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Did you ever wonder what might have happened to fairy tale characters Hansel and Gretel 15 years after that fateful day when they pushed a witch into an oven? No, neither did I. But director Tommy Wirkola and his co-screenwriter Dante Harper did, so now we’re getting the new action film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular duo. That’s a ridiculous idea, so scoff if you must, but I’m starting to think this movie might actually do pretty well. We’ve already written about how awesome it is that Peter Stormare is set to play the villain of this piece, and now Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first official image from the film, which has Renner and Arterton all butched up in black leather with big guns (check out the full photo after the break), and they’re throwing around buzz words like “dark” and “violent” in the accompanying interview. All the talk of darkness and grittiness isn’t just casual though, it’s hammered home in a way that suggests they’ve been instructed by the studio to push how decidedly not for kids this movie is going to be. Arterton told EW, “You see a series of flashbacks with their experience of killing that first witch, which is brilliant. I remember being on set for the final few days of that. The candy house, and the witches are really repulsive and quite frightening. The make-up is out of this world. It’s this bone-chilling scene. Very […]

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A short, fan-made film called Batman Dead End hit the web like a meteor in 2003 and the shock waves are still being felt.  Though it was low budget and independently produced, many felt that Dead End was the treatment on the Batman character that they had been waiting for. A string of imitators has followed, including most recently a Mortal Kombat fan film that has been picked up by Warner Brothers to be produced as an official web series. Perhaps buoyed by that success, the next, “that looks cooler than anything the studios have done” fan film has been made and released via FightTheFoot.com. This film seems to be inspired more by the darker, grittier, original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird than it does the cartoon series or live action films of the late 80s/early 90s. Like the Batman and Mortal Kombat films before it, this one looks slick and professional, the turtle effects seem beyond the capabilities of a mere fan, and I’m sure it will probably make a lot of fanboys smile. I’m not sure I want to live in a world where every comic book movie has to be a real world approach to some gritty series from the 80s though. Do we really need a Foot Clan that looks like some sort of psychotic SWAT team? What was wrong with them being a bunch of kids who lived in a warehouse with skateboard ramps, stand-up arcade games, and all the cigarettes you […]

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The Superman movie Warners is contractually obligated to make by 2012 is still a ways off, but now that Christopher Nolan is involved, there’s even more attention being paid to it. That attention turned this week to the possible directors in line to take on the famous superhero – Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Zack Snyder, Duncan Jones and Jonathan Liesbesman. Some are denying they know anything about it, some are saying they’ve already turned it down, and none of them are dressing up as Superman and running around their offices pretending to fly. That’s all well and good, but there are some pros and some cons to these names.

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