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Peter Jackson has finalized his deal to return to the Shire. The Lord Of The Rings helmer is locked and loaded and ready to direct the living crap out of The Hobbit. New Line Cinema and MGM managed to come to a deal. My bet is the cash-strapped MGM will have to do New Line's laundry for an entire year. Either that or something having to do with percentage points.
However, this wouldn't be The Hobbit if there weren't concerns over additional delays. The project has overcome bankruptcy and a fire, but is now only curtailed by a union dispute in New Zealand. If this cannot be resolved for the planned February start date, the production will have to move elsewhere. Which will cause more delays and drive up the already high budget. Which means MGM will be folding undies for a long time to come. (NY Times)
Sony wants little young white boys. The studio is currently casting for miniature versions of Spider-man and The Lizard for their Spider-man reboot, which recently added Rhys Ifans as adult Lizard. Moviehole has the specs:
Sony wants a dark-haired Caucasian boy to play actor Peter Parker at age 4 to 6 years old . Ideally, the boy should look a little like Andrew Garfield. In addition, the studio's on the hunt for an actor to play Billy Connors, the son of Dr. Curt Connor. Applicants need be between 8 and 11 years old.
Don't flip your sh*t, I'm sure the kiddies won't be a huge part of the storyline. They'll most likely be featured in minimal flashbacks. I seem to remember that comic issue when Peter egged Billy's house on Halloween and Curt took the belt to his son for fraternizing with lowlifes. Yeah, I definitely read that in a comic and didn't manifest it subconciously to block out a traumatic childhood event.
Shannon Woodward’s resume is a lengthy rundown of TV appearances, recurring characters, pilots, and plays. Best known for her role as the streetwise offspring of two suburban con artists in “The Riches," the 25-year old actress has since taken on the guise of Sabrina in Fox’s new single-camera comedy "Raising Hope." An accomplished up-and-comer for sure. Oh, and that smile ain’t half bad either.
A word from Shannon: "I figured if I was scared of it I might as well do it."
More photos of Shannon after the jump.
Back to the Future is one of those movies I’ve wondered about my whole life. I love it, even the theories I don’t think make sense, I love thinking about them. The upcoming Blu-Ray release answered my number one question: What would Eric Stoltz have been like as Marty McFly?
For the rest, I got to talk to screenwriter Bob Gale. He’s in the bonus features, with Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Spielberg, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson talking about all three films, with still new stories to tell since the last DVD extras. Sorry, I neglected all the burning 1941 questions.
More after the jump…
The price for a blown take: purple nurple.
Looks like Paul Verhoeven has his next movie lined up. The man who has brought us so much joy in the form of giant space insects, invisible men, robotic cops, triple-breasts, hot tub dolphin sex, and a good view of Sharon Stone's bathing suit area, is looking to direct the supernatural thriller Eternal.
The film tells the story of a married man fighting an alcohol addiction. He begins a torrid affair with a troubled young woman, only to discover that she's actually a succubus ghost who is after his very soul. Big whoop. I dated one of those when I first moved to the city. As long as she's putting out, I don't see what the issue is. (Deadline)
With a glut of raging meatheads populating reality television, it was only a matter of time before that boiled over into scripted shows. Now, taking his rightful place beside his infuriated brothers and sisters from "Jersey Shore," "Amazing Race," and "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" (aka "The Douchebag Olympics"), "The Incredible Hulk" will return to television.
Still in the early phases, we only know that the show will air on ABC. No word yet on who will star. Given that Eric Bana, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo, and this Indian dude have all taken the character on for the screen, it's safe to say that someday every actor will have played the Hulk at some point in their career. My recommendation is that they pick an actor and stick with him. We need Hulk consistency. All these new faces are beginning to confuse the baby. (Deadline)
The Muppets are pretty damn awesome all by themselves. Why someone would take a perfectly good Muppet movie and add humans to it is something I'll never know, but it seems the film's screenwriter, Jason Segal, is doing just that. Aside from casting himself in the film, Segal is bringing a whole host of skinjobs with him.
Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones are reported very close to signing on to the project. "Adams would play Segal's girlfriend, Cooper would play the greedy villain, and Jones would play an ABC executive." The plot involves the Muppets getting their show back together in order to save a movie studio. Cooper wants to buy the studio so he can drill for oil underneath its property, but Kermit the Frog is all like, "F**k that noise, son!"
Unfortunately, they'll probably cut that last line out. Ya know, for the kids. (THR via Vulture)
With these two, could there really be any other outcome? (DailyWhat)
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Deadline, you so crazy. You's gettin' everyone's nipples hard. The outlet is reporting that James Cameron is flirting with the possibility of directing a 3D Cleopatra epic for Sony starring Angelina Jolie:
"The talks are serious but by no means conclusive yet. Amy Pascal decided to fast-track its PG-13 and 3D Cleopatra project after screenwriter Bran Helgeland wrote what was is being described as a 'brilliant script deserving of epic treatment' all about 'what the Romans took from Egypt'. Pascal is hoping for a start date in 2011 but has acknowledged that "it won't be cheap" and is calling this her Gone With The Wind epic."
