It's good to know that some forward momentum is being made on The Hobbit despite the labor disputes that are tripping up the film's location. The first round of casting has been announced and you're going to be psyched. But only if you're knowledgeable about British television. Here's who we got so far:
Martin Freeman (UK "The Office") as Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage ("Spooks") as Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf leader
Aidan Turner ("Being Human") as Kili
Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders") as Fili
Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
John Callen ("Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin
Stephen Hunter ("All Saints") as Bombur
Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
Peter Hambleton ("The Strip") as Gloin
Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have not been confirmed to return, but that announcement is expected. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant are all also rumored to be up for parts. But I think the biggest news to come out of this is that there's a show called "Power Rangers Jungle Fury" and it actually lead to someone getting more work. (Deadline)
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Liam Neeson in suspended animation.
Warner Bros. has dropped the new trailer for Unknown. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it stars Liam Neeson as a guy who wakes from a coma and discovers that someone has taken is identity and not even his hot wife (January Jones) believes him. He teams up with a hot cab driver (Diane Kruger), who originally put him in the coma by crashing into a lake, to help him make sense of the whole mess. Neeson kicks some ass in it Taken-style, so despite the whole clichéd "why does no one recognize me!" premise, it could be worth checking out.
Unknown wanders into theaters February 18, 2011.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Mel Gibson is out of The Hangover 2 before he was even in it. Earlier this week we reported that Gibson was confirmed for a cameo in Todd Phillips's upcoming sequel to his hit The Hangover, but now TMZ is reporting that Gibson got the boot. Phillips had this to say:
"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
It's thought that star Zach Galifianakis might be the one who was most opposed to working with Gibson, which is perplexing considering he's neither Jewish nor one of Mel's exes. Regardless, Gibson won't get a chance at a comeback with a role as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, what I hear is the equivalent of saying ten Hail Marys and kicking a terrorist in the balls.
“Mad Men” might be over until next year, but fortunately the show’s generous lineup of sweater-clad office vixens is still around to keep us going. Enter Peyton List, the 24-year-old stunner whose depiction of secretary-turned-socialite Jane Siegel became a welcome element in the series midway through season two. A model since age eight, List took a stab at acting with a bit role in an episode of “Sex and the City” back in 2000. Lucky for us, she kept it up. Here’s hoping we’ll see more of Roger Sterling’s young wife in the months ahead.
Total Recall may have found its man to demand that Cohaagen give these people some air. THR's Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Colin Farrell is at the top of the list to lead Len Wiseman's remake of the Arnold Schwarzeneggar classic. Classic? Classic. Inception star Tom Hardy, who will hopefully be Mad Max sometime in the future, and Inglourious Basterds star Michael Fassbender are also being considered.
I understand the importance in securing a Quaid for the film, but it's really the secondary characters that I feel the producers should be most concerned with. In the original Total Recall, Kuato was an animatronic stomach person, but the world has discovered Verne Troyer since then. And let's not forget about the three-boobed prostitute. Ashley Judd could use the one day of work.
There's a new red band trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris. I guess you could consider it NSFW due to language, sexual situations, and cloud imagery. It's also NSFRedneckDad due to everything that happens in it. Jim Carrey stars as a man who explodes out of the closet and his suburban existence and goes to great lengths to fund his new lifestyle. Ewan McGregor co-stars as the titular Phillip Morris, who Carrey meets in prison.
All in all, it's a great trailer and the best look that we've had at the film yet. It's got the same brand of whimsy we saw in the trailers for Middle Men and Casino Jack. But don't hold that against it.
I Love You, Phillip Morris finally gets released in theaters December 3rd.
Check out the NSFW trailer after the jump…
Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann
Synopsis: A gay con man vows to break his lover out of jail and build a fabulous life with him.
Release Date: December 3, 2010
We're finally going to get the chance to see master thespians John Lithgow and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson engage in some on-screen tete-a-tete. The two actors have joined Lives of the Saints, along with Meg Ryan, Kat Dennings, and Joe Anderson. The film "tells the intertwining stories of a group of Angelenos seeking redemption for past mistakes, only to find that forgiveness comes from unlikely places."
