Feb 23, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opens in a major movie release this May 2011 suggested by Tim Powers’ novel ON STRANGER TIDES. This film Soundtrack to Feature First-Time Collaboration With Oscar®-Winning Composer Hans Zimmer and Acclaimed Guitar Duo Rodrigo y Gabriela

Walt Disney Pictures have announced today that the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will feature a first time collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator, The Thin Red Line) and acclaimed guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Simmer worked on the last two installments of the Pirates trilogy.

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Feb 18, 2011

LEGEND by Marie Lu will be filmed by CBS Film


Today Publisher’s Lunch announced that CBS Films has purchased the film rights for book 1 in the trilogy. Legend is a post-apocalyptic novel by Marie Lu.

CBS Films has acquired screen rights to Legend, the first of a futuristic novel trilogy by Marie Lu. Twilight Saga producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce through their Temple Hill banner. The first book will be published this November by Penguin Group. UTA sold the movie rights.

This might signal that the film company is growing bolder in attempting to create a franchise. The book takes place in a dark future, when North America is split into two warring nations. Legend focuses on Day, a young Robin Hood figure, and June, a teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. Along the way, the two of them uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. The project was brought in by CBS Films prexy/CEO Amy Baer and COO Wolfgang Hammer, the latter of whom made this his first preemptive deal since taking that post. Lu will be involved in the scripting stage as an executive producer.

"The character of Day, a roguish teen outlaw on the run, has been in my head since high school," Lu said. "One night, I was watching an old time detective movie when the idea of Day vs. the gifted teen June came to me."

Said Hammer: "This project is a perfect example of theatrical content with enormous digital possibilities."

Deal follows movement on the Stephen King novel The Stand, in which CBS had a longstanding stake dating back to the original miniseries and will try to turn the massive apocalyptic novel into a film in partnership with Warner Bros.

source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/cbs-films-makes-franchise-play-with-marie-lu-novel-legend/

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Feb 17, 2011

The founder of WikiLeaks will be filmed by Hollywood


The life of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks will be filmed by Hollywood.Josephson Entertainment production companies and Michelle Krumm Prods bought the rights to his biography. While Julian Assange idles in the U.K. pending the outcome of his legal problems related to sexual assault charges, his celebrity and cash flow are growing.

WikiLeaks: The Movie moved a step closer to reality after studio executives picked up the screen rights to Andrew Fowler’s autobiography on Julian Assange, The Most Dangerous Man in the World. The book details Assange’s life from his childhood to the founding of his whistleblower Web site in 2006.

Producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm say they are planning a “suspenseful drama” with the thrill of a Tom Clancy novel. No director is currently attached to the project and there are no cast details.

Assange incurred the ire of U.S. authorities by partnering with the Guardian to publish over 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. He revealed details of toxic waste dumping in Africa, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and Church of Scientology manuals.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD is an in depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current WikiLeaks revolution. Fowler first interviewed Assange in May 2010. The book will be published by Melbourne University Publishing Ltd. in 2011.

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Feb 16, 2011

My Princess (2011-Korean Drama)


Lee-Sul (Kim Tae-Hee) is a woman who enters college later than other girls. Like her peers, they dream of one day becoming a princess, but for Lee-Sul she actually becomes a real life princess ...

Hae-Young (Song Seung-Heon) is a 31-year-old diplomat. He is the sole successor of the Daehan Jonghap Group (the largest conglomerate in Korea). Hae-Young is also handsome and graduated from an Ivy League school. Agreeing to his grandfather`s creed, Park Hae-Young decides to give up his rights to the company and all of his assets. This is all for a young woman named Lee-Sul.

Lee-Sul is a 25-year-old college student, majoring in Art History. She doesn't think about the secrets surrounding her birth or her stepsister who teased her behind her back. Lee-Sul keeps a shabby appearance and works several part time jobs on top of her college career. She also has a crush on her professor Nam Jung-Woo (Ryu Su-Yeong). One day, Lee-Sul becomes a princess overnight. In order to make her a princess, the President of the Daehan Jonghap Group offers all of his assets. 50,000,000 people stamp their approvals for her and royal families from all over the world sends congratulatory telegrams. Lee-Sul accepts the role of Princess, but she is now locked up in her palace and forced to study from dawn to late at night. Even worse, Park Hae-Young is her only instructor and he is snooty.

Yoon-Joo (Park Ye-Jin) is a 30-year-old woman, who works as the director of Hae-Young Museum. Her father is the secretary for the President of the Daehan Jong Group. Yoon-Joo hopes to marry Park Hae-Young one day to gain control over the company. Her plans come to a halt when the Princess suddenly appears. For the Princess, the President of the Daehan Jonghap Group returns all of his property to the community. Even Hae-Youngs begins to have favorable feelings for Lee-Sul. Yoon-Joo can't forgive Lee-Sul for what she has caused. Yoon-Jo then makes a plan and if it succeeds Korea will lose their imperial family.

