The long-gestating Smurfs film project is gaining traction now that the animation tests are finished. Popular song and dance man, Neil Patrick Harris has been cast in an unspecified live-action role in the upcoming film. Thus he joins the illustrious ranks of Jason Lee, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Lillard, and Jerry O'Connell before him.The openly gay star is beloved for his talented turns in How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Doogie Howser M.D., the Harold and Kumar films and as host of the Emmys. Though it is unclear whether he will play a human who encounters the Smurfs or the fugly wizard Gargamel, I'm sure he will ably class up this project.Going forward all Richard Gere/Gerbil jokes should be replaced with NPH/Smurf jokes. Homophobes everywhere, please update your dogmatic joke books accordingly. (Deadline Hollywood)
"i'm a real tyrant without my morning cup of joe."After his breakthough as a scarred-up badass in Avatar, Stephen Lang is carving his niche as Hollywood's go-to son of a bitch. Colonel Quaritch has been offered the role of head bad guy in Marcus Nispel's Conan remake. The character, Khalar Singh, is a cruel warlord and former comrade to Conan's miniature dog-loving dad.This sounds like an exciting bit of casting in an otherwise unexciting film. Although it could be dangerous to the plot as I'll probably root for Lang over Jason Momoa. But only because I'll always root against white guys with dreads. Just make my coffee, Smelly.Lang was terrific in Avatar and I'm glad that's leading to more work. And before you rush to comment that he's essentially playing the same role, allow me to point out that this time he'll have a sword. It's a subtle difference. (Latino Review)
Video game movies are relatively cheap to make and they come with a built-in fanbase. Also, Milla Jovovich needs the work. I understand that logic. But there are some games that really do not deserve the Hollywood treatment yet they get picked up anyway. Missile Command is one. Asteroids is another. And now Space Invaders is joining the club. From the LA Times:Warner Bros. is negotiating to acquire feature rights to the landmark shooter from Taito, the Japanese company that originally manufactured the game. If the rights issues all work out, the project would bring on Hollywood fixtures Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady as producers.I'm excited for the day when I don't have to be negative about movie news. A day when the ideas that are presented are original, cool film ideas. But that day is not today. I'm not saying that I'm immune to making bad decisions. For instance, me creating a ketchup and Honeycomb cereal sandwich didn't turn out so well. But I learned a valuable lesson. Also, burned my penis pretty badly on the panini press in doing so. (LA Times)
No one makes pale dead skin work quite like Christina Ricci. Then pop a red dress on her and you've got yourself a corpse not even Liam Neeson can resist. In After.Life, the Kraken-owning Neeson plays a mortician who communicates with the dead to help them transition to…wait for it…the afterlife. Justin Long is also running around like he usually does trying to figure out what's going on and how he can stop it with a few well-placed quips. Is she dead? Is she alive? Who sees her? Who doesn't? Why isn't Haley Joel Osment in anything anymore? Is it because puberty messed his face up? All of the answers in the After.Life trailer after the jump.
In March of 2008, The History Channel shortened its name to History. It would have made more sense if it had shortened its name to The Channel. Over the past few years, the network has stopped pretending to give a damn about history and now traffics mainly in crappy reality television. Sure, it can be entertaining, but history it ain’t! Remember when The History Channel used to enlighten its viewers with quality historical documentaries and relevant original programming? Yeah, neither do we. The network has always been a sad mix of poor-quality World War II stock footage and shoddy battle reenactments. But for all its faults, at least it used to take its name somewhat seriously. Sure, “UFO Hunters: Nazi UFOs” wasn’t the most historically accurate documentary, but at least it had Hitler as opposed to some hillbilly running around in a swamp. With those simpler times in mind, here are eight History Channel shows that have nothing to do with history.
Charles Roven and Atlas Entertainment have just dropped anchor on their next project, a big-screen adaptation of Gilligan's Island. The producer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has picked up a script by Yogi Bear's Brad Copeland to bring the iconic castaways to theaters. There's no word yet whether the film will veer toward hacky, slapstick comedy or if it will take a gritty, more serious approach to Gilligan's first year as a bumbling, accident-prone crewman.Series producer Sherwood Schwartz is also onboard as executive producer and, though no cast or director are in place, feels that terminally typecast actor Michael Cera is a shoe-in for the role of Gilligan. Expect Avatar's Joel David Moore's aggressive campaigning for the role to begin in 5… 4… 3… 2…(Variety)
For God's sake, someone help him! There's going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who's dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that's dating Timberlake's character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. The film's other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)
Joe Letteri has served as visual effects supervisor at both Industrial Light & Magic and Weta Digital. In doing so, he's had a hand in creating the most innovative and creative visual effects in film history. His career spans from The Abyss to the Oscar-nominated Avatar. Screen Junkies caught up with him at the VES Awards to discuss Steven Spielberg's first entry in the Tintin trilogy he's tackling with Peter Jackson.First up, he discusses what we can expect Tintin to look like:"We’re experimenting with a number of different looks. When you do 3D you have a range of options to go with, slightly sort of cartoony. You go more Pixar style where there’s realism but still exaggeration. The problem with going completely photoreal with human characters is you want to honor the comicness of it. So we’re still feeling our way around it."MORE FROM JOE AFTER THE JUMP.