That all sounds well and good, but how feasible is it? Cameron needs a minimum of a decade to prep even the making of a sandwich, and Sony wants to get this thing going in a matter of months. Also, where does that leave the state of Avatar 2 and all of the Avatards already pining for its release? I'm putting this one in the "Gee We'd Sure Like This To Happen" bin.
Bad news about Hell, you guys. It's going to break loose. All of it. I know we've all been working hard to keep it intact, but unfortunately Nicolas Cage and his leadfoot have just angrily driven through all our well-laid plans. Very sorry.
Why they chose this awkward interaction between Cage and Amber Heard for this Drive Angry poster is beyond me. She looks uncomfortable and he looks pissed. He must have tried to kiss her and she pulled away. Now he's driving her back to her parent's house. Also, what's with the flames? You'd better replace your radiator, bro. (ShockTilYouDrop)
Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film's hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects.
Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump…
"Don't call me Coco!!!"
This new promo for Conan O'Brien's TBS show shows a new side of Conan. A side that doesn't take any crap. Here we see him pack a vintage car with plastique, illegal fireworks, and popcorn kernals before personally driving it off a cliff. Only way this could be sweeter is if the car was borrowed from the Leno Collection.
Check it out after the jump…
Alice Eve and Luke Evans, but mainly Alice Eve, have joined the cast of The Raven. John Cusack is already on board to don the ascot of that waaaaaaaacky author Edgar Allan Poe. Evans will play a "detective who partners with Poe to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiance (Eve) and has gone on a murders spree that mimics the author’s work." Just like it happens in the classic novel!
James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) will begin shooting the film November 9, with Budapest and Serbia standing in for 1849 Baltimore. Things haven't changed much there in the past 160 years. (THR)
With the kind of face that makes you stop, stare, and wonder where the hell you've seen her before, Jessica Pare is slowly making waves in the glitz-adorned lap pool that is Hollywoodland. From bit roles in low-budget theatre productions to Candadian film stardom and most recently to Don Draper's couch in "Mad Men," the Montreal native has run the gamut of the acting world — and she doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
A word from Jessica: "When the time comes when nobody cares about me anymore and nobody wants to see my face anymore, then that`s fine, too. It's totally normal.”
Check out more pics of Jessica after the jump.
Some new photos from Marcus Nispel's Conan remake have been released and they look pretty good. Bleeding Cool got a look at what Nispel is cooking up and things are shaping up. The sets look pretty intricate and they really captured the sh*thole village aesthetic.
This really is a testament to wizardry of color-correction and special effects. For instance, check out this before and after pic from the set.
More (actual) pics after the jump…
Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means there’s not much time to nail down a costume. And as the clock winds down, many people will look to Hollywood for inspiration. That being said, does the world really need another moron running around in a Scream mask? Do we really want another group of douche bags dressed up like the guys from The Hangover. I think not.
If you’re going to dress up like a movie character, at least do something that hasn’t been done before! Granted, that’s a tall order, considering pretty much everything has been done before. But we here at Screen Junkies are here to help. We came up with this list of characters that, for the most part, have remained an untapped Halloween resource. Sure, they might be a tad “offensive,” but wouldn’t you rather be hated than unoriginal?
Smack dab in the middle of the Danger Zone.
27-year-old billionaire financier David Ellison loves two things most in this world: counting money and flying. He helped finance and starred in the film Flyboys, and now he wants to head down the highway to the Danger Zone with Top Gun 2. Vulture reports that Paramount is pitching the sequel to Tony Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tom Cruise, knowing full well that Ellison will pick up a huge chunk of the tab.
The studio has also talked with Christopher McQuarrie about writing the script. McQuarrie and Cruise are BFFs after working together on Valkyrie. The original Maverick has agreed to a small part in the film, "provided it's not too 'obvious' a part." Looks like flying jets is out. Damn, that would have been a really cool way to see Maverick. Maybe he can just repair the new pilot's motorcycle and offer sage advice. No word yet if Val Kilmer, the Ice Man himself, will be involved in the project. If he wants a not too obvious part he could try out for the tarmac.
Judging from the picture above, you would think that Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace were starring together in I'm Too Sexy, the Right Said Fred biopic. That, however, is not the case. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Guy Who Got Knighted Despite Being In 'BloodRayne' have joined The Last Voyage Of Demeter.
