With a spring deadline looming on its option for the sci-fi classic, Dune, Paramount is in a mad dash to secure a director and set a start date for production. If the studio is not “absolutely confident” in the project by early 2011, it will lose its right to the film.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon argue on their show “The Trip” about who does a better Michael Caine impression. I can’t tell who wins. Brydon points out how slow Caine speaks, and Coogan exemplifies the broken speech pattern when Caine gets upset. I could watch this for hours.
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman is getting paid out the wazoo for his directorial debut… even though he wrote Fred Claus.
Mr. Peanut is getting a makeover, and Robert Downey Jr. will be the man behind the shell, in a voicing capacity. $35 million dollars will go into making the Planters mascot tastier.
The news that Zac Efron has been offered the lead in the Hughes Brothers adaptation of Akira is single-handedly responsible for the stock of asthma medicine shooting through the roof. That is to say, chubby basement dwellers are PISSED.
Bruce Willis’s steady transition into Vin Diesel is nearly complete. He’s now signed on to star opposite Paul Walker and a rapper in a heist movie. If he surfs on a missile during the next full-eclipse, the transformation will be complete.
Hayden Panettiere is wasting no time in becoming Hollywood’s next Scream Queen. With Scream 4 under her belt, she’s now joining the thriller Downer’s Grove. Prom Night’s Nelson McCormick is directing the script adapted by Bret Easton Ellis, with Panettiere, Nikki Reed, and Rebecca De Mornay having signed on.
Ground control to Major Harvey . The Weinstein Co. is preparing to launch production of Apollo 18, a film about the Apollo 18 moon mission. The project, which will be produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Trevor Cawood, is based on the screenplay by Brian Miller.
It looks like Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man isn’t quite the pimp we expected him to be. The Wrap reports that Mary Jane Watson will not appear in the Sony’s franchise reboot.
This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features a snap shot of Muppet chaos with Jason Segel smack dab in the middle. Most the characters in the new Muppet Movie you might recognize, but one precocious little fella stands out.
Sony and Marc Webb have just reminded Sally Field that she’s not a spring chicken anymore in the nicest way possible. The Oscar-winner is in talks to join the Spider-Man reboot that is ramping up for a December start.
Rest easy, Tromaville fans! The Toxic Avenger remake has found its writer/director, and his name is Steve Pink. His previous films include Hot Tub Time Machine and Accepted. He will co-write the film with Daniel C. Mitchell.
Welcome boys and girls to the brand new Screen Junkies! If your fear of change hasn’t sent you running by now, I congratulate you on facing your debilitating anxiety head on. You’re in for a real treat.
Now that David O. Russell is willing to do just about anything, he’s got another weird sounding project in the works. It’s still too early for big details, but he and his Three Kings star Ice Cube are working together on a potential franchise. No, it won’t involve any kids asking when they’ll arrive at their planned destination.
If all goes as planned for the folks behind the upcoming Spider Man reboot, we’ll soon see Martin Sheen shot to death at the hands of an anonymous burglar.
Johnny Depp has officially locked himself in for the big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows with his best friend in the whole wide world Tim Burton directing. Filming has been slated for April, which means it’s a big no can do from Depp to Snow White and the Huntsman.
Things just got really dangerous for Col. Hans’s wallet. Disney is opening a Tron: Legacy Pop-Up Shop in Culver City, CA for six weeks beginning November 19th. At the store you’ll be able to buy all kinds of neon-trimmed crap.
Dame Judi Dench has signed on for a cameo in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Not surprisingly, Latino Review is reporting that Dame Judi will play a noblewoman.
Personally, I don’t even like walking to the TV when I can’t find the remote, let alone across a tundra, desert, and over mountains. But I guess that’s what seperates…
MGM recently filed for bankruptcy, and you know what that means. It’s time for them to make movies! Don’t ask me how the government works because I cannot enlighten you. The Hobbit is finally scheduled to begin filming in February, and now it looks like MGM’s other huge franchise, the James Bond series, is picking up steam maybe but who the hell knows for sure.
