The Wachowskis

The Wachowskis made news when they signed one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, Tom Hanks, for their next feature Cloud Atlas. Hanks is kind of a brand name in the moviemaking business, and has been for quite a number of years now; so he’s not really known for taking chances. The Wachowskis, on the other hand, are pretty much known exclusively for taking chances. Everything they have done so far has been weird, experimental, and up in its own head. The other name involved in the development of this project, Tom Tykwer, is pretty off the wall as well. He’s the guy who made Run Lola Run. And the source material for this new film, a David Mitchell novel also named “Cloud Atlas,” is no exception. It tells six different stories, each taking place in different times and places, but involving characters who are recognized as being the same people, or reincarnations of each other, or something. Basically what I’m driving at is that everyone signing on to this film will have to take on multiple roles, so if the Wachowskis want to pull this off, they’re going to have to get some great actors. Thankfully, so far they have. In addition to having Hanks in the lead role, Cloud Atlas continues to add an impressive list of accomplished actors in supporting positions. Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Ben Whishaw had already been announced for key roles, and now when presenting the film to potential buyers and […]

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“Cloud Atlas” is a novel written by David Mitchell that sounds pretty complex and pretty cool. Kind of like The Fountain squared. The New Yorker describes the book by saying, “Mitchell’s virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naïve clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage; an aspiring composer who insinuates himself into the home of a syphilitic genius; a journalist investigating a nuclear plant; a publisher with a dangerous best seller on his hands; and a cloned human being created for slave labor. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the novel.” Apparently each of the stories is read by a character from another, and some of them may be reincarnations of each other, and it all sounds complex and heady and exactly like the sort of thing that would catch the eyes of the Wachowski brothers siblings. And it has, because a while back they bought the adaptation rights and they’ve been developing the film alongside Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer. Actors like James McAvoy and Halle Berry have been rumored to be involved with the project at various points, but now comes the first time that an actor has become officially attached. And that actor is Tom Hanks. Seeing as the movie sounds like it is going to be super complex and involve tons of […]

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Andy Wachowski and his brother sister brother Larry, creators of The Matrix, have been working on something new. A wartime drama set in Iraq that includes some ‘Hard R’ man-on-man action. Yep, it’s like that.

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This week’s Culture Warrior is getting its bunker ready for Y2K.

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Plastic Man

It appears that a scooper from the land of Weissbier and Schnitzel sent in word that Joel Silver laid down some details on the radio in Berlin about The Wachowskis long in development film Plastic Man.

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Pop Star Rain trains to become a Ninja Assassin

A wise dude once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” But in Hollywood, the saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed, produce.”

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Chim Chim, why does daddy drink so much?

While some folks are going to alter their mind before watching the mind-blowing special effects (which will surely result in a literal mind-blowing), others might decide to just get drunk.

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Kevin and Neil talk about how What Happens in Vegas was surprisingly decent and how Speed Racer almost gave Neil an aneurysm. There’s also plenty of baby stories… and poo.

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Speed Racer

Check this out, here you will find the first 7 minutes of the film, in which Speed, played by Emile Hirsch, flashes back to childhood memories as he rips around the track in the Mach 5.

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Speed Racer

Upon screening Speed Racer, the latest attempt by the brothers Wachowski to push the envelope of technical effects in filmmaking, I can come away with one two clear conclusions. On one hand, I have a headache. On the other hand, I have decided that the Wachowskis are sick, in more ways than I can count.

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Go, Speed Racer! Go!

With the upcoming release of the feature film version of Speed Racer by the Wachowskis, the classic cartoon is also getting a face lift on television. Check out the three clips below from the new animated film

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Speed Racer

Besides The Incredible Hulk, I can’t think of another summer release that has me more puzzled than Speed Racer. The first trailer looked like it could be a cute, fun diversion. The international trailer upped the ante a bit by adding more plot and action. But this music video on MySpace just makes me ill.

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Speed Racer Producer Joel Silver

It appears that Silver and the Wachowski Brothers are confident about Speed Racer, as they have already come up with an idea for a sequel. Also he talked about a film called Ninja Assassain, which is written by the Wachowski’s and will be helmed by James McTeigue.

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As if you thought you could escape Speed Racer today, we have yet another extended clip. This time, Apple has posted a great new 4-minute featurette to accompany the 4-minute extended trailer that we brought you earlier today.

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Speed Racer and Extreme G N64

If you weren’t sold on Speed Racer prior to this moment, allow this video to finish you off…

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Speed Racer

The verdict is still out on Speed Racer, the next film from The Wachowski Brothers. Will it be as cool as The Matrix? We can’t be sure, just yet. But as for what we can see in this brand new trailer, we are at least interested in seeing more.

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Speed Racer to Close Tribeca Film Festival

Today we got some cool news from the Tribeca Press office that the festival, which was founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, will close with The Wachowski’s tripped out, CGI-infused cartoon adaptation Speed Racer.

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Speed Racer’s rival car was recently revealed at an auto convention in Tokyo.

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Have a look at the first lenticular poster for the upcoming Wachowskis movie Speed Racer.

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Here comes Speed Racer! The first trailer to the Wachowskis’ trippy Anime-meets-reality actioner has dropped online.

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