While his movies are being remade left and right (except for Vampires), John Carpenter is only looking forward. The horror great has signed on to direct an adaptation of the comic book Darkchylde. The story follows a girl named Ariel Chylde who often transforms into the monsters of her nightmares.
The film has been in the works for some time and now is gaining traction. WETA created a test video to present how a Darkchylde film should look and feel. It's a pretty cool concept and with Carpenter at the helm, there's room to really push the special effects envelope. Could be awesome. Or it could turn out like Vampires. (/Film)
Check out the transformation test footage after the jump…
Here's something special for fans of slow torture. Empire has the first look at Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's joint effort The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. And they're revealing it really effing slowly. The plan is to release a full image of Peter Jackson and WETA's postwork this week, but in the meantime, snippets of the image are being teased every few hours.
Currently, ten of twelve close-up images have been revealed but they give you a good idea of what the film's texture and realism. So, if you've ever wanted to see Tintin's Adam's Apple up close in an ornate frame, brother, I've got a treat for you.
Check out the first look(s) after the jump…
You all voted in the Best Saw Trap of All Time survey, and the winner is…
THE NEEDLE PIT!
Clearly most of you have a crippling fear of hypodermic needles, as the needle pit won with an impressive 25% of the vote. I heard an interview on the radio the other day with Tobin Bell, who plays John Kramer/Jigsaw in the Saw films, and when asked what his favorite trap was, he also said the needle pit. Such a simple trap, yet it's the most disturbing. Makes you think about the human condition, doesn't it, boys and girls? Now let's all go out and donate some blood!
"Miss Sarah, ju smooging the glass."
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He comes in peace.
And here you thought Roland Emmerich couldn't settle for anything less than epic. The director, who in Independence Day and 2012 destroyed the land we love so much, is prepping The Zone, and alien invasion movie he'll make with a $5 million budget. No plot details are known but it will take the "found footage" approach and be improv-based with a cast of relative unknowns, much like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.
Shooting begins in mid-November off a script by French writer-director Guillaume Tunzini. Considering the budget for The Zone is what Emmerich usually spends on his craft services strudel supply, it'll be interesting to see what he cranks out. No demolishing famous landmarks this time around. The best he'll get is a modest ranch home with not too much surrounding land to scorch. (THR)
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Some wives are better than others. That's just a simple fact. This lucky bastard's better half made him a moving, speaking Krang from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" costume for Halloween. Do you realize how many awesome points that's going to snag him at work today? The only way he'll lose the costume contest is if this kid shows up:
Awww, he's a little Robocop! (BuzzFeed, Gizmodo)
With Tom Hardy's dance card being full doing awesome movies like The Dark Knight Rises and paycheck movies like This Means War, he won't be able to take the lead role in Snow White And The Huntsman as rumored. Which is okay because an official offer didn't go out to him.
Johnny Depp is being courted for the role of the Huntsman, who goes against orders to kill Snow White and instead trains her to fight and survive. Dude, if I were the Evil Queen, I'd seriously dock his pay for that. He had ONE task! This is all contingent on whether Tim Burton decides to do Dark Shadows or not. It's a well-known fact that Tim Burton owns Johnny Depp. He stores him in a case next to Bela Lugosi's fingernail clippings.
Nobody has been cast as Snow White yet. It's reported that the producers want a fresh face for this. But how cool would it be if the leads went to Natalie Portman and Jean Reno? (The Wrap)
Back away slowly, Mark.
Entertainment Tonight visited the set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon in Chicago in the very excited way that ET visits things. Star Shia LeBeouf was either playing along with the amped up enthusiasm, or he's been dipping into the booger sugar between takes. I realize he's a passionate guy and all, but something feels a little…twitchy about his demeanor.
