Damon Lindelof has handed in his new draft of the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel and the execs at 20th Century Fox have responded: "A+++ will do business with again." It's said that the script is successful on both a creative and budgetary level, and we don't know much more beyond that.
What we do know is that the action takes place 35 years before Ridley Scott's original and follows a female Space Marine General. The studio and director have named Natalie Portman as their top-pick for the role, with Noomi Rapace selected as an alternate. Other names that have been mentioned are Gemma Arterton and Carey Mulligan (who just screams Marine general). And beyond that, nobody knows nothing. People run around and get eaten, I guess. (Vulture)
On this new episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," Bruce Willis stops by to be questioned about his poor career choices and Ashton Kutcher. John McClane seems genuinely jaded by the celebrity lifestyle he's lived for so many years. It used to be all bitches and blow, and now he's just waiting around for the phone to ring. If Bruce Willis wasn't still extremely awesome I might tend to believe this. I have a feeling it's still bitches and maybe a little less blow considering it's no longer the 80s.
Watch Willis in the hot seat after the jump…
We don't get a lot of chances to write about Kanye West on this site. He hasn't appeared in any of the Fast and the Furious films, and it's been awhile since he had a meltdown on live television. But now he's stepping into the world of filmmaking. I think.
Posted below, we have the trailer for West's latest vanity project Runaway, a 40-minute short film he's been shopping around. He's worked with a lot of talented directors throughout his career, so why did he choose to direct this himself? Despite the obvious reason.
"I know some of my images, my ideas, were so amateur, no director would want to do this for me. So I had to do it myself. I'd rather it be my vision and my dream and be sub par, than for it to be someone else's vision and perfect."
The same quote can also be applied to Brett Ratner's work on X-Men 3.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Say hello to my little friend!
Do you like Muppet movies? Do you like murder movies? Or perhaps you've always wanted to murder a Muppet? Well, in any case, it looks like you're in luck. Lionsgate has signed on to Happytime Murders, a murder-mystery featuring Muppets (or something very similar) created by the Jim Henson Company.
Happytime grounds us in a world where humans and puppets live side by side, albeit with the puppets as second-class citizens. The furry cast of once-popular kids’ show The Happytime Gang are being picked off one by one, and the only ones who can figure out who’s behind the deaths is a drunken, washed-up private eye puppet and his former LAPD partner, a human being.
That sounds a lot like Chinatown mixed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. That is to say, it sounds like the greatest story in all of human history. Oh, and if you answered "yes" to wanting to kill a Muppet, rot it hell. I love those furry bastards more than my own family. (Empire Online)
If you're having a hard time waiting for the premiere of "The Walking Dead, we've got something that might hold you over. AMC has unveiled a 17-minute behind-the-scenes featurette chronicling the making of Frank Darabont's epic new Zombie series based on the Robert Kirkman comics.
My recommendation: starting tomorrow, watch one minute a day for the next 17 days. If my math is correct, that should get you to October 31st, the day on which the first episode will air. If my math is incorrect, I apologize. I went to public school. (First Showing)
Watch 17 minutes of "Walking Dead" goodness, after the jump…
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A D.C. Police car responds to an emergency call and decides to cut across a closed Transformer 3 set to save time. The officer manages to dodge out of the way of Optimus Prime but gets sideswiped by Bumblebee and is taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
God is trying with all his might to shut down this movie. What if he's a Decepticon? Michael Bay better say his prayers.
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JB Smoove, better known as Leon from "Curb Your Enthusiam," is also on board to play Rockwell's drug dealing partner. The script by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka is supposed to be hilarious, and I can't imagine teaming Smoove and Rockwell together will hurt any of the scenes. The only element that might suffer is the logistics, as Jonah Hill has to run around a town all night. (ThePlaylist)
In further Awesome Directors Making Batsh*t Decisions news, Darren Aronofsky is one step closer to directing Wolverine 2, the sequel to a movie that starred Will.I.Am and featured a guy causing a tank to explode by punching it in the cannon.
There was some debate online whether he would choose the comic book movie, or go with Tales From The Gangster Squad late last week. He's reportedly passed on Gangster Squad, leaving his schedule wide-open for Wolvie. Though, no deal is in place and we've heard no official word from his reps, it's likely he'll parlay Black Swan's Oscar buzz into instructing Hugh Jackman to growl. Or he could choose to do a good movie. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, Nikki Minaj should probably practice surfing on nuclear warheads. (Deadline)
Wookiees and bounty hunters don't understand the complexities of Japanese automobiles.
