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Will Smith to Play America’s 37th Black Movie President in ‘Independence Day’ Sequels
Thursday, September 30 by

Director Roland Emmerich wants Will Smith to be president. Luckily, he’s a kraut, so he can’t vote in our bad-ass American elections. However, there’s nothing stopping him from making Will Smith president in the magical world of make believe.

MTV is now reporting that Emmerich was so inspired by the election of Barack Obama that he will cast Will Smith as the president in the planned sequels to his 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day….cause he’s black, I guess. This brings up an interesting question. If McCain had won, would Randy Quaid’s character, a deranged fighter pilot who was once held prisoner by aliens, be the president instead? If so, I’d like to go back and changed my vote. Sorry, Cynthia McKinney. (Cinema Blend)

Rockin’ ‘Ghostbusters’ vs. AC/DC Mashup
Thursday, September 30 by

Amazing AC/DC vs Ghostbusters Mashup, 'Thunder Busters' – Watch more horror
It's entitled Thunder Busters and the songs go together almost too well. (LaughingSquid)
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Emma Thompson Lends Acting Skills to ‘Men In Black 3′
Thursday, September 30 by

Emma Thompson has signed on to head up the Men in Black. The British actress who last played ugly, but I'm sure charming in her own right, Nanny McPhee will play Oh in Men in Black 3. Thompson will be the new boss in charge, as Rip Torn can no longer be trusted to keep a super secret government agency on the rails **mimes taking swig of whisky**. Good luck getting Tommy Lee Jones to take orders from a woman. He's going to scowl a whole lot more than usual. (Deadline)

Universal Buys Gritty ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’
Thursday, September 30 by

My problem with Snow White has always been that it's severely lacking in mixed martial arts. That won't be a problem anymore. Universal just plunked down more cash than any of us will ever see to buy the rights to Snow White and the Huntsman.
The script, written by Greyskull's Evan Daugherty, reimagines the classic by having Snow White team up with the Huntsman who was ordered to kill her. They live in the forest together where he trains her to fight and survive, and hopefully build up a tolerance to apple poison. Rupert Sanders is attached to direct, with no talent lined up just yet. I'd like to suggest Krysten Ritter and Bear Grylls. If there's anyone who can build a shelter out of dwarf carcasses, it's that guy. (Deadline)

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ Caption Contest Winner!
Thursday, September 30 by

And the winner is…

"Wow, you guys deliver really fast."
The winner will recieve an iPod Shuffle, the It's Kind of a Funny Story soundtrack, and a hoodie.
Thanks to everyone who entered. You guys are kind of funny.
It's Kind of a Funny Story hits theaters October 8th.

Fantastic Fest: 100 Best Kills Party
Thursday, September 30 by

The 100 Best Kills Party at Fantastic Fest was more of a sit down show than a party. It had tickets, attendees sat in a movie theater and Alamo Drafthouse hosts Zack and Lars introduced footage on the screen. I thought I knew movies, but very few of the clips they showed were movies I’d seen or heard of, so it was an educational presentation that will increase my Netflix queue exponentially.
More on the films that made the cut after the jump…

Fantastic Fest: ‘Jackass 3D’ Footage Preview. Steve-O Says James Cameron Can Suck His D*ck
Thursday, September 30 by

Listen, I thought Jackass #2 was the best movie of 2006 and I stand by that. It was so creative with stunts, well performed, artistically composed and put together. It has motifs and plays with its own format. They’ve taken it to the next level of what entertainment should be and I fully expect Jackass 3D to be just as awesome in 2D, but a well deserved spoof of the 3D movement.

