Thursday, March 31, 2011

White Noise

Milo Ventimiglia and Sarah Shahi are set to star in the 3-D thriller "Static". says Variety.

The story follows a young couple on the verge of divorce and dealing with the loss of their child. Their life is complicated further by the arrival of a young visitor (Sara Paxton) with supernatural implications.

Music video director Todd Levin makes his feature debut here, using a specialised camera to allow filming in 3-D on a limited budget. Ugh!!

Shooting kicks off this week.

Adam McKay Talks About “The Boys”

Though the script based on the intense comic series The Boys isn’t complete, director Adam McKay is already meeting with various actors to star in the project. MTV chatted with him this weekend, and apparently McKay’s talked with Russell Crowe about playing Billy Butcher, who is the leader of the CIA team The Boys.

Additionally, McKay has unofficially (?) offered the role of Wee Hughie to Simon Pegg. Here’s what he had to say:

"Everyone knows Simon Pegg can take Hughie if he wants. I don't know what his schedule is like, though."

What do you think of these actors possibly signing on for The Boys?

Jennifer Garner Might Play Miss Marple

It was recently reported that Jennifer Garner would play Miss Marple in a Disney-produced adaptation. Obviously the studio wants to make things a bit more modern… and the Agatha Christie heroine younger and more box-office friendly.

However, the deal isn’t official just yet. According to Deadline Hollywood, the estate that owns rights to Agatha Christie’s works hasn’t officially closed the deal with Disney just yet.

Personally, I can’t blame them. Can anyone imagine Christie herself even considering this adaptation, let alone allowing it to actually happen? That being said, she’s probably rolling over in her grave right about now.

How do you feel about this odd adaptation?

Holoooooooh No!

Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher are set to team for the comedy "What Would Kenny Do?" says  The Los Angeles Times.

The story centers on the friendship between a 17-year-old  and a sentient hologram he meets who claims to be the thirty-something adult version of himself and helps guide the teen through high school. Bieber's casting is set, though Kutcher involvement is less certain.

Chris Baldi penned the original script which Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber rewrote.  However a new writer and director are currently being sought.

Didn't we already go through this in 17 Again minus the hologram angle?

Kutcher and Will Smith will produce.

Due to Bieber's busy touring schedule, production will not happen till 2012

Playing Against Type

Robert Pattinson tells Total Film his upcoming film "Bel Ami"  is going to be a very hard sell for his swooning female fans...

Uma And Robert In Bel Ami

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod directed this adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's story of Georges Duroy (Pattinson), who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a s**t who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it – especially with me in it. Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies'”.

Rachel Bennette adapted the novel.

Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Holly Grainger, Philip Glenister Christina Ricci  and Colm Meaney co star.

Shooting on the project wrapped late last year but no release date has been set

Pattinson's next film, the romantic fantasy  Water for Elephants opens 4.22.11

Rush Joins The Corps

The Los Angeles Times reports that Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush will lend his voice to the role of Tomar-Re in the upcoming Green Lantern movie.

Re, a gilled, goldfish-headed creature from the planet of Xudar. and is is a scientist who works alongside Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) as an intergalactic member of the Green Lantern Corp..

Michael Clarke Duncan is rumored via Latino Review  to voice the gentle, yet frightening giant Kilowog. At this time, though the studio has yet to make a final decision on the actor.

Finalization of visual effects for the pic--meanwhile are taking longer than expected

Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Jenna Craig, Jon Tenney, Tim Robbins also star

The film is directed by Martin Campbell.

Lantern comes to theaters June 17th, 2011

Breaking Bad Guy

Bryan Cranston is in negotiations to play the villain in the remake of  Total Recall reports Variety.

The film will be a new adaptation of the sci-fi saga based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"--and bares little similarity with Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original pic.

Colin Farrell is all set to play Douglas Quaid in the film which is ditching the Martian locations of the earlier effort in favor of a near-future Earth.

