Stringer Bell from "The Wire," actor Idris Elba, is taking over for Morgan Freeman as Dr. Alex Cross in Cross. The new installment of the James Patterson best selling novels will be directed by David Twohy, who will also rewrite the Kerry Williamson penned script.
Morgan Freeman chased after psychopaths as Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, and he did it with class and a soothing tenor. Idris should carry the torch nicely, as he is a great talent who demonstrated on "The Wire" he can pop a cap in an ass, while on "The Office" he showed off his comedic chops. As a side note: doesn't it wrinkle your brain when British actors who you didn't know were British speak with a British accent? Quit fooling us, Red Coats! (Deadline)
In this month's issue of Interview Magazine, Ben Affleck tosses questions at Blake Lively, who stars in his latest directorial effort, The Town. She gave answers and stuff, but more importantly, there are hot pics of her locked in a holding cell! In a publication where the visuals usually come second to the copy, I'm surprised they printed a spread that makes you totally forget what reading is.
Check out the pics of Blake after the jump…
Ashlynn Brooke is the "Queen Of The XXX Porn Parodies." From 30 Rock: A XXX Parody to Seinfeld: A XXX Parody, she has done them all in the last 5 years. While not taking one for the XXX team, she'll be popping up her talents in Piranha 3D this week as the fitfully suite "Cheerleader" character, nude in 3D, of course.
A word from Ashlynn: "I love my job and I love to please people."
It's very rare that a person loves their job. Do it until it hurts.
More pics of Ashlynn after the jump…
Here's another movie montage for the masses. "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you" is one of those overused lines from cinema and television that for some reason never gets old. Use it on your next outing to a bar. It's a fabulous ice breaker and always gets the ladies to crack a smile. They'll be pleased you have a sense of humor, and will be holding out hope that you you're a spy. They'll know by morning that you're not.
You could watch the montage after the jump, but then I'd have to kill you.
"Did I do that?"
Kissing girls is scary enough without J.J. Abrams stepping in and making it more terrifying. Abrams is teaming up with "Lost" director Jack Bender to produce 7 Minutes In Heaven, a horror film that tells the story of two teens who go into a closet together for seven minutes, and when they reemerge, they find that all of their friends are dead. Could happen.
Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are currently looking for a screenwriter to make that concept less laughable. What I wonder about, is whether the teens are actually in Heaven, and that's why their friends appear dead. Or, maybe they are in Hell? Or, maybe some lame kind of purgatory where you can be a bad boy detective or concert pianist, if you so choose. (HeatVision)
Understatement of the Century: we love watching porn! But we also like movies made by semi-professional filmmakers that operate within the non-porn Hollywood system. When these two elements come together, it can make for a pretty satisfying cinematic experience. From The 40-Year-Old Virgin to 8MM, porn has long been referenced or addressed in mainstream films, but it is particularly sweet when the filmmakers take the next step and make up a fake porn movie. Some are actually filmed and shown on screen, while others are there in dialogue only — but it’s all great. Check out a few of our favorite fake nudie flicks.
We (me) were very excited at the news that Alice Eve was in talks to play the precariously-clothed Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. You were all instructed to get down to your local wishing wells with an sh*t ton of pennies, and wish this thing into reality. So, what the hell? Today it's reported that talks have fallen through, and "Mad Men" actress January Jones will be filling the role.
Nothing against Jones, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! We were so close to combining this:
Now we'll never know what that looks like because you guys didn't wish hard enough. Somebody owes me pennies. (Deadline)
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I'll never have to Photoshop them kissing again.
I'd be lying if I didn't say that reporting on Darren Aronosky's Black Swan hasn't been a rocky road. First, we were promised girl-on-girl between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Then, we were told no Natalie boobs. Then we saw some freaky pics. And now we have video of the stars kissing and touching one another's naughty bits. This marks the first time I've ever been turned on by something Kafkaesque. I guess there's a film trailer attached to that footage too. If you're into that kind of thing.
If you're still reading, the trailer is after the jump…
The news that there is a film in the works based upon the board game Battleship is a crazy enough notion. So, why am I still surprised by the casting news? We've already reported that Rihanna had joined the cast, because there was apparantly a Rihanna-like character intrinsic to the storyline. Now it has been announced that swimsuit model and Transformers 3 hopeful Brooklyn Decker will play Taylor Kitsch's love interest in the film. I mean, movie. I mean, commercial. I mean, Peter Berg's excuse to party with Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker. (Deadline)
This feels like a formality, but some of the stars of the upcoming Piranha 3D felt it necessary to create a For Your Consideration video to drum up Oscar support. In my opinion, it's already a shoe-in, and I haven't even seen it yet because the studio won't screen it for critics, most likely because it's too amazing to show early.
