About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

David Fincher’s Se7en, A Retrospective

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) On September 22, 1995, David Fincher's Se7en debuted in theaters, and went on to become a modern classic, and launched the career of one of cinema's most important filmmakers. The movie, which is a dark psychological thriller, would have been great with or without … [Read more...]

Three Successful Indie Films Made For Under $10,000

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Three things all burgeoning indie filmmakers should possess are; talent, tenacity and of course money. But, while the latter is not always easy to come by, its importance is dwarfed if you have an abundance of the first two. Don't believe me? Well, here are a … [Read more...]

Five Successful Indie Films Made For Under $30,000


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Continuing our low budget indie film series, here is a list of small projects, produced for under $30,000, which made a very big impression. The Blair Witch Project (1999), directed by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick; budget: $20-25,000. Whether you thought it was … [Read more...]

Eli Roth’s Practical Filmmaking Advice


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Whether you like his work or not, director Eli Roth is an example for anyone wanting to carve out a career in movies. The film school graduate cut his teeth making shorts through out the 1990s, before making his debut feature Cabin Fever (2002), with a budget of $1.5 … [Read more...]

Four Of The Best Indie Directors Working Today

Steve McQueen

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Steve McQueen This Turner Prize winning artist has quickly established himself as one of the best directors in the world. With an uncompromising  style, McQueen is not scared to tackle subjects other filmmakers wouldn't touch with a boom mic. Inspired by pop … [Read more...]

WGA Strike Latest: Entertainment Industry Facing Possible Shutdown

WGA Strike, 2007 (Image: Jengod)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Film and TV writers are deep in negotiations with industry leaders to try and stop a strike which would bring the world of entertainment to a grinding halt. Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have voted 96.3% in favour of striking if the bargaining process … [Read more...]

Thanos Actor Josh Brolin Will Play Cable In Deapool 2

Josh Brolin as Cable, art by BossLogic (via Comic Book)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Josh Brolin has landed the coveted role of Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds. The Oscar nominated actor beat off competition from Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and David Harbour (Stranger Things) to play the cult Marvel Comics … [Read more...]

Robert Rodriguez To Direct Escape From New York Remake

Escape From New York

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Fox has turned to the tried-and-trusted talents of the 'one man film crew' Robert Rodriguez to direct the remake of John Carpenter's cult classic Escape From New York. Development of the project stretches back 10 years, but has gained serious traction after 20th … [Read more...]

First Trailer: Stephen King’s It


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The first full trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It has arrived and looks set to terrify a whole new generation of movie goers. Horror icon King's 1986 novel was previously adapted into a two-part mini-series in 1990, which became a cult … [Read more...]

Mark Duplass: How To Become A Director In Five Tweets

Mark Duplass

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) All over the world, aspiring filmmakers are dreaming of one day forging a career in Hollywood. And, while there is no guaranteed handbook for success, established directors are often more than willing to offer advice on how to make a career in the industry. One … [Read more...]

The Worst Sequels Ever – Part 2


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Here is the second part of our Worst Sequels series, which details some of the most infamous crimes ever committed against the art of cinema. Click here for part 1! Below are two movies which were actually follow-ups to a pair of all time classics – but ended up … [Read more...]

The Worst Sequels Ever – Part 1

Jaws: The Revenge

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The news that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Deckard in a sequel to Blade Runner has proved once and for all that nothing is sacred in Hollywood. Ridley Scott has been developing the follow-up to his science fiction classic for some time now, following his … [Read more...]

Sony Takes A Staggering $1 Billion Writedown On Movie Business


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Sony has announced it will take a writedown of nearly $1 billion on its movie business, two weeks after losing its chief executive officer. The Japanese company has blamed the move on the decline of the DVD and Blu-ray market, and the every-changing landscape of … [Read more...]

Robert Carlyle: There Have Been Talks About Trainspotting 3

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Robert Carlyle has revealed there could be a third Trainspotting film following the critical buzz around T2. With Danny Boyle's sequel set to hit UK cinemas this weekend, actor Carlyle, who plays character Frank Begbie, said there have been 'talks' about adapting … [Read more...]

Logan: Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Share New Pictures


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold have been sharing new pictures from the much anticipated Logan. The third and final Wolverine standalone movie starring Jackman in the title role centers on the former X-Men member in the near future – at a … [Read more...]

If Tom Hardy Were Cast As James Bond, He Wants Christopher Nolan Directing

Tom Hardy in This Means War

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Tom Hardy would like Christopher Nolan to direct the next James Bond movie, if he were to land the coveted role. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor has previously hinted that he would be keen to play Ian Fleming's superspy character, which may or may not be vacated by … [Read more...]