With Sony finally naming Andrew Garfield as the heir to the Spider-Man throne, it was shaping up to be a good week for movie reporting. Not because I'm excited by his work. I don't even know it. I'm just excited that someone finally made a decision, and we can sail into the holiday weekend without further annoyances. But now it looks like Scream 4 is going to fill the void left by Sony's sudden on-set of decisiveness. Zap2It has news that the Scream 4 soup has been pissed in.It's being reported that series creator Kevin Williamson has been released from the project and series detractor Ehren Kruger has been brought on to rework the script. Now castmembers are jumping off left and right as the script is said to have been immensely "dumbed down." As a huge fan of the first two films and a guy who wants to punch the third film in the stomach, I really hope these reports aren't true. And if they are, I hope Kruger is able to redeem himself after the way he mishandled the conclusion to the original trilogy. Bring your A game, Ehren, like you did on The Ring. David Arquette deserves at least that much.
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Will.i.am is saying things. Namely, that James Cameron is writing and directing a 3D concert film for his group The Black Eyed Peas. Well, this is obviously the truth. Cameron is well known for his laidback attitude and enjoyment of jokes and good times all around, so OF COURSE he'd force Fergie's humps upon us in three dimensions.Sure, it sounds like a project far more suited for McG but keep in mind James Cameron is on the rebound. He was recently shot down by BP, only to have them run off with Kevin Costner. Rejection does funny things to a man. Like, make them flush away all credibility by teaming up with the Nickelback of hip-hop. Or sleep with a homeless woman during a bender. What's most important is that nobody is being judged here. (Vibe)
Michael Bay doesn't eff with that post-conversion 3D bullsh*t. He's bringing 3D cameras to the set of Transformers 3, and he's bringing them hard. Looks like the director who spits on the idea of static shots has dumped his old school filmmaking ways by making the switch from film to video. Vince Pace, Innovator of FUSION 3D and 2D digital camera systems developed with James Cameron, laid down the skinny for MarketSaw:“Trying to lay low and do what I do best. We took delivery of the first Alexa cameras for Hugo and have 23 more on the way. Transformers has also signed on to shoot 3D throughout the film. I am working on a big Disney film but can’t mention the name and are lining up five more films. Just wrapped on additional photography for Resident Evil and Tron. Currently in Hawaii and flying out to London for Hugo.”It must be nice to be smart enough to invent new technology. I reckon someone could make quite the hefty profit owning an idea and all. Vince Pace has his digital camera systems he rents to Michael Bay and Martin Scorsese, and I have my automatic super absorbant juicer rag I rent to my slow neighbor. Splitting hairs really. (/Film)
Bryce Dallas Howard sure turned out hot considering she's got Richie Cunningham genes plugging up her human genome. She made M. Night Shymalan's The Village easier to bear, and Lady in the Water, well, even if her mermaid character was topless she couldn't have saved that movie. A word from Bryce: "Right now as an artist, what I want to do is be a part of works that are unignorable. I couldn't be less interested in how people receive it, honestly. As long as it's unignorable."If you want to be a part of something that's unignorable go clean up oil on the Gulf Coast, not star in a movie about vampires with stripper diamond dust on their skin. More pics of the fiery red head after the jump.
Scream 4's mission to make me take my pants off in a movie theater continues. Previous casting choices have included Hayden Panettiere, Marley Shelton, and Marielle Jaffe. Not to mention the near miss with Ashley Greene. Just this morning, "Mad Men" and "Community" actress Alison Brie has signed on to play the assistant to Neve Campbell's Sidney, who is described as both ambitious and jealous of her boss's fame.It's also likely she'll appear in a risque Entertainment Weekly photospread with her female co-stars, beneath the heading "Scream Queens." No word yet on if any of the girls will be kissing a little bit. (The Wrap)
Yesterday, fairly unknown British actor Andrew Garfield was awarded the coveted role of Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot. You can "Extra! Extra! Read all about it!" right here. Sony made the official announcement at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Personally, I feel Garfield is more suited to play Ichabod Crane or bass in Coldplay than Spider-man, but what do I know. I don't run a studio and sleep on 2,000 thread count sheets. Yet…Check out pics and video from the event below.
