Knowing, opening today, is a compelling film that walks the line between horror and science fiction – a genre blend right up the alley of director Alex Proyas, who probably gained the biggest notoriety from the cult fave Dark City. Unlike Dark City, Knowing takes place in the very real world – Melbourne, Australia doubling amazingly as Massachusetts and NYC – and its story drums up a question that’s come to all our minds at some point: does Earthly life have a purpose, or does “sh*t just happen?”
In a Time.com article on the future of 3-D filmmaking, Josh Quittner – lucky sum'bitch that he is – got to check out some footage of James Cameron's Avatar, due in December. According to Quittner, "[Avatar] could be the thing that forces theaters to convert to digital." WETA's VFX is creating an entire world from digital scratch, and Quittner apparently had trouble separating pixels from reality. Cameron theorized that 3-D viewing "is so close to a real experience that it actually triggers memory creation in a way that 2-D viewing doesn't." Spielberg predicts it will be the biggest 3-D live-action film ever. I think that's like saying Louisville has a chance of beating Morehead State in the NCAA Tourney today.Here now, the rest of the news…Tara Reid Starring in The Fields (Dread Central) Little Fockers Likely Gets Smart Director (Variety) New Terminator: Salvation Poster (/Film) Sorority Row Trailer Goes Up (Pajiba)Hanks-produced Agent ZigZag Finds a Writer (Variety)
The new boss for the northeastern branches, successor to Jan and Ryan, comes into the office so Michael can introduce him to his branch to get to know it better, while Jim has to suffer because he wore a tux to work that day to mess with Dwight for being strict about the dress code. The new boss is none too lenient, though, and starts cracking down on office spending while several office women eye his good looks. Michael doesn’t like the new boss too much, and pesters David about him. It’s the shot in the arm this Office season needs, and it’s right after the jump.
Today, Columbia Pictures released the full theatrical trailer for Year One. We get to see Jack Black and Michael Cera leave their village, head out on a way old school road trip and run into some familiar figures along the way (like a pissy Cain and Abel played by Paul Rudd and David Cross). I'm glad that Michael Cera's getting to spread his wings at least a little bit. He's still playing the awkward, quirky geek that we've become accustomed to, but at least he's doing it in the ancient world. It kinda works. Check out the trailer after the jump and tell us what you think about this Michael Cera and Jack Black epic team-up in the comments section.
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Sleep Dealer, from relative newbie director Alex Rivera, takes its visual cues like a westernized, live action version of some funky used-future Japanese anime flick. Set against the backdrop of the US-Mexico border in some kind of alternate, not-so-distant future, it already seems disturbingly credible. Don't take your border patrol friends opening night. Check out the trailer and a more detailed plot synopsis after the jump.
Sacred Heart's couples experience a few hiccups, while Turk takes a risk by performing a controversial procedure on a patient whose father is desperate. Back In The Ring Dr. Cox's family visits him at the hospital where Jordan is enjoying the perks of Cox's new position. She happily claims that she has fired two cafeteria employees on the grounds that their accents were unbearable, confirming- once again- that she is a horrible person. She sits at the table with Jack, who is carrying a stack of pancakes taller than he is. When Cox asks why Jack isn't in school, Jordan explains that kids don't have school on Yom Kippur. Cox points out that Yom Kippur was six months ago, and Jordan is made to realize that she's been outsmarted by her five-year-old son. "I hate school!" Jack claims victoriously, throwing his arms in the air like Rocky.
Yesterday evening, AICN received a letter straight from Sly Stallone himself informing them that Forest Whitaker has had to drop out of Stallone's fully loaded actioner Expendables, and will be replaced by 50 Cent. Now, before anyone gets their camouflage panties in a bunch, keep in mind that of all the movie badasses in The Expendables, 50 is probably the only cast member ever to actually be shot. With real bullets. Here's what the cast is shaping up to look like:
A spy for Ain't It Cool News got his hands on a script for the new Muppet Movie titled – no kidding – "The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!" It was written by I Love You Man's Jason Segel and Nick Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). The movie revolves around The Muppets reuniting after a huge falling out to save The Muppet Studios in Hollywood. They have to put on a show in the Muppet Theatre and get 10 million viewers to save the Studios from an evil Texas oil tycoon. This sounds like Wild Hogs, Space Cowboys or Old Dogs for the Henson set, but I'm there. The rest of the morning news:RIP Natasha Richardson (CNN.com)They Came From the Drive-In! (ShockTilYouDrop)Justin Long is Going the Distance (Variety)Has The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Lost It? (Pajiba)Zucker's plans for Hulu coming to fruition Mwahahaha (DHD)New Footage of G.I. Joe Screened (Dark Horizons)
Woo Hoo! This just in from Ain't It Cool News: comedy upstart Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, etc.) is signed on to star in a sprawling fantasy epic comedy, to be directed by none other than Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green. And James Franco is apparently attached as a co-star. I don't know about you, but I look at Danny McBride and CANNOT WAIT to see his mug on a Sword & Sorcerer-style poster. This sounds f*cking awesome. Harry Knowles mused that it'll be Monty Python-esque. I hope it's entirely it's own thing, and with waaaaaaay better effects than Python (because we can, now). Spectral Motion (the guys who did the opposite of shitting the bed with the VFX in Hellboy 2 and Pan's Labyrinth) are also attached to bring this fantasy world and the creatures within to meticulously detailed life.
