Little-known Hollywood funfact: Andy Serkis is 3-feet tall.
The first set pic from Rise Of The Apes has made its way online showing James Franco and Freida Pinto walking along with Andy Serkis. Not entirely certain what is going on in this scene, but it seems that James Franco's character is trying to impress Pinto by taking his helmet-wearing brother to Chuck E. Cheese. Just kidding. Of course this is Serkis in a mo-cap suit for his performance as the chimp Caesar in the upcoming film. It really does look like a still from Rain Man or "How's Your News?" though. (JustJared)
See the full pic after the jump….
While Sylvester Stallone may have ruled out Rambo V, he certainly hasn't ruled out another film involving the iconic character. In an interview with Empire, Stallone left the door for a prequel wide open.
"I certainly think this is worth pondering," was his response. "It's intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how peope have become what they are. The traumas, the loss and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor, and it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo having played it for twenty years plus…"
I, for one, would love to see Rambo's backstory developed into a feature-length film. But in order to get people interested, there has to be a twist. For example, what if Rambo's psychotic tendencies stemmed not from his service in Vietnam, but rather from an ill-fated childhood field-trip to J. Edger Hoovers' office?
Jennifer Lopez…in happier times.
With the departure of Ellen Degeneres from "American Idol," Fox has some big, sensible shoes to fill. And it looks like they'll be filling those shoes with Jennifer Lopez's giant ass.
Deadline is reporting that Lopez signed a secret deal to replace Degeneres sometime last week. However, producers are still looking for a replacement for Simon Cowell. Rumor has it that the reanimated corpse of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler is the frontrunner. As you probably remember, Tyler killed himself after recording "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" for the Armaggedon soundtrack back in 1998.
Personally, I think the two are a perfect fit. Lopez will bring back the washed-up singer vibe perfected by Paula Abdul, and Tyler's beastly face will allow viewers to snicker and crack jokes, helping to fill the meanness void that will result from Cowell's departure.
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A former stage manager on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" is suing the show and host for sexual discrimination. But not the sexy Bill O'Reilly kind. The other kind where Fallon didn't want to be groped by men. What a jerk he is.
Paul Tarascio of Oradell has filed the complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the New York Division of Human Rights. He claims he got demoted and then fired from his job on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” because, he was told, “Jimmy just prefers to take direction from a woman,” his lawyer tells us. The complaint also alleges that Fallon wanted only female technicians to place microphones on him, and only after a succession of women weren’t up to the task, he allowed a man, someone he’d worked with previously, to do the job.
When reached for comment, Fallon tried to tell a joke but giggled uncontrollably and nervously played with his hair. That's what we get for hiring Horatio Sanz as our field reporter. (Warming Glow)
Vince Vaughn and David O. Russell have been gabbing for weeks about their Old St. Louis project, and now it looks like Universal will let them play in their sandbox. O. Russell wrote the script and would make the film his followup to The Fighter. Deadline reports:
Old St. Louis is the story of a traveling salesman who has been an absentee father, and how his life changes when his daughter becomes part of his life. Vaughn would play the salesman, and actresses including Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz have been mentioned as possibles to play the daughter.
Being a native of St. Louis, I'm a little put off that the fine city and Gateway to the West isn't mentioned in the logline. Hopefully during the character's travels he gets stranded in STL, forcing production to shoot mostly there for authenticity's sake. Lord knows they could use the money for another strip mall built around an Olive Garden.
"I get no respect. No respect."
Columbia Pictures is in final negotiations with Len Wiseman to have him direct a new version of Total Recall. The original Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster was based on a Philip K. Dick and introduced mainstream audiences to the notion of triple-breasted women, a spectacle you would normally need to travel to the Soviet Union to see.
Len Wiseman handles action really well as evidenced by Bruce Willis surfing on a jet in Live Free Or Die Hard, and high-octane pilot for the new "Hawaii Five-O". His contributions to Dick's story should be visually thrilling if nothing else. From Wiseman:
“I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story, and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”
Pfft. Whatever, hippie. Just tell us when Kate Beckinsale will put on a third breast and Gerard Butler gets his ass to Mars.
Check out the full press release after the jump…
Kick-Ass releases on DVD and Blu-Ray next Tuesday, August 3, and Screen Junkies is giving away 5 copies! Watch all the kick-ass action of Kick-Ass in kick-ass high definition and kick-ass sound. The Blu-Ray also includes a making of documentary, an Ass-Kicking BonusView Mode, along with a ton of other special features.
All you have to do is follow Screen Junkies on Twitter and tweet the funniest caption you can muster for the still frame above.
Contest ends tomorrow at 12PM EST. The winner will be announced via Twitter, Facebook, and on the site.
You can enter as many times as you'd like, but make your captions sing. You don't want to get your ass kicked in this contest.
