Archive for the ‘War’ category

The Trailer Guide — ‘Valley of Elah’, ‘Get Smart’, and ‘Fred Claus’

July 10, 2007

vallyofelah.gifI usually do ‘Trailer Guides’ at the end of the week, but who says I can’t change the rules? Plus there are several new trailers available online today, so it’s just easier.

In the Valley of Elah
Another emotionally driven movie from director Paul Haggis (Crash). In the Valley of Elah tells the story of a young soldier that goes AWOL shortly after he returns to the States. The boys father (Tommy Lee Jones) goes searching for him and enlists the aid of a police detective (Charlize Theron) in the place the boy was last seen. Susan Sarandon also stars. This movie looks good. The performances look solid and I already feel a bit invested in the characters despite having only seen the trailer. Be sure to look for this one September 21.

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Zak Penn’s New ‘Dozen’

July 6, 2007

charles-bronson.gifThe original Dirty Dozen is a classic war movie and you can’t touch the classics.  You can’t stop Hollywood though, and Dozen  has fallen into the remake trap.  This project has actually been in the works for a little while now, but the script, written by André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg, was apparently not any good, because now Zak Penn has been brought in to rewrite it.  Penn has been pretty popular lately, working mostly on comic book adaptations for the big screen.  There has been buzz around his latest project, The Grand, which he wrote and directed, but I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out.  He seems like a talented writer so perhaps the remake will be done some justice.

The movie is about a group of military convicts sent in on a suicide mission to do some damage during WWII.  Whoever gets cast in this movie has some big shoes to fill because the original had some iconic actors —  Lee Marvin, Charles BronsonErnest Borgnine, and Donald Sutherland just to name a few.  There isn’t any word on when this one might be coming out, but I’ll keep you posted.

‘Valkyrie’ Not Banned After All

June 28, 2007

tomcruise.gifA few days ago, I reported all the drama going on with Valkyrie, the WWII thriller from Bryan Singer.  The film is set to star Tom Cruise as Claus Schenk Graf von Strauffenberg, a German officer who was part of a failed attempt at assassinating  Hitler.  The drama started with the Strauffenberg family disapproving of Cruise because of his beliefs, he’s part of the Church of Scientology, then German government chimed in with similar concerns.  It was big news.  Well today, the news is a little different.

It seems that the film is getting backing from the local film industry there and looks to be getting the greenlight from government as well.

Dirk Kuehnau, head of the Bundesanstalt fuer Immobilienaufgaben (BIMA), said of the situation, “In this country we have constitutionally guaranteed rights.  Articles four and five of the constitution protect freedom of faith and creed and freedom of expression. I don’t think those rights would be denied a film actor.”

And really it seems like Cruises beliefs weren’t the main problem for some, but the fact that the courtyard in which Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators were shot is now a memorial, but the building in which it’s located, the Bendlerblock, also houses part of the German Ministry of Defense.

So I guess the film will get to shoot in Germany, afterall.  Of course things could change and if they do, I’ll let you know.

Family Says “No” To Cruise In ‘Valkyrie’

June 25, 2007

tomcruise.gifRecently, I told you about some casting news about Bryan Singer’s WWII thriller Valkyrie. The film focuses on Nazi officer Claus Schenk Graf von Strauffenberg (Tom Cruise) in his attempt to carry out an assassination attempt on Hitler. Cinematical has been, and continues, to report that Strauffenberg’s family doesn’t like the idea of Tom Cruise playing their husband/father. Today’s remarks come from his son, but they seem to stem from Cruises faith in Scientology and not his merits as an actor.

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Cowboy and Indians and…Aliens? Oh My

June 21, 2007

cowboysaliens.gifThat title isn’t deceiving, there is in fact a movie in the works with all of those things.  Variety is reporting that the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, is being adapted for the big screen.  Their description sums it up best:

The graphic novel mixes Western and science fiction genres. Set in 1800s Arizona, a skirmish between cowboys and Apaches is interrupted by the crash landing of a space ship. The alien commander plans to tame the Old West and enslave everyone, but the cowboys and Native Americans turn their six-guns against the alien invaders.

I can’t help but be a little excited about this one, the concept is just so intriguing to my inner youth.  I realize that at this point there is not writer, director, or cast members, but who doesn’t love Cowboys and Indians!

‘Valkyrie’ Cast Grows

June 19, 2007

nighy.gifBryan Singer, most recently Superman Returns, has been working on the cast for his next project, Valkyrie. The film, which revolves around the plot to assassinate Hitler at the peak of WWII, already has Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh. But now Variety is reporting that Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Carice Van Houten and Eddie Izzard have all officially joined the cast.

This movie seems to be gaining momentum, I’m still not sure about Cruise playing a German soldier, though. We can only wait and see at this point.

Stone Returns To Vietnam

June 13, 2007

stone.gifLatino Review is reporting that Oliver Stone is returning to Vietnam in his next movie, Pinkville aka One Day in March.  The film is about the My Lai massacre in which 500 Vietnamese were slaughtered by Americans.  Currently, Sean Penn and Channing Tatum are attached to star.

This isn’t first time tackling Vietnam related subject matter, he’s also directed Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven & Earth.  This is a subject that he does extremely well with so I can’t wait to hear more about this project.