Here's a rumor from the "so stupid it might be true" department. “Reliable sources” are claiming that rapper Joaquin Phoenix, who actually started out as an actor, may replace Ed Norton as the Incredible Hulk in The Avengers.On Friday, Marvel started a war of words, claiming that it dropped Norton from the project in order to find "an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” Given that description, is Joaquin Phoenix really the guy you want?Don't get me wrong; I don't doubt the creativity of a man who's spent the past year looking like a drug-addled version of Judge Roy Bean. But considering he can barely make it through a one-on-one interview with David Letterman, does Phoenix really "embody" the "collaborative spirit" you're looking for? Well, does it, Marvel? ANSWER ME? (Cinema Blend)
Meeee-ow! Looks like we've got ourselves a good old-fashioned catfight! Except instead of two hot women scratching and clawing, we've got an agent from William Morris pissing and moaning about some dork at a comic book company. Actually, that doesn't sound like a catfight at all. It sounds a whole lot sexier! On Friday, Marvel announced that Edward Norton, who clashed with the studio during the making of The Incredible Hulk, will not be part of The Avengers. The press release stated that the decision was not monitary, but was instead “rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” For those of you who don't speak Hollywood, that roughly translates to "go f**k yourself, you insufferable twit." Not one to take things lying down, Norton responded like any other red-blooded male, and quickly had his agent, Brian Swardstrom, issue a strongly worded rebuttal. Swardstrom attacked Marvel head on, using big words like defamatory, mean spirited and accusatory. That's right, accusatory! I haven't seen a war of words like this since Biggie and Tupac. If cooler heads don't prevail, I fear someone might get their glasses broken, or maybe even work themselves up into an asthmatic frenzy. (Collider) Read the strongly worded letter from Edward Norton's agent in its entirety after the jump.
Seeing dollar signs in all things faaaaaaabulous, Universal is moving forward with a film adaptation of the Broadway musical hit Wicked. The movie will take the Wicked Witch of the West back to high school, where she is terrorized by the popular Glinda the Good Witch.The studio is taking meetings with a few directors, ranging from the awesome to the willing to make this kind of movie. First up, The potential directors are JJ Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall, and "Glee's" Ryan Murphy. I really don't see Abrams hopping aboard this one due to his busy schedule of not sucking. The other three seem more well-suited for the material, given their experience with bringing musicals to film. I did notice that Universal has seemed to overlook Adam Shankman. He's probably sitting somewhere crying his eyes out over this snub. But in all fairness, he cries while watching "The Bachelorette." (Deadline)
A cartoon supervillain easily defeated all challengers in this weekend's box office showdown, making short work of vampires, werewolves and even alien predators.Despicable Me dominated, pulling in $60.1 million from 3,476 theaters. In its second weekend, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse brought in an impressive $33.4 million, taking second place, while Predators came in third, taking in $25.3 million during its big-screen début.Typical. This could only happen in Hollywood. In real life, the Predators would easily destroy everything in their path, and the vampires and werewolves would have no problem with a cartoon supervillain. It wouldn't even be close. Now if you'll excuse me, mother needs to check my browser history to make sure I haven't been looking at pictures of naked women. As if! (Coming Soon)
Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni ColletteSynopsis: A charismatic vampire tries to convince his film obsessed neighbor that he is a vampire who has come to suck as much blood as he can, thereby eradicating plenty of human life.
Holy crap, Saturday is jam-packed. Thursday and Friday are bringing the events as well, but Saturday makes them look like booths at an interior designer convention. We're talking Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Sucker Punch, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Let Me In, Resident Evil Afterlife, Paul, Cowboys & Aliens, and on the TV side, "Futurama," "The Simpsons," "Community," "Family Guy," and "LOST" for some reason. I'm going to have to find a secret nook in Hall H to avoid the madness of standing in line. I'm not saying I'll be inside the baby grand piano, but just don't look there.Check out the Saturday highlights after the jump.
I'd say he took the news rather well.Marvel Studios recently gave Edward Norton a polite f*ck off by informing the actor they wouldn't need him to reprise his role of The Hulk in the upcoming The Avengers movie to be directed by Joss Whedon. The studio is looking to cast an unknown, a.k.a. someone they can pay with turkey sandwiches. According to HitFix, this wasn't Norton or Whedon's idea, as the pair had recently shared their enthusiasm with Marvel about Norton returning. Norton even cleared out his day planner for the project, using puffy Hulk stickers to mark the dates he'd need open for shooting.This news doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Marvel is notorious for dumping actors in favor of the almighty dollar. They probably figure they've already got Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, and Jeremy Renner, so people are going to get their asses to the theater whether Norton's in it or not. Also, during the making of The Incredible Hulk, Norton and Marvel butted heads over almost every aspect of the film. Maybe the studio is just trying to prevent the same from happening on The Avengers. Joss Whedon would put Norton in a coma with that alien-like cranium of his.
