Warners dumps 3D from new ‘Potter’ film.

Warners have changed their tune for the up-coming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1, the penultimate in the series, and decided against releasing with retrofitted 3D.

According to Thompson on Hollywood, the studio is citing time contraints as the reason for the decision, but goes on to say that ‘retrofitting’ the 3D elements have “actually hurt the film’s quality.”

Now, i don’t particularly care for 3D, or Harry Potter for that matter, but it appears that finally a studio is getting wise to the fact that 3D isn’t quite the proverbial midas touch the world has been led to believe.

For the original article, click here.

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Film News

Here’s a collection of the film news from The Hudd, the Bad and the Ugly‘s first broadcast.

Sam Raimi to direct Wizard of Oz prequel

The Spider-man director is working on a prequel to the 1939 Judy Garland classic. Broadway writer and Pulitzer prize-winner David Lindsey-Abaine is rewriting a pre-existing script.

Hollywood hot stuff, Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to star in the project, which is remains very much in the early stages.

Ghost Rider 2 is in the works

Not sure if anyone cares about this to be honest, but  Idris Elba is in set to co-star with Nic Cage in the sequel to the 2007 comic book flick Ghost Rider.

British actor Elba is developing a fairly respectable career with performances in the likes of American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and 5-star TV show, The Wire. He’s also in Takers… but get too excited about that.

Kathryn Bigalow is courting Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks for Triple Frontier, aka Sleeping Dogs

There are very few details flying around about this project. We do know that allegedly Bigelow wants Depp and Hanks in two of the five principal roles.

It is anyone’s guess what the plot will be, but the ‘triple frontier’ is the tri-border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and is known as a hotspot for South American organised crime. So I’m guessing it’ll run along those lines.

It will also be interesting to see Hanks and Depp on the same screen.

Speaking of Depp…

Depp is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides around London, then he will start principal photography on Dark Shadows in February. Dark Shadows is based on a melodramatic TV series from the 60s about vampires, zombies, werewolves, monsters; all set around an old mansion..

Still with J. Depp…

This is by far the sexiest news I’ve heard in some time, but rumour has it that Depp is also interested in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter !!

The movie is to be based on a book by Seth Graham Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  The plot centres on a young Abe Lincoln, who develops a thirst for vampire-stomping after his mother gets chewed up and spat out by a bloodsucker.

Tim Burton is attached to direct, so Johnny’s chances of starring are greatly improved.

And that is some news.

Don Quixote Production Gets Another Setback

Terry Gilliam’s labour of love project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote looks as though it may now never see the light of day.

In an interview with US Magazine Variety, Gilliam claimed that the “financing collapsed about a month and a half ago.”

Gilliam’s filmic interpretation of Miguel de Cerventes’ novel (orginally published in two parts in 1606 and 1615 respectively)  has had more than its share of catastrophe.  The 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha depicted the cursed big budget production that was set to star Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort: Rochefort got sick, sets were washed away, and eventually the insurance company took the rights away from Gilliam.

The story focuses upon Don Quixote, an elderly spanish man who embarks on a heroic and chivalrous odyssey against imaginary enemies.

Over recent years the director fought to get the project back into production with the latest incarnation seeing Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor in the lead roles; but these latest revelations may have perminantly doomed it in Gilliam’s hands.

It seems that with this project, and the ‘Curse of Quixote’, it is Gilliam, not Don Quixote, who is forever tillting at the windmills.

Trailer for Lost in La Mancha:

Rooney Mara Bags ‘Tattoo’ Lead.

The search is over!

After months of speculation, its has been confirmed that Rooney Mara will take the lead role of Lisbeth Salender in David Fincher’s up and coming remake of swedish crime flick The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Mara was most recently seen in the A Nightmare On Elm Street remake and is set to hit stardom with Fincher’s next project, The Social Network – a film about the birth of Facebook- due out before “..Tattoo.”

Since appearing in Steig Larrsson Millennium Trilogy, the role of Lisbeth Salender has become iconic with Noomi Rapace’s initial filmic incarnation creating a trenchant and cutting figure in swedish culture.

Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set to be released on 21 Novemeber 2011, and will also star Daniel Craig, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgård.

Where Have All The Film Critics Gone?

Here’s an interesting article about the current issues surrounding film journalism and criticism.

The article was written by Vincet Rossmeier and published in The Brooklyn Rail a few months ago. Read the article here.

BfI’s bid to save the “Hitchcock 9”

The British Film Institute have launched a campaign to save and restore nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s rare silent films.

Conservative budget cuts, which have included the controversial move to scrap the UK Film Council, have forced the institution to turn to film lovers to raise the cash needed to save these films from obscurity.

The Hitchcock 9 include;

The Pleasure Garden (1925), The Lodger (1926), The Ring (1927), Downhill (1927), Easy Virtue (1927), The Farmers Wife (1927), Champagne (1928), The Manxman (1929) and Blackmail (1929)


You can visit the website here, and donate whatever you can.

US Actor Gary Coleman, Dies.

Gary Coleman, best known for his role in 70s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 42.

Coleman was rushed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday where he slipped into a coma. His wife was present throughout, and on Friday agreed to disengage his life-support system.

Over the years Coleman suffered a series of medical complaints arising from his stunted growth.  He had several kidney transplants and spent a number of years on dialysis.

The actor shot to fame in 70s for his role in the hugely successful TV comedy, Diff’rent Strokes in which he played the lovable but loud-mouthed Arnold Jackson, who is adopted by an upper middle-class white family following his mother’s death. The show is most remembered for Coleman’s catchphrase “What you talking ’bout Willis?”

Coleman’s  life after Diff’rent Strokes was troubled. By the time of his death the $18m he reportedly made from the show was long gone. He struggled to regain his early success, making only sporadic guest appearances in TV shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show. He also ran for Gov. of California in 2003 – coming 8th with over 14,000 votes.

His manager issued the following statement: “Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time…  Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years.”

Gary Coleman is survived by his wife, Shannon, 24.

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