Can you believe it’s already 2010? When we used to think about that number, it seemed like a year far off in the future. So did a lot of other years when sci-fi writers and filmmakers set their stories in the future. Here are some of the best sci-fi years that didn’t turn out as planned, and looking ahead some speculation about where we’re going.1984 (Set in 1984)
Last week we reported that the Farrelly Brothers would bang out a quick Owen Wilson comedy while waiting for their Three Stooges project to work out its kinks over at MGM. Hall Pass tells the story of a man in a dull marriage who is granted a one-week furlough by his wife to sleep with as many women as he wants. Today comes news that underrated hot chick The Office's Jenna Fischer will play Wilson's wife. Things get complicated in the relationship when Fischer begins to exercise her own "hall pass" priveleges. The movie begins production Feb. 23 in Atlanta, which will substitute for New England. Because if there's one thing that New England is known for, it's their Coca-Cola plant and black people. (THR)
House and Tron Legacy star Olivia Wilde, like many celebrities, has taken to Twitter to drum up support for the earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Olivia has pledged to send a personalized 'thank you' video to anyone generous enough to donate $200 or more to Artists for Peace and Justice's Haiti campaign. Wilde tweets:"Its worse every minute guys, so we are raising the stakes. Those who give $200 or more will get a personal thank you video… THANK YOU for your donation, OF ANY AMOUNT. they are all crucial. “I swear to you that every dollar is going directly to the Haitians who need it most. THANK YOU.”Other celebrities such as Wyclef Jean, Tiger Woods, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Jessica Alba, and Heroes' Jimmy Jean-Louis and Zachary Quinto, have urged fans to donate via Twitter and their own charity programs.See?! That's how you do it, Sarah McLachlan. You don't need to bum us out with suicidal animals to get your point across. Just be frank and to the point and send us videos of Olivia Wilde.You can donate to the Artists for Peace and Justice here. Or you can pledge $10 to the Red Cross by texting "HAITI" to 90999.
Jennifer Beals is best known for moving her feet really quickly in Flashdance to that Michael Sembello song. She's also the only cast member in Showtime's the The L Word who won't get naked for her lesbian love scenes. Boooo! Do it for the art!A word from Jennifer: "Making sure that when my child went to school people were enlightened enough not to torture them, you know?"They're just enlightened enough to scare your kid into telling you they're not torturing him. Kids these days are a whole new breed of monster.Enlighten yourself with more pics after the jump.
This cast is really shaping up.Earlier this week, Blake Lively was cast as the 22-year old aerospace executive / love interest to Ryan Reynold's Green Lantern. Then Peter Saarsgard was cast as the film's villian. Today comes a report that Jackie Earle Haley will be off-setting the attractiveness of castmembers ratio significantly by signing on as another villian named Sinestro. From HitFix: "Don't expect him to be onscreen for the entire movie. But unless something drastically changes, he is in the film. And I'm hearing that based on the relationship they have with him from "Watchmen" and "A Nightmare On Elm Street," Jackie Earle Haley is the only choice for Sinestro by the studio." Haley is an okay choice for this even though he looks nothing like the character from the books. Both Daniel Day Lewis and Bradley Whitford would fit the mold better. Problem is, Day Lewis would never do it, and Brad Whitford… Brad Whitford just wants it too badly. (HitFix)
Matt Damon has a knack for delivering a convincing death blow to the face, chest, elbow, or balls, and it looks like he's maintained his Bourne skills in the new film Green Zone. In the below featurette, Damon and director Paul Greengrass, BFFs forever, give us some details in to the storyline, and discuss what makes a good thriller thrilling. Clearly it's an abundance of ass-kicking and broken necks, but wouldn't you know it, direction and pacing has a big part to do with it too. Someone get McG on the phone! I need to sit him down and show him something…
Breaking Bad's meth cooking schoolteacher Bryan Cranston has joined the cast of Andrew Stanton's foray into live-action, John Carter of Mars. Taylor Kitsch stars as the Civil War veteran John Carter, who is mysteriously transported to Mars and joins the Martian people in their own war. Cranston will play a Civil War colonel who comes into conflict with Carter. Also on board for the Pixar film are Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, and Thomas Haden Church. All are playing giant, green warrior-like aliens. I know. I know. You already want to compare this to Avatar. But that comparison really doesn't hold up. First of all, this is based off a book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cameron stole his story from a novella. Plus, the Na'vi are blue not green. Do your research, guys. (THR)
Come back, Jeff Gowdbwum! I want to pway more!In a recent interview with Boxoffice Magazine, Joe Johnston, director of The Wolfman, confirmed that Jurassic Park IV is definitely happening, and will most likely be the beginning of a new trilogy of Jurassic Park films:Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way. He went on to say:If you think of the first three as a trilogy, number four would be the beginning of a second trilogy. If they keep working—and if audiences keep going to them—there's no reason why there wouldn't be. We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories. You don't want to just sell hamburger.The island dinosaurs are going to terrorize three more groups of people?! You know evolution has failed when humans continue going back to a defunct theme park thats most popular ride is being eaten alive by prehistoric beasts. Nonetheless, if Jurassic Park IV can bring the series back to level of the first film I'll stand in line just like I did in 1993.
