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Filmism.net Dispatch October 19, 2009

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I saw the Bad Lieutenant remake trailer through the week and urge you to have a look. While it doesn't look as hard hitting as Abel Ferrara's 1992 Bad Lieutenant, it does show something we haven't seen in a long time, and that's Nicolas Cage stealing scenes with an excess of mojo and seeming to enjoy himself instead of just relying on plodding exposition and his hangdog expression like he's been doing lately.

After all the casting announcements were made about Ghostbusters 3, it didn't even occur to me that they hadn't appointed a director. Harold Ramis' name was bandied about (and he certainly be capable after Year One and Analyze This), but it was great to see original helmer Ivan Reitman is returning.

With destruction whore Roland Emmerich's blowing the world up again in 2012 soon, I got a pleasant surprise to see he was interested in a sequel to the one that put him on the map, Independence Day. The only thing holding the process up is apparently the far-more-expensive-than-he-was-in-1996 Will Smith's asking price. If it happens, I'll be first in line as I will be for 2012. Say what you like about Emmerich, but the guy knows his epic scales. Read more here to see my defence of the German showing Hollywood what Hollywood can do.

Oscar winner and yet-to-be-charged child rapist Roman Polanski is working on his latest film from his Swiss prison cell, and while I won't comment here one whether I think he should be allowed, it does make me think of all the right wing shock jocks who think convicted criminals have it too cushy in prison. Libraries, gyms, three meals a day courtesy of the taxpayer, and now they get editing suites!

Executive Hollywood is standing up and taking notice of Facebook and Twitter, and not just in David Fincher's movie about Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg. With stars and directors maintaining buzz through social media, apparently studios are writing what they can and can't say about projects via new media technologies into contracts.

Christopher McQuarrie is writing the Wolverine sequel. After watching the brilliant The Usual Suspects again recently and the humdrum X-Men Origins: Wolverine earlier this year, I see a disconnect. Either it'll be the best comic book movie in years or McQuarrie is stooping for a quickie paycheque.

And as Australia's bouyant economy outshines the rest of the world, an unexpected consequence faces our studio facilities with the Green Lantern and possibly XXX3 projects bowing out of filming here thanks to a weaker US dollar. Stupid global economic recovery...

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