Monica Olsen may not be a household name yet, but that's probably because your prude wife is intimidated by her. She may be 'Brett Ratnerfied' with his upcoming The Unknowns project, which means we could be seeing her hot, if somewhat extremely enhanced boobs, on the big screen in the near future.
A word from Monica: "I like guns… I think every women should know how to use one."
I'm not going to lie. If you were holding a gun in any of your spreads I would totally, totally enjoy that. With oil all over you too, of course.
More pics of Monica and her gun rack after the jump…
We haven't really been covering Mark Pellington's indie drama I Melt With You because it didn't have any porn stars attached. Suddenly, the project sounds a lot more interesting with the addition of Sasha Grey. The porn star has enjoyed a career reinvention recently and is building up an impressive resume by picking up roles that don't require her to spit on her hand.
I Melt With You stars non-porn actors Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, and Rob Lowe as friends who feel empty inside and decide to resurrect a pact from their college days. Grey will play "a free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death." And deep-throating. Tons and tons of deep-throating. (THR)
In the latest addition of "Between Two Ferns," guest Steve Carell turns the tables on host Zach Galifianakis. You'd think the two would have formed some semblance of a friendship on the set of Dinner for Schmucks, but Carell is completely on the defense right when the cameras start rolling. These interviews never fail to crack me up, and this one is definitely one of the best. Mainly because Carell has a big nose and Galifianakis is overweight.
Check out the video after the jump…
We haven't seen much out of Russell Brand besides his roles as Aldous Snow or when he goes on "The View" and references Joy Behar's lady parts. We'll see what he can do with his next two projects, where he'll portray a drunken millionaire and the Easter Bunny. Now it looks like he may follow those up as a legendary swordsman in Hawkwood.
20th Century Fox has picked up the pitch that has Brand playing John Hawkwood, a real-life swashbuckler from Renaissance times. It's reported that the script will be punched up and tailored more to Brand's comedy style. So keep an eye out for a John Hawkwood who awkwardly hosts basic cable awards shows and flirts with crones twice his age. (Deadline)
Guillermo Del Toro's next directorial project will be At the Mountains of Madness, Latino Review is reporting.
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft novel, the film will tell the tale of a team of scientists who unwittingly awaken prehistoric creatures while on a mission in Antarctica. As you might imagine, they aren't friendly creatures, and bad things begin to happen.
James Cameron has taken some time off from cleaning the oil spill and saving the indigenous population of South America to produce the film, so I hope you like 3D.
I smell a rat…a big commie rat.
Actor Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of HBO's upcoming project, K Blows Top, and will portray Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev during his 13-day visit to the U.S in 1959. The title of the film, which is based on a book by the same name, comes from a New York Daily News’ headline describing a tantrum thrown by Khrushchev upon learning his scheduled trip to Disneyland had been postponed.
Tom Hanks’ Playtone will produce the project, along with HBO, and marks the second collaboration between Hanks and Giamatti on a historical film for the network. Hanks also produced John Adams, an HBO miniseries in which Giamatti played the lessor known brother of brewer and patriot, Samuel Adams. (Collider)
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"Lost co-creator and series finale ruiner (flame war!) has closed a deal to rewrite the Alien Prequel, which will hopefully be directed by Ridley Scott. As you may or may not know, Ridley kinda did the first Alien movie. Hit me with the facts, Deadline:
In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in. Scott Free is producing and Lindelof's CAA reps closed his deal last night.
So basically Lindelof wins either way. He rewrites what's sure to be a blockbuster prequel to a film that was a seminal influence on him, or he gets paid to write an original sci-fi project. It's almost as big of a conundrum as deciding which Pop Tart I'll allow myself today. S'mores toasts better, but strawberry I can eat right out of the silver packaging…
A new comedy titled Reply All was pitched around town this week with Zach Galifianakis attached to star. Dreamworks heard that and snatched it up immediately. There's no logline yet, but it's got Zach and that's all that matters for big box office.
Still though, what could this thing be about? Judging by the title, I'm worried. It sounds like a crappy romantic comedy where Kristin Bell and Javier Bardem hate one another because of an email that was sent to the wrong recipients, but then they decide they love one another because he's a straight-talking repairman with a hidden talent for painting and she's a magazine editor. If television and movies have taught me anything, magazine editors always end up with straight-talking repairmen with a hidden talent for painting. It's science. (Deadline)
Arny and Georgy always had the greatest of fun in the snow.
Over the next few weeks I'll be breaking down the new fall TV shows, telling you what to watch and what to skip altogether. It's your choice if you want to listen to me, but before you make a decision, you should know that I own several television sets, so I'm somewhat of an expert on this subject.
Today we tackle the lawyer shows. Attorneys and law-types have long been fascinating subject matter for TV, from your grandparents’ love of “Perry Mason” to your ex-girlfriend’s obsession with “Ally McBeal.” Well now a new cycle of law shows are hitting the small screen this fall. And as is usually the dillio, some are worthy of your dedication, while others make jury duty seem more appealing.
