Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mind Bending Berry

Following a screening of Frankie and Alice. Halle Berry confirmed she will play a role in Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski’s next film, Cloud Atlas, based on the science fiction tome by David Mitchell reports NataliePortman.com.

Berry says “I’m going to do a movie probably in the summer with the Wachowskis…..A really interesting movie [that is] sort of what they did for ‘The Matrix’ they have another really amazing idea that’s sort of gonna stretch our brains even further. And so I’m really excited about that and that’s probably gonna be in the summer. And that’s with Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman.”

While Berry's involvement is "not a done deal yet", she seems pretty certain it's a go

The ensemble drama spans six different story lines over a millennium, with each tale is revealed to be a story read (or watched) by the main character in the next. The stories in order include an American notary's voyage across the Pacific in 1850, a young English musician working as an amanuensis in 1930's Belgium, a 1970's Californian journalist investigating corruption around a nuclear plant, a modern day British publisher who becomes confined to a nursing home, a cloned political prisoner being executed in a dystopian near future Korea, and a Hawaiian tribesman in a post-apocalyptic distant future telling a story around a campfire.

No word how this will affect production of the Wachowski's R-rated Iraq war gay romance Cobalt Neural 9

Newbie Bits

-Evangelion: 2.0 should have between 70-100 screens for its theatrical release according to ANN. A DVD & Blu-ray release in the U.S. is scheduled for March 29th next year.

-The story behind the making of Pink Floyd's life changing rock opera album The Wall will be told in a film adaptation reports MOG-Once Roger Waters lets the rights go

-Stephen Dorff is working on an idea for a script in which he would team up again with his Blood and Wine co-star, Jack Nicholson reports The Independent. Dorff says "It's a very funny comedy idea for me and him set in the South of France. We're not in script form yet but I wrote the treatment and they've already bought it so as soon as I get a break from working, I'll turn that into a script and I'll go and tell Jack."

-Angela Bassett has joined McG's comedy-thriller "This Means War"according to Variety. The flick follows two best friends and veteran spies (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy) who fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) who has moved into their spare room. They end up fighting for her affections using their black-ops warfare tactics, a fight which literally demolishes much of New York City along the way.Bassett will play the boss to both spies who has dedicated her entire life to the spy business and has no life outside the CIA.Timothy Dowling and Burr Steers penned the script while Will Smith, Simon Kinberg, Robert Simonds and James Lassiter are producing. Filming is currently underway in New York City

-Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale are circling to perhaps co-star with Michael Fassbender in  Steve McQueen’s new drama Shame reports The Irish Film and Television Network.

-NJ gal Kirsten Dunst will join Chloe Moretz in Derick Martini’s coming-of-age drama Hick according to The Playlist.

-Liam Neeson is attached to star in the dark indie drama "An Ordinary Man" that Brad Silberling ("Land of the Lost") will direct says Variety. Neeson would play a fugitive war criminal based loosely on Slobodan Milošević , who is in hiding and protected by his supporters in order to avoid being arrested and put on trial for war crimes.

-Singer-actress Mary J Blige is in talks to star in the film adaptation of 2006 musical Rock of Ages  reports Vulture.

-Zombieland 2 co-writer Rhett Reese--via Twitter--has shot down reports that Harrison Ford & Anthony Hopkins will be appearing in the upcoming sequel in cameos.

Shire News Gazzette

There's been a number of news bits concerning The Hobbit: Part 1 and Part 2 of late...

-Sir Ian McKellen has updated his official site posting that seems to indicate he's set to reprise the role of Gandalf in the films. Though many thought it a given, McKellen recently said nothing had been set  and he wasn't under contract.

-3D Radar says that the film is definitely going to be shot in 3D and will be filmed entirely with thirty specially designed RED EPIC Cameras.The 2 pics will be amongst the first productions in the world to use the 5k resolution cameras that are much smaller and lighter than current 3-D cameras in use.


-Actor Martin Freeman told BBC News that he has been fitted for prosthetics to play Bilbo Baggins. "I've had wig, feet, ears...full steam ahead for me to look like Bilbo."

-The Telegraph reports that after three hours of standing in a line, a British woman of Pakistani heritage was told she was not white enough to take part as an extra. when filming starts The woman, Naz Humphreys, claims the casting person at the auditions in Hamilton, New Zealand basically said "they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned." A rep for helmer Peter Jackson responded to the claims, calling the woman's dismissal and the casting agent's remarks "an incredibly unfortunate error" this via Contact Music.The rep says no such order was issued to casting directors - "It is not something the producers or the director of The Hobbit were aware of. They would never issue instructions of this kind to the casting crew. All people meeting the age and height requirements are welcome to audition."