At Fantastic Fest Secret Screening #3, Steve-O introduced some preview footage from Jackass 3D. It was the same reel they showed at the beer party at San Diego Comic Con, but if you didn’t get to see that I’ll describe it for you again. But first, he did a live Jackass stunt, lighting his hair on fire with hairspray, then having his buddy blow a fireball off it. Sorry, my camera missed the fireball but you can still see his head on fire.
The video and more after the jump…

Sam Raimi Is Assembling ‘Earth Defense Force’
Thursday, September 30 by

"I'ma step out for a few, and I want all this sh*t cleaned up by the time I get back."
Would you guys go see Battleship if Sam Raimi produced or directed it? Because he's pretty much doing that. He's not involved in Battleship per se, but he and District 9 producer Bill Block are working together to get the sci-fi epic EDF (Earth Defense Force) off the ground.
The story sounds like the usual aliens vs. Earth fare. It begins when a squad of aviators venture into Chinese waters to rescue a submarine's distress call. When they get there, the Chinese attack. Naturally, it's all an alien trap that both sides have foolishly walked into and they are blown out of the sky. Then the aliens go and jack up a bunch of landmarks and military bases before disappearing. Earth then must put its differences aside and pull it together before the aliens return and house our remaining landmarks. F*cking aliens, man. No word yet on whether Raimi will direct but it's more likely he will serve as a producer. At any rate, let's hope Bruce Campbell still has that Admiral costume from a few Halloweens ago. (Vulture)

Get Magically Whisked Away to ‘MYST’ the Movie
Thursday, September 30 by

Memories, like the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories…
Here's something you think would have happend sooner. MYST, the all-time top selling computer adventure game franchise, is getting the live action movie treatment. Why it took Hollywood so long to scoop this property up is baffling. "All-time top selling" should be enough to have execs diving for their fountain pens. One problem though. How the hell do you adapt a game about a guy discovering crap on an island? How, Deadline?!
One focus of the film will be the influence of a human who entered Myst and inadvertently brought down the civilization. The filmmakers will draw the plot from the mythology within the games, as well as a trilogy of companion novels Cyan Worlds published around them. Players enter a highly atmospheric world and solve a series of puzzles that unlock secrets to this mysterious world. Players can liberate characters trapped inside of books, but have to decide which ones are good and evil.
Books? Puzzles? This is beginning to sound an awful lot like learning. Come to think of it, the game MYST felt like learning too… My God, I was duped. All these years I thought MYST was pure mindless entertainment and it turns out I was building up my problem solving skills. First the "Lost" series finale and now this. I never want to visit a fictional island ever again!

Old White Man Casting News: Hopkins Doing ’360′, Plummer Getting ‘Dragon Tattoo’
Thursday, September 30 by

Today in Old White Man Casting News, Anthony Hopkins has joined Rachel Weisz in Fernando Meirelles' 360, and Christopher Plummer has signed on for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Good for these two AARP card carrying members. They know the true secret to not dying: keep working!
Anthony Hopkins is the first of many that will be cast in the Peter Morgan-scripted 360, as the movie revolves around ten characters. It “examines sexual morals within and between social classes, using various pairs of characters who have sexual encounters in and outside of their social classes.” No word yet who Hopkins will be banging, but I've been told one of the characters is named The Whore. So maybe Lindsay Lohan.
In Dragon Tattoo, Christopher Plummer will play the wealthy industrialist who hires Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara to solve a 40-year-old murder. In the process, they find all kinds of deep, dark, effed up secrets in his family. Plummer seems like the perfect person for the role. His character has to get out a lot of exposition, and he should do just fine keeping the viewer intrigued. When Plummer gets intense it's as if he could hit you with a switch at any moment. (/Film, THR)

13 Classic Cinematic Betrayals
Thursday, September 30 by

Tomorrow, The Social Network hits theaters, and if the early buzz is any indication, it should be a major success. Even if it fails to deliver at the box office, critical reception has been so positive that the film is already considered an Oscar contender. And it’s easy to see why. After all, who doesn’t love a good story of betrayal? While the events depicted in The Social Network are hotly contested by Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg, a film involving friends back stabbing friends over a billion dollar idea seems a lot more watchable than a film about some guys coding a website.

In honor of The Social Network, here are 13 classic betrayals from the world of cinema.