Cranston would play Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica, who is planning on invading New Shanghai while pretending to be protecting his people of Euromerica, The 2 female leads have yet to be cast

Shooting kicks off in May 15th with Len Wiseman calling the shots from a script by Kurt Wimmer. Neal Moritz is producing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Child’s Play Reboot Not Actually Happening

Reports that the reboot of the "Child's Play" was said to be gaining momentum are premature

Collider contacted MGM, where marketing head Michael Vollman denied that there’d be a remake.

In case you’re out of the loop or just don’t remember the original film, this horror classic introduced the world to Chucky, the doll possessed by the spirit of a murderer. For better or for worse, the little scarred doll has been iconic in the world of slasher flicks ever since he hit the silver screen.

Though the rumor’s been debunked (for now), how *would* you feel about a revamp of the Chucky films?

Famous Don’t Look Now Controversy Rears Its Head Again

Don’t Look Now might be a brilliantly cerebral horror film, but the film is more famous for something a bit more scandalous. The steamy sex scene between leads Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland has been thought of by some as too steamy to be just a scene.

Christie and Sutherland have had to constantly deny the notion that the two actually engaged in intercourse while filming the scene. Now the controversy rears its ugly head again. In his book Famous Players: A Tale of Movies, The Mob, (And Sex), Former Variety Editor Peter Bart asserts that he saw them getting intimate during his time on the set.

The Daily Mail relays that Sutherland denies these claims and calls them “mendacious.”

Though I’m not ruling it out of the question entirely, I honestly don’t think that Christie and Sutherland actually engaged in such behavior. As is stated in the link, editing can really make a scene.

Bart wants to sell books folks-T

What do you think about the scene: real or fake?

Joining The Circus

James Marsden, Michael C. Hall and Oscar winner Melissa Leo are set to star in the drama  The Dead Circus reports Deadline.

Based on John Kaye's book, the story deals with the strange death of  I Fought the Law singer Bobby Fuller

The  23-year-old Fuller died a week after his song became a hit in 1966 and was ruled a suicide. This, despite his body being found battered and having had gasoline poured down his throat.

The drama follows a grieving screenwriter who sets out on a crusade to solve the mystery of Fuller's death.

Hall will play a corrupt, wheelchair-bound manager of the dead musician. Marsden will play Charles Manson and Leo will play a Manson Family matriarch who tells the writer the answers may be found in 16 mm snuff films buried in Death Valley.

Really intrigued by the notion of Marsden playing Manson--Given his nice guy everyman quality

Michael Shannon was also linked to the project but his reps say scheduling conflicts have forced him out of the pic

The book is being adapted by Adam Davenport and Kaye.  Davenport is going to make his directorial debut on the film

John Palermo will produce for a Summer start

Planting Seeds

Author Pamela Sargent's 1983 young adult sci-fi novel Earthseed is headed to the big screen via a Press Release.

Set in the future, the plot centers around a group of teenagers who have been born without traditional parents from the genetic bank of a spaceship. "Earthseed" is the first book in a trilogy

The Twilight Saga film series adapter Melissa Rosenberg is attached to write the screenplay and produce the pic

Rosenberg says she's "drawn to complex female characters in compelling high concept stories,"and is "incredibly excited" about doing this--She will have to finish writing the Highlander remake first

Snap Decision

DreamWorks Studios made a pre-emptive buy for Jonathan Tropper's pitch about the demise of Kodachrome photography reports Variety

The deal includes the rights to a NY Times article about the closing of the last lab that processed Kodachrome film, a few years ago.

The story will morph into a narrative of a father-son road trip following the pair's trek across the country to reach the lab and process their last remaining photos before they’re gone forever.

The film may be a potential directing vehicle for Shawn Levy.

The Big Sleep For Hailee

14-year old Oscar nominee for True Grit'" Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in the new re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty fairy tale from Lindsay Devlin's pitch says Deadline.

The basic story will remain the same of a princess waiting for a charming prince's kiss to awaken her from a witch's curse, this version will be told from her point of view and will spend a lot of time in a dream world which she has to find her way out of.

The spec package is out to buyers.

The film is not to be confused with  Maleficent, which is being scripted by Linda Woolverton, and has Tim Burton attached to helm. That pic will be told from the point of view of the Evil Queen

Shop Till You Drop

Disney has dropped development of Joseph Kosinski's "Horizons", the sci-fi feature AKA "Oblivion"  reports Heat Vision.

