Saturday, 8 October 2011

'I, Frankenstein' Enlists Eckhart In Lead Role

Aaron Eckhart
Total Film reveals that Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) has been confirmed in the lead role of new film I, Frankenstein, a Lionsgate adaptation of Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel. He will take the role of Adam, Frankenstein's monster who lives in the present day and finds himself caught up in a battle between two immortal races.

Director and writer Stuart Beattie described how the film adapts Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein character into a modern day film that will bring a new twist to the age old story: "Mary Shelley’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.". It certainly sounds as if they are trying to put a new spin on the story and it should be interesting to see what they have come up with.

Liongate's Joe Drake revealed the thinking behind the casting of Eckhart: "This story is all about what it means to be human, and there could be no more achingly human performance than the one

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Poll Result: Favourite Robert Zemeckis Film?

Literally one whole person voted this week and alone decided that their favourite Robert Zemeckis film of all time was Back To The Future. Surely a worthy candidate and one that many will agree with.

Remeber to vote for whether you think Eddie Murphy will be a good Oscar host this year by scrolling down. Also prepare for a new poll which this week will be: Favourite Morgan Freeman Film?

Happy Voting!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

'Robocop' Remake Could Feature Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender may just have landed yet another male lead role as he looks set to be asked to join the new Robocop remake by director Jose Padilha. Padilha revealed his first choice in an interview on Brazilian TV which was translated by Bleeding Cool and showed his interest in capturing the Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class actor.

Fassbender's career seems to have taken a leap forward this year, with the actor taking a role in no less than five 2011 movies. Padilha's interview revealed he could be the first in line for the Robocop remake:

"I’ll film RoboCop. I’m indeed writing the script, the writer is here with me in Rio, we’ve spent over the last 15 days working together, refining the script.

"I’ll be travelling this Friday back to LA, bringing this new version to discuss with the studio, and maybe begin with the casting, selecting actors… and the idea is to begin filming in February – February or March. That’s the idea, y’know, we never know in the American movie industry. We’re

Friday, 16 September 2011

Kevin Costner Says No To Django Unchained

Kevin Costner
Quentin Tarantino's new slave western film Django Unchained hasn't failed to excite the movie world so far. One reason for this was the proposed cast that Tarantino was planning on bringing together which included Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Jamie Foxx. However, one of the biggest names reportedly attached to the film, Kevin Costner, has followed the example of Will Smith by dropping out of the project, reports IndieWire.

Kevin Costner was rumoured to be playing Ace Woody, a member of Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) crew. However, Costner will now play no part in the film, giving the reason of 'scheduling conflicts'. Costner is already working on a TV movie entitled The Hatfields & The McCoys for the History Channel and will soon be appearing in Zack Snyder's Superman film Man Of Steel.

The search is now on for Quentin Tarantino to find a new Ace. Rumours have already circulated that

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Poll Result: Should There Be A Toy Story 4?

The So I Saw This Film readership have voted again and have emphatically said NO to whether there should be another Toy Story film. The poll was posted in response to a comment made recently by Tom Hanks that a fourth film could be on it's way.

I had a sneaky suspicion that the vote would turn out that way. The way I see it, the third movie was the perfect way to end. Successful film series can be put to bed whilst they are still doing well. Otherwise you end up saturating viewers and leaving them with the image of whatever film comes last in their mind. They will forget about the three brilliant movies so far if a fourth film is rushed into release. So take our advice, DON'T DO IT!

Thanks for voting guys. Remember to vote for your favourite Robert Zemeckis film below and to vote in our new poll which this week will be: Eddie Murphy: Good Choice As Oscar Host?

I want to get our readers more involved so if you have any polls you would like to see posted on the site, let us know. Cheers guys!

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Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host

Eddie Murphy
In a follow up to our post a few days ago that Eddie Murphy was the first in line to host the next Academy Awards, So I Saw This Film can now confirm that the comedian has been officially chosen. The quick-witted ex stand-up comedian will officially host the ceremony which will take place on the 26th February 2012. The shows producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer confirmed the decision yesterday.