Obligatory fat-suit dance scene aka "The Stiller"
The FBI's top agent, who is allowed to dress up as an overweight septuagenarian from time to time, is back and dressed up like an overweight septuagenarian (just go with it). In Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Martin Lawrence helps his stepson/murder-witness hide out by dressing him like Kenan Thompson's sister and enrolling him at an all girl's school. Despite the lack of the dude in drag forced to group shower scene, it sounds like a sound plan to me. I also ate the cat's ear medicine today.
Watch Big Momma shake it after the jump…
Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!
"Gross. Cut it out, you guys!!"
Sadly, we'll have to wait for the bad taste of Jonah Hex to dissolve from our collective cheek lining before we'll be able to see Solomon Kane. But that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the work of Kane writer-director Michael Bassett. Thanks to DVD sales and a strong show overseas, Silent Hill is now getting a go at a sequel (which will be in 3D naturally), and Bassett has been hired to direct.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will follow a story that stands alone from the original. It traces the plot of the third video game with 17-year old Heather Mason journeying to the nightmare town of Silent Hill to find her missing father, only to discover the gruesome truth about her self. Now, before you get all uppity about it, you should know that it's being shot in 3D. Not post-converted. So, you'll have to come up with some other excuse not to see it when my weirdo friend George asks me to go. (BloodyDisgusting)
Don't question it. It's art.
With his dance card so chock full, we knew something had to give when Brad Pitt joined Cogan's Trade yesterday. Thankfully, it wasn't World War Z. Which is still assumed to be moving forward. However, if you were excited to see Brad buckle some swash and channel Tomb Raider, you're in for a let down. Vulture reports that stalled talks have caused Pitt to walk away from James Gray's The Lost City Of Z.
Before hopping the bus out of butt-town, Pitt was slated to play Percy Fawcett, the real-life adventurer who lead an exhibition into the Amazon to find the kingdom of El Dorado. He and his crew were never seen again. It's just as well that Pitt left the project. He just doesn't seem like the right fit for this kind of part. Besides, this Percy Fawcett dude is a dead ringer for Kevin Costner.
The headline was pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you can't figure it out, here are some details. ComingSoon has released this teaser poster from Mel Gibson's upcoming film The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster. The poster is funny for two reasons. Reason one: Mel Gibson comes off as pretty insane, like the character in this poster. Reason two: Gibson was driven insane by some crazy Russian beaver, so it's funny to see him holding one. That is all (MovieLine)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the iconic movie studio responsible for the James Bond franchise as well as Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, which was pressured into filing by investor Carl Icahn, is seeking a 30-day reorganization period in which to pay its creditors.
As part of the reorganization, Spyglass Entertainment will take over management of MGM. Also, company mascot, Leo the Lion, will be euthanized as a cost-cutting measure, and his meat will be sold to the Chinese, who consider lion flesh to be an aphrodisiac. (Vulture)
Warner Bros. has unleashed the trailer for Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. No matter what you're fond of in life, it's probably somewhere in this film. Hot girls, dragons, robots, robot samurai, zepplins, it's all there. The film stars Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgins, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, and Carla Gugino. They all play humans, as far as I can tell, but I'm sure one of them could change into a robot samurai at any moment. I don't even want to attempt putting this movie's plot into words so here's the official synopsis:
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Seems like she's on every director's wishlist lately, but esteemed projects like The Great Gatsby will have to step off. THR reports Scarlett Johansson is remaking Species. Essentially. It's a project called Under The Skin, directed by Sexy Beast's Jonathan Glazer.
In the film, Johansson will play an alien disguised as the perfect woman. She hangs out in remote and desolate areas where she can easily ensnare human prey with her sexual wiles. Because hot women always hang out in the desert and that parking lot behind the plastics plant where those kids do donuts. Over time she gets all turned on and decides to stop eating people but continues to still be slutty. Let me just say this: GREEN LIGHT.
I'm paraphrasing, of course, and the film will be more complex than that. I believe the moral takeaway will be that, no matter how attractive something may seem, looks can be deceiving. For instance, this puppy/bunny hybrid may appear sweet and cute and smily, but trust me. That little f*cker does not respect the concept of wee-wee pads.