Monday 31 January 2011

Just go with it

Sony has released more images and a poster for the upcoming Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston rom-com.  I'm sure once upon a time with a cast like that you would expect it to be going straight to number one in the box office and huge figures.  Now ten years on I'm not sure they have enough power to so this anymore.

Danny (Adam Sandler) is a successful plastic surgeon who pretends to be unhappily married to get women. When he finally meets a girl (Brooklyn Decker) he believes to be the woman of his dreams, he doesn't use his method on her, but she soon finds the wedding band he uses. Afraid of telling her the truth, he tells her he's getting a divorce, to which she requests to meet his soon-to-be ex. He asks his office manager Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his wife in order to prove his story, but one lie turns into another that brings Katherine's children into his scheme, resulting in a trip to Hawaii that will change all their lives
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UPDATE: I have found the trailer for the game - just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

HELSINKI & LOS ANGELES – January 31, 2011 – ANGRY BIRDS, Rovio’s blockbuster smart phone and tablet game that has become a global cultural sensation, and RIO, one of the year’s most anticipated motion picture events, are joining forces to create a new game, ANGRY BIRDS RIO – representing a first-of-its-kind game development partnership between Rovio and Twentieth Century Fox. The announcement was made by Mikael Hed, CEO at Rovio Mobile, which created ANGRY BIRDS, and Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox, which releases RIO in UK theatres 8th April 2011 in 3D.

This unique spin-off of ANGRY BIRDS will take flight around the world in March, coinciding with RIO’s gala world premiere event. To celebrate the partnership and give fans a sneak preview of the story surrounding ANGRY BIRDS RIO, in true Rovio style a video can be viewed at:

"ANGRY BIRDS RIO is a match made in heaven for a mobile application and a major motion picture, and this collaboration with Fox is definitely one the most exciting partnerships we have entered into with the ANGRY BIRDS brand to date," said Mr. Hed. "In addition to expanding the horizons of two fantastic entertainment brands and creating a great new gaming experience, we have also taken the concept of combining a mobile application and motion picture promotion to an entirely new level."

“In partnering with Rovio, we are combining the world’s hottest application developer with one of the motion picture industry’s premier creative forces to introduce the millions of fans of ANGRY BIRDS to the exciting world of RIO,” said Mr. Levinsohn. “Our relationship with Rovio is another great example of Fox Digital Entertainment’s continuing work to extend our content to a variety of digital platforms.”

In ANGRY BIRDS RIO, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. Like the incredibly-popular original edition, ANGRY BIRDS RIO will feature hours of gameplay, physics-based demolition challenges and loads of replay value – all with unique twists based on the highly-anticipated film.

ANGRY BIRDS RIO will launch with 45 dedicated levels and will regularly add new levels via app updates. The game will be available for download on smart phones and tablets worldwide.

About RIO
From the makers of the hit ICE AGE series, RIO is a comedy-adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu’s female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. With the help of street smart Jewel, and a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds, Blu escapes. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

The original ANGRY BIRDS game puts you in charge of a quirky flock of birds, who go on an intense assault on the hungry green pigs who have stolen their eggs. In the game, you use a slingshot to send the Angry Birds smashing into the pigs and their puzzling constructions. The exciting physics-based gameplay combines the special powers of the Angry Birds with skill, logic and brute force. In 2010,ANGRY BIRDS was downloaded over 50 million times on various smart phone platforms, and it is also available for PC and Mac.

Saturday 29 January 2011

Lot more Four

Way back at the start of December, Disney released two images from the film. Now, almost two months later, they have released a ton of new images.
Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary young man, masking his true identity and passing as a typical student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed…he is Number Four.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is released nationwide on 18th February 2011
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Friday 28 January 2011

They touched the face of God

This is a slight departure from the normal things that appear on this blog. however, today is an anniversary of one of space travels greatest disasters. For the people who know me know how much of a "space nut" I am, and can be a bit of a bore at times.

