More bleak news to report as this week has claimed another celebrity. In addition to Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, and Greg Giraldo, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has also passed. Best known for his roles in Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Defiant Ones, and The Bad New Bears Go To Japan, Curtis proved himself an effortless performer in both drama and comedy. Then there was Lobster Man From Mars.
A representative for daughter Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed the news of his passing this morning. He was 85. (ET)
Oh, happy day. Robert Zemeckis is finally ready to take a step away from directing creepy dead-in-the-eyes motion capture features, and return to what he does best — live-action movies about time travel. The director will get behind the lens for Timeless, a project we don't know jack about. Other than the news that it's scripted by Mike Thompson, is about time travel and will have a lot of money pumped into it by Warner Bros. As a huge fan of the Back to the Future films, I'm already psyched for it. If Zemeckis can get used to working with flesh and blood, non-creepy actors again (or Crispin Glover), we should be in for a treat. (Deadline)
Bask in all the irony.
Hipsters everywhere will soon have a reason to not be indignant with the movies. Wes Anderson, their poster boy director, is in the midst of making a new film. There aren't many details yet, but The Playlist discovered that Anderson is looking for a 12-year-old boy and girl to fill the lead roles. I'm sure he's camera testing them in wide-angled, meticulously art-directed shots.
I'm a much bigger fan of Anderson's animated directing effort Fantastic Mr. Fox than I am of his live action films. Perhaps him shooting his next film with young leads means he's staying in touch with his inner child. Of course he'll have to cram Jason Schwartzman in there somehow, but he's compact and doesn't take up too much of the frame.
When I first read the headline "Thora Birch Becomes One of the Manson Girls," I assumed that meant she was now dating Marilyn Manson. That makes more sense to me than her being cast as the lead in a movie. But apparantly she's come out of hiding to do just that.
Birch is replacing Lindsay Lohan (ouch) as the lead in Manson Girls. The film tells the story of a wealthy young woman who falls under Charles Manson's spell. She'll be joining the previously cast Heather Matarazzo, Nikki Blonsky, Erin Kelly, and Jennifer Landon when filming begins in February. It should be noted that this character was not involved in the infamous murder spree that led to Roman Polanski being banned from Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! tapings. (Bloody Disgusting)
All of our Ferraris are doomed! Universal has dropped the brand spankin’ new trailer for Skyline. Getting down to brass tacks, aliens invade Los Angeles at 4:27AM. Eric Balfour, Britney…
It's Kind of a Funny Story starring Zach Galifianakis hits theaters October 8th, and Screen Junkies is giving away an awesome prize pack! One lucky winner will recieve:
The New iPod Shuffle!
Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Dry Erase Board
Hell, I'd enter for just the sweatshirt. It's colder than a meat locker in my office.
All you have to do is follow Screen Junkies on Twitter and tweet the funniest caption you can muster for the still frame above.
Contest ends tomorrow at 3PM EST. The winner will be announced via Twitter, Facebook, and on the site.
You can enter as many times as you'd like, but make sure your captions tell kind of a funny story. An awesomely funny story might be an even better approach. Good luck!
The teaser trailer for I Am Number Four has beamed down to give us a first look at DJ Caruso‘s first non-Shia LaBeouf film of the last few years. This…
Steve Carell has hired writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to turn him into a rock star. Of All The Things will be based on the 2008 documentary of the same name that "told the story of how songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert achieved rock star status late in life when he went on a singing tour of the Philippines, and discovered he was to Filipinos what Jerry Lewis is to the French." The Hasselhoff to Germans would have been a more impressive comparison.
This is just one of twenty-million projects Carell is currently attached to. He previously hired Daley and Goldstein to write Burt Wonderstone, in which he'd play a magician who kills his performing partner and tries to rebound. With all this rock star and magician talk, you'd think Carell would just put on a live show already instead of wasting time on all these talkies. I'd rather spend a romantic evening under the stars with him singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Baby Come Back" instead of sitting in a stuffy theater watching him portray the guy who wrote those hits. Bill Silva, let's make this event happen. You can shout me on my Sidekick. (Deadline)
For years, I've been saying that Brett Ratner is a damn communist, and for years my allegations have fallen on deaf ears. But now, I finally have the proof I need to bring down this pinko once and for all.
Ratner is set to direct The Reluctant Communist, the story about Charles Robert Jenkins, a U.S. Army soldier who ended up spending 40-years as a "prisoner" in North Korea after "drunkenly" deserting during the Korean War. While "imprisoned," Jenkins was "forced" to act in North Korean propaganda films and became a national celebrity, usually playing the evil American. There are worse ways to spend a 40-year prison term. Why do I keep thinking of the scene where they first thaw out Austin Powers?
