If Peter Jackson has to tell you twice, you're getting a Flair Chop.News broke on Friday that Peter Jackson would in fact slip on his "World's Best Director" apron to take over creamy buttering duties for The Hobbit hot potato. A follow-up today on AICN refutes this claim, pointing out that no one knows who the hell is greasing up this spud.Harry Knowles sat down with his contact "DEREK," who had this to say:The only quote that I’ll attribute to my source, whom I’ll call “DEREK”, when I asked if he was directing, “No, nothing has really changed – I’ve always said that me directing was one option, and so that’s not really news. The studio are working out what that deal would look like, because how else do they know if it’s a viable option? But it’s honestly one of several different options – many irons are in the fire right now. What’s of great concern to everyone right now is trying to stay on schedule and not slip back another year, because we will start losing people – and that’s increasingly difficult as each day passes. A lot of people – both film makers and studios are working very hard right now, trying to get a positive outcome here.”Who is this shrouded man of mystery? What playful game of cat and mouse is the master of deceptions drawing us into?? Call me crazy but I've got a hunch that this "DEREK" is none other than "Jeter Packson." Once we get swab test results, we'll know for sure.
Urban Outfitters has a shirt for sale that makes it easier than ever to do the Truffle Shuffle. It's a soft cotton tee with "Do The Truffle Shuffle" graphic on the front, and a Chunk head inside for actual Truffle Shuffle action. It's currently going for $14.99, reduced from $24.99 because for some reason these things aren't moving like hot cakes. A gallery of hot girls wearing this tee and flashing their truffles would be the illest/creepiest thing ever. Make it happen, Internet!
The Maxim spread for X-Men: First Class is shaping up to be AWESOME. We've known for awhile that Amber Heard and Rosamund Pike may sign on to play gorgeous mutants in Matthew Vaughn's prequel. Now there's word that Alice Eve is in talks to play the role of Emma Frost. This more than makes up for her not making the cut for Captain America. If we're all very good and wish really hard, this could become a reality. Those uncertain as to why this is an extremely important matter need only refer to the picture below:Everybody clear? Good. Now get your asses down to the local wishing well. And bring a sh*tload of pennies. (Deadline)
Previously on "True Blood," the King of Mississippi offered to make Bill a Sheriff if he'd spill the beans on the Queen of Louisiana's plans, Bill lit his maker on fire, Tara met a (seemingly) nice vampire who, unbeknownst to her, was doing a little B & E at the Compton house, Jessica was looking to get rid of a corpse, Jason caught a meth dealer, Sam went for a run with his shape-shifting brother, and Sookie and Eric were about to deal with an intruding werewolf. Onto this week's episode, "It Hurts Me Too."MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
…right after he finishes his treat.UPDATE: James Cameron won't be taking the producer credit, but his Lightstorm team of Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini are still on it. Cameron's most likely too busy trying to crush the box office yet again with his next project. Spike Lee is crossing the t's and dotting the i's to direct Nagasaki Deadline, with James Cameron set to produce. It will be his first feature since 2008's Miracle At St. Anna. Deadline has the deets:The film focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. The fed goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.They've somehow managed to bring the broad scope of the The National Treasure movies to post-9/11 terrorism drama. Let's just go ahead and get the paperwork moving along for Nic Cage's casting. With Lee and Cage on the same movie, some studio exec wouldn't sleep from pre-production all the way to its premiere. Lee will make constant creative demands, and Cage will want to spend most of his time with a block of C4, you know, to get inside the head of a plastic explosive.
"Mad Men" is such an outstanding television program that creator Matthew Weiner doesn't want to give away ANYTHING for Season Four. Even in the new trailer, all we get is past footage. Granted, martinis and red-headed broads still wet my whistle, but at least gimme a taste of things to come. Damn you, Weiner! Fine! I'll tune in to AMC on Sunday July 25th, but I'm not going to enjoy it. Alright, I'll probably enjoy it.Check out the "Mad Men" Season 4 trailer after the jump…
Holly Madison shouldn't tempt such a ravenous monster.