Jung-Woo (Ryu Su-Yeong) is a professor, archeologist and holds a PH.D in the Arts. He is also popular among the female students. Jung-Woo grew up in a poor family. Even now with his high status, his financial situation isn't so good. Because of this, Jung-Woo hasn't proposed to his girlfriend Yoon-Joo. One day, something strange happens. Jung-Woo's student Lee-Sul (who always submits papers late, but works hard at excavation sites) turns out to be a princess. Lee-Sul then asks Jung-Woo to become an advisor for the "Redemption Committee of Imperial Family Cultural Assets".

* TV Show: My Princess
* Revised romanization: Mai Peurinseseu
* Hangul: 마이 프린세스
* Director:
* Writer: Kim Eun-Suk, Jang Young-Sil
* Network: MBC
* Episodes: 16
* Release Date: January 5, 2011 --
* Runtime: Wed. & Thurs. 21:55
* Language: Korean
* Country: South Korea

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Let Me In (2010)


Let Me In is a Hollywood remake of the Swedish version of the film Let the Right One In, that is based on the book. A lot of reviews on this website consist of the audience comparing the remake to the original having seen both. Well I haven't, but this looked liked an interesting film and I went to see only this afternoon at my local cinema. I thought this would be a good film but my expectations weren't exceedingly high and I was glad in a way as by the end it made me appreciate all the more for that reason.

As soon as the first scene comes up I was intrigued and my attention never wavered from the screen throughout the running time of the whole 105 minutes of the movie (minus the credits). The basic story consists of a lonely and bullied 12 year old boy Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) whose parents are getting divorced, whilst at school he is bullied by Kenny (Dylan Minnette) and his two friends Mark and Donald. Meanwhile a 12 year old girl Abby (Chloe Moretz) and her father/guardian (Richard Jenkins) move in to Owen next door. Soon they strike up a friendship as a unique bond forms between them, but she appears strange, at one point Owen tells her she smells bad and despite it being winter with snow on the ground, she often goes outside in the courtyard of the flats they live in to see him barefoot without any shoes, but dosen't feel the cold. There is a reason as she has a terrible secret of being a vampire where her father goes out and kills innocent strangers to obtain their blood so she can survive and eventually Owen becomes entangled up in everything when he finds out her secret and he stays with her despite knowing the truth.

This is a fantastic film from start to finish, it's beautifully made with a very bleak atmosphere. The cinematography gorgeously enforces this. It cleverly mirrors the loneliness the two children feel in their lives, Owen who is bullied with no friends and parents who are on a verge of divorce and Abby who is also socially isolated due to being a vampire along with her father who is torn at helping her but wanting to give up. This film takes an intelligent insight into two kids with fractured souls who fit together in a unique and unexplained way of being whole. The friendship that blossoms between them is wonderfully depicted and builds up in a believable pace. This is due to surprisingly excellent performances from McPhee and Moretz who perform a terrific job of capturing the essence of their characters and radiating a very mature presence on the screen, which is an incredible accomplishment. They are so superb that they put some of the adult actors I know to shame. Due to these terrific performances the chemistry is superb and it's a wonder to see them touch each others hands, hug one another or kiss on the cheek. This makes you feel for their predicament as you come to care about the characters and realise Owen will do anything to protect and be with Abby as they care about each other so much.

The supporting performances like Richard Jenkins and Dylan Minnette is great and they deserved to be mentioned. Jenkins gives surprising depth at feeling torn at helping Abby, particularly in a heartbreaking scene when she touches his face as she can see the weight bearing on him of what he does and Minnette perfectly portrays the menacing bully who also in a way is like a lost soul just like Abby and Owen when you see him being bullied by his older brother, which partly explains why he is so mean to others like Owen.

Director Matt Reeves has done also a sensational job on striking a precise balance between the tone of the film where we feel disgusted and scared at how Abby is, what she is doing, but also saddened by her and Owen's predicament and moved in a happy and sad way by the friendship between her and Owen. This is helped by the lovely music by Michael Gucchino who uses it effectively at the perfect time when Owen and Abby spend time together.

The dialogue and script is good too, particularly the facial expressions McPhee and Moretz make. The special effects of when you see Abby's face contorted when she eats is brilliant as it is terrifying. Also it is beautifully shot with some interesting camera shots. For example we never see Owen's mother's face, which I don't know if anyone else noticed was intriguing. It certainly got me thinking that even with his mum, Owen feels truly alone and the (whether intentional or not) never seeing his mum's face could depict the further isolation he also feels from his own family and that she isn't really there in Owen's world as it's just him and Abby.

Matt Reeves has to be commended for a stupendous achievement of making a film that is beautifully made and can connect with the audience on a emotional level. I first saw Chloe Moretz acting in (500) Days of Summer and Kick-ass. She was terrific in that and she has grown since then and is turning into a superb and mature young actress. Kodi Smit-McPhee from The Road, which I saw him in earlier this year I found to be an engaging young actor, with lots of potential and it's lovely to see him continue to fulfil that. This connected to me on every level and has become one of my favourite movies of this year and though it may not receive Oscars, it certainly deserves to be nominated. I am very pleased with the IMDb rating on here. Let Me In has a powerful resonant that radiates to it's audience, I'm glad I let this film in. Absolutely incredible.

for more information about this film visit the oficial website http://www.letmein-movie.com/

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