What do you get the billionaire who has everything? A mediocre director with only one name, apparently.
Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Airlines, is branching out into the film business (which will no doubt save money as far as in-flight movies are concerned). The corporate mogul is attempting to acquire the script for Columbus, which is described as a "300-style film about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America." If the thought of an Indian kicking the explorer down a giant hole while yelling "This is the pre-Columbian Bahamas" doesn't float your boat, you're probably not going to like the fact that McG is attached to direct.
Branson is known for his love of extreme stunts. That being said, putting millions of dollars behind the man who made Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is sure to get his adrenaline pumping. (Deadline)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up in the past to take on horror and the action genre, now they've set their sights on sci-fi. As this teaser for Paul will show you, the pair play nuuurrrdddssss who encounter an alien outside of Area 51.
Not much comedy is shown in this teaser and I need to applaud Greg Mottola's restraint in not having the alien play air guitar or perform a Black Eyed Peas song. Because that's the constant temptation and danger with working with CGI characters. Before you even realize it, you've veered into Alvin and the Chipmunks territory.
Check out the teaser after the jump…
Good news for people who like horror movies and, or crappy bootlegs. Some guy took a video of the new teaser trailer for Scream 4 using his cellphone and posted it online for all to enjoy.
The footage was taken at Spike's Scream Awards, which I can only assume was held in Scream City, over on Scream street. You know, in the Scream district. At any rate, it's a little shaky, but it's still a first look, so quit complaining. (Cinema Blend)
Cram a shaky Scream 4 trailer into your eye holes after the jump.
Every time the Alien series comes out again on DVD, or now Blu Ray, we always focus on Alien and Aliens. We kind of know everything there is to know about the classics. Wouldn’t it be interesting to really find out what went wrong with Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection?
More after the jump…
Earlier in the week we reported a rumor that Hollywood was eyeing Bradley Cooper to play Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash. Turns out someone was shooting off at the mouth again and deserves a stern smack in it. Super Hero Hype caught up with Cooper and got his reaction to the whole Flash casting fiasco:
"I've never heard anything about it ever in my life," Cooper responded, laughing that the idea of his casting has become so prevalent online.
"It's funny," he added.
Funny? There's nothing funny about lying. Rumors make us bloggers look like hopped up gossip whores, running all over the world wide web, spreading hearsay into the eyes and ears and mouths of the masses. The Internet won't stand for it! …Oh wait, yes it will.
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"Did he just call me the 'C' word?"
David O. Russell surprised us all when he pulled a Paul Thomas Anderson Paul W.S. Anderson and took the helm of videogame adaptation Uncharted. MTV reports that Nathan Fillion, who apparently doesn't mind gettin' told, took to Twitter to campaign for the lead. He told his nerds:
"If ever there was a Twitter campaign, let this be it. Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE!"
And rise they did. They took to Deadline's comment section to nominate Fillion for the role. He should realize if you wanna get anything done, you need to take your case to Facebook. Look what it did for Betty White and that pickle that's more well-liked than Nickelback. I've gotta agree though. Fillion would be a great fit for the project. He's got the chin, the bravado, and the swagger. With juuuuust a little bit of special effects work, he could really look the part. As evidenced by this high-end digital mock-up.
The Jackass 3D gang recently sat down with Break to discuss their favorite stunts, both past and present. Toy cars up orifices and beards made from Steve-O's pubes seem to be up there on the list. The most interesting piece of information I gleaned is Steve-O feels it's necessary to save his pubes in his medicine cabinet instead of throwing them away. I guess it would be a sacrilege to not glue them to someone's face.
Check out the video below.
Different movies have different looks, and different types of movies transferred in high definition look different on Blu Ray. That’s made it interesting to review Blu Rays, and there is…
Columbia Pictures has dropped the new trailer for Gus Van Sant‘s Restless. It’s about a funeral crashing dropout (Henry Hooper) with an Asian ghost friend who falls for a girl…
Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hooper
Synopsis: Complex tale of a teenage boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality.
Release Date: January 28, 2011
Peter Jackson has finalized his deal to return to the Shire. The Lord Of The Rings helmer is locked and loaded and ready to direct the living crap out of The Hobbit. New Line Cinema and MGM managed to come to a deal. My bet is the cash-strapped MGM will have to do New Line's laundry for an entire year. Either that or something having to do with percentage points.
