-like powers, they introduce human DNA into one of their creations, producing a creature that is greater than the sum of its parts: a rapidly developing animal/human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder. While this female creature inspires maternal feelings in Elsa, she evokes something far-from-paternal in Clive, something that poses a threat to them all. Then, when this seemingly perfect organism makes a final, shocking metamorphosis, it is mankind itself that is threatened.”

See the trailer after the jump.

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Second Trailer for Knight and Day Starring Tom Cruise

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Thanks to 20th Century Fox, a second trailer has aired online for the action/adventure Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film follows a ‘fugitive couple’ on a worldwide journey to protect a dangerous piece of technology that could ultimately be a source of infinite power. Not entirely too distinct from the first trailer, this one shows Cruise and Diaz as more of a couple, in addition to a few cool action sequences. The film is helmed by James Mangold, who also directed 3:10 to Yuma in 2007, and co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace and Mark Blucas.

Now, I’ll be the first one to tell you that Tom Cruise is somewhat of a nut job. But like Russell Crowe, despite his behavior off the screen, he’s a very talented actor. The comedy in Knight and Day is effective, but the action is what really hits its mark. Peter Sciretta of /Film stated: “the Bourne-style action sequences might be enough to earn my $10.” I couldn’t agree more. The punches and punch lines in this film are spot on, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be waiting in line to see this. Knight and Day hits theaters in the US on June 25. Watch the trailer now over at IMDb or check it out after the jump.

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R.I.P. Robert Culp

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Actor Robert Culp, who garnered much recognition for his work in television, passed away Wednesday after a fall outside his Los Angeles home. Culp’s career dates back to the late 1950s, where he first starred in the Western television series Trackdown. Although he starred in the 1980s series The Greatest American Hero and several other roles, Culp is best known for his role alongside Bill Cosby as secret agent Kelly Robinson in the 1960s action series I Spy.

Cosby spoke of his friendship with Culp on Wednesday: “We almost had our own language and our own way of connecting, sometimes without saying anything.” Their adventure series ran for three seasons, from 1965 to 1968. Robert Culp had five children and was survived by his fifth wife, Candace Faulkner. He was 79.

Film Junk Weekend Wrap-Up: Zemeckis Digital Studio Closes Down, John Hughes Lost Script May Get Made, Another Scooby Doo Sequel

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For all of you who thought the Film Junk Weekend Wrap-Up feature was gone for good, think again. It’s back, with nothing but big news for all of you who haven’t kept yourselves in the loop the past few weeks. Headliners include the passing of Peter Graves, the possibility of The Hangover 2 being shot in 3-D, the Avatar Barebones DVD and Blu-ray hitting the shelves on April 22nd, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley joining the cast of Martin Scorsese’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. And did you think Tim Burton’s experimenting with stop-motion would end with Alice in Wonderland? He’s now on the ticket to direct an animated Addams Family movie in 3-D.

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Christoph Waltz To Direct First Feature Film

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Christoph Waltz, known for his role as the ruthless Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, will be changing professions from Jew Hunter to Film Director. Fresh from winning an Academy Award, Waltz will direct his first feature film entitled Up and Away, a romantic comedy about a woman who must confront her contemptuous feelings towards love. The Austrian actor, who co-wrote the script and could possibly play a supporting role, claims he considered making the film years ago. “But I never had time to do something else,” he said, referring to acting. Waltz, living in Berlin and London, is no stranger to the director’s chair, having been a helmer for German television.

Sanford Panitch, president of Fox International, spoke with Waltz after the Inglourious Basterds premiere at Cannes Film Festival about Up and Away. “I was charmed by him right away,” Panitch said. “He has a lot to say and has an encyclopedic knowledge.” Judging by the dialogue Hans Landa plastered on the screen in Basterds, he’s right. Waltz is said to be starring in Water for Elephants, which will begin shooting this summer. The actor says he is choosing among three different roles to follow the film, which means the Fox-produced German film may have to wait till 2011. If Waltz possesses half the talent he does behind the camera as he does in front of the camera, we’re all in for a treat.

Check out our favorite Jew Hunter in The Green Hornet, hitting theaters this December.

New Promo Trailer for The Romantics

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Plum Pictures has debuted a new promo trailer for writer/director Galt Niederhoffer’s dramedy The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, and Elijah Wood. In the first few seconds, it’s possible to think Niederhoffer is regurgitating the same old “I’m getting married, but I’m in love with someone else” story. But you’ll see at the 30-second point, there’s a frame that reads “Things are getting interesting”, and that’s correct. There’s something different that sets The Romantics apart from its cliché-abundant counterparts, and I have absolutely no idea what it is.

“Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding eight close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura is maid of honor to Lila, her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom. Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore… without the groom.”

The film slated for a release sometime this year. See the trailer after the jump.

