Monday, January 31, 2011

RIP John Barry (1933-2011)

Film score composer John Barry, who won five Academy Awards over his long and distinguished career, died yesterday in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 77.

 In addition to winning the 1967 Oscar for Best Song for “Born Free,” Barry won the Best Original Score in 1969 (“The Lion in Winter”), 1986 (“Out of Africa”) and 1991 (“Dances With Wolves”). He also earned a Grammy Award for the 1969′s “Midnight Cowboy.”

But it's Barry's work for the the 007 franchise that I remember most, where he scored early Sean Connery classics like  From Russia with Love” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” He stayed with the franchise through 1987’s “The Living Daylights.”.

Current Bond composer David Arnold said via Twitter "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

He then pointed his followers to two clips, the first being  Mary, Queen of Scots "this is the one that always does it for me" — and the 2nd is the tender theme from Somewhere in Time.

THR has more Barry...

Bonding With Barden

First he's offered the lead role as Gunslinger Roland Deschain for Ron Howard's "film trilogy and two TV season" adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower"....

Now actor Javier Bardem has been offered the villain role in the latest James Bond film series entry Bond 23 reports Deadline. Lucky guy.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Dame Judi Dench is back as Bond Boss M

The offer went out to Bardem last week around the same time the chatter for Tower heated up

Bardem could conceivably do both "The Dark Tower".and Bond depending upon scheduling.

With various studios fighting for the distribution rights to the next Bond film, MGM is  reportedly trying to make use of that interest to get whichever studio is chosen to distribute the film to co-finance a number of films with MGM.

Sam Mendes will call action from a screenplay by Peter Morgan

Production on is expected to begin in the Fall and Bond 23 is currently set for a November 9th 2012 release 

Stay Tuned...

Guild Goods

The King's Speech was the big winner at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®.nabbing Best Ensemble and Best Lead Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award as well

Handouts went as expected with Natalie Portman taking home an actor statue for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in Black Swan while Christian Bale and Melissa Leio won the supporting actor awards for their work in The Fighter. Inception took home an Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble award

A lifetime achievement award was also handed to beloved American actor Ernest Borgnine, who turned 94 on Monday.

He said: "I hope that we will never let our dedication to our craft fail and that we will always give the best we possibly can to our profession,"

What the Winners Said About Their SAG Awards

Melissa Leo Calls for SAG, AFTRA to Merge She apologizes for getting "political" while accepting her best supporting actress win

Natalie Portman Thanks Parents for Teaching Her to 'Never Be an A**hole' The best actress winner makes her second raunchy acceptance speech joke this month.

Christian Bale Surprised On Stage by Dicky Eklund Backstage, the actor (who played the former professional boxer in "The Fighter"), said he felt "pretty freakin' good" about winning best supporting actor on his 37th birthday.

E! Online has the winners on the TV side of things....

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Freddy VS Jason

Platinum Dunes chief  Brad Fuller gave updates via Twitter about a sequel to his remake of  Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

On "Friday II", Fuller says they want to do a sequel "[Mark] Swift  and [Damian] Shannon wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when New Line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready" he says.

The "Freddy" his franchise might well be DEAD - " far as I know, there isn't even talk of writing another script."

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Friday remake and would like to see what Swift & Shannon have up their collective sleeves. As for Freddy his reboot was OK but not as good--Partly because original Krueger Robert Englund cast a pretty big shadow over the series that was hard to overcome; Freddy speaks whereas Jason does not....BIG difference

Dunes is now working on the adventure film adaptation of the board game Ouija and both a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and a remake of The Monster Squad .

The New Superman Is...

It's official-Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Zack Snyder-helmed Superman: Man of Steel says a Press Release!!

Cavill (The Tudors "Whatever Works," "Stardust") came close to winning the role in "Superman Returns" when McG  was in charge but ultimately missed out when Bryan Singer took over and cast Brandon Routh

THR says that Cavill's closest competitor this time was Matthew Goode, another British actor who was one of the stars of Snyder's  Watchmen comic book movie (he played genius entrepreneur Ozymandias.) Goode was also in contention for the title role in  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and is said to have taken himself out of that race in order to focus on Superman. The role of Abe went to Benjamin Walker late last week

The studio and the producers auditioned actors in Los Angeles, New York, and London in November and December, with someone in the 28- to 32-year-old range as the ideal candidate. In addition to Cavill and Goode, among those who met or were under consideration were  Matthew Bomer, “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello (scheduling with True Blood was a factor) and The Rite's Colin O'Donoghue

Cavill was invited for a callback in January, where he met Snyder face-to-face for the first time, according to a source.