The shows producers were keen to point out that the Murphy that will turn up on the night will be less like the explicit Axel Foley (Beverley Hill Cop) and more like the family orientated Donkey from Shrek. Ratner told USA Today: "This guy was in Shrek,". "He's done family movies for the past 10 years. He's done Oprah."
"He's very smart and knows this is very much of a family type of show," added Mischer. 
Meanwhile, in a statement Eddie Murphy revealed how honoured he was to have been chosen: “I am enormously honoured

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Eddie Murphy Looks Likely To Host The 2012 Oscars

Eddie Murphy in Trading Places
All round funny man Eddie Murphy looks the most likely candidate to host the 2012 Academy Awards, the 84th ceremony to date. Deadline have reported that he is the front-runner so far and the once stand-up comedian could be returning to his origins as a performer.

The producer of the show this time around will be Brett Ratner, who worked with Murphy recently in the film Tower Heist, which will open on the 4th November 2011. He is expected to put Murphy's name forward to Academy president Tom Sherak. With a hugely successful comedy film history and his experience as a stand-up comedian, it's not too surprising that his name looks likely to be put forward. His energy as a performer would be just what is needed and could lead to much satiricism as well as plenty of celebrities getting put in their place (obviously something we all want to see).

The decision has not officially been made yet but, with some sites suggesting he has already been

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Steven Soderbergh Quits Film To Pursue A New Art

Steven Soderbergh
Director Steven Soderbergh, best known for the three 'Ocean's' films as well as The Informant!, has decided to give up on his directorial career to pursue a new career as an artist. He plans to become an established painter and revealed his plans in an interview with The New York Times.

The move to a new art form will not come as too much of a surprise after Matt Damon revealed Soderbergh would be leaving show business back in 2010. Soderbergh himself let slip the news back in March when he revealed he had only two films left to shoot. Despite the early signs that revealed his decision, it will surely still come as a shock to film fans, particularly those of Soderbergh's work.

In the interview he revealed that his decision could be reversed if his new art career doesn't go to plan: "I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

An enjoyable watch - 3.5/5
So I saw this film last night called The Inbetweeners Movie. I would assume that the hugely popular TV series, The Inbetweeners, will be known more to our UK audience. The mix of dry, taboo humour and brilliant characters is what made the series so popular and a film was always inevitable.

What I worried about before I went in to see the film was that it wouldn't stay true to the television series and that it would prove to be unpopular. However, after watching the film, I can confirm that it retains the type of humour we have all come to love from The Inbetweeners. Cringeworthy at times, the script delivered a quick witted and fast-paced screenplay that managed to keep me entertained almost the whole way through. Admittedly it was a pretty cheesy story but it worked. However, I would say that there is a reason this type of humour works in small 30 minute programs. It did wear a little thin towards the end as the same type of jokes were repeated over and over again. Despite this the film was an enjoyable watch and exceeded my expectations.

The four main characters, played by James Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, all impressed and retained their individual styles. It was as if the film continued directly from the TV series without any break in between. The four young actors must be praised for making this happen.

Writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who worked together on the hit comedy show Flight Of The Conchords, must also be praised for coming up with such a popular group of characters who have gone on to achieve three successful series and now a film. Their blunt writing style is surely the main reason The Inbetweeners has become such a success and their comedic style cannot be overlooked.

I'm pretty sure that every single fan of the TV series will enjoy this film. It isn't the best piece of cinema ever but it proved to be an enjoyable watch that will surely leave fans wanting a sequel. If you like The Inbetweeners you'll love it. If not, I wouldn't bother.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet: In Depth - H

After a slight break in the regularity of these posts, it is time to resume our journey through the So I Saw This Film's top rated films for every letter of the alphabet. Today we take a look at the best films beginning with the letter H...

