An in-depth look at Sony's casting/hazing process.Sony still hasn't decided who will take the lead in their unnecessary Spider-Man reboot, but they are at least a step closer. It's reported that most members of the casting shortlist have been forced to wear tights for "camera tests" and definitely not some sick, sex thing for studio kicks in case that's what you've heard. Nope, definitely for a camera test. Right, Deadline?I'm told that the candidates whose screen tests were viewed Friday are: Jamie Bell (the Billy Elliot star who wrapped the Kevin Macdonald-directed The Eagle of the Ninth) , Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin, Kick-Ass’s Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown) are also in the final list that the studio is working from.Ugh. C'mon, you guys. Just hurry up and pick one of the actors that people have heard about before. This is taking too long and we still need a few months worth of speculating who the villian will be and which girl from Twilight will play Mary Jane. (Hint: none of them.)
Toy Story 3 ruled its second weekend at the box office, bringing in $59 million. An estimated 57% of its revenue was from 3D screenings.The film easily crushed its closest competition, Grown Ups ($41 million) and Knight and Day ($27.8 million) thanks in no small part to the fact that Toy Story had a more substantial plot and more realistic, likable characters. Get it? It's ironic because Toy Story is a cartoon about toys!Ugh, never mind. (Empire Online)
Neil Patrick Harris (the actor and the character) is returning for the third installment of the Harold and Kumar trilogy. Harris joins the original stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, as well as newcomers Patton Oswalt and Thomas Lennon.The film, currently titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, has already begun shooting at a mall in Michigan. Unfortunately, it's not slated for release until Christmas of 2011. If that bums you out, just get stoned, click here, and forget I said anything. (Empire Online)
Last time I wrote about Horrible Bosses, I told you that at least two more big names were joining the film. Well, if you'd have listened to me and my warnings, you'd be a millionaire by now (somehow). Variety is reporting that Kevin Spacey is set to join the bizzaro cast, which already includes Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jason Bateman.The film centers around three co-workers who decide to kill their horrible bosses (hence the title), and Spacey will play one of the bosses in question. Given his previous work in Swimming with Sharks and Glengarry Glen Ross, he should have no problem with the role.
Breaking news! Tim Burton is making a creepy animated movie! In other news, Tyler Perry is making a movie about black family life, and George Romero is making a movie about zombies.According to Coming Soon, Burton is working on an animated version of The Addams Family based on the Charles Addams’ New Yorker illustrations. The film will reportedly use computer animation rather than the stop-motion techniques utilized for previous Burton films, and may be presented in black and white. If that isn't vague enough for you, the film "might" star Justin Bieber and "could possibly" feature the reanimated corpse of Dennis Hopper.
Screen Junkies caught up with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci last night on the Saturn Awards red carpet. The duo who created "Fringe" and co-wrote Star Trek for frequent collaborator J.J. Abrams let us in on a new project they're producing. New You See Me, scripted by Ed Ricourt and Boaz Yakin, is about a heist crew of illusionists who rob banks and are actively inviting the FBI to try and figure out how they get away with it. Regarding audience expecations for magician movies, Kurtzman told us:Because I think the trick about a magician movie is that the movie itself has to be a magic act, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. It requires cleverness and an intelligence. The magic act has to pay off in spades so the setup has to be brilliant and the payoff has to be brilliant.If we're talking Heat with magicians, I couldn't be more all about it. I'm sure they're going for a broader tone rather than a three-hour crime saga, but magician-robbers is definitely an enticing hook. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, which finds its conflict in dueling illusionists, so imagine adding semi-automatic wands to the equation. I just naturally assume any magician-robber worth his salt would pack a semi-automatic or sawed-off double-barrel wand.Source: Fred Topel
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Jason Biggs, the ol' pie f*cker himself, is set to star in the film Grassroots alongside Joel David Moore, the guy who played Sigourney Weaver's lacky in Avatar. From SeattlePI: The film, directed and co-written by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Jake Gyllenhaal's daddy) is based on ex-Stranger writer Phil Campbell's book "Zioncheck for President." Grassroots retells Campbell's work with Grant Cogswell's quirky 2001 bid for Seattle City Council and support for the monorail expansion. In the past ten years, Stephen Gyllenhaal has directed a few TV episodes and movies here and there, but nothing of note. Unless you consider the "Uncharted Territory" episode of "Army Wives" something of note. The real question is, can he produce a monorail piece as prolific as this: I highly doubt it.
