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    An update on 'Batman 3'

    Via the always reliable Batman-on-Film, it seems the hush-hush Batman 3 is still being scripted right now.  As Jett reports:

    According to our old friend "A.P.," BATMAN 3 is still currently in the script stage. As of yet, no start-of-production date, etc. have been set. From what I've been able to gather, we're at the point where director Chris Nolan is giving brother Jonathan Nolan's script a polish. As far as an announcement, it'll come via the trades before the end of 2010. Since it is already September, that means sooner rather than later.

    So what does this all mean?  Well basically, Chris Nolan is putting the finishing touches on the Batman 3 script so casting should begin soon if it has not started already.  Also, if an announcement is coming before the end of the year, we should know by January what the title is, who the villian will be, whose joining the cast, and when filming begins (probably around Spring of next year).

    Looking forward to all this.  Now I wonder if Christian Bale will come out of the cave he's been hiding in for the past year and a half...


    Aussie Musical "Bran Nue Dae" Opens September 10th

    "One of the most delightful, heartfelt and crowd-pleasing musical comedies in years."- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

    ****(Four stars) “I loved this film!”- Win Kang, OC Examiner

    "Hilarious...A celebration. The next homegrown cinema classic" - MTV (Australia)

    The film Stars Australian Idol winner Jessica Mauboy and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Geoffrey Rush!!!


    "Lake Placid 3" Green Band Trailer

    The monster crocodiles return in a frightening new installment of the successful horror franchise when the unrated Lake Placid 3 debuts on DVD October 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Colin Ferguson (TV’s “Eureka”), Yancy Butler (Kickass), Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife), and Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation) star in the latest incarnation of the campy, blood-thirsty horror series. Fans will eat up the steamy, sexy and gory Lake Placid 3 when it arrives on DVD for $24.96 SRP, boasting unrated, unreleased scenes suitable only for adult audiences.

    Get ready for a living, feeding nightmare when a swarm of gigantic crocodiles terrorizes a secluded country lake. When local wildlife is brutally mauled and campers are reduced to carcasses, biologist Nathan Bickerman (Colin Ferguson) knows a voracious predator is on the loose. So does a feisty female hunting guide (Yancy Butler) out for her next trophy. As the body count rises, the local sheriff tries to keep things quiet and keep the tourists coming. But when the horrifying, hulking truth emerges, can anyone stop these cold blooded killers before they claim their next victim? Lake Placid 3 is pulse pounding, adrenaline pumping, pure horror film fun.

    Lake Placid 3 has a running time of 93 minutes and is unrated. The film contains graphic violence and full frontal nudity.


    New Clip "Devil"

    Universal Pictures has released a new clip for the M. Night Shyamalan produced thriller Devil.

    Does anyone care what M. Night does anymore, I seriously doubt it. After his last outing with the craptacular Last Airbender and the video of him shitting on reporters for questioning his current film making ability while promoting the film, I really would have thought he burned all his bridges, guess not. Even though he's only producing this, if it flops I have a feeling we won't see anything from him for quite some time if ever again.

    The plot which I know you don't really care about has to do with a group of people being trapped in an elevator together with the twist being one of them is...the devil! It might actually sound somewhat interesting had Shyamalan's box office poison name not been attached to it.



    New Clip "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

    20th century Fox has released a new clip for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the 1987 Oliver Stone classic Wallstreet starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen.

    As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader (LaBeouf) partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Douglas) on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.

    In the clip Douglas slips right back into the Gekko character flawlessly after 23 years and verbally bitch slaps Josh Brolin's character with witty smack talk. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps arrives in theaters on September 24th.



    The Osterman Weekend Gets A Writer

    Earlier this week there was news that Summit's adaption of the Robert Ludlum novel "The Osterman Weekend" was possibly going to be Robert Schwentke's (Flightplan, Red) next directing vehicle, now news comes from the trades that Summit have hired Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) to draft the screenplay.

    Now some might see this as a remake because the book was adapted by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch) as his last film in 1983, however that one was a mess, destroyed in the editing room by the producers (Who'd used a script whose writer admits was poor) after Peckinpah refused to edit his cut that took satirical shots at the novel because he didn't like it. All in all the premise is excellent and ripe material for a big screen adaption, hopefully this time things go smoother.

    Here is a synopsis from Amazon.

