Quoth the Raven, "Herpity derp!"
John Cusack has announced via his Twitter that he will be playing all around bad boy Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue's thriller The Raven. The movie won't be about a guy in a room who keeps hearing strange knocking (Cusack already did that in 1408), but instead "a serial killer thriller in which the famed horror author would have to solve clues of a string of murders based on his stories."
Considering Poe wasn't a stranger to smoking a boat-load of opium for inspiration, I wonder if they'll incorporate that character trait into the film. Nothing would give me more pleasure than watching John Cusack stumbling around 1850s Baltimore stoned out of his gourd on barbiturates. It would be like a really old school episode of "The Wire." (ComingSoon)
Noted screenwriter and producer Alex Kurtzman is set to make his directorial debut with Welcome to People. The film is being produced by a man who, despite his influence in the industry, is not well known outside of Hollywood: director Steven Spielberg. Kurtzman first worked for Spielberg on his production of Transformers. While he has gone on to produce various TV shows, including "Fringe" and CBS's upcoming remake of "Hawaii Five-0," the director's chair has alluded him until now.
Welcome to People tells the story of a man whose estranged father dies, leaving instructions for his son to deliver $150,000 to a sister he never knew existed. The man wants to keep the money for himself, but can't help but investigate his long-lost sibling.
When my dad passed away, he left me $150 and stipulated that I should deliver it personally to my estranged second cousin while she was working at The Box Office, a gentlemen's club in the next town over. Well, he didn't really stimpulate it so much as he implied it by not specifically saying that I shouldn't. I miss you, dad. (Collider)
If you watch "Mad Men" then you know how the previews for the following weeks' episodes are pure bullsh*t. All we get are cryptic phrases and the occasional highball glass smashed over dramatic music. John Duffy decided to edit a few "On the Next Mad Men" previews of his own using footage from familiar TV shows and movies. The "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" one above definitely has me intrigued. How will Charlie slap Dee's face off of her face?! Check out more of John's previews here. (BuzzFeed)
Screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have been hired to write the Tupac Shakur biopic, and they promise that their approach "is not in any way biopic-y." The original draft written by Steven Bagatourian was gonna get all up in 2Pac's bidness by laying out facts documentary style. But Wilkinson says that approach was skeet and their script will center on the last day of Tupac's life, using flashbacks to show the final four years of thugness leading up to it. Don't quote him on that exact wording. I added some flava. Rivele spit this flow for Vulture:
"This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium," explains Rivele, "He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster."
Sounds like me in high school. Turns out starring as the lead in South Pacific doesn't command the respect you'd think it would. But wrap a bandana around your head and shoot the janitor, suddenly everyone's afraid of you. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct the Tupac biopic, and is currently searching for an unknown actor to play the late-rapper. I suggest he consider casting Tupac himself since we all know he's alive and well living out the rest of his days in suburbia tending to his tomato garden.
Patrick Fabian is a face you’ve seen on TV many times before but never took the time to find out who he is on imdb. This week, the long time…
This comes from a gossip site, so take it for what it's worth, but Brad Pitt is supposedly in talks to star in a film adaptation of the groundbreaking videogame, Red Dead Redemption.
Published by Rockstar Games, the same company behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise, RDR tells the story of John Marston, a former outlaw who can't escape his past during the final days of the Old West. Supposedly, Pitt has been given the right of first refusal for the Marston role.
Hopefully this rumor turns out to be true. Hollywood is already putting money behind crap like Battleship, so why not develop a film around Red Dead. The game has a solid plot and more interesting characters than half the films I've seen this year, so the heavy lifting is done. And if it works out, maybe someone will finally make a movie based on my favorite videogame of all time, Avoid the Noid. (Cinemablend)
Did you like the Karate Kid remake? Did you like Kung Fu Panda? Then you're going to love the Karate Kid sequel. Why? Because you're obviously ten-years old and you'll like anything they put in front of you. I'll tell you who "they" are when you're older.