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Earlier today, a spy for Ain't It Cool News reported that Tom Cruise is kicking around ideas for the next installment of Mission: Impossible. He spilled the beans on the popular Japanese show "SMAP SMAP." After spilling the beans, he apparently then baked a cake. I waited for this to turn out to be a segment for NBC's Howie Do It, but comedian Howie Mandel didn't come out to canned applause spliced in from an earlier joke, so we have to consider it as credible.
As relayed by AceShowBiz.com, Jennifer Aniston has joined Slumdog's Freida Pinto as possibilities for the new Bond girl in the series' 23rd installment. A source from Bond's production company, EON, was quoted as saying, "We're always looking for the next Bond girl. She has to be beautiful but she also needs to have brains. It helps if she's athletic and able to keep up with the intense stunt work a Bond movie demands. Jennifer has all these qualities. It's great to hear she'd love to do a movie because we have used established actresses before such as Teri Hatcher and Denise Richards. It's great she's a fan." It certainly makes us wonder whether Aniston's involvement would have any bearing on the role of Bond 23's villain…
April's issue of DETAILS – out next week – has a sexy spread of Dragonball Evolution's Emmy Rossum featuring photographs from Matthias Vriens, who sounds Scandinavian and artsy, so you can be sure the photographs are top-notch. Actually, one of them is pictured above, and it looks classy enough to me. Kudos, Matthias! Kick back on your Ektörp chair and have a Grolsch for a job well done! Click on the photo to enlarge it to proper Rossum-viewing size. And saunter on over to Men.Style.com to check out their slideshow of the rest of the pics.
According to Latino Review, Mickey "The Ram" Rourke has "agreed to appear at WrestleMania XXV to support friends Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat, and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka in their match against Chris Jericho." I don't know about you, but as much as this reeks of a marketing ploy to make WWE even more Hollywood, I'd pay money to see Rourke actually get in the ring with those other three. I long for the days of '80s WWF when a fight was fair and everyone had a larger than life nickname (and a part in a cartoon show). Chris Jericho? Meh. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat? That's like a nickname followed by a surname that sounds like a nickname. Just do me a favor, WWE, and bring back Junkyard Dawg and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake." Then you'll have my $25 or whatever it's gonna cost. Throw in a halftime show with Springsteen and I'll go higher. "Ehhhhave you evah seen a one treeeck ponyyyyyyyy…" (Tears rolling down my cheeks, I tell you.)And now the rest of the news…The Frog Bros. unite in Lost Boys 3 gets (Dread Central)Angels and Demons' Dan Harris to script Dante's Inferno (Variety)Clip from Fred Durst's first non-porn directorial effort (ComingSoon.Net)You can buy the 1989 Batmobile! (/Film)I Love You Man's Jason Segel to write songs for Russell Brand (The Playlist)
According to Slash Film, "Fox Atomic has acquired the rights to turn indie developer Zombie Studio’s original action property "Blacklight" into a feature film, comic book series and video game." It's supposedly a "covert military action epic set 25 years into the future" and will be told using a this multi-platform approach of print, video game and feature film. And the cool part is that all the pieces will interconnect to create one larger arc. Well, it's cool if you can afford it. Sort of reminds me of the hell my grandparents must've gone through finding all those Voltron Lions. (You can imagine the disappointment of having an amputee robot.) More artwork after the jump.
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Our friends over at Dread Central posted the new Red Band clip for the upcoming Lesbian Vampire Killers flick, which is an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, of course. LVK is shaping up to be a pretty good piece of camp cinema, if I do say so myself. And I just did. So click for the jump, sit back, relax, and have some good, sexy, bloodsucking laughs courtesy of Momentum Pictures. (We've also included the trailer, as well as some kickass poster art and stills.)
This Friday, Rose Byrne will be teaming up with Nic Cage in the supernatural apocalyptic actioner Knowing, directed by The Crow and Dark City's Alex Proyas. Where You've Seen Her: Rose, an Aussie, is probably best known for her role opposite Glen Close in FX's Damages. But she also made memorable turns as Scarlet in 28 Weeks Later, as Briseis in Troy, and as Cassie in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. She also had a minor role as one of Natalie Portman's doppelgangers in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Pointless Quote: "I see myself more as a character actress than a celebrity." See more pics of Rose after the jump!
Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like a Leprechaun commandeering the mic at a strip club and then proceeding to wax lyrical about his roots. He's quite the M.C., but I suppose that's par for the course with a mythical goblin who speaks in anapestic line verse. That's poetry terminology, son! I'd like to imagine that the little guy stayed around to intro the featured strippers when they come out to do their pole dance on stage.