ET also interviews newbie female lead Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who at least to me, doesn't seem to have the same "Damn, who is that hot-ass girl?!" appeal as Megan Fox. Spielberg liked her though, so what the hell do I know. I'm sure she's a better actor than Fox. Shit, Michael Bay's a better actor than Fox. And speaking of Michael Bay, ET gets him on record saying James Cameron shot Avatar like a little bitch. He doesn't use those exact words, but it's pretty obvious he poo-poos green screen.
Go behind the scenes after the jump…
Okay. Here it is. The trailer for William Monahan's first go behind the camera, London Boulevard. Colin Farrell stars as a gangster who falls in love with with a starlet played by Keira Knightley. What a perfect match. Who better for a media target to get involved with than a guy who can kick the sh*t out of TMZ. Make an example by breaking a few of their necks, and they'll let you walk through LAX unencumbered.
Of course, it's not all sunshine, lollipops, and neck-snaps. The sucky part of being a gangster means you need to kill all of your co-workers before you can shift careers, otherwise they'll try to interfere with your future happiness like a bunch of dicks. That's what Ray Winstone is up to when he shows up dressed like Royal Tenenbaum. Does two weeks notice mean nothing overseas?
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Director: William Monahan
Cast: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, Anna Friel
Synopsis: The story of a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.
Release Date: February 2011
Interviewing Robert Downey Jr. is always fun. He’s completely unpredictable, but everything he says sounds brilliant even though he just made it up. So for Due Date, he was on a press conference panel with his costars, Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Monaghan, his director Todd Phillips and the screenwriters, but he stole the show. After the jump are the most outrageous things Downey said at this press junket.
"Hi. I'm popular cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson."
"True Blood's" Jason Stackhouse has signed on the play Charles Manson in writer Scott Kosar's debut directing effort The Family. Not to be confused with the similar project Manson Girls, in this film Ryan Kwanten will portray the famed madman to tell the story of how The Manson Family came together. Says Kosar:
"The movie won't focus on the Manson murders. Nor is it a Manson biopic. It's a family biopic. A movie about a surrogate family of wayward teenagers who, through extraordinary circumstances, came together and were transformed into the most notorious American family of the 20th century. Hence the title."
Oh cool. So like The Goonies. C'mon, don't even try to tell me that Mouth doesn't have cult leader potential. (Shock Til You Drop)
Disney released this clip of Tron Legacy that shows off Tron's car. Seems like a good car! It's got new 7-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel economy and performance, standard 22-inch wheels and tires, LCD instrument display, Standard Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, an Advanced Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, a 12-disc CD changer, and it kinda looks like the 1960's Batmobile humped a Skechers sneaker.
In the clip, Olivia Wilde's Quorra saves Sam Flynn from some kind of danger and the two escape by cyber-off-roading. Quick note: if you want to escape into darkness, a car traced with light may not be the ideal getaway vehicle.
Check it out after the jump…
What shaving has to do with busting ghosts, I have no idea. Maybe ghostbusters are just required to be well-groomed, like the Yankees.
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Though it pains me to have to use Taxi Dog to break this news, there was no other way. Resoundingly mediocre film directors McG and Simon West are teaming up for Medallion. It's rumored that Nicolas Cage or Clive Owen will star as a man who has a short amount of time to track down his kidnapped daughter, who happens to be locked in the trunk of an unidentified NYC taxi cab.
Locked in a trunk? That sounds more like a job for Marvin Berry. I guess he's holding out for something that really cooks. McG will produce while Simon West enjoys a later call time than the rest of the crew. This unholy union can only mean one thing. The prophecy is correct. I will fall asleep on the couch while watching this on Netflix Instant. And so it shall be. (LA Times)
This morning I posted Chris Evans as Captain America: The First Avenger looking all stoic on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Now I have more pictures for your eyeballs. The above pic focuses on Captain America's ass, or shield if you'd prefer. After the jump, check out Hugo Weaving as the early incarnation of Red Skull and Chris Evans shirtless **splashes glass of water on face**
As you probably know, Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover 2 fell through, and the role was given to Liam Neeson. While that is sad news, there's no reason for Mel to sweat it. There are pleanty of blockbusters in production, any one of which could help jump-start his scandal plagued career. We went ahead and did some research, and narrowed it down to nine upcoming films that Mel should focus on.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
While they have many adult fans, the Harry Potter films are for children. Children don't watch TMZ, so what better way for Mel to slip under the radar than with a cameo in the Deathly Hallows. It's a great plan, unless Mel's private church considers it witchcraft.
