I remember my dad taking me on the original King Kong ride at Universal Studios Florida. It wasn’t a big deal, just a monsterous hydraulic monkey shaking your tram around. The cool part about it was it transported you to a world only seen on the screen, or at least someone made their best effort to put you there. Then you could bond with your dad over movies he was too old for and you were too young for.
When a fire on the Universal backlot destroyed the California equivalent of that ride, it became a mixed blessing. The new, revamped, bigger, badder King Kong 360 3-D was designed by Peter Jackson, based on his 2005 remake of the movie. Universal Studios premiered the ride, which opens this summer, with a Kong themed party on the backlot. There were snakes and monkeys and tigers from the Wildlife Waystation, tribal drummers and free trams through the new attraction.
John Moore (Max Payne) wants to direct a 3D adaptation of the History Channel reality series "Ice Road Truckers." Taylor Lautner bailed on his Northern Lights aviation project, and now Moore says, "F*ck planes. I want big rigs." Him and a writer that he wouldn't name (because of the Russians) pitched a take to Fox studios that made their genitals tingle. That's usually the precursor to a greenlight. "It is very much a tough guy movie," Moore said. "Here's a bunch of characters who tackle problems by getting in there and getting things done. We'll turn it into a mission movie that harkens back to Towering Inferno, Jaws, or The Guns of Navarone. You got a problem, go solve it."So characters will be going into places and doing stuff and overcoming obstacles and then coming out of the places they went into, but in the cold and with 18-Wheelers carrying supplies for diamond miners and in 3D. I honestly have nothing snarky to say about that. Sounds like a good idea that's rife with conflict. Add ice to anything and chances of a fail increase exponentially. It's science. Or a smoothie. (Deadline)
I recently posted a faaaaar out teaser for Rango which turned out to be a teaser for the website. Now Paramount has released the official trailer. The film stars Johnny Depp as a Hunter S. Thompson look-a-like chameleon with an identity crisis. The trailer has me just as baffled as the Inception trailer. Screenwriter John Logan might have been tripping off computer duster whippets while pounding away at this adventure. Ideas don't just come out on their own, right John? **Whoosh of air** Rango is directed by Gore Verbinski, who did the awesome Mousehunt, as well as those Caribbean Pirates movies. Befriending and/or beguiling Depp in the film are Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Timothy Olyphant, and Bill Nighy. Rango scampers into theaters March 18, 2011. Check out the trailer after the jump…
Bai Ling is the kind of female actress you like if your into pixie thin asian girls and S&M. While she blends her career with politically active movies like Red Corner to creepy exotic leather clad characters in The Crow and Crank 2: High Voltage, she will always be my go to tweeker asian actress. Ling can be seen in the cathouse drama Love Ranch opposite Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, where she plays a kleptomaniac prostitute. Dime a dozen!A word from Bai: “I worked with a wild leopard, who bit me. But I kept on working with him, because I have a wild side. I think I was an animal in a previous life.”If it helps you to work with a leopard by thinking you were once a leopard, then by all means remain delusional. More pics of past animal Bai after the jump.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, a.k.a. David Silver, got married. Everybody settle. I said EVERYBODY. SETTLE. The couple have been dating on-and-off since 2004, and decided to tie the knot last week in Hawaii. With Fox booted off of Transformers 3 and Brian Austin Green being Brian Austin Green, they really had nothing better to do that day. My apologies go out to all the delusional guys who thought in some distant universe they had a chance with Megan. Someone get Rose Kid on suicide watch. (TMZ)
When the plug was pulled on Miramax last year, a few films were sent to the dreaded Disney Vault with little hope of every seeing the light of day. But there is good news for horror fans today. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-penned and Troy Nixey-directed R-rated remake of the 70's TV movie classic, will break free from its imprisonment. No longer will it be forced to pay protection money to such D-Vault tough-asses as Tinker Bell and the Fairy Prince and Tigger's Eighth Movie.The remake stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as a couple who are placed at risk when Pearce's daughter accidentally unleashes malevolent creatures in the old mansion they've just moved into. Given the R-rating and del Toro's involvement, this could shape up to be pretty creepy. Though I'm sure Mike Tyson left things far scarier behind when he abandoned his mansion. (EW)
Between waiting for the stars of the film to walk the red carpet last week (to get their babies signed), to camping out for the best seats in the house for Wednesday's theatrical debut of Eclipse, Twilight fans (or Twihards) really have the world on a string.
