Anthony Peckham, the writer behind Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, is Paramount's choice to pen the latest Jack Ryan film, Empire Online is reporting. The film, starring Chris Pine and directed by Jack Bender, will mark the 5th time the iconic Tom Clancy character has appeared on the silver screen.
In the film, Ryan and his trusty sidekick Watson will attempt to stop an attack on Nelson Mandela as he watches a rugby game atop the Tower of London. That's my guess, anyway. What do I look like, a god damn 19th century detective?
I know “Lone Star” is Fox’s big push for the fall and a lot of critics like it already, but I wasn’t into it. It may just be personal taste, but I just don’t care about con artists and oil companies in Texas. Maybe that’s your thing, but here’s what I didn’t like about it.
First of all, there are so many turns in the first episode that you can’t really get a handle on what you’re watching. Maybe three surprises an episode is exciting, but it doesn’t give you any time to get involved before it pulls the rug out from under you. Not that the twists are unpredictable.
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When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?”
Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret.
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Someone dun goofed.
Here's a fun rumor that I hope turns out to be true. Vulture is reporting that Coach Taylor a.k.a. Kyle Chandler from "Friday Night Lights" and Elle Fanning a.k.a. Dakota's little sister have been cast in Super 8, the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration that's dipped and sprinkled in secrecy. Clearly stated, Kyle Chandler is the Man. I guess Elle can come along too, as long as she doesn't get her sticky kid fingers all over everything.
Last May we saw a teaser that teased water sports, and we've been told it's supposedly about three siblings who discover footage of an alien on a Super 8 camera. The movie comes out next summer, so hopefully we'll be let in on more before then, at least casting wise. It would be a shame if they released the movie without a set cast. Actors always really bring a certain something to the screen.
Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.
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I found him.
Here are your weekend links.
The Internet Never Forgets: Celebrities Before They Were Famous (TVSquad)
Dudes Freaking Out Over A Tornado (Asylum)
The 13 Most Horrible Firework Accidents (Ranker)
Mortal Kombat: Shyamalan (HolyTaco)
M. Night Shyamalan Acts Like 3D Expert At Variety Summit (FilmDrunk)
The Unsung Heroes Of Halo (Maxim)
Kaeeley Hazell Topless Thailand Beach Photo Shoot NSFW (BarStoolSports)
A Gallery Of 25 Truly Beautiful Celebrity Women (EgoTV)
Ben Affleck Career Assessment (Pajiba)
Working Class Batman (Unreality)
Chuck Norris Themed Hockey Mask (TotalProSports)
41 Freakin' Funny Fortune Cookie Fortunes (Smosh)
10 New Mixtapes You Should Know About This Fall (BroBible)
Jessica Simpson's Still Really Fat (CelebJihad)
Gerald Harris To Get Fourth-Straight Octagon Newbie At UFC 123 (CagePotato)
Time To Take Ben Affleck Serious Again?(PopEater)
Jack White's New Triple-Decker Record (MadeMan)
Mark Wahlberg's Reykjavik-Rotterdam remake now has a lovely lady amongst its ranks. Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Contraband. The film centers on a former smuggler turned security guard who is pulled back in when he can't resist the opportunity to traffic stolen goods. 2009 Black List scribe Aaron Guzikowski is on script duties, with the star of the original, Baltasar Kormakur, handling the direction.
There's no word on what role Beckinsale will play in the film, but I'm more interested in what she's smuggling, if you know what I'm saying.
Boobs. (Latino Review)
They don’t call him Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins for nothing. We know Sir Anthony transforms himself into any character on screen or stage, but he can do anybody in real life too. At the press junket for Woody Allen’s latest movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, the actor launched into a dead on Woody Allen impression. Hopkins starts describing the direction Allen gives after a take. About 12 seconds in, he miraculously goes from Sir Anthony to Woody Allen.
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From Academy Award-Winning Director Ron Howard comes… a movie where Vince Vaughn gets poison ivy on his schlong. And Channing Tatum probably gets worse when he puts his in Winona Ryder. Despite the Farrelly-esque setups, The Dilemma looks funny. Hate on Vince Vaughn all you want but the man flawlessly delivers the line, "Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay."
