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…
Here are your weekend links.
12 Of The Best Local Theaters In America (Moviefone)
The NYC 'Urban Speaker': F**k Da Police! (Asylum)
The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments On Humans (Ranker)
25 Bizarrely Humiliating Images Of Hitler (HolyTaco)
Dances With Werewolves? Yes, Dances With Werewolves. In 3D. (FilmDrunk)
Weird Sports: Chess Boxing (Maxim)
Now These Are Some F**kin Life-Threatening Tits! (BarStoolSports)
Disturbing Child Beauty Pageant Photos (EgoTV)
Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face Earns You An NC-17 (Pajiba)
"The Wire" Monopoly Really Should Exist (Unreality)
Alyssa Milano Was Born An MLB Ball Bunny (TotalProSports)
Only In Korea Can You Find This (Smosh)
Biggest Lingerie Football League Tackle Ever (BroBible)
Emma Roberts In Her Underwear Pictures (CelebJihad)
Arianny Celeste Naked In Playboy Pics (NSFW) (CagePotato)
Pee-Wee Takes On Manhattan (PopEater)
Smallest Apartment In World For $68,000 (MadeMan)
SOMEBODY GOT TOLD.
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
"Say 'hallo,' to my giant hair!!!"
I hope you're ready to see Al Pacino attempt to act dramatically while wearing a potpourri of silly lady-wigs, because that's what HBO is going to give us. The NY Times reports that Pacino will rant and scream his way through a portrayal of legendary music producer/firearms enthusiast Phil Spector for an HBO biopic written and directed by David Mamet.
This is awesome. Spector is best known lately for his ability to produce dead actresses, rather than his acclaimed music production, but he's lead an intriguing life that not many know about. For instance, his unauthorized biography highlights the time he took a romantic interest in a young La Toya Jackson. He invited her over and she left running and crying through the Hollywood Hills not too long after. Nobody knows what went on in the house. I mean, c'mon. What HASN'T a Jackson seen? If Mamet can crack that nut, we're in for an interesting story.
Warner Bros. has scrapped plans to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 3D. Break some hearts, THR:
"When the film arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, it will be in 2D, playing both conventional theaters and IMAX, but that "we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
Good riddance. If the film was going to have Clash of the Titans craptastic post 3D then keep that mofo in the second dimension. Releasing Part 2 in 3D will make it all that more memorable and dare I say…special. However Warner Bros, I suggest you reenforce your studio gates. Some irritated muggles might be storming them at any moment.
Sometimes when someone is a really big star on a TV show, you have to wait for them to do a movie so you can talk to them. Nancy Botwin…
Our fears that Alice Eve would never land another movie role again have been waylaid. She's actually starring in the confined space thriller ATM. Originally, it was reported that Adventureland's Margarita Levieva was playing the role but now that appears to have been misinformation. Either that or Margarita suffers from claustrophobia, or co-star Josh Peck. Sounds plausible. He was a child actor after all.
ATM is filming now in Winnipeg with David Brooks directing from a script by Buried's Chris Sparling. ATM's plot came to be when Buried producer Peter Safran essentially asked Sparling, "Hey. Wanna milk this contained thriller sh*t?" Sparling's response, of course, was a resounding "F**k yeah!" (via The Playlist)
Director Peter Weir is back with The Way Back, another tale of epic proportions. The film stars Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, and Ed Harris, and tells of prisoners escaping from…
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saorise Ronan
Synopsis: A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.
Release Date: December 29, 2010
Normally, I don't like to put funny video clips in my posts. After all, I'm a writer. It should be my words that kind-of-sort-of make you laugh, not some Youtube clip.
But when it comes to Betty White, I make an exception. First of all, the Internet loves her. Second, the internet loves Inception, and in this clip from "Community," that's what she's talking about. Third, and most importantly, I can't write because last night I mixed beer, wine and whiskey like some brain-dead freshman sorority girl. But unlike her, I knew all the guys who were hitting on me were lying, I just didn't care. (Vulture)
Watch Betty White explain Inception after the jump…
I knew it was only a matter of time before The Social Network inspired a copycat film. But I hardly expected said film to be a biopic on Karl Rove with Shia LeBeouf playing the Republican strategist. But like Costco on Acid, Hollywood can be a very strange place.