Jimmy Anne & Oscar!

A good looking pair of actors will host the Oscars next year says THR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 127 Hours star James Franco, and Love and Other Drugs star Anne Hathaway will pair up to emcee the 2011 event--continuing the double-act hosting that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin  began at the 2010 ceremony.

"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons - fresh, exciting and multi-talented," said telecast producers  Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer "We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."

Lord knows Oscar needs a shot in the arm as a program I like Jimmy and Anne as actors Hoping they do well here Fingers Crossed...

THR wonders if Hosting the Oscars Help James Franco's and Anne Hathaway's Chances of Winning?...Hmmm

Monday, November 29, 2010

From Buldge To Bulk

From Ioan Gruffudd in "Fantastic Four" to Brandon Routh supposedly getting a CGI face lift in Superman Returns ...The  V.P.L., or 'Visible Penis Line'.is  back in the news for another comic book flick

Now it's the Webhead's turn as Showbiz Spy reports that new Spidey Andrew Garfield has been through numerous costume fittings for the as yet Untitled Spider-Man Reboot most notably the new suit which is "a very high-tech design".

An insider says "One whole day was devoted to make sure there was nothing inappropriate showing in the crotch area of the suit. Andrew should be flattered that it took so long to get that part right."


Meantime Garfield has addressed all of the online chatter by fanboys who think that the actor is too skinny to play the part

"I have had a lot of good wishes and kind words and a fair bit of criticism too. I heard some people are saying I’m lacking the muscles to be Spider-Man. But the thing is Spidey is as skinny as me. He’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Remember kids Former Spidey Tobey Maguire added tone and definition to play him but never went nuts to add muscle on muscle...

The Dark Side Of 3-D

Director Michael Bay addressed rumors over the holiday weekend that the 3D footage for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" that had been shot thus far was "unusable".

Posting on his official blog, Bay responded "come into my edit room and I will show you beautiful 3D. There has never been a live action show that has pushed the boundaries of 3D like Transformers 3. We shot the entire movie with 3D cameras. I actually loved shooting in 3D. I will give full details of my process and why I liked 3D in the next week."

Adding "don't watch this movie in 2D, we made it for 3D.--an announcement piece" AKA the teaser trailer will most likely be attached to prints of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and TRON Legacy next month

RIP Irvin Kershner (1923 – 2010)

The man who directed the BEST Star Wars movie--Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back has died...

Irvin Kershner was 87..

Kershner made contributions to other franchises as well, directing RoboCop 2 and  Sean Connery's last appearance as James Bond in the 'unofficial' 007 flick, Never Say Never Again.

Having fought in World War II  Kershner began his career by teaching film at the University of Southern California but quickly made the move behind the camera as a stills photographer and TV director with Stakeout On Dope Street in 1958.

And then there's the under appreciated thriller Eyes of Laura Mars and S*P*Y*S

He also helmed a segment of TV's Amazing Stories and SeaQuest 2032

Kershner’s exact cause of death is not yet known, but sources say he was battling a long fought illness--according to The Associated Press.

Man This Sucks....

RIP Leslie Nielsen (1926 – 2010)

Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen has died from compactions due to Pneumonia ....

His management released a statement;

We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun Series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.”

Nielsen's nephew  tells Vancouver Sun  "He had been in the hospital with pneumonia for the past 12 days, and in the last 48 hours it just got worse.[Yesterday] surrounded by family, his wife and friends, he basically just fell asleep. It was very peaceful. He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him. He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly." 

Nielsen worked for over 60 years in TV and movies, first gaining attention as a serious actor in such films as the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. The success of which led to roles in Hot Summer Night, Tammy and the Bachelor, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The New Breed, The Bold Ones: The Protectors and The Poseidon Adventure, before trio David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, cast him in the madcap comedy disaster spoof  Airplane! and the TV series Police Squad! which spawned the films and gave him a second career as a funny man

Dracula: Dead and Loving It, the family drama Nuts illustrate the 2 career notion...

He worked right up until his death, most recently starring in the horror spoof Stan Helsing, with appearances in Spanish Movie, Stonerville and the upcoming pic The Waterman Movie

As someone who grew up watching his work I will miss him...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Supes Flyover

Deadline spoke with actor/director Ben Affleck about the December 17th Home Video bow of his Oscar buzzed film The Town, and got the chance to also ask him just how close he came to almost directing Superman: Man of Steel...

Affleck Played Actor George Reeves Who Was Supes In TV's Adventures Of Superman In Hollywoodland Back In '06

DEADLINE: Your films display an understanding of the under-class, and the working class and through that you've established your wheelhouse. Then there were rumors you considered directing Superman, which went to Zack Snyder What factors do you consider in where to go next? Do you need to do a mega-budget film as a director.

