Guillermo del Toro

Journey to the West Movie

I don't want to let myself get too excited about this, but Journey to the West may be made into a new movie with Neil Gaiman writing, Del Toro directing, and James Cameron advising... maybe on FX?

 

Journey to the West is the iconic Chinese story of the monkey king, Son Wukong, and his many adventures.  Most of us are at least familiar with the story through its adaptation into the original Dragonball.

 

I fell in love with the story when a Korean friend of mine introduced me to it when I was in middle school.  My friends and I used to sit around and listen to him recounting the story.   

Should this movie happen, YAY, if not, it is only a matter of time until someone makes it.

(via Blastr)

David Yates Hobbit Directing Rumor

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Yates' name has been mentioned on industry insider tracking boards as the top choice to take the reins from Guillermo del Toro

I like many fans want to see a big screen Hobbit movie.  This hope is not lost jut put on hold until MGM can resolve their financial issues.

David Yates could handle directing a Hobbit movie.  He could even do a great job at it but that is not the real question.

Will he do it?  Probably not at this point in time.  Since Guillermo del Toro walked away from a project that he loves because of the delays I don't see any big name director picking this up until MGM resolves their first obstacle.

(via SCI FI Wire)

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Theater or Renter: June 2010

Theater or Renter: June 2010 includes 6 SF movies Marmaduke, Splice, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Marmaduke:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Tom Dey

Produced by:  John Davis, Tom Dey

Written by:  Vince Di Meglio, Tim Rasmussen

Stars:  Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

The Plot / Story: Based on the comic strip of the same name by Brad Anderson.  The Winslow family moves from the country to Orange County, California and has to adjust to the new environment.  This is particularly difficult for the lovable yet awkwardly large Marmaduke, who tends to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Marmaduke is a renter at best for me.

Positive

It has a good cast.  The trailer made me laugh at times.

Negative

I have concerns that it may be more kidsey then a family movie.  All of the early promotion materials gave me the impression this movie is more fluff.

Splice:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Studio:  Dark Castle Entertainment via Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Vincenzo Natali

Produced by:  Steve Hoban, Guillermo Del Toro

Written by:  Vincenzo Natali, Doug Taylor, Antoinette Terry Bryant

Stars:  Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

The Plot / Story: Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Probably theater definitely renter.

Positive

Guillermo Del Toro.  Premiered at Sitges Film Festival winning Best Special Effects and Best film.  Also had a showing at Sundance and was then fought over by several studios in a bidding war to get distribution rights.  The trailer looks very interesting.  and Guillermo Del Toro.

The A-Team:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Joe Carnahan

Produced by:  Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Stephen J. Cannell

Written by:  Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas

Stars:  Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bloom

The Plot / Story: (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

I'm on the fence if this will be a theater or a renter for me.  This is a niche movie that will probably have a limited appeal with the chance of also attracting the action movie going audiences.  I grew up watching A-Team on TV.  I loved what they stood for:  justice and helping those in need.  I can only hope those elements are in the movie.

Positive

The casting looks the part.  Trailer impressed me, it looked good and has a very A-Team feel to it.  Derek Haas did a good job with wanted so hopefully he brings some of those elements to this project.

Negative

Initially I thought a movie of this was a bad idea but after watching the trailer that has changed.  The Loosers was so disappointing that it has left great concerns for the A-Team which is a similar style of movie.

The Karate Kid:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Family

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Harald Zwart

Produced by:  Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz

Written by:  Christopher Murphey

Stars:  Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

The Plot / Story: This is a remake of The original Karate Kid The Karate Kid Remake Trailer.  A 12 year old Detroit kid moves to China with his mother.  Due to cultural differences he makes the class bully and enemy.  With no friends, in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Skeptical of the remake, I have concerns that those values from the original will not be maintained.  I may have to wait for early reviews before I can make a decision on whether I will even watch it.

Positive

Loved the original film.