25 years ago today the 25th Space Shuttle launch took to the skies. Most of the crew I bet you can't name. Except one. That being of the first "Teacher in Space", Christa McAuliffe, who was planning on holding live lessons from space. Unfortunately this wasn't to happen as just after 73 seconds into the flight the Orbiter exploded into a ball of flames and smoke. This was Challenger's 10th, and tragically, its last flight.

Most people of my age will remember how they found out about the disaster. I learnt about it when I came home from school and remembering watching BBC 2 that was running a live CNN feed as they were the only organisation at the time that could do this sort of coverage as it was in the days before global 24 hour news coverage. Below is a segment of CNN on that day. From take off to the "explosion"

After the disaster the US President, Ronald Reagan, cancelled the annual State of the Union Address and went on television to address the nation about that days tragedy. He finished the broadcast with a quote from the poem "High Flight".
We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God.'
So here's to the memory of Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the STS 51-L crew: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik who paid the ultimate price in space exploration.

I would like to leave you with a happy[ish] thought. If you look at the mission patch to the right, you will see something next to Christa McAuliffe. If you are wondering what it is, then I can tell you. It's quite simple. It's an apple. Why? you may ask. The simple answer is "What do you give to a teacher"?

Thursday 27 January 2011

Sanctum clips, trailer and an image or two

Last week I received the first clip from the film. However, I was missing a trailer but that has been rectified (see below). Universal ash, as well, just released two more stunning clips.

Sanctum clip - Ioan Gruffud base jumps
Sanctum clip - Papua New Guinean guy falls to his death

The 3D epic underwater adventure Sanctum, from three-time Academy Award®-winning executive producer JAMES CAMERON (Avatar, Titanic), follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.
Sanctum is released Feb 4, 2011

SCI-FI-LONDON to celebrate 10th anniversary at BFI Southbank

Ten years of fantastic film: SCI-FI-LONDON celebrates its tenth anniversary with a bigger festival than ever

The UK’s leading science fiction and fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON (The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film), will host film screenings, special events, workshops and celebrations during its 10 day festival across the capital in 2011. For the first time, the BFI Southbank and BFI Imax will host festival events.

The festival runs Saturday 23 April – Monday 2 May, 2011. In the current climate, SCI-FI-LONDON makes no apologies for its defiantly carnival attitude. In addition to the core film programme, highlights include:
  • The Royal Wedding all-nighter The night before Will and Kate’s wedding we celebrate the wonder of weddings with Veronica Lake, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The evening features five black-and-white classics including: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF DRACULA and I MARRIED A WITCH. Midnight ‘til 9am... cheaper than a hotel and a stone’s throw from The Mall!
  • 20th Anniversary of MANGA UK
    Celebrate with screenings of the classic AKIRA in glorious HD and brand new animé feature, EDEN OF THE EAST.
  • 48 Hour Film Challenge
    With Edgar Wright and Gareth Edwards on the jury, our 2011 challenge has a first prize of a feature development deal with Vertigo Films. The challenge takes place 2–4 April, 2011.
    Our real science thread examines subjects including long distance space travel and synthetic biology. Thinking caps on please.
  • Fantasy Easter Parade along the Southbank
    From the BFI to the London Film Museum on Easter Sunday, featuring Stormtroopers, zombies, superheroes and more. All genres, all costumes, all-comers welcome to this free event!
Festival Director, Louis Savy says:
It is a tribute to our volunteer staff and the support of our sponsors and venues that we are here today. When we started ten years ago it was to challenge preconceptions about science fiction and bring a few independent movies to London.

I never imagined we would become a key fixture in the international film festival calendar, and be a well-known genre event. This year’s festival will certainly be bigger and bolder but, equally, a celebration of those 10 years of fantastic film.”