GUN!!!!!!The best thing about the Twilight buzz machine is when Kristen Stewart sits down for an unsupervised interview, while her publicist fills her purse in the hospitality suite. The girl puts her foot in her mouth at the craziest of angles so consistently that I've felt we need a new section called Dumb Things Kristen Stewart Says. Actually, she goes off the PR rails so often we could dedicate our entire site to it. And then a book deal. And then a sitcom. I'm digressing. The latest diarrhea to dribble out of Kristen's opinion-hole paints her adoring fans as crazed lunatics (something we've been in the business of doing for awhile now). From Hello! magazine:"I don't feel very comfortable on the red carpet. Sometimes I get really excited for what I'm going to and then try to take good pictures and go inside… I literally have to keep myself from crying sometimes. I look out there at a thousand people and I realize they could rush me and assassinate me. No security could protect me. Ostensibly they're fans, but I think about them turning on me."Relax, Kristen. If you ever feel unsafe in a crowd of Twihards, just mumble for help. If that fails, run in the opposite direction. It's likely they'll lose their breath before making it to that Jamba Juice over there by that green car. (via CinemaBlend)
Abigail Spencer has joined the cast of the upcoming Jon Favreau movie, Cowboys and Aliens. Co-starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell, the film is still in its early stages, and will not be released until July of 2011.Spencer is best known for playing the mistress of Don Draper on the hit AMC show, "Mad Men." Not wanting to by typecast, she branched out and took the roll of a prostitute in Cowboys and Aliens. ZING!
Do you like Bill Murray? Do you like Robert Duvall? Do you like smug "indie dramedies?" Then you're going to love, Get Low, the story of a mysterious old man who wants to have his funeral whille…get this…HE'S STILL ALVIE! How disgustingly clever. Don't get me wrong, with a cast like that, I'm sure it's a great film. But after watching the trailer, I got the urge to drive over to Steven Soderbergh's house and punch him in the face even though he's not involved with the film. I mean, just look at the dialogue. Radio Interviewer: "How are you today, sir?" Robert Duvall's Character: "I am." Oh, shut the f**k up and stop being so playfully mysterious, you smug bastard! And tell Bill Murray's character to stop being so god damn witty! Watch the Get Low trailer after the jump.
Trent just loves FarmVille.Trent Reznor and David Fincher are now friends.At least we assume they are, now that we know the Nine Inch Nails' front man has scored the soundtrack to Fincher's upcoming Facebook docudrama, The Social Network. Hell, at this point, we wouldn't be suprised if they were poking.Reznor, whose music was also featured in the soundtrack for Fincher's Se7en, is a big fan of the director. And like many of his fans, he was confused as to why Fincher would choose to make a film about Facebook. However, after being involved with the project, he seems happy with the end result."I've always loved David's work but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story," said Reznor before quickly explaining, "It's really f*cking good!"Reznor's involvement in the film is somewhat ironic, given the fact that he made headlines in 2009 (online headlines, not the real kind) for publicly pledging to tune out from online social networks."I will be tuning out of the social networking sites because at the end of the day it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result. Idiots rule." (Empire Online)
Andew Garfield has been officially for real seriously chosen as the new Spider-man/Peter Parker in the reboot to be directed by Mark Webb. We've reported all kinds of rumors and hearsay, but the studio made the official announcement today at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment.On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”Words marked, Mark Webb. Garfield is starring in the upcoming David Fincher film The Social Network and Mark Romanek's next, Never Let Me Go opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. He seems to be partial to directors who made a name for themselves in the music video and commercial world before transitioning into features.Okay, so we can all stop worrying about the new Spider-man now. It's Andrew Garfield. They start shooting in December. And don't you DARE start asking about Mary Jane yet. I will lose my sh*t.