In this official pic from Tron Legacy, Daft Punk looks like Daft Punk, but cooler! Look at the blue. I want to go to there. This sneak peak at the French duo is the kickoff of what Disney is calling Tron Tuesdays, which will see the release of new materials for the film every Tuesday for the next ten weeks as the film’s release date approaches. I would be happy if they just released a new Daft Punk track from the film's score every week.
Oh, look what else we have. A new Daft Punk track from the film's score. The first 90 seconds of "The Game Has Changed" gets me so amped for the film that I want to cram a Cat 9 cable into the gapping hole at the base of my skull. I've always assumed that's the reason it's there anyway.
Check out the killer track after the jump…
You know a Jackass movie is going to have a lot of male nudity. They had it on the old MTV show but they just blurred it out with a…
Thanks to the Blu-Ray release of Back To The Future, long-rumored footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly has finally surfaced. What are you doing in there, Eric Stoltz? You are not a Marty McFly. You are an Eric Stoltz.
A bit of background, Stoltz was originally hired for the lead role but then replaced by Michael J. Fox after five weeks of filming. Fans have talked about the existence of this footage, but few have seen it. It's bizarre yet awesome to see after all this time. Now that this is out of the way, can we get back to work on making Hover Boards real?
Check out the bizarro universe footage after the jump…
Back in August, we reported that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would star in The Courier, a film about a bagman attempting to deliver a mysterious briefcase while crooked cops, gangsters, and federal agents try to jack him. Now we know who will play these shady characters. It's been announced that Mickey Rourke and Til Schweiger have joined the cast. This is fantastic casting. We all know what Mickey Rourke is capable of, and Til Schweiger was a highlight of Inglourious Basterds.
Production begins later this month in New Orleans, but don't tell Jason Statham. If he hears there's a film about an expert bagman going on, he may just assume he's the star. Things could get awkward if he shows up and asks for a call sheet. (The Wrap)
I hope you've got your laughing diaper on, because these hilarious photos from the set of The Hangover 2 are going to have you peeing blood from laughing so hard. That's normal, right?
Just look at this pic of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis walking through an airport! Why are they there? What are they up to? I'm sure it's for something hilarious! I can totally see why these pics are taking the Internet by storm. They're just so damn insightful! It's like I'm on the set as the hilarity unfolds!
Hey, anybody heading to the store? We're all out of whip-its. (Coming Soon)
See another hilarious picture from The Hangover 2 after the jump.
Artist's Rendering of Bradley Cooper as The Flash
Bradley Cooper is busy on the set of The Hangover 2, but that hasn't stopped the Hollywood rumor mill from speculating about his next project. And somehow, this unseen, all-knowing group has determined that Warner Bros. is eyeing Cooper to play Barry Allen. For those of you who lost your virginity before the age of 25, Barry Allen is also known as The Flash.
According to the Silver Age origin story (or should I say, "according to Wikipedia"), the character of The Flash was born when lightning struck a shelf full of chemicals, causing them to explode onto police scientist Barry Allen. Rather than killing Allen, like most chemical explosions would tend to do, the accident gave him the gift of super speed, which he then put to use fighting crime.
A chemist once gave my friend the gift of "super speed," but all he ended up fighting was a plate glass window and some oncoming traffic. He lost. (Latino Review)
I'm not 100% certain that this isn't Jared Leto. Skip to the end to see the final product. (VideoGum)
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Danny Boyle has confirmed to a friend of DreadCentral that he will in fact direct the next film in the 28 Days Later franchise. There a no details as to what the film will be about, or what the title will be. All anyone knows is that Boyle will return to direct.
After directing the first film in the series, Boyle was credited with reinventing zombies by people who know nothing about zombie movies. What the story is actually about is a rage virus that causes people to run around attacking everyone they see. Just like that Jason guy from "The Hills." Or that episode of "The Smurfs" that I still sometimes have nightmares about. **burns self with cigarette to stop from nodding off**
New photos from the set of David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo reveal Daniel Craig will look like Daniel Craig. Question though, is there a wardrobe stylist on this movie? If so, does she know how to use an iron? Those pants are just…. oh my God. I can't believe he went out in public wearing pants that wrinkled. C'mon, is he playing a journalist or a blogger? Step it up, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo stylist!! Pants that wrinkled will never earn a nomination in one of those boring Oscar categories. (Just Jared)
Check out a pic of a punked-out Rooney Mara after the jump…
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright
Synopsis: A journalist and a computer hacker team up to solve a 40-year-old murder.
Release Date: December 21, 2011
He's honored to even be considered.
Sony has offered the villain role in the Spider-man reboot to Rhys Ifans. You may remember him as the slovenly roommate in Notting Hill, or a lot more things if you're British. No word yet on exactly which villain he'll be playing though. I'm getting a Green Goblin vibe from him, but I suppose he could also be Venom with the right black unitard. If Ifans does in fact play Green Goblin he already has experience creating his own aviation contraptions.