The final decision came down last week, and the Nolan secrecy machine was in such force that only a handful of execs knew the choice. In fact, many top studio suits found out only after Cavill had been called Sunday morning.

Snyder:, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."

The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Nolan and Deborah Snyder will produce the reboot

A December 2012 release is planned....

Since Cavill came close before I guess it's good news that he will wear the cape Right? Why am I not more excited by this news?...To be continued....

The Devil Made You Do It

The demonic exorcism thriller The Rite scared enough moviegoers this weekend to possess the number 1 spot at the US box office...Rom com No Strings Attached comes in 2nd and it's a virtual tie for 3rd


New Line and Warner Bros. exorcism pic The Rite opened on the lower end of expectations, but still won the weekend box office race with an estimated gross of $15 million from 2,985 locations.

Across the board, movies were slowed down Friday by the another storm in the Northeast, but business rebounded nicely on Saturday. And while weekend revenues were down roughly 13% from 2010, that's a narrower decline than in other recent weekends.

Paramount and Spyglass' romantic comedy No Strings Attached held better than expected, coming in No. 2 and grossing an estimated $13.7 million from 3,022 theaters for a cume of $39.7 million in its first 10 days.

CBS Films' The Mechanic, the weekend's other new entry, all but tied with Sony holdover The Green Hornet for No. 3. According to early estimates, the two pics grossed an estimated $11.5 million. That pushes Hornet's domestic cume to $78.8 million in its third weekend.

Awards frontrunner The King's Speech continued to make box office headlines, grossing an estimated $11.1 million as it expanded to 2,553 theaters after picking up 12 Oscar nominations.

Speech -- for which Tom Hooper won the Director's Guild of America top award Saturday night -- has now jumped the $70 million mark domestically. Through Sunday, Speech's cume was $72.2 million. Business was up 39% from the previous weekend, thanks to more screens.

Speech, placing No. 5 for the weekend, wasn't the only film benefiting from an Oscar bump....

Keith Staskiewic of EW

Anthony Hopkins' The Rite pulled in some scary numbers, but nothing truly terrifying...

Next Up: Cutie meets crazy as Minka Kelly welcomes her new college Roommate; And Executive Producer James Cameron helps Director Alister Grierson lead you down the depths of the unknown in Sanctum

Slog For Slinger

This past week the casting process for Gunslinger Roland Deschain for Ron Howard's "film trilogy and two TV season" adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" has proven to be quite interesting to watch First How we got to this point...

Earlier this month, Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Biutiful, Eat Pray Love) and Viggo Mortensen were apparently the top candidates. Then earlier today The New York Post reported that Christian Bale had emerged as the top candidate for the role..

Mortensen just signed on to star in "Snow White And The Huntsman", effectively taking him off the list Shortly after that initial NY Post story, Deadline went further saying that Bardem isn't just in the running but has beaten out Bale and has been officially offered the lead role.

Howard plans to direct the initial film as well as the first TV season that will create a bridge to the second feature. If Bardem is cast, he’ll most likely appear in all three films and that first TV season.

And that's not all---The Post story also said that Jennifer Carpenter and Moraccan actress Ghita Tazi  and  Naomie Harris are on the list to play the role of Sussanah Dean

Stay Tuned To See How This One Shakes Out....

The book series will be adapted by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code)

The first movie in their Dark Tower film trilogy is on the calender for a Friday, May 17, 2013 bow.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Down On Peachtree Road

Singer Elton John's given the go-ahead to turn his life into a film reports The National Post--with "Billy Elliot" writer Lee Hall taking up the assignment

Sir Elton says that you shouldn't expect much gritty realism or exploration of his struggles with drugs, booze, weight and relationships. Rather the biopic " will be more of a fantasy, Moulin Rouge type of stuff. Obviously, it’s not going to be your normal, run-of-the-mill film. My life’s been so surreal, from buying a football club to God knows what."