The studio was seemingly uncomfortable with making a PG-13 action film and Kosinski wanted to make this pic with an edge.

The studio has given the director the freedom to shop it to other studios. Kosinski is making presentations to them this week.

The William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek script centers on a soldier assigned to patrol a desolate planet who meets a mysterious traveler

'Sup Wolverine?

Since Darren Aronofsky left the director's chair on The Wolverine and the horrible tragedy in Japan--The status of the superhero sequel has been up in the air...

Star Hugh Jackman spoke with Coming Soon yesterday at CinemaCon about it

We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know. It’s too early to call on Japan, I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director, but Fox  is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner concurs.

Jackman's schedule is pretty packed shooting will not take place until the end of the year at the earliest.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Perfect Bodies

Teresa Palmer is in early negotiations for the lead female role in"Warm Bodies" says  Heat Vision

Palmer will play the daughter of a military leader who tires of constantly fighting off the zombie horde in a world overrun by the undead and begins a relationship with the zombie (Nicholas Hoult of  X-Men: First Class) that ate her boyfriend.

Based upon the book by Isaac Marion--Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is attached to direct.

Fall In

James Spader, Carla Gugino and Ryan Phillippe have joined the cast of writer/director Sheldon Turner's "By Virtue Fall." says 24 Frames.

Eric Bana stars in the story of two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other.

Treat Williams and Kim Coates have also joined the cast.

At one point last year Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") was in talks to to step in and replace his S.W.A.T. co-star Colin Farrall but has since opted out.

Jennifer Klein will produce the picture.

No production schedule has been announced.

Devine Ms. M

Dame Judi Dench says that Bond 23 starts shooting in November according to The Express.

Dench tells the paper “I am going to do the next Bond in November. I don’t know the location yet but hopefully it will be somewhere nice. I can’t tell you much more but I do enjoy playing M as she is such a strong character. I like being bossy and my grandson thinks its cool that I’m in Bond.

So do I...!!!!

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 for helmer Sam Mendes The sequel boasts a screenplay by Peter Morgan

The film will be  Dench's seventh appearance as the head of MI6 which she first played in 1995's  GoldenEye

She just wrapped up her work on Clint Eastwood's  biopic "J. Edgar"

"Bond 23" is set for a November 9th 2012 release

Ryan Delayed For Trek

Paramount's plans to reboot the Jack Ryan Film Series have hit a snag again over script issues leading to the project being put on hold reports Deadline.

Hossein Amini wrote the original draft of the script for the film, formerly titled "Moscow", while Adam Cozad was hired to re-write it in April of last year. Anthony Peckham also took a crack  at it.

Last month  Steve Zaillian, who penned the third film in the franchise "Clear and Present Danger", was attached to re-write Cozad's work. A few weeks later Zaillian withdrew from the job and the studio is now seeking another writer to perform further work

The studio still wants to have actor Chris Pine as Ryan, therefore the production plans have been pushed back by at least a few months so that Pine can shoot the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel before, rather than after the Ryan reboot as originally intended. Trek 2 has a release date  already set for July 29, 2012. but J.J. Abrams still hasn't officially signed on to helm.

Insiders insist that a Ryan pic could have been put into production this year, but the priority now is in launching a franchise than filling in a release date ASAP

Lost's Jack Bender is still due to direct, but his contract is not pay or play and he could walk away. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.

The first of the films not to be based on a specific book by Tom Clancy, the story will nevertheless use elements from the series. In this case the action picks up with Ryan in his pre-analyst days with the launching point of the film being a helicopter crash that nearly killed him when he was a marine - an incident mentioned in the first film  The Hunt for Red October in 1991.

