Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wolf Beats Rock?

Hmmm... 6'5" Dwayne Johnson vs  5'10" Taylor Lautner in "Goliath", a family adventure style adaptation of the biblical epic of David and Goliath??

The odd duo may team up reports Twitchfilm.

6'5" Dwayne Johnson is in talks to fill the role of Goliath and Lautner could be David

Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Still", The Exorcism of Emily Rose) was previously attached to helm from an adapted script by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are going to produce "Goliath".

No production date is set yet.

Dale Comes To Tattoo @ The End

Even as production is about to wrap,, Alan Dale has joined the cast of David Fincher's American adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-seller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" says Variety.

The story follows a disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) and a misunderstood rebellious female hacker (Rooney Mara) investigating the 40-year-old disappearance of retired industrialist Henrik Vanger's niece on a remote island. Their investigation uncover religious killings, Nazism, rape, child abuse and murder.

Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff David Dencik Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgård and Christopher Plummer Yorick van Wageningen and Steven Berkoff co-star in the project Steven Zaillian adapted the script

Dale will play a career detective on the verge of retirement, no word what specific character he will be.

He isn't the only late arrival,  Goran Visnjic came onto the project two months after shooting had begun.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to theaters December 21st, 2011

Callan McAuliffe Is Lil Gatsby

"I Am Number Four"'s Callan McAuliffe has been cast to play the younger version of Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of The Great Gatsby says Ace Showbiz

Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel Leo DiCaprio stars as the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby who still pines for his former flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).

Nick Carraway is being played by Tobey Maguire Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki is Jordan Baker and Joel Edgerton is Tom Buchanan Jason Clarke will play the once coveted role of George Wilson Isla Fisher is Wilson's wife Myrtle. Jack Thompson and Gemma Ward have also recently been cast in unspecified roles

Luhrmann adapted the Gatsby script with Craig Pearce

The production is filming in Sydney soon

Magic Mike's "Munn"y Shot

Olivia Munn is in talks to join Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper drama Magic Mike says Deadline

The story is inspired by Channing Tatum’s pre-Hollywood days as a male dancer--The biopic follows a newcomer to the world of exotic dancing (Alex Pettyfer) who is tempted by an older woman (Demi Moore) as well as bond with a mentor to the younger stripper--The titular Magic Mike (Tatum)

Munn would  play Amber a potential love intterest for Tatum. She certainly makes a fine addition to the cast if she signs....Too bad it can't become her story as a stripper

Matthew McConaughey was just cast as Dallas, a former stripper who now owns the Xquisite club where Mike works. Joe Manganiello will play Big Dick Richie While White Collar's Matt Bomer also stars as another stripper. Cody Horn will play Pettyfer’s sister in the film who has a romance with Tatum’s character. Riley Keough plays Pettyfer's girlfriend. 30 year old Cuban actor William Levy has joined the pic most likely playing another stripper Gabriel Iglesias plays a DJ

Reid Carolin pens the screenplay.The idea of Magic Mike came about when Soderbergh and Tatum were working together on the espionage drama Haywire.

Tatum, Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs and Carolin will produce the pic.

Filming is slated to begin in September for a release in 2012

Inside Info On Coen's Next Pic

Variety offers up details on the Coen brothers latest project called Inside Llewyn Davis

The story follows Llewyn Davis a struggling folk musician during the genre's 1960s heyday in New York City. It's rumoured to be a fictionalized account of  the late singer Dave Van Ronk. The script is an original one penned by the Coens.

Scott Rudin, who the Coens worked with on No Country for Old Men and True Grit will produce the pic

The Cloud Minders

Actor  Ben Whishaw talked to Vulture about playing multiple roles in the film adaptatiom of “Cloud Atlas"

Based on the book by David Mitchell--the tome consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last one get interrupted at some point, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place.

"Everyone in the cast is playing at least three parts, some big and some small… Everybody’s swapping race and gender, so it’s very ambitious and quite fun."

Whishaw will play "Frobisher in the thirties; a female American in the seventies, in the Luisa Rey section; and a smallish role, where I’m basically an extra, in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section.”

Tom Hanks Halle Berry Hugo Weaving (will play up to six parts in the ambitious pic), Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon Doona Bae and Jim Broadbent also star.

