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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

One of the things that continually amazes me about zombie films is that whenever it seems they’ve been completely played out, an innovative director comes along and puts a new spin on the genre. Still, there’s lots of schlock out there, and most of the time I approach a new zombie film much like I would an actual zombie: cautiously. When news about a forthcoming Cuban zombie film called Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead) broke in May, my skepticism-meter was reading pretty high. Fortunately, any doubts I had were erased when I saw the awesome teaser trailers for the film. I recently spoke with director Alejandro Brugués (who was kind enough to take a break from preparing to shoot the film to exchange some emails), and it’s clear that he’s a huge zombie fan who is really happy to be making this film. Keep reading for some exclusive information about the film as well as the teaser trailers. (more…)

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Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, has had rumours about its release date going around for months on end. It was due at Cannes…then at Venice or Toronto. None of these rumours came to be. More recently there was hope that it could be sneaked out in time for award season, however, this seems fairly unlikely now, even though distributer Fox Searchlight today announced that they have picked up the rights for the movie. Instead, it seems that The Tree of Life will not be out until late 2011, if, as expected, they are hoping it will bring in some Oscars when it is finally released.

This all comes just days after early viewings of the film compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its grand scale, with a rumoured three-hour cut doing the rounds, suggests that it is pretty much all complete anyway. This however, does mean that it could even get a showing at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the hope of a slow build up to award season, rather than the late 2011 release. This would seem to make sense, seeing how his previous work, The New World, was ignored by the Academy last time, and they may rather hope for a slow build up.

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, is a story described as a 1950s period piece, which also has been described as being completely fresh, as well as including scenes of prehistoric Earth. This although has also been claimed as being part of a companion piece filmed for a separate IMAX specific project. It seems now, that all that can be done is to wait and see.

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

According to Deadline, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Willow) will be directing the first of 3 film adaptations of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series, as well as the first season for a television show. This had been rumoured for a while but now the deal is closed with Universal/NBC taking the project on. The series is 7 books strong so there is plenty of material to be used. I actually found this story while looking into reading it, as it has been compared to Clint Eastwood meets The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome.

What makes me less excited about this project is that Akiva Goldsman is set to write the first film and first TV season. His most recent work was producing Jonah Hex . A movie so bad I couldn’t even review it since my mom always taught me – if I couldn’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. Well there was definitely nothing nice to say at all and I actually think the Producer was one of the biggest culprits. But to be fair he’s writing this project, not producing. However, he’s ruined his fair share of book adaptations too. He turned Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi masterpiece I, Robot into a silly Will Smith vehicle. He then did almost the exact same thing with Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. He’s worked with Ron Howard in the past, writing A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man a long with piss-poor adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. To me, his writing-style is boring and Ron Howard is the very definition of ‘hit or miss’. Let’s hope they decide now is the time to make their masterpiece and we all get something even close to the level of The Lord of the Rings to which this project obviously aspires to be.

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Trailer Review:
[Author: Alex Miller]

Focus features has released some very good films, and at this point I’m at least curious about anything they put out.  This new trailer for “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” makes me expect one of those awkward teenager coming-of-age movies. You know the one.  The new guy in school (or in this case a mental clinic) meets everyone, tries to fit in, and gets the hott girl he has no business getting.  Personally, I have no problem with these types of movies.  Not every film has to be the next Citizen Kane to be enjoyable.  This reminds me of like an artsy-teenage comedy version of  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.  Zach Galifianakis is a pretty funny guy and I’m glad to see he’s branching out (at least a little).  I think this looks like a great movie to go see on a date.  It seems enjoyable, predictable, and hopefully it’s funny.  It is also (loosely) based on a book by the same name.  So that at least seems promising to me.  I’m interested, but not that interested.  I’ll put this one in the solid-rental category until I find out more about it.

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