This can only end poorly.
Paul Haggis seems to be getting a lot of work despite telling Scientology to back the eff off. Not one to rest on the laurels of writing The Equalizer for the big screen, Paul Haggis is now looking to adapt the Spanish film Celda 211. The film tells the story of a rookie prison guard who, mistaken for a prisoner, is locked in with the inmates during a riot. To survive, he needs to pose as a prisoner and befriend the uprising's leader. Then he has to lie and say he enjoyed Crash. Nobody said prison was easy.
The deal is not in place yet, but the idea is to have Haggis write and possibly direct. He's untested as a director in the action genre, so it may be a good idea to see how his recent The Next Three Days plays out before stitching his name on the back of the tall chair. The last thing you want to do is sew through canvas twice. (Deadline)
We have no idea what it's about or who will be in it, but Judd Apatow's next directorial effort will hit theaters June 1, 2012. That leaves him less than 20 months to finish the script and work out scheduling conflicts for Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Romany Malco, Elizabeth Banks, Jay Baruchel, and wife, Leslie Mann. Unfortunately the guy from 40-Year-Old Virgin who in real life stabbed his wife to death is unavailable due to his jail sentence. (Deadline)
The official title of Mission: Impossible 4 is Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and no, Tom Clancy's name does not preceed that. Stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and director Brad Bird announced the news at a press conference in Dubai. They also said they'll be doing a lot of filming in Dubai, including on the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Said Tom Cruise, "I’ll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building, I can’t give you details, but I will be up there." Not sure if his being up there has to do with the movie, or that he heard Katie was on the ground looking for him. (Collider)
For those worried that the last bit of blood had been squeezed out of the zombie stone, you can stop worrying. It has. The novel Play Dead has been optioned to be a movie we don't need. It tells the story of a high school football team who is murdered by the competition. Luckily, a local witch is a huge fan of the team and resurrects them. Mark Canton, producer of Land Of The Dead, has bought the rights and hired Joe Schreiber to write.
So, it's come to that. A zombie football movie. A bunch of stiff-legged, slow-paced, uncoordinated, brain dead players ambling up and down the field. If the filmmakers are trying to save a dime, they should just edit in footage of the Buffalo Bills. (Variety)
That's not morning wood you're sporting. It's an excitement boner from laying eyes on this first official pic of Chris Evans in his tight, slick Captain America costume from the new issue of EW. Look at him with his star and shield and strappy thingies. He's like a cigar store Indian without the headdress, and more patriotic rags. I'm sure we'll see a teaser trailer soon, as the movie hits theaters July 22, 2011, but for now you'll have to do with just the pic, like old school Internet porn days.
Outside of a child/parent scenario, fans of "The Wire" don't usually intermingle with fans of the Twilight films. Well that's all about to change. Actually, it probably won't change at all, but fans of "The Wire" might be interested in the fact that Wendell Pierce (a.k.a. "Bunk" Moreland) will appear in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Then again, probably not.
I haven't been this excited since Pierce made a cameo on "Tim and Eric." Besides, I think it makes sense to have a homicide detective in a film about the undead…right? Either way, I'm not going to watch. Sorry, Bunk. (Empire Online)
Now that Spider-Man has a love interest and a reptilian nemesis, it's time to figure out who will play his comically gruff boss. J.K. Simmons owned the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spidey films, but won't be returning for the high school-based reboot. Which means Hollywood's silverhairs are all up for the part.