AFFLECK: The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money. With Superman, I think they're going to do a great version Chris Nolan is brilliant and they've got a great director for it. I've love to do something like Blade Runner, but a lesson I've learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they'll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what's important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies.

Like what Ben had to say about budgets--Ultimately it's all about the story and script without those you don't have a film no matter how good the effects may be....

Harry By A Hair

Thanksgiving weekend at the movies came down between last week's winner Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1and CG animated newcomer Tangled...

THR staff report

Harry Potter had a magical weekend, topping the domestic box office by a hair with the animated movie Tangled close behind in second place. The seventh film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 took in $50.3 million over the Thanksgiving weekend, followed by Disney's take on the Rapunzel fairy tale, which made $49.1 million....

Read more....

John Young of EW:

'Harry Potter' remains No. 1 with $50.3 mil, 'Tangled' a close second...

Next Up: December kicks off with the Wednesday release of Darren Aronofsky's eyebrow raising psychological thriller Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis; Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush discover The Warrior's Way After many delays Jim Carrey is finally able to say I Love You Phillip Morris; The biopic 127 Hours goes wider; Already available On Demand now going limited Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella  discover All Good Things must come to an end...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Look Behind Sherlock

French actor Gilles Lellouche.told Canal+ (via Cinema Teaser & The Playlist) that he's been cast in the already filming "Sherlock Holmes 2"

Lellouche found out on Wednesday that he was cast though no word was given as yet on what his role is aside from the fact that it's a minor villain role (though there's speculation his role is that of 'The Swede').

The film sees Holmes, Watson (Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) and a French gypsy (Noomi Rapace) on a cross-continent journey during which they'll encounter Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry) --And match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Jared Harris).

The production is about to move its crew to Paris and Strasbourg for filming. Several days of shooting take place around Notre Dame Cathedral, though Downey Jr. and Law will not be on hand for that.

Guy Ritchie helms the new adventure due in theaters everywhere on December 16th, 2011.

A Window To Heaven

LaLa Land Records announced (via their Facebook page) that they will be releasing a limited edition 2 CD set of composer Jerry Goldsmith’s score for 1989's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier which includes 45 minutes of previously unreleased material on Tuesday November 30th!

They will also release 3 other new limited edition scores at 4pm EST 1pm PST that same day as well--James Horner’s Jade  Danny Elfman's  Batman Returns (2CD-SET) and John Williams' Home Alone 

More details on all four releases were posted on the Film Score Monthly forums.

All of the releases are cool but I am really excited about Star Trek V since the score is one of the BEST THINGS ABOUT THE 21 YEAR OLD SEQUEL--Allowing Goldsmith to bring back the Main Title and Klingon Theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture!! 



The original 1989 soundtrack release is also included here. In-depth, exclusive liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall take you behind the movie and its music. Bruce Botnick also contributes exclusive comments. This is a limited edition of 5000 sets


Disc ONE – The Film Score

1. Nimbus III 2:01
2. The Mind-Meld 2:43
3. The Mountain [Main Title]* 4:53
4. The Big Drop 0:26
5. Raid on Paradise 2:43
6. Not Alone 1:11
7. Target Practice 1:52
8. A Tall Ship 1:43
9. Plot Course 1:46
10. No Harm 2:13
11. Approaching Nimbus III 2:59
12. Open the Gates 3:01
13. Well Done 1:16
14. Without Help 4:55
15. Pick It Up 2:31
16. No Authority 0:30
17. It Exists 1:47
18. Free Minds 3:18
19. The Birth 3:53
20. The Barrier* 2:52
21. A Busy Man 4:41
22. An Angry God 6:57
23. Let’s Get Out of Here [part 1] 3:42
24. Let’s Get Out of Here [part 2] 3:07
25. Cosmic Thoughts 1:16
26. Life Is a Dream [End Credits]* 3:57
Total Disc Time: 73:07

Disc TWO – The 1989 Soundtrack Album

1. The Mountain* 3:50
2. The Barrier* 2:51
3. Without Help 4:18
4. A Busy Man 4:40
5. Open the Gates 3:00
6. An Angry God 6:55
7. Let’s Get Out of Here 5:13
8. Free Minds 3:17
9. Life Is a Dream* 3:57
10. The Moon’s a Window to Heaven † 4:00
Total Time: 42:22

Additional Music

11. The Mountain [Main Title] (alternate)* 4:45
12. A Busy Man (alternate) 4:42
13. Paradise Saloon (source) 2:42
14. The Moon’s a Window to Heaven
(film version) 1:10
15. Vulcan Song/
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
(Instrumental source) 1:33
16. Synclavier Effects 1:54
Total Time: 16:46
Total Disc Time: 59:28

Total Two-Disc Time: 131:51

* Contains “Theme From Star Trek (TV Series 1966–1969)
Composed by Alexander Courage 

† Performed and Arranged by Hiroshima

I wonder if we'll hear William Shatner Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat?!!!??