He also says - "When I come offstage now I have a balance in my life. Until I found that in 1990, I came offstage and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Now I fly home every night after a show and I get back in my own bed. I have a wonderful partner in David, I have wonderful friends. I can remember things. I don’t take drugs anymore.”

Mother May I

The long developing road trip comedy "My Mother's Curse" will take Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen along for the ride says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows an inventor of an organic cleaning product (Rogen) who invites his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country road trip to sell his product to marketing outlets. However they both have secret agendas. He plans to reunite her with a long lost love from her youth, she plans to help him overcome his fear of commitment.

Dan Fogelman wrote the script  from which  “The Proposal” director Anne Fletcher will call the shots.

Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn Evan Goldberg are producing the pic

Shooting is scheduled to kick off in the spring.

Odd couple Indeed

Phat Camp

Director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) told First Showing. that he may direct Adam Sandler in a film called "Fat Man".

The 2003 Mike Reiss script centers around an 800 lbs. man who drops 600 lbs. with the help of a nurse he finds more appealing than a Happy Meal

Sandler would play the guy and according to Arteta, "he's naked for the first half of the film, and it's very touching, and it's very funny."

Clearly the pic would have the same semi-serious vibe of Sandler's Funny People

3 2 1 Start

Welcome to the debut of a new semi-regular feature here on TLR called  Up And Down. Basically it's gonna be a post showcasing a few industry people places and things that deserve to be highlighted or indeed low lighted...And if any of you want to share something film related either good or bad that I have not covered yet or if you disagree with my picks Tell me in an email

Let's get started!

Up: Actress Elizabeth Olsen got raves at the Sundance Film Festival for her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene", will co star for director Rodrigo Cortés' (Buried)) thriller  Red Lights says Risky Biz Blog.

She joins Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy

The film will follow a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (DeNiro). The psychologist attempts to debunk the psychic’s work after he steps back into the limelight after 30 years.

She will play Weaver's assistant and love interest for Murphy

Not bad for someone who has had to live in the shadow of older sister twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Red Lights has a nine week shoot planned that kicks off shortly in Spain and Canada.

Up: The unreleased film The Other Side of the Wind from the great Orson Welles may soon be dusted off for all to see says The Guardian

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet."-Welles

The Welles' estate is closer to a resolving an ownership dispute that has kept it out of theaters

The film began shooting in 1969.

Oscar winner John Huston stars as Jake Hannaford, an aging Hollywood director modeled after author Ernest Hemingway. The story uses Hannaford's 70th birthday party and conversations there as the central framing device for a non-linear narrative exploring his life.

Most of the film was shot in Peter Bogdanovich's own Beverly Hills house. Producer Jacqueline Boushehri, and co-star/co-writer/Welles’ former lover, Oja Kodar, are both now prepared to sell their interests in the film, giving hope it will see an eventual release. 


Down: But not a shock given the way foreign markets work-- Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger" will shorten its title to just "The First Avenger" in several key international territories when it's released later this summer says The Los Angeles Times.

Wait! Now it's Back Up This is only happening in three countries - Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. The decision was made based on market research results with issues of 'brand management and consumer awareness' listed as the official reason rather than cultural or political sentiment towards The USA

The suits were pleasantly surprised only those three countries will be affected. Whatever the global political sentiment about the U.S. is right now, the Captain America character has very strong brand name recognition in most international markets which override everything else. As a result the original title will be kept in all other markets.

Uniquely American Indeed!

The film is slated to be released throughout the world during the last two weeks of July and the first week of August.

Up: Duncan Jones talks about his next pics An as yet secret-titled adventure-driven sci-fi  yarn and the long gestating sci-fi thriller Mute to  We Got This Covered

"One thing I can tell you about my next project is that I'm determined to do a future city film. I want it to be my homage to Blade Runner, even if it's a bit bigger, it will be a city based future film"  The filmmaker is otherwise playing it close to the vest

"Mute" "is in a bit of a limbo actually. I've always loved the script and felt it was a film worth making, but it's a tricky one. It's a sci-fi film, and one of the drafts of the scripts got leaked a while back. The reaction was mixed. Most people didn't get the fact that yes it is sci-fi but it's a futurist film...that was the whole idea, to tell a film that can be based in any period, but just HAPPENS to take place in the future" says Jones.

