Saturday, March 31, 2012

TDKR: Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul Cameo Confirmed!

After denying that he is in the film--the recent production notes for this weekend's "Wrath Of The Titans" confirmed that Liam Neeson's next film would indeed be an appearance in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises" according to Comic Book Movie.

The isn't really a big surprise since Neeson had talked publicly about being on the TDKR set for a few hours to visit the production. But gave no indication one way or another whether he would appear on screen.

Cable network CNN asked Neeson about whether he will appear in the film. He told them "I think so. I have no idea what the story is about. Nothing. Nothing. Seriously, I'm not sure if I'm still in it. It's a cameo – let's put it that way – if it still survives [the cutting room floor].”

Neeson played the villain Ra's Al Ghul in 2005's “Batman Begins" and throughout the production of 'Rises' it was hinted that the character would appear in the film by way of flashback.

Christian Bale Tom Hardy Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Marion Cotillard Josh Pence, Alon Aboutboul and Nestor Carbonell star along with a return of the trilogy's ensemble cast such as Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman and Michael Caine Cillian Murphy might also be making a cameo

Matthew Modine Tom Conti Joey King Daniel Sunjata Diego Klattenhoff Christopher Judge "CSI: Miami" co-star Adam Rodriguez and Burn Gorman take on secondary roles. Rob Brown and Italian actor Massi Furlan have small roles in the film as well

Nolan called action on the DKR from a screenplay he wrote with bro Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer that features Bane (Hardy) and Catwoman (Hathaway) plotting to take down Batman (Bale).

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

Scott Talks Prometheus To Empire Mag

The cover story for an upcoming issue of Empire is all about Ridley Scott's "Prometheus".

The mag's website has offered up a preview of the article:

Scott was asked about the film's potential rating Will it be a PG-13 or an R rated film like the other films in the Alien franchise:

"Right now I don't know where we are. The question is, do you go for the PG-13, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Financially it makes quite a difference, or the risk makes quite a difference, and yet you also have to apply the question -- if you soften it, will you financially suffer? As opposed to just going for the throat and gambling. Essentially, it's kinda R. The little bastards will still get in anyway, so what's the difference? It's not just about blood, it's about ideas that are very stressful. I'm not an idiot, but I'll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can."

It was reported--Yet never really confirmed that Scott shot both an R rated and a PG-13 rated version of the script. One may infer from his answer that there was never two versions of the shooting script.

Moving on...

Scott says that a big reason for him doing the film himself is he finally gets to explore the back story of the Space Jockey from "Alien":

“[I've wanted to revisit the 'Alien' universe for] years! Years, years, years. I always wondered when they did ['Aliens'] 2,3 and 4 why they hadn’t touched upon that, instead of evolving into some other fantastic story. They missed the biggest question of them all: who’s the big guy [the Space Jockey]? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There’s all kinds of questions.

The article also feature new photos from the film and those can be seen by going over to AVP Galaxy.

Michael Fassbender Charlize Theron Noomi Rapace Idris Elba Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Logan Marshall-Green Ben Foster and Kate Dickie star. With Emun Elliott Patrick Wilson and Benedict Wong also in the cast as well. Guy Pearce cameos as Peter Weyland CEO of Weyland-Yutani that became the big biz of the Alien franchise

Damon Lindelof worked with director Scott on the film script, which was originally written by Jon Spaihts.

The pic has a June 8th, 2012 release date.

Who Will Direct Captain America 2?

George Nolfi F. Gary Gray as well as Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are all under consideration to direct the comic book sequel Captain America 2 reports Vulture.

The article claims this short list shrunk down from a larger field of ten possible contenders.

Further meetings will be held in early April with a final decision expected to be made by mid-April.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are back at it writing the latest adventure.

Star Chris Evans would once again play Cap in the sequel but it would likely not be hitting theatres until mid-2014.

Occupy Miami In Step Up 4 Trailer

The full theatrical trailer for Step Up 4 has danced its way on the Net...

The story revolves around a young woman named Emily (Kathryn McCormick) who moves to Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. After she gets involved with Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a local dance crew, they band together to stop a greedy developer who threatens to buy up the Miami strip and turn it into high-rise condominiums.

Stephen 'tWitch' Boss will reprise the role of Jason that he played in Step Up 3D. Cast also includes Chadd Smith, Stephen Boss, Megan Boone, Jessica Guadix and Morgane Slemp.