Think about it, if any of us were to obsess about, say, Princess Leia action figures, we'd be bouncing off the walls of our padded cell. But these fans have things figured out, and even if a few "bad apples" have been tagging walls with book quotes and arraigned for attempted murder, they're still accepted in society.
But, they're not all criminally deranged. So we wanted to set the record straight, and shed light on this cultural phenomena that has taken over so many of our women.
With the runaway success of The Karate Kid, I can understand the push to get more rappers and rapper's progeny in kung fu-based situations, but don't sacrifice the quality of cinema to do so. The grainy footage you'll see below the jump of karate guys jumping around is two trailers for Wu-Tang Vs. The Golden Pheonix, a ten year passion project from The Wu-Tang Clan's chief producer RZA. I know he was going for a certain aesthetic (not spending much money) but I'm afraid RZA's setting himself up for a fall. I'd hate to be there when he's informed that the create-your-own-Grindhouse trailer contest ended years ago and the top prize went to Hobo With A Shotgun. He'll be so upset he'll probably hit the messenger with a bo staff before shooting him with lightning fingers. WATCH SOME GUYS TIRE OUT THEIR ARMS AFTER THE JUMP…
More X-Men: First Class news. Caleb Landry Jones is reportedly the odds-on favorite to win the role of Banshee (Sean Cassidy) in the upcoming prequel. For those of you who don't know, Jones is the kid on the bike at the end of No Country for Old Men.Why do I know his name? I happen to have an entire wall of my apartment devoted to pictures of young blond actors I cut out of magazines, including a few pics of a certain Caleb Landry Jones.What do you mean, creepy? It's not sexual or anything; they're just so pretty! Jeez, you sound like my girlfriend…god, how I hate her. (LatinoReview)
Warner Bros. is putting together a writing/directing team for a film based on the popular children's toy, Legos, Coming Soon is reporting. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, have been tasked with bringing the building blocks to life.Although few details have emerged, the film is being described as an "action adventure set in a LEGO world." While some might decry the idea as yet another example of Hollywood running out of original ideas, I, for one, welcome the Lego movie. It brings my childhood dream of seeing Connect Four on the big screen one step closer.
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Did you eat more Bott's Beans?! Spit them out right now! We've already seen the MTV Movie Awards c*ck teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but Warner Bros. has just dropped the official deal. There's more magic, creatures, darkness, and girl-on-girl action (sike!) than the previous installments offered, all with the same gang you've come to know and love. Plus Bill Nighy. Awesomess temperass! The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will hit theaters on November 19th 2010, and Part 2 will be released on July 15th, 2011. Check out the trailer in your cloaks or whatever after the jump…
If Peter Jackson has to tell you twice, you're getting a Flair Chop.News broke on Friday that Peter Jackson would in fact slip on his "World's Best Director" apron to take over creamy buttering duties for The Hobbit hot potato. A follow-up today on AICN refutes this claim, pointing out that no one knows who the hell is greasing up this spud.Harry Knowles sat down with his contact "DEREK," who had this to say:The only quote that I’ll attribute to my source, whom I’ll call “DEREK”, when I asked if he was directing, “No, nothing has really changed – I’ve always said that me directing was one option, and so that’s not really news. The studio are working out what that deal would look like, because how else do they know if it’s a viable option? But it’s honestly one of several different options – many irons are in the fire right now. What’s of great concern to everyone right now is trying to stay on schedule and not slip back another year, because we will start losing people – and that’s increasingly difficult as each day passes. A lot of people – both film makers and studios are working very hard right now, trying to get a positive outcome here.”Who is this shrouded man of mystery? What playful game of cat and mouse is the master of deceptions drawing us into?? Call me crazy but I've got a hunch that this "DEREK" is none other than "Jeter Packson." Once we get swab test results, we'll know for sure.
Urban Outfitters has a shirt for sale that makes it easier than ever to do the Truffle Shuffle. It's a soft cotton tee with "Do The Truffle Shuffle" graphic on the front, and a Chunk head inside for actual Truffle Shuffle action. It's currently going for $14.99, reduced from $24.99 because for some reason these things aren't moving like hot cakes. A gallery of hot girls wearing this tee and flashing their truffles would be the illest/creepiest thing ever. Make it happen, Internet!