In the wake of The Social Network's success, the L.A. Times brings word that the new hot biopic circulating in Hollywood is the Wes Jones script for College Republicans, a dramedy about Karl Rove's college bid to become chief campus conservative under the tutelage of Lee Atwater. Among the many young hotties vying to play Rove (only in Hollywood!) is Shia LaBeouf…
Now that I think about it, I can totaly see why this might come together. A lot of people seem to hate Karl Rove, a lot of people seem to hate Shia LeBeouf, and I always have to pretend I know who they both are so I don't look stupid. It's the perfect fit. (Vulture)
We've got word that Ridley Scott's Alien prequel may end up being downright adorable. Early reports that Gemma Arterton would star in the film were shot down, leaving the role wide open for the right starlet. According to Deadline, the director and studio have been meeting with actresses, including Carey Mulligan, and Noomi Rapace.
Rapace is said to have a made "a strong impression." There wasn't any mention of how Mulligan's meeting went, but our inside sources confirmed that Ridley "really liked that little boy."
Stan Lee, it's 10PM. Do you know where your characters are?
Next stop, these links.
'Let Me In' Director Matt Reeves Podcast Interview (FirstShowing)
20 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Exorcist' (Moviefone)
Video Game Porn Spoofs That Should Exist (Asylum)
7 Most Annoying Kids in Action Movie History (Ranker)
25 Bad-ass Nuns (HolyTaco)
Frotcast 17: Extremo the Clown and Social Network (FilmDrunk)
Favorite Nick Swardson Moments (Maxim)
Check Out This Blazing Hot Weather Girl (BarStoolSports)
Movies Like You've Never Thought of Them Before (EgoTV)
Pajiba's Give a Sh*t Factor (Pajiba)
6 Reasons Weird Al Is Still Relevant (Unreality)
10 Ridiculously Racist Remarks from Sports Personalities (TotalProSports)
7 Reasons Why You Got Defriended on Facebook (Smosh)
Victoria's Secret Launches Sexy Halloween Costume Line (BroBible)
Emma Roberts In Her Underwear (CelebJihad)
Diaz vs. Kim Reported for UFC 125 (CagePotato)
Mark Zuckerberg Too Staff to See 'Social Network' (PopEater)
Marisa Miller Swashbuckles for Capt. Morgan (MadeMan)
Johnny Depp made one little British girl's dreams come true when he showed up at her school in full Captain Jack Sparrow wardrobe to help her murder her teachers. Break it down fo' me, Daily Mail:
The star is currently in south-east London filming the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie On Stranger Tides and arrived at the Meridian Primary School dressed in full character as Captain Jack Sparrow.
He made the one-off trip after nine-year-old pupil Beatrice Delap wrote to the star asking for help staging a ‘mutiny’ against the teachers.
The school was told just ten minutes before that Depp would be arriving and two blacked-out cars swept through the school gates.
Beatrice revealed what she had written in the letter to the star – or rather his salty seadog alter ego.
She said: ‘Captain Jack Sparrow, At Meridian Primary School, we are a bunch of budding young pirates. Normally we’re a right handful, but we’re having a bit of trouble mutiny-ing against the teachers! We’d love if you could come and help.
‘Beatrice Delap, aged nine, a budding pirate.’
She said that she was then asked by the star to make herself known from the assembled pupils once he arrived, and gave her a cuddle. Beatrice marvelled: ‘He gave me a hug and he said, “Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today ‘cos there are police outside monitoring me.”‘
Ten minutes warning?!? That's hardly any time to prepa– oh my God!! He's Here now!! Hi Johnny, how are you? …. Oh, now he's jumping out the window. What a weirdo.
“This suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks!” Fox Searchlight has dropped the new trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 hours. The film stars James Franco as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who didn’t tell anyone he…
Writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg have turned in their draft of Ghostbusters 3, and it's in Dan Aykroyd's hands now. That's either a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether or not you saw and enjoyed Year One or Blues Brothers 2000. Aykroyd's jazzed about it though. He told Vanity Fair:
"I'm working on the script now and those two – Stupnitsky and Eisenberg – wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it… we have a strong first draft that Harold and I will take back, and I'm very excited about working on it."
He then got into the changes we can expect to see with his character if this thing ever gets a greenlight:
"Now my character's eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a gad hip – I can't drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it's too heavy. We need young legs, new minds – new Ghostbusters; so I'm in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That's totally okay with me."
Totally okay as long as this new regime doesn't try to touch his script.
Brad Bird can't quit adding baddies, and people in general, to his Mission: Impossible 4 movie. Michael Nyqvist from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films recently joined as a villain, and now Anil Kapoor and Lea Seydoux have chosen to accept the mission of kicking Ethan Hunt's ass.