"Quit smiling, you bastard. Now I have to direct this damn thing."Good news for dorks everywhere, and bad news for Brett Ratner fans. Peter Jackson is on board to direct The Hobbit, according to Deadline. Warner Bros., New Line and MGM are currently in negotiations to bring the famed LOTR director back to Middle Earth.Jackson will take over for Guillermo del Toro, who dropped from the film earlier this year. Although it may prove problematic and costly for Jackson to step away from his current projects, a compromise seems to be eminent.The prequel to the LOTR trilogy will be split into two films, and will be shot back-to-back in Jackson's native New Zealand.
Later, bitches!Jason Bateman doesn't stand in lines for iPhones. He's Jason Bateman! Yesterday at the Grove in L.A., Jason Bateman cut a line of 2,000 eager Apple nerds to claim his very own brand new, shiny iPhone 4. Upon his departure from the store the Apple store, Bateman was booed by the pions who had to subscribe to line-waiting. Did some poor kid in the back get turned away because they ran out of iPhones due to line hoppers? Probably, but f*ck that guy. Celebrities get privileges that fry cooks don't. (Vulture)
Maria Bello is the blonde indie MILF from next door, as she has shown in past matriarchal roles in A History of Violence, Auto Focus, and The Cooler. With Grown Ups opening this week she may be playing second banana to Adam Sandler and his crew but she gets to have a couple of great boob popping moments as Kevin James's homegrown wife, Sally. She just can't seem to keep those things holstered. A word from Maria: "I like having sex on the stairs."But how will people get to the second level of your home? You should really think these things through first.More enticing pics of Maria after the jump.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly looking to star in a film about the infamous NYC mobster, John Gotti, and is in talks with Gotti's son to develop the film. Stallone and "Junior" are rumored to be shopping around for a screenwriter who can bring the film to life.Possible titles for the Teflon Don's bio include Stop or My Don Will Shoot, Rocky VII: Rocky Goes Down in the 8th or We Kill His Kid, and Judge Dredd…Sentenced Me to Life In a Supermax Cause I'm a Murderous *sshole. (/Film)
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Matt Damon is talks to star in director Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of the memoir We Bought a Zoo. Tell us what it's all about, Variety: "Zoo revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened."Crowe's last directorial effort was Elizabethtown (faaaaaaart), so everyone's looking for another win from the coming-of-age master of Singles, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Maybe Crowe should consider Tom Cruise for the part instead of Damon. He pulled a terrific performance out of him in Jerry Maguire, and Lord knows Cruise could use a career boost at the moment. I could totally see him running a zoo. A zoo full of little, angry Tom Cruises that cage walls and insist you keep up the facade that you're his loving and devoted wife.
THIS COULD BE YOU!!!!Ever feel like you're nothing but a nameless blur floating by in the background of your own life? Do you ever feel so insignificant and meaningless that the only taste that doesn't turn your stomach is corn whiskey or the cold barrel of a .22?? Do you like boxed lunches??? Well, good news!! Fright Night is giving you the chance to cash in on your unique passivity.Anyone who blends in nicely with a crowd in the Albuquerque area can work as background talent on the upcoming vampire flick remake. All you need to do is visit OnLocation.net and then show up. You may even get the chance to see Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, or Imogen Poots (tee-hee) from a distance while a 2nd AD berates you and the rest of the herd. It's still better than staying home and watching daytime television.
