Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • ‘Snow White’ director Rupert Sanders to take on live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ remake?

    For years, Dreamworks has been been trying to get a Hollywood version of the cult animated film “Ghost in the Shell” off the ground. The studio has already gone through several screenwriters (including “Shutter Island” scribe Laeta Kalogridis and “The Hoax” writer William Wheeler), but now appears to be zeroing in on a director.

    According to Deadline, “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders is being tapped by Dreamworks to adapt the 1995 Japanese anime classic. Sanders currently has a number of projects in development, but the lure of a Steven Spielberg-produced “Ghost” remake is probably enough to put those on hold.

    Sci-fi movies have been hugely influenced by the classic anime film over the past 20 years, so it's no surprise that Hollywood are finally attempting to tackle the property. The Wachowskis have repeatedly cited the film as being a huge influence on “The Matrix” movies, and countless other filmmakers have been shaped by the cyberpunk police thriller.

    Here are

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  • ‘The Trip to Italy’ clip: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon mock ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

    Even if you missed director Michael Winterbottom’s fantastic 2010 movie “The Trip,” you likely saw this viral clip of stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon having a hilarious Michael Caine impersonation contest. As seen above, the pair are back for another round of Caine-personation (plus some Christian Bale and Tom Hardy) in the first clip from the sequel, “The Trip to Italy.”

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  • Scrap-happy studios cancelling movies left and right

    Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

    Once a film has already been made, it’s very rare for a movie studio to cancel the release -- especially a high-profile one. But that’s exactly what has happened this week, with not one but two upcoming movies!

    Just a few months before their respective releases, The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco” (a biopic of Grace Kelly starring Nicole Kidman) and Universal's "Stretch" (a comedy thriller starring Patrick Wilson and directed by Joe Carnahan) have both been unexpectedly pulled from the release calendar.

    The two films were canned for very different reasons.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the issue with “Grace of Monaco” stems from a dispute between the studio and director Olivier Dahan over suggested changes and cuts. Sources have also cited the fact that Dahan hasn’t delivered the final version the movie to TWC yet, something that would have made creating a marketing campaign for its original March 14 release nearly impossible.

    Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine on the set of "Stretch" in 2013. (Splash Images)

    As for “Stretch,” Universal apparently just

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  • ‘Her’ is a very different movie with the voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman

    "Her" trailer plus Philip Seymour Hoffman from Richard Trammell on Vimeo.

    Spike Jonze’s latest film “Her” is a touching movie about a love affair between a man and his computer. The success of this Oscar-nominated romance hinges on the relationship between loner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and his inquisitive Operating System (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) - and, more precisely, the performances of the film’s two lead actors.

    But what if the role of Samantha were played by someone else? Someone about as unlike Johnasson as you could possibly get? Video editor/VFX guy Richard Trammell (the same guy who put together the brilliant Tyler Durdenless "Fight Club" video) has re-edited the trailer for Jonze's film, replacing Johansson's smoky computer voice with that of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). The results are predictably hilarious, mostly due to the straight-faced and heartfelt reactions of Phoenix's character to Hoffman's unhinged

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  • Netflix promises to rile up customers over Net Neutrality ruling

    AP Photo/Elise AmendolaIf big American internet service providers get their way, how you watch movies on streaming services like Netflix and how much you pay for those services could be changing very soon.

    Last week, a landmark court ruling put an end to Net Neutrality rules in the United States. The Net Neutrality rules were put in place by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2010 to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) couldn’t charge customers more money for preferred access to certain websites and services like Netflix or degrade service for those who didn’t pay the premium. Net Neutrality is seen by many online advocates as the key to keeping the internet open, free, and available to everyone. Without such rules, companies can and likely will charge customers more for the right to access sites like Facebook and services like Netflix.

    Unsurprisingly, it was U.S. telecom giant Verizon (which is both a cable TV company and ISP) that appealed the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, opening the

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  • Quentin Tarantino scraps ‘Hateful Eight’ western after script leak ‘betrayal’

    “Django Unchained” director Quentin Tarantino is, for lack of a better term, a very passionate guy.

