A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.
This week we have a couple of great new trailers, but not a lot more. There is the release of highly anticipated teasers involving characters such as the classic Jay Gatsby and the provocative but vigorous James Bond, as well as a certain Channel 4 news anchor and his pals. Other than that, though, it's a week for first trailers for films you are likely not to have heard much about unless you attended the Cannes Film Festival this month. Still, it's an interesting look at what cinema will have to offer over the rest of the year.
I almost regret complaining about a lack of marketing presence for The Dark Knight Rises. The campaign started this week with a controversial poster design (full disclosure: I hate it) but was quickly followed by a series of new posters (the snow and rain series and four banners) that were received with far more acclaim.
Likely high in the success of their recent save, Warner Bros have released even more banners!
With the Olympic summer fast approaching, London remains under incessant scrutiny over the inevitable transport delays, security risks, industrial strikes and ticketing catastrophes that the Games have become synonymous with, not to mention the colossal squandering of public money in the face of the recession. Amidst the constant outrage, it’s easy to forget what the Olympics are really all about, and Fast Girls couldn’t be more aptly timed to remind us of the triumphs and heartbreaks it embodies, as this home-grown apéritif to the Games takes the spotlight away from the naysayers and puts it back on the track.
As reported by Collider and, originally, by Digital Spy, comic book superwriter Mark Millar has been liberally spilling the beans about Kick Ass 2. The first film was the surprise summer breakout hit of 2010, taking just about everybody by surprise with the level of violence and questionable taste - especially when dished out by a prepubescent schoolgirl. I remember very well watching it in the Odeon in a small English county town for a second time, and waiting for Hit Girl's glorious entrance to save Kick Ass from a beating. The gasps of shock - which quickly changed into whoops of delight - are very easy to remember. It was one of the best cinema moments of the year for me.
So, Millar is as candid as we've come to expect from him - I'd advise you to tread lightly if you are keen to avoid potential spoilers.
Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen is currently in talks to play the villain in Thor 2. The identity of the villain has yet to be confirmed but we have a good idea of who they have in mind.
Sony haven't skimped on the amount of detail that they have given away in the trailers and teasers for the reboot of The Amazing Spiderman. Indeed, David of this parish thinks that they've been much too liberal with the information and are starting to get into territory where they are damaging the film. It's hard not to disagree that there has been an awful lot of stuff thrown our way - you might surmise it is because Marc Webb has got the unenviable task of rebooting a franchise that was already very successful (third part notwithstanding) not so very long ago. The shadow of Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi hangs heavily over the new addition to the canon and it could be that they have taken the decision to bombard us so that it's made crystal clear that we are dealing with a very different webslinger here - sardonic, a little gangly, and with mechanical webshooters (yay).
Gary Oldman, who we will next see as Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises, has been inked to play the creator of Robocop in Jose Padilha reboot of the 80's Paul Verhoevan classic (and I use that term advisedly). Oldman will play Norton, the scientist who saves the life of cop Alex Murphy (played by The Killing's Joel Kinnamen) after he has been shot up in the line of duty. Murphy's bitter redemption is to be remade as Robocop: half-man, half-machine, all badass righter of wrongs and preventer of injustices. Oldman's character finds himself torn between helping the machine rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation. It all sounds a bit Frankenstein-ish to me, which is no bad thing at all.
No, not the video games. Brand new TV Spots for The Dark Knight Rises have hit the net after premiering on US TV last night, each loaded with new footage.