According to this trailer for The Apparition, "There is a scientific theory that paranormal events are products of the human mind, and ghosts only exist because we believe in them." I'm not sure where the film's lead researcher, Draco Malfoy, is getting his facts, but this is definitely not an accepted scientific theory--and if it were, it would obviously be our scientific theory about why faeries exist, not ghosts. Duh, science.
But such is the conceit of this film, in which three young, extremely questionable scientists (the other two are Captain America's Bucky Barnes and a lingerie-wearing Ashley Greene from Twilight) conduct an experiment in which they "believe" so hard in ghosts that they will one into existence, and then that ghost starts horrifyingly degrading their home's property value. Scary!
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- io9 has the first look inside The Man of Steel's Daily Planet. Go ahead and say whatever you're thinking about Death Stars. That statue's heard it all before.
- Hugh Grant is the latest actor to join Tom Tykwer's epic, Wachowski-produced adaptation of Cloud Atlas--which is already set to star Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, and Hugo Weaving. Late last month, Whishaw revealed the cast would play various roles and genders at various parts of the story, so this could at last be the point Grant charms the shit out of a female version of himself.
- As the hockey film Goon sells at TIFF for $2 million, co-writer Jay Baruchel is already preparing his next sports comedy: Baseballissimo, an adaptation of Dave Bidini's time in Nettuno, Italy's baseball capital. Thanks, Jay, but I'll take my foreign interpretations of America's pastime painted in the broad strokes of Mr. Baseball.
- We've already got a post-apocalyptic Zorro and a futuristic Count of Monte Cristo; might as well make an "ultra-modern" take on Oliver Twist in which the orphan boy Oliver is now "Olivia Twisted," a 19-year-old that is part of "a group of highly-trained, orphaned street urchins" who are really sort of adults more than actual orphans. Well, no, we shouldn't really make that, but since we now exist within a satirical version of Hollywood, we are making that, and Twilight's Ashley Greene is going to star.