However, this wouldn't be The Hobbit if there weren't concerns over additional delays. The project has overcome bankruptcy and a fire, but is now only curtailed by a union dispute in New Zealand. If this cannot be resolved for the planned February start date, the production will have to move elsewhere. Which will cause more delays and drive up the already high budget. Which means MGM will be folding undies for a long time to come. (NY Times)
Sony wants little young white boys. The studio is currently casting for miniature versions of Spider-man and The Lizard for their Spider-man reboot, which recently added Rhys Ifans as adult Lizard. Moviehole has the specs:
Sony wants a dark-haired Caucasian boy to play actor Peter Parker at age 4 to 6 years old . Ideally, the boy should look a little like Andrew Garfield. In addition, the studio's on the hunt for an actor to play Billy Connors, the son of Dr. Curt Connor. Applicants need be between 8 and 11 years old.
Don't flip your sh*t, I'm sure the kiddies won't be a huge part of the storyline. They'll most likely be featured in minimal flashbacks. I seem to remember that comic issue when Peter egged Billy's house on Halloween and Curt took the belt to his son for fraternizing with lowlifes. Yeah, I definitely read that in a comic and didn't manifest it subconciously to block out a traumatic childhood event.
Back to the Future is one of those movies I’ve wondered about my whole life. I love it, even the theories I don’t think make sense, I love thinking about them. The upcoming Blu-Ray release answered my number one question: What would Eric Stoltz have been like as Marty McFly?
For the rest, I got to talk to screenwriter Bob Gale. He’s in the bonus features, with Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Spielberg, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson talking about all three films, with still new stories to tell since the last DVD extras. Sorry, I neglected all the burning 1941 questions.
More after the jump…
The price for a blown take: purple nurple.
Looks like Paul Verhoeven has his next movie lined up. The man who has brought us so much joy in the form of giant space insects, invisible men, robotic cops, triple-breasts, hot tub dolphin sex, and a good view of Sharon Stone's bathing suit area, is looking to direct the supernatural thriller Eternal.
The film tells the story of a married man fighting an alcohol addiction. He begins a torrid affair with a troubled young woman, only to discover that she's actually a succubus ghost who is after his very soul. Big whoop. I dated one of those when I first moved to the city. As long as she's putting out, I don't see what the issue is. (Deadline)
I loves me some badass, bald Bruce. He’s my hero and Red had all the makings of the kind of crazy action movie I like. In some ways it kind of delivered but I’m still disappointed by it. The comedy works and making that the context for the action totally works, but it’s more "Moonlighting" than Die Hard.
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) goes about his daily routines, flirting with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) by phone as she handles his pension check. When ski masked guys come to his house, he takes them all out, goes after Sarah and gets the old gang back together. He was a CIA operative with Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). Now agent Cooper (Karl Urban) is on their tail.
More after the jump…
There seem to be two schools of thought on Jackass. Of course there’s the one that deplores it and condemns it. Then there’s the one that exaggerates how much they…
The Muppets are pretty damn awesome all by themselves. Why someone would take a perfectly good Muppet movie and add humans to it is something I'll never know, but it seems the film's screenwriter, Jason Segal, is doing just that. Aside from casting himself in the film, Segal is bringing a whole host of skinjobs with him.
Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones are reported very close to signing on to the project. "Adams would play Segal's girlfriend, Cooper would play the greedy villain, and Jones would play an ABC executive." The plot involves the Muppets getting their show back together in order to save a movie studio. Cooper wants to buy the studio so he can drill for oil underneath its property, but Kermit the Frog is all like, "F**k that noise, son!"
Unfortunately, they'll probably cut that last line out. Ya know, for the kids. (THR via Vulture)
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How you gonna mess with Nic Cage‘s hair like that?! Summit has dropped the trailer for Drive Angry 3D. Patrick Lussier directs Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and David…
Deadline, you so crazy. You's gettin' everyone's nipples hard. The outlet is reporting that James Cameron is flirting with the possibility of directing a 3D Cleopatra epic for Sony starring Angelina Jolie:
"The talks are serious but by no means conclusive yet. Amy Pascal decided to fast-track its PG-13 and 3D Cleopatra project after screenwriter Bran Helgeland wrote what was is being described as a 'brilliant script deserving of epic treatment' all about 'what the Romans took from Egypt'. Pascal is hoping for a start date in 2011 but has acknowledged that "it won't be cheap" and is calling this her Gone With The Wind epic."
