Friday, 10 December 2010

Morning News Bulletin

Good morning all.

The Morning News Bulletin is a daily roundup of film news that happened over the last couple of hours while we were fast asleep here in SA.

It's a bumper edition today.

Terminator I and II, Aliens and Avatar director James Cameron is working on a film with the dance art group Cirque du Soleil, according to ABC News. They want to create "an art form beyond the imagination." I guess that is what Avatar was and what Cameron wants to achieve whenever he does some work.

Interestingly, this would not be the first time that the innovative circus-performing troupe had been presented on the big screen.

Apparently, a cousin to the famous Canadian performing act, Le Reve, a show that is produced on the Las Vegas stage at the Wynn Hotel and Casino, was in Killer's singer, Brandon Flowers' music video for “Only the Young" this past year.

Obviously, Cameron's film will be in 3D.

It has happened. You can now watch films at home on the same day that they are released at cinemas. In the US, you can now pay $500 to see films like Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Fockers.

Of course, there is always the additional one-time fee of $20 000 that Prima Cinema, the California-based company that has announced this new, obscenely expensive super-premium on-demand home video service is demanding to set up the viewing channel for you.

Website PopWatch said Hollywood has been waiting for a decade to create a platform where movies could be released simultaneously at cinemas and on DVD.

Time Warner Cable charges about $7 to see indie flicks like I’m Still Here while they’re still playing at local art house theatres.

Still, $20 000 is a tad insane.

Thor has a poster!

Total Film has reported that Marvel has just a released a poster for the film about the thunder god. The film is based on one of Marvel's oldest comic book series.
I like the fact that it looks a bit darker than the first Superman and reboot, for example.

Total Film writes:

Thor follows the titular God, an arrogant warlord who’s tried his father Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) patience too many times. Banished to Earth, Thor must learn how to live among humans – which isn’t as bad as all that after he meets gorgeous scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

This poster is courtesy of Total Film.

Encore Magazine has reported that the New Zealand comedy Two Little Boys, starring Hamish Blake and Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie, will begin in Southland in January.

I am a huge Conchords fan and hope that any film with Bret McKenzie in it will make it to SA.

The film called Two Little Boys will be directed by Robert Sarkies and Vicky Pope with Tim White as producers. It is based on a novel by Duncan Sarkies and is about Nige (McKenzie) and his best mate Deano (Blake) who struggle with their imploding long-term friendship. It has been placed under strain by an incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star.

Alistair Anderson

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