They were originally considering the title Crash 2 but quickly realized it would be better to trick the audience into thinking this was a totally different concept. My fingers are crossed for a more Cliffhanger Lithgow than a Harry and the Hendersons Lithgow. He won't stand a chance against Fity without his infamous furrowing of the brow. That move stops hearts beating. (Variety)
When it comes to Hollywood, women are at an extreme disadvantage. Where as men can rely almost solely on their talent (Steve Buscemi rules!), a hot body is basically a prerequisite for landing a female role. And if an actress is lucky enough to break through, there’s a whole chorus of naysayers waiting to accuse her of being nothing more than an untalented pair of tits. While I totally recognize that it’s a twisted, hypocritical process, who am I to buck the trend?
"Welcome ta Urff!!!"
Much like Kenny Powers, Will Smith will soon hate computers. All kinds. He's attached to Ron Howard's science fiction film The Forbin Project, the movie that tells the story of a super-computer who pulls a Stealth/Short Circuit and becomes sentient. The computer then uses its super-brain to take over the world. Which really doesn't seem that bad actually. In fact, it would be awesome. There'd be porn everywhere.
Not sure who Smith will play yet, but he'll probably be the guy who invented the computer, who now has to run around with a hot Hispanic chick in order to stop it. And then he makes the ultimate sacrifice of diving into the computer's battery core or something in order to disable it. Because that's how super-computers work, you guys. (Deadline)
Shawn's here for dinner. Invite him in.
"The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has been hired to turn Tom Clancy's best-seller Without Remorse into a kick-ass script for Paramount. Star Trek writer-producers, and J.J. Abrams's BFFs, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. Vulture shoops with the scoop:
The book follows one of Clancy's recurring characters, John Kelly (who later assumes the alias of John Clark, and appears in the Jack Ryan novels like Patriot Games and Rainbow Six), as he seeks revenge against the Baltimore drug ring responsible for the death of his girlfriend. While the book is set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, insiders tell us there's no definitive plan to make the film a "period" piece.
The thought of Shawn Ryan writing the story of a man seeking revenge against a drug ring stimulates my pleasure centers. "The Shield" is one of my favorite shows of all time. If Without Remorse captures the same tone with characters as rich and compelling as Vic Mackey and his Strike Team then I'd say Paramount has a successful franchise on its hands. Just don't get Walton Goggins to play the role of the hick, if there even is one. Dude needs to branch out. "President" has a nice ring to it.
Sam Raimi is looking to pay homage to one of the great horror classics. With the help of Mandate Pictures, Raimi has set up The Day Of The Triffids at Ghost House with the intention to direct. A partial basis for 28 Days Later, Triffids tells the story of a man who awakes to find that London has been stricken blind and overrun by intelligent, carnivorous plants.
This sounds awesome. They should move the remake to Detroit. That place is already a wasteland. Just make sure not to film anything remotely Motown. You're already going to get enough Little Shop Of Horrors comparisons as is. (Deadline)
Everyone knows that Jaden Smith has the power to resurrect classic 80's movie franchises. But the young actor also has an amazing psychic ability to communicate with the dead. And it seems the young star is putting his talent to good use by reaching out to the directing career of M. Night Shyamalan, which passed away earlier this year after the premiere of The Last Airbender.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog M. Night Shyamalan's next project will be the super secretive sci-fi flick that goes by the name of One Thousand A.E.. While details are scarce at the moment we do know that the flick is being developed as a vehicle for Jaden Smith.
I'm sure Shyamalan is hard at work developing a twist for the film's ending. And I hate to break it to him, but whatever he comes up with will pale in comparison to the shocking revelation I'm about to unleash. Jaden Smith's real father is DJ Jazzy Jeff! (Dread Central)
If you look really close, you can see a tear drop forming in the corner of his eye. It wasn't worth the appearance fee, was it, Perry?
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Before 'Iron Man' there was 'The Shaggy Dog'. Thank God for 'Iron Man'.
Columbia Pictures have picked up the rights to The Game author Neil Strauss's book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life. Robert Downey Jr. is on board to produce and possibly star in the film version that will also save your life.
The book details the three years that Strauss spent in the West Indies, educating himself to be able to handle any disaster situation. Everything from terror attacks to earthquakes to when best pal Mystery misplaces his furry top hat. I don't know why he'd have to travel to the West Indies for that. A few weeks with Ted Nugent should have been all he needed. Allan Loeb is writing the screenplay, which makes perfect sense. Who better to save your life than the guy who gets laid using magic tricks, the guy who wrote Kevin James's fart jokes, and the guy who co-starred with Tim Allen in The Shaggy Dog?