Negative

Concerns over how they will keep some of the spirit of the original film due to some of the fundamental changes.

Toy Story 3:

Release Date:  June 18th

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  Pixar Animation Studios

Director:  Lee Unkricha

Produced by:  Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter

Written by:  Michael Arndt

Stars:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, Blake Clark, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Ned Beatty, John Morris

The Plot / Story: Andy is now heading off to college and plans to put the toys into storage in the attic but his mom accidentally donates them to the Sunnyside Daycare.  Woody, Buzz and the whole gang meet new toys at the daycare for better and worse. Learning of Andy's sadness over their loss they must fight to find their way back to Andy's house before he leaves for college.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Theater

Positive

Really enjoyed the previous 2 Toy Story Movies.  The cast is stellar.   Trailer looks good.

Jonah Hex:

Release Date:  June 18

Listed as: Superhero, Westeren

Studio:  Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment

Director:  Jimmy Hayward

Produced by:  Akiva Goldsman, Andrew Lazar

Written by:  Screenplay: Neveldine & Taylor  Story: Neveldine & Taylor, William Farmer  Characters: John Albano, Tony Dezuniga

Stars: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon

The Plot / Story: Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone... and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Leila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous villian Quentin Turnbull. But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

On the fence between theater and renter.

Positive

John Malkovich a plus.  Superhero movie a plus.  The steamPunk elements borrowed for the film it makes for a more fantasy version of the Wild West but one that I enjoy.

Negative

The trailer was not terribly exciting border lining on the boring.


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The Hobbit film Looses It's Director Guillermo del Toro

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Director Guillermo del Toro quits The Hobbit film over production delay.

"In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life," del Toro told a "Lord of the Rings" fan website.

"After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien's Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures," he said, noting the film still hadn't been given the green light by MGM, the struggling Hollywood studio.

He is not totally leaving the project behind.  del Toro plans to continue working with Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh on the screenplay.

It's a sad blow to the film but I understand where del Toro is coming from.  He has many other projects to work on.

Don't think of this as a delay on the project.  Think of The Hobbit project as a back burner movie project, or a nice theoretical project.  It will stay as such until it gets both a solid screenplay and the green light aka funding.  Only then will it have the chance to move forward.

(via Entertainment News)

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Del Toro and Hellboy 3

hellboy_p1_w434_h_q80 We have already discussed Guillermo Del Toro’s thoughts on The Hobbit (here), Frankenstein (here) and At the Mountains of Madness (here).

At what point could Hellboy III happen?

Del Toro: You know, I think that they will not green-light it or they will not talk about it until the last Euro hits the piggy bank. The fact is the movie, even though it was dually sodomized by Hancock and The Dark Knight, still did theatrically better than the first movie, internationally is doing exceedingly better than the first movie. It really is in some cases doing 300 percent more business, and, depending on the territory, globally, I think, is doing about 100 percent more business than the first one. Let's see what happens with the DVD, and the people that make the decisions do it based on the calculator function of the iPod, not on the other one (Scifi Wire).

I am not sure what he is talking about with the iPod thing their unless that is an oblique way of saying “bean counter” or “corporate shill.”  I am excited to hear that the movie is doing well, though I am not sure why he used the word sodomized.

Strange word use aside, it will be interesting to see if the studios are capable of noticing a movie doing well on its own or if they will be blinded by the success of other films.

Would they wait for you, or would you let another filmmaker do it?

Del Toro: I would beg them and amputate myself in order for them to wait for me, but I don't control it. If they say, "No, no, no, we're going to do it," I personally think this incarnation of the trilogy I would love to finish, because it's not arbitrary that we went into a different direction on the second one. I really think when and if you see the three movies, you're going to have a comedic one, a tragic one, and you're going to see three movies that are incredibly apart in registration one from another. It's really exploring Hellboy in very different ways (Scifi Wire).