Spidey doesn't stand a chance. (Deadline)
You might think anything goes with Jackass, but there’s actually a complex system in place to ensure the most awesome Jackassery happens safely. Number one rule: You must be sober to dive into poo.
“It’s been a rule forever,” director Jeff Tremaine said. “You don’t do stunts if you’ve been partying that day. But right after… You can do it hung over but if I know someone’s been drinking or doing something else, then they don’t shoot that day. I might find out later that Preston did some Xanax the day he did the King Kong bit. He was terrified of heights one day and the next day, ‘Oh, no problem. I’ll climb up there.’ I should’ve known something’s up. Even Steve-O at his worst, I don't think you were ever wasted during a stunt. The guys are never wasted during the stunt. You might get wasted right after. The guys watching it might get wasted but even buzzed.”
More insider info after the jump…
Some brave patriot residing in Weirton, West Virginia snagged footage of J.J. Abrams's Super 8. The town, which is currently standing in for the fictional Lillian, Ohio, is overrun with trucks, tanks, and soldiers, but oddly enough not the thing you want to see most: aliens! There isn't even a Super 8 camera to be found. With Steven Spielberg producing and Abrams directing I certainly hope they put some extraterrestrial life in this film about kids capturing footage of extraterrestrial life. It would seem like a missed opportunity if they left it out.
Watch the video with colorful commentary after the jump…
I don't know what's happening to our arthouse directors. Last week Aronofsky was linked to Wolverine 2 and now Sony has confirmed that director/Lily Tomlin enemy David O. Russell has been hired to write and direct an adaptation of the videogame "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." So, you know, I'm all like, 'Whhaaaaaatttttt????!!?????'
Originally, Kyle Ward was hired to write the script but lost the gig due to duties on Hitman 2. Then Sony went to Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, even though they wrote Sahara and A Sound Of Thunder. Somehow, the gig now belongs to O. Russell. I guess Paul Thomas Anderson (either one in this case) was unavailable.
Fans who are still hoping for a Sin City sequel have new reason to be optimistic. Director Robert Rodriguez has stated that he is ready to start on the film…right after he finishes Spy Kids 4, proving once again that it's always darkest before the dawn.
While Rodriguez is notorious for promising projects that don't materialize, the fact that the director mentioned a specific time frame for the film is a good sign. However, the fact that he's willing to hold off on Sin City 2 so he can go d**k around on another crappy CGI-heavy kids movie is not a good sign. (Cinema Blend)
"Hey! Pick that up, jerk!!"
With Paul Greengrass being "out this bitch," the stage was set for Tony Gilroy to step in and take the helm on the fourth Bourne film. Matt Damon stated he would standby Greengrass, and walk from the project as well. Since that time, everyone was curious what would become of the franchise. Recast? Reboot? A prequelization? Is that a word?
Today, Gilroy answers the burning question. Matt Damon will not appear in the film, nor will his character be recast. The Bourne Legacy will not feature Jason Bourne whatsoever. Rather, a new agent will be introduced in an effort to expand the Bourne universe and conspiracy. So, like Teen Wolf Too? (Hollywood Elsewhere)
Yay, more Mad Max: Fury Road delay news. Just the other day we reported that Charlize Theron might shed her arm for the film, and now it seems production isn't anticipated to begin until February 2012. But how will I quench my insatiable Charlize amputee fetish?!
George Miller is having worse luck with Mad Max than Terry Gilliam is with bringing a Don Quixote story to the screen. Some powerful force does not want these projects seen by the world. I'm aware of the curse on adapting Quixote, but the troubles with Mad Max's production are perplexing. All I can guess is that somewhere Mel Gibson is surrounded by candles and lamb's blood uttering satanic prayers over a picture of Tom Hardy. (/Film)
She's not even cold yet…
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Like all great vanguards, Vince Vaughn has come under fire for his radical views. The funniest part of the unfunny trailer for The Dilemma features Vaughn addressing a room with the line, "Electric cars… are gay," and now, a month later, controversy has sparked.
Rumored electric car lover Anderson Cooper went on "Ellen" and flagged the line as offensive. "I was shocked that not only they put it in the movie," Cooper told DeGeneres. "But that they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it." Just like the trailer for Vaughn's Couple's Retreat, the offensive material will be removed. Not to defend Vaughn's fictional choice of words, but I have to agree he has a point. A car you plug into the wall? C'mon. (Deadline)
Those zan Brothers Weinstein have dropped the trailer for Blue Valentine. Awww, it looks sweet, but also equally heartbreaking. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a couple going through the…
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Synopsis: The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Release Date: December 26, 2010