RIP Farley Granger (1925-2011)

Actor Farley Granger, best known for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock thrillers Rope and Strangers on a Train passed away at the age of 85 of natural causes

Granger's big break came when he was cast in Nicholas Ray's film noir They Live by Night in which he played a rebellious young man opposite leading lady Cathy O'Donnell

He also appeared in Enchantment with David Niven, Evelyn Keyes and Teresa Wright. Other roles followed Roseanna McCoy with Joan Evans, Our Very Own opposite Ann Blyth and Side Street again with O'Donnell

The best role of his career was as the socialite tennis champ embroiled by the psychotic Robert Walker for Strangers Masterful

He then appeared in Full House along with Jeanne Crain, Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye, The Story of Three Loves  with Leslie Caron and Small Town Girl  with Jane Powell. He traveled to Italy to make Senso for Luchino Visconti.  returned to films in The Naked Street with Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft and The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing with Joan Collins and Ray Milland.

His last film wasThe Next Big Thing in 2001.

Read more about Granger's life and career in THR

Monday, March 28, 2011

Depp Ringer

Thomas McDonell
has joined Tim Burton's upcoming adaptation of the popular vampire soap opera Dark Shadows says THR

McDonell, soon to be seen in the teen dramedy Prom on April 29th, will play the young Barnabas Collins, the classic vampire patriarch set to be portrayed by Johnny Depp.

Based on the cult TV Series the spooky soap-opera featured gothic horror staples like vampires, ghosts and zombies.

I will say this if they ever decide to remake the Pirates of the Caribbean films McDonell could fill Depp's boots as Jack Sparrow just on looks alone

Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter star.

Michael Sheen may take a supporting role

Seth Grahame-Smith has penned the script while Depp, Graham King, Richard Zanuck, Christi Dembrowski and David Kennedy are producing the pic

Shooting kicks off next month.

Showing His Age

 According to The Fan Carpet, Russell Brand confirmed all of the Rock of Ages chatter during their "HOP" premiere interview saying that he will do  the film as long as it doesn't interfere with him spending time with wife Katy Perry

"I have to make sure I see me wife enough, but if we can work out the schedule, then yeah, I want to do it"

Brand would play Lonny, and jokes "I've already got the hair. I am way ahead of them on that account"

Director Adam Shankman has been reworking the Rock of Ages script with Justin Theroux. from show creator Chris D'Arienzo's  first draft

Tom Cruise Julianne Hough Mary J Blige Alec Baldwin and Sebastian Gregory also star while Paul Giamatti and Amy Adams  are both in talks

Carl Levin, Matt Weaver, Scott Prisand, actorTobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver are executive producers.

Rock of Ages hits screens in 2012

Secure The Knight

Gary Oldman talked with Absolute Radio over the weekend about the security procedures that were involved when he read the script for  Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" .

To get into the production office, you have to have someone meet you and there are keys and various doors that lock. The script you read in the production office, and there is no ending because [Nolan] tells you the ending so that it doesn’t leak and get out, and people spoil it on the internet.”

Despite all the reports of story spoilers-none of them are accurate.....

Smart Move In The Age Of The Web I Think

In an interview from the red carpet of the recent Empire Awards, at which he was awarded the Icon Award, Oldman said that the will shoot from May until November and that "the story is great," but that the future of the franchise is still up in the air.

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine  star.

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by himself and David S. Goyer.

The highly anticipated  sequel hits theaters on July 20, 2012

Sheen's Shadow Dance

Michael Sheen may take a supporting role in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" movie reports The Playlist.

Based on the cult TV Series the spooky soap-opera featured gothic horror staples like vampires, ghosts and zombies.

Though it's not clear whom Sheen might play in this adaptation, there's said to be "definite mutual interest going on between the actor and director" though no negotiations have taken place yet.

Sheen voiced the White Rabbit in Burton's “Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter star

Seth Grahame-Smith has penned the script while Depp, Graham King, Richard Zanuck, Christi Dembrowski and David Kennedy are producing the pic

Shooting kicks off next month.

'Lance' A-Lot

Robert DeNiro has just signed on to the cop drama Freelancers.says Deadline.

50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson stars as the son of a slain NYPD officer who is taken under the wing of his father's former partner Captain Vic Sarcone (De Niro) and joins his rogue task force.

Forest Whitaker (Bird, Ghost Dog) is in talks for a role in the film.

Philippe Casseus wrote the script from which Jessy Terrero directs.

