This morning, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the classic Stephen King story, It, will be making a leap to the big screen. The 1990 TV movie adaptation was probably the best TV movie ever made (next to anything Meredith Baxter Birney puts out), and scared the ever loving crap out of me. I can only imagine what a rated R film could do – but I always knew Pennywise the Clown would be back for me now that I'm an adult. Dave Kajganich (The Invasion) is set to write the script for Warner Bros. And now for some news that doesn't summon dark memories from my childhood:Jonah Hill to scribe 21 Jump Street for big screen. (Film Drunk)Pics from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (ComingSoon.Net)Stimulus Package Movie Night (Film.com)SXSW Update: Troll 2 Gets Its own documentary! (Aint It Cool)
Ain't It Cool just broke a story this evening with insider information on some of the upcoming Marvel Studios releases whose release dates that Screen Junkies covered this morning. It seems as though there's a spy among the True Believers at Marvel, and this "Fuzzy Dunlop" has given us some very interesting tidbits on casting, directors and those Fox remakes of Fan 4 and Daredevil we keep hearing about. Boiled down bullet points after the jump.
This Friday, you can see starlet Raquel Alessi in her first big role as the titular character in Miss March. Actually, her character's name is officially Cindi Whitehall, but I just wanted to write titular not only because it's a perfectly appropriate word choice, but also because I'm feeling like an 8-year-old today. Boobies.Check out a tasteful spread of Miss March herself after the jump.
Marvel has announced the release dates for four – count em' – four upcoming films, including Thor, Spider-Man 4, The First Avenger: Captain America and the mega-super-ensemble The Avengers. See how it's shaping up after the jump…
What happens when Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and new hard-driving FF villain "Fenix" race against the clock in a secret tunnel underground? A whole lotta burnt rubber, scratched paint and the occasional wrecked ride. See for yourself in this brand new clip from the upcoming Fast & Furious – a Break Media exclusive! I had the chance to see a preview of the film, and while this clip lives up to the testosterone-fueled racing of the past films, it's just the tip of the dipstick for the amount of road rage Fast & Furious has to unleash on audiences. Other Junk You Might Like:
HollywoodDeadline's Nikki Finke reported earlier today that Mickey Rourke is, in fact, joining the cast of Iron Man 2 as a villain. But now Finke follows up with the very surprising news that Black Widow will now be played by Scarlett Johannson, not Emily Blunt, as thought before.
This trailer is CUUUUUURSED! And in this case, it's a good thing. I have to say, this actually looks pretty damn good, and it's not just because I'm deep into Bruce Campbell's autobiography, If Chins Could Kill, which recounts Raimi's Evil Dead glory days in sordidly beautiful and beautifully sordid detail.Hopefully no Saturday Night Fever tributes in this one. I'm talking to YOU, Spider-Man.
Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Justin Long, Alison Lohman, Jessica Lucas, David Paymer, Reggie Lee Synopsis: A loan officer (Lohman) ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, who turns her life into a living hell. Genre: Horror Release Date: May 29, 2009
This Friday, the remake of Last House on the Left hits theaters. If you haven't seen the trailer already, be sure to check it out here. The film looks like every protective parent's revenge fantasy come to gritty, visceral, head bludgeoning life, and Ms. Monica Potter gets to play Mommy Deadliest. We know Monica from TV's Trust Me and Boston Legal most recently. She's done several films in the past, probably most notably Patch Adams, Head Over Heels with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Saw. In all three films, she was horribly, brutally victimized. Check out some photos of Monica after the jump…
This morning, SlashFilm reported that an enterprising trekkie named Yopmio (that sounds vaguely Romulan) decided to see how JJ Abrams might create a trailer using all the elements from the original series. I know this sounds sacrilegious, but I think I like the old series better this way. Check out Abrams' 2009 Star Trek trailer here, then check out the embedded mash-up after the warp-speed jump…
Director: Dennis Iliadis Cast: Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Martha MacIsaac, Tony Goldwyn Synopsis: After kidnapping and butchering two teenagers, a gang unknowingly finds refuge with the parents of one of the victims — hosts who devise gruesome revenge. Genre: Horror
So, according to Moviehole.net, another Lethal Weapon (that would make it 5) got put on ice by Warner Bros. The words came straight from the mouth of series creator Shane Black, who was up to direct the movie himself.Apparently Mel Gibson turned it down because the studio wouldn't let Richard Donner direct it. And now Mel won't answer Joel Silver's calls. Danny Glover's sweet residuals from Gone Fishin' have just about dried up by now, so I'm guessing about half those voicemails from Joel Silver "trying to get the gang back together" sound remarkably like Danny Glover.In any case, Weapon 5's script supposedly had Riggs and Murtaugh teaming up once more, but this time alongside Murtaugh's son, also an LAPD officer. I see a trend here…
According to IESB this morning, 20th Century Fox is officially preparing to reboot their Fantastic Four franchise.Fox's original Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer performed below expectations for the studio, so they're cleaning house. The movies did well financially (a bit over $600 million worldwide combined), but the fans and critics were harsh. So Fox said it was clobberin' time and cleaned house.