Full details will be available soon and on

SCI-FI-LONDON, now in its 10th year, is the UK's only dedicated sci-fi and fantasy film festival. It screens world and UK film premieres, documentaries and a selection of classic SF titles. SCI-FI-LONDON also has a strong international shorts programme and screens a short film with every feature screening. It also holds a film school and filmmaking competitions to encourage more science fiction films to be made in the UK Images etc at

Sucker Punch - new character posters

Way back in, at least, early Dcember Warner Brothers released some character posters. These looked stunning! Now they have released a new set of posters for the film and they look even better. More action that makes the film look even better!  Scroll down past the posters and you can see a new featurette talking about the world the film is set in.

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared.

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).

Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.

Born from the creative vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”), “Sucker Punch” features an ensemble cast of young stars, including Emily Browning (“The Uninvited”), Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Jena Malone (“Into the Wild”), Vanessa Hudgens (the “High School Musical” films) and Jamie Chung (“Sorority Row”). The film’s main cast also includes Oscar Isaac (“Robin Hood”) and Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”), with Jon Hamm (“The Town,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Scott Glenn (“The Bourne Ultimatum”).

Zack Snyder directed “Sucker Punch” from a screenplay he wrote with Steve Shibuya, based on Snyder’s story. Snyder and Deborah Snyder produced, with Thomas Tull, Wesley Coller, Jon Jashni, Chris deFaria, Jim Rowe and William Fay serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Academy Award®-winning production designer Rick Carter (“Avatar”) and “Watchmen” and “300” veterans director of photography Larry Fong, editor William Hoy and costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The music is by Tyler Bates and Marius DeVries.
SUCKER PUNCH hitting UK cinemas April 1, 2011
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Wednesday 26 January 2011

Senna is a go!

This is how it seems to work at the moment. I have a look around the old haunts of the internet and come across some great pieces. This time it's the first set of images for the upcoming documentary about the life and death of Ayrton Senna.

If you are a fan of F1 you have probably already heard about the film and seen the trailer that has been going around the internet for quite a while - just scroll down past the images. The synopsis is quite long but

Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Thierry Boutsen at GP Molson du Canada in Montreal, Canada in 1988.
(Photographer: Angelo Orsi)
Ayrton Senna at GP de Belgique in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium in 1991.
(Photographer: Norio Koike)
Ayrton Senna at the GP do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1993.
(Photographer: Norio Koike)
Ayrton Senna at the GP di San Marino in Imola, Italy in 1994.
(Photographer: Karin Sturn)

It was June 1984, a Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix. As the heavens unleashed a torrential downpour, one of the greatest line-ups in motor racing history took to the track. No fewer than six current or future World Champions vied for the race that day, including recent World Champion Keke Rosberg; a stoic, fearless Englishman called Nigel Mansell; Austrian double World Champion Niki Lauda; the flamboyant double World Champion Nelson Piquet; and the man dubbed ‘The Professor’, Frenchman Alain Prost, who was on the cusp of being regarded by many at the time as the most complete driver ever. In 13th position on the grid meanwhile, attracting little interest in his un-fancied Toleman car, was a wiry, fiery young driver in just his sixth Formula 1 race.

As the engines fired and the drivers tore through the city streets, the man that started in 13th place ripped through the field, demonstrating virtuoso technique and jaw-dropping courage as he passed every car in front of him, taking Prost on line of the 32nd lap. That man was Ayrton Senna, announcing his arrival to the world of F1 with a spectacular drive.

As it transpired, Senna did not win the race; he lost out on a technicality and the first-place passed to Prost. At the time Senna was not bitter, it was still his first podium finish, although what happened that day would set the tone for the young Brazilian’s future career; he would frequently win on the track, but would find himself defeated off the track, struggling against what he perceived as injustices in a highly politicised sport. Still, he overcame obstacles placed in his path, won three World Championships — his years at McLaren forging a fierce rivalry with team member and rival Prost — and achieved superstar status across the globe. With the international press he proved a charming and dashing champion; to his native Brazilian media he was a humble and deeply religious man.

