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guillermo del toro hobbit

The Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has worked on the follower to Lord of the Rings for a serious amount of years by now. A project that has suffered delays and other difficulties during production. The producer Peter Jackson has tried to calm everyone in interviews, stating that everything is in order and no one needs to worry, however that doesn't seem to be the case.

Del Toro has decided to leave The Hobbit, something he confirmed himself the other day:
"After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures."

That doesn't include his collaboration with Jackson in making the movie since he after all has spent at least two years in creating the fantastical world that would be The Hobbiy (and probably in some extent will be).

Having said that it's a shame we never get to see the finished movie as Del Toro had envisioned it, but at the same time maybe it's the right move on his part. He has been forced to turn down several projects that might have been even more personal to him than the franchise that is The Lord of the Rings.

Finally he can finish some movies instead of just planning them.

- AP


November 29th 2008 14:32
He's been a pirate, a drug dealer, a writer, a scissorhand, a barber and a gangster...


July 2nd 2008 06:47
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy has announced to ExtraTV that after his next film, Meet Dave which will be released in July, he will retire from acting and return to stand-up comedy where his roots lie. EDIT: He's not retiring. Period.

Murphy holds the position as the highest grossing film star in history, having a total of 33 films to date. In only the US, his films have grossed over $3.4 billion, averaging a massive $104 million per film.

Murphy has received Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a comedy or musical for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James ''Thunder' Early in Dreamgirls. He received a received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this same role.

He has declined the offer of being in Beverly Hills Cop IV as he believes: 'the role wasn’t ready to be done’. Finally, here's a star that is willing to say no to a sequel because they are concerned about its quality. He admitted that he did Beverly Hills Cop III mostly because of the large irresistible fee he received.

I guess this means that we’re likely to see more of him on SNL and other similar programs.

Here’s a Raw sample if you would like a reminder (language warning):



June 26th 2008 22:22

I know I enjoyed seeing Kung Fu Panda recently but I’m flummoxed to learn that a sequel is already being discussed.

According to Dreamworks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg (Shrek), Kung Fu Panda is part of a five-chapter story. He stated: ‘There is a larger story here of which this is the first chapter.’

This news is particularly surprising as at the original film took four years and seven months to make after the idea was devised by Michael Lachance back in 1993.

In its opening weekend in US, the film topped the box office, taking $US60 million ($A62.7 million). It became the third-highest opening ever for a digital animation after the two Shrek movies.

It vanquished You Don't Mess With The Zohan,Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Sex and the City.

Katzenberg said whether the further chapters happen depend upon movie-goers’ reactions: ‘It needs to be a big hit. It needs to be a blockbuster.’

By looking at those figures, I think he has his answer.



June 25th 2008 22:56

I’ve done a lot of moaning about predictable scripts, sequels and remakes, and now I’ve stumbled upon something different that almost seems bizarre. Christina Ricci will be playing the role of a yellow crayon in the Exodus Film Group's animated film, 'The Hero of Colour City'.

Christina will be a timid crayon called Yellow. According to The Hollywood Reporter: 'Ricci plays one of several crayons whose colourful world is threatened by an evil tyrant. She is the first member of the cast to be announced for the film, which is now in preproduction.'

Versatile both in style and film choices, Ricci (Speed Racer, Black Snake Moan) has previous experience in voice roles; her last one being Gwendy Doll in the 1998 fantasy ‘Small Soldiers'.

Apart from the expected release date of 2010, no further details are known. However, it does leave me with a question, who will play the blue crayon?



June 23rd 2008 21:04

Spiderman 4 fans have a while longer to wait for the next film instalment. But it is definitely happening.

Producer Laura Ziskin revealed that the fourth part in the revered series is tentatively scheduled to arrive in May 2011.

There has been much speculation regarding the identity of the infamous villain/s but so far none have been established. Nor has it been confirmed that that Tobey Maguire will be Spiderman himself. But considering the success of the previous Spiderman films, it would seem unwise for Tobey to decline especially as he is best known for his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

The first three films comprise one of the most successful franchises in modern Hollywood history, grossing a massive combined amount of $2.5 billion worldwide.



According to TimesOnline, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are teaming up on screen. The two action icons will be expanding their acting repertoire in the Bollywood movie Incredible Love. Their co-stars are Bollywood stars Ashkay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.

The story follows an Indian stuntman who moves to the US to find love, but of course there are complications.

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala said Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s presence reflected the increasing power of the Indian film market and Bollywood’s increasing cooperation with Hollywood studios, which are keen to cut costs.

Director Sabir Khan, said: “I have been working on the script for a long time now, and it’s an exciting merging of Hollywood and Indian cinema.”

This will be the first Bollywood production to take place at Universal Studios. It will have the highest budget in Bollywood history: more than $22 million.



