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This afternoon, Screen Junkies had the pleasure of speaking with writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Terry Tate: Office Linebacker," Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the upcoming Mysteries of Pittsburgh). Much of the conversation focused on his upcoming big screen adaptation of Magnum P.I., which will hopefully start pre-production late this year. The shocker of the day? Three of the beloved series' 1980s-bound hallmarks – short-shorts, star cameos and 'staches – will NOT be in the film! Before making any judgments, read the entire transcript of our chat – which includes some tasty tidbits on Thurber's other projects like Elfquest – after the jump!
Well, one member of the holy triumvirate of slapstick has been cast in MGM and the Farrellys' Three Stooges film. According to Variety, Oscar-winner Sean Penn will play Larry fine, and the studio is in talks with Jim Carrey to play Jerome "Curly" Howard. Jim'll have to soitanly pack on the pounds – forty of them, to be exact. And rounding out the threesome will be Benicio del Toro as Moe, if everything goes as planned.
Holy Sendak-by-way-of-Spike Jonze. I just watched the new trailer for Where the Wild Things Are, and I'm simultaneously trying to make the goosebumps go away while finding the right superlatives. Can't… multitask… too… enamored. Dammit! You know, sometimes a trailer is constructed so delicately, and yet hits so hard… like a velvet hammer wrapped in silk. Or in this case, a furry paw that smacks you… in the heeeeart. Throw in a little Arcade Fire music and my eyes are fire hydrants. I think I need to work some things out with my therapist. Oh, right. I stopped going to him when I took this job.Enjoy a good joyful sob (and the trailer) after the jump.
This Friday, Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut opens and star Amanda Crew will be battling demons. As if going up against Monsters vs. Aliens wasn't enough trouble…Where you've seen her: The British Columbian starlet played Felicia, the reason for an entire plot in Sex Drive, and has enjoyed some smaller roles in "Smallville," John Tucker Must Die, and She's the Man. See more photos of Ms. Crew after the jump:
Hey there, horror lovers! Break Media and Lionsgate are having a free advanced screening of The Haunting in Connecticut. Just click on the image below and you'll be taken to the information page, where you can find out if there's a theater near you screening the film and also where you can print out your passes to bring with you. Entry is on a first come, first served basis, so just because you have a printed ticket doesn't guarantee admission. Get to your screening early!
Director: Peter Cornwell Cast: Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Kyle Gallner, Martin Donovan Synopsis: After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out not be quite what they thought… Genre: Thrillers Release Date: March 27, 2009
Universal Pictures has announced that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood project – once of many names, now dubbed… Robin Hood – has finalized its supporting cast, and has started shooting in foggy London town. "Joining Crowe and Blanchett for the film are Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as John and Richard’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Stardust) as King John’s vicious henchman, Sir Godfrey; Oscar Isaac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John; and Léa Seydoux (13 French Street, upcoming Inglourious Basterds) as the woman who will become queen, French Princess Isabella. Playing key members of Robin’s band of men are Scott Grimes (television’s ER, American Dad) as Welshman Will Scarlet; Kevin Durand (upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) as Robin’s right-hand, Scotsman Little John; and newcomer Alan Doyle as their troubadour, Irishman Allan Adayle."Read the full press release after the jump. In the meantime, here's some of the morning's headlines:The Truth Behind the REAL Haunting in Connecticut (Dread Central) Tom Hanks brings action figure to life in "Major Matt Mason" (Variety) Dennis Quaid will play Bill Clinton alongside Julianne Moore's Hillary and Michael Sheen's Tony Blair in HBO Flick (/Film) Alex Proyas called possibility of Crow remake "ridiculous" (IGN)
The trailer for The Orphan has been hanging out on the 'nets for a little while now, and Screen Junkies have been feeling really guilty about not showing it any love. It has tinges of The Good Son, as well as Joshua. (It even features Vera Farmiga in an eerily similar role to the one she played in that latter film.) But it could end up being a bit more supernatural than its predecessors… Adopt your own thoughts after the jump…
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Manchester-based photographer Nick Drummond has snuck behind enemy lines to uncover the secret life of the AT-AT Walker from Star Wars – and it seems like we might have been giving them a bad wrap. I guess years of breeding have brought them down to a more manageable size, but I still wouldn't trust them around your Empire Strikes Back Rebel Alliance action figures. They're still bound to get trounced like a mouse under a cat's claw. In his interview with the Star Wars blog, Drummond said:"I took a few photos before I handed everything on [to my nephew, as a gift] and noticed that the AT-AT was very photogenic. As it was getting on for Christmas I took a few more shots hoping to make one into a puzzle for a present. I was much happier with the results than I expected and the ideas just haven’t stopped yet. Turns out my nephew already has an AT-AT, so I get to keep ATilla."I'll bet Drummond's nephew never ever saw ATilla. Check out a handful of Uncle Nick's handiwork after the jump.