He adds "People just say, why can't it be in a contemporary setting? But no, it's about mood and atmosphere as much as anything else. It's also quite dark so it's been a tough sell. Also, it's not a big film, it has been designed to be sort of a smaller and more independent film. Budget wise, it's in between Moon and Source Code"

Jones promises to "come back to it one day and hopefully it'll work the way I see it working."

Up: Work has begun on a sequel to this year's action/comedy flick Red says Collider.

Jon and Erich Hoeber, who adapted the first film from the Warren Ellis' comic books are back to write the sequel.

There's no word yet if any actors from the original are likely to return though.

The  film has grossed $90 million domestically and nearly as much internationally since its release last October

The first film is a blast--Just a whole lotta fun folks! It was released on DVD & Blu-ray this past Tuesday Watch it!!

That's all for now....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Missing Link?

Ridley Scott's new sci-fi pic Prometheus will have a link to the Alien designs of HR Giger after all-according to Skymovies.

The source claims the Space Jockey, the big corpse seen in "Alien" who was the pilot of the ship carrying the xenomorph eggs, has been built at Pinewood Studios

Their source also says “Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently The main spaceship in the film will be piloted by an enormous head which I assume will be CGI. Yep, sounds weird but I assume some of the technology will be sort of biomechanical.”

The tipper also says that part of the film will be shot in Morocco - "I’ve heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I’ve also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I’m not sure if it’s an archaeological dig on another planet."

The pic sure sounds like an"Alien" prequel to me. Unless of course it's a fake--or mabe the Prometheus story was put out to act as  the misdirect..

Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender and will hit the cineplex on June 8th, 2012, 

She's (Still) The Boss

Dame Judi Dench told the media via  MI6 that she will be reprising the role of MI6 chief M for Bond 23

She made the declaration following the South Bank Sky Arts Awards adding she couldn't reveal anything about the sequel-"My lips are sealed. I can’t tell you anything at all! But of course, I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel Craig again and with Sam Mendes who I’ve only ever worked with in the theater. So that’ll be all good fun to do! I’m so glad it’s coming back, it’s wonderful."

This film will be the seventh time Dench has played the part as 007's boss starting with 1995's "GoldenEye"

She's oozes authority in that role and makes the most of her screen time

"Bond 23" shakes and stirs on November 9th, 2012.

Going On 4-Ever

Thomas Dekker, Max Thieriot  Juliette Lewis and Laurence Leboeuf are will star in director Max McGuire’s "Foreverland" says The Hollywood Reporter.



The story follows a  young Will Rankin (Thieriot) diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis who goes on a road trip with the sister of his late  friend (Laboeuf) to deliver his ashes to a healing shrine in Mexico.

Shawn Riopelle and McGuire penned the script.

Production will shift from Vancouver and the west coast of Vancouver Island to Baja, Mexico, in late February.

From Andrew To Abe

Actor Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers, All Saints Day and Coach) will play the lead role of Abe in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter reports Variety.

Walker beat out 4 other actors who also screen-tested over the last couple of weeks including Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Based upon Seth Grahame-Smith's book about the 16th POTUS fighting the undead during the Civil War.Grahame-Smith, also penned the adapted script. Timur Bekmambetov will both direct and co-produce the pic with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.

Production starts in March for release on June 22nd 2012.

Walker recently starred in the Broadway show as another President in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Re: Possessed

There are two new films opening this weekend at the cineplex; Neither of which seem that good if you care about what the Critics have to say.

Anthony Hopkins and Colin O'Donoghue dance with the Devil in The Rite (reviews) while Jason Statham, and Ben Foster play enforcers in a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson classic of The Mechanic (reviews)

Pamela McClintock of THR

Theater marquees will be crowded this weekend as commercial titles The Rite and The Mechanic enter the market and Oscar darlings The King's Speech and 127 Hours make major expansions.

Fox Searchlight is all but relaunching 127 Hours, which ups its theater count from 69 to 916.

New Line's The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, should win the weekend and gross in the mid- to high teens. Playing in 2,985 theaters, the horror pic -- about a skeptical young priest who must perform an exorcism on Hopkins' character -- hopes to capitalize on the success of August release The Last Exorcism.

The Rite should play heavily to Catholic audiences, and especially Catholic Hispanics. Rite is tracking well among men and women over 25, but interest among younger females is softer than expected.

