Chances are you own a DVD player, or you
are planning to buy one, in either case your rights are being attacked.
Until a while ago, DVD playback was only possible on Microsoft Windows
and Mac systems. As usual, the Linux people (this goes for people
using other ``alternative'' systems too) were not too happy about
this. The DVD industry has refused (and still refuses) to support
Linux, probably because they think the market share is too small
or because they think Linux people don't really care. Of course,
there's no better way to annoy people who have just spent hundreds
of dollars on movies then to deny them the right to view them under
the system of their choice. So when someone sat down and figured
out how to decode the DVD for Linux playback using a little utility
known as Decss, companies accused them of piracy. Close to 100 webmasters
have been brought to court to defend their rights as stated in The
DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which clearly states that
"reverse-engineering on the basis of interoperability" is legal.
To learn more, and to download the Linux DVD source code visit OpenDVD.org
Comics 2 Film reports that the long in development
Witchblade TV pilot movie is underway. Speaking with producer Perry
Husman, Husman confirmed the show will begin shooting in Ontario
some time in mid-February. It will be directed by Ralph Hemecker,
who has directed episodes of Millennium and The X-Files. The script
was weritten by J.D. Zeik, who wrote the 1998 DeNiro film, Ronin.
UPN TV network may be grabbing on to a tv show concept created by
Todd Macfarlane (Spider Man, Spawn) entitled "Gorilla World.
The story is of a post apocalyptic Earth where apes rule and man
is an endangered species, quite similar to Fox's Planet of the Apes.Regarding
how close the concept is to Fox’s upcoming Planet of the Apes return,
McFarlane says, "When was Fox granted the rights to be the only
people who talked about Darwin? If they’re dumb enough not to do
anything with that franchise, it’s up to me."
In a recent issue of Wizard magazine, the
Wachowski brothers, creators of The Matrix, discussed plans for
two sequels to the virtual-reality-based hit. The sequels will delve
further into the city of Zion and the great wars between the humans
and the machines. When talking about the stunts, Producer Joel Silver
made comments that the sequels will allow the Wachowskis to go crazy
since Neo ended the first movie with super-human-like abilities."
Trimark Pictures bought the theatrical rights
to a 'Blair Witch' type horror film called The St. Francisville
Experiment. Only hours after seeing the first screening of the film,
Trimark Pictures agreed to pay an amount in the low- to mid-seven
figures range for the film’s rights. The plot of the movie is about
four non-actors that are locked into the allegedly haunted Lalaurie
House in New Orleans. The four people (a psychic, a ghost hunter,
a film student and a historian) were given digital cameras to chronicle
the night’s events. The film is said to be a two-hour edit of what
happened. The film’s executive producers, Kushner-Locke, are keeping
the film’s producers and director’s names under wraps claiming that
"everything is real" in the film. - Cinescape
We got our hands on a few new images and
spoilers for the upcoming TV mini-series "The Tenth Kingdom"on
NBC. For those who don't know, "The 10th Kingdom" is an upcoming
5-part mini-series, from the epic mini-series & movies king, Robert
Halmi, Sr. (Gulliver's Travels, Merlin, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland,
etc.). Feel free to click here to read
our in depth report.
Hollywood Reporter reports today that New Line Cinema's recently
announced Jason X project has a director. Helming the movie will
be relative newcomer James Isaac. Isaac directed The Horror Show
and most recently worked on the special effects for David Cronenberg's
eXistenZ. The movie is scheduled to begin production in Toronto
this March. With a script written by Todd Farmer, Jason X takes
place in the future, in the year 2455 on a long-abandoned Earth.