This Friday, Ashley Scott will play the Damsel in Distress to John Cena's Prince Smackdown in the Renny Harlin-directed 12 Rounds. She looks like she could take care of herself in a fight, but then Fox wouldn't have a movie, I guess. Where You've Seen Her: One of Scott's first roles was as "Gigolo Jane" in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, then to TV as "Helena Kyle" in the Bat-Universe spinoff Birds of Prey. She also played "Amanda" in Into the Blue (pictured above) and as "Emily Sullivan on the now-cancelled Jericho. Fun Fact: At her first audition, she worked with Al Pacino. She didn't get the role. But when ju owdeeshun weet Tony Montana, you owditioneen wit de f**keen best! So it all worked out. See her photos after the jump!
Slow news morning, it seems, so we'll supplement this post with a some Astro Boy teaser action. Check it out after the jump. In the meantime, here's your paltry news spread: Cameron Diaz to dance in underwear for umpteenth time in Swingles (Empire) Spock to Voice Transformers baddie "The Fallen?" (/Film) Riddick might return as early as 2010 (Dread Central) Summit finds Wolf Pack for New Moon (LatinoReview) Zac Effron reazlies he cannot fill Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes (USA Today)
The cops are at Senator Blaine Mayer's house collecting evidence, but Moss doesn't need any evidence, he concludes that Bauer's the culprit. He calls up Ethan Kanin. "It's Sentor Mayer, he's dead.""What?!?!" Kanin replies. Kanin, flabbergasted at what has happened hangs up the phone and slumps in his chair.President Taylor calls up her husband, who is awake and seemingly doing alright. She tells him that Juma and Dubaku are dead, that everything's over, and that Olivia has joined the staff. The first man is relieved. They hang up.Kanin walks in. "He's expected to make a full recover! Maybe, just maybe this day will end on a positive note," says President Taylor.Yeah right.Kanin tells the President that Senator Mayer has been apparently slain by Bauer. President Taylor can't believe it. Then Kanin says that he has to step down because he couldn't do enough to protect the President from the shitstorm that happened only a few hours ago."I'm a liability to you now…don't let me sink your agenda.""OUR agenda, Ethan…"
Danko receives a little present from an anonymous donor, the gift being Eric Doyle the puppet master, and Rebel is up to some more antics as his identity is revealed and Tracy has to make a choice on whether she will betray Rebel or not. Parkman has to find a way to save Daphne, and Hiro and Ando discover that baby Matt has powers. Claire is blessedly absent this episode, and we get some juicy screentime from a neglected character: Angela Petrelli. It’s a thrilling return to form for Heroes, and it’s right after the jump.
This Friday, John Cena's gonna be kickin' ass, takin' names, breakin' necks and maybe cashin' checks if 12 Rounds doesn't gets squashed by the competish. Why is Mr. Cena so riled up? Well, in 12 Rounds, he's gotta go all Wrestlemania twelve times over to get back his girlfriend, Molly Porter (Ashley Scott) from the clutches of vengeful douchebag Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). Ahhh, the old Damsel in Distress blunder. Don't these bad guys ever learn? Nothing gets under a hero's skin worse than his leading lady getting bogarted by some goon.
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According to EW's Michael Ausiello, Jennifer Beals – she of The L Word – has joined the cast of Fox's Lie to Me. I have to admit I'm going to miss all those L Word billboards and print ads with Beals and the girls in suggestive, nude positions, one of which I've shamelessly posted after the jump.
ShockTilYouDrop has posted the full Japanese trailer for the live action version of Blood: The Last Vampire, complete with super slick camera moves, some questionable CG demons, Michael Bay-style explosions, a heartfland Japanese power ballad, and a gravelly-voiced Japanese announcer punctuating the trailer with a super Japanese-y recap of the title that sounds something like, "Last-oh Blut-oh!"Watch it in semi-glossy Flash after the jump-oh!
For those of you who watched the Watchmen and said to yourselves, "Self, this movie is missing something, and I think it's a whole other movie that could fit inside this movie," your ship has arrived. Tales of the Black Freighter, the fictitious comic within Watchmen, has been turned into its own feature-length animated movie, and it's coming to DVD and Blu-Ray April 6th. Empire posted an exclusive clip that contains some behind-the-scenes goodies and clips from the Freighter flick after the jump. Check it out after the jump.
