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Merlin's Manifesto is updated every other Saturday with
all of the latest news and information from upcoming Horror and Fantasy
movies. The site also features monthly art galleries, book reviews, biographies,
and interviews from all of your favorite artists and writers who are making
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In-depth Look at upcoming movies
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Production will begin this week on the long awaited Lord
of the Rings Trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. Filming is scheduled
to start on October 11th in New Zealand, the site of numerous other Fantasy
films in the past. The much talked about cast selection, plot, and special
effects teams, have all been announced, leaving us now to watch and wait
for their anticipated release.
Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriters Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh, with
Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair, this technically challenging production
will assemble an international cast, utilize over 20,000 extras' days,
employ a full crew of over 300 (including award-winning high profile technicians
from both within and outside of New Zealand), and will feature 1200 state-of-the-art
computer generated effects shots.
-From the official site
Get all of the details on this Fantasy classic turned
motion picture by reading the press release,
or by visiting the official site at www.lordoftherings.net
The X-Men invade Canada
Filming for the upcoming Fox movie, The
X-Men, is currently running full speed in Toronto, Canada.
The story will center around Logan (Scott),
a loner mutant whose bone structure contains a rare element known as adamantium.
Seeking to harness the unique properties of adamantium, the villainous
mutant Magento (McKellen) dispatches minions to capture Logan, but is
thwarted by members of Professor Charles Xavier's (Stewart) rival mutant
team the X-Men. Taken unwillingly into the X-Men's custody, Logan resists
bonding with the harmonious good guy group. Meanwhile human-hating Magneto
crafts a diabolical plot aimed not only at recapturing Logan, but at bringing
the leaders of the world around to his way of seeing things ... in a rather
uncomfortable fashion, of course. -Cinescape
The Cast: Dougray Scott as Logan/Wolverine
- Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier - Ian McKellen as Magneto
- James Marsden as Cyclops - Famke Janssen as Jean Grey - Halle Berry
as Storm - Anna Paquin as Rogue - Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly - Rebecca
Romijn-Stamos as Mystique - Tyler Mane as Sabretooth - Ray Park as Toad
Rumors and Gossip
According to Variety.com, Warner Bros. has obtained
rights to reproduce the 1968 Roger Vadim sci-fi film BARBARELLA. Apparently
negotiations are under way with Drew Barrymore for the lead role, Drew
claims to have a certain affinity for the character and plans to stick
closely to the comic book heroine the story is based on.
A new Silence of the Lambs film is beginning
to look more and more realistic, as Anthony Hopkins has confirmed reports
that he will be returning in the lead role once again. Still no word on
Jodie Foster's return, but there is optimism that the original cast will
be reunited for this long awaited film.
The ultra popular comic book Witchblade
may be soon bound for television. The scantily clad warrior woman will
be chopping her way through hordes of nasties on TNT, and with a 1 million
dollar per episode budget, great things are being expected.
The special effets that earned Star Wars it's name, apparently will not
be making an appearance in the upcoming Lord of the Rings project. A spokesman
from Industrial Light and Magic, has dispelled these rumors saying that
it is too large of a job, especially considering it will be filming at
the same time as the next Star Wars.
IGN Movies reports that Darren Aronofsky, the man behind the great indie
film "pi" is in talks to begin handling the movie adaptation
of Aeon Flux, MTV's hit animated series. Touted as the closest America
would ever come to Manga, Aeon Flux has a huge score of followers that
should help make this a successful project.