Tony Curtis Has Died
Thursday, September 30 by

More bleak news to report as this week has claimed another celebrity. In addition to Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, and Greg Giraldo, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has also passed. Best known for his roles in Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Defiant Ones, and The Bad New Bears Go To Japan, Curtis proved himself an effortless performer in both drama and comedy. Then there was Lobster Man From Mars.
A representative for daughter Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed the news of his passing this morning. He was 85. (ET)

Robert Zemeckis To Time Travel Again With ‘Timeless’
Wednesday, September 29 by

Oh, happy day. Robert Zemeckis is finally ready to take a step away from directing creepy dead-in-the-eyes motion capture features, and return to what he does best — live-action movies about time travel. The director will get behind the lens for Timeless, a project we don't know jack about. Other than the news that it's scripted by Mike Thompson, is about time travel and will have a lot of money pumped into it by Warner Bros. As a huge fan of the Back to the Future films, I'm already psyched for it. If Zemeckis can get used to working with flesh and blood, non-creepy actors again (or Crispin Glover), we should be in for a treat. (Deadline)

Wes Anderson Needs 12-Year-Olds For Next Film
Wednesday, September 29 by

Bask in all the irony.
Hipsters everywhere will soon have a reason to not be indignant with the movies. Wes Anderson, their poster boy director, is in the midst of making a new film. There aren't many details yet, but The Playlist discovered that Anderson is looking for a 12-year-old boy and girl to fill the lead roles. I'm sure he's camera testing them in wide-angled, meticulously art-directed shots. 
I'm a much bigger fan of Anderson's animated directing effort Fantastic Mr. Fox than I am of his live action films. Perhaps him shooting his next film with young leads means he's staying in touch with his inner child. Of course he'll have to cram Jason Schwartzman in there somehow, but he's compact and doesn't take up too much of the frame.

Thora Birch Takes The Lead In ‘Manson Girls’
Wednesday, September 29 by

When I first read the headline "Thora Birch Becomes One of the Manson Girls," I assumed that meant she was now dating Marilyn Manson. That makes more sense to me than her being cast as the lead in a movie. But apparantly she's come out of hiding to do just that.
Birch is replacing Lindsay Lohan (ouch) as the lead in Manson Girls. The film tells the story of a wealthy young woman who falls under Charles Manson's spell. She'll be joining the previously cast Heather Matarazzo, Nikki Blonsky, Erin Kelly, and Jennifer Landon when filming begins in February. It should be noted that this character was not involved in the infamous murder spree that led to Roman Polanski being banned from Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! tapings. (Bloody Disgusting)

Caption Contest: Win an iPod Shuffle From ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’!
Wednesday, September 29 by

It's Kind of a Funny Story starring Zach Galifianakis hits theaters October 8th, and Screen Junkies is giving away an awesome prize pack! One lucky winner will recieve:

 The New iPod Shuffle!
 Official Soundtrack
 Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
 Notebook
 Dry Erase Board

Hell, I'd enter for just the sweatshirt. It's colder than a meat locker in my office.

All you have to do is follow Screen Junkies on Twitter and tweet the funniest caption you can muster for the still frame above.
Contest ends tomorrow at 3PM EST. The winner will be announced via Twitter, Facebook, and on the site.
You can enter as many times as you'd like, but make sure your captions tell kind of a funny story. An awesomely funny story might be an even better approach. Good luck!

Steve Carell Wants To Be a Rock Star In ‘Of All The Things’
Wednesday, September 29 by

Steve Carell has hired writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to turn him into a rock star. Of All The Things will be based on the 2008 documentary of the same name that "told the story of how songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert achieved rock star status late in life when he went on a singing tour of the Philippines, and discovered he was to Filipinos what Jerry Lewis is to the French." The Hasselhoff to Germans would have been a more impressive comparison. 
This is just one of twenty-million projects Carell is currently attached to. He previously hired Daley and Goldstein to write Burt Wonderstone, in which he'd play a magician who kills his performing partner and tries to rebound. With all this rock star and magician talk, you'd think Carell would just put on a live show already instead of wasting time on all these talkies. I'd rather spend a romantic evening under the stars with him singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Baby Come Back" instead of sitting in a stuffy theater watching him portray the guy who wrote those hits. Bill Silva, let's make this event happen. You can shout me on my Sidekick. (Deadline)

Brett Ratner Is a Damn ‘Communist’
Wednesday, September 29 by

For years, I've been saying that Brett Ratner is a damn communist, and for years my allegations have fallen on deaf ears. But now, I finally have the proof I need to bring down this pinko once and for all.