Um. The first trailer for Ironclad is online and it… um, yeah. I mean, I don't get it. It has real actors in it like Richard Attenborough, Robert Carlyle, Bob Hoskins, James Purefoy, Brian Cox, and Pete Poselthwaite. At least one of those guys is an actual lord! How is this so bad looking? Is it performance art?? If so, where's James Franco??? It honestly looks like footage from a Ren Faire. Paul Giamatti has reportedly joined the cast since this trailer was filmed. He'll be disappointed to find out it's not an actual Ren Faire. Therefore, no deep-fried Oreos. Have a look for yourself. Just kidding. The actual Ironclad trailer is after the jump but it's no better than what you just saw. (via Cinematical)
Cameras are still set to roll in March for Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel to The Thing. Plot details are beginning to surface as the date approaches. Spoiler TV published the casting breakdown which helps fill in some of the gaps on the story.News of note is that the film has a female lead and early rumors about MacReady's brother appearing in the film were wrong. I've posted the casting specs after the jump with the spoilers removed for those who have never seen a movie before and can't guess who will and will not survive. I can say that after reading through the spoilers and character descriptions, it seems that the movie borrows from Aliens, Lethal Weapon, and The Mist. In other words, we've got another Deep Blue Sea on our hands. LL Cool J should be expecting a call any day now. (Spoiler TV)CHECK OUT THE CASTING BREAKDOWN AFTER THE JUMP…
DIRECTOR: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. CAST: TBDSYNOPSIS: In a remote Antarctica outpost, an alien spaceship is discovered far beneath the ice. When a group of ambitious scientists decide to thaw out one of the creatures inside, they’re in for the terrifying fight of their lives…
I'm a little late to the party with Mila Kunis, but it's better than never showing up at all. Would ya look at that face?! I thought she was great in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and personally can't wait to see her kick some ass in The Book of Eli. Is that one of those post-apocalyptic movies where people walk around naked all the time? A word from Mila: "Blondes definitely do not have more fun. Trust me."I'm sorry, but I'm gonna need some proof, Mila. One wild night out on the town with you will help convince me. More examples of Mila having fun after the jump.
Moon director Duncan Jones will be following up his debut with another sci-fi entry. Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier investigating a terrorist bombing of a train. Using an experimental technology, Gyllenhaal enters the body of an unknown commuter and must relive the bombing over and over again until he finds who is responsible for the act (Could it be him? What are the twist-ending chances??). Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan have just joined the time-travel mystery. Farmiga will play the communications officer controlling Gyllenhaal and Monaghan will play a love interest he encounters while travelling. Time to come clean a little bit. I originally planned to group the above pictures of the actresses together in the hopes that one thing may lead to another and that they would start to kiss a little bit. Then that baby had to show up and spoil my genius plot. I'll get you for this baby! Just as soon as I can pull my pants back up. (THR)
DIRECTORS: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie FerrisCAST: Zach Galifianakis; Paul RuddSYNOPSIS: An ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people's lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted, ending up on a journey to fulfill his hidden potential.
Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd are teaming up once again. The Dinner for Schmucks stars are ready to piss off the Bible Belt with the comedy Will. From THR:The story follows an ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people's lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted, ending up on a journey to fulfill his hidden potential.A talented group of funny people are working behind the camera as well. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Smashing Pumpkins videos, one video for The Offspring) will direct the Demetri Martin-penned script with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing. Wow. That's quite the roster. The craft services guy had better be HILARIOUS if he wants to stand out in that crowd. (THR)
James Gunn is going to break the Internet if he keeps casting so many geek-friendly actors in his upcoming Super. The superhero dark comedy stars Rainn Wilson as a man who up and decides to be a superhero after his wife leaves him despite his lack of powers. LOTR's Liv Tyler is the wife who leaves his ass for Kevin Bacon's charming drug dealer. Now, Nathan Fillion (Dr. Horrible), Ellen Page (Inception), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Michael Rooker (Mallrats), Andre Royo (The Wire), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) are all aboard the project. The nerdgasmic film is currently filming in Louisiana with no confirmed release date. Rest assured, whatever opening day is decided upon will be the day that me and the other cool kids go rob the nerd houses. Those Star Wars figures will be mine! (GeekWeek)
Right before Christmas, I shared with you the final poster for Breck Eisner's The Crazies. It was so popular that we now have three more FINAL posters. They're really FINAL this time, we promise.* This new batch features Ogden Marsh community members Farmer Bill, Horst the Plumber, and Amy Fisher, respectively.The Crazies goes batsh*t in theaters on February 26th, 2010. (Dread Central)Check out the larger versions after the jump.
It seems Michael Bay took time off from redefining evolution to prep his next film Transformers 3, which is set to begin filming in May. You might say, "Isn't that an awfully quick prep time for a movie of such magnitude," and I would respond, "Yeah, dude, now quit tugging at my sleeve." My guess is that the "creative team" is working off of a picture that Bay took of his bowl of Alpha-Bits Cereal. You never know what kind of fascinating stories you're going to find floating a top a silky sea of milk. Bay's breakfast spelled out, "Explosion robot sweat cleavage," and he was off to the races. We'll find out if Transformers 3 sucks as much as its last predecessor July 1, 2011.
You may remember Ari Graynor as the girl in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist who takes the chewing gum out of the toilet full of her own puke. I bet it tasted like that movie played…A word from Ari: "I do not have an athletic bone in my body."There's no way your body needs to be playing sports. Keep it safe, unbruised, and unbroken. We don't need anymore Owen Wilson noses up on the silver screen.Check out more pics of Ari's tip-top body after the jump.
Or are they???When you're a bro as in demand as Robert Downey Jr., bromances come and bromances go. And Jon Favreau needs to understand that.News has broken that Downey Jr. has dropped out of Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens in favor of broin' out with Jude Law on the set of the Sherlock Holmes sequel. The success of the first Sherlock Holmes has prompted Warner Brothers to fast-track the sequel and put it before cameras this June, which is exactly the same time that Cowboys & Aliens is planning to begin principal photography.It looks like this was strictly a business decision and Favreau should not take Downey's broparture to heart. I'm sure he'll find another bro who's brotastic enough for the part. That Matthew McConaughey seems nice. Just talk it over with Vince Vaughn. He's always there for a bro in need. (EW)
In the wake of Avatar crushing so much ass at the box office, everyone wants to get into the 3D game. But now I have bummerific news for those who were hoping to have Russell Crowe's love handles looming out at their faces when Robin Hood comes to theaters. Previous reports that Ridley Scott had requested an additional $8 million to convert his re-telling to 3D have been denied by the studio. That's a decision that I can get behind. 3D is cool in small doses but it is ultimately an unnecessary gimmick. To the best of my knowledge, the following phrase has never been said: "Seven Samurai was really good but there just weren't enough swords poking out of the screen for my taste. Jeers to the filmmakers! Hiss! Hiss!!" (First Showing)
Spider-Man 4 is deader than dead. Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire and Sony have decided to part ways on the project after being unable to agree that John Malkovich would look totally awesome in a vulture costume, among other creative differences. Sony has decided to reboot the franchise completely, working from a script by Jamie Vanderbilt that places Peter Parker back in high school where he'll have to deal with sexual and arachnid hormones simultaneously. You can read the full Sony press release at Deadline Hollywood, but allow me to sum it up for you: "Ass-kissing, ass-kissing, ass-kissing. We're sorry this couldn't work. We wish only the best. Everyone is fantastic. (F*ck everyone). Ass-kissing, ass-kissing."The Spider-Man reboot is expected to hit theaters in Summer 2012.In the meantime, click on these links.50 Things Made Better with Bacon (HolyTaco)Mark McGwire Confesses to Steroids Use. Duh! (TotalProSports)Beautiful People ONLY (TheChive)These Swimmers Put the 'O' in Olympics (Maxim)13 WTF Foreign Signs (SuperTremendous)10 Most Preposterous Romantic-Comedy Professions (Pajiba)Ashley Greene in Body Paint Selling Sex Water (CelebJihad)The World's First Sex Robot Has Come to Life (Unreality)The Zombie Apocalypse will be Tweeted (Asylum)9 Sex Toys that will Retract Your Boner (RegretfulMorning)100-Year Leather Briefcase Giveaway (MadeMan)Jolene Van Vugt Pics (AllLeftTurns)Police Car Runs Over Criminal's Feet (NothingToxic)Chill Porky Pig Style (Atom)
It has been announced that screeching retard Avril Lavigne will contribute a song to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. The song, entilted "Alice Underground", has been selected for the soundtrack and is reportedly going to be the first single off her upcoming album Daddy I$$uez (working title). Alice in Wonderland's soundtrack will also include songs by All Time Low and an ungodly collaboration from Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Wentz points out that this collaboration is only for fun and will not lead to a future band or project. Though if they are to ever combine their forces, might I recommend the band name SHART? It seems appropriate given the key ingredients of this union. (MTV)
Portia Doubleday is fairly new to the scene, but her starring role opposite Michael Cera in Youth in Revolt is getting a lot of buzz. It won't be long until she's snatching up all the parts that Kirsten Dunst is too old and cracked-out to play.A word from Portia: "At 14, I was not raring to go."That's okay, Portia. Sometimes it takes longer to blossom into a sexual being. Not having a penis is usually the cause.More pics of Portia to help you blossom after the jump.