Back to schlongs, Queen Latifah mentions that she's sporting "ladywood." Cute, but I'd have called it a "HERection." I'm not an Academy Award winner though, so what do I know?
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In honor of Oktoberfest starting up this weekend, i09 put together this montage of their favorite drunks from sci-fi/fantasy/horror movies and television. The "Star Trek" ones are my favorite. They play wasted like they're performing in a vaudvillian traveling show. The only element missing is a hiccup fit.
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Minka Kelly is made from the rock n' roll cocktail of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Vegas showgirl Maureen Kelly. Minka first gained attention with the cult TV show "Friday Night Lights" and from there has landed gigs in movies like The Kingdom and this season's "Parenthood."
A word from Minka: "I’m really big into passion and love and expressions."
Boooooriiiiiing. If you keep talking like that I'm going to pretend to be asleep.
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Let this trailer for Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester's The Roommate provide new college students with the potential warning signs to watch out for if you suspect your new roommate is a crazed stalker.
[ ] Do they watch you sleep?
[ ] Do they kill people and possibly a kitten?
[ ] Are you their only friend on their Frienderz page?
[ ] Are they off their medicine?
[ ] Do they disapprove of Cam Gigandet?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions (except for Cam Gigandet), your roommate is definitely not stable. You should move. And definitely don't agree to go see David Fincher's inevitable film about the creation of Frienderz together.
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There’s probably not much news about the Harry Potter films. If you’ve read the books, that’s probably going to be in the movie. But then, maybe you’re one of those who complain they didn’t film every single word of the book, so you want to manage your expectations. Well, Gemma Jones, who plays Madame Pomfrey, told us a little about the big magic battle in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.
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If a superhero is going to have a mentor, it should be someone major like Brando or The Dude. Sir Anthony Hopkins is another good one. Playing Odin in the big movie version of Thor, Sir Anthony enjoyed messing with beefy Chris Hemsworth.
“I’m glad I’m not young anymore because you see their insecurities and I always joke along with them,” Hopkins said while he was promoting the Woody Allen comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. “I say things like, ‘Is that the way you’re going to play it?’ Chris and I got to know each other but he was looking nervous and I said, ‘Oh, is that the way you’re going to play it?’ He said, ‘Yeah, is it okay?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s your career.’’
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Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row.
No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I'm sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we're talking about here. (Worst Previews)
Breaking News: Casey Affleck has admitted that his Joaquin Phoenix documentary, I'm Still Here, is fake. Affleck followed that bombshell by admitting that he and Ben Affleck are brothers, and that he really likes Boston. He then went on to give the dumbest quote in the history of man (or in at least the past two days):
“I never intended to trick anybody…The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
Really, that's weird. Usually when I'm lying out my teeth while taking part in an elaborate hoax, it crosses my mind. Then again, I'm not the type of person who says "quote/unquote" out loud, so maybe I can't relate because I'm not a pretentious #sshole. Although I find that hard to believe, considering my love of A Prairie Home Companion…the radio show, of course, not the movie. (NYT via /Film)
Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, Deadline is reporting. The film will be written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), and will be financed by GK Films, in conjunction with several other companies including Queen Films, which is made up of the surviving members of Queen. Production will begin in 2011.
Will Cohen be able to pull off the flamboyantly gay showman that was Freddie Mercury? Considering his character of Brüno makes Mercury look like Pat Robinson, I'm assuming he'll do just fine. In fact, if my understanding of Mercury is accurate, it will be a lot like the Brüno movie, except instead of being Austrian he'll be British, and instead of having a happy ending he'll die of AIDS. Basically Brüno meets Philadelphia.
This video is basically saying that Jewish people share certain traits. I should know. I look like a combo of Shia, Adam Sandler, and Marty Feldman. (Buzzfeed)
Enjoy these Thursday links.