The adaptation will be written and co-directed by The Wachowski's Lana and Andy and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).

Grant Hill and Stefan Arndt are producing the film and shooting starts later this month in Berlin for a October 12 2012 bow

Lloyd Gets "Closer To The Moon"

British actor Harry Lloyd has joined Nae Caranfil's period drama "Closer To The Moon" says Deadline.

Set in 1959 Bucharest, the story follows a group of Jewish former revolutionaries who're now united against the communists. After being sentenced to death for robbing a bank under the guise of staging a film shoot, they're first forced to reenact the caper for a propaganda film.

Lloyd stars as a cameraman recruited to shoot that film and falls in love with Vera Farmiga's character who has a child with one of the men sentenced to die (Mark Strong).

Michael Fitzgerald will produce the pic.

Shooting kicks off early fall in Bucharest

What Is Goin' On With Pride And Prejudice And Zombies?

Athough everything seemed like things were  on the right track a week or so ago “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies " has lost director  Craig Gillespie....according to Twitchfilm, once again leaving the project in limbo. 

Or is it? The studio says Gillespie is still on bourd...

If Twitch is right Gillespie follows David O. Russell and Mike White who were previously attached and soon left the pic.

The film's story is taken from Seth Grahame-Smith's book using Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice and puts bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies into the action. The tome now tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

At the same time the search for a female lead continues as well: Natalie Portman was to play the role as well as produce the film but left last year. Then Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson Mia Wasikowska Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde were all being considered for the role at one point. The inabilty to lock down a leading lady seemingly led to the most recent upheaval

Dominic Cooper is still attached to play Mr. Darcy despite Gillespie's semming exit.

Russell, Gillespie Grahame-Smith and Marti Noxon have drafted the script no word as to how much of that will remain should a new director come onboard.

Annette Savitch Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick Ted Hamm and Portman would still produce...

West Amd Werewolves?

The House of the Devil director Ti West  attended the recent FrightFest n London and talked about 2 projects that he has in the pipeline.

Bleeding Cool has the scant deets...

The first is a sci-fi feature called "The Side Effect" that deals with "pharmaceutical testing in space" and "isolation and paranoia, and that kind of psychological fear" seen in both 'Devil' and his current film called The Innkeepers

He says that he wrote a "kind of werewolf film" for another company, but wouldn't say anymore than that...

MOS: Business Suit

New pics of Henry Cavill in the Superman outfit  have been posted today via Facebook that finally lets you see some close-up shots of him on the Illinois set of Zack Snyder's big budget reboot Superman: Man of Steel 

The shots have him without the cape in between takes, probably due to the weight of it

There's some ornate black ribbing on the sides, lower back and down his thighs. There's padding all over to give a very defined muscular appearance (and yes even a well sculpted crotch), while the red of the S and the boots seem to stand out against the muted blue of the rest of the outfit.

Note the absence of the more traditional Yellow S on the back of the cape...ala Bryan Singer's Superman Returns making it easier to accomplish the CG-enhanced flying shots....

Amy Adams Kevin Costner Diane Lane Michael Shannon Antje Traue Christopher Meloni Harry Lennix Julia Ormond Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe co-star.

David S. Goyer wrote the first screenplay draft based on a story he concocted with Christopher Nolan with bro Jonah Nolan taking a crack at the task as well Kurt Johnstad did rewrites

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas Deborah Snyder, and Nolan will be producers on the film.

MOS flies into theaters June 14th 2013.

Uncle George Still Tweaking After All These Years

With just over two weeks to go before the September 16th release of  Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray...George Lucas continues to altler his beloved space saga--and not always for the better

"Revenge of the Sith" marked the birth of Darth Vader as James Earl Jones reprised the role and only got in a line or two before yelling out a big ol' over the top "NOOOOOOO!!!"

Keep that in mind as you read on...

Copies have gone out for review and details of the changes have been leaked

A few weeks ago it was revealed that the puppet Yoda (Frank Oz) last seen in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was being replaced by a CG version to make the look more inline with that in the next two episodes. That turned out fine right?