MYMAG's mission statement is to "give the world's most interesting people a chance to showcase what inspires them." Well, maybe they plan to do that with future issues because for their kick-off they've chosen Olivia Munn, Steve Aoki, and BRETT RATNER to play editor-in-chief. Says Ratner threw his buttocks: "If I weren't a film director, I would probably be a magazine editor. When I was pitched the concept for MYMAG, I was shocked — how did they know I had a treasure trove of favorite magazine articles saved in my closet?" I don't know, dude. You seem like the type who's into collage-making? If you flip through the pages of RAT-MAG, you'll find articles about Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski, and Miley Cyrus (surprisingly you won't find any glittery unicorn stickers or cheese-glued pages). In summation, Brett Ratner's favorite topics are Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski, and Miley Cyrus. If that girl from iCarly goes missing, authorities should look no further than Ratner. If he runs, release the hounds. The smell of Hostess Snowballs will lead a path directly to him.
Very few actors have the villainous acumen of Gary Oldman. His expansive biography of ne'er-do-wells extends from mythology's greatest bad guy (Dracula) to common pimps and pedophiles. His talent is so far reaching it also includes douchy politicians and power-hungry killers with bad hair.Alas, lately he's been springing up as Goody Two Shoes, like Batman's wingman Commissioner Gordon. He's even been using his predisposition as a bad guy with a sense of irony, as in his role in the Harry Potter series, Sirius Black. However, in his latest movie, The Book of Eli, he returns to his roots – playing the antagonist. So we'd like to congratulate Gary on his comeback to malevolence (we've missed you) with a highlight of the various evil-doers he's made so vivid on the silver screen, ranked in order of his characters' titles.
DIRECTOR: Martin CampbellCAST: Ryan Reynolds; Blake LivelySYNOPSIS: Wielding the power of the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan battles the evil Sinestro.
The resemblance is uncanny.Blake Lively and her pants will be traveling to Louisiana to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Martin Campbell's Green Lantern. Lively beat out both Jennifer Garner and Keri Russell to play the role of Carol Ferris, the aerospace firm VP who hires Hal Jordan to pilot her test rocket. It is while piloting this rocket that Jordan is bestowed the power of the Green Lantern. Of course it seems like a stretch to cast a 22-year old as the head of an aerospace firm who later becomes the super-villian Star Sapphire, but somehow I don't mind. Though I am slightly confused whether I should have a nerd boner or a regular one right now. (THR)
It's official. John Malkovich will be the Vulture. That is if there is a Vulture. Spider-Man 4 shooting has been delayed while Sam Raimi and the studio settle their differences. Meanwhile, John Malkovich has confirmed to Italian soccer TV show Quelli Che il Calcio, that he is waiting on a script and he hopes shooting will begin soon. As previously reported, the reason for the row between Raimi and the suits is over the choice of villian. Raimi wants Malkovich to strap on the serrated wings of the Vulture and the studio wants someone who can sell Happy Meals. I don't know what it is about Malkovich but he makes toddlers lose their appetites. Maybe they're still grossed out from his nude scene in Dangerous Liasons. At any rate, we'll surely keep you posted on this story. Will Raimi make the film he wants? Will Malkovich fall at the hands of Studio Mogul-Man?? Find out on the next thrilling episode of Spider-Man 4 Internet Rumors.Arrogant bastard… (via Collider)