His passion is awe inspiring, and I would love to see what he wants to do with the third one.  I assume is he using the word trilogy in the modern sense of a three stories with the same characters and not three separate stories with an over arcing plot arc.

If there is an overarching plot arc, I missed it, but it is possible that a third installment would bring it to the fore.  I really don’t think there is one.

Would you remain part of it producing if you didn't direct?

Del Toro: I don't know. I mean, I don't know if I can. You know, I think producing, partially producing is being able to extricate yourself from the director. If you don't do that, you are not really producing. I don't f--k around with my directors. I don't tell them what to do. ... In producing something like Hellboy, I don't think I would be objective. I really think it's a dangerous position, so maybe in the writing I would have a better handle, but I don't know if I could be involved to that degree. ... (Scifi Wire)

I understand what he is talking about.  I am not sure I could hand off a project that I was so emotionally and creatively tied to.  I have my doubts whether or not anyone could do as good a job as Del Toro, but then again, you never know.  One thing is certain:  If they replace Del Toro, the films will take a completely different direction.

Del Toro At the Mountains of Madness

mountainsofmadness We have already discussed Guillermo Del Toro’s thoughts on The Hobbit (here) and Frankenstein (here).

With regard to At the Mountains of Madness, I'd love to see you tackle H.P. Lovecraft in a way that hasn't been done.

Del Toro: Me too. Me too. ... Part of the arrangement with Universal--in being essentially there for now until 2017--part of the arrangement was they would finance research and development for Mountains of Madness. And we are doing it. There are many technical tools in creating the monsters that don't exist, and we need to develop them. The creatures, Lovecraft's creatures, the tools that exist for CG and the materials that exist for makeup effects, you need to push them to get there, and we're going to push them (Scifi Wire).

If you have read any of H. P. Lovecraft’s books, then it is easy to see what Del Toro is talking about.  All of Lovecraft’s creation are like anything that has ever been done in a film before.  If you have ever seen any of the films based on any of Lovecraft’s books, then you know how far from the originals they have gone away from the originals so they could make them producible for the big screen.

What is the effect you want to get?

Del Toro: Well, the fact that the shape-shifting implicit in the novel and implicit in the creatures, ... if you think in technical terms, digitally, that means normally you generate, for example, one model per creature. If you talk about shape-shifting to the degree that these creatures do, then you're talking about, essentially--if you're using traditional tools--you're going to need to generate 30, 40 models fully rendered per creature. That's, A, limiting and, B, incredibly expensive. So what we are trying to do is we're developing sort of a Swiss-army-knife approach to modeling. The details are going to be evolving, but it's almost like a Chinese box approach to the models, where we can encase one model on another one and make them modular. And the tools that we need for that to be fluid don't exist. We're going to need to write digital code we need to develop, the way Peter [Jackson] had to develop software for Lord of the Rings. ...

It took so many movies to develop intelligent fire software to the point where Peter could render the Balrog or to develop Massive software to do the crowds in Lord of the Rings. By the same token, we're going to need to develop a new tool that will be. We are thinking of calling it the Howard. For Lovecraft. ... (Scifi Wire)

I think they made major strides toward Lovecraft style creatures in Hellboy 2, but there is a long way to go before our rendering capacity catches up with his imagination.  If anyone can make this happen, it would be Del Toro.  He has the clout and the creativity to do it.

Del Toro and Frankenstein

frankenstein-jj-001 We already talked about The Scifi Wire’s questions to Guillermo Del Toro about the Hobbit (see it here), next the topic changed to Frankenstein.

Changing the subject, you say with your proposed Frankenstein movie you want to bring in elements from the novel that haven't been depicted yet.

Del Toro: Mmm-hmm, but that is two separate conversations. One is, I would love to do, like, a miniseries of the novel. But the [feature-film] project I have at Universal is not that. The project I have at Universal is trying to approach the mythology from a different point of view. So what you will see will be seeing the Frankenstein myth, but from a side, like an oblique way. If I told you exactly what it is, then it will be completely surpriseless by the time it is announced. But it won't be the straight Frankenstein, I don't think (Scifi Wire).