The trailer for The Rite looks like a fairly standard exorcism movie at first. It's got a young priest, Anthony Hopkins as an old priest, freaky-deaky kids, and people getting hit by cars. Then, all of a sudden, the Vatican whips out Minority Report technology. How long have they had that and why don't they share? Don't they know how many missing children we could help locate using that technology? Unless…
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Pixar has dropped a teaser trailer for Cars 2 that gives away little to nothing. One thing is for certain: lasers could possibly be involved in the sequel. Mater and McQueen are traveling the world this time around, getting into intrigue, thrills, and lasers. John Lasseter is directing again with help from Ratatouille producer Brad Lewis.
Cars 2 races into theaters June 24, 2011
Check out the teaser and some concept art below.
He can't resist a photo op.
The 1st Assistant Camera on Brett Ratner's The Tower Heist had better not forget to put a long lens on the order. Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has picked up an unknown role on the film, as has "Eastbound and Down's" very funny Michael Pena.
They'll join Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the film that pits the little guy against a crooked Bernie Madoff type played by Alan Alda. Other than that, we don't have a lot of details. But now we know that the heist most likely won't involve taking the stairs. And before you chastise me in the comments section for making a fat joke at Sidibe's expense, you should know it was a lazy joke at Pena's expense. And no, not because he's Mexican. Man, I can't win with you guys. (Deadline)
Alien was made back in the good old days when monsters were guys in rubber suits. If Ridley Scott is making a prequel to Alien, it would make sense to go back to the practical effects. It turns out the director's been consulting with Avatar creature designer Neville Page. Scott’s still not sold on that performance capture hocus pocus.
“I just recently was talking to Ridley Scott,” Page said at a media even for the Blu-Ray release of Avatar. “He brought up a really interesting point about how the real rubber suits for him are still a preference because you get stuff that you’re forced to have be real. As a result, it feels real on camera or in camera. I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I thought we were doing everything digital now.’ Just like us, a director’s going to use whatever tools make sense for the end result.”
That’s food for thought for Ridley Scott. Dude, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Bring back the rubber suit. Page said Scott was just gathering information to weigh his options.
“He was talking more theoretical in regards to filmmaking and his experience on the original. It’s a choice of now moving forward, when you can do an alien fully digital, is that what he would do?”
What do you think? Wouldn’t it be great to see an old school alien in the Alien prequel as opposed to more CG B.S.?
James Cameron inched closer to committing to Avatar 2 at a world media event for the Blu Ray release of an extended Avatar. “Our plan is to make 2 and 3 together as a single large production and release them a year apart,” Cameron said. “It’s in progress right now. There’s a lot of writing, a lot of designing and there’s a lot of tech work that we’re going to do.”
Hasn’t he invented everything already? He should be able to just crank out more Na’Vi, but of course Cameron wants to push things further. If he’s going to make two movies together, that could take five years. He wants to anticipate technological advances five years out, so that Avatar 3 still looks fresh when it’s released.
More after the jump…
"No. Seriously, do not listen to this thing. I do not have a crush on Cindy Hawkins."
I, like most others, reacted poorly when it was announced that Platinum Dunes are making a movie based off Hasbro's Ouija Board. "That's dumb," I thought. "There won't even be any room to work in French martial arts." Oh, how short-sighted I was, friends.
Taken director Pierre Morel is on the shortlist to direct the film. That means this will be the ass-kickingest game of Ouija ever played. All I see in my head when I think of this is a child-version of Liam Neeson breaking his older sister's fingers one by one until she admits she moved the planchette. Hopefully, he'll be able to get Neeson himself. You know, if Milton Bradley doesn't have him under retainer. (LA Times)
It's no surprise that Piranha 3D is getting a sequel. It's also no surprise that the sequel's title contains a pun involving breasts (Piranha 3DD). What is surprising is the fact that the film is scheduled to hit theaters in August 2011. I know they're not exactly going for an Oscar, but less than a year is still a pretty quick turn around time.
John Gulager (Feast) is set to direct, while Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw sequels) will pen the script. Let's hope Melton and Dunstan are fast writers. To speed things up, might I suggest using the word "tits" instead of "breasts," the word "fish" instead of "piranha," and the symbol for "$" in place of the words "plot," "character development" and "dignity." (Empire)
NotZombies switched out the pull quotes in the Biutiful trailer and I have to say it peaked piqued my interest more than the original. Seriously, how did no one address the kid on the ceiling before?