A montage of male characters from movies and TV smacking each other on the back to communicate affection. I'll always remember the episode of "Dr. Katz" where Lew Schneider says, "Men hug, but they pat too — "I'm hugging you, but I'm hitting you!" So true. So true. (Vulture)Show these links some violent affection.Back From The Dead: Shows We Want Revived (TVSquad) Suicide Girls Test The iPhone 4 (Asylum) Vanity Fair Publishes Dennis Hopper's Final Interview (PopEater) 'Little Obama' Is Indoesinan Karate Kid (FilmDrunk) Larissa Riquelme Pictures (HolyTaco) 20 Reasons Why 'The A-Team' Sucked (Unreality) 12 Best Beaches In America To Find Hot Chicks This Summer (BroBible) Best Bowling Trick-Shot Ever? (TotalProSports) Girls Who Love 4th Of July Food(Maxim) Oh To Be A MMA Ringer For BJ Penn (CagePotato) Justin Biber Denies 'Nazi Hermaphrodite' Rumors (CelebJihad) 10 Really Cute Girl Celebs That Are Still Virgins (Smosh) 12 Terrible Actors Who Make Fantastic Movie Villains (Pajiba) Rough Patch With SNL's Abby Elliot (Atom) Your Favorite Booze Under A Microscope (MadeMan) Hot Twitter Slut Loves Herself (RegretfulMorning)
DiCaprio pondering Inception's plot points.Just this morning I was halfway through explaining Inception's plot to someone when it occurred to me that I had no idea what I was talking about. So, naturally I just kind of trailed off and quickly escaped into the flatbed of a passing truck. Looks like I'm not the only one confused:For the Inception cast, the intricate screenplay Mr. Nolan wrote was tantalizing but occasionally perplexing. “It was a very well written, comprehensive script,” Mr. DiCaprio said, “but you really had to have Chris in person, to try to articulate some of the things that have been swirling around his head for the last eight years.”That's disheartening considering it's unlikely Nolan will provide a Q&A after each screening. He could at least print his number on each ticket stub so we could call him at random hours to request some kind of closure. According to Peter Travers, we'll love it as long as we're not stupid. So yeah, it's pretty much the anti-Transformers. (NY Times via Vulture)
This is why I don't do laundry anymore. Back in 2009, Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Dave Kajganich to tackle a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel It. I've never read the 1,104 page book because come on, it's over 1,000 pages, but the 1990 mini-series scared the living crap out of me when I was younger. It ruined so many things for me, including chinese food, sewers, old ladies, Jonathan Brandis, and sewers. In fact, Googling images of Pennywise the Clown just now triggered my post traumatic stress disorder and my bladder.Dave Kajganich spoke recently to the Stephen King fansite Lilja's Library, and told them how he's working on damaging our psyches with a killer clown again:I told the studio from the beginning that I felt I needed to be able to write for an R rating, since I wanted to be as candid as the novel about the terrible things the characters go through as kids. They agreed and off I went. … I think the biggest difference [between the big screen adaptation and the miniseries] is that we’re working with about two-thirds the onscreen time they had for the miniseries. That sounds dire, I know, but it doesn’t necessarily mean two-thirds the amount of story. I’m finding as many ways as I can to make certain scenes redundant by deepening and doubling others.I can't image how he'll take over 1,000 pages of source material and cram it into a two-hour film. Obviously a lot will be cut, but will all the crucial elements hold together is the question. Also, Tim Curry delivers such a fantastic performance in the original mini-series it's going to be hard finding someone who can top it. But the bigger question here is, what's up with Richard Thomas's mole these days?Yep, still enormous.
Hot teen vampire worlds are about to collide. Twilight's Nikki Reed will be joined by "True Blood's" blood-teary eyed Deborah Ann Woll in Aaron Harvey's Catch .44. The fanged duo will join Malin Akerman to form a trio of gorgeous assassins who's next mission may be their last when they're pitted between Bruce Willis's crime boss and Forest Whitaker's psychotic hitman. Something tells me he's not a sharp-shooter. Just sayin'.File photo: F. WhitakerHonestly though, why are hot girls always playing assassins in movies? In my experience the prettier the girl, the more likely they are to find some desperate nerd to garrote their marks. Or help them move. It depends on whether or not you were raised in Detroit. (Deadline)
Elizabeth Reaser, the indie darling turned Twilight Saga cast member, has shown that it takes more than sparkling good looks to become a rising actor. While the Twilight has taken up most of her current screen time, she'll be going back to her roots in upcoming drama's Homework and Eye of The Hurricane, giving plenty of homegrown hotness back on the indie scene.A word from Elizabeth: "I grew up subjecting my family to really bad shows in the living room. It's what I love to do."I'd scoot my butt around on the carpet to Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok." Oh, but I'm sorry. You're talking about BAD shows. Unwrap more of Reaser's pieces after the jump.