Director Ridley Scott is keen for Christian Bale to play Robin Hood in his adaptation of the famous tale, Nottingham. Bale is now in talks with Scott to see if the plan will eventuate.

Apparently, the new adaptation will be narrated from the Sheriff's point of view, instead of the usual, Robin Hood’s. Scott has stated there will be more unexpected characters, but did not divulge further. I guess there needs to be some sort of uniqueness about the film for it to stand out, as there are numerous adaptations before this one.

So far, the actors definitely involved are: Russell Crowe as the laudable Sheriff of Nottingham and Sienna Miller as Maid Marian. Vanessa Redgrave and William Hurt are also involved in discussions, but their roles proposed are so far unknown.

If Bale accepts the role, this will be the second film collaboration after 3:10 to Yuma where he has worked with Crowe.

Nottingham seems a curious decision for Bale after his previous dark, atmospheric films, such as Terminator Salvation (2009), The Dark Knight (2008) and American Psycho (2000) but he is an actor not afraid to sample different roles. His commitment is devout as we saw from the extreme weight loss he undertook for his role in The Machinist.

According to the Daily Mail (UK), the decision will be definite in the next week or so.



June 21st 2008 22:54

High Jackman is the latest Aussie to join Hollywood’s legendary stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He will join past recipients, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

Jackman will be one of 25 stars that will be added to the pavement next year. In the film category, his neighbours will include: Tim Burton, Leslie Caron, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Junior, Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley and William H Macy.

Television stars also get their trot of fame, names including: Felicity Huffman, John Stamos, Chuck Lorre, William Petersen, Kyra Sedgwick and Mark Burnett.

In the recording category, Shakira and The Village People were chosen. The Village People addition is interesting as I would’ve thought it was a bit late to add them seeing as they were in their peak in the 70s. Perhaps I’ve missed a significant contribution they’ve made in the last decade.

The Walk of Fame was created in 1969 and is now embedded with more than 2,000 stars. It includes fictional characters such as The Simpsons, as well as human celebrities. The self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust maintains the Hollywood strip.


Hulk and Iron Man
I saw Iron Man few week ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's really smart to have Tony Stark, the Iron Man in human state, appear in The Incredible Hulk since it connects the two Marvel movies implying that they're on the same level of awesomeness. If you like the one, you'll like the other. Here you can watch the TV Spot with both in it:


Sex and the City opening

Sex and the City has become the highest opening R-rated comedy film ever. On its opening night, it grossed an estimated $56 million, even beating Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On Friday, the film brought in about 26 million in sales. It is believed that eighty-five percent of the ticket buyers were women and many viewing in groups.

It also broke several another record, it scored the best opening ever for a live-action adaptation of a TV series. Mission Impossible,was the previous winner.

Sarah Jessica Parker, star and producer of the innovative and witty series, said in a telephone interview on Saturday, ‘It is kind of mind-boggling...We are thrilled and humbled that the audience came out.’

I’ll be there next weekend...


spencer maybee interview
SG-1 continued its explorations in Stargate: The Ark of Truth and the fanbase rewarded it with solid critique. A good ending to the great series. The Canadian actor Spencer Maybee is part of this adventure, recognized as Captain Binder, which we got the chance to interview.

"I grew up playing guns with my brother in High Park, shaking a plastic Uzi at imaginary bad guys, making ch-ch-ch-ch-ch noises and diving behind bushes to dodge return fire, coming up with 'wounds' (A.K.A. poison oak)", Spencer Maybee remembers in his interview with us. "S:TAoT wasn't that much different. The guns were real -- that was cool -- and half-load blanks make a way more realistic sound than I could ever make spitting fricatives, but the bad guys were imaginary, just like when I was a kid."

On making films in contrast to theatre he says: "It's a funny thing about acting for film -- it was a year ago that I worked on Stargate: The Ark of Truth, but it only came out a couple of months ago. It's such a contrast to working on stage, which I haven't done a lot in my career, but which I did most recently, working on a stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window called High Rise. In theatre, the curtain goes up, you show/tell your story start to finish and then the audience laughs, cries, boos, and/or hisses and you hear it. You know right away if you've connected with your audience."

It's popular with actors taking on different roles in the filmmaking process lately, and Spencer Maybee has credits as a director, producer and writer as well. "At the root, my passion isn't for one role in particular, but rather for storytelling", he tells us on that matter. "I used to have a hard time trying to figure out which role was really my preference so I could focus on that and be more efficient about building a career, but I'm addicted to learning and my learning and development in each role is exponentially increased by my experiences in the other roles. I get on set more than if I only did one job. I also see the whole shooting match from a different perspective. One thing I love about acting is being IN it. You're IN the moment with the other character, you're dealing with the drama, you're fighting the fights, loving the loves, dying the deaths. It's pretty amazing. I'm not a very dramatic person in my personal life -- I like to keep the drama to a minimum. So it's fun to jump in and let the instincts run wild. All three roles for me are inextricably linked. I love the back and forth. I think if I were to do just one for too long, I might either go crazy or, worse, go stale."

