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NBC Buys Undead Buddy Cop Comedy ‘Zombies Vs. Vampires’

Thursday, August 5 by

Looks like NBC learned a lot about bad decision making during Jeff Zucker's tenure. Heck, he is the best at being bad afterall. The network is surely making their former teacher proud with the news that they've closed a deal on "Zombies vs. Vampires."
It's a buddy cop comedy that follows two partners, one a zombie and the other a secret vampire, who are members of a squad dedicated to "zombie crime." Sounds ridiculous. But on the bright side, this will deflect the unfounded, premature hatred "$#@% My Dad Says" has been receiving. (Deadline)

Scarlett Johansson Might Meet Vince Vaughn in ‘Old St. Louis’

Thursday, August 5 by

"Shhhh, I have a secret to tell you: Boooooobs."
We only heard about the gestating Vince Vaughn/David O. Russell project Old St. Louis the other day, and now it appears Scarlett Johansson wants to play in the sandbox. The film is about a divorced traveling toy salesman who reconnects with his teen daughter (Chloe Moretz, possibly) after years on the road. Vulture says Scarlett would play "Vaughn's paramour, a secretary who accompanies them on their cross-country sales jaunt." She transcribes memos and services her boss sexually. The latter part is assumed and based solely on my own experience with paramours. Or my friend's…
Vulture also corrects earlier reports that the script is an O. Russell original. It's been the village bicycle for around a decade now, rubbing up against both Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and Allen Loeb's (Wall Street 2) pen. David O. Russell recently completed a extensive rewrite though so maybe this script has finally found her special sugar daddy. We'll see if she ever makes it to production and performs like a good girl.

Tony Scott May Helm John Grisham’s ‘The Associate’

Thursday, August 5 by

Please don't smoke that thing while Tony's enjoying his cigar, Shia.
Tony Scott is rumored to be close to directing the adaptation of John Grisham's The Associate. From his successful "lawyers running away from things" series, The Associate is set to star Shia LaBeouf with The Departed's William Monahan on scripting duties.
This isn't confirmed yet and Scott has enough on his plate with Potsdamer Platz, Hell's Angels, and that Chippendales movie, so take the news with a grain of salt. I don't see why they really need a director for this project. John Grisham movies kind of just direct themselves. Do studios really need to pay millions upon millions of dollars to have someone say, "Okay Shia. What you're giving me right now is a light jog. I need a jaunt. Get them legs up. That's good. Okay. Now go get double-crossed by Gene Hackman." (LA Times)

Prop 8 Shall. Not. Pass!

Thursday, August 5 by

Gandalf don't play that. Today California, tomorrow The Shire.

Daily Expendable: Steve Austin

Thursday, August 5 by

 
Steve Austin, or the wrestler formerly known as 'Stone Cold', may not have the same screen experience as the other Expendables, but what he lacks in acting skills, he makes up in kicking ass. How bad-ass is Austin? It took two full days to film his fight scene with Sly Stallone, during which he broke Stallone's neck.
Highly Debatable Best Role: Conrad in The Condemned
Weird Fact: Adam Sandler ranks him as one of his all time favorite co-stars.
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Cher Judges Christina Aguilera in ‘Burlesque’ Trailer

Thursday, August 5 by

Stanley Tucci gets handsey with the new "star."
So…the trailer for Burlesque is here? If you haven't seen one of those "Midwestern girl comes to Los Angeles to make it big but ends up getting more than she bargained for" movies than you're in a for a treat. If you have, than I hope you like Christina Aguilera in whore makeup. She's had it on since the Lady Marmalade music video from Moulin Rouge.
Stanley Tucci delivers the sass like a pro (why is he so good at being sassy?), and Cam Gigandet plays second fiddle to his bowler cap. The standout part of the trailer though is the flawless CGI work. Cher is as realistic and expressive as ever. Kudos Andy Serkis, for donning the motion capture suit once again and bringing another memorable character to life.
Check out the trailer after the jump…

‘Middle Men’ Actress Stacey Alysson

Thursday, August 5 by

 
Stacey Alysson is a blonde babe with some major medical street credit to her family name. Not only is she a graduate of Nutritional Science but her father was the first veterinarian to use Prozac on animals. Probably because all the animals got depressed looking at Stacey's hot body all day long and they couldn't have her.
A word from Stacey: “Does this still count as sexual harasment if I make the first move?”  
Probably, but I guarantee no one's going to file charges.
More pics of Stacey after the jump…

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Burlesque

Thursday, August 5 by

Director: Steve Antin
Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming, Cam Gigandet

Screenwriter Hired To Ruin ‘An American Werewolf In London’