Filming kicks off April 18th in New Orleans.

TWC Shuffles Its Deck

The release date for the found footage sci-fi film Apollo 18 from an April 22nd to a January 6th 2012 release date according to Deadline,

The entire film process employed a breakneck pace to cast, shoot, edit and all within six months. putting the film out the first weekend of January could spell trouble---even though the trailer generated lots of  buzz

The Weinstein Company also announced a two month delay for the sequel "Piranha 3DD"-from September 16th to Thanksgiving weekend, November 23rd .

The film, Our Idiot Brother, formerly kmown as My Idiot Brother, will hit screens on August 26th, 2011.  Directed by Jesse Peretz, and stars Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks and Steve Coogan  " I Don't Know How She Does It" with , starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan to the August 26th slot as well

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Antoine Fuqua on Board to Direct Yang Guifei Biopic

For the past two years, a film about the legendary Yang Guifei, an imperial concubine who lived during the Tang Dynasty, has been developing without a director. However, that problem has been resolved.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Antoine Fuqua, who’s perhaps most famous for his Oscar-winning film Training Day, will helm the $30 million film. The film, that still doesn’t have a title, accounts for Yang’s romance with Emperor Xuanzong, whose monarchy lasted longer than any other in the Tang Dynasty.

Fuqua’s also got the Tupac biopic to direct. Sounds like he’ll be busy for quite a while.

How do you feel about Antoine Fuqua directing this biopic?

Amy Adams Is Lois Lane

Amy Adams has officially been cast as Lois Lane for Zack Snyder’s big budget reboot "Superman: Man of Steel," reports The Los Angeles Times.

Adams got the news a few hours ago from Snyder who phoned her from Paris.

Snyder tells the paper “There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”

Snyder would not go into the extent of the Lois role in the story other than saying it's “a linchpin” to the project with his take on Lois set to have "contemporary appeal and spirit".

It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone] and substance"

Adams has proven that she can muster up that trademark Lois spunk and fearless nature...Solid choice...!

Henry Cavill Kevin Costner and Diane Lane also star

David S. Goyer is writing the screenplay based on a story he concocted with Christopher Nolan

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

Production will start in Vancouver in May for release next year

Wimpy Kid Still Has Punch

Rodrick Rules the cineplex-Thanks to that Diary of a Wimpy Kid! While  Sucker Punch  came in below expectations....

Pamela McClintock of THR

Fox 2000's kids sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules easily won the weekend box office race, grossing a hearty $24.4 million and delivering Fox a new franchise. Warner Bros.' Sucker Punch wasn't as lucky, grossing $19 million in a soft start for the action-fantasy.

Rodrick Rules came in ahead of the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which opened a year ago to $22.1 million. The sequel, which cost a modest $18 million to produce, enjoyed a mammoth uptick in business on Saturday thanks to family traffic.

Warners had expected Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch--which cost $75 million to produce--to clear $20 million in its opening, but said on Sunday it was nevertheless pleased with the outcome. Warners is a huge supporter of Snyder, who is directing the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel.

Rodrick Rules drew an A- CinemaScore; Sucker Punch, a B-.

Holdovers Limitless and The Lincoln Lawyer both enjoyed strong holds in their second weekend, coming in No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Limitless, a win for Relativity Media's new distribution operation, fell 19% to an estimated $15.2 million for a cume of $41.3 million in its first 10 days.

Lionsgate's The Lincoln Lawyer fell 17% to an estimated $10.9 million for a cume of $28.8 million.

Paramount's Rango crossed the $100 million mark over the weekend, as did Sony's Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It. They are the first 2011 releases to clear $100 million.

Rango came in No. 5 for the weekend, falling 32% to an estimated $9.7 million for a cume of $106.3 million in fourth weekend...

John Young of  EW

'Wimpy Kid' silences 'Sucker Punch'

Next Up: Jake Gyllenhaal goes all Groundhog Day for Duncan Jones in Source Code; James Marsden meets EB (Russell Brand) in the Easter pic HOP; And get freaked out by the horror film  Insidious

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Witch Scorned

Mila Kunis has joined the cast of the The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful says Variety.