F*ck physics. Stripper-turned-model-turned-actor (actor?) Channing Tatum has attached himself to Will Dunn's sci-fi script, Ion. It's about a man who travels to different dimensions in an effort to find his reincarnated love. Wow, sounds like a compelling logline. I can't wait until they get into pre-production and realize they have no idea what the hell it means. We should have read the script before agreeing to this, you guys!The script is currently being shopped around to studios, with Fox 2000 already making an offer. So basically this project could possibly never happen, but if it does Channing Tatum will be in it. Or maybe not. Who the hell knows anymore. It seems the guy is attached to everything that involves a significant other dying. He should have just gone forward with his parkour movie. I could believe him as a dude who slips off a wall and smashes his face into concrete. And don't you dare say that's because I'm jealous! **Wipes drool from hair lip** (Deadline)
"I'll use this to bludgeon Sean Penn. Special thanks to the Academy."Those with dreams of seeing Daniel Day Lewis square off against Robert Downey Jr. with a bowling pin in one hand and a cleaver in the other may be out of luck. Or in luck if they're as delusional as Guy Ritchie. His Sherlock Holmes 2 Moriarty wishlist leaked and Double-D Lewis is perched at the top, followed by Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman.As awesome as it would be to see Lewis lord over all the criminals in England, it's highly unlikely that he'll take the part. Like anyone at the top of their game, he's super-choosy with his roles, and more apt to pick a part that challenges him on some deep level. And let's face it. The first Sherlock Holmes was pretty silly. We'll keep you posted on Moriarty casting as this story develops and would like to throw John Malkovich's name into the running. Seems like he'll be in anything. (Production Weekly)
There's only one movie you're really dying to see this summer, and that's Christopher Nolan's Inception. I know you feel this way because I feel this way, and we're connected like E.T. and Elliott. Sorry you're so drunk right now. The alcohol helps me get through the day.Rolling Stone's Peter Travers was allowed to lay his eyes all over Inception, the lucky bastard, and a snippet of his positive review is now online. He said, in so many words, if you have brains capable of processing an intellectual and creative challenge you'll probably really like the film. Stupid heads, not so much.Check out Travers's spoiler free excerpt after the jump…
Salma Heyek is always a hot babe you can see at the movies whether its art house period drama Frida where she sports a unibrow, or action packed thrill ride Desperado. She can flex her drama and comedic talent with her two other well known assets. She'll be seen next as Adam Sandler's wife in the vacation reunion comedy Grown Ups. Kate Beckinsale in Click and now Salma. Lucky bastard… A word from Salma: "I think it's not a femme fatale when someone is not doing it to manipulate men or be like a black widow. She loves him. She does it out of love. She wants him so badly to stay with her."Who in God's name is running away from you?! He should be dragged through the streets and beaten. And then I will slowly move in as his replacement.More of Salma's finer things after the jump.
Like Tim Burton and Jon Favreau before him, it looks like Breck Eisner may have found his muse. The Escape From New York remaker is eager to re-team with his Crazies lead, Timothy Olyphant, and have him slip into Snake Plissken's iconic eye patch. Which was originally worn and sweated on by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's film.Olyphant excels at kicking people's asses (usually while wearing a cowboy hat) on-screen, but I don't know if he's quite right for Snake Plissken. Plus, that eye patch probably smells really gamey by now. Keep in mind, this is merely Eisner's dream casting. Certainly not a done deal, as he himself pointed out to MovieHole:Creatively, he would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken. There are many factors that go into those discussions. First and foremost, obviously, is the creative one. We can't make the movie unless we get the perfect Snake Plissken, and that's a tall order. There are very few guys that could do it. He would definitely be one of the guys who could. There is no question about that.Really? There have been no talks as to who will take the lead in the studio's blockbuster action movie? Yeah, right. Let's just poke out Gerard Butler's eye and get it over with.
We all wanted to grow up to be rock stars. And apparently rock stars wanted to grow up to be in the movies. Some embarrass themselves and decide against quitting their day job. But others actually aren’t half bad at the whole acting thing. There are many performances to choose from, but we decided to make matters easy for you and focus on ten of the top rock star performances on screen.
