Saturday, July 31, 2010

Source Material


Moon director Duncan Jones tells Man Made Movies that the thriller Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal, will be out early 2011.
"My edit is complete, and we are working hard on visual effects, choosing a composer and trying the film out on a few people just to see how it goes over. Lots to do really, but everything is coming together" he says

"I know that performance-wise we got some great stuff from [the cast] I know that the script was always tight, and the film has a hell of a fast pace to it. I know that I did my best to inject some humor where I could."
Jone was also linked to the new "Judge Dredd" reboot at one point
"I would have loved to do the Judge Dredd movie that is underway. I was in fact sent the script to look at. Its a great script, and I hope I will not rue the decision of passing on it."
So what happened?
"I had such a strong idea of what I wanted to do with a Dredd movie, I could not bring myself to take it on and not do it my way! … and its not like I could do it as a sequel either; my Dredd would have been really weird, and dark and funny, but not your traditional introduction to a hero character. I don't even know if I could have made my version of the film pitch-able. It was maybe too off the wall."
It could not have been any worse than the first Dredd film was-Off the wall may have turned out GREAT

Great fan of Jones after seeing Moon--Watch it! If you have not already done so...

High Jacked


Now in post production, "Jackass 3-D " director Jeff Tremaine chatted with Collider about the pic.

He says 80% of the film was shot in 3D using the Red Digital camera, while the remaining segments will be in glorious 2D still others will undergo a 3-D conversion. Filming on the flick kicked off in February, though there's just a few more days of shooting left to go in the near future.

In total they've shot about double the amount of segments we'll see on screen in the final 90-minute film, in fact there's at least an hour of additional material that will probably be incorporated down the road at some point

The original team of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-o, Bam Margera and Preston Lacy are back

There are also celebrity cameos as well, but they're not going to reveal who they are until the movie pops.on 10/15/10

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Been Showing Off A Bit..."

The impact that Richard Donner's Superman-The Movie has had on me throughout my life is well documented on this blog...

Therefore it should come as no surprise that I Post the following...

Julian Francis Adderley of ITHoTMKProductions recently had the chance to visit the location used for the Kent Farm in Superman, and he put together this video about his experience.




The emotion I felt after watching that video really sneaked up on me...And if you feel the same way about STM that I do...I'll bet your reaction was very similar...

Thanks Julian....

Rut Ro

Karyn Kusama ("Jennifer's Body," "Girlfight") will write and may direct the hunting/missing parent-themed drama "The Rut" reports The L.A. Times.

The story follows a young girl who must learn the tricks of hunting and archery taught to her by her father after he goes missing.

Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) is in talks to play the daughter.

After bombing with "Body" Kusama needs to get back on track If Moretz lands the lead that could do it

Aaron Magnani is producing the film.

Tattoo Ink

Just as actress Emily Browning has dropped out of the race to play the female Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake…

Fincher is denying claims that either he or Sony Pictures have made plans to shoot the three books in the Tattoo" trilogy back-to-back or are already in early prep on any sequels.

He tells MTV that "No, there's no plans for that right now. You got to make one that people want to see a sequel to before you can make a sequel".

Somebody better tell studio co-chairman Amy Pascal that...

Fincher also confirmed plans to shoot and set the film in Sweden, specifically "Stockholm. Uppsala. In the north".

There are no plans to move the setting to the U.S?

"You have to. What, are you going to put it in Seattle?… Seattle noir [laughter]".

Bo Back In Time?

While Sylvester Stallone has retired from playing action hero John Rambo, the reboot is on his mind.

Promoting August 13th's The Expendables at AICN, Stallone says he's open to the idea of a prequel to the franchise.

"I certainly think this is worth pondering because it’s intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how people have come to become what they are. The traumas, the loss, and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor".

Stallone would also be up for calling action on the film, joking "it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo after having played it for 20 plus years."

In an odd twisted way--that makes perfect sense though...

Data Lore

A film adaptation of Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise's graphic novel "Lore" is in the pipeline says Heat Vision.

The story sees a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order who must protect humanity from the beasts of folklore who invade our world.

Cory Goodman ("Priest") and Jeremy Lott will write the screenplay.

