This Friday, Ashley Scott will play the Damsel in Distress to John Cena's Prince Smackdown in the Renny Harlin-directed 12 Rounds. She looks like she could take care of herself in a fight, but then Fox wouldn't have a movie, I guess. Where You've Seen Her: One of Scott's first roles was as "Gigolo Jane" in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, then to TV as "Helena Kyle" in the Bat-Universe spinoff Birds of Prey. She also played "Amanda" in Into the Blue (pictured above) and as "Emily Sullivan on the now-cancelled Jericho. Fun Fact: At her first audition, she worked with Al Pacino. She didn't get the role. But when ju owdeeshun weet Tony Montana, you owditioneen wit de f**keen best! So it all worked out. See her photos after the jump!
This Friday, John Cena's gonna be kickin' ass, takin' names, breakin' necks and maybe cashin' checks if 12 Rounds doesn't gets squashed by the competish. Why is Mr. Cena so riled up? Well, in 12 Rounds, he's gotta go all Wrestlemania twelve times over to get back his girlfriend, Molly Porter (Ashley Scott) from the clutches of vengeful douchebag Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). Ahhh, the old Damsel in Distress blunder. Don't these bad guys ever learn? Nothing gets under a hero's skin worse than his leading lady getting bogarted by some goon.
According to EW's Michael Ausiello, Jennifer Beals – she of The L Word – has joined the cast of Fox's Lie to Me. I have to admit I'm going to miss all those L Word billboards and print ads with Beals and the girls in suggestive, nude positions, one of which I've shamelessly posted after the jump.
ShockTilYouDrop has posted the full Japanese trailer for the live action version of Blood: The Last Vampire, complete with super slick camera moves, some questionable CG demons, Michael Bay-style explosions, a heartfland Japanese power ballad, and a gravelly-voiced Japanese announcer punctuating the trailer with a super Japanese-y recap of the title that sounds something like, "Last-oh Blut-oh!"Watch it in semi-glossy Flash after the jump-oh!
For those of you who watched the Watchmen and said to yourselves, "Self, this movie is missing something, and I think it's a whole other movie that could fit inside this movie," your ship has arrived. Tales of the Black Freighter, the fictitious comic within Watchmen, has been turned into its own feature-length animated movie, and it's coming to DVD and Blu-Ray April 6th. Empire posted an exclusive clip that contains some behind-the-scenes goodies and clips from the Freighter flick after the jump. Check it out after the jump.
Jai Ho, everybody! Or maybe Jai Home Video is more like it! Slumdog Millionaire is coming to DVD & Blu-Ray on Tuesday, March 31st, and Screen Junkies is giving away a free copy. The beauty part is that you don't have to crawl through a river of human excrement to get one – unlike brave little Jamal had to do just to get Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's autograph.
So, after originally reporting that thespian-rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would be playing the role of Hale Caesar in Stallone's upcoming star-studded The Expendables, Ain't It Cool News now reports that former San Diego Chargers linebacker and funnyman Terry Crews will be taking on the role. I like this choice, and not just because I know that Terry's unafraid to commit himself to a project, as he's proved by posing nude on a fur rug with only an NBA-endorsed basketball covering his unmentionables. I also like it because Terry's performance as the President of the United States of America ("President Camacho") in Mike Judge's Idiocracy was the stuff of beauty. Imagine President Obama channeling Camacho's words:
Columbia Pictures just released a new set of promotional photos for Terminator: Salvation. This is looking more and more like Mad Max meets Cyberdyne, and I like it. More photos for you to click and make all nice n' big (like the handsome one of the blow'd up T-800 exoskeleton one above) after the jump…
The first trailer for Sorority Row, the remake of 1981’s The House on Sorority Row, is up and running…for… its… life. Check it out, and then check out our photo gallery of all the sorority sisters after the jump. No pressure or anything.
I take issue with the word "Bromance." But I guess it’s better than Brotonic Brolationship. I Love You, Man is a "bromantic comedy." That’s it. And I am fine with…
Cinematical's Elisabeth Rappe just announced that David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will forego the regular DVD release period that normal films get before being deemed a classic, in order to go straight to the gilded library of high society that is the Criterion Collection. Don't worry, peasants. The regular release will be available on your primitive studio-released DVD and Blu-Ray, too. But you'll be missing out on the Two-Disc Criterion's following features:
Knowing, opening today, is a compelling film that walks the line between horror and science fiction – a genre blend right up the alley of director Alex Proyas, who probably gained the biggest notoriety from the cult fave Dark City. Unlike Dark City, Knowing takes place in the very real world – Melbourne, Australia doubling amazingly as Massachusetts and NYC – and its story drums up a question that’s come to all our minds at some point: does Earthly life have a purpose, or does “sh*t just happen?”
By Mark L. Lester, D.G.A.
Today, Columbia Pictures released the full theatrical trailer for Year One. We get to see Jack Black and Michael Cera leave their village, head out on a way old school road trip and run into some familiar figures along the way (like a pissy Cain and Abel played by Paul Rudd and David Cross). I'm glad that Michael Cera's getting to spread his wings at least a little bit. He's still playing the awkward, quirky geek that we've become accustomed to, but at least he's doing it in the ancient world. It kinda works. Check out the trailer after the jump and tell us what you think about this Michael Cera and Jack Black epic team-up in the comments section.