But you'll also like the Karate Kid sequel because the screenwriters for Kung Fu Panda, Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, have been hired to write the script. Of course, by the time the film comes out in 2013, you'll have already hit puberty, which means maybe you'll have grown out of children's movies. But if you're anything like me, you'll retreat back to your childhood once Cindy Johnson rejects you in front of the entire biology class and makes you the laughing stock of the whole school. (Empire)
Albert Brooks isn't exactly considered a bad-ass. Finding Nemo and Defending Your Life don't usually strike fear into the hearts of men. Aside from his cameo as a supervillain on "The Simpsons," he usually plays a mild-mannered guy…until now.
Behold, Albert Brooks 2.0. Now the famed comedian is 90% more menacing thanks to his upcoming role in Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. In the film, Brooks will play a New York mobster named Bernie Rose who moves to L.A. to kick ass and take names. The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, who has turned into a bit of a bad-ass himself thanks to "Breaking Bad."
Now that Brooks has gone tough guy, can fellow comedian and neurotic Jew Richard Lewis be far behind? Only time will tell. (Deadline)
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The final season of "Lost" was probably one of the most anticipated seasons of a TV show of all time. Each episode was fiercely debated and often maligned for either not answering enough or providing unsatisfactory answers. Regardless of how you felt about this last season, I think we can all agree that "Lost" is fairly unique among television and helped reintroduce sci-fi back into mainstream primetime (which might be a bad thing. Looking at you "Threshhold," "Invasion," "Flashforward," "V," etc).
More after the jump…
The opening of The Last Exorcism this weekend (read my review here) marks the first theatrically released movie for German-born and American Film Institute-trained filmmaker Daniel Stamm. Screen Junkies sat…
When you see it…
Channing Tatum is organizing (producing) a fictional high school reunion for himself and few of his closest friends. Ten Years is an ensemble drama about classmates chumming it up again a decade after their graduation. It'll be like The Big Chill, except they'll dance to "Lady Marmalade" instead of "Heard It Through The Grapevine."
Tatum is already sending out his Save the Dates to several actors he'd like to attend. Tatum's wife, Jenna Dewan ("Step Up"), Anna Faris, Chris Pratt ("Parks and Rec"), Chris Pine and Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights") should all be expecting theirs from their agents soon. They can either respond or just ignore Channing entirely. He'll find some other friends who like him for him and not the man he used to be or was hoping to become. (THR)
(Above) Jeremy Renner's First Solo Album: Can I Borrow a Feeling
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner will co-star with Tom Cruise in the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Deadline is reporting. Yesterday it was rumored that Paramount was in search of a younger actor to join the film with the hope that he could take over the staring role once Cruise steps aside. But the studio ultimately decided on the 41-year-old Renner, who they felt had a "Daniel Craig quality."
While Renner is a great actor, I really don't understand the logic behind bringing him in. After Knight and Day bombed, it was reported that Paramount wanted a star to help compensate for Cruise's waning box-office appeal. Is Renner the man for that job? If you really want this thing to be a hit, you need to cast Taylor Lautner or maybe The Situation. That's how you get asses in the seats, damn it.
Sorry all you Fart Face fans, but the man behind the character you love so dearly is packing his fart face up and traveling on. Will Forte will not return to "Saturday Night Live" for the show's 36th season. Neither NBC nor Forte's people would offer a P.C. response as to why, but apparently the split is "amicable," like they always are according to lawyers.
The actor is now free to pursue other projects that aren't on Saturday night or live. The question is, can he remain relevant in movies for long if he's not continuely exposed to fans on "SNL"? MacGruber didn't do him any favors. I think Forte's a funny guy and all, but he's not exactly a household name like Will Ferrell was when he decided to jump Lorne Michael's ship. Unless your household is particularly fond of twisted, weird-ass sketches. In which case, your family should have dinner together more often. (Movieline)
Len Lesser (Left) | Kim Kardashian (Right)
Just when you thought Kim Kardashian couldn't sink any lower, she goes on Facebook and harasses an 87-year-old man. And not just any 87-year old. We're talking about Len Lesser, the guy who played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld!"
Len Lesser called Burbank police last night after receiving a slew of calls from people who kept asking, "Are you Uncle Leo?" The 87-year-old couldn't take it anymore so cops came to his house.
While at Lesser's home, an officer intercepted one of the calls and asked where the caller had found the number. As it turns out, someone posing as Kim Kardashian on Facebook posted the information, not the reality/porn star herself. However, I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to throw Kardashain in jail until the whole thing gets sorted out, just in case.