    In a secret room in Washington DC John Tanner is asked to stake his life - and those of his wife and children - on a gamble whose goals and risks no one will fully reveal to him. In a small suburban town, where only the nicest people live, friends, neighbours, everyone and anyone could be part of a monstrous conspiracy of international evil. The machinery has already been set in motion. And at stake is the very existence of America - and the future of the entire free world...

    The trailer for the Peckinpah version:

    The Osterman Weekend | John Hurt | Rutger Hauer | Movie Trailer


    First Source Code Image And Release Date

    Film Source Code is a blog dedicated to Duncan Jones (Moon) upcoming Sci fi thriller "Source Code" starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man constantly reliving the same train bombing over and over, so kind of a sci fi Groundhog Day.

    Now the aforementioned blog has gotten the 1st image from the movie scanned from Empire Magazine as well as a little bit of info from Jones and a release date, all of which you can check out below.

    Duncan Jones tells Empire 'On this one I've got four really talented actors - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. It's a new test, a new experience...'

    Jake Gyllenhaal was apparently the one 'who pushed him to board the sci-fi thriller'.

    Duncan describes Jake Gyllenhaal's character briefly as 'a military man who wakes up on a train not knowing how he got there. Before he gets a chance to work it out, things change in such a dramatic way, he doesn't know whether the train's real or not...When it was brought to me it was serious, quite cerebral, dark and depressing, My take was, "This could actually be quite fun..."'
    The director also tells us of Paul Hirsch (editor) and how he is 'thrilled to be working with him'. However it was Paul Hirsch who called Duncan the genius after suggesting something during the editing process, which made his year.

    Olivia Thirlby Joins Judge Dredd

    News of the Judge Dredd reboot had fans of the 2000AD comic ecstatic, a joy that was doubled when Karl Urban was cast, promising not to take the helmet off, something that annoyed comic fans about the Sly Stallone version in 1995, although in fairness that film had way worse problems hampering it.

    Now word arrives via the trades that Olivia Thirlby has signed on to play Judge Cassandra Anderson, a rookie trainee of Dredd's who has psychic powers. Thirlby is probably best known for her role in Juno but she also gave a great performance in the under the radar gem "The Wackness," how suitable she is for this role I am unsure, but since the characters strength is mental rather than physical the petite Lady may be astute casting.

    The new Judge Dredd film is to be directed by Pete Travis who's most notable cinematic credit is the decent action thriller "Vantage Point," the script was written by Alex Garland.


    Mackie, Bell And Adams To Join Worthington On The Ledge

    Over the past couple of days casting for Asger Leth's (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) forthcoming thriller "Man on the Ledge" has picked up pace as news across the trades reports that Anthony Mackie (Hurt Locker) and Jamie Bell (Jumper) have signed on, while the adorable Amy Adams (Enchanted) is also circling a role. Sam Worthington (Avatar) has already signed on as the films titular character.

    The story centers on a disgraced cop who is jailed for a crime he didn't commit, while on day release for his father's funeral he escapes onto the ledge of a building and threatens to commit suicide, a female psychiatrist (Presumably the part Adams is interested in) tries to talk him down.

    Bell will play Worthington's brother who just so happens to be planning a jewelry heist across the street at the same time, Mackie will play the ex partner of Worthington's suicidal cop.

    Obviously there are going to be plenty of twists at play here and I think the cast is solid and potential strong for a cool high concept thriller that seems to be meshing sub genres, the film's success though will hang on how well the scenes play between Worthington's cop and Adams psychiatrist.


    Disney Gets Its TRON On

    So if you thought Disney's theme park promos for TRON: Legacy were going to end with the light-cycle themed monorails currently zooming around Epcot at Disney World, well then, you just don't know Disney.

    As reported by Disney Parks Blog, beginning on October 8, visitors to Disney's California Adventure park will be treated to ElecTRONica, a nighttime dance party that will celebrate the digital world of TRON, and gear up some excitement for the upcoming release of TRON: Legacy, which opens in theaters on December 17.

    ElecTRONica, which will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through the fall, will include a dance club, laser light shows, live performers, a replica of Flynn's arcade, face-painting for the kids, and a whole lotta video games.

    Sounds like this will be worth it just for the video games.  Star Wars Weekends at Disney World are usually a blast, so if you're a Tron fan and you live near Anaheim, this might be worth checking out.