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Filmism.net Dispatch January 28, 2008

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We can be sort of thankful Caspar Van Dien's career never took off after Starship Troopers. If you'd taken notice you'd have seen him in a series of schlocky straight to video action films like Python and The Tracker.

But after the first Starship Troopers sequel followed him to the DVD dumping ground, now the news is that he's reprising his role as Johnny for the second sequel, which will possibly get a theatrical release. No sign of Paul Verhoeven though, it's being helmed by original scriptwriter Ed Nuemeier. Fingers kind of crossed, because Neumeier understood the subversive smarts of Verhoeven's original.

Among the most exciting news of the week is that Oliver Stone looks set to go back to doing what he does best. After the 9/11-by-Disney World Trade Center, a lot of fans thought he'd lost his firebrand anger at political injustice, but he's just cast Josh Brolin in a movie about the life and times of George W Bush. How can that be anything but incendiary?

Also a premature goodbye to Heath Ledger, who never seemed to understand the press were his bread and butter, wanting instead to live in a bubble. Yes they paparazzi hounded him but he never threw them a bone and seemed to treat them pretty contemptuously, not realising they'd simply package his behaviour as that of the stereotypical 'bad boy' and harass him all the more.

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