And we can believe that's his aim, since he'll be soon do the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre from July to December this year and therefore be full-time focusing on directing. "It's a great opportunity for me to develop and hone my craft as a filmmaker and it will mean a hiatus from acting."

Maybe it's a preparation for some of his own exciting projects that he is looking forward to execute when the circumstances are right. "I'm writing a feature that's at the outline stage that I want to make, another low-budget feature that I might want to act in, a two-part epic that I want to direct and which will probably have to sit until I've got enough biz cred to do it, another project that could go feature or TV movie that's got lots of violence and a Canadian history connection, a bio-pic of a con man, and a bunch of other projects, and those are just the feature length ones. There is one project that I want to direct that looks like it has wheels, only they aren't my wheels. Ever since I read The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-handed Poems by Michael Ondaatje I've had really strong ideas of how it should be done as a film with a fierce loyalty to the imagery in Ondaatje's exquisite poetry, and an even more savage and mechanical loyalty to its themes of machinery, technology, the animal kingdom, and the human place in relation to those things. It's about Billy the Kid, so a lot of Americans will want to see it just by that virtue. Essentially, it uses certain details and moments of Billy the Kid's life and story as the lense through which to explore these themes. I heard that Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar optioned the book to make a movie out of it. So my mission now is to convince them that I'm the person who should direct it. The other thing I love about the project is that it's a cowboy movie. It's always been a dream of mine to play a cowboy."
spencer maybee interview

In any case, he is slowly but steadily becoming a recognizable face by participating in a variety of different movies, some of them being cinematic big productions. Not least in the up-coming The X-Files: I Want to Believe, a movie highly anticipated by a great amount of fans from the series and sci-fi lovers. "I'm really excited for the worldwide theatrical release of X-Files: I Want to Believe on July 25th, mostly because I want to see the movie, but also because it's an opportunity for me to reach a broader audience compared to TV. My head is bigger. Seriously, in theatres it's WAY bigger than on TV. I'm just kidding. In the movie I play a very different character from Eric Lenihan (the supporting lead in the movie "Ice Blues") and any of the other characters I've played on TV. One of the joys of working on feature films is that the directors are usually deeply invested in the material and tend to put just a little bit more into cultivating the kinds of performance they want than you often get with TV. In TV, the directors are hired by the producers and they've got a job to do and if they do it well, they just might get hired back. No working director is going to put up a fight for a creative idea on a TV show. She'll save it for her feature. Fewer risks are taken in TV, in my experience, than on feature films. There's a kind of magic that you only get when you try new things and that's what I love about feature films and why I want to work in more of them."

Even if it's still a supporting role as Blair Finch, Spencer isn't bothered by that fact. "There are some leading roles that I would love to play. One thing you get with traditional storylines, though, is sometimes the lead characters can be cookie-cutter heroes. This is the character that people are supposed to like, so you don't have as much room to play and try new things as you do with a supporting role, for instance. Look at Fenster in The Usual Suspects. Benicio Del Toro probably wouldn't have had the chance to play Fenster like that if Fenster was the lead. Too weird. But for a supporting role? Sure. Then you get some great roles where you have room to play and you're expected to, like the Joker. I would love to play the Joker. Bad guys have more fun. In movies."

Getting to the end of the interview, Spencer Maybee shares with us a list of directors he actually dreams and probably hopes to work with. "Terrence Malick, Terry Gilliam, pretty much any director named Terry, the Coen Brothers, Haneke, Gondry, Mamet, Lars Von Trier, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Sean Penn, Miranda July, Fernando Meirelles, Pedro Almodóvar, Sam Shepard, Soderbergh, George Clooney, Iñárritu, Cuarón, Sarah Polley... Each of them would direct one scene. It would be a long dream and the movie would be released to mixed reviews, but someone -- at least one person -- would be profoundly moved. It might even save a life."

Sounds like an amazing idea to me - I could easily be the person profoundly moved by it, that's for sure. But even if it's probably severe wish-thinking, we hope and believe in a great continued carrier for Spencer Maybee and thank him for his time in giving us inspirational answers and insight into a rising actor's mind!

Words by: peeker, filmpeek ©

prince of persia jake
That's right folks, it's announced that Jake Gyllenhaal will star in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the movie based on the popular video game.

This is unexpected news, as Jake would probably the last actor I would guess for such a role, but when I think about it, why not? The guy shares the same facial characteristics, he's a talented actor, and I'm sure they will prepare him in the best ways for the movie.

The companies behind are the same that made Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Hopefully it will keep the dark edge and not become a kids movie, with mild action and ridiculous jokes.