Jai Ho, everybody! Or maybe Jai Home Video is more like it! Slumdog Millionaire is coming to DVD & Blu-Ray on Tuesday, March 31st, and Screen Junkies is giving away a free copy. The beauty part is that you don't have to crawl through a river of human excrement to get one – unlike brave little Jamal had to do just to get Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's autograph.
Today's issue of USA Today includes some brand spanking new (and a couple familiar, but tweaked) photos from Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. No answer as to whether or not Denise Richards and Neve Campbell will be making out in this version of Wild Things, but the photos are nothing short of friggin' gorgeous. You can count me in for this one, no question. See the rest of the photos – and the rest of the news – after the jump…
Jessie’s mission aboard the USS Jimmy Carter in the year 2027 is compromised, which may have severe consequences if John Connor can’t be warned. As Jessie in the future comes to learn that perhaps there is more to this war than she knows, Jessie in the present is forced to deal with the consequences of killing Connor’s girlfriend. About The FutureJohn and Derek share a somber moment. Riley is on both of their minds.Derek breaks the silence: “I’m sorry. She didn’t deserve what happened.”John agrees but quickly changes the subject. “How long could you survive with Cameron if she wanted to kill you?” John inquires.“What kind of weapon do I have?” Derek asks, humoring the boy.“Fists, elbows, fingernails, teeth…”“Those aren’t weapons.”“No.”“You know the answer to that, John. If she wants you dead, you’re dead.”John nods because Derek is speaking the truth. He tells Derek that he wants to talk to him about the future.
Bravo Coach Taylor. Our Panthers won the second playoff game after an eventful week in Dillon, Texas. Many relationship dynamics changed this week, as Julie and Matt were caught in bed together, JD McCoy was caught sneaking out, and Landry finally realized how one-sided his relationship with Tyra was. Lyla’s relationship with Buddy took a turn for the worse as well, after Buddy’s investment of her college fund went sour. It was a great episode of Friday Night Lights, answering some questions while posing a few of its own.
The promise of brief nudity comes to fruition before the opening credits even role when Walter is seen walking around naked in a grocery store. In shock and in the hospital, Walter’s family is relieved to find their cancer stricken patriarch. Walter then takes to lying, giving a bogus story about where he was and covering up his knowledge of Hank’s bloodletting of Tuco from Episode 2. Meanwhile Hank reveals to his superiors that he was busy searching for Walter when he ran into Tuco. This leads his superiors to question Walter and Jesse’s past as high school student and teacher. At Jesse’s house, Jesse and his friend Badger frantically clear out his entire crystal kitchen into the notorious Winnebago. And poof, Badger’s cousin tows away the notorious camper and Jesse thinks he is clean of that part of his life.
I’ve got a theory, which is mine, and I own it, and my theory is this: no TV show should ever go more than 5 or 6 seasons. Even the greatest shows begin to lose something after that many seasons, and often start tarnishing what made them great in the first place. Which is a roundabout way of saying that while Battlestar Galactica has turned out to be my current All-Time Favorite TV Show Ever, I’m still very glad that it’s leaving the airwaves. I’d rather have 4.5 (or whatever) great seasons than 10 seasons, where the last five were shite. So while I’m sad that Battlestar Galactica is ending, I’m also happy that they’re leaving while firing on all cylinders. Of course, “firing on all cylinders,” is just my opinion. Lotsa folks out there think that this Series Finale was either a misfire, or a case of firing on too many cylinders. I’ve got a theory for that, which is mine, and I own it, and my theory is: there are three main reasons that people think that a particular Series Finale sucks:
So, after originally reporting that thespian-rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would be playing the role of Hale Caesar in Stallone's upcoming star-studded The Expendables, Ain't It Cool News now reports that former San Diego Chargers linebacker and funnyman Terry Crews will be taking on the role. I like this choice, and not just because I know that Terry's unafraid to commit himself to a project, as he's proved by posing nude on a fur rug with only an NBA-endorsed basketball covering his unmentionables. I also like it because Terry's performance as the President of the United States of America ("President Camacho") in Mike Judge's Idiocracy was the stuff of beauty. Imagine President Obama channeling Camacho's words:
Columbia Pictures just released a new set of promotional photos for Terminator: Salvation. This is looking more and more like Mad Max meets Cyberdyne, and I like it. More photos for you to click and make all nice n' big (like the handsome one of the blow'd up T-800 exoskeleton one above) after the jump…
The first trailer for Sorority Row, the remake of 1981’s The House on Sorority Row, is up and running…for… its… life. Check it out, and then check out our photo gallery of all the sorority sisters after the jump. No pressure or anything.
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