The Maxim spread for X-Men: First Class is shaping up to be AWESOME. We've known for awhile that Amber Heard and Rosamund Pike may sign on to play gorgeous mutants in Matthew Vaughn's prequel. Now there's word that Alice Eve is in talks to play the role of Emma Frost. This more than makes up for her not making the cut for Captain America. If we're all very good and wish really hard, this could become a reality. Those uncertain as to why this is an extremely important matter need only refer to the picture below:Everybody clear? Good. Now get your asses down to the local wishing well. And bring a sh*tload of pennies. (Deadline)
…right after he finishes his treat.UPDATE: James Cameron won't be taking the producer credit, but his Lightstorm team of Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini are still on it. Cameron's most likely too busy trying to crush the box office yet again with his next project. Spike Lee is crossing the t's and dotting the i's to direct Nagasaki Deadline, with James Cameron set to produce. It will be his first feature since 2008's Miracle At St. Anna. Deadline has the deets:The film focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. The fed goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.They've somehow managed to bring the broad scope of the The National Treasure movies to post-9/11 terrorism drama. Let's just go ahead and get the paperwork moving along for Nic Cage's casting. With Lee and Cage on the same movie, some studio exec wouldn't sleep from pre-production all the way to its premiere. Lee will make constant creative demands, and Cage will want to spend most of his time with a block of C4, you know, to get inside the head of a plastic explosive.
The Last Exorcism PG-13, 90min., 2010 Cast: Partrick Fabin, Ashely Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Hertum, and Caleb Landury Jones Directed by Daniel Stamm Screenplay by Huck Barto and Andreww Gurland…
An in-depth look at Sony's casting/hazing process.Sony still hasn't decided who will take the lead in their unnecessary Spider-Man reboot, but they are at least a step closer. It's reported that most members of the casting shortlist have been forced to wear tights for "camera tests" and definitely not some sick, sex thing for studio kicks in case that's what you've heard. Nope, definitely for a camera test. Right, Deadline?I'm told that the candidates whose screen tests were viewed Friday are: Jamie Bell (the Billy Elliot star who wrapped the Kevin Macdonald-directed The Eagle of the Ninth) , Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin, Kick-Ass’s Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown) are also in the final list that the studio is working from.Ugh. C'mon, you guys. Just hurry up and pick one of the actors that people have heard about before. This is taking too long and we still need a few months worth of speculating who the villian will be and which girl from Twilight will play Mary Jane. (Hint: none of them.)
Toy Story 3 ruled its second weekend at the box office, bringing in $59 million. An estimated 57% of its revenue was from 3D screenings.The film easily crushed its closest competition, Grown Ups ($41 million) and Knight and Day ($27.8 million) thanks in no small part to the fact that Toy Story had a more substantial plot and more realistic, likable characters. Get it? It's ironic because Toy Story is a cartoon about toys!Ugh, never mind. (Empire Online)
Neil Patrick Harris (the actor and the character) is returning for the third installment of the Harold and Kumar trilogy. Harris joins the original stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, as well as newcomers Patton Oswalt and Thomas Lennon.The film, currently titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, has already begun shooting at a mall in Michigan. Unfortunately, it's not slated for release until Christmas of 2011. If that bums you out, just get stoned, click here, and forget I said anything. (Empire Online)
Last time I wrote about Horrible Bosses, I told you that at least two more big names were joining the film. Well, if you'd have listened to me and my warnings, you'd be a millionaire by now (somehow). Variety is reporting that Kevin Spacey is set to join the bizzaro cast, which already includes Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jason Bateman.The film centers around three co-workers who decide to kill their horrible bosses (hence the title), and Spacey will play one of the bosses in question. Given his previous work in Swimming with Sharks and Glengarry Glen Ross, he should have no problem with the role.
Breaking news! Tim Burton is making a creepy animated movie! In other news, Tyler Perry is making a movie about black family life, and George Romero is making a movie about zombies.According to Coming Soon, Burton is working on an animated version of The Addams Family based on the Charles Addams’ New Yorker illustrations. The film will reportedly use computer animation rather than the stop-motion techniques utilized for previous Burton films, and may be presented in black and white. If that isn't vague enough for you, the film "might" star Justin Bieber and "could possibly" feature the reanimated corpse of Dennis Hopper.
