Friday, 14 November 2008
Showtime is developing an hourlong project from comic book icon Stan Lee that tracks the life of a gay superhero, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The project is being executive produced by Lee and the president and CEO of his Pow! Entertainment banner, Gill Champion.
The story, which focuses on an up-and-coming superhero who struggles to hide his secret identities, is based on the book "Hero" by Perry Moore.
Moore is writing the script and also executive producing along with Hunter Hill.
Empire Online talked to "X-Men" films producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who talked a bit more about the Magneto spin-off. Here's a clip:
Details of the plot have remained vague thus far, but Shuler Donner was happy to tell us shed a little light on things. "We have a script on Magneto which is actually sort of Magneto and Charles Xavier," she said. 'It's Eric and Charles in their early, early years."
The site also mentions a synopsis that has been posted by Production Weekly, but that is an unconfirmed plot.
"I would very slowly put my legs out of the bed at 4am and have a pre-made egg drink by the bed. I would shake it about three times then go back to sleep. It was not a good look." HUGH JACKMAN on bulking up for his role in new spin-off movie X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE.
"Even at casual barbecues she always looks like a million bucks and has a great sense of glamour." HUGH JACKMAN is always impressed with pal NICOLE KIDMAN's sense of style.
HUGH JACKMAN was left stunned when a busty babe flashed her breasts at him in the middle of a Broadway show.
The Aussie was playing flamboyant Peter Allen in musical The Boy From Oz when the fan rushed the stage to show him her ample bosom.
He recalls, "She said, 'Hugh, I've always wanted to do this,' and lifted up her top. She had these massive tits.
"I p**sed myself laughing and said, 'I'm glad you got that off your chest.'"
Thursday, 13 November 2008
HUGH JACKMAN inadvertently recorded a horror movie audition tape while filming new epic AUSTRALIA - when confronted with a pack of charging horses.
The Aussie actor plays a drover - a livestock herder - in Baz Luhrmann's new film and had to look good in the saddle for horse handling scenes, but eight months of training couldn't prepare him for one terrifying moment on set.
He explains, "As the dust cleared, I saw that the horses that had gone into the corral had seen their mates running off into the field, so they decided, at full gallop, to go and join them - and they were running toward me.
"I remember what the trainer said (to me): 'There's no stopping them.'
"The sound guy actually gave me a copy of the recording of what I said at the time because I had a microphone on. So, if you ever hear it, you'll hear a lot of swearing and genuine fear.
"He said, 'Mate, if you ever have to be in a horror movie, this is your audition tape.'"
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Hugh Jackman had a very different career in mind when he was a child - the Hollywood star dreamed of becoming a minister.
The Australian actor was brought up in a religious family and considered taking the next step by dedicating his life to the Church.
But the X-Men star eventually realised his calling was to perform on an entirely different stage - and turned his hand to acting.
He says, "My father is very religious so I was brought up in the church. He was converted at a Billy Graham rally (crusade) and he used to take me to these rallies.
"And I do very vividly remember that about age 13 watching somebody on stage doing a talk and thinking, 'I have a very clear feeling that one day I was going to be up on that stage.'
"And for about a year, I thought I was maybe going to be a minister. And then as I got older, I thought, 'I think I just want to be up on that stage. Maybe not in that capacity but in some other capacity'."
Video of Hugh on the red carpet
Scheduled Australia promo appearances:
11/20: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Hugh)
11/21: Jimmy Kimmel (Baz)
11/24: The Late Show with David Letterman (Nicole)
11/28: The View (Nicole)
12/4: Jimmy Kimmel (Hugh)
12/5: The View (Hugh)
Sunday, 9 November 2008
In February of this year, we showed you the first trailer for the Michael Dougherty directed horror TRICK'R TREAT. A second trailer was recently released and it only took six months. Warner Bros. must really not give a rat's ass about this movie. In any case, the film follows four interconnected storylines during Halloween. Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, Lauren Lee Smith and Dylan Baker star. Check out the spooky goodness over at our video hub. The film is set for release October 31st but given WB's contempt for the film, it may never be released.
Earlier this year at Comic Con Hugh Jackman revealed some footage which, as expected, leaked online. It was swiftly removed (unless you know where to look) however soon we will get our first real look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the form of a non-blurry, high definition teaser trailer.
XMF can “exclusively” confirm that 20th Century Fox is hoping to release the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer with December 12th’s “The Day The Earth Stood Still”!
“We are shooting for 12/12 on DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL now…” said the studio in a statement.
According to my calculations December 12th is around 5 weeks away. Write it down or carve it into a nearby wall!
MCV reports that Activision is taking on the games for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
In addition, a brand new Transformers outing, dubbed Revenge of the Fallen, which will tie-in with the new Paramount movie. There was also news of another movie licence – this time for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
A game based on Wanted is also in the works. The game will be published worldwide by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is being developed by game developer GRIN.
The “Wanted” video game will feature intense third-person action, taking combat to a new level with iconic moves — such as “curving bullets” and “Assassin Time” — drawn directly from the film, as well as an innovative, multi-layered cover mechanic. The storyline of the game will pick up where the movie leaves off, providing fans with another chapter to explore both Wesley’s journey into becoming an uberassassin and the epic fiction of the Fraternity.
You know things are a little quiet on a movie when the first update in months comes from someone who draws for a living. Anyhow, character designer Aaron Sims spoke to Splash Page about the current status of X-Men Origins: Magneto.
“Unfortunately, because of the writers strike, it got pushed off,” Sims said. “But they’re now back to the rewrites.”
Since “X Men Origins: Magneto” is still in conceptual form, it’s too soon to say much about it, except that obviously, like Wolverine , it will be an origin story — “where he started, where he got his powers, the very beginning.”
“Remember the scene [from 'X-Men'] in the concentration camp where you see Magneto as a young boy? It just continues from there,” Sims said. “Some people thought that might be too dark, but I really like that. It’s a lot of death and mayhem.”
Magneto won’t be the only mutant — just like in “Wolverine”, there will be new mutants aplenty to keep Sims busy coming up with something to please and yet surprise the fans. “The fan base has a vision of what they should look like, and that’s always the challenge,” Sims said. “It was the same with ‘The Hulk.’”
But since director David Goyer is still finishing “The Unborn” and also has several other movies on his plate (from “The Invisible Man” to “Super Max” to “Baltimore”), Sims doesn’t have to realize his character designs too quickly.
“David’s like me,” Sims laughed. “He works nonstop. He’s not one of those kinds of writers or directors who ever stops. I’m surprised he has any time at all. But I’m fortunate to work with directors like him who I admire. I can’t say no to him.”
I’m not too sure what Fox are thinking regarding Magneto. If X-Men Origins: Wolverine is successful does that mean they will focus entirely on a new Wolverine trilogy? Or will they green light Magneto as Wolverine has proved single character movies can work?
(Note to Fox: If David Goyer is busy directing other movies why not get someone else onboard? It’s not as though he is the best man for the job anyway!)
According to a poll by Movietickets.com Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the most anticipated movie of 2009. Between August 8th and October 5th, nearly 4,000 movie fans who had just purchased tickets with them answered a survey, and the results are as follows:
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
4. Public Enemies
5. Angels & Demons
6. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
7. The Informant
8. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
9. The Day the Earth Stood Still
10. The Taking of Pelham 123