I love the idea of Del Toro making a miniseries out of the book, because there is so much in the novel that would be hard to condense into feature film.  This sounds like a Mary Reilly version of Frankenstein, and I am not sure that even Del Toro could pull that off and make it interesting.

Not through Victor Frankenstein's eyes, not through the monster's eyes, but somebody outside the bubble?

Del Toro: [laughs] It's not exactly Mary Reilly. It's not Igor's diary. No, but it's an ancillary story to ... Frankenstein, but it is period. ... (Scifi Wire)

Oh… ok, I am not sure how the Frankenstein myth could be told in this sort of oblique way unless it is told from the point of view of Igor or a villager.  I might have to read the book again to see if I can find clues to what he might be talking about.

So what is he planning to do?

It won't be the sympathetic-monster kind of thing?

Del Toro: Oh, you know, I think that we're going to go both ways. One of the things I love about Frankenstein is that the incarnations can vary so greatly. The greatest soulless monster of Frankenstein has always been Christopher Lee, because when he stares at you, there's really nobody home. It's literally one of the scariest moments I remember as a kid. I thought, "Oh, my God, this thing is not human." And the opposite, the complete polar opposite, is Boris Karloff, who is more human than humans. So you will have both those vibes in the piece (Scifi Wire).

So it will be a Christopher Lee meets Boris Karloff in a Frankenstein movie told in an oblique way… that isn’t hard to wrap your head around this idea unless you are not Del Toro himself.  I am not sure I see what he is planning to do.

Del Toro and the Hobbit

guillermo-del-toro_hobbit As I wait for Guillermo del Toro to finish writing and directing the Hobbit film, I cannot help but scrutinize every word that he says.

Have you brought up the possibility of Viggo Mortensen reprising the role of Aragorn in The Hobbit?

Del Toro: You know, when the time comes. I hope New Line buys lunch.

Have you made any casting decisions?

Del Toro: Not yet. Just the ones that have been announced [Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum]. There's not lack of information. It's not withholding. We really don't have more information, because we're writing. And literally, like every week, what you discover writing the two movies, writing the two stories, it changes. So every week there's a discovery, and anything we say this week would be contradicted next week. Certainly that would be true in casting. Why create hopes or why create expectations if down the line you're going to go, "You know what? That was not a good idea." So we won't cast it until we finish writing (Scifi Wire).

I love that he is not wanting to get our hopes up only to dash them.  I wish he would have given more information about what will be in each movie, and I assume that is what he is talking about when he says that it changes every day.

I cannot help but wonder how much of the story is being shaped by what he perceives as the limitations of the medium, or the cost of doing some of the scenes.  There is one character he has given a lot of thought too.

smaug How are you going to do Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit?

Del Toro: Smaug is THE creature in The Hobbit. The way Tolkien wrote it already is magnificent. It's already a fantastic character. So, obviously, dragons, you ask every person what their best favorite dragon is, they will give you a different answer. In my mind, what we're going to attempt on the design of this creature and the creation of this creature needs to push the envelope beyond anything you've ever seen on that kind of creature.

That's a lot to overcome.

Del Toro: Yes and no. Yes and no, because, normally, the creature, there is some stuff that has been done with dragons that I find there are very few landmarks created for me. One of the best, one of the strongest landmarks that almost nobody can overcome is Dragonslayer. The design of the Vermithrax Pejorative is perhaps one of the most perfect creature designs ever made. So what you have to be careful is not to try to be distinctive just to be distinctive, but Smaug has certain characteristics that make him unique already. I cannot. I am bursting at the seams about spilling the beans, but I won't, because I would be shot. ... (Scifi Wire)

Smaug is the Achilles’ Heel of the movie.  The Wyverns in the Lord of the Rings movies looked a little strange, and as a fan of dragons and dragon-kin, they really let me down.  Smaug plays a pivotal role in the book, and should also in the movie.  I pray to Eru Ilúvatar they do not mess it up.