Rick Jacobs and Andrew Lazar will produce the picture

Super Pineapples


Writer Evan Goldberg nixed any current talk of sequels for two hit comedies he co-wrote - Superbad and "Pineapple Express". And don't expect a crossover film either

Goldberg tells MTV News that "Never, at any juncture in the history of life, have we considered 'Superbad 2'"

The original is so good that it would be hard to top that

What about 'Express'?

The odds are a bit better--but not any time soon

Goldberg says the studio likes the idea an booked everything we could because we thought it'd be our only chance… It still could be our only chance, but man are we booked."

Leaving Lincoln Behind


While chatting with GMTV via Digital Spy actor Liam Neeson says that he's no longer involved in the Steven Spielberg long planned Lincoln biopic.

"I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it's now...I'm past my sell-by date" said Neeson during the interview--meaning Neeson is 58 and President Abraham Lincoln died at 56.

The film is not even close to a production start

Tony Kushner's script still undergoing revisions. And Spielberg is committed to shooting "War Horse" next

Butler Before Selma?

Lee Daniels ("Precious") will rewrite and direct "The Butler is set to rewrite and direct reports Deadline.

The film follows the true story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years starting in 1952. He ended up serving eight presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made.

Danny Strong wrote the previous drafts

Laura Ziskin is producing the script which will be based on a Washington Post article by Wil Haygood

Allen’s wife died the day before the election and was buried on the same day that the article was published.

Re-writes will immediately begin with shooting to kick off before the end of the year assuming Daniels' historical drama "Selma" is still seeking financing at the time.

Reconcile

Cody Horn ("Flipped") is in negotiations to star in an adaptation of Susan and Pierre LaTour's 1996 novel "Dead Reckoning" says Coming Soon.

The story follows Catherine Lakey, a chemistry professor who vanishes while vacationing in Cape Cod. Though her disappearance is assumed to be a suicide, her niece is unconvinced and begins to uncover clues in her aunt's beach house that such a far more sinister fate.

Shooting aims to kick off this September in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Horn's Star Is Ready To Rise...

Meet Me In St. Louis

Vince Vaughn and David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "The Fighter") may team up for "Old St. Louis" says Deadline.

The story follows a traveling salesman and absentee father who finds his life changing when his daughter becomes involved in his work.

Vaughn would play the salesman

Chloe Moretz is said to be in contention to play the girl.

Russell wrote the script while Vaughn and his sister Victoria Vaughn will produce.

Stay Alive After School

Although he missed out on playing Spider-Man young Josh Hutcherson is keeping busy...

He is set to star in and executive produce the indie teen horror-comedy "Detention" for Variety.

The story centers on teens who must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life.

Dane Cook also stars.

Joe Kahn ("Torque") and Mark Palermo wrote the script.from which Kahn will direct

He is also co-producing the pic with Richard Weager, Maryann Tanedo and David Kang.

No release dates are set yet but Hutcherson is expected to film it in Los Angeles in August before kicking off principal photography on"Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" in October.

Day Trader

Henry Cavill (Immortals) is set to star in the thriller "The Cold Light of Day"says Heat Vision.

The story follows a young Wall Street trader whose family is kidnapped on a vacation to Spain. With only hours to find them, he uncovers a dangerous conspiracy behind their abduction which relates to something in his father's dark past.

Mabrouk El Mechri ("Jcvd") directs from a script by Richard Price, Scott Wiper and John Petro

Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing the film.

Filming kicks off on September 6th in Spain.

I, Robot

J.J. Abrams is developing the robot pic Boiilerplate says Heat Vision

Based on the Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet graphic novel, the story follows the world’s first robot, who fought alongside Theodore Roosevelt and T. E. Lawrence, journeyed to Antartica and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing during World War I

Deborah Newmyer ("The Ugly Truth") will produce the pic.

I suppose it's only fitting that a man with a production company called Bad Robot would be behind this one

Just Us Schmucks

This weekend a trio of new wide releases close out July at the cineplex...

Jay Roach hosts a Dinner for Schmucks (reviews) with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd on the guest list; Zac Efron faces death and life in Charlie St. Cloud (reviews) And Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore (reviews) marks its territory...



Carl DiOrio of THR breaks it all down:

...Warner Bros. unleashes the 3D sequel "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" in 3,705 domestic theaters. Also Friday, Paramount debuts the PG-13 comedy "Dinner for Schmucks" with at least 2,900 playdates, and Universal floats the Zac Efron starrer "Charlie St. Cloud" into more than 2,700 theaters.