During a field trip to deserted Earth a professor and his students
discover a cryogenically frozen young woman and the hockey-masked
Jason. When the team takes the bodies back to their spaceship all
hell breaks loose when Jason thaws out. "When I read the script,
I got very excited," franchise creator and executive producer Sean
Cunningham said. "I wanted to take 'Jason X' to a completely new
level, like nothing anyone has ever seen before with lots of unexpected
twist and turns. But more importantly, I wanted to give the characters
and story a real innovative jolt of creativity and depth. So when
I saw what Jim Isaac and Todd Farmer had done with the material,
I knew that we really had something special." Kane Hodder, who has
portrayed Jason in the last three films, has been signed to reprise
the role. Sean Cunningham's son, Noel, will produce the feature.
New Line Cinema also intends to keep developing the Sean Cunningham-produced
Freddy vs. Jason, which it hopes to put into production this year.
- article form Cinescape
Edgar A. Poe movie is continuing to move forward, with a script
due in next month and principal shooting in September. One of the
producers Gary Pudney, in the first official confirmation of the
deal, says of Jackson: "His whole new thrust is going to be films.
He has sold the most records, made the most money on tours, and
this is the one genre he has the desire to excel in." It is promised
that a major makeup job will turn the pop star into the living embodiment
of Poe. Jackson's only previous theatrical release was the 1978
musical The Wiz, with Diana Ross.
Brad Pitt is in the lead to play Jack the
Ripper in the upcoming film version of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's
comic book, "From Hell". Albert & Allen Hughes (Menace
II Society) are directing the movie, and Terry Hayes (Payback) is
the screenwriter. movie is set to film this spring in the Czech
Sam Raimi has officially been named as the
director of Sony pictures Spider Man project, apparently he has
already had meetings to discuss problems with the script and other
changes to be made. Spidey gois into production after Raimi's next
project "The Gift".
The hot new Australian slasher film called
Cut will be popping up in the U.S. on March 2nd. The picture, which
was directed by Kimble Rendall, stars Kylie Minogue, Jessica Napier,
Simon Bossell, and Molly Ringwald as film students who decide to
wrap up production on a movie that was halted three years earlier
after the director was savagely murdered. The picture, which is
already being hailed by critics and fans, is a supposed bloodbath.
Even the preview (which can be downloaded at
www.cut-themovie.com) is so violent, it can only be shown before
R-rated movies. 2000 is looking like the year of the slasher!!!
- Dominion 2000
George (Night of the Living Dead) Romero's
newest project is 2000's Bruiser, his return to the horror genre
after nearly ten years. After his dismissal from the Resident Evil
movie, George threw together his own new horror tale, which folks
are saying is his "most artsy" film he has ever made. The plot centers
around a geeky man who works at a popular magazine. He awakens one
morning to discover that his face is gone - and has been replaced
with a blank white mask. Using his anonimity, he seeks out revenge
on his overbearing boss, his bitchy wife, and anyone who has ever
caused him pain. The ending is being described as the first massive
gore scene of the 21st century - featuring dozens of butchered bodies.
The film, which recently wrapped filming in Ontario, Canada, this
past August, stars Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock,and Two Smoking Barrels),
Peter Stormare (Fargo), Leslie Hope (First Degree) and Nina Garbiras
(Mixing Nia) and was filmed for an astonishingly-low 5 million dollars.
The punk band The Misfits also appeared in the film and recorded
two new songs for the soundtrack. Bruiser is scheduled for a Summer,
2000 release. - Dominion
American Psycho: The MPAA took a look at
this film version of the controversial novel and reacted predictably;
they've slapped an NC-17 rating on it. What really doesn't make
sense is that its not the scenes of gore and brutal violent murders
that got it the rating, but a single sex scene which is integral
to the film's plot. The scene involves Patrick Bateman (Christian
Bale) engaging in sex with two prostitutes (Cara Seymour & Krista
Sutton), and Director Mary Harron says "The scene is not about sex,
but about sex as a transaction so we made it deliberately banal
and distant...his (Bateman) expression sums up his frighteningly
detached relationship to the world around him". The movie has its
world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and is released
nationwide in April. - Dark