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Get Magically Whisked Away to ‘MYST’ the Movie

Thursday, September 30 by

Memories, like the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories…
Here's something you think would have happend sooner. MYST, the all-time top selling computer adventure game franchise, is getting the live action movie treatment. Why it took Hollywood so long to scoop this property up is baffling. "All-time top selling" should be enough to have execs diving for their fountain pens. One problem though. How the hell do you adapt a game about a guy discovering crap on an island? How, Deadline?!
One focus of the film will be the influence of a human who entered Myst and inadvertently brought down the civilization. The filmmakers will draw the plot from the mythology within the games, as well as a trilogy of companion novels Cyan Worlds published around them. Players enter a highly atmospheric world and solve a series of puzzles that unlock secrets to this mysterious world. Players can liberate characters trapped inside of books, but have to decide which ones are good and evil.
Books? Puzzles? This is beginning to sound an awful lot like learning. Come to think of it, the game MYST felt like learning too… My God, I was duped. All these years I thought MYST was pure mindless entertainment and it turns out I was building up my problem solving skills. First the "Lost" series finale and now this. I never want to visit a fictional island ever again!

Old White Man Casting News: Hopkins Doing ’360′, Plummer Getting ‘Dragon Tattoo’

Thursday, September 30 by

Today in Old White Man Casting News, Anthony Hopkins has joined Rachel Weisz in Fernando Meirelles' 360, and Christopher Plummer has signed on for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Good for these two AARP card carrying members. They know the true secret to not dying: keep working!
Anthony Hopkins is the first of many that will be cast in the Peter Morgan-scripted 360, as the movie revolves around ten characters. It “examines sexual morals within and between social classes, using various pairs of characters who have sexual encounters in and outside of their social classes.” No word yet who Hopkins will be banging, but I've been told one of the characters is named The Whore. So maybe Lindsay Lohan.
In Dragon Tattoo, Christopher Plummer will play the wealthy industrialist who hires Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara to solve a 40-year-old murder. In the process, they find all kinds of deep, dark, effed up secrets in his family. Plummer seems like the perfect person for the role. His character has to get out a lot of exposition, and he should do just fine keeping the viewer intrigued. When Plummer gets intense it's as if he could hit you with a switch at any moment. (/Film, THR)

13 Classic Cinematic Betrayals

Thursday, September 30 by

Tomorrow, The Social Network hits theaters, and if the early buzz is any indication, it should be a major success. Even if it fails to deliver at the box office, critical reception has been so positive that the film is already considered an Oscar contender. And it’s easy to see why. After all, who doesn’t love a good story of betrayal? While the events depicted in The Social Network are hotly contested by Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg, a film involving friends back stabbing friends over a billion dollar idea seems a lot more watchable than a film about some guys coding a website.

In honor of The Social Network, here are 13 classic betrayals from the world of cinema.

Tony Curtis Has Died

Thursday, September 30 by

More bleak news to report as this week has claimed another celebrity. In addition to Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, and Greg Giraldo, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has also passed. Best known for his roles in Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Defiant Ones, and The Bad New Bears Go To Japan, Curtis proved himself an effortless performer in both drama and comedy. Then there was Lobster Man From Mars.
A representative for daughter Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed the news of his passing this morning. He was 85. (ET)

Bleak Times For Mr. Belding

Wednesday, September 29 by

And that damn Zack Morris took it from him. Cocky prick…
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Greg Giraldo Has Died

Wednesday, September 29 by

Comedian and roaster extraordinaire Greg Giraldo had passed away after being hospitalized on Saturday for a prescription drug overdose. His friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton broke the sad news via his Twitter. Here are a few more Tweets from friends and admirers of Giraldo:
"Greg giraldo was a good guy. The kind of you're always glad to see. Also a funny comic and person. He died today. Goodbye friend." — Louis C.K.
"Sorry to hear about the passing of Greg Giraldo. Thank you for everything." — Daniel Tosh
"Really, Universe? Greg Giraldo? Fuck off." — Patton Oswalt
You said it, Patton. Greg and his hilarious digs at washed up celebs will truly be missed.

Robert Zemeckis To Time Travel Again With ‘Timeless’

Wednesday, September 29 by

Oh, happy day. Robert Zemeckis is finally ready to take a step away from directing creepy dead-in-the-eyes motion capture features, and return to what he does best — live-action movies about time travel. The director will get behind the lens for Timeless, a project we don't know jack about. Other than the news that it's scripted by Mike Thompson, is about time travel and will have a lot of money pumped into it by Warner Bros. As a huge fan of the Back to the Future films, I'm already psyched for it. If Zemeckis can get used to working with flesh and blood, non-creepy actors again (or Crispin Glover), we should be in for a treat. (Deadline)

Wes Anderson Needs 12-Year-Olds For Next Film

Wednesday, September 29 by

Bask in all the irony.
Hipsters everywhere will soon have a reason to not be indignant with the movies. Wes Anderson, their poster boy director, is in the midst of making a new film. There aren't many details yet, but The Playlist discovered that Anderson is looking for a 12-year-old boy and girl to fill the lead roles. I'm sure he's camera testing them in wide-angled, meticulously art-directed shots. 
I'm a much bigger fan of Anderson's animated directing effort Fantastic Mr. Fox than I am of his live action films. Perhaps him shooting his next film with young leads means he's staying in touch with his inner child. Of course he'll have to cram Jason Schwartzman in there somehow, but he's compact and doesn't take up too much of the frame.