Stella Maeve has had small roles in several TV shows, but now she's making her way in to movies. You can catch her in Brooklyn's Finest this Friday, and soon as Sandy West in The Runaways. I think we'll all take pleasure in watching her star rise. A word from Stella: "Eating organic is one of the best things a person can do for themselves." Uh oh, fellas, we've got a hippie in our midst. Get out your microwavable meals and canned goods. We're going to make her love preservatives if it kills us. More fresh pics of Stella after the jump.
"Gemma, it's just that I think we work better as friends. But, like, really really awesome friends. Y'know?" The second trailer for Jerry Bruckheimer's sand-in-the-crevasse epic Prince of Persia has dirt-tornadoed its way to them Internets to show off the film's story and awkward attempts at sexual tension. It's pretty much the same trailer as before but this time the events are shown in a slightly different order. I'm on to you, Jerry. The plot sounds very similar to Lord of the Rings. An appointed protector must transport a magical item to certain location without it falling into the clutches of evil. Though Frodo's flirtations with Samwise were a lot less wooden than Jake Gyllenhaal's with Gemma Arterton. Enjoy the sand karate after the jump…
Yes, that's right. Martin Lawrence will don a suit of fat for a third time. The actor is set to star in Big Momma's House 3 and Tropic Thunder's Alpha Chino has somehow been convinced to co-star. Brandon T Jackson will play Trent, the nephew to Lawrence's character who witnesses a murder. In order to protect Trent and track down the killer, the two must logically dress up like sassy, overweight black women and hide out at an all-girls performing art school. This sounds a lot like Precious. Only with fewer laugh out loud moments.These films really get a lot of mileage out of the ol' guy dressed as a woman takes a shower with hot babe set-up. But when I do it, it's considered "gross" and "in violation of multiple restraining orders." (Variety)
She must have made so many fat girls eat their feelings. These links want you in their clique. Leaked Version of James Cameron's Oscar Speech (Moviefone) Intelligent Men Are More Sexually (Asylum) 25 Awesome Mustaches (HolyTaco) David Caruso On Canada's Hockey Gold Win (TotalProSports) When a Spartan Loves a Stormtrooper (Unreality) 2010 Hometown Hotties Has Begun! (Maxim) Some Weird Facts About the TUF 11 Fighters (CagePotato) Justin Bieber Defecates on American Flag (CelebJihad) 5 Directors Who Need A Career Reboot (Pajiba) Film Roles Close Calls (Atom) Documentary on Epic Beard Man (MadeMan) Time For NASCAR to Get It Together (AllLeftTurns)
Last week the news of a Zoolander sequel sent waves of excitement through the TBS watching community. Ben Stiller is currently working on the script with director Justin Theroux and now, he has revealed a few details about the plot. "We have a new story idea that we feel excited about and we're going to try to go forward. The beginning of the movie is [set]… 10 years later, and Derek & Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody even knows who they are, so they have to re-invent themselves." He goes on to add: "My wife really needs the work." Okay. So I went on to add that. He did, however, weigh in on Will Ferrell's inclusion: "If Will says yes, he definitely has to be a part of it. [pause] My dad really needs the work." Lies again. Screen Junkies really needs to rethink their policy of paying me by the word. *Editor's Note: We pay him in Monopoly money* (MTV)
Normally I don't put too much stock in books that lack tabs to pull and pop-ups to giggle at, but if Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is half as good as the trailer for it than I may have to give this "reading" thing a shot. The author of the historical horror novel, Seth Grahame-Smith (sounds like a Count), also wrote the New York Time's Bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I have a copy sitting under a pile of Highlights magazines.If only there was a way to condense the entire novel of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter into visual form… An "adaptation" if you will. Spielberg could direct and Liam Neeson could star. That one's for free, Hollywood. Send my fee directly to some organization that teaches kids to read. No one should have to grow up and blog for a living.Read the trailer with your eyes after the jump.
