Dreams really do come true. One minute, you’re appearing in a Twix commercial. The next, you’re on “Mad Men.” And finally, you’re starring opposite Chad Michael Murray (that’s something people dream about, right?).
With a spring deadline looming on its option for the sci-fi classic, Dune, Paramount is in a mad dash to secure a director and set a start date for production. If the studio is not “absolutely confident” in the project by early 2011, it will lose its right to the film.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon argue on their show “The Trip” about who does a better Michael Caine impression. I can’t tell who wins. Brydon points out how slow Caine speaks, and Coogan exemplifies the broken speech pattern when Caine gets upset. I could watch this for hours.
Get ready for some stereotypical alpha male behavior because Tim Allen might return to the boob tube.
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman is getting paid out the wazoo for his directorial debut… even though he wrote Fred Claus.
I got to see the next two episodes of “House” with guest star Amber Tamblyn as new hire Martha M. Masters. She’s a foil to House’s (Hugh Laurie) abrasive antics because she believes in pure honesty and ethics. Tamblyn revealed in a conference call the other day that there really is a Martha M. Masters.
Mr. Peanut is getting a makeover, and Robert Downey Jr. will be the man behind the shell, in a voicing capacity. $35 million dollars will go into making the Planters mascot tastier.
The news that Zac Efron has been offered the lead in the Hughes Brothers adaptation of Akira is single-handedly responsible for the stock of asthma medicine shooting through the roof. That is to say, chubby basement dwellers are PISSED.
Thanks to a buttload (Nielson terminology) of people supporting zombie drama by tuning into “The Walking Dead,” AMC has picked up the show for a second season of 13 episodes. Yay, good television and the living dead can survive!
Bruce Willis’s steady transition into Vin Diesel is nearly complete. He’s now signed on to star opposite Paul Walker and a rapper in a heist movie. If he surfs on a missile during the next full-eclipse, the transformation will be complete.
Hayden Panettiere is wasting no time in becoming Hollywood’s next Scream Queen. With Scream 4 under her belt, she’s now joining the thriller Downer’s Grove. Prom Night’s Nelson McCormick is directing the script adapted by Bret Easton Ellis, with Panettiere, Nikki Reed, and Rebecca De Mornay having signed on.
Ground control to Major Harvey . The Weinstein Co. is preparing to launch production of Apollo 18, a film about the Apollo 18 moon mission. The project, which will be produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Trevor Cawood, is based on the screenplay by Brian Miller.
It looks like Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man isn’t quite the pimp we expected him to be. The Wrap reports that Mary Jane Watson will not appear in the Sony’s franchise reboot.
This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features a snap shot of Muppet chaos with Jason Segel smack dab in the middle. Most the characters in the new Muppet Movie you might recognize, but one precocious little fella stands out.
Sony and Marc Webb have just reminded Sally Field that she’s not a spring chicken anymore in the nicest way possible. The Oscar-winner is in talks to join the Spider-Man reboot that is ramping up for a December start.
Rest easy, Tromaville fans! The Toxic Avenger remake has found its writer/director, and his name is Steve Pink. His previous films include Hot Tub Time Machine and Accepted. He will co-write the film with Daniel C. Mitchell.
Welcome boys and girls to the brand new Screen Junkies! If your fear of change hasn’t sent you running by now, I congratulate you on facing your debilitating anxiety head on. You’re in for a real treat.
Now that David O. Russell is willing to do just about anything, he’s got another weird sounding project in the works. It’s still too early for big details, but he and his Three Kings star Ice Cube are working together on a potential franchise. No, it won’t involve any kids asking when they’ll arrive at their planned destination.
If all goes as planned for the folks behind the upcoming Spider Man reboot, we’ll soon see Martin Sheen shot to death at the hands of an anonymous burglar.
Johnny Depp has officially locked himself in for the big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows with his best friend in the whole wide world Tim Burton directing. Filming has been slated for April, which means it’s a big no can do from Depp to Snow White and the Huntsman.
Things just got really dangerous for Col. Hans’s wallet. Disney is opening a Tron: Legacy Pop-Up Shop in Culver City, CA for six weeks beginning November 19th. At the store you’ll be able to buy all kinds of neon-trimmed crap.
Dame Judi Dench has signed on for a cameo in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Not surprisingly, Latino Review is reporting that Dame Judi will play a noblewoman.
Personally, I don’t even like walking to the TV when I can’t find the remote, let alone across a tundra, desert, and over mountains. But I guess that’s what seperates…
MGM recently filed for bankruptcy, and you know what that means. It’s time for them to make movies! Don’t ask me how the government works because I cannot enlighten you. The Hobbit is finally scheduled to begin filming in February, and now it looks like MGM’s other huge franchise, the James Bond series, is picking up steam maybe but who the hell knows for sure.
Obligatory fat-suit dance scene aka "The Stiller"
The FBI's top agent, who is allowed to dress up as an overweight septuagenarian from time to time, is back and dressed up like an overweight septuagenarian (just go with it). In Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Martin Lawrence helps his stepson/murder-witness hide out by dressing him like Kenan Thompson's sister and enrolling him at an all girl's school. Despite the lack of the dude in drag forced to group shower scene, it sounds like a sound plan to me. I also ate the cat's ear medicine today.
Watch Big Momma shake it after the jump…
Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!
"Gross. Cut it out, you guys!!"
Sadly, we'll have to wait for the bad taste of Jonah Hex to dissolve from our collective cheek lining before we'll be able to see Solomon Kane. But that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the work of Kane writer-director Michael Bassett. Thanks to DVD sales and a strong show overseas, Silent Hill is now getting a go at a sequel (which will be in 3D naturally), and Bassett has been hired to direct.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will follow a story that stands alone from the original. It traces the plot of the third video game with 17-year old Heather Mason journeying to the nightmare town of Silent Hill to find her missing father, only to discover the gruesome truth about her self. Now, before you get all uppity about it, you should know that it's being shot in 3D. Not post-converted. So, you'll have to come up with some other excuse not to see it when my weirdo friend George asks me to go. (BloodyDisgusting)
Gun changed for awesomticity's sake.
A real honest to goodness can kill a brotha hand gun was found on the set of "Law & Order: Los Angeles." Hit Fix reports the NBC show was filming in Culver City on Wednesday when a cameraman spotted it on a rock. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner says "the semiautomatic handgun was in working order. It will be test-fired, with the results logged for possible crime matches."
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I live right around the Culver City area in Los Angeles. That's where I lay my head at night. How am I supposed to feel safe now knowing that thing was found there? Skeet Ulrich has no right traipsing around my town. The gun on the rock, yeah whatever, but Skeet?! Now I have to start the moving process. I don't have time for this right now. The new Screen Junkies site launches next week! You like how I worked that in there?
Don't question it. It's art.
With his dance card so chock full, we knew something had to give when Brad Pitt joined Cogan's Trade yesterday. Thankfully, it wasn't World War Z. Which is still assumed to be moving forward. However, if you were excited to see Brad buckle some swash and channel Tomb Raider, you're in for a let down. Vulture reports that stalled talks have caused Pitt to walk away from James Gray's The Lost City Of Z.
Before hopping the bus out of butt-town, Pitt was slated to play Percy Fawcett, the real-life adventurer who lead an exhibition into the Amazon to find the kingdom of El Dorado. He and his crew were never seen again. It's just as well that Pitt left the project. He just doesn't seem like the right fit for this kind of part. Besides, this Percy Fawcett dude is a dead ringer for Kevin Costner.