It's reported that a dozen or so actors are being discussed for the part (which will inevitably go to Liam Neeson, everything goes to Liam Neeson), including "Mad Men's" John Slattery and every cowboy movie ever's Sam Elliott. Hopefully the search will continue because I can't see either of these guys in the role. Slattery's too pretty and Sam Elliott's moustache (though awesome) is just too much for this film to handle. Personally, I'd like to see Mel Gibson in the role. He's looking to trick us into liking him again and dude is seriously good at yelling. Like Olympics good at it.
Until next time true believers, when we'll figure out who the hell is going to play Robbie. Stay near a phone guy who played Marcus on "Alias." (What's Playing)
I'm not exactly a weapons expert, nor do I know the first thing about armed combat. To make matters worse, I know next to nothing when it comes to protecting myself during an alien invasion. But what I do know is that if a creature that's as big as my apartment complex wants to pick a fight, I'm probably not going to stick around and throw down, especially if my only weapon is a handgun. But that sort of logic won't get your very far in this new Skyline clip, and it's probably for the best since the scene still looks pretty badass. (Dread Central)
Watch some dude shoot spit-wads at a giant alien after the jump…
Technically he's Scott the Body Piercer from Father's Day, but we didn't need to see it again in The Hangover 2. Did I just blow your mind, or did you actually remember Father's Day? Thanks to Benji C. for the hookup.
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Zach Galifianakis, everyone's favorite bearded comedian at the moment, is in talks to appear in the upcoming Muppet movie as a person, even though he looks a helluva lot like Fozzy Bear. Robert Downey Jr. dropped the casting news during a press interview for Due Date. That Downey. He's incorrigable.
Galifianakis would join Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, and Chris Cooper, who have all already been cast. The new film, directed by James Bobin, will "take place within a showbiz setting and follow the Muppets as they try to save their studio from a greedy oil baron (Cooper) who wants to dig for oil. Segel is set to play the lead who reunites the Muppets for one last show to save the studio; Adams is his girlfriend, while Jones will play an ABC executive." No word yet on what Galifianakis would play. Maybe a film director. It's time he put that beard to good use. (ThePlaylist)
Robert Downey, Jr. is cool with the news that Disney will release his next Iron Man movie. Disney is exercising their control of Marvel to release Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. At a press conference for his latest film, Due Date, Downey was enthusiastic about the Marvel developments.
“Love it!” Downey exclaimed. “What’s that mean?”
More after the jump…
Despite being embroiled in a metric ass ton of legal trouble, Wesley Snipes has one tale that he still needs to tell. Snipes has begun shooting Karate Dad Master Daddy. Whatever that means. He describes it as a multi-racial action comedy that is a combination of Kung Fu Hustle and Meet The Parents. Once again, whatever that means.
The real news is that the film will happen around Chuck Norris (Chuck Norris does not appear in films, films appear around him). Snipes is also pulling a Sly Stallone and getting a bunch of irrelevant action stars on board. The other karate dudes who agreed to take part are Chiba, Frazier, Gracie, Hung, Inosanto, Jaa, Rhee, Kim, Lee Mosely, Bob Wall, Rampage, Anderson Silva, and Ron Van Cleff. Dance crews Rock Steady, Jabbawakkies, and Quest Crew will also appear. That's a good start, but you'll need to assemble a much larger army of fighters and streets-stepper-upper-2ers if you hope to defeat Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris doesn't step up 2 da streets. The streets rise to meet his foot. (Variety)
Whitney Able won’t be raking in any significant critical acclaim for her on-screen achievements this year, but she might just make her way into the pretty-girl rankings of some of our favorite lads mags. Cover girl, slasher star, and leading lady in the soon-to-be-released sci-fi thriller Monsters, Able was counted among Maxim’s most beautiful women in 2008. Maybe it’s too early to start the nomination process, but we’ll go ahead and give her our nod for a second appearance now.
A word from Whitney: "That song 'Ramble On' was my jam for a minute there."
More pics of Whitney after the jump…