Upcoming film highlights in 2011

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  • 20 May 2011
Upcoming cinema highlights 2011

Tintin, Fright Night, Colombiana, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Immortals

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It's got a crowd-pleasing producer-director team (Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg) behind it; some of the UK's most quick-witted scriptwriters (Steven Moffat, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright); and some ideal-when-you-think-about-it casting (Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock; Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the Thompson twins; Jamie Bell as the titular hero). And now The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has a hype-mongering teaser trailer. Roll on December!

So, horror-comedy - one might think the unlikeliest of hybrid genres - is now well-established, from the glory days of An American Werewolf in London to Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland et al. Now we get a remake of 1985 vampire flick Fright Night, starring Star Trek's Anton Yelchin, Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dr Who's David Tennant and your local pub's Colin Farrell. Seems ideal to us.

Those who have been waiting for Luc Besson to make something to equal his masterful 1994 hitman opus Leon (yes, The Fifth Element was good, but it wasn't in the same league, was it?) - you can breathe easy now. The French filmmaker has penned Colombiana, in which a young woman (Zoe Saldana) becomes a bad-ass assassin in order to avenge her murdered parents. Spiritual sequel? Hopefully, but be cautious - it's being directed by Olivier 'my surname sounds like a bomb' Megaton (Transporter 3).

Morgan Spurlock (who you may remember from the queasily-brilliant Super Size Me) is back on the documentary trail, having created The Greatest Movie Ever Sold to expose the twisty-turning world of product placement in movies. No UK release date as yet, but keep your eyes open - it looks like a belter.

And finally, for all those who thought that 300 needed a follow-up and Clash of the Titans wasn't it, we have Immortals: directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall), and starring Mickey Rourke, it has spectacular visual effects we've come to expect from the music video wunderkind. Chances are, it won't live up to the expectation, but we can dream.

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Teaser Trailer

Fright Night (2011) Trailer

Colombiana Trailer

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Trailer

Immortals Trailer


1. DINESH R MAKWANA31 May 2011, 1:53pm Report

Potentially, the great Steven Spielberg may have a found a sequel run of films in the Tintin series that could stretch to ten films or more. Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. "Hergé" is the French pronunciation of "RG", his initials reversed. His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003. A lot will depend on this first film but what an excellent choice of material by Steven Spielberg. Well done. Regards, DINESH R MAKWANA

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