You won't have Steve Carell to push around and peanut butter scalp massage anymore.Expect to see Dwight Schrute stand on his desk and exclaim, "O, Captain! My Captain!!," because Steve Carell has confirmed that he is out this bitch. Carell told Access Hollywood that he will not re-up his contract when it expires at the end of the seventh season of "The Office." The show is expected to continue without him, but it's unclear at this point if new characters will join the cast.Despite its talented cast and writers, I can't imagine "The Office" without Carell's Michael Scott. Then again, I couldn't imagine that a grown man would paint his nude body to resemble a Spider-Man costume. That serving of crow was a tough one to choke down.
Natasha Leggero, a Chicago native and fast tracking stand-up comic, shows us that girls can be funny and hot at the same time. She has worked on some of the best comedy improv shows around, like "Reno 911" and "Upright Citizens Brigade." While she may not be up there with Sarah Silverman for funniest (fartiest) lady of the year, she knows how to hold here own in the ever-challenging world of stand-up.A word from Natasha: "I've performed everywhere from clubs, laundromats, and even halfway houses. Halfway houses are a lot of fun, people laugh there, even though they may not have a lot of teeth."Laughing helps with the withdrawal. At least that's what my prick sponsor tells me. HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!More pics of Natasha after the jump.
An in-depth look at Sony's casting/hazing process.Sony still hasn't decided who will take the lead in their unnecessary Spider-Man reboot, but they are at least a step closer. It's reported that most members of the casting shortlist have been forced to wear tights for "camera tests" and definitely not some sick, sex thing for studio kicks in case that's what you've heard. Nope, definitely for a camera test. Right, Deadline?I'm told that the candidates whose screen tests were viewed Friday are: Jamie Bell (the Billy Elliot star who wrapped the Kevin Macdonald-directed The Eagle of the Ninth) , Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin, Kick-Ass’s Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown) are also in the final list that the studio is working from.Ugh. C'mon, you guys. Just hurry up and pick one of the actors that people have heard about before. This is taking too long and we still need a few months worth of speculating who the villian will be and which girl from Twilight will play Mary Jane. (Hint: none of them.)
Toy Story 3 ruled its second weekend at the box office, bringing in $59 million. An estimated 57% of its revenue was from 3D screenings.The film easily crushed its closest competition, Grown Ups ($41 million) and Knight and Day ($27.8 million) thanks in no small part to the fact that Toy Story had a more substantial plot and more realistic, likable characters. Get it? It's ironic because Toy Story is a cartoon about toys!Ugh, never mind. (Empire Online)
Neil Patrick Harris (the actor and the character) is returning for the third installment of the Harold and Kumar trilogy. Harris joins the original stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, as well as newcomers Patton Oswalt and Thomas Lennon.The film, currently titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, has already begun shooting at a mall in Michigan. Unfortunately, it's not slated for release until Christmas of 2011. If that bums you out, just get stoned, click here, and forget I said anything. (Empire Online)
Last time I wrote about Horrible Bosses, I told you that at least two more big names were joining the film. Well, if you'd have listened to me and my warnings, you'd be a millionaire by now (somehow). Variety is reporting that Kevin Spacey is set to join the bizzaro cast, which already includes Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jason Bateman.The film centers around three co-workers who decide to kill their horrible bosses (hence the title), and Spacey will play one of the bosses in question. Given his previous work in Swimming with Sharks and Glengarry Glen Ross, he should have no problem with the role.
Breaking news! Tim Burton is making a creepy animated movie! In other news, Tyler Perry is making a movie about black family life, and George Romero is making a movie about zombies.According to Coming Soon, Burton is working on an animated version of The Addams Family based on the Charles Addams’ New Yorker illustrations. The film will reportedly use computer animation rather than the stop-motion techniques utilized for previous Burton films, and may be presented in black and white. If that isn't vague enough for you, the film "might" star Justin Bieber and "could possibly" feature the reanimated corpse of Dennis Hopper.
If it were in color it'd burn your retinas out.