New Line Cinema, That’s What Billbo Baggins Hates

onering Chip the glasses and break the plates, that’s what Bilbo Baggins Hates.  Have questionable spending practices on a big budget movie is what the J.R.R. Tolkien Estate hates. The Tolkien Estate took New Line Cinema to court for fraud claiming that they improperly claimed advertising expenses and improperly claimed expenses for the building of production offices and facilities in New Zealand.

In the suit the Tolkien Estate are seeking monetary damages and are seeking to terminate New Line Cinema’s rights to the Hobbit.  This week a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled that there was a legal basis for the claim.

I find this interesting.  First, I wonder if this will bring light to and establish in official record the dirty little practice of padding expenses so that the net percent payout is much lower than it should be.  If it does it may help put that practice to rest.

Secondly,  this means that there might be delays or even canceling of the Hobbit movies.  Though I have had mixed feelings over the direction of the two movies I can say that the idea of seeing it through the direction of Guillermo Del Toro is an exciting prospect.

(via AP)

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Del Toro, The Remake Machine

What is Guillermo Del Toro doing for the next ten years?

The Hellboy director will remake Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five (BBC NEWS)

A part of me is very excited that Del Toro has signed a deal with Universal, but I am a little upset that he will be trapped in a pit of remakes instead of making the brilliant original films that made us fall in love with his work in the first place.

I feel guilty saying this, but I cannot wait to see the movies...

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Exploring: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Review of:  Hellboy II: The Golden Army Overall Rating: 9.5

This was a great Hellboy movie.  Guillermo Del Toro working with Mike Mignola to help bring the feel of Hellboy to the big screen really paid off.  The setting was breathtaking.  The acting is well done.  The creatures were believable and looked lived in.  Del Toro does a great job giving us short scenes where we get to watch various characters and creatures doing simple things that lend to the feeling that there is more to them then just two dimensional characters.  A particular scene in mind is when Hellboy and Abe are just hanging out having a drink talking about life and their aspirations.  Johann Krauss was awesome and everything I expected.  I loved the scene with the Angel of Death, the look of the character was very compelling, the conversation and difficult choice gave me goosebumps and helped to remind me of Hellboy's terrible destiny.

The story is brilliantly written.  They were able to take a tragedy and masquerade it as an action film and pull it off.  The tragedy story line is about Princess Nuala her family struggle and her choices ending in a classic manner as a tragedy would.  This story line is knitted nicely into the action storyline which features Hellboy and his fight to save humanity from the "nasties" that go bump in the dark.

This movie is well worth seeing in the theater, especially if you are a fan of Hellboy.

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.

Likes

  1. Brilliantly written storyline
  2. good acting
  3. Creatures and characters have lots of depth to them
  4. Setting has a feel of being lived in
  5. The hang out scene with Abe and Hellboy
  6. Johann Krauss is fun and entertaining

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. There are several things that started as concerns but as the movie goes on they fell away or were addressed.  The beginning is a little slapsticky in it's humor but it goes away and works with the story.  Liz starts with the line "you better run" which was also used in first Hellboy movie giving the concern that it was going to be a catchphrase to be overused but it never came up again.
  2. I was concerned about the number of creatures to be shown in the film but Del Toro pulls it off and like in Star Wars it gives a lived in feel to the film.