According to Mystery Man on Film, there is a 125-page Transcript of the original story meeting between Spielberg, Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan for Raiders of the Lost Ark. No one knows if it's real yet. No one cares. No time for love, Dr. Jones! Just grab it before someone takes it down!!! Find the link after the jump…
The Ape.After the jump, we have an exclusive sneak peek at the book's cover art.
To no one’s surprise Watchmen threw the competition through a plate glass window this weekend, earning an estimated 3-day total of $55.7 million (roughly 4,500,000 nerd-boners). Despite it being the biggest opening of the year, Zack Snyder’s opus came in lower than expected. Some attribute this to lack of star power, the graphic use of sex and violence, running time, and My Chemical Romance’s inclusion. Personally I blame Daylight Savings. Here’s your morning news. Watchmen mainly watched by men (X-Men Origins)
Actually, the whole thing feels like a Westernized version of a Miyazaki film, which makes me want to see it even more. I always felt there was some sort of cultural gap with Studio Ghibli films that made it hard for a Westerner like myself to fully embrace. They looked cool, but I always felt like I was missing something. Like the plot in Princess Mononoke.Up flies into theaters May 29th.
I own well over 1,000 comic books collected over the years, and to this day they sit “bagged n’ boarded” for their protection, tucked away safely in my grandparents’ basement. But I would only consider myself a comic book geek on the superficial level. I was in it for the pictures. If it looked cool, I bought it. If I wanted to read words, I’d buy a novel. And, with no disrespect to artist Dave Gibbons, I never got into Watchmen because it just didn’t look as cool as, say, Jim Lee’s X-Men, or Rob Liefield’s New Mutants. In my adulthood, though, I’ve read the book. It’s dense. It’s dark. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. But I don’t love it like I’m supposed to.
Director: Pete Docter Cast: John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer, Edward Asner, Paul Eiding, Jordan Nagai Synopsis: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. Genre: Children & Family Release Date: May 29, 2009
This morning, the folks at Slashfilm published a list of movie directors, writers and actors on Twitter…The list includes:Directors DAVID_LYNCH, ThatKevinSmith and Jon_Favreau…Writers diablocody and johnaugust…And Actors emmyrossum, ElizabethBanks, Russell Brand, Heroes' greggrunberg, and WilliamShatner…We were curious what eccentric director David Lynch could possibly be twittering about, so we have a screen grab for you after the jump…
Ah, Friday morning. The sun shines down and warms the dewy grass. The air is crisp like the first bite from an apple. My pants and wallet are elsewhere. Why am I locked in a storage unit?Here's your morning news. I know where I'll be Saturday mornings in the 1980's (Variety)
So, according to MTV, Aussie director George Miller, creator and director of all the Mad Max films has in the works a fourth animated installment of his post-apocalyptic series set in the outback. When confronted with the question of whether Mel Gibson would be involved in any capacity, Miller responded with a rather P.C. "We'll probably go a different route."In Australian English, that means, "Mel Gibson is batshit crazy and you and I and everyone knows it now, so why in the sweet, sweet name of Outback Steakhouse would I even let him do voiceover work for me? Have you seen What Women Want?"Oh, George Miller. You know you can't get past Altavista Translator.
The trend in horror movies today is to pick up the pace, for example, fast zombies and fast Jason. I even heard there’s a movie called Fun Run Frankenstein in the works. However, these films have left behind a certain void. There are practically no horror flicks left for those of us who prefer a more sluggish killer, a more stand in one place and barely do anything killer. Until now. Behold! The trailer for Crawler; it is a movie about a shape-shifting alien that tries to devour humanity by taking on the form of a mostly stationary bulldozer. After all, there is one in every household. So if you are a fan of listless killing machines, buy a scratch-off because today is your lucky day.
Tuesday, we gave you a glimpse of Watchmen's Malin Akerman, a.k.a. The Silk Spectre II. Now meet her mom… the original Silk Spectre, played by the shapely Carla Gugino.Carla's the rare sort of actress that shows her assets in adult fare like Watchmen and Sin City, then covers herself and relies only on acting talent in kid flicks like the upcoming Race to Witch Mountain, or the Spy Kids franchise. Though I did hear that for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, they had to frame Gugino from the neck up so she didn't accidentally gouge anyone's eyes out in the theater. Ga Ga Guginooooo!More pics after the jump…
NASA has turned to the public for help in naming the International Space Station's brand new Node 3 module. The top two nominees in the write-in category are Colbert and Xenu. As in the Church of Scientology's Xenu. Who would you rather see ruling the cosmos, Tek Jansen or Tom Cruise? Here's your morning news.Help Stephen Colbert cock-block The Church Of Scientology (Colbert Nation)New X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer premieres today (MTV)Watchmen will not feature any hover-boards (iO9)
See! Johnny Depp as scoundrel Charles Dillinger!Hear! Christian Bale speaking at normal room volume!Covertly Adjust Yourself! As French siren Marion Cotillard enters frame!Laugh! As comickster Billy Crudup does his best impression of an old timey baseball announcer!It's a hot off the web trailer for auteur Michael Mann's crowd-pleasing talkie, Public Enemies! Coming to a silver screen near you!