Music video director Scott Speer calls the shots on the sequel from a script written by Jenny Mayer,

Jennifer Gibgot Adam Shankman Patrick Wachsberger and Erik Feig.are producing--while. Jon M. Chu, who directed "Step Up 2: The Streets and SU 3-D exec produces

The three previous Step Up films have grossed a total of over $430 million worldwide

Officially called Step Up Revolution the sequel arrives in theaters nationwide on July 27, 2012.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Rounding Out The Cast Of A Single Shot

Melissa Leo, Joe Anderson, Kelly Reilly, and Ophelia Lovibond are rounding out the cast of the dramatic thriller A Single Shot says Deadline.

The pic follows a hunter (Sam Rockwell) who accidentally shoots a teenage girl while illegally poaching deer. Trying to dispose of her body, he stumbles on a small fortune and is forced into an atmospheric game of cat and mouse between himself and some backwater criminals.

The exact roles of quartet are as yet unknown. Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy also star.

David M. Rosenthal ("Janie Jones") directs from a screenplay by Matthew F. Jones who in turn adapted his own book.

Chris Coen, Aaron L. Gilbert, Keith Kjarval Jeff Rice Margot Hand and John Brooks Klingenbeck are producing the pic.

Production is now underway in Vancouver.

Kazan Is The Pretty One, Johnson Is Not

Zoe Kazan and New Girl guy Jake Johnson  are set to star in the rom-comedy "The Pretty One" according to Deadline

The story follows an awkward but loveable young woman who is mistaken for her dead “perfect” identical twin, and seizes the chance to masquerade as her sister.

Jenée LaMarque will call action from her own screenplay.

Steven J. Berger will produce the pic

The film begins shooting June 1st in Los Angeles.

Wasikowska Is The Next Madame Bovary

Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland," "Jane Eyre") will star in a new film adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's first published novel--the classic "Madame Bovary" says Variety.

Wasikowska will play Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor who she married to escape her father's pig farm. She constantly tries to climb the social ladder by engaging in extra-marital affairs.

Paul Giamatti is attached to play Monsieur Homais, the town apothecary who is a close confidant of her husband Charles.

The film is a faithful period piece but is said to emphasise the more youthful and contemporary themes.

Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls") will direct from a screenplay by Rose Barreneche.

Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino will produce

Production kicks off this Fall in Europe

Simon Quarterman Set For "Wer"

Simon Quarterman is re-teaming with his "The Devil Inside" director William Brent Bell on the horror flick "Wer" says Deadline.

The story focuses on werewolves and will once again utilize the "found footage" style.

A.J. Cook also stars in the film

Bell and Matthew Peterman wrote the script,

Peterman, Morris Paulson and Steven Schneider are producing.

Production begins in Romania on April 9th

2 Of Hannah's Novels Get Big Screen Chance

A film adapyation author Kristin Hannah's latest novel "Home Front" is on the way says Deadline.

The story follows a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in a crumbling marriage who is forced to leave her husband and children for a tour of duty in Iraq.

Chris Columbus is attached to direct.

At the same time an adaptation is underway on Hannah’s earlier novel "The Things We Do for Love", the story of a disillusioned and childless divorcee who forms a bond with a pregnant and recently homeless teen.

Abigail Breslin may play the teen.

Peet Finds Her Identity

Amanda Peet has joined the cast of Seth Gordon's comedy "Identity Thief" says Variety.

The story centers on a woman (Melissa McCarthy) who steals another man’s identity (Jason Bateman).

Peet's role in the movie is as yet unknown.

The script was originally written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) getting a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II).

When the idea was first hatched, Bateman was going to star opposite a male actor as the identity thief, but after seeing McCarthy’s scene-stealing work in Bridesmaids he pushed for McCarthy to be cast in the film.

In addition to starring in the film, Bateman will also be producing the pic with Scott Stuber.

Production starts next month.

Firth, Feig Are Untouchable

Colin Firth is in early talks to star in "Untouchable", an English-language remake of French box office hit "The Intouchables" says Variety.

Based on a true story, this follows a wealthy aristocrat who suffers a tragic accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. He goes through several caretakers before bonding with a young, troubled caregiver, and the seemingly mismatched duo end up learning a lot from each other.

"Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig is in early negotiations as well to write the adapted script and direct from  Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's dramedy The original pic will get a U.S. limited release in late May.

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky will produce the new version.

Production hopes to begin in the Fall.