Now Badass Digest, reports two bits of audio from the original trilogy have been altered, and not in a good way. First, and most egregiously, a previously silent Darth Vader now gives off not one but two big screams of "NOOOO" as he picks up and throws the Emperor down the shaft at the end of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi". The other is the first shot of Ben (Alec Guinness) in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" who now uses a "Krayt Dragon cry" which sounds really bad

The Blu-ray audio clips have been incorporated with the corresponding old DVD footage to give you an idea of what you can expext:


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TDKR: The Batcave Rises; Bane & Catwoman Meet Fox

Wayne Manor is not the only thimg getting a "fresh coat of paint" in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises ---The Batcave is as well says Wales Online

A few weeks ago Nolan spent two days filming around the Henrhyd Waterfall in the Neath Valley, Brecon Beacons, Wales.  The waterfall is being used as the entrance to the Batcave in the sequel and there are claims it will be a part of the opening sequence of the film.

But the insider also mistakes it for being the "discovery of the Batcave" which we saw in “Batman Begins". The waterfall entrance seen there was part of the Batcave set built at Shepperton Studios along with miniatures. The new Batcave is being built on Sound Stage 30 on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios lot in California.

Meanwhile shooting is continuing in Los Angeles... 

Morgan Freeman was spotted on set as Lucius Fox--his scenes are to involve both Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), while Fox is tries to prevent a Tumbler from being stolen....

Christian Bale Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Pence,Alon Aboutboul and Nestor Carbonell star along with return of the trilogy's ensemble cast such as Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

Matthew ModineTom Conti 11-year-old actress Joey King Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff Christopher Judge and Burn Gorman take on secondary roles

Nolan calls action on the DKR from a screenplay he wrote with bro Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer

The sequel is set to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Todd Directs Catalytic

The great Tony Todd wrote and will make his directorial debut the supernatural thriller Catalytic. says Variety

The story sees an illusionist on a road trip on the eve of a supernatural apocalypse.

Destin Pfaff, Neal Fischer, Kern Saxton, and Suren M. Seron, will produce. 

Warrior Mixes It Up Early

Lionsgate has announced special sneak preview screenings of their September 9th sports drama "Warrior" says THR

The screenings will be held on Sunday, September 4th at 7pm in theaters across the US

To spread the word about the sneak previews, the studio has partnered with Twitter to create the hashtag #WarriorMovieSneakPreview.

This will give Twitter users a direct link to buy tickets and continue to spread the word

The film centers on as an ex-marine (Tom Hardy) tormented by his past, who with the guidance of his alcoholic father (Nick Nolte) enters the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting. He signs up for an MMA tournament and ends up on a collision course towards a matchup with his older brother (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter, who can't make ends meet and support his family as a local school teacher, so he too enters the tournament. The last man standing takes home the biggest purse in the sport's history

Directed by Gavin O'Connor's (Pride and Glory) from a script by O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman--The film is a knockout with critics--receiving lots of advance buzz.

Duff's Bonnie Payout

Despite being dropped from the film Hilary Duff  was still paid $100,000 for "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde"--Thanks to a Pay or Play deal says TMZ

Duff was supposed to play Bonnie opposite Kevin Zegers playing Clyde in the long gestating indie about the real life crime duo--Zegers left the film as well due to scheduling conflicts.

Writer/director Tonya S. Holly had approached Amanda Seyfried  to play Bonnie but she turned it down.

Depp Stays Thin As Koepp Writes

With "The Lone Ranger" stuck in limbo, Johnny Depp is moving on to the planned remake of "The Thin Man" says Deadline

David Koepp will now write the script, taking over for Permanent Midnight: author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl ("Bad Boys 2") who was previously attached to write the script but apparently never got started on the project.

The 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, based on Dashiell Hammett's book, follows an alcoholic former P.I. named Nick Charles and his wealthy heiress wife Nora who investigate a murder that involves an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family.

Five sequels were produced.

David Niven and Maggie Smith's memorable roles in 1976 comedy classic "Murder By Death" were directly inspired by the series.

Koepp is expected to use the novel as his starting point. The story follows an alcoholic former P.I. named Nick Charles and his wealthy heiress wife Nora who investigate a murder that involves an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family.