Ratner is set to direct The Reluctant Communist, the story about Charles Robert Jenkins, a U.S. Army soldier who ended up spending 40-years as a "prisoner" in North Korea after "drunkenly" deserting during the Korean War. While "imprisoned," Jenkins was "forced" to act in North Korean propaganda films and became a national celebrity, usually playing the evil American. There are worse ways to spend a 40-year prison term. Why do I keep thinking of the scene where they first thaw out Austin Powers?

Basil Exposition: Austin, the Cold War is over!
Austin Powers: Finally those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh? Eh comrades? Eh?
Basil Exposition: Austin… we won.
Austin Powers: Oh, smashing, groovy, yay capitalism!

At any rate, hopefully Ratner will do some on-site research in North Korea very soon. (Variety)

George Lucas Wants Jar Jar Binks in 3D for 2012
Tuesday, September 28 by

George Lucas must have lost a lot of credits betting on pod races over the weekend, because he's hard at work trying to scrounge up some quick cash. And there's no easier way for the man to make money than re-releasing Star Wars yet again, this time in 3D.

Actually, there is better way: he can re-release all six Star Wars films in 3D in 2012. After all, the Battle of Yavin will look cool in 3D, but Jar Jar Binks stepping in sh*t will be out of this world! (Empire Online)

‘Avatar’ Porn Parody Trailer Won’t Give You Blue Balls
Tuesday, September 28 by

This doesn't need much set up. It's the trailer for Axel Braun's This Ain't Avatar XXX 3D porn parody. It doesn't show anything explicit, but you can probably guess how the blue creatures in it connect. Hint: penis and vagina. (i09)
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Exclusive: RZA Talks ‘The Man With The Iron Fist’ Fighting Techniques
Tuesday, September 28 by

Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA is moving into film directing with an idea that would make The Shaw Brothers proud. The Man with the Iron Fist will star Russell Crowe in RZA’s ultimate concept for martial arts. There’s been a little speculation so far about RZA’s ultimate vision. During Fantastic Fest, after he presented master Yuen Wu-Ping with a lifetime achievement award, RZA told me his idea for Iron Fist fights.
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‘Lost’ Star Josh Holloway Recruited For ‘Mission: Impossible 4′
Tuesday, September 28 by

Josh Holloway, best known for playing con man and quip spouter Sawyer on "Lost," has chosen to accept Mission: Impossible 4 as his next project. He'll suit up with a cast that already includes Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg. No details on who he'll play or what he'll do or how the movie will include a plot. I do know the when. It's shooting in the fall for a December 2011 release.
Mission: Impossible 4 will be directed by Brad Bird, the guy who makes terrific animated movies. It's the first studio film for Holloway and the first live action studio film for Bird. Talk about the odd men out. If some teasing and serious intimidation on Tom Cruise's part doesn't cause rifts in production someone isn't taking full advantage of their elite Hollywood status. Give the rookies purple nurples while you still can, veterans! (THR)

Jared Harris Is Moriarty In ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′
Tuesday, September 28 by

Sweet belt-buckle, bro!!
There's been a lot of speculation about who would end up playing Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2. The list of candidates for the role of Holmes's greatest enemy boasted big names such as Brad Pitt and Daniel Day Lewis. And now, the waiting is over. Without further ado, the man who will play Sherlock Holmes's archnemesis is…. "Mad Men's" Jared Harris. Wait, what? The nerd who got drunk and put a steak on his crotch? That's the guy we're talking about here? Shut the front door.
Latino Review broke the story first and I was skeptical. Then Collider confirmed the story and I was less leery, but this still seems like a long shot to me. Guy Ritchie does realize this movie will be playing in America, right?