Lionsgate's From Prada to Nada, opening in only 256 theaters, will go after young Hispanic females. Loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Prada is the first film from the Lionsgate-Televisa joint venture Pantelion Films.

Starring action favorite Jason Statham, CBS Films' The Mechanic opens in 2,700 theaters. The pic, which CBS Films is distributing for Avi Lerner's Nu Image/Millennium, is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film of the same name.

Mechanic is leading The Rite in terms of interest among younger males and should gross in the high single digits or even low teens.

The Mechanic could find itself in a race for No. 2 with the Weinstein Co.'s King's Speech, which expands from 1,680 theaters into 2,553 on the heels of picking up 12 Oscar nominations. The film is already seeing a hearty boost from the noms, and it finished Wednesday with a domestic cume of $60 million.

Fox Searchlight waited until after the Oscar noms Tuesday to have another go with 127 Hours, which has underperformed at the box office since opening in early November. The James Franco drama, which earned six noms, has grossed $11.3 million.

Keith Staskiewicz of EW asks Will Anthony Hopkins have 'The Rite' stuff?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Eve-n More

Josh Duhamel  Ice Cube and Ryan Seacrest have joined the cast of director Garry Marshall's forthcoming rom-com New Year's Eve says The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter.

A sequel of sorts to last year's Valentine's Day the ensemble pic follows various characters preparing for the New Year holiday. The storylines will overlap and features major stars working at discount rates.

Katherine Fugate penned the screenplay.

Duhamel plays a hopeless romantic who spends the day trying to get to New York in the hope of getting to a party in order to re-meet a mystery girl from last year.

Cube is a NYPD cop who is working with the director of the Times Square (Hilary Swank). Seacrest will play himself in a cameo.

Singer Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers Til Schweiger Halle BerryJessica Biel Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sofia Vergara also star. Filming is underway

Shooting kicks off next month The film opens later this year on December 9th.

Gut Reation

Production on The Hobbit: Part and Part 2 has been pushed back again after director Peter Jackson was admitted to Wellington New Zealand Hospital on Wednesday night with strong stomach pains reports Heat Vision.

Jackson had emergency surgery to treat a Perforated Ulcer according to a statement

He is said to be resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.

"Sir Peter's surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming," according to the same statement.

Filming was scheduled to start sometime in February.

Get Well Soon Peter.

Love Dr.

Brian De Palma. is set to direct the thriller "Passion," an English language remake of last year's French psychological thriller "Crime d'amour" (Love Crime) reports Variety.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier starred in the Alain about two feuding corporate execs, one of whom is driven to murder the other. The $30 million remake is a France-Germany-U.K.-Spain co-production and will be set in the UK.

Not since ‘Dressed to Kill’ have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spellbinding cinematic experience.” De Palma told the trade.

His last effort was the poorly received Iraq War drama "Redacted"

Shooting is due to kick off in August at a studio in Cologne or Berlin with exteriors done in London. The key cast will be announced before the start of the Cannes Film Festival in May.

I'm Glad It's Delayed

Out doing promotion for the February 1st release of Let Me In on Blu-ray and DVD , director Matt Reeves tells Movieweb that the proposed sequel to Cloverfield is still a long way off.

"Cloverfield 2 will most likely not be the next movie because that's still in the really nascent stages. We haven't really had time to get together and talk about what that would be. That journey will probably be a bit longer, when we find that idea that we really get excited about. We're still hatching the story. It has yet to be hatched." says Reeves.

So if that's not happening soon what's next?

"I haven't decided what I'm doing next...I'm reading a lot and hopefully we'll be able to say what I'm doing within the next month or two. I really want to continue to press and try to make this smaller project that I've been trying to make since before Cloverfield. It's a project called The Invisible Woman It's sort of a character thriller. It's the anatomy of this woman's desperation. It's the same sort of storytelling that I did in Let Me In. It's an intimate character story, so I'm excited to do that to. Probably what I would do is find the next project and find a way to marry that schedule to the bigger project. So, hopefully, we could do two in a row and then maybe Cloverfield 2."

I still maintain that there should not be another Cloverfield pic. It would only serve to ruin what the first film established and is never gonna be surpassed. Hello Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Please just let it go...

Gotti Makes John An Offer

John Travolta is in the front of the line to star in the upcoming biopic Gotti  says Entertainment Weekly.