These polished and sophisticated society types spend as much time engaging in witty banter with each other as they do investigating the crime.

Depp is already set to play Nick, no word on who'll play Nora as yet.

Rob Marshall is still attached to direct while Depp, Marshall, John DeLuca,.Christi Dembrowski and Kevin McCormick are producing.

Argo Cast Fills Out

Tate Donovan, Nelson Franklin and Taylor Schilling have joined the castthe Ben Affleck-directed Iran hostage crisis thriller "Argo" according to Variety,

Based on Joshuah Bearman's 2007 Wired magazine article, the wry political thriller would be centered on what happened during the occupation of the American embassy by Iranians in 1979, when a rescue effort was mounted by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U.S. diplomats.

The CIA used a disguise expert and concocted a scenario that involved the six being a Hollywood crew scouting a sci-fi movie titled "Argo:. Using those disguises, and with the help of artwork by legendary comics creator Jack Kirby, they were able to flee the country.

Affleck Alan Arkin Bryan Cranston and John Goodman also star.The great Kyle Chandler has landed a role as well says USA Today

Schilling will play wife to Affleck's CIA Agent, Donovan is an embassy consulate and Franklin is a journalist.

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay

David Klawans, George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce the 2013 pic

Hugh Wants Anne For Le Mis

At Hugh Jackman request, Anne Hathaway is on the list to play the role of Fantine in Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Misérables" says Broadway World

The pic would take the world famous musical--based on Victor Hugo's book--and make it sing once again.

The script for this adaptation was penned by William Nicholson, which Cameron Mackintosh will produce. This time dialogue has been introduced in the script--amidst the singing

The site claims Hathaway is up against both of Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall for the role.

Jackman will begin shooting Les Mis in the UK later this year ahead of The Wolverine.

Ninja Kids Are Making Their Way To The USA

Talks have started to produce an American remake of Takashi Miike's family comedy "Ninja Kids!!! says The Hollywood Reporter.

A live-action film based on the long-running manga and TV anime series, Miike's film follows a group of young trainee ninjas led by 10-year-old child star Seishiro Kato. 

Miike made his name directing horror films and more recently the acclaimed historical epic 13 Assassins

No word yet which studios want to scoop up the remake.

Soderbergh Times

It's a triple story post with Steven Soderbergh as its common thread

Film writer scribe Scott Z. Burns told the folks over at Cinema Blend that he's done writing work on both David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo" and Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and both pic await casting to begin.

Burns says 'Leagues' will shoot later "Because of the amount of pre-vis work that David would have to do we wouldn’t probably start shooting for a little while later and David is so buried in Dragon Tattoo, that’s where his focus is."

The film is big in scale, but apparently only uses "very little" from the original story by Jules Verne

The film will focus on the relationship between the three main characters - Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax, and master harpoonist Ned Land.

Burns hopes production on 'U.N.C.L.E.' will start in the Spring and the script is already finished and is set "more in a real world context" than the series. Fans of the show though will "recognize tiny little things".

George Clooney has seemingly dropped out of Soderbergh's film adaptation of  "U.N.C.L.E." says Deadline.

Robert Vaughn and David McCallum starred in the original spy drama as two agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), who fought the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).

No reason was given for the exit but the studio wants to stick to their schedule which means Soderbergh will begin shooting the movie in February. 

Soderbergh has been talking retirement for some time, and it seems he's serious according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He told The New York Times in his Manhattan painting studio, Soderbergh wants to become a full-time painter (!!??) but adds:

"I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so. I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money I'll be back making another 'Ocean's' movie."

Soderbergh still has 2 more films to prep--Magic Mike and Liberace

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lewis Has To Choose Between Blood or Water

Juliette Lewis has joined the modern day noir Blood or Water says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film follows a "disconnected family and unwitting incest”.

Justin Molotnikov wrote and will direct the film--his first since his 2009 feature film debut Crying With Laughter.

Stephen McCole Kate Dickie Gary Lewis and Greta Scacchi also star.

Production is scheduled to begin early next year.

Brolin Is Oldboy

He was previously rumoured but now it's official, Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin is starring in the remake of  Chan-wook Park's 2003 cult classic "Old Boy" says Deadline.