The sick bastards over at Holy Taco whipped this poster up. Looks entertaining, but I always thought Buzz Lightyear was a Spaceman, not a Rabbit.
Some new faces have joined the list of characters who may be the recipients or deliverers of stabbings in Scream 4. Adam Brody and Eric Knudson have joined the cast as a cop obsessed with "CSI" and an teenaged expert on horror cliches, much like Jamie Kennedy's character from the earlier films.These additions come with a few subtractions. Lauren Graham and Lake Bell have both left the production. Marley Shelton is stepping into the cop role vacated by Bell. Bell tweeted earlier in the week that she's sad to leave due to schedule conflicts, and that she knows the identity of the killer. I say we hold her down until she tells us. Or just hold her down in general. I nominate me for the job. (THR)
Uncanny.Everybody raise the roof! Meryl Streep is in talks to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. What what! The brilliant actress who has the Academy Awards on lockdown would reteam with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd for Iron Lady. THR, would you be so kind as to inform us of the details whilst I finish my biscuit?The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. The 2 1/2-month war was a turning point for the prime minister, who, after the victory, saw her approval ratings double and went on to win a second term.The prose and the biscuit were absolutely scrumptious. Jim Broadbent is also in talks to play Thatcher's husband, Denis. If the deal for Streep goes through without any fuss, it will be the highest-profile character she's portrayed yet. Forget the cold showers of Silkwood and butter-soaked dishes of Julie & Julia. Meryl will have to go head-to-head with Parliament, and I can attest that things get rather unpolite in there. British unpolite, not American unpolite. So basically everyone is very polite.
Everyone loves a dead hooker. Everyone loves a live hooker for that matter. “Makin money the hard way” is one of the mankind’s oldest professions. And though it’s not necessarily something you hope for your children to aspire to, it’s always been a relevant topic in societal discussion.With Love Ranch opening this week, it seems only appropriate that we take a look at a few memorable Hollywood hookers who never fail to get us off:Vivian Ward – Pretty Woman
Chloe Moretz is back as another bloodthirsty tween in this teaser for Matt Reeves' Let The Right One In remake, Let Me In. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as a bullied boy who befriends his new neighbor, a vampire child who keeps busy by eating members of the community. That's definitely a dick move, but not as bad as my neighbor who keeps stealing my parking space. That jerk deserves to be staked. LOOKS PRETTY SOLID TO ME. CHECK IT OUT AFTER THE JUMP AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK…
Like everyone else in America, I've always had to endure the boastful claims of the state of Texas. From the "Don't Mess with Texas" slogan to awful Dallas Cowboys fans to the "Steers and Queers" line in Full Metal Jacket, Texans always seem to walk around like their poo-poos don't stink. Well guess what, Tex; you're not so tough after all! Cinemark has pulled the trailer for Paramount's "Paranormal Activity 2" from several theaters in Texas after receiving numerous complaints that the promo was "too" frightening. Well look at the scared little state of Texas pissing itself in the corner over a cheesy horror movie trailer. Pathetic. Why don't you run home to your "Friday Night Lights" and your "Austin City Limits," ya pansies! (Variety)
I'll take a one-way ticket to Bangkok, please.Ferris Bueller always said Principal Rooney was a bad guy. Turns out, he was right.Actor Jeffrey Jones, best known for his roll as Principal Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, was arrested (again) for failing to register as a sex offender (again). Jones' sex-offender status stems from an incident in 2003 where the actor was caught with child pornography. He also paid a then 14-year-old boy, Cameron Frye, to pose for pornographic pictures.What makes this case so galling is that it all could have been avoided if Jones would have had enough consideration to explore his dark urges in Thailand, like a decent human being. For shame, Jeffrey. For shame.Now, please enjoy these out-of-context quotes from Jones' character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which are much funnier now that he's a known sex offender. (Cinema Blend)See the quotes after the jump.