Paul Haggis In Talks For ‘Equalizer’
Tuesday, September 28 by

The proper balance is ever so delicate.
It seems like Russell Crowe doesn't care what movies he does at this point in his career, and he's taking Paul Haggis down with him. After helping Crowe hit his marks on The Next Three Days, the writer/director is in negotiations to script and possibly direct the big screen adaptation of The Equalizer that Crowe is doing for some reason.
I can understand an actor or a writer's desire to do lighter fair, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But look before you leap. Anthony Hopkins didn't, and he ended up playing a chimp. (THR)

Natalie Portman Almost Totally Up For A Sequel To ‘The Professional’
Tuesday, September 28 by

Hey, do you guys wanna see a sequel to The Professional? Well, too bads. It's scripted and good to go and Natalie Portman wants it to happen (although she's refused to read it), but it's just one of those things that will probably never come together. The obstacle here is Luc Besson. Portman will only take part in the sequel if the semi-retired director steps behind the lens, but he only seems interested in crapping out more Transporter films.
To further impede production, Columbiana director and "Ben 10" villian Olivier Megaton says that the company who holds the rights has no interest in a sequel. Which causes me to question, why do they hate awesome? (MTV)

Quentin Tarantino’s Editor Sally Menke Found Dead
Tuesday, September 28 by

Quentin Tarantino's long time editor Sally Menke was found dead at 56 years old in Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles. Not all the details are in yet, but Menke apparently went for a hike yesterday in the 113 degree weather with her dog and when she didn't return her friends got worried. The police searched the area and found her body in a ravine.
Menke has collaborated with Tarantino since Reservoir Dogs and undoubtedly helped establish the director's unique style. I'd even go so far as to say she's the reason we see twenty minute scenes in his films instead of 120 minute scenes. Will another editor be able to reign Tarantino in? Only time will tell. Our thoughts are with Sally's family and whomever is blotting the tears off of Tarantino's chin. (LATimes)

Gore Verbinski Might Direct ‘The Lone Ranger’
Tuesday, September 28 by

Gore Verbinski has his sights on Tim Burton's Guinness World Record. The director has teamed with Johnny Depp on three Pirates Of The Caribbean films as well as the animated Rango. Now, there are rumors that they'll work together again with Verbinski helming Depp's upcoming The Lone Ranger.
Nothing official has been announced, but it's believed this news leaked in advance of Disney's big press event later this week. If true, this is sure to upset the execs over at the Mouse House. They rented all those chairs and everything. Just great. (Deadline)

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Darren Aronofsky Directing Superman?
Tuesday, September 28 by

Director Darren Aronofsky is on the list of possible diectors for Christopher Nolan's upcoming Superman project, Heat Vision is reporting. Aronofsky joins a group that already includes Duncan Jones, Tony Scott and Matt Reeves.
But with Aronofsky in the running, there is also talk that another director has been ruled out…
Ben Affleck, who is soaring after The Town became both a critical and commercial hit, and who actually played superman (or at least the man who became known for him, George Reeves) in Hollywoodland, took a meeting about possibly taking the job, but has apparently moved on to other things.
Something tells me that Affleck moving on to other things before hearing back from the producers is a lot like me moving on with my love life before hearing back from Salma Hayek…or those lawyers, of hers. (Empire Online)

Katy Perry Gives Elmo Some Support
Monday, September 27 by

He refuses to offer support back. (DailyWhat)
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Maggie Grace To Catfight Kristen Stewart In ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’
Monday, September 27 by

Someone tell this girl how chairs work.
Take off your press-ons, ladies. Things are about to get rowdy. Taken takee Maggie Grace has been cast as Bella's nemesis Irina in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. My girlfriend hasn't updated me yet on the next installment so I'll let Deadline do the honors:
Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other "vegetarian" vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events.
And by terrifying they mean sparkly. The film is being directed by Bill Condon and released in two parts because that means more money. The first part comes out November 18, 2011 and the second part November 16, 2012. After that, Twihards dismember a highly populated metropolis.