Happy St. Patty's Day, Homer Simpson. Variety reports that an "Irish-themed episode of The Simpsons will air in Ireland and the UK" tonight. It's the first time ever that the show has premiered an episode outside the US. Oh, the luck of the Irish. The episode revolves around St. Patrick's Day, so perhaps for the first time as well, we'll get to see green Duff. Hello, 7-11 marketing department… Don't worry, though; the episode, entitled "In the Name of the Grandfather," will air stateside this sunday.
Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to play the female lead in Kenneth Branagh's screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' Thor. I don't know about you, but when I think of Natalie Portman, I think of Jewish American Princess, not Asgardian Goddess. Then again, they can do a lot with a blonde wig these days… In any case, there aren't a lot of chicks in Thor's world. At least, not many with juicy roles. So it leads me to wonder if she'd be playing Amora the Enchantress… Thor's arch enemy and sometimes lovaaaah. If that's the case… I'm thinking we need some other casting possibilities in the mix, you know, just to keep Natalie on her toes. Here are some ideas:
Bauers on the move. Police are every which way. He elbows the window of a car, hotwires it, and screeches of in a vintage Mustang that happens to have a laptop in it.
This episode starts off with House in his office making a miniature racetrack. He races model cars on a track made out of medical supplies. Cuddy comes into the room and tells House he should have been helping patients, instead of making a racetrack. Cuddy introduces him to a new patient. After Cuddy leaves the room, the patient seizes and pees green urine. Thus begins another episode of House. House is with the team in his office writing on the ‘symptoms board’ in green pen. Taub is late and in a bad mood. He questions House’s decision to choose this patient. House punishes Taub for his disobedience. House orders the team to test the patient’s home for outside influences that would make her pee green.
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The trailer for Thirst, the new vampire flick from Oldboy director Chan Wook Park, has arrived. We can usually expect a few juicy taboos from Park, and this one looks like it has it in the form of a bloodsucking priest. Check out the trailer after the jump…
After noticing Watchmen's Box Office numbers slip 65% in its second weekend, we thought to ourselves, why aren't they marketing this film toward female retirees looking for some full frontal male nudity? Because, man, there's enough blue penis in this movie to make Vanity Smurf come out of his tiny closet.Well, some folks over at Liquid Generation are helping keep the Watchmen buzz alive at the other end of the age spectrum, and figured that gamers like their penis 8 bits at a time. Check out this Kung Fu-inspired scrolling actioner featuring a monster… ahem… swordfight… after the jump.
The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news that TV's MacGyver will be getting the big screen treatment through Raffaella Productions, run by Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis. Dino will executive produce. Now, everyone knows that MacGyver is the world's most ingenious adventurer. He can take a rubber band, a watch and a graphite pencil and make a low-grade bomb to break through a prison wall. He can use a bowl, a spoon and a can of Campbell's Chunky Soup to overthrow a South American dictator. You try to do that, Donovan McNabb's mom!Ultimately, though, it's the Mullet that makes the MacGyver. And we at Screen Junkies thought we could help drastically in the De Laurentiis clan's quest to cast the big screen MacGyver by putting several leading men through what we like to call: The MacMullet Test.See our contenders after the jump and vote for your favorite in the comments section (or feel free to suggest others). The De Laurentiis family – and MacGyver: The Movie – need your help!
John copes with the loss of his girlfriend while those close to him point fingers at his suspicious cyborg. Sound AdviceJessie sits pondering in an easy chair with Riley’s corpse on the floor beside her. A flashback occupies her mind. In it, Derek is explaining to Jessie that he is going on a mission. He warns her to always aim for the chip (when executing Terminators), kisses her and tells her he’ll see her later. The flashback ends. After a moment, Jessie stands and zips up the plastic body bag covering John Connor’s late girlfriend. Sarah is packing things into boxes when John walks in. It’s pretty clear what’s going on–they’re moving again–so John offers to take care of the garage. He finds Cameron there, mulling over robot parts. Afraid of what his mother might do if she finds them, John tells Cameron to bury them so they can be incinerated later. Bad News
This morning I woke up to discover that character actor Ron Silver had died of cancer at age 62. Silver is probably best known for his work in dramas like The West Wing, Chicago Hope and as the villain in Timecop. But he also made one of the funniest self-deprecating turns in unaired TV show history when he played the villain – and himself – in the Ben Stiller-created, Jack Black-starring Heat Vision Jack. See the clip after the jump. And now, the rest of the news… Sam Raimi Talks Remakes & Evil Dead 4! (IGN) Awesome Concept Art from The Goon (/Film) ex-NFL'er Michael Strahan to Follow in OJ Simpson's Path – minus the murder part. (Variety) Thoughts on SXSW screening of Bruno. Vassup! (AICN) Exclusive I Love You, Man Clip (ComingSoon.Net)