John Gotti who took over the powerful Gambino crime family in the 70's, was convicted in 1992 of committing thirteen murders. The film will likely explore that through the eyes of his son John A. Gotti Jr

Travolta and John Gotti, Jr.Had Dinner Together

Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct the project Leo Rossi is writing he screenplay. The studio wants to nab James Franco to play the younger Gotti...I know he's real busy but I like that idea...

Production looks to kick off sometime this Summer.

Snow Right?

Yes Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Snow White and the Huntsman says Variety. But it's the leading female role that has the Net all abuzz...

The role of "Snow White" has yet to be cast and earlier this week it appeared as though the studio was looking for a fresh face,

However, Heat Vision reports that Twilight star Kristen Stewart's name is being mentioned as the team was "making repeated overtures even as late as last week". Saoirse Ronan was thought of for the part at one point--whie  Riley Keough, Felicity Jones, Alicia Vikander and Emily Browning have all tested for the role as well

I think Stewart is solid as an actress and would put butts in the seats--But seems too young opposite Mortensen--Don't you?

Written by Evan Daugherty, this version of the classic fairy tale which expands the role of the Huntsman (Mortensen) in the fairy tale. Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender had previously been linked to the role.

When the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron is currently in negotiations) orders him to take her stepdaughter Snow White into the woods and kill her, Huntsman Eric instead lets her go and becomes something of a mentor who teaches her how to fight and survive.

Rupert Sanders calls action here. Joe Roth  will produce the pic.

Shooting kicks off this Summer for a December 21st 2012 release.


Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) is officially on board to star in Ridley Scott’s  sci-fi pic Prometheus, reports Heat Vision.

What started out as a prequel to Scott's original 1979 Alien quickly morphed into a stand apart pic...Sorta

Noomi Rapace was recently announced as the female lead of the film, named Elizabeth Shaw, the project will harken back to that sci-fi/horror classic.

Scott told Total Film
While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.
Writer Damon Lindelof ("Lost", Star Trek)
It’s daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has been nothing short of a dream come true.
The initial script was written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour)

The film has also changed release dates from an early March 2012 opening to a high-profile summer release on June 8th 2012

Voices Rise

Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher will all lend their voices to the animated 3-D epic "Rise Of The Guardians" reports Variety

The pic is an adaptation of author/illustrator William Joyce's upcoming children's novel series "The Guardians of Childhood" which follows a group of heroic childhood legends, each with extraordinary abilities.

When Pitch (Law), an evil spirit akin to the boogeyman, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Pine will play Jack Frost, Jackman is Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Baldwin is North (Santa Claus) and Fisher is Tooth (the Tooth Fairy).

Pine takes over for Leonardo DiCaprio who was previously attached to voice Frost.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the adapted screenplay. Peter Ramsey is directing

Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel will be executive producing. A 2012 release is being targeted.

Age Range

Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman will pen Age Of Rage for director Marc Webb reports Heat Vision.

The story involves a post-apocalyptic world where everyone over a certain age has been killed.

Sounds a bit like Now meets Logan's Run

Webb came up with the premise for the film which might be his first project after the upcoming Spider-Man Reboot.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Frozen Dinner

New Stew For You:--Hope it's warmer where you are...

-Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright have joined the cast of Stephen Daldry's adventure tale "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" says The Daily Mail.

-Mark Ruffalo and “The Kids Are All Right” co-writer Stuart Blumberg are re-teaming for Blumberg's directorial debut "Thanks For Sharing" reports The Daily Mail. The story focuses on three sex addicts in a recovery clinic together. Ruffalo is in talks to play one of the three male leads and will likely shoot the film after he wraps his work on "The Avengers"

-Oscar-winning documentary director Alex Gibney is set to helm a documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Deadline.

-Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan have joined the cast of Rian Johnson's sci-fi action tale "Looper" says Variety. The story follows a group of killers who send bodies of their victims back in time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Xu Qing are already set to star. Part of the film was to be set in France. This has now been changed to China with the film set in a world "sixty years from now [where] China is the leading super power and time travel has been invented." Johnson calls action from his own script. Shooting is now underway in New Orleans.

-Pedro Almodovar is already working on his next film , a biopic of Italian singer “Mina” reports Screen Daily (via The Playlist).