But likely as not, Warners' Leonardo DiCaprio starrer "Inception" will threepeat atop the weekend boxoffice with $25 million-$30 million from its third session. The Christopher Nolan-helmed fantasy thriller boasts more than $167 million in domestic coin entering the weekend.

Brad Peyton gets a first feature-directing credit with "Kitty Galore." Produced for an estimated $85 million with Village Roadshow co-financing, the live-action pic features talking animals voiced by James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Roger Moore, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes, with additional cast including Chris O'Donnell.

"It's great summer fare, and I'm looking for us to be No. 1 and 2 this weekend," Warners distribution boss Dan Fellman said.

[Gosh! I hope not! Seriously...-Tom]

Recent 3D releases have struggled to secure enough extra-dimensional screens, causing a related downturn in the 3D share of some movies. But "Kitty Galore" will bow in an impressive 2,130 locations featuring at least one 3D screen, or nearly 50% more 3D penetration than that mustered by Universal's "Despicable Me" and a couple hundred more than Paramount secured for the opening of "The Last Airbender."

"Cats & Dogs" bowed in July 2001 with $21.7 million, fetching $38 million in its first five days after unspooling ahead of the Independence Day weekend and $93.4 million overall domestically. Expect "Kitty Galore" to open a bit higher but just below the weekend tally for "Inception."

"Schmucks" is the stronger of the session's 2D wide openers. Starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, it's helmed by comedy king Jay Roach and should do best with younger males while topping $20 million through Sunday.

The question is: Top by how much?

"From a demo standpoint, that's our sweet spot," Paramount executive vp distribution Don Harris said. "But it's hard to project the overall gross."

Co-produced by Par, DreamWorks and Spyglass Entertainment, "Schmucks" totes an estimated $55 million negative cost.

Directed by Burr Steers (Efron's "17 Again"), "St. Cloud" is rated PG-13 and co-stars Amanda Crew ("The Haunting in Connecticut") in the story of a young man (Efron) who can still see his dead younger brother, a complication hampering his pursuit of the girl of his dreams. Interest is strongest among younger females.

"It's first choice over any other film in the marketplace in that category," Universal distribution chief Nikki Rocco said. "I think that bodes well."

Produced for an estimated $44 million with Relativity on board as a co-financier, "St. Cloud" could woo as much as the midteen millions through Sunday...

Nicole Sperling of EW:

'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'Cats & Dogs' sequel vie for box office dollars....

As for me I'm hoping Inception threepeats at the top so that maybe just maybe Hollywood will realize that good films make money and not gimmicks like 3-D

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Memory Manager


Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) is in final negotiations to direct a Total Recall" remake

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", the new version will be re-conceived as a contemporary yarn

In the press release, Wiseman said,

I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deep into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.



The film will be produced by Neil Moritz and is based on a script from Kurt Wimme

Bi-Polar

Rob Schneider will lend his voice for the title character in the 3-D CGI family film Norm of the North says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a polar bear and his three Arctic lemming buddies, who end up in New York after their icy home begins to melt and break apart.

Ken Jeong and Loretta Devine also star in the voice cast.

Steven and Daniel Altiere wrote the script that Anthony Bell directs.

Noah Fogelson and Richard Rich are producing.

Maybe....Maybe Not

Interesting

"Lost" co-producer Damon Lindelof is rewriting Alien Prequel #1 says Deadline.

Lindelof met with director Ridley Scott about the rewrite of Jon Spaihts's script and the meeting led to a pitch that could become its ow free-standing science fiction film.

A decision will be made when Lindelof turns in the script--whether it becomes part of the Alien series or not

Lindeloff is very busy currently writing the Star Trek Sequel with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the trio also penned next Summer's "Cowboys & Aliens " which is now in production

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Mad Men

Guillermo del Toro is set to direct and James Cameron will produce a 3-D adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft 's At the Mountains of Madness reports Deadline.

At the Mountains of Madness follows explorers in Antarctica who uncover the remains of highly evolved creatures neither plant or animal. Investigating a gigantic mountain range, they come upon an abandoned ancient city. Their explorations underground causes something to stir from its slumber.

del Toro has been trying to develop the work for years and will now retool the script with co-writer Matthew Robbins. del Toro, Susan Montford and Don Murphy will produce. Pre-production will kick off shortly with filming to begin next Summer.

del Toro meanwhile has been talking up the other projects he's linked to with He says makeup tests on "Frankenstein"are about to get underway in a few weeks while all the talk of him doing a Van Helsing flick is just online crap

Hair Trigger


An adaption of Top Cow's upcoming comic "Crosshair" is on the way reports Variety.