The Vampire Video Diaries

Dimension Films has won the big screen rights to the vampire thriller "Garden District" says Yahoo.

The story centers on what happens when a mysterious video of a vampire's execution goes viral. Soon  a trio of ambitious skeptics travel to New Orleans to determine if the video's real. They soon find themselves up against dark forces and in over their heads.

Anthony Jaswinski  (Vanishing on 7th Street) and Luke Goltz wrote the script.

David Kirschner and Corey Sienega will be producing the film

Cooper Still A Party Boy For Grown Ups Sequel

Project X co-star Oliver Cooper is in talks to join the cast of "Grown Ups 2" says The Hollywood Reporter.

The original film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider as five friends who reunite over the 4th of July weekend to attend their youth basketball coach's funeral. Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek also starred

It was helmed by Dennis Dugan who would return to call action again along with first film's scribe Fred Wolf doing the next screenplay.

Cooper will play a frat boy-type in the movie which will shoot later this year for a Summer 2013 release.

The first Grown Ups was Sandler's highest-grossing film worldwide at $271 million despite a majority of negative reviews

Triplets On The Way For Twins Sequel

A sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito that was directed by Ivan Reitman is closer to reality. The twist? Eddie Murphy would play a third brother in the film tentatively called "Triplets" says The Hollywood Reporter.

My reaction? Ugh!!!!

...Schwarzenegger and DeVito would return as Julius and Vincent, the product of an experiment to create a perfect human being. In this follow up the pair discover they have third sibling.

No director is yet attached, Reitman will only produce the movie this time along with Joe Medjuck, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell

This marks the 2nd 1988 comedy to get going on a sequel recently--the other is the long gestating Midnight Run Sequel to be directed by Brett Ratner.

Butler Circles Motor City While Liam Lurks Luketic's Next

Gerard Butler is the latest person in talks to star in the male lead role in Albert Hughes' "Motor City" reports Variety. Earlier this month--it was reported that Jake Gyllenhaal was tipped to replace Dominic Cooper in the movie--but Jake left over scheduling concerns.

The story follows a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail, only to go after those who put him there after he is released wanting to get back the woman he loves (Amber Heard).

Gary Oldman will play a kingpin in Motor City who has his hooks into the woman.

Chad St. John’s screenplay is unique in that it only has but one line of dialogue and made it on to Hollywood’s Black List back in 2009, the list of the year’s best unproduced scripts.

Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce the film.

Shooting hopes to begin this June.

As Butler circles "Motor City", what is the fate of the diamond heist thriller "Brilliant"?

The Gillian Gorfil's script follows a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.

Casting for the female lead is now underway

Director Robert Luketic, who previously worked with Butler on "The Ugly Truth", is calling action on the film.

Gorfil, Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg will produce.

Butler replaced Eric Bana on "Brilliant" a few weeks ago and at the time the film was looking to get going in May. Now with 'Motor' reving for a summer start, it looks like "Brilliant" will be pushed back.

Chatting with The Daily Telegraph this week, Luketic couldn't confirm when or where the film will be shot.

Luketic says "I have two films competing with each other. It's now a matter of the stars coming into alignment and small miracles being performed."

 The other film he refers to is an as yet untitled film with The Hunger Games stud Liam Hemsworth.

"I can't really talk about it but we have had a couple of meetings and he has formally come on board. It will be shot in New York and Mumbai."

Sony Plays Instruments Again

Sony Pictures has come back to help produce the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare's supernatural novel series The Mortal Instruments reports Deadline.

The adaptation was nixed by Sony in February and then picked up by Constantin Film...

Based on the first book "City of Bones" and set in contemporary New York City, the story follows a seemingly ordinary teenager Fray (Lily Collins who is attached to star) who discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. She soon join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King wrote the adapted script. Robert Kulzer, Michael Lynne and Robert Shaye are producing.

Jamie Campbell Bower had been cast as Jace Wayland, one of the best Shadowhunters before the pic was halted It's not clear if Bower is still involved--The Jace role had Alex Pettyfer in talks for it at one point as well

Scott Charles Stewart was set to helm but vacated after the collapse instead choosing to start work on a TV series based on his film Legion. Now director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid remake) has taken over.

Production on Mortal Instruments is set to begin on August 15th in Toronto

With The Hunger Games making a mint--it is no wonder that Sony jumped back in to partner on the project.

Who Will Play Nora In The Thin Man Remake With Depp?

Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher along with the still in the mix Rachel Weisz are all up for the lead role of Nora Charles in Rob Marshall's remake of the classic detective comedy "The Thin Man" says Deadline.

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.

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

It's expected that the novel will be used as a 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.

Johnny Depp plays Nick--Of the ladies up for Nora I would love to see Stone get the part--Mulligan would be my second choice--with Green (who worked with Depp on Dark Shadows) my 3rd choice

Shattered Glass writer Billy Ray has been charged to pen the script taking over for David Koepp who himself replaced Permanent Midnight: author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl ("Bad Boys 2") who was previously attached to write the script but apparently never got going

The various actresses will meet with Marshall next week about the part.

Depp, Marshall, John DeLuca,.Christi Dembrowski and Kevin McCormick are producing.

MOS: The Logo

Warner Bros . has released a new banner for Zack Snyder's big budget reboot Superman: Man of Steel.

It shows off the new official logo, a darker and grittier version than what we're used to with a fatter middle part of the 'S'.

Love the darker red, but the Nike like swoosh embossing...Is the company sponsoring the reboot?

I jest folks

MOS stars Henry Cavill Amy Adams Michael Shannon Kevin Costner Diane Lane Antje Traue Christopher Meloni Harry Lennix Laurence Fishburne Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer. Bradley Cooper is said to be in talks to make a cameo appearance as Lex Luthor as a set-up for sequels. But that's not been confirmed. Emmy-winning actor Richard Schiff will play Dr. Hamilton. Cooper Timberline and Dylan Sprayberry both play young Clark Kent at various ages in the film. Jadin Gould is a young Lana Lang.

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.

How Much More $$ Will Hunger Games Make In Week #2?

This weekend at movies the first Snow White movie of 2012 Mirror Mirror (reviews)--is released; And the adventure sequel Wrath of the Titans (reviews) arrives....

Neither film is expected to dethrone the behemoth that is The Hunger Games...

Pamela McClintock of THR:

The domestic box office should prosper in a big way this weekend as Warner Bros.' sequel Wrath of the Titans and Relativity Media's Snow White retelling Mirror Mirror enter the marketplace, which remains on fire thanks to holdover The Hunger Games.

Hunger Games is widely expected to retain the No. 1 spot in its second weekend. The Lionsgate pic -- based on the wildly popular young-adult book by Suzanne Collins -- has grossed $181.6 million in its first six days of play in North America, the sixth-best showing ever.

Hunger Games, which has eclipsed Dr. Seuss' The Lorax as the top-grossing film of 2012 year domestically, should cross $200 million on Friday (Lorax has earned $180.5 million). Box office observers believe the movie, which opened to a record $152.5 million last weekend, could gross north of $60 million in its second outing.

Wrath of the Titans is estimated to open in the $35 million-to-$40 million range. The 3D sequel returns Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in the lead roles and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Louis Leterrier directed Clash of the Titans, which debuted just north of $61 million during Easter weekend in 2010. Warners doesn't expect the sequel to reach the same level, since this weekend isn't a holiday. But by opening a week before Easter, Warners can take advantage of spring break, which is staggered over the next two weeks.

In 2010, Warners was widely criticized for rushing to convert Clash of the Titans into 3D in order to boost its box-office potential. Wrath was also converted to 3D after it was shot, but the quality of the conversion was far superior, according to the studio.

Mirror Mirror -- headlining Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer -- hopes to take advantage of being the only PG title in the marketplace until April 27, when Sony opens The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Relativity is projecting an opening in the $22 milion-to-$25 million range for Mirror Mirror. The retelling of the classic fairy tale is an important property for Relativity as the company tries to produce its own films. Mirror Mirror, shot in Montreal, cost $80 million to make after rebates. Relativity sold off foreign rights and says its exposure on the production budget is $30 million (that doesn't include marketing costs).

Mirror Mirror is the first of two Snow White movies opening this year, though Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens in the summer, isn't a family film.

While Wrath of the Titans is tracking best among males, Mirror Mirror is skewing female.

At the specialty box office, all eyes will be on Lee Hirsch's high-profile documentary Bully, which received an R rating for language. The Weinstein Co. and Hirsch unsuccessfully fought to lower the film's rating to PG-13, saying the R rating will make it difficult for kids -- the very demo the documentary was made for -- to see it. So The Weinstein Co. opted to release Bully unrated.

