Monday, 28 September 2009

New Moon Mondays - Catching Up on a Whole Lotta Awesome

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TIFF'09-ness
September has sure been a month of TIFF and with the festival wrapped up, so a fair few Mondays this month were spent in various theatres and not collecting TwiNews. But, the good thing is the festival featured various TwiStars and vampire films so all is not lost! In fact, one of the films I was sad to miss was the rock it to ya vampire film Suck, but low and behold it got picked up by Universal Pictures so hopefully it will be heading to a theatre nearby soon. Suck is written & directed by Rob Stefaniuk and stars Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Paré, Dave Foley and Malcolm McDowell along with musicians Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, Alex Lifeson, Carole Pope and Dimitri Coats. See more on Suck on its IMDb Page. But that wasn't the only vampire film at TIFF, I did get out to the Midnight Madness screening of the Spierig Brothers' Daybreakers starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. The film was a lot of fun, as was the introduction and Q&A with Michael & Peter Spierig, Willem Dafoe & Sam Neill. The moon doesn't set just yet as more works from Twilight cast were on display including football biopic The Damned United (starring Michael Sheen) and the fantastic-but-not-for-the-faint-of-heart horror flick & Midnight Madness Audience Choice Winner The Loved Ones (starring Xavier Samuel) which had a great introduction and Q&A with Sean Byrne. The screening I went to of The Loved Ones didn't have any actors in attendance but they were at the Midnight Madness screening and you can see footage of those shows over at Sheleigh: Before the Screening and Q&A, and over at The Substream.

New Moon Trailer - #3
Amidst all this madness the New Moon trailer was released and I have to say I reacted a little like when I saw the first Twilight trailer which was that it feels like they are showing a heck of a lot of the film in the trailer. Thoughts on the trailer are discussed over at Episode 21 of Before the Dawn.

Stephenie Meyer's The Host Screen Rights Picked Up
Word is out that producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz have picked up the screen rights for Stephenie Meyer's book "The Host" and Gattaca director Andrew Niccol has been attached to the project. I only got through the first chapter of this book, but it looks like I'm going to have to give it another go. I'm down with the Sci Fi angle, but had a feeling it would end up being religious in nature. Should be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Source: Row Three, Variety

Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer
/film has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Watching the original film recently I had no idea it was so cheesy, but the trailer of the revamp looks pretty scary. Sadly there only seems to be a glimmer of Twilight's Kellan Lutz role shown. Trailer also notes a April 30, 2010 release date shifting the film 2 weeks past previously announced April 16, 2010 release date.
Source: /film

I Want Some More: Vampathon
The Vampathon: Vampire Film Marathon continues with reviews of more vampire films including the hilarious Canadian vampire comedy Blood & Donuts, the upcoming 2010 release of Daybreakers and getting back to classics with the 1932 Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey. Coming up this week for review is Mario Bava's Black Sunday / La maschera del demonio.

Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast - 4 Episodes to Enjoy!
One positive to being off kilter for a while is lots to catch up on - You can listen to Marina & I's discuss a whole lotta Twi-news and views with:
Episode 19 - Vampire Diaries - book series adapted to TV show on the CW
Episode 20 - News to September 4, 2009
Episode 21 - News to September 18, 2009
Episode 22 - Vampire Lore

Did I miss anything glaring in the TwiWorld?

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