Marc Silvestri's series follows Justin Weller, a former CIA assassin who retired to the suburbs and has become a super dad.

Weller soon learns that in less than two days a sleeper program in his mind will activate and set him on a course to assassinate the President of the United States.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce the pic

Porn No More?


Sasha Grey the adult-entertainment star, seen in Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" has joined the cast of the indie drama I Melt with You reports XBiz Newswire.

The story is being kept hushed--but the film is said to examine pain in terms of the modern male psyche.

Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven play the male leads.

Grey plays a muse named Raven who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be found after death.

Mark Pellington is directs from a script by Glenn Porter.

Shooting kicks off near Big Sur in Northern California next month.

Cradle Robber


British actress Carey Mulligan ("An Education," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is reportedly close to signing on for "Cradle Will Fall" says Pajiba.

Jack Olsen's script sees a psychologically disturbed surrogate mother decide to keep both the baby and the husband.

The article says both Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett are being sought to play the mother, Adrien Brody as the father, and both Gary Fleder and Mark Pellington up for director.

Mulligan's involvement depends upon a script rewrite says the source, but Mulligan's reps have denied story to Movieline.

Sounds like the 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle if you ask me

Making A "Pass"


The very fine Jordana Spiro of TV's My Boys has joined the cast of the thriller "Trespass" says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a married couple taken hostage by a group of thieves.

Nicole Kidman will play the wife and Nicolas Cage the head thief.

Spiro will play Petal, Cage's girlfriend who becomes a willing accomplice in the crime. It's just too bad she's gotta play opposite Nic Cage. Ugh!

Karl Gajdusek and Eli Richbourg wrote the script from which Joel Schumacher's calling action. Shooting kicks off in Louisiana early next month.

A Lawyer Who Sucks

Comedian Richard Lewis has joined Amy Heckerling's upcoming horror rom-com Vamps says PR Newswire.

The contemporary story follows two beautiful young vampires (Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter) who enjoy the New York City nightlife until romance jeopardizes their immortality.

Lewis will play a former student activist who now works as a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union

Sigourney Weaver and Kristen Johnson also star.

Writer/director Heckerling starts shooting in August in Detroit.

Lauren Versel and Molly Hassell will produce the pic

Considering that Heckerling's last film I Could Never Be Your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd and Saoirse Ronan, went directly to DVD, and Loser with Jason Biggs bombed on the big screen prior to that....We shall see...

A Real "Treat"

One of my favorite actors gets another good gig...

Cillian Murphy steps in to replace the outgoing Jason Isaacs on the the new psychological thriller "Retreat" says Deadline New York.

Murphy and Thandie Newton will play an estranged couple who head to a remote island getaway in an effort to rebuild their relationship.

David Tennant plays a dying military officer who arrives on their doorstep with news of a viral pandemic killing millions on the mainland.

Carl Tibbetts will direct from a script he co-wrote with Janice Hallett,

Gary Sinyor will produce the pic.

Shooting was scheduled to kick off earlier this Summer in Canada, no word on a new date as yet.

It doesn't matter whether he's playing good or bad in a film Murphy always brings his A Game

You've Got Mail

Zach Galifianakis will produce and even star in the comedy "Reply All" says Deadline.

Galifianakis would play a guy who accidentally hits the "reply all" button to an indiscreet e-mail. He then has to deal with the consequences of that act, both those expected and unexpected.

Phil Johnston (the 2011 comedy "Cedar Rapids,") writes the script.

And who doesn't have an Email horror story to tell of their own? One in which you had wished you had never clicked send in the first place....

Eyes Like A Hawk

Russell Brand is in negotiations to play real-life swashbuckler John Hawkwood for the action comedy "Hawkwood" reports Deadline.

Hawkwood was a 14th century European mercenary who was skilled with blade, but rather challenged in terms of morality. His services were used to help lead various European armies during the Renaissance wars.

Jared Stern will write the script.

Brand, Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce.

A comedic biopic? I like it!