Sleep Dealer, from relative newbie director Alex Rivera, takes its visual cues like a westernized, live action version of some funky used-future Japanese anime flick. Set against the backdrop of the US-Mexico border in some kind of alternate, not-so-distant future, it already seems disturbingly credible. Don't take your border patrol friends opening night. Check out the trailer and a more detailed plot synopsis after the jump.
Director: Alex RiveraCast: Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Luis Fernando Peña, Giovanna Zacarías, Marius BiegaiSynopsis: A young Mexican man from the provinces, whose family and home are destroyed by terrorist-seeking drones, goes to Tijuana. There he joins a workforce of illegal workers whose labor is transported electronically across the border, and finds the means to avenge the violence.Release Date: April 17, 2009
If you've opened your eyes or unplugged your ears over the last couple of weeks, you'll remember that I Love You, Man opens tomorrow. All the posters have been celebrating the "bromance" between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, and have been shunning Rashida Jones, who plays Rudd's fiancée, Zooey, in the film. This is a travesty, but we are here to remind you of how great Rashida Jones is. You may remember her from The Office as Karen Filipelli, Jim's O.G. (that's original girlfriend, thank you.) She'll also be appearing in NBC's upcoming Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari-starring Parks & Recreation. And she went to Harvard. So she can beat you at chess. Check out some photos of Rashida and a clip from her appearance on the brilliant online series, Wainy Days, after the jump.
Director: Alex Proyas Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Adrienne Pickering, Chandler Canterbury, Tamara Donnellan Synopsis: A teacher (Cage) opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. Rating: PG-13
Yesterday evening, AICN received a letter straight from Sly Stallone himself informing them that Forest Whitaker has had to drop out of Stallone's fully loaded actioner Expendables, and will be replaced by 50 Cent. Now, before anyone gets their camouflage panties in a bunch, keep in mind that of all the movie badasses in The Expendables, 50 is probably the only cast member ever to actually be shot. With real bullets. Here's what the cast is shaping up to look like:
Woo Hoo! This just in from Ain't It Cool News: comedy upstart Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, etc.) is signed on to star in a sprawling fantasy epic comedy, to be directed by none other than Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green. And James Franco is apparently attached as a co-star. I don't know about you, but I look at Danny McBride and CANNOT WAIT to see his mug on a Sword & Sorcerer-style poster. This sounds f*cking awesome. Harry Knowles mused that it'll be Monty Python-esque. I hope it's entirely it's own thing, and with waaaaaaay better effects than Python (because we can, now). Spectral Motion (the guys who did the opposite of shitting the bed with the VFX in Hellboy 2 and Pan's Labyrinth) are also attached to bring this fantasy world and the creatures within to meticulously detailed life.
Earlier today, a spy for Ain't It Cool News reported that Tom Cruise is kicking around ideas for the next installment of Mission: Impossible. He spilled the beans on the popular Japanese show "SMAP SMAP." After spilling the beans, he apparently then baked a cake. I waited for this to turn out to be a segment for NBC's Howie Do It, but comedian Howie Mandel didn't come out to canned applause spliced in from an earlier joke, so we have to consider it as credible.
As relayed by AceShowBiz.com, Jennifer Aniston has joined Slumdog's Freida Pinto as possibilities for the new Bond girl in the series' 23rd installment. A source from Bond's production company, EON, was quoted as saying, "We're always looking for the next Bond girl. She has to be beautiful but she also needs to have brains. It helps if she's athletic and able to keep up with the intense stunt work a Bond movie demands. Jennifer has all these qualities. It's great to hear she'd love to do a movie because we have used established actresses before such as Teri Hatcher and Denise Richards. It's great she's a fan." It certainly makes us wonder whether Aniston's involvement would have any bearing on the role of Bond 23's villain…
By Mark L. Lester, DGA Chances are, you’ve seen Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger because it is, without a doubt, the greatest film of all time. I should know. I directed it. Naturally, a lot of people stop me on the street and ask, “Mark, how did you ever make a movie as great as Commando?” I usually smile and say I just happened to be holding a bottle in the middle of a lightning storm. They always laugh. I bet you did, too, because you realize that this film wasn’t an accident, just like Jesus wasn't an accident. It took real vision to pull off, starting with the theme of a parent’s love for his child, and the lengths he will go to to get her back from a wily South American dictator. Also, it has explosions, and a rockin’ saxophone-driven soundtrack that really gets the people moving in their seats. Of course, that’s not even the half of it. But after wrapping production on Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon for television, I had an opportunity to reflect on what we achieved, and really figure out what makes it all so timeless. So here I am, baring my soul to you, the adoring public, for nothing in return. This is more than just the only film school you’ll ever need. Think of it as a free version of The Secret. Think of it as your all-access pass inside the Greatest Story Ever Told. For the next three days, I will take you through Commando, my magnum opus, my gift to humanity. Let us begin with Part One. MAGIC STARTS WITH OPENING CREDITS… And so begins the ballad of John Matrix, played pitch-perfectly by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the