The film follows the story of the crew that transported Dracula's coffin from Transylvania to England. If you're familiar with Bram Stoker's Dracula, you'll remember that crew arrives dead. So keep that in mind before your next cruise. Dracula is a total a-hole to travel with. (LA Times)
The script for Zoolander 2 is almost complete, and it looks like most of the cast from the original film will return. Aside from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell will also be reprising his role as the evil Jacobim Mugatu. However, it seems there's going to be some new blood on the set, as Jonah Hill is likely to join the cast.
The plot involves Derek Zoolander and his friend Hansel trying to return to the world of male modeling despite the fact they are now considered too old for the business. That may or may not turn out to be a funny premise, but as long as there's at least one gasoline fight in the film, I'll walk away happy. (Latino Review)
Michael J. Fox returns as Marty McFly to recreate the teaser for the original Back to the Future movie film. Still not quite sure why the Spike Scream Awards is the event reuniting the cast of BTTF, but whatever. It'll be good to see Lea Thompson out and about for the first time since "Caroline in the City."
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Marvel wasn't just going to let DC own the day by announcing Tom Hardy will be a villain in the next Batman. Nuh uh. They've just announced that recently cast Rhys Ifans will be playing Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a. The Lizard in Marc Webb's Spider-man reboot. Poor Dylan Baker. He had to keep his arm inside of his shirt for the previous Spider-man movies, pretending that he was an amputee, and he never even got the chance to turn into a reptile.
Spider-man hits theaters in 3D July 3, 2012. You'll probably hear more about this movie before then. (TheWrap)
From that time all these guys were in Paris together.
Trying to break up his stint of accepting bad movie roles, Eddie Murphy has decided to appear in a bad movie role that won't require a fat suit. Not to be worn by him at least. Murphy will be joining Ben Stiller in Brett Ratner's Tower Heist.
This the second time that Murphy was attached to this film. He was the initial star years ago while it was in development. He passed, then Chris Rock passed, and then Chris Tucker passed. Then Ben Stiller (the next logical choice) took over the role. No word yet on which supporting character Murphy will play, but I've got a good feeling that Ben Stiller will learn the consequences of touching his radio. (EW)
You may be excited to see what crazy new stunts they try in Jackass 3D but let’s be honest. What you really want to know is who got hurt the worst. And who got hurt the worst doing the stupidest thing. It’s a toss-up, but seeing Bam Margera take a taser on the head seemed the most life threatening. It’s one thing on your stomach or side, but is your skull designed to withstand electro-shock?
“I got tasered everywhere and it hurts so bad that I was still angry for the rest of the day about it,” Margera said. “It’s just one of those annoying kind of pains, like a stun gun 40 times, it makes you mad and I was just f*cking mad all day about it. I also broke my clavicle that day falling. I’m telling you that that probably sucked the worst out of this movie for me, except for the snakes.”
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Liam Neeson should hold off on practice-wearing plunging V-neck shirts. I took the liberty of throwing his name into the General Zod casting ring due to his resemblance to the character, and the fact that he'll willingly appear in any movie. But now it seems that we all, as an Internet, may have been impulsive.
Bad Taste recently had to sit through the The Legend Of The Guardians in order to get an interview with Zack Snyder. They asked if General Zod would appear in his upcoming Superman to which Snyder replied, "For now it's just a rumor."
So there you have it. Today it's a rumor, and tomorrow it will be announced as fact. And I'll be given the chance again to fulfill my 129-word quota. Stay tuned.
Christopher Nolan enjoyed working with Tom Hardy on Inception so much that he's brought him on to star in his third Batman movie. Warner Bros. won't divulge any details, but everyone's assuming Hardy will play a villain. One thing is for certain: he won't play Batman. That's Christian Bale's role, silly.
If you're upset that Hardy's dropping Mad Max for Batman, don't fret. He'll be back on that project when (if?) it ever gets going again. God hates the production of Mad Max almost as much as he hates Transformers 3. So Hardy as a Batman villain? What say you, commenters? (Deadline)
You probably had a childhood crush on Vinessa Shaw when you saw her opposite Rodney Dangerfield and Jonathan Brandis in Ladybugs. Then you probably lost that crush when you saw her get sexually abused by a mutant in The Hills Have Eyes. I gained that crush back seeing her guest star on "House" the other night.
A word from Vinessa: "There was so much blood on the floor I was sticking to the floor. My hair was matted to the ground…"
Check out more pics of Vinessa after the jump…
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If you've ever wanted to see Adam Sandler in drag, his next film Jack and Jill will give you plenty. Sandler plays a man and his twin sister. Yep, it's come to that, and even Al Pacino and Katie Holmes are joining in on the "fun."
This inevitable failure with the critics but success at the box office is being directed by long time Sandler collaborator Dennis Dugan. He directed Sandler in his last P.O.S. Grown Ups that went on to make 264 million at the worldwide box office. So up my nose with a rubber hose for bagging on their team. They make money hand over fist. You can check out the film in 2011 if you Sandler in a wig makes you smile. (Collider)