"Oops. Didn't see you there. I was just posing naturally."
MTV met up with James McAvoy to talk about his upcoming turn as Professor X in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. He knows that he has some large shoes to fill, as the role seemed tailor-made for Patrick Stewart, but he's confident that he can bring his own touch to it.
"I'm basically going to try and bury Patrick's performance. I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve."
Oooo. Those are some tough words. I'd be careful what I say about Sir Patrick Stewart. The man is quick with a comeback after all.
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How The Empire Strikes Back really should have ended. Much more realistic.
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Renaissance man Rob Zombie has signed on to write and direct Lords of Salem, Deadline is reporting. Based on the title alone, I'm assuming it's a 17th Century period piece about a group of noblemen, and not a film involving a demonic 300-year old coven of witches set in contemporary Salem, MA.
"What excited me most was Jason saying, you can have total control over the script, casting and final cut,” Zombie told me. “I said I’m in.”
Really, What excited me most is when I found out they were making Hobo with a Shotgun into a full-length feature. But to each his own, I guess.
Shooting is set to begin next year.
"Oh, you want to give me my own movie? Okay."
If you bought a movie ticket to Elektra and enjoyed it so much that you went out and bought a DVD or Blu-Ray copy, it's time for you to ask for extra shifts at the Moron Store (where you work) so that you can save up for the next needless big screen adaptation from Marvel. Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed today that they have been in talks with Scarlett Johansson about her Iron Man 2 non-character Black Widow getting her own movie.
They're not going to get too deep into discussions regarding plot just yet though. The Avengers is their number one priority. They have artistic integrity, you guys. (Screen Crave)
Just call him Leonardo DiCoinoprio. Christopher Nolan has unveiled plans to some Romans that a video game based off Inception is in the works.
"We are looking at doing is developing a videogame based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can't fit into a feature film. That's something we've been talking about and are looking at doing long term, in a couple of years."
Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this. My mind is still pretty messed up as is thanks to the end of Metroid. (Variety)
For years, I've been writing the major studios and begging them to make a film about American servicemen engaging in hardcore gay sex and taking part in a plot to kill George W. Bush. And for years, the Secret Service has been asking me to stop. And stop I will, now that my requests have finally been answered by none-other than the Wachowski Brothers (or whatever you call them now) and their new film, Cobalt Neural 9.
The story starts off as, yes, a hardcore romance between the American soldier and the Iraqi soldier during the second Gulf War– they are depicted "rutting like animals behind this fence" while wearing burqas– but when disaster strikes, the two plot to kill the man responsible for the war: George W. Bush.
Wow, I'm not sure that will play in Peoria. But then again, I could be wrong. After all, two dudes wearing burqas and "rutting like animals" still sounds less gay than Wachowski's live action version of Speed Racer. (Cinema Blend)
Ana de la Reguera is one hot latina actress often mistaken for Penelope Cruz. Who wouldn't be distracted by those beautiful eyes and slender built? Yet Ana, who is already a soap opera star in Mexico, has been able to branch out on her own with supporting roles in this past year's Cop Out and the much awaited new season of "Eastbound & Down." Kenny Powers, you're one lucky douchebag SOB.
A word from Ana: "Wrestling is ungodly Ignacio" from Nacho Libre
More pics of Ana after the jump…
Natalie Martinez is best known for her performance in the completely forgettable remake of Death Race. She will be a regular cast member on the new ABC cop drama "Detroit 1-8-7," a show that from the rumors of the failed first pilot will not be on past a few episodes. So check Martinez with her badge and gun before it's too late.
More pics of Natalie after the jump…
Does the crappy screen shot above look familiar? It should. It's Norm MacDonald hosting the 1998 ESPY awards for ESPN. His performance insulted so many athletes that he was never asked to return, but it's still one of the funniest, bravest performances you'll ever see.
Now, over ten years later, Norm is returning to the world of sports with his own sports-talk show on Comedy Central.
The show would be a satirical look at the sports world. On board with MacDonald is Daniel Kellison, a veteran TV producer whose credits include ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Man Show,” according to person familiar with the project…
I know some people (like our friends at Warming Glow) are afraid Norm isn't a good fit as a talk show host. And I see their point. But if he can manage to create a show that's half as funny as the following clip, it will still be hilarious. (Show Tracker)
Watch norm insult everyone at the 1998 ESPY Awards after the jump…
She's got his back.