Director: Joss WhedonCast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy RennerSynopsis: Marvel superheroes join together to kick some ass.Release Date: May 4, 2012
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If you loved playing Contra back in the day then you're definitely going to dig this new arcade game based off the upcoming The Expendables. The music alone instantly transported me back to my wood-paneled basement and tube television.You can play as Barney Ross, Lee Christmas or Yin Yang in full 8-bit glory. Beat the game as Yin Yang to unlock Bonus Mode for a chance to see alternate endings and easter eggs. Make it onto the Top 10 All-Time High Scores list for official Expendables swag from Lionsgate and Break. If you have some time to kill, kill some rebels using characters with limited mobility. Shooting up, down, forward, or diagonally is all you get, and it's nostalgically awesome.Check out the game HERE. All you have to do is hit the "Like" button and you're on your way.
Thank you Internet. Thank you for all that you do.We've got even more X-Men: First Class casting news to share today. Earlier in the week, we learned that Beast and Banshee had been cast. Today, we have news that actor/master sculptor Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the film's as-of-now-unrevealed villian.But who will Bacon play? I hate not knowing. Will he be some dickhead general, or a self-hating mutant with the power of invisibility and radical dance moves? Too soon to tell, though online chatter and speculation has him playing Mr. Sinister, a powerful mutant who gains his abilities by stealing others' "genetic material." Sick, dude. Just like that director-marrier Milla Jovovich. (Deadline)
First we were graced with the man smacks montage, and now we have men crying. I'm uncertain about all these displays of emotion from the male gender. I was always told to keep that stuff way down deep inside of you until one day you can't take it anymore and you buy a Porsche. (Vulture)
Clappin' all night in this bitch.Thanks to better than expected DVD sales, richy-richerson James Cameron is set to earn $350 million dollars from Avatar. That's a record breaking number for a director to make from one film, and well over a thousand times more than what a blogger can earn annually for writing pithy articles about movie-making on the Internet. But that doesn't matter to me. It's really my passion for Photoshop that keeps me going.The $350 million figure far outpaces the $97 million that Cameron earned for Titanic. That number will climb, of course, when he re-releases a 3D version of Titanic later this year (after re-releasing Avatar). We need a new term to accurately describe that amount of money. It's not f*ck you money, it's f*ck the continent of Asia money. (Deadline)
Nothing odd here. The man/genius/maniac behind the cult-favorite The Room is back with his next "project" entitled The House That Drips Blood on Alex. The horror-comedy web series set to debut in fall 2010 on Atom.com and Atom TV tells the tale of a peculiar man who moves into an even more peculiar house. I'm merely guessing, but I bet his name is Alex and the house drips blood on him. If you'll be at this year's Comic-Con you can catch a Q&A with the cast and crew after a screening Saturday July 24, 8:30-9:30p.m. Be sure to relay to me what Tommy Wiseau looks like up close. My crippling anxiety prevents me from going anywhere near him. Check out the quick, gorey teaser after the jump.
After a bomb diggity Thursday schedule for Comic-Con 2010, the Friday schedule is sure to make your nerd boner deflate to half-stalk. Not to say there aren't events worth getting excited about, but none of them are about Tron. Some of the bigger panels will be for Drive Angry 3D, "The Walking Dead," Piranha 3D, The Other Guys, and The Green Hornet. I was expecting Friday to take me to Hell and back, but it looks like it'll just take me to Hell. I meant for that to sound like it would be less stressful. Whatever, you get it. It's also Star Wars day on Friday. I don't expect to cover much of that because the plastic casing on my Stormtrooper costume is cracked and I don't want to look like an idiot.Check out some of the Friday highlights after the jump.