-Despite what the British tabloids say, Bond 23  isn't called "Red Sky At Night"

-Christian Bale says The Dark Knight Rises may not be his last Bat film but it depends on helmer Christopher Nolan Speaking to  Empire: "All I know is the likelihood that this will be the last one. Well, I wouldn't say definitely. If Chris goes, 'Hey, I've got another story I think could be interesting,' then yeah, great, I'd go do that. I always assumed it would be three, but I could be wrong. I don't know if there's something wrong with me, but I don't feel any pressure"

-Rebecca Hall has now been confirmed for Stephen Frears' adaptation of the memoir "Lay the Favorite:about the author's time spent mingling in the world of Vegas sports gambling.says Collider

-Greg Kinnear and Jane Curtin have joined the cast of the comedy "I I Don't Know How She Does It" says Variety. The story follows a working mother (Sarah Jessica Parker) trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job. Kinnear will play Parker's husband and Curtin will be Kinnear's mother. Shooting is currently underway in New York by helmer Douglas McGrath 

-Collider says Actor-turned-hip-hop-star Drake is currently in talks to join writer/director Nicholas Jarecki ("The Outsider")'s financial thriller Arbitrage about a hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his shady trading empire before his fraud is revealed.

-Luke Perry has revealed via Yahoo that he tried to acquire the rights to the Aron Ralston's story and shoot it with his Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green in the lead but Danny Boyle got them and made  127 Hours

- Susan Sarandon told THR that she'd be open to a Bull Durham sequel, bur not a Thelma & Louise 2.

-Yorick van Wageningen (The Chronicles of Riddick) has joined David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of best-selling thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" reports De Volkskrant (via The Playlist)

-Paddy Considine ("Hot Fuzz," "The Bourne Ultimatum")  is hob-nobbing at the Sundance Film Festival this week promoting his directorial debut feature "Tyrannosaur". Yet he's already looking ahead and tells Total Film that his next project will be "The Leaning". The story follows a "young woman haunted by a childhood trauma who in adult life struggles to form meaningful relationships. Every time she gets close to somebody she feels this presence" says Considine.

-Nick Pustay will adapt Sophie Jordan's recently released young-adult fantasy novel Firelight says Heat Vision. The “Twilight with dragons” story follows Jacinda, a young girl who is a “draki,” a descendant of dragons who can morph into human form, and who is ordained to marry another of her kind. When the girl’s mother moves the family to live among humans for safety reasons, Jacinda puts her family at risk when she falls for a member of a secret dragon-hunting society.

-James Gandolfini and his former "The Sopranos" producers David Chase and Steven Van Zandt are re-teaming for the coming-of-age drama " Twylight Zones"says Variety.

-Out doing promotion for Friday's "The Mechanic", director Simon West has confirmed he's making plans to reunite with Nicolas Cage for a Con Air sequel. "I'd like to do... 'Con Air 2'" West tells Crave Online, "It'd be great. It's a matter of getting everybody together. There's so many people involved and it's about getting everybody to agree. But I'm going to bring it up to Nic. I'm going to put a bug in his ear about it. If the two of us want to do it, we'll go after the others."

-Sam Raimi's long-time producing partner Rob Tapert tells that the long-gestating re-do of "Evil Dead" is still alive and that Raimi is still interested. "It's possible; we're looking at a script this month. What's interesting about 'Evil Dead' is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. ... I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in gruelling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience" the folks art STYD also adds that numerous writers and directors have taken meetings for the "Dead" remake with Ghost House Pictures over the years

-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash wants to bring : Wake The Dead to the big screen says Hero Complex .

-David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive," "The Elephant Man") has revealed that footage thought lost forever from what some consider his greatest masterpiece, 1986's "Blue Velvet", was recently discovered and will be included in the upcoming Blu-ray release reports

-Watch The full 26-minute  video of Kevin Smith at Sundance after the screening of his film Red State

-James Cameron confirmed to EW the already reported date of Christmas 2014 and X-mas 2015 for the Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and that the pics will be shot back-to-back 

-Ed Helms told Hitfix that The Hangover Part II  is "basically the comedy version of Apocalypse Now, always on the edge of total chaos, shooting in places Helms said felt genuinely ‘unsafe’".

-Director Duncan Jones.revealed that he turned down the chance to direct  Superman: Man of Steel  because he didn't feel he was ready to take charge of a blockbuster of such a scale..