The film opens this week in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including two AMC locations. AMC CEO Gerry Lopez has been one of those supporting Bully, and the circuit will allow kids under 17 to see Bully as long as they have verbal or written permission.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Boyega Sees Half A Yellow Sun & "Zero"

"Attack the Block" star John Boyega has signed up for two films -  including the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling novel Half of a Yellow Sun says Variety.

The story follows several characters including a university professor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his girlfriend (Thandie Newton), their houseboy (Boyega) along with several more and sets it against the backdrop of the Nigerian Civil War in the late 60's when southern Nigeria attempted to secede and form their own country.

Dominic Cooper will play a British ex-patriot studying in Nigeria.

Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele will be making his directorial debut on the film

Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan are producing the film.

Production kicks off next month in Nigeria and London.

Boyega is also in negotiations to star in Billy O'Brien's indie sci-fi flick "Creeping Zero" which goes into production this Fall.

Caruso Charts "Invertigo"

"Disturbia" and  I Am Number Four helmer D.J. Caruso is in talks to call action on the thriller "Invertigo" according to Deadline.

Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp wrote the script concerning a NASA satellite that crash-lands in New York City, creating a “reverse-g vortex” where gravity is inverted.

A rescue mission soon gets underway.

Neal Moritz will produce the film

This film would not go into production until 2013.

Syndrome E Film Being Made

A film adaptation of author Franck Thilliez bestselling book "Syndrome E" is in the works reports Deadline.

The thriller follows a beleaguered detective whose friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up dead. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods

Steve Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Steven Rales & Mark Roybal are all set to produce the film.

An English translation of the novel will be published this Summer.

Ben Affleck Plays Politics...For Laughs

Ben Affleck is attached to star in the political comedy Nathan Decker says Heat Vision.

Dan Fogelman wrote the script about a politician who is caught in an affair and returns to his hometown to confront his past.

Tom Cruise was previously linked to star in the lead role but has moved on. Affleck would be acting in the film only.

It isn't known when production will begin. as Affleck is currently in post-production on Argo, his latest directorial effort which is set for release September 14.

Peters & Temple Travel To Truck Stop

Evan Peters and Juno Temple will star in the teen drama "Truck Stop" says Deadline

The 1970′s-set coming-of-age drama centers around an unlikely friendship between a high-school aged young man with Cerebral Palsy (Peters) and a troubled runaway with a dark past (Temple).

Tony Aloupis wrote the screenplay and makes his feature film directing debut

Filming takes place in Los Angeles.

From Games To The Street

Timed to capitalize on the popularity of the mega-hit movie The Hunger Games and its star Jennifer Lawrence--a theatrical trailer for the September 21st thriller House at the End of the Street, has hit.

“Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot) as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.”

Mark Tonderai directs from David Loucka script and a Jonathan Mostow story.

Peter Block, Hal Lieberman, and Aaron Ryder produced the flick.

Jen shot House before Hunger.

Doughty Plays In The Snow Before He Directs His First Movie

Kenny Doughty is joining the cast of the post-apocalyptic thriller "Snow Piercer" says Variety.

The film is an adaptation of a French comic "Le Transperceneige and is set in a future when an Ice Age has killed off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution bubbles up.

Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton Jamie Bell recent Oscar winner Octavia Spencer Ewen Bremner and Kang Ho also star.

"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" writer Kelly Masterson rewrote the film

"The Host" director Joon-ho Bong will call action on the pic and wrote the initial script with the original "Oldboy" director Chan-wook Park, the latter will also produce with Dooho Choi 

Filming starts in two weeks time.

Doughty is also set to make his feature directorial debut on British revenge thriller Vengeance Waits which shoots in September.

Jennifer Carpenter Is A Member Of The Occult

Jennifer Carpenter is set to join the thriller "The Occult" says Bloody Disgusting.

The story follows a small commune on the verge of witnessing an age old prophecy come to fruition - the coming of the devil's daughter. As the shared eighteenth birthday of five girls approaches, a sequence of murders causes panic to spread through the community making those to wonder whether the prophecy is coming true or someone is silencing those that know too much.

Rufus Sewell, Anne Heche Colm Meaney and newcomer Alycia Debnam Carey also star.

Christian E. Christiansen (The Roommate) will direct the film

Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon are producing the pic with filming underway in North Carolina.

Callan Mulvey Goes To War...Twice!