National hero Amber Heard will be stretching her acting abilities to the brink of snapping by pretending to be attracted to Nicolas Cage in the upcoming Drive Angry. Cage plays a crazy, road-ragin' grandpa on the hunt for those who murdered his daughter and kidnapped his grandbaby. Heard will play a diner employee who joins Cage during the high octane rampage. The splatterfest is being directed by My Bloody Valentine 3D's Patrick Lussier and, yes, it will be in ass-puckering 3D.This 3D craze is really pushing itself too far. Nicolas Cage popping off-screen is terrifying enough to clear a theater. It would be like showing Encino Man a documentary about the railroads. (THR)
DIRECTOR: Patrick LussierCAST: Nicolas Cage; Amber Heard; William Fichtner; David Morse; Charlotte RossSYNOPSIS: A road-ragin' grandpa turns his daughter's killers and his grandbabby's kidnappers to road kill.
Lara Croft and Slave Leia Snowball Fight – Watch more Funny VideosApparently I need to go to Sundance next year. Forget the films and the free swag, Lara Croft and Princess Leia are throwing snow at each other! What two actresses of that caliber are doing in a completely random duel is beyond me, but Angelina totally pwns Carrie. I guess now we know where tomb raiders stand among members of royalty. Quick, to the presses! There are history books that need sexy revisions! (BuzzFeed)
Angelina Jolie can't decide which movie-I'll-never-see to do next. First there were reports that she dropped out of Wanted 2 in favor of Alfonso Cuaron's stranded on a spacestation drama Gravity. Word today is that she's not part of Gravity and is circling a project with Darren Aronofsky.The director and star are both looking to join an adaptation of Serena: A Novel. If the project does come to fruition, Serena: A Movie would star Jolie as the wife of a timber magnate in the woods of 1929 North Carolina. She would use the awesome powers of her vagina to convince him to commit increasingly ruthless acts. Later when she learns that she cannot conceive a child she decides that adoption is sooo 2002 and that murdering her husband's illegitimate son is the new hotness.Both Jolie and Aronofsky are waiting for a new script and budget before signing on to the evil vagina movie. I just wish that Angelina would learn to use that thing for good. Think of all the wars she could stop. (THR)
Taylor Lautner has too many toys in his sandbox. After yanking both Mattel's Max Steel and Hasbro's Stretch Armstrong away from his peers while screaming, "Mine!", his Hollywood parents told him to make a decision. Lautner decided on Stretch, throwing Max back to the less fortunate, uglier, smellier kids to fight over. An insider who carries Lautner's bag of wet wipes and binkies told Vulture, "When you sign on to make a movie with Hasbro, you know it will be in theaters a year later." Well said, overbearing Hollywood stagemother. I would assume Lautner would want to play a sweet futuristic character like Max Steel over a man with skin issues, but maybe he has opposing thoughts about what is cool. Or daddy demanded he abide by his decision or get the belt again.
Photo taken right before the prisoners ran a train on "the funny guy." Here are your weekend links.First Look at 'Iron Man 2' Action Figures (Moviefone)Naked New Yorkers Paint The Town Red (Asylum)25 Amazing Snow Sculptures (HolyTaco)Vancouver in Need of a Condom Refill (TotalProSports)Chat Roulette: The Movie (Unreality)Jones vs. Vera Fight Hype (CagePotato)Kate French is Ooh La La (Maxim)Candice Swanepoel Lingerie Megapost (CelebJihad)Bruce Willis Career Assessment (Pajiba)ManBear Part 2 (Atom)The Five Women You Meet in Bars (MadeMan)Shelby American Odds (AllLeftTurns)
Whale parkour is the new kite-boarding.A trainer was killed this past Wednesday at Orlando, Florida's Sea World in the jaws of Tilikum, the oldest and largest killer whale in captivity. It should also be known that Tilikum has two priors. From the NY Daily News:Tilikum, whose name means "friend" in the Native American language Chinook, has killed before – always unwittingly.In 1991, a marine biology student and part-time trainer fell into his tank in Canada and was dragged under by Tilikum. The whale and two females blocked her from getting out of the pool and tossed her back and forth in the air between them like a toy.In 1999, there was a case so bizarre it made headlines around the world: A man sneaked into Tilikum's pool at SeaWorld and his naked corpse was found the next day splayed on the whale's back.Wow. Is the soul of a reincarnated killer trapped in that whale's body?Actor Matt Damon makes this article film-relevant by joining the campaign to close Sea World down in the light of this tragedy. He tells Entertainment Tonight:"I think they should just shut them all down. I've never been a fan of places like that." Meh, put all those hard working people on the street. Matt Damon's never been a fan.At any rate, it's unclear what the future holds for Tilikut but the Syfy Channel's Original Movies Department is said to be interested in the whale's talents. Very interested. (via NY Daily News and IMDB)
It has become known to us that Michael Bay is planning on shooting scenes for Transformers 3 in both the heavily populated cities of Moscow and Chicago. All citizens are urged to remain calm. No more information can be provided at this time, but as a precautionary measure we advice that you secure all your women, eggs, and flammable liquids. More news when it becomes available. Good luck, and God bless. (/Film)
In an article about Robert Rodriguez's production slate, Empire mentions a small bit about Steven Seagal's difficulty on the set of Machete. Apparently Seagal insisted that he be cooled by a giant air conditioner at all times which now have to be digitally removed from the footage.Classic Seagal. Just look at these pre-treated stills from his past films. (The Playlist)
Danielle Panabaker has captured the hearts of men around the globe with her pixie-like appearance and her put-her-in-your-pocket-and-save-her-for-later appeal. She was also in Sky High, so………A word from Danielle: "I really did graduate at 14, and I go to college in the Los Angeles area near where I live."No one likes a bragger. And someone who's vague about their school so that someone else can't go find them.