[Tom Chuckles...!]

The Star Trek V 2-CD Soundtrack will be available at www.lalalandrecords.com/ starting on Tuesday November 30th.

Getting Into Character

No surprise here Emma Stone will NOT be joining her  Superbad pal Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum for the  21 Jump Street flick

I don't think I'm going to be part of that, but Jonah is one of my favorite people in the entire world," she told  MTV--This is due of course to her playing Gwen Stacy in the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot

She’s ready for the Spidey challenge opposite Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker...

"The way I have to approach it, and I think Andrew would agree, is just like any other movie. You're going to put the same amount of focus into this that you would with anything. It just happens to be an exponentially bigger budget. So there's that. It'll probably feel different when we start to do press, but we won't have to deal with that for another year and a half. And there are harnesses I'm going to have to use in this one. That's the only difference. Just the harnesses.

Stone also talks hair.“ I went and did hair tests, because I have blonde hair now since Gwen has blonde hair. My natural hair is blonde, so it's kind of nice. I looked in the mirror and said, ‘Oh my god, it's me again, it's been so long!’ We're finalizing the visual stuff. And I think we'll start actually rehearsing, because we start shooting in two weeks. Andrew and I went and learned about science yesterday. Gwen really likes science, so we learned about science. I was home-schooled, so I never went to chemistry class in a traditional setting like Gwen is into. That was really beneficial.”

And finally on pleasing Spider-fans....

I have such respect for the world of comic book fans. I've been to Comic-Con for Zombieland, and zombie fans are a very specific kind of fan base. And my absolute favourite kinds of people in the world are people that are passionate about something. And if there's protective of something they're passionate about it, I can completely relate because there and things I'm passionate about and protective of. There's a part of me that really wants to please people that love Spider-Man or Gwen Stacy and want her to be done justice. I hope they'll give me license to interpret her my way.

I think Stone will be OK here--She shines wherever she goes....Still Fanboys can be a tough bunch....

Stone will begin shooting next month on  Marc Webb's Spidey pic for a July 3, 2012 debut.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Give Them A Hand

Director Bill Condon gives fans the first official photo from  “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1″ via Twitter...

Exciting isn't it???


The 2 part flick follows Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as they finally get married and face problems as they welcome the arrival of their kid and get trouble from the Volturi regarding the child’s status as a possible “immortal child," something strictly illegal in vampire circles.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 will be released on November 18 next year, followed by Part 2 on November 16, 2012.

A Load Of Crow

Mark & David In The Ring

Out on the stump promoting December 17th's The Fighter star Mark Wahlberg tells Cinematical that he is not starring in the reboot of The Crow.

"We never committed to making the movie. They talked to me about it, and there was a director [Stephen Norrington] attached who I was a fan of, and he's no longer doing it. We just thought about it - 'is there something cool to be done there?' But we're not committed to making the movie"

Wahlberg then told MTV that he will reunite with Fighter helmer David O. Russell for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" the film adaptation of the video game He also suggested that Russell is courting Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to play Drake’s father and uncle respectively.

He also confirmed that the remake of 1980's Contraband and the Seth MacFarlane comedy Teddy Bear are on his plate as well.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Best Kept Secret

With production wrapped it's been revealed that newcomer James Howson
plays the role of Heathcliff in Andrea Arnold's upcoming film adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic book. "Wuthering Heights" reports The Daily Mail

Howson is believed to be the first black actor to star in the role in any screen adaptation of the work. In fact some academics believe Heathcliff was not meant to be white in the book where he's described as a "dark-skinned gypsy in aspect".

Howson stars opposite Brit TV series "Skins" star Kaya Scodelario as the doomed Catherine.

Arnold's approach is to return to the novel’s roots of doomed teenage lovers, thus they cast unknowns rather than the thirty something big name stars who've appeared in previous adaptations including Laurence Olivier, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Dalton and most recently Tom Hardy.

Arnold made the pic under tight secrecy. Howson has no social networking sites.

Not easy to keep anything quiet in this industry Bravo!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Film News Feast

Holiday Movie Morsels...