Screen Junkies caught up with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci last night on the Saturn Awards red carpet. The duo who created "Fringe" and co-wrote Star Trek for frequent collaborator J.J. Abrams let us in on a new project they're producing. New You See Me, scripted by Ed Ricourt and Boaz Yakin, is about a heist crew of illusionists who rob banks and are actively inviting the FBI to try and figure out how they get away with it. Regarding audience expecations for magician movies, Kurtzman told us:Because I think the trick about a magician movie is that the movie itself has to be a magic act, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. It requires cleverness and an intelligence. The magic act has to pay off in spades so the setup has to be brilliant and the payoff has to be brilliant.If we're talking Heat with magicians, I couldn't be more all about it. I'm sure they're going for a broader tone rather than a three-hour crime saga, but magician-robbers is definitely an enticing hook. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, which finds its conflict in dueling illusionists, so imagine adding semi-automatic wands to the equation. I just naturally assume any magician-robber worth his salt would pack a semi-automatic or sawed-off double-barrel wand.Source: Fred Topel
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Twitter has changed the rap game fo-ev-a, yo. In this music video, Jimmy Kimmel shows Drake he shouldn't waste anymore of his time writing original, intelligent, rhyming lyrics. Why try to say it better when Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have already said it best? I can't wait until Ashton's Twitter-based album "Did You Know Fish Don't Have Eyelids?" goes platinum. (Vulture)
Jason Biggs, the ol' pie f*cker himself, is set to star in the film Grassroots alongside Joel David Moore, the guy who played Sigourney Weaver's lacky in Avatar. From SeattlePI: The film, directed and co-written by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Jake Gyllenhaal's daddy) is based on ex-Stranger writer Phil Campbell's book "Zioncheck for President." Grassroots retells Campbell's work with Grant Cogswell's quirky 2001 bid for Seattle City Council and support for the monorail expansion. In the past ten years, Stephen Gyllenhaal has directed a few TV episodes and movies here and there, but nothing of note. Unless you consider the "Uncharted Territory" episode of "Army Wives" something of note. The real question is, can he produce a monorail piece as prolific as this: I highly doubt it.
"Quit smiling, you bastard. Now I have to direct this damn thing."Good news for dorks everywhere, and bad news for Brett Ratner fans. Peter Jackson is on board to direct The Hobbit, according to Deadline. Warner Bros., New Line and MGM are currently in negotiations to bring the famed LOTR director back to Middle Earth.Jackson will take over for Guillermo del Toro, who dropped from the film earlier this year. Although it may prove problematic and costly for Jackson to step away from his current projects, a compromise seems to be eminent.The prequel to the LOTR trilogy will be split into two films, and will be shot back-to-back in Jackson's native New Zealand.
Later, bitches!Jason Bateman doesn't stand in lines for iPhones. He's Jason Bateman! Yesterday at the Grove in L.A., Jason Bateman cut a line of 2,000 eager Apple nerds to claim his very own brand new, shiny iPhone 4. Upon his departure from the store the Apple store, Bateman was booed by the pions who had to subscribe to line-waiting. Did some poor kid in the back get turned away because they ran out of iPhones due to line hoppers? Probably, but f*ck that guy. Celebrities get privileges that fry cooks don't. (Vulture)
Maria Bello is the blonde indie MILF from next door, as she has shown in past matriarchal roles in A History of Violence, Auto Focus, and The Cooler. With Grown Ups opening this week she may be playing second banana to Adam Sandler and his crew but she gets to have a couple of great boob popping moments as Kevin James's homegrown wife, Sally. She just can't seem to keep those things holstered. A word from Maria: "I like having sex on the stairs."But how will people get to the second level of your home? You should really think these things through first.More enticing pics of Maria after the jump.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly looking to star in a film about the infamous NYC mobster, John Gotti, and is in talks with Gotti's son to develop the film. Stallone and "Junior" are rumored to be shopping around for a screenwriter who can bring the film to life.Possible titles for the Teflon Don's bio include Stop or My Don Will Shoot, Rocky VII: Rocky Goes Down in the 8th or We Kill His Kid, and Judge Dredd…Sentenced Me to Life In a Supermax Cause I'm a Murderous *sshole. (/Film)