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The director's chair left vacant by David O. Russell on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is being retro-fitted for a few more asses. Jonathan Demme, Matt Reeves, the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs guys, and Mike White joined previously announced asses David Slade, Neil Marshall, and Mike Newell for a shot at plunking down for some on-set bad back support.
As with everything nowadays, the casting list is also uncertain now that Natalie Portman has walked from the starring role. Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasoshoushawkasa, Tilda Swinton, and Catherine O'Hara are all rumored for the project. It's impressive that so many big names (and Mike White) are interested in the project. I'm sure it will end up in good hands (or Mike White's). (The Wrap)
In retrospect, I shouldn't have attempted this.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the opportunity to get really super emo in The Crow. The original big screen adaptation was directed by Alex Proyas and followed Eric Draven, who is murdered and comes back to kill the men responsible for putting down him and his fiancée. Brandon Lee was accidently killed by a loaded gun during filming. I say nothing is an accident when Michael Wincott is on set.
Hasn't Wahlberg kind of already done this role in Max Payne? He didn't wear makeup and sling an ax (that's a guitar, for all you squares), but he got revenge for his family's murder with moody music and lighting. My guess is nothing will come of this rumor. Wahlberg should know better than to take the reigns from Crow: Salvation's Eric Mabius of ABC's "Ugly Betty."
It looks like Zach Galifianakis doesn't want to eat the cooter banana. While appearing recently on the Comedy Death Ray podcast, the notoriously choosey star of G-Force, "Tru Calling," and Out Cold intimated that he's having some "moral" issues with what Todd Phillips is planning to do on The Hangover 2.
“But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut host Scott Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
People are assuming that Galifianakis is taking issue with the inclusion of a Mel Gibson cameo in the film. Which is kind of silly. Sure, the man is considered vile right now and this is a case of stunt casting in the highest degree, but in all fairness, he was going to be hungover anway. Can you really blame Todd Phillips if he happens to point a camera at it? (Vulture)
Nerd worlds have officially collided. In anticipation of the release of Disney's Tron Legacy, Marvel Comics has created variant covers to celebrate just how nerdy nerd things can get. Beginning in November, superheroes Captain America, Spider-man, Iron Man, and others will get rave-friendly neon lights added to their attire. If you speak fluent nerd, the issues featuring Tron variants, and spotlighted characters, are as follows:
• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651 TRON Variant, featuring Spider-Man
• AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant. featuring Spider-Woman
• AVENGERS ACADEMY #7 TRON Variant, featuring Quicksilver
• CAPTAIN AMERICA #612 TRON Variant, featuring Captain America
• INCREDIBLE HULKS #618 TRON Variant, featuring Ghost Rider
• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #33 TRON Variant, featuring Iron Man
• NEW AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Ms. Marvel
• SECRET AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Moon Knight
• THOR #617 TRON Variant, featuring Thor
• WOLVERINE #4 TRON Variant, featuring Wolverine
In all honesty though, these re-interpretations look pretty sweet. I just wish it didn't feel so whorey. It's as if each of the above comics should come with a BK Broiler with a cutesy name like the BK Tronoiler. It doesn't sound the least bit appetizing, but you'd eat it because the pickles glow. Hot damn, I'm a marketing genius. Now to the lab to make pickles glow…
Check out more varient cover pics after the jump…
"I'm not taking this call."
Scream 4 can't get enough of teasing us. Yesterday we showed you a bootlegged Scream 4 teaser from Spike TV's "Scream Awards." Today, we have a new teaser. A better teaser. A Culkinier teaser.
This extended teaser builds on the footage we saw yesterday and presents the "new rules" of the film. The kills have got to be way more extreme, virgins are fair game (sorry Hans), and the killer should film their kills now. Which makes no sense if you don't want to get caught. If you thought Michael Bay was pissed about those puppies, just imagine how he'll react to someone posting a Courtney Cox snuff film. Dude's a serious "Cougar Town" fan.
Check out the new teaser after the jump…
The news that Jackass 3D antiqued the competition this past weekend (take that, Helen Mirren!) wasn’t too shocking. However, the news that the film had the biggest opening ever for…