Thursday, August 5 by

"Honey! Do Jacob's abs look tighter than mine?"
Thanks to Twilight and "True Blood," Hollywood is buying up anything werewolf-related. MMA werewolves, teenaged werewolves, California-based werewolves, it doesn't matter what the werewolves do, as long as they are werewolves. So, it stands to reason that Hollywood would be anxious to desecrate John Landis's classic An American Werewolf In London.
The Weinsteins have just hired The Number 23 scribe Fernley Phillips to drag his butt across the remake's script. This is the Fernley Phillips who named a character "Topsy Kretts." So, yeah. Um. Yeah. The Weinsteins reportedly want to completely depart from Landis's film and give it a more modern feel. That means less gore, more mumbly romance. Which is dumb. Just make your own movie without tarnishing the memory of a horror classic. Besides, with a name like An American Werewolf In London, audiences are going to expect a Madonna biopic. (via LA Times and Bloody Disgusting)

Maggie Grace Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Lockout’

Thursday, August 5 by

Space prison is much like Earth prison.
Maggie Grace and Luc Besson last worked together on Taken, which Besson produced and co-wrote and Grace starred in as Liam Neeson's stupid daughter who shares cabs with strange Frenchman just because they smile at her. Now Deadline reports that they're reteaming for Lockout, a film with one of the coolest loglines I've heard in a long time:
Guy Pearce is attached to play a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He's offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter (Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
He has to save her from a space prison riot? Awesome! Prison riots in general kick-ass, as evidenced by Face/Off, but imagine what one would look like with zero-gravity, once the device in the film that sustains gravity inevitably gets shut off. If they cast Charles S. Dutton, who's familiar with space prison from Alien 3 and Earth prison from real life, this film is sure to blow up bigger than Taken. I can hear Guy Pearce saying the lines now… "I will find you. And I will kill you. In space." Good luck.

12 Best Portrayals of Movie White Trash

Thursday, August 5 by

Acting is a skill that requires intense focus and an incredible amount of natural talent. Acting like white trash simply requires a lack of focus and an incredible amount of Natural Light. That said, some actors manage the role better than others and that’s what I’ll be examining today as I present the 12 greatest portrayals of white trash in film.
Nicholas Cage as H.I. McDonnough in Raising Arizona

Michael Cera Won’t Ruin ‘Ghostbusters 3′

Thursday, August 5 by

The road to Ghostbusters 3 has been a turbulent one. We've heard rumors for awhile about a sequel that would catch up with the paranormalists in the modern day, and serve as a passing of the torch to an Apatowized cast. Luckily, one brave man has stood in the way, refusing to allow our childhoods to miscarry in unnecessary 3D. God bless you, Bill Murray.
Now Michael Cera is fighting the good fight. He tells USA Today:
"Ghostbusters is the most influential movie of my childhood," he says. "And I would not want to be the reason that Ghostbusters was all of a sudden bad."
Looks like we'll have to depend on Jesse Eisenberg for that.

‘Breakthrough with Tony Robbins’ Canceled Due to Less Than Inspired Ratings

Wednesday, August 4 by

"Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" has been canceled after just two episodes, Deadline is reporting. Robbins, a self-help author, success coach, and modern-day medicine man failed to awake the giant within and tap his unlimited power, forcing NBC to scrap the show.

At last report, Robbins was chugging Jack Daniels, eating Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey and watching a 12 hour block of pornography at a Motel 6 in Bakersfield, CA, while repeatedly murmuring to himself that "it's all a big nothing."

‘Breaking Bad’ Hopes Webisodes Will Hold You Over Until 2011

Wednesday, August 4 by

July of 2011 is a long way off; almost a year by some estimates. Unfortunately, that's how long we'll have to wait for new episodes of "Breaking Bad." But to help keep fans from resorting to meth use, the show's producers are developing a series of three-to-four minute webisodes to run on the AMC website. According to the show's star, Bryan Cranston, these websiodes will be more than just fluff.
"I for one am eager to make these little interstitials important. I don’t want them to be simply filler or recap, but something that actually moves the storyline forward. If we’re going to do it, it ought to be a real part of the larger show.”
This sounds like a welcome change from the "Battlestar Galactica" websiodes, which consisted mainly of deleted scenes and 15 minutes of Edward James Olmos letting loose on the can. (Deadline)

The ‘Avengers’ Comic-Con Teaser Trailer Has a Wicked Font

Wednesday, August 4 by

The Avengers Comic-Con teaser trailer has hit the net, and I can see what all the nerds have been fussing about. Between the awesome voice over and the super-cool font they used for the logo, I was barley able to keep from wetting myself. It was just too exciting. (/S)

Yeah, I know it was only a teaser trailer, but give me something I can use, Marvel! A shield, a hammer, a cape; anything is better than nothing. At the very least, tell me the Invisible Woman was standing there the whole time.
She was? Awesome!

Watch a sad excuse for a teaser trailer after the jump…

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