Jerry "Hollywood Treasure" O'Connell, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook, and Paul Scheer are a few of the cast members asking for your vote this award season. If nothing else, the film should definitely have a lock on the Best Penis Being Gobbled Up and Spit Out in 3D category. The scene of that in Inception was just so-so.
Check out the campaign video after the jump…
Kelly Brook is one hot pot of English tea. I tried my best to give a range of pictures here from the artfully tasteful to the fake orgasm moan, but there are just too many out there, and more coming soon as she burns up the pages of this month's Playboy. There is one reason to see Piranha 3D this weekend: Kelly Brook naked in 3D.
A word from Kelly: "I’ve got boobs and a bum and if people think I’m fat, I honestly don’t care"
If you're fat, may the world be populated by big fat fatties like you.
More insanely hot pics of Kelly after the jump…
Hugh Jackman had better turn in his Man Card. Dude, just passed up the chance to play beauty parlor in Avon Man in favor of lifting a bunch of weights. OMG! What a fop!
Sure, you can say that Jackman dropped out because the shooting schedule shifted, and he needs to get his arm muscles up to par for Wolverine 2. But we all know the truth, he'd rather just play with balls and lift weights all day. Hugh Jackman is just way too manly. Pretty much everyone knows that. (Deadline)
Last week when I reported that Stellan Skarsgard would possibly join the cast of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Martin Vanger I questioned why Max Von Sydow wasn't on board yet. The man is practically a God in Sweden and deserves to be in Fincher's Sweden-based thriller. Now it appears Von Sydow is in talks to play retired industrialist Henrik Vanger, Martin's uncle and former CEO of Vanger Corp. So basically, I called that sh*t.
I realize all the hubbub was over who would play Lisbeth Salander, and Rooney Mara landed the role yesterday, but I've always been more concerned about Von Sydow. Sure, he's older now and his eyes bulge out of his skull a little too far, but he's sure to give Skarsgard and Daniel Craig a run for their money. I'll now start petitioning for Dolph Lundgren's involvement. He's making a comeback with The Expendables and I'm sure the film has a role for a giant, seven-language-speaking Swede. Or Mike Tyson.
Harry removes the webcam from Hermione's bedroom.
Put on your sorting caps or whatever 'cause I've got some pretty new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. I'm an upstanding citizen and a scholar, which is why I decided not to post the scans from last week's Entertainment Weekly that were floating around, but these high resolution pics are going to make you glad you waited. Like having the sex. Some we've seen before (Hermione's murder hands), but there's a few we haven't. I particularly like the one where Harry is peering out of a doorway behind Ron. It's like an Ingmar Bergman film, if Ingar Bergman dabbled in snufflepuffs and floobergobs. Those are wizard things, right?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits theaters November 19, 2010.
Check out the pics after the jump…
Monster movies have been around since actors realized they could still get paid if they climbed into a hot, rubber suit. It didn't take long for makers of those movies to figure out that those actors in rubber suits might be able to swim. So, they threw them into Universal's big ol' backstage swimming hole and let those actors attempt to stay afloat. Clever editors made it appear that they were attacking attractive teenage women. And, thus, a genre was born, the waterborne "creature feature."
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This morning, we have a second trailer for Gareth Edwards's Monsters. We didn't post the first trailer because, y'know, too much typing. Also, there wasn't much to be shown. But this time around, we have a sliiiightly more substantial look. And don't worry it doesn't include spoilers, so you should be in good shape if you want to walk into the theater without knowing too much. I'm all for preserving the mystery and watching through fresh eyes. It's rare that you get the opportunity, and Monsters is said to be an awesome giant monster movie with focus on character. Suck on that, Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation.
Take a stroll through the infected hellhole of Mexico after the jump…
The midget ones are kinda creepy, but damn if they can't shake it.
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We finally have a first look at I'm Still Here, the "documentary" that chronicles Joaquin Phoenix's slow transformation into Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Casey Affleck, we're given a front row seat to Phoenix's imaginary breakdown. Absolutely riveting (in an imaginary way).
The trailer has a pretty cool voice-over. Is that Edward James Olmos? I think it is. If so, somebody get that guy a job selling Ford trucks immediately.
Check it out after the jump…
The X-Men: First Class casting news keeps on comin' today. Rose Byrne just joined the cast as Moira MacTaggert, and now Oliver Platt is set to play a non-mutant character mysteriously named The Man in Black. Hopefully his skill isn't blending into the background. Platt isn't exactly Crispin Glover thin.