In the meantime, Lesser should start answering his phone with "Vandelay Industries" in order to throw the callers off his trail. (TMZ)
Steve Carell is on the search for a boyfriend for his wife in A Boyfriend for My Wife. Judging by the title, you'd think it was for your wife, but it's not. He's got no G.D. business interferring with your marriage.
The film is a remake of 2008 Argentine comedy Un novio para mi mujer, in which "a timid husband believes the only way out of his stifling marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, so he enlists the help of a legendary yet unlikely Lothario." It seems that the more interesting role is the one that Carell will not be playing. The casting of the Lothario character could make or break this idea. I wouldn't worry too much though. They got the guys who wrote Snow Dogs to adapt the script, and we all know what that fresh take on snow dog films did for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career…………………………………………………………………………………. (Variety)
There are some actors and actresses who should have pulled the plug on their careers years ago, but they have instead continued to Chuck Liddell us (that’s a reference to an MMA fighter who won’t retire, if you're not into the octagon) with the same boring, uninspired appearances in the latest schlock that they are getting paid to sleepwalk through. But let’s also not forget the directors out there that keep doing the same to us. There’s a horde of filmmakers who used to be pretty damn good or at least did a couple of good films early on in their careers, but who now only turn out movies that make us want to resort to Weekend at Bernie’s II again and again. There are many offenders, but for now we’ll look at ten who should hang up their directing beret.
While Peter Jackson is confident that the legal squabble between Warner Bros. and MGM over The Hobbit will be resolved "sometime soon," the Lord of the Rings prequel may not be his primary concern.
During an interview with New Zealand's Dominion Post, the acclaimed director discussed plans for his long-awaited ANZAC project, which would depict the exploits of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. Jackson hopes to complete the project before the 100th anniversary of the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli in 2015.
"It was doomed because while the Australians charged the Nek from below, the New Zealanders, who were supposed to simultaneously attack from above, didn't show up. But that's another story, and one I'd love to make as the 100th anniversary gets closer."
While the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli is an important milestone, let's not forget that the eleventy-billionth anniversary of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields is also approaching. Allowing The Hobbit to languish in legal limbo spits on the memory of all those who gave their lives fighting Sauron and his evil minions. Shame on you, Peter Jackson. (Empire Online)
Best employee training video ever. I'm getting out of the blogging game and applying to Wendys. (VideoGum)
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You and I both are going to hell.
Marvel Studios has given the green light to an adaptation of the "Iron Fist" comic series, and has hired Rich Wilkes to write the script, Deadline is reporting. Wilkes is best known for penning the script to XXX, which went on to make Vin Diesel a household name in households that like to talk about stupid crap. The move seems to indicate that Disney is following through on its promise to develop more obscure characters from the Marvel library.
The Iron Fist character was created in the 1970s during the height of the martial arts film craze. And as you'd expect from the name, this character received his special powers by plunging his clenched hand into a foreign body. But unlike most fisters, the body belonged to a dragon, not a strung-out wannabe actress from Cincinnati.
And the winner is…
"I feel like we have something in common because we're both blind."
The winner will receive a 3-month subscription from Netflix!
Thanks to everyone who entered. You guys rocked Twitter with your captions.
City Island is available on Blu Ray and DVD today.
Michael Bay is calling bullsh*t on all of the following: TMZ reported yesterday that two men claimed they "got into a scuffle with a man they claim is Bay's private security guard" on August 24, 2008. (Yes, that's two years ago and they're just having a problem with it now) They were tossed out of a nightclub, at which time Bay's drunk security guard pistol whipped the living crap out of them, breaking teeth and bones, before fleeing the scene. Bay took time out from his busy kabooming schedule on Transformers 3 to set the record straight on his website. Check out Bay's response after the jump…
Rob Thomas, Jon Enborn, and Dan Etheridge, the creators of the intelligent and hilarious, so of course now cancelled, "Party Down" have sold a pilot to NBC. "Temps" will focus on a group of recent college graduates who are forced to take a variety of oddball temp jobs to make ends meet. It will be single-cam like "Party Down" and "Community" (shows you love), not multi-cam like "Big Bang Theory" and "According to Jim" (shows your grandma loves).