Aussie actor Callan Mulvey (TV's "Rush," "Underbelly") has been cast in both the upcoming sequel "300: Battle of Artemisia" and Kathryn Bigelow's war drama "Zero Dark Thirty." says insideFilm

The details for either role are not yet known.

Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad's script for Battle is based on the upcoming graphic-novel sequel by Frank Miller.

Sullivan Stapleton has won the lead role as Themosticles--the general of the Greek army. Eva Green co-stars in the role of Artemisia, the ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades king-turned-god Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead the charge against the Greek forces. Jamie Blackley will play Calisto, a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16-year-old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers. Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to play Xerxes again

The giant battle at the center of the film is said to be happening simultaneously with the events of the original "300."

Noam Murro will call action.

As for Zero writer Mark Boal extensively researched the film which centers on an elite Black Ops team's attempt to assassinate Osama bin Laden almost a decade ago, an effort that came very close to succeeding.

His death last year meant a few rewrites.

Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, Tom Hardy, Chris Pratt, Guy Pearce Jennifer EhleHarold Perrineau Australian actor/stuntman/filmmaker Nash Edgerton Fares Fares and Yoav Levy Mark Strong also star.

Boal, Bigelow and Megan Ellison are producing the film.

The pic has December 19th release date and starts filming net month.

Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Zack, and his wife Deborah Snyder and Gianni Nunnari will produce the picture.

This Just In: Anchorman 2 Will Happen

Long thought to be dead....Anchorman 2 came roaring back to life last night says ABC News.

Will Ferrell appeared on Conan O'Brien’s light night talk show in character as Ron Burgundy on Wednesday and made the announcement on the air:

I want to announce this to all of our friends in the Americas, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. — including England — that as of 0900 mountain time, Paramount Pictures and myself … have come to terms on a sequel to ‘Anchorman'. There will be a sequel.”

Ferrell’s co-stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will also return to reprise their roles from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy the dim-witted, lamp loving Brick Tamland and fashionable lead field reporter Brian Fantana.

Adam McKay is back to direct and he and Ferrell will pen the script for the film.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Rebel Joins Bay's Pain And Gain

"Bridesmaids" scene stealer and Aussie actress Rebel Wilson has joined Michael Bay's long-gestating--low-budget dark comedy, "Pain and Gain" says EW.

Based on a true story, the action follows a group of bodybuilders (led by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson) who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. The not so bright group kidnapped Miami businessman Marc Schiller (Tony Shalhoub), tortured him and left him for dead. He survived and to get even he hired hired a private investigator (Ed Harris) to track them down.

Wilson's character will find herself in jail for her participation in the plot.

Israeli supermodel Bar Paly would play Sabina Petrescu, an illegal immigrant and former beauty queen who dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe. Character actor Tony Plana will play Capt. Al Lopez of the Miami Police Dept., who begins to look into the kidnapping. Rob Corddry Anthony Mackie and John Turturro also star.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ("Captain America: The First Avenger") wrote the script. Con Air writer Scott Rosenberg is polishing the script as reported by Heat Vision Rosenberg infamously wrote the Animal Crackers scene found in Bay’s "Armageddon ".

Bay Donald De Line and Ian Bryce will produce.

Production will begin sometime this spring.

Moore Joins JGL For His Directorial Debut

Julianne Moore is in talks to co-star in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut tentatively titled Don Jon's Addiction says Variety.

In the film--JGL will portray a modern-day Don Juan who attempts to become less of a "selfish d**k" throughout the course of the film.

Moore would play an unlikely mentor to his character.

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play the female lead, with an additional actress expected to be cast soon playing other lovers.

Ram Bergman will produce the pic.

Production on the film will begin in mid April

Moore is also attached to co-star in "The Seventh Son" which begins production later this year.

Wilson & Galifianakis "Are Here"

Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis are set to star in the film "You Are Here" says THRAmy Poehler is in talks to co-star.

The story follows local weatherman and freewheeling bachelor Steve Dallas (Wilson) and bi-polar man-child Ben (Galifianakis), childhood best friends who embark on a road trip home after Ben discovers that his estranged father has passed away. Once there, Ben is shocked to learn that his eccentric father had big plans for him and he's inherited a whole lot more than his father's money. As Ben struggles with his new responsibilities, his friendship with Steve is tested by the complications of his inheritance, his sister Terry's (Poehler) ambition, and Steve's desire to be with his father's beautiful young widow Angela.

The film will mark the feature film directorial debut for "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner who also wrote the script

Gary Gilbert, Scott Hornbacher, and Jordan Horowitz will produce the film.