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Theater or Renter: July 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For July we have Seven movies

Hancock

Hancock:

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Release Date:   July 4

Listed as:  Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Peter Berg

Produced by: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Will Smith

Written by: Vince Gilligan, Vincent Ngo

Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki

The Plot / Story: Hancock (Will Smith) is an apathetic superhero who has to wrestle with an image problem due to his get the job done approach to superheroism.  Hancock dosn't care what other people think until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) and he realizes that he needs to change.  (The Official Site)

Hellboy_2_poster Hellboy II: The Golden Army:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Written by: Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro Story: Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro comic Book: Mike Mignola

Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Roy Dotrice, Brian Steele

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuala (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.  (The Official Site)

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Journey to the Center of the earth 3dJourney to the Center of the Earth:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros. & New Line Cinema

Director: Eric Brevig

Produced by: Brendan Fraser

Written by: Jules Verne, Michael Weiss, Mark Levin

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

The Plot / Story: Based on a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The film is being released in 3D.  While on expedition in Iceland Trevor (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson, and local guide Hannah (Anita Briem) they make an amazing discovery after falling into a hole that takes them deep beneath the Earths surface.  There they must try to understand their dangerous environment of dinosaurs and man eating plants before they become dinner. (The Official Site)

Meet Dave

Meet Dave:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Comedy, Sci-Fi,

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Brian Robbins

Produced by: Jon Berg, David T. Friendly, Todd Komarnicki

Written by: Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks,Judah Friedlander, Pat Kilbane, Shawn Christian, Brandon Molale, Mike O'Malley, Marc Blucas

The Plot / Story: Dave is a human shaped alien spaceship operated by diminutive aliens from within his head.  They have landed on earth and are trying to understand their new environment.  (The Official Site)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

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Release Date:   July 18, Australia July 17th, UK July 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

Written by: Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Story: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker's ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.  (The Official Site)

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Step Brothers Step Brothers:

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Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Adam McKay

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell

Written by: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen

The Plot / Story: Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell), a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (John C. Reilly), a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy were married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that will finally get them out of the house.   (The Official Site)

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Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Chris Carter

Produced by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Written by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Callum Keith, Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, Adam Godley, Sarah-Jane Redmond

The Plot / Story: The X-Files: I want to Believe is set six years after the events of the the series.  Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anders) return to seek for the truth.  This is a stand-alone story in the tradition of the x-files.  (The Official Site)

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Guillermo del Toro dreams Doc Strange?

docstrange After bringing Hellboy to life in the brilliant film, and getting his name in the running for every exciting film project in the next couple years: The Hobbit, At the Mountains of Madness, and Frankenstein, now Guillermo del Toro has said that he wants to direct a Doc Strange flick, and that he has been talking to Neil Gaiman about writing the script. This is my darkest dream come true. I know it is only a rumor, and that his is nothing but wishful thinking on his part, but I cannot imagine a better match to bring Doc Strange to the Big Screen. I hope the stars align and we see this flick come to life.

(via SciFi Scanner)

Not Another Lovecraft Movie?

Reenter the skeptic:

Writer/director Guillermo del Toro told SCI FI Wire that he'd like to direct a faithful film version of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness as one of the projects he'd like to do next, ... "The whole idea of Lovecraft's position towards the universe, he's very much like an Albert Camus position," del Toro said in an interview, referring to the French novelist and philosopher..., on Dec. 18. "He's an existentialist. He says the cosmos is indifferent to man. At the very best is indifferent. And [it] just [sees] us as fleas, or ... [is] hostile to us."

Del Toro, director of Hellboy and Blade II, has been developing a film version of Madness since at least 2003 (SciFi Wire).

So there you have it. I am indifferent to del Toro's work. I enjoy it, but it evokes no strong emotions in me one way or another. When I watched Hellboy, I thought it felt like a low budget Lovecraft knockoff, so may be del Toro might make a good movie...

I have seen so many bad Lovecraft inspired films over the years, that I have almost given up hope that there will ever be a good one, not to even dream of a great one.

I like del Toro's comparison of Lovecraft to Camus. It shows a deeper understanding of a writer that is often trivialized. Personally, I would rather see the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. According to IMDB there is one, but I can't find it on Netflix.