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Filmism.net Dispatch September 14, 2009

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I love the Men Who Stare at Goats Trailer, it looks like another cracker of a Clooney-esque satire in the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind vein. Few people know it's based on true facts, if you were reading conspiracy magazines in the early to mid 90s like me you would have read all about the top secret US Army psychic warfare unit who tried to kill goats by staring at them, walk through walls, etc.

It's directed by Clooney's longtime partner in crime and writer Grant Heslov. You probably don't know him, but after witnessing his work on the screen I traced his career back. If you're as curious as me you can see him as one of the team of vulcanologists working for Pierce Brosnan in 1997s Dante's Peak.

I also saw a trailer for a high profile supernatural thriller called Legion which appears to deal with the coming to Earth of archangels in a battle for mens' souls. I wonder if Sony and Gabriel director Shane Abbess will sue? But wait, a closer look reveals Legion is a Sony movie and Abbess is in development for Universal's Source Code, so maybe he won't mind.

I'm also very excited that the Hughes Brothers are doing another movie. While their debut bow Menace II Society was (while good) one of a large crowd, I thought their subsequent effort From Hell was great, but admittedly I'm in a minority. Now they're doing The Book of Eli, which looks like The Road meets The Matrix.

Rob Zombie has been announced to helm another horror remake, The Blob. You're a good filmmaker Rob, please don't turn into John ( The Omen , Flight of the Phoenix ) Moore!

In the biggest 'studios buying studios' news recently, Disney has shelled out $4 billion for Marvel. Personally I thought they'd have long run out of superheroes to make movies out of, but all that Iron Man, Hulk and Spiderman merchandise has got to be worth some loose change.

The JRR Tolkein estate lawyers, publisher HarperCollins and New Line have finally settled over the Lord of the Rings profits so The Hobbit prequels are clear to go. But the Masters of the Universe movie has hit a stumble with rightsholders Mattel and Warner Brothers failing to agree on a deal, so the former are off on a round of Hollywood door knocking.

I thought I'd heard somewhere another Pirates of the Caribbean was going ahead but without Gore Verbinski, so I thought it might end up a bit of a non event. But now Johnny Depp's signed on, obviously enjoying his new cachet with the Hollywood moneyed classes. I thought the critical reaction to the third film might have affected his sense of what's cool, but then seven hundred million bajillionty dollars would be hard to knock back.

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