The Hangover
Admittedly The Hangover is probably the first comedy film to make it onto these lists. It always feels weird saying that a comedy film ranks among your favourite films of all time because for some reason you feel they don't deserve to rank among of greats. But of course, this is silly. If you love a film, say it. And I did love this film. I haven't had the pleasure of watching the second film yet but if it's anything like the first it will be worth watching. A brilliant comedy.

Horton Hears A Who!

OK, maybe this one is taking what I just said a little bit too far. I doubt whether Horton Hears A Who! will feature among many lists of this type but, for me, this film was pure genius. The voice talents of Jim Carrey made this such an enjoyable watch and they truly did the original story justice. Love it.

The Hurt Locker
A truly brilliant film from 2008 and worthy winner of an incredible 6 Academy Awards. The film launched many a career and rightly so. It is one of the best war films around and manages to focus on the new form of warfare that hasn't been touched on much in films so far. If you haven't seen this one where have you been. Check it out.

The Hurricane
I can't think of a more perfect film for somebody like me than the sublimely cool Denzel Washington starring in a moving boxing film. The story is magnificent and I won't hear those who will criticise it for bending the truth. It remains a top quality film and a must watch for boxing film fans. Check out my review of it here.

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Terrence Malick's New Film Attracts Christian Bale

Christian Bale
Terrence Malick, director of such films as The Tree Of Life and The Thin Red Line, has attracted the talents of Christian Bale to his new project as well as tempting four actresses to compete for the female lead. The as yet untitled film seems to be a low key affair and will essentially consist of Christian Bale opposite a young female lead.

Roony Mara (Youth In Revolt), Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) are all reportedly vying to star opposite the Oscar winner. Malick is said to be taking his time to find the right girl for the part.

Malick will not begin working on the project until his also low-key Ben Affleck flick, reportedly entitled The Burial, is over and done with. It will be released some time in 2012 and work is likely to begin immediately on the new project. It won't be the first time Bale and Malick have worked together after Bale featured among the star-studded cast of Malick's film The New World. Bale was also in line to star in The Burial in the role later taken by Affleck.

Total Film reveals that no word of this film will probably surface for some time and nothing cast-iron has officially been decided. The project however does excite me and I'll be continuing to cover it's development on So I Saw This Film.

Anyone else as excited as I am about this one? Let us know...

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Brad Pitt In Talks For Assassin Thriller 'The Gray Man'

Brad Pitt
Before I bring you this news piece I would like to apologise for the lack of posting over the last week but...I MOVED HOUSE! So the internet's all ready now (finally) and So I Saw This Film can now continue to bring you the posts you love. On with the show....

Although currently working on World War Z, which is being filmed in Glasgow as we speak, Brad Pitt has been linked to another new film by Variety in the form of The Gray Man. The reports suggest that Pitt is in preliminary talks to star as the worlds greatest assassin who makes his way through Europe to save both his handler and their family.

James Gray (Two Lovers) will be directing and the script, which comes from Adam Cozad, looks to have excited him and potentially Pitt also. The story follows a former CIA operative who finds a secret government plot against him. Although it sounds fairly Bourne like in nature, director James Gray has stated to Deadline why it will not follow those same lines:

What [Paul Greengrass] did was a documentary-style, objective approach,”. “He owns that style. I

Thursday, 4 August 2011

J.J. Abrams On A 'Star Trek' Sequel

J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams hasn't been short of work recently, with his latest film Super 8 hitting the big screens in the UK tomorrow. However, in a recent interview with Collider, Abrams revealed how he is already considering the possibility of a Star Trek sequel. He is determined not to rush with the project and, although this could mean it will not be released for some time, it should lead to a better film.

There have been a lot of things that we’ve been working on,” he told Collider. “A lot of important elements that we just know we need to really nail down and solve.”

Once you say, ‘We’re ready to go, but we don’t have a finished script yet,” or ‘I’m directing and here’s the release date but we don’t have a finished script,’ you’re suddenly in production on a movie where you’re thinking, ‘Oh my god, we weren’t really ready!’”

I want to make sure we’re putting the story, characters, cast, crew and, most importantly, the audience first, before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at, and

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