The film, which begins shooting in London next month, has an impressive group of stars attached, including James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, and Edi Gathegi as Darwin. And let us not forget Kevin Bacon, who will be terrorizing them all with his fancy footwork and/or something else. (Deadline)
Hollywood's most prominent young actresses can quit their cat fighting. Rooney Mara has been granted the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon tattoo adaptation. Her deal includes an option for two sequels based off the second and third book in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Mara, younger sister of hottie Kate Mara, will run and hack computers alongside Daniel Craig, who's already been cast as the investigative journalist and part owner of the magazine Millenium. Both Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard are also in talks for roles. Our deepest condolences go out to Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning, and every other starlet who really REALLY wanted to nab the role of the decade. We hope these words help you in your time of grief: Life's unfair and stuff. (Deadline)
Lauren Jones shows that having a double major college degree in Hollywood doesn't get you by on smarts alone. A former model and ring girl for the WWE, she brings her lovely lady humps to The Expendables as Mickey Rourke's girl, Cheyenne.
A word from Lauren: “This business is not as glamorous as it looks! It's truly a lot of hard work and dedication. But it's worth it in the end.”
Because you get to ride on the back of Mickey Rourke's motorcycle. Hellz yeah.
More pics of Lauren after the jump…
The cast of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class grew a bit over the weekend. Rose Byrne has signed on to be adorable in the role of Moira MacTaggert, Professor X's hot piece of Scottish butt who later leaves him without explanation, and gives birth to a son who she needs to keep sedated due to his ability to warp reality. Mother of the year, people.
Also, joining the production is Jason Flemyng. He's a mainstay of Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie films. In other words, he's British. He'll play the teleporting mutant Azazel, who is also Nightcrawler's dad. Looks like that mutant ability runs in the family. Though, blue skin does not. Looks like Mrs. Azazel's got some 'splaining to do!! (THR)
Sylvester Stallone choked out Julia Roberts over the weekend, and his movie also beat hers at the box office. Stallone's salute to gritty 80's action, The Expendables, easily took the top spot with $35 million. Audiences weren't as eager to see Julia Roberts get fat and f*ck. Eat, Pray, Love took the second spot with just under $24 million. Looks like the call to action worked, fellas.
Then there was Scott Pilgrim… well, Scott Pilgrim just kinda showed up, slumped its shoulders while gazing at its shoes before mumbling something about the new Arcade Fire album. Despite great reviews, producers just couldn't get fans of coin-op references and lesbian haircuts into the theater to see this one. But in all fairness, it was really sunny out in McCarren Park on Saturday. (Reuters)
Not exaaaactly film-related, but this new video from Yeasayer deserves a watch. Besides it stars a sexy Kristen Bell and she's in movies. AND, she plays an actress and that's film-related. Maybe it was even shot on film. Whatever, I don't need to justify this.
In the video for "Madder Red," Bell plays a struggling, young actress coping with the impending death of a beloved pet. Not exactly sure what the pet is though. But it's a great video, and serves as a much-needed reminder not to take the lumpy, puss-dribbling fleshballs in our lives for granted. I've really gotta call home more often.
Watch the video here.
Him and Gary Oldman should have a face-off. (WildAmmo)
Congratulations, kids! We did it! Toy Story 3, one the best animated, and live-action, movies of these past few years has become the highest grossing animated film of all time. The film has brought in more than $920 million worldwide, surpassing Dreamworks Animation's Shrek 2 ($919.8 million worldwide) for the title. All I can say is, daaaaaaaamn, that's a lot of cheddar in Woody and Buzz's pocket.
/Film points out that the price of 3D tickets must also be considered when comparing these box office numbers. Shrek 2 didn't have the benefit of charging theater patrons $20 a pop to see more stuff jump out at them. A film like The Lion King made $783.8 million worldwide in 1994, a number which would be adjusted to $1.54 billion today. Daaaaaamn, that's a lot of cheddar in Mufasa's pocket. Oh wait, he died in the film. RETROACTIVE SPOILER ALERT!
Get outta there, kid!
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan IS The Courier. Whatever that means. I'm not used to movie casting news that doesn't involve seven rounds of Disney teens vying to play a superhero. It looks like Morgan is going to play a bagman that needs to deliver a briefcase to a hard-to-find crimeboss, while dodging crooked cops, gangsters, and federal agents. Why isn't Jason Statham in this? It's his whole thing — running around like a maniac and jumping his cars over drawbridges. Does this not involve driving a car? I guess Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the new on-foot Jason Statham. Tough break, Timothy Olyphant. (Deadline)
The TMNT shirt makes it all the more powerful.