Thora Birch Takes The Lead In ‘Manson Girls’

Wednesday, September 29 by

When I first read the headline "Thora Birch Becomes One of the Manson Girls," I assumed that meant she was now dating Marilyn Manson. That makes more sense to me than her being cast as the lead in a movie. But apparantly she's come out of hiding to do just that.
Birch is replacing Lindsay Lohan (ouch) as the lead in Manson Girls. The film tells the story of a wealthy young woman who falls under Charles Manson's spell. She'll be joining the previously cast Heather Matarazzo, Nikki Blonsky, Erin Kelly, and Jennifer Landon when filming begins in February. It should be noted that this character was not involved in the infamous murder spree that led to Roman Polanski being banned from Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! tapings. (Bloody Disgusting)

‘Skyline’ Trailer Rips Los Angeles a New A-hole

Wednesday, September 29 by

All of our Ferraris are doomed! Universal has dropped the brand spankin’ new trailer for Skyline. Getting down to brass tacks, aliens invade Los Angeles at 4:27AM. Eric Balfour, Britney…

Caption Contest: Win an iPod Shuffle From ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’!

Wednesday, September 29 by

It's Kind of a Funny Story starring Zach Galifianakis hits theaters October 8th, and Screen Junkies is giving away an awesome prize pack! One lucky winner will recieve:

 The New iPod Shuffle!
 Official Soundtrack
 Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
 Notebook
 Dry Erase Board

Hell, I'd enter for just the sweatshirt. It's colder than a meat locker in my office.

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 3PM 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 sure your captions tell kind of a funny story. An awesomely funny story might be an even better approach. Good luck!

‘Hawaii Five-0′ Actress Michelle Borth

Wednesday, September 29 by

Michelle Borth is someone you might remember from the short lived but sexually charged and explicit HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me." Since then she has gone onto several TV series guest appearances including this fall's "Hawaii Five-0." Also be sure to look out for her in the Easy Rider prequel, Easy Rider: The Ride Back, coming this winter.
More pics of Michelle after the jump…

‘I Am Number Four’ Teaser

Wednesday, September 29 by

The teaser trailer for I Am Number Four has beamed down to give us a first look at DJ Caruso‘s first non-Shia LaBeouf film of the last few years. This…

Steve Carell Wants To Be a Rock Star In ‘Of All The Things’

Wednesday, September 29 by

Steve Carell has hired writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to turn him into a rock star. Of All The Things will be based on the 2008 documentary of the same name that "told the story of how songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert achieved rock star status late in life when he went on a singing tour of the Philippines, and discovered he was to Filipinos what Jerry Lewis is to the French." The Hasselhoff to Germans would have been a more impressive comparison. 
This is just one of twenty-million projects Carell is currently attached to. He previously hired Daley and Goldstein to write Burt Wonderstone, in which he'd play a magician who kills his performing partner and tries to rebound. With all this rock star and magician talk, you'd think Carell would just put on a live show already instead of wasting time on all these talkies. I'd rather spend a romantic evening under the stars with him singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Baby Come Back" instead of sitting in a stuffy theater watching him portray the guy who wrote those hits. Bill Silva, let's make this event happen. You can shout me on my Sidekick. (Deadline)

Brett Ratner Is a Damn ‘Communist’

Wednesday, September 29 by

For years, I've been saying that Brett Ratner is a damn communist, and for years my allegations have fallen on deaf ears. But now, I finally have the proof I need to bring down this pinko once and for all.

Ratner is set to direct The Reluctant Communist, the story about Charles Robert Jenkins, a U.S. Army soldier who ended up spending 40-years as a "prisoner" in North Korea after "drunkenly" deserting during the Korean War. While "imprisoned," Jenkins was "forced" to act in North Korean propaganda films and became a national celebrity, usually playing the evil American. There are worse ways to spend a 40-year prison term. Why do I keep thinking of the scene where they first thaw out Austin Powers?

Basil Exposition: Austin, the Cold War is over!
Austin Powers: Finally those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh? Eh comrades? Eh?
Basil Exposition: Austin… we won.
Austin Powers: Oh, smashing, groovy, yay capitalism!

At any rate, hopefully Ratner will do some on-site research in North Korea very soon. (Variety)

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