Basil Exposition: Austin, the Cold War is over!
Austin Powers: Finally those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh? Eh comrades? Eh?
Basil Exposition: Austin… we won.
Austin Powers: Oh, smashing, groovy, yay capitalism!
At any rate, hopefully Ratner will do some on-site research in North Korea very soon. (Variety)
George Lucas must have lost a lot of credits betting on pod races over the weekend, because he's hard at work trying to scrounge up some quick cash. And there's no easier way for the man to make money than re-releasing Star Wars yet again, this time in 3D.
Actually, there is better way: he can re-release all six Star Wars films in 3D in 2012. After all, the Battle of Yavin will look cool in 3D, but Jar Jar Binks stepping in sh*t will be out of this world! (Empire Online)
This doesn't need much set up. It's the trailer for Axel Braun's This Ain't Avatar XXX 3D porn parody. It doesn't show anything explicit, but you can probably guess how the blue creatures in it connect. Hint: penis and vagina. (i09)
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Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA is moving into film directing with an idea that would make The Shaw Brothers proud. The Man with the Iron Fist will star Russell Crowe in RZA’s ultimate concept for martial arts. There’s been a little speculation so far about RZA’s ultimate vision. During Fantastic Fest, after he presented master Yuen Wu-Ping with a lifetime achievement award, RZA told me his idea for Iron Fist fights.
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Josh Holloway, best known for playing con man and quip spouter Sawyer on "Lost," has chosen to accept Mission: Impossible 4 as his next project. He'll suit up with a cast that already includes Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg. No details on who he'll play or what he'll do or how the movie will include a plot. I do know the when. It's shooting in the fall for a December 2011 release.
Mission: Impossible 4 will be directed by Brad Bird, the guy who makes terrific animated movies. It's the first studio film for Holloway and the first live action studio film for Bird. Talk about the odd men out. If some teasing and serious intimidation on Tom Cruise's part doesn't cause rifts in production someone isn't taking full advantage of their elite Hollywood status. Give the rookies purple nurples while you still can, veterans! (THR)
Sweet belt-buckle, bro!!
There's been a lot of speculation about who would end up playing Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2. The list of candidates for the role of Holmes's greatest enemy boasted big names such as Brad Pitt and Daniel Day Lewis. And now, the waiting is over. Without further ado, the man who will play Sherlock Holmes's archnemesis is…. "Mad Men's" Jared Harris. Wait, what? The nerd who got drunk and put a steak on his crotch? That's the guy we're talking about here? Shut the front door.
Latino Review broke the story first and I was skeptical. Then Collider confirmed the story and I was less leery, but this still seems like a long shot to me. Guy Ritchie does realize this movie will be playing in America, right?
**Sort Of Spoiler Alert**
Mark Romanek’s cloning drama turned out to be secret screening #2 at Fantastic Fest. Never Let Me Go is about a school for kids who find out they’re being bred solely to donate organs, and they’ll probably die after three or four donations. There was an action movie version of this a few years ago, but it wasn’t very good and didn’t do very well so Romanek’s version may as well be original.
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The proper balance is ever so delicate.
It seems like Russell Crowe doesn't care what movies he does at this point in his career, and he's taking Paul Haggis down with him. After helping Crowe hit his marks on The Next Three Days, the writer/director is in negotiations to script and possibly direct the big screen adaptation of The Equalizer that Crowe is doing for some reason.
I can understand an actor or a writer's desire to do lighter fair, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But look before you leap. Anthony Hopkins didn't, and he ended up playing a chimp. (THR)
Rubber became a Cannes phenomenon based on its outrageous premise. That alone carried it through Fantastic Fest where its first screening sold out, and I finally made it into the second, which also sold out.
All you need to know is that it is about a tire that kills people. That is enough to get you to see Rubber. That’s certainly all I needed to hear. I would watch a trilogy about killer tires.
More after the jump…
Hey, do you guys wanna see a sequel to The Professional? Well, too bads. It's scripted and good to go and Natalie Portman wants it to happen (although she's refused to read it), but it's just one of those things that will probably never come together. The obstacle here is Luc Besson. Portman will only take part in the sequel if the semi-retired director steps behind the lens, but he only seems interested in crapping out more Transporter films.
To further impede production, Columbiana director and "Ben 10" villian Olivier Megaton says that the company who holds the rights has no interest in a sequel. Which causes me to question, why do they hate awesome? (MTV)
Director: Mikael Hafstrom Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga Synopsis: An American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school. Release Date: January 28, 2011
Quentin Tarantino's long time editor Sally Menke was found dead at 56 years old in Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles. Not all the details are in yet, but Menke apparently went for a hike yesterday in the 113 degree weather with her dog and when she didn't return her friends got worried. The police searched the area and found her body in a ravine.