The Saturn Awards brought Screen Junkies some great T.V. scoops last night, including additional details on the fifth season of "Dexter." James Remar, who plays Dexter's dead father Harry and constant subconcious reminder of "The Code," stopped on the red carpet to discuss what's in store for the sympathetic serial killer. We've previously reported on plot and casting details for the upcoming season, but how will Harry help Dexter get through these troubled times, and keep him from sliding off the deep end? Or I suppose the DEEP deep end, since he kind of already murders people. GET THE HARRY DETAILS AFTER THE JUMP…
"Breaking Bad" recently finished up a creatively astounding third season on AMC, and left me wanting so badly I wouldn't be above breaking stuff to get a resolution to the nail-biting cliffhanger. Looks like I shouldn't be expecting answers anytime soon though. Screen Junkies caught up with series creator/exec-producer/creative genius Vince Gilligan on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards last night, and he shared with us some of his plans for Season Four of "Breaking Bad," including its tentative return date. CHECK OUT WHAT VINCE HAD TO SAY AFTER THE JUMP…
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Matt Damon is talks to star in director Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of the memoir We Bought a Zoo. Tell us what it's all about, Variety: "Zoo revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened."Crowe's last directorial effort was Elizabethtown (faaaaaaart), so everyone's looking for another win from the coming-of-age master of Singles, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Maybe Crowe should consider Tom Cruise for the part instead of Damon. He pulled a terrific performance out of him in Jerry Maguire, and Lord knows Cruise could use a career boost at the moment. I could totally see him running a zoo. A zoo full of little, angry Tom Cruises that cage walls and insist you keep up the facade that you're his loving and devoted wife.
THIS COULD BE YOU!!!!Ever feel like you're nothing but a nameless blur floating by in the background of your own life? Do you ever feel so insignificant and meaningless that the only taste that doesn't turn your stomach is corn whiskey or the cold barrel of a .22?? Do you like boxed lunches??? Well, good news!! Fright Night is giving you the chance to cash in on your unique passivity.Anyone who blends in nicely with a crowd in the Albuquerque area can work as background talent on the upcoming vampire flick remake. All you need to do is visit OnLocation.net and then show up. You may even get the chance to see Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, or Imogen Poots (tee-hee) from a distance while a 2nd AD berates you and the rest of the herd. It's still better than staying home and watching daytime television.
F*ck physics. Stripper-turned-model-turned-actor (actor?) Channing Tatum has attached himself to Will Dunn's sci-fi script, Ion. It's about a man who travels to different dimensions in an effort to find his reincarnated love. Wow, sounds like a compelling logline. I can't wait until they get into pre-production and realize they have no idea what the hell it means. We should have read the script before agreeing to this, you guys!The script is currently being shopped around to studios, with Fox 2000 already making an offer. So basically this project could possibly never happen, but if it does Channing Tatum will be in it. Or maybe not. Who the hell knows anymore. It seems the guy is attached to everything that involves a significant other dying. He should have just gone forward with his parkour movie. I could believe him as a dude who slips off a wall and smashes his face into concrete. And don't you dare say that's because I'm jealous! **Wipes drool from hair lip** (Deadline)
"I'll use this to bludgeon Sean Penn. Special thanks to the Academy."Those with dreams of seeing Daniel Day Lewis square off against Robert Downey Jr. with a bowling pin in one hand and a cleaver in the other may be out of luck. Or in luck if they're as delusional as Guy Ritchie. His Sherlock Holmes 2 Moriarty wishlist leaked and Double-D Lewis is perched at the top, followed by Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman.As awesome as it would be to see Lewis lord over all the criminals in England, it's highly unlikely that he'll take the part. Like anyone at the top of their game, he's super-choosy with his roles, and more apt to pick a part that challenges him on some deep level. And let's face it. The first Sherlock Holmes was pretty silly. We'll keep you posted on Moriarty casting as this story develops and would like to throw John Malkovich's name into the running. Seems like he'll be in anything. (Production Weekly)