No word yet if The Beaver will see a theatrical release, but director Jodie Foster has come to Mel Gibson's defense when asked about the disgraced star's recent scandal and beating in the press. Foster tells More magazine about her brother from another mother. Take it away Jodie:
"[Mel is the] easiest, nicest person I've ever worked with [and] the second I met him, I said, 'I will love this man for the rest of my life.'"
In all fairness, her other best friends are Darth Vader, that guy who punched Snooki, and that chick who threw those puppies in a river.
"When you love a friend, you don't adandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and 'The Beaver' is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."
She then added: "Oksana really should have just blown him in the jacuzzi. He deserves it." (via The Playlist)
“Undercovers” is all you could ask for in a TV show. It’s fun and exciting and funny and sexy. You’ll want to tune in for the spy action anyway, but…
"Entertainment Tonight" has exclusive footage from the Scream 4 set that reveals the first look at Ghostface in action. And we've got an exclusive (read: not actually exclusive) look at their exclusive trailer for their exclusive look. You know how we roll. **finishes grilling cheese sandwich on an iron**
In the glimpse we see, Ghostface is doing the same things he/she usually does — wears a robe, chases around Neve Campbell, throws people off roofs. Y'know, the yoozjh.
Check out the footage after the jump. You will have to sit through some Justin Bieber first though. Apologies.
I'm a serious actress, now!
Well folks, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. Sandra Bullock (Demolition Man, Speed 2: Cruise Control) is considering a role in a film about the Holocaust.
EW says Screen Gems is offering her the lead in a movie called Never Forget. It’s based on a documentary called On Moral Grounds in which a woman sets out to reimburse Holocaust survivors swindled out of life insurance policies by a European company.
Never Forget? That's only slightly better than calling it Holocaust Movie. But even so, I'm sure Sandra's likable, girl-next door qualities will really shine through in a film that deals with the deaths of millions of people. After all, you just can't help but fall in love with her smile. Plus, maybe Matthew McConaughey can play the wacky boyfriend, or something. (EW via Cinema Blend)
David O. Russell is in the running to direct the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy, Under Cover, 24 Frames is reporting. In the film, Carrey will play a divorced dad who joins a local "cover band to raise money to win the custody battle against his ex-wife."
This would mark Russell's first comedy since I Heart Huckabees, and would probably be less on the "existential" side, whatever the hell that means. But I'm sure the film will be a success as long as Russell is able to land a part for Lily Tomlin (First Showing).
Watch David O. Russell drop the C-Bomb on Lily Tomlin after the jump (NSFW)…
Poor Kevin from "The Wonder Years." He finally gets up the courage to ask out Lisa Berlini and Zack Morris swoops in to c*ckblock him. (Warming Glow)
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Now that's he's officially not actually crazy or a rapper, Clint Eastwood has been squintily-eyeing Joaquin Phoenix as his boy-toy. It's not what you think, you guys. He just wants to watch he and Leonardo DiCaprio make out a bit. Maybe some ass-play. And he's going to film it. But don't worry, it's totally on the up and up.
Eastwood wants Phoenix to play Clyde Tolson, the rumored lover of J. Edgar Hoover in the Hoover biopic that he is setting up. Neither DiCaprio nor Phoenix have agreed to appear in the film yet (or the ass-play), but how could they turn this down? They sounds like a complex roles in a really interesting film. One that I plan on watching (when my girlfriend is out of town). (Vulture)
Will you bless them with TP for their bungholes?
AMC continues to tease us with materials from their upcoming Frank Darabont-produced series "The Walking Dead." Today we have a sweet poster for the show that captures a stunning scene from the trailer. With all that gridlock, you'd think some zombies would be shuffling in and out of lanes looking for brains. Maybe they know Frank Grimes would dismount his steed and put a bullet in their eye. It might as well be a shot of L.A.'s 405 Freeway on a Sunday afternoon.
"The Walking Dead" premieres Halloween night at 10PM on AMC. (/Film)
If their boobs touch, they will cease to exist.
America's favorite fat men are teaming up. No, I'm not talking about another trailer for The Dilemma. I'm talking about John Goodman joining Kevin Smith's Red State. The religion-based horror satire already boasts an impressive cast featuring Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Steven Root, Dermot Mulroney, and Michael Parks. There's word that Kevin Pollak may join up as well (but don't hold that against it).