Mark Protosevich wrote the adapted screenplay from which Spike Lee is calling action.

The story centers on a man kidnapped and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path of revenge.

Shooting on the remake is now scheduled to kick off in March once Brolin wraps Ruben Fleischer's The Gangster Squad and before he does Jason Reitman’s "Labor Day" in June. 

Doug Davison and Roy Lee will be producing.

Captain America 2 Bad Guy Revealed?

Writer Christopher Markus would like to see Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as the villain in Captain America 2.

Markus tells The Los Angeles Times that he thinks Dinklage would be great as MODOK. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), a giant headed and hovering mutated scientist

Markus says “I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum. I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”

I agree Dinklage would suit the character very well...And I would root for the casting should they decide to move ahead with that notion

The Winter Soldier saga from the comics is the likely story that Markus and Stephen McFeely will use if a sequel is greenlit.

The Avengers: It's (Almost) A Wrap!

Production will soon wrap on "The Avengers" Cleveland shoot informs The Plain Dealer.

Co-producer Jeremy Latcham said "Cleveland has been amazing. We wanted a real street feeling to the scenes, and we got that".

Scarlett Johansson did some scenes over the weekend at an old warehouse on Ashland Road which doubled as a Russian facility. The Lakeside Courthouse building will be used for a scene to be shot tonight.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Amanda Righetti star in the May 4, 2012 release written and helmed by Joss Whedon

Once tonight's work is in the can some members of the cast will travel to New York for two days to wrap up filming completely!

Then "Joss takes it all back to L.A. and creates the movie".

Nolte Is Squad Boss

Nick Nolte has joined the cast of Ruben Fleischer's period police saga "The Gangster Squad says Variety.

Based on a series of LA Times articles, the true story tale follows a secret "off the record" police task force in the 1940 who pursued high-profile gangster Mickey Cohen a member of the so-called Jewish Mob

Will Beall, a former LAPD officer who patrolled South Central and wrote the novel L.A. Rex penned the script.

Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling Michael Peña Josh Brolin Holt McCallany Giovanni Ribisi Robert Patrick and Anthony Mackie Mireille Enos Sullivan Stapleton also star. Emma Stone will play a woman caught between Gosling's good cop character and Penn's character.

Nolte is set to play L.A.P.D. chief Bill Parker in the pic

Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick are producing the film

Shooting begins September 7th in Los Angeles.

Star Is Born Bumped By Baby

Filming on Clint Eastwood's musical remake of A Star is Born will now be pushed back according to Deadline.

Star Beyoncé announced her pregnancy during last night's  2011 Video Music Awards, almost as there came word of the delay.

This delay will allow for more time to lock down a leading man as Eastwood’s first choice, Leo DiCaprio, passed. Both Will Smith and Christian Bale have been mentioned as potential lead canddidates.

Jon Peters, Basil Iwanyk and Bill Gerber are producing the latest version of the tale with Clint...told on screen in 1937, 1954--with Judy Garland and 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Like the '76 pic this version will be set in the music industry rather than movies like the first two films..

Will Fetters wrote the most recent screenplay. The team of Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson--Reggie Rock Bythewood wrote previous drafts..

The Avengers: Loki & Cap Sparks Fly; Promo

A video clip courtesy Dark Horizons has gone online from "The Avengers" Cleveland, Ohio shoot as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Captain America (Chris Evans) battle it out during a sequence set in Germany...

Robert Downey Jr Chris Hemsworth  Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Amanda Righetti star in the May 4, 2012 release written and helmed by Joss Whedon

Marvel has also released a new promo ad for "Road to the Avengers", an upcoming collection of comics to help get fans ready for next year's flick

TDKR: LA & Chi-Town?; Cat-Ears

The Los Angeles leg of production for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises began on Friday and local businesses and home owners were sent a letter with details on the production's schedule. A photo copy of that letter is online.

Shooting is currently taking place in Lawndale in a building opposite the El Camino baseball field. It will then break for a few days and then continue at the same locale on Wednesday and Thursday. The letter says it will involve "explosion, sparks and atmospheric smoke effects".