Hey Jeffrey Jones, I know you are, but what am I! Pee-Wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens) has at least one last big adventure left in him now that director Judd Apatow has announced he will produce the character's return to the big screen. The news comes nearly 20 years after an unfortunate incident involving a porno theater and his own wiener left Reubens a Hollywood pariah, all but killing the Pee-Wee character. Luckily for Reubens, society has finally devolved to the point where wanking off in a seedy porno theater no longer precludes one from being a children's entertainer. "Let's face it," says Apatow, "the world needs more Pee-Wee Herman. I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens, who is an extraordinary and ground-breaking actor and writer. It's so great to watch him return with such relevance." I agree. We need more Pee-Wee. But relevance? I'm not sure feeding off of pathetic Gen-X nostalgia counts as relevance. Unless, of course, making boatloads of cash is the same as being relevant, in which case Pee-Wee is about to become one relevant mofo. (Empire Online)
A man named Harry Hanrahan, formerly know as hh, put this little diddy together for the folks at Pajiba. It's quite an impressive montage of words you shouldn't yell at your mother. Your father's a different story.Here are your lily-livered links.Starz Cancels 'Party Down', 'Gravity' (TVSquad) What's Inside A Box Of Coca Puffs (Asylum) Don't Laugh– Ryan Seacrest Is Larry King's Best Replacement (PopEater) People Really Hate 'The Last Airbender' (FilmDrunk) Shut The F-Up, Says Your Grandma (HolyTaco) A Video Tribute To Danny 'Machete' Trejo (Unreality) 16 Things You Didn't Know About Hgh Hefner (BroBible) Trampoline Causes Gruesome Ankle Break (TotalProSports) Hottest Movie Monster Lovers (Maxim) M-1 Global's Russian Ring Girls (CagePotato) Emma Watson Gets A Badass Tattoo (CelebJihad) Twilight: A Guy's Survival Guide (Smosh) Best Cinematography Of The Last Decade (Pajiba) Footloose Remake Premieres This Thursday In LA (Atom) New Orleans Running Of The Bulls (MadeMan)
Someone in Studioland got a raise today. Their suggestion to change the title of Final Destination 5 to 5nal Destination almost certainly earned them a corner office with a view of the commissary. You may be asking yourself, "What does 5nal Destination mean anyway?" It doesn't matter, you. It'll look good on a poster, and high schoolers can change it to say Anal Destination.When you go to look for the film at the video store though, assuming video stores still exist when it gets released on DVD, don't search for it in the "F's" because you won't find it there. Look for it next to the cookie dough bites. It should be reasonably discounted almost immediately. (/Film)
C'mon, guys. The smoke bothers his eye.Hugo Cabret, or the movie formerly known as The Invention of Hugo Cabret, has begin filming, with Martin Scorsese stationed behind a 3D camera shout-stuttering, "I-I-I wantit in my face more!" Two more actors have signed on to put it in Scorese's face. Jude Law and Ray Winstone join the already cast Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, and Chloe Moretz.Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Frances de la Toru, and Richard Griffiths have also jumped into Hugo's sandbox. The film tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. He finds a broken machine and gets caught up in a magical adventure. No drugs or execution-style hits are involved, and Joe Pesci won't force himself on any women. (/Film)
A Spider-Man is born.Marc Webb and Sony have finally selected a young actor to play Peter Parker from their list of young actors not quite right for the role of Peter Parker. According to a source at Blue Sky Disney Blog, Josh Hutcherson has been offered the role in Sony's Spider-Man reboot and he has accepted. Casting has been in the works for some time and after extensive test shoots, Hutcherson has come out on top. Bear in mind that there hasn't been an official press release from the studio at this time. So if this turns out to be wrong, pick a fight with Disney's army of lawyers.Apologies to Jamie Bell, Andrew Garfield, Frank Dillane, Logan Lerman, Alden Ehrenreich, and Anton Yelchin. You guys played a good game out there, but you still lost. No victory Baskin Robbins visit for you.
Gina Gershon has always made my film reel shutter, from being the best thing in the epic disaster Showgirls to playing a mob battling lesbian ex-con Bound, she knows how to bring th sizzle back into movie screen sexy. With her current film Love Ranch she gets to be in back into her cathouse gear and amping up the cinema sweat with Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren.A word from Gina: "Actresses are nightmares. I don't hang out with any of them. That's a problem with my profession. I try not to be like an actress."Don't act. Just be. You could take some lessons from Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls. All that floppin' and twitchin' during the pool sex scene came natural to her. More pics of anti-actress Gina after the jump.