Menke has collaborated with Tarantino since Reservoir Dogs and undoubtedly helped establish the director's unique style. I'd even go so far as to say she's the reason we see twenty minute scenes in his films instead of 120 minute scenes. Will another editor be able to reign Tarantino in? Only time will tell. Our thoughts are with Sally's family and whomever is blotting the tears off of Tarantino's chin. (LATimes)
Gore Verbinski has his sights on Tim Burton's Guinness World Record. The director has teamed with Johnny Depp on three Pirates Of The Caribbean films as well as the animated Rango. Now, there are rumors that they'll work together again with Verbinski helming Depp's upcoming The Lone Ranger.
Nothing official has been announced, but it's believed this news leaked in advance of Disney's big press event later this week. If true, this is sure to upset the execs over at the Mouse House. They rented all those chairs and everything. Just great. (Deadline)
Director Darren Aronofsky is on the list of possible diectors for Christopher Nolan's upcoming Superman project, Heat Vision is reporting. Aronofsky joins a group that already includes Duncan Jones, Tony Scott and Matt Reeves.
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Take off your press-ons, ladies. Things are about to get rowdy. Taken takee Maggie Grace has been cast as Bella's nemesis Irina in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. My girlfriend hasn't updated me yet on the next installment so I'll let Deadline do the honors:
Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other "vegetarian" vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events.
And by terrifying they mean sparkly. The film is being directed by Bill Condon and released in two parts because that means more money. The first part comes out November 18, 2011 and the second part November 16, 2012. After that, Twihards dismember a highly populated metropolis.
The teaser for Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit just rode into town, and it looks like a good one. The action follows Hailee Steinfeld's Mattie Ross as she teams with Jeff Bridges to hunt down the coward that killed her pappy. You might be quick to say that the Coens are trying to recapture the magic of No Country For Old Men, but that I really don't see the similarities. For instance, this teaser keeps it fresh with sun-bleached Western scenery, gunfights, Josh Brolin, and dorky haircuts. Oh.
Check out the teaser after the jump…
Green Lantern producer and co-writer Greg Berlanti offered up some info about how he's handling the gritty world of The Flash. Also, The Flash is going to be gritty now.
Flash' as we're getting into it is interesting, too. Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened. I think it's tonally somewhere in between 'GL' and 'Dark Knight.' It's actually a little bit darker than when we were working on ('GL'), because you're dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you're working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about 'Se7en' or 'The Silence of the Lambs' as we construct that part of Barry's world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.
He's totally right. I've always said that Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs were okay movies, but y'know what would make them great movies? The presence of the Flash. In fact, I feel that Zodiac's greatest failing was its absence of a red guy in a suit who runs really fast. That and the fact that pretty much nothing happened in it. (SuperheroHype)
Patton Oswalt has signed on to play Charlize Theron's chubby best friend in Young Adult. Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, who last worked together on Juno, are teaming up again for the film about a woman who returns to her high school town to basically stalk her old boyfriend like she's Marky Mark. The guy's got a wife and kid now though, so he's not interested in Charlize. Not interested? His Mrs. must do crazy sh*t in the sack.
Josh Brolin decided he couldn't pretend Charlize isn't worth leaving his wife for and now Patrick Wilson is in talks for the role. Seems like a missed opportunity to put Wilson in a fat suit and cast him as the best friend and Oswalt as the ex-boyfriend. I'd love to watch Charlize beg Oswalt to have sex with her and he looks up at her with stern eyes and proclaims, "No, Ugly!" (/Film)
When mumbly actor Mark Ruffalo was hired to take over the Hulk reins from Edward Norton in Marvel Studio's The Avengers, it was assumed he'd only appear as a drowsy-looking Bruce Banner. Now he's let it slip that the Hulk will appear like he just woke from a catnap as well. Ruffalo tells Vulture:
"I'm really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun."
Stop-motion capture? Is that like taking a photo?
This should be interesting to see. Ruffalo seems too laidback to pull off the Hulk's rage, but I think he could surprise us. Then again, he's never performed in such an effects-heavy film before, and has no experience acting against nothing. Unless, of course, you count Jennifer Aniston.
As you can tell from the above pic, Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX is a splended event for ass-picking. It also screens some mind-bending and stomach churning genre films that you won't see anywhere else. This was my first time at Fantastic Fest and I loved the vibe of the event. Everyone was jazzed to be gathering at a festival that showcases martial arts movies in one theater, cannibal movies in the next, and of course torture porn just down the hall. The festival goes through this Thursday, but I certainly took in my fill of askew cinema over the past five days. You can check out our reviews at the Fantastic Fest page, which I’ll continually update, as our writer Fred is still over in Austin soaking up the on-screen madness and mayhem.