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Stephen Lang Considering ‘Conan’ Villian Role

Wednesday, March 3 by

"i'm a real tyrant without my morning cup of joe."After his breakthough as a scarred-up badass in Avatar, Stephen Lang is carving his niche as Hollywood's go-to son of a bitch. Colonel Quaritch has been offered the role of head bad guy in Marcus Nispel's Conan remake. The character, Khalar Singh, is a cruel warlord and former comrade to Conan's miniature dog-loving dad.This sounds like an exciting bit of casting in an otherwise unexciting film. Although it could be dangerous to the plot as I'll probably root for Lang over Jason Momoa. But only because I'll always root against white guys with dreads. Just make my coffee, Smelly.Lang was terrific in Avatar and I'm glad that's leading to more work. And before you rush to comment that he's essentially playing the same role, allow me to point out that this time he'll have a sword. It's a subtle difference. (Latino Review)

‘Space Invaders’ Is Now a Movie

Wednesday, March 3 by

Video game movies are relatively cheap to make and they come with a built-in fanbase. Also, Milla Jovovich needs the work. I understand that logic. But there are some games that really do not deserve the Hollywood treatment yet they get picked up anyway. Missile Command is one. Asteroids is another. And now Space Invaders is joining the club. From the LA Times:Warner Bros. is negotiating to acquire feature rights to the landmark shooter from Taito, the Japanese company that originally manufactured the game. If the rights issues all work out, the project would bring on Hollywood fixtures Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady as producers.I'm excited for the day when I don't have to be negative about movie news. A day when the ideas that are presented are original, cool film ideas. But that day is not today. I'm not saying that I'm immune to making bad decisions. For instance, me creating a ketchup and Honeycomb cereal sandwich didn't turn out so well. But I learned a valuable lesson. Also, burned my penis pretty badly on the panini press in doing so. (LA Times)

Liam Neeson Jonesing For Dead Christina Ricci in ‘After.Life’ Trailer

Wednesday, March 3 by

No one makes pale dead skin work quite like Christina Ricci. Then pop a red dress on her and you've got yourself a corpse not even Liam Neeson can resist. In After.Life, the Kraken-owning Neeson plays a mortician who communicates with the dead to help them transition to…wait for it…the afterlife. Justin Long is also running around like he usually does trying to figure out what's going on and how he can stop it with a few well-placed quips. Is she dead? Is she alive? Who sees her? Who doesn't? Why isn't Haley Joel Osment in anything anymore? Is it because puberty messed his face up? All of the answers in the After.Life trailer after the jump.

After.Life

Wednesday, March 3 by

Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-VoslooCast: Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin LongSynopsis: A young woman caught between life and death… and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive.

‘Scrubs’ Actress Nicky Whelan

Wednesday, March 3 by

Nicky Whelan is an Australian-born actress/goddess. What do they put in the water over in Australia? All of their hot, talented natives are taking over Hollywood, and rightly so. Isn't that supposed to be an island full of convicts? If so, I'd gladly swing on down and drop the soap in the shower. A word from Nicky: "I'm a good girl when I'm at work."Well work's only nine hours of the day, yaknowwhatI'msayin'?More pics of Nicky being bad after the jump.

Oscar Blushes at Sacha Baron Cohen’s Controversial Sketch

Wednesday, March 3 by

At one point, Sacha Baron Cohen was being considered to host this year's Oscars but was deemed too unpredictable to get the gig. Now we have word that he's also been dropped as a presenter for fear that he might offend James Cameron.Cohen's plan was to take the stage dressed as a pregnant Na'vi who would accost the director Maury Povich-style about the bun he had squirted into her oven. Show co-producer Bill Mechanic knows Cameron pretty well and vetoed the sketch because he was worried the director would be incensed enough to walk out on live television.What's the big deal? It's a goofy sketch for an awards show produced by a guy who knows the lyrics to Miley Cyrus songs. Why take it so seriously? It's not like Cohen was going to position his taint on Cameron's chin. Bill Mechanic must really think so little of James Cameron. You hear that, Cameron? Bill Mechanic intimated that you're a bitch. FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! (Vulture)

8 History-less History Channel Shows

Wednesday, March 3 by

In March of 2008, The History Channel shortened its name to History. It would have made more sense if it had shortened its name to The Channel. Over the past few years, the network has stopped pretending to give a damn about history and now traffics mainly in crappy reality television. Sure, it can be entertaining, but history it ain’t! Remember when The History Channel used to enlighten its viewers with quality historical documentaries and relevant original programming? Yeah, neither do we. The network has always been a sad mix of poor-quality World War II stock footage and shoddy battle reenactments. But for all its faults, at least it used to take its name somewhat seriously. Sure, “UFO Hunters: Nazi UFOs” wasn’t the most historically accurate documentary, but at least it had Hitler as opposed to some hillbilly running around in a swamp. With those simpler times in mind, here are eight History Channel shows that have nothing to do with history.