WATCH IT: “The Defenders” (CBS), Wednesdays at 10pm (ET)
Brad Pitt is an old man for real this time. According to producers of CBS's "Survivor" that is. The show is taking an ageist position by pitting the 20 castmembers of "Survivor: Nicaragua" into two tribes: young and old. The old tribe will be made up of people 40 and over, while the young tribe will consist of those 30 and younger. Not sure what they plan to do with those between the ages of 30 and 40. Will they exterminate them a la Logan's Run? If so, I've gotta get my middle-aged ass the f*ck out of Nicaragua!! (Deadline)
Warner Bros. has unleashed the new poster for the live-action/animated Yogi Bear feature film. It showcases Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, in bear form, hanging out amidst a cornucopia of ravaged picnic baskets. The worst part about it is that everything is only half-eaten. If they're going to ruin a slew of Sunday outings, they should at least destroy all the evidence. Park Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) is going to have a sh*tfit when he sees what these mischievious bears have done. Real good example for Boo Boo, Yogi. REAL good.
Look for the trailer up later this afternoon. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some spoiled egg salad to attend to. (Yahoo)
The vote is still out here at SJ on whether Lucy Punch is a butterface or not. What we do know is she is in very high in demand lately with Dinner for Schmucks this week and then taking over for Nicole Kidman in Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger this fall, where she'll be playing Anthony Hopkins's young plaything.
A word from Lucy: "No man in all the kingdom will resist me with the hats I wear."
As long as you wear them low over your face. Sorry, I don't keep my gloves up.
More pics of Lucy after the jump…
A new trailer for season three of "Sons Of Anarchy" looks as bad ass as one would expect. Jax seems a bit down after the events of last year, but that's nothing gunfights, fistfights, and burying a guy in the sand up to his neck and then running his face over can't fix. It's the simple things in life that bring us the most joy. Let the healing begin.
Get revved up by the new trailer after the jump…
Michael Bay has been laying waste to Chicago under the guise of shooting the big budget action movie sequel Transformers 3. We've been seeing a ton of pics and videos from the set rolling in over the past few weeks, and today is no exception. /Film put together a great collection of the latest footage and shots, and I thought I'd share some of it with you here. Warning: Sh*t gets real.
Jon Favreau is putting on a brave face when discussing the dissolution of his bromance with Robert Downey Jr.. He's spoken out about Downey's need to jump off Cowboys & Aliens in favor of Sherlock Holmes 2 and seems to be a pretty good sport about it. He also tells The Playlist about the joys of working with Hollywood codger Harrison Ford.
"That's sort of an inside joke between us," says Favreau. 'I said, "You're coming to Comic-Con with me' and he said, 'I've never been there. I'm not going. If you're going to bring me, you've got to bring me in handcuffs.' I showed up with handcuffs yesterday on the set from the prop man. And so he cam and wore the handcuffs on stage."
Which really was not a good idea. That room full of Crystal Skull haters ripped the restrained Ford limb from limb. Harrison J. Ford 1942 – 2010.
When asked about what we might expect to see from him next, Favreau responded that he'd like to take on the zombie genre. Prepare yourselves to see Vince Vaughn just eating everything in sight. More than usual.
Alien abductions and big explosions: together at last!
Director Michael Bay is teaming with Paramount Pictures to produce Bobby Glickert's upcoming alien film, tentativly titled Confidential Alien Project (don't let them screw with that title, Bobby). While Glickert has directed a few horror shorts, this will be his first full-length feature. Insiders are comparing the film to both Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, which is a nice way of saying it's cheap. Considering Paramount is hoping to keep the budget at around $12 million, that seems to be the case.
Deadline is reporting that Bay's production company, Platinum Dunes, is currently shopping for writers, so if anyone knows a lot of synonyms for "Kaboom," send your resume here.
Steve Carell was Raised By Wolfs, which explains why his new film misspells "wolves" in the title.
DreamWorks Studios is teaming with Carell's Carousel Productions to back the project, which is still in the "pitch" stage. While the exact plot of the Les Firestein comedy is unknown, I think it's safe to say it involves Carell's character being raised by America's favorite AHL hockey team, the Chicago Wolves (two time Calder Cup winners). (Latino Review)
How do you make the ensemble cast of Horrible Bosses even better? Throw in the "Old Spice Guy," of course.
Isaiah Mustafa, the star of the now legendary deodorant ads will reportedly play a cop in the upcoming comedy. Mustafa joins a list of Hollywood heavyweights, including Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey, just to name a few.
Will the fact that Mustafa is the face of Old Spice create animosity with co-star Kevin Spacey, a well known Brut man? We'll keep you posted (Cinema Blend).
I found the film easier to decipher than this graphic made for clarification.
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