Production gets going in North Carolina this May.

Deschanel And Gleeson Circle A Film "About Time"

Zooey Deschanel and Domhnall Gleeson are in talks to star in the low-budget time-travel dramedy "About Time" says Variety.

Gleeson would play Tim who comes from a family of time-travelers. When he learns of his unique gift from his father, he uses his new found abilities to change situations for the better-- including wooing Mary (Deschanel).

Richard Curtis will direct the film from his own screenplay.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the project.

Production will take place during the hiatus of the TV comedy New Girl starring Deschanel

Tucci Hears Voices

Stanley Tucci is in talks to join the pic Your Voice in My Head says Variety.

Emma Forrest's script is based on her own memoir and revolves around a young woman (Emma Watson) who, after the demise of her relationship with a nationally respected journalist, attempts suicide before being saved by a terminally ill psychiatrist (Tucci).

At one point the studio was looking at big name stars to play the psychiatrist including Tom Hanks and George Clooney.

"Harry Potter film series" director David Yates reunites with Watson to call the shots.

Alison Owen will produce the film

Production aims to begin this Summer.

Liottta Joins Better Living To Wed Wilde

Ray Liotta is poised to join the indie comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry" says Deadline.

The story follows a small-town pharmacist (Sam Rockwell) who is stuck in a loveless marriage and rediscovers himself through an affair with a trophy wife (Olivia Wilde) who introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs.Things spin out of control when the affair escalates and the lovers begin plotting to kill the woman's husband.

Liotta plays Wilde's hubby

Michelle Monaghan plays Rockwell's distant wife, and Judi Dench is the narrator

Geoff Moore and David Posamentier are making their directorial debut on the pic using their screenplay.

Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino will produce the film

Prroduction is slated to start this May in Maryland

Lin Guides Lone Wolf And Cub Movie

"Fast Five" director Justin Lin will call action on a film version of Kazuo Koike's 1970's Japanese manga series Lone Wolf And Cub reports Deadline.

Set in Japan's feudal Edo period, the story follows the Shogun’s elite executioner whose wife is killed and he's framed by a rival clan. He's forced to wander Japan with his three-year-old son Daigoro as an assassin for hire. Ultimately the pair seek revenge.

David Peoples and Janet Peoples are set to write the adapted script

Marissa McMahon, Elizabeth Grave and Joshua Long will produce the film.

Bridges Up For Being "Dirty" Douglas In The Wings

Jeff Bridges has been offered the lead role in the developing comedy "Dirty Grandpa", and should the deal fall through Michael Douglas is Universal Pictures' back-up choice says Vulture.

The story follows a soon-to-be-married uptight grandson who is tricked into escorting his lascivious and recently widowed former Army general of a grandfather to spring break in Florida.

The script comes from John Phillips, the writer of Bad Santa 2 meaning the tone of the film is likely going to be dark and very adult.

O'Hara And Dinklage Share Rememory

Catherine O'Hara and Peter Dinklage will star in the the drama Rememory according to Deadline.

The story centers around a brilliant professor who mysteriously dies on the eve of releasing his life-changing invention. His wife, Carolyn (O’Hara), discovers the device which records and plays memories. With an unlikely friend (Dinklage), she uses the invention to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Mark Palansky directs from a script he developed with Mike Vukadinovich.

Trevor Waterson will produce the film.

Production kicks off this May in Toronto.

Beatty Bear Hugs

David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, Ahna O'Reilly and Ned Beatty joined the cast of the indie dark comedy Teddy Bears says Variety

The story follows three couples who head to the desert to help a friend heal after the death of his mother.

Ned's son Thomas Beatty wrote the script and co-directs with his wife Rebecca Fishman.

I'm glad the elder Beatty is still doing his thing....

The younger Beatty will also produce the film with Jennifer Westin

Production begins next week in California.

Vinessa Shaw Swallows Bitter Pill

Vinessa Shaw is set to join Steven Soderbergh's sexual thriller "Side Effects" aka The Bitter Pill says Deadline.

In the film Rooney Mara plays a troubled, depressed and often medicated woman who gets into a relationship with another doctor (Jude Law). She is medicated to help her deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband (Channing Tatum) from prison.

Shaw plays Law's wife.

Catherine Zeta-Jones also stars as another Doctor.

Scott Z. Burns wrote the script.

Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing the film.

Production begins in April.