James want. The trailer for Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart, has been released. The film is directed by Jake Scott, son of well-known indie director Ridley Scott. It's about a couple driven apart by the death of their daughter who are brought back together when they meet a troubled young woman. Why is she troubled? She's an underage stripper. Schwing! But seriously, you guys, this is serious material. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to so-so reviews, which doesn't psych me up to see it. If those art house cinefiles waiting outside in below freezing temperatures didn't fan their wool beanies with glee as the credits rolled, I probably won't enjoy it. Also, the thought of Kristen Stewart frowning in another movie makes my cerebellum ache. Also, I'm jealous I didn't get to go to Sundance. Welcome to the Rileys hits theaters November 5, 2010. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Christopher Nolan has the film world in the palm of his hand. After taking Batman in a bold direction, Nolan can pretty much have any project he wants, and make any actor do whatever he wants. If he were to reboot Air Bud, it wouldn't be long before franchise teams actually began drafting housepets. If he were to take on Big Momma's House, Martin Lawrence would actually gain the weight and spring for the operation. Sh*t, I bet he could even turn in a decent xXx film. He's that good. So the news that he wants to direct a Bond film has me really stoked. He tells the BBC:“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”This is merely conjecture at this point. With Bond 23 in financial turnaround and another Batman film next on Nolan's docket, it could be a long time before we see this become a reality. But don't give up hope. If the stars align and if there's a role for Michael Caine, this could become a pretty cool reality. (via Deadline)
I don't have to tell you that nothing says fun like a trunk full of dead hookers. Just ask Charlie Sheen or Ellen Degeneres. Now comes word that a crafty pair of Canadian filmmakers are hoping to capitalize on this universal premise with their new, aptly named film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Written, directed, and produced by identical twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, the film chronicles four improbable friends who find themselves in possession of a dead hooker. What the film seems to lack in regard to acting quality and production values it more than makes up for with a cool title and the hope of female nudity. Plus, if it does well at the box office, I'm hopeful that Dead Hooker in a Trunk 3D may be in the cards. (Dread Central) Check out the Dead Hooker in a Trunk trailer as well as a funny promotional video after the jump.
The Batmobile has been spotted. That fact alone should make headlines.But what makes the matter even more interesting is the fact that the iconic car turned up on the set of the upcoming Arthur remake, starring Russel Brand. This could mean one of two things. Either the vehicle (which appears to be the model from Batman Forever) is one of several classic cars belonging to the titular character, or Batman himself dropped by the set because he's a huge fan of the Arthur franchise. Only time will tell.(Spoiler Alert: Bruce Wayne is Batman)When you think about it, Arthur Bach and Bruce Wayne are basically the same character. Both men are troubled millionaires who rely on their butlers as substitute father figures, and both are complex characters hiding behind the facade of a drunken playboy. The only real difference is that one is a deranged sociopath who spends his time ruthlessly pursuing a terrifying clown-like villain (played by Liza Minnelli), and the other is Batman. (Collider)
In a scene reminiscent of a sociopath feigning empathy, Jay Leno used self-deprecating humor to mask his seething rage over being snubbed at the Emmy nominations. During his nightly monologue, Leno "playfully" pointed out that while his show received four nominations, he received none. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences instead chose to recognize Conan O'Brien, the man who Leno robbed of "The Tonight Show." Sure, the entertainment news shows and the gossip columnists will claim Leno is a "class act" who is "being gracious in defeat." But watch this video for about 15 seconds, and tell me his fake smile and involuntary hand slaps aren't vain attempts to hide the urge to kill! (Deadline) See Jay Leno trying desperately to suppress his rage after the jump.
Seems like a well-calculated decision. (BuzzFeed)Today, these links are for Cleveland.Most Lovable Movie Villains Ever (Moviefone)Let's Get the Worse Pitch Ever Made Into a Movie (Asylum)Lindsay Lohan Lost Her Lawyer (PopEater)Twi-tards Are Biting Each Other Now (FilmDrunk)The Slushee Cup Photoshop Contest (HolyTaco)Kristen Stewart Emotions Chart (Unreality)Bobbi Eden Promises Pleasure If Holland Wins World Cup (BroBible)The Maxim Porn Dictionary (Maxim)Sherk vs. Dunham Penciled In for UFC 119 (CagePotato)Report: Mel Gibson Does Not Recycle (CelebJihad)20 Totally Rad Fake Street Signs (Smosh)10 Worst Emmy Noms of the Last 20 Years (Pajiba)BP CEO Apology Outtakes (Atom)Hottest Girls of Formula 1 (MadeMan)15 Things You Didn't Know About Michael Jackson (RegretfulMorning)
The new Machete trailer has slashed its way onto the Internetz. We last saw an "illegal" trailer released on Cinco de Mayo which got me amped, but this new one makes me want to punch a cinder block just so I can feel like a man. It's like producer Robert Rodriquez and director Ethan Maniquis took all the things that zip through a male's brain on a daily basis and cramed them into one movie with Jeff Fahey. Not that I don't like Jeff Fahey, I just can't say he's on my mind that often. At least you'll never get me to admit it here… Machete rips theaters a new asshole Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Yesterday we saw Colin Farrell sporting a combover for Horrible Bosses, and now we've got a first look at Jeff Bridges wearing an eye patch for The Coen Brothers' True Grit. Oh those silly actors and their dress-up make believe fun time. Bridges plays alcoholic U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the re-adaptation of the Charles Portis novel.The original adaptation starred John Wayne in the role of Rooster, who teams up with a 14-year old girl to avenge her father's murder. Hailey Steinfeld plays the girl, Mattie Ross, this time around, and Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are also on board as a Texas Ranger and the murderer respectively. The film opens Christmas Day. I just basically wrote the formula for an Oscar nomination. Especially since Bridges has the drunk character thing on lock. If you win an Oscar twice for playing a drunk do you have to go to AAA? That's Acting Alcoholics Anonymous for all you sober non-thespians out there. Don't worry, my writing packet is already in the mail to Leno. Check out more pics of Bridges as Rooster after the jump.