Freedom Of Speech

Despite its holding fourth at the box-office with nearly $60 million in domestic revenue, and  as one of the two favorites (the other is "The Social Network") to take home the Best Picture Oscar on February 28th, The Weinstein Company wants to broaden the appeal of The King's Speech says The Hollywood Reporter

Producer Harvey Weinstein is discussing an idea of a re-edit with director Tom Hooper taking the R-rated movie down to a PG-13 or even a PG.

The film earned the 'R' rating in the US for its occasional but essential use of swearing, more specifically the use of the F-word. Cutting around that would be extremely difficult and the swearing itself is a major component of the Colin Firth character's speech therapy.

Yet Weinstein is seeing the bigger awards bump that films like True Grit and The Fighter are getting at the box-office and wants some of that action as well

The move is part of a new marketing strategy intended to "up the film's appeal" to a broader range of moviegoers. The new rating would of course open the film up to the early-mid teenage demographic

But is that demo really wanting to see a witty yet dry British period drama about a royal leader's speech impediment. I say No they could care less.

Part of the reason for this sudden move is the UK box-office figures. The film has topped the British charts for three consecutive weekends with the help of a much milder 12-and-over rating.The UK Ratings System is much more forgiving when it comes to swearing

If  plans move ahead, this new version of "The King's Speech" wouldn’t be completed until after the Oscars on February 27th. Before that the film is expanding to 2,500 theaters domestically this weekend, up from 1,680. Its ad campaign is also being adjusted to focus less on the critical acclaim and more on "trying to get across that this classic movie is just as cool as the other movies people are seeing" says Weinstein.

If Speech wins best pic over Social the re-edit won't matter much--As I said above TWC target demo of teens still would rather see a film about  Facebook in the comfort of their own living room than see Speech

Leave the film alone

Don't Kiss And Motel

Emile Hirsch will star in "The Motel Life" says Variety.

Based on the book. by Willy Vlautin, the story  follows two brothers who flee their Reno motel room after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Hirsch plays one of the brothers.

Alan and Gabe Polsky ("The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans") will produce the film

With no director or screenwriter set, the Polsky duo may take on those duties.

Shooting hopes to kick off this year.

Secretary Pool

Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar" reports Variety.

Watts will play Helen Gandy, J. Edgar Hoover's loyal secretary of 54 years. She was the ultimate keeper of his secrets, and a major behind-the-scenes influence at the FBI

After his death, Gandy spent weeks destroying Hoover's personal files of incriminating evidence which he used to manipulate and control major figures.

Watts takes over for Charlize Theron who was once expected to be in the film before she signed for "Snow White and the Huntsman". Theron is also a likely candidate for Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "Prometheus".

Dustin Lance Black wrote the script

The cast also includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover himself, Armie Hammer as his alleged lover Clyde Tolson, Josh Lucas as aviator Charles Lindbergh Ken Howard as Attorney General Harlan F. Stone Ed Westwick as the author of Hoover's biography,  Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann and Judi Dench,

Eastwood, Brian Grazer  Ron Howard and Rob Lorenz are producing the biopic.

No production date has been set for the 2012 release

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Backlog Of Work

Making the rounds for his February 18th flick I Am Number Four, director
D.J. Caruso tells Cinema Blend that three movies that have his name attached are still some time off

"The Defenders", the story of players of an MMORPG who are all drawn together for a real-life adventure, is still in scripting stages with Marti Noxon (the upcoming "Fright Night" remake) currently hashing it out Caruso says he won't be directing the film, but will be producing the film

The Art of Making Money, telling the true story of Chicago counterfeiter Arthur Williams, has Chris Pine attached to star in it. Caruso wants to do the film but Pine's busy schedule, specifically his commitments to the Jack Ryan franchise reboot "Moscow" and the Untitled Star Trek Sequel means it's  gonna be tough Caruso also admits the script is still being worked on.

And finally there's the long-gestating adaptation of the comic series Y: The Last Man. In the pipeline since mid-2007, Caruso says the project "is pretty much dead" as far as he's concerned. "I got where I did as far as I did with New Line and Warners.. It’s just, unfortunately, not going to work out" he adds.

Caruso does say that a sequel to "I Am Number Four", based on the second novel of the six book series called the Power of Six to be released on August 23, 2011 could get underway but it'll depend upon how the first goes at the box-office.