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New Full Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

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A new full trailer for director Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has appeared online, starring the gifted (but brash) Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The film takes the form of Gladiator set in a 13th century universe, with even the same actor playing the protagonist. However, although the two films are strikingly similar, there’s a Braveheart-esque feel to this that I particularly find exciting. The trailer itself is marvelous. Co-starring Matthew Macfadyen, William Hurt, Oscar Isaac Mark Strong, Lea Seydoux, Scott Grimes, Alan Doyle, Kevin Durand, Danny Huston, and Max von Sydow, this action-adventure is slated for release on May 14th.

“Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.”

See the marvelous trailer after the jump.

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Clint Eastwood To Make J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

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Clint Eastwood’s next directorial gig (no, not Gran Torino 2) is said to be a biopic of the notably controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. With a script penned by Dustin Lance Black (Milk), the film has been developing over at Universal by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. Seeing as how Eastwood’s production company is based at Warner Bros., you can bet your bottom dollar the project will land in their hands. Alongside Grazer and Eastwood, Malpaso Productions’ Robert Lorenz will produce.

A quick history lesson:

“Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935 and turned it into an efficient crimefighting organization. He remained its director until his death in 1972, but his sculpted persona was already coming apart at the seams; he employed the FBI to harass political activists and used illegal methods to make secret files on leaders. Many biographies also assert the man was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser.”

The man’s life story should make for a good film, especially with Eastwood on board. Just about everything he does is stellar, so I have little doubt in regards to this project. The Oscar-winning director, in post-production for Hereafter, worked with Imagine Entertainment on 2008’s Changeling. Fun fact: Warner Bros. hired Hoover as a consultant in 1959 for The FBI Story and the ABC series The F.B.I.

New How to Train Your Dragon Clip

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A new clip for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon has debuted on Coming Soon, following the Viking teen Hiccup as he tries to throw a harness around a dragon’s tail. It’s cute, but nothing special. The animated feature opens in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 26th, and stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson, and America Ferrera.

“A Viking teenager named Hiccup lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don’t sit too well with his tribe or its chief… who just happens to be Hiccup’s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup’s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.”

I personally don’t see much in this movie. It vaguely resembles an animated version of Eragon, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. However, it’s loosely based on the 2003 novel of the same name, so we’ll see. Check out the one-minute clip after the jump.

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Hitchcock’s Suspicion Remake by Will Smith?

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There’s always been a general rule of thumb in Hollywood; the remake is never as good as the original. I’ll eat my own words when it comes to De Palma’s 1983 remake of Scarface, but I usually draw the line there. With that aside, it appears that the former Fresh Prince is out to produce and star in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion. There’s been a strong disapproval amongst online film fans regarding this (yes, it is) rumor, and as much as I pride myself on being a nonconformist, I must concur. This is, undoubtedly and incontestably, a bad idea. It’s not the fact that Smith wants to remake a 1941 classic starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, but simply that he’s breaking the golden rule of all golden rules: you don’t remake Hitchcock.

Like all rules, this one has been broken before, with remakes of Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, The Lodger, and Dial M for Murder. He was a filmmaker of the highest caliber, of course you would want to mirror his style. But mirror him, don’t copy him. And yes, he was no stranger to remakes (ahem, The Man Who Knew Too Much), but remember; he’s Alfred Hitchcock. He could remake Citizen Kane, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’d go see it. With that being said, I think it would be interesting to see the most bankable star of the contemporary era step into the shoes of Cary Grant, arguably the most bankable star of the Golden Age. Don’t get me wrong, Will Smith is no Cary Grant. But nonetheless, it would be interesting.

What do you think? Should Will Smith remake a Hitchcock film?

New The Karate Kid Trailer with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith

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A new trailer for the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid has aired online, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). I like the look of this. A remake could do wonders for the 1984 version, and the inclusion of Jackie Chan is icing on the cake. However, I’m not a fan of how they made the protagonist so young, especially with Jaden Smith playing the part. He has the acting chops you would expect from an 11-year old, but I just don’t see him tackling the part well. With that being said, I’m excited to see the outcome. The film is helmed by Harald Zwart, and is set to be released on June 11. Although I’m a sucker for underdog stories, let’s hope this movie doesn’t turn out like Zwart’s last project; the unfunny Pink Panther 2. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

“12-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.”

Trailer can be seen after the jump. And doesn’t Jackie Chan look great in this?

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First Clip for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

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The very first full-length clip for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has debuted online, featuring Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as she grows exponentially in The Queen’s garden of roses. The Burtonesque feel and all-around eccentricity are both evident, but I’m looking forward to this movie nonetheless. Very few children’s films are popular with adults (excluding Pixar gems), but this one has the potential to slip into that category. We’ll see come March 5th, when Alice hits 3D and IMAX 3D theaters. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover, and Christopher Lee.

“From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. “Alice in Wonderland” captures the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history.”

See the clip after the jump.

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