Grin And Bear It

Here's the first look at the live action/CGI hybrid flick Yogi Bear

Based on the 1960s cartoon featuring a picnic basket stealing bear named Yogi, (voiced by Dan Aykroyd). Justin Timberlake can be heard as the voice of his pal Boo Boo,

The duo team up with their nemesis Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth) directed the film which co-stars Anna Faris (The House Bunny), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield) and Andy Daly

The film hits theaters on Dec. 17, 2010.


Meh...

Ideas For Going Green

Screenwriter Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") tells The Playlist that even though the theatrical bow for The Green Hornet" doesn't happen until January 14th 2011 plans for a sequel are being put forth

"We've come up with an idea, but who knows… You don’t make a movie like this without considering the sequel. Yeah, we have the whole plot planned out, which is kind of what we would have done in the first place" says Goldberg.

Producer Neil Moritz and director Michel Gondry have been much more hesitant to discuss the subject , only hinting that some ideas had been discussed.

It has also been revealed that the studio suits were reluctant to hire Gondry at first, but then he shot and presented a fight sequence for the film and "none of us had ever seen anything like it… he came in and blew everyone’s mind away, showing he could do action" says Goldberg.

Cap In Costume

Actor Chris Evans told MTV News, that we shouldn't expect to see him in his final super hero threads until near the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.

"There's a couple stages [of the suit]. Initially in the script, Steve [Rogers] isn't Captain America right away. He gets the injection and isn't asked to go to war right off the bat, he's used in different areas and different facets. So he has a couple different stages of the suit. I don't think he jumps in the final suit until the third act of the film" says Evans.

Evans added that the shield as well will be upgraded through the film - "During the USO tour, there's obviously a different shield. He goes on a couple missions, goes AWOL, and takes the USO shield. Once he's allowed to be this soldier and they outfit him with a new uniform, they decide to outfit him with an updated shield."

Evans also has high praise for castmate Sebastian Stan who plays Cap's pal and sidekick Bucky in the film

[He] is fantastic. He just started his first day at work. They make for a great relationship," Evans says. "So far, I think the plot line between Steve and Bucky has been fantastic."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dead Before Arrival


Those of you looking forward to seeing that long gestating remake/reboot of the RoboCop franchise better not hold your breath--It would seem to be dead in development according to both The Financial Times and Moviehole.

Director Darren Aronofsky has apparently abandoned the pic which, combined with MGM's financial situation, "is now considered officially dead".

Last year Aronofsky and David Self were working on the script.

Meanwhile in a related tidbit Jeff Bridges tells MTV News that the oft- chatted abot sequel to "The Big Lebowski" looks to have followed suit.

"We talked about it occasionally but no plans man, no plans… No, no, no, I don't think it's gonna happen" says Bridges.

3 Weeks And Counting...!


Are You Ready? The Premiere For The Pendant (trailer) Is Set!

Jason Mayer And Deven Lobascio told me that the BIG EVENT will happen here:

The Rave Motion Pictures (formerly the Ritz) On Haddonfield-Berlin Road In Voorhees NJ on Thursday August 19th 2010 at 830 PM (doors open 8 PM)!

TIX 8.00

Can You Stand The Excitement!? Watch for more soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Safe Zone

2 actors from the Terminator franchise are teaming up...

Lena Headey ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") and Michael Ironside ("Terminator Salvation") are attached to the thriller "Safe House"says Deadline.

The story follows a team of U.S. Marshals charged with protecting a mob-trial witness and her teenage daughter who have relocated to an isolated compound high in the Californian Rockies. Despite its security, the compound's past is steeped in mystery and violence.

Kate Mara and Michael Trucco have been offered to play roles.

Simon Hunter ("Mutant Chronicles") will direct.from Andy Briggs' script.

Briggs is also producing. Filming kicks off next March.

Wasp Whispers

Desperate Housewives beauty Eva Longoria Parker has nixed long standing talk of her playing Wasp in "The Avengers" in an interview with HitFix.

She says "I had taken a meeting about a different movie at Marvel and that's where [it all] started

She doesn't mind the chatter though - "I think it's a fantastic rumor and I'm just going to go with it and maybe it'll get me hired."

Ally With The Aliens

Taking a page from J.J. Abrams' "Super 8"--- Robert Glickert's pitch being referred to as the "Confidential Alien Project" has been purchased reports Heat Vision.

The story will involve alien abductions, but no further details are available.