That all sounds well and good, but how feasible is it? Cameron needs a minimum of a decade to prep even the making of a sandwich, and Sony wants to get this thing going in a matter of months. Also, where does that leave the state of Avatar 2 and all of the Avatards already pining for its release? I'm putting this one in the "Gee We'd Sure Like This To Happen" bin.
Bad news about Hell, you guys. It's going to break loose. All of it. I know we've all been working hard to keep it intact, but unfortunately Nicolas Cage and his leadfoot have just angrily driven through all our well-laid plans. Very sorry.
Why they chose this awkward interaction between Cage and Amber Heard for this Drive Angry poster is beyond me. She looks uncomfortable and he looks pissed. He must have tried to kiss her and she pulled away. Now he's driving her back to her parent's house. Also, what's with the flames? You'd better replace your radiator, bro. (ShockTilYouDrop)
Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film's hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects.
Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump…
Alice Eve and Luke Evans, but mainly Alice Eve, have joined the cast of The Raven. John Cusack is already on board to don the ascot of that waaaaaaaacky author Edgar Allan Poe. Evans will play a "detective who partners with Poe to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiance (Eve) and has gone on a murders spree that mimics the author’s work." Just like it happens in the classic novel!
James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) will begin shooting the film November 9, with Budapest and Serbia standing in for 1849 Baltimore. Things haven't changed much there in the past 160 years. (THR)
Some new photos from Marcus Nispel's Conan remake have been released and they look pretty good. Bleeding Cool got a look at what Nispel is cooking up and things are shaping up. The sets look pretty intricate and they really captured the sh*thole village aesthetic.
This really is a testament to wizardry of color-correction and special effects. For instance, check out this before and after pic from the set.
More (actual) pics after the jump…
Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means there’s not much time to nail down a costume. And as the clock winds down, many people will look to Hollywood for inspiration. That being said, does the world really need another moron running around in a Scream mask? Do we really want another group of douche bags dressed up like the guys from The Hangover. I think not.
If you’re going to dress up like a movie character, at least do something that hasn’t been done before! Granted, that’s a tall order, considering pretty much everything has been done before. But we here at Screen Junkies are here to help. We came up with this list of characters that, for the most part, have remained an untapped Halloween resource. Sure, they might be a tad “offensive,” but wouldn’t you rather be hated than unoriginal?
Smack dab in the middle of the Danger Zone.
27-year-old billionaire financier David Ellison loves two things most in this world: counting money and flying. He helped finance and starred in the film Flyboys, and now he wants to head down the highway to the Danger Zone with Top Gun 2. Vulture reports that Paramount is pitching the sequel to Tony Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tom Cruise, knowing full well that Ellison will pick up a huge chunk of the tab.
The studio has also talked with Christopher McQuarrie about writing the script. McQuarrie and Cruise are BFFs after working together on Valkyrie. The original Maverick has agreed to a small part in the film, "provided it's not too 'obvious' a part." Looks like flying jets is out. Damn, that would have been a really cool way to see Maverick. Maybe he can just repair the new pilot's motorcycle and offer sage advice. No word yet if Val Kilmer, the Ice Man himself, will be involved in the project. If he wants a not too obvious part he could try out for the tarmac.
Judging from the picture above, you would think that Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace were starring together in I'm Too Sexy, the Right Said Fred biopic. That, however, is not the case. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Guy Who Got Knighted Despite Being In 'BloodRayne' have joined The Last Voyage Of Demeter.
The film follows the story of the crew that transported Dracula's coffin from Transylvania to England. If you're familiar with Bram Stoker's Dracula, you'll remember that crew arrives dead. So keep that in mind before your next cruise. Dracula is a total a-hole to travel with. (LA Times)
The script for Zoolander 2 is almost complete, and it looks like most of the cast from the original film will return. Aside from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell will also be reprising his role as the evil Jacobim Mugatu. However, it seems there's going to be some new blood on the set, as Jonah Hill is likely to join the cast.
The plot involves Derek Zoolander and his friend Hansel trying to return to the world of male modeling despite the fact they are now considered too old for the business. That may or may not turn out to be a funny premise, but as long as there's at least one gasoline fight in the film, I'll walk away happy. (Latino Review)
Michael J. Fox returns as Marty McFly to recreate the teaser for the original Back to the Future movie film. Still not quite sure why the Spike Scream Awards is the event reuniting the cast of BTTF, but whatever. It'll be good to see Lea Thompson out and about for the first time since "Caroline in the City."
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