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May
11

Interviews With James Cameron And Sam Worthington

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The Australians in Film Awards were held on Friday night and The Dish Rag managed to catch both James Cameron and Sam Worthington on the red carpet. During the interview Cameron, who later presented Sam Worthington with the AIF Breakthrough Award, talks about Avatar and agrees that Worthington will be the next big movie star.

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Later Cameron told the audience that Sam Worthington is in every single Avatar scene and that he chose Worthington out of hundreds of possibles from a one line audition tape where Worthington says, “uh huh”.

“We were making a $200 million-plus movie and it’s all about the journey of one guy, Jake, and he’s in every scene in the film, from beginning to end. It all hangs on that one piece of casting.” “Sam had me at ‘Uh huh,’ ” Cameron told the laughing audience.

Here’s the interview with Sam Worthington in which he emphasizes his no-nonsense attitude to filmmaking.

Terminator Salvation opens in theaters:

USA – May 21
Canada – May 22
UK – June 3
Australia – June 4

Avatar hits theaters:
Australia – December 17
USA & UK – December 18

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May
11

2012 Viral Campaign: Charlie Frost Talks I-Ching

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Sony Pictures are continuing their viral marketing campaign to promote Roland Emmerich’s 2012. They’ve just added a new video to their This is the End website where actor Woody Harrelson (who plays Charlie Frost in 2012) presents underground style broadcasts about the end of the world. In the latest video, Frost explains the connection between the I-Ching (Book of Change) and 2012.

Charlie Frost’s video campaign began back in January and since then numerous video’s have been posted. Visit This is the End and look through the monthly archives for some interesting viewing and really quite accurate reporting.

If you think what you’re hearing in these videos is purely fictional for marketing purposes, think again. 2012 is a fictional movie based upon tons of compelling evidence (whether you believe it or not) and these Charlie Frost videos are quite accurately presenting the information in a reasonable and impartial way. As far as viral marketing goes Sony Pictures are adding some real substance to the film and to the whole 2012 discussion itself. We love it!

2012 will be released in theaters:
Australia – 12 November 2009
USA / UK / Canada – 13 November 2009.

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May
11

Blade Runner’ Gun Sells For $270,000

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Despite initially expecting rougly $100K-$150K, the gun used by Harrison Ford in Warner Bros. 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner has sold at a Live Auctioneers auction for a whopping $270,000.

Only one version of this gun was ever made. It was built to actually fire by mating a Steyr-Mannlicher Model .222 SL receiver on to a Charter Arms .44 police bulldog double-action revolver. It features custom amber grips, dual triggers, and futuristic illuminating LEDs (four red and two green) that can be activated by a small switch mounted beneath the barrel.

One lucky collector can now retire Replicants at will.

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May
11

Neil Gaiman Talks ‘Dr Who’ & ‘Sandman’

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Neil Gaiman promoting Coraline sat down with Digital Spy and was asked these questions regarding writing an episode for Doctor Who and the long rumoured Sandman movie.

There have been rumours that Steven Moffat has asked you to write a Doctor Who story for next year’s series…
“I’ve definitely heard those rumours too. I keep getting asked about it in the strangest places. Last year I got a message saying, ‘your daughter’s Visa card has been declined and you have to call Visa and sort it out’. So I phoned Visa and the guy said ‘are you THE Neil Gaiman?’ and I said ‘yeah’. He said ‘are you writing an episode of Doctor Who?’ Strange places. Oddly enough, and delightedly, Steven Moffat came to the screening last night of Coraline.”

What’s the status of the proposed Sandman movie?
“The last thing that I heard was that HBO wanted to do an ongoing, great big Sandman overarching HBO TV series, which would make sense because they’re part of the Time Warner empire and Sandman cannot leave Time Warner. Whether or not that will ever happen I do not know, because it would involve HBO making a deal with DC [Comics] which they may or may not be capable of doing. The truth is they are things in my life that I do not own, that I’ve created but do not own and do not control. What gets really frustrating is people assume that I do and they assume I’m consulted and can say yes or no to things – which of course I can’t.

“It’s like the Death movie. If I owned the character of Death and owned that story there would have been a film 12 years ago, because Miramax wanted to do it, were willing to pay for it there and then. But Time Warner was not willing to let the material go over to Disney in case it was a hit for them. So you wind up in this weird world with that stuff.”

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Talks about a prequel project to “Inglourious Basterds” have been thrown in recently by Quentin Tarantino. The director/producer/writer of the forthcoming World War II drama reveals his plan of another “Basterds” movie to The New York Times, saying “I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash.”

In the Times’ article, it is suggested that the prequel could be dealing with the shelved “Basterds” subplot. “Once the Basterds get through with Europe, they could go to the South and do it to the Kluxers in the ’50s. That’s another story you could tell,” the publication quotes the filmmaker, before pointing out on the supposed plot. “Not to mention a shelved subplot about African-American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines.”

“Inglourious Basterds” itself centers its story on a group of disgraced U.S. soldiers at the period of World War II. It tells an intertwined story between the soldiers sent to blow up a Parisian theaters premiering a Nazi propaganda film and a French Jewish teenager whose family is brutally murdered by the Nazi.

The star-studded cast ensemble of “Basterds” include Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Julie Dreyfus, Paul Rust and Melanie Laurent. Before opening wide in theaters across the U.S. on August 21, this ensemble war film will make its world premiere on May 20 at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

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More fresh footage from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” have been shared and this time they came from the film’s first TV spot. Debuted on The CW Friday night, May 8, the made-for-television promo video highlights mostly on the romance within the wall of Hogwarts with Ron Weasley being portrayed as somewhat of a heartthrob.

The spot is filled with fast-paced snippets and brings forth glimpses of never-before-seen scenes. The new footage includes Harry sitting down in a coffee shop reading a Daily Prophet when noticing that the waitress smiles at him, Lavender Brown leaning over a hospital bed and saying “I happen to be his girlfriend”, and Hermione looking up at the Quidditch stands, smiling at Ron.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will deal with a darker matter than previous “Harry Potter” films. In it, dark wizard Lord Voldemort has expanded his terror, even to the safest haven of all, Hogwarts. And with the threat getting even closer now, Dumbledore prepares Harry for the worst that will ultimately strike them.

Directed by “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” helmer David Yates, it features the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and many others. Initially set to be released on November 21, it has been pushed back to be debuted in U.S. theaters on July 15.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – TV Spot:

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