Glickert wrote a treatment and cut together a two-minute teaser which caught the attention of Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures

The project is now out to writers.

Michael Bay Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce the pic

Part Time Boss


Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa has joined the cast of the currently filming comedy "Horrible Bosses says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Michael Markowitz's spec script revolves around three frustrated friends who conspire to murder each other's bosses with unexpected and rather calamitous results. The three bosses include a master manipulator (Spacey), a sexually aggressive dentist (Jennifer Aniston) and a weaselly scion (Colin Farrell).

The former football player has a small role as "a cop because I play these authoritative characters well. I don't know exactly who I'm in the scene with -- maybe Jennifer Aniston".

Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman play the three friends.

Kevin Spacey and Julie Bowen also star.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley rewrote the script, while Seth Gordon is on tap to call action.

Brett Ratner and Jay Stern are producing that pic

Mustafa will also be seen in Tyler Perry's next pic For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Ghetto Tight Yo!


Justin Timberlake has been offered the male lead in Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi flick "I'm.mortal" says Deadline.

The tale sees a society where people engineered to stop getting older at 25 and thus time has become the currency. The wealthy are practically immortal while the majority of the populous struggles to bank what extra time they can.

Timberlake would play a ghetto rebel wrongly accused of murder who is forced to go into hiding with a beautiful and rich hostage (Amanda Seyfried). They soon begin a steamy romance.

Niccol ("Gattaca," "S1m0ne") directs from a script he wrote and hopes to begin production before the year ends. Eric Newman and Marc Abraham will produce the pic.

No disrespect to Nicol but as I think about this one--If he's not careful The ending could be very easy to figure out

Crossed Legs


Kristin Davis told E! Online that a third Sex and the City flick is looking unlikely due to the less than stellar box office of SATC 2

"I don't think so, not that I know of. I wish it was so that we were continuing but I don't know. We made [about] 300 million internationally. There was so much hype, not coming from us, but the media hyped it up and then they tore it down" says Davis.

Umm Isn't that how the Hollywood game is played?--Don't blame media hype Audiences can usually sniff out bad films

She adds that "I could be wrong. Obviously there was a time when we thought there was no movie happening so you never know. But it is not looking great."

The first "Sex and the City" movie in '08 grossed $415 million internationally from a $65 million budget and scored weak reviews.

This year's sequel cost $100 million but grossed a smaller $280 million and opened to scathing reviews even from strong supporters of the first film.

From Vamp To Mutant


Producer Bryan Singer may not have been able to nab Twilight Saga film series hunk Taylor Lautner for director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, but fellow cast mate Edi Gathegi has a mutant role in the pic reports Deadline New York.

Gathegi will play Darwin, the first bi-racial mutant who has the power of "reactive evolution".

This allows him to immediately adapt to any environment. If he were to be thrown into deep water, he would automatically generate gills.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Alice Eve and Jennifer Lawrence co-star

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3rd, 2011.

Freaks For Geeks

Mark Protosevich ("Thor," "I Am Legend") has optioned the film rights to David Server and Jackson Lanzing''s upcoming comic mini-series "FreakShow" and could potentially direct the film reports Variety.

Protosevich will pen the script which tells the story of five young people who are turned into mutants by a cataclysmic chemical explosion. The group must decide whether to use their newfound powers to save the city or seek revenge on those responsible.

Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein will produce the pic

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Trek Actors Go To War


The long-gestating action/romantic comedy "This Means War" may finally make it to the big screen after all with the news that Tom Hardy replaces the very in demand Sam Worthington who had been circling the role according to Vulture.

Around Hollywood for a decade, Tim Dowling ("Role Models," "Midnight Run 2") has re-written the script which follows two best friends and veteran spies 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.

Chris Pine is already signed on to play the other male lead.

Both roles have seen numerous talent attached or offered roles at one point or another including Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, James Franco, Martin Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon.

McG will direct the film while Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce the pic.

Cave Hears The Call Of The Crow

Australian musician and acclaimed screenwriter Nick Cave ("The Proposition") will rewrite the script for "The Crow"" reboot says The Wrap.

Director Stephen Norrington ("Blade") had penned the previous draft which switched the action from the deserts of the U.S. south-west to a more urban location.

Producer Ed Pressman has reportedly recruited Cave to rework Norrington’s script before the comic book adaptation goes before the cameras later this year, as the original script wasn’t “terrific” enough!