    The filmmaker usually channels that enthusiasm into his on-screen endeavours: ultraviolent, pop culture-infused movies like “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill” and “Inglourious Basterds,” but occasionally that famed fervor of his gets directed elsewhere. Sometimes the paparazzi are on the receiving end, other times it’s entertainment reporters, but in the wake of his new western script “The Hateful Eight” leaking online Tarantino has turned his attention toward Hollywood.

    Quentin Tarantino is scrapping his western 'Hateful Eight' after a script leak. (Getty Images) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino told Deadline when he learned about the script leak. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”

    In fact, Tarantino is so upset by the “Hateful Eight” screenplay leaking that he’s now decided to throw in the towel on the project altogether.

    “I gave it to one of the

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  • Building a batsuit: Ben Affleck’s Batman costume is ‘a total reinvention’

    Jennifer Garner says Ben Affleck's Batman costume is 'a total reinvention' (Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)Caped crimefighter Batman has had no shortage of costumes over the years. With almost a century of comic book history, numerous TV shows (both live action and animated), countless video games and nine feature films, the look of the Dark Knight’s batsuit has changed more than any other modern superhero. And by the sound of it, Ben Affleck’s Batman will be getting yet another makeover for the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie.

    “Dallas Buyers Club” star Jennifer Garner - wife of current Bruce Wayne/Batman actor Ben Affleck - revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she’s seen the new batsuit and was pretty blown away by it.

    “The suit is unbelievably cool,” Garner said. “It's a total reinvention - It looks great!”

    The actress also added that she’d probably have a very hard time getting her husband out of the batsuit, indicating that much like other recent iterations of the costume the new version is probably fairly labour intensive to put on and take off. That's not a whole lot to go on for

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  • ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ to start shooting in May, casting announcements soon

    Director J.J. Abrams says "Episode VII" will start shooting in May. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic)The next chapter in the “Star Wars” saga will finally start shooting this May in England. This according to director J.J. Abrams, who also confirmed that the highly-anticipated film’s script is complete at the Television Critics Association press tour this week.

    “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams said. “Full steam ahead.”

    The news of a firm start date comes as casting rumours continue to swirl around the project. “Episode VII” will be a sequel to the original “Star Wars” trilogy and will reportedly focus on the continuing adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, as well as a new generation of younger characters. Series stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are said to still be in talks to reprise their career-defining roles, but an appearance by the three in some form is very likely. What really has fans speculating though are the many available roles for younger actors in “Episode VII.”

    Everyone from

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  • What would ‘Fight Club’ look like without Brad Pitt?

    What would 'Fight Club' look like without Tyler Durden?David Fincher’s mind-bending 1999 psychodrama “Fight Club” (based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name) is the very definition of a cult classic. The movie was also a defining performance for Fincher's "Se7en" collaborator Brad Pitt, who played one of modern cinema's most memorable characters: Tyler Durden. But what would "Fight Club" look like without Durden?

    If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading right now because a) it’s a really great flick that you need to watch as soon as possible, and b) there are some major “Fight Club” spoilers to follow.

    Starring Edward Norton as the film’s nameless Narrator and Brad Pitt as walking screw loose and pugilism aficionado Tyler Durden, “Fight Club” follows an unlikely group of men who form the movie’s titular fight club in order to let off some steam. Increasingly fed up with their daily lives, the secretive beat-'em-up society is soon doing much more than just punching one other in the face.

    Spoiler: As anyone who’s seen “Fight Club”

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  • How’d Canada do? 2014 Oscar nominations offer a mixed bag for Canadian films and filmmakers

    Canada's representation in the 2014 Oscar nominations is a mixed bag.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 86th annual Oscars on Thursday morning, and it was a bit of a mixed bag for Canada.

    The good news was that Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée's AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" scored a Best Picture nomination alongside some of the year’s biggest movies. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations, respectively -- however, Vallée himself was shut out of the Best Director category.

    Montreal film editor Michael Pensa also received a Best Editing nomination for his work on “Dallas Buyers Club,” alongside John Mac McMurphy (and some believe "John Mac McMurphy" may be a pseudonym for the film’s co-editor and director Jean-Marc Vallée).

    There major disappointment, too. Toronto filmmaker Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell" was overlooked in the Best Documentary Feature category. The acclaimed and highly personal film was on the Oscar shortlist and most

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