She joins her Date Night cohort James Franco. Kunis has been circlimg the project for a month--so glad she signed on the dotted line!!

The story has The Wizard (Franco) as a “snake-oil salesman” who enters the Technicolor world of Oz after escaping the vengeful husband of his latest sexual conquest. Once in Oz, he lies to the natives, claiming to be a wizard. This deceitful Casanova soon falls for Glinda the Good Witch, and spurns Theodora  (Kunis) prompting her to becomes a bad witch and team up with the downright evil Evanora to destroy Oz

Sam Raimi will call action here

The pic is written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire, and will be produced by Joe Roth.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Colorful Metaphors

 brings you the latest highjinx of Deadpool and
Rorschach of  Watchmen....How does it all fit together with Randomguys other video series Zero Hour?

Snow Flurries

News broke last night  that negoitions for Viggo Mortensen to play the Huntsman in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman were breaking down....

Rupert Sander directs from an Evan Daugherty script-- this version of the classic fairy tale expands the role of the Huntsman in the fairy tale. When the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) orders him to take her stepdaughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) 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

Joe Roth will produce the pic.

What I wanna know is whether not Viggo is back  on the list as "a person of interest" to play the villain in  Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel--now that he's off the Hunt? Let the casting of the Huntsman rumors begin again

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

Meanwhle-THR says that Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has closed a deal to play Prince Andrew Alcott in another cinematic version of the story called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White

Saoirse Ronan could be cast as Snow White in this version written by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller where "Snow White bands together with seven dwarfs to reclaim her kingdom." Julia Roberts also stars as the Evil Queen. Tarsem Singh (The Fall) will call action The pic is planned for a June 29th, 2012, bow ahead of Huntsman

Yeah yeah Hammer's the Prince no biggie...

Center Stooge

Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly's modern update of The Three Stooges has found its Curly Howard says THR

Deadline has Hank Azaria and James Marsden as the frontrunners for Moe Howard  and Larry Fine Andy Samberg is in the mix as well

The Farrelly brothers wrote the script with Mike Cerrone

"It’s not a biopic," said Peter Farrelly. "It takes place in present day, and they will look, dress and sound exactly like the original Stooges..." And the PG-rated film will divide into three, 27-minute segments driven by physical comedy.

At first blush it's the Marsden thing that jumps out--But then I remeber how funny he was in the romp Sex Drive and I think ok maybe that could work though Johnny Knoxville would have made a better Moe

The Three Stooges comes to theaters in 2012

Stock Boys

Now that  Jennifer Lawrence is set to play Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games, casting has begun on 2 of the male roles according to THR

The project is based on the Suzanne Collins novel series which have developed a major following across all age groups and is said to potentially be the 'next Twilight'.

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, Alexander Ludwig, Hunter Parrish, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters are said to be reading for the role of Peeta--a young man  from Katniss's town who is also chosen for The Hunger Games, a nationally televised fight Peeta expresses his love for Katniss, although she isn't sure if it is true or just a ploy.

Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie, Robbie Amell, and Drew Roy are all testting to play Gale--who becomes somewhat of a mentor to Katniss, teaching her survival skills

What??! Alex Pettyfer is not on the casting sheet--He seemingly is up for every other young Male Lead in Hollywood (lidding but it's true)! I have no horse in the race here but all seem ready for stardom Till and Jen will appear in X-Men: First Class together...Does that give him an edge?

Testing began yesterday in Los Angeles

Collins adapted her own book into script form which Billy Ray has re-written.

The film is due out March 23rd, 2012.

Shrunk Dowm To Size

Victoria Justice (TV's Tween comedy Victorious) has landed the lead role in the coming of age Halloween themed comedy Fun Size says THR

The  Max Werner, script described as a cross between Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting centers on a sarcastic teenage girl who is forced to take her little brother trick-or-treating on Halloween, then loses him and must find him before their mother finds out.

Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) will make his feature film directorial debut here.