opening moments, we see Arnold’s instincts from his past life as a soldier person. Sweating, he masculinely chops wood with a hatchet, but also sneakily eyes the moving form in its reflection. We think he is going to harm the shadowy figure behind him, but then he drops the axe and turns to hug… his daughter, Jenny (Alyssa Milano). This is called narrative economy: setting up a killing machine with compassion – in two shots. The sequence that follows – with wonderful flute and string accompaniment, I might add – puts any expository opening credits to shame. We see how much Matrix cares about Jenny because he lets her smash ice cream into his face. While developing the backstory for Matrix, Arnold and I decided that in his past, Matrix once was the victim of ice cream to the face by a Russian spy, and carved out his trangressor’s heart with a hunting knife. So, it takes an immense amount of love for Matrix to not do the same to Jenny, even though she’s only playing. That’s character development. SETTING UP THE STAKES In this scene, we set up the bond between father and daughter by showing that John is in touch with his daughter, Jenny’s lifestyle. He uses his knowledge of what’s tops on “pop culture street” in order to develop a playful rapport with Jenny over sandwiches. It’s here that Matrix’s verbal wit shows its face for the first time, as he wryly asks Jenny about pop idol Boy George, “Why don’t they just call him Girl George?” This is something Arnold came up with on set, and it was such a perfect adjustment. It really won over the studio, who had originally given me notes to "not have Arnold speak" in the film. But Arnold’s questioning of Boy George’s sexuality is thought provoking, albeit a tad juvenile. And Jenny’s retort – “That’s so old, Dad" – is such an honest moment. The young child never wants to admit she’s been one-upped by a parent. Matrix, ever the model father, is then sure to temper his immature remark by following up with a socio-political lesson. “In East Germany, the Communists said that rock and roll was subversive.” It’s no doubt that Jenny was head of the class in her school with such a worldly teacher constantly serving up “wisdom food” like that!
According to Slash Film, "Fox Atomic has acquired the rights to turn indie developer Zombie Studio’s original action property "Blacklight" into a feature film, comic book series and video game." It's supposedly a "covert military action epic set 25 years into the future" and will be told using a this multi-platform approach of print, video game and feature film. And the cool part is that all the pieces will interconnect to create one larger arc. Well, it's cool if you can afford it. Sort of reminds me of the hell my grandparents must've gone through finding all those Voltron Lions. (You can imagine the disappointment of having an amputee robot.) More artwork after the jump.
Our friends over at Dread Central posted the new Red Band clip for the upcoming Lesbian Vampire Killers flick, which is an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, of course. LVK is shaping up to be a pretty good piece of camp cinema, if I do say so myself. And I just did. So click for the jump, sit back, relax, and have some good, sexy, bloodsucking laughs courtesy of Momentum Pictures. (We've also included the trailer, as well as some kickass poster art and stills.)
This Friday, Rose Byrne will be teaming up with Nic Cage in the supernatural apocalyptic actioner Knowing, directed by The Crow and Dark City's Alex Proyas. Where You've Seen Her: Rose, an Aussie, is probably best known for her role opposite Glen Close in FX's Damages. But she also made memorable turns as Scarlet in 28 Weeks Later, as Briseis in Troy, and as Cassie in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. She also had a minor role as one of Natalie Portman's doppelgangers in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Pointless Quote: "I see myself more as a character actress than a celebrity." See more pics of Rose after the jump!
Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like a Leprechaun commandeering the mic at a strip club and then proceeding to wax lyrical about his roots. He's quite the M.C., but I suppose that's par for the course with a mythical goblin who speaks in anapestic line verse. That's poetry terminology, son! I'd like to imagine that the little guy stayed around to intro the featured strippers when they come out to do their pole dance on stage.
Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to play the female lead in Kenneth Branagh's screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' Thor. I don't know about you, but when I think of Natalie Portman, I think of Jewish American Princess, not Asgardian Goddess. Then again, they can do a lot with a blonde wig these days… In any case, there aren't a lot of chicks in Thor's world. At least, not many with juicy roles. So it leads me to wonder if she'd be playing Amora the Enchantress… Thor's arch enemy and sometimes lovaaaah. If that's the case… I'm thinking we need some other casting possibilities in the mix, you know, just to keep Natalie on her toes. Here are some ideas:
The trailer for Thirst, the new vampire flick from Oldboy director Chan Wook Park, has arrived. We can usually expect a few juicy taboos from Park, and this one looks like it has it in the form of a bloodsucking priest. Check out the trailer after the jump…
After noticing Watchmen's Box Office numbers slip 65% in its second weekend, we thought to ourselves, why aren't they marketing this film toward female retirees looking for some full frontal male nudity? Because, man, there's enough blue penis in this movie to make Vanity Smurf come out of his tiny closet.Well, some folks over at Liquid Generation are helping keep the Watchmen buzz alive at the other end of the age spectrum, and figured that gamers like their penis 8 bits at a time. Check out this Kung Fu-inspired scrolling actioner featuring a monster… ahem… swordfight… after the jump.