You might remember Kapoor as the backstabbing game show host in Slumdog Millionaire, and Seydoux from Robin Hood and the intense opening scene in Inglourious Basterds. The two join an already huge cast of Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Josh Holloway. With that many people lending a hand, the mission seems to be getting less impossible. Team work, you guys! (Deadline)
When Australians first started appearing in American films, no one raised much of a fuss. After all, there were only a few of them (Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, etc.). Stars such as Mel Gibson (who was born in the U.S.) and Nicole Kidman became household names, but even so, their movie accents were so Americanized that many people didn’t know they were foreign. Back then, Australians who came here wanted to blend into the fabric of American society (save for Paul Hogan, but at least we knew he could be trusted). Those were simpler times.
Once again, thank you, Internet.
Warner Bros. has hired Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham to do a complete rewrite on Yucatan as a star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr. The actor will also produce the film with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey production company. Awwww, I love family affairs. Maybe their kid can mark the scenes with a little clapboard.
In the film, Downey will play a deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. So far Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson haven't wiggled their way into the project. God knows they love looking for treasure together and getting into trouble along the way. Yucatan was originally a passion project for the late and great actor Steve McQueen. He compiled over 1500 pages of notes but never got the film off the ground before dying in 1980. Hope he's cool with his kids handing it over to Downey. A vengeful McQueen zombie would be the worst kind of zombie. (Deadline)
Just add skunk tail.
Apparently all that sweet, sweet Shrek money isn't enough to support Mike Meyers's hockey and kilt habit. The SNL alum will loan his voice to a live-action/CGI hybrid film starring the Looney Tunes skunk, Pepe Le Pew.
It's reported that both Le Pew and his reluctant inamorata Penelope Pussycat will both be brought to life digitally, while the world around them will be shot in live-action. Can't believe this is actually being made. I always thought the first film about cat rape would be made by Harmony Korine. (Vulture)
Play him off, Slash.
So Guns N' Roses (and Velvet Revolver) guitarist Slash wants to make horror movies now. Okay I guess. He's teaming with Scout Productions to start Slasher Films. It's almost like he had to do it because his name is Slash. Deadline, tell us more:
They will produce edgy contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the '70s and '80s. They've set up their first: Nothing to Fear, a horror/thriller that follows a young family as it tries to reinvent itself by moving to a small town in rural Kansas. The family is tormented by an ancient demon with an insatiable blood lust.
Again, okay I guess. Rocker Rob Zombie has already been doing this for a few years now. I doubt Slash is going to come on to the scene and change the world of horror as we know it. Of course he did say, "I've always been a huge horror fan and creating films that take you back to the days where horror movies actually scared the hell out of you is something I've always wanted to do." Has anyone gone into production on a horror movie with the intention of not scaring the hell out of people? I mean except for Katherine Heigl projects.
Man, Alfonso Cuaron is having a bitch of a time finding someone to star in his Gravity movie. Angelina passed on it twice, Scarlett Johannson and Blake Lively were rumored to be in contention, and then it was announced that Natalie Portman was in talks for the role. Well, she passed. Now Universal is trying their damndest to woo Sandra Bullock for the part. If you ask me, Bullock should pass as well. She doesn't need to be caught in the center of a widely-publicized story about how she was second banana to a few younger women. That's so last year.
If Bullock does indeed pass, they should just go with Olivia Munn. She's already got the helmet and everything.
Yesterday, everyone on the Internet was reporting that Darren Aronofsky was taking on the Wolverine sequel. Well hold your damn horses. Now, Empire Online is reporting that Warner Bros. has made a counter offer that might just land the director in their camp: a 40's era period piece called Tales from the Gangster Squad.
Tales from the Gangster Squad follows the exploits of Sergeant John O’Mara’s off-the-books team of police mercenaries, who targeted mob-linked gangster Mickey Cohen and his attempts to bring East Coast organised crime firmly into LA. Originally chronicled in a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, the script has been penned by cop-turned-writer Will Beall.
That's a tough call. Both films sound like a good fit for Aronofsky. It reminds me a little of Sophie's Choice, except for this I'm going to stay tuned to find out what happens instead of switching over to "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" (Sorry, Sophie).
The Tourist hits theaters on December 10th, but the film’s trailer hits your face in about 20 seconds. Staring Johnny Depp as the titular tourist and Angelina Jolie as what…