Production start on this film slipped right past my radar. Kristen Bell and Christian Bale seem like perfect casting in this taut thriller. No release date yet, but it just moved to the top of my "must see" list.
The Farrelly Brothers have been busy rounding out the cast of Hall Pass, the comedy where Owen Wilson is allowed to rub his genitals against any woman he wants with zero wifely consequences for one week. The cast currently consists of Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Bynes, J.B. Smoove, and Stephen Merchant.This morning comes news of the alluring actresses who will play the pontential recipients of the genital-rubbing. Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Vanessa Angel, and Nicky Whelan have all inked deals to swell Wilson and Sudeikis's pants. If the Farrellys are hoping to attract the lucrative demographic of dumpy girls with low self-esteem, they're going about it the wrong way. (THR)
It's about to get projectile vomit-y in here!! In an apparent bid to recruit more kids to the priesthood, there are two new movies centering around exorcisms in the Hollywood pipeline. Priests are so hot right now. They're the new vampires.First up, Anthony Hopkins has signed on for the supernatural thriller The Rite. He'll play a Vatican-sanctioned exorcist whose methods are untraditional. In other words, he's a priest who doesn't follow the rules. Good luck finding a volunteer to stay after Sunday School to bang out erasers with you. (THR)The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis will portray an exorcist/slacker in Miracle Workers. The comedy tells the story of two friends who pose as exorcists until they encounter a truly malevolent evil. Shouldn't be a problem for Zach. He worked with Mike Tyson and survived. A demon would only rape him half as much. (Dread Central)
Superman rescues mini Goyer. It doesn't matter why.David Goyer will write the new Superman movie to be titled The Man of Steel. This doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Dark Knight partner Christopher Nolan is shepherding the project for Warner Brothers, but a welcome one, nonetheless. Goyer intends to look to the original John Byrne creation for inspiration. Brandon Routh will not star and Bryan Singer is not expected to direct. So in other other words, less gay, more fun. Don't pretend like that's not an accurate description.Goyer's story involves Luthor and Brainiac, and won't be an origin story, so if you don't know anything about Superman you'll be like TOTALLY WTF? Don't worry, we'll watch all the prior films at my house before The Man of Steel hits theaters. I'll bring the popcorn, you bring the Bryan Singer (LatinoReview)
Finally, the douchebags on MTV's Next will have some fresh quotes from a popular movie that they try to pass off as their own. It's been announced that Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 scribe Justin Theroux will write and direct a follow-up to Zoolander. In fact, Theroux is heading to Fashion Week in Paris to "immerse himself on what is current in fashion." He's absolutely NOT going for the wild parties, hot women, and mini-croissants stuffed with brie. Just in case you heard that was the real reason.Jonah Hill is in talks to play the villian and Owen Wilson will hopefully reprise his role as Hansel, though he has yet to commit. But Luke Wilson wanted me to mention that he's available, and will work for mini-croissants stuffed with anything. (Deadline Hollywood)
Radha Mitchell got her big Hollywood start in Pitch Black opposite Vin Diesel, and has been a rising star ever since. The only downside is she kind of owes her success to Vin Diesel, and you NEVER want to be in that guy's pocket. A word from Radha: "Any situation today could be a tragedy or a comedy, it just depends on the mood that you're in when you're experiencing it, and the mood of the storyteller who is telling it." I could tell you a story of a puppy massacre while I was still high off a drug fueld threeway with Bar Refaeli and a stranger and I bet you'd still think it was tragic. So there. The pics after the jump are guaranteed to put you in a good mood.