Sara Silverman Goes Full Frontal In 'Taking This Waltz' (Moviehopping)
Brooklyn Man Uses Found Pennies To Make Art (Asylum)
The 16 Most Shameful Politician's Daughters (Ranker)
5 Legitimate Reasons To View Porn At Work (HolyTaco)
Frotcast 14: Easbound & Down, Centurion, And 30 For 30 (FilmDrunk)
Dive Bar T-Shirt Club (Maxim)
New York Mets Now Hiring Sports Spoof Commercial (BarStoolSports)
A Tribute To The Trapper Keeper (EgoTV)
F*cking F*ck Sidekick Ellen Page, 'Super' Clip (Pajiba)
Today I Learned That Don Draper Was A Real Guy (Unreality)
Chick Projectile Vomits During 424-Pound Deadlift (TotalProSports)
Better In Japan: Bicycle Parking (Smosh)
Sexy New Photos Of Inez Sainz (BroBible)
Kim Kardashian Playboy Outtakes (CelebJihad)
New York MMA Documentary (CagePotato)
Airbrushing Controversy Surrounding Gabourey Sidibe (PopEater)
iRetrofone For Old Timey iPhones (MadeMan)
JustJared snagged some snaps today from the set of What The Hell Is Orlando Bloom Doing? Here you can clearly see Orlando dressed like an asswipe along with Cristoph Waltz and Milla Jovovovovovovich. No photos yet of co-stars Logan Lerman, Mads Mikkelsen, Matthew Macfayden, Ray Stevenson, or Juno Temple, but I'm sure they look just as ridiculous. I'll keep you posted.
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Everyone wants a piece of that Jennifer Garner ass! Ahem, I mean talent. The in demand actress is in talks to star in Better Living Through Chemistry opposite Jeremy Renner, another actor who's grabbin' up roles. Garner has also signed on for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Dolla dolla bills, ya'll. Gotta support those Affleck kids somehow. Vulture has the deets:
Better Living Through Chemistry is a dramatic thriller about a small-town pharmacist (Renner) stuck in a loveless marriage who embarks on an affair with a "trophy wife" (Garner). She introduces him to prescription drugs, as it goes, and that’s when “things spin out of control” as the pair begins to devise a scheme to off Garner’s husband.
The modern-day fable Timothy Green centers around a child-prodigy musician and his parents: Garner would play the mother, and we hear an offer is out to Mark Wahlberg to star opposite her as the dad, though he's expected to pass. (Vulture also hears that Joaquin Phoenix is on the "next step" of candidates to be offered the part if Wahlberg does say no.)
Peter Hedges (About a Boy) is signed on to direct the latter of the two films, and if Joaquin gets cast Hedges will have his hands full trying to keep the looney tunes actor away from the impressionable young talent. Number one rule on set is no matter what Joaquin tells you, he DOES NOT have the secrets to success. His lessons always end in pooping on someone's personal property.
Spacey churns out another intense performance.
Kevin Spacey stars in George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack, the true life story of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Co-starrring Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston, it looks like a fun, light-hearted approach to a story about a fat cat who laughed his way to the bank after robbing this country of millions of dollars. With house foreclosures up 25% since last August, that's exactly what audiences want to see nowadays, right? Why aren't you answering? And why are you sitting in your soon to be repoed car in a closed garage with the engine running? That's a waste of gas, silly-bean.
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Maggie Q is busy up in Toronto kicking butt on the set of her new CW show “Nikita.” The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills got a sneak peak at the second episode last night. The rest of us get to see it tonight. Executive producer Craig Silverstein was there to tell us about the sexy, badass movies Q will unleash in the next few weeks.
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We're finally paying homage to your favorite buxom redhead Christina Hendricks. She makes Roger's heart flutter on "Mad Men" in pencil skirts that seem to be holding on for dear life at the seams. One disconcerting fact though. The curtains don't match the rug. Christina was born a blonde. We've been duped!
A word from Christina: "My boobs are real, and I'm proud to say that."
And I'm proud to hear that. Along with the rest of the male population.
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If minor spoilers frighten you, turn back now. “The Cleveland Show” season premiere opens with Cleveland behaving really inappropriately with children. Donna even joins him. Probably the best development of Cleveland’s character in his spinoff is that he’ll get really angry and swear. He’s not the harmless neighbor anymore, but his anger is really only personal frustration.