Garcia Bernal

-Gael García Bernal will star in "Hands of Stone", a biopic about champion lightweight boxer Roberto Duran reports The Wrap. The Panamanian is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 70 KOs. He defeated then Olympic champion "Sugar" Ray Leonard in a fight in 1980 dubbed "The Brawl in Montreal", but in a rematch later that year Durán gave up into the eighth round of the fight and famously said "No Mas" as he turned his back on Leonard. Al Pacino may play the role of trainer Ray Arcel in the film. Jonathan Jakubowicz penned the script, is directing and will produce alongside Ben Silverman. No production schedule is set

-The long-gestating adaptation of Australian novelist Matthew Reilly's young adult novel series "Hover Car Racer - Matthew Reilly" is revving up again  with commercials director Fredrik Bond  top choice to direct reports The Los Angeles Times.

-Out stumping to promote Faster, Billy Bob Thornton told Collider that he'd be up for doing a sequel to the 2003 pitch black comedy Bad Santa

-Underworld 4 is subbed New Dawn, synopsis also revealed via Bloody Disgusting 

-Swiss filmmaker Ben Hibon will direct Pan, a gritty contemporary adaptation of J. M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan says Variety. In this incarnation, Captain Hook is a burned out ex-police detective trying to track down a kidnapper whom witnesses describe as being childlike. Hibon, who directed the animated shadow sequence explaining the legend behind "The Deathly Hallows", helms from a script by Ben Magid. The script was previously picked up back in 2006 by New Line and at one time had Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Shooting aims to kick off next Fall in Europe.

- Quarantine and Devil directors John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle will mount a Coup says Bloody Disgusting 

-The Thing prequel hits theaters on October 14th 2011

- Gore Verbinski is now officially signed to direct The Lone Ranger with Johnny DeppDeadline as Tonto says

-Jeremy Renner has partly confirmed that he's being groomed to 'take over' from Tom Cruise as the lead after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol saying “It’s a franchise to potentially take over. I can’t predict the future, but that’s certainly the idea”…Via MTV

-Christian Bale confirms that the upcoming " The Dark Knight Rises" will be the last time he will don the cowl via Total Film

-Disturbia director D.J. Caruso;says there's no plans for a film based on cable series The Shield. (where he earned his chops), the film adaptation of video game Dead Space is still very much stuck in scripting, and confirmed he's no longer involved in adapting the comic Y: The Last Man

Ghostbuster Babe?

-Bill Hader Will Forte and Anna Faris may all join the cast of Ghostbusters III

-Michael J Bassett ("Solomon Kane") will direct the psychological thriller "Saint Mary's" according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story revolves around a group of young people trapped inside a mental institution where a supernatural presence manifests their worst nightmares. Matthew Kingshott wrote the script. Bassett will probably begin work on the project once he wraps on on Silent Hill: Revelation 3D...

That's all the bits for now...Happy Thanksgiving to TLR fans in the US!

T And The Future Of TLR

Nearly one month ago I made the announcement that I was stepping back a bit from the blog--Heavy multi posting would be rare...

Truth is I have been feeling kinda Meh about TLR for the past 5 months or so...Well it's now late November and I still feel that way--Despite support from all corners and beyond..My readers telling me they enjoy TLR (which is the reason why I really do this.) I still feel meh..A month ago I wrote

Been looking for peeps to take over the blog since May; While I don't want to see it end entirely....Been feeling meh on the blog for quite some time--If I can't give you my readers--my Best--it's time for a change.

I had hoped to find some one to take over the day to day by now--while I would stick around to oversee things...

Also I have a lot of personal stuff going on that I Must See Myself Through
To that end I have been meeting with potential helpers but none have panned out very well...

I know what some of you are saying no biggie just take time off already...

I have therefore decided on a Dormant Date when Posting Will Be SUSPENDED (unless I find helpers by then or things change away from the blog..) I can then get my house in order and recharge my batteries and be back better than ever--The last day before the halt will be WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15 2010 Marking the first time Superman The Movie theaters in 1978. The halt date seemed highly appropriate and timely..

How long  this will last is unknown--A week-A Month Longer? I felt I owed my loyal readers as much And I hope you plan to stick with TLR no matter what and rest assured I will keep you posted...

Thanks And all The Best

Enhanced Body Type

A Brit playing Supes?

No Super Suit Requited?

Matthew Goode, who played Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt in Zack Snyder’s impressive Watchmen adaptation is being talked up by “sources” as a front-runner for Superman: Man of Steel says Movienewz

The latest from the Mill is that Snyder wants the 6'2, 32-year-old Goode to play Clark Kent in the film.

Goode would fit into the Kent role quite well

Goode as Superman on the other hand--if Goode were selected he'd have to spend serious time in the gym right?

Movienewz also reports that Snyder isn't concerned about body type as he plans to render Superman's muscular body with CG animation, much like Ryan Reynolds, outfit is rendered in next year's Green Lantern

Not sure how I feel about a CG Supes though GL looks better than I thought he would...