Thomas is also currently working on an outline for a show at Showtime. He told TV Squad, "Right now it's simply 'Untitled Rob Thomas Spy Show. It's set in the world of corporate espionage." That project is supposed to be dark though, not funny. At least not "Ha ha" funny. "Temps" better be ROTFLMAO funny, that is if NBC makes the pilot, the pilot tests well, they pick it up to series, it airs, and people watch it so it continues airing. Tell your Nana we need her support.
And I looked, and behold a pale cat: and his name that sat on him was Death.
Are you an aspiring screenwriter who's been trying to sell your story for years? Well this cat that lives in a nursing home beat you to the punch. How does that make you feel?
Oscar, the so-called "Death-Predicting" Cat, made waves back in 2007 when his story was published in the New England journal of medicine. Now, screenwriters Stephen Lindsey and Luis Ugaz are hoping to translate Oscar's horrifying story into box-office gold, and maybe a non-cat Oscar.
For those of you unfamiliar with the demonic feline, Oscar is a "therapy cat" who has accurately predicted the deaths of over fifty patients. The normally skittish animal regularly curls up beside patients who are near death and waits with them until they expire. What makes the story even more disturbing is the fact that Oscar was able to predict the deaths of patients who were considered healthy by the nursing staff.
Back in the day, if people caught wind of a cat that was clearly in league with Lucifer and his minions they would have put it in a sack and thrown it off a bridge. Today, we give it a movie. You call that progress? (Cinematical)
"Who the hell are you to tell me what to do?"
HBO has released a behind the scenes look at their highly anticipated new drama "Boardwalk Empire." The show is executive produced by Terence Winter ("The Sopranos") and Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot. Steve Buscemi plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.”
Cutting to the chase, it's going to be some old school gangsta sh*t from the mind of a "Soprano's" writer and Scorsese. We've all been waiting for the next compelling drama from HBO (if you're a girl, I know you think that's "True Blood," but it isn't), and I have no doubt that "Boardwalk Empire" will make our Sunday nights a little less depressing. Then the next morning you can go into the office and give your boss the high hat and Charleston your way out of that joint.
Check out the featurette after the jump…
Thanks to author William Peter Blatty and the creative team that brought his novel to the big screen, The Exorcist brought the ritual of exorcism (and projectile vomiting) into pop culture glory. Since then, we've seen quite a few movies about demon possession, and on Friday, we'll see the latest – The Last Exorcism.
Forgive my cynicism, but I kind of doubt that it will be the last. After all, even after The Exorcist III, Morgan Creek Productions still felt it was a viable franchise and made not one, but two movies, almost exactly alike, with the same actor, as prequels to the original.
With that in mind, we created a little board game that you can play when you see The Last Exorcism, but, it'll be dark in the theater, so bring plenty of flashlights.
Good news for people who like Adam Sandler comedies (you know who you are). Katie Holmes and Al Pacino are in talks to join Sandler's new film, Jack and Jill.
Considering that their film credits include The Godfather, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Batman Begins, Holmes and Pacino make an impressive pair. But not nearly as impressive as the pair Sandler has lined up to write and direct the film, Steven Koren and Dennis Dugan. Their film credits include such classics as Evan Almighty, Grown Ups, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Holy crap!
What the hell happened to Adam Sandler's movies? Back in 1995, I remember watching Happy Gilmore after school and laughing my ass off. But now, fifteen years later, it seems like all of his projects are geared toward 12-year olds. What changed? I can't wrap my head around it. (/Film)
Grindhouse has already been responsible for two spin-off films: Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun. Now Eli Roth has confirmed that he will bring that total to three with a full-length adaptation of his Grindhouse trailer, Thanksgiving.
I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.
I guess it shouldn't be surprising that most of these trailers are being turned into features. Hollywood is already scraping the bottom of the barrel with adaptations of friggen boardgames. Thanksgiving looks like Citizen Kane in comparison. (Cinema Blend)
This is the video that played when the writers for the now defunct "Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" were introduced at the Creative Arts Emmys this past Sunday. I would have accepted the job at Red Lobster if it were offered to me. Their cheddar dinner rolls are much better than TBS's. (Vulture)
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