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M. Night Shyamalan is set to produce, with Chris Sparling set to write, Twelve Strangers, a thriller that involves a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural. Ah see, now the picture makes sense. Sparling wrote Buried, the movie where Ryan Reynolds is stuck in a coffin underground for ninety minutes. There's also additional details on the script that Shyamalan is currently shopping around town. The other day we reported that Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper, and Gwyneth Paltrow are set to star, but we had no idea what the project's about, except that it's probably something mysterious. Deadline enlightens us: "Bradley Cooper would play a father on a desperate search for his missing child. It might stray into Taken terrain, but the father taps into some supernatural powers to aid the search." Maybe he taps into the supernatural powers of Juror Number 5 in the aforementioned project. Whoa. Meta. A studio has yet to scoop up the script, but it's likely someone will bite. No exec wants to get their nose broken by Paltrow while Willis and Cooper watch from afar in horror.
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The new guy brought his own saddle.Remember All Quiet on the Western Front, that book you were supposed to read in high school English class but instead you waited for your teacher to screen the 1930, or 1979, movie? Yeah, they're remaking that and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is set to star. Harry (Daniel) will play a young German soldier fighting in the trenches of France.This remake seems pointless considering the original already won the Oscar for Best Picture, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a film. But I guess with today's technology the filmmakers can really take those mustard gas scenes to the next level. Add some 3D and audiences would almost be able to feel their nervous systems shutting down. Right on, Innovation. Right on. (Variety)
Roughing it the same way our forefathers did.There has never been a more lucrative time to be a cat-sitter. With Twilight Eclipse set to play at the Los Angeles Film Festival one week before it opens nationwide on June 30th, eager fans have assembled en masse to get a glimpse of their favorite stars. In fact, if you stroll by there right now, you'll see a "tent city" built by the Twihards. Just like our early settlers. Though they're more likely to suffer from Pop Rox in their blankets than small pox.It's now being reported that 550 of the overzealous nut jobs will be rewarded for their stalking by being guaranteed spots on the red carpet at Eclipse's Thursday premiere. The lesson here is if you obsess over someone hard enough, you'll be granted close access to them. Now, who amongst you has Bieber Fever and an attraction to hunting knives? (DailyMail)
As I write this, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut are still playing the longest tennis match in history at Wimbledon. And if you've been watching, I have no doubt that your face is gone.
Jason Reitman has optioned the movie rights to the book Elliot Allagash. The private school satire, written by "Saturday Night Live" writer Simon Rich, tells the tale of a boy named Seymour Herson who is picked on until Elliot Allagash decides to be his mentor. It's unclear if Reitman will direct or just produce. Rich is on-board to pen the adaptation.Allagash is described as a “teen who regularly gets drunk and enjoys villainy.” What teen doesn't enjoy getting drunk and commiting villianous acts? When I was a teen all I did was guzzle Red Dog and tie damsels to train tracks. In fact, our gang's initiation required us to chug a quart of vodka and fasten our enemies to logs on the conveyor belt at the local saw mill. Now the big thing is drive by shootings. No imagination! (THR)
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Gal Gadot is someone to look out for in the coming years, as she has proven to spice up big budget action fare like Fast & Furious and this week's Knight and Day. Coming from the land of the Middle East, this fomer Miss Israel shows us why her country is land worth fighting over.A word from Gal: "It's fun playing the bad girl, since I'm always the good girl in real life."Actresses say that all time. If they're all such goody two-shoes then who's helping Lindsay Lohan rail lines off of toilet paper dispensers? Show some solidarity, Girls.More innocent pics of Gal after the jump.
Looks like Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach are no longer interested in adapting the childrens' book Mr. Popper's Penguins and no doubt making it depressing, so Fox is looking to director Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and Jim Carrey to fill their spots. Goodbye hipster soundtrack, hello funny faces!The LA Times says nothing is confirmed at this point, and that Owen Wilson and Jack Black are also being considered. Sounds to me like someone at Fox is just shouting out names and hoping two of them are available, interested, and not dealing with personal sh*t at the moment. Zack Galifianakis! Martin Scorsese! Cobb salad! At this point, the studio exec takes his lunch from the mail room guy and shoves him out of the conference room. (SlashFilm)