‘Dark Knight’ Producer to Reboot ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Wednesday, March 3 by

Charles Roven and Atlas Entertainment have just dropped anchor on their next project, a big-screen adaptation of Gilligan's Island. The producer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has picked up a script by Yogi Bear's Brad Copeland to bring the iconic castaways to theaters. There's no word yet whether the film will veer toward hacky, slapstick comedy or if it will take a gritty, more serious approach to Gilligan's first year as a bumbling, accident-prone crewman.Series producer Sherwood Schwartz is also onboard as executive producer and, though no cast or director are in place, feels that terminally typecast actor Michael Cera is a shoe-in for the role of Gilligan. Expect Avatar's Joel David Moore's aggressive campaigning for the role to begin in 5… 4… 3… 2…(Variety)

‘Lost’ Characters Simpsons-ized

Tuesday, March 2 by

Pretty spot on, except I don't appreciate Jack and Sun's douchey duckfaces. Here are today's links.Oscar Nominees Before They Were Famous (Moviefone)Ever Wonder How Dinosaurs Had Sex? (Asylum)Awesome LOTR Gif (FilmDrunk)25 Hot Yoga Babes (HolyTaco)Eve Muirhead Taunts the Japanese (TotalProSports)Free Lightsaber Fights?! (Unreality)Jay Leno's Band Leader Tryout Flyer (Maxim)Marisa Miller in UK GQ (CelebJihad)Dan Hardy's Just Trying to Piss People Off (CagePotato)5 3D Remakes That Would Break Your Brain (Pajiba)OnSluts On Call (Atom)March Madness Bracketology (MadeMan)Gordon Tire Strategy Came Up Snake Eyes (AllLeftTurns)11 Hilarious 'Lost' Vertical Stripes (RegretfulMorning)

Timberlake Going to Make Things Awwk-waaard on Diaz’s ‘Bad Teacher’

Tuesday, March 2 by

For God's sake, someone help him! There's going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who's dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that's dating Timberlake's character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. The film's other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)

Exclusive: Weta V/FX Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks ‘Tintin’

Tuesday, March 2 by

Joe Letteri has served as visual effects supervisor at both Industrial Light & Magic and Weta Digital. In doing so, he's had a hand in creating the most innovative and creative visual effects in film history. His career spans from The Abyss to the Oscar-nominated Avatar. Screen Junkies caught up with him at the VES Awards to discuss Steven Spielberg's first entry in the Tintin trilogy he's tackling with Peter Jackson.First up, he discusses what we can expect Tintin to look like:"We’re experimenting with a number of different looks. When you do 3D you have a range of options to go with, slightly sort of cartoony. You go more Pixar style where there’s realism but still exaggeration. The problem with going completely photoreal with human characters is you want to honor the comicness of it. So we’re still feeling our way around it."MORE FROM JOE AFTER THE JUMP.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Tuesday, March 2 by

DIRECTOR: Steven SpielbergCAST: Jamie Bell; Andy Serkis; Simon Pegg; Daniel Craig; Nick FrostSYNOPSIS: Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Capt. Haddock's ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt.

Ebert Speaks! In This Clip from ‘Oprah’

Tuesday, March 2 by

  Yesterday I told you about Roger Ebert's miracle voice computer that he is premiering on today's episode of Oprah. It's understandable that you may not be able to watch the episode due to your busy work schedule or presence of testicles. With that in mind we have this sneak peek. It's actually really amazing how accurate the voice sounds and it's completely heart-warming to see how happy Ebert is to have it back. Though if he were frowning, we would have no way of knowing. The science for that doesn't exist yet. (Videogum)

‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ Actress Stella Maeve

Tuesday, March 2 by

Stella Maeve has had small roles in several TV shows, but now she's making her way in to movies. You can catch her in Brooklyn's Finest this Friday, and soon as Sandy West in The Runaways. I think we'll all take pleasure in watching her star rise.   A word from Stella: "Eating organic is one of the best things a person can do for themselves." Uh oh, fellas, we've got a hippie in our midst. Get out your microwavable meals and canned goods. We're going to make her love preservatives if it kills us. More fresh pics of Stella after the jump.

The New and Improved Screen Junkies!

Tuesday, March 2 by

Screen Junkies has gone under the knife and come out looking FABulous. We've greatly appreciated all the support everyone has shown us over the past few months as we've shifted our focus to posting more news with a few original features thrown in for good measure.Our comments section underwent the biggest augmentation. We took it all the way up to a DD. No longer do you need to be a member of SJ to leave a personalized message. Simply type in the silliest name of your choice and comment on. We fully realize flame wars are inevitable.We've also added a related stories section at the bottom of every post. If you like what you're reading, scroll down and find similar stories. If you don't like what you're reading, pat us on the back for tricking you in to visiting the site. Tell your friends how crafty we are.These are just a few of many changes to come to better your experience on Screen Junkies. Don't expect any happy endings in the future though. We've put the kibosh on those perks.

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