Three of the Tumblers have been spotted parked outside a Quincy, Illinois shop which has lead to speculation that some filming may take place in Chicago after all, despite the fact that the windy city was not part of mix initially

Manny the Movie Guy reports that Catwoman's (Anne Hathaway) cat ears will be seen after all - when she takes off her glasses.

"Catwoman's goggles, when pulled back like a headband, will take the form of cat's ears much like the image of Catwoman we all know and loved"....

Christian Bale Tom Hardy Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Pence, Alon Aboutboul and Nestor Carbonell star along with return of the trilogy's ensemble cast such as Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

Matthew ModineTom Conti 11-year-old actress Joey King Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff Christopher Judge and Burn Gorman take on secondary roles

Nolan calls action on the DKR from a screenplay he wrote with bro Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer

The sequel is set to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012.

MOS: Millitary Might & Kent W/O Glasses?

Black helicopters, guns and soldiers have been spotted on the set of Zack Snyder's big budget reboot Superman: Man of Steel  in Plano, Illinois.

Photos on Facebook show Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, while other shots see Henry Cavillas Clark Kent sans his glasses...

Amy Adams Kevin Costner Diane Lane Michael Shannon Antje Traue Harry Lennix Julia Ormond Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe co-star.

David S. Goyer wrote the first screenplay draft based on a story he concocted with Christopher Nolan with bro Jonah Nolan taking a crack at the task as well Kurt Johnstad did rewrites

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas Deborah Snyder, and Nolan will be producers on the film.

MOS flies into theaters June 14th 2013.

Monahan Invited To Live In Sin City (2)

William Monahan, who won an Oscar for The Departed, has been brought in by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to help shape the script for Sin City 2. ssys THR

Rodriguez indicated recently that funding was sucured for the long awaited sequel. At SDCC '11
he also said that that actors playing characters that survived the first film are expected to return, and that because much of it is shot in pieces against green screen that scheduling shouldn’t be too difficult.

According to sources, Monahan's work is supplementing a draft completed in recent weeks by Miller.

This is good news certainly especialy since we had been hearing no news type of news on SC 2 for as  long as TLR has been around

Hunger Games Sneak Peek

During last night's 2011 Video Music Awards The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence who plays heroine Katniss in the film introduced our first look at footage from the highly anticipated film.

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The story involves a young love triangle playing out against a dystopian future where North America has been divided into twelve oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year.

Josh Hutcherson plays Katniss' love interest Peeta; Liam Hemsworth also stars as the other male lead Gale Hawthorne; Elizabeth Banks will play Effie Trinket; Wes Bentley is Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane; Woody Harrelson is drunk, yet endearing mentor Haymitch: Stanley Tucci will play the ebullient and relentlessly upbeat Flickerman, host of the Games; Donald Sutherland has been cast as President Snow Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi are set to play the characters of Rue and Thresh; Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin play District 1 tributes Marvel and Glimmer; Willow Shields will play Prim Everdeen; Paula Malcomson is Mama Everdeen; Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott are playng Tributes from District 3. Ashton Moio and Kara Petersen are playing tributes from District 6. While Samuel Tan and Makenzie Lintz occupy District 8; Sam Ly and Leigha Hancock appear as District 7 Tributes; Imanol Vepez-Frias and Annie Thurman inhabit District 9; Jeremy Marinas and Dakota Hood are playing the District 10 Tributes.; Latarsha Rose and Brooke Bundy will play Portia and Octavia; Lenny Kravitz will play the role of Cinna and Toby Jones is legendary arenas announcer Claudius Templesmith. Amber Chaney will play the Avox girl, Kimiko Gelman and Nelson Ascencio are Venia and Flavius respectively,

Author Suzanne Collins who wrote the novel series on which the film is based adapted her work into script form which Billy Ray has re-written. Gary Ross called action.

I have never read any of the books but then again I'm not exactly in the targrget demo or gender am I?

The peek did it's job I guess....meh

The first film is due in theaters for a March 23rd 2012 bow. Lionsgate has already scheduled a November 2013 release for  the film version of "Catching Fire", the second book in the series.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene Is No "Help" At The Cineplex

As hurricane Irene made its way of the East Coast--she took an estimated 25 Million in box office revenue with her....Awards contender The Help was number 1 again. While newbies Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: actioner Colombiana  and Our Idiot Brother all took a hit...

