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Sherlock Holmes Movie News

Posted by: Matthew Turner 10/10/2008 @ 10:43
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Films seen so far this year: 379
Films seen this week: Dean Spanley, ‘The Good, The Bad, The Weird’, Rachel Getting Married, Flick, Igor, The Project, 4th Man, Goliath, No Through Road, Gunnin' For That Number 1 Spot, City of Ember, Heavy Load, Mutant Chronicles, Religulous, Sex Drive, I Am Alive, Awaydays, Nights and Weekends, 1-2-3-4, Lazy Days, The Class, The Rind

Casting News Update
A couple of weeks ago, I posted some casting news about Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes project and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Well, for the sake of completion, it's now been confirmed that Jude Law will be playing Watson to Downey Jr's Holmes. Frankly, I think that's terrible casting and would rather see someone like Mark Benton in the role. There is better Sherlock news though – the lovely Kelly Reilly is playing Watson's love interest and the ubiquitous Eddie Marsan has been cast as Inspector Lestrade.

Meanwhile, over in Wonderland it was reported this week that Anne Hathaway and - surprise! - Helena Bonham Carter have been respectively cast as the White and Red Queens, which sounds like perfect casting to me. I can already picture Bonham Carter bellowing “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!”

Trailerwatch: Zack and Miri Make Some Extras
The marketing campaign for Tropic Thunder proved so successful that everyone seems to be getting into the faked footage game now (see also most Apatow-produced DVDs, such as Superbad's Everyone Hates Michael Cera featurette).

One such example is Kevin Smith's upcoming Zack and Miri Make A Porno (still no UK release date, but surely only a matter of time), which has a couple of decent videos over on its official website. The clip with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks interviewing each other is pretty good, but the best so far is Kevin and Seth, which has Smith berating Rogen for not being ‘Affleckian’ enough and Rogen getting in some good returns: ‘Okay, you know what? Instead of trying to be funny, I'll try and do it more like you've done it in the past’. I have high hopes for Zack and Miri, which is crazy considering I haven't really liked a Kevin Smith movie since Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but hope springs eternal and all that.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new entry this week – the Italian crime epic Gomorrah. Also, as predicted last week, Man On Wire, Eden Lake and The Wave have all entered their limited second runs, so catch them now while you still can.

1. The Dark Knight
2. I've Loved You So Long
3. Appaloosa
4. Man On Wire
5. Eden Lake
6. Pineapple Express
7. The Wave
8. Good Dick
9. Mamma Mia
10. Gomorrah

DVD of the Week: The Incredible Hulk (2 Disc) (released October 13th, price £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is The Incredible Hulk: Marvel's largely successful attempt at rebooting the Hulk franchise after the perceived failure of Ang Lee's (in my opinion hugely underrated) version. The superb extras package includes: a DVD commentary with Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth (Norton is conspicuous by his absence here); no less than 23 deleted scenes (including Ty Burrell as Doctor Leonard Samson, although he doesn't develop green hair and super-strength sadly); an alternate opening; a Making Of documentary (um, sponsored by Volkswagen); and four featurettes, including an animated version of the grotto scene, which was taken from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Hulk - Gray.


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