Whatever Dude! Cave + Crow = Me Likey A Lot!

The news comes shortly after Guillermo Del Toro told the Comic-Con 2010 crowd that Cave will be doing music for a dark stop-motion film based on "Pinocchio" which Gris Grimly ( gotta love that name!) is co-directing.

Oblivious To The World

TRON Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is currently pitching a film version of his upcoming graphic novel Oblivion which he created for Radical Comics reports Deadline.

Set in an apocalyptic future where most people live high in the sky due to Earth's surface being uninhabitable, a soldier stuck on the ground goes about his job repairing hunter drones which seek out and destroy members of a savage alien race.

He soon comes upon a beautiful woman whose craft has crashed nearby and together they set out on an epic adventure.

Disney is expected to have a first look at the property.

Branded With A Tat

Even as Fate of James Bond hangs in the balance....

Daniel Craig is officially locked for David Fincher’s remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, reports Risky Biz Blog.

Craig will star as Mikael Blomkvist, a divorced, middle-aged hard-nosed investigative reporter in Stockholm famous for his exposing corruption and scandal in business and government. He's also co-publisher of the magazine Millennium and has had several lovers.

In Blomkvist loses a libel case and faces jail time. He's then offered an assignment to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a industrialist's niece on a remote island. His work alongside misunderstood rebellious female hacker Lisbeth Salander (played by ?) uncovers religious killings, Nazism, incest, child abuse and murder.

House Mommy


Elisabeth Shue has joined the cast of the " Psycho"-esque thriller "House At The End Of The Street says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who moves to a new town and learns that a double murder took place in the house across the street. Things get complicated when she befriends the massacre's sole surviving son (Max Thieriot).

Shue will play the girl's mother.

David Loucka wrote the script from a story by Jonathan Mostow ( Breakdown and Surrogates) while Mark Tonderai calls action.

Aaron Ryder and Peter Block with Tim Williams, Hal Lieberman and Mostow will produce.

Filming kicks off next month in Ottawa.

Shue must love the genre as she's also in August 20th blood-soaked Piranha 3-D

Rihanna Ready For Battle!


Singer Rihanna will make her feature film debut in the board game turned naval action thriller "Battleship" says Variety.

Good for her!

The story follows a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as the armed forces of our planet fight for survival against an alien water-bound armada.
Taylor Kitsch stars as a "wildly spirited" Naval commander named Alex Hopper who is much more a sailor than a politician.

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård plays Alex's brother, a straight and narrow naval officer whom Alex looks up to Joel William Gonzales and Tom Arnold co star.

Jon and Erich Hoeber wrote the script that Peter Berg is directing

Filming kicks off August 30th in Hawaii--for a a May 18th, 2012 planned release

Zac Gets Lucky


Even as Charlie St. Cloud hits theaters on Friday Zac Efron is in negotiations to join 2 more pics

First it's the film adaptation of "The Lucky One" says Vulture.

Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks--the story follows a Marine who returns to North Carolina having survived three tours of duty in Iraq.He attributes his good luck to a photo he has always carried with him, a photo of a woman he's never met. Now that he's returned, he sets out to meet her.

Daniel Radcliffe had previously been linked to the role.

Will Fetters and Doug McGrath adapted the script

Scott Hicks may helm while Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick will produce the pic

Efron has also attached himself to Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari's Romeo and Juliet --esque "Die in a Gun Fight" says Deadline New York


In that Efron plays an underachieving, deadbeat son of a famous New York high-society attorney who falls for the daughter of his father's nemesis.

Being Free

Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet") has signed on to star in the World War II drama "Free Men" says Variety.

The story follows a young Algerian immigrant worker in Paris whose unexpected friendship with a Jewish man inspires him to join the French Resistance, despite repeated threats from the Gestapo.

Ismaël Ferroukhi and Alain-Michel Blanc wrote the script from which directing.

A ten week shoot starts Monday in Paris and will continue in Morocco.

Something Horrible is Coming


Judith Viorst's kids book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" will be turned into a high-concept family comedy says Variety.

Rob Lieber ("Septimus Heap: Magyk") will write the adapted screenplay of Alexander about family members collectively enduring the worst day of their lives. The title character--a young boy gets so frustrated he threatens to move to Australia.

"Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy will produce the pic

He also could, but likely won't, direct.