No word yet on which role Goodman will play, but if it involves teaching anyone what happens when you eff a stranger in the a, we'll assume he's on the crazed preacher's team. (via Dread Central)
J.J. Abrams has rounded out his cast for the seeeeeecret Steven Spielberg-produced Super 8, with Ron Eldard topping the additions. Last week we learned that Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning are taking the leads, and now the star of "Men Behaving Badly" will get a chance to spare with aliens, if indeed there is sparing.
Abrams has also let Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills into the Super 8 club. Still not much is known about the film except that some kids capture aliens on their Super 8 camera. If you see one of these new cast members out at a bar, get them drunk and spilling the beans. There's a SJ shirt/wash rag in it for ya. (THR)
Taylor Cole has a lot going on for her this week as the new show "The Event" premiere's on NBC and her incredibly sexy tough biker chick performance in The Violent Kind will be heading up the midnight showings at this year's Fantastic Fest. Taylor is one Texas babe to look out for this season.
A word from Taylor: "Girls from Texas are not all about big hair and makeup, and I never rode my horse to school. I swear!"
More pics of Taylor after the jump…
The film that dared to bring us two Ron Silvers is coming back. Universal has announced that they plan to actually write the word "Timecop" down on paper, follow it with more pages featuring description and dialogue, hire a director to wear a baseball cap that reads "Timecop" on the front, convince an actor to play a "Timecop," and then spend money on actually getting this thing made, and mass-produce billboards and other marketing materials that say "Timecop."
Sadly, they will not cast Jean Claude Van Damme to reprise his role as the cop who cops time for this one. Good luck finding an actor who can make his foot hover in front of people's faces. They don't teach that skill. You're born with it. (What's Playing)
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the set and interview the cast of CBS’s upcoming sitcom “$#*! My Dad Says.” That title can mean either “Shit My Dad…
Production on Tim Burton's stop-motion Frankenweenie 3D is ramping up and he's bringing some of his besties onboard. Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, and Martin Short have joined as four voice actors who don't command a Johnny Depp-sized salary.
It is surprising that Burton's usual players, Depp and wifey Helena Bonham Carter are not attached to the project. Perhaps they'll show up in smaller Easter Egg-ish roles. I'm sure Burton can get either to bark like a dog for the right amount of money. Or the right amount of absinthe. (Deadline)
Director Gavin Hood is reportedly developing Ender’s Game, the award winning novel by Orson Scott Card, into a feature film. Hood (Tsotsi) plans to direct the film using a modified script written by Card.
The story follows a group of children in the future who, because of their high intelligence, are chosen to attend a special school. Here they are taught the methods of space warfare using high-tech "simulators." Notice how I put quotes around the word "simulators." Why do you think I did that?
Although highly accalimed, Ender's Game has not had much luck in Hollywood due in part to the special effects required and the fact that a film adaptation would rely heavily on child actors. While I understand those concerns, I have full faith that the man who brought us X-Men Origins: Wolverine will have the skill and subtlety needed to pull off such a complex story. (24 Frames via /Film)
When I began preparing for the coming Robopocalypse, my now ex-girlfriend said I was crazy. But word has it that iconic director and propagandist for the New World Order, Steven Spielberg, may be prepping for the Robopocalypse as well. Who's the "deranged moron with a small penis" now, eh Cindy?
Spielberg, who initially passed on the film in favor of his current film, War Horse, is reportedly considering Robopocalypse as his next project. The story by Daniel H. Wilson chronicles man's fight for survival as robots turn on their former masters and humanity's chickens come home to roost. If I were you, I'd unplug my Roomba right now and throw it off a bridge. (Vulture via First Showing)
OK Go loves working with animals. The dogs in this music video deserve a lot of credit for putting up with all the B.S. tricks they're asked to perform. It should have rained treats at the end. (BuzzFeed)
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Last spring, when the cast of "Lost" was making the press rounds trying to talk-up the finale as anything but an enormous "FUUUU!!!!" to the fans, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson revealed their wish to star alongside one another as retired assassins on a new show. Now that idea has some traction in the form of J.J. Abrams.
Abrams is shopping around O'Quinn's comedic drama concept to the networks, and with his name attached, it's likely to be held in high regard. Which means if the show does come together, we may see it on a real network instead of it being sandwiched in between "SVU" marathons on USA. Sounds like a fun show, though it clearly deserves to be a sitcom. I can see the opening credits now. John Locke and Ben on a bicycle made for two; Ben accidentally squirts mustard on Locke when the pair order hot dogs; then later, their bullets ricochet off one another's as they both try to assassinate an Arab royal. Good times. (Vulture)
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Synopsis: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like.
Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble.
More after the jump…