An actress is also ready for one of the leading roles, Gemma Arterton. She's less experienced than Jake, but is on her way up with participation in the new James Bond movie amongst others.

Most importantly, Prince of Persia is on the go and at this stage all we can say is "good luck" and "it better not follow the trend of all the other game-to-movie adaptations, full with awfulness".


It looks like Tom Cruise is entering the onscreen political world. I guess it was bound to happen.

It seems Tom Cruise will be joining Denzel Washington for the Warner Brothers thriller The 28th Amendment. Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Bone Collector) is ready to oversee the project. Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co writers of Transformers have written the script.

Cruise will play the President (of course), Ben Cahill who learns that the USA is being controlled by a secret organization headed by Denzel Washington. Washington, a callous leader, disposes all of all who get in his way. The President's recently learned knowledge puts him directly in their firing line.

Noyce is the third director to be associated with the film, following Kevin MacDonald (One Day in September) and Richard Donner (Superman).



A while ago I did a post on Nine, the musical loosely based on Federico Fellini's 81/2. The film tells the story of the director and the women in his life. Nicole Kidman was to be joined by Javier Bardem creating an appealing cast and film premise.

Unfortunately, Bardem has decided to decline the role due to exhaustion and the busy awards season following the massive success of, ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Variety reported that he is aiming to take a year off work to recuperate and rest.

Bardem was to play the lead role of director Guido Contini in the adaptation of the 1982 Broadway hit. Rob Marshall from Chicago fame will be leading the project. Variety also reports that Book writer Arthur Kopit and Yeston will be credited as executive producers. Penelope Cruz (Volver) is believed to have the role of Guido’s mistress, Carla while Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) will play his wife, Carla.

Hopefully after a break we’ll see Bardem back on the silver screen soon.



It seems that Nicole Kidman has scored another interesting role, playing Dusty Springfield in a film chronicling her life.

Kidman will be teamed with Michael Cunningham again; they previously worked together on The Hours.

Cunningham told Britain’s Daily Mirror: "It will be the real Dusty, a great artist who no one knew what to do with... But she is going into history with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones."

Dusty Springfield began her solo career in 1963 with the Motown-influenced poprock "I Only Want To Be With You". Her ensuing hits included "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself’, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and “Son of a Preacher Man'. These are just a few of some of her utterly unforgettable classics.

Dusty kept recording and working until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and passed away in 1999.



European DVD rental website has voted Rocky the number one sports film of all time. The 1976 classic film that stars Sylvester Stallone as heavyweight fighter Rocky Balboa beat hit 1994 comedy Cool Runnings into second place.

In third place was Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby where Hilary Swank played a female boxer battling to become a professional.

Fourth place was a tie between American football movie Jerry Maguire and Martin Scorsese's 1980 classic boxing tale Raging Bull. I would never have thought of Jerry Maguire as being a sports film, but I guess it was. All I think about is Tom Cruise yelling and jumping up and down, a bit like he did on Oprah's sofa.

Other top ten members were the Field of Dreams, White Men Can't Jump, Chariots of Fire and Escape to Victory.

I’m surprised Bend it like Beckham wasn’t in there with my favourite Keira Knightly.

Bend it like Beckham


It seems like we might be seeing Nicole Kidman in another singing role after her success in Moulin Rouge and her collaboration with Robbie Williams.

If Kidman does accept the role, she may appear alongside Penelope Cruz who dated Tom Cruise after his marriage split from Kidman.

The film, Nine, is a musical loosely based on Federico Fellini's 81/2, which tells the story of a director and the women in his life.

Federico Fellini (1920 –1993) was an Italian film director known for his distinctive, well-defined, unique style that meshed fantasy and baroque images. He is seen to have been one of the most influential and widely revered film-makers of the 20th century. His works won numerous awards, including four Oscars, two Silver Lions and a Palme d'Or.

Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, The Dancer Upstairs) has already accepted the leading role alongside Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, A Good Year).

Rob Marshall will be directing, his prior achievements being Chicago with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger.


April 11th 2008 01:52

It seems that Lindsay’s Marilyn pictures have encouraged her to have further public nudity urges. Peek here if you haven't already seen them.

She is now reportedly set to play a sex-hungry waitress in upcoming low-budget film Florence. Sounds like her sort of gig.

If you’re interested, she’s been offered to bare all on screen for only $75,000. Is it cruel to say that’s cheap in many senses of the word?

Apparently, producers were happy for Lindsay to appear topless but she was keen to be completely naked to prove herself as a mature actress. Hmm, that’s an interesting way of affirming her acting worth...

According to a source: "She just wants to remind people that she can act and she’s worth hiring. She said it would be no problem to appear nude."

Well, we already know that!



April 8th 2008 06:28
This man doesn't need any mini-biography. I think everyone knows and will remember him. Charlton Heston died 5th April 2008 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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