This is another Kanye West episode. You may remember, or you may be hearing for the first time right now, that he plays local rap artist Kenny West. He seems to have a good sense of humor, giving voice to Kenny’s self-referential comment on the women in his videos, and dissing Rock of Love.
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Emma Stone is hot, which makes it kind of creepy to see her in a movie about high school. Luckily, she’s well over 18, so I don’t feel quiet as bad staring at her ass like it’s the Arc of the Covenant at the end of Indiana Jones.
In her upcoming movie Easy A, Stone plays a girl who accidentally gets a reputation for being a slut. Rather than try to repair the damage, Stone’s character embraces the new image, turning it in to a profitable business by pretending to take the virginity of boys who can’t get laid on their own, thereby making them look less pathetic.
While Stone’s character is only pretending to be a slut, over the years, Hollywood has churned out numerous characters who were the real deal. In honor of bad girls everywhere, here are nine of our favorite cinematic high school sluts. God bless you girls. Keep doing what you’re doing.
These bible dudes is BEEFIN'.
And now for news that will cause Stephen Hawking to wank off. Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot, Knowing) is set to make standard English requirements badass! He's just set up a deal with Legendary Pictures to adapt John Milton's 17th-century poem "Paradise Lost" into a feature film.
The poem tells the story of the epic war that was fought in Heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer. It's reported that the film will be action-heavy and feature aerial warfare, possibly in 3D (read: definitely in 3D). Sounds like this could tick off a few religious groups, as it's sure to raise heated debate. All I know is that if there truly is a God, this project won't feature Will Smith or Nicolas Cage. (Variety)
Carl Ellsworth has signed on to scare the crap out of little kids who don't yet know the horrors of real life. The Disturbia and Red Eye screenwriter will adapt the popular childrens book series Goosebumps for the big screen. Two years ago the writers of 1408 took a crack at the material, but Columbia pictures must have thought it wasn't goosebumpy enough.
Back in the day, I used to be a huge fan of this series. I remember flipping through the Scholastic Books order sheet in my 4th grade class and getting psyched when I saw a new Goosebumps was available. Unfortunately The Night of the Living Dummy no longer sends chills up my spine, but the words PAST DUE on an envelope terrify me. (THR)
Shawn Levy has just brought LARPing to a whole 'nother level. Paramount has announced that the Night At The Museum director will bring an adaptation of Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior" to the big screen. The format of the show pits fighters throughout history against one another in a hypothetical battle to the death. Experts then gather information to determine who would be the likely victor. The plotline for the film is being kept under wraps for the moment, so sadly we won't learn what circumstances will bring an Apache and a Spetsnaz into the arena together at this time.
Our condolences to the directors who missed out on this project. Peter Berg must be beside himself. (Cinema Blend)
It’s been 25 years since director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale hatched the plot for one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time: Back to the Future. In honor of the anniversary, all three films are being released on Blu-ray, complete with all the bonus features you’ve come to expect even though you usually never watch.
In this clip procured by Cinema Blend, Zemeckis and Gale discuss the idea behind the film, and how a chance look through an old yearbook lead to the formation of the plot. It's something, huh? Who would've thought? 100 to 1 shot! I wish I could go back to the beginning of production, put some money on Zemeckis. I said I wish I could go back to the beginning of production, put some money on Robbie.
Watch Zemeckis go Back to the Future after the jump…
King Kong, the world’s most iconic ape, is climbing off the silver screen and onto the Great White Way. Global Creatures, an Australian company currently producing "Walking With Dinosaurs," is working on a stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film complete with a “20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation” of Kong.
Unlike the ending to the classic film, the proposed robot Kong will most likely not break free of its chains and run amok in downtown New York. However, the state-of-the-art special effects may not be enough to carry the play. “Lennon,” a 2005 musical based on the life of the iconic Beatle, failed to draw an audience despite having a 15-foot-tall laser-wielding Ringo Star. (Variety)