It will be interesting to see how Justice does in this with its edgy tone And with Schwartz out of his TV comfort zone

Justice beat out both Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Jane Levy (Shameless) for the role

Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are producing

Shooting is scheduled for April 4th start in St. Louis, Mo. The studio hopes to get the movie made this year for a Halloween-timed release date.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Almost Midnight Bits

The latest batch of news covering stuff I had not talked about yet....

-Shia LaBeouf is attached to star in the film adaptation of Joe Hill's bestselling novel "Horns" says Variety. LaBeouf will play Ig Perrish, a 26-year-old who awakens from a hangover to find horns sprouting from his head. As his horns grow bigger, Ig sets out to investigate the unsolved murder of his girlfriend and the case's connection to his cursed fate.

-Fourteen years since "Face/Off", stars Nicolas Cage and John Travolta look to be reuniting on two indie thrillers reports Vulture.

-Oscar-winning "The King’s Speech" director Tom Hooper has begun negotiations to direct a film adaptation of the stage musical version of "Les Miserables" for Universal Pictures and Working Title reports Variety. While "Speech" scribe David Seidler has been hired to work on two scripts according to Variety--And the 'The King's Speech' PG-13 Version Gets Release Date

-Filmmakers Colin and Greg Strause talk up their next project, to Movieweb saying "War of the Ages", is going to be a mash-up of fights between history's greatest warriors.

-Actor C. Thomas Howell recently told Retroradio that The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) will be the main antagonist who battles Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man".

-David Fincher is in talks to helm the log gestating PG-13 3-D biopic based on the life of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra says Deadline

-Director Doug Liman is teaming with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman to create a biopic of Morris Abraham  called "Two Gun" says The Hollywood Reporter.

-Indie film star Brit Marling is keeping VERY BUSY reports Movieline and Thompson On Hollywood (via The Playlist).

-Coming Attractions reports that due to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan on March 11th, the entire region is expected to continue to experience aftershocks for years to come and may affect James Cameron's Avatar sequels.

-At Disney's annual shareholders meeting recently, Chief suit Bob Iger revealed that the studio is considering a film adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling children's novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" a Peter Pan prequel reports The Wrap.

-Vulture reports that with a budget estimate of $125 million, Paramount will likely drop World War Z unless it can find a co-financier.

-Actress Sienna Guillory has confirmed via Twitter that she has joined the cast of Resident Evil 5.

-Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby and Ruth Negga are all set to star in neo-noir thriller "The Samaritan" for Anonymous Content reports Variety. The story follows a former grifter (Jackson) who sets out to put his life of crime behind him after serving a twenty-year prison sentence.  He meets an elusive young woman (Negga), but it's not long before the son (Kirby) of his former partner asks him for help with an ingenious plan. David Weaver directs from a script he co-wrote with Elan Mastai ("Alone in the Dark").

-Director Paul Greengrass is helming the Martin Luther King Jr assassination drama "Memphis" reports Deadline. Set in the days leading up to Dr. King's assassination in Tennessee in April 1968, this pic recounts when his marriage was faltering, his outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and his intent put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.

-Lily Collins has been offered the role of Stormy Llewellyn in Stephen Sommers' adaptation of Dean Koontz's 2003 novel "Odd Thomas" says Variety.

-Emma Roberts is attached while an offer is out to Zach Galifianakis for roles in the coming-of-age comedy "Adult World" reports The Playlist. Andrew Cochran penned the script. Roberts plays a recent Stanford graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet, but instead winds up working for an adult book store. Scott Coffey ("Ellie Parker") will direct.

-Filmmaker Francis Lawrence ("Constantine," "I Am Legend") is in talks to take over on Sony's long-gestating Houdini biopic reports Variety.

-Deadline reports that author Michael Connelly (The Lincoln Lawyer)'s hatching plans to buy back the film rights to his character LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch from Paramount

-THR says "Serendipity" scribe Marc Klein has sold his romantic comedy script "Unreasonable Doubt" to Universal Pictures

-"I Love You, Man" co-stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are set to team again for the long-gestating romantic dramedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever" reports The Los Angeles Times. The story centers on a couple who is getting divorced but wants to remain friends while they pursue new relationships. Jones and Will McCormack penned the script. Lee Toland Krieger will direct.

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