August 2007

Someone forgot to read the pitch

This is just too good. One of the films scheduled to be released in early 2008 is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which is being directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp in the title role. CHUD has picked up a story that, having seen some of the footage that Burton has shot, the execs at Warner Bros are feeling a little squeamish.

Apparently they’re upset about the amount of blood in some of the scenes where Todd dispatches his victims with a razor slice to the throat. Also upsetting the WB tie-wearers is a scene where a 10 year old boy feeds corpses into a meat grinder so they can be made into pies.

But what were they expecting in a film about Sweeney Todd?

Inglorious Bastards on DVD

Inglorious Bastards DVD Quentin Tarantino has been talking about his war film, Inglorious Bastards for longer than I care to remember, and its a film that has been delayed and postponed so many times that I will be surprised if it ever goes into production.

But if you think Inglorious Bastards is a great title for a war film, all is not lost. Tarantinos film got its name from a 1978 war film from Italy (where else). And now, by way of Twitch, comes the news that Danish distributor Laserdisken are releasing it as a rather lovely looking two disk special edition.

Click here to order it and out geek Tarantino fans at parties.

Quote of the Day: An opportunity to offend

We can offend people on their cell phones, game consoles and computers too. Its all very exciting for us.

- Matt Stone on plans to extend the success of South Park across the internet, mobile phones and games consoles in a new digital venture.

Quote of the Day: Downhill all the way

How sad is it when you’re hoping a movie that teams two of the great modern monsters will be ridiculous and silly?

- Devin Faraci on the upcoming Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

Which Doctor Who are you?

Which Doctor Who are you?

The Very Breast of Michael Mann

The Very Breast of Russ Meyer As you may or may not be aware, I buy (possibly too much) stuff from Amazon. And, because Im an Amazon customer, I often receive emails trying to convince me to buy even more stuff on the basis of what Ive already bought. Such as this one:

Weve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated The Very Breast of Russ Meyer (Ultra Screen) by Paul A. Woods have also purchased The Cinema of Michael Mann by Steven Rybin. For this reason, you might like to know that The Cinema of Michael Mann will be released on 28 August 2007.

Im not entirely sure what the connection between Russ Meyer and Michael Mann might be, but it does give me the excuse to mention Collateral and then try to fit the words Tom Cruise and big tit into the same sentence.

TV about film on the internet

Filmnut infocard Earlier this year, I reviewed an independent mockumentary called Walking the Walk, which was really rather good. So when I heard that the writer/director of the film, Jeff Schubert, is now hosting an internet TV programme called Filmnut I was more than a little interested.

Jeff has also been kind enough to answer a bunch of questions about the programme, the film and the joys and pain of independent filmmaking and he does make for a very entertaining - and informative - read. Click here to see what I mean.

Rose McGowan to play Barbarella?

Rose McGowan Its been a while since anyone talked about the on-again, off-again remake of Barbarella. Back in May, Robert Rodriguez became the latest director to be attached to the film and there was the inevitable speculation as to who would fill the lead role.

Now an anonymous source has told JoBlo (via) that Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios are gearing up for production, and have already shot some test footage with Rose McGowan.

Of course, this doesnt necessarily mean McGowan is locked for the part she could have just been conveniently available for Rodriguez to use as his model. Or perhaps hell use the footage as a convincer for Universal and producer Dino De Laurentiis to cast someone of McGowans relatively low star wattage in such a major film role.

Either way, the movie will likely start shooting before the end of the year, so well soon find out who will replace Jane Fonda as the frisky deep space agent.

So, could Rose McGowan fill the fur bikini? You know, I think she could.

Seduced

If you find yourself in London in October, you could do a lot worse than head over to the Barbican Centre who will be showing a short season of films that have been banned or cut by the BBFC.

Seduced - Sex and Censorship in the Cinema begins on 18 October

Gaiman gets Slade

Back in 1996, Lenny Henry contacted Neil Gaiman and asked him if he wanted to write a contemporary television fantasy series. Gaiman said yes and a story was hatched. The result - Neverwhere - was shown on the BBC and told the story of Richard Mayhew, a young businessman who falls between the cracks into the world of London Below.

Later, Gaiman turned the series into a novel which expanded the story and delved further into the characters. And, on and off, there have been rumours of a film. Apparently, these rumours are about to become a reality.

According to Filmstalker (via), David Slade (the man behind Hard Candy and the upcoming 30 Days of Night) has been hired by the Weinsteins to direct a big screen adaptation of the story. As for the script, Gaiman told the MTV Movie Blog that: “They’re using my script from 2000, and they want me to polish it up a bit.”

There is no indication, as yet, as to when any of this might happen - but the sooner the better, as far as Im concerned.

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