Actors Joe Manganiello Jon Hamm, Armie Hammer and Ian Somerhalder have all been bandied around thebWeb for rhe role recently...

Meantime What's Playing says according to casting breakdowns - "When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be”.

Death Comes To All

Like Thursday's big meal--the cineplex offers up some tasty film choices this holiday weekend ..

A classic fairy tale gets Tangled (reviews); Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway get high on Love and Other Drugs (reviews) Cher takes Christina Aguilera under her wing in Burlesque (reviews) Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Grace find a way to go Faster (reviews) And The Nutcracker Goes 3-D (reviews)

Carl DiOrio of THR:

Movie-theater operators and film distributors alike already are salivating over Turkey Day.

By industry convention, next weekend will be treated as a three-day box-office session. But if there is any doubt that the Thanksgiving holiday creates a box-office feast running from midweek through Sunday, consider that four wide openers unspool Wednesday with aims of stuffing a combined $100 million into domestic registers through Sunday.

A distinctly-targeted quartet, the market debutantes include:

* Disney’s 3D animated adventure Tangled, which should corral most family patrons while posting a No. 1 debut with $25 million or more for the weekend and up to $40 million for the Wednesday-Sunday span;

* Sony’s female-oriented musical Burlesque — starring Christina Aguilera and Cher — which should fetch low teen millions in weekend box office and reach at least the high teens through its first five days;

* Fox’s date movie of a romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, which should cop $13 million or more in Friday-Sunday coin and perhaps $17 million from the longer period; and

* CBS Films’ guys-seeking Dwayne Johnson starrer Faster, similarly speeding toward a sum in the low teen millions for the weekend and a five-day cume in the high teens.

A retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale — with Mandy Moore providing the voice of the long-haired princess — Tangled is getting the widest release of any of the market entrants with more than 3,500 playdates, including 2,400-plus 3D locations. But Tangled will have to settle for silver-medal in the weekend’s box-office competition, as Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is still going strong and should easily repeat atop the domestic heap.

Hallows rang up $125 million in its first weekend and could do up to half as well in its sophomore session.

Disney execs figure tots with parents as the core audience for Tangled.

It may skew female going into it, but there is no question that it’s going to play much broader than people may expect,” Disney distribution president Chuck Viane said.

Sony says the perception of Burlesque as a chick flick is misleading.

It’s primary audience is girls and women, there’s no doubt about it,” Sony distribution topper Rory Bruer said. “But I’ve yet to meet a guy who saw the movie who doesn’t also like.

Fox distribution boss Bruce Snyder hopes the guys will like Love as much as the gals.

“That could be the advantage of being a date-night movie,” Snyder said.

Faster is CBS Films’ first release since The Back-Up Plan unspoiled last April.

We are back in action, and The Rock is back in action,” CBS Films distribution boss Steven Friedlander enthused....

Potter might just have eeked out another victory come Monday....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ready To Roll

The trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer has pulled up

Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, the story follows Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.

Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy and Josh Lucas co-star in the legal thriller.

The movie is directed by Brad Furman and will be in theaters on March 18, 2011.

McConaughey's last turn as a lawyer was 14 years ago, when rose to fame in Joel Schumacher's A Time To Kill as Jake...This one has the potential to be as good as that was...

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Better Man Than I

Joss Whedon
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon was asked by Kristin Dos Santos at E! Online for reaction to the news of the new Joss-less flick

In usual Whedon fashion:

"Kristin, I'm glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths -- just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

"Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, "Whit Stillman And Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER." Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, "I'll make a mint! This is worth more than all my  Toy Story residuals combined!"

"Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

"I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can't wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I'm making a Batman movie. Because there's a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

"Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon."

Self deprecating and clever as always...I will say (again) what he will not--The Idea SUCKS!!!

Huffy Over Buffy

The film reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is official says Heat Vision

Creator Joss Whedon WILL NOT BE INVOLVED!!

Sarah Michelle Gellar Played Buffy On TV

Charles Roven Steve Alexander Doug Davison and Roy Lee (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed) will produce.

Whit Anderson is writing the script.--Who?....

Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug Davison and Roy Lee on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”

Yeah the "active fan base" of which I count myself wants Whedon on board!

The L.A. Times spoke  with Anderson and this her take on the character:of Buffy:

"The deep struggle she had with duty and destiny, that tug between what you’re supposed to be doing and what you want to be doing. The fate of the world is on her shoulders but some days she wakes up and she just doesn’t want to do it. And are we doomed and destined to love someone?  That conflict was very interesting to me. Those are the things I loved about her and her world. She also represents — like all the heroes — something empowering for us. "

I have been against the idea since it was first brought up and said...