Screen Junkies caught up with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci last night on the Saturn Awards red carpet. The duo who created "Fringe" and co-wrote Star Trek for frequent collaborator J.J. Abrams let us in on a new project they're producing. New You See Me, scripted by Ed Ricourt and Boaz Yakin, is about a heist crew of illusionists who rob banks and are actively inviting the FBI to try and figure out how they get away with it. Regarding audience expecations for magician movies, Kurtzman told us:Because I think the trick about a magician movie is that the movie itself has to be a magic act, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. It requires cleverness and an intelligence. The magic act has to pay off in spades so the setup has to be brilliant and the payoff has to be brilliant.If we're talking Heat with magicians, I couldn't be more all about it. I'm sure they're going for a broader tone rather than a three-hour crime saga, but magician-robbers is definitely an enticing hook. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, which finds its conflict in dueling illusionists, so imagine adding semi-automatic wands to the equation. I just naturally assume any magician-robber worth his salt would pack a semi-automatic or sawed-off double-barrel wand.Source: Fred Topel
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Columbia Pictures has released the teaser trailer for David Fincher's The Social Network. The minimalist approach seems to love the smell of its own farts. Utilizing voiceover and bold text, Mark Zuckerberg is called a genius and a prophet. He almost made Jesus status, but he has yet to walk on water. …Loser. Regardless, the film is directed by David Fincher which means it's mandatory viewing for humans.The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, and Joe Mazello. It hits theaters October 1, 2010. Check out the TEASER after the jump…
Jason Biggs, the ol' pie f*cker himself, is set to star in the film Grassroots alongside Joel David Moore, the guy who played Sigourney Weaver's lacky in Avatar. From SeattlePI: The film, directed and co-written by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Jake Gyllenhaal's daddy) is based on ex-Stranger writer Phil Campbell's book "Zioncheck for President." Grassroots retells Campbell's work with Grant Cogswell's quirky 2001 bid for Seattle City Council and support for the monorail expansion. In the past ten years, Stephen Gyllenhaal has directed a few TV episodes and movies here and there, but nothing of note. Unless you consider the "Uncharted Territory" episode of "Army Wives" something of note. The real question is, can he produce a monorail piece as prolific as this: I highly doubt it.
"Quit smiling, you bastard. Now I have to direct this damn thing."Good news for dorks everywhere, and bad news for Brett Ratner fans. Peter Jackson is on board to direct The Hobbit, according to Deadline. Warner Bros., New Line and MGM are currently in negotiations to bring the famed LOTR director back to Middle Earth.Jackson will take over for Guillermo del Toro, who dropped from the film earlier this year. Although it may prove problematic and costly for Jackson to step away from his current projects, a compromise seems to be eminent.The prequel to the LOTR trilogy will be split into two films, and will be shot back-to-back in Jackson's native New Zealand.
Later, bitches!Jason Bateman doesn't stand in lines for iPhones. He's Jason Bateman! Yesterday at the Grove in L.A., Jason Bateman cut a line of 2,000 eager Apple nerds to claim his very own brand new, shiny iPhone 4. Upon his departure from the store the Apple store, Bateman was booed by the pions who had to subscribe to line-waiting. Did some poor kid in the back get turned away because they ran out of iPhones due to line hoppers? Probably, but f*ck that guy. Celebrities get privileges that fry cooks don't. (Vulture)
Maria Bello is the blonde indie MILF from next door, as she has shown in past matriarchal roles in A History of Violence, Auto Focus, and The Cooler. With Grown Ups opening this week she may be playing second banana to Adam Sandler and his crew but she gets to have a couple of great boob popping moments as Kevin James's homegrown wife, Sally. She just can't seem to keep those things holstered. A word from Maria: "I like having sex on the stairs."But how will people get to the second level of your home? You should really think these things through first.More enticing pics of Maria after the jump.
Grown Ups PG-13, 98min., 2010 Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schiender, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows and Steve Buscemi Directed by Dennis Dugean Screenplay Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf Throughout the 98 minutes of Grown Ups your brain keeps nudging you to just repeat these words: “It's no surprise, because it's an Adam Sandler movie.” Here we have a full-fledged cast of comedians from Sandler, to Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and yes, even the forever slave to Sandler movies, Rob Schneider counts as a comic, telling no jokes and just delivering kick to the balls or pie in the face moments. It's no surprise because it's an Adam Sandler movie. MORE AFTER THE JUMP…