At the peak of his powers however, while tackling the Imola track in San Marino, disaster struck. It was the third race of the 1994 season and during qualifying Senna’s protégé Rubens Barrichello crashed and hurt himself. A day later Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger slammed into a wall at 200mph, dying instantly. Senna was shaken and wondered whether to continue racing. His great friend and F1 doctor Professor Sid Watkins advised Senna not to race on the Sunday. But Senna’s pride, his sense of responsibility to his team and sport, and his absolute need to conquer his fear, propelled him on.

On the Sunday of the race, Senna managed just two laps after the safety car pitted, before crashing on the high-speed Tamburello corner, his car hitting a concrete wall at more than 130mph. In 1987, Nelson Piquet had crashed at the same corner and emerged with a mild concussion; in 1989 Gerhard Berger came off at Tamburello and exploded in a ball of flames. He was hurt but survived. In 1994, when Senna crashed, his car hit the wall at such an angle that part of the suspension flew back and punctured his helmet, causing fatal skull fractures. Medics found an Austrian flag in his car: he had planned to honour Ratzenberger when he finished the race.

Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of SENNA, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later. Far more than a film for F1 fans, SENNA unfolds a remarkable story in a remarkable manner, eschewing many standard documentary techniques in favour of a more cinematic approach that makes full use of astounding footage, much of which is drawn from F1 archives and is previously unseen.
Senna hits UK cinemas June 3, 2011
some images Norio Koike © ASE

How Do You Know - poster and bloopers

After Sony releasing images and a trailer for the film as well as the poster, some clips, interviews and a "blooper reel".

The other thing that was released is a synopsis that is more than the 10 words one that all we had before.

Blooper Reel

Cast Interview


Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson all star in the new comedy written and directed by James L. Brooks, that takes a contemporary and romantic look at the question “How Do You Know?”

Lisa (Witherspoon) is a woman whose athletic ability is the defining passion of her life, having been her focus since early childhood. When she is cut from her team, everything she has ever known is suddenly taken from her. Not knowing what to do she stumbles toward regular life. In this mode, she begins a fling with Matty (Wilson), a major league baseball pitcher, a self-centred ladies man – a narcissist with a code of honour.

George Madison (Rudd) is a straight–arrow businessman whose complicated relationship with his father, Charles (Nicholson), takes a turn when George is accused of a financial crime, even though he’s done nothing wrong. Though he may be headed to jail, George’s honestly, integrity and unceasing optimism may be his only path to keeping his sanity.

Before Lisa’s relationship with Matty takes root, she meets George for a first date on the worst evening of each of their lives: she has just been cut and he had just been served. When everything else seems to be falling apart, they will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen.
How Do You Know hits UK and Irish Cinemas January 28, 2011
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Arthur, the remake

I first caught this sometime last week and thought WHY? The original, 1981, version with Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud. Then it just gets "better" with Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren playing the three main characters.

There have been some images released, below, that shows the film is quite similar to the original and hopefully it won't be a travesty of the original.

Hard-drinking partying billionaire Arthur is set to marry a rich woman he doesn't love and continue his irresponsible childish ways, but his life is changed when he falls for a gorgeous tour guide and aspiring children's book author Naomi.
Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher

Tuesday 25 January 2011

First look at Sherlock Holmes 2

Shortly after recieving information about Warner Brothers' film, Red Riding Hood, I headed over to their press site to see if there were any more images. There wasn't! On the other hand, I did manage to find an image for the second Sherlock Holmes movie.

NOOMI RAPACE as Sim, ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes and JUDE LAW as Dr. Watson in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure mystery “SHERLOCK HOLMES II,”.
Guy Ritchie helms a new action-packed adventure, following the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), and his longtime trusted associate, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), as they match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Jared Harris).
Sherlock Holmes II sneaks into cinemas December 16, 2011
Photo Credit: Daniel Smith

Sexy Riding Hood?

Warner Brothers has, finally, released some images and a new trailer for the upcoming Red Riding Hood. Watching the trailer the first thing that struck me is the film is "It's another one of the twilight series"

Romantic Fantasy Thriller. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast-one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.
Red Riding Hood is released on 15th April 2011.