A Buffy film without Whedon is like a Star Wars without George Lucas...Having a whole new mythology only serves to alienate fans....Buffy is not Star Trek of course, but at least that reboot respected much of what has come before and did it every step of the way...

If Joss isn't there on the film neither am I as a supporter....And Stand By Those Statements Today

TDK Fodder Rises

Rumors continue to make the rounds about Christopher Nolan's next Bat flick The Dark Knight Rises

-Entertainment Weekly picked up a fan site rumor claims the storyline for the film will use Doug Moench's five-issue tale Prey!!

The unofficial follow up to Frank Miller's Batman: Year One  (which influenced Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) sees Police Commissioner Gordon attempt to maintain his relationship with Batman even as he's heading up a special task force dedicated to capturing him, a task force setup by the Mayor at the request of a deranged police psychiatrist named Doctor Hugo Strange (rumored to be played by Tom Hardy). Strange deduces Batman's identity and plays psychologically with him, eventually planning to kill him and take on the Batman identity for himself. Catwoman also figures into the story.

If true wow....!! One of my favorite tales back when I was reading comics on a regular basis was Prey and the story line fits nicely considering the end of TDK

- One of the key villains of George Miller's aborted Justice League: Mortal was Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra's al Ghul and love interest of Bruce Wayne who later bears his child in the comics.

Teresa Palmer  was set to play the role.

Movieweb chatted it up with Palmer recently and asked if she'd been in contact with Nolan's people about potentially playing the part in 'Rises'.

"I've definitely put the feelers out there with my agents and that would be something I would be really glad to have happen. I doubt I would be one of the actresses high up on Nolan's list... we'll see who ends up doing that role. My managers made the phone calls but I'm pretty sure that they will end up going with a big name girl."

Folks on the Web think Palmer essentially confirmed the character will appear in the film, even though that hasn't been  made official yet

Casting notices indicate there are two key female roles in the movie, one of them a villain, but what those roles are is pure conjecture- Catwoman, Talia, a love interest for Gordon or Wayne have all made the rounds

Finally. star Christian Bale  was asked by Screen Junkies for his opinion of the film's title.

Bale admitted he didn't know the title and when told said "I don’t even know if that’s true...until Chris tells me, I don’t know."


Wolverine Man

Not known for directing populist films Darren Aronofsky answers the "why?".question about his decision to helm comic book pic The Wolverine

Aronofsky gives a great explanation in an interview with Movie City News Bravo DA!

Bully Pulpit

Chris Zylka (the TV version of  "10 Things I Hate About You" and the upcoming Shark Night 3D) has been cast as Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) bullying high school nemesis, in Marc Webb's as yet Untitled Spider-Man Reboot says Comic Book Movie.

"True Blood:" and rumored Superman: Man of Steel  candidate Joe Manganiello played the character in Sam Raimi's first "Spider-Man" film in 2002. No word on how big a role Flash will have in this incarnation..

Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen Emma Stone Denis Leary and Sally Field co star

The script penned by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent sees the wall crawler take on the Lizard (Ifans)

Zooey Deschanel is in talks to play Betty Brant.

Avi AradMatt Tolmach and Laura Ziskin will produce.

Production will start in December, with a release date set for July 3, 2012.


After  Lindsay Lohan was from  Linda Lovelace biopic called nferno word came soon after that Malin Akerman will replace her...

Director Matthew Wilder had Lohan go last week after citing difficulties securing insurance for the troubled star.

In a post on his Facebook page, Wilder writes: "We are so honoured to have Malin and know that she will kill it."

Production on the movie was delayed earlier this year after the Mean Girls star was imprisoned for breaching her probation over the summer.

The film is based on the events of Lovelace's life depicted in her book Ordeal, delving into the "difficult stuff she went through and overcame," according to producer Wali Razaqi

Lovelace, whose real name was Linda Susan Boreman, ultimately denounced her pornography career, becoming a spokesperson for the anti-pornography movement.

Bill Pullman, would appear as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

Shooting was expected to begin this month but was once again stalled when Lohan was ordered to continue receiving treatment until January.

Malin would have made a great choice from the jump..

Hollywood wants Lohan to get her life back on track yet she continues to be her own worst enemy...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"We've Been Completely Wasting Our Potentiall"

The 2nd Trailer for 2011's First Superhero Flick Is Here...The Green Hornet

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a media empire heir who wants nothing more than to live like a playboy, hosting lavish parties, dating supermodels and generally having a good But the suspicious death of his father James (Tom Wilkinson) is a wake-up call Reid, and he decides that he needs to make a difference .Helping him on his quest to becoming something more heroic is Kato (Jay Chou), his father’s limo driver..And The Hornet is born...

Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, and David Harbour co-star in the January 14th film. The adaptation is directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and written by  Rogen and his Superbad co-screenwriter and pal Evan Goldberg

My gut still says this one could go either way folks....

Huzzah Harry!

The opening of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 this weekend gives the book to flick franchise it's personal best

Carl DiOrio of THR

Despite mega opening for "Potter," collectively, top-10 films rung up 25% less than comparable frame last year.

The box-office wizard has outdone himself.

Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 conjured an estimated $125.1 million in domestic box office for a franchise-best bow and the eighth-best opening weekend ever.

A $61.2 million Friday, including a record $24 million from midnight performances, prompted brief speculation about an even higher weekend tally. But the action fantasy slid 37% on Saturday lacking similar midnight money, and Warners penciled in another decline for Sunday.

Still, the opening was on the high end of pre-release expectations, and Hallows: Part 1 has a good shot at mounting a year's-best theatrical run if the film maintains momentum through the upcoming Thanksgiving span and beyond. The first of two movies based on the seventh and final book in the Potter series, Hallows: Part 1 is widely touted to collect more than $400 million domestically; Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 is the top-grossing release of 2010 so far with $415 million.

The last Potter picture -- July 2009 opener Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -- conjured $77.8 million during its first three days and $302 million in total U.S. and Canadian coin. The franchise marked its previous best opening in November 2005, when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire debuted with $102.7 million, while the $317.6 million fetched by the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone remains its biggest domestic total to date.

The first six Potter movies together collected a stunning $5.4 billion in worldwide box office.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is set to open next July 15, with Warners planning to release the franchise-capper in 3D. The studio reversed an earlier decision to go 3D with Part 1 due to insufficient time for a quality conversion from 2D.

Eventually, all of the Potter pics will be converted to 3D for limited theatrical re-release and a big push in the Blu-ray Disc home-entertainment format.

"I don't think a wide theatrical re-release could sustain the costs of a modern marketing campaign," Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said.

Opening audiences for Hallows: Part 1 skewed 57% female, with 51% of patrons under age 25.

"One of the greatest accomplishments here is that we have been able to age the franchise," Fellman said. "We have been able to keep our fan base as the characters have aged and the movies have become darker. And the three main actors have become really terrific, adult actors."

Produced for an estimated $150 million, Hallows: Part 1 was directed by David Yates -- who also helmed Prince -- and features Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and the other Potter cast regulars.

Part 1 also unspooled in 91 foreign territories during the past week and has registered $205 million in international box office.

Some 340 high-grossing Imax specialty venues contributed a company-record $16.6 million to the worldwide Potter tally. Hallows: Part 1 fetched $12.4 million from 239 Imax venues in the U.S. and Canada and $4.2 million from 101 international sites.

"I'm thrilled that we broke records with Harry Potter, because we have been a part of the franchise since Harry Potter 3," Imax Filmed Entertainment president Greg Foster said. "We're Harry Potter people."

Elsewhere this weekend, Lionsgate's Russell Crowe starrer The Next Three Days opened with a disappointing $6.8 million in fifth place. Helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis, the PG-13 action thriller attracted audiences comprised 55% of females, with 83% of patrons aged 25 or older.

"It was a disappointing start, but because of the older audience make-up and their movie-going habits we are hopeful the film will have solid playability," Lionsgate distribution topper David Spitz said....

John Young of  EW

Well done, Potter...

The Holiday weekend gives movie-goers a cornucopia of choices: A classic fairy tale gets Tangled; Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway get high on Love and Other Drugs; Cher takes Christina Aguilera under her wing in Burlesque; Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Grace find a way to go Faster And The Nutcracker Goes 3-D

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Road Not Yet Traveled

Another exciting day on TLR! It is once again with GREAT PRIDE I present the following....

Earlier this month Team Spontaneous (Deven Lobascio and Jason Mayer
The Pendant-trailer) shot their latest film called Down the Road

The revenge thriller follows a group of college students who may have escaped their personal troubles only to find themselves fighting for their lives when a madman comes calling...

Jen Dance, David Bonner and Shaun Paul Costello star....

Clint Howard brother of director Ron Howard has a cameo in the film! Howard has a plethora of TV and film credits of course and does great work wherever he goes....

But fans of the original Star Trek will note his brief scene in the 1966 episode-The Corbomite Maneuver as well....

Local news NBC 10 even noticed Howard's presence in DTR!!!

The Pic Is Now In Post Production....

Way to go boys! The Pest is VERY PROUD Of You Both For Making It Happen Again!

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