Uncanny.Nicholas Hoult is about to become a favorite amongst furries everywhere. The young actor (About A Boy, A Single Man, "Skins") has accepted the role of young Kelsey Grammer Beast in X-Men: First Class. The role originally went to Benjamin Walker until the studio fired him. And then rehired him. And then he quit. And then he had a light dinner. Followed that with some X-Box before bed.Also aboard the project is Caleb Landry Jones aka Kid On Bike in No Country For Old Men as Banshee. Speculation is rampant today that Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson will play Cyclops. The news comes from some anonymous guy on the Internet so you know it's true. Take it from me, another anonymous guy on the Internet. (Deadline)
Comic-Con descends upon San Diego in two weeks, and Screen Junkies will be there every step of the way getting stepped on by costumed freaks in pursuit of footage. Luckily, Summit isn't showcasing a Twilight panel this year, so we won't have to worry about Twihards ripping off our genitals in an effort to bum rush Hall H. Make sure you continually reload SJ's homepage July 21-25 for the latest Comic-Con updates. My fingers are crossed I can pick up a wireless signal in the Convention Center, or else I'll have to start eliminating bloggers, thus boosting bandwith.Check out some of the Thursday highlights after the jump.
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Rappers have wanted to be jumped into the acting game ever since they rocked a mic. Some bring the pain and depth, others not so much. We decided to take a look at a few rappers-turned-actors and put them head-to-head to see who’s got mad skills, and who gets schooled.Eminem vs. 50 CentEminemMovies of Note: 8 Mile, uncredited role in The Wash
Buy! Sell! Sandwich!!There's been a bit of a staff change-up on the floors of The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio remains on-board as Jordan Belfort, the real life sex, drugs, and rock and roll huckster who took the public for all their worth with his pumped up prices. However, it looks like Martin Scorsese is stepping down from the director's chair via a set of Doggy Steps to allow Ridley Scott the helm.Will this project actually happen and do we actually need it? Scott should be busy with those Alien prequels and DiCaprio is still slated to play J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's upcoming Oscar bait. Besides, shouldn't Wall Street 2 and the bazillion documentaries about the financial crisis cover this bleak material pretty well? I really don't need a multitude of movies to remind me how I invested my life savings into stocks while they were at the bottom, only to see my investments issue a 210% return. Of course, I blew it all on nose candy. By which I mean, I spent a fortune on medical bills to get those damn Sweetarts out of my sinuses. (Deadline)
Aaron Sorkin burn. The second teaser for David Fincher's The Social Network has dropped, and it doesn't give us much more than the first one. It swaps bold, dramatic text with scrolling Facebook status updates written by the film's characters. The whole thing seems like a bad idea from a legal standpoint. Why would Mark Zuckerberg want all of his backstabbing documented on the very site that made him millions? And why do none of the updates inform me who's drinking alone tonight, who just heard their favorite song on the radio, and who just made a killer grilled cheese sandwich? It's those mundane details that will cement the realism of the narrative. Check out the second teaser after the jump…
Move over Frank Darabont. Looks like there may be another Hawaiian-shirted director in town. We reported previously about "Weird Al" Yankovic's deal with Cartoon Network to air whatever lunacy he conjured up. Part of that deal was to create a live-action feature length film, but now Cartoon Network has decided against creating long-form live-action content for television. "Weird" is taking it all in stride though, and doing his best to get this project up on the big screen.As I had previously reported, after years of negotiation, I was able to sign a major production deal with Cartoon Network to provide content for them. They were primarily interested in live action features, so I pitched them on a movie idea. They loved it, and gave me the go-ahead to start working on the screenplay. I worked closely with them for several months, and after submitting my 4th draft, just when I was just about to get the official green light… Cartoon Network let me know that they were no longer in the feature film business.…it’s not entirely bad news – the script went into turnaround, which means I’m free to sell it somewhere else. (Come to think of it, that was pretty much the exact thing that happened when I was trying to get UHF made.) So maybe it’ll get produced at some point, maybe it won’t… all I know is, I’ll have a lot more free time this fall.Maybe it will, maybe it won't?! No way, "Weird." This is Hollywood. That apathetic approach won't get you anywhere in this town. If you want to see your dreams on the silverscreen, you need to strap on your accordian, bust into those boardrooms, and show those overpaid dick krinkles just who the eff they're dealing with. Don't leave there until you hear the words "go picture." You're "Weird Al" Yankovic, and you don't take no sh*t from nobody. And make sure they validate your parking. (Al's Blog)