Pamela McClintock of THR

Hundreds of theater closures from North Carolina to Boston dealt the domestic box office a substantial blow, with lost ticket sales exceeding $25 million.

Overall revenues may not even reach $90 million for the frame, the second worst showing of the year after Super Bowl weekend ($87 million). All told, business was down as much as 25% from the same weekend last year.

Notwithstanding the storm, DreamWorks and Participant Media’s late-summer hit The Help still managed to shine in its third weekend, placing No. 1 and handily beating a trio of new film in grossing $14.3 million for a new domestic total of $96.6 million.

Distributed by Disney, The Help probably wasn’t as hurt as other films because it is drawing most of its strength in the South, as well as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Theater closures in New York could explain why The Help was down more than 28% from last weekend, compared to a drop off of only 23% in its second outing.

Distributors cautioned that Sunday estimates could change by Monday morning, since they have little experience dealing with so many theater closures. Rentrak estimates that as many as 1,000 theaters on the East Coast were impacted.

Theater traffic plummeted by 57% from Friday to Saturday in New York, the second busiest movie market next to Los Angeles; in Philadelphia, 45%, and in Washington, D.C., 37%. In York City—the country’s second busiest market next to Los Angeles—theaters remained closed on Sunday.

The Luc Besson-produced action pic Colombiana, starring Zoe Saldana, fared the best among the three new films, grossing an estimated $10.3 million to come in No. 2. Distributed by Sony/TriStar, the movie was fully financed by EuropaCorp and received an A-CinemaScore. Women made up a majority of the audience (57%), while 65% of those going to see thepic were over the age of 25.

"If the numbers stick, it’s certainly in the realm of what we were hoping for,” Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer said.

Katie Holmes-Guy Pearce horror pic Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, produced and written by Guillermo del Toro, ended the weekend in a photo finish with 20th Century Fox’s holdover Rise of the Apes ($8.69 million vs. $8.65 million, respectively).

Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney’s FilmDistrict are distributing Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which received a glum C- CinemaScore. The pic played best to females under the age of 25, and made a strong showing among Hispanic and African-American audiences.

Berney, who lives just north of New York City in Westchester County, said there was no business Saturday night even in theaters that remained open.

For example, I went to Ridge Hill in Westchester County for the 7:30 shows on Saturday and though it was open, there were only about 25 brave people in the entire complex,” Berney said. "But all things considered, not a bad Saturday and ultimately the weekend total was good despite the hurricane, and despite the fact that our key large urban East Coast markets were really killed.”

The R-rated ensemble comedy Our Idiot Brother trailed the new the new films in its debut, grossing an estimated $6.6 million. Acquired by the Weinstein Co. at Sundance earlier this year, Idiot Brother grossed $2.4 million, and received an C+ CinemaScore. The comedy headlines Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.

Weinstein president of distribution Erik Lomis said Idiot Brother may have been hurt more than other new films, because it played to an older, upscale audience.

Exit polls Friday night showed that our strongest area was New York City, and we basically got shut down,” Lomis said. “Hopefully we will come back next week.”

The Weinstein Co.'s financial exposure is minimized, since it covered the cost of aquiring the film by selling off rights in a handful of key markets.

Top 10 Domestic Box Office (Aug. 26-28)

1. The Help (2,778) -- $14.3 million
2. Colombiana (2,614) -- $10.3 million
3. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2,760) -- $8.69 million
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (3,374) -- $8.65 million
5. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (3,305) -- $5.7 million
6. The Smurfs (2,861) -- $4.8 million
7. Conan the Barbarian (3,015) -- $3.1 million
8. Fright Night (3,114) -- $3 million
9. Crazy, Stupid, Love (1,577) -- $2.9 million

*The line-up could change once final numbers are calculated Monday morning.

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Moss Twis-Hard

Craig Moss will direct "Breaking Wind", a satire of the The Twilight film series reports Moviehole.

The story will center on Stella, a young girl forced to choose between "egocentric" vampire Edward and "horny" werewolf Jacob. The movie is expected to be released around the time that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" bows

Moss was behind the Judd Apatow spoof The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It.